Today's Events in Sports History

  • 1851 1st cricket 1st-class game in Australia, Tasmania v Vic, Launceston
  • 1878 1st US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms
  • 1908 Australia regain the Ashes with a 308 run cricket victory vs England
  • 1928 2nd Winter Olympic games opens in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1948 Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut Eng v WI, out for 140
  • 1948 Test cricket debut of Frank Worrell for the West Indies vs. England at Port-of-Spain
  • 1949 Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title
  • 1952 2nd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 108-91 at Boston

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1957 NHL Players Association forms (NYC), Red Wings' Ted Lindsay elected president

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • 1959 Vinoo Mankad ends his final Test Cricket (v WI at Delhi)
  • 1965 Braves propose to pay 5 cents from each ticket to bring a new team to Milwaukee

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1966 SF Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1969 Diana Crump becomes 1st US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah
  • 1970 John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland
  • 1971 Montreal Canadien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal

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1973 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Naples-Lely Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1973 Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row
  • 1974 Dick Woodson is 1st of 48 to invoke baseball's new arbitration rule
  • 1974 1st baseball arbitration Twins pitcher Dick Woodson seeking $29,000 wins, Twins offered $23,000
  • 1976 John Curry wins the UK’s 1st Olympic gold medal in figure skating; the country's 1st medal for 12 years at the winter games

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1978 25th hat trick in Islander history-Denis Potvin

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • 1984 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL short handed season scoring record at 11
  • 1985 Kent Hrbek signs 5-year $6 million contract with Minnesota Twins
  • 1985 Wasim Akram takes 10 wickets in his 2nd Test Cricket, NZ still wins
  • 1986 Australia beat India 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1987 England beat Australia 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1990 40th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 130-113 at Miami

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1990 James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10 to win heavyweight boxing crown

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1995 Danyon Loader swims world record 400m freestyle (340.46)
  • 1995 Mark Foster swims world record 50m butterfly (23.55 sec)
  • 1996 46th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 129-118 at San Antonio

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1997 Bill Parcells becomes head coach of NY Jets

NFL Coaching Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coaching Legend
Bill Parcells
  • 2001 50th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 111-110 at Washington