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On this day: August 3

POSTED: 3:07 PM Aug 02 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Aug 03 2012

Columbus sets sail, the first American intercollegiate sporting event takes place, Jesse Owens shines in Berlin, and a controversial stand-up comic dies, all on this day.

OTD August 3 - Christopher Columbus
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1492: Christopher Columbus leaves Palos de la Frontera, Spain, with three ships. The voyage would lead him to what is now known as the Americas.