Events that happened to Louis directly or indirectly
January 26, 1917
Louis and his family move to Torrance, California
Louis Zamperini sets world record
Louis broke the world record for fastest mile run by any highschooler. His time was 04:21.2
Louis Graduates High School
August 4, 1936
Louis Zamperini was in the third heat, and got fifth.
August 7, 1936
Louis got eight place here. His last lap clocked at 56 seconds, catching the attention of Adolf Hitler. Louis shook hands with him after the race, and was told, "Ah, you're the boy with the fast finish".
Louis graduates from Midland Army Flying School
Also commissioned as a second lieutenant.
Louis, Phil, and the rest of the crew depart on a search mission
May 27, 1943
Flying the B-24 "Green Hornet", two engines fail and the plane crashes into the Pacific ocean. Louis, Phil, and Francis (Mac) survive.
Louie and Phil reach land and are captured by the Japanese
Approx. July 13, 1943
date estimated based off of information provided in the book
Louie and the other POWs were liberated from Naoetsu
September 5, 1945
Louie Marries Cynthia Applewhite
May 25, 1946
Zamperini runs a leg of the torch run at the Nagano, Japan 1998 Winter Olympics
Cynthia Zamperini passes away
February 21, 2001
She had been diagnosed with cancer.
Mutsuhiro Watanabe Dies
Pete passes away
May 15, 2008
He was 92 years old, and had melanoma
Zamperini earns the Kappa Sigma Golden Heart Award
July 27, 2011 - July 31, 2011
Events indirectly related to Louis Zamperini
World War II Begins
September 1, 1939
Nazi Germany invades Poland.
World War II Ends
September 2 1945
The Empire of Japan surrenders, ending World War II