Darts in History

Events in Sport

  • 1973-01-07 British Darts Organisation founded in North London
  • 1990-07-11 NYC police arrest "Dartman" (stabbed over 50 women with darts)
  • 2009-01-04 Phil Taylor, with a 7–1 victory in the final over Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld wins his 12th PDC World Darts title, his 14th in all; his 110.94 average remains a record for the PDC World Darts Championship final
  • 2010-01-03 Phil Taylor successfully defends his PDC World Darts title with a 7–3 victory over Simon Whitlock of Australia in the final in London; Taylor's 13th PDC and 15th overall world championship
  • 2011-01-03 Adrian Lewis of England wins his first PDC World Darts Championship with a 7-5 win over Scotsman Gary Anderson at the Alexandra Palace, London
  • 2011-10-08 Irish professional darts player Brendan Dolan plays 1st perfect 9 dart game on TV in semi-final against James Wade at PDC World Darts Championship in Dublin
  • 2012-01-02 Englishman Adrian Lewis retains his PDC World Darts Championship with a 7-3 win over Andy Hamilton at the Alexandra Palace, London
  • 2013-01-01 Phil Taylor claims his 16th and last PDC World Darts Championship title with a 7–4 victory over Dutchman Michael van Gerwen in the final in London
  • 2014-01-01 Dutchman Michael van Gerwen wins his first PDC World Darts Championship beating Peter Wright of Scotland, 7-4; first time no Englishman in the final
  • 2014-01-12 Stephen Bunting and Lisa Ashton win the 2014 BDO World Darts Championship
  • 2015-01-04 Gary Anderson of Scotland beats 16-time world champion Phil Taylor, 7-6 to win his first PDC World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace, London
  • 2016-01-03 Scotsman Gary Anderson retains his PDC World Darts Championship beating Adrian Lewis of England, 7-5 at the Alexandra Palace, London
  • 2017-01-02 Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands wins his 2nd PDC World Darts Championship beating defending champion Gary Anderson, 7-3 at the Alexandra Palace, London
  • 2018-01-01 World Darts Championship: Retiring 16-time title holder Phil Taylor loses 7-2 to fellow Englishman Rob Cross in the Final at the Alexandra Palace, London.
  • 2018-01-01 16-time world darts champion Phil Taylor loses, 7-2 to fellow Englishman Rob Cross in the final of his last World Championship in London
  • 2019-01-01 Dutchman Michael van Gerwen wins his 3rd PDC World Darts Championship; beats Englishman Michael Smith 7-3 at the Alexandra Palace in London
  • 2019-12-17 England's Fallon Sherrock becomes first woman to win a match at the PDC World Darts Championship, beating compatriot Ted Evetts, 3-2 at the Alexandra Palace in London
  • 2020-01-01 Scotland's Peter Wright beats Dutch defending champion Michael Van Gerwen, 7-3 with 102.79 average, 34 x 140s, 11 maximums and 53% on doubles to seal his first PDC World Darts Championship in London

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1940-01-17 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (BDO World Champion 1978), born in Ynysybwl, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 2003)
  • 1940-08-10 Sid Waddell, English darts commentator (the 'Voice of Darts'; Grenarda, BBC, Sky Sports), born in Alnwick, Northumberland, England (d. 2012)
  • 1945-07-21 John Lowe, English darts player (BDO world champion 1979, 87, 93), born in New Tupton, Derbyshire
  • 1945-12-16 Bobby George, English darts player (BDO World C'ship 1980, 84 runner-up), born in Manor Park, Essex, England
  • 1947-11-07 Bob Anderson, English darts player (BDO World Champion 1988), born in Winchester, Hampshire, England
  • 1950-03-22 Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player (BDO World Champion 1982, 89), born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland (d. 2012)
  • 1950-07-16 Dennis Priestley, English darts player (PDC World Champion 1994), born in Mexborough, England
  • 1956-06-04 Martin Adams, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2007, 10-11), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • 1957-04-25 Eric Bristow MBE ['The Crafty Cockney'], English darts player (BDO World Champion 1980-81, 84-86), born in Hackney, England (d. 2018)
  • 1958-12-30 Rod Harrington, English darts player and broadcaster (World Matchplay C'ship 1998, 99; PDC World C'ship 1999 runner-up), born in Boreham, Essex, England
  • 1959-12-24 Keith Deller, British darts player (BDO World Champion 1983), born in Ipswich, England
  • 1960-08-13 Phil Taylor, English darts player (BDO World Champion 1990, 92; PDC World Champion 1995-2002, 04-06, 09-10, 13), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • 1961-11-10 John Walton, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2001), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England
  • 1962-02-02 Andy Fordham, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2004), born in Bristol, England
  • 1962-02-22 Les Wallace, Scottish darts player (BDO World Champion 1997), born in Forres, Scotland
  • 1962-03-07 Peter Manley, English Darts Player (PDC World C'ship runner-up 1999, 2002, 2006), born in London, England
  • 1965-01-11 Roland Scholten, Dutch darts player (UK Open 2004), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1966-06-29 John Part, Canadian darts player and commentator (PDC World Champion 2003, 08), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967-02-07 Richie Burnett, Welsh darts player (BDO World Darts Champion 1995), born in Cwmparc, Rhondda, Wales
  • 1968-02-20 Ted Hankey, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2000, 09), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • 1969-03-03 Simon Whitlock, Australian darts player (European C'ship 2012; PDC World C'ship 2010 runner-up), born in Cessnock, Australia
  • 1970-03-10 Peter Wright, Scottish darts player (PDC World Champion 2020), born in Livingston, Scotland
  • 1970-12-22 Gary Anderson, Scottish darts player (PDC World Champion 2015-16), born in Musselburgh, Scotland
  • 1973-08-02 Brendan Dolan, Irish darts player (2011 - played perfect 9 dart game), born in Enniskillen, United Kingdom
  • 1982-02-05 Mikuru Suzuki, Japanese darts player (BDO Women's World C'ship 2019), born in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1983-04-06 James Wade, English darts player (World Matchplay C'ship 2007; World GP 2007, 10), born in Aldershot, England
  • 1984-10-17 Jelle Klaasen, Dutch darts player (BDO World Champion 2006), born in Alphen, Netherlands
  • 1985-01-21 Adrian Lewis, English darts player (PDC World Champion 2011-12), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • 1989-04-25 Michael van Gerwen, Dutch darts player (PDC World Champion 2014, 17, 19), born in Boxtel, Netherlands
  • 1990-09-21 Rob Cross, English darts player (PDC World Champion 2018), born in Pembury, England

Deaths in Sport

  • 1994-10-20 Sergei F Bondartsjoek, actor and director (Waterloo), dies at 74
  • 2003-06-08 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (BDO World Champion 1978), dies at 63
  • 2012-03-24 Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player (BDO World Champion 1982, 89), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 62
  • 2012-08-11 Sid Waddell, English darts commentator (the 'Voice of Darts'; Granada, BBC, Sky Sports), dies from bowel cancer at 72
  • 2018-04-05 Eric Bristow MBE ['The Crafty Cockney'], English darts player (BDO World Champion 1980-81, 84-86), dies of a heart attack at 60