Jesse Owens was born on September 12, 1913. He died March 31, 1980. His full name is actually James Cleveland Owens. When he was a kid he lived in Oakville,Alabama. His kids names are Gloria,Mariene,and Beverly Owens. His wife's name was Minnie Ruth. The reason he was so famous is because he was an American track and field athlete,and four time Olympic gold medalist. He went to Ohio state for college.