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Matthew Webb

Long Distance Swimmer Matthew Webb

Profession: Long Distance Swimmer


Born: January 19, 1848
Birthplace: Dawley, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: July 24, 1883 (aged 35)
Cause of Death: Drowned trying to swim through the Whirlpool Rapids of Niagara Falls

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Events in the Life of Matthew Webb

  • 1875-08-25 Captain Matthew Webb makes the 1st observed and unassisted swim across the English Channel in 21 hours and 45 minutes

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