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Houston, TX

CITY

Official Website:
http://www.cityofhouston.gov/

Visitors Bureau:
http://www.visithoustontexas.com/

Population:
1953631 (2000 census)

Founding Date:
1836

County:
Fort Bend County, Harris County, Montgomery County

Mayor of Houston

NEWSPAPERS

Newspaper
The Houston Chronicle
The Houston Press
Houston Post

SCHOOLS

SchoolFounded
Stratford High School, Houston, TX
1974
Houston Baptist University
1960
University of St. Thomas Houston
1947
Texas Southern University
1947
Lamar High School, Houston, TX
1936
University of Houston
1927
South Texas College of Law
1923
Baylor College of Medicine
1900
Rice University
1891

CIVIC INSTITUTIONS

InstitutionTypeFounded
Houston Grand Opera
Opera
1955
Houston Ballet
Ballet
1955
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Museum
1948
Houston Zoo
Zoo
1922
Houston Symphony
Orchestra
1913
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Museum
1909
Houston Public Library
Library
1904
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum
1900

COMPANY HEADQUARTERS

CompanyFounded
Spectra Energy
2006
Helix Energy Solutions
2006
National Oilwell Varco
2005
Dresser-Rand Group
2004
Endeavour International
2004
CenterPoint Energy
2002
Conoco-Phillips
2002
Complete Production Services
2001
FMC Technologies
2001
Grant Prideco
2000
Reliant Energy
2000
US Oncology
1999
EOG Resources
1999
Pennzoil-Quaker State
1998
Kellogg, Brown and Root
1998
Plains All American Pipeline
1998
Quanta Services
1997
Group 1 Automotive
1997
Metals USA Holdings
1996
Spinnaker Exploration
1996
Transocean
1996
PanEnergy
1995
Crown Castle International
1994
Trico Marine Services
1993
Carrizo Oil & Gas
1993
Vastar Resources
1993
Diamond Offshore Drilling
1993
Kinder Morgan Energy
1992
Enbridge Energy Partners
1991
Exterran Holdings
1990
TEPPCO Partners
1989
Cabot Oil & Gas
1989
Newfield Exploration
1988
Stage Stores
1988
Weatherford International
1987
Western Atlas
1987
Baker Hughes
1987
ExpressJet Holdings
1986
Westlake Chemical
1986
Enron
1985
Lyondell Chemical
1985
Dynegy
1984
EGL
1984
Compaq
1982
BMC Software
1980
Key Energy Services
1977
HCC Insurance Holdings
1974
Men's Wearhouse
1973
Pogo Producing
1970
Sysco
1969
Enterprise Products
1968
Browning-Ferris Industries
1968
Waste Management
1968
Pride International
1966
Veritas DGC
1965
Oceaneering International
1964
Service Corporation International
1962
Apache Corporation
1954
Frontier Oil
1949
Oil States International
1949
Weingarten Realty Investors
1948
Adams Resources & Energy
1947
Bracewell & Giuliani
1945
Continental Airlines
1934
Noble Energy
1932
Southern Union Company
1931
El Paso
1928
Quanex
1927
Schlumberger
1924
Rowan Companies
1923
McDermott International
1923
Cameron International
1920
Cooper Cameron Valves
1920
Fulbright & Jaworski
1919
Halliburton
1919
Vinson & Elkins
1917
Smith International
1902
Stewart Information Services
1893
Marathon Oil
1887
BJ Services
1872
Burlington Resources
1864
King Ranch
1853
Baker Botts
1840
Cooper Industries
1833
Tejas Gas
 
MAXXAM
 
Union Texas Petroleum
 
Targa Resources
 
Vulcan Energy
 
TaxMasters
 
Carriage Services
 
Plains Resources
 

BIRTHS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Candice Accola
Actor
13-May-1987   Caroline Forbes on The Vampire Diaries
Red Adair
Business
18-Jun-1915 7-Aug-2004 Extinguished oil well fires
Yolanda Adams
Singer
27-Aug-1962   Gospel singer, Open My Heart
Pete Aldridge
Business
18-Aug-1938   Under Secretary of Defense, 2001-03
Debbie Allen
Dancer
16-Jan-1950   All About You
Lance Alworth
Football
3-Aug-1940   NFL Hall of Famer, "Bambi"
Wes Anderson
Film Director
1-May-1969   Rushmore
Michael A. Andrews
Politician
7-Feb-1944   Congressman from Texas, 1983-95
Bill Archer
Politician
22-Mar-1928   Congressman from Texas, 1971-2001
James Baker
Government
28-Apr-1930   US Secretary of State, 1989-92
Mark Ballas
Dancer
24-May-1986   Dancing with the Stars
Frederick Barthelme
Novelist
10-Oct-1943   Moon Deluxe
Skye McCole Bartusiak
Actor
28-Sep-1992   Firestarter 2: Rekindled
Ken Bentsen
Politician
3-Jun-1959   Congressman from Texas, 1995-2003
Big Moe
Rapper
27-Jun-1974 14-Oct-2007 Sippin' Codeine
Alexis Bledel
Actor
16-Sep-1981   Rory on Gilmore Girls
Cliff Branch
Football
1-Aug-1948   Former Oakland Raiders WR
Robert L. Brown
Judge
30-Jun-1941   Justice, Arkansas Supreme Court
William C. Bryson
Judge
19-Aug-1945   US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
James Lee Burke
Novelist
5-Dec-1936   Dave Robicheaux series
Noelle Bush
Relative
26-Jul-1977   Niece of George W. Bush
Tom Byron
Pornstar
4-Apr-1961   Kinky Business, Cumback Pussy
Kirbyjon H. Caldwell
Religion
c. 1954   Windsor Village United Methodist Church
John Carter
Politician
6-Nov-1941   Congressman, Texas 31st
Chamillionaire
Rapper
28-Nov-1979   Mixtape Messiah
Lois Chiles
Actor
15-Apr-1947   Moonraker
Lynn Collins
Actor
16-May-1977   X-Men Origins: Wolverine
David Cook
Singer
20-Dec-1982   Season 7 winner, American Idol
Denton Cooley
Doctor
22-Aug-1920   Pioneering heart surgeon
John Cornyn
Politician
2-Feb-1952   US Senator from Texas
Chris Crawford
Computer Programmer
c. 1950   Balance of Power
Kathryn Crosby
Actor
25-Nov-1933   Widow of Bing Crosby
Rodney Crowell
Country Musician
7-Aug-1950   Diamonds & Dirt
John Culberson
Politician
24-Aug-1956   Congressman, Texas 7th
Brett Cullen
Actor
26-Aug-1956   Dan Fixx on Falcon Crest
Michael Dell
Business
23-Feb-1965   Founder of Dell Computer
Jimmy Demaret
Golf
24-May-1910 28-Dec-1983 Winner of three Masters Tournaments
Loretta Devine
Actor
21-Aug-1949   Marla Hendricks on Boston Public
David Dewhurst
Politician
18-Aug-1945   Lt. Governor of Texas
DJ Premier
Disc Jockey
21-Mar-1966   Pri-Pri-Pri-Premier, Premier
E. Linn Draper, Jr.
Business
6-Feb-1942   CEO, American Electric Power, 1993-2003
Donald Driver
Football
2-Feb-1975   Green Bay Packers WR
Steven Drozd
Drummer
11-Jun-1969   Drummer for The Flaming Lips
Allen Drury
Novelist
2-Sep-1918 2-Sep-1998 Advise and Consent
Haylie Duff
Actor
19-Feb-1985   Hilary Duff's sister
Hilary Duff
Actor
28-Sep-1987   Manufactured pop star
Charles W. Duncan, Jr.
Government
9-Sep-1926   US Secretary of Energy, 1979-81
Shelley Duvall
Actor
7-Jul-1949   The Shining
Shannon Elizabeth
Actor
7-Sep-1973   Nadia in American Pie 1 and 2
Mireille Enos
Actor
22-Sep-1975   Sarah Linden on The Killing
Donald Evans
Government
26-Jul-1946   US Secretary of Commerce, 2001-05
Sean Faris
Actor
25-Mar-1982   Life As We Know It
William S. Farish
Business
17-Mar-1939   W.S. Farish & Co.
Lil' Flip
Rapper
3-Mar-1981   Texan freestyle rapper
Curt Flood
Baseball
18-Jan-1938 20-Jan-1997 Tried to topple MLB's antitrust exemption
Robert Foxworth
Actor
1-Nov-1941   Chase Gioberti on Falcon Crest
A. J. Foyt
Auto Racing
16-Jan-1935   Four-time winner of Indy 500
Jennifer Garner
Actor
17-Apr-1972   Alias
Alice P. Gast
Educator
25-May-1958   President, Lehigh University
Greg Germann
Actor
26-Feb-1958   Richard Fish on Ally McBeal
Billy Gibbons
Guitarist
16-Dec-1949   ZZ Top
Teresa Graves
Actor
10-Jan-1948 10-Oct-2002 Laugh-In
Darrell Green
Football
15-Feb-1960   Washington Redskins, Hall of Famer
Gene Green
Politician
17-Oct-1947   Congressman, Texas 29th
Anthony W. Hall, Jr.
Politician
c. 1944   CAO, Houston, TX
Melora Hardin
Actor
29-Jun-1967   Jan Levinson on The Office
Theresa Harris
Actor
31-Dec-1906 8-Oct-1985 Baby Face
Lisa Hartman
Actor
1-Jun-1956   Knots Landing
Elmer Wayne Henley
Criminal
9-May-1956   Kidnapped, tortured, murdered 27 boys
Edward M. House
Diplomat
26-Jul-1858 28-Mar-1938 Advisor to Woodrow Wilson
David Hunke
Publisher
c. 1952   Newspaper publisher
Jackson Hurst
Actor
17-Feb-1979   Grayson Kent on Drop Dead Diva
Rick Hurst
Actor
1-Jan-1946   Cletus Hogg on Dukes
Jandek
Singer/Songwriter
26-Oct-1945   Reclusive Texan songwriter
Chloe Jones
Pornstar
17-Jun-1975 2-Jun-2005 Where the Boys Aren't 17
Mike Jones
Rapper
6-Jan-1981   Who is Mike Jones?
Barbara Jordan
Politician
21-Feb-1936 17-Jan-1996 Gave 1976 Democratic keynote speech
Sterling Knight
Actor
5-Mar-1989   Chad on Sonny with a Chance
Beyonce Knowles
Singer
4-Sep-1981   Former Destiny's Child frontwoman
Solange Knowles
Musician
24-Jun-1986   Teen dancer and pop star
David Koresh
Religion
17-Aug-1959 19-Apr-1993 Branch Davidian cult leader
Gary Kubiak
Football
15-Aug-1961   Head Coach, Houston Texans
Richard Land
Religion
1947   Southern Baptist Convention
Joshua Leonard
Actor
17-Jun-1975   The Blair Witch Project
Aylwin Lewis
Business
28-May-1954   CEO of Sears
Samuel W. Lewis
Diplomat
1-Oct-1930   US Ambassador to Israel, 1977-85
Hal Lindsey
Religion
23-Nov-1929   The Late, Great Planet Earth
Richard Linklater
Film Director
30-Jul-1960   Slacker
LeToya Luckett
Singer
11-Mar-1981   Destiny's Child
Meredith MacRae
Actor
30-May-1944 14-Jul-2000 Host of Mid-Morning L.A.
Barbara Mandrell
Country Musician
25-Dec-1948   Midnight Oil
Dexter Manley
Football
2-Feb-1959   Redskins "Secretary of Defense"
Dave Marr
Golf
27-Dec-1933 5-Oct-1997 Winner, 1965 PGA Championship
Don Mitchell
Actor
17-Mar-1943   Mark Sanger on Ironside
Meredith Monroe
Actor
30-Dec-1969   Andie McPhee on Dawson's Creek
Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr.
Business
29-May-1951   CEO of OPIC, 2005-09
Mike Nesmith
Musician
30-Dec-1942   Monkee
Lisa Niemi
Actor
26-May-1956   Actress/Wife of Patrick Swayze
Annette O'Toole
Actor
1-Apr-1952   Martha Kent on Smallville
Emeka Okafor
Basketball
28-Sep-1982   Charlotte Hornets forward/center
Pauline Oliveros
Composer
2-Jun-1932   Composer, Deep Listener
Barbara Olson
TV Personality
27-Dec-1955 11-Sep-2001 Conservative TV pundit
Renee Olstead
Actor
18-Jun-1989   Lauren Miller on Still Standing
Joel Osteen
Religion
5-Mar-1963   Pastor of Lakewood Church, Houston
Nell Irvin Painter
Historian
2-Aug-1942   Creating Black Americans
Annise Parker
Politician
17-May-1956   Mayor of Houston
Jim Parsons
Actor
24-Mar-1973   Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory
Steve Poizner
Government
4-Jan-1957   California Insurance Commissioner
Billy Preston
Singer/Songwriter
9-Sep-1946 6-Jun-2006 You Are So Beautiful
Missi Pyle
Actor
16-Nov-1972   Bringing Down the House
Dennis Quaid
Actor
9-Apr-1954   Any Given Sunday
Randy Quaid
Actor
1-Oct-1950   Parents
Leven Rambin
Actor
17-May-1990   Lily Montgomery on All My Children
Roger A. Ramsey
Business
c. 1938   CEO of Allied Waste Industries, 1989-97
Phylicia Rashad
Actor
19-Jun-1948   Claire Huxtable on The Cosby Show
Diane Ravitch
Government
1-Jul-1938   Education reformer
Barret Robbins
Football
26-Aug-1973   Superbowl XXXVII no-show
Dallas Roberts
Actor
10-May-1970   Miles Fiedler on Rubicon
George R. Roberts
Business
1944   Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Kenny Rogers
Country Musician
21-Aug-1938   The Gambler
Henry G. Sanders
Actor
18-Aug-1942   Robert E. on Dr. Quinn
Gloria R. Scott
Educator
14-Apr-1938   President of Bennett College, 1987-2001
Marc J. Shapiro
Business
c. 1948   Vice Chairman of JP Morgan Chase, 1997-2003
Herbert D. Simons
Attorney
1935   Former Partner, Butler & Binion
Mike Singletary
Football
9-Oct-1958   Linebacker, Chicago Bears
Anna Nicole Smith
Model
28-Nov-1967 8-Feb-2007 Addled golddigger
Jaclyn Smith
Actor
26-Oct-1945   Kelly on Charlie's Angels
South Park Mexican
Rapper
1971   Hispanic rapper / Dope House Records
Georgina Spelvin
Pornstar
3-Jan-1936   Devil in Miss Jones
Brent Spiner
Actor
2-Feb-1949   Data on Star Trek: TNG
Matt Stone
Cartoonist
26-May-1971   South Park
Michael Strahan
Football
21-Nov-1971   NY Giants Defensive End
Annette Strauss
Politician
26-Jan-1924 14-Dec-1998 Mayor of Dallas 1987-91
Don Swayze
Actor
10-Aug-1958   Beach Babes from Beyond
Patrick Swayze
Actor
18-Aug-1952 14-Sep-2009 Dirty Dancing
Thurman Thomas
Football
16-May-1966   Buffalo Bills, Hall of Famer
Slim Thug
Rapper
8-Sep-1980   Already Platinum
Susan Tolsky
Actor
6-Apr-1943   Biddie on Here Come the Brides
John Tower
Politician
25-Sep-1925 5-Apr-1991 US Senator from Texas, 1961-85
Karla Faye Tucker
Criminal
18-Nov-1959 3-Feb-1998 First woman executed in Texas since 1863
The Undertaker
Wrestling
24-Mar-1965   Undefeated at WrestleMania
Wylie Vale, Jr.
Doctor
3-Jul-1941 3-Jan-2012 Endocrinologist at Salk Institute
Jack Valenti
Business
5-Sep-1921 26-Apr-2007 Presidential advisor, headed the MPAA
Brooke Valentine
Singer/Songwriter
4-Oct-1984   R&B singer, Chain Letter
David Vetter
Victim
21-Sep-1971 22-Feb-1984 The Boy in the Bubble
Carl W. Vogt
Attorney
20-Apr-1936   Former Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski
Paul Wall
Rapper
30-Mar-1980   Sittin' Sidewayz
Isaiah Washington
Actor
3-Aug-1963   Dr. Burke on Grey's Anatomy
Johnny "Guitar" Watson
Guitarist
3-Feb-1935 17-May-1996 Gangster of Love
Kathryn J. Whitmire
Politician
15-Aug-1946   Mayor of Houston, 1982-91
JoBeth Williams
Actor
6-Dec-1948   Poltergeist
Chandra Wilson
Actor
27-Aug-1969   Dr. Bailey on Grey's Anatomy
Robert Woodrow Wilson
Astronomer
10-Jan-1936   Detected primordial radiation
Andrea Yates
Criminal Defendant
2-Jul-1964   Drowned her five children
Vince Young
Football
18-May-1983   Tennessee Titans ex-QB
Marvin Zindler
Journalist
10-Aug-1921 29-Jul-2007 Houston reporter, KTRK-TV

DEATHS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Johnny Ace
Singer/Songwriter
9-Jun-1929 25-Dec-1954 R&B star, shot himself
Red Adair
Business
18-Jun-1915 7-Aug-2004 Extinguished oil well fires
Joe L. Allbritton
Business
29-Dec-1924 12-Dec-2012 Well-connected Washington billionaire
Alan Ameche
Football
1-Mar-1933 8-Aug-1988 Winner, 1954 Heisman Trophy
Dillon Anderson
Government
14-Jul-1906 1974 National Security Advisor, 1955-56
Anne L. Armstrong
Government
27-Dec-1927 30-Jul-2008 US Ambassador to the UK, 1976-77
James A. Baker
Attorney
10-Jan-1857 2-Aug-1941 Baker Botts
Donald Barthelme
Author
7-Apr-1931 23-Jul-1989 Come Back, Dr. Caligari
Lloyd Bentsen, Jr.
Politician
11-Feb-1921 23-May-2006 US Senator, Treasury Secretary
Big Moe
Rapper
27-Jun-1974 14-Oct-2007 Sippin' Codeine
W. B. Botts
Attorney
7-Sep-1835 7-Mar-1893 Baker Botts
David Brinkley
Journalist
10-Jul-1920 11-Jun-2003 The Huntley-Brinkley Report
Dixie Carter
Actor
25-May-1939 10-Apr-2010 Designing Women
John Connally
Politician
27-Feb-1917 15-Jun-1993 Governor of Texas, 1963-69
Michael DeBakey
Doctor
7-Sep-1908 11-Jul-2008 Father of cardiovascular surgery
Jimmy Demaret
Golf
24-May-1910 28-Dec-1983 Winner of three Masters Tournaments
Ronnie James Dio
Singer
10-Jul-1942 16-May-2010 Black Sabbath and Dio
Dan L. Duncan
Business
2-Jan-1933 28-Mar-2010 Billionaire, Enterprise Products
James A. Elkins
Attorney
25-Sep-1879 7-May-1972 Vinson & Elkins
Max Faget
Scientist
26-Aug-1921 9-Oct-2004 Designer of NASA spacecraft
Claude Harmon
Golf
14-Jul-1916 23-Jul-1989 Winner, 1948 Masters Tournament
Jan de Hartog
Novelist
22-Apr-1914 22-Sep-2002 Hollands glorie
Jay Hebert
Golf
14-Feb-1923 25-May-1997 Winner, 1960 PGA Championship
Christopher Hitchens
Journalist
13-Apr-1949 15-Dec-2011 Agent provocateur
Oveta Culp Hobby
Publisher
19-Jan-1905 16-Aug-1995 Houston Post President, 1955-83
Lightnin' Hopkins
Guitarist
15-Mar-1912 30-Jan-1982 Mojo Hand
Anson Jones
Politician
20-Jan-1798 9-Jan-1858 President of Texas, committed suicide
Chloe Jones
Pornstar
17-Jun-1975 2-Jun-2005 Where the Boys Aren't 17
Jesse H. Jones
Government
5-Apr-1874 1-Jun-1956 US Secretary of Commerce, 1940-45
Guy Lombardo
Musician
19-Jun-1902 5-Nov-1977 The Royal Canadians
Ben F. Love
Business
1924 13-Jan-2006 CEO of Texas Commerce Bank
Jeanette MacDonald
Actor
18-Jun-1903 14-Jan-1965 The Merry Widow
Roger Maris
Baseball
10-Sep-1934 14-Dec-1985 Broke Babe Ruth's home run record
Dave Marr
Golf
27-Dec-1933 5-Oct-1997 Winner, 1965 PGA Championship
J. Howard Marshall II
Business
24-Jan-1905 4-Aug-1995 Oilman, married Anna Nicole Smith
Slater Martin
Basketball
22-Oct-1925 18-Oct-2012 NBA Hall of Famer, coach
Clem McSpadden
Politician
9-Nov-1925 7-Jul-2008 Congressman from Oklahoma, 1973-75
Robert Mosbacher
Government
11-Mar-1927 24-Jan-2010 US Secretary of Commerce, 1989-92
William N. Patman
Politician
26-Mar-1927 9-Dec-2008 Congressman from Texas, 1981-85
Will Sampson
Actor
27-Sep-1933 3-Jun-1987 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
DJ Screw
Disc Jockey
20-Jul-1971 16-Nov-2000 Screw Music innovator
Richard E. Smalley
Chemist
6-Jun-1943 28-Oct-2005 Co-Discovered fullerines
Gene Tierney
Actor
19-Nov-1920 6-Nov-1991 Laura
Lurleen Burns Wallace
First Lady
19-Sep-1926 7-May-1968 Wife and surrogate governor of George Wallace
Marvin Zindler
Journalist
10-Aug-1921 29-Jul-2007 Houston reporter, KTRK-TV



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