On This Day

Ralph Boston

Profession: Long Jumper

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Won Olympic gold in 1960 and was the first to break the 27 feet (8.2m) barrier.

Born: May 9, 1939
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, USA
Age: 82 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Taurus

Historical Events

  • 1960-08-12 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 8.21m
  • 1961-05-27 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' ½"
  • 1961-07-16 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 2"
  • 1964-08-15 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 3½"
  • 1964-09-12 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 4½"
  • 1965-09-29 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 4 3/4"

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