On This Day

Events in Sport on December 19

  • 1891 Canadian Rugby Union forms
  • 1904 Dawson City hockey team begins 9 day walk to get a boat to Seattle to catch a train to Ottawa to play in Stanley Cup on Jan 13 1905
  • 1913 Jack Johnson fights Jim Johnson to a draw in 10 rounds for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1917 1st NHL game played on artificial ice in Toronto
  • 1917 Quebec Bulldogs play their 1st professional hockey game
  • 1920 1st US indoor curling rink opens (Brookline, Mass)
  • 1924 Test Cricket debut of Bill Ponsford, who scored 110 in 1st innings
  • 1926 National Football League Championship: Frankford Yellow Jackets (14-1-2) win first past the post title
  • 1927 National Football League Championship: New York Giants (11-1-1) win first past the post title

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1931 Bradman scores 112 Australia v South Africa at cricket SCG

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1947 1948 NFL Draft: Harry Gilmer from University of Alabama first pick by Washington Redskins
  • 1948 Cleveland Browns beats Buffalo Bills 49-7 in AAFC championship game
  • 1948 National Football League Championship, Shribe Park, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles shutout Chicago Cardinals, 7-0 in a snowstorm, 'the Philly Blizzard'
  • 1974 Dave Kryskow scores Washington Capitals 1st NHL shorthanded goal
  • 1976 John Lever takes 7-46 in 1st Test Cricket innings, v India Delhi
  • 1976 Piper Cherokee crashes into Balt Memorial Stadium upper stands, 10 minutes after Colts lose 40-14 to Steelers. No one seriously hurt
  • 1976 65th Davis Cup: Italy beats Chile in Santiago (4-1)

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1980 "Raging Bull", directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released in the United States

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
Actor Robert De Niro
Actor
Robert De Niro
Actress Cathy Moriarty
Actress
Cathy Moriarty
  • 1983 The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro.

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1984 Wayne Gretzky, 23, is 18th & youngest NHL-er to score 1,000 points

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

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1984 Scotty Bowman wins his 691st regular season game, the most wins by any coach in NHL history

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman
  • 1986 Michael Sergio, who parachuted into Shea Stadium during game 6 of the World Series, sentenced to 100 hrs of community service & fined $500
  • 1988 Oklahoma's College football team gets 3 year probation

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1989 Larry Bird (Celtics) begins NBA free throw streak of 71 games

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1991 NY Yankee pitcher Steve Howe arrested for cocaine possession
  • 2000 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid's Portuguese midfielder Luís Figo is named best football player in Europe ahead of Juventus midfielder Zinedine Zidane and Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko
  • 2009 Former Welsh and Lions captain Gareth Thomas is the first international rugby player to reveal he is gay
  • 2010 "Miracle at the New Meadowlands", Philadelphia Eagles trail New York Giants by 21 points with eight minutes to play, before scoring 4 touchdowns in final 7 minutes, including dramatic walk-off punt returned for a touchdown by DeSean Jackson
  • 2018 Houston Rockets set NBA single-game record with 26 three-pointers in 136-118 victory over Washington Wizards; 8 players hit from deep as Rockets shoot 26-of-55 (47.3%); James Harden leads charge, shooting 6-of-11 on 3s