Providence in History

Historical Events

  • 1636-07-04 City of Providence, Rhode Island form
  • 1644-03-14 England grants patent for Providence Plantations (now Rhode Island)
  • 1662-01-27 1st American lime kiln begins operation (Providence RI)
  • 1772-06-09 1st naval attack of Revolutionary War takes place in Providence, RI
  • 1880-06-17 John Ward, Providence, pitches perfect game vs Buffalo
  • 1882-09-25 1st baseball doubleheader (Providence & Worcester)
  • 1883-08-21 Providence shuts out Phillies 28-0
  • 1883-08-23 Philadelphia Phillies make 27 errors against Providence (wild pitches, walks and passballs counted as errors prior to 1888)
  • 1884-10-23 1st World Series OKed by AA, Providence (NL) beats NY Mets (AA) 6-0
  • 1884-10-25 1st World Series OK by AA, Providence (NL) sweeps NY Mets (AA) in 3
  • 1885-08-29 Phillies Charlie Ferguson no-hits Providence 1-0
  • 1906-12-27 1st annual meeting of American Sociological Society, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1925-10-11 NY Giants play 1st NFL game, lose to Providence 14-0
  • 1949-07-10 WJAR TV channel 10 in Providence, RI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-03-27 WPRI TV channel 12 in Providence, RI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1960-10-20 1st fully mechanized post office opened, Providence, RI
  • 1963-01-01 WTEV (now WLNE) TV channel 6 in Providence RI begins broadcasting
  • 1967-06-05 WSBE TV channel 36 in Providence, RI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1975-08-02 104°F (40°C) at Providence, Rhode Island (state record)
  • 1987-03-14 Providence, with Billy Donovan's 25 points, beats Austin Peay 90-87
  • 1992-04-13 Crystal Pepsi begins test marketing in Providence, Denver & Dallas
  • 1994-03-13 15th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Providence beats Georgetown, 74-64
  • 2014-03-15 35th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Providence beats Creighton, 65-58

Famous Birthdays

  • 1801-09-04 Cullen Whipple, American Inventor (pointed screw machine), born in Providence, Rhode Island

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1878-07-03 George M. Cohan, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1942)

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  • 1890-08-20 H. P. Lovecraft, American horror writer (At the Mountains of Madness, Weird Tales), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1937)
  • 1899-08-29 George Macready, American actor (Martin Peyton-Peyton Place), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1973)
  • 1901-06-29 Nelson Eddy, baritone (Duets with Jeanette MacDonald), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1903-03-25 Frankie Carle, orchestra leader (Golden Touch), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1911-10-30 Ruth Hussey, American actress (Another Thin Man), born in Providence, Rode Island, (d. 2005)
  • 1915-01-31 Bobby Hackett, trumpeteer/orchestra leader (Air Time '57), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1921-01-18 Robert Glaser, educational psychologist (National Assessment of Educational Progress), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2012)
  • 1922-06-03 Alain Resnais, French director (Muriel, Hiroshima mon amour), born in Brittany, France (d. 2014)
  • 1924-01-19 Nicholas Colasanto, American actor (Coach Ernie in Cheers), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1927-02-01 Galway Kinnell, American author (Body Rags, Book of Nightmares), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2014)
  • 1927-03-29 John McLaughlin, TV commentator (McLaughlin Group) and Nixon aide, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2016)
  • 1927-05-20 David Hedison, Americann actor (Colbys, Voyage to Bottom of Sea), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1934-10-08 J Carter Brown, art director (Washington National Gallery), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1941-02-18 David Blue, [Cohen], follk musician (Cupid's Arrow), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1982)

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1941-06-05 Spalding Gray, American actor (Beaches, Clara's Heart, Heavy Petting), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2004)

  • 1942-04-13 Bill Conti, composer (For Your Eyes Only, Rocky IV), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1942-12-10 Ralph Tavares, American musician (Tavares), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1944-04-26 Martha Rockwell, skier (Mount Washington), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1948-03-09 Jeffrey Osborne, rock vocalist (On the Wings of Love), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1960-01-28 John Caliri, American actor (Vinnie-Square Pegs, Double Trouble), born in Providence Rhode Island
  • 1968-04-23 Susan Emily Savastano, E Miss RI-America (1991), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1970-02-03 Keith Carney, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, Team US), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1970-07-19 Kengy Gardiner, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-5th-1994), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1970-12-13 Elizabeth Patricia Reilly, North Miss America-RI (1996), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1975-02-04 Elana Eve Chomiszak, Miss America-Rhode Island (1997), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1981-06-22 Monty Oum, American Animator (RWBY), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2015)

Famous Weddings

  • 2013-01-19 Figure skater five-time world champion Michelle Kwan (32) weds Clay Pell at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, Rhode Island