United States of America in History (Part 38)

Historical Events

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 3701 - 3,800 of 9,878

  • 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, American musician (Jay and the Americans)
  • 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)

Person of interestWilson Pickett

1941-03-18 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer (Funky Broadway), born in Prattville, Alabama (d. 2006)

R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter
Wilson Pickett
  • 1941-03-18 John W. Derr, American politician
  • 1941-03-20 Carlos Lopez snr, American jockey
  • 1941-03-22 Billy Collins, American poet
  • 1941-03-23 Jim Trelease, American educator and children's literature author
  • 1941-03-30 Robert "Bob" Smith, American politician, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1941-04-03 Jan Berry, American rock and roll vocalist (Jan and Dean), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1941-04-03 Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping, born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • 1941-04-03 Philippé Wynne, American soul singer (I'll Be Around), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • 1941-04-09 Kay Adams, American country singer, 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, 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)
  • 1941-04-28 K. Barry Sharpless, American chemist (Nobel 2001-developing the first chiral catalysts), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1941-05-03 Edward Malloy, 16th president of the University of Notre Dame, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941-05-04 George Will, American political analyst (Night Line), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1941-05-08 James A Traficant Jr, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1985-2002), born in Youngstown, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • 1941-05-08 John Fred [Gourrier], American performer (Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1941-05-17 Ben Nelson. American politician
  • 1941-05-17 Grace Zabriskie, American actress
  • 1941-05-20 John Strasberg, American actor

Person of interestBob Dylan

1941-05-24 Bob Dylan [Robert Zimmerman], American singer-songwriter (Blowin' in Wind, The Times They Are a-Changin') and cultural icon, born in Duluth, Minnesota

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • 1941-05-31 Louis J. Ignarro, American pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate

Person of interestSpalding Gray

1941-06-05 Spalding Gray, American actor (Beaches, Clara's Heart, Heavy Petting), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2004)

Person of interestRobert Kraft

1941-06-05 Robert Kraft, American owner of the New England Patriots, born in Brookline, Massachusetts

Business Magnate and NFL Owner Robert Kraft
Business Magnate and NFL Owner
Robert Kraft
  • 1941-06-06 Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-born American journalist, born in Scotland (d. 2012)
  • 1941-06-10 Mickey Jones, American musician and actor (Home Improvement, Justified), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1941-06-15 Harry Nilsson, American singer-songwriter and rock vocalist (Everybody's Talkin', One, Without You), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1941-06-21 Joe Flaherty, American-Canadian actor (Freaks and Geeks), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1941-06-23 Robert Hunter, American lyricist and singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead), born in Arroyo Grande, California (d. 2019)
  • 1941-06-28 Joseph Goguen, American computer scientist (professor of Computer Science at the University of California and University of Oxford) (d. 2006)
  • 1941-07-01 Alfred G. Gilman, American scientist (1994 Nobel laureate for G-protein discoveries), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1941-07-01 Myron Scholes, Canadian-American financial economist (Nobel 1997), born in Timmins, Ontario
  • 1941-07-04 Brian Willson, American peace activist, born in New York
  • 1941-07-04 Sergio Oliva, American body builder (The Myth, IFBB Mr. Olympia, 1967-9), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2012)
  • 1941-07-10 David G. Hartwell, American editor and anthologist, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1941-07-12 Joseph Whipp, American actor (Escape from Alcatraz), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1941-07-14 Maulana Karenga, American author and activist
  • 1941-07-18 Lonnie Mack, American rocker (Baby What's Wrong), born in Aurora, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1941-07-24 Barbara Love, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestEmmett Till

1941-07-25 Emmett Till, American lynching victim, born in Chicago, Illinois

Murder Victim Emmett Till
Murder Victim
Emmett Till
  • 1941-07-26 Darlene Love [Wright], American singer (He's a Rebel), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941-08-02 Doris Coley, American singer (The Shirelles), born in Goldsboro, California (d. 2000)

Person of interestMartha Stewart

1941-08-03 Martha Stewart, American business magnate and TV personality who founded Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, born in Jersey City, New Jersey

Business Magnate and TV Personality Martha Stewart
Business Magnate and TV Personality
Martha Stewart
  • 1941-08-27 Harrison Page, American actor
  • 1941-08-30 Ben Jones, American politician and actor (The Dukes of Hazzard), born in Tarboro, North Carolina
  • 1941-08-31 William DeWitt, Jr., American businessman
  • 1941-09-08 Donald "Dante" Drowty, American singer (The Evergreens), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestBernie Sanders

1941-09-08 Bernie Sanders, American politician and Senator (Independent - Vt), born in Brooklyn, New York

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • 1941-09-09 Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist (created C programming language, helped developed Unix), born in Bronxville, New York (d. 2011)

Person of interestStephen Jay Gould

1941-09-10 Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist and popular science writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Stephen Jay Gould
  • 1941-09-16 Joe Butler, American rock vocalist and drummer (Lovin' Spoonful), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • 1941-09-16 Richard Perle, American political advisor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1941-09-21 Tony Moon, American rock songwriter (Dante & the Evergreens), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941-09-21 Jack Brisco, American pro wrestler (NWA World Heavyweight Champion 1973–75), born in Seminole, Oklahoma (d. 2010)
  • 1941-09-22 Jeremiah Wright, American pastor
  • 1941-10-02 Ron Meagher, American rock bassist (The Beau Brummels), born in Oakland, California

Person of interestChubby Checker

1941-10-03 Chubby Checker [Ernest Evans], American singer-songwriter (The Twist, Limbo Rock), born in Spring Gully, South Carolina.

Singer and Dancer Chubby Checker
Singer and Dancer
Chubby Checker
  • 1941-10-04 Roy Blount, Jr., American writer
  • 1941-10-10 Peter Coyote [Rachmil Pinchus Ben Mosha Cohon], American actor (ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941-10-11 Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpeter, born in Frederick, Maryland (d. 1999)
  • 1941-10-11 Charles Shyer, American film director (Private Benjamin), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941-10-23 Mel Winkler, American actor (Devil in a Blue Dress), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2020)
  • 1941-10-24 William H. Dobelle, American biomedical engineer (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013 nominee), born in Massachusetts (d. 2004)
  • 1941-10-25 Anne Tyler, American writer (Accidental Tourist), born in Hennepin County, Minnesota
  • 1941-10-27 Dick Trickle, American race car driver, born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (d. 2013)
  • 1941-10-28 Curtis Lee, American singer (Pretty Little Angel Eyes), born in Yuma, Arizona (d. 2015)
  • 1941-10-28 Glen Moore, American jazz bassist and composer, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1941-10-30 Otis Williams [Otis Miles], American singer and songwriter (The Temptations), born in Texarkana, Texas
  • 1941-10-31 Dan Alderson, American scientist
  • 1941-11-05 Art Garfunkel, American singer and actor (Simon and Garfunkel, Carnal Knowledge), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941-11-06 Guy Clark, American country singer (Heartbroke), born in Monahans, Texas (d. 2016)

Person of interestTom Fogerty

1941-11-09 Tom Fogerty, American rocker (Creedence Clearwater Revival), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1990)

Rocker Tom Fogerty
Tom Fogerty
  • 1941-11-22 Tom Conti, Scottish actor (Reuben, Reuben, American Dreamer), born in Paisley Scotland
  • 1941-11-22 Jesse Colin Young, American musician
  • 1941-11-26 Susanne Marsee, American mezzo-soprano, born in San Diego, California
  • 1941-12-09 Dan Hicks, American singer and songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1941-12-12 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction), born in Troy, New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1941-12-14 Ellen Willis, American journalist and feminist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1941-12-18 Wadada Leo Smith, American trumpeter and composer (Divine Love), born in Leland, Mississippi
  • 1941-12-23 Tim Hardin, American singer (If I Were a Carpenter, Reason to Believe), born in Eugene, Oregon (d. 1980)
  • 1941-12-23 Ron Bushy, American musician, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1942-01-08 Yvette Mimieux, American actress (Time Machine, Where the Boys Are), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestMuhammad Ali

1942-01-17 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2016)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1942-01-17 Nancy Parsons, American actress, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2001)
  • 1942-01-21 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter (Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me) and actor (North Dallas Forty), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1942-01-24 Gary Hart, American professional wrestling manager & wrestler, born in Ottawa, Kansas (d. 2008)
  • 1942-01-27 John Witherspoon, American actor (Friday), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2019)
  • 1942-02-05 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1942-02-06 Sarah Brady, American gun-control activist, born in Kirksville, Missouri
  • 1942-02-06 James Loewen, American sociologist & historian, born in Decatur, Illinois

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 3701 - 3,800 of 4,974

  • 2008-01-09 Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (b. 1923)
  • 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, American composer and music theorist (b. 1925)
  • 2008-01-18 John Stroger, first African-American Cook County Board President (b. 1929)
  • 2008-01-19 Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (b. 1937)
  • 2008-01-19 John Stewart, American musician (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1939)
  • 2008-01-22 Roberto Gari, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2008-01-22 Miles Lerman, Polish-American activist (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 Tom Lantos, member of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1928)
  • 2008-02-11 Frank Piasecki, American aeronautical designer and helicopter aviation pioneer, dies at 88
  • 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 Buddy Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag), dies of congestive heart disease at 60
  • 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
  • 2008-02-27 Boyd Coddington, American automobile designer (b. 1944)
  • 2008-03-04 Leonard Rosenman, American composer (Rebel Without A Cause; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), 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, an American serial killer (b. 1940)
  • 2008-03-16 Gary Hart, American professional wrestling manager and wrestler (b. 1942)
  • 2008-03-16 G. David Low, American astronaut (b. 1956)
  • 2008-03-24 Chalmers "Spanky" Alford‎, American guitarist (b. 1955)
  • 2008-03-24 Richard Widmark, American actor (Madigan, Murder on the Orient Express, Judgement at Nuremberg), dies complications following a fall at 93
  • 2008-03-24 Hal Riney, American advertising executive (b. 1932)
  • 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 (b .1911)

Person of interestCharlton Heston

2008-04-05 Charlton Heston, American actor (The Ten Commandments, 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 Jerry Zucker, Israeli-born American businessman (b. 1949)
  • 2008-04-12 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), dies at 83
  • 2008-04-16 Joseph Solman, American painter
  • 2008-04-20 VL Mike, American Rapper (b. 1976)
  • 2008-04-21 Al Wilson, American singer (Show and Tell, The Snake), dies of kidney failure at 68
  • 2008-05-02 Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (Iris-Another World, Guiding Light), dies at 72
  • 2008-05-05 Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (co-founded the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain), dies at 90
  • 2008-05-11 Dottie Rambo, American gospel singer, dies at 74
  • 2008-05-12 Robert Rauschenberg, American artist (b. 1925)
  • 2008-05-13 Ron Stone, American television reporter (b. 1936)
  • 2008-05-18 Joseph Pevney, American television director, dies at 96
  • 2008-05-22 Robert Asprin, American author (b. 1946)
  • 2008-05-24 Dick Martin [Thomas Richard], American actor and comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Carbon Copy), dies of respiratory complications at 86
  • 2008-05-25 J. R. Simplot, American potato farmer (b. 1909)

Person of interestSydney Pollack

2008-05-26 Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (Out of Africa, Tootsie) dies at 73

Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
  • 2008-05-28 Robert Justman, American television producer (b. 1926)
  • 2008-05-29 Harvey Korman, American actor (The Carol Burnett Show, Blazing Saddles), dies at 81
  • 2008-05-29 Dianne Odell, American medical figure (b. 1947)
  • 2008-05-30 Lorenzo Odone, American medical figure (b. 1978)
  • 2008-06-02 Bo Diddley, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 2008-06-02 Mel Ferrer, American actor (Longest Day, Eaten Alive, 5th Floor), dies at 90
  • 2008-06-07 Jim McKay, American sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), dies at 86
  • 2008-06-09 Algis Budrys, American writer (b. 1931)

Person of interestTim Russert

2008-06-13 Tim Russert, American television host, NBC News Meet the Press moderator, dies at 58

Television Journalist Tim Russert
Television Journalist
Tim Russert
  • 2008-06-15 Stan Winston, American special effects and makeup artist, and film director (b. 1946)
  • 2008-06-17 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 86
  • 2008-06-18 Tasha Tudor, American illustrator and children's books author (Pumpkin Moonshine, Corgiville Fair), dies at 92
  • 2008-06-21 Scott Kalitta, American drag racer (b. 1962)
  • 2008-06-22 George Carlin, American comedian, actor (b. 1937)
  • 2008-06-22 Dody Goodman, American comedienne (Mary Hartman!, Max Duggan), dies at 93
  • 2008-06-27 Michael Turner, American comic book artist (b. 1971)
  • 2008-06-29 Don S. Davis, American actor and artist (b. 1942)
  • 2008-07-03 Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (b. 1925)
  • 2008-07-04 Jesse Helms, American politician (b. 1921)
  • 2008-07-04 Thomas M. Disch, American sci-fi author (b. 1940)
  • 2008-07-04 Evelyn Keyes, American actress (Gone with the Wind), dies at 91
  • 2008-07-06 Bobby Durham, American jazz drummer (b. 1937)
  • 2008-07-07 Bruce Conner, American artist (b. 1933)
  • 2008-07-07 Dorian Leigh, American supermodel and icon of the fashion industry, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 91
  • 2008-07-12 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (5-time MLB All Star), dies of brain cancer at 62
  • 2008-07-16 Jo Stafford, American singer of traditional pop music (b. 1917)
  • 2008-07-17 Larry Haines [Hecht], American actor (The Odd Couple, Search for Tomorrow), dies at 89
  • 2008-07-20 Artie Traum, American guitarist (b. 1943)

Person of interestEstelle Getty

2008-07-22 Estelle Getty, American actress (The Golden Girls, The Golden Palace), dies of Lewy body disease at 84

Actress Estelle Getty
Estelle Getty
  • 2008-07-24 Norman Dello Joio, American composer (b. 1913)
  • 2008-07-25 Randy Pausch, American professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, known for his "Last Lecture" (b. 1960)
  • 2008-07-25 Tracy Hall, American inventor (b. 1919)
  • 2008-08-03 Skip Caray, American TV and radio broadcaster (b. 1939)
  • 2008-08-07 Bernie Brillstein, American talent agent/manager and producer (b. 1931)
  • 2008-08-08 Orville Moody, American golfer (US Open 1969), dies of multiple myeloma at 74
  • 2008-08-09 Bernie Mac, American comedian, actor.(b. 1957)
  • 2008-08-10 Isaac Hayes, American musician and composer (Shaft), dies at 65
  • 2008-08-12 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, dies at 81
  • 2008-08-13 Bill Gwatney, American political figure (b. 1959)
  • 2008-08-13 Dino Toso, American Formula-1 engineer (b. 1969)
  • 2008-08-13 Jack Weil, American oldest working CEO (b. 1901)
  • 2008-08-13 Sandy Allen, American second-tallest woman in the world (b. 1955)
  • 2008-08-15 James Orthwein, American businessman