United States of America in History (Part 42)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 4101 - 4,200 of 9,829

  • 1945-04-30 Annie Dillard, American writer (An American Childhood), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1945-05-13 Sam Anderson, American actor
  • 1945-05-24 Priscilla Presley, American actress (Jenna-Dallas, Naked Gun), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 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 Hunter "Patch" Adams, American doctor
  • 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
  • 1945-06-26 Barry Schrader, American electronic muscic composer, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 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)

Person of interestJim Davis

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

Garfield Cartoonist Jim Davis
Garfield Cartoonist
Jim Davis
  • 1945-08-01 Douglas Osheroff, American physicist (Nobel 1996), born in Aberdeen, Washington
  • 1945-08-02 Joanna Cassidy [Joanna Virginia Caskey], American actress (Blade Runner, Under Fire), born in Haddonfield, New Jersey
  • 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.
  • 1945-08-05 Ja'net Dubois, American actress (Good Times, Beverly Hill 90210), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945-08-05 Loni Anderson, American actress (Jennifer-WKRP in Cincinnati), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Person of interestSteve Martin

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

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
  • 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 Patty McCormack, American actress (Mama, Peck's Bad Girl, Ropers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945-08-21 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer (The Hunt For Red October), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 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, first United States 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
  • 1945-09-22 Paul LeMat, Rahway, New Jersey, American actor (American Graffiti, Melvin and Howard)
  • 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, American radio personality
  • 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 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1945-10-26 Jaclyn Smith, American actress (Charlie's Angels, The Bourne Identity), born in Houston, Texas
  • 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), born in Glendale, California (d. 1996)
  • 1945-11-09 Charles Robinson, American actor, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1945-11-12 Tracy Kidder, American journalist and author
  • 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 Steve Railsback, American actor (The Stunt Man, Escape 2000), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 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)
  • 1945-11-20 Nanette Workman, American-Canadian singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945-11-23 Jerry Harris, American sculptor
  • 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), 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), 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

Person of interestLiza Minnelli

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

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • 1946-03-12 Frank Welker, American voice actor (Scooby-Doo, Curious George), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 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)
  • 1946-04-20 Gordon Smiley, American racecar driver, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1982)
  • 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

Person of interestReggie Jackson

1946-05-18 Reggie Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (14-time All Star)), born in Wyncote, Pennsylvania

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1946-05-18 Andreas Katsulas, American actor (Babylon 5), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2006)

Person of interest Cher

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

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • 1946-05-20 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (5-time MLB All Star), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • 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 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
  • 1946-07-02 Richard Axel, American scientist, Nobel laureate

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 4101 - 4,200 of 4,945

  • 2010-11-21 David Nolan, American political activist (b. 1943)
  • 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 Stephen Solarz, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 70
  • 2010-11-29 Alfred Masini, American television producer (b. 1930)
  • 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 musician (b. 1925)
  • 2010-12-09 John du Pont, American member of the Du Pont family and convicted murderer (b. 1938)
  • 2010-12-10 John Bennett Fenn, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • 2010-12-10 J. Michael Hagopian, Turkish-born American documentarian (b. 1913)
  • 2010-12-10 MacKenzie Miller, American horse trainer and breeder (b. 1921)
  • 2010-12-13 Richard Holbrooke, American diplomat (b. 1941)
  • 2010-12-14 Timothy Davlin, American politician, dies at 53
  • 2010-12-14 Neva Patterson, American actress (The Seven Year Itch, Taxi, Nichols), dies rom complications from a broken hip at 90
  • 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 organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)
  • 2010-12-20 Steve Landesberg, American actor and comedian (b. 1945)
  • 2010-12-20 James R. Mann, American attorney and politician (b. 1920)
  • 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 musician (b. 1927)
  • 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

Person of interestElizabeth Taylor

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

  • 2011-04-04 Scott Columbus, American drummer (Manowar) (b. 1956)
  • 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 Tim Hetherington, British-American photojournalist (b. 1970)
  • 2011-04-20 Chris Hondros, American photographer (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
  • 2011-05-10 Michael Baze, American horse racing jockey (b. 1987)
  • 2011-05-13 Bruce Ricker, American jazz and blues documentarian (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)
  • 2011-05-20 "Macho Man" Randy Savage, American pro wrestler (WWF/SMW/ICW), 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 51
  • 2011-05-30 Clarice Taylor, American actress (Nurse Bailey-Nurse), dies at 93

Person of interestJack Kevorkian

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

Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist Jack Kevorkian
Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist
Jack Kevorkian
  • 2011-06-03 James Arness, American actor (Gunsmoke, How the West Was Won), dies of natural causes at 88
  • 2011-06-03 Andrew Gold, American rocker ("Lonely Boy"), dies in his sleep of heart failure at 59
  • 2011-06-11 Seth Putnam, American extreme heavy metal guitarist and vocalist, dies of 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)
  • 2011-07-08 Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet (Home Alone, Deranged, The Great Gatsby), dies of a stroke at 87

Person of interestBetty Ford

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

US First Lady Betty Ford
US First Lady
Betty Ford
  • 2011-07-12 Sherwood Schwartz, American Television Writer (b. 1916)
  • 2011-08-02 DeLois Barrett Campbell, American gospel singer (b. 1926)
  • 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), 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

Person of interestCliff Robertson

2011-09-10 Clifford "Cliff" Robertson, 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 singer (b. 1933)
  • 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