Louisiana in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 103 of 103

  • 2016-07-06 African American Alton Sterling is shot by Louisiana police in Baton Rouge, while being restrained on the ground, the killing is filmed
  • 2016-08-17 Flood waters recede in Louisiana leaving 13 dead and damaging 4,000 homes
  • 2016-12-01 Former NFL player Joe McKnight is shot and killed during a road rage incident in Terrytown, Louisiana

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 259


Person of interestBill Russell

1934-02-12 Bill Russell, American basketball star (Boston Celtics, Olympic-gold 1956), born in West Monroe, Louisiana

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 1934-07-12 Van Cliburn. American pianist (Tchaikovsky Competition winner, 1958), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1934-08-24 Roger Donald Dickerson, American composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1935-04-11 Richard Berry, African-American singer and musician (Louie Louie), born in Extension, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1935-05-10 Larry Williams, American musician (Dizzy, Miss Lizzie), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1980)

Person of interestJerry Lee Lewis

1935-09-29 Jerry Lee Lewis, American country singer (Whole Lotta Shakin'), born in Ferriday, Louisiana

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • 1935-12-09 David Houston, American country music singer (Almost Persuaded), born in Bossier City, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • 1936-02-22 Ernie K-Doe [Ernest Kador Jr], African-American R&B singer (Mother-in-Law"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1936-11-06 David Ward-Steinman, American composer, born in Alexandria, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 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)
  • 1937-03-27 Johnny Copeland, American blues guitarist and singer (Lion's Den), born in Haynesville, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1937-12-17 Art Neville, vocalist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1938-01-14 Allen Toussaint [Naomi Neville], American R&B musician & songwriter (Ride Your Pony), born in Gert Town, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1938-02-22 Ishmael Reed, American author (Last Days of Louisiana Red)
  • 1938-05-17 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2008)
  • 1938-10-16 Carl Gunter Jr, Louisiana State Representative (d. 1999)
  • 1938-11-09 Ti-Grace Atkinson, American feminist author, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1939-05-07 Marco St John, American actor (Rayford-Ball Four), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1939-08-04 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), born in Gretna, Louisiana, (d. 2015)
  • 1939-08-21 James Burton, American guitarist, born in Dubberly, Louisiana
  • 1939-10-14 Hugh Delane Thompson, PGA golfer (1991 MONY Syracuse), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

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
  • 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
  • 1939-12-28 Charles Neville, American vocalist and saxophonist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • 1940-07-13 Paul Prudhomme, cajun chef (K-Paul), born in Opelousas. Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1940-11-21 Dr. John [Rebennack], American vocalist (I Was in Right Place), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1941-05-08 John Fred [Gourrier], American performer (Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1941-07-26 Brenton Wood, rocker (Gimme Little Sign), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Person of interestAnne Rice

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

Author Anne Rice
Author
Anne Rice

Person of interestWillis Reed

1942-06-25 Willis Reed, American NBA hall of fame MVP center/coach (NY Knicks), born in Hico, Louisiana

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed
  • 1942-08-31 Carole Wells, actress (Pistols 'n' Petticoats), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 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
  • 1943-04-15 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1943-04-30 Robert L Livingston, (Rep-R-Louisiana, 1977- )
  • 1943-11-28 Randy Newman, vocalist (Short People, Love LA, Raindrops), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1944-01-31 Charley Musselwhite, blues musician (Stand Back, Louisiana Fog)
  • 1944-05-17 Jesse Winchester, singer/songwriter (Learn to Love it), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • 1945-02-13 King Floyd, American singer-songwriter (Groove Me), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2006)
  • 1945-03-11 Tricia O'Neal, actress (Piranha Part II), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1945-09-10 Tom Ligon, actor (Joyride), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Person of interestElvin Hayes

1945-11-17 Elvin Hayes, American NBA star (San Diego, Houston, Baltimore), born in Rayville, Louisiana

NBA Forward Elvin Hayes
NBA Forward
Elvin Hayes
  • 1945-12-05 J W "Corkey" Fornof, stunt coordinator (Octopussy), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1946-05-03 Greg Gumbel, American sportscaster (CBS TV, WFAN), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1946-07-09 Joe Micelli, American rocker, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1946-10-02 Jo-el Sonnier, Rayne La, country singer (Louisiana)
  • 1947-03-14 William Jefferson, (Rep-D-Louisiana)
  • 1947-09-22 Norma McCorvey, American abortion activist (Jane Roe in Roe vs Wade) who later became pro-life, born in Simmesport, Louisiana (d. 2017)
  • 1947-11-14 Buckwheat Zydeco [Stantley Dural Jr], US accordionist (On Track), born in Lafayette, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • 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
  • 1948-05-22 Richard Baker, (Rep-R-Louisiana)
  • 1948-07-12 Richard Simmons, American exercise guru (CHiPs, Deal-a-Meal), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 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
  • 1948-10-27 Sherman Robertson, American blues musician (I'm the Man), born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
  • 1948-12-25 Merry Clayton, American soul and gospel singer and actress, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1949-02-10 Joe Lavender, NFL cornerback, born in Rayville, 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, actress (Ozzie's Girls, Getting Straight), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1949-09-18 Jim McCrery, (Rep-R-Louisiana)
  • 1949-10-22 Glenn Ford, American freed death row inmate (wrongly spent 30 years in prison), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1949-11-17 Thomas Lionel Hill, American 110m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1972), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1950-03-17 Betty Dukes, American Walmart employee who fought against gender discrimination (2001 Betty Dukes v. Walmart lawsuit), born in Tallulah, Louisiana
  • 1950-08-28 Ron "Louisiana Lightning" Guidry, Yankee pitcher (Cy Young 1978)
  • 1952-06-18 Barry Champagne, Louisiana, stunt coorindator (Licence to Kill)
  • 1952-07-14 Eric Laneuville, actor (Larry-Room 222, St Elsewhere), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1953-01-26 Lucinda Williams, American singer-songwriter (Passionate Kisses, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1954-04-05 Christopher S. Nelson, American 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
  • 1955-05-12 Kix Brooks, singer (Brooks & Dunn-Brand New Man), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1955-08-09 Doug Williams, Louisiana, NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Bucaneers, Wash Redskins)
  • 1955-11-23 Mary Landrieu, American politician, senior senator of Louisiana
  • 1956-09-29 James Donald Halsell Jr, American retired USAF officer and astronaut (STS 65, 74, 83, 94), born in West Monroe, 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
  • 1957-04-15 Evelyn Ashford, 100m runner (Olympic 4 gold-1976, 84), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1957-05-02 Domonic L. Pudwill Gorie, American NASA astronaut (sk: STS-91), born in Lake Charles, 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

Person of interestEllen DeGeneres

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
  • 1958-04-28 Hal Evan Sutton, PGA golfer (1982 Walt Disney), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1958-08-25 Christian LeBlanc, American actor (Michael Baldwin-Young & Restless), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1958-12-14 Steven Rock-Savage, Mellville Louisiana, (LSU), actor
  • 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
  • 1960-10-21 Lionel Washington, American NFL cornerback (Denver Broncos), born in Lutcher, Louisiana
  • 1961-05-03 David Vitter, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana (1999-2005), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1961-05-04 Eugene Daniel, American football NFL center (Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1961-10-18 Wynton Marsalis, jazz trumpeter (Grammy 1983), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1961-10-31 Kate Campbell, American musician, 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

Person of interestClyde Drexler

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
  • 1962-08-09 John "Hot Rod" Williams, NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), born in Sorrento, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1962-11-22 Cleo Fields, (Rep-D-Louisiana)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths