Sam Events in History



2004 Death - Sam Dash, lawyer, Senate counsel during Watergate, dies at 79

2003 Death - Sam Phillips, entreprenuer/DJ, started Sun Records, dies at 80

2002 Death - Sam Snead, golfer, dies at 89

1997 Death - Sam Fuller, director/writer (Big Red One), dies at 86

1997 Event - Dr. Sam Sheppard's body (Fugitive) is exhumed for DNA test

1997 Death - Sam Moskowitz, San Francisco fandom historian, dies at 76

1996 Event - Sam's Town Bowling Invitational

1996 Death - Sam Green, industrialist/inventor, dies at 88

1995 Death - Ambrose Sam, creole accordionist, dies at 76

1995 Event - Sam's Town Bowling Invitational won by Michelle Mullen

1995 Death - Sam McCluskie, trade unionist, dies at 63

1994 Event - Sam's Town Bowling Invitational won by Tish Johnson

1994 Death - Sam Francis, U.S. painter (Basel Mural), dies at about 71

1994 Event - Statue of Sam Houston unveiled in Texas

1993 Death - Sam Wanamaker, actor (Pvt Benjamin), dies from cancer at 74

1993 Death - Sam Wanamaker, actor (Pvt Benjamin), dies of prostate cancer at 74

1993 Event - Sam's Town Bowling Invitational won by Robin Romeo

1993 Death - Sam Zolotow, U.S. theater critic (New York Times), dies at 94

1993 Death - Sam Ntombani, ANC-secretary in Soweto South Africa, shot to death

1992 Event - Sam's Town Bowling Invitational won by Tish Johnson

1992 Death - Sam Kinison, loud mouth comedian, dies in a car crash at 38

1992 Event - Comedian Sam Kenison marries live-in girlfriend Maleeka

1992 Death - Sam Walton, Billionaire CEO (Wal-Mart), dies of cancer at 74

1991 Death - Sam Cresson, dies at 73

1991 Death - Sam Rabin, speaker of house, dies at 88

1991 Event - Sam's Town Bowling Invitational won by Lorrie Nichols

1991 Death - Sam Ntuli, South African ANC-writer, murdered

1990 Event - 101 year old Sam Ackerman weds 95 year old Eva in New Rochelle, New York

1990 Event - Namibia becomes independent of South Africa, Sam Nujoma becomes president

1989 Event - Sam's Town Bowling Invitational won by Tish Johnson

1989 Event - White Sox trade Harold Baines to Rangers for Scott Fletcher and Sam Sosa

1989 Death - Rebecca Schaeffer, actress (My Sister Sam), is shot by a fan at 21

1988 Death - David Prater, U.S. singer (Sam and Dave-Soul Man), dies in car crash at 50

1988 Death - Dave Prater, rocker (Sam and Dave), dies in a car crash at 50

1987 Event - Sam's Town National Bowling Pro-Am won by Debbie Bennett

1986 Event - 2nd time Saturday Night Live uses a time delay (Sam Knison hosts)

1985 Death - Sam Spiegel, Academy Award winning producer (Betrayal), dies at 84

1985 Event - Sam Shepard's "Lie of the Mind," premieres in New York City

1985 Death - Sam Gillman, actor (Sam-Shane), dies at 70

1985 Death - Edmond O'Brien, actor (Sam Benedict), dies of Alzheimer's at 69

1985 Death - Sam Ervin, Senator-D-North Carolina 1954 - 1974, dies at 88

1984 Death - Sam Peckinpah, director, dies of cardiac arrest at 59

1984 Death - Sam Jaffe, actor (Dr. Zorba-Ben Casey), dies of cancer at 93

1983 Event - Sam Shepards "Fool for love," premieres in New York City

1983 Death - Sam Chatman, elder statesman of the blues, dies

1982 Event - Sam Shepard's "True West" premieres in New York City

1982 Event - Israel wipes out Syrian SAM missiles in Bekaa Valley

1982 Death - Sam Baker, dies

1982 Birthday - Sam Huntington, actor, Jungle 2 Jungle

1980 Event - Sam Shepard's "True West," premieres in New York City

1980 Death - Sam Levene, actor (Purple Heart, Designing Women), dies at 75

1980 Death - Sam Levenson, humorist (Sam Levenson Show), dies at 68

1979 Event - Pulitzer prize awarded to Sam Shepard for "Buried child"

1978 Event - Sam Shepard's "Buried Child," premieres in New York City

1977 Event - Postal employee David Berkowitz arrested in Yonkers, New York, accused of being "Son of Sam" 44 caliber killer

1977 Death - Stacy Moskowitz, shot to death by Son of Sam, at 20

1977 Event - David Berkowitz pleads guilty in "Son of Sam" 44-caliber shootings

1976 Birthday - Sam Mackinnon, Melbourne VIC Australia, basketball forward 1996 Olympics

1974 Birthday - Sam Madison, cornerback for the Miami Dolphins

1974 Event - Sam Thompson, Jim Bottomley, and Jocko Conlan elected to Hall of Fame

1973 Death - Glenn Strange, actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke), dies at 74

1973 Birthday - Sam Couch, born in Newport Beach, California, kayak alternate for 1996 Olympics

1973 Birthday - Sam Shade, NFL strong safety for the Cincinnati Bengals

1973 Birthday - Sam Adams, NFL defensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks

1972 Death - Sam de Grasse, dies at 97

1970 Birthday - Sam Waters, Camp Springs, Maryland, singer, Color Me Badd-Want to Sex You Up

1970 Birthday - Sam Rogers, NFL linebacker for the Buffalo Bills

1970 Birthday - Sam Mack, NBA forward and guard, Houston Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies

1969 Birthday - Sam Militello, born in Tampa, Florida, pitcher, professional baseball player, played for the New York Yankees

1969 Birthday - Sam Cassell, NBA guard, New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets

1969 Event - Shelby Singleton buys Sun Records from Sam Phillips

1969 Birthday - Sam Gash, NFL running back for the New England Patriots

1968 Death - Samuel Earl "Wahoo Sam" Crawford, baseball pitcher, dies at 88

1967 Birthday - Rebecca Schaeffer, Eugene Oregon, actress, Patti-My Sister Sam

1966 Event - Dr. Sam Sheppard freed after 9 years in jail, by a jury

1965 Birthday - Sam Mendes, British Director

1965 Event - "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and Pharaohs hits #2

1964 Event - During services held for Sam Cooke fans caused damage to Funeral Home

1964 Event - Shirley Englehorn and Sam Snead wins Haig and Haig Mixed Foursome Golf

1964 Death - Sam Cooke, rock vocalist, shot to death at 29

1964 Death - Sam Cooke, U.S., singer (Sad Moon), slain at a motel at 33

1964 Birthday - Sam Brown, English singer and songwriter, Stop!

1964 Birthday - Sam Randolph, born in Santa Barbara, California, Nike golfer, 1993 New England-2nd

1964 Birthday - Sam Graddy, Gaffney, South Carolina, 4x100m runner 1984 Olympics gold

1963 Birthday - Sam Graves, American Politician

1963 Birthday - Sam Mitchell, NBA forward, Minnesota Timberwolves

1963 Event - Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick, and John Clarkson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1963 Birthday - Glenn Trimble, cricketer, son of Sam Two ODI's for Australia 1986

1962 Event - U.S. U-2 flight sees SAM launch pads in Cuba

1962 Death - Sam Wren, actor (Wren's Nest), dies at 64

1962 Birthday - Brian Green, born in Columbus Indiana, actor, Sam Fowler-Another World

1962 Event - Sam Snead wins LPGA Royal Poinciano Plaza Golf Invitational

1962 Birthday - Sam Phillips, singer and actress, Die Hard with a Vengeance

1961 Death - Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House for 17 years, dies at 79

1961 Birthday - Sam Perkins, NBA forward and center, Seattle Supersonics

1961 Death - Dashiell Hammett, author (Sam Spade, Maltese Falcon), dies at 66

1960 Death - Salomon "Sam" de Wolff, zionist/socialist theorist, dies at 82

1960 Birthday - Leora "Sam" Jones, born in Mount Olive, North Carolina, U.S. team handball player 1992 Olympics

1960 Event - Ford Frick voids Indians - Red Sox deal as Sam White retires

1959 Birthday - Sam Raimi, actor, Indian Summer, Thou Shalt Not Kill Except

1959 Event - San Francisco Giants Sam Jones 2nd no-hitter, beats St. Louis Cardinals, 4-0

1959 Birthday - Sam Mills, NFL linebacker, Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers

1959 Event - Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122

1959 Event - Bill White traded to St. Louis for pitchers Sam Jones and Don Choate

1958 Birthday - Sam Clancy, WLAF defensive assistant coach, Barcelona Dragons

1957 Event - Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" reaches #1

1957 Event - Sam Cooke and Buddy Holly and Crickets debut on Ed Sullivan Show

1956 Birthday - Amanda Burton, born in Ballougry, Northern Ireland, actress, known for television role of Sam Ryan on 'Silent Witness', appeared in 'The Commander' and 'Peak Practice'

1956 Birthday - Sam Brownback, born in Garnett, Kansas, politician, Republican, U.S. Senator from Kansas, U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas' 2nd district 1995 - 1996

1955 Event - RCA Victor's best investment paying $25,000 to Sun Records and Sam Philips for rights to Elvis Presley, a truck driver from Tupelo Miss

1955 Birthday - Sam Bottoms, born in Santa Barbara, California, actor, Prime Risk, Savages

1955 Birthday - Charles D "Sam" Gemar, Yankton, South Dakota, army/astronaut, STS-38, 48, 62

1955 Birthday - Sam Coppersmith, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Representative-D-Arizona 1993 - 1995

1955 Event - Chicago Cub Sam Jones is 1st black to pitch no-hitter (Pirates, 4-0)

1954 Event - Dr. Sam Sheppard's wife Marilyn is murdered (he is accused of crime)

1954 Birthday - Sarah Lundy, born in America, horse trainer, won Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Downs, 1993, first female trainer to saddle a horse in the Belmont Stakes

1954 Birthday - Sam J Jones, born in Chicago, Illinois, actor, Chris-Code Red, The Highway Man

1954 Birthday - Sam J. Jones, American Actor

1954 Event - 18th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 289

1952 Birthday - Sam Kinison, screaming comedian/actor, Back to School, Charlie Hoover

1952 Event - Chicago White Sox Sam Mele is 6th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (4th)

1952 Birthday - Sam McMurray, born in New York City, New York, actor, television, film, voice actor, appeared on The Tracey Ullman Show, movie roles include Raising Arizona, LA Story

1952 Event - 16th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 286

1952 Event - Betty MacKinnon and Sam Snead wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament

1951 Birthday - Pam Dawber, Detroit, actress, Mindy-Mork and Mindy, My Sister Sam

1951 Event - 33rd PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Oakmont CC Oakmont Pa

1951 Birthday - David Naughton, Hartford, Connecticut, actor, My Sister Sam, Separate Vacations

1950 Event - Boston Brave Sam Jethroe wins NL Rookie of Year

1950 Event - Pee Wee Reese (Dodgers) and Sam Calderone (Giants) hit inside park home runs

1950 Birthday - Sam Behrens, actor, Jake Meyer-General Hospital, Sunset Beach, LA Law

1950 Death - Sam Staples, cricket pace bowler (3 Tests 1927-28), dies

1950 Event - Sam Jethroe is 1st black to play for Boston Braves

1949 Death - Sam Wood, U.S. communist fighter/director (Night at Opera), dies at 66

1949 Event - 31st PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Hermitage CC Richmond VA

1949 Event - 13th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 282

1948 Birthday - Sam Gejdenson, born in Eschwege, Germany, Representative-D-Connecticut 1981 - 2001

1947 Birthday - Ted Danson, born in San Diego California, actor, Sam Malone-Cheers, 3 Men and a Baby

1947 Event - Sam Breadon sells Cards to Robert Hannegan and Fred Saigh for $4M

1947 Event - Julie Styne and Sam Cohn's musical "High Button Shoes," premieres in New York City

1947 Birthday - Sam Neill, Northern Ireland, actor, Jurassic Park, Dead Calm, Piano

1947 Event - A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon

1947 Birthday - Sam Gannon, cricketer, Austr lefty quick, 3 Tests vs. India 1977-78

1946 Event - "Adventures of Sam Spade" debuts on CBS Radio

1945 Birthday - Sam Abell, born in Toledo, Ohio, photographer, published in National Geographic, artistic photographic style, noted for transcendent qualities, graduate, University of Kentucky, photographic books include 'The Photographic Life', 'The Life of a Photograph'

1945 Birthday - Sam Wyche, NFL coach for the Cincinnati Bengals

1944 Birthday - Sam Elliott, Sacramento California, actor, Big Chill, Fatal Beauty

1943 Birthday - Sam Shepard, Illinois, actor and playwright, Frances, Crimes of the Heart

1943 Death - Sam Bloemgarten, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed

1943 Death - Sam[uel] de Vries, actor (Boefje, In Sobibor), dies at 50

1942 Event - 25th PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Seaview CC Atlantic City, New Jersey

1941 Birthday - Sam Andrew, rocker, Big Brother and Holding Company-Cheap Thrills

1941 Birthday - Sam Andrew, rocker, Big Brother and The Holding Co

1941 Birthday - Sam Farr, American Politician

1940 Birthday - Sam Waterson, Cambridge Massachusetts, actor, Capricorn One, Heaven's Gate

1940 Birthday - Sam Waterston, American Actor

1940 Birthday - Sam Melville, Utah, actor, Mike Danko-Rookies, Roughnecks

1939 Birthday - Sam Gooden, Chattanooga Tennessee, rock vocalist, Impressions-Gypsy Woman

1938 Birthday - Sam Nunn, born in Perry, Georgia, Senator-D-Georgia 1972 - 1997

1938 Birthday - Sam Nunn, American Politician

1937 Birthday - Dave Prater, Ocilla, Georgia, rock vocalist, Sam and Dave

1937 Birthday - Magic Sam, rocker, Chicago Bluesman

1937 Birthday - Dorothy Provine, Deadwood, South Dakota, actress, Good Neighbor Sam, Darn Cat

1936 Birthday - Jerry Lacy, born in Sioux City, Iowa, actor, Play it Again Sam

1935 Birthday - Sam Moore, born in Miami, Florida, rock vocalist, Sam and Dave-Soul Sister

1935 Event - 39th U.S. Golf Open: Sam Parks, Jr. shoots a 299 at Oakmont CC PA

1935 Birthday - Sam Cooke, born in Chicago, Illinois, soul singer, Sam and Dave-You Send Me

1934 Death - Sam Cowley, FBI agent, killed by Baby Face Nelson

1934 Birthday - Sam Huff, NFL linebacker, New York Giants, Washington Redskins

1934 Birthday - Sam Trimble, cricketer, Queensland bat, 12th man for Australia, no Test

1934 Birthday - Sam Donaldson, born in El Paso, Texas, ABC White House correspondent, Prime Time

1933 Birthday - F Lee Bailey, born in Waltham, Massachusetts, attorney, Sam Shepard case, OJ case

1932 Birthday - Sam McCluskie, trade unionist

1930 Death - Sam[uel] van Houten, lib minister (Child labor laws), dies

1930 Birthday - Sam Johnson, born in Dallas, Texas, Representative-R-Texas 1991 -

1928 Birthday - Sam Edwards, physicist

1927 Birthday - Sam Massell, Mayor-Atlanta

1926 Birthday - John Ericson, Dusseldorf Germany, actor, Sam Bolt-Honey West

1925 Event - Sidney Howards "Lucky Sam McGarver," premieres in New York City

1925 Birthday - Sam Peckinpah, born in Fresno, California, film director, Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs

1924 Birthday - Sam Wainwright, deputy chairman, British Post Office

1923 Birthday - Sam Rivers, American Musician

1923 Event - New York Yankee Sad Sam Jones no-hits Philadelphia A's, 2-0

1923 Birthday - Sam Phillips, musician/record founder, Sun

1921 Birthday - Sam Cook, cricketer, England slow left-armer in only Test

1921 Birthday - Sam Loxton, cricketer, flamboyant Australian batsman of late 40's

1920 Birthday - Paul Foster, born in Shreveport, Louisiana, singer, Soul Stirrers gospel group member, sang with Robert Harris, Sam Cooke, Rising Stars, Golden Echoes, memorable recording 'Be With Me Jesus'

1920 Birthday - Sam Moskowitz, San Francisco fandom historian

1920 Birthday - Sam Gibbons, born in Tampa, Florida, Representative-D-Florida 1963 - 1997

1919 Birthday - Sam Wanamaker, born in Chicago, Illinois, actor, Holocaust, Competition, Raw Deal

1918 Birthday - Sam Walton, billionaire CEO, Wal-Mart

1915 Birthday - Edmond O'Brien, New York City, actor, Sam Benedict, Johnny Midnight

1913 Event - Sam S Shubert Theater opens at 225 W 44th St. New York City

1912 Death - Sam[uel E] van Beem, actor (Dollar Princess), dies at 62

1912 Birthday - Sam Snead, Hot Springs, Virginia, PGA golfer, PGA-1963, 65, 67, 70, 72, 73

1912 Birthday - Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, born in Texas, blues stylist, Ball of Twine

1911 Birthday - Sam Levenson, New York City, humorist, Sam Levenson Show, Masquerade Party

1911 Death - Sam Walter Foss, American Poet

1907 Birthday - Sam Green, industrialist/inventor

1905 Birthday - Sam Levene, Russia, actor, Demon, Gung Ho, Boomerang

1902 Event - 6th Boston Marathon won by Sam Mellor of New York in 2:43:12

1901 Birthday - Sam Spiegel, producer, On the Waterfront, Bridge over River Kwai

1899 Birthday - Glenn Strange, Weed, New Mexico, actor, Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke

1896 Birthday - Sam Ervin, born in Morganton, North Carolina, Senator-D-North Carolina 1954 - 1974

1894 Event - Phils get 36 hits, Sam Thompson hits for cycle beating Louisville 29-4

1894 Birthday - Dashiell Hammett, Maryland, author, Sam Spade, Maltese Falcon

1893 Event - New Mexico State University cancels it's 1st graduation ceremony, its only graduate Sam Steele was robbed and killed the night before

1892 Birthday - Sam de Vries, actor, Wandering Jew

1892 Birthday - Edmund Lowe, actor in Black Sheep, Good Sam, Dillinger, Hot Pepper

1891 Birthday - Sam Jaffe, born in New York City, actor, Gunga Din, Dr. Zorba-Ben Casey

1890 Event - Geo Train and Sam Wall circle world in record 67 days, Tacoma-Tacoma

1889 Birthday - Ray Collins, born in Sacramento, California, actor, Homecoming, Good Sam, Rose Marie

1883 Birthday - Sam Wood, U.S., communist fighter/director, For Whom the Bell Tolls

1882 Birthday - Sam Rayburn, American Politician

1878 Birthday - Salomon "Sam" de Wolff, Dutch zionist/socialist theorist

1877 Birthday - James Montgomery Flagg, illustrator, "I want you" Uncle Sam

1874 Birthday - Robert Service, England, Canadian poet, Cremation of Sam McGee

1869 Event - Harper's Weekly publishes 1st picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers

1865 Event - Surrender of Sam Jones

1861 Birthday - Sam Jones, cricketer, Australian batsman of 1880's

1858 Birthday - Sam Walter Foss, American Poet

1852 Event - Uncle Sam cartoon figure made its debut in the New York Lantern weekly

1849 Birthday - Samuel E "Sam" van Beem, actor, Fanfan la Tulipe

1837 Birthday - Sam[uel] van Houten, Dutch, lib, minister, child labor laws

1836 Event - Sam Houston inaugurated as 1st elected President of Republic of Texas

1836 Event - Sam Houston elected president of Republic of Texas

1829 Death - Sam Patch, loses his live in a 125' dive into Genesse Falls

1813 Event - "Uncle Sam" was 1st used to refer to U.S. (Troy Post of New York)













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