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2001

England qualify for the World Cup thanks to Beckham

David Beckham sent England to the 2002 World Cup finals in the most dramatic fashion imaginable at Old Trafford. Sven Goran Eriksson's team were trailing Greece 2-1 deep into injury time and looked destined for a difficult playoff against Ukraine. But Beckham, having failed with 5 previous long-range free kicks, finally secured qualification for Japan and Korea with a virtuoso goal in the 93rd minute.

1993

Michael Jordan retires from professional basketball

Jordan announced his retirement, citing a loss of desire to play the game. Jordan later stated that the death of his father three months earlier also shaped his decision. Jordan's father was murdered at a highway rest area in Lumberton, North Carolina, by two teenagers, Daniel Green and Larry Martin Demery.

1988

Gretzky's first game with the Kings

Wayne Gretzky spent 20 seasons playing in the NHL for 4 teams. After joining the 2nd one, the LA Kings, he was named their alternate captain. Gretzky made an impact right from the start, scoring from his 1st shot in the 1st regular season game. The fan attendance and interest in hockey saw an increase.

1956

Bobby Charlton makes his debut for Manchester United

Born in Ashington, Northumberland, Charlton made his debut for the Manchester United first-team in 1956, and over the next two seasons gained a regular place in the team, during which time he survived the Munich air disaster of 1958 after being rescued by Harry Gregg. After helping United to win the Football League in 1965, he won a World Cup medal with England in 1966.

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