United States of America in History (Part 47)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 4601 - 4,700 of 9,753

  • 1950-10-24 Steven Greenberg, American composer and musician (Lipps Inc.), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1950-11-01 Dan Peek, American rock vocalist and guitarist (America), born in Panama City, Florida (d. 2011)
  • 1950-11-03 Joe Queenan, American writer
  • 1950-11-04 Charles Frazier, American novelist (Cold Mountain), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1950-11-10 Debra Hill, American screenwriter and film producer (Escape from New York), born in Haddonfield, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1950-11-16 John Swartzwelder, American television writer (The Simpsons), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1950-11-18 Eric Pierpoint, American actor
  • 1950-11-21 Stephen Geyer, American film & television songwriter (Greatest American Hero), born in Lima, Peru
  • 1950-12-08 Dan Hartman, American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer (Edgar Winter Group - "Free Ride; solo- "I Can Dream About You"; James Brown -"Living In America"), born in West Hanover, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1950-12-16 Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist (NY Post - "Page Six") and socialite, born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1950-12-17 Laurence F. Johnson, American educator
  • 1950-12-18 (Randolpho) Randy Castillo, American rock and mariachi drummer (Ozzy Osbourne; Mötley Crüe; Azul), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico (d. 2002)
  • 1950-12-21 Jeffrey Katzenberg, American film producer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1950-12-23 Michael C. Burgess, American politician, born in Rochester, Minnesota
  • 1950-12-24 Dana Gioia, American poet, born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1950-12-25 Karl Rove, former American presidential advisor
  • 1950-12-30 Lewis Shiner, American sci-fi/fantasy author
  • 1951-01-12 Ann Althouse, American law professor, born in Wilmington, Delaware

Rush LimbaughRush Limbaugh (1951-2021)

1951-01-12 American conservative political talk radio personality, born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

CharoCharo (71 years old)

1951-01-15 Spanish-American actress, comedienne (Chico and the Man: The Love Boat), and flamenco guitarist, born in Murcia, Spain

  • 1951-01-28 Brian Bilbray, American politician
  • 1951-02-08 Z'EV, American text/sound artist (born Stefan Weisser)
  • 1951-02-10 Bob [Robert] Iger, American entertainment executive (CEO of The Walt Disney Company), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951-02-13 Greg Fulginiti, American recording and mastering engineer, born in North Wildwood, New Jersey
  • 1951-02-14 JoJo Starbuck, American ice skater, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1951-02-16 William Katt, American actor (Greatest American Hero, Carrie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951-02-24 Debra Jo Rupp, American stage and screen actress (That 70s Show - "Kitty"; Becoming Dr. Ruth), born in Glendale, California
  • 1951-02-25 James Brown, American sportscaster (CBS News, The NFL Today), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-02-28 Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1998)
  • 1951-03-04 Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, American novelist (Dictee), born in Busan, South Korea (d. 1982)
  • 1951-03-07 (Francis) Rocco Prestia, American funk-rock bassist (Tower of Power),born in Sonora, California (d. 2020)
  • 1951-03-09 Michael Kinsley, American journalist and editor, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1951-03-14 Jerry Greenfield, American businessman and co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951-03-18 Ben Cohen, American co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951-03-20 Curt Smith, American author and media host
  • 1951-04-05 Dean Kamen, American engineer and inventor (Segway), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1951-04-10 David Helvarg, American journalist and environmental activist, born in Long Island, New York
  • 1951-04-11 Doris Angleton, American socialite and murder victim (d. 1997)
  • 1951-04-11 James Patrick Kelly, American sci-fi author (Think Like a Dinosaur), born in Mineola, New York
  • 1951-04-19 Barry Brown, American actor (Frederick Winterbourne-Daisy Miller), born in San Jose, California (d. 1978)
  • 1951-04-21 Michael Hartley Freedman, American mathematician

Dale EarnhardtDale Earnhardt (1951-2001)

1951-04-29 American Auto Racer (7 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina

  • 1951-05-13 Jim Douglas, American politician, Governor of Vermont (2003-11), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1951-05-25 Bob Gale, American screenwriter (Back to the Future), born in University City, Missouri
  • 1951-06-04 Charles Dickinson, American author (Waltz in Marathon), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1951-06-04 Wendy Pini, American comic book writer (Elfquest), born in San Francisco, California

Suze OrmanSuze Orman (71 years old)

1951-06-05 American financial advisor, author and TV personality and author (The Suze Orman Show), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1951-06-08 Tony Rice, American bluegrass guitarist (J.D. Crowe and the New South), born in Danville, Virginia (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1951-06-09 James Newton Howard, American film composer (The Hunger Games; M. Night Shyamalan films), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951-06-13 Richard Thomas, American actor (John Boy - The Waltons, Last Summer, Johnny Belinda), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951-06-15 Steve Walsh, American progressive rock singer (Kansas), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1951-06-20 Tress MacNeille, American voice actress
  • 1951-06-29 Don Rosa, American comic book writer and illustrator (Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1951-07-01 Anne Feeney, American political activist and singer, born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania
  • 1951-07-01 Terrence Mann, American actor and dancer, born in Ashland, Kentucky
  • 1951-07-04 Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, American Democratic politician and Lieutenant Governor of Maryland (1995-2003), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1951-07-10 Cheryl Wheeler, American contemporary folk singer-songwriter (If It Were Up to Me), born in Timonium, Maryland
  • 1951-07-10 Phyllis Smith, American actress (Phyllis Vance-The Office), born in The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1951-07-12 Brian Grazer, American film producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951-07-13 Rob Bishop, American politician
  • 1951-07-18 Margo Martindale, American actress (The Americans), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • 1951-07-19 Abel Ferrara, American filmmaker (King of New York), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951-07-19 Jayson Stark, American sportswriter (The Athletic), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1951-08-08 Randy Shilts, American journalist and author (d. 1994)
  • 1951-08-12 Willie Horton, American murderer and rapist
  • 1951-08-14 Carl Lumbly, American actor (Cagney & Lacey, Alias), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1951-08-14 Peter Blegvad, American avant-garde guitarist, lyricist (Slapp Happy), and cartoonist, born in New York City, New York
  • 1951-08-15 Ann Biderman, American film and television writer (Ray Donovan)
  • 1951-08-16 Richard Hunt, American puppeteer (d. 1992)
  • 1951-08-21 Char Margolis, American psychic medium and Dutch TV star, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1951-08-24 Oscar Hijuelos, American novelist (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1951-09-02 Jim DeMint, American politician
  • 1951-09-05 Patti McGuire, American model and television producer, born in Dexter, Missouri
  • 1951-09-07 Mark Isham, American musician and film composer (The Hitcher), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951-09-12 Gerald Stano, American serial killer (confessed to killing 41 people), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1951-09-18 Ben Carson, American neurosurgeon, Republican politician and US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1951-09-24 Douglas Kmiec, American legal scholar and ambassador
  • 1951-09-27 Jim Shooter, American comic book writer
  • 1951-10-03 Bernard Cooper, American novelist and short story writer, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1951-10-08 Jack O'Connell, American politician (Member of the California State Senate), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • 1951-10-12 Ed Royce, American politician (Rep-R-California), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951-10-18 Terry McMillan, American author
  • 1951-10-25 Richard Lloyd, American guitarist (Television), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1951-10-27 Nancy Jacobs, American politician (R), Senator Maryland (1999-2015), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • 1951-11-02 Thomas Mallon, American novelist and critic (Henry and Clara), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • 1951-11-03 Ed Murawinski, American cartoonist, New York Daily News
  • 1951-11-06 John Falsey, American television writer and producer, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1951-11-09 Bill Mantlo, American comic book writer (Micronauts), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951-11-11 Kim Peek, American megasavant (inspired Rain Man film character), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2009)
  • 1951-11-16 Miguel Sandoval, American actor (Medium), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-11-17 Stephen Root, American actor
  • 1951-11-18 Justin Raimondo, American author (Antiwar.com), born in White Plains, New York
  • 1951-11-20 David Walters, American politician, Governor of Oklahoma (1991-95), born in Canute, Oklahoma
  • 1951-11-25 Bill Morrissey, American folk singer-songwriter (Inside), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • 1951-11-29 Roger Troutman, American funk musician (Zapp), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 1999)
  • 1951-12-03 John and Greg Rice, American twin actors, born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1951-12-08 Bill Bryson, American British author (Notes From a Small Island), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1951-12-16 Robben Ford, American jazz, rock, and blues guitarist (L.A. Express; Yellowjackets), born in Woodlake, California
  • 1952-01-03 Jim Ross, American pro wrestling announcer (WWE), born in Fort Bragg, California
  • 1952-01-06 Frank Sivero, Italian-born American actor, born in Siculiana, Italy

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 4601 - 4,700 of 4,915

  • 2014-06-09 Bob Welch, American baseball pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1990; Oakland A's; World Series 1981, 89, 2001), dies from a broken neck at 57
  • 2014-06-11 Ruby Dee, American actress (A Raisin in the Sun; American Gangster), dies at 91
  • 2014-06-14 Rodney Thomas, American NFL running back, dies at 41

Casey KasemCasey Kasem (1932-2014)

2014-06-15 American radio personality (creator of American Top 40) and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, dies from Lewy body dementia at 82

  • 2014-06-15 Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), dies from complications from pneumonia at 86
  • 2014-06-18 Johnny Mann, American music director (Johnny Mann Stand Up & Cheer), dies at 85
  • 2014-06-19 Gerry Goffin, American Hall of Fame lyricist, dies at 75
  • 2014-06-22 Teenie Hodges, American rhythm and blues guitarist, dies from complications from emphysema at 68
  • 2014-06-24 Eli Wallach, American actor, dies at 98
  • 2014-06-27 Bobby Womack, American R&B singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer ("It's All Over Now"; "Woman's Got to Have It"; "Across 110th Street"), dies at 70
  • 2014-06-28 Meshach Taylor, American actor, dies from colorectal cancer at 67
  • 2014-06-30 Bob Hastings, American actor, dies from prostate cancer at 89
  • 2014-06-30 Paul Mazursky, American film director and screenwriter, dies from pulmonary cardiac arrest at 84
  • 2014-07-01 Walter Dean Myers, African-American author, dies at 76
  • 2014-07-05 Rosemary Murphy, American actress (Margaret-Lucas Tanner), dies from esophageal cancer at 89
  • 2014-07-07 Richard "Dick" Jones, American actor ("Pinocchio "- Pinocchio, The Frontiersman), dies at 87

Eileen FordEileen Ford (1922-2014)

2014-07-09 American modelling agency executive and co-founder (Ford Modelling Agency), dies from complications of meningioma and osteoporosis at 92

  • 2014-07-11 Tommy Ramone [Tamás Erdélyi], Hungarian-American rock drummer and bassist (Ramones), dies of bile duct cancer at 65
  • 2014-07-13 Thomas Berger, American novelist, dies at 89
  • 2014-07-16 Johnny Winter, American Hall of Fame blues musician, dies at 70
  • 2014-07-17 Elaine Stritch, American stage and screen actress (30 Rock; Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, dies in her sleep at 89
  • 2014-07-17 Henry Hartsfield Jr, American USAF Colonel, and NASA astronaut (STS-4; STS-41-D; STS-61-A), dies of complications from back surgery at 80
  • 2014-07-19 James Garner, American actor (Rockford Files, Bret Maverick), dies of acute myocardial infarction at 86
  • 2014-07-19 Skye McCole Bartusiak, American actress, dies at 21
  • 2014-07-25 Bel Kaufman, American author (Up the Down Staircase), dies at 103
  • 2014-07-28 Margot Adler, American journalist, dies from endometrial cancer at 68
  • 2014-07-29 Idris Muhammad, American jazz drummer, dies at 74
  • 2014-07-30 Dick Wagner, American rock guitarist (the Frost), dies at 71
  • 2014-08-02 Rosetta Hightower, American pop singer (The Orlons - "Don't Hang Up"), dies at 70
  • 2014-08-09 Edwin "Ed" Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, A Long Came a Spider), dies of heart failure at 85

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams (1951-2014)

2014-08-11 American actor and comedian (Mork & Mindy, Jumanji, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting), commits suicide by hanging himself at 63

  • 2014-08-12 Lauren Bacall, American actress and singer named the 20th greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema (Dark Passage, Key Largo), dies of a stroke at 89
  • 2014-08-15 Licia Albanese, Italian-American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1940-66), dies at 105

Joan RiversJoan Rivers (1933-2014)

2014-09-04 American comedian and actress (Late Show, Hollywood Squares), dies at 81 after serious complications from a procedure on her vocal cords

  • 2014-09-09 Denny Miller, American actor, dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 80
  • 2014-09-10 Richard Kiel, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 74
  • 2014-09-11 Bob Crewe, American songwriter and producer ("Big Girls Don't Cry"), dies at 83
  • 2014-09-17 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, dies from complications from a heart attack at 77
  • 2014-09-27 James A Traficant Jr, American politician, dies at 73
  • 2014-09-30 Martin Lewis Perl, American physicist & Nobel Laureate, dies from a heart attack at 87
  • 2014-10-04 Paul Revere [Dick], American rock organ player and pianist (Paul Revere & Raiders - "Kicks": "Indian Reservation"), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2014-10-06 Marian Seldes, American actress (A Delicate Balance, Father's Day), dies at 86
  • 2014-10-09 Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American writer, dies from complications of dementia 89
  • 2014-10-14 Elizabeth Peña, American actress, dies from cirrhosis at 55
  • 2014-10-16 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer, dies from cardiac arrest at 72
  • 2014-10-24 Marcia Strassman, American actress (M*A*S*H; Welcome Back, Kotter - "Julie Kotter"), dies from breast cancer at 66
  • 2014-10-28 Galway Kinnell, American author, dies from leukemia at 87
  • 2014-11-01 Wayne Static [Wells], American musician (Static-X), dies at 48
  • 2014-11-14 Glen Larson, American television producer & writer, dies from esophageal cancer at 77
  • 2014-11-17 Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer "(What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"), dies at 78

Mike NicholsMike Nichols (1931-2014)

2014-11-19 German-American film director (Catch 22, The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), dies from cardiac arrest at 83

  • 2014-12-02 Bobby Keyes, American Saxophonist, dies at 70
  • 2014-12-07 John Bartholomew Tucker, American TV host (Candid Camera, Treasure Island), dies at 84
  • 2014-12-07 Ken Weatherwax, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 59
  • 2014-12-09 Mary Ann Mobley, American model/actress, dies from breast cancer at 77
  • 2014-12-16 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA heavyweight champion 1965-7), dies from dementia at 75

Luise RainerLuise Rainer (1910-2014)

2014-12-30 German-American actress and 1st actor to win multiple Academy Awards (The Great Ziegfeld 1936, The Good Earth 1937), dies at 104

  • 2014-12-30 Yolande Donlan, British-American actress (Jigsaw, Expresso Bongo, Penny Princess), dies at 94
  • 2015-01-01 Donna Douglas, American actress (Elly May Clampett-The Beverly Hillbillies), dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • 2015-01-01 Mario Cuomo, American Democratic Party politician and the 52nd Governor of New York (1983-95), dies of a heart condition at 82
  • 2015-01-02 "Little" Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 94

Edward W. BrookeEdward W. Brooke (1919-2015)

2015-01-03 American politician and 1st popularly elected African American to the US Senate (R-Mass: 1967-79), dies at 95

  • 2015-01-04 Stuart Scott, American sports journalist (ESPN), dies of cancer at 49
  • 2015-01-08 Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), dies at 72
  • 2015-01-08 Curtis Lee, American doo wop singer (Pretty Little Angel Eyes), dies at 75
  • 2015-01-10 Robert Stone, American novelist (Dog Soldiers, WUSA), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 77
  • 2015-01-15 Kim Fowley, American record producer (the Runaways), dies at 75
  • 2015-01-27 Charles Hard Townes, American Physicist and inventor (Nobel Prize 1964 for mazer-lazer principle), dies at 99
  • 2015-01-28 Louise Lopez, American disco singer (Odyssey -"Native New Yorker"; "Use It Up And Wear It Out"), dies at 81
  • 2015-01-29 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), dies at 81

Carl DjerassiCarl Djerassi (1923-2015)

2015-01-30 Austrian-born American chemist and father of the contraceptive pill, dies at 91

  • 2015-01-30 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, dies at 88
  • 2015-01-31 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), dies at 78
  • 2015-01-31 Lizabeth Scott [Emma Matzo], American actress (Desert Fury, Dark City), dies of heart failure at 92
  • 2015-02-01 Monty Oum, American animator (RWBY), dies of an allergic reaction at 33

Charlie SiffordCharlie Sifford (1922-2015)

2015-02-03 American golfer (first African-American to join PGA Tour, 2 titles), dies of a stroke at 92

  • 2015-02-12 David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), dies of cancer at 58
  • 2015-02-12 Gary Owens, American disc jockey/TV host (Laugh In, Gong Show), dies at 80
  • 2015-02-14 Philip Levine, American poet (1995 Pulitzer prize), dies at 87
  • 2015-02-16 Lesley Gore, American pop singer ("It's My Party"; "You Don't Own Me"), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • 2015-02-21 Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brother's Keeper), dies at 58 from diabetes complications
  • 2015-02-21 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 94
  • 2015-02-26 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi-American activist and blogger, killed by assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh at 42

Earl LloydEarl Lloyd (1928-2015)

2015-02-26 1st African American basketball player in the NBA, dies at 86

Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

2015-02-27 American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 83

  • 2015-02-27 Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest, author and civil rights activist, dies at 91
  • 2015-03-01 Orrin Keepnews, American jazz producer and founder of Riverside Records and Milestone Records labels, dies at 91
  • 2015-03-08 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71

Michael GravesMichael Graves (1934-2015)

2015-03-12 American postmodernist architect and designer, dies at 80

  • 2015-03-20 Gregory Walcott, American actor (Plan 9 from Outer Space, 87th Precinct), dies at 87
  • 2015-03-20 Robert Kastenmeier, American politician (Rep-D-WI, 1959-91), dies at 91
  • 2015-03-28 Gene Saks, American actor and director (One & Only, Prisoner of 2nd Ave), dies at 93
  • 2015-04-03 Sarah Brady, American gun-control activist, dies at 73
  • 2015-04-05 Richard Dysart, American actor (Leland MacKenzie-LA Law, The Last Days of Patton), dies at 86
  • 2015-04-06 James Best [Jewel Franklin Guy], American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, Sounder), dies at 88
  • 2015-04-18 Joseph Lechleider, American electrical engineer (invented DSL/high speed internet technology), dies at 82
  • 2015-04-23 Sawyer Sweeten, American actor (Everyone Loves Raymond), commits suicide at 19
  • 2015-04-26 Jayne Meadows, American actress (Dark Delusion, David and Bathsheba) & wife of Steve Allen, dies of natural causes at 95
  • 2015-04-29 Jean Nidetch, American businesswoman and founder of Weight Watchers, dies at 91
  • 2015-04-30 Ben E. King [Nelson], American soul singer (Stand By Me), dies at 76