POSTED: October 16th 2009

This day in the world of sport . . .

THIS DAY (OCTOBER 16) MARKS THE . . . 13th anniversary from 1996 of the Guatemala City stadium tragedy when 84 people died and 147 were injured after a soccer fans’ stampede before a 1998 World Cup qualifying match between Guatemala and Costa Rica. Also in football, in 2004, Leo Messi made his Barcelona competitive debut against neighbours Espanyol. In other sports, this day in 1992 saw Magic Johnson playing his first professional basketball game after coming out of retirement. WORLD EVENTS – 1793: Execution by guillotine of Queen Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution in Paris. 1847: Publication of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. 1908: First aeroplane flight in the UK, at Farrnborough, by American S M Cody. 1958: Birth of actor/director Tim Robbins (Shawshank Redemption). 1978: Election of Polish cardinal Karol Wojtyla as the first non-Italian Pope (John Paul II) since 1542. 1987: Hurricane-force winds wreak havoc across southern England.

Keywords · October 16 · Guatemala City · Marie Antoinette · Jane Eyre · Charlotte Bronte · Pope John Paul II

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