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This Day in Sports History: July 20

Recapping events that took place in the sports world on this day

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 20 is a day in which a martial arts icon died suddenly and O.J. Simpson ended up back in the news.

 

1885: Great Britain's Football Association approved the paying of players, opening the door for professional soccer in the country.

 

1968: The first Special Olympics was held at Chicago's Soldier Field, with 1,000 athletes from the United States and Canada participating.

 

1973: Martial arts movie icon Bruce Lee died of cerebral edema in Hong Kong six days before his groundbreaking film, "Enter the Dragon," was released. He was 32.

 

1986: Greg Norman won the British Open by five strokes over Gordon Brand at Scotland's Turnberry Golf Resort. It was Norman’s first major championship.

 

1997: Colorado Rockies right fielder Larry Walker hit two home runs in a 9-5 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Rockies.

 

2017: The Nevada Parole Board granted parole to O.J. Simpson, who had been serving a 33-year prison sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery.

 

— 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.

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