United States of America in History (Part 26)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2501 - 2,600 of 10,105

  • 1924-04-10 Kenneth Noland, American Color Field painter, born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 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 NYC, New York
  • 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, (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)

Person of interestGeorge Mikan

1924-06-18 George Mikan, American NBA center (6-time all-pro), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2005)

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1924-07-08 Johnnie Johnson, American blues musician (d. 2005)
  • 1924-07-10 Bobo Brazil, American professional wrestler (d. 1998)
  • 1924-07-10 Johnny Bach, American basketball coach
  • 1924-07-16 Bess Myerson, 1st Jewish Miss America (1945), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1924-07-19 Martin Patterson "Pat" Hingle, American actor (Hang 'em High, Splendor in the Grass, Batman Returns), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2009)
  • 1924-07-19 Stanley K. Hathaway, American politician (d. 2005)
  • 1924-07-20 Thomas Berger, American novelist (Vital Parts, Little Big Man), born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • 1924-07-22 Margaret Whiting, American singer (Kreisler Bandstand, Strauss Family), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestElizabeth Short

1924-07-29 Elizabeth Short, American victim in the Black Dahlia case, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1947)

Murder victim Elizabeth Short
Murder victim
Elizabeth Short
  • 1924-08-01 Marcia Mae Jones, American actress (Frankie Darro, The Cisco), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)

Person of interestJames Baldwin

1924-08-02 James Baldwin, American author (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1987)

  • 1924-08-02 Joe Harnell, American musician, composer and arranger (d. 2005)
  • 1924-08-10 Martha Hyer, American actress (Day of the Wolves, Night of the Grizzly), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2014)

Person of interestJack Buck

1924-08-21 Jack Buck, American sports announcer (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts (d. 2002)

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Sportscaster
Jack Buck
  • 1924-08-21 Jack Weston [Weinstein], American actor (Dirty Dancing, The Four Seasons, Rad), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1924-09-07 Leonard Rosenman, American TV composer (Marcus Welby MD), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1924-09-13 Scott Brady [Gerald Tierney], actor (Shotgun Slade, China Syndrome, Gremlins, Johnny Guitar), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1924-09-16 Lauren Bacall, American actress and singer named the 20th greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema (Dark Passage, Key Largo), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1924-09-27 Bernard Waber, American author, (d. 2013)
  • 1924-09-27 Fred Singer, American scientist

Person of interestTruman Capote

1924-09-30 Truman Capote, American author (In Cold Blood), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 1924-10-11 Mal Whitfield, American Olympic athlete, born in Bay City, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1924-10-12 Doris Grau, American script supervisor, actress and voice artist (Point Blank, King Kong), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1924-10-13 Terry Gibbs, American jazz vibraphonist and band leader (Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1924-10-15 Mark Lenard, American actor (Mr Spock's dad Sarek-Star Trek), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1924-10-27 Ruby Dee, American actress (A Raisin in the Sun, American Gangster), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • 1924-11-02 Rudy Van Gelder, American recording engineer (Miles Davis, John Coltrane), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1924-11-16 Mel Patton, American sprinter & Olympic champion, born in Los Angeles, California, (d. 2014)
  • 1924-11-23 Paula Raymond, American actress and model (The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2003)
  • 1924-11-24 Victor Grinich, Croatian-American businessman (d. 2000)
  • 1924-11-26 George Segal, New York, American painter and sculptor of lifelike mixed-media figures (Bus Driver)

Person of interestShirley Chisholm

1924-11-30 Shirley Chisholm, 1st African American congresswoman (Rep-D-NY) and presidential candidate, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)

Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm
Congresswoman
Shirley Chisholm
  • 1924-12-13 Larry Doby, 1st African American in baseball's AL (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1924-12-26 Frank Broyles, American athlete, long time athletic director of the University of Arkansas.
  • 1924-12-31 Taylor Mead, American writer, actor and performer (Factory, Taylor Mead's Ass), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1925-01-01 Matthew "Stymie" Beard, American actor (d. 1981)
  • 1925-01-02 Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (d. 2008)
  • 1925-01-12 Katherine "Scottie" MacGregor, American actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Glendale, California
  • 1925-01-13 Rosemary Murphy, American actress (Margaret-Lucas Tanner), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1925-01-17 Robert Cormier, American author (d. 2000)
  • 1925-01-17 Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher, K.K.K. member and murderer, born in Philadelphia, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1925-01-30 Dorothy Malone, American actress (At Gunpoint, Night & Day, Peyton Place), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)

Person of interestDouglas Engelbart

1925-01-30 Douglas Engelbart, American computer scientist (computer mouse, Engelbart's Law), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2013)

Computer Scientist Douglas Engelbart
Computer Scientist
Douglas Engelbart
  • 1925-02-02 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1925-02-12 Joan Mitchell, Chicago USA, American painter and printmaker
  • 1925-02-27 Samuel Dash, American Congressional counsel (d. 2004)
  • 1925-03-14 Francis A. Marzen, American Catholic prelate (d. 2004)
  • 1925-04-04 Emmett Williams, American poet, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 2007)

Person of interestEthel Kennedy

1925-04-11 Ethel Kennedy, American human-rights campaigner (wife of Bobby Kennedy), born in Chicago, Illinois

Bobby Kennedy's Wife Ethel Kennedy
Bobby Kennedy's Wife
Ethel Kennedy
  • 1925-04-18 Bob Hastings, American actor (McHale's Navy, All in the Family), born in Brooklyn, New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1925-04-25 Kay E. Kuter, American actor (Green Acres), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1925-04-29 Ned Austin, American character actor (d. 2007)
  • 1925-05-04 Maurice R. Greenberg, American businessman and CEO of American International Group (AIG), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925-05-05 Leo Ryan, United States Congressman (d. 1978)

Person of interestYogi Berra

1925-05-12 Yogi Berra [Lawrence Peter Berra], American baseball catcher, coach and manager (NY Yankees, Mets), born in St. Louis Missouri (d. 2015)

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra

Person of interestMalcolm X

1925-05-19 Malcolm X [Little], African American human rights activist and Muslim minister, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1965)

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X
  • 1925-05-20 Chester Ludgin, American baritone (d. 2003)
  • 1925-05-22 James King, American tenor (d. 2005)
  • 1925-05-23 Joshua Lederberg, American molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 2008)
  • 1925-05-23 Mac Wiseman, American musician
  • 1925-05-27 Tony Hillerman, American writer
  • 1925-06-20 Audie Murphy, American soldier who was among the most decorated in WW II with 33 medals and actor (To Hell and Back, Whispering Smiths), born in Kingston, Texas (d. 1971)
  • 1925-06-25 Ted Stepien, American business (d. 2007)
  • 1925-06-29 Cara Williams, American actress (Pete & Gladys, Cara Williams Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1925-06-29 Hale Smith, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1925-07-07 Wally Phillips, American radio personality (d. 2008)
  • 1925-07-09 Alan Dale, American singer (Alan Dale Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1925-07-16 Cal Tjader, American musician (d. 1982)
  • 1925-07-28 Baruch S. Blumberg, American scientist, Nobel laureate
  • 1925-08-12 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1925-08-12 George Wetherill, American scientist (d. 2006)
  • 1925-08-18 Sonny Til [Earlington Carl Tilghman], American doo-wop singer (The Orioles), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1981)
  • 1925-08-21 Judy Grable [Nellya Baughman], American professional wrestler, born in Bremerton, Washington (d. 2008)
  • 1925-08-26 Jack Hirshleifer, American economist (d. 2005)
  • 1925-08-28 Billy Grammer, American country music singer and guitarist
  • 1925-09-02 Hugo Montenegro, American composer and bandleader (d. 1981)
  • 1925-09-03 Hank Thompson, American singer (d. 2007)
  • 1925-09-04 Forrest Carter, American author (d. 1979)
  • 1925-09-13 Mel Tormé, American singer (d. 1999)
  • 1925-09-17 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Garry Moore Show, Annie), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2003)
  • 1925-09-20 Bobby Nunn [Ulysses B. Nunn Sr.], American singer (The Robins, The Coasters), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1986)
  • 1925-09-26 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), born in Glendale, Arizona (d. 1982)
  • 1925-09-29 Steve Forrest, Huntsville, Texas, American actor (Ben-Dallas, SWAT), (d. 2013)
  • 1925-10-05 Bob Thaves, American cartoonist (d. 2006)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2501 - 2,600 of 5,029

  • 2001-10-20 Ted Ammon, American financier (b. 1949)
  • 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 impresario and producer (b. 1918)
  • 2001-11-23 O.C. Smith, American singer (b. 1932)
  • 2001-11-24 Melanie Thornton, American dance/pop singer (b. 1967)
  • 2001-11-28 William Kienzle, American author (b. 1928)
  • 2001-11-28 Kal Mann, American lyricist (b. 1917)
  • 2001-11-29 John Knowles, American author (b. 1926)
  • 2001-12-01 Ellis R Dungan, American born Indian film director (b. 1909)
  • 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 musician (Death) (b. 1967)
  • 2001-12-15 Russ Haas, American professional wrestler, dies of heart attack at 27
  • 2001-12-15 Rufus Thomas [Mr. Swing], American musician (Do the Funky Chicken), dies at 84
  • 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 sports journalist (b. 1934)
  • 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 (b. 1944)
  • 2002-01-07 Avery Schreiber, American actor (b. 1935)
  • 2002-01-08 Dave Thomas, American fast food entrepreneur (b. 1932)
  • 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)
  • 2002-01-21 Peggy Lee, American singer (b. 1920)
  • 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 (b. 1938)
  • 2002-01-31 Francis Gabreski, American fighter pilot (b. 1919)
  • 2002-02-02 Paul Baloff, American singer (Exodus) (b. 1960)
  • 2002-02-02 Claude Brown, American writer (b. 1937)
  • 2002-02-04 George Nader, American actor (Robot Monster, Away All Boats), dies at 80
  • 2002-02-10 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer/songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2002-02-13 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist (Ramblin' Man), dies of diabetic complications at 64
  • 2002-02-15 Howard K. Smith, American journalist (b. 1914)
  • 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 musician (b. 1927)
  • 2002-03-11 James Tobin, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2002-03-17 Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (Family Matters, The Brother from Another Planet), dies from diabetes at 90
  • 2002-03-17 Pat Weaver, American broadcast executive (b. 1908)
  • 2002-03-18 R.A. Lafferty, American sci-fi writer (b. 1914)
  • 2002-03-21 Herman Talmadge, American politician (b. 1913)
  • 2002-03-23 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (b. 1920)
  • 2002-03-26 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)
  • 2002-03-27 Milton Berle, American actor and comedian (b. 1908)

Person of interestBilly Wilder

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

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • 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 racecar driver (b. 1926)
  • 2002-04-15 Damon Knight, American author (b. 1922)
  • 2002-04-16 Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (b. 1927)
  • 2002-04-16 Robert Urich, American actor (b. 1946)
  • 2002-04-20 Alan Dale, American singer (b. 1925)
  • 2002-04-25 Lisa Lopes, American rapper (TLC) (b. 1971)
  • 2002-04-27 George Alec Effinger, American author (b. 1947)
  • 2002-04-27 Ruth Handler, American toy manufacturer (invented the Barbie doll), dies of cancer at 85
  • 2002-04-28 Lou Thesz, American professional wrestler, dies at 86
  • 2002-04-29 Bob Akin, American industrialist and race car driver (b. 1936)
  • 2002-05-05 Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs, dies at 98
  • 2002-05-05 George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916)
  • 2002-05-06 Otis Blackwell, American pianist, singer and songwriter (b. 1932)
  • 2002-05-07 Seattle Slew, American racehorse (b. 1974)
  • 2002-05-09 Leon Stein, American composer, dies at 81
  • 2002-05-16 Big Dick Dudley, American professional wrestler (b. 1968)
  • 2002-05-17 Dave Berg, American cartoonist (The Lighter Side of...), dies at 81
  • 2002-05-17 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (Somethin' Else), dies of complications following a cerebral haemorrhage at 62 (b. 1940)
  • 2002-05-19 Walter Lord, American author (A Night to Remember), dies at 84

Person of interestStephen Jay Gould

2002-05-20 Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist and popular science writer, dies of cancer at 60

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Stephen Jay Gould

Person of interestSam Snead

2002-05-23 Sam Snead, American golfer (PGA-1963, 65, 67, 70, 72, 73), dies of a stroke at 89

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 2002-05-24 Wallace Markfield, American writer (b. 1926)
  • 2002-05-29 Mildred Benson, American writer (b. 1905)
  • 2002-06-05 Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones), dies of a heroin overdose at 51
  • 2002-06-06 Robbin Crosby, American heavy metal rock guitarist/vocals (Ratt-Round & Round), dies at 42

Person of interestJohn Gotti

2002-06-10 John Gotti, American mafia gangster and head of the Gambino family, dies of throat cancer at 61

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti
  • 2002-06-10 Benjamin Ward, 1st African American NYC Police Commissioner, dies at 75
  • 2002-06-12 Bill Blass, American fashion designer, dies at 79
  • 2002-06-13 John Hope, American meteorologist (b. 1919)
  • 2002-06-14 June Jordan, American writer and teacher (b. 1936)
  • 2002-06-17 Willie Davenport, American bobsledder and hurdler (Olympic gold 1968), dies at 59

Person of interestJack Buck

2002-06-18 Jack Buck, American baseball announcer, dies at 77

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Sportscaster
Jack Buck
  • 2002-06-22 Ann Landers, American columnist (b. 1918)
  • 2002-06-29 Rosemary Clooney, American singer (Come On-a My House) and actress (White Christmas), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 2002-07-02 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
  • 2002-07-04 Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American general (b. 1912)
  • 2002-07-04 Winnifred Quick, American Titanic survivor (b. 1904)
  • 2002-07-06 John Frankenheimer, American film director (b. 1930)
  • 2002-07-08 Ward Kimball, American animator (b. 1914)
  • 2002-07-09 Laurence Janifer, American writer (b. 1933)

Person of interestRod Steiger

2002-07-09 Rod Steiger, American actor (Illustrated Man, Pawnbroker), dies of pneumonia at 77

  • 2002-07-16 John Cocke, American computer scientist (b. 1925)