ANNIVERSARIES

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Today: Newcastle and Aston Villa played the first all-ticket FA Cup final at Wembley, in 1924.

Tomorrow: Rocky Marciano retired as undisputed world heavyweight champion in 1956 after 49 fights.

Thursday: Muhammad Ali was stripped of his world heavyweight title in 1976 for refusing to be drafted into the army.

Friday: The BBC televised the FA Cup final in its entirety for the first time in 1938. Preston beat Huddersfield 1-0 after extra time.

Saturday: In 1961 betting shops became legal in the United Kingdom.

Sunday: Stanley Matthews finally won an FA Cup winner's medal in 1953 when Blackpool beat Bolton Wanderers 4-3.

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