The Sydney Riot of 1879 was one of the earliest riots at an
international cricket match. It occurred at the Association Ground,
Moore Park (now known as the Sydney Cricket Ground). The game was
between a touring English team captained by Lord Harris and the New
South Wales Cricket Association led by Dave Gregory. The riot was
sparked off by a controversial umpiring decision, when Australian star
batsman Billy Murdoch was controversially given out by umpire George
Coulthard. It was alleged that betting men in the New South Wales
pavilion encouraged Gregory to make a stand and disrupt the game. The
immediate aftermath of the riot saw the England team cancel the
remaining games due to be played in Sydney. The riot led to a
breakdown of goodwill that threatened the immediate future of
England-Australia cricket tours. The friction between the cricketing
authorities was finally eased when Lord Harris agreed to lead an
England representative side at the Oval in London more than a year
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Queen Mary I of Scotland was executed at Fotheringhay Castle on
suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her
cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England.
The Roman Republic was proclaimed.
The Russo-Japanese War began with a surprise torpedo attack by the
Japanese on Russian ships near present-day Lüshunkou, China.
Trading began in NASDAQ, the world's first electronic stock exchange.
Colonel Denis Sassou-Nguesso was chosen as the new President of the
People’s Republic of the Congo.
Wikiquote of the day:
"There are, indeed, two forms of discontent: one laborious, the other
indolent and complaining. We respect the man of laborious desire, but
let us not suppose that his restlessness is peace, or his ambition
meekness. It is because of the special connection of meekness with
contentment that it is promised that the meek shall 'inherit the
earth.' Neither covetous men, nor the Grave, can inherit anything;
they can but consume. Only contentment can possess." -- John Ruskin