Holidays and observances

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

Sidereal winter solstice's eve celebrations in South and Southeast Asian cultures; the last day of the six-month Dakshinayana period (see January 14):Bhogi (Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu)

Holidays and observances

Sidereal winter solstice's eve celebrations in South and Southeast Asian cultures; the last day of the six-month Dakshinayana period (see January 14):Lohri (Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh)

Holidays and observances

Sidereal winter solstice's eve celebrations in South and Southeast Asian cultures; the last day of the six-month Dakshinayana period (see January 14):Uruka (Assam)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances


532 - The Nika riots break out, during the racing season at the Hippodrome in Constantinople, as a result of discontent with the rule of the Emperor Justinian I.


1435 - Sicut Dudum, forbidding the enslavement of the Guanche natives in Canary Islands by the Spanish, is promulgated by Pope Eugene IV.

Events585 years ago

1547 - Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, is sentenced to death for treason, on the grounds of having quartered his arms to make them similar to those of the King, Henry VIII of England.

Events473 years ago

1607 - The Bank of Genoa fails after announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain.

Events413 years ago

1793 - Nicolas Jean Hugon de Bassville, representative of Revolutionary France, lynched by a mob in Rome

Events227 years ago

1797 - French Revolutionary Wars: A naval battle between a French ship of the line and two British frigates off the coast of Brittany ends with the French vessel running aground, resulting in over 900 deaths.

Events223 years ago

1815 - War of 1812: British troops capture Fort Peter in St. Marys, Georgia, the only battle of the war to take place in the state.

Events205 years ago

1822 - The design of the Greek flag is adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus.

Events198 years ago

1830 - The Great Fire of New Orleans begins.

Events190 years ago

1833 - United States President Andrew Jackson writes to Vice President Martin Van Buren expressing his opposition to South Carolina's defiance of federal authority in the Nullification Crisis.

Events187 years ago

1840 - The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives.

Events180 years ago

1842 - Dr. William Brydon, an assistant surgeon in the British East India Company Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 4,500 men and 12,000 camp followers when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Events178 years ago
Events173 years ago

1849 - Establishment of the Colony of Vancouver Island.

Events171 years ago

1849 - Second Anglo-Sikh War – Battle of Tooele: British forces retreat from the Sikhs.

Events171 years ago

1879 - In Mozart Gardens Brooklyn Ada Anderson completed a great feat of pedestrianism - 2700 quarter miles in 2700 quarter hours, earning her $8000.

Events141 years ago

1888 - The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.

Events132 years ago

1893 - The Independent Labour Party of the United Kingdom holds its first meeting.

Events127 years ago

1893 - U.S. Marines land in Honolulu, Hawaii from the USS Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.

Events127 years ago

1895 - First Italo-Ethiopian War: the war's opening battle, the Battle of Coatit, occurs; it is an Italian victory.

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Events112 years ago

1910 - The first public radio broadcast takes place; a live performance of the operas Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci are sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

Events110 years ago

1915 - The 6.7 MwAvezzano earthquake shakes the Province of L'Aquila in Italy with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme), killing between 29,978–32,610.

Events105 years ago

1935 - A plebiscite in Saarland shows that 90.3% of those voting wish to join Nazi Germany.

Events85 years ago

1939 - The Black Friday bushfires burn 20,000 square kilometers of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.

Events81 years ago

1942 - Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car.

Events78 years ago

1942 - World War II: First use of an aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.

Events78 years ago

1950 - British submarine HMS Truculent collides with an oil tanker in the Thames Estuary, killing 64 men.

Events70 years ago

1950 - Finland forms diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.

Events70 years ago
Events69 years ago

1953 - An article appears in Pravda accusing some of the most prestigious and prominent doctors, mostly Jews, in the Soviet Union of taking part in a vast plot to poison members of the top Soviet political and military leadership.

Events67 years ago

1958 - The Moroccan Army of Liberation ambushes a Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.

Events62 years ago

1963 - Coup d'état in Togo results in the assassination of president Sylvanus Olympio.

Events57 years ago

1964 - Anti-Muslim riots break out in Calcutta, resulting in 100 deaths.

Events56 years ago

1964 - In Manchester, New Hampshire, fourteen-year-old Pamela Mason is murdered. Edward Coolidge is tried and convicted of the crime, but the conviction is set aside by the landmark Fourth Amendment case Coolidge v. New Hampshire (1971).

Events56 years ago

1966 - Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member when he is appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Events54 years ago

1972 - Prime Minister Kofi Abrefa Busia and President Edward Akufo-Addo of Ghana are ousted in a bloodless military coup by Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheampong.

Events48 years ago
Events46 years ago

1978 - United States Food and Drug Administration requires all blood donations to be labeled "paid" or "volunteer" donors.

Events42 years ago

1982 - Shortly after takeoff, Air Florida Flight 90, a Boeing 737 jet, crashes into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge and falls into the Potomac River, killing 78 including four motorists.

Events38 years ago

1985 - A passenger train plunges into a ravine in Ethiopia, killing 428 in the worst railroad disaster in Africa.

Events35 years ago

1986 - A month-long violent struggle begins in Aden, South Yemen between supporters of Ali Nasir Muhammad and Abdul Fattah Ismail, resulting in thousands of casualties.

Events34 years ago
Events32 years ago

1990 - Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office as Governor of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia.

Events30 years ago

1991 - Soviet Union troops attack Lithuanian independence supporters in Vilnius, killing 14 people and wounding around 1000 others.

Events29 years ago

1993 - Space Shuttle program: Endeavour heads for space for the third time as STS-54 launches from the Kennedy Space Center.

Events27 years ago

1993 - The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is signed.

Events27 years ago

1998 - Alfredo Ormando sets himself on fire in St. Peter's Square, protesting against homophobia.

Events22 years ago

2001 - An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800.

Events19 years ago

2012 - The passenger cruise ship Costa Concordia sinks off the coast of Italy due to the captain Francesco Schettino's negligence and irresponsibility. There are 32 confirmed deaths.

Events8 years ago

2018 - A false emergency alert warning of an impending missile strike in Hawaii caused widespread panic in the state.

Events2 years ago


5 BC - Guangwu of Han, Chinese emperor (d. 57)


101 - Lucius Aelius, Roman adopted son of Hadrian (d. 138)


915 - Al-Hakam II, Umayyad caliph (d. 976)


1334 - Henry II, king of Castile and León (d. 1379)

Births686 years ago

1338 - Jeong Mong-ju, Korean civil minister, diplomat and scholar (d. 1392)

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1562 - Mark Alexander Boyd, Scottish poet and soldier (d. 1601)

Births458 years ago

1596 - Jan van Goyen, Dutch painter and illustrator (d. 1656)

Births424 years ago

1610 - Maria Anna of Bavaria, archduchess of Austria (d. 1665)

Births410 years ago

1616 - Antoinette Bourignon, French-Flemish mystic and author (d. 1680)

Births404 years ago

1651 - Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington, English soldier and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. 1694)

Births369 years ago

1683 - Christoph Graupner, German harpsichord player and composer (d. 1760)

Births337 years ago

1720 - Richard Hurd, English bishop (d. 1808)

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1749 - Maler Müller, German poet, painter, and playwright (d. 1825)

Births271 years ago

1787 - John Davis, American lawyer and politician, 14th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1854)

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1804 - Paul Gavarni, French illustrator (d. 1866)

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1805 - Thomas Dyer, American lawyer and politician, 18th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1862)

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1808 - Salmon P. Chase, American jurist and politician, 6th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1873)

Births212 years ago

1810 - Ernestine Rose, American suffragist, abolitionist, and freethinker (d. 1892)

Births210 years ago

1812 - Victor de Laprade, French poet and critic (d. 1883)

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1832 - Horatio Alger, Jr., American novelist and journalist (d. 1899)

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1845 - Félix Tisserand, French astronomer and academic (d. 1896)

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1858 - Oskar Minkowski, Lithuanian-German biologist and academic (d. 1931)

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1859 - Kostis Palamas, Greek poet and playwright (d. 1943)

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1861 - Max Nonne, German neurologist and academic (d. 1959)

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1864 - Wilhelm Wien, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1928)

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1866 - Vasily Kalinnikov, Russian bassoon player and composer (d. 1901)

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1866 - George Gurdjieff, Russian-French mystic and philosopher (d. 1949)

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1870 - Ross Granville Harrison, American biologist and anatomist (d. 1959)

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1878 - Lionel Groulx, Canadian priest and historian (d. 1967)

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1881 - Essington Lewis, Australian engineer and businessman (d. 1961)

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1883 - Nathaniel Cartmell, American runner and coach (d. 1967)

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1885 - Alfred Fuller, Canadian-American businessman, founded the Fuller Brush Company (d. 1973)

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1886 - Art Ross, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (d. 1964)

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1887 - Sophie Tucker, Russian-born American singer and actress (d. 1966)

Births133 years ago

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

Births130 years ago

1892 - Ermanno Aebi, Italian-Swiss footballer (d. 1976)

Births128 years ago

1893 - Charles Arnison, English lieutenant and pilot (d. 1974)

Births127 years ago

1893 - Roy Cazaly, Australian footballer and coach (d. 1963)

Births127 years ago

1893 - Clark Ashton Smith, American poet, sculptor, painter, and author (d. 1961)

Births127 years ago

1893 - Chaim Soutine, Belarusian-French painter (d. 1943)

Births127 years ago

1900 - Shimizugawa Motokichi, Japanese sumo wrestler (d. 1967)

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1901 - A. B. Guthrie, Jr., American novelist, screenwriter, historian (d. 1991)

Births119 years ago

1901 - Mieczysław Żywczyński, Polish priest and historian (d. 1978)

Births119 years ago

1902 - Karl Menger, Austrian-American mathematician from the Vienna Circle (d. 1985)

Births118 years ago

1904 - Richard Addinsell, English composer (d. 1977)

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1904 - Nathan Milstein, Ukrainian-American violinist and composer (d. 1992)

Births116 years ago

1904 - Dick Rowley, Irish footballer, centre forward (d. 1984)

Births116 years ago

1905 - Kay Francis, American actress (d. 1968)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Jack London, English sprinter and pianist (d. 1966)

Births115 years ago

1906 - Zhou Youguang, Chinese linguist, sinologist, and academic (d. 2017)

Births114 years ago

1909 - Helm Glöckler, German race car driver (d. 1993)

Births111 years ago

1910 - Yannis Tsarouchis, Greek painter and illustrator (d. 1989)

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1911 - Joh Bjelke-Petersen, New Zealand-Australian farmer and politician, 31st Premier of Queensland (d. 2005)

Births109 years ago

1914 - Osa Massen, Danish-American actress (d. 2006)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Ted Willis, Baron Willis, English author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1992)

Births106 years ago

1919 - Robert Stack, American actor (d. 2003)

Births101 years ago

1921 - Necati Cumalı, Greek-Turkish author and poet (d. 2001)

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1921 - Dachine Rainer, American-English author and poet (d. 2000)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Arthur Stevens, English footballer, outside right (d. 2007}

Births99 years ago

1922 - Albert Lamorisse, French director and producer (d. 1970)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Daniil Shafran, Russian cellist (d. 1997)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Willem Slijkhuis, Dutch runner (d. 2003)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Paul Feyerabend, Austrian-Swiss philosopher and academic (d. 1994)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Roland Petit, French dancer and choreographer (d. 2011)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Rosemary Murphy, American actress (d. 2014)

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1925 - Vanita Smythe, American singer and actress (d. 1994)

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1925 - Ron Tauranac, Australian engineer and businessman

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1925 - Gwen Verdon, American actress and dancer (d. 2000)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Michael Bond, English soldier and author, created Paddington Bear (d. 2017)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Carolyn Gold Heilbrun, American author and academic (d. 2003)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Melba Liston, American trombonist and composer (d. 1999)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Brock Adams, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 5th United States Secretary of Transportation (d. 2004)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Liz Anderson, American singer-songwriter (d. 2011)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Sydney Brenner, South African biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2019)

Births93 years ago

1929 - Joe Pass, American guitarist and composer (d. 1994)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Frances Sternhagen, American actress

Births90 years ago

1931 - Ian Hendry, English actor (d. 1984)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor, comedian, director, game show panelist, and television personality (d. 2007)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Barry Bishop, American mountaineer, photographer, and scholar (d. 1994)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Tom Gola, American basketball player, coach, and politician (d. 2014)

Births87 years ago

1935 - Rip Taylor, American actor and comedian (d. 2019)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Renato Bruson, Italian opera singer

Births84 years ago

1937 - Guy Dodson, New Zealand-English biochemist and academic (d. 2012)

Births83 years ago

1938 - Cabu, French cartoonist (d. 2015)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Daevid Allen, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2015)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Richard Anthony, Egyptian-French singer-songwriter (d. 2015)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Dave Edwards, American captain and politician (d. 2013)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Tord Grip, Swedish footballer and manager

Births82 years ago

1938 - Anna Home, English screenwriter and producer

Births82 years ago

1938 - Shivkumar Sharma, Indian santoor player, Padma Vibhushan winner

Births82 years ago

1939 - Edgardo Cozarinsky, Argentinian author, screenwriter, and director

Births81 years ago

1939 - Jacek Gmoch, Polish footballer and coach

Births81 years ago

1939 - Cesare Maniago, Canadian ice hockey player

Births81 years ago

1940 - Edmund White, American novelist, memoirist, and essayist

Births80 years ago

1941 - Pasqual Maragall, Spanish academic and politician, 127th President of the Generalitat de Catalunya

Births79 years ago

1941 - Meinhard Nehmer, German bobsledder

Births79 years ago

1943 - William Duckworth, American composer and author (d. 2012)

Births77 years ago

1943 - Richard Moll, American actor

Births77 years ago

1945 - Gordon McVie, English oncologist and author

Births75 years ago

1945 - Peter Simpson, English footballer

Births75 years ago

1946 - Ordal Demokan, Turkish physicist and academic (d. 2004)

Births74 years ago

1946 - Eero Koivistoinen, Finnish saxophonist, composer, and conductor

Births74 years ago

1947 - John Lees, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births73 years ago

1947 - Jacek Majchrowski, Polish historian, lawyer, and politician

Births73 years ago

1947 - Carles Rexach, Spanish footballer and coach

Births73 years ago

1948 - Gaj Singh, Indian lawyer and politician

Births72 years ago

1949 - Rakesh Sharma, Indian commander, pilot, and astronaut

Births71 years ago

1949 - Brandon Tartikoff, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1997)

Births71 years ago

1950 - Clive Betts, English economist and politician

Births70 years ago

1950 - Bob Forsch, American baseball player (d. 2011)

Births70 years ago

1950 - Gholam Hossein Mazloumi, Iranian footballer and manager (d. 2014)

Births70 years ago

1952 - Stephen Glover, English journalist, co-founded The Independent

Births68 years ago

1953 - Silvana Gallardo, American actress and producer (d. 2012)

Births67 years ago

1954 - Richard Blackford, English composer

Births66 years ago

1954 - Trevor Rabin, South African-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births66 years ago

1955 - Paul Kelly, Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births65 years ago

1955 - Jay McInerney, American novelist and critic

Births65 years ago

1955 - Anne Pringle, English diplomat, British Ambassador to Russia

Births65 years ago

1957 - Claudia Emerson, American poet and academic (d. 2014)

Births63 years ago

1957 - Mary Glindon, English lawyer and politician

Births63 years ago

1957 - Mark O'Meara, American golfer

Births63 years ago

1957 - Lorrie Moore, American short story writer

Births63 years ago

1958 - Francisco Buyo, Spanish footballer and manager

Births62 years ago

1958 - Juan Pedro de Miguel, Spanish handball player (d. 2016)

Births62 years ago

1959 - Winnie Byanyima, Ugandan engineer, politician, and diplomat

Births61 years ago

1960 - Eric Betzig, American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate

Births60 years ago

1960 - Matthew Bourne, English choreographer and director

Births60 years ago

1961 - Wayne Coyne, American singer-songwriter and musician

Births59 years ago

1961 - Kelly Hrudey, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

Births59 years ago

1961 - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, American actress, comedian, and producer

Births59 years ago

1962 - Trace Adkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births58 years ago

1962 - Paul Higgins, Canadian ice hockey player

Births58 years ago

1964 - Penelope Ann Miller, American actress

Births56 years ago

1966 - Patrick Dempsey, American actor and race car driver

Births54 years ago

1966 - Leo Visser, Dutch speed skater and pilot

Births54 years ago

1968 - Mike Whitlow, English footballer and coach

Births52 years ago

1969 - Stefania Belmondo, Italian skier

Births51 years ago

1969 - Stephen Hendry, Scottish snooker player and journalist

Births51 years ago

1970 - Frank Kooiman, Dutch footballer

Births50 years ago

1970 - Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (d. 2004)

Births50 years ago

1970 - Shonda Rhimes, American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births50 years ago

1972 - Mark Bosnich, Australian footballer and sportscaster

Births48 years ago

1972 - Nicole Eggert, American actress

Births48 years ago

1972 - Vitaly Scherbo, Belarusian gymnast

Births48 years ago

1973 - Nikolai Khabibulin, Russian ice hockey player

Births47 years ago

1973 - Gigi Galli, Italian race driver

Births47 years ago

1974 - Sergei Brylin, Russian ice hockey player and coach

Births46 years ago

1975 - Rune Eriksen, Norwegian guitarist and composer

Births45 years ago

1975 - Mailis Reps, Estonian academic and politician, 31st Estonian Minister of Education and Research

Births45 years ago

1975 - Andrew Yang, American entrepreneur, founder of Venture for America, and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate

Births45 years ago

1976 - Mario Yepes, Colombian footballer

Births44 years ago

1977 - Orlando Bloom, English actor and producer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Mi-Hyun Kim, South Korean golfer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Elliot Mason, English trombonist and keyboard player

Births43 years ago

1977 - James Posey, American basketball player and coach

Births43 years ago

1978 - Nate Silver, American journalist and statistician, developed PECOTA

Births42 years ago

1979 - Katy Brand, English actress and screenwriter

Births41 years ago

1980 - Krzysztof Czerwiński, Polish organist and conductor

Births40 years ago

1980 - Nils-Eric Johansson, Swedish footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Akira Kaji, Japanese footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Wolfgang Loitzl, Austrian ski jumper

Births40 years ago

1980 - Mirko Soltau, German footballer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Reggie Brown, American football player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Darrell Rasner, American baseball player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Yujiro Takahashi, Japanese wrestler

Births39 years ago

1982 - Kamran Akmal, Pakistan cricketer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Guillermo Coria, Argentinian tennis player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Constantinos Makrides, Cypriot footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Ruth Wilson, English actress

Births38 years ago

1983 - Ender Arslan, Turkish basketball player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Sebastian Kneißl, German footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Mauricio Martín Romero, Argentinian footballer

Births37 years ago

1984 - Matteo Cavagna, Italian footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Kamghe Gaba, German sprinter

Births36 years ago

1984 - Nick Mangold, American football player

Births36 years ago

1985 - Luke Robinson, American wrestler

Births35 years ago

1986 - Joannie Rochette, Canadian figure skater

Births34 years ago

1987 - Stefano Del Sante, Italian footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Florica Leonida, Romanian gymnast

Births33 years ago

1987 - Steven Michaels, Australian rugby league player

Births33 years ago

1987 - Daniel Oss, Italian cyclist

Births33 years ago

1987 - Marc Staal, Canadian ice hockey player

Births33 years ago

1987 - Sven Wetzel, German rugby player

Births33 years ago

1988 - Josh Freeman, American football player

Births32 years ago

1989 - Morgan Burnett, American football player

Births31 years ago

1989 - Doug Martin, American football player

Births31 years ago

1990 - Vincenzo Fiorillo, Italian footballer

Births30 years ago

1990 - Liam Hemsworth, Australian actor

Births30 years ago

1991 - Rob Kiernan, English-Irish footballer

Births29 years ago

1992 - Adam Matthews, Welsh footballer

Births28 years ago

1992 - Dinah Pfizenmaier, German tennis player

Births28 years ago

1993 - Max Whitlock, English artistic gymnast

Births27 years ago

1997 - Micah Hart, Canadian ice hockey player

Births23 years ago

1997 - Connor McDavid, Canadian ice hockey player

Births23 years ago

1997 - Ivan Provorov, Russian ice hockey player

Births23 years ago


86 BC - Gaius Marius, Roman general and politician (b. 157 BC)


533 - Remigius, French bishop and saint (b. 437)


614 - Mungo, English-Scottish bishop and saint


703 - Jitō, Japanese emperor (b. 645)


858 - Æthelwulf, king of Wessex


888 - Charles the Fat, Frankish king and emperor (b. 839)


927 - Berno of Cluny, Frankish monk and abbot


1001 - Fujiwara no Teishi, Japanese empress (b. 977)

Deaths1019 years ago

1147 - Robert de Craon, Grand Master of the Knights Templar

Deaths873 years ago

1151 - Suger, French historian and politician (b. 1081)

Deaths869 years ago

1177 - Henry II, count palatine and duke of Austria (b. 1107)

Deaths843 years ago

1321 - Bonacossa Borri, Italian noblewoman (b. 1254)

Deaths699 years ago

1330 - Frederick I, duke and king of Germany

Deaths690 years ago

1363 - Meinhard III, German nobleman (b. 1344)

Deaths657 years ago

1400 - Thomas le Despenser, 1st Earl of Gloucester, English politician (b. 1373)

Deaths620 years ago

1599 - Edmund Spenser, English poet, Chief Secretary for Ireland (b. 1552)

Deaths421 years ago

1612 - Jane Dormer, English lady-in-waiting (b. 1538)

Deaths408 years ago

1625 - Jan Brueghel the Elder, Flemish painter (b. 1568)

Deaths395 years ago

1684 - Henry Howard, 6th Duke of Norfolk, English nobleman (b. 1628)

Deaths336 years ago

1691 - George Fox, English religious leader, founded the Religious Society of Friends (b. 1624)

Deaths329 years ago

1717 - Maria Sibylla Merian, German entomologist and illustrator (b. 1647)

Deaths303 years ago

1775 - Johann Georg Walch, German theologian and author (b. 1693)

Deaths245 years ago

1790 - Luc Urbain de Bouëxic, French admiral (b. 1712)

Deaths230 years ago

1796 - John Anderson, Scottish philosopher and educator (b. 1726)

Deaths224 years ago

1832 - Thomas Lord, English cricketer, founded Lord's Cricket Ground (b. 1755)

Deaths188 years ago

1838 - Ferdinand Ries, German pianist and composer (b. 1784)

Deaths182 years ago

1860 - William Mason, American surgeon and politician (b. 1786)

Deaths160 years ago

1864 - Stephen Foster, American composer and songwriter (b. 1826)

Deaths156 years ago

1872 - William Scamp, English architect and engineer (b. 1801)

Deaths148 years ago

1882 - Wilhelm Mauser, German engineer and businessman, co-founded the Mauser Company (b. 1834)

Deaths138 years ago

1885 - Schuyler Colfax, American journalist and politician, 17th Vice President of the United States (b. 1823)

Deaths135 years ago

1889 - Solomon Bundy, American lawyer and politician (b. 1823)

Deaths131 years ago

1905 - George Thorn, Australian farmer and politician, 6th Premier of Queensland (b. 1838)

Deaths115 years ago

1906 - Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Russian physicist and academic (b. 1859)

Deaths114 years ago

1907 - Jakob Hurt, Estonian theologist and linguist (b. 1839)

Deaths113 years ago

1915 - Mary Slessor, Scottish-Nigerian missionary (b. 1848)

Deaths105 years ago

1916 - Victoriano Huerta, Mexican military officer and president, 1913–1914 (b. 1850)

Deaths104 years ago

1923 - Alexandre Ribot, French academic and politician, Prime Minister of France (b. 1842)

Deaths97 years ago

1924 - Georg Hermann Quincke, German physicist and academic (b. 1834)

Deaths96 years ago

1929 - Wyatt Earp, American police officer (b. 1848)

Deaths91 years ago

1929 - H. B. Higgins, Irish-Australian judge and politician, 3rd Attorney-General for Australia (b. 1851)

Deaths91 years ago

1934 - Paul Ulrich Villard, French physicist and chemist (b. 1860)

Deaths86 years ago

1941 - James Joyce, Irish novelist, short story writer, and poet (b. 1882)

Deaths79 years ago

1943 - Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss painter and sculptor (b. 1889)

Deaths77 years ago

1956 - Lyonel Feininger, German-American painter and illustrator (b. 1871)

Deaths64 years ago

1957 - A. E. Coppard English poet and short story writer (b. 1878)

Deaths63 years ago

1958 - Jesse L. Lasky, American film producer, co-founded Paramount Pictures (b. 1880)

Deaths62 years ago

1962 - Ernie Kovacs, American actor and game show host (b. 1919)

Deaths58 years ago

1963 - Sylvanus Olympio, Togolese businessman and politician, President of Togo (b. 1902)

Deaths57 years ago

1967 - Anatole de Grunwald, Russian-English screenwriter and producer (b. 1910)

Deaths53 years ago

1971 - Robert Still, English composer and educator (b. 1910)

Deaths49 years ago

1973 - Sabahattin Eyüboğlu, Turkish screenwriter and producer (b. 1908)

Deaths47 years ago

1974 - Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor and educator (b. 1906)

Deaths46 years ago

1974 - Salvador Novo, Mexican playwright and poet (b. 1904)

Deaths46 years ago

1976 - Margaret Leighton, English actress (b. 1922)

Deaths44 years ago

1977 - Henri Langlois, Turkish-French historian, co-founded the Cinémathèque Française (b. 1914)

Deaths43 years ago

1978 - Hubert Humphrey, American pharmacist, academic, and politician, 38th Vice President of the United States (b. 1911)

Deaths42 years ago

1978 - Joe McCarthy, American baseball player and manager (b. 1887)

Deaths42 years ago

1979 - Donny Hathaway, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (b. 1945)

Deaths41 years ago

1979 - Marjorie Lawrence, Australian-American soprano (b. 1907)

Deaths41 years ago

1980 - Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor (b. 1901)

Deaths40 years ago

1982 - Marcel Camus, French director and screenwriter (b. 1912)

Deaths38 years ago

1983 - René Bonnet, French race car driver and engineer (b. 1904)

Deaths37 years ago

1986 - Abdul Fattah Ismail, Yemeni educator and politician, 4th President of South Yemen (b. 1939)

Deaths34 years ago

1986 - Kevin Longbottom, Australian rugby league player (b. 1940)

Deaths34 years ago

1988 - Chiang Ching-kuo, Chinese politician, President of the Republic of China (b. 1910)

Deaths32 years ago

1993 - Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian composer and conductor (b. 1907)

Deaths27 years ago

1995 - Max Harris, Australian journalist, poet, and author (b. 1921)

Deaths25 years ago

2002 - Frank Shuster, Canadian actor, comedian, and screenwriter (b. 1916)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Norman Panama, American director and screenwriter (b. 1914)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Arne Næss, Jr., Norwegian businessman and mountaineer (b. 1937)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Earl Cameron, Canadian journalist (b. 1915)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Nell Rankin, American soprano and actress (b. 1924)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Frank Fixaris, American journalist and sportscaster (b. 1934)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Marc Potvin, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (b. 1967)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Michael Brecker, American saxophonist and composer (b. 1949)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Danny Oakes, American race car driver (b. 1911)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Johnny Podres, American baseball player and coach (b. 1932)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Dai Llewellyn, Welsh humanitarian activist and politician (b. 1946)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Patrick McGoohan, Irish-American actor, director, and producer (b. 1928)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Mansour Rahbani, Lebanese poet, composer, and producer (b. 1925)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - W. D. Snodgrass, American poet (b. 1926)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Nancy Bird Walton, Australian pilot (b. 1915)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Teddy Pendergrass, American singer-songwriter (b. 1950)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Albert Heijn, Dutch businessman (b. 1927)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Rauf Denktaş, Turkish-Cypriot lawyer and politician, 1st President of Northern Cyprus (b. 1924)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Guido Dessauer, German physicist and engineer (b. 1915)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Miljan Miljanić, Serbian footballer and manager (b. 1930)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Diogenes Allen, American philosopher and theologian (b. 1932)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Rodney Mims Cook, Sr., American lieutenant and politician (b. 1924)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Chia-Chiao Lin, Chinese-American mathematician and academic (b. 1916)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Bobby Collins, Scottish footballer and manager (b. 1931)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Randal Tye Thomas, American journalist and politician (b. 1978)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Waldemar von Gazen, German general and lawyer (b. 1917)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Mark Juddery, Australian journalist and author (b. 1971)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Robert White, American soldier and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Paraguay (b. 1926)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Brian Bedford, English-American actor and director (b. 1935)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Giorgio Gomelsky, Georgian-American director, producer, songwriter, and manager (b. 1934)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Lawrence Phillips, American football player (b. 1975)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, English photographer and sometime member of the British royal family (b. 1930)

Deaths3 years ago

2017 - Dick Gautier, American actor (b. 1931)

Deaths3 years ago

2017 - Magic Alex, Greek electronics engineer (b. 1942)

Deaths3 years ago

2019 - Phil Masinga, South African footballer (b. 1969)

Deaths1 years ago

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