United States of America in History (Part 41)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 4001 - 4,100 of 9,753

  • 1944-05-04 Peggy Santiglia, American singer-songwriter (Angels), born in Belleville, New Jersey
  • 1944-05-06 Anton Furst, American production designer (Batman), born in London (d. 1991)
  • 1944-05-13 Armistead Maupin, American author (Tales of the City series), born in Washington D.C.

George LucasGeorge Lucas (78 years old)

1944-05-14 American film director, screenwriter, and producer (Star Wars; Indiana Jones; American Graffiti), born in Modesto, California

  • 1944-05-16 Danny Trejo, American actor
  • 1944-05-19 Peter Mayhew, British-American actor (Chewbacca in Star Wars), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • 1944-05-21 Marcie Blane [Blank], American pop singer (Bobby's Girl), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944-05-25 Frank Oz, American muppetteer (Grover-Sesame Street, Muppet Show), born in Hereford, England
  • 1944-05-25 Robert MacPherson, American mathematician (invention of intersection homology with Mark Goresk), born in Lakewood, Ohio
  • 1944-05-26 Sam Posey, American auto racer (12 Hours of Sebring 1975; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1971 3rd) and TV commentator (ABC Sports), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944-06-02 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), born in Larnaca, Cyprus (d. 2015)
  • 1944-06-06 Phillip Allen Sharp, American geneticist and molecular biologist (Nobel 1993), born in Falmouth, Kentucky
  • 1944-06-14 Joe Grifasi, American actor, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1944-06-14 Laurie Colwin, American author (Happy All the Time), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1944-06-15 Robert Keppel, American criminologist
  • 1944-06-18 Sandy Posey, American pop and country singer ("Single Girl"), born in Jasper, Alabama
  • 1944-06-23 Rosetta Hightower, American pop singer (The Orlons - "Don't Hang Up"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (d. 2014)
  • 1944-06-29 Seán Patrick O'Malley, American Roman Catholic bishop, born in Lakewood, Ohio
  • 1944-06-30 Raymond Moody, American parapsychologist, physician and author (Life After Life), born in Porterdale, Georgia
  • 1944-07-25 Tom Dawes, American rock bassist (The Cyrkle -"Red Rubber Ball"), and commercial jingle composer ("Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” for Alka-Seltzer and “7Up, the Uncola”), born in Albany, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1944-07-31 Robert C. Merton, American economist and Nobel laureate in Economics, born in NYC, New York
  • 1944-08-08 Brooke Bundy, American actress
  • 1944-08-15 Thomas J. Murphy Jr., American politician (57th Mayor of Pittsburgh), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1944-08-24 Peter Hutton, American filmmaker, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1944-08-27 G W Bailey, Port Arthur, Texas, American actor (Police Academy, The Closer)
  • 1944-08-28 Melvin Dummar, American claimant to the Howard Hughes estate, born in Utah (d. 2018)
  • 1944-08-30 Charles Colbert, American rocker (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944-08-30 Molly Ivins, American political columnist and author, born in Monterey, California (d. 2007)
  • 1944-09-12 Leonard Peltier, Native American activist (American Indian Movement), born in Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • 1944-09-21 Jesse Ed Davis, Native American guitarist, born in Norman, Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • 1944-09-21 Steve Beshear, American politician (D) Governor of Kentucky (2007-2015), born in Dawson Springs, Kentucky
  • 1944-09-25 Doris Matsui, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Poston, Arizona
  • 1944-09-28 Matthew Cowles, American soap actor (Eban Japes-Loving, Billy-All My Children), born in New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1944-10-03 Bob Riley, American politician (52nd Governor of Alabama), born in Ashland, Alabama
  • 1944-10-03 Roy Horn, German-American Las Vegas entertainer (Siegfried & Roy), born in Nordenham, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1944-10-07 Judee Sill, American singer-songwriter (Crayon Angels: Jesus Was A Cross Maker), born in Studio City, California (d. 1979) [1]
  • 1944-10-08 Susan Raye, American country music singer ("L.A. International Airport"), born in Eugene, Oregon
  • 1944-10-15 Haim Saban, Israeli-American media proprietor (Saban Entertainment), born in Alexandria, Kingdom of Egypt
  • 1944-10-25 James Carville, American political stategist and commentator, born in Carville, Louisiana
  • 1944-11-07 James Dashow, American-Italian composer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944-11-10 Silvestre Reyes, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas 1997-2013), born in Canutillo, Texas

Tom SeaverTom Seaver (1944-2020)

1944-11-17 American Baseball HOF pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 1969, 73, 75; 12 x MLB All Star; NY Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago WS), born in Fresno, California [1]

  • 1944-11-25 Ben Stein, American actor
  • 1944-11-28 Timothy Krajcir, American serial killer, born in West Mahanoy Township, Pennsylvania
  • 1944-12-01 Eric Bloom, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Blue Öyster Cult), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1944-12-01 Michael Hagee, American 33rd Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1944-12-07 Daniel Chorzempa, American organist, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1944-12-07 Jamiel Chagra, American drug trafficker, born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1944-12-09 Bob O'Connor, American politician (Mayor of Pittsburgh, 2006), born in Greenfield, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1944-12-09 Ki Longfellow, American novelist (The Secret Magdalene), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1944-12-11 Jon Garrison, American tenor, born in Higginsville, Missouri
  • 1944-12-11 Teri Garr, American actress (Mr. Mom, Young Frankenstein), born in Lakewood, Ohio (or 1947)
  • 1944-12-19 Mitchell Feigenbaum, American mathematical physicist
  • 1944-12-19 Tim Reid, Norfolk VA, American actor and comedian (Venus Flytrap-WKRP, Frank's Place)
  • 1944-12-19 William Christie, American-born director of Les Arts Florissants
  • 1944-12-23 Wesley Clark, American military officer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944-12-28 Johnny Isakson, American politician
  • 1944-12-28 Kary Mullis, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1944-12-31 Taylor Hackford, American director (Devil's Advocate, Ray), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1945-01-04 Richard R. Schrock, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1945-01-06 Allen Appel, American novelist, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1945-01-09 John Doman, American actor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1945-01-10 Colonel DeBeers [Edward Wiskoski], American professional wrestler, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri
  • 1945-01-14 Vonetta McGee, American actress, born in San Francisco, California, (d. 2010)
  • 1945-01-15 Vince Foster, American lawyer, born in Hope, Arkansas (d. 1993)
  • 1945-01-24 John Garamendi, American politician, born in Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Florida
  • 1945-01-26 Barbara Kruger, American conceptual artist, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1945-02-05 Sarah Weddington, American attorney (represented "Jane Roe" in Roe v. Wade before US States Supreme Court), born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1945-02-13 King Floyd, American soul singer-songwriter ("Groove Me"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2006)
  • 1945-02-15 Douglas Hofstadter, American academic and writer
  • 1945-02-20 Brion James, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1945-02-22 Oliver [Swofford], American pop singer ("Good Morning Starshine"; "Jean"), born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • 1945-03-04 Frank Novak, American actor, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945-03-08 Bruce Broughton, American composer
  • 1945-03-08 Jim Chapman, American politician (Rep-D-TX, 1985-1997), born in Washington, District of Columbia
  • 1945-03-09 Dennis Rader, American serial killer who murdered ten people in Sedgwick County, Kansas, born in Pittsburg, Kansas
  • 1945-03-10 Elizabeth Brumfiel [Elizabeth Stern], American feminist archaeologist, former president of the American Anthropological Association
  • 1945-03-15 Mark J Green, American lawyer/author (Closed Enterprise System), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945-03-20 Henry Bartholomay, American fighter pilot
  • 1945-03-24 Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (LA Confidential, 8 Mile), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2016)
  • 1945-03-24 Robert T. Bakker, American paleontologist
  • 1945-03-31 Valerie Curtin, American actress, writer, and producer
  • 1945-04-02 Anne Waldman, American poet, born in Millville, New Jersey
  • 1945-04-06 Neal Boortz, American radio host (The Neal Boortz Show), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • 1945-04-13 Tony Dow, American actor (Leave it to Beaver - "Wally"), director, and sculptor, born in Hollywood, California (d. 2022)
  • 1945-04-16 Tom Allen, American politician (Rep (D) Maine 1997-2009), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1945-04-20 Michael Brandon, American actor (Dempsey and Makepeace), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945-04-30 Annie Dillard, American writer (An American Childhood), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1945-05-13 Sam Anderson, American actor (Perfect Strangers), born in Wahpeton, North Dakota
  • 1945-05-24 Priscilla Presley, American actress (Jenna-Dallas, Naked Gun), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945-05-28 Hunter "Patch" Adams, American doctor
  • 1945-05-28 John Fogerty, American songwriter, guitarist, and singer (Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Have You Ever Seen The Rain"; "Lookin' Out My Backdoor"), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1945-05-28 John N. Bambacus, American politician
  • 1945-05-30 Steve Smith, American singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1945-05-31 Bernard Goldberg‎, American journalist
  • 1945-06-12 Terry Anderson, American rapid fire pistol shooter (Olympic-80, 96), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1945-06-13 Whitley Strieber, American author (The Wolfen, The Hunger), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1945-06-15 Lawrence Wilkerson, American retired military officer
  • 1945-06-17 Frank Ashmore, American actor (Airplane!, Airplane II: The Sequel), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1945-06-17 Tommy Franks, American general, born in Wynnewood, Oklahoma

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 4001 - 4,100 of 4,915

George SteinbrennerGeorge Steinbrenner (1930-2010)

2010-07-13 American businessman and MLB team owner (New York Yankees), dies from a heart attack at 80

  • 2010-07-14 Gene Ludwig, American jazz organist (b. 1937)
  • 2010-07-15 James E. Akins, American diplomat and advisor to Richard Nixon (b. 1926)
  • 2010-07-16 James Gammon, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Nick-Nash Bridges), dies at 70
  • 2010-07-23 Daniel Schorr, American broadcast journalist (CBS), dies at 93
  • 2010-07-27 Maury Chaykin, American-born Canadian actor (b. 1949)

Patricia NealPatricia Neal (1926-2010)

2010-08-08 American actress (Hud, Subject Was Roses) and wife of Roald Dahl, dies at 84

  • 2010-08-09 Ted Stevens, American politician (U.S. Senator from Alaska, 1968-2009), dies at 86
  • 2010-08-13 Edwin Newman, American broadcast journalist (b. 1919)
  • 2010-08-13 Lance Cade, American pro wrestler (WWE Tag Team Champion [with Trevor Murdoch] 2005), dies from accidental drug overdose at 29
  • 2010-08-14 Herman Leonard, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • 2010-08-18 Hal Connolly, American Athlete and hammer thrower (b.1931)
  • 2010-08-18 Scott Davis, American Announcer of Track and Field (b.1943)
  • 2010-09-03 Robert Schimmel, American stand-up comedian, dies after a car accident at 60
  • 2010-09-07 Barbara Holland, American author (The Joy of Drinking, Secrets of the Cat: Its Lore, Legend and Lives), dies of lung cancer at 77 [1]
  • 2010-09-07 Glenn Shadix, American Actor (b. 1952)
  • 2010-09-07 John Kluge, American television mogul (Metromedia) and at one time the richest person in the United States, dies at 95
  • 2010-09-20 Leonard Skinner, American high school gym teacher; namesake of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, dies at 77
  • 2010-09-22 Eddie Fisher, American pop singer ("Oh My Papa": I'm Walking Behind You"), dies from complications from hip surgery at 82
  • 2010-09-23 Teresa Lewis, American murderer (b. 1969)
  • 2010-09-25 Art Gilmore, American actor and announcer, dies at 98

Gloria StuartGloria Stuart (1910-2010)

2010-09-26 American actress (Titanic) and founder of the Screen Actors Guild, dies from respiratory failure at 100

  • 2010-09-28 Dolores Wilson, American opera singer (b. 1928)
  • 2010-09-29 Greg Giraldo, American comedian (Comedy Central Roast), dies of an overdose at 44

Tony CurtisTony Curtis (1925-2010)

2010-09-29 American actor (Some Like It Hot), dies at 85

  • 2010-10-03 Ben Mondor, Canadian baseball executive (International League Executive of the Year 1978, 99), dies at 85
  • 2010-10-05 Mary Leona Gage, American beauty pageant winner and actress (b. 1939)
  • 2010-10-07 (Terry) "T" Lavitz, American jazz-fusion keyboardist (Dixie Dregs; Jazz Is Dead), dies at 54
  • 2010-10-08 Frank Bourgholtzer, American television correspondent (b. 1919)
  • 2010-10-10 Solomon Burke [McDonald], American soul singer ("Cry To Me"; Diamond In Your Mind"), dies at 70
  • 2010-10-12 Belva Plain, American novelist (b. 1919)
  • 2010-10-13 Vernon Biever, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • 2010-10-14 Benoît Mandelbrot, Polish-French-American mathematician (proved Zipf's law, discovered the Mandelbrot set), dies at 85
  • 2010-10-15 Johnny Sheffield, American actor (Boy-Tarzan Finds a Son), dies at 79
  • 2010-10-15 Mildred Fay Jefferson, American physician and pro-life activist (b. 1926)
  • 2010-10-15 Richard C. Miller, American photographer (b. 1912)
  • 2010-10-16 Barbara Billingsley, American actress (Leave it to Beaver), dies at 94
  • 2010-10-16 Eyedea [Micheal Larsen], American poet and rapper (Eyedea & Abilities), dies from opiate induced respiratory depression at 28
  • 2010-10-18 Marion Brown, American jazz alto saxophonist, (Marion Brown Quartet; John Coltrane -"Ascension"; Artie Schepp), avant garde composer, writer, and ethno-musicologist, dies at 79
  • 2010-10-19 Tom Bosley, American actor (Howard-Happy Days, Murder She Wrote, Fiorello!), dies at 83

Bob GuccioneBob Guccione (1930-2010)

2010-10-20 American publisher (Penthouse, Omni), dies of lung cancer at 79

  • 2010-10-23 Francis Crippen, American long-distance swimmer (b. 1984)
  • 2010-10-23 Leo Cullum, American cartoonist (The New Yorker), dies at 68
  • 2010-10-24 Joseph Stein, American playwright (Fiddler on the Roof), dies at 98
  • 2010-10-24 Lamont Johnson, American television director (b. 1922)
  • 2010-10-25 Lisa Blount, American actress and producer (b. 1957)
  • 2010-10-26 Glen "Frosty" Little, American circus clown (Ringling Brothers, 1968-91), and instructor (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, 1980-87), dies at 84
  • 2010-10-27 Denise Borino, American actress (b. 1964)
  • 2010-10-27 James Wall, American actor and stage manager (b. 1917)
  • 2010-10-28 James MacArthur, American actor (Danny Williams-Hawaii 5-0), dies at 72
  • 2010-11-01 Charlie O'Donnell, American game show announcer (Wheel of Fortune), dies of Congestive heart failure at 78
  • 2010-11-02 Andy Irons, American surfer (ASP World Champion 2002-04), dies of heart attack due to acute mixed drug ingestion at 32
  • 2010-11-03 Jerry Bock, American Broadway composer (Fiddler on the Roof), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 2010-11-04 Michelle Nicastro, American actress and singer, dies of cancer at 50

Sparky AndersonSparky Anderson (1934-2010)

2010-11-04 American Baseball HOF manager (World Series 1975, 76 Cincinnati Reds; WS 1984 & 2 x AL Manager of the Year, Detroit Tigers), dies from dementia at 76

  • 2010-11-05 Jill Clayburgh, American actress (Unmarried Woman, Semi-Tough), dies of Leukemia at 66
  • 2010-11-05 Shirley Verrett, American operatic mezzo-soprano, dies of heart failure at 79
  • 2010-11-06 Robert Lipshutz, American attorney and counsel to the Carter Adminisrtation (b. 1921)
  • 2010-11-08 Alex Fagan, American law enforcement official (San Francisco Chief of Police), dies at 60
  • 2010-11-08 Jack Levine, American social realist painter, dies at 95
  • 2010-11-10 Dave Niehaus, American sportscaster (b. 1935)
  • 2010-11-11 Baby Marie Osborne, American actress (b. 1911)
  • 2010-11-11 William Edwin Self, American actor and television producer (b. 1921)
  • 2010-11-13 Allan Sandage, American astronomer (b. 1926)
  • 2010-11-14 Wes Santee, American middle distance runner, dies at 78
  • 2010-11-15 Larry Evans, American chess grandmaster, author and journalist (5 x US Chess C'ship; 20+ books), dies following gallbladder surgery at 78
  • 2010-11-16 Britton Chance, American molecular biologist and yachtsman (Olympic gold 5½m Class 1952), dies at 97
  • 2010-11-16 Donald Nyrop, American airline executive (b. 1912)
  • 2010-11-16 Ronni Chasen, American film publicist (b. 1946)
  • 2010-11-20 Chalmers Johnson, American political scholar and author (b. 1931)
  • 2010-11-20 Laurie Bembenek, American convicted murderer and fugitive (b. 1958)
  • 2010-11-21 David Nolan, American political activist (b. 1943)
  • 2010-11-21 Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, American visual artist and co-founder of DuSable Museum of African American History, dies at 95
  • 2010-11-21 Norris Church Mailer, American model and widow of Norman Mailer (b. 1949)
  • 2010-11-23 James Tyler, American musicologist and author (b. 1940)
  • 2010-11-25 Alfred Balk, American magazine editor and journalist (b. 1930)
  • 2010-11-25 C. Scott Littleton, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1933)
  • 2010-11-27 Irvin Kershner, American director (b. 1923)
  • 2010-11-28 Samuel T. Cohen, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • 2010-11-29 Alfred Masini, American television producer (b. 1930)
  • 2010-11-29 Stephen Solarz, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 70
  • 2010-11-30 Faye Wright, American spiritual figure (b. 1914)
  • 2010-11-30 Garry Gross, American photographer (b. 1937)
  • 2010-12-01 Hillard Elkins, American theatre and film producer (b. 1929)
  • 2010-12-05 Alan Armer, American television producer and director (b. 1922)
  • 2010-12-07 Elizabeth Edwards, American lawyer and wife of John Edwards (b. 1949)
  • 2010-12-07 Gus Mercurio, American-born Australian actor (The Blue Lagoon, Crocodile Dundee II), dies at 82
  • 2010-12-09 James Moody, American jazz saxophonist, flutist, and orchestra leader, dies of pancreatic cancer at 85
  • 2010-12-09 John du Pont, American member of the Du Pont family and convicted murderer (b. 1938)
  • 2010-12-10 J. Michael Hagopian, Turkish-born American documentarian (b. 1913)
  • 2010-12-10 John Bennett Fenn, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • 2010-12-10 MacKenzie Miller, American horse trainer and breeder (b. 1921)
  • 2010-12-13 Richard Holbrooke, American diplomat (b. 1941)
  • 2010-12-14 Neva Patterson, American actress (The Seven Year Itch, Taxi, Nichols), dies rom complications from a broken hip at 90
  • 2010-12-14 Timothy Davlin, American politician, dies at 53
  • 2010-12-15 Blake Edwards, American writer and director (10, SOB, Breakfast at Tiffany's), dies at 88
  • 2010-12-15 Eugene Victor Wolfenstein, American political scientist (b. 1940)
  • 2010-12-16 Melvin E. Biddle, American soldier and Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1923)
  • 2010-12-17 Captain Beefheart [Don Van Vliet], American rock musician, complications from multiple sclerosis at 69
  • 2010-12-19 Trudy Pitts, American jazz Hammond B-3 organist, pianist, and vocalist, dies of pancreatic cancer at 78