United States of America in History (Part 43)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 4201 - 4,300 of 9,753

  • 1946-08-08 James W. Lewis, American convicted extortionist

Janet YellenJanet Yellen (76 years old)

1946-08-13 American economist and Chair of the US Federal Reserve (2014-18), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1946-08-16 Dick Murdoch, American professional wrestler (d. 1996)

Bill ClintonBill Clinton (76 years old)

1946-08-19 42nd US President (Democrat, 1993-2001), born in Hope, Arkansas

  • 1946-08-25 Charles Ghigna (Father Goose), American poet and children's books author (Tickle Day: Poems from Father Goose), born in Bayside, New York
  • 1946-08-26 Mark Snow [Martin Fulterman], American television and film composer (The X-Files theme), born in New York City
  • 1946-08-30 Peggy Lipton [Margaret Ann], American actress (The Mod Squad, Twin Peaks), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946-08-31 Jerome Corsi, American writer and conspiracy theorist, born in East Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1946-09-01 Greg Errico, American drummer (Sly & Family Stone, 1966-71 - "Dance To The Music"; "Everyday People"; Jerry Garcia Band, 1974-84), born in San Francisco, California

Billy PrestonBilly Preston (1946-2006)

1946-09-02 American soul musician, singer and pianist, 5th Beatle ("Nothing From Nothing"; "You Are So Beautiful"), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1946-09-04 David Liebman, American saxophonist and flautist, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946-09-14 Jim Angle, American journalist and television reporter, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1946-09-15 Howard Waldrop, American sci-fi author (The Ugly Chickens), born in Houston, Mississippi
  • 1946-09-16 Cathee Dahmen, American fashion model, born in Minnesota (d. 1997)
  • 1946-09-22 Dan Baker, American public address announcer (Philadelphia Phillies, 1972-present; Philadelphia Eagles, 1985-2014), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1946-09-26 Andrea Dworkin, American radical feminist (Pornography: Men Possessing Women), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1946-09-26 Christine Todd Whitman, American politician (50th Governor of New Jersey), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946-09-28 Jeffrey Jones, American actor (Deadwood; Beetlejuice; Ferris Bueller's Day Off), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1946-10-03 Biff Henderson, American television personality
  • 1946-10-04 Chuck Hagel, American politician
  • 1946-10-06 Lloyd Doggett, American attorney and politician (US Representative, Democrat, Texas), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1946-10-08 Dennis Kucinich, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1946-10-11 Oba Chandler, American convicted murderer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1946-10-14 Craig Venter, American biotechnologist and geneticist (involved with the first draft sequence of the human genome), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1946-10-18 James Robert Baker, American novelist, screenwriter
  • 1946-10-19 Kenneth Washington, African-American actor (Sgt Richard Baker-Hogan's Heroes, Westworld)
  • 1946-10-21 Jim Hill, American sportscaster
  • 1946-10-21 Lux Interior [Erick Lee Purkhiser], American punk rock singer (The Cramps), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1946-10-23 Mel Martinez, American politician (Senator-R-Florida 2005-9), born in Sagua La Grande, Cuba
  • 1946-10-30 Lynne Marta, American actress (Love American Style), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1946-11-01 Dennis Muren, American special effects artist (Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi), born in Glendale, California
  • 1946-11-03 Tom Savini, American prosthetic makeup artist (George Romero films), actor, and director, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1946-11-04 Frederick Elmes, American cinematographer (The Night Of), born in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
  • 1946-12-10 Thomas Lux, American poet (Split Horizon), born in Northampton, Massachusetts (d. 2017)

Stan SmithStan Smith (75 years old)

1946-12-14 American tennis player (US Open 1971, Wimbledon 1972), born in Pasadena, California

Dick WolfDick Wolf (75 years old)

1946-12-20 American television series creator (Miami Vice, Law & Order), born in NYC, New York

Susan LucciSusan Lucci (75 years old)

1946-12-23 American actress (All My Children, Mafia Princess), born in Scarsdale, New York

  • 1946-12-24 Brenda Howard, American bisexual activist, born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 2005)

Jeff SessionsJeff Sessions (75 years old)

1946-12-24 American Republican politician, US Attorney General (2017-18) and Alabama Senator (1997-2017), born in Selma, Alabama

  • 1946-12-28 Tim Johnson, American politician, senior senator from South Dakota

Diane von FurstenbergDiane von Furstenberg (75 years old)

1946-12-31 Belgian-born American fashion designer (wrap dress), born in Brussels

  • 1947-01-01 Jon Corzine, American financial executive and politician (United States Senator from New Jersey, 2001-06; Governor of New Jersey, 2006-10), born in Taylorville, Illinois
  • 1947-01-02 Jack Hanna, American zoologist
  • 1947-01-08 Don Bendell, American author & former Green Beret, born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1947-01-09 Ronnie Landfield, American abstract painter, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1947-01-19 Paula Deen, American chef and restaurateur, born in Albany, Georgia
  • 1947-01-23 Gatewood Galbraith, American author & attorney, born in Carlisle, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1947-01-29 Linda B. Buck, American scientist, (2004 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine - olfactory receptor), born in Seattle, Washington

Darrell WaltripDarrell Waltrip (75 years old)

1947-02-05 American Auto Racer (NASCAR Cup Series 1981, 82, 85; Daytona 500 1989; winner 84 x NASCAR Cup Series races) and broadcaster (Fox Sports), born in Owensboro, Kentucky

  • 1947-02-07 Joe Shea, American journalist
  • 1947-02-10 (Lawrence) "Butch" Morris, American jazz cornetist, composer, and conductor, born in Long Beach, California (d. 2013)
  • 1947-02-18 Eliot Engel, American politician (Rep-D-NY), born in New York City
  • 1947-02-20 Peter Strauss, American actor (The Jericho Mile, Rich Man Poor Man), born in Croton-on-Hudson, New York
  • 1947-02-23 John McWethy, American journalist (d. 2008)
  • 1947-02-25 Lee Evans, American athlete (Olympic gold men's 400m, 4x400m relay 1968), born in Madera, California (d. 2021)
  • 1947-03-03 Clifton Snider, American poet and writer
  • 1947-03-04 David Franzoni, American screenwriter
  • 1947-03-04 Gunnar Hansen, Icelandic-born American actor (Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), born in Reykjavík (d. 2015)
  • 1947-03-07 Lewis J Stadlen, American stage and screen actor (Minnie's Boys - "Groucho"; Savages; Windy City; Benson), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947-03-08 Carole Bayer Sager, American singer-songwriter ("On My Own"; "That's What Friends Are For"), and wife of Burt Bacharach, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1947-03-10 Bob Greene, American journalist (Chicago Tribune), born in Bexley, Ohio
  • 1947-03-17 James K. Morrow, American author (The Last Witchfinder), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

James PattersonJames Patterson (75 years old)

1947-03-22 American author (Alex Cross, Witch and Wizard), born in Newburgh, New York

  • 1947-03-24 Christine Gregoire, American politician, current governor of Washington
  • 1947-03-26 Dar Robinson, American stuntman, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1986)
  • 1947-03-28 John Landecker, American disk jockey, born in Michigan
  • 1947-04-08 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music ("Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?"), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1947-04-08 Robert Kiyosaki, American investor (Rich Dad Company), born in Hilo, Hawaii
  • 1947-04-08 Tom DeLay, American politician (Rep-R-Texas, 1985-2006), born in Laredo, Texas
  • 1947-04-11 Meshach Taylor, American actor, born in Altadena, CA, (d. 2014)
  • 1947-04-12 Tom Clancy, American author (Rainbow Six, The Hunt for Red October), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2013)
  • 1947-04-18 Herbert Mullin, American serial killer (killed thirteen people in California in the early 1970s), born in Salinas, California

James WoodsJames Woods (75 years old)

1947-04-18 American actor (Salvador, Against All Odds), born in Vernal, Utah

  • 1947-04-18 Kathy Acker, American experimental novelist (Blood and Guts in High School), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1947-04-20 Andrew Tobias, American journalist and author (The Best Little Boy in the World), born in NYC, New York

Iggy PopIggy Pop (75 years old)

1947-04-21 American singer and lyricist known as "The Godfather of Punk" (The Stooges - "I Wanna Be Your Dog"; solo - "Lust For Life"), born in Muskegon, Michigan

  • 1947-04-24 Roger D. Kornberg, American biochemist (Nobel 2006), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1947-04-27 George Kenneth Butterfield, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina, born in Wilson, North Carolina
  • 1947-05-01 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), born in Mexico City (d. 2015)
  • 1947-05-06 Martha Nussbaum, American philosopher, born in New York City
  • 1947-05-10 Caroline Cooney, American author
  • 1947-05-10 Thomas Tessier, American author
  • 1947-05-12 Catherine "Cat" Yronwode, American writer and editor-in-chief (Eclipse Comics), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1947-05-12 Micheline Lanctôt, American film actor, director and screenwriter, born in Frelighsburg, Quebec
  • 1947-05-14 Al Ciner, American rock guitarist (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"; Three Dog Night - "Joy To The World"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947-05-23 Jane Kenyon, American poet (d. 1995)
  • 1947-05-25 Karen Valentine, American actress (Love American Style, Room 222), born in Santa Rosa, California
  • 1947-05-29 Gene Robinson, American Episcopal Bishop and 1st openly gay priest of any Christian denomination, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1947-06-03 John Dykstra, American special effects supervisor
  • 1947-06-06 Robert Englund, American actor (Freddy vs. Jason, A Nightmare on Elm Street), born in Glendale, California
  • 1947-06-08 Eric F. Wieschaus, American biologist (Nobel 1995), born in South Bend, Indiana
  • 1947-06-09 John Gurda, American historian (The Making of Milwaukee,), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1947-06-14 Barry Melton, American guitarist (Country Joe and the Fish), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947-06-17 Christopher Allport, American actor (To Live and Die in L.A.), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1947-06-17 George S. Clinton, American film score (Austin Powers films; Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; Mortal Kombat movies;), stage, and concert composer, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1947-06-20 Candace "Candy" Clark, American actress (Man Who Fell to Earth, Q, American Graffiti), born in Norman, Oklahoma
  • 1947-06-20 Dolores Brooks, American singer (The Crystals - "Then He Kissed Me"; "Da Doo Ron Ron"), born in Brooklyn, New York City

Pete MaravichPete Maravich (1947-1988)

1947-06-22 American NBA star (Atlanta Hawks), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

  • 1947-06-22 David L. Lander, American actor (Laverne & Shirley - "Squiggy"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1947-07-01 Marc Benno, American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter ("Rock 'n' Roll Me Again"; Asylum Choir), born in Dallas, Texas

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 4201 - 4,300 of 4,915

  • 2012-01-02 William Carey, American businessman & philanthropist (W. P. Carey & Co.), died from complications after a heart attack at 81
  • 2012-01-03 Harold Zirin, American astronomer, dies at 82
  • 2012-01-03 Robert L Carter, American civil rights activist & judge, dies after complications from a stroke at 94
  • 2012-01-03 Winifred Milius Lubell, American illustrator & writer (The Outer Lands), dies of congestive heart failure at 97
  • 2012-01-03 Wylie Walker Vale, American endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, dies at 70
  • 2012-01-04 Eve Arnold, American photojournalist, dies at 99
  • 2012-01-04 Gatewood Galbraith [Louis], lawyer, American political activist, iconic Kentucky political figure, dies from pneumonia at 64
  • 2012-01-04 James Crow, American geneticist, dies at 95
  • 2012-01-04 Ruben Ayala, American politician (California State Senator 1974-1998), dies of natural cause at 89
  • 2012-01-05 Don Carter, American pro bowler (6 x Bowler of the Year; first athlete to earn $1m in single endorsement deal [Ebonite International]), dies from pneumonia and emphysema at 85
  • 2012-01-05 Frederica Sagor Maas, American playwright and screenwriter, dies at 111
  • 2012-01-06 Roger Boisjoly, American aerodynamicist (anticipated challenger disaster), dies at 73
  • 2012-01-06 W. Francis McBeth, American composer (Of Sailors and Whales), conductor, and pedagogue (Ouachita Baptist University, 1957-96), dies at 78
  • 2012-01-12 Charles Price, American businessman and diplomat, dies at 80
  • 2012-01-16 Jimmy Castor, American pop and funk musician (Troglodyte (Cave Man), Jimmy Castor Bunch), died of heart failure at 71
  • 2012-01-17 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2012-01-20 Etta James [Jamesetta Hawkins], American singer, dies from leukaemia at 73
  • 2012-01-20 John F Baker Jnr, United States Army Master Sergeant and Medal of Honour recipient dies at 66
  • 2012-01-21 Jonathan Idema, American torturer, kidnapper and con-artist, dies from Aids complications at 55
  • 2012-01-21 Roy John Britten, American molecular biologist (repeated DNA sequences in eukaryotic genomes), dies of pancreatic cancer at 92
  • 2012-01-24 James Farentino, American actor, dies from heart failure at 73
  • 2012-01-24 Patricia Neway, American opera and musical theatre singer, dies at 83
  • 2012-01-27 Kevin White, American politician, dies at 82
  • 2012-01-29 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, dies at 92
  • 2012-01-31 Anthony Bevilacqua, American cardinal, dies at 88
  • 2012-01-31 Dorothea Tanning, American artist (Nachtmusik, 1943, Night Shadow, 1945), dies at 101
  • 2012-01-31 Mike Kelley, American artist, commits suicide at 57
  • 2012-01-31 Tristram Coffin, American folklorist, dies from pneumonia at 89
  • 2012-02-01 Angelo Dundee, American boxing trainer & cornerman (Muhammad Ali 1960–81 & 15 other world boxing champions), dies at 90
  • 2012-02-01 Don Cornelius, American television host, commits suicide by gunshot at 75
  • 2012-02-02 Dorothy Gilman, American mystery writer, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • 2012-02-03 Ben Gazzara, American actor, dies from pancreatic cancer at 81
  • 2012-02-03 Norton Zinder, American biologist (genetic transduction), dies from pneumonia at 83
  • 2012-02-03 Zalman King, American actor and director, dies from cancer at 69
  • 2012-02-04 Robert Daniel, five term American congressman for Virginia, dies at 75
  • 2012-02-04 Robert Glaser, American educational psychologist, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 91
  • 2012-02-05 Sam Coppola, American actor (Saturday Night Fever), dies at 79
  • 2012-02-06 Janice Voss, American astronaut (shuttle radar topography mission), dies from breast cancer at 55
  • 2012-02-06 Peter Breck, American actor (Black Saddle, Big Valley, Benji), dies at 82
  • 2012-02-07 Florence Holway, American rape victim and activist, dies at 96
  • 2012-02-07 Patricia Stephens Due, African-American civil rights activist (FAMU jail-in), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 72
  • 2012-02-07 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "George Shumway"), dies of natural causes at 80
  • 2012-02-10 Jeffrey Zaslow, American author and columnist, dies in a car accident at 53

Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston (1963-2012)

2012-02-11 American singer ("I Will Always Love You"; "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"), actress (The Bodyguard), and film producer (The Princess Diaries), dies from an accidental bathtub drowning at 48

  • 2012-02-12 John Severin, American comic book artist, dies at 90
  • 2012-02-12 Zina Bethune, American actress, dies from hit and run at 66
  • 2012-02-13 Lillian Bassman, American photographer and painter (Harper's Bazaar), dies at 94
  • 2012-02-14 Dory Previn, American singer-songwriter, dies at 86
  • 2012-02-15 Charles Anthony [Caruso], American tenor, dies from kidney failure at 82
  • 2012-02-16 Elyse Knox, American actress and model (Hit the Ice, Black Gold), dies at 94
  • 2012-02-16 Gary Carter, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1986; Gold Glove Award 1980–82; Montreal Expos, NY Mets), dies from brain tumor at 57
  • 2012-02-17 Ulric Neisser, American psychologist, dies at 83
  • 2012-02-19 John Hogan, American research chemist, dies at 92
  • 2012-02-19 Steve Kordek, American pinball machine designer, dies at 100
  • 2012-02-20 Renato Dulbecco, Italian-born American virologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 97
  • 2012-02-21 Barney Rosset, American publisher and free speech advocate, dies at 89
  • 2012-02-22 Billy Strange, American singer-songwriter, dies at 81
  • 2012-02-23 Bruce Surtees, American cinematographer (Dirty Harry, Lenny), dies at 74
  • 2012-02-24 Benedict Freedman, American novelist and mathematician, dies at 92
  • 2012-02-24 Jan Berenstain [Janice Marian Grant], American author (The Berenstain Bears), dies from a stroke at 88
  • 2012-02-24 Kenneth Price, American ceramic artist and print maker, dies from cancer at 77
  • 2012-02-25 Lynn Compton, American jurist and commissioned officer, dies from heart attack at 90
  • 2012-02-25 Red Holloway [James], American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies from stroke and kidney failure at 84
  • 2012-03-01 Andrew Breitbart, American conservative blogger & publisher, dies at 43
  • 2012-03-02 James Wilson, American criminologist, dies at 80
  • 2012-03-02 Van Barfoot, American army colonel and Medal of Honour recipient, dies at 92
  • 2012-03-03 Leonardo Cimino, Italian-American actor (The Monster Squad, V, Dune, Waterworld, Hudson Hawk), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 94
  • 2012-03-03 Ralph McQuarrie, American conceptual designer (Star Wars, E.T.), dies at 82
  • 2012-03-03 Ronnie Montrose, American rock guitarist (Montrose, Gamma), dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 64
  • 2012-03-04 Don Mincher, American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, dies at 73
  • 2012-03-05 William Heirens, American serial killer, dies at 83
  • 2012-03-06 Donald Payne, American Congressman, dies from colon cancer at 77
  • 2012-03-06 Robert Sherman, American songwriter, dies at 86
  • 2012-03-07 Jimmy Ellis, American soul singer, dies from complications from Alzheimer's disease at 74
  • 2012-03-08 Leslie Cochran, American peace activist and police critic, dies from head trauma at 60
  • 2012-03-09 Peter Bergman, American Comedian, dies from leukemia at 72
  • 2012-03-09 Selma Rubin, American environmental activist, dies at 96
  • 2012-03-10 F. Sherwood Rowland, American Nobel laureate in chemistry 1995, dies from Parkinson's disease at 84
  • 2012-03-11 Sid Couchey, American comic book artist, dies at 92
  • 2012-03-15 Dave Philley, American Major League Baseball switch-hitter, dies at 91
  • 2012-03-19 William Charette, American navy Hospital Corpsman and Medal of Honour recipient, dies at 79
  • 2012-03-20 Mel Parnell, American MLB pitcher (Boston Red Sox, 1947-56), coach, and broadcaster, dies from cancer at 89
  • 2012-03-25 Bert Sugar, American sports writer (editor / publisher The Ring magazine; Sting like a Bee; The Ageless Warrior), dies from a cardiac arrest at 74
  • 2012-03-25 Larry Stevenson [Richard], American skateboard innovator, dies from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • 2012-03-27 Adrienne Rich, American feminist poet and essayist (Diving into the Wreck), dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at 82
  • 2012-03-27 Hilton Kramer, American art critic, dies from heart failure at 84
  • 2012-03-27 Warren Stevens, American actor (Richard Boone Show), dies from lung disease at 92
  • 2012-03-28 Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass banjo player (Flatt & Scruggs - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"; "Ballad of Jed Clampett"), dies from natural causes at 88
  • 2012-03-28 Harry Crews, American writer and actor (Indian Runner), dies from neuropathy at 76
  • 2012-03-29 Bill Jenkins, American engine builder and drag racer (Motorsports Hall of Fame of America), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 2012-04-02 Elizabeth Catlett, African-American sculptor and print maker (Mother and Child), dies at 96
  • 2012-04-06 Thomas Kinkade, American artist, dies from acute intoxication at 54

Mike WallaceMike Wallace (1918-2012)

2012-04-07 American journalist and media personality (Biography, 60 Minutes), dies of natural causes at 93

Dick ClarkDick Clark (1929-2012)

2012-04-18 American radio and television personality (American Bandstand), dies from a heart attack at 82

  • 2012-04-19 Levon Helm, American drummer and singer (The Band - "Up On Cripple Creek"; "The Weight"), and actor (Coal Miner's Daughter; The Right Stuff), dies from throat cancer at 71
  • 2012-05-01 Charles "skip" Pitts, American soul and blues guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 65
  • 2012-05-06 George Lindsey, American actor (Andy Griffith Show -"Goober"), dies at 83