August 25, 2014
Althea Gibson's 87th Birthday
In 1956, trailblazing American athlete Althea Gibson won a Grand Slam title at the French Open. The next year, she won at Wimbledon and took home the title at the US Open (then known as the US Nationals). Gibson wasn’t just the first person of color to win these prestigious championships -- she was often the first black person to ever play them. Today, on what would have been her 87th birthday, we’re celebrating Gibson’s accomplishments and legacy with a homepage doodle in her honor.