THE THRILL OF VICTORY, AND THE AGONY…

September 5 in history:

Boxing, 1960 Rome OlympicsThe Munich Olympics of 1972 were disrupted on September 5th, when the terror group Black September invaded the Olympic Village and held the Israeli team hostage.  By the time the nearly 24-hour ordeal ended, eleven Israeli athletes and coaches had been killed.  Some were shot, while the others died aboard a helicopter that was blown up by a hand grenade.

Twelve years earlier, at the Summer Olympics of 1960, Cassius became a champion in Rome on this date.  Cassius Clay, that is…later known as Muhammad Ali.  The 18-year-old Clay won the gold medal for boxing in the light heavyweight division, with a unanimous decision against a Polish fighter.

A pre-season football game featuring the Washington Redskins went on as scheduled on September 5th, 1970, despite the death of Redskins coach Vince Lombardi from cancer two days earlier.  In honor of their coach, the Redskins defeated the Miami Dolphins 26-21 in the game at Tampa Stadium.

Lombardi’s name is on the Super Bowl championship trophy, and many fans of winning sports teams like to sing the Queen song “We Are The Champions.”  Queen’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury, was born on this day in 1946.


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