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Sammy Sosa hits 600th career home run

Sammy Sosa is a Dominican former professional baseball right fielder. He finished his career with brief stints with the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers. While playing for the Rangers, Sosa hit his 600th career home run to become the fifth player in MLB history to reach that milestone. He is also second all-time in home runs among foreign-born MLB players.


Dennis Bergkamp joins Arsenal

Dennis Bergkamp is a Dutch former professional footballer. In 1995, he signed with Arsenal for a transfer fee estimated at £7.5 million, breaking the club’s previous record set at £2.5 million. Bergkamp's arrival at the club was significant not only because he was an established international footballer, but also because he was a major contributor to Arsenal's return to success after much decline in the mid-1990s.


O.J. Simpson arraigned for double homicide

O.J. Simpson was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. The following day, a grand jury was called to determine whether to indict him for the murders. However, it was dismissed two days later as a result of excessive media coverage, which could have influenced its neutrality.


Panenka scores the most famous penalty shot in history

Antonín Panenka is a Czech former professional footballer. In the final against West Germany, he stepped up under immense pressure to take the fifth Czechoslovakian penalty, winning the match. German goalkeeper, Sepp Maier, dived left as Panenka chipped the ball straight into the middle of the net. The sheer cheek of the goal led a watching French journalist to dub Panenka "a poet".


Ali is convicted of refusing induction into armed services

After boxer Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the armed force, he was systematically denied a boxing license in every state and was even stripped of his passport. He was barred from fighting between the ages of 25 to almost 29 as his case worked its way through the appeals process. His conviction was eventually overturned.


Jesse Owens sets world record in the 100 meter sprint

Jesse Owens was an American track and field athlete who won the 1936 NCAA Track and Field Championships in four events and set a new world record in the 100-meter sprint. He also participated in that year’s Summer Olympics in Berlin where he was the most successful athlete at the Games and, as a black man, was credited with "single-handedly crushing Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy".

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