Jesse Owens was born the youngest son of Henry Cleveland Owens, a sharecropper, and Mary Emma Owens
When his elementary school teacher was calling roll, she thought, due to Jesse's thick southern accent, that he said "Jesse" and not "J.C.".
Jesse, at East Cleveland Technical High, won state and national championships at the 220 meter run, 100 meter dash, and the long jump.
On this date, Jesse broke 4 world records at the the 220-yard dash, the 220-yard low hurdles, and the running broad jump, and the 100-yard dash.
Jesse Owens won 4 gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic games at the 100m dash, 200m sprint, relay sprint and long jump.
President Gerald Ford awards Owens with the presidential medal of freedom, the highest civilian award you can get.
Jesse Owens dies at the age of 66 from lung cancer at his home in Tucson, Arizona