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Thee first non-English team plays in the English Premier League

By being promoted to the Premier League for the 2011–12 season, Swansea became the first Welsh team to play in the division since its formation in 1992. Swansea finished their debut Premier League season in 11th, but at the end of the season Brendan Rodgers left to manage Liverpool.


Michael Phelps wins his sixth gold of the Beijing Games

After taking a day off from finals, Phelps won his sixth gold of the Beijing Games by winning the 200-meter individual medley with a world record time of 1:54.23, finishing ahead of Cseh by over two seconds.


The Premier League kicks off for the first time

The Premier League is the top level of the English football league system. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League. The competition was formed as the FA Premier League, following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from the Football League.


Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia

In the fifth Test at Old Trafford, Botham scored 118 in a partnership of 149 with Chris Tavaré before he was dismissed. He hit six sixes in that innings. England won that match to take a winning 3–1 series lead.


Patricia Palinkas becomes the first woman pro football player

Patricia "Pat" Palinkas is credited as the first and until Katie Hnida signed with the Fort Wayne Firehawks in 2010, the only woman to play American football professionally in a league made predominately of men. She was a holder for her husband Stephen Palinkas for the minor league Orlando Panthers in the Atlantic Coast Football League.

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