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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: TAPIO RAUTAVAARA (1915)


Tapio Rautavaara (1915)

Finland’s multitalented Tapio Rautavaara was a successful athlete, singer, and actor. He won Olympic gold for javelin throwing and was also a top archer. He acted in numerous Finnish films and recorded more than 300 songs before his death in 1979, the result of a brain injury caused by a slip-and-fall accident. His death might have been averted had medical officials correctly identified the symptoms of a fatal cerebral hemorrhage instead of dismissing them as indicators of what? More… Discuss

 

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: BIRTHDAY OF RUNEBERG


Birthday of Runeberg

Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804-1877) is widely regarded as Finland’s greatest poet. Schools throughout Finland are closed on Runeberg’s birthday. Busts and pictures of him are displayed in shop windows, particularly inHelsinki. A special ceremony is observed at Runeberg’s monument in the Esplanade, where his statue is decorated with garlands of pine and spruce, suspended between four huge torches. At night the torches are lit, and lighted candles burn in the windows of houses and apartments. More… Discuss

 

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Todays Birthday: EMIL ZÁTOPEK (1922)


Emil Zátopek (1922)

Zátopek, the “Czech Locomotive,” was a long-distance runner who won three gold medals at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He won gold in the 5,000-m and 10,000-m runs, and he amazingly earned gold yet again after deciding at the last minute to compete in the first marathon of his life. His wife, competing in the javelin toss, added a gold medal to the family collection at the same Olympics. Zátopek’s success was likely due to his grueling training methods. What did he wear while training? More… Discuss