Without doubt England’s greatest all-rounder of all time, Sir Ian Botham claimed 383 wickets and scored 14 centuries in 102 Test matches for England.
Arguably Botham’s finest moment in an England shirt arrived during the 1981 Ashes Series – which has since been coined ‘Botham’s Ashes’.
The Sky Sports commentator, who turns 60 today, took 34 wickets and backed that up with 399 runs as England inflicted an overdue win on the old enemy Australia.
1936: Dave Whelan (soccer) – Wigan’s owner and former chairman (79).
1958: Roy Aitken (soccer) – former Chelsea, Celtic, Motherwell and Scotland defender (57).
1965: Tom Boyd (soccer) – former Celtic and Scotland defender (50).
1982: Sean O’Loughlin (rugby league) – Wigan and England captain (35).
1983: Dean Ashton (soccer) – former Crewe, Norwich and West Ham striker who won one England cap and retired through injury in 2009 (32).
1994: Nabil Bentaleb (soccer) – Tottenham and Algeria midfielder (21).
1987: Jeremain Lens (soccer) – Sunderland’s Holland international striker (28).
Exactly two year agos, German driver Sebastian Vettel won a record-equalling ninth race in a row at the Brazilian Grand Prix en-route to his fourth drivers’ championship.
The former Red Bull Racing star levelled the record set by Alberto Ascari in 1953, in his last championship-winning season for Red Bull.
Vettel’s 13th race victory of the 2013 campaign also meant he equalled Michael Schumacher’s 2004 feat with Ferrari.
1894: England and Yorkshire batsman Herbert Sutcliffe was born. He scored 4,555 runs in 54 Tests and scored more than 50,000 first-class runs between 1919 and 1945. He died aged 83 in 1978.
2001: Fifteen fans were injured after being hit by a car driven by two-time world champion Carlos Sainz at the Network Q Rally of Great Britain.
2003: West Brom striker Lee Hughes was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was later convicted and jailed.
2004: Harry Redknapp resigned as manager of Portsmouth after his managerial style was compromised by the appointment of Velimir Zajec as executive director.
2005: Portsmouth sacked manager Alain Perrin.
2009: Manager Paul Hart was ”relieved of his duties” at Portsmouth.
2013: The All Blacks became the first ever side to register a perfect season in the professional erawith a last-gasp 24-22 win over Ireland in Dublin, secured after fly-half Aaron Cruden was allowed a second attempt at an overtime conversion.
2014: Marco Mattiacci was axed as Ferrari team principal after just seven months in the job and replaced by Maurizio Arrivabene.
Los Angeles Kings’ Wayne Gretzky had established himself as one of the greatest ever NHL players by the time his team took on the Detroit Red Wings on this day back in 1988. Eight minutes and 22 seconds into the second period, Gretzky – who was already the all-time assists leader – scored to become the fifth player to total 600 career goals.
Gretzky reached the milestone with his 17th goal of the season that was scored against Greg Stefan, his childhood team-mate. It capped an incredible month for Gretzky as he had scored his 1,700th career point three weeks earlier. And he did all of this in his 10th season in the NHL.
Other memorable events on this day:
1991: Evander Holyfield TKOs Bert Cooper in the seventh round for the heavyweight boxing title.
1991: Sacramento Kings end NBA’s longest road losing streak at 43 games.
2014: Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to the top of the podium at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to win the F1 driver’s championship.
2014: Switzerland beat France 3-1 in Lille to lift the Davis Cup for the first time.