Fort Worth in History

Historical Events

  • 1922-03-02 WBAP-AM, Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
  • 1922-05-02 WBAP-AM begins broadcasting from Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1923-01-04 1st broadcast of "Barn Dance Show" (WBAP - Fort Worth Texas)
  • 1934-04-18 1st "Washateria" (laundromat) opens (Fort Worth, Tx)
  • 1941-06-07 45th US Golf Open: Craig Wood shoots a 284 at Colonial Club Fort Worth
  • 1948-09-28 WBAP-TV, (NBC affiliate) Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
  • 1948-09-29 WBAP (now KXAS) TV channel 5 in Fort Worth-Dallas, TX (NBC) begins
  • 1949-03-02 Lucky Lady II (USAF B-50 Superfortress), completes 1st nonstop round- the-world flight at Fort Worth, Tx, covering 23,452-mis in 94 hrs
  • 1949-03-08 WBAP-FM, Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
  • 1949-09-17 WFAA TV channel 8 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-12-03 KRLD (now KDFW) TV channel 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (CBS) begins
  • 1955-09-11 KTVT TV channel 11 in Fort Worth-Dallas, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-02-21 Dodgers (Fort Worth) & Cubs (LA) "trade" minor league franchises
  • 1959-12-22 Continental League awards its last franchise to Dallas-Fort Worth
  • 1962-09-18 Charlie Finley is denied permission to move As to Dallas-Fort Worth
  • 1967-10-01 KBFI (now KDAF) TV channel 33 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (IND) begins
  • 1968-02-05 KDTV TV channel 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1983-06-14 5 killed in a fire at a Ramada Inn in Fort Worth, Tx
  • 1985-08-02 Delta Lockheed L-1011 crashes at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, 137 die
  • 1988-04-10 Herschel Walker performs Fort Worth Ballet
  • 1992-12-06 81st Davis Cup: USA beats Switzerland in Fort Worth (3-1)
  • 1997-05-25 David Frost wins Golf's Colonial Final in Fort Worth Texas
  • 2003-05-22 In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1899-06-22 Dorothy Devore, actress (Narrow Street, Senior Daredevil), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1907-08-03 Adrienne Ames, actress (Death Kiss, Panama Patrol), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1910-06-18 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1995)

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1912-02-04 Byron Nelson, PGA golfer (won 19 tournaments in 1945), born in Fort Worth, Texas

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • 1921-11-20 Phyllis Thaxter, actress (Nora, Fort Worth), born in Portland, Maine (d. 2012)
  • 1923-02-02 [Mary Elizabeth] Liz Smith, journalist and gossip columnist (WNBC, NY Daily News), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1924-08-10 Martha Hyer, American actress (Day of the Wolves, Night of the Grizzly), born in Fort Worth, TX, (d. 2014)
  • 1924-09-13 Norman Alden, actor (Pilaski-Hennesey, Al-Fay), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1925-08-16 Fess Parker, actor (Davy Crockett, Old Yeller), born in Fort Worth Texas
  • 1929-03-07 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)

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1930-03-09 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Downbeat Musician of Year 1966), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2015)

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • 1931-09-21 Larry Hagman, TV actor (I Dream of Jeannie, JR-Dallas), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1932-07-01 Bobby Day, [Robert Byrd], rock vocalist (Rockin' Robin), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1934-02-27 Van Williams, American actor (Green Hornet, Tycoon), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)

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1936-01-02 Roger Miller, country singer (King of the Road, Dang Me), born in Fort Worth, Texas

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • 1938-10-02 Rex Reed, movie critic/actor (Myra Breckinridge), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1941-03-10 Sandra Palmer, LPGA golfer (1986 Mayflower Classic), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1943-02-06 Gayle Hunnicutt, actress (Legend of Hell House, Dallas), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1943-06-04 Sandra Haynie, LPGA golfer (1974 US Women's Open), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1944-01-06 Robert Landers, Tarrant County TX, PGA golfer (Fort Worth-1976, 78, 80)
  • 1948-12-07 Gary Morris, country singer/actor (Colbys), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1950-01-23 Richard Gilliland, actor (Jonesy-Waltons, Tom-Heartland), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1953-11-03 Kate Capshaw [Nail], American actress (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1954-12-02 Danielle Alexander, country music pianist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1955-05-17 Bill Paxton, actor (True Lies, Big Love), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1961-03-25 Mark David Brooks, PGA golfer (1994 Kemper Open), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1962-09-16 Kimberly McArthur, Fort Worth Texas, playmate (January, 1982)
  • 1963-05-29 Lisa Whelchel, Fort Worth Texas, actress (Blair-Facts of Life)
  • 1965-01-02 Greg Swindell, pitcher (Houston Astros, Cleve Indians), born in Fort Worth, Texas

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1966-05-26 Helena Bonham Carter, English actress (Fight Club, Howards End), born in London, England

  • 1967-03-01 George Eads, Fort Worth Texas, American actor (CSI)
  • 1968-04-15 Billy Brewer, Fort Worth Texas, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1968-11-05 Cary Blanchard, NFL kicker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)

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1982-04-24 Kelly Clarkson, American singer and winner of the inaugural season of TV series American Idol, born in Fort Worth, Texas


Famous Deaths

  • 1987-03-02 Randolph Scott, actor (Fort Worth, Gung Ho, Jesse James), dies at 89
  • 1993-07-15 David Brian, US actor (Damned Don't Cry, Fort Worth), dies at 78