On this week: The world in motion
Snooker historian Chris Turner has another look at the snooker archives which this week includes the first ever World Championship match.
22 November 1974 – SPENCER WINS NORWICH UNION TITLE AGAIN
For the second year running, John Spencer won the Norwich Union Open at London’s Piccadilly Hotel. He beat Ray Reardon 10-9 in the final.
22 November 1999 – SEVENTH MAXIMUM FOR HENDRY
In the last 16 round of the Liverpool Victoria UK Championship at Bournemouth International Centre, Stephen Hendry compiled his seventh 147 break in competition in a match against Paul Wykes. Incredibly, this was the tenth maximum recorded in this calendar year.
22 November 2002 – MARK ALLEN PRO DEBUT
Mark Allen made his debut as a professional beating Adam Longley 5-0 in the preliminary round of the World Championship at Harrogate.
22 November 2005 – BINGHAM MAKES A SECOND MAXIMUM
Stuart Bingham joined the exclusive list of players who have made more than one maximum in competition when he completed his second against Marcus Campbell in the Masters Qualifying Event at Pontin’s in Prestatyn. This was the first official 147 to be made at that venue.
22 November 2007 – DING HITS HENDRY FOR SIX!
In the Premier League at Glenrothes, Ding Junhui beat Stephen Hendry 6-0 and included a run of 495 points without reply – a new record for all professional snooker.
23 November 2005 – BINGHAM CLINCHES MASTERS SPOT
A 6-3 victory over Ali Carter in the final of the Masters Qualifying Tournament at Prestatyn ensured a place in the Masters main draw for Stuart Bingham.
24 November 1990 – O’CONNOR BECOMES YOUNGEST WORLD AMATEUR CHAMPION
Jimmy White's ten year old record as the youngest winner of the World Amateur title fell to Ireland's Stephen O’Connor. At 18 years and 40 days, Stephen took the title in Colombo, Sri Lanka defeating Belgium's Steve Lemmens 11-8 in the final. That record has since been beaten.
24 November 2007 – REANNE REGAINS IBSF WORLD TITLE
In Korat, Thailand, Reanne Evans beat defending champion, Wendy Jans, 5-0 to regain the IBSF Ladies World Championship.
25 November 1995 – HENDRY MAKES THIRD MAXIMUM
Stephen Hendry became the first player to make three official maximum breaks. His third came against Gary Wilkinson in the last 16 round of the UK Championship at Preston Guild Hall.
25 November 2007 – MAHITTHI & MORGAN CLAIM IBSF TITLES
In Korat, Thailand, Atthasit Mahitthi beat Passakorn Suwannawat 11-7in an all-Thai final to win the IBSF World Amateur title and ensure a return to the main tour. Darren Morgan beat Karnchai Wongjan 5-1 to win the Masters title.
26 November 1926 – FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GETS UNDER WAY
The first match of the very first World Professional Snooker Championship began today at Thurston’s in London when Melbourne Inman took on Tom Newman. Inman won 8-5.
26 November 1994 – YOUSUF WINS WORLD AMATEUR TITLE
In Johannesburg, Mohammed Yousuf of Pakistan won the IBSF World Amateur Championship beating Iceland’s Johannes R. Johannesson 11-9 in the final.
26 November 2005 – SNOOKER LOSES TOP REFEREE
The snooker world was saddened to learn of the death of one of its top referees, Colin Brinded. Colin had been in charge of many major finals including the 1999 World Championship.
27 November 1988 – MOUNTJOY RETURNS TO WINNING WAYS
After falling to his lowest ever ranking of 24th, Doug Mountjoy recaptured the UK Championship title after a gap of ten years. Doug beat Stephen Hendry 16-12 in the final at Preston Guild Hall.
27 November 1994 – SEVEN TONS HELP HENDRY TO THIRD UK TITLE
Stephen Hendry won his third UK Championship with a 10-5 victory over Ken Doherty at Preston Guild Hall. Stephen compiled a record seven century breaks in the final.
28 November 1870 – BENNETT WINS BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP
Joseph Bennett sprung something of a surprise when he defeated the champion, John Roberts Jr. 1000-905 to take the World Billiards Championship, then called simply "The Championship".
28 November 1993 – RONNIE’S FIRST RANKING TITLE
Ronnie O’Sullivan won his first ranking title when he beat Stephen Hendry 10-6 in the final of the UK Championship at Preston. At only 17 years and 358 days he became the youngest ever winner of a ranking event.
28 November 1996 – DRAGO’S THREE-AND-A-HALF MINUTE CENTURY BREAK
The quickest ever century break in a ranking event was made by Tony Drago in three minutes 31 seconds, against John Higgins in the last 16 of the UK Championship at Preston Guild Hall.
28 November 1999 – WILLIAMS CLAIMS UK TITLE
Mark Williams beat Matthew Stevens 10-8 to win the UK Championship at Bournemouth International Centre.
28 November 2004 – MAGUIRE WINS UK CHAMPIONSHIP
At the Barbican in York, Stephen Maguire won the UK Championship beating David Gray 10-1 in the final.