This Day In Sport – July 19

They say we should use this time to learn something new – so we thought we’d offer up a history lesson free of charge!

We’re going to be recapping all the important sporting moments each and every day as we look to fill the void our beloved sports have left behind.

So if it’s AFL, NRL, Basketball, Cricket, Golf or even Wrestling, be sure to return each morning as we take a trip back through the history books to relive some of the great sporting moments On This Day.

2013 – Roos v Blues Thriller!

North Melbourne and Carlton fought out a thriller on this night seven years ago.

Carlton found themselves 35 points up at the 20 munute mark of the third quarter but North stormed back into the game, kicking six goals to two in the final quarter.

It wasn’t enough and the Blues won by a point.

Matthew Kruzer took the match saving mark in the dying seconds and finsihed the game with 17 touches.

The game would be North Melbourne’s fifth loss by less than a goal that season.

1996 – The Greatest Lights The Flame

One of the most iconic and stirring of Olympic moments occurred on this day 24 years ago when Muhammad Ali, suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, lit the flame at the Opening Ceremony of Atlanta 1996.

Dick Ebersol, executive producer of NBC’s coverage which played a major part in the opening of the Atlanta games told the Washington Post that Ali was the only choice.

“Muhammad Ali may be, outside of perhaps the Pope, the most beloved figure in the world. In the third world, he’s a hero. In the Muslim world, he’s a hero and fellow traveler. To anybody young — just about — in the United States, he’s a man of great moral principle who was willing to go to prison.”

There was not one dry eye in the house or amongst the billions of viewers around the world when The Greatest lit the flame.