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The XXVIII Summer Olympic Games open in Athens, Greece

The 2004 Summer Olympic Games was a premier international multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece, with the motto Welcome Home. 10,625 athletes competed, some 600 more than expected, accompanied by 5,501 team officials from 201 countries. There were 301 medal events in 28 different sports.


Real Madrid purchase Michael Owen from Liverpool

Following their successful bid, Owen was presented with the number 11 shirt by Real Madrid. Owen joined the club during its Galácticos era and played alongside Ronaldo, Raúl, Luís Figo, Zinedine Zidane and his England teammate David Beckham.


American basketball player DeMarcus Cousins is born

DeMarcus Amir Cousins is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Nicknamed "Boogie", he played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats, where he was an All-American in 2010.


American football player Devin McCourty is born

Devin McCourty is an American football free safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He played college football at Rutgers and was drafted by the Patriots in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.


American speed skater Shani Davis is born

Shani Earl Davis is an American speed skater. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Davis became the first black athlete to win a gold medal in an individual event at the Olympic Winter Games, winning the speedskating 1000 meter event. He also won a silver medal in the 1500 meter event.


Polish-Australian swimmer Michael Klim is born

Michael George Klim is a Polish-born Australian swimmer, Olympic gold medallist, world champion, and former world record-holder. Klim was first selected to represent Australia in the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada, while still a student at Wesley College, Melbourne. For his achievements, he was named the Male Swimmer of the Year.


English Premier League all-time top scorer Alan Shearer is born

Alan Shearer is an English retired footballer. He played as a striker in the top level of English league football for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and the England national team. He is Newcastle's and the Premier League's record goalscorer. He was named Football Writers' Association Player of the Year in 1994.

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