Vikings sack Paris, the Hollywood Walk of Fame gets its first star, President Eisenhower dies, and Three Mile Island melts down, all on this day.
1990: President George H. W. Bush posthumously awards the Congressional Gold Medal to track star Jesse Owens, famous for his four track and field gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the honor is one of the two highest civilian awards in the United States. It is awarded to persons "who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipient's field long after the achievement."
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