» January 3, 1962:
Ground is broken for the Houston Astrodome.
» April 10, 1962: The Houston Colt 45s begin play before 25,271 fans at Colt Stadium, a temporary facility, adjacent to the land for the Astrodome. Roman Mejias hits two 3-run home runs, and Bobby Shantz pitches Houston to an 112 win over the Cubs.
» April 9, 1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson joins 47,878 fans for the opening of Harris County Domed Stadium (the Astrodome). The Astros win an exhibition with the Yankees 21 in 12 innings on a Nellie Fox single. Mickey Mantle hits the first home run in the new park.
» April 19, 1965: At a cost of $20,000, the outer Astrodome ceiling is painted because the sun's glare makes fielding fly balls hazardous. Outfielders had been wearing batting helmets in preseason games because of the glare. Painting the skylights will reduce the lighting by nearly 40% and create the need for lights. But the lack of sunlight will cause the grass to die and spur the introduction of artificial turf.
» April 28, 1965: Mets announcer Lindsey Nelson broadcasts the Mets-Astros game at the Astrodome from a hanging gondola, 208 feet above 2B. He sees plenty of action as Houston wins, 129.
» July 24, 1965: At the Astrodome, Reds pitcher Joe Nuxhall loses his no hitter when Bob Lillis singles in the 8th inning. Nuxhall finishes with a 20 one hitter.
» June 11, 1966: Ernie Banks ties a modern major-league record with three triples, as Chicago wins 82 in the Astrodome. Chicago OF Adolfo Phillips also ties an major-league record by striking out nine straight times in two consecutive games (more than 18 innings).
» September 11, 1967:
Houston ties the National League record by using eight pitchers in one 9-inning game, defeating Chicago 1110 at the Astrodome.
» August 16, 1970:
In a 53 Montreal win over the Astros, Bob Bailey hits one of the longest home runs in Astrodome history.
» June 10, 1974: During a 120 win over the Astros, Phillie 3B Mike Schmidt hits a ball off the public address speaker hanging from the Astrodome roof, 117 feet up and 300 feet from the plate. Schmidt must settle for a titanic single. Jim Lonborg is the winner.
» June 15, 1976: Rain out! The scheduled game at the Astrodome is canceled when heavy rains make it difficult for the visiting team and umpires to get through flooded streets to the stadium.
» April 10, 1979:
J.R. Richard throws a major-league record six wild pitches in the Astrodome against the Dodgers, but strikes out 13 and wins 21.
» July 15, 1986: At the Houston Astrodome, the American League wins the All-Star Game 32 for its 2nd triumph in the last 15 years. AL starter Roger Clemens pitches three perfect innings to win the game's MVP Award.
» September 25, 1986: Houston's Mike Scott pitches a 20 no-hitter against the Giants at the Astrodome, clinching the National League West title for the Astros. It is the first time a pennant has ever been decided by a no-hitter, and the 3rd consecutive game in which Astros pitchers have allowed two hits or less.
» April 9, 1990: On Opening Day, Houston's Glenn Davis ties a major-league record when he is hit by pitches three times in an 84, 11-inning loss to the Reds. For the Reds, it is just their 3rd road opener since 1876. On hand are members of the 1965 Yankees and 1965 Astros, the two teams that opened the Astrodome. Of the 32 old timers on hand, former Astro Nolan Ryan has struck out 14 of them.
» July 27, 1992:
Houston starts its club record 26 game road trip with a grand slam by Eric Anthony. The Astros marathon journey is necessitated by the Republican Convention taking over the Astrodome.
» July 23, 1996:
At the Astrodome, San Diego's Rob Deer launches one of the highest balls ever hit, striking a cable holding up a loud speaker. It's declared a dead ball. The Pads don't need it as they win, 74.
» October 3, 1999:
Houston defeats Los Angeles, 9-4, in the last regular season game ever played in the Astrodome.