United States of America in History (Part 20)

Historical Events

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1901 - 2,000 of 9,831

  • 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 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)
  • 1915-01-14 Mark Goodson, American radio and TV game show producer, with Bill Todman ("I've Got A Secret"; "The Price Is Right"; "Password"), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1992)
  • 1915-01-19 Alvy West, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1915-01-21 Alan Hewitt, American actor (Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1915-01-29 John Serry, Sr., American musician and arranger (d. 2003)

Person of interestThomas Merton

1915-01-31 Thomas Merton, French-American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), born in Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, France

Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton
Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk
Thomas Merton
  • 1915-01-31 Alan Lomax, American ethno-musicologist, and folklorist, born in Austin, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1915-02-04 Ray Evans, American songwriter with Jay Livingston (d. 2007)
  • 1915-02-07 Eddie Bracken, American actor (Summer Stock, Young & Willing), born in Astoria, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1915-02-11 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1915-02-23 Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), born in Fresno, California (d. 1979)
  • 1915-03-11 J. C. R. Licklider, American computer scientist and Internet pioneer (d. 1990)
  • 1915-03-17 Henry Bumstead, American art director (d. 2006)
  • 1915-03-19 Robert G. Cole, American Paratrooper of the 101st, 502nd division (d. 1944)
  • 1915-03-24 Gorgeous George, American professional wrestler (d. 1963)
  • 1915-03-27 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, born in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 1915-04-07 Stanley Adams, American actor (Star Trek, Breakfast at Tiffany's), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1915-04-12 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 1975)
  • 1915-04-16 Joan Alexander [Louise Abrass], American actress (The New Adventures of Superman, The Tales of Hoffmann), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2009)
  • 1915-04-17 Joe Foss, American fighter ace, football executive (Medal of Honor-1943; first commissioner American Football League) and politician, born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (d. 2003)
  • 1915-04-18 Joy Davidman, American poet, writer and wife of C. S. Lewis, born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1915-04-26 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer and guitarist, born in Memphis, Tenneessee (d. 1992)
  • 1915-05-01 Archie Williams, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m 1936), born in Oakland, California (d. 1993)
  • 1915-05-02 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter ("Tutti Frutti"; "You Always Hurt the One You Love": "Tampico"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1915-05-05 Alice Faye [Leppert], American actress and singer (Hello, Frisco, Hello; Fallen Angel; Stowaway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)

Person of interestOrson Welles

1915-05-06 Orson Welles [George], American actor (Citizen Kane, War of the Worlds), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 1985)

Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles
  • 1915-05-12 Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman, founded Mary Kay Cosmetics (d. 2001)
  • 1915-05-18 Leon Shenandoah, native American leader (Iroquois Confederacy) (d. 1996)
  • 1915-05-26 Sam Edwards, American actor (Captain Midnight, Twelve O'Clock High), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2004)
  • 1915-05-28 Joseph Greenberg, American linguist (d. 2001)
  • 1915-06-09 Les Paul [Polsfuss], American guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin (d. 2009)

Person of interestSaul Bellow

1915-06-10 Saul Bellow, Canadian-born American author (Mr Sammler's Planet, Nobel 1976), born in Lachine, Quebec (d. 2005)

Novelist Saul Bellow
Saul Bellow
  • 1915-06-11 Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1915-06-16 John Tukey, American statistician (d. 2000)
  • 1915-06-19 Julius Schwartz, American editor and agent (d. 2004)
  • 1915-06-26 Paul Castellano, American organized-crime chief, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1915-06-26 Charlotte Zolotow, American author and publisher of children's books (When the Wind Stops), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2013)
  • 1915-06-28 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1915-07-01 Willie Dixon, American blues musician ("Hoochie Coochie Man"), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1915-07-01 Joseph Ransohoff, American neurosurgeon and pioneer in the modern neurosurgery, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1915-07-05 John Woodruff, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1915-07-28 Charles Hard Townes, American Physicist and inventor (Nobel Prize 1964 for mazer-lazer principle), born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1915-08-02 Gary Merrill, American actor (Young Dr Kildare, All About Eve), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1990)
  • 1915-08-04 Warren Avis, American entrepreneur (Avis Rent a Car System), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1915-08-08 Jumbo Elliott, American track coach (d. 1981)
  • 1915-08-12 Michael Kidd, American choreographer and dancer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1915-08-19 Ring Lardner Jr, American journalist and screenwriter (Woman of the Year, M A S H), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1915-08-22 David Dellinger, American social rights and peace movement leader, born in Wakefield, Massachusetts (d. 2004)
  • 1915-08-28 Tasha Tudor, American illustrator and children's books author (Pumpkin Moonshine, Corgiville Fair), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1915-08-29 Nathan Pritikin, American nutritionist and inventor, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1915-08-30 Robert Strassburg, American composer, conductor and educator (Leaves of Grass: A Choral Symphony), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1915-09-02 Benjamin Aaron, American labor law expert (d. 2007)
  • 1915-09-03 Memphis Slim [John Len Chatman], American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1988)

Person of interestEthel Rosenberg

1915-09-25 Ethel Rosenberg, American communist, born in New York City, New York (d. 1953)

Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg
  • 1915-09-29 Vincent DeDomenico, American entrepreneur (d. 2007)
  • 1915-10-03 Ray Stark, American stage and film producer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1915-10-09 Clifford M. Hardin, American politician (17th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture), born in Knightstown, Indiana (d. 2010)
  • 1915-10-24 Bob Kane, American comic artist and Batman co-creator, born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1915-10-24 Roger Milliken, American millionaire (CEO of Milliken & Company), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1915-10-30 Fred W. Friendly, American journalist and broadcast executive, born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1915-11-02 Sidney Luft, American movie director, born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1915-11-07 Philip Morrison, American physicist, born in Somerville, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1915-11-29 Billy [William Thomas] Strayhorn, American pianist and composer (Take The 'A' Train), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • 1915-11-30 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, Knoxville Tennessee, American blues singer/guitarist
  • 1915-12-02 Randolph Apperson Hearst, American newspaper publisher (Hearst Newspapers) (d. 2000)
  • 1915-12-07 Eli Wallach, American actor (Magnificent 7, The Misfits, People Next Door), born in Brooklyn New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1915-12-08 Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (North by Northwest), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)

Person of interestFrank Sinatra

1915-12-12 Frank Sinatra, American singer (Strangers in the Night, My Way) and actor (From Here to Eternity) known as 'old blue eyes', born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1998)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1915-12-14 Daniel "Dan" Dailey, American dancer and actor (You're My Everything, Governor & J.J.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1915-12-16 Melvin "Turk" Murphy, American Dixieland jazz trombonist, born in Palermo, California (d. 1987)
  • 1915-12-22 Barbara Billingsley, American actress (Leave it to Beaver), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2010)
  • 1915-12-29 Jo Van Fleet, American actress (Cool Hand Luke, Cinderella, East of Eden), born in Oakland, California (d. 1996)
  • 1916-01-03 Bernard Greenhouse, American cellist (Beaux Arts Trio), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2011)
  • 1916-01-04 Lionel Newman, American film music composer (Peyton Place), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1916-01-04 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], Edinburgh, Scotland, American Jazz singer/songwriter (d. 1991)
  • 1916-01-09 Vic Mizzy, American composer and band leader (Green Acres and The Addams Family themes), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1916-01-12 Jay McShann, American jazz pianist & bandleader, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2006)
  • 1916-01-23 David Douglas Duncan, American photo-journalist best known for his war photography, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1916-01-24 Jack Brickhouse, American sports broadcaster, born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1916-02-15 Mary Jane Croft, American actress (The Lucy Show, Our Miss Brooks), born in Muncie, Indiana (d. 1999)
  • 1916-02-26 (John Herbert) "Jackie" Gleason, American comedian, (The Jackie Gleason Show; The Honeymooners), actor (Requiem For A Heavyweight; The Hustler), composer, and conductor (Music for Lovers Only), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1916-03-08 John W. Seybold, American economist and computer typesetting pioneer, born in Newburgh, Indiana (d. 2004)
  • 1916-03-14 Horton Foote, American author, playwright and screenwriter
  • 1916-03-16 Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (All the King's Men, The Exorcist, Giant), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1916-03-24 Donald Hamilton, Swedish-American novelist (d. 2006)
  • 1916-03-26 Vic Schoen, American orchestra leader (Patti Page Olds Show), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestEugene McCarthy

1916-03-29 Eugene McCarthy, American politician (Sen-D-Minn) and presidential candidate, born in Watkins, Minnesota (d. 2005)

Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy
Politician and Presidential Candidate
Eugene McCarthy
  • 1916-03-31 Lucille Bliss, American voice actress (Cinderella, The Secret of NIMH), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1916-03-31 John H. Wood, Jr., American federal judge (d. 1979)

Person of interestGregory Peck

1916-04-05 Gregory Peck, American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur), born in San Diego, California (d. 2003)

  • 1916-04-07 Anthony Caruso, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1916-04-12 Beverly Cleary, American Newberry Medal winning writer of children's and young adult fiction (Ramona series, 1955-99), born in McMinnville, Oregon (d. 2021)
  • 1916-04-12 Benjamin Libet, American scientist (human consciousness), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1916-04-13 Phyllis Fraser [Helen Brown Nichols], American actress, journalist, and co-founder of Beginner Books, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1901 - 2,000 of 4,945

  • 1995-09-14 Maurice K. Goddard, American state government official (b. 1912)

Person of interestOrville Redenbacher

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

Businessman Orville Redenbacher
Orville Redenbacher
  • 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, Morgantown, West Virginia, 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, (The Andy Griffith Show), dies 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
  • 1996-01-16 Marcia Davenport, American author and music critic (b. 1903)
  • 1996-01-17 Amber Hagerman, American namesake of the Amber Alert system (b. 1986)
  • 1996-02-16 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, American blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80
  • 1996-02-20 Solomon Asch, American psychologist (b. 1907)
  • 1996-03-03 Meyer Schapiro, Lithuanian-born American art historian, dies at 91
  • 1996-03-09 George Burns, American comedian, actor and singer (Burns and Allen), dies at 100
  • 1996-03-16 Charlie Barnett, American actor and comedian, dies of AIDS at 41
  • 1996-03-17 Terry Stafford, American singer (b. 1941)
  • 1996-03-22 Don Murray, American drummer (The Turtles), dies from post-operative complications at 50
  • 1996-04-03 Carl Stokes, 1st African American mayor of a major US city (Cleve), dies
  • 1996-04-03 Ron Brown, American Secretary of Commerce, dies in an air accident aged 54
  • 1996-04-04 Barney Ewell, American athlete (b. 1918)
  • 1996-04-22 Erma Bombeck, American humorist (The Grass is Greener over the Septic Tank), dies at 69
  • 1996-04-22 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American golfer, course designer (17 PGA Tour wins), dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at 87
  • 1996-04-25 Saul Bass, American graphic designer of logos and film titles (Psycho), dies at 75
  • 1996-05-08 Garth Williams, American illustrator (Charlotte's Web), dies at 84
  • 1996-05-15 Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (b. 1910)
  • 1996-05-18 Kevin Gilbert, American singer, composer and instrumentalist (Toy Matinee; Tuesday Night Music Club), dies of accidental asphyxiation at 29
  • 1996-05-23 Scott Fischer, American high altitude climber, dies of exposure on Mount Everest at 40
  • 1996-05-25 Bradley Nowell, American ska musician (Sublime), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • 1996-06-16 Mel Allen, American sportscaster (NY Yankees), dies at 83
  • 1996-06-17 Thomas Kuhn, American philosopher of science (paradigm shift), dies at 73
  • 1996-06-22 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, found murdered at 47
  • 1996-07-06 Kathy Ahern, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1972), dies of breast cancer at 47
  • 1996-07-17 Chris Komar, American dancer, dies of aids at 48
  • 1996-07-22 Leon Shenandoah, Native American leader (Leader Of the Iroquois Confederacy), dies at 81
  • 1996-07-29 Jason Thirsk, American punk rock bassist (Pennywise) dies of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot at 28

Person of interestClaudette Colbert

1996-07-30 Claudette Colbert, French-born American actress (It Happened One Night), dies of a stroke at 93

  • 1996-07-31 Seagram Miller, American rapper (b. 1970)

Person of interestTupac Shakur

1996-09-13 Tupac Shakur, American rapper and actor (Juice, Bullet), dies of internal bleeding after a drive by shooting at 25

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
  • 1996-09-28 Bob Gibson, American folk musician, dies at 64
  • 1996-11-02 Eva Cassidy, American singer, dies of cancer at 33
  • 1996-11-13 Bill Doggett, American jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • 1996-11-22 Mark Lenard, American actor (Sarek-Star Trek), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1996-11-29 Dan Flavin, American minimalist sculptor, dies at 63
  • 1996-12-09 Patty Donahue, American new wave rock singer (The Waitresses - "I Know What Boys Like"; "Christmas Wrapping), dies of lung cancer at 40
  • 1997-01-03 Roger Goeb, American composer, dies at 82
  • 1997-01-06 Catherine Scorsese [Cappa], Italian-American actress (The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 84
  • 1997-01-22 Ron Holden, American singer (b. 1939)
  • 1997-01-26 Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (b. 1904)
  • 1997-01-27 Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me), dies at 96
  • 1997-02-02 Sanford Meisner, American actor and teacher, dies at 91
  • 1997-02-16 Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese-American experimental physicist (conduced the Wu experiment) dies at 84
  • 1997-02-17 Zein Isa, Palestinian militant imprisoned in the United States for the honor killing of his daughter
  • 1997-02-18 Emily Hahn, American writer, dies at 92
  • 1997-02-20 Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist, dies at 36
  • 1997-02-22 Joseph Aiuppa, American gangster (b. 1907)
  • 1997-03-04 Robert H. Dicke, American physicist (b. 1916)
  • 1997-03-04 Carey Loftin, American actor (Duel, The French Connection), dies at 83
  • 1997-03-05 Samm Sinclair Baker, American diet author (b. 1909)
  • 1997-03-07 E. H. Bronner, German-American soap magnate (b. 1908)
  • 1997-03-09 The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper shot dead at 24
  • 1997-03-20 Tony Zale, American boxer (World Middleweight Champion 1940-47, 48), dies at 83
  • 1997-03-24 Martin Caidin, American aviation writer, dies at 69
  • 1997-03-26 Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (Heaven's Gate), dies leading a mass suicide at 65
  • 1997-04-13 Dorothy Frooks, American author & military figure, dies at 101
  • 1997-04-17 Allan Francovich, American documentarian
  • 1997-04-19 El Duce [Eldon Wayne Hoke], American singer and drummer (The Mentors), dies from a "misadventure" on a train-track at 39
  • 1997-04-29 Keith Ferguson, American blues bassist (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of liver failure due to heroin use at 50
  • 1997-05-16 Elbridge Durbrow, American diplomat (b. 1903)
  • 1997-05-18 Bridgette Andersen, American actress, dies at 21
  • 1997-05-22 A. D. Hershey, American biologist, worked with bacteriophages (Nobel 1969), dies at 88
  • 1997-05-29 George Fenneman, American radio and TV announcer (You Bet Your Life), dies at 77
  • 1997-05-29 Jeff Buckley, American musician and singer ("Hallelujah"), drowns at 30
  • 1997-05-31 James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist, dies at 92
  • 1997-06-03 Dennis James, American television personality (b. 1917)
  • 1997-06-14 Tesslynn O'Cull, American child abuse victim (b. 1995)
  • 1997-06-29 William Hickey, American actor (Prizzi's Honor, The Nightmare Before Christmas), dies of emphysema at 69
  • 1997-07-05 Mrs. Miller, American singer (A Lover's Missouri), dies at 89
  • 1997-07-24 William J. Brennan, Jr. American Supreme Court judge (1956-90), dies at 91
  • 1997-08-10 Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (Soundings 4), dies at 84
  • 1997-08-20 Norris Bradbury, American physicist (b. 1909)
  • 1997-09-11 Hannah Weiner, American experimental poet, dies at 68
  • 1997-09-12 Janet Leach, American potter, dies at 79
  • 1997-09-19 Rich Mullins, American singer (b. 1955)
  • 1997-09-21 Jennifer Holt, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 1997-09-27 Walter Trampler, American violist (Beaux Arts Trio), dies at 82
  • 1997-10-01 Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor, (held more than 600 patents), dies at 74
  • 1997-10-05 Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler, dies at 35
  • 1997-10-08 Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  • 1997-10-08 Robin Lee, American figure skater, dies at 77

Person of interestJohn Denver

1997-10-12 John Denver, American country music star (Country Boy), dies in a plane crash at 53

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 1997-10-23 Luther George Simjian, Turkish-American Inventor (teleprompter and first self-posing portrait camera), dies at 92
  • 1997-10-28 Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 1997-10-29 Anton LaVey, American founder of the Church of Satan, dies at 67
  • 1997-11-05 James Robert Baker, American novelist, screenwriter (b. 1946)