POSTED: August 27th 2009

This day in the world of sport . . .

THIS DAY (AUGUST 27) MARKS THE . . . 37th anniversary of the day in 1972 when, at the Munich Olympic Games - the self-styled 'Happy Games' - the United States swimmer Mark Spitz sets out on the competitive assault which would bring him a then-record seven gold medals – a record overtaken by Michael Phelps in Beijing last year. In other sports, this day in 1908 saw the birth of [later Sir] Donald Bradman, generally revered still today as having been the greatest batsman in the history of  cricket. In 1988 the English league season’s opening day saw Tony Cottee score after only 34 seconds in a 4-0 win over Newcastle United. Everton went on to finish eighth while Newcastle ended up bottom and were relegated. WORLD EVENTS – 1883: Eruption and destruction of the volcanic island of Krakatoa. 1910: Birth of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in Skopje, now FYR Macedonia but then known as Uskub and within the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

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