Fort Wayne in History

Indiana: Gary - Indianapolis

Historical Events

  • 1862-10-22 Battle at Old Fort Wayne, Indian Territory
  • 1883-06-02 1st night baseball under lights, Fort Wayne Indiana
  • 1910-10-23 Blanche Scott becomes the first woman to fly at a public event in the US at Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950-11-01 Celtics' forward Chuck Cooper becomes first African American to play in the NBA in Boston's 107-84 loss at Fort Wayne Pistons; future Hall of Famer Bob Cousy also debuts for Celtics

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1953-01-13 3rd NBA All-Star Game, Allen County Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana: West beats East, 79-75; MVP: George Mikan, Minneapolis Lakers, C

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1954-09-26 WANE TV channel 15 in Fort Wayne, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-10-27 WPTA TV channel 21 in Fort Wayne, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 2001-01-11 New York Knicks hold an opponent under 100 points for NBA-record 29th straight game in a 76-75 loss to the Houston Rockets; streak snaps 46-year-old NBA record of 28 straight set by the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1954-55

Famous Birthdays

  • 1882-02-14 George Jean Nathan, American editor, author and critic (American Mercury), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 1958)
  • 1908-10-06 Carole Lombard [Jane Alice Peters], American actress (My Man Godfrey, In Name Only), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 1942)
  • 1914-01-07 Bobby McDermott, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (2 × NBL Coach of the Year 1944-45, Fort Wayne Pistons), born in NYC, NY (d. 1963)
  • 1922-06-22 Bill Blass, American fashion designer (dressed Nancy Reagan), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 2002)
  • 1928-09-04 Dick York, American actor (Darrin-Bewitched, Inherit the Wind), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 1992)
  • 1949-08-23 Shelley Long, American actress (Diane in Cheers, Money Pit), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1952-01-13 Sharon Gabet, actress (Edge of Night, Another World), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1961-04-28 Cathy Gerring, American golfer (Solheim Cup 1990), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1965-03-10 Rod Woodson, American NFL cornerback/kick returner (11 Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 2000, Baltimore Ravens), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1965-09-20 Robert Rusler, American actor (Game of Love, Vamp, Thrashin'), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1970-10-08 David Doster, American baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1971-04-25 Eric England, NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1974-03-07 Jenna Fischer, American actress (The Office), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1982-05-24 DaMarcus Beasley, American footballer (Houston Dynamo), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Famous Deaths

  • 1963-10-03 Bobby McDermott, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (2 × NBL Coach of the Year 1944-45, Fort Wayne Pistons), dies at 49