Colorado in History

Historical Events

  • 1540-08-25 Explorer Hernando de Alarcon travels up Colorado River
  • 1806-11-15 Explorer Zebulon Pike sights Pikes Peak in Colorado
  • 1848-05-30 Mexico ratifies treaty giving US; New Mexico, California & parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million
  • 1861-02-28 Territories of Nevada & Colorado created
  • 1861-09-13 1st naval battle of Civil War, Union frigate "Colorado" sinks privateer "Judah" off Pensacola, Fla
  • 1864-11-29 Sand Creek Massacre, Colorado militia kills about 150 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians including Cheyenne chief One-Eye
  • 1865-10-14 Cheyennes & Arapahos sign "peace treaty" then chased out Colorado
  • 1869-08-01 1st voyage down Colorado River
  • 1870-08-15 Transcontinental Railway actually completed in Colorado
  • 1876-08-01 Colorado becomes 38th state of the Union
  • 1888-07-11 118°F (48°C), Bennett, Colorado (state record)
  • 1888-12-18 Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Anasazi ruins of Mesa Verde, Colorado
  • 1889-10-02 In Colorado, Nicholas Creede strikes it rich in silver during the last great silver boom of the American Old West.
  • 1893-07-22 Katharine Lee Bates writes "America the Beautiful" in Colorado
  • 1893-11-07 US State Colorado accepts female suffrage
  • 1894-02-07 The Cripple Creek miners' strike, led by the Western Federation of Miners, begins in Cripple Creek, Colorado
  • 1896-04-25 Fight in Central Dance Hall starts fire at Cripple Creek, Colorado
  • 1896-05-04 Grease fire ignites half ton of dynamite at Cripple Creek, Colorado
  • 1896-05-14 Lowest US temperature in May recorded (-10°F /-23°C at Climax, Colorado)
  • 1903-11-23 Colorado Governor James Peabody sends the state militia into the town of Cripple Creek to break up a miners' strike.
  • 1904-10-29 First intercity trucking service (Colorado City & Snyder, Texas)
  • 1915-01-26 Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, is established
  • 1915-10-04 Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado & Utah is established

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1919-09-25 US president Woodrow Wilson suffers a breakdown in Colorado, his health never recovers

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1921-04-18 Junior Achievement incorporated in Colorado Spring
  • 1921-06-03 A sudden cloudburst kills 120 near Pikes Peak, Colorado
  • 1938-03-16 Temple defeats Colorado to win 1st NIT
  • 1945-09-10 Mike the Headless Chicken is decapitated in Fruita, Colorado; he survives for another 18 months before choking to death.
  • 1952-12-02 First human birth televised to public on KOA-TV Denver, Colorado
  • 1952-12-07 KKTV TV channel 11 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1953-06-13 KOAA TV channel 5 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1953-09-21 KRDO TV channel 13 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1955-07-11 New USAF Academy dedicated at Lowry AFB in Colorado with 300 cadets
  • 1955-11-01 Time bomb aboard United DC-6 kills 44 above Longmont, Colorado
  • 1955-11-28 1956 NFL Draft: Gary Glick from University of Colorado A&M first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 1957-03-03 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs won by Markham & Jones of Great Britian
  • 1957-03-03 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Wagner & Paul of Canada
  • 1957-03-03 Men's Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by David Jenkins of the USA
  • 1957-03-03 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by Carol Heiss (US)
  • 1958-08-29 US Air Force Academy's permanent site opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1959-02-28 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul of Canada, their 3rd title
  • 1959-06-03 1st US Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1965-06-17 11.08" (28.14 cm) of rainfall, Holly, Colorado (state 24-hour record)
  • 1966-12-01 Radio time signal WWV moves from Greenbelt, Maryland to Boulder, Colorado
  • 1967-04-25 Abortion legalized in Colorado
  • 1967-07-23 First successful liver transplant, on 19 month old Julie Rodriguez by Dr Starzl at the University of Colorado
  • 1969-02-28 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs won by Towler & Ford of Great Britain
  • 1969-02-28 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Rodnina & Ulanov of the Soviet Union
  • 1969-09-10 US performs nuclear test at Grand Valley Colorado
  • 1970-09-07 Donald Boyles sets record for highest parachute jump from a bridge, by leaping off of 1,053' Royal George Bridge in Colorado
  • 1971-02-03 KTSC TV channel 8 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (PBS) 1st broadcast

  • 1971-11-09 John List kills family & moves to Colorado
  • 1973-05-17 US performs 3 nuclear tests at Rifle Colorado
  • 1975-03-15 Bundy victim Julie Cunningham disappears from Vail, Colorado
  • 1975-06-30 Bundy victim Shelley Robertson disappears in Colorado
  • 1976-06-28 1st woman was admitted to Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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1977-12-31 Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • 1978-07-14 Allen Ginsburg completes "Plutonian Ode" - blocks trainload of fissile material headed for Rockwell's nuclear bomb trigger factory, Colorado
  • 1982-05-27 New owners purchase NHL Colorado Rockies, & get approval to move them to NJ Meadowlands (Devils)
  • 1985-02-01 -61°F (-52°C), Maybell, Colorado (state record)
  • 1987-12-02 Jennifer Steele, 17, of Colorado becomes Miss Teen of America [Approx]
  • 1991-01-02 Colorado wins its 1st AP national title poll
  • 1991-03-03 United Airlines 737 crashes near Colorado Springs, kills 25
  • 1991-07-05 Colorado Rockies & Florida Marlins given final approval by owners
  • 1991-12-01 Colorado party wins Paraguay parliamentary election
  • 1992-06-01 Snowfall in Colorado
  • 1992-10-27 Don Baylor appointed 1st manager of Colorado Rockies
  • 1993-04-05 Colorado Rockies 1st game - lose to NY Mets 3-0
  • 1993-04-09 Colorado Rockies 1st home game & 1st victory, 11-4 over Mont Expos
  • 1994-05-08 Colorado Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) 1st game
  • 1994-06-26 104°F (40°C) at Denver, Colorado
  • 1994-12-10 60th Heisman Trophy Award: Rashaan Salaam, Colorado (RB)
  • 1995-04-02 North & Western Colorado begins using new area code 970
  • 1996-12-26 Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colorado
  • 1998-10-19 The Earth Liberation Front sets fire to Vail Mountain ski resort in Colorado, causing $12 million in damage
  • 1999-04-20 Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School, Colorado
  • 2001-02-04 51st NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 14-12 at Denver, Colorado
  • 2001-05-25 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest
  • 2007-10-28 MLB World Series: Boston Red Sox defeat Colorado Rockies to win 4-0
  • 2012-07-20 12 people are killed and 59 injured after a gunman opens fire at a Dark Knight movie premier in Aurora, Colorado,
  • 2013-04-20 5 snowboarders are killed by an avalanche in Loveland Pass, Colorado
  • 2015-10-28 Third Republican presidential candidates debate run by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado
  • 2015-11-27 Robert Lewis Dear (57) shots 3 dead and wounds 9 at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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2017-08-10 Taylor Swift testifies that DJ David Mueller groped her in court in Denver, Colorado

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1860-07-28 Elias M. Ammons, governor of Colorado, born in Macon County, North Carolina (d. 1925)
  • 1873-03-19 Arthur Hoyt, American actor and director (Gold Dust Gertie, Goldie Get Along), born in Georgetown, Colorado (d. 1953)
  • 1873-08-19 Fred Stone, renowned American circus performer and broadway actor (Alice Adams), born in Longmont, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • 1883-04-01 Lon Chaney, American actor, "man of 1000 faces" (High Noon, Phantom of Opera, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1930)
  • 1883-05-23 Douglas Fairbanks, American actor (The Mark of Zorro, 3 Musketeers, Robin Hood), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1939)
  • 1886-04-10 Val Paul, American actor and director (Suspense, The Phantom Thief), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1962)
  • 1886-10-17 Spring Byington, American actress (December Bride), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1971)
  • 1890-03-28 Paul Whiteman, orchestra leader (Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1892-09-28 Ruth Stonehouse, American silent film actress and director (Dorothy Dares), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1941)

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1895-06-24 Jack Dempsey, American heavyweight boxing champion (1919-26) known as "Kid Blackie" and "The Manassa Mauler", born in Manassa, Colorado (d. 1983)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1896-02-10 Olin Howlin, American actor (Gone with the Wind, Them!, Circus Boy), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • 1896-02-22 Enid Markey, American actress, 1st to play Tarzan's Jane, born in Dillon, Colorado (d. 1981)
  • 1897-04-26 Eddie Eagan, American boxer (Olympic gold 1920) and bobsledder (Olympic gold 1932), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1967)
  • 1899-04-09 James Smith McDonnell, American aviator and engineer, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1902-02-12 William D Revelli, Spring Gulch Colorado, band leader
  • 1902-07-05 Frank Waters, American writer, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1995)
  • 1903-04-09 Ward Bond, American actor (Wagon Train, It's a Wonderful Life), born in Benkelman, Nebraska (d. 1960)
  • 1904-02-12 Ted Mack, TV host (Original Amateur Hour), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1906-07-09 Walter Sande, American actor (To Have and Have Not), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1971)
  • 1906-09-06 Raymond Keane, American actor (Midnight Sun, Love Eagle), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1973)
  • 1907-08-03 Irene Tedrow, American actress (Lucy-Dennis the Menace, Mr Novak), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1995)

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1908-12-17 Willard Frank Libby, American chemist (carbon-14 "atomic clock" - Nobel 1960), born in Grand Valley, Colorado (d. 1980)

Chemist Willard Libby
Willard Libby
  • 1908-12-17 Willard Libby, American chemist (radiocarbon dating), born in Grand Valley, Colorado (d. 1980)
  • 1909-04-08 John Fante, Italian-American author and screenwriter (Wait Until Spring, Bandini, Ask the Dust, Full of Life), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1983)
  • 1913-06-13 Ralph Edwards, American TV host (This is Your Life), born in Merino, Colorado (d. 2005)
  • 1914-08-30 Julie Bishop [Jacqueline Wells], American actress (My Hero, Northern Pursuit, Threat), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2001)
  • 1916-07-02 Ken Curtis, [Curtis Gates], actor (Ripcord, Festus - Gunsmoke), born in Lamar, Colorado (d. 1991)
  • 1916-11-04 Ruth Handler [née Mosko], American toy manufacturer (invented the Barbie doll), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2002)
  • 1917-07-08 Glenn Langan, American actor (Amazing Colossal Man, Margie, Jungle Heat, Rapture), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1991)
  • 1924-04-07 Nick Perito, orchestra leader (Don Knotts Show, Big Show), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1925-08-06 Barbara Bates, actress (Kathy-It's a Great Life), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1927-01-04 Barbara Rush, actress (Marsha-Peyton Place, Flamingo Road), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1928-03-20 Jerome Cousins Biffle, long jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1928-10-30 Ernest Flatt, American choreographer (Carol Burnett Show), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1995)
  • 1931-05-09 Vance DeVoe Brand, astro (Apollo 18, STS-5, 41B, 35), born in Longmont, Colorado
  • 1931-08-30 John Leonard Swigert Jr, astronaut (Apollo 13), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1932-02-01 John Hart, American TV journalist (CBS News Retrospective, NBC News), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1932-07-31 John Searle, American philosopher, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1932-08-22 Gerald P Carr, Col USMC/astronaut (Skylab 4), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1932-12-01 Robert T Herres, USAF/astronaut, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1933-04-13 Ben Nighthorse Campbell, US politician (Sen-D Colorado)
  • 1933-05-22 John Browning, pianist (Leventritt Award-1956), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1933-08-19 Debra Paget [Debralee Griffin], American actress (Love Me Tender), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1935-02-13 Tommy Jacobs, American PGA golfer, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1935-04-18 Joel Hefley, (Rep-R-Colorado)
  • 1935-09-17 Ken Kesey, author (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), born in La Junta Colorado (d. 2001)
  • 1939-11-18 Tom Johnson, American composer (Nine Bells), born in Greeley, Colorado
  • 1940-07-30 Patricia Schroeder, (Rep-D-Colorado, 1973- )
  • 1942-04-03 Michael Elliott, American skier (Olympics 1968), born in Durango, Colorado
  • 1942-07-21 Patricia Elliott, actress (Renee-Empire, One Life to Live), born in Gunnison Colorado (d. 2015)
  • 1943-02-22 David E Skaggs, (Rep-D-Colorado)
  • 1943-05-31 Wayne Carson, country musician and songwriter (Always On My Mind), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2015)

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1943-12-11 John Kerry, US Secretary of State (2013-17) and 2004 presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, born in Aurora, Colorado

US Secretary of State John Kerry
US Secretary of State
John Kerry
  • 1944-07-15 Jan-Michael Vincent, actor (Hooper, Tribes, Buster & Billie), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1944-08-08 Michael Johnson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, born in Alamosa, Colorado
  • 1946-03-12 Frank Welker, American voice actor (Scooby-Doo, Curious George), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1946-06-28 John "Mike" Lounge, astr (STS 51-I, STS 26, STS 35), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1947-11-29 Ronnie Montrose, American guitarist, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2012)
  • 1951-10-23 Michael Rupert, actor (Pasadena Playhouse), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1951-12-31 Tom Hamilton, Colorado Springs Co, rock bassist (Aerosmith-Dream On)
  • 1952-05-22 R W Eaks, American professional golfer, born in Colorado Springs, Clorado
  • 1952-08-04 Bobby Buntrock, actor (Harold Baxter-Hazel), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1953-02-01 Andy Mill, American skier, husband of Chris Everet, born in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • 1953-05-09 Scott McInnis, (Rep-R-Colorado)

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1953-06-13 Tim Allen, Canadian comedian (Home Improvement, Jungle2Jungle), born in Denver, Colorado

Actor Tim Allen
Tim Allen
  • 1955-03-30 Randy Vanwarmer, vocalist (Just When I Needed You Most), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1956-04-19 Lori West, LPGA golfer (1994 State Farm-5th), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1961-06-18 Andres Galarraga, Venezuelan infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Caracas
  • 1962-08-28 David Fincher, American film director and producer (The Social Network, Gone Girl), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1962-11-12 Jeff Reed, Joliet IL, catcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1963-04-10 Marvin Freeman, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963-06-26 Wendy Lucero-Schayes, US diver (Olympic-92), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1963-07-30 Ingrid Butts, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1963-10-04 Bruce Ruffin, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1963-10-12 Lane Frost, American professional bull rider, born in La Junta, Otero County Colorado (d. 1989)
  • 1963-11-18 Dante Bichette, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1963-11-28 Walt Weiss, Tuxedo NY, shortstop (Oakland A's, Colorado Rockies)
  • 1964-02-06 Skip Ewing, Redlands California, country vocalist (Coast of Colorado)
  • 1964-05-23 Staci Greason, actress (Isabella Toscando-Days of Our Lives), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1964-06-21 Kari Kennell, American actress (Eric's Revenge) and playmate (Feb, 1988), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1964-09-11 Ellis Burks, Vicksburg MS, outfielder (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1965-06-08 Kevin Ritz, Eatonstown NJ, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1965-07-16 Claude Lemieux, Buckingham Que, NHL forward (Team Canada, Colorado)
  • 1966-03-11 Steve Reed, MLB pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966-04-25 Darren Holmes, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1966-04-29 John VanderWal, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1966-05-01 Armando Reynoso, San Luis Potosi Mexico, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1966-05-11 Trenidad Hubbard, MBA outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1966-08-27 Deena Wigger, Colorado Springs CO, US shooter (Olympic-92)
  • 1967-05-07 Joe Rice, legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado
  • 1967-05-11 Eric Young, infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1967-07-04 Vinny Castilla, infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 1967-07-21 Lance Painter, Bedford England, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1967-10-20 Harvey Pulliam, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1967-11-02 Scott Walker, US politician (Governor of Wisconsin 2011-), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1968-12-29 James Mouton, outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1969-02-10 Jayhawk Owens, catcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1969-02-21 Corey Harris, American blues and reggae guitarist (The Blues miniseries, From Mississippi to Mali), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1969-04-07 Clark Sheehan, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1969-07-29 Alison Dunlap, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Denver, Colorado

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1916-07-01 Dwight Eisenhower marries Mary `Mamie' Geneva Doud in Denver, Colorado

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

HeartWedding of Interest

1956-08-19 Actor Christopher Plummer (26) weds actress Tammy Grimes (22) at Cherokee Castle in Sedalia, Colorado

HeartWedding of Interest

1960-07-11 Actress Gene Tierney (39) weds oil baron W. Howard Lee in Aspen, Colorado

Actress Gene Tierney
Gene Tierney
  • 1997-09-06 "Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman (34) weds "Fargo" actor William H. Macy (47) in Woody Creek, Colorado

HeartWedding of Interest

2000-12-31 Actress Kate Hudson (21) weds Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson (34) in Aspen, Colorado

Actress Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson

HeartWedding of Interest

2004-09-25 Academy Award winning actor Kevin Costner (49) weds model and handbag designer Christine Baumgartner (30) at his 165-acre ranch in Aspen, Colorado

  • 2006-03-25 Olympic gold medal freestyle skier Jonny Moseley (30) weds Malia Rich in Telluride, Colorado
  • 2006-04-02 NBC "Weekend Today" anchor Campbell Brown (38) weds FOX News contributor Dan Senor (34) at the Beaver Creek Chapel in Beaver Creek, Colorado
  • 2006-07-29 "Providence" actress Paula Cale (36) weds screenwriter Michael Lisbe at Sopris Mountain Ranch in Basalt, Colorado

HeartWedding of Interest

2006-10-07 Comedian-actor Tim Allen (53) weds actress Jane Hajduk (39) at an outdoor ceremony in Grand Lake, Colorado

Actor Tim Allen
Tim Allen
  • 2011-09-04 Fashion model and designer Lauren Bush (28) weds David Lauren (40), son of fashion designer Ralph Lauren at the 17,000 acre farm in Colorado
  • 2012-06-30 "The Doctors" co-host Travis Stork (40) weds pediatrician Dr. Charlotte Brown in Colorado
  • 2015-12-23 Musician Richard Marx (53) weds TV host and model Daisy Fuentes (50) in Aspen, Colorado

Famous Deaths

  • 1969-02-09 [George] Gabby Hayes, actor (Albuquerque, Colorado), dies at 83