Jack Dempsey

Born Jun 24, 1895

William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983) was an American professional boxer who held the World Heavyweight Championship from 1919 to 1926. Dempsey's aggressive style and exceptional punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history. Many of his fights set financial and attendance records, including the first million dollar gate. He is listed #10 on The Ring's list of all-time heavyweights and #7 among its Top 100 Greatest Punchers.… Read More

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1895 Birth Born on June 24, 1895.
1903 8 Years Old Following his parents' conversion to Mormonism, Dempsey was baptized into the LDS Church in 1903 following his 8th birthday, the "age of accountability", according to Mormon doctrine. … Read More


1914 19 Years Old He first competed as "Jack Dempsey" in 1914 as a tribute to middleweight boxer Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey. … Read More


1917 22 Years Old After the United States entered World War I in 1917, Dempsey worked in a shipyard and continued to box. … Read More
1918 23 Years Old One year later, in 1918, Dempsey fought in 17 matches, going 15–1 with one no decision. … Read More
…  Dempsey held the World Heavyweight Championship from 1919 to 1926, and his aggressive style and exceptional punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history. … Read More
1920 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Following his victory, Jack Dempsey traveled around the country, making publicity appearances with circuses, staging exhibitions, and a low-budget Hollywood movie. Dempsey did not defend his title until September 1920, with a fight against Billy Miske in Benton Harbor, Michigan. … Read More
1921 26 Years Old The Dempsey–Carpentier contest took place on July 2, 1921, at Boyle's Thirty Acres in Jersey City, New Jersey. … Read More
1923 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Dempsey did not defend his title again until July 1923 against Tommy Gibbons in Shelby, Montana. … Read More
1924 29 Years Old In April 1924, Dempsey was appointed to an executive position in the Irish Worker League (IWL). … Read More


1926 31 Years Old In September 1926, Dempsey fought the Irish American and former U.S. Marine Gene Tunney in Philadelphia, a fighter who had only lost once in his career. … Read More
1927 32 Years Old 1 More Event
During a July 21, 1927 fight at Yankee Stadium, Dempsey knocked out future Heavyweight Champion Jack Sharkey in the seventh round. … Read More
1930 35 Years Old …  Dempsey divorced Taylor in 1930, and married Broadway singer and recent divorcee Hannah Williams in 1933. … Read More
1932 37 Years Old Dempsey retired from boxing following the Tunney rematch, but continued with numerous exhibition bouts. Following retirement, Dempsey became known as a philanthropist. In June 1932, he sponsored the "Ride of Champions" bucking horse event at Reno, Nevada with the "Dempsey Trophy" going to legendary bronc rider Pete Knight.
1933 38 Years Old In 1933, Dempsey was approached by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to portray a boxer in the film, The Prizefighter and the Lady, directed by W. S. Van Dyke and co-starring Myrna Loy. … Read More


1935 40 Years Old In 1935, Dempsey opened Jack Dempsey's Restaurant in New York City on Eighth Avenue and 50th Street, across from the third Madison Square Garden.
1942 47 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Dempsey reported for duty in June 1942 at Coast Guard Training Station, Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, New York, where he was assigned as "Director of Physical Education." … Read More
1943 48 Years Old Dempsey and Williams had two children together and divorced in 1943.
1944 49 Years Old In 1944, Dempsey was assigned to the transport.


1945 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1945, he was on board the attack transport for the invasion of Okinawa. … Read More
1950 55 Years Old Dempsey authored a book on boxing titled Championship Fighting: Explosive Punching and Aggressive Defense and published in 1950. … Read More
1954 59 Years Old Dempsey was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954., and in 1970, became part of the "charter class" in the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.


1971 76 Years Old He recounted an incident being assaulted while walking home at night, telling the press in 1971 that the two young muggers attempted to grab his arms, but he broke free and laid them both out cold on the sidewalk. … Read More
1977 82 Years Old In 1977, in collaboration with his daughter Barbara Lynn, Dempsey published his autobiography, titled Dempsey. … Read More
1983 88 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 31, 1983, Jack Dempsey died of heart failure at age 87 in New York City. … Read More
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