United States of America in History (Part 31)

Historical Events

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 3001 - 3,100 of 9,831

  • 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)

Person of interestWillie Mays

1931-05-06 Willie Mays, 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

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Person of interestJim Jones

1931-05-13 Jim Jones, American Leader of Peoples Temple cult (Jonestown Massacre), born in Randolph County, Indiana (d. 1978)

Founder of the Peoples Temple Cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple Cult
Jim Jones
  • 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)
  • 1931-06-11 Audrey Schuh, American operatic soprano, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1931-06-17 John Baldessari, American artist, born in National City, California
  • 1931-06-28 Junior Johnson, American auto racer and team owner (Daytona 500 1960; NASCAR Hall of Fame), born in Wilkes County, North Carolina (d. 2019)
  • 1931-06-29 Ed Gilbert, American actor (The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1931-07-01 Leslie Caron, French-American actress (Gigi, Father Goose), born in Boulogne-Biliancourt, Seine
  • 1931-07-08 Jerry Vale [Gennaro Vitaliano], American pop singer ("Arriverderci Roma"; "Have You Looked Into Your Heart"), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 2014)
  • 1931-07-11 Tab Hunter [Arthur Andrew Kelm], American actor (Tab Hunter Show, Lust in the Dust) and singer (Young Love), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1931-07-15 Clive Cussler, American writer (Raise The Titanic, Sahara), born in Aurora, Illinois,
  • 1931-07-28 Darryl Hickman, American actor (Human Comedy, Tea & Sympathy), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1931-07-31 Kenny Burrell, American guitarist (Organ Grinder Swing), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1931-07-31 Nick Bollettieri, American tennis coach (Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles), born in Pelham, New York
  • 1931-08-07 Charles E. Rice, American legal scholar and author, born in New York (d. 2015)
  • 1931-08-15 Richard F. Heck, American chemist who discovered the Heck Reaction (Nobel Prize 2010), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1931-08-25 Regis Philbin, American talk & game show host (Joey Bishop Show; Live with Regis & Kathie Lee; Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1931-08-30 Carrie Saxon Perry, 1st African-American mayor of a major US city (Hartford CT), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1931-08-31 Noble Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger, The Corndog Man), born in Mineola, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1931-09-04 Mitzi Gaynor [Francesca von Gerber], American actress, singer and dancer (Anything Goes, South Pacific), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931-09-10 Philip Baker Hall, American actor (Secret Honor, Hard Eight, Magnolia), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1931-10-11 Dorothy Woolfolk, American comic book editor (Kryptonite), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1931-11-06 Mike Nichols [Mikhail Peschkowsky], German-American film director (Catch 22, The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1931-11-08 Morley Safer, Canadian-American TV newscaster (60 Minutes), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1931-11-16 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf), born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1931-11-23 Gloria Lynne [Wilson], American jazz vocalist (Dell Tones), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2013)
  • 1931-12-01 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (d. 1986)
  • 1931-12-04 Wally George, American conservative TV commentator, born in Oakland, California (d. 2003)
  • 1931-12-09 William Reynolds, American actor (The Gallant Men, All That Heaven Allows), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1931-12-17 Dave Madden, Canadian-born American actor (Charlotte's Web, Alice, The Partridge Family), born in Sarnia, Ontario (d. 2014)
  • 1931-12-18 Allen Klein, American rock and roll business manager - ABKCO (Sam Cooke; RollingStones, Beatles), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2009)
  • 1931-12-28 Martin Milner, American actor (Route 66", "Adam 12"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1932-01-03 Coo Coo Marlin, American auto racer (NASCAR nine top 5, 51 top 10 finishes in 165 Winston Cup starts), born in Columbia, Tennessee (d. 2005)
  • 1932-01-06 Stuart A. Rice, American chemist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1932-01-10 Elaine Devry [Thelma Mahnken], American actress (The Atomic Kid, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf), born in Compton, California
  • 1932-01-14 Don Garlits, American racing driver (1st drag racer over 200mph for 1/4 mile), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1932-01-16 Dian Fossey, American zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1985)
  • 1932-02-13 Susan Oliver, American actress (Ann-Peyton Place, Star Trek-Cage), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1932-02-16 Harry Goz, American musical theatre actor and voice actor, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2003)

Person of interestJohnny Cash

1932-02-26 Johnny Cash, American country singer (I Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue), born in Kingsland, Arkansas (d. 2003)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

Person of interestElizabeth Taylor

1932-02-27 Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian (Father of the Bride, Butterfield 8, Cleopatra), born in London, England (d. 2011)

  • 1932-02-29 Gene Golub, American mathematician (d. 2007)
  • 1932-02-29 Masten Gregory, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1961, 65 [Jochen Rindt]), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1932-02-29 Reri Grist, African-American coloratura soprano
  • 1932-03-02 Frank E. Petersen Jr, American soldier and 1st African American Marine aviator & General, born in Topeka Kansas (d. 2015)
  • 1932-03-04 Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, American car designer (d. 2001)
  • 1932-03-04 Frank Wells, American entertainment businessman (d. 1994)
  • 1932-03-11 Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (d. 2007)
  • 1932-03-17 Donald N. Langenberg, American physicist
  • 1932-03-25 Wes Santee, American runner, born in Ashland, Kansasmiler (d. 2010)
  • 1932-03-29 William Charette, American navy Hospital Corpsman and Medal of Honour recipient, born in Ludington, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • 1932-04-04 Clive Davis, American record producer and music industry executive (Columbia, Arista, Sony), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1932-04-05 Billy Bland, American singer and songwriter, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1932-04-10 Nate Nelson, American singer (Flamingos - "I Only Have Eyes for You"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1984)
  • 1932-04-12 Dennis Banks, American activist (leader of the American Indian Movement), born in Leech Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota (d. 2017)

Person of interestLoretta Lynn

1932-04-14 Loretta Lynn, American country singer-songwriter ("Coal Miner's Daughter"; "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man"), born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn
  • 1932-04-21 Elaine May, American comedienne, writer and actress (New Leaf, Primary Colors), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestCasey Kasem

1932-04-27 Casey Kasem, American radio personality (creator of American Top 40), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem
  • 1932-05-02 Maury Allen, American sportswriter and columnist (New York Post), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1932-05-03 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), born in Colfax, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1932-05-14 Robert Bechtle, American painter
  • 1932-05-19 Paul Erdman, American economist and author (d. 2007)
  • 1932-05-29 Paul R. Ehrlich, American biologist and author who founded the group Zero Population Growth, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1932-05-31 Jay Miner, American microchip designer (d. 1994)
  • 1932-06-04 John Drew Barrymore, American actor (Pantomine Quiz), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2004)
  • 1932-06-04 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (The Blues and the Abstract Truth), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)
  • 1932-06-18 Dudley R. Herschbach, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1932-07-02 Kenneth McMillan, American actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1932-07-05 Billy Laughlin, American child actor (Froggy- Our Gang), born in San Gabriel, California (d. 1948)
  • 1932-07-07 [Josef] Joe Zawinul, Austrian-American jazz keyboardist, composer and musician (Weather Report - "Birdland") (d. 2007)
  • 1932-07-11 Bob McGrath, American musician, voice artist and actor (Sesame Street), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • 1932-07-15 Nina Van Pallandt, Danish actress and singer (American Gigolo), born in Copenhagen Denmark
  • 1932-07-17 Hal Riney, American advertising executive, born in Seattle Washington (d. 2008)
  • 1932-07-18 Robert Ellis Miller, American film director, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1932-07-22 Tom Robbins, American author (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues), born in Blowing Rock, North Carolina
  • 1932-07-31 Morey Carr, American singer (Playmates) (d. 1987)

Person of interestTed Cassidy

1932-07-31 Ted Cassidy, American actor (Lurch-Addams Family), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1979)

  • 1932-07-31 John Searle, American philosopher, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1932-08-01 Meir Kahane, American founder of the Jewish Defense League, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1932-08-07 Maurice Rabb Jr., American ophthalmologist, born in Shelbyville, Kentucky (d. 2005)
  • 1932-08-12 Charlie O'Donnell, American game show announcer (Wheel of Fortune), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1932-08-14 Lee Hoffman, American author (The Valdez Horses), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1932-08-16 Eydie Gorme [Edithe Gormezano], American singer (Bossa Nova), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1932-09-03 Eileen Brennan, American actress (Laugh-In, Pvt Benjamin), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • 1932-09-10 Bo Goldman, American screenwriter (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), born in New York City
  • 1932-09-26 Richard Herd, American actor (V: The Final Battle), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1932-09-27 Oliver Williamson, American economist (Nobel Prize for Economics 2009), born in Superior, Wisconsin (d. 2020)
  • 1932-10-12 Ned Jarrett, American race car driver and announcer (50 Grand National victories), born in Conover, North Carolina
  • 1932-10-13 Jack Colvin, American actor (Incredible Hulk), born in Lyndon, Kansas (d. 2005)
  • 1932-10-14 Anatoly Larkin, Russian-American physicist, born in Kolomna, Russia (d. 2005)
  • 1932-10-14 Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)

Person of interestSylvia Plath

1932-10-27 Sylvia Plath, American poet and novelist (Colossus, 3 Women, Bell Jar), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
  • 1932-11-02 Melvin Schwartz, American Physicist and Nobel Laureate (neutrinos - subatomic particles with no electric charge and virtually no mass), born in NYC, New York
  • 1932-11-11 Al Levitt, American jazz drummer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 3001 - 3,100 of 4,945

  • 2005-02-08 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers; Southern Pacific), dies of pneumonia at 56

Person of interestArthur Miller

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

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • 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)
  • 2005-02-20 Sandra Dee [Alexandra Zuck], American actress (Gidget, Imitation of Life), dies of kidney disease complication at 62
  • 2005-02-20 John Raitt, American actor and singer (Chevy Show, Pajama Game), dies rom complications due of pneumonia at 88
  • 2005-02-20 Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas), dies at 67
  • 2005-02-20 Pam Bricker, American jazz singer and Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)
  • 2005-02-21 Ara Berberian, American opera singer (b. 1930)
  • 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 musician (Exotica), 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 (Eleanor Gehrig-Pride of the Yankees), dies 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
  • 2005-03-16 Anthony George, American actor (Untouchables, Checkmate), dies of emphysema at 83
  • 2005-03-17 George F. Kennan, American Cold War strategist and historian (b. 1904)
  • 2005-03-17 Andre Norton, American writer (b. 1912)
  • 2005-03-19 John De Lorean, American automobile engineer (b. 1925)
  • 2005-03-21 Barney Martin, American actor, comedy writer and NYPD detective (Seinfeld), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • 2005-03-21 Bobby Short, American singer (b. 1924)
  • 2005-03-25 Paul Henning, American TV/film producer and writer (b. 1911)
  • 2005-03-27 Bob Casey, American baseball announcer (b. 1925)
  • 2005-03-27 Grant Johannesen, American concert pianist, dies at 83
  • 2005-03-29 Johnnie Cochran, American attorney (O.J. Simpson defense attorney), dies at 67
  • 2005-03-29 Mitch Hedberg, American comedian (b. 1968)
  • 2005-03-30 Robert Creeley, American poet (b. 1926)
  • 2005-03-30 Milton Green, American athlete (b. 1913)
  • 2005-03-30 Fred Korematsu, American civil rights activist (b. 1919)
  • 2005-03-30 Derrick Plourde, American drummer (b. 1971)
  • 2005-03-31 Stanley J. Korsmeyer, American oncologist (b. 1951)
  • 2005-03-31 Frank Perdue, American poultry farmer (b. 1920)
  • 2005-03-31 Terri Schiavo, American figure in right to die case (b. 1963)
  • 2005-04-01 Jack Keller, American songwriter, and record producer ("Run To Him"; "Breakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart"; theme to Bewitched), dies of leukemia at 68
  • 2005-04-01 Robert Coldwell Wood, American educator (b. 1923)
  • 2005-04-05 Dale Messick [Dalia Messick], American comic strip artist (Brenda Starr, Reporter), dies at 98
  • 2005-04-05 Debralee Scott, American actress (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Cathy"; Angie), dies at 52
  • 2005-04-10 Iakovos, Archbishop of America (b. 1911)
  • 2005-04-11 Maurice R. Hilleman, American microbiologist who developed over 36 vaccines including measles, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox, meningitis, pneumonia, dies at 85
  • 2005-04-13 Johnnie Johnson, American blues & jazz piano player (Chuck Berry's band), dies of kidney problems and pneumonia at 80
  • 2005-04-15 John Fred, American pop singer ("Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)"), dies at 63
  • 2005-04-16 Marla Ruzicka, American humanitarian worker and peace activist (b. 1976)
  • 2005-04-19 Ruth Hussey, American actress (Another Thin Man), dies at 93
  • 2005-04-22 Philip Morrison, American physicist, dies at 89
  • 2005-04-28 Chris Candido, American wrestler, dies at 33
  • 2005-04-28 Percy Heath, American jazz bassist (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies at 81
  • 2005-04-29 William J. Bell, American television writer and producer (b. 1927)
  • 2005-05-02 Kenneth Bancroft Clark, American civil rights activist (Dark Ghetto) and first black president of the American Psychological Association, dies at 90
  • 2005-05-07 Tristan Egolf, American writer (b. 1971)
  • 2005-05-07 Peter W. Rodino, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey (1949-89), dies at 95
  • 2005-05-10 David Wayne, American singer (Metal Church) (b. 1958)
  • 2005-05-13 George Dantzig, American mathematician (b. 1914)
  • 2005-05-13 Michael Ross, American serial killer (b. 1959)
  • 2005-05-17 Frank Gorshin, American comedian and impersonator (Riddler-Batman), dies at 72
  • 2005-05-19 Henry Corden, American actor and voice artist (b. 1921)
  • 2005-05-20 William Seawell, United States Army Brigadier General (b. 1918)
  • 2005-05-21 Howard Morris, American comedic actor and director (The Andy Griffith Show, High Anxiety), dies of a heart disease at 85
  • 2005-05-22 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor (Tony the Tiger), and bass singer ("You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"), dies from prostate cancer at 91
  • 2005-05-22 Julia Randall, American poet (b. 1924)
  • 2005-05-25 Ruth Laredo, American concert pianist, dies of ovarian cancer at 67
  • 2005-05-25 Gregory Scott Johnson, American murderer, dies of lethal injection at 40

Person of interestEddie Albert

2005-05-26 Eddie Albert, American actor (Roman Holiday), dies of pneumonia at 99

  • 2005-05-29 George Rochberg, American composer (Concord Quartet), dies at 86

Person of interestAnne Bancroft

2005-06-06 Anne Bancroft [Anna Italiano], American actress ( The Graduate; Miracle Worker), director, screenwriter and singer,, dies from uterine cancer at 73

Actress Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
  • 2005-06-06 Dana Elcar, American actor (Peter Thornton- MacGyver), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 2005-06-10 Curtis Pitts, American aircraft designer (b. 1915)
  • 2005-06-13 Lane Smith, American actor (b. 1936)
  • 2005-06-17 Karl Mueller, American bassist (Soul Asylum - "Runaway Train"), dies of complications from esophageal cancer at 41

Person of interestJack Kilby

2005-06-20 Jack Kilby, American electrical engineer (Nobel 2010 - handheld calculator, integrated circuit), dies at 81

Engineer and Computer Scientist Jack Kilby
Engineer and Computer Scientist
Jack Kilby
  • 2005-06-20 Larry Collins, American writer, dies at 75
  • 2005-06-23 Shana Alexander, American columnist (b. 1926)
  • 2005-06-24 Paul Winchell, American voice actor and ventriloquist (b. 1922)
  • 2005-06-25 John Fiedler, American Actor (b. 1925)
  • 2005-06-27 Shelby Foote, American author and historian (b. 1917)
  • 2005-06-27 John T. Walton, American businessman (b. 1946)
  • 2005-06-28 Brenda Howard, American LGBT activist (b. 1946)
  • 2005-07-01 Luther Vandross, American soul singer, songwriter ("Endless Love"; "Dance With My Father"), and vocal arranger (David Bowie - Young Americans, dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 2005-07-01 Renaldo "Obie" Benson, American singer (The Four Tops), dies at 69
  • 2005-07-02 Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (North by Northwest), dies at 89
  • 2005-07-03 Gaylord Nelson, American politician (b. 1916)
  • 2005-07-05 Shirley Goodman, American singer (b. 1936)
  • 2005-07-06 L. Patrick Gray III, American FBI director (b. 1916)
  • 2005-07-06 Ed McBain [Evan Hunter], American writer (Blackboard Jungle), dies at 78
  • 2005-07-09 Kevin Hagen, American actor (Little House on the Prairie), dies at 77
  • 2005-07-10 Freda Wright-Sorce, American radio performer (b. 1955)
  • 2005-07-10 Freddy Soto, American comedian and actor (b. 1970)
  • 2005-07-11 Frances Langford, American singer (Armed Forces Hour, Star Time), dies at 92
  • 2005-07-14 Joe Harnell, American musician, composer and arranger, dies at 80

Person of interestWilliam Westmoreland

2005-07-18 William Westmoreland, US general during the Vietnam War, dies at 91

  • 2005-07-19 Edward Bunker, American writer (b. 1933)
  • 2005-07-20 Kayo Hatta, American film director (b. 1958)
  • 2005-07-22 Eugene Record American songwriter and singer (The Chi-Lites) (b. 1940)
  • 2005-07-23 Ted Greene, American jazz guitarist and teacher (b. 1946)