United States of America in History (Part 15)

Historical Events

Events 1401 - 1,500 of 1,626

  • 1999-05-25 The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report detailing People's Republic of China's nuclear espionage against the U.S. over prior two decades

Album Release

1999-06-01 British singer Dido's debut album, "No Angel", is released in the United States

Film Premiere

1999-09-08 "American Beauty", directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Thora Birch, premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2000)

Toronto Film Festival

1999-09-18 24th Toronto International Film Festival: "American Beauty" directed by Sam Mendes wins the People's Choice Award

  • 1999-10-13 The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
  • 1999-10-18 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 1
  • 1999-11-21 Elian Gonzalez, Cuban boy at the center of a heated 2000 controversy involving the governments of Cuba and the United States, departs from Cuba with his mother
  • 1999-11-22 Elian Gonzalez, Cuban boy at the center of a heated 2000 controversy involving the governments of Cuba and the United States, and his mother are sighted off of Florida's coast by U.S. Coast Guard
  • 1999-11-30 In Seattle, Washington, United States, protests against the WTO meeting by anti-globalization protesters catch police unprepared and force the cancellation of opening ceremonies

Music Awards

2000-01-17 27th American Music Awards: Shania Twain & Will Smith win

Sports History

2000-03-02 America's Cup, Auckland: Team New Zealand beats Italian yacht Prada Challenge by 0.48s for a 5-0 series sweep; NZ only the 2nd country in 150 years to successfully defend the Cup

  • 2000-04-09 53rd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "American Beauty" Best Film, Pedro Almodovar Best Director

Historic Event

2000-05-02 President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military

  • 2000-10-01 United States wins the most medals (97), and the most gold medals (40) in Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia
  • 2000-10-17 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Seattle Mariners, 4 games to 2

Election of Interest

2000-11-07 Hillary Clinton is elected to the US Senate, becoming first US First Lady to win public office and while still the First Lady

Election of Interest

2000-12-12 US Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore, settling the recount dispute in Florida's 2000 presidential election in George W. Bush's favor and thus handing him the presidency

Historic Event

2000-12-13 American Vice President Al Gore delivers his concession speech effectively ending his hopes of becoming the 43rd President of the United States.

Music Awards

2001-01-08 28th American Music Awards: Faith Hill & Kid Rock win

  • 2001-01-16 US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish–American War
  • 2001-02-09 American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks the Ehime-Maru, a Japanese training vessel operated by the Uwajima Fishery High School; nine the Ehime-Maru's crew members were killed, including four high school students.
  • 2001-02-20 The United States Supreme Court declines to consider an appeal by five major oil companies against Unocal's patent on production of cleaner "reformulated" gasoline sold in California
  • 2001-04-11 Detained crew of a United States EP-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, People's Republic of China after a collision with an J-8 fighter are released
  • 2001-04-30 US Vice President Cheney calls for increased domestic production of fossil fuels and increased usage of nuclear power to meet America's energy demand
  • 2001-05-03 The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
  • 2001-05-04 The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public
  • 2001-06-05 U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords leaves the Republican Party, an act which shifts control of the United States Senate from the Republicans to the Democratic Party
  • 2001-06-21 A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicts 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen
  • 2001-06-27 The International Court of Justice finds against the United States in its judgement in the LaGrand Case.
  • 2001-09-12 Article V of the NATO agreement is invoked for the first and only time in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States of America.
  • 2001-09-17 Major trading markets in the United States, including the New York Stock Exchange and the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), reopen for the first time since September 11
  • 2001-09-20 In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, US President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror"
  • 2001-10-22 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Seattle Mariners, 4 games to 1
  • 2001-10-26 The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
  • 2001-11-12 In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 on its way to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.
  • 2001-11-13 War on Terrorism: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.
  • 2001-12-01 Captain Bill Compton brings Trans World Airlines Flight 220, an MD-83, into St. Louis International Airport bringing to an end 76 years of TWA operations following TWA's purchase by American Airlines.
  • 2001-12-22 Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.
  • 2001-12-27 The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.

Music Awards

2002-01-09 Michael Jackson receives the Artist of the Century award at the American Music Awards

  • 2002-01-20 Photographs showing al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects shackled and masked are published by the United States military
  • 2002-01-22 Kmart Corp becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
  • 2002-01-23 "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh returns to the United States in Federal Bureau of Investigation custody.
  • 2002-02-08 XIX Winter Olympic Games open in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • 2002-02-12 US Secretary of Energy makes the decision that Yucca Mountain is suitable to be the United States' nuclear waste repository
  • 2002-02-24 IXX Winter Olympic Games close in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Olympic Gold

2002-02-24 Joe Sakic and Jerome Iginla each score twice as Canada defeats the United States, 5-2 to win the men's ice hockey Olympic gold medal at Salt Lake City

  • 2002-03-04 Multinational Force in Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers are killed as they attempt to infiltrate the Shahi Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission.
  • 2002-04-17 Four Canadian Forces soldiers are killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two United States Air Force F-16s, the first deaths in a combat zone for Canada since the Korean War
  • 2002-04-29 The United States is re-elected to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, one year after losing the seat it had held for 50 years

Historic Event

2002-05-12 Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.

  • 2002-05-22 American civil rights movement: a jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church
  • 2002-05-24 Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.

Music History

2002-06-11 "American Idol" created by Simon Fuller with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson premieres on Fox

  • 2002-06-11 Antonio Meucci is acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress
  • 2002-06-13 The United States of America withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty
  • 2002-07-15 "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and to possession of explosives during the commission of a felony
  • 2002-07-21 Telecom giant WorldCom files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the then largest such filing in United States history
  • 2002-07-24 James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1
  • 2002-10-13 MLB American League Championship: Anaheim Angels beat Minnesota Twins, 4 games to 1
  • 2002-11-07 Iran bans advertising of products from the United States

9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

2002-11-14 The United States House of Representatives votes not to create an independent commission to investigate the September 11 attacks

Historic Event

2002-11-16 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein says that he had to accept UN Resolution 1441 because the United States and Israel had shown their "claws and teeth" and declared unitlateral war on the Iraqi people

  • 2003-01-24 The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation
  • 2003-01-26 19th Sundance Film Festival: "American Splendor", directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 2003-01-30 Richard Reid sentenced to life in prison for attempting to bomb an American Airlines flight with 197 on board
  • 2003-03-01 Management of the United States Customs Service and the United States Secret Service move to the United States Department of Homeland Security.
  • 2003-03-02 America's Cup, Auckland: Swiss yacht Alinghi beats Team New Zealand by 0.44s to sweep series, 5-0; Alinghi's Russell Coutts wins last 14 America's Cup races he's competed in as skipper; most in history

Invasion of Iraq

2003-03-19 Airstrikes by an American and British-led coalition signal the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion

  • 2003-03-28 In a "friendly fire" incident, two US A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 190th Fighter Squadron attack British tanks participating in the invasion of Iraq, killing British soldier Matty Hull
  • 2003-04-14 U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the Achille Lauro in 1985

Television Debut

2003-05-20 Reality TV series "America's Next Top Model", created by Tyra Banks, debuts on UPN

  • 2003-06-27 The United States National Do Not Call Registry, formed to combat unwanted telemarketing calls and administered by the Federal Trade Commission, enrolls almost three-quarters of a million phone numbers on its first day.
  • 2003-07-22 Members of 101st Airborne of the United States, aided by Special Forces, attack a compound in Iraq, killing Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay, along with Mustapha Hussein, Qusay's 14-year old son, and a bodyguard
  • 2003-08-14 Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada.

Election of Interest

2003-10-07 California holds gubernatorial recall election - Governor Gray Davis loses and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes governor

  • 2003-10-16 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3

Film & TV History

2004-01-03 After hosting the show for over 30 years, Casey Kasem gives up the hosting duties of "American Top 40" to Ryan Seacrest

  • 2004-02-26 The United States lifts a ban on travel to Libya, ending travel restrictions to the nation that had lasted for 23 years.
  • 2004-03-31 In Fallujah, Iraq, 4 American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA, are killed and their bodies mutilated after being ambushed
  • 2004-04-24 United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years ago, as reward for cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction
  • 2004-04-30 U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison
  • 2004-05-26 The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 2004-10-20 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox come back from 0-3 to beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 3
  • 2004-10-25 Fidel Castro, Cuba's President, announces that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned by November 8

Music Awards

2004-11-14 32nd American Music Awards: Sheryl Crow, Usher & Kenny Chesney win

Historic Event

2005-01-26 Condoleezza Rice is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State, the first African American woman to hold the post

  • 2005-02-15 YouTube, Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States
  • 2005-02-23 Slovakia Summit 2005 begins; George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend - 1st visit of a sitting US President to Slovakia
  • 2005-03-23 The United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, refuses to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube
  • 2005-04-02 Bubba Stewart becomes first African-American to win a major motor sports event when he takes out the Monster Energy AMA Supercross C'ship event in Irving, Texas
  • 2005-05-14 Former USS America (CV-66), a decommissioned supercarrier of the US Navy, deliberately sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after four weeks of live-fire exercises. Largest ship ever to be disposed of as a target in a military exercise.
  • 2005-06-06 The United States Supreme Court votes to ban medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich.

Sports History

2005-06-19 Michael Schumacher wins controversial United States Formula 1 Grand Prix where only 6 of 20 cars complete the race amongst ridicule of F1 safety and tyre rules

  • 2005-09-24 Hurricane Rita makes landfall in the United States, devastating Beaumont, Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana.
  • 2005-10-02 NFL plays first regular season game outside the United States when the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers, 31-14 in Mexico City, Mexico

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1401 - 1,500 of 9,758

  • 1903-07-21 Roy Neuberger, American financier and art patron (Neuberger Museum of Art), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 2010)
  • 1903-08-25 Arpad Elo, American chess writer and creator of the Elo rating system for two-player games such as chess, born in Egyházaskesző, Hungary (d. 1992)
  • 1903-09-09 Phyllis Whitney, American writer (d. 2008)

Claudette Colbert

1903-09-13 Claudette Colbert [Lily Chauchoin], French-born American actress (Texas Lady, It Happened One Night), born in Paris (d. 1996)

  • 1903-09-22 Joseph Valachi, American gangster (Genovese mafia family), born in New York City (d. 1971)
  • 1903-09-29 (Edward) "Ted" de Corsia, American actor (The Naked City; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 1973)
  • 1903-10-05 M. King Hubbert, American geologist and geophysicist, born in San Saba, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1903-10-17 Nathanael West, American novelist (Day of the Locusts)

Melvin Purvis

1903-10-24 Melvin Purvis [Little Mel], American FBI agent that lead the manhunt for outlaws Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd and John Dillinger, born in Timmonsville, South Carolina (d. 1960)

  • 1903-10-25 Harry Shoulberg, American expressionist painter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1903-11-06 June Marlowe, American actress (Pardon Us, Clash of the Wolves), born in St. Cloud, Minnesota (d. 1984)
  • 1903-11-07 Grace Stafford, American actress (Confessions of a Nazi Spy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1903-12-19 George Davis Snell, Bradford, Massachusetts, American geneticist (H-2 gene)
  • 1904-01-05 Jeane Dixon, American astrologer "A Gift of Prophecy", born in Medford, Wisconsin (d. 1997)
  • 1904-01-14 Emily Hahn, American journalist & author, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • 1904-01-18 Anthony Galla-Rini, American concert accordionist,and arranger, born in Manchester, Connecticut (d. 2006)
  • 1904-01-26 Ancel Keys, American scientist (d. 2004)
  • 1904-02-07 Milton Krims, American screenwriter (Prince of Foxes), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1904-02-16 James Baskett, American actor (Song of the South) 1st African American male to receive an Oscar, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1948)
  • 1904-02-20 Armin Loos, German-born American composer, born in Darmstadt (d. 1971)
  • 1904-03-04 Chief Tahachee [Jeff Davis Tahchee Cypert], Cherokee stage and film actor, born in James Mill, Arkansas (d. 1978)
  • 1904-03-09 Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs, born in Elkhart, Indiana (d. 2002)
  • 1904-03-14 Doris Eaton, American actress (Man on the Moon, Tell Your Children), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2010)
  • 1904-03-21 Forrest Mars Sr., American candymaker (d. 1999)
  • 1904-04-03 Russel Wright, American industrial designer, born in Lebanon, Ohio (d. 1976)
  • 1904-04-09 Joseph "Sharkey" Bonano, American Dixieland jazz trumpeter and singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1972)
  • 1904-04-20 Bruce Cabot, American actor (Diamonds are Forever, King Kong), born in Carlsbad, New Mexico (d. 1972)
  • 1904-04-20 George Stibitz, American mathematician and scientist, born in York, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1904-05-06 Raymond Bailey, American actor (Vertigo, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Incredible Shrinking Man), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1980)
  • 1904-05-14 Hans Albert Einstein, American professor (d. 1973)
  • 1904-05-15 Clifton Fadiman, American TV host (Information Please, Quiz Kids), born in Brooklyn, New York

Fats Waller

1904-05-21 Thomas "Fats" Waller, American jazz organist, piano player, singer and composer ("Ain't Misbehavin'"; "Honeysuckle Rose"; "Hot Chocolate"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1943) [1]

Charles R. Drew

1904-06-03 Charles R. Drew, American physician and surgeon who pioneered blood plasma research and developed the blood bank concept, born in Washington, D. C. (d. 1950)

  • 1904-06-24 Phil Harris [Wonga Philip], American actor and singer (Anything Goes, Robin Hood), born in Linton, Indiana (d. 1995)
  • 1904-07-05 Ernst Mayr, German-American biologist (evolutionary theory), born in Kempten, Bavaria, Germany (d. 2005)
  • 1904-07-24 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (Bugler's Dream), born in Lyon, France (d. 1991)
  • 1904-07-31 Brett Halliday, American writer (Dividend on Death), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1977)
  • 1904-08-17 Mary Cain, American newspaper editor and politician (d. 1984)
  • 1904-08-27 John Hay Whitney, American financier and philanthropist, born in Ellsworth, Maine (d. 1982)
  • 1904-09-10 Max Shachtman, American politician (d. 1972)
  • 1904-09-22 Ellen Church, American 1st female airline stewardess (United flight in 1930 from San Francisco to Cheyenne), born in Cresco, Iowa (d. 1965)
  • 1904-09-23 Meyer Schapiro, Lithuanian-born American art historian, born in Šiauliai, Russian Empire
  • 1904-09-25 Columbus O'Donnell Iselin, American oceanographer, born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1904-10-12 Lester Dent, American writer (Doc Savage), born in La Plata, Missouri (d. 1959)
  • 1904-10-18 A. J. Liebling, American journalist (d. 1963)
  • 1904-10-23 Harvey Penick, American golfer, coach, author (World Golf Hall of Fame), born in Austin, Texas (d. 1995)

Denny Shute

1904-10-25 Denny Shute, American golfer (British Open 1933, PGA C'ship 1936-37), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1974)

  • 1904-11-27 Florence Lake, American actress (Edgar Kennedy shorts), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1980)
  • 1904-12-07 Clarence Nash, American voice actor (Donald Duck), born in Watonga, Oklahoma (d. 1985)
  • 1904-12-09 Robert Livingston, American actor (Three Mesquiteers, The Lone Ranger and Zorro), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • 1904-12-11 Marge [Marjorie Henderson Buell], American cartoonist (created Little Lulu), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 1904-12-24 Joseph Moses Juran, Romanian-born American industrial engineer and philanthropist, born in Brăila, Romania (d. 2008)
  • 1905-01-03 Anna May Wong [Wong Liu-tsong], Chinese-American actress, 1st Asian-American movie star (Shanghai Express; Gallery of Mme Lui-Tsang), and 1st Asian-American on US currency (American Women series quarter, 2022), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1961)
  • 1905-01-11 Clyde Kluckhohn, American anthropologist (d. 1960)
  • 1905-01-12 James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist, born in Atchison, Kansas (d. 1997)
  • 1905-01-24 Dorothy Patten, American actress, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1975)
  • 1905-01-28 Luther George Simjian, Turkish-American Inventor (teleprompter and first self-posing portrait camera)
  • 1905-02-03 Arne Beurling, American mathematician (d. 1986)
  • 1905-02-10 Walter Brown, Massachusetts US, original owner of the Boston Celtics and important figure in the development of ice hockey in the United States
  • 1905-02-18 Queenie Leonard, British actress, born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1905-03-18 Thomas Townsend Brown, American scientist (d. 1985)
  • 1905-04-03 Robert Frederick Sink, United States Army Officer (WWII, Korean War & Vietnam War), born in Lexington, North Carolina (d. 1965)
  • 1905-04-14 Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator, born in Hamburg, Arkansas (d. 1999)
  • 1905-04-18 George H. Hitchings, American scientist (Nobel laureate 1988), born in Hoquiam, Washington (d. 1998)
  • 1905-04-21 Edmund Gerald "Pat" Brown, American politician and Governor of California (D: 1959-67), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1996)
  • 1905-05-08 (Ernest) "Red" Nichols, American jazz cornetist, composer and jazz bandleader (His Five Pennies - "Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider"; "Bugler's Lament"), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 1965)
  • 1905-05-18 Eric Zeisl, Austrian-American composer (Requiem Ebraico), born in Vienna (d. 1959)
  • 1905-06-12 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)

Lillian Hellman

1905-06-20 Lillian Hellman, American playwright (Toys in the Attic, Little Foxes), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1984)

  • 1905-07-04 Irving Johnson, American sail training pioneer and adventurer, born in Hadley, Massachusetts (d. 1991)
  • 1905-07-09 Myles Horton, American educator and Civil Rights Movement teacher, born in Savannah, Tennessee (d. 1990)
  • 1905-07-17 Bill Gargan, American actor (The Bells of St. Mary's; You Only Live Once), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1905-07-29 Stanley Kunitz, American poet (d. 2006)

Myrna Loy

1905-08-02 Myrna Loy [Williams], American actress (The Great Ziegfeld, Thin Man, Vanity Fair), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1993)

  • 1905-08-24 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist ("That's Alright"), born in Forest, Mississippi (d. 1974)
  • 1905-08-31 Sanford Meisner, American actor and teacher, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1905-09-19 Leon Jaworski, American Watergate scandal special prosecutor, born in Waco, Texas (d. 1982)
  • 1905-10-05 Harriet E MacGibbon, American actress, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1905-10-11 Fred Trump, American real estate developer, father of Donald Trump, born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1905-11-14 John Henry Barbee, American blues guitarist and singer, born in Henning, Tennessee (d. 1964)
  • 1905-12-06 James J. Braddock, American boxer (World Heavyweight champion 1935-37), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1906-01-22 Willa B Brown (Coffey), US African American air pioneer (NAAA)
  • 1906-02-08 Henry Roth, American writer (Call it Sleep), born in Tysmenitz, Austria-Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1906-03-04 Charles Rudolph Walgreen Jr., American businessman (President of Walgreens), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1906-03-04 Meindert DeJong American author (d. 1991)
  • 1906-03-20 Oswald "Ozzie" Nelson, American actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • 1906-03-21 Jim Thompson, American designer and businessman
  • 1906-03-27 Charles "Pee Wee" Russell, American jazz clarinet and saxophone player, born in Maplewood, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1906-04-05 Lord Buckley, American comedian, born in Tuolumne, California (d. 1960)
  • 1906-04-11 Dalia "Dale" Messick, American cartoonist (Brenda Starr, Reporter), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2005)
  • 1906-04-16 Marion Lloyd Vince, American fencer (National champ 1928, 31), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1906-04-17 Sidney Garfield, American physician and pioneer of health maintenance organizations (Kaiser Permanente), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1984)

Eddie Albert

1906-04-22 Eddie Albert [Heimberger], American actor (Roman Holiday, Green Acres), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 2005)

  • 1906-04-25 William J. Brennan, Jr, American Supreme Court judge (1956-90), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1997)
  • 1906-05-02 Philippe Halsman, American portrait photographer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1979)

Mary Astor

1906-05-03 Mary Astor, American actress (Maltese Falcon, Dinky), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1987)

  • 1906-05-19 Bruce Bennett, American athlete and actor (Before I Hang, Sahara), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2007)

Josephine Baker

1906-06-03 Josephine Baker, American-French song and dance revue artist (Folies-Bergere), actress, and civil rights activist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)

  • 1906-06-21 Harold Spina, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

1906-06-22 Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author and aviator (Gift from the Sea), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 2001)


Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1401 - 1,500 of 4,918

  • 1981-03-22 James "Jumbo" Elliott, American track coach (b. 1915)
  • 1981-04-08 Norman Taurog, American film director (Skippy), dies at 82
  • 1981-04-26 Jim Davis, American actor (Dallas - "Jack Ewing"), dies at 65
  • 1981-05-25 Roy Brown, American R&B singer, songwriter ("Good Rockin' Tonight"), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1981-05-28 Mary Lou Williams, American jazz pianist and composer (Zodiac Suite), dies at 71
  • 1981-06-16 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist, dies at 64
  • 1981-06-17 Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (b. 1889)
  • 1981-07-07 Peace Pilgrim [Mildred Lisette Norman], American peace activist, dies at 72
  • 1981-07-10 Ken Rex McElroy, American resident of Skidmore, Missouri known as "the town bully", murdered at 47 in an unsolved killing in front of a crowd of 30-46 in Skidmore's main street
  • 1981-07-27 Ray Harrison, dancer (American Song), dies at 64
  • 1981-07-29 Robert Moses, American public official and urban planner (oversaw rebuilding of Long Island and NYC parks and roads), dies at 92
  • 1981-09-08 Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist and longtime executive director of NAACP, dies at 80
  • 1981-09-22 Harry Warren, American composer and lyricist (b. 1893)
  • 1981-10-02 Harry Golden, Jewish-American journalist and writer (Only in America), dies at 79
  • 1981-10-05 Gloria Grahame, American actress (Crossfire, Sudden Fear, Rich Man Poor Man), dies of peritonitis and breast cancer at 55

William Holden

1981-11-12 William Holden [Beedle], American actor (The Blue Knight, Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai), slips on a rug and bleeds to death at 63

  • 1981-11-29 Natalie Wood [Zacharenko], American actress (Miracle on 34th Street; Gypsy; Rebel Without A Cause; West Side Story), dies due to "drowning and other undetermined factors" at 43

Walter Knott

1981-12-03 Walter Knott, American farmer who created the Knott's Berry Farm amusement park in California and introduced the boysenberry to America, dies at 91

  • 1981-12-09 Sonny Til [Earlington Carl Tilghman], American doo-wop singer (The Orioles), dies from heart failure at 56
  • 1982-01-10 Lazar Weiner, Russian-born American composer, dies at 84

Lightnin Hopkins

1982-01-30 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), dies of esophageal cancer at 69

  • 1982-02-17 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (b. 1922)
  • 1982-02-17 Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist and composer ("Straight, No Chaser"; "'Round Midnight"), dies of a stroke at 64
  • 1982-03-06 Ayn Rand [Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum], Russian-American author, screenwriter and philosopher who developed the philosophical system of "Objectivism" (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead), dies of heart failure at 77
  • 1982-03-11 Horace Gregory, American poet, dies at 83
  • 1982-03-24 Goodman Ace, American writer, radio presenter, actor and humorist (Better of Goodman), dies at 83
  • 1982-04-30 Lester Bangs, American music journalist (Creem; Rolling Stone), and musician (Birdland), dies of accidental cold medicine overdose at 33
  • 1982-05-02 Helmut Dantine, Austrian-American actor (Shadow of the Cloak), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1982-05-06 Sam Baker, American actor, dies at 75
  • 1982-05-08 Neil Bogart, American record executive (b. 1943)
  • 1982-06-06 Kenneth Rexroth, American poet (b. 1905)
  • 1982-06-23 Vincent Chin, Chinese-American hate crime victim (b. 1955)
  • 1982-07-15 Bill Justis, American musician and producer (Raunchy), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1982-07-23 Betty Parsons, American artist and art dealer, dies at 82
  • 1982-07-25 Hal Foster, Canadian-American cartoonist (Prince Valiant) (b. 1892)

Vladimir Zworykin

1982-07-29 Vladimir K. Zworykin, Russian-American inventor (development of television, cathode ray tube), dies at 94

  • 1982-07-30 Roberta Pedon, American glamour model, dies at 28
  • 1982-08-04 Bruce Goff, American Architect (b. 1904)
  • 1982-09-01 Haskell Curry, American mathematician (b. 1900)
  • 1982-10-18 Dwain Esper, American film director (The Seventh Commandment), dies at 89
  • 1982-12-07 George Kistiakowsky, Ukrainian-American chemist who helped develop the first atomic bomb (Manhattan Project) but later opposed nuclear weapons, dies at 82
  • 1982-12-08 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), dies of complications following cardiac surgery.at 57
  • 1982-12-10 Roy Webb, American film score composer (films of Val Lewton), dies at 94
  • 1982-12-17 Homer S. Ferguson, American politician (b. 1889)
  • 1982-12-19 Dwight Macdonald, American social critic (b. 1906)

Murder of InterestRoy DeMeo

1983-01-10 Roy DeMeo, American gangster (Gambino crime family), murdered at 40

  • 1983-03-17 Haldan Keffer Hartline, American physiologist, (1967 Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology for work in the eye), dies at 79
  • 1983-04-03 Danny Rapp, American pop singer (Danny & The Juniors - "At The Hop"), takes his own life at 41
  • 1983-04-30 Joel H. Hildebrand, American chemist and educator (research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures), dies at 101
  • 1983-05-06 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist ("Georgia On My Mind"), dies of a brain tumor at 60
  • 1983-05-14 Roger J. Traynor, American judge (b. 1900)
  • 1983-05-28 Erastus Corning 2nd, American politician, 72nd Mayor of Albany, New York (b. 1909)
  • 1983-07-04 Claus Adam, American composer and cellist (Juilliard Quartet), dies at 65
  • 1983-07-11 Ross Macdonald [Kenneth Millar], American-Canadian detective novelist (Goodbye Look), dies at 67
  • 1983-07-30 Howard Dietz, American lyricist and librettist ("Dancing In The Dark"; "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans"), and MGM executive, dies of Parkinson's disease at 86
  • 1983-09-01 Larry McDonald, American congressman (b. 1935)
  • 1983-10-05 Earl Tupper, American-born Costa Rican inventor and businessman (Tupperware), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 1983-10-16 Kelso, American racehorse (b. 1957)
  • 1983-10-20 Merle Travis, American country singer, dies at 75

Jimmy Demaret

1983-12-28 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (US Masters 1940, 47, 50), dies of a heart attack at 73

Ray Kroc

1984-01-14 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, dies of heart failure at 81

  • 1984-01-18 Malcolm H. Kerr, 9th President of American University of Beirut, shot dead at 52
  • 1984-02-22 Jessamyn West, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1984-03-04 Jewel Carmen, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1984-03-16 John Hoagland, American photographer (b. 1947)
  • 1984-03-19 Garry Winogrand, American photographer, dies of cancer at 56
  • 1984-03-21 Shauna Grant, American actress (suicide) (b. 1963)
  • 1984-03-28 Carmen Dragon, American composer and conductor (Hollywood Bowl Symphony) dies of cancer at 69
  • 1984-03-31 Ronald Clark O'Bryan, American murderer, dies of lethal injection at 39
  • 1984-04-10 Ray Middleton, American actor (1776;, Hurricane Smith), dies at 75
  • 1984-04-13 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), dies at 72
  • 1984-04-26 (William) "Count" Basie, jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader ("One O'Clock Jump"; "April In Paris"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79
  • 1984-05-04 Bob Clampett, American cartoonist (b. 1913)
  • 1984-05-15 Francis Schaeffer, American theologian, philosopher, and pastor (b. 1912)
  • 1984-05-24 Vincent J. McMahon, American professional wrestling promoter (b. 1914)
  • 1984-06-01 Nate Nelson, American singer (Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes for You), dies at 52
  • 1984-06-16 Lew Andreas, American basketball coach (b. 1895)
  • 1984-06-18 Alan Berg, American radio talk show host, dies after being shot by White Nationalists at 50
  • 1984-07-04 Jimmie Spheeris, American singer and songwriter, dies at 34
  • 1984-07-07 Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping, dies at 43
  • 1984-07-14 Ernest Tidyman, American writer (b. 1928)
  • 1984-07-25 Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, American rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter ("Hound Dog"; "Ball & Chain"; "Stronger Than Dirt"), dies of heart and liver disorders at 57
  • 1984-08-08 Ellen Raskin, American author (b.1928)

Truman Capote

1984-08-25 Truman Capote, American author (Breakfast At Tiffany's; In Cold Blood), dies of liver cancer at 59

Joe Cronin

1984-09-07 Joe Cronin, American Baseball HOF shortstop (7 x MLB All Star), manger (Boston RS, Washington Senators) and executive (AL President 1959-73), dies at 77

  • 1984-09-11 Jerry Voorhis, American politician (Rep-D-California 1937-47), dies at 83
  • 1984-10-13 Alice Neel, American painter dies ages 84
  • 1984-11-07 George Mathews, American stage and screen character actor (The Eve of St. Mark; Glynis - "Chick"), dies of heart disease at 73
  • 1984-11-12 Chester Himes, American author (b. 1909)
  • 1984-11-16 Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (b. 1906)
  • 1984-11-18 Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (Pictorial Review, Good Housekeeping), dies at 77
  • 1984-12-07 Lonnie "LeeRoy" Yarbrough, American race car (Nascar) driver, dies of head injury from a fall at 46
  • 1984-12-11 Oskar Seidlin, German-born American scholar (b. 1911)
  • 1984-12-19 Joy Ridderhof, American missionary (b. 1903)
  • 1985-01-05 Robert L. Surtees, American Oscar-winning cinematographer (Ben-Hur) (b. 1906
  • 1985-01-21 Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler and promoter (b. 1930)
  • 1985-01-21 James Beard, American culinary expert and author (Delights & Prejudices), dies at 81
  • 1985-02-03 Frank Oppenheimer, American physicist (b. 1912)
  • 1985-02-11 Ben Abruzzo, American businessman and balloonist (b. 1930)
  • 1985-02-20 Clarence Nash, American voice actor (Donald Duck), dies of leukaemia at 80