Nurmi with President Calvin Coolidge during his 1925 U.S. tour
On this day in 1838 Samuel Morse gave a public demonstration of the telegraph for the first time.
However, students at Finlandia University might be more impressed by Paava Nurmi setting the indoor world record for the mile and 5000 meter race while touring the U.S. on Janaury 6, 1925.
The Flying Finn, won 9 gold medals and 3 silver in 3 Olympics between 1920 and 1928.
The Finlandia University Athletic Center in Hancock is named in his honor.
Source : Pasty Central Day in History