Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances

The opening ceremony of Patras Carnival, celebrated until Clean Monday. (Patras)

Holidays and observances


38 BC - Octavian divorces his wife Scribonia and marries Livia Drusilla, ending the fragile peace between the Second Triumvirate and Sextus Pompey.


1287 - The Treaty of San Agayz is signed. King Alfonso III of Aragon conquers the island of Menorca from the Moors.

Events733 years ago

1362 - Saint Marcellus' flood kills at least 25,000 people on the shores of the North Sea.

Events658 years ago

1377 - Pope Gregory XI reaches Rome, after deciding to move the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.

Events643 years ago

1524 - Giovanni da Verrazzano sets sail westward from Madeira to find a sea route to the Pacific Ocean.

Events496 years ago

1562 - France recognizes the Huguenots by the Edict of Saint-Germain.

Events458 years ago

1595 - During the French Wars of Religion, Henry IV of France declares war on Spain.

Events425 years ago

1608 - Emperor Susenyos I of Ethiopia surprises an Oromo army at Ebenat; his army reportedly kills 12,000 Oromo at the cost of 400 of his men.

Events412 years ago

1648 - England's Long Parliament passes the "Vote of No Addresses", breaking off negotiations with King Charles I and thereby setting the scene for the second phase of the English Civil War.

Events372 years ago

1773 - Captain James Cook commands the first expedition to sail south of the Antarctic Circle.

Events247 years ago

1781 - American Revolutionary War: Battle of Cowpens: Continental troops under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan defeat British forces under Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton at the battle in South Carolina.

Events239 years ago

1799 - Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, is executed.

Events221 years ago

1811 - Mexican War of Independence: In the Battle of Calderón Bridge, a heavily outnumbered Spanish force of 6,000 troops defeats nearly 100,000 Mexican revolutionaries.

Events209 years ago

1852 - The United Kingdom signs the Sand River Convention with the South African Republic.

Events168 years ago

1873 - A group of Modoc warriors defeats the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, part of the Modoc War.

Events147 years ago

1885 - A British force defeats a large Dervish army at the Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan.

Events135 years ago
Events127 years ago

1899 - The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.

Events121 years ago

1903 - El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.

Events117 years ago

1904 - Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard receives its premiere performance at the Moscow Art Theatre.

Events116 years ago

1912 - British polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen.

Events108 years ago
Events105 years ago

1917 - The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.

Events103 years ago

1918 - Finnish Civil War: The first serious battles take place between the Red Guards and the White Guard.

Events102 years ago

1920 - Alcohol Prohibition begins in the United States as the Volstead Act goes into effect.

Events100 years ago
Events91 years ago

1943 - World War II: Greek submarine Papanikolis captures the 200-ton sailing vessel Agios Stefanos and mans her with part of her crew.

Events77 years ago

1944 - World War II: Allied forces launch the first of four assaults on Monte Cassino with the intention of breaking through the Winter Line and seizing Rome, an effort that would ultimately take four months and cost 105,000 Allied casualties.

Events76 years ago

1945 - World War II: The Vistula–Oder Offensive forces German troops out of Warsaw.

Events75 years ago

1945 - The SS-Totenkopfverbände begin the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp as Soviet forces close in.

Events75 years ago

1945 - Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg is taken into Soviet custody while in Hungary; he is never publicly seen again.

Events75 years ago

1946 - The UN Security Council holds its first session.

Events74 years ago

1948 - The Renville Agreement between the Netherlands and Indonesia is ratified.

Events72 years ago

1950 - The Great Brink's Robbery: Eleven thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car company's offices in Boston.

Events70 years ago
Events70 years ago

1961 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the "military–industrial complex" as well as the dangers of massive spending, especially deficit spending.

Events59 years ago

1961 - Former Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba is murdered in circumstances suggesting the support and complicity of the governments of Belgium and the United States.

Events59 years ago

1966 - Palomares incident: A B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Spain, killing seven airmen, and dropping three 70-kiloton nuclear bombs near the town of Palomares and another one into the sea.

Events54 years ago

1969 - Black Panther Party members Bunchy Carter and John Huggins are killed during a meeting in Campbell Hall on the campus of UCLA.

Events51 years ago

1977 - Capital punishment in the United States resumes after a ten-year hiatus, as convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in Utah.

Events43 years ago

1981 - President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos lifts martial law eight years and five months after declaring it.

Events39 years ago

1991 - Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm begins early in the morning as aircraft strike positions across Iraq, it is also the first major combat sortie for the F-117. LCDR Scott Speicher's F/A-18C Hornet from VFA-81 is shot down by a Mig-25 and is the first American casualty of the War. Iraq fires eight Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation.

Events29 years ago

1991 - Crown prince Harald V of Norway becomes King Harald V, following the death of his father, King Olav V.

Events29 years ago

1992 - During a visit to South Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.

Events28 years ago

1994 - The 6.7 MwNorthridge earthquake shakes the Greater Los Angeles Area with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), leaving 57 people dead and more than 8,700 injured.

Events26 years ago

1995 - The 6.9 MwGreat Hanshin earthquake shakes the southern Hyōgo Prefecture with a maximum Shindo of VII, leaving 5,502–6,434 people dead, and 251,301–310,000 displaced.

Events25 years ago

1996 - The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.

Events24 years ago

1997 - Cape Canaveral Air Force Station: A Delta II carrying the GPS IIR-1 satellite explodes 13 seconds after launch, dropping 250 tons of burning rocket remains around the launch pad.

Events23 years ago

1998 - Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill ClintonMonica Lewinsky affair on his Drudge Report website.

Events22 years ago

2002 - Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.

Events18 years ago

2007 - The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea's nuclear testing.

Events13 years ago

2010 - Rioting begins between Muslim and Christian groups in Jos, Nigeria, results in at least 200 deaths.

Events10 years ago


Births678 years ago

1429 - Antonio del Pollaiolo, Italian artist (d.c. 1498)

Births591 years ago
Births557 years ago

1463 - Antoine Duprat, French cardinal (d. 1535)

Births557 years ago

1472 - Guidobaldo da Montefeltro, Italian captain (d. 1508)

Births548 years ago

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

Births536 years ago

1501 - Leonhart Fuchs, German physician and botanist (d. 1566)

Births519 years ago

1504 - Pope Pius V (d. 1572)

Births516 years ago

1517 - Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk, English Duke (d. 1554)

Births503 years ago

1560 - Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist, physician, and academic (d. 1624)

Births460 years ago

1574 - Robert Fludd, English physician, astrologer, and mathematician (d. 1637)

Births446 years ago

1593 - William Backhouse, English alchemist and astrologer (d. 1662)

Births427 years ago

1600 - Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish playwright and poet (d. 1681)

Births420 years ago

1612 - Thomas Fairfax, English general and politician (d. 1671)

Births408 years ago

1640 - Jonathan Singletary Dunham, American settler (d. 1724)

Births380 years ago

1659 - Antonio Veracini, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1745)

Births361 years ago

1666 - Antonio Maria Valsalva, Italian anatomist and physician (d. 1723)

Births354 years ago

1686 - Archibald Bower, Scottish historian and author (d. 1766)

Births334 years ago

1706 - Benjamin Franklin, American publisher, inventor, and politician, 6th President of Pennsylvania (d. 1790)

Births314 years ago

1712 - John Stanley, English organist and composer (d. 1786)

Births308 years ago

1719 - William Vernon, American businessman (d. 1806)

Births301 years ago

1728 - Johann Gottfried Müthel, German pianist and composer (d. 1788)

Births292 years ago

1732 - Stanisław August Poniatowski, Polish-Lithuanian king (d. 1798)

Births288 years ago

1734 - François-Joseph Gossec, French composer and conductor (d. 1829)

Births286 years ago

1761 - Sir James Hall, 4th Baronet, Scottish geologist and geophysicist (d. 1832)

Births259 years ago

1789 - August Neander, German historian and theologian (d. 1850)

Births231 years ago

1793 - Antonio José Martínez, Spanish-American priest, rancher and politician (d. 1867)

Births227 years ago

1814 - Ellen Wood aka "Mrs Henry Wood", English author (d. 1887)

Births206 years ago

1820 - Anne Brontë, English author and poet (d. 1849)

Births200 years ago

1828 - Lewis A. Grant, American lawyer and general, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1918)

Births192 years ago

1828 - Ede Reményi, Hungarian violinist and composer (d. 1898)

Births192 years ago

1832 - Henry Martyn Baird, American historian and academic (d. 1906)

Births188 years ago

1834 - August Weismann, German biologist, zoologist, and geneticist (d. 1914)

Births186 years ago

1850 - Joaquim Arcoverde de Albuquerque Cavalcanti, Brazilian cardinal (d. 1930)

Births170 years ago

1850 - Alexander Taneyev, Russian pianist and composer (d. 1918)

Births170 years ago

1851 - A. B. Frost, American author and illustrator (d. 1928)

Births169 years ago

1853 - Alva Belmont, American suffragist (d. 1933)

Births167 years ago

1852 - T. Alexander Harrison, American painter and academic (d. 1930)

Births168 years ago

1857 - Wilhelm Kienzl, Austrian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1941)

Births163 years ago

1857 - Eugene Augustin Lauste, French-American engineer (d. 1935)

Births163 years ago

1858 - Tomás Carrasquilla, Colombian author (d. 1940)

Births162 years ago

1860 - Douglas Hyde, Irish academic and politician, 1st President of Ireland (d. 1949)

Births160 years ago

1863 - David Lloyd George, Welsh lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1945)

Births157 years ago

1863 - Konstantin Stanislavski, Russian actor and director (d. 1938)

Births157 years ago

1865 - Sir Charles Fergusson, 7th Baronet, English general and politician, 3rd Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1951)

Births155 years ago

1867 - Carl Laemmle, German-born American film producer, co-founded Universal Studios (d. 1939)

Births153 years ago

1867 - Sir Alfred Rawlinson, 3rd Baronet, English colonel, pilot, and polo player (d. 1934)

Births153 years ago

1871 - David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty, English admiral (d. 1936)

Births149 years ago

1871 - Nicolae Iorga, Romanian historian and politician, 34th Prime Minister of Romania (d. 1940)

Births149 years ago

1875 - Florencio Sánchez, Uruguayan journalist and playwright (d. 1910)

Births145 years ago

1876 - Frank Hague, American lawyer and politician, 30th Mayor of Jersey City (d. 1956)

Births144 years ago

1877Marie Zdeňka Baborová-Čiháková, Czech botanist and zoologist (d. 1937)

Births143 years ago

1877 - May Gibbs, English-Australian author and illustrator (d. 1969)

Births143 years ago

1880 - Mack Sennett, Canadian-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1960)

Births140 years ago

1881 - Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician and academic (d. 1941)

Births139 years ago

1881 - Harry Price, English psychologist and author (d. 1948)

Births139 years ago

1882 - Noah Beery, Sr., American actor (d. 1946)

Births138 years ago

1883 - Compton Mackenzie, English-Scottish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1972)

Births137 years ago

1886 - Glenn L. Martin, American pilot and businessman, founded the Glenn L. Martin Company (d. 1955)

Births134 years ago

1887 - Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (d. 1975)

Births133 years ago

1888 - Babu Gulabrai, Indian philosopher and author (d. 1963)

Births132 years ago

1897 - Marcel Petiot, French physician and serial killer (d. 1946)

Births123 years ago

1898 - Lela Mevorah, Serbian librarian (d. 1972)

Births122 years ago

1899 - Al Capone, American mob boss (d. 1947)

Births121 years ago

1899 - Robert Maynard Hutchins, American philosopher and academic (d. 1977)

Births121 years ago

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

Births121 years ago

1901 - Aron Gurwitsch, Lithuanian-American philosopher and author (d. 1973)

Births119 years ago

1904 - Hem Vejakorn, Thai painter and illustrator (d. 1969)

Births116 years ago

1905 - Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (d. 2005)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Peggy Gilbert, American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 2007)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Eduard Oja, Estonian composer, conductor, educator, and critic (d. 1950)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Guillermo Stábile, Argentinian footballer and manager (d. 1966)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Jan Zahradníček, Czech poet and translator (d. 1960)

Births115 years ago

1907 - Henk Badings, Indonesian-Dutch composer and engineer (d. 1987)

Births113 years ago

1907 - Alfred Wainwright, British fellwalker, guidebook author and illustrator (d. 1991)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager and trainer (d. 1985)

Births112 years ago

1911 - Busher Jackson, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1966)

Births109 years ago

1911 - John S. McCain Jr., American admiral (d. 1981)

Births109 years ago

1911 - George Stigler, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)

Births109 years ago

1914 - Anacleto Angelini, Italian-Chilean businessman (d. 2007)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Irving Brecher, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2008)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Paul Royle, Australian lieutenant and pilot (d. 2015)

Births106 years ago

1914 - William Stafford, American poet and author (d. 1993)

Births106 years ago

1916 - Peter Frelinghuysen Jr., American lieutenant and politician (d. 2011)

Births104 years ago

1917 - M. G. Ramachandran, Indian actor, director, and politician, 5th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (d. 1987)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Keith Joseph, English lawyer and politician, Secretary of State for Education (d. 1994)

Births102 years ago

1918 - George M. Leader, American soldier and politician, 36th Governor of Pennsylvania (d. 2013)

Births102 years ago

1920 - Georges Pichard, French author and illustrator (d. 2003)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Asghar Khan, Pakistani general and politician (d. 2018)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Antonio Prohías, Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Luis Echeverría, Mexican academic and politician, 50th President of Mexico

Births98 years ago

1922 - Nicholas Katzenbach, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 65th United States Attorney General (d. 2012)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Betty White, American actress, game show panelist, television personality, and animal rights activist

Births98 years ago

1923 - Rangeya Raghav, Indian author and playwright (d. 1962)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Rik De Saedeleer, Belgian footballer and journalist (d. 2013)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Jewel Plummer Cobb, American biologist, cancer researcher, and academic (d. 2017)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Gunnar Birkerts, Latvian-American architect (d. 2017)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Robert Cormier, American author and journalist (d. 2000)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Abdul Hafeez Kardar, Pakistani cricketer and author (d. 1996)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Newton N. Minow, American lawyer and politician

Births94 years ago

1926 - Moira Shearer, Scottish-English ballerina and actress (d. 2006)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Clyde Walcott, Barbadian cricketer (d. 2006)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Thomas Anthony Dooley III, American physician and humanitarian (d. 1961)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (d. 2008)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Harlan Mathews, American lawyer and politician (d. 2014)

Births93 years ago

1927 - E. W. Swackhamer, American director and producer (d. 1994)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Jean Barraqué, French composer (d. 1973)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Vidal Sassoon, English-American hairdresser and businessman (d. 2012)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Jacques Plante, Canadian-Swiss ice hockey player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 1986)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Tan Boon Teik, Malaysian-Singaporean lawyer and politician, Attorney-General of Singapore (d. 2012)

Births91 years ago

1931 - James Earl Jones, American actor

Births89 years ago

1931 - Douglas Wilder, American sergeant and politician, 66th Governor of Virginia

Births89 years ago

1931 - Don Zimmer, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2014)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Sheree North, American actress and dancer (d. 2005)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Dalida, Egyptian-French singer and actress (d. 1987)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French-Pakistani diplomat, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (d. 2003)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Shari Lewis, American actress, puppeteer/ventriloquist, and television host (d. 1998)

Births87 years ago

1934 - Donald Cammell, Scottish-American director and screenwriter (d. 1996)

Births86 years ago

1935 - Ruth Ann Minner, American businesswoman and politician, 72nd Governor of Delaware

Births85 years ago

1936 - John Boyd, English academic and diplomat, British ambassador to Japan

Births84 years ago

1936 - A. Thangathurai, Sri Lankan lawyer and politician (d. 1997)

Births84 years ago

1937 - Alain Badiou, French philosopher and academic

Births83 years ago

1938 - John Bellairs, American author and academic (d. 1991)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Toini Gustafsson, Swedish cross country skier

Births82 years ago

1939 - Christodoulos of Athens, Greek archbishop (d. 2008)

Births81 years ago

1939 - Maury Povich, American talk show host and producer

Births81 years ago

1940 - Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, Egyptian-Armenian patriarch (d. 2015)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Kipchoge Keino, Kenyan athlete

Births80 years ago

1940 - Tabaré Vázquez, Uruguayan physician and politician, 39th President of Uruguay

Births80 years ago

1941 - István Horthy, Jr., Hungarian physicist and architect

Births79 years ago

1942 - Muhammad Ali, American boxer and activist (d. 2016)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist and author

Births78 years ago

1942 - Ulf Hoelscher, German violinist and educator

Births78 years ago

1942 - Nigel McCulloch, English bishop

Births78 years ago

1943 - Chris Montez, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births77 years ago

1943 - René Préval, Haitian agronomist and politician, 52nd President of Haiti (d. 2017)

Births77 years ago

1944 - Ann Oakley, English sociologist, author, and academic

Births76 years ago

1945 - Javed Akhtar, Indian poet, playwright, and composer

Births75 years ago

1945 - Anne Cutler, Australian psychologist and academic

Births75 years ago

1948 - Davíð Oddsson, Icelandic politician, 21st Prime Minister of Iceland

Births72 years ago

1949 - Anita Borg, American computer scientist and academic (d. 2003)

Births71 years ago

1949 - Gyude Bryant, Liberian businessman and politician (d. 2014)

Births71 years ago

1949 - Augustin Dumay, French violinist and conductor

Births71 years ago

1949 - Andy Kaufman, American actor and comedian (d. 1984)

Births71 years ago

1949 - Mick Taylor, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births71 years ago

1950 - Luis López Nieves, Puerto Rican-American author and academic

Births70 years ago

1952 - Tom Deitz, American author (d. 2009)

Births68 years ago

1952 - Darrell Porter, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2002)

Births68 years ago

1952 - Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese pianist, composer, and producer

Births68 years ago

1953 - Jeff Berlin, American bass player and educator

Births67 years ago

1953 - Carlos Johnson, American singer and guitarist

Births67 years ago

1954 - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., American lawyer, radio host, activist, and environmentalist

Births66 years ago

1955 - Steve Earle, American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, author and actor

Births65 years ago

1955 - Pietro Parolin, Italian cardinal

Births65 years ago

1955 - Steve Javie, American basketball player and referee

Births65 years ago

1956 - Damian Green, English journalist and politician

Births64 years ago

1956 - Paul Young, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births64 years ago

1957 - Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian, television personality and game show host

Births63 years ago

1957 - Ann Nocenti, American journalist and author

Births63 years ago

1958 - Tony Kouzarides, English biologist, cancer researcher

Births62 years ago

1959 - Susanna Hoffs, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

Births61 years ago

1960 - John Crawford, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births60 years ago

1960 - Chili Davis, Jamaican-American baseball player and coach

Births60 years ago

1961 - Brian Helgeland, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births59 years ago

1962 - Jun Azumi, Japanese broadcaster and politician, 46th Japanese Minister of Finance

Births58 years ago

1962 - Jim Carrey, Canadian-American actor and producer

Births58 years ago

1962 - Sebastian Junger, American journalist and author

Births58 years ago

1963 - Kai Hansen, German singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births57 years ago

1964 - Michelle Obama, American lawyer and activist, 46th First Lady of the United States

Births56 years ago

1964 - John Schuster, Samoan-New Zealand rugby player

Births56 years ago

1965 - Sylvain Turgeon, Canadian ice hockey player

Births55 years ago

1966 - Trish Johnson, English golfer

Births54 years ago

1966 - Joshua Malina, American actor

Births54 years ago

1967 - Richard Hawley, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births53 years ago

1968 - Rowan Pelling, English journalist and author

Births52 years ago

1968 - Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Dutch author, poet, and scholar

Births52 years ago

1969 - Naveen Andrews, English actor

Births51 years ago

1969 - Lukas Moodysson, Swedish director, screenwriter, and author

Births51 years ago

1969 - Tiësto, Dutch DJ and producer

Births51 years ago

1970 - Cássio Alves de Barros, Brazilian footballer

Births50 years ago

1970 - Jeremy Roenick, American ice hockey player and actor

Births50 years ago

1970 - Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-American animator, director, and producer

Births50 years ago

1971 - Giorgos Balogiannis, Greek basketball player

Births49 years ago

1971 - Richard Burns, English race car driver (d. 2005)

Births49 years ago

1971 - Kid Rock, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

Births49 years ago

1971 - Sylvie Testud, French actress, director, and screenwriter

Births49 years ago

1973 - Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Mexican footballer and actor

Births47 years ago

1973 - Chris Bowen, Australian politician, 37th Treasurer of Australia

Births47 years ago

1973 - Liz Ellis, Australian netball player and sportscaster

Births47 years ago

1973 - Aaron Ward, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

Births47 years ago

1974 - Yang Chen, Chinese footballer and manager

Births46 years ago

1974 - Vesko Kountchev, Bulgarian viola player, composer, and producer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Derrick Mason, American football player

Births46 years ago

1975 - Freddy Rodriguez, American actor

Births45 years ago

1978 - Lisa Llorens, Australian Paralympian

Births42 years ago

1978 - Ricky Wilson, English singer-songwriter

Births42 years ago

1980 - Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian-American dancer and choreographer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Zooey Deschanel, American singer-songwriter and actress

Births40 years ago

1980 - Modestas Stonys, Lithuanian footballer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Warren Feeney, Northern Irish footballer and manager

Births39 years ago

1982 - Dwyane Wade, American basketball player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Amanda Wilkinson, Canadian singer

Births38 years ago

1983 - Álvaro Arbeloa, Spanish footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Johannes Herber, German basketball player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Rick Kelly, Australian race car driver

Births37 years ago

1983 - Marcelo Garcia, Brazilian martial artist

Births37 years ago

1984 - Calvin Harris, Scottish singer-songwriter, DJ, and producer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Pablo Barrientos, Argentinian footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Betsy Ruth, American wrestler and manager

Births35 years ago

1985 - Simone Simons, Dutch singer-songwriter

Births35 years ago

1987 - Cody Decker, American baseball player

Births33 years ago

1988 - Andrea Antonelli, Italian motorcycle racer (d. 2013)

Births32 years ago

1988 - Will Genia, Australian rugby player

Births32 years ago

1988 - Héctor Moreno, Mexican footballer

Births32 years ago

1989 - Taylor Jordan, American baseball player

Births31 years ago

1989 - Kelly Marie Tran, American actress

Births31 years ago

1990 - Santiago Tréllez, Colombian footballer

Births30 years ago

1991 - Trevor Bauer, American baseball player

Births29 years ago

1991 - Esapekka Lappi, Finnish Rally Driver

Births29 years ago

1991 - Slade Griffin, Australian rugby league player

Births29 years ago

1991 - Alise Post, American BMX rider

Births29 years ago

1993 - Frankie Cocozza, British singer

Births27 years ago

1994 - Mark Steketee, Australian cricketer

Births26 years ago

1998 - Jeff Reine-Adelaide, French footballer

Births22 years ago

1998 - Sophie Molineux, Australian cricketer

Births22 years ago

2000 - Devlin DeFrancesco, Canadian race car driver

Births20 years ago


395 - Theodosius I, Roman emperor (b. 347)


644 - Sulpitius the Pious, French bishop and saint


764 - Joseph of Freising, German bishop


1040 - Mas'ud I of Ghazni, Sultan of the Ghaznavid Empire (b. 998)

Deaths980 years ago
Deaths852 years ago

1229 - Albert of Riga, German bishop (b. 1165)

Deaths791 years ago

1329 - Saint Roseline, Carthusian nun (b. 1263)

Deaths691 years ago
Deaths686 years ago

1345 - Henry of Asti, Greek patriarch

Deaths675 years ago
Deaths675 years ago

1369 - Peter I of Cyprus (b. 1328)

Deaths651 years ago

1456 - Elisabeth of Lorraine-Vaudémont, French translator (b. 1395)

Deaths564 years ago

1468 - Skanderbeg, Albanian soldier and politician (b. 1405)

Deaths552 years ago

1588 - Qi Jiguang, Chinese general (b. 1528)

Deaths432 years ago

1598 - Feodor I of Russia (b. 1557)

Deaths422 years ago

1617 - Fausto Veranzio, Croatian bishop and lexicographer (b. 1551)

Deaths403 years ago

1705 - John Ray, English botanist and historian (b. 1627)

Deaths315 years ago

1718 - Benjamin Church, American colonel (b. 1639)

Deaths302 years ago

1737 - Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, German architect (b. 1662)

Deaths283 years ago

1738 - Jean-François Dandrieu, French organist and composer (b. 1682)

Deaths282 years ago

1751 - Tomaso Albinoni, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1671)

Deaths269 years ago

1826 - Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, Spanish-French composer (b. 1806)

Deaths194 years ago

1834 - Giovanni Aldini, Italian physicist and academic (b. 1762)

Deaths186 years ago

1861 - Lola Montez, Irish actress and dancer (b. 1821)

Deaths159 years ago

1863 - Horace Vernet, French painter (b. 1789)

Deaths157 years ago

1869 - Alexander Dargomyzhsky, Russian composer (b. 1813)

Deaths151 years ago

1878 - Edward Shepherd Creasy, English historian and jurist (b. 1812)

Deaths142 years ago

1884 - Hermann Schlegel, German ornithologist and herpetologist (b. 1804)

Deaths136 years ago

1887 - William Giblin, Australian lawyer and politician, 13th Premier of Tasmania (b. 1840)

Deaths133 years ago

1888 - Big Bear, Canadian tribal chief (b. 1825)

Deaths132 years ago

1891 - George Bancroft, American historian and politician, 17th United States Secretary of the Navy (b. 1800)

Deaths129 years ago

1893 - Rutherford B. Hayes, American general, lawyer, and politician, 19th President of the United States (b. 1822)

Deaths127 years ago

1903 - Ignaz Wechselmann, Hungarian architect and philanthropist (b. 1828)

Deaths117 years ago
Deaths112 years ago

1909 - Francis Smith, Australian lawyer, judge, and politician, 4th Premier of Tasmania (b. 1819)

Deaths111 years ago

1911 - Francis Galton, English polymath, anthropologist, and geographer (b. 1822)

Deaths109 years ago

1927 - Juliette Gordon Low, American founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA (b. 1860)

Deaths93 years ago

1930 - Gauhar Jaan, One of the first performers to record music on 78 rpm records in India. (b. 1873)

Deaths90 years ago
Deaths89 years ago

1932 - Ahmet Derviş, Turkish general (b. 1881)

Deaths88 years ago

1932 - Albert Jacka, Australian captain, Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1893)

Deaths88 years ago

1933 - Louis Comfort Tiffany, American stained glass artist (b. 1848)

Deaths87 years ago

1936 - Mateiu Caragiale, Romanian journalist, author, and poet (b. 1885)

Deaths84 years ago

1942 - Walther von Reichenau, German field marshal (b. 1884)

Deaths78 years ago

1947 - Pyotr Krasnov, Russian historian and general (b. 1869)

Deaths73 years ago

1947 - Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, Canadian cardinal (b. 1883)

Deaths73 years ago

1951 - Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Indian poet, playwright, and director (b. 1903)

Deaths69 years ago

1952 - Walter Briggs Sr., American businessman (b. 1877)

Deaths68 years ago
Deaths59 years ago

1970 - Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoon player and educator (b. 1890)

Deaths50 years ago

1972 - Betty Smith, American author and playwright (b. 1896)

Deaths48 years ago

1977 - Dougal Haston, Scottish mountaineer (b. 1940)

Deaths43 years ago

1977 - Gary Gilmore, American murderer (b. 1940)

Deaths43 years ago

1981 - Loukas Panourgias, Greek footballer and lawyer (b. 1899)

Deaths39 years ago

1984 - Kostas Giannidis, Greek pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1903)

Deaths36 years ago

1987 - Hugo Fregonese, Argentinian director and screenwriter (b. 1908)

Deaths33 years ago

1988 - Percy Qoboza, South African journalist and author (b. 1938)

Deaths32 years ago

1991 - Olav V of Norway (b. 1903)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - Frank Pullen, English soldier and businessman (b. 1915)

Deaths28 years ago

1993 - Albert Hourani, English-Lebanese historian and academic (b. 1915)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Yevgeni Ivanov, Russian spy (b. 1926)

Deaths26 years ago

1994 - Helen Stephens, American runner, shot putter, and discus thrower (b. 1918)

Deaths26 years ago

1996 - Barbara Jordan, American lawyer and politician (b. 1936)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Sylvia Lawler, English geneticist (b. 1922))

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Bert Kelly, Australian farmer and politician, 20th Australian Minister for the Navy (b. 1912)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer and academic, discovered Pluto (b. 1906)

Deaths23 years ago

2000 - Philip Jones, English trumpet player and educator (b. 1928)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Ion Rațiu, Romanian journalist and politician (b. 1917)

Deaths20 years ago

2002 - Camilo José Cela, Spanish author and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Roman Personov, Russian physicist and academic (b. 1932)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Richard Crenna, American actor and director (b. 1926)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Raymond Bonham Carter, English banker (b. 1929)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Harry Brecheen, American baseball player and coach (b. 1914)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Ray Stark, American film producer (b. 1915)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Noble Willingham, American actor (b. 1931)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Charlie Bell, Australian businessman (b. 1960)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Virginia Mayo, American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1920)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Albert Schatz, American microbiologist and academic (b. 1920)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Zhao Ziyang, Chinese politician, 3rd Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1919)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Pierre Grondin, Canadian surgeon (b. 1925)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Art Buchwald, American journalist and author (b. 1925)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Yevhen Kushnaryov, Ukrainian engineer and politician (b. 1951)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Bobby Fischer, American chess player and author (b. 1943)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Ernie Holmes, American football player, wrestler, and actor (b. 1948)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Anders Isaksson, Swedish journalist and historian (b. 1943)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Gaines Adams, American football player (b. 1983)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Jyoti Basu, Indian politician and CM of West Bengal for 23 years (b. 1914)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Michalis Papakonstantinou, Greek journalist and politician, Foreign Minister of Greece (b. 1919)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Erich Segal, American author and screenwriter (b. 1937)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Don Kirshner, American songwriter and producer (b. 1934)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Ernie Alexander, American educator and politician (b. 1933)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Julius Meimberg, German soldier and pilot (b. 1917)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Johnny Otis, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1921)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Marty Springstead, American baseball player and umpire (b. 1937)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Mehmet Ali Birand, Turkish journalist and author (b. 1941)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Jakob Arjouni, German author (b. 1964)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Yves Debay, Belgian journalist (b. 1954)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - John Nkomo, Zimbabwean politician, Vice President of Zimbabwe (b. 1934)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Lizbeth Webb, English soprano and actress (b. 1926)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, Indian spiritual leader, 52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq (b. 1915)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Francine Lalonde, Canadian educator and politician (b. 1940)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Alistair McAlpine, Baron McAlpine of West Green, English businessman and politician (b. 1942)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - John J. McGinty III, American captain, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1940)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Sunanda Pushkar, Indian-Canadian businesswoman (b. 1962)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Suchitra Sen, Indian film actress (b. 1931)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Ken Furphy, English footballer and manager (b. 1931)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Faten Hamama, Egyptian actress and producer (b. 1931)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Don Harron, Canadian actor and screenwriter (b. 1924)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Blowfly, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1939)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Melvin Day, New Zealand painter and historian (b. 1923)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - V. Rama Rao, Indian lawyer and politician, 12th Governor of Sikkim (b. 1935)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Sudhindra Thirtha, Indian religious leader (b. 1926)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Tirrel Burton, American football player and coach (b. 1929)

Deaths3 years ago

2018 - Jessica Falkholt, Australian actress (b. 1988)

Deaths2 years ago

2019 - S. Balakrishnan, Malayalam movie composer

Deaths1 years ago

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