TODAY IN HISTORY

September 6, 2019

On this day, 6 September 2009 (Exactly 10 years ago today), Ghana beat Sudan 2-0 to become the first African team to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa.

Former Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari opened the scoring midway through the first half in Accra in what was a dominant display from the Black Stars.

Michael Essien then doubled the scoreline just before the hour mark, leaving Milovan Rajevac’s side seven points clear of nearest rivals Mali.

The result coupled with closest challengers Benin and Mali drawing 1-1 in Cotonou a few hours before left the Ghanaian side boasting a 100 percent record with an unassailable seven-point Group D advantage.

Ghana Line-up: Richard Kingson; John Paintsil, Harrison Afful, Eric Addo, John Mensah; Anthony Annan, Samuel Inkoom, Michael Essien, Stephen Appiah/Laryea Kingston, Sulley Muntari/Haminu Draman; Matthew Amoah/ Asamoah Gyan

Substitutes not used: William Amamoo, Opoku Agyemang, Isaac Vorsah, and Derek Boateng.

On this day 6 September 1972 (Exactly 47 years ago today) The Summer Olympics resumed in Munich, Germany after massacre of 11 Israeli athlete by Black September Palestinian terrorist organisation.

The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, in which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took 11 Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them along with a West German police officer.

The Israeli athletes were enjoying a rare night out. With a break in the competition at the Munich Olympics, they went to watch a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” before heading back to their rooms at the Olympic Village.

Settling into bed in the early morning hours of Sept. 5, 1972, they went to sleep blissfully unaware of the eight members of a shadowy Palestinian terrorist group called Black September making their way toward the athletes’ housing complex.

Dressed in track suits, their athletic bags filled with Kalashnikovs and hand grenades, the terrorists mingled among tipsy American athletes coming in for the night. With ease, they hopped the 6-foot fence surrounding the village.

Shortly after 4 a.m., wrestling referee Yossef Gutfreund heard a noise at the door and went to investigate. Opening it, he saw the barrels of submachine guns.

“Take cover, boys!” he shouted before trying to close the door on the terrorists.

Startled out of their sleep, a few Israelis managed to get out a back door; others left through a window. The attackers burst into a bedroom where wrestling coach Moshe Weinberg lunged at one with a knife and was shot in the face. In another room, weightlifter Yossef Romano grabbed a gun from one terrorist and was promptly shot to death by another.

Nine other athletes – including an American competing on the Israeli team – would be captured before they could flee. They were tied hand and foot to furniture in a bloody third-floor bedroom.

Soon the world – thanks to new satellite technology that beamed the games to a billion people – would watch in horror as a drama far more compelling than any sporting event played out in the Olympic Village.

By the time the hostage standoff ended 21 hours later in an ill-conceived rescue attempt, 11 Israeli athletes and coaches, five terrorists and one West German police officer were dead.

The games would go on, but they’d never be the same.

Israeli commandos later hunted down and killed most of those involved in planning and carrying out the attack. And Sept. 11 eclipsed Munich as the most shocking and outrageous terror attack the world had seen.

On this day 6 September 1920 (Exactly 99 years ago today) Bill Tilden won his first of 6 straight US Open singles titles; beat Bill Johnston 6-1, 1-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3

On this day 6 September 1960 (Exactly 59 years ago today) Australian middle distance runner Herb Elliott broke his own world record in winning the 1,500m at the Rome Olympics in 3:35.6

On this day 6 September 1960 (Exactly 59 years ago today) American Otis Davis run a world record 44.9 to win the gold medal in the 400m at the Rome Olympics.

On this day 6 September 1975 (Exactly 44 years ago today) 18 – time Grand Slam singles winner Martina Navratilova asked for United States asylum in New York City during the US Open.

After losing to Chris Evert in the semi-finals of that year’s US Open , the then 18- year old Navratilova went to the offices of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service in New York City and informed them that she wished to defect from Communist Czechoslovakia.

Within a month, she received a green card and I’m 1981 became a US citizen.

On this day 6 September 1980 (Exactly 39 years ago today) In the centenary women’s US Open singles final , Chris Evert-Lloyd won her 5th US Open title after beating Hana Mandlíková 5-7, 6-1, 6-1

On this day 6 September 1986(Exactly 33 years ago today) 18-times Grand Slam singles winner Martina Navratilova won her 3rd US Open singles title; beat Czech star Helena Suková 6-3, 6-2

On this day 6 September 1997 (Exactly 22 years ago today) Martina Hingis won her first US Open title; outclassed Venus Williams 6-0, 6-4

On this day 6 September 2008 (Exactly 11 years ago today) Serena Williams won her third US Open title; beat Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-4, 7-5.

 

STORIES: GEORGE MAHAMAH


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