On This Day in Sports History (August 15)

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Check out what happened on this day in sports history (August 15).

1903 – New Zealand’s All Blacks play their first ever rugby test game vs. Australia’s Wallabies at the Sydney Cricket Ground and won 22-3.

1914 -13th edition of Davis Cup: Australasia beats USA 3-2 in New York

1936 – Annibale Frossi bags two goals as Italy beats Austria 2-1 in extra time in the football final at the Berlin Olympics.

1936 – American tourist Carla de Vries shakes Adolf Hitler’s hand and gives him a kiss at the swimming event of the Berlin Olympics

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1950 – Ezzard Charles TKOs Freddie Beshore in 14 rounds to retain heavyweight boxing title

1965 – Dave Marr wins his only major PGA title, beating Billy Casper and Jack Nicklaus by 2 strokes at the PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Laurel Valley

1966 – Puerto Rican champion José Torres defeats Eddie Cotton on points in Las Vegas to defend the WBC/WBA light-heavyweight boxing title

1970 – Patricia Palinkas becomes the first woman pro football player

1971 – Scotsman Jackie Stewart secures his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship at the Austrian Grand Prix at Österreichring

1989 – Giorgio Lamberti sets world swimming record 200m free style (1:46.69)

1990 – Mark McGwire becomes the first baseball player to hit 30 HRs in each of his first four seasons

1993 – Paul Azinger wins his first major title in a playoff with Greg Norman at the 75th PGA Championship Men’s Golf in Inverness

1993 – Nolan Ryan records his 324th & final victory as Texas Rangers beat Cleveland Indians 4-1

1997 – Los Angeles Dodgers retire Tommy Lasorda’s #2 jersey

1999 – Tiger Woods wins his 2nd major by one stroke from Spaniard Sergio Garcia at the PGA Championship Men’s Golf in Medinah

2004 – Vijay Singh wins his 2nd PGA Championship in a playoff with Chris DiMarco & Justin Leonard at the PGA Championship Men’s Golf in Whistling Straits

2004 – South African 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend & Ryk Neethling sets the world record with 3:13.17 at the Athens Olympics

2005 – Phil Mickelson wins by one stroke from Steve Elkington and Thomas Bjørn at the PGA Championship Men’s Golf in Baltusrol

2008 – Ryan Lochte sets a 200m backstroke swimming world record of 1:53.94 to beat teammate Aaron Peirsol

2009 – 12th Athletics World Championships open at Berlin, Germany

2012 – Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez becomes 23rd pitcher to throw a perfect game in a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays

2016 – Anita Włodarczyk of Poland sets a world record 82.29m to win the women’s hammer throw gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

2019 – 60th annual finger wrestling championships takes place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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