Louisiana in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 104

  • 1682-04-09 Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France
  • 1716-06-06 1st slaves arrive in 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

AgreementTreaty 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

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US 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 for $27M
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1862-11-03 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 Siege of Port Hudson in Louisiana by Union forces. Lasts 48 days, longest American military seige
  • 1863-06-06 Battle of Milliken's Bend, Louisiana and Williamsport, Maryland
  • 1863-07-03 Battle of Donaldsonville, Louisiana
  • 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
  • 1864-04-12 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 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
  • 1868-07-13 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 First black US Congressman elected (John W Menard, Louisiana)
  • 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 legalized 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
American Outlaw Bonnie Parker
American Outlaw
Bonnie Parker
  • 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 releaseMusic Premiere

1940-05-28 Irving Berlin's musical "Louisiana Purchase" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1944-05-09 Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes Governor of Louisiana

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

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

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 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
  • 1971-06-21 50,000 attend Celebration of Life, rock concert, McCrea Louisiana
  • 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
  • 1981-01-25 Super Bowl XV, Louisiana Superdome: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10; MVP: Jim Plunkett, Oakland, QB
  • 1982-01-29 Old Dominion ends Louisiana Tech's women's basketball rec 54-game win streak
  • 1984-07-30 Alvenus tanker at Cameron Louisiana, spills 2.8 million gallons of oil
  • 1990-04-16 Supreme Court rejects appeal from retarded man, Dalton Prejean, condemned to death for murdering a Louisiana state trooper in 1977
  • 1991-06-08 College World Series: Louisiana State defeats Wichita State 6-3
  • 1996-02-02 Ali Landry, 22, (Louisiana), crowned 45th Miss USA
  • 1996-08-10 Parlisha Williams (Louisiana) crowned Ms Black USA Metroplex
  • 2005-06-01 The longest oil/natural gas explosion in the Houston, Texas area occurs in Crosby, Texas. The drill was owned by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Company.
  • 2005-08-29 Hurricane Katrina makes its 2nd landfall as a category 3 hurricane devastating much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida Panhandle. Kills more than 1,836, causes over $115 billion in damage.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 297

  • 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)
  • 1820-03-13 Louis Hébert, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army) and civil engineer, born in Iberville Parish, Louisiana (d. 1901)
  • 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)
  • 1837-06-22 Paul Morphy, greatest chess player of all time (1857-61), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 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)

Person of interestMadam C. J. Walker

1867-12-23 Madam C. J. Walker [Sarah Breedlove], African American entrepreneur (First American self-made female millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company), born in Delta, Louisiana (d. 1919)

Cosmetics Mogul Madam C. J. Walker
Cosmetics Mogul
Madam C. J. Walker
  • 1877-09-06 Charles "Buddy" Bolden, African-American jazz cornetist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1931)
  • 1880-08-22 George Herriman, American cartoonist (Krazy Kat), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1944)
  • 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)

Person of interestLead Belly

1888-01-20 Lead Belly, American blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), born in Mooringsport, Louisiana (d. 1949)

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • 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 (The Bank Dick), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1957)
  • 1890-10-20 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, jazz pianist/composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 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)
  • 1897-06-03 Memphis Minnie, blues musician, born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 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)
  • 1899-09-11 Jimmie Davis, American singer and songwriter (You Are My Sunshine), born in Quitman, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • 1900-02-16 Vincent Coleman, American actor (For the Freedom of Ireland, Salome), born in Louisiana (d. 1971)
  • 1900-06-27 Otto Passman, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana (1947-77), born in Franklinton, Washington Parish Louisiana (d. 1988)

Person of interestLouis Armstrong

1901-08-04 Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer (Hello Dolly), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1971)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1902-09-03 Mantan Moreland, American actor and comedian (Charlie Chan, Spirit of Youth), born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1973)

Person of interestArna Bontemps

1902-10-13 Arna Bontemps, American poet (100 years of negro freedom), born in Alexandria, Louisiana (d. 1973)

  • 1903-06-12 Emmett Hardy, American jazz musician, born in Gretna, Louisiana (d. 1925)
  • 1904-04-09 Sharkey Bonano, American jazz musician, 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, born in DeRidder, Louisiana (d. 1942)
  • 1905-06-20 Lillian Hellman, American playwright (Toys in the Attic, Little Foxes), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1984)
  • 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, NY Yankee hall-of-fame catcher (1928-43) and manager, 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, singer (Pete Kelly's Blue), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1908-08-30 Willie Bryant, American singer (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 Champion Jack [William Thomas] Dupree, American boxer and pianist, 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)

Person of interestMahalia Jackson

1911-10-26 Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (Whole World in his Hands), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson
  • 1913-07-05 Smiley Lewis [Overton Amos Lemons], American singer (The Bells Are Ringing, 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 Candy Candido [Jonathan Joseph 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 [Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs], American political administrator, 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 blues singer and pianist, born in Bogalusa, Louisiana (d. 1980)
  • 1920-07-12 Paul Foster, American singer (Soul Stirrers), born in Grand Cane, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1920-07-17 Bill Monroe, newscaster (NBC-TV, Congressional Report), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1920-12-24 Dave Bartholomew, jazz artist/songwriter (Blueberry Hill), born in Edgard, Louisiana
  • 1921-08-08 Webb Pierce, American singer (In the Jailhouse Now), born in West Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1991)
  • 1921-09-12 Frank McGee, American news anchor (NBC Evening News), born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1974)
  • 1922-06-13 Mel Parnell [Melvin], Major League Baseball pitcher (Boston Red Socks, 1947-56), 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
  • 1923-01-06 Leah Chase, American master chef, in the creole tradition, 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 C'ship 1960), born in St. Martinville, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1923-04-02 Gloria Henry, American actress (Dennis the Menace), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1923-05-01 Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951, 1952), born in Zachary, Louisiana (d. 2017)
  • 1924-01-11 Slim Harpo [James Moore], American blues musician (I'm a King Bee, Baby Scratch My Back), born in Lobdell, Louisiana (d. 1970)
  • 1924-04-17 Althea Simmons, American human rights activist and chief lobbyist (NAACP), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1990)

Person of interestTruman Capote

1924-09-30 Truman Capote, American author (In Cold Blood), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 1924-12-24 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mine), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1986)
  • 1925-06-16 Faith Domergue, American actress and early "scream queen" (Vendetta, House of 7 Corpses), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • 1925-06-25 Clifton Chenier, American blues singer (Bayou Blues), born in Opelousas, Louisiana (d. 1978)
  • 1925-09-10 Roy James Brown, American boxer and soul singer (Good Rockin' Tonight), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1981)
  • 1925-11-28 Virginia Hewitt, American actress (Carol-Space Patrol), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1986)
  • 1926-05-06 Marguerite Piazza, operatic soprano (Young Broadway), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1926-07-21 Paul Burke, American actor (Naked City, Thomas Crown Affair, Neal-Dynasty), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2009)
  • 1926-11-25 Jeffrey Hunter, American actor (Star Trek Cage, The Searchers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • 1927-02-05 Val Dufour, American actor (Eugenie Grandet, Another World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • 1927-03-06 Norman Treigle, bass-baritone, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1927-05-05 Patricia "Pat" Carroll, American comedienne and actress (Ursula- The Little Mermaid, Make Room for Daddy), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1927-08-30 Geoffrey Beene, American fashion designer (8 Coty Awards), born in Haynesville, Louisiana (d. 2004)
  • 1927-12-28 Anne Armstrong, US ambassador and first female counsel to the President, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 2008)
  • 1928-01-20 Lionel Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1957), born in Lafayette, Louisiana (d. 2000)

Person of interestFats Domino

1928-02-26 Antione "Fats" Domino, American rhythm & blues star of the early rock ’n’ roll era (Blueberry Hill, Blue Monday), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2017)

Singer Fats Domino
Singer
Fats Domino
  • 1928-06-04 Lloyd Lambert, American bassist (Guitar Slim), born in Thilbodaux, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1928-09-11 Earl Holliman, American actor (The Rainmaker, Police Woman, Tribes, Cry Panic), born in Delhi, Louisiana
  • 1928-12-21 Edwin "Ed" Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, A Long Came a Spider), born in New Orleans, Louisiana,(d. 2014)
  • 1929-07-15 Charles Anthony [Caruso], tenor (2,928 performances at Metropolitan Opera), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1929-11-09 Severn Darden, American actor (Luv, President's Analyst, Saturday the 14th), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1929-12-25 Chris Kenner, R&B singer (I Like it Like That), born in Kenner, Louisiana (d. 1976)
  • 1930-05-01 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, born in Marksville, Louisiana (d. 1968)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams

HeartWedding of Interest

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

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit

HeartWedding of Interest

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

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

1994-04-16 Singer Harry Connick Jr (26) weds model Jill Goodare (30) at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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)
  • 1914-12-12 Watkins Lewis Africa American lynched in Shrevport, Louisiana

Person of interestBonnie Parker

1934-05-23 Bonnie Parker, American outlaw (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in police ambush in Louisiana at 23

American Outlaw Bonnie Parker
American Outlaw
Bonnie Parker

Person of interestClyde Barrow

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

Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
  • 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 Hale Boggs, U.S. Congressman from Louisiana (b. 1914)
  • 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 DA (investigate 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, U.S. Senator from Louisiana (b. 1918)
  • 2007-10-01 Harry Lee, Sheriff of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana (b. 1932)