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 - John Scopes
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1900: John T. Scopes is born in Paducah, Kentucky. Scopes would go onto become the Tennessee high school teacher found guilty in 1925 of teaching evolution in what is commonly referred to as the Scopes Monkey Trial. He died of a stroke at age 70 on Oct. 21, 1970.


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