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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Olympic Fever - 1936 style

Here in recent days, we've had Olympics fever as we've watched the summer games of the 30th Olympiad. In 1936, our ancestors did not have a television set on which to watch the games. They probably relied on the newspaper and radio to bring them news. Something very significant, however, happened on this day at the summer games of the XI Olympiad in Berlin. Jesse Owens won his 4th gold medal at the games. In doing so, he became the first American to win 4 gold medals in a single Olympiad.

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