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Today is Sunday, Sept. 12, the 256th day of 2004 with 110 to follow.
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Today is Monday, Aug. 9, the 222nd day of 2004 with 144 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Friday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2003 with 110 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2003 with 144 to follow.
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A roundup of top sports stories

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A roundup of top sports stories

In Sports from United Press International

A roundup of top sports stories.

Owens Award winners announced

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery Tuesday were named as the winners of the Jesse Owens Award for 2002.

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2001 with 110 to follow.
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

Three days after the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, an American B-29 bomber left its base on this date in 1945 and headed for the Japanese city of Kokura. However, because of bad weather over Kokura, the plane headed for a secondary target -- Nagasaki
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The Almanac

Today is Friday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2002 with 144 to follow.
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

Today is Aug. 5.
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Piniella, Bowa named managers of the year

Lewis, 3 others in track hall of fame

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Carl Lewis was one of four members of the 1984 United States Olympic team elected to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
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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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