Houston in History

Historical Events

  • 1836-08-30 The city of Houston is founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen
  • 1891-05-19 Rice Institute, which became Rice University in Houston, Texas, is chartered

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1892-04-15 General Electric Company formed by merger of Thomas Edison's General Electric Company with Thomson-Houston Electric Company, arranged by J. P. Morgan and incorporated in NY

Industrialist and Banker J. P. Morgan
Industrialist and Banker
J. P. Morgan
Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 1917-08-23 Race riot in Houston Texas (2 blacks & 11 whites killed)
  • 1917-12-11 13 black soldiers hanged for participation in Houston riot
  • 1918-09-03 5 soldiers hanged for alleged participation in Houston riot (or Camp Logan riot); in all 19 mutineers were executed.

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1939-06-23 Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz
Professional Wrestler
Lou Thesz
  • 1943-09-07 Fire in decrepit old Gulf Hotel kills 45 (Houston, Texas)
  • 1949-01-01 KPRC TV channel 2 in Houston, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-05-12 KUHT TV channel 8 (PBS) in Houston, TX, begins broadcasting
  • 1953-05-25 1st non-commercial educational television station-Houston, Texas
  • 1954-11-20 KTRK TV channel 13 in Houston, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-04-26 First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
  • 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
  • 1960-07-18 Baseball's NL votes to add Houston and NY franchises
  • 1960-10-16 NL votes to admit Houston & NY to league

  • 1961-01-31 Houston voters approve bond to finance luxury domed stadium
  • 1961-11-19 Houston George Blanda passes for 7 touchdowns vs NY Titans (49-13)
  • 1962-04-10 Houston Colt .45s make their MLB debut with an 11-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at Colt Stadium; outfielder Román Mejías hits a pair of 3-run homers
  • 1962-12-22 Harris County voters approve all-weather stadium for Houston Colt .45s
  • 1963-05-17 Houston Colt .45's Don Notterbart no-hits Phillies, 4-1
  • 1963-06-09 1st Sunday night game in baseball SF Giants lose to Houston Colts 3-0
  • 1963-06-15 SF Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal no-hits Houston Colt .45s, 1-0
  • 1963-09-10 Phillies beat Houston Colt .45s, 16-0
  • 1963-09-29 Houston Colt .45 John Paciorek goes 3 for 3 in his only game
  • 1963-12-22 Oakland Raider Tom Flores passes for 6 touchdowns vs Houston (52-49)
  • 1964-04-23 Houston Colt 45s Ken Johnson becomes 1st major league pitcher to lose a 9 inning no-hitter, Reds win 1-0
  • 1964-05-17 Phillies triple play Houston Colt .45s
  • 1965-01-16 4th AFL All Star Game, Jeppeson Stadium, Houston: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 38-14; MVPs: Keith Lincoln, LA Chargers, RB; Willie Brown, Denver Broncos, DB

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1965-07-08 Joe Morgan is 1st Houston player with 6 hits in a game

MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster Joe Morgan
MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster
Joe Morgan

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1966-01-15 5th AFL All Star Game, Rice Stadium, Houston: All-Stars beat Buffalo Bills, 30-19: MVPs: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB; Frank Buncom, LA Chargers, LB

NFL Quarterback Joe Namath
NFL Quarterback
Joe Namath
  • 1967-01-06 KHTV TV channel 39 in Houston, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-06-18 Houston Astros pitcher Don Wilson no-hits Atlanta Braves, 2-0
  • 1968-01-20 Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win basketball's Game of the Century and end UCLA's 47 game winning streak
  • 1969-04-04 Haskell Karp receives the 1st temporary artificial heart, implanted by surgeon Denton Cooley at Texas Heart Institute in Houston
  • 1969-05-01 Houston Astros hurler Don Wilson blanks Cincinnati Reds, 4-0 for second career no-hitter

  • 1970-04-13 Apollo 13 announces "Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here", as Beech-built oxygen tank explodes en route to Moon
  • 1971-08-15 KVRL (now KRIV) TV ch 26 in Houston, Texas (Fox) begins
  • 1973-07-20 Jack Brisco beats Harley Race in Houston, to become NWA champ
  • 1974-01-13 Super Bowl VIII, Rice Stadium, Houston, TX: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7; MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB

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1974-02-20 Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1M from Houston Aeros, WHA

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 1975-05-04 Houston's Bob Watson scores baseball's one-millionth run of all time
  • 1975-11-02 First sports event at The Summit arena in Houston - NBA's Houston Rockets beat Milwaukee Bucks, 104-89; future Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich top scores with 24 points
  • 1976-12-12 Spaniard Manuel Orantes beats Wojtek Fibak of Poland 5–7, 6–2, 0–6, 7–6, 6–1 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title in Houston, Texas
  • 1978-09-02 John McClain performs 180 outside loops in an airplane over Houston
  • 1981-01-18 Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield become the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories (buildings, cliffs, bridges, antennae) after parachuting off a Houston skyscraper
  • 1982-04-05 43 year old St. Louis reliever Jim Kaat pitches 1 inning for the Cardinals in a season-opening, 14-3 rout of Houston; sets a MLB record for pitchers by playing in his 24th consecutive season
  • 1983-04-04 45th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina State beats Houston, 54-52; Wolfpack win with buzzer-beating dunk by Lorenzo Charles off a desperation 30 foot shot from Dereck Whittenburg
  • 1983-08-18 Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas

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1984-04-02 46th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston, 84-75; Hoyas center Patrick Ewing tournament MOP; John Thompson first African-American head coach to lead his team to any NCAA Division I title

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1984-08-19 Republican convention in Dallas, Texas nominates incumbent Ronald Reagan for President

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1985-02-24 Jim Kelly (Houston USFL) passes for pro football record 574 yds
  • 1985-09-18 BBC Radio reports prime # 2^216091-1 found in Houston
  • 1986-08-02 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee beats her own world heptathlon record by 13 points (7,161) in Houston
  • 1988-08-25 Challenger Center opens its classroom doors in Houston
  • 1989-06-13 Houston's Terry Puhl plays in his 1,403rd game (most by a Canadian)
  • 1989-10-21 Houston becomes 1st major college team to gain 1000 yards in a game
  • 1989-12-02 55th Heisman Trophy Award: Andre Ware, Houston (QB)

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1990-11-14 James Worthy is arrested in Houston and charged with two counts of solicitation of prostitution

NBA Small Forward James Worthy
NBA Small Forward
James Worthy
  • 1991-08-31 Houston QB David Klingler sets NCAA record with 6 touchdown passes in the 2nd quarter as the Cougars clobbered Louisiana Tech 73-3
  • 1991-09-11 14 die in a Continental Express commuter plane crash near Houston
  • 1991-11-09 Houston's Roman Anderson is 1st NCAA to kick 400 pts
  • 1993-01-10 Maiden flight of Ultrair (Houston to LA)
  • 1993-09-08 Houston's Darryl Kile throws 3rd no-hitter of season in Astros' 7-1 win over NY Mets
  • 1995-03-01 Part of Houston begins using new area code 281
  • 1995-04-18 Houston Post folds after 116 years

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1996-09-29 Alanis Morissette ends her 1st US tour (Houston Texas)

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette
  • 2000-04-11 AT&T Park in San Francisco, Minute Maid Park in Houston, and Comerica Park in Detroit open.
  • 2001-06-05 Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.
  • 2001-09-13 Relative calm returns to world oil markets as US retail gasoline prices return to normal levels; energy trading by Houston energy companies resumes and limited commercial aviation starts

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2001-10-03 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds Is walked for the 171st time in 11-8 win at Houston; breaks Babe Ruth's 1923 MLB single-season record for walks

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2001-10-04 SF Giants slugger Barry Bonds hits his 70th home run in 10-2 win v Houston; ties Mark McGwire for the most MLB home runs in a single season
  • 2002-09-08 Rookie quarterback David Carr throws for 2 TDs as the Houston Texans beat Dallas Cowboys 19-10 to become only the 2nd expansion team (1961 Minnesota Vikings) to win their inaugural game
  • 2002-10-31 A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas formally indicted former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.

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2003-11-16 Roger Federer of Switzerland wins his first of 6 season-ending Tennis Masters Cup titles with a 6–3, 6–0, 6–4 victory over American Andre Agassi in the final in Houston, Texas

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2004-02-01 Super Bowl XXXVIII, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX: New England Patriots beat Carolina Panthers, 32-29; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 2004-07-13 75th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-4 at Minute Maid Park, Houston
  • 2004-11-21 Roger Federer of Switzerland wins back-to-back season-ending Tennis Masters Cup titles with a 6–3, 6–2 victory over Australian Leyton Hewitt in the final in Houston, Texas
  • 2005-06-01 The longest oil/natural gas explosion in the Houston, Texas area occurs in Crosby, Texas. The drill was owned by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Company.
  • 2007-04-20 Johnson Space Center Shooting: A man with a handgun barricades himself in NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.
  • 2008-09-13 Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the United States, causing heavy damage to Galveston Island, Houston and surrounding areas.

Sport defeatWrestleMania

2009-04-05 WrestleMania XXV, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX (72,744): The Undertaker defeats Shawn Michaels; John Cena beats Edge and The Big Show; Triple H downs Randy Orton

Professional Wrestler and Actor John Cena
Professional Wrestler and Actor
John Cena
Professional Wrestler Triple H
Professional Wrestler
Triple H
Professional Wrestler Shawn Michaels
Professional Wrestler
Shawn Michaels

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2012-12-01 Ex-England soccer captain David Beckham leaves LA Galaxy triumphantly with a second MLS Cup winner's medal after a 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo in Carson, CA; final game of a 6-year stint in US

Football Player David Beckham
Football Player
David Beckham

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2013-01-08 Steve Nash records his 10,000th career assist against Houston

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • 2015-06-03 Dr. Jesse Selber performs the world's first partial-skull and scalp transplant at Houston Methodist Hospital
  • 2016-02-25 Tenth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN, held in Houston, Texas
  • 2017-02-05 Super Bowl LI, NRG Stadium, Houston, TX: New England Patriots defeat Atlanta Falcons, 34-28; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB
  • 2018-07-16 Historic cemetery (1878-1911) announced discovered near Houston, Texas, containing 95 remains though to be African Americans forced into labour
  • 2019-02-10 Sexual abuse investigation into US Southern Baptist churches reveals 400 church members implicated with over 700 victims, according to The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News

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2019-09-22 "Howdy, Modi!" US President Donald Trump holds a mass rally for Indian PM Narendra Modi in Houston, Texas

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Famous Birthdays

  • 1882-07-10 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, born in Mineola, Texas (d. 1975)
  • 1895-07-23 Florence Vidor, American actress (Jack Knife Man), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1977)
  • 1900-11-07 Efrem Kurtz, Russian conductor (Houston Symphony 1948-54), born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1904-07-04 Seger Pillot Ellis, American jazz pianist and vocalist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1905-01-19 Oveta Culp Hobby, government official/newspaper publisher/CEO (Houston Post)
  • 1906-11-12 Bukka [Booker T. Washington] White, blues guitarist, born in Houston, Mississippi (d. 1977)
  • 1912-01-11 Donald "Red" Barry, American actor (Adventures of Red Ryder, Jesse James' Women), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1916-09-02 Penny Santon [Pierina Burlando], American actress (Fletch, Roll Out, Matt Houston), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1917-04-11 David Westheimer, American novelist (Von Ryan's Express), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1918-07-25 Nan Grey [Eschal Miller], American actress (Three Smart Girls, Dracula's Daughters), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1993)
  • 1918-10-04 Red Munger, American baseball (MLB All Star 1944, 47, 49; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1920-08-22 Denton Cooley, American heart surgeon (1st artificial heart transplant), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1921-09-05 Jack Valenti, American political advisor and film executive, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1924-01-26 Annette Strauss, American philanthropist and politician, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1927-04-01 Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist ("One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1928-03-22 Bill Archer, American politician (Rep-R-TX, 1971-2001), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1928-11-11 Ernestine Anderson, American jazz vocalist and blues singer, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1929-02-24 David Houston, Major-General/Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland
  • 1929-10-11 Curtis Amy, American jazz musician (Way Down), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1930-04-28 James Baker, American Secretary of the Treasury (1985-88), Secretary of State (1989-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1932-05-30 Pauline Oliveros, composer (Sound Patterns), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1933-05-04 J. Fred Duckett, American sports announcer and teacher, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1933-06-29 John Bradshaw, American theologian, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1933-11-25 Kathryn Grant Crosby, actress (Mr Cory, Big Circus), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1934-06-01 Peter Masterson, actor (Ambush Bay), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1934-09-24 John Brunner, Britsih sci-fi author (100th Millennium), born in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1995)

Person of interestA. J. Foyt

1935-01-16 A. J. Foyt, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1961, 64, 67, 77; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1967; Daytona 500 1972; 24 Hours of Daytona 1983, 85; 12 Hours of Sebring 1985), born in Houston, Texas

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1935-12-09 David Houston, American country music singer (Almost Persuaded), born in Bossier City, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • 1936-01-11 Katie Webster [Kathyrne Jewel Thorne], American boogie pianist (The Swamp Boogie Queen), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1936-02-21 Barbara Jordan, (Rep-D-Tx, 1972-78), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1936-12-05 James Lee Burke, American writer (Dave Robicheaux series), born in Houston, Texas

Person of interestKenny Rogers

1938-08-21 Kenny Rogers, American singer-songwriter (The Gambler, Through the Years) and entrepreneur (Kenny Rogers Roasters), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2020)

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • 1938-11-06 P. J. Proby [James Marcus Smith], American singer, songwriter and actor (Hold Me, Three Week Hero), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1939-02-12 John D Hancock, American actor and director (Black Marble, Traxx, Houston Knights), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1939-09-08 Guitar Shorty [David William Kearney], American blues musician, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1940-03-23 Luis Gasca, American trumpeter, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1940-08-19 Johnny Nash, American rocker (I Can See Clearly Now), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1941-03-04 John Hancock, American actor (Black Marble, Traxx, Houston Knights), born in Hazen, Arkansas (d. 1992)
  • 1941-06-01 Edo de Waart, Amsterdam Holland, conductor (Houston Opera-1976)
  • 1941-06-10 Mickey Jones, American musician and actor (Home Improvement, Justified), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1941-07-03 Wylie Walker Vale, American endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1941-11-01 Robert Foxworth, American actor (Chase-Falcon Crest, Frankenstein), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1942-12-30 Michael Nesmith, American rock guitarist (The Monkees), and singer-songwriter ("Different Drum"), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1943-03-17 Don Mitchell, actor (Mark-Ironside), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1943-04-06 Susan Tolsky, American actress (Madame's Place; Here Come The Brides), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1943-10-10 Frederick Barthelme, American author (There Must be Some Mistake), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1945-04-12 Willie Parnell, American singer (Archie Bell & the Drells), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1945-05-30 Meredith MacRae, actress (Petticoat Junction, My 3 Sons), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1945-10-26 Jaclyn Smith, American actress (Charlie's Angels, The Bourne Identity), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1945-11-09 Charles Robinson, American actor, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1946-07-23 Keith Ferguson, American blues bassist (Fabulous Thunderbirds), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1946-08-15 Kathryn Whitmire, American accountant and politician (4 time Mayor-Houston), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1946-09-02 Billy Preston, American soul musician, singer and pianist, 5th Beatle ("Nothing From Nothing"; "You Are So Beautiful"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1947-11-12 J. C. [John Charles] Crowley, American musician, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1948-01-12 Khalid Abdul Muhammed, American Nation of Islam spokesman, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1948-06-19 Phylicia Rashad, American actress and singer (The Cosby Show, One Life to Live), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1948-11-21 John "Rabbit" Bundrick, American keyboardist and organist (The Who, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1948-12-06 JoBeth Williams, American actress (Kramer vs Kramer, Poltergeist), born in Houston, Texas

Person of interestBarbara Mandrell

1948-12-25 Barbara Mandrell, American country singer and TV host (Mandrell Sisters), born in Houston, Texas

Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • 1949-01-10 Teresa Graves, American actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love!), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1949-02-02 Brent Spiner, American actor (Data-Star Trek the Next Generation), born in Houston, Texas

Person of interestShelley Duvall

1949-07-07 Shelley Duvall, actress (Popeye, Faery Tale Theater), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1949-08-21 Loretta Devine, American actress (Boston Public), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1949-12-16 Billy Gibbons, American jazz-rock guitarist (Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950-01-16 Debbie Allen, American dancer, choreographer, actress (Fame -"Lydia"), producer, and director (A Different World), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950-08-07 Rodney Crowell, American country singer (She's Crazy for Leavin'), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950-08-31 Wilton Felder, American saxophonist and bassist (The Crusaders), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1950-10-01 Randy Quaid, actor (Midnight Express, Vacation, Saturday Night Live), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1951-08-18 Greg Pruitt, American football running back (LA Raiders, Super Bowl XVIII), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1952-04-01 Annette O'Toole, American actress (Cat People, Superman III), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1952-08-18 Patrick Swayze, American actor and dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1953-06-21 Michael Bowen, American actor, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1953-12-06 Gina Hecht, American actress (Melanie-Hizzoner, Mork & Mindy), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1954-04-09 Dennis Quaid, American actor (Big Easy, Dreamscape, Right Stuff), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1955-05-15 Lee Horsley, American actor (Nero Wolfe, Matt Houston), born in Muleshoe, Texas
  • 1956-05-27 Lisa Niemi, actress (Dirty Dancing, Will Rodgers Follies), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1956-06-01 Lisa Hartman Black, American singer and actress (Tabitha, Knots Landing), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1956-08-24 John Culberson, American attorney and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1958-02-26 Greg Germann, American actor, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1958-03-28 Oran "Juice" Jones, American R&B singer ("Curiosity"; "Here I Go Again"), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1958-08-22 Stevie Ray [Lane Huffman], American professional wrestler, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1958-12-23 Joan Severance, American actress (Hear No Evil, See No Evil), born in Houston, Texas

Person of interestRichard Linklater

1960-07-30 Richard Linklater, American filmmaker (Before Sunrise, Boyhood), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1960-10-19 Jennifer Holliday, American singer and actress (Dream Girls), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1961-08-01 Mark "Red" Mitchell, American actor (JFK, 8 Seconds, I Want to Live), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1994)
  • 1962-07-21 Ike Eisenmann, actor (Scott-Fantastic Journey), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1963-03-24 Sammy Giammatva, tennis star, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1963-07-13 Bobby Rock [Brock], rock drummer (Nelson-Love & Affection), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1963-08-03 Isaiah Washington, American actor (The 100), born in Houston, Texas

Person of interestZina Garrison

1963-11-16 Zina Garrison, American tennis player (Wimbledon runner-up 1990, Olympic doubles gold 1988), born in Houston, Texas

Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison
  • 1964-07-21 Susan Swift, actress (Chisholms), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1964-12-22 Mike Jackson, US pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1965-01-12 Henry Thomas, American defensive tackle (Detroit Lions, New England Patriots), born in Houston, Texas

Person of interestMichael Dell

1965-02-23 Michael Dell, American computer manufacturer (Dell Technologies), born in Houston, Texas

Entrepreneur and Founder of Dell Michael Dell
Entrepreneur and Founder of Dell
Michael Dell
  • 1965-03-01 Booker T [Robert Booker Tio Huffman], American pro wrestler (WCW Heavyweight Champion 2000–01; WWF Heavyweight Champion 2006–07), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966-01-19 Anthony Young, American baseball pitcher (NY Met, Chicago Cubs), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966-02-03 Sean Patrick Wade, NZ marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966-06-28 Mary Stuart Masterson, American actress (Some Kind of Wonderful), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966-10-05 Peter Fonseca, Canadian politician and marathon runner (Toronto, Houston Marathon 1995), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1967-04-12 Kirk Everist, American water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas

Famous Weddings

  • 1919-05-31 1st wedding held in an aircraft (over Houston, Texas)

LoveWedding of Interest

1989-09-23 Tennis Ace Zina Garrison (25) weds businessman Willard Jackson (25) at the Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston

Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison
  • 2006-11-04 1996 summer Olympic gold medalist gymnast Dominique Moceanu (25) weds podiatrist Dr. Michael Canales (29) in Houston, Texas
  • 2010-06-26 Former WWE Diva Michelle McCool (30) weds fellow wrestler "The Undertaker" Mark Calaway (45) in Houston, Texas

LoveWedding of Interest

2014-12-31 Olympic gold medalist soccer player Alex Morgan (25) weds Houston Dynamo midfielder Servando Carrasco (26) in Santa Barbara, California

Soccer Player Alex Morgan
Soccer Player
Alex Morgan

Famous Deaths

  • 1950-04-22 Charles Hamilton Houston, American lawyer & architect of NAACP legal campaign, dies at 54
  • 1961-04-29 Cisco Houston, American folk singer (b. 1918)
  • 1975-08-19 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, dies at 93
  • 1977-11-05 Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), dies in Houston at 75
  • 1995-06-27 Efrem Kurtz, Russian conductor (Houston Symph 1948-54), dies at 94
  • 2005-04-17 James Archibald Houston, Canadian author and filmmaker (Tikta'Liktak), dies at 83
  • 2008-01-27 Louie Welch, mayor of Houston (b. 1918)