Galveston in History

Historical Events

  • 1861-08-03 Federal fleet bombards Galveston, Texas
  • 1862-10-05 Federal fleet occupies Galveston, Texas
  • 1863-01-01 Battle of Galveston, Texas-Confederates recapture the city
  • 1863-01-11 Naval engagement near Galveston between CSS Alabama & USS Hatteras
  • 1865-05-26 Battle of Galveston TX, surrender of Edmund Kirby Smith
  • 1865-06-02 At Galveston, Kirby-Smith surrenders Trans-Mississippi Dept
  • 1900-09-08 6,000 killed when a hurricane & tidal wave strikes Galveston, Texas
  • 1915-08-17 Hurricane strikes Galveston, Texas (275 killed)
  • 1915-08-25 Hurricane kills 275 in Galveston, Texas with $50 million damage
  • 1979-11-01 Tanker Burmah Agate off Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 10.7 m gallons of oil, in US's worst oil spill disaster
  • 1981-01-28 Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision
  • 1983-08-18 Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas
  • 2008-09-13 Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the United States, causing heavy damage to Galveston Island, Houston and surrounding areas.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1897-11-17 Sara Haden, actress (A Family Affair), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1929-07-05 Katherine Helmond, actress (Soap, Mona-Who's the Boss), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1943-04-02 Larry Coryell, jazz guitarist (11th House), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1943-09-03 Valerie Perrine, American actress and model (Steam Bath, Superman, Lenny), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1943-12-03 Valerie Perrine, actress (Slaughterhouse 5), born in Galveston, Texas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1944-09-12 Barry White, singer (Love's Theme), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 2003)

Singer Barry White
Barry White
  • 1953-11-13 Tracy Scoggins, actress (Colbys, Gumshoe Kid), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1956-12-22 Marcy Hanson, playmate (Oct, 1978), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1961-03-25 John Stockwell, actor (Born to Ride, City Limits), born in Galveston, Texas