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

Historic Event

1808-04-08 Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore promoted to an archdiocese by Pope Pius VII, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville)

  • 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 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

  • 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, designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe
  • 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 in Baltimore
  • 1830-05-20 1st railroad timetable published in newspaper (Baltimore American)
  • 1830-05-24 1st regular passenger rail service on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad line, horse-drawn rail cars connect Baltimore to Ellicott's Mills

Horse in Race Against a Train

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 US Democratic National Convention held in 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

Historic Event

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
  • 1864-02-21 1st US Catholic parish church for black worshippers dedicated in 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 Great Railroad Strike: Labor issues turn violent as state militia confronts much larger crowd of rail workers and supporters - rocks met with bullets in Baltimore, Maryland; 10 killed and federal troops called in to restore order [1]
  • 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

Radio Premiere

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

  • 1923-01-07 Baltimore Sun warns of the Ku Klux Klan

Film Release

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

  • 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

Sports History

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 White Sox 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
  • 1954-09-27 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.

Historic Event

1966-05-08 Only HR ever hit out of Baltimore's Memorial Park, by Oriole OF Frank Robinson

Sports History

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

  • 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

NBA 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

  • 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 First ever Baseball World Series night game; Pittsburgh Pirates edge Baltimore Orioles, 4-3 in Game 4 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh
  • 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 In a blockbuster MLB trade, NY Yankees send May, Martinez, Pagan, MacGregor & Demsey to Baltimore Orioles for Holtzman, Alexander, Grant Jackson, Elrod Henrick & Jim Freeman

Sports History

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

Pro Wrestling

1977-04-30 Wrestler "Superstar" Billy Graham beats Bruno Sammartino in Baltimore, to become WWF champion

Sports History

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 Center fielder Robin Yount homers twice as Milwaukee whips Baltimore, 10-2 at Memorial Stadium to win the Brewers only AL East Championship

Sports History

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

  • 1984-08-05 Toronto designated hitter Cliff Johnson hits MLB record 19th career pinch-hit HR in Blue Jays 4-3 win over Baltimore Orioles
  • 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
  • 1991-10-01 Howard Stern adds Baltimore to his radio network (WJFK-AM)
  • 1993-07-13 64th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-3 at Camden Yards, 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)
  • 1822-08-15 Virginia Clemm Poe, American wife of writer Edgar Allan Poe, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1847) [1]
  • 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)
  • 1860-08-25 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)

Upton SinclairUpton Sinclair (1878-1968)

1878-09-20 American author (The Jungle), born in Baltimore, Maryland

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

H. L. MenckenH. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

1880-09-12 American newspaperman and critic (Prejudices, Smart Set), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 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) [1]
  • 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 bassoonist and 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; Boston RS, NY Yankees), 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 Hummert, American radio pioneer and producer of daytime radio serials during the 1930s and 1940s (Just Plain Bill, The Romance of Helen Trent), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1996)
  • 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)

Thurgood MarshallThurgood Marshall (1908-1993)

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

  • 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 - "Uncle Tonoose"; The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T), 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)

Spiro AgnewSpiro Agnew (1918-1996)

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

  • 1919-06-30 Lee Krieger, American actor (Clambake, One Way Wahini), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1967)
  • 1919-12-31 Tommy Byrne, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1950; World Series 1949, 56; NY Yankees), 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, American 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 (Georgeanne) "Gigi" Durston, American cabaret and big band singer (Sonny Kendis Show; Russ Case Orchestra), 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 Singers; Stand Up And Cheer), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • 1929-05-16 Adrienne Rich, American feminist writer (Diamond Cutters), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • 1930-03-30 John Astin, American actor (I'm Dickens, He's Fenster; The 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 - "Hound Dog"; "Jailhouse Rock"; "Is That All There Is?"), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2011)
  • 1933-09-25 Erik Darling, American folk musician (Rooftop Singers), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2008)

Al KalineAl Kaline (1934-2020)

1934-12-19 American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (18 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1968; 10 × Gold Glove Award; Detroit Tigers), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1935-01-28 Nicholas Pryor, American actor (The Hunger Games), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1935-11-12 (Isiah Terry) "Buzzy" Johnson, American R&B singer (Flamingos - "I Only Have Eyes For You"), 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; Koyaanisqatsi), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1937-11-06 Joe Warfield, American stage and screen actor, and teacher, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1937-12-30 (Noel) Paul Stookey, American singer, songwriter and musician (Peter, Paul, & Mary - "The Wedding Song (There Is Love)"), 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)

Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi (82 years old)

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

  • 1940-05-06 Murry Sidlin, American conductor (National Symphony, 1973-77; Long Beach Symphony, 1980-88), arranger (Defiant Requiem), and educator, born in Baltimore, Maryland

Frank ZappaFrank Zappa (1940-1993)

1940-12-21 American rock guitarist, composer, (Mothers of Invention - "Peaches en Regalia"; "Baby Snakes"), activist, and filmmaker (200 Motels), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1941-09-19 "Mama" Cass Elliot, American pop vocalist (Mamas & The Papas - "California Dreaming"; "Mondy, Monday"; solo -"Dream A little Dream Of Me"), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1974)
  • 1942-04-06 Barry Levinson, American Academy Award-winning film director, and screenwriter (Diner; Rain Man; Good Morning, Vietnam), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

1997-12-31 American rapper and actor "The Fresh Prince" Will Smith (31) weds actress Jada Pinkett (26) in Baltimore, Maryland

Famous Deaths

Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

1849-10-07 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