On this Day in 1968: Black Power salute defines Olympic Games in Mexico

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Iconic: Black Power salute.

It is perhaps more poignant than ever to reflect now that it was 48 years ago today when one of the Olympic Games’ most iconic moments occurred.

American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos each raised a black-gloved fist throughout the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner on the podium after winning gold and bronze in the 200m in Mexico City. It is a symbol of resistance and defiance that became engrained into 20th-century history, a protest against racial discrimination.

Adding to its power was how Australian silver medalist Peter Norman joined the duo by wearing human rights badges on their jackets.

Here’s other memorable events that happened on this day:

1983: The US win the 25th Ryder Cup, beating Europe 14½-13½ at the PGA National Golf Club in Florida.

2004: A 17-year-old Lionel Messi makes his league debut for Barcelona against Espanyol.

2005: San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson becomes the seventh NFL player to run, catch and throw a touchdown in the Chargers’ victory over the Oakland Raiders.

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Happy Birthday: Jacques Kallis, Mehmet Scholl, Dan Biggar

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(Clockwise): Mehmet Scholl, Dan Biggar and Jacques Kallis.

Kallis is regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders to ever play the game of cricket.

As a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler, the South African is the only cricketer in the history of the game to score more than 10,000 runs and take 250 wickets in both one-day and Test match cricket.

He had an average of 55 runs per innings from 166 Tests for the Proteas. Kallis took 292 Test wickets and lies third behind India’s Sachin Tendulkar (15,921) and Australia’s Ricky Ponting (13,378) on the list of all-time run scorers in Test cricket with 13,289 scored from 280 innings in a career spanning between 1995-2013.

Kallis, who turns 41, was named Leading Cricketer in the World in the 2008 Wisden for his performances in 2007, in addition to being the ICC Test Player of the Year and ICC Player of the Year in 2005.

Here’s who else is celebrating their birthday:

1947: Terry Griffiths, Welsh ex-snooker player who became world champion on tournament debut in 1979 (69).

1970: Mehmet Scholl, German former footballer. Won record equaling eight Bundesligas with Bayern Munich (46).

1982: Frederic Michalak, French rugby player who plays for top 14 side Toulon and has 77 caps for Les Bleus (34).

1989: Dan Biggar, Welsh rugby player. Fly-half plays club rugby for the Ospreys and has 48 caps for Wales (27).

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Happy Birthday - October 15 - Deschamps, Chalmers, Ozil

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Deschamps played as a defensive midfielder for several clubs in France, Italy, England, and Spain, including Marseille, Juventus, Chelsea and Valencia, as well as Nantes and Bordeaux.

After retiring as a player, he went into football management. He was appointed head coach of Monaco in France’s Ligue 1, leading them to the Coupe de la Ligue title in 2003 and to its first UEFA Champions League final in 2004. He resigned on 19 September 2005 after a poor start to the season, and disagreement with the club’s president.

Since then, Deschamps has gone on to manage Juventus – winning Serie B – and Marsielle, where he won Ligue 1, as well as a number of cup competitions. But since 2012, he has been manager of the French Men’s National team, guiding them to the final of Euro 2016 earlier this year.

1968: Craig Chalmers (rugby union) – former Scotland and Lions stand-off.

1977: David Trezeguet (soccer) – former France striker.

In the final of Euro 2000, France found themselves 1-0 down to Italy in the 90th minute, before Sylvain Wiltord drew them level on the brink of added time. Then came extra time, and substitute David Trezeguet’s memorable golden goal – a superb volley from Robert Pirès’s cross.

1981: Elena Dementieva (tennis) – 2008 Olympic singles champion, now retired.

1988: Mesut Ozil (soccer) – Arsenal and Germany midfielder.

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