Waco, TX in History

Historical Events

  • 1953-05-11 Tornado kills 114 in Waco Texas ($39M damage)
  • 1953-11-01 KCEN TV channel 6 in Temple-Waco, TX (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1993-02-28 Gun battle erupts near Waco, Texas at Branch Davidian compound after FBI attempts a raid
  • 1993-04-19 After a 51 day siege by the FBI 76 Branch Davidians die in a fire near Waco Texas (accident, suicide, tear gas are disputed causes)
  • 2015-05-17 Gun fight between rival biker gangs and police in Waco, Texas leaves 9 dead and 18 injured. 170 later arrested for organised crime.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1909-12-28 Billy Williams, singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1912-01-11 Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, Waco Texas, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1918-12-10 Anne Gwynne, actress (Ride 'em Cowboy, House of Frankenstein), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1943-09-03 Dave Eichelberger, PGA golfer (1971 Greater Milwaukee Open), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1949-03-12 Bill Payne, rock keyboardist (Little Feat-Time Loves a Hero), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1949-09-15 Joe Barton, Waco Texas, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives since 1985)
  • 1961-05-27 Peri Gilpin, actor (Roz Doyle-Frasier), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1964-09-24 Gene Watkins, Waco Texas, American actor (James Walsh-As the World Turns)
  • 1969-10-24 Arthur Rhodes, Waco Texas, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles)