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  • Jan 6 1st US women's 6-day bicycle race starts, Madison Square Garden
  • Feb 14 Stanley Cup: Winnipeg Victorias beat Montreal Victorias, 2-0
  • Mar 10 Charilaos Vasilakos of Greece wins 1st modern marathon in 3:18 [OS]
  • Mar 10 After Bob Fitzsimmons KOs much larger Jim Corbett to win world Heavyweight championship he says, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall"
  • Mar 22 Charilaos Vasilakos wins 1st marathon (3:18)
  • Mar 25 Modern Olympics began in Athens, Greece [NS=Apr 6]
  • Mar 27 58th Grand National: Mr David Campbell aboard The Soarer wins
  • Apr 6 1st modern Olympic games open in Athens Greece [3/25 OS] American, James Connolly, wins 1st Olympic gold medal in mod history
  • Apr 10 Spiridon Louis wins 1st Olympic marathon (2:58:50)
  • Apr 12 Stamasia Portrisi is 1st woman to win a marathon (5:30 in Athens)
  • Apr 15 First modern Olympic games close in Athens, Greece
  • May 6 22nd Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Ben Brush wins in 2:07.75
  • May 8 Yorkshire Cricket all out for 887 against Warwickshire
  • May 26 1st American intercollegiate bicycle race, Manhattan Beach NY
  • May 30 1st car accident occurs, Henry Wells hits a cyclist in NYC
  • Jun 2 30th Belmont: Henry Griffin aboard Hastings wins in 2:24.5
  • Jun 6 21st Preakness: Henry Griffin aboard Margrave wins in 1:51
  • Jun 12 J.T. Hearne sets a cricket record for the earliest date of taking 100 first-class wickets in a season.
  • Jun 13 36th British Golf Open: Harry Vardon shoots a 316 at Muirfield
  • Jun 20 10th U.S. Women's National Championship: Elisabeth Moore beats Juliette Atkinson (6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2)
  • Jul 13 Ed Delahanty, becomes 2nd major leaguer to hit 4 HRs in a game
  • Jul 18 2nd US Golf Open: James Foulis shoots a 152 at Shinnecock Hills NY
  • Jul 18 George Giffen is 1st to complete 1000/100 double, in 30th Test Cricket
  • Jul 18 Ranjitsinhji completes 154* on Test Cricket debut v Aust, Old Trafford

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 21 13th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Charlotte Cooper beats A Pickering (6-2 6-3)

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Jul 21 20th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Harold Mahony beats W Baddeley (6-2 6-8 5-7 8-6 6-3)
  • Aug 12 Willem II soccer team forms in Tilburg
  • Aug 26 16th U.S. Men's National Championship: Robert Wrenn beats Fred Hovey (7-5, 3-6, 6-0, 1-6, 6-1)
  • Dec 10 1st intercollegiate basketball game (Wesleyan beats Yale 4-3)
  • Dec 30 Stanley Cup: Montreal Victorias beat Winnipeg Victorias, 6-5