August 3, 1936: Jesse Owens Wins The 100 meters.

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Jesse Owens won the 100m sprint with a time of 10.3, defeating teammate Ralph Metcalfe by a tenth of a second. 
This would be the 1st of 4 Olympic Gold Medals he would win at these games, but this Olympic game was bigger than the medals.

Adolf Hitler was using the Olympic games to show the world a resurgent Nazi Germany. He and other government officials had high hopes that German athletes would dominate the games with victories (the German athletes achieved a “top of the table” medal haul). 

Meanwhile, Nazi propaganda promoted concepts of “Aryan racial superiority” and depicted ethnic Africans as inferior. Jesse Owens countered this by winning four gold medals.

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