Jesse Owens Wins 4 Gold Medals
On August 9, 1936, Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal of the Olympic Games in Berlin. This was significant because it showed the world that Germany's doctrine of supposed Aryan superiority was suspect.
Owens had earlier won the 100 meters, 200 meters, and broad jump, setting world records in all three. His last gold medal was in the 4x100-meter relay, and his team set a world record there as well.