United States of America in History (Part 40)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 3901 - 4,000 of 10,241

  • 1942-05-28 Stanley B. Prusiner, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1942-06-06 Howie Kane [Howard Kirshenbaum], American rocker (Jay and the Americans)
  • 1942-06-12 Len Barry, [Leonard Borisoff], American rocker (1-2-3-Dovells), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1942-06-18 Carl Radle, American bass guitarist (d. 1980)
  • 1942-06-21 Togo D. West, Jr., American attorney and public official
  • 1942-06-21 Henry S. Taylor, American writer

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1942-06-25 Willis Reed, American NBA hall of fame MVP center/coach (NY Knicks), born in Hico, Louisiana

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed
  • 1942-06-29 Larry Snyder, American jockey, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1942-07-01 Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • 1942-07-10 Ronnie James Dio, American musician (Dio-Holy Diver, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath)
  • 1942-07-13 Roger [Jim] McGuinn, American musician (the Byrds), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942-07-28 Marty Brennaman, American sportscaster
  • 1942-07-29 Tony Sirico, American actor
  • 1942-08-03 Mary Ann Esposito, American chef and TV host (Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1942-08-06 George Jung [Boston George], American convicted drug felon whose story was portrayed in the biopic "Blow", born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1942-08-07 B J Thomas, Hugo, Oklahoma, American singer (Raindrops, Growing Pains Theme)
  • 1942-08-07 Tobin Bell, American actor
  • 1942-08-15 Larry Hartsell, American martial arts instructor (d. 2007)
  • 1942-08-24 Max Cleland, American politician
  • 1942-08-29 James Glennon, American cinematographer (d. 2006)
  • 1942-09-04 Jerry Jarrett, American professional wrestling promoter

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1942-09-04 raymond floyd, American golfer (four-time Major winner), born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd

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1942-09-07 Roy DeMeo, American gangster (Gambino crime family), born in Brooklyn, New York

Gangster Roy DeMeo
Gangster
Roy DeMeo
  • 1942-09-11 Lola Falana [Loletha Elayne], Camden, New Jersey, American singer and actress (Golden Boy, A Man Called Adam)
  • 1942-09-11 Gerome Ragni American Playwright
  • 1942-09-15 Lee Dorman, American bassist (Iron Butterfly), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1942-09-19 Freda Payne, American singer and actress, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1942-09-28 Marshall Bell, American actor
  • 1942-09-29 Bill Nelson, American politician
  • 1942-10-03 Alan Rachins, American actor
  • 1942-10-04 Karl W. Richter, American aviator (d. 1967)
  • 1942-10-19 Andrew Vachss, American author and attorney
  • 1942-10-22 Bobby Fuller, Baytown, Texas, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Bobby Fuller Four)
  • 1942-10-27 Lee Greenwood, American country singer (God Bless the USA), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942-10-29 Bob Ross, American artist and television host (d. 1995)

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1942-11-10 Robert F. Engle, American economist and 2003 Nobel laureate for economic time series analysis, born in Syracuse, New York

Economist Robert F. Engle
Economist
Robert F. Engle
  • 1942-11-19 Sharon Olds, American poet
  • 1942-11-20 Bob Einstein, American comedian (Officer Judy, Super Dave Osborne), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942-11-21 Afa Anoa'i, Samoan/American wrestler
  • 1942-11-22 Guion Bluford, Col USAF, NASA astronaut (STS 8, 61A, 39, 53) 1st African American in space, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1942-11-26 Michael Devlin, American bass-baritone
  • 1942-11-27 Henry Carr, American athlete (200m/4x400m Olympic golds 1964), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1942-11-29 Maggie Thompson, American magazine editor
  • 1942-12-07 Harry Chapin, American rock vocalist (Taxi, Cat's in the Cradle), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942-12-13 Anna Eshoo, American politician
  • 1942-12-16 Donald Carcieri, American politician, governor of Rhode Island
  • 1942-12-27 Charmian Carr, American actress (The Sound of Music), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1942-12-30 Robert Quine, American guitarist, born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1943-01-04 Doris Kearns Goodwin, American writer
  • 1943-01-13 Richard Moll, American actor (Night Court, House, Dungeonmaster, Survivor), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1943-01-17 Chris Montez [Ezekiel Montanez], American guitarist and singer, born in Los Angeles
  • 1943-01-17 Geoffrey Deuel, American actor
  • 1943-01-18 Kay Granger, American politician

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1943-01-19 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1970)

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • 1943-01-23 Jimmy Castor, American pop and funk musician (Troglodyte (Cave Man), Jimmy Castor Bunch), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1943-01-23 Gary Burton, American jazz vibraphonist

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1943-01-24 Sharon Tate, American actress (Valley of the Dolls), born in Dallas, Texas

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • 1943-01-25 Tobe Hooper, American film director
  • 1943-01-26 Jean Knight [Jean Caliste], American soul, funk and R&B singer (Mr Big Stuff), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1943-01-30 Sandy Deane, American rocker (Jay and the Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943-02-03 Dennis Edwards, American lead singer of The Temptations ("Papa was a Rollin' Stone"), born in Fairfield, Alabama
  • 1943-02-04 Ken Thompson, American computer scientist
  • 1943-02-06 Fabian [Fabiano Anthony Forte], American vocalist (Turn Me Loose, Tiger), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1943-02-09 Joseph E. Stiglitz, American economist, Nobel laureate

  • 1943-02-14 Aaron Russo, American movie producer (d. 2007)
  • 1943-02-19 Lou Christie [Lugee Sacco], Glenwillard, Pennsylvania, American singer-songwriter (Lightning Striking Again)
  • 1943-02-19 Homer Hickam, American author and retired NASA engineer
  • 1943-02-21 David Geffen, American record producer (Geffen Records, Asylum) and film studio executive (DreamWorks SKG), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943-02-24 Terry Semel, American business executive

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1943-02-25 Sally Jessy Raphael, Easton, Pennsylvania, American TV talk show host (Sally)

TV Talk Show Host Sally Jessy Raphael
TV Talk Show Host
Sally Jessy Raphael

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1943-03-09 Bobby Fischer, American world chess champion (1972-75), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • 1943-03-09 Charles Gibson, American television journalist
  • 1943-03-20 Gerard Malanga, American poet and photographer
  • 1943-03-20 Paul Junger Witt, American TV producer
  • 1943-03-22 George Benson, American jazz/blues singer/guitarist (Greatest Love of All), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1943-03-27 Phil Frank, American cartoonist (d. 2007)
  • 1943-03-30 Jay Traynor, American singer (Jay and the Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1943-03-30 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (d. 1998)

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1943-03-31 Christopher Walken, American actor (The Deer Hunter, Brainstorm), born in NYC, New York

  • 1943-04-05 Max Gail, American actor (Barney Miller, Whiz Kids, DC Cab), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943-04-13 Billy Kidd, American skier

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1943-04-15 Robert Lefkowitz, American physician (Nobel Prize for Chemistry), born in NYC, New York

Physician-scientist Robert Lefkowitz
Physician-scientist
Robert Lefkowitz
  • 1943-04-22 Louise Glück, American poet and 12th US Poet Laureate
  • 1943-05-10 David Clennon, American actor
  • 1943-05-10 Richard Darman, American economist
  • 1943-05-18 James Reiher, American professional wrestler
  • 1943-05-25 Jessi Colter, American singer
  • 1943-06-04 Joyce Meyer, American religious leader
  • 1943-06-05 Matthew Lesko, American author
  • 1943-06-08 Willie Davenport, Troy Alabama, American bobsledder/hurdler (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1943-06-08 William Calley, American war criminal
  • 1943-06-14 Harold Wheeler, American composer
  • 1943-06-16 Joan Van Ark, American actress and director (Valene-Dallas, Knots Landing), born in NYC, New York

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1943-06-17 Barry Manilow [Barry Alan Pincus], American singer/pianist (Mandy, I Write the Songs), born in New York City

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 3901 - 4,000 of 5,057

  • 2008-11-17 George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison
  • 2008-11-22 MC Breed, American hip hop artist (b. 1971)
  • 2008-11-26 Edna Parker, American supercentenarian (b. 1893)
  • 2008-11-26 De'Angelo Wilson, American actor (b. 1979)
  • 2008-12-01 Paul Benedict, American actor (b. 1938)
  • 2008-12-02 Kathleen Baskin-Ball, American United Methodist Pastor
  • 2008-12-02 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
  • 2008-12-03 Robert Zajonc, Polish-American social psychologist (b. 1923)
  • 2008-12-05 Nina Foch, Dutch-born American actress (b. 1924)
  • 2008-12-07 Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • 2008-12-08 Robert Prosky, American actor (b. 1930)

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2008-12-11 Bettie Page, American Playboy pin-up model, dies at 85

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page
  • 2008-12-11 Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (b. 1960)
  • 2008-12-12 Van Johnson, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2008-12-18 Majel Barrett, American actress and producer (Star Trek), and the widow of Gene Roddenberry, dies at 76
  • 2008-12-18 Mark Felt, the infamous "Deep Throat", American FBI official and whistle blower during the Watergate Scandal dies aged 95
  • 2008-12-19 Kenny Cox, American jazz musician (b. 1940)
  • 2008-12-19 Dock Ellis, American baseball pitcher (b. 1945)
  • 2008-12-19 Carol Chomsky, American linguist and education specialist (b. 1930)

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2008-12-24 Samuel P. Huntington, American political scientist (The Clash of Civilizations) and presidential adviser, dies at 81

Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser Samuel P. Huntington
Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser
Samuel P. Huntington
  • 2008-12-25 Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (Santa Baby), dies at 81
  • 2008-12-27 Delaney Bramlett, American musician (b. 1939)
  • 2008-12-31 Donald E. Westlake, American author (b. 1933)
  • 2009-01-03 Pat Hingle, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2009-01-05 Ned Tanen, American movie executive (b. 1931)
  • 2009-01-08 Richard John Neuhaus, Canadian-American Christian writer and editor (b. 1936)
  • 2009-01-13 Patrick McGoohan, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2009-01-13 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)
  • 2009-01-16 Joe Erskine, American boxer and long distance runner (b. 1930)
  • 2009-01-16 Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (b. 1917)
  • 2009-01-18 Bob May, American actor (b. 1939)
  • 2009-01-20 David Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed "Fathead" (b. 1933)
  • 2009-01-23 Robert W. Scott, American politician, governor of North Carolina (b. 1929)
  • 2009-01-25 Kim Manners, American television producer and director (b. 1951)
  • 2009-01-27 John Updike, American Novelist (b. 1932)
  • 2009-01-28 Billy Powell, American musician (b. 1952)
  • 2009-02-10 Jeremy Lusk, American freestyle motocross racer (b. 1984)
  • 2009-02-11 Estelle Bennett, American singer (Ronettes), dies at 67
  • 2009-02-11 Willem J Kolff, Dutch-American Physician and Biomedical Engineer (artificial kidney, hemodialysis), dies at 97
  • 2009-02-20 Larry H. Miller, American businessman and owner of the Utah Jazz (b. 1944)
  • 2009-02-25 Philip José Farmer, American science fiction writer (Riverworld) dies aged 91

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2009-02-28 Paul Harvey, American radio broadcaster, dies at 90

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey
  • 2009-03-04 Joseph Bloch, American concert pianist and professor of piano literature (b. 1917)
  • 2009-03-04 John Cephas, American Piedmont blues guitarist (b. 1930)
  • 2009-03-04 Horton Foote, American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-winning screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 2009-03-11 Charles Lewis, Jr., American businessman, promoter and entertainer
  • 2009-03-13 Betsy Blair, American actress of film and stage, (b. 1923)
  • 2009-03-13 James Purdy, American author, dies at 94
  • 2009-03-14 Altovise Davis, American entertainer, best known as Sammy Davis, Jr.'s third wife. (b. 1943)
  • 2009-03-15 Ron Silver, American actor (Reversal of Fortune, Timecop), dies of cancer at 62
  • 2009-03-20 Mel Brown, American/Canadian Blues Guitarist (b. 1939)
  • 2009-03-27 Jack Dreyfus, American businessman (b. 1913)
  • 2009-03-29 Andy Hallett, American actor and singer (b.1975)
  • 2009-04-10 Deborah Digges, American poet (b. 1950)
  • 2009-04-13 Harry Kalas, American sportscaster (b. 1936)
  • 2009-04-17 Honoré Desmond Sharrer, American artist (Tribute to the American Working People) dies aged 88
  • 2009-04-25 John Marchi, American politician (b. 1921)
  • 2009-04-25 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress ("All in the Family", "The Golden Girls"), dies at 86
  • 2009-04-27 Frankie Manning, an American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop. (b. 1914)
  • 2009-05-02 Jack Kemp, former United States Congressman and 1996 Vice Presidential Candidate (b. 1935)
  • 2009-05-04 Dom Deluise, American comedian, actor (b. 1933)
  • 2009-05-08 Bud Shrake, American writer (b. 1931)
  • 2009-05-09 Chuck Daly, American basketball coach (b. 1930)
  • 2009-05-13 Frank Aletter, American character actor (b. 1926)
  • 2009-05-18 Dolla American Rapper a.k.a. Roderick Anthony Burton II (b.1987)
  • 2009-05-18 Wayne Allwine, American voice actor (b.1947)
  • 2009-05-19 Robert F. Furchgott, American chemist, Nobel Laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2009-05-19 Herbert York, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • 2009-05-24 Jay Bennett, American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, and singer-songwriter (b. 1963)
  • 2009-05-31 George Tiller, American abortion doctor (b. 1941)
  • 2009-06-02 David Eddings, American fantasy writer. (b. 1931)
  • 2009-06-03 David Carradine, American actor (b. 1936)
  • 2009-06-03 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", dies of complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding at 80
  • 2009-06-03 Sam Butera, American jazz musician (b. 1927)
  • 2009-06-05 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, dies at 31
  • 2009-06-07 Kenny Rankin, American singer (b. 1940)
  • 2009-06-17 Darrell Powers, American World War II veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division. (b. 1923)
  • 2009-06-23 Ed McMahon, American television personality (b. 1923)

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2009-06-25 Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) dies of cardiac arrest at 50

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

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2009-06-25 Farrah Fawcett, American actress and pop culture figure (b.1947)

  • 2009-06-27 Fayette Pinkney, African American singer (The Three Degrees) (b. 1948)
  • 2009-06-28 Billy Mays, American television pitchman (b. 1958)
  • 2009-06-28 Fred Travalena, American comedian and impressionist (b. 1942)
  • 2009-06-29 Joe Bowman (marksman), American sharpshooter, Hollywood consultant, famed bootmaker & master showman (b. 1925)
  • 2009-07-01 Karl Malden, American actor (b. 1912)
  • 2009-07-03 John A. Keel, American Fortean, television scriptwriter, author of The Mothman Prophecies (b. 1930)
  • 2009-07-04 Brenda Joyce, American actress (b. 1917)
  • 2009-07-04 Allen Klein, American record label executive (b. 1931)
  • 2009-07-04 Drake Levin, American rock musician (b. 1946)
  • 2009-07-04 Jim Chapin, American drummer (b.1919)
  • 2009-07-06 Robert McNamara, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1916)

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2009-07-17 Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist (b. 1916)

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 2009-07-19 Frank McCourt, Irish-American author. (b. 1930)
  • 2009-07-24 E. Lynn Harris, American Author (b. 1955)
  • 2009-07-25 Alexis Cohen, American Idol contestant (unsuccessful), viral phenomenon (b. 1984)
  • 2009-07-26 Marcey Jacobson, American photographer (b. 1911)
  • 2009-07-28 Reverend Ike [Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II], American televangelist (Joy of Living), dies at 74
  • 2009-08-04 Blake Snyder, American screenwriter (b. 1957)
  • 2009-08-05 Budd Schulberg, American screenwriter and novelist (b. 1914)
  • 2009-08-06 John Hughes, American film director (b. 1950)