Why Famous: Rose to celebrity status in 1949 reaching a core constituency of middle-class, moderately conservative Protestants.
Graham was a spiritual adviser to several American presidents, and held numerous large indoor and outdoor rallies.
- 1943-08-13 Evangelist Billy Graham (24) weds philanthropist and Christian author Ruth Bell (23) in Montreat, North Carolina
- 1949-09-25 Evangelist Billy Graham begins his "Los Angeles Crusade" in a circus tent erected in a parking lot
- 1957-05-15 Evangelist Billy Graham launches his "crusade" in front of 18,000 people at Madison Square Garden in NYC
- 1989-10-15 American radio and television evangelist Billy Graham is given the 1,900th star on Hollywood Boulevard, the first clergyman to be granted a star