Snooker in History

Snooker: Billiards

Events in Sport

  • 1875-04-17 Modern Snooker invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain, a bored British officer in Jabalpur, India
  • 1999-05-03 Stephen Hendry defeats Mark Williams 18-11 to win the World Snooker Championship for a record seventh time.
  • 2013-03-21 Martin Gould defeats Ali Carter to win the snooker 2013 Championship League

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014-05-05 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby beats countryman Ronnie O'Sullivan 18-14, the first of 3 world titles

Snooker Player Ronnie O'Sullivan
Snooker Player
Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 2015-05-04 Stuart Bingham wins the 2015 World Snooker Championship
  • 2016-05-02 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby beats Ding Junhui of China 18-14, at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
  • 2017-05-01 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby defends title beating John Higgins 18-15, at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
  • 2018-05-07 World Snooker Championship: Welshman Mark Williams wins beating John Higgins 18-16 in Sheffield and, as promised, does his press conference in the nude

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1900-08-20 Murt [Edward James] O'Donoghue, New Zealand snooker player (1st witnessed 147 break), born in Te Aroha, New Zealand (d. 1994)
  • 1901-04-15 Joe Davis, English snooker player (World Champion 1927-40, 1946), born in Whitwell, Derbyshire (d. 1978)
  • 1908-05-27 Alex Brown, English snooker player, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1913-08-14 Fred Davis, English 8-time World Snooker Champion (1948-49, 51), born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire (d. 1998)
  • 1920-11-01 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Pot Black, BBC), born in Lambourn, England (d. 2011)
  • 1929-10-31 Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player, born in Merewether, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1932-10-08 Ray Reardon, Welsh snooker player, born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • 1934-05-10 Cliff Wilson, snooker player
  • 1935-01-03 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day, World Snooker C'ships, Olympics coverage), born in Newton Abbot, England (d. 2009)
  • 1941-05-11 Graham Miles, English snooker player, born in Birmingham, England (d. 2014)
  • 1943-07-29 David Taylor, English snooker player
  • 1946-03-03 John Virgo, British snooker player
  • 1947-01-14 Bill Weberniuk, Canadian snookers player, born in Winnipeg, Canada (d. 2003)
  • 1948-01-16 Cliff Thorburn, Canadian champion snooker player, born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1949-01-19 Dennis Taylor, British professional snooker player & snooker commentator (1985 World Championship), born in Coalisland, United Kingdom
  • 1949-03-18 Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, Irish snooker player (2x world-champ), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2010)
  • 1952-06-29 Joe Johnson, English snooker player, born in Bradford, West Yorkshire
  • 1954-03-04 Willie Thorne, English snooker player (1985 Classic), born in Leicester, England
  • 1957-08-22 Steve Davis, English professional snooker player, born in Plumstead, London
  • 1959-10-04 Tony Meo, English snooker player (British Open 1989; English Pro C’ship 1986-87), born in London, England
  • 1960-07-25 Alain Robidoux, Canadian snooker player, born in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec
  • 1962-05-02 Jimmy White, English professional snooker player, born in Tooting, England
  • 1964-05-11 John Parrott, snooker player
  • 1966-04-07 Gary Wilkinson, English snooker player
  • 1966-05-03 Darren Morgan, Welsh snooker player, born in Newport, Wales
  • 1966-10-05 Jan Verhaas, Dutch snooker referee
  • 1969-01-13 Stephen Hendry, Scottish professional snooker player (record 7 World Championships), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1969-08-29 Joe Swail, Northern Irish snooker player, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1969-09-17 Ken Doherty, Irish snooker player (world champion 1997), born in Dublin, Rep. of Ireland
  • 1969-10-06 Troy Shaw, English snooker player
  • 1970-01-17 James Wattana, Thai snooker player, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1970-08-27 Peter Ebdon, English snooker player
  • 1971-01-21 Alan McManus, Scottish snooker player
  • 1972-10-16 Stephen O'Connor, Irish amateur snooker champ (1990)
  • 1973-09-26 Chris Small, Scottish snooker player, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 1974-03-28 Mark King, English snooker player
  • 1974-10-12 Stephen Lee, English snooker player, born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire
  • 1975-03-21 Mark Williams, Welsh snooker player
  • 1975-05-18 John Higgins, Scottish snooker player (4-time world champion), born in Wishaw, Scotland
  • 1975-08-13 Joe Perry, English snooker player, born in Wisbech, England

Person of interestRonnie O'Sullivan

1975-12-05 Ronnie O'Sullivan, British snooker player (5-time world champion), born in Wordsley, England

Snooker Player Ronnie O'Sullivan
Snooker Player
Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 1977-05-12 Graeme Dott, British snooker player
  • 1977-06-04 Quinten Hann, Australian former snooker player
  • 1977-09-11 Matthew Stevens, Welsh snooker player, born in Carmarthen, Wales
  • 1978-10-14 Paul Hunter, English snooker player (Masters 2001, 02, 04), born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 2006)
  • 1979-02-09 "Casper" David Gray, English snooker player (2003 Scottish Open Winner), born in Lower Morden, Greater London
  • 1979-07-25 Ali Carter, English professional snooker player, born in Colchester, Essex
  • 1981-03-13 Stephen Maguire, Scottish snooker player, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1982-02-11 Neil Robertson, Australian snooker player (2010 world champion), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1983-06-19 Mark Selby, British snooker player (world champion 2014, 16-17), born in Leicester, England
  • 1983-12-08 Liu Song, Chinese snooker player, born in Beijing, China
  • 1987-04-01 Ding Junhui, Chinese snooker player (Masters 2011; Shanghai Masters 2013, 16; UK C'ships 2005, 09, 19), born in Yixing, Jiangsu, China

Deaths in Sport

  • 1974-06-20 Horace Lindrum, Australian snooker and billiards player, dies at 62
  • 1978-07-10 Joe Davis, English snooker player (World Champion 1927-40, 1946), dies at 77
  • 1980-04-12 Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (b. 1895)
  • 1994-03-13 Murt [Edward James] O'Donoghue, New Zealand snooker player (1st witnessed 147 break), dies at 93
  • 1994-05-21 Cliff Wilson, snooker player, dies at 60
  • 1995-09-03 Alex Brown, English snooker player, dies at 87
  • 1998-04-16 Fred Davis, English 8-time World Snooker Champion (1948-49, 51), dies at 84
  • 1998-12-25 John Pulman, English snooker player (b. 1926)
  • 2003-01-20 Bill Werbeniuk, Canadian snooker player (b. 1947)
  • 2004-11-08 Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player, dies at 75
  • 2006-07-11 John Spencer, English snooker player (b. 1935)
  • 2006-10-09 Paul Hunter, English snooker player (Masters 2001, 02, 04), dies from neuroendocrine tumours at 27
  • 2009-01-11 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day, World Snooker C'ships, Olympics coverage), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2010-07-24 Alex Higgins, Northern Irish snooker player (b. 1949)
  • 2011-05-01 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Pot Black, BBC), dies at 90