New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
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Today in History

December 13, 2007
12:00 am - 1935 - The Bonnet Carre Spillway is Dedicated

December 18, 2007
12:00 am - 1948 - WDSU TV Channel 6 in New Orleans begins broadcasting.

March 17, 2008
12:00 am - 1806 Norbert Rillieux is Born

March 17, 2008
12:00 am - 1884 - Alcide 'Yellow' Nunez was born on this day. - Early jazz clarinetist who played with 'The Original Dixieland Jass Band'.

March 17, 2008
12:00 am - 1930 The First Coffee Break

March 17, 2008
12:00 am - 1956 - Daniel Mukes, traditional jazz snare drummer from New Orleans, Louisiana died

March 17, 2008
12:00 am - 1968 - Christopher 'Black Happy' Goldston, traditional jazz drummer from New Orleans, Louisiana died

March 17, 2008
12:00 am - 1989 - New Orleans native Bobby 'I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday' Mitchell passed away at the age of 53, on this day.

March 18, 2008
12:00 am - 1981 Oliver Alcorn Dies

March 19, 2008
12:00 am - St. Joseph's Day

March 20, 2008
12:00 am -
1687 Cavalier Sieur De La Salle is Assassinated

March 21, 2008
12:00 am - 1788 Mar 21, Almost the entire city of New Orleans, Louisiana, was destroyed by fire.

March 21, 2008
12:00 am - 1788 The Good Friday Fire

March 22, 2008
12:00 am - 1967 Mayor Schiro confers with his legislative leaders

March 23, 2008
12:00 am - 1978 - Harold Cooper died

March 24, 2008
12:00 am - 1913 Storyville

March 25, 2008
12:00 am - 1937 New Orleans Item Political Cartoon,

March 26, 2008
12:00 am - 1804 Louisiana Purchase was divided into Territories of

March 27, 2008
12:00 am - 1962 Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel ordered all Roman Catholic schools in the New Orleans diocese to end segregation.

March 28, 2008
12:00 am - 1997 Termites threaten New Orleans' treasures

March 29, 2008
12:00 am - 1721 Governor Bienville used sword to trace the exact spot where the church would be built

March 30, 2008
12:00 am - 1967 Airplane crash at Airport Hilton in Kenner

March 31, 2008
4:45 pm - 1897 The Great Steamboat Race

April 1, 2008
12:00 am - 1778 Oliver Pollock created the $ sign

April 1, 2008
12:00 am - 1854 The Great State Post Stakes

April 1, 2008
12:00 am - Oliver Pollock, a New Orleans businessman, created the dollar sign

April 2, 2008
12:00 am - 1835 The Medical College of Lousiana Opens--Later Becomes Tulane University

April 3, 2008
12:00 am - 1961 Ernie K-Doe's Mother-In-Law hits the Billboard Charts

April 4, 2008
12:00 am - 1812 The territory of Orleans became the 18th state and later became known as Louisiana.

April 5, 2008
12:00 am - 1867 New Orleans dedicated its first synagogue

April 6, 2008
12:00 am - 1893 The Longest Prizefight in History

April 7, 2008
11:00 pm - 1878 J. F. Doescher opens Lutheran Sunday school for Negroes

April 8, 2008
12:00 am - 1972 - Lous Saint at WTIX Radio

April 9, 2008
12:00 am - 1682 La Salle discovers New Orleans

April 9, 2008
12:00 am - 1898 Gustave Joseph (Sharkey) Bonano is Born

April 10, 2008
12:00 am - 1834 Madame Lalaurie's Legend

April 11, 2008
12:00 am - 1713 The French colony of Acadia, now Nova Scotia, was ceded to Great Britain

April 13, 2008
12:00 am - 1803 Declaration...the town of Bayou St. John shall be a port of delivery

April 13, 2008
12:00 am - 1915 Pelican Stadium Opens

April 14, 2008
12:00 am - 1855 Rematch of at the Metairie Race Track

April 15, 2008
12:00 am - Greater New Orleans Bridge opening--April 15, 1958

April 16, 2008
12:00 am - 1954 - The new Union Railroad Station opens

April 17, 2008
12:00 am - 1887 The N.O. The Pelicans make their professional debut

April 18, 2008
12:00 am - 1927 Milneburg Camps (now UNO area)

April 19, 2008
12:00 am - 1802 Apr 19, Spain reopened the New Orleans port to American merchants.

April 19, 2008
12:00 am - 1960 - Jimmie Davis is elected governor

April 20, 2008
12:00 am - 1909 - Robert Tallant is Born

April 20, 2008
12:00 am - 1962 New Orleans Citizens Committee gave a free one-way ride to blacks to move North.

April 21, 2008
12:00 am - 1956 Audubon Park Fishing rodeo

April 22, 2008
12:00 am - 1861 - Free Negroes of the City meet and then tender their services to the Confederate Government

April 22, 2008
12:00 am - 1937 Lagoon Bridge (City Park)

April 23, 2008
12:00 am - 1831 The Pontchartrain Railroad begins running on what is now the Elysian Fields Avenue neutral ground

April 24, 2008
12:00 am - 1877 Federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans, ending the North's post-Civil War rule in the South.

April 24, 2008
12:00 am - 1965 - Joe Rotis, traditional jazz trombonist, dies

April 25, 2008
12:00 am - 1870 The New Orleans Pelicans Debut

April 26, 2008
12:00 am - 1940 - St. Mark's Community Center

April 27, 2008
12:00 am - 1999 Al Hirt, Dies

April 28, 2008
12:00 am - 1967 The Notorious Riverfront Expressway

April 29, 2008
12:00 am - 1862, New Orleans fell to Union forces during Civil War

April 29, 2008
12:00 am - 1937 - FDR in New Orleans

April 30, 2008
12:00 am - 1812, the Territory of Orleans, which had been organized in 1804, was admitted to the Union

April 30, 2008
12:00 am - 1969 Fire on Oak Street

May 1, 2008
12:00 am - 1995 - Harrah's New Orleans Casino (temporary location) grand opening

May 2, 2008
12:00 am - 1976 Times-Picayune Article About Pralines

May 3, 2008
12:00 am - Extensive street flooding in New Orleans--May 3, 1978

May 4, 2008
12:00 am - 1967 Vic Schiro and Alton Ochsner

May 5, 2008
12:00 am - 1941 Pontchartrain Beach

May 6, 2008
12:00 am - 1946 Chep Morrison Inauguration

May 7, 2008
12:00 am - 1962 Vic Schiro's Inauguration

May 8, 2008
12:00 am - 1862 The Capture of New Orleans

May 8, 2008
12:00 am - Extensive street flooding in New Orleans--May 8, 1995

May 9, 2008
12:00 am - 1964 - Louis Armstrong hit the top of the pop charts for the first time in his career with

May 10, 2008
12:00 am - 1862 - Harper's Weekly Illustration

May 11, 2008
12:00 am - Cabildo fire--May 11, 1988

May 12, 2008
12:00 am - Louisiana World Exposition (World's Fair) opening day--May 12, 1984

May 13, 2008
12:00 am - 1921 - 24 ton Hibernia Bank vault door

May 14, 2008
12:00 am - 1897 Sidney Bechet is Born -- and died on his 62nd Birthday in 1959

May 15, 2008
12:00 am - 1862 - Women's Order

May 16, 2008
12:00 am - 1851 Passenger List

May 17, 2008
12:00 am - 1896 Plessy vs. Ferguson

May 19, 2008
12:00 am - 1903 United Confederate Veterans Reunion

May 20, 2008
12:00 am - 1993 The Pelican Brief

May 21, 2008
12:00 am - 1968 Scoop Kennedy's Birthday

May 22, 2008
12:00 am - 1933 The National Bank of Commerce

May 23, 2008
12:00 am - 1818 Garbage Boat

May 24, 2008
12:00 am - 1940 WPA Bookbinding Project

May 25, 2008
12:00 am - 1939 Robert E. Lee Blvd. Bridge

May 26, 2008
12:00 am - 1964 Mayor Morrison's Funeral

May 27, 2008
12:00 am - 1911 - Hubert Humphrey (LSU graduate and Vice-President) is born.

May 28, 2008
12:00 am - 1941 Pontchartrain Beach

May 29, 2008
12:00 am - 1823 Overcrowded Jails

May 29, 2008
12:00 am - 1941 Linclon Beach

May 30, 2008
12:00 am - 1806 Andrew Jackson Duel

May 30, 2008
12:00 am - 1948. The Desire Streetcar Ceases Operation

May 31, 2008
12:00 am - Race screens are removed from NOPSI buses--May 31, 1958

June 1, 2008
12:00 am - 1942 Air Raid Warning Truck

June 2, 2008
12:00 am - June 2, 1938 - New City Park Bridge

June 3, 2008
12:00 am - June 3 - Confederate Memorial Day

June 4, 2008
12:00 am - On this day in 1812, following the admission Orleans Territory as the state of Louisiana, Louisiana Territory

June 6, 2008
12:00 am - June 6, 1939 - Firestation Construction at Elysian Fields and Pelopidas

June 7, 2008
12:00 am - St. Roch Swimming Pool dedication, June 7, 1981

June 8, 2008
12:00 am - WTIX Music Survey- June 8, 1974

June 9, 2008
12:00 am - June 9, 1939 - American Legion-WPA baseball team at City Park.

June 10, 2008
12:00 am - Pontalba Buildings Renovation - June 10, 1937

June 11, 2008
12:00 am - Jockey Club House, June 11, 1955.

June 12, 2008
12:00 am - June 12, 1967 - New Orleans Fire Department

June 13, 2008
12:00 am - June 13, 1870 - Check written by Benjamin Keyes Fawcett

June 14, 2008
12:00 am - June 14, 1999 - Al Gore in New Orleans

June 15, 2008
12:00 am - June 15, 1881 Marie Laveau Dies

June 17, 2008
12:00 am - June 17, 1911- The Milneburg Playground

June 18, 2008
12:00 am - Ruins of house where Pakenham died, June 18, 1955.

June 19, 2008
12:00 am - June 19, 1909, The chartering of Greater New Orleans Homestead

June 20, 2008
12:00 am - June 20, 1953 - 600 block of St. Peter Street

June 20, 2008
12:00 am - On this day in 1933, a barge towed from New Orleans arrived in Chicago, the first to go from the Great Lakes to the Gulf.

June 21, 2008
12:00 am - June 21, 1937 - Rural Letter Carriers' Convention

June 22, 2008
12:00 am - George Moore | Burglar | June 22, 1905

June 23, 2008
12:00 am - Jimani/Upstairs Lounge fire--June 23, 1973

June 24, 2008
12:00 am - WPA Project Tour, June 24, 1938

July 31, 2008
12:00 am - July 31, 1936 - St. Roch Playground

August 1, 2008
12:00 am - 1952 The Falstaff Weather Ball is First Lit

August 3, 2008
12:00 am - 8/3/1975 Superdome (New Orleans) opened.

August 4, 2008
12:00 am - Louis Armstrong was born

August 6, 2008
12:00 am - The first permanent Roman Catholic convent in America was opened on this day in 1726 in New Orleans.

August 7, 2008
12:00 am - 1727 Ursaline Nuns Arrive in New Orleans

August 16, 2008
12:00 am - 1861 - a

August 17, 2008
12:00 am - Hurricane Camille--August 17, 1969

August 18, 2008
12:00 am - 2000 Dorothy Mae Delavallade Taylor Dies

August 18, 2008
12:00 am - Republican convention in New Orleans

August 21, 2008
12:00 am - Venetian blinds were patented by John Hampson in New Orleans in 1841.

August 25, 2008
12:00 am - 1718 Hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some of them settling in present-day New Orleans

August 25, 2008
12:00 am - 8/25/1718 City of New Orleans founded

August 25, 2008
12:00 am - 8/25/1718 City of New Orleans founded

August 25, 2008
12:00 am - Hurricane Andrew--August 25-26, 1992

August 27, 2008
12:00 am - 1934 Mayor of New Orleans Big Police Force ready to do battle with Senator Huey P. Longs Guardsmen

August 30, 2008
12:00 am - 1956 Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Opens

September 1, 2008
12:00 am - 1957 Pelican Stadium Closes

September 1, 2008
12:00 am - Aquarium of the Americas grand opening--September 1, 1990

September 3, 2008
12:00 am - 1914 Kitty Carlisle is born in New Orleans

September 6, 2008
12:00 am - 1934 Lodge No. 30 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Approve the Idea of a Truck Parade for Mardi Gras

September 7, 2008
12:00 am - 1892 Sullivan vs Corbett Fight

September 9, 2008
12:00 am - Hurricane Betsy--September 9, 1965

September 10, 2008
12:00 am - 1925 -- Roy James Brown Was Born

September 11, 2008
12:00 am - 1722 First Recorded Hurricane

September 11, 2008
12:00 am - Flood Street Photo -- Aftermath of Hurricane Betsy, 1965

September 11, 2008
12:00 am - Papal visit (Pope John Paul II)--September 11-13, 1987

September 16, 2008
12:00 am - The Beatles performance in New Orleans--September 16, 1964

September 23, 2008
12:00 am - Singer and jazz pianist Harry Connick, Jr., was born on this day in 1967 in New Orleans.

September 25, 2008
12:00 am - Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park's last day of rides--September 25, 1983

September 26, 2008
12:00 am - The Cleveland Playground at Tulane and South Claiborne opens

September 27, 2008
12:00 am - 1998 - City goes to bed, hoping it has dodged the bullet

September 29, 2008
12:00 am - 1915 Storm

September 30, 2008
12:00 am - Crescent City Connection Opens

September 30, 2008
12:00 am - Truman Capote is Born

October 1, 2008
12:00 am - 1800 Oct. 1, Spain ceded Louisiana to France in a secret treaty.

October 1, 2008
12:00 am - First steamboat reached New Orleans viâ the Mississippi

October 2, 2008
12:00 am - 1938 Fascism or Freedom

October 2, 2008
12:00 am - The first double-decker steamboat, the Washington, to reach New Orleans did so on this day in 1816.

October 3, 2008
12:00 am - 1931 First Night Game Played at Tiger Stadium

October 4, 2008
12:00 am - 1864 The New Orleans Tribune, 1st African-American daily newspaper was founded

October 5, 2008
12:00 am - 1799 First Greek church wedding in New Orleans

October 6, 2008
12:00 am - 1956 -- John F. Kennedy at the Roosevelt Hotel

October 7, 2008
12:00 am - 1816 -- 1st double decked steamboat, Washington, arrives in New Orleans

October 8, 2008
12:00 am - 1927 -- Charles Lindbergh, flew the Spirit of St. Louis into Alvin Callender Field

October 9, 2008
12:00 am - 1939 -- Fire Station #1 at Elysian Fields and Pelopidas St.

October 10, 2008
12:00 am - Milneburg -- 1923 (Before and After)

October 11, 2008
12:00 am - 1937 - Legal documents bound by WPA Bookbinding Project.

October 12, 2008
12:00 am - George Washington Cable, associated with New Orleans Creole society, was born on this day in 1844.

October 15, 2008
11:30 pm - 1890 Superintendent of Police, David C. Hennessey is Murdered

October 16, 2008
12:00 am - Disappearance of Hale Boggs--October 16, 1972

October 17, 2008
12:00 am - 1920 The Desire streetcar began operating

October 18, 2008
12:00 am - Wynton Marsalis was born on this day in 1961 in New Orleans

October 26, 2008
12:00 am - 1911 Mahalia Jackson is Born

October 26, 2008
12:00 am - 1911 Mahalia Jackson was born

October 28, 2008
12:00 am - 1768 Germans and Acadians joined French Creoles in their armed revolt against the Spanish governor of New Orleans.

October 31, 2008
12:00 am - 1803 Oct 31, Congress ratified the purchase of the entire Louisiana area in North America, which added territory to the U.S.

November 1, 2008
12:00 am - 1870 The U.S. government’s first simultaneous weather report was made from 23 weather stations across the country-including N.O.

November 7, 2008
12:00 am - Jazz trumpeter Al Hirt was born on this day in 1922 in New Orleans.

November 12, 2008
12:00 am - 1970 the Doors made their last appearance with Jim Morrison.

November 16, 2008
12:00 am - 1862 Henriette Delille Dies

November 21, 2008
12:00 am - 1940 Dr. John (born Malcolm Rebennack, aka Mac Rebennack) is Born

November 25, 2008
12:00 am - Actor John Laroquette was born on this day in 1947 in New Orleans.

November 29, 2008
12:00 am - 1912 USS South Carolina in New Orleans

November 29, 2008
12:00 am - Rault Center fire--November 29, 1972

November 29, 2008
12:00 am - Rault Center fire--November 29, 1972

December 1, 2008
12:00 am - 1814 Andrew Jackson Arrives in New Orleans

December 3, 2008
12:00 am - 1862 Gen. Benjamin “Beast” Butler orders Mrs. Philip Philips imprisoned on Ship Island

December 7, 2008
12:00 am - 1978 The Falstaff Weather Ball Goes Dark

December 7, 2008
12:00 am - CSS Pamlico

December 9, 2008
12:00 am - 1889 - Death of Confederate President Jefferson Finis Davis

December 10, 2008
12:00 am - 1914 - Dorothy Lamour was Born

December 10, 2008
12:00 am - Dorothy Lamour was born on this day in 1914 in New Orleans.

December 12, 2008
12:00 am - 1989 - Deep Cold in the Deep South

December 13, 2008
12:00 am - 1804 - The first English language newspaper in New Orleans

December 13, 2008
12:00 am - 1814 - General Andrew Jackson announces martial law in New Orleans

December 14, 2008
12:00 am - 1980 - The New Orleans Saints end their 14 game losing streak

December 15, 2008
12:00 am - 1876 NOLTC is the country’s first lawn tennis club

December 15, 2008
12:00 am - 1954 Oscar

December 16, 2008
12:00 am - 1935 - The Huey P. Long Bridge is Dedicated

December 16, 2008
12:00 am - 1935 Huey P. Long Bridge Dedication

December 17, 2008
12:00 am - 1803- American troops arrive in New Orleans.

December 17, 2008
12:00 am - 1816 - Jacques Philippe Villere - Governor