United States of America in History (Part 41)

Historical Events

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 4001 - 4,100 of 9,830

  • 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 Elizabeth LeCompte, American theater director (founding member of The Wooster Group), born in New Jersey
  • 1944-04-28 Alice Waters, American chef
  • 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
  • 1944-05-06 Anton Furst, American production designer (Batman), born in London (d. 1991)
  • 1944-05-13 Armistead Maupin, American author

Person of interestGeorge Lucas

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

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
  • 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 Laurie Colwin, American author (Happy All the Time), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1944-06-14 Joe Grifasi, American actor, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 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
  • 1944-07-31 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 Steve Beshear, American politician (D) Governor of Kentucky (2007-2015), born in Dawson Springs, Kentucky
  • 1944-09-21 Jesse Ed Davis, Native American guitarist, born in Norman, Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • 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 Roy Horn, German-American Las Vegas entertainer (Siegfried & Roy), born in Nordenham, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1944-10-03 Bob Riley, American politician (52nd Governor of Alabama), born in Ashland, Alabama
  • 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
  • 1944-11-07 Ken Patera, American professional wrestler, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1944-11-10 Silvestre Reyes, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas 1997-2013), born in Canutillo, Texas

Person of interestTom Seaver

1944-11-17 Tom Seaver, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Mets; NL Cy Young Award 1969, 73, 75; 12 x MLB All Star), born in Fresno, California (d. 2020) [1]

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • 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)
  • 1944-12-01 Michael W. Hagee, 33rd Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
  • 1944-12-07 Jamiel Chagra, American drug trafficker, born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1944-12-07 Daniel Chorzempa, American organist, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1944-12-09 Ki Longfellow, American novelist (The Secret Magdalene), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1944-12-09 Bob O'Connor, American politician (58th Mayor of Pittsburgh), born in Greenfield Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1944-12-11 Teri Garr, American actress (Mr. Mom, Young Frankenstein), born in Lakewood, Ohio (or 1947)
  • 1944-12-11 Jon Garrison, American tenor, born in Higginsville, Missouri
  • 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
  • 1944-12-19 Mitchell Feigenbaum, American mathematical physicist
  • 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, born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1945-02-13 King Floyd, American 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 [William Oliver Swofford], American pop singer (Good Morning Starshine, Jean), born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • 1945-03-04 Frank Novak, American actor
  • 1945-03-08 Jim Chapman, American politician (Rep-D-TX, 1985-1997), born in Washington, District of Columbia
  • 1945-03-08 Bruce Broughton, American composer
  • 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 Robert T. Bakker, American paleontologist
  • 1945-03-24 Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (LA Confidential, 8 Mile), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2016)
  • 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 and director (Wally-Leave it to Beaver), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1945-04-16 Tom Allen, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1945-04-20 Michael Brandon, American actor (Dempsey and Makepeace), born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 4001 - 4,100 of 4,945

  • 2010-04-15 Jack Herer, American author & cannabis activist, dies at 70
  • 2010-04-19 Keith "Guru" Elam, American rapper (b. 1966)

Person of interestDorothy Height

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

Women's and Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Height
Women's and Civil Rights Activist
Dorothy Height
  • 2010-05-04 Ernie Harwell, American sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • 2010-05-09 Lena Horne, American singer & actress (Cabin in the Sky), 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 Ronnie James Dio [Padavona], American singer, songwriter and musician (Elf; Rainbow; Black Sabbath; Dio; and Heaven & Hell), dies at 67
  • 2010-05-16 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, dies at 91
  • 2010-05-17 Walasse Ting, Chinese-American painter (b. 1929)
  • 2010-05-24 Raymond V. Haysbert, African-American business executive and civil rights leader (b. 1920)
  • 2010-05-24 Paul Gray, American heavy metal bassist (Slipknot), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • 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

Person of interestDennis Hopper

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

Actor and Director Dennis Hopper
Actor and Director
Dennis Hopper
  • 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)
  • 2010-05-31 Benjamin Lees [Lisniansky], American composer (Kalmar Nyckel; Memorial Candles), dies at 86
  • 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 (b. 1943)
  • 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
  • 2010-07-01 Ilene Woods, American actress (b. 1929)
  • 2010-07-09 Vonetta McGee, American actress, dies from cardiac arrest at 65
  • 2010-07-12 Harvey Pekar, American comic book writer (American Splendor), dies at 70

Person of interestGeorge Steinbrenner

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

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • 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)

Person of interestPatricia Neal

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

Actress Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal
  • 2010-08-09 Ted Stevens, American politician (U.S. Senator from Alaska, 1968-2009), dies at 86
  • 2010-08-13 Lance Cade, American pro wrestler (WWE Tag Team Champion [with Trevor Murdoch] 2005), dies from accidental drug overdose at 29
  • 2010-08-13 Edwin Newman, American broadcast journalist (b. 1919)
  • 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 writer (b. 1933)
  • 2010-09-07 John Kluge, American television mogul (Metromedia) and at one time the richest person in the United States, dies at 95
  • 2010-09-07 Glenn Shadix, American Actor (b. 1952)
  • 2010-09-20 Leonard Skinner, American high school gym teacher; namesake of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd (b. 1933)
  • 2010-09-22 Eddie Fisher, American singer (b. 1928)
  • 2010-09-23 Teresa Lewis, American murderer (b. 1969)
  • 2010-09-25 Art Gilmore, American actor (b. 1912)

Person of interestGloria Stuart

2010-09-26 Gloria Stuart, American actress dies from respiratory failure at 100

Actress Gloria Stuart
Gloria Stuart
  • 2010-09-28 Dolores Wilson, American opera singer (b. 1928)

Person of interestTony Curtis

2010-09-29 Tony Curtis [Bernard Schwartz], American actor (Some Like It Hot), dies at 85

  • 2010-09-29 Greg Giraldo, American comedian (Comedy Central Roast) (b.1965)
  • 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 T Lavitz, American musician (b. 1956)
  • 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), dies at 85
  • 2010-10-15 Richard C. Miller, American photographer (b. 1912)
  • 2010-10-15 Mildred Fay Jefferson, American physician and pro-life activist (b. 1926)
  • 2010-10-15 Johnny Sheffield, American actor (Boy-Tarzan Finds a Son), dies at 79
  • 2010-10-16 Barbara Billingsley, American actress (Leave it to Beaver), dies at 94
  • 2010-10-16 Eyedea, American rapper (Eyedea & Abilities) (b. 1981)
  • 2010-10-18 Marion Brown, American jazz musician (b. 1931)
  • 2010-10-19 Tom Bosley, American actor (Howard-Happy Days, Murder She Wrote, Fiorello!), dies at 83

Person of interestBob Guccione

2010-10-20 Bob Guccione, American publisher (Penthouse magazine), dies at 79

Publisher Bob Guccione
Bob Guccione
  • 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 Lamont Johnson, American television director (b. 1922)
  • 2010-10-24 Joseph Stein, American playwright (Fiddler on the Roof), dies at 98
  • 2010-10-25 Lisa Blount, American actress and producer (b. 1957)
  • 2010-10-26 Glen "Frosty" Little, American circus clown (b. 1925)
  • 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

Person of interestSparky Anderson

2010-11-04 Sparky Anderson, American MLB manager (Cincinnati Reds; World Series 1984 Detroit Tigers), dies from dementia at 76

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • 2010-11-04 Michelle Nicastro, American actress and singer (b. 1960)
  • 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 (b. 1931)
  • 2010-11-06 Robert Lipshutz, American attorney and counsel to the Carter Adminisrtation (b. 1921)
  • 2010-11-08 Jack Levine, American social realist painter, dies at 95
  • 2010-11-08 Alex Fagan, American law enforcement official (b. 1950)
  • 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 Donald Nyrop, American airline executive (b. 1912)
  • 2010-11-16 Ronni Chasen, American film publicist (b. 1946)
  • 2010-11-16 Britton Chance, American molecular biologist and yachtsman (b. 1913)
  • 2010-11-20 Laurie Bembenek, American convicted murderer and fugitive (b. 1958)
  • 2010-11-20 Chalmers Johnson, American political scholar and author (b. 1931)
  • 2010-11-21 Norris Church Mailer, American model and widow of Norman Mailer (b. 1949)
  • 2010-11-21 Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, American visual artist and co-founder of DuSable Museum of African American History, dies at 95