Today In Sporting History

Posted: December 6, 2007 in Today in history

Welcome to today highlights in sporting history. This was the day 1995 Michael Jackson collapsed while rehearsing for an HBO special. according to Wikianswers “He collapsed because he was going to do a live broadcast concert (during the HIStory tour) and was practicing too much/too often, got dehydrated, and collapsed so the show was cancelled.”

In 1873 1st international football game in US: Yale 2, Eton (England) 1

In 1925, Record 73,000 pay to watch Chicago Bears beat New York Giants 19-7

In 1932 The birth of Don King Cleveland OH, most contraversial boxing promoter (Muhammud Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson)

Loved by some hated by others, King is never at a loss for words or intimidated by any. After serving a six-year prison term for murder, King stepped into the promotional side of boxing. He is a master promoter he gave boxing lovers 1974 classic ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ Ali vs Foreman, ‘Thrilla in Manila’ Ali-Frazier; ‘The Last Hurrah’ Ali-Homes; ‘He’s Back’ Tyson-McNeeley; ‘Finally’ Tyson-Holyfield I; ‘The Sounds and the Fury’ Tyson-Holyfield II; and many more unforgettable bouts. 

In 1981, Rob de Castella of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08 18.  It was not initially known to be a world record time, because his time of 2h 08’18” was 5 seconds more than the time set by Alberto Salazar earlier in 1981 in the New York City Marathon. It later emerged that the New York course was about 148 metres short.

In1988 Milwaukee Bucks win their 1,000th NBA game (2nd fastest)

In 1988, Merv Hughes takes 13 wickets vs West Indies at the WACA but Australia lose


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