Jesse Owens Celebrity Life
Jesse Owens, born on 12 September 1913 in Oakville, Alabama and died on 31st March 1980 in Tucson, AZ, was a former American track and field athlete who specialized in sprinting and long jump.
At the 1936 Olympics, he became a four-time Olympic champion, winning distances of 100 and 200 meters, the relay 4 × 100 meters (with a world record) and long jumps. The record was broken long after in the 1984 games by Carl Lewis.
Jesse Owens was born into the family of Henry Cleveland Owens and Mary Emma Fitzgerald and was the youngest of 10 children (seven brothers and three sisters). When he was 9 years old, due to racial segregation, the family was forced to move to Cleveland, Ohio.
His new school teacher, in order to call him to the blackboard, resorted to the abbreviation "JC", but thanks to a strong southern accent, it turned out "Jesse". The nickname subsequently passed into an official name.
He tried many professions as a teenager: he worked as a supplier to a grocery store, as a loader, and even worked in a shoe repair shop.
He met with his future wife, Mini Ruf Solomon, in the pharmacy of Farmunt, in Cleveland, when he was only 15 years old and she was just 13 years old. The couple had their first daughter, Gloria, in the year 1932. They married in the year 1935, and this marriage gave them two more daughters: Marlene (1939) and Beverly (1940). They were together till death.
At 23, he was forced to leave the university. To earn a living and feed his large family, he indiscriminately agreed to a wide variety of offers: running against racehorses, hunting dogs and even a kangaroo.
He started several commercial enterprises, but by the beginning of the 1960s, he was on the verge of a financial disaster.
Having left the big sport, Owens was actively involved in public life, was engaged in social issues and worked with youth. Although there were politicians in the ranks of the Republican Party who were opposed to racial equality, he joined and supported Alpha Landon against Franklin Roosevelt in the 1936 presidential election.
In the year 1956, he was indicted and, after an investigation by the FBI, acquitted of communications with the Communists.
Owens' merits in his homeland were evaluated only after the Second World War. In 1951, with his formidable rival in Berlin, Metcalf participated in charity competitions in support of the Children's Club. Jesse won the race for 100 yards (9.8 s) and long jump (7.65 m).
In the early 1950s, he became the official envoy of the American president at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. In the fall of 1955, Owens visited India, Pakistan, and Singapore, where he was invited by local organizations. He talked about his sporting successes, shared his training experience, and conducted practical classes.
In the year 1972, he received the title of Honorary Doctor of Science from Ohio State University. In the year 1974, he was inducted into the US Athletics Hall of Fame. In the year 1976, President Gerald Ford awarded him the Liberty Medal.
In the year 1979, President Jimmy Carter called him a living U.S. legend.
For 35 years he smoked one pack a day. In December 1979, Owens was diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer and he died on March 31, 1980, in Tucson, Arizona. He is buried at Oakwoods Cemetery in Chicago.
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