United States of America in History (Part 20)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1901 - 2,000 of 10,105

  • 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)
  • 1914-10-14 Dick Durrance, American skier (d. 2004)
  • 1914-10-21 Martin Gardner, Scientific American math & puzzles columnist
  • 1914-10-25 John Berryman, American poet (The Dream Songs), born in McAlester, Oklahoma (d. 1972)
  • 1914-10-30 Richard E Holz, American composer
  • 1914-10-31 Joe Carcione, American consumer advocate (The Green Grocer) (d. 1988)
  • 1914-11-05 Alton Tobey, American artist (d. 2005)
  • 1914-11-11 Henry Wade, American lawyer (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 (d. 1997)
  • 1915-01-14 Mark Goodson, American game show producer (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 musicologist (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 (Medal of Honor-1943) and politician, born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (d. 2003)
  • 1915-04-18 Joy Gresham Lewis, American writer, wife of C. S. Lewis (d. 1960)
  • 1915-04-26 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer/guitarist, born in Memphis, Tenneessee (d. 1992)
  • 1915-05-01 Archie Williams, American athlete (400m gold medal 1936 Olympics), born in Oakland, California (d. 1993)
  • 1915-05-02 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter, 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
  • 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, American jazz, country and blues 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
Novelist
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 mafia boss (d. 1985)
  • 1915-06-26 Charlotte Zolotow, American author
  • 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 (d. 2001)
  • 1915-07-05 John Woodruff, American athlete (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 (d. 2008)
  • 1915-08-29 Nathan Pritikin, American nutritionist and inventor, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1915-08-30 Robert Strassburg, American composer (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 NYC, New York

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg
  • 1915-09-29 Vincent DeDomenico, American entrepreneur (d. 2007)
  • 1915-10-03 Ray Stark, American film producer (d. 2004)
  • 1915-10-09 Clifford M. Hardin, United States Secretary of Agriculture
  • 1915-10-24 Bob Kane, American cartoonist (d. 1998)
  • 1915-10-24 Roger Milliken, American millionaire
  • 1915-10-30 Fred Friendly, American journalist (d. 1998)
  • 1915-11-02 Sidney Luft, American movie director, born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1915-11-07 Philip Morrison, American scientist (d. 2005)
  • 1915-11-29 Billy Strayhorn, American musician and composer (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 (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 Turk Murphy, American trombonist (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, US 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 orchestra leader (Don Rickles Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1916-01-12 Jay McShann, American musician (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 (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 Jackie Gleason, American comedian (Jackie Gleason Show, Honeymooners), 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

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1901 - 2,000 of 5,029

  • 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 (b. 1949)

Person of interestFlorence Chadwick

1995-03-15 Florence Chadwick, American swimmer, dies at 86

  • 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 Lucy Rie, American potter (b. 1902)
  • 1995-04-01 H. Adams Carter, American Alpine Club President, 10th Mountain Division trainer (b. 1914)
  • 1995-04-04 Jo Sinclair [Ruth Seid], American writer (Wasteland), dies at 81
  • 1995-04-15 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, dies at 85

Person of interestGinger Rogers

1995-04-25 Ginger Rogers, American actress, dancer and singer (Top Hat, Stage Door), dies at 83

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 1995-05-14 Christian B. Anfinsen, American Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • 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

Person of interestJonas Salk

1995-06-23 Jonas Salk, American biologist who created the Polio vaccine, dies of heart failure at 80

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk
  • 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 at 69
  • 1995-08-03 Ida Lupino, Anglo-American actress (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) and director (The Hitch-Hiker), dies at 77
  • 1995-08-03 Edward Whittemore, American writer (b. 1933)
  • 1995-08-11 Phil Harris [Wonga Philip], American actor and singer (Anything Goes, Robin Hood), dies of heart failure at 91

Person of interestMickey Mantle

1995-08-13 Mickey Mantle, American baseball hall of fame outfielder (1956 Triple Crown, NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 63

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 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)

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
Businessman
Orville Redenbacher
  • 1995-09-21 Rudy Perpich, American politician (b. 1928)
  • 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 (b. 1933)
  • 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 (b. 1907)
  • 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 (b. 1954)
  • 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
  • 1996-04-01 John McSherry, American baseball umpire (b. 1944)
  • 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 professional golfer, dies 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)
  • 1996-05-17 Kevin Gilbert, American singer, composer and instrumentalist (b. 1966)
  • 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 (b. 1922)
  • 1996-06-22 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, found murdered at 47
  • 1996-07-06 Kathy Ahern, American golfer (b. 1949)
  • 1996-07-17 Chris Komar, American dancer, dies of aids at 48
  • 1996-07-22 Leon Shenandoah, native American leader, dies at 81
  • 1996-07-29 Jason Thirsk, American bassist (Pennywise) (b. 1967)

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 shotting at 25

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
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 [William Ballard 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 artist (b. 1933)
  • 1996-12-09 Patty Donahue, American singer (The Waitresses) (b. 1956)
  • 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) (b. 1900)
  • 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 (b. 1960)
  • 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 (The Deer Hunder, The Goonies), 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
  • 1997-03-10 La Vern Baker, American singer (b. 1929)
  • 1997-03-20 Tony Zale, American boxer (b. 1913)
  • 1997-03-24 Martin Caidin, American aviation writer (b. 1927)
  • 1997-03-26 Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (b. 1931)