Today in sports history: April 19

The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out live sport all around the globe, but history will never be erased.

While you contemplate streaming yet another Netflix drama or rewatching another replay of your favorite sporting moments, here are some stories that were making news in years past on April 19.


The first ever Boston Marathon is won by John J McDermott in 2h, 55m 10s. The world's oldest annual marathon was inspired by the success of the first modern marathon at the 1896 Summer Olympics.


Kiwi Bruce McLaren finished second at the Spanish Grand Prix, behind Jackie Stewart at the Jarama Circuit in what would be his final F1 podium. Only five drivers completed the race with Chris Amon and Denny Hulme both retiring with car issues. 

Denny Hulme and Bruce McLaren before the 1970 Spanish Grand Prix.
Denny Hulme and Bruce McLaren before the 1970 Spanish Grand Prix. Photo credit: Getty

McLaren would compete in one more Grand Prix before his death on June 2. 


Canadian George St-Pierre avenges the biggest upset in UFC history to regain the welterweight title against Matt Serra in Montreal at UFC 83.


A Stacey Jones field goal sees the Warriors beat the Sydney Roosters 17-16 in Auckland. 

The Warriors celebrate their win over the Roosters.
The Warriors celebrate their win over the Roosters. Photo credit: Photosport


The boot of Colin Slade helped the Crusaders to a 18-17 win over the Chiefs in Hamilton in a top of the table New Zealand conference clash. 

Slade kicked 6/8 while his opposite Gareth Anscombe had the chance to snatch victory after the hooter, but his penalty shot from inside his own half fell just short.


Kiwi Scott Dixon wins his first and to date only IndyCar victory on the Streets of Long Beach. The victory would be Dixon's first of four for the 2015 season, as he went on to win the drivers championship that year. 

Scott Dixon celebrates his win in Long Beach.
Scott Dixon celebrates his win in Long Beach. Photo credit: Getty


1879 - England cricket great Sydney Barnes 

1973 - Former Wallabies captain George Gregan 

1982 - Former All Blacks wing Sitiveni Sivivatu

Maria Sharapova.
Maria Sharapova. Photo credit: Getty

1987 - Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova

Newshub's top story 12 months ago...

Live updates: Chiefs v Lions in Hamilton

Trailing 20-0 at halftime, the Chiefs fall just short of a miraculous comeback victory over their South African rivals, losing 23-17.

Second-half tries to Sean Wainui, Nepo Laulala and Alex Nankivell get the home side within three points and a sniff of victory, but they needed to go length of the field in the final minute.

Nepo Laulala.
Nepo Laulala. Photo credit: Photosport

Instead, they turn the ball over and Lions first-five Elton Jantjes seals victory with a drop goal.

The result dropped the Chiefs to 3-5-1 for the season, but four wins in their last five games saw them qualify for Super Rugby playoffs, where they lost to the Jaguares in the quarter-finals.