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1894 | The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.

1917 | Ernie Shore enters the game against the Washington Senators for Boston Red Sox in the first inning after Babe Ruth was ejected for arguing balls and strikes with umpire Brick Owens. Shore retired all 26 batters he faced, giving Shore and Ruth credit for a combined no-hitter on a 4-0 Red Sox win.

1922 | Walter Hagen become the first American-born winner of the Open Championship at Royal St. George’s Golf Club with a one stroke victory over Jim Barnes and George Duncan.

1927 | New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig hit three home runs in an 11-4 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

1932 | In a 14-10 loss to the St. Louis Browns, Lou Gehrig ties the all-time consecutive games played streak with one team, set by Joe Sewell of the Cleveland Indians at 1,103 games.

1938 | The U.S. Men’s National Soccer defeats Germany 4-2 in the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals in France.

1939 | Bronko Nagurski defeated Lou Thesz in a wrestling match held in Houston, Texas to capture the National Wrestling Association’s World Heavyweight Title.

1961 | Chicago Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks ended his consecutive games streak at 717 games as the Cubs defeated the Milwaukee Braves 5-3 at County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1961 | The Philadelphia Phillies, trailing 11-2 to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh after seven innings, rallied in the final two innings with four runs in the eighth and six more in the ninth to win 12-11.

1963 | In the first game of of a double-header against the Philadelphia Phillies, Jimmy Piersall of the New York Mets hit his 100th career home run off Dallas Green in the 5th inning. Piersall celebrated the feat by circling the bases backwards.

1963 | Julius Boros captured his second U.S. Open title in an 18-hole playoff at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts against Arnold Palmer and Jack Culpit.

1968 | Known as the Puerta 12 Tragedy, 74 people were killed and 150 were injured after a match between Boca Juniors and River Plate when a stampede of fans rushed towards a closed gate at El Monumental Stadium.

1968 | Joe Frazier defeats Jerry Quarry after stoppage in the seventh round of a heavyweight title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York. The match was considered by Ring Magazine as the Fight of the Year for 1968.

1971 | Rick Wise of the Philadelphia Phillies threw a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds during a 4-0 win in Cincinnati and also hit two home runs in the game. Wise also had three RBI’s in the game.

1972 | President Richard Nixon signed a landmark U.S. Federal law, known as Title IX, that would prohibit gender discrimination at the collegiate level in educational programs including sports.

1972 | The first ever World Chess Championship match between Bobby Fischer of the United States and Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union began in Reykjavik, Iceland. The match would last several weeks and caught the significant global attention.

1974 | Sandra Haymie won the LPGA Championship for the second time, with a two stroke win at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Massachusetts.

1975 | Lou Graham defeats John Mahaffey by two strokes in an 18-hole playoff at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois to win the U.S. Open Golf Championship.

1979 | West Indies defeats England by 92 runs to win the Cricket World Cup.

1980 | West Germany defeats Belgium 2-1 to win the UEFA European Championship at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy.

1981 | The Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings completed a game that would ultimately become the longest game in professional baseball with the PawSox winning the game in the 33rd inning by a score of 3-2.

1985 | Arnold Palmer wins what would be his final major golf championship with an 11 stroke gap in the Senior PGA Tour Championship at Canterbury Golf Club in Beachwood, Ohio.

1986 | Pedro Morales swam the 100m butterfly event in a record time of 52.84 seconds.

1988 | The NBA held an Expansion Draft for its two newest franchises, the Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets. The Miami Heat, with their first selection, took Arvid Kramer of the Dallas Mavericks with the first pick. The Charlotte Hornets selected Cleveland Cavaliers guard Del Curry with their first pick.

1988 | Billy Martin was fired by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for the fifth and final time. At the time, the Yankees had a 40-28 record in the American League East. Lou Pinella was named as the new manager of the Yankees after Martin’s firing.

1994 | Before a crowd at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Scottish Claymores defeated the Frankfurt Galaxy 32-27 in World Bowl IV, the championship game for the World League of American Football.

2003 | In a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds steals second base to become the first player in baseball history to record at least 500 home runs and 500 steals in a career.

2005 | The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Detroit Pistons 81-74 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. It is the third title for the Spurs franchise and the third MVP award for Tim Duncan.

2007 | At Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany, the Hamburg Sea Devils defeat the Frankfurt Galaxy 37-28 in World Bowl XV.

2008 | Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners hits a grand slam home run against the New York Mets, making him the first pitcher since 1971 to accomplish the feat.

2011 | The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Kyrie Irving with the first pick in the NBA Draft.

2013 | India defeats England to win the ICC Cricket Championship.

2016 | Australian and LSU guard Ben Simmons is selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first pick of the NBA Draft.

2017 | Nico Hischier is selected first overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils.

2019 | Ashleigh Barty becomes the first Australian female in 42 years to reach the world’s top ranking in tennis after she defeats Julia Gorges 6-3, 7-5 at the Birmingham Classic.

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