Reno, NV in History

Nevada: Las Vegas

Historical Events

  • 1868-05-09 The city of Reno, Nevada, is founded
  • 1905-07-03 American boxer Marvin Hart scores a 12th round KO of Jack Root in Reno, Nevada for the vacant world heavyweight title

Boxing Title Fight

1910-07-04 "Fight of the Century": Jack Johnson beats James J. Jeffries by TKO in 15 in Reno, Nevada to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

  • 1928-09-13 KOH-AM in Reno NV begins radio transmissions
  • 1953-09-27 KOLO TV channel 8 in Reno, NV (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-12-25 KNEV (95.5 The Vibe) radio broadcaster in Reno, Nevada begins broadcasting
  • 1962-09-30 KCRL TV channel 4 in Reno, NV (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-06-04 KTVN TV channel 2 in Reno, NV (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1984-01-14 Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini scores a 3rd-round TKO of Bobby Chacon to retain his WBA lightweight title in Reno, Nevada; Chacon so severely battered he thanks referee Richard Steele for stopping the fight
  • 1996-04-23 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Reno NV on KRZQ 96.5 FM

Famous Birthdays

  • 1922-08-02 Paul Laxalt, American politician (22nd Governor of Nevada), born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1945-03-24 Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (LA Confidential, 8 Mile), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2016)
  • 1951-05-25 Chuck Ruff, American rock drummer (Edgar Winter Group - "Frankenstein"), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2011)
  • 1964-01-27 Inga Thompson, US cyclist (Olympic-8th-88, 84, 92), born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1965-05-31 Annette Renee Peters [nee Hand], American 1500/3000 runner, born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1970-12-12 M├Ądchen Amick, American actress (Shelly Johnson-Twin Peaks), born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1981-07-11 Mary Beth Arnold, gymnast (World-bronze-95), born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1984-03-09 Julia Mancuso, American Alpine skier (4 Olympic gold medals), born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1985-02-13 David Padgett, US basketball player, born in Reno, Nevada

Famous Weddings

Janet Leigh

1942-08-01 Future American actress Janet Leigh (15) weds childhood sweetheart John Kenneth Carlisle (18) in Reno, Nevada; annulled in December

Cesar Chavez

1948-10-22 Farm labor leader Cesar Chavez (21) weds labor activist Helen Fabela (20) in Reno, Nevada


Famous Deaths

  • 1862-09-14 Jesse Lee Reno, Union general-major (Reno Nevada), dies at 39