This Week In Sports History

On the 18th of December In:-

1961 – Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 78 points vs LA

1969 – Santiago Cañizares, Spanish footballer was born

1983 – Wrestler Hulk Hogan (30) wedded Linda Claridge

1996 – Start of 1st Test Cricket match between Zimbabwe & England

On the 19th of December in:-

1983 – The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro.

1985 – Gary Cahill, English footballer was born

1986 – Ryan Babel, Dutch Footballer was born

1987 – Karim Benzema, French football player (Real Madrid, French national team), was born in Lyon, France

1988 – Alexis Sánchez, Chilean footballer (Arsenal, Chilean national team), was born in Tocopilla, Chile

1989 – NBA Legend Larry Bird (Celtics) begins NBA free throw streak of 71 games

On the 20th of December in:-

1978 – Geremi Njitap, Cameroon footballer was born

1980 – Ashley Cole, English footballer was born

On the 21th of December in:-

1981 – Cristian Zaccardo, Italian football player was born

1982 – Iljo Keisse, Belgian cyclist was born

1984 – Darren Potter, Irish football player was born

1985 – James Stewart Jr., American motorcycle racer was born

On the 22nd of December in:-

1894 – United States Golf Association forms

1959 – Bernd Schuster, German footballer and ex-Real Madrid manager, was born in Augsburg, Germany

1962 – 1,000,000th NBA point scored

1963 – Giuseppe Bergomi, Italian footballer, was born in Milan, Italy

1967 – Dan Petrescu, Romanian football manager and professional football player, was born in Bucharest, Romania

2003 – The New York Knicks hire Isaiah Thomas as President of Basketball Operations

On the 23rd of December in:-

1979 – Kenny Miller, Scottish football player was born

1983 – Michael Chopra, English footballer was born

1994 – Baseball owners impose salary cap, fiercely opposed by players

1997 – Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson is quickest to reach 500 wins (682 games) in NBA history

2005 – Soccer star player Kaka (23) wedded Brazilian singer Caroline Celico (18) at Igreja Renascer em Cristo in Sao Paulo, Brazil

On the 24th of December in:-

1889 – Daniel Stover & William Hance patent bicycle with back pedal brake

1894 – Soccer team Achilles ’94 forms in Axes

1937 – Félix Miéli Venerando, Brazilian football player was born

1949 – Warwick Brown, Australian racing driver was born