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

Sport awardPGA Championship

1944-08-20 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Manito G & CC: Bob Hamilton wins his only major title, 1 up in the 36-hole final over heavily favoured Byron Nelson

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • 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
  • 1957-12-02 Pacific Coast League franchises forced to relocate when Dodgers and Giants confirm their move to California for 1958 MLB season; Hollywood Stars move from LA to Salt Lake City; LA Angels move to Spokane, and San Francisco Seals transfer to Phoenix
  • 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)
  • 1933-04-03 Rod Funseth, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1978), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1985) [1]
  • 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
  • 1958-09-06 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

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, American actress, Playboy playmate (Dec, 1992) and ballroom dancer, born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970-01-30 Scott Levins, American NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970-02-13 Kevin Stocker, American baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970-04-16 Steve Emtman, American NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970-04-27 Tim Hanshaw, NFL guard (SF 49ers), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970-06-17 Jason Hanson, American NFL kicker (Detroit Lions), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970-09-14 Craig Montoya, American bass player (Everclear), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1972-01-16 Desiree Leipham, American WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-17th-1995), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1979-06-07 Anne McClain, American army officer and NASA astronaut (Soyuz MS-11), 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)