Portland in History

Historical Events

  • 1889-11-17 Union Pacific begins daily through service, Chicago-Portland & San Francisco
  • 1898-11-26 SS Portland “The Titanic of New England” leaves for Cape Cod, shipwrecked off Cape Ann, all 192 on board killed
  • 1907-06-20 1st Portland Rose festival held in Portland, Oregon
  • 1914-07-29 British fleet leaves Portland/passes Straits of Dover
  • 1916-03-30 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens (NHA) beat Portland Rosebuds (PCHA), 2-1 for a 3-2 series victory
  • 1922-03-21 KGW-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
  • 1926-11-27 KXL-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
  • 1926-12-23 KEX-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
  • 1940-08-11 German air raid on British ports Portland and Weymouth
  • 1952-09-20 KPTV TV channel 12 in Portland, OR (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1952-10-01 1st ultra high frequency (UHF) television station, Portland Or
  • 1953-10-15 KOIN TV channel 6 in Portland, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-12-01 WCSH TV channel 6 in Portland, ME (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-05-16 WGAN (now WGME) TV channel 13 in Portland, ME (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1954-08-31 WMTW TV channel 8 in Portland-Poland Spring, ME (ABC) begins
  • 1956-12-15 KGW TV channel 8 in Portland, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1961-02-06 KOAP TV channel 10 in Portland, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1962-03-15 KATU TV channel 2 in Portland, OR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1975-08-24 Tampa Bay Rowdies beat Portland 2-0 for NASL cup
  • 1977-08-28 NY Cosmos defeat Seattle Sounders, 2-1, at Civic Stadium in Portland Ore, winning their 2nd North American Soccer League championship

Historic Event

1982-10-02 The Portland Building, designed by Michael Graves, considered the 1st postmodern building is opened in Portland Oregon

  • 1991-01-06 Portland Trail Blazers beat the Seattle SuperSonics, 114-111 before a sellout crowd at the Portland Memorial Coliseum; marks the Blazers' 600th consecutive sellout at home
  • 2007-12-01 Davis Cup Tennis, Portland, Oregan: Bob and Mike Bryan team to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends 4-1) over Russia; beat Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev 7-6, 6-4, 6-2; 32nd US title
  • 2010-05-18 Police officer James Crooker is asked to leave the Red and Black Café in Portland, Oregon after co-owner John Langley claimed Crooker's uniformed presence made him uncomfortable
  • 2017-05-26 Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best killed, Micah David-Cole Fletcher injured defending Muslim teenager in Portland, Oregon
  • 2020-07-19 Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler criticizes federal policing of protesters in his city, calling it unconstitutional

Historic Event

2020-07-23 US President Trump says he could send 75,000 federal agents to deal with violence in American cities like Portland, drawing backlash

  • 2020-07-30 Federal law enforcement officers begin a phased withdrawal from Portland amid criticism of their actions to shut down Black Lives Matter protests
  • 2020-09-05 More than 50 arrested as Portland, Oregon, marks 100 days of protests against racism and police brutality
  • 2021-06-27 Heat dome envelops the Pacific Northwest with Portland posting highest temperature since records began of 112 F (broken the next day)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1883-04-12 Imogen Cunningham, American photographer (1965 ASMP award), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1976)
  • 1895-12-07 Jack Pennick, American actor (Lady From Louisiana), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1964)

Linus PaulingLinus Pauling (1901-1994)

1901-02-28 American chemist, engineer and peace activist (1954 Nobel prize for Chemistry, 1962 Nobel Peace Prize), born in Portland, Oregon

  • 1901-09-26 Donald Cook, American actor (Too Young To Go Steady), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1961)
  • 1903-05-05 James Beard, American culinary expert and author (Delights & Prejudices), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1985)
  • 1907-01-23 Bob Steele [Robert Adrian Bradbury], American actor (Monogram, Supreme, Tiffany), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1988)
  • 1907-02-05 Norton Simon, American industrialist (Hunts Foods, Norton Simon Museum), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1993)
  • 1911-02-19 Bill Bowerman, American track and field coach and co-founder of Nike, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1999)
  • 1914-10-25 Maudie Prickett [Doyle], American character actress (Harvey; Hazel - "Rosie"), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1976)
  • 1917-02-20 Phil Moore, American jazz pianist, arranger, and bandleader, born in Portland Oregon (d. 1987) [1]
  • 1917-05-14 Lou Harrison, American composer (La Koro Sutro), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2003)
  • 1920-07-19 Robert Mann, American composer and violinist (String Quartet 1952), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2018)
  • 1922-04-22 Richard Diebenkorn, American painter (Ocean Park Paintings), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1993)
  • 1923-11-22 Dika Newlin, American composer, Schoenberg expert and punk rocker, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • 1924-11-01 Jeff Richards [Richard Mansfield Taylor], American actor (Don't Go Near the Water), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1989)

Douglas EngelbartDouglas Engelbart (1925-2013)

1925-01-30 American computer scientist (computer mouse, Engelbart's Law), born in Portland, Oregon

  • 1925-08-09 Len Sutton, American auto racer and broadcaster (Indianapolis 500, 1962 runner-up), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • 1925-10-29 Betty Evans Grayson, American softball pitcher (National Softball Hall of Fame 1959; Chicago Queens), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1979)
  • 1926-04-11 Robert Hall Lewis, American composer, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1996)
  • 1926-08-03 Gordon Scott [Werschkul], American actor (Tarzan series), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2007)
  • 1927-10-08 Jim Elliot, American Christian missionary, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1956)
  • 1929-04-01 Jane Powell [Suzanne Burce], American singer and actress (Royal Wedding; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2021)
  • 1929-11-02 Rachel Ames, American actress (Line Up, Audrey-Gen Hospital), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1931-06-16 Robert Freeman Smith, American politician (Rep-R-Oregon), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2020)

Bob PackwoodBob Packwood (90 years old)

1932-09-11 American attorney and politician (U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1969-95), born in Portland, Oregon

Ray DolbyRay Dolby (1933-2013)

1933-01-18 American engineer, sound expert, and inventor (Dolby noise reduction system), born in Portland, Oregon

  • 1933-03-13 Gloria McMillan, American radio and television actress (Our Miss Brooks - "Harriet"), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2022)
  • 1935-05-03 Donald P Hodel, US Secretary of Interior (1985-89), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1938-03-03 Douglas Leedy, American composer, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2015)
  • 1939-05-26 Brent Musburger, American sportscaster (CBS Sports, The NFL Today; ESPN, ABC; VSiN; radio play-by-play Las Vegas Raiders), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1939-09-07 Stanley David Griggs, American astronaut (STS 51-D), STS 33), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1989)
  • 1940-07-30 Pat Schroeder, American politician (Rep-D-Colorado, 1973-97), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1940-09-12 Mickey Lolich, American pitcher (Detroit Tiger, won 25 in 1971), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1941-10-28 Glen Moore, American jazz bassist and composer, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1942-10-21 Les AuCoin, American politician (Rep-D-OR, 1975-93), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1943-09-11 Jack Ely, American singer and guitarist (The Kingsmen - "Louie, Louie"), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2015)
  • 1943-11-06 Ken Patera, American weightlifter, and professional wrestler, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1944-04-16 Mike Mitchell, American rock guitarist (The Kingsmen -"Louie, Louie"), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2021)
  • 1946-04-30 Bill Plympton, American animator (Your Face), born in Portland Oregon
  • 1947-03-06 Dick Fosbury, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1968, "Fosbury Flop"), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1947-07-28 Sally Struthers, American actress (All in the Family - "Gloria"), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1947-08-13 Gretchen Corbett, American actress (Beth-Rockford Files), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1949-01-07 Anne Schedeen, American actress, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1949-10-17 Bill Hudson, comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1949-11-19 Ahmad Rashad [Bobby Moore], American NFL receiver (Minnesota Vikings) and sportscaster, bon in Portland, Oregon
  • 1950-03-25 Ronald "Ronnie" McDowell, American country singer ("The King Is Gone"), born in Portland, Tennessee
  • 1950-05-05 Galen Fous, American acoustic jazz-fusion guitarist (Sacred Ground), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1951-06-26 Rindy Ross, American rock vocalist and saxophonist (Quarterflash), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1951-07-21 Diana Dennis, body builder (Women Physique World), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1951-08-23 Mark Hudson, American television personality (The Hudson Brothers), musician, songwriter, and record producer (Aerosmith; Hanson; Ringo Starr; Ozzy Osbourne), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1952-04-05 Mitch Pileggi, American actor (The X-Files), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1953-01-18 Brett Hudson, American comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), born in Portland, Oregon

Paul AllenPaul Allen (1953-2018)

1953-01-21 American business magnate (co-founder Microsoft, owner Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks), born in Seattle, Washington

Matt GroeningMatt Groening (68 years old)

1954-02-15 American cartoonist and writer (Life in Hell, The Simpsons, Futurama), born in Portland, Oregon

  • 1954-02-16 Margaux Hemingway, actress (Lipstick, They Call Me Bruce), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1954-07-28 Bruce Abbott, American actor (Dark Justice), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1955-08-15 Kenneth Carr, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1976; LA Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Portland TBs), born in Clearwater, Florida
  • 1956-03-12 Dale Murphy, American baseball slugger (NL MVP 1982–83; Silver Slugger Award 1982–85; Gold Glove Award 1982–86; 7 x MLB All-Star; NL HR leader 1984, 85; NL; Atlanta Braves), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1957-11-14 Michael J. Fitzgerald, American technical writer and novelist (Song of Falling Leaves), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2021)
  • 1957-11-25 Terry Stotts, American basketball head coach (Portland Trail Blazers 2012-19; Atlanta Hawks 2002-04; Milwaukee Bucks 2005-07), born in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • 1958-01-01 Ren Woods, actress (Fanta-Roots), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1958-06-14 Brian David Willis, American rock drummer (Quarterflash - "Harden My Heart"), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1958-07-07 Michael Marx, American foil and epee fencer (Olympic-84, 88, 92, 96), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1960-11-07 Tommy Thayer, American guitarist (Kiss), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1962-02-27 Kory Tarpenning, American pole vaulter, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1962-10-12 Chris Botti, American Grammy Award-winning jazz and pop trumpeter, and composer (Impressions), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1965-01-31 Adam Johnson, American beach volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1965-05-16 Brent Jasmer, actor (Sly-Bold & Beautiful), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1965-06-16 J. J. Birden, American NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1966-03-29 Eric Gunderson, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1966-03-29 Robb Thomas, American NFL receiver (Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1966-05-27 John Jaha, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1966-07-18 Dan[iel Dion] O'Brien, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1966-10-08 Art Barr, American professional wrestler, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1994)
  • 1966-12-04 Fereydun "Fred" Armisen, American comedian (Saturday Night Live), actor, writer (Portlandia), and musician (8G Band), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1967-08-20 Tori [Terri Poch], American bodybuilder and former professional wrestler, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1967-12-11 Katy Steding, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1968-09-05 Brad Wilk, American drummer (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1968-11-14 Kent Bottenfield, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1968-12-19 Jennifer Devine, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1969-11-07 Michelle Clunie, American actress (Queer As Folk), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1969-11-12 Kathleen Hanna, American singer and songwriter, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1970-01-22 Alex Ross, American comic book painter (Marvels, Kingdom Come), born in Portland, Oregon

Tonya HardingTonya Harding (52 years old)

1970-11-12 American figure skater (Olympic 8th-1994/US Champ 1994), born in Portland, Oregon

  • 1970-12-11 Doug Nussmeier, American NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1971-03-05 Brian Hunter, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1994-2003, AL stolen base leader (99) - 1997 (Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, and 4 other teams), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1972-10-23 Tiffeny Milbrett, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1974-08-14 Ana Matronic [Lynch], American alt-pop singer (Scissor Sisters), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1974-12-29 Richmond "Richie" Sexson, American baseball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1975-10-30 Maria Thayer, American actress (Accepted; Strangers With Candy), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1976-09-14 Jeremy Dunham, American video game designer, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1977-01-12 Cade McNown, American football player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1977-05-12 Monique de Bruin, American fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1977-08-29 Aaron Rowand, American baseball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1978-09-16 Dan Dickau, American basketball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1980-04-08 Katee Sackhoff, American actress (Battlestar Galatica), born in Portland, Oregan
  • 1982-04-06 Bret Harrison, American actor (Orange County), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1984-03-26 Sara Jean Underwood, American model (Playmate of the Year 2007), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1984-10-18 Esperanza Spalding, American jazz bassist, singer and songwriter (Radio Music Society; 12 Little Spells), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1985-04-04 Rudy Fernández, Spanish basketball guard (Olympic silver 2008, 12; bronze 2016; FIBA World Cup gold 2006, 19; Portland TB's, Denver Nuggets; Real Madrid), born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Famous Deaths

Paul AllenPaul Allen (1953-2018)

2018-10-15 American business magnate (co-founder Microsoft, owner Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks), dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at 65