June 17

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Nearly 40 years ago last  Friday, the sports world was full of historic moments on and off the field.

Perhaps the strangest moment took place on a California freeway involving O.J. …

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June 17

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Nearly 40 years ago last  Friday, the sports world was full of historic moments on and off the field.

Perhaps the strangest moment took place on a California freeway involving O.J. Simpson’s white Ford Bronco being chased by the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Once known as a prolific running back for the Buffalo Bills, Simpson’s world was turned upside down following his trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Even though he was eventually found not guilty over a year later, Simpson’s reputation took a hit.

That infamous Bronco chase interrupted game five of the 1994 National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals between the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks.

That series was highlighted between a pair of prolific centers in Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon and New York’s Patrick Ewing.

Olajuwon’s Rockets won the series in seven games giving Houston’s NBA franchise their first league championship the year after Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls won their third-straight NBA Title back in 1993.

Lord Stanley’s Cup is currently being battled for by the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Back in 1994 on the same day as the Bronco chase, the New York Rangers celebrated the ending of their 54-year Stanley Cup title drought with a parade down Broadway’s “Canyon of Heroes” in New York City.

Soccer fans in the United States of America (USA) were also celebrating in 1994 when they hosted their first-ever World Cup contest.

Golfing legend Arnold Palmer bid an emotional farewell during one of the four major tournaments in the PGA Tour by playing in his final United States Open in 1994.

Ken Griffey Jr., also slugged his 30th home run on June 17, 1994 while playing for the Seattle Mariners.

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