Santa Monica in History

Historical Events

  • 1937-02-20 1st automobile/airplane combination tested, Santa Monica, California
  • 1969-01-18 United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay, killing all 38 people on-board
  • 1985-06-27 Route 66 (Chicago to Santa Monica), is decertified
  • 1992-08-01 USA/USSR Around World Air Race begins at Santa Monica

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011-06-22 After hiding for 16 years, Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is arrested outside an apartment in Santa Monica, California

Gangster Whitey Bulger
Gangster
Whitey Bulger

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestGloria Stuart

1910-07-04 Gloria Stuart, American actress (Titanic) and founder of the Screen Actors Guild, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2010)

Actress Gloria Stuart
Actress
Gloria Stuart
  • 1920-04-02 Jack Webb, American screenwriter, director and actor (Dragnet, Sunset Boulevard), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1982)
  • 1922-08-23 Jean Darling, American child actress (Our Gang), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)

Person of interestShirley Temple

1928-04-23 Shirley Temple, American actress, famous 1930s child star (Bright Eyes, Heidi) and diplomat, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2014)

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • 1928-05-03 Jeanne Bal, American actress (Pat-Love & Marriage, Star Trek- The Man Trap), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1996)
  • 1930-08-16 Frank Gifford, American NFL halfback (NY Giants)/ABC sportscaster, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)
  • 1930-08-30 Ernie Ball, American entrepreneur and musician who pioneered the development of guitar-related products, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2004)
  • 1930-12-22 Larry Stevenson [Richard], American skateboard innovator (kicktail), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2012)
  • 1932-01-03 Mara Corday [Marilyn Joan Watts], American actress, model and Playboy Playmate (Foxfire, Black Scorpion), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1932-01-28 Parry O'Brien, American shot putter (Olympic golds 1952, 1956, silver 1960), born in Santa Monica, California

Person of interestRobert Redford

1936-08-18 Robert Redford, American actor (Sting, Candidate, Natural, Great Gatsby), born in Santa Monica, California

  • 1936-12-06 David Ossman, American writer and comedian (The Firesign Theatre), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1937-04-22 Bobbi Fiedler, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2019)
  • 1938-08-11 Allegra Kent, ballerina, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1938-12-01 Sandy Nelson, Santa Monica, 50s rocker (Teen Beat, All Night Long)
  • 1940-09-12 Linda Gray, American actress (Sue Ellen Ewing-Dallas), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1942-01-19 Shelley Fabares, American actress (Donna Reed Show, Coach), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1943-03-14 Jim Pons, bassist (Turtles, Mothers of Invention), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1943-07-22 Bobby Sherman [Robert Cabot Sherman Jr.], American actor/singer (Here Comes the Brides), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1943-08-02 Kathy Lennon, American singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1944-01-06 Bonnie Franklin, American actress (Ann-1 Day at a Time), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2013)
  • 1944-07-31 Geraldine Chaplin, American-born actress (Doctor Zhivago, 3 Musketeers) daughter of Charlie Chaplin, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1945-03-28 Chuck Portz, bassist (Turtles-Happy Together), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1945-05-21 Richard Hatch, American actor (Battlestar Galactica), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2017)
  • 1946-02-10 Kenneth "Kenny" Edwards, American musician and singer-songwriter (The Stone Poneys, Bryndle), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2010)
  • 1948-10-05 Russell Mael, American singer, engineer and director (Sparks), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1949-04-27 Doug Sheehan, American actor (Ben-Knots Landing, Joe Kelly-General Hospital), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1949-06-10 Kevin Corcoran, actor (Swiss Family Robinson, Babes in Toyland), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)
  • 1950-01-19 Grant Nordman, Canadian politician, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1950-04-11 Bill Irwin, American actor (My Blue Heaven, Scenes From a Mall), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1950-04-20 Steve Erickson, American novelist (American Nomad), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1951-11-03 Dwight Evans, American baseball right fielder (MLB All-Star 1978, 81, 87; Boston Red Sox), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1951-11-17 Dean Paul Martin, American actor (Misfits of Science), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1951-12-18 Candice Rialson, actress (Chatterbox), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1952-02-29 Susan Sennett, American actress (Big Bad Mama), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1953-02-07 Dan Quisenberry, American MLB player (5-time AL saves leader), born in Santa Monica, California, (d. 1998)
  • 1954-02-07 Miguel Ferrer, actor (Robocop, NCIS LA), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2017)
  • 1954-09-30 Barry Williams, actor (Greg-Brady Bunch), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1955-03-29 Christopher Lawford, American actor (Charlie Brent-All My Children), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1955-04-26 Mike Scott, American baseball player (3× All-Star), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1956-07-13 Bill Caudill, American MLB reliever (All Star 1984), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1956-11-21 Terri Welles [Knepper], American playboy model (Dec 1980, Playmate of the Year 1981), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1956-12-06 Randy Rhoads, American heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1982)
  • 1957-03-09 Mark Mancina, American composer (Speed, Bad Boys, Moana), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1957-08-19 Darby Hinton, actor (Israel in Daniel Boone), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1958-01-29 Judy Norton-Taylor, American actress (Mary Ellen - The Waltons), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1960-01-31 Elaine Roque, American beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1960-08-02 Apollonia [Patricia Kotero], American actress (Purple Rain), born in Santa Monica, California

Person of interestSean Penn

1960-08-17 Sean Penn, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Santa Monica, California

Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn
  • 1961-08-14 Susan Olson, American actress (Cindy-Brady Bunch), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1961-09-28 Michael-James Wixted, actor (Smith Family), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1962-08-27 Scott Davis, tennis star, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1962-11-17 Eric Olson, actor (Apple's Way), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1963-03-03 Elizabeth Chavez, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-91), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1963-10-25 Tracy Nelson, American actress (Glitter, Square Pegs, Father Dowling), born in Santa Monica, California

Person of interestMariska Hargitay

1964-01-23 Mariska Hargitay, American actress (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit), born in Santa Monica, California

  • 1965-07-25 Torey Lovullo, American baseball infielder (Oakland A's), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1966-03-22 Sean Berry, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1966-05-16 Scott Reeves, American actor (Ryan-Young & Restless), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1967-09-20 Gunnar Nelson, American rock vocalist (Nelsons-Love & Affection), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1967-09-20 Matthew Nelson, American rock vocalist (Nelsons-Love & Affection), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1968-02-12 Josh Brolin, American actor (Johnny-Private Eye, Jimmy Hickok-Young Riders), born in Santa Monica, Canada
  • 1969-02-06 David Hayter, Canadian-American Voice actor & screenwriter (Solid Snake), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1969-08-28 Jack Black, American actor (High Fidelity, Kung Fu Panda), comedian and singer (Tenacious D), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1970-03-20 Kristin Klein, volleyball outside hitter (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1970-10-25 Adam Goldberg, American actor (The Hebrew Hammer), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1971-08-14 Mark Loretta, American baseball infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1972-12-08 Frank Shamrock, American mixed martial artist, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1973-11-12 Melanie Gaffin, American actress (Cheryl-Whiz Kids), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1974-06-11 Emilee Klein, American golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1974-10-23 Kaleena Kiff, actress (Patti-Love Sidney), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1975-01-29 Sara Gilbert, American actress (Darlene Conner-Roseanne), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1975-04-17 Trifun Živanović, American-Serbian figure skater (1995 Pac Coast Jr champ), born in Santa Monica, California

Person of interestTobey Maguire

1975-06-27 Tobey Maguire, American actor (Spider-Man, The Great Gatsby), born in Santa Monica, California

  • 1978-08-07 Vanness Wu, Taiwanese-American singer (F4, Kangta & Vanness), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1980-01-20 Philippe Cousteau Jr., French oceanographer and grandson of Jacques Cousteau, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1980-02-12 Christina Ricci, American actress (Wednesday-Addams Family, Casper), born in Santa Monica. California
  • 1983-01-08 Chris Mordetzky, American wrestler, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1983-05-14 Amber Tamblyn, actress (Emily Bowen-Gen Hospital), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1985-06-27 Coby Linder, American Pop Punk Drummer (Say Anything), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1988-09-07 Kevin Love, American basketball player, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1991-01-19 Erin Sanders, American actress, born in Santa Monica, California

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1948-02-16 Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1981-10-05 "The Hollywood Knights" actress Michelle Pfeiffer (23) weds actor Peter Horton (28) in Santa Monica

LoveWedding of Interest

1996-04-27 Actress Robin Wright (30) weds actor Sean Penn (35) in Santa Monica, California

Actress Robin Wright
Actress
Robin Wright
Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn

LoveWedding of Interest

1998-05-28 "Xena: The Warrior Princess" Lucy Lawless (30) weds executive producer Rob Tapert (43) at Saint Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless
  • 2005-04-16 One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush (23) weds actor Chad Michael Murray (24) at Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2009-02-26 Supermodel Gisele Bundchen (32) weds NFL New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (35) at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 2012-03-10 "Curly Sue" actress Alisan Porter (30) weds former "Days of Our Lives" actor Brian Autenrieth (33) at Diablo Dormido in the Santa Monica

Famous Deaths

  • 1973-04-14 Minna Gombell, dies in Santa Monica CA