United States of America in History (Part 9)

Historical Events

Events 801 - 900 of 1,626

  • 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

Film & TV History

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City
  • 1946-07-07 Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, Catholic nun (Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,) canonized as 1st American saint
  • 1946-08-18 Golf Writers Association 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

Historic Event

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

Sports History

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

  • 1947-06-12 British Amateur Women's Golf, Gullane GC: Babe Didrikson becomes first American to win event; beats England's Jacqueline Gordon 5 & 4
  • 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 Radio series "The Goldbergs" by Gertrude Berg premieres on US TV on CBS
  • 1949-05-18 Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America incorporates
  • 1949-08-03 Basketball Association of America (BAA) & National Basketball League (NBL) merge to form National Basketball Association (NBA), Maurice Podoloff elected head of new league
  • 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
  • 1950-09-04 First helicopter rescue of American pilot behind enemy lines

Historic Event

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

Nobel Prize

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

NFL Pro Bowl

1951-01-14 1st NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: American Conference beats National Conference, 28-27; MVP: Otto Graham, Cleveland Browns, QB

  • 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 2nd NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: National Conference beats American Conference, 30-13; MVP: Dan Towler, LA Rams, FB
  • 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)
  • 1952-09-17 "I am an American Day" & "Constitution Day" renamed "Citizenship Day"

Film & TV History

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

  • 1953-01-10 3rd NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: National Conference beats American Conference, 27-7; MVP: Don Doll, Detroit Lions, DB
  • 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"
  • 1953-11-29 American Airlines begins 1st regular commercial NY-LA air service
  • 1954-04-24 1st American, civilian pilot, P.R. Holden, wounded in Indochina
  • 1954-05-01 The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation to form the American Motors Corporation [1]
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 1954-10-27 Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force.

Historic Event

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

  • 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, Le Mans disaster & Bill Vukovich death at Indianapolis contributing factors

Film & TV History

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

  • 1956-08-06 After going bankrupt in 1955, the American national broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena

Television Premiere

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)
  • 1957-11-02 The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity, remains one of the most impressive UFO cases in American history
  • 1957-11-07 Cold War: The Gaither Report calls for more American missiles and fallout shelters.
  • 1957-11-22 Simon & Garfunkel appear on "American Bandstand" as "Tom & Jerry"
  • 1958-02-11 Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st African-American woman hired as flight attendant, Ithaca NY
  • 1958-03-01 Samuel Alphonsus Stritch, is appointed Pro-Prefect of the Propagation of Faith and thus becomes the first American member of the Roman Curia
  • 1958-03-14 Recording Industry Association of American created
  • 1958-03-26 US Army launches America's third successful satellite, "Explorer III"
  • 1958-04-13 Van Cliburn is the first American to win the Chaikovsky Compettion in Moscow.

Historic Event

1958-04-18 A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum.

  • 1958-09-06 Mary Ann Mobley (Miss), 21, crowned 31st Miss America 1959
  • 1958-09-26 Columbia (US) beats Sceptre (Britain) in 18th America's Cup
  • 1958-10-14 The District of Columbia Bar Association votes to accept black Americans as members.
  • 1958-12-19 1st radio broadcast from space, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas message "to all mankind, America's wish for peace on Earth and goodwill to men everywhere"
  • 1959-01-25 1st transcontinental commercial jet flight (American) (LA to NY for $301)
  • 1959-02-03 American Airlines Electra crashes in NY's East River, killing 65
  • 1959-05-20 Japanese-Americans regain their citizenship
  • 1959-07-04 America's new 49-star flag honoring Alaska statehood unfurled
  • 1959-07-15 The US steel strike of 1959 begins, leading to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history.
  • 1959-07-28 Hawaii's 1st US election sends 1st Asian-Americans to Congress
  • 1959-07-29 First United States Congress elections in Hawaii as a state of the Union
  • 1959-08-24 Hiram L Fong sworn in as 1st Chinese-American senator while Daniel K Inouye sworn in as 1st Japanese-American Rep (Both from Hawaii)
  • 1959-09-11 Congress passes a bill authorizing food stamps for poor Americans
  • 1960-04-01 Census determines the resident population of the United States to be 179,245,000
  • 1960-04-17 American Samoa sets up a constitutional government
  • 1960-07-04 America's new 50-star flag honoring Hawaiian statehood unfurled
  • 1960-09-11 The Young Americans for Freedom, meeting at home of William F. Buckley, Jr., promulgate the Sharon Statement
  • 1960-10-03 San Francisco's White House department store is the 1st to accept BankAmericard
  • 1960-12-14 Washington Senators joins American League

Historic Event

1961-01-24 Edward Albee's "American Dream" premieres in NYC

  • 1961-04-14 Cuban-American invasion army departs Nicaragua
  • 1961-04-20 American Harold Graham makes 1st rocket belt flight

Historic Event

1961-05-05 Alan Shepard becomes 1st American in space (aboard Freedom 7)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 801 - 900 of 9,760

  • 1881-07-04 Ulysses S. Grant III, American soldier and planner, born in Chicago, Illinois (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, born in West Chester, Pennsylvania (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, born in Freeport, Illinois (d. 1972)

Cecil B. DeMille

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

Francis Ford

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 (3 Gold Olympic 1904), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1945)
  • 1881-09-26 Hiram Wesley Evans, American member of the Ku Klux Klan, born in Ashland, Alabama (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 Guildford, England (d. 1975)
  • 1881-10-22 Clinton Davisson, American physicist (Nobel 1937- discovery of electron diffraction in the famous Davisson-Germer experiment), born in Bloomington, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 1881-10-30 Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and novelist (The Time of Man), born in Perryville, Kentucky (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 (17th Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court) and educator, born in Concord, Michigan (d. 1961)
  • 1881-11-08 Frank Speck, American anthropologist (Algonquin Tribes and Eastern Woodland Native Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1950)
  • 1881-11-16 Joel H. Hildebrand, American chemist and educator (research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1983)
  • 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 (World heavyweight champion 1915-19), born in Pottawatomie County, Kansas (d. 1968)
  • 1882-01-12 Milton Sills, American actor (The Sea Hawk), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1930)
  • 1882-01-14 Hendrik Willem van Loon, Dutch-American historian and writer (Story of America), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1944)

Arnold Rothstein

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

  • 1882-02-14 George Jean Nathan, American editor, author and critic (American Mercury), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 1958)

John Barrymore

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, commander of the Pacific Fleet during Pearl Harbour Attack, born in Henderson, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • 1882-02-28 Geraldine Farrar, American soprano and actress (Story of American Singer), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1882-03-06 F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect (d. 1980)
  • 1882-03-06 Guy Kibbee, American actor (Big Shot), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1956)
  • 1882-03-16 Jim Lightbody, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m, 1500m, 2590m Steeplechase 1904), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (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 1946 - physics of high pressure), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1882-05-09 George Barker, American portrait and landscape painter, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1965)

Henry J. Kaiser

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

  • 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 best known for her portraits of the people of Appalachia, born in NYC, New York (d. 1934)
  • 1882-09-09 Clem McCarthy, American sportscaster (NBC Radio; RKO newsreels), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1882-10-25 Tony Jackson, American ragtime pianist and singer-songwriter ("Pretty Baby"), born in New Orleans (d. 1921)
  • 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 Baseball HOF pitcher (only indigenous American in BHOF; World Series 1910, 11, 13; no-hitter 1910; Philadelphia A's), 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)
  • 1883-08-12 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 physician and poet, born in Rutherford, New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • 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 Rosicrucian author and mystic, born in Frenchtown, New Jersey (d. 1939)
  • 1883-12-13 Belle da Costa Greene, American librarian, bibliographer and archivist, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1950)

Cyrus Eaton

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

  • 1884-01-12 (Mary Louise) "Texas" Guinan, American vaudeville singer, silent film actress, and speakeasy (saloon) proprietor, born in Waco, Texas (d. 1933)
  • 1884-01-21 Roger Nash Baldwin, founder (American Civil Liberties Union)

Alfred 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, born in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana (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, American yachtsman and America's Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), born in Oakdale, New York (d. 1970)

Louis B. Mayer

1884-07-12 Louis B. Mayer, American film producer and creator of the star system (MGM), born in Minsk, Russian Empire (d. 1957)

  • 1884-08-07 (Mary) "Billie" Burke, American radio, stage, silent and sound film actress (Zieigfield Follies; 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)

Maxwell 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)

Alice Paul

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

  • 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 Hollidaysburg, 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, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1965)
  • 1885-10-03 Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist, born in Stockton, California (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], American singer "Mother of the Blues", born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1939)
  • 1886-05-09 Francis Biddle, 58th United States Attorney General (1941-45), born in Paris (d. 1968)
  • 1886-05-28 Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-American mobster, born in Cianciana, Sicily, Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1886-05-30 Randolph Bourne, American writer (Education and Living), born in Bloomfield, New Jersey (d. 1918)
  • 1886-06-18 Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist (d. 1978)
  • 1886-06-29 James Van Der Zee, African-American photographer, born in Lenox, Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1886-07-31 Fred Quimby, American film producer (Tom and Jerry), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1965)
  • 1886-07-31 Salvatore Maranzano, Sicilian-born American organized crime figure, born in Sicily, Italy (d. 1931)
  • 1886-09-13 Alain LeRoy Locke, African-American writer and philosopher “Father of the Harlem Renaissance”, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)
  • 1886-09-25 May Sutton, American tennis player (first American woman to win Wimbledon singles title 1905), born in Plymouth, England (d. 1975)
  • 1886-10-30 Zoe Akins, American playwright (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1935), born in Humansville, Missouri (d. 1958)
  • 1886-11-24 Margaret Caroline Anderson, American publisher (d. 1973)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 801 - 900 of 4,918

  • 1950-02-25 George Minot, American physician (Nobel 1934 - introduction of a raw-liver diet in the treatment of pernicious anemia), dies at 64
  • 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, dies at 68
  • 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 pianist and bandleader (Eddy Duchin Orchestra), dies of acute myelogenous leukemia at 41
  • 1951-02-13 Lloyd C. Douglas, American novelist (The Big Fisherman), dies at 73
  • 1951-03-26 James F. Hinkle, American politician, sixth Governor of New Mexico, dies at 86
  • 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 boogie-woogie jazz and blues pianist, dies somewhere between age 50 and 57 - (birth year documentation uncertain)
  • 1951-09-29 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach and administrator (first coach US men's national team), dies at 86
  • 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

Mildred Bailey

1951-12-12 Mildred Bailey (née Rinker), American jazz singer known as "The Queen of Swing" ("Rockin' Chair"; "Please Be Kind"; "Darn That Dream"), dies of heart failure at 44

  • 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 vaudeville and Grand Ole Opry banjo player, singer-songwriter and comedian, dies at 81
  • 1952-03-31 Wallace H. White, Jr., American politician (Senate Majority Leader), dies at 74
  • 1952-04-23 Julius Freed [Fried], American namesake and co-founder of Orange Julius fast food chain, dies at 64
  • 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 scientist and Thelemite occultist, dies at 37
  • 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)

Hattie McDaniel

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

  • 1952-12-28 Fletcher Henderson, American big band pianist, arranger (Benny Goodman), and bandleader, dies at 55
  • 1953-03-02 Jim Lightbody, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m, 1500m, 2590m Steeplechase 1904), dies at 70
  • 1953-03-05 Herman J. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter (b. 1897)

Jim Thorpe

1953-03-28 Jim Thorpe, American all-round athlete (Olympic gold decathlon, pentathlon 1912; College & Pro Football Hall of Fame), dies of heart failure at 65

  • 1953-05-29 Man Mountain Dean [Frank Simmons Leavitt], American professional wrestler, dies at 61
  • 1953-05-30 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), dies of natural causes at 67

Edwin Hubble

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

  • 1953-10-29 William Kapell, American concert pianist and recording artist, dies in a plane crash at 31
  • 1953-11-21 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band), dies at 60
  • 1953-11-29 Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator and animator (b. 1895)
  • 1953-11-29 Sam De Grasse, Canadian actor, dies from a heart attack at 78
  • 1953-12-29 Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress(b. 1887)
  • 1954-05-15 William March, American writer (Company K), dies at 60
  • 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-American mobster, dies at 68
  • 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 Ollie "Dink" Johnson, American Dixieland jazz clarinetist, pianist, and drummer, dies at 62
  • 1954-12-01 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive (Nashville's Acuff-Rose Music), dies of a heart attack 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 sprinter, dies at 74
  • 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 criminal convicted of murder, dies at 31
  • 1955-08-12 James B. Sumner, American chemist (Nobel 1946 - discovered that enzymes can be crystallized), dies at 67
  • 1955-10-01 Charles Christie, American film studio owner, dies at 75
  • 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
  • 1955-12-27 Ham Fisher, American comic strip writer and cartoonist (Joe Palooka), dies at 55
  • 1956-01-08 Jim Elliot, American Christian missionary, dies at 28
  • 1956-03-31 Ralph DePalma, Italian-American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1915; American AAA National Dirt Track C'ship 1908-11), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1956-04-21 Charles MacArthur, American playwright and screenwriter (The Scoundrel), dies at 60
  • 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)

Thomas J. Watson

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

  • 1956-08-26 Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist, dies at 75

Clarence 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 saxophonist, bandleader ("Star Dust") and songwriter ("It Had To Be You"; "I'll See You in My Dreams"), dies of cancer 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 and educator (University of Chicago Social Sciences), dies at 80
  • 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, dies at 71
  • 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
  • 1958-04-04 Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure and abusive partner of actress Lana Turner, stabbed to death by her teenage daughter in self-defense at 32
  • 1958-06-10 Angelina Weld Grimke, American journalist, teacher and playwright (Harlem Renaissance), dies at 78
  • 1958-07-27 Claire Chennault, American aviator and military leader (Flying Tigers), dies at 64
  • 1958-08-14 Mary Ritter Beard, American historian, dies at 82
  • 1958-10-12 Gordon Griffith, American actor (first actor to portray Tarzan on film) and director, dies at 51
  • 1958-10-17 Paul Outerbridge, American photographer, dies at 63
  • 1958-10-29 Zoe Akins, American playwright (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1935), dies at 71
  • 1958-11-16 Warner Fabian [S Adams], American author (Great American Fraud), dies at 87
  • 1958-12-10 Adolfo Camarillo, American horse breeder (b.1864)
  • 1958-12-15 Wolfgang Pauli, Swiss-American theoretical physicist (Pauli inhibition, Nobel 1945), dies at 58
  • 1959-02-11 Marshall Teague, American auto racer (Daytona Road Course Strictly Stock Car winner 1951, 52; AAA National Stock Car champion 1952, 54), dies in speed record attempt at 37
  • 1959-02-14 Warren "Baby" Dodds, American jazz drummer, dies at 60
  • 1959-03-04 Maxey Long, American athlete (b. 1878)
  • 1959-03-15 Lester Young, American jazz musician, dies at 49
  • 1959-07-08 Dale Buisand & Chester Ovnand killed in Viet Cong attack, becoming the second and third Americans killed in the Vietnam War