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
  • 1778-04-01 New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock creates the "$" symbol
  • 1788-03-21 Fire destroys 856 buildings in New Orleans, Louisiana

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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
  • 1803-12-20 French flag lowered in New Orleans to mark formal transfer of Louisiana Purchase from France to US 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 make-shift 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 New Orleans LA & Mobile AL
  • 1861-05-31 Mint at New Orleans closes

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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 Gen B. Butler orders William Mumford hanged after he removed & 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, La
  • 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

  • 1952-03-30 Patty Berg wins LPGA New Orleans Women's Golf Open
  • 1953-03-29 Patty Berg wins LPGA New Orleans Women's Golf Open
  • 1954-04-11 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA New Orleans Golf Open
  • 1957-02-13 Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizes in New Orleans
  • 1957-04-01 WYES TV channel 12 in New Orleans, LA (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
  • 1965-10-02 Pope Paul VI named MR Perey bishop's helper of New Orleans
  • 1966-11-01 NFL awards New Orleans its 16th franchise (All Saints Day)
  • 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 NFL record of 12 passing touchdowns, New Orleans Billy Kilmer & St L Charlie Johnson pass for 6 touchdowns each
  • 1970-01-11 Super Bowl IV: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB
  • 1972-01-16 Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys-24, Miami-3 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB
  • 1974-10-17 NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • 1975-01-12 Super Bowl IX: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, RB
  • 1975-02-07 NBA New Orleans Jazz end a 28 game road losing streak

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1977-02-25 New Orleans' Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 pts

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • 1977-11-12 New Orleans elects 1st black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial
  • 1978-05-01 1st African American mayor of New Orleans, Ernest Nathan Morial, inaugurated
  • 1981-01-25 Super Bowl XV: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Jim Plunkett, Oakland, QB
  • 1984-05-12 World of Rivers world exposition opens in New Orleans
  • 1986-01-26 Super Bowl XX: Chicago Bears beat NE Patriots, 46-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Richard Dent, Chicago, DE
  • 1988-08-18 Republican Convention in New Orleans select Bush-Quayle ticket

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

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1997-01-20 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in New Orleans LA on KKND 106.7 FM
  • 1997-01-26 Super Bowl XXXI: Green Bay Packers beat NE Patriots, 35-21 in New Orleans

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

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 2005-09-12 The bodies of more than 40 patients discovered in a flooded hospital in New Orleans.

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Director Spike Lee
Director
Spike Lee

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 111

  • 1822-09-19 Joseph Rodman West, American senator and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1898)
  • 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)
  • 1868-04-25 John Bevins Moisant, 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. (D. 1910)
  • 1877-09-06 Buddy Bolden, African-American jazz musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1931)
  • 1880-08-22 George Herriman, American cartoonist (Krazy Kat), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1944)
  • 1888-08-16 Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1943)
  • 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
  • 1893-11-07 Leatrice Joy, American actress (The Ace of Hearts), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1985)
  • 1897-10-11 Russell Collins, New Orleans LA

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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
  • 1905-01-13 Percy Humphrey, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 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, singer (Pete Kelly's Blue), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1908-08-30 Willie Bryant, singer (Sugar Hill Times), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1910-09-03 Kitty Carlisle, American actress and television personality, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2007)
  • 1910-12-07 Louis Prima, New Orleans Luisiana, American musician (That Old Black Magic)

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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)
  • 1913-12-25 Candy Candido, American actor and radio performer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 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], actress and singer (Road to Bali), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1918-04-14 Mary Healy, actress (2nd Fiddle, He Married his Wife), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1918-12-19 'Professor Longhair' Henry Roeland Byrd, Bogalusa, Louisiana, New Orleans blues singer and pianist
  • 1920-07-17 Bill Monroe, newscaster (NBC-TV, Congressional Report), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1921-01-31 Mario Lanza, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1922-06-13 Mel Parnell [Melvin], Major League Baseball pitcher (Boston Red Socks, 1947-56), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1922-11-07 Al Hirt, jazz trumpeter (Greatest Horn in the World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1923-04-02 Gloria Henry, American actress (Dennis the Menace), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

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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 (Wrecking Crew), born in New Orleans (d. 2008)
  • 1924-12-24 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, Pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mines), born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 1986)
  • 1925-04-30 Johnny Horton, country music and rockabilly singer (The Battle of New Orleans), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1960)
  • 1925-06-16 Faith Domergue, actress (House of 7 Corpses), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1925-09-10 Roy James Brown, boxer/soul singer (Good Rockin' Tonight), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1926-03-30 Werner Torkanowsky, conductor (New Orleans Symph), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1926-05-06 Marguerite Piazza, operatic soprano (Young Broadway), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1926-07-21 Paul Burke, American actor (Thomas Crown Affair, Neal-Dynasty), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1926-11-25 Jeffrey Hunter, American actor (Star Trek Cage, The Searchers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1927-02-05 Val Dufour, actor (Eugenie Grandet, Another World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 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)
  • 1928-12-21 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)
  • 1930-07-03 Pete Fountain, jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk TV show 1957-59), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • 1931-05-31 Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano (Cassandra-Les Troyens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1934-01-26 Huey "Piano" Smith, American rhythm and blues 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
  • 1935-05-21 Terry Lightfoot, clarinetist/bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen)
  • 1936-02-22 Ernie K-Doe [Ernest Kador Jr], African-American R&B singer (Mother-in-Law"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1937-02-01 Garrett Morris, actor (SNL, Martin, Carwash), 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, 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, actor (Rayford-Ball Four), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1939-06-06 Gary "US" Bonds, [Anderson], Fla, singer/songwriter (New Orleans)

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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
  • 1939-11-13 Idris Muhammad, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 2014)
  • 1939-12-17 James Booker, R&B musician (Gonzo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1940-11-21 Dr. John [Rebennack], American vocalist (I Was in Right Place), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

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1941-10-04 Anne Rice, author (Interview with a Vampire), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Author Anne Rice
Author
Anne Rice
  • 1943-01-26 Jean Knight [Jean Caliste], American soul, funk and R&B singer (Mr Big Stuff), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1943-02-09 James King, basketball player (Olympic gold 1968), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1943-11-28 Randy Newman, vocalist (Short People, Love LA, Raindrops), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1945-02-13 King Floyd, American singer-songwriter (Groove Me), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2006)
  • 1945-09-10 Tom Ligon, actor (Joyride), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1945-12-05 J W "Corkey" Fornof, stunt coordinator (Octopussy), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1947-07-10 Arlo Guthrie, singer (Alice's Restaurant, City of New Orleans), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947-11-25 John Larroquette, actor (Dan Fielding-Night Court), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948-01-10 Cyril Neville, US singer and percussionist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948-07-29 Neal Walk, American basketball player (Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz, NY Knicks), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1948-09-29 Bryant Gumbel, sportscaster/TV host (Today Show), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948-10-26 Marshall Colt, actor (Eric-Lottery), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948-12-25 Merry Clayton, American soul and gospel singer and actress, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1949-11-17 Thomas Lionel Hill, American 110m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1972), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1952-07-14 Eric Laneuville, actor (Larry-Room 222, St Elsewhere), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1954-04-05 Christopher S Nelson, actor (Sons & Daughters), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1955-02-16 Guy Gallo, writer (Under the Volcano), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1955-02-28 Randy Jackson, guitarist (Zebra-Tell Me What You Want), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1955-03-29 Earl Campbell, NFL running back (Houston, 1977 Heisman), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1956-11-12 Rhonda Shear, comedian (Up All Night), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1957-03-21 Sabrina Le Beauf, actress (Sondra-Crosby Show), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1957-10-14 Kenny Neal, American blues musician (Let Life Flow), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1958-01-07 Donna Rice, model/Gary Hart's lover, born in New Orleans, Louisiana

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1958-01-26 Ellen DeGeneres, comediene (Ellen Morgan-Ellen), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres
  • 1958-08-25 Christian LeBlanc, American actor (Michael Baldwin-Young & Restless), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1959-09-30 Kim Bauer, LPGA golfer (1993 Minn LPGA Classic-30th), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1960-04-15 Marvin Clyde Goodwin, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1961-10-18 Wynton Marsalis, jazz trumpeter (Grammy 1983), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1962-03-13 Terence Blanchard, American jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers) and film score composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana

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1962-06-22 Clyde "Glide" Drexler, NBA Guard (Houston Rockets, Port Trailblazers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

NBA Swingman Clyde Drexler
NBA Swingman
Clyde Drexler
  • 1964-03-13 Will Clark, American MLB first baseman (San Francisco Giants), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1964-05-02 Kelly Michael Gibson, PGA golfer (1995 Bob Hope-7th), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1965-02-10 Lenny Webster, catcher (Montreal Expos), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1965-07-28 Delfeayo Marsalis, American jazz musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1965-08-21 Jim Bullinger, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966-08-10 Gerald Williams, outfielder (NY Yankees), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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

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

  • 1815-01-08 Edward Pakenham, Engl general (Battle of New Orleans), dies in battle
  • 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, New Orleans blues singer and pianist
  • 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
  • 2015-10-04 Neal Walk, American basketball player (Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz, NY Knicks), dies at 67