The United Kingdom is rejoicing, as Scotland's Andy Murray has beaten Serbia's Novak Djokovic to claim his first Wimbledon men's singles title and end the U.K.'s long title drought in his division. Many of the headlines around the world have blared out sentiments like "Andy Murray wins Wimbledon, ends 77-year British drought" and "Inspired Murray ends 77 years of British hurt."
However, let's not forget that 2013 may mark the first time a British man has won in 77 years, but the last time a Brit won a singles title at their home Grand Slam tournament was actually just 36 years ago. And as Wimbledon singles finals go, that one was a pretty big deal, too.
In 1977, the popular Englishwoman Virginia Wade finally put a crucial win at the end of a frustrating "try-try-again" story even longer than Andy Murray's. On that day, Britain tossed aside its famous keep-calm mantra just like it did this weekend, as Wade claimed the Wimbledon title for the British on the tournament's 100th anniversary. She was handed the Venus Rosewater Dish by none other than Queen Elizabeth II.
Wade had won two Grand Slams and been seeded at the previous 10 Wimbledons—but had famously never made it past the semifinal round of her home tournament. She finally made her breakthrough when she upset the World No. 1, American Chris Evert in a three-set battle in the semifinals. Just two weeks shy of her 32nd birthday, she then moved on to the first final played between two over-30 players since 1913—and with her 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over 32-year-old Betty Stove of the Netherlands, she became the fourth woman in the second 50 years of Wimbledon to win the tournament. (In its first 50 years, a number of British women won, as back then it was less common for foreign players to enter the All-England Club's annual tournament.) Wade credited her victory to having found new control over her on-court temper.