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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, April 6, 2010

On this date: 1896 The first modern Olympic Games begin in Athens, Greece

Associated Press

April 6

1896 The first modern Olympic Games begin in Athens, Greece. James B. Connelly wins the first event the hop, step and jump.

1936 Horton Smith edges Harry Cooper by one stroke to win the Masters.

1941 Craig Wood beats Byron Nelson by three strokes to win the Masters.

1947 Jimmy Demaret wins the Masters for the second time with two-stroke victory over Byron Nelson and Frank Stranahan.

1952 Sam Snead wins his second Masters, beating Jack Burke Jr. by four shots.

1973 Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees becomes the first major league designated hitter, in an opening-day game against Boston.

1987 Sugar Ray Leonard returns to the ring after a three-year layoff to upset Marvelous Marvin Hagler in a 12-round split decision for the middleweight title, becoming boxing's 10th triple champion.

1992 Duke becomes the first team in 19 years to repeat as NCAA champion with a 71-51 victory over Michigan's Fab Five freshmen, the youngest team to vie for the title.

2001 Phoenix becomes the first team in NHL history to earn 90 points and not qualify for the postseason with its 5-2 win over Anaheim.

2004 Connecticut's championship sweep is complete. Led by Diana Taurasi, UConn beats Tennessee 70-61. The victory by the women their third straight and fourth in five years, makes Connecticut the first Division I basketball school to sweep both titles.

2008 Lorena Ochoa continues her dominance of women's golf with a five-shot victory in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. She finishes at 11-under 277, beating Suzann Pettersen and Annika Sorenstam.

2008 Teenager Graham Rahal, making his first IRL IndyCar Series start in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, holds off veteran Helio Castroneves to become the youngest winner in major open-wheel history. At 19 years, 93 days, Rahal breaks the age record set two years earlier in Sonoma, Calif., by Marco Andretti, who was 19 years, 167 days old.

2008 Keith Tkachuk becomes the 41st player in NHL history to score 500 goals, and adds an assist to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 in the season finale.

2009 Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson and North Carolina win a national championship, ending Michigan State's inspirational run with an 89-72 rout. The Tar Heels take a 55-34 lead at halftime, breaking a 42-year-old title-game record for biggest lead at the break and setting the mark for most points at the half.