The AshesThe Ashes is a Testcricket series playedbetween England andAustralia since 1882.
Gertrude Ederle1905 –2003 was anAmerican competitiveswimmer.In 1926, she becamethe first woman toswim across theEnglish Channel.
Jesse OwensWas an black American track andfield athlete who specialized in thesprints and the long jump.He participated in the 1936 SummerOlympics in Berlin, Germany.He was the most successful athleteat the 1936 Summer Olympics, avictory more poignant and oftennoted because Adolf Hitler hadintended the 1936 games toshowcase his Aryan ideals andprowess.
W. G. Grace1848 –1915 was an Englishamateur cricketer who is widelyacknowledged as one of thegreatest players of all time.Grace qualified as a medicalpractitioner in 1879. Because ofhis medical profession, he wasan amateur cricketer but he issaid to have made more moneyfrom his cricketing activitiesthan any professional cricketer!
Mark SpitzWon seven goldmedals at the 1972Munich OlympicGames, anachievement onlysurpassed byMichael Phelps whowon eight golds atthe 2008 Olympics.
Fred Perry1909 – 1995 was achampionship-winningEnglish tennis and tabletennis player who wonthree consecutiveWimbledon Championshipsbetween 1934 and 1936and was World No. 1 fouryears in a row.Perry also became the lastBritish player to win themens Wimbledonchampionship in 1936!
The Black Power SaluteAt the 1968 Olympics a protest was made by theAmerican athletes Tommie Smith and JohnCarlos; the athletes made the raised fist gestureat the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City.The event was one of the most overtly politicalstatements in the history of the modern OlympicGames.When "The Star-Spangled Banner" played, Smithand Carlos delivered the salute with headsbowed, a gesture which became front page newsaround the world.Smith later said "If I win, I am American, not ablack American. But if I did something bad, thenthey would say I am a Negro. We are black andwe are proud of being black. Black America willunderstand what we did tonight."
Eric Liddell1902 –1945. Was a Scottishathlete and rugby unioninternational player.Liddell was the winner of the mens 400 metres at the 1924 Summer Olympics inParis. A devout Christian, Liddell refused to run in a heat held on Sunday and wasforced to withdraw from the 100-metres race, his best event and enter the 400m.When the day of the Olympic 400 metres race came, Liddell went to the startingblocks, where an American Olympic Team member slipped a piece of paper intohis hand with a quotation from 1 Samuel 2:30: "Those who honour me I willhonour.“ He broke the existing Olympic and world records with a time of 47.6 seconds.
The Boat RaceAnnual rowing race betweenthe Oxford University and theCambridge University, rowedon the River Thames.The first race was in 1829 andthe event has been heldannually since 1856, exceptduring the two world wars.As of 2012 Cambridge havewon the race 81 times andOxford 76 times, with onedead heat.
Ben JohnsonA sprinter from Canada.He set consecutive 100metres world records at the1987 World Championshipsin Athletics and the 1988Summer Olympics, but hewas disqualified for doping,losing the Olympic title andboth records.
WimbledonWimbledon is the oldest tennistournament in the world. It hasbeen held at the All EnglandClub in Wimbledon, Londonsince 1877.Wimbledon is the only Majorstill played on grass, the gamesoriginal surface, which gave thegame of lawn tennis its name.The tournament takes place overtwo weeks in late June and earlyJuly, culminating with the Ladiesand Gentlemens Singles Final,scheduled respectively for thesecond Saturday and Sunday
Roger BannisterSir Roger GilbertBannister, CBE (born 23March 1929) is anEnglish athlete bestknown for running thefirst mile in less than 4minutes.
Athens 1896The first international OlympicGames held in the Modern era.Because Ancient Greece was thebirthplace of the Olympic Games,Athens was perceived to be anappropriate choice to stage theinaugural modern Games. It wasunanimously chosen as the host cityby Pierre de Coubertin.The Olympics did not return toGreece until the 2004 SummerOlympics, some 108 years later.
1966 World CupIn 1966 FIFA World Cup,the eighth staging of theWorld Cup, was held inEngland.England beat WestGermany 4–2 in the final,winning the World Cup forthe first time.