This Day In Sport – December 8

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 on the Ladbrokes Blog.

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 and important sporting moments in This Day In Sport!

1959 – The President Watches the Cricket

When on a tour of Karachi in Pakistan, the then US President Dwight Eisenhower became the first and currently only commander in Chief to witness a day of Test Cricket action.

He was treated to less than a spectacle as Pakistan ground out 104 runs for the loss of five wickets against the Australian’s led by Richie Benaud.

President Eisenhower did not include it in his memoirs.

1956- Melbourne Olympics Come to an End

The final day of the Melbourne 1956 Olympics got underway with a gold medal match in the men’s football with the Soviet Union defeating Yugoslavia 1-0.

In the closing ceremony later that day, a new Olympic tradition was born, admist of international tensions, the atheletes would mingle togheter, and paraded around the MCG arena.

The athletes marching together is now a feature of every Olympic closing ceremony.

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