United States of America in History (Part 20)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1901 - 2,000 of 10,228

  • 1914-05-22 Sun Ra, American musician (d. 1993)
  • 1914-05-29 Stacy Keach, Sr., American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1914-06-14 Pauline Moore, American actress (d. 2001)
  • 1914-06-14 Winifred Milius Lubell, New York, American illustrator and writer (The Outer Lands) (d. 2012)
  • 1914-06-15 Hilda Terry, American Cartoonist (d. 2006)
  • 1914-07-24 Frances Oldham Kelsey, Canadian-American FDA Director (stopped thalidomide use in the US), born in Cobble Hill, British Columbia (d.2015)
  • 1914-07-26 Erskine Hawkins, American musician and bandleader (d. 1993)
  • 1914-07-28 Carmen Dragon, American composer (d. 1984)
  • 1914-08-02 Beatrice Straight, Old Westbury, New York, American actress (Network, Poltergeist)
  • 1914-08-11 José Silva, American parapsychologist (d. 1999)
  • 1914-09-02 Tom Glazer, American folk singer and songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1914-09-03 Dixy Lee Ray, American politician (d. 1994)
  • 1914-09-14 Clayton Moore, American actor (d. 1999), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1914-09-14 Robert McCloskey, American author (d. 2003)
  • 1914-09-14 Robert S. Dietz, Westfield New Jersey, American Geophysicist who proposed a theory of seafloor spreading in 1961
  • 1914-09-16 Allen Funt, American TV host & creator (Candid Camera), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1914-09-28 Jim Boyd, American country and western musician (Men of the West) (d. 1993)
  • 1914-10-01 Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian and author (The Americans: The Democratic Experience - 1974 Pulitzer Prize)
  • 1914-10-02 Jack Parsons, American rocket scientist, author, and occultist (d. 1952)
  • 1914-10-04 Brendan Gill, American critic (The New Yorker), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • 1914-10-09 Roger Goeb, American composer, born in Cherokee, Iowa (d. 1997)
  • 1914-10-14 Dick Durrance, American skier (d. 2004)
  • 1914-10-21 Martin Gardner, Scientific American math & puzzles columnist
  • 1914-10-25 John Berryman, American poet (Friends & Associates)
  • 1914-10-30 Richard E Holz, American composer
  • 1914-10-31 Joe Carcione, American consumer advocate (d. 1988)
  • 1914-11-05 Alton Tobey, American artist (d. 2005)
  • 1914-11-11 Henry Wade, American lawyer (d. 2001)
  • 1914-12-09 Frances Reid, American actress
  • 1914-12-29 Billy Tipton, American musician (d. 1989)
  • 1914-12-30 Bert Parks, [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1914-12-30 Jo Van Fleet, American actress (Cool Hand Luke, East Eden), born in Oakland, California
  • 1915-01-06 Don Edwards, American politician and civil rights champion (Rep-D-CA, 1963-94), born in San Jose, California (d. 2015)
  • 1915-01-12 Paul Jarrico, American writer (d. 1997)
  • 1915-01-14 Mark Goodson, American game show producer (d. 1992)
  • 1915-01-19 Alvy West, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1915-01-21 Alan Hewitt, American actor (Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1915-01-29 John Serry, Sr., American musician and arranger (d. 2003)

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1915-01-31 Thomas Merton, French/American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), born in Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, France

Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton
Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk
Thomas Merton
  • 1915-01-31 Alan Lomax, American musicologist (d. 2002)
  • 1915-02-04 Ray Evans, American songwriter with Jay Livingston (d. 2007)
  • 1915-02-07 Eddie Bracken, American actor (Summer Stock, Young & Willing), born in Astoria, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1915-02-11 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1915-02-23 Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), born in Fresno, California (d. 1979)
  • 1915-03-11 J. C. R. Licklider, American computer scientist and Internet pioneer (d. 1990)
  • 1915-03-17 Henry Bumstead, American art director (d. 2006)
  • 1915-03-19 Robert G. Cole, American Paratrooper of the 101st, 502nd division (d. 1944)
  • 1915-03-24 Gorgeous George, American professional wrestler (d. 1963)
  • 1915-03-27 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, born in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 1915-04-07 Stanley Adams, American actor (d. 1977)
  • 1915-04-12 [Theodore Roosevelt] Hound Dog Taylor, Natchez Mississippi, American Chicago blues guitarist and singer
  • 1915-04-17 Joe Foss, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, American fighter ace (Medal of Honor-1943) and politician (d. 2003)
  • 1915-04-18 Joy Gresham Lewis, American writer, wife of C. S. Lewis (d. 1960)
  • 1915-04-26 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer/guitarist, born in Memphis, Tenneessee (d. 1992)
  • 1915-05-01 Archie Williams, American athlete (d. 1993)
  • 1915-05-02 Doris Fisher, American songwriter (d. 2003)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1915-05-06 Orson Welles [George], American actor (Citizen Kane, War of the Worlds), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 1985)

Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles
  • 1915-05-12 Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman, founded Mary Kay Cosmetics (d. 2001)
  • 1915-05-18 Leon Shenandoah, native American leader
  • 1915-05-26 Sam Edwards, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1915-05-28 Joseph Greenberg, American linguist (d. 2001)
  • 1915-06-09 Les Paul, American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin (d. 2009)

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1915-06-10 Saul Bellow, Canadian-born American author (Mr Sammler's Planet, Nobel 1976), born in Lachine, Quebec (d. 2005)

Novelist Saul Bellow
Novelist
Saul Bellow
  • 1915-06-11 Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist (d. 1999)
  • 1915-06-16 John Tukey, American statistician (d. 2000)
  • 1915-06-19 Julius Schwartz, American editor and agent (d. 2004)
  • 1915-06-26 Paul Castellano, American mafia boss (d. 1985)
  • 1915-06-26 Charlotte Zolotow, American author
  • 1915-06-28 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1915-07-01 Willie Dixon, American blues musician ("Hoochie Coochie Man"), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1915-07-01 Joseph Ransohoff, American neurosurgeon (d. 2001)
  • 1915-07-05 John Woodruff, American athlete (d. 2007)
  • 1915-07-28 Charles Townes, American Physicist (Nobel Prize 1964 for mazer-lazer principle), born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1915-08-02 Gary Merrill, American actor (Young Dr Kildare, All About Eve), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1915-08-04 Warren Avis, American entrepreneur (d. 2007)
  • 1915-08-08 Jumbo Elliott, American track coach (d. 1981)
  • 1915-08-12 Michael Kidd, American choreographer (d. 2007)
  • 1915-08-19 Ring Lardner Jr, American journalist and screenwriter (Woman of the Year, M A S H), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1915-08-22 David Dellinger, American social rights and peace movement leader (d. 2004)
  • 1915-08-24 James Tiptree, Jr., American writer (d. 1987)
  • 1915-08-28 Tasha Tudor, American illustrator (d. 2008)
  • 1915-08-29 Nathan Pritikin, American nutritionist (d. 1985)
  • 1915-08-30 Robert Strassburg, American composer (d. 2003)
  • 1915-09-02 Benjamin Aaron, American labor law expert (d. 2007)
  • 1915-09-03 Memphis Slim, [John Len Chatman] American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1988)
  • 1915-09-12 Frank McGee, American journalist (d. 1974)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1915-09-25 Ethel Rosenberg, American Communist, born in New York City, New York

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg
  • 1915-09-29 Vincent DeDomenico, American entrepreneur (d. 2007)
  • 1915-10-03 Ray Stark, American film producer (d. 2004)
  • 1915-10-09 Clifford M. Hardin, United States Secretary of Agriculture
  • 1915-10-24 Bob Kane, American cartoonist (d. 1998)
  • 1915-10-24 Roger Milliken, American millionaire
  • 1915-10-30 Fred Friendly, American journalist (d. 1998)
  • 1915-11-02 Sidney Luft, American movie director (d. 2005)
  • 1915-11-07 Philip Morrison, American scientist (d. 2005)
  • 1915-11-29 Billy Strayhorn, American musician and composer (d. 1967)
  • 1915-11-30 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, Knoxville Tennessee, American blues singer/guitarist
  • 1915-12-02 Randolph Apperson Hearst, American newspaper publisher (Hearst Newspapers), (d. 2000)
  • 1915-12-07 Eli Wallach, American actor (Magnificent 7, Misfits, People Next Door), born in Brooklyn New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1915-12-08 Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (d. 2005)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1901 - 2,000 of 5,055

  • 1994-11-23 Art Barr, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • 1994-11-26 Joey Stefano, American actor (b. 1968)
  • 1994-11-28 Al Levitt, American jazz drummer, dies at 63

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1994-11-28 Jeffrey Dahmer, American serial killer (Milwaukee Cannibal), killed in prison at 34

Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer
Serial Killer
Jeffrey Dahmer
  • 1994-12-11 Philip Phillips, American archaeologist (b. 1900)
  • 1994-12-12 Donna J. Stone, American poet, dies of heart failure at 61
  • 1995-01-03 Al Duncan, American blues drummer, dies at 68
  • 1995-01-04 Sol Tax, American anthropologist (b. 1907)
  • 1995-01-07 Murray Rothbard, American economist (b. 1926)
  • 1995-01-11 Josef Gingold, Russian-American violinist (b. 1909)
  • 1995-01-18 Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire (b. 1937)
  • 1995-01-21 John Halas, Hungarian-American cartoonist and animator (Animal Farm), dies at 82
  • 1995-01-22 Jerry Blackwell, American professional wrestler (b. 1949)
  • 1995-01-23 Bill Horton, American doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes-Get a Job), dies at 65
  • 1995-02-10 Paul Monette, American writer, dies of AIDS at 49
  • 1995-02-18 Bob Stinson, American guitarist (b.1959)
  • 1995-03-12 Juanin Clay, American actress (b. 1949)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1995-03-15 Florence Chadwick, American swimmer, dies at 86

  • 1995-03-23 Robert Turner, winner of 1st All-American Soap Box Derby, dies at 72
  • 1995-03-25 James Coleman, American sociologist (b. 1926)
  • 1995-04-01 Lucy Rie, American potter (b. 1902)
  • 1995-04-01 H. Adams Carter, American Alpine Club President, 10th Mountain Division trainer (b. 1914)
  • 1995-04-04 Jo Sinclair [Ruth Seid], American writer (Wasteland), dies at 81
  • 1995-04-15 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, dies at 85

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1995-04-25 Ginger Rogers, American actress, dancer and singer (Top Hat, Stage Door), dies at 83

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 1995-05-14 Christian B. Anfinsen, American Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • 1995-05-19 Robert S. Dietz, American Geophysicist who proposed a theory of seafloor spreading in 1961, dies at 80
  • 1995-06-03 Frank Waters, American writer, dies at 92
  • 1995-06-07 Hsuan Hua, influential Buddhist master in the United States (b. 1918)
  • 1995-06-20 Al Hansen, American artist (Fluxus), found dead at 67
  • 1995-06-21 Laurence McKinley Gould, American Geologist and Polar Explorer who was chief scientist and second-in-command on the first expedition to the interior of Antarctica in 1929, dies at 98

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1995-06-23 Jonas Salk, American biologist who created the Polio vaccine, dies of heart failure at 80

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk
  • 1995-07-02 Krissy Taylor, American model (17 Mag), dies of respiratory problems at 17
  • 1995-07-06 Helene Johnson, American Harlem Renaissance poet, dies at 87
  • 1995-07-12 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, dies at 69
  • 1995-08-03 Ida Lupino, Anglo-American actress (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) and director (The Hitch-Hiker), dies at 77
  • 1995-08-03 Edward Whittemore, American writer (b. 1933)
  • 1995-08-11 Phil Harris, American actor/singer, dies of heart failure at 91

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1995-08-13 Mickey Mantle, American baseball great (NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 63

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1995-08-20 Paul Foster, American singer (Soul Stirrers), dies at 75
  • 1995-08-28 Earl Bascom, American rodeo pioneer (b. 1906)
  • 1995-09-14 Eiji Okada, actor (Traffic Jam, Yakuza, Ugly American), dies at 75
  • 1995-09-14 Maurice K. Goddard, American state government official (b. 1912)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1995-09-19 Orville Redenbacher, American popcorn magnate (Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popcorn), drowns in bathtub at 88

Businessman Orville Redenbacher
Businessman
Orville Redenbacher
  • 1995-09-21 Rudy Perpich, American politician (b. 1928)
  • 1995-09-28 Eddy Grove, American actor dies at 78
  • 1995-10-01 Margaret Gorman Cahill, 1st Miss America (1921), dies at 90
  • 1995-10-05 Linda Gary, American voice actress (b. 1944)
  • 1995-10-13 Henry Roth, American writer (Call it Sleep), dies at 89
  • 1995-10-21 Linda Goodman, Morgantown, West Virginia, American astrologer and poet, dies from complications of diabetes at 70
  • 1995-10-31 Rosalind Cash, American actress (Emma-Go Tell It on the Mountain), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1995-11-06 Aneta Corsaut, American actress (b. 1933)
  • 1995-11-23 Jr. Walker, American musician (b. 1931)
  • 1995-11-24 Jeffrey Lynn, American actor (Tony Rome, Butterfield 8, Up Front), dies from natural causes at 86
  • 1995-11-30 Randy Walker (AKA Stretch), American musician (b. 1972)
  • 1995-12-13 Nancy LaMott, American singer, dies of cancer at 43
  • 1996-01-08 Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic (b. 1907)
  • 1996-01-16 Marcia Davenport, American author and music critic (b. 1903)
  • 1996-01-17 Amber Hagerman, American namesake of the Amber Alert system (b. 1986)
  • 1996-02-16 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, American blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80
  • 1996-02-20 Solomon Asch, American psychologist (b. 1907)
  • 1996-03-03 Meyer Schapiro, Lithuanian-born American art historian, dies at 91
  • 1996-03-09 George Burns, American actor and singer (b. 1896)
  • 1996-03-16 Charlie Barnett, American actor (b. 1954)
  • 1996-03-17 Terry Stafford, American singer (b. 1941)
  • 1996-03-22 Don Murray, American drummer (The Turtles), dies from post-operative complications at 50
  • 1996-04-01 John McSherry, American baseball umpire (b. 1944)
  • 1996-04-03 Carl Stokes, 1st African American mayor of a major US city (Cleve), dies
  • 1996-04-03 Ron Brown, American Secretary of Commerce, dies in an air accident aged 54
  • 1996-04-04 Barney Ewell, American athlete (b. 1918)
  • 1996-04-08 Ben Johnson, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 1996-04-22 Erma Bombeck, American humorist (The Grass is Greener over the Septic Tank), dies at 69
  • 1996-04-22 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American professional golfer (b. 1908)
  • 1996-04-25 Saul Bass, American graphic designer of logos and film titles (Psycho), dies at 74
  • 1996-05-08 Garth Williams, American illustrator (b. 1912)
  • 1996-05-15 Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (b. 1910)
  • 1996-05-17 Kevin Gilbert, American singer, composer and instrumentalist (b. 1966)
  • 1996-05-23 Scott Fischer, American high altitude climber (b. 1955)
  • 1996-05-25 Bradley Nowell, American ska musician (Sublime), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • 1996-06-16 Mel Allen, American sportscaster (NY Yankees), dies at 83
  • 1996-06-17 Thomas Kuhn, American philosopher of science (b. 1922)
  • 1996-06-22 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, found murdered at 47
  • 1996-07-06 Kathy Ahern, American golfer (b. 1949)
  • 1996-07-17 Chris Komar, American dancer, dies of aids at 48
  • 1996-07-22 Leon Shenandoah, native American leader, dies at 81
  • 1996-07-29 Jason Thirsk, American bassist (Pennywise) (b. 1967)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1996-07-30 Claudette Colbert, French-born American actress (It Happened One Night), dies of a stroke at 93

  • 1996-07-31 Seagram Miller, American rapper (b. 1970)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1996-09-13 Tupac Shakur, American rapper and actor (Juice, Bullet), dies of internal bleeding after a drive by shotting at 25

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur
  • 1996-09-28 Bob Gibson, American folk musician, dies at 64
  • 1996-11-02 Eva Cassidy, American singer, dies of cancer at 33
  • 1996-11-13 Bill Doggett, American jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), dies at 80
  • 1996-11-22 Mark Lenard, American actor (Sarek-Star Trek), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1996-11-29 Dan Flavin, American artist (b. 1933)
  • 1996-12-09 Patty Donahue, American singer (The Waitresses) (b. 1956)
  • 1997-01-03 Roger Goeb, American composer, dies at 82
  • 1997-01-06 Catherine Scorsese, Italian-American actress (b. 1912)
  • 1997-01-22 Ron Holden, American singer (b. 1939)
  • 1997-01-26 Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (b. 1904)
  • 1997-01-27 Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (b. 1900)