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Jesse Owens Wins 100m Olympic Gold in front of Hitler at 1936 Olympics

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Published on Oct 6, 2011

Jesse Owens Wins 100m Olympic Gold in front of Hitler at 1936 Olympics. Jesse Owens was an American track and field athlete who won international fame by winning 4 gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. These Olympics were especially significant because Adolf Hitler was using the the games to show the world a revival of Nazi Germany.

At the time, blacks were denied equal rights in many parts of the United States. Owens went on to say: "Hitler didn't snub me -- it was FDR who snubbed me. The president didn't even send me a telegram."

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