Jesse Owens

Events

Born September 12 in Oakville, Alabama

1913

Set his first records in Jr High

1928

National Championship in Chicago Jesse sets a new world record.

1933

Marries Minnie Ruth Solomon

1935

Jesse wins 4 gold medals in the 200 meter race, long jump and in the 400 meter relay And tying the world record for the 100 meter dash

1936

Works for Cleveland's Parks and Recreation and opens a Dry Cleaning Company.

1938

Director of National Fitness

1942

Ford Motor Company hires Owens as Assistant Personal Director of African American workers

1943

The Associated Press names Owens "The greatest track athlete of the past half-century"

1950

Appointed as Secretary of Illinois' State Athletic Commission

1953

Travels around the world to promote economic political freedoms of the USA

1955

Attended the Summer Olympics as a Representative for President Eisenhower

1956

Became the training/ running coach for the New York Mets

1965

OSU awards Owens with a Honorary Doctorate of Athletic Arts

1972

US Olympic committee appoints Owens to its Board of Directors

1973

Inducted into the US Track and Field Hall of Fame

1974

President Ford presents Owens with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

1976

Diagnosed with Lung Cancer

1979

Dies at the age of 66

1980

Memorial Plaza is dedicated outside of OSU

1984

"The Jesse Owens Story" movie debuts

1984

Memorial park is dedicated at Oakville, AL

1996

Minnie Ruth Owens dies at the age of 86

2001