Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances


475 - Byzantine Emperor Zeno is forced to flee his capital at Constantinople, and his general, Basiliscus gains control of the empire.


681 - Twelfth Council of Toledo: King Erwig of the Visigoths initiates a council in which he implements diverse measures against the Jews in Spain.


1127 - Jin–Song Wars: Invading Jurchen soldiers from the Jin dynasty besiege and sack Bianjing (Kaifeng), the capital of the Song dynasty of China, and abduct Emperor Qinzong of Song and others, ending the Northern Song dynasty.

Events893 years ago

1150 - Wanyan Liang and other court officials murder Emperor Xizong of Jin. Wanyan Liang succeeds him as emperor.

Events870 years ago

1349 - The Jewish population of Basel, believed by the residents to be the cause of the ongoing Black Death, is rounded up and incinerated.

Events671 years ago

1431 - Judges' investigations for the trial of Joan of Arc begin in Rouen.

Events589 years ago
Events260 years ago

1788 - Connecticut becomes the fifth state to ratify the Constitution.

Events232 years ago

1792 - Treaty of Jassy between Russian and Ottoman Empire is signed.

Events228 years ago

1793 - Jean-Pierre Blanchard becomes the first person to fly in a balloon in the United States.

Events227 years ago

1799 - British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger introduces an income tax of two shillings to the pound to raise funds for Great Britain's war effort in the Napoleonic Wars.

Events221 years ago
Events214 years ago

1816 - Sir Humphry Davy tests his safety lamp for miners at Hebburn Colliery.

Events204 years ago

1822 - The Portuguese prince Pedro I of Brazil decides to stay in Brazil against the orders of the Portuguese King João VI, beginning the Brazilian independence process.

Events198 years ago
Events181 years ago

1857 - The 7.9 MwFort Tejon earthquake shakes Central and Southern California with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent).

Events163 years ago

1858 - Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas, commits suicide.

Events162 years ago
Events159 years ago

1861 - Mississippi becomes the second state to secede from the Union before the outbreak of the American Civil War.

Events159 years ago

1878 - Umberto I becomes King of Italy.

Events142 years ago
Events117 years ago

1909 - Ernest Shackleton, leading the Nimrod Expedition to the South Pole, plants the British flag 97 nautical miles (180 km; 112 mi) from the South Pole, the farthest anyone had ever reached at that time.

Events111 years ago

1914 - Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., the first historically black intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity to be officially recognized at Howard University, is founded.

Events106 years ago

1916 - World War I: The Battle of Gallipoli concludes with an Ottoman Empire victory when the last Allied forces are evacuated from the peninsula.

Events104 years ago

1917 - World War I: The Battle of Rafa is fought near the Egyptian border with Palestine.

Events103 years ago

1918 - Battle of Bear Valley: The last battle of the American Indian Wars.

Events102 years ago

1921 - Greco-Turkish War: The First Battle of İnönü, the first battle of the war, begins near Eskişehir in Anatolia.

Events99 years ago

1923 - Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro flight.

Events97 years ago

1923 - Lithuanian residents of the Memel Territory rebel against the League of Nations' decision to leave the area as a mandated region under French control.

Events97 years ago

1927 - A fire at the Laurier Palace movie theatre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, kills 78 children.

Events93 years ago

1941 - World War II: First flight of the Avro Lancaster.

Events79 years ago

1945 - World War II: The Sixth United States Army begins the invasion of Lingayen Gulf.

Events75 years ago

1957 - British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden resigns from office following his failure to retake the Suez Canal from Egyptian sovereignty.

Events63 years ago

1960 - President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser opens construction on the Aswan Dam by detonating ten tons of dynamite to demolish twenty tons of granite on the east bank of the Nile.

Events60 years ago

1961 - British authorities announce they have uncovered the Soviet Portland Spy Ring in London.

Events59 years ago

1964 - Martyrs' Day: Several Panamanian youths try to raise the Panamanian flag in the U.S.-controlled Panama Canal Zone, leading to fighting between U.S. military and Panamanian civilians.

Events56 years ago

1965 - The Mirzapur Cadet College formally opens for academic activities in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

Events55 years ago

1991 - Representatives from the United States and Iraq meet at the Geneva Peace Conference to try to find a peaceful resolution to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

Events29 years ago

1992 - The Assembly of the Serb People in Bosnia and Herzegovina proclaims the creation of Republika Srpska, a new state within Yugoslavia.

Events28 years ago

1992 - The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomers Aleksander Wolszczan and Dale Frail. They discovered two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12.

Events28 years ago

1996 - First Chechen War: Chechen separatists launch a raid against the helicopter airfield and later a civilian hospital in the city of Kizlyar in the neighboring Dagestan, which turns into a massive hostage crisis involving thousands of civilians.

Events24 years ago

2004 - An inflatable boat carrying illegal Albanian emigrants stalls near the Karaburun Peninsula en route to Brindisi, Italy; exposure to the elements kills 28. This is the second deadliest marine disaster in Albanian history.

Events16 years ago

2005 - Mahmoud Abbas wins the election to succeed Yasser Arafat as President of the Palestinian National Authority, replacing interim president Rawhi Fattouh.

Events15 years ago

2007 - Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces the original iPhone at a Macworld keynote in San Francisco.

Events13 years ago

2011 - Iran Air Flight 277 crashes near Urmia in the northwest of the country, killing 77 people.

Events9 years ago

2014 - An explosion at a Mitsubishi Materials chemical plant in Yokkaichi, Japan, kills at least five people and injures 17 others.

Events6 years ago

2015 - The perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris two days earlier are both killed after a hostage situation; a second hostage situation, related to the Charlie Hebdo shooting, occurs at a Jewish market in Vincennes.

Events5 years ago

2015 - A mass poisoning at a funeral in Mozambique involving beer that was contaminated with Burkholderia gladioli leaves 75 dead and over 230 people ill.

Events5 years ago



1418 - Juan Ramón Folch III de Cardona, Aragonese admiral (d. 1485)

Births602 years ago

1475 - Crinitus, Italian scholar and author (d. 1507)

Births545 years ago

1554 - Pope Gregory XV (d. 1623)

Births466 years ago
Births449 years ago

1590 - Simon Vouet, French painter (d. 1649)

Births430 years ago

1606 - William Dugard, English printer (d. 1662)

Births414 years ago

1624 - Empress Meishō of Japan (d. 1696)

Births396 years ago

1645 - Sir William Villiers, 3rd Baronet, English noble and politician (d. 1712)

Births375 years ago

1674 - Reinhard Keiser, German composer (d. 1739)

Births346 years ago

1685 - Tiberius Hemsterhuis, Dutch philologist and critic (d. 1766)

Births335 years ago

1728 - Thomas Warton, English poet, historian, and critic (d. 1790)

Births292 years ago

1735 - John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent, English admiral and politician (d. 1823)

Births285 years ago

1745 - Caleb Strong, American lawyer and politician, 6th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1819)

Births275 years ago

1753 - Luísa Todi, Portuguese soprano and actress (d. 1833)

Births267 years ago

1773 - Cassandra Austen, English painter and illustrator (d. 1845)

Births247 years ago

1778 - Hammamizade İsmail Dede Efendi, Turkish Ney player and composer (d. 1846)

Births242 years ago

1811 - Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English journalist and author (d. 1856)

Births209 years ago

1818 - Antoine Samuel Adam-Salomon, French sculptor and photographer (d. 1881)

Births202 years ago

1819 - James Francis, English-Australian businessman and politician, 9th Premier of Victoria (d. 1884)

Births201 years ago

1822 - Carol Benesch, Czech-Romanian architect, designed the Peleș Castle (d. 1896)

Births198 years ago

1823 - Friedrich von Esmarch, German surgeon and academic (d. 1908)

Births197 years ago

1829 - Thomas William Robertson, English director and playwright (d. 1871)

Births191 years ago

1829 - Adolf Schlagintweit, German botanist and explorer (d. 1857)

Births191 years ago

1832 - Félix-Gabriel Marchand, Canadian journalist and politician, 11th Premier of Quebec (d. 1900)

Births188 years ago

1839 - John Knowles Paine, American composer and academic (d. 1906)

Births181 years ago
Births172 years ago

1849 - John Hartley, English tennis player (d. 1935)

Births171 years ago

1854 - Lady Randolph Churchill, American-born wife of Lord Randolph Churchill, mother of Sir Winston Churchill (d. 1921)

Births166 years ago

1856 - Anton Aškerc, Slovenian priest and poet (d. 1912)

Births164 years ago

1859 - Carrie Chapman Catt, American activist, founded the League of Women Voters and International Alliance of Women (d. 1947)

Births161 years ago

1864 - Vladimir Steklov, Russian mathematician and physicist (d. 1926)

Births156 years ago

1868 - S. P. L. Sørensen, Danish chemist and academic (d. 1939)

Births152 years ago

1870 - Joseph Strauss, American engineer, co-designed the Golden Gate Bridge (d. 1938)

Births150 years ago

1873 - Hayim Nahman Bialik, Ukrainian-Austrian journalist, author, and poet (d. 1934)

Births147 years ago

1873 - Thomas Curtis, American sprinter and hurdler (d. 1944)

Births147 years ago

1873 - John Flanagan, Irish-American hammer thrower (d. 1938)

Births147 years ago

1875 - Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American sculptor and art collector, founded the Whitney Museum of American Art (d. 1942)

Births145 years ago

1879 - John B. Watson, American psychologist and academic (d. 1958)

Births141 years ago

1881 - Lascelles Abercrombie, English poet and critic (d. 1938)

Births139 years ago

1881 - Giovanni Papini, Italian journalist, author, and poet (d. 1956)

Births139 years ago

1885 - Charles Bacon, American runner and hurdler (d. 1968)

Births135 years ago

1886 - Lloyd Loar, American sound engineer and instrument designer (d. 1943)

Births134 years ago

1889 - Vrindavan Lal Verma, Indian author and playwright (d. 1969)

Births131 years ago

1890 - Karel Čapek, Czech author and playwright (d. 1938)

Births130 years ago

1890 - Kurt Tucholsky, German-Swedish journalist and author (d. 1935)

Births130 years ago

1891 - August Gailit, Estonian journalist and author (d. 1960)

Births129 years ago

1892 - Eva Bowring, American lawyer and politician (d. 1985)

Births128 years ago

1893 - Edwin Baker, Canadian soldier and educator, co-founded the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (d. 1968)

Births127 years ago

1896 - Warwick Braithwaite, New Zealand-English conductor and director (d. 1971)

Births124 years ago

1897 - Karl Löwith, German philosopher, author, and academic (d. 1973)

Births123 years ago

1898 - Gracie Fields, English actress and singer (d. 1979)

Births122 years ago

1899 - Harald Tammer, Estonian journalist and weightlifter (d. 1942)

Births121 years ago

1900 - Richard Halliburton, American journalist and author (d. 1939)

Births120 years ago

1901 - Vilma Bánky, Hungarian-American actress (d. 1991)

Births119 years ago

1901 - Chic Young, American cartoonist (d. 1973)

Births119 years ago

1902 - Rudolf Bing, American impresario and businessman (d. 1997)

Births118 years ago

1902 - Josemaría Escrivá, Spanish priest and saint, founded Opus Dei (d. 1975)

Births118 years ago

1907 - Eldred G. Smith, American patriarch (d. 2013)

Births113 years ago

1907 - Earl W. Renfroe, African American orthodontist, educator, and activist (d. 2000)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Simone de Beauvoir, French philosopher and author (d. 1986)

Births112 years ago

1909 - Anthony Mamo, Maltese lawyer and politician, 1st President of Malta (d. 2008)

Births111 years ago

1909 - Patrick Peyton, Irish-American priest, television personality, and activist (d. 1992)

Births111 years ago

1910 - Tom Evenson, English runner (d. 1997)

Births110 years ago

1912 - Ralph Tubbs, English architect, designed the Dome of Discovery (d. 1996)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Richard Nixon, American commander, lawyer, and politician, 37th President of the United States (d. 1994)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Kenny Clarke, American jazz drummer and bandleader (d. 1985)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Anita Louise, American actress (d. 1970)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Fernando Lamas, Argentinian-American actor, singer, and director (d. 1982)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Vic Mizzy, American soldier, pianist, and composer (d. 2009)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Peter Twinn, English mathematician and entomologist (d. 2004)

Births104 years ago

1918 - Alma Ziegler, American baseball player and golfer (d. 2005)

Births102 years ago

1919 - William Morris Meredith, Jr., American poet and academic (d. 2007)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Clive Dunn, English actor (d. 2012)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Hakim Said, Pakistani scholar and politician, 20th Governor of Sindh (d. 1998)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Ágnes Keleti, Hungarian Olympic gymnast

Births99 years ago

1921 - Lister Sinclair, Indian-Canadian broadcaster and playwright (d. 2006)

Births99 years ago

1921 - John Sperling, American businessman, founded the University of Phoenix (d. 2014)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Har Gobind Khorana, Indian-American biochemist and academic, Nobel laureate (d. 2011)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Ahmed Sékou Touré, Guinean politician, 1st President of Guinea (d. 1984)

Births98 years ago

1924 - Sergei Parajanov, Georgian-Armenian director and screenwriter (d. 1990)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Len Quested, English footballer defender and manager (d. 2012)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Lee Van Cleef, American actor (d. 1989)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Jean-Pierre Côté, Canadian lawyer and politician, 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (d. 2002)

Births94 years ago

1928 - Judith Krantz, American novelist (d. 2019)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter, actor, and politician (d. 1994)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Brian Friel, Irish author, playwright, and director (d. 2015)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Heiner Müller, German poet, playwright, and director (d. 1995)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Tom Riley, American lawyer and politician (d. 2011)

Births91 years ago

1931 - Algis Budrys, Lithuanian-American author and critic (d. 2008)

Births89 years ago

1933 - Robert García, American soldier and politician (d. 2017)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Roy Dwight, English footballer, outside forward

Births87 years ago

1933 - Wilbur Smith, Zambian-English journalist and author

Births87 years ago

1934 - Bart Starr, American football player and coach (d. 2019)

Births86 years ago

1935 - Bob Denver, American actor (d. 2005)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Dick Enberg, American sportscaster (d. 2017)

Births85 years ago

1935 - John Graham, New Zealand rugby player and educator (d. 2017)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Earl G. Graves Sr., American businessman and publisher

Births85 years ago

1935 - Brian Harradine, Australian politician (d. 2014)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Anne Rivers Siddons, American author

Births84 years ago

1936 - Marko Veselica, Croatian academic and politician (d. 2017)

Births84 years ago

1937 - Michael Nicholson, English journalist and author (d. 2016)

Births83 years ago

1938 - Claudette Boyer, Canadian educator and politician (d. 2013)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Peter Edelman, American lawyer and educator

Births82 years ago

1938 - Stuart Woods, American author and critic

Births82 years ago

1939 - Susannah York, English actress and activist (d. 2011)

Births81 years ago

1940 - Barbara Buczek, Polish composer (d. 1993)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Ruth Dreifuss, Swiss journalist and politician, 86th President of the Swiss Confederation

Births80 years ago

1941 - Joan Baez, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and activist

Births79 years ago

1941 - Roy Head, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births79 years ago

1941 - Gilles Vaillancourt, Canadian politician

Births79 years ago

1942 - John Dunning, American author

Births78 years ago

1942 - Judy Malloy, American poet and author

Births78 years ago

1943 - Robert Drewe, Australian author and playwright

Births77 years ago

1943 - Elmer MacFadyen, Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 2007)

Births77 years ago

1943 - Scott Walker, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (d. 2019)

Births77 years ago

1944 - Harun Farocki, German filmmaker (d. 2014)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Jimmy Page, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer

Births76 years ago

1944 - Mihalis Violaris, Cypriot singer-songwriter and actor

Births76 years ago

1945 - Levon Ter-Petrosyan, Syrian-Armenian scholar and politician, 1st President of Armenia

Births75 years ago

1946 - Mohammad Ishaq Khan, Indian historian and academic (d. 2013)

Births74 years ago

1946 - Mogens Lykketoft, Danish politician, 45th Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs

Births74 years ago

1947 - Ronnie Landfield, American painter and educator

Births73 years ago

1948 - Bill Cowsill, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2006)

Births72 years ago

1948 - Jan Tomaszewski, Polish footballer, manager, and politician

Births72 years ago

1950 - Alec Jeffreys, English geneticist and academic

Births70 years ago

1950 - David Johansen, American musician and actor

Births70 years ago

1950 - Sandy Martin, American actress

Births70 years ago

1951 - Crystal Gayle, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births69 years ago

1952 - Kaushik Basu, Indian economist and academic

Births68 years ago

1952 - Hugh Bayley, English politician

Births68 years ago

1952 - Mike Capuano, American lawyer and politician

Births68 years ago

1953 - Javad Alizadeh, Iranian cartoonist and painter

Births67 years ago

1954 - Philippa Gregory, Kenyan-English author and academic

Births66 years ago

1955 - Michiko Kakutani, American journalist and critic

Births65 years ago

1955 - J.K. Simmons, American actor

Births65 years ago

1956 - Waltraud Meier, German soprano and actress

Births64 years ago

1956 - Imelda Staunton, English actress and singer

Births64 years ago

1958 - Stephen Neale, English philosopher and academic

Births62 years ago

1959 - Mark Martin, American race car driver and coach

Births61 years ago

1959 - Rigoberta Menchú, Guatemalan activist and politician, Nobel Prize laureate

Births61 years ago

1959 - Otis Nixon, American baseball player

Births61 years ago

1960 - Lisa Walters, Canadian golfer

Births60 years ago

1961 - Didier Camberabero, French rugby player

Births59 years ago

1961 - Oliver Goldstick, American screenwriter and producer

Births59 years ago

1961 - Henry Omaga-Diaz, Filipino journalist

Births59 years ago

1962 - Ray Houghton, Scottish born Irish Footballer, Midfielder

Births58 years ago

1963 - Irwin McLean, Northern Irish biologist and academic

Births57 years ago

1964 - Stan Javier, Dominican baseball player and manager

Births56 years ago

1965 - Iain Dowie, English-Northern Irish footballer and coach

Births55 years ago

1965 - Eric Erlandson, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

Births55 years ago

1965 - Haddaway, Trinidadian-German singer and musician

Births55 years ago

1965 - Andrei Nazarov, Estonian decathlete and coach

Births55 years ago

1965 - Joely Richardson, English actress

Births55 years ago

1966 - Stephen Metcalfe, English politician

Births54 years ago

1967 - Matt Bevin, American politician, 62nd governor of Kentucky

Births53 years ago

1967 - Claudio Caniggia, Argentinian footballer

Births53 years ago

1967 - Dave Matthews, South African-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

Births53 years ago

1967 - Gary Teichmann, South African rugby player

Births53 years ago

1968 - Jimmy Adams, Jamaican cricketer and coach

Births52 years ago

1968 - Joey Lauren Adams, American actress

Births52 years ago

1968 - Mardi Lunn, Australian golfer

Births52 years ago

1968 - Giorgos Theofanous, Greek-Cypriot composer and producer

Births52 years ago

1970 - Carl Bell, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births50 years ago

1970 - Lara Fabian, Belgian-Italian singer-songwriter and actress

Births50 years ago

1970 - Alex Staropoli, Italian keyboard player and songwriter

Births50 years ago

1971 - Angie Martinez, American rapper, actress, and radio host

Births49 years ago

1971 - Hal Niedzviecki, Canadian author and critic

Births49 years ago

1971 - Scott Thornton, Canadian ice hockey player

Births49 years ago

1972 - Jay Powell, American baseball player

Births48 years ago

1972 - Rawson Stovall, American video game producer and author

Births48 years ago

1973 - Sean Paul, Jamaican rapper, singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor

Births47 years ago

1975 - James Beckford, Jamaican long jumper

Births45 years ago

1976 - Radek Bonk, Czech ice hockey player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Hayes Carll, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births44 years ago

1978 - Mathieu Garon, Canadian ice hockey player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Gennaro Gattuso, Italian footballer and manager

Births42 years ago

1978 - Chad Johnson, American football player and actor

Births42 years ago

1978 - AJ McLean, American singer

Births42 years ago

1980 - Édgar Álvarez, Honduran footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Sergio García, Spanish golfer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Luke Patten, Australian rugby league player and referee

Births40 years ago

1980 - Francisco Pavón, Spanish footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Wang Zulan, Hong Kong singer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Euzebiusz Smolarek, Polish footballer and manager

Births39 years ago
Births38 years ago

1984 - Drew Brown, American musician and songwriter

Births36 years ago

1984 - Benjamin Danso, German rugby player

Births36 years ago

1985 - Juan Francisco Torres, Spanish footballer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Jéferson Gomes, Brazilian footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Uwe Hünemeier, German footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Amanda Mynhardt, South African netball player

Births34 years ago

1987 - Sam Bird, English race car driver

Births33 years ago

1987 - Lucas Leiva, Brazilian footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Paolo Nutini, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births33 years ago

1987 - Jami Puustinen, Finnish footballer

Births33 years ago

1988 - Katherine Copely, American ice dancer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Marc Crosas, Spanish footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Lee Yeon-hee, South Korean actress

Births32 years ago

1989 - Michael Beasley, American basketball player

Births31 years ago

1989 - Nina Dobrev, Bulgarian-Canadian actress

Births31 years ago

1989 - Michaëlla Krajicek, Dutch tennis player

Births31 years ago

1989 - Yana Maksimava, Belarusian heptathlete

Births31 years ago

1989 - Chris Sandow, Australian rugby league player

Births31 years ago

1989 - Jordan Turner, English rugby league player

Births31 years ago

1990 - Justin Blackmon, American football player

Births30 years ago

1991 - Edon Hasani, Albanian football player

Births29 years ago

1991 - Alvaro Soler, Spanish singer-songwriter

Births29 years ago

1993 - Katarina Johnson-Thompson, English long jumper and heptathlete

Births27 years ago

1993 - Marcus Peters, American football player

Births27 years ago

1993 - Kevin Korjus, Estonian race car driver

Births27 years ago

1995 - Braden Uele, New Zealand rugby league player

Births25 years ago


Deaths870 years ago
Deaths818 years ago

1282 - Abû 'Uthmân Sa'îd ibn Hakam al Qurashi, Minorcan ruler (b. 1204)

Deaths738 years ago

1283 - Wen Tianxiang, Chinese general and scholar (b. 1236)

Deaths737 years ago

1367 - Giulia della Rena, Italian saint (b. 1319)

Deaths653 years ago

1450 - Adam Moleyns, Bishop of Chichester

Deaths570 years ago

1463 - William Neville, 1st Earl of Kent, English soldier (b. 1405)

Deaths557 years ago
Deaths521 years ago

1511 - Demetrios Chalkokondyles, Greek scholar and academic (b. 1423)

Deaths509 years ago
Deaths506 years ago

1529 - Wang Yangming, Chinese Neo-Confucian scholar (b. 1472)

Deaths491 years ago

1534 - Johannes Aventinus, Bavarian historian and philologist (b. 1477)

Deaths486 years ago

1543 - Guillaume du Bellay, French general and diplomat (b. 1491)

Deaths477 years ago

1561 - Amago Haruhisa, Japanese warlord (b. 1514)

Deaths459 years ago

1571 - Nicolas Durand de Villegaignon, French admiral (b. 1510)

Deaths449 years ago

1598 - Jasper Heywood, English poet and scholar (b. 1553)

Deaths422 years ago

1612 - Leonard Holliday, Lord Mayor of London (b. 1550)

Deaths408 years ago

1622 - Alix Le Clerc, French Canoness Regular and foundress (b. 1576)

Deaths398 years ago

1757 - Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle, French author, poet, and playwright (b. 1657)

Deaths263 years ago

1766 - Thomas Birch, English historian and author (b. 1705)

Deaths254 years ago

1799 - Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1718)

Deaths221 years ago

1800 - Jean Étienne Championnet, French general (b. 1762)

Deaths220 years ago

1805 - Noble Wimberly Jones, American physician and politician (b. 1723)

Deaths215 years ago

1843 - William Hedley, English engineer (b. 1773)

Deaths177 years ago

1848 - Caroline Herschel, German-English astronomer (b. 1750)

Deaths172 years ago

1856 - Neophytos Vamvas, Greek cleric and educator (b. 1770)

Deaths164 years ago

1858 - Anson Jones, American physician and politician; 4th President of the Republic of Texas (b. 1798)

Deaths162 years ago

1873 - Napoleon III, French politician, 1st President of France (b. 1808)

Deaths147 years ago

1876 - Samuel Gridley Howe, American physician and activist (b. 1801)

Deaths144 years ago
Deaths142 years ago

1895 - Aaron Lufkin Dennison, American-English businessman (b. 1812)

Deaths125 years ago

1901 - Richard Copley Christie, English lawyer and academic (b. 1830)

Deaths119 years ago

1908 - Wilhelm Busch, German poet, illustrator, and painter (b. 1832)

Deaths112 years ago

1908 - Abraham Goldfaden, Russian actor, playwright, and author (b. 1840)

Deaths112 years ago

1911 - Edwin Arthur Jones, American violinist and composer (b. 1853)

Deaths109 years ago

1911 - Edvard Rusjan, Italian-Slovene pilot and engineer (b. 1886)

Deaths109 years ago

1917 - Luther D. Bradley, American cartoonist (b. 1853)

Deaths103 years ago

1918 - Charles-Émile Reynaud, French scientist and educator, invented the Praxinoscope (b. 1844)

Deaths102 years ago

1923 - Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand novelist, short story writer, and essayist (b. 1888)

Deaths97 years ago

1924 - Ponnambalam Arunachalam, Sri Lankan civil servant and politician (b. 1853)

Deaths96 years ago

1927 - Houston Stewart Chamberlain, English-German philosopher and author (b. 1855)

Deaths93 years ago

1930 - Edward Bok, Dutch-American journalist and author (b. 1863)

Deaths90 years ago

1931 - Wayne Munn, American football player and wrestler (b. 1896)

Deaths89 years ago

1936 - John Gilbert, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1899)

Deaths84 years ago

1939 - Johann Strauss III, Austrian violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1866)

Deaths81 years ago

1941 - Dimitrios Golemis, Greek runner (b. 1874)

Deaths79 years ago

1945 - Shigekazu Shimazaki, Japanese admiral and pilot (b. 1908)

Deaths75 years ago

1945 - Jüri Uluots, Estonian journalist and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Estonia (b. 1890)

Deaths75 years ago

1945 - Osman Cemal Kaygılı, Turkish journalist, author, and playwright (b. 1890)

Deaths75 years ago

1946 - Countee Cullen, American poet and playwright (b. 1903)

Deaths74 years ago

1947 - Karl Mannheim, Hungarian-English sociologist and academic (b. 1893)

Deaths73 years ago

1960 - Elsie J. Oxenham, English author and educator (b. 1880)

Deaths60 years ago

1961 - Emily Greene Balch, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1867)

Deaths59 years ago

1964 - Halide Edib Adıvar, Turkish author and academic (b. 1884)

Deaths56 years ago

1971 - Elmer Flick, American baseball player and scout (b. 1876)

Deaths49 years ago

1972 - Ted Shawn, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1891)

Deaths48 years ago

1975 - Pierre Fresnay, French actor and screenwriter (b. 1897)

Deaths45 years ago

1975 - Pyotr Novikov, Russian mathematician and theorist (b. 1901)

Deaths45 years ago

1979 - Pier Luigi Nervi, Italian engineer and architect, designed the Tour de la Bourse and Pirelli Tower (b. 1891)

Deaths41 years ago

1981 - Kazimierz Serocki, Polish pianist and composer (b. 1922)

Deaths39 years ago

1984 - Bob Dyer, American-Australian radio and television host (b. 1909)

Deaths36 years ago

1985 - Robert Mayer, German-English businessman and philanthropist (b. 1879)

Deaths35 years ago

1987 - Arthur Lake, American actor (b. 1905)

Deaths33 years ago

1988 - Peter L. Rypdal, Norwegian fiddler and composer (b. 1909)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - Bill Terry, American baseball player and manager (b. 1898)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Spud Chandler, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1907)

Deaths30 years ago

1990 - Cemal Süreya, Turkish poet and journalist (b. 1931)

Deaths30 years ago

1992 - Steve Brodie, American actor (b. 1919)

Deaths28 years ago

1992 - Bill Naughton, English playwright and screenwriter (b. 1910)

Deaths28 years ago

1993 - Paul Hasluck, Australian historian and politician, 17th Governor-General of Australia (b. 1905)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Johnny Temple, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1927)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Souphanouvong, Laotian politician, 1st President of Laos (b. 1909)

Deaths25 years ago

1995 - Peter Cook, English actor and screenwriter (b. 1937)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Walter M. Miller, Jr., American soldier and author (b. 1923)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Abdullah al-Qasemi, Saudi atheist, writer, and intellectual (b. 1907)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Edward Osóbka-Morawski, Polish politician, Prime Minister of Poland (b. 1909)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - Jesse White, American actor (b. 1917)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - Kenichi Fukui, Japanese chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)

Deaths22 years ago

1998 - Imi Lichtenfeld, Slovakian-Israeli martial artist, founded Krav Maga (b. 1910)

Deaths22 years ago

2000 - Arnold Alexander Hall, English engineer and academic (b. 1915)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Nigel Tranter, Scottish historian and author (b. 1909)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Maurice Prather, American photographer and director (b. 1926)

Deaths19 years ago

2003 - Will McDonough, American journalist (b. 1935)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Norberto Bobbio, Italian philosopher and academic (b. 1909)

Deaths16 years ago

2006 - Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - W. Cleon Skousen, American author and academic (b. 1913)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Jean-Pierre Vernant, French anthropologist and historian (b. 1914)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Johnny Grant, American radio host and producer (b. 1923)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - John Harvey-Jones, English businessman and television host (b. 1924)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Rob Gauntlett, English mountaineer and explorer (b. 1987)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - T. Llew Jones, Welsh author and poet (b. 1914)

Deaths11 years ago

2011 - Makinti Napanangka, Australian painter (b. 1930)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Brian Curvis, Welsh boxer (b. 1937)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Augusto Gansser-Biaggi, Swiss geologist and academic (b. 1910)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - William G. Roll, German-American psychologist and parapsychologist (b. 1926)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Malam Bacai Sanhá, Guinea-Bissau politician, President of Guinea-Bissau (b. 1947)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - László Szekeres, Hungarian physician and academic (b. 1921)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Brigitte Askonas, Austrian-English immunologist and academic (b. 1923)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - James M. Buchanan, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1919)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Robert L. Rock, American businessman and politician, 42nd Lieutenant Governor of Indiana (b. 1927)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - John Wise, Canadian farmer and politician, 23rd Canadian Minister of Agriculture (b. 1935)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Amiri Baraka, American poet, playwright, and academic (b. 1934)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Josep Maria Castellet, Spanish poet and critic (b. 1926)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Paul du Toit, South African painter and sculptor (b. 1965)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Dale T. Mortensen, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1939)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Michel Jeury, French author (b. 1934)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Robert V. Keeley, Lebanese-American soldier and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Greece (b. 1929)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Józef Oleksy, Polish economist and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Poland (b. 1946)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Bud Paxson, American broadcaster and businessman, founded the Home Shopping Network and Pax TV (b. 1935)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Abdul Rahman Ya'kub, Malaysian politician, 3rd Chief Minister of Sarawak (b. 1928)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Roy Tarpley, American basketball player (b. 1964)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - John Harvard, Canadian journalist and politician, 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba (b. 1938)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Angus Scrimm, American actor and author (b. 1926)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Zygmunt Bauman, Polish sociologist (b. 1925)

Deaths3 years ago

2018 - Kato Ottio, Papua New Guinean rugby league player (b. 1994)

Deaths2 years ago

2019 - Verna Bloom, American actress (b. 1938)

Deaths1 years ago

2019 - Paul Koslo, German-Canadian actor (b. 1944)

Deaths1 years ago

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