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This Day in Sports History: July 19

This Day in Sports History: July 19

This Day in Sports History: July 19

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, July 19 is a day in which three Summer Olympics began and the first NASCAR race was held. 

1949: Jim Roper won the first NASCAR-sanctioned stock car race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

1952: The Summer Olympics kicked off in Helsinki and marked the first appearances of the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, and Israel in the games.

1980: The Summer Olympics began in Moscow and the United States was one of 66 countries to boycott the games because of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. The USSR returned the favor in 1984 when Los Angeles hosted the Olympics.

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1988: Bobby Allison hit the outside barrier of Pennsylvania's Pocono Raceway and was then t-boned by Jocko Maggiacomo in the first lap of the Miller High Life 500. The wreck nearly killed Allison and left him in a vegetative state, forcing him to retire from racing. However, he underwent rehab and was able to continue on as a car owner for numerous NASCAR drivers.

1996: The Summer Olympics opened in Atlanta and the opening ceremony concluded with Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic cauldron.

2018: Olympic figure skater Denis Ten was stabbed to death at the age of 25 by two men trying to steal his car mirrors in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Ten won the bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics, becoming the first figure skater representing Kazakhstan to medal at the games.

2019: Novak Djokovic successfully defended his Wimbledon Men's Singles title with a marathon five-set victory over Roger Federer in the final. At four hours and 57 minutes, it is the longest final in Wimbledon history.

— Written 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.