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.