Santa Monica in History

Historical Events

  • 1937-02-20 1st automobile/airplane combination tested, Santa Monica, Ca
  • 1969-01-18 United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay, killing all 38 people on-board
  • 1985-06-27 Route 66 (Chicago to Santa Monica), is decertified
  • 1992-08-01 USA/USSR Around World Air Race begins at Santa Monica

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011-06-22 After hiding for 16 years, Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is arrested outside an apartment in Santa Monica, California

Gangster Whitey Bulger
Gangster
Whitey Bulger

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1910-07-04 Gloria Stuart, actress (Rose-Titanic)/founder (Screen Actors Guild), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2010)

Actress Gloria Stuart
Actress
Gloria Stuart
  • 1920-04-02 Jack Webb, actor (Joe Friday-Dragnet), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1922-08-23 Jean Darling, American child actress (Our Gang), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1928-04-23 Shirley Temple, American actress, famous as a child star in the 1930s (Bright Eyes, Heidi) and diplomat, born in Santa Monica, California

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • 1928-05-03 Jeanne Bal, actress (Pat-Love & Marriage), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1930-08-16 Frank Gifford, American NFL halfback (NY Giants)/ABC sportscaster, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)
  • 1930-08-30 Ernie Ball, American entrepreneur and musician who pioneered the development of guitar-related products, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2004)
  • 1930-12-22 Larry Stevenson [Richard], skateboard innovator (kicktail), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2012)
  • 1932-01-03 Mara Corday, actress (Foxfire, Black Scorpion), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1932-03-03 Mara Corday, playmate (Oct, 1958), born in Santa Monica, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1936-08-18 Robert Redford, American actor (Sting, Candidate, Natural, Great Gatsby), born in Santa Monica, California

  • 1936-12-06 David Ossman, American writer and comedian (The Firesign Theatre), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1938-08-11 Allegra Kent, ballerina, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1938-12-01 Sandy Nelson, Santa Monica, 50s rocker (Teen Beat, All Night Long)
  • 1940-09-12 Linda Gray, actress (Sue Ellen Ewing-Dallas), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1940-09-12 Susan Sennett, actress (Big Bad Mama), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1942-01-19 Shelley Fabares, American actress (Donna Reed Show, Coach), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1942-08-22 Kathy Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1943-03-14 Jim Pons, bassist (Turtles, Mothers of Invention), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1943-07-18 Bobby Sherman, singer (Shindig, Here Comes Brides), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1944-01-06 Bonnie Franklin, Santa Monica Cal, TV actress (Ann-1 Day at a Time), (d. 2013)
  • 1944-07-31 Geraldine Chaplin, actress (Doctor Zhivago, 3 Musketeers), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1945-03-28 Chuck Portz, bassist (Turtles-Happy Together), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1947-05-21 Richard Hatch, actor (Battlestar Galactica), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1949-04-27 Doug Sheehan, American actor (Ben-Knots Landing, Joe Kelly-General Hospital), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1949-06-10 Kevin Corcoran, actor (Swiss Family Robinson, Babes in Toyland), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)
  • 1950-04-11 Bill Irwin, Santa Monica, actor (My Blue Heaven, Scenes From a Mall)
  • 1951-11-17 Dean Paul Martin, actor (Billy-Misfits of Science), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1951-12-18 Candice Rialson, actress (Chatterbox), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1953-02-07 Dan Quisenberry, American baseball player, born in Santa Monica, California, (d. 1998)
  • 1954-02-07 Miguel Ferrer, actor (Robocop, NCIS LA), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2017)
  • 1954-09-30 Barry Williams, actor (Greg-Brady Bunch), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1956-12-06 Randy Rhoads, Heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1982)
  • 1957-08-19 Darby Hinton, actor (Israel in Daniel Boone), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1958-01-29 Judy Norton-Taylor, actress (Mary Ellen-Waltons), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1959-02-01 Carolyn Hill, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's Classic), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1959-07-29 Brian James Claar, PGA golfer (1991 AT&T-2nd), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1959-11-06 Teri Peterson, Santa Monica Cal, playmate (July, 1980)
  • 1960-01-31 Elaine Roque, American beach volleyballer (Olympics-96), born in Santa Monica California
  • 1960-08-02 Apollonia, [Patricia Kotero], actress (Purple Rain), born in Santa Monica, California

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1960-08-17 Sean Penn, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Santa Monica, California

Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn
  • 1961-01-28 Luann L Lee, playmate (Jan, 1987), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1961-08-14 Susan Olson, actress (Cindy-Brady Bunch), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1961-09-28 Michael-James Wixted, actor (Smith Family), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1962-08-27 Scott Davis, tennis star, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1962-11-17 Eric Olson, actor (Apple's Way), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1963-03-03 Elizabeth Chavez, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-91), born in Santa Monica, California

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1964-01-23 Mariska Hargitay, American actress (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit), born in Santa Monica, California

  • 1965-06-09 Jeff Williams, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1965-07-25 Torey Lovullo, infielder (Oakland A's), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1965-12-18 Fawna Maclaren, playmate (Jan, 1989), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1966-03-22 Sean Berry, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1966-05-16 Scott Reeves, actor (Ryan-Young & Restless), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1967-12-03 Katie Henderson, WPVA volleyball (US Open-25th-1993), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1970-03-20 Kristin Klein, volleyball outside hitter (Oly-96), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1971-08-14 Mark Loretta, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1973-11-12 Melanie Gaffin, actress (Cheryl-Whiz Kids), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1974-06-11 Emilee Klein, LPGA golfer (1995 SAFECO Classic-2nd), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1974-10-23 Kaleena Kiff, actress (Patti-Love Sidney), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1975-01-29 Sara Gilbert, actress (Melissa-Roseanne), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1975-04-17 Trifun Zivanovic, Santa Monica, figure skater (1995 Pac Coast Jr champ)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1975-06-27 Tobey Maguire, American actor (Spider-Man, The Great Gatsby), born in Santa Monica, California

  • 1980-01-02 Stephanie Stiegler, pairs skater (& Zimmerman), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1980-02-12 Christina Ricci, actress (Wednesday-Addams Family, Casper), born in Santa Monica. California
  • 1983-05-14 Amber Tamblyn, actress (Emily Bowen-Gen Hospital), born in Santa Monica, California

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1948-02-16 Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1981-10-05 "The Hollywood Knights" actress Michelle Pfeiffer (23) weds actor Peter Horton (28) in Santa Monica

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-04-27 Actress Robin Wright (30) weds actor Sean Penn (35) in Santa Monica, California

Actress Robin Wright
Actress
Robin Wright
Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn

HeartWedding of Interest

1998-05-28 "Xena: The Warrior Princess" Lucy Lawless (30) weds executive producer Rob Tapert (43) at Saint Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless
  • 2005-04-16 One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush (23) weds actor Chad Michael Murray (24) at Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-02-26 Supermodel Gisele Bundchen (32) weds NFL New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (35) at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 2012-03-10 "Curly Sue" actress Alisan Porter (30) weds former "Days of Our Lives" actor Brian Autenrieth (33) at Diablo Dormido in the Santa Monica

Famous Deaths

  • 1973-04-14 Minna Gombell, dies in Santa Monica CA