United States of America in History (Part 32)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 3101 - 3,200 of 9,751

  • 1933-01-21 Joseph W. Eschbach, American doctor (d. 2007)
  • 1933-02-09 Countess of Airlie [Virginia Ogilvy], Newport, New Jersey, American-born Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II
  • 1933-02-22 Joseph Lechleider, American electrical engineer (invented DSL /high speed internet technology), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1933-02-22 Louise Lopez, American disco singer (Odyssey -"Native New Yorker"; "Use It Up And Wear It Out"), born in Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1933-02-23 Donna J. Stone, American poet (Wielder of Words), born in Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1933-02-23 Lee Calhoun, Laurel, Mississippi, American 110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • 1933-02-24 Judah Folkman, American cancer researcher
  • 1933-03-13 Donald Henry "Pee Wee" Gaskins, American serial killer (claimed to have murdered over 100 people), born in Florence County, South Carolina (d. 1991)

Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)

1933-03-15 American jurist and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1993-2020), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1933-03-16 Sandy Weill, American financier and philanthropist
  • 1933-03-18 Unita Blackwell, 1st African American mayor in Mississippi
  • 1933-03-23 Philip Zimbardo, American psychologist, known for the Stanford prison experiment
  • 1933-04-05 Larry Felser, American sports columnist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1933-04-06 Eduardo Malapit, American Democratic politician (d. 2007)
  • 1933-04-15 Roy Clark, American country and bluegrass singer, guitarist, and banjo player (Hee Haw; The Tonight Show), born in Meherrin, Virginia (d. 2018)

Jayne MansfieldJayne Mansfield (1933-1967)

1933-04-19 American actress (The Girl Can't Help It), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

  • 1933-04-24 Patricia Bosworth, American actor, journalist, writer, and biographer, born in Oakland, California (d. 2020)
  • 1933-04-29 Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter ("Love's Been Good to Me"; "Jean"; "Without A Worry In The World"), and poet (Lonesome Cities), born in Oakland, California (d. 2015)

Willie NelsonWillie Nelson (89 years old)

1933-04-29 American country singer-songwriter ("Crazy"; "On the Road Again";), born in Abbott, Texas

James BrownJames Brown (1933-2006)

1933-05-03 American R&B, gospel, soul and funk singer-songwriter known as 'The Godfather of Soul' ("Sex Machine"; "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag"; "Hot Pants"), born in Barnwell, South Carolina

  • 1933-05-28 John Karlen, American actor (Harvey Lacey-Cagney & Lacey), born in Brooklyn, New York

Joan RiversJoan Rivers (1933-2014)

1933-06-08 American comedian and actress (Late Show, Hollywood Squares), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1933-06-12 Eddie Adams, American photographer (photograph of execution of a Viet Cong soldier, Pulitzer Prize 1969), born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1933-06-17 Harry Browne, American free-market libertarian writer, politician, and investment analyst (d. 2006)

James MeredithJames Meredith (89 years old)

1933-06-25 American civil rights activist (1st African-American at the University of Mississippi), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi

  • 1933-06-29 John Bradshaw, American theologian, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1933-07-03 Edward Brandt Jr., American physician and public health official, born in Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • 1933-07-07 Dick Kallman, American actor (Born to Be Loved, Verboten!), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1933-07-12 Donald E. Westlake, American author (The Hunter), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1933-07-20 Buddy Knox, American rock vocalist ("Party Doll"; "Lovey Dovey"), born in Happy, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1933-07-20 Cormac McCarthy, American author
  • 1933-07-24 Doug Sanders, American golfer (4 x runner-up in major C'ships; 20 PGA Tour titles), born in Cedartown, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1933-07-29 "Captain" Lou Albano, American professional wrestler, 1953-69, wrestler manager (1969-95), and actor (Cyndi Lauper music videos; Super Mario Brothers), born in Rome, Kingdom of Italy (d. 2009)
  • 1933-08-01 Dom DeLuise, American comedian (End, Cannonball Run, Fatso), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1933-08-17 Eugene F. Kranz, American NASA Flight Director (Gemini and Apollo programs)
  • 1933-08-17 Glenn Corbett [Glen Edwin Rothenburg], American actor (Route 66, Shenandoah), born in El Monte, California (d. 1993)
  • 1933-08-17 Mark Dinning, American pop singer (Teen Angel), born in Manchester, Oklahoma (d. 1986)
  • 1933-08-19 Debra Paget [Debralee Griffin], American actress (Love Me Tender), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1933-08-23 Robert Curl, American chemist (Nobel 1996), born in Alice, Texas
  • 1933-08-25 Wayne Shorter, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Weather Report), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1933-09-01 Ann W. Richards, Lakeview Texas, American politician
  • 1933-09-08 Paul M. Fleiss, American pediatrician; father of Heidi Fleiss
  • 1933-09-11 William Luther Pierce, American author and activist, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2002)
  • 1933-09-25 Hubie Brown, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, broadcaster (2-time NBA Coach of the Year), born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania
  • 1933-09-26 Donna Douglas, American actress (Elly May Clampett-The Beverly Hillbillies), born in Pride, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1933-09-27 Will Sampson, American actor (d. 1987)
  • 1933-10-10 Jay Sebring, American hair stylist and Manson murder victim, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1969)
  • 1933-10-24 Norman Rush, American writer (Mating), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1933-10-25 Eugene "Porky" Lee, American child actor (Little Rascals), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2005)

Hobart Hobart "Hobie" Alter (1933-2014)

1933-10-31 American surf and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer who created the Hobie Cat, born in Ontario, California

  • 1933-11-05 Herb Edelman, American actor (Good Guys, Strike Force, 9 to 5), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1933-11-09 Jim Perry, American and Canadian TV host ($ale of the Century), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • 1933-11-10 Ronald Evans, American naval officer and NASA astronaut, born in St. Francis, Kansas (d. 1990)
  • 1933-11-19 Jerry Sheindlin, American jurist and husband of Judge Judy, born in NYC, New York
  • 1933-11-21 Henry Hartsfield Jr, American astronaut (STS-4; STS-41-D; STS-61-A), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2014)

Robert GouletRobert Goulet (1933-2007)

1933-11-26 American Tony and Grammy Award-winning singer, stage and screen actor (Camelot - ""If Ever I Would Leave You"), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts

  • 1933-11-29 James Rosenquist, American pop artist, born in Grand Forks, North Dakota (d. 2017)
  • 1933-12-02 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4x400m relay 1964), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2003)
  • 1933-12-09 Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1956), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1933-12-10 Mako, Japanese-American actor (The Sand Pebbles), born in Kobe, Hyōgo, Empire of Japan (d. 2006)
  • 1933-12-26 Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street (1969-2018), born in Waltham, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1933-12-28 John Y. Brown, Jr., American politician
  • 1933-12-31 Chryssa [Vardea-Mavromichali], Greek-American artist, born in Athens, Greece (d. 2013)
  • 1933-12-31 Edward Bunker, American author & actor, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2005)
  • 1934-01-03 Carla Hills, American lawyer and politician (Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 1975-77), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1934-01-08 Alexandra Ripley, American writer, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1934-02-07 Earl King [Solomon Johnson], American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Come On (Let The Good Times Roll)"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2003)d.
  • 1934-02-11 Mel Carnahan, American politician (d. 2000)
  • 1934-02-12 Anne Krueger, American economist
  • 1934-02-16 Harold "Hal" Kalin, American singer (Kalin Twins), born in Port Jervis, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1934-02-19 Carole Eastman, American screenwriter (d. 2004)

Sparky AndersonSparky Anderson (1934-2010)

1934-02-22 American Baseball HOF manager (World Series 1975, 76 Cincinnati Reds; WS 1984 & 2 x AL Manager of the Year, Detroit Tigers), born in Bridgewater, South Dakota

Ralph NaderRalph Nader (88 years old)

1934-02-27 American consumer advocate (Unsafe at Any Speed), born in Winsted, Connecticut

  • 1934-02-27 Van Williams, American actor (Green Hornet, Tycoon), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1934-03-04 Anne Haney, American actress (Mrs. Doubtfire - "Mrs. Sellner"; Liar Liar - "Greta"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 1934-03-13 Barry Hughart, American author of fantasy novels (Bridge of Birds), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1934-03-20 Willie Brown, American Democratic politician and 41st Mayor of San Francisco (1996-2004), born in Mineola, Texas

Gloria SteinemGloria Steinem (88 years old)

1934-03-25 American feminist and publisher (Ms Magazine), born in Toledo, Ohio

  • 1934-03-29 Paul Crouch, American televangelist (Trinity Broadcasting Network), born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • 1934-03-31 Richard Chamberlain, American stage and screen actor (Dr. Kildare (TV series); The Thorn Birds), born in Beverly Hills, California
  • 1934-04-01 Don Hastings, American actor (Capt Video, Bob-As the World Turns), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1934-04-01 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Sparkman, Arkansas
  • 1934-04-01 Vladimir Posner, Russian-French-American journalist who represented and explained the views of the Soviet Union during the Cold War, born in Paris
  • 1934-04-02 Paul Joseph Cohen, American mathematician (Cohen forcing, Continuum hypothesis), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1934-04-11 Mark Strand, American poet, editor and translator (Another Republic), born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada (d. 2014)
  • 1934-04-14 Fredric Jameson, American philosopher and cultural theorist
  • 1934-04-18 George Shirley, African-American tenor (first African-American tenor to perform a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1934-04-25 Denny "Scott" Miller, American actor (Wagon Train), born in Bloomington Ind, (d. 2014)
  • 1934-04-28 Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1934-05-05 John "Ace" Cannon, American pop, rock and country music saxophonist (Tuff Sax), born in Grenada, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1934-05-10 Gary Owens, American disc jockey/TV host (Laugh In, Gong Show), born in Mitchell, South Dakota
  • 1934-05-10 Jeanine Basinger, American film scholar
  • 1934-05-22 Arne Harris, American television sports director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1934-06-03 Rolland D. McCune, American theologian
  • 1934-06-12 John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (pioneered handheld work, lighting techniques and HD video development), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1934-06-16 Bill Cobbs [Wilbert], American actor (Night at the Museum, The Color of Money), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1934-06-16 William Forsyth Sharpe, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • 1934-06-26 John V Tunney, American politician (Rep/Sen-D-California), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)

Sydney PollackSydney Pollack (1934-2008)

1934-07-01 American Academy and Emmy Award-winning director, producer (Tootsie; Out of Africa), and occasional actor, born in Lafayette, Indiana

Michael GravesMichael Graves (1934-2015)

1934-07-09 American postmodernist architect and designer, born in Indianapolis, Indiana


Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 3101 - 3,200 of 4,915

  • 2005-09-03 William Rehnquist, American lawyer and 16th Chief Justice of the United States (1986-2005), dies in office at 80
  • 2005-09-10 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, American blues singer (Mary is Fine), dies at 81
  • 2005-09-11 Chris Schenkel, American sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), dies at 82
  • 2005-09-14 Robert Wise, American Academy Award-winning film director (The Day the Earth Stood Still; West Side Story; The Sound Of Music), dies of heat failure at 91
  • 2005-09-14 William Berenberg, American physician (b. 1915)
  • 2005-09-15 Sidney Luft, American movie director, dies at 89

Gordon GouldGordon Gould (1920-2005)

2005-09-16 American physicist (inventor of the laser), dies at 85

  • 2005-09-17 Alfred Reed, American classical composer, music editor, and educator, dies at 84
  • 2005-09-20 Tobias Schneebaum, American writer, anthropologist and explorer dies at 83
  • 2005-09-24 Thomas "Tommy" Bond, American actor (Butch-Our Gang, Superman), dies at 79
  • 2005-09-25 Don Adams, American actor and comedian (Get Smart), dies at 82
  • 2005-09-25 George Archer, American golfer (US Masters 1969), dies of Burkitt's lymphoma at 65
  • 2005-09-25 M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist and writer (The Road Less Traveled), dies at 69
  • 2005-09-25 Urie Bronfenbrenner, American psychologist (b. 1917)
  • 2005-09-28 Constance Baker Motley, American judge (b. 1921)
  • 2005-09-29 Austin Leslie, American chef, the "Godfather of Fried Chicken" (b. 1934)

August WilsonAugust Wilson (1945-2005)

2005-10-02 American playwright (Fences, Pulitzer 1987), dies at 60

  • 2005-10-02 Nipsey Russell, American comedian (Car 54, Where Are You?), dies at 87
  • 2005-10-04 Stanley K. Hathaway, American politician (27th Governor of Wyoming), dies at 81
  • 2005-10-07 Charles Rocket, American actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live), dies at 56
  • 2005-10-09 Louis Nye, American comedian and actor (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Steve Allen Plymouth Show), dies of lung cancer at 92
  • 2005-10-10 Wayne Booth, American literary critic (b. 1921)
  • 2005-10-12 C. Delores Tucker, American politician and civil rights activist (b. 1927)
  • 2005-10-13 Vivian Malone Jones, American civil rights activist (b. 1942)
  • 2005-10-16 "Len" Dresslar, American singer and voice actor (b. 1925)
  • 2005-10-16 David Reilly, American singer ("God Lives Underwater"), dies at 34
  • 2005-10-16 Eugene "Porky" Lee, American child actor (Little Rascals), dies at 71
  • 2005-10-18 Bill King, American sports broadcaster (b. 1927)
  • 2005-10-19 Dallas Cook, American ska-funk trombonist (Suburban Legends), killed in a motorcycle accident at 23
  • 2005-10-20 Shirley Horn, American jazz pianist and vocalist (Embers and Ashes), dies from complications of diabetes at 71
  • 2005-10-21 Tara Correa-McMullen, American actress (Judging Amy), shot at 16
  • 2005-10-22 Franky Gee [Francisco Gutierrez], American-German rapper and pop singer ("Captain Jack"), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 43
  • 2005-10-23 John Muth, American economist (b. 1930)
  • 2005-10-23 William Hootkins, American actor, dies at 57

Rosa ParksRosa Parks (1913-2005)

2005-10-24 American civil rights activist who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger, dies of natural causes at 92

  • 2005-10-26 Keith Parkinson, American fantasy artist, dies of Leukemia at 47
  • 2005-10-28 Bob Broeg, American sports writer (b. 1918)
  • 2005-10-28 Richard Smalley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1943)
  • 2005-10-31 Hal Anger, American biophysicist and electrical engineer who invented the gamma camera, dies at 85
  • 2005-10-31 John "Beatz" Holohan, American drummer (Bayside), dies in an auto accident at 31
  • 2005-11-01 Michael Piller, American screenwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2005-11-04 Sheree North, American actress and singer, dies at 73
  • 2005-11-05 Virginia MacWatters, American soprano, dies at 93
  • 2005-11-08 David Westheimer, American novelist (Von Ryan's Express), dies at 88
  • 2005-11-11 Moustapha Akkad, Syrian-American film producer and director (Lion of the Dessert), dies at 75
  • 2005-11-11 Peter Drucker, Austrian-American management theorist, dies at 95
  • 2005-11-13 Eddie Guerrero, Mexican pro wrestler (WWE Championship 2004; WWE Tag Team C'ship x 4), dies of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at 38
  • 2005-11-13 Vine Deloria, Jr., Native American author, theologian, historian, and activist (b. 1933)
  • 2005-11-15 Dr. Adrian Rogers, American Southern Baptist Minister and leader (b. 1931)
  • 2005-11-16 Ralph Edwards, American TV host (This is Your Life), dies at 92
  • 2005-11-18 Harold J Stone, American actor (Spartacus, The Wrong Man), dies at 92
  • 2005-11-20 Chris Whitley, American blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, dies of lung cancer at 45
  • 2005-11-20 James King, American tenor, dies at 80
  • 2005-11-20 Sheldon Gardner, American psychologist (b. 1934)
  • 2005-11-21 Hugh Sidey, American journalist (b. 1927)
  • 2005-11-22 Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (youngest to ride winner of English Grand National on Battleship 1938), dies at 84
  • 2005-11-23 Constance Cummings, American-British Tony Award-winning stage (Wings; Long Day's Journey Into Night), and screen (Blithe Spirit; Glamour) actress, dies at 95
  • 2005-11-27 Jocelyn Brando, American actress (The Big Heat, Ugly American, China Venture), dies at 86
  • 2005-11-27 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (b. 1926)
  • 2005-11-28 Marc Lawrence [Max Goldsmith], American character actor (Man With Golden Gun), dies of natural causes at 95
  • 2005-11-29 Wendie Jo Sperber, American actress (Wanna Hold Your Hand, Bossom Buddies, Back to the Future), dies of breast cancer at 47
  • 2005-11-30 Jean Parker [Luise-Stephanie Zelinska], American actress (Beyond Tomorrow, Little Women), dies of complications from a stroke at 90
  • 2005-12-01 Gust Avrakotos, American intelligence case officer (b. 1938)
  • 2005-12-02 Kenneth Lee Boyd, American convicted murderer (executed) (b. 1948)
  • 2005-12-02 Nat Mayer Shapiro, American painter (b. 1919)
  • 2005-12-04 Gregg Hoffman, American film producer (b.1963)
  • 2005-12-05 Ed Masry, American lawyer (b. 1932)
  • 2005-12-09 Robert Sheckley, American sci-fi author (10th Victim, Mindswap), dies at 77

Richard PryorRichard Pryor (1940-2005)

2005-12-10 American Emmy and 5X Grammy Award-winning comedian (Live on the Sunset Strip), actor (Silver Streak; Stir Crazy), and screenwriter (Blazing Saddles), dies of a heart attack at 65

  • 2005-12-12 Robert F. Newmyer, American film producer (b. 1946)
  • 2005-12-13 Timothy Jordan II, American pop-rock musician (The All American Rejects; Jonezetta), takes his own life at 24
  • 2005-12-14 Trevanian [Rodney William Whitaker], American film scholar & author, dies at 74
  • 2005-12-16 Ed Hansen, American film director and editor (b. 1937)
  • 2005-12-16 John Spencer, American actor (b. 1946)
  • 2005-12-17 Jack Anderson, American journalist (b. 1922)
  • 2005-12-18 Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (b. 1922)
  • 2005-12-19 Vincent Gigante, Italian-American mafioso, dies at 77
  • 2005-12-23 Norman D. Vaughan, American polar explorer and dogsled driver (b. 1905)
  • 2005-12-24 Michael Vale, American actor known for being Dunkin' Donuts mascot "Fred the Baker", dies at 83
  • 2005-12-26 Muriel Costa-Greenspon, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1937)
  • 2005-12-26 Vincent Schiavelli, American actor, dies of cancer at 57
  • 2005-12-30 Rona Jaffe, American novelist (Mazes & Monsters), dies at 74
  • 2005-12-31 Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor, dies of cancer at 73
  • 2006-01-01 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks), dies at 49
  • 2006-01-01 Harry Magdoff, American magazine editor, dies at 92
  • 2006-01-06 Lou Rawls, American soul singer-songwriter and producer ("You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"), dies of cancer at 72
  • 2006-01-11 Nixzmary Brown, American child abuse victim, dies from extreme abuse
  • 2006-01-13 Frank Fixaris, American sportscaster (b. 1934)
  • 2006-01-14 Jim Gary, American sculptor known for whimsical monumental art and sculptors of large, colorful dinosaurs made from discarded automobile parts, dies of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage at 66

Shelley WintersShelley Winters (1920-2006)

2006-01-14 American Oscar and Emmy Award-winning actress (Lolita; A Place in the Sun; A Patch of Blue; The Poseidon Adventure), dies of heart failure at 85

  • 2006-01-16 Stanley Biber, American physician, pioneer of transgender surgery, (b. 1923)
  • 2006-01-17 Clarence Ray Allen, American murderer (b. 1930)
  • 2006-01-19 Anthony "Tony" Franciosa [Papaleo], American actor (Career, Ben-Hur, Jeff-Name of the Game), dies at 77

Wilson PickettWilson Pickett (1941-2006)

2006-01-19 American R&B singer ("In The Midnight Hour"; "Funky Broadway"), dies of a heart attack at 64

  • 2006-01-24 Chris Penn, American actor (The Wild Life), dies at 40
  • 2006-01-24 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers and actor (The Five Heartbeats), dies of pneumonia and complications from a stroke at 91
  • 2006-01-27 Gene McFadden, American R&B singer-songwriter and producer (McFadden & Whitehead - "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"), dies of lung cancer at 56 [1]
  • 2006-01-30 Coretta Scott King, American activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr., dies of ovarian cancer at 78
  • 2006-02-03 Al Lewis [Alexander Meister], American actor (The Munsters, Used Cars), dies at 82

Betty FriedanBetty Friedan (1921-2006)

2006-02-04 American writer and feminist (The Feminine Mystique), dies of congestive heart failure at 85