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Today: Births of Lucinda Green (1953); Mark Hateley (1961); John Barnes (1963). Death of Gene Tunney (1978). Henry Cooper wins his third Lonsdale belt (1967); Sugar Ray Leonard wins world title at fifth different weight; Earvin 'Magic' Johnson announces that he is HIV positive (1991).

Monday: Birth of Martin Peters (1940). Death of Fred Archer (1886).

Wednesday: Birth of Mike Powell (1963). Death of Sir Gordon Richards (1986). BBC's first televised rugby league match (1951); Sugar Ray Robinson retires (1965).

Thursday: Birth of Alan Jones, Australian racing driver (1946). Spikes used for the first time at an athletics meeting (1868).

Friday: Birth of Nadia Comaneci (1961).

Saturday: Births of Harold Larwood (1904); Bernard Hinault (1934).