The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different ones and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on a specific date.
With that in mind, April 28 is a day in which a European sports institution opened and two heavyweight champions said goodbye to the sport for different reasons.
1923: Wembley Stadium opened in London and remained a British sports institution for 77 years.
1930: The minor league Independence Producers and Muskogee Chiefs played the first night game in the history of organized baseball in Independence, Kansas.
1956: Retired heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano boarded up his private training headquarters, saying “My mind is made up. It's a challenge to me now not to go back and I intend to stick by it.”
1967: Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the U.S. Army because of his objection to the Vietnam War. He was stripped of his heavyweight title and would not fight again until 1970.
1975: The Los Angeles Dodgers scored three runs in the eighth inning to beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 at Dodger Stadium. The win was the Dodgers fifth straight.
2001: The sports drama 61* premiered on HBO. Billy Crystal directed this film which tells the story of the 1961 home run race between Mickey Mantle (Thomas Jane) and Roger Maris (Barry Pepper).
2017: The 2017 NFL Draft was held on the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Cleveland Browns selected Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the first pick and the Chicago Bears took North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the second. The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes with the 10th pick.
— Compiled by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.