On This Day

What Happened on April 7, 1896

Historical Events

  • American athlete Robert Garrett wins the throwing double at the Athens Olympics by taking out the shot putt (11.22m); wins the discus the previous day

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Australian athlete edwin flack wins gold in the first Olympic 1500m final at inaugural modern Games in Athens; goes on to win 800m two days later

Olympic Runner Teddy Flack
Olympic Runner
Teddy Flack

Famous Birthdays

  • Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ (1917-25)
1896 Highlights

About April 7, 1896

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 125 years, 6 months and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Aries