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FIFA's legendary boss João Havelange dies

In 2012 Havelange was hospitalized for a seriously infected right ankle in Rio de Janeiro. In 2013 he resigned from his position as FIFA's Honorary President for "health and personal reasons". Havelange was again admitted to hospital in 2014, for a lung infection, and in 2015 with respiratory problems. He died in 2016 at the age of 100.


Cristiano Ronaldo makes his debut for Manchester United

Ronaldo made his debut in the Premier League in a 4–0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers, receiving a standing ovation when he came on as a 60th-minute substitute for Nicky Butt. His performance earned praise from George Best, who hailed it as "undoubtedly the most exciting debut" he had ever seen.


South Africa qualifies to the world cup first time

A 1-0 win over Congo ensures South Africa will become the first team from the southern part of the continent to make it to the world cup finals. Their first appearance was in France 1998, six years after they had been readmitted to the global football family. Despite a 3–0 drubbing to France in their opening game, they went on to draw against Denmark and Saudi Arabia, the team finished third and thus exited the tournament.


Baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth dies

George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball spanned 22 seasons. In his final years, Ruth made many public appearances, especially in support of American efforts in World War II. In 1946, he became ill with esophageal cancer and died two years later as a result of the disease.


American football player Frank Gifford is born

Francis Newton Gifford was an American football player and television sports commentator. After a 12-year playing career as a halfback and flanker for the New York Giants of the National Football League, he was a play-by-play announcer and commentator for 27 years on ABC's Monday Night Football.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 2003

Idi Amin

born 1963

Larry Nassar

born 1966

Ed Olczyk