Happy Birthday, Nike!

50 years ago, on January 25th, 1964, Nike was born. Well, not Nike we as we know it, but on that date Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman founded Blue Ribbon Sports, which would eventually turn into the biggest athletic brand in the world. With its roots on the campus of the University of Oregon—where Bowerman coached track and Knight ran for him—Nike would change the world of footwear and, eventually, turn a generation of consumers into “sneakerheads.” That’s old news, but with the brand celebrating a half-century in the game, it’s the perfect point to reflect on the little-known tidbits that have occurred over the past 50 years: Who was Nike’s first employee? What was the brand’s first sneaker? Why didn’t Michael Jordan want to wear the Air Jordan 1?
If you wear Nike sneakers on a regular basis, these are all facts you should know. So here’s your history lesson. Here are 50 Things You Didn’t Know About Nike.

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