Washington, D.C. in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 247

Historic Event

1942-06-21 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrive in Washington, D.C.

  • 1942-08-08 6 convicted Nazi saboteurs who landed in US executed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1942-12-13 National Football League Championship, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins upset Chicago Bears, 14-6

Historic Event

1943-02-17 Major General Omar Bradley flies to Washington, D.C.

  • 1943-05-25 Trident conference in Washington, D.C. (operation plan '43 against Japan)

Historic Event

1944-07-06 French General Charles de Gaulle arrives in Washington, D.C.

Music History

1944-10-30 Aaron Copland's ballet score "Appalachian Spring" premieres in Washington, D.C. with Martha Graham dancing lead role

  • 1947-01-01 WTTG TV channel 5 in Washington, D.C. (MET) begins broadcasting
  • 1947-06-27 WRC TV channel 4 in Washington, D.C. (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1947-10-03 WMAL (now WJLA) TV channel 7 in Washington, D.C. (ABC) begins
  • 1948-09-24 Mildred Gillars (Axis Sally), an American broadcaster employed by the Third Reich in Nazi Germany to proliferate propaganda during World War II, pleads not guilty to eight chargs of treason in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948-10-21 Facsimile high-speed radio transmission demonstrated (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1949-01-16 WTOP (now WUSA) TV channel 9 in Washington, D.C. (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1949-04-04 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1950-01-15 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • 1950-02-20 WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. swaps calls with WWDC
  • 1951-05-24 Racial segregation in Washington, D.C. restaurants ruled illegal
  • 1953-01-15 16 car Federal Express train loses brakes & crashes in Washington, D.C. station

Sports History

1953-04-17 Mickey Mantle hits a 565' (172 m) HR in Washington, D.C.'s Griffith Stadium

  • 1953-06-07 Mary Terrell wins struggle to end segregation in Washington, D.C. restaurants
  • 1954-09-07 Integration begins in Washington, D.C. & Baltimore, Maryland public schools
  • 1954-09-27 School integration begins in Washington, D.C. & Baltimore Md public schools
  • 1954-11-22 Humane Society (US) forms in Washington, D.C.
  • 1956-07-10 23rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.
  • 1956-08-24 1st non-stop transcontinental helicopter flight arrived Washington, D.C.
  • 1957-01-20 Morton Gould's "Declaration" premieres in Washington, D.C.

Music History

1957-04-09 Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy" premieres in Washington, D.C.

  • 1959-04-14 (Robert) Taft Memorial Bell Tower dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • 1960-01-28 1st photograph bounced off Moon, Washington, D.C.
  • 1960-04-21 Founding of the Orthodox Bahá'í Faith in Washington, D.C.
  • 1960-10-26 AL approves Washington Senators move to become Minnesota Twins & announces franchises in LA & Washington, D.C. for 1961
  • 1961-03-29 23rd Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, allowing Washington, D.C. residents to vote in presidential elections
  • 1961-04-30 1st shuttle flights between Washington, D.C., Boston & NYC begin (Eastern)
  • 1961-05-04 CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, D.C.
  • 1961-10-02 WETA TV channel 26 in Washington, D.C. (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1962-07-10 32nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at D.C. Stadium, Washington

Historic Event

1962-11-17 US President JFK dedicates Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C.

  • 1963-03-15 WFAN TV channel 14 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

1963-08-28 Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I have a dream" speech addressing the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom civil rights march at Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

  • 1963-08-30 Hotline communication link between the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the Kremlin in Moscow installed. Often known as the "red telephone" no phones were ever used, relying instead on Teletype equipment, fax machines and most recently secure email.
  • 1964-02-11 Beatles 1st live appearance in US; Washington, D.C. Coliseum
  • 1964-11-03 For 1st time since 1800, residents of Washington, D.C. permitted to vote
  • 1965-11-27 15-25,000 demonstrate against war in Vietnam in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966-03-26 Large-scale anti-Vietnam War protests take place in the United States, including in New York, Washington, D.C. and Chicago
  • 1966-04-20 WDCA TV channel 20 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-06-01 Mayor-council form of government instituted for Washington, D.C.
  • 1967-09-28 Walter Washington elected 1st mayor of Washington, D.C.
  • 1968-03-17 2-tiered gold price negotiated in Washington, D.C. by US & 6 European nations
  • 1968-03-19 Howard University, Washington, D.C., students seize administration building

Film Premiere

1968-04-02 "2001 A Space Odyssey" directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.

  • 1968-05-12 "March of Poor" under Rev Abernathy reaches Washington, D.C.
  • 1968-06-24 Resurrection City in Washington, D.C. closed permanently

Sports History

1969-07-23 40th MLB All Star Game, RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.: NL beats AL, 9-3; MVP: Willie McCovey, SF Giants, 1B

Vietnam War Moratorium Demonstration

1969-11-15 An estimated 2 million people take part in the Vietnam War Moratorium demonstration across the United States

  • 1971-03-01 Bomb attack on the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971-09-08 John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts opens in Washington, D.C.

Historic Event

1972-02-17 US President Richard Nixon leaves Washington, D.C. for a groundbreaking trip to China

  • 1972-05-28 White House "plumbers" first break in at the Democratic National Headquarters and install listening devices at Watergate Complex in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972-10-11 Prison uprising at Washington, D.C. jail
  • 1972-12-31 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3
  • 1973-01-08 Judge Sirica begins the trial of the Watergate burglars in Washington, D.C.
  • 1973-01-20 Richard Nixon's second inauguration as President of the United States takes place in Washington, D.C.
  • 1973-02-22 US & China agree to establish liaison offices in Beijing & Washington, D.C.
  • 1973-09-19 NL refuses to allow San Diego Padres move to Washington, D.C.
  • 1973-09-26 Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic (Washington, D.C. to Paris) in record-breaking time (3h33m).
  • 1973-12-06 NL votes to move San Diego Padres to Washington, D.C. (doesn't happen)
  • 1973-12-24 District of Columbia Home Rule Act is passed, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to elect their own local government.
  • 1974-10-01 Watergate cover-up trial opens in Washington, D.C.
  • 1974-11-05 Walter E Washington, becomes first elected mayor of Washington, D.C.
  • 1976-03-27 Washington, D.C. underground Metro opens
  • 1976-05-24 1st commercial SST flight to North America (Concorde to Washington, D.C.)


1976-09-21 Orlando Letelier is assassinated in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Chilean socialist government of Salvador Allende, overthrown in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet.

  • 1976-10-13 First electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy, working at the C.D.C.
  • 1977-03-09 Hanafi Muslims invade 3 buildings in Washington, D.C., siege ended Mar 11th
  • 1977-03-11 Hanafi Muslims hold 130 hostages in Washington, D.C.
  • 1977-06-30 US Railway Post Office final train run (NY to Washington, D.C.)

Historic Event

1978-02-03 Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and US President Jimmy Carter discuss the Middle East peace process in Washington, D.C.

Radio History

1978-04-03 Larry King moves his radio show from Miami to Washington, D.C.

  • 1978-07-09 Nearly 100,000 demonstrators march on Washington, D.C. for ERA
  • 1978-11-07 Marion Barry Jr. elected as Washington, D.C.'s first African American mayor

Film Premiere

1978-12-10 Superman: The Movie, directed by Richard Donner and starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.

Historic Event

1979-01-29 Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping visits Washington, D.C.

Treaty of Interest

1979-03-26 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat sign the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.

  • 1979-08-02 Washington, D.C. trial attorney Edward Bennett Williams buys MLB's Baltimore Orioles from Jerold Hoffberger for reported $12.3 million

Papal Visit

1979-10-06 Pope John Paul II is 1st Pope to visit The White House, meeting with President Jimmy Carter in Washington, D.C.

  • 1980-11-17 WHHM Television in Washington, D.C., becomes the first African-American public-broadcasting television station
  • 1981-03-02 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWDC in Washington, D.C.
  • 1981-09-15 The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.
  • 1982-01-13 Air Florida 737 took off in a snowstorm, crashes into 14th St Bridge in Washington, D.C., & falls into Potomac River, killing 78
  • 1982-03-26 Groundbreaking in Washington, D.C. for Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • 1982-07-19 1st Old Timer's All star classic - AL wins 7-2 in Washington, D.C.
  • 1982-11-13 Vietnam Veterans Memorial opens in Washington, D.C., featuring the names of over 58,000 US soldiers killed or missing in the Vietnam War
  • 1983-01-22 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys, 31-17

Music History

1983-05-19 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

  • 1984-01-08 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat San Francisco 49ers, 24-21
  • 1984-02-27 WRC-AM in Washington, D.C. changes call letters to WWRC
  • 1984-03-09 The Competitive Enterprise Institute is founded in Washington, D.C.
  • 1986-01-28 Angolan revolutionary and leader of UNITA, Jonas Savimbi visits Washington, D.C.
  • 1986-12-27 "Les Miserables" opens at Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
  • 1987-04-07 National Museum of Female Physicians opens in Washington, D.C.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 272

  • 1942-08-13 Robert Lee Stewart, American Brigadier General and astronaut (STS 41B, 51J), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1943-07-21 Edward Herrmann, actor (Day of the Dolphin, Reds), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1943-09-03 Michael D. Barnes, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1943-11-24 Dave Bing, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (7-time NBA All Star), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1944-02-21 Kitty Winn, American actress (Beacon Hill), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1944-04-13 Jack Casady, American rock bassist (Hot Tuna - "Hesitation Blues"; Jefferson Airplane - "Volunteers"; "White Rabbit"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1944-10-25 Kathy "Taffy" Danoff, American vocalist (Starland Vocal Band - "Afternoon Delight"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945-01-17 William Hart, American singer (4 Gents; Delfonics - "I'm Sorry"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945-01-25 Leigh Taylor-Young, American actress (Peyton Place, Alice B Toklas), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945-03-07 John Heard, American actor (Home Alone, Cat People, Big), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2017)
  • 1945-08-02 Jewell Jackson McCabe, American feminist and social and political activist who led the National Coalition of 100 Black Women movement in the 1970s, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945-09-04 Daniel Wood "Danny" Gatton, American guitarist (88 Elmira St.), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1994)
  • 1945-09-12 John Mauceri, American conductor (Washington, D.C. Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945-12-23 Ron Bushy, American rock drummer (Iron Butterfly - “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2021)
  • 1946-01-31 Jonathan Banks, actor (Armed & Dangerous, Cold Steel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946-06-23 Russ "Rusty" Thacker, American stage actor and singer, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1946-08-20 Connie Chung [Constance Yu-Hwa Chung Povich], American news anchor (NBC, CBS), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1947-02-14 Tim Buckley, singer-songwriter, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1975)
  • 1947-04-07 Charles '"Skip" Pitts, American soul & blues guitarist (Shaft), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1947-06-11 Glenn Leonard, American R&B singer (Temptations, 1975-83 - "In A Lifetime"; "Power"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1947-09-08 Ann Beattie, American novelist and short story writer (Chilly Scenes of Winter), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1947-10-11 Thomas Boswell, American sports columnist (Washington Post), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948-01-06 Bob Wise, American politician (Rep-D-WV, 1983- ), born in Washington, D.C.

Al Gore

1948-03-31 Al Gore, American politician and environmentalist (Vice President: 1993-2001), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1948-04-20 Gregory Itzin, American film and TV actor (The Kentucky Cycle), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948-07-05 Julie Nixon Eisenhower, American author and the youngest daughter of Richard Nixon, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948-07-17 Ron Asheton, American guitarist, bassist, and songwriter (The Stooges), born in Washington DC (d. 2009)
  • 1948-07-28 Georgia Engel, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show - "Georgette"; Hot In Cleveland), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2019)
  • 1948-08-30 Lewis Black, American stand-up comedian (Lewis Black's Root of All Evil), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948-10-25 Daniel Mark Epstein, American poet and biographer (Abraham Lincoln), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948-12-13 Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, American rock guitarist (Steely Dan; The Doobie Brothers), born in Washington, D.C.

Samuel L. Jackson

1948-12-21 Samuel L. Jackson, American actor (Amos & Andrew, White Sand, Pulp Fiction), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1949-01-14 Mary Robison, American writer (Why Did I Ever), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1949-04-23 Blair Brown, American actress (Altered States, Molly Dodd), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1949-07-30 Richard "Duck" Baker, American acoustic guitarist, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1949-10-16 André Leon Talley, American fashion expert, former Vogue editor, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1950-02-06 Punky Meadows, American rock guitarist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.

William Hurt

1950-03-20 William Hurt, American Academy Award-winning actor (Big Chill; Children of a Lesser God; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Broadcast News), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2022) [1]

  • 1950-05-15 Nicholas Hammond, American actor (The Amazing Spider-Man), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1950-08-27 Charles Fleischer, comedian (Roger Rabbit), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1950-10-05 Edward P. Jones, American writer (The Known World), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-01-27 Seth Justman, American rock keyboardist (J Geils Band - "Freeze Frame"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-02-25 James Brown, American sportscaster (CBS News, The NFL Today), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-07-28 Greg Gluffria, rock keyboardist (House of Lords - "Sahara"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-07-28 Anthony A. Williams, American politician, Mayor of the District of Columbia (1999-2007), born in Los Angeles County, California
  • 1951-08-23 Queen Noor of Jordan [Lisa Najeeb Halaby], American born wife of King Hussein, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-10-15 Frank DiMino, American rock vocalist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-10-27 Jayne Kennedy, American actress (Body and Soul), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-11-14 Barry Brandt, American rock drummer (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-11-16 Miguel Sandoval, American actor (Medium), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1952-01-14 Maureen Dowd, American writer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1952-11-21 Deborah Shelton, actress (Dallas, Ocean Kill, Body Double), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953-02-04 Jerome Powell, American Chair of the US Federal Reserve (2018-), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953-03-21 Carl Wolfson, comedian (Thicke of the Night), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953-07-29 Tim Gunn, American television and fashion personality (Project Runway), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953-08-21 Ivan Stang, American writer and filmmaker (Church of the SubGenius), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953-08-24 Ron Holloway, American tenor saxophonist, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953-09-12 Nancy "Nan" Goldin, American photographer (The Ballad of Sexual Dependency), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1954-01-17 Robert F Kennedy Jr., American attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1954-08-06 Carl C Perkins, American politician (Rep-D-KY, 1984-93), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1954-12-04 Tony Todd, American actor and producer (Platoon), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1955-02-28 Adrian Dantley, NBA forward (Olympic gold 1976, Utah Jazz), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1956-06-22 Tim Russ, American actor (Tuvoc-Star Trek Voyager), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1956-07-06 Casey Sander, American actor (Mike-The Big Bang Theory), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1956-10-16 Melissa Belote, American 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics 3 gold-1972), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1957-03-01 Jon Carroll, American pop vocalist (Starland Vocal Band - "Afternoon Delight"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1957-03-23 Sheila Rena Ingram, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1976), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1957-05-25 Edward Lee, American writer (Mr. Torso), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1957-09-30 William Christian, actor (Derek Frye-All My Children), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1958-01-04 Matt Frewer, actor (Max Headroom, Doctor Doctor), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1958-03-25 James McDaniel, actor (Arthur Fancy-NYPD Blue), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1958-05-25 Dorothy Straight, American 4 year old author (How the World Began), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1958-07-05 William "Bill" Watterson, American cartoonist known for being author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes (1985-95), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1958-10-08 Steve Coll, American journalist (The New Yorker) and writer (The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1958-12-13 Dana Strum [Strumwasser], American rock bassist (Slaughter - "Up All Night"; "Days Gone By"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1959-05-22 Olin Browne, American golfer (US Senior Open 2011), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1960-10-22 Darryl Jenifer, American bassist (Bad Brains), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1961-02-06 Bill Lester, American racing driver, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1961-02-13 Henry Rollins [Garfield], American musician (Big Ugly Mouth; Talking From the Box), monologuist, and actor, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1961-04-02 Christopher Meloni, American actor (Law & Order), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1961-10-09 Trevor Matich, American NFL center, 1985-96 (New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, and 3 other teams), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1961-12-22 Andrew Fastow, US convicted criminal and businessman (former CFO of Enron), born in Washington, D.C., United States
  • 1962-01-18 David O'Connor, American equestrian (Olympic gold individual eventing 2000; silver team eventing 1996, bronze 2000), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962-04-16 Ian MacKaye, American rocker (Cyrano de Bergerac), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962-11-02 David Brock, American political commentator (Media Matters for America), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963-01-18 Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963-05-10 Lisa M Nowak, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963-05-24 Michael Chabon, American novelist (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963-06-17 Kevin Glover, American NFL center (Detroit Lions), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963-09-08 Brad Silberling, American television and film director (Casper 1995), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963-09-28 Johnny Dawkins, American basketball guard (NBA: San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers; Detroit Pistons) and coach (Stanford, UCF), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963-12-24 Mary Ramsey, American singer and violinist (10,000 Maniacs), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1964-03-07 Denyce Graves, American mezzo-soprano (Carmen), born in Washington, D.C.

Stephen Colbert

1964-05-13 Stephen Colbert, American comedian and TV host (The Colbert Report, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), born in Washington, D.C.

Sandra Bullock

1964-07-26 Sandra Bullock, American actress (Speed, The Blind Side), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1964-12-14 C. J. Snare, American vocalist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1965-02-12 Brett Kavanaugh, American judge, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1965-06-15 Adam Smith, American politician (D-Wash), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1965-09-16 Katy Kurtzman, American actress (Lindsay-Dynasty), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1965-10-31 Blue Edwards, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Washington, D.C.

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