El Paso in History

Historical Events

  • 1881-04-14 The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight in El Paso, Texas.
  • 1895-08-19 American frontier murderer and outlaw, John Wesley Hardin, is killed by an off-duty policeman in a saloon in El Paso, Texas.
  • 1952-12-14 KROD (now KDBC) TV channel 4 in El Paso, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-01-04 KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-09-01 KELP (now KCOS) TV channel 13 in El Paso, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964-12-13 In El Paso, Texas, LBJ & Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion diverting Rio Grande, to reshape US-Mexico border

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1983-12-15 Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via El Paso, Kelly AFB
  • 1993-10-27 Howard Stern's radio show begins broadcasting in El Paso Texas
  • 1994-06-25 111°F (43.9°C) at El Paso Texas
  • 1994-06-26 112°F (44.4°C) at El Paso, Texas
  • 2019-08-03 Suspected domestic terrorist shoots and kills 22 and injures 24 at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas
  • 2019-09-03 Walmart says it will stop selling handguns and some ammunition and ask customers not to openly carry firearms in response to El Paso shootings

Famous Birthdays

  • 1882-03-06 Guy Kibbee, American actor (Big Shot), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1956)
  • 1885-05-07 George "Gabby" Hayes, American actor (In Old Santa Fe, El Paso), born in Wellesvile, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1895-05-08 Fulton J Sheen, America bishop (Life is Worth Living), born in El Paso, Illinois
  • 1902-10-17 Irene Ryan, American actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1973)
  • 1920-11-12 Sunset Carson [Michael Harrison] American western actor (Cat of Rockies, El Paso Kid, Oregon Trail), born in Gracemont, Oklahoma (d. 1990)
  • 1921-08-19 Gene Roddenberry, executive producer (Star Trek), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1922-08-01 Paul Lambert, American character actor (Executive Suite, Spartacus), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1924-02-10 Randy Van Horne, American vocalist (Nat King Cole Show, The Flintstones, The Jetsons), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1930-03-26 Sandra Day O'Connor, 1st woman Supreme Court Justice (1981- 2006), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1932-04-01 Debbie Reynolds, American actress (Kathy Selden-Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1934-03-11 Sam Donaldson, ABC White House correspondent (Prime Time), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1937-09-13 Don Bluth, American animator and film director (The Secret of NIMH), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1940-07-19 Vikki Carr [Florencia Vicenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona], American singer (Let it Be Him), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1940-12-19 Phil Ochs, American anti-war folk singer (Joe Hill, War is Over), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1976)
  • 1943-10-03 Jeff Bingaman, American politician (U.S. Senator from New Mexico), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1944-12-07 Jamiel Chagra, American drug trafficker, born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1945-06-17 Frank Ashmore, American actor (Airplane!, Airplane II: The Sequel), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1946-07-16 Barbara Lee, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1951-09-04 Judith Ivey, American actress (Lady in Red, Hello Again), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1956-03-09 Mark Dantonio, American football coach for Michigan State University, born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1957-03-31 Patrick G Forrester, Army Lt Colonel and astronaut, born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1958-07-23 Lydia Cornell, American actress (Sara Rush-Too Close for Comfort), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1959-07-14 Susana Martinez, American politician (Governor of New Mexico) 1st female Hispanic US governor, born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1960-02-29 Richard Ramirez, El Paso, Texas, serial killer (Night Stalker)
  • 1963-03-02 Tuff Hedeman, American bull rider (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) World C'ship 1986, 89, 91); Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World C'ship 1995), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1963-04-11 Eddy Moya, actor, born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1963-04-21 John Cameron Mitchell, American actor (Misplaced, Band of the Hand), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1967-10-09 Eddie Guerrero, American-Mexican professional wrestler, born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1970-01-09 Graciela Schutt, American WPVA volleyballer (Deerfield-25th-1995), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1972-07-06 Billy Davis, American NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1972-09-26 Beto O'Rourke, American politician (Rep (D) Texas 2013-19), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1974-03-19 John Coppinger, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1976-09-19 Jim Ward, American musician (At the Drive-In, Sparta), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1981-02-05 Nora Zehetner, American actress, born in El Paso, Texas

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1963-10-26 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (30) weds director-producer William Asher (42) in El Paso, Texas


Famous Deaths

  • 1961-04-26 Gail Russell, American actress (The Uninvited, Moonrise, Unseen), dies from complications of alcohol abuse at 36
  • 1990-05-01 Sunset Carson [Michael Harrison] American western actor (Cat of Rockies, El Paso Kid, Oregon Trail), dies at 69
  • 1995-01-02 Manuel Rivera, Spanish painter & co-founder (El Paso), dies at 67