Louisiana in History

Historical Events

  • 1682-04-09 Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France
  • 1716-06-06 French transport the 1st African slaves to Louisiana
  • 1718-08-25 Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans founded
  • 1736-05-26 Battle of Ackia (Louisiana), British & Chickasaw Indians defeat French
  • 1762-11-03 Spain acquires Louisiana
  • 1766-03-05 Don Antonio de Ulloa takes possession of Louisiana Territory from the French
  • 1788-03-21 Fire destroys 856 buildings in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1800-10-01 Spain cedes Louisiana to France in a secret treaty

Treaty of Interest

1803-04-30 Chancellor Robert Livingston and James Monroe sign Louisiana Purchase Treaty in Paris at a cost of 15 million dollars, doubles the size of the USA

Historic Event

1803-07-04 The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people by President Thomas Jefferson

  • 1803-10-20 US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase
  • 1803-11-30 Spain cedes her claims to Louisiana Territory to France
  • 1803-12-20 French flag lowered in New Orleans to mark the formal transfer of the Louisiana Purchase from France to USA, purchased for $15M
  • 1804-03-26 Congress orders removal of Indians east of Mississippi to Louisiana
  • 1804-03-26 Territory of Orleans organizes in Louisiana Purchase
  • 1805-03-03 Louisiana-Missouri Territory forms
  • 1811-01-08 Louisiana slave revolt by Charles Deslondes at German Coast
  • 1811-01-10 Louisiana slaves rebel in 2 parishes
  • 1812-04-30 (Eastern) Louisiana admitted as 18th US state
  • 1812-06-04 Louisiana Territory officially renamed "Missouri Territory"
  • 1814-12-14 The Battle of Lake Borgne in Louisiana: British victory over the United States
  • 1831-12-25 Louisiana & Arkansas are first states to observe Christmas as holiday
  • 1835-03-03 Congress authorizes a US mint at New Orleans Louisiana
  • 1855-03-15 Louisiana establishes 1st health board to regulate quarantine
  • 1856-08-10 Hurricane washes away 2-300 revelers at Last Island, Louisiana

Sports History

1858-06-21 Louisiana chess prodigy Paul Morphy arrives in Europe

  • 1861-01-26 Louisiana secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1861-01-31 State of Louisiana takes over US Mint at New Orleans (U.S Civil War)
  • 1861-02-05 Louisiana delegation except Mr Bouligny withdraws from Congress (US Civil War)
  • 1861-05-04 At Gretna, Louisiana, one of 1st guns of Rebel navy is cast
  • 1862-04-18 Battle of Fort Jackson, Fort St Philip & New Orlean's, Louisiana
  • 1862-05-12 Federal troops occupies Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1862-08-05 Battle of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Union forces prevent Confederate attempts to capture the city
  • 1862-11-03 Battle until the 5th November between gunboats at Bayou Teche, a waterway in Louisiana
  • 1863-01-14 Battle between gunboats at Bayou Teche, Louisiana
  • 1863-04-12 -14] Gunboat battle at Bayou Teche, Louisiana
  • 1863-04-13 Battle of Irish Bend, Louisiana (Fort Bisland)
  • 1863-05-21 Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana, begins
  • 1863-05-27 US Civil War: Siege of Port Hudson in Louisiana by Union forces begins; lasts 48 days, longest American military siege
  • 1863-06-06 Battle of Milliken's Bend, Louisiana and Williamsport, Maryland
  • 1863-06-28 American Civil War: Second Battle of Donaldsonville, Louisiana - Union forces successfully repel Confederate attack on Fort Butler, on the Mississippi River
  • 1863-07-13 Battle of Bayou La Fourche, Louisiana
  • 1863-11-03 Battle of Grand Coteau in Southwestern Louisiana in the American Civil War
  • 1864-03-10 Red River campaign begun in Louisiana by Union forces
  • 1864-03-14 Union troops occupy Fort de Russy, Louisiana
  • 1864-03-21 Battle at Henderson's Hill (Bayou Rapids) Louisiana
  • 1864-04-02 Skirmish at Crump's Hill (Piney Woods), Louisiana
  • 1864-04-08 Battle of Mansfield, Louisiana; Federals routed by General Richard Taylor
  • 1864-04-09 Battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, Confederate assault repulsed by Union side with high cost of estimated 3,100 causalities
  • 1864-04-12 Battle of Blair's Landing, Louisiana
  • 1864-04-23 Battle of Cane River, Louisiana (Red River Expedition, Monett's Ferry)
  • 1864-05-01 -8] Battle at Alexandria, Louisiana (Red River Campaign)
  • 1864-05-03 3rd day in Battle at Alexandria Louisiana: Confederate assault
  • 1864-05-18 Battle of Yellow Bayou, Louisiana (Bayou de Glaize, Old Oaks)

Historic Event

1866-04-02 US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia

  • 1868-04-16 Louisiana voters approve new constitution
  • 1868-06-13 Oscar Dunn becomes first African American to be elected a Lieutenant Governor, of Louisiana
  • 1868-06-25 Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina readmitted to US
  • 1868-07-09 Louisiana and South Carolina are the last states to ratify the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing civil rights
  • 1868-07-13 Oscar J Dunn, former slave, installed as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
  • 1868-09-22 Race riots in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1868-09-28 Opelousas Massacre at St Landry Parish, Louisiana (200 blacks killed)
  • 1868-10-30 John Menard of Louisiana is 1st African American elected to US Congress
  • 1868-11-03 John Willis Menard from Louisiana is elected the first black US Congressman (opposition to his election means he never sits in Congress)
  • 1869-02-23 Louisiana governor signs public accommodations law
  • 1872-12-11 Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback takes office as the first African American US Govenor in Louisiana
  • 1873-01-13 P B S Pinchback relinquishes office of Louisiana Governor
  • 1873-04-13 Colfax Massacre in Grant Parish, Louisiana (60 blacks killed)
  • 1890-01-02 Record 19.2 feet alligator shot in Louisiana by American businessman Edward Avery McIlhenny
  • 1890-05-12 Louisiana legalizes prize fighting
  • 1898-05-12 Louisiana adopts new constitution with "grandfather clause" designed to eliminate black voters
  • 1899-02-13 -16°F (-27°C), Minden Louisiana (state record)
  • 1902-06-28 US Congress authorizes Louisiana Purchase Expo $1 gold coin
  • 1904-04-20 Louisiana Purchase Exposition opens in St Louis

Bonnie and Clyde Killed

1934-05-23 American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow - Bonnie and Clyde - are killed by police in an ambush near Sailes, Louisiana

  • 1935-06-12 Senator Huey Long of Louisiana speaks continually for 15½ hours in then Senate's longest speech (150,000 words)
  • 1936-08-10 114°F (46°C) at Plain Dealing, Louisiana (state record)

Music Premiere

1940-05-28 Irving Berlin's musical "Louisiana Purchase", satirizing Huey Long's political power, opens at The Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs for 444 performances

  • 1944-05-09 Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes Governor of Louisiana

TV Show Appearance

1955-03-03 Elvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance on a broadcast of radio show "Louisiana Hayride"

  • 1957-06-27 Hurricane Audrey, kills 526 in Louisiana & Texas
  • 1959-05-25 US Supreme Courtt rules Louisiana prohibiting black-white boxing unconstitutional
  • 1959-06-18 Governor of Louisiana Earl K. Long is committed to a state mental hospital; he responds by having the hospital's director fired and replaced with a crony who proceeds to proclaim him perfectly sane
  • 1962-08-28 55.9 cm rainfall at Hackberry, Louisiana (state record)
  • 1964-01-29 Most lopsided high-school basketball score 211-29 (Louisiana)
  • 1965-09-07 -10] Hurricane Betsy, kills 74 in Florida, Mississippi & Louisiana
  • 1965-09-08 Hurricane Betsy kills 75 in Louisiana & Florida
  • 1965-09-12 Hurricane Betsy strikes Florida & Louisiana kills 75
  • 1969-08-17 Hurricane Camille strikes US coastline and kills 259 people (mainly in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana)
  • 1970-01-27 1970 NFL Draft: Terry Bradshaw from Louisiana Tech first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers

Music Concert

1971-06-21 50,000 attend Celebration of Life, rock concert in McCrea, Louisiana; performers included Chuck Berry; Stephen Stills; WAR; John Sebastian; and Delaney and Bonnie

  • 1971-08-11 Construction begins on Louisiana Superdome
  • 1975-08-03 Louisiana Superdome is dedicated
  • 1975-08-09 1st NFL game in Louisiana Superdome, Houston beats Saints 13-7
  • 1975-10-08 San Antonio Spurs, then members of the ABA, defeat the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, 109-107 in the first basketball game ever played in the Louisiana Superdome
  • 1976-01-26 NFL Pro Bowl, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: NFC beats AFC, 23-20; MVP: Billy Johnson, Houston Oilers, WR
  • 1978-01-15 Super Bowl XII, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10; MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE & Randy White, Dallas, DT
  • 1981-01-25 Super Bowl XV, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10; MVP: Jim Plunkett, Oakland, QB
  • 1982-01-29 Old Dominion ends Louisiana Tech's women's basketball record 54-game winning streak
  • 1984-07-30 Alvenus tanker at Cameron Louisiana, spills 2.8 million gallons of oil

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1643-11-22 René-Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, French explorer (Louisiana), born in Rouen, France (d. 1687)
  • 1746-07-25 Bernardo de Gálvez, Spanish military leader and colonial administrator (Spanish Governor of Louisiana and Cuba, 1777-83, Viceroy of New Spain, 1785-6), born in Macharaviaya, Spain (d. 1786)
  • 1801-09-10 Marie Laveau, American Voodoo practitioner, born in French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1881)
  • 1806-03-17 Norbert Rillieux, American chemical engineer and inventor (sugar refiner), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1894)
  • 1818-05-28 P. G. T. Beauregard, American Confederate general (Hero of Sumter), born in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana (d. 1893)
  • 1818-12-12 Paul Octave Hébert, American Brigadier General and 14th Governor of Louisiana, born in Plaquemine, Louisiana (d. 1880)
  • 1820-03-13 Louis Hébert, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army) and civil engineer, born in Iberville Parish, Louisiana (d. 1901)
  • 1822-04-13 Leroy Augustus Stafford, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Cheneyville Rapides Parish, Louisiana (d. 1864)
  • 1822-09-19 Joseph Rodman West, American senator and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1898)
  • 1829-02-18 Jean Jacques Alfred Mouton, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Opelousas, Louisiana (d. 1864)
  • 1837-05-10 Pinckney B S Pinchback, Lt gov (Louisiana)

Paul MorphyPaul Morphy (1837-1884)

1837-06-22 American chess player considered the greatest of his era (1857-61), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 1838-09-29 Henry Hobson Richardson, American Romanesque revival architect (Thomas Crane Public Library), born in St James, Louisiana (d. 1886)
  • 1844-05-30 Louis Varney, French composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1908)
  • 1844-10-12 George W. Cable, American writer (Northampton Years), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1925)
  • 1865-12-19 Minnie Maddern Fiske, American actress (Henrik Ibsen's plays), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1932)

Madam C. J. WalkerMadam C. J. Walker (1867-1919)

1867-12-23 African American entrepreneur (First American self-made female millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company), born in Delta, Louisiana

  • 1873-09-21 Papa Jack Laine, American musician and pioneering bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1966)
  • 1874-09-17 Ben Turpin, American comic (Uncle Tom Without the Cabin), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1940)
  • 1877-09-06 Charles "Buddy" Bolden, African-American jazz cornetist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1931)
  • 1879-12-05 Clyde Cessna, American aviator and airplane manufacturer, born in Hawthorne, Louisiana (d. 1954)
  • 1880-08-22 George Herriman, American cartoonist (Krazy Kat), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1944)
  • 1880-09-20 Louise Peete, American convicted serial killer, born in Bienville, Louisiana (d. 1947)
  • 1885-05-11 [Joe] King Oliver, American jazz musician (Dippermouth Blues), born in Aben, Louisiana (birth date disputed - could be Dec. 19) (d. 1938)
  • 1887-09-03 Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter, born in Bywater, New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1973)

Lead BellyLead Belly (1888-1949)

1888-01-20 American blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), born in Mooringsport, Louisiana

  • 1888-06-03 Tom Brown, American dixieland jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1958)
  • 1888-08-16 Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1943)
  • 1889-04-11 Nick LaRocca, American jazz coronetist and composer ("Tiger Rag"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1961)
  • 1890-01-05 Cora Witherspoon, American actress (Quality Street The Bank Dick), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1957)
  • 1890-10-20 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton [LeMothe], American jazz pioneer pianist and composer (King Porter Stomp), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1941)
  • 1891-05-22 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)
  • 1893-07-14 Spencer Williams, American director, writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show), born in Vidalia, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • 1893-08-30 Huey Long, American politician (40th Governor of Louisiana), born in Winnfield, Louisiana (d. 1935)
  • 1893-11-07 Leatrice Joy, American actress (The Ace of Hearts), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1985)
  • 1894-04-27 George Petty, American pin-up artist, born in Abbeville, Louisiana (d. 1975)
  • 1895-04-20 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1895-12-07 Jack Pennick, American actor (Lady From Louisiana), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1964)
  • 1896-05-01 J. Lawton Collins, American general, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1987)
  • 1897-03-25 "Sweet" Emma Barrett, American Dixieland jazz pianist and singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1983)
  • 1897-05-14 Sidney Bechet, American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, band leader, and composer ("Petite Fleur"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • 1897-06-03 Memphis Minnie [Lizzie Douglas], American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Bumble Bee"; "Me and My Chauffeur Blues"), born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1898-05-14 [Arthur] Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong's Hot Five), born in Bunkie, Louisiana (d. 1975)
  • 1898-07-27 Queen Mother Moore, African-American civil rights activist and humanitarian, born in New Iberia, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1898-10-08 Clarence Williams, American composer, born in Plaquemine, Louisiana (d. 1965)
  • 1898-12-24 Warren "Baby" Dodds, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • 1899-09-11 Jimmie Davis, American singer and songwriter ("You Are My Sunshine"), born in Quitman, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • 1899-10-11 Eddie Dyer, American baseball player, born in Morgan City, Louisiana (d. 1964)
  • 1900-02-16 Vincent Coleman, American actor (For the Freedom of Ireland, Salome), born in Louisiana (d. 1971)
  • 1900-05-28 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz trumpeter (Lovie Austin; King Oliver; New Orleans Feetwarmers; Noble Sissle; Sidney Bechet), born in Mandeville, Louisiana (d. 1939)
  • 1900-06-27 Otto Passman, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana (1947-77), born in Franklinton, Washington Parish Louisiana (d. 1988)
  • 1900-12-29 Willie Humphrey, American jazz clarinetist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)

Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong (1901-1971)

1901-08-04 American Jazz Trumpeter and singer ("Hello, Dolly!"; "What A Wonderful World"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 1902-02-06 George Brunies, American musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1974)
  • 1902-09-03 Mantan Moreland, American actor and comedian (Charlie Chan, Spirit of Youth), born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1973)

Arna BontempsArna Bontemps (1902-1973)

1902-10-13 American poet and novelist who was part of the Harlem Renaissance, born in Alexandria, Louisiana

  • 1903-06-12 Emmett Hardy, American jazz musician, born in Gretna, Louisiana (d. 1925)
  • 1904-04-09 Joseph "Sharkey" Bonano, American Dixieland jazz trumpeter and singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1972)
  • 1905-01-13 Percy Humphrey, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1905-05-01 Chris 'Red' Cagle, College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All American 1927, 28, 29; Army; NFL: New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers), born in DeRidder, Louisiana (d. 1942)

Lillian HellmanLillian Hellman (1905-1984)

1905-06-20 American playwright (Toys in the Attic, Little Foxes), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 1906-07-17 John Carroll [Julian LaFaye], American actor (Flying Tigers, Go West), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1979)
  • 1907-06-06 Bill Dickey, American Baseball HOF catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; 7 × World Series; NY Yankees) and manager (NY Yankees), born in Bastrop, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • 1907-08-31 Augustus F. Hawkins, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1963-75), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2007)
  • 1907-12-01 Joel Fluellen, American actor (Porgy and Bess, Burning Cross, Learning Tree), born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1990)
  • 1907-12-03 Connee Boswell, American jazz singer (The Boswell Sisters; Pete Kelly's Blues), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • 1908-08-30 Willie Bryant, American jazz singer, band leader, and disc jockey (Sugar Hill Times), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1964)
  • 1908-09-07 Michael DeBakey, Lebanese-American cardiac surgeon and artificial heart pioneer, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana (d. 2008)
  • 1910-07-04 (William Thomas) "Champion Jack" Dupree, American boxer, blues and boogie-woogie pianist, singer-songwriter (Walkin' The Blues), and WWII P.O.W., born in Irish Channel, New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1992)
  • 1910-09-03 Kitty Carlisle, American actress and television personality, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2007)
  • 1910-12-07 Louis Prima, American jazz and pop singer, trumpeter, and bandleader ("That Old Black Magic"; "Oh, Marie"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1978)

Mahalia JacksonMahalia Jackson (1911-1972)

1911-10-26 American gospel singer ("Whole World In His Hands"), born in New Orleans, Louisianal;

  • 1913-07-05 Smiley Lewis [Overton Amos Lemons], American R&B singer, and guitarist ("The Bells Are Ringing"; "One Night (Of Sin)"; "I Hear You Knocking"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1966)
  • 1913-10-22 Patricia "Boots" Mallory, American dancer and actress (Handle With Care), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1958)
  • 1913-12-25 Jonathan "Candy" Candido, American actor and radio performer (Peter Pan; The Great Mouse Detective), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • 1914-04-24 Justin Wilson, American Cajun chef (Wise Potato Chips) and humorist, born in Roseland, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • 1914-11-02 Ray Walston, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Damn Yankees), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • 1914-12-10 Dorothy Lamour [Mary Kaumeyer], American actress and singer (Road to Bali, My Favorite Brunette), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1916-03-13 Lindy Boggs (née Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne), American politician (US Representative from Louisiana, 1973-97), and diplomat, born in New Roads, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1917-06-15 Alfred "Lash" LaRue, American actor (Lash of the West, Wyatt Earp), born in Gretna, Louisiana, United States (d. 1996)
  • 1917-07-08 Faye Emerson, American actress (I've Got a Secret), born in Elizabeth, Louisiana (d. 1983)
  • 1918-04-14 Mary Healy, American actress (The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, He Married his Wife), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • 1918-06-22 Richard Eastham, American actor (Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Falcon Crest), born in Opelousas, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1918-12-19 Professor Longhair [Henry Roeland Byrd], American boogie-woogie, New Orleans R&B, and mambo pianist and singer ("Tipitina": "Go To The Mardis Gras"), born in Bogalusa, Louisiana (d. 1980)
  • 1918-12-24 Dave Bartholomew, American R&B, rock, and jazz musician, composer,producer, and songwriter ("I Hear You Knocking"; "Ain't That A Shame"; "Walkin' To New Orleans"), born in Edgard, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1919-02-13 Eddie Robinson, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Grambling 408 wins), born in Jackson, Louisiana (d. 2007)
  • 1920-06-26 June Preisser, American acrobatic dancer and actress (Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1984)
  • 1920-07-12 Paul Foster, American singer (Soul Stirrers), born in Grand Cane, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1920-07-17 Bill Monroe, American newscaster (NBC-TV, Congressional Report), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1921-08-08 Webb Pierce, American honky-tonk country singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("In The Jailhouse Now"; "Wondering"; "There Stands The Glass"), born in West Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1991)
  • 1921-09-12 Frank McGee, American news anchor (NBC Evening News), born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1974)
  • 1922-05-05 J. D. "Jay" Miller, American record producer, born in Iota, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1922-06-13 Mel Parnell, American MLB pitcher (Boston Red Sox, 1947-56), coach, and broadcaster, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1922-10-31 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist, born in Broussard, Louisiana (d. 2004)
  • 1922-11-07 Al Hirt, jazz trumpeter (Greatest Horn in the World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • 1922-12-22 Jack Brooks, American politician, born in Crowley, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1923-01-06 Leah Chase, New Orleans chef & author, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1923-02-05 Claude King, American country music singer (Wolverton Mountain), born in Keithville, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1923-02-14 Jay Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1960), born in St. Martinville, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1923-04-02 Gloria Henry [McEniry], American actress (Dennis the Menace), born in New Orleans, Louisiana [1]

Famous Weddings

Hank Williams

1952-10-17 American country music legend Hank Williams (29) weds Billie Jean Jones in Minden, Louisiana

Bob Pettit

1965-06-19 NBA forward Bob Pettit (32) weds Carole Crowell in Alexandria, Louisiana

Pete Maravich

1976-01-11 NBA player Pete Maravich (27) weds college sweetheart Jackie Elliser in Metairie, Louisiana

  • 1993-11-26 Political strategist for President Clinton's campaign and political commentator James Carville (49) weds Republican political pundit Mary Matalin (40) in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1994-04-16 American singer and piano player Harry Connick, Jr. (26) weds American model Jill Goodacre (30) at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana

Wedding of Interest

1996-10-06 American country singer Faith Hill (29) weds American country singer and actor Tim McGraw (45) in Rayville, Louisiana

  • 2004-09-04 Rap singer Juvenile (29) weds Shadonna Jones at The Victory Fellowship Church in Metairie, Louisiana
  • 2011-07-09 NBA Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas (24) weds long-term girlfriend Jaime Collins at Louisiana
  • 2013-06-01 "How to Make It in America" actress Lake Bell (34) weds tattoo artist Scott Campbell at The Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Louisiana

Jamie Lynn Spears

2014-03-14 Actress Jamie Lynn Spears (22) weds businessman Jamie Watson at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 2014-10-18 "The Vampire Diaries" actress Candice Accola (27) weds "The Fray" guitarist Joe King (34) in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2014-11-16 Singer-songwriter Solange Knowles (28) weds music video director Alan Ferguson (51) in New Orleans, Louisiana

Famous Deaths

  • 1687-03-19 René-Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, French explorer (Louisiana), killed by his men at 43
  • 1786-11-30 Bernardo de Gálvez, Spanish military leader and colonial administrator (Spanish Governor of Louisiana and Cuba, 1777-83, Viceroy of New Spain, 1785-6), dies of typhus at 40
  • 1795-07-03 Antonio de Ulloa, Spanish general and governor of Louisiana (b. 1716)
  • 1829-10-06 Pierre Derbigny, Governor of Louisiana (b. 1769)
  • 1868-09-06 Pierre Adolphe Rost, Louisiana judge, Confederate commissioner (b. 1797)
  • 1880-08-29 Paul Octave Hébert, American Brigadier General and 14th Governor of Louisiana, dies at 61
  • 1914-12-12 Watkins Lewis Africa American lynched in Shrevport, Louisiana

Bonnie ParkerBonnie Parker (1910-1934)

1934-05-23 American outlaw of Bonnie and Clyde fame, killed in police ambush in Louisiana at 23

Clyde BarrowClyde Barrow (1909-1934)

1934-05-23 American bank robber and outlaw (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in police ambush in Louisiana at 25

  • 1935-09-08 Huey Long, American politician (40th Governor of Louisiana), assassinated at Baton Rouge Capitol building at 42
  • 1964-08-16 Jack Pennick, American actor (Lady From Louisiana), dies at 68
  • 1972-10-16 (Thomas) Hale Boggs, American politician (US Representative from Louisiana, 1947-73), presumed killed in a plane crash at 58
  • 1988-08-13 Otto Passman, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana (1947-77), dies at 88
  • 1992-10-21 Jim Garrison, Louisiana District Attorney who investigated JFK assassination, dies at 70
  • 1995-07-22 Percy Humphrey, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader in New Orleans, Louisiana, dies at 90
  • 2003-05-09 Russell B. Long, American politician (Sen-D-LA, 1948-86), dies at 84
  • 2007-10-01 Harry Lee, Sheriff of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana (b. 1932)
  • 2019-08-18 Kathleen Blanco, American politician, 1st female Governor of Louisiana (2004-08), dies from cancer at 76