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)

MurderMurder 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

American Outlaw Bonnie Parker
American Outlaw
Bonnie Parker
Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
  • 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, TX (CBS) begins
  • 1952-06-14 US Open Men's Golf, Northwood GC: Julius Boros wins 1st of 3 majors by 4 shots from Ed Oliver
  • 1952-12-12 Dallas Texans (former Boston Yanks) play last game, last original team
  • 1958-01-30 1st 2-way moving sidewalk in service, Dallas Tx
  • 1958-09-21 1st airplane flight exceeding 1200 hours, lands, Dallas Tx
  • 1959-08-14 AFL organized with NY, Dallas, LA, Minneapolis, Denver & Houston
  • 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 St Louis Cards Bill Stacy, returns 2 interceptions for TDs vs Dallas
  • 1962-01-07 1st AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, SD: 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, SD: 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

AssassinationAssassination 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
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Kennedy in his motorcade in Dallas, Texas, moments before he was assassinated
Kennedy in his motorcade in Dallas, Texas, moments before he was assassinated

MurderMurder of Interest

1964-03-14 Dallas, Texas; Jack Ruby sentenced to death for Lee Harvey Oswald's murder

Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald Jack Ruby
Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald
Jack Ruby
Former Soldier and Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
Former Soldier and Assassin
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • 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
  • 1978-04-02 TV soap show "Dallas" starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series)
  • 1978-04-14 WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
  • 1980-03-21 On TV show "Dallas", J.R. is shot
  • 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

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

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

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US 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 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 "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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 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)
  • 1890-05-11 Woodall Rodgers, mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1961)
  • 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 James "Jimmy" Giuffre, American jazz musician, composer, and arranger, 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 Red [William] 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 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 McFarland, American actor (Spanky-Our Gang/Little Rascals), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1993)
  • 1929-05-06 Leon Hughes, American singer (The Coasters), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1929-09-12 Harvey Schmidt, American musical theatre composer and illustrator (The Fantasticks), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2018)

Person of interestErnie Banks

1931-01-31 Ernie Banks, American baseball shortstop, 1st baseman and hall of famer known as "Mr Cub" as he played all 19 of his seasons with the Chicago Cubs, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2015)

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 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 St Blues), born in Fort Riley, Kansas
  • 1937-05-15 Trini Lopez [Trinidad Lopez], American singer and guitarist (If I Had a Hammer), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 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, 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) and actor (North Dallas Forty), born in Lubbock, Texas

Person of interestSharon Tate

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

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • 1943-02-06 Gayle Hunnicutt, American actress (Legend of Hell House, Dallas), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1944-06-08 Boz Scaggs [William Royce], American rocker (Steve Miller Band), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1945-01-03 Stephen Stills, American songwriter and guitarist (Crosby, Stills & Nash), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1945-03-14 Michael Martin Murphey, 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 musician (Rock 'n' Roll Me Again), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1947-07-15 [Roger Kynard] Roky Erickson, American musician (The 13th Floor Elevators), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1947-09-03 Michael Huffington, American oil millionaire (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
  • 1947-09-27 Meat Loaf [Marvin Lee Aday], American rock musician and singer-songwriter (Bat Out of Hell), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1948-01-29 Marc Singer, 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 rocker (Sha Na Na), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1948-10-13 John Ford Coley, American musician (England Dan & John Ford Coley), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1949-12-31 Sara K. [Sara Katherine 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 guitarist (Fabulous Thunderbirds), born in Dallas County, Texas
  • 1954-04-10 Peter MacNicol, actor (Chicago Hope, Sophie's Choice), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1954-06-16 Jeffrey S Ashby, astronaut (sk: STS 85), born in Dallas, Texas

Person of interestStevie Ray Vaughan

1954-10-03 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American guitarist (Sky is Crying, Texas Flood), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1990)

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • 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 and singer (Knight Rider), 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
  • 1961-12-26 Storm Davis, American baseball pitcher (KC Royals), 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

Person of interestMelinda Gates

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

Philanthropist Melinda Gates
Philanthropist
Melinda Gates
  • 1965-03-31 William McNamara, American actor (Texasville, Beat, Stealing Home), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1965-07-10 Buddy Groom, pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1965-07-15 Scott Livingstone, infielder (San Diego Padres, Det Tigers), born in Dallas, Texas

Person of interestRobin Wright

1966-04-08 Robin Wright, American actress (Santa Barbara, Princess Bride), born in Dallas, Texas

Actress Robin Wright
Actress
Robin Wright
  • 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

Person of interestOwen Wilson

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

  • 1970-12-09 Marlin Cannon, American 200m/400m runner, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971-02-06 Dana Eskelson, American actress, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971-02-26 Erykah Badu [Erica Abi Wright], American singer-songwriter, 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
  • 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

MurderJohn F. Kennedy

1963-11-22 John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States (1961-63), assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas at 46

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1963-11-22 J. D. Tippit, American police officer, murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald at 39 shortly after the assassination of John F. Kennedy
  • 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
  • 2012-11-23 Larry Hagman, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, Dallas), dies of complications from throat cancer at 81
  • 2017-03-22 Dallas Green, American baseball manager and pitcher (Phillies, Yankees), dies at 82