1931 : First established as The
Houston Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exposition.
1932 : First Show is held at the Democratic Convention Hall.
1938 : Moved to new location: Sam Houston Coliseum.
1942 : First star entertainer: Gene Autry, "the Singing Cowboy"; calf scramble event added to
the Show's rodeo.
1952 : First trail ride (Salt Grass Trail Ride) commences from Brenham, Texas.
1957 : First major educational scholarship ($2,000) awarded to Ben Dickerson.
1961 : Name changes to Houston
Livestock Show and Rodeo.
1966 : New location: Astrodome complex; Astrohall built for Livestock Exposition.
1970 : Research program launched committing $100,000 annually in
support of research studies at various universities and colleges in Texas
1974 : The first World's Championship Bar-B-Que
Contest. Elvis Presley sets attendance record of 43,944. On his second show,
on the same day, he breaks his own record drawing 44,175, for a one-day record 88,119
1975 : The Astroarena is completed.
1977 : Four-year scholarships increased from $4,000 to $6,000.
1983 : Four-year scholarships increased from $6,000 to $8,000.
1989 : Scholarship program expands to Houston metropolitan area.
1992 : Four-year scholarships upgraded from $8,000 to $10,000 retroactive
to all students currently on scholarship.
1993 : Latin superstar Selena breaks attendance record at the Astrodome by drawing
a crowd of over 67,000 fans. Held record for nine consecutive years.
1994 : Latin superstar Selena sets another attendance record at the Astrodome by
drawing another crowd of over 67,000 fans.
1995 : Latin superstar Selena holds famed Astrodome concert with over 64,000 fans.
1997 : Rodeo Institute for Teacher
Excellence is created as a 3-year pilot program with $4.6 million
in funding; websites www.hlsr.com and www.rodeohouston.com introduced.
1998 : Number of 4-H and FFA scholarships increased to 60 per program, totaling
120 four-year $10,000 awards.
1999 : Number of 4-H and FFA scholarships increased to 70 per program,
totaling 140 four-year $10,000 awards; Opportunity Scholarships awarded based on financial need and academic excellence.
2000 : Rodeo Institute for Teacher Excellence extended another 3 years with another
$4.6 million; Reliant Energy acquires naming rights for the Astrodomain; renamed Reliant Park includes the Reliant Astrodome, Reliant Arena, Reliant Hall, Reliant Center and Reliant Stadium.
2001 : Largest presentation of scholarships to date, with 300 four-year
$10,000 awards through the Metropolitan, Opportunity and School Art scholarship programs, totaling $3 million.
2002 : George
Strait sets paid attendance record for any Rodeo event in the Reliant
Astrodome with 68,266; Reliant Hall is demolished.
2003 : New location: Reliant Stadium and Reliant Center; paid attendance of 70,405
for Go Tejano Day; Carruth Plaza, a Western sculpture garden named in honor of past president and chairman, Allen H. "Buddy" Carruth, completed at Reliant Park.
2005 : Performance lineup included Brooks and Dunn, Maroon 5,Clay Walker, Duelo, El Grupo Mazz, and Jeff Foxworthy.
2006 : Brooks & Dunn break rodeo attendance record set by Hillary Duff in 2005 with 72,867 in attendance.
2007 : Hannah Montana and The Cheetah Girls set a new rodeo attendence record set by Brooks & Dunn in 2006 with 73,295 in attendence, selling out in just