POSTED: October 12th 2009

This day in the world of sport . . .

THIS DAY (OCTOBER 12) MARKS THE . . . 41st anniversary, from 1968, of the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Mexico City. In other sports, this day in 1993 saw the death, at 66, of Tofik Bakhramov, world football’s most famous linesman (or assistant referee). Bakhramov was the Soviet official who confirmed Geoff Hurst’s controversial second goal which put England 3-2 ahead of West Germany in the 1966 World Cup Final. Bakhramov was generally referred to as “Russian” but he was, in fact, from the Soviet state and came from what is now independent Azerbaijan – and was thus Azeri. 1969: Death of Norway’s Sonje Henie, Olympic triple gold-medal winning figure skater and later actress. WORLD EVENTS – 1492: Christopher Columbus’s first sight of land. 1845: Death of prisoner reformer Elizabeth Fry. 1872: Birth of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. 1984: Explosion of an IRA bomb at the Conservative Party conference at the Grand Hotel in Brighton. 1997: Death of singer-songwriter John Denver.

Keywords · October 11 · Mexico City · 1968 Olympic Games · Bakhramov · Henie · Christopher Columbus · Elizabeth Fry · IRA · John Denver · Vaughan Williams

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