Ann Arbor in History

Historical Events


Sports record brokenWorld Record

1935-05-25 Track and field 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 sppech 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 (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), 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, Ann Arbor Michigan, founder of Dominos pizza
  • 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, 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 (& 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 (& 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