United States of America in History (Part 40)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 3901 - 4,000 of 9,831

  • 1943-03-30 Ken Forssi, American bassist (Love), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1998)
  • 1943-03-31 Christopher [Ronald] Walken, American actor (The Deer Hunter, Brainstorm), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943-04-05 Max Gail, American Emmy Awrad winning actor (Barney Miller - "Wojo"; D.C. Cab: General Hospital; 42), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943-04-13 Billy Kidd, American skier, born in Burlington, Vermont

Person of interestRobert Lefkowitz

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

Physician-scientist Robert Lefkowitz
Physician-scientist
Robert Lefkowitz
  • 1943-04-22 Louise Glück, American poet and 12th US Poet Laureate (2020 Nobel Prize for Literature), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943-05-10 David Clennon, American actor
  • 1943-05-10 Richard Darman, American economist
  • 1943-05-18 James Reiher 'Deuce', American professional wrestler, born in Fiji
  • 1943-05-25 Jessi Colter [Miriam Johnson], American country singer ("I'm Not Lisa"), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1943-06-04 Joyce Meyer, American Charismatic Christian author and speaker, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1943-06-05 Matthew Lesko, American author, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • 1943-06-08 Willie Davenport, American bobsledder and track athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1968), born in Troy, Alabama (d. 2002)
  • 1943-06-08 William Calley Jr., American war criminal, convicted by court-martial of murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1943-06-14 Harold Wheeler, American composer and orchestrator, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 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
Musician
Barry Manilow
  • 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

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-British musician and composer, born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York
  • 1943-07-03 Kurtwood Smith, American actor (That '70s Show, Robocop), born in New Lisbon, Wisconsin
  • 1943-07-05 Robbie Robertson [Jamie], Canadian-Native American singer-songwriter and rock guitarist (The Band - "The Weight"), born in Toronto, Ontario [1]
  • 1943-07-07 Joel Siegel, American film critic (d. 2007)

Person of interestArthur Ashe

1943-07-10 Arthur Ashe, American tennis player (3 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1993)

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1943-07-12 Walter Murch, American film editor and sound engineer (Apocalypse Now), born in NYC, New York

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 Randall Forsberg, American nuclear freeze advocate, born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 2007)
  • 1943-07-25 Roy Acuff Jr., American country musician, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 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 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 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 action adventure and suspense novels author (Plum Island), born in Jamaica, Queens, New York
  • 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, 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)

Person of interestJoe Morgan

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

MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster Joe Morgan
MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster
Joe Morgan
  • 1943-09-22 Toni Basil, American singer
  • 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

Person of interestPenny Marshall

1943-10-15 Penny Marshall, American actress and director (Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley), born in The Bronx, New York

Actor and Director Penny Marshall
Actor and Director
Penny Marshall
  • 1943-10-21 Paula Kelly, American dancer and actress (Liz-Night Court), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1943-11-05 Friedman Paul Erhardt, German-American TV chef (Chef Tell), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 2007)
  • 1943-11-07 Stephen Greenblatt, American literary historian and author (The Swerve: How the World Became Modern), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Person of interestMichael Spence

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

Economist Michael Spence
Economist
Michael Spence
  • 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

Person of interestBillie 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

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1943-11-22 Peter Adair, American filmmaker
  • 1943-11-26 Marilynne Robinson, American writer (Gilead), born in Sandpoint, Idaho
  • 1943-11-29 Sue Miller, American author
  • 1943-11-30 Jerry Hunt, American composer, 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)

Person of interestJim Morrison

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

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 1943-12-09 Kenny Vance, American musician and producer (Jay and the Americans, The Planotones), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestJohn Kerry

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

US Secretary of State John Kerry
US Secretary of State
John Kerry
  • 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 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)

Person of interestJohn Denver

1943-12-31 John Denver, American country singer ("Sunshine On My Shoulders"; "Thank God I'm A Country Boy"), born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 1997)

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 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 politician, born in Bremerton, Washington
  • 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 Johnny Winter [John Dawson], American blues guitarist (Silver Train), born in Leland Miss, (d. 2014)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 3901 - 4,000 of 4,945

  • 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, American United States Secretary of Defense (1961-8), who played a major role in US escalation in Vietnam, dies at 93

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 (On the Waterfront), dies at 95
  • 2009-08-06 John Hughes, American film director (Breakfast Club; Ferris Bueller's Day Off), 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 [Polsfuss], American 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 and producer (Panic in Needle Park), dies at 83
  • 2009-09-12 Norman Borlaug, American agronomist (Green revolution - Nobel Peace Prize 1970), dies at 95
  • 2009-09-14 Jody Powell, American press secretary to Jimmy Carter (b. 1943)
  • 2009-09-14 Patrick Swayze, American actor, dancer, and songwriter (Dirty Dancing), dies of cancer at 57
  • 2009-09-14 Henry Gibson, American actor and comedian (Nashville, Laugh-In's poet), dies at 73

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 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)

Person of interestWilliam Safire

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

Political Columnist and Presidential Speechwriter William Safire
Political Columnist and 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, 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 Teel Bivins, American politician (b. 1947)
  • 2009-10-26 George Na'ope, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 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)

Person of interestJennifer 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 Brittany Murphy, American actress (Drop Dead Gorgeous), dies at 32
  • 2009-12-20 Arnold Stang, American comedian and actor (Broadside, Milton Berle, Top Cat), dies at 91
  • 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 and songwriter (b. 1964)
  • 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)
  • 2010-01-07 Willie Mitchell, American soul singer (b. 1928)
  • 2010-01-11 Joe Rollino, American strongman, weightlifter, and boxer (b. 1905)
  • 2010-01-13 Theodore "Teddy" Pendergrass, American singer (Turn Off the Lights), dies of respiratory failure at 59
  • 2010-01-13 Jay Reatard, American garage punk musician (b. 1980)
  • 2010-01-22 Jean Simmons, British actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls), dies at 80
  • 2010-01-24 Pernell Roberts, American actor (Adam-Bonanza, Trapper John MD), dies at 81

Person of interestJ. D. Salinger

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

Novelist J. D. Salinger
Novelist
J. D. Salinger

Person of interestHoward 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

Historian and Activist Howard Zinn
Historian and Activist
Howard Zinn
  • 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 Nan Martin, American actress (b. 1927)
  • 2010-03-04 Roger Newman, British-born American actor and television writer (b. 1940)
  • 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
  • 2010-03-09 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 and vocalist (Box Tops - "The Letter"), 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, Woodstock), dies at 74
  • 2010-03-24 Robert Culp, American actor, screenwriter, voice actor, and director (I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), dies at 79
  • 2010-03-24 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests - "16 Candles"; Brooklyn Bridge), dies at 70
  • 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