Oakland Raiders in History

Events in Sport

  • 1960-01-26 Oakland Raiders enter the American Football League

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1963-01-18 Al Davis becomes the head coach and general manager of the Oakland Raiders

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • 1964-01-19 3rd AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, SD: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 27-24; MVPs: Keith Lincoln, LA Chargers, RB; Archie Matsos, Oakland Raiders, LB

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1966-09-02 Joe Auer returns the opening kickoff 95 yards for a Miami touchdown in the Dolphins' first ever NFL regular-season game; Oakland Raiders go on to win 23-14 at the Orange Bowl before 26,776 fans

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1967-12-31 AFL Championship, Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland: Oakland Raiders beat Houston Oilers 40-7; George Blanda 4 field goals for Raiders in club's 1st AFL Championship
  • 1968-01-14 Super Bowl II, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14; MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB
  • 1968-12-29 AFL Championship, Shea Stadium, NYC: New York Jets beat Oakland Raiders 27-23; Joe Namath 3 TD passes sparks Jets to win
  • 1969-02-04 John Madden is named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders
  • 1970-01-04 AFL Championship, Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland: Kansas City Chiefs beat Oakland Raiders, 17-7; Chiefs defence forces 4 interceptions
  • 1971-01-03 1st AFC Championship, Memorial Stadium, Baltimore: Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders, 27-17
  • 1973-12-30 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders, 27-10
  • 1974-12-29 AFC Championship, Oakland Coliseum: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders, 24-13
  • 1976-01-04 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders, 16-10
  • 1976-12-26 AFC Championship, Oakland Coliseum: Oakland Raiders beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-7
  • 1977-01-09 Super Bowl XI, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Oakland Raiders beat Minnesota Vikings, 32-14; MVP: Fred Biletnikoff, Oakland, WR
  • 1978-01-01 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Oakland Raiders, 20-17

  • 1981-01-11 AFC Championship, Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego: Oakland Raiders beat San Diego Chargers, 34-27
  • 1981-01-25 Super Bowl XV, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10; MVP: Jim Plunkett, Oakland, QB
  • 1982-05-07 Californian federal jury rules NFL violates antitrust laws in preventing Oakland Raiders move to Los Angeles Coliseum

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1989-10-03 Oakland Raiders promote 42 year old Art Shell as the first African-American to be an NFL head coach in modern times; takes over from Mike Shanahan

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan
  • 1996-09-01 Vinny Testaverde completes 19 from 33 for 254 yards as the Baltimore Ravens beat Oakland Raiders, 17-14 in their NFL debut at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore
  • 2001-01-14 AFC Championship, Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland: Baltimore Ravens beat Oakland Raiders, 16-3
  • 2001-02-04 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 38-17; MVP: Rich Gannon, Oakland Raiders, QB
  • 2002-01-19 "Tuck Rule Game" AFC Divisional Playoff Game; with under 2 minutes to play New England Patriots trail Oakland Raiders, 13-10 in a driving snowstorm, when a Tom Brady fumble ruled an incomplete pass. Patriots win 16-13 in overtime
  • 2002-02-09 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 38-30; MVP: Rich Gannon, Oakland Raiders, QB
  • 2003-01-19 AFC Championship, Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland: Oakland Raiders beat Tennessee Titans, 41-24
  • 2003-01-26 Super Bowl XXXVII, Qualc:omm Stadium, San Diego, CA: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Oakland Raiders, 48-21; MVP: Dexter Jackson, Tampa Bay, S
  • 2007-04-28 NFL Draft: LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell first pick by Oakland Raiders
  • 2018-01-06 Jon Gruden returns to the NFL as Oakland Raiders head coach after nearly a decade of broadcasting (ESPN Monday Night Football 2009-17)

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2018-12-30 Patrick Mahomes becomes only the 2nd quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns during KC Chiefs' 35-3 win over Oakland Raiders; achieves both marks with 3rd quarter 89-yard TD pass to Demarcus Robinson

NFL Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
NFL Quarterback
Patrick Mahomes

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestAl Davis

1929-07-04 Al Davis, American businessman and NFL team owner (Oakland Raiders), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2011)

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis

Person of interestJohn Madden

1936-04-10 John Madden, NFL coach (Oakland Raiders) and sports commentator (CBS, FOX), born in Austin, Minnesota

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1937-08-02 Billy Cannon, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1959, LSU; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 67; AFL All-Star 1961, 69; Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders), born in Philadelphia, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1938-01-05 Jim Otto, NFL center (Oakland Raiders), born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • 1938-03-10 Ron Mix, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1940-03-10 Joe Bugel, American football coach (offensive line Washington Redskins 'Hogs', Super Bowl 1982, 87; Phoenix Cardinals, Oakland Raiders), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1940-09-29 Mike Eischeid, NFL punter (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1940-12-02 Willie Brown, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback, coach and executive (Super Bowl 1976, 80, 84; Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders), born in Yazoo City, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • 1946-09-18 Otis Sistrunk, American football player (Oakland Raiders), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1947-12-05 Jim Plunkett, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1970, Stanford; Super Bowl 1980, 84 LA/Oakland Raiders), born in San Jose, California
  • 1955-06-14 Vince Evans, American football quarterback (USC; MVP Rose Bowl 1977; NFL: Chicago Bears, LA / Oakland Raiders), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1956-07-31 Bill Callahan, American college football and NFL coach (Nebraska; Oakland Raiders), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957-01-25 Jeff Gossett, American football punter (Oakland Raiders), born in Charleston, Illinois
  • 1960-10-06 Albert Lewis, American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 1987-90; KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in Mansfield, Louisiana
  • 1963-04-06 Lorenzo Lynch, NFL safety (Az Cardinals, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1963-07-22 Eddie Anderson, NFL safety (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1963-08-17 Jon Gruden, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2002, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Oakland Raiders) and broadcaster (ESPN), born in Sandusky, Ohio
  • 1964-06-20 Najee Mustafaa, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1964-10-25 Pat Swilling, American NFL defensive end and linebacker (Oakland Raiders), born in Toccoa, Georgia
  • 1964-11-02 Kevin Gogan, American NFL guard (Pro Bowl 1994, 97-98; Super Bowl 1992-93, Dallas Cowboys), born in Pacifica, California
  • 1964-11-12 Gerald Perry, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1964-11-26 Jeff Jaeger, American NFL kicker (Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1964-12-15 Jerry Ball, NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1965-02-08 Terry McDaniel, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders, LA Raiders)
  • 1965-07-03 Dan Land, American NFL cornerback and safety (Oakland Raiders), born in Donalsonville, Georgia
  • 1966-04-30 Aundray Bruce, defensive end (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1966-07-22 Tim Brown, American Pro and College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (Heisman Trophy 1987, Notre Dame; 9 x Pro Bowl, LA/Oakland Raiders), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1967-01-04 Rick Cunningham, NFL tackle (Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967-04-06 Derrick Fenner, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1967-04-07 Steve Wisniewski, NFL guard (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1967-04-17 Aaron Wallace, American NFL defensive end and linebacker (Oakland Raiders), born in Paris, Texas
  • 1967-04-22 Harvey Williams, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1967-06-20 Anthony Smith, American NFL defensive end (Oakland Raiders), born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina
  • 1967-08-12 Andrew Glover, American NFL tight end (Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings), born in Gonzales, Louisiana
  • 1967-11-22 Donald Hollas, quarterback (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1967-12-08 Jeff George, American NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1968-05-07 Joe King, American NFL safety (Oakland Raiders), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1968-05-09 Bruce Pickens, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969-01-25 Nolan Harrison, American football defensive lineman (Oakland Raiders, Pitt Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969-02-17 David Klingler, NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders, Cin Bengals)
  • 1969-03-14 Greg Biekert, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969-03-16 Pat Harlow, NFL tackle (NE Patriots, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969-03-22 Darrell Russell, defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969-04-15 Michael Jones, American NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders, St Louis Rams), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1969-08-07 Keith Cash, American NFL tight end (KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1969-09-02 Russell Freeman, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969-09-16 Chester McGlockton, American NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders), born in Whiteville, North Carolina
  • 1969-11-18 Raghib Ismail, American NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Oakland Raiders), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1969-11-30 Larry Brown, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969-12-28 James Trapp, US sprinter and NFL player (Oakland Raiders), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1970-01-18 Leo Araguz, American football punter (Oakland Raiders, Rhein Fire), born in Pharr, Texas
  • 1970-01-31 Greg Skrepenak, American football offensive lineman (Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers), born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • 1970-05-15 Desmond Howard, College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (Heisman Trophy 1991, U of Michigan; Super Bowl MVP 1996, Green Bay Packers), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1970-10-30 Kevin Johnson, American NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970-11-14 Derrick Hoskins, NFL safety (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1970-11-27 Calvin Jones, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1970-12-28 James Jett, US Olympic sprinter and NFL wide receiver (Oakland Raiders), born in Charles Town, West Virginia
  • 1971-01-04 Orlanda Truitt, American football wide receiver (Oakland Raiders), born in Bessemer, Alabama
  • 1971-01-08 Billy Joe Hobert, American NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders), born in Puyallup, Washington
  • 1971-02-12 Lincoln Kennedy, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • 1971-02-14 Kenny Shedd, American football receiver (New York Jets, Oakland Raiders), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • 1971-05-06 Rob Holmberg, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1971-05-13 Rob Fredrickson, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1971-08-14 James Folston, American NFL defensive end (Oakland Raiders), born in Cocoa, Florida
  • 1971-08-15 Perry Carter, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in McComb, Mississippi
  • 1972-03-28 Mike Morton, linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1972-06-14 Jeff Kysar, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1972-07-14 Joe Aska, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1972-08-01 Matt Dyson, American NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders), born in La Plata, Maryland
  • 1972-12-31 Cole Ford, American football placekicker (Oakland Raiders), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1973-01-21 Grady Jackson, defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1973-06-07 Napoleon Kaufman, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1973-06-10 Carl Kidd, NFL defensive back (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1973-08-26 Barret Robbins, NFL center (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1973-12-06 Tim Kohn, American NFL guard and tackle (Oakland Raiders), born in Wadsworth, Illinois
  • 1974-02-15 Tim Hall, US running back (Oakland Raiders), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • 1974-05-07 Scott Whittaker, center/tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1974-05-08 Calvin Branch, cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1974-06-24 Adam Treu, guard/tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1975-11-21 Chad Levitt, running back (Oakland Raiders)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

2009-08-29 Retired Denver Bronco's quarterback John Elway (49) weds former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Paige Green

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 2010-07-02 Miss California USA 2009 Carrie Prejean (23) weds Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller (29) in San Diego

Deaths in Sport

  • 2018-05-03 Joe Scannella, American football coach (Oakland Raiders, Montreal Alouettes, Cleveland Browns), dies at 89
  • 2018-05-20 Billy Cannon, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1959, LSU; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 67; AFL All-Star 1961, 69; Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders), dies at 80
  • 2019-10-21 Willie Brown, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback, coach and executive (Super Bowl 1976, 80, 84; Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders), dies at 78
  • 2020-06-28 Joe Bugel, American football coach (offensive line Washington Redskins 'Hogs', Super Bowl 1982, 87; Phoenix Cardinals, Oakland Raiders), dies of bone cancer at 80