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5/12/2013Nelson Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist dies at the age of 95. He was the first black chief executive and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. During his presidency (1994-1999) South Africa hosted the 1995 Rugby world Cup and he used sports to unite racially divided South Africa.
5/12/201159-year-old Panathinaikos veteran footballer Dimitrs Kalligeris is killed in a car accident. H was a member of the team that reached the Wembley final in 1971 having played in 5 games. With Panathinaikos he had 27 participations in 2 years (1970-1972.
5/12/2006Ukranian grandmaster David Bronstein dies at the age of 82. He was one of the greatest postwar chess players, who though never managed to win the World Championship. In 1951 he challenged Michael Botvinik, the world champion but he drew 12-12 and according to FIDE rules, the title remained with the holder. He wrote many chess books and he had a regular chess column in the soviet newspaper Izvestia
5/12/2005Rena “Natalie” Liveri, kart racing champion in the beginning of the ‘70s when races were conducted at the Agios Kosmas circuit, dies at the age of 57
5/12/1997In a meeting with represenatives of Panathinaikos fan clubs president Giorgos Vardinogiannis announces a series of measures aiming to solve once and for all the problem of violence
5/12/1984Kareem Abdul Jabbar becomes the oldest NBA player (37 years old) to sign a one-year contract with the LA Lakers
5/12/1969Emil Zatopek is stripped of his military rank (colonel of the Czechoslovakian army) after criticizing the USSR's military intervention on his homeland
5/12/1951''Shoeless'' Joe Jackson, the legendary player of the White Sox in 1910-20, dies in South Carolina aged 64. He and 7 of his teammates were accused of fixing the 1919 World Series when they were bribed by powerful bookmakers to lose. Chick Gandil who acted as go-between paid them $80.000
5/12/1931No corner kick is conceded during the match Newcastle - Portsmouth
5/12/1908Numerals are first used on football jerseys by Pittsburg University Panthers in their game against Washington & Jefferson University (14-0)


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