On This Day

What Happened on August 4, 1936

Historical Events

OlympicsOlympic Gold

American athlete Jesse Owens wins his 2nd gold medal at the Berlin Olympics; beats German Luz Long in the long jump final with an Olympic record

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • American Helen Stephens runs 11.5 to win the 100m at the Berlin Olympics, beating controversial intersex athlete StanisÅ‚awa Walasiewicz of Poland
  • Ioannis Metaxas names himself dictator of Greece

Famous Birthdays

  • Elsbeary Hobbs, American bass doo-wop vocalist (The Drifters - "There Goes My Baby"; "Save The Last Dance For Me"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)

Famous Deaths

  • Henry Schoenfeld, American composer, dies at 78
1936 Highlights

About August 4, 1936

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 85 years, 2 months and 9 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo