1876 Albert Spalding invests $800 to start sporting goods company, manufacturing first official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball and football
1894 1st US steel sailing vessel, Dirigo, launched at Bath, Maine
1924 Switzerland claims the inaugural Olympic bobsleigh gold medal at the Chamonix Games, ahead of Great Britain and Belgium
1942 Baseball owners agree to permit each club up to 14 night games in 1942
1947 Bradman bowled by Alec Bedser for a duck in 4th Test Cricket
1951 Largest purse to date in horse racing, $144,323, won by Great Circle
1956 Toni Sailer of Austria wins the downhill at the Cortina d’Ampezzo Winter Olympics; becomes first athlete to sweep all 3 alpine skiing events in a single Olympics
1962 John Uelses pole vaults record 489 cm
1964 French sisters Marielle Goitschel (gold) and Christine Goitschel (silver) repeat (in reverse order) their top-2 finish in the slalom 2 days earlier, in the giant slalom at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics
1965 Braves offer Milwaukee $500,000 to terminate their lease a year earlier, the proposal is turned down
1972 XI Winter Olympic Games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
1976 26th NBA All-Star Game, Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pa: East beats West, 123-109; MVP: Dave Bing, Washington Bullets, PG
1981 Australia beats NZ 3-1 to win cricket’s World Series Cup
1987 Expos trade Jeff Reardon to Twins for Neal Heaton
1987 SD Yacht Club celebrates return of America’s Cup
1989 Baseball’s National League announces Yanks’ broadcaster Bill White will its 1st African American President
1989 Start 1st Test Cricket, NZ v Pak, washed out
1990 Jockey Bill Shoemaker (58), retires after 40,350 horse race
1991 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 23-21; MVP: Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills, QB
1993 Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott suspended for 1 year due to racist comments
1998 NY Yankees replace general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman
2013 Super Bowl XLVII, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Baltimore Ravens beat San Francisco 49ers, 34-31; MVP: Joe Flacco, Baltimore, QB
2019 Super Bowl LIII, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA: New England Patriots beat Los Angeles Rams, 13-3; MVP: Julian Edelman, NE Patriots, WR; Patriots’ 6th SB victory
2019 Wreckage from light aircraft carrying EPL team Cardiff City’s record signing Emiliano Sala is discovered on seabed of the English Channel; cause of death, head and trunk injuries

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