On This Day

Archery in History

Events in Sport

  • 1879-01-23 US National Archery Association forms in Crawfordsville, Indiana
  • 1879-08-12 1st National Archery Association tournament (Chicago)
  • 1972-09-10 An American double in the inaugural Olympic archery competition in Munich; John Williams wins the men's individual gold medal; Doreen Wilber takes the women's gold
  • 1987-05-15 Record archery score for a pair over 24 hrs, is set
  • 2004-08-21 The archery competition concludes at the Athens Olympics with South Korea dominant with 3 of 4 gold medals; venue is the Panathenaic Stadium, in which the 1896 games were held

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1866-02-24 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (6 x Olympic gold, 3 x silver 1900, 20), born in Elewijt, Belgium (d. 1961)
  • 1899-11-13 Howard Hill, American expert bowman (billed as "The World's Greatest Archer"; movie technical adviser), born in Wilsonville, Alabama (d. 1975)
  • 1901-02-08 Janina Spychajowa-Kurkowska, Polish women's world champion archer
  • 1917-02-28 Hans Deutgen, Swedish archer (World C'ship gold individual 1947, 48, 49, 50; team 1948), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1989)
  • 1919-01-13 Army Archerd, Hollywood columnist/TV host (Movie Game)
  • 1930-01-08 Doreen Wilber, American archer (Olympic gold individual 1972), born in Rutland, Iowa (d. 2008)
  • 1944-08-26 Neroli Fairhall, New Zealand archer (first paraplegic to compete in the Olympic Games 1984), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2006)
  • 1949-08-01 Keto Losaberidze, Georgian archer (Olympic gold USSR women's individual 1980; World C'ship gold team 1973, 81), born in Tqibuli, Georgia (d. 2022)
  • 1953-09-12 John Williams, American archer (Olympic gold individual 1972; World C'ship gold 1971), born in Cranesville, Pennsylvania
  • 1955-08-30 Butch [Richard] Johnson, American archer (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1956-10-23 Darrell Pace, American archer (Olympic 2 gold/silver-1976, 84, 88), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1962-07-17 Jay Barrs, American archer (Olympic gold 1988, 92, 96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1975-01-09 Justin Huish, American archer (Olympic gold individual, team 1996), born in Fountain Valley, California
  • 1977-01-18 Richard Archer, British rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hard-Fi), born in Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, England
  • 1977-03-01 Rod White, American archer (Olympic gold team 1996, bronze 2000), born in Sharon, Pennsylvania
  • 1982-12-10 Matt Stutzman, American archer (WR longest accurate shot in archery - despite having no arms), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1983-01-01 Park Sung-hyun, South Korean archer (Olympics gold individual/team 2004, team 2008; women's WR in a FITA Round 1,405 points), born in Gunsan, South Korea

Deaths in Sport

  • 1961-11-25 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (6 x Olympic gold, 3 x silver 1900, 20), dies at 95
  • 1989-10-03 Hans Deutgen, Swedish archer (World C'ship gold individual 1947, 48, 49, 50; team 1948), dies at 72
  • 2006-06-11 Neroli Fairhall, New Zealand archer (first paraplegic to compete in the Olympic Games 1984), dies at 61
  • 2008-10-19 Doreen Wilber, American archer (Olympic gold individual 1972), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78
  • 2022-01-23 Keto Losaberidze, Georgian archer (Olympic gold USSR women's individual 1980; World C'ship gold team 1973, 81), dies at 72