Abilene in History

Historical Events

  • 1953-08-31 KRBC TV channel 9 in Abilene, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-01-30 KTXS TV channel 12 in Sweetwater-Abilene, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestBill Sharman

1926-05-25 Bill Sharman, American Hall of Fame basketball player (Boston Celtics), born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2013)

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • 1935-01-21 Ann Wedgeworth, actress (Tiger's Tale, Men's Club, Bogie), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1938-08-24 Mason Williams, American musician, songwriter, author and photographer (Classical Gas, Smother Brothers Comedy Hour), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1944-08-21 Doug Young, American national and world powerlifting champion, born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1945-02-05 Sarah Weddington, American attorney, born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1956-12-21 Lee Roy Parnell, American country singer (Oughta be a Law), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1959-11-07 Billy Gillispie, American basketball coach (Ranger College), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1961-10-04 David W Harper, actor (Jim Bob in The Waltons), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1964-03-11 Vinnie Paul, American drummer (Pantera), born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1965-01-10 James Washington, American NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys, Wash Redskins), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1974-01-10 Hollis Thomas, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Abilene, Texas

Person of interestJessica Simpson

1980-07-10 Jessica Simpson, American singer and popstar ("I Wanna Love You Forever" "I Think I'm In Love" and "Where You Are"), born in Abilene, Texas

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson
  • 1980-08-27 Stephanie Michelle Steele, country singer, born in Abilene, Texas