HIV/Aids in History

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Film & TV History

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

#1 in the Charts

1986-01-18 AIDS charity record "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder, 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 and the show runs until 3:47 AM

Papal Visit

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

  • 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

Album 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

Sports History

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

Music History

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

Academy Awards

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

Film Premiere

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

Sports History

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Music Concert

2003-11-29 The first of Nelson Mandela's 46664 AIDS benefit concerts held at Green Point Stadium, Capetown

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

Sports History

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

  • 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)

Film & TV History

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

Sports History

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

  • 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)

Marsha P. JohnsonMarsha P. Johnson (1945-1992)

1945-08-24 African-American gay liberation and AIDS activist, drag queen, and transgender pioneer (Gay Liberation Front, S.T.A.R.), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey

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

David HoDavid Ho (70 years old)

1952-11-03 Taiwanese-American pioneering HIV/AIDS Researcher, born in Taichung, Taiwan

  • 1955-06-16 Simon Bailey, priest, 1st British priest to say he had AIDS, born in Halifax, West Yorkshire (d. 1995)
  • 1955-10-21 Fred Hersch, American jazz pianist, composer, educator (New England Conservatory), and HIV/AIDS activist, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 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)
  • 1983-08-06 Klaus Nomi [Sperber], German new wave singer, and performance artist, dies of AIDS at 39
  • 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

Rock HudsonRock Hudson (1925-1985)

1985-10-02 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 - "Love Shack"), 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 stage and screen actor (Cool Hand Luke; Illustrated Man; Our Private World), and theater director, dies of AIDS complications at 50
  • 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)
  • 1986-12-11 Paul Keenan, American actor (Summer Fantasy), dies of AIDS at 30
  • 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, American actor (Break Up) who suffered from HIV/AIDS, commits suicide at 60
  • 1988-08-24 Leonard Frey, American stage and screen actor (Fiddler on the Roof; The 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

Sylvester James Jr.Sylvester James Jr. (1947-1988)

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

Max RobinsonMax Robinson (1939-1988)

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

  • 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 [Makiadi], Congolese jazz and rumba guitarist, composer, and bandleader (TPOK Jazz), 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

Keith HaringKeith Haring (1958-1990)

1990-02-16 American graffiti artist (Vanity Fair, Paris Review) and social activist, dies of AIDS at 31

  • 1990-02-22 Stephen Burns, American actor (Casey's Shadow), dies from AIDS complications at 35
  • 1990-02-26 Scott Jarvis, American theatrical actor and singer (1776; Here's Where I Belong), dies of AIDS at 48
  • 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
  • 1990-05-14 Franklyn Seales, West Indian-American stage and screen actor (The Onion Field; Silver Spoons - "Dexter"), 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
  • 1991-11-14 Tony Richardson, British director (Tom Jones), dies of AIDs at 63

Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury (1946-1991)

1991-11-24 British singer-songwriter (Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"), dies of AIDS at 45

  • 1991-12-01 Byron Webster, British-American 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, American Broadaway dancer and choreographer, dies of AIDS at 43
  • 1992-01-03 Lewis Michael Friedman, American pianist, dies at 47 of AIDS
  • 1992-01-07 Richard Hunt, American puppeteer and actor (Muppet Movie), dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1992-01-18 John Remme, American stage and screen actor and singer, 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 (The Brady Bunch - "Mike"; 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, American model, and actor (Forbidden Dance; Dream A Little Evil), dies of AIDS at 29

Marsha P. JohnsonMarsha P. Johnson (1945-1992)

1992-07-06 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

  • 1992-07-09 Kelvin Coe, Australian ballet dancer (Australian Ballet; Bolshoi Ballet), dies of AIDS related illness at 45
  • 1992-07-22 David Wojuarowicz, American artist (U2 single "One" sleeve), 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], American performer, 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

Anthony PerkinsAnthony Perkins (1932-1992)

1992-09-12 American actor (Psycho; Friendly Persuasion; Fear Strikes Out; Pretty Poison), and singer, dies from AIDS-related pneumonia at 60 [1]

  • 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, American singer-songwriter and actor (Last Dance), dies of AIDS at 44
  • 1992-11-12 David Oliver, American actor (Perry Hutchins-Another World), dies of AIDS at 30
  • 1992-11-29 Cary Scott Lowenstein, American dancer and 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 and choeographer (Kirov Ballet), dies of AIDS at 54
  • 1993-01-15 Ken Cory, American actor (The Candidate; Without A Trace), dies of AIDS at 51
  • 1993-01-23 Dudley Stevens, English entertainer, dies of AIDS at 57

Arthur AsheArthur Ashe (1943-1993)

1993-02-06 American tennis player (US Open 1968, Australian Open 1970, Wimbledon & WCT Finals 1975; Davis Cup 1963, 68, 69, 70), dies of AIDS related pneumonia at 49

  • 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)