United States of America in History (Part 17)

Historical Events

Events 1601 - 1,626 of 1,626

Historic Event

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

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

Music Awards

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

Film & TV History

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

Appointment of Interest

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

Music History

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

  • 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 Men's Golf, St. Andrews: American Zach Johnson wins in a 4-hole play-off with Australian Marc Leishman & Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa

Historic Event

2015-08-31 President Obama officially re-designates Alaska’s Mt. McKinley as Denali, its native American name

Historic Event

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

Sports History

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

  • 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 9,760

Louis Jordan

1908-07-08 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader ("Caldonia"; "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie"; "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens"), born in Brinkley, Arkansas (d. 1975)

  • 1908-07-18 Peace Pilgrim [Mildred Lisette Norman], American peace activist, born in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey (d. 1981)

Mad Dog Coll

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

  • 1908-07-21 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American golfer, course designer (17 PGA Tour wins), born in Monticello, Kansas (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 Scott [Harry Warnow], American composer ('The Toy Trumpet'), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1908-09-10 Waldo Wedel, American Archaeologist (Great Plains prehistoric cultures), born in Newton, Kansas (d. 1996)
  • 1908-09-29 Eddie Tolan, American sprinter (2 Golds 1932 Olympics), born in Denver, Colorado (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, and lyricist (Night in Manhattan; "Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere"), 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 (Magnificent Ambersons), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1908-11-08 Martha Gellhorn, American novelist and journalist who was one of the first female war correspondents, born in St. Louis, Missouri (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 (The Witch of Blackbird Pond), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1908-11-23 Nelson S. Bond, American sci-fi writer, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1908-12-14 (Moritz) "Morey" Amsterdam, American comedian, cellist, and actor (The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Buddy"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 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, known as "the Father of the Corevette", born in Brussells, Belgium (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, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1909-02-01 George Beverly Shea, Canadian-American Grammy Award-winning gospel singer (Billy Graham Crusades, 1947-2013), born in Winchester, Ontario (d. 2013)
  • 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 (McDonalds), born in Manchester, New Hampshire (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)

Clyde Barrow

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

  • 1909-04-06 William M. Branham, American evangelist (d. 1965)
  • 1909-05-06 Loyd Sigmon, American radio broadcaster, sound engineer, and inventor ("Sig Alert" for traffic and emergency notices), born in Stigler, Oklahoma (d. 2004)

Edwin Land

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

Maybelle Carter

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

  • 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, born in Brooklyn, New York (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 (Hilliard) 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, Italian-American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1940-66), born in Torre Pelosa (now Bari), Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1909-07-26 Vivian Vance [Jones], American stage and screen actress (I Love Lucy - "Ethel Mertz"; The Lucy Show - "Viv"), 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, American museum director and author (American Paintings in 19th Century), born in Woodbridge, Connecticut (d. 1987)
  • 1909-08-12 Richard Bare, American director
  • 1909-08-17 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter, arranger, bandleader, and composer, born in Brooklyn, New York City (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 auto racer (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, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2010)
  • 1909-10-14 Dorothy Kingsley, American screenwriter (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1909-10-24 Bill Carr, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4 x 400m 1932), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1966)
  • 1909-11-19 Peter Drucker, Austrian-American management theorist, born in Kaasgraben, Vienna, Austria-Hungary (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), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 1955)
  • 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 and singer (Captain Kangaroo - "Mr. Green Jeans"; The Fred Waring Show - "Lumpy"), born in Sandwich, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1910-01-20 Abram Hill, African-American playwright & author (American Negro Theater), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1986)
  • 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 Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, American aircraft engineer (Lockheed Skunk Works; d. 1990)
  • 1910-02-27 Ted Horn, American race car driver (d. 1948)
  • 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)

Samuel Barber

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

  • 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 (algebraic topology), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • 1910-04-28 Sam Merwin, Jr., American mystery fiction writer, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (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)

T-Bone Walker

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

  • 1910-05-29 Ralph Metcalfe, American athlete, politician (Rep-D-Ill; joint world record 100m, Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1936), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1978)
  • 1910-06-07 Bradford Washburn, American explorer and cartographer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • 1910-06-13 Mary Wickes [Wickenhauser], American character actress (Father Dowling Mysteries; Sister Act; Dennis The Menace), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1910-06-23 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (Cab Calloway) and session musician, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2000)

William Hanna

1910-07-14 William Hanna, American animator (Hanna-Barbera, Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo), born in Melrose, New Mexico (d. 2001)

  • 1910-07-30 Edgar de Evia, Mexican-American photographer, born in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico (d. 2003)
  • 1910-08-01 Walter Scharf, American film composer, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1910-08-04 Anita Page, American silent screen actress (Our Dancing Daughters), born in Flushing, Queens (d. 2008)
  • 1910-08-04 Hedda Sterne, Romanian born American artist, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2011)

Jane Wyatt

1910-08-12 Jane Wyatt, American actress (Father Knows Best, Star Trek), born in Mahwah, New Jersey (d. 2006)

  • 1910-09-03 Kitty Carlisle, American actress and television personality, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2007)
  • 1910-09-18 Leon Stein, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1910-10-07 Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (d. 1986)
  • 1910-10-08 Gus Hall, American union organizer and head of the U.S. Communist Party, born in Cherry Township, Minnesota (d. 2000)
  • 1910-10-08 Kirk Alyn [John Feggo Jr], American actor (Superman), born in Oxford, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • 1910-10-12 Bob Sheppard, American public address announcer (MLB: NY Yankees 1951–2007; NFL: NY Giants 1956–2006), born in Richmond Hill, New York (d. 2010)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1601 - 1,700 of 4,918

  • 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, takes his own life after being arrested for public drunkenness at 48
  • 1988-08-21 Ray Eames, American designer and filmmaker, dies at 75
  • 1988-09-11 John Sylvester White, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1988-09-21 Glenn Robert Davis, American politician, dies at 73
  • 1988-10-19 Edward "Son" House, American delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Walking Blues"; "Preachin' The Blues"), dies of larynx cancer at 86
  • 1988-10-30 T. Hee, American animator (b. 1911)
  • 1988-12-06 Roy Orbison, American rock singer-songwriter ("Pretty Woman"; "Only The Lonely"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"), dies of a massive heart attack at 52
  • 1988-12-12 Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano, American Mafia figure (b. 1917)

Sylvester James Jr.

1988-12-16 Sylvester James Jr., American singer-songwriter (Do Ya Wanna Funk), dies of complications from HIV/AIDS at 41

Max Robinson

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

  • 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 [Dorothy] "Billy" Tipton, American jazz pianist, saxophone player, and bandleader, dies at 74
  • 1989-02-01 Elaine de Kooning, American artist, dies at 70
  • 1989-02-03 Glenna Collett-Vare, American golfer (6-time US Amateur champion), dies at 85
  • 1989-02-03 John Cassavetes, Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby), dies at 59
  • 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
  • 1989-03-04 Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), dies of meningitis at 72
  • 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, Turkish–American record producer & executive (Atlantic Records), dies at 71
  • 1989-05-10 Woody Shaw, American jazz trumpeter (Rosewood), dies from complications after being stuck by a subway train at 44
  • 1989-05-29 John Cipollina, American rock guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies from a longterm lung disease at 45
  • 1989-06-12 Lou Monte {Scaglione], Italian-American novelty song singer-songwriter (Peppino the Italian Mouse; Dominick the Donkey), 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

William 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

  • 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

Irving Berlin

1989-09-22 Irving Berlin [Israel Beilin], Russian-American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in history ("Always"; "God Bless America"; "White Christmas"; "Cheek To Cheek"), dies at 101 [1] [2]

  • 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 thoroughbred race horse (Triple Crown, 1973), euthanized while suffering from laminitis at 19

  • 1989-10-09 Penny Lernoux, American journalist and author (b. 1940)
  • 1989-10-11 M. King Hubbert, American geologist and geophysicist, dies at 86
  • 1989-10-12 Jay Ward, American cartoonist (Rocky & His Friends, Bullwinkle), 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 organic biochemist (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1987), dies at 85
  • 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 fashion photographer, dies at 94
  • 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 (Rusty-Make Room for Daddy), dies at 52
  • 1990-01-23 [Piet] "Peter" Sweval, American rock bassist (Looking Glass - "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" ; Starz - "Cherry Baby"), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 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 [Charles Westover], American rock musician and songwriter ("Runaway"), commits suicide at 55

Keith Haring

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

  • 1990-02-27 Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (b. 1903)
  • 1990-03-05 Gary Merrill, American actor (Young Dr. Kildare (TV series); 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
  • 1990-03-19 Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (b. 1966)
  • 1990-04-14 Thurston Harris, American pop vocalist (The Sharps, Little Bitty Pretty One), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1990-04-29 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction - "Grazin' in the Grass"), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1990-05-04 Don Appell, American writer and director, dies at 70
  • 1990-05-09 Pauline Frederick, American journalist & author, dies at 84
  • 1990-05-27 Robert B. Meyner, American politician (44th Governor of New Jersey), dies at 81
  • 1990-06-03 Stiv Bators [Steven Bator], American punk rock singer and guitarist (The Dead Boys; The Lords of the New Church), dies from brain injury after being struck by a car in Paris, at 40
  • 1990-07-06 Nathaniel Wyeth, American chemist and inventor (created PET plastic beverage bottle), dies at 78
  • 1990-08-02 Norman Mclean, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1990-08-12 B. Kliban, American cartoonist known for his drawings of cats, usually with horrible puns (Love to Eat Them Mousies), dies at 55

Stevie Ray Vaughan

1990-08-27 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues guitarist (Texas Flood; "Pride And Joy"; David Bowie - "Let's Dance"), dies in a helicopter crash at 35

  • 1990-10-03 Eleanor Steber, American soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1940-66), dies following unsuccessful heart surgery at 76
  • 1990-10-10 Tom Murton, American penologist (b. 1928)
  • 1990-10-16 Jorge Bolet, Cuban-born American pianist known for his performances of the work of Franz Liszt, dies at 75
  • 1990-11-15 Alydar, American racehorse (b. 1975)

Robert Hofstadter

1990-11-17 Robert Hofstadter, American atomic physicist and Nobel laureate (electron scattering in atomic nuclei), dies at 75

  • 1990-11-24 Marion Post Wolcott, American photographer during the Great Depression, dies at 80

Aaron Copland

1990-12-02 Aaron Copland, American composer (Billy the Kid, Fanfare for Common Man), dies of Alzheimer's disease and respiratory failure at 90

  • 1990-12-16 Douglas Campbell, American aviator and World War I flying ace, dies at 94
  • 1990-12-21 Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, American aeronautical engineer (Lockheed Skunk Works; b. 1910)
  • 1991-01-30 Clifton C. Edom, American photojournalism educator (b. 1907)

John Bardeen

1991-01-30 John Bardeen, American physicist, electrical engineer and co-inventor of the transistor (Nobel 1956, 1972), dies of heart disease at 82

  • 1991-02-01 Carol Dempster, American film actress (Sally of Sawdust, America), dies at 89
  • 1991-02-03 Harry Ackerman, American TV executive producer (b. 1912)
  • 1991-02-07 John Steinbeck IV, American author and journalist
  • 1991-02-09 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, dies at 59
  • 1991-02-11 Robert W. Holley, American biochemist who worked with RNA (Nobel Prize 1968), dies at 71
  • 1991-02-26 (Bulee) "Slim" Galliard, American jazz singer, musician, songwriter ("Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy)"), and actor, dies of cancer at 75
  • 1991-02-28 Wassily Hoeffding, American statistician (b. 1914)

Cool Papa Bell

1991-03-07 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American Baseball HOF center fielder (NgL WorLd Series 1943, 44 Homestead Grays; 8 x NgL All Star; career BA .337), dies at 87