This Day in Sports History

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1949: Not content with five Test hundreds in a row, the great Everton Weekes was homing in on a sixth when he was contentiously run out for 90 in Madras today. West Indies thrashed India by an innings, and in the next match Weekes made 56 (to set a record of seven consecutive fifties that Andy Flower and Shivnarine Chanderpaul have since equalled) and 48. Patches don’t come much purpler.

1960: NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises.

1969: NFL Draft: O.J. Simpson from USC first pick by Buffalo Bills.

1976: NBA Atlanta Hawks begin a 28 game road losing streak.

1989: Australian Open Women’s Tennis: Steffi Graf of Germany beats Czech Helena Suková 6-4, 6-4 for her 6th career Grand Slam title and her 2nd Australian singles crown.

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