United States of America in History (Part 19)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1801 - 1,900 of 9,753

  • 1913-01-14 Tillie Olsen, American writer (Tell Me a Riddle), born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 2007)
  • 1913-01-22 Carl F. H. Henry, American theologian and publisher (d. 2003)
  • 1913-01-25 Luis Marden, American photojournalist, born in Chelsea, Massachusetts (d. 2003)
  • 1913-01-29 Daniel Taradash, American screenwriter (d. 2003)

Rosa ParksRosa Parks (1913-2005)

1913-02-04 American civil rights activist who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger, born in Tuskegee, Alabama

  • 1913-02-14 Mel Allen, American sportscaster (voice of NY Yankees), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1996)

William J. CaseyWilliam J. Casey (1913-1987)

1913-03-13 American head of the CIA during the Iran-contra scandal (1981-87), born in NYC, New York

  • 1913-03-22 Lew Wasserman, American film studio executive (d. 2002)
  • 1913-03-29 Phil Foster, American comedian (Frank De Fazio-Laverne & Shirley), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1913-03-30 Marc Davis, American animator (Walt Disney), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2000)
  • 1913-03-31 Etta Baker, American blues guitarist, born in Caldwell County, North Carolina

Muddy WatersMuddy Waters (1913-1983)

1913-04-04 American blues guitarist ("Hoochie Coochie Man"), born in Jug's Corner (Issaquena County) or Rolling Fork, Mississippi

  • 1913-04-07 Charles Vanik, American politician (d. 2007)
  • 1913-04-17 Richard Travis, American actor (Missile to the Moon), born in Carlsbad, New Mexico (d. 1989)
  • 1913-04-27 Philip Abelson, American physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate, born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2004)
  • 1913-05-01 Louis Nye, American comedian and actor (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Steve Allen Plymouth Show), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • 1913-05-29 Tony Zale, American boxer (World Middleweight Champion 1940-47, 48), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1913-06-02 Bert Farber, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey, Vic Damone), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1913-06-06 Carlo L. Golino, Italian-American scholar, born in Pescara, Italy (d. 1991)
  • 1913-06-13 Ralph Edwards, American TV host (This is Your Life), born in Merino, Colorado (d. 2005)
  • 1913-07-01 Jo Sinclair [Ruth Seid], American writer (Wasteland), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1913-07-11 Cordwainer Smith, American writer (d. 1966)
  • 1913-07-12 Willis Lamb, American physicist (Nobel 1955), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2008)
  • 1913-07-15 Dorothy Schwartz, American violinist (d. 2007)
  • 1913-07-15 Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, American country singer ("Candy Kisses"; "Alabam"), born in Blue Creek, Ohio (d. 1963)
  • 1913-07-17 Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (d. 1997)
  • 1913-07-27 George L. Street III, American Navy Submariner and Medal of Honor recipient, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2000)
  • 1913-08-04 Robert Hayden, African-American poet (Those Winter Sundays), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1980)
  • 1913-08-07 George Van Eps, American seven-string jazz guitarist, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1913-08-17 Mark Felt, American FBI official and Watergate secret informant known as "Deep Throat", born in Twin Falls, Idaho (d. 2008)
  • 1913-08-19 Richard Simmons, American actor (Sergeant Preston of the Yukon), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • 1913-09-01 Christian Nyby, American director (Big Sleep, Thing), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1993)
  • 1913-09-04 Mickey Cohen, American gangster (Cohen crime family), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1913-09-15 Henry Dreyfus Brant, Canadian composer (Great American Goot), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1913-09-27 Albert Ellis, American psychologist, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1913-10-05 Eugene B. Fluckey, American Navy submariner, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2007)
  • 1913-10-08 Robert Gilruth, American aviation and space pioneer (NASA Director of the Manned Spacecraft Center, 1961-74), born in Nashwauk, Minnesota (d. 2000) [1]
  • 1913-10-10 Johnny Downs, American actor (The Mad Monster, Coronado, Manhattan Showcase), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1913-10-27 Joseph Medicine Crow, Native American chief and historian, born near Lodge Grass, Montana (d. 2013)
  • 1913-11-04 Gig Young [Byron Elsworth Barr], American actor (They Shoot Horses Don't They), born in St. Cloud, Minnesota (d. 1978)
  • 1913-11-13 Helen Mack, American actress (Son of Kong, Milky Way), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1913-11-25 Lewis Thomas, American physician and essayist (d. 1993)
  • 1913-12-18 Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (d. 2006)
  • 1913-12-25 Tony Martin [Alvin Morris], American singer ("It's a Blue World; "To Each His Own"), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • 1914-01-16 Roger Wagner, French-American choral director, and educator, was born in Le Puy, France (d. 1992)
  • 1914-01-28 Nelson Olmsted [or Olmstead], American voice actor (Sleep No More), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1992)
  • 1914-02-06 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor (Tony the Tiger), and bass singer ("You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"), born in Norfolk, Nebraska (d. 2005)
  • 1914-02-15 (Thomas) Hale Boggs, American politician (US Representative from Louisiana, 1947-73), born in Long Beach, Mississippi (d. 1972)
  • 1914-03-01 Harry Caray, American Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster (Chicago Cubs), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • 1914-03-04 Robert R. Wilson, American physicist (The Manhattan Project), sculptor and architect, born in Frontier, Wyoming (d. 2000)
  • 1914-03-04 Ward Kimball, American cartoonist (worked for Walt Disney), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2002)
  • 1914-03-13 Edward O'Hare, American naval aviator of the U.S. Navy, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1943)
  • 1914-03-14 Lee Elhardt Hays, American folk singer (d. 1981)
  • 1914-03-14 Lee Petty, American race car driver (d. 2000)
  • 1914-03-15 Aniello Dellacroce, American gangster (d. 1985)
  • 1914-03-15 Joe E. Ross, American actor and comedian (Car 54), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1982)

Sammy BaughSammy Baugh (1914-2008)

1914-03-17 American NFL hall of fame quarterback (Washington Redskins), born in Temple, Texas

  • 1914-03-28 Edward Anhalt, American screenwriter (Escape to Athena), born in New York (d. 2000)
  • 1914-03-30 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician ("Down & Out Blues"), born in Madison County, Tennessee (d. 1948)
  • 1914-04-12 Armen Alchian, American economist and professor (University of California), born in Fresno, California (d. 2013)
  • 1914-04-17 George Davis, American art director (20th Century Fox), born in Kokomo, Indiana (d. 1984)
  • 1914-04-20 Betty Lou Gerson, American voice actress (101 Dalmatians, Cinderella), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1999)
  • 1914-04-21 Norman Panama, American screenwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1914-04-25 Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (Raintree County), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1948)

Joe LouisJoe Louis (1914-1981)

1914-05-13 American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1937-49), born in Lafayette, Alabama

  • 1914-05-16 Edward T. Hall, American anthropologist and author
  • 1914-05-22 Sun Ra [Herbert Blount], American jazz pianist (The Arkestra), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • 1914-05-29 Stacy Keach, Sr., American actor (Pretty Woman; The Parallax View), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1914-06-14 Pauline Moore [Joless Love], American actress (Colorado, Young Mr. Lincoln), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1914-06-14 Winifred Milius Lubell, American illustrator and writer (The Outer Lands), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1914-06-15 Hilda Terry, American Cartoonist (d. 2006)
  • 1914-06-18 E. G. Marshall [Everett Eugene Grunz], American actor (12 Angry Men, The Defenders), born in Owatonna Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • 1914-07-24 Frances Oldham Kelsey, Canadian-American FDA Director (stopped thalidomide use in the US), born in Cobble Hill, British Columbia (d. 2015)
  • 1914-07-26 Erskine Hawkins, American trumpeter and composer ("After Hours"), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • 1914-07-28 Carmen Dragon, American composer (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), and conductor (Hollywood Bowl Symphony), born in Antioch, California (d. 1984)
  • 1914-08-02 Beatrice Straight, American actress (Network, Poltergeist, Power), born in Old Westbury, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1914-08-11 José Silva, American parapsychologist (d. 1999)
  • 1914-09-02 Tom Glazer, American folk singer and songwriter (Because All Men Are Brothers; A Dollar Ain't A Dollar Anymore), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1914-09-03 Dixy Lee Ray, American politician (17th Governor of Washington) and chairman of the United States Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1914-09-14 Clayton Moore, American actor (The Lone Ranger), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1914-09-14 Robert McCloskey, American children's book writer and illustrator (Make Way For Ducklings), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • 1914-09-14 Robert S. Dietz, American geophysicist who proposed a theory of seafloor spreading in 1961, born in Westfield, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1914-09-16 Allen Funt, American TV host and creator (Candid Camera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1914-09-28 Jim Boyd, American country and western musician (Men of the West) (d. 1993)
  • 1914-10-01 Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian and author (The Americans: The Democratic Experience - 1974 Pulitzer Prize)
  • 1914-10-02 Jack Parsons, American rocket scientist and Thelemite occultist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1952)
  • 1914-10-04 Brendan Gill, American critic (The New Yorker), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • 1914-10-09 Roger Goeb, American composer, born in Cherokee, Iowa (d. 1997)
  • 1914-10-21 Martin Gardner, Scientific American math & puzzles columnist
  • 1914-10-23 Dick Durrance, American skier, born in Tarpon Springs, Florida (d. 2004)
  • 1914-10-25 John Berryman, American poet (The Dream Songs), born in McAlester, Oklahoma (d. 1972)
  • 1914-10-31 Joe Carcione, American consumer advocate (The Green Grocer) (d. 1988)
  • 1914-11-05 Alton Tobey, American artist, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • 1914-11-11 Henry Wade, American lawyer (Dallas County District Attorney 1951-87), born in Rockwall County, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1914-12-09 Frances Reid, American actress (Days of Our Lives, The Andromeda Strain), born in Wichita Falls, Texas (d. 2010)
  • 1914-12-29 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1989)
  • 1914-12-30 (Catherine) Jo Van Fleet, American Tony and Academy Award-winning actress (The Trip To Bountiful; East of Eden; Cool Hand Luke), born in Oakland, California (d. 1996) [some sources give birth as 12/29/15]
  • 1914-12-30 Bert Parks [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1915-01-06 Don Edwards, American politician and civil rights champion (Rep-D-CA, 1963-94), born in San Jose, California (d. 2015)
  • 1915-01-12 Paul Jarrico, American writer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1801 - 1,900 of 4,915

  • 1993-11-13 Rufus "Freight Train" Jones [Carey Lloyd], American professional wrestler, dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1993-11-27 Jerry Hunt, American experimental composer and video artist, commits suicide at 49
  • 1993-12-16 Charizma [Charles Hicks], American rapper, killed in a mugging at 20
  • 1993-12-16 Charizma, American Hip-Hop MC (b. 1973)
  • 1993-12-28 Howard Caine [Cohen], American actor (Hogan's Heroes), dies at 67
  • 1994-01-16 Stephen Kritsick, veterinarian (Good Morning America), dies at 42
  • 1994-01-17 Helen Stephens, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m & 4x100m relay 1936), dies at 75
  • 1994-01-22 (Aristotelis) "Telly" Savalas, American actor (Kojak; On Her Majesty's Secret Service), and singer ("If"), dies of prostate cancer at 72
  • 1994-01-22 Rhett Forrester, American singer (Riot) (b. 1956)
  • 1994-01-29 Nick Cravat [Nicholas Cuccia], American actor (Twilight Zone - "Gremlin" in "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" episode), dies of lung cancer at 81
  • 1994-02-09 Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist (Nobel 1975), dies at 59
  • 1994-02-26 Bill Hicks, American stand-up comedian and social critic, dies of pancreatic cancer at 32
  • 1994-03-20 Lewis Grizzard, American humorist (b. 1946)
  • 1994-03-22 Dan Hartman, American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer (Edgar Winter Group - "Free Ride; solo- "I Can Dream About You"; James Brown -"Living In America"), dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor at 43
  • 1994-03-23 Jim Moloney, American actor and writer, dies of Parkinson's disease at 64
  • 1994-03-30 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, dies at 79
  • 1994-04-10 Sam B. Hall, American politician (b. 1924)
  • 1994-04-16 John McLiam [Williams], Canadian actor (First Blood, Sleeper, Men From Shiloh), dies of Parkinson's disease at 76
  • 1994-05-06 Fred Sadoff, actor (Quiet American), dies of AIDS at 67
  • 1994-05-07 Margaret Skeete, oldest American, dies at 115
  • 1994-05-12 Erik Erikson, American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst who coined the phrase "identity crisis", dies at 91

Jacqueline Kennedy OnassisJacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994)

1994-05-19 American 1st lady (1961-63), dies of cancer at 64

  • 1994-05-23 Ray Candy, American professional wrestler, dies from a heart attack at 42
  • 1994-05-31 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, dies at 85
  • 1994-07-04 Joey Marella, American professional wrestling referee (b. 1964)
  • 1994-07-08 Dick Sargent [Richard Stanford Cox], American actor (Darren in "Bewitched"), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1994-07-08 Lars-Eric Lindblad, Swedish-American entrepreneur and explorer (b. 1927)
  • 1994-07-11 Savannah [Shannon Michelle Wilsey], American pornographic film actress, dies after a suicide attempt at 23
  • 1994-08-11 Mark "Red" Mitchell, American actor (JFK; 8 Seconds; Want to Live), dies when his car is struck by a train at 33
  • 1994-08-14 Alice Childress, American playwright, actress and writer, dies at 77
  • 1994-09-01 Boris Malenko, American professional wrestler (b. 1933)
  • 1994-09-10 Amy Clampitt, American poet (Silence Opens), dies at 74
  • 1994-09-19 Sandra Fisher, American painter, dies at 47
  • 1994-09-23 Dalton Reed, American soul singer, dies of heart failure at 42
  • 1994-09-23 Jerry Barber, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1961), dies of mitral valve prolapse and stroke at 78
  • 1994-10-25 Lillian Hayman, American actress (Leslie Uggams Show), dies at 72
  • 1994-10-26 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer ("Kansas City"), dies at 65
  • 1994-10-29 Pearl Primus, Trinidad-born American dancer (poplularized African dance), dies at 74
  • 1994-11-03 Ralph Wyckoff, American scientist and pioneer of X-ray crystallography, dies at 97
  • 1994-11-08 Michael O'Donoghue, American comedy writer (SNL), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 54
  • 1994-11-11 John Volpe, American politician (61st and 63rd Governor of Massachusetts) and U.S. Secretary of Treasury (1969-73), dies at 85
  • 1994-11-14 Tom Villard, American actor (b. 1953)
  • 1994-11-15 Elizabeth George Speare, American author (The Witch of Blackbird Pond), dies at 85
  • 1994-11-16 Dino Valenti [Chester Powers, Jr], American rock guitarist and singer (Quicksilver Messenger Service - "Fresh Air"), dies at 57
  • 1994-11-23 Art Barr, American professional wrestler, dies at 28
  • 1994-11-23 Tommy Boyce, American songwriter (Boyce & Hart; The Monkees), commits suicide at 55
  • 1994-11-26 Joey Stefano, American actor (b. 1968)
  • 1994-11-28 Al Levitt, American jazz drummer, dies at 63

Jeffrey DahmerJeffrey Dahmer (1960-1994)

1994-11-28 American serial killer (Milwaukee Cannibal), killed in prison at 34

  • 1994-12-11 Philip Phillips, American archaeologist (Mississippian culture), dies at 94
  • 1994-12-12 Donna J. Stone, American poet, dies of heart failure at 61
  • 1995-01-03 Al Duncan, American blues drummer, dies at 68
  • 1995-01-04 Sol Tax, American anthropologist (founded the journal Current Anthropology), dies at 87
  • 1995-01-07 Murray Rothbard, American economist (b. 1926)
  • 1995-01-11 Josef Gingold, Russian-American violinist (b. 1909)
  • 1995-01-18 Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire in the American League (1969-79), dies at 57
  • 1995-01-21 John Halas, Hungarian-American cartoonist and animator (Animal Farm), dies at 82
  • 1995-01-22 Jerry Blackwell, American professional wrestler, dies at 45
  • 1995-01-23 Bill Horton, American doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), dies at 65
  • 1995-02-10 Paul Monette, American writer, dies of AIDS at 49
  • 1995-02-18 Robert "Bob" Stinson, American rock guitarist (The Replacements), dies of organ failure at 35
  • 1995-03-12 Juanin Clay, American actress (The Legend of the Lone Ranger), dies at 45

Florence ChadwickFlorence Chadwick (1918-1995)

1995-03-15 American swimmer who was the 1st woman to swim the English Channel in both directions, dies of leukemia at 76

  • 1995-03-23 Robert Turner, winner of 1st All-American Soap Box Derby, dies at 72
  • 1995-03-25 James Coleman, American sociologist (b. 1926)
  • 1995-04-01 H. Adams Carter, American mountaineer (Alpine Club President 1954-58; editor American Alpine Journal 1960-95), dies at 80
  • 1995-04-04 Jo Sinclair [Ruth Seid], American writer (Wasteland), dies at 81
  • 1995-04-15 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, dies at 85

Ginger RogersGinger Rogers (1911-1995)

1995-04-25 American vaudeville, stage and screen dancer, singer (Top Hat), and Academy Award-winning actress (Kitty Foyle; Stage Door), dies at 83

  • 1995-05-14 Christian B. Anfinsen, American biochemist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1972 for ribonuclease,), dies at 79
  • 1995-05-19 Robert S. Dietz, American geophysicist who proposed a theory of seafloor spreading in 1961, dies at 80
  • 1995-06-03 Frank Waters, American writer, dies at 92
  • 1995-06-07 Hsuan Hua, influential Buddhist master in the United States (b. 1918)
  • 1995-06-20 Al Hansen, American artist (Fluxus), found dead at 67
  • 1995-06-21 Laurence McKinley Gould, American Geologist and Polar Explorer who was chief scientist and second-in-command on the first expedition to the interior of Antarctica in 1929, dies at 98

Jonas SalkJonas Salk (1914-1995)

1995-06-23 American medical researcher and virologist who created the Polio vaccine, dies of heart failure at 80

  • 1995-07-02 Krissy Taylor, American model (17 Mag), dies of respiratory problems at 17
  • 1995-07-06 Helene Johnson, American Harlem Renaissance poet, dies at 87
  • 1995-07-12 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, dies of cardiac arrest at 69
  • 1995-08-03 Edward Whittemore, American writer (b. 1933)
  • 1995-08-03 Ida Lupino, British-American actress (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) and director (The Hitch-Hiker), dies from a stoke while undergoing cancer treatment at 77
  • 1995-08-11 Phil Harris [Wonga Philip], American actor and singer (Anything Goes; Robin Hood), dies of heart failure at 91

Mickey MantleMickey Mantle (1931-1995)

1995-08-13 American Baseball HOF outfielder (1956 Triple Crown; 20 x MLB All Star; 7 × World Series; 3 × AL MVP; NY Yankees), dies of liver cancer at 63

  • 1995-08-20 Paul Foster, American singer (Soul Stirrers), dies at 75
  • 1995-08-28 Earl Bascom, American rodeo pioneer (b. 1906)
  • 1995-09-14 Eiji Okada, Japanese actor (Hiroshima mon amour, The Ugly American), dies of heart failure at 75
  • 1995-09-14 Maurice K. Goddard, American state government official (b. 1912)

Orville RedenbacherOrville Redenbacher (1907-1995)

1995-09-19 American popcorn magnate (Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popcorn), suffers heart attack drowns in his whirlpool bathtub at 88

  • 1995-09-21 Rudy Perpich, American politician, 34th & 36th Governor of Minnesota, dies at 67
  • 1995-09-28 Eddy Grove, American actor (Dragnet; The Silent Service; Medic), dies at 78
  • 1995-10-01 Margaret Gorman Cahill, 1st Miss America (1921), dies at 90
  • 1995-10-05 Linda Gary, American voice actress (b. 1944)
  • 1995-10-13 Henry Roth, American writer (Call it Sleep), dies at 89
  • 1995-10-21 Linda Goodman, American astrologer and poet, dies from complications of diabetes at 70
  • 1995-10-31 Rosalind Cash, American actress (Emma-Go Tell It on the Mountain), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1995-11-06 Aneta Corsaut, American actress (Helen Crump-The Andy Griffith Show; Jane-The Blob), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1995-11-24 Jeffrey Lynn [Ragnar Godfrey Lind], American actor (Four Daughters, Roaring Twenties), dies from natural causes at 86
  • 1995-11-30 Randy Walker (AKA Stretch), American musician (b. 1972)
  • 1995-12-13 Nancy LaMott, American singer, dies of cancer at 43
  • 1996-01-08 Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic, dies at 88