1878 Harvard player Frederick Thayer patents baseball catcher’s mask (pat # 200,358)
1899 1st 2-man team 6-day bicycle race in US begins, Madison Square Garden, NYC
1908 NY to Paris auto race (via Alaska & Siberia) begins in NYC George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel
1909 American James Clark runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6) in NYC
1926 Barendrecht soccer team forms
1932 49 year old Australian cricket spin bowler Bert Ironmonger captures 5-6 as South Africa dismissed for 36 in 5th Test in Melbourne; Australia wins by an innings & 72 runs; series 5-0
1932 World champion French husband and wife team Pierrre and Andrée Brunet win their 2nd consecutive Olympic pairs figure skating gold medal at the Lake Placid Games
1932 Karl Schäfer of Austria wins the first of 2 consecutive men’s figure skating Olympic gold medals at the Lake Placid Winter Games in the United States
1937 Cleveland (now Los Angeles) Rams granted an NFL franchise
1961 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 40 rebounds to beat Warriors 136-125
1961 Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Mohammad scores his 1st test cricket century for Pakistan at 17 years of age
1964 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
1967 Kees Verkerk becomes world champ all round skater
1968 Frenchman Jean Claude-Killy follows his win in the downhill with victory in giant slalom at Grenoble Winter Olympics; clean sweeps 3 alpine skiing events with success in the slalom
1968 Dutch speed skater Ans Schut wins women’s 3,000m event at Grenoble Winter Olympics; first 10 finishers beat previous Olympic record set in Squaw Valley (1960)
1971 Only Test Cricket for Ken Eastwood, who scored 5 & 0 Aust v England
1977 Toronto Maple Leafs shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
1980 NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets
1981 Arbitrator Goetz declares Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent
1984 Cale Yarborough, becomes 1st Daytona 500 qualifier, above 200 MPH
1984 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket’s World Series Cup after going undefeated in the qualifying rounds
1984 Finnish cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen wins the 5k gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; 2nd of 3 individual medal sweep, also winning 10k and 20k events
1984 12 years after winning the doubles in Sapporo (1972), Italian Paul Hildgarten wins the men’s luge singles at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics
1984 East German luger Steffi Martin wins the first of 2 consecutive women’s singles gold medals at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins in Calgary (1988)
1985 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket’s World Series Cup (Australian Tri-Series)
1986 1st-class cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, Leeward Is v Guyana
1989 39th NBA All-Star Game, Astrodome, Houston, TX: West beats East, 143-134; MVP: Karl Malone, Utah Jazz, F
1989 50th PGA Seniors’ Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Larry Mowry wins only career major title; beats Miller Barber & Al Geiberger by 1 stroke
1989 Wayne Gretzky sets 2 records, his 45th hat trick & 10th 40+ goal season
1989 Thursday’s Child sets sailing record, NY-Cape Horn-SF, 80 d 20 h
1994 XVII Winter Olympic Games opens in Lillehammer, Norway
1995 45th NBA All-Star Game, America West Arena, Phoenix, AZ: West beats East, 139-112; MVP: Mitch Richmond, Sacramento Kings, SG
1995 Jeff Rouse swims world record 50m backstroke (24.37 sec)
1995 Sun Cayun pole vaults indoor female world record (4.13m)
1998 Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach
2006 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 23-17; MVP: Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, LB
2010 XXI Winter Olympic Games open in Vancouver, Canada
2014 Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov win the Olympic gold in pairs figure skating
2014 Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin and Tina Maze of Slovenia tie for gold in the women’s downhill event at 1:41.57s at the Sochi Winter Games; first-ever dead-heat in Olympic alpine skiing
2014 German Nordic combined skier Eric Frenzel wins the 1st of 3 career Olympic gold medals in Individual normal hill/10 km event in Sochi; wins event again Pyeongchang and long hill 4 x 5k relay
2018 American snowboarder Jamie Anderson retains her Olympic slopestyle title (Sochi 2014) at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, comfortably ahead of Canada’s Laurie Blouin
2018 German biathlete Laura Dahlmeier wins her 2nd gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the women’s 10k pursuit; also wins 7.5k sprint gold
2018 Dutch speed skater Ireen Wüst becomes first Winter Olympian to win an individual gold medal in 4 straight Games with victory in the 1,500m at Pyeongchang; first speed skater to win 10 Olympic medals
2018 French biathlete Martin Fourcade wins men’s 12.5k pursuit gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; also wins 15k mass start gold

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