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Historical Events


The Story of Writer O. Henry’s Short LifeThe Story of Writer O. Henry’s Short Life

1901-07-24 Writer O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank
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The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp in 2012 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Porter
The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp in 2012 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Porter
  • 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

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2001-03-30 At 15 years, 9 months American swimmer Michael Phelps breaks 200m butterfly world record at the US World Championship trials at Austin, Texas; becomes youngest male to set a world mark

Film release premierFilm Premier

2009-04-06 "Star Trek" film reboot directed by J.J. Abrams, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto premieres in Austin, Texas

Director, Producer and Writer J. J. Abrams
Director, Producer and Writer
J. J. Abrams
  • 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
  • 2018-12-13 Apple announces new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas and expansion in other US cities

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019-11-03 British Mercedes driver and defending champion Lewis Hamilton finishes second in the US Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas to clinch his 6th F1 Drivers World Championship

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton

Famous Birthdays

  • 1904-10-23 Harvey Penick, American golfer, coach, author (World Golf Hall of Fame), born in Austin, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1913-01-09 Dr. Hepcat [Albert Lavada Durst], American blues pianist, born in Austin, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1914-02-24 Zachary Scott, American actor (Spotlight Playhouse, Mildred Pierce), born in Austin, Texas (d. 1965)
  • 1928-04-16 Night Train Lane [Richard Lane], American NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 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
  • 1943-01-25 Tobe Hooper, American film director, born in Austin, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 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
  • 1949-06-28 Don Baylor, American baseball player (Rockies, 1979 AL RBI leader, 267 HBP), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1949-12-09 Tom Kite, American golfer (US Open 1992; 19 PGA Tour titles, The Tradition 2000), born in McKinney, Texas
  • 1950-04-09 Kenneth Cockrell, American astronaut (STS 56, 69, 80), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1952-01-11 Ben Crenshaw, American golfer (US Masters 1984, 95), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1953-03-01 Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, American football linebacker (NFL Pro Bowl 1978; Super Bowl 1977; Dallas Cowboys), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1953-04-16 Jay O. Sanders, American 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
  • 1958-09-16 Terry McBride, American singer (McBride & Ride-Can I Count on You), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1958-09-25 Eamonn Healy, Irish professor of chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, born in Newcastle West, Ireland
  • 1959-01-07 Kathy Valentine, American musician (Go-Go's-We Got the Beat), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1961-07-04 Richard Allen Garriott, English-American computer game designer (Origin), 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
  • 1965-05-06 Ken Harvey, American NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins), 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
  • 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
  • 1974-03-04 Sherry Wigginton, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1974-11-02 Nelly [Cornell Haynes Jr.], American rapper, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1978-09-12 Ben McKenzie, American actor (Gotham), born in Austin, Texas

Person of interestDrew Brees

1979-01-15 Drew Brees, American football quarterback (Super Bowl MVP 2009, New Orleans Saints; 13 x Pro Bowl; 7 × NFL passing yards leader), born in Austin, Texas

NFL Quarterback Drew Brees
NFL Quarterback
Drew Brees
  • 1979-08-07 Eric Johnson, American actor, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1980-01-03 Bryan Clay, American decathlete (Olympic gold 2008; World C'ship gold 2005), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1980-04-16 Paul London, American professional wrestler, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1980-10-25 Mehcad Brooks, American actor (Necessary Roughness) and fashion model, 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
  • 1983-10-27 Brent Clevlen, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1984-02-15 Gary Clark Jr. American musician (The Land), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1984-05-24 Sarah Hagan, American actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in Austin, Texas

Person of interestCiara

1985-10-25 Ciara [Harris], American singer and songwriter (Ciara: The Evolution) and model, born in Austin, Texas

Singer Ciara
Singer
Ciara
  • 1986-04-22 Amber Heard, American actress (Aquaman), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1988-09-08 Chantal Jones, American fashion model, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1989-01-20 Nick Foles, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl LII MVP), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1989-10-04 Dakota Johnson, American actress and daughter of Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1993-10-08 Angus T. Jones, American actor (Two and a Half Men), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1995-04-14 Baker Mayfield, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2017, U of Oklahoma; 2018 NFL Draft #1 pick Cleveland Browns), born in Austin, Texas

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Governor of Florida Jeb Bush
Governor of Florida
Jeb Bush

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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