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This Day in Sports History: July 7

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 7 is a day in which a 17-year-old won Wimbledon and NASCAR experienced one of its most emotional wins.

 

1912: Jim Thorpe won a gold medal in the pentathlon at the Summer Olympics in Stockholm. However, the International Olympic Committee stripped him of it and other medals after it was discovered that Thorpe had played professional baseball prior to the Olympics.

 

1985: Boris Becker defeated Kevin Curren in four sets to win the Wimbledon Men’s Singles title at 17.

 

1991: MLB umpire Steve Palermo was shot in the back while attempting to apprehend muggers outside of a Dallas Italian restaurant. The bullet hit Palermo's spinal cord and paralyzed him from the waist down. He regained the ability to walk with a cane and a leg brace and threw out the first pitch in game one of the 1991 World Series.

 

2000: Kenny Irwin Jr. was killed during a practice session for the thatlook.com 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

 

2001: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 2001 Pepsi 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. The win was even more significant since it was the first race in Daytona since the 2001 Daytona 500 where Earnhardt Jr.'s father died.

 

2013: Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets to become the first British man to win the Singles title since Fred Perry in 1936.

 

2019: Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scored goals as the United States beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Decines-Charpieu, France.

 

— 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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