United States of America in History (Part 37)

Historical Events

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 3601 - 3,700 of 9,760

  • 1940-02-08 Ted Koppel, American journalist (ABC Nightline), born in Lancashire, England
  • 1940-02-10 Jimmy Merchant, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers - "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940-02-12 Richard Lynch, American actor (Xaviar-Battlestar Galactica), (d. 2012)

Smokey Robinson

1940-02-19 [William] Smokey Robinson, American soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles - "You Really Got A Hold On Me"; "Tears Of A Clown"; "My Girl"), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1940-02-24 Pete Duel [Deuel], American stage and screen actor (Gidget; Love on a Rooftop; Alias Smith and Jones), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1940-02-28 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Games People Play"; "Walk A Mile In My Shoes"), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)

Mario Andretti

1940-02-28 Mario Andretti, Italian American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1969; F1 World Champion 1978), born in Montona, Italy

  • 1940-03-01 Robert Grossman, American illustrator, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2018)

Chuck Norris

1940-03-10 Chuck Norris [Carlos Ray], American martial arts actor (Missing in Action), born in Ryan, Oklahoma

  • 1940-03-15 Margo Coleman, American advice columnist
  • 1940-03-17 Mark White, American politician, lawyer, and 43rd Governor of Texas (1983-7), born in Henderson, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1940-03-21 Solomon Burke [McDonald], American soul singer ("Cry To Me"; Diamond In Your Mind"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1940-03-22 Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian-American obstetrician, author, refugee and actor (The Killing Fields), born in Samrong Yong, Cambodia (d. 1996)
  • 1940-03-23 Luis Gasca, American jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn player, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1940-03-26 James Caan, American actor (Brian's Song; The Godfather; Rollerball; Misery; Elf), born in The Bronx, New York (d, 2022)
  • 1940-03-27 Janis Martin, American rockabilly and country singer, born in Sutherlin, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 1940-04-04 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (Somethin' Else), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)
  • 1940-04-12 John Hagee, American pastor and televangelist, born in Goose Creek, Texas
  • 1940-04-14 Patricia Bruder, American actress (Ellen-As the World Turns), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1940-04-19 Genya Ravan, American vocalist (Goldie & the Gingerbreads, Ten Wheel Drive), born in Łódź, Poland
  • 1940-04-23 Michael Copps, Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1940-04-24 Sue Grafton, American author of detective novels ("A" Is for Alibi), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • 1940-05-03 David Koch, American businessman and philanthropist (Koch Industries billionaire), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1940-05-04 Robin Cook, American physician and novelist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1940-05-06 Murry Sidlin, American conductor (National Symphony, 1973-77; Long Beach Symphony, 1980-88), arranger (Defiant Requiem), and educator, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1940-05-07 Jim Connors, American Radio personality, born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 1987)
  • 1940-05-10 Wayne A. Downing, retired United States Army general
  • 1940-05-10 Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Your Erroneous Zones; Universe Within You), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)

Alan Kay

1940-05-17 Alan Kay, American computer scientist (GUI design and object-oriented programming), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

  • 1940-05-26 Levon Helm, American drummer and singer (The Band - "Up On Cripple Creek"; "The Weight"), and actor (Coal Miner's Daughter; The Right Stuff), born in Elaine, Arkansas (d. 2012)
  • 1940-05-31 Elfi Mikesch, Austrian cinematographer (Erotique, Out of America, Malina), born in Judenburg, Austria
  • 1940-05-31 Gilbert Shelton, American underground comics illustrator

George Akerlof

1940-06-17 George Akerlof, American economist (The Market for Lemons) and 2001 Nobel laureate, born in New Haven, Connecticut

  • 1940-06-25 Mary Beth Peil, American actress and singer (Mirrors, Dawson's Creek, The Stepford Wives), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • 1940-06-30 Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer and songwriter, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1940-07-03 Lamar Alexander, American politician (U.S. Senator from Tennessee), born in Maryville, Tennessee
  • 1940-07-04 Karolyn Grimes, American actress (It's a Wonderful Life, The Bishop's Wife), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1940-07-05 Chuck Close, American painter and photographer, born in Monroe, Washington
  • 1940-07-06 Jeannie Seely, American country music singer (Don't Touch Me), born in Titusville, Pennsylvania
  • 1940-07-10 Helen Donath, American soprano, born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1940-07-17 Phyllis Davis, Port Arthur Tx, actress (Love American Style, Vega$)

Alex Trebek

1940-07-22 Alex Trebek, Canadian-American Emmy Award-winning TV game show host (Jeopardy, 1984-2020; High Rollers, 1974-80), born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2020)

  • 1940-07-22 Judith Walzer Leavitt, American college professor
  • 1940-07-24 Dan Hedaya, American actor (Cheers, Marvin's Room, Clueless), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1940-07-24 Stanley Hauerwas, American theologian
  • 1940-07-26 Dobie Gray [Lawrence Brown], American musician and singer ("Drift Away"), born in Simonton, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1940-07-30 Pat Schroeder, American politician (Rep-D-Colorado, 1973-97), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1940-08-15 Rita Shane, American soprano, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1940-08-20 Rubén Hinojosa, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), born in Edcouch, Texas
  • 1940-08-26 Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (d. 2008)
  • 1940-08-27 (Warren Harding) "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist (Last Exit), born on Ossining, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1940-08-28 Ken Jenkins, American actor (Scrubs - Dr. Bob Kelso), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1940-08-29 Earl Gros, American NFL running back (Green Bay), born in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1940-09-21 Bill Kurtis, American newscaster (American Parade), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1940-09-23 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, born in Washington D. C. (d. 2002)
  • 1940-10-04 Alberto Vilar, Cuban-American investor and philanthropist
  • 1940-10-13 (Farrell) "Pharoah" Sanders, American jazz saxophonist (John Coltrane groups; "Karma"), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2022) [1]
  • 1940-10-18 Cynthia Weil, American songwriter ("We Got Get Out Of This Place"; "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940-10-20 Robert Pinsky, American poet and Poet Laureate of the United States, born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • 1940-10-28 Susan Harris, American television writer and producer (It Takes Two), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • 1940-11-01 Barry Sadler, American soldier, singer, and songwriter ("The Ballad Of The Green Berets"), born in Carlsbad, New Mexico (d. 1989)
  • 1940-11-06 Ruth Messinger, Manhattan Borough President and President of the American Jewish World Service, born in NYC, New York
  • 1940-11-15 Sam Waterston, American actor (Capricorn One, Heaven's Gate), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1940-11-21 Richard Marcinko, American author
  • 1940-12-03 Jeffrey R. Holland, American religious leader
  • 1940-12-04 Gary Gilmore, American murderer, born in McCamey, Texas (d. 1977)
  • 1940-12-11 Donna Mills, American actress (Knots Landing, Incident), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940-12-13 Steve Harmon, American actor (Ens Pulver-Mr Roberts), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1940-12-24 Sharon Farrell, American actress (Lori-Hawaii 5-0, Young & Restless), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1940-12-26 Edward C. Prescott, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • 1940-12-28 Alvin Singleton, American composer ("After Fallen Crumbs"; "Shadows"), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1941-01-21 Ivan Putski, Polish-born American professional wrestler

Neil Diamond

1941-01-24 Neil Diamond, American singer-songwriter ("Sweet Caroline"; "I'm A Believer"; "Solitary Man"), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1941-01-25 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1941-01-25 Gregory Sierra, American stage and screen actor (Barney Miller - "Chano"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1941-01-30 Gregory Benford, American author & scientist, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1941-01-31 Jessica Walter, American actress (Play Misty For Me, Arrested Development), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941-02-03 Neil Bogart, American record executive (d. 1982)
  • 1941-02-08 Nick Nolte, American actor (The Thin Red Line, 48 Hrs), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1941-02-14 Donna Shalala, American educator
  • 1941-02-24 Joanie Sommers, American singer and actress
  • 1941-02-28 Alice May Brock, American author
  • 1941-02-28 Marty Sanders [Kupersmith], American rock guitarist (Jay and the Americans - "This Magic Moment"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941-03-02 David Satcher, Amdniral and 16th United States Surgeon General (1998-2001), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • 1941-03-09 Ernesto Miranda, American litigant, conviction on kidnapping, rape, and armed robbery charges, born in Mesa, Arizona (d. 1976)
  • 1941-03-18 John W. Derr, American politician

Wilson Pickett

1941-03-18 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer ("In The Midnight Hour"; "Funky Broadway"), born in Prattville, Alabama (d. 2006)

  • 1941-03-20 Carlos Lopez snr, American jockey
  • 1941-03-22 Billy Collins, American poet (Poet Laureate of the United States 2001-2003), born in New York City
  • 1941-03-23 Jim Trelease, American educator and children's literature author
  • 1941-04-03 Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping, born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • 1941-04-03 Jan Berry, American rock and roll vocalist (Jan and Dean - "Surf City"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1941-04-03 Philippé Wynne, American soul singer ("I'll Be Around"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • 1941-04-09 (Princetta) Kay Adams, American country singer ("I Cried At Your Wedding,"; "Little Pink Mack"), born in Knox City, Texas
  • 1941-04-10 Paul Theroux, American travel book writer and novelist (Mosquito Coast), born in Medford, Massachusetts
  • 1941-04-11 Ellen Goodman, American political columnist (Pulitzer 1980), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1941-04-13 Michael Stuart Brown, American geneticist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1985), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941-04-23 Michael Lynne, American film producer (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941-04-26 John Mitchell, American classical composer, organist, church music director, and opera coach, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1941-04-27 Jennings Michael Burch, American writer (They Cage the Animals at Night), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2013)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 3601 - 3,700 of 4,918

  • 2007-10-01 Al Oerter, American discus thrower (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64, 68), dies of heart failure aged 71
  • 2007-10-06 Bud Ekins, American stuntman (b. 1930)
  • 2007-10-07 George E. Sangmeister, American politician (Rep-D-Illinois 1989-95), dies at 76
  • 2007-10-09 Enrico Banducci, American nightclub owner (b. 1922)
  • 2007-10-11 David Lee "Tex" Hill, World War Two fighter pilot, flying ace, 1st American Volunteer Group (b. 1915)
  • 2007-10-13 Tom Dawes, American rock musician and composer who wrote music for commercial jingles ("Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” for Alka-Seltzer and “7Up, the Uncola”), dies at 64
  • 2007-10-14 Big Moe [Kenneth Doniell Moore], American rapper (Screwed Up Click), dies of a heart attack at 33
  • 2007-10-17 Joey Bishop, American entertainer, member of the Rat Pack (b. 1918)
  • 2007-10-17 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer (Put Another Nickel In), dies at 76
  • 2007-10-18 Vincent DeDomenico, American entrepreneur (b. 1915)
  • 2007-10-18 William J. Crowe, American admiral and ambassador (b. 1925)
  • 2007-10-19 Randall Forsberg, American nuclear freeze advocate, dies at 64
  • 2007-10-19 Yolanda "LaLa" Brown, American R&B singer, shot and killed by an unknown gunman at a Milwaukee recording studio at 21
  • 2007-10-26 Dr. Arthur Kornberg, American Nobel Prize laureate in 1959 for the discovery of DNA polymerase (b. 1918)
  • 2007-10-26 Friedman Paul Erhardt, German-American TV chef (Chef Tell), dies at 63
  • 2007-10-28 Porter Wagoner, American country singer, discovered Dolly Parton ("Y'All Come"; "A Satisfied Mind"), dies of lung cancer at 80
  • 2007-10-30 John Woodruff, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 92

Robert Goulet

2007-10-30 Robert Goulet, American Tony and Grammy Award-winning singer, stage and screen actor (Camelot - ""If Ever I Would Leave You"), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 73

  • 2007-10-30 Washoe, chimpanzee trained in American Sign Language (b. 1965)
  • 2007-11-02 Lillian Ellison, American professional wrestler (b. 1923)
  • 2007-11-04 Peter Viertel, German-American author and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2007-11-06 Hank Thompson, American country music singer (The Brazos Valley Boys), dies at 82
  • 2007-11-07 Earl Dodge, American politician (Prohibition Party) (b. 1932)
  • 2007-11-10 Augustus F. Hawkins, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1963-75), dies at 100
  • 2007-11-10 Laraine Day [La Raine Johnson], American actress (Dr. KIldaire, Foreign Correspondent), dies at 87
  • 2007-11-12 Ira Levin, American author (Rosemary Baby, Boys From Brazil, This Perfect Day), dies at 78
  • 2007-11-13 Montague "Monty" Westmore, American 3rd generation make-up artist (Westmore family), dies of prostate cancer at 84
  • 2007-11-16 Harold Alfond, American businessman and founder of Dexter Shoe Company, dies at 93
  • 2007-11-19 Dick Wilson, British-American actor, dies at 91
  • 2007-11-19 Kevin DuBrow, American heavy metal singer (Quiet Riot), dies of an overdose at 53
  • 2007-11-26 Silvestre Herrera, Mexican-born American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient. (b. 1917)
  • 2007-11-27 Robert Cade, American physician and inventor of Gatorade, dies at 80
  • 2007-11-29 Henry Hyde, American politician (Rep (R) Illinois (1975-2007), dies at 83

Evel Knievel

2007-11-30 Robert "Evel" Knievel, American motorcycle daredevil (Snake River Canyon), dies of pulmonary disease at 69

  • 2007-12-04 Pimp C. [Chad Butler], American rapper (Underground Kingz), dies of overuse of prescription cough syrup and sleep apnea at 33
  • 2007-12-05 Andrew Imbrie, American contemporary classical composer, and pianist, dies at 86
  • 2007-12-11 Grace Paley, American poet, political activist and teacher (1970 Arts & Letters Award), dies of breast cancer at 84
  • 2007-12-12 Ike Turner, American musician ("Rocket 88"; Ike and Tina Turner - "A Fool in Love"; "Proud Mary"), dies of cocaine overdose at 76
  • 2007-12-13 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, American actor (b. 1936)
  • 2007-12-15 John Berg, American actor (Star Trek: Nemesis), takes his own life at 58
  • 2007-12-16 Dan Fogelberg, American rocker (Same Old Lang Syne), dies at 56
  • 2007-12-18 Bill Strauss, American writer on generations, satirist, and founder of the Capitol Steps (b. 1947)
  • 2007-12-18 Jack Linkletter, American TV host (Haggis Baggis, Hootenanny), dies at 70
  • 2007-12-20 Nataline Sarkisyan, American medical patient (b. 1990)
  • 2007-12-21 Ken Hendricks, American businessman (b. 1941)
  • 2007-12-23 Michael Kidd, American film and stage choreographer (b. 1915)
  • 2007-12-23 William Francis Ganong, American physiologist (b. 1924)
  • 2007-12-26 John A. Garraty, American biographer (b. 1920)
  • 2007-12-26 Stu Nahan, American Sportscaster (b. 1926)
  • 2007-12-31 Bill Idelson, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2007-12-31 Kathryn Ish, American actress (b. 1936)
  • 2007-12-31 Michael Goldberg, American painter (b. 1924)
  • 2008-01-01 Harold Corsini, American photographer, dies from a stroke at 88
  • 2008-01-02 Lee S. Dreyfus, American politician, dies at 81
  • 2008-01-04 Joyce Carlson, American artist (b. 1923)
  • 2008-01-08 Clyde Otis, American songwriter and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • 2008-01-09 Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer, and "unofficial mayor" of Hollywood, dies at 84
  • 2008-01-10 Christopher Bowman, American figure skater (b. 1967)
  • 2008-01-10 Maila Nurmi [Syrjäniemi], Finnish-American actress (The Vampira Show), dies at 85
  • 2008-01-15 Brad Renfro, American actor (The Client), dies of heroin overdose at 25
  • 2008-01-17 Allan Melvin, American character actor (Brady Bunch, All in Family), dies of cancer at 84
  • 2008-01-18 Frank Lewin, German-American composer and music theorist (Yale, 1971-92), dies at 82
  • 2008-01-18 John Stroger, first African-American Cook County Board President (b. 1929)
  • 2008-01-19 John Stewart, American pop-folk singer, guitsrist, banjo player (Kingston Trio, 1961-67), and songwriter ("Daydream Believer"), dies of a stroke at 68
  • 2008-01-19 Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (b. 1937)
  • 2008-01-22 Miles Lerman, Polish-American activist (b. 1920)
  • 2008-01-22 Roberto Gari, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2008-01-25 Christopher Allport, American actor (To Live and Die in L.A.), dies at 60
  • 2008-01-29 Raymond Jacobs, American soldier (b. 1925)
  • 2008-02-06 John McWethy, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • 2008-02-07 Leona Wood, American painter and dancer dies aged 86
  • 2008-02-10 Roy Scheider, American actor (Jaws, The French Connection, Marathon Man, Paper Lion), dies at 75
  • 2008-02-10 Steve Gerber, American comics writer (b. 1947)
  • 2008-02-11 Frank Piasecki, American aeronautical designer and helicopter aviation pioneer, dies at 88
  • 2008-02-11 Tom Lantos, American politician (Rep-D-California 1981-2008), dies at 80
  • 2008-02-12 Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (b. 1907)
  • 2008-02-21 Ben Chapman, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2008-02-24 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music ("Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?"), dies at 60
  • 2008-02-25 Static Major, American singer (b. 1974)
  • 2008-02-26 (George) "Buddy" Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag; Band of Gypsies), dies of congestive heart disease at 60
  • 2008-02-27 Boyd Coddington, American automobile designer (b. 1944)
  • 2008-02-27 Myron Cope, American sports broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • 2008-02-27 William F. Buckley Jr, American conservative author and commentator (National Review, Firing Line), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 2008-03-04 Leonard Rosenman, American Academy and Emmy Award-winning film and television composer (Rebel Without A Cause; Star Trek IV; Bound for Glory; Sybill), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 2008-03-05 Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American professor of computer science (b.1923)
  • 2008-03-10 Richard Fran Biegenwald, American serial killer (b. 1940)
  • 2008-03-16 G. David Low, American astronaut (b. 1956)
  • 2008-03-16 Gary Hart, American professional wrestling manager and wrestler (b. 1942)
  • 2008-03-24 Chalmers "Spanky" Alford‎, American guitarist (b. 1955)
  • 2008-03-24 Hal Riney, American advertising executive (b. 1932)
  • 2008-03-24 Richard Widmark, American actor (Madigan, Murder on the Orient Express, Judgement at Nuremberg), dies complications following a fall at 93
  • 2008-03-25 Ben Carnevale, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • 2008-03-26 Robert Fagles, American translator and professor (b. 1933)
  • 2008-03-26 Wally Phillips, American radio personality (b. 1925)
  • 2008-03-31 Jules Dassin, American film director (The Naked City; Night And The City; Rififi), blacklisted during McCarthy era, dies at 96

Charlton Heston

2008-04-05 Charlton Heston [John Carter], American actor (The Ten Commandments; Ben-Hur; Planet of Apes)Ben-Hur), dies at 84

  • 2008-04-08 Stanley Kamel, American actor (b. 1943)
  • 2008-04-11 Merlin German, United States Marine
  • 2008-04-12 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), dies at 83