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This Day in Sports History — September 5

Black September Munich
Keystone, Hulton Archive

Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on September 5:

1908 — Nap Rucker of the Brooklyn Dodgers no-hit the Boston Doves, 6-0, at Washington Park in Brooklyn. (More info.)

1918 — The national anthem was performed at a sporting event for the first time, as ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ was sung in the middle of the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs at Comiskey Park. (More info.)

1960 — Cassius Clay, later to be known as Muhammad Ali, defeated three-time European champion Zbigniew Pietrzytkowski of Poland to win the gold medal in the light-heavyweight division at the Summer Olympics in Rome. (More info.)

1971 — J.R. Richard of the Houston Astros struck out 15 batters in a 5-3 win over the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park. (More info.)

1972 — Eleven Israeli Olympians and four Arab terrorists were killed after the terrorists invaded the Olympic Village in Munich and attempted to leave for Cairo, Egypt with the athletes as hostages. (More info.)

1987 — John McEnroe was fined $17,500 and given a two-month suspension for his tirade during his third-round match against Slobodan Zivojinovic at the US Open in New York. (More info.)

1992 — US athlete Dan O’Brien set the world record in the decathlon by accumulating 8891 points at a meet at Municipal Stadium in Talence, France. (More info.)

1994 — Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers recorded his 127th career touchdown in a 44-14 victory over the Los Angeles Raiders at Candlestick Park to break Jim Brown’s NFL record. (More info.)

1995 — Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles played in his 2,130th consecutive game to tie Lou Gehrig’s long-standing record. (More info.)

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