Riverside in History

Historical Events

  • 1960-11-20 Australian driver Jack Brabham finishes 4th in season-ending US Grand Prix at Riverside Raceway to retain his F1 World Drivers Championship by 9 points from Bruce McLaren of New Zealand

Sports History

1963-11-03 Joe Weatherly finishes 7th in the season ending Golden State 400 at Riverside International Raceway; retains NASCAR Sprint Cup by 2,228 points from 14-time winner Richard Petty

  • 1969-02-01 In his first start in a Ford, legendary driver Richard Petty wins the Motor Trend 500 at Riverside, California; previous 92 NASCAR victories were in Plymouths
  • 1983-12-16 Riverside, California; judge denies cerebral palsy victim Elizabeth Bouviato request to starve herself to death in a county hospital

Famous Birthdays

  • 1940-07-23 Don Imus, American radio talk show host (WNBC), born in Riverside, California (d. 2019)
  • 1945-04-19 Michael Stewart, American folk music producer, arranger, banjo player and guitarist (We Five - "You Were On My Mind"), born in Riverside County, California (d. 2002)
  • 1948-05-31 Duncan L. Hunter, American politician (Rep-R-CA, 1981- 2009), born in Riverside, California
  • 1949-06-15 Dusty Baker, American baseball manager (World Series 2022 Houston Astros; SF Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals; NL Manager of Year 1993, 97, 2000) and outfielder (MLB All Star 1981, 82; LA Dodgers), born in Riverside, California
  • 1951-05-23 Judy Rodman, American country singer ("Girls Ride Horses Too"), born in Riverside, California

Dorothy HamillDorothy Hamill (66 years old)

1956-07-26 American figure skater (Olympic gold 1976), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1964-01-03 Cheryl Miller, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, coach and broadcaster (Olympic gold 1984; USC; TNT), born in Riverside, California
  • 1964-02-07 Cynthia "Sippy" Woodhead, swimmer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Riverside, California

Barry BondsBarry Bonds (58 years old)

1964-07-24 American baseball left fielder (MLB home-run record [762], 7 x NL MVP), born in Riverside, California

  • 1966-04-14 Greg Myers, American catcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Riverside, California
  • 1975-10-16 Kellie Martin, Riverside CA, actress (Life Goes On, Cristy)
  • 1976-01-10 Adam Kennedy, American MLB second baseman (Los Angeles Dodgers, Anaheim Angels), born in Riverside, California
  • 1977-02-01 Phil Ivey, American poker player (10 World Series of Poker bracelets, 1 World Poker Tour title, 9 World Poker Tour final tables), born in Riverside, California
  • 1977-04-25 Marguerite Moreau, American actress (Connie-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3), born in Riverside, California
  • 1981-12-13 Amy Lee [Hartzler], American singer and songwriter (Evanescence), born in Riverside, California
  • 1987-02-01 Ronda Rousey, American pro wrestler, actress, author, mixed martial artist and judoka (UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion 6 defences; Olympic bronze 70kg judo 2008; WWE), born in Riverside, California
  • 1989-04-18 Alia Shawkat, American actress (Hannah Rayburn-State of Grace), born in Riverside, California
  • 1990-10-05 Myles Jeffrey, American actor, born in Riverside County, California
  • 2003-04-03 Elsie Fisher, American actress (Eighth Grade), born in Riverside, California

Famous Weddings

Richard Nixon

1940-06-21 37th US President Richard Nixon (27) weds Pat Ryan (28) at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California