Celebrate the Birthday of Louis Zamperini

January 26, 2020

Zamperini 2The public is invited to celebrate Louis Zamperini’s Birthday on Sunday, January 26 at 3 p.m. at the Torrance Historical Society & Museum.

The community is invited for an afternoon of cupcakes, can’t-see-anywhere-else-in-the-world memorabilia, and to watch the City’s Centennial DVD of Lois Zamperini: Triumph of the Torrance Tornado, and the clip of when Louis won the 1934 Southern California Track & Field Championship. The DVD is approximately 15 minutes long.

“Running in what was celebrated as the best field of high school milers in history, Louie routed them all and smoked the mile in 4:21:2, shattering the national high school record, set during World War 1, by more than 2 seconds.” Laura Hillenbrand, author of Unbroken.

Some of the items on display will include:
•Training shorts and sweatshirt Louis wore during the 1936 Olympics
•Luggage the community bought for him to attend the Olympic Tryouts in NY

• Diary – see the last entry he wrote before he left on the reconnaissance mission that landed him afloat in the Pacific Ocean for 47 days with barely any water or food and a prison camp where he was tortured for over 2 years

This is a FREE event, open to the public.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org/.

The Torrance Historical Society & Museum is located at 1345 Post Avenue in Torrance.