1932 – Born on October 17th in Toccoa, Georgia. Olympic gold medalist in weightlifting. Widely regarded to be the world’s strongest man, he established national, Olympic, and world records in the superheavyweight class of weightlifting in the 1950s and early 1960s.
1955 – Anderson set several weightlifting world records in the press and clean-and-jerk events.
1956 – Won the Olympic Gold Medal for weightlifting in the heavyweight division.
1957 – He still holds several world lifting records including a back lift of 6,270 pounds.
1961 – Married to Glenda Garland.
– He was a devoutly religious man who, along with his wife Glenda, established the Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia, Georgia, for troubled youths ages 16 to 21.
1994 – Died of kidney failure on August 15th in Vidalia, Toombs County, Georgia.
– He suffered from Brights’s disease, an autoimmune disease which attacks the kidneys.