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
  • 1985-07-25 Spokeswoman for Rock Hudson confirmed he had 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

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

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
  • 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

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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 awardsFilm Awards

1993-03-29 Actress Elizabeth Taylor presented the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for work for AIDs causes at 65th Academy Awards

  • 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
  • 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.

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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


Famous Birthdays

  • 1943-04-08 Michael Bennett, aids victim/choreographer (Chorus Line)
  • 1947-07-30 Jonathan Mann, AIDS activist (d. 1998)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)
  • 1961-11-13 Edwin "Rick" Bakker, Dutch author: Rick's Report, AIDS Diary
  • 1968-08-03 Rod Beck [Rodney Roy], American MLB relief pitcher (SF Giants-1994 NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year), born in Burbank, California
  • 1978-01-09 Maggie Rizer, American model and AIDS activist

Famous Deaths

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  • 1982-07-04 Terry Higgins, early British AIDS death (b. 1945)
  • 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
  • 1985-10-02 Rock Hudson, actor (MacMillian & Wife), dies of AIDS at 59
  • 1985-10-12 Ricky Wilson, 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
  • 1986-06-29 Robert Drivas [Robert Choromokos ], American actor (Our Private World), dies of Aids complications at 47
  • 1986-11-18 Gia Carangi, American model (AIDS) (b. 1960)
  • 1987-07-02 Michael Bennet, 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, actor (Tattoo, Magic Christian), dies of AIDS at 49
  • 1988-10-11 Wayland Flowers, ventriloquist (Madame), dies of AIDS at 48
  • 1988-12-10 Dick Clair, comedian (Clair & McMahon, Facts of Life), dies of AIDS

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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, actor (Shy People, Wired to Kill), dies of AIDS at 29
  • 1989-08-13 Tim Richmond, race car driver (won 13 NASCAR races), dies of AIDS at 34
  • 1990-01-06 Ian Charleson, actor (Gandhi, Chariots of Fire), dies of AIDS at 40

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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
  • 1990-03-26 Roy "Halston" Frowick, fashion designer, dies of AIDs at 68
  • 1990-04-08 Jose De Vega, dies of AIDS at 56
  • 1990-04-08 Ryan White, hemophiliac AIDS sufferer, dies at 18
  • 1990-05-21 Franklyn Seales, 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, actor (Simon), dies of AIDS at 35
  • 1990-08-06 Gordon Metcalfe, actor (Monster in the Closet), dies of AIDS at 43
  • 1990-09-03 David Acer, Florida dentist, dies of AIDs after infecting 5 patients
  • 1990-10-30 Craig Russell, female impersonator, dies of an AIDS-stroke at 42
  • 1990-12-17 Don Draper, 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, actor (Real Men, Philadelphia Experiment), dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1991-03-14 Howard Ashman, song writer (Under the Sea), dies of AIDs 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, entertainer, 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 interestPerson of Interest

1991-11-24 Freddie Mercury, British singer-songwriter (Queen - We are Champions), 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, 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
  • 1992-04-07 Clovis Ruffin, 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, actor (Brady Bunch), dies of AIDs at 59
  • 1992-05-17 Warren Neal Boxer, dies of AIDS at 34
  • 1992-05-27 Glen White, dancer/actor (Graft, Camille), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 1992-05-29 Bill Beyers, actor (Wally-Capitol), dies of AIDS at 37
  • 1992-06-06 Larry Riley, 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
  • 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, actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), dies of AIDS at 39
  • 1992-08-08 Alison L Gertz, US aids-activist/Esquire women of year, dies of aids
  • 1992-08-09 Christopher Todd, [Todd Wangberg], dies of AIDS at 30
  • 1992-08-17 Tommy Nutter, fashion designer (bell bottom pants), dies of AIDs at 49
  • 1992-09-05 Irving Allen Lee, actor (Newspaper Boys), dies of AIDS at 43

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1992-09-12 Anthony Perkins, actor (Psycho), dies from AIDs at 60

  • 1992-09-19 Frederick Combs, playwright/director, dies of AIDS at 57
  • 1992-09-27 Ray Gill, 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 interestPerson of Interest

1993-02-06 Arthur Ashe, tennis star (Wimbledon 1975), dies of AIDS 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, 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, dies of 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, actor (Paris is Burning), dies of AIDs at 56
  • 1993-09-05 René Klijn, [Dorian], singer (Mr Blue), dies of AIDS at 30)
  • 1993-10-15 Ken E Jones, musician (New Amsterdam Symph Orch), dies of AIDS at 34
  • 1993-11-20 Emile Ardolino, director (Dirty Dancing), dies at 50 of AIDs
  • 1993-11-21 Emile Ardolino, director (Sister Act), dies of AIDS at 50
  • 1993-12-12 Jeremiah Sullivan, actor (Soldier, Double-Stop), dies of AIDS at 58
  • 1994-01-27 Joe Mays, actor (Mr Saturday Night), dies of AIDS at 44
  • 1994-02-17 Randy Shilts, US journalist (& the band played on), dies of AIDs at 41
  • 1994-02-19 Derek Jarman, actor and director (Tempest), dies of AIDS at 52
  • 1994-03-21 Dack Rambo, American actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas), dies from AIDs at 52
  • 1994-03-22 Dan Hartman, American singer-songwriter (Love Sensation), dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor at 43
  • 1994-04-15 John Curry, English figure skater (Oly-gold-76), dies of AIDS at 44
  • 1994-05-06 Fred Sadoff, actor (Quiet American), dies of AIDS at 67
  • 1994-07-11 Bart Scheepens, actor/director, dies of AIDS at 50
  • 1994-08-16 Frits de Knight, photographer, dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1994-08-29 Michael Peters, dies of complications due to AIDS at 46
  • 1994-10-01 Brad O'Hare, dies of complications due to AIDS at 43
  • 1994-10-07 Paul Swift, US actor (Egg Man in Pink Flamingo), dies of AIDS at 60
  • 1994-11-02 David Feinberg, AIDS activist/author, dies at 37