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This Day in Sports History — August 1

Michael Johnson 200m record
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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on August 1:

1936 — Adolph Hitler opened the Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. (More info.)

1945 — Mel Ott of the New York Giants became the first National League player to hit 500 home runs. (More info.)

1954 — Louison Bobet won his second Tour de France race in Paris. (More info.)

1957 — Minor league baseball player Glen Gorbous threw a regulation baseball a record distance of 445 feet, 10 inches. (More info.)

1962 — Bill Monbouquette of the Boston Red Sox no-hit the Chicago White Sox, 1-0, at Comiskey Park in Chicago. (More info.)

1975 — After being fired by the Texas Rangers, Billy Martin was named manager of the New York Yankees, beginning the first of his five stints at the helm of the team. (More info.)

1976 — The expansion Seattle Seahawks played their first-ever preseason game, losing to San Francisco, 27-20. (More info.)

1978 — Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds failed to get a base hit in five plate appearances against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, ending his National League-record 44-game hitting streak. (More info.)

1986 — Tennis star John McEnroe married actress Tatum O’Neal in Oyster Bay, NY. (More info.)

1987 — Mike Tyson beat Tony Tucker in 12 rounds at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas to become the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion. (More info.)

1996 — American Michael Johnson won the gold medal for running the 200 meters in a world-record time of 19.32 seconds at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. (More info.)

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