United States of America in History (Part 35)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 3401 - 3,500 of 9,757

  • 1937-06-04 Robert Fulghum, American author (All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1937-06-05 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction - "Grazing In The Grass"), born in San Diego, California (d. 1990)
  • 1937-06-11 Chad Everett [Raymon Lee Cramton], American actor (Medical Center, Airplane II), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • 1937-06-26 Robert Coleman Richardson, American physicist (Nobel 1996), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2013)
  • 1937-06-28 Richard Bright, American actor (Al Neri-Godfather), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1937-06-28 Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire in the American League (1969-79), born in Endicott, New York (d. 1995)

Richard Petty

1937-07-02 Richard Petty, American auto racer (7 x NASCAR Championship, 7 x Daytona 500), born in Level Cross, North Carolina

  • 1937-07-04 Thomas Nagel, American philosopher and University Professor of Philosophy and Law Emeritus at New York University, born in Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
  • 1937-07-09 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, born in Nyack, New York

Bill Cosby

1937-07-12 Bill Cosby, American actor and comedian (Cosby Show, I Spy, Leonard Part 6), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 1937-07-18 Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2005)
  • 1937-07-19 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2014)
  • 1937-07-19 Richard Jordan [Robert Anson Jordan Jr.], American actor (Dune, Gettysburg), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937-07-29 Daniel McFadden, American economist and Nobel Prize Laureate who developed theory and methods for analyzing discrete choice, born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1937-08-03 Diane Wakoski, American poet (Motorcycle Betrayal), born in Whittier, California

Herb Brooks

1937-08-05 Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (Olympic gold Medal 1980), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)

  • 1937-08-06 Paul Griffin, American session musician and pianist, born in Harlem, New York (d. 2000)

Dustin Hoffman

1937-08-08 Dustin Hoffman, American actor (The Graduate; Tootsie; Kramer vs Kramer; Ishtar), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1937-08-12 Walter Dean Myers, African-American author, born in Martinsburg, West Virginia, (d. 2014)
  • 1937-08-21 Robert Stone, American novelist (Dog Soldiers, WUSA), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1937-09-06 Brigid Berlin, American actress (Andy Warhol films), born in NYC, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1937-09-10 Jared Diamond, American biologist and author (Guns, Germs and Steel), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1937-09-13 Don Bluth, American animator and film director (The Secret of NIMH), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1937-09-15 Robert Lucas, Jr., American economist (1995 Nobel Prize for Economics for rational expectations theory), born in Yakima, Washington
  • 1937-09-28 Rod Roddy, American television announcer (d. 2003)
  • 1937-10-04 Jackie Collins, British-American romance novelist (The Stud; The Bitch; Lucky), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1937-10-11 R. H. W. Dillard, American poet (The Day I Stopped Dreaming About Barbara Steele and Other Poems), born in Roanoke, Virginia
  • 1937-10-12 Robert Mangold, American minimalist artist (Yellow/Gray Looped Line Zone), born in North Tonawanda, New York

Peter Max

1937-10-19 Peter Max, American psychedelic artist (Dynamite Chicken), born in Berlin, Germany

  • 1937-10-27 Lara Parker, American actress (Race with the Devil, Dark Shadows), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1937-11-05 Harris Yulin, American actor (Scarface), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1937-11-06 Joe Warfield, American stage and screen actor, and teacher, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1937-11-30 Jimmy Bowen, American record producer and pop star ("I'm Stickin' With You"), born in Santa Rita, New Mexico
  • 1937-12-09 Darwin Joston, American actor (Assault on Precinct 13), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1937-12-11 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), born in Grayling, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1937-12-12 Buford Pusser, American sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee, born in Finger, Tennessee (d. 1974)
  • 1937-12-16 Edward Ruscha, American artist (Pop Art), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1937-12-16 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, (d. 1986)
  • 1937-12-17 John Kennedy Toole, American novelist (d. 1969)
  • 1937-12-21 Donald F. Munson, American politician (Maryland State Senator, 1991-2011), born in Hagerstown, Maryland
  • 1938-01-01 Frank Langella, American actor (Dracula, Frost/Nixon), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1938-01-07 Paul Revere [Dick], American rock organ player and pianist (Paul Revere & Raiders - "Kicks": "Indian Reservation"), born in Harvard Nebraska, (d. 2014)
  • 1938-01-10 Donald Knuth, American mathematician & computer scientist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1938-01-14 Allen Toussaint, American pianist, songwriter and producer ("Mother-In-Law"; "Working In A Coal Mine"; "Southern Nights"), born in Gert Town, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1938-01-21 Wolfman Jack [Robert Weston Smith], American disc jockey (The Midnight Special), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1938-02-24 Phil Knight, American sportswear manufacturer
  • 1938-03-04 Angus MacLise, American percussionist, mystic, shaman, and composer (Velvet Underground), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1979)
  • 1938-03-07 David Baltimore, American biologist (1975 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine), born in New York City
  • 1938-03-12 Lew DeWitt, American country singer and composer (Statler Brothers - "Flowers on the Wall"), born in Roanoke, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 1938-03-13 Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer ("Piece Of My Heart"), born in Shelby, Mississippi (d. 2002)
  • 1938-03-23 Maynard Jackson, first African American mayor of Atlanta (d. 2003)
  • 1938-03-26 Anthony James Leggett, English physicist, (Nobel Prize for Physics 2013 for superfluidity), born in London, England
  • 1938-03-31 Arthur B. Rubinstein, American composer
  • 1938-04-01 John Quade, American actor
  • 1938-04-02 Whirlaway, American thoroughbred racehorse (Triple Crown 1941), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1953)
  • 1938-04-03 Jeff Barry [Joel Adelberg], American pop songwriter ("Do Wah Diddy Diddy"; "Da Doo Ron Ron"; "Chapel Of Love"; "Leader Of The Pack'), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938-04-05 Nancy Holt, American artist (land art), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1938-04-16 Rich Rollins, American MLB third baseman, born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania
  • 1938-04-17 Ben Barnes, American politician (36th Lieutenant Governor of Texas), born in Gorman, Texas
  • 1938-04-22 Alan Bond, Australian businessman and yachting syndicate owner (America's Cup 1983), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1938-04-26 Maurice Williams, American doo-wop singer, and songwriter (Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs - "Stay"), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1938-05-09 Charles Simic Yugoslavian-born poet, 15th Poet Laureate of the United States
  • 1938-05-11 Carla Bley [Carla Borg], American musician (Escalator Over the Hill), born in Oakland, California
  • 1938-05-18 Janet Fish, American realist artist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1938-05-21 David Groh, American actor (Rhoda - "Joe"; Another Day - "Don"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1938-05-24 David Viscott, American psychiatrist and media personality, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1938-06-21 Ron Ely [Ronald Pierce], American actor (Tarzan, Doc Savage), born in Hereford, Texas
  • 1938-06-24 Lawrence Block, American writer
  • 1938-06-26 Gerald North, American climatologist, born in Sweetwater, Tennessee
  • 1938-06-28 John Byner, American actor (Transylvania 6-5000) and comedian, born in NYC, New York
  • 1938-07-10 (Edward) Lee Morgan, American hard-bop jazz trumpeter ("The Sidewinder"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1972) [1]
  • 1938-07-24 Eugene J. Martin, American painter, artist
  • 1938-07-27 Gary Gygax, American role-playing games creator (Dungeons & Dragons) and fantasy author, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1938-08-04 Ellen Schrecker, American college professor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1938-08-13 Dave "Baby" Cortez [Clowney], American pop keyboardist ("The Happy Organ"; "Rinky Dink"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1938-08-18 Joe Frank [Joseph Langermann], American radio personality (KCRW), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 2018)
  • 1938-08-29 Robert Rubin, United States Secretary of the Treasury, born in NYC, New York
  • 1938-09-04 Leonard Frey, American stage and screen actor (Fiddler on the Roof; The Magic Christian), born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 1988)
  • 1938-09-08 Sam Nunn, American politician (Sen-D-Georgia, 1972-1997), born in Macon, Georgia

Tom Lester

1938-09-23 Tom Lester, American actor (Green Acres - Eb), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 2020)

  • 1938-09-28 Ben E. King [Nelson], American soul singer-songwriter ("Stand by Me"), born in Henderson, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1938-10-05 Teresa Heinz Kerry, American philanthropist (wife of John Kerry), born in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese East Africa
  • 1938-10-12 Bob Miller, American NHL broadcaster, born in Chicago, Illinois

Dawn Wells

1938-10-18 Dawn Wells, American actress (Gilligan's Island -"Mary Ann"), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2020) [1]

  • 1938-10-22 Christopher Lloyd, American Emmy Award-winning actor (Taxi - "Reverend Jim"; Back to the Future films), born in Stamford, Connecticut,
  • 1938-10-30 Ed Lauter, American actor (The Artist, The Number 23), born in Long Beach, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1938-11-02 Jay Black [David Blatt], American pop singer (Jay and the Americans - “Come A Little Bit Closer”; “This Magic Moment”), born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2021)
  • 1938-11-05 Joe Dassin, French-American singer (Les Champs-Élysées), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1938-11-06 Jim Pike, American singer (The Lettermen), born in Missouri (d. 2019)
  • 1938-11-06 P. J. Proby [James Marcus Smith], American singer, songwriter and actor (Hold Me, Three Week Hero), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1938-11-09 Ti-Grace Atkinson, American feminist author, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1938-11-13 Jean Seberg, American actress (Breathless, Paint Your Wagon), born in Marshaltown, Iowa (d. 1979)
  • 1938-11-16 Robert Nozick, American philosopher (Anarchy, State, and Utopia), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)

Ted Turner

1938-11-19 Ted Turner, American founder of CNN, owner of the Atlanta Braves and winner of the America's Cup in 1977, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • 1938-11-22 Henry C. Lee, Chinese-born American criminologist
  • 1938-11-24 Charles Starkweather, American Spree Killer (d. 1959)
  • 1938-12-11 McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist (John Coltrane Quartet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1938-12-15 Bob Foster, American boxer (world light-heavyweight champion 1968-74), born in Borger, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1938-12-16 Frank Deford, American sportswriter

Jimmie Lee Jackson

1938-12-16 Jimmie Lee Jackson, American civil rights protester and church deacon, shot and killed by an Alabama State Trooper in 1965, born in Marion, Alabama (d. 1965)


Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 3401 - 3,500 of 4,917

  • 2006-12-22 Dennis Linde, American songwriter ("Burning Love"; "Goodbye Earl"), dies of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis at 63
  • 2006-12-23 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician, dies at 54
  • 2006-12-24 Frank Stanton, American television executive (b. 1908)

Gerald Ford

2006-12-26 Gerald Ford [Leslie King], 38th US President (R: 1974-77) and 41st US Vice President (R: 1973-74), dies at 93

  • 2007-01-01 A. I. Bezzerides, American novelist & screenwriter, dies at 98
  • 2007-01-01 Del Reeves, American country music singer, dies at 74
  • 2007-01-01 Julius Hegyi, American conductor, dies at 83
  • 2007-01-01 Leon Davidson, American scientist known for studying UFOs, dies at 84
  • 2007-01-01 Tad Jones, American jazz music historian, dies at 54
  • 2007-01-01 Tillie Olsen, American writer (Tell Me a Riddle), dies at 94
  • 2007-01-02 Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, American historian, dies at 65
  • 2007-01-02 Garry Betty, American CEO of Earthlink, dies at 49
  • 2007-01-02 Robert C. Solomon, American scholar of continental philosophy, dies at 64
  • 2007-01-03 William Verity Jr., United States Secretary of Commerce 1987-1989 (b. 1917)
  • 2007-01-04 Helen Hill, American independent filmmaker (b. 1970)
  • 2007-01-04 Steve Krantz, American film and TV producer (Fritz the Cat) (b. 1923)
  • 2007-01-05 Chih Ree Sun, Chinese-American physicist and poet. dies of kidney and lung cancer at 83 [1]
  • 2007-01-06 Sneaky Pete Kleinow, American country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), dies at 72
  • 2007-01-08 Iwao Takamoto, American animator (b. 1925)
  • 2007-01-08 Jane Bolin, first African American female judge, dies at 98
  • 2007-01-10 Bradford Washburn, American explorer and cartographer, dies at 96
  • 2007-01-11 Robert Anton Wilson, American author (b. 1932)
  • 2007-01-12 Alice Coltrane [née McLeod], American jazz harp, piano, and organ player (Journey in Satchidananda) dies of respiratory failure at 69
  • 2007-01-13 Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (Brecker Brothers), dies at 57
  • 2007-01-14 Darlene Conley, American actress (The Bold and the Beautiful), dies at 72
  • 2007-01-16 Benny Parsons, American racecar driver and commentator (b. 1941)
  • 2007-01-16 Ron Carey, American actor (Barney Miller), dies of a stroke at 71
  • 2007-01-17 Art Buchwald, American columnist and author (The Washington Post), dies at 81
  • 2007-01-18 Brent Liles, American rock bassist (Agent Orange, 1981-84; Social Distortion, 1988-92), dies after being hit by a truck while cycling at 43
  • 2007-01-19 Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow, American professional wrestler, dies of a drug overdose at 45
  • 2007-01-22 Doug Blasdell, American personal trainer
  • 2007-01-23 E. Howard Hunt, American intelligence officer involved in Watergate break-in, dies at 88
  • 2007-01-27 Tige Andrews, American character actor (Mod Squad, The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor), dies of cardiac arrest at 86
  • 2007-01-28 Father Robert Drinan, Roman Catholic Priest and American politician (b. 1920)
  • 2007-01-29 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 2003)

Sidney Sheldon

2007-01-30 Sidney Sheldon, American novelist and playwright (Master of the Game, Bloodline, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer), dies of pneumonia at 89

  • 2007-01-31 Lee Bergere, American actor (Star Trek, Soap, Dynasty), dies at 82
  • 2007-01-31 Molly Ivins, American political columnist and author, dies at 62
  • 2007-02-01 Whitney Balliett, American jazz critic, dies of cancer at 80
  • 2007-02-02 Billy Henderson, American singer (The Spinners - "The Rubberband Man"), dies at 67
  • 2007-02-02 Eric von Schmidt, American folk/blues singer-songwriter (b. 1931)
  • 2007-02-02 Joe Hunter, American pianist and bandleader of Motown's house band - The Funk Brothers (1959-64), dies at 79
  • 2007-02-03 George Becker, American president of United Steelworkers (1993-2001) (b. 1928)
  • 2007-02-03 Pedro Knight, Cuban-American trumpeter, husband and manager of legendary singer Celia Cruz, dies from complications of diabetes at 85
  • 2007-02-03 Ralph de Toledano, Moroccan-born American political columnist and author (b. 1916)
  • 2007-02-04 Barbara McNair, American singer ("Till There Was You") and actress (They Call Me MR. Tibbs), dies of throat cancer at 72
  • 2007-02-04 Jules Olitski, Ukrainian-born American abstract painter and sculptor (b. 1922)
  • 2007-02-04 Steve Barber, American baseball pitcher (b. 1938)
  • 2007-02-05 Leo T. McCarthy, American politician and 43rd Lieutenant Governor of California (1983-1995) (b. 1930)
  • 2007-02-06 Frankie Laine [Francesco Paolo LoVecchio], Italian-American singer, songwriter, and actor (Frankie Laine Show, Rawhide), dies of heart failure at 93
  • 2007-02-06 Lee Hoffman, American author (The Valdez Horses), dies at 74
  • 2007-02-06 Willye White, American athlete (Olympic silver long jump 1956, 4x100m relay 1964; Sports Illustrated 100 greatest women athletes of 20th century), dies of pancreatic cancer at 67
  • 2007-02-08 Ian Stevenson, Canadian-American parapsychologist and reincarnation expert, dies at 88
  • 2007-02-10 Ned Austin, American character actor (b. 1925)
  • 2007-02-12 Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1905)
  • 2007-02-12 Randy Stone, American actor and casting director (b. 1958)
  • 2007-02-13 Charlie Norwood, American politician (b. 1941)
  • 2007-02-15 Ray Evans, American lyricist ("To Each His Own"; "Mona Lisa"; "Silver Bells"; "Mister Ed"), dies at 92
  • 2007-02-17 Mike Awesome, American professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • 2007-02-19 Janet Blair [Martha Janet Lafferty], American singer and actress (Leave it to the Girls; Smith Family), dies of pneumonia at 85
  • 2007-02-20 F. Albert Cotton, American chemist, dies at 76
  • 2007-02-23 Donnie Brooks, American singer (b. 1936)
  • 2007-02-24 Bruce Bennett, American actor (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), dies from complications of a broken hip at 100
  • 2007-02-24 Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (b. 1932)
  • 2007-02-25 Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer and songwriter, dies at 66
  • 2007-02-27 Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer and bandleader, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 82
  • 2007-02-28 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian (1946 Pulitzer-Age of Jackson), dies at 89
  • 2007-03-04 Bob Hattoy, American gay rights, AIDS, and environmental activist, dies from AIDS-related causes at 56
  • 2007-03-04 Natalie Bodanya [Bodanskaya], American soprano, dies at 98
  • 2007-03-06 Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (b. 1909)
  • 2007-03-09 Brad Delp, American rock musician (lead singer of Boston and RTZ), commits suicide at 55
  • 2007-03-10 Richard Jeni, American comedian (b. 1957)
  • 2007-03-11 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), dies of colon cancer a 86
  • 2007-03-13 Arnold Skaaland, American professional wrestler (b. 1925)

Bowie Kuhn

2007-03-15 Bowie Kuhn, American lawyer, sports administrator (MLB Commissioner 1969-1984), dies of pneumonia at 80

  • 2007-03-15 Charles Harrelson, American hitman and father of Woody Harrelson (b. 1938)
  • 2007-03-15 Stuart Rosenberg, American film and television director (b. 1927)
  • 2007-03-17 John Backus, American computer scientist and inventor (FORTRAN computer language), dies at 82
  • 2007-03-17 Roger Bennett, American Southern Gospel performer (b. 1959)
  • 2007-03-18 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, dies at 85
  • 2007-03-19 Calvert DeForest, American comedian (Larry "Bud" Melman), dies at 85
  • 2007-03-19 Luther Ingram, American soul singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
  • 2007-03-21 Drew Hayes, American writer & graphic artist (b. 1969)
  • 2007-03-23 Eric Medlen, American NHRA drag racer, dies at 33
  • 2007-03-23 Paul J. Cohen, American mathematician, Fields Medal winner (b. 1934)
  • 2007-03-27 Paul Lauterbur, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1929)
  • 2007-04-01 Herb Carneal, American sports broadcaster (Minnesota Twins 1962-2006; Ford C. Frick Award 1996), dies of congestive heart failure at 83
  • 2007-04-04 Bob Clark, American film director (b. 1941)
  • 2007-04-05 Mark St. John [Norton], American rock guitarist (KISS, April- November, 1984), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 51
  • 2007-04-07 Barry Nelson, American actor (Airport), dies at 89
  • 2007-04-07 Johnny Hart, American cartoonist (B.C., Wizard of Id), dies at 76
  • 2007-04-08 Sol LeWitt, American artist (b. 1928)
  • 2007-04-10 Dakota Staton, American jazz singer ("Where Flamingos Fly"; "Sex Is A Misdemeanor"), dies at 76
  • 2007-04-11 Janet McDonald, American novelist (b. 1954)

Kurt Vonnegut

2007-04-11 Kurt Vonnegut Jr, American author, dies from head trauma at 84

  • 2007-04-11 Ronald Speirs, American Army officer (CO of Easy Company), dies at 86
  • 2007-04-11 Roscoe Lee Browne, American actor (McCoy, Saunders-Soap), dies at 81
  • 2007-04-14 Don Ho, Hawaiian-American pop and Hawaiian music singer ("Tiny Bubbles"; "Ain't No Big Thing!"), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 2007-04-15 Brant Parker, American cartoonist, dies at 86
  • 2007-04-16 G. V. Loganathan, Indian American professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (b. 1954)