Phoenix in History

Historical Events

  • 1828-02-21 1st American Indian newspaper in US, "Cherokee Phoenix", published
  • 1881-02-05 Phoenix, Arizona incorporates
  • 1920-10-10 Phoenix Cardinals (then in Chicago) play 1st NFL game, a 0-0 tie
  • 1929-02-08 KOY-AM in Phoenix Arizona begins radio transmissions
  • 1931-10-16 US trunk murderess Winnie Ruth Judd murders two friends then dismembers one of them in Phoenix
  • 1936-07-10 111°F (44°C) Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (state record)
  • 1946-04-25 Christopher Fry's "Phoenix too Frequent" premieres in London
  • 1947-03-01 Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck sets up spring training camp In racially tolerant Phoenix, AZ in anticipation of signing team's first black players; Larry Doby is first acquisition later in the season
  • 1953-04-23 KTAR (now KPNX) TV channel 12 in Phoenix, AZ (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-10-24 KOOL (now KTSP) TV channel 10 in Phoenix, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-10-21 Giants purchase Class-A Phoenix team
  • 1957-12-02 Pacific Coast League franchises forced to relocate when Dodgers and Giants confirm their move to California for 1958 MLB season; Hollywood Stars move from LA to Salt Lake City; LA Angels move to Spokane, and San Francisco Seals transfer to Phoenix
  • 1958-09-22 KTVK TV channel 3 in Phoenix, AZ (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1961-01-30 KAET TV channel 8 in Phoenix, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966-12-29 Pirate Radio Phoenix, 1st transmission (Worcester, Massachusetts)
  • 1967-09-16 KPAZ TV channel 21 in Phoenix, AZ (IND) begins broadcasting

  • 1968-07-01 The CIA's Phoenix Program is officially established.

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1969-03-12 11th Grammy Awards: "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" by Glen Campbell wins best record

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971-10-03 American tennis star Billie Jean King becomes first female athlete to win $100,000 in prize money in a single year; wins the $4,000 Virginia Slams Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972-02-16 Wilt Chamberlain of the Los Angeles Lakers becomes first player in NBA history to reach the career 30,000 point mark during a 110-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1980-02-02 Mexican boxer Salvador Sánchez dethrones Danny “Little Red” Lopez as WBC world featherweight champion with a 13th-round TKO in Phoenix, AZ; Lopez champion since November 1976, 8th defence
  • 1985-12-09 Phoenix, Arizona, gets 3" of snow
  • 1988-01-16 NFL St Louis Cardinals announce move to Phoenix
  • 1988-03-15 NFL's St Louis Cardinals officially move to Phoenix
  • 1988-09-04 The relocated Phoenix Cardinals play first regular-season NFL game; lose 21-14 v Bengals at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati
  • 1988-09-12 1st NFL regular-season game played in Phoenix; Cowboys beat Card
  • 1989-01-17 Phoenix Suns cancel game at Miami Heat, due to racial unrest in Miami
  • 1989-07-20 93°F, highest overnight low ever recorded in Phoenix Arizona
  • 1990-06-25 120°F in Phoenix Arizona
  • 1990-06-26 122°F in Phoenix Arizona

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1991-03-19 NFL owners strip Phoenix of 1993 Super Bowl game due to Arizona Not recognizing Martin Luther King Day

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1991-03-31 Danny Bonaduce attacks a transvestite prostitute in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1992-06-06 America West Arena opens in Phoenix, Arizona; home court of NBA Phoenix Suns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992-06-17 Philadelphia 76ers trade Charles Barkley to Phoenix Suns

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
  • 1992-12-12 NY Giants lose 19-0 to Phoenix Cardinals
  • 1993-03-23 NY Knicks & Phoenix Suns get into a major brawl

  • 1994-12-31 This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC-11 to UTC+13 and UTC-10 to UTC+14, respectively.
  • 1995-03-06 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Phoenix AZ on KEDJ 106.3/100.3 FM
  • 1995-03-19 Arizona outside of Phoenix begins using new telephone area code 520
  • 1996-11-01 Shaquille O'Neil makes his Hollywood debut as Los Angeles Lakers beat Phoenix Suns, 96-82 at the Forum, Inglewood; O'Neil scores 23 points and pulls down 14 rebounds in 35 minutes
  • 1997-03-13 Phoenix lights seen at night over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television. Now a hotly debated controversy.
  • 1998-04-05 The Arizona Diamondbacks record their first win in team history with a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Phoenix, AZ; ends second-worst start ever (0-5) by an expansion team
  • 2001-11-04 Arizona beats New York Yankees, 3-2 in Game 7 at Bank One Ballpark, Phoenix for Diamondbacks' first Baseball World Series; Arizona pitchers Randy Johnson & Curt Schilling co-MVP's
  • 2004-09-30 The AIM-54 Phoenix, the primary missile for the F-14 Tomcat, retired from service. Almost two years later, the Tomcat retires.
  • 2007-07-27 Two News helicopters from Phoenix, Arizona television stations KNXV and KTVK collide over Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix while covering a police chase; there were no survivors. Worst civil aviation incident in Phoenix history.

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2008-02-03 Super Bowl XLII, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 17-14; MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB

NFL Quarterback Eli Manning
NFL Quarterback
Eli Manning
  • 2009-01-18 NFC Championship, University of Phoenix Stadium: Arizona Cardinals beat Philadelphia Eagles, 32-25

Sport defeatWrestleMania

2010-03-28 WrestleMania XXVI, Uni of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ (72,219): Chris Jericho defeats Edge; John Cena downs Batista; The Undertaker beats Shawn Michaels

Professional Wrestler and Actor John Cena
Professional Wrestler and Actor
John Cena
  • 2011-01-10 College Football, 13th BCS National Championship, University of Phoenix Stadium: #1 Auburn beats #2 Oregon, 22-19
  • 2011-07-12 82nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Chase Field, Phoenix

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

2015-01-25 NFL Pro Bowl, University of Phoenix, Glendale, AZ: Team Irvin beats Team Carter, 32-28; MVPs: J. J. Watt, Houston Texans, DE; Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions, QB

American Football Player J. J. Watt
American Football Player
J. J. Watt

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2015-02-01 Super Bowl XLIX, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ: New England Patriots beat Seattle Seahawks, 28-24; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 2016-01-11 College Football National Championship, University of Phoenix Stadium: #2 Alabama beats #1 Clemson, 45-40

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-08-29 John McCain is only the third person to lie in state at the Arizona state capital rotunda in Phoenix

US Senator John McCain
US Senator
John McCain
  • 2019-06-17 Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, Kate Gallego apologies for local police threatening to shoot African American family after their four-year shoplifted a doll

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

2019-09-07 "The Joker" directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix wins the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival


Famous Birthdays

  • 1909-02-03 M Vasalis [Margaretha Droogleever Fortuyn-Leenmans], poet (Phoenix)
  • 1909-03-24 Thomas "Tommy" Trinder, British radio comedian and actor (Save a Little Sunshine, Phoenix), born in Streatham, London, England (d. 1989)
  • 1914-05-01 John Henry Lewis, American boxer (World Light-Heavyweight champion 1935-38), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 1974)
  • 1922-12-01 Geraldine McCulloug, Maywood Ill, painter/sculptor (Phoenix)
  • 1923-01-23 Horace Ashenfelter, American 3000m steeplechase (Olympic gold 1952), born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
  • 1923-04-17 Solly Hemus, American baseball player, born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2017)
  • 1927-04-04 Bob Stump, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2003)
  • 1929-11-30 Joan Ganz Cooney, founder of the Children's Television Workshop (Sesame Street), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1931-02-17 Buddy Ryan, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), born in Frederick, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1936-03-05 Dale Douglass, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles; US Senior Open 1986), born in Wewoka Oklahoma

Person of interestGlen Campbell

1936-04-22 Glen Campbell, American actor and singer (Time I Get to Phoenix), born in Delight, Arkansas (d. 2017)

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • 1938-03-07 Homero Blancas, American golfer (US Ryder Cup 1973), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1939-06-26 Chuck [Charles] Robb, American politician, 64th Governor of Virginia, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1943-05-25 Jessi Colter [Miriam Johnson], American country singer (I'm Not Lisa), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1943-09-10 "Superstar" Billy Graham [Eldridge Coleman], American professional wrestler, WWF Heavyweight Champion (1977-8), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1947-02-06 Charles Hickcox, American 200m/400m medley swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1968), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2010)
  • 1947-07-04 William "Bill" Schnee, American musician, music producer, and audio engineer, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1948-03-09 Jaime Lyn Bauer, American actress (Young & Restless, Centerfold Girls), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1948-05-26 Stevie [Stephanie] Nicks, American singer songwriter (Fleetwood Mac, Bella Donna), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1949-01-15 Howard Twitty, American golfer, course designer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1949-08-16 Bill "Sputnik" Spooner, American rock guitarist (The Tubes), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1951-02-21 Vince Welnick, American rock keyboardist (The Tubes, Grateful Dead), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2003)
  • 1951-07-24 Lynda Carter, American actress (Wonder Woman, Sky High) and Miss USA (1973), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1951-08-27 Don Pooley Jr, American golfer (US Senior Open 2002), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1954-08-20 Quinn Buckner, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Phoenix, Illinois
  • 1955-03-29 Dianne Kay, American actress (Nancy-8 is Enough, Reggie, Glitter), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1956-05-18 Naomichi 'Joe' Ozaki, Japanese golfer (32 Japan Tour titles), born in Tekushima, Japan
  • 1958-02-09 Sandy Lyle, Scottish golfer (British Open 1985, US Masters 1988), born in Shrewsbury, England
  • 1958-10-13 Dwayne Evans, American 200m runner (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1958-12-30 Steven L Smith, astronaut (STS 68, 82), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1959-05-16 Mare Winningham, actress (St Elmo's Fire, Turner & Hooch), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1959-07-12 Judi Adams, archer (Olympics 1980, 96), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1961-12-31 Joanna Johnson, American actress (Caroline-Bold & Beautiful), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1962-04-03 Jennifer Rubin, American actress (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1964-10-31 The Boogeyman [Marty Wright], American professional wrestler, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1965-03-17 John Smiley, Phoenixville PA, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1965-10-05 Richey Reneberg, American tennis player (1995 Australian doubles), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1966-08-06 Billy Mayfair, American golfer (Tour Championship 1995), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1969-04-25 Darren Woodson, American NFL safety (5 x Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 1992, 93, 95; Dallas Cowboys), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1969-09-06 CeCe Peniston, American singer (Finally) and beauty queen (Miss Black Arizona 1989), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1969-10-11 Ty Murray, American rodeo cowboy (5-time all-around world champion), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1970-08-24 Rich Beem, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2002), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1970-09-25 Damon Pieri, American NFL safety (Carolina Panthers), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1972-06-01 Leta Lindley, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1997), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1972-11-26 Nicole Beach, American model (Wonderbra), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1974-02-09 Amber Valletta, American actress and model (Hitch, Revenge), born in Phoenix, Arizona

Person of interestJoaquin Phoenix

1974-10-28 Joaquin Phoenix, American actor (Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • 1975-11-20 Dierks Bentley, American singer, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1976-01-31 Buddy Rice, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 2004, 24 Hours of Daytona 2009), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1976-03-20 Chester Bennington, American singer and songwriter (Linkin Park), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2017)
  • 1976-10-05 J. J. Yeley, American race car driver, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1980-01-08 Rachel Nichols, American actress, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1981-12-08 Jeremy Accardo, American baseball player, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1982-04-10 Andre Ethier, American baseball player, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1982-06-11 Diana Taurasi, American basketball player (Phoenix Mercury), born in Glendale, California
  • 1984-10-23 Meghan McCain, American columnist, author, and TV host, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1989-12-22 Jordin Sparks, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Phoenix, Arizona