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
  • 1920-12-05 Pro football playoff game Akron & Buffalo 0-0 tie, title undecided
  • 1921-04-30 American Professional Football Association reorganizes in Akron
  • 1921-04-30 1st American Professional Football Association Championship (1920): undefeated Akron Pros awarded inaugural title
  • 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 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Firestone CC: Jay Hebert wins his only major title by 1 stroke from Australian Jim Ferrier
  • 1966-07-24 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Firestone CC: Al Geiberger wins his only major title by 4 shots from Dudley Wysong
  • 1973-12-28 Akron Ohio's Chamber of Commerce terminates itself from Soap Box Derby

Sport awardPGA Championship

1975-08-10 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Firestone CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his 4th PGA crown by 2 shots from Australian Bruce Crampton

  • 2002-06-09 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio: Fuzzy Zoeller wins his only Champions Tour title by strokes ahead of runners-up Hale Irwin and Bobby Wadkins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003-06-26 NBA Draft: St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (Akron, Ohio) small forward LeBron James first pick by Cleveland Cavaliers

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James

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)
  • 1902-09-24 Cheryl Crawford, American actress and producer (Touch of Venus, Brigadoon), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1986)
  • 1910-05-01 Cliff Battles, Pro/College Football Hall of Fame halfback (First-team All-Pro 1933, 34, 36; 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
  • 1918-09-08 John F. Seiberling, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1971-86), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1918-11-10 Jack McCoy, TV host (Live Like a Millionaire), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1921-02-14 Hugh Downs, American TV journalist (20/20, Concentration), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 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)
  • 1928-10-11 Russell Oberlin, American countertenor (Pro Musica Antiqua, 1952-66) and educator (Hunter, 1966-94), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1929-06-29 Pete George, American weightlifter (Olympic gold/2 silver-48, 52), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1932-02-14 Banjo Matthews, American auto racer, owner and constructor (A. J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1933-03-23 Hayes Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1956; World C'ship gold 1953-56), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1934-06-15 Ruby Nash Curtis [Garnett], US R&B singer (Ruby and the Romantics), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1935-06-01 Jim George, American weightlifter (Olympic silver light heavyweight 1960; bronze 1956; WR snatch, clean & jerk 1956), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1935-11-26 Marian Mercer, American actress and singer (Dean Martin Show), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1936-06-29 David Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1960; World C'ship gold singles 1957-59), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1938-10-14 John Dean, American attorney and former White House counsel (Watergate figure), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1939-09-06 David Allan Coe, American country musician (Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy), born in Akron, Ohio

Person of interestNate Thurmond

1941-07-25 Nate Thurmond, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (7-time NBA All Star), born in Akron, Ohio (d.2016)

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • 1942-12-30 Robert Quine, American rock guitarist, born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1944-09-06 Gordon DeMarco, American writer and activist, born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1945-08-15 Thomas C. Sawyer, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1946-10-21 Lux Interior [Erick Lee Purkhiser], American punk rock singer (The Cramps), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1947-01-08 Don Bendell, American author & former Green Beret, born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1947-06-07 Thurman Munson, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1971, 73–78; World Series 1977, 78; AL MVP 1976; NY Yankees), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • 1947-09-23 Neal Smith, American musician and drummer for rock group "Alice Cooper", born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1947-11-10 Glen Buxton, American guitarist (Alice Cooper) and composer, born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • 1949-04-05 Judith Arlene Resnik, ast (STS 41D, 51L-Chal disaster), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1950-03-04 Judy Dickinson, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1985), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1950-06-30 Donna Jean Willmott, FALN member (FBI most wanted), born in Akron, Ohio

Person of interestChrissie Hynde

1951-09-07 Chrissie Hynde, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Pretenders - "Brass In Pocket"), born in Akron, Ohio

Singer-songwriter and Musician Chrissie Hynde
Singer-songwriter and Musician
Chrissie Hynde
  • 1952-02-16 James Ingram, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician ("Somewhere Out There"; "Just Once"), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • 1952-08-28 Rita Dove, African-American poet (Thomas and Beulah), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1953-01-22 Jim Jarmusch, American director (Only Lovers Left Alive), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1955-10-01 Howard Hewett, American R&B vocalist (Shalamar), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1957-01-03 Frank Dicopoulos, actor (Frank Cooper-Guiding Light), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1957-11-03 Steve Johnson, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1988; Portland Trail Blazers), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1962-07-28 Rachel Sweet, American singer, born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1964-02-01 Jani Lane [John Oswald], American heavy metal rock songwriter, and singer (Warrant - "Cherry Pie"), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1964-02-18 Lisa Elaine Comshaw, American 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, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1966-11-11 Gina Pillitiere, American WPVA volleyballer (National-25th-1994), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1967-04-23 Melina Kanakaredes, American actress (Eleni Andros-Guiding Light), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1967-08-05 Mike Fox, American NFL defensive end (Carolina Panthers), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1967-09-13 Tim 'Ripper' Owens, American singer (Iced Earth, ex-Judas Priest), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1968-01-08 Mark Duane Croghan, American 3k steeplechase athlete (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1969-09-07 Angie Everhart, American model and actress (Jade, Last Action Hero), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1971-10-25 Lee Gissendaner, NFL/WLAF receiver (Minnesota Vikings, Scottish Claymores), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1972-01-10 Thomas Lewis, American NFL wide receiver (NY Giants), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1975-08-14 Mike Vrabel, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 2001, 03, 04, New England Patriots) and coach (Tennessee Titans 2018-20), 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 basketball forward (NBA C'ship & MVP 2012, 2013, 2016, 2020; 16 × NBA All-Star; Olympic gold 2008, 12; Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, LA Lakers), born in Akron, Ohio

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James

Person of interestStephen Curry

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

Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison

Famous Deaths

  • 1979-08-02 Thurman Munson, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1971, 73–78; World Series 1977, 78; AL MVP 1976; NY Yankees), dies in a plane crash at 32
  • 1986-01-28 Judith Arlene Resnik, Akron Oh, astr, dies in Challenger disaster