United States of America in History (Part 25)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2401 - 2,500 of 9,760

  • 1923-03-03 Barney Martin, American actor, comedy writer and NYPD detective (Seinfeld), born in Queens, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1923-03-04 Willie Johnson, American electric blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years"), born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1923-03-06 Ed McMahon, American TV side-kick (Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson), and host (Star Search), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • 1923-03-09 Walter Kohn, Austrian-born American scientist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 1998), born in Vienna (d. 2016)
  • 1923-03-12 Mae Young, American professional wrestler and one of the pioneers in women's wrestling (National Wrestling Alliance, WWF), born in Sand Springs, Oklahoma (d. 2014)
  • 1923-03-13 William F. Bolger, 65th Postmaster General of the United States, born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1923-03-18 Andy Granatelli, American motorsports entrepreneur
  • 1923-03-25 Bonnie Guitar [Buckingham], American guitarist, singer and record executive (Dark Moon), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2019)
  • 1923-03-26 Bob Elliott, American comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1923-04-02 Clifford Scott Green, American Federal Judge, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1923-04-02 Gloria Henry [McEniry], American actress (Dennis the Menace), born in New Orleans, Louisiana [1]
  • 1923-04-03 Jan Sterling [Jane Adriance], American actress (Ace in the Hole, The High and the Mighty), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1923-04-04 Manon Alving, Dutch actress (The Assault, Short American), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2010)
  • 1923-04-08 George Fisher, American cartoonist (d. 2003)
  • 1923-04-13 Don Adams, American actor and comedian (Get Smart), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)

Harry Reasoner

1923-04-17 Harry Reasoner, American newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS), born in Dakota City, Iowa (d. 1991)

  • 1923-04-20 Mother Angelica, Catholic American Franciscan nun, born in Canton, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1923-04-22 Aaron Spelling, American television producer (Charlie's Angels), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2006)

Bettie Page

1923-04-22 Bettie Page, American pinup model considered the 'Queen of Pinups' and the 'Dark Angel', born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2008)

  • 1923-04-23 Avram Davidson, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Peregrine: Primus, Rork!), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1923-04-25 Albert King [Nelson], American blues guitarist and singer ("Born Under A Bad Sign"; "That's What The Blues Is About"), born in Indianola, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1923-04-28 William Guarnere, South American WWII Veteran portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1923-04-30 Al Lewis [Alexander Meister], American actor (The Munsters, Used Cars), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1923-05-01 Joseph Heller, American novelist (Catch-22, 1963 Arts & Letters Award), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1923-05-04 Edward "Ed" Cassidy, American musician (Spirit), born in Harvey, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1923-05-09 Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer, and "unofficial mayor" of Hollywood (d. 2008)
  • 1923-05-16 Merton Miller, American economist, Nobel laureate (d. 2000)
  • 1923-05-27 Sumner Redstone, American media mogul (ViacomCBS), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2020)
  • 1923-06-02 Del Simmons [James Joseph Simonian], American saxophonist (Captain Beefheart) (d. 2011)
  • 1923-06-06 V. C. Andrews, American author (Flowers in the Attic), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 1986)
  • 1923-06-08 Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest, author and civil rights activist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2015)

Erroll Garner

1923-06-15 Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist ("Misty"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)

  • 1923-06-26 Barbara Graham, American criminal convicted of murder, born in Oakland, California (d. 1955)
  • 1923-07-10 John Bradley, United States Navy corpsman, one of six who raised flag on top of Mt. Suribachi (see Iwo Jima), born in Antigo, Wisconsin (d. 1994)
  • 1923-07-14 Willie Steele, American Olympic gold medalist (1948 Long Jump), born in El Centro, California (d. 1989)
  • 1923-07-16 Chris Argyris, American business theorist and educator, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2013)
  • 1923-07-18 Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor, (held more than 600 patents), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1923-07-19 William A. Rusher, American lawyer and columnist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)

Bob Dole

1923-07-22 Bob Dole, American politician (Senate Republican leader, 1985-96, Presidential candidate in 1996), born in Russell, Kansas (d. 2021)

  • 1923-07-22 Lillian Ellison, American professional wrestler (d. 2007)
  • 1923-07-23 Cyril M. Kornbluth, American sci-fi writer (Space Merchants), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)

Estelle Getty

1923-07-25 Estelle Getty, American actress (The Golden Girls, The Golden Palace), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)

  • 1923-07-26 Jan Berenstain [Janice Marian Grant], American author (The Berenstain Bears), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1923-07-29 Gordon Mitchell [Charles Allen Pendleton], American actor and bodybuilder (Sinbad), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2003)
  • 1923-07-31 Jimmy Evert, American tennis coach (father of Chris Evert), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1923-08-06 Jess Collins, American visual artist (Translations), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2004)
  • 1923-08-11 Stan Chambers, American television reporter
  • 1923-08-24 Arthur Jensen, American psychologist, born in San Diego, California (d. 2012)

Louise Suggs

1923-09-07 Louise Suggs, American golfer, co-founder LPGA (11 major titles, US Open 1949, 52), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2015)

Cliff Robertson

1923-09-09 Clifford "Cliff" Robertson, American actor (Charly, Spider-Man) and spokesman for AT&T, born in La Jolla, California (d. 2011)

  • 1923-09-09 Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, American virologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1923-10-12 Goody Petronelli, American boxing trainer and manager, born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1923-10-16 Linda Darnell, American actress (Unfaithfully Yours, A Letter to Three Wives), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1965)
  • 1923-10-17 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (The Wrecking Crew), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1923-10-20 Robert Craft, American conductor, writer and friend of Stravinsky, born in Kingston, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1923-10-24 Denise Levertov, American poet and essayist (Joy Beneath the Skin), born in Ilford, Essex, England (d. 1997)

Carl Djerassi

1923-10-29 Carl Djerassi, Austrian-born American chemist and father of the contraceptive pill, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2015)

  • 1923-11-18 Ted Stevens, American politician (U.S. Senator from Alaska, 1968-2009), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2010)
  • 1923-11-23 Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (Hambletonian x 4; Little Brown Jug x 5; Messenger Stakes x 7), born in Gloversville, NY (d. 1986)
  • 1923-11-23 Daniel Brewster, American politician (Rep-D-Maryland 1963-69), born in Baltimore, Maryland(d. 2007)
  • 1923-12-05 Johnny Pate, American jazz bassist (Chicago soul), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1923-12-07 Ted Knight [Tadeusz Wladyslaw Konopka], American actor (The Mary Tyler Moore Show - "Ted Baxter"; Too Close for Comfort), born in Terryville, Connecticut (d. 1986)
  • 1923-12-08 Rudolph Pariser, American chemist, born in Harbin, China
  • 1923-12-12 Bob Barker, American TV game show host (The Price is Right, Truth or Consequences), born in Darrington, Washington
  • 1923-12-15 Freeman Dyson, American physicist (known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering), born in Crowthorne, Berkshire, England (d. 2020)
  • 1923-12-17 Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian (d. 2006)
  • 1923-12-23 Milt Okun, American music producer, conductor, and arranger (John Denver; Peter, Paul and Mary), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1923-12-24 George Patton IV, American general in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2004)
  • 1923-12-24 Iron Mike DiBiase, American wrestler, born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1924-01-01 Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet (Home Alone, Deranged, The Great Gatsby), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • 1924-01-03 Nell Rankin, American operatic mezzo-soprano (Carmen; Metropolitan Opera, 1951-76), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2005)
  • 1924-01-11 Sam B. Hall, American politician (d. 1994)
  • 1924-01-11 Slim Harpo [James Moore], American blues musician ("I'm a King Bee, Baby"; "Scratch My Back"), born in Lobdell, Louisiana (d. 1970)
  • 1924-01-26 Annette Strauss, American philanthropist and politician, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1924-01-29 Peter Voulkos, American artist (d. 2002)
  • 1924-01-30 Lloyd Alexander, American writer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1924-02-01 H. Richard Hornberger, American writer (d. 1997)
  • 1924-02-02 Elfi von Dassanowsky, Austrian-American producer and musician
  • 1924-03-23 Bette Nesmith Graham, American inventor (liquid paper), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1924-03-25 Julia Perry, American classical composer (Soul Symphony; Cask of Amontillado; Homunuclus C.F.), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1979)
  • 1924-04-10 Kenneth Noland, American Color Field painter, born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1924-04-10 Lee Bergere, American actor (Star Trek, Soap, Dynasty), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1924-04-13 Jack Chick, American religious cartoonist (Chick tracts), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1924-04-20 Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, An American in Paris), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • 1924-04-24 Ruth Kobart [Kahn], American actor and singer (King's Quest VII, Forum), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • 1924-04-28 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, born in East Durnham, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1924-05-07 Albert Band, American film director, born in Paris (d. 2002)
  • 1924-05-13 Theodore Mann, American theatre producer and director
  • 1924-05-14 Brad Anderson, American cartoonist (Marmaduke), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1924-05-15 Ursula Thiess [Schmidt], German actress (Monsoon, Bengal Brigade, Americano), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2010)
  • 1924-05-18 Priscilla Pointer, American actress (Carrie; Mommie Dearest), born in NYC, New York
  • 1924-05-31 Patricia Roberts Harris, American politician (Rep-D),1st African American woman cabinet member, born in Mattoon, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1924-06-01 William Sloane Coffin, American clergyman (d. 2006)
  • 1924-06-03 Ted Mallie, American radio and television announcer (d. 1999)
  • 1924-06-08 Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan, born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2006)
  • 1924-06-11 Ed Farhat, American professional wrestler, born in Detroit (d. 2003)

George Mikan

1924-06-18 George Mikan, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1951-54; NBL MVP 1948; Minneapolis Lakers), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2005)

  • 1924-07-08 Johnnie Johnson, American blues, jazz, and rock piano player (Chuck Berry's band), born in Fairmount, West Virginia (d. 2005)
  • 1924-07-10 Bobo Brazil [Houston Harris], American professional wrestler, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1998)
  • 1924-07-10 Johnny Bach, American basketball coach (Fordham Uni, Penn State Uni; NBA C'ship 1991-93 Chicago Bulls assistant coach), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2401 - 2,500 of 4,918

  • 2001-07-17 Katharine Graham, American publisher (The Washington Post during Watergate), dies at 84
  • 2001-07-18 James Hatfield, American author (b. 1958)
  • 2001-07-19 Judy Clay [Guions], American soul and gospel singer, dies from complications from a car accident at 62
  • 2001-07-21 Steve Barton, American actor (b. 1954)
  • 2001-07-23 Eudora Welty, American novelist (Optimist's Daughter-Pulitzer 1973), dies at 92
  • 2001-07-26 Rex Barber, American WWII aviator (b. 1917)
  • 2001-07-27 Leon Wilkeson, American guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies at 49
  • 2001-07-31 Poul Anderson, American science-fiction and fantasy author, winner of 7 Hugo and 3 Nebula Awards (The Sharing of Flesh; Mirkheim; After Doomsday), dies of prostate cancer at 74
  • 2001-08-02 Ron Townson, American singer (The 5th Dimension - "Up, Up and Away"), dies of kidney failure at 68
  • 2001-08-19 Betty Everett, American southern soul singer and pianist ("Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)"), dies at 61
  • 2001-08-20 Kim Stanley [Patricia Reid], American actress (Séance on a Wet Afternoon, The Chase, Right Stuff), dies at 76
  • 2001-08-23 Kathleen Freeman, American actress (Beverly Hillbillies, 3 Ring Circus), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • 2001-08-23 Peter Maas, American novelist (b. 1929)
  • 2001-08-24 Bettejane "Jane" Greer, American actress (Out of the Past, Prisoner of Zenda, Clown), dies at 76
  • 2001-08-25 Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, dies in a plane crash in the Bahamas at 22
  • 2001-09-02 Troy Donahue, American actor (Hawaiian Eye), dies at 65
  • 2001-09-03 Pauline Kael, American film critic (b. 1919)
  • 2001-09-03 Thuy Trang, Vietnamese-American actress (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), dies at 27
  • 2001-09-04 Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf, American radio personality (b. 1962)
  • 2001-09-05 Heywood Hale Broun, American TV commentator and sports correspondent, dies at 83
  • 2001-09-05 Justin Wilson, American Cajun chef (Wise Potato Chips) and humorist, dies at 87
  • 2001-09-07 Billie Lou Watt, American actress (b. 1924)
  • 2001-09-11 Alice Stewart Trillin, American author, dies at 63
  • 2001-09-11 Angel L. Juarbe, Jr., American firefighter, dies in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center at 35
  • 2001-09-11 Barbara Olson, American political commentator, dies in terror attack aboard flight 77 flown into the Pentagon at 45
  • 2001-09-11 David Angell, American sitcom creator (Frazier), dies aboard a plane in a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center at 55
  • 2001-09-11 John Ogonowski, American pilot, dies aboard American Airlines Flight 11 in terror attack on the World Trade Center at 50
  • 2001-09-11 John P. O'Neill, American anti-terrorism expert and FBI agent, dies as Head of Security in the terror attack on the World Trade Center at 49
  • 2001-09-11 Tom Burnett, American businessman and passenger aboard United 93, dies thwarting terrorist attempts to crash the plane into a Washington monument at 38
  • 2001-09-12 Victor Wong [Yee Keung Victor Wong], American actor (Big Trouble in Little China), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2001-09-13 Dorothy McGuire, American actress (Gentlemen's Agreement, Old Yeller, Summer Magic), dies of cardiac arrest following a short illness at 85
  • 2001-09-16 Samuel Z. Arkoff, American film producer and co-founder of American International Pictures, dies at 83
  • 2001-10-01 Kathleen Ankers, American scenic designer (b. 1919)
  • 2001-10-05 Mike Mansfield, American politician (b. 1903)
  • 2001-10-06 Arne Harris, American television sports director, dies at 67
  • 2001-10-07 Herblock [Herbert Lawrence Block], American cartoonist, dies at 91
  • 2001-10-09 Dagmar [Virginia Ruth Egnor], American actress, model, and television personality (Broadway's Open House), dies at 79
  • 2001-10-09 Herbert Ross, American film director and producer (Footloose, Steel Magnolias, dies at 74
  • 2001-10-10 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer, dies at 90
  • 2001-10-17 Jay Livingston, American composer ("Buttons & Bows"; "Mona Lisa"; "Tammy"), dies at 86
  • 2001-10-20 Ted Ammon, American financier and investment banker, bludgeoned to death at 52
  • 2001-11-10 Ken Kesey, American author (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), dies at 66
  • 2001-11-16 Tommy Flanagan, American jazz pianist (b. 1930)
  • 2001-11-22 Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman, founded Mary Kay Cosmetics (b. 1915)
  • 2001-11-22 Norman Granz, American jazz record producer (Verve Records; Pablo Records), and impresario (Jazz at the Philharmonic), dies of cancer at 83
  • 2001-11-23 O. C Smith, American jazz singer (Little Green Apples), dies at 69
  • 2001-11-24 Melanie Thornton, American pop-dance singer (La Bouche - "Be My Lover"), dies in a plane crash near Zürich, Switzerland, at 34
  • 2001-11-28 Kal Mann, American pop lyricist ("Let's Twist Again"), dies at 84
  • 2001-11-28 William Kienzle, American author (b. 1928)
  • 2001-11-29 John Knowles, American writer (Morning in Antibes), dies at 75
  • 2001-12-01 Ellis R. Dungan, American born Indian film director, dies at 92
  • 2001-12-03 Grady Martin, American country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), dies at 72
  • 2001-12-08 Don Tennant, American advertising executive (b. 1922)
  • 2001-12-13 Chuck Schuldiner, American heavy metal singer-songwriter (Death), dies of brain cancer at 34
  • 2001-12-15 Rufus Thomas [Mr. Swing], American musician (Do the Funky Chicken), dies at 84
  • 2001-12-15 Russ Haas, American professional wrestler, dies of heart attack at 27
  • 2001-12-20 Foster Brooks, American comedian and actor (The Villain, Oddballs, Mork & Mindy), dies of natural causes at 89
  • 2001-12-21 Dick Schaap, American Emmy Award-winning sportscaster, journalist, and author (Bo Knows Bo: Instant Replay), dies from complications during hip replacement surgery at 67
  • 2001-12-28 Samuel A. Goldblith, American food scientist (b. 1919)
  • 2001-12-28 William X. Kienzle, American novelist (b. 1928)
  • 2001-12-31 Eileen Heckart, American actress (Butterflies Are Free, Doll's House, Trauma Center), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • 2002-01-01 Julia Phillips, American film producer, dies at 57
  • 2002-01-07 Avery Schreiber, American comedian and actor (My Mother the Car), dies at 66
  • 2002-01-08 Dave Thomas, American businessman who founded Wendy's Restaurants, dies at 69
  • 2002-01-10 W.A. Criswell, American (Baptist) preacher (b. 1909)
  • 2002-01-13 Ted Demme, American film director, dies at 38
  • 2002-01-16 Bobo Olson, American boxer (b. 1928)
  • 2002-01-16 Ron Taylor, American actor (b. 1952)
  • 2002-01-17 Bishop Karas, Sudanese-born American religious leader (b. 1955)
  • 2002-01-17 Queenie Leonard, American actress (b. 1905)

Peggy Lee

2002-01-21 Peggy Lee [Norma Delores Egstrom], American singer ("Fever"; "Is That All There Is?"), songwriter ("Mañana"), and actress (Pete Kelly's Blues; Lady and the Tramp), dies of a heart attack at 81

  • 2002-01-22 Stanley Marcus, American business executive (b. 1905)
  • 2002-01-23 Paul Aars, American racecar driver (b. 1934)
  • 2002-01-23 Robert Nozick, American philosopher (Anarchy, State, and Utopia), dies at 63
  • 2002-01-31 Francis Gabreski, American fighter pilot (b. 1919)
  • 2002-02-02 Claude Brown, American writer (b. 1937)
  • 2002-02-02 Paul Baloff, American singer (Exodus) (b. 1960)
  • 2002-02-04 George Nader, American actor (Robot Monster, Away All Boats), dies at 80
  • 2002-02-10 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer and songwriter, dies at 65
  • 2002-02-15 Howard K. Smith, American print and broadcast journalist, dies from pneumonia at 87
  • 2002-02-21 Harold Pruett, American actor (Sybil, Embrace of the Vampire), dies of a drug overdose at 32
  • 2002-02-22 Charles "Chuck" Jones, American animator and cartoonist best known for his work with Warner Bros. (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Porky Pig), dies of congestive heart failure at 89
  • 2002-02-22 Daniel Pearl, American journalist (b. 1963)
  • 2002-02-26 Lawrence Tierney, American actor (Abduction, Dillinger, Reservoir Dogs), dies of pneumonia at 82
  • 2002-02-28 Mary Stuart, American actress (Jo-Search for Tomorrow), dies at 75
  • 2002-03-03 Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter, dies at 74
  • 2002-03-11 James Tobin, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2002-03-17 Pat Weaver, American broadcast executive (b. 1908)
  • 2002-03-17 Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (Family Matters, The Brother from Another Planet), dies from diabetes at 90
  • 2002-03-18 R. A. Lafferty, American sci-fi writer (Devil is Dead), dies at 87
  • 2002-03-21 Herman Talmadge, American politician (70th Governor of Georgia), dies at 88
  • 2002-03-23 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (I Got A Right To Sing The Blues; Metropolitan Opera, 1960-66) and film voice (Interrupted Melody), dies at 82

Billy Wilder

2002-03-27 Billy Wilder, Austrian-born American film director (The Lost Weekend; Some Like it Hot), dies at 95

Milton Berle

2002-03-27 Milton Berle, American comedian and TV host (Uncle Miltie, Mr Television), dies at 93

  • 2002-04-05 Layne Staley, American rock singer and guitarist (Alice in Chains - Dirt), dies at 34
  • 2002-04-07 John Agar, American actor (Sands of Iwo Jima, Fort Apache), dies at 81
  • 2002-04-09 Pat Flaherty, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1956), dies from cancer at 76
  • 2002-04-15 Damon Francis Knight, American sci-fi author (CV, Beyond the Barrier), dies at 79
  • 2002-04-16 Robert Urich, American actor (Spenser: For Hire), dies of cancer at 55