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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1803-01-12 US Senate approves Thomas Jefferson's nomination of James Monroe and Robert Livingstone to negotiate purchase of New Orleans from France

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe
3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
  • 1803-12-20 French flag lowered in New Orleans to mark the formal transfer of the Louisiana Purchase from France to USA for $27M
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

US Civil War Admiral David Farragut
US Civil War Admiral
David Farragut
  • 1862-04-29 New Orleans falls to Union forces during US Civil War
  • 1862-05-01 Major General Benjamin Butler's Union forces occupy New Orleans (US Civil War)
  • 1862-05-15 Major Gen Benjamin F 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 meetingConference of Interest

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

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist Ralph Abernathy
Civil Rights Activist
Ralph Abernathy
  • 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

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

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing 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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing 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

Sport awardSuper 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

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 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

Sport awardSuper 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

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 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

Sports record brokenNFL 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

NFL Quarterback Drew Brees
NFL Quarterback
Drew Brees

AgreementContract 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

Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin
Mayor of New Orleans
Ray Nagin
  • 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

Historic DiscoveryHurricane 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

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A section of New Orleans, Louisiana is flooded after Hurricane Katrina in 2005
A section of New Orleans, Louisiana is flooded after Hurricane Katrina in 2005
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  • 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 (d. 1869)

Person of interestPaul Morphy

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

Chess Player Paul Morphy
Chess Player
Paul Morphy
  • 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 and band leader, 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)

Person of interestLouis Armstrong

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

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 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)

Person of interestLillian Hellman

1905-06-20 Lillian Hellman, American playwright (Toys in the Attic, Little Foxes), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1984)

Playwright Lillian Hellman
Playwright
Lillian Hellman
  • 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 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)
  • 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)

Person of interestMahalia Jackson

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

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 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 blues singer and pianist, 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]

Person of interestTruman Capote

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

  • 1924-10-25 Earl Palmer, American rock and roll drummer (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 boxer and 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, 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 (Eugenie Grandet, Another World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • 1927-03-06 Norman Treigle, bass-baritone, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1927-12-28 Anne Armstrong, US ambassador and first female counsel to the President, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 2008)

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
  • 1928-12-21 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 TV show 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, 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 singer-songwriter and guitarist (Come On), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 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 musician (Dizzy, Miss Lizzie), 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 vocalist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1938-05-17 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), 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 [Gary Anderson], American blues singer and songwriter (New Orleans), born in Jacksonville, Florida

Person of interestLee Harvey Oswald

1939-10-18 Lee Harvey Oswald, American assassin of JFK, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)

Former Soldier and Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
Former Soldier and Assassin
Lee Harvey Oswald

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

1994-04-16 Singer Harry Connick Jr (26) weds model Jill Goodare (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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

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 blues singer and pianist, dies from a heart attack at 61
  • 1987-05-31 Dorothy Patrick, actress (Torch Song, New Orleans, High Wall), dies
  • 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