Providence in History

Historical Events

  • 1636-07-04 City of Providence, Rhode Island form
  • 1644-03-14 England grants patent for Providence Plantations (now Rhode Island)
  • 1662-01-27 1st American lime kiln begins operation in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1772-06-09 1st naval attack of Revolutionary War takes place in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1880-06-17 John Ward, Providence, pitches perfect game vs Buffalo
  • 1882-09-25 1st baseball doubleheader (Providence & Worcester)
  • 1883-08-21 Providence shuts out Phillies 28-0
  • 1883-08-23 Philadelphia Phillies make 27 errors against Providence (wild pitches, walks and passballs counted as errors prior to 1888)
  • 1884-10-23 1st World Series OKed by AA, Providence (NL) beats NY Mets (AA) 6-0
  • 1884-10-25 1st World Series OK by AA, Providence (NL) sweeps NY Mets (AA) in 3
  • 1885-08-29 Phillies Charlie Ferguson no-hits Providence 1-0
  • 1906-12-27 1st annual meeting of American Sociological Society, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1925-10-11 NY Giants play 1st NFL game, lose to Providence 14-0
  • 1949-07-10 WJAR TV channel 10 in Providence, RI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-03-27 WPRI TV channel 12 in Providence, RI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1960-10-20 1st fully mechanized post office opened, Providence, RI
  • 1963-01-01 WTEV (now WLNE) TV channel 6 in Providence RI begins broadcasting
  • 1967-06-05 WSBE TV channel 36 in Providence, RI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1975-08-02 104°F (40°C) at Providence, Rhode Island (state record)
  • 1987-03-14 Providence, with Billy Donovan's 25 points, beats Austin Peay 90-87
  • 1992-04-13 Crystal Pepsi begins test marketing in Sacramento, Providence, Denver, Dallas, and Grand Rapids
  • 1994-03-13 15th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Providence beats Georgetown, 74-64
  • 2014-03-15 35th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Providence beats Creighton, 65-58

Famous Birthdays

  • 1801-09-04 Cullen Whipple, American Inventor (pointed screw machine), born in Providence, Rhode Island

Person of interestGeorge M. Cohan

1878-07-03 George M. Cohan, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1942)

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • 1890-08-20 H. P. Lovecraft, American horror writer (At the Mountains of Madness, Weird Tales), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1937)
  • 1899-08-29 George Macready, American actor (Martin Peyton-Peyton Place), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1973)
  • 1901-06-29 Nelson Eddy, American baritone (Duets with Jeanette MacDonald), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1967)
  • 1903-03-25 Frankie Carle, orchestra leader (Golden Touch), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1911-10-30 Ruth Hussey, American actress (Another Thin Man), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2005)
  • 1915-01-31 Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist and orchestra leader (Air time '57), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1976)
  • 1921-01-18 Robert Glaser, educational psychologist (National Assessment of Educational Progress), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2012)
  • 1922-06-03 Alain Resnais, French director (Muriel, Hiroshima mon amour), born in Brittany, France (d. 2014)
  • 1924-01-19 Nicholas Colasanto, American actor (Cheers, Family Plot, The Counterfeit Killer), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1985)
  • 1927-02-01 Galway Kinnell, American author (Body Rags, Book of Nightmares), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2014)
  • 1927-03-29 John McLaughlin, American TV commentator (McLaughlin Group) and Nixon aide, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2016)
  • 1927-05-20 David Hedison, Americann actor (Colbys, Voyage to Bottom of Sea), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1928-11-04 Hannah Weiner American experimental poet, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1997)
  • 1934-10-08 J Carter Brown, art director (Washington National Gallery), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1941-02-18 David Blue, [Cohen], follk musician (Cupid's Arrow), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1982)

Person of interestSpalding Gray

1941-06-05 Spalding Gray, American actor (Beaches, Clara's Heart, Heavy Petting), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2004)

  • 1942-04-13 Bill Conti, composer (For Your Eyes Only, Rocky IV), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1942-12-10 Ralph Tavares, American musician (Tavares), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1944-04-26 Martha Rockwell, skier (Mount Washington), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1948-03-09 Jeffrey Osborne, rock vocalist (On the Wings of Love), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1960-01-28 John Caliri, American actor (Vinnie-Square Pegs, Double Trouble), born in Providence Rhode Island
  • 1970-02-03 Keith Carney, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, Team US), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1970-07-19 Kengy Gardiner, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-5th-1994), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1970-12-13 Elizabeth Patricia Reilly, North Miss America-RI (1996), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1975-02-04 Elana Eve Chomiszak, Miss America-Rhode Island (1997), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1981-06-22 Monty Oum, American Animator (RWBY), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2015)

Famous Weddings

  • 2013-01-19 Figure skater five-time world champion Michelle Kwan (32) weds Clay Pell at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, Rhode Island