Today in Sporting History

Posted: December 8, 2007 in Today in history

Welcome to today highlights in sporting history. This was the day in 1861 when former high school drop out William Crapo Durant founded General Motors. The financial woes of the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression proved fatal as he was ruined financially.  After the fall, Durant and his second wife lived on a small pension provided by Alfred P. Sloan on behalf of General Motors.

In 1918, birth of Ian Johnson cricketer (Australian Test captain between Hassett & Craig)

In 1922, birth of George Fullerton cricketer (South African keeper-batsman 1947-51)

In 1940, Millions of Americans tune in to listen to 1st NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0

In1951, American League alters its restrictions on night games, adopting National League’s suspended game rule & lifting its ban on lights for Sunday games

In 1956, 16th Olympic games close in Melbourne, Australia.  The most memorable event was the Blood In The Water match. It was the match between Hungary and Old soviet union. The game became rough and, when a Hungarian was forced to leave the pool with blood streaming from a cut over his eye, a riot almost broke out. But police restored order and the game was called early, with Hungary leading 4-0. The Hungarians went on to win the gold medal.

In 1959, West meets East when President Eisenhower watches Pakistan vs Australia Test Cricket at Karachi

In 1961, Larry Costello scores 32 consecutive points without a miss (NBA record)

 

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