1850 12th Grand National: Chris Green wins aboard Irish outsider Abd-El-Kader; goes on to become first dual winner and first to win in consecutive years
1856 18th Grand National: George Stevens wins aboard 25/1 Freetrader; first of Stevens’ record 5 GN victories
1874 Baseball 1st played in England at Lord’s Cricket Ground
1925 Test Cricket debut of Clarrie Grimmett, who took 5-45 & 6-37 v England
1936 Dutch swimmer Willy den Ouden sets new women’s world 100m freestyle record (1:04.6) in Amsterdam; lasts 22 years until broken in 1956 by Dawn Fraser of Australia
1959 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players
1960 Veikko Hakulinen of Finland wins his 3rd career Olympic cross country gold medal as part of Finland’s 4 x 10k relay team at Squaw Valley, CA; winner: 50k (Oslo, 1952) and 30k (Cortina d’Ampezzo, 1956)
1960 Five Nations Rugby Championship is won jointly by England and France with the pivotal game a 3-3 draw between the teams at Stade Colombes, Paris
1966 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler and Bernard Ford of great Britain
1966 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Peggy Fleming of US
1973 White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs 3 year $750,000 contract
1982 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), hits on 63rd consecutive free throw
1987 American Mike Conley sets world indoor triple jump record (17.76m) in New York
1987 NCAA cancels SMU’s entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules regarding athletic corruption
1988 Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating
1992 Larry Smith named 9th Commissioner of the CFL
1994 XVII Winter Olympic Games close in Lillehammer, Norway
1999 Aston Villa are the last Premier League team to play a match with an all-English starting XI in a 4-1 defeat by Coventry

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