Today is Saturday, July 4, 2020
- Race riots broke out all over the United States after African-American Jack Johnson knocked out Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match.
- Jack Dempsey won the world heavyweight champion when he defeated Jess Willard.
- Boxer Joe Louis won his first professional fight.
- Lou Gehrig retired from major league baseball.
- Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) got his 3,000th career strikeout.
- Martina Navratilova won her sixth straight Wimbledon singles championship and her eighth overall.
- Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after turning himself in to police. He was released after posting a $25,000 bond.
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|Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth|
- Lou Gehrig
July 4, 1939