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This Day in Georgia History

May 29, 1910

Ralph Metcalfe Born

African American track star and politician Ralph Metcalfe (also spelled Metcalf) was born in Atlanta. He would hold the world record in the 100- and 200-yard dash, win a bronze medal in the 1932 Olympics, and a gold and silver (finishing second to Jesse Owens in the 100-meter dash) at the 1936 Olympics. From 1971-78, Metcalfe served in Congress as a U.S. representative from Illinois. Prior to his death in 1978, he helped create the Congressional Black Caucus.