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"
  • 1986-11-24 Wrestler John Tatum charged with possession of marijuana
  • 1987-01-28 Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant
  • 1988-07-06 Wrestler Jake Roberts convicted of battery

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989-10-15 American wrestler "Superstar" Billy Graham is given 1,900th star on Hollywood Blvd

Evangelist Billy Graham
Evangelist
Billy Graham
  • 1990-07-04 Wrestler Brutus Beefcake injured during para-sailing
  • 1991-03-11 John Smith, US amateur wrestler, wins James E Sullivan Award
  • 1991-10-12 Wrestler Rip Oliver forced to retire after being injured by Crush

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 130

  • 1852-05-25 William Muldoon, US wrestler and owner of NY health institute "The Olympia," (d. 1933)
  • 1876-04-22 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler (d. 1920)
  • 1880-11-03 Edmond Barrett, heavyweight wrestler (Olympic bronze 1908)
  • 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)
  • 1903-01-10 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (d. 1997)
  • 1903-10-19 Tor Johnson [Tore Johansson], Swedish wrestler and actor (Bride of the Monster), born in Kalmar län, Sweden (d. 1971)
  • 1908-02-12 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (d. 1982)
  • 1908-03-10 Kristjan Palusalu, Estonia, heavyweight wrestler (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1912-05-15 Alexis Nihon, Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics 1968)
  • 1923-12-24 Michael DiBiase, American wrestler (d. 1969)
  • 1926-10-13 Walter "Killer" Kowalski (wrestler) Canadian Wrestler (d. 2008)
  • 1928-07-21 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (d. 1998)
  • 1928-07-27 Karloff Lagarde, Mexican lucha libre wrestler (d. 2007)
  • 1929-03-21 Maurice Catarcio, wrestler
  • 1929-06-27 William Afflis, American wrestler (d. 1991)
  • 1929-07-21 Bob Orton, American wrestler (d. 2006)
  • 1930-10-10 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler (Greco-Roman Bantamweight Olympic Gold 1956), (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, wrestler (WCW/AWA)
  • 1936-11-02 Abdullah the Butcher [Lawrence Robert Shreve], Canadian wrestler, born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1937-05-19 Pat Roach, English actor and wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1941-01-19 Pat Patterson, Canadian wrestler
  • 1942-11-21 Afa Anoa'i, Samoan-American wrestler
  • 1946-01-10 Alexis Nihon Jr, Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics 1968)
  • 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, Waterloo Iowa, 68kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1949-04-26 Jerry Blackwell, American wrestler (d. 1995)
  • 1949-08-14 Bob Backlund, American wrestler
  • 1949-11-29 Wayne Cowan, American wrestler
  • 1949-11-29 Jerry Lawler, American wrestler
  • 1950-02-09 Lloyd Weldon Keasor, Pumphrey Md, wrestler (Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1951-07-15 Jesse Ventura, [James Janos], wrestler, actor and politician (Governor of Minnesota 1999-2003), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1952-11-17 Roman Codreanu, Romania, wrestler (Olympic-1980)
  • 1953-11-20 Greg Gibson, Stafford Va, Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1954-01-03 Dean Hart, Canadian wrestler (d. 1990)
  • 1954-01-14 Jim Duggan, American wrestler
  • 1955-05-30 Jake "The Snake" Roberts, American wrestler, born in Gainesville, Texas
  • 1955-06-01 Chiyonofuji, sumo wrestler
  • 1956-09-16 Anatoly Beloglazov, USSR, 52 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1956-09-16 Sergei Beloglazov, USSR, 57 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1957-05-07 Hercules [Raymond Fernandez], American professional wrestler, born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2004)
  • 1957-07-26 Jeff Blatnick, wrestling (Olympic gold 1984), born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1957-08-14 Gino Hernandez, American wrestler (d. 1986)
  • 1957-10-08 Doug Cox, Guelph Ontario, 90 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics 1996)
  • 1958-01-08 Rey Misterio, Sr., Mexican wrestler
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1961-04-18 Steve Lombardi, American wrestler
  • 1961-08-14 "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler (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
  • 1962-11-02 Donna Spangler, wrestler (Coal Miner's Daughter-GLOW), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963-02-09 Madusa Miceli, [Debra Ann], wrestler (WCW), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1963-06-22 Randy Couture, 198 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Olymp-96), 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, American sumo wrestler
  • 1964-01-06 Jacqueline Moore, American wrestler
  • 1964-01-14 Ernest Miller, American wrestler
  • 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)
  • 1966-03-25 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
  • 1966-10-08 Art Barr, American wrestler (d. 1994)
  • 1967-01-25 Marty Calder, St Catharine ON, 62 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic 12-92,96)
  • 1967-04-20 Townsend Saunders, American freestyle wrestler (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in White Sands, New Mexico
  • 1967-09-19 Alexander Karelin, Russian wrestler
  • 1967-11-09 Scott Bianco, Kamloops BC, 90 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996)
  • 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, 220 lbs freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1996), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1969-05-08 Akebono Taro, sumo wrestler
  • 1969-07-05 John Oostendorp, 220 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 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)
  • 1970-01-03 Yogi Johl, 130 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-06-13 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (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
  • 1970-12-04 Sylvester Terkay, American wrestler
  • 1971-01-01 Sammie Henson, American wrestler
  • 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

Weddings in Sport

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF 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 (b. 1876)
  • 1931-01-09 Wayne Munn, wrestler (b. 1896)
  • 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)
  • 1986-02-01 Gino Hernandez, American wrestler (b. 1957)
  • 1987-04-12 Mike Von Erich, American wrestler
  • 1987-08-24 Malcolm Kirk, English wrestler (b. 1936)
  • 1990-12-09 Mike Mazurski, wrestler/actor (Centerfold Girls), dies at 80
  • 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
  • 1997-04-13 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (b. 1903)
  • 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 (b. 1970)
  • 2005-04-28 Chris Candido, American wrestler (b. 1972)
  • 2005-08-18 Christopher Bauman, American wrestler (b. 1982)
  • 2006-02-11 Jackie Pallo, wrestler (b. 1926)
  • 2006-06-23 Luke Graham, American wrestler (b. 1940)
  • 2010-04-02 Chris Kanyon, American wrestler (b. 1970)
  • 2010-09-01 Wakanohana Kanji I, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 45th Yokozuna (b. 1928)
  • 2012-10-31 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler, dies at 82
  • 2013-04-01 Nicolae Martinescu, Romanian Olympic wrestling champion, dies at 73