North Carolina in History (Part 2)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 412

  • 1921-08-09 Ernest Angley, American Christian televangelist, born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • 1921-10-18 Jesse Helms, American politician (Senator -D/R-North Carolina, 1973-2003), born in Monroe, North Carolina (d. 2008)
  • 1922-02-09 Kathryn Grayson [Zelma Hedrick], American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh; Kiss Me Kate), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1922-04-19 Billy Joe Patton, American golfer (Masters 1954 3rd; Walker Cup captain 1969), born in Morganton, North Carolina (d. 2011)

Charlie SiffordCharlie Sifford (1922-2015)

1922-06-02 American golfer (first African-American to join PGA Tour, 2 titles), born in Charlotte North Carolina

  • 1922-07-26 Hoyt Wilhelm, American Baseball HOF pitcher (8 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1954 NY Giants; no-hitter 1958 Baltimore Orioles; Chicago WS), born in Huntersville, North Carolina (d. 2002)

Ava GardnerAva Gardner (1922-1990)

1922-12-24 American actress (On the Beach, Night of the Iguana), born in Grabtown, North Carolina

  • 1923-01-26 Anne Jeffreys [Carmichael], American singer and actress (Dick Tracy; Topper; General Hospital), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1923-03-24 Murray Hamilton, American character actor (Rich Man Poor Man, Anatomy of a Murder), born in Washington, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • 1924-01-06 Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass banjo player (Flatt & Scruggs - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"; "Ballad of Jed Clampett"), born in Flint Hill, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1924-01-10 Max Roach, American jazz drummer, born in Newland, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1924-04-10 Kenneth Noland, American Color Field painter, born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1924-05-23 Clyde King, American baseball pitcher, coach, manager and executive (Brooklyn Dodgers; New York Yankees), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1925-04-14 Bill Harris, American R&B and jazz guitarist (Clovers - "Ting-A-Ling"; "Devil Or Angel"), born in Nashville, North Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1926-01-08 Soupy Sales [Milton Supman], American comedian, television, and radio personality, born in Franklinton, North Carolina (d. 2009)
  • 1926-03-15 Tim Valentine, American politician (Rep-D-NC, 1983-95), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1926-03-22 Billy Goodman, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1949, 53; AL batting champion 1950), born in Concord, North Carolina (d. 1984)
  • 1926-06-01 Andy Griffith, American actor, comedian, television producer (Andy Griffithe Show; Matlock), Southern gospel singer, and writer, born in Mount Airy, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1926-07-09 Murphy Anderson, American comic artist (DC Comics), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1926-07-25 Whitey Lockman, American baseball player, born in Lowell, North Carolina (d. 2009)

John ColtraneJohn Coltrane (1926-1967)

1926-09-23 American jazz saxophonist & composer ("Blue Train"; "My Favorite Things"; "A Love Supreme"), born in Hamlet, North Carolina

  • 1926-10-11 Earle Hyman, American stage and screen actor (The Cosby Show - "Russell Huxtable"; ThunderCats; Coriolanus), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1927-02-06 Smokey Burgess, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Caroleen, North Carolina (d. 1991)
  • 1928-01-13 Gregory Walcott, American actor (Plan 9 from Outer Space, 87th Precinct), born in Wendell, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1928-04-01 George Grizzard, American Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor (Wrong is Right, Bachelor Party, Attica), born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1928-04-03 Don Gibson, American country musician and songwriter ("Sweet Dreams"; "I Can't Stop Loving You"), born in Shelby, North Carolina (d. 2003)
  • 1928-05-05 Marshall Grant, American bassist (Johnny Cash's Tennessee Two), born in Bryson City, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1928-08-07 Herbert H. Bateman, American politician (Rep-R-Virginia), born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • 1929-01-05 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer ("Kansas City"; "Let's Work Together"), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1929-05-02 (Fred Lincoln) "Link" Wray, Native American rock guitarist ("Rumble"), born in Dunn, North Carolina (d. 2005)
  • 1929-11-25 Jack Hogan [Richard Roland Benson Jr], American actor (Combat", "Adam 12", "Sierra"), born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 1929-12-25 Bill Horton, American doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), born in Hickory, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1930-03-24 Kenneth Nelson, American actor (Henry Aldrich-Aldrich Family), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1930-04-11 Bill Hefner, American politician, Democratic U.S. Congressman from North Carolina, born in Elora, Tennessee (d. 2009)
  • 1930-05-20 James McEachin, American actor and author (Perry Mason, Harry-Tenafly), born in Rennert, North Carolina
  • 1930-06-30 Thomas Sowell, American economist and social theorist, born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • 1930-09-09 Frank Lucas, American drug kingpin (fictionalised in 2007 film "American Gangster"), born in La Grange, North Carolina (d. 2019)
  • 1931-03-16 Betty Johnson, American pop and cabaret singer (Jack Paar Show, I Dreamed), born in Guilford County, North Carolina
  • 1931-03-18 Howard Coble, American politician (Rep-R-NC, 1985-2015), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1931-06-28 Junior Johnson, American auto racer and team owner (Daytona 500 1960; NASCAR Hall of Fame), born in Wilkes County, North Carolina (d. 2019)
  • 1932-01-14 Grady Tate, American jazz drummer & singer, born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1932-03-27 Wes Covington, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Laurinburg, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1932-04-05 Billy Bland, American singer and songwriter, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1932-04-25 (Meadow) "Meadowlark" Lemon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters, 1955-80, 1990, and 3 other teams), and clergyman, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1932-06-07 (Harold) "Tina" Brooks, American hard-bop jazz saxophonist, and composer ("True Blue"), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 1974)
  • 1932-07-22 Tom Robbins, American author (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues), born in Blowing Rock, North Carolina
  • 1932-10-12 Ned Jarrett, American race car driver and announcer (50 Grand National victories), born in Conover, North Carolina
  • 1932-11-06 Stonewall Jackson, American country music musician ("Waterloo"; "A Wound Time Can't Erase"), born in Tabor City, North Carolina (d. 2021)
  • 1932-11-15 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B and doo-wop tenor vocalist, arranger and songwriter (The Dominos, 1950-53 - "Sixty Minute Man"; The Drifters, 1953-55 -"Honey Love"; solo - "Treasure My Love"), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1972)

Nina SimoneNina Simone (1933-2003)

1933-02-21 American jazz pianist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and civil rights activist (“Mississippi Goddam”; “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black”, “Feeling Good”; “Wild Is The Wind”), born in Tyron, North Carolina

  • 1933-03-20 George Altman, American MLB player, born in Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • 1933-09-01 Marshall Lytle, American Hall of Fame rock bassist (Comets), born in Old Fort, North Carolina (d. 2013)
  • 1933-09-13 Eileen Fulton, American actress (Our Private World), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1934-03-31 John D. Loudermilk, country singer and songwriter ("Tobacco Road"), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1934-08-23 Christian "Sonny" Jurgensen, American NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins) and sportscaster, born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1934-09-10 Charles Kuralt, American newscaster (On the Road), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1997)
  • 1934-09-16 Eva Clayton, American politician (Rep-D-North Carolina), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1934-10-01 Neil Castles, American auto racer (NASCAR Grand National East Series Champion 1972; NASCAR Cup Series 51 x top 5, 178 x top 10 finishes), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2022)
  • 1934-11-07 Stephen L. Neal, American politician (Rep-D-NC, 1975-95), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Floyd PattersonFloyd Patterson (1935-2006)

1935-01-04 American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1956-59, 1960-62, Olympic gold 1952), born in Waco, North Carolina

  • 1935-10-03 Charles "Charlie" Duke Jr, American Brigadier General and astronaut (Apol 16), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1935-10-30 Jim Perry, American baseball player, born in Williamston, North Carolina
  • 1936-04-19 Ruby Johnson, American soul singer ("I'll Run Your Hurt Away"), born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (d. 1999)
  • 1936-10-28 Charlie Daniels, American country-rock guitarist, fiddler, and singer ("Devil Went Down to Georgia"), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2020)
  • 1937-02-10 Roberta Flack, American pop vocalist ("The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Killing Me Softly with His Song"), born in Black Mountain, North Carolina
  • 1937-05-16 James Hunt Jr, American politician (Governor of North Carolina 1993-2001), born in Greensboro, North Carolina

Richard PettyRichard Petty (85 years old)

1937-07-02 American Auto Racer (7 x NASCAR Championship, 7 x Daytona 500), born in Level Cross, North Carolina

  • 1937-07-19 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2014)
  • 1937-12-09 Darwin Joston, American actor (Assault on Precinct 13), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1938-09-12 Judy Clay [Guions], American soul and gospel singer, born in St Paul, North Carolina (d. 2001)
  • 1938-09-28 Ben E. King [Nelson], American soul singer-songwriter ("Stand by Me"), born in Henderson, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1939-06-16 Billy "Crash" Craddock, American country singer ("Boom Boom Baby"; "Rub It In"), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1939-07-24 Walt Bellamy, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All-Star 1962–65; NBA Rookie of Year 1962; Olympic gold 1960), born in New Bern, North Carolina (d. 2013)
  • 1939-08-10 Charles Rose, American politician (Rep-D-North Carolina, 1973-97), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1939-09-25 "Sweet Joe" Russell, American a cappella singer (The Persuasions - "Slip Sliding Away"), born in Henderson, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1940-01-10 Harry Gant, American race car driver, born in Taylorsville, North Carolina
  • 1940-06-06 Phillip Rhodes, American composer, born in Forest City, North Carolina
  • 1940-06-17 Bobby Bell, American NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1940-08-13 Tony Cloninger, American MLB pitcher and coach (2 Grand Slams in one game), born in Cherryville, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • 1940-08-17 David Price, American politician, (Rep-D-North Carolina 1987-95, 1997-), born in Erwin, Tennessee
  • 1940-10-14 Pat Finley, American actress (Ellen Hartley-Bob Newhart Show), born in Asheville, North Carolina

Joe GibbsJoe Gibbs (82 years old)

1940-11-25 American Pro Football HOF coach (Super Bowl 1982, 87, 91 Washington Redskins; NFL Coach of the Year 1982, 83) and auto race team owner (5 × NASCAR Cup Series), born in Mocksville, North Carolina

  • 1941-04-23 Hal Daub, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska, born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • 1941-07-22 George Clinton, rocker (Parliament-Funkadelic), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina
  • 1941-08-30 Ben Jones, American politician and actor (The Dukes of Hazzard), born in Tarboro, North Carolina
  • 1941-10-30 Jim Ray Hart, American baseball player (Giants), born in Hookerton, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1942-01-05 Charlie Rose, American TV host (CBS This Morning), born in Henderson, North Carolina
  • 1942-01-17 Randy Boone, American actor (Cimarron Strip, Virginian), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1942-01-25 Carl Eller, American football player, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1942-06-21 Togo West Jr., American attorney and public official (3rd Secretary of Veterans Affairs 1998-2000), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • 1942-07-04 Hal Lanier, American MLB baseball player, 1964-73 (San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees), born in Denton, North Carolina
  • 1942-08-15 Larry Hartsell, American martial artist, bodyguard, trainer, student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto, born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2007)

Ray FloydRay Floyd (80 years old)

1942-09-04 American golfer (4-time major title winner), born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina

  • 1942-09-09 Inez Foxx, American R&B singer (Mockingbird), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1942-11-01 John Spratt, American politician (Rep-D-SC, 1983-2011), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1942-11-08 Gerald Alston, American singer (Manhattans-Crazy), born in Henderson, Vance County, North Carolina
  • 1943-01-16 Ronnie Milsap [Millsaps], American country singer ("It Was Almost Like a Song"; "Any Day Now"), born in Robbinsville, North Carolina
  • 1943-02-14 Maceo Parker, American tenor saxophonist (James Brown; Parliament-Funkadelic, King's One, Mo' Roots), born in Kinston, North Carolina
  • 1943-04-19 Robert Yates, American auto racing team owner and engine builder (Yates Racing, NASCAR), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2017)

Little EvaLittle Eva (1943-2003)

1943-06-29 American pop singer ("The Loco-motion"; "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby"), born in Belhaven, North Carolina


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