United States of America in History (Part 40)

Historical Events

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 3901 - 4,000 of 10,121

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 and singer, born in Los Angeles
  • 1943-01-17 Geoffrey Deuel, American actor
  • 1943-01-18 Kay Granger, American politician

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
Janis Joplin
  • 1943-01-23 Jimmy Castor, American pop and 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
  • 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
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], Glenwillard, Pennsylvania, American singer-songwriter (Lightning Striking Again)
  • 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

Person of interestSally Jessy Raphael

1943-02-25 Sally Jessy Raphael, American TV talk show host (Sally), born in Easton, Pennsylvania

TV Talk Show Host Sally Jessy Raphael
TV Talk Show Host
Sally Jessy Raphael

Person of interestBobby Fischer

1943-03-09 Bobby Fischer, American world chess champion (1972-75), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • 1943-03-09 Charles Gibson, American television journalist (Good Morning America), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1943-03-20 Gerard Malanga, American poet and photographer
  • 1943-03-20 Paul Junger Witt, American TV producer
  • 1943-03-22 George Benson, American jazz/blues singer/guitarist (Greatest Love of All), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1943-03-27 Phil Frank, American cartoonist (d. 2007)
  • 1943-03-30 Jay Traynor, American singer (Jay and the Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1943-03-30 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (d. 1998)

Person of interestChristopher Walken

1943-03-31 Christopher Walken, American actor (The Deer Hunter, Brainstorm), born in NYC, New York

  • 1943-04-05 Max Gail, American actor (Barney Miller, Whiz Kids, DC Cab), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943-04-13 Billy Kidd, American skier

Person of interestRobert Lefkowitz

1943-04-15 Robert Lefkowitz, American physician (Nobel Prize for Chemistry), born in NYC, New York

Physician-scientist Robert Lefkowitz
Robert Lefkowitz
  • 1943-04-22 Louise Glück, American poet and 12th US Poet Laureate
  • 1943-05-10 David Clennon, American actor
  • 1943-05-10 Richard Darman, American economist
  • 1943-05-18 James Reiher, American professional wrestler
  • 1943-05-25 Jessi Colter, [Miriam Johnson], American country singer (I'm Not Lisa), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1943-06-04 Joyce Meyer, American religious leader
  • 1943-06-05 Matthew Lesko, American author
  • 1943-06-08 Willie Davenport, Troy Alabama, American bobsledder/hurdler (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1943-06-08 William Calley, American war criminal
  • 1943-06-14 Harold Wheeler, American composer
  • 1943-06-16 Joan Van Ark, American actress and director (Valene-Dallas, Knots Landing), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestBarry Manilow

1943-06-17 Barry Manilow [Barry Alan Pincus], American singer/pianist (Mandy, I Write the Songs), born in New York City

Musician Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow
  • 1943-06-17 Burt Rutan, American aerospace engineer
  • 1943-06-23 Vinton (Vint) Cerf, American Internet pioneer, Turing Award laureate
  • 1943-06-26 John Beasley, American actor

Person of interestLittle Eva

1943-06-29 Little Eva [Eva Boyd], American pop singer (Locomotion), born in Belhaven, North Carolina (d. 2003)

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva
  • 1943-07-01 Jeff Wayne, American musician, born in new York City
  • 1943-07-03 Kurtwood Smith, New Lisbon, Wisconsin, American actor (That '70s Show, Robocop)
  • 1943-07-05 Robbie Robertson [Jamie], Canadian-American singer-songwriter and rock guitarist (The Band), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1943-07-07 Joel Siegel, American film critic (d. 2007)

Person of interestArthur Ashe

1943-07-10 Arthur Ashe, American tennis star (1968 US Open, 1975 Wimbledon), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1993)

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

Person of interestJimmy Johnson

1943-07-16 Jimmy Johnson, American NFL coach (Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins), born in Port Arthur, Texas

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • 1943-07-23 Dr. Randall Forsberg, American nuclear freeze advocate (d. 2007)
  • 1943-07-25 Roy Acuff Jr, American country musician
  • 1943-07-25 Tom Dawes, American rock musician and composer who wrote music for commercial jingles ("Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” for Alka-Seltzer and “7Up, the Uncola”), born in Albany, New York (d. 2007)
  • 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)
  • 1943-08-09 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer, 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 F H Faleomavaega, (Rep-D-American Samoa)
  • 1943-08-17 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American musician (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 novelist
  • 1943-09-01 Don Stroud, American actor (Coogan's Bluff, Buddy Holly Story), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1943-09-03 Valerie Perrine, American actress and model (Steam Bath, Superman, Lenny), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1943-09-08 Adelaide C. Eckardt, American politician
  • 1943-09-09 Art LaFleur, American actor
  • 1943-09-10 "Superstar" Billy Graham [Eldridge Coleman], American professional wrestler, WWWF Heavyweight Champion (1977-8), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1943-09-10 Daniel Truhitte, American actor
  • 1943-09-10 Neale Donald Walsch, American author
  • 1943-09-16 Dennis W Conner, yachting pro (4-time America's Cup-winning skipper)
  • 1943-09-16 James Alan MacPherson, American writer, 1st black writer to win Pulitzer Prize, born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1943-09-19 Joe Morgan, Bonham, Texas, American MLB 2nd baseman (Reds)/commentator (ESPN)
  • 1943-09-22 Toni Basil, American singer
  • 1943-09-25 Robert Gates, American Secretary of Defense
  • 1943-09-28 Warren Lieberfarb, American media executive
  • 1943-09-29 Gary Boyd Roberts, American genealogist
  • 1943-10-02 Franklin Rosemont, American artist
  • 1943-10-06 Michael Durrell, American actor (Shannon, V, Alice, Chiefs), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943-10-07 Joy Behar, American television personality
  • 1943-10-09 Mike Peters, American cartoonist
  • 1943-10-10 Frederick Barthelme, American author
  • 1943-10-13 Mike Barnicle, American newspaper columnist
  • 1943-10-15 Penny Marshall, American actress (Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1943-10-21 Paula Kelly, American dancer and actress (Liz-Night Court), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1943-11-05 Friedman Paul Erhardt (Chef Tell), German-born American TV chef (d. 2007)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 3901 - 4,000 of 5,033

  • 2008-12-31 Donald E. Westlake, American author (b. 1933)
  • 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 actor (b. 1928)
  • 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 (b. 1917)
  • 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, 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 (b. 1936)
  • 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, an American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop. (b. 1914)
  • 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)
  • 2009-05-09 Chuck Daly, American basketball coach (b. 1930)
  • 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 American Rapper a.k.a. Roderick Anthony Burton II (b.1987)
  • 2009-05-18 Wayne Allwine, American voice actor (b.1947)
  • 2009-05-19 Robert F. Furchgott, American chemist, Nobel Laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2009-05-19 Herbert York, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • 2009-05-24 Jay Bennett, American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, and singer-songwriter (b. 1963)
  • 2009-05-31 George Tiller, American abortion doctor (b. 1941)
  • 2009-06-02 David Eddings, American fantasy writer. (b. 1931)
  • 2009-06-03 David Carradine, American actor (b. 1936)
  • 2009-06-03 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", dies of complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding at 80
  • 2009-06-03 Sam Butera, American jazz musician (b. 1927)
  • 2009-06-05 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, dies at 31
  • 2009-06-07 Kenny Rankin, American singer (b. 1940)
  • 2009-06-17 Darrell Powers, American World War II veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division. (b. 1923)
  • 2009-06-23 Ed McMahon, American television personality (b. 1923)

Person of interestMichael Jackson

2009-06-25 Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) dies of cardiac arrest at 50

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Person of interestFarrah Fawcett

2009-06-25 Farrah Fawcett, American actress (Charley's Angels, Burning Bed), dies of anal cancer at 62

  • 2009-06-27 Fayette Pinkney, African American singer (The Three Degrees) (b. 1948)
  • 2009-06-28 Billy Mays, American television pitchman (b. 1958)
  • 2009-06-28 Fred Travalena, American comedian and impressionist (b. 1942)
  • 2009-06-29 Joe Bowman (marksman), American sharpshooter, Hollywood consultant, famed bootmaker & master showman (b. 1925)
  • 2009-07-01 Karl Malden [Mladen George Sekulovich], American actor (Streets of San Francisco, American Express, A Streetcar Named Desire), dies of natural causes at 97
  • 2009-07-03 John A. Keel, American Fortean, television scriptwriter, author of The Mothman Prophecies (b. 1930)
  • 2009-07-04 Brenda Joyce [Betty Graffina Leabo], American actress (Tarzan, The Rains Came), dies of complications from pneumonia at 92
  • 2009-07-04 Allen Klein, American record label executive (b. 1931)
  • 2009-07-04 Drake Levin, American rock musician (b. 1946)
  • 2009-07-04 Jim Chapin, American drummer (b.1919)
  • 2009-07-06 Robert McNamara, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1916)

Person of interestWalter Cronkite

2009-07-17 Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist and news anchor (CBS Evening News 1962-81), dies of cerebrovascular disease at 92

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 2009-07-19 Frank McCourt, Irish-American author. (b. 1930)
  • 2009-07-24 E. Lynn Harris, American Author (b. 1955)
  • 2009-07-25 Alexis Cohen, American Idol contestant (unsuccessful), viral phenomenon (b. 1984)
  • 2009-07-26 Marcey Jacobson, American photographer (b. 1911)
  • 2009-07-28 Reverend Ike [Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II], American televangelist (Joy of Living), dies at 74
  • 2009-08-04 Blake Snyder, American screenwriter (b. 1957)
  • 2009-08-05 Budd Schulberg, American screenwriter and novelist (b. 1914)
  • 2009-08-06 John Hughes, American film director (Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 2009-08-06 Willy DeVille, American singer (Mink DeVille), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • 2009-08-07 Louis E. Saavedra, American Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico (b. 1933)
  • 2009-08-07 Mike Seeger, American folk musician (b. 1933)
  • 2009-08-13 Les Paul, American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), dies at 94
  • 2009-08-18 Robert Novak, American journalist and commentator (b. 1931)
  • 2009-08-22 Elmer Kelton, American Western novelist (b. 1926)
  • 2009-08-25 Edward [Ted] M. Kennedy, United States Senator from Massachusetts (b. 1932)
  • 2009-08-26 Dominick Dunne, American writer, Vanity Fair correspondent (b. 1925)
  • 2009-08-28 Adam Goldstein, American DJ also known as DJ AM (b. 1973)
  • 2009-09-12 Norman Borlaug, American agronomist (b. 1914)
  • 2009-09-14 Jody Powell, American press secretary to Jimmy Carter (b. 1943)
  • 2009-09-14 Patrick Swayze, American actor, dancer, and songwriter (b. 1952)
  • 2009-09-14 Henry Gibson, American actor and songwriter (b. 1935)

Person of interestMary Travers

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

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers
  • 2009-09-17 Leon Kirchner, American classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), dies 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)

Person of interestWilliam Safire

2009-09-27 William Safire, American Columnist, dies at 79

American Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter William Safire
American Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter
William Safire
  • 2009-10-07 Irving Penn, American photographer (b. 1917)
  • 2009-10-12 Dickie Peterson American musician (b. 1948)
  • 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 and Manager. (b. 1933)