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Why was Jesse Owens famous.

Jesse Owens was famous for track. He hit so much world records. Jesse Owens was one of the best track stars in history. Jesse Owens won four gold medals.

Jesse Owens was born September 12, 1913 in Oakville, Alabama and died on March 31, 1922 in Tucson, Arizona. Jesse Owens went to Cleveland East Technical High School and Ohio State University. Jesse owens married Minnie Ruth Solomon and had three kids named Gloria, Beverly and Marlene. Jesse Owens had it nickname it is was “The Buckeye Bullet.”

Did you know Jesse Owens real birth name is James Cleveland Owens. On 1922 The Owens family moves to Cleveland, Ohio. James Cleveland Owens enrolls in Bolton Elementary School where he becomes known as "Jesse" Owens. In 1928 Owens sets his first records in the high jump and long jump at Fairmont Junior High School under coach and life-long mentor, Charles Riley.

On 1930 Owens enrolled into Cleveland's East Technical School. Riley followed as a volunteer assistant coach, and Owens and Minnie Ruth Solomon meet. On 1932 Owens competes in the Midwestern preliminary trials at Northwestern University.

He lossed all three events in which he competed, and Owens and Minnie Ruth Solomon married. Plus Minnie Ruth gives birth to their first child, a daughter named Gloria.
On 1933 Owens finished first in 75 of the 79 competitions he enters. He breaks the long-jump record at the state interscholastic finals, and At the National Championship in Chicago, Owens won the long jump, set a new world record in the 220-yard dash and ties the world record in the 100-yard dash. Plus On October 9, of 1933 Owens enrolled at The Ohio State University.

On 1935 Owens was appointed as an honorary page for a legislative commit...

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...tic arts "for his unparalleled skill and ability" as an athlete and for "his personification of sportsmanship ideals."

On 1973 The U.S. Olympic Committee appoints Owens to its board of directors. He spends most of his time in this position pushing for funding to equip and train U.S. athletes.
On 1976 President Gerald Ford presents Owens with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given by the U.S. government. On 1979 sadly Owens, a lifetime smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer. On 1980 Jesse Owens died on March 31 at the age of 66. On 1984 May 4, the Jesse Owens Memorial Plaza is dedicated outside Ohio Stadium on the OSU campus. Sadly on 2001 Ruth Owens dies at the age of 86.

References/Bibliography

www.jesseowens.com http://library.osu.edu/projects/jesse-owens/timeline.html www.olympic.org/jesse-owens
www.biography.com/jesse-owens
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