Virginia in History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 329 of 329

  • 1985-04-30 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech defensive end Bruce Smith first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • 1986-01-11 Douglas Wilder of Virginia, 1st African American Lieutenant Governor since reconstruction sworn in
  • 1989-11-08 Douglas Wilder wins election for Governor of Virginia, 1st African-American elected to the office in any state
  • 1990-01-13 Douglas Wilder, 1st elected African American Governor inaugurated (Virginia)
  • 1991-03-31 10th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Virginia, 70-67; first overtime win in the NCAA's 10-year history
  • 1993-01-25 Five people were shot outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia resulting in two murders.

Film & TV History

1995-05-27 Actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition in Culpeper, Virginia

  • 1995-07-15 Northern Virginia begins using new area code 540
  • 2001-04-21 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • 2001-06-21 A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicts 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen
  • 2006-05-03 Zacarias Moussaoui is sentenced to life in prison in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 2007-04-16 Virginia Tech massacre: The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, kills 32 people and injures 23 others before committing suicide.
  • 2007-09-17 AOL, once the largest ISP in the U.S., officially announces plans to refocus the company as an advertising business and to relocate its corporate headquarters from Dulles, Virginia to New York City
  • 2011-08-23 5.8 earthquake occurs in Mineral, Virginia felt as far north as Ontario and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2012-04-06 US F-18 Hornet crashes into side of apartment building in Virginia with no fatalities
  • 2012-06-30 Mid-Atlantic storms in the United States kill 13 and leave millions without power in Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia
  • 2015-04-05 Rolling Stone Magazine retracts its "Rape on Campus" story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia after being discredited
  • 2015-08-26 WDBJ TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward are fatally shot live on TV by an ex-colleague in Moneta, Virginia
  • 2016-06-20 Rome elects its first female Mayor Virginia Raggi (Five Star Movement) and its youngest at 37

Historic Event

2016-07-22 Hillary Clinton announces Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her Vice Presidential running mate

  • 2017-08-12 "Unite the Right" march in Charlottesville, Virginia turns violent when car rams protesters killing 1, injuring 19
  • 2017-11-07 US Democrats dominate off-year elections; Ralph Northam wins Governor of Virginia, Philip Murphy Governor of New Jersey
  • 2017-11-07 Danica Roem becomes the first US transgender person to be elected to a state legislature in the US in North Virginia

Historic Event

2018-06-22 President Trump spokesperson Sarah Sanders is asked to leave Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia over her support of Trump's policies, igniting debate

  • 2018-08-21 Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, is convicted on eight counts of fraud in a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 2018-11-13 Amazon announces two new corporate outposts at Queens, New York and Arlington, Virginia
  • 2019-02-02 Virginia Governor Ralph Northam admits to wearing blackface in 1984 but says he's not in a photo of men wearing blackface and a Ku Klux Klan robe on a yearbook page
  • 2019-04-08 81st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Virginia beats Texas Tech, 85-77 OT; Cavaliers first ever National title; forward De'Andre Hunter, 27 points
  • 2019-05-31 Disgruntled employee shoots and kills 12 people at a US municipal building in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 467

  • 1952-01-12 Ricky Van Shelton, American country singer ("Wild-Eyed Dream"), born in Danville, Virginia
  • 1952-02-18 (Judy) "Juice" Newton, American country and pop singer-songwriter ("Angel of the Morning"; "Queen of Hearts"), born in Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • 1952-07-16 Stewart Copeland, American drummer (The Police - "Roxanne"), and film score composer (Wall Street; SubUrbia), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1952-08-13 Hughie Thomasson, American guitarist, singer, and songwriter (Outlaws - "Green Grass and High Tides"; Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1996-2005), born in Buchanan, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 1952-09-22 Bob Goodlatte, American politician (Rep-R-Virginia 1993-2019), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • 1953-05-28 Arto Lindsay, American guitarist, composer (Lounge Lizards; Ambitious Lovers), and producer (Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Lucas Santtana), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1953-07-14 Bebe Buell [Beverle Lorence], American model, singer, and Playboy playmate (Nov 1974), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1953-09-14 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer, born in Yancey Mills, Virginia (d. 1998)
  • 1953-11-20 Greg Gibson, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1984), born in Stafford, Virginia
  • 1953-11-27 Stephen "Steve" Bannon, American advisor to Trump, chair of Breitbart News, born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1954-05-08 Stephen Furst, American actor (Animal House, St. Elsewhere), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2017)
  • 1954-06-10 Richard "Rich" Hall, American comedian, writer, and musician (Saturday Night Live, Fridays, Not Necessarily the News), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1954-07-04 Jim Beattie, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1954-08-07 Caroline Aaron, American actress (Crimes & Misdemeanors), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1954-09-11 Reed Birney, American actor (Greatest Man in the World), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1954-10-08 Ben Amonette, American free pistol shooting athlete (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Radford, Virginia
  • 1955-01-22 John Wesley Shipp, American actor (Dawson's Creek, One Life to Live), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1955-01-30 Curtis Strange, American golfer (US Open 1988-89), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1955-03-01 Jimmy Fortune, American country singer (Statler Brothers - Class of '57), born in Newport News, Virginia

Moses Malone

1955-03-23 Moses Malone, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA MVP 1979, 82-83; NBA Finals MVP 1983; 12 x NBA All Star; Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers), born in Petersburg, Virginia, (d. 2015)

  • 1955-11-07 René Marie, American jazz singer (Sound of Red), born in Warrenton, Virginia
  • 1956-01-21 Geena Davis, American actress (Beetlejuice, Fly), born in Wareham, Massachusetts
  • 1956-04-16 David M. Brown, U.S. Navy Captain and NASA astronaut, born in Arlington, Virginia (d. 2003)
  • 1956-04-27 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1956-09-12 Ricky Rudd, American auto racer (NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year 1977; IROC Champion 1992; Brickyard 400 1997, born in Norfolk County, Virginia
  • 1956-10-10 Mark Gordon, American film producer (Saving Private Ryan), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1957-01-07 Katie Couric, American journalist & author (Today), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1957-07-20 Donna Dixon, American actress, former beauty queen, and wife of actor Dan Aykroyd (Couch Trip, Bossom Buddies), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1957-11-02 Carter Beauford, American drummer (Dave Matthews Band), born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 1957-12-20 Mike Watt, American rock bassist (Firehose), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1958-02-03 Joe Frank Edwards Jr, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 89), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1958-10-10 J. Eddie Peck, American actor (Bold & Beautiful-Cole Howard), born in Lynchburg, Virginia

Lawrence Taylor

1959-02-04 Lawrence Taylor, American NFL player considered the greatest linebacker in history (NY Giants), born in Williamsburg, Virginia

  • 1959-07-07 Billy Campbell [William Oliver], American actor (Once and Again, Dracula), born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 1959-09-11 Robert Wrenn, American golfer, sportscaster, course designer (ESPN), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1959-09-13 Ralph Northam, American politician, Governor of Virginia (2018-), born in Nassawadox, Virginia
  • 1959-11-10 MacKenzie Phillips, American actress (Julie-1 Day at a Time), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1959-12-13 Boris Zhukov [Jim Harrell], American professional wrestler, born in Roanoke, Virginia
  • 1960-02-27 Stoney Jackson, American actor (White Shadow, Insiders), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1960-07-07 Ralph Sampson, American basketball center (NBA All-Star 1984–87; Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets), born in Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • 1960-09-08 Aimee Mann, American rock singer and bassist ('Til Tuesday - "Voices Carry"; "Save Me"), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1960-11-28 Deneice Lewis, model, born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1960-12-26 Jim Toomey, American syndicated cartoonist, born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1961-07-06 Benita Fitzgerald-Brown, American 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1984), born in Warrenton, Virginia
  • 1961-09-06 Scott Travis, American drummer (Judas Priest), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1963-04-04 Anthony Clark, American actor and comedian (Boyd Pritchett-Boston Common), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1963-06-13 Bettina Bunge, German tennis player (Virginia Slims of California 1983), born in Adliswil, Switzerland
  • 1963-10-31 Dermot Mulroney, American actor (Samantha, Sunset, Long Gone), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1963-11-01 "Big" Kenny [Alphin], American country singer (Big & Rich - Between Raising Hell And Amazing Grace), born in Culpeper, Virginia
  • 1964-01-02 Pernell Whitaker, American boxer (Olympic gold 1984, 4-division world champion), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2019)
  • 1964-01-06 Charles Haley, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Gladys, Virginia
  • 1964-01-22 Wayne Kirby, American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians, LA Dodgers), born in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1964-03-01 Clinton Gregory, Martinsville, Virginia, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter (Play, Ruby, Play)
  • 1964-03-17 Rob Lowe, American actor (St Elmo's Fire, The West Wing), born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 1964-05-11 Bobby Witt, American MLB pitcher, 1986-2001 (Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, and 5 other teams), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1964-06-25 Dell Curry, American basketball guard and broadcaster (NBA Sixth Man of The Year 1994; Charlotte Hornets all-time points leader [9,839]), born in Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • 1964-07-23 Greg Best, American equestrian athlete (Olympic silver 1988, 92), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1964-12-11 Dave Schools, American musician (Widespread Panic), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1965-03-29 William Oefelein, American astronaut (STS-116 Space Shuttle), born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia
  • 1965-06-01 India Allen, American Playboy playmate (December 1987, Playmate of the year 1988), born in Portsmouth Virginia
  • 1966-01-23 Mike Brim, American NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals), born in Danville, Virginia (d. 2005)
  • 1967-01-01 Andy Heck, American NFL tackle and coach (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears; coach University of Virginia), born in Fargo, North Dakota
  • 1967-01-30 Bill Leverty, American guitarist (Firehouse - "Love of a Lifetime"), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1967-03-24 Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel, Fla, tennis player (Virginia Slims of Ark 1987)
  • 1967-04-12 Donna Andrews, American golfer (Nabisco Dinah Shore 1994), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1967-04-24 Leslie M. Marx, American fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia
  • 1967-06-17 Terry Davis, American NBA forward & center (Dallas Mavericks, Wash Wizards), born in Danville, Virginia
  • 1968-07-01 Tim Abell, American actor (We Were Soldiers), born in Manassas, Virginia
  • 1968-08-22 Rich Lowry, American magazine editor and columnist, born in Arlington Country, Virginia
  • 1968-10-27 Antoinette Lucas, American field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Crozier, Virginia
  • 1968-12-07 Keith Goganious, American NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1968-12-09 Michael Foster, American drummer (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1968-12-29 Darren Perry, American NFL free safety (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • 1969-01-13 Andre Cason, US runner (world record 50 indoor), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1969-01-18 Jesse L. Martin, American actor and singer (Rent; The Flash), born in Rocky Mount, Virginia
  • 1969-01-20 Andre Cason, American sprinter, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1969-02-01 Patrick Wilson, American drummer (Weezer - "Buddy Holly"), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1970-01-20 Skeet Ulrich, American actor (Scream), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1970-02-06 Jeff Rouse, American 50m/100m backstroke swimmer (Olymp-gold/silver-92, 96), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia

Secretariat

1970-03-30 Secretariat, American thoroughbred race horse (Triple Crown, 1973), born in Caroline County, Virginia (d. 1989)

  • 1970-07-07 Michael McCrary, American NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Vienna, Virginia
  • 1970-09-03 George Lynch, American basketball forward and college coach (Charlotte/NO Hornets; UNC NCAA title 1993), born in Roanoke, Virginia
  • 1970-09-05 Liam Lynch, American musician (Sifl and Olly), born in Petersburg, Virginia
  • 1970-09-08 Neko Case, American singer-songwriter (The New Pornographers), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1970-09-18 Mike Compton, American NFL center and guard (Detroit Lions), born in Richlands, Virginia
  • 1970-10-05 Thomas Randolph, American NFL cornerback (NY Giants), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1970-11-08 DeWayne Knight, American CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1970-12-10 Bryant Stith, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in Emporia, Virginia
  • 1970-12-23 Shannon Bream [DePuy], American Journalist (Fox News) Miss Virginia (1991), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1971-01-30 Chris Slade, American football player (New England Patriots), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1971-01-31 Corey Holliday, American football wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1971-02-16 Mike Hubbard, MBA catcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1971-02-21 Randy Blythe, American heavy metal singer (Lamb of God), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1971-03-13 Robert Lanham, American author and satirist (The Hipster Handbook), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1971-04-25 Brad Clontz, American baseball pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Stuart, Virginia
  • 1971-06-25 Michael Tucker, American baseball outfielder (KC Royals), born in South Boston, Virginia

Missy Elliott

1971-07-01 (Melissa) "Missy" Elliott, American rapper ("Work It"; "Lose Control"), born in Portsmouth, Virginia

  • 1971-07-23 Dalvin DeGrate, American R&B singer and rapper, (Jodeci - "Cry For You"), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1971-07-25 Billy Wagner, American MLB pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Tannersville, Virginia
  • 1971-09-08 David Arquette, American actor, director and producer (Scream, Kiss & Tell), born in Winchester, Virginia

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