Denver in History

Colorado: Colorado Springs

Historical Events

  • 1862-04-21 Congress establishes US Mint in Denver, Colorodo
  • 1895-02-20 Congress authorizes a US mint at Denver, Colorodo

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1908-07-07 The Democratic Party meets in Denver at the start of their convention; William Jennings Bryan is nominated as presidential nominee

US Politician William Jennings Bryan
US Politician
William Jennings Bryan
  • 1922-03-10 KLZ-AM in Denver CO begins radio transmissions
  • 1924-12-13 KOA-AM in Denver CO begins radio transmissions
  • 1938-06-11 42nd US Golf Open: Ralph Guldahl shoots a 284 at Cherry Hills Denver
  • 1952-07-18 KWGN TV channel 2 in Denver, CO (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1952-10-12 KBTV (now KUSA) TV channel 9 in Denver, CO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1952-12-02 First human birth televised to public (KOA-TV Denver, Colo)
  • 1953-11-01 KMGH TV channel 7 in Denver, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-12-24 KOA (now KCNC) TV channel 4 in Denver, CO (NBC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955-09-24 US President Eisenhower suffers a heart attack on vacation in Denver

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1956-01-30 KRMA TV channel 6 in Denver, CO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1959-08-14 AFL organized with NY, Dallas, LA, Minneapolis, Denver & Houston

Sport awardGolf Major

1960-06-18 60th US Golf Open: Arnold Palmer shoots 280 at Cherry Hills in Denver

  • 1960-09-09 4th American Football League plays 1st game (Denver 13, Boston 10)
  • 1964-09-12 1st football game at Shea Stadium, Jets defeat Denver 30-6
  • 1964-11-01 KC Chief Len Dawson passes for 6 touchdowns vs Denver (49-39)
  • 1965-11-12 Mad Dog Vachon beats Crusher in Denver, to become NWA champ
  • 1966-07-12 US Treasury announces it will buy mutilated silver coins at silver bullion price at Philadelphia & Denver mints
  • 1968-02-15 Anaheim's Les Salvage scores 10, 3-pt baskets in ABA game vs Denver
  • 1968-12-26 Led Zeppelin's concert debut in Denver as opener for Vanilla Fudge
  • 1969-06-27 50,000 attend Denver Pop Festival
  • 1975-08-22 McNichols Sports Arena in Denver opens
  • 1976-01-27 9th ABA All-Star Game: Denver 144 beats ABA 138 at Denver
  • 1976-09-26 Denver's Rick Upchurch returns 2 punts for TDs against Cleveland
  • 1978-06-18 78th US Golf Open: Andy North shoots a 285 at Cherry Hill CC in Denver

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980-07-19 David Bowie appears in role of "Elephant Man" in Denver

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • 1983-01-10 NY Supreme Court issues a preliminary injunction barring NY Yankees from playing season-opening series against Tigers in Denver
  • 1983-11-30 Denver Nuggets coach Doug Moe, hoplessly behind, advise team to let Blazers break their scoring record
  • 1987-11-15 28 of 82 aboard Continental Airlines DC-9, die in crash at Denver
  • 1987-11-15 Leile McBridge (Denver), crowned Miss Black America
  • 1989-01-11 Denver Nuggets' rookie Jerome Lane misses 7 free throws in a game against Milwaukee, one missed by 2 feet
  • 1989-10-21 Betram Lee & Peter Bynoe purchase the Denver Nuggets for $65m - 1st African American owners of a major sports team,
  • 1989-10-22 Denver Nuggets beat Jugoplastika Split 135-129 in 3rd McDonald Open
  • 1989-12-22 -18°F in Denver, -23°F in KC Mo, -42°F in Scottsbluff Nebraska -47°F in Hardin Mont & -60°F in Black Hills South Dakota
  • 1990-08-14 Denver vote for a 1% sales tax to pay for a baseball franchise
  • 1990-12-18 NL announces Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Orlando, Tampa-St Petersburg, & Wash DC as 6 finalist for 1993 expansion (Miami & Denver win)
  • 1991-06-10 South Florida & Denver picked for 1993 NL franchises
  • 1992-04-13 Crystal Pepsi begins test marketing in Providence, Denver & Dallas
  • 1994-06-26 104°F (40°C) at Denver, Colorado
  • 1995-02-28 Denver International Airport opens
  • 1995-04-26 Coors Field, opens in Denver, Rockies beat Mets 11-9 in 14 innings
  • 1998-07-07 69th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 13-8 at Coors Field, Denver
  • 2001-02-04 51st NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 14-12 at Denver, Colorado

Famous Birthdays

  • 1817-05-18 James William Denver, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1892)
  • 1877-05-25 Billy Murray, singer (Denver Nightengale)
  • 1883-05-23 Douglas Fairbanks, actor (The Mark of Zorro/3 Musketeers/Robin Hood), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1886-04-10 Val Paul, American actor and director, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1890-03-28 Paul Whiteman, orchestra leader (Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1896-02-10 Olin Howlin, actor (Swifty-Circus Boy), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1898-04-26 Edward PF Eagan, boxer (Oly-gold-20)/bobsledder (Oly-gold-32), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1899-04-09 James Smith McDonnell, American aviator and engineer, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1903-04-09 Ward Bond, actor (Seth-Wagon Trains), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1904-02-12 Ted Mack, TV host (Original Amateur Hour), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1906-07-09 Walter Sande, actor (Navy vs Night Monsters), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1906-09-06 Raymond Keane, actor (Midnight Sun, Love Eagle), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1907-08-03 Irene Tedrow, actress (Lucy-Dennis the Menace, Mr Novak), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1914-08-30 Julie Bishop, actress (My Hero, Northern Pursuit, Threat), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1917-07-08 Glenn Langan, actor (Amazing Colossal Man, Margie), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1920-05-11 Denver Pyle, Bethune Colo, actor (Dukes of Hazzard, Tammy, Doris Day)
  • 1924-04-07 Nick Perito, orchestra leader (Don Knotts Show, Big Show), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1925-08-06 Barbara Bates, actress (Kathy-It's a Great Life), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1927-01-04 Barbara Rush, actress (Marsha-Peyton Place, Flamingo Road), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1928-03-20 Jerome Cousins Biffle, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1952), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1928-10-30 Ernest Flatt, American choreographer (Carol Burnett Show), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1995)
  • 1931-08-30 John Leonard Swigert Jr, astronaut (Apollo 13), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1932-02-01 John Hart, newsman (CBS News Retrospective, NBC News), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1932-03-21 Joseph Silverstein, violinist (Denver Symphony Orch), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1932-08-22 Gerald P Carr, Col USMC/astronaut (Skylab 4), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1932-12-01 Robert T Herres, USAF/astronaut, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1933-05-22 John Browning, pianist (Leventritt Award-1956), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1933-08-19 Debra Paget [Debralee Griffin], American actress (Love Me Tender), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1935-03-13 Don Nute, Connellsville Penn (Denver University), actor
  • 1943-05-31 Wayne Carson, country musician and songwriter (Always On My Mind), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2015)
  • 1944-07-15 Jan-Michael Vincent, actor (Hooper, Tribes, Buster & Billie), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1946-03-12 Frank Welker, American voice actor (Scooby-Doo, Curious George), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1946-06-28 John "Mike" Lounge, astr (STS 51-I, STS 26, STS 35), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1947-11-29 Ronnie Montrose, American guitarist, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2012)
  • 1951-10-23 Michael Rupert, actor (Pasadena Playhouse), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1952-08-04 Bobby Buntrock, actor (Harold Baxter-Hazel), born in Denver, Colorado

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1953-06-13 Tim Allen, comedian (Tim-Home Improvement, Jungle2Jungle), born in Denver, Colorado

Actor Tim Allen
Tim Allen
  • 1955-03-30 Randy Vanwarmer, vocalist (Just When I Needed You Most), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1960-08-15 Maureen "Peanut" Louie Harper, SF, tennis player (Denver-1985)
  • 1962-08-28 David Fincher, American film director and producer (The Social Network, Gone Girl), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1963-06-26 Wendy Lucero-Schayes, US diver (Olympic-92), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1963-07-30 Ingrid Butts, cross country skier (Olympics-1994), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1964-05-23 Staci Greason, actress (Isabella Toscando-Days of Our Lives), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1968-12-29 James Mouton, outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1969-04-07 Clark Sheehan, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1969-07-29 Alison Dunlap, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1970-03-30 Shane Bertsch, Nike golfer (1994 Permina Basin Open-14th), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1972-12-12 Greg Randolph, road cyclist (Olympics-74th-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974-10-07 Benjamin Oberman, pairs skater (& Naomi Grabow), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974-10-23 Dani Tyler, softball infielder (Olympics-gold-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1980-10-25 Ilana Goldfogel, pairs skater (& Erik Schulz), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1981-10-09 Zachery Ty Bryan, actor (Brad-Home Improvement), born in Denver, Colorado

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1916-07-01 Dwight Eisenhower marries Mary `Mamie' Geneva Doud in Denver, Colorado

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Famous Deaths

  • 1954-08-17 Billy Murray, singer (Denver Nightengale), dies at 77
  • 1997-12-25 Denver Pyle, actor (Dukes of Hazzard), dies at 77