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This Day In Hockey History:

January 7,1980 – The Philadelphia Flyers set a National Hockey League (NHL) record with 35 consecutive games without a loss.



Happy Birthday:
Jabar Gaffney

December 1, 1980 – Derrick Jabar Gaffney is an American football wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida, and was twice recognized as an All-American. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft, and has also played the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins.


Happy Birthday:
Martina Hingis

September 30, 1980 – September Martina Hingis is a Swiss former professional tennis player who spent a total of 209 weeks as World No. 1. She won five Grand Slam singles titles (three Australian Opens, one Wimbledon, and one US Open). She also won nine Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, winning a calendar year doubles Grand Slam in 1998, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title.


September 27,1980 – Marvin Hagler defeats Alan Minter to claim boxing’s world Middleweight championship in London. They have to be escorted away by police after a riot forms.


September 15, 1980 – Michael Joseph Dunleavy, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. He is the son of long-time NBA player and former Los Angeles Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy.

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September 13, 1980 – Daisuke Matsuzaka is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball in the United States. He previously played for the Seibu Lions in Japan’s Pacific League. He was selected the MVP of the inaugural and the second World Baseball Classic, and is an Olympic bronze medalist.

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September 12, 1980 – Yao Ming is a retired Chinese professional basketball player who last played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). At the time of his final season, he was the tallest active player in the NBA, at 2.29 m (7 ft 6 in).

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September 6, 1980- Samuel Okon Peter nicknamed “The Nigerian Nightmare,” is a professional heavyweight boxer and the former WBC heavyweight champion.
Peter rose to prominence as a professional fighter following a string of spectacular knockout wins in his early career, at a time when the division was fragmented. He has won a portion of the heavyweight crown and scored notable wins over: James Toney and Oleg Maskaev. Samuel Peter is also the only man to have been defeated by both Klitschko brothers (losing a total of three bouts against them).

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August 31,1980 – Giorgio Chinaglia of the New York Cosmos scored seven goals in an 8-1 playoff win over the Tulsa Roughnecks at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.


August 29, 1980 – David Moorer West is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the NBA. A two-time NBA All-Star power forward, David West plays for the Indiana Pacers. Prior to joining Indiana in 2011, West played for the New Orleans Hornets from 2003 to 2011.