On this Day in 1956: Man. United make history in Europe

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Manchester United showed their European pedigree.

On Saturday, Manchester United ran riot in their 4-1 victory over Leicester City and on this day 60 years ago, it was more of the same.

Sir Matt Busby’s side had already triumphed 2-0 in the first leg against Anderlecht in Brussels but there was still all to do to advance from the preliminary round of the 1956 European Cup.

But Dennis Viollet led the way with four goals, Tommy Taylor bagged a hat-trick, Liam Whelan grabbed two and Johnny Berry scored in the 10-0 success at Old Trafford.

It was the first time at British club had hit double figures as United strode to a 12-0 aggregate win.

More unforgettable events on this day:

1960: The first two games in football’s League Cup were played, with Bristol Rovers taking on Fulham and West Ham meeting Charlton.

1965: Franz Beckenbauer made his international debut for West Germany.

2003: Malcolm Glazer, owner of Super Bowl champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, increases his stake in Manchester United PLC to 3.17 per cent.

2015: Wales beat England 28-25 at Twickenham in Pool A of the Rugby World Cup.

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Happy Birthday: Bedi, Rummenigge, Niculescu

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(Clockwise): Monica Niculescu, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Bishen Bedi, ,

Bedi was one of the best spinners India has produced and one of the finest left-arm bowlers of all time.

Bedi, who turns 70 today, made his Test debut against the West Indies in the 1966 Kolkata Test. With his smooth action and clever change of pace, the left-arm spinner established himself as one of the foremost slow bowlers in the world and formed a lethal spin attack alongside Bhagwat

Chandrasekhar, Erapalli Prasanna and Srinivas Venkataraghavan.

In all, Bedi played 67 Tests and picked up 266 wickets but it was his impact alongside other spinners that added more weight to his performances. He also captained India in 22 Tests. Bedi was a feisty cricketer and didn’t hold back in his views either. He was a strong critic of Muttiah Muralitharan’s bowling action and ruffled many feathers with his remarks.

More sports birthdays on this day:

1955: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, European Footballer of the Year in 1980 & 1981, now chairman of Bayern Munich (61).

1961: Ronnie Whelan, former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland midfielder (55).

1976: Chauncey Billups, the 2004 NBA Finals MVP with the Detroit Pistons (40).

1987: Monica Niculescu, Romanian tennis player who reached a career high of No. 28 (29).

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On this day in 1962: Sonny Liston knockouts heavyweight champion

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Sonny Liston.

Sonny Liston was a terrifying boxer, known as much for knocking out his victims as much as his arrest record. However, there was no doubt that he meant business when he entered the ring.

Liston challenged Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight title and declared he would take it in five. Well, he didn’t.

In the bout, which was held on this day in 1962 at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Liston took control from the start. He pounded away at Patterson’s ribs and dropped the champion with a powerful left hook to the jaw

Patterson was counted out at 2:06 and it was the first time in history a world heavyweight champion had been knocked out in the first round.

More memorable events on this day:

2004: West Indies snatch an unlikely two-wicket victory chasing 218 against England in the ICC Champions Trophy final at Lord’s despite fading light.

2005: Spain’s Fernando Alonso becomes the youngest F1 world champion at the age of 24 after finishing third in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

2011: Britain’s Mark Cavendish wins men’s road race at the cycling World Championships in Copenhagen.

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