Shreveport in History

Louisiana: Baton Rouge - New Orleans

Historical Events

  • 1953-08-16 KTAL TV channel 6 in Shreveport-Texarkana, LA (NBC) begins
  • 1954-01-01 KSLA TV channel 12 in Shreveport, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-09-03 KTBS TV channel 3 in Shreveport, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1971-08-15 KVRL (now KRIV) TV ch 26 in Houston, Texas (Fox) begins
  • 1994-02-18 Shreveport Pirates join Canadian Football League as 4th US-based team; fold 1995
  • 1994-07-06 CFL American expansion Shreveport Pirates lose game, 40-10 at the Ottawa Rough Riders; fold 1995
  • 1994-07-16 Shreveport Pirates lose first CFL home game, 35-34 to the Toronto Argonauts at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana

Famous Birthdays

  • 1907-08-31 Augustus F. Hawkins, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1963-75), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2007)
  • 1918-11-03 Russell B. Long, American politician (Sen-D-LA, 1948-86), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2003)
  • 1924-04-17 Althea Simmons, American human rights activist and chief lobbyist (NAACP), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1990)
  • 1925-11-28 Virginia Hewitt, American actress (Carol-Space Patrol), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1986)
  • 1927-05-05 Patricia "Pat" Carroll, American comedienne and actress (Ursula- The Little Mermaid, Make Room for Daddy), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1931-03-31 Miller Barber, American golfer (11 PGA Tour; 3 US Senior Open titles), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1931-09-23 Charles Harrison, American industrial designer (view finder), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • 1932-02-25 Faron Young, American country singer and actor (Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1933-08-07 Jerry Pournelle, American polymath and sci-fi author (Mercenary, Red Dragon), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2017)
  • 1933-10-27 Floyd Cramer, American Hall of Fame pianist (Last Date, On the Rebound), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1934-07-12 Van Cliburn, American pianist (Tchaikovsky Competition winner, 1958), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1936-10-02 Johnnie Cochran, American attorney (O.J. Simpson defense attorney), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1941-07-26 Brenton Wood [Alfred Smith], American rock musician (Gimme Little Sign), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1942-08-31 Carole Wells, actress (Pistols 'n' Petticoats), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1944-05-17 Jesse Winchester, singer/songwriter (Learn to Love it), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • 1945-03-11 Tricia O'Neal, actress (Piranha Part II), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Person of interestHank Williams Jr

1949-05-26 Hank Williams Jr, country singer (Honky Tonk), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • 1949-06-25 Brenda Sykes, American actress (Ozzie's Girls, Getting Straight), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1949-09-18 Jim McCrery, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1949-10-22 Glenn Ford, American freed death row inmate (wrongly spent 30 years in prison), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1952-07-31 Alan Autry, American NFLer (Green Bay Packers), actor (In the Heat of the Night) and politician (23rd Mayor of Fresno), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1953-08-30 Robert Parish, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (Boston Celtics; 9-time NBA All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1953-09-18 Betsy Boze, American academic (9th president of The College of The Bahamas), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1953-12-29 Stanley "Tookie" Williams, American gangster, born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1955-05-12 Kix Brooks, singer (Brooks & Dunn-Brand New Man), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1957-04-15 Evelyn Ashford, American athlete (4 x Olympic sprint gold 1984, 88, 92), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1958-04-28 Hal Sutton, American golfer (PGA Championship 1983), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1958-12-23 Victoria Williams, American singer, born in Shreveport, Louisiana,
  • 1962-02-14 Kevyn Aucoin, American cosmetologist, born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2002)
  • 1963-05-24 Joe Dumars, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Detroit Pistons; 6-time NBA All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1966-08-25 Albert Belle, American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians; 5-time MLB All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1970-08-13 Will Clarke, American novelist (The Neon Palm of Madame Melançon), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1977-06-12 Kenny Wayne Shepherd [Brobst], American blues-rock guitarist, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1978-12-06 K. D. Aubert, American actress and singer, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1978-12-08 Vernon Wells III, American baseball center fielder (Toronto Blue Jays; 3-time MLB All-Star & Gold Glove), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1980-04-13 Colleen Clinkenbeard, American voice actress, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1989-02-01 Hurricane Chris, American rapper, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1997-08-22 Eddie Williams, American pastor and former fullback (Cleveland Browns), born in San Mateo, California