Austin in History

Historical Events

  • 1901-07-24 O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank
  • 1925-10-30 KUT-AM in Austin TX begins radio transmissions
  • 1929-05-11 Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin, Texas
  • 1932-01-26 KUT-AM in Austin Texas changes call letters to KNOW
  • 1952-11-27 KTBC TV channel 7 in Austin, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1958-08-21 KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions
  • 1965-02-12 KHFI (now KBVO) TV channel 42 in Austin, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1971-09-10 KVUE TV channel 24 in Austin, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1974-10-01 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in director Tobe Hooper's hometown, Austin, Texas in the US
  • 1979-11-17 Daniel Okrent sketches out 1st draft rules for Rotisserie Baseball on a flight to Austin, TX
  • 1996-04-04 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Austin TX on KJFK 98.9 FM
  • 2009-04-06 "Star Trek" film reboot directed by J.J. Abrams, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto premieres in Austin, Texas
  • 2018-03-18 Serial bomber suspected after fourth bomb goes off in Austin, Texas, injuring two, total bombing death toll, 2 dead, 5 injured
  • 2018-03-21 Austin bombing suspect Mark Conditt kills himself in chase with police in Austin, Texas

Famous Birthdays

  • 1914-02-24 Zachary Scott, American actor (Spotlight Playhouse, Mildred Pierce), born in Austin, Texas (d. 1965)
  • 1932-01-02 Dabney Coleman, (That Girl, Mary Hartman, Buffalo Bill), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1937-02-25 Bob Schieffer, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1944-07-22 Guich Koock, actor (Harley Puckett-Carter Country), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1945-10-12 Dusty Rhodes [Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.], American professional wrestler (WWE), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1946-10-06 Lloyd Doggett, American attorney and politician (US Representative, Democrat, Texas), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1949-12-09 Thomas O Kite Jr, PGA golfer (1978 BC Open, Crosby 1983), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1950-04-09 Kenneth D Cockrell, Astronaut (STS 56, 69, 80), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1952-01-11 Ben Daniel Crenshaw, PGA golfer (1976 Bing Crosby), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1953-04-16 Jay O Sanders, actor (Meeting Venus, V I Warshawski), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1954-09-06 Carly Fiorina, Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and political (R) candidate, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1955-08-17 Janet Quist playmate (Dec, 1978), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1958-09-16 Terry McBride, singer (McBride & Ride-Can I Count on You), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1961-07-04 Richard Allen Garriott, English-American computer game designer (Origin), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1961-09-03 Rene Gonzales, infielder (Texas Rangers), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1965-01-08 Michelle Forbes [Guajardo], American actress (True Blood, Guiding Light, Star Trek: The Next Generation), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1965-06-03 Suzan Kaminga, bodybuilder, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1966-04-11 Dustin Patrick Runnels, American professional wrestler (Goldust), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1969-05-10 Pete Schourek, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1969-08-23 Amanda Hope, American playmate (Jul, 1992), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1970-11-06 Ethan Hawke, American actor (Dad, Dead Poets Society, Explorers), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1971-03-13 Chen Li-Ling, Chinese tennis star (1995 Futures-Austin TX), born in Xiangtan, Hunan, China
  • 1974-01-11 Echo Leta Johnson, playmate (Jan, 1993), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1974-03-04 Sherry Wigginton, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1974-11-02 Nelly [Cornell Haynes Jr.], American rapper, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1976-12-30 Rhoshii Wells, middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1979-01-15 Drew Brees, American football player (New Orleans Saints), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1979-08-07 Eric Johnson, American actor, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1980-04-16 Paul London, American professional wrestler, born in Austin, Texas

Person of interestAndy Roddick

1982-08-30 Andy Roddick, American tennis player (2003 US Open), born in Austin, Texas

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • 1986-04-22 Amber Heard, American actress, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1989-10-04 Dakota Johnson, American actress and daughter of Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson, born in Austin, Texas

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1974-02-23 US Governor Jeb Bush (21) weds philantropist Columba Bush (20) in Austin, Texas

US Governor Jeb Bush
US Governor
Jeb Bush

HeartWedding of Interest

2002-10-26 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (22) weds singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (28) at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson
  • 2006-12-17 Contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer Jaci Velasquez (27) weds "Salvador" lead singer Nic Gonzalez in Austin, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-04-17 World's no. 1 professional tennis player Andy Roddick (29) weds fashion model and actress Brooklyn Decker (25) in Austin, Texas

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick

HeartWedding of Interest

2012-06-09 Actor Matthew McConaughey (42) weds model Camilla Alves (30) in Austin, Texas

  • 2013-04-20 "Hart of Dixie" actor Scott Porter (33) weds Kelsey Mayfield in Austin, Texas
  • 2015-10-10 "True Detective" actress Leven Rambin (25) weds True Blood star Jim Parrack (35) in Austin, Texas