United States of America in History (Part 24)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2301 - 2,400 of 9,878

  • 1921-06-09 Forrest Bird, American aviator and inventor (1st respirators and ventilators), born in Stoughton, Massachusetts (d. 2015)

Person of interestEzzard Charles

1921-07-07 Ezzard Charles, American world heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), born in Lawrenceville, Georgia (d. 1975)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • 1921-07-10 Harvey Ball, American inventor and designer of a popular smiley graphic picture, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 2001)
  • 1921-07-26 Jean Shepherd, American writer and actor (A Christmas Story), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1921-07-30 Grant Johannesen, American concert pianist, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2005)
  • 1921-08-03 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, born in London (d. 2007)
  • 1921-08-08 Webb Pierce, American singer (In the Jailhouse Now), born in West Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1991)
  • 1921-08-23 Kenneth Arrow, American economist, (Nobel Prize 1972), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1921-08-27 Leo Penn, American actor and film director, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1921-09-03 Marguerite Higgins, American reporter and war correspondent, Pulitzer prize winner (d. 1966)
  • 1921-09-05 Jack Valenti, American political advisor and film executive, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1921-09-07 Arthur Ferrante, American pianist and composer (Ferrante & Teicher - Exodus), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1921-09-19 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, born in Dedham, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1921-10-27 Warren Allen Smith, American gay rights activist and writer, born in Minburn, Iowa (d. 2017)
  • 1921-11-02 Shepard Menken, American voice and character actor (The Wild Wild West), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1921-11-11 Terrel Bell, American politician (2nd United States Secretary of Education 1981-84), born in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho (d. 1996)
  • 1921-11-19 Peter Ruckman, American Baptist minister and founder of Pensacola Bible Institute in Pensacola, Florida, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2016)
  • 1921-11-20 Jim Garrison, American district attorney, politician and judge, born in Denison, Iowa (d. 1992)
  • 1921-11-29 Dagmar [Virginia Ruth Egnor], American actress, model, and television personality (Broadway's Open House), born in Yawkey, West Virginia (d. 2001)
  • 1921-12-03 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1921-12-21 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina, founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2019)
  • 1921-12-28 Johnny Otis [Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes], US R&B musician, producer, and talent scout ("godfather of rhythm and blues"), born in Vallejo California (d. 2012)
  • 1922-01-18 Bob Bell, American clown, born in Flint, Michigan (d. 1997)
  • 1922-01-20 Ray Anthony, American orchestra leader (Ray Anthony Show, Peter Gunn Theme), born in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania
  • 1922-01-21 Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas, American singer (If?) and character actor (Kojak, On Her Majesty's Secret Service), born in Garden City New Jersey, (d. 1994)
  • 1922-01-24 Charles Socarides, American psychiatrist, born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2005)
  • 1922-02-08 Audrey Meadows [Cotter], American actress (The Honeymooners, The Jackie Gleason Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1922-02-13 Gordon Tullock, American economist
  • 1922-02-17 Enrico Banducci, American nightclub owner (d. 2007)
  • 1922-02-17 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (d. 1959)
  • 1922-02-18 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher and editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, born in Green Forest, Arkansas, (d. 2012)
  • 1922-03-04 Richard E. Cunha, American cinematographer and film director (d. 2005)
  • 1922-03-04 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing, Blonde Alibi), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1998)

Person of interestFred Shuttlesworth

1922-03-18 Fred Shuttlesworth, American civil rights activist, born in Mount Meigs, Alabama (d. 2011)

Civil Rights Activist Fred Shuttlesworth
Civil Rights Activist
Fred Shuttlesworth

Person of interestEileen Ford

1922-03-25 Eileen Ford, American modelling agency executive and co-founder (Ford Modelling Agency), born in Manhattan, New York, (d. 2014)

Co-Founder of Ford Models Eileen Ford
Co-Founder of Ford Models
Eileen Ford
  • 1922-03-25 Tobias Schneebaum, American writer, anthropologist and explorer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1922-03-28 Joey Maxim, American boxer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1922-04-15 Harold Washington, 1st African American mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1922-04-22 Lou Stein, American pianist (Tonight! America After Dark), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1922-04-27 Martin Gray, Polish-born American writer, holocaust survivor, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2016)
  • 1922-05-07 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), born in Kirkman, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • 1922-05-07 Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer and photojournalist, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1922-05-10 Nancy Walker, American actress (Rhoda, McMillan & Wife), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1922-05-11 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (d. 1992)
  • 1922-05-22 Quinn Martin, American television producer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1922-05-28 Lou Duva, American boxing trainer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

Person of interestCharlie Sifford

1922-06-02 Charlie Sifford, American golfer (first African-American to join PGA Tour, 2 titles), born in Charlotte North Carolina (d. 2015)

  • 1922-06-09 John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (d. 1941)

Person of interestJudy Garland

1922-06-10 Judy Garland [Frances Gumm], American actress and singer (The Wizard of Oz), born in Minnesota (d. 1969)

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • 1922-06-10 Rose Mofford, American politician, 1st female Governor of Arizona (1988-1991), born in Globe, Arizona (d. 2016)
  • 1922-06-24 Jack Carter [Chakrin], American comedian and actor, born in Brooklyn New York (d. 2015)
  • 1922-06-28 Michael Vale, American actor known for being Dunkin' Donuts mascot "Fred the Baker", born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1922-07-06 William Schallert, American actor (Patty Duke Show, Get Smart), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1922-07-13 Lois Kibbee, American actress (Edge of Night), born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin (d. 1993)
  • 1922-07-14 Robin Olds, American World War II and Vietnam War ace fighter pilot (d. 2007)
  • 1922-07-18 Thomas Kuhn, American philosopher of science (paradigm shift), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1922-07-19 Harold Camping, American evangelist and founder of Family Radio, born in Boulder, Colorado (d. 2013)
  • 1922-07-20 Alan Stephenson Boyd, American politician
  • 1922-07-24 Leo Kraft, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1922-07-27 Lillian Hayman, American actress (Leslie Uggams Show), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1994)
  • 1922-07-30 Henry W. Bloch, American businessman (co-founder of H&R Block) and philanthropist, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1922-08-01 Maria Cole [née Hawkins], American jazz singer and wife of Nat King Cole, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1922-08-03 Robert Sumner, American evangelist and author, born in Norwich, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1922-08-08 Gertrude Himmelfarb, American historian
  • 1922-08-16 Louis Lomax, African-American author and journalist, born in Valdosta, Georgia (d. 1970)
  • 1922-08-23 Jean Darling, American child actress (Our Gang), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)

Person of interestHoward Zinn

1922-08-24 Howard Zinn, American historian and activist (A People's History of the United States), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)

Historian and Activist Howard Zinn
Historian and Activist
Howard Zinn
  • 1922-08-26 Irving R. Levine, American journalist (NBC News), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 2009)
  • 1922-08-29 Mr. Blackwell, American fashion critic, born in Brooklyn Heights, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1922-09-08 Lyndon LaRouche, American presidental candidate (1980)
  • 1922-09-09 Hoyt Curtin, American songwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1922-09-12 Ellen Demming, American actress (Guiding Light), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1922-09-13 Charles Brown, American blues singer and pianist (Merry Christmas Baby), born in Texas City, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1922-09-15 Jackie Cooper, American actor and director (Skippy, Superman), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2011)
  • 1922-09-18 Grayson Hall [Shirley Grossman], American actress (The Night of the Iguana, Dark Shadows), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1922-09-20 William Kapell, American pianist and recording artist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)
  • 1922-09-29 Lizabeth Scott [Emma Matzo], American actress (Dark City, Desert Fury), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1922-10-05 Bil Keane, American cartoonist (The Family Circus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 1922-10-23 Coleen Gray [Doris Bernice Jensen], American actress (Apache Drums, The Killing), born in Staplehurst, Nebraska (d. 2015)
  • 1922-10-28 Butch van Breda Kolff, American basketball player and coach, born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1922-10-30 Jane White, African-American actress and singer (Strange Fruit, Once Upon a Mattress), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1922-10-31 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist, born in Broussard, Louisiana (d. 2004)
  • 1922-11-05 Violet Barclay, American illustrator, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1922-11-09 Dorothy Dandridge, American actress (Porgy & Bess), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • 1922-11-16 Gene Amdahl, American computer scientist who designed the IBM mainframe, born in Flandreau, South Dakota (d. 2015)
  • 1922-11-18 Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1922-11-21 Abe Lemons, American basketball coach, born in Ryan, Oklahoma (d. 2002)
  • 1922-12-08 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, born in Viper, Kentucky (d. 2015)
  • 1922-12-16 Cy Leslie, American music and video executive (d. 2008)
  • 1922-12-17 Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (d. 2005)
  • 1922-12-22 Jack Brooks, American politician, born in Crowley, Louisiana (d. 2012)

Person of interestAva Gardner

1922-12-24 Ava Gardner, American actress (On the Beach, Night of the Iguana), born in Grabtown, North Carolina (d. 1990)

Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner
  • 1922-12-29 William Gaddis, American novelist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1923-01-01 Daniel Gorenstein, American mathematician (d. 1992)
  • 1923-01-08 Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American computer scientist & professor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1923-01-11 Carroll Shelby, American race car driver, automobile designer and businessman, (d. 2012)
  • 1923-01-12 Ira Hayes, Pima Native American soldier, born in Sacaton, Arizona (d. 1955)
  • 1923-01-16 Gene Feist, American actor, playwright, producer and co-founder of Roundabout Theater Company, born in New York (d. 2014)
  • 1923-01-16 Anthony Hecht, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 1923-01-20 Slim Whitman, American country singer (Rose Marie), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2301 - 2,400 of 4,974

  • 2000-07-27 Gordon Solie, American wrestling commentator (b. 1929)
  • 2000-07-28 Abraham Pais, Dutch-born American physicist and historian (b. 1918)

Person of interestLoretta Young

2000-08-12 Loretta Young, American actress (Farmer's Daughter, Stranger), dies of ovarian cancer at 87

Actress Loretta Young
Actress
Loretta Young
  • 2000-08-25 Carl Barks, American cartoonist (creator of Scrooge McDuck), dies at 99
  • 2000-08-25 Jack Nitzsche, American composer and songwriter (An Officer & a Gentleman), dies at 63
  • 2000-09-03 Edward Anhalt, American screenwriter (Escape to Athena), dies at 86
  • 2000-09-12 Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (Wonderland), dies at 66
  • 2000-09-14 Beah Richards, American actress, poet, playwright and author (Roots, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 80
  • 2000-09-15 Vincent Canby, American movie critic (NY Times), dies at 76
  • 2000-09-17 Nicole Reinhart, American cyclist (b. 1976)
  • 2000-09-22 Rodney Anoa'i (Yokozuna), American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • 2000-09-23 Carl Rowan, American journalist (b. 1925)
  • 2000-09-26 Richard Mulligan, American actor (Soap, Empty's Nest, Big Bus), dies at 67
  • 2000-10-01 Robert Allen, American pianist and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • 2000-10-03 Benjamin Orr, American bassist and singer (The Cars) (b. 1947)
  • 2000-10-06 Richard Farnsworth, American actor (Misery, Havana, Sylvester), dies at 80
  • 2000-10-09 David Dukes, American actor (Beacon Hill, 79 Park Avenue, Winds of War), dies at 55
  • 2000-10-13 Jean Peters, American actress (Viva Zapata!, Apache, Deep Waters), dies at 73
  • 2000-10-16 Mel Carnahan, American politician (b. 1934)
  • 2000-10-18 Julie London, American singer and actress (Nurse McCall-Emergency), dies at 74
  • 2000-10-18 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singe and dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), dies at 75
  • 2000-10-23 Rodney Anoa'i aka Yokozuna, Samoan-American professional wrestler (b. 1966)

Person of interestSteve Allen

2000-10-30 Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, actor and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), dies of a heart attack at 78

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • 2000-10-31 Ring Lardner, Jr., American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2000-11-01 Bernard Erhard, American voice actor (b. 1934)
  • 2000-11-05 Victor Grinich, American businessman (b. 1924)
  • 2000-11-06 David Brower, American environmentalist and president (Sierra Club), dies at 88
  • 2000-11-06 L. Sprague de Camp, American sci-fi author (Goblin Tower, Hand of Zei), dies at 92
  • 2000-11-14 Robert Trout, American newscaster (ABC), dies at 91
  • 2000-11-16 DJ Screw, American hiphop DJ (b. 1971)
  • 2000-11-16 Joe C. [Joseph Calleja], American rapper (hype man for Kid Rock), dies at 26
  • 2000-11-20 Mike Muuss, American computer programmer (b. 1958)
  • 2000-12-03 Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (Bean Eaters, Annie Allen, Pulitzer 1950), dies at 83
  • 2000-12-03 Hoyt Curtin, American songwriter (b. 1922)
  • 2000-12-10 Marie Windsor [Emily Marie Bertelson], American actress (The Bounty Hunter, Double Deal), dies of congestive heart failure at 80
  • 2000-12-11 David Lewis, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2000-12-12 George Montgomery, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2000-12-18 Stan Fox, American race car driver (b. 1952)
  • 2000-12-18 Randolph Apperson Hearst, American newspaper publisher (Hearst Newspapers), dies at 85
  • 2000-12-19 Rob Buck, American musician (10,000 Maniacs), dies at 42
  • 2000-12-19 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (Cab Calloway) and session musician, dies at 90
  • 2000-12-19 John Lindsay, American politician (b. 1921)
  • 2000-12-23 Billy Barty [William John Bertanzetti,], American actor (Under the Rainbow, Foul Play), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 2000-12-24 Nick Massi, American rocker (4 Seasons-Sherry), dies at 65
  • 2000-12-25 Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher and logician in the analytic tradition, dies at 92
  • 2000-12-26 Jason Robards, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 2000-12-30 Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (Casablanca), dies at 91
  • 2000-12-31 Alan Cranston, American politician (b. 1914)
  • 2000-12-31 José Greco, Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer (b. 1918)
  • 2001-01-01 Ray Walston, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Damn Yankees), dies at 86
  • 2001-01-02 William P. Rogers, American Republican politician & US secretary of state (1969-73), dies at 87
  • 2001-01-02 Teri Diver, American actress, dies at 29
  • 2001-01-04 Les Brown, American big band leader (His Band of Renown - "Sentimental Journey"), dies at 88
  • 2001-01-05 Nancy Parsons, American actress (b. 1942)
  • 2001-01-09 Maurice Prather, American photographer (b. 1926)
  • 2001-01-12 Affirmed, American racehorse (b. 1975)

Person of interestBill Hewlett

2001-01-12 William Hewlett, American engineer and businessman (co-founder Hewlett-Packard), dies of a heart attack at 87

Electrical Engineer and Businessman Bill Hewlett
Electrical Engineer and Businessman
Bill Hewlett
  • 2001-01-15 Ted Mann, American screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 2001-01-17 Gregory Corso, American poet, dies of prostate cancer at 70
  • 2001-01-21 Byron de la Beckwith, American white supremacist, dies at 80
  • 2001-01-22 Roy Brown, American clown (b. 1932)
  • 2001-01-26 Al McGuire, American basketball coach (Marquette), dies at 72
  • 2001-02-04 J. J. Johnson, American jazz trombonist and composer, dies at 77
  • 2001-02-07 Dale Evans, American actress and singer (Roy Rogers Show), dies at 88
  • 2001-02-09 Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2001-02-10 George Holmes Tate, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1913)
  • 2001-02-16 Howard W. Koch, American film director (b. 1916)
  • 2001-02-16 William Masters, American gynecologist and sexologist (b. 1915)
  • 2001-02-17 Khalid Abdul Muhammed, American Nation of Islam spokesman (b. 1948)
  • 2001-02-18 Dale Earnhardt, American auto racer (7 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships), dies in crash during Daytona 500 at 49
  • 2001-02-19 Priscilla Davis, American socialite (b. 1942)
  • 2001-02-19 Stanley Kramer, American producer/director (Inherit the Wind), dies at 87
  • 2001-02-20 Rosemary DeCamp, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 2001-03-03 Louis Edmonds, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 2001-03-04 Glenn Hughes, American singer (The Village People) (b. 1950)
  • 2001-03-04 Fred Lasswell, American cartoonist (b. 1916)
  • 2001-03-04 Harold Stassen, American politician (25th Governor of Minnesota) and perennial presidential candidate, dies at 93
  • 2001-03-06 Kim Walker, American actress (b. 1968)
  • 2001-03-07 Frankie Carle, American pianist and bandleader (b. 1903)
  • 2001-03-08 Edward Winter, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 2001-03-12 Morton Downey, Jr., American television talk show host (b. 1933)
  • 2001-03-12 Robert Ludlum, American spy novelist (Bourne Identity), dies at 73
  • 2001-03-15 Ann Sothern, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 2001-03-18 John Phillips, American singer and guitarist (Mama & Papas-California Dreaming), dies at 65

Person of interestWilliam Hanna

2001-03-22 William Hanna, American animator and studio founder, dies at 90

Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
  • 2001-03-23 Rowland Evans, American news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak), dies at 79
  • 2001-03-29 John Lewis, American jazz pianist (b. 1920)
  • 2001-03-31 Clifford Shull, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)
  • 2001-04-02 Jennifer Syme, American actress (b. 1972)
  • 2001-04-04 Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, American custom car designer (b. 1932)
  • 2001-04-06 Charles Pettigrew, American singer (b. 1963)
  • 2001-04-07 David Graf, American actor (Police Academy- Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • 2001-04-07 Beatrice Straight, American actress (Network, Poltergeist, Power), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • 2001-04-11 Sandy Bull, American musician (b. 1941)
  • 2001-04-12 Harvey Ball, American inventor and designer of a popular smiley graphic picture, dies at 79
  • 2001-04-13 Robert Moon, American postal inspector, dies at 83
  • 2001-04-15 Joey Ramone, American musician & singer (The Ramones), dies at 49
  • 2001-04-24 Al Hibbler, American singer (Unchained Melody), dies at 85
  • 2001-04-24 Leon Sullivan, African-American civil rights leader and pastor (b. 1922)