Today in Sporting History

Posted: November 24, 2007 in Today in history

Welcome to today highlights in sports. This was the day in1859 when Charles Darwin challenged the creation theory  by publishing “On the Origin of Species”. And in 1971 Dan “DB” Cooper parachutes from a Northwest Aairline 727 with $200,000.

According to modern legend, On a chilly Thanksgiving eve, in 1971, Dan Cooper boarded a Northwest Orient Airlines flight from Portland to Seattle, demanded and received a $200,000 ransom, and on the return flight he parachuted into the forest and has never been seen again. The disappearance of Dan “D.B.” Cooper is one of the great unsolved mysteries of the 20th century. Read the rest of this fascinating story here

In 1938, National Semi-Pro Basketball Congress authorizes yellow basketball

In 1976, NBA Atlanta Hawks finaly wake up from a nightmare journey when they end a 28 game road losing streak

In 1989, Golden boy of Indian Cricket, Tendulkar scores a Test Cricket fifty age 16 years 214 days, a record

In 1991 After going 12-0 Washington loses to Dallas 24-21. At 12-0 up they might have thought they were home and dry only to see victory snatched from their jaws.

1991 – Monica Seles, sets female tennis record winning $2,457,758 in a year.

She started out by winning the Australian Open in January, beating Jana Novotná in the final. In March, she replaced Steffi Graf as the World No. 1. She then successfully defended her French Open title, beating the former youngest-ever winner Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in the final. However, instead of playing at Wimbledon, she took a six-week break, blaming shin splints. But she was back in time for the U.S. Open, and won it beating Martina Navrátilová in the final to cement her position at the top of the world rankings.

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