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2013

Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement

Football legend, Alexander Ferguson, announced that he was to retire as manager at the end of the 2013 football season, but would remain at the club as a director and club ambassador. The Guardian announced it was the "end of an era", while UEFA president Michel Platini said that Ferguson was "a true visionary".

USSR announces it will not participate in LA Summer Olympics

The boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles followed four years after the U.S.-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. It involved 14 Eastern Bloc countries, led by the Soviet Union. Boycotting countries organized another major event called the Friendship Games.

1970

New York Knicks beat Los Angeles Lakers 4-3 to win NBA Finals

The New York Knicks, Eastern Division champions, defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, Western Division champions, in a best-of-seven series of 4 games to 3 for their first NBA title. The final game of the series was named by ESPN in 2010 as the greatest-ever Game 7 in finals history, featuring a return from injury for Willis Reed.

1967

Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction into US Army

Though boxer and activist, Muhammad Ali, had registered for conscription in the United States military on his 18th birthday, he later declared he would refuse to serve in the army and publicly considered himself a conscientious objector. In April, 1967, he appeared for his scheduled induction into the U.S. Armed Forces, but refused three times to step forward when his name was called. He was immediately arrested and stripped of his heavyweight title. Ali, a Muslim, cited religious reasons for his decision to forgo military service.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1981

Stephen Amell

born 1990

Kemba Walker

born 1987

Mark Noble

born 1932

Sonny Liston