Posted: August 24, 2017 Filed under: Birthdays, Day in History, Sports, Topic Guides, U.S. History
Happy birthday Duke Paoa Kahanamoku! Today in history — August 24, 1890 — the future first Native Hawaiian gold medalist was born.
As a grown up, Kahanamoku broke the world record in swimming and popularized surfing in mainland United States and Australia.
Read more about him in “Duke Kahanamoku in U.S. Newspapers.”
Duke Kahanamoku in U.S. Newspapers
Posted: February 8, 2017 Filed under: Sports, Teasers, Topics in Chronicling America
Badminton is the world’s fastest racket sport; shuttlecocks travel up to 200 miles per hour. Invented by British military officers in India in the mid-1800s, badminton soon spread to the rest of the world.
Though badminton clubs sprouted up in the United States in the late 19th century, the sport never really took off on the competitive level in America, as it was overshadowed by the more popular racket sport, tennis.
Read more about Badminton’s history in “Badminton.”
Posted: January 22, 2017 Filed under: Day in History, Deaths, Firsts, Mainland US Newspapers, Sports, Teasers, Topic Guides
Today in history — January 22, 1890 — Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku died. He was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming and surfer who made surfing popular on the U.S. Mainland.
Read more about him in “Duke Kahanamoku.”