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1937 | Joe Louis knocked out Jim Braddock in the eighth round at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois to win the world heavyweight championship. Louis would hold onto the title for the next 11 years.

1938 | One year to the day of capturing the world heavyweight championship, Joe Louis and Max Schmeling battled in what was billed in both the United States and Germany as Good vs Evil. Just two minutes and four seconds into the bout at New York’s Yankee Stadium, Louis knocked out Schmeling to retain the world heavyweight champion.

1949 | With the world heavyweight title vacant, Ezzard Charles and Jersey Joe Walcott faced off at Comiskey Park in Chicago to determine a new champion. The fight went the full distance of 15 rounds with Charles getting a unanimous decision over Walcott

1977 | John Ziegler is named as the fourth President of the National Hockey League succeeding Clarence Campbell.

1979 | Larry Holmes secured a 12th round knockout to defeat Mike Weaver at Madison Square Garden in New York to retain the WBC Heavyweight Championship.

1980 | Germany defeated Belgium 2-1 in the UEFA European Championship at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. Horst Hrubesch scored both goals for the Germans in the match.

1981 | John McEnroe defeated Tom Gulikison in three sets with a 7-6 (5), 7-5, 6-3 in the first round at Wimbledon. During the match, a serve made by McEnroe was ruled out and McEnroe shouted the infamous “You cannot be serious” line.

1991 | The Quebec Nordiques selected Eric Lindros with the first pick in the 1991 NHL Draft.

1994 | The Houston Rockets defeated the New York Knicks 90-84 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, It is the first NBA title for the Rockets franchise, Hakeem Olajuwon had 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks.

1994 | USA Men’s National Soccer Team defeats Colombia 2-0 in an opening round match at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

1996 | Michael Moorer defeats Axel Schultz with a split decision for the IBF heavyweight championship at the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund, Germany.

1999 | A 16-year old qualifier ranked 129th in the world, Jelena Dokic defeated the top ranked player in the world, Martina Hingis 6-2, 6-0 in the first round of Wimbledon. Dokic’s win is considered as one of the greatest upsets in the tournament’s history.

2001 | Karrie Webb shot a 7-under par 64 in the second round of the LPGA Championship at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware. Webb set a new 36 hole scoring record with the feat.

2006 | USA Men’s National Soccer Team is eliminated from the FIFA World Cup with a 2-1 loss to Ghana in the final group stage match.

2007 | For the first time in NHL Draft history, the top two picks in the draft were American born players exclusively. With the first pick, the Chicago Blackhawks selected Patrick Kane. The Philadelphia Flyers followed it up by selecting James Van Riemsdyk with the second pick.

2012 | Jerry Sandusky is convicted on 45 counts of sexually assaulting 10 boys over a 15 year time period. The allegations surrounding Sandusky led to the firing of legendary coach Joe Paterno for “failure of leadership”. Paterno would die shortly after his firing.

2012 | The Edmonton Oilers selected Nial Yakupov with the first pick of the NHL Entry Draft.

2914 | Michelle Wie wins the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst Number 2 course at Pinehurst. North Carolina. For Wie, it is her first major victory of her career.

2017 | The Philadelphia 76ers selected Markelle Fultz with the first pick of the NBA Draft.

2018 | The Buffalo Sabres selected Rasmus Dahlin with the first pick of the NHL Entry Draft.

2023 | The San Antonio Spurs select Victor Wembanyama with the first pick in the NBA Draft.

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