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Today: In 1743, Jack Broughton devised the first rules for boxing, following the death of George Stevenson caused by a bout with Broughton two years earlier. Baseball's big-hitting legend, Babe Ruth, died in 1948 aged 53.

Tomorrow: Butch Reynolds broke the 20-year-old 400 metres world record in 1988 with a time of 43.29 seconds. Sixty-nine years earlier, Gertrude Ederle had become the youngest world record holder in any sport, breaking the 880 yards freestyle in Indianapolis aged 12 years, 298 days. In August 1926 she became the first woman to swim the Channel.

Wednesday: In 1948, the 12-year-old Lester Piggott took the day off school to win his first race. The Chase, trained by his father, was a 10-1 winner at Haydock in the Wigan Lane Selling Handicap.

Thursday: England won the Ashes for the first time in 19 years at The Oval in 1953; Denis Compton hit the decisive runs to secure the five-match series 1-0.

Friday: In 1988, Jack Nicklaus became the first man to win more than $5m on the USPGA Tour, tying for 34th place at The International at Castle Pines.

Saturday: In 1965, Charlton's Keith Peacock became the first substitute to be used in the Football League, against Bolton.

Sunday: In 1964, Arsenal v Liverpool was the featured match on the first Match of the Day.