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  • 2016: EVENT: Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland sets a world record 82.29m to win the women's hammer throw gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Zhang Wenxiu (China) silver, and Sophie Hitchon (Great Britain) bronze.
  • 2016: EVENT: Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil sets an Olympic record 6.03m to win the men's pole vault gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
  • 2016: EVENT: Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas dives at the line to win the women's 400m gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; beats American 6-time Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix by 0.07
  • 2008: EVENT: German swimmer Britta Steffen beats Australian Libby Trickett by 0.04 to win the blue ribband 100m freestyle gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008: EVENT: Despite China winning the women's gymnastics team all-round gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, Americans Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson go 1-2 in the individual all-round
  • 2008: DEATH: Jerry Wexler, American music producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" (Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan), dies from congestive heart failure at 91
  • 1990: BIRTHDAY: Jennifer Lawrence, American actress (Winter's Bone, Silver Linings Playbook), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1981: BIRTHDAY: Brendan Hansen, American swimmer (Olympic gold, 4x100m medley relay 2004, 08, 12; 6 x World C'ship gold), born in Havertown, Pennsylvania
  • 1979: BIRTHDAY: Mike Potekhen, Race Car Driver, born in Silverthorne, CO, USA
  • 1978: BIRTHDAY: Kerri Walsh, American beach volleyball player (Olympic gold 2004, 08, 12), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1978: BIRTHDAY: Lilia Podkopayeva, Ukrainian gymnast (World Champion 1995, Olympic Gold 1996), born in Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR
  • 1978: BIRTHDAY: Kerri Walsh, American beach volleyball player (Olympic gold 2004, 08, 12) born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1977: BIRTHDAY: Igor Cassina, Italian gymnast (Olympic gold 2004), born in Seregno, Italy
  • 1970: BIRTHDAY: Ben Silverman, American TV executive
  • 1970: BIRTHDAY: Chris Byrd, American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 2000; IBF heavyweight tile 2002; Olympic silver middleweight 1992), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1967: BIRTHDAY: Moulay Brahim Boutaib, Morocco, 10k runner (Olympic gold 1988)
  • 1955: BIRTHDAY: Kenneth Carr, basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Clearwater, Florida
  • 1936: EVENT: The Berlin Olympic fencing competition concludes with Italy winning 4 of the 7 gold medals and Hungary taking the other 3
  • 1935: DEATH: Paul Signac, French painter (developed the technique called pointillism with Georges Seurat), dies at 71
  • 1907: BIRTHDAY: Paul Vincze, Jewish-Hungarian designer of coins and medal, born in Galgagy├Ârk, Hungary (d. 1994)
  • 1876: EVENT: US law removes Indians from Black Hills after gold find
  • 1872: BIRTHDAY: Rubin Goldmark, American composer and teacher, born in New York (d. 1936)
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