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 Pat Carroll, American comedienne and Emmy Award-winning actress (The Little Mermaid - "Ursula"; Make Room for Daddy), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2022)
  • 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 and honky-tonk singer ("Hello Walls"; "It's Four in the Morning"), and actor (Hidden Guns; Daniel Boone, Trailblazer), 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 Country Music 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, American 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

Hank Williams JrHank Williams Jr (73 years old)

1949-05-26 Jr, American country singer-songwriter ("All My Rowdy Friends"; "Honky Tonkin'": "There's A Tear In My Beer"), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

  • 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

Robert ParishRobert Parish (69 years old)

1953-08-30 American College/Basketball HOF center (9 x NBA All-Star; NBA C'ship 1981, 84, 86 Boston Celtics; 97 Chicago Bulls), 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, American country music 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 folk-rock-country singer (Loose), 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 [Dooley], American rapper, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1997-08-22 Eddie Williams, American pastor and former fullback (Cleveland Browns), born in San Mateo, California