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1987

Jerzy Kukuczka climbs all 14 Eight-thousanders

Jerzy Kukuczka became the second man to climb all 14 eight-thousanders in the world, it took him less than 8 years. He is the only person in the world who has climbed 2 eight-thousanders in one winter. Altogether, he ascended four eight-thousanders in winter, including three as first ascents.

1976

Brazilian footballer Ronaldo is born

Ronaldo is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. Popularly dubbed O Fenômeno, he is widely considered to be one of the greatest football players of all time. In his prime, he was known for his dribbling at speed, feints, and clinical finishing. At his best in the 1990s, Ronaldo starred at club level for Cruzeiro, PSV, Barcelona, and Inter Milan.

1971

American road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong is born

Lance Edward Armstrong is a former American professional road racing cyclist. He was a member of the US Postal/Discovery team between 1998 and 2005 when he won his Tour de France titles, as well as a bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics. Armstrong had been the subject of doping allegations ever since winning the 1999 Tour de France.

1946

Joe Louis KOs Tami Mauriello

In September 1946, Mauriello received his third world championship shot, and his first try at the World Heavyweight title, when he met Joe Louis at the Bronx's Yankee Stadium. Mauriello figured that because of his right-hand power, he had a chance against the champion, who was 55-1 coming into their bout.

1933

Coach Scotty Bowman is born

William Scott Bowman is a Canadian retired National Hockey League head coach. He holds the record for most wins in league history, with 1,244 wins in the regular season and 223 in the Stanley Cup playoffs and ranks 2nd all-time for most Stanley Cup victories by a player, coach or executive with fourteen.

1919

The first African American plays pro football for a major team

Frederick Douglass "Fritz" Pollard was the first African American head coach in the National Football League. Pollard along with Bobby Marshall were the first two African American players in the NFL in 1920. Football pioneer Walter Camp ranked Pollard as "one of the greatest runners these eyes have ever seen."

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