Judo in History

Events in Sport

  • 1956-05-05 World championships of judo are 1st held, in Tokyo
  • 1961-12-03 Anton Geesink becomes 1st non-Japanese judo world champion
  • 1964-10-25 Anton Geesink is 1st non-Japanese Olympic judo gold medal winner
  • 1982-12-05 Ingrid Berghmans (Neth) retains judo's world championship

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1813-03-07 Judocus Smits, Dutch Catholic newspaper pioneer/founder (The Time)
  • 1934-04-06 Antonius Geesink, Holland, judo (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1940-08-29 Wilhelm Ruska, Holland, judo champ (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1941-02-16 Vitali Kuznetsov, USSR, judo (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • 1943-10-22 Allen James Coage, American HW judo (Olympic-bronze-1976), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944-01-20 Isao Okano, Japan, middleweight judo (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1951-01-14 Gil Pak Jong, Korea PR, judo (Olympic-1976)
  • 1951-08-12 Hector Rodriguez, Cuba, lightweight judo (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1952-10-19 Alexander Leibkind, Germany, judo (Oly-76)/WLAF GM (Rhein Fire)
  • 1953-01-03 Angelo Parisi, France, heavyweight judo (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1959-02-11 Corinne Shigemoto, US judo coach (Olympics-96)
  • 1959-07-24 Edward Liddie, Union Ga, Judo fighter (Olympic-bronze-1984)
  • 1960-08-27 Damon Keeve, heavyweight (209+ lbs) judoka (Olympics-92, 96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1960-12-21 Michael Swain, Elizabeth NJ, judoka (Olympics-bronze-88)
  • 1961-05-09 Rene Capo, Pinal del Rio Cuba, half-heavyweight judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1962-04-03 Nancy Filteau, Swift Current Saskatchawan, 72k judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1963-11-03 Stephen Corkin, judoka (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1966-03-27 Kate Donahoo, US judoka (Olympic-92), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1966-03-31 Natalie Gosselin, Levis Quebec, 52kg judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1966-08-02 Joseph Wanag, Wilson Ct, US judoka (Olympic-92)
  • 1967-02-03 Jason Morris, Scotia NY, half-middleweight judoka (Oly-silver-92, 96)
  • 1967-03-13 Colleen Rosensteel, American heavyweight judoka (Olympics-96), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1967-05-01 Yael Arad, Israel, Women's half middleweight judoka (Oly-1996)
  • 1967-08-13 Taro Tan, 65 kg judoka (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1968-02-17 Celita Schutz, Riverdale NJ, half-middleweight judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1968-05-28 Sandra Bacher, half-heavyweight judoka (Oly-92, 96), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1968-09-01 Michelle Buckingham, Canadian 61 kg judoka (Olymp-20-92, 96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969-04-25 Marisa Pedulla, Bellefonte PA, half-lightweight judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1969-07-13 Ewan Beaton, Winnipeg Manitoba, 60 kg judoka (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • 1969-12-04 Marie-Josee Morneau, Longueuil Quebec, 56 kg judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1970-06-20 Shay-Oren Smadja, Israel, men's half middleweight judoka (Oly-1996)
  • 1970-10-30 James Pedro, Danvers Mass, lightweight judoka (Olympics-bronze-92, 96)
  • 1971-05-18 Clifton Sunada, extra-lightweight judoka (Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971-05-18 Daniel Gowing, Germany, NZ judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1972-04-24 Nicolas Gill, 86kg judoka (Olympics-bronze-92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1972-05-21 Liliko Ogasawara, middleweight judoka (Olympics-96), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1973-03-06 Brian Olson, middleweight (189 lbs) judoka (Oly-96), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1973-07-27 Niki Jenkins, Selkirk Manitoba, 72 kg judoka (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1973-11-12 Colin Morgan, 78 kg judoka (Olympics-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973-11-12 Keith Morgan, 95 kg judoka (Olympics-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1974-03-13 Corinna Broiz, Garberville Colo, lightweight judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1974-11-19 Orlando Fuentes, Ellsworth AFB SD, half-lightweight judoka (Oly-96)
  • 1975-06-09 Carolyne Lepage, 48 kg judoka (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1977-02-07 Hillary Wolf, extra lightweight judoka (Olympics-96), born in Chicago, Illinois