HIV/Aids in History

Historical Events


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1972-07-18 Egyptian president Anwar Sadat throws out 20,000 Russian military aides

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • 1981-06-05 AIDS Epidemic officially begins when US Centers for Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting five homosexual men in Los Angeles
  • 1981-06-18 The AIDS epidemic is formally recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco, California
  • 1982-07-16 CDC report on AIDS symptoms in three hemophiliacs
  • 1982-12-10 CDC report on a transfusion recipient who developed AIDS symptoms
  • 1983-03-04 U.S. Public Health Service's publishes its guidelines for blood donors and AIDS
  • 1984-04-21 Centers for Disease Cont says virus discovered in France causes AIDS
  • 1984-04-23 AIDS-virus identified as HTLV-III (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
  • 1985-01-11 CDC MMWR publishes guidelines for screening U.S. blood supply for AIDS antibodies with ELISA test that would be available later that year
  • 1985-03-02 FDA in the US approves an ELISA screening test for AIDS antibody for all blood banks

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1985-07-25 Spokeswoman for Rock Hudson confirms he has AIDS

  • 1985-11-11 1st AIDS theme TV movie - "An Early Frost" screens in US on NBC
  • 1986-01-18 AIDS charity record "That's What Friends are For" hits #1
  • 1986-02-21 AIDS patient Ryan White returns to classes at Western Middle School
  • 1986-09-19 US Federal health officials announce AZT will be available to AIDS patients
  • 1986-11-20 World Health Organization announces first global effort to combat AIDS

  • 1987-03-20 FDA approves sale of AZT (AIDS treatment)
  • 1987-06-05 "Nightline" presents its 1st "Town Meeting" the subject is AIDS & the show runs until 3:47 AM

BeatificationPapal Visit

1987-09-17 Pope John Paul II arrives in San Francisco, meets with AIDS patients, and embraces an AIDS infected child

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1988-12-01 First World AIDS day to raise awareness of the AIDS global epidemic
  • 1989-01-24 1st reported case of AIDS transmitted by heterosexual oral sex
  • 1989-04-23 CBS' premiere of fact based "The Littlest Victims", based on Newark, N.J. physician James Oleske as the first doctor to discover AIDS in children
  • 1989-12-01 "Day Without Art" - Artists demonstrate against AIDS

Music releaseAlbum Release

1990-06-09 Red Hot Organization releases music album "Red Hot + Blue" featuring contemporary pop stars (including U2; Annie Lennox; Thompson Twins; Sinéad O'Connor; Tom Waits) performing songs of Cole Porter to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor
Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter

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1991-11-07 Magic Johnson announces he has HIV virus & retires from LA Lakers

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson

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1991-11-23 Freddie Mercury, 45, confirms he has AIDS the day before he dies

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury
Singer-Songwriter
Freddie Mercury

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1993-03-29 Actress Elizabeth Taylor presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her AIDS/HIV activism at 65th Academy Awards

Film release premierFilm Premier

1993-12-14 "Philadelphia" one of the first mainstream films about AIDS, directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington premieres in Century City, California

  • 1995-11-20 FDA approves new therapy for use as an initial AIDS treatment, 3TC
  • 1995-12-14 AIDS patient Jeff Getty receives baboon bone marrow transplant

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1996-02-15 American boxer Tommy Morrison announces he has contracted HIV

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison

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1996-12-21 Taiwanese-American AIDS researcher David Ho is named Time Magazine's Man of the Year

AIDS Researcher David Ho
AIDS Researcher
David Ho
  • 2002-06-28 In South Africa, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the Treatment Action Campaign table a national HIV/AIDS treatment plan in the National Economic, Development and Labour Council

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2004-07-17 Former South African President Nelson Mandela calls for commitment by the world to take action against AIDS

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 2005-03-04 United Nations warns that about 90 million Africans could be infected by HIV in the future without further action against the spread of the disease.
  • 2007-07-24 Libya frees all six of the Medics in the HIV trial in Libya

  • 2008-10-08 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology awarded jointly to Harald zur Hausen (cause of cervical cancer) and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Luc Montagnier (discovery of HIV)

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2008-10-12 Anna Kournikova and Andy Roddick defeat Martina Navratilova and Jesse Levine in a match for charity, raising over $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund

Tennis Player Anna Kournikova
Tennis Player
Anna Kournikova
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • 2010-01-04 The Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed HIV infection from its list of communicable diseases of public health significance.
  • 2013-03-03 A 2 year old US girl becomes the first child born with HIV to be cured
  • 2015-09-16 Report 3 million people die each year of air pollution, more than malaria and HIV/Aids combined published in "Nature" journal
  • 2015-10-28 World Heath Organization ranks Tuberculosis alongside HIV as world's deadliest infectious diseases, killing 1.2 million (2014)

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2015-11-17 Actor Charlie Sheen confirms that he is HIV-positive

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2018-10-24 Kenyan marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge named UN Person of the Year for setting a new marathon world record and for his work with AIDS/HIV in Kenya

Long Distance Runner Eliud Kipchoge
Long Distance Runner
Eliud Kipchoge
  • 2019-03-05 Second-ever person "cured" of HIV after stem cell transplant treatment in London, England results published in "Nature"
  • 2019-03-25 First organ transplant between a live HIV donor and an HIV recipient with a kidney transplant in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2019-04-17 10 babies with "bubble boy disease" cured using a gene therapy made from HIV at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, according to new study
  • 2019-05-21 More than 600 people, 75% children, identified as HIV in a month in Sindh province, Pakistan, thought to be due to use of infected needles
  • 2019-09-14 Former Welsh rugby union and league player Gareth Thomas reveals he is HIV positive
  • 2019-09-21 "Queer Eye" star Jonathan Van Ness reveals he is living with HIV and is a sexual abuse survivor, ahead of the publication of his autobiography

Famous Birthdays

  • 1926-07-09 Mathilde Krim, American medical researcher and founding chairman of amfAR (Foundation for AIDS Research), born in Como, Italy (d. 2018)
  • 1932-08-18 Luc Montagnier, French virologist (Nobel Prize 2008, discovered HIV), born in Chabris, France
  • 1935-06-25 Larry Kramer, American playwright and AIDS activist, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 2020)
  • 1943-04-08 Michael Bennett, American theater director and choreographer (Chorus Line), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)

Person of interestMarsha P. Johnson

1945-08-24 Marsha P. Johnson [born Malcolm Michaels Jr.], African-American gay liberation and AIDS activist, drag queen, and transgender pioneer (Gay Liberation Front, S.T.A.R.), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1992)

Transgender Activist and Drag Queen Marsha P. Johnson
Transgender Activist and Drag Queen
Marsha P. Johnson
  • 1947-07-30 Jonathan Mann, American physician and AIDS activist, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1947-07-30 Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, French virologist (Nobel Prize 2008, discovered HIV), born in Paris, France
  • 1950-11-19 James Adler, American concert pianist and composer (Memento mori - An AIDS Requiem), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestDavid Ho

1952-11-03 David Ho, Taiwanese-American pioneering HIV/AIDS researcher, born in Taichung, Taiwan

AIDS Researcher David Ho
AIDS Researcher
David Ho
  • 1955-06-16 Simon Bailey, priest, 1st British priest to say he had AIDS, born in Halifax, West Yorkshire (d. 1995)
  • 1959-10-20 Shuping Wang, Chinese doctor who exposed China's HIV crisis, born in Fugou County, Henan, China (d, 2019)
  • 1961-11-13 Edwin "Rick" Bakker, Dutch author: Rick's Report, AIDS Diary
  • 1962-12-14 Glenda E. Gray, South African scientist specializing in HIV research, born in Boksburg, South Africa
  • 1968-08-03 Rod Beck, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1993, 94, 97; San Francisco Giants), born in Burbank, California (d. 2007)
  • 1978-01-09 Maggie Rizer, American model & AIDS activist, born in Staten Island, New York

Famous Deaths

  • 1982-07-04 Terry Higgins, early British AIDS death (b. 1945)
  • 1984-05-10 Robert Moore, American director and actor (Murder by Death, Marshall-Diana), dies from AIDS-related pneumonia at 56
  • 1984-06-13 António Variações [António Joaquim Rodrigues Ribeiro], Portuguese singer-songwriter (Dar & Receber), dies at 39 of AIDS-related pneumonia complications
  • 1984-06-25 Michel Foucault, French philosopher and historian (History of Sexuality), dies of AIDs at 57

Person of interestRock Hudson

1985-10-02 Rock Hudson, American actor (Pillow Talk, A Farewell to Arms, Ice Station Zebra), dies of AIDS-related complications at 59

  • 1985-10-12 Ricky Wilson, American rock guitarist (B-52's), dies of AIDS at 32
  • 1986-03-08 Hubert Fichte, German writer, dies of an AIDS related illness at 50
  • 1986-05-17 Jack Waldman, American jazz and rock keyboardist and avant garde composer dies of HIV related illness at 33
  • 1986-06-29 Robert Drivas [Choromokos], American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Illustrated Man, Our Private World), dies of Aids complications at 47
  • 1986-08-02 Roy Marcus Cohn, American lawyer (Joseph McCarthy), dies of AIDS at 59
  • 1986-11-18 Gia Carangi, American model (AIDS) (b. 1960)
  • 1987-07-02 Michael Bennet, choreographer (A Chorus Line), dies of AIDS at 44
  • 1987-07-02 Michael Bennett, American theater director and choreographer (Chorus Line), dies of AIDS at 44
  • 1987-07-11 Thomas F Waddell, founder (Gay Olympics), dies of AIDS at 50
  • 1988-07-09 Anthony Holland, AIDS sufferer committed suicide at 60
  • 1988-08-24 Leonard Frey, American actor (Tattoo, Magic Christian), dies of AIDS at 49
  • 1988-10-11 Wayland Flowers, American ventriloquist (Madame), dies of AIDS at 48
  • 1988-12-10 Dick Clair, American comedian (Clair & McMahon, Facts of Life), dies of AIDS

Person of interestSylvester James Jr.

1988-12-16 Sylvester James Jr., American singer-songwriter (Do Ya Wanna Funk), dies of complications from HIV/AIDS at 41

Singer-Songwriter Sylvester James Jr.
Singer-Songwriter
Sylvester James Jr.

Person of interestMax Robinson

1988-12-20 Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), dies of AIDS at 49

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson
  • 1989-03-17 Merritt Butrick, American actor (Shy People, Square Pegs), dies of AIDS at 29
  • 1989-05-22 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist, dies from multiple organ failure due to AIDS at 36
  • 1989-06-03 Scott Ross, American-French harpsichordist (recorded all 555 sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti),dies of AIDS related pneumonia at 38
  • 1989-08-13 Tim Richmond, American race car driver (won 13 NASCAR races), dies of AIDS at 34
  • 1989-10-12 Franco Luambo, Congolese composer, guitarist and bandleader (Masumbuku), dies from AIDS at 51
  • 1989-12-01 William "Billy" Lyall, Scottish musician (Bay City Rollers), dies of AIDS-related causes at 36
  • 1990-01-06 Ian Charleson, Scottish actor (Gandhi, Chariots of Fire), dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1990-01-23 [Piet] "Peter" Sweval, American rock bassist (Looking Glass - "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" ; Starz - "Cherry Baby"), dies of AIDS at 42

Person of interestKeith Haring

1990-02-16 Keith Haring, American graffiti artist (brilliant baby), dies of AIDS at 31

Artist & Social Activist Keith Haring
Artist & Social Activist
Keith Haring
  • 1990-02-22 Stephen Burns, American actor (Casey's Shadow), dies from AIDS complications at 35
  • 1990-02-26 Scott Jarvis, musician (Great Expectations), dies of AIDS at 46
  • 1990-03-26 Halston, American fashion designer (1972 Hall of Fame), dies of AIDs at 68
  • 1990-04-08 Jose De Vega, American actor dies of AIDS at 56
  • 1990-04-08 Ryan White, American hemophiliac AIDS sufferer, dies at 18
  • 1990-05-21 Franklyn Seales, American actor (Silver Spoon, Onion Field), dies of AIDS at 37
  • 1990-07-06 Paul Wynne, KGO-TV SF reporter, dies of AIDS at 46
  • 1990-07-27 Nick Pippins, American actor (Simon), dies of AIDS at 35
  • 1990-08-06 Gordon Metcalfe, American actor (Monster in the Closet), dies of AIDS at 43
  • 1990-09-03 David Acer, Florida dentist, dies of AIDs after infecting 5 patients
  • 1990-09-06 Issan Dorsey, American founder of the Hartford St Zen Center in San Francisco, dies of AIDS at 57
  • 1990-10-27 Jacques Demy, French director (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), dies of AIDS at 59
  • 1990-10-30 Craig Russell, Canadian female impersonator, dies of an AIDS-stroke at 42
  • 1990-12-17 Don Draper, American actor (Pepper Agent 00X), dies of AIDS at 61
  • 1990-12-31 Dalton Cathey, American actor dies of AIDS at 44
  • 1991-01-24 Lawrence Lott, American actor (Real Men, Philadelphia Experiment), dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1991-03-14 Howard Ashman, American playwright and lyricist (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid), dies of AIDS-related complications at 40
  • 1991-04-10 Kevin Peter Hall, actor (Harry & Hendersons), dies of AIDS at 35
  • 1991-05-26 Tom Cassidy, anchor (CNN), dies of AIDs at 41
  • 1991-06-06 Larry Kert, actor (Tony-West Side Story), dies of AIDS at 60
  • 1991-08-25 Don Nute, American actor, dies of AIDS at 56
  • 1991-09-09 Paul Michael Lombardi, actor, dies of AIDS at 31
  • 1991-11-12 Howard Brunner, dies of AIDS at 51
  • 1991-11-14 Tony Richardson, British director (Tom Jones), dies of AIDs at 63

Person of interestFreddie Mercury

1991-11-24 Freddie Mercury [Farrokh Bulsara], British singer-songwriter (Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"), dies of AIDS at 45

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury
Singer-Songwriter
Freddie Mercury
  • 1991-12-01 Byron Webster, actor (That Man Bolt), dies of AIDS at 58
  • 1991-12-08 Kimberly Bergalis, got AIDS from health care worker, dies at 23
  • 1991-12-27 Edward M Love, choreographer/dancer, dies of AIDS at 43
  • 1992-01-03 Lewis Michael Friedman, American pianist, dies at 47 of AIDS
  • 1992-01-07 Richard Hunt, puppeteer/actor (Muppet Movie), dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1992-01-18 John Remme, entertainer, dies of AIDS at 56
  • 1992-01-24 Tina Chow, model, dies of AIDs at 41
  • 1992-04-04 Arthur Russell, American experimental classical-pop fusion cellist, and composer, dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1992-04-07 Clovis Ruffin, American fashion designer (T shirt dress), dies of AIDS at 46
  • 1992-04-25 Panos Christi, entertainer, dies of AIDS at 54
  • 1992-05-12 Robert Reed, American actor (Mike-Brady Bunch, Nurse), dies of AIDs at 59
  • 1992-05-17 Warren Neal Boxer, dies of AIDS at 34
  • 1992-05-29 Bill Beyers, actor (Wally-Capitol), dies of AIDS at 37
  • 1992-06-06 Larry Riley, American actor (Soldier Story, Knots Landing), dies of AIDS at 39
  • 1992-06-18 Peter Allen, entertainer (Legs Diamond), dies of aids at 48
  • 1992-06-24 Tom Alexander, model/actor (Kurt-Forbidden Dance), dies of AIDs

Person of interestMarsha P. Johnson

1992-07-06 Marsha P. Johnson [born Malcolm Michaels Jr.], African-American gay liberation and AIDS activist, drag queen, and transgender pioneer (Gay Liberation Front, S.T.A.R.), dies under suspicious circumstances at 46

Transgender Activist and Drag Queen Marsha P. Johnson
Transgender Activist and Drag Queen
Marsha P. Johnson
  • 1992-07-22 David Wojuarowicz, artist (U2 album cover), dies of AIDs at 37
  • 1992-07-30 Titti Sotto, latin songwriter, dies at 48 of aids
  • 1992-08-01 Kenny Sacha, American actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer film), dies of AIDS at 39
  • 1992-08-08 Alison L Gertz, US aids-activist, Esquire women of year, dies of aids at 26
  • 1992-08-09 Christopher Todd [Todd Wangberg], dies of AIDS at 30
  • 1992-08-17 Tommy Nutter, English fashion designer (bell bottom pants), dies of AIDs at 49
  • 1992-09-05 Irving Allen Lee, actor (Newspaper Boys), dies of AIDS at 43

Person of interestAnthony Perkins

1992-09-12 Anthony Perkins, American actor and singer (Psycho, Friendly Persuasion, Fear Strikes Out, Pretty Poison), dies from AIDS at 60

  • 1992-09-19 Frederick Combs, American stage and screen actor (The Boys In The Band), playwright, and director, dies of AIDS at 56
  • 1992-09-27 Ray Gill, American actor (Prelude to a Kiss), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 1992-09-29 Paul Jabara, singer/actor (Last Dance), dies of AIDS at 44
  • 1992-11-12 David Oliver, actor (Perry Hutchins-Another World), dies of AIDS at 30
  • 1992-11-29 Cary Scott Lowenstein, dancer/singer, dies of AIDS at 30
  • 1992-12-18 Mother Clare Hale, cared for NYC AIDS babies (Hale House), dies at 87
  • 1993-01-06 Rudolph Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer (Kirov), dies of AIDS at 54
  • 1993-01-15 Ken Cory, dies of AIDS at 51
  • 1993-01-23 Dudley Stevens, English entertainer, dies of AIDS at 57

Person of interestArthur Ashe

1993-02-06 Arthur Ashe, American tennis player (3 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of AIDS related pneumonia at 49

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1993-02-16 Donald Phelps, American actor (Ghost Ship) dies of AIDS at 61
  • 1993-04-07 Richard Schmiechen, American film producer (The Times of Harvey Milk), dies of AIDS at 45
  • 1993-06-11 Ray Sharkey, actor (Wiseguy, No Mercy, Body Rock), dies of AIDs at 40
  • 1993-06-17 Angus Suttie, English potter and teacher of art ceramics, dies of AIDS at 46
  • 1993-06-29 Héctor Lavoe [Pérez], Puerto Rican salsa singer dies of complications from AIDS at 46
  • 1993-07-13 Edwin "Rick" Bakker, author (Rick's Report/AIDS Diary), dies at 31
  • 1993-08-16 Tom Fuccella, actor (Paul-One Life to Live), dies of AIDs at 56
  • 1993-08-18 Alf Bold, German festival programmer, dies of AIDS at 47
  • 1993-08-29 Dorian Corey, American actor (Paris is Burning), dies of AIDs at 56
  • 1993-09-05 René Klijn, Dutch singer (Mr Blue), dies of AIDS at 30)
  • 1993-10-15 Ken E Jones, musician (New Amsterdam Symph Orchestra), dies of AIDS at 34