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 52nd US Golf Open: Julius Boros shoots a 281 at Northwood Club Dallas
  • 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
  • 1962-09-18 Charlie Finley is denied permission to move As to Dallas-Fort Worth
  • 1962-12-23 Dallas Texans beat Houston Oilers 20-17 in AFL championship game
  • 1963-02-08 AFL's Dallas Texans become KC Chiefs
  • 1963-10-25 Anti-Kennedy "WANTED FOR TREASON" pamphlets scattered in Dallas

MurderAssassination of John F. Kennedy

1963-11-22 American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas

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
  • 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
  • 1979-08-31 Phillies replaces manager Danny Ozark with Dallas Green
  • 1980-03-21 On TV show "Dallas", J.R. is shot
  • 1980-04-28 Reunion Arena in Dallas opens
  • 1980-10-11 Dallas Mavericks first game at Reunion Arena, beat San Antonio 103-92

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
  • 1990-01-09 US Supreme Court strikes down Dallas' ordinance imposing strict zoning on sexually oriented businesses
  • 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 Providence, Denver & Dallas
  • 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 sex 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999-06-19 Stanley Cup: Dallas Stars defeat Buffalo Sabres 4-2, Brett Hull clinches series with controversial "No Goal"

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • 2000-06-10 Stanley Cup: New Jersey Devils defeat Dallas Stars 4-2
  • 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

2016-02-21 Lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $35,000 at an auction in Dallas, Texas

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 2016-07-09 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

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)
  • 1908-12-20 Francis Turner, American civil engineer (oversaw the Interstate Highway System), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1913-07-24 Johnny McAfee, singer (Sammy Kaye Show), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1917-09-05 Jack Buetel, American actress (Outlaw, Half Breed), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1917-11-11 [Dallas] Mack/McCord Reynolds, American sci-fi author (Earth War)
  • 1918-11-04 Cameron Mitchell, Dallastown Pa, actor (Buck-High Chaparral)
  • 1922-03-05 James Noble, actor (Gov. Gatling in "Benson"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 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
  • 1926-07-06 Conrad "Nicky" Hilton Jr., American hotel heir and 1st husband of Elizabeth Taylor, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1969)
  • 1927-01-10 Johnnie Ray, American pop singer (Cry), born in Dallas, Oregon (d. 1990)
  • 1927-07-23 Elliot McKay See Jr, astronaut, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1966)
  • 1928-10-02 George Emmett McFarland, Dallas, act (Spanky-Our Gang/Little Rascals)
  • 1929-09-12 Harvey Lester Schmidt, American composer, born in Dallas, Texas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1931-01-31 Ernie Banks, "Mr Cub" Chicago Cubs, Hall-of-Famer (short stop/1st baseman), born in Dallas, Texas

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 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
  • 1937-02-27 Barbara Babcock, actress (Dr Quinn, Dallas, Hill St Blues), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1937-05-15 Trini Lopez [Tinidad Lopez], American singer and guitarist (If I Had a Hammer), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1937-07-09 Clemon Daniels, AFL player of year 1963, halfback (Oak, Dallas SF)
  • 1938-11-04 Harry Elston, 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
  • 1941-02-13 Bo Svenson, Goteborg Sweden, actor (North Dallas 40, Walking Tall)
  • 1941-11-13 Dack Rambo, American actor (Guns of Will Sonnett, Dallas), born in Earlimart, California (d. 1994)
  • 1942-01-09 K Callan, actress (Joe's World, Martha-Lois & Clark), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1942-01-21 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter, actor (Mac Davis Show, North Dallas 40), born in Lubbock, Texas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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, actress (Legend of Hell House, Dallas), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1944-06-08 Boz Scaggs, [William Royce], rocker (Steve Miller Band), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1945-01-03 Stephen Stills, songwriter/guitarist (Cosby Stills & Nash), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1945-03-14 Michael Martin Murphey, country singer (Wildfire), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1945-11-16 Steve Railsback, American actor (The Stunt Man, Escape 2000), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1946-04-01 William Frederick Fisher, 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
  • 1947-09-27 Meat Loaf, [Marvin Lee Aday], Dallas, rocker (Bat Out of Hell)
  • 1948-01-29 Marc Singer, actor (V, Dallas), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 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
  • 1952-01-13 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Bros), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

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, actress (Jo Santini-Airwolf, Alienation, Dallas)
  • 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
  • 1956-11-15 Ashley Cox, playmate (December, 1977), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1957-04-13 Dallas Moir, Scottish cricketer
  • 1958-06-12 Rebecca Holden, American actress and singer (Knight Rider), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1958-12-12 Sheree J Wilson, Rochester MN, actress (Our Family Honor, Dallas)
  • 1959-06-12 Jenilee Harrison, actress (Cindy-3's Company, Dallas), born in Glendale, California
  • 1959-07-01 Anne Smith, tennis star, 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, shot putter (Olympic silver 1984), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1961-12-26 Storm Davis, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1962-07-31 Kym Malin, playmate (May, 1982), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1963-03-03 Jacqueline Sheen, playmate (July, 1990), born in Dallas, Texas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Philanthropist Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates
  • 1965-03-31 William McNamara, 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 (SD Padres, Det Tigers), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1965-12-11 Laurie Carr, playmate (Dec, 1986), born in Dallas, Texas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Actress Robin Wright
Robin Wright
  • 1967-09-13 Michael Johnson, 200m/400m runner (Olympic-2 gold-96), born in Dallas, Texas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

  • 1970-12-09 Marlin Cannon, 200m/400m runner, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971-02-26 Erykah Badu [Erica Abi Wright;], American singer-songwriter, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971-08-28 Shane Andrews, infielder (Montreal Expos), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1973-05-04 Michelle Martinez, Miss America (Texas-Top 10-1997), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1973-05-30 Jennifer Darst, pairs skater (& Arthur Reid), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1973-09-04 Stacy Sanches, playmate (Mar, 1995), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1973-10-18 John Baldwin Jr, figure skater (1996 SW Pacific Sr champ), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1974-07-25 Jay R Ferguson, American actor (Evening Shade, Mad Men), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1975-02-06 Chad Allen, baseball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1975-11-12 Tevin Jermod Campbell, rapper, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1977-12-12 Bridget Hall, American model (Ford), born in Dallas, Texas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1978-03-01 Jensen Ackles, American actor (Days of our Lives, Supernatural), born in Dallas, Texas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1978-10-14 Usher, American singer (My Way, Confessions) and actor, born in Dallas, Texas

Singer Usher
  • 1979-01-25 Christine Lakin, American actress (Step by Step), born in Dallas, Texas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1981-11-25 Barbara and Jenna Bush, twin daughters of U.S. President George W. Bush, born in Dallas, Texas

Twin daughter of US President George W. Bush Barbara Pierce Bush
Twin daughter of US President George W. Bush
Barbara Pierce Bush
  • 1992-08-20 Demi Lovato, American actress (Camp Rock) and singer/songwriter (Unbroken), born in Dallas, Texas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1993-07-27 Jordan Spieth, American professional golfer (second youngest to win Masters), born in Dallas, Texas

Professional Golfer Jordan Spieth
Professional Golfer
Jordan Spieth

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

HeartWedding 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


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
  • 1983-01-30 [Dallas] Mack/McCord Reynolds, 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), 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