Baltimore in History

Maryland: Bethesda - Silver Spring

Historical Events

  • 1632-06-20 Britain grants 2nd Lord Baltimore rights to Chesapeake Bay area
  • 1633-06-20 Charter for Maryland is given to Lord Cecil Baltimore
  • 1634-03-25 Under charter granted to Lord Baltimore and led by his brother Leonard Calvert first settlers found Catholic colony of Maryland
  • 1648-01-24 Lord Baltimore's representative Margaret Brent ejected from the Maryland Council after requesting right to vote
  • 1729-07-30 City of Baltimore founded
  • 1796-12-18 1st US newspaper to appear on Sunday (Baltimore Monitor)
  • 1800-01-05 1st Swedenborgian temple in US holds 1st service in Baltimore
  • 1808-04-08 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore was promoted to an archdiocese, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII.
  • 1809-11-22 Peregrine Williamson of Baltimore patents a steel pen
  • 1814-09-12 Battle of North Point fought near Baltimore during War of 1812

Fiery Birth for Star Spangled BannerFiery Birth for Star Spangled Banner

1814-09-14 Francis Scott Key pens the poem "Defence of Fort M'Henry", later known as "The Star-Spangled Banner" while witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry from a ship in Baltimore harbor
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The Stars and Stripes with the Star Spangled Banner words by Francis Scott Key
The Stars and Stripes with the Star Spangled Banner words by Francis Scott Key
  • 1816-06-11 Gas Light Co of Baltimore founded
  • 1817-02-05 1st US gas co incorporated, Baltimore (coal gas for street lights)
  • 1817-02-07 Baltimore becomes the 1st American city lit by gas street lamps with the first turned on at Market and Lemon Streets (currently Baltimore and Holliday Streets)
  • 1821-05-31 Cathedral of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, 1st US Catholic cathedral, is dedicated in Baltimore
  • 1827-02-28 1st commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) chartered

  • 1828-07-04 Construction begins on B & O (Baltimore-Ohio) 1st US passenger RR
  • 1829-12-21 1st stone arch railroad bridge in US dedicated, Baltimore
  • 1830-01-07 1st US Railroad Station opens (Baltimore)
  • 1830-05-20 1st railroad timetable published in newspaper (Baltimore American)
  • 1830-05-24 1st passenger rail service in US (Baltimore & Elliots Mill, Maryland)
  • 1830-08-28 1st American built locomotive, "Tom Thumb" races a horse-drawn car from Stockton and Stokes stagecoach company from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills. Let history record that due to mechanical problems the horse won!
  • 1832-05-21 1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore)
  • 1840-02-01 Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated
  • 1844-05-25 1st telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot
  • 1846-06-05 Telegraph line opens between Philadelphia and Baltimore

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1849-10-03 American author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death.

  • 1851-06-15 Jacob Fussell, Baltimore dairyman, sets up 1st ice-cream factory
  • 1861-04-19 Baltimore riots - 4 soldiers, 9 civilians killed
  • 1863-07-01 -2] Battle at Baltimore: Crump's Crossroads Virginia
  • 1864-02-21 1st US Catholic parish church for blacks dedicated, Baltimore
  • 1869-10-21 1st shipment of fresh oysters comes overland from Baltimore
  • 1870-10-25 Pimlico Race Course opens in Baltimore
  • 1873-05-23 1st Preakness Stakes: G. Barbee aboard Survivor wins in 2:43 at Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1877-07-20 Military shoots on stopped railroad workers in Baltimore, kills 9
  • 1885-08-10 Leo Daft opens America's 1st commercially operated electric streetcar in Baltimore

  • 1887-10-21 Detroit clinches best-of-15 touring World Championship with its 8th victory in Game 11 this afternoon in Baltimore, 13-3
  • 1891-07-08 61°F, highest temperature for July 1891, in Baltimore and Philadelphia
  • 1891-12-19 1st Negro Catholic priest ordained in US, Charles Uncles, Baltimore
  • 1892-08-13 US black newspaper "Afro-American" begins publishing from Baltimore
  • 1898-04-22 Baltimore James Hughes no-hits Boston Braves 8-0
  • 1900-02-03 Rival forces fight for control of the Union Park ball grounds in Baltimore
  • 1900-03-08 NL decides to go with 8 teams They exclude Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville & Washington (in 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee)
  • 1901-03-11 Cincinnati Enquirer reports Baltimore manager John McGraw signed Cherokee Indian Tokohoma, who is really black 2nd baseman Charlie Grant
  • 1903-01-09 Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchase the American League's Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 and move it to NYC (later the NY Yankees)
  • 1904-02-07 Baltimore catches fire (1500 buildings destroyed in 80 blocks)
  • 1910-12-19 1st US city ordinance requiring white & black residential areas in Baltimore
  • 1915-03-08 1st US navy minelayer, Baltimore, commissioned
  • 1916-02-11 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1922-06-14 US President Warren G. Harding is 1st US President to use radio, dedicates the Francis Scott Key memorial in Baltimore

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding

Film release premierFilm Release

1944-07-03 "Double Indemnity" film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck is released in Baltimore, Maryland

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • 1947-10-27 WMAR TV channel 2 in Baltimore, MD (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-03-11 WBAL TV channel 11 in Baltimore, MD (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-04-21 Basketball Association of America Finals: Baltimore Bullets beat Philadelphia Warriors, 88-73 to take series, 4 games to 2
  • 1948-11-02 WJZ TV channel 13 in Baltimore, MD (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-01-02 NBA Baltimore Bullets begin a record 32 game road losing streak (12 games in 1952-53; 20 games in 1953-54) with a 73-66 defeat at the Indianapolis Olympians
  • 1953-03-01 WJZ-AM in NYC becomes WABC; WJZ-TV in Baltimore final transmission
  • 1953-03-16 AL rejects Bill Veeck's request to move St Louis Browns to Baltimore
  • 1953-09-26 Shortstop Billy Hunter smashes final home run in St Louis Browns history during a 6-3 loss to Chicago WS at Busch Stadium; franchise moves to Baltimore next season
  • 1953-10-07 Bill Veeck tells Browns stockholders he faces bankruptcy unless they drop their suit to block his move to Baltimore, they comply
  • 1953-10-29 A Baltimore group purchases St Louis Browns
  • 1953-11-17 St Louis Browns officially become the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc
  • 1954-03-14 NBA Baltimore Bullets end a 32 game road losing streak
  • 1954-09-27 School integration begins in Washington, D.C. & Baltimore Md public schools
  • 1955-11-07 Supreme Court of Baltimore bans segregation in public recreational areas
  • 1957-08-05 WJZ-TV in Baltimore MD begins radio transmissions
  • 1959-08-14 26th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 29, All-Stars 0 (70,000)
  • 1960-08-12 27th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 32, All-Stars 7 (70,000)
  • 1961-06-25 Baltimore and California use a record 16 pitchers in a game (8 each) in 14 inns
  • 1963-09-19 Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. is founded at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 1966-05-08 Only HR ever hit out of Baltimore's Memorial Park, by Frank Robinson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966-09-18 Baltimore quarterback Johnny Unitas throws 4 touchdown passes in 38-23 win at Minnesota to surpass Y.A. Tittle as NFL's career leader with 212; finishes career with 290 TD passes

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • 1967-03-01 WMET (now WHSW) TV channel 24 in Baltimore, MD (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1967-10-27 4 people from Baltimore pour blood on selective service records

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1969-01-14 19th NBA All-Star Game, Baltimore Civic Centre: East beats West, 123-112; MVP: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals, PG

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 1969-09-28 Minnesota vs Baltimore, gains 530 yards passing!
  • 1969-10-06 WMPB TV channel 67 in Baltimore, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971-04-11 WBFF TV channel 45 in Baltimore, MD (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1971-07-30 38th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Baltimore 24, All Stars 17 (52,289)
  • 1971-10-13 1st World Series night game (Pittsburgh 4-Baltimore 3)
  • 1972-10-03 Roric Harrison homers as Baltimore beats Cleveland, 4-3; last AL pitcher to homer until MLB inter-league play 25 years later
  • 1973-10-11 Oakland beats Baltimore 3 games to 2 to win AL pennant
  • 1975-01-24 "Hot l Baltimore" situation comedy premieres on ABC TV
  • 1976-06-15 Yankees trade May, Martinez, Pagan, MacGregor & Demsey to Baltimore for Holtzman, Alexander, Grant Jackson, Elrod Henrick & Jim Freeman
  • 1977-02-05 Future 5-division world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard makes his professional debut with a 6-round unanimous decision over Luis Vega at Baltimore’s Civic Center
  • 1977-04-30 Wrestler "Superstar" Billy Graham beats Bruno Sammartino in Baltimore, to become WWF champion
  • 1977-09-18 Brooks Robinson Night in Baltimore
  • 1979-04-06 Baltimore manager Earl Weaver wins his 1,000th game as a skipper, a 5-3 Orioles victory over the Chicago White Sox
  • 1980-11-12 Baltimore's Steve Stone wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 1982-10-03 Centre fielder Robin Yount homers twice as Milwaukee whips Baltimore, 10-2 at Memorial Stadium to win the Brewers only AL East Championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983-04-10 Baltimore's Eddie Murray hits his 1,000 career hit

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1984-08-05 Toronto designated hitter Cliff Johnson hits MLB record 19th career pinch-hit HR in Blue Jays 4-3 win v Baltimore
  • 1985-07-14 Last USFL game-Baltimore Stars defeats Oakland Invaders, 28-24
  • 1986-05-14 Pride of Baltimore lost at sea.
  • 1986-08-06 Baltimore's Jim Dwyer & Larry Sheets, and Rangers Toby Harrah hit MLB record 3 grand slams in Texas' 13-11 win
  • 1987-05-11 1st heart-lung transplant take place in Baltimore
  • 1988-06-04 Longest game in Baltimore Memorial Stadium (5:46) 14 inn (beat NY 7-6)
  • 1988-07-29 Baltimore trades Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling
  • 1990-01-10 "Les Miserables" opens at Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1797-12-03 Francis Kenrick, Irish-American Archbishop of Baltimore (1851-63), born in Dublin, Kingdom of Ireland (d. 1863)
  • 1798-03-04 John Joseph Abercrombie, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1877)
  • 1800-09-17 Franklin Buchanan, American first superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1874)
  • 1811-03-01 Robert Christie Buchanan, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1878)
  • 1814-08-23 James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore, born in NYC, New York (d. 1877)
  • 1815-01-13 William Henry French, American Major General (Union Army), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1881)
  • 1818-01-11 John Reese Kenly, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1891)
  • 1822-08-22 Virginia Clemm Poe, American wife of writer Edgar Allan Poe, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1847)
  • 1825-09-24 Frances Harper, African-American abolinist, suffragist and writer (Iola Leroy), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1911)
  • 1828-08-24 George Hume "Maryland" Steuart, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1903)
  • 1834-07-23 James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1921)
  • 1850-07-11 Annie Armstrong, American missionary leader, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1938)
  • 1857-01-02 Martha Carey Thomas, American educator, suffragist, linguist and second President of Bryn Mawr College, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1935)
  • 1860-08-15 Henrietta Vinton Davis, African-American elocutionist, dramatist, impersonator and public speaker, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1941)
  • 1860-12-21 Henrietta Szold, U.S. Jewish Zionist leader & founder of Hadassah, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1945)
  • 1867-06-06 David Abercrombie, Abercrombie & Fitch founder, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1931)
  • 1872-08-28 Alfred Baldwin Sloan, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1925)
  • 1872-10-27 Emily Post, American authority on social behaviour and writer (Etiquette), born in Baltimore, Maryland [or Oct 3rd, 1873] (d. 1960)
  • 1874-11-25 Joe Gans, American boxer (world lightweight champion), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1910)

Person of interestUpton Sinclair

1878-09-20 Upton Beall Sinclair, American writer (Jungle), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1968)

  • 1880-06-15 Mahlon Hamilton, American actor (Honky Tonk, High School Girl, Mississippi), born at Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1960)

Person of interestH. L. Mencken

1880-09-12 Henry Louis Mencken, American newspaperman and critic (Prejudices), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1956)

Journalist and Critic H. L. Mencken
Journalist and Critic
H. L. Mencken
  • 1883-01-10 Francis X. Bushman, American silent film actor (Sabrina, Ben-Hur), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • 1883-07-12 Joseph Crehan, American actor (The Roaring Twenties, Meeting at Midnight), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • 1884-01-03 E. Stanley Jones, American evangelist (Christ of Indian road), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1973)
  • 1886-07-03 Raymond A Spruance, U.S. Navy admiral (Battle of Midway), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1969)
  • 1887-02-07 [James Hubert] Eubie Blake, American ragtime composer and pianist (Memories of You, I'm Just Wild About Harry), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1983)
  • 1887-03-14 Sylvia Beach, American publisher and bookseller (Shakespeare and Company), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1962)
  • 1889-10-14 Clarence Muse, American actor, screenwriter and director (Casablanca, Black Stallion), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1979)
  • 1891-09-12 Adolph Weiss, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1971)
  • 1892-05-28 Minna Gombell, American actress (Bad Girl, Thin Man, Hello Sister), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1973)
  • 1894-08-29 E. Franklin Frazier, American sociologist and author (The Negro Family in the United States), born in Baltimore (d. 1962)
  • 1895-02-06 Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; 7 x World Series champion; 12 × AL home run leader 1918–21, 23-24, 1926–31), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1948)
  • 1896-11-07 Herbert O'Connor, 51st Governor of Maryland and TV narrator (Crime Syndicate), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1960)
  • 1900-01-25 Mildred Dunnock, American actress (Baby Doll, Nun's Story), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1991)
  • 1901-11-02 Paul Ford, American actor (Phil Silvers Show), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1976)
  • 1902-01-23 Benny Waters, American jazz saxophonist & clarinetist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1998)
  • 1903-05-30 Countee Cullen, African American poet of the Harlem Renaissance (Black Christ & Other Poems), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1903-07-24 Robert Mills Delaney, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1956)
  • 1905-01-19 Anne Schumacher Hummert, Baltimore US, leading creator of daytime radio serials during the 1930s and 1940s
  • 1905-06-19 Mildred Natwick, American actress (Barefoot in the Park, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1994)
  • 1906-04-06 Virginia Hall [Goillot], American spy with British Special Operations during WWII (1940-1966), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1982)
  • 1907-08-02 Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (Pictorial Review, Good Housekeeping), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1984)
  • 1907-09-14 A. Cecil Snyder, American lawyer and Chief Justice of Puerto Rico, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1959)
  • 1907-11-03 Joe Turner, American jazz pianist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1990)

Person of interestThurgood Marshall

1908-07-02 Thurgood Marshall, 1st African American Supreme Court justice (1967-91), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall
  • 1909-07-07 Eddie Mayehoff, American actor (Hour Glass, That's My Boy, How to Murder Your Wife), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1992)
  • 1910-06-18 Avon Long, American actor (Roots: Next Generation, The Sting, Harry and Tonto), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1984)
  • 1910-11-20 Pauli Murray, African American poet and civil rights activist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1985)
  • 1912-06-14 E. Cuyler Hammond, American epidemiologist (first to link smoking with lung cancer), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1986)
  • 1912-11-28 Morris Louis, American painter (post painterly abstraction), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1962)
  • 1916-01-01 Earl Wrightson, American actor and singer (Pinafore, Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)
  • 1916-12-05 Margaret Hayes, American actress (Blackboard Jungle, Robert Montgomery Presents), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1977)
  • 1917-04-15 Hans Conried, American actor (Peter Pan, Bullwinkle Show, Make Room for Daddy), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1982)
  • 1917-10-08 Walter Lord, American author (A Night to Remember), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2002)
  • 1918-07-25 Jane Frank, American artist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1986)

Person of interestSpiro Agnew

1918-11-09 Spiro Agnew, American politician (Vice President, 1969 until resignation over corruption allegations in 1973), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1996)

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • 1919-06-30 Lee Krieger, American actor (Clambake, One Way Wahini), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1967)
  • 1919-12-31 Tommy Byrne, American baseball player, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2007)
  • 1921-03-16 Anne Truitt [Anne Dean], American sculptor, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2004)
  • 1921-09-20 Melvin "Slappy" White, American comedian and actor, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1995)
  • 1921-11-02 William Donald Schaefer, American politician (Gov-D-Md), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2011)
  • 1922-03-01 Fred Scolari, American basketball point guard (NBA All-Star 1952, 53; Washington Capitols; Baltimore Bullets), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2002)
  • 1922-07-27 Lillian Hayman, American actress (Leslie Uggams Show), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1994)
  • 1923-09-28 Fred Robbins, DJ (Coke Time with Eddie Fisher, Robbins Nest), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1924-08-03 Leon Uris, American novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2003)
  • 1926-03-27 Frank O'Hara, American writer and poet, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • 1926-06-09 Mona Freeman, American actress (Black Beauty, Dear Wife, Heiress), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • 1926-10-24 Y. A. Tittle, American NFL quarterback (Baltimore, San Francisco, NY Giants, MVP 1963), born in Marshall, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1927-04-03 Wesley Brown, 1st African American US Naval Academy graduate, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • 1927-06-09 Norman Sisisky, American politician (Rep-D-VA, 1983-2001), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2001)
  • 1927-10-08 Gigi Durston, American singer (Sonny Kendis Show), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1928-04-06 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • 1928-04-14 Gene Corrigan, American lacrosse player, coach and college athletics administrator (President of the NCAA 1995-97), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2020)
  • 1928-08-30 Johnny Mann, American music director (Johnny Mann Stand Up & Cheer), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • 1929-05-16 Adrienne Rich, feminist writer (Diamond Cutters), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • 1930-03-30 John Astin, American actor (I'm Dickens He's Fenster, Addams Family), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1930-05-11 William Carey, American businessman and philanthropist (W.P. Carey & Co. LLC), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • 1932-07-27 Beverly Byron, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1932-11-26 Alan Stout, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2018)
  • 1933-04-25 Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (Leiber & Stoller), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2011)
  • 1933-09-25 Erik Darling, American folk musician (Rooftop Singers), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2008)
  • 1934-12-19 Al Kaline, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (18 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1968; 10 × Gold Glove Award; Detroit Tigers), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2020)
  • 1935-01-28 Nicholas Pryor, American actor (The Hunger Games), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1935-11-12 Terry Johnson, US R&B singer (Flamingos-I Know Better), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1935-12-02 David Hackett Fischer, American educator and historian (Albion's Seed), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1936-07-09 David Joel Zinman, American composer and conductor (Baltimore Symphony, 1985-98), born in NYC, New York
  • 1936-07-27 J. Robert Hooper, American politician, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2008)
  • 1936-08-16 Anita Gillette, American actress (Quincy ME, Marathon, Moonstruck), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1937-01-31 Philip Glass, American minimalist composer (Einstein on the Beach), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1937-11-06 Joe Warfield, American actor, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1937-12-30 Paul Stookey, singer and musician (Peter, Paul, & Mary), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1938-02-03 Randolfe "Randy" Wicker [Charles Gervin Hayden Jr.], American author, LGBT and pro-cloning activist and blogger, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1939-07-03 Jay Tarses, American actor and writer (Open All Night, Duck Factory), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1939-08-28 [Catherine] Cassie Mackin, American newswoman (NBC TV) and 1st woman to regularly anchor an evening network newscast alone, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1982)

Person of interestNancy Pelosi

1940-03-26 Nancy Pelosi, American politician (Rep-D-California 1987-), 1st female Speaker of the House (2007-11, 2019-), born in Baltimore, Maryland

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi
  • 1940-05-06 Murray Sidlin, American conductor (National Symphony 1973-77), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1940-12-21 Frank Zappa, American rocker, composer, activist and filmmaker (Mothers of Invention, Catholic Girls), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)
  • 1941-09-19 "Mama" Cass Elliot, American rock vocalist (Mamas & The Papas), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1974)
  • 1942-04-06 Barry Levinson, director (Rainman), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Famous Weddings

  • 1963-09-07 Future US politician Nancy D'Alesandro marries Paul Pelosi in Baltimore

LoveWedding of Interest

1997-12-31 "The Fresh Prince" Will Smith (43) weds actress Jada Pinkett (40) in Baltimore, Maryland


Famous Deaths


Person of interestEdgar Allan Poe

1849-10-07 Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet and critic (The Pit and the Pendulum) considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre (Murders in the Rue Morgue), dies in Baltimore at 40

  • 1863-07-08 Francis Kenrick, Irish-American Archbishop of Baltimore (1851-63), dies at 65
  • 1873-12-24 Johns Hopkins, Baltimore philanthropist and businessman (b. 1795)
  • 1877-10-03 James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 63
  • 1921-03-24 James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 86
  • 2002-10-17 Fred Scolari, American basketball point guard (NBA All-Star 1952, 53; Washington Capitols; Baltimore Bullets), dies at 80
  • 2017-10-08 Y. A. Tittle, American NFL quarterback (Baltimore, San Francisco, NY Giants, MVP 1963), dies at 90