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Spain beats the Netherlands for football's 19th World Cup

A football match that took place at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa. Andres Iniesta scored four minutes from the end in extra time to give Spain World Cup glory for the first time but the Netherlands players were disappointed because of their third defeat in a final.


Mike Tyson hires Donald Trump as an advisor

In 1988, Donald Trump hosted Mike Tyson in a world title fight to promote his casinos. It became the boxer’s first $100 million-a-minute match, helped shore up the tycoon’s collapsing empire and began a catastrophic partnership that ended with one man in prison and the other bankrupt.


Marco Tardelli performs one of the most iconic goal celebrations

Coming after their 1934 and 1938 victories, Italy had now drawn level with record champions Brazil. Italy's Paolo Rossi won the Golden Boot as the tournament's top goalscorer and the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player. Captain and goalkeeper Dino Zoff at forty also became the oldest player to win the World Cup.


Bobby Fischer vs. Boris Spassky

A match for the World Chess Championship in the Laugardalshöll arena in Reykjavík, between challenger Bobby Fischer of the U.S. and defending champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union. In this match, the chess match of politics went beyond the symbolic level and became an actual chess match.


Charlotte Cooper becomes the 1st female Olympic tennis champion

Charlotte Cooper Sterry was a female tennis player from England who won five singles titles at the Wimbledon Championships and in 1900 became Olympic champion. In winning in Paris in 1900, she became the first female Olympic tennis champion as well as the first individual female Olympic champion.

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