Events in Sport on January 1

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  • 1838 1st official horse race in South Australia-Adelaide
  • 1902 1st Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Michigan beats Stanford, 49-0; MVP: Neil Snow, Michigan, FB
  • 1907 Joe Gans lands a devastating right to the head of Canadian challenger Kid Herman to retain his world lightweight boxing title with an 8th round knockout in Tonopah, Nevada
  • 1908 Sir Jack Hobbs, the leading run scorer and century maker in first-class cricket history, makes his international debut in England's 2nd Test win over Australia at the MCG (83 & 28)
  • 1909 American Robert Fowler runs then world record marathon 2:52:45.4 at Yonkers, NY
  • 1910 England cricket underhand bowler George Simpson-Hayward takes 6-43 on debut with underarm lobs in 1st Test against South Africa in Johannesburg; SA wins by 19 runs
  • 1913 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Hastings, NZ: Irishman James Cecil Parke beats Alfred Beamish of England 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 7-5
  • 1916 2nd Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Washington State beats Brown, 14-0; MVP: Carl Dietz, Washington State
  • 1917 3rd Rose Bowl, Tournamnet Park, Pasadena, California: Oregon beats Pennsylvania, 14-0; MVP: John Beckett, Oregon
  • 1918 4th Rose Bow, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Mare Island, USMC beats Camp Lewis, US Army, 19-7; MVP: Hollis Huntington, USMC

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1919 5th Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Great Lakes, US Navy beats Mare Island, USMC, 17-0; MVP: George Halas, US Navy

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
  • 1920 6th Rose Bowl: Harvard beats Oregon 7-6
  • 1921 7th Rose Bowl: California beats Ohio State 28-0
  • 1923 9th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats Penn State, 14-3
  • 1924 10th Rose Bowl: Washington ties Navy, 14-14
  • 1925 11th Rose Bowl: Notre Dame beats Stanford, 27-10

  • 1925 Australian cricketer Bill Ponsford becomes the first batsman to score a century in each of his first 2 Tests when he hits 128 against England in the 2nd Test in Melbourne; Australia wins by 81 runs
  • 1926 12th Rose Bowl: Alabama beats Washington, 20-19
  • 1927 Brooklyn announces release of future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Zack Wheat after 18 consecutive seasons with Robins; Wheat hits .324 in final season with Philadelphia A's
  • 1927 13th Rose Bowl: Stanford ties Alabama, 7-7
  • 1929 15th Rose Bowl: Georgia Tech beats California, 8-7 (Roy Riegels runs 60 yds the wrong way with fumble recovery)
  • 1930 16th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats Pittsburgh, 47-11
  • 1931 17th Rose Bowl: Alabama beats Washington State, 24-0
  • 1932 18th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats Tulane, 21-12
  • 1934 20th Rose Bowl: Columbia beats Stanford, 7-0
  • 1935 21st Rose Bowl: Alabama beats Stanford, 29-13
  • 1935 1st Sugar Bowl: Tulane beats Temple, 20-14
  • 1935 1st Orange Bowl: Bucknell beats Miami (FL), 26-0
  • 1936 22nd Rose Bowl: Stanford beats SMU, 7-0
  • 1936 2nd Sugar Bowl: TCU beats LSU, 3-2
  • 1936 2nd Orange Bowl: Catholic University beats Mississippi, 20-19
  • 1937 23rd Rose Bowl: #3 Pittsburgh beats #5 Washington, 21-0
  • 1937 3rd Sugar Bowl: Santa Clara beats LSU, 21-14
  • 1937 3rd Orange Bowl: #14 Duquesne beats Mississippi State, 13-12
  • 1938 24th Rose Bowl: #2 California beats #4 Alabama, 13-0
  • 1938 4th Sugar Bowl: Santa Clara beats LSU, 6-0
  • 1938 4th Orange Bowl: Auburn beats Michigan State, 6-0
  • 1939 25th Rose Bowl: #7 Southern California beats #3 Duke, 7-3
  • 1940 26th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #2 Tennessee, 14-0
  • 1940 6th Sugar Bowl: #1 Texas A&M beats #5 Tulane, 14-13
  • 1940 6th Orange Bowl: #16 Georgia Tech beats #6 Missouri, 21-7

  • 1941 27th Rose Bowl: #2 Stanford beats #7 Nebraska, 21-13
  • 1941 7th Sugar Bowl: #4 Boston College beats #6 Tennessee, 19-13
  • 1941 7th Orange Bowl: #9 Mississippi State beats #13 Georgetown, 14-7
  • 1942 28th Rose Bowl: #12 Oregon State beats #2 Duke, 20-16 (played in North Carolina due to Japanese threat)
  • 1942 8th Sugar Bowl: #6 Fordham beats #7 Missouri, 2-0
  • 1942 8th Orange Bowl: #14 Georgia beats TCU, 40-26
  • 1943 Negro Baseball League star Josh Gibson suffers a nervous breakdown; admitted to hospital for rest and treatment; released in time for pre-season training
  • 1943 Chicago Black Hawks field first trio of brothers to play together in an NHL game; Max, Doug and Reggie Bentley appear for the Hawks in a 6-5 win over the New York Rangers at Chicago Stadium
  • 1943 29th Rose Bowl: #2 Georgia beats #13 UCLA, 9-0
  • 1943 9th Sugar Bowl: #7 Tennessee beats #4 Tulsa, 14-7
  • 1943 9th Orange Bowl: #10 Alabama beats #8 Boston College, 37-21
  • 1944 30th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats #12 Washington, 29-0
  • 1944 10th Sugar Bowl: Georgia Tech beats Tulsa, 20-18
  • 1944 10th Orange Bowl: LSU beats Texas A&M, 19-14
  • 1945 31st Rose Bowl: #7 Southern California beats #12 Tennessee, 25-0
  • 1945 11th Sugar Bowl: #11 Duke beats Alabama, 29-26
  • 1945 11th Orange Bowl: Tulsa beats #13 Georgia Tech, 26-12
  • 1946 32nd Rose Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #11 Southern California, 34-14
  • 1946 12th Sugar Bowl: #5 Oklahoma State beats #7 Saint Mary's (CA), 33-13
  • 1946 12th Orange Bowl: Miami (FL) beats #16 Holy Cross, 13-6
  • 1947 33rd Rose Bowl: #5 Illinois beats #4 UCLA, 45-14
  • 1947 13th Sugar Bowl: #3 Georgia beats #9 North Carolina, 20-10
  • 1947 13th Orange Bowl: #10 Rice beats #7 Tennessee, 8-0

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1948 Australian cricket master batsman Don Bradman scores 132 on first day of 3rd Test v India; follows up with 127no in 2nd innings; Australia wins by 233

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1948 34th Rose Bowl: #2 Michigan beats #8 Southern California, 49-0
  • 1948 14th Sugar Bowl: #5 Texas beats #6 Alabama, 27-7
  • 1948 14th Orange Bowl: #10 Georgia Tech beats #12 Kansas, 20-14
  • 1949 35th Rose Bowl: #7 Northwestern beats #4 California, 20-14
  • 1949 15th Sugar Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #3 North Carolina, 14-6
  • 1949 15th Orange Bowl: Texas beats #8 Georgia, 41-28
  • 1949 Arguably cricket's greatest ever batsman, ex-Australian captain Don Bradman is knighted; first time a cricketer is bestowed with the honour solely for his contribution to the game
  • 1951 37th Rose Bowl: #9 Michigan beats #5 California, 14-6
  • 1951 17th Sugar Bowl: #7 Kentucky beats #1 Oklahoma, 13-7
  • 1951 17th Orange Bowl: #10 Clemson beats #15 Miami (FL), 15-14
  • 1952 38th Rose Bowl: #4 Illinois beats #7 Stanford, 40-7
  • 1952 18th Sugar Bowl: #3 Maryland beats #1 Tennessee, 28-13
  • 1952 18th Orange Bowl: #6 Georgia Tech beats #9 Baylor, 17-14
  • 1953 39th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #11 Wisconsin, 7-0
  • 1953 19th Sugar Bowl: #2 Georgia Tech beats #7 Mississippi, 24-7
  • 1953 19th Orange Bowl: #9 Alabama beats #14 Syracuse, 61-6
  • 1954 Rose & Cotton Bowl are 1st sport colorcasts
  • 1954 40th Rose Bowl: #3 Michigan State beats #5 UCLA, 28-20
  • 1954 20th Sugar Bowl: #8 Georgia Tech beats #10 West Virginia, 42-19
  • 1954 20th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #1 Maryland, 7-0
  • 1955 41st Rose Bowl: #1 Ohio State beats #17 Southern California, 20-7
  • 1955 21st Sugar Bowl: #5 Navy beats #6 Mississippi, 21-0
  • 1955 21st Orange Bowl: #14 Duke beats Nebraska, 34-7
  • 1957 43rd Rose Bowl: #3 Iowa beats #10 Oregon State, 35-19
  • 1957 23rd Sugar Bowl: #11 Baylor beats #2 Tennessee, 13-7
  • 1957 23rd Orange Bowl: #20 Colorado beats #19 Clemson, 27-21
  • 1958 44th Rose Bowl: #2 Ohio State beats Oregon, 10-7
  • 1958 24th Sugar Bowl: #7 Mississippi beats #11 Texas, 39-7
  • 1958 24th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #16 Duke, 48-21
  • 1959 45th Rose Bowl: #2 Iowa beats #16 California, 38-12
  • 1959 25th Sugar Bowl: #1 LSU beats #12 Clemson, 7-0
  • 1959 25th Orange Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #9 Syracuse, 21-6
  • 1960 46th Rose Bowl: #8 Washington beats #6 Wisconsin, 44-8
  • 1960 26th Sugar Bowl: #2 Mississippi beats #3 LSU, 21-0
  • 1960 26th Orange Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #18 Missouri, 14-0
  • 1961 Briggs Stadium, home of baseball's Detroit Tigers is officially renamed Tigers Stadium
  • 1962 48th Rose Bowl: #6 Minnesota beats #16 UCLA, 21-3
  • 1962 28th Sugar Bowl: #1 Alabama beats #9 Arkansas, 10-3`
  • 1962 28th Orange Bowl: #4 LSU beats #7 Colorado, 25-7
  • 1963 49th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #2 Wisconsin, 42-37
  • 1963 29th Sugar Bowl: #3 Mississippi beats #6 Arkansas, 17-13
  • 1963 29th Orange Bowl: #5 Alabama beats #8 Oklahoma, 17-0
  • 1964 50th Rose Bowl: #3 Illinois beats Washington, 17-7
  • 1964 30th Sugar Bowl: #8 Alabama beats #7 Mississippi, 12-7
  • 1964 30th Orange Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #5 Auburn, 13-7
  • 1965 51st Rose Bowl: #4 Michigan beats #8 Oregon State, 34-7

  • 1965 31st Sugar Bowl: #7 LSU beats Syracuse, 13-10
  • 1965 31st Orange Bowl: #5 Texas beats #1 Alabama, 21-17
  • 1966 52nd Rose Bowl: #5 UCLA beats #1 Michigan State, 14-12
  • 1966 32nd Sugar Bowl: #6 Missouri beats Florida, 20-18
  • 1966 32nd Orange Bowl: #4 Alabama beats #3 Nebraska, 39-28
  • 1967 Canadian Amateur Football Association formally becomes successor to Canadian Rugby Football Union; turns over the Grey Cup trophy to the CFL
  • 1967 Second day's play in Calcutta 2nd cricket Test, India v W Indies is cancelled by riots; ticket holders denied access starts trouble outside ground; escalates with fires in stands and pitch damage; WI win by 45
  • 1967 NFL Championship, Cotton Bowl, Dallas: Green Bay Packers beat Dallas Cowboys, 34-27
  • 1967 AFL Championship, War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo: Kansas City Chiefs beat Buffalo Bills, 31-7; QB Len Dawson passes for 2 TDs, RB Mike Garrett runs for 2 TDs
  • 1968 54th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #4 Indiana, 14-3
  • 1968 34th Sugar Bowl: LSU beats #5 Wyoming, 20-13
  • 1968 34th Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #2 Tennessee, 26-24
  • 1969 Jack Kent Cooke, owner of NHL's LA Kings, fines each player $100 for "NOT" arguing with the referee
  • 1969 55th Rose Bowl: #1 Ohio State beats #2 Southern California, 27-16
  • 1969 35th Sugar Bowl: #9 Arkansas beats #4 Georgia, 16-2
  • 1969 35th Orange Bowl: #3 Penn State beats #6 Kansas, 15-14
  • 1970 Charles "Chub" Feeney becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1970 56th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #7 Michigan, 10-3
  • 1970 36th Sugar Bowl: #13 Mississippi beats #3 Arkansas, 27-22
  • 1970 36th Orange Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #6 Missouri, 10-3
  • 1971 57th Rose Bowl: #12 Stanford beats #2 Ohio State, 27-17
  • 1971 37th Sugar Bowl: #4 Tennessee beats #11 Air Force, 34-13
  • 1971 37th Orange Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 17-12
  • 1972 58th Rose Bowl: #16 Stanford beats #4 Michigan, 13-12
  • 1972 38th Sugar Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #5 Auburn, 40-22
  • 1972 38th Orange Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #2 Alabama, 38-6
  • 1973 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Home favourite John Newcombe beats Onny Parun of New Zealand 6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 for his first Australian title
  • 1973 59th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #3 Ohio State, 42-17
  • 1973 39th Orange Bowl: #9 Nebraska beats #12 Notre Dame, 40-6
  • 1974 Lee MacPhail takes over as AL president, succeeding Joe Cronin

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1974 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Jimmy Connors wins his only Australian title; beats home favourite Phil Dent 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • 1974 60th Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #7 Southern California, 42-21
  • 1974 40th Orange Bowl: #6 Penn State beats #13 LSU, 16-9
  • 1974 Ernie DiGregorio of Buffalo hands out 25 assists in the Braves' 120-119 win over Portland, establishing an NBA single-game record for assists by a rookie
  • 1975 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Home favourite John Newcombe wins 7th and last career Grand Slam singles title; beats Jimmy Connors of the US 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6
  • 1975 61st Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #3 Ohio State, 18-17
  • 1975 41st Orange Bowl: #9 Notre Dame beats #2 Alabama, 13-11

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1976 After 45 years of coaching, Paul Brown announces his retirement from the National Football League

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1976 42nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #5 Michigan, 14-6
  • 1977 63rd Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #2 Michigan, 14-6

  • 1977 43rd Sugar Bowl: #1 Pittsburgh beats #4 Georgia, 27-3; Tony Dorsett runs for record 202 yards
  • 1977 43rd Orange Bowl: #11 Ohio State beats #12 Colorado, 27-10

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1978 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Oakland Raiders, 20-17

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1978 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Dallas Cowboys beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-6
  • 1979 65th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #5 Michigan, 17-10
  • 1979 45th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #1 Penn State, 14-7
  • 1979 45th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #6 Nebraska, 31-24
  • 1979 John Y. Brown attends his first game as owner of the Boston Celtics NBA franchise after trading the Buffalo Braves to previous Celtics owner, Irving H. Levin
  • 1980 Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-American final Barbara Jordan wins her first and only Grand Slam singles title; beats Sharon Walsh 6-3, 6-3
  • 1980 66th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #1 Ohio State, 17-16
  • 1980 46th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #6 Arkansas, 24-9
  • 1980 46th Orange Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #4 Florida State, 24-7
  • 1981 67th Rose Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #16 Washington, 23-6
  • 1981 47th Sugar Bowl: #1 Georgia beats #7 Notre Dame, 17-10
  • 1981 47th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #2 Florida State, 18-17
  • 1982 68th Rose Bowl: #12 Washington beats #13 Iowa, 28-0
  • 1982 48th Sugar Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats #2 Georgia, 24-20
  • 1982 11th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Penn State beats #8 Southern California, 26-10
  • 1982 48th Orange Bowl: #1 Clemson beats #4 Nebraska, 22-15
  • 1983 PGA inaugurates all-exempt tour
  • 1983 69th Rose Bowl: #5 UCLA beats #19 Michigan, 24-14
  • 1983 49th Sugar Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #1 Georgia, 27-23
  • 1983 12th Fiesta Bowl: #11 Arizona State beats #12 Oklahoma, 32-21
  • 1983 49th Orange Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #13 LSU, 21-20
  • 1985 71st Rose Bowl: #18 Southern California beats #6 Ohio State, 20-17
  • 1985 51st Sugar Bowl: #5 Nebraska beats #11 LSU, 28-10
  • 1985 14th Fiesta Bowl: #14 UCLA beats #13 Miami, 39-37
  • 1985 51st Orange Bowl: #4 Washington beats #2 Oklahoma, 28-17
  • 1986 72nd Rose Bowl: #13 UCLA beats #4 Iowa, 45-28; Iowa's All-American running back, Ronnie Harmon, fumbles the ball 4 times in his last game.
  • 1986 52nd Sugar Bowl: #8 Tennessee beats #2 Miami, 35-7
  • 1986 15th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #7 Nebraska, 27-23
  • 1986 52nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #1 Penn State, 25-10
  • 1987 73rd Rose Bowl: #7 Arizona State beats #4 Michigan, 22-15
  • 1987 53rd Sugar Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 30-15
  • 1987 53rd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #9 Arkansas, 42-8
  • 1988 Czech born tennis star Hana Mandikova becomes an Australian Citizen
  • 1988 Miami beats Oklahoma for college football championship
  • 1988 74th Rose Bowl: #8 Michigan State beats #16 Southern California, 20-17
  • 1988 54th Sugar Bowl: #4 Syracuse ties #6 Auburn, 16-16
  • 1988 17th Fiesta Bowl: #3 Florida State beats #5 Nebraska, 31-28
  • 1988 54th Orange Bowl: #2 Miami (FL) beats #1 Oklahoma, 20-14

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1989 1st Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Helena Suková & Miloslav Mečíř win inaugural event for Czechoslovakia; beat Australian pair Hana Mandlíková & Pat Cash 6-2, 6-4 for 2-0 victory

Tennis Player and Gold Medalist Miloslav Mecir
Tennis Player and Gold Medalist
Miloslav Mecir
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
  • 1990 Sports News Network begins operation on cable TV
  • 1990 76th Rose Bowl: #12 Southern California beats #3 Michigan, 17-10
  • 1990 56th Sugar Bowl: #2 Miami beats #7 Alabama, 33-25
  • 1990 19th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Florida State beats #6 Nebraska, 41-17
  • 1990 56th Orange Bowl: #4 Notre Dame beats #1 Colorado, 21-6
  • 1991 77th Rose Bowl: #8 Washington beats #17 Iowa, 46-34
  • 1991 57th Sugar Bowl: #6 Tennessee beats Virginia, 23-22