Des Moines in History

Historical Events

  • 1851-09-22 The city of Des Moines, Iowa was incorporated as Fort Des Moines.
  • 1924-04-15 WHO-AM in Des Moines Iowa begins radio transmissions
  • 1930-05-02 Des Moines (Western League) defeats Wichita 13-6 to open 1st ballpark with permanently installed lights
  • 1935-03-17 KSO-AM in Des Moines Iowa call sign is given to KWCR
  • 1950-02-21 WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-04-15 WHO TV channel 13 in Des Moines, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-07-31 KRNT (now KCCI) TV channel 8 in Des Moines, IA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1959-04-14 KDIN TV channel 11 in Des Moines, IA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982-01-20 Heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a bat on stage in Des Moines, Iowa

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
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Ozzy Osbourne
  • 1989-09-11 KSO-AM in Des Moines Iowa changes call letters to KGGO
  • 1997-11-19 In Des Moines, Iowa, Bobbi McCaughey gives birth to septuplets in the second known case where all seven babies were born alive. They would go on to become the first set of septuplets to survive infancy, with all seven alive in 2007.
  • 1999-07-11 20th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Dave Eichelberger
  • 2015-11-14 Second Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast by CBS, held in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 2016-01-28 Seventh Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in Des Moines, Iowa

Famous Birthdays

  • 1852-05-18 Gertrude K√§sebier, pioneering American photgrapher, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1902-11-04 Frank Jenks, actor (Zombies on Broadway), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1909-07-18 Harriet Nelson, American singer/actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Follow the Fleet), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1926-04-04 Cloris Leachman, actress (Phyllis, High Anxiety), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1926-04-30 Cloris Leachman, actress (Last Picture Show, Phyllis), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1927-08-30 Bill Daily, American actor and comedian (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1929-09-27 Sada Thompson, actress (Family, Pursuit of Happiness), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1947-10-01 Stephen Collins, actor (Star Trek I, Tattingers), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1951-12-05 Thomas Warren Purtzer, PGA golfer (1977 Glen Campbell), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1964-02-18 Kevin Tapani, pitcher (Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1967-05-14 Natasha Elaine Kaiser-Brown, 400m runner, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1970-06-13 Lance Ringnald, US gymnist (Olympic-92), born in Des Moines, Iowa

Famous Weddings

  • 1984-08-18 Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes (22) weds Des Moines department store heiress Julie Anne Friedman (25) at London registrar's office