July 21, 2017

Today in History: Jim Thorpe

Today in History–May 28–the Library of Congress features athlete Jim Thorpe, born on this day in 1888 in Indian Territory which is now Oklahoma. A double gold medalist (decathlon and pentathlon) at the 1912 Olympics and played baseball and football professionally. Learn more about the ups and downs of the man dubbed the "athlete of the century" by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to Jim Thorpe. Jim Thorpe image set Jim … [Read more...]

Today in History: Olympic Games

Today in History–July 30–the Library of Congress features the Olympic Games, which opened on this day in 1932 in Los Angeles, California. It was the tenth Olympiad of the modern era and the first to have an Olympic Village where athletes were housed and fed. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources and stories related to the modern Olympic games. Olympic games image set (56 images) Olympic game images from the Bain … [Read more...]

Today in History: Duke Kahanamoku – Surfing & Swimming

Today in History–August 11–the Library of Congress features swimmer Duke Kahanamoku, also known as the "father of international surfing", who broke the world record in the 100-yard freestyle swim by 4.6 seconds in Honolulu Harbor on this day in 1911. Kahanamoku went on to win numerous gold and silver medals in several Olympic Games and helped to repopularize surfing as a sport. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, the click the links below to access more primary … [Read more...]