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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: 8/16

1920 – Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman is hit in the head by a pitch from Yankees pitcher Carl Mays. Chapman dies the next day from his injuries.

1936 – The Berlin Olympics come to a close.

1954 – The first issue of Sports Illustrated is published.

1965 – The AFL awards a franchise to Miami and the Dolphins are formed.

1998 – With a win in the Pepsi 400, Jeff Gordon becomes the seventh driver in NASCAR history to win four consecutive races.

2008 – Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt sets a world record in the 100 meter dash with a time of 9.69 seconds to win the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.

2008 – Michael Phelps ties Mark Spitz’s 1972 Olympic performance by winning his seventh gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.

2009 – Usain Bolt breaks the 100 meter world record he set a year prior, finishing the race in 9.58 seconds.

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