Akron in History

Historical Events

Conference meetingConference of Interest

1851-05-29 Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio

Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate Sojourner Truth
Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate
Sojourner Truth
  • 1920-08-20 Preliminary meeting in Akron to form American Pro Football League
  • 1920-12-05 Pro football playoff game Akron & Buffalo 0-0 tie, title undecided
  • 1921-04-30 American Professional Football Association reorganizes in Akron
  • 1933-04-04 US Dirigible Akron crashes off coast of NJ, 73 die
  • 1935-06-10 In Akron, Ohio, Dr. Robert H. Smith (Dr. Bob) from Akron & Bill Wilson from New York City form Alcoholics Anonymous (date of Smith's last drink)
  • 1940-06-05 A synthetic rubber tire exhibited in Akron, Ohio by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • 1947-05-11 BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire (Akron Ohio)
  • 1948-09-07 1st use of synthetic rubber in asphaltic concrete, Akron Oh
  • 1953-07-19 WAKR (now WAKC) TV channel 23 in Akron, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1960-07-24 42nd PGA Championship: Jay Hebert shoots a 281 at Firestone CC Akron
  • 1966-07-24 48th PGA Championship: Al Geiberger shoots a 280 at Firestone CC Akron
  • 1973-12-28 Akron Ohio's Chamber of Commerce terminates itself from Soap Box Derby

Sport awardGolf Major

1975-08-10 57th PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 276 at Firestone Akron

Famous Birthdays

  • 1828-05-20 James William Reilly, American lawyer, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1905)
  • 1901-10-04 [Robert] Carroll Nye, American actor (Gone with the Wind), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1974)
  • 1910-05-01 Cliff Battles, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 1911-10-07 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1918-11-10 Jack McCoy, TV host (Live Like a Millionaire), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1921-02-14 Hugh Downs, TV journalist (20/20, Concentration), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1922-05-19 David McLean [Eugene Joseph Huth], American actor known for appearing in Marlboro advertisements (Days of Our Lives, Tate), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1923-03-29 Julia Montgomery Walsh, American businesswoman and stockbroker, born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • 1923-05-21 Ara Parseghian, American football player and coach (Northwestern, Notre Dame), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1924-07-20 Lola Albright, American singer and actress (Delta Country, Kid Galahad, A Cold Wind in August), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • 1929-06-29 Peter George, weightlifter (Olympic gold/2 silver-48, 52), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1935-11-26 Marian Mercer, actress/singer (Dean Martin Show), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1939-09-06 David Allan Coe, American country musician (Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1939-11-12 Ruby Nash Curtis [Garnett], US R&B singer (Ruby and the Romantics), born in Akron, Ohio

Person of interestNate Thurmond

1941-07-25 Nate Thurmond, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Akron, Ohio (d.2016)

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • 1942-12-30 Robert Quine, American guitarist, born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1944-09-06 Gordon DeMarco, American writer and activist, born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1947-06-07 Thurman Munson, American baseball catcher and captain (NY Yankees), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • 1949-04-05 Judith Arlene Resnik, ast (STS 41D, 51L-Chal disaster), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1950-03-04 Judy Dickinson, LPGA golfer (1985 Boston Five Classic), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1950-06-30 Donna Jean Willmott, FALN member (FBI most wanted), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1951-09-07 Chrissie Hynde, rocker (Pretenders-Mystery Achievement), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1952-02-16 James Ingram, American vocalist (Just Once), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1955-10-01 Howard Hewett, rock vocalist (Shalamar), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1957-01-03 Frank Dicopoulos, actor (Frank Cooper-Guiding Light), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1962-07-28 Rachel Sweet, American singer, born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1964-02-18 Lisa Elaine Comshaw, actress (Scanner Cop, Lukas' Child), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1964-06-08 Butch [Harry Lee] Reynolds Jr, 4X400m runner, born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1966-09-06 Joan Guetschow, biathelete (Olympics 1994), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1966-11-11 Gina Pillitiere, WPVA volleyballer (National-25th-1994), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1967-04-23 Melina Kanakaredes, actress (Eleni Andros-Guiding Light), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1968-01-08 Mark Duane Croghan, 3k steeplechase (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1969-09-07 Angie Everhart, model/actress (Jade, Last Action Hero), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1976-05-04 Heather Kozar, playmate (Jan, 1998), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1982-04-15 Mark Mizzark, [Marlis Pugh], rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Akron, Ohio

Person of interestLeBron James

1984-12-30 LeBron James, American NBA basketball player (Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat), born in Akron, Ohio

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James

Person of interestStephen Curry

1988-03-14 Stephen Curry, American basketball player (NBA MVP 2015-16 Golden State Warriors), born in Akron, Ohio

Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1886-02-24 Inventor Thomas Edison (38) marries 2nd wife Mina Miller (20) in Akron, Ohio

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison

Famous Deaths

  • 1979-08-02 Thurmon Munson, NY Yankee, killed in a plane crash at Akron Oh at 32
  • 1986-01-28 Judith Arlene Resnik, Akron Oh, astr, dies in Challenger disaster