POSTED: October 30th 2009
'Maradona Day' in the world of sport
THIS DAY IN THE WORLD OF SPORT MARKS . . . the 49th anniversary, from 1960, of the birth of Diego Armando Maradona – one of the greatest and most controversial footballers of all time. Maradona captained and inspired Argentina to World Cup success in Mexico in 1986 - a campaign featuring his wonder goal and his 'Hand of God' goal against England in the quarter-finals (pictured). Currently national manager. In other sports, in 1974, Muhammad Ali regained the world heavyweight boxing title by knocking out George Foreman in the eighth round in Kinshasa, Zaire – the Rumble in the Jungle. In 1992 Magic Johnson played his last game in the NBA before retiring for the second and last time. WORLD EVENTS – 1751: Birth of playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan (School for Scandal). 1885: Birth of controversial poet Ezra Pound. 1925: Transmission of the first television pictures by John Logie Baird. 1938: Realistic radio broadcast of Orson Welles’s The War of the Worlds causes panic in the US. 1979: Death of aeronautics engineer Sir Barnes Wallis.
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