WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23: FIRST WOMAN TO SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL
Profile America — Sunday, October 23rd. One-hundred-five years ago today one of the most celebrated figures of the roaring twenties was born — Gertrude Ederle, who, at the age of 19, became the first woman to swim the English Channel. Her time of 14 hours and 31 minutes broke a record that had stood for more than 50 years. A powerful swimmer, Ederle had won three Olympic medals and set 29 records before her channel crossing. Her channel swim turned her into an international celebrity, and her ticker-tape parade in New York City drew more than 2 million people. Ederle's accomplishment also sparked widespread interest in swimming. Now, 63.5 million people enjoy swimming on a regular basis, making it one of the most popular sporting activities in the U.S. Profile America is in its 15th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 529
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 1248
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau