United States of America in History (Part 30)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2901 - 3,000 of 9,751

  • 1930-01-13 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), born in Roseau, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • 1930-01-15 Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1985)
  • 1930-01-16 Clarence Ray Allen, American murderer, born in Blair, Oklahoma (d. 2006)
  • 1930-01-19 (Nathalie) "Tippi" Hedren, American model, actress (The Birds: Marnie; I Heart Huckabees), and animal rights activist (Roar Foundation), born in New Ulm, Minnesota
  • 1930-01-30 Samuel J. Byck, American attempted assassin of Richard Nixon, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • 1930-02-08 James Deetz, American anthropologist (d. 2000)
  • 1930-02-09 Garner Ted Armstrong, American evangelist (d. 2003)
  • 1930-02-11 Roy De Forest, American Painter (d. 2007)
  • 1930-02-15 Nico Minardos, Greek-American actor (The Twilight Zone; Twelve Hours to Kill), born in Pangrati, Athens (d. 2011)
  • 1930-02-18 Gahan Wilson, American author and cartoonist known as the "Michelangelo of the Macabre", born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2019) [1]
  • 1930-02-22 James McGarrell, American painter, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1930-02-24 Barbara Lawrence, American model, actress, and real estate agent (Oklahoma!, A Letter to Three Wives), born in Carnegie, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • 1930-02-27 Paul von Ragué Schleyer, American chemist
  • 1930-02-27 Peter Stone, American writer (d. 2003)

Ornette ColemanOrnette Coleman (1930-2015)

1930-03-09 American jazz saxophonist and composer (Downbeat Musician of Year, 1966), born in Fort Worth, Texas

  • 1930-03-22 Derek Bok, American lawyer and educator (President of Harvard University), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Steve McQueenSteve McQueen (1930-1980)

1930-03-24 American actor called "The King of Cool" during the 1960s (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape), born in Beech Grove, Indiana

  • 1930-04-09 F. Albert Cotton, American chemist, born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1930-04-11 Anton LaVey, American founder of the Church of Satan, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1930-04-12 Manuel Neri, American sculptor (life-size figurative sculptures), born in Sanger, California
  • 1930-04-19 Dick Sargent [Richard Stanford Cox], American actor (Bewitched), born in Carmel, California (d. 1994)
  • 1930-04-24 Jerome Callet, American musician and designer of brass instruments, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • 1930-04-25 Paul Mazursky, American writer/director (Moscow on the Hudson), born in Brooklyn, New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1930-04-28 James Baker, American Secretary of the Treasury (1985-88), Secretary of State (1989-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1930-05-07 Totie Fields [Sophie Feldman], American comedienne, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1978)
  • 1930-05-08 Alex Shigo, American Biologist and Plant Pathologist known for his study of tree decay and contributions to modern arboricultural practices, born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1930-05-10 Scott Muni, American radio DJ (d. 2004)
  • 1930-05-11 Bud Ekins, American stuntman (d. 2007)
  • 1930-05-11 Stanley L Elkin, American writer/professor (Living End), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1930-05-11 William Carey, American businessman and philanthropist (W.P. Carey & Co. LLC), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)

Harvey MilkHarvey Milk (1930-1978)

1930-05-22 American politician, gay activist and first openly gay person elected to public office, born in Woodmere, New York

  • 1930-05-30 Robert Ryman, American painter
  • 1930-06-03 Dakota Staton, American jazz singer ("Where Flamingos Fly"; "Sex Is A Misdemeanor"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1930-06-12 Jim Nabors, American comedian, actor (Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.) and singer (Back Home Again in Indiana), born in Sylacauga, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • 1930-06-16 Vilmos Zsigmond, Hungarian-American cinematographer (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), born in Szeged, Hungary (d. 2016)
  • 1930-06-19 Gena Rowlands, American actress (The Notebook), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1930-06-20 Paul Pender, American boxer
  • 1930-06-24 William B. Ziff Jr., American magazine publishing executive, (Modern Bride, Popular Electronics, PC Magazine), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • 1930-06-25 George Murdock, American actor, born in Salina, Kansas (d. 2012)
  • 1930-07-01 Margaret A. Brewer, American soldier and first female General officer in US Marine Corps, born in Durand, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1930-07-01 Moustapha Akkad, Syrian-American film producer and director (Lion of the Dessert), born in Aleppo, French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon (d. 2005)

George SteinbrennerGeorge Steinbrenner (1930-2010)

1930-07-04 American businessman and MLB team owner (New York Yankees), born in Rocky River, Ohio

  • 1930-07-11 Harold Bloom, American literary critic, born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1930-07-15 Stephen Smale, American mathematician

Sonny ListonSonny Liston (1930-1970)

1930-07-22 American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1962-64), born in Johnson Township, Arkansas

  • 1930-07-28 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American bluesman, born in Hudsonville, Mississippi (d. 1998)

Neil ArmstrongNeil Armstrong (1930-2012)

1930-08-05 American X-15 pilot and astronaut - 1st man on the Moon (Gemini 8, Apollo 11), born in Wapakoneta Ohio,

  • 1930-08-16 Frank Gifford, American NFL halfback (NY Giants)/ABC sportscaster, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)

Warren BuffettWarren Buffett (92 years old)

1930-08-30 American business magnate (world's wealthiest person in 2008), born in Omaha, Nebraska

  • 1930-09-14 Allan Bloom, American philosopher and author (Closing of the American Mind), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1992)
  • 1930-09-17 Jim Rohn, American business philosopher, born in Yakima, Washington (d. 2009)
  • 1930-09-25 Shel Silverstein, American writer and cartoonist (Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities; The Giving Tree) and songwriter ("A Boy Named Sue"; "The Cover Of The Rolling Stone"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1930-10-05 Arlene Saunders [Soszynski], American soprano, 1961-85 (Hamburg Opera; New York Metropolitan Opera), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1930-10-11 Sam Johnson, American politician (Rep-R-Texas), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1930-10-17 Robert Atkins, American nutritionist (d. 2003)
  • 1930-10-29 Natalie Sleeth, American composer of hymns and choral music, born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1930-11-01 A. R. Gurney, American playwright (The Dining Room), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1930-11-03 D. James Kennedy, American theologian (d. 2007)
  • 1930-11-11 (Walter) "Hank" Garland, American Nashville-based country, rock and jazz session guitar virtuoso ("Sugarfoot Rag"; "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame"; "Jingle Bell Rock"), born in Cowpens, South Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1930-11-11 Hugh Everett, American physicist (many-worlds-interpretation of quantum physics), born in Washington D.C. (d. 1982)
  • 1930-11-17 Bob Mathias, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1948, 52) and congressman, born in Tulare, California (d. 2006)
  • 1930-11-22 John P. Schiffer, American nuclear physicist, born in Budapest
  • 1930-11-27 Joe DeNardo, American Meteorologist, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1930-12-02 Gary Becker, American economist (Nobel 1992) and recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom 2007, born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1930-12-04 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist and composer, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1930-12-12 Bill Beutel, American journalist and anchor (ABC), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • 1930-12-31 Odetta [Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2008)
  • 1931-01-05 Alvin Ailey, African-American dancer and choreographer (American Dance Theater), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1989)

Rip TaylorRip Taylor (1931-2019)

1931-01-13 American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1931-01-17 Don Zimmer, American baseball infielder (2 × All-Star, Chicago Cubs; World Series 1955, 59 LA Dodgers) and manager (NL Manager of the Year 1989 Chicago Cubs), born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • 1931-01-17 Douglas Wilder, American lawyer and politician, Governor of Virginia (1990-94), 1st African American Governor since Reconstruction, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1931-01-20 Earl Grant, American pop pianist, organist, and singer ("Ebb Tide"; "Winter Wonderland"), born in Idabel, Oklahoma (d. 1970)
  • 1931-01-30 Allan W. Eckert, American historian, naturalist, and author, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1931-02-02 Judith Viorst, American author
  • 1931-02-06 Mamie Van Doren, American actress, model, singer, and sex symbol (Teacher's Pet, The Navy vs. the Night Monsters), born in Rowena, South Dakota
  • 1931-02-14 Brian Kelly, American actor (Flipper, Straightaway), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1931-02-15 Geoff Edwards, American television game show host, (d. 2014)
  • 1931-02-23 Tom Wesselmann, American collage artist and sculptor (Great American Nudes) (d. 2004)
  • 1931-02-24 Dominic Chianese, American actor, singer, and musician (The Sopranos, The Godfather Part II), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1931-03-04 Alice Rivlin, American economist
  • 1931-03-04 Bob Johnson, American collegiate and NHL ice hockey coach (University of Wisconsin Badgers, 1966-82; US Olympic team, 1976; Calgary Flames, 1982-87; Pittsburgh Penguins, 1990-91), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1991)
  • 1931-03-04 Wally Bruner, American broadcast journalist (ABC News), and TV host (What's My Line?, 1968-72), born in Ames, Iowa (d. 1997)
  • 1931-03-06 Hal Needham, American stuntman, (d. 2013)
  • 1931-03-08 Neil Postman, American cultural critic (d. 2003)
  • 1931-03-18 Howard Coble, American politician (Rep-R-NC, 1985-2015), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1931-03-24 Connie Hines, American actress (Mister Ed), born in Dedham, Massachusetts (d. 2009)
  • 1931-03-25 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer (Bill Evans Trio; Keith Jarrett), composer, and bandleader (Electric Bebop Band), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)

Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

1931-03-26 American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1931-04-01 Charles Price, American Businessman and diplomat, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1931-04-04 Bobby Ray Inman, American admiral and intelligence director, born in Rhonesboro, Texas
  • 1931-04-07 Donald Barthelme, American writer (Snow White, Sadness), born in Philadelphia, Pa (d. 1989)
  • 1931-05-02 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "George Shumway"), born in Pipestone, Minnesota (d. 2012)
  • 1931-05-03 Thomas Sutherland, American hostage (Lebanon) and academic, born in Falkirk, Scotland (d. 2016)

Willie MaysWillie Mays (91 years old)

1931-05-06 American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (24 x MLB All Star; 12 x Gold Glove Award; 660 career HRs, NL MVP 1954, 65; SF Giants, NY Mets), born in Westfield, Alabama

Jim JonesJim Jones (1931-1978)

1931-05-13 American pastor and leader of the Peoples Temple cult (Jonestown Massacre), born in Randolph County, Indiana

  • 1931-05-15 Ken Venturi, American golfer, broadcaster (US Open 1964), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2013)
  • 1931-05-18 Don Martin, American cartoonist "Mad's Maddest Artist", born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • 1931-05-28 Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1931-06-03 Lindy Remigino, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1952), born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1931-06-09 Joe Santos, American actor (Rockford Files), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2901 - 3,000 of 4,915

  • 2004-09-20 Townsend Hoopes, American politician (b. 1922)
  • 2004-09-21 Barry Noble Wakeman, American naturalist and educator (b. 1939)
  • 2004-09-22 Big Boss Man [Ray Washington Traylor Jr.], American professional wrestler, dies at 41
  • 2004-09-27 John E. Mack, American psychiatrist and author (b. 1929)
  • 2004-09-28 Geoffrey Beene, American fashion designer (8 Coty Awards), dies at 77
  • 2004-09-28 Scott Muni, American disc jockey (b. 1930)
  • 2004-10-01 Richard Avedon, American photographer (b. 1923)

Janet LeighJanet Leigh (1927-2004)

2004-10-03 American actress (Psycho), dies at 77

  • 2004-10-04 Gordon Cooper, American astronaut (b. 1927)

Rodney DangerfieldRodney Dangerfield (1921-2004)

2004-10-05 American comedian and actor (Caddyshack), dies at 82

  • 2004-10-05 William H. Dobelle, American biomedical engineer (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013 nominee), dies at 62
  • 2004-10-08 James Chace, American historian (b. 1931)
  • 2004-10-10 Arthur H. Robinson, American cartographer (b. 1915)

Christopher ReeveChristopher Reeve (1952-2004)

2004-10-10 American actor (Superman, Somewhere in Time), dies of an adverse reaction to an antibiotic at 52

  • 2004-10-20 Anthony Hecht, American poet, dies at 81
  • 2004-10-23 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1945-76), and actor, dies at 87
  • 2004-10-24 James Cardinal Hickey, American Catholic archbishop (b. 1920)
  • 2004-10-24 Randy Dorton, American race car engine builder (Director of Engine Operations Hendrick Motorsports; 9 x NASCAR C'ships), dies in a plane crash at 50
  • 2004-10-24 Ricky Hendrick, American auto racer and team owner (NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 1 win, 23 top 10s), dies in plane crash at 24

Vaughn MeaderVaughn Meader (1936-2004)

2004-10-29 American comedian and musician, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 68 (b. 1936)

  • 2004-10-30 Margaret O'Rene "Peggy" Ryan, American dancer and actress (Hawaii Five-0), dies at 80
  • 2004-11-01 Mac Dre [Andre Louis Hicks], American rapper and hip hop pioneer, dies at 34
  • 2004-11-01 Terry Knight, American rock producer and singer (Grand Funk Railroad), murdered by his daughter's boyfriend defending her during a domestic dispute at 61
  • 2004-11-07 Howard Keel, American actor, singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate), dies of cancer at 87
  • 2004-11-13 Ol' Dirty Bastard [Russell Jones], American rapper (Wu Tang Clan), dies of a drug overdose at 35
  • 2004-11-13 Thomas Foglietta, American politician and diplomat (US Representative for Pennsylvania, 1981-97; Ambassador to Italy, 1997-2001), dies from surgery complications at 75
  • 2004-11-18 Cy Coleman [Seymour Kaufman], American songwriter (Witchcraft, Sweet Charity), dies at 75
  • 2004-11-19 Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (b. 1942)
  • 2004-11-23 Pete Franklin, American talk radio host (b. 1928)
  • 2004-11-29 John Drew Barrymore, American actor (Pantomine Quiz), dies from cancer at 72
  • 2004-12-02 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (b. 1921)
  • 2004-12-07 Frederick Fennell, American conductor (Time & Winds), dies at 90
  • 2004-12-07 Jerry Scoggins, American country singer ("The Ballad of Jed Clampett"), dies at 91
  • 2004-12-09 David Brudnoy, American radio personality (b. 1940)
  • 2004-12-16 Agnes Martin, Canadian American abstract painter dies aged 92
  • 2004-12-17 Tom Wesselmann, American collage artist (b. 1931)
  • 2004-12-19 Herbert C. Brown, English-born American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
  • 2004-12-23 Anne Truitt, American artist dies aged 83
  • 2004-12-27 (Walter) "Hank" Garland, American Nashville-based country, rock and jazz session guitar virtuoso ("Sugarfoot Rag"; "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame"; "Jingle Bell Rock"), dies of complications from a staph infection at 74
  • 2004-12-28 Jerry Orbach, American actor (Law & Order, Dirty Dancing), dies at 69

Susan SontagSusan Sontag (1933-2004)

2004-12-28 American writer, philosopher and political activist (The Benefactor), dies from Myelodysplastic syndrome at 71

  • 2004-12-29 Julius Axelrod, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
  • 2004-12-30 Artie Shaw [Arthur Arshawsky], American bandleader, jazz clarinetist and actor ("Begin the Beguine"), dies at 94
  • 2005-01-01 Bob Matsui, American politician, dies at 63
  • 2005-01-01 Eugene J. Martin, American painter & artist, dies at 66

Shirley ChisholmShirley Chisholm (1924-2005)

2005-01-01 1st African American Congresswoman (Rep-D-NY) and presidential candidate, dies of a stroke at 80

  • 2005-01-02 Frank Kelly Freas, American artist, dies at 82
  • 2005-01-02 Maclyn McCarty, American geneticist, dies at 93
  • 2005-01-02 Ronald "Bo" Ginn, American politician, dies at 70
  • 2005-01-03 Will Eisner, American comic book artist (b. 1917)
  • 2005-01-04 Alton Tobey, American artist, dies at 90
  • 2005-01-04 Frank Harary, American mathematician (b. 1921)
  • 2005-01-04 Guy Davenport, American author, artist, and scholar (b. 1927)
  • 2005-01-04 Robert Heilbroner, American economist (b. 1919)
  • 2005-01-05 Danny Sugerman, American music manager (The Doors), dies of lung cancer at 50
  • 2005-01-08 Warren Spears, American choreographer and dancer
  • 2005-01-10 Gene Baylos, American comedian (b. 1906)
  • 2005-01-10 Jack Horner, American sports journalist (b. 1912)
  • 2005-01-10 James Forman, American civil rights leader (b. 1928)
  • 2005-01-11 Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane - "White Rabbit"; New Riders of the Purple Sage), dies of colon cancer at 66
  • 2005-01-13 Nell Rankin, American operatic mezzo-soprano (Carmen; Metropolitan Opera, 1951-76), dies at 81
  • 2005-01-14 Charlotte MacLeod, American writer (b. 1922)
  • 2005-01-15 Deem Bristow, American video game voice actor (b. 1947)
  • 2005-01-15 Elizabeth Janeway, American author (b. 1913)
  • 2005-01-16 Marjorie Williams, American journalist (b. 1958)
  • 2005-01-17 Albert Schatz, American microbiologist (b. 1920)
  • 2005-01-17 Virginia Mayo [Jones], American actress (The Best Years of Our Lives, Out of the Blue, White Heat), dies of congestive heart failure at 84
  • 2005-01-18 Lamont Bentley, American actor (b. 1973)
  • 2005-01-20 Roland Frye, American literary critic and theologian (b. 1921)
  • 2005-01-21 John L. Hess, American journalist (b. 1917)
  • 2005-01-22 Rose Mary Woods, American Watergate scandal figure (b. 1917)

Johnny CarsonJohnny Carson (1925-2005)

2005-01-23 American comedian and TV host (The Tonight Show, Who Do You Trust), dies of respiratory failure arising from emphysema at 79

  • 2005-01-25 Philip Johnson, American architect (b. 1906)
  • 2005-01-25 Ray Peterson, American singer (Tell Laura I Love Her), dies at 65
  • 2005-01-25 William Augustus Bootle, American judge (b. 1902)
  • 2005-01-30 Wes Wehmiller, American touring and session bass guitarist (Duran Duran; Missing Persons), dies of thyroid cancer at 33
  • 2005-02-06 Karl Haas, American radio presenter (b. 1913)
  • 2005-02-08 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician and organist (Walk On The Wild Side), dies at 79
  • 2005-02-08 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers; Southern Pacific), dies of pneumonia at 56

Arthur MillerArthur Miller (1915-2005)

2005-02-10 American playwright (Death of a Salesman, Crucible), dies at 89

  • 2005-02-11 Jack L. Chalker, American author (b. 1944)
  • 2005-02-12 Sammi Smith, American country music singer (Help Me Make It Through the Night), dies at 61
  • 2005-02-13 Dick Weber, American professional bowler (b. 1929)
  • 2005-02-14 Najai Turpin, American boxer
  • 2005-02-15 Samuel Francis, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • 2005-02-16 Nicole DeHuff, American actress (pneumonia) (b. 1975)

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson (1937-2005)

2005-02-20 American journalist and author (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), commits suicide via a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 67

  • 2005-02-20 John Raitt, American stage and screen singer and actor (Carousel; Pajama Game), dies from pneumonia at 88
  • 2005-02-20 Pam Bricker, American jazz singer (Thievery Corporation) takes her own life at 50
  • 2005-02-20 Sandra Dee [Alexandra Zuck], American actress (Gidget, Imitation of Life), dies of kidney disease complication at 62
  • 2005-02-21 Ara Berberian, American opera bass singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1979-97), dies at 74
  • 2005-02-21 Eugene Scott, American religious broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • 2005-02-26 Jef Raskin, American computer scientist (b. 1943)
  • 2005-03-02 Martin Denny, American exotica musician, dies at 93
  • 2005-03-03 Max M. Fisher, American philanthropist (b. 1928)
  • 2005-03-04 Robert Consoli, American actor and musician (b. 1964)
  • 2005-03-06 Teresa Wright, American actress (Shadow Of A Doubt; Pride of the Yankees; The Best Years of Our Lives), dies of a heart attack at 86
  • 2005-03-07 Debra Hill, American screenwriter and film producer (Escape from New York), dies at 54
  • 2005-03-09 Chris LeDoux, American country singer (Ridin' for a Fall), dies at 56
  • 2005-03-10 Danny Joe Brown, American singer (Molly Hatchet), dies of pneumonia at 53