This Week In History

On the 20th of November in:

1902 – Geo Lefevre & Henri Desgrange created the Tour de France bicycle race

1955 – Kripal Singh scored 100 on Test Cricket debut, India v New Zealand

1960 – the 11th Formula One World Driver’s Championship was won by Jack Brabham by nine points

1969 – Brazilian soccer icon, Pele, scored his 1,000th goal

On the 21st of November in:

1963 – Peter Bosz, Dutch soccer star and current BVB Dortmund manager was born

1979 – Vincenzo Iaquinta, Italian footballer and World Cup winner was born

1985 – Spanish footballer and former Manchester City star, Jesus Navas, was born

2012 – Chelsea Manager Roberto Di Matteo was sacked and replaced by Rafael Benítez

On the 22nd of November In:

1892 – Pierre de Coubertin launched plan for modern Olympic Games

1956 – The 16th modern Olympic games opened in Melbourne, Australia

1959 – Molla Mallory, eight-time U.S. Open tennis champion, died at 75

1965 – Muhammad Ali defeated Floyd Patterson on a TKO in 12 roinds for heavyweight boxing title

1967 – Boris Becker, German tennis star (Wimbledon 1985, 86, 89) was born in Leimen, Germany

1982 – Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Nigerian footballer was born

1985 Asamoah Gyan, Ghanaian footballer was born

1986 Oscar Pistorius, South African convicted criminal and paralympic athlete was born

1986 – Mike Tyson Knocked out Trevor Berbick in 2 rounds for heavyweight WBC boxing title

1987 – Marouane Fellaini, Belgian footballer and Manchester United midfielder was born

1996 – O.J. Simpson took the stand as hostile witness in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him, saying it is “absolutely not true”

2014 – Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona set a new goal scoring record in La Liga of 253 goals, surpassing Telmo Zarra

On the 23rd of November in:

1982 – Asafa Powell, Jamaican sprinter was born

1991 – Evander Holyfield beat Bert Cooper on TKO in 7 rounds for heavyweight boxing title

1991 – Sacramento Kings ended NBA’s longest road losing streak at 43 games

2013 – Manny Pacquiao defeated American Brandon Rios to win the WBO welterweight title

2014 – Switzerland beats France in Lille (3-1), winning the Davis Cup for the first time

2014 65th Formula One WDC: Lewis Hamilton won the Formula One World Driver’s Championship by 67 points

On the 24th of November In:

1806 – William Webb Ellis, credited with the invention of Rugby, was born (died 1872)

1960 – Will Chamberlain pulled down 55 rebounds in a game (NBA record)

1983 – Dean Ashton, English footballer was born

2013 – Sebastian Vettel won the Formula One World Driver’s Championship by 155 points

On the 25th of November in:

1920 – French-born American race car driver and automobile pioneer, Gaston Chevrolet died (born 1892)

1953 – Hungary beat England in a football match, 6-3

1976 – O.J. Simpson gained a record 273 yards for Buffalo vs Detroit

1980 – Aaron Mokoena, South African Footballer was born

1986 – Craig Gardner, English footballer was born

2005 – George Best, Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United, Northern Ireland), died at age 59 after suffering multiple organ failures

2012 – Sebastian Vettel won the Formula One World Driver’s Championship by three points

2014 – Lionel Messi became the UEFA Champions League all-time top scorer

On the 26th of November in:

1868 – The first baseball game was played in an enclosed field in San Francisco, at 25th & Folsom

1979 – The International Olympic Committee voted to readmit China after 21 years

1981 – Xabi Alonso, Spanish international footballer was born