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1997

Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all MLB teams

In 1997, MLB retired his uniform number 42 across all major league teams; he was the first pro athlete in any sport to be so honored. MLB also adopted a new annual tradition, "Jackie Robinson Day", for the first time in 2004, on which every player on every team wears No. 42.

Hillsborough disaster

The Hillsborough disaster was a fatal human crush during an FA Cup semi-final football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. With 96 fatalities and 766 injuries, it remains the worst disaster in British sporting history.

1965

The day that Havlicek Stole the Ball

'Havlicek stole the ball!' was the most famous radio call in basketball history. With five seconds left in Boston Garden, the Celtics let Wilt Chamberlain score an uncontested basket, cutting their lead to 110-109. John Havlicek leaps and slaps the ball to teammate Sam Jones, who dribbles out the clock.

1947

Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American to play in MLB

Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American in the major leagues when he plays his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers. During his first season in the majors, Robinson encountered racism from opposing teams and fans, as well as some of his own teammates. Robinson broke the color barrier in a sport.

1922

The second Olympiad for women is held

The Women's Olympiad was the 2nd international women's sports event, a 7-day multi-sport event organized by Alice Milliat and held in Monte Carlo at the International Sporting Club of Monaco. The tournament was formally called "Deuxiéme Meeting International d'Éducation Physique Féminine". It was also the second of three Women's Olympiads or "Monte Carlo Games" held annually.

1896

First modern Olympic games close in Athens, Greece

King George the Great organised a banquet for officials and athletes. During his speech, he made clear that, as far as he was concerned, the Olympics should be held in Athens permanently. The official closing ceremony was held the following Wednesday, after being postponed from Tuesday due to rain.

1875

Heavyweight boxer James J. Jeffries is born

James Jackson Jeffries was an American professional boxer and World Heavyweight Champion. He was known for his enormous strength and stamina. Using a technique taught to him by his trainer, former Welterweight, and Middleweight Champion Tommy Ryan, Jeffries fought out of a crouch with his left arm extended forward.

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