Louisiana in History (Part 3)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 413


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 [Caliste], American soul, funk and R&B singer (Mr. Big Stuff), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1943-02-09 James King, American 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 Bob Livingston, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1943-06-14 Billy Tauzin, American politician and lobbyist (Rep-D-LA, 1980-2005), born in Chackbay, Louisiana
  • 1943-07-23 Tony Joe White, American rocker (Polk Salad Annie), born in Oak Grove, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • 1943-11-28 Randy Newman, American singer-songwriter and composer (Short People, You've Got a Friend in Me), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1943-12-15 Kathleen Blanco, American politician, 1st female Governor of Louisiana (2004-08), born in New Iberia, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1943-12-27 Cokie Roberts, American pioneering newscaster (ABC, NPR), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1944-01-31 Charlie Musselwhite, American blues harmonica player (Stand Back!; Get Up!), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi
  • 1944-05-17 Jesse Winchester, singer/songwriter (Learn to Love it), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • 1945-02-12 Don Wilson, American MLB pitcher (2 x no-hitters), born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1975)
  • 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, American actor (Joyride), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Person of interestElvin Hayes

1945-11-17 Elvin Hayes, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA All-Star 1969–1980; NBA scoring champion 1969), born in Rayville, Louisiana

NBA Forward Elvin Hayes
NBA Forward
Elvin Hayes
  • 1945-12-05 J W "Corkey" Fornof, American 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, American country singer (Louisiana), born in Rayne, 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)
  • 1947-10-14 Charlie Joiner, American NFL receiver (Houston, Cincinnati, San Diego), born in Many, Louisiana
  • 1947-11-14 Buckwheat Zydeco [Stanley Dural, Jr.], American B-3 organist, accordionist and singer (Where There's Smoke, There's Fire), born in Lafayette, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • 1947-11-25 John Larroquette, actor (Dan Fielding-Night Court), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948-01-14 Carl Weathers, American actor (Apollo Creed-Rocky), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948-05-22 Richard Baker, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana's 6th district), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948-06-27 Camile Baudoin, American musician, born in New Orleans, 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
  • 1948-10-10 Cyril Neville, American singer and percussionist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948-10-10 Ed Volker, American musician (The Radiators), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948-10-26 Marshall Colt, American actor (Eric-Lottery), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948-10-27 Sherman Robertson, American blues guitarist (I'm the Man), born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
  • 1948-12-25 Merry Clayton, American soul and gospel singer (Ray Charles; Rolling Stones - "Gimme Shelter") and actress, born in Gert Town, 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, American actress (Ozzie's Girls, Getting Straight), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1949-08-27 Doug Tewell, American golfer (PGA Senior C'ship 2000, The Tradition 2001), born in Baton Rouge, 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)
  • 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 Guidry, Yankee pitcher (Cy Young 1978), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1951-09-21 Ed Delahoussaye, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (1982-83 Kentucky Derby), born in New Iberia, Louisiana
  • 1952-01-06 Larry Booker (Moondog Spot), American pro wrestler (WWF Tag Team champion 1981), born in Louisiana, United States (d. 2003)
  • 1952-07-14 Eric Laneuville, actor (Larry-Room 222, St Elsewhere), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 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
  • 1952-09-13 Ray Sibille, American jockey (Breeder's Cup Turf 1988), born in Sunset, Louisiana
  • 1953-01-26 Lucinda Williams, American roots singer-songwriter ("Passionate Kisses"; "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road"), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1953-05-06 Lynn Whitfield, American actress (Josephine Baker, Equal Justice), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1953-08-30 Robert Parish, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (Boston Celtics; 9-time NBA All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1953-09-16 Gene Taylor, American politician (Rep-D-Mississippi), born in New Orleans, 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)
  • 1954-01-25 Kim Gandy, American feminist, born in Bossier City, Louisiana
  • 1954-02-15 Pamela Theresa Jiles, American 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1976), born in New Orleans, 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, American rock singer, guitarist, and keyboard player (Zebra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1955-03-29 Earl Campbell, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1977, U of Texas; Pro Bowl 1978–81, 83, Houston Oilers), 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, American NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins), born in Zachary, Louisiana
  • 1955-11-23 Mary Landrieu, American politician (US Senator of Louisiana, 1997-2005) born in Arlington, Virgina

Person of interestRay Nagin

1956-06-11 [Clarence] Ray Nagin, American politician (Mayor of New Orleans, 2002-2010), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin
Mayor of New Orleans
Ray Nagin
  • 1956-06-23 Randy Jackson, American bassist, singer, and record producer (American Idol judge), born in Baton Rouge, 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, American athlete (4 x Olympic sprint gold 1984, 88, 92), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1957-05-02 Domonic L. Pudwill Gorie, American NASA astronaut (sk: STS-91), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1957-08-22 Randy Romero, American jockey (Breeder's Cup 1987-89; Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame 2010), born in Erath, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1957-10-14 Kenny Neal, American blues musician (Let Life Flow), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1957-12-04 Lee Smith, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (7 × MLB All-Star 1983, 87, 1991–95; saves leader 1983, 91-92, 94)), born in Jamestown, Louisiana
  • 1958-01-07 Donna Rice Hughes, American author & speaker, born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Person of interestEllen DeGeneres

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

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres
  • 1958-04-28 Hal Sutton, American golfer (PGA Championship 1983), 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, American actor (Shadow Play), born in Melville, Louisiana
  • 1958-12-23 Victoria Williams, American folk-rock-country singer (Loose), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1960-04-15 Marvin Clyde Goodwin, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1960-06-23 Donald Harrison, American jazz saxophonist, 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, American jazz and classical trumpeter (9 Grammy Awards; Pulitzer Prize for "Blood on the Fields"; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1961-10-31 Kate Campbell, American musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1962-02-14 Kevyn Aucoin, American cosmetologist, born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2002)
  • 1962-03-13 Terence Blanchard, American jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers), film score composer (When The Levees Broke; Harriet), and educator, 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, American politician (Rep-D-Louisiana 1993-97), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1963-02-10 Bennie Thompson, American football safety (Saints, Chiefs, Cleveland Browns/Ravens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1963-03-27 James Todd Graves, American sport shooter (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Rouston, Louisiana
  • 1963-05-24 Joe Dumars, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Detroit Pistons; 6-time NBA All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1963-06-03 Deb Richard, American golfer (5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Abbeville, Louisiana
  • 1963-07-24 Karl Malone, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Utah Jazz, Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Summeerfield, Louisiana
  • 1964-03-13 Will Clark, American MLB first baseman (San Francisco Giants), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

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