United States of America in History (Part 7)

Historical Events

Events 601 - 700 of 1,637

  • 1911-08-08 The millionth patent is filed in the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire.
  • 1911-08-08 Public Law 62-5 sets the number of representatives in the United States House of Representatives at 435. The law would come into effect in 1913.
  • 1911-08-14 United States Senate leaders begin to rotate the office of President pro tempore (for the time being) of the Senate among leading candidates to fill the vacancy left by William P. Frye's death.
  • 1911-08-29 Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California.
  • 1911-11-18 Opera "Lobetanz" first American performance

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1911-12-03 Willis Carrier presents his influential "Rational Psychrometric Formulae" on air conditioning to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Engineer Willis Carrier
Engineer
Willis Carrier
  • 1912-03-22 Agnes Martin, Macklin Canada, Canadian-American abstract painter
  • 1912-08-24 District of Alaska becomes an organized incorporated territory of the United States
  • 1912-11-25 American College of Surgeons incorporates in Springield, Illinois
  • 1913-02-15 1st avant-garde art show in America opens in NYC
  • 1913-03-10 William Knox becomes 1st in American Bowling Congress to bowl 300
  • 1913-06-25 American Civil War veterans begin arriving at the Great Reunion of 1913
  • 1913-07-10 World's official highest recorded temperature at Greenland Ranch, Death Valley, California at 134 °F (56.7 °C)
  • 1914-02-13 American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) founded at Hotel Claridge in NYC
  • 1914-04-06 American Radio Relay League (organization for hams) founded
  • 1914-05-16 American Horseshoe Pitchers Association organizes in Kansas City

  • 1914-08-06 Denis Patrick Dowd Jr. enlists in the French Foreign Legion, becoming the first American to fight in World War I

MurderMurder of Interest

1914-08-15 A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect's Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground.

CommunicationHistoric Communication

1914-08-19 In a message to the Senate, US President Woodrow Wilson urges the American people to be 'neutral in fact as well as name'

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1914-12-26 US Government protests British interference with American merchant ships at sea, on the same day Germans announce they will treat food as contraband, subject to seizure; weakens America's protest

Film release premierFilm Release

1915-02-08 "The Birth of a Nation" the first 12-reel film in America, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish and Mae Marsh, opens at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith
  • 1915-04-04 Germany protests vigorously to the US, claiming it must insist that Britain lifts its blockade and assert American neutrality
  • 1915-06-21 The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in Guinn v. United States 238 US 347 1915, striking down an Oklahoma law denying the right to vote to some citizens
  • 1915-07-08 The Germans reply to US President Woodrow Wilson's second Lusitania note by saying that Americans may sail on clearly marked neutral ships, but Germany does not deal with Wilson's other demands
  • 1915-07-21 Woodrow Wilson sends the third Lusitania note, warning Germany that future infringement of American rights will be deemed 'deliberately unfriendly'
  • 1915-11-12 Theodore W Richards is 1st American to win Nobel Prize in chemistry
  • 1916-01-10 In retaliation for President Woodrow Wilson's recognition of the Carranza government, members of Pancho Villa's revolutionary army take 17 US mining engineers from a train and shoot 16 of them in cold blood
  • 1916-02-16 The German ambassador in Washington announces that Germany will pay an indemnity for American lives lost on the Lusitania
  • 1916-02-22 The House-Grey Memorandum, drafted by US and Britain, states: 'Should the Allies accept [the American idea of a conference to end the war] and should Germany refuse it, the United States would "probably" enter the war against Germany'
  • 1916-04-10 The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) is founded in New York City.
  • 1916-05-13 1st observance of Indian (Native American) Day
  • 1916-05-15 Claiming that the USA must act to quell dangerous disorder, the government orders US Marines to land in Santo Domingo; the American occupation will continue until 1924
  • 1916-06-15 Boys Scouts of America forms
  • 1916-09-27 1st Native American Day celebrated, honoring American Indians
  • 1916-12-14 America's first board certified doctors are named by the American Board of Ophthalmology following an examination at the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis, Tennessee

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1917-02-05 The last of the American troops commanded by General John Pershing leave Mexico; President Carranza will be assassinated within the next year

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing

  • 1917-03-20 After the sinking of 3 more American merchant ships, US President Woodrow Wilson meets with cabinet, who agree that war is inevitable
  • 1917-05-18 US Congress passes Selective Service Act, authorizing the federal government to raise a national army for the American entry into World War I through compulsory enlistment
  • 1917-05-18 First units of the American Expeditionary Force, commanded by General John J. Pershing, is ordered to France
  • 1917-05-21 Leo Pinckney, 1st American drafted during WW I
  • 1917-06-04 American men begin registering for the draft

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1917-07-28 Silent Parade organised by James Weldon Johnson of 10,000 African-Americans who march on 5th Ave in NYC to protest against lynching

Writer and Civil Rights Activist James Weldon Johnson
Writer and Civil Rights Activist
James Weldon Johnson
  • 1917-10-21 1st Americans to see action on front lines of WWI: US troops enter front lines at Sommervillier under French command
  • 1917-12-26 US Federal government took over operation of American railroads for duration of WW I
  • 1918-03-13 American Red Magen David (Jewish Red Cross) forms
  • 1918-04-03 US House of Representatives accepts American Creed written by William Tyler
  • 1918-06-12 1st aerial bombing raid by an American unit, France

Battle of InterestSgt. Alvin York Kills 25 German Soldiers

1918-10-08 American soldier Alvin York single-handedly attacks German gun nest, killing at least 25 and capturing 132 Germans
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Painting of Sergeant Alvin York firing at the German soldiers in France
Painting of Sergeant Alvin York firing at the German soldiers in France
  • 1918-11-06 WWI: On the Western Front, Germany is now retreating as French and American troops cross the Meuse and move to take Sedan
  • 1918-12-15 American Jewish Congress holds its 1st meeting
  • 1918-12-26 After spending Christmas with American troops in France, Wilson goes to London for preliminary discussions about the forthcoming peace conference
  • 1919-02-15 American Legion organizes in Paris
  • 1919-02-27 American Association for Hard of Hearing forms (NYC)
  • 1919-03-15 American Legion forms (Paris)
  • 1919-08-18 Anti-Cigarette League of America forms in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1919-08-31 John Reed forms American Communist Labor Party in Chicago
  • 1919-09-02 Communist Party of America organizes in Chicago
  • 1919-09-16 American Legion incorporated by an act of US Congress
  • 1919-11-10 American Legion's 1st national convention (Minneapolis)
  • 1919-12-19 American Meteorological Society found
  • 1919-12-20 Canadian National Railways established (N America's longest, 50,000 KM)
  • 1920-01-20 The American Civil Liberties Union is founded
  • 1920-05-20 Mexican President Venustiano Carranza, under attack by American petroleum companies, faces an armed rebellion by right-wing Sonoro triumvirate after nationalizing subsoil rights

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1920-06-05 1st rivet driven on Bank of Italy headquarters at 1 Powell in San Francisco (later Bank of America)

Banker and Entrepreneur Amadeo Giannini
Banker and Entrepreneur
Amadeo Giannini
  • 1920-07-27 Resolute beats Shamrock IV (England) in 14th running of America's Cup
  • 1920-11-01 American Fishing Schooner Esperanto defeats the Canadian Fishing Schooner Delawana in the first International Fishing Schooner Championship Races in Halifax.
  • 1920-11-27 "The Mask of Zorro" directed by Fred Niblo and starring Douglas Fairbanks is shown in New York - 1st American superhero film
  • 1920-12-18 1st US postage stamps printed without the words United States or US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1920-12-20 Bob Hope becomes an American citizen

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope

<b>President Inaugurated</b>President Inaugurated

1921-03-04 Warren G. Harding is inaugurated as the 29th President of the United States

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
  • 1921-05-06 American Soccer League forms
  • 1921-09-07 In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the first Miss America Pageant, a two-day event, is held.
  • 1921-09-08 1st Miss America crowned in Atlantic City - Margaret Gorman (16) of Washington, D.C.
  • 1921-09-09 Guatamala, Honduras, and San Salvador agree to Central American Union
  • 1921-10-28 First American gubernatorial recall election is held in South Dakota. Governor Lynn Frazier loses to Ragnvald A. Nestos.
  • 1921-11-01 National Birth Control League & Voluntary Parenthood League merge as American Birth Control League

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1921-12-23 Gangster Carlo Gambino enters the United States as an illegal immigrant on the SS Vincenzo Florio

Gangster Carlo Gambino
Gangster
Carlo Gambino
  • 1922-05-10 The United States annexes the Kingman Reef in n the North Pacific Ocean
  • 1922-09-22 US Congress passes the Cable Act, under which an American women who marries an 'alien' will not lose citizenship; neither will a women marrying an American automatically become a citizen
  • 1923-02-02 US signs friendship treaty with Central American countries
  • 1923-04-07 Workers Party of America (NYC) becomes official communist party
  • 1923-07-13 American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews discovers the first recognised dinosaur eggs, in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia
  • 1923-08-06 Henry Sullivan becomes 3rd person and first American to swim English Channel (27 hours 25 minutes Dover-Calais)
  • 1923-09-07 Mary Katherine Campbell (Ohio), 16, crowned 2nd Miss America 1922-23
  • 1923-11-29 The Dawes Commission, chaired by the American Banker Charles G. Dawes, is set up to look into the German economic situation and make recommendations that the US can accept
  • 1924-05-07 Peruvian Torre forms APRA, Alianza Popular Revolutionaria Americana
  • 1924-06-02 Snyder Act: US citizenship granted to all American Indians

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1924-06-02 President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act, declaring all Native Americans to be American citizens

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • 1924-07-20 Tehran, Persia comes under martial law after the American vice consul, Robert Imbrie, is killed by a religious mob enraged by rumors he had poisoned a fountain and killed several people

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1924-09-14 Walter Johnson selected as the American League MVP

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson

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1924-12-30 Astronomer Edwin Hubble formally announces existence of other galactic systems at meeting of the American Astronomical Society

Astronomer Edwin Hubble
Astronomer
Edwin Hubble
  • 1925-03-04 Swain's Island (near American Samoa) annexed by US
  • 1925-03-07 American Negro Congress organizes
  • 1925-04-15 NHL's NY Americans (formerly Hamilton Tigers) 1st game, lose 3-1
  • 1925-06-13 57th Belmont: Albert Johnson aboard American Flag wins in 2:16.8
  • 1925-11-16 American Association for Advancement of Atheism forms (NY)
  • 1925-12-15 1st hockey game at Madison Square Garden, Montreal Canadiens 3, NY Americans 1
  • 1926-03-26 The 1st lip-reading tournament held in America

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1926-05-20 Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 1926-09-09 National Broadcasting Company created by Radio Corporation of America

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 601 - 700 of 9,880

  • 1865-10-23 Neltje Blanchan, American writer (d. 1918)
  • 1865-10-26 Benjamin Guggenheim, American businessman, who dies aboard the Titanic, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1912)

Person of interestWarren G. Harding

1865-11-02 Warren G. Harding, 29th US President (1921-23), born in Blooming Grove, Ohio (d. 1923)

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
  • 1865-12-20 Elsie De Wolfe, American socialite and interior decorator, born in NYC, New York (d. 1950)
  • 1866-01-08 William G. Conley, American politician (d. 1940)

Person of interestButch Cassidy

1866-04-13 Butch Cassidy [Robert LeRoy Parker], American desperado (Wild Bunch Passage), born in Beaver, Utah (d. 1908)

  • 1866-08-08 Matthew A Henson, 1st African American to reach North Pole (Jun 4 1909)
  • 1866-11-13 Abraham Flexner, American educator, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1959)
  • 1866-11-17 Voltairine de Cleyre, American anarchist (d. 1912)

Person of interestHenry Bacon

1866-11-28 Henry Bacon, American architect (Lincoln Memorial), born in Watseka, Illinois (d. 1924)

Architect Henry Bacon
Architect
Henry Bacon
  • 1866-12-02 Harry Burleigh, African American composer (Springarn Medal), born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • 1867-01-21 James Marcus, American actor (The Eagle, The Lonely Trail), born in NYC, New York (d. 1937)
  • 1867-02-26 Siegfried Passarge, German geographer (Cameroon/So Afr/America)

Person of interestCy Young

1867-03-29 Cy Young, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (most wins in MLB history 511), born in Gilmore, Ohio (d. 1955)

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young

Person of interestWilbur Wright

1867-04-16 Wilbur Wright, American aviator (Wright Brothers), born in Millville, Indiana (d. 1912)

Aviator Wilbur Wright
Aviator
Wilbur Wright
  • 1867-04-24 Fannie Thomas, American who became the oldest known American at her death (113 years 273 days at death), born in Denver, Illinois (d. 1981)

Person of interestFrank Lloyd Wright

1867-06-08 Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect (Guggenheim) recognized as "the greatest American architect of all time", born in Richland Center, Wisconsin (d. 1959)

Person of interestA. E. Douglass

1867-07-05 A. E. Douglass, American astronomer and inventor of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating), born in Windsor, Vermont (d. 1962)

Archaeologist and Astronomer A. E. Douglass
Archaeologist and Astronomer
A. E. Douglass
  • 1867-07-15 Maggie L. Walker, African-American teacher and businesswoman (1st female Bank President), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1934)
  • 1867-07-25 Alexander Rummler, American painter, born in Dubuque, Iowa (d. 1959)
  • 1867-07-28 Charles Dillon Perrine, American-born astronomer working in Argentina, born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1951)
  • 1867-07-31 Sebastian S. Kresge, American merchant and philanthropist (Kmart), born in Bald Mountain, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1867-08-02 Frank Alvord Perret, American volcanologist renowned for his research at Vesuvius, Etna, Stromboli and Kilauea, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1943)
  • 1867-08-22 Charles Francis Jenkins, American Inventor (altimeter, automobile self-starter, and early television pioneer), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1867-08-25 James W. Gerard, American jurist and diplomat, born in Geneseo, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1867-09-05 Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American composer and pianist, born in Henniker, New Hampshire (d. 1944)

Person of interestRobert A. Millikan

1868-03-22 Robert A. Millikan, American physicist (photoelectric effect; Nobel 1923), born in Morrison, Illinois (d. 1953)

  • 1868-04-21 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Common lot), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • 1868-05-10 Ed Barrow, American baseball manager (d. 1953)
  • 1868-05-17 Horace Elgin Dodge, American automobile manufacturing pioneer (co-founder of Dodge Brothers Company), born in Niles, Michigan (d. 1920)
  • 1868-05-19 John Fillmore Hayford, American Geodesist who established the theory of isostasy and founded the modern science of geodesy (precise measurements of the shape of the earth), born in Rouses Point, New York
  • 1868-06-03 Aristides Agramonte y Simoni, Cuban-American Physician, Pathologist and Bacteriologist (yellow fever), born in Camagüey, Cuba (d. 1931)
  • 1868-06-29 George Ellery Hale, American astronomer (discovery of magnetic fields in sunspot), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1938)
  • 1868-07-04 Henrietta Swan Leavitt, American astronomer (period-luminosity relation), born in Lancaster, Massachusetts (d. 1921)
  • 1868-08-16 Bernarr McFadden, American physical culture advocate, credited with beginning the culture of health and fitness in the United States, born in Mill Spring, Missouri (d. 1955)
  • 1868-08-22 Willis Rodney Whitney, American Chemist, founder of the General Electric research laboratory, and pioneer of industrial scientific research, born in Jamestown, NY (d. 1958)
  • 1869-01-23 Herbert David Croly, American author (Promise of American Life), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1930)

Person of interestAlbert Kahn

1869-03-21 Albert Kahn, American architect known as the "architect of Detroit", born in Rhaunen, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1942

Architect of Detroit Albert Kahn
Architect of Detroit
Albert Kahn
  • 1869-06-27 Kate Carew [Mary Williams], American caricaturist, born in Oakland, California (d. 1961)
  • 1869-07-01 William Strunk Jr., American grammarian and author (The Elements of Style), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1946)

Person of interestTyphoid Mary

1869-09-23 Mary Mallon, Irish-American patient ('Typhoid Mary') 1st person in the US known to be immune to typhoid, and carrier of the disease (infected at least 51 people in New York City), born in Cookstown, Ireland (d. 1938)

  • 1869-11-10 Gaetano Bresci, Italian-American anarchist (assassinated King Umberto I of Italy on July 29, 1900), born in Coiano, Prato, Tuscany (d. 1901)
  • 1869-11-25 Ben Lindsey, American judge and social reformer, born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1934)
  • 1869-12-05 Ellis Parker Butler, American author (Pigs is Pigs), born in Muscatine, Iowa (d. 1937)
  • 1870-01-11 Alexander Stirling Calder, American sculptor (d. 1945)
  • 1870-01-13 Ross Granville Harrison, American biologist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1870-01-15 Pierre S. du Pont, American businessman, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1954)
  • 1870-02-18 William Laurel Harris, American mural painter, writer (d. 1924)
  • 1870-04-21 Edwin S. Porter, American film pioneer and producer (Jack and the Beanstalk), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1941)

Person of interestAmadeo Giannini

1870-05-06 Amadeo Giannini, American banker and entrepreneur (founded Bank of America), born in San Jose, California (d. 1949)

Banker and Entrepreneur Amadeo Giannini
Banker and Entrepreneur
Amadeo Giannini
  • 1870-05-19 Albert Fish, American serial killer (d. 1936)
  • 1870-05-24 Benjamin N. Cardozo, American lawyer and jurist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1938)
  • 1870-07-25 Maxfield Parrish, American painter and illustrator, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1870-09-07 Thomas Curtis, American athlete (Olympic 1896 Gold), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1944)
  • 1870-09-18 Clark Wissler, American anthropologist (American Indian), born in Hagerstown, Indiana (d. 1947)
  • 1870-09-30 Thomas W. Lamont, American banker; father of Corliss Lamont; great-grandfather of Ned Lamont (d. 1948)
  • 1870-11-03 John Motley Morehead III, American chemist (commercial production of calcium carbide, important for welding), born in Spray, North Carolina (d. 1922)
  • 1870-11-25 Winthrop Ames, American theatrical director (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), born in North Easton, Massachusetts (d. 1937)
  • 1870-12-12 Walter Benona Sharp, American oil tycoon, born in Tipton County, Tennessee (d. 1912)
  • 1870-12-13 Edward LeSaint, American actor and director (Modern Times, The Dumb Messenger), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1940)
  • 1870-12-25 Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics industrialist (d. 1965)
  • 1871-03-06 Ben Harney, American composer and "Father of Ragtime Piano" (You've Been a Good Old Wagon, But You Done Broke Down), born on the Mississippi River (d. 1938)
  • 1871-04-08 Clarence Hudson White, American photographer, born in Newark, Ohio (d. 1925)
  • 1871-05-11 Frank Schlesinger, American astronomer (d. 1943)
  • 1871-05-19 Reginald Aldworth Daly, Napanee Ontario, Canadian-American Geologist who independently developed the theory of magmatic stopping

Person of interestJames Weldon Johnson

1871-06-17 James Weldon Johnson, American civil rights activist, leader of the NAACP and Harlem Renaissance poet, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1938)

Writer and Civil Rights Activist James Weldon Johnson
Writer and Civil Rights Activist
James Weldon Johnson
  • 1871-08-01 John Lester, American cricketer, born in Penrith, Cumberland, England (d. 1969)
  • 1871-08-02 John French Sloan, American painter and etcher, born in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania (d. 1951)
  • 1871-08-27 Theodore Dreiser, American novelist (Sister Carie, American Tragedy), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1945)
  • 1871-09-01 J. Reuben Clark, Jr., American Undersecretary of State (d. 1961)
  • 1871-09-26 Winsor McCay, American cartoonist (Little Nemo), born in Spring Lake, Michigan (d. 1934)
  • 1871-10-02 Martha Brookes Hutcheson, American landscape architect, born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1871-11-09 Florence Sabin, American Scientist who was the first woman to graduate from Johns Hopkins and the first lifetime woman member of the National Academy of Sciences, born in Central City, Colorado (d. 1953)
  • 1871-12-05 Bill Pickett, American rodeo performer (invented bulldogging), born in Jenks-Branch, Texas (d. 1932)
  • 1872-01-11 George Washington Pierce, American physicist (d. 1956)
  • 1872-01-31 Zane Grey, American West novelist (Riders of the Purple Sage)
  • 1872-02-01 Jerome F. Donovan, American politician (d. 1949)
  • 1872-02-01 Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer (d. 1927)
  • 1872-03-13 Oswald Garrison Villard, American journalist and editor of the New York Evening Post, born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 1949)
  • 1872-04-05 Samuel Cate Prescott, American food scientist and microbiologist, born in South Hampton, New Hampshire (d. 1962)
  • 1872-04-07 William Monroe Trotter, Hyde Park, Massachusetts, newspaper editor and African-American rights activist
  • 1872-04-18 Bernard Ogilvie Dodge, American botanist and pioneer researcher on heredity in fungi, born in Mauston, Wisconsin (d. 1960)
  • 1872-04-29 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman and thoroughbred horse breeder, born in NYC, New York (d. 1930)

Person of interestPaul Laurence Dunbar

1872-06-27 Paul Laurence Dunbar, American poet and novelist (Oak & Ivory), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1906)

  • 1872-07-29 Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (d. 1957)
  • 1872-08-02 George E. Stewart, American army officer and Medal of Honor recipient, born in New South Wales, Australia (d. 1946)
  • 1873-01-11 John Callan O'Laughlin, American political and military figure and journalist (d. 1949)
  • 1873-01-30 Rose Melville, American stage actress (A Baby Grand, Her Great Invention), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1946)
  • 1873-03-03 William Green, president of American Federation of Labor (1924-52)
  • 1873-03-04 Guy Wetmore Carryl, American humorist and poet (d. 1904)
  • 1873-04-13 John W. Davis, American politician and United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 1955)
  • 1873-07-01 Alice Guy-Blaché, French film director who was the first woman to direct a film (The Fairy of the Cabbages), born in Paris (d. 1968)
  • 1873-08-06 John Wesley Work Jr., 1st African-American collector of folk songs and spirituals, born in Nashville, Tennessee (or 1871) (d. 1925)
  • 1873-08-17 John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (d. 1946)
  • 1873-09-21 Papa Jack Laine, American musician and pioneering bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1966)
  • 1873-10-23 William D. Coolidge, American physicist and inventor (d. 1975)
  • 1873-12-18 Francis Burton Harrison, American political figure (d. 1957)
  • 1873-12-25 Otto Frederick Hunziker, Swiss-born American dairy educator (d. 1959)
  • 1874-01-01 Frank Knox, American Secretary of the Navy (d. 1944)

Person of interestJoseph Erlanger

1874-01-05 Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist (shock therapy-Nobel 1944), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1965)

Physiologist Joseph Erlanger
Physiologist
Joseph Erlanger

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 601 - 700 of 4,974

  • 1933-01-26 Alva Belmont, American socialite (b. 1853)
  • 1933-01-29 Sara Teasdale, American poet (b. 1884)

Person of interestThomas J. Walsh

1933-03-02 Thomas J. Walsh, United States Senator (Montana), dies of a heart attack at 73

Lawyer and Politician Thomas J. Walsh
Lawyer and Politician
Thomas J. Walsh
  • 1933-03-26 Eddie Lang [Salvatore Massaro], American jazz guitarist known as the "father of jazz guitar", dies at 30

Person of interestJimmie Rodgers

1933-05-26 Jimmie Rodgers [James Charles], American country singer and singing brakeman, dies of a pulmonary hemorrhage at 35

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers
  • 1933-06-02 Frank Jarvis, American athlete (Olympic 100m Champion-1900), dies at 54
  • 1933-07-15 Freddie Keppard, American musician (b. 1890)
  • 1933-08-28 Helen Dunbar, American actress (b. 1863)
  • 1933-09-25 Ring Lardner, American writer (b. 1885)
  • 1933-11-05 Texas Guinan, American saloon keeper, actress, and musician (b. 1884)
  • 1934-01-30 Frank Nelson Doubleday, American publisher (b. 1862)

Person of interestBonnie Parker

1934-05-23 Bonnie Parker, American outlaw (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in police ambush in Louisiana at 23

American Outlaw Bonnie Parker
American Outlaw
Bonnie Parker
  • 1934-06-06 Charles Francis Jenkins, American Inventor and early television pioneer (also invented the altimeter and automobile self-starter) dies at 66
  • 1934-07-12 Ole Evinrude, Norwegian-American industrialist and inventor (outboard marine engine), dies at 57

Person of interestMarie Dressler

1934-07-28 Marie Dressler, Canadian-American actress (Dinner at 8, Anna Christie), dies at 65 of cancer

  • 1934-08-28 Doris Ulmann, American photographer best known for her portraits of the people of Appalachia, dies aged 52
  • 1934-09-02 Alcide Nunez, American musician (b. 1884)
  • 1934-10-12 Gertrude Käsebier, American photographer dies aged 82
  • 1934-10-25 Frank Sprague, American inventor who installed the first U.S. electric trolley system, dies at 77
  • 1934-11-08 James Mark Baldwin, American Philosopher and Psychologist, dies at 73
  • 1934-12-13 Thomas A. Watson, American assistant to Alexander Graham Bell (b. 1854)
  • 1934-12-15 Maggie L. Walker, African-American teacher and businesswoman (1st female Bank President), dies at 69
  • 1935-01-16 Ma Barker, American criminal (b. 1871)
  • 1935-03-23 Florence Moore, American actress (b. 1886)
  • 1935-04-29 Leroy Carr, American blues singer-songwriter, dies at 30
  • 1935-07-26 Winsor McCay, American cartoonist (Little Nemo), dies at 63
  • 1935-08-17 Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American feminist, writer and lecturer for social reform, dies at 75
  • 1935-12-09 Walter Liggett, American crusading newspaper editor and muckraker (b. 1886)
  • 1936-01-16 Albert Fish, American serial killer, executed at 65
  • 1936-04-13 Milton Brown, American swing bandleader, dies at 32
  • 1936-04-26 Tammany Young, American actor, dies at 49
  • 1936-06-11 Robert E. Howard, American pulp fiction author (Conan the Barbarian), commits suicide aged 30
  • 1936-06-11 Julius Nieuwland, Belgian-American chemist (inventor of neoprene), dies at 58
  • 1936-07-11 James Murray, American actor (The Crowd, The Shakedown), drowns at 35
  • 1936-10-08 William Henry Stark, American business leader (b. 1851)
  • 1936-10-20 Anne Sullivan [Johanna Macy], American teacher who educated Helen Keller, dies at 70
  • 1936-11-06 Henry Bourne Joy, American automobile executive (b. 1864)
  • 1936-12-02 John Ringling, American circus owner (b. 1866)
  • 1937-03-09 Paul Elmer More, American critic and essayist, dies at 72
  • 1937-03-11 Joseph S. Cullinan, American oil industrialist (b. 1860)
  • 1937-03-15 H. P. Lovecraft, American horror writer (At the Mountains of Madness, Weird Tales), dies at 46
  • 1937-04-29 William Gillette, American actor, playwright and manager (Sherlock Holmes on stage), dies at 83

Person of interestJohn D. Rockefeller

1937-05-23 John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and philanthropist, dies at 97

Oil Industrialist John D. Rockefeller
Oil Industrialist
John D. Rockefeller
  • 1937-07-09 Oliver Law, first African-American commander of U.S. troops (b. 1899)

Person of interestGeorge Gershwin

1937-07-11 George Gershwin [Jacob Gershvin], American composer (An American in Paris), dies at 38

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin

Person of interestCharles E. Hires

1937-07-31 Charles E. Hires, American pharmacist, inventor and manufacturer of the Hires Root Beer beverage, dies at 85

Pharmacist and Root Beer Brewer Charles E. Hires
Pharmacist and Root Beer Brewer
Charles E. Hires

Person of interestAndrew Mellon

1937-08-26 Andrew Mellon, American banker (Mellon Bank), industrialist and Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32), dies at 82

Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon
Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury
Andrew Mellon
  • 1937-09-23 Caro Roma [Carrie Northey], American composer and singer, dies at 68
  • 1937-10-15 James Marcus, American actor (The Eagle, The Lonely Trail), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • 1937-12-29 Don Marquis, American author (b. 1878)
  • 1938-01-08 Johnny Gruelle, American cartoonist, creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy (b. 1880)
  • 1938-01-17 William Pickering, American astronomer (predicted Pluto), dies at 79

Person of interestHarvey Firestone

1938-02-07 Harvey Firestone, American manufacturer and founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, dies at 69

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone
  • 1938-02-18 David King Udall, American politician (b. 1851)
  • 1938-03-02 Ben Harney, American composer and "Father of Ragtime Piano" (You've Been a Good Old Wagon, But You Done Broke Down), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1938-03-04 George Foster Peabody, American politician (b. 1852)
  • 1938-04-10 Joe "King" Oliver, American musician (b. 1885)
  • 1938-04-24 George Grey Barnard, American sculptor, dies at 74
  • 1938-05-26 John Jacob Abel, American Pharmacologist (endocrine glands), dies at 81

Person of interestJames Weldon Johnson

1938-06-26 James Weldon Johnson, African American leader (NAACP), dies in a car crash at 67

Writer and Civil Rights Activist James Weldon Johnson
Writer and Civil Rights Activist
James Weldon Johnson
  • 1938-07-09 Benjamin N. Cardozo, American lawyer and jurist, dies at 68
  • 1938-07-21 Owen Wister, American author (b. 1860)
  • 1938-09-19 Pauline Frederick, American actress (b. 1883)
  • 1938-09-28 Con Conrad, American songwriter and producer, dies at 48
  • 1938-09-28 Charles Duryea, American inventor (Duryea Motor Wagon Company, first auto built in the US), dies at 76
  • 1938-10-13 E. C. Segar, American cartoonist (Popeye), dies at 43
  • 1938-11-09 Edward Murray East, American botanist and geneticist who developed hybrid corn, dies at 59

Person of interestTyphoid Mary

1938-11-11 Mary Mallon, Irish-American patient best known as 'Typhoid Mary' and the first person in the United States known to be immune to typhoid, dies at 69

  • 1938-12-20 Annie Armstrong, American missionary leader, dies at 88
  • 1938-12-23 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Chimes), dies at 70
  • 1938-12-27 Calvin Bridges, American geneticist (b. 1889)

Person of interestAmelia Earhart

1939-01-05 Amelia Earhart, American aviator (1st woman to fly solo across the Atlantic), is declared dead at 41 after disappearing over the Pacific Ocean in 1937

  • 1939-03-19 Lloyd L. Gaines, American civil rights activist
  • 1939-03-27 Constance Lindsay Skinner, Quesnel British Columbia, Canadian author (Rivers of America), dies at 57
  • 1939-06-04 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz musician, dies at 39
  • 1939-06-16 Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (b. 1905)
  • 1939-07-19 Rose Hartwick Thorpe, American poet (Curfew Must Not Ring) and writer, dies at 89
  • 1939-08-02 Harvey Spencer Lewis, American Rosicrucian author and mystic, dies at 55
  • 1939-10-29 Dwight B. Waldo, American educator (first President of Western Michigan University), dies at 75
  • 1939-11-03 Waldemar Lindgren, Swedish-American Geologist (economic geology, ore classification), dies at 79
  • 1940-03-04 Hamlin Garland, American writer (Middle Border), dies at 79

Person of interestHenry Ossian Flipper

1940-05-03 Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, dies at 84

Soldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian Flipper
Soldier and Former Slave
Henry Ossian Flipper
  • 1940-05-25 Joe De Grasse, Canadian film director, dies at 67
  • 1940-06-21 Smedley Butler, American Marine general, dies at 58
  • 1940-08-08 Johnny Dodds, American early jazz clarinetist, dies at 48
  • 1940-08-17 Billy Fiske, US RAF-pilot/2nd lieutenant and 1st American serviceman killed in action in World War II, dies at 29

Person of interestWalter Chrysler

1940-08-18 Walter Chrysler, American automotive pioneer (Chrysler Corporation) and thoroughbred breeder, dies at 65

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
  • 1940-08-21 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", dies at 77
  • 1940-09-25 Marguerite Clark, American silent film actress (Snow White), dies at 57
  • 1940-10-05 Lincoln Loy McCandless, American cattle rancher and politician, dies at 81
  • 1940-10-05 Ballington Booth, English Officer in The Salvation Army and co-founder of Volunteers of America
  • 1940-10-12 Tom Mix, American actor (Texan, Hidden Gold), dies at 60
  • 1940-11-17 Raymond Pearl, American biologist (b. 1879)
  • 1941-03-13 Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and novelist (The Time of Man), dies at 54
  • 1941-03-17 Marguerite Nichols, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1941-06-06 Louis Chevrolet, American automotive pioneer (b. 1878)

Person of interestMarcus Garvey

1941-06-10 Marcus Garvey, Jamaican-born black nationalist who began the back-to-Africa movement among US African Americans, dies at 52

Black Nationalist Marcus Garvey
Black Nationalist
Marcus Garvey
  • 1941-06-11 Daniel Carter Beard, American author, social reformer and founder of the Boy Scouts of America, dies at 91