Houston in History

Historical Events

  • 1836-08-30 The city of Houston is founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen
  • 1917-08-23 Race riot in Houston Texas (2 blacks & 11 whites killed)
  • 1917-12-11 13 black soldiers hanged for participation in Houston riot
  • 1918-09-03 5 soldiers hanged for alleged participation in Houston riot (or Camp Logan riot); in all 19 mutineers were executed.

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1939-06-23 Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • 1942-11-27 Bobby Managoff beats Yvon Robert in Houston, to become wrestling champ
  • 1943-09-07 Fire in decrepit old Gulf Hotel kills 45 (Houston, Texas)
  • 1949-01-01 KPRC TV channel 2 in Houston, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-05-12 KUHT TV channel 8 (PBS) in Houston, TX, begins broadcasting
  • 1953-05-25 1st non-commercial educational television station-Houston, Texas
  • 1954-11-20 KTRK TV channel 13 in Houston, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-12-25 Rhythm and blues singer Johnny Ace, accidentally shoots himself in the head at the City Auditorium in Houston, Texas
  • 1956-04-26 First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
  • 1959-08-14 AFL organized with NY, Dallas, LA, Minneapolis, Denver & Houston
  • 1960-07-18 Baseball's NL votes to add Houston & NY franchises
  • 1960-10-16 NL votes to admit Houston & NY to league
  • 1961-01-31 Houston voters approve bond to finance luxury domed stadium
  • 1961-11-19 Houston George Blanda passes for 7 touchdowns vs NY Titans (49-13)
  • 1962-04-10 1st major league game in Houston, Colt .45s beat Chicago Cubs, 11-2
  • 1962-12-22 Harris County voters approve all-weather stadium for Houston Colt .45s
  • 1963-05-17 Houston Colt .45's Don Notterbart no-hits Phillies, 4-1
  • 1963-06-09 1st Sunday night game in baseball SF Giants lose to Houston Colts 3-0
  • 1963-06-15 SF Giants Juan Marichal no-hits Houston Colt .45s, 1-0
  • 1963-09-10 Phillies beat Houston Colt .45s, 16-0
  • 1963-09-29 Houston Colt .45 John Paciorek goes 3 for 3 in his only game
  • 1963-12-22 Oakland Raider Tom Flores passes for 6 touchdowns vs Houston (52-49)
  • 1964-04-23 Houston Colt 45s Ken Johnson becomes 1st major league pitcher to lose a 9 inning no-hitter, Reds win 1-0
  • 1964-05-17 Phillies triple play Houston Colt .45s
  • 1965-07-08 Joe Morgan is 1st Houston player with 6 hits in a game
  • 1967-01-06 KHTV TV channel 39 in Houston, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-06-18 Houston Don Wilson no-hits Atlanta Braves, 2-0
  • 1968-01-20 Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win basketball's Game of the Century and end UCLA's 47 game winning streak
  • 1969-05-01 Houston Don Wilson 2nd no-hitter beats Cincinnati Reds, 4-0
  • 1970-04-13 Apollo 13 announces "Houston, we've got a problem!" as Beech-built oxygen tank explodes en route to Moon
  • 1971-08-15 KVRL (now KRIV) TV ch 26 in Houston, Texas (Fox) begins
  • 1973-07-20 Jack Brisco beats Harley Race in Houston, to become NWA champ
  • 1974-01-13 Super Bowl VIII: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7 in Houston Super Bowl MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB

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1974-02-20 Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1M from Houston Aeros, WHA

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 1975-05-04 Houston's Bob Watson scores baseball's one-millionth run of all time
  • 1975-11-02 Summit in Houston opens - Rockets beat Milwaukee Bucks, 104-89
  • 1978-09-02 John McClain performs 180 outside loops in an airplane over Houston
  • 1981-01-18 Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield become the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories (buildings, cliffs, bridges, antennae) after parachuting off a Houston skyscraper
  • 1983-04-04 45th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: NC State beats Houston 54-52
  • 1983-08-18 Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas
  • 1984-04-02 46th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston 84-75

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1984-08-19 Republican convention in Houston nominates Ronald Reagan for President

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1985-02-24 Jim Kelly (Houston USFL) passes for pro football record 574 yds
  • 1985-09-18 BBC Radio reports prime # 2^216091-1 found in Houston
  • 1988-08-25 Challenger Center opens its classroom doors in Houston
  • 1989-06-13 Houston's Terry Puhl plays in his 1,403rd game (most by a Canadian)
  • 1989-10-21 Houston becomes 1st major college team to gain 1000 yards in a game
  • 1989-12-02 55th Heisman Trophy Award: Andre Ware, Houston (QB)

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1990-11-14 James Worthy is arrested in Houston and charged with two counts of solicitation of prostitution

NBA Small Forward James Worthy
NBA Small Forward
James Worthy
  • 1991-08-31 Houston QB David Klingler sets NCAA record with 6 touchdown passes in the 2nd quarter as the Cougars clobbered Louisiana Tech 73-3
  • 1991-09-11 14 die in a Continental Express commuter plane crash near Houston
  • 1991-11-09 Houston's Roman Anderson is 1st NCAA to kick 400 pts
  • 1993-01-10 Maiden flight of Ultrair (Houston to LA)
  • 1993-09-08 Houston's Darryl Kile throws 3rd no-hitter of season in 7-1 over Mets
  • 1995-03-01 Part of Houston begins using new area code 281
  • 1995-04-18 Houston Post folds after 116 years

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1996-09-29 Alanis Morissette ends her 1st US tour (Houston Texas)

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
  • 2000-04-11 AT&T Park in San Francisco, Minute Maid Park in Houston, and Comerica Park in Detroit open.
  • 2001-06-05 Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.
  • 2001-09-13 Relative calm returns to world oil markets as US retail gasoline prices return to normal levels; energy trading by Houston energy companies resumes and limited commercial aviation starts
  • 2002-10-31 A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas formally indicted former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.
  • 2004-07-13 75th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-4 at Minute Maid Park, Houston
  • 2005-06-01 The longest oil/natural gas explosion in the Houston, Texas area occurs in Crosby, Texas. The drill was owned by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Company.
  • 2007-04-20 Johnson Space Center Shooting: A man with a handgun barricades himself in NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.
  • 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.

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2013-01-08 Steve Nash records his 10,000th career assist against Houston

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • 2015-06-03 Dr. Jesse Selber performs the world's first partial-skull and scalp transplant at Houston Methodist Hospital
  • 2016-02-25 Tenth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN, held in Houston, Texas

Famous Birthdays

  • 1882-07-10 Ima Hogg, Texas art patron/founder of Houston Symphony
  • 1895-07-23 Florence Vidor, [Arto], actress (Jack Knife Man), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1900-11-07 Efrem Kurtz, St Petersburg Russia, conductor (Houston Symph 1948-54)
  • 1905-01-19 Oveta Culp Hobby, government official/newspaper publisher/CEO (Houston Post)
  • 1906-11-12 Bukka [Booker T. Washington] White, blues guitarist, born in Houston, Mississippi (d. 1977)
  • 1912-01-11 Donald Barry, actor (Mr Gallo-Mr Novak), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1916-09-02 Penny Santon, Greenwich Village NY, actress (Roll Out, Matt Houston)
  • 1920-08-22 Denton Cooley, heart surgeon (1st artifical heart transplant), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1927-04-01 Amos Milburn, R&B singer and pianist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1928-11-11 Ernestine Anderson, jazz vocalist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1929-02-24 David Houston, Major-General/Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland
  • 1930-04-28 James Baker, American Secretary of the Treasury (1985-88), Secretary of State (1989-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1932-05-30 Pauline Oliveros, composer (Sound Patterns), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1933-06-29 John Bradshaw, American theologian, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1933-11-25 Kathryn Grant Crosby, actress (Mr Cory, Big Circus), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1934-06-01 Peter Masterson, actor (Ambush Bay), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1934-09-24 John Brunner, [Kilian Houston], UK, sci-fi author (100th Millennium)

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1935-01-16 A. J. Foyt, American racing driver (Indy 500 - 1961, 64, 67 & 77), born in Houston, Texas

Racing Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1935-12-09 David Houston, American country music singer (Almost Persuaded), born in Bossier City, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • 1936-02-21 Barbara Jordan, (Rep-D-Tx, 1972-78), born in Houston, Texas

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1938-08-21 Kenny Rogers, singer (Through the Years), born in Houston, Texas

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • 1938-11-06 P J Proby, [James Marcus Smith], American rocker, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1939-02-12 John D Hancock, actor/director (Black Marble, Traxx, Houston Knights)
  • 1940-03-23 Luis Gasca, American trumpeter, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1940-08-19 Johnny Nash, rocker (I Can See Clearly Now), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1941-03-04 John Hancock, Hazen AR, actor (Black Marble, Traxx, Houston Knights)
  • 1941-06-01 Edo de Waart, Amsterdam Holland, conductor (Houston Opera-1976)
  • 1941-07-03 Wylie Walker Vale, Endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1941-11-01 Robert Foxworth, actor (Chase-Falcon Crest, Frankenstein), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1942-08-07 B J Thomas, Hugo, Oklahoma, American singer (Raindrops, Growing Pains Theme)
  • 1942-12-30 Michael Nesmith, rocker (Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1943-03-17 Don Mitchell, actor (Mark-Ironside), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1943-04-06 Susan Tolsky, actress (Madame's Place, Here Comes the Brides), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1945-05-30 Meredith MacRae, actress (Petticoat Junction, My 3 Sons), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1945-10-26 Jaclyn Smith, American actress (Charlie's Angels, The Bourne Identity), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1946-08-15 Kathryn Jean Whitmire, (4 time Mayor-Houston), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1946-09-02 Billy Preston, American soul musician/singer and pianist, 5th Beatle (David Brenner Show), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1947-11-12 J. C. [John Charles] Crowley, American musician, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1948-06-19 Phylicia Rashad, American actress and singer (The Cosby Show, One Life to Live), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1948-12-06 JoBeth Williams, actress (Kramer vs Kramer, Poltergeist), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1948-12-25 Barbara Mandrell, singer/TV host (Mandrell Sisters), born in Houston, Texas

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1949-01-10 George Foreman, Marshall Texas, American World Heavyweight boxing champ (1973-74, 95)

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1949-01-10 Teresa Graves, actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1949-02-02 Brent Spiner, American actor (Data-Star Trek the Next Generation), born in Houston, Texas

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1949-07-07 Shelley Duvall, actress (Popeye, Faery Tale Theater), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1949-12-16 Billy Gibbons, jazz/rock guitarist (Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950-01-16 Debbie Allen, dancer/actress (3 Girls 3, Lydia-Fame), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950-08-07 Rodney Crowell, country singer (She's Crazy for Leavin'), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950-10-01 Randy Quaid, actor (Midnight Express, Vacation, Saturday Night Live), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1952-02-27 Dwight Elmo Jones, basketball player (Olymp-silver-1972), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1952-04-01 Annette O'Toole, actress (Cat People, Superman III), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1952-08-18 Patrick Swayze, actor/dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1953-12-06 Gina Hecht, actress (Melanie-Hizzoner, Mork & Mindy), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1954-04-09 Dennis Quaid, actor (Big Easy, Dreamscape, Right Stuff), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1955-05-15 Lee Horsley, Muleshoe Tx, actor (Nero Wolfe, Matt Houston)
  • 1956-05-27 Lisa Niemi, actress (Dirty Dancing, Will Rodgers Follies), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1956-06-01 Lisa Hartman Black, singer/actress (Tabitha, Knots Landing), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1957-05-13 Eloise Broady, playmate (Apr, 1988), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1958-12-23 Joan Severance, actress (Hear No Evil, See No Evil), born in Houston, Texas

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1960-07-30 Richard Linklater, American filmmaker (Before Sunrise, Boyhood), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1960-10-19 Jennifer Holliday, singer/actress (Dream Girls), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1961-08-01 Mark "Red" Mitchell, American actor (JFK, 8 Seconds, I Want to Live), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1994)
  • 1962-07-21 Ike Eisenmann, actor (Scott-Fantastic Journey), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1963-03-24 Sammy Giammatva, tennis star, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1963-07-13 Bobby Rock, rock drummer (Nelson-Love & Affection), born in Houston, Texas

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1963-11-16 Zina Garrison Jackson, tennis star (1988/90 Wimbledon), born in Houston, Texas

Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison
  • 1964-07-21 Susan Swift, actress (Chisholms), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1964-12-02 Yolanda Henry, high jumper, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1964-12-22 Mike Jackson, pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966-02-03 Sean Patrick Wade, NZ marathoner (Olympics-96), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966-06-28 Mary Stuart Masterson, actress (Some Kind of Wonderful), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966-12-12 Cheryl Dickey, 100m hurdler, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967-04-12 Kirk Everist, water polo driver (Olympics-96), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967-06-02 Mike Stanton, pitcher (NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967-06-29 Melora Hardin, actress (Family Tree, Best Times), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967-10-04 Roger Pavlik, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967-11-28 Anna Nicole "Vickie" Smith, playmate (May 1992), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1968-07-07 Chuck Knoblauch, shortstop (NY Yankees, Minnesota Twins), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1968-09-16 Tara Cross-Battle, volleyball hitter (Oly-br-92, 96), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1970-07-14 Mark Brandenburg, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1970-12-13 George Van Os Jr, team handball left back (Oly-1996), born in Houston, Texas

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1972-04-17 Jennifer Garner [Affleck], American actress (Sydney Bristow-Alias), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1973-03-24 Jim Parsons, actor (The Big Bang Theory), born in Houston, Texas

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1975-11-07 Marcus Luttrell, United States Navy SEAL ("Lone Survivor"), born in Houston, Texas

Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell
Marcus Luttrell
  • 1976-02-06 Kim Zmeskal, US gymnist (Olympic-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1978-02-08 Christa Williams, softball pitcher (Olympics-gold-96), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1978-07-06 Rachel Rochelli, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1978-08-24 Melissa McElroy, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1979-11-28 Chamillionaire [Hakeem Seriki ], American rapper, born in Houston, Texas

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1981-09-04 Beyoncé Knowles, singer (Destiny's Child), born in Houston, Texas

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1987-09-28 Hilary Duff, actress and singer (Lizzie McGuire), born in Houston, Texas

Actress/Singer Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff
  • 1992-09-28 Skye McCole Bartusiak, American actress, born in Houston, Texas, (d. 2014)

Famous Weddings

  • 1919-05-31 1st wedding held in an aircraft (over Houston, Texas)

HeartWedding of Interest

1989-09-23 Tennis Ace Zina Garrison (25) weds businessman Willard Jackson (25) at the Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston

Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison
  • 2006-11-04 1996 summer Olympics gold medalist gymnast Dominique Moceanu (25) weds podiatrist Dr. Michael Canales (29) in Houston, Texas
  • 2010-06-26 Former WWE Diva Michelle McCool (30) weds fellow wrestler "The Undertaker" Mark Calaway (45) in Houston, Texas
  • 2014-12-31 Olympic gold medalist soccer player Alex Morgan (25) weds Houston Dynamo midfielder Servando Carrasco (26) in Santa Barbara, California

Famous Deaths

  • 1950-04-22 Charles H Houston, architect of NAACP legal campaign, dies at 54
  • 1961-04-29 Cisco Houston, American folk singer (b. 1918)
  • 1977-11-05 Guy Lombardo, orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), dies in Houston at 75
  • 2008-01-27 Louie Welch, mayor of Houston (b. 1918)