Bakersfield in History

Historical Events

  • 1910-03-14 Lakeview Gusher, the largest U.S. oil well gusher near Bakersfield, California, vented to atmosphere
  • 1953-08-23 KBAK TV channel 29 in Bakersfield, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-09-26 KERO TV channel 23 in Bakersfield, CA (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959-11-08 KJTV (now KGET) TV channel 17 in Bakersfield, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1960-03-14 14 die in a train crash in Bakersfield Calif
  • 1967-06-23 Jim Ryun sets mile record (3:51.1, Bakersfield CA)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1896-11-16 Lawrence Tibbett, American baritone (Metropolitan 1923-50), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 1960)
  • 1924-06-08 Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan, born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2006)

Person of interestMerle Haggard

1937-04-06 Merle Haggard, country singer (Death Valley Days), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2016)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1938-04-11 Michael Deaver, Reagan Administration Deputy White House Chief of Staff, born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2007)
  • 1942-07-27 Dennis Ralston, American tennis player (4-time Grand Slam doubles champion), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1944-08-25 Sherley Anne Williams, American poet and novelist (Dessa Rose), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1945-05-15 Jerry Quarry, American boxer (famous bouts v world champions Floyd Patterson, Jimmy Ellis, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 1999)
  • 1953-10-09 Hank Pfister, American tennis star, born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1965-01-26 Kevin McCarthy, American politician (Rep-R-California 2007-), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1966-08-12 Dean Hartgraves, Bakersfield CA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1971-01-18 Jonathan Davis, American singer (Korn), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1971-04-03 Anthony McClanahan, American football linebacker (Calgary Stampeders), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1972-04-27 Alison McKnight, 100m hurdler and heptathlete, born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1975-12-08 Kevin Harvick, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series Champion 2014), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1984-04-11 Kelli Garner, American actress (Dreamland), born in Bakersfield, California