On This Day

On This Day in Sport for February 5

Events in Sport

  • 1931 Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 246.08 mph driving his famous Blue Bird car at Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1932 American speed skater Jack Shea wins the 1,500m at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; clinches sprint double after also taking out the 500m
  • 1942 Braves get Tommy Holmes from Yanks for Buddy Hassett and Gene Moore
  • 1943 Jake LaMotta defeats future multi-weight world boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson by unanimous points decision in Detroit in the 2nd of their 6 meetings; his only win of their rivalry; Robinson’s first loss in his first 40 pro bouts
  • 1945 Big Racket becomes fastest race horse at 69t.6 kph (440 yd/20.8 s)
  • 1948 18 year old Dick Button becomes first American men's figure skating Olympic gold medallist at the St. Moritz Winter Games; first to complete a double axel in competition; retains title in 1952
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