You might know that 115 years ago today, the U.S. battleship "Maine" was blown up in Havana harbor in Cuba. This was the start of the Spanish-American War. The ship's explosion still remains a mystery today.
On that same day in February of 1898 (it was a Tuesday), a baby was born in the Lehigh Valley. This baby would grow up to win an Olympic gold medal (not in the hurdles) at the age of 22.
This Olympic champion had just completed the freshman year of college. Our birthday athlete had two siblings and a father who was a lawyer.
Thomas Keane coached this Olympic athlete.
Today is a Friday and our birthday person won the Olympic gold medal on a Friday.
Death for this champion came at the age of 84. Our birthday athlete was born on the 15th and died on the 15th.
After retirement from competition, this champion became a salesperson for A.G. Spalding and Brothers Company.
Not the favorite at the Olympic Games, our birthday person defeated an Olympic champion who had won the Olympic gold medal four days before our birthday athlete won gold.
Don't worry about any of the jumping events when trying to figure this champion's name.
Who is our birthday gold medalist for this day after Valentine's Day?