Running in History

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 295

  • 1875-01-15 Tom Burke, American runner (d. 1929)
  • 1882-03-15 Jim Lightbody, American runner (d. 1953)
  • 1882-05-30 Wyndham Halswelle, Scottish runner (d. 1915)
  • 1884-04-12 Tenby Davies, Welsh world champion runner (d. 1932)
  • 1891-01-21 Francisco Lazaro, Portuguese runner
  • 1892-06-23 Able Kiviat, US, runner (Olympic-gold-1912)
  • 1892-11-14 James Meredith, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1912)
  • 1895-04-15 Harry F V Edward, British Guiana, 100m/200m runner (Oly-bronze-1920)
  • 1896-02-22 Edvin Wide, Sweden, 10K runner (Olympic-silver-1924)
  • 1897-03-15 Jackson Scholz, American runner (d. 1986)
  • 1898-02-15 Allen Woodring, American runner (d. 1982)
  • 1900-01-28 Anni Holdmann, Germany, 100m runner (Olympic-1928)
  • 1901-06-25 Adolf Brunner, composer
  • 1902-01-16 Eric Liddell, China, English 400m runner (Olympic-gold-1924)
  • 1903-10-04 Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian nazi (SS/SD)
  • 1903-10-08 Lina Radke, Germany, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1907-08-28 Philip A Edwards, British Guiana, runner (Olympic-bronze-1928, 32, 36)
  • 1908-01-01 Kinue Hitoma, Japan, 800m runner (Oly-silver-1928)
  • 1908-12-26 Ralph Hill, US, 5K runner (Olympic-1932)
  • 1910-01-07 Jack Lovelock, NZ/US surgeon/runner (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1912-04-08 Alois Brunner, Austrian Nazi
  • 1912-08-29 Sohn Kee-chung, Korean runner (d. 2002)
  • 1913-05-24 Audrey Brown, England, 4 X 100m runner (Olympic-silver-1936)
  • 1913-11-26 Foy Draper, US, relay runner (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1915-02-21 Godfrey Brown, England, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1916-05-21 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (d. 2002)
  • 1917-04-26 I[eoh] M[ing] Pei, Canton, China, architect (1961 Brunner Prize)
  • 1917-07-06 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (d. 2004)
  • 1918-02-03 Helen Stephens, Fulton Mo, American 100m runner (double Olympic gold-1936)
  • 1918-02-25 Henry Norwood Ewell, Harrisburg Pa, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1920-03-25 Arthur Wint, Jamaican runner (d. 1992)
  • 1920-12-08 Emmanuel McDonald Bailey, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic-bronze-1952)
  • 1922-07-10 Herb McKenley, Jamaica, 4 X 400m relay runner (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1923-06-28 Lloyd Labeach, Panama City, 100m/200m runner (Olympic-bronze-1948)
  • 1923-07-08 Harrison Dillard, 100m runner (Oly-4 gold-1948, 52), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1923-12-23 James Stockdale, admiral (Vietnam)/Ross Perot's 1992 running mate
  • 1927-02-07 Vladimir Kuts, Russian runner (d. 1975)
  • 1927-04-24 Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1928-05-23 Nina Otkalenko, USSR, 800m runner (9 world records)
  • 1929-06-09 Keith A St H Gardner, Jamaica, 4x400m runner (Olympic-bronze-1960)
  • 1930-02-08 Catherine Hardy, Carollton Ga, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1930-04-26 Roger Moens, Belgium, 800m runner (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • 1930-06-17 James Gathers, Sumter SC, 200m runner (Olympic-bronze-1952)
  • 1931-01-05 Walter Davis, US, running high jumper (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1932-01-15 Dean Smith, US actor/relay runner (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1932-03-25 Wes Santee, American runner, born in Ashland, Kansasmiler (d. 2010)
  • 1932-04-10 Mae Heriwentha Faggs Starr, NJ, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1932-04-23 Jim Fixx, jogger/writer (Jim Fixx on Running)
  • 1932-06-17 Derek Ibbotson, 5K runner (Oly-bronze-1956)
  • 1933-07-07 Murray Halberg, New Zealand, 5K runner (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1934-01-07 Charles Lamont Jenkins, American 400m runner (Olympic-gold-1956), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934-03-21 Lister Carney, Bellaire Oh, 200m runner (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • 1934-09-24 John Brunner, [Kilian Houston], UK, sci-fi author (100th Millennium)
  • 1934-10-28 Jim Beatty, track runner (1st sub 4 minute indoor mile)
  • 1934-11-26 Ludmila Shevtsova, USSR, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1935-03-06 Ronnie Delaney, Ireland, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1935-06-13 Christo [Javacheff], Bulgaria, artist, wrapper (Running Fence)
  • 1937-02-21 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2015)
  • 1938-02-25 Herb Elliott, Australia, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1938-06-30 William Mervin Mills, Pine Ridge SD, 10K runner (Olympic-gold-64)
  • 1938-07-03 Shin Geum Dan, North Korea, 400m/800m runner (1962 world record)
  • 1938-07-15 Enrique Figuerola Camue, Cuba, 100m runner (Olympic-silver-1964)
  • 1938-08-02 Brunhilde Hendrix, German FR, relay runner (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • 1938-11-17 Peter Snell, NZ, 800m/1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1960, 64)
  • 1939-05-08 Otis Paul Drayton, Glen Cove NY, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1939-08-18 Johnny Preston, singer (Running Bear), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1940-01-17 H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
  • 1940-06-23 Wilma Rudolph, St Bethlehem Tenn, runner (Olympic-3 gold-1960)
  • 1940-09-30 Harry Winston Jerome, Sask Canada, 100m runner (Olympic-bronze-1964)
  • 1942-03-08 Ann Packer, Moulsford, Oxfordshire, British 400m/800m runner (Oly-gold-1964)
  • 1942-04-08 Douglas Trumbull, director (Silent Running, Brainstorm)
  • 1942-05-27 Kent Bede Bernard, Trinidad, 4X400 runner (Olympic-bronze-1964)
  • 1942-12-20 Robert L Hayes, 100m/4x100m runner (Oly-2 gold-1964), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1943-07-24 Lyudmila Bragina, USSR, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1944-03-21 Charles Edward Greene, Pine Bluff Ark, 4x100m runner (Oly-gold-1968)
  • 1944-05-15 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), born in Adigrat (d. 2016)
  • 1944-07-06 Gunhild Hoffmeister, German FR, 800m/1500m runner (Oly-silver-72)
  • 1945-08-29 Wyomia Tyus, Griffin Ga, 100m runner (Olympic-gold-1964, 68)
  • 1945-10-09 Naftali Bon, Kapsabet Kenya, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • 1945-11-29 Roger Bambuck, Guadeloupe, French 4X100 runner (Olympic-bronze-1968)
  • 1945-12-23 Richard C Wohlhuter, 800m runner (Olympic-bronze-1976)
  • 1946-04-07 Colette Besson, French runner (d. 2005)
  • 1946-05-25 Irnema Szewinski Kirszenstein, Poland, 200m runner (1968 Olym Gold)
  • 1947-02-25 Lee Evans, Madera, California, American 400m runner (Olympic-2 gold-1968)
  • 1947-04-29 Jim Ryun, US, 1500m runner/broke 4 minute mile (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • 1947-06-12 Ronald J Freeman II, Elizabeth NJ, 4x400m runner (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1947-07-28 Barbara Ann Ferrell Edmondson, Miss, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1947-07-28 Miguelina Cobian, Cuban 4x100m runner (Olympic-silver-1968), born in Santiago de Cuba
  • 1948-01-03 Manfred Kokot, East German runner (world record 50 m indoor)
  • 1948-01-11 Madeline Manning-Jackson-Mimms, US 800m runner (Oly-gold-1968)
  • 1948-04-24 Eddie James Hart, Martinez Cal, 4x100m relay runner (Olympic-gold-72)
  • 1949-01-06 Michael Boit, Nandi Kenya, 800m runner (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • 1949-03-28 Ronnie Ray Smith, 4 X 100m relay runner (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1949-04-29 Eddie Hart, US, 100m runner (Olympic-1972)
  • 1949-06-08 Hildegard Falck, German FR, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1949-07-22 Lasse Viren, Finland, 5K/10K runner (Olympic-gold-1972, 76)
  • 1949-09-11 Marty Liquori, US, runner (AAU 3 mile-1979 (13:14.7))
  • 1949-10-20 Wayne Collett, US, 400m runner (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • 1950-06-03 Marlene Elejarde, 4x100m runner (Olympic-silver-1968), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1950-07-29 Maricica Puica, Romania, 2K runner (world record)

Weddings in Sport

  • 1989-04-15 South African/British Olympic runner Zola Budd marries

Deaths in Sport

  • 1929-02-14 Tom Burke, American runner (b. 1875)
  • 1932-07-23 Tenby Davies, Welsh half-mile world champion runner (b. 1884)
  • 1942-01-15 Melvin Winfield Sheppard, runner (Olympic-gold-08, 12), dies at 58
  • 1943-07-21 Charles William Paddock, 100m runner (Olympic-gold-1920), dies at 42
  • 1945-02-21 Eric Liddell, Scottish runner (Olympic-gold 1924), dies at 43
  • 1946-10-16 Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian Nazi (SS), hanged
  • 1953-03-02 Jim Lightbody, American runner (b. 1882)
  • 1963-05-12 Bobby Kerr, Canadian runner (b. 1882)
  • 1963-12-02 Thomas J. Hicks, British-born runner (b. 1875)
  • 1966-01-11 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish runner (b. 1889)
  • 1974-09-25 William Sloane, publisher/writer ("Edge of Running Water"), dies
  • 1975-05-30 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympics 4th), dies in a car accident at 24
  • 1982-04-26 Ville Ritola, Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympic-gold-1924, 28), dies
  • 1984-07-20 Jim [James] Fixx, jogger/writer (Jim Fixx on Running), dies at 52
  • 1986-10-26 Jackson Scholz, American runner (b. 1897)
  • 1991-08-24 Abel Kivlat, US 1500m runner (Olympic-silver-1912), dies at 99
  • 1991-11-12 Howard Brunner, dies of AIDS at 51
  • 1993-01-09 Alois Brunner, German/Syrian commandant of KZ-Lower Drancy, dies
  • 1993-06-13 Gérard Côté, Canadian runner (b. 1913)
  • 1994-01-17 Helen Stephens, American 100m runner and double Olympic champion, dies at 75
  • 1995-08-25 John Killan Houston Brunner, British sci-fi writer, dies at 60
  • 1999-05-18 Betty Robinson, American runner (b. 1911)
  • 2002-05-26 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian runner (b. 1932)
  • 2002-06-20 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (b. 1916)
  • 2004-12-11 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (b. 1917)
  • 2013-06-27 Alain Mimoun, French runner, dies at 92
  • 2015-06-17 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, dies at 78