Des Moines in History

Historical Events

  • 1851-09-22 City of Des Moines, Iowa incorporated as Fort Des Moines.
  • 1924-04-15 WHO-AM in Des Moines Iowa begins radio transmissions
  • 1930-05-02 Des Moines (Western League) defeats Wichita 13-6 to open 1st ballpark with permanently installed lights
  • 1935-03-17 KSO-AM in Des Moines Iowa call sign is given to KWCR
  • 1950-02-21 WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-04-15 WHO TV channel 13 in Des Moines, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-07-31 KRNT (now KCCI) TV channel 8 in Des Moines, IA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1959-04-14 KDIN TV channel 11 in Des Moines, IA (PBS) begins broadcasting

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1982-01-20 Heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a bat on stage in Des Moines, Iowa

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Ozzy Osbourne
  • 1989-09-11 KSO-AM in Des Moines Iowa changes call letters to KGGO
  • 1997-11-19 McCaughey septuplets born to Bobbi McCaughey in Des Moines, Iowa. First set of septuplets to survive infancy.
  • 1999-07-11 20th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Dave Eichelberger
  • 2015-11-14 Second Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast by CBS, held in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 2016-01-28 Seventh Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in Des Moines, Iowa

Famous Birthdays

  • 1852-05-18 Gertrude K√§sebier, pioneering American photgrapher, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1895-03-03 Juanita Hansen, American actress (Fast Company, Broadway Love), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1961)
  • 1902-11-04 Frank Jenks, American actor (Colonel Flack, Zombies on Broadway), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1962)
  • 1905-08-10 Era Bell Thompson, American magazine editor (Ebony), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1986)
  • 1908-12-29 Claire Dodd, American actress (Lady, In the Navy), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1973)
  • 1909-07-18 Harriet Nelson, American singer and actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Follow the Fleet), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1994)
  • 1926-04-04 Cloris Leachman, actress (Phyllis, High Anxiety), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1926-04-30 Cloris Leachman, actress (Last Picture Show, Phyllis), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1927-08-30 Bill Daily, American actor and comedian (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1929-09-27 Sada Thompson, actress (Family, Pursuit of Happiness), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1947-10-01 Stephen Collins, actor (Star Trek I, Tattingers), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1951-12-05 Thomas Warren Purtzer, PGA golfer (1977 Glen Campbell), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1964-02-18 Kevin Tapani, pitcher (Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1967-05-14 Natasha Elaine Kaiser-Brown, 400m runner, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1970-06-13 Lance Ringnald, US gymnist (Olympic-92), born in Des Moines, Iowa

Famous Weddings

  • 1984-08-18 Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes (22) weds Des Moines department store heiress Julie Anne Friedman (25) at London registrar's office