Today in sports history: April 20

Former Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger.
Former Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger. Photo credit: Getty

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 20.


Opening day of competition of the New South Wales Rugby League competition, now known as the NRL.


Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan sets an NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game in Game two of the 1986 Eastern Conference quarter-finals - 135-131 double-overtime loss to Boston Celtics.

Michael Jordan.
Michael Jordan. Photo credit: Getty


Ferrari's Michael Schumacher is overcome with emotion on the winner's podium, after claiming victory in the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola just hours after mother Elisabeth died in a coma.

Brother Ralf finished fourth. 

Michael Schumacher.
Michael Schumacher. Photo credit: Getty


The Crusaders beat the Hurricanes 23-13 in Christchurch in their first Super Rugby match since the previous year's Grand Final. 

Corey Flynn and Ross Filipo were tryscorers for the Crusades, while Ma'a Nonu scored for the Hurricanes. 


Arsène Wenger announces he will leave London EPL club Arsenal after 22 years as manager.


1995 - All Blacks utility Damian McKenzie

Damian McKenzie.
Damian McKenzie. Photo credit: Getty


2014 - American boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, whose murder convictions were overturned after 19 years in prison, dies of prostate cancer at 76

Newshub's top story 12 months ago… 

Live updates: NZ Warriors v North Queensland Cowboys in Auckland

Skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck scores a sensational solo try to put the Warriors ahead 10-8 early in the second half, but the home side concede nine straight points to let victory slip through their fingers.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Photo credit: Photosport

A converted try to Justin O'Neill, a penalty by Jordan Kahu and Michael Morgan's late field goal seal the Cowboys win.

The 17-10 result marked the Warriors' fourth loss in five games and they would lose two more before breaking that slump, which put them well out of playoff contention at 2-6 for the season.