United States of America in History (Part 12)

Historical Events

Events 1101 - 1,200 of 1,673

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

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

Novelist Saul Bellow
Saul Bellow
  • 1976-12-10 Wings release triple album "Wings Over America"

Music awardsMusic Awards

1977-01-31 4th American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & Elton John win

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • 1977-02-13 Eric Heiden is 1st American to win world speed skating championship
  • 1977-02-13 Pam Higgins wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic
  • 1977-03-01 Bank of America adopts the name VISA for its credit cards

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • 1977-04-18 81st Boston Marathon: Jerome Drayton of Canada 1st man in 2:14:46 and Miki Gorman of United States 1st woman 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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • 1978-02-08 Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.
  • 1978-02-12 Debbie Austin wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic
  • 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: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:10:13 and Gayle Barron of United States 1st woman in 2:44:52
  • 1978-04-23 Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic
  • 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

Music awardsMusic Awards

1979-01-12 6th American Music Awards: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win

Musician Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow
  • 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: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:09:27 and Joan Benoit of United States 1st woman 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 1980-04-13 Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic
  • 1980-04-21 84th Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:12:11 and Jacqueline Gareau of Canada 1st woman in 2:34:28; Rosie Ruiz disqualified as women's champion for not running the entire course


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

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 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

Battle of InterestIran Hostage Crisis

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

1981-01-30 8th American Music Awards: Barbra Streisand & Kenny Rogers win

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

  • 1981-04-04 Henry Cisneros becomes 1st Mexican-American mayor (San Antonio)
  • 1981-04-12 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic
  • 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, 21, crowned 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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • 1982-03-10 The United States places an embargo on Libyan petroleum imports because of their support of terrorist groups.
  • 1982-04-19 86th Boston Marathon: Alberto Salazar of United States 1st man in 2:08:51 and Charlotte Teske of West Germany 1st woman in 2:29:33
  • 1982-04-19 Guinon Bluford announced as 1st African American NASA astronaut

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride
  • 1982-04-23 Conch Republic is established - secession of the Florida Keys from the United States of America

MurderMurder of Interest

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

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • 1982-06-22 Susan Lea Hammett, of Miss, 18, crowned 25th America's Junior Miss
  • 1982-06-30 NJ NHL franchise officially named Devils by fan balloting, runner-up names are Blades, Meadowlanders & Americans
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

US First Lady Bess Truman
US First Lady
Bess Truman
  • 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.
  • 1983-01-17 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar & Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John

MurderMurder of Interest

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

Gangster Roy DeMeo
Roy DeMeo
  • 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: Greg Meyer of United States 1st man in 2:09:00 and Joan Benoit of United States 1st woman in 2:22:43
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1983-09-17 Vanessa Williams (NY), 20, crowned 56th Miss America 1984, 1st black
  • 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 "Marilyn: An American Fable" opens at Minskoff NYC for 16 performances
  • 1983-12-03 "Marilyn: An American Fable" closes at Minskoff NYC after 16 performances
  • 1983-12-31 Benjamin Ward appointed 1st African American NY City Police Commissioner by Mayor Ed Koch

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1101 - 1,200 of 10,094

  • 1895-01-29 Muna Lee, American poet (d. 1965)
  • 1895-03-04 Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator (d. 1953)
  • 1895-03-28 Spencer W. Kimball, American 12th President of the Mormon Church (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)
  • 1895-05-02 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1943)
  • 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)

Person of interestHattie McDaniel

1895-06-10 Hattie McDaniel, 1st African American actress to win an Oscar (Mammy-Gone With The Wind), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1952)

Person of interestJack Dempsey

1895-06-24 Jack Dempsey, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1919-26), born in Manassa, Colorado (d. 1983)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Person of interestGeorge "Machine Gun" Kelly

1895-07-18 George Machine Gun Kelly [Georgio Barnes], American gangster, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1954)

American Gangster George
American Gangster
George "Machine Gun" Kelly
  • 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 laureate (d. 1973)
  • 1895-11-05 Charles MacArthur, American author (d. 1956)
  • 1895-11-14 Walter Freeman, American physician (d. 1972)
  • 1895-11-14 Louise Huff, American actress (What Women Want), born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1973)
  • 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 photographer (d. 1989)
  • 1895-11-25 Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer (d. 1986)
  • 1895-12-05 Elbert Frank Cox, American mathematician (d. 1969)
  • 1895-12-24 E. Roland Harriman, American financier (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 (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 (Somewhere Over The Rainbow), born in NYC, New York; (d. 1981)
  • 1896-05-01 Mark Wayne Clark, American general (d. 1984)
  • 1896-05-01 J. Lawton Collins, American general (d. 1987)
  • 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)
  • 1896-06-16 Murray Leinster, American author (d. 1976)

Person of interestWallis Simpson

1896-06-19 Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, born in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
  • 1896-06-21 Charles B. Momsen, American inventor, 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, American actress (The White Moth), born in Yakima, Washington (d. 1926)
  • 1896-08-17 Leslie Groves, American military engineer (d. 1970)
  • 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, 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 Lee Nash], American actor and comedian (Mad Love, San Francisco, Soup to Nuts), born in Kaufman, Texas (d. 1937)

Person of interestHoward Hanson

1896-10-28 Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 1981)

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 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 (d. 1965)
  • 1896-12-15 Betty Smith, American author (d. 1972)
  • 1897-01-22 "Blind" Willie Johnson American blues/spiritual singer and guitarist
  • 1897-02-02 Howard Johnson, American hotelier (d. 1972)

Person of interestLouis Buchalter

1897-02-06 Louis Buchalter, 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)

Person of interestMarian Anderson

1897-02-27 Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)

  • 1897-03-15 Jackson Scholz, American runner (d. 1986)
  • 1897-03-17 Jozef C. Mazur, American stained glass artist and painter (d. 1970)
  • 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 John Frederick Coots, American songwriter, 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)

Person of interestFrank Capra

1897-05-18 Frank Capra, Italian-American film director (Its a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night), born in Bisacquino, Italy (d. 1991)

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
  • 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)

Person of interestMoe Howard

1897-06-19 Moe Howard [Moses Horowitz], American actor and comedian (The 3 Stooges), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)

Comedian Moe Howard
Moe Howard
  • 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 (d. 1956)
  • 1897-07-10 Lloyd Goodrich, American Arts Museum director, born in Nutley, New Jersey (d. 1987)
  • 1897-07-10 Jack "Legs" Diamond, American gangster and bootlegger, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1931)
  • 1897-07-11 Bull Connor, American law enforcement official (d. 1973)

Person of interestAmelia Earhart

1897-07-24 Amelia Earhart, American aviator (1st woman to fly solo across the Atlantic), born in Atchison, Kansas (d. 1939)

  • 1897-08-09 Ralph Wyckoff, American pioneer in x-ray crystallography
  • 1897-08-10 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1966)

Person of interestJack Haley

1897-08-10 Jack Haley [John Joseph], American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Ford Star Revue), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1878)

Actor Jack Haley
Jack Haley
  • 1897-08-10 John Galbreath, American businessman (d. 1988)
  • 1897-08-24 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive, born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1954)

Person of interestFredric March

1897-08-31 Fredric March, American actor (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Best Years of Our Lives), born in Racine, Wisconsin (d. 1975)

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

Person of interestJimmie Rodgers

1897-09-08 Jimmie Rodgers [James Charles], American country singer and singing brakeman, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1933)

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers
  • 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)

Person of interestDorothy Day

1897-11-08 Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and devout Catholic convert, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)

Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert Dorothy Day
Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert
Dorothy Day
  • 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, son of United States President Theodore Roosevelt (d. 1918)
  • 1897-11-27 Vito Genovese, American mafioso (d. 1969)
  • 1897-12-02 Rewi Alley, New Zealand writer (Americans in China)
  • 1897-12-05 Nunnally Johnson, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1977)
  • 1897-12-18 Fletcher Henderson, American arranger and composer (d. 1952)
  • 1898-01-06 Charles E. Pont, American artist (d. 1971)
  • 1898-01-09 Wally Baker, American supercentenarian
  • 1898-01-16 Margaret Booth, American film editor (d. 2002)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1101 - 1,200 of 5,017

  • 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 (b. 1885)
  • 1970-02-23 Hirsch Jacobs, American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner (b. 1904)
  • 1970-03-01 Lucille Hegamin, American singer and entertainer (b. 1894)
  • 1970-03-16 Tammi Terrell, American soul singer (You're All I Need), 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 Billie Burke, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 85
  • 1970-05-29 Eve Hesse, German born Jewish American sculptor dies of a brain tumour aged 34
  • 1970-06-08 Abraham Maslow, American psychologist (b. 1908)
  • 1970-06-11 Earl Grant, American musician and singer (b. 1931)
  • 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 Harold Vanderbilt, America Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), dies at 85
  • 1970-07-04 Barnett Newman, American artist (b. 1905)
  • 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 (b. 1912)
  • 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

Person of interestJimi Hendrix

1970-09-18 Jimi Hendrix, American rock guitarist (Purple Haze), dies from asphyxiation at 27

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

Person of interestJanis Joplin

1970-10-04 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), dies of a drug overdose at 27

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
  • 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 (born Beatrice Romaine Goddard), American painter dies aged 96
  • 1970-12-29 Marie Menken, American experimental filmmaker and socialite (b. 1909)
  • 1970-12-29 William King Gregory, American palaeontologist (mammalian teeth, evolutionary theory), dies at 94
  • 1971-01-02 Willard Maas, American educator and 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 (b. 1931)
  • 1971-05-25 Jo Etha Collier, young African American woman killed by 3 whites in Drew Miss
  • 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

Person of interestReinhold Niebuhr

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

Theologian, Ethicist, Magazine Editor Reinhold Niebuhr
Theologian, Ethicist, Magazine Editor
Reinhold Niebuhr
  • 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, English-born American actress dies after long illness at 71
  • 1971-07-04 August Derleth, American writer and editor (b. 1909)

Person of interestLouis Armstrong

1971-07-06 Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer (Hello Dolly), dies of a heart attack at 69

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1971-07-07 Ub Iwerks, American artist, director, and cartoonist (b1901)
  • 1971-07-28 Charles E. Pont, American artist (b. 1898)
  • 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 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 Pete Duel American actor (b. 1940)
  • 1971-12-31 Marin Sais, American actress (b. 1890)
  • 1972-01-16 Teller Ammons, American politician (b. 1895)
  • 1972-01-17 Betty Smith, American writer and singer (b. 1896)
  • 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 animator (b. 1906)
  • 1972-03-27 Sharkey Bonano, American jazz musician, dies at 67
  • 1972-03-30 Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator (b. 1890)

Person of interestJoe Gallo

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

Gangster Joe Gallo
Joe Gallo
  • 1972-04-08 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), dies at 70
  • 1972-04-12 C W Ceram, [Kurt Marek], German/US 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 (Tiny-Cimarron City, Hoss-Bonanza), 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 Lovie [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist (Down Hearted Blues), dies at 84
  • 1972-07-09 Robert Weede, American baritone (b. 1903)
  • 1972-07-21 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 83
  • 1972-07-28 Helen Traubel, American soprano, dies at 73
  • 1972-08-02 Helen Hoyt, American poet (b. 1887)
  • 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
  • 1972-10-17 Billy Williams, American singer (b. 1910)

Person of interestIgor Sikorsky

1972-10-26 Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American aviation pioneer and helicopter builder, dies at 83

Aviator Igor Sikorsky
Igor Sikorsky
  • 1972-11-07 Tod Andrews, American actor (From Hell it Came, Outrage), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1972-11-14 Martin Dies, (Rep)/1st chairman of House Un-American, dies
  • 1972-11-29 Carl Stalling, American film composer, 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 (b. 1881)
  • 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 Kid Ory, American jazz trombonist (b. 1886)
  • 1973-01-26 Jay C. Higginbotham, American musician (b. 1906)

Person of interestFrank Costello

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

Gangster Frank Costello
Frank Costello
  • 1973-02-23 Dickinson W. Richards, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1895)
  • 1973-03-06 Pearl S. Buck, American author (Good Earth - Nobel Prize 1938), dies at 80