United States of America in History (Part 16)

Historical Events

Events 1501 - 1,600 of 1,626

  • 2005-10-16 MLB American League Championship: Chicago White Sox beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 1
  • 2005-12-07 Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, is shot and killed by a team of US federal air marshals at Miami International Airport.

Film & TV History

2006-01-29 US Postal Service releases 39-cent stamp featuring Hattie McDaniel in the dress she wore in 1940 when she became the 1st African-American actress to accept an Academy Award

  • 2006-02-12 A powerful winter storm blankets the Northeastern United States dumping 1 to 2 feet of snow from Washington, D.C. up to Boston, Massachusetts. The storm dumped a record 26.9 inches of snow in New York City.
  • 2006-02-16 The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army
  • 2006-03-22 Three Christian Peacemaker Teams Hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days captivity and the death of their colleague, American Tom Fox
  • 2006-04-10 Hundreds of thousands protest H.R. 4437 (aka the "Sensenbrenner Bill") in the United States.

Historic Event

2006-07-31 Fidel Castro temporarily hands over power to brother Raúl Castro. This leads to a celebration in Little Havana (La Pequeña Habana in Spanish), Miami, Florida, where many Cuban Americans participated.

  • 2006-08-10 Scotland Yard disrupts major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States. All toiletries are banned from commercial aircraft.

Film Premiere

2006-09-07 Sacha Baron Cohen's mockumentary "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" premieres at the Toronto Film Festival

  • 2006-09-22 The F-14 Tomcat retires from the United States Navy
  • 2006-10-14 MLB American League Championship: Detroit Tigers beat Oakland Athletics, 4 games to 0
  • 2006-10-17 The United States population reaches 300 million

Music Awards

2006-11-21 34thAmerican Music Awards: Kelly Clarkson, Sean Paul & Rascal Flatts win

Election of Interest

2007-01-04 The 110th United States Congress convenes and elects Nancy Pelosi as the 1st female Speaker of the House

  • 2007-02-19 Three Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament and their driver are murdered in Guatemala
  • 2007-03-01 Tornadoes swarm across the southern United States, killing at least 20; eight of the deaths were at a high school in Enterprise, Alabama.
  • 2007-04-16 Virginia Tech massacre: The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, kills 32 people and injures 23 others before committing suicide.
  • 2007-04-18 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision

Sports History

2007-07-03 America's Cup: Swiss defender Alinghi beats Team New Zealand by 1 second to take the series 5-2 off Valencia, Spain

  • 2007-08-29 A United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident takes place at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base.

Historic Event

2007-10-17 The Dalai Lama receives the United States Congressional Gold Medal

  • 2007-10-21 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Cleveland Indians, 4 games to 3
  • 2007-12-17 Republic of Lakotah asserts independence from the United States
  • 2007-12-19 The Lakotah people, a Native American tribe, proclaim independence and withdraw all their treaties with the United States. Establish the Republic of Lakotah, as a separate country.
  • 2008-02-05 A major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States leaves at least 58 dead, the most since the May 31, 1985 outbreak that killed 88.

Historic Event

2008-04-16 Start of Papal Journey of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States

  • 2008-04-21 The United States Air Force retires the F-117 Nighthawk stealth surface-attack aircraft

Agreement of Interest

2008-05-04 Seth MacFarlane reaches an agreement worth $100 million with Fox to keep "Family Guy" and "American Dad" on television until 2012, making MacFarlane the world's highest paid television writer

  • 2008-06-10 The Gora Prai airstrike by the United States reportedly kills 11 Pakistani paramilitary troops.

Presidential Convention

2008-08-27 Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for President of the United States

  • 2008-09-13 Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the United States, causing heavy damage to Galveston Island, Houston and surrounding areas.
  • 2008-10-19 MLB American League Championship: Tampa Bay Rays beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3
  • 2008-11-04 Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States, defeating Republican candidate John McCain

Music Awards

2008-11-23 36th American Music Awards: Rihanna & Chris Brown win

Historic Event

2008-12-05 Human remains previously found in 1991 are finally identified by Russian and American scientists as those of Tsar Nicholas II

Film & TV History

2008-12-06 American pin-up model Bettie Page (85) is hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a heart attack

  • 2008-12-09 Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes, including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama
  • 2009-01-20 Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States' first African-American president

Historic Event

2009-01-20 Joe Biden assumes the office of the Vice President of the United States

  • 2009-02-05 The United States Navy guided missile cruiser Port Royal runs aground off Oahu, Hawaii, damaging the ship as well as a coral reef

Film & TV History

2009-04-25 Elijah Wood is honored with the Midnight Award by the San Francisco International Film Festival

  • 2009-05-11 An American soldier in Iraq opened fire on a counseling center at Camp Liberty in Bagdhad, leaving 5 other US soldiers dead and 3 soldiers wounded
  • 2009-06-01 General Motors files for chapter 11 bankruptcy. It is the fourth largest United States bankruptcy in history.
  • 2009-06-12 TSC: All television broadcasts in the United States switch from analog NTSC to digital ATSC transmission.

Meeting of Interest

2009-08-04 Kim Jong-il meets former president Bill Clinton. He pardons and releases captured American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling who were found guilty of entering the country illegally.

  • 2009-10-25 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 2

Film & TV History

2010-01-11 Simon Cowell leaves "American Idol"

  • 2010-02-14 America's Cup: Team USA defeats Alinghi 2-0 to win in Spain
  • 2010-08-19 Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, with the last of the United States brigade combat teams crossing the border to Kuwait
  • 2010-10-22 MLB American League Championship: Texas Rangers beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 2
  • 2010-12-22 Repeal of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell policy", a 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the US military, signed into law by President Barack Obama
  • 2011-04-15 "Black Friday" for online poker in the US: indictment United States v. Scheinberg shuts down sites, accusing companies of fraud and money laundering
  • 2011-04-25 At least 300 people killed in deadliest tornado outbreak in the Southern United States since the 1974 Super Outbreak.
  • 2011-04-27 Deadliest day of the 2011 super outbreak of tornadoes, the largest tornado outbreak in United States history

Historic Event

2011-05-02 Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man is killed by US special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan

Film Premiere

2011-07-19 "Captain America: The First Avenger", directed by Joe Johnston, starring Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell, premieres in Los Angeles

  • 2011-09-20 The United States ends its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.
  • 2011-10-15 MLB American League Championship: Texas Rangers beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 2
  • 2011-10-29 Record-breaking snowstorm in the northeastern United States leaves nearly 2 million residents without power for more than 36 hours.
  • 2012-03-02 Tornadoes kill at least 27 people in the American states of Indiana and Kentucky
  • 2012-03-09 Senior members of hacking group Lulz Sec are arrested, including one member of the FBI, in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland
  • 2012-03-30 American Mega Millions lottery hits a world record lottery amount of 640 million dollars
  • 2012-05-09 United States President Barack Obama officially states his support for same-sex marriage
  • 2012-05-22 Philip Philips is crowned the eleventh American Idol
  • 2012-06-05 American gubernatorial recall election is held in Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker wins and becomes the first governor to survive a recall election.
  • 2012-06-30 Mid-Atlantic storms in the United States kill 13 and leave millions without power in Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia
  • 2012-07-10 The American Episcopal Church becomes the first to approve a rite for blessing gay marriages

Presidential Convention

2012-08-28 Mitt Romney is officially nominated as the United States Republican Party's candidate

  • 2012-09-17 United States and Japanese government officials agree to put a second missile defence system in Japan
  • 2012-10-18 MLB American League Championship: Detroit Tigers beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 0
  • 2012-10-21 Kateri Tekakwitha canonized as the 1st Native American saint by Pope Benedict XVI
  • 2012-11-18 40th American Music Awards: Katy Perry & Justin Bieber win
  • 2013-01-26 The United States Sentencing Commission is hacked by Anonymous in response to the suicide of Aaron Swartz

Music History

2013-03-22 American rock band My Chemical Romance announce their break-up

  • 2013-03-29 American horse, Animal Kingdom, wins the 2013 Dubai World Cup
  • 2013-04-17 5 people are killed in Wana, Pakistan, by a United States drone attack

Historic Event

2013-08-05 Samantha Power becomes the 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations

  • 2013-09-25 Oracle Team USA defeats Team New Zealand 9-8 to win the America's Cup
  • 2013-10-01 A partial United States federal government shutdown occurs as a result of political disagreements over operational spending
  • 2013-10-16 The United States ends its 16-day government shut down and avoids default in a Bi-partisan deal in the Senate
  • 2013-10-19 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 2

Sports History

2013-11-17 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel wins record 8th consecutive Formula 1 race with victory in United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas

Sports History

2013-11-23 Manny Pacquiao defeats American Brandon Rios to win the WBO welterweight title

  • 2013-12-12 The United States announces sanctions on the two dozen companies who assisted Iran with their nuclear program
  • 2014-01-14 American journalist David Satter is expelled from Russia

Super Bowl

2014-02-02 Super Bowl XLVIII, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ: Seattle Seahawks beat Denver Broncos, 42-8; MVP: Malcolm Smith, Seattle, LB

Film Premiere

2014-03-13 "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, premieres in Los Angeles

  • 2014-04-21 118th Boston Marathon: American Meb Keflezighi men's champion in 2:08:37; Rita Jeptoo of Kenya wins her 2nd women's title in 2:18:57
  • 2014-09-14 The United States defeats Serbia 129-92 to win the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
  • 2014-10-15 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 0
  • 2014-10-19 A working human intestine is generated in a laboratory from stem cells in the United States
  • 2014-11-04 Tim Scott becomes the first African-American Senator in the south since the Reconstruction

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1501 - 1,600 of 9,758

Billy Wilder

1906-06-22 Billy Wilder, Austrian-born American filmmaker (Some Like It Hot, Apartment, Stalag 17), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2002)

  • 1906-06-24 Willard Maas, American educator and experimental filmmaker (d. 1971)
  • 1906-06-26 Viktor Schreckengost, American industrial designer, born in Sebring, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1906-06-30 Anthony Mann, American film actor and director (El Cid, Winchester '73, The Glenn Miller Story), born in San Diego, California (d. 1967)
  • 1906-07-03 Jack Earle, American actor and sideshow performer known as "The World's Tallest Man", born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1952)
  • 1906-07-04 Vincent Joseph Schaefer, American chemist and meteorologist (cloud seeding), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1906-07-16 Vincent Sherman, American film director (Mr. Skeffington), born in Vienna, Georgia (d. 2006)
  • 1906-08-06 Vic Dickenson, American jazz trombonist, born in Xenia, Ohio (d. 1984)
  • 1906-08-12 Tedd Pierce, American cartoon screenwriter and voice actor (Warner Brothers), born in Quogue, New York (d. 1972)

Ed Gein

1906-08-27 Ed Gein, American serial killer who was the inspiration for the films "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", born in La Crosse County, Wisconsin (d. 1984)

  • 1906-08-30 [Rose] Joan Blondell, American actress (Grease, The Blue Veil), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1906-09-17 Edgar Wayburn, American environmentalist awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom 1999, born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2010)
  • 1906-09-21 Henry Beachell, American plant breeder, born in Waverly, Nebraska (d. 2006)
  • 1906-09-27 Jim Thompson, American author (The Killer Inside Me), born in Anadarko, Oklahoma (d. 1977)
  • 1906-10-21 Lillian Asplund, last American Titanic survivor (d. 2006)
  • 1906-10-27 Earle Cabell, American politician, 48th Mayor of Dallas (1961-64), born in Dallas County, Texas (d. 1975)
  • 1906-10-30 Alexander Gode, German-American linguist, born in Bremen, Imperial Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1906-11-05 Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (dirty-snowball theory), born in Red Oak, Iowa (d. 2004)
  • 1906-11-13 Eva Zeisel, American industrial designer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2011)
  • 1906-11-14 Louise Brooks, silent screen star (American Venus, Pandora's Box)
  • 1906-12-10 Walter Zinn, Canadian-American nuclear physicist (invented the breeder reactor), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • 1906-12-27 Oscar Levant, American pianist, composer and actor (An American in Paris; Dance of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1972)
  • 1907-01-11 Abraham Joshua Heschel, Jewish American rabbi and theologian (d. 1972), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1907-01-16 Paul Nitze, American government official (d. 2004)
  • 1907-01-22 Douglas Corrigan, American pilot, born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1907-02-03 James A. Michener, American author (Tales of the South Pacific, Hawaii), born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)
  • 1907-02-08 Ray Middleton, American actor (1776; Hurricane Smith), born in Chicago Illinois (d. 1984)
  • 1907-02-10 Grace Hamilton, 1st African American member of Georgia state legislature
  • 1907-02-12 Clifton C. Edom, American photojournalism educator (d. 1991)

Cesar Romero

1907-02-15 Cesar Romero, American actor (Batman, Ocean's 11), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)

  • 1907-02-26 Dub Taylor [Walter Clarence Taylor Jr], American character actor (Gunsmoke), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1994)

Mildred Bailey

1907-02-27 Mildred Bailey (née Rinker), American jazz singer known as 'The Queen of Swing' ("Rockin' Chair"; "Please Be Kind"; "Darn That Dream"), born in Tekoa, Washington (d. 1951)

  • 1907-03-12 Dorrit Hoffleit, American astronomer (d. 2007)
  • 1907-03-28 Irving "Swifty" Lazar, American talent agent, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1907-04-12 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (Little Toot), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1979)
  • 1907-04-18 Stephen Longstreet, American writer (All or Nothing), born in New York (d. 2002)
  • 1907-04-23 Lee Miller, American photographer (War correspondent for Vogue in WWII), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1907-05-01 Kate Smith, American singer ("God Bless America"; "When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain"), radio star, and NHL Philadelphia Flyers good luck charm, born in Greenville, Virginia (d. 1986)
  • 1907-05-04 Lincoln Kirstein, American writer and impresario, born in Rochester, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1907-05-18 Carl Mydans, American photojournalist (Life Magazine), born in Medford, Massachusetts (d. 2004)

John Wayne

1907-05-26 John Wayne [Marion Robert Morrison], American actor (Green Berets, True Grit), born in Winterset, Iowa (d. 1979)

Rachel Carson

1907-05-27 Rachel Carson, American marine biologist, conservationist and writer (Silent Spring), born in Springdale, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)

  • 1907-06-10 Fairfield Porter, American painter, born in Winnetka, Illinois (d. 1975)
  • 1907-06-17 Charles Eames, American designer and architect, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1978)
  • 1907-06-20 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician, born in Mountain View, Arkansas (d. 1998)
  • 1907-07-04 Gordon Griffith, American actor (first actor to portray Tarzan on film) and director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 1907-07-04 Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic, born in Manhattan (d. 1996)
  • 1907-07-07 Helene Johnson, American Harlem Renaissance poet, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1907-07-16 Frances Horwich, American educator and television personality (Ding Dong School), born in Ottawa, Ohio (d. 2001)

Orville Redenbacher

1907-07-16 Orville Redenbacher, American popcorn magnate (Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popcorn), born in Brazil, Indiana (d. 1995)

  • 1907-07-19 Isabel Jewell, American actress (Gone With The Wind), born in Shoshoni, Wyoming (d. 1972)
  • 1907-07-25 (Cornelius) "Johnny" Hodges, American jazz alto saxophonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1970)
  • 1907-08-02 Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (Pictorial Review, Good Housekeeping), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1984)
  • 1907-08-07 Albert Kotin, American abstract painter (d. 1980)
  • 1907-08-12 Joe Besser, American actor and comedian (The Three Stooges, Let's Make Love, Africa Screams), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1988)
  • 1907-08-19 Thruston B. Morton, American republican politician (Sen-Ky, 1957-69), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1982)
  • 1907-08-30 John Mauchly, American physicist who with J. Presper Eckert, designed the first general purpose electronic digital computer (ENIAC), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1980)
  • 1907-08-31 William Shawn, American magazine editor (New Yorker, 1952-87), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1907-09-04 Leo Castelli, Italian-American art dealer, born in Trieste, Austrian Littoral, Austria-Hungary (d. 1999)
  • 1907-09-10 Alva R. Fitch, American army officer (d. 1989)
  • 1907-10-05 Mrs. Miller [Elva Ruby Connes], American singer (A Lover's Concerto), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • 1907-10-15 Varian Fry, American journalist and recognized as "Righteous Among the Nations", born in New York (d. 1967)
  • 1907-10-19 Roger Wolfe Kahn, American bandleader (d. 1962)
  • 1907-10-22 Henriette Wyeth, 1st lady of american art
  • 1907-10-30 Sol Tax, American anthropologist (founded the journal Current Anthropology), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)

Joseph Gilbert Hamilton

1907-11-11 Joseph G. Hamilton, American physician who was a pioneer of using radioactive isotopes in disease treatment and diagnosis, born in Waverley, Massachusetts (d. 1957)

  • 1907-11-19 Jack Schaefer, American author (Shane), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1991)
  • 1907-11-26 Ruth Patrick, American botanist and limnologist, born in Topeka, Kansas (d. 2013)
  • 1907-12-18 Bill Holland, American auto racer (d. 1984)
  • 1907-12-25 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (d. 1988)
  • 1908-01-07 (Henry) "Red" Allen, American jazz trumpeter, born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1967)
  • 1908-01-12 Clement Hurd, American illustrator, born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1908-01-17 Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager (d. 1985)
  • 1908-01-27 Oran Page, American musician (d. 1954)
  • 1908-01-27 William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate (Hearst Newspapers) and 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner, (d. 1993)
  • 1908-02-06 Edward Lansdale, United States Air Force Officer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • 1908-02-26 Tex Avery, American cartoonist at Warner Bros, MGM (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig), born in Taylor, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1908-02-28 Alexander Golitzen, American art director (d. 2005)
  • 1908-02-28 Billie Bird, American actress (Jury Duty), born in Pocatello, Idaho (d. 2002)
  • 1908-03-05 Irving Fiske, American writer, playwright, (d. 1990)
  • 1908-03-14 Ed Heinemann, American aircraft designer (Douglas Aircraft; d. 1991)
  • 1908-03-26 Hank Sylvern, American orchestra leader (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1908-03-31 Red Norvo [Kenneth Norville], American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" ("Congo Blues"; "Knockin' On Wood"), born in Beardstown, Illinois (d. 1999)

Bette Davis

1908-04-05 (Ruth Elizabeth) "Bette" Davis, American actress (Of Human Bondage; Jezebel; All About Eve), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1989)

  • 1908-04-12 Robert Lee Scott, Jr., American General and Air Force pilot, born in Waynesboro, Georgia (d. 2006)

Lita Grey

1908-04-15 Lita Grey, American actress, born in Hollywood, California (d. 1995)

  • 1908-04-23 Myron Waldman, American animator (Fleischer Studio), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1908-04-24 Marceline Day [Newlin], American actress, mostly in silent films (The Cameraman; The Jazz Age; The Arm of the Law), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 2000)
  • 1908-05-09 Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (d. 2007)

James Stewart

1908-05-20 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (The Philadelphia Story; It's a Wonderful Life; Mr Smith Goes to Washington; Vertigo), born in Indiana, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)

  • 1908-05-22 Horton Smith, American golfer (US Masters 1934, 36), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 1963)

John Bardeen

1908-05-23 John Bardeen, American physicist, electrical engineer and co-inventor of the transistor (Nobel 1956, 1972), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1991)

Sam Giancana

1908-06-15 Sam Giancana, American mobster and boss of the Chicago Outfit (1957-66), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1975)

  • 1908-06-18 Nedra Volz, American actress, born in Montrose, Iowa (d. 2003)
  • 1908-06-21 William Frankena, American philosopher, born in Manhattan, Montana (d. 1994)
  • 1908-06-25 Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher and logician in the analytic tradition, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2000)

Thurgood Marshall

1908-07-02 Thurgood Marshall, 1st African American Supreme Court justice (1967-91), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)

  • 1908-07-03 M. F. K. Fisher, American cook book author, born in Albion, Michigan (d. 1992)
  • 1908-07-03 Robert B. Meyner, American politician (44th Governor of New Jersey), born in Easton, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)
  • 1908-07-07 Revilo P. Oliver, American professor (d. 1994)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1501 - 1,600 of 4,917

  • 1985-03-23 Peter Charanis, Greek-American scholar and professor (b. 1908)
  • 1985-03-29 Luther Terry, 9th Surgeon General of the United States, dies at 73
  • 1985-04-01 Douglass Wallop, American novelist and playwright (b. 1920)
  • 1985-04-08 J. Fred Coots, American songwriter ("Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"; "Love Letters In The Sand"), dies at 87
  • 1985-04-22 Paul H. Emmett, American chemical engineer, dies at 84
  • 1985-05-02 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 75
  • 1985-06-15 Andy Stanfield, American athlete (b. 1927)
  • 1985-06-25 Morris Mason, American convicted rapist and murderer, executed by electric chair at 31
  • 1985-07-30 Julia Hall Bowman Robinson, American mathematician (b. 1919)
  • 1985-09-08 John Franklin Enders, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1887)
  • 1985-09-09 Paul Flory, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
  • 1985-09-11 Andrew C. Thornton II, American drug smuggler, dies jumping from a plane to his death with $15 million in cocaine at 40
  • 1985-09-25 William Cumming Rose, American biochemist who discovered threonine (an amino acid), dies at 98
  • 1985-10-06 Nelson Riddle, American Grammy Award-winning bandleader, conductor, and orchestrator for Capitol Records (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Dean Martin), dies of complications from cirrhosis of the liver at 64

Orson Welles

1985-10-10 Orson Welles, American actor and director (Citizen Kane, War of the Worlds), dies of a heart attack at 70

  • 1985-10-24 Richie Evans, American auto racer (9 x NASCAR Modified Champion 1973, 78-85), dies in practice accident at 44
  • 1985-11-13 George Robert Vincent, American sound recording pioneer (b. 1898)
  • 1985-11-15 Spencer W. Kimball, American 12th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1973-1985), dies at 90
  • 1985-11-19 Stepin Fetchit [Lincoln Perry], American actor (Miracle in Harlem) 1st African American film star, dies of pneumonia 83
  • 1985-11-24 "Big" Joe Turner, American blues and R&B singer ("Shake, Rattle and Roll"), dies of heart failure at 74
  • 1985-12-02 Aniello Dellacroce, American gangster (b. 1914)
  • 1985-12-16 Thomas Bilotti, American mafioso (b. 1940)
  • 1985-12-22 D. Boon, American singer and guitarist (The Minutemen) (b. 1958)
  • 1985-12-26 Dian Fossey, American zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), murdered in Rwanda at 53
  • 1985-12-26 Harold P. Warren, American movie director (Manos: The Hands of Fate), dies at 62
  • 1986-01-01 Bruce Norris, American Hockey Hall of Fame executive (owner Detroit Red Wings 1952-82), dies at 61

Bill Veeck

1986-01-02 Bill Veeck, American Baseball HOF executive (owner Chicago WS, Cleveland Indians [World Series 1948], St. Louis Browns), dies of lung cancer at 71

  • 1986-01-07 Philip D. Eastman, American children's book writer and illustrator (b. 1909)
  • 1986-01-10 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 48
  • 1986-01-16 Herbert W. Armstrong, American evangelist, author, and publisher (b. 1892)
  • 1986-01-28 Christa McAuliffe, American teacher, dies in the Challenger space shuttle disaster at 37
  • 1986-02-06 Minoru Yamasaki, American architect (World Trade Center, NYC), dies of stomach cancer at 73
  • 1986-02-21 Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer ("...And Ladies of the Club"), dies at 90
  • 1986-02-28 Laura Z. Hobson, American TV writer and panelist (I've Got a Secret), dies at 85
  • 1986-03-04 Howard Greenfield, American song lyricist ("Calendar Girl"; "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do"; "Love Will Keep Us Together"; theme to "Bewitched"), dies of a brain tumor at 50
  • 1986-03-11 Sonny Terry, American bind Piedmont blues musician, dies at 74
  • 1986-03-22 Mark Dinning, American singer ("Teen Angel"), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1986-04-10 Linda Creed, American singer and songwriter ("The Greatest Love Of All"), dies of breast cancer at 37

Wallis Simpson

1986-04-24 Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, dies at 89

Broderick Crawford

1986-04-26 Broderick Crawford, American actor (All the King's Men, Highway Patrol), dies after a series of strokes at 74

  • 1986-05-01 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer, dies at 69
  • 1986-05-07 Jeffrey Mylett, American actor and songwriter, (Godspell) dies from complications of HIV/AIDS at 36
  • 1986-05-11 Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist, dies at 76
  • 1986-05-12 Lee Bonnell, American actor, dies at 67
  • 1986-05-19 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (b. 1931)
  • 1986-05-31 James Rainwater, American physicist (Nobel 1975-determining the asymmetrical shapes of certain atomic nuclei), dies at 68
  • 1986-06-10 Merle Miller, American biographer (b. 1919)
  • 1986-06-11 Chesley Bonestell, American-born engineer, architect, and artist (b. 1888)
  • 1986-06-17 Kate Smith, American singer ("God Bless America"; "When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain"), radio star, and NHL Philadelphia Flyers good luck charm, dies of respiratory arrest at 78
  • 1986-07-15 Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (Hambletonian x 4; Little Brown Jug x 5; Messenger Stakes x 7), dies from head injuries in fall at Yonkers Raceway at 62
  • 1986-07-21 Ernest Maas, American screenwriter (b. 1892)
  • 1986-07-25 Vincente Minnelli, American director (Gigi, Goodbye Charlie), dies in LA at 76
  • 1986-08-26 Jennifer Levin, American murder victim, strangled by Robert Chambers in New York City's Central Park aged 18
  • 1986-09-26 Hugh Franklin, American soap opera actor (b. 1916)
  • 1986-09-27 Cliff Burton, American rock bassist (Metallica), dies in bus crash at 24
  • 1986-10-26 Jackson Scholz, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m 1920, 200m 1924), dies at 89
  • 1986-11-03 E. Cuyler Hammond, American epidemiologist (first to link smoking with lung cancer), dies at 74
  • 1986-11-18 Gia Carangi, American model (AIDS) (b. 1960)
  • 1986-11-20 William Bradford Huie, American writer and publisher, dies at 76
  • 1986-11-21 Dar Robinson, American film stuntman (b. 1947)
  • 1986-11-21 Marcelino Sanchez, American actor (b. 1957)

Cary Grant

1986-11-29 Cary Grant [Archibald Alexander Leach], British-born American actor (Arsenic & Old Lace, North by Northwest), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 82

  • 1986-12-01 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mine), dies at 61
  • 1986-12-02 John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist (b. 1912)
  • 1986-12-19 V. C. Andrews, American author (Flowers in the Attic), dies of breast cancer at 63
  • 1986-12-24 Gardner Fox, American author (Zatanna), dies at 75
  • 1986-12-30 Era Bell Thompson, American journalist (b. 1905)
  • 1987-01-10 Marion Hutton, American singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra, 1938-42), and actress (In Society), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1987-01-14 Douglas Sirk, German American film director (All That Heaven Allows), dies at 86
  • 1987-01-21 Charles Goodell, American politician (b. 1926)
  • 1987-02-04 Carl Rogers, American psychologist (b. 1902)
  • 1987-02-08 Harriet MacGibbon, American actress, dies of a pulmonary & cardiac failure at 81
  • 1987-03-17 Santo Trafficante Jr., American gangster (head of the Trafficante crime family in Florida and Cuba), dies at 71
  • 1987-03-27 Lloyd Goodrich, American Arts Museum director, dies at 90
  • 1987-04-12 Mike Von Erich, American wrestler
  • 1987-04-17 Willie Donnell Smith, American fashion designer (WilliWear), dies of pneumonia at 39
  • 1987-05-27 John H. Northrop, American biochemist (crystallized enzymes (Nobel 1946)), dies at 95
  • 1987-06-21 Madman Muntz, American entrepreneur, businessman, electrical engineer, TV commercial actor (b. 1914)
  • 1987-07-11 Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman, American Rosh Yeshiva (b. 1901)
  • 1987-07-25 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, dies at 85
  • 1987-08-01 Benson Fong, American character actor (Charlie Chan films; Purple Heart; Flower Drum Song), and restaurateur, dies of a stroke at 70
  • 1987-08-10 I W Able, CEO (United Steel Workers of America, 1965-77), dies at 87
  • 1987-08-27 Scott La Rock, American DJ (Boogie Down Productions) (b. 1962)
  • 1987-09-06 Quinn Martin, American television producer, dies at 65
  • 1987-09-16 Howard Moss, American poet, dramatist, and critic (b. 1922)
  • 1987-09-20 Michael Stewart [Myron Stuart Rubin], American playwright (Hello, Dolly!), dies at 63
  • 1987-09-21 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz-fusion musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report; Joni Mitchell; Word of Mouth), dies from injuries sustained in a bar fight at 35
  • 1987-11-25 Harold Washington, 1st African American mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87), dies at 65
  • 1988-01-03 Joie Chitwood, American racedriver & Daredevil (b. 1912)
  • 1988-01-11 Florence Knapp, American, one-time oldest person in the world (b. 1873)
  • 1988-02-24 Memphis Slim [John Len Chatman], American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), dies at 72
  • 1988-03-12 Billie Rhodes, American silent film actress, dies at 93
  • 1988-04-28 B. W. Stevenson, American country singer, dies at 38
  • 1988-05-01 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, dies prostate cancer at 88
  • 1988-05-05 Michael Shaara, American author (Killer angels), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 1988-06-07 Vernon Washington, American actor (Roots, The Last Starfighter, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning), dies at 60
  • 1988-06-19 Gladys Spellman, American. Congresswoman (b. 1918)
  • 1988-06-22 Jesse Ed Davis, Native American session and touring guitarist (Taj Mahal; Concert for Bangladesh; The Faces), dies of a drug overdose at 43