Sports Events on 26/3      

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26/3/200833-year-old David Beckham of Los Angeles Galaxy plays with England in a friendly match against France in Stade de France becoming the fifth Englishman to win 100 caps, after Billy Wright, Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore and Peter Shilton
26/3/2006Iraklis Thessaloniki is defeated by Sisley Treviso with 3-1 in the final of the Indesit European Champions’ League 2005/06 in Rome. In the all-Russian bronze medal match Lokomotiv Belgorod defeats Dinamo Moscow with 3-1
26/3/2000Demolition experts bring down Sheattle's Kingdome Stadium to make way for a new outdoor football stadium
26/3/2000One of the leading NHL scorers Maurice ''The Rocket'' Richard dies of cancer at the age of 78. He was the first player to score 50 goals in one single season
26/3/1999Paralysed from the waist down O.J. Waddell comes second riding ''Hutt Girl'' at the Los Alamitos Race Course
26/3/1995An opera based on Martina Navratilova's life premieres at New York's Carnegie Hall
26/3/1992Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is sentenced to 6 years for raping ''Miss Black America'' Desire Washington in Indianapolis, USA
26/3/1991PAOK win the European Cup Winners Cup after defeating Zaragoza 76-72
26/3/1989For the first time in greek football history a team is sentenced to play in an empty stadium. Panathinaikos defeat Apollon Salonica 3-0 at Leoforos
26/3/1975Giorgos Delikaris and Milton Viera of Olympiacos play with "The Rest of the World" team under the coaching of Rinus Michels against Anderlecht (3-8) at Brussels. The game is played in honour of Belgian Paul van Himst with the participation of Pele, Cruijff, Zairzinho and others
26/3/1959Mushtaq Mohammed makes his debut with Pakistan in a match against West Indies in Lahore, becoming the youngest cricket player (15 years and 124 days old)
26/3/1940Spyros Louis dies penniless in Athens aged 67. The greek state remembered him only once, when he was invited by Hitler to carry the greek flag during the Berlin Olympics opening ceremony
26/3/1804Wolfgang von Kempelen, the Hungarian author and inventor, dies at the age of 70. He became famous for the construction of “The Turk”, a chess playing automation, later revealed to be a hoax, as it was in fact a mechanical illusion that allowed a human chess master hiding in a box under the chess board to move a model doll dressed in Turkish robes and a turban holding a long Turkish pipe by the means of a clockwork mechanism. The machine was created in order to impress the Empress Maria Theresa and many years later, in April 1836, will be described in an essay by Edgar Allan Poe, titled “Maelzel’s Chess Player”, after Johann Nepomuk Maelzel, who will acquire it in 1817, thirteen years after Kempelen’s death.


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