On This Day

What Happened on August 25, 1920

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 1st US woman to win in Olympics (Ethelda Bleibtrey)
  • American swimmer Norman Ross wins his first of 3 gold medals at the Antwerp Olympics in dominating men's 1,500m freestyle; also wins 400m freestyle and 4 x 200m freestyle relay
  • Ethelda Bleibtrey leads an American medal sweep of the Antwerp Olympics women's 100m freestyle with a world record swim of 1:13.6
  • Russia suffers a final decisive defeat in the Battle of Warsaw against Poland
  • Swedish divers sweep the medals in the men's plain high diving event at the Antwerp Olympics; Arvid Wallman wins gold ahead of team mates Nils Skoglund & John Jansson

Famous Birthdays

  • Jef Diederen, Dutch painter, born in Heerlen, Netherlands (d. 2009)
  • Leonard Gaskin, American jazz bassist (Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis), born in New York City (d. 2009)