What happened in history on this day: January 1?|
On January 1 in ...
- 1840 - First recorded bowling match in US, Knickerbocker Alleys, New York City, New York.
- 1886 - First Tournament of Roses, Pasadena, California, USA.
- 1897 - First football game between black colleges - Atlanta University 10, Tuskegee 0.
- 1902 - First Rose Bowl football game (Pasadena, California) (University of Michigan-49, Stanford-0).
- 1908 - Jack Hobbs makes his Test debut at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (83 and 28).
- 1909 - Robert Fowler runs world record marathon (2:52:45.4).
- 1910 - Simpson-Hayward (England) takes 6-43 on debut with underarm lobs.
- 1912 - First running of San Francisco's famed "Bay to Breakers" race (7.63 miles/12.3 km).
- 1916 - First football game in Rose Bowl (Washington State versus Brown University).
- 1923 - The very first radio broadcast of the Rose Bowl is beamed in Los Angeles, California over KHJ radio.
- 1927 - First US coast-to-coast network radio broadcast of football's Rose Bowl is made. Graham McNamee provides the play-by-play on NBC Radio.
- 1929 - Roy Riegels runs 60 yards the wrong way with Rose Bowl fumble recovery.
- 1935 - First Sugar Bowl and first Orange Bowl.
- 1942 - Rose Bowl played in North Carolina due to Japanese threat-Oregon 20, Duke 16.
- 1944 - US Army defeats Navy 10-7 in football "Arab Bowl", Oran, North Africa.
- 1948 - Donald Bradman scores 132 in the first innings of the third Test versus India.
- 1954 - Rose and Cotton Bowl are first televised sport colorcasts.
- 1959 - Rohan Kanhai completes 256 versus India at Calcutta.
- 1961 - Briggs Stadium is renamed Tigers Stadium.
- 1967 - CRU becomes the CAFA and turns over the Grey Cup trophy to the Canadian Football League.
- 1967 - Day's play in the Calcutta Test versus West Indies cancelled by riots.
- 1967 - Green Bay Packers beat Dallas Cowboys 34-27 in NFL championship game.
- 1967 - Kansas City Chiefs beat Buffalo Bills 31-7 in AFL championship game.
- 1969 - Jack Kent Cooke, owner of NHL's Los Angeles Kings, fines each player $100 for "NOT" arguing with the referee.
- 1970 - Charles "Chub" Feeney replaces Warren Giles as president of American baseball's National League. Giles held the position for 18 years, and Feeney will hold it for the next 16.
- 1973 - 47th Australian Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Goolagong (6-4, 7-5).
- 1974 - Lee MacPhail takes over as American League president, succeeding Joe Cronin.
- 1977 - Tony Dorsett runs for record 202 yards in the Sugar Bowl.
- 1980 - 54th Australian Womens Tennis: Barbara Jordan beats S Walsh (6-3, 6-3).
- 1980 - Alabama beats Arkansas in Sugar Bowl for college football championship.
- 1981 - Georgia beats Notre Dame in Sugar Bowl for college football title.
- 1982 - Clemson wins the Orange Bowl for college football championship.
- 1983 - PGA inaugurates all-exempt tour.
- 1983 - Pennsylvania State beats Georgia in Sugar Bowl for college football title.
- 1986 - Iowa's All-American running back, Ronnie Harmon, fumbles the ball four times in his last game-the Rose Bowl.
- 1986 - Oklahoma wins Orange Bowl for college football championship.
- 1988 - Miami beats Oklahoma for college football championship.
- 1990 - Mitsuko Nishiwaki beats Nakano to become Japan Women wrestling champ.
- 1990 - Sports News Network begins operation on cable TV.
- 1991 - The Colorado Buffaloes claim US college football's national championship with a 10-9 win over Notre Dame in the 1991 Orange Bowl.
- 1992 - The ESPN Radio Network debuts.
- 1993 - Blockbuster Bowl 3: Stanford beats Pennsylvania State, 24-3.
- 1994 - Aleksandr Popov swims world record 100m free style (47.83).
- 1994 - Carquest Bowl 4: Boston College beats Virginia, 32-13.
- 1994 - Florida State University beats the University Of Nebraska in the Orange Bowl for the US national football championship.
- 1995 - Raman Lamba and Ravi Sehgal score 464 for first wicket for Delhi.
- 2008 - At the Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, New York, the first regular-season outdoor NHL hockey game in the US is held. 71217 fans watch the 2008 Winter Classic, in which the Buffalo Sabres play the Pittsburgh Penguins, running into overtime, and ending with a shoot-out with the Penguins winning.
- 2010 - At least 96 people are killed and 100 injured by a suicide bomb attack at a volleyball court near Lakki Marwat, close to North and South Waziristan in the north-west of Pakistan.
Births of sports figures on January 1
- 1861 - Birth of Isaac Murphy; thoroughbred jockey, 628 wins on 1,412 mounts (44.5 percent).
- 1863 - Birth of Baron Pierre de Coubertin in France; reviver of the Olympic games.
- 1875 - Birth of N F Druce; cricket player (5 Tests for England versus Australia 1897-98).
- 1898 - Birth of George van Derton; Belgian racer (won 500 races).
- 1902 - Birth of Buster Nupen; cricket player (one-eyed South African quick, great on matting).
- 1906 - Birth of Frank Stack in Canada; speed skater (Olympics-bronze-1932).
- 1908 - Birth of Kinue Hitoma in Japan; 800m runner (Olympics-silver-1928).
- 1909 - Birth of D D Hindlekar; cricket player (Indian batsman and wicket-keeper 1936-46).
- 1911 - Birth of Hammerin' Hank Greenberg; Hall-of-Fame first baseman (Detroit Tigers).
- 1918 - Birth of Willy den Ouden; Dutch swimmer, (world record 100m, 1:04.06).
- 1921 - Birth of Alain Mimoun O'Kacha; Algerian/French world cross-country champion (Olympics-gold-1956).
- 1925 - Birth of George Conner; NFL tackle, linebacker (Chicago Bears).
- 1928 - Birth of Khan Mohammad; cricket player (Pakistan fast-med bowler, 54 wickets in 13 Tests).
- 1936 - Birth of Willye B White; American long jumper (Olympics-silver-1956).
- 1940 - Birth of Jack Kiefer in Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA; PGA golfer (1994 Ralphs Senior Classic).
- 1943 - Birth of Jerilyn Britz in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; LPGA golfer (1979 US Women's Open).
- 1944 - Birth of Charlie Davis; cricket player (West Indies batsman in 15 Tests 1968-73).
- 1945 - Birth of Jacques Ickx in Belgium; Le Mans auto race (six-time winner).
- 1946 - Birth of Manfred Stengl in Austria; two man lugist (Olympics-gold-1960).
- 1955 - Birth of Michael James Sullivan in Gary, Indiana, USA; PGA golfer (1980 Southern Open).
- 1961 - Birth of Irv Eatman; NFL tackle (Houston Oilers).
- 1963 - Birth of Glenn Trimble; cricket player (son of Sam Two ODI's for Australia 1986).
- 1963 - Birth of Lance Smith; NFL guard (New York Giants).
- 1965 - Birth of Andrew O Valmon in Brooklyn, New York, USA; 400m runner.
- 1965 - Birth of Harry Galbreath; NFL guard (Green Bay Packers).
- 1965 - Birth of Mark Dewey; US baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates).
- 1966 - Birth of Mika Nieminen in Tampere, Finland; hockey forward (Team Finland, Olympics-bronze-1998).
- 1967 - Birth of Andy Heck; NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears).
- 1967 - Birth of Derrick Thomas; NFL linebacker (Kansas City Chiefs).
- 1968 - Birth of John de Visser; soccer player (SC Heerenveen).
- 1968 - Birth of Sandy Beasley in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada; softball outfielder (Olympics-1996).
- 1969 - Birth of Reemt Pyka in Bremerhaven, Germany; hockey forward (Team Germany).
- 1970 - Birth of Brian Morton in Wollongong, Australia; canoeist (Olympics-1996).
- 1970 - Birth of Tom Sier; soccer player (SC Heerenveen).
- 1970 - Birth of Vadim Glovatskiy; hockey defenseman (Team Kazakhstan Olympics-1998).
- 1971 - Birth of Beno Bryant; WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals).
- 1971 - Birth of Bobby Holik in Jihlava, Czechoslavakia; NHL left wing (New Jersey Devils, Team Czech Republic).
- 1971 - Birth of Bridget Pettis; WNBA guard (Phoenix Mercury).
- 1971 - Birth of Kevin Lee; NFL wide receiver (New England Patriots).
- 1971 - Birth of Kevin Mitchell; NFL linebacker (San Francisco 49ers).
- 1972 - Birth of Barron Miles; NFL defensive back (Pittsburgh Steelers)/WLAF corner (Frankfurt).
- 1972 - Birth of Ivan Droppa; hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia 1998).
- 1973 - Birth of Clyde Wijnhard; soccer player (Ajax, RKC).
- 1973 - Birth of Fang Li in Hunan, China; tennis star (1991 Futures-Bilbao-ESP).
- 1973 - Birth of Justin Armour; NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills).
- 1973 - Birth of Mercury Hayes; wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons).
- 1974 - Birth of Johnie Church; NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks).
- 1975 - Birth of Becky Kellar; ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics-1998).
- 1975 - Birth of Chris Anstey; NBA center (Dallas Mavericks).
- 1985 - Birth of Deivson Rogerio da Silva; Brazilian football player who plays for Besiktas J.K.
Deaths of sports figures on January 1
- 1944 - C T B Turner, cricket player (17 Tests 1886-95, 101 wicket All time great), dies.
- 1949 - Malcolm Campbell, English cyclist (world speed-record), dies at age 63.
- 1964 - Alf Hall, cricket player (South African lefty quick took 40 wickets in 7 Tests), dies.
- 1967 - Maurice Leyland, cricket player (41 Tests for England, 2764 runs), dies.
- 1980 - Frank Clifford Wykoff, sprinter (Olympics-gold-1928, 1932, 1936), dies at age 70.
- 1990 - Joe Hardstaff Junior, cricket player (23 Tests for England, 1636 runs), dies.
- 1998 - Death of Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (31 Grand Slams), at age 92 (born 1905).
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