Jesse Owens, 1936, Olympics
On This Day: On August 9, 1936,  Adolf Hitler and about 100,000 spectators watched as Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal in the Berlin Olympic games for his time in the men's 4 × 100 metres relay. Watch this video to see Owens in action. About this photo: Jesse Owens at start of record breaking 200 meter race. (left) Owens performing the long jump. (right)  Photo credit: Library of Congress / Wikimedia and German Federal Archives / Wikimedia

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