Celestine Babayaro became the youngest player in UEFA Champions League history when he started for RSC Anderlecht against FC Steaua Bucureşti aged just 16 years and 87 days.
• Norway become the first European winners of the FIFA Women's World Cup, beating Germany 2-0 in the final in Sweden.
• Hosts South Africa win the Rugby World Cup, beating New Zealand 15-12 in extra time, Joel Stransky scoring all their points.
• Bermuda and Quebec both vote 'No' in referenda asking if they should become independent from the United Kingdom and Canada respectively.
• Jacques Chirac is elected President of France after previous incumbent François Mitterand's second term expires.