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On August 6 1926 Gertrude Ederle, born in Manhattan in 1905, swam across the English Channel at a then record time of 14 hours and 34 minutes, two hours faster than any person had done so previously.  She was the first woman ever to do so.  She returned to New York and was awarded with a ticker-tape parade on Broadway.  She was known as the ‘Queen of the Waves.’