Jack Johnson

Born Mar 31, 1878

John Arthur Johnson (March 31, 1878 – June 10, 1946), nicknamed the “Galveston Giant,” was an American boxer. At the height of the Jim Crow era, Johnson became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (1908–1915). In a documentary about his life, Ken Burns notes, "for more than thirteen years, Jack Johnson was the most famous and the most notorious African-American on Earth. " He is considered a boxing legend and was the first person ever to knock down James J.… Read More

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1878 Birth Born on March 31, 1878.


1898 - 1902 4 More Events
1903 25 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1903, though Johnson's "official" record showed him with nine wins against three losses, five draws and two no contests, he had won at least 50 fights against both white and black opponents.
1905 27 Years Old …  In their first match on 1905, they had fought to a draw, but in their second match on 25 November 1905, Johnson lost as he was disqualified in the second round of a scheduled six-round fight. … Read More
1907 29 Years Old However, Johnson did fight former champion Bob Fitzsimmons in July 1907, and knocked him out in two rounds. … Read More


1908 30 Years Old 1 More Event
After Johnson became the first African-American Heavyweight Champion of the World on December 26, 1908, his World Colored Heavyweight Championship was vacated. … Read More
1909 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1909, he beat Tony Ross, Al Kaufman, and the middleweight champion Stanley Ketchel. … Read More
1910 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1910, former undefeated heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries came out of retirement to challenge Johnson. … Read More
1911 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1911 Johnson, via an acquaintance, attempted to become a Free Mason in Dundee. … Read More
…  Johnson was faced with much controversy when he was charged with violating the Mann Act in 1912, even though there was an obvious lack of evidence and the charge was largely racially based. … Read More
1913 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In the courtroom of Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the future Commissioner of Baseball who perpetuated the baseball color line until his death, Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury in June 1913, despite the fact that the incidents used to convict him took place before passage of the Mann Act. … Read More


1920 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Johnson returned to the U.S. on 20 July 1920.
1921 43 Years Old He was released on 9 July 1921. … Read More


1938 60 Years Old Johnson continued fighting, but age was catching up with him. He fought professionally until 1938 at age 60 when he lost 7 of his last 9 bouts, losing his final fight to Walter Price by a 7th-round TKO. … Read More
1945 67 Years Old Johnson made his final ring appearance at age 67 on November 27, 1945, fighting three one-minute exhibition rounds against two opponents, Joe Jeanette and John Ballcort, in a benefit fight card for U.S. War Bonds.
1946 68 Years Old On 10 June 1946, Johnson died in a car crash on U.S. Highway 1 near Franklinton, North Carolina a small town near Raleigh, after racing angrily from a diner that refused to serve him. … Read More
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