SPORT: ANNIVERSARIES

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Today: At the now-defunct Bogside racecourse in Scotland in 1957, jockey Alec Russell rode all six winners in one meeting. Maurice Garin of France won the inaugural Tour de France in 1903.

Tomorrow: Frank Bruno lost his challenge for the world heavyweight title in 1986, knocked out by Tim Witherspoon.

Wednesday: Lord's hosted its first Test match in 1884, when England beat Australia by an innings and five runs. Tottenham and Scotland footballer John White died in 1964 when he was struck by lightning playing golf at Crews Hill, Enfield. Arnold Palmer became the first man to win $1m on the US Tour, in 1968. Nottingham Forest manager David Platt moved from Aston Villa to Bari in 1991 for pounds 5.5m.

Friday: Yorkshire's Brian Close became England's youngest Test cricketer in 1949 when he made his debut against New Zealand at the age of 18 years and 149 days. Britain's Tommy Simpson died of exhaustion on Mount Ventoux in 1967 during the Tour de France. Mike Russell, 20, became the youngest world professional billiards champion when he won the title against Peter Gilchrist in Australia in 1989.

Saturday: The first greyhound meeting with a mechanical hare took place at Belle Vue, Manchester, in 1926.

Sunday: W G Grace scored 69 not out for Eltham against Grove Park in his last cricket match. He was 66. In 1965 former world light-heavyweight champion Freddie Mills was found shot dead in his car in Soho. A suicide verdict was declared but there have always been doubts about the judgment.

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