Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Inauguration Day, held every four years in odd-numbered years immediately following years divisible by 4, except for the public ceremony when January 20 falls on Sunday (the public ceremony is held the following day; however, the terms of offices still begin on the 20th) (United States of America, not a federal holiday for all government employees but only for those working in the Capital region)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances


250 - Pope Fabian is martyred during the Decian persecution.


649 - King Chindasuinth, at the urging of bishop Braulio of Zaragoza, crowns his son Recceswinth as co-ruler of the Visigothic Kingdom.


1265 - The first English parliament to include not only Lords but also representatives of the major towns holds its first meeting in the Palace of Westminster, now commonly known as the "Houses of Parliament".

Events755 years ago
Events700 years ago

1356 - Edward Balliol surrenders his claim to the Scottish throne to Edward III in exchange for an English pension.

Events664 years ago

1523 - Christian II is forced to abdicate as King of Denmark and Norway.

Events497 years ago

1567 - Battle of Rio de Janeiro: Portuguese forces under the command of Estácio de Sá definitively drive the French out of Rio de Janeiro.

Events453 years ago

1576 - The Mexican city of León is founded by order of the viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almanza.

Events444 years ago

1649 - Charles I of England goes on trial for treason and other "high crimes".

Events371 years ago

1783 - The Kingdom of Great Britain signed preliminary articles of peace with France, setting the stage to the official end of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War later that year.

Events237 years ago

1785 - Invading Siamese forces attempt to exploit the political chaos in Vietnam, but are ambushed and annihilated at the Mekong river by the Tây Sơn in the Battle of Rạch Gầm-Xoài Mút.

Events235 years ago

1788 - The third and main part of First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay. Arthur Phillip decides that Port Jackson is a more suitable location for a colony.

Events232 years ago

1839 - In the Battle of Yungay, Chile defeats an alliance between Peru and Bolivia.

Events181 years ago

1841 - Hong Kong Island is occupied by the British.

Events179 years ago

1877 - The last day of the Constantinople Conference results in agreement for political reforms in the Balkans.

Events143 years ago

1887 - The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.

Events133 years ago

1921 - The British K-class submarine HMS K5 sinks in the English Channel; all 56 on board die.

Events99 years ago

1921 - The first Constitution of Turkey is adopted, making fundamental changes in the source and exercise of sovereignty by consecrating the principle of national sovereignty.

Events99 years ago

1929 - The first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, In Old Arizona, is released.

Events91 years ago

1936 - King George V of the United Kingdom dies. His eldest son succeeds to the throne, becoming Edward VIII. The title Prince of Wales is not used for another 22 years.

Events84 years ago

1937 - Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Nance Garner are sworn in for their second terms as U.S. President and U.S. Vice President; it is the first time a Presidential Inauguration takes place on January 20 since the 20th Amendment changed the dates of presidential terms.

Events83 years ago

1941 - A German officer is killed in Bucharest, Romania, sparking a rebellion and pogrom by the Iron Guard, killing 125 Jews and 30 soldiers.

Events79 years ago

1942 - World War II: At the Wannsee Conference held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, senior Nazi German officials discuss the implementation of the "Final Solution to the Jewish question".

Events78 years ago

1945 - World War II: The provisional government of Béla Miklós in Hungary agrees to an armistice with the Allies.

Events75 years ago

1945 - World War II: Germany begins the evacuation of 1.8 million people from East Prussia, a task which will take nearly two months.

Events75 years ago

1948 - United Nations Security Council Resolution 39 relating to India and Pakistan is adopted.

Events72 years ago

1949 - Point Four Program a program for economic aid to poor countries announced by United States President Harry S. Truman in his inaugural address for a full term as President.

Events71 years ago

1953 - Dwight D. Eisenhower is inaugurated as the 34th President of the United States of America, becoming the first President to begin his presidency on January 20 following the ratification of the 20th Amendment.

Events67 years ago

1954 - In the United States, the National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.

Events66 years ago

1961 - John F. Kennedy is inaugurated the 35th President of the United States of America, becoming the second youngest man to take the office, and the first Catholic.

Events59 years ago
Events51 years ago

1972 - Pakistan launched its nuclear weapons program, a few weeks after its defeat in the Bangladesh Liberation War, as well as the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

Events48 years ago
Events43 years ago

1981 - Ronald Reagan is inaugurated the 40th President of the United States of America. Twenty minutes later, Iran releases 52 American hostages.

Events39 years ago

1986 - In the United States, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.

Events34 years ago
Events31 years ago
Events30 years ago

1991 - Sudan's government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country's Muslim north and Christian south.

Events29 years ago

1992 - Air Inter Flight 148, an Airbus A320-111, crashes into a mountain near Strasbourg, France killing 87 of the 96 people on board.

Events28 years ago
Events27 years ago
Events19 years ago
Events19 years ago
Events11 years ago

2009 - A protest movement in Iceland culminates as the 2009 Icelandic financial crisis protests start.

Events11 years ago

2017 - Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America, becoming the oldest person to assume the office.

Events3 years ago

2018 - A group of 4 or 5 gunmen attack The Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, sparking a 12-hour battle. The attack kills 40 people and injures many others.

Events2 years ago


225 - Gordian III, Roman emperor (d. 244)


1029 - Alp Arslan, Seljuk sultan (probable; d. 1072)

Births991 years ago

1292 - Elizabeth of Bohemia, queen consort of Bohemia (d. 1330)

Births728 years ago

1436 - Ashikaga Yoshimasa, Japanese shōgun (d. 1490)

Births584 years ago

1488 - John George, Marquess of Montferrat, Italian noble (d. 1533)

Births532 years ago

1488 - Sebastian Münster, German scholar, cartographer, and cosmographer (d. 1552)

Births532 years ago

1499 - Sebastian Franck, German humanist (probable; d. 1543)

Births521 years ago

1502 - Sebastian de Aparicio, Spanish-Mexican rancher and missionary (d. 1600)

Births518 years ago

1526 - Rafael Bombelli, Italian mathematician (d. 1572)

Births494 years ago
Births466 years ago

1569 - Heribert Rosweyde, Jesuit hagiographer (d. 1629)

Births451 years ago

1573 - Simon Marius, German astronomer and academic (d. 1624)

Births447 years ago

1586 - Johann Hermann Schein, German composer (d. 1630)

Births434 years ago

1664 - Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian lawyer and jurist (d. 1718)

Births356 years ago

1703 - Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Flemish violinist and composer (d. 1741)

Births317 years ago

1716 - Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French archaeologist and numismatist (d. 1795)

Births304 years ago

1716 - Charles III of Spain (d. 1788)

Births304 years ago

1732 - Richard Henry Lee, American lawyer and politician, President of the Continental Congress (d. 1794)

Births288 years ago

1741 - Carl Linnaeus the Younger, Swedish botanist and author (d. 1783)

Births279 years ago

1755 - Sir Albemarle Bertie, 1st Baronet, English admiral (d. 1824)

Births265 years ago

1762 - Jérôme-Joseph de Momigny, Belgian-French composer and theorist (d. 1842)

Births258 years ago

1775 - André-Marie Ampère, French physicist and mathematician (d. 1836)

Births245 years ago

1781 - Joseph Hormayr, Baron zu Hortenburg, Austrian-German historian and politician (d. 1848)

Births239 years ago

1783 - Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer (d. 1860)

Births237 years ago

1799 - Anson Jones, American physician and politician, 5th President of the Republic of Texas (d. 1858)

Births221 years ago

1804 - Eugène Sue, French author and politician (d. 1857)

Births216 years ago

1812 - Thomas Meik, Scottish engineer (d. 1896)

Births208 years ago

1814 - David Wilmot, American politician, sponsor of Wilmot Proviso (d. 1868)

Births206 years ago

1834 - George D. Robinson, American lawyer and politician, 34th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)

Births186 years ago

1855 - Ernest Chausson, French composer (d. 1899)

Births165 years ago

1856 - Harriot Stanton Blatch, U.S. suffragist and organizer (d. 1940)

Births164 years ago

1865 - Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (d. 1944)

Births155 years ago

1870 - Guillaume Lekeu, Belgian pianist and composer (d. 1894)

Births150 years ago

1873 - Johannes V. Jensen, Danish author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1950)

Births147 years ago

1874 - Steve Bloomer, English footballer and coach (d. 1938)

Births146 years ago

1876 - Josef Hofmann, Polish-American pianist and composer (d. 1967)

Births144 years ago

1878 - Finlay Currie, Scottish-English actor (d. 1968)

Births142 years ago

1879 - Ruth St. Denis, American dancer and educator (d. 1968)

Births141 years ago

1880 - Walter W. Bacon, American accountant and politician, 60th Governor of Delaware (d. 1962)

Births140 years ago

1882 - Johnny Torrio, Italian-American mob boss (d. 1957)

Births138 years ago

1883 - Enoch L. Johnson, American mob boss (d. 1968)

Births137 years ago

1883 - Forrest Wilson, American journalist and author (d. 1942)

Births137 years ago

1888 - Lead Belly, American folk/blues musician and songwriter (d. 1949)

Births132 years ago

1889 - Allan Haines Loughead, American engineer and businessman, founded the Alco Hydro-Aeroplane Company (d. 1969)

Births131 years ago

1891 - Mischa Elman, Ukrainian-American violinist (d. 1967)

Births129 years ago

1893 - Georg Åberg, Swedish triple jumper (d. 1946)

Births127 years ago

1894 - Harold Gray, American cartoonist, created Little Orphan Annie (d. 1968)

Births126 years ago

1894 - Walter Piston, American composer, theorist, and academic (d. 1976)

Births126 years ago

1895 - Gábor Szegő, Hungarian mathematician and academic (d. 1985)

Births125 years ago

1896 - George Burns, American actor, comedian, and producer (d. 1996)

Births124 years ago

1898 - U Razak, Burmese educator and politician (d. 1947)

Births122 years ago

1899 - Clarice Cliff, English potter (d. 1972)

Births121 years ago

1899 - Kenjiro Takayanagi, Japanese engineer (d. 1990)

Births121 years ago

1900 - Dorothy Annan, English painter, potter, and muralist (d. 1983)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Colin Clive, English actor (d. 1937)

Births120 years ago

1902 - Leon Ames, American actor (d. 1993)

Births118 years ago

1902 - Kevin Barry, Irish Republican Army volunteer (d. 1920)

Births118 years ago

1906 - Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate (d. 1975)

Births114 years ago

1907 - Paula Wessely, Austrian actress and producer (d. 2000)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Fleur Cowles, American author and illustrator (d. 2009)

Births112 years ago

1909 - Gōgen Yamaguchi, Japanese martial artist (d. 1989)

Births111 years ago

1910 - Joy Adamson, Austria-born Kenyan painter and author (d. 1980)

Births110 years ago

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

Births107 years ago

1915 - Ghulam Ishaq Khan, Pakistani businessman and politician, 7th President of Pakistan (d. 2006)

Births105 years ago

1918 - Juan García Esquivel, Mexican pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 2002)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Nevin Scrimshaw, American scientist (d. 2013)

Births102 years ago

1920 - Federico Fellini, Italian director and screenwriter (d. 1993)

Births100 years ago

1920 - DeForest Kelley, American actor (d. 1999)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian ski jumper and author (d. 2006)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Telmo Zarra, Spanish footballer (d. 2006)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Ray Anthony, American trumpet player, composer, bandleader, and actor

Births98 years ago

1922 - Don Mankiewicz, American author and screenwriter (d. 2015)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Slim Whitman, American country and western singer-songwriter and musician (d. 2013)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Yvonne Loriod, French pianist and composer (d. 2010)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet, playwright, and critic (d. 2015)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan priest, poet, and politician

Births95 years ago

1926 - Patricia Neal, American actress (d. 2010)

Births94 years ago

1926 - David Tudor, American pianist and composer (d. 1996)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Qurratulain Hyder, Indian-Pakistani journalist and academic (d. 2007)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Antonio de Almeida, French conductor and musicologist (d. 1997)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Arte Johnson, American actor and comedian (d. 2019)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Masaharu Kawakatsu, Japanese biologist

Births91 years ago

1929 - Fireball Roberts, American race car driver (d. 1964)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Buzz Aldrin, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut

Births90 years ago

1931 - David Lee, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births89 years ago

1931 - Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese pianist and composer (d. 1992)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Lou Fontinato, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2016)

Births88 years ago

1934 - Hennie Aucamp, South African poet, author, and academic (d. 2014)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Tom Baker, English actor

Births86 years ago

1935 - Dorothy Provine, American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2010)

Births85 years ago

1938 - Derek Dougan, Irish-English footballer and journalist (d. 2007)

Births82 years ago

1939 - Paul Coverdell, American captain and politician (d. 2000)

Births81 years ago

1939 - Chandra Wickramasinghe, Sri Lankan-English mathematician, astronomer, and biologist

Births81 years ago

1940 - Carol Heiss, American figure skater and actress

Births80 years ago

1940 - Krishnam Raju, Indian actor and politician

Births80 years ago

1940 - Mandé Sidibé, Malian economist and politician, Prime Minister of Mali (d. 2009)

Births80 years ago

1942 - Linda Moulton Howe, American journalist and producer

Births78 years ago

1944 - José Luis Garci, Spanish director and producer

Births76 years ago

1944 - Farhad Mehrad, Iranian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2002)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Christopher Martin-Jenkins, English journalist and sportscaster (d. 2013)

Births75 years ago

1945 - Eric Stewart, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births75 years ago

1946 - David Lynch, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births74 years ago

1946 - Vladimír Merta, Czech singer-songwriter, guitarist, and journalist

Births74 years ago

1947 - Cyrille Guimard, French cyclist and sportscaster

Births73 years ago

1948 - Nancy Kress, American author and academic

Births72 years ago

1948 - Natan Sharansky, Ukrainian-Israeli physicist and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Israel

Births72 years ago

1949 - Göran Persson, Swedish lawyer and politician, 31st Prime Minister of Sweden

Births71 years ago

1950 - Daniel Benzali, Brazilian-American actor

Births70 years ago

1950 - William Mgimwa, Tanzanian banker and politician, 13th Tanzanian Minister of Finance (d. 2014)

Births70 years ago

1950 - Mahamane Ousmane, Nigerien politician, President of Niger

Births70 years ago

1951 - Iván Fischer, Hungarian conductor and composer

Births69 years ago

1952 - Nikos Sideris, Greek psychiatrist and poet

Births68 years ago

1952 - Paul Stanley, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births68 years ago

1952 - John Witherow, South African-English journalist and author

Births68 years ago

1953 - Jeffrey Epstein, American financier and convicted sex offender (d. 2019)

Births67 years ago

1954 - Alison Seabeck, English lawyer and politician

Births66 years ago
Births65 years ago
Births64 years ago

1956 - Bill Maher, American comedian, political commentator, media critic, television host, and producer

Births64 years ago

1956 - John Naber, American swimmer

Births64 years ago

1957 - Andy Sheppard, English saxophonist and composer

Births63 years ago

1958 - Lorenzo Lamas, American actor, director, and producer

Births62 years ago

1959 - Tami Hoag, American author

Births61 years ago

1959 - R. A. Salvatore, American author

Births61 years ago

1960 - Apa Sherpa, Nepalese-American mountaineer

Births60 years ago

1960 - Scott Thunes, American bass player

Births60 years ago

1960 - Will Wright, American video game designer, co-founded Maxis

Births60 years ago

1963 - James Denton, American actor

Births57 years ago

1963 - Mark Ryden, American painter and illustrator

Births57 years ago

1964 - Ozzie Guillén, Venezuelan-American baseball player and manager

Births56 years ago

1964 - Ron Harper, American basketball player and coach

Births56 years ago

1964 - Jack Lewis, American soldier and author

Births56 years ago

1964 - Kazushige Nojima, Japanese screenwriter and songwriter

Births56 years ago

1964 - Aquilino Pimentel III, Filipino lawyer and politician

Births56 years ago

1964 - Fareed Zakaria, Indian-American journalist and author

Births56 years ago

1965 - Colin Calderwood, Scottish footballer and manager

Births55 years ago
Births55 years ago

1965 - Warren Joyce, English footballer and manager

Births55 years ago

1965 - John Michael Montgomery, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births55 years ago

1965 - Anton Weissenbacher, Romanian footballer

Births55 years ago

1966 - Rainn Wilson, American actor

Births54 years ago

1967 - Stacey Dash, American actress and television journalist

Births53 years ago

1967 - Kellyanne Conway, American political strategist and pundit

Births53 years ago

1968 - Nick Anderson, American basketball player and sportscaster

Births52 years ago

1968 - Junior Murray, Grenadian cricketer

Births52 years ago

1969 - Patrick K. Kroupa, American computer hacker and activist, co-founded MindVox

Births51 years ago

1969 - Nicky Wire, Welsh singer-songwriter and bass player

Births51 years ago

1970 - Edwin McCain, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births50 years ago

1970 - Skeet Ulrich, American actor

Births50 years ago

1971 - Derrick Green, American singer

Births49 years ago

1971 - Gary Barlow, English singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

Births49 years ago

1971 - Ger McDonnell, Irish mountaineer and engineer (d. 2008)

Births49 years ago

1971 - Jung Woong-in, South Korean actor

Births49 years ago

1971 - Questlove, American drummer, DJ, and producer

Births49 years ago

1971 - Wakanohana Masaru, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 66th Yokozuna

Births49 years ago

1972 - Nikki Haley, American accountant and politician, 116th Governor of South Carolina

Births48 years ago

1973 - Stephen Crabb, Scottish-Welsh politician, Secretary of State for Wales

Births47 years ago
Births47 years ago

1974 - David Dei, Italian footballer and coach

Births46 years ago

1975 - Norberto Fontana, Argentinian race car driver

Births45 years ago

1975 - Zac Goldsmith, English journalist and politician

Births45 years ago

1976 - Kirsty Gallacher, Scottish journalist and sportscaster

Births44 years ago

1976 - Michael Myers, American football player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Gretha Smit, Dutch speed skater

Births44 years ago

1977 - Paul Adams, South African cricketer and coach

Births43 years ago

1978 - Salvatore Aronica, Italian footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Sonja Kesselschläger, German heptathlete

Births42 years ago

1978 - Allan Søgaard, Danish footballer

Births42 years ago

1979 - Choo Ja-hyun, South Korean actress

Births41 years ago

1979 - Will Young, English singer-songwriter and actor

Births41 years ago

1980 - Karl Anderson, American wrestler

Births40 years ago

1980 - Philippe Cousteau, Jr., American-French oceanographer and journalist

Births40 years ago

1980 - Philippe Gagnon, Canadian swimmer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Kim Jeong-hoon, South Korean singer and actor

Births40 years ago

1980 - Petra Rampre, Slovenian tennis player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Matthew Tuck, Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births40 years ago

1981 - Freddy Guzmán, Dominican baseball player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Owen Hargreaves, English footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Jason Richardson, American basketball player

Births39 years ago

1982 - Ruchi Sanghvi, Indian computer engineer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Fredrik Strømstad, Norwegian footballer

Births38 years ago

1983 - Geovany Soto, Puerto Rican-American baseball player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Mari Yaguchi, Japanese singer and actress

Births37 years ago

1984 - Malek Jaziri, Tunisian tennis player

Births36 years ago

1985 - Marina Inoue, Japanese voice actress and singer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Tanel Sokk, Estonian basketball player

Births35 years ago

1987 - Janin Lindenberg, German sprinter

Births33 years ago

1987 - Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (d. 2011)

Births33 years ago

1988 - Uwa Elderson Echiéjilé, Nigerian footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Jeffrén Suárez, Spanish footballer

Births32 years ago

1989 - Nick Foles, American football player

Births31 years ago

1989 - Washington Santana da Silva, Brazilian footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, New Zealand rugby league player

Births31 years ago

1990 - Ray Thompson, Australian rugby league player

Births30 years ago

1991 - Ciara Hanna, American actress and model

Births29 years ago

1991 - Polona Hercog, Slovenian tennis player

Births29 years ago

1991 - Jolyon Palmer, English racing driver

Births29 years ago

1992 - Jorge Zárate, Mexican footballer

Births28 years ago

1993 - Lorenzo Crisetig, Italian footballer

Births27 years ago

1995 - Joey Badass, American rapper and actor

Births25 years ago


820 - Al-Shafi‘i, Arab scholar and jurist (b. 767)


842 - Theophilos, Byzantine emperor (b. 813)


882 - Louis the Younger, king of the East Frankish Kingdom


924 - Li Jitao, Chinese general of Later Tang


928 - Zhao Guangfeng, Chinese official and chancellor


1029 - Heonae, Korean queen and regent (b. 964)

Deaths991 years ago

1095 - Wulfstan, bishop of Worcester

Deaths925 years ago

1156 - Henry, English bishop and saint

Deaths864 years ago

1189 - Shi Zong, Chinese emperor of Jin (b. 1123)

Deaths831 years ago

1191 - Frederick VI, duke of Swabia (b. 1167)

Deaths829 years ago

1191 - Theobald V, count of Blois (b. 1130)

Deaths829 years ago
Deaths755 years ago
Deaths684 years ago

1343 - Robert, king of Naples (b. 1275)

Deaths677 years ago

1479 - John II, king of Sicily (b. 1398)

Deaths541 years ago

1568 - Myles Coverdale, English bishop and translator (b. 1488)

Deaths452 years ago

1612 - Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1552)

Deaths408 years ago

1663 - Isaac Ambrose, English minister and author (b. 1604)

Deaths357 years ago

1666 - Anne of Austria, France queen (b. 1601)

Deaths354 years ago

1707 - Humphrey Hody, English scholar and theologian (b. 1659)

Deaths313 years ago

1709 - François de la Chaise, French priest (b. 1624)

Deaths311 years ago

1751 - John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, English politician (b. 1665)

Deaths269 years ago

1770 - Charles Yorke, English lawyer and politician, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1722)

Deaths250 years ago

1779 - David Garrick, English actor, producer, playwright, and manager (b. 1717)

Deaths241 years ago

1810 - Benjamin Chew, American lawyer and judge (b. 1721)

Deaths210 years ago

1819 - Charles IV, Spanish king (b. 1748)

Deaths201 years ago

1837 - John Soane, English architect, designed the Bank of England (b. 1753)

Deaths183 years ago

1841 - Jørgen Jørgensen, Danish explorer (b. 1780)

Deaths179 years ago

1841 - Minh Mạng, Vietnamese emperor (b. 1791)

Deaths179 years ago

1848 - Christian VIII, Danish king (b. 1786)

Deaths172 years ago

1850 - Adam Oehlenschläger, Danish poet and playwright (b. 1779)

Deaths170 years ago

1852 - Ōnomatsu Midorinosuke, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 6th Yokozuna (b. 1794)

Deaths168 years ago

1873 - Basil Moreau, French priest, founded the Congregation of Holy Cross (b. 1799)

Deaths147 years ago

1875 - Jean-François Millet, French painter and educator (b. 1814)

Deaths145 years ago

1891 - Kalākaua, king of Hawaii (b. 1836)

Deaths129 years ago

1900 - John Ruskin, English painter and critic (b. 1819)

Deaths120 years ago

1901 - Zénobe Gramme, Belgian engineer, invented the Gramme machine (b. 1826)

Deaths119 years ago

1907 - Agnes Mary Clerke, Irish astronomer and author (b. 1842)

Deaths113 years ago

1908 - John Ordronaux, American surgeon and academic (b. 1830)

Deaths112 years ago

1913 - José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican engraver and illustrator (b. 1852)

Deaths107 years ago

1915 - Arthur Guinness, 1st Baron Ardilaun, Irish businessman, philanthropist, and politician (b. 1840)

Deaths105 years ago

1920 - Georg Lurich, Estonian-Russian wrestler and strongman (b. 1876)

Deaths100 years ago

1921 - Mary Watson Whitney, American astronomer and academic (b. 1847)

Deaths99 years ago

1924 - Henry "Ivo" Crapp, Australian footballer and umpire (b. 1872)

Deaths96 years ago

1936 - George V of the United Kingdom (b. 1865)

Deaths84 years ago

1940 - Omar Bundy, American general (b. 1861)

Deaths80 years ago

1944 - James McKeen Cattell, American psychologist and academic (b. 1860)

Deaths76 years ago

1947 - Josh Gibson, American baseball player (b. 1911)

Deaths73 years ago

1947 - Andrew Volstead, American member of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1860)

Deaths73 years ago

1954 - Warren Bardsley, Australian cricketer (b. 1882)

Deaths66 years ago

1954 - Fred Root, English cricketer and umpire (b. 1890)

Deaths66 years ago

1955 - Robert P. T. Coffin, American author and poet (b. 1892)

Deaths65 years ago

1962 - Robinson Jeffers, American poet and philosopher (b. 1887)

Deaths58 years ago

1965 - Alan Freed, American radio host (b. 1922)

Deaths55 years ago

1971 - Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1880)

Deaths49 years ago

1971 - Minanogawa Tōzō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 34th Yokozuna (b. 1903)

Deaths49 years ago

1973 - Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician and surgeon (b. 1885)

Deaths47 years ago

1973 - Amílcar Cabral, Guinea Bissauan-Cape Verdian engineer and politician (b. 1924)

Deaths47 years ago

1977 - Dimitrios Kiousopoulos, Greek jurist and politician, 151st Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1892)

Deaths43 years ago

1980 - William Roberts, English soldier and painter (b. 1895)

Deaths40 years ago

1983 - Garrincha, Brazilian footballer (b. 1933)

Deaths37 years ago

1984 - Johnny Weissmuller, American swimmer and actor (b. 1904)

Deaths36 years ago

1988 - Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Pakistani activist and politician (b. 1890)

Deaths32 years ago

1988 - Dora Stratou, Greek dancer and choreographer (b. 1903)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1938)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Barbara Stanwyck, American actress (b. 1907)

Deaths30 years ago

1993 - Audrey Hepburn, British actress and humanitarian activist (b. 1929)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Matt Busby, Scottish footballer and coach (b. 1909)

Deaths26 years ago

1994 - Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, first Kenyan Vice-President (b. 1911)

Deaths26 years ago

1996 - Gerry Mulligan, American saxophonist and composer (b. 1927)

Deaths24 years ago

2002 - Carrie Hamilton, American actress and singer (b. 1963)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Al Hirschfeld, American painter and illustrator (b. 1903)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Nedra Volz, American actress (b. 1908)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Alan Brown, English race car driver (b. 1919)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - T. Nadaraja, Sri Lankan lawyer and academic (b. 1917)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Per Borten, Norwegian lawyer and politician, 18th Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1913)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, Polish journalist and politician (b. 1913)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Miriam Rothschild, English zoologist, entomologist, and author (b. 1908)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Dave Lepard, Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1980)

Deaths14 years ago

2009 - Stéphanos II Ghattas, Egyptian patriarch (b. 1920)

Deaths11 years ago

2012 - Etta James, American singer-songwriter (b. 1938)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - John Levy, American bassist and manager (b. 1912)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Ioannis Kefalogiannis, Greek politician, Greek Minister of the Interior (b. 1933)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Alejandro Rodriguez, Venezuelan-American pediatrician and psychiatrist (b. 1918)

Deaths8 years ago

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

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Toyo Shibata, Japanese poet and author (b. 1911)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor (b. 1933)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Otis G. Pike, American judge and politician (b. 1921)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Jonas Trinkūnas, Lithuanian ethnologist and academic (b. 1939)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Edgar Froese, Russian-German keyboard player and songwriter (b. 1944)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Mykolas Burokevičius, Lithuanian carpenter and politician (b. 1927)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Edmonde Charles-Roux, French journalist and author (b. 1920)

Deaths4 years ago

2018 - Paul Bocuse, French chef (b. 1926)

Deaths2 years ago

2018 - Naomi Parker Fraley, American naval machiner (b. 1921)

Deaths2 years ago

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