Jonathan Agnew (born 4 April 1960) is an English cricket broadcaster and
former professional cricketer, nicknamed "Aggers". Agnew had a
successful first-class career as a fast bowler for Leicestershire from
1979 to 1990, returning briefly in 1992. He won three Test caps in the
mid-1980s for England, and played in three One Day Internationals, his
entire international career lasting just under a year. In county
cricket, Agnew's most successful seasons came toward the end of his
career. He was the second and third leading wicket-taker in 1987 and
1988 respectively, achieving 100 wickets in a season in the former.
Overall, he took 666 first-class wickets at an average of 29.25. He was
named one of the five Cricketers of the Year by Wisden Cricketers'
Almanack in 1988. While still a player, Agnew began a career in cricket
journalism and commentary. Since his retirement as a player, he has
become a leading voice of cricket on radio, as the BBC radio cricket
correspondent and on Test Match Special. In 1991, he was part of an on-
air incident, known as the "leg over", which was blamed for a two-mile
traffic jam caused by drivers laughing; BBC 5 Live listeners voted it
"the greatest sporting commentary ever" in 2005.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
French naturalist Georges Cuvier delivered a lecture at the
National Museum of Natural History on living and fossil remains of
elephants and related species, founding the science of paleontology.
The Kennel Club, the oldest kennel club in the world, was
founded in the United Kingdom.
Twelve nations signed the North Atlantic Treaty, creating NATO,
an organization that constitutes a system of collective defense whereby
its member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by
any external party.
Norodom Sihanouk abdicated from the role of leader of Cambodia
and was arrested by the Khmer Rouge.
The Angolan government and UNITA rebels signed a peace treaty,
agreeing to follow the 1994 Lusaka Protocol and ending the decades-long
Angolan Civil War.
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
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Realism is striving for truth, and truth is always beautiful.