On this day: September 4

Published On: Sep 04 2012 01:29:11 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 04 2015 02:00:00 AM EDT

Los Angeles is founded, Arkansas' governor calls out the National Guard to prevent the integration of a Little Rock school, swimmer Mark Spitz sets a new Olympic gold medal mark, and Google is founded, all on this day.

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1986: Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Greenberg, one of the premier power hitters of his generation, dies of metastatic kidney cancer at age 75 in Beverly Hills, California. Greenberg, who played all but one season of his 13-season MLB career with the Detroit Tigers, was a five-time All-Star, was twice named the American League's Most Valuable Player and won two World Series titles with the Tigers. He still holds the AL record for most RBIs in a single season by a right-handed batter and also became famous as the first Jewish superstar in American professional sports. In 1940, he became the first American League ballplayer drafted. He was released on Dec. 5, 1941, two days before Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, but re-enlisted and ended up serving 45 months, the longest of any major-league player.


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