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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1880 – Commencement of 1st Test Cricket in England, v Australia at The Oval

1960 – Australian middle distance runner Herb Elliott breaks his own world record in winning the 1,500m at the Rome Olympics in 3:35.6

1972 – Summer Olympics resume in Munich, Germany, after massacre of 11 Israeli athletes by Black September Palestinian terrorist organisation

1975 – Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova asks for US political asylum in New York City during the US Open

1992 – Gay Kelleway becomes the first female jockey to ride a winner at England’s famous Royal Ascot

2008 – US Open Women’s Tennis: Serena Williams wins her third US title, beats Jelena Janković of Serbia 6-4, 7-5

2017 — FIFA orders that a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal be replayed after the referee is found guilty of match manipulation and banned for life. South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 in the qualifier in November 2016, helped by a penalty awarded by Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey for a nonexistent handball.

2018 – World Surf League announces from 2019 there will be equal prize money for men and women across elite tour events; first US-based global sports league with gender pay parity

2020 – World #1 tennis player Novak Đoković is sensationally disqualified in fourth round of US Open after hitting a ball in frustration, striking a line judge; trailed Pablo Carreño Busta 5-6 in first set

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