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2008

The first person wins eight gold medals in one Olympic Games

Michael Fred Phelps is an American retired competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time. When he won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, Phelps broke fellow American swimmer Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games.

1996

Beckham scores goal from his own half

David Beckham became something of a household name when he scored a spectacular goal in a match against Wimbledon. With United leading 2–0, Beckham noticed that Wimbledon's goalkeeper Neil Sullivan was standing a long way out of his goal, and hit a shot from the halfway line that floated over the goalkeeper and into the net.

1994

Zidane makes his international debut netting twice

Zidane was a member of the French under-21 squad that won a bronze medal at the 1993 Mediterranean Games in Languedoc-Roussillon. He earned his first cap with France as a substitute in a friendly against the Czech Republic, which ended in a 2–2 draw after Zidane scored twice to help France erase a 2–0 deficit.

1978

US balloonists' record Atlantic crossing

Double Eagle II, piloted by Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman, became the first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it landed in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours 6 minutes after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1977

Thierry Henry

born 1963

Jon Gruden