Ann Arbor in History

Historical Events


Sports record brokenWorld Record

1935-05-25 Legendary American athlete Jesse Owens equals or breaks 4 world records in 45 minutes at a Big Ten meet at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan; remembered as "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport"

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960-10-14 Peace Corps 1st suggested by John F. Kennedy in a speech at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1965-01-15 Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan, forms
  • 1966-09-12 Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor Mich begins teaching
  • 1985-11-12 Secretary in Ann Arbor Mich wounded by package bomb
  • 2007-09-01 In one of the biggest upsets in college football history, 109,218 fans see Appalachian State's Corey Lynch block a Jason Gingell 37-yard field goal attempt with 6 seconds remaining to inspire an epic 34-32 win v Michigan at Ann Arbor

Famous Birthdays

  • 1864-09-03 Hale A. VanderCook, American composer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 1949)

Person of interestBill Hewlett

1913-05-20 William Hewlett, American engineer and businessman (co-founder Hewlett-Packard), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 2001)

Electrical Engineer and Businessman Bill Hewlett
Electrical Engineer and Businessman
Bill Hewlett
  • 1925-05-28 Martha Vickers, American actress (Alimony, Man I Love, Ruthless), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 1971)
  • 1930-03-28 Robert Ashley, American composer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1930-04-01 Grace Lee Whitney, American singer and actress (Star Trek - "Yeoman Rand"), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1936-01-11 Linda Lawson, actress (Don't Call Me Charlie), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Person of interestSamuel C. C. Ting

1936-01-27 Samuel C. C. Ting, American physicist and Nobel Laureate (1976 J/ψ particle), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Samuel C. C. Ting
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Samuel C. C. Ting
  • 1937-03-25 Tom Monaghan, American founder of Dominos pizza, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1949-11-20 William Harry "Billy" Jones, American rock guitarist (The Outlaws), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1961-11-04 Edward Knight, American composer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1963-06-11 Bruce Kimball, American diver (Olympic silver 1984), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1966-10-18 Jerod Swallow, American ice skater (1997 Nationals), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1967-08-02 Aaron Krickstein, American tennis player (Tel Aviv 1983), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1968-06-23 Kent Steffes, American beach volleyballer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1971-01-23 Mark Grimmette, American doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1971-10-24 Aaron Bailey, American NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1974-12-07 Annette Salmeen, American biochemist and gold medalist (1996 Summer Olympics), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1978-01-06 Steve Hartsell, American pairs skater (with partner Danielle Hartsell), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1980-04-24 Austin Nichols, American actor (One Tree Hill), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1980-11-21 Danielle Hartsell, pairs skater (with partner Steve Hartsell), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1985-01-08 Rachael Lampa, American singer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1989-02-23 Evan Bates, American ice dancer (2015 US Champion), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Famous Weddings

  • 1930-08-02 Laurence McKinley Gould (33), American Geologist and Polar Explorer weds Margaret ("Peg") Rice in Ann Arbor, Michigan