TODAY IN HISTORY

July 25, 2019

 

On this day, 25 July 1902 (Exactly 117 years ago), James J. Jeffries knocked out Bob Fitzsimmons in Round 8 (of 20) to retain his world heavyweight title at The Arena in San Francisco.

Jeffries, a 5-to-2 favorite, made the fifth successful defense of the championship he won from Fitzsimmons in their first meeting in June 1899.

He made two more title defenses before retiring undefeated at 19-0-2 with 16 KOs in 1905. Jeffries returned to the ring in July 1910 to challenge Jack Johnson for the world championship but was stopped in 15 rounds.

On this day, 25 July 2004 (Exactly 15 years ago), Brazil beat Argentina 4-2 on penalties to win the 2004 Copa America at the Estadio Nacional in Lima, Peru. The match ended 2-2 after extra time.

Brazil 2-2 Argentina

Goals Scored

Brazil
Luizao (45)
Adriano (90+3)

Argentina
Killy Gonzalez (20)P
Delgado (87)

On this day, 25 July 1992 (Exactly 27 years ago), 25th Olympic Games was opened in Barcelona, Spain with 169 participating nations , 9,356 athletes (6,652 men, 2,704 women),257 events in 25 sports (34 disciplines).

Beginning in 1994, the International Olympic Committee decided to hold the games in alternating even-numbered years; as a result, the 1992 Summer Olympics were the last competition to be staged in the same year as the Winter Olympics.

The games were the first to be unaffected by boycotts since 1972 and the first summer games since the end of the Cold War.

On this day, 25 July 2012 (Exactly 7 years ago), The London 2012 Olympic Games began with an opening ceremony watched by 62,000 people in the stadium and an estimated global television audience of one billion.

The show featured British celebrities and sportspeople, including David Beckham and Bradley Wiggins, screen characters Mr Bean and James Bond – and even a surprise acting debut from the Queen herself.

On this day, 25 July 1999 (Exactly 20 years ago) Lance Armstrong won 1st of his 7 consecutive Tour de France titles but was later disqualified for drug cheating.

 

STORIES: GEORGE MAHAMAH


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