Before Bobbi Gibb, it was widely believed that women weren’t physiologically capable of running long distances. Though women were not allowed to run the Boston Marathon at the time, Gibb dressed in men’s clothes and snuck into the 1966 race, finishing ahead of two-thirds of the men. “I knew that I was running for much more than my own personal challenge. I was running to change the way people think.”
Isobel Stanley (pictured in white), daughter of the same Lord Stanley who created the Stanley Cup, was key in popularizing women’s hockey. In 1899, she participated in one of the first games of women’s hockey at Rideau Skating Rink. Her legacy lives on with the Lady Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Award, given to the active player whose values, leadership, and personal traits are representative of all female athletes.
Portrait of boxer Muhammad Ali. Label on back: “Radio! Radio! Radio! Clay vs. Quarry. Cassius Clay meets Jerry Quarry in a 15-rounder in Atlanta, Ga., to be heard live over the CBC radio network Oct. 26 at 10:15 p.m. EST. CBC Information Services, Box 500, Terminal A, Toronto 1. CBC Picture Service. Program: Clay-Quarry fight. Personality: Cassius Clay. Air date: Monday, Oct. 26/70 (10:15 p.m.) on the CBC Radio Network.”
Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library
Adolf Hitler planned to use the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin 1936 Jesse Owens arrived in Berlin to compete for the United States in the Summer Olympics. Adolf Hitler was using the games to show the world a resurgent Nazi Germany. Nazi propaganda promoted concepts of “Aryan racial superiority” and depicted ethnic Africans as inferior. American Owens countered this by winning four gold medals.