Chuck's History Lesson: August 3

Chuck's History Lesson: August 3

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." That quote, from the Chinese philosopher Laozi, could loosely be applied to Christopher Columbus.

Granted, the explorer wasn't walking to the New World, but he did set sail for that eventual destination 523 years ago today. Columbus left from Palos de la Frontera, Spain on August 3, 1492.

Two months and nine days later he and his crew spotted what they thought was the West Indies, but turned out to be an island in The Bahamas. The rest, as they say, is history.

An Alabama native hit it big on this date in 1936.  Jesse Owens was born in the Lawrence County town of Oakville.

At the age of nine, his family moved to Cleveland, where Owens would excel as a track and field star at Ohio State University.

He set three world records in a single day in 1935, which landed him a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. On August 3, 1936, Owens won the first of four gold medals at the Olympic Games in Berlin.

Birthdays today include the singer Tony Bennett, who was born on this date in 1926 in Queens, New York; Martha Stewart who came into the world in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1941 and Tom Brady, who was born in San Mateo, California on August 3, 1977.

Today is also the seventh anniversary of Skip Caray's death. The Braves announcer was filling a bird feeder when he collapsed in the yard of his home on August 3, 2008.

Caray had been suffering from failing health and died nine days short of his 69th birthday.

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