Olympic Sports (Part 2)

Events in Sport

Events 101 - 200 of 1,004


OlympicsOlympic Games

1936-08-01 XI Summer Olympic Games are opened by Adolph Hitler in Berlin

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1936-08-02 A Finnish trifecta in the 10,000m final at the Berlin Olympics; Ilmari Salminen beats team mates Arvo Askola and Volmari Iso-Hollo
  • 1936-08-02 Americans Cornelius Johnson, Dave Albritton and Delos Thurber sweep the high jump medals at the Berlin Olympics

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1936-08-03 American sprinter Jesse Owens wins the 100m (10.3 seconds) in front of Adolf Hitler in a famous race at the Berlin Olympics, first of 4 gold medals at the Games

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1936-08-03 Karl Hein (56.49 Olympic record) and Erwin Blask make it a German 1-2 in the hammer throw at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1936-08-04 American athlete Jesse Owens wins his 2nd gold medal at the Berlin Olympics; beats German Luz Long in the long jump final with an Olympic record
  • 1936-08-04 American Helen Stephens runs 11.5 to win the 100m at the Berlin Olympics, beating controversial intersex athlete Stanisława Walasiewicz of Poland
  • 1936-08-05 American athlete Jesse Owens wins 200m in world record time (20.7), his 3rd gold medal of the Berlin Olympics
  • 1936-08-05 Italian athlete Ondina Valla runs a world record 11.6 in the semi finals of the 80m hurdles at the Berlin Olympics; wins final the next day but can't match the time
  • 1936-08-05 Ken Carpenter (50.48 Olympic record) and Gordon Dunn make it an American 1-2 in the men’s discus throw at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1936-08-06 Jack Lovelock of New Zealand runs a world record (3:47.8) to win the gold medal in the 1,500m at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1936-08-06 Japanese athletes quinella the triple jump at the Berlin Olympics; Naoto Tajima wins gold and Masao Harada silver
  • 1936-08-06 American athlete Forrest Towns runs world record 14.1 in 110m hurdles semi finals at the Berlin Olympics; later can't match the time but wins the gold medal in the final
  • 1936-08-07 A Finnish quinella in the 5,000m final at the Berlin Olympics; Gunnar Höckert runs an Olympic record to beat team mate Lauri Lehtinen
  • 1936-08-07 Twenty-two nations line-up as the first basketball competition in the Olympics Games starts in Berlin; Estonia beats France 34-29 in the first game
  • 1936-08-07 Argentina wins the polo gold medal beating Great Britain 11-0 in the final at the Berlin Olympics; final time the sport is contested at the Olympics

  • 1936-08-08 A Finnish quinella in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Berlin Olympics; Volmari Iso-Hollo beats team mate Kaarlo Tuominen in world record time (9:03.8)
  • 1936-08-08 American Glenn Morris' decathlon total of 7,254 points is a world record; team mates Bob Clark & Jack Parker complete US sweep in the gruelling event at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1936-08-09 Jesse Owens is part of the American 4 x 100m relay team that wins gold in world record (39.8) at the Berlin Olympics; his 4th gold medal of the Games
  • 1936-08-09 Korean nationals representing Japan earn medals in the marathon at the Berlin Olympics; Sohn Kee-chung won gold and Nam Sung-yong bronze
  • 1936-08-09 Helen Stephens claims the women's sprint double at the Berlin Olympics having won the 100m and as part of the victorious American 4 x 100m relay team
  • 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
  • 1936-08-10 First time the Olympic cycling road race is conducted as a mass start event with Frenchmen Robert Charpentier and Guy Lapébie taking gold and silver, and France winning the teams gold medal
  • 1936-08-12 After 24 year absence a baseball demonstration game is played between 2 American teams at Berlin Olympics, World Champions beat US Olympics, 6-5
  • 1936-08-12 American diver Marjorie Gestring wins 3m springboard gold at the Berlin Olympics, youngest Olympic gold medalist (13 years 268 days)
  • 1936-08-12 The gymnastics competition at the Berlin Olympics concludes with Germany dominating, winning 6 of 9 gold medals including the men’s & women’s teams events
  • 1936-08-13 Nida Senff and Rie Mastenbroek make it a Dutch 1-2 in the women’s 100m backstroke final at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1936-08-13 Rie Mastenbroek of the Netherlands swims an Olympic record 1:05.9 to win the women’s 100m freestyle at the Berlin Olympics, beating Jeannette Campbell of Argentina by 0:05
  • 1936-08-13 Americans Dorothy Poynton-Hil and Velma Dunn take the gold and silver medals in the 10m platform diving at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1936-08-14 United States beats Canada, 19-8 in poor conditions outdoors to win the gold medal in the inaugural men's basketball competition at the Olympics Games in Berlin
  • 1936-08-14 American swimmers Adolph Kiefer and Al Vande Veghe quinella the 100m backstroke at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1936-08-14 The Berlin Olympics rowing competition concludes with Germany winning 5 of 7 gold medals, although the United States wins the coveted eights gold
  • 1936-08-15 Marshall Wayne and Elbert Root make it an American 1-2 in the 10m platform diving at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1936-08-15 Americans make a clean sweep of the 3m diving medals via Marjorie Gestring, Katherine Rawls and Dorothy Poynton-Hill at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1936-08-15 The Berlin Olympic fencing competition concludes with Italy winning 4 of the 7 gold medals and Hungary taking the other 3
  • 1936-08-15 Annibale Frossi scores twice as Italy beats Austria 2-1 in extra time in the soccer final 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
  • 1936-08-16 XI Summer Olympic Games close in Berlin
  • 1936-08-16 The Berlin Olympic equestrian competition concludes with Germany winning all 6 gold medals in an unprecedented team achievement
  • 1937-12-27 German immigration officials with no explanation bar Juan Carlos Zabala (Arg), 1932 Olympic marathon champion, from entering Germany
  • 1938-07-20 IOC awards Helsinki, Finland 1940 Summer Olympic Games after Tokyo, Japan withdraws (Second Sino-Japanese War)
  • 1938-07-29 Olympic National Park forms
  • 1938-09-03 1940 Olympic site is changed from Tokyo, Japan to Helsinki, Finland because of the Second Sino-Japanese War; WWII causes eventual cancellation
  • 1940-05-01 Summer Olympics (scheduled for Helsinki) are cancelled by the Finnish OC because of WWII
  • 1946-02-15 Cornelius Johnson, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1936), dies from bronchopneumonia at 32
  • 1948-02-05 18 year old Dick Button becomes first American men's figure skating Olympic gold medallist at the St. Moritz Winter Games; first to complete a double axel in competition; retains title in 1952
  • 1948-02-05 Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st US woman Olympic slalom champion
  • 1948-02-06 World & European champion Barbara Ann Scott becomes the first Canadian to win a women's figure skating Olympic gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Games
  • 1948-02-07 After winning Lake Placid (1932) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (1936) Olympic ski jumping gold medals, Birger Ruud comes out of retirement to win silver in St. Moritz in a Norwegian medal sweep
  • 1948-02-08 Canada beats Switzerland 3-0, to regain the Olympic ice hockey title at the St. Moritz Winter Games; forward Walter Halder top scores with 29 points in Canada’s 5th Olympic title

OlympicsOlympic Games

1948-07-29 King George VI opens 14th modern Olympic Games in London

King of the United Kingdom George VI
King of the United Kingdom
George VI
  • 1948-07-29 XIV Summer Olympic Games open at Wembley Stadium in London
  • 1948-07-30 Czech distance running legend Emil Zátopek wins the 10,000m at the London Olympics in 29:59.6, an Olympic record
  • 1948-07-31 American swimmer Wally Ris wins the coveted 100m freestyle gold medal at the London Olympics beating team mate Alan Ford by 0.4 seconds
  • 1948-07-31 American sprinter Harrison Dillard runs an Olympic record 10.3s to beat countryman Barney Ewell for the 100m gold medal at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-02 Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins the 100m in 11.9 at the London Olympics; 1st of unprecedented 3 individual track & field gold medals
  • 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
  • 1948-08-02 Italians Adolfo Consolini and Giuseppe Tosi go 1-2 in the men's discus final at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-03 An American clean sweep of the medals in the men's 3m springboard diving at the London Olympics with Bruce Harlan winning gold, Miller Anderson silver and Sammy Lee bronze
  • 1948-08-03 American divers Vicki Draves, Zoe Ann Olsen and Patsy Elsener go 1-2-3 in a US clean sweep of the medals in the women's 3m springboard at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-03 The US 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of Wally Ris, Jimmy McLane, Wally Wolf and Bill Smith swim a world record 8:46.0 to win gold at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-03 An American 1-2 in the men's 200m at the London Olympics with Mel Patton (21.1) beating team mate Barney Ewell
  • 1948-08-03 An American sweep of the medals in the men's shot put at the London Olympics with Wilbur Thompson taking gold ahead of team mates Jim Delaney & Jim Fuchs
  • 1948-08-04 Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins the 80m hurdles in Olympic record 11.2 at the London Olympics; 2nd of unprecedented 3 individual track & field gold medals
  • 1948-08-04 Hungary's Olga Gyarmati wins the first ever Olympic women's long jump competition at the London Games
  • 1948-08-04 The women's shot put introduced to track & field program at the London Olympics; inaugural gold medallist Micheline Ostermeyer of France who also won the women's discus gold
  • 1948-08-04 An American sweep of the medals in the 110m hurdles at the London Olympics with William Porter taking gold, ahead of Clyde Scott and Craig Dixon
  • 1948-08-05 Americans Sammy Lee and Bruce Harlan go 1-2 in the 10m platform diving at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-05 A Jamaican 1-2 in the men's 400m at the London Olympics with Arthur Wint (46.2) beating team mate Herb McKenley for the gold medal
  • 1948-08-05 A Swedish sweep of the medals in the 3000m steeplechase at the London Olympics with Tore Sjöstrand taking gold ahead of team mates Erik Elmsäter & Göte Hagström
  • 1948-08-06 17 year old American Bob Mathias scores 7,139 points to edge out Ignace Heinrich of France by just 165 in the decathlon at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-06 Dutch super athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen wins London Olympics 200m in 24.4 to become 1st women to claim 3 individual track & field gold at a Games, having already won 100m & 80m hurdles
  • 1948-08-06 Vicki Draves wins her second diving gold medal at the London Olympics beating American team mate Patsy Elsener in the 10m platform
  • 1948-08-06 A Swedish 1-2 in the men's 1,500m at the London Olympics with Henry Eriksson (3:49.8) beating team mate Lennart Strand by 0.6 seconds
  • 1948-08-07 Delfo Cabrera of Argentina wins dramatic marathon in 2:34:51.6 at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-07 Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins her 4th track & field gold medal of the London Olympics as part of the Dutch 4 x 100m relay team in 47.5
  • 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
  • 1948-08-07 American Alice Coachman becomes the first black woman from any country to win an Olympic gold medal when she takes out the high jump at the London Games
  • 1948-08-07 Swedish race walker John Mikaelsson wins the gold medal in the 10k event by 30.6 seconds from team mate Ingemar Johansson at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-09 Italian rider Mario Ghella beats Reg Harris of Great Britain for the gold medal in the cycling sprint final at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-09 The US crew blitzes the field to win the rowing eights gold medal at the London Olympics; beat silver medallists Great Britain by 10.2 seconds
  • 1948-08-11 The weightlifting competition at the London Olympics concludes with the US (4) and Egypt (2) dominant, combining to win all of the 6 gold medals
  • 1948-08-12 The canoeing program at the London Olympics concludes with Sweden (4) and Czechoslovakia (3) dominant, combining for 7 of the 9 gold medals
  • 1948-08-12 Indian maestro Balbir Singh Dosanjh scores twice as India beats Great Britain 4-0 for the field hockey gold medal at the London Olympics; India's 4th consecutive Olympic hockey title
  • 1948-08-13 The United States successfully defends its Olympic basketball title with a 65-21 win over France at the London Games
  • 1948-08-13 Hungarian boxer László Papp wins the first of 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals; beats British middleweight Johnny Wright on points at the London Games
  • 1948-08-13 José Beyaert of France wins the cycling road race at the London Olympics; Belgium takes gold in the teams section beating Great Britain & France
  • 1948-08-13 Johan Gren scores twice as Sweden beats Yugoslavia 3-1 to win the football gold medal at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-13 3 Finnish gymnasts dead heat for the gold medal in the pommel horse section at London Olympics; Paavo Aaltonen, Veikko Huhtanen & Heikki Savolainen all awarded gold
  • 1948-08-14 XIV Olympic Games close at London, Great Britain
  • 1950-08-29 International Olympic Committee votes to admit West Germany & Japan in 1952
  • 1951-05-07 International Olympic committee allows Russia to participate in 1952 Olympics
  • 1952-02-19 American defending champion Dick Button becomes first figure-skater to land a triple jump in competition; performs a triple loop in the Olympic free skate in Oslo; wins gold medal ahead of Austria’s Helmut Seibt
  • 1952-02-20 Britain's Jeannette Altwegg wins the Olympic women’s figure skating gold medal at the Olso Winter Games ahead of American Tenley Albright, who goes on to win in Cortina d'Ampezzo (1956)
  • 1952-02-22 Germany takes the Olympic bobsleigh double with gold in the 4-man event at the Oslo Winter Games; Adreas Ostler and Lorenz Niebert score their 2nd gold medals after winning the 2-man a week earlier
  • 1952-02-23 Following his Nordic combined gold medal in St. Moritz (1948), Heikki Hasu takes his 2nd Olympic gold as part of Finland’s 4 x 10k cross country relay team at the Olso Winter Games
  • 1952-02-23 Lydia Wideman of Finland becomes first female Olympic cross-country skiing champion; wins inaugural 10k event in Olso; Finnish medal sweep with minors to Mirja Hietamies and Siiri Rantanen
  • 1952-02-24 Canada wins 6th Olympic ice hockey title courtesy of a final round 3-3 tie with the US at the Oslo Winter Games; Canadian center Billy Gibson top scores with 19 points
  • 1952-07-19 XV Summer Olympic Games open in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1952-07-20 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic Record 10K (29:17.0)

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 3,097

  • 1902-02-27 Ethelda Bleibtrey, 100m/300m US swimmer (Olympics 3 gold-1920)
  • 1902-06-04 Richard Allen, Indian field hockey goal tender (Olympic gold 1928), born in Nagpur, India (d. 1969)
  • 1902-06-28 Pierre Brunet, French figure skater pair (Olympic gold 1928, 32), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • 1902-09-21 Ilmari Salminen, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1936), born in Elimäki, Finland (d. 1986)
  • 1902-10-13 Franco Giorgetti, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1920), born in Bovisio-Masciago, Italy (d. 1983)
  • 1903-03-06 Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1924 and 1928), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • 1903-04-17 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (Olympic 1924), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 1975)
  • 1903-09-17 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (Olympic bronze 1928), born in Amsterdam (d. 1984)
  • 1903-10-08 Lina Radke, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1928), born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1983)
  • 1903-11-25 William Dehart Hubbard, long jumper (Olympic gold 1924), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1904-02-27 André Leducq, French cyclist (Tour de France 1930, 32; Olympic gold road race 1924), born in Saint-Ouen, France (d. 1980)
  • 1904-03-07 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian speed skater (Olympic gold 5,000m 1928; 500m, 5,000m 10,000m 1936), born in Lunner, Norway (d. 1969)
  • 1904-05-15 Gustav-Adolf Boltenstein, Swedish equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1952, 56)
  • 1904-05-16 Hugh Plaxton, Canadian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1904-05-19 Sven Thofelt, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1904-05-27 Chūhei Nambu, Japanese track and field athlete (Olympic gold 1932), born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (d. 1997)
  • 1904-06-02 Johnny Weissmuller, American actor (Tarzan), swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), born in Freidorf, Romania (d. 1984)
  • 1904-08-06 Henry Payne Iba, American basketball coach (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Easton, Missouri
  • 1904-11-25 Lillian Copeland, US discus thrower (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1905-03-30 Mikio Oda, Japan, triple jumper (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1905-06-12 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1905-08-29 Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (Olympic gold 1928, 1932, 1936; birthday 29/8 celebrated as India's National Sports Day), born in Allahabad, India (d. 1979)
  • 1905-09-27 Ernst Baier, German figure skater (Olympic gold 1936), born in Zittau, Saxony, Germany (d. 2001)
  • 1905-09-28 William Northam, Austrian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1905-09-29 Fidel LaBarba, American boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1924; world flyweight title 1927), born in NYC, NY (d. 1981)
  • 1906-01-29 Franciscus Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic gold 1920)
  • 1906-03-28 Joseph Wright Jr., Canadian oarsman (Olympic gold 1928), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1981)
  • 1906-04-01 Sigve Lie, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1948, 52), born in Haugesund, Norway (d. 1958)
  • 1906-05-02 Aileen Riggin, American diver (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1920, 24), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2002)
  • 1906-06-22 Richard Fanshawe, England, equestion 3 day event (Olympic bronze 1936)
  • 1906-07-01 Ed Gordon Jr, American long jumper (Olympic gold 1932), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • 1906-12-31 Erna Bogen-Bogáti, Hungarian foils (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Jaroslaw, Poland (d. 2002)
  • 1907-01-05 Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 3,000m steeplechase 1936), born in Ylöjärvi, Finland (d. 1969)
  • 1907-04-10 Pete Desjardins, American platform and springboard diver (Olympic gold 1928), born in St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba (d. 1985)
  • 1907-05-16 Robert Tisdall, Irish 400m hurdler (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1907-05-17 Ilona Elek, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold 1936, 48), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1988)
  • 1907-07-26 István Pelle, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1932), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1986)
  • 1907-07-27 Mollie Doreen Phillips, British figure skater and judge (Olympics 1932,36), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1907-08-13 Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, German arms manufacturer and Olympic yacht competitor, born in Essen, Germany (d. 1967)
  • 1907-08-28 Phil Edwards, Canadian-Guyanese runner (Olympic bronze 1928, 32, 36), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 1971)
  • 1907-09-26 Bep [Lambertus] van Klaveren, Dutch boxing champ (Olympic gold 1928), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1907-09-28 Heikki Savolainen, Finland, pommel horse gymnast (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1907-10-09 Klaes Karppinen, Finnish athlete, 4 X 10K relay (Olympic gold 1936), born in Iisalmi, Finland (d. 1992)
  • 1907-12-01 Alex Wilson, Canadian athlete (Olympic silver 800m, 2 x bronze 400m, 4x400m relay 1932), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1994)
  • 1908-01-01 Kinue Hitomi, Japanese athlete (World record women's 100m, 200m, long jump, triple jump; Olympic silver 800m 1928), born in Okayama, Japan (d. 1931)
  • 1908-02-03 Oddbjorn Hagen, Norwegian cross country jumper (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1908-02-07 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), born in Oakland, California (d. 1983)
  • 1908-02-09 Jackie Fields, American featherweight boxer (Olympic gold 1924)
  • 1908-02-13 Sulo Nurmela, Finland, 4 X 100K relay skier (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 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)
  • 1908-04-21 Louis Hostin, French weightlifter (Olympic gold 1932, 36), born in Saint-Étienne, France (d. 1998)
  • 1908-09-09 John Haeton, American bobsled (Olympic silver 1928, 48)
  • 1908-12-26 Ralph Hill, American athlete (Olympic silver 5,000m 1932; same time as winner Lauri Lehtinen), born in Klamath Falls, Oregon (d. 1994)
  • 1909-02-18 Matti Jarvinen, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1909-05-17 Karl Schäfer, Austrian figure skater (Olympic gold 1932, 36), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1976)
  • 1909-05-31 Thor Thorvaldsen, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1948, 52)
  • 1909-08-13 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, American 4X100 relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1976)
  • 1909-10-24 Bill Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic gold 1932), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1966)
  • 1909-10-29 Frank Wykoff, athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1928, 32, 36), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1980)
  • 1910-01-05 Jack Lovelock, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1936), born in Crushington, New Zealand (d. 1949)
  • 1910-02-12 Gunnar Höckert, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 5,000m 1936), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1940)
  • 1910-03-16 Aladár Gerevich, Hungarian fencer (7 Olympic gold 1932, 36, 48, 52, 56, 60), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1991)
  • 1910-03-27 Rudi Ball, German-Jewish ice hockey star (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Berlin (d. 1975)
  • 1910-05-29 Ralph Metcalfe, American athlete, politician (Rep-D-Ill; joint world record 100m, Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1936), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1978)
  • 1910-07-01 Glen Hardin, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936 400m hurdles), born in Derma, Mississippi (d. 1975)
  • 1910-08-25 Pierre Musy, Swiss 4-man bobsled (Olympic gold 1936), born in Albeuve, Switzerland (d. 1990)
  • 1910-09-07 John Shea, American 500m/1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1932), born in Lake Placid, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1910-09-20 Jacques-Baptiste LeBrun, French finn yachtsman (Olympic gold 1932), born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1910-10-28 Marie Dollinger, German track and field athlete (dropped baton in 1936 Olympic sprint), born in Langenzenn, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1910-11-11 Franz Kemser, German 4 man bobsled (Olympic gold 1952), born in Partenkirchen, Bayern, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1910-11-30 Paul Cerutti, Monegasque trap shooter who was disqualified for drugs in the 1976 Olympics
  • 1911-02-12 Charles Mathiesen, Norwegian 1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1911-04-01 Joe Fortenberry, American basketball forward (captain Olympic gold 1936), born in Leo, Texas (d. 1993)
  • 1911-04-03 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1932), born in Wierzchownia, Poland (d. 1980)
  • 1911-04-24 Robert Joseph Kane, President of US Olympic Committee (1977-80), born in Ithaca, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1911-06-03 Olaf Okern, Norwegian Nordic skier (Olympic-medal-1948)
  • 1911-06-22 Marie Philipsen-Braun, swimmer (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1911-06-26 Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American all-round athlete (10 LPGA majors, Olympic gold medals 80m hurdles, javelin 1932), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1956)
  • 1911-07-28 Gerhard Stoeck, German javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1911-08-23 Birger Ruud, Norwegian 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36), born in Kongsberg, Norway (d. 1998)
  • 1911-08-23 Elizabeth "Betty" Robinson, US 100m sprinter (Olympic gold 1928), born in Riverdale, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1911-10-01 Riccardo Torriani, Swiss ice hockey player, luger (Olympic bronze 1928, 48; took the Olympic oath 1948), born in St. Moritz, Switzerland (d. 1988)
  • 1911-11-20 Jean Shiley, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1932), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)
  • 1912-01-30 Jadwiga Wajsowna-Marcinkiewicz, Polish discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Pabianice, Poland
  • 1912-02-13 Jose de Capriles, American fencer (Olympic-1936, 48, 52)
  • 1912-03-23 Alfred Schwarzmann, German gymnast (Olympic-2 golds-1936)
  • 1912-04-08 Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), actress (My Lucky Star), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1969)
  • 1912-05-15 Alexis Nihon, Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics 1968)
  • 1912-06-05 Josef Neckermann, German equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1992)
  • 1912-06-18 Glen Morris, American Olympic track and field champion (Olympic gold, 1936) and actor (Tarzan, Hold That Co-ed), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1974)
  • 1913-02-23 Charles Leonard, American pentathelete (Olympic-1936)
  • 1913-04-13 Dave Albritton, American high jumper (Olympic silver 1936), born in Danville, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • 1913-05-24 Audrey Brown, British 4 X 100m runner (Olympic silver 1936), born in Bankura, India (d. 2005)
  • 1913-05-24 Willi Daume, German olympic organizer, born in Hückeswagen, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1913-07-13 Carolina Gisolf, Holland, high jumper (Olympic silver 1928)
  • 1913-07-26 Louis Salica, American flyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1913-08-21 Cornelius Johnson, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1936), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1946)

Person of interestJesse Owens

1913-09-12 Jesse Owens, American athlete (4 Olympic gold 1936), born in Oakville, Alabama (d. 1980)

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1913-10-22 Annette Rogers, US sprinter (Olympic gold 1932, 36)

Weddings in Sport


Deaths in Sport

Deaths 101 - 200 of 397

  • 1978-05-06 Ethelda Bleibtrey, US swimmer (Olympics 3 gold-1920), dies at 76
  • 1978-10-10 Ralph Metcalfe, American athlete, politician (Rep-D-Ill; joint world record 100m, Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1936), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1979-01-22 Ali Hassan Salameh, [Abu Hassan], killed by car bomb; believed to have helped mastermind massacre of 1972 Munich Olympics athletes
  • 1979-07-01 Vsevolod Bobrov, Soviet ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1956) and soccer striker (3 caps), dies at 56
  • 1979-12-03 Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (Olympic gold 1928, 1932, 1936; birthday 29/8 celebrated as India's National Sports Day), dies at 74
  • 1980-01-01 Frank Wykoff, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1928, 32, 36), dies at 70

Person of interestJesse Owens

1980-03-31 Jesse Owens, American athlete (4 Olympic gold 1936), dies of lung cancer at 66

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1980-06-18 André Leducq, French cyclist (Tour de France 1930, 32; Olympic gold road race 1924), dies at 76
  • 1980-12-04 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1932), dies when shot during an armed robbery, at 69
  • 1981-04-02 Delfo Cabrera, Argentine distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 1948), dies in a car accident at 62
  • 1981-08-02 Stefanie Clausen, Danish diver (Olympic gold 10m platform 1920), dies at 81
  • 1981-08-28 Paul Anspach, Belgian fencer (Olympic gold individual epée, team epée 1912), dies at 99
  • 1981-10-02 Fidel LaBarba, American boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1924; world flyweight title 1927), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 1981-11-25 Morris Kirksey, American 4 X 100m (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 86
  • 1981-12-02 Hershy Kay, American composer (Olympic Hymn, A Chorus Line), dies at 62
  • 1982-04-26 Ville Ritola, Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies at 86
  • 1982-07-27 Vladimir Smirnov, Russian foil fencer (Olympic gold 1980), dies at 28
  • 1982-12-18 Bernard Malivoire, French cox pair (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 44
  • 1983-02-14 Lina Radke, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 79
  • 1983-03-18 Franco Giorgetti, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 80
  • 1983-04-04 Bernard Vukas, Croatian soccer forward (59 caps, Yugoslavia; Hajduk Split; Olympic silver 1948, 52), dies at 55
  • 1983-04-14 Nina Dumbadze, Russian discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1952), 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
  • 1984-01-01 Ken Sitzberger, American diver & broadcaster (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1964), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 38
  • 1984-01-20 Johnny Weissmuller, American actor (Tarzan), swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies of pulmonary edema at 79
  • 1984-02-08 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (Olympic bronze 1928), dies at 80
  • 1984-05-01 Jüri Lossmann, Estonian athlete (Olympic silver marathon 1920), dies at 93
  • 1984-08-25 Viktor Chukarin, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), dies at 62
  • 1984-10-28 Knut Nordahl, Swedish soccer midfielder (26 caps; AS Roma; Olympic gold 1948), dies at 64
  • 1984-12-26 Tebbs Lloyd Johnson, English race walker (Olympic bronze 50k 1952; oldest Olympic medal-winning athlete; 48 years and 115 days), dies at 84
  • 1985-03-02 John Kelly Jr, American rower (Olympic bronze single sculls 1956; president US Olympic Committee) and brother of Grace Kelly, dies at 57
  • 1985-05-06 Pete Desjardins, American platform and springboard diver (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 78
  • 1986-01-05 Ilmari Salminen, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1936), dies at 83
  • 1986-01-20 Franz Kemser, German 4 man bobsled (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 75
  • 1986-01-24 Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984), dies of undiagnosed Marfan syndrome at 31
  • 1986-03-06 István Pelle, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 78
  • 1987-01-10 Håkan Malmrot, Swedish swimmer (Olympic gold 200m & 400m breaststroke 1920), dies at 86
  • 1987-06-16 John Mikaelsson, Swedish race walker (Olympic gold 10k 1948, 52), dies at 73
  • 1987-07-11 Thomas F Waddell, founder (Gay Olympics), dies of AIDS at 50
  • 1988-07-08 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), dies at 83
  • 1988-07-24 Ilona Elek, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold 1936, 48), dies at 81
  • 1988-09-03 Riccardo Torriani, Swiss ice hockey player, luger (Olympic bronze 1928, 48; took the Olympic oath 1948), dies at 76
  • 1988-10-24 Sumner White, American sailor (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 58
  • 1989-01-29 Halina Konopacka, Polish discus thrower (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 88
  • 1989-04-06 Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1924 and 1928), dies at 86
  • 1989-06-21 Lee Quencey Calhoun, hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 56
  • 1989-06-22 Lee Calhoun, hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 66
  • 1989-09-19 Willie Steele, American Olympic gold medalist (b. 1923)
  • 1990-04-01 Russell Vis, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold freestyle lightweight 1924), dies at 89
  • 1991-04-09 Forrest Towns, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1936), dies at 77
  • 1991-04-26 Lars Hall, Swedish pentathelete (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 63
  • 1991-05-14 Aladár Gerevich, Hungarian fencer (7 Olympic gold 1932, 36, 48, 52, 56, 60), dies at 81
  • 1991-07-27 Pierre Brunet, French figure skater pair (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 89
  • 1991-08-24 Abel Kivlat, US 1500m runner (Olympic silver 1912), dies at 99
  • 1992-01-13 Josef Neckermann, German equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1964, 68), dies at 79
  • 1992-02-12 Bep [Lambertus] van Klaveren, Dutch boxing champ (Olympic gold 1928), dies
  • 1992-02-14 Roepie Kruize, hockey player (Olympic bronze 1948/silver-52), dies at 67
  • 1992-04-20 Marjorie Gestring, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 69
  • 1992-05-06 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 71
  • 1992-06-06 Manfred Stengl, Austrian luger (Olympic gold men's doubles 1964), dies in a motorcycle accident at 46
  • 1992-06-19 Kitty Godfree, English tennis player (Olympic gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze-1920, 24), dies at 96
  • 1992-07-07 Josy Barthel, Luxembourgish 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 65
  • 1992-09-11 Frank McKinney, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m medley), dies in a mid-air collision between 2 aircraft at 53
  • 1992-11-08 Kees [Cornelis] Broekman, speed skater (Olympic silver 1952), dies
  • 1993-03-08 Don Barksdale, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1948, NBA All Star 1953), dies of throat cancer at 69
  • 1993-05-12 Zeno Colò, Italian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 72
  • 1993-05-13 Evert "Eef" Dolman, Dutch cyclist (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 47
  • 1993-06-03 Joe Fortenberry, American basketball forward (captain Olympic gold 1936), dies at 82
  • 1993-06-24 Archie Williams, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m 1936 ), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • 1993-07-08 Charles Adkins, American light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 61
  • 1994-01-17 Helen Stephens, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m & 4x100m relay 1936), dies at 75
  • 1994-01-29 Ulrike Maier, olympic skier, breaks neck during world cup skiing at 26
  • 1994-04-15 John Curry OBE, British figure skater (Olympic gold, World C'ship gold, European C'ship gold 1976), dies from AIDS at 44
  • 1994-05-14 Dave Albritton, American high jumper (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 81
  • 1994-05-22 Norman Read, New Zealand 50k race walker (Olympic gold 1956), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 1994-07-24 Wangila Napunyi, welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1988), dies at 26
  • 1994-08-10 Marie Dollinger, German track and field athlete (dropped baton in 1936 Olympic sprint), dies at 83
  • 1994-10-01 Bud Houser, American field athlete (Olympic gold discus & shot put 1924, discus 1928), dies at 93
  • 1994-10-17 Ralph Hill, American athlete (Olympic silver 5,000m 1932; same time as winner Lauri Lehtinen), dies at 85
  • 1994-10-27 Wally Halder, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 1948, tournament top scorer), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1994-11-12 Wilma Rudolph, American athlete (3 Olympic gold 100/200/4x100m 1960), dies of brain cancer at 54
  • 1994-12-09 Alex Wilson, Canadian athlete (Olympic silver 800m, 2 x bronze 400m, 4x400m relay 1932), dies at 87
  • 1994-12-15 Mollie Doreen Phillips, British figure skater and judge (Olympics 1932,36), dies at 87
  • 1995-01-29 Richard Burnell, British rower (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 77
  • 1995-02-04 Godfrey Brown, British athlete, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 79
  • 1995-07-18 Fabio Casartelli, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1992), dies at 24
  • 1995-09-15 Gunnar Nordahl, Swedish soccer striker (33 caps; AC Milan; Olympic gold 1948), dies at 73
  • 1995-11-20 Sergei Grinkov, figure skater (Olympic gold pairs 1988, 94; World C'ship gold pairs 1986-87, 89-90), dies of heart attack at 28
  • 1995-11-28 Brunhilde Hendrix, German relay runner (Olympic silver 1960), dies at 57
  • 1996-01-14 Jacques-Baptiste LeBrun, French finn yachtsman (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 85
  • 1996-01-26 David Schultz, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), killed by John Du Pont at 36
  • 1996-01-26 Charles Jewtraw, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1924), dies at 95
  • 1996-02-27 Pat Smythe, English equestrian rider (Olympic bronze team jumps 1956; author children's books), dies from heart disease at 67
  • 1996-03-15 Bob Pearce, American wrestler (Olympic gold bantamweight freestyle 1932), dies at 88
  • 1996-05-17 Willi Daume, German olympic organiser, dies at 82
  • 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
  • 1997-04-03 Sergei Filatov, Soviet equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 70
  • 1997-06-20 John Akii-bua, Ugandan athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1972), dies at 49
  • 1997-07-23 Chūhei Nambu, Japanese track and field athlete (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 93