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 - Jesse Owens
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1936: Jesse Owens wins the first of four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, defeating Ralph Metcalfe in the 100 meter dash.

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