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

Historic Event

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


Famous Birthdays

Gloria StuartGloria Stuart (1910-2010)

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

  • 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)

Shirley TempleShirley Temple (1928-2014)

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

  • 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 William "Parry" O'Brien, American shot putter (Olympic golds 1952, 1956, and silver 1960), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2007)

Robert RedfordRobert Redford (86 years old)

1936-08-18 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)
  • 1938-12-01 Sandy Nelson, American rock drummer ("Teen Beat"; "Let There Be Drums"), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2022)
  • 1940-09-12 Linda Gray, American actress (Sue Ellen Ewing-Dallas), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1942-01-19 Shelley Fabares, American actress (The Donna Reed Show; Coach), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1943-03-14 Jim Pons, American rock bassist (Turtles: Mothers of Invention), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1943-07-22 Bobby Sherman, American actor (Here Comes the Brides), pop singer ("Little Woman"), and paramedic, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1943-08-02 Kathy Lennon, American pop 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 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, American 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
  • 1951-12-18 Candice Rialson, American actress (Chatterbox), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1952-02-29 Susan Sennett, American actress (Big Bad Mama), born in Santa Monica, California

Dan QuisenberryDan Quisenberry (1953-1998)

1953-02-07 American MLB player (5-time AL saves leader), born in Santa Monica, California,

  • 1954-02-07 Miguel Ferrer, actor (Robocop, NCIS LA), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2017)
  • 1954-09-30 Barry Williams, American 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 film score composer (Speed; Bad Boys; Moana), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1957-08-19 Darby Hinton, American actor (Daniel Boone - "Israel"; Days Of Our Lives - "Ian"), 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

Sean PennSean Penn (62 years old)

1960-08-17 American actor (Mystic River, Milk), born in Santa Monica, California

  • 1961-08-14 Susan Olson, American actress (The Brady Bunch -"Cindy", born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1961-09-28 Michael-James Wixted, American 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, American actor (Apple's Way), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1963-10-25 Tracy Nelson, American actress (Glitter; Square Pegs; Father Dowling Mysteries - "Sister Stephanie"), born in Santa Monica, California

Mariska HargitayMariska Hargitay (58 years old)

1964-01-23 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, American 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 and guitarist (Nelson - "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection"), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1967-09-20 Matthew Nelson, American rock vocalist, bass and guitar player (Nelson - "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection"), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1968-02-12 Josh Brolin, American actor (Young Riders - "Jimmy Hickok"; W. - "George Bush"; Hail Caesar! -"Eddie Mannix"), 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, American 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

Tobey MaguireTobey Maguire (47 years old)

1975-06-27 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

Leo Durocher

1948-02-16 American baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California; divorce in 1960

  • 1981-10-05 "The Hollywood Knights" actress Michelle Pfeiffer (23) weds American actor Peter Horton (28) in Santa Monica, California; divorce in 1988

Wedding of Interest

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

Lucy Lawless

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

  • 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

Wedding of Interest

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

  • 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, American actress dies at 80