The first Olympic Games in 1,500 years began on April 6, 1896, in Athens, Greece. Pierre de Coubertin had founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and worked to revive the Olympic Games to promote peace and stability.
After nearly two decades of planning, the first Pan-American Games were held on February 25, 1951.
Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia.
On October 30, 1974, Muhammad Ali faced off against heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman in the “Rumble in the Jungle.”
Born on September 12, 1913, Jesse Owens broke several track and field records and won four Olympic gold medals. He was ranked as the greatest athlete in the history of his sport.
Stepping up to bat in the first inning with the bases loaded, Lou Gehrig hit the 23rd grand slam of his career on August 20, 1938.
Hitting the first pitch he saw, Babe Ruth made history on August 11, 1929, becoming the first player in Major League Baseball history to hit 500 home runs.
Baseball player Ty Cobb got his 4,000th hit, a first in the sport’s history, on July 18, 1927.