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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1905-06-01 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition opens in Portland, Oregon

Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition Meriwether Lewis
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
Meriwether Lewis
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
William Clark
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Architect Michael Graves
Architect
Michael Graves
  • 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

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)

Person of interestLinus Pauling

1901-02-28 Linus Pauling, American chemist and peace activist (Nobel 1954, 1962), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1994)

Chemist & Peace Activist Linus Pauling
Chemist & Peace Activist
Linus Pauling
  • 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)
  • 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, Oregan (d. 2006)
  • 1924-11-01 Jeff Richards [Richard Mansfield Taylor], American actor (Don't Go Near the Water), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1989)

Person of interestDouglas Engelbart

1925-01-30 Douglas Engelbart, American computer scientist (computer mouse, Engelbart's Law), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2013)

Computer Scientist Douglas Engelbart
Computer Scientist
Douglas Engelbart
  • 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 (Hall of Fame 1959), 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. 2009)
  • 1927-10-08 Jim Elliot, American Christian missionary, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1956)
  • 1929-04-01 Jane Powell, American singer and actress (7 Brides for 7 Brothers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 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
  • 1932-09-11 Bob Packwood, American attorney and politician (U.S. Senator from Oregon), born in Portland, Oregon

Person of interestRay Dolby

1933-01-18 Ray Dolby, American sound expert & inventor (Dolby noise limiting system), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2013)

Inventor Ray Dolby
Inventor
Ray Dolby
  • 1935-05-03 Donald P Hodel, US Secretary of Interior (1985-89), 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
  • 1944-11-07 Ken Patera, American professional wrestler, 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), 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
  • 1950-03-25 Ronald "Ronnie" McDowell, American country singer (The King is Gone), born in Portland, Tennessee
  • 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 comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), 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

Person of interestPaul Allen

1953-01-21 Paul Allen, American business magnate (co-founder Microsoft, owner Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2018)

Co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen
Co-founder of Microsoft
Paul Allen

Person of interestMatt Groening

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

Cartoonist Matt Groening
Cartoonist
Matt Groening
  • 1954-02-16 Margaux Hemingway, actress (Lipstick, They Call Me Bruce), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1956-03-12 Dale Murphy, slugger (Atlanta Braves, 2 time NL MVP), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 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
  • 1958-07-07 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 jazz musician (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, 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, decathelete (Olympic gold 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1966-10-08 Art Barr, American professional wrestler, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1994)
  • 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 musician (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
  • 1970-11-12 Tonya Harding, 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 baseball outfielder (AL stolen base leader 1997, 99; Detroit Tigers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1972-10-23 Tiffeny Milbrett, soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1974-08-14 Ana Matronic, American singer (Scissor Sisters), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1974-12-29 Richmond "Richie" Sexson, American baseball player, 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
  • 1982-04-06 Bret Harrison, American actor (Orange County), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1984-10-18 Esperanza Spalding, American jazz bassist and singer (Chamber Music Society), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1987-09-18 Jinkx Monsoon [Jerick Hoffer], American drag queen, actor and singer (RuPaul's Drag Race season 5 winner), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1990-07-15 Damian Lillard, American basketball player (Portland Trail Blazers), born in Oakland, Californai
  • 1995-05-24 Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein, eldest child of Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, the Regent and Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, and his wife Princess Sophie of Bavaria, Duchess in Bavaria, born in Portland Hospital, London

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPaul Allen

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

Co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen
Co-founder of Microsoft
Paul Allen