Texas in History (Part 6)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 1,019

  • 1946-08-14 Larry Graham Jr., American bass guitar player (Graham Central Station, Sly and the Family Stone), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1946-08-15 Kathryn Whitmire, American accountant and politician (4 time Mayor-Houston), born in Houston, Texas

Billy PrestonBilly Preston (1946-2006)

1946-09-02 American soul musician, singer and pianist, 5th Beatle ("Nothing From Nothing"; "You Are So Beautiful"), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1946-09-14 Jim Angle, American journalist and television reporter, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1946-09-15 Tommy Lee Jones, American actor (Executioner's Song, Bloody Monday, The Fugitive), born in San Saba, Texas
  • 1946-09-24 Joe Greene, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle (Super Bowl 1974, 75, 78, 79; 10 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Temple, Texas
  • 1946-10-06 Lloyd Doggett, American attorney and politician (US Representative, Democrat, Texas), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1946-11-04 Laura Bush, U.S. First Lady (2001-09), born in Midland, Texas
  • 1946-11-10 David Stockman, American politician and Reagan's ex-budget director, born in Fort Hood, Texas
  • 1946-12-28 Edgar Winter, American rock musician ("Frankenstein"; "Free Ride"), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1946-12-31 Cliff Richey, American tennis player (World #6 1970; Davis Cup 1969-70), born in San Angelo, Texas
  • 1947-01-02 Lanny Bassham, American sports shooter (Olympic gold small-bore rifle, 3 positions 1976; silver 1972), born in Comanche, Texas

Nolan RyanNolan Ryan (75 years old)

1947-01-31 American Baseball HOF pitcher (MLB no-hit leader [7], strikeout leader [5,714]; World Series 1969 NY Mets; 8 x MLB All Star; California Angels, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers), born in Refugio, Texas

Farrah FawcettFarrah Fawcett (1947-2009)

1947-02-02 American actress (Charlie's Angels, The Burning Bed), born in Corpus Christi, Texas

  • 1947-02-22 John Bryant, American politician (Rep-D-TX, 1983- ), born in Lake Jackson, Texas
  • 1947-03-04 Gunnar Hansen, Icelandic-born American actor (Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), born in Reykjavík (d. 2015)
  • 1947-03-29 Bobby Kimball American rocker (Toto-Roseann), born in Orange, Texas
  • 1947-04-08 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music ("Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?"), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1947-04-08 Tom DeLay, American politician (Rep-R-Texas, 1985-2006), born in Laredo, Texas
  • 1947-07-01 Marc Benno, American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter ("Rock 'n' Roll Me Again"; Asylum Choir), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1947-07-03 Betty Buckley, American Tony Award-winning stage and screen actress (Cats - "Memory"; Eight Is Enough - "Abby"; 1776), born in Big Spring, 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)
  • 1947-07-21 Wendell Burton, American actor (New Dick Van Dyke Show - "Lucas"; The Sterile Cuckoo), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1947-07-22 Don Henley, American rock drummer, singer, and songwriter (Eagles - "Desperado"; "Hotel California"; solo - "Boys Of Summer"), born in Linden, Texas
  • 1947-07-30 Margo Sappington, American actress (Oh Calcutta, Where's Charley), born in Baytown, Texas
  • 1947-09-03 Michael Huffington, American oil millionaire and politician (Rep-R-California, 1992-94), born in Dallas, Texas

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]

  • 1947-10-17 Gene Green, American politician (Rep-D-Texas 1993-2019), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1947-11-12 J. C. Crowley, American singer-songwriter, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1947-11-19 Lamar Smith, American politician (Rep-R-Texas 1987-2019), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1947-12-13 Darlene Cates, American actress (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), born in Borger, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1948-01-12 Khalid Abdul Muhammed, American Nation of Islam spokesman, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1948-02-08 "England" Dan [Seals], American pop and country singer (England Dan & John Ford Coley - "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight"), born in McCamey, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1948-05-02 Larry Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Brothers - "Broken Lady"), born in Seminole, Texas
  • 1948-06-01 Powers Boothe, American Actor (Sin City, Deadwood), born in Snyder Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1948-06-12 Lyn Collins [Gloria Lavern Collins], American soul singer (Think About It), born in Dime Box, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1948-06-19 Phylicia Rashad, American Tony Award-winning actress (The Cosby Show - "Clair"; A Raisin in the Sun; One Life to Live), and singer, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1948-07-05 William Hootkins, American actor, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1948-07-12 Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], American disc jockey, comedian, and actor (Cheers; Murphy Brown), born in Kermit, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1948-08-07 James Allison, American immunologist (Noble Prize for Medicine 2018), born in Alice, Texas
  • 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
  • 1948-10-13 Ted Poe, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), born in Temple, Texas
  • 1948-11-03 Hugh Moffatt, American country music singer and songwriter, born in Fort Worth, 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
  • 1948-12-07 Gary Morris, American country singer ("100% Chance of Rain"), and actor (The Colbys), born in Fort Worth, Texas

Barbara MandrellBarbara Mandrell (73 years old)

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

George ForemanGeorge Foreman (73 years old)

1949-01-10 American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1973-74, 95), born in Marshall, Texas

  • 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
  • 1949-03-12 Bill Payne, American rock keyboardist (Little Feat - "Time Loves a Hero"), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1949-06-11 Frank Beard, American blues-rock drummer (ZZ Top - "Legs"), born in Frankton, Texas
  • 1949-06-25 Phyllis George, American beauty queen (Miss America, 1971), sportscaster (CBS, 1974-85), and First Lady of Kentucky, 1979-83, born in Denton, Texas (d. 2020)

Shelley DuvallShelley Duvall (73 years old)

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

  • 1949-08-21 Loretta Devine, American actress (Boston Public), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1949-08-29 Stan Hansen, American pro wrestler, 1973-2001 (most successful gaijin in Japanese pro wrestling history), born in Knox City Texas
  • 1949-09-11 Bill Whittington, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1979), born in Lubbock, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1949-09-15 Joe Barton, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives, 1985-2019), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1949-10-27 Clifford Antone, American businessman, born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1949-10-29 James Williamson, American guitarist (The Stooges), and electronics designer, born in Castroville, Texas
  • 1949-11-25 Rita Jenrette, wife of Rep John Jenrette (D-SC), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1949-12-02 Ron Raines, American actor (Alan Spaulding-Guiding Light), born in Texas City, Texas
  • 1949-12-16 Billy Gibbons, American blues-rock guitarist (Moving Sidewalks; ZZ Top - "Cheap Sunglasses"; "Legs"), born in Houston, Texas

Sissy SpacekSissy Spacek (72 years old)

1949-12-25 American Actress (Carrie, Badlands, Coal Miner's Daughter), born in Quitman, Texas

  • 1949-12-31 Sara K. [Wooldridge], American musician (Gypsy Alley), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1950-01-16 Debbie Allen, American dancer, choreographer, actress (Fame -"Lydia"), producer, and director (A Different World), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950-01-23 Richard Gilliland, American actor (Jonesy in The Waltons, Tom in Heartland), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1950-01-30 Trinidad Silva, American character actor (Hill Street Blues -"Jesus Martinez"), born in Mission, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1950-02-03 Morgan Fairchild [Patsy McClenny], actress (Falcon Crest), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1950-03-04 Rick Perry, American politician, Governor of Texas (R) (2000-2015), born in Paint Creek, Texas
  • 1950-04-09 Kenneth Cockrell, American astronaut (STS 56, 69, 80), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1950-04-13 Riff West, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2014)
  • 1950-05-07 Randall 'Tex' Cobb, American boxer and actor, born in Bridge City, Texas
  • 1950-06-08 Kathy Whitton Baker, American actress (Right Stuff, 16 Candles), born in Midland, Texas
  • 1950-08-07 Rodney Crowell, American country singer-songwriter (Above and Beyond; She's Crazy for Leavin'), and record producer, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950-08-18 Candice Earley, American actress (Donna Tyler-All My Children), born in Fort Hood, Texas
  • 1950-09-08 Will Lee, American session bassist (Late Show with David Letterman; The Fab Faux), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1950-10-01 Randy Quaid, actor (Midnight Express, Vacation, Saturday Night Live), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950-10-11 Andrew Woolfolk, American pop musician (Earth, Wind & Fire - "Shining Star"), born in Texas

Chesley SullenbergerChesley Sullenberger (71 years old)

1951-01-23 American pilot (successfully executed emergency landing US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River), born in Denison, Texas

  • 1951-03-20 Jimmie Vaughan, American blues-rock guitarist (Fabulous Thunderbirds - "Wrap It Up"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1951-04-04 Steve Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady), born in Olney, Texas
  • 1951-04-15 Heloise [Ponce Kiah Marchelle Heloise Cruse Evans], American writer and columnist (Heloise's Helpful Hints), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1951-05-03 Christopher Cross [Geppert], American singer-songwriter ("Arthur's Theme"; "Think Of Laura"; "Sailing"), born in San Antonio, Texas

Mike WeaverMike Weaver (71 years old)

1951-06-13 American WBA World Heavyweight Champion, born in Gatesville, Texas

  • 1951-07-18 Margo Martindale, American actress (The Americans), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • 1951-08-18 Greg Pruitt, American football running back (LA Raiders, Super Bowl XVIII), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1951-09-04 Judith Ivey, American actress (Lady in Red, Hello Again), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1951-09-08 Randy Odle, American astronaut, born in Port Arthur, Texas
  • 1951-11-24 Chet Edwards, American politician (Rep-D-Texas 1991-2011), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1951-12-10 Johnny Rodriguez, American actor (Nashville Girl, La Bamba Party), born in Sabinal, Texas
  • 1951-12-28 Ken Pope, American NFL player, born in Galverton, Texas

Rex TillersonRex Tillerson (70 years old)

1952-03-23 American businessman (ExxonMobil) and US Secretary of State (2017-18), born in Wichita Falls, Texas

  • 1952-04-01 Annette O'Toole, American actress (Cat People, Superman III), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1952-05-18 George Strait, American country singer ("All My Exes Live in Texas"), born in Pearsall, Texas
  • 1952-06-03 Billy Powell, American musician and keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynyrd - "That Smell"; "Freebird"), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1952-08-18 Patrick Swayze, American actor and dancer (Dirty Dancing; Ghost), and singer-songwriter (She's Like The Wind), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1952-08-20 Rudy Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Brothers - "Broken Lady"), born in Olney, Texas
  • 1952-09-12 Gerry Beckley, American rock vocalist, guitarist and songwriter (America - "Sister Golden Hair"), born in Fort Worth, Texas

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