United States of America in History (Part 8)

Historical Events

Events 701 - 800 of 1,684

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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

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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
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
  • 1925-12-26 NHL record 141 shots as NY Americans (73) beat Pitt Pirates (68) 3-1, NY's Jake Forbes 67 saves, Pitt's Ray Waters 70
  • 1926-03-26 The 1st lip-reading tournament held in America

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

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • 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

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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.

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

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 1928-12-13 George Gershwin's "An American In Paris" premieres (NYC)
  • 1929-02-20 American Samoa organizes as territory of US
  • 1929-03-04 Charles Curtis (R-Kansas) becomes 1st native American VP
  • 1929-12-05 1st US nudist organization, the American League for Physical Culture in New York City
  • 1930-03-26 Congress appropriates $50,000 for Inter-American highway

Film release premierFilm Premier

1930-04-01 "The Blue Angel" starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role premieres in Germany

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich

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1930-07-19 Richard E. Byrd, Laurence McKinley Gould, and their polar expedition team return to the United States following the first exploration of the interior of Antarctica

Aviator and Polar Explorer Richard E. Byrd
Aviator and Polar Explorer
Richard E. Byrd
  • 1930-09-18 Enterprise (US) beats Shamrock V (UK) in 15th America's Cup
  • 1930-11-03 Bank of Italy renamed Bank of America
  • 1930-12-11 Bank of the United States closes in New York City
  • 1931-04-15 1st backwards walk across American begins
  • 1932-01-01 The United States Post Office Department issues a set of 12 stamps commemorating the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth.
  • 1932-02-29 TIME magazine features eccentric American politician William "Alfalfa" Murray on its cover after Murray stated his intention to run for President of the United States.
  • 1932-06-06 The Revenue Act of 1932 is enacted, creating the first gas tax in the United States, at a rate of 1 cent per US gallon (1/4 ¢/L) sold
  • 1932-06-17 Bonus Army: around a thousand World War I veterans amass at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considers a bill that would give them certain benefits

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1932-12-05 German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter America

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 1933-01-03 Minnie D. Craig becomes the first female elected as Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, the first female to hold a Speaker position anywhere in the United States.
  • 1933-03-13 American banks allowed to reopen after a government imposed bank holiday
  • 1933-11-17 United States recognizes Soviet Union, opens trade
  • 1934-01-05 National & American baseball leagues select a uniform ball

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1934-06-22 John Dillinger is informally named America's first Public Enemy Number One

Gangster John Dillinger
John Dillinger
  • 1934-08-19 The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio.
  • 1934-09-25 Rainbow (US) beats Endeavour (England) in 16th America's Cup

InventionBeer in a Can

1935-01-24 1st canned beer, "Krueger's Cream Ale," is sold by American company Krueger Brewing Co.
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  • 1935-06-11 Inventor Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States, at Alpine, New Jersey.
  • 1935-12-09 Walter Liggett American newspaper editor and muckraker killed in gangland murder.
  • 1936-01-14 L M (Mario) Giannini elected President of Bank of America
  • 1936-02-18 NHL record 32 points scored, NY Americans (28) & Mont Maroons (24)
  • 1936-05-25 The Remington Rand strike, led by the American Federation of Labor, begins
  • 1936-06-11 Presbyterian Church of America founded at Philadelphia

  • 1936-06-18 1st bicycle traffic court in America established, Racine, Wisconsin
  • 1936-08-14 Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last public execution in the United States
  • 1936-11-09 American fashion designer Ruth Harkness captures a panda cub (Su Lin) in China - becomes 1st live panda cub to enter the US
  • 1937-08-02 Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal
  • 1937-08-05 Ranger (US) beats Endeavour II (England) in 17th America's Cup
  • 1937-12-16 Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from American federal prison Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.

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1938-01-17 Joseph P. Kennedy becomes the 44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom

Patriarch of the Kennedy family Joseph P. Kennedy
Patriarch of the Kennedy family
Joseph P. Kennedy
  • 1938-03-03 American Bowling Congress' largest tournament (24,765 competitors)
  • 1938-03-13 World News Roundup is broadcast for the first time on CBS Radio in the United States.
  • 1938-05-26 US House of Representatives Committee on un-American Activities forms
  • 1938-11-13 America's first saint, Mother Frances Cabrini, beatified

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1939-01-21 George Kaufman and Moss Hart's "American Way" premieres in NYC

Playwright Moss Hart
Moss Hart
  • 1939-03-16 NHL record 10 goals in 1 period-NY Rangers (7), NY Americans (3) & a record 26 points in the 3rd period
  • 1939-07-22 Jane Bolin becomes the 1st African American female judge (NY)

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1939-08-08 7th Venice Film Festival opens with a United States boycott due to Benito Mussolini's Fascist Italian regime

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini

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1939-09-01 General George Marshall sworn in as the United States Army Chief of Staff

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • 1939-09-03 German submarine U-30, commanded by Oberleutnant Fritz-Julius Lemp, sinks British passenger ship SS Athenia; 117 people die, among them 28 Americans

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1939-11-11 Kate Smith first sings Irving Berlin's "God Bless America"

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1939-12-27 1st American skimobiles (North Conway, NH)
  • 1940-06-05 American Negro Theater organizes
  • 1940-10-07 World War II: the McCollum memo proposes bringing the U.S. into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.
  • 1940-10-25 Benjamin O Davis Sr. becomes 1st African American general in US Army
  • 1941-02-26 Cowboys' Amateur Association of America organized (California)
  • 1941-03-01 Captain America first appears in comic book form, published by Timely Comics

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1941-03-22 James Stewart is inducted into the Army, becoming the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II

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1941-05-26 American Flag House (Betsy Ross' Home) given to city of Philadelphia

Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag
Betsy Ross
  • 1941-07-09 Dutch-American Physicist Abraham Pais is awarded his Ph.D. in Holland five days before a Nazi deadline banning Jews from receiving degrees

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1941-09-11 FDR orders US Navy that any Axis ship found in American waters be shot at on sight

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1941-11-12 Alma Heflin, the first American female test pilot for commercial aircraft, made her first test flight for the Piper Aircraft Corporation, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania

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1941-12-02 American mobster Louis Buchalter is sentenced to death along with his lieutenants Emanuel Weiss and Louis Capone

  • 1941-12-09 300 Montgomery, San Francisco opens as new Bank of America HQ
  • 1941-12-15 The American Federation of Labor adopts a no-strike policy in war industries.
  • 1941-12-20 World War II: First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China.
  • 1941-12-23 American forces on Wake Island surrender to Japanese
  • 1942-01-02 The United States Navy opens a blimp base at Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • 1942-01-03 American-British-Dutch-Australian (ABDA) Command forms
  • 1942-01-06 Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world ("Pacific Clipper").
  • 1942-02-02 LA Times urges security measures against Japanese-Americans
  • 1942-02-08 Congress advises FDR that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn't oppose the US war effort
  • 1942-02-19 FDR orders detention & internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans
  • 1942-02-20 Lt E H O'Hare single-handedly shoots down 5 Japanese heavy bombers, becomes America's first World War II flying ace

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1942-02-22 World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1942-02-24 Voice of America begins broadcasting (in German)
  • 1942-05-12 Nazi U-boat sinks American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River
  • 1942-06-13 The United States opens its Office of War Information, with Elmer Davis as head
  • 1942-07-04 1st American bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe (WWII)
  • 1942-08-07 1st American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Island
  • 1942-08-24 Sea battle off Eastern Solomon Islands between United States Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy
  • 1942-09-01 US Federal judge upholds detention of Japanese-Americans

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 701 - 800 of 10,105

Person of interestJoseph Erlanger

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

Physiologist Joseph Erlanger
Joseph Erlanger
  • 1874-01-22 Edward Harkness, American philanthropist (d. 1940)
  • 1874-01-24 Arthur Schomburg (Arturo Alfonso), Puerto Rico, archivist of African American history and culture

Person of interestJohn D. Rockefeller Jr

1874-01-29 John D. Rockefeller Jr, American financier and philanthropist, born in Cleveland, Ohio

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • 1874-02-22 Bill Klem, American baseball umpire (d. 1951)
  • 1874-03-17 Stephen Samuel Wise, American Rabbi and President of Zionist Org of America, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1949)

Person of interestRobert Frost

1874-03-26 Robert Frost, American poet (Mending Wall, Road Not Taken), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1963)

  • 1874-04-15 George Harrison Shull, American plant geneticist (d. 1954)
  • 1874-05-01 Romaine Brooks (born Beatrice Romaine Goddard), American painter , born in Rome, Italy
  • 1874-08-06 Charles Fort, American writer and researcher (d. 1932)
  • 1874-08-10 Bill Johnson, American musician (d. 1972)
  • 1874-08-26 Zona Gale, American novelist (d. 1938)
  • 1874-08-31 Edward Thorndike, American psychologist (father of modern educational psychology), born in Williamsburg, Massachusetts (d. 1949)
  • 1874-09-13 Henry Fountain Ashurst, American politician (d. 1962)
  • 1874-11-09 Albert Francis Blakeslee, American botanist, born in Geneseo, New York (d. 1954)
  • 1874-11-12 Bert Williams, African American comedian and entertainer, born in Nassau, Bahamas (d. 1922)
  • 1874-11-25 Joe Gans, American boxer (d. 1910)
  • 1874-11-27 Charles A Beard, American historian (American Continentalism)
  • 1875-01-09 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American socialite (d. 1942)
  • 1875-01-15 Tom Burke, American runner (d. 1929)

Person of interestD. W. Griffith

1875-01-22 D.W. Griffith, American film director and producer (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), born in LaGrange, Kentucky (d. 1948)

Film director D. W. Griffith
Film director
D. W. Griffith
  • 1875-04-04 Samuel S. Hinds, American actor (Raven, Test Pilot), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1948)

Person of interestJames J. Jeffries

1875-04-15 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, born in Carroll, Ohio (d. 1953)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1875-05-11 Harriet Quimby, American aviator (d. 1912)
  • 1875-05-23 Alfred P. Sloan, American long-time president and chairman of General Motors (d. 1966)
  • 1875-08-27 Katharine McCormick, American women's rights activist (d. 1967)
  • 1875-10-23 Gilbert N. Lewis, American chemist (d. 1946)
  • 1875-10-28 Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, American geographer and editor (d. 1966)
  • 1875-11-11 Vesto Slipher, Mulberry Indiana, American Astronomer who provided the first evidence to support the expanding-universe theory

Person of interestHiram Bingham

1875-11-19 Hiram Bingham, American archaeologist who re-discovered the Incan site of Machu Picchu, born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 1956)

Archaeologist and Explorer Hiram Bingham
Archaeologist and Explorer
Hiram Bingham
  • 1875-12-19 Carter G. Woodson, American historian (African American studies), born in New Canton, Virginia (d. 1950)
  • 1876-01-12 Jack London, American writer/socialist (Call of the Wild), born in San Francisco (d. 1916)
  • 1876-01-17 Frank Hague, American politician (d. 1956)
  • 1876-03-20 Payne Whitney, American businessman (d. 1927)
  • 1876-03-21 John Tewksbury, American athlete (d. 1968)
  • 1876-05-19 William King Gregory, Greenwich Village New York, American palaeontologist (mammalian teeth, evolutionary theory)
  • 1876-06-05 Tony Jackson, American musician, born in New Orleans (d. 1920)

Person of interestWillis Carrier

1876-11-26 Willis Carrier, American engineer (developed modern air conditioning), born in Angola, New York (d. 1950)

Engineer Willis Carrier
Willis Carrier
  • 1876-12-09 Berton Churchill, Canadian-American actor (I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 1940)
  • 1877-01-12 Frank J. Corr, American politician (d. 1934)
  • 1877-02-27 Walter Briggs, Sr., American entrepreneur and sports team owner (d. 1952)
  • 1877-03-04 Garrett Morgan, American inventor (gas mask and traffic signal), born in Claysville, Kentucky (d. 1963)
  • 1877-03-18 Edgar Cayce, American psychic (d. 1945)
  • 1877-04-30 Alice B. Toklas, American companion of Gertrude Stein (d. 1967)
  • 1877-05-26 Isadora Duncan, American free form/interpretative dancer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1927)
  • 1877-08-06 Wallace H. White, Jr., American politician (d. 1952)
  • 1877-09-06 Buddy Bolden, African-American jazz musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1931)
  • 1878-01-09 John Broadus Watson, Travelers Rest South Carolina, American Psychologist (behaviorism approach)
  • 1878-01-16 Harry Carey [Henry DeWitt Carey II], American actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Red River), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1947)
  • 1878-02-14 Julius Nieuwland, Belgian-American chemist (inventor of neoprene), born in Hansbeke, Belgium (d. 1936)
  • 1878-03-04 Egbert Van Alstyne, American songwriter and pianist (d. 1951)
  • 1878-03-31 Jack Johnson,1st African American heavyweight boxing champ (1908-1915), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1946)
  • 1878-04-27 Frank Gotch, American professional wrestler, born in Humboldt, Iowa (d. 1917)
  • 1878-05-14 James L. Wilkinson, American baseball executive (d. 1964)

Person of interestGeorge M. Cohan

1878-07-03 George M. Cohan, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1942)

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • 1878-07-25 Heinrich Gebhard, German-born American composer, born in Sobernheim, Rhineland-Palatinate (d.1963)
  • 1878-08-28 George Whipple, American physician and biomedical researcher (Nobel-1934), born in Ashland, New Hampshire (d. 1976)
  • 1878-08-31 Frank Jarvis, American athlete (Olympic 100m Champion-1900), born in California, Pennsylvania (d. 1933)
  • 1878-09-09 Adelaide Crapsey, American poet (d. 1914)
  • 1878-10-16 Maxey Long, American athlete (d. 1959)
  • 1878-12-25 W Starling Burgess, yacht designer (America Cup's Enterprise)
  • 1879-01-12 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (d. 1968)
  • 1879-02-03 Charles Follis, 1st African American NFLer (Shelby, Ohio)
  • 1879-03-27 Edward Steichen, American photographer, born in Luxembourg (d. 1973)
  • 1879-04-14 James Branch Cabell, American novelist/essayist (Restless Heads)
  • 1879-04-15 Melville Henry Cane, American lawyer (d. 1980)

Person of interestJames F. Byrnes

1879-05-02 James F. Byrnes, American politician and statesman influential in domestic and foreign policy in the mid-1940s, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1972)

Politician and US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes
Politician and US Secretary of State
James F. Byrnes
  • 1879-05-24 H. B. Reese, American inventor of Reese's, born in York County, Pennsylvania (d. 1956)
  • 1879-06-03 Raymond Pearl, American biologist (d. 1940)
  • 1879-06-30 Walter Hampden, American actor (Five Fingers, Hunchback of Notre Dame), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1955)
  • 1879-08-08 "Dr. Bob" Smith, American physician and co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (d. 1950)
  • 1879-08-15 Ethel Barrymore [Blythe], American classic film & stage actress (Constant Wife, Corn is Green), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1879-10-04 Edward Murray East, Du Quoin Illinois, American Botanist and Geneticist who developed hybrid corn
  • 1879-10-25 Mayhew Lester Lake, American composer, born in Southville, Massachusetts (d. 1955)
  • 1879-10-29 Alva B. Adams, American politician (d. 1941)
  • 1879-12-05 Clyde Cessna, American airplane manufacturer (d. 1954)
  • 1880-01-20 Walter W. Bacon, American politician (d. 1962)
  • 1880-03-03 Florence Auer, American actress (Eradicating Aunty), born in Albany, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1880-03-04 Channing Pollock, American playwright and critic (d. 1946)
  • 1880-03-11 Harry H. Laughlin, American eugenecist (d. 1943)
  • 1880-03-12 Henry Drysdale Dakin, British-American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (d. 1952)
  • 1880-03-21 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1971)
  • 1880-03-22 Ernie Quigley, Canadian-American sports official (d. 1960)
  • 1880-04-10 Frances Perkins, American politician and 1st woman to hold cabinet-level position (Labor 1933-45), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1965)
  • 1880-06-17 Carl Van Vechten, American writer and photographer (Red, Nigger Heaven), (d. 1964)
  • 1880-06-21 Arnold Gesell, American psychologist and pediatrician (d. 1961)

Person of interestHelen Keller

1880-06-27 Helen Keller, American political activist, author (The Story of My Life) and lecturer, who was the 1st deaf-blind person to earn a BA, born in Tuscumbia, Alabama (d. 1968)

Author Helen Keller
Helen Keller
  • 1880-07-12 Tod Browning, American film director (d. 1962)
  • 1880-08-10 Robert L. Thornton, American businessman, philanthropist, and Mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1880-08-22 George Herriman, American cartoonist (Krazy Kat), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1944)

Person of interestH. L. Mencken

1880-09-12 Henry Louis Mencken, American newspaperman and critic (Prejudices), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1956)

Journalist and Critic H. L. Mencken
Journalist and Critic
H. L. Mencken
  • 1880-09-14 Archie Hahn, American athlete (d. 1955)
  • 1880-09-20 Louise Peete, American murderess (d. 1947)
  • 1880-11-06 Chris van Abkoude, Dutch-American writer and novelist (Pietje Bell, Kruimeltje), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1959)
  • 1880-12-24 Johnny Gruelle, Arcola Illinois, American cartoonist, children's book writer and creator of Raggedy Ann (d. 1939)
  • 1881-01-08 Henrik Shipstead, American politician (d. 1960)
  • 1881-02-06 Karl Weigl, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna (d. 1949)
  • 1881-02-22 Joseph B. Ely, American politician (d. 1956)
  • 1881-03-04 Thomas Sigismund Stribling, American writer (d. 1965)
  • 1881-03-04 Richard C. Tolman, American mathematical physicist (d. 1948)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 701 - 800 of 5,029

  • 1940-11-17 Raymond Pearl, American biologist (b. 1879)
  • 1941-03-13 Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and novelist (b. 1881)
  • 1941-03-17 Marguerite Nichols, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1941-06-06 Louis Chevrolet, American automotive pioneer (b. 1878)
  • 1941-06-10 Marcus Garvey, US African American leader (Back to Africa Movement), dies at 52
  • 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 singer, actress, dies of liver ailment 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
  • 1941-12-07 Mervyn S. Bennion, United States Navy Captain, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1887)
  • 1941-12-07 Herbert C. Jones, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1918)
  • 1941-12-07 Thomas J. Reeves, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1895)
  • 1941-12-07 Franklin Van Valkenburgh, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1888)
  • 1941-12-10 Colin Kelly, American B-17 Flying Fortress pilot and 1st US air hero during WW II, killed in action at 26 after ordering his crew to bail out shortly before his bomber exploded
  • 1941-12-11 John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (b. 1922)
  • 1942-01-08 Joseph Franklin Rutherford, American religious publisher (b. 1869)
  • 1942-01-16 Carole Lombard [Jane Alice Peters], American actress (My Man Godfrey, To Be or Not to Be), dies in a plane crash at 33
  • 1942-02-12 Grant Wood, US painter (American Gothic), dies at 50
  • 1942-02-18 Albert Payson Terhune, American author (b. 1872)
  • 1942-02-19 Frank Abbandando, American gangster (executed) (b. 1910)
  • 1942-03-19 Clinton Hart Merriam, American zoologist (b. 1855)
  • 1942-04-18 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American socialite (b. 1875)
  • 1942-05-29 John Barrymore, American actor (Beloved Rogue, Dinner at 8), dies from cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure at 60
  • 1942-09-07 Cecilia Beaux, American portrait painter dies aged 87
  • 1942-09-14 E.S. Gosney, American eugenicist (b. 1855)
  • 1942-09-19 Condé Nast, American publisher (b. 1873)
  • 1942-11-17 Ben Reitman, American anarchist, physician (b. 1879)
  • 1943-01-05 George Washington Carver, famous African American scientist, dies at 81

Person of interestNikola Tesla

1943-01-07 Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American physicist (tesla motor), dies at 86

Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Nikola Tesla
Electrical and Mechanical Engineer
Nikola Tesla
  • 1943-01-07 George Washington Crile, American Surgeon (blood transfusion, surgical shock), dies at 78
  • 1943-01-12 Frank Alvord Perret, American volcanologist renowned for his research at Vesuvius, Etna, Stromboli and Kilauea dies at 75
  • 1943-01-26 Harry H. Laughlin, American eugenicist (b. 1880)
  • 1943-02-17 Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer, dies at 54
  • 1943-03-13 Stephen Vincent Benét, American author (b. 1898)
  • 1943-03-13 J. P. Morgan, Jr. [John Pierpont], American financier and son of J.P. Morgan, Sr., (J.P. Morgan & Co.), dies of a stroke at 75
  • 1943-03-19 Frank Nitti, American gangster (b. 1883)
  • 1943-10-05 Leon Roppolo, American musician (b. 1902)
  • 1943-11-24 Doris Miller, American navy cook (b. 1919)
  • 1944-01-06 Ida Tarbell, American journalist (b. 1857)
  • 1944-01-12 Lance C. Wade, American pilot (b. 1915)
  • 1944-01-20 James McKeen Cattell, American psychologist (b. 1860)
  • 1944-03-04 Emanuel Weiss, American hitman (b. 1906) (executed)
  • 1944-03-04 Fannie Barrier Williams, American educator and political activist (b. 1855)

Person of interestLouis Buchalter

1944-03-04 Louis Buchalter, American mobster (Murder, Inc.), executed at 47

  • 1944-03-19 William Hale Thompson, American mayor of Chicago (b. 1869)
  • 1944-05-16 George Ade, American author (b. 1866)
  • 1944-07-20 Mildred Harris, American actress (b. 1901)
  • 1944-10-04 Alfred "Al" Smith, American politician, 4 time Governor of New York (1919-20 and 1923-28), and 1st Roman Catholic presidential candidate (D, 1928), dies at 70
  • 1944-11-02 Thomas Midgley, American chemist and inventor (b. 1889)
  • 1945-01-03 Edgar Cayce, American psychic (b. 1877)
  • 1945-03-04 Lucille La Verne, American actress (b. 1872)
  • 1945-03-04 Mark Sandrich, American film director, writer and producer (b. 1900)
  • 1945-03-05 Lena Baker, American murderer, convicted of capital murder of her employer, Ernest Knight, dies at 44
  • 1945-04-18 Ernie Pyle, American journalist (b. 1900)
  • 1945-05-05 Elsie Mitchell and five Sunday school students become the only people to die during World War II on US soil when they are killed by a Japanese fire balloon that lands in the forest of Gearhart Mountain, near Bly, Southern Oregon
  • 1945-05-13 Tubby Hall, American musician (b. 1895)
  • 1945-05-17 Sasaki Shigetsu Sokei-an, founder 1st Zen Institute of America, dies
  • 1945-06-20 Bruno Frank, German-born American writer, dies at 58
  • 1945-06-26 Erno Rapee, American conductor and composer (Radio City Music Hall), dies at 54
  • 1945-08-06 Hiram Johnson, American progressive politician, US Senator, Governor of California (1911-17), dies at 78
  • 1945-08-09 Harry Hillman, American athlete (b. 1881)

Person of interestRobert H. Goddard

1945-08-10 Robert H. Goddard, rocket pioneer (invented and built the first liquid-fueled rocket), dies of throat cancer at 62

Rocket Pioneer Robert H. Goddard
Rocket Pioneer
Robert H. Goddard
  • 1945-08-22 Ida Henrietta Hyde, American physiologist, inventor of the micro-electrode, and pioneering female scientist dies at 87
  • 1945-08-25 John Birch, American intelligence officer and missionary (b. 1918)
  • 1945-09-18 "Blind" Willie Johnson American blues/spiritual singer and guitarist (b. 1897)

Person of interestMilton S. Hershey

1945-10-13 Milton S. Hershey, American chocolate tycoon (The Hershey Chocolate Company), dies at 86

Chocolate Tycoon Milton S. Hershey
Chocolate Tycoon
Milton S. Hershey
  • 1945-12-04 Thomas Hunt Morgan, American evolutionary biologist, geneticist and embryologist (Nobel Prize 1933), dies at 79
  • 1945-12-28 Theodore Dreiser, novelist (An American Tragedy), dies at 74
  • 1946-01-05 Kitty Cheatham, American singer (b. 1864)
  • 1946-01-09 Countee Cullen, African American poet of the Harlem Renaissance (Black Christ, One Way to Heaven), dies at 42
  • 1946-01-26 Adriaan van Maanen, Dutch-American astronomer (b. 1884)
  • 1946-03-02 George E. Stewart, American Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1872)
  • 1946-03-23 Gilbert N. Lewis, American Chemist (atomic theory), dies at 70
  • 1946-05-19 Booth Tarkington, American novelist (b. 1869)
  • 1946-06-10 Jack Johnson, 1st African American world heavyweight boxing champion, dies in a car accident aged 68
  • 1946-06-24 Louise Whitfield Carnegie, American philanthropist (b. 1857)

Person of interestAlfred Stieglitz

1946-07-13 Alfred Stieglitz, American photographer/art dealer (Camera Work), dies at 82

Photographer Alfred Stieglitz
Alfred Stieglitz
  • 1946-08-26 Jeanie MacPherson, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1887)
  • 1946-10-08 Rose Melville, American stage actress (Sis Hopkins) dies at 73
  • 1946-12-23 John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (b. 1873)
  • 1946-12-28 Carrie Jacobs Bond, American composer (I Love You Truly), dies at 85
  • 1947-01-26 Grace Moore, American soprano/actress (One Night of Love), dies at 48
  • 1947-03-09 Carrie Chapman Catt, American women's suffrage leader, dies at 88
  • 1947-03-12 "Winston Churchill the American", American novelist (b. 1871)
  • 1947-03-18 William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (General Motors), dies at 85

Person of interestHenry Ford

1947-04-07 Henry Ford, American industrialist and auto maker (Ford Model T), dies at 83

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • 1947-04-11 Louise Peete, American murderess (b. 1880)
  • 1947-04-24 Willa Cather, American writer (b. 1873)
  • 1947-05-08 Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-born department store founder (b. 1858)

Person of interestMaxwell Perkins

1947-06-17 Maxwell Perkins, American editor and publisher for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, dies at 62

  • 1947-07-12 Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader, dies at 45
  • 1947-07-15 Walter Donaldson, American songwriter (b. 1893)
  • 1947-11-01 Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1917)
  • 1947-12-07 Nicholas Murray Butler, American philosopher, diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize 1931), educator (Columbia University President), dies at 85
  • 1948-02-02 Thomas W. Lamont, American banker; father or Corliss Lamont; great-grandfather of Ned Lamont (b. 1870)
  • 1948-03-06 Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (Raintree County), dies at 33
  • 1948-03-10 Zelda Fitzgerald, American artist, wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (b. 1900)
  • 1948-05-15 Edward Flanagan, American priest and founder of Boys Town (b. 1886)
  • 1948-08-13 Elaine Hammerstein, American actress (b. 1897)