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

Bill Sharman

1926-05-25 Bill Sharman, American Basketball HOF guard (8 × NBA All-Star; 4 x NBA C'ship; Boston Celtics) and coach (NBA C'ship 1972 LA Lakers), born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2013)

  • 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 ("Classical Gas", Smother Brothers Comedy Hour), author and photographer, 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 (represented "Jane Roe" in Roe v. Wade before US States Supreme Court), born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 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, American actor (The Waltons - "Jim Bob"), 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, 1988-95, 2X Superbowl champ (Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, and 1 other team), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1974-01-10 Hollis Thomas, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Abilene, Texas

Jessica Simpson

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

  • 1980-08-27 Stephanie Michelle Steele, American country singer, born in Abilene, Texas