Swimming in History

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 208

  • 1742-05-28 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)
  • 1827-07-23 1st US swimming school opens (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • 1829-06-08 1st UK municipal swimming pool outside of London opens in Liverpool
  • 1892-09-16 Amsterdam swimming club renamed "The Y"
  • 1896-04-11 Hungarian swimmer Alfréd Hajós beats Otto Herschmann of Austria by 0.6s to win the inaugural Olympic 100m freestyle final in 1:22.2 at the Athens Games; also takes out the 1,200m on the same day
  • 1920-08-23 American swimmer Warren Kealoha wins first of 2 consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100m backstroke, beating teammate Ray Kegeris at the Antwerp Games
  • 1920-08-25 American swimmer Norman Ross wins his first of 3 gold medals at the Antwerp Olympics in dominating men's 1,500m freestyle; also wins 400m freestyle and 4 x 200m freestyle relay
  • 1920-08-28 American swimmer Norman Ross wins his 2nd of 3 gold medals at the Antwerp Olympics; beats teammate Ludwig Langer in the men's 400m freestyle; also wins 1,500m and 4 x 200m freestyle relay
  • 1920-08-29 Swedish swimmer Håkan Malmrot completes the breaststroke double at the Antwerp Olympics beating teammate Thor Henning in the 200m; also beats Henning for gold in the 400m
  • 1920-08-29 Ethelda Bleibtrey wins her 3rd gold medal of the Antwerp Olympics; teams with Irene Guest, Frances Schroth & Margaret Woodbridge in American 4 x 100m freestyle relay team; world record 5:11.6
  • 1921-09-27 American swimmer Johnny Weismuller sets his first 2 world records in the 100m and 150yd freestyle events the A.A.U. Nationals meet in Brighton Beach, NY

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1922-07-19 American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller first to break 1 minute barrier for 100m freestyle; swims 58.6s at Alameda, CA

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933-06-02 FDR authorizes 1st swimming pool built inside the White House

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • 1934-07-12 Willy de Supervise swims world record 400m (5:16.0)
  • 1936-02-27 Dutch swimmer Willy den Ouden sets new women's world 100m freestyle record (1:04.6) in Amsterdam; lasts 22 years until broken in 1956 by Dawn Fraser of Australia
  • 1936-08-09 Hungarian swimmer Ferenc Csik wins 100m freestyle gold medal in 57.6 at the Berlin Olympics, beating Japanese pair Masanori Yusa & Shigeo Arai
  • 1936-08-14 American swimmers Adolph Kiefer and Al Vande Veghe quinella the 100m backstroke at the Berlin Olympics

A Kiss For Adolf HitlerA Kiss For Adolf Hitler

1936-08-15 Carla de Vries, an American tourist at the swimming event of the Berlin Olympics finds Adolf Hitler “so friendly and gracious” she shakes his hand and gives him a kiss

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A kiss for a surprised Fuehrer. Photo: rarehistoricalphotos.com
A kiss for a surprised Fuehrer. Photo: rarehistoricalphotos.com
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  • 1938-02-26 Rie Van Veen swims world record 200m free style (2:24.6)
  • 1939-11-29 Cor Klint swims world record 200 m backstroke (2:38.8)
  • 1940-05-29 Adolf Kiefer swims world record 100 yards backstroke (58.8 sec)
  • 1940-07-25 American John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hours, 46 minutes from St. Louis to Caruthersville, Missouri in the Mississippi River; 292 miles, longest solo swim of all time
  • 1941-05-31 German occupiers forbids Jews access to beach & swimming pools
  • 1941-06-04 Nazis forbid Jews access to beaches & swimming pools
  • 1948-07-31 American swimmer Wally Ris wins the coveted 100m freestyle gold medal at the London Olympics beating teammate Alan Ford by 0.4 seconds
  • 1948-08-02 Danish swimmer Greta Anderson (1:06.3) touches out American Ann Curtis by 0.2 in the women's 100m freestyle at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-07 American swimmer Jimmy McLane wins the 1,500m for his 2nd gold medal at the London Olympics (4 x 200m freestyle relay); marks a US clean sweep of every men's swimming gold medal at the Games
  • 1956-03-03 Dutch swimmer Cockie Gastelaars breaks 20-year old world record for 100m freestyle (1:04.2)
  • 1956-11-30 Jon Henricks swims world record 55.4 to win the men's 100m at the Melbourne Olympics; rare Australian 1-2-3 with John Devitt and Gary Chapman taking the minor medals
  • 1956-12-01 Legendary Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets world record 1:02.0 to win the women's 100m freestyle at the Melbourne Olympics; first of Fraser's 3 consecutive gold medals in the event
  • 1956-12-04 Australian swimmer Murray Rose sets world record 4:27.3 to claim the 400m gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics; Rose later also wins 1,500m gold
  • 1956-12-05 17 year old British swimmer Judy Grinham and American Carin Cone both swim world record 1:12.9 in the women's 100m backstroke at the Melbourne Olympics; Grinham is awarded gold medal
  • 1956-12-06 Australian swimmer David Theile sets world record 1:02.2 to win the 100m backstroke gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics

  • 1956-12-07 Australian swimmer Murray Rose claims his 3rd gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics when he wins the 1,500m in 17:58.9; also wins 400m & 4 x 200m relay
  • 1958-02-22 Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days
  • 1958-06-28 American swimmer Nancy Ramey sets world record for 100m butterfly in 1:09.6 in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960-03-26 USC captures NCAA swimming title
  • 1960-08-27 Anita Lonsbrough swims world/olympic record 200m (2:49.5)
  • 1960-08-27 Australian swimmer John Devitt controversially wins the 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rome Olympics; recorded same time 55.2 as silver medallist American Lance Larson
  • 1960-08-27 British swimmer Anita Lonsbrough sets 200m breaststroke world record 2:49.5 to beat German pair Wiltrud Urselmann & Barbara Göbel for the gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • 1960-08-29 Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser wins blue ribband 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rome Olympics; retains title won in Melbourne 1956; will win unprecedented 3rd consecutive 100m gold in Tokyo 1964
  • 1960-08-30 US women's 4 x 100m medley relay team swims world record 4:41.1 to beat Australia and win the gold medal at the Rome Olympics; Lynn Burke, Patty Kempner, Carolyn Schuler & Chris von Saltza
  • 1960-09-01 US 4 x 100m medley relay team swims world record 4:05.4 to beat Australia and win the gold medal at the Rome Olympics; Frank McKinney, Paul Hait, Lance Larson & Jeff Farrell
  • 1964-02-29 Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser records the fastest 100m freestyle of her brilliant career; smashes her own world record 58.9s in Sydney; goes on to win her 3rd straight gold in the event at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-13 Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser wins her third consecutive Olympic 100m freestyle gold medal at the Tokyo Games; Olympic record 59.05s
  • 1964-10-13 US sweeps medals in the men's 200m backstroke at the Tokyo Olympics; Jed Graef swims world record 2:10.3 to win gold ahead of teammates Gary Dilley and Bob Bennett
  • 1964-10-14 American swimmer Dick Roth sets world record 4:45.4 to beat teammate Roy Saari and win the men's 400m individual medley gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-14 American swimmer Cathy Ferguson sets world record 1:07.7 to beat Kiki Caron of France by 0.2s and win the women's 100m backstroke gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-15 Australian swimmer Ian O'Brien sets world record 2:27.8 to beat Soviet Georgy Prokopenko by 0.4s and win men's 200m breaststroke gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-15 US women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Sharon Stouder, Donna de Varona, Lillian Watson & Kathy Ellis swims world record 4:03.8 to beat Australia by 3.1s and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-16 American swimmer Sharon Strouder sets world record 1:04.7 to beat Ada Kok of the Netherlands by 0.9s and win the women's 100m butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-17 US swimmers go 1-2-3 in the women's 400m individual medley at the Tokyo Olympics; Donna de Varona wins gold in Olympic record 5:18.7 ahead of teammates Sharon Finneran and Martha Randall
  • 1964-10-18 Australian swimmer Kevin Berry sets world record 2:06.6 to beat American Carl Robie by 0.9s and win the men's 200m backstroke gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1965-03-01 Australian swimming authorities suspend triple Olympic gold medal winning sprinter Dawn Fraser for 10 years for misconduct at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics
  • 1968-10-18 American swimmer Don Schollander anchors US 4 × 200m freestyle relay team to world record 7:52.1 and the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo; Schollander's 4th gold of the Games
  • 1968-10-19 American swimmer Jan Henne in 1:00.0 leads American sweep of the women's 100m freestyle medals at the Mexico City Olympics; teammates Susan Pedersen & Linda Gustavson both swim 1:00.3 for minor medals
  • 1968-10-19 Australian swimmer Michael Wendon sets world record 52.2s to win the blue ribband men's 100m freestyle gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1968-10-22 American swimmers sweep the medals in the women's 200m freestyle at the Mexico City Olympics; Debbie Meyer takes gold in Olympic record 2:10.5 ahead of teammates Jan Henne and Jane Barkman
  • 1968-10-23 American swimmer Kaye Hall sets a world record 1:06.2 to beat Canadian Elaine Tanner by 0.5s and win the 100m backstroke gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1968-10-24 16 year old American swimmer Debbie Meyer wins the inaugural women's 800m gold medal in 9:24.0 at the Mexico City Olympics; first swimmer to win 3 individual gold medals at a Games (200/400m)
  • 1968-10-24 Australian swimmer Michael Wendon wraps up the Mexico City Games sprint double when he wins the men's 200m freestyle gold medal in Olympic record 1:55.2
  • 1968-10-25 American swimmer Claudia Kolb wraps up the women's individual medley double in Mexico City, winning the 400m I/M in Olympic record 5:08.5; she also won the 200m I/M in OR 2:24.7
  • 1968-10-25 East German swimmer Roland Matthes wins the 200m backstroke gold medal in Olympic record 2:09.6 at the Mexico City Games; wraps up backstroke double
  • 1972-03-23 Geoge Harrison and Friends: "The Concert for Bangladesh" film directed by Saul Swimmer released in the US
  • 1972-08-28 Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould sets a world record 2:23.07 to beat German Kornelia Ender in the 200m individual medley at the Munich Olympics; her first of 3 gold medals at the Games
  • 1972-08-30 Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould with a world record 4:19.04 for the 400m, wins her second of 3 gold medals at the Munich Olympics

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1972-08-31 American super swimmer Mark Spitz wraps up the Olympic butterfly double with a world record 54.27 in the 100m in Munich, having already won the 200m in world record time 2:00.70

Swimmer Mark Spitz
Swimmer
Mark Spitz
  • 1972-08-31 Australian swimmer Gail Neall with a world record 5:02.97 wins the 400m individual medley gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-09-01 Australian swimmer Shane Gould wins the 200m freestyle in world record 2:03.56 at the Munich Olympics; her 3rd gold medal & 3rd world record of the Games
  • 1972-09-02 East German swimmer Roland Matthes wraps up the Olympic backstroke double with a world record 2:02.82 in the 200m in Munich, having already won the 100m in Olympic record time
  • 1972-09-03 Swedish swimmer Gunnar Larsson wraps up the Olympic medley double when he sets world record 2:07.17 in the 200m I/M in Munich, having already won the 400m I/M
  • 1972-09-03 American swimmer Mark Spitz wins coveted 100m gold medal in world record 51.22 at the Munich Olympics; completes the freestyle sprint double having already won 200m in world record 1:52.78
  • 1972-09-03 American swimmer Keena Rothhammer has to swim world record 8:53.68 to beat Australian wonder-kid Shane Gould in the 800m at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-09-04 American swimmer Mike Burton sets a world record 15:52.58 to win the 1,500m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-09-04 American swimmer Melissa Belote with a world record 2:19.19 takes the 200m backstroke gold medal at the Munich Olympics; wraps up backstroke double having won the 100m in Olympic record time
  • 1973-08-05 15 year old Australian swimmer Stephen Holland smashes Mike Burton's 1,500m world record by a massive 14.78 seconds (15:37.8) in Brisbane
  • 1980-07-30 American swimmers Mary T Meagher (2.06.37) and Craig Beardsley (1.58.21) both set 200m butterfly world records at the US National Swimming Championships at Irvine, California
  • 1981-08-13 American swimmer Mary T. Meagher breaks her own world women's 200 m butterfly record (2:05.96) in Brown Deer, Wisconsin
  • 1981-08-15 Robin Leamy of US swims record 7.98 kph for 50 m
  • 1981-08-16 American swimmer Mary T. Meagher breaks her own world women's 100 m butterfly record (57.93) in Brown Deer, Wisconsin; holds 100/200m double WR
  • 1982-01-10 Petra Schneider swims world record 1500 m freestyle (15:43.31)
  • 1982-04-08 Tracy Caulkins, 19, wins her 36th US swimming title
  • 1982-08-01 East German swimmer Petra Schneider breaks her own 400m medley world record by 0:19 (4:36.10) at the World Championships in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1983-02-19 Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 400 m free style swimming record
  • 1983-02-22 Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 1500m free style swimming record
  • 1984-08-03 17 year old Australian swimmer Jon Sieben stages a withering finish to upset hot favourite Michael Gross of West Germany in 200m butterfly at Los Angeles Olympics, world record (1:57.04)
  • 1985-02-08 Michael Gross swims world record 800m freestyle (7:38.75)
  • 1986-02-09 West German team swims world record 4x200 m freestyle (7:05.17)
  • 1986-05-18 David Goch finishes swimming 55,682 miles in a 25-yd pool
  • 1986-06-23 Pedro Morales swims world record 100m butterfly (52.84)
  • 1988-08-10 Matt Biondi swims world record 100m free style (48.42 sec)
  • 1988-09-19 Australian swimmer Duncan Armstrong sets world record 1:47.25 to win the 200m freestyle gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; beats Anders Holmertz of Sweden by 0.64
  • 1988-09-19 British swimmer Adrian Moorehouse wins 100m breaststroke gold medal in 1:02.04 at the Seoul Olympics; edges Károly Güttler of Hungary by 0.01
  • 1988-09-21 Suriname swimmer Anthony Nesty wins 100m butterfly at the Seoul Olympics; Suriname's first gold; first black to win individual Olympic swim gold medal; thwarts Matt Biondi's attempt at 7 gold medals
  • 1988-09-21 East German swimmer Silke Hörner sets world record 2:26.71 to win the 200m breaststroke gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; first of 2 gold (4 x 100m medley relay)
  • 1988-09-21 Hungarian swimmer Tamás Darnyi sets world record 4:14.75 to win the 400m individual medley at the Seoul Olympics; also wins 200m I/M gold for the medley double
  • 1988-09-22 American swimmer Janet Evans sets a world record 4:03.85 to win the 400m freestyle gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; 3rd gold medal of the Games (400m I/M, 800m)

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 353


Person of interestMatthew Webb

1848-01-19 Matthew Webb, English long distance swimmer who was first to swim unassisted across the English Channel, born in Dawley, England (d. 1883)

Long Distance Swimmer Matthew Webb
Long Distance Swimmer
Matthew Webb
  • 1872-02-24 John Jarvis, England, swimmer (won 108 titles)
  • 1878-02-02 Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer (d. 1955)
  • 1884-07-14 Charles Meldrum Daniels, swimmer (Olympic gold 1904, 08), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1885-03-24 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (4 Olympic golds 1904, 08)
  • 1886-03-05 Paul Radmilovic, England, swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1908)
  • 1887-07-06 Annette Kellermann, Australian swimmer, silent-film actress (A Daughter of the Gods; Venus Of The South Seas), and author, born in Marrickville, New South Wales, New South Wales
  • 1888-02-02 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (d. 1969)
  • 1889-08-10 Irene Steer, England, 4 X 100m relay swimmers (Olympic gold 1912)
  • 1890-08-24 Duke Kahanamoku, American swimmer, surfer (Olympic gold 100m freestyle 1912, 20; 4x200m freestyle relay 1920), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 1968)
  • 1897-03-13 William Herald, Australian swimmer (Olympic-1920), born in Glebe, New South Wales (d. 1976)
  • 1900-11-29 Håkan Malmrot, Swedish swimmer (Olympic gold 200m & 400m breaststroke 1920), born in Örebro, Sweden (d. 1987)
  • 1902-02-07 Ethelda Blebtrey, 100m swimmer (Olympic gold 1920), born in Waterford, New York
  • 1902-02-27 Ethelda Bleibtrey, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m, 300m, 4x100m freestyle relay 1920; first US female champion), born in Waterford, New York (d. 1978)

Person of interestJohnny Weissmuller

1904-06-02 Johnny Weissmuller, American actor (Tarzan), swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), born in Freidorf, Romania (d. 1984)

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller
  • 1905-10-23 Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (1st female English Channel 1926), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1908-02-07 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), born in Oakland, California (d. 1983)
  • 1908-08-05 Harold Holt, Australian politician, Prime Minister of Australia (1966-67); supported US in Vietnam, disappeared swimming, presumed drowned while PM, born in Stanmore, New South Wales (d. 1967)
  • 1911-06-22 Marie Braun, Dutch swimmer (Olympic gold 1928), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1913-12-06 Eleanor Holm, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1913-12-12 Ferenc Csik, Hungarian swimmer (Olympics gold medal 100m freestyle 1936), born in Kaposvár, Hungary (d. 1945)
  • 1914-05-20 Hideko Maehata, Japanese swimmer (d. 1995)
  • 1917-06-14 Katherine Rawls, American swimming and diving champion, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1982)
  • 1917-10-09 Kusuo Kitamura, Japanese 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), born in Kōchi, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1918-01-01 Willy den Ouden, Dutch swimmer (WR 100m freestyle, 1:04.06 1933-56; Olympic gold 4×100m freestyle 1936), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1997)

Person of interestFlorence Chadwick

1918-05-19 Florence Chadwick, swimmer (1st to swim English Channel both ways), born in San Diego, California (d. 1995)

  • 1918-06-27 Adolph Kiefer, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m backstroke 1936), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1919-02-26 Rie Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (3 x Olympic gold 1936), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • 1920-02-26 A W [Rie] Kuiper-Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (Olympics 3 gold-1936)
  • 1920-12-10 Ragnhild Hveger, Danish swimmer (Olympic silver 400m freestyle 1936; 44 world records 1938-56), born in Nyborg, Denmark (d. 2011)
  • 1921-06-03 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, born in Melbourne (d. 2016)
  • 1921-08-08 Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (Dangerous when Wet), born in Inglewood California (d. 2013)
  • 1923-12-07 Alan Ford, American swimmer (world 100m freestyle record 55.4; Olympic silver 1948), born in Panama Canal Zone, Panama (d. 2008)
  • 1924-03-09 George Haines, American swimming coach (7 x US Olympic teams), born in Huntington, Indiana (d.2006)
  • 1924-07-18 Inge Sørensen, Danish swimmer (youngest known female Olympic Games medalist in an individual event-Olympic 1936 bronze), born in Skovshoved, Gentofte, Denmark (d. 2011)
  • 1926-03-06 Ann Curtis, 400m/800m US swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1948), (d. 2012)
  • 1926-10-20 Ursula Happe, German 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1956), born in Free City of Danzig
  • 1927-04-03 Éva Székely, Hungarian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; silver 1956; first WR 400m individual medley 1953), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • 1927-05-01 Greta Andersen, Danish swimmer (gold medal, 100m freestyle 1948 Olympics), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1929-05-17 John Davies, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; WR 200m breaststroke 2:34.4 1952), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1930-09-13 Jimmy McLane, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1500m 1948), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1931-03-24 Thelma Kalama, American 4 X 100m relay swimmer (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1933-01-01 Ford Konno, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1,500m, 4x200m freestyle 1952; WR 200m freestyle 2:03.9, 400m freestyle 4:26.7), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1933-05-29 William Yorzyk Jr., American swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly, WR 2:19.3, 1956), born in Northampton, Massachusetts (d. 2020)
  • 1933-06-20 Jean Boiteux, French 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1933-08-23 Don Talbot AO OBE, Australian swimming coach and sport administrator (coach national swim teams - Canada, United States, Australia), born in Barnsley, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1937-02-04 John Devitt, Australian swimmer (2 Olympic gold 1956, 1960), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1937-02-18 Jeff Farrell, American swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1960)
  • 1937-09-04 Dawn Fraser, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 100m freestyle 1956, 60, 64), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1937-10-19 Marilyn Bell, Canadian swimmer
  • 1938-07-12 Wieger Mensonides, Dutch swimmer, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1938-11-03 Frank McKinney, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m medley), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1992)
  • 1939-01-06 Murray Rose, Australian Olympic swimmer (4x oly gold), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom (d. 2012)
  • 1940-06-29 Nancy Ramey, American swimmer (WR 100m butterfly 1:09.1 1959; 200m butterfly 2:40.5 1958; Olympic silver 100m butterfly 1956), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1940-07-03 Lance Larson, American 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic silver 1960), born in Monterey Park, California
  • 1940-10-03 Mike Troy, American swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1960), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1941-01-30 Tineke Lagerberg, Dutch swimmer, born in Bussum, Netherlands
  • 1941-08-10 Anita Lonsbrough, England, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1941-10-05 Ricardo Hoffmann, marathon swimmer (299 miles)
  • 1942-06-06 Sandra Morgan, Australian 4x100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1956), born in Tamworth, New South Wales
  • 1942-08-20 Hans-Joachim Klein, German 100m swimmer (Olympic bronze 1964), born in Darmstadt, Germany
  • 1943-05-26 Erica Terpstra, Dutch swimmer (Olympic silver 4×100m medley relay, bronze 4×100m freestyle relay 1964) and politician (VVD), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1944-01-13 Christina von Saltza, American swimmer (Olympic gold 400m, 4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley 1960), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1944-08-28 Marianne Heemskerk, Dutch swimmer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1945-12-18 Carolyn Wood, American 4 X 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1946-04-30 Donald Schollander, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold-64), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1947-02-06 Charles Hickcox, American 200m/400m medley swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1968), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2010)
  • 1947-04-26 Donna De Varona, American swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-64), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1947-06-06 Ada Kok, Dutch swimmer
  • 1947-09-26 Dick Roth, American swimmer (Olympic gold men's 400m individual medley 1964), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1948-07-17 Cathy Ferguson, 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1964), born in Stockton, California
  • 1948-08-30 Donnacha O'Dea, Irish poker player and swimmer
  • 1948-11-09 Sharon Stouder, American 100m butterfly swimmer (Olympic gold 1964), born in Altadena, California (d. 2013)
  • 1949-07-17 Gennadi Touretski, Russian swimming coach (Soviet Union, Australia national teams; Alexander Popov, Michael Klim, Ian Thorpe), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 2020)
  • 1949-08-22 Diana Nyad, American journalist and long-distance swimmer (1st to swim Bahamas to Fla-1979), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949-11-03 Roswitha Krause, German swimmer and team handball player (first woman Summer Olympic medals in different sports; silver 4x100m freestyle 1968, handball 1976), born in Dahme, Germany
  • 1949-12-19 Claudia A Kolb, American 200m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic silver 1964)

Person of interestMark Spitz

1950-02-10 Mark Spitz, American swimmer (won then record 7 Olympic golds in 1972), born in Modesto, California

Swimmer Mark Spitz
Swimmer
Mark Spitz
  • 1950-06-11 Pokey Watson, American 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Mineola, New York
  • 1950-11-17 Roland Matthes, German swimmer (Olympic gold 100, 200m backstroke 1968, 72; WR x 19), born in Pößneck, Thuringia, Germany
  • 1951-02-03 Felipe Munoz, Mexican 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1951-02-22 Elaine Tanner, Canadian swimmer (1966 Commonwealth Games, 1968 Olympics), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1951-05-12 Gunnar Larrson, Swedish 200m/400m swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1951-08-07 Gary Hall, American swimmer (Olympics-bronze/2 silver-1968, 72), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1951-09-30 Catie Ball, American 100m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic-4X4 gold-1968)
  • 1952-02-28 Melissa Babish, SC, swimmer (Olympic)
  • 1952-04-15 Bengt Gingsjö, Swedish swimmer, born in Gothenburg, Västra Götaland
  • 1952-08-14 Debbie Meyer, American 200m/400m/800m swimmer (Olympic 3 gold-68), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1952-08-26 John Kinsella, USA, swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1952-12-21 Steve Furniss, American swimmer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1953-01-22 Karen Moe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly 1972), born in Del Monte, Philippines
  • 1953-03-14 Tim McKee, American 400m medley swimmer (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1953-05-19 Shavarsh Karapetyan, Soviet Armenian finswimmer
  • 1953-09-14 Judy Playfair, Australian swimmer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1953-10-16 Susan Pedersen, American 4 X 100m medley swimmer (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1953-10-24 James di Donato, open water swimmer, one of the Tiger Twins (world record for swimming the butterfly in 40.6 miles)
  • 1953-10-24 Jonathan di Donato, open water swimmer, one of the Tiger Twins (world record for swimming the butterfly in 40.6 miles)
  • 1954-03-08 David Wilkie, Scottish 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1976), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1954-05-27 Catherine Carr, US breaststroke swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1972)
  • 1954-06-15 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (Olympic Gold 1972), born in Wollongong, Australia (d. 1996)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1984-03-03 Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (23) weds swimmer Janet Buchan in Menlo Park, California

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 2005-08-23 Olympic gold medalist swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband (27) weds fellow Olympic swimmer Minouche Smit at Henkenshage Castle in Sint-Oedenrode, North Brabant, The Netherlands
  • 2009-05-01 American Olympic swimming gold medalist Amanda Beard (27) weds photographer Sacha Brown (34) in Wakatobia, Indonesia

LoveWedding of Interest

2018-01-09 Swimmer and 12-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte weds model Kayla Rae Reid in Florida

Swimmer Ryan Lochte
Swimmer
Ryan Lochte

Deaths in Sport

  • 1131-04-30 Adjutor, French Catholic Saint and knight in the First Crusade, patron saint of swimmers, boaters, and drowning victims

Person of interestMatthew Webb

1883-07-24 Matthew Webb, English long distance swimmer who was first to swim unassisted across the English Channel, drowns in the Niagara Falls whirlpool at 35

Long Distance Swimmer Matthew Webb
Long Distance Swimmer
Matthew Webb
  • 1945-03-29 Ferenc Csik, Hungarian swimmer (Olympics gold medal 100m freestyle 1936), dies of war wounds at 31
  • 1955-11-12 Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer (b. 1878)
  • 1968-01-22 Duke Kahanamoku, American swimmer, surfer (Olympic gold 100m freestyle 1912, 20; 4x200m freestyle relay 1920), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • 1969-05-14 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (b. 1888)
  • 1973-08-09 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (4 Olympic golds 1904, 08), dies at 88
  • 1975-11-06 Annette Kellermann, Australian swimmer, silent-film actress (A Daughter of the Gods; Venus Of The South Seas), and author, dies at 87
  • 1978-05-06 Ethelda Bleibtrey, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m, 300m, 4x100m freestyle relay 1920; first US female champion), dies at 76
  • 1982-04-08 Katherine Rawls, American swimming and diving champion, dies at 64
  • 1983-04-23 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), dies of a heart attack at 75

Person of interestJohnny Weissmuller

1984-01-20 Johnny Weissmuller, American actor (Tarzan), swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies of pulmonary edema at 79

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller
  • 1987-01-10 Håkan Malmrot, Swedish swimmer (Olympic gold 200m & 400m breaststroke 1920), dies at 86
  • 1989-11-13 Victor Davis, Canadian swimmer (b. 1964)
  • 1992-09-11 Frank McKinney, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m medley), dies in a mid-air collision between 2 aircraft at 53
  • 1996-06-06 Kusuo Kitamura, Japanese 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 78
  • 1996-08-20 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (Olympic Gold 1972), dies at 42
  • 1997-12-06 Willy den Ouden, Dutch swimmer (WR 100m freestyle, 1:04.06 1933-56; Olympic gold 4×100m freestyle 1936), dies at 79
  • 2003-11-06 Rie Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (3 x Olympic gold 1936), dies at 84
  • 2003-11-30 Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (1st female English Channel 1926), dies at 98
  • 2004-01-31 Eleanor Holm, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 90
  • 2006-05-01 George Haines, American swimming coach (7 x US Olympic teams), dies of a stroke at 82
  • 2007-04-16 Maria Lenk, Brazilian swimmer and first Brazilian woman to compete in the Olympic Games (b. 1915)
  • 2008-11-03 Alan Ford, American swimmer (world 100m freestyle record 55.4; Olympic silver 1948), dies of emphysema at 84
  • 2010-10-23 Francis Crippen, American long-distance swimmer (b. 1984)
  • 2011-03-09 Inge Sørensen, Danish swimmer (youngest known female Olympic Games medalist in an individual event-Olympic 1936 bronze), dies at 86
  • 2011-12-01 Ragnhild Hveger, Danish swimmer (Olympic silver 400m freestyle 1936; 44 world records 1938-56), dies at 90
  • 2012-04-15 Murray Rose, Australian Olympic gold winning swimmer, dies from leukemia at 73
  • 2012-06-26 Ann Curtis, American Olympic swimmer, dies at 86
  • 2013-06-06 Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (Dangerous when Wet), dies from natural causes at 91
  • 2013-06-23 Sharon Stouder, American swimmer, dies at 64
  • 2014-07-28 Jon Erikson, American swimmer 1st to triple cross English Channel (1981), dies at 58
  • 2016-08-02 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, dies at 95
  • 2017-05-05 Adolph Kiefer, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m backstroke 1936), dies at 98
  • 2019-12-20 Roland Matthes, German swimmer (Olympic gold 100, 200m backstroke 1968, 72; WR x 19), dies at 69
  • 2020-02-29 Éva Székely, Hungarian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; silver 1956; first WR 400m individual medley 1953), dies at 92
  • 2020-03-24 John Davies, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; WR 200m breaststroke 2:34.4 1952), dies at 90
  • 2020-08-07 Gennadi Touretski, Russian swimming coach (Soviet Union, Australia national teams; Alexander Popov, Michael Klim, Ian Thorpe), dies at 71
  • 2020-09-02 William Yorzyk Jr., American swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly, WR 2:19.3, 1956), dies at 87
  • 2020-11-03 Don Talbot AO OBE, Australian swimming coach and sport administrator (coach national swim teams - Canada, United States, Australia), dies from dementia complications at 87