Arkansas in History

Arkansas: Little Rock

Historical Events

  • 1808-11-10 Osage Treaty / Treaty of Fort Clark, Osage Nation cedes territory in Missouri and Arkansas to the US
  • 1819-03-02 Territory of Arkansas organized
  • 1831-12-25 Louisiana & Arkansas are first states to observe Christmas as holiday
  • 1836-06-15 Arkansas becomes 25th state of the Union
  • 1859-02-28 Arkansas legislature requires free blacks to choose exile or slavery
  • 1861-02-12 State troops seize US munitions in Napoleon, Arkansas, during the US Civil War
  • 1861-04-23 Arkansas troops seize Fort Smith on the Arkansas River
  • 1861-05-06 Arkansas & Tennessee becomes 9th & 10th states to secede from US
  • 1862-03-06 Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas (Elkhorn Tavern)
  • 1862-07-06 Skirmish at Devall's Bluff, Arkansas (106 casualties)
  • 1862-07-12 Federal troops occupy Helena, Arkansas
  • 1862-07-15 CSS Arkansas vs USS Carondelet & Queen of the West engage at Yazoo River
  • 1862-08-06 Confederate ironclad "Arkansas" is badly damaged in Union attack
  • 1862-11-28 Battle at Cane Hill, Arkansas (475 casualties)
  • 1863-01-09 -Jan 11th] Battle of Arkansas Post, AR (Ft Hindman)
  • 1863-01-10 General McClernand's Union troops surround Fort Hindman, Arkansas
  • 1863-01-11 Union forces capture Arkansas Post, or Ft Hindman, Arkansas
  • 1863-07-04 Failed Confederate assault on Helena Arkansas (640 casualties)
  • 1863-08-01 Battle of Little Rock, Arkansas; start of Chattanooga campaign
  • 1863-09-01 Federal troops reconquer Fort Smith Arkansas
  • 1863-09-27 Jo Shelby's cavalry in action at Moffat's Station, Arkansas
  • 1864-03-23 Encounter at Camden, Arkansas
  • 1864-03-29 Union General Steeles troops reach Arkadelphia, Arkansas
  • 1864-03-30 Skirmish at Mount Elba, Arkansas
  • 1864-04-02 Skirmish at Spoonville, Antoine, Arkansas
  • 1864-04-03 Skirmish at Okolona, Arkansas
  • 1864-04-04 Skirmish at Elkin's Ford (Little Missouri River), Arkansas
  • 1864-04-15 General Steeles' Union troops occupies Camden, Arkansas
  • 1864-04-18 Battle of Poison Springs, Arkansas (Camden Expedition)
  • 1864-04-25 Battle of Marks' Mill, Arkansas (Camden Expedition)
  • 1864-04-29 -30] Skirmish at Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas
  • 1864-04-30 Battle of Jenkin's Ferry, Arkansas; General W R Scurry is killed
  • 1864-06-06 Battle of Lake Chicot, Arkansas (Dutch Bayou)
  • 1865-05-11 Confederate Brigadier General Meriwether Jeff Thompson surrenders at Jacksonport, Arkansas

Historic Event

1866-04-02 US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia

  • 1868-01-07 Arkansas constitutional convention meets in Little Rock
  • 1868-06-22 Arkansas re-joins the US
  • 1869-03-13 Arkansas legislature passes anti-Ku Klux Klan law
  • 1905-02-13 -29°F (-34°C) Pond, Arkansas (state record)
  • 1919-09-30 Elaine Massacre: Arkansas state militia and rioters kill over 200 hundred Black people in response to sharecroppers' attempt to organize against landowners; trials of survivors for murder leads to Supreme Court enacted judicial reforms [1] [2]
  • 1921-03-04 Hot Springs National Park created in Arkansas

Historic Event

1931-02-03 Arkansas legislature passes motion to pray for soul of journalist H. L. Mencken, after he calls the state the "apex of moronia"

Historic Event

1936-04-01 Charles "Lucky" Luciano" is arrested in Arkansas on a criminal warrant from New York

  • 1936-08-10 120°F (49°C) at Ozark, Arkansas (state record)
  • 1945-01-08 University of Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team sets an NCAA record by holding Arkansas State to 6 points in a 75-6 win
  • 1952-03-21 -22] Tornadoes in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky cause 343 deaths

Little Rock Crisis

1957-09-04 Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, calls out National Guard to prevent 9 black students from entering a Little Rock's Central High School

Historic Event

1957-09-23 President Dwight D. Eisenhower orders US troops to support integration of nine black students at Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas

  • 1957-09-23 White mob forces 9 black students enrolled at Little Rock's Central High School in Arkansas to withdraw
  • 1957-09-25 300 US Army troops guard 9 black kids return to Central High School in Arkansas
  • 1957-11-27 US Army withdraws from Little Rock, Arkansas after Central High School integration
  • 1958-05-08 US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1958-06-23 US Federal judge rules race separation must end in 2½ years in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1958-09-12 US Supreme Court orders the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas to integrate

Historic Event

1962-07-02 Sam Walton opens his first Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas

  • 1965-08-09 Fire in Titan II silo in Searcy, Arkansas, kills 53
  • 1968-05-15 Tornado strikes Jonesboro, Arkansas at 10 PM, killing 36
  • 1968-11-12 US Supreme Court: Epperson v. Arkansas, court declares unconstitutional Arkansas law banning teaching evolution in public schools
  • 1977-10-15 Arkansas' Steve Little kicks a record tying 67 yard field goal
  • 1981-09-12 Elizabeth Ward (Arkansas), 20, crowned 54th Miss America 1982
  • 1982-01-05 Arkansas judge rules against obligatory teaching of creation
  • 1982-05-13 Terri Lea Utley, 20 (Arkansas) crowned 31st Miss USA
  • 1982-12-03 35.7 cm rainfall at Big Fork, Arkansas (state record)
  • 1985-04-20 ATF raid on The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord compound in northern Arkansas
  • 1987-12-28 In Arkansas R Gene Simmons kills 2, later bodies of 14 of his relatives are found at his home near Dover Ark
  • 1989-07-23 Winds gust to 85 MPH at Fort Smith, Arkansas

Sports History

1991-03-01 37 year-old Pat Day becomes the 6th jockey in history whose mounts earned $100 million when he rides Wild Sierra to 2nd-place in the 1st race at Oaklawn Park, Arkansas

Historic Event

1996-05-28 U.S. President Bill Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.

  • 1998-03-24 Jonesboro massacre: Two students, ages 11 and 13, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people are dead and ten are wounded.
  • 2001-11-03 Arkansas beats Mississippi, 58-56 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford in 7 overtime periods; the longest game in NCAA football history
  • 2003-11-01 Arkansas beats Kentucky 71-63 in 7 OTs at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington; ties NCAA record for longest game in college football history
  • 2003-11-01 Arkansas beats Kentucky, 71-63 at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington; ties NCAA record for longest football game ever played, with 7 overtime periods

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1802-10-16 Isaac Murphy, Governor of Arkansas (1864-68) (d. 1882)
  • 1815-10-24 John Edwards, American politician (US Representative Arkansas) Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1894)
  • 1851-12-21 Thomas Chipman McRae, American politician, 34th Governor of Arkansas (d. 1929)
  • 1854-01-22 Luke Short, American Old West gunslinger and saloon owner, born in Polk County, Arkansas (d. 1893)
  • 1876-11-08 Frank L. Gillespie, American founder of Supreme Life Insurance Company, born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 1925)

Douglas MacArthur

1880-01-26 Douglas MacArthur, American General in World War II, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1964)

  • 1880-02-10 Jesse G Vincent, Arkansas, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine
  • 1880-03-21 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1971)
  • 1886-01-03 John G Fletcher, American poet (Epic of Arkansas)
  • 1888-04-09 Florence Price, American composer (Wanamaker Prize, 1932) and 1st African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1953)
  • 1889-12-22 Minor Watson, American actor (Woman of the Year, Viva Cisco Kid), born in Marianna, Arkansas (d. 1965)
  • 1896-02-25 John Little McClellan, Sheridan Arkansas, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Ark)
  • 1898-09-22 Katherine Alexander, American actress, born in Fort Smith, Arkansas (d. 1977)
  • 1898-11-01 Sippie Wallace [Beulah Belle Thomas], American blues singer ("Women Be Wise"), born in Plumb Bayou, Arkansas (d. 1986)
  • 1899-03-06 Jay C Flippen, American actor (Jet Pilot, The Killing, Thunder Bay), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1971)
  • 1900-02-15 George Earnshaw, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1929-30; Philadelphia Athletics), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • 1902-02-09 Chester Lauck, American actor (Dreaming Out Loud, 2 Weeks to Live), born in Allene, Arkansas (d. 1980)
  • 1902-03-09 Edward Durell Stone, American architect (US Embassy, New Delhi), born in Fayetteville, Arkansas (d. 1978)
  • 1902-09-06 Morgan Beatty, American news anchor (Du Mont Evening News), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1975)
  • 1902-11-19 Trevor Bardette, American actor (Refugee, None Shall Escape), born in Nashville, Arkansas (d. 1977)
  • 1903-11-02 Travis Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (World Series 1933; MLB All Star 1934; NY Giants), born in Waldo, Arkansas (d. 1987)
  • 1904-03-04 Chief Tahachee [Jeff Davis Tahchee Cypert], Cherokee stage and film actor, born in James Mill, Arkansas (d. 1978)
  • 1904-11-14 Dick Powell, American singer, radio and screen actor (Cry Danger; Dick Powell Theater), producer and director (The Enemy Below), born in Mountain View, Arkansas (d. 1963)
  • 1905-04-09 J. William Fulbright, American senator from Arkansas, known for opposition to the Vietnam War), born in Sumner, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1905-04-14 Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator, born in Hamburg, Arkansas (d. 1999)
  • 1905-04-19 John Thach, American WWII Naval aviator (developed the Thach Weave) and USN admiral, born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1981)
  • 1907-06-20 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician, born in Mountain View, Arkansas (d. 1998)
  • 1907-09-09 Truman "Pinky" Tomlin, American singer and actor (Sing While You're Able; With Love and Kisses), born in Eros, Arkansas (d. 1987)

Louis Jordan

1908-07-08 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader ("Caldonia"; "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie"; "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens"), born in Brinkley, Arkansas (d. 1975)

  • 1908-07-12 Paul Runyan, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1934, 38), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas (d. 2002)
  • 1908-11-13 C. Vann Woodward, American historian and educator, born in Vanndale, Arkansas (d. 1999)
  • 1909-05-24 Wilbur Mills, American congressmen (Democrat-AZ: 1939-77), famous for his involvement in a sex scandal with Fanne Foxe, born in Kensett, Arkansas (d. 1992)
  • 1909-10-24 Bill Carr, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4 x 400m 1932), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1966)
  • 1910-01-07 Orval Faubus, American politician, Governor of Arkansas (d. 1994)
  • 1910-02-17 Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (El Dorado, Big Sky, Apache Uprising), born in Gravelly, Arkansas (d. 1979)
  • 1912-01-05 Frank Pace Jr., US Secretary of Army (1950-53), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1988)
  • 1912-03-09 Arky Vaughn, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (MLB All-Star 1934–42; NL batting champion 1935; NL stolen base leader 1943), born in Clifty, Arkansas (d. 1952)
  • 1912-10-27 Conlon Nancarrow, American-Mexican composer, often of player piano music (Soundings 4), born in Texarkana, Arkansas (d. 1997)

Don Hutson

1913-01-31 Don Hutson, American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame wide receiver (Green Bay Packers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1997)

  • 1913-08-14 Paul Dean, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Lucas, Arkansas (d. 1981)
  • 1913-09-03 Alan Ladd, American actor (Shane, Carpetbaggers), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas (d. 1964)
  • 1913-09-11 Paul "Bear" Bryant, American college football coach (Alabama), born in Moro Bottom, Arkansas (d. 1983)
  • 1914-02-16 Jimmy Wakely, American country vocalist (5 Star Jubilee), born in Mineola, Arkansas
  • 1914-10-30 Patsy Montana [Ruby Rose Blevins], American country singer, songwriter and yodeler ("I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart"), born in Beaudry, Arkansas (d. 1996)
  • 1914-11-11 Daisy Bates, American civil rights activist and publisher, born in Huttig, Union County Arkansas (d. 1999)
  • 1914-11-28 Gertrude Jeannette, African American taxi driver, playwright and film and stage actress (Shaft, Cotton Comes to Harlem), born in Urbana, Arkansas (d. 2018)
  • 1915-03-27 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, born in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 1915-12-04 Allan Jackson, American newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • 1916-01-03 Fred Haas, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1953), born in Portland, Arkansas (d. 2004)
  • 1917-09-25 Johnny Sain, American baseball player, born in Havana, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 1917-11-01 Joe Benner, American pistol shooter and coach (Olympic gold 1952; World C'ship gold 1949, 52, 54), born in Paragould, Arkansas (d. 1999)
  • 1918-03-01 Hank Wyse, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1945; Chicago Cubs), born in Lunsford, Arkansas (d. 2000)
  • 1918-09-02 Martha Mitchell [nee Beall], wife of US Attorney General John Mitchell, born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • 1919-08-13 Rex Humbard, American television evangelist (Cathedral of Tomorrow), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2007)
  • 1920-02-27 Bob Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer (Blues Alley All-Star Band), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • 1920-08-08 Jimmy Witherspoon, American jump blues singer ("Ain't Nobody's Business"), born in Gurdon, Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • 1922-02-18 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher and editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, born in Green Forest, Arkansas, (d. 2012)
  • 1922-05-04 John Paul Hammerschmidt, American politician (Rep-R-AR, 1967-93), born in Harrison, Arkansas (d. 2015)
  • 1922-08-23 George Kell, American Baseball HOF third baseman (10 x MLB All-Star; AL batting champion 1949; Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox), born in Swifton, Arkansas (d. 2009)
  • 1923-03-26 Clifton Williams, American composer (The Ramparts,;Sinfonians), born in Traskwood, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • 1924-02-11 Budge Patty, American tennis player (French C'ship, Wimbledon men's singles 1950), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas (d. 2021)
  • 1924-07-10 Bobo Brazil [Houston Harris], American professional wrestler, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1998)
  • 1924-08-29 James W. Wood, American astronaut (Dynasoar), born in Paragould, Arkansas (d. 1990)
  • 1924-12-26 Frank Broyles, American collegiate athlete, and administrator (University of Arkansas Athletic Director, 1974-2007), born in Decatur, Georgia (d. 2017)
  • 1925-08-12 Dale Bumpers, American politician (Sen-D Arkansas, 1975-99), born in Charleston, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1925-10-05 Gail Davis, American actress (Annie Oakley), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • 1926-02-10 Randy Jackson, American MLB baseball third baseman, 1950-59, 2X All-Star (Chicago Cubs; Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodger; Cleveland Indians), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2019)
  • 1926-04-10 Johnnie Tillmon, civil rights activist (National Welfare Rights Association), born in Scott, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • 1927-02-12 Anne Gillis [Alma Conner], American actress (Faline-Bambi, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Men), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2018)
  • 1927-05-31 (James) "Red" Holloway, American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Helena, Arkansas (d. 2012)
  • 1927-11-26 John Carter, American actor (Scarface, The Hoax, Badlands, Max-Falcon Crest), born in Center Ridge, Arkansas (d. 2015)
  • 1928-05-22 Roscoe Robinson, American gospel and soul singer, born in Dermott, Arkansas
  • 1928-07-16 Ray Thornton, American politician (Democratic U.S. Representative for Arkansas), born in Conway, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1928-07-26 Joe Jackson, American talent manager (Jackson 5), and patriarch of the Jackson family, born in Fountain Hill, Arkansas (d. 2018)
  • 1929-03-23 Albert H Crews, American chemical and aeronautical engineer and USAF astronaut (X-20 Dyna-Soar program), born in El Dorado, Arkansas
  • 1930-03-11 Bobby Winkles, American College Baseball Hall of Fame coach (Arizona State University) and manager (California Angels, Oakland A's), born in Tuckerman, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • 1930-04-03 Wally Moon, American baseball player, born in Bay, Arkansas (d. 2018)
  • 1930-05-27 William S. Sessions, American director of FBI (1987-93), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas (d. 2020)

Sonny Liston

1930-07-22 Sonny Liston, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1962-64), born in Johnson Township, Arkansas (d. 1970)

  • 1930-11-09 Charlie Jones, American sportscaster (Almost Anything Goes), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas (d. 2008)
  • 1930-11-27 James M. Taylor, American USAF/astronaut, born in Stamps, Arkansas (d. 1970)
  • 1931-06-01 Hal Smith, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1957, 59²; St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Barling, Arkansas (d. 2014)
  • 1931-10-06 Fred Graham, American newscaster and journalist (CBS News, Court TV), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2019)

Johnny Cash

1932-02-26 Johnny Cash, American country singer ("I Walk the Line"; "Ring of Fire": "A Boy Named Sue"), born in Kingsland, Arkansas (d. 2003)

  • 1932-03-27 [Herman] Junior Parker, American blues singer and musician ("Mystery Train"), born in Bobo, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • 1932-07-19 Arley "Buster" Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Texarkana, Arkansas (d. 1996)
  • 1932-08-02 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive and NFL owner (KC Chiefs), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 1932-12-14 Charlie Rich, American country vocalist (Behind Closed Doors), born in Colt, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • 1933-07-30 Ben Piazza, American actor (Santa Barbara; The Blues Brothers; Dallas), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1991)
  • 1933-08-13 Jocelyn Elders, 15th US Surgeon General (1993-94) 1st African American holder, born in Schaal, Arkansas
  • 1933-12-15 Jesse Belvin, American pop singer, piano player (Mr. Easy), and songwriter (Earth Angel), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1960)
  • 1934-04-01 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Sparkman, Arkansas
  • 1934-08-16 Ketty Lester [Revoyda Frierson], American singer/actress (Love Letters), born in Hope, Arkansas
  • 1934-08-29 David Pryor, American politician (Sen-D Arkansas, 1979-97), born in Camden, Arkansas
  • 1934-11-21 Laurence Luckinbill, actor (Delphi Bureau, Ike), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • 1935-01-10 Ronnie Hawkins, American-Canadian rock musician, born in Huntsville, Arkansas (d. 2022)
  • 1935-06-06 Bobby Mitchell, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Pro Bowl 1960, 62–64; First-team All-Pro 1962–64; Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • 1936-01-31 Marvin Junior, American R&B baritone singer (The Dells - "Oh What a Nite"), born in Harold, Arkansas (d. 2013)

Glen Campbell

1936-04-22 Glen Campbell, American Grammy Award-winning country-pop singer ("By The Time I Get to Phoenix"; "Wichita Lineman"; "Rhinestone Cowboy"), session guitarist (The Beach Boys; Elvis Presley; The Monkees; Phil Specter), television personality (The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), and actor (True Grit), born in Delight, Arkansas (d. 2017)

  • 1936-05-09 Floyd Robinson, baseball player (White Sox, Reds, A's), born in Prescott, Arkansas

Famous Weddings

Scott Joplin

1904-06-14 Ragtime composer Scott Joplin (35) weds Freddie Alexander (19) in Arkansas

Wedding of Interest

1975-10-11 Future US President Bill Clinton (29) weds future US Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham (28) in a Methodist ceremony in their living room in Fayetteville, Arkansas

  • 2004-05-29 "Party of Five" actor Scott Wolf (35) weds "Real World" cast member Kelley Limp at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • 2007-05-06 Evanescence singer Amy Lee (25) weds Josh Hartzler (29) in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 2011-11-12 Actress Tiffany Thornton (26) weds Christopher Carney at Anthony Chapel in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Famous Deaths

  • 1973-02-22 Winthrop Rockefeller, US governor (Arkansas), dies at 60
  • 1994-12-14 Orval Faubus, American politician (Governor of Arkansas, 1955–67), dies at 84
  • 1995-02-09 J. William Fulbright, American senator from Arkansas, known for opposition to the Vietnam War), dies at 89
  • 2003-01-25 Samuel Weems, Armerican lawyer (disbarred), Armenian genocide denier, and writer, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 2006-07-16 Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas (b. 1948)
  • 2016-01-01 Dale Bumpers, American politician (Sen-D Arkansas, 1975-99), dies at 90
  • 2016-04-13 Ray Thornton, American politician (Democratic U.S. Representative for Arkansas), dies at 87
  • 2018-05-03 Jim Argue, American politician (Arkansas Senate, 1996–2008), dies of kidney cancer at 66
  • 2020-12-09 Ray Perkins, American football coach (New York Giants, University of Alabama, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arkansas State University), dies from heart disease at 79