Chadwick, Florence May
Born: Nov 09, 1918 AD
Died: 1995 AD, at 76 years of age.
1918 - She was born in San Diego on the 9th of November.
1950 - Chadwick's biggest contribution to swimming history occurred on the 8th of August, when she crossed the English Channel in 13 hours and 20 minutes, breaking the then-current world record held by American swimmer Gertrude Ederle.
1952 - Florence was the first woman to attempt to swim the 26 miles between Catalina Island and the California coastline.
1954 - She attempted, but failed to become the first person to swim across Lake Ontario (her competitor in this endeavor, Canadian Marilyn Bell, succeeded the next day).
1995 - She died on the 15th of March.
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