United States of America in History (Part 14)

Historical Events

Events 1301 - 1,400 of 1,625

  • 1992-09-20 Leanza Cornett (Florida), 21, crowned 66th Miss America 1993
  • 1992-10-14 MLB American League Championship: Toronto Blue Jays beat Oakland Athletics, 4 games to 2
  • 1992-11-03 Carol Moseley-Braun elected first African-American woman in US Senate, representing Illinois
  • 1992-11-07 1st NBA game at America West Arena, Phoenix Suns beat Clippers 111-105
  • 1993-01-05 Washington state executes Westley Allan Dodd by hanging (first legal hanging in America since 1965)

Film & TV History

1993-02-28 7th American Comedy Award: Jerry Seinfeld

  • 1993-05-04 "Angels in America - Millennium Approaches" opens at Kerr for 367 performances
  • 1993-06-06 47th Tony Awards: "Angels in America" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman" win
  • 1993-06-26 Rebecca Jones, 18, of Georgia, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1993-07-04 Pilar Fort crowned 25th Miss Black America
  • 1993-09-18 Kimberly Clarice Aiken (SC), 18, crowned 67th Miss America 1994
  • 1993-09-19 Kimberly Clarice Aiken, 18, Miss SC wins 67th Miss America
  • 1993-10-12 MLB American League Championship: Toronto Blue Jays beat Chicago White Sox, 4 games to 2
  • 1993-10-13 Captured American Pilot Mike Durant is filmed in an interview in captivity by a CNN camera crew.
  • 1993-11-01 Atlantic Radio (20 radio stations) becomes American Radio Systems
  • 1993-11-20 Savings and Loan scandal: The United States Senate Ethics Committee issues a stern censure of California senator Alan Cranston for his "dealings" with savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating.
  • 1993-11-23 "Angels in America-Perestroika" opens at Walter Kerr NYC for 216 performances
  • 1994-03-07 8th American Comedy Award: Carrot Top
  • 1994-03-07 The United States Supreme Court rules in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.
  • 1994-05-28 "Cafe American" last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1994-06-12 48th Tony Awards: Angels in America: Perestroika & Passion win
  • 1994-07-05 The United States announces it will no longer accept unrestricted immigration from Haiti
  • 1994-07-16 Baseball Night in America premieres (no Saturday day games)
  • 1994-07-23 Amy Osmond of Utah, 17, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1994-09-17 Heather Whitestone, 21, (Ala), crowned 68th Miss America 1995
  • 1994-10-29 National Museum of American Indian joins the Smithsonian Institution and moves to the George Gustav Heye Center in Lower Manhattan (NYC) [1]
  • 1994-10-31 American Eagle ATR-72 crash down at Gary, Indiana: 68 killed
  • 1994-12-04 Tony Kushner's drama "Angels in America: Millennium Approach" closes at Walter Kerr Theater, NYC, after 367 performances, and 4 Tony Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize
  • 1994-12-04 Tony Kushner's drama "Angels in America: Perestroika" closes at Walter Kerr Theater, NYC, after 216 performances, and 3 Tony Awards
  • 1994-12-13 American Eagle commuter plane crashes in NC, killing 15
  • 1995-01-13 America3 becomes 1st all-female crew to win an America's Cup race
  • 1995-01-30 22nd American Music Awards: Boyz II Men & Ace of Base win

Film & TV History

1995-03-06 9th American Comedy Award: Rodney Dangerfield

  • 1995-03-06 American Express Travel begins charging for domestic air tickets

Sports History

1995-05-13 Team New Zealand beats Team Dennis Conner 5-0 to win the America's Cup for the first time

  • 1995-07-01 Kiersten Rickenbach, of NJ, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1995-09-12 Belarus military shoots down a hydrogen balloon, killing its two American pilots.
  • 1995-09-16 Shawntel Smith (Okla), 24, crowned 69th Miss America 1996
  • 1995-10-16 Million Man March held in Washington, D.C. (over 830,000 African American men attend)
  • 1995-10-17 MLB American League Championship: Cleveland Indians beat Seattle Mariners, 4 games to 2
  • 1995-10-18 NHL Winnipeg Jets sold to Americans who plan to move them to Phoenix

Historic Publication

1995-11-07 Howard Stern's second book "Miss America" released (fastest selling ever)

  • 1995-12-20 American Flight 965 crashes into a mountain in Buga, Colombia, 159 die, 5 survive

Sports History

1996-02-15 American boxer Tommy Morrison announces he has contracted HIV

  • 1996-03-06 10th American Comedy Award: James Burrows
  • 1996-05-25 Jennifer Maria Holsten, 18, crowned Miss Filipino-American
  • 1996-06-29 Andrea Leah Plummer, of Tennessee, crowned 39th America's Junior Miss
  • 1996-07-25 Kim LaPlante of Washington state crowned Mrs United States
  • 1996-08-06 Korean Air Flight 801 crashes in the United States territory of Guam, killing 228 people

Declaration of War

1996-08-23 Osama bin Laden issues message entitled "A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places"

  • 1996-09-14 Tara Dawn Holland (Kansas), 23, crowned 70th Miss America 1997
  • 1996-10-09 Howard Stern's book "Miss America" released in paperback
  • 1996-10-13 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 1
  • 1997-02-09 11th American Comedy Award: Debbie Reynolds wins
  • 1997-03-15 Pitts Penguins' Joe Mullen, is 1st American to score 500 NHL goals
  • 1997-04-13 "American Daughter" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 88 performances
  • 1997-04-15 America On Line begins service in Japan
  • 1997-05-28 Wallace Berg, 42, is 4th American to scale Mt Everest for 3rd time
  • 1997-06-13 American fugitive Ira Einhorn is arrested in France for the murder of Holly Maddux after 16 years on the run, though he would not return for another four years
  • 1997-06-29 "American Daughter" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 88 performances
  • 1997-06-29 Tyrenda Williams, 18, of Alabama, crowned 40th America's Junior Miss
  • 1997-07-09 Baseball's triple A American Association (formed in 1902) votes to disband
  • 1997-07-20 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: American Justin Leonard recovers from 5 strokes back after 3 rounds; wins by 3 from Darren Clarke and Jesper Parnevik
  • 1997-09-13 Katherine Shindle (Ill), 24, crowned 71st Miss America 1998
  • 1997-10-15 MLB American League Championship: Cleveland Indians beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 2
  • 1997-11-10 "Jackie - An American Life" opens at Belasco Theater NYC
  • 1998-01-04 A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continues through January 10, and causes widespread destruction

'I Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Woman'

1998-01-26 President Bill Clinton says "I want to say one thing to the American people; I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky"

  • 1998-02-01 Lillian E. Fishburne became the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.
  • 1998-02-03 Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas, first woman executed in the United States since 1984
  • 1998-02-14 Authorities in the United States announce that Eric Robert Rudolph is a suspect in an Alabama abortion clinic bombing.
  • 1998-03-04 Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.
  • 1998-04-22 Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.
  • 1998-05-13 India carries out two nuclear tests at Pokhran, in addition to the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.
  • 1998-05-18 United States v. Microsoft: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.

Historic Event

1998-05-22 Lewinsky scandal: a federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton

  • 1998-05-26 The United States Supreme Court rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York
  • 1998-05-28 Nuclear testing: Pakistan responds to a series of Indian nuclear tests with five of its own, prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions.
  • 1998-06-25 In Clinton v. City of New York, the US Supreme Court decides that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 is unconstitutional
  • 1998-07-24 Russell Eugene Weston Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.

Television Debut

1998-08-05 The American spin-off "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady, debuts on ABC

  • 1998-08-20 U.S. embassy bombings: US military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania

Impeachment Trial of Bill Clinton

1998-10-08 US House of Representatives votes to begin impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton on charges of lying about his affair with Monica Lewinsky

  • 1998-10-13 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Cleveland Indians, 4 games to 2

Film & TV History

1998-10-20 Comedian Richard Pryor is awarded the 1st ever Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

  • 1998-10-29 ATSC HDTV broadcasting in the United States is inaugurated with the launch of STS-95 space shuttle mission
  • 1998-11-09 Brokerage houses are ordered to pay 1.03 billion USD to NASDAQ investors to compensate for price-fixing - largest civil settlement in US history

Historic Event

1998-11-12 Vice President of the United States Al Gore symbolically signs the Kyoto Protocol

  • 1998-12-16 Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox - the United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq

Historic Event

1998-12-19 US House of Representatives votes to impeach President Bill Clinton, forwarding the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial

  • 1999-01-02 A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, where temperatures plunge to -13°F (-25°C); 68 deaths are reported.
  • 1999-01-21 In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the US Coast Guard intercepts a ship carrying 4,300 kg of cocaine

Murder of Interest

1999-03-08 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.

  • 1999-04-07 The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1301 - 1,400 of 9,751

  • 1901-03-22 Greta Kempton, Austrian born American artist (White House artist under Truman), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1991)
  • 1901-03-24 Ub Iwerks, American cartoonist (d. 1971)
  • 1901-03-27 Carl Barks, American cartoonist (creator of Scrooge McDuck), born in Merrill, Oregon (d. 2000)
  • 1901-04-01 Whittaker Chambers, American writer, editor, and defector (d. 1961)
  • 1901-04-09 Paul Willis, American actor (The Little Lumberjack, Little Kaintuck), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1960)
  • 1901-04-12 Lowell Stockman, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon, born in Helix, Oregon (d. 1962)
  • 1901-04-18 Al Lewis, American lyricist, songwriter and music publisher ("Blueberry Hill"; "You Gotta Be a Football Hero"), born in New York City (d. 1967)
  • 1901-05-01 Heinz Roemheld, American film composer (Yankee Doodle Dandy; Ruby Gentry), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • 1901-05-05 Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist, born in Thomson, Georgia (d. 1959)
  • 1901-05-27 Conrad Elvehjem, American biochemist and nutrition scientist (discovered niacin), born in McFarland, Wisconsin (d. 1962)
  • 1901-05-31 Alfredo Antonini, Italian-American Emmy Award-winning conductor (CBS Symphony; Columbia Pan-American Orchestra), and composer (The Great City), born in Alessandria, Kingdom of Ital (d. 1983)
  • 1901-06-08 Lena Baker, American murderer, convicted of capital murder of her employer, Ernest Knight, born in Cuthbert, Georgia (d. 1945)

Willie SuttonWillie Sutton (1901-1980)

1901-06-30 American bank robber, born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1901-07-15 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, born in Tullahoma, Tennessee (d. 1967)
  • 1901-07-23 Hank Worden, American actor (The Searcher, Red River), born in Rolfe, Iowa (d. 1992)
  • 1901-07-25 Lila Lee, American actress (Midnight Girl, Blood & Sand), born in Union Hill, New Jersey (d. 1973)

Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong (1901-1971)

1901-08-04 American Jazz Trumpeter and singer ("Hello, Dolly!"; "What A Wonderful World"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 1901-08-08 Ernest Lawrence, American nuclear scientist and inventor (Cyclotron - Nobel 1939), born in Canton, South Dakota (d. 1958)

Sherwin BadgerSherwin Badger (1901-1972)

1901-08-29 American figure skater (US singles championship 1920-24; Olympic silver pairs [with Beatrix Loughran] 1932), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1901-08-30 Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist and longtime executive director of NAACP, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1981)
  • 1901-09-02 Adolph Rupp, American college basketball coach (d. 1977)
  • 1901-09-26 George Raft, American actor (Each Dawn I Die, Scarface, Some Like It Hot), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)

Enrico FermiEnrico Fermi (1901-1954)

1901-09-29 Italian-American nuclear physicist, gone fission, fermium (Nobel Prize 1938), born in Rome, Italy

  • 1901-10-02 Charles Stark "Doc" Draper, American Scientist and Engineer who headed the team that invented the Apollo Guidance Computer and inertial navigation technology for aircraft, space vehicles, and submarines, born in Windsor, Missouri (d. 1987)
  • 1901-10-18 Barbara Brown, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1975)
  • 1901-10-24 Gilda Gray [Marianna Michalska], Polish-American stage and screen actress (Piccadilly), and dancer (The Shimmy), born in Krakau, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1959)
  • 1901-11-11 F. Van Wyck Mason, American historian and author (Three Harbours), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • 1901-11-25 Tibor Serly, Hungarian violinist and composer (American Elegy), born in Losonc, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1978)
  • 1901-12-05 Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist and psychologist, born in Aurum, Nevada (d. 1980)
  • 1901-12-09 Carol Dempster, American actress, born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 1991)

Margaret MeadMargaret Mead (1901-1978)

1901-12-16 American anthropologist (Coming of Age in Samoa, Thoughts & Female), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 1902-01-02 Barry Goldwater, American politician (d. 1998)
  • 1902-01-22 Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (d. 1970)
  • 1902-01-24 E. A. Speiser, American Bible scholar (d. 1965)

Langston HughesLangston Hughes (1902-1967)

1902-02-01 American poet (Weary Blues), playwright (Mulatto), and librettist (Troubled Island), born in Joplin, Missouri

  • 1902-02-02 Newbold Morris, American politician (d. 1966)
  • 1902-02-06 George Brunies, American musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1974)

Walter Houser BrattainWalter Houser Brattain (1902-1987)

1902-02-10 American physicist and Nobel laureate for his work on transistors, born in Amoy, China

  • 1902-02-12 William Collier [Charles F Gall Jr], American stage and film actor and producer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1902-02-14 Thelma Ritter, American actress (Miracle on 34th Street), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1902-03-08 Louise Beavers, American actress (Beulah-Beulah), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1962)
  • 1902-03-09 Will Geer [William Aughe Ghere], American actor (Salt of the Earth, The Waltons), born in Frankfort, Indiana (d. 1978)
  • 1902-03-27 Charles Bryant Lang Jr., American cinematographer, born in Bluff, Utah (d. 1998)
  • 1902-03-30 Brooke Astor, American philanthropist (d. 2007)
  • 1902-04-04 Stanley G. Weinbaum, American sci-fi author (Martian Odyssey), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1935)
  • 1902-05-06 Harry Golden, Jewish-American journalist and writer (Only in America), born in Mikulintsy, Ukraine (d. 1981)
  • 1902-05-20 Hans Sahl, German American anti-Nazi Jewish writer, born in Dresden (d. 1993)
  • 1902-05-22 Al Simmons, American Baseball HOF outfielder (career BA .334; 3 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1929, 30; AL batting champion 1930, 31; Philadelphia A's), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1956)
  • 1902-05-30 Stepin Fetchit [Lincoln Perry], American actor (Miracle in Harlem) 1st African American film star, born in Key West, Florida (d. 1985)
  • 1902-06-06 Jimmie Lunceford, American swing jazz saxophonist and bandleader (Rhythm Is Our Business; For Dancers Only), born in Fulton, Mississippi (d. 1947) [1] [2]
  • 1902-06-15 Erik Erikson, Frankfurt Germany, American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst who coined the phrase "identity crisis"
  • 1902-06-17 Sammy Fain, American popular music composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1902-06-22 Marguerite De La Motte, American actress, born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 1950)

Meyer LanskyMeyer Lansky (1902-1983)

1902-07-04 Polish-born American mobster known as the "Mob's Accountant", born in Grodno, Russian Empire

  • 1902-07-05 Frank Waters, American writer, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1995)
  • 1902-07-14 Paul Guilfoyle, American actor and director (White Heat, Cyrano de Bergerac), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1961)
  • 1902-08-05 Irene Rice Pereira, American abstract artist, born in Chelsea, Massachusetts (d. 1971)
  • 1902-08-06 Dutch Schultz, American bootlegger (d. 1935)
  • 1902-08-07 Ann Harding, American actress (East is West, Janie), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1981)
  • 1902-08-22 Thomas Pelly, American politician, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1973)

Carlo GambinoCarlo Gambino (1902-1976)

1902-08-24 Italian-born American mafioso (Gambino family), born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy

  • 1902-09-17 Esther Ralston, American actress (Old Ironsides), born in Bar Harbor, Maine (d. 1994)

Albert AnastasiaAlbert Anastasia (1902-1957)

1902-09-26 Italian-American mobster and crime boss (Murder Inc), born in Tropea, Calabria, Italy

Arna BontempsArna Bontemps (1902-1973)

1902-10-13 American poet and novelist who was part of the Harlem Renaissance, born in Alexandria, Louisiana

  • 1902-10-25 Eddie Lang [Salvatore Massaro], American jazz guitarist known as the "father of jazz guitar", born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1933)
  • 1902-10-25 Henry Steele Commager, American historian (Atlas of Civil War), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)
  • 1902-11-23 Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (d. 2004)
  • 1902-12-22 Joe Adonis, Italian American crime-syndicate boss in NY & NJ, born in Montemarano, Italy (d. 1971)
  • 1902-12-23 Norman Maclean, American author (A River Runs Through It and Other Stories), born in Clarinda, Iowa, (d. 1990)
  • 1903-01-10 Violet Wilkey, American actress, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • 1903-01-27 Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (d. 1979)
  • 1903-02-04 Frank Howley, Brigadier General (Answers for Americans), born in Hampton, New York
  • 1903-02-12 Joseph F. Biroc, American cinematographer (d. 1996)
  • 1903-02-19 Kay Boyle, American novelist (Plagued by Nightingales), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1992)
  • 1903-02-21 Fairfax M. Cone, American advertising executive (d. 1977)
  • 1903-02-22 Robert Weede, American baritone (d. 1972)
  • 1903-02-28 Vincente Minnelli, director (An American in Paris, Gigi), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1903-03-04 John Scarne, American magician (d. 1985)
  • 1903-03-04 William C. Boyd, American immunochemist (d. 1983)
  • 1903-03-10 (Leon Bismarck) "Bix" Beiderbecke, American jazz cornetist, considered one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s, pianist, and composer (In A Mist), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1931)
  • 1903-03-14 Adolph Gottlieb American painter (d. 1974)
  • 1903-03-25 Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (d. 1990)
  • 1903-03-28 Charles Starrett, American actor (The Mask of Fu Manchu, Bonanza Town), born in Athol, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1903-03-30 Joy Ridderhof, American missionary (d. 1984)
  • 1903-04-17 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1924; bronze 1928, 32), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 1975)
  • 1903-04-27 Frank Belknap Long, American writer (Rim of the Unknown), born in Harlem, Manhattan (d. 1994)

Benjamin SpockBenjamin Spock (1903-1998)

1903-05-02 American pediatrician and writer (Common Sense Book of Baby Care), born in New Haven, Connecticut

Bing CrosbyBing Crosby (1903-1977)

1903-05-03 American singer ("White Christmas", "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy") and actor ("Going My Way"), born in Tacoma, Washington

  • 1903-05-14 Billie Dove [Lilian Bohny], American actress (Black Pirate, Stolen Bride), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)

Cool Papa BellCool Papa Bell (1903-1991)

1903-05-17 American Baseball HOF center fielder (NgL WorLd Series 1943, 44 Homestead Grays; 8 x NgL All Star; career BA .337), born in Starkville, Mississippi

Bob HopeBob Hope (1903-2003)

1903-05-29 English-born American actor, comedian and entertainer, born in London

  • 1903-05-30 Countee Cullen, African American poet of the Harlem Renaissance (Black Christ & Other Poems), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1903-06-03 Eddie Acuff, American actor (Guns of the Pecos, Phantom Creeps, Outer Gate), (d. 1956)
  • 1903-06-12 Emmett Hardy, American jazz musician, born in Gretna, Louisiana (d. 1925)
  • 1903-06-18 Jeanette MacDonald, American actress and singer ("When I'm Calling You"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)

Lou GehrigLou Gehrig (1903-1941)

1903-06-19 American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP; 7 x MLB All Star; NY Yankees), born in NYC, New York

  • 1903-06-20 Glenna Collett-Vare, American golfer (6-time US Amateur champion), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1903-06-21 Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (NINA, NY Times), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1903-06-25 Anne Revere, American actress, (A Place in the Sun), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1903-07-11 Sidney Franklin, American bullfighter (d. 1976)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1301 - 1,400 of 4,915

  • 1977-11-27 John Little McClellan, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Ark), dies at 81
  • 1977-12-10 Adolph Rupp, American basketball coach (b. 1901)
  • 1977-12-26 Howard Hawks, American director and producer (Rio Bravo, Scarface, The Big Sleep), dies at 81
  • 1978-01-10 Don Gillis, American composer (Symphony 5½ - A Symphony for Fun), dies at 65
  • 1978-01-23 Vic Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers - "Tammy"), dies in a car accident at 52
  • 1978-02-16 E. Roland Harriman, American financier (b. 1895)
  • 1978-03-12 Theresa Weld Blanchard, American figure skater (US Singles C'ship 1914, 20-24; Pairs C'ship 1920-27; Olympic bronze 1920), dies at 84
  • 1978-03-23 Bill Kenny, American singer, dies at 63
  • 1978-03-31 Charles Best, American-Canadian medical scientist and co-discoverer of insulin, dies at 79
  • 1978-05-16 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony, 1952-76; Boston Symphony, 1969-71), dies at 78
  • 1978-06-18 Walter C. Alvarez, American physician (b. 1884)
  • 1978-08-24 Louis Prima, American jazz and pop singer, trumpeter, and bandleader ("That Old Black Magic"; "Oh, Marie"), dies at 67
  • 1978-09-06 Tom Wilson, American record producer (Sun Ra; Bob Dylan; Simon & Garfunkel; Mothers of Invention; Velvet Underground), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 1978-10-08 Karl Swenson, American actor (Lars Hanson-Little House on the Prairie), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1978-10-08 Tibor Serly, Hungarian violinist and composer (American Elegy), dies at 76
  • 1978-10-10 Ralph Marterie, American big band leader (b. 1914)
  • 1978-10-16 Daniel "Dan" Dailey, American dancer and actor (You're My Everything, Governor & J.J.), dies of anemia at 62
  • 1978-10-19 Gig Young [Byron Elsworth Barr], American actor (They Shoot Horses Don't They), kills his bride of 3 weeks and commits suicide at 64
  • 1978-11-07 Gene Tunney, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1926-28), dies at 80

Margaret MeadMargaret Mead (1901-1978)

1978-11-15 American anthropologist (Coming of Age in Samoa, Thoughts & Female), dies of pancreatic cancer at 76

  • 1978-11-25 Elaine Esposito, American woman who held record for longest coma (37 years), dies in a coma at 43
  • 1978-12-07 Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist (b. 1886)
  • 1978-12-11 Vincent du Vigneaud, American chemist and (1955 Nobel Prize for Chemistry - for work on sulphur compounds), dies at 77
  • 1978-12-17 Don Ellis, American jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1979-03-04 Willi Unsoeld, American mountaineer (First ascent of the West Ridge of Mount Everest), dies at 52
  • 1979-03-11 Victor Kilian, American actor (Gentleman's Agreement), dies at 88
  • 1979-04-29 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (Little Toot), dies at 72
  • 1979-04-29 Julia Perry, American classical composer (Soul Symphony; Cask of Amontillado; Homunuclus C.F.), dies at 55

Cyrus EatonCyrus Eaton (1883-1979)

1979-05-09 Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, dies at 95

  • 1979-05-16 A. Philip Randolph, American labor leader (Railroad Porter's Union), dies at 90
  • 1979-05-25 John Arthur Spenkelink, American murderer (b. 1949)
  • 1979-05-29 John H. Wood, Jr., American federal judge (b. 1916)

Jack HaleyJack Haley (1898-1979)

1979-06-06 American vaudevillle and screen actor, singer, and dancer (The Wizard of Oz -"Tin Man"; Higher and Higher), dies of a heart attack at 81

  • 1979-06-07 Forrest [Asa Earl] Carter, American author and segregationist speech writer, dies at 53
  • 1979-06-16 Nicholas Ray, American film director (Rebel Without a Cause), dies at 67
  • 1979-06-19 Paul Popenoe, American eugenicist (b. 1888)
  • 1979-06-21 Angus Maclise, American percussionist, mystic, shaman, and composer (Velvet Underground), dies of hypoglycemia and pulmonary tuberculosis at 41
  • 1979-06-25 Philippe Halsman, American portrait photographer, dies at 73
  • 1979-07-22 Tony "Two-Ton" Galento, American heavyweight boxer and actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 69
  • 1979-07-29 Bill Todman, American television producer (b. 1916)
  • 1979-08-19 Dorsey Burnette, American rockabilly singer (The Rock and Roll Trio), and songwriter ("It's Late"), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1979-08-30 Jean Seberg, American actress (Breathless, Airport), commits suicide at 40
  • 1979-09-02 Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (b. 1903)
  • 1979-10-05 Charlie Smith, self-proclaimed oldest American (137 year), dies; post-mortem research posits age 100 or 105
  • 1979-10-12 Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Man of a Thousand Faces), dies from natural causes at 82
  • 1979-11-01 Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States (1953-61), dies of a stroke at 82
  • 1979-11-11 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer and conductor (Academy Award 1954-High & Mighty), dies at 85
  • 1979-11-23 Judee Sill, American singer-songwriter ("Crayon Angels"; "Jesus Was A Cross Maker"), dies of a drug overdose at 35
  • 1979-12-10 Ann Dvorak [McKim], American actress (G Men, Life of Her Own, Scarface), dies at 67
  • 1979-12-11 James J. Gibson, American perceptual psychologist (b. 1904)
  • 1979-12-13 Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), dies at 64
  • 1979-12-23 Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector, dies at 81
  • 1979-12-25 Joan Blondell, American actress (Real McCoys), dies of leukemia at 73
  • 1980-01-03 Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist, dies at 52
  • 1980-01-08 John Mauchly, American physicist who with J. Presper Eckert, designed the first general purpose electronic digital computer (ENIAC), dies at 72
  • 1980-01-14 Robert Ardrey, American author (b. 1908)
  • 1980-02-12 Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (The Book of the Dead), dies at 66
  • 1980-02-22 Dick Kallman, American actor (Born to Be Loved, Verboten!), murdered in his New York apartment at 46
  • 1980-02-29 Gil Elvgren, American artist (b. 1914)
  • 1980-03-21 Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist, dies at 92
  • 1980-03-23 Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (Misery Index), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 1980-03-25 James Wright, American poet (b. 1927)
  • 1980-03-25 Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist and psychologist, dies at 78
  • 1980-04-04 Woodrow Wilson "Red" Sovine, American country music singer, dies following a heart attack leading to a car crash at 62
  • 1980-04-11 Florence Lake, American actress (Edgar Kennedy shorts), dies at 75
  • 1980-04-28 Tommy Caldwell, American rock bass player (Marshall Tucker Band), dies in a jeep crash at 30
  • 1980-06-01 Arthur Nielsen, American market analyst (b. 1897)

Henry MillerHenry Miller (1891-1980)

1980-06-07 American writer (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn), dies of circulatory complications at 88

  • 1980-06-23 Clyfford Still, American abstract painter and leading figure of the Abstract Expressionists, dies at 75
  • 1980-07-23 Mollie Steimer, American political prisoner and anarchist agitator, dies at 82
  • 1980-07-26 Allen Hoskins, American child actor (Our Gang), dies of cancer at 59
  • 1980-08-05 Harold Runnels, American politician (b. 1924)
  • 1980-08-09 Elliott Nugent, American director and actor, dies at 83
  • 1980-08-20 Joe Dassin, French-American singer (Les Champs-Élysées), dies at 41
  • 1980-08-22 James Smith McDonnell, American aircraft manufacturer, dies of a stroke at 81
  • 1980-08-26 Tex Avery, American cartoonist (b. 1908)
  • 1980-08-27 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (co-founded the magazine National Lampoon), dies at 33

Willard LibbyWillard Libby (1908-1980)

1980-09-08 American chemist who developed radiocarbon dating (Nobel 1960), dies of pneumonia at 71

  • 1980-09-09 John Howard Griffin, American photographer, journalist and author (Black Like Me), dies from complications of diabetes at 60
  • 1980-09-25 Earl Roy Curry, American religious thinker and Kirtland Temple overseer, dies at 90
  • 1980-10-27 John Van Vleck, American physicist, mathematician, and Nobel Laureate who pioneered the modern quantum mechanical theory of magnetism, dies at 81
  • 1980-11-16 O. V. [Overton Vertis] Wright, American blues singer, dies at 41
  • 1980-11-24 George Raft, American actor (Scarface, Johnny Angel, Mr Ace), dies at 79
  • 1980-11-24 Herbert Agar, American journalist and historian (Pulitzer Prize, 1934 - The People's Choice), dies at 83
  • 1980-11-27 F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect (b. 1882)

Dorothy DayDorothy Day (1897-1980)

1980-11-29 American journalist, social activist and devout Catholic convert, dies of a heart attack at 83

  • 1980-12-04 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1932), dies when shot during an armed robbery, at 69
  • 1980-12-26 Tony Smith, American sculptor (b. 1912)
  • 1980-12-29 Tim Hardin, American singer (If I Were a Carpenter, Reason to Believe), dies of a drug overdose at 39
  • 1981-01-01 Hephzibah Menuhin, American-Australian concert pianist, dies at 60
  • 1981-01-10 Fawn M. Brodie, American historian (b. 1915)

Samuel BarberSamuel Barber (1910-1981)

1981-01-23 American composer (School for Scandal; Adagio For Strings), dies of cancer at 70

  • 1981-02-01 Wanda Hendrix, American actress (Sierra, Ride the Pink Horse), dies at 52
  • 1981-02-06 Hugo Montenegro, American composer, arranger, and orchestra leader, dies of emphysema at 55
  • 1981-02-15 Mike Bloomfield, American musician (Electric Flag), dies of a drug overdose at 37
  • 1981-02-18 John Knudsen Northrop, American aircraft designer (Northrop Air), dies at 85

Howard HansonHoward Hanson (1896-1981)

1981-02-26 American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), dies at 84

  • 1981-02-27 Jacob H Gilbert, American politician (US Representative 1960-1971), dies at 60
  • 1981-03-05 Yip Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], American lyricist ("Over The Rainbow"; "It's Only A Paper Moon"), dies in a car crash at 84