United States

Page 1 of 42
DateDetail
24/08/79
Mount Vesuvius burying the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing about 20,000 people.
22/02/1732
George Washington, the first president of the United States, is born in the Virginia Colony
13/04/1743
Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd president of the United States, is born in Virginia
30/10/1753
The second president of the United States, John Adams is born in Braintree, Massechusetts.
09/02/1773
William Henry Harrison, the 9th president of the United States, is born in Charles City County.
14/10/1773
The East India Company's tea ships' cargo is burned at Annapolis, Maryland
04/07/1776
The Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence.
07/08/1782
George Washington creates the Purple Heart decoration to recognise merit in enlisted men and non-commissioned officers.
02/01/1788
Georgia becomes the fourth state to ratify the US Constitution.
09/01/1788
Connecticut becomes the fifth state to ratify the US Constitution.
07/01/1800
Millard Fillmore, the 13th president of the United States, is born in Summerhill, New York
01/11/1800
President John Adams becomes the first leader to move into the newly built White House.
27/02/1807
American poet Henry Longfellow is born in Portland, Maine
12/02/1809
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US president, is born in Kentucky.
20/10/1818
Britain and the United States agree that the 49th parallel marks the border between the United States and Canada.
26/10/1825
The Erie Canal opens connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson river.
04/07/1826
The second president John Adams, dies.
04/07/1826
Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd president of the United States, dies.
04/07/1831
James Monroe, the 5th president of the United States, dies at the age of 73.
20/08/1833
23rd president Benjamin Harrison is born in North Bend, Ohio.
25/02/1836
Inventor Samuel Colt patents his revolver.
10/05/1838
John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, is born.
15/06/1844
Charles Goodyear patents his process for vulcanising rubber to make it stronger.
10/09/1846
Elias Howe receives a patent for the sewing machine.
11/02/1847
Inventor Thomas Edison is born in Milan, Ohio.
23/02/1848
John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, dies aged 80 in Washington, DC, two days after suffering a stroke on the floor of the House of Representatives.
26/02/1852
John Harvey Kellogg, the American physician who developed dry breakfast cereal, is born
12/07/1854
George Eastman is born in Waterville, New York.
05/04/1856
Black educator Booker T Washington is born in Franklin Country, Virginia.
27/10/1858
Theodore Roosevelt is born in New York City
17/08/1859
French acrobat Charles Blondin crosses the Niagra Falls on a tightrope.
17/10/1860
The golf Open Championship is played at the Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland for the first time.
06/11/1860
Abraham Lincoln defeats three other candidates to become the United States president.
30/07/1863
Founder of the Ford Motor company, Henry Ford is born in Dearborn, Michigan.
03/10/1863
Abraham Lincoln declares the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day.
19/11/1863
President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address while dedicating a national cemetry in Pennsylvania
14/04/1865
President Abraham Lincoln is shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the theater. He dies the next day.
15/04/1865
Andrew Johnson becomes the 17th president of the United States following Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
26/04/1865
John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, is surrounded and killed by federal troops in Virginia.
07/07/1865
Four people convicted of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln are hanged in Washington.
18/12/1865
Slavery ends in the United States as the 13th Amendment takes effect.
18/10/1867
United States buys Alaska from the USSR for $7.2 M
08/10/1871
The Great Chicago fire starts, it burns for two days killing over 200 people.
01/03/1872
Yellowstone National Park becomes the first US National Park, comprising 3,500 acres of plateaus, mountains and valleys.
23/06/1872
Christopher Sholes patents the first workable Typewriter. The keys are laid out in alphabetical order.
04/07/1872
Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the United States, is born.
24/08/1875
Captain Mathew Webb becomes the first man to swim the English Channel, completing the crossing in 21 hours 45 minutes.
21/11/1877
Inventor Thomas Edison unveils the phonograph - a means of recording and playing back sound.
19/02/1878
Thomas Edison receives a patent for his phonograph.
22/02/1879
Frank Winfield Woolworth opens the first FW Woolworth five-cent store in Utica, N.Y.
11/09/1879
An explosion in the Prince of Wales colliery at Abercare in Wales kills 290 miners.
21/10/1879
Thomas Edison develops the first workable electric light.
27/06/1880
American blind and deaf author Helen Keller is born in Tuscumbia, Alabama.
27/10/1880
Theodore Roosevelt marries Alice Lee.
14/07/1881
Henry McCarty, better known as Billy the Kid is shot dead by Sheriff Pat Garrett.
26/10/1881
The gunfight at the OK Corral takes place in Tombstone, Arizona; where Wyatt Earp, two of his brothers and Doc Holliday confront Ike Clanton's gang. Three members of the Clanton gang are killed and Earp's brothers are wounded.
24/07/1883
Captain Mathew Webb, the first man to swim the English channel, drowns while attempting to swim the rapids at Niagra Falls.
08/05/1884
Harry Truman, 33rd US President, is born.
11/10/1884
Elaenor Roosevelt is born, later she marries her cousin Franklin D Roosevelt
14/10/1884
George Eastman patents paper-strip photographic film.
18/02/1885
Mark Twain publishes "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
11/11/1885
General George Patton is born in San Gabriel, California
28/10/1886
President Grover Cleveland dedicate the Statue of Liberty, a present from the people of France.
12/08/1887
Thomas Edison makes the first sound recording; the sounds are store on a foil wrapped cylinder on his "Edisonphone"
03/01/1888
Marvin C Stone patents the drinking straw
04/09/1888
George Eastman patents his roll film camera and registers the trademark Kodak.
26/09/1888
Poet Thomas Stearns Eliot is born in St Louis, Missouri
17/10/1888
Inventor Thomas Edison files patent on the Optical Phonograph
08/07/1889
In the last bare-knuckle boxing contest, John L Sullivan defeats Jake Kilrain to take the Heavyweight title in a contest lasting 75 rounds.
20/11/1889
Edwin Hubble, American mathematician and astronomer, is born in Marshfield, Montana.
06/08/1890
The first Electric Chair execution in the United States is carried out in New York. Walter Kemmler was executed for murder.
09/06/1891
American composer Cole Porter is born in Peru, Indiana.
01/01/1892
The immigration centre at Ellis Island in New York opens.
01/02/1893
Inventor Thomas Edison completes work on the world's first motion picture studio in West Orange, New Jersey.
04/10/1895
Silent film star Buster Keaton is born in Piqua, Kansas.
04/01/1896
Utah is admitted as the 45th US State
27/05/1896
A tornado hits St Louis, Illinois killing 255 people.
03/11/1896
William McKinley defeats William Bryan for the American presidency
24/07/1897
Aviator Amelia Aerhart is born.
26/09/1898
George Gershwin is born in Brooklyn, New York.
10/05/1899
American actor / dancer Fred Astaire is born in Omaha, Nebraska
06/02/1900
The US Senate ratifies the 1899 decree of the Hague Peace Conference, creating an international court of arbitration at The Hague
09/02/1900
Dwight Davis creates the Davis Cup tennis tournament
01/05/1900
An explosion in a coal mine in Utah US kills 200
10/08/1900
Dwight Davis and Holcombe Ward win the first Davis Cup tournament with a decisive 3-0 result
02/09/1900
6,000 people are killed when a hurricane hits Galveston, Texas.
05/11/1900
US cartoonist and animator Walt Disney is born
06/11/1900
William McKinley is re-elected as president of the US together with vice-president Theodore Roosevelt
08/11/1900
Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With The Wind, is born in Atlanta, Georgia.
01/02/1901
American film star Clark Gable is born
05/02/1901
J Pierpont Morgan, already one of America's largest steel owners, pulls off the biggest deal ever when he buys up a billion dollars worth of mines and steel mills.
13/03/1901
The 23rd US President, Benjamin Harrison dies at the age of 67.
07/05/1901
American actor Gary Cooper is born
09/08/1901
The US state of Oklahoma sells two million acres of former Indian lands.
21/08/1901
A new motor company is founded in Detroit named after the French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac
26/08/1901
Robert Walthour sets a new record for the fastest mile on a bike at 1 minute 37.4 seconds
06/09/1901
US President William McKinley is shot and wounded by an anarchist, while attending the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo
10/09/1901
Anarchist Emma Goldman is arrested for her part in the plot to kill President William McKinley
14/09/1901
President William McKinley dies following being shot in Buffalo on 6th September. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in as President of the United States
24/09/1901
Leon Czolgosz is sentenced to death by execution for his part in the assassination of President William McKinley
04/10/1901
The US yacht Columbia completed a 3-0 clean sweep against Sir Thomas Lipton's yacht Shamrock II in the Americas Cup off Sandy Hook, New York
16/10/1901
President Theodore Roosevelt broke tradition by inviting a black man to dine in the White House. The President's guest was Booker T Washington, the noted reformer and teacher.
24/10/1901
Kodak's founder George Eastman sets up an international company following the success of his one dollar Brownie camera
24/10/1901
Mrs Ann Edson Taylor went over the Niagra falls in a padded barrel and survived unharmed. She sought the noteriety
29/10/1901
Leon Czolgosz is executed for his part in the assassination of President William McKinley
18/11/1901
Britain and US agreed terms for the building of a new shipping canal in central America. The agreement gives the US extensive rights in return for a guarantee of the canals neutrality
30/11/1901
A mechanical hearing aid known as the Akouphone has been developed by Miller Reese Hutchinson. It consists of a telephone with a battery fitted to the body and a separate transmitter
02/12/1901
King Camp Gillette announces that a replaceable razor will be marketed next year, building on an invention patented in 1895
04/02/1902
Charles Lindbergh, American aviator, is born.
27/02/1902
American author John Steinbeck is born in Salinas, California.
22/08/1902
Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first US President to ride in an automobile.
16/06/1903
Henry Ford forms the Ford Motor Company
12/01/1904
Henry Ford sets a new land speed record of 91.37 MPH in his motor car "999" on the frozen Lake St. Clair
18/01/1904
British born US film star Cary Grant is born
03/05/1904
American singer Bing Crosby is born
17/03/1905
Franklin D Roosevelt marries his distant cousin Elaenor Roosevelt. The bride was given away by her uncle Theodore Roosevelt.
16/05/1905
American actor Henry Fonda is born in Grand Island, Nebraska.
07/01/1906
The Wright Brothers fly their aeroplane 24 miles in 38 minutes at 38 mph, at an altitude of 75 to 100 feet
18/04/1906
Five hundred killed and fifty thousand are homeless after a major earthquake hits San Francisco. Property loss is estimated to be $200 million.
05/08/1906
American film director John Huston is born in Nevada, Missouri.
10/12/1906
Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first US President to receive a Nobel Peace Prize; for his mediation in the settlement of the Russo-Japanese war.
21/02/1907
WH Auden, American poet and writer is born in England
12/05/1907
Katharine Hepburn is born in Hartford, Connecticut.
26/05/1907
Actor John Wayne is born Marion Morrison in Winterset, Iowa.
01/01/1908
Gustav Mahler makes his US conducting debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York
26/07/1908
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is founded in United States.
12/08/1908
The Model A Ford is replaced by the Model T Ford (the Tin Lizzie).
27/08/1908
36th US President Lyndon Johnson is born near Stonewall, Texas.
01/10/1908
Henry Ford introduces the Model T Ford to the market, priced at $825.
11/08/1909
The SOS Signal is used for the first time by the American ship Arapahoe off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
21/04/1910
Samuel Langhorne Clemens better known as Mark Twain dies peacefully aged 74.
01/10/1910
Bank robber Bonnie Parker is born
11/10/1910
Theodore Roosevelt flew for four minutes in a plane built by the Wright brothers at Kinloch aviation field, St Louis, Missouri
06/02/1911
Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, is born in Tampico.
26/03/1911
Tennessee Williams is born.
06/01/1912
New Mexico is admitted as the 47th US state
14/02/1912
Arizona becomes the 48th US state.
23/08/1912
Dancer, actor and choreographer Gene Kelly is born
14/10/1912
While campaigning in Milwaukee, Theodore Roosevelt is shot by saloon keeper William Schrank. With the bullet still in him, Roosevelt delivers his scheduled speech.
09/12/1912
American politician Thomas P ONeill is born.
09/01/1913
Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, is born in Yorba Linda, California
12/09/1913
Olympic athlete Jesse Owens is born in Lawrence County, Alabama.
22/10/1913
An explosion in a coal mine in Dawson, New Mexico kills more than 250 miners.
06/05/1915
Film actor, director, producer Orson Welles is born.
17/10/1915
Playwright Arthur Miller is born in New York City.
09/03/1916
Several hundred Mexican guerrillas led by Francisco "Pancho" Villa cross from Mexico into the United States and attack Coumbus, New Mexico, setting fire to the center of the town.
10/03/1917
An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 on the Richter scale hits Long Beach, California, killing an estimated 140 people
29/05/1917
John F Kennedy is born in Brookline, Massachusettes.
17/10/1918
American actress Rita Hayworth is born as Margarita Carmen Cansino
25/10/1918
The Canadian steamship Princess Sophia sinks off Alaska killing 400 people.
06/01/1919
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States dies
02/01/1920
Isaac Asimov, the popular science fiction writer, is born
26/08/1920
The 19th Amendment to the American constituion is ratified giving women the right to vote.
05/03/1921
Boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson is born.
18/07/1921
Astronaut John Glenn is born in Cambridge, Ohio.
16/10/1923
The Walt Disney corporation is founded
03/02/1924
Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, dies in Washington, aged 67.
12/02/1924
George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" has its first performance in New York.
03/04/1924
Marlon Brando is born in Omaha, Nebraska.
12/06/1924
George H Bush is born
04/10/1924
Actor Charleton Heston is born in Evanston, Illinois.
08/02/1925
Actor Jack Lemmon is born in Newton, Massachusetts.
19/05/1925
Civil rights leader Malcolm X is born Malcom Little in Omaha, Nebraska.
03/06/1925
American actor Tony Curtis is born in the Bronx, New York.
06/06/1925
Walter Percy Chrysler founds the Chrysler corporation.
26/06/1925
Charlie Chaplin film "The Gold Rush" is premiered in Hollywood.
20/11/1925
Robert Kennedy is born in Brookline, Massachusetts.
01/06/1926
American actress Marilyn Monroe is born as Norma Jeane Mortensen in Los Angeles.
31/10/1926
Magician and escape artist Harry Houdini dies from peritonitis following a ruptured appendix.
20/02/1927
American actor Sidney Poitier is born
20/05/1927
Charles Lindbergh takes off from Long Island in his plane "Spirit of St Louis" to fly across the Atlantic to Paris.
21/05/1927
Charles Lindbergh becomes the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic to Paris.
04/10/1927
The sculpture on the face of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota begins. Twelve years later scultures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt are completed.
11/01/1928
While with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, Bing Crosby records Ol Man River.
10/03/1928
James Earl Ray is born
06/08/1928
Andy Warhol is born.
24/08/1928
Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the United States, flying from Los Angeles to Newark in 19 hours.
14/02/1929
Seven rivals of Al Capone's gang were gunned down in a Chicago garage
17/08/1929
American spy plane pilot Captain Francis Gary Powers is born.
29/10/1929
In the New York Stock Exchange prices collapse following panic selling on what becomes known as "Black Tuesday".
18/02/1930
The planet Pluto is discovered.
31/05/1930
American film actor Clint Eastwood is born in San Francisco, California.
17/10/1931
Al Capone is convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison.
18/10/1931
Inventor Thomas Edison dies aged 84 in West Orange, New Jersey.
22/02/1932
Edward Kennedy (Teddy) is born
01/03/1932
The baby son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped.
08/05/1932
US heavyweight boxer Sonny Liston is born
05/01/1933
Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the United States, dies in Northampton, at age 60.
22/07/1933
Wiley Post completes the first solo flight around the world in seven days, eighteen hours and thirty minutes.
10/09/1933
English tennis player Fred Perry wins the US Open becoming the first Briton to win the title since 1903.
17/10/1933
Albert Einstein arrives in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany.
23/05/1934
Bank robber Bonnie Parker dies
17/09/1934
Tennis player Maureen Connolly (Little Mo), is born in San Diego, California
19/09/1934
Bruno Hauptman is arrested and charged with the kidnap-murder of the Lindbergh baby.
02/01/1935
Bruno Hauptman goes on trial in Flemington, N.J., on charges of kidnapping and murdering the infant son of Charles Lindbergh.
08/01/1935
Elvis Presley is born in Tupelo, Mississippi
11/01/1935
Amelia Earhart begins her solo flight across the Pacific, taking off from Honolulu, Hawaii.
13/02/1935
Bruno Hauptman is found guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-death of the infant son of Charles Lindbergh.
02/09/1935
423 people are killed when a hurricane hits Florida Keys.
01/03/1936
The Hoover Dam is completed suppling electricity, irrigation and fresh water to homes in California and Nevada.
03/04/1936
Bruno Hauptman is executed for the kidnap and murder of the infant son of Charles Lindbergh.
30/06/1936
Margaret Mitchell publishes her novel Gone With The Wind.
07/09/1936
Buddy Holly is born as Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas
27/10/1936
Wallis Simpson is granted a divorce from her husband.
16/02/1937
A patent for Nylon is granted to Wallace H. Carothers, a scientist at Du Pont.
06/05/1937
The German hydrogen filled airship Hindenburg burns and crashes in New Jersey killing 36 of the 97 people on board.
01/06/1937
American actor Morgan Freeman is born.
02/07/1937
Aviator Amelia Aerhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific ocean while attempting to make the first round the world flight at the equator.
11/07/1937
George Gershwin dies of a malignant brain tumor in hospital in Hollywood.
21/12/1937
The film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles
21/09/1938
A hurricane hits Long Island and southern New England killing 600 and devastating coastal cities and towns.
12/10/1938
The Wizard of Oz begins filming in Hollywood
30/10/1938
A radio broadcast of Orson Welles's War of the Worlds causes widespread panic in the United States.
01/01/1939
Hewlett Packard is founded by William Hewlett and David Packard
14/04/1939
John Steinbeck publishes "The Grapes of Wrath".
07/06/1939
King George VI becomes the first British monarch to visit the United States
13/07/1939
American singer Frank Sinatra makes his first record From the Bottom of My Heart.
18/08/1939
The film The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland is premiered in New York.
05/09/1939
The United States declares itself neutral in World War 2.
14/09/1939
The first successful flight of a helicopter takes place, it was designed by US engineer Igor Sikorsky.
18/10/1939
Lee Harvey Oswald assassin of President John F Kennedy is born
23/02/1940
American actor Peter Fonda is born
27/07/1940
Bugs Bunny makes his debut on the Warner Brothers cartoon "A Wild Hare"
05/11/1940
President Franklin D Roosevelt is re-elected as president of the United States for a third term.
13/11/1940
Walt Disney's Fantasia opens in cinemas across the United States.
04/01/1941
The animated cartoon "Elmer's Pet Rabbit" is released, the second appearance of Bugs Bunny and the first to have his name on title card.
14/01/1941
American actress Faye Dunaway is born.
24/05/1941
Bob Dylan is born as Robert Zimmerman in Duluth, Minesota
24/09/1941
Linda Louise Eastman (later to become Linda McCartney) is born in New York. Her father, Lee Eastman was an attorney and her mother Louise Linder Eastman was the heiress of the Linder Department Store fortune.
13/10/1941
American musician Paul Simon is born
07/12/1941
Japanese war planes attack the American naval base at Pearl Harbour bringing America into World War 2
02/02/1942
Graham Nash, rock singer-musician, member of Crosby, Stills and Nash is born
09/02/1942
American singer songwriter Carol King is born
13/07/1942
American film actor Harrison Ford is born in Chicago, Illinois
13/08/1942
Walt Disney's Bambi is premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
26/11/1942
The film "Casablanca" starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman is premiered in New York.
20/10/1944
Two liquified gas tanks explode in Cleveland, Ohio killing 130 people.
07/11/1944
President Franklin D Roosevelt is re-elected as president of the United States, the only president to win a fourth term.
03/01/1945
Stephen Stills, rock musician of Crosby, Stills, Nash fame, is born
19/02/1945
30,000 United States Marines land on the Western Pacific island of Iwo Jima, where they encountered fierce resistance from Japanese forces.
23/02/1945
US Marines on Iwo Jima capture Mount Suribachi and raise the American flag. The moment is captured in a Pulitzer Prize winning photo by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal.
12/04/1945
President Franklin D Roosevelt dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 63. Vice president Harry Truman is sworn in as president.
26/06/1945
Delegates from 61 nations meet to sign the United Nations charter and begin a 63 day conference to define the structure and operation of the United Nations organisation.
16/07/1945
The United States tests the first Atomic Bomb near Los Alamos, New Mexico.
14/08/1945
President Harry Truman announces that Japan has surrendered thereby ending World War 2.
24/10/1945
The United Nations organisation is formed in a ceremony in Washington
21/11/1945
American actress Goldie Hawn is born in Washington DC.
06/07/1946
George W Bush is born
25/07/1946
The United States explodes an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the first underwater test.
19/08/1946
Bill Clinton is born
11/10/1946
American musician Daryl Hall is born
23/10/1946
The United Nations General Assembly meets for the first time in New York; in Flushing Meadow.
07/04/1947
Henry Ford dies at the age of 83.
09/07/1947
American footballer OJ Simpson is born.
05/10/1947
President Harry Truman delivers the first televised address to the nation from the White House.
05/01/1948
Warner brothers show the first colour newsreel (of Tournament of Roses parade and the Rose bowl)
14/09/1948
Ground is broken in New York City as the construction of the United Nations headquarters commences.
10/12/1948
The United Nations General Assembly adopts its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
10/02/1949
Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" opens on Broadway.
03/01/1950
Victoria Principal is born
09/02/1950
United States Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses more than 200 staff in the State Department of being Communists
13/05/1950
American singer Stevie Wonder is born.
02/10/1950
The comic strip "Peanuts" by Charles Schulz is published for the first time.
19/09/1952
The United States prevents the film legend, Charlie Chaplin, from returning to his Hollywood home until he has been investigated by the Immigration Services.
12/09/1953
John F Kennedy marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island.
28/09/1953
Edwin Hubble, American mathematician and astronomer, dies.
14/01/1954
Mariyn Monroe and Joe DeMaggio marry. Their marraige only lasts nine months but Joe DeMaggio puts flowers on her grave each day until he dies.
18/02/1954
The Secretary of the US army orders two generals subpoenaed by anti-Communist senator Joseph McCarthy to ignore the summons.
27/10/1954
Hollywood screen star Marilyn Monroe divorces her husband, baseball player Joe DiMaggio.
02/12/1954
US President Dwight Eisenhower announces the signing of a mutual security pact between the United States and Nationalist China.
02/12/1954
The United States Senate censures Joseph McCarthy for conduct unbecoming of a senator for contempt and abuse of a Senate committee that was investigating his financial affairs. He also insulted members of the committee on national television.
08/02/1955
American author John Grisham is born
22/02/1955
Maureen Connolly (Little Mo), one of America's greatest tennis players, is to retire from the sport after a horse-riding accident.
09/03/1955
James Dean stars in the movie East of Eden, for which he is nominated for an academy award.
16/05/1955
American actress Debra Winger is born
30/09/1955
American film actor James Dean is killed in a head on car crash in California.
26/10/1955
The film Rebel Without a Cause is released starring James Dean.
01/12/1955
Mrs Rosa Parks is arrested by police in Montgomery Alabama for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white person.
22/03/1956
Civil rights leader, the Reverend Martin Luther King, is convicted of organising an illegal boycott by black passengers of buses in the US state of Alabama.
29/06/1956
Playwright Arthur Miller marries film actress Marilyn Monroe.
09/09/1956
Elvis Presley makes the first of three appearances on the American television "Ed Sullivan Show"
07/11/1956
President Dwight Eisenhower wins a second term of office with a 58% of the popular vote.
25/09/1957
Nine black children are escorted to Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas by several hundred fully armed United States troops.
18/12/1957
The first commercial nuclear power station goes on line in Shippingport providing electricity for consumers in the Pittsburgh area
29/04/1958
Amercian actress Michelle Pfeiffer is born in Santa Ana, California.
29/05/1958
American actress Annette Bening is born in Topeka, Kansas
03/08/1958
The nuclear powered USS Nautilus navigates under the north pole.
29/08/1958
Michael Jackson is born Michael Joseph Jackson
11/10/1958
NASA launches lunar probe Pioneer 1
03/01/1959
Alaska is admitted as the 49th US state
04/01/1959
Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the moon
03/02/1959
An air crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, claimed the lives of rock and roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP "The Big Bopper" Richardson.
25/06/1959
Swedish boxer Ingemar Johansson defeats Floyd Patterson to take the boxing world championship in New York.
02/01/1960
John F Kennedy announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
18/02/1960
The eighth Winter Olympics open in Squaw Valley, California.
05/03/1960
Elvis Presley completes his two-year term in the US Army and is discharged
01/05/1960
An American spy plane piloted by Captain Francis Gary Powers is shot down over Russia.
20/06/1960
Floyd Patterson becomes the first person to regain a boxing world championship when he beats Ingemar Johansson in New York.
19/08/1960
A Russian tribunal finds Captain Francis Gary Powers guilty of espionage, he is sentenced to 10 years in prison.
08/11/1960
John F Kennedy defeats Vice President Richard Nixon to become president.
20/01/1961
Democrat John F Kennedy is sworn in as the youngest ever elected president of the United States.
24/01/1961
Hollywood screen star Marilyn Monroe divorces her husband, playwright Arthur Miller after five years of marraige.
31/01/1961
A chimpanzee sent into space in a US rocket is recovered alive and well from the sea near Florida.
25/05/1961
John F Kennedy, in a speech to to congress, commits to landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth, before the decade is out.
02/07/1961
Author Ernest Hemingway shoot himself to death at his home in Ketchum, Idaho at the age of 61.
21/07/1961
Ernest Hemingway is born in Oak Park, Illinois.
10/02/1962
American spy plane pilot Captain Francis Gary Powers is freed from prison in the Soviet Union in exchange for a Russian spy jailed in the US.
11/02/1962
American singer songwriter Sheryl Crow is born
20/02/1962
Astronaut John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit Earth as he flew aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.
19/03/1962
Bob Dylan's self titled debut album is released.
26/04/1962
The American Moon rocket Ranger 4 lands on the far side of the Moon but fails to send back pictures due a technical fault.
10/07/1962
Communications satellite Telstar is laumched enabling live American television pictures to be transmitted to Europe.
05/08/1962
American actress Marilyn Monroe dies from a drug overdose in Los Angeles. She was aged 36.
01/10/1962
James Meredith attends the University of Mississippi campus under armed guard, triggering a riot in which two people die and hundreds are injured
22/10/1962
Following the discovery that Soviet missiles had been installed on Cuba, John F Kennedy announces an air and naval blockage of the island.
06/11/1962
The United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution condemning South Africa's Apartheid policies and calls for an economic and military boycott.
07/11/1962
Elaenor Roosevelt dies aged 78 at her Manhattan apartment.
26/02/1963
At 12:15 pm a bomb exploded in the garage of New York's World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others
27/05/1963
Bob Dylan's album "The Freewheelin Bob Dylan" is released.
28/08/1963
200,000 people take part in a peaceful civil rights demonstration in Washington, they are addressed by Martin Luther King who deliveres his "I have a dream .... " speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
30/08/1963
The "Hot-line" communications link between Washington and Moscow goes into operation.
22/11/1963
President John F Kennedy is assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested on suspicion of murder. Vice President Lyndon Johnson becomes the 36th president of the United States.
24/11/1963
Jack Ruby shoots and mortally wounds Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F Kennedy.
25/11/1963
The funeral of John F Kennedy takes place in Washington.
07/02/1964
The Beatles start Britain's rock and roll invasion of the United States with their American tour
09/02/1964
The Beatles made their first live American TV appearance, on The Ed Sullivan Show
10/02/1964
Bob Dylan's album "The Times They Are A-Changin'" is released.
12/03/1964
President of the American Teamsters union, James Hoffa, is jailed for 8 years for attempting to bribe a Federal court jury
14/03/1964
Jack Ruby is sentenced to death after being found guilty of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald (assassin of John F Kennedy).
27/03/1964
A massive earthquake in Alaska kills 114 people.
13/04/1964
Sidney Poitier becomes the first black person to win the best actor Oscar. He won the best actor Oscar for his role in Lilies of the Field.
04/08/1964
FBI agents discover the bodies of three civil rights workers at a dam near Philadelphia, Mississippi.
27/09/1964
The Warren Commission issue their report which concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone when he assassinated John F Kennedy in Dallas
13/10/1964
Martin Luther King is named as the winner of the Peace Prize.
15/10/1964
American composer Cole Porter dies in hospital at Santa Monica, California.
29/10/1964
The Star of India and other gems are stolen from the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
20/02/1965
The Ranger 8 spacecraft crashes on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of the lunar surface.
21/02/1965
Former Black Muslim leader Malcolm X is shot and killed by assassins identified as Black Muslims as he was about to address a rally in New York City
21/03/1965
Martin Luther King leads 3000 civil rights protesters in a march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama
22/03/1965
Bob Dylan's album "Bringing It All Back Home" is released, his first album to feature an electric guitar.
24/03/1965
Ranger 9 beams live pictures of the Moon to ordinary Americans as it hurtles down to crash on the surface.
30/08/1965
Bob Dylan's album "Highway 61 Revisited" is released.
01/02/1966
Silent film star Buster Keaton dies of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California.
16/05/1966
Beach Boys release their album "Pet Sounds.
16/05/1966
Bob Dylan's album "Blonde on Blonde" is released.
30/06/1966
Mike Tyson is born in Brooklyn, New York.
19/07/1966
American singer Frank Sinatra marries actress Mia Farrow.
29/07/1966
The Beatles make their last live performance, in San Francisco.
04/08/1966
The Beatles make their last live performance, in San Francisco.
04/08/1966
In an American radio interview John Lennon suggests that the Beatles are probably more popular than Jesus Christ. Several American states immediately ban Beatles records.
12/08/1966
John Lennon publicly apologises for his comment about the Beatles being more popular that Jesus.
18/10/1966
Elizabeth Arden dies
08/11/1966
Ronald Reagan is elected governor of California.
02/01/1967
Ronald Reagan is sworn in as Governor of California
03/01/1967
Jack Ruby, the man who shot the accused presidential assassin of John F Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, dies of a blood clot in the lung in a Dallas hospital
27/01/1967
Three american astronauts die on this day in a fire which swept through their Apollo spacecraft during a launch pad rehearsal. Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee perished.
20/06/1967
American film actress Nicole Kidman is born in Honolulu.
20/10/1967
Oakland, California sees the largest ever protest against the Vietnam War when 4,000 protesters take to the streets.
10/12/1967
Otis Redding dies at the age of 26 in an air crash of his private plane in Wisconsin.
01/03/1968
Country music star Johnny Cash marries June Carter
28/03/1968
Martin Luther King leads protests to the steps of the state capital of Montgomery in Alabama.
04/04/1968
The American black civil rights leader, Dr Martin Luther King, is assassinated.
01/06/1968
American blind and deaf author Helen Keller dies in Easton, Connecticut.
03/06/1968
Andy Warhol is shot by actress Valerie Solanas.
05/06/1968
Just after claiming victory in California's presidential primary, Robert Kennedy is shot and mortally wounded by Sirhan Sirhan.
06/06/1968
Robert Kennedy dies in hospital in Los Angeles from the gunshot received the previous day.
11/10/1968
NASA launches Apollo 7; first successful manned Apollo mission with Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walter Cunnigham on board
20/10/1968
Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy (nee Jacqueline Lee Bouvier) marries Aristotle Onassis.
22/10/1968
Apollo 7 returns to earth with Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walter Cunnigham on board.
21/12/1968
Apollo 8, crewed by Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders, is launched by NASA from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
24/12/1968
Apollo 8 with crew Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders orbit the moon 10 times. While orbiting, the crew do a television broadcast back to earth.
03/03/1969
Apollo 9 is launched with a crew of James McDivitt, David Scott and Russell Schweickart. They perform the first manned flight of the Lunar Module.
10/03/1969
James Earl Ray is jailed for 99 years by a court in Memphis, Tennessee, after admitting the murder of the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
06/04/1969
Dozens of major cities in the United States are rocked by an escalation in the race riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King.
09/04/1969
Bob Dylan's album "Nashville Skyline" is released.
23/04/1969
Sirhan Sirhan is sentenced to death for the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy. (The sentence is later reduced to life imprisonment)
18/05/1969
Apollo 10 is launched with a crew of Thomas Stafford, John Young and Eugene Cernan. The Lunar Module made its first manned flight around the moon.
21/06/1969
Tennis player Maureen Connolly (Little Mo), dies of cancer aged 34 in Dallas, Texas.
16/07/1969
Apollo 11 is launched carrying commander Neil Armstrong, command module pilot Michael Collins and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin
18/07/1969
A car driven by Edward Kennedy crashes into the river near Chappaquiddick Island, his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne dies.
19/07/1969
Apollo 11 lands on the moon.
20/07/1969
Apollo 11 astronaughts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first men to walk on the moon.
24/07/1969
Apollo 11 splashes down in the Pacific
25/07/1969
Edward Kennedy pleads guilty to leaving the scene of a crime following his car crashing into the river near Chappaquiddick Island.
09/08/1969
Actress Sharon Tate and four others are found murdered in Los Angeles, Charles Manson and some of his followers are later convicted of the crime.
12/11/1969
American journalist Seymour Hersh publishes the story of the My Lai massacre.
14/11/1969
Apollo 12 is launched with a crew of Pete Conrad, Richard Gordon and Alan Bean. Apollo 12 made the second lunar landing.
15/11/1969
250,000 demonstrators gathered in Washington in a peaceful protest against the Vietnam War
19/11/1969
America makes it second landing on the moon when Pete Conrad and Alan Bean in Apollo 12 land in the Ocean of Storms.
24/11/1969
Apollo 12 returns to Earth.
11/04/1970
Apollo 13 is launched with a crew of Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise
14/04/1970
An explosion on board Apollo 13 causes one of the most critical situations in American space history.
17/04/1970
Apollo 13 splashes down safely in the Pacific, four days after the ruptured oxygen tank crippled the spacecraft.
17/06/1970
Edward Land patents the Polaroid camera.
04/10/1970
Janis Joplin dies of a drugs overdose caused by a batch of heroin that was "too pure"
30/12/1970
US heavyweight boxer Sonny Liston dies
31/01/1971
NASA launches Apollo 14, significant modifications have been made to avoid the problems experienced by Apollo 13
09/02/1971
The Apollo 14 spacecraft returns to Earth after man's third landing on the moon.
29/03/1971
Charles Manson and three members of his hippy cult are sentenced to death in Los Angeles.
26/07/1971
Apollo 15 is launched with a crew of David Scott, James Irwin and Alfred Worden. They stayed on the moon for three days exploring the area with the Lunar Rover.
31/07/1971
David Scott and James Irwin steer the Lunar Rover, the first vehicle to be driven on the surface of the moon.
25/10/1971
The United Nations General Assembly votes to expel Taiwan and admit China
05/01/1972
President Richard Nixon orders the development of the space shuttle program
22/01/1972
US President Lyndon Johnson dies
17/02/1972
President Richard Nixon departs on his historic trip to China.
08/03/1972
A bomb explodes in the cockpit of a Trans World Airlines plane at Las Vegas airport
16/04/1972
Apollo 16 is launched.
20/04/1972
The Apollo 16 manned mission to the Moon lands after a seven-hour crisis which nearly aborts the mission.
16/06/1972
Security guards arrest five burglars in the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate building in Washington.
07/11/1972
President Richard Nixon wins a second term of office with a landslide victory over George McGovern.
07/12/1972
Apollo 17 is launched with a crew of Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Jack Schmitt. Apollo 17 was the last lunar landing. The next planned landing will be by NASA's Orion 17 in 2019.
14/12/1972
Apollo 17 returns to Earth bringing an end to America's lunar exploration programme.
26/01/1973
American actor Edward G Robinson dies
31/01/1974
US Film producer Samuel Goldwyn dies
05/02/1974
Patti Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of the millionaire American publisher, Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped from her home in California.
07/02/1974
A little-known group calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army says its members are responsible for kidnapping 19-year-old newspaper heiress Patti Hearst.
08/02/1974
Three US astronauts return safely to Earth from Skylab after a record-breaking stay in space.
22/02/1974
Fighting breaks out around food distribution points in California as newspaper tycoon Randolph Hearst pays a $2 million ransom for his kidnapped daughter Patti Hearst.
24/07/1974
The US Supreme Court agree unanimously that Richard Nixon should hand over the tape recordings requested by the Watergate special prosecutor.
08/08/1974
President Richard Nixon announces he will resign following the revelations of Watergate.
09/08/1974
Gerald Ford is sworn in as president following the resignation of Richard Nixon.
26/08/1974
American aviator Charles Lindbergh dies at the age of 72.
08/09/1974
Gerald Ford grants Richard Nixon a full pardon for all the crimes he may have committed while in office, including the Watergate cover up.
05/10/1974
American David Kunst becomes the first person to walk around the world, in a journey that took four years.
13/10/1974
American television presenter Ed Sullivan dies
21/02/1975
Former Attorney General John Mitchell and former White House aides HR Haldeman and John Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2 1/2 to 8 years in prison for their roles in the Watergate cover-up
17/07/1975
Thomas Safford and Aleksei Leonov shake hands and exchanged gifts following the docking of the US Apollo and USSR Soyuz spacecraft.
22/09/1975
Gerald Ford survives an assassination attempt by Sara Jane Moore.
05/04/1976
One of the world's richest men, Howard Hughes, dies on a plane to Houston, Texas, having spent two decades in seclusion.
17/09/1976
NASA unveils the Space Shuttle during a ceremony in Palmdale, California.
24/09/1976
Patti Hearst is sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a bank robbery in 1974.
18/10/1976
The funeral of Carlo Gambino, the "boss of bosses" in the Mafia, takes place in New York.
02/11/1976
Jimmy Carter defeates encumbent Gerald Ford to become the first US President from the Deep South since the civil war.
18/02/1977
The space shuttle Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden flight above the Mojave Desert.
01/08/1977
American spy plane pilot Captain Francis Gary Powers dies.
16/08/1977
Elvis Presley dies in Memphis at the age of 42
18/08/1977
130,000 mourners pay their respects to Elvis Presley before his burial in Memphis.
14/10/1977
American singer Bing Crosby dies
17/08/1978
Americans Ben Abruzzo, Larry Newman and Max Anderson make the first crossing of the Atlantic in a hot air balloon.
15/09/1978
Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks to win his third world heavyweight title.
17/09/1978
Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin sign two frameworks for peace in Washington. The peace accord had been brokered by President Jimmy Carter at his Camp David retreat.
25/09/1978
A passenger jet collides with a light aircraft over San Diego killing 153 people.
28/03/1979
Radioactive steam leaks into the atmosphere at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania prompting fears for the safety of the plant's 500 workers.
25/05/1979
An American Airlines DC10 crashes during takeoff at Chicago's O'Hare airport, killing 2 people on the ground and all 271 people on board.
11/06/1979
Star of many western and war films, John Wayne dies of cancer at the age of 72
27/06/1979
After a career of 19 years and 59 professional fights, Muhammad Ali announces his retirement.
01/10/1979
Pope John Paul II begins his first trip to the United States.
06/10/1979
Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontif to visit the White House; he is met by President Jimmy Carter.
28/03/1980
Dormant volcano Mount St Helens in Washington state begins emitting steam, ash and small boulders. Evacuation of 100 local people begins.
18/05/1980
Mount St Helens volcano explodes leaving 57 people dead or missing
23/09/1980
Bob Marley plays the last concert before his death, in Pittsburgh.
04/11/1980
Ronald Reagan defeats Jimmy Carter by a large margin to become president.
08/11/1980
NASA announce that the Voyager 1 has discovered a new moon (the fifteenth) around Saturn
21/11/1980
A fire at the MGM Grand Hotel - Casino kills 87 people.
08/12/1980
John Lennon is shot several times as he enters his apartment building in New York, he dies later in hospital. Yoko Ono is with him throughout.
20/01/1981
Ronald Reagan is inaugerated as the 40th US President
30/03/1981
President Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded when a lone gunman opens fire in Washington.
12/04/1981
The space shuttle Columbia makes its first test flight from Cape Canaveral.
14/04/1981
NASA's space shuttle Columbia completes 36 orbits of the earth during a flight of 54 hours.
05/06/1981
The first recognised cases of AIDS are reported - five homosexuals who have become sick with a rare kind of pneumonia.
22/06/1981
Mark Chapman changes his plea to guilty and admits he murdered John Lennon in December 1980.
07/07/1981
Sandra Day OConnor becomes the first woman to be named to the United States Supreme court
24/08/1981
Mark Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life for the murder of John Lennon.
25/09/1981
Sandra Day OConnor is sworn in as the first woman member of the Supreme court
13/01/1982
A plane crashes during take-off at Washington's National Airport killing 78
12/08/1982
American actor Henry Fonda dies in Los Angeles, California.
02/12/1982
A 61 year old retired dentist receives the first artificial permanent heart transplant.
04/02/1983
Singer Karen Carpenter dies aged 32
25/02/1983
Playwright Tennessee Williams is found dead in his hotel room.
23/03/1983
President Ronald Reagan unveils plans to combat nuclear war in space.
18/06/1983
Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
15/09/1983
A unanimous vote in the United States senate condemned the shooting down of a Korean passenger plane by Soviet war planes over Sakhalin.
26/09/1983
The Australians defeat the Americans in the Americas Cup ending 132 successive years of American wins.
01/11/1983
Ronald Reagan signs the bill to make Martin Luther King's birthday a national holiday in the United States
07/02/1984
Space Shuttle astronauts Bruce McCandless and Robert Stewart went on the first untethered spacewalk
04/06/1984
Bruce Springsteen releases the album "Born in the USA"
21/07/1984
James Fixx the advocate of jogging dies of a heart attack while running. Many argue that his running extended his life considerably.
11/08/1984
Mary Decker trips over Zola Budd during the 3000m final at the Los Angeles Olympics, putting her out of the race.
11/10/1984
Kathryn Sullivan, aboard the space shuttle Challenger becomes the first American woman to perform a space walk.
06/11/1984
President Ronald Reagan and vice-president George H Bush win a landslide victory winning by 59 percent.
02/08/1985
A jumbo jet crashes while attempting to land at Dallas airport killing 137 people.
25/08/1985
Michael Jackson pays $25 million for the copyright of more than 5,000 songs, including some by the Beatles.
26/08/1985
Zola Budd sets a new world record for the 5,000 metres, 14 minutes 48.07 seconds.
03/10/1985
NASA's space shuttle Atlantis completes its maiden voyage.
10/10/1985
Film actor, director, producer Orson Welles dies of a heart attack at the age of 70.
28/01/1986
The American space shuttle Challenger explodes killing all seven astronauts on board.
08/04/1986
Residents of the Californian town of Carmel vote overwhelmingly for actor Clint Eastwood as their mayor.
19/09/1986
Philipines president Cori Aquino addresses the United States Congress, receiving applause and a $200 million economic aid package for her country.
18/11/1986
Ivan Boesky pleads guilty to buying and selling stocks on the basis of "inside" information. He is fined $100 million and barred for life from the US securities industry.
25/11/1986
American Attorney General Edwin Meese reveals the proceeds from the sales of arms to Iran were diverted to the Contras in Nicaragua.
30/11/1986
Following a series of disclosures, Ronald Reagan is accused of selling arms to Iran. Colonel Oliver North is also implicated.
30/12/1986
Ronald Reagan admits mistakes were made in the handling of the Iran-Contra affair.
04/02/1987
American pianist Liberace dies aged 67
23/02/1987
Andy Warhol dies in New York following routine gall bladder surgery at the age of 56.
03/03/1987
Danny Kaye, born Daniel Kaminski, son of a Ukranian tailor dies today aged 74 after a long stage career
15/05/1987
American actress Rita Hayworth dies
22/06/1987
Dancer Fred Astaire dies aged 88
17/07/1987
Colonel Oliver North and Rear Admiral John Poindexter testify in congress hearings on the Iran-Contra scandal.
16/08/1987
A Northwest Airlines flight crashes while taking off from Detroit airport killing 156 people, the only survivor is a 4 year old girl.
28/08/1987
American film director John Huston dies at the age of 81 in Middletown, Rhode Island.
01/10/1987
An earthquake in Los Angeles kills 6 and leaves 100 injured
19/10/1987
The United States Stock Market crashes losing 508 points to end the day at 1,738.74, this was its worst day ever, even worse than the crash of 1929
11/11/1987
The painting "Irises" by Vincent van Gogh sells for £27 Million in an auction by Christies in New York.
18/11/1987
The Iran-Contra report issued following seven months of hearings puts the ultimate responsibility for the scandal with Ronald Reagan, indicating that if he was unaware he should not have been.
08/12/1987
Following a three day summit in Washington presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev sign the Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty, the first treaty to address ground based nuclear arms.
10/12/1987
Presidents Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan signed the first treaty to reduce the size of nuclear arsenals today. !,752 Soviet and 859 US missiles will be decommissioned over three years
10/03/1988
Bee Gees Andy Gibb dies aged 30 of heart inflamation.
10/09/1988
Steffi Graf beats Gabriella Sabatini in the final of the US Open to complete the tennis Grand Slam, winning all four major tournaments in the same calendar year.
21/10/1988
Ferdinand Marcos and his wife are indicted in New York charged with fraud and racketeering.
08/11/1988
George H Bush defeats governor MIchael Dukakis in the election for US president taking 40 of the 50 states.
24/03/1989
The oil tanker, Exxon Valdez, runs aground off the Alaskan coast, releasing crude oil into the sea.
12/04/1989
Former middleweight boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson dies aged 67.
22/09/1989
Composer Irving Berlin dies aged 101.
28/09/1989
Ferdinand Marcos dies in Honolulu of kidney, heart and lung ailments.
17/10/1989
An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale hit San Francisco at 5:04 pm, 63 people are killed.
14/11/1989
The United States accuse two Libyan intelligence officers of planting the bomb on Pan Am flight 103 and demand that they be handed over for trial.
07/04/1990
Rear Admiral John Poindexter is convicted on five counts at his Iran-Contra trial. A federal court later reverses the convictions.
24/04/1990
The space shuttle Discovery takes off, carrying the revolutionary Hubble Telescope into orbit high above the Earth's atmosphere.
02/01/1991
Sharon Pratt Dixon is sworn in as mayor of Washington, D.C., becoming the first black woman to head a city of Washington's size and prominence.
01/02/1991
A USAir jetliner crashes onto the top of a commuter plane at Los Angeles International Airport, killing 35 people.
16/05/1991
Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first British monarch to address the United States Congress.
17/05/1991
Tim Berners-Lee announces the launch of the first website.
24/09/1991
Children's author Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr Seuss dies aged 87.
16/10/1991
In a random attack on a cafeteria in Texas, George Hennard kills 22 people and then kills himself.
21/11/1991
The United Nations Security Council selects Boutros Boutros-Ghali to be Secretary General.
26/03/1992
Mike Tyson is found guilty of rape and is sentenced to six years in prison.
29/04/1992
Riots erupt in Los Angeles after a jury acquits four poilce officers of almost all the charges in the beating of Rodney King;
02/05/1992
Los Angeles is calm after two days of rioting which left 58 dead and many injured. The rioting broke out after four white policemen were acquitted of beating Rodney King.
04/11/1992
Bill Clinton is elected as the 42nd US President having received 43% of the vote. George H Bush received 38% and Ross Perot received 19%
06/01/1993
American jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie dies aged 75.
06/02/1993
American tennis star Arthur Ashe dies aged 49 from AIDS contracted from an infected blood transfusion.
05/03/1993
Disgraced Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson is banned from athletics for life after failing a drugs test for a second time.
14/03/1993
A blizzard sweeping through the eastern states of United States leaves 115 dead
19/04/1993
FBI personnel storm the Waco headquarters of the Branch Davidian religious cult ending a 51 day siege.
04/05/1993
Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat sign an accord giving the Palestinians limited autonomy in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank
01/08/1993
The Mississippi and its tributaries break their banks flooding twenty million acres of farmland
24/08/1993
NASA has lost contact with the Mars Observer, which cost more than $1 billion and was due to start orbiting Mars today.
24/08/1993
Los Angeles police investigate accusastions of child abuse by Michael Jackson.
13/09/1993
Bill Clinton looks on as Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat shake hands to underline the historic agreement signed earlier giving the Palestinians limited autonomy in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank
09/12/1993
NASA astronauts perform a series of spacewalks over an 11 day period to repair the problem mirror on the Hubble Telescope by adding the equivalent of a 'contact lens'. The mission was declared a complete success.
05/01/1994
Former House Speaker Thomas P ONeill (Tip) dies in Boston at age 81.
06/01/1994
America figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by a man wielding an iron bar.
17/01/1994
An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale hits Los Angeles at 4:31 am, killing 34 people.
03/02/1994
The space shuttle Discovery blasts off with a woman, Eileen Collins, in the pilot's seat for the first time.
22/02/1994
The Justice Department charged 31-year CIA veteran Aldrich Ames and his wife, Rosario, with selling national security secrets to the Soviet Union.
08/04/1994
The lead-singer of grunge rock band Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, is found dead in his Seattle home.
19/04/1994
A Los Angeles jury awards Rodney King $3.8 million compensation for the injuries he received.
22/04/1994
Richard Nixon, 37th US President dies of a stroke at the age of 81.
28/04/1994
Former CIA agent Aldrich Ames admits selling secrets to the Soviet Union and then Russia, in one of the most damaging spy cases in US history.
12/06/1994
The former wife of OJ Simpson, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goodman are slashed to death outside her home in Los Angeles.
11/09/1994
Actress Jessica Tandy dies of ovarian cancer in Easton, Connecticut
05/11/1994
George Foreman becomes the oldest heavyweight champion at the age of 45 when he knocks out Michael Moorer in the 10th round of their fight in Los Angeles.
01/01/1995
The World Trade Organisation comes into being
24/01/1995
The trial of OJ Simpson for the murder of his ex-wife and her friend, starts in Los Angeles
19/04/1995
A truck bomb explodes outside the Federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring 500.
21/04/1995
Timothy McVeigh is arrested by the FBI on suspicion of being involved in the Oklahoma Bombing of the Oklahoma federal building.
29/06/1995
The space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Soviet space station Mir.
03/10/1995
Los Angeles - OJ Simpson is found not quilty of the murder of his ex-wife and her friend
02/02/1996
Dancer, actor and choreographer Gene Kelly dies aged 83
17/02/1996
World chess champion Gary Kasparov beats IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue" winning a six-game match in Philadelphia.
03/04/1996
Police in the US have arrest Theodore Kaczynski for the notorious "Unabomber" bombings which killed three people and injured 23 others.
04/05/1996
Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski receives four life sentences in a plea bargain which avoids him receiving the death penalty.
05/11/1996
Bill Clinton wins a second term as US President defeating Bob Dole
06/04/1997
NASA brings home the space shuttle Columbia 12 days early amid fears over a defective fuel cell.
13/04/1997
Golfing sensation Tiger Woods wins the US Masters, at 21 he is the youngest player ever to do so.
11/05/1997
World chess champion Gary Kasparov is beaten by IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue" in a six-game match in New York.
02/06/1997
Timothy McVeigh is convicted of murder and conspiracy in the 1995 Oklahoma Bombing which killed 168.
13/06/1997
Timothy McVeigh is sentenced to death for murder and conspiracy in the 1995 Oklahoma Bombing which killed 168.
29/06/1997
Mike Tyson is disqualified from the boxing ring for biting off part of Evander Holyfield's ear.
18/07/1997
A TWA jumbo jet explodes over the Atlantic after leaving New York for Paris, killing all 230 passengers and crew.
12/10/1997
American country and western singer John Denver dies
30/10/1997
British au pair Louise Woodward is convicted of the second-degree murder of 8 month old Mathew Eappen.
07/02/1998
Carl Wilson, a founding member of the Beach Boys, dies from cancer aged 51.
17/04/1998
Linda McCartney dies of breast cancer at age 56 on the McCartney family ranch in Tucson.
23/04/1998
James Earl Ray, the convicted killer of black American civil rights leader Martin Luther King dies in prison
14/05/1998
American singer Frank Sinatra dies at the age of 92.
08/06/1998
Actor Charleton Heston is elected president of the National Rifle Association.
17/08/1998
Bill Clinton admits having an "inappropriate relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
03/09/1998
A Swissair plane en route from New York to Geneva crashes in the Atlantic off Nova Scotia, all 229 on board are killed.
23/10/1998
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PLO leader Yasir Arafat sign a land-for-peace agreement at the White House in Washington DC.
03/01/1999
NASA launches the Mars Polar lander
08/03/1999
Baseball player dies at the age of 84.
20/04/1999
Two students go on a shooting rampage in Columbine High school, killing 12 students and one teach before they shoot themselves.
31/10/1999
An Egypt Air plane crashes off the coast of Massachusetts killing all 270 on board.
03/01/2000
The last new "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles Schulz runs in 2,600 newspapers.
12/02/2000
Charles Schulz, creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip, dies aged 77.
23/02/2000
Carlos Santana wins eight Grammy Awards for his album 'Supernatural', tying the record set by Michael Jackson in 1983 for 'Thriller'
06/11/2000
Hilary Clinton, wife of President Bill Clinton becomes the first First Lady to win elective office in United States history.
07/11/2000
Hilary Clinton becomes the first First Lady to win public office when she is elected to the US Senate by New York.
18/11/2000
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones marry in New York
11/06/2001
Timothy McVeigh is executed by lethal injection for the 1995 Oklahoma Bombing which killed 168.
27/06/2001
Actor Jack Lemmon dies of bladder cancer in Los Angeles, California.
08/08/2001
The divorce of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman becomes final.
11/09/2001
The World Trade Center collapses after suicide bombers crash hijacked airliners into the building.
21/10/2001
A third Washington postal worker is diagnosed as suffering from inhalation anthrax. The lastest victim works at the Washington mail centre which processed and anthrax-tainted letter sent to Senate Majority leader Tom Daschle
12/11/2001
An American Airlines jet crashes near New York's Kennedy airport killing 265 people.
29/11/2001
George Harrison dies of lung cancer in Beverly Hills, California.
12/01/2003
Bee Gees Maurice Gibb dies aged 53 following a stomach operation at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami.
16/01/2003
NASA launches space shuttle Columbia on its final mission featuring more than 80 experiments from around the world.
01/02/2003
Seven astronauts die as space shuttle Columbia breaks up on re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere leaving NASA and the world in a state of shock and disbelief.
29/06/2003
Katharine Hepburn dies in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
12/09/2003
Country music star Johnny Cash dies aged 73.
18/09/2003
Hurricane Isabel hits North Carolina with winds of 100 mph and then heads north, 40 lives are lost.
19/09/2003
Hurricane Isabel hits Washington with winds reaching 90 mph.
08/10/2003
Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected governor of California.
17/11/2003
Ex soldier John Muhammed is convicted of at least one of the Washington sniper killings.
03/01/2004
NASA's Mars rover, Spirit, touches down on Mars.
05/06/2004
Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, dies in Los Angeles after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
10/06/2004
Singer / musician Ray Charles dies
16/09/2004
Hurricane Ivan hits the Gulf Coast with winds of 130 mph and a major storm surge. Ivan leaves 43 dead in the United States.
29/10/2004
Osama bin Laden admits on a video that he ordered the September 11th attacks on the United States.
03/11/2004
George W Bush is elected president for a second term.
07/01/2005
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston announce they are separating after four years of marriage.
10/02/2005
American playwright Arthur Miller dies aged 89.
03/03/2005
American millionaire, Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly a plane solo, non-stop around the globe without refuelling.
29/08/2005
Hurricane Katrina makes landfall and causes the levees to overflow flooding New Orleans. 1,500 are killed.
24/09/2005
Hurricane Rita hits eastern Texas and Louisiana causing more flooding in New Orleans
02/01/2006
An methane explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia traps 13 miners for more than 40 hours, only one miner survives.
09/01/2006
Phantom of the Opera becomes the longest running show ever to appear on Broadway.
09/01/2007
Chief executive of Apple Corporation, Steve Jobs unveils the iPhone.
14/01/2008
Apple's Steve Jobs announces the New MacBook Air notebook during a conference in San Francisco.
05/04/2008
Actor Charleton Heston dies in Beverley Hills, California.
11/01/2013
US health officials advise that Flu has reached levels in United States.
14/01/2013
George W Bush released from hospital after two months, he was being treated for a bronchial infection.
Page Last Updated : 7/3/2018 10:01:00 PM
newsletter-helical
On This Day - United States