United States of America in History (Part 42)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 4101 - 4,200 of 9,751

  • 1945-07-01 Mike Burstyn, Israeli-American actor (De Mike Bustyn Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945-07-09 Lewis F. Payne Jr., American politician (Rep-D-Virginia), born in Amherst, Virginia
  • 1945-07-09 Root Boy Slim [Foster MacKenzie III], American entertainer, born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1945-07-21 Alton Maddox, NY African American activist/attorney (Tawana Brawley case)

Jim DavisJim Davis (77 years old)

1945-07-28 American cartoonist and creator of the comic strips "Garfield" and "U.S. Acres", born in Marion, Indiana

  • 1945-08-01 Douglas Osheroff, American physicist (Nobel 1996), born in Aberdeen, Washington
  • 1945-08-02 Jewell Jackson McCabe, American feminist and social and political activist who led the National Coalition of 100 Black Women movement in the 1970s, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945-08-02 Joanna Cassidy [Caskey], American actress (Blade Runner; Under Fire; Six Feet Under), born in Haddonfield, New Jersey
  • 1945-08-05 Ja'net Dubois, American actress (Good Times, Beverly Hill 90210), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945-08-05 Loni Anderson, American actress (WKRP in Cincinnati - "Jennifer"), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Steve MartinSteve Martin (77 years old)

1945-08-14 American comedian, banjo player, author and actor (Parenthood; The Jerk; Roxanne), born in Waco, Texas

  • 1945-08-14 Wim Wenders, German filmmaker (American Friend, Hammett), born in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1945-08-16 Gary Loizzo, American rock guitarist and singer (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1945-08-21 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer (The Hunt For Red October), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1945-08-21 Patty McCormack, American actress (Mama, Peck's Bad Girl, Ropers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945-08-22 Steve Kroft, American journalist and longtime correspondent for 60 Minutes, born in Kokomo Indiana
  • 1945-08-24 Vince McMahon, American professional wrestling promoter, born in Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • 1945-08-26 Tom Ridge, American politician, (1st US Secretary of Homeland Security, Rep-R-Pennsylvania), born in Munhall, Pennsylvania
  • 1945-09-09 Dee Dee Sharp [Dione Larue], American R&B singer (I Love You Anyway), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1945-09-15 Ron Shelton, American film director (Bull Durham), born in Whittier, California
  • 1945-09-22 Paul LeMat, American actor (American Graffiti, Melvin and Howard), born in Rahway, New Jersey
  • 1945-09-24 Lou Dobbs, American journalist (Lou Dobbs Tonight), born in Childress County, Texas
  • 1945-09-27 Kay Ryan, American poet (Hide and Seek), born in San Jose, California
  • 1945-09-30 Bob Lassiter 'Mad Dog', American radio personality, born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • 1945-10-01 Spider Sabich, American skier (d. 1976)
  • 1945-10-02 Don McLean, American singer and songwriter ("American Pie"; "Vincent"), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1945-10-12 Dusty Rhodes [Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.], American professional wrestler (WWE), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1945-10-16 Paul Monette, American writer and LBT activist, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1945-10-18 Huell Howser, American TV host
  • 1945-10-26 Jaclyn Smith, American actress (Charlie's Angels, The Bourne Identity), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1945-10-26 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1945-10-31 Brian Doyle-Murray, American comedian and actor (Groundhog Day), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945-11-03 Ken Holtzman, American baseball pitcher (2 x no hitters; MLB All Star 1972-73; World Series 1972-74), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1945-11-08 Don Murray, American drummer (The Turtles - "Happy Together"), born in Glendale, California (d. 1996)
  • 1945-11-09 Charlie Robinson, American actor (Night Court, 1984-92 - "Mac"; Hart of Dixie), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1945-11-12 Tracy Kidder, American journalist and author (The Soul of a New Machine), born in New York City
  • 1945-11-13 John B. Craig, American diplomat, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1945-11-14 Paul Hirsch, American film editor
  • 1945-11-15 Bob Gunton, American actor
  • 1945-11-16 Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, American rhythm and blues guitarist, and songwriter ("Take Me To The River"; "Love And Happiness"), born in Germantown, Tennessee (d. 2014)
  • 1945-11-16 Steve Railsback, American actor (The Stunt Man, Escape 2000), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1945-11-20 Nanette Workman, American-Canadian singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945-11-23 Jerry Harris, American sculptor, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1945-11-25 Patrick Nagel, American artist (d. 1984)
  • 1945-12-02 Penelope Spheeris, American film director (The Decline of Western Civilization), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1945-12-16 Patti Deutsch, American actress and Match Game panelist
  • 1945-12-17 Chris Matthews, American journalist
  • 1945-12-20 Peter Criss [George Peter John Criscuola], American drummer and singer (Kiss - "Beth"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945-12-26 John Walsh, activist/TV host (America's Most Wanted)
  • 1945-12-30 Concetta Tomei, American actress
  • 1946-01-02 Richard Cole, American tour manager (Led Zeppelin)
  • 1946-01-03 Cissy King, American entertainer
  • 1946-01-04 Susannah McCorkle, American jazz singer, born in Berkeley, California (d. 2001)
  • 1946-01-08 Robby Krieger, American guitarist (The Doors - "Light My Fire"; "Hello, I Love You"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946-01-11 John Piper, American theologian
  • 1946-01-23 Don Whittington, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1979), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1946-01-28 Renne Jarrett, American actress (Nancy), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946-02-06 Jim Turner, American politician, born in Fort Lewis, Washington
  • 1946-02-09 Jim Webb, United States Senator from Virginia
  • 1946-02-26 Phyllis Eisenstein, American sci-fi author (Sorcerer's Son, Born to Exile), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946-03-06 Martin Kove, American actor (Victor-Cagney & Lacey), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946-03-12 Frank Welker, American voice actor (Scooby-Doo, Curious George), born in Denver, Colorado

Liza MinnelliLiza Minnelli (76 years old)

1946-03-12 American singer and actress (Sterile Cuckoo, Cabaret), born in Hollywood, California

  • 1946-03-25 Bonnie Bedelia [Culkin], American actress (Die Hard, Heart Like a Wheel), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946-03-25 Gerard John Schaefer, American serial killer (d. 1995)
  • 1946-03-28 Richard Sussman, American jazz musician and composer
  • 1946-03-31 Gabe Kaplan, American comedian and actor (Welcome Back Kotter), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946-04-08 Tim Thomerson, American actor (Trancers), born in Coronado, California
  • 1946-04-16 Margot Adler, American journalist, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2014)
  • 1946-04-18 Harvey Kagan, American muscian (Sir Douglas Quintet)
  • 1946-04-30 Bill Plympton, American animator (Your Face), born in Portland Oregon
  • 1946-05-02 Lesley Gore [Goldstein], American pop singer ("It's My Party"; "You Don't Own Me"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1946-05-07 Bill Kreutzmann, American rock drummer (Grateful Dead), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1946-05-12 L. Neil Smith, American sci-fi author (Lando Calrissian novels), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1946-05-17 F. Paul Wilson, American novelist
  • 1946-05-18 Andreas Katsulas, American actor (Babylon 5), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2006)

Reggie JacksonReggie Jackson (76 years old)

1946-05-18 American Baseball HOF right fielder (14 x MLB All Star; World Series 1972, 73 [MVP], 74, 77 [MVP], 78; AL MVP 1973; Oakland A's, NY Yankees,), born in Wyncote, Pennsylvania

  • 1946-05-20 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (5-time MLB All Star), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2008)

CherCher (76 years old)

1946-05-20 American singer ("I Got You Babe"; "If I Could Turn Back Time"), and actress (Mask; Moonstruck), born in El Centro, California

  • 1946-05-23 H. Paul Shuch, American scientist who coordinated radio amateurs to search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946-05-31 Ted Baehr, American Christian media critic
  • 1946-06-03 Eddie Holman, American singer ("Hey There Lonely Girl"; "You Make My Life Complete"), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1946-06-12 John Steinbeck IV, American journalist, author and son of John Steinbeck, born in New York City
  • 1946-06-16 Jodi Rell, American politician (Governor of Connecticut 2004-11), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1946-07-02 Richard Axel, American scientist, Nobel laureate
  • 1946-07-03 John Klemmer, American composer and saxophonist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946-07-04 Ed O'Ross, American actor (Full Metal Jacket), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

George W. BushGeorge W. Bush (76 years old)

1946-07-06 American businessman and Republican politician (43rd President of the United States, 2001-09; 46th Governor of Texas, 1995-2000), born in New Haven, Connecticut

  • 1946-07-06 Jamie Wyeth, American artist (An American Vision-Boston), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1946-07-09 Joe Micelli, American rocker, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1946-07-16 Barbara Lee, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1946-07-16 Richard LeParmentier, American actor (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)

Ken StarrKen Starr (1946-2022)

1946-07-21 American lawyer who investigated sitting US President Bill Clinton (Starr Report), born in Vernon, Texas

  • 1946-07-22 Steve Friedman, American Emmy Award-winning TV news executive (NBC, 1977-87, 1990-95; CBS, 1997-2002), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946-07-25 John Gibson, American media host (The John Gibson Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946-07-30 Neil Bonnett, American race car driver, born in Hueytown, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • 1946-07-31 Karen Zerby, American religious leader, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1946-08-05 Ron Silliman, American poet (The Alphabet), born in Pasco,Washington
  • 1946-08-07 Ed Seykota, American commodities and futures trader
  • 1946-08-08 James W. Lewis, American convicted extortionist

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 4101 - 4,200 of 4,915

  • 2010-12-20 James R. Mann, American attorney and politician (b. 1920)
  • 2010-12-20 Steve Landesberg, American comedian and actor (Barney Miller - "Dietrich"), from colon cancer on at 74
  • 2010-12-22 Fred Foy, American radio and television announcer (b. 1921)
  • 2010-12-23 Fred Hargesheimer, American World War II pilot (b. 1916)
  • 2010-12-26 Teena Marie, American singer and composer (b. 1956)
  • 2010-12-29 Bill Erwin, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2011-01-02 Anne Francis, American actress (Honey West, Forbidden Planet, Pancho Villa), dies at 80
  • 2011-01-02 Richard D. Winters, American Army officer, dies at 92
  • 2011-01-08 John Roll, United States Federal Judge (b.1947)
  • 2011-01-10 Margaret Whiting, American singer (It Might As Well Be Spring, Time After Time), dies at 86
  • 2011-01-17 Donald "Don" Kirshner, American rock & roll producer known as "The Man With the Golden Ear" (invented bubblegum music), dies at 76
  • 2011-01-18 Sargent Shriver, American politician and activist (Peace Corps), dies at 95
  • 2011-01-21 Dennis Oppenheim, American conceptual artist (b.1938)
  • 2011-01-23 Jack LaLanne, American fitness and nutritional expert, dies at 96
  • 2011-01-26 Charlie Louvin, American country singer-songwriter (Louvin Brothers - "The Only Way Out (Is to Walk Over Me)")dies of cancer at 83
  • 2011-02-11 Tom Carnegie, American sports announcer (b. 1919)
  • 2011-02-12 Elizabeth "Betty" Garrett, American actress, comedian, singer and dancer (All in the Family), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 91
  • 2011-02-14 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist (Lullaby of Birdland), dies at 91
  • 2011-02-16 Len Lesser, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 2011-02-21 Bernard Nathanson, American abortionist turned pro-life activist (b. 1926)
  • 2011-02-26 James A. McClure, American politician (Senator - Idaho), dies at 86
  • 2011-02-27 Frank Buckles, last surviving American World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • 2011-03-04 Frank Chirkinian, American producer (b.c. 1926)
  • 2011-03-04 Johnny Preston, American pop singer (Running Bear), dies at 71
  • 2011-03-08 Mike Starr (musician), American Musician (b. 1966)
  • 2011-03-11 Loleatta Holloway, American disco singer ("Love Sensation"), dies of heart failure at 64
  • 2011-03-15 Nate Dogg [Nathaniel Dwayne Hale], American rapper ("Regulate"), dies from heart failure related to multiple strokes at 41
  • 2011-03-16 Richard Wirthlin, American political strategist for Ronald Reagan, dies at 80

Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

2011-03-23 English-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian (Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), dies at 79

  • 2011-04-04 Scott Columbus, American heavy metal drummer (Manowar, 1983–91 & 1994–2008), takes his own life at 54
  • 2011-04-08 Hedda Sterne, Romanian born American artist, dies at 100
  • 2011-04-09 Sidney Lumet, American film director (Group, Pawnbroker, Fail Safe), dies at 86
  • 2011-04-14 Walter Breuning, American supercentenarian (b. 1896)
  • 2011-04-20 Chris Hondros, American photographer (b. 1970)
  • 2011-04-20 Tim Hetherington, British-American photojournalist (b. 1970)
  • 2011-04-23 Tom King, American rock guitarist, songwriter, guitarist, and arranger (The Outsiders - "Time Won't Let Me"), dies of congestive heart failure at 68
  • 2011-04-27 Marian Mercer, American actress & singer (Dean Martin Show), dies at 75
  • 2011-05-03 Jackie Cooper, American actor and director (Skippy, Superman), dies at 88
  • 2011-05-13 Bruce Ricker, American jazz and blues documentarian (The Last of the Blue Devils; Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser), dies at 68
  • 2011-05-15 Bob Flannigan, American jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), dies at 84
  • 2011-05-16 Bill Skiles, American comic (b. 1931)

Randy SavageRandy Savage (1952-2011)

2011-05-20 American pro wrestler (WWF/SMW/ICW; WWE Hall of Fame), dies of a heart attack at 58

  • 2011-05-27 Jeff Conaway, American actor and singer (Taxi - "Bobby"; Grease - "Kenickie"; Babylon 5 - "Zack"), dies of pneumonia and sepsis at 60
  • 2011-05-30 Clarice Taylor, American actress (Nurse Bailey-Nurse), dies at 93
  • 2011-06-03 Andrew Gold, American rocker ("Lonely Boy"), and songwriter (Thank You For Being A Friend; The Final Frontier), dies in his sleep of heart failure at 59

Jack KevorkianJack Kevorkian (1928-2011)

2011-06-03 American pathologist and right-to-die activist, dies of a thrombosis at 83

  • 2011-06-03 James Arness, American actor (Gunsmoke, How the West Was Won), dies of natural causes at 88
  • 2011-06-11 Seth Putnam, American extreme heavy metal guitarist and vocalist, dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 2011-06-15 Bill Haast, American Herpetologist (b. 1910)
  • 2011-06-18 Clarence Clemons, American saxophonist, known as "The Big Man" (The E-Street Band), dies of complications from a stroke (b. 1942); flags in New Jersey are lowered to half-mast
  • 2011-06-19 Don Diamond, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 2011-06-20 Ryan Dunn, American actor and TV personality (Homewrecker), dies at 34
  • 2011-06-23 Peter Falk, American actor (Colombo, Scared Straight), dies at 83
  • 2011-06-30 Barry Bremen, American sports imposter and business man (b. 1947)
  • 2011-07-01 Leslie Brooks, American actress (b. 1922)
  • 2011-07-05 Cy Twombly, American artist (b. 1928)

Betty FordBetty Ford (1918-2011)

2011-07-08 First Lady of the United States (1974-77) and founder of the Betty Ford Center clinic, dies at 93

  • 2011-07-08 Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet (Home Alone, Deranged, The Great Gatsby), dies of a stroke at 87
  • 2011-07-12 Sherwood Schwartz, American television screenwriter and producer (The Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island), dies at 94
  • 2011-08-02 DeLois Barrett Campbell, American gospel singer (Barrett Sisters), dies at 85
  • 2011-08-11 Jani Lane [John Oswald], American heavy metal rock songwriter, and singer (Warrant - "Cherry Pie"), dies of acute alcohol poisoning at 47
  • 2011-08-22 Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (Leiber & Stoller - "Hound Dog"; "Jailhouse Rock"; "Is That All There Is?"), dies at 78
  • 2011-08-22 Nickolas "Nick" Ashford, American songwriter, record producer ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough"; "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"), and singer (Ashford & Simpson - "Solid"), dies of throat cancer at 70
  • 2011-08-24 Mike Flanagan, American baseball pitcher (b. 1951)
  • 2011-08-29 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, dies at 96

Cliff RobertsonCliff Robertson (1923-2011)

2011-09-10 American actor (Charly, Spider-Man) and spokesman for AT&T, dies at 88

  • 2011-09-21 Pamela Ann Rymer, American federal appellate judge (b. 1941)
  • 2011-09-21 Troy Anthony Davis, American high-profile death row inmate and human rights activist (executed) (b. 1968)
  • 2011-09-26 Bob Cassilly, American Artist and Founder of the St. Louis City Museum (b. 1949)
  • 2011-09-27 Johnny "Country" Mathis, American country music songwriter and singer, dies of stroke complications at 80
  • 2011-09-30 Anwar al-Awlaki, American-born terrorist and Islamist militant (b. 1971)
  • 2011-10-05 Charles Napier, American actor (Night Stalker, Rambo), dies at 75
  • 2011-10-05 Derrick Bell, American legal scholar and civil rights advocate (b. 1930)

Steve JobsSteve Jobs (1955-2011)

2011-10-05 American computer entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple, dies of respiratory arrest related to cancer at 56

  • 2011-10-12 Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist (created C programming language, helped developed Unix), dies at 70
  • 2011-10-12 Patricia Breslin, American television and film actress dies at 80
  • 2011-10-23 Herbert A. Hauptman, American mathematician whose models for determining the chemical crystal structures vital for life revolutionized chemistry (Nobel 1985), dies at 94
  • 2011-10-24 John McCarthy, American computer scientist and pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence, inventor of the Lisp programming language.(b. 1927)
  • 2011-10-31 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), dies of heart and lung disease at 81
  • 2011-11-04 Andy Rooney, American radio and television writer (b. 1919)
  • 2011-11-08 Bil Keane, American cartoonist (The Family Circus), dies at 89
  • 2011-11-08 Heavy D [Dwight Errington Myers], Jamaican-American rap artist, dies at 44
  • 2011-11-10 Peter J. Biondi, American state legislator (New Jersey) and former mayor (b. 1942)
  • 2011-11-17 Kurt Budke, American basketball coach (b. 1961)
  • 2011-11-17 Olin Branstetter, American businessman and politician (b. 1929)
  • 2011-11-22 Lynn Margulis, American biologist (serial endosymbiotic theory), dies at 73
  • 2011-11-22 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer (Bill Evans Trio; Keith Jarrett), composer, and bandleader (Electric Bebop Band), dies of bone marrow cancer at 80
  • 2011-11-23 Oscar Griffin Jr, American journalist and 1963 Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 78
  • 2011-11-25 Tom Wicker, American journalist and author, dies at 85
  • 2011-11-29 Patrice O'Neal, American stand-up comedian, dies from stroke complications at 41
  • 2011-11-30 William L. Waller, American politician and ex-Governor of Mississippi, dies at 85
  • 2011-12-04 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf), dies at 80
  • 2011-12-06 Dobie Gray [Lawrence Brown], American musician and singer (Drift Away), dies of cancer at 71

Harry MorganHarry Morgan (1915-2011)

2011-12-07 American actor (December Bride; M*A*S*H, 1975-83 - "Col. Sherman Potter"; AfterMASH; Dragnet - "Bill Gannon"), dies in his sleep at 96

  • 2011-12-13 Russell Hoban, American author (creator of 'Frances' series), dies at 86
  • 2011-12-29 Bobby Purify [Robert Lee Dickey], American soul singer (I'm Your Puppet), dies at 72
  • 2012-01-01 Ed Jenkins, American Congressman (Rep-D-Georgia 1977-93), dies at 78
  • 2012-01-01 Elizabeth Brumfiel, American feminist archaeologist, dies of cancer at 66
  • 2012-01-01 Fred Milano, American doo-wop singer, member of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, dies from lung cancer at 72