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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1961-01-21 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

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

Actor River Phoenix
River Phoenix
Actor and Musician Keanu Reeves
Actor and Musician
Keanu Reeves
  • 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 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 Mormon Church, born in Clifton, Idaho (d. 1973)
  • 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)
  • 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
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
  • 1935-10-14 La Monte Young, American composer (Composition in 1990), born in Bern, Idaho
  • 1936-06-29 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Payette, Idaho (d. 2011)
  • 1938-04-23 Steve Symms, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Idaho, born in Nampa, 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 bassist (Paul Revere & the Raiders), 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)
  • 1956-01-07 Robin Walton, American LPGA golfer (1995 GHP Heartland Classic-15th), born in Boise, Idaho
  • 1965-11-11 Ruthie Matthes, Sun Valley Idaho, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970-09-26 Rachel Jacobs, actress (It's Not Easy), born in Ririe, Idaho
  • 1971-01-31 Brandi Sherwood, Miss USA-Idaho (1997, 2nd)
  • 1971-04-03 Picabo Street, American skier (Olympic gold 1994), born in Triumph, Idaho
  • 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, American sports shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Hinsdale, Idaho
  • 1977-07-01 Misty Marriah Esplin, Preston Idaho, Miss America-Idaho (1997)

Person of interestAaron Paul

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

Actor Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul
  • 1981-02-13 Luke Ridnour, US basketball player, born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • 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

  • 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)