June 29
World Cup
1950 - England's 4-1 hammering by Germany on Sunday was the Three Lions' biggest ever World Cup defeat but, on this day in 1950 at the Brazil finals, came one of the biggest shocks in the history of the tournament when the United States defeated Walter Winterbottom's England 1-0. Joe Gaetjens bagged the 38th minute winner for the part-timers and, so unexpected was the result, many newspapers around the world reported the result as a 11-1 or 10-0 victory to England, believing that a typo in the scoreline was to blame.
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1958 - Brazil came from behind to defeat hosts Sweden 5-2 and claim their first World Cup. Nils Liedholm opened the scoring in the ninth minute before Pele, a Vava double and Mario Zagallo put Brazil in control. Agne Simonsson pulled one back for Sweden with 10 minutes remaining but Pele bagged his second of the match in stoppage-time to complete the rout. The Brazilian legend became the youngest player to play at a World Cup finals, the youngest scorer in a World Cup final and the youngest player to win a World Cup winner's medal. Brazil have gone on to be crowned world champions a further four times in 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.
1986 - Pele may have been the star of the 1956 World Cup, but it was Diego Maradona's turn 20 years later. On this day, the maestro captained Argentina to their second World Cup with a 3-2 victory over West Germany. Maradona failed to score in the final but bagged five goals en-route, including the infamous Hand of God goal, follow by possibly the greatest goal of all-time, against England in the quarter-finals.
2002 - Hakan Sukur scored the fastest goal in World Cup history, finding the net in just 11 seconds, to open the scoring for Turkey in their 3-2 third place play-off victory over joint hosts South Korea.
Also on this day
1613 - The original Globe Theatre in London burnt down during a performance of Henry the Eighth.
1960 - The BBC opened the new Television Centre, heralded at the time as the 'Hollywood' of the small screen.
1974 - Isabel Peron was sworn in as the first female President of Argentina.
1995 - American and Russian spacecrafts successfully docked in orbit for the first time in 20 years.
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