Pennsylvania in History (Part 5)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 1,273

  • 1912-12-10 Philip Hart, American lawyer and politician (U.S. Senator from Michigan), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 1913-06-27 Willie Mosconi, American pool player (World C'ship pocket billiards 1941-57), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 1913-08-25 Walt Kelly, American cartoonist and animator (Pogo), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • 1913-09-22 Leroy Holmes, American songwriter ("The Mole"), arranger, and orchestra leader (Tonight Show, 1956-57), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • 1913-09-27 Albert Ellis, American psychologist, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1913-10-02 Gene Benson, American baseball outfielder (Negro League All-Star 1940, 45-46), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1914-01-09 Kenny Clarke, American jazz drummer & bandleader (Epistrop), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1914-01-10 Polly Rowles, American actress (Sweet Liberty, Jamie), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1914-02-23 Mike Tresh, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1945; Chicago White Sox), born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1914-03-07 Morton DaCosta, director (Island of Love; The Music Man), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1914-04-16 John Hodiak, American actor (Battleground, A Bell for Adamo, Lifeboat), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)
  • 1914-05-22 Vance Packard, American journalist and author (The Hidden Persuaders), born in Granville Summit, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1914-06-12 Bill Kenny, American singer (The Bill Kenny Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1914-06-14 Pauline Moore [Joless Love], American actress (Colorado, Young Mr. Lincoln), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1914-07-08 Billy Eckstine, American jazz singer ("Tenderly"; "A Fool In Love"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 1915-01-12 Martin Agronsky, American journalist (1952 Peabody, 1961 DuPont-Columbia), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1915-02-13 Lyle Bettger, American actor (The Greatest Show on Earth, Lone Ranger), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1915-03-06 Leonard Tose, owner NFL Philadelphia Eagles 1969-85, born in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1915-03-06 Pete Gray [Wyshner], MLB one-armed outfielder (St Louis Browns), born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1915-03-15 Richard Ward, African American actor (Death of a Salesman, Beacon Hill), born in Glenside Pennsylvania (d. 1979)
  • 1915-03-28 Jay Livingston, American composer ("Buttons & Bows"; "Mona Lisa"; "Tammy"), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)

Billie HolidayBillie Holiday (1915-1959)

1915-04-07 American jazz singer ("I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm"; "Strange Fruit"), and songwriter ("God Bless The Child"; "Lady Sings the Blues"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [1]

  • 1915-06-06 Vincent Persichetti, American composer (Sibyl), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • 1915-07-05 John Woodruff, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1915-07-17 Catherine "Cass" Daley, American actress (Star Spangled Rhythm, Red Garters), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • 1915-09-04 Dick Thomas, American singing cowboy and TV host (Village Barn), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1915-11-26 Earl Wild, American composer and pianist (Caesar's Hour, 1952-56; NBC Symphony, 1937-44), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1916-01-18 James Crow, American geneticist & educator (Genetic Theories and Influences: Comments on the Value of Diversity), born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1916-02-16 Bill Doggett, American jazz and blues Hammond B-3 organist ("Honky Tonk"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1916-05-04 Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian author and urbanologist (The Death and Life of Great American Cities), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1916-07-24 John D. MacDonald, American novelist (Deep Blue Goodbye), born in Sharon, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • 1916-07-28 Laird Cregar, American actor (Charley's Aunt, Hangover Square), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1916-10-19 David Lewis, American actor (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)
  • 1916-11-10 Billy May, American orchestra leader and composer (The Green Hornet, Mod Squad, Batman), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1917-04-05 Richard Yardumian, American composer (Come Creator Spirit), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1917-05-06 Kal Mann, American lyricist ("Let's Twist Again"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1917-05-28 "Papa" John Creach, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna; Jefferson Airplane), born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1917-07-12 Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (Christina's World), born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1917-07-19 Robert Aitken, Zen co-founder (Diamond Sangha), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1917-09-03 Eddie Stanky, American baseball 2nd baseman (MLB All Star 1947, 48, 50; Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves, NY Giants) and manager (St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1917-10-02 William Marshall, American singer, bandleader and actor (State Fair, Pennsylvanians), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1994)

Billy ConnBilly Conn (1917-1993)

1917-10-08 American boxer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • 1917-10-08 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball infielder and manager (World Series 1960, 71; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 1917-11-01 Pat Mullin, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1947-48; Detroit Tigers), born in Trotter, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1917-11-13 Robert Sterling, American actor (George Kirby-Adv of Topper), born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1917-12-01 William Tracy, American actor (To the Shores of Tripoli, The Shop Around the Corner), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1917-12-20 David Bohm, American physicist, philosopher, and neuropsychologist, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1917-12-21 Sophie Masloff, American politician, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1917-12-31 Joan McCracken, American actress, dancer and comedian (Claudie Story of a Marriage), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1961)
  • 1918-02-25 Henry Norwood Ewell, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1948), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1918-03-14 Dennis Patrick, American actor (Dear Dead Delilah, Dallas, Rituals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1918-04-22 Mickey Vernon, American baseball first baseman (7 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1960; AL batting champion 1946, 53), born in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1918-06-12 Bob Carroll, American screenwriter (I Love Lucy, Stage Two Revue, Stranger), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1918-07-04 Buster Davis, American choral director (Garry Moore Show), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • 1918-07-06 Eugene List, American concert pianist and teacher (Eastman School of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1918-08-03 (Robert Jordan) "Smoki" Whitfield, American actor (Bomba the Jungle Boy; Lord of the Jungle; Swamp Fox), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)

Jacqueline SusannJacqueline Susann (1918-1974)

1918-08-20 American author (Valley of the Dolls), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 1918-10-18 Robert "Bobby" Troup, American jazz pianist and actor (Emergency; Acapulco), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1918-11-04 Cameron Mitchell, American actor (The High Chaparral), born in Dallastown, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1918-12-25 Eddie Safranski, American jazz double bassist and orchestra leader (Jonathan Winters Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • 1919-04-06 Paula Kelly, Grove City, Pennsylvania, American big band singer
  • 1919-04-09 J. Presper Eckert, Jr., American engineer and co-inventor (1st electronic computer-ENIAC), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1919-04-13 Madalyn Murray O'Hair, American atheist who opposed prayer in school and was murdered in 1995, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1919-05-04 Mary Ann McCall, American big band singer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1919-08-26 Ronny Graham [Stringer], American composer, lyricist, screenwriter (M*A*S*H (TV series), and actor (Chico & the Man; Mel Brooks films), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1919-08-28 Ernest Harold Martin [Markowitz], American Broadway producer (Feuer & Martin-Chorus Line), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1919-09-19 Blanche Thebom, American mezzo-soprano (Amneris-Aida), born in Monessen, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1919-10-11 Art Blakey, American drummer (Billy Eckstine Band; Jazz Messengers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)
  • 1919-10-11 Jean Vander Pyl, American voice, radio and film actress (The Flintstones, The Jetsons), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1919-10-24 Frank Piasecki, American aeronautical engineer and helicopter aviation pioneer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1919-11-02 Warren Stevens, American actor (Richard Boone Show), born in Clark's Summit, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1919-11-17 Hershy Kay, American composer (Olympic Hymn, A Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1981)
  • 1919-12-10 Alexander Courage, American composer of original Star Trek theme, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1920-01-10 Max Patkin, American baseball player & clown, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1920-01-15 John O'Connor, Roman Catholic Archbishop of NY, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)
  • 1920-02-17 Paul Fetler, American composer (December Stillness; Three Poems By Walt Whitman), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1920-02-18 Jack Palance [Vladimir Palahniuk], American actor (City Slickers, Contempt, Batman), born in Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1920-04-13 John LaPorta, American jazz clarinetist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1920-04-28 Nan Merriman, American-Dutch singer (Arturo Toscanini NBC Orchestra), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1920-08-02 Bill Scott, American voice actor, producer and writer (Mr Peabody, Bullwinkle), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1920-08-29 Joseph Lesniewski, American Easy Company, soldier in 101st Airborne, born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1920-10-26 T. C. Jones, American female impersonator, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 1971)
  • 1920-11-18 Louis Alfred Mennini, American composer, born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)

Stan MusialStan Musial (1920-2013)

1920-11-21 American Baseball HOF outfielder (24 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1942, 44, 46; NL MVP 1943, 46, 48; 7 × NL batting champion; St Louis Cardinals), born in Donora, Pennsylvania

  • 1920-12-13 Donald "Don" Taylor, American director and actor (Father's Little Dividend; Escape from the Planet of the Apes), born in Freeport, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)
  • 1921-01-12 Leo Smit, American classical pianist, composer (The Alchemy of Love), teacher and photographer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1921-01-31 Mario Lanza [Alfredo Arnold Cocozza], Italian-American actor and singer (Great Caruso; Toast of New Orleans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)

Joseph A. WalkerJoseph A. Walker (1921-1966)

1921-02-20 American experimental physicist, World War II and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outer space), born in Washington, Pennsylvania

  • 1921-02-20 Mervin Shiner, American honky-tonk country and hillbilly singer, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1921-03-09 Carl Betz, American actor (The Donna Reed Show; Love of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • 1921-03-12 Ralph Shapey, American composer (Fantasy; Rituals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1921-04-23 Janet Blair [Martha Janet Lafferty], American singer and actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1921-04-28 Rowland Evans, American news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak), born in Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1921-05-25 Kitty Kallen, American singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1921-08-28 Nancy Kulp, American actress (The Beverly Hillbillies, The Aristocats, Shane), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1921-08-30 Angelo Dundee, American boxing trainer and cornerman (Muhammad Ali 1960–81 & 15 other world boxing champions), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1921-09-24 Jim McKay, American sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1921-10-29 Edward "Ed" Kemmer, American actor (Space Patrol, Lux Video Theatre), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)

Charles BronsonCharles Bronson (1921-2003)

1921-11-03 American actor (Magnificent Seven, Death Wish, The Dirty Dozen), born in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania [1]

Roy CampanellaRoy Campanella (1921-1993)

1921-11-19 American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL MVP 1951, 53, 55; World Series 1955; 8 x MLB All Star; Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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