Thorpe’s Medals Returned – Today In Southern History

18 January 1983 

On this date in 1983…

Jim Thorpe‘s two confiscated Olympic gold medals from the 1912 Stockholm pentathlon and decathlon were returned to his heirs.

Other Years:

  • 1803 – Thomas Jefferson by secret communication with Congress sought authorization for the first official exploratory expedition by the U.S. government.
  • 1862 – The Confederate Territory of Arizona was formed
  • 1916 – A 611 gram chondrite-type meteorite struck a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.
  • 1939 – Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded “Jeepers Creepers.”
  • 1981 – Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachuted off a Houston skyscraper, becoming the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories
  • 1990 – Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting

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