Little Rock in History

Historical Events

  • 1863-08-01 Battle of Little Rock, Arkansas; start of Chattanooga campaign
  • 1868-01-07 Arkansas constitutional convention meets in Little Rock
  • 1953-12-18 KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-04-15 KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-11-28 KTHV TV channel 11 in Little Rock, AR (CBS) begins broadcasting

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
  • 1957-11-27 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
  • 1958-05-27 Ernest Green becomes the 1st African-American to graduate from Little Rock's Central High School
  • 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
  • 1966-12-04 KETS TV channel 2 in Little Rock, AR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-08-10 Race riots in Miami, Chicago & Little Rock
  • 2005-09-08 Two EMERCOM Il-76 aircraft land at a disaster aid staging area at Little Rock Air Force Base; the first time Russia has flown such a mission to North America.

Famous Birthdays

Douglas MacArthur

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

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1899-03-06 Jay C Flippen, American actor (Jet Pilot, The Killing, Thunder Bay), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1971)
  • 1902-09-06 Morgan Beatty, American news anchor (Du Mont Evening News), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1975)
  • 1912-01-05 Frank Pace Jr., US Secretary of Army (1950-53), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1988)
  • 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)
  • 1924-07-10 Bobo Brazil [Houston Harris], American professional wrestler, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1998)
  • 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)
  • 1927-02-12 Anne Gillis [Alma Conner], American actress (Faline-Bambi, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Men), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2018)
  • 1931-10-06 Fred Graham, American newscaster and journalist (CBS News, Court TV), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2019)
  • 1933-07-30 Ben Piazza, American actor (Santa Barbara; The Blues Brothers; Dallas), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1991)

Brooks Robinson

1937-05-18 Brooks Robinson, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (18 x MLB All Star; World Series 1966, 70 [MVP]; 16 × Gold Glove Award; Baltimore Orioles), born in Little Rock, Arkansas

  • 1940-10-13 (Farrell) "Pharoah" Sanders, American jazz saxophonist (John Coltrane groups), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1941-11-15 Jim Dickinson, American record producer (Mud Boy), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2009)
  • 1941-12-09 Dan Hicks, American singer and songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1942-02-28 Frank Bonner [Boers], American actor (WKRP in Cincinnati - "Herb Tarlek"; The Hoax; Just The Ten Of Us), and television director, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2021)
  • 1943-01-23 Gil Gerard, American actor (Buck Rogers in 25th Century), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1945-06-19 Robert Franklin Palmer Jr., American writer, musicologist, and musician (Deep Blues), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1945-08-30 Fred Tackett, American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Little Feat, 1988-2012), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1946-04-16 Margot Adler, American journalist, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2014)
  • 1955-09-21 Rebecca Balding, actress (Carla-Lou Grant, Soap), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1957-02-26 Keena Rothhammer, American 800m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1961-07-28 Scott E Parazynski, American astronaut (STS 66, 86, sk:95), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1964-05-07 Leslie O'Neal, NFL defensive end and 6x Pro-Bowl selection (San Diego Chargers, St Louis Rams), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1967-10-10 Willie Davis, American NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs, Tennessee Oilers), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1968-01-09 Joey Lauren Adams, American actress, born in North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1969-09-03 Keith Traylor, American NFL defensive tackle (Super Bowl 1997-98, 2004), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1971-11-05 Corin Nemec, American actor (Tucker, Parker Lewis), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1975-04-09 David Gordon Green, American filmmaker (George Washington), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1975-07-03 John Hargis, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m medley relay 1996), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1979-04-27 Will Boyd, American bass guitarist (Evanescence), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1980-01-22 Ben Moody, American guitarist (Evanescence, 1995-2003 -"Bring Me To Life"), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1981-06-29 Joe Johnson, American basketball player, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1990-10-31 Lil JJ [James Charles Lewis], American actor (Just Jordan) and singer ("Party Boi"), born in Little Rock, Arkansas

Famous Weddings

  • 2007-05-06 Evanescence singer Amy Lee (25) weds Josh Hartzler (29) in Little Rock, Arkansas