United States of America in History (Part 44)

Historical Events

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 4301 - 4,400 of 9,830

  • 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 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
  • 1947-06-22 David L. Lander, American actor (Laverne & Shirley - "Squiggy"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2020)

Person of interestPete Maravich

1947-06-22 "Pistol" Pete Maravich, American NBA star (Atlanta Hawks), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • 1947-07-01 Marc Benno, American musician (Rock 'n' Roll Me Again), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 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 [Ricky Dean Zehringer], American guitarist, songwriter and producer (The McCoys - "Hang On Sloopy"), born in Fort Recovery, Ohio
  • 1947-08-12 Sam Rosen, American sportscaster

Person of interestBarbara Bach

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

Actress Barbara Bach
Barbara Bach
  • 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
  • 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 Donald "Don" Felder, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Eagles), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1947-09-21 Marsha Norman, American playwright
  • 1947-09-22 Robert Morace, American writer
  • 1947-09-29 Martin Ferrero, American actor
  • 1947-09-30 Dave Arneson, American game designer
  • 1947-10-09 William E. McAnulty, Jr., American lawyer (1st African American justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • 1947-10-09 Tony Zappone, American broadcaster and journalist, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 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

Person of interestJim Steinman

1947-11-01 Jim Steinman, American Grammy Award-winning songwriter and record producer (Bat Out of Hell, Total Eclipse of the Heart), born in NYC, New York (d. 2021)

Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Jim Steinman
Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer
Jim Steinman
  • 1947-11-03 Mazie Hirono, American politician
  • 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)

Person of interestIna Garten

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

Author and Cooking Show Host Ina Garten
Author and Cooking Show Host
Ina Garten
  • 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 writer
  • 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 (Sen-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 Reb Brown, American actor (Cage, Yor, Capt America, Fast Break), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948-04-29 Bruce Cutler, American attorney (defended John Gotti)
  • 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 musician, 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 actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown), born in Kermit, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1948-07-13 Tony Kornheiser, American sports journalist

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 4301 - 4,400 of 4,945

  • 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 Larry Stevenson [Richard], American skateboard innovator, dies from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • 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
  • 2012-03-27 Adrienne Rich, American feminist poet and essayist (Diving into the Wreck), dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at 82
  • 2012-03-27 Warren Stevens, American actor (Richard Boone Show), dies from lung disease at 92
  • 2012-03-27 Hilton Kramer, American art critic, dies from heart failure at 84
  • 2012-03-28 Harry Crews, American writer and actor (Indian Runner), dies from neuropathy at 76
  • 2012-03-28 Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass banjo player (Flatt & Scruggs - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"; "Ballad of Jed Clampett"), dies from natural causes at 88
  • 2012-03-29 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

Person of interestMike Wallace

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

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace
  • 2012-04-08 Jack Tramiel, Polish-American businessman (Commodore Computers), dies at 83
  • 2012-04-09 Mark Lenzi, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1992), dies at 43
  • 2012-04-15 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, dies at 90

Person of interestDick Clark

2012-04-18 Dick Clark [Richard Wagstaff Clark], American radio & television personality (American Bandstand), dies from a heart attack at 82

Radio and TV Personality Dick Clark
Radio and TV Personality
Dick Clark
  • 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, dies at 83
  • 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 Evelyn Johnson, American pilot (most flying hours - 57,685), dies at 102
  • 2012-05-10 Carroll Shelby, American automobile designer, dies at 89
  • 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

Person of interestDonna Summer

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

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer
  • 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 Doc Watson, American bluegrass musician, 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

Person of interestHenry Hill

2012-06-12 Henry Hill Jr., American mobster and FBI informant, dies from a heart condition at 69

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

Person of interestRodney King

2012-06-17 Rodney King, African American motorist beaten by LA cop, dies in an accidental drowning at 47

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • 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
  • 2012-06-26 Nora Ephron, American author/screenwriter, dies from pneumonia 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

Person of interestErnest Borgnine

2012-07-08 Ernest Borgnine, 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

Person of interestSally Ride

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

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride
  • 2012-07-24 Chad Everett [Raymon Lee Cramton], American actor (Medical Center, Airplane II), dies from lung cancer at 75
  • 2012-07-24 Sherman Hemsley, American actor (All in the Family; The Jeffersons; Amen), dies from natural causes at 74
  • 2012-07-24 Robert Ledley, American scientist (invented the CT scanner), dies at 86
  • 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 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano (Young Broadway), dies at 86
  • 2012-08-02 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), dies at 75
  • 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/publisher, dies at 90
  • 2012-08-14 Ron Palillo, American actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • 2012-08-14 Phyllis Thaxter, American actress (Nora, Fort Worth), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92
  • 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, English film director and producer (Top Gun, Revenge, Days of Thunder), commits suicide at 68
Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • 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

Person of interestNeil Armstrong

2012-08-25 Neil Armstrong, American astronaut, dies from heart surgery complications at 82

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong
  • 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 Steven Springer, American guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 60
  • 2012-09-10 Lance LeGault, American actor (The A-Team), dies at 75
  • 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

Person of interestSteve Sabol

2012-09-18 Steve Sabol, American filmmaker, dies from brain cancer at 69

Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol

Person of interestAndy Williams

2012-09-25 Andy Williams, American singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show), dies from bladder cancer at 84

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams
  • 2012-09-26 Johnny Lewis, American actor, dies from injuries from a fall at 28
  • 2012-09-27 R. B. Greaves, American singer, dies from prostate cancer at 68