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2018

Football World Cup kicks off in Russia

The 21st FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. It is the first World Cup held in Europe since the 2006 tournament in Germany and the first ever held in Eastern Europe. The opening match was between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

2009

Phil Jackson breaks Red Auerbach's record

Phil Jackson was head coach of the Chicago Bulls and during his tenure, Chicago won six NBA championships. After joining the L.A. Lakers, he gained three more consecutive titles, guiding the California team to championship victory in 2009. It was his 10th NBA title as a head coach, breaking the record he shared with coaching legend, Red Auerbach.

1994

New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup after 54 years

The 1994 Stanley Cup Finals took place at Madison Square Garden and were contested between the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks. The Rangers defeated the Canucks four games to three claiming the team’s fourth ever championship win, and their first since 1940.

1993

Ice hockey team Florida Panthers is founded

The Florida Panthers are a professional ice hockey team based in the Miami metropolitan area. They began playing in the 1993–94 NHL season and made one appearance at the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996. It was the only season in which the Panthers have ever won a playoff series, though they eventually lost the Finals to the Colorado Avalanche.

1974

East Germany beats West Germany in World Cup round 1

The 1974 FIFA World Cup was held in West Germany. East and West Germany were in the same group, both progressing at the expense of Chile and newcomers, Australia, to face each other in the final and most anticipated game. West Germany was already assured of progression to the second round whatever the result, but in one of the most politically charged matches of all time, it was East Germany that won.

1969

German tennis player Steffi Graf is born

Stefanie Maria "Steffi" Graf is a German former professional tennis player. She was ranked world No. 1 and won 22 Grand Slam singles titles. Her 22 singles titles put her second on the list of major wins in the female competition since the introduction of the Open Era.

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