Holidays and observances

Earliest day on which Lee–Jackson Day can fall while January 18 is the latest, celebrated on the Friday before Martin Luther King Day. (Commonwealth of Virginia)

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


1528 - Gustav I of Sweden is crowned King of Sweden, having already reigned since his election in June 1523.

Events492 years ago

1554 - Bayinnaung, who would go on to assemble the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia, is crowned King of Burma.

Events466 years ago

1616 - The city of Belém, Brazil is founded on the Amazon River delta, by Portuguese captain Francisco Caldeira Castelo Branco.

Events404 years ago

1808 - John Rennie's scheme to defend St Mary's Church, Reculver, founded in 669, from coastal erosion is abandoned in favour of demolition, despite the church being an exemplar of Anglo-Saxon architecture and sculpture.

Events212 years ago

1808 - The organizational meeting leading to the creation of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is held in Edinburgh.

Events212 years ago

1848 - The Palermo rising takes place in Sicily against the Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

Events172 years ago

1866 - The Royal Aeronautical Society is formed in London.

Events154 years ago

1872 - Yohannes IV is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in Axum, the first imperial coronation in that city in over 200 years.

Events148 years ago

1895 - The National Trust is founded in the United Kingdom.

Events125 years ago

1908 - A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.

Events112 years ago

1911 - The University of the Philippines College of Law is formally established; three future Philippine presidents are among the first enrollees.

Events109 years ago

1915 - The United States House of Representatives rejects a proposal to require states to give women the right to vote.

Events105 years ago

1916 - Both Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann, for achieving eight aerial victories each over Allied aircraft, receive the German Empire's highest military award, the Pour le Mérite as the first German aviators to earn it.

Events104 years ago

1918 - The Minnie Pit Disaster coal mining accident occurs in Halmer End, Staffordshire, in which 155 men and boys die.

Events102 years ago

1921 - Acting to restore confidence in baseball after the Black Sox Scandal, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis is elected as Major League Baseball's first commissioner.

Events99 years ago

1932 - Hattie Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate.

Events88 years ago

1942 - World War II: United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt creates the National War Labor Board.

Events78 years ago
Events75 years ago

1962 - Vietnam War: Operation Chopper, the first American combat mission in the war, takes place.

Events58 years ago

1964 - Rebels in Zanzibar begin a revolt known as the Zanzibar Revolution and proclaim a republic.

Events56 years ago

1966 - Lyndon B. Johnson states that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended.

Events54 years ago

1967 - Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.

Events53 years ago

1969 - The New York Jets of the American Football League defeat the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League to win Super Bowl III in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

Events51 years ago

1970 - Biafra capitulates, ending the Nigerian Civil War.

Events50 years ago

1971 - The Harrisburg Seven: Rev. Philip Berrigan and five other activists are indicted on charges of conspiring to kidnap Henry Kissinger and of plotting to blow up the heating tunnels of federal buildings in Washington, D.C.

Events49 years ago

1976 - The United Nations Security Council votes 11–1 to allow the Palestine Liberation Organization to participate in a Security Council debate (without voting rights).

Events44 years ago

1986 - Space Shuttle program: Congressman Bill Nelson lifts off from Kennedy Space Center aboard Columbia on mission STS-61-C as a payload specialist.

Events34 years ago

1990 - A seven-day pogrom breaks out against the Armenian civilian population of Baku, Azerbaijan, during which Armenians were beaten, tortured, murdered, and expelled from the city.

Events30 years ago

1991 - Persian Gulf War: An act of the U.S. Congress authorizes the use of American military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait.

Events29 years ago

1998 - Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.

Events22 years ago

2001 - Downtown Disney opens to the public as part of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

Events19 years ago

2004 - The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.

Events16 years ago

2005 - Deep Impact launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta II rocket.

Events15 years ago

2006 - A stampede during the Stoning of the Devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills at least 362 Muslim pilgrims.

Events14 years ago

2010 - An earthquake in Haiti occurs, killing over 100,000 people and destroying much of the capital Port-au-Prince.

Events10 years ago

2012 - Violent protests occur in Bucharest, Romania, as two-day-old demonstrations continue against President Traian Băsescu's economic austerity measures. Clashes are reported in numerous Romanian cities between protesters and law enforcement officers.

Events8 years ago

2016 - Ten people are killed and 15 wounded in a bombing near the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.

Events4 years ago


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Births458 years ago

1576 - Petrus Scriverius, Dutch historian and scholar (d. 1660)

Births444 years ago

1577 - Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist and physician (d. 1644)

Births443 years ago

1588 - John Winthrop, English lawyer and politician, 2nd Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (d. 1649)

Births432 years ago

1591 - Jusepe de Ribera, Spanish painter (d. 1652)

Births429 years ago

1597 - François Duquesnoy, Flemish sculptor and educator (d. 1643)

Births423 years ago

1598 - Jijabai Shahaji Bhosale, venerated mother of Indian king Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (d. 1674)

Births422 years ago

1628 - Charles Perrault, French author and academic (d. 1703)

Births392 years ago

1673 - Rosalba Carriera, Italian painter (d. 1757)

Births347 years ago

1711 - Gaetano Latilla, Italian composer (d. 1788)

Births309 years ago

1715 - Jacques Duphly, French organist and composer (d. 1789)

Births305 years ago

1716 - Antonio de Ulloa, Spanish general and politician, 1st Spanish Governor of Louisiana (d. 1795)

Births304 years ago

1721 - Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Prussian field marshal (d. 1792)

Births299 years ago

1723 - Samuel Langdon, American minister, theologian, and academic (d. 1797)

Births297 years ago

1724 - Frances Brooke, English author and playwright (d. 1789)

Births296 years ago

1729 - Edmund Burke, Irish philosopher, academic, and politician (d. 1797)

Births291 years ago

1746 - Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Swiss philosopher and educator (d. 1827)

Births274 years ago
Births269 years ago

1772 - Mikhail Speransky, Russian academic and politician (d. 1839)

Births248 years ago

1786 - Sir Robert Inglis, 2nd Baronet, English politician (d. 1855)

Births234 years ago

1792 - Johan August Arfwedson, Swedish chemist and academic (d. 1841)

Births228 years ago

1797 - Gideon Brecher, Austrian physician and author (d. 1873)

Births223 years ago

1799 - Priscilla Susan Bury, British botanist (d. 1872)

Births221 years ago

1822 - Étienne Lenoir, Belgian engineer, designed the internal combustion engine (d. 1900)

Births198 years ago

1837 - Adolf Jensen, German pianist and composer (d. 1879)

Births183 years ago

1849 - Jean Béraud, Russian-French painter and academic (d. 1935)

Births171 years ago

1853 - Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, Italian mathematician (d. 1925)

Births167 years ago

1856 - John Singer Sargent, American painter and academic (d. 1925)

Births164 years ago

1863 - Swami Vivekananda, Indian monk and philosopher (d. 1902)

Births157 years ago

1869 - Bhagwan Das, Indian philosopher, academic, and politician (d. 1958)

Births151 years ago

1873 - Spyridon Louis, Greek runner (d. 1940)

Births147 years ago

1874 - Laura Adams Armer, American author and photographer (d. 1963)

Births146 years ago

1876 - Fevzi Çakmak, Turkish field marshal and politician, Prime Minister of the Turkish Provisional Government (d. 1950)

Births144 years ago

1876 - Jack London, American novelist and journalist (d. 1916)

Births144 years ago

1876 - Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian composer and educator (d. 1948)

Births144 years ago

1877 - Frank J. Corr, American lawyer and politician, 45th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1934)

Births143 years ago

1878 - Ferenc Molnár, Hungarian-American author and playwright (d. 1952)

Births142 years ago

1879 - Ray Harroun, American race car driver and engineer (d. 1968)

Births141 years ago

1879 - Anton Uesson, Estonian engineer and politician, 17th Mayor of Tallinn (d. 1942)

Births141 years ago

1882 - Milton Sills, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1930)

Births138 years ago

1884 - Texas Guinan, Canadian-American entertainer and bootlegger (d. 1933)

Births136 years ago

1889 - Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, Indian-Pakistani spiritual leader (d. 1965)

Births131 years ago

1890 - Johannes Vares, Estonian poet, physician, and politician (d. 1946)

Births130 years ago

1892 - Mikhail Gurevich, Russian engineer and businessman, co-founded the Russian Aircraft Corporation (d. 1976)

Births128 years ago

1893 - Hermann Göring, German commander, pilot, and politician, Minister President of Prussia (d. 1946)

Births127 years ago

1893 - Alfred Rosenberg, Estonian-German architect and politician, Reich Minister for the Occupied Eastern Territories (d. 1946)

Births127 years ago

1894 - Georges Carpentier, French boxer and actor (d. 1975)

Births126 years ago

1895 - Leo Aryeh Mayer, Polish-Israeli scholar and academic (d. 1959)

Births125 years ago

1896 - David Wechsler, Romanian-American psychologist and author (d. 1981)

Births124 years ago

1899 - Pierre Bernac, French opera singer and educator (d. 1979)

Births121 years ago

1899 - Paul Hermann Müller, Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)

Births121 years ago

1901 - Karl Künstler, German SS officer (d. 1945)

Births119 years ago

1903 - Igor Kurchatov, Russian physicist and academic (d. 1960)

Births117 years ago

1903 - Andrew J. Transue, American politician and attorney (Morissette v. United States) (d. 1995)

Births117 years ago

1904 - Mississippi Fred McDowell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1972)

Births116 years ago

1905 - Nihal Atsız, Turkish author, poet, and philosopher (d. 1975)

Births115 years ago

1905 - James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist and academic (d. 1997)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Tex Ritter, American actor and singer (d. 1974)

Births115 years ago

1906 - Emmanuel Levinas, Lithuanian-French historian, philosopher, and academic (d. 1995)

Births114 years ago

1907 - Sergei Korolev, Russian colonel and engineer (d. 1966)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Jean Delannoy, French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2008)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Clement Hurd, American illustrator (d. 1988)

Births112 years ago

1910 - Patsy Kelly, American actress and comedian (d. 1981)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Luise Rainer, German-English actress (d. 2014)

Births110 years ago

1912 - Richard Kuremaa, Estonian footballer (d. 1991)

Births108 years ago

1914 - Mieko Kamiya, Japanese psychiatrist and psychologist (d. 1979)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1997)

Births105 years ago

1915 - Joseph-Aurèle Plourde, Canadian archbishop and academic (d. 2013)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Ruth R. Benerito, American chemist and inventor (d. 2013)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Mary Wilson, Baroness Wilson of Rievaulx, British poet and Spouse of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 2018)

Births104 years ago

1916 - P. W. Botha, South African politician, 8th Prime Minister of South Africa (d. 2006)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Walter Hendl, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2007)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Jimmy Skinner, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2007)

Births103 years ago

1920 - James Farmer, American activist and politician, co-founded Congress of Racial Equality (d. 1999)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Jerzy Zubrzycki, Polish-Australian sociologist and academic (d. 2009)

Births100 years ago

1922 - Tadeusz Żychiewicz, Polish journalist and historian (d. 1994)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Vic Allen, English sociologist, economist, and historian (d. 2014)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Ira Hayes, American marine who raised the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima (d. 1955)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Olivier Gendebien, Belgian race car driver and businessman (d. 1998)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Chris Chase, American model, actress, and journalist (d. 2013)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Bill Burrud, American television host, producer, and actor (d. 1990)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Morton Feldman, American composer and academic (d. 1987)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Ray Price, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)

Births94 years ago

1928 - Ruth Brown, American R&B singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2006)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Lloyd Ruby, American race car driver (d. 2009)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Alasdair MacIntyre, Scottish-American philosopher and academic

Births91 years ago

1929 - Jaakko Hintikka, Finnish philosopher and logician (d. 2015)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Tim Horton, Canadian ice hockey player and businessman, founded Tim Hortons (d. 1974)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Jennifer Johnston, Irish author and playwright

Births90 years ago

1930 - Glenn Yarbrough, American singer and actor (d. 2016)

Births90 years ago

1932 - Des O'Connor, English comedian, singer, and television host

Births88 years ago

1933 - Michael Aspel, English television host

Births87 years ago

1933 - Pavlos Matesis, Greek author and playwright (d. 2013)

Births87 years ago

1934 - Alan Sharp, Scottish-American author and screenwriter (d. 2013)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Mick Sullivan, English rugby player and coach (d. 2016)

Births86 years ago

1935 - Teresa del Conde, Mexican historian and critic (d. 2017)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Kreskin, American mentalist

Births85 years ago

1936 - Jennifer Hilton, Baroness Hilton of Eggardon, English police officer and politician

Births84 years ago

1936 - Raimonds Pauls, Latvian pianist and composer

Births84 years ago

1936 - Brajanath Ratha, Indian poet and activist (d. 2014)

Births84 years ago

1936 - Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Indian lawyer and politician, Indian Minister of Home Affairs (d. 2016)

Births84 years ago

1937 - Shirley Eaton, English actress

Births83 years ago

1938 - Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Pakistani scholar and politician (d. 2013)

Births82 years ago

1939 - William Lee Golden, American singer-songwriter and painter

Births81 years ago

1939 - Jacques Hamelink, Dutch poet, novelist and literary critic

Births81 years ago

1939 - Jim Palosaari, American evangelist (d. 2011)

Births81 years ago

1940 - Bob Hewitt, Australian-South African tennis player

Births80 years ago

1940 - Ronald Shannon Jackson, American drummer and composer (d. 2013)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Dick Motz, New Zealand cricketer (d. 2007)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Long John Baldry, English-Canadian singer-songwriter and voice actor (d. 2005)

Births79 years ago

1941 - Fiona Caldicott, English psychiatrist and psychotherapist

Births79 years ago

1941 - Chet Jastremski, American swimmer and physician (d. 2014)

Births79 years ago

1942 - Bernardine Dohrn, American domestic terrorist, political activist and academic

Births78 years ago

1944 - Hans Henning Atrott, German author and theorist

Births76 years ago

1944 - Joe Frazier, American boxer (d. 2011)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Cynthia Robinson, American R&B trumpet player and singer (d 2015)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Maggie Bell, Scottish singer-songwriter

Births75 years ago

1946 - Hazel Cosgrove, Lady Cosgrove, Scottish lawyer and judge

Births74 years ago

1946 - George Duke, American keyboard player, composer, and educator (d. 2013)

Births74 years ago

1947 - Richard Carwardine, English historian and academic

Births73 years ago

1947 - Tom Dempsey, American football player and educator

Births73 years ago

1947 - Sally Hamwee, Baroness Hamwee, English politician

Births73 years ago

1948 - Kenny Allen, English footballer

Births72 years ago

1948 - Anthony Andrews, English actor and producer

Births72 years ago

1948 - Gordon Campbell, Canadian educator and politician, 34th Premier of British Columbia

Births72 years ago

1948 - Brendan Foster, English runner and sportscaster

Births72 years ago

1948 - William Nicholson, English author and screenwriter

Births72 years ago

1949 - Kentarō Haneda, Japanese pianist and composer (d. 2007)

Births71 years ago

1949 - Ottmar Hitzfeld, German footballer and manager

Births71 years ago

1949 - Hamadi Jebali, Tunisian engineer, journalist, and politician, 19th Prime Minister of Tunisia

Births71 years ago

1949 - Haruki Murakami, Japanese novelist, short-story writer, and essayist

Births71 years ago

1950 - Sheila Jackson Lee, American lawyer, judge, and politician

Births70 years ago

1950 - Göran Lindblad, Swedish dentist and politician

Births70 years ago

1950 - Bob McEwen, American businessman and politician

Births70 years ago

1950 - Dorrit Moussaieff, Israeli-Icelandic jewelry designer and businesswoman, 5th First Lady of Iceland

Births70 years ago

1951 - Kirstie Alley, American actress and producer

Births69 years ago

1951 - Chris Bell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1978)

Births69 years ago

1951 - Rush Limbaugh, American talk show host and author

Births69 years ago

1951 - Drew Pearson, American football player and sportscaster

Births69 years ago

1952 - Phil Perry, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births68 years ago

1952 - Ricky Van Shelton, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births68 years ago

1952 - John Walker, New Zealand runner and politician

Births68 years ago

1952 - Walter Mosley, American novelist

Births68 years ago

1953 - Mary Harron, Canadian director and screenwriter

Births67 years ago

1954 - Howard Stern, American radio host, actor, and author

Births66 years ago

1954 - Martin Kylhammar, Swedish professor of culture and society

Births66 years ago

1955 - Tom Ardolino, American rock drummer (NRBQ) (d. 2012)

Births65 years ago

1956 - Nikolai Noskov, Russian rock singer and singer-songwriter

Births64 years ago

1957 - John Lasseter, American animator, director, and producer

Births63 years ago

1957 - Jeremy Sams, English director, playwright, and composer

Births63 years ago

1958 - Christiane Amanpour, English-born Iranian-American journalist

Births62 years ago

1958 - Curt Fraser, American-Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births62 years ago

1959 - B. Brian Blair, American wrestler and politician

Births61 years ago

1959 - Per Gessle, Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births61 years ago

1960 - Oliver Platt, Canadian-American actor

Births60 years ago

1960 - Dominique Wilkins, French-American basketball player and manager

Births60 years ago

1961 - Simon Russell Beale, Malaysia-born English actor and historian

Births59 years ago

1962 - Joe Quesada, American author and illustrator

Births58 years ago

1962 - Richie Richardson, Antiguan cricketer

Births58 years ago

1962 - Luna Vachon, American-Canadian wrestler and manager (d. 2010)

Births58 years ago

1963 - François Girard, Canadian director and screenwriter

Births57 years ago

1963 - Nando Reis, Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births57 years ago

1964 - Jeff Bezos, American computer scientist and businessman, founded

Births56 years ago

1965 - Raekwon, American rapper

Births55 years ago

1965 - Rob Zombie, American singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and director

Births55 years ago

1966 - Olivier Martinez, French actor

Births54 years ago

1966 - Craig Parry, Australian golfer

Births54 years ago

1967 - Vendela Kirsebom, Norwegian-Swedish model and actress

Births53 years ago

1968 - Junichi Masuda, Japanese director, producer, and composer

Births52 years ago

1968 - Heather Mills, English businesswoman, activist and model

Births52 years ago

1968 - Mauro Silva, Brazilian footballer

Births52 years ago

1969 - David Mitchell, English novelist

Births51 years ago

1969 - Margaret Nagle, American screenwriter and producer

Births51 years ago

1970 - Zack de la Rocha, American singer-songwriter

Births50 years ago

1971 - Scott Burrell, American basketball player and coach

Births49 years ago

1972 - Priyanka Gandhi, Indian politician

Births48 years ago

1972 - Espen Knutsen, Norwegian ice hockey player and coach

Births48 years ago

1972 - Paul Wilson, Australian cricketer and umpire

Births48 years ago

1973 - Brian Culbertson, American pianist and producer

Births47 years ago

1973 - Hande Yener, Turkish singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

Births47 years ago

1974 - Melanie C, English singer-songwriter and actress

Births46 years ago

1974 - Tor Arne Hetland, Norwegian skier

Births46 years ago

1975 - Jason Freese, American saxophonist, songwriter, and producer

Births45 years ago

1975 - Jocelyn Thibault, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births45 years ago

1977 - Yoandy Garlobo, Cuban baseball player

Births43 years ago

1978 - Luis Ayala, Mexican baseball player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Maurizio Zaffiri, Italian rugby player

Births42 years ago

1979 - Marián Hossa, Slovak ice hockey player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Lee Bo-young, South Korean actress and model

Births41 years ago

1979 - Grzegorz Rasiak, Polish footballer

Births41 years ago

1979 - David Zabriskie, American cyclist

Births41 years ago

1980 - Bobby Crosby, American baseball player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Amerie, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

Births39 years ago

1981 - João Paulo Daniel, Brazilian footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Dan Klecko, American football player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Angus Macdonald, New Zealand rugby player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Luis Ernesto Pérez, Mexican footballer

Births39 years ago

1982 - Paul-Henri Mathieu, French tennis player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Hans Van Alphen, Belgian decathlete

Births38 years ago

1982 - Dean Whitehead, English footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Dontrelle Willis, American baseball player

Births38 years ago

1984 - Daniel Sepulveda, American football player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Jonathan Zydko, French footballer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Artem Milevskiy, Ukrainian footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Issa Rae, American actress, writer, director, producer and web series creator

Births35 years ago

1985 - Borja Valero, Spanish footballer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Kehoma Brenner, German rugby player

Births34 years ago

1986 - Miguel Ángel Nieto, Spanish footballer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Naya Rivera, American actress and singer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Salvatore Sirigu, Italian footballer

Births33 years ago

1988 - Claude Giroux, Canadian ice hockey player

Births32 years ago

1989 - Thiemo-Jérôme Kialka, German footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Axel Witsel, Belgian footballer

Births31 years ago

1991 - Pixie Lott, English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress

Births29 years ago

1991 - Matt Srama, Australian rugby league player

Births29 years ago

1992 - Ishak Belfodil, Algerian footballer

Births28 years ago

1992 - Samuele Longo, Italian footballer

Births28 years ago

1993 - Zayn Malik, English singer-songwriter

Births27 years ago

1993 - Simone Pecorini, Italian footballer

Births27 years ago

1993 - Do Kyungsoo, South Korean singer and member of boy band EXO

Births27 years ago

1995 - Alessio Romagnoli, Italian footballer

Births25 years ago


690 - Benedict Biscop, English scholar and saint, founded the Monkwearmouth–Jarrow Abbey (b. 628)


914 - Ahmad Samani, Samanid emir


947 - Sang Weihan, Chinese chief of staff (b. 898)

Deaths880 years ago

1167 - Aelred of Rievaulx, English monk and saint (b. 1110)

Deaths853 years ago

1320 - John Dalderby, bishop of Lincoln

Deaths700 years ago
Deaths699 years ago

1405 - Eleanor Maltravers, English noblewoman (b. 1345)

Deaths615 years ago
Deaths501 years ago

1665 - Pierre de Fermat, French mathematician and lawyer (b. 1601)

Deaths355 years ago

1674 - Giacomo Carissimi, Italian priest and composer (b. 1605)

Deaths346 years ago

1700 - Marguerite Bourgeoys, French-Canadian nun and saint, founded the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal (b. 1620)

Deaths320 years ago

1720 - William Ashhurst, English banker and politician, Lord Mayor of London (b. 1647)

Deaths300 years ago

1732 - John Horsley, English-Scottish historian and author (b. 1685)

Deaths288 years ago

1735 - John Eccles, English composer (b. 1668)

Deaths285 years ago
Deaths261 years ago

1765 - Johann Melchior Molter, German violinist and composer (b. 1696)

Deaths255 years ago

1777 - Hugh Mercer, Scottish-American general and physician (b. 1726)

Deaths243 years ago

1778 - François Bigot, French politician (b. 1703)

Deaths242 years ago

1781 - Richard Challoner, English bishop (b. 1691)

Deaths239 years ago

1829 - Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel, German philosopher, poet, and critic (b. 1772)

Deaths191 years ago

1833 - Marie-Antoine Carême, French chef (b. 1784)

Deaths187 years ago
Deaths186 years ago

1856 - Ľudovít Štúr, Slovak philologist and politician (b. 1815)

Deaths164 years ago

1861 - Václav Hanka, Czech philologist and author (b. 1791)

Deaths159 years ago
Deaths128 years ago

1892 - William Reeves, Irish bishop and historian (b. 1815)

Deaths128 years ago

1899 - Hiram Walker, American businessman, founded Canadian Club (b. 1816)

Deaths121 years ago

1909 - Hermann Minkowski, Lithuanian-German mathematician and academic (b. 1864)

Deaths111 years ago

1911 - Andreas Papagiannakopoulos, Greek journalist, judge, and politician (b. 1845)

Deaths109 years ago

1916 - Georgios Theotokis, Greek lawyer and politician, 80th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1844)

Deaths104 years ago

1921 - Gervase Elwes, English tenor and actor (b. 1866)

Deaths99 years ago

1926 - Austin Chapman, Australian businessman and politician, 4th Australian Minister for Defence (b. 1864)

Deaths94 years ago

1934 - Paul Kochanski, Polish violinist and composer (b. 1887)

Deaths86 years ago

1938 - Oscar Florianus Bluemner, German-American painter and illustrator (b. 1867)

Deaths82 years ago

1940 - Ralph Hitz, Austrian-American hotelier (b. 1891)

Deaths80 years ago

1940 - Edward Smith, English lieutenant, Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1898)

Deaths80 years ago

1943 - Jan Campert, Dutch journalist and critic (b. 1902)

Deaths77 years ago

1944 - Lance C. Wade, American commander and pilot (b. 1915)

Deaths76 years ago

1958 - Charles Hatfield, American meteorologist (b. 1875)

Deaths62 years ago

1960 - Nevil Shute, English engineer and author (b. 1899)

Deaths60 years ago

1962 - Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian journalist and activist (b. 1869)

Deaths58 years ago

1965 - Lorraine Hansberry, American author, playwright, and director (b. 1936)

Deaths55 years ago

1967 - Burhan Asaf Belge, Turkish diplomat (b. 1887)

Deaths53 years ago

1971 - John Tovey, 1st Baron Tovey, English admiral (b. 1885)

Deaths49 years ago

1973 - Roy Franklin Nichols, American historian and academic (b. 1896)

Deaths47 years ago
Deaths46 years ago

1976 - Agatha Christie, English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright (b. 1890)

Deaths44 years ago

1977 - Henri-Georges Clouzot, French director and screenwriter (b. 1907)

Deaths43 years ago

1983 - Nikolai Podgorny, Ukrainian engineer and politician (b. 1903)

Deaths37 years ago

1988 - Connie Mulder, South African politician (b. 1925)

Deaths32 years ago

1988 - Piero Taruffi, Italian race car driver and motorcycle racer (b. 1906)

Deaths32 years ago

1990 - Laurence J. Peter, Canadian-American author and educator (b. 1919)

Deaths30 years ago

1991 - Robert Jackson, Australian public servant and diplomat (b. 1911)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - Kumar Gandharva, a Hindustani classical singer (b. 1924)

Deaths28 years ago

1994 - Gustav Naan, Estonian physicist and philosopher (b. 1919)

Deaths26 years ago

1996 - Joachim Nitsche, German mathematician and academic (b. 1926)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Jean-Edern Hallier, French author (b. 1936)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - Charles Brenton Huggins, Canadian-American physician and physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1901)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - Roger Clark, English race car driver (b. 1939)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1961)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - Marc Davis, American animator and screenwriter (b. 1913)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Bobby Phills, American basketball player (b. 1969)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian guitarist and composer (b. 1922)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - William Redington Hewlett, American engineer and businessman, co-founded Hewlett-Packard (b. 1913)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - Cyrus Vance, American lawyer and politician, 57th U.S. Secretary of State (b. 1917)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Dean Amadon, American ornithologist and author (b. 1912)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Kinji Fukasaku, Japanese actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1930)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Leopoldo Galtieri, Argentine general and politician, 44th President of Argentina (b. 1926)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Maurice Gibb, Manx-Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1949)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Alan Nunn May, English physicist and spy (b. 1911)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Olga Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician and academic (b. 1921)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Amrish Puri, Indian actor (b. 1932)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Pablita Velarde, Santa Clara Pueblo (Native American) painter (b. 1918)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Alice Coltrane, American pianist and composer (b. 1937)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - James Killen, Australian soldier, lawyer, and politician, 38th Australian Minister for Defence (b. 1925)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Max Beck, American intersex advocate (b. 1966)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Claude Berri, French actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1934)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Russ Conway, Canadian-American actor (b. 1913)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Daniel Bensaïd, French philosopher and author (b. 1946)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Hasib Sabbagh, Palestinian businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Consolidated Contractors Company (b. 1920)

Deaths10 years ago

2012 - Bjørn G. Andersen, Norwegian geologist and academic (b. 1924)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Glenda Dickerson, American director, choreographer, and educator (b. 1945)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Bill Janklow, American lawyer and politician, 27th Governor of South Dakota (b. 1939)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Charles H. Price II, American businessman and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (b. 1931)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Jim Stanley, American football player and coach (b. 1935)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Precious Bryant, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1942)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Eugene Patterson, American journalist and activist (b. 1923)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Alexandra Bastedo, English actress (b. 1946)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Connie Binsfeld, American educator and politician, 58th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan (b. 1924)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - George Dement, American soldier, businessman, and politician (b. 1922)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Trevor Colbourn, American historian and academic (b. 1927)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Robert Gover, American journalist and author (b. 1929)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Carl Long, American baseball player (b. 1935)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Elena Obraztsova, Russian soprano and actress (b. 1939)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Inge Vermeulen, Brazilian-Dutch field hockey player (b. 1985)

Deaths5 years ago

2017 - William Peter Blatty, American writer and filmmaker (b. 1928)

Deaths3 years ago

2017 - Graham Taylor, former Grimsby Town player and former manager of the England football team. (b. 1944)

Deaths3 years ago

2018 - Keith Jackson, American sports commentator and journalist (b. 1928)

Deaths2 years ago

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