High Jump in History

Events in Sport

  • 1876-03-17 1st record high jump over 6' (Marshall Jones Brooks)
  • 1949-02-05 Huaso sets official world equestrian high-jump record, 2.47 m, Chic
  • 1956-06-29 Charles Dumas makes 1st high jump over 7' (2.13 m)-LA, Calif
  • 1980-05-25 Jacek Wszoka of Poland sets high jump record (7'8")
  • 1980-05-26 Dietmar Mogenburg of West Germany ties high jump record at 7'8"
  • 1980-08-01 Gerd Wessig of East Germany set high jump record
  • 1982-09-14 Trevor Baxter sets skateboard high jump record of 5' 5.7"
  • 1983-06-11 Zhu Jianhua of China set a new world record in high jump at 7-9 14
  • 1983-09-22 Zhu Jianhau (China) sets high jump record at 7'9 3/4"
  • 1984-06-10 Zhu Jian Hua of China high jumps a record 7'10" (2.39m)
  • 1985-08-11 Rudolf Povarnitsin of USSR sets new high jump world record (7'10"12)
  • 1985-09-04 Igor Paklin of USSR set a new high jump world record at 7-11 12
  • 1987-06-30 Patrik Sjoberg of Sweden set a new world record in high jump
  • 1987-08-30 Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria sets high jump woman's record (6'10½")
  • 1988-02-20 Stefka Kostadinova high jumps indoor world record (2.06 m)
  • 1988-09-08 Javier Sotomayer of Cuba high jumps world record 2.43m
  • 1989-03-04 Javier Sotomayor high jumps indoor world record (2.43m)
  • 1989-07-29 Javier Sotomayor of Cuba sets high jump record (8'0") in San Juan
  • 1991-08-07 Charles Austin breaks US high jump record at 7'10½"
  • 1992-02-09 Heike Henkel high jumps female indoor world record (2.07m)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1911-11-20 Jean Shiley, US, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • 1913-04-13 David Donald Albritton, Danville Al, high jumper (Olympic-silver-1936)
  • 1913-07-13 Carolina Gisolf, Holland, high jumper (Olympic-silver-1928)
  • 1913-08-21 Cornelius Johnson, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1936), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1918-11-20 Dora Ratjen, Germany, man possing as woman high jumper (Oly-4th-1936)
  • 1920-03-14 Dorothy Tyler-Odam, Great Britain, high jumper (Oly-silver-36, 48)
  • 1923-11-09 Alice [Davis] Coachman, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1948), born in Albany, Georgia
  • 1931-01-05 Walter Davis, US, running high jumper (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1933-11-04 Mildred McDaniel, US high jumper (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1936-03-16 Thelma Hopkins, England, high jumper (Oly-silver-1956)
  • 1936-12-12 Iolanda Balas, Romania, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1937-02-12 Charles Everett Dumas, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1956), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1945-04-13 Edward J Caruthers Jr, Troy Ala, high jumper (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • 1946-08-29 Bob Beamon, Jamaica NY, high jumper (Olympics-gold-68, 29' 2½" 8.9m)
  • 1947-03-06 Richard "Dick" Fosbury, high jumper (Olympics-gold-1968), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1947-09-16 Ilona Gusenbauer, Austria, high jumper (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • 1952-04-04 Rosemarie Ackermann, German DR, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1953-04-19 Sara Simeoni, Italy, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1956-05-04 Ulrike Meyfarth, Frankfurt West Germany, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1958-12-15 Eddy Annys, Belgian high jumper
  • 1962-10-01 Trevor Baxter, record holder for high jumping with a skateboard
  • 1963-08-08 Carol Lewis, Willingboro NJ, high jumper (Olympic-9th-1984)
  • 1964-05-05 Heike Henkel, German FR, world record indoor high jumper (1992)
  • 1964-12-02 Yolanda Henry, high jumper, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1965-05-25 Stefka Kostadinova, Bulgaria high jumper (world record 1987)
  • 1966-06-17 Clare Look-Jaeger, high jumper, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1967-01-08 Hollis Conway, high jumper (Olympics-silv/bronze-88, 92), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968-04-06 Chris Anderson, Australian high jumper (Olympics-96)
  • 1970-08-12 Alison Inverarity, Australian high jumper (Olympics-8th-92, 96)
  • 1971-01-11 Stephen Smith, high jumper, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1971-01-25 Konstantin Matoussevich, Israel, Men's high jump (Oly-7th-1996)
  • 1972-04-29 Gwendolyn Wentland, high jumper, born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1973-08-17 Tim Forsyth, Australian high jumper (Olympics-bronze-92, 96)
  • 1975-06-12 Scott Ferrier, Australia, high jumper/decathlete (Olympics-96)
  • 1983-11-08 Blanka Vlašić, Croatian high jumper
  • 1984-07-26 Kyriakos Ioannou, Cypriot high jumper

Deaths in Sport

  • 1961-02-27 Platt Adams, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1912), dies