Fanny Blankers-Koen was a Dutch athlete. She is most famous for
winning four gold medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. At
that time, she was already a mother of two, which was unheard of at a
time when female athletes were still frowned upon by many. It earned
her the nickname "the Flying Housewife." Having started competing in
athletics in 1935, she took part in the 1936 Summer Olympics a year
later. Although international competition was hampered by World War
II, Blankers-Koen set several world records during that period, in
events as diverse as the long jump, the high jump, sprint, and
hurdling. Apart from her four Olympic titles, she won five European
titles and 58 Dutch championships. Blankers-Koen retired from
athletics in 1955 after haveing set or tied 12 world records. After
her retirment she became leader of the Dutch female track and field
team. In 1999, she was voted "Female Athlete of the Century" by the
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Mongols led by Batu Khan and Subutai crushed the Hungarian army of
King Béla IV in the Battle of Mohi.
World War II: The Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated.
Korean War: General Douglas MacArthur was relieved of overall command
Fifty-one tornadoes struck six states in Midwestern United States
during the Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak.
President Hugo Chávez was forced to resign during a military coup
attempt in Venezuela.
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