United States of America in History (Part 13)

Historical Events

Events 1201 - 1,300 of 1,625

  • 1987-03-09 Chrysler Corp offers to buy American Motors Corp for $1 billion
  • 1987-04-28 American engineer Ben Linder is killed in an ambush by U.S.-funded Contras in northern Nicaragua.
  • 1987-06-20 Chuti Tiu, 17, of Wisconsin, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1987-08-01 Nurse Mary R Stout chosen chairperson of Vietnam Veterans of America
  • 1987-08-07 5 Central American presidents sign peace accord in Guatemala
  • 1987-09-19 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko (Mich), 24, crowned 61st Miss America
  • 1987-10-12 Minnesota Twins beat Detroit Tigers, 9-5 in ALCS Game 5 at Tiger Stadium for 4-1 series win; go on to win club's first Baseball World Series
  • 1987-11-15 Leile McBridge (Denver), crowned Miss Black America
  • 1987-12-02 Jennifer Steele, 17, of Colorado becomes Miss Teen of America [Approx]
  • 1988-03-15 Eugene Marino of Atlanta appointed 1st African American archbishop
  • 1988-04-06 African American polar explorer Matthew Henson buried next to Robert Peary in Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1988-05-05 Eugene A. Marino installed as 1st African American archbishop, in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1988-05-14 Carrollton bus collision: a drunk driver going the wrong way on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Kentucky, United States hits a converted school bus carrying a church youth group. The crash and ensuing fire kill 27.

Film & TV History

1988-05-15 2nd American Comedy Award: Robin Williams & Tracey Ullman

  • 1988-06-06 George H. W. Bush makes campaign promise to support reparations for WW II to Japanese-American internees (promise broken, May 1989)
  • 1988-06-12 Andy Hampton is 1st American to win Round of Italy
  • 1988-06-25 Kristen Logan, 17, of Mississippi, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1988-08-04 Congress votes $20,000 to each Japanese-American interned in WW II
  • 1988-09-09 US Stars & Stripes H3 defeats NZ's KZ-1 at the 27th America's Cup: NZ appeal in court but eventually lose
  • 1988-09-10 Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson (Minnesota), 22, crowned 62nd Miss America 1989
  • 1988-10-09 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 0
  • 1988-10-19 3 Americans win Nobel in physics; 3 W Germans win chemistry Nobel

Meeting of Interest

1988-12-06 Yasser Arafat meets prominent American Jews in Stockholm, Sweden

  • 1989-01-15 10th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins the Golden CableACE for "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam"
  • 1989-01-29 Episcopal Church of the United States, Diocese of Massachusetts elects Barbara Harris as its first female bishop
  • 1989-01-30 The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closes.
  • 1989-02-03 Baseball's National League announces Yanks' broadcaster Bill White will its 1st African American President
  • 1989-02-10 Ron Brown chosen 1st African American chairman of a major US party (Democrats)
  • 1989-03-01 The United States becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • 1989-03-27 1st African American soap opera, "Generations" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1989-03-28 New Zealand wins America's Cup over Stars & Stripes, in a NY court
  • 1989-04-07 NY Supreme Court takes America's Cup away from SD Yacht Club for using a catamaran against NZ. Appeals court eventually overrules
  • 1989-05-23 3rd American Comedy Award: Paula Poundstone
  • 1989-07-22 Kristin Huxhold, 18, of Missouri, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1989-07-23 FOX-TV tops ABC, NBC & CBS for 1st time (America's Most Wanted)
  • 1989-07-24 Paula Gwynn, 22, crowned 21st Miss Black America
  • 1989-09-16 Debbye Turner (Mont), 23, crowned 63rd Miss America 1990
  • 1989-09-17 NYC court of appeals overturns lower court decision & returns America's Cup back to US (from NZ)
  • 1989-09-19 Appeals court restores America's Cup to US after NY Supreme Court gave it to NZ (NZ protested US's use of a catamaran)
  • 1989-10-08 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 1
  • 1989-10-21 Betram Lee & Peter Bynoe purchase the Denver Nuggets for $65m - 1st African American owners of a major sports team,
  • 1989-11-07 NYC elects it's 1st African American mayor (David Dinkins) & 1st female comptroller (Elizabeth Holtzman)
  • 1989-11-08 Douglas Wilder wins election for Governor of Virginia, 1st African-American elected to the office in any state
  • 1990-01-01 David Dinkins sworn in as 1st African American mayor of New York City
  • 1990-01-13 Douglas Wilder, 1st elected African American Governor inaugurated (Virginia)
  • 1990-01-26 Boston Red Sox hires Elaine Weddington as asst GM (highest-ranking African American female in a major-league front office)
  • 1990-03-01 Steve Jackson Games is raided by the United States Secret Service, prompting the later formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
  • 1990-03-03 Carole Gist (20) is the 1st African American to be crowned Miss USA in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1990-03-10 4th American Comedy Award: "When Harry Met Sally"
  • 1990-03-27 The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí to Cuba in an effort to bridge the information blackout imposed by the Castro regime.
  • 1990-04-26 NY court of appeals ends 2½ year legal battle over 1988 America's Cup by refusing jurisdiction of case
  • 1990-05-02 "Some Americans Abroad" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 62 performances
  • 1990-05-24 A car carrying American Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney explodes in Oakland, California, critically injuring both
  • 1990-06-17 "Some Americans Abroad" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC after 62 performances
  • 1990-07-14 Sara Martin, of Illinois, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1990-07-23 Rosie Jones (St Louis), 26, crowned 22nd Miss Black America

Historic Event

1990-07-26 US President George H. W. Bush signs Americans With Disabilities Act

  • 1990-08-16 Iraq orders 4000 Britons & 2500 Americans in Kuwait to Iraq
  • 1990-08-27 52 Americans arrive in Turkey from Iraq

Historic Event

1990-08-29 Saddam Hussein declares America can't beat Iraq

  • 1990-09-07 Marjorie Judith Vincent (Ill), 25, crowned 64th Miss America 1991
  • 1990-09-26 Motion Picture Association of America creates new NC-17 rating
  • 1990-10-10 American Petroleum Institute (API) reports crude inventories dropped by more than 4 MMB in the last week
  • 1990-10-10 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 0
  • 1990-11-04 US Secretary of State James Baker visits American troops in Saudi Arabia
  • 1990-12-09 23rd NAACP Image Awards: "Coming to America" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

American Music Awards

1991-01-28 18th American Music Awards: M.C. Hammer & Janet Jackson win

Film & TV History

1991-02-04 Alex Trebek becomes first person to host three American game shows at the same time (Jeopardy!, Classic Concentration, To Tell the Truth)

  • 1991-02-05 All American Bowl ends after 14 years
  • 1991-03-04 Bank of Credit & Commerce Intl divests itself of 1st American Bank
  • 1991-03-08 Planeloads of US troops arrive home from the Persian Gulf, Iraq hands over 40 foreign journalists & 2 American soldiers it captured
  • 1991-03-09 5th American Comedy Award: Dennis Wolfberg
  • 1991-04-22 Shalom America (Jewish cable network) is launched in Brooklyn & Queens
  • 1991-05-19 Willy T. Ribbs overcomes numerous mechanical problems in qualifying to become first African-American driver to make Indianapolis 500 starting grid
  • 1991-06-08 Warren Schutte is 1st non American to win NCAA Division 1 golf title
  • 1991-06-26 Amy Elizabeth Goodman, of California, crowned America's Junior Miss

Meeting of Interest

1991-07-18 Mike Tyson meets Miss Black America contestants

  • 1991-07-19 Mike Tyson rapes a Miss Black America contestant (Desiree Washington)
  • 1991-07-20 Mike Tyson is accused of raping a Miss Black America contestant
  • 1991-07-21 Sharmell Sullivan (Gary Indiana), 20, crowned 23rd Miss Black America
  • 1991-07-28 Buffalo Bills beat Philadelphia Eagles, 17-13 in American Bowl in Wembley
  • 1991-08-06 American softball pitcher Debbie Doom strikes out 17 in her 2nd consecutive perfect game at the Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba; beats Nicaragua, 8-0
  • 1991-09-13 Kim Zmeskal is 1st American to win a medal at World Gymnastics Championships, she wins the gold with 39.848 pts
  • 1991-09-14 Carolyn Suzanne Sapp (Hawaii), 24, crowned 65th Miss America 1992
  • 1991-10-13 MLB American League Championship: Minnesota Twins beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 1
  • 1991-11-14 American and British authorities announce indictments against two Libyan intelligence officials in connection with the downing of the Pan Am Flight 103
  • 1991-12-02 Muslim Shi'ites release American hostage Joseph Cicippio held in Lebanon
  • 1991-12-04 Pan American World Airways ceased operations
  • 1992-01-27 19th American Music Awards: C & C Music Factory, Michael Bolton win
  • 1992-03-28 6th American Comedy Award: Cathy Ladman, Judy Watkins, Billy Crystal
  • 1992-04-13 American Airlines reduce its 1st-class fares 20%-50%
  • 1992-05-09 America Cup finals begin in San Diego
  • 1992-05-16 America's Cup: America Team USA defeats Il Moro di Venezia 4-1 to win in San Diego
  • 1992-06-06 America West Arena opens in Phoenix, Arizona; home court of NBA Phoenix Suns
  • 1992-07-19 Ebony P Warren, crowned 24th Miss Black America

Historic Event

1992-09-12 Mae Jemison is the 1st African American woman to go into space (aboard Endeavour STS-47)


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1201 - 1,300 of 9,751

  • 1898-06-19 James Joseph Sweeney, American Catholic prelate, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1968)
  • 1898-06-21 Donald C. Peattie, American botanist and writer, born in Chicago (d. 1964)
  • 1898-06-25 Kay [Katherine Linn] Sage, American painter and poet, born in Albany, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1898-07-14 A. B. "Happy" Chandler, American Baseball HOF executive (MLB Commissioner 1945-51) and politician (44th & 49th Governor Kentucky), born in Corydon, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • 1898-07-22 Stephen Vincent Benét, American author (d. 1943)
  • 1898-07-23 Jacob Marschak, Ukrainian-American economist (econometrics), born in Kiev, Russia (d. 1977)
  • 1898-07-28 Lawrence Gray, American actor, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1970)

Jack HaleyJack Haley (1898-1979)

1898-08-10 American vaudevillle and screen actor, singer, and dancer (The Wizard of Oz -"Tin Man"; Higher and Higher), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Shirley BoothShirley Booth (1898-1992)

1898-08-30 American actress (Lola Delaney-Come Back, Little Sheba, Hazel), born in NYC, New York

  • 1898-09-10 Waldo Semon, American inventor (polyvinyl chloride), born in Demopolis, Alabama (d. 1999)
  • 1898-09-16 H. A. Rey, American children's author and creator of "Curious George", born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1898-09-22 Katherine Alexander, American actress, born in Fort Smith, Arkansas (d. 1977)
  • 1898-09-25 Robert Brackman, American artist, born in Odes'ka Oblast, Ukraine (d. 1980)
  • 1898-10-03 Leo McCarey, American film director (The Awful Truth), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1969)
  • 1898-11-09 Leonard Carmichael, American Psychologist and secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1953-64), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • 1898-12-05 Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (One Night of Love), born in Slabtown, Tennessee (d. 1947)
  • 1898-12-24 Warren "Baby" Dodds, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • 1898-12-30 Vincent Lopez, American jazz pianist and big-band leader ("Nola"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975) [1]

Al CaponeAl Capone (1899-1947)

1899-01-17 American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1899-01-21 Lido Manetti [Arnold Kent], Italian-born American actor (Quo Vardis), born in Florence (d. 1928)
  • 1899-01-30 Max Theiler, South African-American virologist who developed vaccine for Yellow Fever (Nobel Prize 1951), born in Pretoria (d. 1972)
  • 1899-02-22 George O'Hara, American silent era screenwriter and actor (The Sea Beast, The Grapes of Wrath), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1899-02-23 Norman Taurog, American film director (Skippy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1899-02-27 Charles Best, American-Canadian medical scientist and co-discoverer of insulin, born in West Pembroke, Maine (d. 1978)
  • 1899-03-13 John Van Vleck, American physicist, mathematician, and Nobel Laureate who pioneered the modern quantum mechanical theory of magnetism, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1980)

Gloria SwansonGloria Swanson (1899-1983)

1899-03-27 American actress (Sunset Boulevard, Queen Kelly) and producer, born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1899-03-28 August A. "Gussie" Busch, Jr., American brewing magnate and American baseball executive, born in St Louis (d. 1989)
  • 1899-03-28 Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, Head of Latter-day Saints, born in Clifton, Idaho (d. 1973)
  • 1899-04-09 James Smith McDonnell, American aviator and engineer, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1980)
  • 1899-04-19 George O'Brien, American actor (Sunrise: A Song of Two Human), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1985)

Leo DiegelLeo Diegel (1899-1951)

1899-04-27 American golfer (PGA C'ship 1928-29), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1899-04-29 Edward "Duke" Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist ("Take the A Train"; "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1974)
  • 1899-05-08 Arthur Q Bryan, American voice actor, comedian and radio personality (Beulah, The Devil Bat), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1959)

Noel WienNoel Wien (1899-1977)

1899-06-08 American aviation pioneer (Wien Air Alaska), born in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin

  • 1899-06-16 Helen Traubel, American soprano, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1899-06-27 Juan Trippe, American airline pioneer and entrepreneur (Pan Am founder), born in Sea Bright, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • 1899-06-30 Madge Bellamy [Margaret Derden Philpott], American actress (White Zombie, The Iron Horse), born in Hillsboro, Texas (d. 1990)

E. B. WhiteE. B. White (1899-1985)

1899-07-11 American writer (New Yorker: Stuart Little; Charlotte's Web), born in Mount Vernon, New York

  • 1899-07-16 Eunice Hunton Carter, 1st African American female district attorney (NY), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1970)

James CagneyJames Cagney (1899-1986)

1899-07-17 American actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy), born in NYC, New York

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway (1899-1961)

1899-07-21 American author (The Old Man and the Sea, Nobel 1954), born in Oak Park, Illinois

  • 1899-08-01 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1978)
  • 1899-08-07 Renie Riano, British-American vaudeville and screen actress (Jiggs and Maggie films; The Family Jewels), born in London, England (d. 1971)
  • 1899-09-01 Richard Arlen, American actor (Apache Uprising, Wings), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1976)
  • 1899-09-11 Jimmie Davis, American singer and songwriter ("You Are My Sunshine"), born in Quitman, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • 1899-09-20 Elliott Nugent, American director (And So They Were Married), born in Dover, Ohio (d. 1980)
  • 1899-10-01 Ernest Haycox, American writer (d. 1950)
  • 1899-11-24 Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (d. 1966)
  • 1900-01-04 James Bond, American ornithologist (d. 1989)
  • 1900-01-09 Richard Halliburton, American adventurer (presumed dead 1939), born in Brownsville, Tennessee (d. 1939)
  • 1900-01-28 Alice Neel, American artist (d. 1984)
  • 1900-01-31 Betty Parsons, American artist and art dealer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1900-02-02 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, born in Salem, New Jersey (d. 1988)
  • 1900-02-16 Vincent Coleman, American actor (For the Freedom of Ireland, Salome), born in Louisiana (d. 1971)
  • 1900-02-26 Jean Negulesco, Romanian-American film director (How to Marry a Millionaire), born in Craiova, Dolj (d. 1993)
  • 1900-03-04 Herbert Biberman, American screenwriter (d. 1971)
  • 1900-03-08 Howard Aiken, American computing pioneer (Harvard Mark I computer), born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1973)

Spencer TracySpencer Tracy (1900-1967)

1900-04-05 American actor (Woman of the Year, Adam's Rib), born in Milwaukee

  • 1900-05-14 Hal Borland, American author (d. 1978)
  • 1900-05-28 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz trumpeter (Lovie Austin; King Oliver; New Orleans Feetwarmers; Noble Sissle; Sidney Bechet), born in Mandeville, Louisiana (d. 1939)
  • 1900-06-11 Lawrence E. Spivak, American news panelist (Meet the Press), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1900-06-30 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1924, 1928, 1932), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1900-07-06 Frederica Sagor Maas, American playwright and screenwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1900-07-07 Earle E. Partridge, United States Air Force general (d. 1990)
  • 1900-07-10 Mitchell Parish [Michael Pashelinsky], American lyricist (Stardust; It's Wonderful; Moonlight Serenade; Sweet Lorraine), born in Lithuania, Russian Empire (d. 1993) [1]
  • 1900-07-13 George Lewis, American musician (d. 1969)
  • 1900-07-29 Don Redman, American jazz musician and orchestra leader (Sugar Hill Times), born in Piedmont, West Virginia (d. 1964)
  • 1900-07-31 Erich Katz, German-born American composer and musicologist, born in Posen, Prussia (d. 1973)
  • 1900-08-02 Helen Morgan [Riggins], American singer and actress (Applause, Show Boat), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1941)
  • 1900-08-06 Cecil H. Green, American geophysicist (d. 2003)
  • 1900-08-11 Charles William Paddock, Texas, American athlete and 100m record breaker (Olympic-2 gold-1920) (d. 1943)
  • 1900-08-11 Philip Phillips, American archaeologist focusing on the Lower Mississippi Valley, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1900-08-18 Glenn Albert Black, American archaeologist, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1964)
  • 1900-08-23 Malvina Reynolds, American folk singer and songwriter (Morningtown Ride), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1978)
  • 1900-09-11 D. W. Brooks, American farmer and businessman, born in Royston, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1900-09-17 J. Willard Marriott, American entrepreneur and hotelier (founder of Marriott Corporation), born in Marriott Settlement, Utah (d. 1985)
  • 1900-09-19 Ricardo Cortez [Jacob Krantz], American actor and director (The Maltese Falcon), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1900-09-22 Paul H. Emmett, American chemical engineer (d. 1985)
  • 1900-09-22 William Spratling, American silversmith who worked in Mexico, born in Sonyea, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1900-09-24 Ham Fisher, American comic strip writer and cartoonist (Joe Palooka), born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)

Thomas WolfeThomas Wolfe (1900-1938)

1900-10-03 American novelist (Look Homeward Angel), born in Asheville, North Carolina

  • 1900-10-13 Gerald Marks, American songwriter ("All of Me"), born in Saginaw, Michigan (d. 1997)
  • 1900-10-17 Jean Arthur, American actress (Shane, Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1991)
  • 1900-11-05 Martin Dies, Jr., American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), born in Colorado City, Texas (d. 1972)
  • 1900-11-13 Edward Buzzell, American film director (Child of Manhattan), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)

Aaron CoplandAaron Copland (1900-1990)

1900-11-14 American composer (Billy the Kid; Appalachian Spring), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1900-11-18 George Kistiakowsky, Ukrainian-American chemist who helped develop the first atomic bomb (Manhattan Project), but later opposed nuclear weapons, born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1982)

Agnes MooreheadAgnes Moorehead (1900-1974)

1900-12-06 American actress (Endora in Bewitched), born in Clinton, Massachusetts

  • 1900-12-09 Albert Weisbord, American labor organizer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1900-12-12 Sammy Davis Sr., American vaudeville dancer (Mr. Wonderful), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1900-12-23 Otto Soglow, American comics artist (d. 1975)
  • 1901-01-13 A. B. Guthrie, American novelist, historian (d. 1991)
  • 1901-01-16 Frank Zamboni, American inventor (d. 1988)

Clark GableClark Gable (1901-1960)

1901-02-01 American actor (Gone With The Wind; It Happened One Night) known as 'The King of Hollywood', born in Cadiz, Ohio

  • 1901-02-02 Connie Gilchrist, American actress (Cry Havoc, Letter to 3 Wives), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1901-02-09 James Murray, American actor (The Crowd, The Shakedown), born in NYC, New York (d. 1936)

Linus PaulingLinus Pauling (1901-1994)

1901-02-28 American chemist, engineer and peace activist (1954 Nobel prize for Chemistry, 1962 Nobel Peace Prize), born in Portland, Oregon

Roger TurnerRoger Turner (1901-1993)

1901-03-03 American figure skater (7x US National Champion), born in Milton, Massachusetts

  • 1901-03-16 Edward Pawley, American actor (Angels with Dirty Faces), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1988)
  • 1901-03-18 William H. Johnson, African-American artist of the Harlem Renaissance (d. 1970)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1201 - 1,300 of 4,915

  • 1973-11-24 John Neihardt, American writer (b. 1881)
  • 1973-11-27 Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1973-12-03 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, dies at 78
  • 1974-02-22 Samuel Byck, American attempted assassin of Richard Nixon (b. 1930)
  • 1974-02-23 Harry Ruby [Harry Rubenstein], American composer and screenwriter, dies at 79
  • 1974-03-01 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (Moanin'), dies of cirrhosis, at 38
  • 1974-03-20 [Lavinia] Marian Fleming Poe, African American advocate in Virginia, dies at 83
  • 1974-03-28 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist (That's Alright), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1974-04-11 Charles Curtis "Curt" Conway, American actor (Raw Deal; The Twilight Zone), dies of a heart attack at 60

Agnes MooreheadAgnes Moorehead (1900-1974)

1974-04-30 American actress (Endora in Bewitched), dies of uterine cancer at 73

Denny ShuteDenny Shute (1904-1974)

1974-05-13 American golfer (British Open 1933, PGA C'ship 1936-37), dies at 69

  • 1974-05-24 Edward "Duke" Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist ("Take the A Train"; "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1974-06-30 Vannevar Bush, American engineer and politician (b. 1890)
  • 1974-07-14 Carl Spaatz, American World War II general and 1st Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, dies at 83
  • 1974-08-06 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist ("The Happy Blues"), dies of bone cancer at 49
  • 1974-08-19 Rodger Davies, United States ambassador to Cyprus, murdered at 53 by Greek Cypriot gunmen during a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia
  • 1974-08-24 Alexander de Seversky, Russian-American aviation pioneer (b. 1894)
  • 1974-08-31 William Pershing Benedict, American World War II fighter pilot in both the RCAF and U.S. Army Air Forces, killed in a plane crash while firefighting in California at 56
  • 1974-09-03 Harry Partch, American composer (Revelations in the Courthouse Park; Delusion Of The Fury), dies at 73
  • 1974-09-21 Walter Brennan, American actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point), dies at 80
  • 1974-11-08 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", American R&B singer, piano player, and songwriter ("Since I Met You Baby"), dies of lung cancer at 60
  • 1974-11-19 George Brunies, American musician (b. 1902)
  • 1974-11-29 James J. Braddock, American boxer (World Heavyweight champion 1935-37), dies at 69
  • 1974-11-30 Bert Gordon [Barney Gorodetsky], American comedian, dies at 79

Walter LippmannWalter Lippmann (1889-1974)

1974-12-14 American journalist and political writer (Public Opinion), dies at 85

  • 1974-12-27 Amy Vanderbilt, American authority on etiquette, dies of multiple fractures of the skull at 66
  • 1975-01-18 Gertrude Olmstead, American silent film actress, dies at 77
  • 1975-01-19 Thomas Hart Benton, American painter and muralist (Lonesome Road), dies at 85
  • 1975-01-27 Bill Walsh, American producer and writer (b. 1913)
  • 1975-02-03 William D. Coolidge, American physicist and inventor (modern x-ray tube), dies at 101

Louis JordanLouis Jordan (1908-1975)

1975-02-04 American musician, songwriter and bandleader ("Caldonia"; "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie"; "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens"), dies of a heart attack at 66

  • 1975-02-16 (Adanelle) "Norman" Treigle, American operatic bass-baritone, dies of an accidental sleeping pill overdose at 47
  • 1975-02-16 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1924; bronze 1928, 32), dies at 71
  • 1975-03-09 Gleb W. Derujinsky, Russian-American sculptor, dies at 86
  • 1975-03-16 Richard W. DeKorte, American politician (b. 1936)
  • 1975-04-11 Dorothy Patten, American actress, dies at 70

Fredric MarchFredric March (1897-1975)

1975-04-14 American actor (Inherit the Wind), dies of prostate cancer at 77

  • 1975-05-18 Leroy Anderson, American composer (Syncopated Clock), dies at 66
  • 1975-05-30 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympic 4th), dies in a car accident at 24
  • 1975-06-03 Oswald "Ozzie" Nelson, American actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies from cancer at 69

Sam GiancanaSam Giancana (1908-1975)

1975-06-19 American mobster and boss of the Chicago Outfit (1957-66), dies of multiple gunshot wounds at 67

  • 1975-06-29 Tim Buckley, American singer-songwriter, dies at 28 of a heroin overdose
  • 1975-07-06 Ruffian, American racehorse (b. 1972)
  • 1975-07-07 Barbara Brown, American actress dies at 73
  • 1975-07-07 Ruffian, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1972)
  • 1975-07-11 Kurt Pinthus, German-American writer, dies at 89
  • 1975-07-19 (William) "Lefty" Frizzell, American country music singer and songwriter ("If You've Got the Money (I've Got the Time)"; "Saginaw, Michigan"), dies at 47
  • 1975-08-29 Leland T. Weed, American singer and actor, dies at 74
  • 1975-09-25 Bob Considine, American journalist and author (Babe Ruth Story), dies at 68
  • 1975-10-21 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 86
  • 1975-10-28 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (The Blues and the Abstract Truth), dies at 43
  • 1975-11-05 Edward L Tatum, American molecular geneticist and biochemist (Nobel Prize 1958), dies of heart failure at 65
  • 1975-11-05 Lionel Trilling, American literary critic and author (1969 Poses Award, The Liberal Imagination), dies at 70
  • 1975-11-10 Ernest M. McSorley, American ship captain (b. 1912)
  • 1975-11-19 Roger D. Branigin, American politician (b. 1902)
  • 1975-12-01 Anna E. Roosevelt, American radio personality (b. 1906)
  • 1975-12-07 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1924, 1928, 1932), dies at 75
  • 1975-12-11 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), dies at 67
  • 1975-12-17 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • 1975-12-24 Bernard Herrmann, American composer, dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1975-12-29 Euell Gibbons, American outdoorsman and proponent of natural diets (b. 1911).
  • 1976-01-28 Chris Kenner, American R&B singer-songwriter (I Like it Like That), dies at 46
  • 1976-01-31 Ernesto Miranda, American litigant, conviction on kidnapping, rape, and armed robbery charges, stabbed to death at 34
  • 1976-02-01 George Whipple, American scientist & Nobel Prize Laureate, dies at 97
  • 1976-02-05 Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley and His Comets) (b. 1926)
  • 1976-02-11 Lee J. Cobb [Leo Jacoby], American actor (Virginian, 12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • 1976-03-07 Wright Patman, American politician (b. 1893)
  • 1976-03-31 Paul Strand, American photographer (b. 1890)
  • 1976-04-06 Sidney Franklin, American bullfighter (b. 1903)
  • 1976-04-09 Phil Ochs, American anti-war folk singer ("I Ain't Marching Anymore"; "Draft Dodger Rag"), commits suicide at 35
  • 1976-04-11 Liam Dunn, American actor, dies at 59
  • 1976-06-05 Violet Wilkey, American actress (b. 1903)
  • 1976-07-07 Walter Giesler, American soccer coach (b. 1910)
  • 1976-07-27 Ray Brennan, retired US Air Force captain, American Legion bookkeeper and the 1st American to die of "Legionnaire's Disease", dies of an apparent heart attack at 61
  • 1976-07-29 Mickey Cohen, American gangster (Cohen crime family), dies at 62
  • 1976-09-10 Mordecai Johnson, 1st African American president of Howard U, dies at 86

Carlo GambinoCarlo Gambino (1902-1976)

1976-10-15 Italian-born American mafioso (Gambino family), dies of a heart attack at 74

Alexander CalderAlexander Calder (1898-1976)

1976-11-11 American sculptor (mobiles), dies at 78

  • 1976-12-28 Katharine Byron, U.S. Congresswoman, dies at 73
  • 1977-01-18 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), dies at 81
  • 1977-02-04 Brett Halliday, American writer (Dividend on Death), dies at 72
  • 1977-02-26 (Booker T. Washington) "Bukka" White, American country and Delta blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter ("Shake'Em On Down"; "Parchman Farm Blues"), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1977-02-27 John Dickson Carr, American mystery writer, dies of lung cancer at 70
  • 1977-03-11 Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist (b. 1893)

Fannie Lou HamerFannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977)

1977-03-14 American civil rights activist (Freedom Summer, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), dies of breast cancer at 59

  • 1977-03-27 A. P. Hamann, American politician and city manager of San Jose, California, dies in the Tenerife airport disaster at 67
  • 1977-04-28 Ricardo Cortez [Jacob Krantz], American actor & director (The Maltese Falcon), dies at 76
  • 1977-05-31 William Castle, American film director (b. 1914)
  • 1977-06-05 "Sleepy" John Estes, American Blues musician ("Drop Down Mama"), dies at 78
  • 1977-06-14 Robert Middleton, American actor (Barney-Monroes), dies at 66
  • 1977-06-22 Peter Laughner, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rocket From the Tombs; Pere Ubu), dies of acute pancreatitis at 24

Alice PaulAlice Paul (1885-1977)

1977-07-09 American suffragist (National Woman's Party), dies at 92

Noel WienNoel Wien (1899-1977)

1977-07-19 American aviation pioneer (Wien Air Alaska), dies at 78

  • 1977-07-20 Carter DeHaven, American actor (Courage, Great Dictator), dies at 90
  • 1977-07-20 Gary Kellgren, American music producer who co-founded The Record Plant studios, drowns in a swimming pool, along with his girlfriend, at 38
  • 1977-07-21 Lee Miller, American photographer (War correspondent for Vogue in WWII), dies at 70

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley (1935-1977)

1977-08-16 American King of Rock and Roll ("Hound Dog"; "Love Me Tender"; "Heartbreak Hotel"; "Suspicious Minds"), and actor (Jailhouse Rock; King Creole), dies at Graceland at 42, with the official cause of death being cardiac arrhythmia

  • 1977-08-21 Danny Lockin, American actor and dancer (Hello Dolly), dies from bleeding to death after being stabbed 100 times

Maria CallasMaria Callas (1923-1977)

1977-09-16 American soprano (Carmen), dies in Paris at 53

  • 1977-10-11 MacKinlay Kantor, American author (b. 1904)