Modesto in History

Famous Birthdays

  • 1928-07-23 Cy Young, American athlete and only US male to win gold in javelin throwing (1952 Olympics), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
  • 1933-09-14 Harve Presnell, American actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in Modesto, California (d. 2009)

Person of interestGeorge Lucas

1944-05-14 George Lucas, American film director, screenwriter, and producer (Star Wars; Indiana Jones; American Graffiti), born in Modesto, California

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
  • 1946-06-01 Carol Neblett, American soprano (City and Metropolitan Operas, 1969-83), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
  • 1947-03-08 Mike Allsup, American rock guitarist (Three Dog Night - "Joy To The World"), born in Modesto, California
  • 1949-06-29 Ann Veneman,5th Executive Director of UNICEF and 27th United States Secretary of Agriculture, born in Modesto, California

Person of interestMark Spitz

1950-02-10 Mark Spitz, American swimmer (won then record 7 Olympic golds in 1972), born in Modesto, California

Swimmer Mark Spitz
Swimmer
Mark Spitz
  • 1962-10-25 Darlene Vogel, American actress (Pacific Blue), born in Modesto, California
  • 1967-06-05 Ray Lankford, Modesto California, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1968-05-03 Shane Minor, American country music singer, born in Modesto, California
  • 1969-12-27 Chris Humbert, Modesto California, water polo 2m offense (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970-10-11 Chidi Ahanotu, American NFL defensive end and defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Modesto, California
  • 1972-04-17 Tony Boselli, American NFL offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Modesto, California
  • 1973-03-03 Tisha Venturini, Modesto California, soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975-05-04 Laci Peterson, American murder victim, born in Modesto, California (d. 2002)
  • 1979-02-02 Lindsay Langston, Modesto California, archer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1983-04-25 J.P. Howell, American baseball player (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), born in Modesto, California
  • 1984-08-13 Heath Pearce, American soccer defender (35 caps; FC Nordsj√¶lland, NY Red Bulls), born in Modesto, California

Famous Weddings

  • 2003-05-10 "Broadway" singer-actress Carol Channing (82) weds Harry Kullijian at Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto, California