Fresno in History

Historical Events

  • 1922-03-23 KMJ-AM in Fresno CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1953-06-01 KMJ (now KSEE) TV channel 24 in Fresno, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-10-01 KJEO TV channel 47 in Fresno, CA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-05-10 KFSN TV channel 30 in Fresno, CA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1958-09-18 The Fresno Drop: Bank of America mails out 60,000 BankAmericards in Fresco, California, the first credit card (later renamed VISA)
  • 1961-12-18 KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1961-12-23 KICU TV channel 43 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1971-10-04 KMPH TV channel 26 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1991-10-05 Fresno State ties NCAA record with 49 points in a quarter, as they route New Mexico 94-17
  • 1996-04-29 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fresno CA on KFRR 104.1 FM
  • 2012-11-06 5 people are shot at a poultry processing plant in Fresno, California

Famous Birthdays

  • 1902-02-14 Fred Scott, vocalist/actor (Vincent Lopez), born in Fresno, California
  • 1905-06-30 Nestor Paiva, actor (Comanche, Fear, Tarantula, Killer Ape), born in Fresno, California
  • 1915-02-23 Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), born in Fresno, California (d. 1979)
  • 1917-06-06 Kirk Kerkorian, American CEO and "father of the mega-resort" (MGM, UA), born in Fresno, California (d. 2015)
  • 1919-01-27 David Seville, [Ross Bagdasarian], (Alvin & Chipmunks), born in Fresno, California
  • 1920-08-01 Sammy Lee, American doctor and platform diver, 1st Asian American to win Olympic Gold (1948, 52), born in Fresno, California (d. 2016)
  • 1925-02-21 Sam Peckinpah, film director (Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs), born in Fresno, California
  • 1925-08-15 Mike Connors, [Krekor Ohanian], American actor (Mannix), born in Fresno, California (d. 2017)
  • 1937-03-21 Tom Flores, NFL quarterback/coach (Raiders), born in Fresno, California
  • 1938-12-25 Duane Armstrong, American painter (Fields of Grass), born in Fresno California
  • 1944-06-11 James "Ox" D A van Hoften, astronaut (STS 11, STS 20), born in Fresno, California
  • 1944-11-17 Tom Seaver, American MLB pitcher (NY Met, 300 game winner, Cy Young '69 '73 '75), born in Fresno, California
  • 1953-10-16 Tony Carey, American rocker musician, singer-songwriter (Rainbow,Planet P Project), born in Fresno, California
  • 1956-07-08 Millard Frank Hampton, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Fresno, California
  • 1968-07-27 Tom Goodwin [Thomas Jones], American MLB player (1994-1997 KC Royals), born in Fresno, California
  • 1970-02-10 Bobby Jones, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Fresno, California
  • 1970-12-19 Jon Cleveland, Canadian 100m/200m swimmer (Oly-br-92, 96), born in Fresno, California
  • 1971-03-10 Shad Williams, pitcher (California Angels), born in Fresno, California
  • 1971-09-10 Brian Earley, diver (Olympics-96), born in Fresno, California