United States of America in History (Part 16)

Historical Events

Events 1501 - 1,600 of 1,631

  • 2005-06-06 The United States Supreme Court votes to ban medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 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
  • 2005-10-16 MLB American League Championship: Chicago White Sox beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 1

Music awardsMusic Awards

2005-11-22 32nd American Music Awards: Gwen Stefani, Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson win

  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • 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 release premierFilm Premier

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

Comedian/Actor Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
  • 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 awardsMusic Awards

2006-11-21 33rd American Music Awards: Kelly Clarkson, Sean Paul & Rascal Flatts win

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi
  • 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
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • 2007-10-21 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Cleveland Indians, 4 games to 3

Music awardsMusic Awards

2007-11-18 34th American Music Awards: Fergie, Justin Timberlake & Carrie Underwood win

Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
Singer Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
Singer Fergie
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 2008-04-21 The United States Air Force retires the F-117 Nighthawk.

AgreementAgreement 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.

Electoral defeatPresidential 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

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 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 awardsMusic Awards

2008-11-23 35th American Music Awards: Rihanna & Chris Brown win

Singer Rihanna
Singer Chris Brown
Chris Brown

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Conference meetingMeeting 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.

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-il
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 2009-10-25 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 2

Music awardsMusic Awards

2009-11-22 36th American Music Awards: Taylor Swift & Michael Jackson win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
  • 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

Music awardsMusic Awards

2010-11-21 37th American Music Awards: Lady Gaga & Justin Bieber win

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden

Film release premierFilm Premier

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.

Music awardsMusic Awards

2011-11-20 38th American Music Awards: Adele, Bruno Mars & Taylor Swift win

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
Singer Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
  • 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

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

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

Governor of Massachusetts and US Senator Mitt Romney
Governor of Massachusetts and US Senator
Mitt Romney
  • 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 39th 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013-02-01 John Kerry succeeds Hillary Clinton as US Secretary of State

US Secretary of State John Kerry
US Secretary of State
John Kerry
US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Journalist and Diplomat Samantha Power
Journalist and Diplomat
Samantha Power
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

2013-11-24 40th American Music Awards: Taylor Swift & Justin Timberlake win

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
  • 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

Sport awardSuper Bowl

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

NFL Player Richard Sherman
NFL Player
Richard Sherman

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1501 - 1,600 of 9,831

  • 1906-05-02 Philippe Halsman, American portrait photographer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1979)

Person of interestMary Astor

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

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

Person of interestJosephine 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)

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker
  • 1906-06-21 Harold Spina, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)

Person of interestAnne Morrow Lindbergh

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

Aviator and Author Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Aviator and Author
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Person of interestBilly Wilder

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

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
  • 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 trombonist (d. 1984)
  • 1906-08-12 Tedd Pierce, American animator (d. 1972)

Person of interestEd Gein

1906-08-27 Ed Gein, American serial killer (inspired Psycho & The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), born in La Crosse County, Wisconsin (d. 1984)

Murderer and Body Snatcher Ed Gein
Murderer and Body Snatcher
Ed Gein
  • 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)

Person of interestCesar 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)
  • 1907-02-27 Mildred Bailey [Rinker], American jazz singer known as "The Queen of Swing" ("ockin' Chair"; "Please Be Kind"), 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"), 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)

Person of interestJohn Wayne

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

Actor John Wayne
John Wayne

Person of interestRachel Carson

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

Marine Biologist and Writer Rachel Carson
Marine Biologist and Writer
Rachel Carson
  • 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)

Person of interestOrville Redenbacher

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

Businessman Orville Redenbacher
Orville Redenbacher
  • 1907-07-16 Frances Horwich, American educator and television personality (Ding Dong School), born in Ottawa, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1907-07-19 Isabel Jewell, American actress (Gone with the Wind), born in Shoshoni, Wyoming (d. 1972)
  • 1907-07-25 Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist, 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
  • 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)

Person of interestJoseph 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 William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate (Hearst Newspapers) and 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner, (d. 1993)
  • 1908-01-27 Oran Page, American musician (d. 1954)
  • 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 Billie Bird, American actress (Jury Duty), born in Pocatello, Idaho (d. 2002)
  • 1908-02-28 Alexander Golitzen, American art director (d. 2005)
  • 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, American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" ("Congo Blues"; "Knockin' On Wood"), born in Beardstown, Illinois (d. 1999)

Person of interestBette Davis

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

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

Person of interestLita Grey

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

Actress Lita Grey
Lita Grey
  • 1908-04-23 Myron Waldman, American animator (Fleischer Studio), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1908-04-24 Marceline Day [Newlin], American actress (The Cameraman, The Arm of the Law), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 2000)
  • 1908-04-30 Eve Arden [Eunice Mary Quedens], American actress (Our Miss Brooks), born in Mill Valley, California, (d. 1990)
  • 1908-05-09 Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (d. 2007)

Person of interestJames Stewart

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

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

Person of interestJohn 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)

Physicist and Electrical Engineer John Bardeen
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
John Bardeen

Person of interestSam Giancana

1908-06-15 Sam Giancana, American mafioso, born in Chicago, Illinois

Gangster Sam Giancana
Sam Giancana

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1501 - 1,600 of 4,945

  • 1985-01-05 Robert L. Surtees, American Oscar-winning cinematographer (Ben-Hur) (b. 1906
  • 1985-01-21 James Beard, American culinary expert and author (Delights & Prejudices), dies at 81
  • 1985-01-21 Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler and promoter (b. 1930)
  • 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
  • 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, dies at 31
  • 1985-07-30 Julia Hall Bowman Robinson, American mathematician (b. 1919)
  • 1985-09-01 Jay Youngblood, American wrestler (b. 1955)
  • 1985-09-02 Jay Youngblood, American professional wrestler
  • 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 (b. 1945)
  • 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

Person of interestOrson Welles

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

Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles
  • 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 singer (b. 1911)
  • 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

Person of interestBill Veeck

1986-01-02 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner and promoter (Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns), dies of lung cancer at 71

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • 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 (b. 1912)
  • 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 songwriter (b. 1936)

Person of interestGeorgia O’Keeffe

1986-03-06 Georgia O'Keeffe, American sculptor/painter (Flowers), dies at 98

Painter and Sculptor Georgia O’Keeffe
Painter and Sculptor
Georgia O’Keeffe
  • 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

Person of interestWallis Simpson

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

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson

Person of interestBroderick 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, dies 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), dies at 78
  • 1986-06-27 Joe Maphis, American country music guitarist dies aged 65
  • 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 Marcelino Sanchez, American actor (b. 1957)
  • 1986-11-21 Dar Robinson, American film stuntman (b. 1947)

Person of interestCary 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

Actor Cary Grant
Cary Grant
  • 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 actress and singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra), dies 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 (b. 1914)
  • 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 actor (Charlie Chan, Purple Heart), dies 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)
  • 1987-08-29 Archie Campbell, American country music comedian (b. 1914)
  • 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 musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report), dies at 35

Person of interestWalter Houser Brattain

1987-10-13 Walter Houser Brattain, American physicist (transistors, Nobel 1956), dies at 85

  • 1987-11-25 Harold Washington, 1st African American mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87), dies at 65