Portland in History

Historical Events

  • 1889-11-17 Union Pacific begins daily through service, Chicago-Portland & SF
  • 1898-11-26 SS Portland “The Titanic of New England” leaves for Cape Cod, shipwrecked off Cape Ann, all 192 on board killed
  • 1905-06-01 Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition opens in Portland, Oregon
  • 1907-06-20 1st Portland Rose festival held in Portland, Oregon
  • 1914-07-29 British fleet leaves Portland/passes Straits of Dover
  • 1916-03-30 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens (NHA) beat Portland Rosebuds (PCHA), 3 games to 2
  • 1922-03-21 KGW-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
  • 1926-11-27 KXL-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
  • 1926-12-23 KEX-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
  • 1940-08-11 German air raid on British ports Portland and Weymouth

Sport awardGolf Major

1946-08-25 28th PGA Championship: Ben Hogan at Portland GC Portland Ore

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
  • 1952-09-20 KPTV TV channel 12 in Portland, OR (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1952-10-01 1st ultra high frequency (UHF) television station, Portland Or
  • 1953-10-15 KOIN TV channel 6 in Portland, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-12-01 WCSH TV channel 6 in Portland, ME (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-05-16 WGAN (now WGME) TV channel 13 in Portland, ME (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1954-08-31 WMTW TV channel 8 in Portland-Poland Spring, ME (ABC) begins
  • 1956-12-15 KGW TV channel 8 in Portland, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1961-02-06 KOAP TV channel 10 in Portland, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1962-03-15 KATU TV channel 2 in Portland, OR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1975-08-24 Tampa Bay Rowdies beat Portland 2-0 for NASL cup
  • 1977-08-28 NY Cosmos defeat Seattle Sounders, 2-1, at Civic Stadium in Portland Ore, winning their 2nd North American Soccer League championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982-10-02 The Portland Building, designed by Michael Graves, considered the 1st postmodern building is opened in Portland Oregon

Architect Michael Graves
Michael Graves
  • 2010-05-18 Police officer James Crooker is asked to leave the Red and Black Café in Portland, Oregon after co-owner John Langley claimed Crooker's uniformed presence made him uncomfortable

Famous Birthdays

  • 1895-12-07 Jack Pennick, actor (Lady From Louisiana), born in Portland, Oregon

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1901-02-28 Linus Pauling, American chemist and peace activist (Nobel 1954, 1962), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1994)

Chemist & Peace Activist Linus Pauling
Chemist & Peace Activist
Linus Pauling
  • 1901-09-26 Donald Cook, actor (Too Young To Go Steady), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1903-01-20 Leon Ames, Portland Indiana, actor (Mr Ed, Father of the Bride)
  • 1906-05-14 James Flavin, actor (Man With a Camera), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1917-05-14 Lou Harrison, American composer (Rapunzel), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1920-07-19 Robert Mann, composer/violinist (String Quartet 1952), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1922-02-18 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher and editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, born in Green Forest, Arkansas, (d. 2012)
  • 1922-11-01 Jeff Richards, actor (Don't Go Near the Water), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1923-11-22 Dika Newlin, American composer, Schoenberg expert and punk rocker, born in Portland, Oregan (d. 2006)
  • 1925-10-29 Betty Evans Grayson, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1959), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1927-08-03 Gordon Scott, actor (Tarzan & the Trappers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1928-04-01 Jane Powell, singer/actress (7 Brides for 7 Brothers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1929-11-02 Rachel Ames, actress (Line Up, Audrey-Gen Hospital), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1933-01-18 Ray Dolby, sound expert/inventor (Dolby noise limiting system), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2013)
  • 1935-05-03 Donald P Hodel, US Secretary of Interior (1985-89), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1937-01-16 Bob Bogle, Portland, rock bassist/guitarist (Ventures-Batman Theme)
  • 1939-09-07 Stanley David Griggs, astronaut (STS 51-D), STS 33), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1941-07-01 Twyla Tharp, Portland Ind, choreographer (Twyla Tharp Dance Troupe)
  • 1941-10-28 Glenn Moore, American jazz musician, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1947-01-15 Andrea Martin, comediene (SCTV, Club Paradise), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1947-03-06 Richard "Dick" Fosbury, high jumper (Olympics-gold-1968), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1947-07-28 Sally Struther, actress (Gloria-All in the Family), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1949-10-17 Bill Hudson, comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1951-06-26 Rindy Ross, rock vocalist/saxophonist (Quarterflash), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1951-07-21 Diana Dennis, body builder (Women Physique World), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1951-08-23 Mark Hudson, comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1953-01-18 Brett Hudson, comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), born in Portland, Oregon

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1954-02-15 Matt Groening, American cartoonist and writer (Life in Hell, The Simpsons), born in Portland, Oregon

Cartoonist Matt Groening
Matt Groening
  • 1954-02-16 Margaux Hemingway, actress (Lipstick, They Call Me Bruce), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1956-01-27 Fred Quillan, WLAF offensive coach (Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1956-03-12 Dale Murphy, slugger (Atlanta Braves, 2 time NL MVP), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1958-01-01 Ren Woods, actress (Fanta-Roots), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1958-07-07 Michael Marx, US fencer-epee (Olympic-84, 88, 92, 96), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1959-11-28 Judd Nelson, actor (Breakfast Club, Jack-Suddenly Susan), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1960-03-15 Donna Smith, playmate (March, 1985), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1960-05-10 Victoria Rowell, actress (Drucilla-Young & Restless), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1962-02-27 Kory Tarpenning, pole vaulter, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1965-01-31 Adam Johnson, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1965-05-16 Brent Jasmer, actor (Sly-Bold & Beautiful), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1966-03-29 Eric Gunderson, pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1966-05-27 John Jaha, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1966-07-18 Dan[iel Dion] O'Brien, decathelete (Olympic-gold-96), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1968-11-14 Kent Bottenfield, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1968-12-19 Jennifer Devine, rower (Olympics-96), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1969-10-30 Brittany Gae Thompson, Miss Oregon-America (1991), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1970-11-12 Tonya Harding, figure skater (Oly-8th-1994/US Champ 1994), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1971-03-05 Brian Hunter, outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1972-10-23 Tiffeny Milbrett, soccer forward (Olympics-96), born in Portland, Oregon