Idaho in History

Idaho: Boise, ID

Historical Events

  • 1860-06-15 1st White settlement in Idaho (Franklin)
  • 1863-01-29 Bear River Massacre: American soldiers slaughter hundreds of Native Americans at the confluence of the Bear River and Beaver Creek in present day Idaho
  • 1863-03-03 Idaho Territory forms
  • 1863-03-04 Territory of Idaho established
  • 1863-07-04 Boise, Idaho founded (now capital of Idaho)
  • 1863-07-30 Indian Wars: Chief Pocatello of the Shoshone tribe signs the Treaty of Box Elder, promising to stop harassing the emigrant trails in southern Idaho and northern Utah
  • 1868-07-25 US Congress forms Wyoming Territory (Dakota, Utah & Idaho)
  • 1869-02-19 US Assay Office in Boise, Idaho authorized
  • 1877-06-17 Indian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyon - the Nez Perce defeat the US Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory
  • 1890-07-03 Idaho admitted as 43rd US state
  • 1905-12-30 Former Governor Frank Steunenberg is assassinated near his home in Caldwell, Idaho
  • 1909-11-23 7.17" (18.2 cm) of rainfall, Rattlesnake Creek, Idaho (state record)
  • 1910-09-10 Great Idaho Fire destroys 3 million acres of timber

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1914-02-19 Four-year old Charlotte May Pierstorff mailed by train from Grangeville, Idaho to her grandparents’ house 73 miles away in most famous 'child in the post' instance

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Children "mailed" by their parents because it was cheaper to mail them - if a child came in under the 50 pound parcel weight limit, than other ways to travel
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  • 1915-01-04 1st elected Jewish governor, Moses Alexander, takes office in Idaho

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1927-09-04 Charles Lindbergh visits Boise, Idaho, on his cross-country tour


  • 1929-02-16 KID-AM in Idaho Falls ID begins radio transmissions
  • 1934-07-28 118°F (48°C), Orofino, Idaho (state record)
  • 1943-01-16 -60°F (-51°C), Island Park Dam, Idaho (state record)
  • 1948-05-01 Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator, arrested in Birmingham, Alabama, for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes"
  • 1953-12-20 KID (now KIDK) TV channel 3 in Idaho Falls, ID (CBS) 1st broadcasting
  • 1955-07-17 Arco, Idaho, becomes 1st US city lit by nuclear power
  • 1961-01-03 An explosion at the Nuclear Reactor Testing Station in Idaho Falls kills three operators
  • 1961-01-21 KIFI TV channel 8 in Idaho Falls, Idaho (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1972-05-02 126 killed in an electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine, Kellogg, Idaho

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974-09-08 Evil Knievel attempts to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho but fails, escaping with minor injuries

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • 1975-05-06 Bundy victim Lynette Culver disappears from Pocatello, Idaho
  • 1976-06-05 Teton Dam in Idaho burst causing $1 billion damage (14 die)
  • 1989-07-25 Brandi Sherwood of Idaho crowned 7th Miss Teen USA
  • 1991-09-29 "My Own Private Idaho" premieres

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1991-10-18 "My Own Private Idaho" directed and written by Gus van Sant starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves is released

Actor River Phoenix
Actor
River Phoenix
Actor and Musician Keanu Reeves
Actor and Musician
Keanu Reeves
  • 1992-08-21 US Marshals move in on Randy Weaver's cabin in Ruby Ridge, Idaho to apprehend him on firearms charges; an 11 day stand-off ensues
  • 1992-08-22 FBI HRT sniper Lon Horiuchi shoots and kills Vicki Weaver during an 11-day siege at her home at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
  • 1997-05-16 Brandi Sherwood (Idaho) replaces Brook Lee (Miss Universe) as Miss USA

Famous Birthdays

  • 1865-06-29 William E. Borah, American lawyer and politician (Republican U.S. Senator from Idaho), born in Fairfield, Illinois (d. 1940)
  • 1867-03-25 John Gutzon Borglum, American sculptor (Mt Rushmore), born in St. Charles, Idaho Territory (d. 1941)

Person of interestEzra Pound

1885-10-30 Ezra Loomis Pound, American poet (Cantos), born in Hailey, Idaho (d. 1972)

  • 1892-08-31 Claire DuBrey, American actress (Lightnin' in the Forest), born in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho (d. 1993)
  • 1895-03-31 Vardis Fisher, American author (Darkness & Deep), born in Annis, Idaho (d. 1968)
  • 1898-07-08 Melville Ruick, American actor (Sun Valley Serenade, City Hospital), born in Boise, Idaho (d. 1972)
  • 1899-02-15 Lillian Disney, wife of animator Walt Disney, born in Spalding, Idaho (d. 1997)
  • 1899-03-28 Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, Head of Latter-day Saints, born in Clifton, Idaho (d. 1973)
  • 1899-08-04 Ezra Taft Benson, 13th President of Latter-day Saints and US Secretary of Agriculture, born in Whitney, Idaho (d. 1994)
  • 1906-07-23 Clancy Cooper, American actor (Enchanted Forest, Girls in Chains), born in Boise, Idaho (d. 1975)
  • 1908-02-28 Billie Bird, American actress (Jury Duty), born in Pocatello, Idaho (d. 2002)
  • 1912-12-04 Pappy Boyington, American combat pilot (United States Marine Corps fighter ace during World War II), born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (d. 1988)
  • 1913-11-30 John K M McCaffery, TV host (One Minute Please), born in Moscow, Idaho
  • 1915-12-27 Mary Kornman, American actress (Desert Trail, Queen of the Jungle, Swing it Professor), born in Idaho Falls, Idaho (d. 1973)
  • 1917-03-22 Virginia Grey, American actress (Another Thin Man, Idiot's Delight, Idaho), born in Edendale, California (d. 2004)
  • 1917-08-12 Marjorie Reynolds [Goodspeed], American actress and dancer (Holiday Inn, Life of Riley), born in Buhl, Idaho (d. 1997)

Person of interestLana Turner

1921-02-08 Lana Turner, American actress (Survivors, Falcon Crest, The Postman Always Rings Twice), born in Wallace, Idaho (d. 1995)

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner
  • 1922-04-24 John Donovan "J D" Cannon, American actor (McCloud, Ike, Call to Glory), born in Salmon, Idaho (d. 2005)
  • 1924-07-25 Frank Church, American lawyer and politician (United States Senator from Idaho), born in Boise, Idaho (d. 1984)
  • 1924-12-27 James A McClure, (Sen-R-Idaho)
  • 1927-03-04 Philip Batt, 29th Governor of the U.S. state of Idaho
  • 1928-11-07 Richard G. Scott, American scientist and LDS apostle, born in Pocatello, Idaho (d. 2015)
  • 1935-10-14 La Monte Young, American minimalist avant-garde composer (Compositions 1960), born in Bern, Idaho

Person of interestHarmon Killebrew

1936-06-29 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Payette, Idaho (d. 2011)

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew
  • 1937-12-10 Don Bies, American golfer (The Tradition 1989), born in Cottonwood, Idaho
  • 1938-04-23 Steve Symms, American politician, (Senator-R-Idaho 1981-93, Rep-R-Idaho 1973-81), born in Nampa, Idaho
  • 1940-12-12 Shirley Englehorn, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1970), born in Caldwell, Idaho
  • 1942-05-03 Butch Otter, American politician, 32nd governor of Idaho, born in Caldwell, Idaho
  • 1944-07-19 Commander Cody [George Frayne], American singer and pianist (Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen), born in Boise, Idaho
  • 1944-11-19 Charlie Coe, American rock guitarist and bassist (Paul Revere & the Raiders, 1963-68), born in Boise, Idaho
  • 1945-07-20 Larry E Craig, (Rep-R-Idaho, 1981- )
  • 1946-08-25 Larry LaRocco, American politician (Rep-D-Idaho), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1950-09-08 Mike Simpson, American politician (R-HoR: 1999-present), born in Burley, Idaho
  • 1951-05-20 Michael D Crapo, (Rep-R-Idaho)
  • 1951-10-29 Dirk Kempthorne, (Sen-R Idaho)
  • 1953-04-23 James Russo, American actor (My Own Private Idaho, China Girl), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954-03-18 James F Reilly II, Mt Home AFB Idaho, PhD/astronaut (STS 89, sk:100)
  • 1962-06-13 Davey Hamilton, American auto racer and broadcaster, (Indycar Series runner-up 1996-97, 98), born in Nampa, Idaho
  • 1964-09-11 Victor Wooten, American bass guitarist, born in Mountain Home, Idaho
  • 1965-11-11 Ruthie Matthes, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Sun Valley Idaho
  • 1970-09-26 Rachel Jacobs, American actress (It's Not Easy), born in Ririe, Idaho
  • 1971-04-03 Picabo Street, American skier (Olympic gold 1994), born in Triumph, Idaho
  • 1973-02-22 Ntala Skinner, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • 1974-01-14 Nancy Napolski, American sports shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Hinsdale, Idaho

Person of interestAaron Paul

1979-08-27 Aaron Paul, American actor (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed), born in Emmett, Idaho

Actor Aaron Paul
Actor
Aaron Paul
  • 1981-02-13 Luke Ridnour, US basketball player, born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • 1981-12-12 Jeret Peterson, American aerial skier (Olympic silver 2010), born in Boise, Idaho
  • 1985-08-21 Jacob (Jake) Pitts, American heavy metal rock guitarist (Black Veil Brides), born in Pocatello, Idaho
  • 1986-03-28 Robert Bowdrie "Bowe" Bergdahl, American soldier held captive in Afghanistan, born in Sun Valley, Idaho

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1925-07-13 Film producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Productions Walt Disney (23) weds Lillian Bounds (26) at Lewiston's Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Lewiston, Idaho

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 2010-02-27 "Supernatural" actress Genevieve Cortese (29) weds co-star actor Jared Padaelcki (27) in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • 2013-06-24 Actress Kerry Washington (36) weds NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha (32) in Blaine County, Idaho

Famous Deaths

  • 1940-01-19 William E. Borah, American lawyer and politician (Republican U.S. Senator from Idaho), dies at 74
  • 1984-04-07 Frank Church, American lawyer and politician (United States Senator from Idaho), dies at 59
  • 2010-03-06 Endurance Idahor, Nigerian footballer (b. 1984)