Tim Henman won an ATP tournament for the first time, keeping his composure in a high wind to beat Carlos Moyà 6-3 6-1 in the final of the Sydney International.
Talk about a crossroads for two men. Phil Taylor regained the world title - but Mike Gregory shouldn't have let him. Throughout the tournament, he matched the No.1 seed virtually dart for dart. Taylor threw 27 maximums, Gregory 26. Taylor hit seven check-outs of 100 or more, Gregory six. The final was as close as that. Both threw 11 maximums to take the match to a deciding game. In the sixth leg, Gregory had two shots at double eight; in the tenth, two darts at double top and two more at double ten. Six times within a dart of becoming world champion, he lost 6-5 and never won the title. Taylor won his 15th in 2010.
Brian Moore was born and grew up into quite a small rugby hooker but didn't let that stand in his way. That or anything else. Pugnacious, rebarbative and useless at sitting on fences, he was also a damned good rugby player: mobile around the pitch, accurate at the line-out. When England emerged blinking from the amateur dark age, he was there with the torch. He seemed to be the one making decisions that cost a Grand Slam on March 17, 1990, but England won the Slam in each of the two years after that and reached the World Cup final in 1991, where they might have beaten Australia if they hadn't suddenly changed tactics, something Moore disagreed with. He won 64 caps for England and was particularly successful at winding up the French: he was on the winning side against them in eight matches out of ten. He played five Tests for the Lions and helped them win the series Down Under in 1989. Australia's hooker outweighed him by several stone. He enjoyed that.
Snooker's first televised 147 maximum. Compiled by Steve Davis (surprise surprise) against John Spencer in the Lada Classic at Oldham Civic Centre.
Herbert and Wilfred Baddeley were born. Slim and slightly balding, light on their feet, they were the second pair of twins, after the Renshaws (born January 3), to win the doubles at Wimbledon. They did it four times, including three in a row, the first in 1891, when Wilfred also won the first of his three singles titles. In the semi-finals, he thrashed Ernest Renshaw 6-0 6-1 6-1. Wilfred was only 19 at the time, still one of the youngest male Grand Slam champions. He played in six successive Wimbledon singles finals (only Roger Federer has played in seven), including four in a row against Joshua Pim, Baddeley winning the first two, Pim the next two. Baddeley won the 1895 final against Wilberforce Eaves from match point down in the third set. When the twins lost the 1897 doubles final to the Dohertys, they passed the baton on to a greater pair of brothers.
At the World Championships in Perth, Australia, America's Mike Barrowman set a world record in winning the 200 metres breaststroke. Britain's Nick Gillingham won bronze, his only World Championship medal. At the Olympics the following year, a repeat performance. Barrowman world record and gold, Gillingham bronze. Nick also won silver at the 1988 Games and finished fourth in 1996. He equalled Barrowman's first world record but Barrowman set five more. Gillingham won his only global title on December 4, 1993.
Andy Fordham won the BDO world darts title. In his only final, he won 6-3 against the 2002 runner-up Mervyn King. Fordham had lost in four previous semi-finals. With his beard and extended mullet, 'The Viking' was a recognisable figure. And his figure was really big. Really dangerously big. During his challenge match against PDC world champion Phil Taylor, he had to drop out with heat exhaustion when he was 5-2 down. He withdrew from the World Championships in 2007 and suffered a minor stroke - then lost 130-odd pounds in that year alone, leaving him a svelte 16 stone. Even less if he'd removed the mullet.
Trina Gulliver won the first women's darts world title, beating Mandy Solomons 2-1 in the final. She won the next six as well.
Eric Bristow won his third world title in a row, his fifth in all - and, surprisingly, his last. He thrashed big Dave Whitcombe in the final again, but he lost the next year's decider to John Lowe - and then 'dartitis' crept in, similar to the yips in golf. Struggling to let go of the darts properly, he did well to reach three World finals in a row, but he lost the first to Jocky Wilson and the others to the new wave of Phil Taylor (6-1) and Dennis Priestley (6-0).
Ted Hankey regained the world darts title after a gap of nine years. It was only the BDO version, but you can't always be choosers.
Ben Johnson's first race since he was stripped of his Olympic gold medal. Banned for two years for taking that steroid, he now finished second to Daron Council in the 50 metres in Hamilton, Ontario, in front of the biggest crowd to watch an indoor athletics event in Canada. Johnson was later caught again and banned for life.
Cyril Holmes was born. Like Eric Liddell (born January 16, 1902), he reached the top in rugby and sprinting. Unlike the great Scot, he didn't reach the heights of Olympic gold, but won the sprint double at the 1938 Empire (later Commonwealth) Games. A veteran by the time the War ended, he scored a try on his debut for England by intercepting a pass on the halfway line. Scotland's late try put a coat of gloss on a 24-5 defeat. Holmes won two more caps the following year. Two defeats, no tries.
Australia's Jon Konrads was only 15 when he broke his own world record and became the first swimmer to go under nine minutes for the 880 yards and 800 metres. On January 10 the following year, he set a landmark in the 1500.
Ben Crenshaw was born in Texas. That great putting style was evident from the start, when he won his first pro tournament. But for a long time he looked like being the best golfer never to win a Major, finishing second five times. Then it turned. He won the Masters in 1984, recovered from Graves' Disease to win it again 11 years later, and captained the US team that regained the Ryder Cup in 1999.
The first substitution in a Five Nations rugby match. Ian McCrae replaced injured scrum-half Gordon Connell in the first half. A late try by Jim Telfer gave Scotland the win.
Kansas City Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings 23-7. This was the fourth Super Bowl. In every one so far, the winning quarterback was voted the MVP, Kansas City's Len Dawson following the glittering Bart Starr and Joe Namath. The first three scores were field goals by Jan Stenerud, the first from 48 yards, a Super Bowl record at the time.
Stylish featherweight Colin McMillan retired after losing his British title. He was stopped in the eighth round by Paul Ingle, who was having only his 15th pro fight. Ingle's career ended suddenly and almost fatally on December 16, 2000.
In rugby league, England versus New Zealand in Wigan was a real tryfest. Four each, with England kicking three goals to the tourists' two. New Zealand's totemic 'Dally' Messenger, who'd played rugby union for Australia, missed a penalty right in front of the posts.
Madeline Jackson was born Madeline Manning in Cleveland, Ohio. At the 1968 Olympics, she won the 800 metres by ten yards. Four years later, she slowed down too much in her semi-final and allowed Britain's Rosemary Stirling to reach the Final. Jackson was ordained as a minister and brought out an album of gospel songs