On This Day

What Happened on August 5, 1936

Historical Events

World Record

American athlete Jesse Owens wins 200m in world record time (20.7s), his 3rd gold medal of the Berlin Olympics

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • Italian athlete Ondina Valla runs a world record 11.6 in the semi finals of the 80m hurdles at the Berlin Olympics; wins final the next day but can't match the time
  • Ken Carpenter (50.48 Olympic record) and Gordon Dunn make it an American 1-2 in the men’s discus throw at the Berlin Olympics

Famous Birthdays

  • John Dancy, newscaster (Prime Time Sunday), born in Jackson, Texas
1936 Highlights

About August 5, 1936

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 85 years, 2 months and 18 days
Leap Year: Yes

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