United States of America in History (Part 39)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 3801 - 3,900 of 9,878

  • 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 and guitarist (Velvet Underground), 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
  • 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), born in Colby, Kansas
  • 1942-03-28 Daniel Dennett, American philosopher, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1942-03-31 Michael Savage [Michael A Wiener], American talk radio host and commentator, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1942-04-03 Wayne Newton, American singer and entertainer (Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1942-04-04 Kris Jensen, American musician (Torture), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1942-04-09 Brandon De Wilde, American actor (Jamie, Wild in the Sky), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942-04-15 Francis X. DiLorenzo, American Catholic prelate, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1942-04-15 Kenneth Lay, American CEO and Chairman of Enron, born in Tyrone, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1942-04-19 Jack Roush, American racing entrepreneur (founder, CEO, and co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing), born in Covington, Kentucky

Person of interestBarbra Streisand

1942-04-24 Barbra Streisand, American singer, actress and award winner (People), born in Brooklyn, New York

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1942-05-03 Dave Marash, American television journalist, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1942-05-03 Butch Otter, American politician, 32nd governor of Idaho, born in Caldwell, Idaho

Person of interestTammy Wynette

1942-05-05 Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], American country singer (Stand by your Man), born in Itawamba County, Mississippi (d. 1998)

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

Person of interestGary Kildall

1942-05-19 Gary Kildall, American computer scientist and entrepreneur who created the CP/M operating system, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1994)

Computer Scientist Gary Kildall
Computer Scientist
Gary Kildall
  • 1942-05-20 Carlos Hathcock, American Marine sniper (d. 1999)

Person of interestTed Kaczynski

1942-05-22 Ted Kaczynski, American serial killer and terrorist known as the "Unabomber", born in Evergreen Park, Illinois

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • 1942-05-27 Lee Baca, American law enforcement official
  • 1942-05-28 Stanley B. Prusiner, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1942-06-06 Howie Kane [Howard Kirshenbaum], American rocker (Jay and the Americans)
  • 1942-06-12 Len Barry [Leonard Borisoff], American rocker (1-2-3-Dovells), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1942-06-18 Carl Radle, American bass guitarist (Derek and the Dominoes), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1980)
  • 1942-06-21 Togo West Jr., American attorney and public official (3rd Secretary of Veterans Affairs 1998-2000), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • 1942-06-21 Henry S. Taylor, American writer at poet (Pulitzer 1986 for Poetry), born in Lincoln, Virginia

Person of interestWillis Reed

1942-06-25 Willis Reed, American NBA hall of fame MVP center/coach (NY Knicks), born in Hico, Louisiana

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed
  • 1942-06-29 Larry Snyder, American jockey, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1942-07-01 Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • 1942-07-10 Ronnie James Dio [Ronald James Padavona], American singer, songwriter and musician (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (d. 2010)
  • 1942-07-13 Roger [Jim] McGuinn, American musician (the Byrds), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942-07-28 Marty Brennaman, American sportscaster
  • 1942-07-29 Tony Sirico, American actor
  • 1942-08-03 Mary Ann Esposito, American chef and TV host (Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1942-08-06 George Jung [Boston George], American convicted drug felon whose story was portrayed in the biopic "Blow", born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1942-08-07 B. J. Thomas, American singer (Raindrops, Growing Pains Theme), born in Hugo, Oklahoma
  • 1942-08-07 Tobin Bell, American actor, born in Queens, New York
  • 1942-08-15 Larry Hartsell, American martial artist, bodyguard, trainer, student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto, born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1942-08-24 Max Cleland, American politician (U.S. Senator from Georgia), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1942-08-29 James Glennon, American cinematographer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2006)
  • 1942-09-04 Jerry Jarrett, American professional wrestling promoter, born in Nashville, Tennessee

Person of interestRay Floyd

1942-09-04 Raymond Floyd, American golfer (4-time major title winner), born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd

Person of interestRoy DeMeo

1942-09-07 Roy DeMeo, American gangster (Gambino crime family), born in Brooklyn, New York

Gangster Roy DeMeo
Gangster
Roy DeMeo
  • 1942-09-11 Lola Falana [Loletha Elayne], American singer and actress (Golden Boy, A Man Called Adam), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1942-09-11 Gerome Ragni, American playwright and songwriter (Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1942-09-15 Lee Dorman, American bassist (Iron Butterfly), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1942-09-19 Freda Payne, American singer and actress, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1942-09-28 Marshall Bell, American actor
  • 1942-09-29 Bill Nelson, American politician
  • 1942-10-04 Karl W. Richter, American aviator (d. 1967)
  • 1942-10-07 Joy Behar [Occhiuto], American actress and comedian (The View), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942-10-19 Andrew Vachss, American author and attorney
  • 1942-10-22 Bobby Fuller, Baytown, Texas, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Bobby Fuller Four)
  • 1942-10-27 Lee Greenwood, American country singer (God Bless the USA), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942-10-29 Bob Ross, American artist and television host, born in Daytona Beach, Florida (d. 1995)

Person of interestRobert F. Engle

1942-11-10 Robert F. Engle, American economist (Nobel 2003 - for methods of analyzing economic time series with time-varying volatility (ARCH)), born in Syracuse, New York

Economist Robert F. Engle
Economist
Robert F. Engle
  • 1942-11-19 Sharon Olds, American poet
  • 1942-11-20 Bob Einstein, American comedian (Officer Judy, Super Dave Osborne), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1942-11-21 Afa Anoa'i, Samoan-American wrestler
  • 1942-11-22 Guion Bluford, Col USAF, NASA astronaut (STS 8, 61A, 39, 53) 1st African American in space, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1942-11-27 Henry Carr, American athlete (200m/4x400m Olympic gold 1964), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1942-11-27 Michael Devlin, American bass-baritone, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942-11-29 Maggie Thompson, American magazine editor
  • 1942-12-07 Harry Chapin, American rock vocalist (Taxi, Cat's in the Cradle), born in New York City, New York
  • 1942-12-13 Anna Eshoo, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • 1942-12-16 Donald Carcieri, American politician, governor of Rhode Island
  • 1942-12-27 Charmian Carr, American actress (The Sound of Music), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1942-12-30 Robert Quine, American guitarist, born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1943-01-01 Jimmy Hart, American pro wrestling manager (WWF, WCW; Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Ted DiBiase and Jim Neidhart ), born in Jackson, Mississippi

Person of interestDoris Kearns Goodwin

1943-01-04 Doris Kearns Goodwin, American historian and writer (Team of Rivals, No Ordinary Time), born in Brooklyn, New York

Writer and Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin
Writer and Historian
Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • 1943-01-13 Richard Moll, American actor (Night Court, House, Dungeonmaster, Survivor), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1943-01-17 Chris Montez [Ezekiel Montanez], American guitarist & singer (Let's Dance; Call Me), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943-01-17 Geoffrey Deuel, American actor, born in Lockport, New York
  • 1943-01-18 Kay Granger, American politician, born in Greenville, Texas

Person of interestJanis Joplin

1943-01-19 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1970)

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • 1943-01-23 Jimmy Castor, American pop & funk musician (Troglodyte (Cave Man), Jimmy Castor Bunch), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1943-01-23 Gary Burton, American jazz vibraphonist, composer, and educator, born in Anderson, Indiana

Person of interestSharon Tate

1943-01-24 Sharon Tate, American actress (Valley of the Dolls), born in Dallas, Texas

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • 1943-01-25 Tobe Hooper, American film director, born in Austin, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1943-01-26 Jean Knight [Jean Caliste], American soul, funk and R&B singer (Mr Big Stuff), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1943-01-30 Sandy Deane, American rocker (Jay and the Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943-02-03 Dennis Edwards, American lead singer of The Temptations (Papa was a Rollin' Stone), born in Fairfield, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1943-02-04 Ken Thompson, American computer scientist
  • 1943-02-06 Fabian [Fabiano Anthony Forte], American vocalist (Turn Me Loose, Tiger), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestJoseph Stiglitz

1943-02-09 Joseph Stiglitz, American economist and Nobel laureate (asymmetric information), born in Gary, Indiana

Economist Joseph Stiglitz
Economist
Joseph Stiglitz
  • 1943-02-14 Aaron Russo, American political activist, movie producer and director (Trading Places, Wise Guys, The Rose), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1943-02-19 Lou Christie [Lugee Sacco], American singer-songwriter (Lightning Striking Again), born in Glenwillard, Pennsylvania
  • 1943-02-19 Homer Hickam, American author and retired NASA engineer
  • 1943-02-21 David Geffen, American record producer (Geffen Records, Asylum) and film studio executive (DreamWorks SKG), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943-02-24 Terry Semel, American business executive
  • 1943-02-27 Morten Lauridsen, American composer, born in Colfax, Washington
  • 1943-02-28 Charles Bernstein, American composer
  • 1943-03-01 Gil Amelio, American venture capitalist

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 3801 - 3,900 of 4,973

  • 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 & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & 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)
  • 2008-10-15 Edie Adams [Edith Enke], American businesswoman, singer, actress and comedian (Murial Cigar), dies at 81
  • 2008-10-15 Jack Narz, American TV game show host (Dotto, Video Village), dies at 85
  • 2008-10-17 Levi Stubbs, American baritone singer (Four Tops), dies at 72
  • 2008-10-18 Dee Dee Warwick, American soul singer (b. 1945)
  • 2008-10-19 Mr. Blackwell, American fashion critic, dies at 86
  • 2008-10-19 Rudy Ray Moore, American comedian and actor (Dolemite) (b. 1937)
  • 2008-10-24 Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist (b. 1943)
  • 2008-10-25 Anne Pressly, American news anchor (b. 1982)
  • 2008-10-26 Tony Hillerman, American writer (b. 1925)
  • 2008-10-26 Delmar Watson, American child actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Heidi, Annie Oakley), dies at 82
  • 2008-10-29 Mike Baker, American singer Shadow Gallery (b. 1963)
  • 2008-11-01 Nathaniel Mayer, American soul musician (b. 1944)
  • 2008-11-01 Shakir Stewart, American music producer (b. 1974)

Person of interestMichael Crichton

2008-11-04 Michael Crichton, American author, dies at 66

  • 2008-11-17 Pete Newell, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Uni of San Francisco, Michigan State Uni; NCAA men's C'ship 1959, Cal Berkeley; Olympic gold 1960), dies at 93
  • 2008-11-17 George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison
  • 2008-11-22 MC Breed, American hip hop artist (b. 1971)
  • 2008-11-26 Edna Parker, American supercentenarian, the oldest person in the world following the death of Yone Minagawa of Japan on August 13, 2007, dies at 115
  • 2008-11-26 De'Angelo Wilson, American actor (b. 1979)
  • 2008-12-01 Paul Benedict, American actor (Harry-Jeffersons), dies at 70
  • 2008-12-02 Kathleen Baskin-Ball, American United Methodist Pastor
  • 2008-12-02 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
  • 2008-12-03 Robert Zajonc, Polish-American social psychologist (b. 1923)
  • 2008-12-05 Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, An American in Paris), dies from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome at 84
  • 2008-12-07 Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • 2008-12-08 Robert Prosky, Polish-American actor and comedian (Christine, Thief), dies at 77

Person of interestBettie Page

2008-12-11 Bettie Page, American pinup model considered the 'Queen of Pinups' and the 'Dark Angel', dies at 85

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page
  • 2008-12-11 Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (b. 1960)
  • 2008-12-12 Van Johnson, American actor (Brigadoon) always wore red socks, dies at 92
  • 2008-12-18 Majel Barrett, American actress and producer (Star Trek), and the widow of Gene Roddenberry, dies at 76
  • 2008-12-18 Mark Felt, the infamous "Deep Throat", American FBI official and whistle blower during the Watergate Scandal dies aged 95
  • 2008-12-19 Kenny Cox, American jazz musician (b. 1940)
  • 2008-12-19 Dock Ellis, American baseball pitcher (b. 1945)
  • 2008-12-19 Carol Chomsky, American linguist and education specialist (b. 1930)

Person of interestSamuel P. Huntington

2008-12-24 Samuel P. Huntington, American political scientist (The Clash of Civilizations) and presidential adviser, dies at 81

Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser Samuel P. Huntington
Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser
Samuel P. Huntington
  • 2008-12-25 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, comedian, actress and activist (Catwoman-Batman), dies at 81
  • 2008-12-27 Delaney Bramlett, American rocker (Shindogs, Delaney & Bonnie), dies at 69
  • 2008-12-31 Donald E. Westlake, American author (The Hunter), dies at 75
  • 2009-01-03 Martin Patterson "Pat" Hingle, American actor (Hang 'em High, Splendor in the Grass, Batman Returns), dies of myelodysplastic syndrome at 84
  • 2009-01-05 Ned Tanen, American movie executive (b. 1931)
  • 2009-01-08 Richard John Neuhaus, Canadian-American Christian writer and editor (b. 1936)
  • 2009-01-13 Patrick McGoohan, American-born Irish actor, writer, and director (The Prisoner, Secret Agent/ Danger Man), dies at 80
  • 2009-01-13 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)
  • 2009-01-16 Joe Erskine, American boxer and long distance runner (b. 1930)
  • 2009-01-16 Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (Christina's World), dies at 91
  • 2009-01-18 Bob May, American actor (b. 1939)
  • 2009-01-20 David Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed "Fathead" (b. 1933)
  • 2009-01-23 Robert W. Scott, American politician, governor of North Carolina (b. 1929)
  • 2009-01-25 Kim Manners, American television producer and director (b. 1951)
  • 2009-01-27 John Updike, American Novelist (b. 1932)
  • 2009-01-28 Billy Powell, American musician and keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynyrd-That Smell, Freebird), dies at 56
  • 2009-02-10 Jeremy Lusk, American freestyle motocross racer (b. 1984)
  • 2009-02-11 Estelle Bennett, American singer (Ronettes), dies at 67
  • 2009-02-11 Willem J Kolff, Dutch-American Physician and Biomedical Engineer (artificial kidney, hemodialysis), dies at 97
  • 2009-02-20 Larry H. Miller, American businessman and owner of the Utah Jazz (b. 1944)
  • 2009-02-25 Philip José Farmer, American sci-fi writer (Riverworld) dies aged 91

Person of interestPaul Harvey

2009-02-28 Paul Harvey, American news commentator and radio broadcaster (Rest of the story), dies at 90

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey
  • 2009-03-04 Joseph Bloch, American concert pianist and professor of piano literature (b. 1917)
  • 2009-03-04 John Cephas, American Piedmont blues guitarist (b. 1930)
  • 2009-03-04 Horton Foote, American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-winning screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 2009-03-11 Charles Lewis, Jr., American businessman, promoter and entertainer
  • 2009-03-13 Betsy Blair [Elizabeth Boger], American actress (Marty, A Double Life), dies at 85
  • 2009-03-13 James Purdy, American author (Malcolm), dies at 94
  • 2009-03-14 Altovise Davis, American entertainer, best known as Sammy Davis, Jr.'s third wife. (b. 1943)
  • 2009-03-15 Ron Silver, American actor (Reversal of Fortune, Timecop), dies of cancer at 62
  • 2009-03-20 Mel Brown, American/Canadian Blues Guitarist (b. 1939)
  • 2009-03-27 Jack Dreyfus, American businessman (b. 1913)
  • 2009-03-29 Andy Hallett, American actor and singer (b.1975)
  • 2009-04-10 Deborah Digges, American poet (b. 1950)
  • 2009-04-13 Harry Kalas, American sportscaster, dies at 73
  • 2009-04-17 Honoré Desmond Sharrer, American artist (Tribute to the American Working People), dies aged 88
  • 2009-04-25 John Marchi, American politician (b. 1921)
  • 2009-04-25 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (All in the Family, The Golden Girls), dies at 86
  • 2009-04-27 Frankie Manning, American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop, dies at 94
  • 2009-05-02 Jack Kemp, former United States Congressman and 1996 Vice Presidential Candidate (b. 1935)
  • 2009-05-04 Dom Deluise, American comedian, actor (b. 1933)
  • 2009-05-08 Bud Shrake, American writer (b. 1931)
  • 2009-05-13 Frank Aletter, American character actor (Mac-It's About Time, Tom-Nancy), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 2009-05-18 Dolla [Roderick Anthony Burton II], American rapper, dies at21
  • 2009-05-18 Wayne Allwine, American voice actor, dies at 62
  • 2009-05-19 Robert F. Furchgott, American pharmacologist (Nobel 1998), dies at 92
  • 2009-05-19 Herbert York, American physicist (b. 1921)