Louis Zamperini

1917 - 2014

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Louis Silvie Zamperini (January 26, 1917 – July 2, 2014) was an American World War II veteran and an Olympic distance runner. He took up running in high school and qualified for the United States in the 5,000 m race for the 1936 Berlin Olympics, finishing 8th while setting a new lap record in the process. In 1941, he was commissioned into the United States Army Air Forces as a lieutenant. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Louis Zamperini has received more than 6,005,609 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Louis Zamperini is the 5th most popular athlete (up from 12th in 2019), the 454th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,200th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Athlete.

Louis Zamperini was a world-class distance runner who was a member of the 1936 US Olympic team. He served in World War II as a bombardier and survived a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean. He was taken prisoner by the Japanese and tortured for two years.

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Among athletes, Louis Zamperini ranks 5 out of 3,055Before him are Jesse Owens, Abebe Bikila, Paavo Nurmi, and Emil Zátopek. After him are Spyridon Louis, Luz Long, Jānis Lūsis, Bob Beamon, Carl Lewis, Dana Zátopková, and Dick Fosbury.

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Among people born in 1917, Louis Zamperini ranks 12Before him are Joan Fontaine, Ella Fitzgerald, Eric Hobsbawm, Ilya Prigogine, Dean Martin, and Ernest Borgnine. After him are Frederica of Hanover, Sidney Sheldon, I. M. Pei, Kenan Evren, Óscar Romero, and Ferdinand Marcos. Among people deceased in 2014, Louis Zamperini ranks 19Before him are Luis Aragonés, Hiroo Onoda, Richard Kiel, Jacques Le Goff, Lauren Bacall, and Maximilian Schell. After him are Alain Resnais, Paco de Lucía, Richard Attenborough, Alexander Grothendieck, Mickey Rooney, and Jack Brabham.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Louis Zamperini ranks 454 out of 15,968Before him are Clinton Davisson (1881), John Dillinger (1903), The Notorious B.I.G. (1972), Christopher Reeve (1952), Jessica Lange (1949), and Sidney Poitier (1927). After him are William S. Burroughs (1914), Jared Diamond (1937), Edgar Cayce (1877), Franklin Pierce (1804), William McKinley (1843), and Warren G. Harding (1865).

Among ATHLETES In United States

Among athletes born in United States, Louis Zamperini ranks 2Before him are Jesse Owens (1913). After him are Bob Beamon (1946), Carl Lewis (1961), Dick Fosbury (1947), Thomas Burke (1875), Ray Ewry (1873), Bobby Morrow (1935), Wilma Rudolph (1940), Al Oerter (1936), Mike Powell (1963), and Ellery Harding Clark (1874).