United States of America in History (Part 44)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 4301 - 4,400 of 9,753

  • 1947-07-03 Dave Barry, American humorist and author, born in Armonk, New York
  • 1947-07-07 Howard Rheingold, American author
  • 1947-07-12 Richard C. McCarty, American professor of psychology, born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1947-07-16 Assata Shakur, American activist Black Liberation Army) and wanted by FBI, born in Queens, New York
  • 1947-07-18 Ayn Rumen, American actress (Janet-McLean Stevenson Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947-07-22 Albert Brooks, comedian (Broadcast News, Lost in America), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947-07-23 Spencer Christian, American TV weatherman (Good Morning America), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1947-07-29 Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (Fred Couples, Jay Haas, Craig Stadler, Lanny Wadkins, Steve Elkington), born in New Rochelle, NY (d. 2006)
  • 1947-08-05 Rick Derringer [Zehringer], American guitarist, songwriter (The McCoys - "Hang On Sloopy"; solo - "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo".), and producer (Edgar Winter; Johnny Winter; Weird Al Yankovic), born in Fort Recovery, Ohio
  • 1947-08-12 Sam Rosen, American sportscaster

Barbara BachBarbara Bach (75 years old)

1947-08-27 American actress (The Spy Who Loved Me, Force 10 from Navarone), born in Queens, New York

  • 1947-08-27 Harry Reems, American actor, (d. 2013)
  • 1947-08-29 Temple Grandin, American animal welfare and autism expert, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1947-08-31 Mona Marshall, American voice actress (South Park, Fraggle Rock)
  • 1947-09-01 Al Green, American politician
  • 1947-09-05 (George) "Buddy" Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag; Band of Gypsies), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2008)
  • 1947-09-20 Bruce Pasternack, American CEO (Special Olympics International 2002-07), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947-09-21 Don Felder, American rock guitarist and songwriter (The Eagles, 1974-2001 - "Hotel California"), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1947-09-21 Marsha Norman, American playwright
  • 1947-09-29 Martin Ferrero, American actor (Jurassic Park), born in Brookport, New York
  • 1947-10-01 Dave Arneson, American game designer (Dungeons & Dragons), born in Hennepin County, Minnesota (d. 2009)
  • 1947-10-09 Tony Zappone, American broadcaster and journalist, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1947-10-09 William E. McAnulty, Jr., American lawyer (1st African American justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • 1947-10-11 Thomas Boswell, American sports columnist (Washington Post), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1947-10-13 Jerry Trupiano, American sports broadcaster, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1947-10-22 Haley Barbour, American politician, governor of Mississippi

Jim SteinmanJim Steinman (1947-2021)

1947-11-01 American Grammy Award-winning songwriter and record producer (Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell; Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart), born in NYC, New York [1]

  • 1947-11-03 Mazie Hirono, American politician, 1st Asian American woman elected to the US Senate (Senator-D-Hawaii 2013-, Rep-D-Hawaii 2007-13), born in Koori, Japan
  • 1947-11-09 Robert David Hall, American actor (Dr. Albert Robbins M.D, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1947-11-17 Steven E. de Souza, American scriptwriter and producer (Die Hard, Commando), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1947-11-18 Jameson Parker, actor (American Justice, Simon & Simon), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1947-11-22 Valerie Wilson Wesley, American author
  • 1947-11-26 Susanne Zenor, American actress (Days of Our Lives), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1947-11-29 Ronnie Montrose, American rock guitarist (Montrose; Gamma), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2012)
  • 1947-12-07 Tony Thomas, American TV and film producer, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1947-12-08 Thomas R. Cech, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1947-12-09 Tom Daschle, American politician (U.S. Senator from South Dakota), born in Aberdeen, South Dakota
  • 1947-12-10 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (co-founded the magazine National Lampoon), born in West Palm Beach, Florida (d. 1980)
  • 1947-12-13 Darlene Cates, American actress (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), born in Borger, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1947-12-15 Rodney Bingenheimer, American disc jockey, born in Mountain View, California
  • 1947-12-26 James T. Conway, 34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
  • 1947-12-27 Janet Perry, American operatic soprano, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1948-01-12 Khalid Abdul Muhammed, American Nation of Islam spokesman, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1948-01-16 Ruth Reichl, American magazine editor, born in Greenwich Village, New York
  • 1948-01-20 Nancy Kress, American science fiction writer, born in Buffalo, New york
  • 1948-01-22 Gilbert Levine, American orchestral conductor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1948-01-22 Northern Calloway, American actor (d. 1990)

Ina GartenIna Garten (74 years old)

1948-02-02 American author and TV cooking show host (Barefoot Contessa, Food Network), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1948-02-08 Lynda Lyon Block, American convicted murderer (d. 2002)
  • 1948-02-12 Raymond Kurzweil, American inventor and author (Kurzweil reading machine, text-to-speech synthesis), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948-02-15 Art Spiegelman, American cartoonist
  • 1948-02-18 Tony Anselmo, American animator & cartoon voice actor, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1948-02-19 John Minton [Big John Studd], American pro wrestler (Royal Rumble 1989), born in Butler, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1948-02-22 John Ashton, American actor, born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1948-02-23 Doug Moench, American comic book writer
  • 1948-03-04 James Ellroy, American crime writer (L.A. Confidential), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948-03-04 Jean O'Leary, American gay and lesbian rights activist and politician (d. 2005)
  • 1948-03-13 Robert S. Woods, American actor (Bo-One Life to Live, Waltons), born in Maywood, California
  • 1948-03-14 Tom Coburn, American politician (Senator-R-Oklahoma 2005-2015, Rep-R-Oklahoma 1995-2001), born in Casper, Wyoming (d. 2020)
  • 1948-03-15 Kate Bornstein, American author
  • 1948-03-18 Lockwood Phillips, American radio host
  • 1948-03-22 Wolf Blitzer, American television journalist (CNN), born in Augsburg, Germany
  • 1948-03-23 David Olney, American folk singer-songwriter, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2020)
  • 1948-03-28 Gerry House, American radio personality (Gerry House and the House Foundation), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1948-04-04 Dan Simmons, American sci-fi and horror writer (Song of Kali), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1948-04-06 Patrika Darbo, American actress
  • 1948-04-07 Carol Douglas, American disco singer ("Doctor's Orders"), born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1948-04-12 Lois Reeves, American singer (Martha and the Vandellas, 1969-72), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1948-04-15 Michael Kamen, American composer and arranger (film scores to Brazil and Mr. Holland's Opus; Pink Floyd), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1948-04-20 Gregory Itzin, American film and TV actor (The Kentucky Cycle), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948-04-24 Paul Cellucci, American politician, 69th Governor of Massachusetts and former United States Ambassador to Canada, born in Hudson, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • 1948-04-29 Bruce Cutler, American attorney (defended John Gotti)
  • 1948-04-29 Reb Brown, American actor (Cage, Yor, Capt America, Fast Break), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948-05-03 Chris Mulkey, American actor (Cloverfield), born in Viroqua, Wisconsin
  • 1948-05-04 Hurley Haywood, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1977, 83, 94; 24 Hours of Daytona 1973, 75, 77, 79, 91), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948-05-26 (Stephanie) "Stevie"Nicks, American rock singer-songwriter (Fleetwood Mac - "Rhiannon"; "Landslide"; Bella Donna - "Edge Of Seventeen"), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1948-05-30 Michael Piller, American screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1948-06-13 Joe Roth, American film executive, producer and film director (America's Sweethearts), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948-06-23 Darhyl S. Ramsey, American author
  • 1948-06-27 Camile Baudoin, American guitarist (The Radiators), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948-07-05 William Hootkins, American actor, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1948-07-06 Tom Curley, American media executive (President of the Associated Press), born in Easton, Pennsylvania
  • 1948-07-12 Ben Burtt Jr., American sound designer, born in Jamesville, New York
  • 1948-07-12 Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], American disc jockey, comedian, and actor (Cheers; Murphy Brown), born in Kermit, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1948-07-13 Tony Kornheiser, American sports journalist
  • 1948-07-15 Alicia Bridges, American pop singer ("I Love The Nightlife"), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1948-07-21 Ed Hinton, American sportswriter, born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • 1948-07-22 S. E. Hinton, American author
  • 1948-07-28 Gerald Casale, American new wave bassist, vocalist, keyboardist, and music video director (Devo - "Whip It!': "Jocko Homo"), born in Ravenna, Ohio
  • 1948-08-07 Marty Appel, American public relations executive and author, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1948-08-14 Terry Adams, American piano player and composer (NRBQ - "Me And The Boys"), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1948-08-17 Rod MacDonald, American singer-songwriter, born in Southington, Connecticut
  • 1948-08-27 Sgt. Slaughter, American professional wrestler, born in Meeker County, Minnesota
  • 1948-08-30 Lewis Black, American stand-up comedian (Lewis Black's Root of All Evil), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948-08-31 Lowell Ganz, American screenwriter (Happy Days, Splash), born in New York City
  • 1948-09-15 Suzyn Waldman, American Sportscaster (baseball- NY Yankee), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1948-09-20 George R. R. Martin, American fantasy and sci-fi author (A Song of Ice and Fire), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1948-09-27 John K. Reed, American coral biologist
  • 1948-10-03 Michael Medved, American film critic
  • 1948-10-07 Diane Ackerman, American poet and essayist, born in Waukegan, Illinois

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 4301 - 4,400 of 4,915

  • 2012-05-08 Maurice Sendak, American author and illustrator, dies at 83
  • 2012-05-08 Nicholas Katzenbach, American Attorney General, dies at 90
  • 2012-05-10 Carroll Shelby, American automobile designer, dies at 89
  • 2012-05-10 Evelyn Johnson, American pilot (most flying hours - 57,685), dies at 102
  • 2012-05-13 Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bassist (Booker T & The MG's; Stax Records house band; The Blues Brothers), dies at 70
  • 2012-05-16 James Abdnor, American senator, dies at 89

Donna SummerDonna Summer (1948-2012)

2012-05-17 American disco and pop singer-songwriter ("Love to Love You, Baby"; "On The Radio"; "Last Dance"), dies from lung cancer at 63

  • 2012-05-22 Wesley Brown, 1st African American US Naval Academy graduate, dies at 85
  • 2012-05-23 Paul Fussell, American historian, dies from natural causes at 88
  • 2012-05-29 (Arthel) "Doc" Watson, American Grammy Award-winning bluegrass, folk, and blues guitarist, songwriter, and singer, dies from complications following surgery at 89
  • 2012-06-02 Kathryn Joosten, american actress, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • 2012-06-02 Richard Dawson, British-American actor, comedian, and game show host (Hogan's Heroes, Family Feud), dies from esophageal cancer at 79
  • 2012-06-05 Ray Bradbury, American author (Fahrenheit 451), dies at 91
  • 2012-06-07 Bob Welch, American musician (Fleetwood Mac), commits suicide by gunshot at 66
  • 2012-06-08 Frank Cady, American actor (The Beverly Hillbillies; Petticoat Junction; Green Acres - all as "Sam Drucker"), dies at 96
  • 2012-06-11 Norman F Lent, American republican Congressman, dies from cancer at 81

Henry HillHenry Hill (1943-2012)

2012-06-12 American mobster and FBI informant (inspired Goodfellas), dies from a heart condition at 69

  • 2012-06-13 William S. Knowles, American chemist and Nobel laureate, dies from complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 95

Rodney KingRodney King (1965-2012)

2012-06-17 African American motorist beaten by Los Angeles police officers, dies in an accidental drowning at 47

  • 2012-06-19 Richard Lynch, American actor, dies at 76 (body found on this date)
  • 2012-06-20 LeRoy Neiman, American painter, dies at 91
  • 2012-06-26 Ann Curtis, American Olympic swimmer, dies at 86

Nora EphronNora Ephron (1941-2012)

2012-06-26 American novelist (Heartburn), screenwriter (Silkwood; When Harry Met Sally), and director (Sleepless In Seattle), dies from pneumonia, as a complication of leukemia, at 71

  • 2012-06-27 Don Grady [Agrati], American actor (Robbie Douglas-My Three Sons), dies from cancer at 68
  • 2012-07-01 Evelyn Lear, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • 2012-07-03 Andy Griffith, American actor, comedian, television producer, Southern gospel singer, and writer (Andy Griffith Show, Matlock), dies from a heart attack at 86
  • 2012-07-04 Jimmy Bivins [James], American Hall of Fame boxer, dies from pneumonia at 92

Ernest BorgnineErnest Borgnine (1917-2012)

2012-07-08 American actor (Ice station Zebra, Marty), dies from renal failure at 95

  • 2012-07-13 Richard Darryl Zanuck, American Academy Award-winning film producer, dies from a heart attack at 77
  • 2012-07-15 Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), dies at 95
  • 2012-07-16 Kitty Wells [Ellen Deason], American country singer ("It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"), dies from complications after a stroke at 92
  • 2012-07-17 William Raspberry, American columnist (Pulitzer 1994), dies at 76
  • 2012-07-21 Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-born American journalist, dies from cancer at 72
  • 2012-07-22 George A. Miller, American psychologist, dies at 92

Sally RideSally Ride (1951-2012)

2012-07-23 American astronaut and 1st American woman in space, dies of pancreatic cancer at 61

  • 2012-07-24 Chad Everett [Raymon Lee Cramton], American actor (Medical Center, Airplane II), dies from lung cancer at 75
  • 2012-07-24 Robert Ledley, American scientist (invented the CT scanner), dies at 86
  • 2012-07-24 Sherman Hemsley, American actor (All in the Family; The Jeffersons; Amen), dies from natural causes at 74
  • 2012-07-27 Norman Alden, American character actor (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden), dies from natural causes at 87
  • 2012-07-27 R G Armstrong [Robert Golden], American actor (Predator, Dick Tracey, T.H.E. Cat), dies of natural causes at 95
  • 2012-07-27 Tony Martin, American singer, dies from natural causes at 98
  • 2012-07-31 Gore Vidal, American author (Myra Breckinridge; Lincoln), dies from pneumonia at 86
  • 2012-08-02 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter ("Handy Man"), dies at 75
  • 2012-08-02 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano (Young Broadway), dies at 86
  • 2012-08-06 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor (The Sting; A Chorus Line), dies at 68
  • 2012-08-06 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer and violinist (Paganini), dies from heart failure at 94
  • 2012-08-10 Al Freeman Jr, American actor, dies at 78
  • 2012-08-13 Helen Gurley Brown, American author and publisher, dies at 90
  • 2012-08-14 Phyllis Thaxter, American actress (Nora, Fort Worth), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92
  • 2012-08-14 Ron Palillo, American actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • 2012-08-15 Harry [Maxwell] Harrison, American author, dies at 87
  • 2012-08-16 William Windom, American actor, dies from heart failure at 88
  • 2012-08-18 Scott McKenzie, American singer, dies at 73
  • 2012-08-19 Tony Scott, British film director and producer (Top Gun; Revenge; Days of Thunder), commits suicide at 68
  • 2012-08-21 William Thurston, American mathematician, dies from melanoma at 65
  • 2012-08-23 Jerry Nelson, American puppeteer, dies from prostate cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 78
  • 2012-08-23 Steve Van Buren, American Hall of Fame NFL halfback, dies from pneumonia at 91

Neil ArmstrongNeil Armstrong (1930-2012)

2012-08-25 American X-15 pilot and astronaut - 1st man on the Moon (Gemini 8, Apollo 11), dies from heart surgery complications at 82

  • 2012-09-01 Hal David, American lyricist ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"; "What The World Needs Now Is Love";"Do You Know the Way to San Jose"), dies at 91
  • 2012-09-03 Michael Clarke Duncan, American actor (The Green Mile), dies from respiratory failure at 54
  • 2012-09-05 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Games People Play"; "Walk A Mile In My Shoes"), dies from heart failure at 72
  • 2012-09-06 Art Modell [Arthur Bertram], American businessman (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Modells Stores), dies from heart failure at 87 (b. 1925)
  • 2012-09-10 Lance LeGault, American actor (The A-Team), dies at 75
  • 2012-09-10 Steven Springer, American guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 60
  • 2012-09-16 John Ingle, American actor (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital), dies from cancer at 84
  • 2012-09-17 Russell E. Train, American environmentalist and administrator (EPA, WWF), dies at 92

Steve SabolSteve Sabol (1942-2012)

2012-09-18 American filmmaker (35 Emmy awards, founder of NFL Films), dies from brain cancer at 69

Andy WilliamsAndy Williams (1927-2012)

2012-09-25 American pop singer ("Moon River"; "Days of Wine and Roses"), dies from bladder cancer at 84

  • 2012-09-26 Johnny Lewis, American actor, dies from injuries from a fall at 28
  • 2012-09-27 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, dies at 90
  • 2012-09-27 R. B. Greaves, American singer, dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • 2012-10-09 Harris Savides, American cinematographer., dies from brain cancer at 55
  • 2012-10-14 Kyle Bennett, American BMX racer, dies in a traffic collision at 33
  • 2012-10-17 Stanford Robert Ovshinsky, American inventor and scientist, dies from prostate cancer at 89
  • 2012-10-18 David Spencer Ware, American free jazz saxophonist, dies at 62
  • 2012-10-21 Dann Cahn, American film editor, dies of natural causes at 89
  • 2012-10-22 Arthur Jensen, American psychologist, dies at 89
  • 2012-10-22 Russell Means, Native American activist, dies from esophageal cancer at 72
  • 2012-11-02 Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1956), dies from prostate cancer and diabetes at 78
  • 2012-11-04 Ted Curson, American jazz trumpeter, dies from a heart attack at 77
  • 2012-11-05 Charles V. Bush, African-American pioneer (1st African-American US Air Force Academy Graduate and US Supreme Court Page), dies from colon cancer at 72
  • 2012-11-05 Elliott Carter, American composer, dies from natural causes at 103
  • 2012-11-05 Stalking Cat [Dennis Avner], American body modifier, dies at 54
  • 2012-11-06 M-16 [Ernest Mateen], American cruiserweight boxing champion, dies at 46
  • 2012-11-07 Carmen Basilio, American boxer (World Welterweight title 1955-56; Middleweight title 1957-58), dies from pneumonia at 85
  • 2012-11-08 Lucille Bliss, American voice actress (Cinderella, The Secret of NIMH), dies from natural causes at 96
  • 2012-11-12 Sergio Oliva, American body builder (The Myth, IFBB Mr. Olympia, 1967-9), dies at 71

Larry HagmanLarry Hagman (1931-2012)

2012-11-23 American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, JR-Dallas), dies of complications from throat cancer at 81

  • 2012-11-27 Marvin Miller, American Baseball HOF executive (Executive Director MLB Players Association 1966-82), dies at 95
  • 2012-11-28 Franco Ventriglia, American opera singer, dies at 90
  • 2012-12-04 Besse Cooper, American supercentenarian and world's oldest living person (June 21, 2011 - December 4, 2012)
  • 2012-12-04 Jack Brooks, American politician, dies at 89
  • 2012-12-05 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist ("Take Five") and composer (Gates of Justice), dies from heart failure at 91

Jenni RiveraJenni Rivera (1969-2012)

2012-12-09 Mexican-American singer-songwriter (Jenni, 2008), dies in a plane crash at 43

  • 2012-12-09 Norman Joseph Woodland, American inventor (barcode), dies at 91
  • 2012-12-17 Daniel K. Inouye, American politician (US Senator, 1963-2012), dies from respiratory complications at 88
  • 2012-12-19 Robert Bork, American lawyer, government official (US Solicitor General, 1973-77), jurist (US Court of Appeals, 1982-88), rejected Supreme Court nominee (1987), and professor (Yale),dies from heart disease at 85
  • 2012-12-20 Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, dies from diabetes and hypertension at 91
  • 2012-12-24 Charles Durning, American actor (Fury, Sting, Tootsie), dies from natural causes at 89