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19/5/2004Valencia complete their first double as they capture the UEFA Cup with a 2-0 win over Olympique Marseille in Gothenburg, a few days after securing the Primera Division title in Spain
19/5/1999Last European Cup Winners Cup final held. Lazio overcome Mallorca by 2-1 at Birmingham's Villa Park. From the next season (1999-2000), domestic cup winners will enter the UEFA Cup
19/5/1997“Akron Ilion Crystal”, established by brothers Anastasios, Antonis and Antisthenis Meimeridis and Katina Pirpiroglou, closes after 72 years of operation. Refugees from Ionia after the Greek Genocide of 1922, they came to Athens and started selling vitrics at Eolou street. In 1925, they opened their first store. Brothers Giorgos “Red” and Giannis “Black” participated in rallies in the 1960’s and on 3/10/1971, Giannis “Black” Meimaridis was killed during the Rhodes circuit driving an Alfa Romeo GTA.
19/5/1996Olympiacos win the greek basketball championship after beating Panathinaikos 73-38 (the largest scoring difference in playoffs history)
19/5/199449-year-old Luis Ocana, the Spanish road cyclist, winner of the Tour de France in 1973 and the Vuelta a España in 1970, commits suicide by gunshot in Nogaro, Southern France, possibly due to depression over financial matters and hepatitis C infection. He was one of the great cyclists of his time along with Eddy Merckx and Jose Manuel Fuente.
19/5/1991Willy T. Ribbs becomes the first black driver to qualify for Indianapolis 500
19/5/1971Chelsea draw with Real Madrid (1-1 Ignacio Zoco, Peter Osgood) in the European Cup Winners Cup final at Karaiskakis Stadium. As penalty kicks were not yet introduced, a rematch is set two days after
19/5/1952Yoshiro Shirai becomes the first Japanese world champion in fly category after beating Dado Marino in Tokyo
19/5/1903The motor car manufacturer, Buick Motor Company, is incorporated by the Scottish-American David Dunbar Buick (who invented the overhead valve engine on which the company's success will be based) in Flint, Michigan
19/5/1896Panachaikos GS successfully organizes Panachaikos Athletics Games in Patra, till May 21. During the games Panellinios is authorized to establish an athletic federation. The federation is set up on October 25

 

             
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