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On This Day – 1 December: Today is Arjuna Ranatunga’s birthday




1653 – An athlete from Croydon is reported to have run 20 miles from Saint Albans to London in less than 90 minutes

1901 – George Lohmann, renowned cricket player of South Africa, dies

George Lohmann

1930 – National Hockey League (NHL) in U.S.A. drops 20-minute “slashing-about-the-head penalty”

1940 – Birth of Mike Denness, England cricket Captain during mid-1970s

1941 – Last day of first-class cricket in Australia for four years, due to the outbreak of World War II

1946 – Australia compiles a mammoth 645 runs versus India at the Gabba, Brisbane as Donald Bradman struck 187

1947 – India cricket team get all out for 58, versus Australia at the Gabba, as Ernie Toshack takes 5/2

1948 – Birth of Sarfraz Nawaz, successful Pakistani pace-bowler 1969-84

1956 – Alain Mimoun wins 13th Olympic marathon, in 2:25:00.0 seconds

1963 – Birth of Arjuna Ranatunga, the one and only International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup-winning Captain of Sri Lanka

Happy birthday Arju! Here, he is a proud father, with son Dhyan

1963 – In New York Jets’ first basketball shutout, they beat Kansas City Chiefs 17-0

1967 – Wilt Chamberlain sets National Basketball Association (NBA) record of 22 free throw misses!

1968 – Birth of Anders Holmertz, the Swedish free-style swimmer who set the world record for 400 m

1973 – Jack Nicklaus becomes first golfer to earn $ 2 million in a year

1974 – Jacqueline Hansen runs female world-record marathon, in 2:43:54.5 seconds

1978 – Test cricket debut of former Australian fast-bowler Rodney Hogg, versus England at the Gabba

1988 – NBC television network bids record $ 401 million to capture rights to 1992 Barcelona Olympics

1989 – U.S.A.’s Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Mark Langston signs a record $ 3.2 million-per-year California Angels’ contract

1991 – 80th Davis Cup: France beats U.S.A. in Lyon 3-1 to record their first Davis Cup since 1932

1996 – Colin Montgomerie of Scotland wins “Million Dollar Challenge”, the richest first-prize in golf – $ 1 million

Colin Montgomerie of Scotland who won “Million Dollar Challenge” in 1996

1996 – South Africa cricket fast-bowler Lance Klusener takes 8/64 in debut Test to trounce India

2006 – 15th Asian Games start in Doha, Qatar

2007 – Death of Australian tennis player Ken McGregor, born in 1929