Horace-Bénédict de Saussure

Horace-Bénédict de Saussure was born 17 February 1740, in Conches, near Geneva (today in Switzerland but then an independent republic), and died in Geneva 22 January 1799. Continue reading

Woman Jockey in the Grand National

Charlotte Brew rode her own horse, Barony Fort at The Grand National which is held annually at Aintree, England in 1977. Brew became the first woman jockey in the Grand National steeplechase. Continue reading

Alpine Mountaineer Pioneered Ascents in the Swiss Alps

Alpine mountaineer, Horace-Benedict de Saussure made a series of pioneering ascents in the Swiss Alps beginning in 1760. Continue reading

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh was a historical king of the Sumerian city-state of Uruk, a major hero in ancient Mesopotamian mythology, and the protagonist of the Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem written in Akkadian during the late second millennium BC. Continue reading

Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier

Joseph-Michel Montgolfier (26 August 1740 – 26 June 1810) and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier (6 January 1745 – 2 August 1799) were paper manufacturers from Annonay, in Ardèche, France best known as inventors of the Montgolfière-style hot air balloon, globe aérostatique. Continue reading

Tennis rule book was Sphairistike

The English sportsman, Walter Clopton Wingfield published the Tennis or Lawn Tennis rule book called, Sphairistike, in 1873. Continue reading

First Closed-Circuit Road Race in France

The Automobile Club of France held a closed-circuit road race at Course de Perigueux in 1898. Continue reading

First Tennis Club

In 1872, a Tennis club was founded by Harry Gem in Leamington, England.
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King Richard I of England

Richard I (8 September 1157 – 6 April 1199) was King of England from 6 July 1189 until his death. Continue reading

Racing Purse on Record was £40

During the reign of King Richard I, the Lion-Heart, circa 1190, a racing purse of £40 was offered to English knights competing in a 3-mile (4.8-kilometre) race.
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