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US athlete Mildred 'Babe' Didrikson breaks four world records in one afternoon in Evanston, Illinois      
English fast-bowler Harold Larwood causes outrage using the 'body-line' attack, devised by his captain, Douglas Jardine, in Test matches against Australia       
British tennis player Fred Perry wins the first of three consecutive Wimbledon singles titles       
US athlete Jesse Owens sets three world records and equals a fourth within the space of less than an hour in Ann Arbor, Michigan      
At the Berlin Olympics, attended by Hitler, the African-American athlete Jesse Owens sets three new Olympic records and equals a fourth       
Joe Louis, 'The Brown Bomber', defeats James J. Braddock to become world heavyweight champion       
Gloucestershire batsman Wally Hammond becomes captain of the England Test team      
Yorkshire batsman Len Hutton scores a record 364 in a Test match against Australia at the Oval      
US tennis player Donald Budge becomes the first person to achieve the grand slam, winning all four majors in the same year      
Maurice 'Rocket' Richard is the first to score 50 goals in a Canadian National Hockey League season