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On This Day – 22 November: Happy birthday Marvan Atapattu




1943 – Birth of American tennis legend Billie Jean King, former world No. 1 tennis player. King won 39 Grand Slam titles and was also the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF). King was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987

Billie Jean King at Wimbledon in 1975

1956 – 16th Summer Olympics open in Melbourne, Australia. It was the first to be staged in Southern Hemisphere and Oceania, as well as first to be held outside Europe and North America

1965 – In his second title defence, Muhammad Ali scored a 12th-round knockout on Floyd Patterson at Las Vegas, U.S.A. to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

1970 – Birth Sri Lanka’s batting master-class Marvan Atapattu

Happy birthday Marvan Atapattu, the 1990 Sri Lanka Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year who went on to captain Sri Lanka!

1974 – Two all-time greats make their Test debuts in the first Test between West Indies and India in Bangalore – they are Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge

1986 – A 20-year-old Mike Tyson becomes the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history when he stopped titleholder Trevor Berbick in round two at Las Vegas, U.S.A. to clinch the World Boxing Championship title

1992 – Yugoslavian tennis star Monica Seles beats Martina Navratilova for the second consecutive year to win WTA Tour Championship.

2003 – In the Rugby World Cup final at Sydney, Australia as England beat the host nation by 20-17

England beat hosts Australia 20-17 in the Rugby World Cup 2003 final

2008 – In the Rugby World Cup final at Brisbane, Australia, New Zealand beat host nation Australia by 34-20