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On This Day – 19 and 20 November: Birth of Dora Ratjen in Germany, a man posing as a woman high jumper in Berlin Olympics

 

 

 

1965 – Birth of Kenyan seamer Rajab Ali who inspired probably the biggest shock in cricket history – on Leap Year Day in 1996, he took 3/17 as Kenya astonishingly bowled out West Indies for 93, to beat them by 73 runs in their World Cup match in Pune, India

Rajab Ali (facing camera) who took 3/17 as Kenya bowled out West Indies for 93, to beat them by 73 runs in a 1996 World Cup match in Pune

1978 – Sunil Gavaskar makes 137 but India fell apart at the hands of Sarfraz Nawaz (5/70) and Pakistan completed an eight-wicket win when they chased down 164 with seven balls to spare to clinch their first series victory against India

1986 – Ultimate boxing legend Muhammad Ali (44) weds Yolanda Williams

Muhammad Ali with wife Yolanda Williams

1989 – German tennis No. 1 Steffi Graf regains the her World Tennis Association (WTA) Tour Championship in New York, U.S.A. beating Martina Navratilova 6-4, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2

2000 – An emotional day for Allan Donald, who became the first South African to take 300 Test wickets, during the first Test against New Zealand

2017 – Death of Czech Republic tennis player Jana Novotná, who ahd won the women’s singles title at Wimbledon in 1998. She was aged 49 when she died of cancer

2019 – LeBron James hits 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists as LA Lakers beat Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107 to become first player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) history to record a triple-double against all 30 franchises

LeBron James (on right) hits 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists as LA Lakers beat Oklahoma City Thunder in 2019 NBA

20 November

1918 – Birth of Dora Ratjen in Germany, a man posing as a woman high jumper who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Dora Ratjen, the German ‘gentleman’ who posed as a woman high jumper at Olympics

1955 – Polly Umrigar scored India’s first Test double-century in the first Test against New Zealand in Hyderabad

1969 – A century on debut for the classy Gundappa Viswanath, against Australia in Kanpur

1969 – Pele scores his 1,000th soccer goal

1987 – Birth of Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon

1991 – Another West Indian birthday. The aggressive Jermaine Blackwood is born today

2009 – Sachin Tendulkar becomes the first man to make 30,000 international runs, on the final day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad