POSTED: October 27th 2009

This day in the world of sport . . .

THIS DAY IN THE WORLD OF SPORT MARKS . . . the 52nd anniversary, from 1972, of the birth in Maputo, Mozambique, of Maria Mutola who won Olympic bronze in the 1996 Games in the 800metres. In other sports, this day in 1957 saw the birth of Glenn Hoddle, one of the highly talented yet controversial English footballers of the modern era. Hoddle scored eight goals in 53 games for England between 1979 and 1988 and later managed England to the second round of the World Cup in France in 1998. In 2002, Anaheim Angels won their first World Series, beating San Francisco Giants. Also in 2002 Emmitt Smith of Dallas Cowboys became the all-time leading rusher in the NFL when he extended his career yardage to 16,743. He also scored his 150th career touchdown. WORLD EVENTS – 1782: Birth of the great violinist Niccolo Paganini. 1811: Birth of sewing-machine manufacturer Isaac Singer. 1858: The first Macy’s opens in New York. 1914: Birth of Dylan Thomas. 1932: Birth of poet Sylvia Plath. 1936: Wallis Simpson is divorced from her second husband, leaving her free to marry King Edward VIII.

Keywords · October 27 · Mutola · Hoddle · Emmitt Smith · Paganini · Singer · Macy's · Dylan Thomas · Sylvia Plath · Wallis Simpson · Edward VIII

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