United States of America in History (Part 7)

Historical Events

Events 601 - 700 of 1,625

Historic Event

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

  • 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 (now known as Furnace Creek 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

Murder of Interest

1914-08-15 Taliesian Massacre (Spring Green, Wisconsin): Julian Carlton, a disgruntled employee, kills architect Frank Lloyd Wright's mistress Martha Borthwick, her 2 children, and 4 others with a hatchet and burns the architect's home to the ground while Wright is away on business

Historic 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'

  • 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

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

  • 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 William 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 First units of the American Expeditionary Force, commanded by General John J. Pershing, is ordered to France
  • 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
  • 1917-05-21 Leo Pinckney, 1st American drafted during WWI
  • 1917-06-04 American men begin registering for the draft

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Sgt. 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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 1920-07-27 Resolute beats Shamrock IV (England) in 14th running of America's Cup
  • 1920-11-01 American fishing schooner 'Esperanto' defeats Canadian yacht 'Delawana' in the first International Fishing Schooner Championship Races off Halifax, Nova Scotia

Film & TV History

1920-11-27 "The Mark 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

Film & TV History

1920-12-20 Bob Hope becomes an American citizen

President Inaugurated

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

  • 1921-05-06 Teams from the National Association Football League and the Southern New England Soccer League merge to form the American Soccer League (ASL); collapses 1933
  • 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 Guatemala, Honduras and San Salvador agree to Central American Union
  • 1921-10-28 First American gubernatorial recall election is held in North Dakota. Governor Lynn Frazier loses to Ragnvald A. Nestos by just over 4,000 votes (1.8%).
  • 1921-11-01 National Birth Control League & Voluntary Parenthood League merge as American Birth Control League

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

1924-06-02 President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act (also known as Snyder Act), declaring all Native Americans to be American citizens [1]

  • 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

Sports History

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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, NYC: Montreal Canadiens 3, NY Americans 1
  • 1926-03-26 First lip-reading tournament held in America

Film & TV History

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

  • 1926-09-09 National Broadcasting Company created by Radio Corporation of America
  • 1927-03-05 1,000 US marines land in China to protect American property
  • 1927-03-08 Pan American Airlines incorporates
  • 1927-08-27 Parks College, America's oldest aviation school, opens
  • 1928-01-13 RCA and GE install three test television sets in homes in Schenectady, New York allowing American inventor E.F.W. Alexanderson to demonstrate the first home television receiver which delivered a poor and unsteady 1.5 square inch picture

Historic Event

1928-06-18 American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the 1st woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, landing at Burry Port, Wales

  • 1928-09-27 The Nationalist Republic of China is recognised by the United States.

Historic Event

1928-10-22 Herbert Hoover speaks of "American system of rugged individualism"

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 601 - 700 of 9,753

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

Warren G. HardingWarren G. Harding (1865-1923)

1865-11-02 29th President of the United States (1921-23), born in Blooming Grove, Ohio

  • 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)

Butch CassidyButch Cassidy (1866-1908)

1866-04-13 American desperado (Wild Bunch Passage), born in Beaver, Utah

  • 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, writer and speaker, born in Leslie, Michigan (d. 1912)

Henry BaconHenry Bacon (1866-1924)

1866-11-28 American architect (Lincoln Memorial), born in Watseka, Illinois

  • 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, South Africa, born in Königsberg, Prussia (d. 1958) alternative birth date Nov 28 1866

Cy YoungCy Young (1867-1955)

1867-03-29 American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Cleveland Spiders, Boston Americans; most wins in MLB history 511), born in Gilmore, Ohio

Wilbur WrightWilbur Wright (1867-1912)

1867-04-16 American aviator (Wright Brothers), born in Millville, Indiana

  • 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)

Frank Lloyd WrightFrank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)

1867-06-08 American architect (Guggenheim) recognized as "the greatest American architect of all time", born in Richland Center, Wisconsin

A. E. DouglassA. E. Douglass (1867-1962)

1867-07-05 American astronomer and inventor of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating), born in Windsor, Vermont

  • 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 pianist and composer (Gaelic Symphony), born in Henniker, New Hampshire (d. 1944)

Robert A. MillikanRobert A. Millikan (1868-1953)

1868-03-22 American physicist (photoelectric effect; Nobel 1923), born in Morrison, Illinois

  • 1868-04-21 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Common lot), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • 1868-05-10 Ed Barrow, American Baseball HOF manager (World Series 1918 Boston Red Sox) and executive (10 x World Series NY Yankees), born in Springfield, Illinois (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 (d. 1925)
  • 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)

Albert KahnAlbert Kahn (1869-1942)

1869-03-21 American architect known as the "architect of Detroit", born in Rhaunen, Kingdom of Prussia

  • 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)

Typhoid MaryTyphoid Mary (1869-1938)

1869-09-23 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

  • 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. 1943)
  • 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)

Amadeo GianniniAmadeo Giannini (1870-1949)

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

  • 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

James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)

1871-06-17 American Harlem Renaissance poet, lyricist ("Lift Every Voice And Sing"), civil rights activist, and leader of the NAACP, born in Jacksonville, Florida

  • 1871-08-01 John Lester, American cricket all-rounder (Gentlemen of Philadelphia CC), born in Penrith, 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 Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer (d. 1927)
  • 1872-02-01 Jerome F. Donovan, American politician (d. 1949)
  • 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)
  • 1872-04-18 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)

Paul Laurence DunbarPaul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

1872-06-27 American poet and novelist (Oak & Ivory), born in Dayton, Ohio

  • 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 (modern x-ray tube), born in Hudson, Massachusetts (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 politician (Republican VP candidate 1936), newspaper editor and Secretary of the Navy during World War II, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1944)

Joseph ErlangerJoseph Erlanger (1874-1965)

1874-01-05 American physiologist (shock therapy-Nobel 1944), born in San Francisco, California

  • 1874-01-22 Edward Harkness, American philanthropist (d. 1940)
  • 1874-01-24 Arthur Schomburg (Arturo Alfonso), Puerto Rican archivist of African American history and culture, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico (d. 1938)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 601 - 700 of 4,915

  • 1933-03-26 Eddie Lang [Salvatore Massaro], American jazz guitarist known as the "father of jazz guitar", dies of tonsil surgery complications at 30

Jimmie RodgersJimmie Rodgers (1897-1933)

1933-05-26 American country singer and singing brakeman, dies of a pulmonary hemorrhage at 35

  • 1933-06-02 Frank Jarvis, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1900), dies at 54
  • 1933-07-15 Freddie Keppard, American jazz cornetist (Original Creole Orchestra), dies of tuberculosis at 44
  • 1933-08-28 Helen Dunbar, American actress (b. 1863)
  • 1933-09-25 Ring Lardner, American writer (b. 1885)
  • 1933-11-05 (Mary Louise) "Texas" Guinan, American vaudeville singer, silent film actress, and speakeasy (saloon) proprietor, dies of amoebic dysentery at 49
  • 1934-01-30 Frank Nelson Doubleday, American publisher (b. 1862)

Bonnie ParkerBonnie Parker (1910-1934)

1934-05-23 American outlaw of Bonnie and Clyde fame, killed in police ambush in Louisiana at 23

  • 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
  • 1934-07-26 Winsor McCay, American cartoonist (Little Nemo), dies at 63

Marie DresslerMarie Dressler (1868-1934)

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

  • 1934-08-28 Doris Ulmann, American photographer best known for her portraits of the people of Appalachia, dies aged 52
  • 1934-09-02 (Alcide) "Yellow" Nunez, American New Orleans jazz clarinetist, dies of a heart attack at 50 [1]
  • 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 in inventing the telephone, dies at 80
  • 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)

Oliver Wendell Holmes JrOliver Wendell Holmes Jr (1841-1935)

1935-03-06 US 59th Supreme Court justice (1902-32), dies of pneumonia at 93

  • 1935-03-23 Florence Moore, American actress (b. 1886)
  • 1935-04-29 Leroy Carr, American blues piano player and singer-songwriter ("How Long, How Long Blues"), dies of nephritis of the kidneys at 30
  • 1935-08-17 Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American feminist, writer and lecturer for social reform, dies at 75

Edward L. DohenyEdward L. Doheny (1856-1935)

1935-09-08 American oil tycoon who drilled the 1st successful oil well in Los Angeles and set off the California oil boom, dies of natural causes at 79

  • 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 Julius Nieuwland, Belgian-American chemist (inventor of neoprene), dies at 58
  • 1936-06-11 Robert E. Howard, American pulp fiction author (Conan the Barbarian), commits suicide aged 30
  • 1936-07-11 James Murray, American actor (The Crowd, The Shakedown), drowns at 35
  • 1936-10-08 William Henry Stark, American timber industry leader, dies ta 85
  • 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 stage and silent film actor (Sherlock Holmes), and playwright (Secret Service), dies at 83

John D. RockefellerJohn D. Rockefeller (1839-1937)

1937-05-23 American industrialist and founder of Standard Oil, dies at 97

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

George GershwinGeorge Gershwin (1898-1937)

1937-07-11 American composer (An American in Paris, Porgy And Bess, Summertime), dies from a brain tumor at 38

Charles E. HiresCharles E. Hires (1851-1937)

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

Andrew MellonAndrew Mellon (1855-1937)

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

  • 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

Harvey S. FirestoneHarvey S. Firestone (1868-1938)

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

  • 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)
  • 1938-04-24 George Grey Barnard, American sculptor, dies at 74
  • 1938-05-26 John Jacob Abel, American Pharmacologist (endocrine glands), dies at 81

James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)

1938-06-26 American Harlem Renaissance poet, lyricist ("Lift Every Voice And Sing"), civil rights activist, and leader of the NAACP, dies in a car crash at 67

  • 1938-07-09 Benjamin N. Cardozo, American lawyer and jurist, dies at 68
  • 1938-07-21 Owen Wister, American author, 'father of the Western' (The Virginian), dies at 78
  • 1938-09-19 Pauline Frederick, American actress (b. 1883)
  • 1938-09-28 Charles Duryea, American inventor (Duryea Motor Wagon Company, first auto built in the US), dies at 76
  • 1938-09-28 Con Conrad, American songwriter and producer, dies at 48
  • 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

Typhoid MaryTyphoid Mary (1869-1938)

1938-11-11 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)

Amelia EarhartAmelia Earhart (1897-1939)

1939-01-05 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 trumpeter (Lovie Austin; King Oliver; New Orleans Feetwarmers; Noble Sissle; Sidney Bechet), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • 1939-06-16 Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (introduced Ella Fitzgerald), dies of Pott's disease (tuberculosis of the spine), at 34
  • 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

Henry Ossian FlipperHenry Ossian Flipper (1856-1940)

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

  • 1940-05-25 Joe De Grasse, Canadian film director, dies at 67

Marcus GarveyMarcus Garvey (1887-1940)

1940-06-10 Jamaican-born black nationalist who began the back-to-Africa movement among US African Americans, dies at 52

  • 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

Walter ChryslerWalter Chrysler (1875-1940)

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

  • 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 Ballington Booth, English Officer in The Salvation Army and co-founder of Volunteers of America
  • 1940-10-05 Lincoln Loy McCandless, American cattle rancher and politician, dies at 81
  • 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, Swiss auto racer (co-founder Chevrolet Motor Car Company), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1941-06-11 Daniel Carter Beard, American author, social reformer and founder of the Boy Scouts of America, dies at 91
  • 1941-07-20 Lew Fields, American vaudeville performer (b. 1867)
  • 1941-10-09 Helen Morgan, American stage and screen actress, and singer (Show Boat), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 41
  • 1941-10-27 Ernest Everett Just, African-American embryologist (physiology of development, fertilization, cell division), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • 1941-11-21 Henrietta Vinton Davis, African-American elocutionist, dramatist, impersonator and public speaker, dies at 81