United States of America in History (Part 24)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2301 - 2,400 of 9,751

  • 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, 1953-64), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1921-12-21 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina and founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2019)
  • 1921-12-28 Johnny Otis [Ioannis Veliotes], American R&B musician, songwriter, producer and talent scout ("Willie and the Hand Jive"; "Cupid's Boogie"), known as "the 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 [Antonini], American orchestra leader (Ray Anthony Show; "Peter Gunn Theme"), born in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania
  • 1922-01-21 (Aristotelis) "Telly" Savalas, American actor (Kojak; On Her Majesty's Secret Service), and singer ("If"), 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)
  • 1922-02-18 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher and editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, born in Green Forest, Arkansas, (d. 2012)
  • 1922-03-04 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing; Blonde Alibi), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1998)
  • 1922-03-04 Richard E. Cunha, American cinematographer and film director (d. 2005)

Fred ShuttlesworthFred Shuttlesworth (1922-2011)

1922-03-18 American civil rights activist, born in Mount Meigs, Alabama

Eileen FordEileen Ford (1922-2014)

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

  • 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)

Harold WashingtonHarold Washington (1922-1987)

1922-04-15 1st African American Mayor of Chicago (Democrat: 1983-87), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 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 Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer and photojournalist, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1922-05-07 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), born in Kirkman, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • 1922-05-10 Nancy Walker, American actress (Rhoda, McMillan & Wife), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1922-05-11 Nestor Chylak, American Baseball HOF umpire (AL 1954-78; 3 x ALCS; 5 x World Series; 6 x MLB All Star games), born in Olyphant, Pennsylvania (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)

Charlie SiffordCharlie Sifford (1922-2015)

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

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

Judy GarlandJudy Garland (1922-1969)

1922-06-10 American actress (The Wizard of Oz; Meet Me In St. Louis; Easter Parade), and singer ("Over The Rainbow"; "The Man That Got Away"), born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota

  • 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 - "Martin"; Get Smart - "The Admiral"), 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)

Howard ZinnHoward Zinn (1922-2010)

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

  • 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 political activist (National Caucus of Labor Committees), born in Rochester, New Hampshire (d. 2019)
  • 1922-09-09 Hoyt Curtin, American composer (Hanna-Barbera cartoon themes, including "The Flintstones", and "The Jetsons"), born in Downey, California (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 (Oklahoma City Uni, Pan American Uni; NABC Coach of the Year 1978 Uni of Texas Austin), born in Ryan, Oklahoma (d. 2002)
  • 1922-12-08 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, born in Viper, Kentucky (d. 2015)
  • 1922-12-16 Seymour "Cy" Leslie, American music (Pickwick Records) and video (MGM/UA Home Entertainment) executive, born in Israel (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)

Ava GardnerAva Gardner (1922-1990)

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

  • 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 Anthony Hecht, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 1923-01-16 Gene Feist, American actor, playwright, producer and co-founder of Roundabout Theater Company, born in New York (d. 2014)
  • 1923-01-20 (Ottis) "Slim" Whitman, American country singer ("Rose Marie"; "Guess Who"), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1923-01-25 (Farrell) "Rusty" Draper, American country and pop singer ("The Shifting, Whispering Sands"; "Are You Satisfied?"), born in Kirksville, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1923-01-25 Shirley Mason, American psychiatric patient (Commonly known as "Sybil"), born in Dodge Center, Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • 1923-02-05 Claude King, American country music singer (Wolverton Mountain), born in Keithville, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1923-02-07 Martha Holmes, American photographer (d. 2006)
  • 1923-02-12 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1923-02-13 Michael Anthony Bilandic, American politician (d. 2002)
  • 1923-02-24 David Soyer, American cellist
  • 1923-03-02 Orrin Keepnews, American jazz producer and founder of Riverside Records and Milestone Records labels, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1923-03-03 (Arthel) "Doc" Watson, American Grammy Award-winning bluegrass, folk, and blues guitarist, songwriter, and singer, born in Deep Gap, North Carolina (d. 2012)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2301 - 2,400 of 4,915

  • 2000-11-14 Robert Trout, American newscaster (ABC), dies at 91
  • 2000-11-16 DJ Screw [Robert Earl Davis Jr.], American hip-hop DJ and rapper (Screwed Up Click), dies of codeine overdose coupled with mixed drug intoxication at 29
  • 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 (Ping), dies in a car accident at 42
  • 2000-12-03 Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (Bean Eaters, Annie Allen, Pulitzer 1950), dies at 83
  • 2000-12-03 Hoyt Curtin, American composer (Hanna-Barbera cartoon theme songs), dies at 78
  • 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 (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital), dies at 84
  • 2000-12-12 George Montgomery, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2000-12-18 Randolph Apperson Hearst, American newspaper publisher (Hearst Newspapers), dies at 85
  • 2000-12-18 Stan Fox, American race car driver (b. 1952)
  • 2000-12-19 John Lindsay, American politician (b. 1921)
  • 2000-12-19 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (Cab Calloway) and session musician, dies at 90
  • 2000-12-19 Rob Buck, American musician (10,000 Maniacs), dies at 42
  • 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 [Macioci], American bass vocalist, vocal arranger, and bassist (The Four Seasons, 1960-65 - "Sherry"; "Rag Doll"), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2000-12-25 Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher and logician in the analytic tradition, dies at 92
  • 2000-12-30 Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (Casablanca), dies at 91
  • 2000-12-31 Alan Cranston, American politician (US Senator from California, 1969-93), dies at 86
  • 2000-12-31 José Greco, Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer, dies of heart failure at 82
  • 2001-01-01 Ray Walston, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Damn Yankees), dies at 86
  • 2001-01-02 Teri Diver, American actress, dies at 29
  • 2001-01-02 William P. Rogers, American Republican politician & US secretary of state (1969-73), dies at 87
  • 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, and cinematograper (Carnival of Souls), dies at 74
  • 2001-01-12 Affirmed, American racehorse (b. 1975)
  • 2001-01-15 Ted Mann, American screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 2001-01-17 Gregory Corso, American beat poet, dies of prostate cancer at 70

Byron de la BeckwithByron de la Beckwith (1920-2001)

2001-01-21 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

Anne Morrow LindberghAnne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001)

2001-02-07 American author and aviator (Gift from the Sea), dies of a stroke at 94

  • 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 who studied sexual dysfunction, dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 85
  • 2001-02-17 Khalid Abdul Muhammed, American Nation of Islam spokesman (b. 1948)

Dale EarnhardtDale Earnhardt (1951-2001)

2001-02-18 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 Fred Lasswell, American cartoonist (b. 1916)
  • 2001-03-04 Glenn Hughes, American disco singer (The Village People (Biker)), dies of cancer at 50
  • 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

William HannaWilliam Hanna (1910-2001)

2001-03-22 American animator (Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo) and founder of studio Hanna-Barbera, dies at 90

  • 2001-03-23 Rowland Evans, American news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak), dies at 79
  • 2001-03-29 John Lewis, American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer (Modern Jazz Quartet, 1952-97), dies of prostate cancer at 80
  • 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 hot rod car designer, dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 2001-04-06 Charles Pettigrew, American soul singer (Charles & Eddie - "Would I Lie To You?"), dies of cancer at 37
  • 2001-04-07 Beatrice Straight, American actress (Network, Poltergeist, Power), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • 2001-04-07 David Graf, American actor (Police Academy- Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • 2001-04-11 Sandy Bull, American musician (b. 1941)
  • 2001-04-12 Harvey Ball, American inventor and designer of popular 'smiley-face' graphic, dies at 79
  • 2001-04-13 Robert Moon, American postal inspector, dies at 83
  • 2001-04-15 Joey Ramone [Jeffrey Hyman], American punk rock singer and musician (The Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"; Blitzkrieg Bop"; solo -"What a Wonderful World"), dies of lymphoma 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)
  • 2001-05-02 Gina Mastrogiacomo, American actress (Goodfellas), dies at 39
  • 2001-05-03 Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer, dies at 64
  • 2001-05-04 Bonnie Lee Bakley, American murder victim (b. 1956)
  • 2001-05-09 James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) & producer, dies at 81
  • 2001-05-10 Deborah Walley, American actress (b. 1943)
  • 2001-05-12 (Pierino) Perry Como, American singer ("Catch A Falling Star") and TV personality (The Perry Como Show), dies at 89
  • 2001-05-13 Jason Miller, American actor and writer (Exorcist, Light of Day), dies at 62
  • 2001-05-17 Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist and physician (b. 1908)
  • 2001-05-19 Susannah McCorkle, American singer (b. 1946)
  • 2001-05-26 Anne Haney, American actress (Mrs. Doubtfire - "Mrs. Sellner"; Liar Liar - "Greta"), dies of congestive heart failure at 67
  • 2001-05-27 Ramon Bieri, American actor (Badlands, The Andromeda Strain), dies at 71
  • 2001-05-28 Joe Moakley, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1973-2001), dies at 74
  • 2001-05-31 Arlene Francis, American actress and radio and television personality (What's My Line?), dies at 93
  • 2001-06-01 Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist (Dennis the Menace), dies of prostate cancer at 81
  • 2001-06-02 Imogene Coca, American comedienne (Your Show of Shows, Grindl), dies at 92
  • 2001-06-02 Joey Maxim, American boxer, dies at 79
  • 2001-06-04 John Hartford [Harford], American folk and bluegrass fiddler, banjo player, and songwrite ("Gentle On My Mind"), dies at 63
  • 2001-06-07 Carole Fredericks, American singer (Fredericks Goldman Jones), dies of a heart attack at 49
  • 2001-06-10 Mike Mentzer, American bodybuilder (b. 1951)

Timothy McVeighTimothy McVeigh (1968-2001)

2001-06-11 American Oklahoma City bomber and terrorist, executed for bombing Oklahoma City at 33

  • 2001-06-21 Carroll O'Connor, American actor (All in the Family, In the Heat of the Night), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 2001-06-21 John Lee Hooker, American blues guitarist ("Boom Boom"; "Boogie Chillen"), dies at 83

Jack LemmonJack Lemmon (1925-2001)

2001-06-27 American actor (Days of Wine & Roses, Missing), dies of colon cancer and metastatic cancer of the bladder at 76

  • 2001-06-28 Mortimer Adler, American philosopher (b. 1902)
  • 2001-06-30 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 64
  • 2001-07-03 Johnny Russell, American country songwriter (Act Naturally; Let's Fall To Pieces Together), singer and comedian dies of complications from diabetes at 61
  • 2001-07-05 Ernie K-Doe, African-American singer (Mother-in-Law), dies of cirrhosis at 65
  • 2001-07-16 Terry Gordy, American professional wrestler, dies at 40

Katharine GrahamKatharine Graham (1917-2001)

2001-07-17 American newspaper publisher (The Washington Post) who led the paper as it reported on the Watergate scandal, dies after a fall at 84