Phoenix in History

Historical Events

  • 1828-02-21 1st American Indian newspaper in US, "Cherokee Phoenix", published
  • 1881-02-05 Phoenix, Az incorporates
  • 1920-10-10 Phoenix Cardinals (then in Chicago) play 1st NFL game, a 0-0 tie
  • 1929-02-08 KOY-AM in Phoenix Arizona begins radio transmissions
  • 1936-07-10 111°F (44°C) Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (state record)
  • 1946-04-25 Christopher Fry's "Phoenix too Frequent" premieres in London
  • 1953-04-23 KTAR (now KPNX) TV channel 12 in Phoenix, AZ (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-10-24 KOOL (now KTSP) TV channel 10 in Phoenix, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-10-21 Giants purchase Class-A Phoenix team
  • 1958-09-22 KTVK TV channel 3 in Phoenix, AZ (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1961-01-30 KAET TV channel 8 in Phoenix, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966-12-29 Pirate Radio Phoenix, 1st transmission (Worcester, Mass)
  • 1967-09-16 KPAZ TV channel 21 in Phoenix, AZ (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-07-01 The CIA's Phoenix Program is officially established.
  • 1969-03-12 11th Grammy Awards: Mrs Robinson, By the Time I Get to Phoenix wins

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1972-02-16 Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1985-12-09 Phoenix, Arizona, gets 3" of snow
  • 1988-01-16 NFL St Louis Cardinals announce move to Phoenix
  • 1988-03-15 NFL's St Louis Cardinals officially move to Phoenix
  • 1988-09-04 Phoenix Cardinals play 1st regular-season NFL game
  • 1988-09-12 1st NFL regular-season game played in Phoenix; Cowboys beat Card
  • 1989-01-17 Phoenix Suns cancel game at Miami Heat, due to racial unrest in Miami
  • 1989-07-20 93°F, highest overnight low ever recorded in Phoenix Arizona
  • 1990-06-25 120°F in Phoenix Arizona
  • 1990-06-26 122°F in Phoenix Arizona

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1991-03-19 NFL owners strip Phoenix of 1993 Super Bowl game due to Arizona Not recognizing Martin Luther King Day

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1991-03-31 Danny Bonaduce attacks a transvestite prostitute in Phoenix Az
  • 1992-06-01 America West Arena opens in Phoenix

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1992-06-17 Philadelphia 76ers trade Charles Barkley to Phoenix Suns

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
  • 1992-12-12 NY Giants lose 19-0 to Phoenix Cardinals
  • 1993-03-23 NY Knicks & Phoenix Suns get into a major brawl
  • 1994-12-31 This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC-11 to UTC+13 and UTC-10 to UTC+14, respectively.
  • 1995-03-06 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Phoenix AZ on KEDJ 106.3/100.3 FM
  • 1995-03-19 Arizona outside of Phoenix begins using new telephone area code 520
  • 1997-03-13 The Phoenix lights were seen over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television. They are now a hotly debated controversy.
  • 2004-09-30 The AIM-54 Phoenix, the primary missile for the F-14 Tomcat, retired from service. Almost two years later, the Tomcat retires.
  • 2007-07-27 two News helicopters from Phoenix, Arizona television stations KNXV and KTVK collide over Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix while covering a police chase; there were no survivors. Worst civil aviation incident in Phoenix history.
  • 2008-02-03 Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 17-14 at the University of Phoenix Stadium MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB
  • 2011-07-12 82nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Chase Field, Phoenix

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2015-02-01 Super Bowl XLIX: New England Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. MVP: Tom Brady who becomes only the 3rd quarterback to win 4 Superbowls.

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady

Famous Birthdays

  • 1909-02-03 M Vasalis [Margaretha Droogleever Fortuyn-Leenmans], poet (Phoenix)
  • 1909-03-24 Thomas E "Tommy" Trinder, English radio comic/actor (Phoenix)
  • 1922-12-01 Geraldine McCulloug, Maywood Ill, painter/sculptor (Phoenix)
  • 1929-11-30 Joan Ganz Cooney, Phoenix Az, TV exec (Children's TV Workshop)
  • 1931-02-17 Buddy Ryan, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), born in Frederick, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1936-03-05 Dale Douglass, Wewoka OK, PGA golfer (1970 Phoenix Open)
  • 1936-04-22 Glen Campbell, Delight Ark, actor/singer (Time I Get to Phoenix)
  • 1938-03-07 Homero Blancas, PGA golfer (1972 Phoenix Open), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1947-05-25 Jessi Colter, [Miriam Johnson], Phoenix, country singer (I'm Not Lisa)
  • 1948-03-09 Jamie Lyn Bauer, Phoenix Az, actress (Young & Restless, Centerfold Girls)
  • 1948-05-26 Stevie [Stephanie] Nicks, American singer songwriter (Fleetwood Mac, Bella Donna), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1949-01-15 Howard Allen Twitty, Phoenix AZ, PGA golfer (1979 BC Open)
  • 1951-07-24 Lynda Carter, Phoenix Az, Miss USA (1973)/actress (Wonder Woman)
  • 1951-08-27 Don [Sheldon George] Pooley Jr, Phoenix AZ, PGA golfer (1980 BC Open)
  • 1954-08-20 William Quinn Buckner, Phoenix Ill, basketballer (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1955-03-29 Dianne Kay, Phoenix Az, actress (Nancy-8 is Enough, Reggie, Glitter)
  • 1956-05-18 Joe [Naomichi] Ozaki, Tekushima Japan, golfer (1995 Phoenix Open-8th)
  • 1958-02-09 Alexander "Sandy" Lyle, Scottish PGA golfer (1988 Phoenix Open), born in Shrewsbury, shropshire
  • 1958-10-13 Dwayne Evans, Phoenix Az, 200m runner (Olympic-bronze-1976)
  • 1958-12-30 Steven L Smith, Phoenix Arizona, astronaut (STS 68, 82)
  • 1959-05-16 Mare Winningham, Phoenix Az, actress (St Elmo's Fire, Turner & Hooch)
  • 1959-07-12 Judi Adams, Phoenix Az, archer (Olympics-1980, 96)
  • 1960-01-06 Paul William Azinger, American PGA golfer (1987 Phoenix Open), born in Holyoke MA

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1961-01-02 Gabrielle Carteris, Phoenix Az, actress (Andrea-Beverly Hills 90210)

  • 1964-03-18 Christina Ferguson, Phoenix Az, playmate (Apr, 1983)
  • 1965-03-17 John Smiley, Phoenixville PA, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1965-10-05 Richey Reneberg, Phoenix AZ, tennis star (1995 Australian doubles)
  • 1966-08-06 William Fred Mayfair, Phoenix AZ, PGA golfer (1993 Greater Milw Open)
  • 1969-09-06 Cece Peniston, Phoenix AZ, Miss Black AZ/singer (Finally)
  • 1972-11-26 Nicole Beach, Phoenix AZ, model (Wonderbra)
  • 1974-02-09 Amber Valletta, Phoenix, Arizona, American actress and model (Hitch, Revenge)
  • 1989-12-22 Jordin Sparks, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Phoenix, Arizona