Wrestling in History

Events in Sport

  • 1893-05-04 Cowboy Bill Pickett invents bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground
  • 1953-04-27 Wrestler Freddie Blassie coins term "Pencil neck geek"
  • 1972-09-10 American freestyle wrestler Dan Gable wins the 68kg division gold medal at the Munich Olympics; only Olympic wrestler not to have a single point scored against him in the competition
  • 1984-08-02 Jeff Blatnick becomes first American to win a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Los Angeles Olympics, Blatnick was in remission for Hodgkin’s disease
  • 1986-11-24 Wrestler John Tatum charged with possession of marijuana
  • 1987-01-28 Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant
  • 1991-03-11 John Smith, US amateur wrestler, wins James E Sullivan Award
  • 1992-08-06 Wrestler Bruce Baumgartner becomes the first American to win in three straight Olympics, capturing the gold in the 286-pound freestyle division in Barcelona
  • 2019-08-15 60th annual finger wrestling (Fingerhakeln) championships takes place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, part of Partenkirchner Festival week

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1852-05-25 William Muldoon, American wrestler and owner of NY health institute "The Olympia", born in Caneadea, Allegany County, New York (d. 1933)
  • 1876-04-22 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler and strongman of the early 20th century, born in Väike-Maarja, Governorate of Estonia, Russian Empire (d. 1920)
  • 1880-11-03 Edward Barrett, Irish heavyweight wrestler and all-round sportsman (Olympic gold tug-of-war 1908), born in Ballyduff, County Kerry (d. 1932)
  • 1881-11-03 George Mehnert, American wrestler (Olympic gold flyweight 1904, bantamweight 1908), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1948)
  • 1883-02-03 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter
  • 1895-08-09 Nathaniel "Nat" Pendleton, American wrestler (Olympics 1920, Silver) and actor (The Thin Man, Reckless), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1967)
  • 1897-01-02 Jim Londos, Greek wrestler (d. 1975)
  • 1900-06-22 Russell Vis, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold freestyle lightweight 1924), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1990)
  • 1903-01-10 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler, born in Kuressaare, Estonia (d. 1997)
  • 1903-10-19 Tor Johnson [Tore Johansson], Swedish wrestler and actor (Bride of the Monster), born in Kalmar län, Sweden (d. 1971)
  • 1903-12-15 Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler (32nd yokozuna; winner 9 top division yūshō), born in Kōchi, Japan (d. 1938)
  • 1908-02-12 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (d. 1982)
  • 1908-02-29 Bob Pearce, American wrestler (Olympic gold bantamweight freestyle 1932), born in Wyaconda, Missouri (d. 1996)
  • 1908-03-10 Kristjan Palusalu, Estonia, heavyweight wrestler (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1912-05-15 Alexis Nihon, Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics 1968)
  • 1923-11-03 Glen Brand, American wrestler (Olympic gold middleweight 1948), born in Clarion, Iowa (d.2008)
  • 1923-12-24 Iron Mike DiBiase, American wrestler, born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1928-07-21 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (d. 1998)
  • 1929-03-21 Maurice Catarcio, wrestler
  • 1929-07-21 Bob Orton, American wrestler (d. 2006)
  • 1930-10-10 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler (Greco-Roman Bantamweight Olympic Gold 1956), born in Irkutsk, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1932-03-10 Anatoliy Roschin, USSR, super heavyweight wrestler (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1934-04-02 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1997)
  • 1934-12-06 Nick Bockwinkel, American professional wrestler (WCW/AWA), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1936-11-02 Lawrence Robert Shreve, Canadian pro wrestler (Abdullah the Butcher), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1937-05-19 Pat Roach, English actor and wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1937-09-16 Aleksandr Medved, Soviet wrestler (Olympic gold 1964 68, 72), born in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine
  • 1938-03-10 Kazım Ayvaz, Turkish wrestler (Olympic gold lightweight 1964; World C'ship gold welterweight 1958; lightweight 1962), born in Rize, Turkey (d. 2020)
  • 1940-02-24 Nicolae Martinescu, Romanian Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold 100kg 1972), born in Vişani, Romania (d. 2013)
  • 1941-01-19 Pat Patterson, Canadian wrestler
  • 1942-11-21 Afa Anoa'i, Samoan-American wrestler
  • 1946-01-10 Alexis Nihon Jr, Canadian-born wrestler (Olympics 1968), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1946-05-20 Bakhaavaa Buidaa, Mongolia, wrestler (Olympic silver 1972) disqualified
  • 1947-02-02 Aleksandr Medved, USSR, wrestler (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • 1948-10-22 John Peterson, American freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1976), born in Cumberland, Wisconsin
  • 1948-10-25 Dan Gable, American 68kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1972), born in Waterloo, Iowa
  • 1949-08-14 Bob Backlund, American wrestler, born in Princeton, Minnesota
  • 1949-11-29 Wayne Cowan, American wrestler
  • 1950-02-09 Lloyd Weldon Keasor, Pumphrey Md, wrestler (Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1952-11-17 Roman Codreanu, Romania, wrestler (Olympic-1980)
  • 1953-11-20 Greg Gibson, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1984), born in Stafford, Virginia
  • 1954-01-14 Jim Duggan, American wrestler, born in Glens Falls, New York
  • 1955-05-30 Jake "The Snake" Roberts, American wrestler, born in Gainesville, Texas
  • 1956-09-16 Anatoly Beloglazov, Russian 52 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1980), born in Kaliningrad, Russia
  • 1956-09-16 Sergei Beloglazov, Russian 57 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1980, 88), born in Kaliningrad, Russia
  • 1957-07-26 Jeff Blatnick, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1957-10-08 Doug Cox, Canadian 90 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Guelph, Ontario
  • 1958-01-08 Rey Misterio Sr., Mexican wrestler, born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • 1959-02-15 Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian sports commentator and wrestler, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1959-06-06 David Schultz, American wrestler (d. 1996)
  • 1959-08-18 Tom Prichard, American wrestler, born in Pasadena, Texas
  • 1960-02-03 Kerry Von Erich, American wrestler (d. 1993)
  • 1960-02-03 Marty Jannetty, American Wrestler
  • 1960-05-14 Steve Williams, American wrestler
  • 1960-06-24 Nate Carr, freestyle wrestler (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Erie Pennsylvania
  • 1960-11-02 Bruce Baumgartner, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984, 92), born in Haledon, New Jersey
  • 1961-02-21 Bertha Faye, American wrestler (d. 2001)
  • 1961-08-14 Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler, born in Lexington, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 1961-11-11 Matt Ghaffari, Iranian-American greco-roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1961-11-25 Kenny Monday, 163 lbs freestyles wrestler (Olympics 1988, 92, 96), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1962-04-12 Takada Nobuhiko, Japanese wrestler, born in Isogo-ku, Yokohama
  • 1962-10-22 Derrick Waldroup, 198 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963-02-09 Madusa Miceli, [Debra Ann], wrestler (WCW), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1963-06-22 Randy Couture, American mixed martial artist (3-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, 2-time UFC Light heavyweight Champion), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1963-08-21 Melvin Douglas, American 198 lbs/90 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1963-12-31 Konishiki, Japanese-Samoan sumo wrestler, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1964-01-06 Jacqueline Moore, American wrestler, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1964-01-14 Ernest Miller, American wrestler, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1965-08-09 John Smith, US amateur wrestler and coach (4-time World Champion, 2-time Olympic Games champion), born in Del City, Oklahoma
  • 1965-08-26 Bobby Duncum, Jr., wrestler (d. 2000)
  • 1965-11-17 Rob Koll, Bellefonte PA, 163 lbs/74 kg freestyle wrestler (Olymp-96)
  • 1966-01-22 Carlton Haselrig, American wrestler & NFL guard (NY Jets), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1966-03-25 David Hohl, American freestyle wrestler (Olympics-9-92, 96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1966-07-10 Johnny Grunge, wrestler (d. 2006)
  • 1966-08-12 Gordy Morgan, 163 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1967-01-25 Marty Calder, Canadian 62 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic 12-92,96), born in St. Catharines, Canada
  • 1967-04-20 Townsend Saunders, American freestyle wrestler (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in White Sands, New Mexico
  • 1967-09-19 Alexander Karelin, Russian-Soviet Greco-Roman wrestler, born in Novosibirsk, Russia
  • 1967-11-09 Scott Bianco, 90 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Kamloops, British Columbia
  • 1968-05-19 Jeanne Basone, Brubank California, wrestler (Hollywood-GLOW)
  • 1968-06-06 Craig Roberts, Canadian 68 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1968-12-09 Kurt Angle, American 220 lbs freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1996), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1969-05-08 Akebono Taro, sumo wrestler
  • 1969-09-16 Andrew Borodow, 130 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic 5-92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1969-10-22 Cuty [Yumi] Suzuki, Kawaguchi Japan, wrestler (Japan)
  • 1969-11-17 Takako Inque, Toride Japan, wrestler (Japan)
  • 1970-06-13 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (Olympic gold 2000), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2004)
  • 1970-07-02 Scotty 2 Hotty, American wrestler
  • 1970-08-27 Greg Woodcroft, 52 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1971-02-10 Louie Spicolli [Louis Mucciolo Jr.], American wrestler, born in San Pedro, California (d. 1998)
  • 1971-04-15 Guivi Sissaouri, Canada freestyle wrestler (Olympic silver 1996), born in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 1971-05-24 Paul Ragusa, Canadian 48 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Bülach, Switzerland
  • 1971-09-18 Oleg Ladik, Canadian 100 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1971-12-06 Ainsley Robinson, Oshawa Ontario, 62 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972-07-13 Sean Waltman, American wrestler
  • 1972-07-24 Kaiō Hiroyuki, Japanese sumo wrestler
  • 1973-04-17 Kaihō Ryōji, Japanese sumo wrestler, born in Aomori, Japan
  • 1973-10-30 Edge [Adam Copeland], Canadian professional wrestler, born in Orangeville, Ontario
  • 1973-11-22 Brandon Paulsen, Coon Rapids Minn, greco-roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1974-05-08 Colin Daynes, 68 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympic-96), born in Windsor, Ontario

Weddings in Sport

  • 1976-06-21 Country singer Reba McEntire (21) weds national steer wrestling champion Charlie Battles

LoveWedding of Interest

1983-12-18 Wrestler Hulk Hogan (30) weds Linda Claridge

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 1984-12-30 Professional wrestling manager Miss Elizabeth (Hulette) & wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage (Poffo) wed
  • 2006-03-14 OVW Heavyweight wrestling champion Matt Cappotelli (26) weds Lindsay Seeders at Makena Cove Beach in Maui

Deaths in Sport

  • 1920-01-20 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler and strongman of the early 20th century, dies at 43
  • 1931-01-09 Wayne Munn, wrestler (b. 1896)
  • 1932-03-19 Edward Barrett, Irish heavyweight wrestler and all-round sportsman (Olympic gold tug-of-war 1908), dies at 54
  • 1933-06-03 William Muldoon, American wrestler and owner of NY health institute "The Olympia", dies at 88
  • 1938-12-04 Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler (32nd yokozuna; winner 9 top division yūshō), dies following a delayed appendectomy at 34
  • 1948-07-08 George Mehnert, American wrestler (Olympic gold flyweight 1904, bantamweight 1908), dies at 66
  • 1960-08-22 Eduard Pütsep, Estonian wrestler (b. 1898)
  • 1963-12-26 "Gorgeous George" Wagner, wrestler, dies
  • 1967-10-12 Nathaniel "Nat" Pendleton, American wrestler (Olympics 1920, Silver) and actor (The Thin Man, Reckless), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 1969-07-02 Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • 1970-06-11 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter, dies at 87
  • 1971-05-12 Tor Johnson [Tore Johansson], Swedish wrestler and actor (Bride of the Monster), dies at 67
  • 1975-08-19 Jim Londos, wrestler (b. 1897)
  • 1982-06-13 Peter Maivia, wrestler (b. 1935)
  • 1982-08-19 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (b. 1908)
  • 1985-09-01 Jay Youngblood, American wrestler (b. 1955)
  • 1987-04-12 Mike Von Erich, American wrestler
  • 1987-08-24 Malcolm Kirk, English wrestler (b. 1936)
  • 1990-04-01 Russell Vis, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold freestyle lightweight 1924), dies at 89
  • 1992-02-07 Buzz Sawyer, wrestler (b. 1959)
  • 1992-07-16 "Gorgeous" George, [Arena], wrestler, dies at 84
  • 1994-03-09 Eddie Creatchman, Canadian wrestler manager (b. 1928)
  • 1996-01-26 David Schultz, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), killed by John Du Pont at 36
  • 1996-03-15 Bob Pearce, American wrestler (Olympic gold bantamweight freestyle 1932), dies at 88
  • 1997-04-13 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler, dies at age 94
  • 1997-06-30 Larry O'Day, wrestler (b. 1944)
  • 1997-07-24 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), dies of a brain tumour at 63
  • 1998-11-06 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (b. 1928)
  • 1999-11-27 Yasuhiro Kojima, wrestler (b. 1937)
  • 2000-10-17 Leo Nomellini, wrestler (b. 1924)
  • 2002-05-12 Erich Kulas, ECW Wrestler (Mass Transit)
  • 2003-05-01 Miss Elizabeth [Hulette], pro wrestling valet (Randy Savage), dies of overdose at 42
  • 2004-11-17 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (Olympic gold 2000), dies at 34
  • 2005-04-28 Chris Candido, American wrestler, dies at 33
  • 2005-08-18 Christopher Bauman, American wrestler (b. 1982)
  • 2006-06-23 Luke Graham, American wrestler, dies at 66
  • 2008-11-15 Glen Brand, American wrestler (Olympic gold middleweight 1948), dies at 85
  • 2010-04-02 Chris Kanyon, American pro wrestler (WCW/WWF World Tag Team C'ship), dies from suicide at 40
  • 2010-09-01 Wakanohana Kanji I, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 45th Yokozuna (b. 1928)
  • 2012-10-24 Jeff Blatnick, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), dies at 55
  • 2012-10-31 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler (Greco-Roman Bantamweight Olympic Gold 1956), dies at 82
  • 2013-04-01 Nicolae Martinescu, Romanian Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold 100kg 1972), dies at 73
  • 2020-01-19 Kazım Ayvaz, Turkish wrestler (Olympic gold lightweight 1964; World C'ship gold welterweight 1958; lightweight 1962), dies at 81