On This Day

What Happened on August 3, 1936

Historical Events


OlympicsOlympic Gold

American sprinter Jesse Owens wins the 100m (10.3 seconds) in front of Adolf Hitler in a famous race at the Berlin Olympics, first of 4 gold medals at the Games

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Karl Hein (56.49 Olympic record) and Erwin Blask make it a German 1-2 in the hammer throw at the Berlin Olympics

Famous Birthdays

  • Edward Petherbridge, English actor (The Guardians), born in West Bowling, Bradford, Yorkshire, England
  • Vinko "Vice" Vukov, Croatian singer (Eurovision Song Contest 1963 & 1965), born in ┼áibenik, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2008)
1936 Highlights

About August 3, 1936

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 84 years, 2 months and 28 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo