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In New York City, John Deery defeats John McDevitt for the American National Billiards Championship final

American National Championship Billiards Final, New York City, March 13, 1866, artist's impression
03/13/1866
In a match-up described as the final of the American National Championship, held at the the Cooper Union Institute, New Yorker John Deery defeated John McDevitt, before a large crowd.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Benjamin Garna, Modern Billiards: A Complete Text-Book of the Game ... (New York: The Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company, 1904), 211.