Fresno in History

Historical Events

  • 1922-03-23 KMJ-AM in Fresno CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1953-06-01 KMJ (now KSEE) TV channel 24 in Fresno, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-10-01 KJEO TV channel 47 in Fresno, CA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-05-10 KFSN TV channel 30 in Fresno, CA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1958-09-18 The Fresno Drop: Bank of America mails out 60,000 BankAmericards in Fresco, California, the first credit card (later renamed VISA)
  • 1961-12-18 KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1961-12-23 KICU TV channel 43 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1971-10-04 KMPH TV channel 26 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1991-10-05 Fresno State ties NCAA football record with 49 points in a quarter (2nd), as they route New Mexico, 94-17 at Bulldog Stadium, Fresno
  • 1996-04-29 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fresno CA on KFRR 104.1 FM
  • 2012-11-06 5 people are shot at a poultry processing plant in Fresno, California

Famous Birthdays

  • 1902-02-14 Fred Scott, American vocalist & actor (Melody of the Plains, Vincent Lopez), born in Fresno, California (d. 1991)
  • 1905-06-30 Nestor Paiva, American-Portuguese actor (Zorro, The Creature from the Black Lagoon), born in Fresno, California (d. 1966)
  • 1908-08-31 William Saroyan, American novelist and playwright (Time of Your Life), born in Fresno, California (d. 1981)
  • 1910-09-27 Eve March, American actress (Curse of the Cat People), born in Fresno, California (d. 1974)
  • 1912-09-05 Frank Thomas, American animator, born in Fresno, California (d. 2004)
  • 1914-04-12 Armen Alchian, American economist and professor (University of California), born in Fresno, California (d. 2013)
  • 1915-02-23 Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), born in Fresno, California (d. 1979)
  • 1917-06-06 Kirk Kerkorian, American CEO and "father of the mega-resort" (MGM, UA), born in Fresno, California (d. 2015)
  • 1918-12-13 Bill Vukovich, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1953-4), born in Fresno, California (d. 1955)
  • 1919-01-27 David Seville [Ross Bagdasarian], (Alvin & Chipmunks), born in Fresno, California
  • 1920-08-01 Sammy Lee, American diver (Olympic Gold 10m platform 1948, 52), born in Fresno, California (d. 2016)
  • 1925-02-21 Sam Peckinpah, American film director (The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs), born in Fresno, California (d. 1984)
  • 1925-08-15 Mike Connors [Krekor Ohanian], American actor (Mannix), born in Fresno, California (d. 2017)
  • 1937-03-21 Tom Flores, NFL quarterback and coach (Raiders), born in Fresno, California
  • 1938-12-25 Duane Armstrong, American painter (Fields of Grass), born in Fresno, California
  • 1939-07-14 Sid Haig [Sidney Mosesian], American actor (House of 1000 Corpses, Jason of Star Command), born in Fresno, California
  • 1941-03-27 Charles Pashayan Jr., U.S. House of Representatives from California, born in Fresno, California
  • 1944-06-11 James "Ox" van Hoften, American astronaut (STS 11, STS 20), born in Fresno, California

Person of interestTom Seaver

1944-11-17 Tom Seaver, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Mets; NL Cy Young Award 1969, 73, 75; 12 x MLB All Star), born in Fresno, California (d. 2020) [1]

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • 1952-07-31 Alan Autry, American NFLer (Green Bay Packers), actor (In the Heat of the Night) and politician (23rd Mayor of Fresno), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1953-10-16 Tony Carey, American rock keyboardist, and singer-songwriter (Rainbow; Planet P Project), born in Watsonville, California
  • 1956-07-08 Millard Frank Hampton, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Fresno, California
  • 1961-11-02 Jim Tedford, American football coach (Fresno State; BC Lions [CFL]), born in Lynwood, California
  • 1965-01-06 Tim McDonald, NFL player (SF 49ers), born in Fresno, California
  • 1968-07-27 Tom Goodwin [Thomas Jones], American MLB player (1994-1997 KC Royals), born in Fresno, California
  • 1970-02-10 Bobby Jones, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Fresno, California
  • 1970-12-19 Jon Cleveland, Canadian 100m/200m swimmer (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Fresno, California
  • 1971-03-10 Shad Williams, pitcher (California Angels), born in Fresno, California
  • 1971-09-10 Brian Earley, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Fresno, California
  • 1974-08-14 Christopher Gorham, American actor, born in Fresno, California
  • 1981-04-03 DeShawn Stevenson, American basketball player, born in Fresno, California
  • 1986-07-08 Kevin Chappell, American golfer (US Open 2011 3rd), born in Fresno, California
  • 1988-11-02 Lindze Letherman, American actress (General Hospital), born in Fresno, California