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
  • 1915-01-04 1st elected Jewish governor, Moses Alexander, takes office in Idaho

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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
  • 1961-01-21 KIFI TV channel 8 in Idaho Falls, Idaho (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1963-09-02 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Idaho Centennia Golf Tournament
  • 1972-05-02 126 killed in an electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine, Kellogg, Idaho
  • 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

Film release premierFilm Release

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

  • 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.
  • 1995-08-21 US marshals move in on Randy Weaver's cabin in Idaho
  • 1997-05-16 Brandi Sherwood (Idaho) replaces Brook Lee (Miss Univ) as Miss USA

Famous Birthdays

  • 1867-03-25 John Gutzon Borglum, American sculptor (Mt Rushmore), born in St. Charles, Idaho Territory (d. 1941)

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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)
  • 1899-08-04 Ezra Taft Benson, 13th President of Mormon Church and US Secretary of Agriculture, born in Whitney, Idaho (d. 1994)
  • 1906-07-23 Clancy Cooper, American actress (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)
  • 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, LA, actress (Another Thin Man, Idiot's Delight, Idaho)

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1920-02-08 Lana Turner, American actress (Survivors, Falcon Crest), born in Wallace, Idaho (d. 1995)

Actress Lana Turner
Lana Turner
  • 1922-04-24 J D Cannon, Salmon Idaho, actor (McCloud, Ike, Call to Glory)
  • 1924-12-27 James A McClure, (Sen-R-Idaho)
  • 1927-03-04 Philip Batt, 29th Governor of the U.S. state of Idaho
  • 1935-10-14 La Monte Young, Bern Idaho, composer (Composition in 1990)
  • 1942-05-03 C.L. Otter, American politician, governor of Idaho
  • 1944-07-19 Commander Cody [George Frayne], singer/pianist (Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen), 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
  • 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)
  • 1956-01-07 Robin Walton, LPGA golfer (1995 GHP Heartland Classic-15th), born in Boise, Idaho
  • 1965-11-11 Ruthie Matthes, Sun Valley Idaho, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1970-09-26 Rachel Jacobs, actress (It's Not Easy), born in Ririe, Idaho
  • 1971-01-31 Brandi Sherwood, Miss USA-Idaho (1997, 2nd)
  • 1973-02-22 Ntala Skinner, Sun Valley Idaho, biathelete (Olympics-1994)
  • 1973-05-13 Brooke Jennifer Gambrell, Miss America-Idaho (1996), born in Boise, Idaho
  • 1974-01-14 Nancy Napolski, Hinsdale Idaho, air rifle (Olympics-1996)
  • 1977-07-01 Misty Marriah Esplin, Preston Idaho, Miss America-Idaho (1997)
  • 1985-08-21 Jacob (Jake) Pitts, American rock guitarist (Black Veil Brides), born in Idaho
  • 1986-03-28 Robert Bowdrie "Bowe" Bergdahl, American soldier held captive in Afghanistan, born in Sun Valley, Idaho

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding 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
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

  • 2010-03-06 Endurance Idahor, Nigerian footballer (b. 1984)