Friday, August 09, 2013

Today, August 9, in History

Jesse Owens, the athelete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin hosted by Adolf Hitler. He won in the gold in the broad jump, 100-meter, 200-meter, and 400-meter relay, breaking Olympic records in all except the 100 (which he tied). Hitler left the stadium rather than present the medals. Berlin, August 9, 1936. Image: Hulton-Deutsch Collection


Gerald R. Ford takes the oath of office as the 38th President of the United States after Richard Nixon's resignation August 9, 1974. Chief Justice Warren Burger (in robes) administers the oath, as Ford'd wife, Betty, (patially hidden by Justice Burger) looks on. Image: Bettmann
 
 
 Usain Bolt becomes the first person to win the 100m and 200m sprint in back to back Olympics August 9, 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, London, England. Image: Christopher Morris.
 
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