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Jesse Owens wins gold at the Berlin Olympics...

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August 3, 1936

THE NEW YORK TIMES, August 3, 1936 

* Jesse Owens 100-meter gold medal victory
* Olympic games in Berlin Germany
* In front of Adolph Hitler & Third Reich

The top of the front has a one column heading: "110,000 See Owens Set World Record At Olympic Games" with subheads: "Negro Does 0:10.2 in Gaining Semi-Finals in 100 Meters--Four Meet Marks Fall" "Johnson Wins High Jump" "U.S. Sweeps First 3 Places--Finns Do Same in 10,000 as Lash, 8th, is Lapped" "Germans Take 2 Titles" "Hitler Greets All Medalists Except Americans, Leaving Before They Are Honored" The text carries over to the sports page where there is a banner headline: "Owens Dashes to World Mark as U.S., Finland, Germany Set Pace in Olympics", plus a nice photos of Jesse Owens crossing the finish line, and another of Cornelius Johnson breaking the high-jump record.
A sidebar to the Olympic games was Adolph Hitler's refusal to acknowledge the achievements of the African-American athletes, not surprising given his belief that only his superior German Aryan race would dominate at the games. This is corroborated by the front page column heads as noted above, and by front page text which includes: "...But for politically minded persons in the crowd there was one rather disquieting incident connected with the march of these three Americans to the victory pedestal. The Fuehrer had greeted all three medalists in other events--the Germans and the Finns--with a handclasp and words of congratulation. But five minutes before the United States jumpers moved in for the ceremony of the Olympic triumph Hitler left his box...." with more (see). Always nice to have notable events in history reported in this World famous publication.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 34 pages, this is the rare rag edition that was produced on very high quality newsprint, with a high percentage of cotton & linen content, allowing the issues to remain very white & sturdy into the present. Given the subscription cost, libraries & institutions rather than individuals were the primary subscribers of these high-quality editions.  Nice condition.

Category: The 20th Century

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