Dallas Cowboys in History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959-12-21 Tom Landry accepts coaching job with Dallas Cowboys (stays until 1988)

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • 1960-01-28 NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises
  • 1967-01-01 NFL Championship, Cotton Bowl, Dallas: Green Bay Packers beat Dallas Cowboys, 34-27
  • 1967-12-31 NFL Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17; "The Ice Bowl", -13°F
  • 1969-11-16 US President Nixon becomes first president to attend a season NFL game while in office: the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 41-28

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

1970-01-18 20th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 16-13; MVPs: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears, HB; George Andrie, Dallas Cowboys, DE

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 1971-01-03 1st NFC Championship, Kezar Stadium, SF: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 17-10
  • 1971-01-17 Super Bowl V, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Baltimore Colts beat Dallas Cowboys, 16-13; MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB
  • 1971-01-24 21st NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: NFC beats AFC, 27-6; MVPs: Fred Carr, Green Bay Packers, LB; Mel Renfro, Dallas Cowboys, CB
  • 1972-01-02 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 14-3
  • 1972-01-16 Super Bowl VI, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Dallas Cowboys beat Miami Dolphins, 24-3; MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB
  • 1972-12-31 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3
  • 1973-12-30 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Minnesota Vikings beat Dallas Cowboys, 27-10
  • 1974-01-29 1974 NFL Draft: Ed Jones from Tennessee State first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • 1976-01-04 NFC Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams, 37-7
  • 1976-01-18 Super Bowl X, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17; MVP: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, WR

  • 1976-10-10 Giant's Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey opens with the NY Giants going down 24–14 to the Dallas Cowboys in from of 76,042 fans
  • 1978-01-01 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Dallas Cowboys beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-6
  • 1978-01-15 Super Bowl XII, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10; MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE & Randy White, Dallas, DT
  • 1979-01-07 NFC Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams, 28-0
  • 1979-01-21 Super Bowl XIII, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31; MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • 1979-12-16 Dallas QB Roger Staubach throws 3 TDs and 336 yards in his last NFL regular season game with the Cowboys, a 35-34 win over Washington Redskins at Texas Stadium
  • 1981-01-11 NFC Championship, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Dallas Cowboys, 20-7

Sport awardNFC Championship

1982-01-10 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys, 28-27; "The Catch" - iconic moment in NFL history - Dwight Clark makes fingertip catch for a TD from Joe Montana with 58" remaining; SF goes on to win Super Bowl

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1983-01-22 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys, 31-17
  • 1986-01-04 Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson scores twice as he rushes for an NFL postseason record 248 yards in 20-0 victory over Dallas Cowboys in NFC divisional playoff in Anaheim, California
  • 1986-08-03 First NFL 'American Bowl' exhibition game at London's Wembley Stadium, Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6
  • 1987-08-09 LA Rams beat Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • 1989-02-26 Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career
  • 1989-04-23 NFL Draft: UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman first pick by Dallas Cowboys

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989-11-23 The "Bounty Bowl": Philadelphia Eagles defeat Dallas Cowboys 27-0 at Thanksgiving in an ill-tempered game, after which Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson accuses Eagles coach Buddy Ryan of placing bounties on players

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • 1991-04-21 NFL Draft: University of Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • 1992-02-02 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 21-15; MVP: Michael Irvin, Dallas Cowboys, WR
  • 1992-09-13 NY Giants trailing Dallas Cowboys 34-0 in 3rd, lose 34-28
  • 1993-01-17 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 30-20
  • 1993-01-31 Super Bowl XXVII, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 52-17; MVP: Troy Aikman, Dallas, QB

  • 1994-01-23 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 38-21

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1994-01-30 Super Bowl XXVIII, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 30-13; MVP: Emmitt Smith, Dallas, RB

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
  • 1994-03-29 Coach Jimmy Johnson quits Dallas Cowboys
  • 1995-01-15 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys, 38-28
  • 1995-12-25 Dallas Cowboys' Emmitt Smith makes a NFL record of 25 touchdowns in a season against the Arizona Cardinals
  • 1996-01-14 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium: Dallas Cowboys beat Green Bay Packers, 38-27
  • 1996-01-28 Super Bowl XXX, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ: Dallas Cowboys beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17; MVP: Larry Brown, Dallas, CB
  • 1996-08-05 Kansas City Chiefs rout Dallas Cowboys 32-6 in an NFL pre-season exhibition game in Monterrey Mexico
  • 1997-07-23 Dallas TV Station KXAS settle with Dallas Cowboys Michael Irvin and Erik Williams for reporting false sex assault allegations against them
  • 1998-02-12 Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach
  • 2002-09-08 Rookie quarterback David Carr throws for 2 TDs as the Houston Texans beat Dallas Cowboys 19-10 to become only the 2nd expansion team (1961 Minnesota Vikings) to win their inaugural game
  • 2004-01-03 Panthers kicker John Kasay ties NFL-playoff record with 5 field goals to lead Carolina to a 29-10 win over Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round of playoffs in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2018-12-06 Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry explodes for franchise-record 238 yards & 4 touchdowns in 30-9 win v Jacksonville Jaguars in Nashville; 99-yard TD run ties Dallas Cowboys HOF RB Tony Dorsett's longest run in NFL history
  • 2019-07-22 NFL Dallas Cowboys named most valuable sports team in the world worth $5 billion, MLB New York Yankees 2nd at $4.6 billion, Real Madrid 3rd with $4.2 billion according to Forbes

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestTom Landry

1924-09-11 Tom Landry, American NFL player (NY Giants) and coach (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mission, Texas (d. 2000)

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • 1930-01-07 Eddie LeBaron, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1955, 57, 58, 62; Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys), born in San Rafael, California (d. 2015)
  • 1933-10-18 Forrest Gregg, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle, coach (9-time Pro Bowl; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), born in Birthright, TX (d. 2019)
  • 1939-06-08 Herb Adderley, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Super Bowl 1967-68, 71; Pro Bowl 1963–67; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1939-07-24 Bob Lilly, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1942-02-05 Roger Staubach, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1963, Navy; Super Bowl 1971 [MVP], 77; Dallas Cowboys), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1942-10-13 Jerry Jones, American businessman and owner of the Dallas Cowboys(1989-present), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942-12-20 Bob Hayes, American athlete (2 x Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1964) and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver (3-time Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2002)
  • 1943-02-05 Craig Morton, College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Cal; NFL: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos), born in Flint, Michigan

Person of interestJimmy Johnson

1943-07-16 Jimmy Johnson, American NFL coach (Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins), born in Port Arthur, Texas

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • 1944-02-29 John Niland, American NFL offensive guard (6 x Pro Bowl; 3 x All-Pro; Super Bowl 1971; Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • 1947-01-02 Calvin Hill, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1969, 72–74; All-Pro 1969, 73; Super Bowl 1971; Dallas Cowboys), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1948-09-10 Charlie Waters, American football player (Dallas Cowboys), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1951-02-23 Ed "Too Tall" Jones, American NFL defensive end (Pro Bowl, All Pro 1981-83; Super Bowl 1977; Dallas Cowboys), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1952-02-09 Danny White, quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1953-01-15 Randy White, American NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1953-03-01 Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, American football linebacker (NFL Pro Bowl 1978; Super Bowl 1977; Dallas Cowboys), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1953-07-01 Pat Donovan, American NFL offensive lineman (4-time Pro Bowl, Dallas Cowboys), born in Helena, Montana
  • 1954-04-07 Tony Dorsett, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1976, U of Pittsburgh; Super Bowl 1977; Pro Bowl 1978, 81–83; Dallas Cowboys), born in Rochester, Pennsylvania
  • 1958-05-18 Ray Donaldson, NFL center (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1959-02-01 Wade Wilson, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1995, Dallas Cowboys; Pro Bowl 1988, Minnesota Vikings), born in Greenville, Texas
  • 1959-12-28 Everson Walls, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys, NY Giants)
  • 1960-03-31 Mark Tuinei, American NFL offensive tackle (3-time Super Bowl winner, Dallas Cowboys), born in Oceanside, CA
  • 1961-04-01 Jim Jeffcoat, American NFL defensive end (Super Bowl 1992, 93 Dallas Cowboys) and coach (Dallas Cowboys DL 1998-2004), born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • 1961-06-06 Bill Bates, American football safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
  • 1961-12-20 Nate Newton, NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1962-03-03 Herschel Walker, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1982, U of Georgia; Pro Bowl 1987, 88), Dallas Cowboys), born in Wrightsville, Georgia
  • 1962-05-17 Scott Case, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1962-07-11 Dale Hellestrae, NFLer (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1962-09-09 Derek Kennard, NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1962-10-24 Jay Novacek, American NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Martin, South Dakota
  • 1963-10-26 Tony Casillas, American NFL defensive tackle (NY Jets, Dallas Cowboys), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1963-11-10 Mike McCarthy, American football coach (Super Bowl 2010, Green Bay Packers 2006-18; Dallas Cowboys 2020), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1964-01-06 Charles Haley, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Gladys, Virginia
  • 1964-11-02 Kevin Gogan, American NFL guard (Pro Bowl 1994, 97-98; Super Bowl 1992-93, Dallas Cowboys), born in Pacifica, California
  • 1965-01-10 James Washington, American NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys, Wash Redskins), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1965-04-15 Anthony Miller, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965-10-20 Chad Hennings, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1966-02-10 Daryl Johnston, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Youngstown, New York
  • 1966-03-05 Michael Irvin, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1966-03-28 Jason Garrett, American NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania
  • 1966-08-15 Fred Strickland, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1966-09-29 Ken Norton Jr, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, SF 49ers)
  • 1966-11-21 Troy Aikman, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and broadcaster (Super Bowl 1992-93, 95; Pro Bowl 1991–96; Dallas Cowboys), born in West Covina, California
  • 1967-01-07 Scott Galbraith, American NFL tight end (Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1967-03-28 David Lang, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Loma Linda, California

Person of interestDeion Sanders

1967-08-09 Deion Sanders, American NFL corner-back/wide receiver and MLB player (Dallas Cowboys and NY Yankees), born in Fort Myers, Florida

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders
  • 1967-12-29 Tony Tolbert, American NFL defensive end (Pro Bowl 1996; Super Bowl 1992, 93, 95; Dallas Cowboys), born in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • 1968-03-25 Dixon Edwards, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1968-09-07 Erik Williams, American NFL tackle (4-time Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968-09-22 Godfrey Myles, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1968-10-12 Leon Lett, American NFL defensive tackle and coach (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1968-11-11 John Jett, NFL punter (Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions)
  • 1968-11-22 Darryl Hardy, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1969-01-13 John Flannery, guard/corner (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1969-03-22 Russell Maryland, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys, Oak Raiders)
  • 1969-04-25 Darren Woodson, American NFL safety (5 x Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 1992, 93, 95; Dallas Cowboys), born in Phoenix, Arizona

Person of interestEmmitt Smith

1969-05-15 Emmitt Smith, American NFL Running Back (Dallas Cowboys, 3-time NFL rushing leader), born in Pensacola, Florida

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
  • 1969-09-27 Robert Jones, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1969-11-30 Larry Brown, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1970-01-23 Jim Schwantz, American football player & politician (Dallas Cowboys, SF 49ers), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1970-04-07 Kevin Smith, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1970-04-15 Darrin Smith, American NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles; Super Bowl 1993, 95), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1970-06-11 Brock Marion, American NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • 1970-08-18 Richie Cunningham, American football kicker (Dallas Cowboys), born in Houma, Louisiana
  • 1971-01-12 Oscar Sturgis, American NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Hamlet, North Carolina
  • 1971-01-25 Kevin Williams, American football wide receiver (Az Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971-02-12 Shante Carver, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Stockton, California
  • 1971-03-19 Cory Fleming, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1971-07-20 Ron Stone, NFLer (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1971-08-20 Oronde Gadsden, American NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1971-10-21 Shane Hannah, NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1971-11-27 Larry Allen, NFL guard/tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1971-12-09 Chris Boniol, NFL kicker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • 1971-12-15 Eric Bjornson, NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972-01-12 Dominique Ross, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972-01-22 Steve Scifres, American football offensive lineman (Dallas Cowboys), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1972-02-02 Charlie Williams, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972-04-06 Hurvin McCormack, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972-07-06 Billy Davis, American NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1972-10-12 Singor Mobley, American football safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1972-10-20 Dexter Coakley, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972-10-22 Tyrone Williams, Canadian American football defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1972-12-07 Clay Shiver, American NFL center (Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers), born in Tifton, Georgia
  • 1973-02-14 George Hegamin, American football offensive lineman (Dallas Cowboys, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1973-03-08 Kendell Watkins, NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1973-04-06 Randall Godfrey, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1973-05-04 Edward Hervey, Canadian NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1973-06-04 Antonio Anderson, defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1973-06-14 Stepfret Williams, wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1973-08-13 Sherman Williams, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1974-01-29 David LaFleur, American football tight end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1974-04-29 Kevin Mathis, American football cornerback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Gainesville, Texas
  • 1974-08-25 Darren Benson, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1974-10-09 Kavika Pittman, American defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1975-03-08 Kenny Wheaton, cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1975-04-16 Nicky Sualua, American NFL fullback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1975-08-04 Beau Morgan, running back (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1976-03-30 Toby Gowin, punter (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1982-07-31 DeMarcus Ware, American NFL outside linebacker and defensive end (9 x Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), born in Auburn, Alabama

Weddings in Sport

  • 2004-06-20 Former Dallas Cowboys running back Eddie George (30) weds R&B group "SWV" member Tamara Johnson (33) at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey
  • 2011-01-15 PGA golfer Hunter Mahan (28) weds former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Kandi Harris in Dallas, Texas
  • 2011-05-28 Former American beauty queen Candice Crawford (24) weds Dallas Cowboys football quarterback Tony Romo (31) at Arlington Hall in Dallas, Texas

Deaths in Sport


NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • 2002-09-18 Bob Hayes, American athlete (2 x Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1964) and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver (3-time Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), dies of kidney failure at 59
  • 2015-04-01 Eddie LeBaron, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1955, 57, 58, 62; Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys), dies at 85
  • 2019-02-01 Wade Wilson, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1995, Dallas Cowboys; Pro Bowl 1988, Minnesota Vikings), dies of complications from Type 1 Diabetes at 60
  • 2019-04-12 Forrest Gregg, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle, coach (9-time Pro Bowl; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), dies of Parkinson's disease at 85