United States of America in History (Part 29)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2801 - 2,900 of 9,760

  • 1928-08-16 Eydie Gormé [Edithe Gormezano], American Grammy and Emmy Award-winning pop singer ("Blame It On The Bossa Nova"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1928-08-23 Marian Seldes, American actress (A Delicate Balance, Father's Day), born in Manhattan, NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1928-08-25 Karl Korte, American composer and educator, born in Ossining, New York
  • 1928-08-28 F. William Free, American advertising executive (I'm Cheryl – Fly Me.), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1928-08-30 Johnny Mann, American music director (Johnny Mann Singers; Stand Up And Cheer), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • 1928-08-30 Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (Casner Motor Racing Division team), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1965)
  • 1928-09-06 Robert M. Pirsig, American author (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • 1928-09-10 Walter Martin, American Christian apologist (d. 1989)
  • 1928-09-14 Albert Shanker, American labor leader (Amer Fed of Teachers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1928-09-20 Donald Hall, American writer, literary critic and Poet Laureate of the United States, born in Hamden, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1928-09-28 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", born in Millington, Tennessee (d. 2009)
  • 1928-10-05 Louise Fitzhugh, American author and illustrator (Harriet the Spy), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1974)
  • 1928-10-14 Frank E. Resnik, American business executive (Philip Morris USA), born in Pleasant Unity, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1928-10-16 Ann Morgan Guilbert, American actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Millie Helper"; The Nanny - "Yetta"), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1928-10-16 Mary Daly, American feminist

Whitey Ford

1928-10-21 Whitey Ford, American Baseball HOF pitcher (10 x MLB All Star; World Series 1950, 53, 56, 58, 61 [MVP], 62; AL Cy Young Award 1961; NY Yankees), born in NYC, NY (d. 2020)

  • 1928-10-30 Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist (Nobel 1978 - discovery of restriction enzymes and their application in restriction mapping), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1999)
  • 1928-11-04 Hannah Weiner, American experimental poet, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1997)
  • 1928-11-15 C. W. McCall [William Dale Fries, Jr.], American country singer (Convoy), born in Audubon, Iowa (d. 2022)
  • 1928-11-17 Rance Howard, American actor (Splash, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), born in Duncan, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • 1928-11-28 Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (Misery Index), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • 1928-11-29 Paul Simon, American politician (U. S. House of Representatives, 1975-85; U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1985-97), born in Eugene, Oregon (d. 2003)
  • 1928-11-29 Yolande Betbeze Fox, Miss America 1951, first to refuse to parade in a swimsuit, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1928-11-30 Joe B. Hall, American Basketball HOF coach (NCAA Division I C'ship 1978; University of Kentucky 1972-85), born in Cynthiana, Kentucky (d. 2022)
  • 1928-12-04 Dena Dietrich, American actress (Mother Nature in Chiffon margarine), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1928-12-06 Bobby Van [Stein], American stage and screen musical singer and actor (The Affairs of Dobie Gillis; Small Town Girl), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1928-12-08 Ulric Neisser, America psychologist (Intelligence: Knowns and Unknowns, Bell Curve task force head), born in Kiel, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1928-12-10 Dan Blocker, American actor (Tiny-Cimarron City, Hoss-Bonanza), born in DeKalb, Bowie County, Texas (d. 1972)
  • 1928-12-13 Jack Tramiel, American Businessman (Amiga, Commodore 64), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 2012)
  • 1928-12-19 Nathan Oliveira, American artist
  • 1928-12-21 Edwin "Ed" Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, Along Came a Spider), born in New Orleans, Louisiana,(d. 2014)
  • 1929-01-05 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer ("Kansas City"; "Let's Work Together"), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1929-01-09 Dorothea Puente, American serial killer, born in Redlands, California (d. 2011)
  • 1929-01-12 Alasdair MacIntyre, Scottish-born American philosopher, born in Glasgow, Scotland

Martin Luther King Jr.

1929-01-15 Martin Luther King Jr., American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1968)

  • 1929-01-26 Gordon Solie, American wrestling commentator (d. 2000)
  • 1929-02-04 Jerry Adler, American actor, director and producer (The Sopranos, The Good Wife), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1929-02-10 Jim Whittacker, mountain climber (1st American to climb Mt Everest)
  • 1929-02-14 Vic Morrow [Morozoff], American film and television actor (Combat!; Cimmaron; Roots; Twilight Zone: The Movie), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1929-02-20 Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Kitty Russell-Gunsmoke), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1929-02-22 James Hong, American-Chinese actor (The New Adventures of Charlie Chan), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1929-02-22 Rebecca Schull [Wattenberg], American actress (Wings, United 93), born in NYC, New York
  • 1929-02-23 Elston Howard, American baseball catcher (12 × MLB All-Star; 6 × World Series; AL MVP 1963; first African-American NY Yankee), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1980)
  • 1929-03-05 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, born in Monticello, Mississippi (d. 1967)
  • 1929-03-06 Tom Foley, American politician (Rep-D, 1965-1995) and speaker of the house (1989-95), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2013)
  • 1929-03-07 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1929-03-11 Timothy Carey, American actor (Paths of Glory, The Killing), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1929-03-12 Lupe Anguiano, Mexican-American civil rights activist
  • 1929-03-13 Bill Cunningham, American fashion photographer (New York Times), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1929-03-13 Jan Howard [Lula Grace Johnson], American country music singer and songwriter (For Loving You), born in West Plains, Missouri (d. 2020)
  • 1929-03-18 John Macurdy, American bass
  • 1929-03-31 Bertram Fields, American lawyer

Liz Claiborne

1929-03-31 Liz Claiborne, American fashion designer, entrepreneur and founder of Liz Claiborne Inc, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2007)

  • 1929-04-03 Lee Leonard, American television personality (ESPN, CNN), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)

Joe Gallo

1929-04-07 "Crazy" Joe Gallo, American mobster, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)

  • 1929-04-26 Richard Mitchell, American professor and author (The Underground Grammarian), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1929-05-02 (Fred Lincoln) "Link" Wray, Native American rock guitarist ("Rumble"), born in Dunn, North Carolina (d. 2005)
  • 1929-05-04 Sydney M. Lamb, American linguist (Stratificational grammar), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1929-05-25 Beverly Sills [Belle Miriam Silverman], American operatic soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1929-05-25 Warren Frost, American actor (Twin Peaks, Matlock, Seinfeld), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • 1929-06-02 Norton Juster, American architect and children's author (The Phantom Tollbooth; The Dot and The Line), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2021) [1] [2]
  • 1929-06-14 Cy Coleman [Seymour Kaufman], American songwriter (Witchcraft, Sweet Charity), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1929-06-16 Ramon Bieri, American actor (Badlands, The Andromeda Strain), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)

June Carter Cash

1929-06-23 June Carter Cash, American Grammy Award-winning country singer (The Carter Family; Johnny Cash Show), songwriter ("Ring Of Fire"), and actress, born in Maces Spring, Virginia (d. 2003)

  • 1929-06-25 Eric Carle, American illustrator, collage artist, and writer of children's books (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1929-06-26 Milton Glaser, American graphic designer (founded New York Magazine, created the I ♥ NY" logo), born in NYC, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1929-06-27 Dick the Bruiser [William Fritz Afflis], American professional wrestler, born in Delphi, Indiana (d. 1991)
  • 1929-06-29 Pat Crawford Brown, American actress (Desperate Housewives - "Ida"; General Hospital), born in NYC (d. 2019)

Al Davis

1929-07-04 Al Davis, American businessman and NFL team owner (Oakland Raiders), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2011)

  • 1929-07-09 Jesse McReynolds, American singer and mandolinist (Grand Ole Opry), born in Coeburn, Virginia

Mike Ilitch

1929-07-20 Mike Ilitch, American businessman (founded Little Caesars Pizza, owner Detroit Red Wings, Tigers), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)

  • 1929-07-21 Bob Orton, American wrestler (d. 2006)

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

1929-07-28 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, American First Lady (1961-63), born in Southampton, New York (d. 1994)

  • 1929-07-31 Don Murray, American actor (Bus Stop, Advise & Consent, Endless Love), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1929-08-07 Don Larsen, American MLB pitcher (only perfect game in World Series history, Game 5 1956; World Series MVP 1956; NY Yankees), born in Michigan City, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1929-08-07 Jo Baer [Josephine Kleinberg], American painter and minimalist artist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1929-08-16 Fritz Von Erich, American professional wrestler (d. 1997)
  • 1929-08-21 X. J. Kennedy, American poet and author (Nude Descending a Staircase), born in New Jersey, Iowa
  • 1929-08-24 Willie Winfield, American doo-wop singer (Harptones - "Life Is But A Dream"; “A Sunday Kind of Love”), born in Surrey, Virginia (d. 2021)
  • 1929-09-02 Hal Ashby, American film director (d. 1988)

Whitey Bulger

1929-09-03 [James] Whitey Bulger, American organized crime boss, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2018)

John Gutfreund

1929-09-14 John Gutfreund, American investment banker, CEO of Salomon Brothers (King of Wall Street), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)

  • 1929-09-14 Larry Collins, American writer, born in West Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • 1929-09-25 Kevin White, American politicians (Mayor of Boston, 1968-1984), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1929-10-03 Bert Stern, American photographer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1929-10-05 Autherine Lucy, 1st African-American to enroll in University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, born in Shiloh, Alabama
  • 1929-10-26 Neal Matthews, Jr., American singer (The Jordanaires), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • 1929-10-28 John Hollander, American poet and literary critic, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1929-11-10 Marilyn Bergman (née Katz), American Emmy, Grammy, and Academy Award-winning lyricist, with husband Alan ("The Way We Were"; "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?"; "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2022)
  • 1929-11-13 Fred Phelps, American Baptist minister and civil rights attorney, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1929-11-23 Hal Lindsey, American evangelist and Christian Zionist writer, born in Houston, Texas

Dick Clark

1929-11-30 Dick Clark [Richard Wagstaff Clark], American radio and television personality (American Bandstand), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 2012)

  • 1929-12-01 David Doyle, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Rugrats), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1997)
  • 1929-12-06 Frank Springer, American comics artist (The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist), born in Jamaica, Queens, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1929-12-14 Ron Nelson, American composer, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1929-12-19 Howard Sackler, American screenwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1930-01-02 Julius La Rosa, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1930-01-03 Edward "Eddie" Egan, American actor (The French Connection, Joe Forrester), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1930-01-06 Victor "Vic" Tayback, American actor (Mel Sharples-"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore "), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1930-01-10 Roy E. Disney, American film executive & CEO of Disney, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2801 - 2,900 of 4,918

  • 2004-01-31 Eleanor Holm, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 90
  • 2004-02-01 May O'Donnell, American modern dancer and choreographer, dies at 97
  • 2004-02-02 Bernard McEveety, American film director (b. 1924)
  • 2004-02-03 Jason Raize, American musical theatre actor (b. 1975)
  • 2004-02-05 John Hench, American animator (b. 1908)
  • 2004-02-08 Julius Schwartz, American comic book and sci-fi editor (b. 1915)
  • 2004-02-15 Jan Miner, American actress (Crime Photographer), dies at 86
  • 2004-02-16 Doris Troy [Higginsen], American R&B singer and songwriter ("Just One Look"), dies from emphysema at 67
  • 2004-02-23 Carl Anderson, American singer (b. 1945)
  • 2004-02-23 Don Cornell [Luigi Varlaro], American singer (Sammy Kaye Orch, Hold My Hand), dies of emphysema and diabetes at 84
  • 2004-02-24 John Randolph [Emanuel Hirsch Cohen], American actor (King Kong, Lucan, Lucas Tanner, Angie), dies at 88
  • 2004-02-27 Paul Sweezy, American Marxist economist and editor (Monthly Review), dies at 93
  • 2004-02-28 Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, writer, and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)
  • 2004-02-29 Jerome Lawrence, American playwright (Inherit the Wind), dies at 88
  • 2004-03-02 Marge Schott, American MLB owner (Cincinnati Reds), dies of pneumonia at 75
  • 2004-03-02 Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (All the King's Men, The Exorcist, Giant), dies at 87
  • 2004-03-03 Cecily Adams, American actress and casting director (b. 1958)
  • 2004-03-04 George Pake, American physicist (b. 1924)
  • 2004-03-04 Stephen Sprouse, American fashion designer (b. 1953)
  • 2004-03-05 Walter "Walt" Gorney, American character actor (Friday the 13th, Trading Places), dies from natural causes at 91
  • 2004-03-06 Frances Dee, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 2004-03-06 Hercules [Raymond Fernandez], American professional wrestler, dies at 47
  • 2004-03-07 Paul Winfield, American actor (Star Trek II, Huckleberry Finn, Mars Attack), dies at 64
  • 2004-03-08 Robert Pastorelli, American actor (b. 1954)
  • 2004-03-10 Dave Blood [Schulthise], American rock bassist (The Dead Milkmen -"Punk Rock Girl"), dies from a drug overdose at 47
  • 2004-03-17 J. J. Jackson, American television personality (b. 1941)
  • 2004-03-26 Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) dies after a stroke at 62
  • 2004-03-26 Jan Sterling [Jane Adriance], American actress (Ace in the Hole, The High and the Mighty), dies of diabetes and a stroke at 82
  • 2004-03-27 Adán Sánchez, Mexican-American singer, dies from injuires sustained in a single vehicle accident at 19
  • 2004-03-28 Art James, American game show host (b. 1929)
  • 2004-03-30 (Rosemary) "Timi" Yuro, American singer ("Hurt"), dies at 63
  • 2004-04-01 Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (b. 1902)
  • 2004-04-01 Carrie Snodgress, American actress (Diary of Mad Housewife), dies at 58
  • 2004-04-04 Casey Sheehan, American soldier, son of Cindy Sheehan (b. 1979)
  • 2004-04-06 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 2004-04-07 Victor Argo, American actor, dies at 69
  • 2004-04-21 Mary McGrory, American journalist and columnist, dies at 85
  • 2004-04-22 Jason L. Dunham, American Corporal in the United States Marine Corps and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 22

Estée Lauder

2004-04-24 Estée Lauder, American entrepreneur (Estée Lauder cosmetics), dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at 97

  • 2004-04-26 Hubert Selby Jr., American author (Last Exit to Brooklyn), dies at 75
  • 2004-05-06 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 80
  • 2004-05-06 Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher and founder (Rochester Zen Center in New Haven), dies at 91
  • 2004-05-09 Alan King [Irwin Kniberg], American comedian & actor (Anderson Tapes, Memories of Me), dies at 76
  • 2004-05-11 John Whitehead, American songwriter and soul singer (McFadden & Whitehead - "Ain't No Stopping Us Now"), murdered outside of his home at 55
  • 2004-05-18 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 2004-05-22 Richard Biggs, American actor (b. 1960)
  • 2004-05-24 Edward Wagenknecht, American literary critic (b. 1900)
  • 2004-05-24 Henry Ries, American photographer (b. 1917)
  • 2004-05-25 Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (b. 1917)
  • 2004-05-29 Samuel Dash, American Congressional counsel (b. 1925)
  • 2004-05-31 Robert Quine, American rock guitarist (Lou Reed; Matthew Sweet; John Zorn), dies of an intentional heroin overdose at 61
  • 2004-06-01 William Manchester, American writer (b. 1922)
  • 2004-06-02 Loyd Sigmon, American radio broadcaster, sound engineer, and inventor ("Sig Alert" for traffic and emergency notices), dies from complications of Parkinson's disease at 95
  • 2004-06-04 Steve Lacy [Lackritz], American jazz soprano saxophonist (Thelonious Monk), dies of liver cancer at 69
  • 2004-06-13 Dick Durrance, American skier, dies at 89
  • 2004-06-13 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist and writer (Sports Illustrated and ESPN's Page 2), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • 2004-06-22 Bob Bemer, American computer scientist (b. 1920)
  • 2004-06-22 Mattie Stepanek, American poet (b. 1990)
  • 2004-06-27 Darrell Russell, American race car driver (b. 1968)
  • 2004-06-27 George Patton IV, American general in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, dies of Parkinson's disease at 80
  • 2004-06-29 Bernard Babior, American physician and biochemist, dies at 68

Marlon Brando

2004-07-01 Marlon Brando, American actor (The Godfather, A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront), dies at 80

  • 2004-07-02 John Cullen Murphy, American comic strip artist, dies at 85
  • 2004-07-05 Rodger Ward, American race car driver (b. 1921)
  • 2004-07-06 Syreeta Wright, American singer (b. 1946)
  • 2004-07-08 Paula Danziger, American author (b. 1944)
  • 2004-07-09 Isabel Sanford, American actress (Louise-Jeffersons/All in the Family), dies at 86 (b. 1917)
  • 2004-07-09 Paul Klebnikov, American journalist (b. 1963)
  • 2004-07-11 Laurance Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, dies at 94
  • 2004-07-13 Arthur Kane, American musician (New York Dolls), dies from advanced leukemia at 55
  • 2004-07-19 Reverend Francis Marzen, American Catholic prelate (b. 1924)
  • 2004-07-21 Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2004-07-21 Jerry Goldsmith, American pianist and composer (The Twilight Zone; Planet Of The Apes), dies of colon cancer at 75
  • 2004-07-22 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 81
  • 2004-07-28 Eugene Roche, American actor (Foul Play, Slaughterhouse Five), dies at 75
  • 2004-07-28 Sam Edwards, American actor (Captain Midnight, Twelve O'Clock High), dies at 89
  • 2004-07-31 Virginia Grey, American actress, dies at 87
  • 2004-08-01 Philip Abelson, American physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate, dies at 91
  • 2004-08-02 Don Tosti, American musician ("Pachuco Boogie"), dies at 81

Rick James

2004-08-06 Rick James, American funk musician ("Super Freak"), dies of pulmonary failure and at 56

  • 2004-08-07 Red Adair, American oil field firefighter, dies at 89
  • 2004-08-08 Fay Wray, Canadian American actress (King Kong), dies at 96
  • 2004-08-09 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura; Modern Times), dies at 92
  • 2004-08-09 Tony Mottola, American jazz guitarist, dies at 86
  • 2004-08-13 Julia Child, American chef, author and television personality (The French Chef), dies at 91
  • 2004-08-16 Carl Mydans, American photographer (b. 1907)
  • 2004-08-16 Robert Quiroga, American boxer (b. 1969)
  • 2004-08-18 Elmer Bernstein, American film music composer (The Magnificent Seven; To Kill A Mockingbird; The Age Of Innocence; Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies at 82
  • 2004-08-22 Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer, dies at 81
  • 2004-08-26 Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter (Gloria), dies of a brain aneurysm at 52 [1]
  • 2004-08-30 Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (dirty-snowball theory), dies at 97
  • 2004-08-30 Indian Larry, American motorcycle builder and stuntman (b. 1949)
  • 2004-09-04 James O. Page, American paramedic (b. 1936)
  • 2004-09-08 Frank Thomas, American animator, dies at 92
  • 2004-09-10 Brock Adams, American politician, dies at 77
  • 2004-09-11 Fred Ebb, American musical theater lyricist, with John Kander (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady) dies of a heart attack at 76

Johnny Ramone

2004-09-15 Johnny Ramone [Cummings], American punk rock guitarist and songwriter (Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"), dies of prostate cancer at 55

  • 2004-09-18 Russ Meyer, American film director (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), dies at 82
  • 2004-09-19 Árpád Bogsch, Hungarian-born American civil servant (b. 1919)
  • 2004-09-19 Eddie Adams, American photographer (photograph of execution of a Viet Cong soldier, Pulitzer Prize 1969), dies of complications from ALS at 71