Austin in History

Historical Events

  • 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, Texas on KJFK 98.9 FM

World 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 Premiere

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
  • 2018-12-13 Apple announces new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas and expansion in other US cities

Sports History

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

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 Dick 'Night Train' Lane, American Pro Football HOF cornerback (7 x Pro Bowl; 7 x First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, Chicago Cardinals, Detroit Lions), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1932-01-03 Dabney Coleman, American Emmy Award-winning character actor (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Mayor Jeeter"; 9 to 5; Buffalo Bill; Boardwalk Empire), 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

Tom KiteTom Kite (72 years old)

1949-12-09 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

Ben CrenshawBen Crenshaw (70 years old)

1952-01-11 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 bassist (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 and author (Dead Poets Society, Before trilogy), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1971-03-13 Chen Li-Ling, Chinese tennis star (1995 Futures-Austin TX), born in Xiangtan, Hunan, China

NellyNelly (48 years old)

1974-11-02 American rapper (Country Grammar, Nellyville), born in Austin, Texas

  • 1978-09-12 Ben McKenzie, American actor (Gotham), born in Austin, Texas

Drew BreesDrew Brees (43 years old)

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

  • 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

Andy RoddickAndy Roddick (40 years old)

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

  • 1983-10-27 Brent Clevlen, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1984-02-15 Gary Clark, Jr. American blues-rock-soul singer-songwriter and guitarist ("This Land"; The Story of Sonny Boy Slim), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1984-05-24 Sarah Hagan, American actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in Austin, Texas

CiaraCiara (37 years old)

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

Amber HeardAmber Heard (36 years old)

1986-04-22 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 (50 Shades of Grey), 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

Jeb Bush

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

Jessica Simpson

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

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

Andy Roddick

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

Matthew McConaughey

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 casting director Kelsey Mayfield in Austin, Texas
  • 2015-10-10 "True Detective" actress Leven Rambin (25) weds True Blood star Jim Parrack (35) in Austin, Texas