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April 21, 1980: Rosie Ruiz Steals Boston Marathon

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First Game of Basketball Played in Springfield: December 21, 1891
On this day in 1891, the first game of basketball was played at what is now Springfield College. The game was invented by a Canadian, Dr. James Naismith,...

First YMCA in the United States Organized in Boston: December 15, 1851
On this day in 1851, a group of evangelicals from several Boston churches founded the first Young Men's Christian Association in the United States....

Doug Flutie Throws “Hail Mary” Pass: November 23, 1984
On this day in 1984, Doug Flutie threw a last-second "Hail Mary" touchdown pass to Gerard Phelan in the end zone, giving Boston College...

Evangelist Billy Sunday Draws 70,000 to Boston Revival: November 12, 1916
On this day in 1916, 55,000 people came to hear Billy Sunday preach in Boston. An overflow crowd of 15,000 had to be turned away from the temporary tabernacle...

Pitcher Cy Young Dies: November 4, 1955
On this day in 1955, legendary pitcher Cy Young died. He spent much of his 22-year career in Boston, arriving in 1901 to play for the new American League...

Red Sox Win World Series: October 27, 2004
On this day in 2004, the Boston Red Sox ended an 86-year drought and buried the "Curse of the Bambino." They won the World Series! Their...

Ted Williams Bats for the Last Time: September 28, 1960
On this day in 1960, Ted Williams thrilled the fans at Fenway by hitting a dramatic homer at his last at-bat in his 21-year career with the Boston Red...

Boston Garden Hosts Final Game: September 26, 1995
On this day in 1995, the Bruins played the final game at the Boston Garden. For almost 70 years, the cavernous building served as the city's main...

Rocky Marciano Wins First World Heavyweight Title: September 23, 1952
On this day in 1952, Rocky Marciano knocked out "Jersey Joe" Walcott in the 13th round to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Growing...

Brookline Amateur Wins U.S. Open: September 19, 1913
On this day in 1913, at The Country Club in Brookline, 20-year-old Francis Ouimet became the first amateur to win the U.S. Open Golf Tournament. Growing...

Boston Wheelmen Sponsor Nation’s First 100-Mile Bicycle Race: September 6, 1882
On this day in 1882, seven men took over 12 hours to cover the distance from Worcester to Boston in the nation's first 100-mile bicycle race. Boston...

Fans Celebrate John L. Sullivan: August 18, 1887
On this day in 1887, thousands of adoring hometown fans flocked to Nantasket Beach in Hull to glimpse Boston-born John L. Sullivan, the Heavyweight Champion...

Red Sox Retire Yastrzemski’s Number: August 6, 1989
On this day in 1989, the Boston Red Sox retired Carl Yastrzemski's Number 8. Only 20 years old when he took over for the great Ted Williams in left...

Trainer Discovers Seabiscuit at Suffolk Downs: June 29, 1936
On this day in 1936, Tom Smith, an experienced horse trainer, spied an unlikely looking three-year-old Thoroughbred on the track at East Boston's...

Celtics Coach Red Auerbach Retires: April 28, 1966
On this day in 1966, Red Auerbach retired as head coach of the Boston Celtics after leading the team to 11 championships in 16 years. The Brooklyn native...

Rosie Ruiz Steals Boston Marathon: April 21, 1980
On this day in 1980 Rosie Ruiz tried to steal the Boston Marathon. Crowned the women's champion when she crossed the finish line, Ruiz looked surprisingly...

UMass Plays in Final Four: March 30, 1996
On this day in 1996, the UMass Minutemen ended the winningest season in UMass basketball history. Coached by John Calipari and led by future NBA star...

Ruiz Wins World Heavyweight Championship: March 3, 2001
On this day in 2001, boxer Johnny Ruiz of Chelsea defeated Evander Holyfield in 12 rounds to become the first-ever Latino WBA heavyweight champion. Trained...

U.S. Hockey Team Wins Olympic Gold: February 24, 1980
On this day in 1980, the U.S. hockey team beat Finland to win the Gold Medal at the Lake Placid Olympics. What really captured the country's imagination...

Holyoke Man Invents Volleyball: February 9, 1895
On this day in 1895, a new game was first played at the YMCA in Holyoke. Many of the men who came to the Y were excited about another new game, basketball,...

Boston Celtics Retire Larry Bird's Number: February 4, 1993
On this day in 1993, there was standing room only in the Boston Garden as the Celtics retired Larry Bird's number. In his 13 seasons with Boston,...

Tenley Albright Wins Olympic Gold: February 3, 1956
On this day in 1956, figure skater Tenley Albright won the Gold Medal at the Olympic Games in Cortina, Italy. This should not have been a surprise but...

Bill Belichick Named Head Coach of the Patriots: January 27, 2000
On this day in 2000, Bill Belichick was named head coach of the New England Patriots. Belichick had already earned a reputation as a brilliant defensive...

Nation’s First Country Club Established: January 14, 1882
On this day in 1882, a group of men from the social elite of Boston formally established The Country Club of Brookline, the first such club in the United...

Skater Nancy Kerrigan Assaulted: January 6, 1994
On this day in 1994, Nancy Kerrigan of Stoneham was practicing for the U.S Figure Skating championships. She was leaving the ice when a man assaulted...

Harry “Bucky” Lew Born: January 4, 1884
On this day in 1884, Harry Haskell Lew was born in Lowell to a family that had long been active in the struggle for racial equality. Known from childhood...

Brownies Take a Winter Swim: January 1, 1904
On this day in 1904, the L Street Brownies held their first New Year's Day swim in Boston Harbor. Every year since then, a crowd of swimmers and...

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