United States of America in History (Part 38)

Historical Events

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 3701 - 3,800 of 9,829

  • 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 - "Surf City"), 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 (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, 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 The Wind"; "The Times They Are A-Changin'"; "Positively Fourth Street") 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 drummer (Trini Lopez; The First Edition; Bob Dylan), and actor (Home Improvement: Tin Cup; Justified), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1941-06-15 Harry Nilsson, American pop and rock singer-songwriter ("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 (d. 1955)

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 - "Just My Imagination"), born in Texarkana, Texas
  • 1941-10-31 Dan Alderson, American scientist (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and sci-fi fandom figure, (d. 1989)
  • 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 singer songwriter (Youngbloods; Song For Juli), born in Queens, New York
  • 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"; "Black Sheep Boy"; "Reason to Believe"), born in Eugene, Oregon (d. 1980)
  • 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 (d, 2020) [1]
  • 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
  • 1942-02-12 Rick Frank, American drummer (Elephant's Memory)
  • 1942-02-13 Peter Tork [Thorkelson], American musician and actor (The Monkees), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2019)
  • 1942-02-14 Andrew Robinson, American actor

Person of interestMitch McConnell

1942-02-20 Mitch McConnell, American politician, (Senator-R-KY, 1985-, and Senate Majority Leader 2015- ), born in Sheffield, Alabama

US Senator Mitch McConnell
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
  • 1942-02-27 Robert H. Grubbs, American chemist & Nobel Prize laureate, born in Marshall County, Kentucky
  • 1942-03-02 Lou Reed, American rock vocalist, songwriter and guitarist (Velvet Underground - "Sweet Jane"; "Walk On The Wild Side"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1942-03-06 Ben Murphy, Jonesboro, Arkansas, American actor (Name of the Game, Alias Smith and Jones)
  • 1942-03-07 Charles R. Boutin, American politician (Maryland), born in Troy, New York
  • 1942-03-11 Charles Swan, American actor
  • 1942-03-13 Dave Cutler, American software engineer, born in Lansing, Michigan
  • 1942-03-28 Samuel Ramey, American operatic bass (La Scala, 1981- ; Metropolitan, 1984-), born in Colby, Kansas

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 3701 - 3,800 of 4,945

  • 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 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 (The Naked City; Night And The City; Rififi), blacklisted during McCarthy era, dies at 96

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 [Michael Allen], American rapper, shot to death by unknown assailant at 32
  • 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 when her tour bus crashes 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; High Anxiety), 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 [Ellas McDaniel], American rock guitarist dies of heart failure at 79
  • 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, Mary Hartman - "Martha Shumway"; 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 [Nicodemo DeGioio], American classical composer (Choreography: Three Dances for Strings), dies at 95
  • 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)
  • 2008-08-03 Erik Darling, American folk musician (Rooftop Singers), dies at 74
  • 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
  • 2008-08-15 Leroy Sievers, American journalist
  • 2008-08-19 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), dies at 46
  • 2008-08-20 Stephanie Tubbs Jones, American politician (b. 1949)
  • 2008-08-21 Jerry Finn, American record producer (b. 1969)
  • 2008-08-23 John Russell, British-born American art critic and author
  • 2008-08-28 Phil Hill, American race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1927)
  • 2008-08-31 Jerry Reed, American country music singer (When You're Hot, You're Hot) and actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), dies of complications from emphysema at 71
  • 2008-08-31 Ike Pappas, American news correspondent (b. 1933)
  • 2008-09-01 Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (b. 1940)
  • 2008-09-02 Bill Meléndez, American character animator (b. 1916)
  • 2008-09-03 Donald Blakeslee, American aviator who led 4th Fighter Group during World War II, dies at 90
  • 2008-09-07 Don Haskins, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Texas El Paso 1961-99; NCAA Tournament 1966), dies at 78
  • 2008-09-09 Warith Deen Muhammad, American religious leader (b. 1933)
  • 2008-09-12 David Foster Wallace, American author and essayist (b. 1962)

Person of interestPaul Newman

2008-09-26 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), racing car driver and charity food company founder (Newman's Own), dies of lung cancer at 83

Actor and Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor and Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • 2008-10-01 Nick Reynolds, American folk musician (The Kingston Trio), dies at 75
  • 2008-10-08 Eileen Herlie [Herlihy], Scottish-American actress (All My Children, The Angel with the Trumpet), dies of complications from pneumonia at 90
  • 2008-10-09 Gidget Gein, American musician (Marilyn Manson band), dies at 39
  • 2008-10-14 Richard Cooey, American murderer and rapist (executed) (b. 1967)