Denver in History

Historical Events

  • 1862-04-21 Congress establishes US Mint in Denver, Colorodo
  • 1895-02-20 Congress authorizes a US mint at Denver, Colorodo

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1908-07-07 The Democratic Party meets in Denver at the start of their convention; William Jennings Bryan is nominated as presidential nominee

US Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan
US Secretary of State
William Jennings Bryan
  • 1922-03-10 KLZ-AM in Denver CO begins radio transmissions
  • 1924-12-13 KOA-AM in Denver CO begins radio transmissions
  • 1938-06-11 US Open Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Ralph Guldahl wins back-to-back Open titles, 6 strokes ahead of runner-up Dick Metz
  • 1952-07-18 KWGN TV channel 2 in Denver, Colorado (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1952-10-12 KBTV (now KUSA) TV channel 9 in Denver, CO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1952-12-02 First human birth televised to public on KOA-TV Denver, Colorado
  • 1953-11-01 KMGH TV channel 7 in Denver, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-12-24 KOA (now KCNC) TV channel 4 in Denver, CO (NBC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955-09-24 US President Eisenhower suffers a heart attack on vacation in Denver

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1956-01-30 KRMA TV channel 6 in Denver, CO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1959-08-14 AFL organized with NY, Dallas, LA, Minneapolis, Denver & Houston

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1960-06-18 US Open Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Arnold Palmer stages greatest comeback in tournament history; erases a 7-stroke final round deficit to win his only US Open title by 2 strokes ahead of Jack Nicklaus

  • 1960-09-09 Denver Broncos beat Boston Patriots, 13-10 in the American Football League's first game before 21,597 fans at Nickerson Field in Boston

  • 1960-09-09 Denver beats Boston 13-10 in the American Football League's first game before 21,597 fans in Boston.
  • 1964-09-12 1st football game at Shea Stadium, Jets defeat Denver 30-6
  • 1964-11-01 Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson passes for 435 yards and 6 TDs in 49-39 win over Denver Broncos at Municipal Stadium
  • 1965-11-12 Mad Dog Vachon beats Crusher in Denver, to become NWA champ
  • 1966-07-12 US Treasury announces it will buy mutilated silver coins at silver bullion price at Philadelphia and Denver mints
  • 1968-02-15 Anaheim's Les Salvage scores 10, 3-pt baskets in ABA game vs Denver
  • 1968-12-26 Led Zeppelin's concert debut in Denver as opener for Vanilla Fudge
  • 1969-06-27 50,000 attend Denver Pop Festival
  • 1973-03-08 Eisenhower Tunnel, world's highest and US longest, opens 60km west of Denver, Colorado
  • 1975-08-22 McNichols Sports Arena in Denver opens
  • 1976-01-27 9th ABA All-Star Game: Denver 144 beats ABA 138 at Denver
  • 1976-09-26 Denver's Rick Upchurch returns 2 punts for TDs against Cleveland
  • 1978-06-18 US Open Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Andy North holds on for a 1-stroke victory over runners-up Dave Stockton and J. C. Snead to claim the first of his 2 US Open titles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980-07-19 David Bowie appears in role of "Elephant Man" in Denver

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 1982-08-06 Curtis Cup Golf, Denver CC: United States beats Great Britain & Ireland 14½-3½
  • 1983-01-10 NY Supreme Court issues a preliminary injunction barring NY Yankees from playing season-opening series against Tigers in Denver
  • 1983-11-30 Denver Nuggets coach Doug Moe, hoplessly behind, advise team to let Blazers break their scoring record
  • 1987-08-01 ArenaBowl I, Pittsburgh Civic Arena: Denver Dynamite beats Pittsburgh Gladiators 45-16, Gary Mullen MVP
  • 1987-11-15 28 of 82 aboard Continental Airlines DC-9, die in crash at Denver
  • 1987-11-15 Leile McBridge (Denver), crowned Miss Black America

  • 1988-01-28 Denver Nuggets point guard Michael Adams takes record streak to 79 consecutive games with at least one 3-point field goal in 117-102 loss against Indiana at Market Square Arena; streak ends next game
  • 1989-01-11 Denver Nuggets' rookie Jerome Lane misses 7 free throws in a game against Milwaukee, one missed by 2 feet
  • 1989-10-21 Betram Lee & Peter Bynoe purchase the Denver Nuggets for $65m - 1st African American owners of a major sports team,
  • 1989-10-22 Denver Nuggets beat Jugoplastika Split 135-129 in 3rd McDonald Open
  • 1989-12-22 Cold wave: -4°F in Oklahoma City, -6°F in Tulsa, -12°F in Pittsburgh, 18°F in Denver, -23°F in KC Mo, -42°F in Scottsbluff Nebraska, -47°F in Hardin Mont & -60°F in Black Hills South Dakota
  • 1990-08-14 Denver vote for a 1% sales tax to pay for a baseball franchise
  • 1990-12-18 NL announces Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Orlando, Tampa-St Petersburg, & Washington, D.C. as 6 finalist for 1993 expansion (Miami & Denver win)
  • 1991-06-10 South Florida and Denver picked for 1993 NL franchises
  • 1992-04-13 Crystal Pepsi begins test marketing in Sacramento, Providence, Denver, Dallas, and Grand Rapids
  • 1994-06-26 104°F (40°C) at Denver, Colorado
  • 1995-02-28 Denver International Airport opens
  • 1995-04-26 Coors Field, opens in Denver, Rockies beat Mets 11-9 in 14 innings
  • 1998-07-07 69th MLB All Star Game, Coors Field, Denver: In the highest scoring AS Game in history, AL wins 13-8
  • 2000-07-06 Real estate developer Stan Kroenke announces the acquisition of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and the Pepsi Centre for $450m from the Ascent Entertainment Group
  • 2001-02-04 51st NHL All-Star Game, Pepsi Centre, Denver, CO: North America beats World, 14-12; MVP: Bill Guerin, Boston Bruins, RW
  • 2001-06-09 Stanley Cup Final, Pepsi Center, Denver, CO: Colorado Avalanche beat defending champion New Jersey Devils, 3-1 for 4-3 series win; Avalanche 2nd title
  • 2007-10-28 Boston Red Sox beats Colorado, 4-3 in Game 4 at Coors Field, Denver to sweep the Rockies and win their 2nd Baseball World Series in 4 years; Boston 3rd baseman Mike Lowell MVP

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
  • 2019-01-16 Golden State Warriors break 2 franchise records in 142-111 win over Denver Nuggets; in 1st quarter, record 10 three-point field goals on way to franchise best 51 points in the period
  • 2019-04-17 Terror alert closes schools in Denver, Colorado, due to 18 year-old woman obsessed with Columbine massacre, who is then found dead
  • 2019-05-07 Denver is the first US city to decriminalize psilocybin "magic mushrooms"

Famous Birthdays

  • 1817-05-18 James William Denver, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1892)
  • 1867-04-24 Fannie Thomas, American who became the oldest known American at her death (113 years 273 days at death), born in Denver, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1873-01-10 Jack O'Neill, Irish-born baseball player, born in Tawnaleen, Ireland (d. 1935)
  • 1877-05-25 Billy Murray, American singer (Denver Nightengale), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)
  • 1880-10-04 Young Corbett II (William J. Rothwell), American boxer (world featherweight champion 1901-02), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1927)
  • 1883-05-23 Douglas Fairbanks, American actor (The Mark of Zorro, 3 Musketeers, Robin Hood), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1939)
  • 1886-02-10 Olin Howland, American actor (Gone with the Wind, Them!, Circus Boy), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • 1886-04-10 Val Paul, American actor and director (Suspense, The Phantom Thief), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1962)
  • 1888-06-27 Antoinette Perry, American actress and theater director, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1946)
  • 1890-03-28 Paul Whiteman "The King of Jazz", American orchestra leader (George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue"), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1967)
  • 1892-09-28 Ruth Stonehouse, American silent film actress and director (Dorothy Dares), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1941)

Person of interestEddie Eagan

1897-04-26 Eddie Eagan, American boxer (Olympic gold 1920) and bobsledder (Olympic gold 1932), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1967)

Boxer and Bobsledder Eddie Eagan
Boxer and Bobsledder
Eddie Eagan
  • 1899-04-09 James Smith McDonnell, American aviator and engineer, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1980)
  • 1899-06-29 Lester Vail, American actor (Dance Fools Dance, Consolation Marriage), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • 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
  • 1906-06-28 Safford Cape, American-Belgian conductor, composer and music historian, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1973)
  • 1906-07-03 Jack Earle, American actor and sideshow performer known as "The World's Tallest Man," born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1952)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1909-12-24 Adam Popovich, American composer, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1912-06-18 Glen Morris, American Olympic track and field champion (Olympic gold, 1936) and actor (Tarzan, Hold That Co-ed), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1974)
  • 1914-08-30 Julie Bishop [Jacqueline Wells], American actress (My Hero, Northern Pursuit, Threat), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2001)
  • 1916-01-01 Murray Armstrong, Canadian ice hockey centre and NCAA coach (Detroit Red Wings; coach University of Denver 1956-77, 5 NCAA C'ships), born in Manor, Saskatchewan (d. 2010)
  • 1916-04-04 David White, American actor (Larry Tate-Bewitched), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1990)
  • 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)
  • 1920-05-11 Denver Pyle, American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, The Andy Griffith Show), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • 1924-04-07 Nick Perito, orchestra leader (Don Knotts Show, Big Show), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1925-08-06 Barbara Bates, American actress (All About Eve, It's a Great Life), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1969)
  • 1927-01-04 Barbara Rush, American actress (Marsha-Peyton Place, It Came From Outer Space, 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 (The Carol Burnett Show), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1995)
  • 1929-05-04 Sydney M. Lamb, American linguist (Stratificational grammar), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1931-08-30 John Leonard Swigert Jr., American astronaut (Apollo 13), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1982)
  • 1932-02-01 John Hart, American TV journalist (CBS News Retrospective, NBC News), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1932-03-21 Joseph Silverstein, American violinist, concertmaster and conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 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
  • 1933-05-23 John Browning, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1956), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2003)
  • 1933-08-19 Debra Paget [Debralee Griffin], American actress (Love Me Tender), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1935-03-13 Don Nute, American actor, born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1935-04-16 Haskell Sadler, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1994)
  • 1936-05-09 Terry Drinkwater, American TV newsman (CBS), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1989)
  • 1937-01-08 Robert Moran, American composer, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1940-07-23 Gary Stites, American rock vocalist (Lonely For You), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1943-05-31 Wayne Carson, country musician and songwriter (Always On My Mind), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2015)
  • 1943-10-01 Jerry Martini [Gerald L. Martini], American saxophonist (Sly and the Family Stone), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1944-07-15 Jan-Michael Vincent, actor (Hooper, Tribes, Buster & Billie), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2019)
  • 1946-03-12 Frank Welker, American voice actor (Scooby-Doo, Curious George), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1946-06-28 John M. Lounge, American engineer and astronaut (STS 51-I, STS 26, STS 35), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2011)
  • 1947-11-29 Ronnie Montrose, American rock guitarist (Montrose, Gamma), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2012)
  • 1948-04-07 Dallas Taylor, American session drummer (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Clear Light), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2015)
  • 1950-03-05 Eugene Fodor, American classical violinist (1974 Tchaikovsky Award), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2011)
  • 1951-10-23 Michael Rupert, actor (Pasadena Playhouse), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1952-08-04 Bobby Buntrock, actor (Harold Baxter-Hazel), born in Denver, Colorado

Person of interestTim Allen

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

Actor Tim Allen
Actor
Tim Allen
  • 1953-10-31 Michael J. Anderson, American actor (The Man from Another Place), born in Denver, Coloroda
  • 1955-03-30 Randy Vanwarmer, American vocalist (Just When I Needed You Most), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1955-11-06 Paul Romer, American economist (Nobel Prize 2018, endogenous growth theory), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1956-09-06 Bill Ritter, American politician (41st Governor of Colorado), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1960-08-15 Maureen "Peanut" Louie Harper, tennis player (Denver-1985), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1962-08-28 David Fincher, American film director and producer (The Social Network, Gone Girl), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1963-06-26 Wendy Lucero-Schayes, American diver (Olympic-92), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1963-07-30 Ingrid Butts, American cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1964-05-23 Staci Greason, actress (Isabella Toscando-Days of Our Lives), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1965-01-25 Brian Holman, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1965-10-19 Todd Park Mohr, American musician (Big Head Todd and the Monsters), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1965-10-25 2 Cold Scorpio [Charles Bernard Scaggs], American professional wrestler, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1968-12-29 James Mouton, American baseball outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1969-02-21 Corey Harris, American blues & 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
  • 1970-04-23 Dennis Culp, American singer and songwriter, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1970-10-26 Dian Bachar, American actor, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1972-12-12 Greg Randolph, American road cyclist (Olympics-74th-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1973-02-15 Amy Van Dyken, US 50m/100m freestyle/100m butterfly swimmer (Olympic 2 g-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1973-07-16 Graham Robertson, American filmmaker and author, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974-10-07 Benjamin Oberman, American pairs skater (& Naomi Grabow), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974-10-23 Dani Tyler, softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974-12-29 James Darling, American football linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1975-10-03 India Arie [Simpson], American singer and actress (Voyage to India), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1975-10-25 Ryan Clement, American football quarterback, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1978-04-19 Amanda Sage, American visionary artist, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1980-04-06 Matthew Thomas Carey, American actor (Old School, The Banger Sisters), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1980-10-25 Ilana Goldfogel, American pairs skater (& Erik Schulz), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1981-10-09 Zachery Ty Bryan, American actor (Brad-Home Improvement), born in Aurora, Colorado
  • 1983-09-19 Matt Wiman, American mixed martial artist, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1987-01-05 Kristin Cavallari, American actress, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1993-12-08 AnnaSophia Robb, American actress and singer, born in Denver, Colorado

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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

Famous Deaths

  • 1954-08-17 Billy Murray, American singer (Denver Nightengale), dies at 77
  • 1997-12-25 Denver Pyle, American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, The Andy Griffith Show), dies of lung cancer at 77
  • 2010-12-08 Murray Armstrong, Canadian ice hockey centre and NCAA coach (Detroit Red Wings; coach University of Denver 1956-77, 5 NCAA C'ships), dies at 94