On this Day: May 5

The Kentucky Derby and the Furiani disaster feature in our look back at the big sporting moments in history on May 5.

The Kentucky Derby

Dubbed “the most exciting two minutes in sport”, the Kentucky derby takes place on the first Saturday of May and forms part of the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival.

The 1934 edition which took place on May 5 was a landmark race as it was one of the first times that the entire race had been televised. Cavalcade took the honours on the day, one of his eight race victories.

Furiani disaster

On May 5 1992, 18 people died and more than 2,300 others were injured when one of the four terraces at Stade de Furiani fell before a Coupe de France tie between SC Bastia and Olympique de Marseille.

A temporary structure had been constructed to increase capacity for the high-profile tie. The decision to do so resulted in tragedy, with the terrace collapsing, costing 18 people their lives.

Sporting birthdays

1883: Charles Bender, the only Native American in baseball’s Hall of Fame
1968: Tim Neilsen, Australian cricketer

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