United States of America in History (Part 21)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2001 - 2,100 of 10,228


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1915-12-12 Frank Sinatra, American singer (Strangers in the Night, My Way) and actor (From Here to Eternity) known as 'old blue eyes', born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1998)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1915-12-14 Dan Dailey, American dancer and actor (Gov Drinkwater-Governor & JJ), born in NYC, New York
  • 1915-12-16 Turk Murphy, American trombonist (d. 1987)
  • 1915-12-22 Barbara Billingsley, American actress (Leave it to Beaver), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2010)
  • 1916-01-03 Bernard Greenhouse, American cellist
  • 1916-01-04 Lionel Newman, American film music composer (d. 1989)
  • 1916-01-04 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], Edinburgh, Scotland, American Jazz singer/songwriter (d. 1991)
  • 1916-01-09 Vic Mizzy, American orchestra leader (Don Rickles Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1916-01-12 Jay McShann, American musician (d. 2006)
  • 1916-01-23 David Douglas Duncan, American photo-journalist
  • 1916-01-24 Jack Brickhouse, American sports broadcaster (d. 1998)
  • 1916-02-15 Mary Jane Croft, American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1916-02-26 Jackie Gleason, American comedian (Jackie Gleason Show, Honeymooners), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1916-03-08 John Seybold, American economist and computer typesetting pioneer (d. 2004)
  • 1916-03-14 Horton Foote, American author, playwright and screenwriter
  • 1916-03-16 Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (d. 2004)
  • 1916-03-24 Donald Hamilton, Swedish-American novelist (d. 2006)
  • 1916-03-26 Vic Schoen, American orchestra leader (Patti Page Olds Show), born in Brooklyn, New York

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1916-03-29 Eugene McCarthy, American politician (Sen-D-Minn) and presidential candidate, born in Watkins, Minnesota (d. 2005)

Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy
Politician and Presidential Candidate
Eugene McCarthy
  • 1916-03-31 Lucille Bliss, American voice actress, (d. 2012)
  • 1916-03-31 John H. Wood, Jr., American federal judge (d. 1979)

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1916-04-05 Gregory Peck, American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur), born in San Diego, California (d. 2003)

  • 1916-04-07 Anthony Caruso, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1916-04-12 Beverly Cleary, American writer
  • 1916-04-12 Benjamin Libet, American scientist (d. 2007)
  • 1916-04-13 Phyllis Fraser Cerf Wagner, American actress, journalist, and publisher (d. 2006)
  • 1916-04-15 Alfred S. Bloomingdale, American businessman (d. 1982)
  • 1916-04-24 Lou Thesz, American professional wrestler, born in Banat, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • 1916-04-26 Vic Perrin, American actor (d. 1989)
  • 1916-05-14 Del Moore, American comedian and actor (Cal-Bachelor Father), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 1970)
  • 1916-05-15 Bill Williams, American actor (Starlit Time, Date With the Angels), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1916-05-26 Moondog, American composer, musician and poet (d. 1999)
  • 1916-06-04 Robert Furchgott, Charleston South Carolina, American Chemist and Nobel Laureate
  • 1916-06-14 Dorothy McGuire, American actress (Old Yeller, Summer Magic), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1916-06-22 Johnny Jacobs, American television announcer (d. 1982)
  • 1916-06-29 Ruth Warwick, St Joseph, Missouri, American actress and singer (Citizen Kane, All My Children)

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1916-07-07 Tiny Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1989)

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • 1916-07-29 Charlie Christian, American jazz guitarist (d. 1942)
  • 1916-07-29 Budd Boetticher, American film director (d. 2001)
  • 1916-07-30 Dick Wilson, American actor (d. 2007)
  • 1916-08-16 Iggy Katona, American race car driver (d. 2003)
  • 1916-08-24 Hal Smith, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1916-08-25 Frederick Chapman Robbins, American pediatrician and virologist; Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2003)
  • 1916-09-05 Frank Yerby American novelist (d. 1991)

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1916-09-11 Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • 1916-09-12 Tony Bettenhausen, American race car driver (d. 1961)
  • 1916-09-17 Oswald Garrison Villard Jr., Dobbs Ferry New York, American Engineer (electronics) who invented the over-the-horizon radar that could detect objects thousands of miles away and peer around the Earth's curvature
  • 1916-09-27 Frank Handlen, American artist
  • 1916-10-03 Shelby Storck, American television producer (d. 1969)
  • 1916-10-04 George Sidney, American film director (d. 2002)
  • 1916-10-12 Alice Childress, American actress and playwright (d. 1994)
  • 1916-11-20 Evelyn Keyes, American actress (Adventure of Martin Eden), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1916-11-27 Chick Hearn, American sportscaster (d. 2002)
  • 1916-11-29 Fran Ryan, American actress (d. 2000)
  • 1916-12-04 Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer (d. 1994)
  • 1916-12-06 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (d. 1986)
  • 1916-12-08 Richard Fleischer, American film director (d. 2006)

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1916-12-09 Kirk Douglas [Issur Danielovitch], American actor (Gunfight at OK Corral), born in Amsterdam, New York

  • 1917-01-01 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist (d. 1981)
  • 1917-01-03 Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (d. 2004)

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1917-01-05 Jane Wyman, American actress (Magnificent Obsession) and 1st wife of Ronald Reagan, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 2007)

Actress Jane Wyman
Actress
Jane Wyman
  • 1917-02-22 Jane Bowles, American writer, born in New York City (d. 1973)
  • 1917-03-01 Robert Lowell, American poet/pacifist (Lord Weary's Castle, Near the Ocean), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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1917-03-02 Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor (I Love Lucy), born in Santiago de Cuba (d. 1986)

Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz
  • 1917-03-02 David Goodis, American writer (d. 1967)
  • 1917-03-06 Will Eisner, American illustrator and cartoonist (d. 2005)
  • 1917-03-10 Frank Perconte, American sergeant from Easy Company during WWII.
  • 1917-03-11 Robert L Carter, Caryville, Florida, American civil rights activist and judge (Brown v. Board of Education, NAACP v. Alabama) (d. 2012)
  • 1917-03-23 H C Allen, American historian
  • 1917-03-29 Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (winner of 20 out of 21 races & $249,465) (d. 1947)
  • 1917-04-09 Brad Dexter, American actor (d. 2002)
  • 1917-04-11 David Westheimer, American novelist (d. 2005)
  • 1917-04-12 Helen Forrest, American singer (d. 1999)
  • 1917-04-14 Marvin Miller, American labor activist, (d. 2012)
  • 1917-04-16 Barry Nelson, American actor, first actor to play James Bond, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • 1917-04-17 Bill Clements, American politician
  • 1917-04-23 Dorian Leigh, American supermodel (d. 2008)

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1917-04-25 Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz singer (Is it live or Memorex), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1996)

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1917-04-29 Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1917-04-29 Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia), American filmmaker , born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1917-05-03 Betty Comden, American lyricist, (d. 2006)
  • 1917-05-06 Kal Mann, American lyricist (d. 2001)
  • 1917-05-14 Lou Harrison, American composer (Rapunzel), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1917-05-22 Nathan Davis, American actor
  • 1917-05-22 Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer
  • 1917-05-23 Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist (d. 2008)
  • 1917-05-28 Papa John Creach, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane)
  • 1917-06-01 William S. Knowles, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, (d. 2012)
  • 1917-06-04 Robert Merrill, American baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1917-06-06 Kirk Kerkorian, American CEO and "father of the mega-resort" (MGM, UA), born in Fresno, California (d. 2015)
  • 1917-06-07 Dean Martin, Steubenville Ohio, American singer/actor (with Jerry Lewis)
  • 1917-06-16 Irving Penn, American photographer
  • 1917-06-28 Katherine Rawls, American swimming champion (d. 1982)
  • 1917-06-30 Lena Horne, American actress/singer (Stormy Weather, Wiz), born in Brooklyn, New York

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1917-07-17 Phyllis Diller, American comedienne and actress (Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number), born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2012)

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • 1917-07-17 Red Sovine, American country music singer (d. 1980)
  • 1917-07-30 Eddy Grove, American actor, born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • 1917-08-23 Tex Williams, American singer (d. 1985)
  • 1917-08-25 Mel Ferrer, Elberon New Jersey, American actor (Longest Day, Eaten Alive, 5th Floor)

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1917-08-28 Jack Kirby, American cartoonist (X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk, Capt America), born in New York City (d. 1994)

Comic Book Artist and Writer Jack Kirby
Comic Book Artist and Writer
Jack Kirby

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2001 - 2,100 of 5,055

  • 1997-02-02 Sanford Meisner, American actor (b. 1904)
  • 1997-02-16 Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese-American physicist (b. 1912)
  • 1997-02-17 Zein Isa, Palestinian militant imprisoned in the United States for the honor killing of his daughter
  • 1997-02-18 Emily Hahn, American writer, dies at 92
  • 1997-02-20 Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist (b. 1960)
  • 1997-02-22 Joseph Aiuppa, American gangster (b. 1907)
  • 1997-03-04 Robert H. Dicke, American physicist (b. 1916)
  • 1997-03-04 Carey Loftin, American actor/stuntman (b. 1914)
  • 1997-03-05 Samm Sinclair Baker, American diet author (b. 1909)
  • 1997-03-07 E. H. Bronner, German-American soap magnate (b. 1908)
  • 1997-03-09 The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper shot dead at 24
  • 1997-03-10 La Vern Baker, American singer (b. 1929)
  • 1997-03-20 Tony Zale, American boxer (b. 1913)
  • 1997-03-24 Martin Caidin, American aviation writer (b. 1927)
  • 1997-03-26 Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (b. 1931)
  • 1997-04-13 Dorothy Frooks, American author and military figure (b. 1896)
  • 1997-04-17 Allan Francovich, American documentarian
  • 1997-04-19 El Duce, American singer and drummer (The Mentors) (b. 1958)
  • 1997-04-29 Keith Ferguson, American blues musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of overdose at 50
  • 1997-05-16 Elbridge Durbrow, American diplomat (b. 1903)
  • 1997-05-18 Bridgette Andersen, American actress (b. 1975)
  • 1997-05-22 Alfred Hershey, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1908)
  • 1997-05-29 George Fenneman, American radio and TV announcer (You Bet Your Life), dies at 77
  • 1997-05-29 Jeff Buckley, American musician and singer ( "Hallelujah"), drowns at 30
  • 1997-05-31 James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (b. 1905)
  • 1997-06-03 Dennis James, American television personality (b. 1917)
  • 1997-06-14 Tesslynn O'Cull, American child abuse victim (b. 1995)
  • 1997-06-29 William Hickey, American actor (Prizzi's Honor), dies of emphysema at 69

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1997-07-02 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (It's a Wonderful Life), dies at 89

  • 1997-07-05 Mrs. Miller, American singer (b. 1907)
  • 1997-07-24 William J. Brennan, Jr. American Supreme Court judge (1956-90), dies at 91
  • 1997-08-10 Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (b. 1912)
  • 1997-08-20 Norris Bradbury, American physicist (b. 1909)
  • 1997-09-11 Hannah Weiner American experimental poet (b. 1928)
  • 1997-09-12 Janet Leach, American potter, dies at 79
  • 1997-09-19 Rich Mullins, American singer (b. 1955)
  • 1997-09-21 Jennifer Holt, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 1997-09-27 Walter Trampler, American violist (b. 1915)
  • 1997-10-01 Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor (b. 1923)
  • 1997-10-05 Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • 1997-10-08 Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  • 1997-10-08 Robin Lee, American figure skater, dies at 77

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1997-10-12 John Denver, American country music star (Country Boy), dies in a plane crash at 53

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 1997-10-16 James Michener, American writer (b. 1907)
  • 1997-10-23 Luther George Simjian, Turkish-American Inventor (teleprompter and first self-posing portrait camera), dies at 92
  • 1997-10-28 Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 1997-10-29 Anton LaVey, American founder of the Church of Satan, dies at 67
  • 1997-11-05 James Robert Baker, American novelist, screenwriter (b. 1946)
  • 1997-11-10 Tommy Tedesco, American musician (b. 1930)
  • 1997-11-11 Rodney Milburn, American athlete (b. 1950)
  • 1997-11-13 Dawud M. Mu'Min, American murderer (b. 1953)
  • 1997-11-29 Coleman Young, 1st African American mayor of Detroit, dies at 79
  • 1997-12-02 Michael Hedges, American guitarist known for originality (b. 1953)
  • 1997-12-19 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician, dies at 73
  • 1997-12-27 Brendan Gill, American critic (The New Yorker), dies at 83
  • 1998-01-04 Mae Questel, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 1998-01-05 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (b. 1943)
  • 1998-01-07 Owen Bradley, American record producer (b. 1915)
  • 1998-01-07 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), dies of a heat attack at 82
  • 1998-01-15 Junior Wells, American blues musician, dies at 63
  • 1998-01-20 Bobo Brazil, American professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • 1998-01-21 Jack Lord, American actor (Hawaii FIVE-O), dies at 77
  • 1998-01-30 Richard Cassilly, American tenor (b. 1927)
  • 1998-02-05 Tim Kelly, American musician dies at 34
  • 1998-02-06 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 1998-02-07 Lawrence Sanders, American author (b. 1920)
  • 1998-02-08 Julian Lincoln Simon, American economist and author (b. 1932)
  • 1998-02-17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (b. 1921)
  • 1998-02-18 Harry Caray, American sportscaster (Chicago Cubs), dies at probably 83
  • 1998-02-22 Abraham Ribicoff, American politician (b. 1910)
  • 1998-02-27 J. T. Walsh, American actor (b. 1943)
  • 1998-03-02 Henry Steele Commager, American historian (Atlas of Civil War), dies at 95
  • 1998-03-03 Fred Friendly, American broadcast executive (b. 1915)
  • 1998-03-10 Lloyd Bridges, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 1998-03-12 Beatrice Wood, American artist and ceramist (b. 1893)

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1998-03-15 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician and writer, dies at 94

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • 1998-03-16 Esther Bubley, American photographer aged 77
  • 1998-03-20 George Howard, American jazz saxophone musician
  • 1998-03-25 Steve Schiff, United States Congressman (b. 1947)
  • 1998-03-27 David McClelland, American psychologist (b. 1917)
  • 1998-03-31 Bella Abzug, American politician (b. 1920)
  • 1998-03-31 Tim Flock, American race car driver (b. 1924)
  • 1998-04-01 Gene Evans, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 1998-04-01 Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death) (b. 1963)
  • 1998-04-02 Rob Pilatus, American model and entertainer (Milli Vanilli) (b. 1965)

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1998-04-06 Tammy Wynette, American country singer, dies at 55

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 1998-04-06 Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (b. 1949)
  • 1998-04-09 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer (b. 1953)
  • 1998-04-14 Maurice Stans, American politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, dies at 90
  • 1998-04-17 Linda McCartney, American-born photographer and wife of Paul McCartney (b. 1941)
  • 1998-04-18 Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 1998-04-23 James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., dies while still under detention of complications related to kidney disease and liver failure caused by hepatitis C at 70
  • 1998-04-24 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), dies at 75
  • 1998-04-25 Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • 1998-05-01 Eldridge Cleaver, American activist (b. 1935)
  • 1998-05-02 Gene Raymond, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 1998-05-07 Eddie Rabbitt, American country singer (I Love a Rainy Night), dies at 56
  • 1998-05-08 Bebe Rebozo, American banker and Watergate figure (b. 1912)
  • 1998-05-09 Alice Faye, American actress (Barricade), dies of stomach cancer at 83

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1998-05-14 Frank Sinatra, American singer ("My Way") and actor ("Guys and Dolls") , dies at 82

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra