United States of America in History (Part 9)

Historical Events

Events 801 - 900 of 1,684

  • 1942-09-28 NY Americans NHL team folded
  • 1942-10-23 All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is composer Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory")
  • 1942-11-08 1st WW II American expeditionary force lands in Africa (Gold Coast)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-01-14 World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt travels from Miami to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill, becoming the first American president to travel by airplane

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1943-02-20 Phil Wrigley & B Rickey charter All-American Girls Softball League
  • 1943-02-20 American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.
  • 1943-03-03 Battle of the Bismarck Sea: Australian and American air forces devastate Japanese navy convoy
  • 1943-04-14 A JN-25 decrypt by American intelligence detailing a forthcoming visit by Marshal Admiral Yamamoto to Balalae Island results in his plane shot down 4 days later
  • 1943-05-17 The United States Army contracts with the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School to develop the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer).
  • 1943-07-25 1st warship named after an African American launched - USS Leonard Roy Harmon, a Buckley class destroyer
  • 1943-08-12 Alleged date of the first Philadelphia Experiment test on United States Navy ship USS Eldridge.
  • 1943-11-16 World War II: American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway.
  • 1944-01-30 World War II: United States troops land on Majuro, Marshall Islands
  • 1944-02-03 World War II: United States troops capture the Marshall Islands.
  • 1944-02-20 World War II: The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944-03-22 American movie star Jimmy Stewart flies his 12th combat mission, leading the 2nd Bomb Wing in an attack on Berlin

  • 1944-05-01 Pulitzer prize awarded to American Martin Flavin for his novel "Journey in the Dark"
  • 1944-06-30 World War II: The Battle of Cherbourg ends with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces
  • 1944-07-11 Franklin Roosevelt announces that he will run for a fourth term as President of the United States
  • 1944-08-29 15,000 American troops liberating Paris march down Champs Elysees
  • 1944-09-23 Proclamation No. 30 was issued, declaring the existence of a state of war between the Philippines and the United States and the United Kingdom
  • 1944-12-17 US Army announces end of excluding Japanese-Americans from West Coast, detainees released
  • 1944-12-22 Germans demand surrender of American troops at Bastogne, Belgium
  • 1945-01-30 American Rangers and Filipino resistance fighters liberate over 500 Allied POWs from Japanese at Cabanatuan
  • 1945-03-29 Movie star Jimmy Stewart is promoted to full colonel, one of the few Americans to rise from private to colonel in four years
  • 1945-03-30 World War II: a defecting German pilot delivers a Messerschmitt Me 262A-1 to Americans
  • 1945-04-14 American planes bomb Tokyo & damage the Imperial Palace
  • 1945-04-16 Colditz Castle, the high-security prisoner of war camp in Germany, is liberated by American troops

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945-05-09 World War II: Hermann Goering is captured by the United States Army

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1945-11-06 House Committee on Un-American Activities begins investigation of 7 radio commentators
  • 1946-01-25 United Mine Workers union rejoins American Federation of Labor

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1946-02-10 Charles "Lucky" Luciano is deported to Italy, and never returns to the United States

  • 1946-03-28 Cold War: The United States State Department releases the Acheson-Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for the international control of nuclear power.
  • 1946-05-01 Mrs Emma Clarissa Clement named "American Mother of Year"
  • 1946-06-06 11 Basketball of America Association teams meet to schedule 1st season
  • 1946-06-06 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.
  • 1946-07-07 Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini canonized as 1st American saint
  • 1946-08-18 Golf Writers Associaton of America forms
  • 1946-09-20 Churchill argues for a 'United States of Europe'
  • 1946-11-15 House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) interrogates astronomer Harlow Shapley
  • 1947-01-06 Pan American Airlines offers a round-the-world-ticket, the first commercial airline to do so
  • 1947-02-17 Voice of America begins broadcasting to USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947-03-21 US President Harry Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947-04-15 Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1947-06-12 Babe Didrikson is 1st American to win British Women's Amateur Golf Championship
  • 1947-11-24 The US House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities finds "Hollywood 10" in contempt because of their refusal to reveal whether they were communists
  • 1948-04-30 Org of American States charter signed at Bogota, Colombia
  • 1948-06-18 American Library Association adopts Library Bill of Rights
  • 1948-08-04 5 day Southern States filibuster succeeds in maintaining America's poll tax
  • 1948-11-27 Honda 1st opens in America
  • 1949-01-17 "The Goldbergs", first airs in the US on CBS

  • 1949-05-18 Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America incorporates
  • 1949-08-03 Basketball Association of America & National Basketball League merge to form National Basketball Association
  • 1949-09-13 Ladies Pro Golf Association of America formed in NYC
  • 1949-10-04 American Contract Bridge League votes 58½% to keep blacks out
  • 1950-08-01 American Bowling Congress ends all-white-males rule
  • 1950-08-08 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA All-American Golf Open
  • 1950-09-04 First helicopter rescue of American pilot behind enemy lines

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950-09-21 George Marshall sworn in as the 3rd Secretary of Defense of United States.

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1950-12-10 Ralph Bunche (1st black American) presented the Nobel Peace Prize for mediation in Israel

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate
Ralph Bunche
  • 1951-01-14 NFL Pro Bowl: 1st since 1942, Americans beat Nationals 28-27
  • 1951-02-25 1st Pan American Games opens (Buenos Aires Argentina)
  • 1951-04-07 American Bowling Congress begins 1st masters tournament
  • 1951-10-14 Organization of Central American States forms
  • 1952-01-12 NFL Pro Bowl: National Conference beats American Conference 30-13

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1952-03-20 24th Academy Awards: "An American in Paris", Humphrey Bogart & Vivian Leigh win

  • 1952-04-25 American Bowling Congress approves use of an automatic pinsetter
  • 1952-07-07 SS United States cross Atlantic in record 82:40
  • 1952-07-14 SS United States crosses Atlantic in 84:12 (record westward)
  • 1952-08-10 Louise Suggs wins LPGA All American Women Golf Tournament
  • 1952-09-17 "I am an American Day" & "Constitution Day" renamed "Citizenship Day"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952-09-19 The United States bars Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England.

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1953-01-10 NFL Pro Bowl: National Conference beats American Conference 27-7
  • 1953-01-23 NFL's National & American conference become Eastern & Western conference
  • 1953-05-03 Westchester conference of American Library Association proclaims "Freedom to Read"
  • 1953-06-23 Patty Berg wins LPGA All-American Women Golf Tournament
  • 1953-11-29 American Airlines begins 1st regular commercial NY-LA air service
  • 1954-01-14 The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation forming the American Motors Corporation.
  • 1954-04-24 1st American, civilian pilot, P.R. Holden, wounded in Indochina
  • 1954-09-11 1st Miss America TV broadcast; 19 year old Lee Meriwether of California crowned 27th Miss America
  • 1954-09-27 1st African American Supreme Court page is CV Bush

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954-10-24 Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States' support to South Vietnam

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1954-10-27 Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955-03-25 United States Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene.

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • 1955-04-03 The American Civil Liberties Union announces it will defend Allen Ginsberg's book Howl against obscenity charges
  • 1955-04-19 The German automaker Volkswagen, after six years of selling cars in the United States, founds Volkswagen of America in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey to standardize its dealer and service network
  • 1955-08-03 Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing
  • 1955-08-28 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Tournament
  • 1955-12-05 The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge and form the AFL-CIO.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956-07-09 Dick Clark's 1st appearance as host of American Bandstand

Radio and Television Personality Dick Clark
Radio and Television Personality
Dick Clark
  • 1956-08-05 Louise Suggs wins LPGA All American Golf Open
  • 1956-08-06 After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena
  • 1956-10-07 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Open
  • 1957-01-28 "Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar)
  • 1957-05-24 Anti-American riots breakout in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1957-06-24 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment in Roth v. United States
  • 1957-08-05 "American Bandstand" premieres on network TV (ABC)
  • 1957-08-11 Patty Berg wins LPGA All-American Golf Open
  • 1957-10-07 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Invitational
  • 1957-11-02 The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity, remains one of the most impressive UFO cases in American history

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 801 - 900 of 10,105

  • 1881-05-14 Ed Walsh, American baseball pitcher, lowest lifetime ERA (1.82)
  • 1881-05-14 G. Murray Hulbert, American politician (d. 1950)
  • 1881-06-29 Harry Frazee, American baseball team owner (d. 1929)
  • 1881-07-02 Royal H. Weller, American politician (d. 1929)
  • 1881-07-04 Ulysses S. Grant III, American soldier (d. 1968)
  • 1881-07-09 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • 1881-07-30 Smedley Butler, American Marine general (d. 1940)
  • 1881-08-06 Leo Carrillo, American actor (American Empire, Cisco Kid), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1961)
  • 1881-08-06 Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist (d. 1972)

Person of interestCecil B. DeMille

1881-08-12 Cecil B. DeMille, American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments), born in Ashfield, Massachusetts (d. 1959)

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • 1881-08-14 Francis Ford, American actor (The Quiet Man), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1953)
  • 1881-08-15 Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist, born in Görlitz, Imperial Germany (d. 1956)
  • 1881-09-08 Harry Hillman, American athlete (d. 1945)
  • 1881-09-26 Hiram Wesley Evans, American member of the Ku Klux Klan (d. 1966)
  • 1881-10-12 William Nigh, American director (Ape, Doomed to Die, Mr Wong), born in Berlin, Wisconsin (d. 1955)
  • 1881-10-15 P. G. Wodehouse, British-American writer (Bertie Wooster novels), born in Guilford (d. 1975)
  • 1881-10-22 Clinton Davisson, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1958)
  • 1881-10-30 Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and author (d. 1941)
  • 1881-11-01 Edward Van Sloan, American actor (Frankenstein, Dracula), born in Chaska, Minnesota (d. 1964)
  • 1881-11-05 George A. Malcolm, American jurist & educator (d. 1961)
  • 1881-11-08 Frank Speck, American Anthropologist (Algonquin Tribes and Eastern Woodland Native Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1881-11-16 Joel H. Hildebrand, American Chemist and Educator whose work on the chemistry of solutions helped treat divers with the 'bends' through the introduction of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1881-12-14 Katherine MacDonald, American actress and film producer (Stranger Than Fiction, The Infidel), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1956)
  • 1881-12-29 Jess Willard, American boxer (d. 1968)
  • 1882-01-12 Milton Sills, American actor (The Sea Hawk), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1930)
  • 1882-01-14 Hendrik W van Loon, Netherland, commentator/writer (Story of America)

Person of interestArnold Rothstein

1882-01-17 Arnold Rothstein, American gambler and mobster (fixed 1919 World Series), born in NYC, New York (d, 1928)

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein
  • 1882-02-14 George Jean Nathan, American editor, author and critic (American Mercury), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 1958)
  • 1882-02-15 John Barrymore, American actor (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1942)
  • 1882-02-26 Husband E. Kimmel, American admiral (d. 1968)
  • 1882-02-28 Geraldine Farrar, American soprano and actress (Story of American Singer), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1882-03-06 Guy Kibbee, American actor (Big Shot), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1956)
  • 1882-03-06 F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect (d. 1980)
  • 1882-03-15 Jim Lightbody, American runner (d. 1953)
  • 1882-04-04 Mary Howe, American composer (Sand) and pianist, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1964)
  • 1882-04-21 Percy Williams Bridgman, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1961)

Person of interestHenry J. Kaiser

1882-05-09 Henry J. Kaiser, American ship builder and industrialist (Liberty Ships, Jeeps, Boulder Dam), born in Sprout Brook, New York (d. 1967)

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Henry J. Kaiser
  • 1882-05-09 George Barker, American painter (d. 1965)
  • 1882-05-25 Marie Doro, American stage and film actress of the early silent film era (The Heart of Nora Flynn, The White Pearl), born in Duncannon, Pennsylvania (d. 1956)
  • 1882-05-29 Doris Ulmann, American photographer
  • 1882-09-09 Clem McCarthy, American sportscaster (d. 1962)
  • 1883-01-04 Max Eastman, American critic/essayist and editor of The Masses (d. 1969)
  • 1883-01-08 Patrick J. Hurley, United States Secretary of War (d. 1963)
  • 1883-02-22 Marguerite Clark, American silent film actress (Snow White), born in Avondale, Cincinnati (d. 1940)
  • 1883-03-04 Maude Fealy, American actor and drama coach (The Ten Commandments), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 1883-05-05 Charles "Chief "Bender, American MLB pitcher and only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame (Philadelphia Athletics), born in Crow Wing County, Minnesota (d. 1954)
  • 1883-05-26 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1946)
  • 1883-07-31 Fred Quimby, American film producer (Tom and Jerry), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1965)
  • 1883-08-12 Pauline Frederick, American actress (Thank You, Mr. Moto), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • 1883-08-14 Ernest Everett Just, African-American embryologist known for his pioneering work in the physiology of development, especially fertilization and cell division, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1941)
  • 1883-08-19 Elsie Ferguson, American film actress (Footlights, Scarlet Pages), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1883-09-17 William Carlos Williams, American poet
  • 1883-10-08 Dick Burnett, American musician (Man of Constant Sorrow), born in Monticello, Kentucky (d. 1977)
  • 1883-10-26 Napoleon Hill, American writer and philosopher (Think and Grow Rich), born in Pound, Virginia (d. 1970)
  • 1883-10-26 Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (Olympic gold 1904, 06), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
  • 1883-11-25 Harvey Spencer Lewis, American mystic (d. 1939)
  • 1883-12-13 Belle da Costa Greene, American librarian, bibliographer and archivist (d. 1950)

Person of interestCyrus Eaton

1883-12-27 Cyrus Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, born in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia (d. 1979)

Steel Magnate Cyrus Eaton
Steel Magnate
Cyrus Eaton
  • 1884-01-12 Texas Guinan, American actress (The Gun Woman), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1933)
  • 1884-01-21 Roger Nash Baldwin, founder (American Civil Liberties Union)
  • 1884-01-23 Ralph DePalma, Italian-American race car driver (d. 1956)

Person of interestAlfred Carlton Gilbert

1884-02-15 Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, inventor, and businessman (invented the Erector Set), born in Salem, Oregon (d. 1961)

  • 1884-03-17 Alcide Nunez, American jazz clarinetist (d. 1934)
  • 1884-03-31 Adriaan van Maanen, Dutch-American astronomer (d. 1946)
  • 1884-04-17 Leo Frank, American convict (murder of a 13-year-old employee), born in Cuero, Texas (d. 1915)
  • 1884-06-22 James Rector, American athlete (d. 1949)
  • 1884-07-06 Harold Vanderbilt, NY, America Cup (1930,34,37)/inv contract bridge
  • 1884-07-12 Louis B. Mayer, Dymer, Ukraine, American film producer and creator of the star system (MGM)
  • 1884-08-07 Billie Burke [Mary William Ethelbert Appleton], American actress (The Wizard of Oz, Merrily We Live), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1970)
  • 1884-08-23 Will Cuppy, American humorist (The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody), born in Auburn, Indiana (d. 1949)

Person of interestMaxwell Perkins

1884-09-20 Maxwell Perkins, American editor and publisher, born in NYC, New York (d. 1947)

  • 1884-12-14 Jane Cowl, American actress and playwright (Smilin' Through), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1950)
  • 1884-12-25 [Florence] Evelyn Nesbit, American actress, born in Tarentum, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)

Person of interestAlice Paul

1885-01-11 Alice Paul, American suffragist (National Woman's Party), born in Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey (d. 1977)

Suffragist Alice Paul
Alice Paul
  • 1885-01-11 Jack Hoxie, American actor, rodeo performer (The White Outlaw), born in Kingfisher Creek, Oklahoma (d. 1965)
  • 1885-03-14 Gervais Raoul Lufbery, French-American World War I fighter pilot and flying ace, born in Chamalières, France (d. 1918)
  • 1885-04-03 Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (Mutt and Jeff), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1954)
  • 1885-05-02 Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry], American gossip columnist, born in Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1885-05-11 [Joe] King Oliver, American jazz musician (Dippermouth Blues), born in Aben, Louisiana (birth date disputed - could be Dec. 19) (d. 1938)
  • 1885-07-21 Frances Parkinson Keyes, American novelist (Dinner at Antoine's), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1970)
  • 1885-07-29 Theda Bara, American film actress (Cleopatra, The Unchastened Woman), born in Avondale, Ohio (d. 1955)
  • 1885-08-12 Marion Lorne, American actress (The Graduata, Mister Peepers), born in West Pittston, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • 1885-08-15 Edna Ferber, American author and playwright (American Beauty, Cimarron), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan (d. 1968)
  • 1885-09-27 Harry Blackstone, Sr., American magician (d. 1965)
  • 1885-10-03 Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist (d. 1970)
  • 1885-10-19 Charles E. Merrill, American investment banker (Merrill Lynch), born in Green Cove Springs, Florida (d. 1956)
  • 1886-01-24 Henry King, Christiansburg Virginia, American film director (d. 1982)
  • 1886-03-02 Willis O'Brien, American animator (d. 1962)
  • 1886-03-18 Edward Everett Horton, American actor and narrator (Bulwinkle Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1886-03-24 Edward Weston, American photographer (d. 1958)
  • 1886-03-26 Hugh Mulzac, America military officer (d. 1971)
  • 1886-04-10 Val Paul, American actor and director (Suspense, The Phantom Thief), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1962)
  • 1886-04-24 Kurt Pinthus, German-American writer, born in Erfurt (d. 1975)
  • 1886-04-26 Ma Rainey, [Gertrude Pridgett], "Mother of the Blues" American singer (d. 1939)
  • 1886-05-09 Francis Biddle, United States Attorney General (d. 1968)
  • 1886-05-28 Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-born American mobster (d. 1954)
  • 1886-05-30 Randolph Bourne, American writer (d. 1918)
  • 1886-06-18 Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist (d. 1978)
  • 1886-06-29 James Van Der Zee, Lenox Ma, African American photographer
  • 1886-07-31 Salvatore Maranzano, Sicilian-born American organized crime figure, born in Sicily, Italy (d. 1931)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 801 - 900 of 5,029

  • 1948-08-31 Billy Laughlin, American actor (b. 1932)
  • 1948-09-02 Sylvanus Morley, American archaeologist and spy, dies at 65
  • 1948-09-05 Richard C. Tolman, American mathematical physicist (b. 1881)
  • 1948-10-15 Edythe Chapman, American actress (b. 1863)
  • 1949-01-22 William Thomas Walsh, American author (b. 1891)
  • 1949-03-10 James Rector, American athlete (b. 1884)
  • 1949-03-14 John Callan O'Laughlin, American political and military figure and journalist (b. 1873)
  • 1949-05-20 Randolph West, American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (b. 1890)
  • 1949-06-03 Amedos Peter Giannine, founder of Bank of America dies at 79
  • 1949-07-07 Bunk Johnson, American musician (b. 1879 or 1889)
  • 1949-09-19 Will Cuppy, American humorist (The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody), dies at 65
  • 1949-11-02 Jerome F. Donovan, American politician (b. 1872)
  • 1950-02-25 George Minot, American physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1885)
  • 1950-03-10 Marguerite De La Motte, American actress (b. 1902)
  • 1950-03-24 James Rudolph Garfield, American politician, dies at 84
  • 1950-04-03 Carter G. Woodson, American historian (African American studies), dies at 74
  • 1950-04-26 G. Murray Hulbert, American politician (b. 1881)
  • 1950-07-12 Elsie de Wolfe, American socialite and interior decorator (b. 1865)
  • 1950-08-22 Kirk Bryan, American geologist (b. 1888)
  • 1950-10-13 Ernest Haycox, American writer (b. 1899)
  • 1950-11-16 "Dr. Bob" Smith, American physician and co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, dies of colon cancer at 71
  • 1951-02-09 Eddy Duchin, American musician (b. 1910)
  • 1951-02-13 Lloyd C. Douglas, American author (b. 1877)
  • 1951-03-26 James F. Hinkle, American politician, sixth Governor of New Mexico (d. 1864)
  • 1951-04-23 Charles G. Dawes, Vice President of the United States, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1865)
  • 1951-06-06 Olive Tell, American actress (b. 1894)
  • 1951-06-21 Charles Dillon Perrine, American-born astronomer, dies at 83
  • 1951-09-06 James W. Gerard, American jurist and diplomat, dies at 84
  • 1951-09-17 Jimmy Yancey, American pianist (b. 1898)
  • 1951-09-29 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach (b. 1864)
  • 1951-10-04 Willie Moretti, American gangster (b. 1894)
  • 1951-10-06 Will Keith Kellogg, American cereal manufacturer (Kellogg's cereal brand), dies at 91
  • 1951-12-06 Harold Ross, American magazine editor and co-founded The New Yorker, dies at 59
  • 1951-12-12 Mildred Bailey, American jazz singer (b. 1907)
  • 1952-01-18 Curly Howard {Jerome Lester Horwitz}, American vaudevillian actor and comedian (The Three Stooges), dies from a stroke at 48
  • 1952-02-10 Henry Drysdale Dakin, British-American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (b. 1880)
  • 1952-03-22 Uncle Dave Macon, American musician (b. 1870)
  • 1952-03-31 Wallace H. White, Jr., American politician (b. 1877)
  • 1952-04-23 Julius Freed, American inventor and banker (b. 1887)
  • 1952-06-16 Andrew Lawson, Scottish-American geologist, first to map the entire San Andreas Fault (b. 1861)
  • 1952-06-17 Jack Parsons, American rocket-fuel pioneer and renegade occultist (b. 1914)
  • 1952-07-18 Jack Earle, American actor and sideshow performer known as "The World's Tallest Man," dies at 46
  • 1952-08-16 Lydia Field Emmet, American painter (b. 1866)

Person of interestHattie McDaniel

1952-10-26 Hattie McDaniel, 1st African American actress to win an Oscar (Mammy-Gone With the Wind), dies of breast cancer at 57

  • 1952-12-28 Fletcher Henderson, American musician (b. 1897)
  • 1953-03-02 Jim Lightbody, American runner (b. 1882)

Person of interestJames J. Jeffries

1953-03-03 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 77

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1953-03-05 Herman J. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter (b. 1897)

Person of interestJim Thorpe

1953-03-28 Jim Thorpe, versatile American athlete (Olympic gold-1912), dies at 64

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1953-05-29 Man Mountain Dean, American professional wrestler (b. 1891)
  • 1953-05-30 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), dies of natural causes at 67

Person of interestEdwin Hubble

1953-09-28 Edwin Hubble, American astronomer, first to announce existence of other galaxies, dies at 63

Astronomer Edwin Hubble
Edwin Hubble
  • 1953-10-29 William Kapell, American pianist (b. 1922)
  • 1953-11-21 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1893)
  • 1953-11-29 Sam De Grasse, Canadian actor, dies from a heart attack at 78
  • 1953-11-29 Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator and animator (b. 1895)
  • 1953-12-29 Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress(b. 1887)
  • 1954-05-15 William March, American writer (b. 1893)
  • 1954-06-21 Gideon Sundback, Swedish-American inventor, perfected the zipper (b. 1880)
  • 1954-07-14 Jackie Saunders, American silent screen actress (b. 1892)
  • 1954-08-11 Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-born American mobster (b. 1886)
  • 1954-09-07 Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (Mutt and Jeff), dies at 69
  • 1954-10-12 George Welch, American World War II flying ace (Medal of Honor nominee) and test pilot, dies in a plane crash of his experiential F-100 Super Sabre at 36
  • 1954-11-29 Dink Johnson, American musician (b. 1892)
  • 1954-12-01 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive, dies at 57
  • 1954-12-13 John Raymond Hubbell, American writer (b. 1879)
  • 1955-01-15 Yves Tanguy, French-American sailor/surrealistic painter, dies
  • 1955-01-21 Archie Hahn, American athlete (b. 1880)
  • 1955-01-24 Ira Hayes, American World War II hero (b. 1923)
  • 1955-03-11 Oscar Mayer, Bavarian-born American meat packer (b. 1859)
  • 1955-06-03 Barbara Graham, American murderer (b. 1923)
  • 1955-08-12 James B. Sumner, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1887)
  • 1955-09-07 Ham Fisher, American cartoonist (b. 1900)
  • 1955-10-01 Charles Christie, American film studio owner (b. 1880)
  • 1955-11-01 Dale Carnegie, American writer (b. 1888)
  • 1955-12-03 Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, American boogie-woogie and blues musician, dies of hardening of the arteries at 61
  • 1956-01-08 Jim Elliot, American Christian missionary (b. 1928)
  • 1956-03-02 Fred Merkle, American baseball figure (b. 1888)
  • 1956-03-31 Ralph DePalma, Italian-American race car driver (b. 1884)
  • 1956-04-21 Charles MacArthur, American writer (b. 1895)
  • 1956-05-16 H. B. Reese, American inventor of Reese's, dies at 76
  • 1956-06-04 Katherine MacDonald, American actress (b. 1881)
  • 1956-06-17 Bob Sweikert, American racing driver (b. 1926)

Person of interestThomas J. Watson

1956-06-19 Thomas J. Watson, Sr., American businessman (Chairman and CEO of IBM, 1914-1956), dies at 87

Businessman and Entrepreneur Thomas J. Watson
Businessman and Entrepreneur
Thomas J. Watson
  • 1956-08-25 Alfred C Kinsey, American biologist, zoologist and sexologist ("The Kinsey Reports"), dies at 62 from a heart ailment and pneumonia
  • 1956-08-26 Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist, dies at 75

Person of interestClarence Birdseye

1956-10-07 Clarence Birdseye, American inventor and founder of the modern frozen food industry (Birdseye), dies of a heart attack at 69

  • 1956-10-09 Marie Doro, American stage and film actress of the early silent film era (The Heart of Nora Flynn, The White Pearl), dies at 74
  • 1956-10-19 Isham Jones, American musician, bandleader and songwriter (Star Dust, I'll See You in My Dreams), dies at 62
  • 1957-02-12 Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (b. 1872)
  • 1957-05-16 Eliot Ness, American federal agent "The Untouchables" (put away Al Capone), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1957-07-05 Charles Sherwood Noble, American-born inventor
  • 1957-07-15 James M. Cox, American politician (b. 1870)
  • 1957-07-28 Edith Abbott, American social worker, educator, and author (b. 1876)
  • 1957-08-16 Irving Langmuir, American chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1881)
  • 1957-11-21 Francis Burton Harrison, American political figure (b. 1873)
  • 1958-01-01 Edward Weston, American photographer (b. 1886)
  • 1958-01-08 Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (Olympic gold 1904, 06), dies at 74
  • 1958-03-25 Tom Brown, American dixieland jazz trombonist, dies at 69