POSTED: October 20th 2009

This day in the world of sport . . .

THIS DAY (OCTOBER 20) IN THE WORLD OF SPORT MARKS . . . the anniversary, from 1900, of the first football tournament at the Olympic Games. The winners, in Paris, were amateur club team Upton Park on behalf of Britain with ‘France’ second and Belgium ‘third.’ In other sports, in 1973, United States President Richard Nixon signed a bill authorising a national medal to commemorate the Olympic achievements of Jim Thorpe. In 1982 a reported 340 fans died in a crush in Moscow after a UEFA Cup tie between Spartak and Holland’s Haarlem. WORLD EVENTS – 1632: birth of Sir Christopher Wren, architect of St Paul’s Cathedral. 1968: Marriage of Jacqueline Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis. 1973: Formal opening of Sydney Opera House.

Keywords · October 20 · 1900 Olympic Games · Upton Park · Jim Thorpe · Haarlem · Moscow disaster · Sir Christopher Wren · Jacqueline Kennedy · Sydney Opera House

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