Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances


27 BCE - Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus is granted the title Augustus by the Roman Senate, marking the beginning of the Roman Empire.


378 - General Siyaj K'ak' conquers Tikal, enlarging the domain of King Spearthrower Owl of Teotihuacán.


550 - Gothic War: The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison.


1120 - The Council of Nablus is held, establishing the earliest surviving written laws of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.

Events900 years ago

1412 - The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy.

Events608 years ago
Events528 years ago

1547 - Grand Duke Ivan IV of Muscovy becomes the first Tsar of Russia, replacing the 264-year-old Grand Duchy of Moscow with the Tsardom of Russia.

Events473 years ago

1556 - Philip II becomes King of Spain.

Events464 years ago

1572 - Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk is tried for treason for his part in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England.

Events448 years ago

1605 - The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid, Spain.

Events415 years ago

1707 - The Scottish Parliament ratifies the Act of Union, paving the way for the creation of Great Britain.

Events313 years ago

1757 - Forces of the Maratha Empire defeat a 5,000-strong army of the Durrani Empire in the Battle of Narela.

Events263 years ago
Events234 years ago

1809 - Peninsular War: The British defeat the French at the Battle of La Coruña.

Events211 years ago

1847 - John C. Frémont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory.

Events173 years ago

1862 - Hartley Colliery disaster: Two hundred and four men and boys killed in a mining disaster, prompting a change in UK law which henceforth required all collieries to have at least two independent means of escape.

Events158 years ago
Events137 years ago

1900 - The United States Senate accepts the Anglo-German treaty of 1899 in which the United Kingdom renounces its claims to the Samoan islands.

Events120 years ago

1909 - Ernest Shackleton's expedition finds the magnetic South Pole.

Events111 years ago

1919 - The United States ratifies the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, requiring Prohibition in the United States one year after ratification.

Events101 years ago

1920 - Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated was founded on the campus of Howard University.

Events100 years ago

1920 - The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris, France.

Events100 years ago
Events99 years ago

1942 - Crash of TWA Flight 3, killing all 22 aboard, including film star Carole Lombard.

Events78 years ago

1945 - Adolf Hitler moves into his underground bunker, the so-called Führerbunker.

Events75 years ago

1964 - Hello, Dolly! opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,844 performances.

Events56 years ago

1969 - Czech student Jan Palach commits suicide by self-immolation in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in protest against the Soviets' crushing of the Prague Spring the year before.

Events51 years ago

1969 - Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk.

Events51 years ago

1979 - The last Iranian Shah flees Iran with his family for good and relocates to Egypt.

Events41 years ago

1991 - Coalition Forces go to war with Iraq, beginning the Gulf War.

Events29 years ago

1992 - El Salvador officials and rebel leaders sign the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City, Mexico ending the 12-year Salvadoran Civil War that claimed at least 75,000 lives.

Events28 years ago

2001 - Congolese President Laurent-Désiré Kabila is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards.

Events19 years ago

2001 - US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish–American War.

Events19 years ago

2002 - The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and the remaining members of the Taliban.

Events18 years ago

2003 - The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.

Events17 years ago

2006 - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state.

Events14 years ago

2016 - Thirty-three out of 126 freed hostages are injured and 23 killed in terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on a hotel and a nearby restaurant.

Events4 years ago

2018 - Myanmar police open fire on a group of ethnic Rakhine protesters, killing seven and wounding twelve.

Events2 years ago


972 - Sheng Zong, emperor of the Liao Dynasty (d. 1031)


1093 - Isaac Komnenos, son of Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komnenos (d. 1152)

Births927 years ago

1245 - Edmund Crouchback, English politician, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports (d. 1296)

Births775 years ago

1362 - Robert de Vere, duke of Ireland (d. 1392)

Births658 years ago

1409 - René of Anjou, king of Naples (d. 1480)

Births611 years ago

1477 - Johannes Schöner, German astronomer and cartographer (d. 1547)

Births543 years ago

1501 - Anthony Denny, confidant of Henry VIII of England (d. 1559)

Births519 years ago

1516 - Bayinnaung, king of Burma (d. 1581)

Births504 years ago

1558 - Jakobea of Baden, Margravine of Baden by birth, Duchess of Jülich-Cleves-Berg by marriage (d. 1597)

Births462 years ago

1616 - François de Vendôme, duke of Beaufort (d. 1669)

Births404 years ago

1626 - Lucas Achtschellinck, Belgian painter and educator (d. 1699)

Births394 years ago

1630 - Guru Har Rai, Sikh Guru (d. 1661)

Births390 years ago

1634 - Dorothe Engelbretsdatter, Norwegian author and poet (d. 1716)

Births386 years ago

1675 - Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French soldier and diplomat (d. 1755)

Births345 years ago

1691 - Peter Scheemakers, Belgian sculptor and educator (d. 1781)

Births329 years ago

1728 - Niccolò Piccinni, Italian composer and educator (d. 1800)

Births292 years ago

1749 - Vittorio Alfieri, Italian poet and playwright (d. 1803)

Births271 years ago

1757 - Richard Goodwin Keats, English admiral and politician, 3rd Commodore-Governor of Newfoundland (d. 1834)

Births263 years ago

1807 - Charles Henry Davis, American admiral (d. 1877)

Births213 years ago

1815 - Henry Halleck, American lawyer, general, and scholar (d. 1872)

Births205 years ago

1821 - John C. Breckinridge, American general and politician, 14th Vice President of the United States (d. 1875)

Births199 years ago

1834 - Robert R. Hitt, American lawyer and politician, 13th United States Assistant Secretary of State (d. 1906)

Births186 years ago
Births184 years ago

1838 - Franz Brentano, German philosopher and psychologist (d. 1917)

Births182 years ago

1851 - William Hall-Jones, English-New Zealand politician, 16th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1936)

Births169 years ago

1853 - Johnston Forbes-Robertson, English actor and manager (d. 1937)

Births167 years ago

1853 - Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton, Greek-English general (d. 1947)

Births167 years ago

1853 - André Michelin, French businessman, co-founded the Michelin Tyre Company (d. 1931)

Births167 years ago

1870 - Jüri Jaakson, Estonian businessman and politician, State Elder of Estonia (d. 1942)

Births150 years ago

1872 - Henri Büsser, French organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1973)

Births148 years ago

1874 - Robert W. Service, English-Canadian poet and author (d. 1958)

Births146 years ago

1875 - Leonor Michaelis, German biochemist and physician (d. 1949)

Births145 years ago

1876 - Claude Buckenham, English cricketer and footballer (d. 1937)

Births144 years ago

1878 - Harry Carey, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1947)

Births142 years ago

1880 - Samuel Jones, American high jumper (d. 1954)

Births140 years ago

1882 - Margaret Wilson, American author (d. 1973)

Births138 years ago

1885 - Zhou Zuoren, Chinese author and translator (d. 1967)

Births135 years ago

1888 - Osip Brik, Russian avant garde writer and literary critic (d. 1945)

Births132 years ago

1892 - Homer Burton Adkins, American chemist (d. 1949)

Births128 years ago

1893 - Daisy Kennedy, Australian-English violinist (d. 1981)

Births127 years ago

1894 - Irving Mills, American publisher (d. 1985)

Births126 years ago

1895 - Evripidis Bakirtzis, Greek soldier and politician (d. 1947)

Births125 years ago

1895 - T. M. Sabaratnam, Sri Lankan lawyer and politician (d. 1966)

Births125 years ago

1895 - Nat Schachner, American lawyer, chemist, and author (d. 1955)

Births125 years ago

1897 - Carlos Pellicer, Mexican poet and academic (d. 1977)

Births123 years ago

1898 - Margaret Booth, American producer and editor (d. 2002)

Births122 years ago

1898 - Irving Rapper, American film director and producer (d. 1999)

Births122 years ago

1900 - Kiku Amino, Japanese author and translator (d. 1978)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Edith Frank, German-Dutch mother of Anne Frank (d. 1945)

Births120 years ago

1901 - Fulgencio Batista, Cuban colonel and politician, 9th President of Cuba (d. 1973)

Births119 years ago

1902 - Eric Liddell, Scottish runner, rugby player, and missionary (d. 1945)

Births118 years ago

1903 - William Grover-Williams, English-French race car driver (d. 1945)

Births117 years ago

1905 - Ernesto Halffter, Spanish composer and conductor (d. 1989)

Births115 years ago

1906 - Johannes Brenner, Estonian footballer and pilot (d. 1975)

Births114 years ago

1906 - Diana Wynyard, English actress (d. 1964)

Births114 years ago

1907 - Alexander Knox, Canadian-English actor and screenwriter (d. 1995)

Births113 years ago

1907 - Paul Nitze, American banker and politician, 10th United States Secretary of the Navy (d. 2004)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Sammy Crooks, English footballer (d. 1981)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Ethel Merman, American actress and singer (d. 1984)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Günther Prien, German captain (d. 1941)

Births112 years ago

1909 - Clement Greenberg, American art critic (d. 1994)

Births111 years ago

1910 - Dizzy Dean, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1974)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Ivan Barrow, Jamaican cricketer (d. 1979)

Births109 years ago

1911 - Eduardo Frei Montalva, Chilean lawyer and politician, 28th President of Chile (d. 1982)

Births109 years ago

1911 - Roger Lapébie, French cyclist (d. 1996)

Births109 years ago

1914 - Roger Wagner, French-American conductor and educator (d. 1992)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Leslie H. Martinson, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2016)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Eddie Burns, Australian rugby league player and coach (d. 2004)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Philip Lucock, English-Australian minister and politician (d. 1996)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Carl Karcher, American businessman, founded Carl's Jr. (d. 2008)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Nel Benschop, Dutch poet and educator (d. 2005)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Allan Ekelund, Swedish director, producer, and production manager (d. 2009)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Clem Jones, Australian surveyor and politician, 8th Lord Mayor of Brisbane (d. 2007)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Stirling Silliphant, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1996)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Jerome Horwitz, American chemist and academic (d. 2012)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Alberto Crespo, Argentinian race car driver (d. 1991)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Elliott Reid, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2013)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Francesco Scavullo, American photographer (d. 2004)

Births99 years ago

1923 - Gene Feist, American director and playwright, co-founded the Roundabout Theatre Company (d. 2014)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Anthony Hecht, American poet (d. 2004)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Katy Jurado, Mexican actress (d. 2002)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Peter Hirsch, German-English metallurgist and academic

Births95 years ago

1925 - James Robinson Risner, American general and pilot (d. 2013)

Births95 years ago

1928 - William Kennedy, American novelist and journalist

Births92 years ago

1928 - Pilar Lorengar, Spanish soprano and actress (d. 1996)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah, Sri Lankan anthropologist and academic (d. 2014)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Mary Ann McMorrow, American lawyer and judge (d. 2013)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Norman Podhoretz, American journalist and author

Births90 years ago

1931 - John Enderby, English physicist and academic

Births89 years ago

1931 - Robert L. Park, American physicist and academic

Births89 years ago

1931 - Johannes Rau, German journalist and politician, 8th Federal President of Germany (d. 2006)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Victor Ciocâltea, Romanian chess player (d. 1983)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Dian Fossey, American zoologist and anthropologist (d. 1985)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Susan Sontag, American novelist, essayist, and critic (d. 2004)

Births87 years ago

1934 - Bob Bogle, American rock guitarist and bass player (d. 2009)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Marilyn Horne, American soprano and actress

Births86 years ago

1935 - A. J. Foyt, American race car driver

Births85 years ago

1935 - Udo Lattek, German footballer, manager, and sportscaster (d. 2015)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Michael White, Scottish actor and producer (d. 2016)

Births84 years ago

1937 - Luiz Bueno, Brazilian race car driver (d. 2011)

Births83 years ago

1937 - Francis George, American cardinal (d. 2015)

Births83 years ago

1938 - Marina Vaizey, American journalist and critic

Births82 years ago

1939 - Ralph Gibson, American photographer

Births81 years ago

1941 - Christine Truman, English tennis player and sportscaster

Births79 years ago

1942 - René Angélil, Canadian singer and manager (d. 2016)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Barbara Lynn, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births78 years ago

1943 - Gavin Bryars, English bassist and composer

Births77 years ago

1943 - Ronnie Milsap, American singer and pianist

Births77 years ago

1944 - Dieter Moebius, Swiss-German keyboard player and producer (d. 2015)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Jim Stafford, American singer-songwriter and actor

Births76 years ago

1944 - Jill Tarter, American astronomer and biologist

Births76 years ago

1944 - Judy Baar Topinka, American journalist and politician (d. 2014)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Wim Suurbier, Dutch footballer and manager

Births75 years ago

1946 - Kabir Bedi, Indian actor

Births74 years ago

1946 - Katia Ricciarelli, Italian soprano and actress

Births74 years ago

1947 - Elaine Murphy, Baroness Murphy, English academic and politician

Births73 years ago

1947 - Harvey Proctor, English politician

Births73 years ago

1947 - Laura Schlessinger, American physiologist, talk show host, and author

Births73 years ago

1948 - John Carpenter, American director, producer, screenwriter, and composer

Births72 years ago

1948 - Ants Laaneots, Estonian general

Births72 years ago

1948 - Cliff Thorburn, Canadian snooker player

Births72 years ago

1948 - Ruth Reichl, American journalist and critic

Births72 years ago

1949 - Anne F. Beiler, American businesswoman, founded Auntie Anne's

Births71 years ago

1949 - R. F. Foster, Irish historian and academic

Births71 years ago

1949 - Andrew Refshauge, Australian physician and politician, 13th Deputy Premier of New South Wales

Births71 years ago

1950 - Debbie Allen, American actress, dancer, and choreographer

Births70 years ago

1950 - Robert Schimmel, American comedian, actor, and producer (d. 2010)

Births70 years ago

1952 - Fuad II, King of Egypt

Births68 years ago

1952 - Piercarlo Ghinzani, Italian race car driver and manager

Births68 years ago

1952 - L. Blaine Hammond, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut

Births68 years ago

1952 - Julie Anne Peters, American engineer and author

Births68 years ago

1953 - Robert Jay Mathews, American militant, founded The Order (d. 1984)

Births67 years ago

1954 - Wolfgang Schmidt, German discus thrower

Births66 years ago

1954 - Vasili Zhupikov, Russian footballer and coach (d. 2015)

Births66 years ago

1955 - Jerry M. Linenger, American captain, physician, and astronaut

Births65 years ago

1956 - Wayne Daniel, Barbadian cricketer

Births64 years ago

1956 - Martin Jol, Dutch footballer and manager

Births64 years ago

1956 - Greedy Smith, Australian singer-songwriter and keyboardist (d. 2019)

Births64 years ago

1957 - Jurijs Andrejevs, Latvian footballer and manager

Births63 years ago

1957 - Ricardo Darín, Argentinian actor, director, and screenwriter

Births63 years ago

1957 - Mark Pawsey, English businessman and politician

Births63 years ago

1958 - Anatoli Boukreev, Russian mountaineer and explorer (d. 1997)

Births62 years ago

1958 - Lena Ek, Swedish lawyer and politician, 9th Swedish Minister for the Environment

Births62 years ago

1958 - Andris Šķēle, Latvian businessman and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Latvia

Births62 years ago

1959 - Lisa Milroy, Canadian painter and educator

Births61 years ago

1959 - Sade, Nigerian-English singer-songwriter and producer

Births61 years ago

1961 - Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian guitarist and composer (d. 2006)

Births59 years ago

1962 - Joel Fitzgibbon, Australian electrician and politician, 51st Australian Minister of Defence

Births58 years ago

1962 - Maxine Jones, American R&B singer–songwriter and actress

Births58 years ago

1963 - James May, British journalist/co-host of Top Gear

Births57 years ago

1964 - Gail Graham, Canadian golfer

Births56 years ago

1966 - Jack McDowell, American baseball player

Births54 years ago

1968 - Rebecca Stead, American author

Births52 years ago

1969 - Neil Back, English rugby player and coach

Births51 years ago

1969 - Marinus Bester, German footballer

Births51 years ago

1969 - Stevie Jackson, Scottish guitarist and songwriter

Births51 years ago

1969 - Roy Jones Jr., American boxer

Births51 years ago

1970 - Ron Villone, American baseball player and coach

Births50 years ago

1971 - Sergi Bruguera, Spanish tennis player and coach

Births49 years ago

1971 - Josh Evans, American film producer, screenwriter and actor

Births49 years ago

1971 - Jonathan Mangum, American actor

Births49 years ago

1972 - Ruben Bagger, Danish footballer

Births48 years ago

1972 - Ang Christou, Australian footballer

Births48 years ago

1972 - Yuri Alekseevich Drozdov, Russian footballer and manager

Births48 years ago

1972 - Ezra Hendrickson, Vincentian footballer and manager

Births48 years ago

1972 - Joe Horn, American football player and coach

Births48 years ago

1974 - Marlon Anderson, American baseball player and sportscaster

Births46 years ago

1974 - John Hopoate, Tongan-Australian rugby league player and boxer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Kate Moss, English model and fashion designer

Births46 years ago

1976 - Viktor Maslov, Russian race car driver

Births44 years ago

1976 - Martina Moravcová, Slovak swimmer

Births44 years ago

1977 - Jeff Foster, American basketball player

Births43 years ago

1978 - Alfredo Amézaga, Mexican baseball player

Births42 years ago

1979 - Aaliyah, American singer and actress (d. 2001)

Births41 years ago

1979 - Brenden Morrow, Canadian ice hockey player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Jason Ward, Canadian ice hockey player

Births41 years ago

1980 - Lin-Manuel Miranda, American actor, playwright, and composer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Albert Pujols, Dominican-American baseball player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Jamie Lundmark, Canadian ice hockey player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Paul Rofe, Australian cricketer

Births39 years ago

1982 - Preston, English singer-songwriter

Births38 years ago

1982 - Tuncay, Turkish footballer

Births38 years ago

1983 - Emanuel Pogatetz, Austrian footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Andriy Rusol, Ukrainian footballer

Births37 years ago

1984 - Stephan Lichtsteiner, Swiss footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Miroslav Radović, Serbian footballer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Joe Flacco, American football player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Jayde Herrick, Australian cricketer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Gintaras Januševičius, Russian-Lithuanian pianist

Births35 years ago

1985 - Twins Jonathan and Simon Richter, Danish-Gambian footballers

Births35 years ago

1985 - Sidharth Malhotra, Indian actor

Births35 years ago

1986 - Johannes Rahn, German footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Mark Trumbo, American baseball player

Births34 years ago

1986 - Reto Ziegler, Swiss footballer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Jake Epstein, Canadian actor

Births33 years ago

1987 - Charlotte Henshaw, English swimmer

Births33 years ago

1988 - Nicklas Bendtner, Danish footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Jorge Torres Nilo, Mexican footballer

Births32 years ago

1991 - Matt Duchene, Canadian ice hockey player

Births29 years ago

1993 - Hannes Anier, Estonian footballer

Births27 years ago

1993 - Amandine Hesse, French tennis player

Births27 years ago

1994 - Chris Smith, Australian rugby league player

Births26 years ago

1995 - Mikaela Turik, Australian-Canadian cricketer

Births25 years ago

1998 - Cameron Murray, Australian rugby league player

Births22 years ago


654 - Gao Jifu, Chinese politician and chancellor (b. 596)


957 - Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Ali al-Madhara'i, Tulunid vizier (b. 871)


970 - Polyeuctus of Constantinople, Byzantine patriarch (b. 956)


1263 - Shinran Shonin, Japanese founder of the Jodo Shinshu branch of Pure Land Buddhism

Deaths757 years ago

1289 - Buqa, Mongol minister

Deaths731 years ago

1327 - Nikephoros Choumnos, Byzantine monk, scholar, and politician (b. 1250)

Deaths693 years ago

1354 - Joanna of Châtillon, duchess of Athens (b. c.1285)

Deaths666 years ago
Deaths647 years ago

1391 - Muhammed V of Granada, Nasrid emir (b. 1338)

Deaths629 years ago
Deaths620 years ago

1443 - Erasmo of Narni, Italian mercenary (b. 1370)

Deaths577 years ago

1545 - George Spalatin, German priest and reformer (b. 1484)

Deaths475 years ago

1547 - Johannes Schöner, German astronomer and cartographer (b. 1477)

Deaths473 years ago

1554 - Christiern Pedersen, Danish publisher and scholar (b. 1480)

Deaths466 years ago

1585 - Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln, English admiral and politician (b. 1512)

Deaths435 years ago

1595 - Murad III, Ottoman sultan (b. 1546)

Deaths425 years ago

1659 - Charles Annibal Fabrot, French lawyer (b. 1580)

Deaths361 years ago

1710 - Higashiyama, Japanese emperor (b. 1675)

Deaths310 years ago

1711 - Joseph Vaz, Indian-Sri Lankan priest and saint (b. 1651)

Deaths309 years ago

1747 - Barthold Heinrich Brockes, German poet and playwright (b. 1680)

Deaths273 years ago

1748 - Arnold Drakenborch, Dutch lawyer and scholar (b. 1684)

Deaths272 years ago

1750 - Ivan Trubetskoy, Russian field marshal and politician (b. 1667)

Deaths270 years ago

1752 - Francis Blomefield, English historian and author (b. 1705)

Deaths268 years ago

1794 - Edward Gibbon, English historian and politician (b. 1737)

Deaths226 years ago

1809 - John Moore, Scottish general and politician (b. 1761)

Deaths211 years ago

1817 - Alexander J. Dallas, Jamaican-American lawyer and politician, 6th United States Secretary of the Treasury (b. 1759)

Deaths203 years ago

1834 - Jean Nicolas Pierre Hachette, French mathematician and academic (b. 1769)

Deaths186 years ago

1856 - Thaddeus William Harris, American entomologist and botanist (b. 1795)

Deaths164 years ago

1864 - Anton Schindler, Austrian secretary and author (b. 1795)

Deaths156 years ago

1865 - Edmond François Valentin About, French journalist and author (b. 1828)

Deaths155 years ago

1879 - Octave Crémazie, Canadian-French poet and bookseller (b. 1827)

Deaths141 years ago

1886 - Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer and academic (b. 1834)

Deaths134 years ago

1891 - Léo Delibes, French pianist and composer (b. 1836)

Deaths129 years ago

1898 - Charles Pelham Villiers, English lawyer and politician (b. 1802)

Deaths122 years ago

1901 - Jules Barbier, French poet and playwright (b. 1825)

Deaths119 years ago

1901 - Arnold Böcklin, Swiss painter and academic (b. 1827)

Deaths119 years ago

1901 - Hiram Rhodes Revels, American soldier, minister, and politician (b. 1822)

Deaths119 years ago

1906 - Marshall Field, American businessman and philanthropist, founded Marshall Field's (b. 1834)

Deaths114 years ago

1917 - George Dewey, American admiral (b. 1837)

Deaths103 years ago

1919 - Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves, Brazilian lawyer and politician, 5th President of Brazil (b. 1848)

Deaths101 years ago

1933 - Bekir Sami Kunduh, Turkish politician (b. 1867)

Deaths87 years ago

1936 - Albert Fish, American serial killer, rapist and cannibal (b. 1870)

Deaths84 years ago

1938 - Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay Indian author and playwright (b. 1876)

Deaths82 years ago
Deaths78 years ago

1942 - Villem Grünthal-Ridala, Estonian poet and linguist (b. 1885)

Deaths78 years ago

1942 - Carole Lombard, American actress and comedian (b. 1908)

Deaths78 years ago

1942 - Ernst Scheller, German lawyer and politician, Mayor of Marburg (b. 1899)

Deaths78 years ago

1957 - Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone, English general and politician, 16th Governor General of Canada (b. 1874)

Deaths63 years ago

1957 - Arturo Toscanini, Italian cellist and conductor (b. 1867)

Deaths63 years ago

1959 - Phan Khôi, Vietnamese journalist and author (b. 1887)

Deaths61 years ago

1960 - Arthur Darby, English rugby player (b. 1876)

Deaths60 years ago

1961 - Max Schöne, German swimmer (b. 1880)

Deaths59 years ago

1962 - Frank Hurley, Australian photographer, director, producer, and cinematographer (b. 1885)

Deaths58 years ago

1962 - Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor and architect, designed the Monument to the Unknown Hero (b. 1883)

Deaths58 years ago

1967 - Robert J. Van de Graaff, American physicist and academic (b. 1901)

Deaths53 years ago

1968 - Bob Jones Sr., American evangelist, founded Bob Jones University (b. 1883)

Deaths52 years ago

1968 - Panagiotis Poulitsas, Greek archaeologist and judge (b. 1881)

Deaths52 years ago

1969 - Vernon Duke, Russian-American composer and songwriter (b. 1903)

Deaths51 years ago

1971 - Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (b. 1890)

Deaths49 years ago

1972 - Teller Ammons, American soldier and politician, 28th Governor of Colorado (b. 1895)

Deaths48 years ago

1972 - Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor, created Alvin and the Chipmunks (b. 1919)

Deaths48 years ago

1973 - Edgar Sampson, American musician and composer (b. 1907)

Deaths47 years ago

1975 - Israel Abramofsky, Russian-American painter (b. 1888)

Deaths45 years ago

1978 - A. V. Kulasingham, Sri Lankan journalist, lawyer, and politician (b. 1890)

Deaths42 years ago

1981 - Bernard Lee, English actor (b. 1908)

Deaths39 years ago

1983 - Virginia Mauret, American musician and dancer

Deaths37 years ago

1986 - Herbert W. Armstrong, American evangelist, author, and publisher (b. 1892)

Deaths34 years ago

1987 - Bertram Wainer, Australian physician and activist (b. 1928)

Deaths33 years ago
Deaths32 years ago

1995 - Eric Mottram, English poet and critic (b. 1924)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Marcia Davenport, American author and critic (b. 1903)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Kaye Webb, English journalist and publisher (b. 1914)

Deaths24 years ago

1999 - Jim McClelland, Australian lawyer, jurist, and politician, 12th Minister for Industry and Science (b. 1915)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - Robert R. Wilson, American physicist and academic (b. 1914)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Auberon Waugh, English author and journalist (b. 1939)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - Robert Hanbury Brown, English astronomer and physicist (b. 1916)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Richard Wainwright, English politician (b. 1918)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Kalevi Sorsa, Finnish politician 34th Prime Minister of Finland (b. 1930)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Marjorie Williams, American journalist and author (b. 1958)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Stanley Biber, American soldier and physician (b. 1923)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Benny Parsons, American race car driver and sportscaster (b. 1941)

Deaths13 years ago

2009 - Joe Erskine, American boxer and runner (b. 1930)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - John Mortimer, English lawyer and author (b. 1923)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Andrew Wyeth, American painter (b. 1917)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Glen Bell, American businessman, founded Taco Bell (b. 1923)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Jyoti Basu, Indian lawyer and politician, 9th Chief Minister of West Bengal (b. 1914)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Takumi Shibano, Japanese author and translator (b. 1926)

Deaths10 years ago

2012 - Joe Bygraves, Jamaican-English boxer (b. 1931)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Jimmy Castor, American singer-songwriter and saxophonist (b. 1940)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Sigursteinn Gíslason, Icelandic footballer and manager (b. 1968)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Lorna Kesterson, American journalist and politician (b. 1925)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch pianist, conductor, and musicologist (b. 1928)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Wayne D. Anderson, American baseball player and coach (b. 1930)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - André Cassagnes, French technician and toy maker, created the Etch A Sketch (b. 1926)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Gussie Moran, American tennis player and sportscaster (b. 1923)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Pauline Phillips, American journalist and radio host, created Dear Abby (b. 1918)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Glen P. Robinson, American businessman, founded Scientific Atlanta (b. 1923)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Gary Arlington, American author and illustrator (b. 1938)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Ruth Duccini, American actress (b. 1918)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Wiley W. Hilburn, American journalist and academic (b. 1938)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Dave Madden, Canadian-American actor (b. 1931)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Hiroo Onoda, Japanese lieutenant (b. 1922)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Miriam Akavia, Polish-Israeli author and translator (b. 1927)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Yao Beina, Chinese singer (b. 1981)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Joannis Avramidis, Greek sculptor (b. 1922)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Ted Marchibroda, American football player and coach (b. 1931)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Eugene Cernan, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1934)

Deaths3 years ago

2018 - Ed Doolan, British radio presenter (b. 1941)

Deaths2 years ago

2018 - Oliver Ivanović, Kosovo Serb politician (b. 1953)

Deaths2 years ago

2019 - John C. Bogle, American businessman, investor, and philanthropist (b. 1929)

Deaths1 years ago

2019 - Lorna Doom, American musician (b. 1958)

Deaths1 years ago

2019 - Chris Wilson, Australian musician (b. 1956)

Deaths1 years ago

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Eve of Saint Anthony observed with ritual bonfires in San Bartolomé de Pinares

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