Shooting in History

Events in Sport

  • 1880-09-07 Geo Ligowsky patents device to throw clay pigeons for trapshooters
  • 1896-04-09 Greek shooter Pantelis Karasevdas scores a perfect 40 hits to win the military rifle event at the Athens Olympics; Greek 1-2-3 with Pavlos Pavlidis and Nicolaos Trikupis taking out the minor placings
  • 1972-08-28 North Korean shooter Ri Ho-jun wins the 50m rifle prone event at the Munich Olympics; his nation's first ever Olympic gold medal
  • 1972-09-01 Polish shooter Józef Zapędzki successfully defends his Olympic 25m rapid fire pistol title at the Munich Games with an Olympic record 595 points
  • 2016-08-10 South Korean shooter Jin Jong-oh recovers from 7th place during the final to record an Olympic record 193.7 and win gold in men's 50m pistol at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; first shooter to win 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals in one event

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1862-02-27 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (d. 1937)
  • 1868-08-25 Nikolaos Levidis, Greek shooter, born in Corfu Island, Greece (d. 1942)
  • 1891-09-26 Alfred Lane, American sharp shooter (Olympic gold 1912, 20), born in New York (d. 1965)
  • 1900-03-04 Roberto Soundy, El Salvador, trap shooter (Olympic-1968)
  • 1910-11-30 Paul Cerutti, Monegasque trap shooter who was disqualified for drugs in the 1976 Olympics
  • 1917-11-01 Joe Benner, American pistol shooter and coach (Olympic gold 1952; World C'ship gold 1949, 52, 54), born in Paragould, Arkansas (d. 1999)
  • 1929-01-29 William McMillan, American sports shooter (Olympic gold 25m rapid fire pistol 1960; World C'ship gold 1952), born in Frostburg, Maryland (d. 2000)
  • 1935-08-25 Lones Wigger, American competitive rifle shooter (Olympic gold/silver-1964, 72), born in Great Falls, Montana (d. 2017)
  • 1945-06-12 Terry Anderson, American rapid fire pistol shooter (Olympic-80, 96), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1946-12-01 Ho-Jun Li, North Korean shooter (Olympic gold 50m rifle 1972; DPR Korea first Olympic gold), born in North Korea
  • 1947-01-02 Lanny Bassham, American sports shooter (Olympic gold small-bore rifle, 3 positions 1976; silver 1972), born in Comanche, Texas
  • 1947-12-25 Connie Petracek, Chambersburg PA, pistol shooter (Olympics 92, 96)
  • 1949-06-20 Paul Shaw, Collingwood Ontario, trap shooter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1952-02-25 Elizabeth "Libby" Callahan, American sport shooter and four-time Olympian, born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1952-07-09 Rod Boll, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Fillmore, Saskatchwan
  • 1954-10-08 Ben Amonette, American free pistol shooting athlete (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Radford, Virginia
  • 1957-08-02 Stephen Kelly Petterson, New Zealand mallbore rifle shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1957-11-19 George Leary, Newmarket Ontario, trap shooter (Olympics-16-92, 96)
  • 1958-07-03 Robert Foth, American sport shooter (Olympics silver 1992), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1959-02-05 Glenn Dubis, American sport shooter (Olympics 1984, 88, 96), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1959-06-30 Michel Dion, Canadian Rifle shooter (Olympics 24-92, 96), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • 1960-09-26 Bret Erickson, American sport shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Blair, Nebraska
  • 1962-03-04 Brant Ian Woodward, New Zealand trap shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Hurstville, New Zealand
  • 1963-03-02 Tanyu Kiryakov, Bulgarian pistol shooter (Olympic gold 10m air pistol 1988, 50m pistol 2000), born in Ruse, Bulgaria
  • 1963-03-27 James Todd Graves, American sport shooter (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Rouston, Louisiana
  • 1964-11-19 Irina Laricheva, Russian trap shooter (World C'ships x 6 gold individual, team, double trap), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2020)
  • 1965-10-06 Cynthia Meyer, NY, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966-06-27 Rob Harbison, American 3x40 rifle shooter (Olympic 6th 1996), born in Fallston, Maryland
  • 1966-08-27 Deena Wigger, US shooter (Olympic-92), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1971-02-06 Lance Bade, American target shooter (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Vancouver, Washington
  • 1973-03-24 Josh Lakatos, trap shooter (Olympic silver 1996), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1974-01-14 Nancy Napolski, American sports shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Hinsdale, Idaho
  • 1974-06-07 Jason Caswell, Skeet shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1974-11-20 Kirk Reynolds, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Outlook, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1975-09-18 Kanstantsin Lukashyk, Belarusian pistol shooter (OLympic gold 1992), born in Hrodna, Belarus
  • 1977-07-30 Jayme Dickman, American 3x20 rifle shooter (Olympics 1996), born in South Bend, Indiana
  • 1977-10-07 Clayton Miller, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestKim Rhode

1979-07-16 Kim Rhode, American double trap and skeet shooter (Olympic Gold: 1996, 2004 & 2012), born in Whittier, California

Olympic Gold Shooter Kim Rhode
Olympic Gold Shooter
Kim Rhode
  • 1981-07-09 Kimveer Gill, Canadian spree shooter (Dawson College shooting) (d. 2006)
  • 1982-09-28 Abhinav Bindra, Indian shooter

Deaths in Sport

  • 1937-01-28 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (b. 1862)
  • 1999-12-12 Joe Benner, American pistol shooter and coach (Olympic gold 1952; World C'ship gold 1949, 52, 54), dies at 82
  • 2000-06-10 William McMillan, American sports shooter (Olympic gold 25m rapid fire pistol 1960; World C'ship gold 1952), dies at 71
  • 2017-12-14 Lones Wigger, American competitive rifle shooter (Olympic gold/silver-1964, 72), dies at 80
  • 2020-01-29 Irina Laricheva, Russian trap shooter (World C'ships x 6 gold individual, team, double trap), dies at 55