Born: Aug 16, 1868 AD
Died: 1955 AD, at 87 years of age.
1868 - Born on August 16th near Mill Spring, Missouri. American physical culturist who, by sometimes eccentric means, spread the gospel of physical fitness and created a popular magazine empire.
1897 - Macfadden traveled to England where he collaborated with bicycle entrepreneur Hopton Hadley to market the wall-mounted muscle developer that he had created.
1898-1899 - With Hadley's support, Macfadden founded an early muscle magazine, Physical Development, and later an even more successful American version, Physical Culture.
1903 - Macfadden staged the first physique (bodybuilding) contest in America and fostered the emergence of physical culture's greatest icon, Charles Atlas.
1919-1924 - He published a wide variety of fictional romance magazines, including True Story, True Romances, and True Detective Mystery Magazine, to teach the lessons of life in story form.
1935 - His pulp publishing empire had a total of 35 million readers.
1955 - Died on October 12th in Jersey City, New Jersey.
- Macfadden died a multimillionaire after refusing medical treatment for a digestive disorder.
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