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1936 | Jesse Owens sets a new record in the 100 meter dash at a meet in Chicago with a time of 10.2 seconds.

1940 | Joe Louis gets an eighth round knockout on Arturo Godoy at Yankee Stadium in New York to retain the World Heavyweight Title.

1960 | Floyd Patterson became the first boxer to regain the world heavyweight title with a fifth round knockout of Sweden’s Ingemar Johansson at the Polo Grounds in New York.

1966 | Billy Casper wins the U.S. Open with a four stroke lead over Arnold Palmer in a playoff at the Olympic Club’s Lake Course in San Francisco. This was Casper’s second consecutive U.S. Open title and he did it by erasing a seven hole deficit in nine holes in the final round the previous day.

1967 | Cassius Clay (known later as Muhammad Ali), is convicted of violating U.S.. Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. He is sentenced to the maximum of five years in prison and fined $10,000. He remained free while he appealed his conviction.

1968 | Jim Hines becomes the first person to break the 10 second barrier in the first semifinal of the 100 meter dash at the AAU Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, edging out Ronny Ray Smith. Both are credited with a 9.9 second run. Charlie Greene, the winner of the second semifinal, tied the record set by Hines in the final. The 10 second barrier on that night was broken by three men and tied by seven others.

1976 | Czechoslovakia upsets West Germany 5-3 in penalties after the two sides ended up even at 2-2 at the UEFA European Championship Final at Red Star Stadium in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

1980 | Roberto Duran wins a 15-round decision over Sugar Ray Leonard to win the WBC Welterweight title at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec.

1982 | Pete Rose becomes the fifth player in MLB History to appear in 3,000 or more games in a career, matching a feat done by Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron and Carl Yastrzemski.

1982 | Tom Watson wins the U.S. Open by two strokes over Jack Nicklaus at Pebble Beach Gold Club in Pebble Beach, Calif. For Watson, it was the sixth major victory of his career.

1984 | Jockey Pay Day won seven of the eight races at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, which tied a thoroughbred racing record. His only loss was in the fourth race of the day.

1993 | Lee Janzen won the U.S. Open by two strokes over Payne Stewart at the Lower Course of Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Janzen’s 272 total score tied a record held by Jack Nicklaus and equaled Lee Trevino’s record of four straight rounds below 70 strokes.

1993 | The Chicago Bulls clinched their third consecutive NBA title with a 99-98 win over Phoenix Suns in Game Six of the NBA Finals. John Paxson got the game winning shot on a three pointer with 3.9 seconds left in the game.

1994 | Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson is arraigned for the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

1994 | Ernie Els of South Africa becomes the first foreign born winner of the U.S. Open since 1981. Els won the Open on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Penn.

2004 | Retief Goosen wins his second U.S. Open title in four years with a two stroke lead over Phil Mickelson at Shinnecock Hills Gold Club in Shinnecock Hills, New York. Mickelson recorded a three-putt double bogey on the 17th hole, enabling Goosen to increase his lead into the final hole.

2004 | Ken Griffey, Jr. hits his 500th career home run off Matt Morris of the St. Louis Cardinals as the Reds defeated the Cardinals 6-0.

2006 | After trailing two games to none in the series, the Miami Heat captured the NBA title with a 95-92 victory in Game Six over the Dallas Mavericks. In the final game, Dwayne Wade scored 36 points and collected 10 rebounds.

2013 | The Miami Heat win the second straight NBA title with a 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. LeBron James scored 37 points and 12 rebounds in the deciding game of the series.

2018 | Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal scored a goal against Morocco to become the all-time leading European goal scorer in international competition with 85 goals.

2019 | The New Orleans Pelicans select Zion Williamson of Duke with the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

2020 | Tiz the Law, ridden by Manuel Franco, wins the 152nd Belmont Stakes becoming the first New York-bred horse to win the event since 1882.

2023 | Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal becomes the first male soccer player to play in 200 international matches during a UEFA European Championship qualifier against Iceland in Reykjavik’s Laugardalsvollur Stadium.

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