Petero Civoniceva playing for Penrith in 2009.

On this day, Kalyn Ponga is born, Origin's greatest players are named and the Panthers stage a miraculous comeback.

1965

Gavin Allen is born. Allen won a premiership with the Broncos in 1992 and was a reserve for the '93 grand final-winning team.

1968

Dean Schifilliti is born. Schifilliti captained the Steelers in 1991 and played with the Rabbitohs, Cowboys, Adelaide Rams and Parramatta before retiring in 2000.

Dean Schifilliti playing for Adelaide Rams.
Dean Schifilliti playing for Adelaide Rams. ©NRL Photos

1998

Kalyn Ponga is born in Port Hedland, WA. He soon moves to Mt Isa for eight years and then to Palmerston North, NZ for the next five years where he excels at rugby league, touch football, hockey, rugby union, golf and soccer. In 2010, Ponga wins the New Zealand under 13 national golf championship. But after returning to Queensland, Ponga decides rugby league is his calling and these days he's touted as a future Immortal at the ripe old age of 21.

2005

The greatest 25 Origin players are announced as part of Origin's silver jubilee year. If they updated that list in 2019 there wouldn't be room for several of the original selections.

2007

Penrith stage a stunning comeback to beat Brisbane 29-28 at Suncorp Stadium. The Panthers somehow score twice in the final minute to level before Peter Wallace nails a 42m field goal.

This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.