Little Rock in History

Historical Events

  • 1863-08-01 Battle of Little Rock, Arkansas; start of Chattanooga campaign
  • 1868-01-07 Arkansas constitutional convention meets in Little Rock
  • 1953-12-18 KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-04-15 KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-11-28 KTHV TV channel 11 in Little Rock, AR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-09-04 Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, calls out National Guard to stop 9 black students from entering a Little Rock high school
  • 1957-09-23 White mob forces 9 black students who had entered a Little Rock high school in Arkansas to withdraw

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957-09-24 President Eisenhower orders US troops to desegregate Little Rock schools

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1957-11-27 Army withdraws for Little Rock Ark, after Central HS integration
  • 1958-05-08 US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1958-05-27 Ernest Green & 600 whites graduate from Little Rock's Central HS
  • 1958-06-23 US Federal judge rules race separation must end in 2½ years in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1958-09-12 US Supreme Court orders Little Rock Ark high school to integrate
  • 1966-12-04 KETS TV channel 2 in Little Rock, AR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-08-10 Race riot in Miami, Chicago & Little Rock
  • 2005-09-08 Two EMERCOM Il-76 aircraft land at a disaster aid staging area at Little Rock Air Force Base; the first time Russia has flown such a mission to North America.

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1880-01-26 Douglas MacArthur, American General in World War II, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1964)

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1880-03-21 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1971)
  • 1898-03-06 Jay C Flippen, actor (Jet Pilot, Killing, Thunder Bay), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1902-09-06 Morgan Beatty, news anchor (Du Mont Evening News), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1919-08-13 Rex Humbard, American television evangelist (Cathedral of Tomorrow), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2007)
  • 1925-10-05 Gail Davis, actress (Annie Oakley), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1927-02-12 Anne Gillis, actress (Adv of Tom Sawyer, Little Men), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1934-07-30 Ben Piazza, actor (Blues Brothers, Ben Casey, Dallas), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1941-12-09 Dan Hicks, American singer-songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1942-02-28 Frank Bonner, actor (WKRP, Hoax, You Can't Hurry Love), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1943-01-23 Gil Gerard, actor (Buck Rogers in 25th Century), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1946-04-16 Margot Adler, American journalist, born in Little Rock, AK (d. 2014)
  • 1955-09-21 Rebecca Balding, actress (Carla-Lou Grant, Soap), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1961-07-28 Scott E Parazynski, MD/astronaut (STS 66, 86, sk:95), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1971-11-05 Corin "Corky" Nemec, actor (Tucker, Parker Lewis), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1975-07-03 John Hargis, US, 100m butterfly (Olympics-96), born in Little Rock, Arkansas

Famous Weddings

  • 2007-05-06 Evanescence singer Amy Lee (25) weds Josh Hartzler (29) in Little Rock, Arkansas