Baton Rouge in History

Louisiana: New Orleans - Shreveport

Historical Events

  • 1862-05-12 Federal troops occupies Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1862-08-05 Battle of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1863-04-17 Grierson's raid begins as Colonel Grierson and 1700 horse troopers set off from La Grange, Tennessee
  • 1922-04-04 WAAB (Baton Rouge La) becomes 1st US radio station with "W" calls
  • 1953-04-19 WAFB TV channel 9 in Baton Rouge, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-04-14 WBRZ TV channel 2 in Baton Rouge, LA (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1969-07-31 National Guard mobilizes in racial disturbances in Baton Rouge, Lousiana
  • 2016-07-06 African American Alton Sterling is shot by Louisiana police in Baton Rouge, while being restrained on the ground, the killing is filmed

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestBob Pettit

1932-12-12 Bob Pettit, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA MVP 1956, 59), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • 1938-11-09 Ti-Grace Atkinson, American feminist author, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1941-05-08 John Fred [Gourrier], American performer (Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1941-08-20 William H. Gray III, American politician (Rep-D-PA, 1978-1991), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1946-07-09 Joe Micelli, American rocker, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1949-08-27 Doug Tewell, American golfer (PGA Senior C'ship 2000, The Tradition 2001), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1953-05-06 Lynn Whitfield, American actress (Josephine Baker, Equal Justice), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1956-06-23 Randy Jackson, American bassist, singer, and record producer (American Idol judge), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1961-05-04 Eugene Daniel, American football NFL center (Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1962-11-22 Cleo Fields, American politician (Rep-D-Louisiana 1993-97), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1967-07-07 Jackie Neal, American singer, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1967-11-24 Ben McDonald, Baton Rouge LA, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1969-12-20 Bobby Phills, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1970-03-24 Shannon Lemora, Baton Rouge Louisiana, 1.5k runner
  • 1970-12-14 Bradford Banta, American NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1971-11-19 Andy Sheets, Baton Rouge LA, infielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1972-06-15 Andrew Pettitte, Baton Rouge LA, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1972-10-01 Danielle Scott-Arruda, American volleyball middle blocker (Olympics silver 2008, 12), born in Baton Rouge Louisiana
  • 1972-12-05 Roderick Mullen, American NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1973-10-31 David Dellucci, American baseball player, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1975-01-23 Kevin Alexander, American NFL wide receiver (NY Giants), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1978-09-09 Kurt Ainsworth, American baseball pitcher, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1979-03-17 Stormy Daniels [Stephanie Clifford], American pornographic actress, claims had affair with Donald Trump, born in Baton Rouge, Lousiana
  • 1980-11-23 Jonathan Papelbon, American baseball player, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1982-05-05 Randall Gay, American NFL player (New Orleans Saints), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1984-02-06 Brandon Hammond, American actor (Gregory Hines Show), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1985-09-06 Webbie [Webster Gradney, Jr.], American rapper, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1988-02-04 Carly Patterson, American gymnast (2004 Olympic Champion), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1989-07-24 Carley Ann McCord, American sports reporter (Cox Sports TV; in-game host New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Saints), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1992-11-05 Odell Beckham Jr., American NFL player (New York Giants), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Famous Deaths

  • 1935-09-08 Huey Long, American politician (40th Governor of Louisiana), assassinated at Baton Rouge Capitol building at 42