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Johnny Weissmuller

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller

Profession: Swimmer and Actor

United States of America

Why Famous: Won five Olympic gold medals across two Olympic games, 1924 and 1928.

Played Tarzan,in 12 feature films for which is he justly famous for Tarzan's legendary yell.

Born: June 2, 1904
Birthplace: Szabadfalva (Freidorf), Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: January 20, 1984 (aged 79)
Cause of Death: Pulmonary edema

Historical Events

  • 1922-07-19 American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller first to break 1 minute barrier for 100m freestyle; swims 58.6s at Alameda, CA
  • 1924-02-17 American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller sets 100m world freestyle record 57.4s at Miami, Florida
  • 1927-04-05 Johnny Weissmuller set records in 100 & 200 m free style
  • 1927-06-05 Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard & 200-yard free-style swim record
  • 1928-12-26 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming