El Paso in History

Historical Events

  • 1881-04-14 The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight in El Paso, Texas.
  • 1895-08-19 American frontier murderer and outlaw, John Wesley Hardin, is killed by an off-duty policeman in a saloon in El Paso, Texas.
  • 1952-12-14 KROD (now KDBC) TV channel 4 in El Paso, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-01-04 KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-09-01 KELP (now KCOS) TV channel 13 in El Paso, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964-12-13 In El Paso, Tx, LBJ & Mexican Pres Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion diverting Rio Grande, to reshape US-Mexico border

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1983-12-15 Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via El Paso, Kelly AFB
  • 1993-10-27 Howard Stern's radio show begins broadcasting in El Paso Texas
  • 1994-06-25 111°F (43.9°C) at El Paso Texas
  • 1994-06-26 112°F (44.4°C) at El Paso, Texas

Famous Birthdays

  • 1882-03-06 Guy Kibbee, American actor (Big Shot), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1956)
  • 1885-05-07 George "Gabby" Hayes, American actor (In Old Santa Fe, El Paso), born in Wellesvile, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1895-05-08 Fulton J Sheen, El Paso Ill, bishop (Life is Worth Living)
  • 1903-10-17 Irene Ryan, actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1921-08-19 Gene Roddenberry, executive producer (Star Trek), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1923-08-01 Paul Lambert, actor (Tom-Executive Suite), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1924-02-10 Randy Van Horne, vocalist (Nat King Cole Show), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1932-04-01 Debbie Reynolds, American actress (Kathy Selden-Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1934-03-11 Sam Donaldson, ABC White House correspondent (Prime Time), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1940-07-19 Vikki Carr [Florencia Vicenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona)], singer (Let it Be Him), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1940-12-19 Phil Ochs, anti-war folk singer (Joe Hill, War is Over), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1951-09-04 Judith Ivey, actress (Lady in Red, Hello Again), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1955-05-27 Bill Malley, Nike golfer (1991 El Paso Open-30th), born in Oakland, California
  • 1957-03-31 Patrick G Forrester, Army Lt Colonel and astronaut, born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1958-07-23 Lydia Cornell, actress (Sara Rush-Too Close for Comfort), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1959-07-14 Susana Martinez, American politician (Governor of New Mexico) 1st female Hispanic US governor, born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1960-02-29 Richard Ramirez, El Paso, Texas, serial killer (Night Stalker)
  • 1963-04-11 Eddy Moya, actor, born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1963-04-21 John Cameron Mitchell, actor (Misplaced, Band of the Hand), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1963-12-07 Kristi Albers, LPGA golfer (1993 Sprint Classic), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1965-08-07 Caroline S Keggi, LPGA golfer (1994 Dinah Shore-19th), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1969-04-01 Frank Castillo, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1970-01-09 Graciela Schutt, WPVA volleyballer (Deerfield-25th-1995), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1974-03-19 John Coppinger, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in El Paso, Texas

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1963-10-26 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (30) weds director-producer William Asher (42) in El Paso, Texas


Famous Deaths

  • 1961-04-26 Gail Russell, actress (Calcutta, Moonrise, El Paso), dies at 36
  • 1990-05-01 Sunset Carson, cowboy actor (El Paso Kid, Oregon Trail), dies at 62
  • 1995-01-02 Manuel Rivera, Spanish painter/co-founder (El Paso), dies at 67