United States of America in History (Part 49)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 4801 - 4,900 of 9,758

  • 1952-12-13 Sylvester Ritter (Junkyard Dog), American professional wrestler, born in Wadesboro, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1952-12-15 Julie Taymor, American film and stage director (The Lion Kong, Frida), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1952-12-23 William Kristol, American political commentator, born in NYC, New York
  • 1952-12-27 Tovah Feldshuh, American actress (Idolmaker, Terror out of the Sky), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952-12-30 June Anderson, American coloratura soprano, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953-01-05 George Tenet, American CIA director, born in NYC, New York
  • 1953-01-05 Steve Archer, American singer (The Archers), born in Mojave, California
  • 1953-01-15 Kent Hovind, American evangelist
  • 1953-01-15 Ta-Tanisha, American actress, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1953-01-16 Robert Jay Mathews, American neo-Nazi, born in Marfa, Texas (d. 1984)

Paul Allen

1953-01-21 Paul Allen, American business magnate (co-founder Microsoft, owner Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2018)

  • 1953-01-22 Jim Jarmusch, American director (Only Lovers Left Alive), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1953-01-23 Antonio Villaraigosa [Villar], Hispanic-American politician (Mayor of Los Angeles, 2005-13; California Assemblyman, 1994-2000), born in East Los Angeles, California
  • 1953-01-25 The Honky Tonk Man [Wayne Farris], American professional wrestler, born in Bolivar, Tennessee
  • 1953-02-02 Duane Chapman, American bounty hunter
  • 1953-02-09 Gabriel Rotello, American television documentary producer

Jeb Bush

1953-02-11 John Ellis "Jeb" Bush, American politician (Governor of Florida (R) 1999-2007), born in Midland, Texas

  • 1953-02-12 Robin Thomas, American actor
  • 1953-02-20 Poison Ivy {Kristy Wallace], American rock guitarist (The Cramps), born in San Bernadino, California

Paul Krugman

1953-02-28 Paul Krugman, American economist and New York Times columnist (Nobel Prize in Economics 2008), born in Albany, New York

  • 1953-03-08 Bob Brozman, American musician
  • 1953-03-12 Carl Hiaasen, American journalist and author
  • 1953-03-16 Richard Stallman, American free software activist
  • 1953-03-26 Lincoln Chafee, American politician (Governor of Rhode Island, 2011-15; US Senator (R) - Rhode Island, 1999-2007), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1953-03-30 Cydney Bernard, American film producer
  • 1953-04-16 J. Neil Schulman, American writer (Alongside Night), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • 1953-04-19 Rod Morgenstein, American musician (Winger), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953-04-25 Ron Clements, American animation director (Moana), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1953-04-28 Kim Gordon, American rock bassist (Sonic Youth - "100%"), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1953-05-01 Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer (Alanis Morissette; Michael Jackson), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1953-05-10 Tito Santana, Mexican-American professional wrestler
  • 1953-05-11 David Gest, American television producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1953-05-19 Dawud M. Mu'Min, American convicted murderer (d. 1997)
  • 1953-05-25 Eve Ensler, American playwright (The Vagina Monologues), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953-05-25 Stan Sakai, Japanese-American cartoonist (Usagi Yojimbo), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1953-06-01 David Berkowitz, American serial killer (Son of Sam)

Kathleen Kennedy

1953-06-05 Kathleen Kennedy, American film producer (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park) President of Lucasfilm (2012-), born in Berkeley, California

  • 1953-06-10 John Edwards, American politician and lawyer (Senator (R) North Carolina 1999-2005), born in Seneca, South Carolina
  • 1953-06-12 Allan Weiner, American pirate radio station owner, born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1953-06-21 Michael Bowen, American actor, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1953-06-22 Cyndi Lauper, American singer ("Girls Just Want To Have Fun"; "Time After Time"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953-07-09 Thomas Ligotti, American author (Songs of a Dead Dreamer), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953-07-16 Douglas J. Feith, American Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1953-07-20 Dan Shaughnessy, American sports writer
  • 1953-07-20 Marcia Hines, American-born Australian singer (Marcia Shines), born in Boston, Massachessetts
  • 1953-07-20 Thomas Friedman, American journalist
  • 1953-07-22 Jimmy Bruno, American jazz guitarist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953-07-24 Claire McCaskill, American politician (US Senator from Missouri (D), 2007-19), born in Rolla, Missouri
  • 1953-07-29 Tim Gunn, American television and fashion personality (Project Runway), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953-07-31 James Read, American actor (North and South), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1953-08-07 Anne Fadiman, American writer, born in New York City, New York
  • 1953-08-08 Don Most, American actor and director (Ralph Malph-Happy Days), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953-08-10 Mark Doty, American poet and prose writer
  • 1953-08-14 Cliff Johnson, American computer game author, born in Hanover, New Hampshire
  • 1953-08-17 Judith Regan, American book publisher, born in Massachusetts
  • 1953-08-18 Louie Gohmert, American politician, born in Pittsburg, Texas
  • 1953-08-19 Mary Matalin, American political consultant (campaign director for George H. W. Bush), born in Burnham, Illinois
  • 1953-08-21 Ivan Stang, American writer and filmmaker (Church of the SubGenius), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953-08-22 Paul Ellering, American wrestling manager, born in Melrose, Minnesota
  • 1953-08-24 Ron Holloway, American jazz, funk, and rock tenor saxophonist (Gil Scott-Heron; Tedeschi Trucks Band), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953-08-29 James Quesada, Nicaraguan-American anthropologist
  • 1953-08-30 Ron George, American politician (Member of the Maryland House of Delegates), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1953-09-01 Beau Billingslea, American voice actor
  • 1953-09-01 Ted Petty, American professional wrestler (d. 2002)
  • 1953-09-02 John Zorn, American jazz and avant garde musician and composer, born in New York City
  • 1953-09-11 Tommy Shaw, American rock guitarist, and singer (Styx - "Come Sail Away"; Damn Yankees), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1953-09-14 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer, born in Yancey Mills, Virginia (d. 1998)
  • 1953-09-18 Betsy Boze, American academic (9th president of The College of The Bahamas), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Pat Day

1953-10-13 Pat Day, American thoroughbred jockey (9 x winners American Triple Crown races; 6 x US Champion in wins; 2 x US Champion in earnings; $298m career purses), born in Brush, Colorado

  • 1953-10-14 Shelley Ackerman, American astrologer, writer and singer, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1953-10-20 Bill Nunn, American actor (Do the Right Thing), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1953-10-21 Keith Green, American musician (d. 1982)
  • 1953-10-30 Charles Martin Smith, American actor (American Graffiti, Never Cry Wolf), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1953-10-31 Michael J. Anderson, American actor (The Man from Another Place), born in Denver, Coloroda
  • 1953-11-03 Helios Creed [Barry Johnson], American hard rock guitarist (Chrome), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1953-11-04 Carlos Gutierrez, American politician (35th United States Secretary of Commerce 2005-09), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1953-11-04 Marvel Williamson, American educator, born in Holton, Kansas
  • 1953-11-05 Joyce Maynard, American journalist and novelist (Labor Day), born in Durham, New Hampshire
  • 1953-11-08 John Musker, American animation director (Moana), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1953-11-13 Frances Conroy, American actress
  • 1953-11-13 Waswo_X._Waswo, American Photographer
  • 1953-11-19 Robert Beltran, American actor (Star Trek Voyager)
  • 1953-11-19 Tom Villard, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1953-11-22 Billy M. Sprague, American rocket scientist
  • 1953-11-24 Glenn Withrow, American actor
  • 1953-11-25 Jeffrey Skilling, American former CEO of Enron
  • 1953-11-29 Alex Grey, American artist, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1953-12-08 Kim Basinger, American actress
  • 1953-12-08 Norman Finkelstein, American professor, activist

Ben Bernanke

1953-12-13 Ben Bernanke, American economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve (2006-14), born in Augusta, Georgia

  • 1953-12-15 J. M. DeMatteis, American comic book writer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953-12-28 Richard Clayderman, French pop instrumental pianist (Amour, Romantic America), born in Paris
  • 1953-12-29 Stanley "Tookie" Williams, American gangster, born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1953-12-30 Bill Kazmaier, American powerlifter
  • 1953-12-30 Meredith Vieira, American television journalist
  • 1954-01-01 Bob Menendez, American politician (Senator-D-New Jersey 2006-), born in New York City
  • 1954-01-02 Dawn Silva, American funk and R&B singer (Sly & The Family Stone; Parliament-Funkadelic; The Brides of Funkenstein - "Disco To Go"), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1954-01-02 Henry Bonilla, American politician (US House of Representatives (R) from Texas, 1993-2007), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1954-01-03 Ned Lamont, American businessman and politician, Governor of Connecticut (2019-), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1954-01-04 Eugene Chadbourne, American composer and musician

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 4801 - 4,900 of 4,917

  • 2015-11-28 Olene Walker, American politician (R), 1st female Governor of Utah (2003-2005), dies at 85
  • 2015-12-03 Scott Weiland, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), dies at 48
  • 2015-12-04 Salvatore "Robert" Loggia, American actor (Jagged Edge, Big, Officer & a Gentleman, Scarface), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 85
  • 2015-12-08 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] American rockabilly musician ("Tennessee Mambo"), dies at 91
  • 2015-12-08 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, dies at 90

Dolph Schayes

2015-12-10 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers, 1948-63) and coach (76ers, 1963-66; Buffalo Braves, 1970-72), dies of cancer at 87

  • 2015-12-11 John "Hot Rod" Williams, American NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), dies of cancer at 53
  • 2015-12-20 Patricia Elliott, American actress (Renee-Empire, One Life to Live), dies at 77
  • 2015-12-23 Alfred G. Gilman, American scientist (1994 Nobel Prize for G-protein discoveries), dies at 74
  • 2015-12-24 William Guest, American singer (Gladys Knight Show), dies at 74
  • 2015-12-27 (Meadow) "Meadowlark" Lemon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters, 1955-80, 1990, and 3 other teams), and clergyman, dies at 83
  • 2015-12-27 Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer and director, dies at 93
  • 2015-12-28 Ian Murdock, German-born American computer programmer (Debian project, Progeny Linux Systems), dies at 42
  • 2015-12-31 Beth Howland, American actress (Vera - Alice, Company), dies at 74

Natalie Cole

2015-12-31 Natalie Cole, American pop vocalist ('Pink Cadillac"; "Miss You Like Crazy"), dies at 65

  • 2015-12-31 Wayne Rogers, American actor (M*A*S*H, 1972-75 - "Capt. 'Trapper' John McIntyre"; House Calls), dies of pneumonia at 82
  • 2016-01-01 Dale Bumpers, American politician (Sen-D Arkansas, 1975-99), dies at 90
  • 2016-01-01 Michael G. Oxley, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-2007), dies at 71
  • 2016-01-01 Vilmos Zsigmond, Hungarian-born American cinematographer (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), dies at 85
  • 2016-01-05 Nicholas Caldwell, American R&B and soul singer (The Whispers - "And The Baet Goes On"; "It's A Love Thing"), dies of congestive heart failure at 71
  • 2016-01-06 Pat Harrington Jr, American actor (Danny Thomas Show, One Day at a Time), dies at 86
  • 2016-01-07 Kitty Kallen, American singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot"), dies at 94
  • 2016-01-15 Dan Haggerty, American actor (Grizzly Adams), dies of cancer at 73
  • 2016-01-15 Noreen Corcoran, American actress (Bachelor Father), dies at 72

Glenn Frey

2016-01-18 Glenn Frey, American Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer-songwriter (The Eagles - "Take it Easy"; "Heartache Tonight";"Tequila Sunrise"; solo - "Smuggler's Blues"; "The Heat Is On"), and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member, dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia at 67

  • 2016-01-21 Bill Johnson, alpine skier (first American to win alpine Olympic gold - 1984), dies at 55
  • 2016-01-24 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), dies at 86
  • 2016-01-25 Concepcion Picciotto, American peace activist (longest political protest in US history, outside The White House), dies at 80
  • 2016-01-26 Abe Vigoda, American actor (Barney Miller, The Godfather), dies at 94
  • 2016-02-02 Bob Elliott, American comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life), dies at 92
  • 2016-02-04 Dave Mirra, American BMX rider, commits suicide at 41
  • 2016-02-04 Edgar Whitcomb, American politician and Governor of Indiana (1969-73), dies at 98
  • 2016-02-04 Leslie Bassett, American classical composer (Variations for Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize, 1966), and educator (University of Michigan, 1952-92), dies at 93
  • 2016-02-04 Maurice White, American singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire - "Shining Star"), dies at 74
  • 2016-02-06 Dan Hicks, American singer and songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), dies at 74
  • 2016-02-13 Antonin Scalia, American 105th Supreme Court Justice (1986-2016), dies at 79
  • 2016-02-14 Steven Stucky, American composer (Los Angeles Philharmonic), dies of cancer at 66

Harper Lee

2016-02-19 [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), dies at 89

  • 2016-02-20 Peter Mondavi, American winemaker (Charles Krug - Napa Valley), dies at 101
  • 2016-02-22 Sonny James [James Loden], American country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), dies at 87
  • 2016-02-22 Wesley A Clark, American computer designer (first personal computer - LINC), dies at 88
  • 2016-02-22 Yolande Betbeze Fox, Miss America 1951, first to refuse to parade in a swimsuit, dies at 87
  • 2016-02-25 Tony Burton, American actor (Rocky films) and boxer, dies at 78
  • 2016-02-27 George Kennedy, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Naked Gun films), dies at 91
  • 2016-03-01 Jim Kimsey, American co-founder of AOL, dies at 76
  • 2016-03-01 Martha Wright [Wiederrecht;], American stage, concert and radio singer and actress (South Pacific; The Sound Of Music)), dies at 92
  • 2016-03-04 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), dies at 70
  • 2016-03-05 Ray Tomlinson, American computer programmer (invented email and the @ sign), dies at 74
  • 2016-03-09 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1958, 63; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), dies at 85

John Gutfreund

2016-03-09 John Gutfreund, American investment banker, CEO of Salomon Brothers (King of Wall Street), dies at 86

  • 2016-03-09 Robert Horton [Meade Howard Horton Jr.], American actor and singer (Kings Row, Wagon Train, Arena), dies at 91
  • 2016-03-10 Ernestine Anderson, American jazz vocalist and blues singer, dies at 87
  • 2016-03-10 Gogi Grant [Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg], American singer ("The Wayward Wind"), dies at 91
  • 2016-03-12 Lloyd Shapley, American Mathematician (2012 Nobel Prize, Game Theory), dies at 92
  • 2016-03-13 Hilary Putnam, American philosopher, dies at 89
  • 2016-03-16 Frank Sinatra, Jr., American singer and bandleaderr, dies at 72
  • 2016-03-18 Joe Santos, American actor (Rockford files), dies at 84
  • 2016-03-21 Peter Brown [Pierre Lind de Lappe], American actor (Lawman, Laredo, Bold & Beautiful), dies at 80
  • 2016-03-22 Phife Dawg [Malik Taylor] American rapper (A Tribe called Quest), dies from diabetes complications at 45
  • 2016-03-22 Rita Gam, American actress (Night People, Hannibal), dies at 88
  • 2016-03-23 Ken Howard, American actor (The White Shadow), dies at 71
  • 2016-03-24 Earl Hamner Jr., American creator and narrator of TV show "The Waltons", dies at 92
  • 2016-03-24 Garry Shandling, American comedian (It's Garry Shandling's Show, Larry Sanders Show), dies at 66
  • 2016-03-26 David Baker, American jazz trombonist and cellist, jazz and classical composer (Reflections), and educator (Indiana University), dies at 84
  • 2016-03-26 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), dies at 78
  • 2016-03-28 James Noble, American actor (Benson, 1776, Airplane II: The Sequel), dies of a stroke at 94
  • 2016-03-29 [Anna Marie] "Patty Duke", American Academy and Emmy awarding actress (The Miracle Worker; The Patty Duke Show), and mental health advocate, dies at 69
  • 2016-04-03 Joseph Medicine Crow, Native American chief and historian, dies at 102

Merle Haggard

2016-04-06 Merle Haggard, American country music singer-songwriter ("Mama Tried"; "If We Make It Through December"; "Okie from Muskogee"), dies on his 79th birthday

  • 2016-04-12 Anne Jackson, American stage actress (Twice Around the Park), dies at 90
  • 2016-04-12 David Gest, American television producer, dies at 62

Doris Roberts

2016-04-17 Doris Roberts, American actress (Everybody Loves Raymond), dies at 90

  • 2016-04-19 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, (3-time MLB All Star), dies at 76
  • 2016-04-19 Walter Kohn, Austrian-born American scientist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 1998), dies at 93
  • 2016-04-20 Chyna [Joanie Laurer], American professional wrestler and reality TV star, dies at 46
  • 2016-04-21 Lonnie Mack, American rocker ("Baby What's Wrong"), dies at 74

Prince Rogers Nelson

2016-04-21 Prince [Rogers Nelson], American funk, rock, R&B singer-songwriter and musician ("1999"; "Purple Rain"), dies from an accidental overdose of painkillers at 57

  • 2016-04-24 Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American soul singer ("Me & Mrs Jones"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 81
  • 2016-04-24 Tommy [Tamio] Kono, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 1952, 60), dies at 85
  • 2016-04-30 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), dies at 94
  • 2016-05-04 Ursula Mamlok, German-American avant-garde composer, and teacher, dies at 93
  • 2016-05-08 John Bradshaw, American theologian, dies at 82
  • 2016-05-08 William Schallert, American character actor (Patty Duke Show- "Martin"; Get Smart - "The Admiral"), dies at 93
  • 2016-05-12 Delbert L. Latta, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1959-89), dies at 96
  • 2016-05-12 Julius La Rosa, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air), dies at 86
  • 2016-05-17 Guy Clark, American folk and country singer-songwriter (Heartbroke), dies of lymphoma at 74
  • 2016-05-19 Morley Safer, Canadian-American TV newscaster (60 Minutes), dies at 84

Muhammad Ali

2016-06-03 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), dies of respiratory illness at 74

  • 2016-06-05 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), dies at 94
  • 2016-06-06 Kimbo Slice [Kevin Ferguson], American mixed martial artist, dies at 42
  • 2016-06-06 Theresa Saldana, American actress (Raging Bull), dies at 62
  • 2016-06-10 Margaret Heldt, American hairdresser who created the Beehive, dies at 98
  • 2016-06-14 Ann Morgan Guilbert, American actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Millie Helper"; The Nanny - "Yetta"), dies at 87
  • 2016-06-15 Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), dies at 82
  • 2016-06-17 Prince Be [Attrell Cordes], American rapper (PM Dawn), dies from diabetes complications at 46
  • 2016-06-19 Anton Yelchin, Russian-born American actor (Star Trek), dies in an accident at 27
  • 2016-06-23 Ralph Stanley, American bluegrass musician, dies at 89
  • 2016-06-25 Bill Cunningham, American fashion photographer (The New York Times), dies at 87
  • 2016-06-25 Peter Hutton, American filmmaker (Study of a River), dies at 71
  • 2016-06-27 Alvin Toffler, American author (Future Shock, Power Shift, The Third Wave), dies at 87