Mobile, AL in History

Historical Events

  • 1861-05-26 Union blockades towns of New Orleans and Mobile
  • 1863-09-05 Bread revolt in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1864-02-16 Battle of Mobile, Alabama - operations by Union Army
  • 1864-09-04 Bread riots in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1865-03-25 Battle of Mobile, Alabama (Spanish Fort, Fort Morgan, Fort Blakely)
  • 1865-04-11 Battle of Mobile, Alamaba evacuated by Confederates
  • 1865-04-15 Mobile, Alabama is captured by Union forces after a siege led by General Canby
  • 1868-02-24 1st US parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile, Alabama)
  • 1909-11-07 Knights of St Peter Claver founded in Mobile, Alabama; Ladies Auxiliary formed in 1922
  • 1943-05-25 Riot at Mobile, Alabama, shipyard over upgrading 12 black workers
  • 1953-01-14 WALA TV channel 10 in Mobile, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-09-05 WKRG TV channel 5 in Mobile, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1964-11-06 WEIQ TV channel 42 in Mobile, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1979-09-12 Hurricane Frederick hits Mobile Alabama; 5 die & $23 million damage

Famous Birthdays

  • 1893-09-18 William March, American writer (Company K), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1954)

Satchel Paige

1906-07-07 Satchel Paige, American Baseball HOF pitcher (6 x Negro League, 2 x MLB All Star; World Series 1948 Cleveland Indians), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1982)

  • 1911-07-10 (Charles) "Cootie" Williams, American jazz, jump-blues, and R&B trumpeter (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1929-40 & 1962-74), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1985)
  • 1914-10-20 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers and actor (The Five Heartbeats), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2006)
  • 1917-03-07 Davis Roberts [Robert Davis], American character actor (Westworld; Star Trek; The Killers), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • 1926-08-08 Urban "Urbie" Green, American jazz trombonist (Woody Herman; Buck Clayton; Hugo Montenegro), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1928-11-29 Yolande Betbeze Fox, Miss America 1951, first to refuse to parade in a swimsuit, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1932-09-11 Sonny Callahan [Herbert Leon Callahan], American politician (Rep-R-Alabama 1985-2003), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2021)
  • 1932-09-26 Clifton Williams, American major and NASA astronaut, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1967)

Hank Aaron

1934-02-05 Hank Aaron, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (MLB record 755 HRs; NL MVP 1957; 25 × MLB All-Star; Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2021) [1]

Willie McCovey

1938-01-10 Willie McCovey, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (6 x MLB All Star; NL MVP 1969; NL home run leader 1963, 68, 69; SF Giants), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2018)

  • 1941-01-30 Gregory Benford, American author & scientist, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1942-01-16 Billy Francis, American keyboardist (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - "Cover of the Rolling Stone"), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2010)
  • 1942-08-04 Cleon Jones, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star, World Series 1969; New York Mets), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1946-12-25 Jimmy Buffet, American yacht rock singer-songwriter ("Margaritaville"), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1947-07-16 Alexis Herman, American politician (23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1953-02-07 Robert Brazile "Dr. Doom", NFL player (Houston Oilers), born in Mobile, Alabama

Ozzie Smith

1954-12-26 Ozzie Smith, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (15 x MLB All-Star; 13 x Gold Glove Award; World Series 1982; NL Silver Slugger Award 1987; NLCS MVP 1985; SD Padres, St Louis Cardinals), born in Mobile, Alabama

  • 1956-10-26 Regina Benjamin, 18th US Surgeon General (2009-13), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1959-08-26 Kathryn P Hire, American Lt Commander USN/astronaut (sk: STS 90), born in Mobile, Alabama

Tim Cook

1960-11-01 Tim Cook, American businessman (CEO of Apple Inc. 2011-), born in Mobile, Alabama

  • 1961-06-28 Jeff Malone, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1986, 87; Utah Jazz, Washington Bullets), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1968-10-12 Leon Lett, American NFL defensive tackle and coach (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1970-09-16 Anthony Marshall, American NFL safety (Chicago Bears), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1971-02-14 Lonnie Johnson, American NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1971-11-05 Erick Walder, American triple jumper, born in Mobile, Alabama

Laverne Cox

1972-05-29 Laverne Cox, American actress (Orange Is the New Black, Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word) and LGBT advocate, born in Mobile, Alabama

  • 1973-03-06 Terry Adams, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1973-06-12 Jason Caffey, American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1973-08-13 Sherman Williams, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1977-08-14 Juan Pierre, American baseball player, born in Mobile, Alabama