On this day: August 3

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

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 - James Hetfield
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1963: Singer-songwriter and guitarist James Hetfield, best known as the lead singer and co-founder of the hard rock band Metallica, is born in Downey, California.

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