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

Olympic 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Benny Leonard, American boxer (world lightweight title 1917-25), born in NYC, New York (d. 1947)
Born in 1896

About April 7, 1896

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 127 years, 5 months and 17 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Aries