Today in Sports History: April 6

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 re-watching the Cricket World Cup semi-final from 2011, here are some stories that were making news in years past on April 6.


The first modern Summer Olympic Games begin in Athens, Greece. 

American athlete James Connolly becomes the first modern Olympic champion, when he wins the triple jump, later finishing third in long jump and second in high jump.


Arnold Palmer wins the first of his four US Masters at Augusta National.

 Jack Nicklaus,  Arnold Palmer and Gary Player in 2016.
Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player in 2016. Photo credit: Getty


Charlotte Hornets Robert Parish becomes the NBA's all-time leader in games played, surpassing the previous record of 1560 set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 

Parish, who won three titles with the Boston Celtics and one with the Chicago Bulls, would play a record 1611 games in his career, a record that still stands. 


The Brazilian Grand Prix is abandoned after 56 laps, due to crashes that blocked the circuit in Sao Paulo.

Michael Schumacher's Ferrari crashes into Antonio Pizzonia's Jaguar. Mark Webber later crashes into the barricades and Fernando Alonso, unaware of the yellow flags, strikes a wheel off the Australian's car and loses control.

The injured Alonso is transported to hospital and the race called off, with the win initially awarded to Kimi Raikkonen, but later given to Giancarlo Fisichella on appeal.


New Zealand wins four medals on day two of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Cyclist Natasha Hansen wins silver in the women's sprint, while Dylan Kennett and Eddie Dawkins also win bronze medals in the individual pursuit and kieran respectively. 

Lewis Clareburt.
Lewis Clareburt. Photo credit: Photosport

Swimmer Lewis Clareburt takes bronze in the 400m individual medley.


1943 - Former All Black Ian MacRae

1960 - Former All Black and current Rural Exchange host Richard Loe 

1983 - Former All Black Jerome Kaino


2010 - Former Blackcaps test bowler Tony MacGibbon, aged 85

Newshub's top story 12 months ago

Former French star Sebastian Chabal entertains Hong Kong Sevens crowd with Proclaimers cover

Every All Blacks fan remembers former French number eight Sebastien Chabal.

Chabal, known for his caveman-like appearance, was at the heart of France's epic 20-18 win over the All Blacks at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.


Ever wondered what the 41-year-old is doing now? Well, he's still involved in rugby, but in a unique way.

The 62-test veteran turned up at the Hong Kong Sevens, dressed as a caveman, and began singing 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)' by Scottish band The Proclaimers.