Spokane in History

Washington: Seattle

Historical Events

  • 1910-06-19 Father's Day celebrated for 1st time (Spokane, Washington)
  • 1922-02-28 KHQ-AM in Spokane WA begins radio transmissions
  • 1927-02-04 KGA-AM in Spokane WA begins radio transmissions
  • 1944-08-20 26th PGA Championship: Bob Hamilton at Manito G & CC Spokane Wash
  • 1946-07-24 9 Spokane baseball players (Western League) die in a bus crash
  • 1946-09-01 1st US Open Women's Golf, Spokane CC: Patty Berg wins inaugural Open and only one played in match play format; takes 36-hole final 5 & 4 over Betty Jameson
  • 1952-12-20 KHQ TV channel 6 in Spokane, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-01-16 KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-10-31 KREM TV channel 2 in Spokane, WA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959-08-23 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Spokane Golf Open
  • 1961-08-04 Spokane, Washington reaches August record 108°F
  • 1967-04-26 KSPS TV channel 7 in Spokane, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1985-01-07 KHQ-AM in Spokane WA changes call letters to KLSN (now KAQQ)
  • 1985-10-07 KHQ-AM in Spokane Wash's final transmission

Famous Birthdays

  • 1894-11-14 Seena Owen, American silent screen actress (Queen Kelly), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1966)
  • 1902-10-15 William Edmundson, American vocalist (Southernaires), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1907-06-27 John McIntire, American actor (Naked City, Wagon Train, Virginian), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1991)
  • 1912-09-21 Charles "Chuck" Jones, American animator and cartoonist best known for his work with Warner Bros. (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Porky Pig), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2002)
  • 1913-08-23 Bob Crosby, American jazz singer and bandleader (Bob-Cats), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1993)
  • 1920-05-29 Clifton James, American actor (Live and Let Die, Silver Streak), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1921-07-03 Susan Peters [Suzanne Carnahan], American actress (Random Harvest, Young Ideas), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1952)
  • 1922-05-07 Darren McGavin [Richardson], American actor (Murphy Brown, The Night Stalker, A Christmas Story), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2006)
  • 1925-05-14 Patrice Munsel, soprano (Patrice Munsel Show), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1925-12-10 Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American writer (Yin, Pulitzer 1985), born in Spokane, Washington, (d. 2014)
  • 1929-03-06 Tom Foley, American politician (Rep-D, 1965-1995) and speaker of the house (1989-95), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2013)
  • 1932-01-09 Jane Ross [Breslaw], American actress (Star Trek, Rocket Attack U.S.A., Wild Is My Love), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1942-04-04 Kitty Kelley, American journalist and author (Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1944-04-04 Craig T. Nelson, American actor (Poltergeist, Hayden Fox-Coach), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1950-10-09 Gary Frank, American actor (Enemy Territory, Deadly Weapon), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1958-07-22 Sandra Elizabeth Greenberg, playmate (June, 1987), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1958-09-06 Michael Winslow, American actor and comedian (Police Academy), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1959-09-18 Ryne Sandberg, American baseball infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1960-08-24 Kris Monaghan, golfer (1990 Red Robin Kyocera Inamori), born in Spokane, Washington

Person of interestJohn Stockton

1962-03-26 John Stockton, NBA guard (Utah Jazz, Olympic gold 1996), born in Spokane, Washington

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton
  • 1966-02-16 Eric Uptagrafft, prone rifle (Olympics 1996), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1968-08-21 Barbara Ann Moore, playmate (Dec, 1992), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970-01-30 Scott Levins, NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970-02-13 Kevin Stocker, US baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970-04-27 Tim Hanshaw, NFL guard (SF 49ers), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1972-01-16 Desiree Leipham, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-17th-1995), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1993-06-07 Jordan Fry, American actor (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), born in Spokane, Washington

Famous Deaths

  • 2006-07-22 James E. West, mayor of Spokane, Washington (b. 1950)