[Daily article] August 1: Peter Evans (swimmer)

Peter Maxwell Evans (born 1 August 1961) is a former breaststroke
swimmer for Australia who won four Olympic medals in the 1980s. After
training in the UK under David Haller, he returned to Australia in 1980.
He rebuffed Australian government pressure to boycott the 1980 Moscow
Olympics in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and won gold
in the 4×100 m medley relay as one of the Quietly Confident Quartet.
He also won bronze in the 100 m breaststroke. After competing for the
University of Arizona in the US, he returned to Australia for the 1982
Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, winning silver in the 100 m
breaststroke and gold in the medley relay. He competed in his second
Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984, winning bronze in the 100 m
breaststroke and the medley relay. Evans retired from swimming after
missing selection for the 1986 Commonwealth Games, and unsuccessfully
attempted to follow his father Max into politics before pursuing a
career in business.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Upon the death of Justin I, Justinian the Great became the sole
ruler of the Byzantine Empire.


A parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., celebrating the
end of slavery in the West Indies was attacked by a mob, leading to
three days of riots.


Robert Baden-Powell held the first scout camp at Brownsea
Island in Dorset, England, beginning the Scouting movement.


Commercial peat-cutters discovered the preserved bog body of a
man, called Lindow Man, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, North West England.


Bridge 9340, carrying Interstate 35W across the Mississippi
River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., suffered a catastrophic failure
and collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

(obsolete, transitive) To be unseemly or unsuitable for.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.  
–Herman Melville

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