This Day in Sports History: August 1

Recapping events that took place in the sports world on this day

The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different ones and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on a specific date.

 

With that in mind, August 1 is a day in which one of baseball's most memorable hit streaks came to an end and the Olympics were hosted one of the greatest threats the world has ever seen.

 

1936: German dictator Adolf Hitler presided over the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Berlin. This would be the last Olympics held until 1948 because of World War II.

 

1976: Reigning Formula One champion Niki Lauda nearly died in a crash in the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, Nurburg, West Germany. Lauda suffered severe burns and inhaled toxic fumes but returned to racing six weeks later and lost the championship by just one point.

 

1978: Pete Rose was hitless in a 16-4 Cincinnati Reds loss to the Atlanta Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. This brought his hitting streak to an end at 44 games.

 

1986: Minnesota Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven struck out Oakland Athletics right fielder Mike Davis for his 3,000th career strikeout in a 10-1 win at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

 

2001: Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Korey Stringer died of complications from a heat stroke suffered during training camp a day earlier. The 27-year-old was taken to Immanuel St. Joseph's–Mayo Health System hospital in Mankato, Minn., where he died early in the morning.

 

2005: Less than five months after stating before Congress that he did not use steroids, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro was suspended for 10 days for testing positive for steroids. He made the situation worse when he said it was from a tainted vitamin B12 shot from teammate Miguel Tejada, which caused his popularity with the franchise to plummet. He played only seven more MLB games in his career.

 

2008: Eleven mountaineers from seven countries were killed during the ascent and descent of K2, and three others were seriously injured. The main cause of the deaths was an avalanche that severed many climbers' ropes.

 

2015: Ronda Rousey successfully defended her UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship with a 34-second knockout of Bethe Correia at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. It was the last win of Rousey's UFC career.

 

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.

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