In the first Olympics to be held in the U.S. — at the new St. Louis Exposition — American T.J.
Hicks won the marathon in 3:28:53. The U.S. took gold in 21 events.
Republican Theodore Roosevelt was elected president by the largest margin in U.S. history,
receiving over 2-million more votes than Alton Parker.
1,055 people died when a fire swept through the steamship General Slocum in New York.
2,600 buildings over 80 blocks of Baltimore were destroyed by fire.
The World Series was canceled when New York Giants manager John McGraw refused to let his
team play Boston.