United States of America in History (Part 26)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2501 - 2,600 of 9,757

  • 1924-07-16 Bess Myerson, 1st Jewish Miss America (1945), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2014)
  • 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 (27th Governor of Wyoming), born in Osceola, Nebraska (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 ("It Might As Well Be Spring"; "Time After Time"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2011)

Elizabeth Short

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

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

James Baldwin

1924-08-02 James Baldwin, American novelist (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country) and playwright (The Amen Corner), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1987)

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

Jack Buck

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

  • 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 Academy and Emmy Award-winning film and television composer (Rebel Without A Cause; Star Trek IV; Bound for Glory; Sybill),, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1924-09-13 Scott Brady [Gerald Tierney], American 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

Truman Capote

1924-09-30 Truman Capote, American author (Breakfast At Tiffany's; In Cold Blood), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1984)

  • 1924-10-01 Roger Williams [Louis Jacob Weertz], American popular music pianist ("Born Free"), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2011)
  • 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 [Julius Gubenko], American jazz vibraphonist and band leader (The Dream Band; 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 athlete (Olympic gold 200m, 4x100m relay 1948; WR 100 yards 9.2s 1948), 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, American painter and sculptor of lifelike mixed-media figures (Bus Driver), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)

Shirley Chisholm

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

  • 1924-12-13 Larry Doby, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB All-Star 1949–55; World Series 1948; AL HR leader 1952, 54; 1st African-American in AL; Cleveland Indians), born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 2003)
  • 1924-12-26 Frank Broyles, American collegiate athlete, and administrator (University of Arkansas Athletic Director, 1974-2007), born in Decatur, Georgia (d. 2017)
  • 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 - "Harriet Oleson"), born in Glendale, California (d. 2018)
  • 1925-01-13 Rosemary Murphy, American actress (Margaret-Lucas Tanner), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1925-01-17 Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher, K.K.K. member and murderer, born in Philadelphia, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1925-01-17 Robert Cormier, American author (d. 2000)
  • 1925-01-30 Dorothy Malone, American actress (At Gunpoint, Night & Day, Peyton Place), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)

Douglas Engelbart

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

  • 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, American painter and printmaker, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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)
  • 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, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1978)

Yogi Berra

1925-05-12 Yogi Berra, American Baseball HOF catcher, coach and manager (18 x MLB All-Star; 13 x World Series; NY Yankees; AL MVP 1951, 54, 55), and Purple Heart recipient, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)

Malcolm X

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

  • 1925-05-20 Chester Ludgin, American baritone (d. 2003)
  • 1925-05-22 James King, American tenor, born in Dodge City, Kansas (d. 2005)
  • 1925-05-23 Joshua Lederberg, American molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 2008)
  • 1925-05-23 Malcolm "Mac" Wiseman, American bluegrass singer, born in Crimora, Virginia (d. 2019)
  • 1925-05-27 Tony Hillerman, American writer (Navajo Tribal Police), born in Sacred Heart Oklahoma,
  • 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 businessman and basketball team owner, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (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 pop singer ("Cheery Pink and Apple Blossom White"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1925-07-16 Cal Tjader, American Latin jazz guitarist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1925-07-28 Baruch Samuel Blumberg, American scientist, (1976 Nobel laureate for Physiology or Medicine for work on Hepatitis B), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1925-08-12 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1925-08-12 George Wetherill, American scientist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (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, educator, and author, born in Brooklyn, NYC (d. 2005)
  • 1925-08-28 Billy Grammer, American country music singer and guitarist, born in Benton, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1925-09-02 Hugo Montenegro, American composer, arranger, and orchestra leader, born in New York City (d. 1981)
  • 1925-09-03 Hank Thompson, American country music singer (The Brazos Valley Boys), born in Waco, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1925-09-04 Forrest [Asa Earl] Carter, American author and segregationist speech writer, born in Anniston, Alabama (d. 1979)
  • 1925-09-13 Mel Tormé, American jazz singer, known as 'The Velvet Fog' and composer (The Christmas Song), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1925-09-17 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Garry Moore Show, Annie), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2003)
  • 1925-09-20 (Ulysses) Bobby Nunn, American singer (The Robins; The Coasters), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1986)
  • 1925-09-26 Marty Robbins, American country singer ("El Paso"; "Devil Woman"; "I Walk Alone"), born in Glendale, Arizona (d. 1982)
  • 1925-09-29 Steve Forrest, American actor (Ben-Dallas, SWAT), born in Huntsville, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1925-10-05 Bob Thaves, American cartoonist (Frank and Ernest), born in Burt, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • 1925-10-09 Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure and abusive partner of actress Lana Turner, born in Woodstock, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 1925-10-13 Frank D. Gilroy, American writer (Subject Was Roses), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1925-10-20 Tom Dowd, American recording engineer and producer (innovator of multitrack recording), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1925-10-26 Jan Wolkers, Dutch sculptor and novelist (Brief American), born in Oegstgeest, Netherlands (d. 2007)
  • 1925-10-27 Albert Medwin, American electrical engineer and inventor
  • 1925-10-29 Dominick Dunne, American writer and producer (Panic in Needle Park), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2009)
  • 1925-10-30 (Attilio) "Teo" Macero, American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis - "Bitches Brew"; Dave Brubeck -"Time Out"), born in Glens Falls, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1925-10-30 Gus Savage, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1981- 93), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1925-10-31 Lee Grant [Lyova Haskell Rosenthal], American actress (Shampoo, Mulholland Drive), born in NYC, New York

Doris Roberts

1925-11-04 Doris Roberts, American actress (Everybody Loves Raymond), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2016)

Robert F. Kennedy

1925-11-20 Robert F. Kennedy, American politician (D-Sen-NY, US Attorney General), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1968)

  • 1925-11-23 Johnny Mandel, American composer, arranger and musician (M*A*S*H theme), born in New York City (d. 2020)
  • 1925-11-24 William F. Buckley Jr, American conservative author and commentator (National Review, Firing Line), born in NYC (d. 2008)
  • 1925-12-01 Martin Rodbell, American biochemist (1994 Nobel Prize for medicine or Physiology for discovery of G-proteins), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1998)
  • 1925-12-03 Ferlin Husky, American country singer (Born to Lose; Gone), born in Desloge, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1925-12-10 Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American writer (Yin, Pulitzer 1985), born in Spokane, Washington, (d. 2014)
  • 1925-12-10 Jean Byron [Imogene Audette Burkhart], American actress (The Patty Duke Show), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 2006)
  • 1925-12-11 Paul Greengard, American neuroscientist (Nobel 2000), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925-12-15 (Josie) "Kasey" Rogers, American actress (Strangers On A Train; Bewitched - "Louise Tate"), born in Morehouse, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1925-12-22 Lewis Glucksman, American financier, born in Manhattan, New York City (d. 2006)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2501 - 2,600 of 4,916

  • 2002-04-20 Alan Dale, American singer (Alan Dale Show), dies at 76
  • 2002-04-25 Left Eye [Lisa Lopes], American singer (TLC), dies in a car crash at 30
  • 2002-04-27 George Alec Effinger, American author, dies at 55
  • 2002-04-27 Ruth Handler, American toy manufacturer (invented the Barbie doll), dies of cancer at 85
  • 2002-04-29 Bob Akin, American industrialist and race car driver (b. 1936)
  • 2002-05-05 George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916)
  • 2002-05-05 Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs, dies at 98
  • 2002-05-06 Otis Blackwell, American songwriter ("Fever"; "Don't Be Cruel"; "Great Balls Of Fire"; All Shook Up"), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 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 hemorrhage at 62 (b. 1940)
  • 2002-05-19 Walter Lord, American author (A Night to Remember), dies at 84

Sam Snead

2002-05-23 Sam Snead, American golfer ((7 PGA Tour major titles; US Masters 1949, 52, 54), dies of a stroke at 89

  • 2002-05-24 Wallace Markfield, American writer (b. 1926)
  • 2002-05-29 Mildred Benson, American writer (b. 1905)
  • 2002-06-05 Dee Dee Ramone [Douglas Colvin], American punk rock bassist (The Ramones), dies of a heroin overdose at 51
  • 2002-06-06 Robbin Crosby, American heavy metal rock guitarist and vocalist (Ratt - "Round & Round"), dies at 42
  • 2002-06-10 Benjamin Ward, 1st African American NYC Police Commissioner, dies at 75

John Gotti

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

  • 2002-06-12 Bill Blass, American fashion designer, dies at 79
  • 2002-06-13 John Hope, American meteorologist, dies at 83
  • 2002-06-14 June Jordan, Caribbean-American playwright and poet (His Own Where), dies at 65
  • 2002-06-17 Willie Davenport, American bobsledder and track athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1968), dies from a heart attack at 59

Jack Buck

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

  • 2002-06-22 Ann Landers [Eppie Lederer], American advice columnist "Ask Ann Landers," twin sister of fellow advice columnist "Dear Abby" (Abigail Van Buren), dies of bone marrow cancer at 83
  • 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 (Oscar Peterson; Ella Fitzgerald), 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 (one of Disney's Nine Old Men), dies at 88
  • 2002-07-09 Laurence Janifer, American writer (b. 1933)

Rod 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)
  • 2002-07-19 Alan Lomax, American ethno-musicologist, and folklorist (Library of Congress Archive of American Folk Song), dies at 87
  • 2002-07-23 Chaim Potok, American novelist and rabbi (b. 1929)
  • 2002-07-23 William Luther Pierce, American author and activist, dies at 68
  • 2002-08-05 Chick Hearn, American NBA broadcaster (called 3,338 LA Lakers games), dies at 85
  • 2002-08-05 Josh Ryan Evans, American actor (b. 1982)

Michael Houser

2002-08-10 Michael Houser, American guitarist (Widespread Panic), dies of pancreatic cancer at 40

  • 2002-08-11 Galen Rowell, American photographer and mountain climber (b. 1940)
  • 2002-08-14 Dave Williams, American rock singer (Drowning Pool), dies of heart failure due to undiagnosed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at 30
  • 2002-08-16 Jeff Corey [Arthur Zwerling], American actor (Getting Straight, Superman & Mole Men), dies at 88
  • 2002-08-18 Dean Riesner, American film and television screenwriter (Bill and Coo), dies at 83
  • 2002-09-03 W. Clement Stone, American entrepreneur (positive mental attitude philosophy), dies at 100
  • 2002-09-05 David Todd Wilkinson, American astronomer, author of the first study of the Cosmic microwave background radiation (b. 1935)
  • 2002-09-07 Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer ("Piece Of My Heart"), dies at 64
  • 2002-09-11 Kim Hunter [Janet Cole], American actress (A Streetcar Named Desire, Planet of the Apes), dies at 79
  • 2002-09-16 James Gregory, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Barney Miller), dies at 90
  • 2002-09-18 Bob Hayes, American athlete (2 x Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1964) and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver (3-time Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), dies of kidney failure at 59
  • 2002-09-21 Robert L. Forward, American physicist and writer (b. 1932)
  • 2002-09-24 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, dies at 62
  • 2002-10-01 Walter Annenberg, American publisher (Triangle-TV Guide) and philanthropist, dies at 94
  • 2002-10-03 Bruce Paltrow, American television and film producer (b. 1943)
  • 2002-10-09 Aileen Wournos, American serial killer sentenced to death (b. 1956)
  • 2002-10-09 Charles Guggenheim, American film director and producer (b. 1924)
  • 2002-10-10 Teresa Graves, American actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love!), dies in a fire at her home at 54
  • 2002-10-12 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (Ray Conniff Singers), dies at 85
  • 2002-10-14 Norbert Schultze, American composer and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • 2002-10-16 Angela Dawson, American murder victim
  • 2002-10-17 Aileen Riggin, American diver (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1920, 24), dies at 96
  • 2002-10-20 Barbara Berjer, American soap opera actress (Another World), dies at 82

Adolph Green

2002-10-23 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright ("It's Always Fair Weather"), dies at 87

  • 2002-10-24 Harry Hay, American activist (b. 1912)
  • 2002-10-24 Winton M. Blount, United States Postmaster General (b. 1921)
  • 2002-10-27 Tom Dowd, American recording engineer and producer (innovator of multitrack recording), dies of emphysema at 77
  • 2002-10-28 Margaret Booth, American film editor (b. 1898)
  • 2002-10-29 Glenn McQueen, American animator (b. 1960)
  • 2002-10-30 Jam Master Jay [Jason Mizell], American rapper and musician (Run-DMC), fatally shot by an unknown assailant at 37
  • 2002-11-02 Charles Sheffield, American author and physicist (b. 1935)
  • 2002-11-03 Jonathan Harris, American actor (Dr Zachary Smith-Lost in Space), dies at 87
  • 2002-11-05 Billy Guy [Frank Phillips], American baritone pop singer (The Coasters, 1955-73 - "Charlie Brown"; "Youngblood"), and record producer, dies of cardiovascular disease at 66
  • 2002-11-06 Sid Sackson, American board game designer (Asquire), dies at 82
  • 2002-11-09 Merlin Santana, American actor (b. 1976)
  • 2002-11-09 William Schutz, American psychologist (b. 1925)
  • 2002-11-14 Eddie Bracken, American actor (Summer Stock, Young & Willing), dies at 87
  • 2002-11-18 James Coburn, American actor (Our Man Flint, Magnificent Seven), dies at 74
  • 2002-11-21 Hadda Brooks, American jazz singer, pianist, and composer (b. 1916)
  • 2002-11-26 Verne Winchell, American doughnut entrepreneur, and horse breeder, dies of a heart attack at 87
  • 2002-11-28 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American country blues musician, dies of lung cancer at 59
  • 2002-11-29 George "Two Ton" Harris, American professional wrestler, dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 2002-11-30 Tim Woods, American professional wrestler (b. 1934)

Roone Arledge

2002-12-05 Roone Arledge, American sports broadcasting pioneer, President of ABC Sports (Monday Night Football) and ABC News, dies of prostate cancer at 71 [1] [2]

  • 2002-12-06 Philip Berrigan, American peace activist and Roman Catholic priest, dies at 79
  • 2002-12-09 Ian Hornak, American Painter, Draughtsman and Sculptor (b. 1944)
  • 2002-12-09 Stan Rice, American painter, educator, and poet (b. 1942)
  • 2002-12-12 Brad Dexter [Boris Milanovich], American actor (Macao, The Magnificent Seven), dies of emphysema at 85
  • 2002-12-12 Dee Brown, American author (b. 1908)
  • 2002-12-12 Jay Wesley Neill, American convicted mass murderer, dies at 37
  • 2002-12-24 Laci Peterson, American murder victim, dies at 27
  • 2002-12-25 William T. Orr, American actor (The Big Street), and television producer (Cheyenne), dies at 85
  • 2002-12-26 Armand Zildjian, American cymbal manufacturer (b. 1921)
  • 2002-12-26 Herb Ritts, American fashion photographer, dies at 50
  • 2002-12-27 George Roy Hill, American film director (b. 1922)
  • 2002-12-30 Mary Brian, American actress (b. 1906)