ANNIVERSARIES

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Today: Belo Horizonte in Brazil was the scene for one of English football's lowest ebbs in 1950, as a goal from Joseph "Larry" Gaetjens condemned Billy Wright's England to defeat against the USA. In 1990, Fifa made the first change to the offside law for 65 years to enable an attacker level with defenders to be onside.

Tomorrow: Headingley hosted its first Test match in 1899, when England and Australia drew in a low-scoring encounter.

Wednesday: In a higher-scoring game, England's footballers beat Australia 17-1 in Sydney. However, the 1951 encounter is not recognised by the FA as a full international.

Thursday: In 1967, BBC2 marked its first day of colour transmission with nearly seven hours of coverage of Wimbledon. Ten years later, Virginia Wade marked Jubilee Year by winning the ladies' singles title. Steve Ovett took Seb Coe's world mile record in 1979, with a time of 3 minutes 48.8 seconds in Oslo.

Friday: The first recorded speedway race was held at Portman Road, Ipswich, in 1904. "Big Ed" Delahanty was one of baseball's first great sluggers, but he died on this day in 1903 when he was swept over Niagara Falls after falling through a barrier while, apparently, drunk and disorderly.

Saturday: "Big" Bill Tidden became the first American winner of the men's singles at Wimbledon in 1920. Bramall Lane in Sheffield became England's seventh Test ground when it staged an Ashes clash in 1902.

Sunday: Jack Dempsey beat Jess Willard to become world heavyweight champion in 1919. Willard was knocked down seven times before finally succumbing in the third round. Ann Jones became Wimbledon champion in 1969 when she beat Billie Jean King 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

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