1874: The original entertainer is born. Gilbert Jessop was arguably a fiercer hitter than Viv Richards, Ian Botham, Adam Gilchrist, or anyone else who has belted leather for a living, and his feats with the willow are legendary. Known as “The Croucher” for his unusual stance, he hit his first ball for Gloucestershire for four, having come in on a hat-trick, and his 53 first-class centuries came at the unbelievable average rate of 82.7 runs an hour. At Hove in 1903, he smashed 286 against Sussex in under three hours. He also creamed 157 in an hour against West Indies in 1900. In 18 Tests he made only one hundred, but what an innings it was. Against Australia on a poor Oval wicket in 1902, England were 48 for 5 chasing 263 when Jessop entered the arena. He walloped 104 in only 77 minutes, out of 139 runs scored while he was at the crease, and England eventually crept home by one wicket. Jessop was also a genuinely fast bowler and sensational in the covers. He died in Dorset in 1955.
1965: West Ham United of England win 5th European Cup Winner’s Cup against 1860 München of West Germany 2-0 in London.
1991: Willy T Ribbs becomes 1st African American driver to make Indianapolis 500.
2004: Kevin Garnett ties a record for most defensive rebounds in a playoff game with 20, in a win over the Kings.
2012: UEFA Champions League Final, Munich: Chelsea beats Bayern Munich, 4-3 on penalties after a 1–1 draw at the end of extra time; Blues’ first title.
2019: Giannis Antetokounmpo ties a record for most defensive rebounds in a playoff game with 20, in a loss to the Raptors.