Meet The First Asian American Gold Medalist, 91 Year-Old Sammy Lee | The last time the Olympics were in London in 1948 was also the first time an Asian American won a gold medal in the Games. That distinction belongs to 91 year-old Dr. Samuel “Sammy” Lee, who was born in Fresno, CA and is of Korean descent. \\ Amazing story

Clara Barton, 1821-1912, founder of American Red Cross

Coachman was the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, and the only female American athlete to win gold in track and field at the 1948 Games.

Harriet Tubman (1820?-1913) - Underground Railroad conductor, Army scout, African-American suffragette.

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Every time you think your vote doesn't count, remember that someone fought for it.

William Dehart Hubbard in April, 1921 (First African American To Win A Gold Medal in the Olympics in 1924)

Women who worked in the factories testing the guns they made for the war.

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Although it's an incredibly chilling time in history, it's an amazing photo. Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics which were held in Nazi Germany.

1948 - ALICE COACHMAN - SPORTS - First African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal. --- Alice Coachman, (C) of the U.S. along with t...

hoops had to be removed before taking your seat in a carriage and then they were hooked onto the back of the carriage

Alice Coachman, 88, specialized in the high jump. An American, she became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the 1948 London games. "Winning that gold medal meant everything to me. I didn’t get to celebrate much after, because it was so crowded and everyone wanted to see me. But the one thing I did ask my coach for was a beer. I’d been with her for three years, so she knew that I didn’t drink or smoke. 'You, a beer?' she asked, laughing. I think I only drank about half...

London 1948 Olympics.

American swimmer Adelaide Lambert. She competed in the 1928 Olympics, winning the gold medal in the 4x100 m freestyle relay.

Valerie Brisco-Hooks with her son Alvin Jr. at the 1984 Olympic trials.  Valerie would go on to win three gold medals at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

In 1936, Hitler hosted the Olympics in Berlin, intending for them to be a showcase of Aryan supremacy. American Jesse Owens shattered that goal when he won four gold medals in track & field.

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1948 London Olympics: Photos From LIFE Magazine: "American springboard dive winners Zoe Ann Olsen (left), Vicki Manolo Draves (center) and Patty Elsener display their medals."