This Day in Sports History: July 4

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.

 

I have compiled a list of the five most memorable Fourth of July moments and here are six other events that took place on Independence Day.

 

1919: Jack Dempsey won the heavyweight title with a savage win over Jess Willard at the Bay View Park Arena in Toledo, Ohio. Dempsey knocked Willard down seven times in the first round and the "Pottawatomie Giant" was unable to continue after the third.

 

1923: Jack Dempsey retained his heavyweight title with a 15-round decision over Tommy Gibbons before a crowd of less than 8,000 paid attendees in Shelby, Montana. The poor turnout bankrupted the town.

 

1999: Pete Sampras beat Andre Agassi in three straight sets to win the Wimbledon Men's Singles title. It was Sampras' sixth Wimbledon championship, surpassing Bjorn Borg's record of five.

 

2007: Joey Chestnut won the 92nd Annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, taking the title from six-time defending champion, Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi, in Coney Island. Chestnut consumed 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes and has won 12 times.

 

2009: Steve McNair was killed by his mistress, Sahel Kazemi, in a fatal shooting murder-suicide in his home in Nashville, Tennessee. The retired Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens quarterback was 36.

 

2017: Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy had four hits and five RBIs in an 11-4 win over the New York Mets at Nationals Park. The victory was Washington's third straight.

 

— 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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