United States of America in History (Part 48)

Historical Events

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 4701 - 4,800 of 9,878

  • 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
  • 1951-09-27 Jim Shooter, American comic book writer
  • 1951-10-03 Bernard Cooper, American 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
  • 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
  • 1951-11-25 Bill Morrissey, American musician
  • 1951-11-29 Roger Troutman, American musician (d. 1999)
  • 1951-12-03 John and Greg Rice, American twin actors
  • 1951-12-08 Bill Bryson, American British author (Notes From a Small Island), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1951-12-16 Robben Ford, American guitarist
  • 1952-01-03 Jim Ross, American pro wrestling announcer (WWE), born in Fort Bragg, California
  • 1952-01-06 Larry Booker (Moondog Spot), American pro wrestler (WWF Tag Team champion 1981), born in Louisiana, United States (d. 2003)
  • 1952-01-06 Frank Sivero, Italian-born American actor, born in Siculiana, Italy
  • 1952-01-08 Vladimir Feltsman, Russian-American pianist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1952-01-12 Charles Faulkner, American motivational speaker & author, born in St. Clair Shores, Michigan
  • 1952-01-12 Walter Mosley, American novelist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1952-01-14 Maureen Dowd, American writer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1952-01-18 R. Stevie Moore, American singer, songwriter, and home recording pioneer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1952-01-18 Michael Behe, American biochemist & advocate of intelligent design, born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • 1952-01-19 Dewey Bunell, British-American musician (America-Daisy Jane), born in Borough of Harrogate, United Kingdom
  • 1952-01-21 Louis Menand, American writer and critic
  • 1952-01-25 Timothy White, American journalist (d. 2002)
  • 1952-02-19 Amy Tan, American novelist
  • 1952-02-22 Bill Frist, American politician, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1952-02-25 Jerry Chamberlain, American musician
  • 1952-02-28 William Finn, American composer
  • 1952-02-29 Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush, American television personality
  • 1952-03-01 Steven Barnes, American writer
  • 1952-03-02 Mark Evanier, American writer
  • 1952-03-08 George Felix Allen, American politician
  • 1952-03-12 Naomi Shihab Nye, American poet, songwriter, and novelist
  • 1952-03-15 Howard Koh, American state government official
  • 1952-03-16 Philippe Kahn, French-American entrepreneur

Person of interestHarvey Weinstein

1952-03-19 Harvey Weinstein, American film producer (Miramax), accused of sexual abuse which helped spark the #MeToo movement, born in NYC, New York

Film Producer Harvey Weinstein
Film Producer
Harvey Weinstein
  • 1952-03-22 Jay Dee Daugherty, American drummer
  • 1952-03-23 Kim Stanley Robinson, American sci-fi author (Mars Trilogy), born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1952-04-03 Mike Moore, American politician and Attorney General of Mississippi, born in Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • 1952-04-05 Mitch Pileggi, American actor (The X-Files), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1952-04-12 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist and writer (Sports Illustrated and ESPN's Page 2), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1952-04-13 Ron Dittemore, American space administrator, born in Cooperstown, New York
  • 1952-04-16 William Richard "Billy" West, American voice actor (Futurama), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1952-04-27 Larry Elder, American political commentator, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1952-05-03 Caitlin Clarke, American actress (Dragonslayer), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1952-05-06 Michael O'Hare, American actor
  • 1952-05-11 Mike Lupica, American sports journalist and newspaper columnist (New York Daily News, ESPN), born in Oneida, New York
  • 1952-05-11 Warren Littlefield, American television executive
  • 1952-05-14 Robert Zemeckis, American film director (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952-05-14 Scott Irwin, American professional wrestler (d. 1987)
  • 1952-05-16 James Herndon, American media psychologist
  • 1952-05-18 Jeana Yeager, American aviator

Person of interestMr. T

1952-05-21 Mr. T, [Lawrence Tureaud], American actor (A-Team, Rocky III, T & T), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actor Mr. T
Mr. T
  • 1952-05-25 Al Sarrantonio, American writer (999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952-05-25 Gordon Smith, American politician (U.S. Senator from Oregon), born in Pendleton, Oregon
  • 1952-05-25 Jeffrey Bewkes, American media executive (CEO of Time Warner from 2008-18), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1952-05-28 Russell J. Wintner, American film executive
  • 1952-06-02 Gary Bettman, American National Hockey League commissioner
  • 1952-06-05 Carole Fredericks, American singer (Fredericks Goldman Jones), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2001)
  • 1952-06-05 Daniel Katzen, American classical musician
  • 1952-06-13 Tony Bruno, American sports talk radio personality, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1952-06-14 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1952-06-14 Leon Wieseltier, American writer (Kaddish), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1952-07-01 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • 1952-07-08 Anna Quindlen, American columnist
  • 1952-07-14 Franklin Graham, American evangelist
  • 1952-07-14 Bob Casale, AKA Bob 2, American Musician (Devo), (d. 2014)
  • 1952-07-15 Johnny Thunders, American musician (d. 1991)
  • 1952-07-15 Terry O'Quinn, American actor
  • 1952-07-15 Judy McGrath, American television executive
  • 1952-07-16 Robert David Steele, American activist and former CIA officer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1952-07-19 Robert A. Ficano, American politician and Sheriff of Wayne County, Michigan, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1952-07-19 John Griesheimer, American Republican politician, born in Saint Clair, Missouri
  • 1952-07-21 John Barrasso, [John Anthony Barrasso III], American politician, junior senator from Wyoming, born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1952-07-24 Gus Van Sant, American film director (Good Will Hunting), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1952-08-03 Frank Schaeffer, American author (Crazy for God), born in Champéry, Switzerland
  • 1952-08-10 Daniel Hugh Kelly, American actor
  • 1952-08-10 Diane Venora, American actress
  • 1952-08-11 Bob Mothersbaugh, AKA Bob 1, American Musician (DEVO)
  • 1952-08-13 Herb Ritts, American fashion photographer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1952-08-13 Hughie Thomasson, American musician and singer (Outlaws), born in Buchanan, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 1952-08-22 Peter Laughner, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rocket From the Tombs, Pere Ubu), born in Bay Village, Ohio (d. 1977)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 4701 - 4,800 of 4,974

  • 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, 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
  • 2014-11-19 Mike Nichols [Mikhail Peschkowsky], 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 Ken Weatherwax, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 59
  • 2014-12-07 John Bartholomew Tucker, American TV host (Candid Camera, Treasure Island), dies at 84
  • 2014-12-09 Mary Ann Mobley, American model/actress, dies from breast cancer at 77
  • 2014-12-16 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA champ 1965-7), dies at 75
  • 2014-12-30 Yolande Donlan, British-American actress (Jigsaw, Expresso Bongo, Penny Princess), dies at 94

Person of interestLuise Rainer

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

Actress Luise Rainer
Luise Rainer
  • 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
  • 2015-01-01 Donna Douglas, American actress (Elly May Clampett-The Beverly Hillbillies), dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • 2015-01-02 [Little] Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 94

Person of interestEdward W. Brooke

2015-01-03 Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass), American politician & first popularly elected African American to the US Senate (1967-79), dies at 95

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke
  • 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 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, US 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 singer (Odyssey), dies at 81
  • 2015-01-29 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), dies at 81

Person of interestCarl Djerassi

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

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

Person of interestCharlie Sifford

2015-02-03 Charlie Sifford, 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 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

Person of interestEarl Lloyd

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

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd
  • 2015-02-26 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi-American activist and blogger, killed by assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh at 42

Person of interestLeonard Nimoy

2015-02-27 Leonard Nimoy, 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 record label executive and producer (Riverside records), dies at 91
  • 2015-03-08 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71

Person of interestMichael Graves

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

Architect Michael Graves
Michael Graves
  • 2015-03-20 Robert Kastenmeier, American politician (Rep-D-WI, 1959-91), dies at 91
  • 2015-03-20 Gregory Walcott, American actor (Plan 9 from Outer Space, 87th Precinct), dies at 87
  • 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 [Benjamin Earl Nelson], American soul singer (Stand by Me), dies at 76
  • 2015-05-01 Grace Lee Whitney, American singer and actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), dies at 85
  • 2015-05-02 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (We Shall Overcome) dies at 87
  • 2015-05-05 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2015-05-06 Jim [James] Wright, American politician (D-Texas) (Speaker of the House 1987-1989), dies at 92
  • 2015-05-09 Elizabeth Wilson, American screen & stage actress (Doc, East Side/West Side), dies at 94

Person of interestB.B. King

2015-05-14 [Riley B.] B.B. King, American blues guitarist and singer (The Thrill is Gone), dies at 89

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 2015-05-15 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), dies at 70
  • 2015-05-16 Dean Potter, American free climber and BASE jumper, dies in a BASE jumping accident at Yosemite National Park, aged 43
  • 2015-05-17 Lionel Pickens "Chinx", American rapper (Coke Boys), dies in a drive-by shooting at 31
  • 2015-05-21 Louis Johnson, American rock bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60
  • 2015-05-23 Anne Meara, American comedian and actress (Stiller & Meara, Archie's Place, The Other Woman), mother of Ben Stiller, dies at 85

Person of interestJohn Nash

2015-05-23 John Nash, American mathematician (subject of movie "A Beautiful Mind") and Nobel laureate, dies in a car crash at 86

Mathematician and Economist John Nash
Mathematician and Economist
John Nash
  • 2015-05-29 Henry Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic gold 200m, 4x400m relay 1964), dies at 72
  • 2015-05-30 Joseph [Beau] Biden III, American politician and son of Vice President Joe Biden, dies of cancer at 47
  • 2015-06-01 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, dies at 92
  • 2015-06-02 Irwin Rose, American biologist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 2004), dies at 88
  • 2015-06-05 Alan Bond, Australian tycoon and yachtsman (America's Cup), dies at 77
  • 2015-06-06 Ronnie Gilbert, American folk singer (The Weavers), dies at 88
  • 2015-06-06 Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney and author (Helter-Skelter), dies at 80

Person of interestOrnette Coleman

2015-06-11 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Free Jazz), dies at 85

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • 2015-06-11 Dusty Rhodes [Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.], American professional wrestler (WWE), dies at 69
  • 2015-06-11 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), dies at 81
  • 2015-06-13 MC Supreme [Dewayne Lawrence Coleman], rapper (Black in America), dies in a car accident at 47
  • 2015-06-15 Kirk Kerkorian, American CEO and "father of the mega-resort" (MGM, UA), dies at 98
  • 2015-06-21 Gunther Schuller, American hornist and jazz composer (1994 Pulitzer Prize), dies at 89
  • 2015-06-22 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic, Apollo 13, Casper), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • 2015-06-23 Richard "Dick" Van Patten, American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate (Tom Bradford in 8 is Enough), dies at 86
  • 2015-06-24 Mario Biaggi, American politician (Rep-D&R-NY, 1969-88), dies at 97
  • 2015-06-28 Jack Carter [Chakrin], American comedian and actor, dies at 93
  • 2015-06-29 Glenn Ford, American freed death row inmate (wrongly spent 30 years in prison), dies at 65
  • 2015-07-01 Lawrence Herkimer, American "Grandfather of Cheerleading" (founded National Cheerleading Association, patented the pom-pom), dies at 89
  • 2015-07-03 Diana Douglas, Bermudian-born American actress (The Indian Fighter), dies at 92
  • 2015-07-05 Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), dies at 94
  • 2015-07-08 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), dies at 71
  • 2015-07-11 Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), dies of cancer at 56
  • 2015-07-15 Howard Rumsey, American jazz musician (Lighthouse Cafe), dies at 97
  • 2015-07-18 Alex Rocco, American actor (The Godfather, The Famous Teddy Z), dies at 79
  • 2015-07-19 Van Alexander, American composer and band leader (A-Tisket, A-Tasket), dies at 100
  • 2015-07-21 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), dies at 84
  • 2015-07-28 James Jude, American thoracic surgeon (developed CPR), dies at 87
  • 2015-07-30 Lynn Anderson, American country singer (I Never Promised you a Rose Garden), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 2015-08-02 Forrest Bird, American aviator and inventor (1st respirators and ventilators), dies at 94
  • 2015-08-03 Coleen Gray [Doris Bernice Jensen], American actress (Apache Drums, The Killing), dies at 92