United States of America in History (Part 34)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 3301 - 3,400 of 9,753

  • 1936-01-26 Sal Buscema, American comic book artist

Samuel C. C. TingSamuel C. C. Ting (86 years old)

1936-01-27 American physicist and Nobel Laureate (1976 J/ψ particle), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • 1936-01-29 James Jamerson, American session pop and R&B bass guitarist (Motown Records), born in Edisto, South Carolina (d. 1983)
  • 1936-01-30 F. Vernon Boozer, American politician, born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1936-02-01 Azie Taylor Morton, 35th Treasurer of the United States (d. 2003)
  • 1936-02-02 Duane Jones, American actor (Night of the Living Dead), and theater director, born in New York City (d. 1988)
  • 1936-02-04 David Brenner, American stand-up comedian and TV talk show host (Nightlife) known as a pioneer of observational comedy, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1936-02-06 J. Howard Marshall III, American businessman, born in San Francisco, California

Carl IcahnCarl Icahn (86 years old)

1936-02-16 American businessman (Icahn Enterprises), born in NYC, New York

  • 1936-02-16 Jill Kinmont, American skier
  • 1936-02-18 Jean M. Auel, Finnish-American writer (Earth's Children series), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936-02-19 Bob Engemann, American singer (The Lettermen), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1936-02-22 Ernie K-Doe [Ernest Kador Jr.], African-American R&B singer (Mother-in-Law"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1936-02-29 Alex Rocco, American actor (The Godfather, The Famous Teddy Z), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1936-03-09 Marty Ingels, American comedian (I'm Dickens He's Fenster), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)

Vaughn MeaderVaughn Meader (1936-2004)

1936-03-20 American comedian and musician, born in Waterville, Maine

  • 1936-03-22 Ron Carey, American labor leader (International Brotherhood of Teamsters), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1936-03-24 Don Covay [Randolph], American R&B musician and songwriter ("Chain of Fools"), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1936-04-03 Jimmy McGriff, American jazz Hammond organist, born in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1936-04-03 Scott LaFaro, American jazz bassist (Bill Evans Trio), born in Irvington, New Jersey (d. 1961)
  • 1936-04-14 Frank Serpico, American policeman who blew whistle on NYPD corruption, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1936-04-14 Kenneth Mars, American actor (The Producers), born in Chicago Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1936-04-21 James Dobson, American evangelist
  • 1936-05-07 Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer ("What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"), born in Collinsville, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1936-05-12 Frank Stella, American artist, born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • 1936-05-15 Wavy Gravy, American clown and activist
  • 1936-05-22 M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist and writer (The Road Less Traveled), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1936-05-27 Louis Gossett Jr, American actor (Officer & Gentleman, Deep), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1936-06-08 Kenneth G. Wilson, American physicist (Nobel Prize in Physics, 1982), born in Waltham, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • 1936-06-15 William Joseph Levada, American Catholic prelate
  • 1936-06-19 Marisa Galvany, American soprano
  • 1936-06-27 Lucille Clifton, American poet (Two-Headed Woman), born in Depew, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1936-07-13 Albert Ayler, American musician (d. 1970)
  • 1936-07-27 J. Robert Hooper, American politician, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2008)
  • 1936-08-08 Don Bowden, American middle distance runner (1st American to run sub 4 minute mile 1957, 3:58.7), born in San José, California
  • 1936-08-17 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician and actor and activist, born on Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, South Dakota (d. 2007)

Robert RedfordRobert Redford (86 years old)

1936-08-18 American actor (Sting, Candidate, Natural, Great Gatsby), born in Santa Monica, California

Wilt ChamberlainWilt Chamberlain (1936-1999)

1936-08-21 American College / Basketball HOF center (4 x NBA MVP; 13 x All Star; NBA C'ship 1967, 72 [MVP]; Philadelphia/SF Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, LA Lakers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 1936-08-23 Henry Lee Lucas, American drifter and serial killer, born in Blacksburg, Virginia (d. 2001)
  • 1936-08-24 Kenny Guinn, American businessman and politician, born in Garland, Arkansas (d. 2010)
  • 1936-08-27 Joel Kovel, American politician
  • 1936-08-28 Don Denkinger, American baseball umpire, born in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • 1936-09-05 Jonathan Kozol, American writer and sociologist, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Buddy HollyBuddy Holly (1936-1959)

1936-09-07 American rock and roll musician and songwriter ("Peggy Sue"; "That'll Be the Day"; "Words Of Love"), born in Lubbock, Texas

  • 1936-09-14 Ferid Murad, American physician and pharmacologist (Nobel 1998), born in Whiting, Indiana
  • 1936-09-21 (Royden) Dickey Lee [Lipscomb], American pop-country singer-songwriter ("Patches"; "Laurie"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1936-09-22 Art Metrano, American comedian (Amy Prentiss, Joanie Loves Chachi), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1936-09-27 Don Cornelius, American television host (Soul Train), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1936-10-11 Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)

James BevelJames Bevel (1936-2008)

1936-10-19 American civil rights activist (Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Direct Action), born in Itta Bena, Mississippi

  • 1936-10-24 David Nelson, American actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), director, and producer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1936-10-26 Shelley Morrison, American actress (General Hospital, Will & Grace), born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1936-10-28 Carl Davis, American conductor and composer for silent films, born in NYC, New York
  • 1936-11-04 Charles Kenneth "C K" Williams, American poet and translator (Pulitzer prize 2000), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • 1936-11-09 Daniel Robert Graham, American politician, 38th Governor of Florida (1979-87), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1936-11-09 Teddy Infuhr, American former child actor (The Bishop's Wife, They Live By Night), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1936-11-12 Mills Lane, American judge and boxing referee, born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1936-11-20 Don DeLillo, American author (Underworld), born in New York City
  • 1936-11-21 James DePreist, American conductor (Mitropoulos Prize, 1964, Oregon Symphony, 1980-2003), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1936-11-25 Trisha Brown, American choreographer and dancer, born in Aberdeen, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1936-12-05 James Lee Burke, American writer (Dave Robicheaux series), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1936-12-06 David Ossman, American writer and comedian (The Firesign Theatre), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1936-12-06 Kenneth Copeland, American televangelist (Kenneth Copeland Ministries), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1936-12-19 Marian McKnight, Miss America 1957
  • 1936-12-22 Hector Elizondo, American actor (American Gigolo, Young Doctors in Love), born in NYC, New York
  • 1936-12-23 James Stacy [Maurice William Elias], American actor (Lancer), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1936-12-28 Lawrence Schiller, American journalist

Mary Tyler MooreMary Tyler Moore (1936-2017)

1936-12-29 American Emmy Award-winning actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Laura"; The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Ordinary People), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1937-01-03 Glen Larson, American television producer & writer (Battlestar Galactica, Magnum PI, & Knight Rider), born in Long Beach, CA, (d. 2014)
  • 1937-01-10 Thomas Penfield Jackson, American judge, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2013)
  • 1937-01-22 Joseph Wambaugh, American police writer ("The Onion Fields"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1937-01-30 Ed Hansen, American film director & editor, born in Minnesota, United States (d. 2005)
  • 1937-02-02 Remak Ramsay, American actor
  • 1937-02-04 David Newman, American filmmaker (d. 2003)
  • 1937-02-05 Stuart Damon [Zonis], American stage and screen actor (General Hospital, 1977-2007 - "Dr. Alan Quartermaine"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1937-02-15 Gregory Mcdonald, American author
  • 1937-02-20 David Ackles, American singer-songwriter (American Gothic), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1937-03-03 Bobby Driscoll, American Academy Juvenile Award-winning actor (Song Of The South; The Window), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 1968)
  • 1937-03-04 Leslie Gelb, American foreign policy advisor
  • 1937-03-08 Richard Fariña, American folk singer-songwriter ("Birmingham Sunday"), and novelist ("Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me"), born in New York City (d. 1966)
  • 1937-03-10 Joe Viterelli, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1937-03-16 David Del Tredici, American pianist, Neo-Romantic composer, and 1980 Pulitzer winner (In Memory of a Summer Day), born in Cloverdale, California
  • 1937-03-22 Angelo Badalamenti, American film composer (Twin Peaks; The Straight Story; Blue Velvet; Mulholland Drive), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1937-03-23 Craig Breedlove, American auto racer (5-time world land speed record holder), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1937-03-23 Robert Gallo, American physician
  • 1937-03-27 Thomas Aquinas Daly, American painter, born in Albany, New York
  • 1937-04-05 Allan R. Thieme, American inventor (first Power operated vehicle/scooter), born in Bridgeport, Michigan

Jack NicholsonJack Nicholson (85 years old)

1937-04-22 American actor (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining), born in Neptune City, New Jersey

  • 1937-04-24 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1937-04-27 Sandy Dennis, American actress (Up the Down Staircase), born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 1992)
  • 1937-05-02 Lorenzo Music, American writer, actor and voice actor (Rhoda - "Carlton, the doorman"; Garfield), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1937-05-04 Dick Dale [Mansour], American surf guitarist ("Let's Go Tripping"; "Misirlou"; "Pipeline"), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1937-05-06 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer (famous murder conviction overturned after 19 years imprisonment), born in Clifton, New Jersey (d. 2014)

Madeleine AlbrightMadeleine Albright (1937-2022)

1937-05-15 American diplomat (UN Delegate, 1993-97), and 1st female US Secretary of State (1997-2001), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia

  • 1937-05-17 Hazel R. O'Leary, United States Secretary of Energy
  • 1937-05-29 Charles W. Pickering, American judge (Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi), born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • 1937-05-29 Harry Statham, American basketball coach (McKendree Uni; 1,122 wins in 52 seasons), born in Brookport, Illinois
  • 1937-06-02 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter ("Handy Man"), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1937-06-04 Freddy Fender [Baldemar Huerta], American rock, country and Tejano singer ("Wasted Days And Wasted Nights"; "Before The Next Teardrop Falls"; Texas Tornados - "A Man Can Cry"), born in San Benito, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1937-06-04 Gorilla Monsoon, American pro wrestler (Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame) and commentator (WWF), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1999)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 3301 - 3,400 of 4,915

  • 2006-07-17 (Frank) "Mickey" Spillane, American mystery writer (I, The Jury), dies of pancreatic cancer at 88
  • 2006-07-17 Sam Myers, American blues singer, harmonica player, drummer, and songwriter ("Sleeping in the Ground"), dies at 70
  • 2006-07-19 Jack Warden [John Lebzelter Jr], American character actor (Shampoo, Heaven Can Wait, Brian's Song), dies of heart and kidney failure at 85
  • 2006-07-21 Mako, Japanese-American actor (The Sand Pebbles), dies at 72
  • 2006-07-25 Carl Brashear, first African-American U.S Navy Master Diver (b. 1931)
  • 2006-07-27 Maryann Mahaffey, American politician (b. 1925)
  • 2006-07-30 Anthony Galla-Rini, American concert accordionist,and arranger, dies at 102
  • 2006-07-30 Murray Bookchin, American libertarian socialist (b. 1921)
  • 2006-07-31 Paul Eells, American sportscaster ("Voice of the Razorbacks"), dies at 70
  • 2006-08-01 Bob Thaves, American cartoonist (Frank and Ernest), dies at 81
  • 2006-08-01 Iris Marion Young, American feminist and political scientist (b. 1949)
  • 2006-08-01 Jason Rhoades, American installation artist (b. 1965)
  • 2006-08-03 Arthur Lee, American psychedelic rock musician (Love; National Recording Company), dies of leukemia at 61
  • 2006-08-05 Susan Butcher, American dog musher and 4 x winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, dies of graft-versus-host disease while fighting acute myelogenous leukemia at 51
  • 2006-08-07 Mary Anderson Bain, American New Deal politician (b. 1911)
  • 2006-08-09 James van Allen, American physicist (discovered Van Allen radiation belts), dies at 91
  • 2006-08-11 Mike Douglas [Dowd], American big band singer (Kay Kyser), and TV talk show host (The Mike Douglas Show, 1961-81), dies on his 86th birthday
  • 2006-08-14 Bruno Kirby, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 2006-08-15 Doug White, American news anchor, dies of cancer at 61
  • 2006-08-16 Herschel Green, American pilot (b. 1920)
  • 2006-08-20 Joe Rosenthal, American photographer (Pulitzer Prize-Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima), dies at 94
  • 2006-08-22 Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack - "My Sharona"'), dies of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma at 55

Ed WarrenEd Warren (1926-2006)

2006-08-23 American paranormal investigator (Amityville haunting), dies at 79

  • 2006-08-28 Melvin Schwartz, American Physicist and Nobel Laureate (neutrinos - subatomic particles with no electric charge and virtually no mass), dies at 73
  • 2006-08-30 Glenn Ford, Canadian-American actor (Cade's County, Big Heat, Midway), dies at 90
  • 2006-08-31 Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (b. 1977)
  • 2006-09-01 Warren Mitofsky, American pollster (b. 1934)
  • 2006-09-02 Bob Mathias, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1948, 52) and congressman, dies of cancer at 75
  • 2006-09-09 Richard Burmer, American composer and musician, dies at 50
  • 2006-09-09 William B. Ziff Jr., American magazine publishing executive, (Modern Bride; Popular Electronics, PC Magazine), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2006-09-11 Pat Corley, American actor (Murphy Brown), dies at 76
  • 2006-09-17 Patricia Kennedy Lawford, American socialite (b. 1924)
  • 2006-09-19 Chuck Rio [Daniel Flores], American rock singer, saxophonist, and songwriter (The Champs - "Tequila"), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 2006-09-19 Elizabeth Allen, American actress (b. 1929)
  • 2006-09-19 Martha Holmes, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • 2006-09-20 John W. Peterson, American hymn writer ("It Took a Miracle"), publisher and editor (Singspiration), dies of prostate cancer at 84
  • 2006-09-22 Edward Albert, American actor (b. 1951)
  • 2006-09-23 Etta Baker, American blues guitarist, dies at 93
  • 2006-09-25 Jeff Cooper, American firearms expert (b. 1920)
  • 2006-09-25 John M. Ford, American sci-fi author and poet, dies at 49

Byron NelsonByron Nelson (1912-2006)

2006-09-26 American golfer (winner 5 major titles; record 19 tournaments 1945), dies of a blood disorder at 94

  • 2006-09-29 Michael A. Monsoor, United States Navy SEAL (posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor), killed in Iraq at 25
  • 2006-10-01 Jerald Tanner, American religious activist (b. 1938)
  • 2006-10-02 Helen Chenoweth-Hage, American politician (b. 1938)
  • 2006-10-02 Paul Halmos, Hungarian-born American mathematician (b. 1916)
  • 2006-10-02 Tamara Dobson, American actress (Amazons; Cleopatra Jones), dies of complications from pneumonia and multiple sclerosis, at 59
  • 2006-10-06 Wilson Tucker, American sci-fi writer, dies at 91
  • 2006-10-09 Raymond Noorda, American co-founder and long time CEO of Novell (b. 1924)
  • 2006-10-11 Cory Lidle, American baseball pitcher (b. 1972)
  • 2006-10-14 Freddy Fender [Baldemar Huerta], American rock, country and Tejano singer ("Wasted Days And Wasted Nights"; "Before The Next Teardrop Falls"; Texas Tornados - "A Man Can Cry"), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • 2006-10-14 Gerry Studds, American politician (Rep-D-MA, 1973-97), first openly gay member of US Congress, dies at 69
  • 2006-10-14 Jared Anderson, American heavy metal bassist and vocalist (Morbid Angel; Hate Eternal), dies at 31
  • 2006-10-14 Nancy Lynn, American aviator (b. 1956)
  • 2006-10-16 Tommy Johnson, American orchestral and session tuba player (theme to "Jaws"), dies from cancer and kidney failure at 71
  • 2006-10-17 Christopher Glenn, American newscaster (b. 1938)
  • 2006-10-19 James Glennon, American cinematographer, dies at 64

Jane WyattJane Wyatt (1910-2006)

2006-10-20 American actress (Father Knows Best, Star Trek), dies at 96

  • 2006-10-24 Enolia McMillan, American civil rights activist (b. 1904)
  • 2006-10-27 Brad Will, American anarchist and independent journalist (b. 1970)

Red AuerbachRed Auerbach (1917-2006)

2006-10-28 American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, general manager (Boston Celtics, 9-time NBA champion), dies of a heart attack at 89

  • 2006-10-30 Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist (symbolic anthropology), dies at 80
  • 2006-11-01 Adrienne Shelly, American actress and director (The Unbelievable Truth), murdered at 40
  • 2006-11-01 William Styron, American novelist (Confess of Nat Turner, Sophie's Choice), dies at 81
  • 2006-11-03 Marie Rudisill, American author and "Fruitcake Lady" (b. 1911)
  • 2006-11-04 Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, American author (Cheaper by the Dozen), dies at 98
  • 2006-11-07 Johnny Sain, American baseball pitcher, dies at 89
  • 2006-11-08 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer, dies of cancer at 61
  • 2006-11-09 Ed Bradley, American journalist and CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes), dies of complications from lymphocytic leukemia at 65
  • 2006-11-10 Gerald Levert, American singer (In My Songs), dies of acute narcotic intoxication at 40
  • 2006-11-10 Jack Palance [Vladimir Palahniuk], American actor (City Slickers, Contempt, Batman), dies of natural causes at 87
  • 2006-11-15 David K. Wyatt, American historian (b. 1937)

Milton FriedmanMilton Friedman (1912-2006)

2006-11-16 American economist (Nobel Prize Economics 1976), dies at 94

  • 2006-11-17 Ruth Brown, American actress and singer sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B" ("So Long"; "Teardrops From My Eyes"), dies at 78

Robert AltmanRobert Altman (1925-2006)

2006-11-20 American screenwriter, producer and director (The Player, M*A*S*H, Nashville), dies of complications from leukemia at 81

  • 2006-11-21 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, dies at 91
  • 2006-11-23 Anita O'Day [Colton], American jazz singer, dies at 87
  • 2006-11-23 Betty Comden [Basya Cohen], American lyricist ("On The Town"; "Just In Time") and playwright, dies of a heart failure at 89
  • 2006-11-23 Willie Pep, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • 2006-11-24 George W. S. Trow, American writer (b. 1943)
  • 2006-11-25 Kenneth M. Taylor, American pilot (b. 1919)
  • 2006-11-25 Phyllis Fraser, American actress and children's book publisher (b. 1916)
  • 2006-11-25 Sean Bell, American shooting victim (b. 1983)
  • 2006-11-26 Dave Cockrum, American comic book artist (b. 1943)
  • 2006-11-26 Stephen Heywood, American builder (b. 1969)
  • 2006-11-27 Bebe Moore Campbell, American author (b. 1950)
  • 2006-11-27 Casey Coleman, American sportscaster (b. 1951)
  • 2006-12-03 Logan Whitehurst, American musician, singer-songwriter (Tin Drum; The Velvet Teen), graphic artist, and album cover designer, dies of brain cancer at 29
  • 2006-12-04 James Kim, American television personality (b. 1971)
  • 2006-12-07 Jay McShann, American jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 90
  • 2006-12-07 Jeane Kirkpatrick, American ambassador (b. 1926)
  • 2006-12-08 Martha Tilton, American singer (b. 1915)
  • 2006-12-11 Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian (oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death), dies at 116
  • 2006-12-12 Al Shugart, pioneering American computer engineer and co-founder of Seagate Technology (b. 1930)
  • 2006-12-12 Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1935)

Peter BoylePeter Boyle (1935-2006)

2006-12-12 American actor (Joe, Candidate, Everybody Loves Raymond), dies of multiple myeloma at 71

  • 2006-12-13 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive and NFL owner (KC Chiefs), dies at 74
  • 2006-12-14 Mike Evans, American actor (All In The Family & The Jeffersons - "Lionel"), dies of throat cancer at 57

Joseph BarberaJoseph Barbera (1911-2006)

2006-12-18 American animator and cartoonist (Hanna-Barbera - Tom and Jerry, Flintstones), dies at 95

  • 2006-12-18 Ruth Bernhard, American photographer (1905)
  • 2006-12-22 Dennis Linde, American songwriter ("Burning Love"; "Goodbye Earl"), dies of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis at 63