New Orleans in History

Louisiana: Baton Rouge - Shreveport

Historical Events

  • 1718-05-07 The city of New Orleans founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
  • 1718-08-25 Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans founded
  • 1729-03-15 Sister St Stanislas Hachard, 1st American nun, takes her vows in New Orleans
  • 1778-04-01 New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock creates the "$" symbol
  • 1788-03-21 Fire destroys 856 buildings in New Orleans, Louisiana

Historic Event

1803-01-12 US Senate approves Thomas Jefferson's nomination of James Monroe and Robert Livingstone to negotiate purchase of New Orleans from 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
  • 1811-10-29 1st Ohio River steamboat leaves Pittsburgh for New Orleans
  • 1812-01-12 1st cargo arrives in New Orleans by steam, from Natchez
  • 1814-12-27 Destruction of schooner Carolina, the last of Commodore Daniel Patterson's makeshift fleet that fought a series of delaying actions that contributed to Andrew Jackson's victory at the Battle of New Orleans.
  • 1815-01-08 Battle of New Orleans (War of 1812); the war had ended on 24th December 1814 but none of the combatants knew
  • 1816-10-07 1st double decked steamboat, Washington, arrives in New Orleans
  • 1827-02-27 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans
  • 1830-01-13 Great fire in New Orleans thought to be set by rebel slaves
  • 1835-03-03 Congress authorizes a US mint at New Orleans Louisiana
  • 1835-06-19 New Orleans gives US government Jackson Square to be used as a mint
  • 1838-03-08 US mint in New Orleans begins operation (producing dimes)
  • 1855-02-14 Texas is linked by telegraph to the rest of the United States, with the completion of a connection between New Orleans and Marshall, Texas.
  • 1858-03-02 Frederick Cook of New Orleans, patents a cotton-bale metallic tie
  • 1861-01-31 State of Louisiana takes over US Mint at New Orleans (U.S Civil War)
  • 1861-03-31 Confederacy takes over mint at New Orleans (US Civil War)
  • 1861-05-26 Union blockades towns of New Orleans and Mobile
  • 1861-05-31 Mint at New Orleans closes

Historic Event

1862-04-25 Capture of New Orleans LA by the Union under Flag Officer Farragut

  • 1862-04-29 New Orleans falls to Union forces during US Civil War

Historic Event

1862-05-01 Major General Benjamin Butler's Union forces occupy New Orleans (US Civil War)

  • 1862-05-15 Major General Benjamin Butler issues order (New Orleans) that confederate women abusing union soldiers be treated as whores
  • 1862-06-07 General B. Butler orders William Mumford hanged after he removed and destroyed US flag on display over New Orleans Mint
  • 1864-10-04 New Orleans Tribune, 1st black daily newspaper, forms
  • 1866-07-30 New Orleans's Democratic government orders police to raid an integrated Republican Party meeting, killing 40 people and injuring 150
  • 1867-05-07 Blacks stage ride-in to protest segregation in New Orleans
  • 1868-09-22 Race riots in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1869-06-10 'Agnes' arrives in New Orleans with 1st ever shipment of frozen beef
  • 1872-04-10 1st National black convention meets in New Orleans
  • 1876-10-23 New Orleans Mint reopens as an assay office
  • 1877-04-24 Last federal occupying troops withdraw from the South (New Orleans)
  • 1878-07-12 Fever epidemic in New Orleans begin, it will kill 4,500
  • 1881-03-07 Southern University opens in New Orleans
  • 1895-02-15 23 cm (9 inches) of snow falls on New Orleans
  • 1896-07-26 Vitascope Hall, 1st permanent for-profit movie theatre, opens in New Orleans
  • 1899-02-13 -1°F (-18°C) New Orleans, La
  • 1900-07-24 Race riot in New Orleans, 2 white policemen killed
  • 1903-12-30 American Political Science Association founded at New Orleans
  • 1919-10-27 Axeman of New Orleans claims last victim
  • 1922-03-30 WWL-AM in New Orleans LA begins radio transmissions
  • 1925-09-13 1st US University for African American, Xavier University, opens in New Orleans
  • 1929-01-12 Seatrain (RR cars on ships) service begins, New Orleans-Havana
  • 1930-02-04 1st tieless, soundless, shockless streetcar tracks, New Orleans
  • 1930-12-29 Fred P. Newton completes longest swim ever (1826 miles), when he swam in the Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minnesota, to New Orleans
  • 1933-06-21 1st Great Lakes-to-Gulf of Mexico barge trip completed, New Orleans
  • 1942-06-30 US Mint in New Orleans ceases operation
  • 1948-12-18 WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting

Conference of Interest

1957-02-13 Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizes in New Orleans with Martin Luther King Jr. as President

  • 1957-04-01 WYES-TV channel 12 in New Orleans, Louisiana (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-09-07 WWL TV channel 4 in New Orleans, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1959-02-01 WVUE TV channel 8 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1960-11-14 Riot due to school integration in New Orleans
  • 1962-04-20 New Orleans Citizens Co gives free 1-way ride to blacks to move North

Historic Event

1965-10-02 Pope Paul VI named MR Perey bishop's helper of New Orleans

  • 1966-11-01 NFL awards a franchise to New Orleans; name "Saints" alludes to November 1, All Saints Day in Catholic faith
  • 1967-01-09 NFL New Orleans' franchise takes name "Saints"
  • 1967-10-16 WGNO TV channel 26 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1969-08-31 25,000 attend New Orleans Pop Festival
  • 1969-11-02 Quarterbacks Billy Kilmer of New Orleans and St Louis' Charlie Johnson each pass for 6 touchdowns for combined NFL record of 12 passing TDs in a game; Saints beat Cardinals, 51-42 at Busch Memorial Stadium
  • 1970-01-11 Super Bowl IV, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7; MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB

Boxing Title Fight

1972-01-15 World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier stops Terry Daniels in 4 rounds in New Orleans to retain his WBC and WBA titles

  • 1972-01-16 Super Bowl VI, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Dallas Cowboys beat Miami Dolphins, 24-3; MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB
  • 1974-03-31 American golfer Lee Trevino goes bogey-free for the full 4 rounds as he wins the Greater New Orleans Open by 8 strokes from Bobby Cole and Ben Crenshaw
  • 1974-10-17 NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • 1975-01-04 New Orleans Jazz set a then NBA record (with 24-second shot clock) by scoring only 20 points in the first half of a 111-89 loss in Seattle; unwanted record stands for nearly 25 years
  • 1975-01-12 Super Bowl IX, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6; MVP: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, RB

Sports History

1975-02-08 Pete Maravich scores 47 points as the New Orleans Jazz end a 28 game NBA road losing streak with a 106-102 win over the Hawks in Atlanta

  • 1976-01-26 NFL Pro Bowl, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: NFC beats AFC, 23-20; MVP: Billy Johnson, Houston Oilers, WR
  • 1976-03-31 Cleveland Cavaliers beat Jazz, 110-101 in New Orleans to clinch club's first ever NBA playoff berth
  • 1977-02-25 New Orleans' Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 pts
  • 1977-11-12 New Orleans elects 1st black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial
  • 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
  • 1978-05-01 1st African American mayor of New Orleans, Ernest Nathan Morial, inaugurated

Boxing Title Fight

1980-11-25 Sugar Ray Leonard regains WBC welterweight boxing crown when Roberto Durán quits in the 8th round of infamous “no mas” fight at the Superdome, New Orleans

  • 1981-01-25 Super Bowl XV, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10; MVP: Jim Plunkett, Oakland, QB
  • 1982-12-03 After losing his world welterweight boxing titles to Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns wins WBC Super Welterweight crown in a majority points decision over Wilfred Benitez at Superdome, New Orleans
  • 1984-05-12 World of Rivers world exposition opens in New Orleans
  • 1986-01-26 Super Bowl XX, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Chicago Bears beat New England Patriots, 46-10; MVP: Richard Dent, Chicago, DE
  • 1988-08-18 Republican Convention in New Orleans select Bush-Quayle ticket

Super Bowl

1990-01-28 Super Bowl XXIV, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: San Francisco 49ers beat Denver Broncos, 55-10; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB

  • 1997-01-20 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in New Orleans LA on KKND 106.7 FM
  • 1997-01-26 Super Bowl XXXI, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Green Bay Packers beat New England Patriots, 35-21; MVP: Desmond Howard, Green Bay KR
  • 2000-01-04 College Football, 2nd BCS National Championship, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #1 Florida State beats #2 Virginia Tech, 46-29, at 66th Sugar Bowl

Super Bowl

2002-02-03 Super Bowl XXXVI, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: New England Patriots beat St. Louis Rams, 20-17; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

  • 2004-01-04 College Football, 6th BCS National Championship, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #2 LSU beats #1 Oklahoma, 21-14 at 70th Sugar Bowl
  • 2005-09-12 The bodies of more than 40 patients discovered in a flooded hospital in New Orleans.
  • 2008-01-07 College Football, 10th BCS National Championship Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #2 LSU beats #1 Ohio State, 38-24
  • 2012-01-09 College Football, 14th BCS National Championship, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #2 Alabama beats #1 LSU, 21-0

NFL Record

2012-10-07 New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees breaks Johnny Unitas' NFL record for consecutive games with a TD pass (48) when he connects with Devery Henderson in Saints 31-24 win over San Diego at the SuperDome

Contract of Interest

2013-01-18 Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin is indicted on corruption charges stemming from post-Hurricane Katrina business contracts and bribes

  • 2013-02-03 Super Bowl XLVII, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Baltimore Ravens beat San Francisco 49ers, 34-31; MVP: Joe Flacco, Baltimore, QB
  • 2014-02-12 Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin is found guilty on corruption charges and sentenced to ten years in prison
  • 2014-04-06 WrestleMania XXX, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA (75,167): Daniel Bryan defeats Batista and Randy Orton in Triple Threat title match

Hurricane Katrina

2016-08-16 "When the Levees Broke" documentary directed by Spike Lee, of effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, premieres at New Orleans Arena

  • 2017-02-19 NBA All Star Game, Smoothie King Centre, New Orleans, LA: West beats East, 192-182; MVP: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, F

Famous Birthdays

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  • 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)
  • 1822-09-19 Joseph Rodman West, American senator and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1898)
  • 1829-05-08 Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist and composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1869)

Paul Morphy

1837-06-22 Paul Morphy, American chess player considered the greatest of his era (1857-61), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1884)

  • 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)
  • 1868-04-25 John Bevins Moisant, American pioneer aviator, first to cross English Channel with passenger and a cat, killed in New Orleans whose present day airport was originally name for him, born in Kankakee, Illinois (d. 1910)
  • 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)
  • 1880-08-22 George Herriman, American cartoonist (Krazy Kat), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1944)
  • 1882-10-25 Tony Jackson, American ragtime pianist and singer-songwriter ("Pretty Baby"), born in New Orleans (d. 1921)
  • 1887-09-03 Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter, born in Bywater, New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 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)
  • 1893-09-13 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band), born in New Orleans (d. 1953)
  • 1893-11-07 Leatrice Joy, American actress (The Ace of Hearts), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1985)
  • 1895-04-20 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 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)
  • 1897-10-11 Russell Collins, American actor (Niagara, Close Up, Shockproof), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1965)
  • 1898-12-24 Warren "Baby" Dodds, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • 1900-12-29 Willie Humphrey, American jazz clarinetist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)

Louis Armstrong

1901-08-04 Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer ("Hello, Dolly!"; "What A Wonderful World"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1971)

  • 1902-02-06 George Brunies, American musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1974)
  • 1903-10-23 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 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)

Lillian Hellman

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)
  • 1907-12-03 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)
  • 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 Jackson

1911-10-26 Mahalia Jackson, American gospel singer ("Whole World In His Hands"), born in New Orleans, Louisianal; (d. 1972)

  • 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)
  • 1914-11-02 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)
  • 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)
  • 1918-12-19 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)
  • 1920-06-26 June Preisser, American acrobatic dancer and actress (Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1984)
  • 1920-07-17 Bill Monroe, American newscaster (NBC-TV, Congressional Report), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1921-01-31 Mario Lanza [Alfredo Arnold Cocozza], Italian-American actor and singer (Great Caruso; Toast of New Orleans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1922-06-13 Mel Parnell, American MLB pitcher (Boston Red Sox, 1947-56), coach, and broadcaster, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1922-11-07 Al Hirt, jazz trumpeter (Greatest Horn in the World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • 1923-01-06 Leah Chase, New Orleans chef & author, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1923-04-02 Gloria Henry [McEniry], American actress (Dennis the Menace), born in New Orleans, Louisiana [1]

Truman Capote

1924-09-30 Truman Capote, American author (Breakfast At Tiffany's; In Cold Blood), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1984)

  • 1924-10-25 Earl Palmer, American session drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (The Wrecking Crew), born in New Orleans (d. 2008)
  • 1924-12-24 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer ("Working In the Coal Mine"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1986)
  • 1925-04-30 Johnny Horton, American country music and rockabilly singer ("The Battle of New Orleans"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1960)
  • 1925-06-16 Faith Domergue, American actress and early "scream queen" (Vendetta, House of 7 Corpses), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • 1925-09-10 Roy James Brown, American soul singer ("Good Rockin' Tonight"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1981)
  • 1925-10-11 Elmore Leonard, American writer (Glitz, Mr Majestyk, Touch, 52 Pick-Up), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1926-03-30 Werner Torkanowsky, German conductor (New Orleans Symphony, 1963-77; Bangor Symphony, 1981-92), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1992)
  • 1926-05-06 Marguerite Piazza, American 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)
  • 1926-12-07 Victor Kermit Kiam II, American businessman (Remington shavers) and NFL owner (Patriots), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • 1927-02-05 Val Dufour, American actor (Search for Tomorrow, 1972-79 - "John Wyatt"; Another World, 1967-72), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • 1927-03-06 (Adanelle) "Norman" Treigle, American operatic bass-baritone, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1975)
  • 1927-12-28 Anne Armstrong, US ambassador and first female counsel to the President, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 2008)

Fats Domino

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

  • 1928-12-21 Edwin "Ed" Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, Along 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)
  • 1929-12-03 Clarence Ford, American jazz and R&B clarinet and saxophone player, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1930-07-03 Pete Fountain, American jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk, 1957-59), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • 1930-10-14 Robert Parker, American saxophonist and soul singer (Barefootin'), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1931-05-31 Shirley Verrett, American mezzo-soprano (Cassandra-Les Troyens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1931-06-11 Audrey Schuh, American operatic soprano, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1931-07-06 Danny White, American singer and bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1932-12-09 Jessie Hill, American jazz musician (Ooh Poo Pah Doo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1934-01-26 Huey "Piano" Smith, American R&B pianist ("Rockin' Pneumonia & Boogie Woogie Flu"; "Having a Good Time"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1934-02-07 Earl King [Solomon Johnson], American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Come On (Let The Good Times Roll)"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2003)d.
  • 1934-08-24 Roger Donald Dickerson, American composer (New Orleans Concerto), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1934-11-14 Ellis Marsalis, American jazz pianist & teacher, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1935-05-05 Edward "Kidd" Jordan, American jazz saxophonist and music educator, born in Crowley, New Orleans
  • 1935-05-10 Larry Williams, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Dizzy, Miss Lizzie"; "Slow Down"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1980)
  • 1935-05-21 Terry Lightfoot, British clarinetist and bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen), born in Potters Bar, England (d. 2013)
  • 1936-02-22 Ernie K-Doe [Ernest Kador Jr.], African-American R&B singer (Mother-in-Law"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1936-06-29 Leonard Lee, American vocalist (Shirley & Lee - "Let The Good Times Roll"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1976)
  • 1937-02-01 Garrett Morris, actor (SNL, Martin, Carwash), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1937-03-19 Clarence "Frogman" Henry, American pianist and singer (Ain't Got No Home), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1937-03-23 Robert Cage, American blues guitarist (From Lake Mary), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1937-12-17 Art Neville, American funk and R&B singer, keyboard player, and songwriter (Neville Brothers; The Funky Meters), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1938-05-17 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (The Spinners - Games People Play), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2008)
  • 1939-05-07 Marco St John, American actor (Rayford-Ball Four), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1939-06-06 Gary U.S. Bonds [Anderson], American blues singer and songwriter (New Orleans), born in Jacksonville, Florida

Famous Weddings

John Goodman

1989-10-27 Actor John Goodman (37) weds Annabeth Hartzog (21) in New Orleans

  • 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
  • 2005-12-03 NBC correspondent Hoda Kotb (41) weds New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga in the Dominican Republic
  • 2006-04-22 "Save The Last Dance" actor Sean Patrick Thomas (35) weds "The Fantastic Four" actress Aonika Laurent in New Orleans
  • 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

Serena Williams

2017-11-16 Tennis champion Serena Williams marries Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans


Famous Deaths

  • 1815-01-08 Edward Pakenham, Engl general (Battle of New Orleans), dies in battle
  • 1910-12-31 John Bevins Moisant, American pioneer aviator, first to cross English Channel with passenger and a cat, killed in New Orleans whose present day airport was originally name for him, dies at 42
  • 1959-10-07 Mario Lanza [Alfredo Arnold Cocozza], Italian-American actor and singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), dies of a heart attack at 38
  • 1960-11-05 Johnny Horton, American country and rockabilly singer ("The Battle of New Orleans"), dies in a car accident at 33
  • 1980-01-30 Professor Longhair [Henry Roeland Byrd], American boogie-woogie, New Orleans R&B, and mambo pianist and singer ("Tipitina": "Go To The Mardis Gras"), dies from a heart attack at 61
  • 1987-05-31 Dorothy Patrick, Canadian-American actress (Torch Song, New Orleans, High Wall), dies at 65
  • 1994-02-28 Buster Holmes, American chef and New Orleans restaurateur, dies at 88
  • 1995-07-22 Percy Humphrey, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader in New Orleans, Louisiana, dies at 90
  • 2013-03-15 Terry Lightfoot, British clarinetist and bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen), dies at 77