United States of America in History (Part 27)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2601 - 2,700 of 9,760

  • 1925-12-29 Pete Dye, American golf course designer (TPC at Sawgrass, Crooked Stick, Oakwood CC), born in Urbana, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1926-01-02 Howard Caine, American actor (Brushfire), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 1993)
  • 1926-01-05 Hosea Williams, American activist, born in Attapulgus, Georgia (d. 2000)
  • 1926-01-05 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons, born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1926-01-06 Pat Flaherty, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1956), born in Glendale, California (d. 2002)
  • 1926-01-17 Newton N. Minow, American lawyer and statesman
  • 1926-02-02 Miguel Cardinal Obando y Bravo, 1st Cent American cardinal (Nicaragua)
  • 1926-02-03 Shelley Berman, comedian (Son of Blob, Love American Style), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1926-02-06 Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer & director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1926-02-06 Walker Edmiston, American actor (Star Trek, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, The Dukes of Hazzard), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1926-02-08 Neal Cassady, American writer (d. 1968)
  • 1926-02-12 Charles Van Doren, American quiz show contestant (Twenty-One), born in New York City
  • 1926-02-20 Richard Matheson, American author, (d. 2013)

Pete Rozelle

1926-03-01 Pete Rozelle, American football executive (NFL Commissioner 1960-89), born in South Gate, California (d. 1996)

  • 1926-03-02 Murray Rothbard, American economist, and libertarian, born in The Bronx, NYC (d. 1995)
  • 1926-03-03 Joseph Anthony Ferrario, American Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu (1982-1993), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1926-03-04 Fran Warren [Wolff], American big band and pop singer ("A Sunday Kind of Love"; "I Said My Pajamas (and Put On My Pray'rs)"), born in The Bronx, NYC (d. 2013)

Richard DeVos

1926-03-04 Richard DeVos, American businessman who co-founded Amway, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2018)

Alan Greenspan

1926-03-06 Alan Greenspan, American economist, presidential advisor and Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States (1987-2006), born in NYC, New York

  • 1926-03-15 Ben Johnston [Benjamin Burwell Johnston Jr], American microtonal composer (Gambit), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • 1926-03-15 Tim Valentine, American politician (Rep-D-NC, 1983-95), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1926-03-16 Charles Goodell, American politician (d. 1987)

Jerry Lewis

1926-03-16 Jerry Lewis [Joseph Levitch], American comedian (Martin and Lewis, MDA Telethon), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2017)

  • 1926-03-18 Peter Graves [Aurness], American actor (Mission Impossible, Airplane!, Stalag 17), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2010)
  • 1926-03-27 Frank O'Hara, American writer and poet, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)

Anne McCaffrey

1926-04-01 Anne [Inez] McCaffrey, American sci-fi author (Dragonflight, Dragondrums), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2011)

  • 1926-04-01 Charles Bressler, American tenor
  • 1926-04-08 Henry N. Cobb, American architect (Pei Cobb Freed & Partners), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2020)

Hugh Hefner

1926-04-09 Hugh Hefner, American magazine publisher and businessman (Playboy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)

  • 1926-04-14 Liz Renay [Pearl Elizabeth Dobbins], American actress (Desperate Living), born in Chandler, Arizona (d. 2007)

Harper Lee

1926-04-28 [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), born in Monroeville Alabama (d. 2016)

  • 1926-05-05 Ann B Davis, American stage and screen actress (Bob Cummings Show - "Schultzy"; The Brady Bunch - "Alice"), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1926-05-20 Bob Sweikert, American race car driver (d. 1956)

Miles Davis

1926-05-26 Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer (Kinda Blue; Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet; Sketches of Spain), born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)

Marilyn Monroe

1926-06-01 Marilyn Monroe [Norma Jean Mortenson], American actress (Some Like It Hot), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1962)

Allen Ginsberg

1926-06-03 Allen Ginsberg, American beat poet (Howl, The Fall of America) and 1960s counterculture icon, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1997)

  • 1926-06-09 Mona Freeman, American actress (Black Beauty, Dear Wife, Heiress), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)

Mel Brooks

1926-06-28 Mel Brooks [Melvin Kaminsky], American actor, comedian and director (Get Smart, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs), born in NYC, New York

  • 1926-07-01 Robert Fogel, American economic historian (Nobel Prize 1993), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1926-07-09 Ben Roy Mottelson, American-Danish physicist (Nobel 1975), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1926-07-09 Murphy Anderson, American comic artist (DC Comics), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1926-07-11 Frederick Buechner, American author
  • 1926-07-16 Irwin Rose, American biologist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 2004), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1926-07-17 Charles Champlin, American film critic and writer
  • 1926-07-21 Paul Burke, American actor (Naked City, Thomas Crown Affair, Neal-Dynasty), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2009)
  • 1926-07-26 James Best [Jewel Franklin Guy], American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, Sounder), born in Powderly, Kentucky (d. 2015)
  • 1926-07-28 Charlie Biddle, American-Canadian jazz bassist, and music promoter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1926-07-31 Hilary Putnam, American philosopher, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1926-08-01 Karl Kohn, American composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1926-08-06 Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1926-08-10 Benjamin Ward, 1st African American NYC Police Commissioner (1984-89), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1926-08-12 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (d. 2005)
  • 1926-08-12 Wallace Markfield, American writer (d. 2002)
  • 1926-08-19 Arthur Rock, American venture capitalist (Apple Inc.), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1926-08-23 Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist (symbolic anthropology), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2006)
  • 1926-08-24 Nancy Spero, American feminist artist, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1926-08-29 Elizabeth "Betty" Lynn, American actress (The Andy Griffith Show), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1926-09-03 Anne Jackson, American stage actress (Twice Around the Park), born in Millvale, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1926-09-07 Donald J. Irwin, American politician (32nd Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut), born in Rosario, Argentina (d. 2013)

Ed Warren

1926-09-07 Ed Warren [Miney], American paranormal investigator (Amityville haunting), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut

  • 1926-09-07 Ronnie Gilbert, American folk singer (The Weavers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1926-09-15 Edward Derwinski, American congressman for Chicago 1959-83, first Secretary of Veteran Affairs 1989-1992, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1926-09-18 Bob Toski, American golfer, instructor (PGA Tour leading money winner 1954), born in Haydenville, Massachusetts
  • 1926-09-19 James Lipton, American actor, writer and host of Inside the Actors Studio, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1926-10-05 Willi Unsoeld, American mountaineer (First ascent of the West Ridge of Mount Everest), born in Arcata, California (d. 1979)
  • 1926-10-13 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist (Oscar Peterson; Ella Fitzgerald), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1926-10-15 Ed McBain [Evan Hunter], American writer (Blackboard Jungle), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1926-10-19 Joel Feinberg, American moral philosopher (d. 2004)
  • 1926-11-12 Jack Ryan, American inventor at Mattel (Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels, Chatty Cathy) (d. 1991)
  • 1926-11-23 R. L. Burnside, American blues musician (Deep Blues), born in Harmontown, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • 1926-11-25 Jeffrey Hunter, American actor (Star Trek Cage, The Searchers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • 1926-12-09 Henry Way Kendall, American physicist (Nobel 1990-pioneering investigations concerning deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons, which have been of essential importance for the development of the quark model in particle physics), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1926-12-16 James McCracken, American operatic tenor (Otello), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 1988)
  • 1926-12-19 Herb Stempel, American game show contestant

Vernon L. Smith

1927-01-01 Vernon L. Smith, American economist and Nobel laureate, born in Wichita, Kansas

  • 1927-01-10 Lee Philips, American actor and director (Peyton Place, Ellery Queen), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1927-01-13 Brock Adams, American politician (d. 2004)
  • 1927-01-17 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1927-01-17 Dr Tom Dooley, American humanitarian (d. 1961)
  • 1927-01-23 Lars-Eric Lindblad, Swedish-American entrepreneur & explorer, born in Solna Municipality, Sweden (d. 1994)

Lorraine Warren

1927-01-31 Lorraine Warren (née Moran), American paranormal investigator (Amityville haunting), born in Monroe, Connecticut (d. 2019)

  • 1927-02-01 Galway Kinnell, American author (Body Rags, Book of Nightmares), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2014)
  • 1927-02-03 Joan Lowery Nixon, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1927-02-03 Kenneth Anger, American Underground Filmmaker
  • 1927-02-05 Ruth Fertel, American entrepreneur (Ruth's Chris Steak Houses), born in Nw Orleans, Louisiana. (d. 2002)
  • 1927-02-18 John Warner, American politician (Sen-R-VA, 1979-2009) married Elizabeth Taylor, born in Washington, D.C.

Sidney Poitier

1927-02-20 Sidney Poitier, Bahamian-American actor, first black actor to win Oscar for Best Actor ('Lillies in the Field' - 1963; To Sir With Love"; "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"), director (Stir Crazy), civil rights advocate, and diplomat, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2022) [1]

  • 1927-02-22 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters; 3 Redheads from Seattle), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1927-02-25 Jane Nigh, American actress (Lorelei-Big Town, Blue Blood, Rawhide), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1993)
  • 1927-02-25 Richard "Dick" Jones, American actor ("Pinocchio "- Pinocchio, The Frontiersman), born in Snyder, Texas (d. 2014)
  • 1927-02-27 Doralyn "Lynn" Cartwright, American character actress (A League of Their Own), born in McAlester, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1927-03-04 Robert Orben, American magician
  • 1927-03-07 Henri Landwirth, Belgian-American hotel owner and philanthropist
  • 1927-03-07 James Broderick, American actor and director (Dog Day Afternoon, Family), born in Charlestown, New Hampshire (d. 1982)
  • 1927-03-13 Robert Denning, American interior designer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1927-03-27 Anthony Lewis, American columnist (NY Times) and author (Gideon's Trumpet), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2013)

Cesar Chavez

1927-03-31 Cesar Chavez, American farm labor leader (United Farm Workers), born in Yuma, Arizona (d. 1993)

  • 1927-03-31 William Daniels, American actor (Dr Mark Craig-St Elsewhere, 1776), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1927-04-02 Carmen Basilio, American boxer (World Welterweight title 1955-56; Middleweight title 1957-58), born in Canastota, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1927-04-03 Wesley Brown, 1st African American US Naval Academy graduate, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2601 - 2,700 of 4,918

  • 2002-12-30 Mary Brian, American actress (b. 1906)
  • 2002-12-31 Kevin Macmichael, Canadian guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Cutting Crew - "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 2003-01-01 F. William Free, American advertising executive (I'm Cheryl – Fly Me.), dies at 74
  • 2003-01-01 Joe Foss, American fighter ace, football executive (Medal of Honor-1943; first commissioner American Football League) and politician, dies at 87
  • 2003-01-04 Conrad Hall, Tahitian-American cinematographer, dies at 76
  • 2003-01-04 Sabine Ulibarri, Mexican American writer (b. 1919)
  • 2003-01-05 Jean Kerr, Irish-American novelist (Please Don't Eat the Daisies), dies at 80
  • 2003-01-09 Will McDonough, American sports journalist (b. 1935)
  • 2003-01-11 Richard Simmons, American actor (Sergeant Preston of the Yukon), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • 2003-01-12 Dean Amadon, American ornithologist, dies at 90
  • 2003-01-13 Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
  • 2003-01-15 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter ("Tutti Frutti"; You Always Hurt the One You Love": "Tampico"), dies at 87
  • 2003-01-17 Richard Crenna, American actor (Rambo, Summer Rental, Sand Pebbles), dies at 76
  • 2003-01-18 Edward "The Sheik" Farhat, American professional wrestler (b. 1926)
  • 2003-01-20 Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (NINA, NY Times), dies at 99
  • 2003-01-20 Nedra Volz, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 2003-01-21 Paul Haines, American-born Canadian poet (b. 1933)
  • 2003-01-22 Bill Mauldin, American cartoonist famous for his World War II cartoons depicting American soldiers (Pulitzer-1945, 59), dies of Alzheimer's disease and a bathtub scalding at 81
  • 2003-01-23 Nell Carter, American actress (Gimme A Break; Lobo), dies at 54
  • 2003-01-29 Frank Moss, American politician (Senator(D) Utah 1959-77), dies at 91
  • 2003-02-02 Lou Harrison, American composer (La Koro Sutro), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • 2003-02-03 Lana Clarkson, American actress, shot and killed by Phil Spector at 40
  • 2003-02-05 Helge Boes, American Central Intelligence Agency officer
  • 2003-02-10 Clark MacGregor, American Republican politician (involved in Watergate), dies at 80
  • 2003-02-10 Curt Hennig, American professional wrestler, dies at 44
  • 2003-02-10 Edgar de Evia, Mexican-American photographer, dies at 92
  • 2003-02-20 Orville Freeman, American politician (b. 1918)
  • 2003-02-20 Ty Longley, American guitarist (Great White), dies in The Station nightclub fire at 31
  • 2003-02-22 Daniel Taradash, American screenwriter (b. 1913)
  • 2003-02-23 Howard "Howie" Epstein, American bass guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 1982-2002), dies from an overdose at 47
  • 2003-02-23 Robert K. Merton, American sociologist (b. 1910)
  • 2003-03-02 Hank Ballard [John Henry Kendricks], American rocker (The Midnighters - "The Twist" - pre-Chubber Checker), dies at 75
  • 2003-03-03 Luis Marden, American photojournalist (b. 1913)
  • 2003-03-06 John Sanford, American author (b. 1904)
  • 2003-03-08 Karen Morley, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 2003-03-09 Stan Brakhage, American filmmaker (b. 1933)
  • 2003-03-12 Howard Fast, American author (b. 1914)
  • 2003-03-12 Lynne Thigpen, American actress (b. 1948)
  • 2003-03-16 Rachel Corrie, American political activist, killed while trying to block an Israeli armored bulldozer at 23
  • 2003-03-20 Sailor Art Thomas, American professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • 2003-03-27 Paul Zindel, American writer (b. 1936)
  • 2003-03-28 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (b. 1923)
  • 2003-03-30 Michael Jeter, American actor (The Fisher King), dies at 52
  • 2003-03-31 Anne Gwynne [Marguerite Gwynne Trice], American model and actress (Ride 'em Cowboy, House of Frankenstein), dies following a stroke at 84
  • 2003-04-02 (Charles) Edwin Starr [Hatcher], American soul and R&B singer ("War"), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 2003-04-03 Michael Kelly, American journalist (b. 1957)
  • 2003-04-04 Anthony Caruso, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2003-04-06 David Bloom, American reporter (b. 1963)

Little Eva

2003-04-10 Little Eva [Boyd], American pop singer (Locomotion), dies of cervical cancer at 59

  • 2003-04-12 Cecil H. Green, American manufacturer (b. 1900)
  • 2003-04-17 Earl King, American R&B and blues guitarists, singer, and songwriter ("Come On"; "Big Chief"), dies from diabetes-related complications at 69
  • 2003-04-17 John Paul Getty Jr., American-born British oil magnate and billionaire (Getty Oil), dies of a chest infection at 70
  • 2003-04-17 Robert Atkins, American dietician (b. 1930)
  • 2003-04-20 Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress (b. 1908)

Nina Simone

2003-04-21 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American jazz pianist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and civil rights activist (“Mississippi Goddam”; “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black”, “Feeling Good”; “Wild Is The Wind”), dies of breast cancer at 70

  • 2003-04-22 Felice Bryant, American songwriter (Bye Bye Love; Wake Up Little Susie), dies at 77
  • 2003-04-22 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4x400m relay 1964), dies from pancreatic cancer at 69
  • 2003-04-23 James H. Critchfield, American C.I.A. officer, dies at 86
  • 2003-04-26 Peter Stone, American writer, dies at 73
  • 2003-05-01 Miss Elizabeth [Hulette], pro wrestling valet (Randy Savage), dies of overdose at 42
  • 2003-05-03 Suzy Parker, American model and actress (Chamber of Horrors), dies at 70
  • 2003-05-14 Robert Stack, American actor (The Untouchables, Unsolved Mysteries, Written on the Wind), dies of a heart attack at 84

June Carter Cash

2003-05-15 June Carter Cash, American Grammy Award-winning folk-country singer, musician and songwriter (Ring Of Fire), dies from complications after heart valve replacement surgery at 73

  • 2003-05-16 Mark McCormack, American businessman (b. 1930)
  • 2003-05-21 Frank D. White, American politician (b. 1933)
  • 2003-05-25 Jeremy Michael Ward, American musician (The Mars Volta), dies of a heroin overdose at 27
  • 2003-05-26 Kathleen Winsor, American writer (b. 1919)
  • 2003-05-28 Martha Scott, American actress (The Ten Commandments, Our Town, Ben-Hur), dies of natural causes at 90
  • 2003-06-02 Fred Blassie, American professional wrestler (b. 1918)
  • 2003-06-06 Ken Grimwood, American writer (b. 1944)

David Brinkley

2003-06-11 David Brinkley, American NBC news anchor (The Huntley-Brinkley Report), dies at 82

Gregory Peck

2003-06-12 Gregory Peck, American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur), dies of bronchopneumonia at 87

  • 2003-06-20 Bob Stump, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, dies at 76
  • 2003-06-21 Leon Uris, American novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry), dies at 78
  • 2003-06-25 Lester Maddox, American businessman, one-time segregationist and Governor of Georgia (b. 1915)
  • 2003-06-27 David Newman, American filmmaker (b. 1937)
  • 2003-06-30 Buddy Hackett [Leonard Hacker], American comedian and actor (God's Little Acre; The Music Man; The Love Bug), dies of heart disease at 78
  • 2003-06-30 Robert McCloskey, American children's book writer and illustrator (Make Way For Ducklings), dies at 88
  • 2003-07-01 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist ("Hijack"; Push Push; Memphis Underground), dies at 73
  • 2003-07-01 Wesley Mouzon, American boxer / trainer (Roy Jones Jr), dies of kidney cancer at 75

Barry White

2003-07-04 Barry White, American singer (Love's Theme), dies at 58

  • 2003-07-06 Christian "Buddy" Ebsen Jr., American actor (Beverly Hillbillies, Breakfast at Tiffany's), dies of complications from pneumonia at 95
  • 2003-07-06 Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds), dies at 69
  • 2003-07-12 (Bennett) "Benny" Carter, American Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, arranger, composer ("Harlem Renaissance Suite"), and bandleader, dies at 93
  • 2003-07-17 Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist (Bach & Rock), dies at 88
  • 2003-07-19 Bill Bright, American evangelist (b. 1921)
  • 2003-07-21 Walter M. "Matt" Jefferies, American film art director (b. 1921)
  • 2003-07-25 Erik Brann [Braunn], American violin prodigy and rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly - "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"), dies of congenital heart disease at 52

Bob Hope

2003-07-27 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], English-born American actor, comedian and entertainer, dies at 100

  • 2003-07-27 Vance Hartke, American politician (b. 1919)
  • 2003-07-30 Sam Phillips, American record producer and founder of Sun Records and Sun Studios, dies at 80
  • 2003-08-02 Mike Levey, American TV infomercials host, dies of cancer at 55
  • 2003-08-03 (John) Roger Voudouris, American singer and songwriter (Get Used To It), dies of liver disease at 48
  • 2003-08-04 Frederick Chapman Robbins, American pediatrician and virologist and Nobel Prize laureate 1954, dies at 86
  • 2003-08-09 Chester Ludgin, American operatic baritone (San Francisco Opera, 1962-85), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2003-08-09 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (White Nights; Taps), dies of liver cancer at 57
  • 2003-08-13 Ed Townsend, American doo-wop singer, and songwriter ("For Your Love"; Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On"), producer, dies at 73
  • 2003-08-21 Wesley Willis, American underground singer-songwriter, and visual artist, dies of leukemia at 40