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 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

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Entrepreneur and Businessman William Hewlett
Entrepreneur and Businessman
William Hewlett
  • 1925-05-28 Martha Vickers, actress (Alimony, Man I Love, Ruthless), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1930-04-01 Grace Lee Whitney, actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1936-01-11 Linda Lawson, actress (Don't Call Me Charlie), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1936-01-27 Samuel Ting, American physicist and Nobel Laureate, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Samuel Ting
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Samuel Ting
  • 1937-03-25 Tom Monaghan, Ann Arbor Michigan, founder of Dominos pizza
  • 1961-11-04 Edward Knight, Ann Arbor, Michigan, composer
  • 1966-10-18 Jerod Swallow, American ice skater (1997 Nationals), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1967-08-02 Aaron Krickstein, tennis player (Tel Aviv 1983), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1968-06-23 Kent Steffes, beach volleyballer (Olympics-gold-96), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1971-01-23 Mark Grimmette, doubles luger (Olympics-1994), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1978-01-06 Steve Hartsell, pairs skater (& Danielle Hartsell), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1980-11-21 Danielle Hartsell, pairs skater (& Steve Hartsell), 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