• May 30 down the years

Tyson retains WBA and WBC titles

Mike Tyson retained his WBA and WBC titles by downing former champion Pinklon Thomas © Getty Images

Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas fought for the world heavyweight title. In the same ring. But not in the same fight. Their fateful meeting was nearly three years away (February 11). In Las Vegas today, Iron Mike kept his WBA and WBC titles by stopping former champion Pinklon Thomas in the sixth round. The much taller Thomas came out aggressively and even won a couple of rounds with his jabbing - but although he looked trim and fit, his stamina was suspect and he couldn't stick and move the way his trainer, the great Angelo Dundee, wanted. When Tyson started unloading in the sixth, Thomas went down from the latest left hook, and Dundee was in the ring before the end of the count. Meanwhile Buster's attempt on the vacant IBF belt ended suddenly in the 10th, after nine even rounds against the unbeaten Tony Tucker. In a unification fight two months later, Tucker took Tyson all the way before losing a unanimous decision.

Having won the Monaco Grand Prix on May 10 the previous year, Graham Hill became the first driver to win it three years in a row. Of the first seven races that year, it was the only one Jim Clark didn't win - mainly because he was away winning the Indianapolis 500! Naturally he regained the Formula 1 title that season - but he might not have won at Monaco: he never did, and Hill won the race five times. Today he started on pole and set the fastest lap in finishing more than a minute clear of Lorenzo Bandini.

In 1976, Niki Lauda won in Monaco for the second year in a row. Again pole position mattered enormously in those narrow streets. This was the sixth race of the year, and Lauda already had 51 points. His nearest challenger had 15. He looked a certainty to retain the drivers' title. But the German Grand Prix was waiting on August 1.

At long last, England deigned to award caps for matches outside France and the Empire. Not before time. Argentina proved that by holding them to a draw in Buenos Aires. England scored the opening try, but 'Dusty' Hare missed an easy conversion which eventually cost them the win. Argentina led 7-4 at half-time thanks to a try by Marcelo Campo, who scored another in the second half. The great Hugo Porta (born September11 1951) added a conversion, penalty goal, and trademark drop goal. But he and scrum-half Tomás Landajo got no respite from flanker Mike Rafter, who had his best match for England. Even so, the visitors only just got out of jail. Landajo's drop goal put Argentina 19-13 ahead, and it took a late converted try by Clive Woodward, his second of the game, to square the match. England won the second match 12-6 a week later.

Clive Woodward enjoyed a glittering career as a player before moving into coaching © Getty Images
After his try in England's first ever World Cup match (May 23), captain and right wing Mike Harrison scored three against Japan, who were only 6-3 down when England scored their first, which took them half an hour. Soon after half-time, Japan scored a fine interception try to reduce England's lead to 16-7. But size and strength told against them as always, and they lost 60-7. Jon Webb converted seven of England's ten tries and added a couple of penalties.

In the same tournament. Ireland played like drains in their opening game on May 25. Today they were no better against a typically gutsy Canada, who took the lead three times and were level at 19-19 with ten minutes to go, when Ireland suddenly added 27 points. Keith Crossan scored two of their six tries, and Michael Kiernan's boot added 19 points. Gareth Rees landed three penalties and a drop goal for Canada. Their 37-year-old centre Spence McTavish came to the end of an international career that began in 1970.

Meanwhile Scotland followed their opening draw (May 23) with a 60-17 stroll through Zimbabwe. Gavin Hastings collected 20 points and Alan Tait scored his first two tries in international rugby. He scored his last one 12 years later after almost a decade in rugby league. Marthinus Grobler kicked five penalty goals and 17 points for the losing side.

Hastings couldn't stop scoring World Cup points against weak teams. In 1995, he followed his record haul against Ivory Coast (May 26) with another 31 points in Scotland's 41-5 win over Tonga. He was successful with eight penalty kicks and hit a post with another, but he shouldn't have been awarded his try after being tackled into touch. He scored 75 international points in four days. Against Japan four years earlier, he and Scott Hastings had become the first brothers to score in the same World Cup match, a feat they repeated against Tonga today.

Densmore (Denny) Shute won the US PGA for the second year in a row. It was a matchplay event before 1958, and Shute won the Final against Harold 'Jug' McSpaden at the 37th hole.

The first official world record in the men's 800 metres freestyle. French swimmer Jean Taris clocked 10 minutes 19.6 seconds, a time he broke the following year. At the 2009 World Championships, Zhang Lin set a world record of 7 minutes 32.12.

The first time 100 points were scored in a first-class rugby union match. Left wing Rod Heeps set an international tour record by scoring eight tries for the All Blacks against Northern New South Wales in Quirindi. New Zealand scored 22 tries, so their 103-0 win would have been worth 147-0 today.

On the same day over in South Africa, the British Lions could only draw 8-8 with Griqualand West, which didn't bode well for the Test series. In that, they were happy to draw the first match but lost the last three.