United States of America in History (Part 11)

Historical Events

Events 1001 - 1,100 of 1,625

  • 1972-04-17 76th Boston Marathon: Olavi Suomalainen of Finland wins men's race in 2:15:39; American Nina Kuscsik takes inaugural women's title in 3:10:26; first year women's race officially sanctioned
  • 1972-06-07 Hsan Hua, Zen teacher, conducted 1st ordination ceremony in America
  • 1972-07-25 US health officials concede African American were used as guinea pigs in 40 year syphilis experiment
  • 1972-08-12 Last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam
  • 1972-09-09 Terry Anne Meeuwsen (Wisc), 23, crowned 45th Miss America 1973
  • 1972-09-26 American Museum of Immigration dedicated
  • 1972-10-12 46 sailors injured in race riot on American aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk
  • 1972-10-12 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Detroit Tigers, 3 games to 2
  • 1973-01-11 American League adopts designated hitter rule
  • 1973-03-04 15th Grammy Awards: 1st Time Ever I Saw Your Face, America
  • 1973-04-03 1st mobile phone call is made in downtown Manhattan, NYC by Motorola employee Martin Cooper to the Bell Labs headquarters in New Jersey
  • 1973-04-16 77th Boston Marathon: American double; Jon Anderson men's champion in 2:16:03; Jacqueline Hansen wins women's title in 3:05:59

Sports History

1973-05-08 Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs managerr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball's 1st African American manager

Historic Event

1973-07-01 Tom Bradley becomes the 38th Mayor of Los Angeles, the first (and only) African-American to hold that position

  • 1973-07-12 A fire destroys the entire 6th floor of the National Personnel Records Center of the United States

Film Premiere

1973-08-02 "American Graffiti", directed by George Lucas and starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard premieres at the Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland

  • 1973-08-11 "American Graffiti", directed by George Lucas, opens in cinemas across the United States
  • 1973-09-07 Mike Storen becomes American Basketball Association's 4th commissioner
  • 1973-09-08 Rebecca Ann King (23), Miss Colorado, crowned 46th Miss America
  • 1973-09-19 Pirate Radio Free America (off Cape May NJ) forms

Historic Event

1973-09-22 Henry Kissinger sworn in as America's 1st Jewish Secretary of State, succeeds William Rogers

  • 1973-09-29 "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk peaks at #1
  • 1973-10-11 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 2
  • 1973-10-19 Saudi Arabia, Libya, and other Arab states proclaim an embargo on oil exports to the United States
  • 1973-12-15 American Psychiatric Association declares homosexuality is not a mental illness
  • 1974-01-06 In response to the 1973 energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States.
  • 1974-01-11 ABC airs final episode of "Love, American Style"
  • 1974-02-05 John Murtha becomes the first Vietnam War veteran elected to the United States Congress
  • 1974-02-09 "The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion)" by Gordon Sinclair peaks at #24
  • 1974-02-19 1st American Music Awards: Helen Reddy & Jim Croce win
  • 1974-04-03 The Super Outbreak: 2nd largest tornado outbreak over 24hr period with 148 confirmed tornadoes in 13 US states, killing approximately 315 people and injuring nearly 5,500
  • 1974-04-10 American Boccaccio Association forms
  • 1974-04-15 78th Boston Marathon: Neil Cusack of Ireland takes men's race in 2:13:39; American Miki Gorman women's winner in 2:47:11
  • 1974-05-14 Underground America Day is 1st observed to honor the 6,000 Americans that make their homes in the Earth
  • 1974-06-01 Arab oil ministers decide to end most restrictions on exports of oil to the United States but continue embargo against the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, and Rhodesia
  • 1974-09-07 Shirley Cothran (Texas), 21, crowned 47th Miss America 1975
  • 1974-09-24 Clarence Jones of Kintetsu Buffaloes hits his 38th HR, 1st American to win a Japanese HR title
  • 1974-10-08 Franklin National Bank collapses due to fraud and mismanagement; at the time it was the largest bank failure in the history of the United States.
  • 1974-10-09 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 1
  • 1974-12-05 Birmingham Americans defeat the Florida Blazers 22-21 in the WFL's World Bowl
  • 1975-01-06 "AM America" premieres on ABC-TV with Bill Beutel as host
  • 1975-01-29 First American Annual Comedy Awards, hosted by Alan King
  • 1975-02-23 In response to the energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly two months early in the United States.
  • 1975-02-26 "Night... Made America Famous" opens at Barrymore, NYC; runs for 75 performances
  • 1975-04-06 "Night... Made America Famous" closes at Barrymore NYC after 75 performances

Boston Marathon

1975-04-21 79th Boston Marathon: American Bill Rodgers wins men's section in race record 2:09:55; Liane Winter of West Germany women's champion in 2:42:24 (female world record)

  • 1975-04-29 Charles McMahon and Darwin Judge are the last two United States servicemen killed in Vietnam during the Vietnam War
  • 1975-06-10 Rockefeller panel reports on 300,000 illegal CIA files on Americans
  • 1975-06-26 Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement are killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Leonard Peltier is later convicted of the murders in a controversial trial.
  • 1975-09-06 Tawny Elaine Godin (NY), 18, crowned 48th Miss America 1976
  • 1975-09-29 Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush becomes American television's first African-American weathercaster.
  • 1975-10-07 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • 1975-11-03 Good Morning America premieres on ABC (David Hartman & Nancy Dussault)
  • 1975-11-28 "As the World Turns" and "The Edge of Night", the final two American soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcasts, air their last live episodes.

Historic Event

1976-01-26 David Mamet's "American Buffalo" premieres in NYC

Olympic Gold

1976-02-13 American Dorothy Hamill wins the free skate to clinch the women's figure-skating gold medal at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics

  • 1976-03-06 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by American Dorothy Hamill
  • 1976-04-19 80th Boston Marathon: US double; Jack Fultz is men's winner in 2:20:19; Kim Merritt takes women's section in 2:47:10
  • 1976-07-10 One American and three British mercenaries are executed in Angola following the Luanda Trial
  • 1976-09-11 Dorothy Kathleen Benham (Minn), 20, crowned 49th Miss America 1977
  • 1976-09-16 American Episcopal Church approves ordination of women as priests & bishop
  • 1976-09-18 Rev Sun Myung Moon holds "God Bless America" convention at Yankee Stadium in New York City
  • 1976-10-14 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 2

Nobel Prize

1976-10-21 Nobel prize for literature awarded to American Saul Bellow

Sports History

1977-02-13 Eric Heiden is 1st American to win world speed skating championship

  • 1977-03-01 Bank of America adopts the name VISA for its credit cards

Film & TV History

1977-03-02 Bette Davis is 1st woman to receive American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award

  • 1977-04-18 81st Boston Marathon: Canadian Jerome Drayton wins men's race in 2:14:46; American Miki Gorman takes her 2nd women's event in 2:48:33
  • 1977-08-03 United States Senate Hearing on MKULTRA.
  • 1977-09-10 Susan Perkins (Ohio), crowned 50th Miss America 1978
  • 1977-09-18 Courageous (US) sweeps Australia (Aust) in 24th America's Cup
  • 1977-10-09 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 2
  • 1978-01-13 NASA select its first American women astronauts

American Music Awards

1978-01-16 5th American Music Awards: Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac & Conway Twitty win

  • 1978-02-08 Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.
  • 1978-03-30 "History of the American Film" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • 1978-04-16 "History of the American Film" closes at ANTA NYC after 21 performances
  • 1978-04-17 82nd Boston Marathon: US double; Bill Rodgers wins his 2nd men's title in 2:10:13; Gayle Barron women's champion in 2:44:52
  • 1978-07-09 American Nazi Party holds a rally at Marquette Park, Chicago
  • 1978-08-17 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)
  • 1978-09-09 Kylene Barker (Virginia), crowned 51st Miss America 1979
  • 1978-10-07 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 1
  • 1979-01-18 Peter Jenkins finishes "A Walk Across America" at Florence, Oregon
  • 1979-02-14 In Kabul, Muslims kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police
  • 1979-04-14 Susan Horvath, of Penn, crowned America's Young Woman of the Year
  • 1979-04-16 83rd Boston Marathon: American double; Bill Rodgers wins 2nd straight event and 3rd overall title in 2:09:27; Joan Benoit women's champion in 2:35:15
  • 1979-05-25 American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago killing 273 including 2 on the ground
  • 1979-08-05 Varetta Shankle (Miss), crowned 12th Miss Black America
  • 1979-09-08 Cheryl Prewitt (Miss), 22, crowned 52nd Miss America 1980
  • 1979-10-06 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat California Angels, 3 games to 1
  • 1979-10-30 Richard Arrington, Jr. is elected the first African American mayor in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1979-11-08 ABC broadcasts "Iran Crisis: American Held Hostage" with Frank Reynolds (forerunner to "Nightline")
  • 1979-12-16 Libya raises crude oil prices, joining four other OPEC nations, which has a dramatic effect on the United States

Historic Event

1980-01-07 American President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation to bail out the Chrysler Corporation with a 1.5 billion dollar loan

  • 1980-04-21 84th Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers wins 3rd straight event and 4th overall title in 2:12:11; Jacqueline Gareau of Canada women's winner in 2:34:28; Rosie Ruiz disqualified for not running the entire course

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1001 - 1,100 of 9,753

  • 1891-06-02 Thurman Arnold, American attorney and jurist (d. 1969)
  • 1891-06-04 Erno Rapee, American conductor and composer (Radio City Music Hall), born in Narva, Estonia (d. 1945)
  • 1891-06-18 Con Conrad [Dober], American songwriter ("Ma! He's Making Eyes at Me"; "The Continental"), and theatrical producer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1938)
  • 1891-06-28 Carl Panzram, American serial killer and rapist, born in East Grand Forks, Minnesota (d. 1930)
  • 1891-06-28 Carl Spaatz, American World War II general and 1st Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, born in Boyertown, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • 1891-06-28 Esther Forbes, American novelist (Johnny Tremain), born in Westborough, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1891-06-30 Ed "Strangler" Lewis, American professional wrestler, born in Nekoosa, Wisconsin (d. 1966)
  • 1891-06-30 Man Mountain Dean [Frank Simmons Leavitt], American professional wrestler, born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)
  • 1891-09-11 William Thomas Walsh, American author (Isabella of Spain), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 1949)
  • 1891-09-28 Myrtle Gonzalez, American silent film actress regarded as Hollywood's first Latin and Hispanic movie star actress (Missy, The Chalice of Courage, Her Great Part), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1918)
  • 1891-10-22 Parker Fennelly, American comedian and actor (d. 1988)
  • 1891-10-28 Ormer Locklear, American movie stunt pilot (The Great Air Robbery), born in Greenville, Texas (d. 1920)
  • 1891-11-10 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), born in Lexington, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1891-11-12 Seth Barnes Nicholson, American astronomer who discovered four satellites of Jupiter, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1963)
  • 1891-12-15 A. P. Carter, American musician (Carter Family), born in Maces Spring, Virginia

Henry MillerHenry Miller (1891-1980)

1891-12-26 American author (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Sexus), born in Manhattan, New York

  • 1892-01-09 Eva Bowring, American politician (d. 1985)
  • 1892-01-26 Zara Cully, American actress (The Jeffersons -"Mother Jefferson"), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • 1892-02-06 William Parry Murphy, American physician & Nobel laureate, born in Wisconsin (d. 1987)
  • 1892-02-09 Peggy Wood, American actress (One Life to Live, Mama), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1892-02-09 Tommy Treichel, American professional wrestler (d. 1936)
  • 1892-02-18 Wendell Wilkie, American Presidential candidate (R-1940)/author (One World), (d. 1944)
  • 1892-02-29 Augusta Savage (née Fells), African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate, born in Green Cove Springs, Florida (d. 1962) [1]
  • 1892-03-10 Gregory La Cava, American director (d. 1952)
  • 1892-03-19 James Van Fleet, American US Army General (served during WWI, WWII, and Korean War), born in Fort Lee, New Jersey (d. 1992)
  • 1892-04-08 Richard Neutra, Austrian American modernist architect (Kaufmann Desert House), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1970)
  • 1892-04-22 Vernon Johns, American civil rights activist, born in Darlington Heights, Virginia (d. 1965)
  • 1892-06-06 Donald F. Duncan Sr., American entrepreneur (Duncan Toys Company), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1971)
  • 1892-06-12 Djuna Barnes, American author (Nightwood), born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York (d. 1982)

Reinhold NiebuhrReinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

1892-06-21 American theologian (Nature & Destiny of Man), born in Wright City, Missouri

  • 1892-06-22 N. Howell Furman, American Chemist whose work on separating uranium contributed to the development of the atomic bomb
  • 1892-08-16 Otto Messmer, American cartoonist (Felix the Cat), born in Union City, New Jersey (d. 1983)
  • 1892-09-09 Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American silent film actress (The Dragon Painter), born in Tokyo, Empire of Japan (d. 1961)
  • 1892-10-05 Remington Kellogg, American naturalist and director (U.S. National Museum), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1969)
  • 1892-10-23 Milton "Gummo" Marx, American actor and comedian (Marx Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1892-10-28 Ollie "Dink" Johnson, American Dixieland jazz clarinetist, pianist, and drummer, born in Biloxi, Mississippi (d. 1954)
  • 1892-10-31 Ruth Fuller Sasaki, American Zen teacher (1st Zen Institute of America), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1892-11-06 Harold Ross, American magazine editor and co-founder of The New Yorker, born in Aspen, Colorado (d. 1951)
  • 1892-12-17 Sam Barry, American collegiate basketball, football, and baseball coach, 1918-50 (University of Southern California, 1929-50), born in Aberdeen, South Dakota (d. 1950)
  • 1893-01-28 Elliot Griffis, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1893-02-20 Elizabeth Holloway Marston, American psychologist (d. 1993)
  • 1893-02-26 William Frawley, American vaudeville, silent and sound screen actor (I Love Lucy - "Fred"; My Three Sons - "Bub"; Miracle on 34th Street), born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 1966)
  • 1893-03-01 Mercedes de Acosta, American socialite (d. 1968)
  • 1893-03-07 Milton Avery, American artist, born in Almar, New York (d. 1965)
  • 1893-03-08 Mississippi John Hurt, American country blues singer and guitarist, born in Teoc, Carroll County, Mississippi (d. 1966)
  • 1893-03-23 Cedric Gibbons, American art director (d. 1960)
  • 1893-03-25 Edward Hart, American politician (Rep-D-NJ)/1st chairman of Com on Un-American Activities, born in Jersey City (d. 1961)
  • 1893-03-28 Spyros Skouras, Greek-born American movie executive (20th Century Fox), born in Skourohorion, Greece (d. 1971)

Allen DullesAllen Dulles (1893-1969)

1893-04-07 American Central Intelligence Agency director (1953-1961), born in Watertown, New York

  • 1893-04-20 Edna Parker, American supercentenarian, the oldest person in the world following the death of Yone Minagawa of Japan on August 13, 2007, born in Morgan County, Indiana (d. 2008)
  • 1893-05-09 William Moulton Marston, American psychologist (inventor of an early prototype of the lie detector) and writer (co-creator, Wonder Woman), born in Saugus, Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • 1893-05-23 Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist and paleontologist (d. 1977)
  • 1893-08-06 Wright Patman, American politician (d. 1976)
  • 1893-08-21 Theresa Weld Blanchard, American figure skater (US Singles C'ship 1914, 20-24; Pairs C'ship 1920-27; Olympic bronze 1920), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • 1893-08-25 H. Trendley Dean, American dental surgeon who introduced fluoridation into water, born in Winstanley Park, Illinois (d. 1962)
  • 1893-09-06 Claire Chennault, American aviator and military leader (Flying Tigers), born in Commerce, Texas (d. 1958)
  • 1893-09-13 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band), born in New Orleans (d. 1953)
  • 1893-09-30 Lansdale Ghiselin Sasscer, American politician (REP-Maryland 1939-53), born in Upper Marlboro, Maryland (d. 1964)
  • 1893-10-01 Cliff Friend, American pianist and songwriter, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1974)
  • 1893-10-12 Velvalee Dickinson, American spy, convicted of espionage against the United States on behalf of Japan during World War II, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1980)
  • 1893-10-14 Lillian Gish, American silent film and stage actress (Birth of a Nation), born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1993)
  • 1893-10-20 Charley Chase, American comedian, actor and director (d. 1940)
  • 1893-11-07 Leatrice Joy, American actress (The Ace of Hearts), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1985)
  • 1893-11-10 John P. Marquand, American writer (The Late George Apley), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1960)
  • 1893-11-22 Harley Earl, American automobile designer (1st head of design at General Motors), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1969)
  • 1893-12-25 Fred Hillebrand, American actor (Martin Kane, Moon Over Manhattan), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1894-01-16 Irving Mills [Isadore Minsky], American jazz music publisher, manager (Duke Ellington, 1926-48), singer and lyricist, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1985)
  • 1894-01-27 Fritz Pollard, early African American NFL star (1920-26)
  • 1894-01-31 Isham Jones, American musician, bandleader ("Star Dust") and songwriter ("It Had To Be You"; "I'll See You in My Dreams"), born in Coalton, Ohio (d. 1956) [1]
  • 1894-02-01 James P. Johnson, American pianist and composer ("The Charleston": "If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)"), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1955)
  • 1894-03-14 Osa Johnson, American adventurer and filmmaker, born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)
  • 1894-04-06 Gertrude Baines, American supercentenarian who was the oldest person in the world and the last person known to be born in 1894, born in Shellman, Georgia (d. 2009)
  • 1894-04-23 Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, American boogie-woogie and blues musician, born in Anniston, Alabama (d. 1955)
  • 1894-05-10 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer(Academy Award, 1954 - High & Mighty; Wild Is The Wind), and conductor, born in Kremenchuk, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1979)
  • 1894-06-13 Leo Kanner, Austrian-American psychiatrist and social activist known for his work related to autism, born in Klekotów, Austria-Hungary (d. 1981)
  • 1894-06-23 Alfred Kinsey, American entomologist and sexologist (Kinsey Report), born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1956)
  • 1894-07-15 Tadeusz Sendzimir, Polish-American engineer and inventor (d. 1989)
  • 1894-07-25 Walter Brennan, American actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • 1894-09-09 Arthur Freed, American lyricist and film producer (Singin' in the Rain, and other MGM musicals), born in Charlestown, South Carolina (d. 1973)
  • 1894-09-24 Tommy Armour, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1927, PGA 1930, British Open 1931), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1968)
  • 1894-09-27 Olive Tell, American actress (Her Sister), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1894-10-03 Elmer Robinson, American politician (33rd Mayor of San Francisco), born in San Francisco (d. 1982)
  • 1894-10-04 Cliff Hall [Robert Clifford Hall], American actor (At This Moment, Dutch Treat, Crime Photographer), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1894-10-07 Del Lord, American director (d. 1970)
  • 1894-10-12 Charles Hodge, NYU professor (Answers for Americans) (d. 1964)
  • 1894-10-18 H. L. Davis, American author (d. 1960)
  • 1894-10-20 Olive Thomas, American actress (The Flapper), born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania (d. 1920)
  • 1894-11-29 Lucille Hegamin, American singer and entertainer (d. 1970)
  • 1894-12-08 E. C. Segar, American cartoonist (Popeye), born in Chester, Illinois (d. 1938)
  • 1894-12-26 Jean Toomer, American writer (d. 1967)
  • 1895-01-04 Leroy Grumman, American industrialist (d. 1982)
  • 1895-01-05 Elizabeth Cotten, American folk and blues guitarist and songwriter ("Freight Train"), born in Carrboro, North Carolina (d. 1987)
  • 1895-01-16 Nat Schachner, American author (d. 1955)
  • 1895-01-27 Harry Ruby [Harry Rubenstein], American composer and screenwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1895-01-29 Muna Lee, American poet and activist, born in Raymond, Mississippi (d. 1965)
  • 1895-03-04 Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator (Count Screwloose), born in The Bronx. New York (d. 1953)
  • 1895-03-28 Spencer W. Kimball, American 12th President of the Latter-day Saints (1973-1985), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1985)
  • 1895-04-16 Robert Dean Frisbie, American writer of travel literature (Life on Puka Puka), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1948)
  • 1895-04-20 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1973)

Lorenz HartLorenz Hart (1895-1943)

1895-05-02 American lyricist ("I Could Write A Book"; "My Funny Valentine") and half of the Broadway musical team Rodgers and Hart, born in Harlem, New York


Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1001 - 1,100 of 4,915

  • 1966-08-05 Austin Diamond, Australian cricketer (Australian capt to America 1913), dies at 92
  • 1966-08-06 Cordwainer Smith, American writer (b. 1913)
  • 1966-09-11 Collett E. Woolman, American airline founder (Delta Air Service), dies at 76
  • 1966-10-13 Clifton Webb [Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck], American actor (Razor's Edge, Laura), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 1966-10-16 George O'Hara, American silent era screenwriter and actor (The Sea Beast, The Grapes of Wrath), dies at 67
  • 1966-10-18 Sebastian S. Kresge, American merchant and philanthropist (Kmart), dies at 99
  • 1966-11-02 Peter Debye, Dutch-American Physical Chemist (Nobel 1936), dies at 82
  • 1966-12-08 Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (b. 1899)
  • 1966-12-31 Chief Nipo Strongheart, Native American actor (Pony Soldier), dies at 75
  • 1967-01-07 David Goodis, American writer (b. 1917)
  • 1967-01-31 Eddie Tolan, American sprinter the "Midnight Express" (1932 Olympics), dies at 58
  • 1967-02-05 Leon Leonwood Bean, American department store founder (b. 1872)
  • 1967-02-21 Charles Beaumont, American writer (Twilight Zone), dies at 38
  • 1967-03-07 Alice B. Toklas, American-Parisian avant-garde and companion to Gertrude Stein, dies at 89
  • 1967-03-27 Jim Thompson, American designer (disappeared) (b. 1906)
  • 1967-03-30 Jean Toomer, American writer (b. 1894)
  • 1967-04-04 Al Lewis, American lyricist, songwriter and music publisher (Blueberry Hill, You Gotta Be a Football Hero), dies at 65
  • 1967-04-05 Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1890)
  • 1967-04-17 Henry "Red" Allen, American jazz trumpeter, dies of pancreatic cancer at 59
  • 1967-05-08 LaVerne Andrews, American pop and swing jazz singer (The Andrews Sisters - "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"; "Rum and Coca-Cola"), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1967-05-17 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, dies at 65

Langston HughesLangston Hughes (1902-1967)

1967-05-22 American poet (Weary Blues), playwright (Mulatto), and librettist (Troubled Island), dies at 65

  • 1967-05-31 Billy Strayhorn, American pianist and composer ("Take The 'A' Train"), dies of esophageal cancer at 51
  • 1967-06-08 Elliot Griffis, American composer, dies at 74

Eddie EaganEddie Eagan (1897-1967)

1967-06-14 American boxer (Olympic gold light heavyweight 1920) and bobsledder (Olympic gold 4-man 1932), dies of a heart attack at 69

John ColtraneJohn Coltrane (1926-1967)

1967-07-17 American jazz saxophonist & composer ("Blue Train"; "My Favorite Things"; "A Love Supreme"), dies of liver cancer at 40

  • 1967-07-28 Karl W. Richter, American Air Force pilot during Vietnam War (youngest to shoot down a MiG), shot down at 24
  • 1967-08-22 Gregory Goodwin Pincus, American endocrinologist (b. 1903)
  • 1967-08-25 George Lincoln Rockwell, American far-right political activist. founder and leader of the American Nazi Party, assassinated by former party member John Patler at 49
  • 1967-11-21 C. M. Eddy, Jr., American writer (b. 1896)
  • 1967-11-24 Louis Fratto, American gangster (b. 1908)
  • 1967-12-04 Harry Wismer, American sports broadcaster and AFL team owner (New York Titans), dies after a fall at 54
  • 1967-12-08 John Mills, Sr., American singer (Mills Brothers) (b. 1889)
  • 1967-12-14 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer & film actor, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1967-12-17 Jack Perrin, American actor, dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1967-12-23 Ruth Fuller Sasaki, American Zen teacher (1st Zen Institute of America), dies at 75
  • 1967-12-28 Katharine McCormick, American biologist, suffragist and philanthropist, dies at 92
  • 1968-01-19 Ray Harroun, American auto racer (inaugural Indianapolis 500 1911; Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 2000), dies at 89
  • 1968-01-21 Will Lang Jr., American magazine executive (b. 1914)
  • 1968-01-26 Merrill C. Meigs, American newspaper publisher (b. 1883)
  • 1968-01-26 Yvor Winters, American poet (b. 1900)
  • 1968-02-04 Neal Cassady, American writer (b. 1926)
  • 1968-02-22 Peter Arno, American cartoonist (b. 1904)
  • 1968-02-27 Frankie Lymon, American pop singer (The Teenagers - "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"), dies of a heroin overdose at 25
  • 1968-03-24 Alice Guy-Blaché, French film director who was the first woman to direct a film (The Fairy of the Cabbages), dies at 94
  • 1968-03-30 Bobby Driscoll, American Academy Juvenile Award-winning actor (Song Of The South; The Window), dies of heart failure at 31 [date reflects discovery of his body in a deserted NYC tenement]
  • 1968-04-16 Edna Ferber, American author and playwright (American Beauty, Cimarron), dies at 82
  • 1968-04-22 Stephen H. Sholes, American record producer (Elvis) and label executive (RCA Victor, 1929-68), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1968-04-25 John Tewksbury, American athlete (b. 1876)
  • 1968-05-09 Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite, dies at 75
  • 1968-06-14 Ken Errair, American pop-jazz singer (Four Freshmen, 1953-55 - "Graduation Day"), dies in a chartered plane crash at 42
  • 1968-06-19 James Joseph Sweeney, American Catholic prelate, dies at 70
  • 1968-08-05 Luther Perkins American country and rockabilly guitarist (The Tennessee Three), dies as a result of a house fire at 40
  • 1968-08-12 Esther Forbes, American novelist (Johnny Tremain), dies at 76
  • 1968-08-29 Ulysses S. Grant III, American soldier and planner, dies at 87
  • 1968-09-03 Isabel Withers, American actress, dies at 72
  • 1968-10-31 Malcolm Hale, American musician (Spanky and Our Gang), dies of monoxide poisoning at 27
  • 1968-11-05 Estelle Hemsley, American actress (Leech Woman, Take a Giant Step), dies at 81
  • 1968-11-25 Paul Siple, American explorer of the Antarctic. (b. 1908)

Thomas MertonThomas Merton (1915-1968)

1968-12-10 French-American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), accidentally electrocuted by an electric fan at 53

  • 1969-02-05 Thelma Ritter, American actress (All About Eve, Pillow Talk), dies at 63
  • 1969-02-19 Madge Blake, American actress (b. 1899)
  • 1969-03-25 Max Eastman, American critic/essayist (Love and Revolution), dies at 86
  • 1969-04-05 Shelby Storck, American television producer, dies at 52
  • 1969-04-10 Harley Earl, American automobile designer (1st head of design at General Motors), dies at 75
  • 1969-05-08 Remington Kellogg, American naturalist and director (U.S. National Museum), dies at 76
  • 1969-05-26 Allan H. Loughead, American aviation pioneer (Lockheed Corporation; b. 1889)
  • 1969-06-14 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, dies of cancer at 53

Judy GarlandJudy Garland (1922-1969)

1969-06-22 American actress (The Wizard of Oz; Meet Me In St. Louis; Easter Parade), and singer ("Over The Rainbow"); dies at 47; coroner determines cause as unintentional, incautious overdose of prescription barbiturates

  • 1969-07-05 Leo McCarey, American film director (The Awful Truth), dies at 70
  • 1969-07-20 Roy Hamilton, American singer (You'll Never Walk Alone), dies at 40
  • 1969-08-09 Jay Sebring, American hair stylist, murdered by Manson family at 35
  • 1969-08-09 Steven Parent, American student, murdered by the Manson family at 18
  • 1969-08-10 Leno LaBianca, American businessman (murdered) (b. 1925)
  • 1969-08-10 Rosemary LaBianca, American housewife (murdered) (b. 1930)
  • 1969-09-03 John Lester, American cricket all-rounder (Gentlemen of Philadelphia CC), dies at 98
  • 1969-09-05 Josh White, American blues, folk and gospel musician, dies at 55
  • 1969-10-03 Nehemiah "Skip" James, American Delta blues singer, guitarist and piano player ("I'm So Glad"), dies at 67

Jack KerouacJack Kerouac (1922-1969)

1969-10-21 American novelist and poet of the Beat Generation (On the Road, Mexico Blues), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 47

  • 1969-10-30 George "Pops" Foster, American jazz double bassist, tuba player, and trumpeter (Louis Armstrong; Sidney Bechet; Earl Hines), dies at 77
  • 1969-11-08 Vesto Slipher, American astronomer who provided the first evidence to support the expanding-universe theory, dies at 93
  • 1969-12-01 "Magic" Sam [Maghett], American blues guitarist ("Feelin' Good (We're Gonna Boogie)"), dies of a heart attack at 32
  • 1969-12-13 Spencer Williams, American director, writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show), dies at 76
  • 1970-01-17 Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoonist (b. 1890)
  • 1970-01-24 Caresse Crosby, American poet (b. 1891)
  • 1970-01-25 Eunice Hunton Carter, 1st African American female district attorney (NY), dies at 70
  • 1970-02-02 Lawrence Gray, American actor, dies at 71
  • 1970-02-20 Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist, dies at 84
  • 1970-02-23 Hirsch Jacobs, American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner (b. 1904)
  • 1970-03-01 Lucille Hegamin, American singer & entertainer, dies at 75
  • 1970-03-16 Tammi Terrell, American soul singer (You're All I Need; with Marvin Gaye - Ain't No Mountain High Enough), dies of a brain tumor at 24
  • 1970-03-29 Anna Louise Strong, American communist journalist (b. 1885)
  • 1970-04-05 Alfred Henry Sturtevant, American geneticist, dies at 78
  • 1970-04-06 Sam Sheppard, American accused murderer (b. 1923)
  • 1970-04-16 Richard Neutra, American architect (b. 1892)
  • 1970-05-11 Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist, dies at 62
  • 1970-05-14 (Mary) "Billie" Burke, American radio, stage, silent and sound film actress (Zieigfield Follies; The Wizard of Oz; Merrily We Live), dies at 85
  • 1970-05-29 Eve Hesse, German born Jewish American sculptor dies of a brain tumor aged 34
  • 1970-06-08 Abraham Maslow, American psychologist (b. 1908)
  • 1970-06-10 Earl Grant, American pop pianist, organist, and singer ("Ebb Tide"; "Winter Wonderland"), dies in a car crash in New Mexico at 39