On this day: August 3

POSTED: 02:07 PM PDT Aug 02, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 02, 2016 

Columbus sets sail, the first American intercollegiate sporting event takes place, Jesse Owens shines in Berlin, and a controversial stand-up comic dies, all on this day.

OTD August 3 - Bubba Smith
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2011: Actor and former NFL player Bubba Smith dies of acute drug intoxication and heart disease at age 66 in Los Angeles, California. Smith, who played nine years in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers, also starred in college for Michigan State, earning induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. His best-known role as an actor was as Moses Hightower in the first six "Police Academy" movies. He's seen here in 1989's "Police Academy 6: City Under Siege."


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