Excerpts from "the first rough draft of history" as reported in The Washington Post on this date in the 20th century.
Adolf Hitler intended the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics to be a showcase for Aryan superiority. The American athlete Jesse Owens, who was black, upset the Fuehrer's plans, however, defeating Germans in race after race, breaking records and eventually winning four gold medals. An excerpt from The Post of Aug. 5, 1936:
Scaling the heights to Olympic track and field conquest unknown since pre-War days, the United States today ended all doubt about team supremacy, capturing first places in all three men's events, dividing honors on two women's contests with Germany and producing the first double winner of the eleventh Olympiad in an amazingly unbeatable Jesse Owens.
Ohio State's redoubtable Negro shattered Olympic records most every time he made a move in the day-long competition in two events. He twice bettered the 200-meter mark, coasting to 21.1 second victories in the qualifying trials, and then climaxed the day by bettering the broad jump mark five times, winding up with a final leap of 8.06 meters (26 feet 5 21-64 inches).
This jumping feat, which buried the previous mark of 7.73 meters, (25 feet 4 11-64 inches), made by Edward Hamm in the 1928 games, gave a second gold medal and oak tree to the tan thunderbolt, who is poised to complete a triple triumph in the decisive 200-meter tests tomorrow. ...
The weather turned blustery with the day's usual shower but Reichsfuehrer Adolf Hitler and another capacity crowd of 100,000 jammed the big concrete stadium most of the day with Owens the main magnet.
Der Fuehrer joined in terrific applause accorded the American ace whose performances now have thrilled upward of 300,000 spectators three straight days and has given the Olympic games their most outstanding individual performer since Paavo Nurmi's exploits of 1924 when the "Phantom Finn" won three gold medals.