Durham, NC in History

Historical Events

  • 1865-04-26 Confederate General J E Johnston surrenders Army of Tennessee, at Durham, North Carolina
  • 1954-09-02 WTVD TV channel 11 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-12-15 WRAL TV channel 5 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-07-19 Race riots in Durham NC
  • 1968-11-04 WRDU (now WPTF) TV channel 28 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (NBC) 1st broadcast

Famous Birthdays

  • 1904-04-18 Pigmeat Markham, comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1981)
  • 1905-10-12 Rick Ferrell, American baseball Hall of Fame catcher, born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1932-01-14 Grady Tate, American jazz drummer and singer, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1932-11-15 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B singer (Drifters-Treasure My Love), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1972)
  • 1934-03-31 John D. Loudermilk, country singer and songwriter (Tobacco Road), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1938-12-16 Michael Greer, actor (Bobby Gentry Show), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1953-10-31 John Lucas, NBA guard (Houston, Golden State, Milwaukee), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1961-09-07 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2008)

Famous Deaths

  • 1981-05-28 Mary Lou Williams, African American musician, dies at 71 in Durham NC