United States of America in History (Part 36)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 3501 - 3,600 of 9,751

  • 1938-12-23 Bob Kahn, American internet pioneer, born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1938-12-25 Duane Armstrong, American painter (Fields of Grass), born in Fresno, California
  • 1938-12-31 Rosalind Cash, American actress (Omega Man, Wrong is Right), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1939-01-10 David Horowitz, American author & political commentator, born in NYC, New York
  • 1939-01-10 Jared Carter, American poet, born in Elwood, Indiana
  • 1939-01-10 Scott McKenzie, American singer (San Francisco), born in Jacksonville Beach, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1939-01-20 Paul Coverdell, American politician, born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2000)
  • 1939-01-22 Jeff Smith, American chef (d. 2004)
  • 1939-02-03 Michael Cimino, American director (The Deer Hunter), (d. 2016) possible date only
  • 1939-02-11 Gerry Goffin, American pop and rock lyricist ("Will You Love Me Tomorrow"; "Up On The Roof"; "Pleasant Valley Sunday"), married to Carole King, 1959-69, born in Queens, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1939-02-12 Ray Manzarek, American rock organist and songwriter (The Doors - "Light My Fire"; "Love Her Madly"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1939-02-15 Robert Hansen, American serial killer
  • 1939-02-17 Mary Ann Mobley, American model and actress (Miss America-1959, Diff'rent Strokes), Biloxi Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1939-03-11 Leonardo "Flaco" Jiménez, American Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winning Tex-Mex and conjunto accordionist (Texas Tornados), born in San Antonio, Texas [1]
  • 1939-03-13 Neil Sedaka, American singer and songwriter ("Breaking Up is Hard to Do"; "Love Will Keep Us Together"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939-03-14 Raymond J. Barry, American actor (Steel City), born in Hempstead, New York
  • 1939-03-17 Jim Gary, American sculptor known for whimsical monumental art and sculptors of large, colorful dinosaurs made from discarded automobile parts, born in Sebastian, Florida (d. 2006)
  • 1939-03-29 Roland Arnall, American businessman and U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, born in Paris (d. 2008).
  • 1939-04-04 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA heavyweight champion 1965-7), born in Belzoni, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1939-04-04 Major Lance, American soul singer (The Monkey Time), born in Winterville, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1939-04-18 Glen Hardin, American rock n roll and country piano player, and arranger (Crickets), born in Wellington, Texas
  • 1939-04-18 Thomas J. Moyer, American judge and Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court (1987-2010), born in Sandusky, Ohio (d. 2010)
  • 1939-04-20 Peter S. Beagle, American novelist and screenwriter (The Last Unicorn), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939-04-21 Helen Prejean, American writer
  • 1939-04-25 Ted Kooser, American poet and US Poet Laureate, born in Ames, Iowa

Max RobinsonMax Robinson (1939-1988)

1939-05-01 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), born in Richmond, Virginia

  • 1939-05-04 Paul Gleason, American actor (Breakfast Club, Die Hard), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • 1939-05-11 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, (3-time MLB All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1939-05-14 Troy Shondell, American singer ("This Time (We’re Really Breaking Up)"), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1939-05-17 Gary Paulsen, American author of young adult literature, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1939-06-09 Charles Webb, American writer (The Graduate), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2020)
  • 1939-06-11 Bernard Purdie, American jazz and session drummer, born in Elkton, Maryland
  • 1939-06-14 John F. MacArthur, American evangelist and author, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1939-06-15 Ward Connerly, American political activist (affirmative action), born in Leesville, Louisiana
  • 1939-06-19 Al Wilson, American soul singer (Show and Tell; The Snake), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1939-07-01 Karen Black, American actress (5 Easy Pieces, Pyx), born in Park Ridge, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1939-07-02 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - Cloud Nine), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1973)
  • 1939-07-14 George E. Slusser, American scholar, writer and Sci-Fic critic, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2014)
  • 1939-07-14 Sid Haig [Sidney Mosesian], American actor (House of 1000 Corpses, Jason of Star Command), born in Fresno, California
  • 1939-07-18 Edward Gramlich, American economics professor (University of Michigan), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1939-07-20 Judy Chicago [Judith Cohen], American artist (Dinner Party), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939-07-21 John Negroponte, 1st United States Director of National Intelligence
  • 1939-08-02 Benjamin Barber, American political theorist (Jihad vs. McWorld), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1939-08-02 Wes Craven, American film director (Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1939-08-04 Frank Vincent, American actor (The Sopranos), born in North Adams, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • 1939-08-08 Alexander Watson, American ambassador and diplomat
  • 1939-08-21 James Burton, American guitarist (Ricky Nelson; Elvis Presley; Elvis Costello), born in Dubberly, Louisiana
  • 1939-08-22 Valerie Harper, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Rhoda), born in Suffern, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1939-09-02 Bobby Purify [Dickey], American soul singer ("I'm Your Puppet"), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2011)
  • 1939-09-06 Dan Cragg, American soldier and author, born in Rochester, New York
  • 1939-09-08 Guitar Shorty [David William Kearney], American blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter (You Don't Treat Me Right), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2020) [some sources cite Loughman, Florida]
  • 1939-09-11 Charles Geschke, American computer scientist, inventor and businessman (co-founder of Adobe Systems), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • 1939-09-13 Richard Kiel, American actor (So Fine, Jaws-Moonraker, Skidoo), born in Detroit, Michigan, (d. 2014)
  • 1939-09-17 Shelby Flint, American singer-songwriter ("Angel on My Shoulder"; "Cast Your Fate to the Wind"), born in North Hollywood, California
  • 1939-09-20 Robert L. Gerry III, American businessman and petroleum industry executive, born in New York
  • 1939-09-22 Gilbert E. Patterson, American minister and presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ (d. 2007)
  • 1939-09-23 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, born in Ozark, Arkansas (d. 1988)
  • 1939-09-27 Carol Lynn Pearson, American poet and writer
  • 1939-09-28 Stuart Kauffman, American theoretical biologist (Origins of Order)
  • 1939-09-29 Molly Haskell, American film critic, born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1939-09-29 Tommy Boyce, American songwriter (with Bobby Hart: The Monkees - "Last Train to Clarksville"; (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"), and singer (Boyce & Hart - "I Winder What She's Doing Tonight"), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1994)
  • 1939-10-07 John Hopcroft, American computer scientist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1939-10-08 Harvey Pekar, American comic book writer (American Splendor), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2010)
  • 1939-10-08 Lynne Stewart, American defense attorney (known for representing controversial, poor, and often unpopular defendants), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1939-10-09 (Overton Vertis) "O.V." Wright, American singer, born in Lenow, Tennessee, (d. 1980)
  • 1939-10-10 Joe Pitts, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1939-10-12 Carolee Schneemann, American performance artist, born in Fox Chase, Philadelphia
  • 1939-10-30 Leland H. Hartwell, American scientist (Nobel 2001 - discoveries of protein molecules that control the division (duplication) of cells), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1939-10-31 Ron Rifkin, American actor (Arvin Sloane-Alias, L.A. Confidential), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939-11-02 Richard Serra, American sculptor and video artist, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1939-11-09 Paul Cameron, American psychologist and sex researcher, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1939-11-10 Russell Means, Native American activist, actor, writer, and musician, born in Porcupine, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota (d. 2012)
  • 1939-11-11 Denise Alexander, American actress (Mary McKinnon-Another World, Lesley Webber-General Hospital), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939-11-13 Idris Muhammad [Leo Morris], American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • 1939-11-15 Yaphet Kotto, African-American stage and screen actor (Live And Let Die; Alien; Homicide: Life on the Street), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1939-11-18 Brenda Vaccaro, American actress (Cactus Flower, Sara, Paper Dolls), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939-11-21 R. Budd Dwyer, American politician who committed suicide on TV (d. 1987)
  • 1939-11-22 Tom West, American astrophysicist

Tina TurnerTina Turner (83 years old)

1939-11-26 American singer (Ike & Tina - "Proud Mary"; solo -"What's Love Got To Do With It"), born in Nutbush, Tennessee

  • 1939-11-29 Peter Bergman, American comedian, (d. 2012)

Harry ReidHarry Reid (1939-2021)

1939-12-02 American attorney and politician (U.S. Senator from Nevada, 1987-2017; U.S. House of Representatives, 1983-87), born in Searchlight, Nevada [1]

  • 1939-12-09 Patricia Stephens Due, African-American civil rights activist (FAMU jail-in), born in Quincy, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1939-12-17 Charles V. Bush, African-American pioneer (1st African-American US Air Force Academy Graduate and US Supreme Court Page), (d. 2012)
  • 1939-12-17 Eddie Kendricks, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations - "The Way You Do the Things You Do"; "Just My Imagination"), born in Union Springs, Alabama (d. 1992)
  • 1939-12-17 Novella Nelson, American actress (Antwone Fisher, Purlie, Chiefs), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1939-12-18 Harold E. Varmus, American scientist (1989 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology for cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes.), born in Oceanside, New York
  • 1939-12-25 Bob James, American smooth jazz keyboardist and composer ("Angela"; "Tappen Zee"), born in Marshall, Missouri
  • 1939-12-27 John Amos, American actor (Good Times; Roots; Coming to America; The West Wing), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1939-12-28 Philip Anschutz, American businessman
  • 1940-01-02 S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
  • 1940-01-05 Michael O'Donoghue, American writer and performer (Saturday Night Live, Scrooged), born in Sauquoit, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1940-01-06 Penny Lernoux, American journalist, born in California (d. 1989)
  • 1940-01-09 Al Downing, American rockabilly piano player and singer (Big Al & The Chartbusters), born in Centralia, Oklahoma (d. 2005)
  • 1940-01-13 Edmund White, American author
  • 1940-01-14 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader & politician (D-Ga), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • 1940-01-23 Jimmy Castor, American pop & funk musician ("Troglodyte (Cave Man)", Jimmy Castor Bunch), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1940-01-27 James Cromwell, American actor (Babe, The Green Mile), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1940-01-31 Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)
  • 1940-02-04 John Schuck, American actor (McMillan & Wife, Holmes & Yoyo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1940-02-08 Ted Koppel, German-American Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist (ABC's Nightline; NPR; CBS), born in Lancashire, England

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 3501 - 3,600 of 4,915

  • 2007-04-16 Kevin Granata, American professor of Engineering (b. 1961)
  • 2007-04-16 Liviu Librescu, American Jewish-Romanian professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (b. 1930)
  • 2007-04-16 Seung-Hui Cho, Korean American murderer (b. 1984), see List of victims of the Virginia Tech massacre
  • 2007-04-17 Kitty Carlisle, American actress and television personality, dies at 96
  • 2007-04-20 Andrew Hill, American jazz pianist, composer and educator, dies at 75
  • 2007-04-23 David Halberstam, American journalist, historian and author (Pulitzer 1964), dies at 73
  • 2007-04-23 Paul Erdman, Canadian-born American economist & author, dies at 74
  • 2007-04-25 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American singer-songwriter ("Monster Mash"), dies from leukemia at 69
  • 2007-04-26 Jack Valenti, American political advisor & film executive, dies at 85
  • 2007-04-28 Robert "Dabbs" Greer, American actor (Gunsmoke, The Green Mile, Little House on Prairie), dies of a kidney and heart ailment at 90
  • 2007-04-28 Tommy Newsom, American saxophonist & bandleader (The Tonight Show), dies at 78
  • 2007-04-30 Gordon Scott [Werschkul], American actor (Tarzan series), dies at 80
  • 2007-04-30 Tom Poston, American actor (Newhart, Mork & Mindy, Steve Allen Show, Newhart), dies from respiratory failure at 85
  • 2007-05-03 Wally Schirra, American astronaut (b. 1923)
  • 2007-05-06 Curtis Harrington, American film director (b. 1926)
  • 2007-05-07 Diego Corrales, American boxer (b. 1977)
  • 2007-05-07 Yahweh ben Yahweh, American cult leader (b. 1935)
  • 2007-05-11 Bernard Gordon, American writer & producer (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers), dies at 88
  • 2007-05-12 Teddy Infuhr, American former child actor (The Bishop's Wife, They Live By Night), dies at 70
  • 2007-05-14 Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (b. 1908)
  • 2007-05-15 Jerry Falwell, American TV evangelist, founder of Liberty University, dies at 73
  • 2007-05-15 Yolanda King, American actress and activist, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1955)
  • 2007-05-25 Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor, comedian and gameshow panelist (Match Game, Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies at 76
  • 2007-05-27 Ed Yost, American inventor of the modern hot air balloon and known as "Father of the Modern Day Hot-Air Balloon.", dies at 87
  • 2007-05-27 Gretchen Wyler, American actress, dancer (Silk Stockings), and animal rights activist, dies at 75
  • 2007-05-29 Posteal Laskey, American convicted murderer widely believed to be the Cincinnati Strangler, dies of natural causes (b. 1938)
  • 2007-06-01 Arn Shein, American sports writer (editor The Daily Item 1949-74), dies at 78
  • 2007-06-04 Craig L. Thomas, American politician (Senator-R-Wyoming 1995-2007, Rep-R-Wyoming 1989-95), dies of Leukemia at 74
  • 2007-06-04 Freddie Scott, American singer and songwriter ("Cry To Me"), dies at 74
  • 2007-06-04 Jim Clark, American sheriff and segregationist (b. 1922)
  • 2007-06-08 Richard Rorty, American postanalytic, pragmatic philosopher (b. 1931)
  • 2007-06-11 Imre Friedmann, American scientist (b. 1921)
  • 2007-06-11 Mary Ellen "Mala" Powers, American actress (Cyrano de Bergerac, The Wild Wild West), dies of leukaemia at 75
  • 2007-06-12 Don Herbert, American scientist and TV host (Watch Mr Wizard), dies at 89
  • 2007-06-14 Robin Olds, American fighter pilot (b. 1922)
  • 2007-06-15 "Sensational" Sherri Martel, American professional wrestler (WWF), dies of an overdose at 49
  • 2007-06-15 Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist and socialite (b. 1950)
  • 2007-06-17 Serena Wilson, American belly dancer (b. 1933)
  • 2007-06-21 Bob Evans, American restaurateur (b. 1918)
  • 2007-06-23 Rod Beck, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1993, 94, 97; San Francisco Giants), dies from a drug overdose at 38
  • 2007-06-25 J. Fred Duckett, American sports announcer and teacher, dies at 74

Liz ClaiborneLiz Claiborne (1929-2007)

2007-06-26 American fashion designer, entrepreneur and founder of Liz Claiborne Inc, dies of cancer at 78

  • 2007-06-28 Eugene B. Fluckey, American Navy submariner, dies at 93
  • 2007-06-29 Joel Siegel, American film critic (b. 1943)
  • 2007-07-02 Beverly Sills [Belle Miriam Silverman], American operatic soprano, dies of lung cancer at 78
  • 2007-07-03 (Homer) "Boots" Randolph, American session saxophonist ("Yakety Sax"), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 80
  • 2007-07-04 Bill Pinkney, American bass vocalist (Drifters - "Ruby Baby"), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 2007-07-05 Kerwin Mathews, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2007-07-09 Charles Lane, American actor (b. 1905)
  • 2007-07-10 Doug Marlette, American editorial cartoonist (Kudzu), dies at 57
  • 2007-07-11 Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States (b. 1912)
  • 2007-07-18 George Caiazzo, American professional wrestler
  • 2007-07-18 Jerry Hadley, American opera singer, dies of an air rifle inflicted brain injury at 55
  • 2007-07-20 Tammy Faye Bakker (Messner), American Christian singer and former wife of Jim Bakker (The PTL Club), dies at 65
  • 2007-07-23 Ron Miller, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1933)
  • 2007-07-23 Tor Kamata, American/Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1937)
  • 2007-07-24 Albert Ellis, American psychologist, dies at 93
  • 2007-07-24 Chaney Kley, American Actor (b. 1972)
  • 2007-07-25 Jesse Marunde, American Strongman competitor, dies at 27
  • 2007-07-26 Skip Prosser, American basketball coach (only coach to take 3 schools to NCAA Tournament in first year; Loyola [MD], Xavier, Wake Forest), dies from heart attack at 56
  • 2007-07-29 Marvin Zindler, American television reporter (b. 1921)
  • 2007-07-29 Tom Snyder, American television and radio interviewer (The Tomorrow Show, 1973-82), and news anchor (NBC Weekend News), dies of complications from leukemia at 71
  • 2007-08-02 Chauncey Bailey, American journalist and editor, murdered while investigating a crime syndicate at 57
  • 2007-08-04 Lee Hazlewood, American country singer and songwriter ("Summer Wine"; "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'"), dies of renal cancer at 78
  • 2007-08-08 Melville Shavelson, American film director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1917)
  • 2007-08-09 Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer and photojournalist, dies at 85
  • 2007-08-10 Henry Cabot Lodge Bohler, American member of Tuskegee Airmen and civil rights activist (b. 1925)
  • 2007-08-12 Merv Griffin, American television host and game show creator, dies at 82
  • 2007-08-12 Mike Wieringo, American comic book artist (b. 1963)
  • 2007-08-13 Brian Adams, aka Demolition Crush, American professional wrestler (b. 1964)
  • 2007-08-13 Brooke Astor, American philanthropist and socialite, dies at 105
  • 2007-08-15 John Gofman, American Manhattan Project scientist and advocate (b. 1918)
  • 2007-08-16 Max Roach, American percussionist, drummer, and composer (b. 1924)
  • 2007-08-20 Larry Hartsell, American martial artist, bodyguard, trainer, student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto, dies at 65
  • 2007-08-20 Leona Helmsley, American real estate billionaire and convicted of federal income tax evasion, dies at 87
  • 2007-08-21 Elizabeth P. Hoisington, American Brigadier General (one of the first two women to attain the rank of brigadier general), dies at 88
  • 2007-08-23 Robert Symonds, American actor and associate director of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, dies at 80
  • 2007-08-24 Aaron Russo, American political activist, movie producer and director (Trading Places, Wise Guys, The Rose), dies of cancer at 64
  • 2007-08-28 Arthur Jones, American inventor of the Nautilus exercise machines (b. 1926)
  • 2007-08-28 Hilly Kristal, American Founder of CBGB/Punk rock legend (b. 1932)
  • 2007-08-28 Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese-American actress (Katsumi-Sayonara, Mrs Livingston-Courtship of Eddie's Father), dies at 78
  • 2007-08-28 Paul MacCready, American aeronautical engineer and inventor (1st man-powered aircraft), dies at 81
  • 2007-08-29 Alfred Peet, Dutch-American entrepreneur and the founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea (b. 1920)
  • 2007-08-30 Charles Vanik, American politician (b. 1918)
  • 2007-08-31 Gay Brewer, American golfer (US Masters 1967), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • 2007-09-03 Steve Fossett, American adventurer (1st person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon,) disappears while flying at 63
  • 2007-09-05 D. James Kennedy, American televangelist (b. 1930)
  • 2007-09-05 Jennifer Dunn, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington), dies at 66
  • 2007-09-05 Paul Gillmor, American politician (Rep-R-Ohio 1989-2007), dies at 68
  • 2007-09-06 Madeleine L'Engle, American writer of young adult fiction, novelist, and poet (Wrinkle in Time and sequels; Ilsa; Lines Scribbled on an Envelope), dies at 88
  • 2007-09-09 Hughie Thomasson, American guitarist, singer, and songwriter (Outlaws - "Green Grass and High Tides"; Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1996-2005), dies of a heartt attack at 55

Jane WymanJane Wyman (1917-2007)

2007-09-10 American Academy Award-winning actress (Johnny Belinda; Magnificent Obsession) and 1st wife of Ronald Reagan, dies of natural causes at 90

  • 2007-09-11 Gene Savoy, American author and cleric (b. 1927)
  • 2007-09-15 Brett Somers [Audrey Johnston], Canadian-American actress (The Odd Couple - "Blanche Madison"), and TV personality (Match Game), dies of cancer at 83
  • 2007-09-21 Alice Ghostley, American stage and screen actress (Bewitched, 1969-72 - "Esmeralda"; Designing Women, 1986-93 - "Bernice"), and singer dies of colon cancer and stroke complications at 84
  • 2007-09-21 Rex Humbard, American television evangelist (Cathedral of Tomorrow), dies at 88
  • 2007-09-26 Bill Wirtz, American longtime Chicago Blackhawks owner, dies at 77
  • 2007-09-26 Dorothy Schwartz, American violinist (Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra), dies at 94

Al OerterAl Oerter (1936-2007)

2007-10-01 American discus thrower (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64, 68), dies of heart failure aged 71

  • 2007-10-06 Bud Ekins, American stuntman (b. 1930)