September 3, 2006: Spain wins first World Basketball Championship
2006 – Sharp-shooting Spain blew away Greece 70-47 to capture an emotional first World Basketball Championship gold medal. NBA-bound Jorge Garbajosa and Juan Carlos Navarro scored 20 points each as the Spaniards overcame the absence of talismanic Memphis Grizzlies forward Pau Gasol to win their first major title. The injured Gasol, watching from the bench in jeans, burst into tears at the final buzzer as the Spanish players hugged each other with joy. “I’m super-proud of the team,” said Gasol, who suffered a broken metatarsal during the semifinal victory over Argentina. “I couldn’t contain myself from crying. We played the game with so much hunger and passion. Not being able to play really hurt me, but today I couldn’t be happier.”
Other important events
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1871 – Japan and China sign the Treaty of Tianjin.
1879 – Afghans massacre British legation at Kabul, leading to British occupation of the city.
1904 – Japan defeats Russian forces at Liaoyang in China.
1935 – British driver Malcolm Campbell sets a new world land speed record of 484.62km/h
1943 – The British 8th Army invades Italy during the Second World War — the same day Italy signs a secret armistice with the Allies.
1945 – Singapore is returned to British control after being occupied by the Japanese since 1942.
1976 – US Viking II lands on Mars.
1984 – Typhoon Ike hits the southern Philippines, killing more than 4,000 people.
1987 – Colonel Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, President of Burundi, is overthrown by the Central African country’s military leadership.
1992 – Kevin Maxwell, youngest son of disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, becomes Britain’s biggest-ever bankrupt.
1996 – Ruth Perry becomes the first female head of state of Liberia.
1997 – A Vietnam Airlines plane crashes at Phnom Penh airport, killing 65 people.
1998 – Swissair jet crashes into rough seas off Canada’s Atlantic coast, killing all 229 people on board.
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2007 – British troops withdraw from Basra city in Iraq.
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2012 – An explosives-laden car rams into a US Consulate vehicle in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing two people.
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