Arkansas in History (Part 2)

Arkansas: Little Rock

Historical Events

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 210

  • 1936-05-09 Floyd Robinson, baseball player (White Sox, Reds, A's), born in Prescott, Arkansas
  • 1936-07-31 Bonnie Brown, American country singer (The Browns), born in Sparkman, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1936-08-24 Kenny Guinn, American businessman and politician, born in Garland, Arkansas (d. 2010)

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

  • 1937-10-05 Barry Switzer, American football coach (Oklahoma), born in Crossett, Arkansas
  • 1938-03-17 Fred Akers, American football coach (University of Wyoming; University of Texas, Austin; Purdue; career college record 108–75–3), born in Blytheville, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • 1938-05-05 Johnnie Taylor, American R&B and multi-genre singer ("Disco Lady"; "I Believe In You"), born in Crawfordsville, Arkansas (d. 2000)
  • 1938-11-07 Dee Clark, American singer ("Raindrops"), born in Blytheville, Arkansas (d. 1990)
  • 1938-11-11 Narvel Felts, American country singer (Reconsider Me), born in Keiser, Arkansas
  • 1939-06-18 Lou Brock, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (6 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1964, 67; 8 × NL stolen base leader; St Louis Cardinals), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • 1939-07-05 Booker Edgerson, American football player, born in Baxter County, Arkansas
  • 1939-08-17 Luther Allison, American rock guitarist ("Bad News Is Coming"), born in Mayflower Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • 1939-09-23 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, born in Ozark, Arkansas (d. 1988)
  • 1939-10-13 Melinda Dillon, American actress (Close Encounters, Slap Shot), born in Hope, Arkansas
  • 1939-12-29 (William Edwin) "Ed" Bruce, American country singer ("Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"), born in Keiser, Arkansas (d. 2021)
  • 1940-03-30 Jim Criner, American college football coach (Boise State, Iowa State, Scottish Claymores), born in Lurton, Arkansas

Willie Davis

1940-04-15 Willie Davis, American MLB center fielder (LA Dodgers), born in Mineral Springs, Arkansas (d. 2010)

  • 1940-05-26 Levon Helm, American drummer and singer (The Band - "Up On Cripple Creek"; "The Weight"), and actor (Coal Miner's Daughter; The Right Stuff), born in Elaine, Arkansas (d. 2012)
  • 1940-10-13 (Farrell) "Pharoah" Sanders, American jazz saxophonist (John Coltrane groups), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1941-03-04 John Hancock, American actor (Black Marble, Traxx, Houston Knights), born in Hazen, Arkansas (d. 1992)
  • 1941-08-13 Jim Barnes, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in Tuckerman, Arkansas (d. 2002)
  • 1941-11-06 Ray Perkins, American football coach (New York Giants, University of Alabama, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arkansas State University), born in Mount Olive, Mississippi (d. 2020)
  • 1941-11-15 Jim Dickinson, American record producer (Mud Boy), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2009)
  • 1941-11-24 Wayne Lamar Jackson, American soul and R&B trumpeter (Mar-Keys, The Memphis Horns), born in West Memphis, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 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)
  • 1942-03-06 Ben Murphy, Jonesboro, Arkansas, American actor (Name of the Game, Alias Smith and Jones)
  • 1942-03-07 Tommy F. Robinson, American politician (Rep-D-AR, 1985-91), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1942-05-08 (Euclid) Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood, American rock saxophonist and vocalist (Mothers Of Invention), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 2011)
  • 1942-06-19 Willie Frazier, American football tight end (AFL All-Star 1965, 67, 69; All-Pro 1965; Houston Oilers, San Diego Chargers), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2013)
  • 1942-07-17 Don Kessinger, American baseball player, born in Forrest City, Arkansas
  • 1942-08-14 Son [Frank] Seals, American blues musician (Nothing But the Truth), born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 2004)
  • 1942-09-14 Oliver Lake, American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Marianna, Arkansas
  • 1942-11-13 Beth Brickell, actress (Gentle Ben), born in Camden, Arkansas
  • 1942-12-07 Alex Johnson, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star, AL batting champion 1970, California Angels), born in Helena, Arkansas (d. 2015)
  • 1943-01-23 Gil Gerard, American actor (Buck Rogers in 25th Century), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1943-06-06 Ken Hatfield, American football coach (Air Force, University of Arkansas, Clemson University, Rice University), born in Helena, Arkansas
  • 1943-07-12 Paul Silas, American basketball player and coach (Boston Celtic, Seattle SuperSonic), born in Prescott, Arkansas
  • 1943-10-08 James E. Sellars, American composer, born in Fort Smith, Arkansas (d. 2017)
  • 1944-07-16 Thomas Boggs, American rock drummer (Box Tops), born in Wynne, Arkansas (d. 2008)
  • 1945-01-15 Vince Foster, American lawyer, born in Hope, Arkansas (d. 1993)
  • 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
  • 1945-11-26 Daniel Davis, American actor (Niles-Nanny), born in Gurdon, Arkansas
  • 1946-04-13 Al Green, American soul singer ("Let's Stay Together"; "Love And Happiness"), born in Forest City, Arkansas
  • 1946-04-16 Margot Adler, American journalist, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2014)
  • 1946-08-01 Richard O. Covey, American astronaut (STS 51I, 26, 38, 61) and USAF officer, born in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Bill Clinton

1946-08-19 Bill Clinton [William Jefferson], 42nd US President (Democrat, 1993-2001), born in Hope, Arkansas

  • 1946-09-10 Jim Hines, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1968), born in Dumas, Arkansas
  • 1948-04-02 Danny Ford, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship, Clemson University 1981; University of Arkansas; career record 122–59–5), born in Gadsden, Alabama
  • 1949-08-11 Tim Hutchinson, American politician (Rep-R-Arkansas 1997-2003), born in Bentonville, Arkansas
  • 1949-09-26 Martin Delray, American country singer ("Get Rhythm"), born in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • 1950-01-15 David Lynn Jones, American country singer ("Bonnie Jean"), born in Bexar, Arkansas
  • 1950-08-15 Tess Harper, American actress (Amityville 3D, Tender Mercies), born in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas
  • 1950-12-03 Asa Hutchinson, American politician, Governor of Arkansas (2015-), born in Bentonville, Arkansas
  • 1951-04-05 Roosevel Ferguson, Arkansas, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1953-10-08 Ricky Lee Phelps, American singer (Kentucky Headhunters - "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett"), born in Paragould, Arkansas
  • 1954-09-18 Tommy Tuberville, American football coach, born in Camden, Arkansas

John Grisham

1955-02-08 John Grisham, American writer (Client, Firm, Pelican Brief), born in Jonesboro, Arkansas

  • 1955-08-04 Billy Bob Thornton, American actor (Sling Blade), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • 1955-08-24 Mike Huckabee, American politician (Governor of Arkansas (R) 1996-2007), Presidential candidate, born in Hope, Arkansas
  • 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
  • 1957-07-25 Roger Clinton Jr., American actor and lounge singer, President Clinton's half-brother, born in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • 1958-10-12 Jeff Keith, American rock vocalist (Tesla - "Psychotic Supper"), born in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • 1959-01-09 Mark Martin, American stock car racing driver, born in Batesville, Arkansas
  • 1960-07-04 Sid Eudy, American professional wrestler, born in West Memphis, Arkansas
  • 1960-12-15 Doug Phelps, American singer (Ky Headhunters - Davy Crockett), born in Leachville, Arkansas
  • 1961-01-19 William Ragsdale, American actor (Fright Night, Mannequin 2, Smooth Talk), born in El Dorado, Arkansas
  • 1961-01-23 Trey Junkin, American football tight end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Conway, Arkansas
  • 1961-07-06 Kimberly Foster, American actress (It Takes Two), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • 1961-07-28 Scott E Parazynski, American astronaut (STS 66, 86, sk:95), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1962-01-03 Darren Daulton, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1992, 93, 95; World Series 1997; Silver Slugger Award 1992; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 2017)
  • 1962-12-12 Ray Brown, American NFL guard (Washington Redskins, SF 49ers), born in Marion, Arkansas
  • 1962-12-28 Keith Lee, American basketball player (Memphis State), born in West Memphis, Arkansas
  • 1963-01-10 Mark Pryor, American politician, born in Fayetteville, 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
  • 1964-12-24 Elbert Shelley, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Trumann, Arkansas

Scottie Pippen

1965-09-25 Scottie Pippen, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (6 x NBA champion Chicago Bulls; 7 x NBA All Star; NBA All Star Game MVP 1994; Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Hamburg, Arkansas

  • 1965-10-26 Wayne Martin, American NFL defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Forrest City, Arkansas
  • 1966-06-28 Andrew Lang, American NBA center (Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • 1967-05-28 Glen Rice, American basketball guard and forward (3-time NBA All Star; NBA C'ship 2000; Charlotte Hornets, NY Knicks), born in Jacksonville, Arkansas
  • 1967-10-10 Willie Davis, American NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs, Tennessee Oilers), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1968-01-04 Jackie Harris, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • 1968-01-09 Joey Lauren Adams, American actress, born in North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1968-08-23 Cortez Kennedy, American NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks), born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 2017)

Tommy Morrison

1969-01-02 Tommy Morrison, American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 1993) and actor (Rocky V), born in Gravette, Arkansas (d. 2013)

  • 1969-12-12 Doug Terry, American NFL/WLAF safety (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores), born in Dumas, Arkansas
  • 1970-04-18 William Roaf, American NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • 1970-05-15 Rod Smith, Texarkana, Arkansas, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1971-11-05 Corin Nemec, American actor (Tucker, Parker Lewis), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1973-10-07 Priest Holmes, American running back (Baltimore Ravens), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • 1973-12-04 Corliss Williamson, American basketball forward (NBA C'ship 2004, Detroit Pistons; NBA 6th Man of the Year 2002; NCAA Final 4 MOP 1994), born in Russellville, Arkansas
  • 1975-04-09 David Gordon Green, American filmmaker (George Washington), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1975-07-03 John Hargis, American 100m butterfly (Olympics 1996), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1975-07-18 Torii Hunter, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2002, 07, 09, 10, 13; Gold Glove Award 2001–09; Minnesota Twins, LA Angels of Anaheim, Detroit Tigers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • 1976-10-10 Pat Burrell, American baseball player, born in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
  • 1977-01-03 A.J. Burnett, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2015; World Series 2009; AL strikeout leader 2008; no-hitter 2001), born in North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1978-08-30 Cliff Lee, American baseball player, born in Benton, Arkansas
  • 1978-09-04 Wes Bentley, American actor (Yellowstone), born in Jonesboro, Arkansas

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths