The history of sport is vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to grasp, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or what goals were achieved on a specific date.
With that in mind, July 20 is a day when a martial arts icon suddenly died and OJ Simpson returned to the news.
1885 The British Football Association has approved player payments, opening the door to professional football in the country.
1968 The first special Olympics were held at Chicago’s Soldier Field, with the participation of 1,000 athletes from the United States and Canada.
1973 Martial arts movie icon Bruce Lee died of brain edema in Hong Kong six days before his revolutionary film “Enter the Dragon” was released. He was 32 years old.
1986 Greg Norman won the five-stroke British Open on the Gordon brand at the Turnberry Golf Resort in Scotland. It was Norman’s first major championship.
1997: Colorado Rockies right-footer Larry Walker scored two passes at home in a 9-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The victory broke a streak of eight games lost for the Rockies.
2017: The Nevada Parole Board sentenced OJ Simpson, who served a 33-year prison sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery.
– Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon network of collaborators. Tallent is a writer whose articles appeared in FOX Sports’ The Sweet Science, Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter on @AaronTallent.