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New Orleans, LA

CITY

Official Website:
http://www.new-orleans.la.us/

Chamber of Commerce:
New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce

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

Population:
484674 (2000 census)

Founding Date:
1718

County:
Orleans Parish

NEWSPAPERS

Newspaper
The New Orleans Times-Picayune

SCHOOLS

SchoolFounded
University of New Orleans
1958
Southern University at New Orleans
1956
LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans
1931
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
1917
Our Lady of Holy Cross College
1916
Xavier University of Louisiana
1915
Loyola University New Orleans
1912
Dillard University
1869
Straight University
1868
Jesuit High School, New Orleans, LA
1847
Tulane University
1834

MUSEUM

MuseumFounded
National World War II Museum
2000
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
1998
Louisiana Children's Museum
1986
New Orleans Museum of Art
1911
Louisiana State Museum
1906

AQUARIUM

AquariumFounded
Aquarium of the Americas
1990

ORCHESTRA

OrchestraFounded
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
1991
New Orleans Symphony
1936

COMPANY HEADQUARTERS

CompanyFounded
Young Money Entertainment
2005
Entergy
1989
Freeport-McMoRan
1969
Tidewater
1956
Adams & Reese
1951
Phelps Dunbar
1853

BIRTHS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Phil Anselmo
Musician
30-Jun-1968   Former vocalist for Pantera
Anne L. Armstrong
Government
27-Dec-1927 30-Jul-2008 US Ambassador to the UK, 1976-77
Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
4-Aug-1901 6-Jul-1971 Jazz trumpeter
Richard Baker
Politician
22-May-1948   Congressman from Louisiana, 1987-2008
Sidney Barthelemy
Politician
17-Mar-1942   Mayor of New Orleans, 1986-94
Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
Military
28-May-1818 20-Feb-1893 Confederate General
Sidney Bechet
Jazz Musician
14-May-1897 14-May-1959 Jazz saxophonist
Birdman
Rapper
15-Feb-1969   Cash Money Records
Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr.
Attorney
18-Sep-1940   Patton Boggs
Buddy Bolden
Jazz Musician
6-Sep-1877 4-Nov-1931 Ragtime, pre-Jazz cornetist
Charles Boustany
Politician
21-Feb-1956   Congressman, Louisiana 7th
Donna Brazile
Author
15-Dec-1959   Al Gore's 2000 campaign manager
Poppy Z. Brite
Author
25-May-1967   Are You Loathsome Tonight?
Paul Burke
Actor
21-Jul-1926 13-Sep-2009 Det. Adam Flint on Naked City
W. Walton Butterworth
Diplomat
7-Sep-1903 31-Mar-1975 US Ambassador to Canada, 1962-68
C-Murder
Rapper
9-Mar-1971   Rapper, serving life for murder
George W. Cable
Author
12-Oct-1844 31-Jan-1925 Old Creole Days
Pascal F. Calogero, Jr.
Judge
9-Nov-1931   Louisiana Chief Justice
Truman Capote
Novelist
30-Sep-1924 25-Aug-1984 In Cold Blood
Kitty Carlisle
Singer
3-Sep-1910 18-Apr-2007 A Night at the Opera
Paul Carr
Actor
1-Feb-1934 17-Feb-2006 The Bat People
John Carroll
Actor
17-Jul-1906 24-Apr-1979 Flying Tigers
Tommy Casanova
Football
29-Jul-1950   Former Cincinnati Bengals DB
Bob Clark
Film Director
5-Aug-1941 4-Apr-2007 A Christmas Story
Will Clark
Baseball
13-Mar-1964   SF Giants 1st Baseman, 1986-93
Patricia Clarkson
Actor
29-Dec-1959   Pieces of April
Harry Connick, Jr.
Singer
11-Sep-1967   Golden voiced singer/actor
John H. Dalton
Military
31-Dec-1941   US Secretary of the Navy, 1993-98
Paul Danos
Educator
c. 1942   Dean, Tuck School of Business
Severn Darden
Actor
9-Nov-1929 27-May-1995 Second City
Vance DeGeneres
TV Personality
2-Sep-1954   The Daily Show
Lurita Alexis Doan
Government
4-Jan-1958   General Services Administration
Faith Domergue
Actor
16-Jun-1924 4-Apr-1999 Where Danger Lives
Fats Domino
Singer/Songwriter
26-Feb-1928   Ain't That A Shame
Arnold W. Donald
Business
c. 1955   CEO of Merisant, 2000-03
Clyde Drexler
Basketball
22-Jun-1962   NBA Hall of Famer
Alice Dunbar-Nelson
Author
19-Jul-1875 18-Sep-1935 Harlem Renaissance influence
Mark Duplass
Actor
7-Dec-1976   Pete on The League
Cameron Dye
Actor
13-Dec-1959   Joy of Sex
John B. Elstrott
Educator
30-May-1948   Tulane Institute for Entrepreneurship
Marshall Faulk
Football
26-Feb-1973   Retired NFL running back
John C. Favalora
Religion
5-Dec-1935   Catholic Archbishop of Miami
Ruth Fertel
Business
5-Feb-1927 16-Apr-2002 Founder, Ruth's Chris Steak House
Mannie Fresh
Disc Jockey
20-Mar-1969   DJ, hip hop artist, producer
Shirley Ann Grau
Novelist
8-Jul-1929   The Keepers of the House
Al Green
Politician
1-Sep-1947   Congressman, Texas 9th
Bryant Gumbel
Talk Show Host
29-Sep-1948   The Today Show
F. Edward Hebert
Politician
12-Oct-1901 29-Dec-1979 Congressman from Louisiana, 1941-77
Lillian Hellman
Playwright
20-Jun-1905 30-Jun-1984 Little Foxes
Barry Shabaka Henley
Actor
15-Sep-1954   Collateral
Robert C. Hinckley
Business
c. 1948   Former General Counsel, Xilinx
Al Hirt
Jazz Musician
7-Nov-1922 27-Apr-1999 Dixieland trumpet player
Jeffrey Hunter
Actor
25-Nov-1926 27-May-1969 King of Kings
Walter Isaacson
Author
20-May-1952   Former Managing Editor for Time
Lisa P. Jackson
Government
8-Feb-1962   EPA Administrator
Mahalia Jackson
Singer
26-Oct-1911 27-Jan-1972 Queen of Gospel Music
Rich Jackson
Football
22-Jul-1941   Former Broncos defensive end
Dr. John
Musician
21-Nov-1940   Right Place, Wrong Time
Avery Johnson
Basketball
25-Mar-1965   NBA Coach
Bunk Johnson
Jazz Musician
27-Dec-1889 7-Jul-1949 New Orleans jazz trumpeter
Leatrice Joy
Actor
7-Nov-1893 13-May-1985 The Ace of Hearts
Clarence P. Cazalot Jr.
Business
1951   CEO of Marathon Oil
Juvenile
Rapper
25-Mar-1975   Back That Ass Up
Bob Kaufman
Poet
18-Apr-1925 12-Jan-1986 Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness
DJ Khaled
Rapper
26-Nov-1975   Palestinian-American mixtape DJ
Salman Khan
Educator
11-Oct-1976   Founder, Khan Academy
Victor Kiam
Business
7-Dec-1926 27-May-2001 Liked it so much, he bought the company
John E. Koerner III
Business
c. 1943   President of Barq's, 1976-95
Dorothy Lamour
Actor
10-Dec-1914 22-Sep-1996 My Favorite Brunette
Katherine LaNasa
Actor
1-Dec-1966   Bess on Three Sisters
Moon Landrieu
Politician
23-Jul-1930   Mayor of New Orleans, 1970-78
John Larroquette
Actor
25-Nov-1947   Night Court
Sabrina Le Beauf
Actor
21-Mar-1958   Sondra Huxtable on The Cosby Show
Elmore Leonard
Novelist
11-Oct-1925   Crime novelist, including Swag
Michael Lewis
Author
15-Oct-1960   Liar's Poker
Lloyd
Singer
3-Jan-1986   R&B Singer, You
Anthony Mackie
Actor
23-Sep-1979   The Manchurian Candidate
Eli Manning
Football
3-Jan-1981   New York Giants QB
Peyton Manning
Football
24-Mar-1976   Four-time MVP quarterback
Wynton Marsalis
Jazz Musician
18-Oct-1961   Trumpeter
Master P
Actor
29-Apr-1967   Rapper, CEO of No Limit Records
Brander Matthews
Critic
21-Feb-1852 31-Mar-1929 The Study of American Literature
James R. Moffett
Business
1938   Chairman of Freeport-McMoRan
Dutch Morial
Politician
9-Oct-1929 24-Dec-1989 Mayor of New Orleans, 1978-86
Marc Morial
Politician
3-Jan-1958   Mayor of New Orleans, 1994-2002
Garrett Morris
Comic
25-Jan-1937   Saturday Night Live
Jelly Roll Morton
Jazz Musician
20-Oct-1890 10-Jul-1941 Jazz composer, pianist
John Allen Muhammad
Criminal
31-Dec-1960 10-Nov-2009 Beltway sniper
Mystikal
Rapper
22-Sep-1970   New Orleans rapper, Ghetto Fabulous
Ray Nagin
Politician
11-Jun-1956   Mayor of New Orleans, 2002-10
Ed Nelson
Actor
21-Dec-1928   Dr. Michael Rossi on Peyton Place
Aaron Neville
Musician
24-Jan-1941   Nature Boy
Art Neville
Musician
17-Dec-1937   One of the Neville Brothers
Charles Neville
Musician
28-Dec-1938   One of the Neville Brothers
Cyril Neville
Musician
10-Oct-1948   One of the Neville Brothers
Randy Newman
Songwriter
28-Nov-1943   I Love L.A., Short People
Frank Ocean
Rapper
28-Oct-1987   OFWGKTA rapper
Don Ohlmeyer
Business
3-Feb-1945   President of NBC West Coast
Revius O. Ortique, Jr.
Judge
14-Jun-1924 22-Jun-2008 Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court
Lee Harvey Oswald
Assassin
18-Oct-1939 24-Nov-1963 Assassin of John F. Kennedy
Pauley Perrette
Actor
27-Mar-1969   Abby the lab tech on Navy NCIS
Tyler Perry
Film Director
13-Sep-1969   Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Wendell Pierce
Actor
8-Dec-1962   Det. Moreland on The Wire
June Preisser
Actor
26-Jun-1920 19-Sep-1984 Strike Up the Band
Louis Prima
Singer
7-Dec-1910 24-Aug-1978 King of the Swingers
Godfrey Reggio
Film Director
29-Mar-1940   QATSI Trilogy
Anne Rice
Novelist
4-Oct-1941   Vampire novelist
Donna Rice
Activist
7-Jan-1958   Anti-porn crusader, slept with Gary Hart
Cedric Richmond
Politician
13-Sep-1973   Congressman, Louisiana 2nd
Cokie Roberts
Journalist
27-Dec-1943   ABC's This Week
Thomas J. Rodi
Religion
27-Mar-1949   Catholic Archbishop of Mobile
Lil' Romeo
Rapper
19-Aug-1989   Rapper-son of Master P
Steve Scalise
Politician
6-Oct-1965   Congressman, Louisiana 1st
Silkk the Shocker
Rapper
18-Jun-1975   Younger brother of Master P and C-Murder
Richard Simmons
Fitness Guru
12-Jul-1948   Flamboyant weight loss guru
Penelope Spheeris
Film Director
2-Dec-1945   Wayne's World
Gerald J. St. Pé
Business
c. 1940   Litton Ship Systems
Rusty Staub
Baseball
1-Apr-1944   2716 career hits
Alfred Holt Stone
Scholar
16-Oct-1870 11-May-1955 Studies in the American Race Problem
Gene Taylor
Politician
17-Sep-1953   Congressman from Mississippi, 1989-2011
Ken Thompson
Computer Programmer
4-Feb-1943   Co-creator of UNIX
John Kennedy Toole
Novelist
7-Dec-1937 26-Mar-1969 A Confederacy of Dunces
Allen Toussaint
Musician
14-Jan-1938   Influential New Orleans composer/producer
Sam Trammell
Actor
15-May-1971   Sam Merlotte on True Blood
Ben Turpin
Actor
19-Sep-1869 1-Jul-1940 Cross-eyed comic actor
Shirley Verrett
Singer
31-May-1931 5-Nov-2010 Mezzo-soprano at the Met
David Vitter
Politician
3-May-1961   US Senator from Louisiana
Ron Washington
Baseball
29-Apr-1952   Manager, Texas Rangers
Lil' Wayne
Rapper
27-Sep-1982   Tha Carter
Carl Weathers
Actor
14-Jan-1948   Action Jackson
Elizabeth A. Weaver
Judge
c. 1940   Justice, Michigan Supreme Court
John Giffen Weinmann
Attorney
29-Aug-1928   White House Chief of Protocol, 1991-93
Frederick Weller
Actor
1966   Marshall Mann on In Plain Sight
Larry Williams
Musician
10-May-1935 7-Jan-1980 Bony Moronie and Dizzy Miss Lizzie
Tookie Williams
Criminal
29-Dec-1953 13-Dec-2005 Co-Founder, West Side Crips
John Minor Wisdom
Judge
17-May-1905 15-May-1999 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1957-77
Tommy Wiseau
Film Director
3-Oct-1968   The Room
Cora Witherspoon
Actor
5-Jan-1890 17-Nov-1957 The Bank Dick
Reese Witherspoon
Actor
22-Mar-1976   Legally Blonde
Andrew Young
Politician
12-Mar-1932   Mayor of Atlanta, 1982-90
Grace Zabriskie
Actor
17-May-1941   Sarah Palmer in Twin Peaks

DEATHS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Robert Asprin
Author
28-Jun-1946 22-May-2008 Thieves World
Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
Military
28-May-1818 20-Feb-1893 Confederate General
Theodore Bilbo
Government
13-Oct-1877 21-Aug-1947 Archangel of white supremacy
Donelson Caffery
Politician
10-Sep-1835 30-Dec-1906 US Senator from Louisiana, 1892-1901
Turner Catledge
Journalist
17-Mar-1901 27-Apr-1983 New York Times editor
Alex Chilton
Singer/Songwriter
28-Dec-1950 17-Mar-2010 Big Star
Jefferson Davis
Head of State
3-Jun-1808 6-Dec-1889 President of the Confederacy
Ruth Fertel
Business
5-Feb-1927 16-Apr-2002 Founder, Ruth's Chris Steak House
Jim Garrison
Attorney
20-Nov-1921 21-Oct-1992 New Orleans DA investigated JFK's assassination
F. Edward Hebert
Politician
12-Oct-1901 29-Dec-1979 Congressman from Louisiana, 1941-77
Al Hirt
Jazz Musician
7-Nov-1922 27-Apr-1999 Dixieland trumpet player
John Bell Hood
Military
29-Jun-1831 30-Aug-1879 Confederate General
Shannon Hoon
Musician
26-Sep-1967 21-Oct-1995 Frontman for Blind Melon
Frances Parkinson Keyes
Novelist
21-Jul-1885 3-Jul-1970 All That Glitters
Benjamin Latrobe
Architect
1-May-1764 3-Sep-1820 Designed the US Capitol
Jayne Mansfield
Actor
19-Apr-1933 29-Jun-1967 The Girl Can't Help It
David Mills
Screenwriter
20-Nov-1961 30-Mar-2010 Writer for The Wire
Dutch Morial
Politician
9-Oct-1929 24-Dec-1989 Mayor of New Orleans, 1978-86
Fred Niblo
Film Director
6-Jan-1874 11-Nov-1948 Ben-Hur
Revius O. Ortique, Jr.
Judge
14-Jun-1924 22-Jun-2008 Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court
Mel Ott
Baseball
2-Mar-1909 21-Nov-1958 HoF New York Giants outfielder
Louis Prima
Singer
7-Dec-1910 24-Aug-1978 King of the Swingers
Victor H. Schiro
Politician
6-May-1904 29-Aug-1992 Mayor of New Orleans, 1961-70
Jack Teagarden
Jazz Musician
20-Aug-1905 15-Jan-1964 Virtuoso trombonist and jazz bandleader
Johnny Thunders
Guitarist
15-Jul-1952 23-Apr-1991 New York Dolls guitarist
John Minor Wisdom
Judge
17-May-1905 15-May-1999 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1957-77



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