United States of America in History (Part 40)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 3901 - 4,000 of 9,758

  • 1943-06-08 Willie Davenport, American bobsledder and track athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1968), born in Troy, Alabama (d. 2002)
  • 1943-06-16 Joan Van Ark, American actress and director (Valene-Dallas, Knots Landing), born in NYC, New York

Barry Manilow

1943-06-17 Barry Manilow [Pincus], American pop singer, and piano player ("Mandy": "Daybreak"; "I Write The Songs"; "Copacabana"), born in New York City

  • 1943-06-17 Burt Rutan, American aerospace engineer, born in Estacada, Oregon
  • 1943-06-23 Vinton (Vint) Cerf, American Internet pioneer, Turing Award laureate
  • 1943-06-26 John Beasley, American actor (Everwood), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Little Eva

1943-06-29 Little Eva [Boyd], American pop singer ("The Loco-motion"; "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby"), born in Belhaven, North Carolina (d. 2003)

  • 1943-07-01 Jeff Wayne, American-British musician and composer, born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York
  • 1943-07-03 Kurtwood Smith, American actor (That '70s Show- "Red"; Robocop; 24), born in New Lisbon, Wisconsin
  • 1943-07-05 (Jaime) "Robbie" Robertson, Canadian-Native American singer-songwriter and rock guitarist (The Band - "The Weight"; "Up On Cripple Creek"), and soundtrack composer (Martin Scorsese films), born in Toronto, Ontario [1]
  • 1943-07-07 Joel Siegel, American film critic (d. 2007)

Arthur Ashe

1943-07-10 Arthur Ashe, American tennis player (US Open 1968, Australian Open 1970, Wimbledon & WCT Finals 1975; Davis Cup 1963, 68, 69, 70), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1993)

  • 1943-07-12 Walter Murch, American film editor and sound engineer (Apocalypse Now), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943-07-14 Harold Wheeler, American pianist, music director, composer, and orchestrator, born in St. Louis, Missouri

Jimmy Johnson

1943-07-16 Jimmy Johnson, American NFL coach (National C'ship Uni of Miami 1987; Super Bowl 1992, 93 Dallas Cowboys; Miami Dolphins), born in Port Arthur, Texas

  • 1943-07-23 Randall Forsberg, American nuclear freeze advocate, born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 2007)
  • 1943-07-25 Roy Acuff Jr., American country musician ("Looks Like baby's Gone"), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1943-07-28 Mike Bloomfield, American blues guitarist/singer (Analine), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1943-07-31 Sab Shimono, Japanese-American actor (Jackie Chan Adventures), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1943-08-05 Sammi Smith, American country music singer ("Help Me Make It Through The Night"), born in Orange County, California (d. 2005)
  • 1943-08-06 Jon Postel, American computer scientist (d. 1998)

Ken Norton

1943-08-09 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer who had 3 famous fights with Muhammad Ali, born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 2013)

  • 1943-08-10 Michael Mantler, American trumpeter and composer
  • 1943-08-11 Abigail Folger, American heiress and Manson murder victim (d. 1969)
  • 1943-08-15 Eni Faleomavaega, American-Samoan politician (3rd Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa), born in Vailoatai, American Samoa (d. 2017)
  • 1943-08-17 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues singer, and guitarist, born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2002)
  • 1943-08-21 Hugh Wilson, American director, writer and actor (Blast from the Past, Frank's Place), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2018)
  • 1943-08-23 Nelson DeMille, American action adventure and suspense novels author (Plum Island), born in Jamaica, Queens, New York
  • 1943-09-01 Don Stroud, American actor (Coogan's Bluff; The Buddy Holly Story), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1943-09-08 Adelaide C. Eckardt, American politician, born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • 1943-09-09 Art LaFleur, American actor
  • 1943-09-10 "Superstar" Billy Graham [Eldridge Coleman], American professional wrestler, WWF Heavyweight Champion (1977-8), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1943-09-10 Daniel Truhitte, American actor (The Sound of Music - "Rolfe"), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1943-09-10 Neale Donald Walsch, American author (Conversations with God), born in Milwaulkee, Wisconsin
  • 1943-09-16 James Alan MacPherson, American writer, 1st black writer to win Pulitzer Prize, born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 2016)

Joe Morgan

1943-09-19 Joe Morgan, American Baseball HOF infielder (10 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1975, 76; NL MVP 1975, 76; Cincinnati Reds) and broadcaster (ESPN), born in Bonham, Texas (d. 2020)

  • 1943-09-22 Toni Basil [Antonia Basilotta], American singer (Mickey), and choreographer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943-09-25 Robert Gates, American statesman (22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1943-09-28 Warren Lieberfarb, American media executive
  • 1943-09-29 Gary Boyd Roberts, American genealogist
  • 1943-10-02 Franklin Rosemont, American poet, artist and co-founder of the Chicago Surrealist Group, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943-10-06 Michael Durrell, American actor (Shannon, V, Alice, Chiefs), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943-10-09 Mike Peters, American cartoonist (Mother Goose and Grimm), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1943-10-10 Frederick Barthelme, American author (There Must be Some Mistake), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1943-10-13 Mike Barnicle, American broadcast journalist and newspaper columnist, born in Worchester, Massachusetts

Penny Marshall

1943-10-15 Penny Marshall, American actress (The Odd Couple; Laverne & Shirley), and director (Big; Awakenings; A League of Their Own), and producer (Cinderella Man), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2018)

  • 1943-10-21 Paula Kelly, American dancer and actress (Night Court - "Liz"), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1943-11-05 Friedman Paul Erhardt, German-American TV chef (Chef Tell), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 2007)

Michael Spence

1943-11-07 Michael Spence, Canadian-American economist (Nobel 2001 - dynamics of information flows and market development), born in Montclair, New Jersey

  • 1943-11-07 Stephen Greenblatt, American literary historian and author (The Swerve: How the World Became Modern), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1943-11-09 Lee Graziano, American rock drummer (American Breed), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943-11-10 Saxby Chambliss, American politician (U.S. Senator from Georgia 2003-15), born in Warrenton, North Carolina
  • 1943-11-14 Peter Norton, American software engineer
  • 1943-11-17 Lauren Hutton [Mary], model/actress (American Gigolo), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1943-11-21 Phil Bredesen, American politician

Billie Jean King

1943-11-22 Billie Jean King, American tennis player (12 Grand Slam singles titles, 39 Grand Slam titles), born in Long Beach, California

  • 1943-11-22 Peter Adair, American documentary filmmaker (Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives), born in Los Angeles County, California (d. 1996)
  • 1943-11-26 Marilynne Robinson, American writer (Gilead), born in Sandpoint, Idaho
  • 1943-11-29 Sue Miller, American author (While I Was Gone), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943-11-30 Jerry Hunt, American experimental composer and video artist, born in Waco, Texas (d. 1993)
  • 1943-12-02 Wayne Allard, American politician (U.S. Senator from Colorado 1997-2009), born in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • 1943-12-07 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), born in Kansas City Missouri (d. 2015)

Jim Morrison

1943-12-08 Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, born in Melbourne, Florida (d. 1971)

  • 1943-12-09 Kenny Vance [Rosenberg], American musician (Jay and the Americans - "Come a Little Bit Closer"; "This Magic Moment"; The Planotones), and producer (Beaver Bown), born in Brooklyn, NYC

John Kerry

1943-12-11 John Kerry, US Secretary of State (2013-17) and 2004 presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, born in Aurora, Colorado

  • 1943-12-15 Kathleen Blanco, American politician, 1st female Governor of Louisiana (2004-08), born in New Iberia, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1943-12-18 Bobby Keys, American session and touring saxophonist, born in Slaton, Texas (d. 2014)
  • 1943-12-19 Ross M. Lence, American political scientist (d. 2006)
  • 1943-12-22 Paul Wolfowitz, American political scientist & diplomat, born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1943-12-23 Elizabeth Hartman, American actress (A Patch of Blue, Beguilled), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 1987)

John Denver

1943-12-31 (Henry) John Denver [Deutschendorf], American pop songwriter ("Leaving On A Jet Plane"), country-pop singer ("Sunshine On My Shoulders"; "Calypso"; "Thank God I'm A Country Boy"), and actor (Oh, God!), born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 1997)

  • 1944-01-09 Ian Hornak, American artist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1944-01-10 Frank Sinatra, Jr., American singer and bandleader, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1944-01-14 Marjoe Gortner, American evangelist (Marjoe) and actor (Earthquake; Falcon Crest), born in Long Beach, California [1]
  • 1944-01-14 Nina Totenberg, American journalist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1944-01-19 Peter Lynch, American investor
  • 1944-01-26 Angela Davis, African American activist, author and professor, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944-02-01 Mike Enzi, American accountant, and politician (US Senator from Wyoming (R), 1997-2021), born in Bremerton, Washington (d. 2021)
  • 1944-02-02 Karen Foss, American broadcaster
  • 1944-02-10 Frank Keating, American politician
  • 1944-02-10 Rufus Reid, American jazz double bassist composer, and educator, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1944-02-11 Bert Greene, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1969 3rd), born in Gray, Georgia
  • 1944-02-20 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1944-02-22 Robert Kardashian, American lawyer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1944-02-23 John Sandford, American novelist
  • 1944-02-23 Johnny Winter [John Dawson], American blues guitarist (Silver Train), born in Leland Miss, (d. 2014)
  • 1944-02-24 Sheila Larkin, American actress (Deborah-Storefront Lawyer), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944-02-25 Karen Grassle, American actress (Caroline-Little House on Prairie), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1944-03-04 Bobby Womack, American R&B singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer ("It's All Over Now"; "Woman's Got to Have It"; "Across 110th Street"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • 1944-03-05 Roy Gutman, American journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • 1944-03-07 Stanley Schmidt, American science fiction writer and editor, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1944-03-24 R. Lee Ermey, American actor (Full Metal Jacket- Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), born in Emporia, Kansas (d. 2018)
  • 1944-03-28 Ken Howard, American actor (Ken - The White Shadow), born in El Centro California (d. 2016)
  • 1944-04-13 Susan Davis, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from California (D), 2001-21), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1944-04-19 James Heckman, American economist (Nobel Prize 2000), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944-04-22 Steve Fossett, American adventurer (1st person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon), born in Jackson, Tennessee (disappeared 2007)
  • 1944-04-28 Alice Waters, American chef (Chez Panisse, farm-to-table movement), born in Chatham Borough, New Jersey
  • 1944-04-28 Elizabeth LeCompte, American theater director (founding member of The Wooster Group), born in New Jersey
  • 1944-04-29 Richard Kline, American actor and director, born in New York City
  • 1944-05-04 Peggy Santiglia, American singer-songwriter (Angels), born in Belleville, New Jersey

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 3901 - 4,000 of 4,918

  • 2009-09-14 Jody Powell, American press secretary to Jimmy Carter, dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 2009-09-14 Patrick Swayze, American actor (Ghost), dancer (Dirty Dancing), and songwriter, dies of pancreatic cancer at 57

Mary Travers

2009-09-16 Mary Travers, American folk singer (Peter Paul & Mary), dies of leukemia at 72

  • 2009-09-17 Leon Kirchner, American contemporary classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), dies of congestive heart failure at 90
  • 2009-09-23 Paul B. Fay, American businessman and cabinet member in the Kennedy administration (b. 1918)
  • 2009-09-24 Susan Atkins, American murderer (b. 1948)

William Safire

2009-09-27 William Safire, American political columnist (NY Times) and speech writer (Nixon), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79

  • 2009-10-07 Irving Penn, American fashion and fine art photographer. dies at 92
  • 2009-10-12 Dickie Peterson American heavy metal bassist (Blue Cheer), dies of liver cancer at 63
  • 2009-10-13 Stephen Barnett, American legal scholar who opposed the Newspaper Preservation Act of 1970 (b. 1935)
  • 2009-10-14 "Captain" Lou Albano, American professional wrestler, 1953-69, wrestler manager (1969-95), and actor (Cyndi Lauper music videos; Super Mario Brothers), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 2009-10-17 Vic Mizzy, American composer and band leader (themes to Green Acres and The Addams Family), dies at 93
  • 2009-10-18 Nancy Spero, American feminist artist, dies at 83
  • 2009-10-19 Howard Unruh, American spree killer (b. 1921)
  • 2009-10-22 Don Lane, American-born Australian television personality (b. 1933)
  • 2009-10-22 Soupy Sales [Milton Supman], American comedian, television, and radio personality, dies from cancer at 83
  • 2009-10-26 George Na'ope, Hawaiian-American musician, dancer and heritage preservationist, dies of cancer at 81
  • 2009-10-26 Teel Bivins, American politician (b. 1947)
  • 2009-11-06 Ron Sproat, American TV writer and playwright (Dark Shadows), dies at 77
  • 2009-11-10 John Allen Muhammad, American spree killer (b. 1960)
  • 2009-11-24 Hale Smith, American composer, dies at 84
  • 2009-12-04 Eddie Fatu, Samoan-American professional wrestler (b. 1973)
  • 2009-12-07 Mark Ritts, American actor (b. 1946)
  • 2009-12-09 Gene Barry [Eugene Klass], American actor (The Atomic City, Bat Masterson), dies of congestive heart failure at 90
  • 2009-12-15 Oral Roberts, American television evangelist and author (b. 1918)
  • 2009-12-16 Roy E. Disney, American businessman (b. 1930)

Jennifer Jones

2009-12-17 Jennifer Jones [Phyllis Isley], American actress (Farewell to Arms), dies of natural causes at 90

  • 2009-12-19 Kim Peek, American prodigious savant and inspiration for the 1988 film Rain Man, dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2009-12-20 Arnold Stang, American comedian and actor (Broadside, Milton Berle, Top Cat), dies at 91
  • 2009-12-20 Brittany Murphy, American actress (Drop Dead Gorgeous), dies at 32
  • 2009-12-23 Robert L. Howard, highly decorated officer of the United States Army (b. 1939)
  • 2009-12-24 George Michael, American sportscaster (The George Michael Sports Machine) (b. 1939)
  • 2009-12-25 Vic Chesnutt, American singer-songwriter, dies of an overdose of muscle relaxants at 46
  • 2009-12-26 Felix Wurman, American cellist and composer, dies of Cancer at 51
  • 2009-12-28 James Owen Sullivan, American drummer and songwriter (Avenged Sevenfold) dies aged 28
  • 2010-01-03 Mary Daly, American theologian and feminist scholar (b. 1928)
  • 2010-01-04 Casey Johnson, American heiress and socialite (b. 1979)
  • 2010-01-04 Rory Markas, American sportscaster (b. 1955)
  • 2010-01-05 Willie Mitchell, American R&B, pop, and soul singer, songwriter, producer, and arranger, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 2010-01-11 Joe Rollino, American strongman, weightlifter, and boxer (b. 1905)
  • 2010-01-13 Jay Reatard, American garage punk musician (b. 1980)
  • 2010-01-13 Theodore "Teddy" Pendergrass, American singer (Turn Off the Lights), dies of respiratory failure at 59
  • 2010-01-22 Jean Simmons, British actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls), dies at 80
  • 2010-01-24 Pernell Roberts, American actor (Bonanza- "Adam"; Trapper John, M.D.), dies at 81

Howard Zinn

2010-01-27 Howard Zinn, American historian and activist (A People's History of the United States), dies of a heart attack at 87

J. D. Salinger

2010-01-27 J. D. Salinger, American novelist (The Catcher in the Rye), dies at 91

  • 2010-01-27 Zelda Rubinstein, American actress (b. 1933)
  • 2010-02-08 John Murtha, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), dies at 77
  • 2010-02-09 Phil Harris, American fisherman from Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch (b. 1956)
  • 2010-02-09 Walter Frederick Morrison, American inventor (b. 1920)
  • 2010-02-10 Charles Wilson, American politician (b. 1933)
  • 2010-02-10 Fred Schaus, American basketball coach and executive (b. 1925)
  • 2010-02-20 Alexander Haig Jr, American General and 59th Secretary of State (1981-82), dies from a staphylococcal infection at 85
  • 2010-03-04 Angelo Poffo, American professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 2010-03-04 Joanne Simpson, American meteorologist (b. 1923)
  • 2010-03-04 Lolly Vegas [Candido Vasquez], American rock singer (Redbone - "Come And Get Your Love") dies of cancer at 70
  • 2010-03-04 Nan Martin, American actress (b. 1927)
  • 2010-03-04 Roger Newman, British-born American actor and television writer (b. 1940)
  • 2010-03-09 Doris Haddock, American political activist (b. 1910)
  • 2010-03-14 Peter Graves [Aurness], American actor (Mission Impossible, Airplane!, Stalag 17), dies from a heart attack at 83
  • 2010-03-17 Alex Chilton, American rock guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer (Box Tops - "The Letter"; Big Star - "Thirteen"), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 2010-03-18 Fess Parker, American actor (Davy Crockett, Old Yeller), dies at 85
  • 2010-03-20 Liz Carpenter, American feminist writer (b. 1920)
  • 2010-03-20 Stewart Udall, American politician, environmentalist (b. 1920)
  • 2010-03-24 Jim Marshall, American photographer (The Beatles final concert in San Francisco; Woodstock Festival), dies at 74
  • 2010-03-24 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests - "16 Candles"; Brooklyn Bridge), dies at 70
  • 2010-03-24 Robert Culp, American actor, screenwriter, voice actor, and director (I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), dies at 79
  • 2010-03-28 June Havoc Ellen Evangeline Hovick], Canadian-born American stage and screen actress, dies at 97
  • 2010-03-30 Jaime Escalante, Bolivian-born American high school teacher at Garfield High School (b. 1930)
  • 2010-03-31 Shirley Mills, American actress (b. 1926)
  • 2010-04-01 John Forsythe, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), dies at 92
  • 2010-04-02 Chris Kanyon, American pro wrestler (WCW/WWF World Tag Team C'ship), dies from suicide at 40
  • 2010-04-06 Wilma Mankiller, Native American activist, 1st woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, dies of cancer at 64
  • 2010-04-08 Jack Agnew, American World War II veteran (b. 1922)
  • 2010-04-10 Dixie Carter, American actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night), dies at 70
  • 2010-04-14 Peter Steele [Petrus Ratajczyk], American heavy metal singer-songwriter, and bassist (Type O Negative), dies of sepsis at 48
  • 2010-04-15 Jack Herer, American author & cannabis activist, dies at 70
  • 2010-04-19 Keith "Guru" Elam, American rapper (b. 1966)

Dorothy Height

2010-04-20 Dorothy Height, American civil rights and women's rights activist (National Council of Negro Women), dies at 98

  • 2010-05-04 Ernie Harwell, American sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • 2010-05-09 Lena Horne, American actress and Grammy Award-winning singer (Cabin in the Sky; Stormy Weather; The Wiz), dies at 92
  • 2010-05-10 Frank Frazetta [Frazzetta], American fantasy illustrator of comic book, paperback, album cover art, dies of a stroke at 82
  • 2010-05-16 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, dies at 91
  • 2010-05-16 Ronnie James Dio [Padavona], American singer, songwriter and musician (Elf; Rainbow; Black Sabbath; Dio; and Heaven & Hell), dies at 67
  • 2010-05-17 Walasse Ting, Chinese-American painter (b. 1929)
  • 2010-05-24 Paul Gray, American heavy metal bassist (Slipknot), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • 2010-05-24 Raymond V. Haysbert, African-American business executive and civil rights leader (b. 1920)
  • 2010-05-26 Art Linkletter, Canadian-American radio and television personality (b. 1912)
  • 2010-05-28 Gary Coleman, American actor (Diff'rent Strokes), dies at 42

Dennis Hopper

2010-05-29 Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (True Grit, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider), dies at 74

  • 2010-05-31 Benjamin Lees [Lisniansky], American composer (Kalmar Nyckel; Memorial Candles), dies at 86
  • 2010-05-31 Louise Bourgeois, French-born American sculptor, painter and print maker, dies at 98
  • 2010-05-31 William A. Fraker, American cinematographer (b. 1923)
  • 2010-06-03 Rue McClanahan, American actress (The Golden Girls), dies at 76
  • 2010-06-06 Marvin Isley, American rock bassist, and songwriter (The Isley Brothers - "Fight The Power"), dies from complications of diabetes at 56)
  • 2010-06-18 Trent Acid, American professional wrestler (b.1980)
  • 2010-06-25 Richard B. Sellars, American business executive (b. 1915)
  • 2010-06-28 Bill Aucoin, American rock band manager(KISS, 1973-82; Billy Idol, 1981-86), dies of prostate cancer surgey complications at 66
  • 2010-06-28 Robert Byrd, US Senator (Democrat-WV, 1959-2010), majority leader and once the longest-serving Senator in history, dies at 92
  • 2010-06-30 Elliott Kastner, American film producer (Bobo, Big Sleep), dies at 80