Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the Modern Olympic Games is born in Paris
Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, was born in Paris to an aristocratic family of Italian origins. He was educated at Jesuit school and briefly became a lawyer before taking up a career in educational reform. His travels to England and later to the United States convinced him of the value of sports in building character and in 1894 he achieved his long held goal of reviving the Games. He died in 1937. (By John Osborne)
John E. Findling, Kimberly D. Pelle (eds.), Historical Dictionary of the Modern Olympic Movement (Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996), 350-355.