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Jesse Owens' 1936 Olympic gold medal goes up for auction

Jesse Owens' 1936 Olympic gold medal goes up for auction

Dec. 3 (UPI) --Bidding on one of four gold medals won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics has already topped $200,000.
Evan Bleier

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.
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Daughters of Olympic champ Owens protest removal of name from school

Daughters of Olympic champ Owens protest removal of name from school

CHICAGO, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The daughters of Olympic champion Jesse Owens are protesting a decision by school officials to remove their father's name from an elementary school.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.
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Racist letters among FBI sports files

Racist letters among FBI sports files

BOSTON, July 8 (UPI) -- A racist death threat against Boston Celtics coaching legend Red Auerbach is among the recently released FBI files related to New England sports figures.

95-year-old top of the world in discus

SEATTLE, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- At 95, Leon "Joss" Joslin of Seattle, a former teammate of President Gerald Ford and Jesse Owens, is used to being a champion.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007.
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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2006 with 110 to follow.
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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2006 with 144 to follow.
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Today is Monday, Sept. 12, the 255h day of 2005 with 110 to follow.
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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2005 with 144 to follow.
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Today is Sunday, Sept. 12, the 256th day of 2004 with 110 to follow.
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Jesse Owens
SLP2000011505 - 15 JANUARY 2000 - ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA: Dajuana Clemons, 10, stops to admire her work as she adds to the mural section of the sports accomplishments of Africian-American Jesse Owens and others while at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center, January 15. The mural will be unveiled on January 17, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. rg/bg/Bill Greenblatt UPI
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James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (September 12, 1913 – March 31, 1980) was an American track and field athlete who specialized in the sprints and the long jump. He participated in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, where he achieved international fame by winning four gold medals: one each in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, the long jump, and as part of the 4x100 meter relay team. He was the most successful athlete at the 1936 Summer Olympics, a victory more poignant and often noted because Adolf Hitler had intended the 1936 games to showcase his Aryan ideals and prowess.

He has the Jesse Owens Award accolade named after him in honor of his significant career.

James Cleveland Owens was born the seventh of eleven children of Henry and Mary Emma Owens in Oakville, Alabama on September 12, 1913. "J.C.", as he was called, was nine when the family moved to Cleveland, Ohio for better opportunities, as part of the Great Migration, when 1.5 million African Americans left the segregated South. His new teacher nicknamed him Jesse. When she asked his name to enter in her roll book, he said J.C., but because of his strong Southern accent, she thought he said "Jesse". The name took and he was known as Jesse Owens for the rest of his life.

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