1621 Governor Bradford head of the colony of American Plymouth disallows sport on Christmas Day
1884 1st ”World Championship” Baseball Series, Polo Grounds, NYC: Providence Grays (NL) beat NY Mets (American Association), 12-2 in 6 innings for 3 game sweep; game abandoned because of bitter cold
1905 1st College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Navy beats Maryland 17-0 in Annapolis
1909 Australasian Championships Men’s Tennis, Perth: Anthony Wilding of New Zealand wins his 2nd Australasian title; beats Ernie Parker of Australia 6–1, 7–5, 6–2
1925 Lester Patrick takes over NY Rangers
1926 Lester Patrick becomes 1st coach & gm of NY Rangers
1956 White Sox manager Marty Marion resigns and is replaced by Al López
1964 Dutchman Anton Geesink is 1st non-Japanese Olympic judo gold medal winner
1964 ”The Wrong Way Run”, Viking Jim Marshall runs 66 yards in wrong direction for a safety (NFL’s #1 blooper)
1968 Longest Olympic field hockey game, The Netherlands beats Spain 1-0 in 2h25m (6 OT)
1968 US men’s basketball team beats Yugoslavia 65-50 to win the gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics; 7th straight basketball title for the Americans
1968 Czech gymnast Věra Čáslavská wins the uneven bars and vault gold medals at the Mexico City Olympics; her 6th & 7th career gold medals and her 4th at these Games
1968 American swimmer Claudia Kolb wraps up the women’s individual medley double in Mexico City, winning the 400m I/M in Olympic record 5:08.5; she also won the 200m I/M in OR 2:24.7
1968 East German swimmer Roland Matthes wins the 200m backstroke gold medal in Olympic record 2:09.6 at the Mexico City Games; wraps up backstroke double
1970 Austrian driver Jochen Rindt wins F1 World Drivers Championship by 5 points from Jacky Ickx after Mexican GP; only season World Championship awarded posthumously, after Rindt’s death in Italian GP practice at Monza
1973 Cubs trade Ferguson Jenkins to Rangers for Bill Madlock & Vic Harris
1975 Denver Nuggets 1st game at McNichols Sports Arena beat St Louis Spirits
1978 Padres Gaylord Perry is 1st to win Cy Young in both leagues (NL)
1981 New York City Marathon: defending champion Alberto Salazar retains crown in 2:08:13; Allison Roe of New Zealand takes out women’s race in 2:25:29
1982 David Hookes scores Cricket century in 34 balls 43 mins, SA v Victoria
1986 Trailing 5-3 with 2 out & no one on in bottom of 10th, NY rallies to win Game 6 of the World Series, 6-5, Bill Buckner misplays a ball
1987 Baseball World Series: Minnesota Twins beat St Louis Cardinals, 4-2 at HHH Metrodome for 4-3 series win and franchise first in Minneapolis; MVP: Twins pitcher Frank Viola
1991 Aaqib Javed takes 7-37 in 10 overs v India in cricket 1-dayer at Sharjah
1992 Rene Lachemann hired as Fla Marlins 1st manager
1993 Daryll Cullinan hits unbeaten 337 for Transvaal against Northern Transvaal, South African 1st-class cricket record score
1996 Frank, brother of Yank manager Joe Torre, receives a heart transplant
1997 9th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 52-20 in South Bend
2003 Baseball World Series: Florida beats New York Yankees, 2-0 in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium for Marlins second title; MVP: Florida pitcher Josh Beckett
2003 15th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 27-25 in Chestnut Hill
2003 Breeders’ Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; winners: Pleasantly Perfect, Action This Day, Adoration, Johar, High Chaparral, Islington, Halfbridled, Six Perfections, Cajun Beat
2005 Then longest Baseball World Series game in time (5 hours, 41 mins) and tied longest in innings (14, tied with Game 2, 1916 WS and Game 1, 2015 WS); Chicago White Sox beat Houston Astros, 7-5 game 3 at Minute Maid Park, Houston
2008 Breeders’ Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 2 winners: Muhannak, Desert Code, Albertus Maximus, Goldikova, Midshipman, Donativum, Midnight Lute, Conduit, Raven’s Pass
2009 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 2
2012 The double dip recession in the UK economy ends with growth of 1.0% in GDP in the third quarter of 2012, with help from the London Olympic Games
2020 British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins Portuguese Grand Prix at Autódromo Internacional Do Algarve for his 92nd career victory; moves 1 win clear of Michael Schumacher in all-time F1 victories list

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