August 9, 1936 – Owens wins 4th gold medal

August 9, 1936 – Owens wins 4th gold medal

Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympic Games, setting a world record in the relay. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler promoted the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin as a showcase of Aryan supremacy. However, Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens, an African American, confounded the Fuhrer’s racist dogma by winning the 100 and 200 meter events, the long jump, and on August 9, 1936, the relay. His relay team set a new world record, and Hitler, who had planned to shake hands with all the Olympic victors, left the stadium rather than congratulate the African-American track stars.