United States of America in History (Part 12)

Historical Events

Events 1101 - 1,200 of 1,625


1980-06-22 Pope John Paul II beatifies Kateri Tekakwitha, making her the 1st Native American to be beatified

  • 1980-07-02 Julie Marie Bryan, 18, of Georgia, crowned America's Young Woman of Yr
  • 1980-07-11 American hostage Richard Queen freed by Iran militants due to illness
  • 1980-09-06 Susan Powell (Okla), 21, crowned 53rd Miss America 1981
  • 1980-10-09 1st consumer use of home banking by computer by United American Bank in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1980-10-10 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat New York Yankees, 3 games to 0
  • 1980-11-17 WHHM Television in Washington, D.C., becomes the first African-American public-broadcasting television station
  • 1980-12-02 4 American Maryknoll nuns killed by death squads in El Salvador
  • 1980-12-24 Americans remembered Iran hostages by shining lights for 417 seconds
  • 1981-01-19 US & Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages

Iran Hostage Crisis

1981-01-25 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived back in US

  • 1981-04-04 Henry Cisneros becomes 1st Mexican-American mayor (San Antonio)
  • 1981-06-18 Kimberley Ann Smith, of NC, 17, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1981-06-23 Amanda Maccaro becomes 1st American to win Russian Ballet Competition
  • 1981-06-27 Pamela Jenks, aged 21, is crowned the 14th Miss Black America
  • 1981-08-24 American Charles Chapman is 1st black to swim English Channel
  • 1981-09-01 RKO radio network premieres America Overnight talk show
  • 1981-09-07 West Tampa Fl defeats Rich Va, 6-4 to win American Legion World Series
  • 1981-09-12 Elizabeth Ward (Arkansas), 20, crowned 54th Miss America 1982
  • 1981-10-05 Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg becomes an honorary American (posthumously)
  • 1981-10-14 Citing official misconduct in the investigation and trial, Amnesty International charges U.S. government with holding Richard Marshall of the American Indian Movement as a political prisoner
  • 1981-10-15 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • 1981-11-30 Cold War: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union begin to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe (the meetings ended inconclusively on December 17)
  • 1981-12-19 Romuald Spasowski, Polish ambassador to the United States defects to show support for the Solidarity movement amid a crackdown
  • 1981-12-28 1st American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr is born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1982-01-17 "Cold Sunday" in the United States would see temperatures fall to their lowest levels in over 100 years in numerous cities

American Music Awards

1982-01-25 9th American Music Awards: Pat Benatar & Kenny Rogers win

  • 1982-03-10 The United States places an embargo on Libyan petroleum imports because of their support of terrorist groups.

Boston Marathon

1982-04-19 86th Boston Marathon: American Alberto Salazar claims men's title in 2:08:51; Charlotte Teske of West Germany wins women's section in 2:29:33

  • 1982-04-19 Guinon Bluford announced as 1st African American NASA astronaut

Historic Event

1982-04-19 Sally Ride is named the 1st American woman astronaut

  • 1982-04-23 Conch Republic is established - secession of the Florida Keys from the United States of America

Murder of Interest

1982-04-29 American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski murders pharmacist Paul Hoffman by beating him with a tire iron

  • 1982-06-22 Susan Lea Hammett, of Miss, 18, crowned 25th America's Junior Miss
  • 1982-06-30 New Jersey NHL franchise officially named Devils by fan balloting; legend of the Jersey Devil, a creature that allegedly inhabited the Pine Barrens of South Jersey
  • 1982-07-19 David S Dodge becomes 1st American hostage in Lebanon
  • 1982-09-01 The United States Air Force Space Command is founded.
  • 1982-09-11 Debbie Maffett (California), 25, crowned 55th Miss America 1983
  • 1982-10-10 MLB American League Championship: Milwaukee Brewers beat California Angels, 3 games to 2

Historic Event

1982-10-21 Private funeral service held for Bess Truman, former First Lady of the United States

  • 1982-11-01 Honda becomes the first Asian automobile company to produce cars in the United States with the opening of their factory in Marysville, Ohio. The Honda Accord is the first car produced there.
  • 1982-12-23 The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces it has identified dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil of Times Beach, Missouri.

American Music Awards

1983-01-17 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar, Rick Springfield, and Olivia Newton-John win

Murder of Interest

1983-01-20 American gangster Roy DeMeo is found murdered in his car trunk after disappearing a few days earlier

  • 1983-02-23 The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri
  • 1983-04-18 87th Boston Marathon: American double; Greg Meyer men's champion in 2:09:00; Joan Benoit takes women's race in 2:22:43; her 2nd event title
  • 1983-06-21 Stephanie Kay Ashmore, of Alabama, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1983-07-21 US announces Lebanon freed American hostage David Dodge
  • 1983-07-24 Sonya Robinson, (Milwaukee), 23, crowned 16th Miss Black America
  • 1983-08-30 Guion Bluford becomes 1st African-American astronaut in space

Sports History

1983-09-04 Greg LeMond wins UCI World Road Race Championship in 7h 01' 21" in Altenrhein, Switzerland; first American cyclist to take the title

  • 1983-09-26 Australia II wins America's Cup yacht race - 1st non-US winner
  • 1983-10-01 Denise Wallace, 18, of Virginia, crowned Miss Teen of America
  • 1983-10-08 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Chicago White Sox, 3 games to 1
  • 1983-11-20 Musical "Marilyn: An American Fable", loosely based on life of Marilyn Monroe, opens at Minskoff Theater, NYC; runs for 17 performances
  • 1983-12-03 "Marilyn: An American Fable" closes at Minskoff Theatre, NYC, after 16 performances

Appointment of Interest

1983-12-31 Benjamin Ward appointed 1st African American NY City Police Commissioner by Mayor Ed Koch

Music History

1984-01-14 Madonna 1st sings "Holiday" on American Bandstand

American Music Awards

1984-01-16 11th American Music Awards: Pat Benatar and Michael Jackson win

  • 1984-02-16 Bill Johnson becomes first American to win an Olympic downhill skiing gold at the Sarajevo Games; beats Swiss Peter Müller by 0.27s
  • 1984-03-07 The United States attacks San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua.
  • 1984-04-16 Pulitzer prize awarded to Mary Oliver for "American Primitive"
  • 1984-06-20 Amber Kvanli, of Minnesota, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1984-06-25 Lydia Garrett, 24, crowned 17th Miss Black America

Famous Photo

1984-07-20 Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America due to publication of nude photos of her

  • 1984-07-23 Suzette Charles (NJ), 21, replaces Williams as 57th Miss America 1984
  • 1984-09-15 Sharlene Wells (Utah), 20, crowned 58th Miss America 1985
  • 1984-11-02 Velma Barfield becomes the first woman executed in the United States since 1962
  • 1984-11-18 The Soviet Union helps deliver American wheat during the Ethiopian famine

Historic Event

1984-11-28 Over 250 years after their deaths, William Penn and his wife Hannah Callowhill Penn are made Honorary Citizens of the United States

  • 1985-01-14 16 indicted by US for granting sanctuary to Central American refugees
  • 1985-04-15 89th Boston Marathon: Englishman Geoff Smith repeats as men's champion in 2:14:05; American Lisa Larsen Weidenbach takes women's title in 2:34:06
  • 1985-05-31 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) became a Schedule I drug in the United States
  • 1985-05-31 Tornado outbreak in the United States and Canada sees 41 tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario, leaving 90 dead
  • 1985-06-09 American Thomas Sutherland is kidnapped & held hostage in Lebanon
  • 1985-06-21 American, Brazilian & West German forensic pathologists confirm skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil were Nazi Dr Josef Mengele
  • 1985-07-21 Amina Fakir (Detroit), 23, crowned 18th Miss Black America
  • 1985-07-30 Valerie Lowrance, of Texas, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1985-09-14 Susan Akin (Miss), 21, crowned 59th Miss America 1986
  • 1985-10-16 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 3
  • 1985-12-20 Position of American Poet Laureate established (Robert Warren is 1st)
  • 1986-01-01 72nd Rose Bowl: #13 UCLA beats #4 Iowa, 45-28; Iowa's All-American running back, Ronnie Harmon, fumbles the ball 4 times in his last game.
  • 1986-01-11 Douglas Wilder of Virginia, 1st African American Lieutenant Governor since reconstruction sworn in

American Music Awards

1986-01-27 13th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis & C Gayle

  • 1986-02-27 The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis
  • 1986-04-15 The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon against Libya.
  • 1986-05-06 Donald E Pelotte becomes 1st native American bishop
  • 1986-05-25 Hands Across America - 6.5 million people hold hands from California to NY
  • 1986-09-13 11th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Decline of the American Empire" directed by Denys Arcand wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1986-09-13 Kellye Cash (Tenn), 21, crowned 60th Miss America 1987
  • 1986-10-04 Rachel Oliver (Mass), 20, crowned 19th Miss Black America
  • 1986-10-15 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat California Angels, 4 games to 3
  • 1986-12-17 American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski is arrested at a roadblock
  • 1987-01-26 14th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama win
  • 1987-02-03 SD Yacht Club celebrates return of America's Cup
  • 1987-02-04 Stars & Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup
  • 1987-02-07 Dennis Conner & Stars & Stripes bring the America's Cup back to US
  • 1987-02-20 David Hartman quits ABC's "Good Morning America" after 11 years

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1101 - 1,200 of 9,753

  • 1895-05-08 Edmund Wilson, American critic/writer (Patriotic Gore)
  • 1895-05-08 James H. "Dutch" Kindelberger, American aerospace pioneer (d. 1962)
  • 1895-05-11 William Grant Still, American composer ("Afro-American" Symphony), born in Woodville, Mississippi (d. 1978)

Hattie McDanielHattie McDaniel (1895-1952)

1895-06-10 1st African American actress to win an Oscar (Gone With The Wind -"Mammy"), born in Wichita, Kansas

Jack DempseyJack Dempsey (1895-1983)

1895-06-24 American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1919-26), born in Manassa, Colorado

George George "Machine Gun" Kelly (1895-1954)

1895-07-18 American gangster during the Prohibition era, born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • 1895-07-23 Aileen Pringle, American actress (Murder at Midnight), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1989)
  • 1895-07-30 Wanda Hawley, American silent screen actress (The Affairs of Anatol), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 1963)
  • 1895-08-01 Benjamin Mays, African-American educator (Morehouse, Howard University) and civil rights leader, born in Ninety Six, South Carolina (d. 1984)
  • 1895-08-03 Marguerite Nichols, American actress (An Old Man's Folly), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1941)
  • 1895-09-29 Roscoe Turner, American aviator and racer (d. 1970)
  • 1895-10-19 Frank Durbin, last American veteran of the Battle of Verdun (d. 1999)
  • 1895-10-30 Dickinson W. Richards, American physician (Nobel 1956 - development of cardiac catheterization and the characterisation of a number of cardiac diseases), born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 1973)
  • 1895-11-05 Charles MacArthur, American playwright and screenwriter (The Scoundrel), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 1956)
  • 1895-11-14 Louise Huff, American actress (What Women Want), born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1973)
  • 1895-11-14 Walter Freeman, American physician (d. 1972)
  • 1895-11-16 Michael Arlen [Dikran Kouyoumdjian], British author and scriptwriter (An American Verdict), born in Ruse, Bulgaria (d. 1956)
  • 1895-11-19 Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American fashion photographer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1989)
  • 1895-11-25 Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer ("...And Ladies of the Club"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1986)
  • 1895-12-05 Elbert Frank Cox, African-American mathematician (first African-American to receive PhD in Mathematics), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • 1895-12-24 E. Roland Harriman, American financier, born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1896-01-04 Everett Dirksen, American politician (Sen-R-Ill) (d. 1969)
  • 1896-01-08 Arthur Ford, American psychic (d. 1971)
  • 1896-01-12 David Wechsler, American psychologist (d. 1981)
  • 1896-01-16 Ruth Rose, American screenwriter (d. 1978)
  • 1896-01-18 C. M. Eddy, Jr., American writer, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1967)
  • 1896-01-20 Isabel Withers, American actress (Possessed, Lady of Burlesque), born in Frankton, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • 1896-02-25 John Little McClellan, Sheridan Arkansas, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Ark)
  • 1896-04-08 Yip Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], American lyricist ("Over The Rainbow"; "It's Only A Paper Moon"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1896-05-01 J. Lawton Collins, American general, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1987)
  • 1896-05-01 Mark W. Clark, American general, born in Madison Barracks, Sackets Harbor, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1896-05-30 Howard Hawks, American director and producer (Rio Bravo, Scarface), born in Goshen, Indiana (d. 1977)
  • 1896-06-07 Douglas Campbell, American aviator and World War I flying ace, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1990)

Wallis SimpsonWallis Simpson (1896-1986)

1896-06-19 American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, born in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania

  • 1896-06-21 Charles Momsen, American inventor (submarine rescue device), born in Flushing, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1896-07-25 Jack Perrin, American actor, born in Three Rivers, Michigan (d. 1967)
  • 1896-07-28 Barbara La Marr [Reatha Watson], American vaudeville and silent film actress (The White Moth), and screenwriter,born in Yakima, Washington (d. 1926)

Leslie GrovesLeslie Groves (1896-1970)

1896-08-17 American army engineer who directed the Manhattan Project and construction of the Pentagon, born in Albany, New York

  • 1896-08-22 Laurence McKinley Gould, American Geologist and Polar Explorer who was chief scientist and second-in-command on the first expedition to the interior of Antarctica in 1929, born in Lacota, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1896-09-08 Howard Dietz, American lyricist and librettist ("Dancing In The Dark"; "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1896-09-10 Adele Astaire [Lady Charles Cavendish], American dancer and entertainer, sister of Fred Astaire (Last Man on Earth; Millie), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1981)
  • 1896-10-01 Ted Healy [Ernest Nash], American vaudeville, stage, and screen actor, comedian (Mad Love, San Francisco, Soup to Nuts), and developer of the Three Stoogesborn in Kaufman, Texas (d. 1937)

Howard HansonHoward Hanson (1896-1981)

1896-10-28 American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), born in Wahoo, Nebraska

  • 1896-10-30 Rex Cherryman, American actor (Camille, The Sunshine Trail, In for Thirty Days), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1928)
  • 1896-11-28 Dawn Powell, American writer (Turn, Magic Wheel), born in Mount Gilead, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • 1897-01-22 "Blind" Willie Johnson, American gospel blues singer and guitarist ("Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground"), born in Pendleton, Texas (d. 1945)
  • 1897-02-02 Howard Johnson, American hotelier (d. 1972)

Louis BuchalterLouis Buchalter (1897-1944)

1897-02-06 Jewish-American mobster (Murder, Inc.), born in NYC, New York

  • 1897-02-12 Vola Vale [Smith], American actress, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1897-02-19 Alma Rubens, American actress (Humoresque), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1931)
  • 1897-02-21 Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Soylent Green, T'Pau-Star Trek), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1979)

Marian AndersonMarian Anderson (1897-1993)

1897-02-27 American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 1897-03-15 Jackson Scholz, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m 1920, 200m 1924), born in Buchanan, Michigan (d. 1986)
  • 1897-03-17 Jozef C. Mazur, American stained glass artist and painter (d. 1970)
  • 1897-03-24 Lucia Chase, American ballerina and co-founder of American Ballet Theater, born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 1986)
  • 1897-04-14 Claire Windsor, American actress (The Blot), born in Cawker City, Kansas (d. 1972)
  • 1897-04-26 Douglas Sirk, German American film director (All That Heaven Allows), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1897-05-02 J. Fred Coots, American songwriter ("Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"; "Love Letters In The Sand"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1897-05-11 Robert E. Gross, American businessman (d. 1961)
  • 1897-05-14 Ed Ricketts, American marine biologist (d. 1948)

Frank CapraFrank Capra (1897-1991)

1897-05-18 Italian-American Academy Award-winning film director (It's a Wonderful Life; It Happened One Nigh; Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), born in Bisacquino, Italy

  • 1897-05-19 Frank Luke, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
  • 1897-06-16 Elaine Hammerstein, American actress (The Midnight Express), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1948)

Moe HowardMoe Howard (1897-1975)

1897-06-19 American actor and comedian (The 3 Stooges), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1897-06-22 Edmund A. Chester, American broadcaster and journalist (d. 1973)
  • 1897-06-24 Daniel K. Ludwig, American shipping magnate (d. 1992)
  • 1897-06-25 Hans Barth, German-born American composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1956)
  • 1897-07-10 Jack "Legs" Diamond, American gangster and bootlegger, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1931)
  • 1897-07-10 Lloyd Goodrich, American Arts Museum director, born in Nutley, New Jersey (d. 1987)
  • 1897-07-11 Bull Connor, American law enforcement official (d. 1973)

Amelia EarhartAmelia Earhart (1897-1939)

1897-07-24 American aviator (1st woman to fly solo across the Atlantic), born in Atchison, Kansas

  • 1897-08-09 Ralph Wyckoff, American scientist and pioneer of X-ray crystallography, born in Geneva, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1897-08-10 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1966)
  • 1897-08-10 John Galbreath, American businessman (d. 1988)
  • 1897-08-24 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive (Nashville's Acuff-Rose Music), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1954)

Fredric MarchFredric March (1897-1975)

1897-08-31 American actor (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Best Years of Our Lives), born in Racine, Wisconsin

  • 1897-09-03 Sally Benson, American writer (Meet Me In St. Louis), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)

Jimmie RodgersJimmie Rodgers (1897-1933)

1897-09-08 American country singer and singing brakeman, born in Meridian, Mississippi

  • 1897-09-29 Herbert Agar, American journalist and historian (d. 1980)
  • 1897-10-18 Isabel Briggs Myers, American psychological theorist (d. 1980)
  • 1897-10-24 Lazar Weiner, Russian-born American composer, born in Cherkasy, Russian Empire (d. 1982)

Dorothy DayDorothy Day (1897-1980)

1897-11-08 American journalist, social activist and devout Catholic convert, born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1897-11-13 Gertrude Olmstead, American silent film actress, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1975)
  • 1897-11-17 Frank Fay, American vaudeville comedian and actor (God's Gift to Women, Love Nest), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1961)
  • 1897-11-19 Quentin Roosevelt, youngest son of United States President Theodore Roosevelt, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1918)
  • 1897-11-27 Vito Genovese, Italian-American crime syndicate boss, born in Risigliano, Tufino, Italy (d. 1969)
  • 1897-12-02 Rewi Alley, New Zealand writer (Americans in China), born in Springfield, Canterbury, New Zealand (d. 1987)
  • 1897-12-05 Nunnally Johnson, American screenwriter and producer, born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1977)
  • 1897-12-18 Fletcher Henderson, American pianist, arranger and composer (Benny Goodman Orchestra), born in Cuthbert, Georgia (d. 1952)
  • 1898-01-06 Charles E. Pont, French-born Swiss-American artist, born in Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, France (d. 1971)
  • 1898-01-09 Wally Baker, American supercentenarian
  • 1898-01-16 Margaret Booth, American film editor (d. 2002)
  • 1898-02-07 Morgan Lee "Dock" Boggs, American folk and blues singer and banjo player, born in Norton, Virginia (d. 1971)
  • 1898-02-15 Allen Woodring, American runner (d. 1982)
  • 1898-03-18 Jake Swirbul, American aircraft manufacturer (d. 1960)
  • 1898-04-01 William James Sidis, American genius (d. 1944)
  • 1898-04-04 Agnes Ayres [Hinkle], American actress (Sheik, Souls at Sea), born in Carbondale, Illinois (d. 1940)
  • 1898-05-06 Jascha Horenstein, Russian-born American conductor, born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1898-05-23 Scott O'Dell, American author (d. 1989)
  • 1898-05-25 Gene Tunney, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1926-30), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1101 - 1,200 of 4,915

  • 1970-06-11 William 'Billy Batts' Devino, American crime figure (b. 1921)
  • 1970-06-23 Roscoe Turner, American aviator and racer (b. 1895)
  • 1970-06-27 Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (b. 1902)
  • 1970-07-03 Frances Parkinson Keyes, American novelist (Dinner at Antoine's), dies at 84
  • 1970-07-04 Barnett Newman, American abstract expressionist painter (Black Fire I), dies at 65
  • 1970-07-04 Harold Vanderbilt, American yachtsman and America's Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), dies at 85
  • 1970-07-30 Louis Lomax, African-American author and journalist, dies in a car accident 47
  • 1970-07-31 Walter Briggs Jr, American sports executive (owner Detroit Tigers 1952-56), dies at 58
  • 1970-08-01 Frances Farmer, American actress (Son of Fury, Flowing Gold, Among the Living), dies from esophageal cancer at 56
  • 1970-08-07 James McClain, US African American activist, shot dead
  • 1970-08-07 Jonathan Jackson, US African American activist, shot dead in a shootout at 17
  • 1970-08-07 William Christmas, US African American activist, shot dead

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix (1942-1970)

1970-09-18 American rock guitarist ("Purple Haze"; "Vvoodoo Chile"; "The Wind Cries Mary"), dies from asphyxiation at 27

Janis JoplinJanis Joplin (1943-1970)

1970-10-04 American rock and blues singer-songwriter ("Piece of My Heart"; "Me and Bobby McGee"; "Mercedes Benz"),, dies of a heroin overdose at 27

  • 1970-10-17 Vola Vale, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1970-11-26 B O Davis Sr, 1st African American general, dies at 93 in Chicago
  • 1970-12-07 Romaine Brooks [Beatrice Romaine Goddard], American painter, dies at 96
  • 1970-12-29 Marie Menken, American experimental filmmaker and socialite, dies at 61
  • 1970-12-29 William King Gregory, American palaeontologist (mammalian teeth, evolutionary theory), dies at 94
  • 1971-01-02 Willard Maas, American educator & experimental filmmaker (b. 1906)
  • 1971-01-04 Arthur Ford, American clairaudient (b. 1896)
  • 1971-01-05 Columbus O'Donnell Iselin, American oceanographer, dies at 66
  • 1971-01-11 I. (Irene) Rice Pereira, American abstract artist dies aged 68
  • 1971-01-19 Harry Shields, American musician (b. 1899)
  • 1971-01-24 Bill W., American co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1895)
  • 1971-03-23 Armin Loos, German-born American composer, dies at 67
  • 1971-04-12 Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (Dizzy Gillespie; Miles Davis), dies of epileptic seizure at 39
  • 1971-05-25 Jo Etha Collier, young African American woman killed by 3 whites in Drew, Mississippi
  • 1971-05-28 Audie Murphy, American soldier who was among the most decorated in WW II with 33 medals and actor (To Hell and Back, Whispering Smiths), killed in a plane crash at 46

Reinhold NiebuhrReinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

1971-06-01 American theologian (Nature & Destiny of Man), dies at 78

  • 1971-06-15 Wendell Meredith Stanley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1971-06-18 Thomas Gomez, American actor (Force of Evil, Key Largo, Kim, Sellout), dies after a car accident at 65
  • 1971-06-30 Herbert Biberman, Jewish American screenwriter and film director (b. 1900)
  • 1971-07-03 Renie Riano, British-American vaudeville and screen actress (Jiggs and Maggie films; The Family Jewels), dies after long illness at 71
  • 1971-07-04 August Derleth, American writer (Judge Peck Mysteries) and editor, dies of a heart attack at 62

Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong (1901-1971)

1971-07-06 American Jazz Trumpeter and singer (Hello Dolly; What A Wonderful World), dies of a heart attack at 69

  • 1971-07-07 Ub Iwerks, American artist, director, and cartoonist (b1901)
  • 1971-07-28 Charles E. Pont, American artist, dies at 73
  • 1971-09-23 James Waddell Alexander II, American mathematician and topologist, dies at 83
  • 1971-10-15 Sylvester Magee, last living American slave and oldest person who ever lived, dies at 130
  • 1971-10-26 Vincent Coleman, American actor (For the Freedom of Ireland, Salome), dies at 71
  • 1971-11-16 Edie Sedgwick, American actress (Andy Warhol) and socialite, dies of alcohol and barbiturate intoxication at 28
  • 1971-11-19 Bill Stern, American sportscaster (first televised college football game), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1971-12-11 Maurice "Mac" McDonald, American fast-food pioneer (b. 1902)
  • 1971-12-30 Melba Rae, American actress (Search for Tomorrow) (b. 1922)
  • 1971-12-31 Marin Sais, American actress (b. 1890)
  • 1972-01-16 Teller Ammons, American attorney and politician (Governor of Colorado, 1937-39), dies at 76
  • 1972-01-17 Betty Smith, American novelist (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), dies at 75
  • 1972-01-19 Michael Rabin, American violinist (In Memorium), dies at 35
  • 1972-02-02 Natalie Clifford Barney, American writer (b. 1876)
  • 1972-02-19 Tedd Pierce, American cartoon screenwriter and voice actor (Warner Brothers), dies at 65
  • 1972-03-27 Sharkey Bonano, American jazz musician, dies at 67
  • 1972-03-30 Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator famous for his WWII sign-on "There's good news tonight", dies of pneumonia at 81

Joe GalloJoe Gallo (1929-1972)

1972-04-07 American mobster, murdered at his 43rd birthday party by rival mobsters

Sherwin BadgerSherwin Badger (1901-1972)

1972-04-08 American figure skater (US singles championship 1920-24; Olympic silver pairs [with Beatrix Loughran] 1932), dies at 70

  • 1972-04-12 C W Ceram [Kurt Marek], German/American writer (1st American), dies at 57
  • 1972-05-04 Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1886)
  • 1972-05-13 Dan Blocker, American actor (Cimarron City - "Tiny"; Bonanza - "Hoss"), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 43
  • 1972-05-31 Walter Freeman, American physician (developer and practitioner of psychiatric surgery transorbital lobotomy), dies
  • 1972-07-08 (Cora) "Lovie" Austin, American jazz pianist, and bandleader ("Down Hearted Blues"), dies at 84
  • 1972-07-09 Robert Weede, American operatic and musical theater baritone, dies at 69
  • 1972-07-21 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 100/200m 1912), dies at 83
  • 1972-07-28 Helen Traubel, American soprano, dies at 73
  • 1972-08-02 Helen Hoyt, American poet, dies at 85
  • 1972-08-08 Andrea Feldman, American actor (b. 1948)
  • 1972-08-11 Max Theiler, South African-American virologist who developed vaccine for Yellow Fever (Nobel Prize 1951), dies at 73
  • 1972-08-14 Oscar Levant, American actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), dies at 65
  • 1972-09-11 Max Fleischer, Polish-American animator and film producer (Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor Man), dies at 89
  • 1972-10-12 (Wilfred) "Billy" Williams, American pop singer ("I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter"), dies at 61

Igor SikorskyIgor Sikorsky (1889-1972)

1972-10-26 Russian-American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, dies at 83

  • 1972-11-07 Tod Andrews, American actor (From Hell it Came, Outrage), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1972-11-14 Martin Dies, Jr., American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), dies at 71
  • 1972-11-29 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), dies at 81
  • 1972-12-03 Bill Johnson, American musician (b. 1872)
  • 1972-12-05 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, dies at 48
  • 1972-12-09 Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist, dies at 91
  • 1972-12-23 Abraham Joshua Heschel, Polish-born Jewish American rabbi and theologian dies in New York aged 65
  • 1973-01-15 Coleman Francis, American film director (b. 1919)
  • 1973-01-23 Edward "Kid" Ory, American New Orleans style jazz trombonist, dies of pneumonia and a heart attack at 86
  • 1973-01-26 Jay C. Higginbotham, American swing jazz trombonist (Luis Russell'; Red Allen;, Benny Carter), dies at 67

Frank CostelloFrank Costello (1891-1973)

1973-02-18 Italian-American gangster (The Prime Minister of the Underworld), dies of a heart attack at 82

  • 1973-02-23 Dickinson W. Richards, American physician (Nobel 1956 - development of cardiac catheterization and the characterisation of a number of cardiac diseases), dies at 77
  • 1973-03-06 Pearl S. Buck, American author (Good Earth - Nobel Prize 1938), dies at 80
  • 1973-03-10 Eugene 'Bull' Connor, American segregationist (b. 1897)
  • 1973-04-02 Jascha Horenstein, Russian-born American conductor, dies at 74
  • 1973-05-04 Jane Bowles, American writer and playwright, dies at 56
  • 1973-05-11 Lex Barker, American actor, dies at 53
  • 1973-05-12 Art Pollard, American racecar driver (b. 1927)

Arna BontempsArna Bontemps (1902-1973)

1973-06-04 American poet and novelist who was part of the Harlem Renaissance, dies of a heart attack at 72

  • 1973-07-15 Clarence White, American session and country-rock guitarist (The Byrds, 1968-73 - "Ballad of Easy Rider"), struck and killed by a drunk driver at 29
  • 1973-07-20 Robert Smithson, American land artist (b. 1938)
  • 1973-07-30 Erich Katz, German-born American composer and musicologist, dies at 72
  • 1973-08-06 Memphis Minnie [Lizzie Douglas], American blues musician, dies at 76
  • 1973-08-17 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - "Cloud Nine"), commits suicide at 32
  • 1973-09-02 Carl Dudley, American film director (b. 1910)
  • 1973-09-16 Leonard Carmichael, American Psychologist and secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1953-64), dies at 74
  • 1973-09-19 Bobby Gilbert, American actor (Some Like It Hot, The Rebel Set), dies of hepatitis at 75
  • 1973-10-14 Edmund A. Chester, American broadcaster and journalist (b. 1897)
  • 1973-10-18 Margaret Caroline Anderson, American magazine publisher (b. 1886)
  • 1973-11-21 Thomas Pelly, American politician, dies at 71