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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. Zamperini was commissioned in 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 6,464,703 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Louis Zamperini is the 5th most popular athlete, the 603rd most popular biography from United States (down from 454th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular 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

Among athletes, Louis Zamperini ranks 5 out of 3,059Before him are Jesse Owens, Abebe Bikila, Paavo Nurmi, and Emil Zátopek. After him are Bob Beamon, Spyridon Louis, Carl Lewis, Viktor Saneyev, Usain Bolt, Luz Long, and Ronnie Coleman.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1917, Louis Zamperini ranks 22Before him are Sidney Sheldon, Dean Martin, Joan Clarke, Kenan Evren, Nur Muhammad Taraki, and Otto Günsche. After him are Rochus Misch, Óscar Romero, Jean-Pierre Melville, Bourvil, Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia, and James Rainwater. Among people deceased in 2014, Louis Zamperini ranks 27Before him are Nadine Gordimer, Richard Kiel, Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Gary Becker, Alain Resnais, and Virna Lisi. After him are H. R. Giger, Adolfo Suárez, Martin Lewis Perl, Jack Brabham, Maya Angelou, and Masaru Emoto.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Louis Zamperini ranks 603 out of 18,182Before him are Glenn Miller (1904), Jim Mattis (1950), Bill Evans (1929), Michael Keaton (1951), John Glenn (1921), and Michael Landon (1936). After him are Sean Penn (1960), Janet Leigh (1927), Nat King Cole (1919), Marshall Warren Nirenberg (1927), Jared Diamond (1937), and Burt Reynolds (1936).

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), Ronnie Coleman (1964), Dick Fosbury (1947), Florence Griffith Joyner (1959), Mike Powell (1963), Ray Ewry (1873), Thomas Burke (1875), Larry Scott (1938), and Al Oerter (1936).