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21/7/2004Rivaldo comes to Athens and signs with Olympiacos, being the greatest transfer ever made in the history of greek football. Olympiacos adds his name with those of Carembeu (2001), Giovanni (1999), Zahovic (1999), Protasov (1990), Litovtchenko (1990) and Detari (1988)
21/7/2002Michael Schumacher captures his 5th F1 world championship with a French Grand Prix victory, equaling Juan Manuel Fangio's record (5 F1 championships, 3 in a row)
21/7/1996Greek weightlifter Leonidas Sapanis (59kg) wins the silver medal in Atlanta after lifting a total of 305kgs
21/7/1992Mike Powell breaks the world long jump record in Sestriere with 8.99m. Nevertheless the new record is not recognized because the leap was wind-aided (+4.4)
21/7/1991David Platt becomes the most expensive football player when he is traded from Aston Villa to Bari for 5.5 million pounds
21/7/1985The most successful horse ''John Henry'' ($6.597.947 - 39 wins in 83 races) is retired at the age of 10
21/7/1978Hungarian top scorer Sandor Kocsis, the man "with the golden head" dies aged 49. Team mate, and almost the same age, with Ferenc Puskas at the national team of Hungary, with which he had 68 caps and 75 goals, he refuses to return to Hungary for political reasons
21/7/1974Greek army officer Georgios Katsanis is killed in St Ilarion during the turkish invasion in Cyprus. He was a sprinter of Iraklis Salonica. To honour his memory the club names the volleyball court after him
21/7/1970Bob Kalsu, the American football League (AFL) player of Buffalo Bills, dies at the age of 25 in Vietnam during action near the A Shau Valley. He is the first active professional American football player to loose his life in the Vietnam War and Del City (Oklahoma) High School’s football stadium will bear his name.
21/7/1969Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, members of “Apollo 11”, are the first to walk on the moon
21/7/1968Arnold Palmer becomes the first golfer to earn $1.000.000 in US Open after taking second place in PGA in Texas
21/7/1943Charles William Paddock, olympic winner in 100m at the 1920 Olympics, is killed during a war flight. Nicknamed ''the world's fastest man'' Paddock had broken or equaled the world record 25 times
21/7/1928Polish Halina Knonpacka is the first woman to win olympic medal in a track-and-field event
21/7/1924The first, unofficial, Super Cup, is played in Greece. The match is between the champion Panathinaikos and the Cup title holder Olympiacos (3-0). Panathinaikos will also win the return match 2-0 on 28, July
21/7/1924Panathinaikos is granted the ''Perivola'' ground on Queen Alexandra Avenue, already in use since 1921. In 1933 the first stands are built. It is the first football pitch in Greece with grass carpet. In 1981 prime minister Georgios Rallis names the stadium after Apostolos Nikolaidis, in memoriam of Panathinaikos' manager who died on October 15, 1980
21/7/1874The oldest athletic activity is recorded in a Smyrna newspaper, where there is a mention about fencing lessons given at the gymnasium of Issocrates private school

 

             
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