Dallas in History

Historical Events

  • 1864-05-26 Battle of Dallas, begins near Paulding County, Georgia (Atlanta Campaign), Union victory (US Civil War)
  • 1915-09-22 Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas) holds its 1st class
  • 1917-10-19 Love Field in Dallas, Texas, is opened
  • 1922-03-13 WRR-AM in Dallas TX begins radio transmissions
  • 1929-12-21 1st group hospital insurance plan offered (Dallas Tx)

Murder of Interest

1933-11-28 A Dallas grand jury delivers a murder indictment against Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow for the January 1933 killing of Tarrant County Deputy Malcolm Davis

  • 1946-06-21 10 die in fire at Baker Hotel, Dallas, Texas
  • 1949-09-17 WFAA TV channel 8 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-12-03 KRLD (now KDFW) TV channel 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1952-06-14 US Open Men's Golf, Northwood GC: Julius Boros wins 1st of 3 majors by 4 shots from Ed Oliver
  • 1952-12-13 NFL Dallas Texans (former NY Yanks) play final game, losing 41-6 to the Lions in Detroit; finish with record of 1-11
  • 1958-01-30 1st 2-way moving sidewalk in service, Dallas Tx
  • 1958-09-21 American pilots Jim Heth and Bill Burkhart complete 1st airplane flight exceeding 1200 hours (50 days, 16 minutes), landing "The Old Scotchman", their modified Cessna 172 in Dallas, Texas; record broken 123 days later [1]
  • 1959-08-14 First (American Football League) meeting is held in Chicago; charter memberships handed to Dallas, NY, Houston, Denver, LA and Minneapolis-Saint Paul; 'AFL' named following week
  • 1959-12-22 Continental League awards its last franchise to Dallas-Fort Worth
  • 1960-09-14 KERA TV channel 13 in Dallas, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1961-11-05 NFL St Louis Cardinals' Bill Stacy, returns 2 interceptions for TDs vs Dallas Cowboys
  • 1962-01-07 1st AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 47-27; MVP Cotton Davidson, Dallas Texans, QB
  • 1962-09-18 Charlie Finley is denied permission to move As to Dallas-Fort Worth
  • 1962-12-23 AFL Championship, Jeppesen Stadium, Houston: Dallas Texans beat Houston Oilers, 20-17; Tommy Brooker lands winning 25-yard field goal in overtime
  • 1963-01-13 2nd AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 21-14; MVPs: Curtis McClinton, Dallas Texans, RB; Earl Faison, LA Chargers, DE
  • 1963-02-08 AFL's Dallas Texans become KC Chiefs
  • 1963-10-25 Anti-Kennedy "WANTED FOR TREASON" pamphlets scattered in Dallas

Assassination of John F. Kennedy

1963-11-22 US President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in an open-topped motorcade in Dallas, Texas

  • 1964-10-16 Indians' directors vote to keep franchise in Cleveland, rejecting bids by Seattle, Oakland & Dallas
  • 1967-09-22 Phillies release pitcher Dallas Green, their future manager
  • 1967-10-01 KBFI (now KDAF) TV channel 33 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (IND) begins
  • 1968-02-05 KDTV TV channel 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (IND) begins broadcasting

Television Premiere

1978-04-02 TV show "Dallas" starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes premieres on CBS as a 5 week mini-series; ratings success leads to a 13 year run

  • 1978-04-14 WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
  • 1980-03-21 On season finale cliffhanger of TV show "Dallas", villain J.R. Ewing is shot by unknown assailant
  • 1980-04-28 Reunion Arena in Dallas opens
  • 1980-10-11 Dallas Mavericks open debut NBA season with a 103-92 victory against interstate rival San Antonio Spurs at Reunion Arena

Presidential Convention

1984-08-22 Republican convention in Dallas renominates President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush

  • 1985-08-02 Delta Lockheed L-1011 crashes at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, 137 die
  • 1986-09-26 Bobby (Patrick Duffy) returns to TV show "Dallas", his death is attributed to his wife Pam's bad dream (erases all of last season)
  • 1988-07-29 FDIC bails out 1st Republic Bank, Dallas, with $4 billion
  • 1989-01-02 UCLA beats Arkansas Razorbacks, 17-3 to win the Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas; record 7th consecutive football bowl game victory for the Bruins
  • 1990-01-09 US Supreme Court strikes down Dallas' ordinance imposing strict zoning on sexually oriented businesses
  • 1990-08-11 ArenaBowl IV, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Detroit Drive beats Dallas Texans 51-27, Art Schlichter MVP
  • 1991-05-03 356th & final episode of CBS second longest running series TV show "Dallas", (2nd only to "Gunsmoke")
  • 1991-11-24 After going 12-0, Washington Redskins lose to Dallas 24-21
  • 1992-04-13 Crystal Pepsi begins test marketing in Sacramento, Providence, Denver, Dallas, and Grand Rapids
  • 1992-09-08 Howard Stern Radio Show begins broadcasting in Dallas (KGEL-FM 97.1)
  • 1997-07-25 Howard Stern is fired from radio station, KEGL Dallas
  • 1998-01-14 Researchers in Dallas, Texas present findings about an enzyme that slows aging and cell death (apoptosis)
  • 1998-07-10 Roman Catholic sexual abuse cases: The Diocese of Dallas agrees to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by former priest Rudolph Kos
  • 1998-10-01 LA's Mauricio Cienfuegos and Martin Machon equal the MLS playoff record of 3 assists each as the Galaxy roll to a 6-1 win over the Dallas Burn at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

Sports History

1999-06-19 Stanley Cup, Marine Midland Arena, Buffalo, NY: Dallas Stars edge Buffalo Sabres, 2-1 in triple overtime for 4-2 series win; Brett Hull clinches series with infamous "No Goal" ruling

  • 2000-06-10 Stanley Cup Final, Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX: New Jersey Devils defeat Dallas Stars, 2-1 in double OT for a 4-2 series victory
  • 2013-08-08 4 people are killed and 4 are wounded in a shooting spree in Dallas, Texas
  • 2014-09-30 A case of Ebola Virus reaches Dallas, Texas

Music History

2016-02-20 4-inch lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector at an auction in Dallas, Texas

  • 2016-07-07 In Dallas Texas, lone gunman shots and kills five police officers, wounding others during a protest march against fatal police shootings of African Americans
  • 2017-04-29 3 tornadoes hit south east of Dallas, Texas, killing 5
  • 2019-10-01 Former Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger found guilty of murdering her black neighbor in his apartment in landmark case on use of police force and racial bias

Famous Birthdays

  • 1823-05-22 Isabella Glyn Dallas, British Shakespearean actress, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1889)
  • 1880-08-10 Robert L. Thornton, American businessman, philanthropist, and Mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1900-10-22 James Hall, American actor (Hell's Angels, Four Sons), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1940)
  • 1901-01-14 Bebe Daniels, American actress (42nd Street, Lonesome Luke), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1971)
  • 1901-09-06 John Erik Jonsson, American businessman and Mayor of Dallas, born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1906-10-27 Earle Cabell, American politician, 48th Mayor of Dallas (1961-64), born in Dallas County, Texas (d. 1975)
  • 1907-04-12 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (Little Toot), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1979)
  • 1908-12-20 Francis Turner, American civil engineer (oversaw the Interstate Highway System), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1911-11-22 Ralph Guldahl, American golfer (US Masters 1939, US Open 1937-38), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1987)
  • 1913-07-24 Johnny McAfee, American singer (Sammy Kaye Show), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1917-04-17 Bill Clements, American politician, Governor of Texas (1987-91), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1917-09-05 Jack Buetel, American actress (Outlaw, Half Breed), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1917-11-11 Mack Reynolds, American sci-fi author (Earth War), born in Corcoran, California (d. 1983)
  • 1918-11-04 Cameron Mitchell, American actor (The High Chaparral), born in Dallastown, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1920-06-16 John Howard Griffin, American photographer, journalist and author (Black Like Me), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1921-04-26 Jimmy Giuffre, American jazz clarinetist, composer, arranger, and proponent of "free improv" jazz, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1922-03-05 James Noble, American actor (Benson, 1776, Airplane II: The Sequel), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1923-04-22 Aaron Spelling, American television producer (Charlie's Angels), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1923-05-13 (William) "Red" Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1923-10-16 Linda Darnell, American actress (Unfaithfully Yours, A Letter to Three Wives), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1965)
  • 1924-03-23 Bette Nesmith Graham, American inventor (liquid paper), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1926-07-06 Conrad "Nicky" Hilton Jr., American hotel heir and 1st husband of Elizabeth Taylor, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1969)
  • 1926-09-16 Thomas "Tommy" Bond, American actor (Butch-Our Gang, Superman), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1927-01-01 Doak Walker, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1948; Pro Bowl 1950-51, 53–55; First-team All-Pro 1950–51, 53–54; Detroit Lions), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1927-01-10 Johnnie Ray, American pop singer (Cry), born in Dallas, Oregon (d. 1990)
  • 1927-07-23 Elliot McKay See Jr., American engineer and NASA astronaut, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1966)
  • 1928-10-02 {George) "Spanky" McFarland, American actor (Our Gang; The Little Rascals), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1993)
  • 1929-09-12 Harvey Schmidt, American musical theatre composer and illustrator (The Fantasticks), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2018)

Ernie BanksErnie Banks (1931-2015)

1931-01-31 American Baseball HOF shortstop, 1st baseman (14 x MLB All Star; NL MVP 1958, 59; Chicago Cubs), born in Dallas, Texas

  • 1932-05-06 Leon Hughes, American pop-rock singer (The Coasters - "Young Blood"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1934-06-12 John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (pioneered handheld work, lighting techniques and HD video development), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1934-08-04 Dallas Green, baseball manager (Phillies, Yankees), born in Newport, Delaware (d. 2017)
  • 1935-08-27 Frank Yablans, American writer (North Dallas Forty), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935-09-08 James Clay, American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1937-02-27 Barbara Babcock, American actress (Dr Quinn,; Dallas; Hill Street Blues), born in Fort Riley, Kansas
  • 1937-05-15 (Trinidad) "Trini" Lopez, American singer and guitarist ("If I Had A Hammer"; "Lemon Tree"), and actor (The Dirty Dozen), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1937-07-09 Clemon Daniels, American football halfback and AFL player of year 1963 (Oak, Dallas, San Francisco), born in McKinney, Texas
  • 1938-03-31 Jimmy Johnson, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback (4-time Pro Bowl), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1938-11-04 Harry Elston, American R&B singer (Friends of Distinction), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1938-11-11 John Reilly, American actor (Sean-General Hospital, Dallas, Hamptons), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939-04-07 Donald L Holmquest, astronaut, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1939-12-01 Lee Trevino, American golfer (British Open 1971-72; US Open 1968, 71; US PGA 1974, 84), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1941-02-13 Bo Svenson, Swedish actor (North Dallas 40, Walking Tall), born in Goteborg, Sweden
  • 1941-11-13 Dack Rambo, American actor (Guns of Will Sonnett, Dallas), born in Earlimart, California (d. 1994)
  • 1942-01-09 K. Callan, American actress (Joe's World, Martha-Lois & Clark), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1942-01-21 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter ("Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me"; "In The Ghetto"; "I Believe In Music") and actor (North Dallas Forty), born in Lubbock, Texas (d. 2020) [1]

Sharon TateSharon Tate (1943-1969)

1943-01-24 American actress (Valley of the Dolls), born in Dallas, Texas

  • 1943-02-06 Gayle Hunnicutt, American actress (Legend of Hell House, Dallas), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1944-06-08 (William) "Boz" Scaggs, American rock guitarist (Steve Miller Band, 1967-68), and singer-songwriter ("Lowdown"; "Lido Shuffle"), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1945-01-03 Stephen Stills, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buffalo Springfield - "For What It's Worth"; Crosby, Stills & Nash - "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1945-03-14 Michael Martin Murphey, American country singer (Wildfire), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1945-05-07 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Brothers; Steely Dan), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1945-11-16 Steve Railsback, American actor (The Stunt Man, Escape 2000), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1946-04-01 William Frederick Fisher, American MD & astronaut (STS 51-I), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1947-02-28 Stephanie Beacham, England, (Devil's Widow, Schizo, Dallas, Colbys)
  • 1947-07-01 Marc Benno, American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter ("Rock 'n' Roll Me Again"; Asylum Choir), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1947-07-15 Roky Erickson [Roger Kynard], American musician (The 13th Floor Elevators - "Starry Eyes"; "Don't Slander Me"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1947-09-03 Michael Huffington, American oil millionaire and politician (Rep-R-California, 1992-94), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1947-09-19 Steve Bartlett, American politician (56th Mayor of Dallas), born in Los Angeles, California

Meat LoafMeat Loaf (1947-2022)

1947-09-27 American rock musician and singer-songwriter ("Bat Out of Hell"; Two Out of Three Ain't Bad"), born in Dallas, Texas [1]

  • 1948-01-29 Marc Singer, Canadian-American actor (V, Dallas), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1948-07-05 William Hootkins, American actor, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1948-08-13 Tony Santini [Scott Powell], American rock singer (Sha Na Na, 1969-81), and orthopedic surgeon, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1948-10-13 John Ford Coley, American musician (England Dan & John Ford Coley - "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1949-12-31 Sara K. [Wooldridge], American musician (Gypsy Alley), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1950-02-03 Morgan Fairchild [Patsy McClenny], actress (Falcon Crest), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1951-03-20 Jimmie Vaughan, American blues-rock guitarist (Fabulous Thunderbirds - "Wrap It Up"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1954-04-10 Peter MacNicol, actor (Chicago Hope, Sophie's Choice), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1954-06-16 Jeffrey S. Ashby, American astronaut (sk: STS 85), born in Dallas, Texas

Stevie Ray VaughanStevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990)

1954-10-03 American blues guitarist (Texas Flood; "Pride And Joy"; David Bowie - "Let's Dance"), born in Dallas, Texas

  • 1954-11-06 Catherine Crier, American journalist and author (The Case Against Lawyers, A Deadly Game), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1955-04-11 Michele Scarabelli, Canadian actress (Jo Santini-Airwolf, Alienation, Dallas), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1956-01-21 Robby Benson, American actor (One on One, Running Brave, Chosen), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1956-04-05 Diamond Dallas Page, American professional wrestler, born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey
  • 1957-04-13 Dallas Moir, Maltese-Scottish cricketer, born in Imtarfa, Malta
  • 1957-08-29 Jerry D. Bailey, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey/broadcaster (Kentucky Derby 1993, 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1958-06-12 Rebecca Holden, American actress (Knight Rider), and country and Christian music singer, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1958-12-12 Sheree J. Wilson, American actress (Our Family Honor, Dallas), born in Rochester, Minnesota
  • 1959-06-12 Jenilee Harrison, American actress (Cindy-3's Company, Dallas), born in Glendale, California
  • 1959-07-01 Anne Smith, American tennis player (10 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1960-02-03 B J Jefferson, American actress (Ronnie Laurance-Another World), born in Dallas Texas
  • 1960-10-29 Michael Carter, American NFL nose tackle (Super Bowl 1984, 88, 89; Pro Bowl 1985, 87, 88; First-team All-Pro 1986, 87, 88; SF 49ers) and athlete (Olympic silver shot put 1984), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1962-01-14 Michael McCaul, American politician, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1963-11-07 Elizabeth "Liz" Mikel, American actress and jazz singer (Friday Night Lights), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1964-01-06 Jacqueline Moore, American wrestler, born in Dallas, Texas

Melinda GatesMelinda Gates (58 years old)

1964-08-15 American philanthropist and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, born in Dallas, Texas

  • 1965-02-06 Dana Eskelson, American actress, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1965-03-31 William McNamara, American actor (Texasville, Beat, Stealing Home), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1965-07-15 Scott Livingstone, infielder (San Diego Padres, Det Tigers), born in Dallas, Texas

Robin WrightRobin Wright (56 years old)

1966-04-08 American actress (Princess Bride, House of Cards), born in Dallas, Texas

  • 1966-08-20 Courtney Gibbs, American actress (Baywatch) and Miss USA 1988, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1967-09-13 Michael Johnson, American 200m/400m runner (Olympic-2 gold-96), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1968-03-23 Curtis Mayfield, Canadian CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1996-99), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1968-10-24 Robert Wilonsky, American journalist, born in Dallas, Texas

Owen WilsonOwen Wilson (54 years old)

1968-11-18 American actor (Meet the Parents, Zoolander), born in Dallas, Texas

  • 1970-12-09 Marlin Cannon, American 200m/400m runner, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971-02-26 Erykah Badu [Erica Abi Wright], American R&B and progressive soul singer-songwriter ("On and On"; "Bag Lady"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971-07-26 Reggie Carthon, American CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971-08-28 Shane Andrews, infielder (Montreal Expos), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1972-02-23 Steve Holy, American country singer, born in Dallas, Texas

Famous Weddings

  • 1994-03-26 Half-brother of former President Bill Clinton and rodeo clown Roger Clinton (37) weds Molly Martin (25) in Dallas
  • 1996-09-23 Oscar-nominated actor of "The Buddy Holly Story" Gary Busey (52) weds former stuntwoman from Dallas Tiani Warden (29) at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas
  • 2000-10-14 Asylum recording artist Bryan White (26) weds actress Erika Page at Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas

LeAnn Rimes

2002-02-23 "Blue" country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (19) weds backup dancer Dean Sheremet (21) at Perkins Chapel in Dallas, Texas

  • 2007-08-25 Dallas Stars hockey player Mike Modano (37) weds "Dancing with the Stars" season 3 alumna Willa Ford (26) in Athens, Texas
  • 2010-01-02 "American Idol" singer Jason Castro (22) weds Mandy Mayhall near Dallas, Texas

Jensen Ackles

2010-05-15 Actress and model Danneel Harris (33) weds actor Jensen Ackles (34) at the Rosewood Crescent Court Hotel in Dallas, Texas

  • 2012-11-03 Olympic gymnast Carly Patterson (24) weds Mark Caldwell (27) at the Main Street Garden Park in Dallas, Texas
  • 2014-12-12 E! news anchor Jason Kennedy (33) weds fashion journalist and blogger Lauren Scruggs (26) at the Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas

Famous Deaths

  • 1864-12-31 George Mifflin Dallas, American politician (11th Vice President of the United States) and United States Minister to Russia, dies at 72
  • 1963-11-22 J. D. Tippit, American police officer, murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald at 39, shortly after the assassination of John F. Kennedy

John F. KennedyJohn F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

1963-11-22 35th President of the United States (1961-63) and Senator (D-Mass), assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas at 46

  • 1964-09-21 Jim Koethe, Dallas Times Herald reporter, killed by karate chop
  • 1975-09-24 Earle Cabell, American politician, 48th Mayor of Dallas (1961-64), dies at 68
  • 1983-01-30 Mack Reynolds, American sci-fi author (Earth War), dies at 65
  • 1995-08-31 John Erik Jonsson, American businessman and Mayor of Dallas, dies at 93
  • 2005-08-08 Barbara Bel Geddes, American actress (Vertigo, Dallas, Caught), dies at 82

Larry HagmanLarry Hagman (1931-2012)

2012-11-23 American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, JR-Dallas), dies of complications from throat cancer at 81

  • 2017-03-22 Dallas Green, American baseball manager and pitcher (Phillies, Yankees), dies at 82