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This Day in Sports History — July 16

Florence Griffith-Joyner
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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on July 16 :

1924 — New York Giants’ first baseman George Kelly hit a home run in his sixth consecutive game. (More info.)

1941 — Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees hit safely in his 56th straight game. (More info.)

1947 — Challenger Rocky Graziano knocked out champion Tony Zale in the sixth round of their fight at Chicago Stadium to win the world middleweight championship. (More info.)

1950 — Uruguay upset Brazil, 2-1, to win soccer’s World Cup in front of nearly 200,000 people at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. (More info.)

1956 — Michigan radio-television executives Fred Knorr and John Fetzer bought the Detroit Tigers and Briggs Stadium for a record-setting $5.5 million. (More info.)

1961 — Ralph Boston of the United States set the world record in the long jump at 27′ 2″ in Moscow. (More info.)

1985 — The National League beat the American League, 6-1, at the MLB All-Star Game at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN. (More info.)

1988 — U.S. sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner set the world record in the 100-meters by running a 10.49 at the United States Olympic track and field trials in Indianapolis. (More info.)

1988 — Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky married actress Janet Jones in Edmonton, Alberta. (More info.)

2001 — Jacques Rogge of Belgium succeeded Juan Antonio Samaranch of Spain as president of the International Olympic Committee. (More info.)

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