Eurosport - Mon, 31 Aug 15:21:00 2009
Snooker historian Chris Turner looks back on this week, including the fastest ever frame of professional snooker.
31 August 1887 - TOM CARPENTER BORN
Tom was a semi-finalist in the very first professional World Snooker Championship in 1927. He was also Welsh champion at billiards and a world billiards championship semi-finalist in 1928.
31 August 1931 - BERNARD BENNETT BORN
One of the eight founding members of the WPBSA, Bernard Bennett owned several snooker clubs in the Southampton area. He turned pro in 1968 and played on the tour until 1993-4, although he did also play in the 1995 World Championship. In all he only won five of his matches as a pro gaining a walkover in three others. Bernard died in January 2002.
31 August 1988 - FASTEST FRAME EVER
In the third round of the Fidelity Unit Trusts International at Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent, Tony Drago won the fifth frame of his match with Danny Fowler 62-0 in just three minutes! This is the fastest frame ever recorded in professional snooker competition.
31 August 2002 - DING WINS WORLD JUNIOR TITLE
Ding Junhui won the IBSF World Under-21 Championship in Riga, Latvia, beating David John of Wales 11-9 in the final.
31 August 2007 - GEORGIOU CLAIMS UNDER-21 CROWN
England's Michael Georgiou won the IBSF World Under-21 title in Goa, India, beating Anda Zhang of China 11-6 in the final. For the first time there was a Ladies' World Under-21 event which was won by Bi Zhuqing of China. She defeated Ng On Lee of Hong Kong 4-2.
31 August 2008 - RONNIE'S TROPHY
Ronnie O'Sullivan added the Northern Ireland Trophy to his impressive list of ranking titles with a 9-3 victory over Dave Harold at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.
2 September 2002 - JAMIE COPE MAKES PRO DEBUT
Jamie Cope made his debut as a professional in the first qualifying round of the LG Cup at the Meadowside Centre, Burton-on-Trent. He beat Antony Bolsover 5-2.
2 September 2006 - MARK WINS POT BLACK CUP WITH RECORD BREAK
In the opulent surroundings of London's RAC Club, Mark Williams won the Pot Black Cup beating John Higgins 119-13 in the final of this singe frame event. Mark's break of 119 in the final was the highest in the event's history.
3 September 1983 - THE START OF IT ALL FOR JP
John Parrott made his professional debut beating Paul Watchorn 5-0 in the qualifying rounds of the Professional Players Tournament at the Masters Club in Stockport.
3 September 1994 - HANN WINS WORLD JUNIOR TITLE
In Helsinki, Quinten Hann won the IBSF World Under-21 Championship, beating David Gray 11-10 in the final.
3 September 2000 - RONNIE WINS CHAMPIONS CUP
Ronnie O'Sullivan won the Champions Cup at the Brighton Centre, beating Mark Williams 7-5 in the final. Mark had to be content with the runner-up prize for the second year running.
5 September 1999 - HENDRY SCOOPS THE CASH IN CHAMPIONS CUP
The first Liverpool Victoria Champions Cup was won by Stephen Hendry who beat Mark Williams 7-5 in the final at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon. On this occasion it was winner-takes-all - so Hendry walked away with £175,000 and the rest left with nothing!