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1932 | Jack Sharkey defeats Max Schmeling in a 15-round split decision for the world heavyweight championship at Madison Square Garden Bowl in Queens, New York.

1960 | Armin Hary of West Germany becomes the first person to run the 100 meter dash in 10.0 seconds during a meet in Zurich, Switzerland.

1964 | Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches a perfect game against the New York Mets. Bunning is the first to throw a no-hitter in both the American and National Leagues. His catcher, Gus Triandos is the first to catch a no-hitter in both leagues.

1964 | Spain defeats the Soviet Union in the UEFA European Championship Final by a 2-1 score.

1965 | Gary Player becomes the third golfer to capture the Golf Grand Slam with a three stroke win over Kel Nagle in a playoff round at the U,S, Open at the Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country, Missouri. His accomplishment matches Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan in capturing the U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship and The Masters..

1970 | Tony Jacklin of Great Britain is the first English golfer in 50 years to win the U,S, Open as he finished with a five stroke margin over Dave Hill at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.

1970 | Brazil defeats Italy 4-1 in the FIFA World Cup Final at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City with a crowd of 107,412 in attendance. Brazil and Pele become the first country and player to win the World Cup three times.

1971 | Lee Trevino defeats Jack Nicklas by two strokes in a playoff to win the 1971 U.S. Open at the East Course of Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

1986 | Bo Jackson, winner of the 1985 Heisman Trophy, signed a three-year contract to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals.

1988 | The Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Detroit Pistons 108-105 to win Game 7 of the NBA Finals. James Worthy scored 36 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists and was named NBA Finals MVP. It was also the only triple-double of Worthy’s Hall of Fame career.

1994 | Lori McNeil upsets Steffi Graf in the first round of Wimbledon with a 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) win. This is the first occurrence where the defending women’s champion is eliminated in the first round.

1997 | The New York Liberty defeat the Los Angeles Sparks 67-57 in the WNBA’s inaugural game before a crowd of 14,284 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.

2003 | Lennox Lewis retained the world heavyweight title when a cut stopped Vitali Klitschko after six rounds of boxing. Paul Wallace, the ring doctor ordered referee Lou Moret to stop the bout.

2005 | French Open winner Justine Henin-Hardenne loses in the first round at Wimbledon. The Belgian becomes the first French Open women’s champion since 1962 to lose her opening match at Wimbledon when she’s beaten by Eleni Daniilidou of Greece, 7-6 (8), 2-6, 7-5.

2012 | The Miami Heat defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, clinching the NBA Title. LeBron James scored a triple double with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds while Chris Bosh scored 23 points.

2015 | Jordan Spieth wins the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington by one stroke over Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen and is the youngest player in 93 years to win two majors (U.S. Open and the Masters).

2018 | The Phoenix Suns select Deandre Ayton with the first pick of the 2018 NBA Draft.

2022 | Designated Hitter and baseball phenom Shohei Otani collected a career high 8 RBI’s during 12-11 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

2023 | Hockey Hall of Fame class elects Henrik Lundqvist, Caroline Ouellette, Tom Barrasso, Mike Vernon and Pierre Turgeon in the players category. Ken Hitchock and Pierre Lacroix in the builder category.

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