On This Date 12/4/1980

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Stella Walsh is shot and killed during an armed robbery in Cleveland. The 69-year-old immigrant from Poland was buying ribbons for a welcoming ceremony for the Polish National Basketball team. Walsh, who was born Stanislawa Walasiewicz, had been a great athlete in her time, winning a Gold Medal at the 1932 Summer Olympics in the 100m. An autopsy revealed a secret that Stella Walsh had a complicated sexual background, having both male and female chromosomes, leading some to declare her medal should be stricken from the records.

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