On This Day - Aug 6 1983: Robin Van Persie, former Holland, Arsenal and Manchester United forward, is born

Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie 


1926: Gertrude Ederle, a 19-year-old New Yorker, became the first woman to swim the English Channel. She made the crossing from Cap Gris-Nez to Deal in 14 hours and 39 minutes, cutting two hours off the record.

1961: Stirling Moss enjoyed the 16th and last Formula One win of his career at the Nurburgring when he won the German Grand Prix in a Lotus-Climax.

2002: David Burns and Keith Harris resigned as chief executive and chairman respectively of the Football League due to the collapse of a broadcasting agreement with ITV Digital.

2006: Great Britain's Jenson Button won the Hungarian Grand Prix, his first Formula One victory after 113 attempts.

2009: Former England batsman Mark Butcher announced his retirement from cricket with immediate effect.

2012: Britain's Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles won the gold medal in the team showjumping at the London Olympics. Britain's Jason Kenny took gold in the men's sprint.

2013: Beth Tweddle announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics, a year to the day after winning Olympic bronze in the uneven bars.

2016: Adam Peaty shattered his own world record in the heats of the 100 metres breaststroke at the Rio Olympics with a time of 57.55 seconds.

2018: Peaty sealed gold for Great Britain in the 4x100m mixed medley relay team along with Georgia Davies, Freya Anderson and James Guy at the European Championships. They set a new European record in a time of three minutes 40.18 seconds.


Billy Boston (rugby league) - former Wigan and Great Britain star, born 1934.

Iqbal Qasim (cricket) - former Pakistani cricketer, born 1953.

Vitantonio Liuzzi (motor racing) - former Red Bull and Toro Rosso driver, born 1981.

Robin Van Persie (soccer) - Former Holland, Arsenal and Manchester United forward, born 1983.

Jesse Ryder (cricket) - New Zealand all-rounder, born 1984.

Andy Wilkinson (soccer) - former Stoke defender, born 1984.

Bafetimbi Gomis (soccer) - former Swansea and France forward, born 1985.


1. Who became the first Premier League manager to be shown a yellow card?

2. Who did Kerry defeat to win the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title in 2014?

3. How old will quarter-back Tom Brady be when his freshly signed contract with the New England Patriots ends?

4. Who was Belfast fighter Carl Frampton due to face in Philadelphia on Saturday August 10 2019 before he was forced out of the fight through a freak injury? 

5. In which city are the All Blacks playing the Wallabies this weekend?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Tuesday, August 6)

SOCCER: Carabao Cup, Portsmouth v Birmingham - Sky Sports Main Event 1930.

CRICKET: T20, West Indies v India - Sky Sports The Ashes 1525, Sky Sports Main Event 1530; Super League, Yorkshire Diamonds v Surrey Stars - Sky Sports The Ashes 1900.

TENNIS: WTA, Rogers Cup - BT Sport 1 1600.

CYCLING: Tour of Poland - Eurosport 1 1415.

SNOOKER: International Championship, China - Eurosport 2 0625, 1125.

BASEBALL: MLB, Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox - BT Sport/ESPN 1800; Minnesota Twins v Atlanta Braves - BT Sport/ESPN 0100 (Wed).

Tomorrow (Wednesday, August 7)

CRICKET: T20 Blast, Leicestershire v Birmingham - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports The Ashes 1800.

SOCCER: Champions League, TBC - BT Sport 2 1915.

TENNIS: WTA, Rogers Cup - BT Sport 1 1600.

CYCLING: Tour of Poland - Eurosport 1 1415.

SNOOKER: International Championship, China - Eurosport 2 0625, 1125.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v Oakland Athletics - BT Sport//ESPN 1900.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Pep Guardiola; 2. Donegal, 2-9 to 0-12; 3. 44; 4. Emmanuel Dominguez; 5. Perth.

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