United States of America in History (Part 10)

Historical Events

Events 901 - 1,000 of 1,625

  • 1961-08-30 James Benton Parsons is confirmed as 1st African American judge of a US District Court
  • 1961-09-09 Maria Beale Fletcher (NC), 19, crowned 34th Miss America 1962

Historic Event

1961-10-06 JFK advises Americans to build fallout shelters

  • 1961-10-27 American Basketball League starts play
  • 1962-01-01 United States Navy SEALs established.
  • 1962-01-22 The Organization of American States suspends Cuba's membership.
  • 1962-02-10 Jim Beatty sets American indoor mile record (3:58.9) in LA
  • 1962-03-01 American Airlines 707 plunges nose first into Jamaica Bay, NY, killing 95
  • 1962-03-19 "All American" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • 1962-05-26 "All American" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • 1962-09-15 Australia's 1st entry in America's Cup yacht race (US wins)
  • 1962-09-25 Weatherly (US) beats Gretel (Aust) in 19th running of America's Cup

Historic Event

1962-09-30 Mexican-American labor leader César Chávez founds the United Farm Workers

Nobel Prize

1962-10-25 American author John Steinbeck awarded Nobel Prize for Literature

  • 1962-12-31 American Basketball League announces suspension of operation
  • 1963-01-08 "Mona Lisa", on loan, unveiled in America's National Gallery of Art
  • 1963-05-01 1st American (James Whittaker) conquers Mount Everest
  • 1963-06-08 American Heart Association is 1st agency to campaign against cigarettes
  • 1963-07-01 ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) Codes are introduced for United States mail
  • 1963-09-07 American Bandstand moves to California, & airs once a week on Saturday
  • 1963-09-14 Mary Ann Fischer of Aberdeen, South Dakota, gives birth to America's 1st surviving quintuplets, 4 girls & a boy
  • 1963-09-15 Church bombing in Birmingham Alabama, kills 4 African-American girls

Assassination of John F. Kennedy

1963-11-22 US President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in an open-topped motorcade in Dallas, Texas

  • 1964-01-23 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified, barring poll tax in federal elections
  • 1964-02-02 GI Joe, debuts as a popular American boy's toy

Historic Event

1964-06-28 Organization for Afro-American Unity formed in New York by Malcolm X

  • 1964-09-20 20th America's Cup yachting: Eric Ridder skippered Constellation beats English challenger Sovereign for a 4-0 American series sweep off Newport, RI
  • 1964-10-27 Congo rebel leader Christopher Gbenye holds 60 Americans & 800 Belgians

Film & TV History

1965-01-01 American actor George Murphy begins his term as Senator of California

  • 1965-01-08 Senator Everett Dirksen introduces a bill to make marigold the American natonal flower (it does not pass)
  • 1965-01-08 Star of India returned to American Museum of Natural History

Historic Publication

1965-03-20 Civil and Women's Rights Activist Dorothy Height has her first column published in the weekly African-American newspaper called the "New York Amsterdam News"

  • 1965-05-16 The Campbell Soup Company introduces SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand
  • 1965-06-07 The Supreme Court of the United States decides on Griswold v. Connecticut, effectively legalizing the use of contraception by married couples

TV Show Appearance

1965-06-12 Sonny and Cher make their 1st TV appearance on "American Bandstand"

  • 1965-09-11 The 1st Cavalry Division of the United States Army arrives in Vietnam
  • 1965-10-10 "Vinland Map" is introduced by Yale University as being the first known map of America, drawn about 1440
  • 1965-11-17 The NVA ambushes American troops of the 7th Cavalry at Landing Zone Albany in the la Drang Valley, almost wiping them out
  • 1966-04-18 70th Boston Marathon: Kenji Kimihara of Japan wins in 2:17:11; American Bobbi Gibb first woman in 3:21:40 (unsanctioned)

Historic Event

1966-09-15 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.

  • 1966-11-02 The Cuban Adjustment Act comes into force, allowing 123,000 Cubans opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the US
  • 1966-11-07 Jean-Claude van Itallie's "America Hurrah" premieres in NYC

Election of Interest

1966-11-08 Edward W. Brooke (Rep-R-Mass) becomes 1st African American popularly elected to the US Senate

  • 1967-01-06 United States Marine Corps and ARVN troops launch "Operation Deckhouse Five" in the Mekong River delta.
  • 1967-01-10 Edward W. Brooke (Sen-R-Mass), takes his seat as the 1st popularly elected African American to the US Senate
  • 1967-02-02 Formation of American Basketball Association is announced
  • 1967-04-01 The United States Department of Transportation begins operation.
  • 1967-04-17 71st Boston Marathon: Dave McKenzie of New Zealand wins in 2:15:45; American Bobbi Gibb 1st woman for 2nd straight year in 3:27:17 (unsanctioned)

Historic Event

1967-04-24 Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had "gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily."

  • 1967-05-03 African American students seize finance building at Northwestern University
  • 1967-09-09 Debra Dene Barnes (Kansas), 20, crowned 40th Miss America 1968
  • 1967-09-18 Intrepid (US) beats Dame Pattie (Australia) in 21st America's Cup yacht race at Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1967-10-23 NJ Americans (later NY/NJ Nets) play 1st ABA game
  • 1967-11-21 Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland tells news reporters: "I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing."

Film Premiere

1968-04-03 "Planet of the Apes", starring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell premiers nationally in the United States

  • 1968-04-15 72nd Boston Marathon: Amby Burfoot wins in 2:22:17; Bobbi Gibb 1st woman for 3rd straight year in 3:30:00 (unsanctioned)
  • 1968-05-24 American boxer Bob Foster defeats holder Dick Tiger for the world light-heavyweight Championship at Madison Square Gardens, New York (goes on to defend title 14x)
  • 1968-07-15 NJ Americans moved to Comack & become NY Nets (ABA)
  • 1968-08-21 After 5 years Soviet Union once again jams Voice of America radio
  • 1968-08-21 PFC James Anderson Jr is 1st African American Marine to win Medal of Honor (Vietnam War)

Sports History

1968-08-25 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st African American to win the US singles championship

  • 1968-09-08 Saundra Williams wins 1st Miss Black America pageant
  • 1968-10-07 Motion Picture Association of America adopts film rating system
  • 1968-11-01 Motion Picture Association of America introduces rating system (G, M, R, X)
  • 1969-04-03 Vietnam War: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start a policy of "Vietnamization", reducing American involvement
  • 1969-04-14 Student Afro-American Society seized at Columbia College
  • 1969-04-21 73rd Boston Marathon: Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan wins in 2:13:49; American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman in 3:22:46 (unsanctioned)
  • 1969-07-14 The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially withdrawn from circulation.
  • 1969-08-22 Gloria O Smith (NY) crowned 2nd Miss Black America
  • 1969-08-23 France's Une De Mai wins International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway Czechoslovakia (1st American to win cycling race title since 1912)
  • 1969-09-02 The first automatic teller machine in the United States is installed in Rockville Center, New York.
  • 1969-09-29 "Love American Style" premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1969-10-06 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3 games to 0
  • 1969-10-15 Bank of America World Headquarters (555 California) dedicated
  • 1969-11-20 Alcatraz Island, off San Francisco, is seized by militant Native Americans
  • 1970-01-01 Afro-American Historical Calendar Series Established
  • 1970-01-16 Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects
  • 1970-02-21 Jackson 5 make TV debut on "American Bandstand"
  • 1970-03-02 American Airlines' 1st flight of a Boeing 747
  • 1970-04-20 74th Boston Marathon: Englishman Ron Hill wins in 2:10:30 (US record): American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman for 2nd straight year in 3:05:07 (unsanctioned)
  • 1970-05-11 "The Long and Winding Road" becomes Beatles' last American single release

Radio Premiere

1970-07-04 Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" debuts on LA radio

  • 1970-09-12 Phyllis Ann George (Texas), 21, crowned 43rd Miss America 1971
  • 1970-09-28 Intrepid (US) beats Gretel II (Australia) in 22nd America's Cup
  • 1970-09-30 New American Bible published
  • 1970-10-05 MLB Championship Series both end on the same day with same score; (AL) Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3-0; (NL) Cincinnati Reds down Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0; Orioles win WS, 4-1
  • 1970-10-20 American agronomist Norman Borlaug awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to world food supply
  • 1970-12-29 Occupational Safety and Health Act (United States) signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon
  • 1971-02-10 American Mensa Ltd incorporates in New York
  • 1971-02-10 Bill White becomes 1st African American baseball announcer (NY Yankees)
  • 1971-04-19 75th Boston Marathon: Álvaro Mejía of Colombia wins in 2:18:45; American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman for 3rd straight year in 3:08:30 (unsanctioned)
  • 1971-06-22 Pretoria court rules that the former leader of the banned Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), Robert Sobukwe, will not be allowed to use his exit permit to leave South Africa for study in the United States

Historic Event

1971-07-21 Sam Giancana returns to the United States after spending seven years of exile in Mexico

  • 1971-08-10 16 baseball researchers form Society for American Baseball Research
  • 1971-09-11 Laurel Lea Schaefer (Ohio), 22, crowned 44th Miss America 1972
  • 1971-12-11 The Libertarian Party of the United States is formed
  • 1971-12-16 Don McLean's 8+ minute version of "American Pie" released
  • 1972-02-05 Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
  • 1972-03-25 America's LP "America" goes #1

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 901 - 1,000 of 9,753

  • 1886-12-01 Rex Stout, American mystery writer (Nero Wolf novels), born in Noblesville, Indiana (d. 1975)
  • 1886-12-25 Kid Ory, American musician (d. 1973)
  • 1887-01-22 Helen Hoyt, American poet (d. 1972)
  • 1887-02-16 Kathleen Clifford, American actress (When the Clouds Roll by), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1962)
  • 1887-03-04 Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress (The Magic Cloak), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1953)
  • 1887-03-11 Raoul Walsh, American film director (Thief of Baghdad, Battle Cry), (d. 1980)
  • 1887-03-14 Sylvia Beach, American publisher and bookseller (Shakespeare and Company), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1962)
  • 1887-03-15 Marjorie Merriweather Post, American socialite and businesswoman (d. 1973)
  • 1887-03-18 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • 1887-04-04 William Cumming Rose, American biochemist who discovered threonine (an amino acid), born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1985)
  • 1887-04-12 Harold Lockwood, American actor (Tess of the Storm Country), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1918)

Jim ThorpeJim Thorpe (1887-1953)

1887-05-28 American all-round athlete (Olympic gold decathlon, pentathlon 1912; College & Pro Football Hall of Fame), born in Indian Territory, Oklahoma

  • 1887-06-02 Howard Johnson, American songwriter (d. 1941)
  • 1887-06-05 Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist (Patterns of Culture), born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1887-08-13 Julius Freed [Fried], American namesake and co-founder of Orange Julius fast food chain, born in Montana (d. 1952)

Marcus GarveyMarcus Garvey (1887-1940)

1887-08-17 Jamaican-born black nationalist who began the back-to-Africa movement among US African Americans, born in Saint Ann's Bay, Jamaica

  • 1887-09-03 Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter, born in Bywater, New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1887-09-09 Alf Landon, American politician, Governor of Kansas (1933-37) and Republican Presidential nominee in 1936, born in West Middlesex, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • 1887-09-19 Lovie [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist ("Down Hearted Blues"), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • 1887-09-19 Lynne Overman, American actor (Reap the Wild Wind), born in Maryville, Missouri (d. 1943)
  • 1887-11-11 Roland Young, British-born American actor, born in London, England (d. 1953)

Georgia O’KeeffeGeorgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)

1887-11-15 American sculptor and painter (Cow's Skull, Flowers), born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

  • 1887-11-19 James B. Sumner, American chemist (Nobel 1946 - discovered that enzymes can be crystallized), born in Canton, Massachusetts (d. 1955)
  • 1887-12-09 Tim Moore, American actor and vaudevillian, born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 1888-01-01 John Garand, American inventor (d. 1974)
  • 1888-01-08 Richard Courant, German-American mathematician (d. 1972)
  • 1888-02-22 Owen Brewster, American politician (d. 1961)
  • 1888-02-27 Earl Caddock, American professional wrestler (d. 1950)
  • 1888-03-04 Jeff Pfeffer, American professional baseball pitcher (d. 1972)
  • 1888-03-04 Rafaela Ottiano, Italian-born American actress (Grand Hotel, The Devil-Doll), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1942)
  • 1888-04-08 Dennis Chavez, American politician, 1st US Hispanic Senator elected to serve full term, born in Los Chavez, New Mexico Territory (d. 1964)
  • 1888-04-26 Anita Loos, American screenwriter, novelist (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and playwright, born in Sisson, California (d. 1981)

Irving BerlinIrving Berlin (1888-1989)

1888-05-11 Russian-American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in history ("Always"; "God Bless America"; "White Christmas"; "Cheek To Cheek"), born in Talachyn, Belarus, Russian Empire [1] [2]

  • 1888-06-03 Tom Brown, American dixieland jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1958)
  • 1888-06-16 Peter Stoner, American mathematician and astronomer (d. 1980)
  • 1888-06-23 Bronson M. Cutting, American politician (d. 1935)
  • 1888-06-27 Antoinette Perry, American actress and theater director, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1946)
  • 1888-07-22 Kirk Bryan, American geologist (d. 1950)
  • 1888-08-13 Gleb W. Derujinsky, Russian-American sculptor, born in Smolensk, Russia (d. 1975)
  • 1888-08-16 Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1943)
  • 1888-09-19 James Waddell Alexander II, American mathematician and topologist, born in Sea Bright, New Jersey (d. 1971)
  • 1888-09-26 J. Frank Dobie, American folklorist and newspaper columnist, born in Live Oak County, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1888-10-03 Roy Webb, American film score composer (films of Val Lewton), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1888-10-16 Paul Popenoe, American activist (d. 1979)
  • 1888-11-16 Clinton Golden, American labor leader (founder of the United Steelworkers of America), born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1961)
  • 1888-11-24 Fredrick Willius, American cardiologist (d. 1972)
  • 1888-12-07 Heywood Broun, American journalist (1st President of American Newspaper Guild) born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1939)
  • 1888-12-20 Fred Merkle, American baseball figure, born in Watertown, Wisconsin (d. 1958)
  • 1889-01-11 Calvin Bridges, American geneticist (d. 1938)
  • 1889-01-20 Allan Haines Loughead, American aviation executive (d. 1969)

Victor FlemingVictor Fleming (1889-1949)

1889-02-23 American film director (The Wizard of Oz; Gone With The Wind), born in Pasadena, California

  • 1889-02-25 Homer S. Ferguson, United States Senator (d. 1982)
  • 1889-04-13 Herbert Yardley, American cryptologist, born in Worthington, Indiana (d. 1958)
  • 1889-05-03 Beulah Bondi, American actress (It's a Wonderful Life), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1889-05-10 Mae Murray, American silent screen actress, born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 1965)
  • 1889-05-15 Bessie Abramowitz Hillman, Russian-American labor leader and founder of Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, born in Linoveh, Russia (d. 1970)
  • 1889-05-18 Thomas Midgley, American chemist and inventor (leaded gasoline), born in Beaver Fall, Pennsylvania (d. 1944)

Igor SikorskyIgor Sikorsky (1889-1972)

1889-05-25 Russian-American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, born in Kyiv, Ukraine

  • 1889-06-21 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 100/200m 1912), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1972)
  • 1889-07-09 Léo Dandurand, American-Canadian hockey executive, born in Bourbonnais, Illinois (d. 1964)
  • 1889-07-16 Larry Semon, American silent film actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (The Wizard of Oz (1925)), born in West Point, Mississippi (d. 1928)

Erle Stanley GardnerErle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970)

1889-07-17 American detective writer (Perry Mason), born in Malden, Massachusetts

  • 1889-08-01 John Friend Mahoney, American physician who pioneered the treatment of syphilis with penicillin, born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (d. 1957)
  • 1889-08-06 George Kenney, American Air Force General (d. 1977)
  • 1889-08-12 Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (d. 1981)
  • 1889-09-20 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1975)

Walter LippmannWalter Lippmann (1889-1974)

1889-09-23 American journalist and political writer (Public Opinion), born in NYC, New York

  • 1889-10-08 Collett E. Woolman, American airline founder (Delta Air Service), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1966)
  • 1889-10-25 'Smoky' Joe Wood, American baseball pitcher/outfielder (World Series 1912, 15, 20; MLB wins leader 34–5 1912; pitched no-hitter 1911; Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1889-11-19 Clifton Webb [Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck], American actor (Razor's Edge, Laura), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1966)

Walter KnottWalter Knott (1889-1981)

1889-12-11 American farmer who created the Knott's Berry Farm amusement park in California and introduced the boysenberry to America, born in San Bernardino, California

  • 1889-12-21 Sewall Wright, American geneticist, born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • 1890-01-11 Monte Blue, US silent film actor (Montana, Oh Boy), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1963)
  • 1890-01-28 Robert Stroud, American murderer, convict, and ornithologist dubbed "Birdman of Alcatraz", born in Seattle Washington (d. 1963)
  • 1890-03-12 William Dudley Pelley, American leader of the Silver Legion (d. 1965)
  • 1890-04-13 Frank Murphy, American politician and 56th United States Attorney General, born in Harbor Beach, Michigan (d. 1949)
  • 1890-05-03 Alex Pompez, American Baseball HOF executive (owner NgL Cuban Stars [East] 1923-28; NY Cubans 1935-51), born in Key West, Florida (d. 1974)
  • 1890-06-06 Ted Lewis [Theodore Leopold Friedman], American entertainer, bandleader and musician ("Is Everybody Happy?"), born in Circleville, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • 1890-06-14 May Allison, American actress (A Fool There Was, Almost Married), born in Rising Fawn, Georgia (d. 1989)
  • 1890-07-05 Frederick Lewis Allen, American social historian and editor of Harper's Magazine, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1954)
  • 1890-08-02 Marin Sais, American actress (The Pony Express Girl), born in San Rafael, California (d. 1971)
  • 1890-08-13 [Lavinia] Marian Fleming Poe, African American advocate in Virginia, born in Warwick, County, Virginia (d. 1974)
  • 1890-08-15 Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian (oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death), born in Somerville, Tennessee (d. 2006)
  • 1890-08-15 Elvin M. Jellinek, American Physiologist and pioneer in the study of alcoholism, born in NYC, New York
  • 1890-08-20 H. P. Lovecraft, American horror writer (At the Mountains of Madness, Weird Tales), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1937)
  • 1890-08-27 Man Ray, American artist and photographer (Dada), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 1890-12-21 Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist and Nobel laureate, born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1890-12-26 Uncle Charlie Osborne, American fiddler (d. 1992)
  • 1891-01-07 Zora Neale Hurston, American writer (Their Eyes Were Watching God), born in Notasulga, Alabama (d. 1960)
  • 1891-01-17 Marjorie Gateson, American actress (One Man's Family), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1977)

Frank CostelloFrank Costello (1891-1973)

1891-01-26 Italian-American gangster (The Prime Minister of the Underworld), born in Lauropoli, Calabria, Italy

  • 1891-01-26 Wilder Penfield, American-born Canadian neurosurgeon (d. 1976)

R. Norris WilliamsR. Norris Williams (1891-1968)

1891-01-29 American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1914, 16) who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic, born in Geneva, Switzerland

  • 1891-02-07 Ann Little [Mary Brooks], American actress, born in Mount Shasta, California (d. 1984)
  • 1891-02-13 Grant Wood, American painter (American Gothic), born near Anamosa, Iowa (d. 1942)
  • 1891-03-12 George W. Mason, American industrialist (d. 1954)
  • 1891-04-13 Nellallitea "Nella" Larsen [Nellie Walker], African-American Harlem Renaissance novelist (Quicksand, Passing), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1964)
  • 1891-05-15 Chief Nipo T Strongheart, US Native American actor (Pony Soldier), born in Yakima, Washington
  • 1891-05-22 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 901 - 1,000 of 4,915

  • 1959-07-17 Eugene Meyer, American businessman and newspaper publisher (b. 1875)
  • 1959-08-15 "Blind" Willie McTell [McTier], American blues and ragtime singer and guitarist, dies at 61
  • 1959-10-06 Bernard Berenson, American art critic (Italian Painters of the Renaissance), dies at 94
  • 1959-10-25 Bob Murphy, TV host (RFD America), dies at 42
  • 1960-01-28 Zora Neale Hurston, American author, dies at 69
  • 1960-05-27 James Montgomery Flagg, American illustrator, dies at 82
  • 1960-06-28 Jake Swirbul, American aircraft manufacturer (b. 1898)
  • 1960-07-13 Joy Gresham, American writer (b. 1915)
  • 1960-07-26 Cedric Gibbons, American art director (b. 1893)
  • 1960-11-03 Paul Willis, American actor (The Little Lumberjack; Little Kaintuck), dies at 59
  • 1961-01-07 Clarice Baright, 1st woman admitted to American Bar Association, dies at 74
  • 1961-01-09 Emily Greene Balch, American writer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1867)

Alfred Carlton GilbertAlfred Carlton Gilbert (1884-1961)

1961-01-24 American athlete, inventor, and businessman (invented the Erector Set), dies at 76

  • 1961-02-22 Nick LaRocca, American jazz coronetist and composer (Tiger Rag), dies at 71
  • 1961-04-13 John A. Bennett, American convicted rapist, dies at 26
  • 1961-04-29 Cisco Houston, American folk singer (b. 1918)
  • 1961-05-16 George A. Malcolm, American jurist (17th Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court) and educator, dies at 79
  • 1961-06-30 Lee de Forest, American inventor (Electron Tube), dies at 87

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway (1899-1961)

1961-07-02 American author (The Old Man and the Sea, Nobel 1954), dies from suicide at 61

  • 1961-07-06 Scott LaFaro, American jazz bassist (Bill Evans Trio), dies in a car accident at 25
  • 1961-09-03 Robert E. Gross, American businessman (b. 1897)
  • 1961-10-18 Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American silent film actress (The Dragon Painter), dies at 69
  • 1961-11-13 Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr., American diplomat (b. 1897)
  • 1962-04-13 Culbert Olson, American lawyer & politician (Gov-D-Cal), dies at 85
  • 1962-05-14 Florence Auer, American actress (b. 1880)
  • 1962-05-31 Henry F. Ashurst, American Democratic politician (U.S. Senator from Arizona), dies at 87
  • 1962-06-04 Clem McCarthy, American sportscaster (NBC Radio; RKO newsreels), dies at 79
  • 1962-07-12 Roger Wolfe Kahn, American band leader ("I'm Sitting On Top Of The World"), and aviator, dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1962-07-27 James H. "Dutch" Kindelberger, American aerospace pioneer (b. 1895)
  • 1962-10-06 Tod Browning, American film director (Dracula), dies at 82
  • 1962-12-13 Harry Barris, American popular singer, scat vocalist, and songwriter ("Mississippi Mud"), dies at 57
  • 1962-12-28 Kathleen Clifford, American actress (b. 1887)
  • 1963-01-08 Kay [Katherine Linn] Sage, American artist and poet commits suicide aged 64
  • 1963-01-11 Arthur D Nock, English-Americans historian (St Paul), dies at 60
  • 1963-03-05 Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, American country singer ("Candy Kisses"; "Alabam"), dies in a plane crash at 49
  • 1963-03-18 Wanda Hawley, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1963-04-18 Meyer Jacobstein, American politician, dies at 83
  • 1963-05-11 Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist & Nobel laureate, dies at 74
  • 1963-07-27 Garrett Morgan, American inventor (gas mask and traffic signal), dies at 86
  • 1963-08-23 Glen Gray [Knoblauch], American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (Casa Loma Orchestra), dies of lymphoma, at 63
  • 1963-10-15 Horton Smith. American golfer (US Masters 1934, 36), dies of Hodgkin's disease at 55

John F. KennedyJohn F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

1963-11-22 35th President of the United States (1961-63) and Senator (D-Mass), assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas at 46

  • 1963-12-28 Abbott Joseph Liebling, American journalist/writer, dies
  • 1964-01-07 Cyril Davies, American musician (b. 1932)
  • 1964-02-15 Robert L. Thornton, American businessman and politician (b. 1880)
  • 1964-02-25 Grace Metalious, American writer (b. 1924)

Rachel CarsonRachel Carson (1907-1964)

1964-04-14 American marine biologist, conservationist and author (Silent Spring), dies at 56

  • 1964-05-30 Dave MacDonald, American auto racer (b. 1936)
  • 1964-05-30 Eddie Sachs, American auto racer (b. 1927)
  • 1964-06-26 Léo Dandurand, American-Canadian hockey executive, dies at 74
  • 1964-06-29 Eric Dolphy, American jazz saxophone, bass clarinet, and flute player, dies of insulin shock at 36
  • 1964-09-02 Alvin York, American World War I soldier who led a famed attack on a German machine gun nest (Medal of Honor), dies at 76
  • 1964-09-02 Glenn Albert Black, American archaeologist, dies at 64
  • 1964-09-03 Stewart Holbrook, American author (b. 1893)
  • 1964-09-14 Mary Howe, American composer and pianist (Sand), dies at 82
  • 1964-10-08 Charles Hodge, NYU professor (Answers for Americans), dies at 69
  • 1964-11-03 John Henry Barbee, American blues guitarist and singer, dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1964-11-10 Jimmie Dodd, American actor (The Mickey Mouse Club; Thundering Trails; Riders of the Rio Grande), and singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 54
  • 1964-11-30 Don Redman, American jazz musician and orchestra leader (Sugar Hill Times), dies at 64
  • 1964-12-21 Carl Van Vechten, American writer famous for the controversial novel "Nigger Heaven", dies at 84

T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

1965-01-04 American-born British poet (The Waste Land) and Nobel laureate (1948), dies in London at 76

Malcolm XMalcolm X (1925-1965)

1965-02-21 African American human rights activist and Muslim minister, assassinated in New York City at 39

  • 1965-03-28 Jack Hoxie, American actor, rodeo performer (The White Outlaw), dies at 80
  • 1965-03-30 Philip Showalter Hench, American physician, (Nobel Prize 1950 for cortisone), dies at 69
  • 1965-04-01 Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics manufacturer, dies at 92
  • 1965-04-10 Linda Darnell, American actress (Unfaithfully Yours, A Letter to Three Wives), dies from burns received in a house fire at 41
  • 1965-04-10 Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (Casner Motor Racing Division team), dies at 36
  • 1965-04-30 Helen Chandler, American actress (Dracula, Salute, Last Flight), dies at 59

Judy HollidayJudy Holliday (1921-1965)

1965-06-07 American comedienne and actress (Born Yesterday, Adam's Rib), dies of cancer at 43

  • 1965-06-15 E. A. Speiser, American Bible scholar (b. 1902
  • 1965-06-15 Steve Cochran [Robert Alexander Cochran], American actor (Mozambique, Gay Senotiys, Dallas), dies from acute infectious edema at 48
  • 1965-06-28 Red Nichols, American jazz cornettist, composer and jazz bandleader, dies at 60
  • 1965-07-15 Francis Cherry, American politician (b. 1908)
  • 1965-08-02 N. Howell Furman, American Chemist whose work on separating uranium contributed to the development of the atomic bomb, dies at 73
  • 1965-08-06 Everett Sloane, American actor (Patsy, Citizen Kane, Enforcer), dies of apparent suicide with barbiturates at 55
  • 1965-08-22 Ellen Church, American 1st female airline stewardess (United flight in 1930 from San Francisco to Cheyenne), dies in a horse riding accident at 60
  • 1965-09-08 Dorothy Dandridge, American actress (Island in the Sun), dies of accidental overdose at 42
  • 1965-09-10 Father Divine [Reverend Major Jealous Divine], "the Messenger", African American religious leader
  • 1965-09-13 Jean B. Fletcher, American architect (TAC, the Architects' Collaborative), dies of cancer at 50
  • 1965-09-15 Steve Brown, American jazz musician, dies at 75
  • 1965-10-11 Dorothea Lange, American documentary photographer, dies at 70
  • 1965-10-17 Bart King, American cricket pioneer (North America's greatest all-rounder; helped develop art of swing bowling), dies at 91
  • 1965-10-21 Bill Black, American band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, dies of a brain tumor at 39
  • 1965-10-26 Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (b. 1949)
  • 1965-10-28 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist ("Flamingo"; "Temptation"), dies at 52
  • 1965-11-08 Dorothy Kilgallen, American newspaper columnist (b. 1913)

Joseph ErlangerJoseph Erlanger (1874-1965)

1965-12-05 American physiologist (shock therapy-Nobel 1944), dies of heart disease at 91

Branch RickeyBranch Rickey (1881-1965)

1965-12-09 American Baseball HOF catcher (St. Louis Browns), manager (St. Louis Browns, Cardinals) and executive (GM St.Louis Cardinals 4 x World Series), dies of heart failure at 83

Albert StevensAlbert Stevens (1887-1996)

1966-01-09 an American patient in secret medical trials who survived the highest known radiation dose in a human, dies of heart disease at 79

  • 1966-01-14 Bill Carr, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4 x 400m 1932), dies at 56
  • 1966-02-18 Robert Rossen, American screenwriter, producer, and director (b. 1908)
  • 1966-02-25 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 59
  • 1966-03-03 William Frawley, American vaudeville, silent and sound screen actor (I Love Lucy - "Fred"; My Three Sons - "Bub"; Miracle on 34th Street), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1966-03-06 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), dies at 84
  • 1966-03-30 Newbold Morris, American politician, dies at 64
  • 1966-04-30 Richard Fariña, American folk singer-songwriter ("Birmingham Sunday"), and novelist ("Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me"), dies in a motorcycle crash on his 29th birthday
  • 1966-06-01 Papa Jack Laine, American musician and pioneering bandleader, dies at 92
  • 1966-07-18 Bobby Fuller, American rock singer and guitarist ("I Fought The Law"), found dead in his car at 23
  • 1966-07-22 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, dies at 68
  • 1966-07-25 Frank O'Hara, American writer and poet, dies after being hit by a car at 40