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- Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins became the first defenseman to win the NHL scoring title.
- Brad Wilkerson of the Washington Nationals hits for the cycle in the Nationals' first win since moving to Washington, D.C., 7-3 against the Philadelphia Phillies. He becomes the twentieth player to hit for the cycle twice. One day later, Wilkerson continues his torrid hitting going 4-for-5, as the Nationals complete their first series by winning two of three against the Phillies.
- The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece.
- United States President Richard Nixon threw out the first pitch of the season at a California Angels game. This marked the first time that a U.S. President had performed the ceremonial activity in a city other than Washington, DC.
- Miller Park, the new convertible-roof home of the Milwaukee Brewers, opens. Milwaukee beats Cincinnati, 5-4, in the first game.