United States of America in History (Part 40)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 3901 - 4,000 of 9,878

Person of interestBobby Fischer

1943-03-09 Bobby Fischer, American chess player (world 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 (Farley, The Elderberries comics), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (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)
  • 1943-03-31 Christopher [Ronald] 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, 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, born in NYC, New York
  • 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 Charismatic Christian author and speaker, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1943-06-05 Matthew Lesko, American author
  • 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
  • 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, 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
  • 1943-09-10 Neale Donald Walsch, American author
  • 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, American MLB 2nd baseman (Reds) and commentator (ESPN), born in Bonham, Texas
  • 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 (Rocky Mt High, "thank god he's 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 & bandleader (Golddigers), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1944-01-14 Marjoe Gortner, American evangelist, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1944-01-14 Nina Totenberg, American journalist, born in NYC, New York

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 3901 - 4,000 of 4,974

  • 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 (Kung Fu, Mean Streets, Kill Bill V.1 & 2), dies at 72
  • 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 (Charlie's Angels, The 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, 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), 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 (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 (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 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

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 and Manager. (b. 1933)
  • 2009-10-17 Vic Mizzy, American composer (themes to Green Acres and The Addams Family) (b. 1916)
  • 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, American comedian and television personality (b. 1926)
  • 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 (b. 1932)
  • 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 (b. 1951)
  • 2009-12-20 Brittany Murphy, American actress (Drop Dead Gorgeous), dies at 32
  • 2009-12-20 Arnold Stang, American comic actor (b. 1918)
  • 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)
  • 2010-01-19 Jennifer Lyon American reality television personality (Survivor) (b. 1972)
  • 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)
  • 2010-02-14 Doug Fieger, American musician The Knack (b. 1952)
  • 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)