August 9, 1936: Jesse Owens wins 4th Gold Medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics
On this day in 1936, Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal of the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. The African American track star and his 4x100-meter relay team set a new world record of 39.8 seconds, which held for 20 years. Owens won four gold medals in all, also setting world records in the 100 and 200-meter sprints and the long jump.
Owens’ victory came as a shock to Adolf Hitler, who planned to use the 1936 games as a showcase for Aryan superiority. Despite the racial slurs he endured, Jesse Owens’ grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe. But when the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he could not even ride in the front of a bus.
Watch American Experience's film 'Jesse Owens' to learn more about this remarkable athlete.
Explore more about the conflicts at the 1936 Olympic Games with American Experience’s ‘The Man Behind Hitler.’
Photo: Jesse Owens in 1936 Olympics (National Archives).
Handful of Science
July 16, 1951: Catcher in the Rye is Published
On this day in 1951, J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, was published. The novel, which was about a troubled 16-year-old named Holden Caulfield, exemplified common feelings of teenage angst and a resistance to growing up. The Catcher in the Rye became one of the most important English novels of the 20th century.
Watch this NewsHour piece about J.D. Salinger’s lasting influence on American literature.
Photo: The Catcher in the Rye. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1951 (Library of Congress)
Klaudiusz Golos and Sebastion Mikuciuk
A Matter of Time by Paul Baliker
"A passion for nature has inspired me to create a body of work that is environmental in pith. I endeavor to capture a moment in wood or bronze that expresses potential for a symbiotic relationship with nature."
Il venerdì di Tumblr
Buon venerdì cari tumbleri! Questa settimana la dedichiamo ai libri, alle parole, alla lettura. Date un’occhiata a questi blog:
Libri in pillole, pezzi di libri per invogliare alla lettura, da un’idea di un’appassionata lettrice;
Il Ghirigoro, blog fresco fresco, promette di non essere l’ennesimo blog su Harry Potter, controllare per credere;
Cascate di Parole, esattamente quello che pensate, ma meglio;
Edizioni Medusa, il blog non ufficiale dell’omonima casa editrice.
Cesar Biojo is a Colombian oil painter living in Barcelona.