Baton Rouge in History

Louisiana: New Orleans - Shreveport

Historical Events

  • 1862-05-12 Federal troops occupies Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1862-08-05 Battle of Baton Rouge, LA
  • 1863-04-17 R Grierson's: La Grange, TN to Baton Rouge, LA
  • 1922-04-04 WAAB (Baton Rouge La) becomes 1st US radio station with "W" calls
  • 1953-04-19 WAFB TV channel 9 in Baton Rouge, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-04-14 WBRZ TV channel 2 in Baton Rouge, LA (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1964-04-12 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Baton Rouge Ladies' Golf Open Invitational
  • 1965-04-04 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Baton Rouge Golf Invitational
  • 1966-05-29 Carol Mann wins LPGA Baton Rouge Ladies Golf Invitational
  • 1969-07-31 National Guard mobilizes in racial disturbances in Baton Rouge, La
  • 2016-07-06 African American Alton Sterling is shot by Louisiana police in Baton Rouge, while being restrained on the ground, the killing is filmed

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1932-12-12 robert pettit, Baton Rouge Louisiana, NBA star (St Louis Bombers/1959 MVP)

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • 1941-05-08 John Fred [Gourrier], American performer (Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1941-08-20 William H Gray III, Baton Rouge La, (Rep-D-PA, 1978-1991), (d. 2013)
  • 1946-07-09 Joe Micelli, American rocker, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1949-08-27 Douglas Fred Tewell, Baton Rouge LA, PGA golfer (1980 Sea Pines)
  • 1953-05-06 Lynn Whitfield, actress (Josephine Baker, Equal Justice), born in Baton Rouge
  • 1964-12-03 Darryl Hamilton, Baton Rouge LA, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • 1967-10-11 John Lovell, Baton Rouge LA, tornado sailor (Olympics-8th-1996)
  • 1967-11-24 Ben McDonald, Baton Rouge LA, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1970-03-24 Shannon Lemora, Baton Rouge Louisiana, 1.5k runner
  • 1971-11-19 Andy Sheets, Baton Rouge LA, infielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1972-06-15 Andrew Pettitte, Baton Rouge LA, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1972-10-01 Danielle Scott, Baton Rouge LA, volleyball middle blocker (Oly-96)
  • 1984-02-06 Brandon Hammond, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, American actor (Gregory Hines Show)

Famous Deaths

  • 1935-09-08 Huey P Long, (Sen-La) assassinated at Baton Rouge Capitol building