Today in Louisiana History

Louisiana: Baton Rouge - New Orleans

Historical Events

Events 1 - 78 of 78

1682-04-09 - Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France
1716-06-06 - 1st slaves arrive in Louisiana
1718-08-25 - Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans, founded
1762-11-03 - Spain acquires Louisiana
1766-03-05 - Don Antonio de Ulloa takes possession of Louisiana Terr from French
1788-03-21 - Fire destroys 856 buildings in New Orleans Louisiana
1800-10-01 - Spain cedes Louisiana to France in a secret treaty
1803-04-30 - US doubles in size through Louisiana Purchase ($15 million)
1803-07-04 - The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people.
1803-10-20 - US Senate ratifies Louisiana Purchase
1803-11-30 - Spain cedes her claims to Louisiana Territory to France
1803-12-20 - French flag lowered in New Orleans to mark formal transfer of Louisiana Purchase from France to US for $27M
1804-03-26 - Congress orders removal of Indians east of Mississippi to Louisiana
1804-03-26 - Territory of Orleans organizes in Louisiana Purchase
1804-05-17 - Lewis & Clark begin exploration of Louisiana Purchase
1805-03-03 - Louisiana-Missouri Territory forms
1811-01-08 - Louisiana slave revolt by Charles Deslondes at German Coast
1811-01-10 - Louisiana slaves rebell in 2 parishes
1812-04-30 - (Eastern) Louisiana admitted as 18th US state
1812-06-04 - Louisiana Territory officially renamed "Missouri Territory"
1831-12-25 - Louisiana & Arkansas are first states to observe Christmas as holiday
1835-03-03 - Congress authorizes a US mint at New Orleans Louisiana
1855-03-15 - Louisiana establishes 1st health board to regulate quarantine
1856-08-10 - Hurricane washes away 2-300 revelers at Last Island, Louisiana
1858-06-21 - Louisiana chess prodigy Paul Morphy arrives in Europe
1861-01-26 - Louisiana secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
1861-01-31 - State of Louisiana takes over US Mint at New Orleans (U.S Civil War)
1861-02-05 - Louisiana delegation except Mr Bouligny withdraws from Congress (US Civil War)
1862-05-12 - Federal troops occupies Baton Rouge Louisiana
1862-11-03 - Battle until the 5th November between gunboats at Bayou Teche, a waterway in Louisiana
1863-01-14 - Battle between gunboats at Bayou Teche Louisiana
1863-04-12 - -14] Gunboat battle at Bayou Teche Louisiana
1863-05-21 - Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana, begins
1863-11-03 - Battle of Grand Coteau in Southwestern Louisiana in the American Civil War
1864-03-14 - Union troops occupy Fort de Russy, Louisiana
1864-03-21 - Battle at Henderson's Hill (Bayou Rapids) Louisiana
1864-04-02 - Skirmish at Crump's Hill (Piney Woods), Louisiana
1864-05-01 - -8] Battle at Alexandria, Louisiana (Red River Campaign)
1864-05-03 - 3rd day in Battle at Alexandria Louisiana: Confederate assault
1868-04-16 - Louisiana voters approve new constitution
1868-06-13 - Oscar J Dunn (a black) is elected Lt Governor of Louisiana
1868-07-13 - Oscar J Dunn, former slave, installed as lt governor of Louisiana
1868-09-28 - Opelousas Massacre at St Landry Parish Louisiana (200 blacks killed)
1868-10-30 - John Menard of Louisiana is 1st African American elected to US Congress
1868-11-03 - First black Congressman elected (John W Menard, Louisiana)
1869-02-23 - Louisiana governor signs public accommodations law
1873-01-13 - P B S Pinchback relinquishes office at Louisiana governor
1873-04-13 - Colfax Massacre in Grant Parish Louisiana (60 blacks killed)
1890-01-02 - Record 19'2" alligator shot in Louisiana by E A McIlhenny
1890-05-12 - Louisiana legalized prize fighting
1898-05-12 - Louisiana adopts new constitution with "grandfather clause" designed to eliminate black voters
1899-02-13 - -16°F (-27°C), Minden Louisiana (state record)
1902-06-28 - Congress authorizes Louisiana Purchase Expo $1 gold coin
1904-04-20 - Louisiana Purchase Exposition opens in St Louis
1935-06-12 - Senator Huey Long of Louisiana spoke continually for 15½ hours in Senate's longest speech on record (150,000 words)
1936-08-10 - 114°F (46°C) at Plain Dealing, Louisiana (state record)
Composer and Lyricist Irving BerlinComposer and Lyricist Irving Berlin 1940-05-28 - Irving Berlin's musical "Louisiana Purchase" premieres in NYC
1944-05-09 - Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes governor of Louisiana
1955-03-03 - Elvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance on a broadcast of radio show "Louisiana Hayride"
1957-06-27 - Hurricane Audrey, kills 526 in Louisiana & Texas
1959-05-25 - US Supreme Courtt rules Louisiana prohibiting black-white boxing unconstitutional
1959-06-18 - Governor of Louisiana Earl K. Long is committed to a state mental hospital; he responds by having the hospital's director fired and replaced with a crony who proceeds to proclaim him perfectly sane.
1962-08-28 - 55.9 cm rainfall at Hackberry, Louisiana (state record)
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley 1964-01-29 - Most lopsided high-school basketball score 211-29 (Louisiana)
1965-09-08 - Hurricane Betsy kills 75 in Louisiana & Florida
1965-09-12 - Hurricane Betsy strikes Florida & Louisiana kills 75
1969-08-17 - Hurricane Camille strikes US coastline and kills 259 people (mainly in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana)
1971-06-21 - 50,000 attend Celebration of Life, rock concert, McCrea Louisiana
1971-08-11 - Construction begins on Louisiana Superdome
1975-08-03 - Louisiana Superdome is dedicated
1975-08-09 - 1st NFL game in Louisiana Superdome, Houston beats Saints 13-7
1990-04-16 - Supreme Court rejects appeal from retarded man, Dalton Prejean, condemned to death for murdering a Louisiana state trooper in 1977
1991-06-08 - College World Series: Louisiana State defeats Wichita State 6-3
1996-02-02 - Ali Landry, 22, (Louisiana), crowned 45th Miss USA
1996-08-10 - Parlisha Williams (Louisiana) crowned Ms Black USA Metroplex
2005-06-01 - The longest oil/natural gas explosion in the Houston, Texas area occurs in Crosby, Texas. The drill was owned by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Company.
2005-08-29 - Hurricane Katrina makes its 2nd landfall as a category 3 hurricane devastating much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida Panhandle. Kills more than 1,836, causes over $115 billion in damage.
2005-09-24 - Hurricane Rita makes landfall in the United States, devastating Beaumont, Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 118

1643-12-22 - Rene-Robert Cavelier La Salle, France, French explorer (Louisiana)
1837-05-10 - Pinckney B S Pinchback, Lt gov (Louisiana)
1837-06-22 - Paul Morphy, greatest chess player of all time (1857-61), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1865-12-19 - Minnie Maddern Fiske, actress (Henrik Ibsen's plays), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1867-12-23 - Madame C. J. Walker, Louisiana, cosmetic mogul (Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company), (d. 1919)
Cosmetics Mogul Madame C. J. WalkerCosmetics Mogul Madame C. J. Walker (1867-12-23) 1867-12-23 - Sarah Breedlove, Delta Louisiana, (Madam C. J. Walker), daughter of slaves & 1st US female self-made millionaire (hair straightner)
1888-01-20 - Lead Belly, Louisiana, blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), (d. 1949)
1890-01-05 - Cora Witherspoon, actress (Bank Dick), dies, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1890-10-20 - Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, jazz pianist/composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1895-12-07 - Jack Pennick, Portland OR, actor (Lady From Louisiana)
1899-09-11 - Jimmie Davis, Quitman, Louisiana, American singer and songwriter (You Are My Sunshine)
1901-08-04 - Louis Armstrong, jazz trumpeter (Hello Dolly), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1971)
Poet Arna BontempsPoet Arna Bontemps (1902-10-13) 1902-10-13 - Arna Bontemps, Louisiana, American poet (100 years of negro freedom)
1905-01-13 - Percy Humphrey, jazz trumpet player and bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1906-07-17 - John Carroll, [Julian LaFaye], actor (Wolf Call), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1907-12-03 - Connee Boswell, singer (Pete Kelly's Blue), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1908-08-30 - Willie Bryant, singer (Sugar Hill Times), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1911-10-26 - Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (Whole World in his Hands), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1913-07-05 - Smiley Lewis, Louisiana, vocalist (I Hear You Knockin')
Gospel Singer Mahalia JacksonGospel Singer Mahalia Jackson (1911-10-26) 1914-09-03 - Kitty Carlisle Hart, actress (Animal Crackers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1914-12-02 - Ray Walston, actor (My Favorite Martian, Damn Yankees), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1914-12-10 - Dorothy Lamour, [Mary Kaumeyer], actress and singer (Road to Bali), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1918-04-14 - Mary Healy, actress (2nd Fiddle, He Married his Wife), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1918-12-19 - 'Professor Longhair' Henry Roeland Byrd, Bogalusa, Louisiana, New Orleans blues singer and pianist
1920-07-17 - Bill Monroe, newscaster (NBC-TV, Congressional Report), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1922-06-13 - Mel Parnell [Melvin], Major League Baseball pitcher (Boston Red Socks, 1947-56), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
1922-11-07 - Al Hirt, jazz trumpeter (Greatest Horn in the World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1924-01-11 - Slim Harpo [James Moore], Lobdell, Louisiana, American blues musician
Author Truman CapoteAuthor Truman Capote (1924-09-30) 1924-09-30 - Truman Capote, American author (In Cold Blood), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1924-12-24 - [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American singer (Working in the Coal Mines), born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 1986)
1925-06-16 - Faith Domergue, actress (House of 7 Corpses), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1925-09-10 - Roy James Brown, boxer/soul singer (Good Rockin' Tonight), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1926-05-06 - Marguerite Piazza, operatic soprano (Young Broadway), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
1926-07-21 - Paul Burke, American actor (Thomas Crown Affair, Neal-Dynasty), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1926-11-25 - Jeffrey Hunter, American actor (Star Trek Cage, The Searchers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1927-02-05 - Val Dufour, actor (Eugenie Grandet, Another World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1927-03-06 - Norman Treigle, bass-baritone, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1927-08-30 - Geoffrey Beene, Louisiana, dress designer (8 Coty Awards)
1928-12-21 - Ed Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, A Long Came a Spider), born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 2014)
1929-07-14 - Charles Anthony [Caruso], tenor (2,928 performances at Metropolitan Opera), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
1930-07-03 - Pete Fountain, jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk 1957-59), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1931-05-31 - Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano (Cassandra-Les Troyens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Forward Bob PettitNBA Forward Bob Pettit (1932-12-12) 1932-12-12 - robert pettit, Baton Rouge Louisiana, NBA star (St Louis Bombers/1959 MVP)
1934-02-07 - Earl King [Solomon Johnson], American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Come On), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1936-02-22 - Ernie K-Doe [Ernest Kador Jr], African-American R&B singer (Mother-in-Law"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1937-02-01 - Garrett Morris, actor (SNL, Martin, Carwash), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1937-12-17 - Art Neville, vocalist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1938-02-22 - Ishmael Reed, US, author (Last Days of Louisiana Red)
1938-10-16 - Carl Gunter Jr, Louisiana State Representative (d. 1999)
1939-05-07 - Marco St John, actor (Rayford-Ball Four), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
Ex-soldier, drifter Lee Harvey OswaldEx-soldier, drifter Lee Harvey Oswald (1939-10-18) 1939-10-18 - Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin (JFK), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)
1939-11-13 - Idris Muhammad, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 2014)
1939-12-17 - James Booker, R&B musician (Gonzo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1940-11-21 - Dr. John [Rebennack], American vocalist (I Was in Right Place), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1941-10-04 - Anne Rice, author (Interview with a Vampire), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1942-06-25 - Willis Reed, Hico Louisiana, NBA hall of fame MVP center/coach (NY Knicks)
1943-02-09 - James King, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1968), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Center and Power Forward Willis ReedNBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed (1942-06-25) 1943-04-30 - Robert L Livingston, (Rep-R-Louisiana, 1977- )
1943-11-28 - Randy Newman, vocalist (Short People, Love LA, Raindrops), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1944-01-31 - Charley Musselwhite, blues musician (Stand Back, Louisiana Fog)
1945-03-11 - Tricia O'Neal, Shreveport Louisiana, actress (Piranha Part II)
1945-09-10 - Tom Ligon, actor (Joyride), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1945-11-17 - Elvin Hayes, Rayville Louisiana, NBA star (San Diego, Houston, Baltimore)
1945-12-05 - J W "Corkey" Fornof, stunt coordinator (Octopussy), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1946-10-02 - Jo-el Sonnier, Rayne La, country singer (Louisiana)
NBA Forward Elvin HayesNBA Forward Elvin Hayes (1945-11-17) 1947-03-14 - William Jefferson, (Rep-D-Louisiana)
1947-11-25 - John Larroquette, actor (Dan Fielding-Night Court), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1948-05-22 - Richard Baker, (Rep-R-Louisiana)
1948-09-29 - Bryant Gumbel, sportscaster/TV host (Today Show), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1948-10-26 - Marshall Colt, actor (Eric-Lottery), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1949-09-18 - Jim McCrery, (Rep-R-Louisiana)
1949-11-17 - Thomas Lionel Hill, 110m hurdler (Olympic-bronze-1972), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1950-08-28 - Ron "Louisiana Lightning" Guidry, Yankee pitcher (Cy Young 1978)
1952-06-18 - Barry Champagne, Louisiana, stunt coorindator (Licence to Kill)
1952-07-14 - Eric Laneuville, actor (Larry-Room 222, St Elsewhere), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1954-04-05 - Christopher S Nelson, actor (Sons & Daughters), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1955-02-16 - Guy Gallo, writer (Under the Volcano), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1955-02-28 - Randy Jackson, guitarist (Zebra-Tell Me What You Want), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1955-03-29 - Earl Campbell, NFL running back (Houston, 1977 Heisman), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1955-08-09 - Doug Williams, Louisiana, NFL QB (Tampa Bay Bucaneers, Wash Redskins)
1955-11-23 - Mary Landrieu, American politician, senior senator of Louisiana
1956-11-12 - Rhonda Shear, comedian (Up All Night), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1957-03-21 - Sabrina Le Beauf, actress (Sondra-Crosby Show), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1958-01-07 - Donna Rice, model/Gary Hart's lover, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneresComedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres (1958-01-26) 1958-01-26 - Ellen DeGeneres, comediene (Ellen Morgan-Ellen), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1958-12-14 - Steven Rock-Savage, Mellville Louisiana, (LSU), actor
1959-09-30 - Kim Bauer, LPGA golfer (1993 Minn LPGA Classic-30th), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1960-04-15 - Marvin Clyde Goodwin, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1961-10-18 - Wynton Marsalis, jazz trumpeter (Grammy 1983), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1962-06-22 - Clyde "Glide" Drexler, NBA Guard (Houston Rockets, Port Trailblazers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1962-10-11 - Eric Johnson, Seaside OR, Nike golfer (1993 NIKE Louisiana Open-3rd)
NBA Swingman Clyde DrexlerNBA Swingman Clyde Drexler (1962-06-22) 1962-11-22 - Cleo Fields, (Rep-D-Louisiana)
1964-03-13 - Will Clark, American MLB first baseman (San Francisco Giants), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1964-05-02 - Kelly Michael Gibson, PGA golfer (1995 Bob Hope-7th), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1964-09-14 - Faith Ford, Louisiana, actress (Another World, Corky-Murphy Brown)
1965-02-10 - Lenny Webster, catcher (Montreal Expos), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1965-08-21 - Jim Bullinger, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1966-08-10 - Gerald Williams, outfielder (NY Yankees), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1967-09-11 - Harry Connick Jr, singer (We Are in Love), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
Singer Harry Connick JrSinger Harry Connick Jr (1967-09-11) 1968-01-29 - Aeneas Williams, NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 10 of 10

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank WilliamsCountry Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams (1952-10-17) 1952-10-17 - Country music legend Hank Williams (29) weds Billie Jean Jones in Minden, Louisiana
1965-06-19 - NBA forward Bob Pettit (32) weds Carole Crowell in Alexandria, Louisiana
1976-01-11 - NBA player Pete Maravich (27) weds college sweetheart Jackie Elliser in Metairie, Louisiana
1993-11-26 - Political strategist for President Clinton's campaign and political commentator James Carville (49) weds Republican political pundit Mary Matalin (40) in New Orleans, Louisiana
1994-04-16 - Singer Harry Connick Jr (26) weds model Jill Goodare (30) at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana
1996-10-06 - American country singer Faith Hill (44) weds singer and actor Tim McGraw (45) in Rayville, Louisiana
2004-09-04 - Rap singer Juvenile (29) weds Shadonna Jones at The Victory Fellowship Church in Metairie, Louisiana
Singer Harry Connick JrSinger Harry Connick Jr (1994-04-16) 2011-07-09 - NBA Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas (24) weds long-term girlfriend Jaime Collins at Louisiana
2013-06-01 - "How to Make It in America" actress Lake Bell (34) weds tattoo artist Scott Campbell at The Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Louisiana
2014-03-14 - Actress Jamie Lynn Spears (22) weds businessman Jamie Watson at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans, Louisiana

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 11 of 11

1687-03-19 - Rene-Robert Cavelier La Salle, Fren explorer (Louisiana), killed at 43
1795-07-03 - Antonio de Ulloa, Spanish general and governor of Louisiana (b. 1716)
1829-10-06 - Pierre Derbigny, Governor of Louisiana (b. 1769)
1868-09-06 - Pierre Adolphe Rost, Louisiana judge, Confederate commissioner (b. 1797)
1914-12-12 - Watkins Lewis Africa American lynched in Shrevport, Louisiana
1964-08-16 - Jack Pennick, actor (Lady From Louisiana), dies at 68
1972-10-16 - Hale Boggs, U.S. Congressman from Louisiana (b. 1914)
1992-10-21 - Jim Garrison, Louisiana DA (investigate JFK assassination), dies at 70
1995-07-22 - Percy Humphrey, jazz trumpet player and bandleader in New Orleans, Louisiana, 90
2003-05-09 - Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator from Louisiana (b. 1918)
2007-10-01 - Harry Lee, Sheriff of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana (b. 1932)


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