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date: 09 Jul
The First Wimbledon Championships     -  July 9th 1877  -     The very first championships held by the All England Club, Wimbledon, were about as far removed from today’s version as one could possibly imagine. The only similarity was the rain delay that moved the final from Monday 16th July to Thursday 19th.   With the new retractable roof...
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date: 06 Feb
The Munich Air Disaster      - 6th February 1958 -    Currently lying second, behind Wolves, in the First Division of the Football League Manchester United were going for their third successive league title. Their side’s average age was just 24 and they were being talked about as having the possibility of being one of  the greatest football sides...
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  • 20th Century
  • Football
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date: 12 Nov
The First Public performance by Jules Leotard “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze’ - 12th November 1859 -    The ‘Circus’ itself is of comparatively modern origin though elements of it go right back to ancient times. The Romans themselves had amphitheatres called Circuses after the Latin word for round – ‘Circum’. These were more for...
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  • Biography
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date: 06 May
The First Sub-Four Minute Mile  -   6th May 1954, Iffley Road Stadium, Oxford   Many believed it could not be done. For years people had tried. However they were getting closer. The ‘miracle mile’ would happen soon and two men were vying for the honour – the Australian John Landy and the Englishman Roger Bannister. The current record, of 4.01.04,...
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  • Biography
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date: 15 Mar
Melbourne.  March 15th 1877   The first ever international cricket match took place, surprisingly, between the USA and Canada on 24th and 25th September 1844 but this has never been classified as a Test match. In 1868 the Australian Aborigines toured England but this was not a full Australian XI. There had been many overseas tours by English sides...
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  • 19th Century
  • Sport
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