United States of America in History (Part 17)

Historical Events

Events 1601 - 1,673 of 1,673

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2011-04-15 "Black Friday" for online poker in the US: indicment United States v. Scheinberg shuts down sites, accussing 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 The 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

Politician Mitt Romney
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

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI

Music awardsMusic Awards

2012-11-18 39th American Music Awards: Katy Perry & Justin Bieber win

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry
  • 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
Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician 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 Sebastian Vettel wins a record breaking eighth consecutive Formula One race in the 2013 United States Grand Prix

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
  • 2014-02-02 Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks defeat Denver Broncos 42-8, most viewed television event in the United States with over 111 million viewers

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

  • 2014-04-21 118th Boston Marathon: Meb Keflezighi of United States 1st man in 2:08:37 and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya 1st woman in 2:18:57
  • 2014-08-10 Unrest breaks out in Ferguson, Missouri after the death of African American Michael Brown by a policeman.
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014-11-08 Mikhail Gorbachev warns that tensions between America and Russia over Ukraine have put the world on the brink of a new Cold War

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 2014-11-09 United States lead air strikes in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul against Islamic State (IS)
  • 2014-11-09 Asia-Pacific countries, including China and the United States, announce plans to co-operate more closely in the fight against corruption

Music awardsMusic Awards

2014-11-23 41st American Music Awards: One Direction, Sam Smith and Katy Perry win

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry
Singer Harry Styles
Harry Styles
Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014-12-02 Comedian Bill Cosby resigns from the board of trustees of an American university following renewed sexual assault allegations

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

2015-04-23 Loretta Lynch is confirmed as the first African-American woman as US Attorney-General, succeeding Eric Holder

82nd Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder
82nd Attorney General of the United States
Eric Holder
  • 2015-05-02 141st Kentucky Derby: American Pharoah ridden by Victor Espinoza wins
  • 2015-05-16 140th Preakness: Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah wins in 1:58.46
  • 2015-05-31 5th Critics' Choice Television Awards: Silicon Valley wins Best Comedy Series, The Americans win Best Drama Series
  • 2015-06-06 147th Belmont: Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah wins in 2:26.65, 1st horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown
  • 2015-06-22 JAMA Internal Medical Journal announces obese Americans now outnumber those just overweight

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-06-30 Misty Copeland becomes the 1st African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre

Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland
Ballet Dancer
Misty Copeland
  • 2015-07-08 The NFL's Washington Redskins have their trademark vacated on the grounds it may cause offence to native Americans
  • 2015-07-14 86th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-3 at Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
  • 2015-07-20 British Open Golf, St. Andrews: American Zach Johnson wins in a 4-hole play-off with Australian Marc Leishman & Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa
  • 2015-08-31 President Obama officially re-designates Alaska’s Mt. McKinley as Denali, its native American name

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-09-24 Pope Francis becomes the 1st pope to address the US Congress. Names Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day as his American heroes.

Pope Francis
Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton
Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk
Thomas Merton
Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert Dorothy Day
Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert
Dorothy Day

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-10-27 American soccer star Abby Wambach announces her retirement

Soccer Player Abby Wambach
Soccer Player
Abby Wambach
  • 2015-10-31 Breeders Cup Classic: American Pharoah ridden by Victor Espinoza wins at Keeneland
  • 2015-11-24 Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder of 17 year old African American Laquan McDonald in 2014
  • 2016-01-13 Record Powerball lottery held in America - $1.6 billion, (3 winning tickets)
  • 2016-01-15 American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan unveils newest exhibit replica skeleton of a Titanosaur dinosaur (found 2010 Argentina), largest known dinosaur at 70 tons, 37m
  • 2016-02-17 Channing Dungey announced new President of ABC Entertainment Group, first African-American to lead a major US broadcast network
  • 2016-06-18 Soyuz capsule returns to Earth 1st British International Space Station astronaut Tim Peake, Russian Yuri Malenchenko and American Timothy Kopra after 186 days
  • 2016-07-06 African American Alton Sterling is shot by Louisiana police in Baton Rouge, while being restrained on the ground, the killing is filmed
  • 2016-07-06 African American Philando Castile is shot by police in St Paul, Minnesota after being pulled over for a broken rear light, killing is filmed
  • 2016-07-07 In Dallas Texas, lone gunman shots and kills five police officers, wounding others during a protest march against fatal police shootings of African Americans

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1601 - 1,700 of 10,094

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 (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
  • 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)

Person of interestThurgood Marshall

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

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall
  • 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)

Person of interestLouis Jordan

1908-07-08 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader (Caldonia), born in Brinkley, Arkansas (d. 1975)

Musician Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan
  • 1908-07-10 Cootie Williams, American jazz trumpeter, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1985)
  • 1908-07-18 Peace Pilgrim [Mildred Lisette Norman], American peace activist, born in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey (d. 1981)

Person of interestMad Dog Coll

1908-07-20 [Vincent] Mad Dog Coll, Irish-American mob hitman, born in Gweedore, Ireland (d. 1932)

Mob Hitman Mad Dog Coll
Mob Hitman
Mad Dog Coll
  • 1908-07-21 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American professional golfer (d. 1996)
  • 1908-07-22 Amy Vanderbilt, American authority on etiquette (Complete Book of Etiquette, Complete Cook Book), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908-07-23 Karl Swenson, American actor (Lars Hanson-Little House on the Prairie), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1908-08-06 William "Will" Lee, American actor (They Live by Night, Melody Lane), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1908-08-16 William Maxwell, American novelist and editor (The New Yorker), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1908-08-30 Fred MacMurray, American actor (Double Indemnity, The Apartment, My Three Sons), born in Kankakee, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1908-09-06 Paul Lavalle, American bandleader (Cities Service Band of America), born in Beacon, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1908-09-10 Raymond Harry Warnow Scott, American composer ('The Toy Trumpet'), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1908-09-10 Waldo Wedel, American Archaeologist (d. 1996)
  • 1908-09-29 Eddie Tolan, American athlete (d. 1967)
  • 1908-10-06 Carole Lombard [Jane Alice Peters], American actress (My Man Godfrey, In Name Only), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 1942)
  • 1908-10-09 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma (d. 1975)
  • 1908-10-12 Paul Engle, American poet and writer (Worm Earth, American Song), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 1991)
  • 1908-10-14 Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress, born in Granger, Utah (d. 2003)
  • 1908-10-22 John Gould, American humorist, essayist, and columnist (d. 2003)
  • 1908-10-27 Lee Krasner, American abstract expressionist painter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1908-11-04 Stanley Cortez, American cinematographer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1908-11-08 Martha Gellhorn, American writer (d. 1998)
  • 1908-11-13 C. Vann Woodward, American historian and educator, born in Vanndale, Arkansas (d. 1999)
  • 1908-11-21 Elizabeth George Speare, American author (d. 1994)
  • 1908-11-23 Nelson S. Bond, American sci-fi writer (d. 2006)
  • 1908-12-14 Morey Amsterdam, American comedian and actor, born in San Franciso, California (d. 1996) probable date

Person of interestWillard Libby

1908-12-17 Willard Frank Libby, American chemist (carbon-14 "atomic clock" - Nobel 1960), born in Grand Valley, Colorado (d. 1980)

Chemist Willard Libby
Willard Libby
  • 1908-12-20 Dennis Morgan, American actor (Kitty Foyle), born in Prentice, Wisconsin (d. 1994)
  • 1908-12-25 Zora Arkus-Duntov, Belgian-American automotive engineer (d. 1996)
  • 1909-01-01 Dana Andrews, American actor (Battle of the Bulge, Laura), born in Covington County, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1909-01-08 Evelyn Wood, American educator (d. 1995)
  • 1909-01-09 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, born in Florence (d. 1994)
  • 1909-02-01 George Beverly Shea, American gospel singer, born in Winchester, Ontario
  • 1909-02-11 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1959)
  • 1909-02-16 Jeffrey Lynn [Ragnar Godfrey Lind], American actor (Four Daughters, Roaring Twenties), born in Auburn, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1909-02-16 Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (d. 1998)
  • 1909-03-09 Derk Bodde, American sinologist and historian of China, born in Marshfield, Massachusetts (d. 2003)
  • 1909-03-18 Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (d. 2007)

Person of interestClyde Barrow

1909-03-24 Clyde Barrow, American bank robber (of Bonnie & Clyde fame), born in Ellis County, Texas (d. 1934)

Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
  • 1909-04-06 William M. Branham, American evangelist (d. 1965)
  • 1909-05-06 Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcastor (d. 2004)

Person of interestEdwin Land

1909-05-07 Edwin Land, American inventor of instant photography and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1991)

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land

Person of interestMaybelle Carter

1909-05-10 Maybelle Carter, American country singer (Johnny Cash Show), born in Nickelsville, Virginia (d. 1978)

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • 1909-05-16 Margaret Sullavan, American actress (Three Comrades, The Shop Around the Corner), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1960)
  • 1909-05-25 Marie Menken, American experimental filmmaker and socialite (d. 1970)
  • 1909-06-07 Virginia Apgar, American physician and childbirth specialist, born in Westfield, New Jersey (d. 1974)
  • 1909-07-12 "Curly" Joe DeRita, American actor and comedian (The Three Stooges), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 1909-07-18 Harriet Nelson [Peggy Lou Snyder], American singer and actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Follow the Fleet), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1994)
  • 1909-07-22 Licia Albanese, American operatic soprano (NY Met Opera), born in Bari, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1909-07-26 Vivian Vance, American actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), born in Cherryvale, Kansas (d. 1979)
  • 1909-08-04 Saunders Mac Lane, American mathematician (co-founded category theory), born in Taftville, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • 1909-08-09 John Baur, museum director/author (American Paintings in 19th Century)
  • 1909-08-12 Richard Bare, American director
  • 1909-08-17 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (d. 1985)
  • 1909-08-22 Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (Casablanca), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1909-08-26 Jim Davis, American actor (Dallas), born in Edgerton, Missouri (d. 1981)
  • 1909-09-26 Bill France, Sr., American racing car driver and co-founder of NASCAR, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1992)
  • 1909-10-01 Everett Sloane, American actor (Patsy, Citizen Kane, Enforcer), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)
  • 1909-10-07 Erastus Corning 2nd, American politician, 72nd Mayor of Albany, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1909-10-10 Robert F. Boyle, American production designer and art director
  • 1909-10-14 Dorothy Kingsley, American screenwriter (d. 1996)
  • 1909-10-24 Bill Carr, American athlete (d. 1966)
  • 1909-11-19 Peter Drucker, American management theorist (d. 2005)
  • 1909-11-26 Frances Dee, American actress (Of Human Bondage), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1909-11-27 James Agee, American author (African Queen, Death in Family)
  • 1909-11-30 Robert Nighthawk, American musician (d. 1967)
  • 1909-12-12 Karen Morley, American actress (Scarface), born in Ottumwa, Iowa (d. 2003)
  • 1909-12-19 W.A. Criswell, American (Baptist) preacher (d. 2002)
  • 1910-01-05 Hugh Brannum, American actor (Make Room for Daddy, The Fred Waring Show), born in Sandwich, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1910-01-20 Abram Hill, director/playwright/founder (American Negro Theater)
  • 1910-01-28 Verda Bryant, American author
  • 1910-02-03 Robert Earl Jones, American actor (The Sting, Witness, Sleepaway Camp), born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • 1910-02-10 Joyce Grenfell, British actress (Pickwick Papers, Americanization of Emily), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • 1910-02-27 Ted Horn, American race car driver (d. 1948)
  • 1910-02-27 Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, American aircraft engineer (Lockheed Skunk Works; d. 1990)
  • 1910-03-03 Kittens Reichert [Catherine Alma Reichert], American silent screen child actor [House of Cards, Les Misérables], born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1990)

Person of interestSamuel Barber

1910-03-09 Samuel Barber, American composer (School for Scandal), born in West Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1981)

Composer Samuel Barber
Samuel Barber
  • 1910-03-28 Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr., American librarian and director of the Pierpont Morgan Library, born in Greenwich, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • 1910-03-28 James "Jimmie" Dodd, American actor (Thundering Trails, Riders of the Rio Grande), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1964)
  • 1910-04-10 Paul Sweezy, American Marxist economist and editor (Monthly Review), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1910-04-22 Norman Steenrod, American mathematician (d. 1971)
  • 1910-04-28 Sam Merwin, Jr., American mystery fiction writer (d. 1996)
  • 1910-05-03 Norman Corwin, American screenwriter for radio drama, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • 1910-05-12 Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (d. 1996)
  • 1910-05-23 Margaret Wise Brown, American author (d. 1952)

Person of interestT-Bone Walker

1910-05-28 T-Bone Walker, American blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), born in Linden, Texas (d. 1975)

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • 1910-05-30 Ralph Metcalfe, American athlete (d. 1978)
  • 1910-06-07 Bradford Washburn, American explorer and cartographer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • 1910-06-13 Mary Wickes, American actress (Dennis the Menace, Sister Act), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1995)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1601 - 1,700 of 5,017

  • 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
  • 1987-04-04 C.L. Moore, American writer (b. 1911)
  • 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 (b. 1922)
  • 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
  • 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 (b. 1949)
  • 1988-05-01 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, dies prostate cancer at 88
  • 1988-05-05 Michael Shaara, American author (b. 1928)
  • 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 guitarist, dies of a drug overdose at 43
  • 1988-07-08 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), dies at 83
  • 1988-07-11 Milton Krims, American screenwriter (Prince of Foxes), dies at 84
  • 1988-07-27 Frank Zamboni, American inventor (b. 1901)
  • 1988-08-02 Joe Carcione, American consumer advocate (The Green Grocer), dies at 73
  • 1988-08-14 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, dies at 48
  • 1988-08-21 Ray Eames, American designer, artist and architect (b. 1912)
  • 1988-09-11 John Sylvester White, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1988-09-21 Glenn Robert Davis, member of United States Congress (b. 1914
  • 1988-10-19 Son House, American musician (b. 1902)
  • 1988-10-30 T. Hee, American animator (b. 1911)
  • 1988-12-06 Roy Orbison, American musician (Pretty Woman), dies of a massive heart attack at 52
  • 1988-12-12 Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano, American Mafia figure (b. 1917)
  • 1988-12-16 Sylvester [James Jr], American singer-songwriter (Do Ya Wanna Funk), dies of complications from HIV and AIDS at 41

Person of interestMax Robinson

1988-12-20 Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), dies of aids at 49

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson
  • 1988-12-21 Bob Steele [Robert Adrian Bradbury], American actor (Monogram, Supreme, Tiffany), dies of Emphysema at 60
  • 1988-12-26 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (b. 1907)
  • 1989-01-10 Herbert Morrison, American radio reporter (b. 1905)
  • 1989-01-21 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 74
  • 1989-02-01 Elaine de Kooning, American artist (b. 1918)
  • 1989-02-03 John Cassavetes, Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby), dies at 59
  • 1989-02-03 Glenna Collett Vare, American golfer who dominated women's golf in the 1920s, dies at 85
  • 1989-02-13 Wayne Hays, American politician (b. 1911)
  • 1989-02-14 James Bond, American ornithologist (b. 1900)
  • 1989-02-22 Joan Woodbury, American actress (Super Sleuth, Northwest Trail), dies at 73

Person of interestTiny Grimes

1989-03-04 Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), dies of meningitis at 72

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • 1989-03-10 Doc Green, American singer (The Drifters), dies at 54
  • 1989-03-11 James Kee, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 1989-03-11 John J. McCloy, United States Secretary of War (b. 1895)
  • 1989-04-15 Nesuhi Ertegün, American record executive (b. 1917)
  • 1989-05-10 Woody Shaw, American jazz musician (b. 1944)
  • 1989-05-15 Johnny Green, American songwriter (b. 1908)
  • 1989-05-29 John Cipollina, American musician (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies from a longterm illness at 45
  • 1989-06-12 Lou Monte, American singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse), dies at 72
  • 1989-06-18 I. F. Stone, American journalist (b. 1907)
  • 1989-07-02 Franklin Schaffner, American film director (b. 1920)
  • 1989-07-23 Donald Barthelme, American author (b. 1931)
  • 1989-07-25 Steve Rubell, American night club owner (b. 1943)
  • 1989-07-30 Lane Frost, American bull rider, dies from injuries sustained by being gored by a bull at 25

Person of interestWilliam Shockley

1989-08-12 William Shockley, American physicist who helped invent the transistor (1956 Nobel), who was also known for his racist eugenics views, dies of prostate cancer at 79

Physicist William Shockley
William Shockley
  • 1989-08-16 Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Gunsmoke), dies at 60
  • 1989-08-30 Seymour Krim, American journalist, essayist, and literary critic (b. 1922)
  • 1989-09-01 Tadeusz Sendzimir, American inventor (b. 1894)
  • 1989-09-15 Robert Penn Warren, American poet and novelist (All the King's Men, Pulitzer 1946), dies at 84
  • 1989-09-19 Willie Steele, American Olympic gold medalist (b. 1923)
  • 1989-09-20 Richie Ginther, American racing driver, dies from a heart attack at 59

Person of interestIrving Berlin

1989-09-22 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history (God Bless America, White Xmas), dies at 101

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1989-09-29 August A. "Gussie" Busch, American brewing magnate and baseball owner (St Louis Cards), dies at 90
  • 1989-10-03 Del Wool [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, dies at 69
  • 1989-10-04 Secretariat, American race horse (b. 1970)
  • 1989-10-09 Penny Lernoux, American journalist and author (b. 1940)
  • 1989-10-11 M. King Hubbert, American geophysicist (b. 1904)
  • 1989-10-12 Jay Ward, American cartoonist (Rocky & His Friends), dies of kidney cancer at 69
  • 1989-10-23 Armida, Mexican-American stage, vaudeville and film actress (b. 1911)
  • 1989-10-26 Charles J. Pedersen, American Nobel laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1989-11-17 Gus Farace, American gangster (b. 1960)
  • 1989-11-22 C. C. Beck, American cartoonist (b. 1910)
  • 1989-11-25 Alva R. Fitch, American World War II and Korean soldier (b. 1907)
  • 1989-12-06 John Payne, American actor (The Restless Gun, Miracle on 34th Street), dies aged 77
  • 1989-12-11 Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American photographer (b. 1895)
  • 1990-01-03 Arthur Gold, American pianist, half of Gold and Fizdale duo (b. 1917)
  • 1990-01-04 Harold Edgerton, American electrical engineer (b. 1903)
  • 1990-01-18 Rusty Hamer, American actor (b. 1947)
  • 1990-01-24 Madge Bellamy, American actress, dies of heart failure at 90
  • 1990-01-26 Lewis Mumford, American historian (b. 1895)
  • 1990-02-08 Del Shannon, American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), commits suicide at 55

Person of interestKeith Haring

1990-02-16 Keith Haring, American graffiti artist (brilliant baby), dies of aids at 31

Artist & Social Activist Keith Haring
Artist & Social Activist
Keith Haring
  • 1990-02-27 Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (b. 1903)
  • 1990-03-05 Gary Merrill, American actor (Young Dr Kildare, All About Eve), dies of a lung cancer at 74
  • 1990-03-13 Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian-American psycho-analyst (Uses of Enchantment), commits suicide at 86