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This Day in Sports History

1958: Richie Guerin of the New York Knicks dished out 21 assists in a 106-104 win over the St Louis Hawks.

1968: Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis.

1958: Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics pulled down 40 rebounds in a 125-115 win over the Cincinnati Royals.

1985: Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers dished out 20 assists in a 127-102 win over the Phoenix Suns.

1985: Manute Bol sets a record for most blocks in a quarter with 8, in a win over the Bucks.

1980: West Indies sent Pakistan to their first defeat in a Faisalabad Test, a match notable for a sadistic assault from Sylvester Clarke. Batting at No. 11, he smeared 35 off 18 balls, including four sixes – three of which came off successive deliveries from Mohammad Nazir. A low-scoring dogfight, the match also featured a couple of masterclasses from Viv Richards. He cracked 72 and 67 in a game where no other West Indian reached 50.

1981: A day for insomniacs. Sunil Gavaskar began what was to be then the longest innings by any Indian batsman in first-class cricket when he made 172 in 708 minutes against England in the second Test, in Bangalore. The record he beat was his own (593 minutes making 166 against Pakistan in 1980). Gavaskar was on the field for all but four balls of the match. Some would say it served him right.

1987: The end of one of the most fractious matches in Test history. Pakistan and England drew the second Test in Faisalabad, but all anybody ever remembers is the ugly finger-wagging, expletive-laden face-off between England captain Mike Gatting and umpire Shakoor Rana. Rana refused to restart the match without an apology from Gatting. There was no play on the scheduled third day as a result, and the tour was almost called off.

1988: Sandra Miller of Queens sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment.

2017: Most sixes in a T20 innings: Chris Gayle broke his own record by one, hitting 18 in a title-clinching innings of 146 not out for Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League final in Dhaka. Four Dhaka Dynamites bowlers went for more than ten runs an over in the 57-run defeat.

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