Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances


AD 98 - Trajan succeeds his adoptive father Nerva as Roman emperor; under his rule the Roman Empire would reach its maximum extent.


945 - The co-emperors Stephen and Constantine are overthrown and forced to become monks by Constantine VII, who becomes sole emperor of the Byzantine Empire.


1186 - Henry VI, the son and heir of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I, marries Constance of Sicily.

Events834 years ago

1302 - Dante Alighieri is exiled from Florence.

Events718 years ago

1343 - Pope Clement VI issues the papal bull Unigenitus to justify the power of the pope and the use of indulgences. Nearly 200 years later, Martin Luther would protest this.

Events677 years ago

1606 - Gunpowder Plot: The trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators begins, ending with their execution on January 31.

Events414 years ago

1695 - Mustafa II becomes the Ottoman sultan and Caliph of Islam in Istanbul on the death of Ahmed II. Mustafa rules until his abdication in 1703.

Events325 years ago

1785 - The University of Georgia is founded, the first public university in the United States.

Events235 years ago

1820 - A Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Petrovich Lazarev discovers the Antarctic continent, approaching the Antarctic coast.

Events200 years ago

1825 - The U.S. Congress approves Indian Territory (in what is present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the "Trail of Tears".

Events195 years ago

1868 - Boshin War: The Battle of Toba–Fushimi begins, between forces of the Tokugawa shogunate and pro-Imperial factions; it will end in defeat for the shogunate, and is a pivotal point in the Meiji Restoration.

Events152 years ago

1869 - Boshin War: Tokugawa rebels establish the Ezo Republic in Hokkaidō.

Events151 years ago

1880 - Thomas Edison receives a patent for his incandescent lamp.

Events140 years ago

1916 - World War I: The British government passed a legislation that introduced conscription in the United Kingdom.

Events104 years ago

1918 - Beginning of the Finnish Civil War.

Events102 years ago

1927 - Ibn Saud takes the title of King of Nejd.

Events93 years ago

1939 - First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.

Events81 years ago

1943World War II: The Eighth Air Force sorties ninety-one B-17s and B-24s to attack the U-boat construction yards at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. This was the first American bombing attack on Germany.

Events77 years ago

1944 - World War II: The 900-day Siege of Leningrad is lifted.

Events76 years ago

1945 - World War II: The Soviet 322nd Rifle Division liberates the remaining inmates of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Events75 years ago
Events69 years ago

1961 - The Soviet submarine S-80 sinks when its snorkel malfunctions, flooding the boat.

Events59 years ago

1967 - Apollo program: Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee are killed in a fire during a test of their Apollo 1 spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

Events53 years ago

1967 - Cold War: The Soviet Union, the United States, and the United Kingdom sign the Outer Space Treaty in Washington, D.C., banning deployment of nuclear weapons in space, and limiting use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes.

Events53 years ago

1973 - The Paris Peace Accords officially end the Vietnam War. Colonel William Nolde is killed in action becoming the conflict's last recorded American combat casualty.

Events47 years ago

1980 - Through cooperation between the U.S. and Canadian governments, six American diplomats secretly escape hostilities in Iran in the culmination of the Canadian Caper.

Events40 years ago

1983 - The pilot shaft of the Seikan Tunnel, the world's longest sub-aqueous tunnel (53.85 km) between the Japanese islands of Honshū and Hokkaidō, breaks through.

Events37 years ago

1996 - In a military coup, Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara deposes the first democratically elected president of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane.

Events24 years ago

1996 - Germany first observes the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Events24 years ago

2002 - An explosion at a military storage facility in Lagos, Nigeria, kills at least 1,100 people and displaces over 20,000 others.

Events18 years ago

2003 - The first selections for the National Recording Registry are announced by the Library of Congress.

Events17 years ago
Events10 years ago

2011 - Arab Spring: The Yemeni Revolution begins as over 16,000 protestors demonstrate in Sana'a.

Events9 years ago

2013 - Two hundred and forty-two people die in a nightclub fire in the Brazilian city of Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul.

Events7 years ago


1365 - Edward of Angoulême, English noble (d. 1370)

Births655 years ago
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Births474 years ago

1571 - Abbas I of Persia (d. 1629)

Births449 years ago

1585 - Hendrick Avercamp, Dutch painter (d. 1634)

Births435 years ago
Births417 years ago

1603 - Humphrey Mackworth, English politician, lawyer and judge (d. 1654)

Births417 years ago

1621 - Thomas Willis, English physician and anatomist (d. 1675)

Births399 years ago

1662 - Richard Bentley, English scholar and theologian (d. 1742)

Births358 years ago

1663 - George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington, Royal Navy admiral (d. 1733)

Births357 years ago

1687 - Johann Balthasar Neumann, German engineer and architect, designed Würzburg Residence and Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers (d. 1753)

Births333 years ago

1701 - Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim, German historian and theologian (d. 1790)

Births319 years ago
Births312 years ago

1741 - Hester Thrale, Welsh author (d. 1821)

Births279 years ago

1756 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian pianist and composer (d. 1791)

Births264 years ago

1775 - Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, German-Swiss philosopher and academic (d. 1854)

Births245 years ago

1790 - Juan Álvarez, Mexican general and president (1855) (d. 1867)

Births230 years ago

1795 - Eli Whitney Blake, American engineer, invented the Mortise lock (d. 1886)

Births225 years ago

1803 - Eunice Hale Waite Cobb, American writer, public speaker, and activist (d. 1880)

Births217 years ago
Births215 years ago

1805 - Samuel Palmer, English painter and etcher (d. 1881)

Births215 years ago

1806 - Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, Spanish composer and educator (d. 1826)

Births214 years ago

1808 - David Strauss, German theologian and author (d. 1874)

Births212 years ago

1814 - Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, French architect, designed the Lausanne Cathedral (d. 1879)

Births206 years ago

1821 - John Chivington, American colonel and pastor (d. 1892)

Births199 years ago

1823 - Édouard Lalo, French violinist and composer (d. 1892)

Births197 years ago

1824 - Urbain Johnson, Canadian farmer and political figure (d. 1917)

Births196 years ago

1826 - Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Russian journalist and author (d. 1889)

Births194 years ago

1826 - Richard Taylor, American general, historian, and politician (d. 1879)

Births194 years ago

1832 - Lewis Carroll, English novelist, poet, and mathematician (d. 1898)

Births188 years ago

1832 - Carl Friedrich Schmidt, Estonian-Russian geologist and botanist (d. 1908)

Births188 years ago

1836 - Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian journalist and author (d. 1895)

Births184 years ago

1842 - Arkhip Kuindzhi, Ukrainian-Russian painter (d. 1910)

Births178 years ago

1848 - Tōgō Heihachirō, Japanese admiral (d. 1934)

Births172 years ago

1850 - John Collier, English painter and author (d. 1934)

Births170 years ago

1850 - Samuel Gompers, English-American labor leader (d. 1924)

Births170 years ago

1850 - Edward Smith, English captain (d. 1912)

Births170 years ago

1858 - Neel Doff, Dutch-Belgian author (d. 1942)

Births162 years ago
Births161 years ago

1869 - Will Marion Cook, American violinist and composer (d. 1944)

Births151 years ago

1878 - Dorothy Scarborough, American author (d. 1935)

Births142 years ago

1885 - Jerome Kern, American composer and songwriter (d. 1945)

Births135 years ago

1885 - Seison Maeda, Japanese painter (d. 1977)

Births135 years ago

1886 - Radhabinod Pal, Indian academic and jurist (d. 1967)

Births134 years ago

1889 - Balthasar van der Pol, Dutch physicist and academic (d. 1959)

Births131 years ago

1891 - Ilya Ehrenburg, Russian journalist and author (d. 1967)

Births129 years ago
Births127 years ago

1895 - Joseph Rosenstock, Polish-American conductor and manager (d. 1985)

Births125 years ago

1895 - Harry Ruby, American composer and screenwriter (d. 1974)

Births125 years ago

1900 - Hyman G. Rickover, American admiral (d. 1986)

Births120 years ago

1901 - Willy Fritsch, German actor (d. 1973)

Births119 years ago

1901 - Art Rooney, American football player and coach, founded the Pittsburgh Steelers (d. 1988)

Births119 years ago

1903 - John Eccles, Australian-Swiss neurophysiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)

Births117 years ago

1903 - Otto P. Weyland, American general (d. 1979)

Births117 years ago

1904 - James J. Gibson, American psychologist and academic (d. 1979)

Births116 years ago

1905 - Howard McNear, American actor (d. 1969)

Births115 years ago

1908 - William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American journalist and publisher (d. 1993)

Births112 years ago

1910 - Edvard Kardelj, Slovene general, economist, and politician, 2nd Foreign Minister of Yugoslavia (d. 1979)

Births110 years ago

1912 - Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher and environmentalist (d. 2009)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Francis Rogallo, American engineer, invented the Rogallo wing (d. 2009)

Births108 years ago

1915 - Jules Archer, American historian and author (d. 2008)

Births105 years ago

1915 - Jacques Hnizdovsky, Ukrainian-American painter, sculptor, and illustrator (d. 1985)

Births105 years ago

1918 - Skitch Henderson, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2005)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Elmore James, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1963)

Births102 years ago

1918 - William Seawell, American general (d. 2005)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Tom Addington, English captain (d. 2011)

Births101 years ago

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

Births101 years ago

1920 - Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, Japanese lieutenant and pilot (d. 1944)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Helmut Zacharias, German violinist and composer (d. 2002)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Donna Reed, American actress (d. 1986)

Births99 years ago

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

Births96 years ago

1924 - Brian Rix, English actor, producer, and politician (d. 2016)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Harvey Shapiro, American poet (d. 2013)

Births96 years ago

1926 - Fritz Spiegl, Austrian flute player and journalist (d. 2003)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (d. 2004)

Births94 years ago

1928 - Michael Craig, Indian-English actor and screenwriter

Births92 years ago

1928 - Hans Modrow, Polish-German lawyer and politician, 5th Prime Minister of East Germany

Births92 years ago

1929 - Mohamed Al-Fayed, Egyptian-Swiss businessman

Births91 years ago

1929 - Gastón Suárez, Bolivian author and playwright (d. 1984)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Bobby "Blue" Bland, American blues singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Mordecai Richler, Canadian author and screenwriter (d. 2001)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Nigel Vinson, Baron Vinson, English lieutenant and businessman

Births89 years ago

1932 - Boris Shakhlin, Russian-Ukrainian gymnast (d. 2008)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Jerry Buss, American chemist and businessman (d. 2013)

Births87 years ago

1934 - Édith Cresson, French politician and diplomat, 160th Prime Minister of France

Births86 years ago

1934 - George Follmer, American race car driver

Births86 years ago

1935 - Steve Demeter, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2013)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Troy Donahue, American actor (d. 2001)

Births84 years ago

1936 - Samuel C. C. Ting, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births84 years ago

1937 - Fred Åkerström, Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1985)

Births83 years ago

1940 - Ahmet Kurtcebe Alptemoçin, Turkish engineer and politician, 35th Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs

Births80 years ago

1940 - James Cromwell, American actor

Births80 years ago

1940 - Terry Harper, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births80 years ago

1940 - Petru Lucinschi, Romanian activist and politician, 2nd President of Moldova

Births80 years ago

1940 - Reynaldo Rey, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2015)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Beatrice Tinsley, New Zealand astronomer and cosmologist (d. 1981)

Births79 years ago

1942 - Maki Asakawa, Japanese singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2010)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Tasuku Honjo, Japanese immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine

Births78 years ago

1942 - John Witherspoon, American actor

Births78 years ago

1942 - Kate Wolf, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1986)

Births78 years ago

1943 - Julia Cumberlege, Baroness Cumberlege, English businesswoman and politician

Births77 years ago

1944 - Peter Akinola, Nigerian archbishop

Births76 years ago

1944 - Mairead Maguire, Northern Irish activist, Nobel Prize laureate

Births76 years ago

1944 - Nick Mason, English drummer, songwriter, and producer

Births76 years ago

1945 - Harold Cardinal, Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 2005)

Births75 years ago

1946 - Christopher Hum, English academic and diplomat, British Ambassador to China

Births74 years ago

1946 - Nedra Talley, American singer

Births74 years ago

1947 - Björn Afzelius, Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999)

Births73 years ago

1947 - Vyron Polydoras, Greek lawyer and politician, Greek Minister for Public Order

Births73 years ago

1947 - Cal Schenkel, American painter and illustrator

Births73 years ago

1947 - Philip Sugden, English historian and author (d. 2014)

Births73 years ago
Births73 years ago

1948 - Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian-American dancer, choreographer, and actor

Births72 years ago

1948 - Jean-Philippe Collard, French pianist

Births72 years ago

1951 - Seth Justman, American keyboard player and songwriter

Births69 years ago

1951 - Cees van der Knaap, Dutch soldier and politician

Births69 years ago

1952 - Brian Gottfried, American tennis player

Births68 years ago

1952 - Billy Johnson, American football player and coach

Births68 years ago

1952 - Tam O'Shaughnessy, American tennis player, psychologist, and academic

Births68 years ago

1952 - G. E. Smith, American guitarist and songwriter

Births68 years ago

1954 - Peter Laird, American author and illustrator

Births66 years ago

1954 - Ed Schultz, American talk show host and sportscaster (d. 2018)

Births66 years ago

1955 - Brian Engblom, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

Births65 years ago

1955 - John Roberts, American lawyer and judge, 17th Chief Justice of the United States

Births65 years ago

1956 - Mimi Rogers, American actress

Births64 years ago

1957 - Janick Gers, English guitarist and songwriter

Births63 years ago

1957 - Frank Miller, American illustrator, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births63 years ago

1958 - James Grippando, American lawyer and author

Births62 years ago

1958 - Alan Milburn, English businessman and politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Births62 years ago

1959 - Cris Collinsworth, American football player and sportscaster

Births61 years ago

1959 - Göran Hägglund, Swedish lawyer and politician, 28th Swedish Minister for Social Affairs

Births61 years ago

1959 - Keith Olbermann, American journalist and author

Births61 years ago

1960 - Fiona O'Donnell, Canadian-Scottish politician

Births60 years ago

1961 - Narciso Rodriguez, American fashion designer

Births59 years ago

1961 - Margo Timmins, Canadian singer-songwriter

Births59 years ago

1962 - Roberto Paci Dalò, Italian director and composer

Births58 years ago

1963 - George Monbiot, English-Welsh author and activist

Births57 years ago

1964 - Patrick van Deurzen, Dutch composer and academic

Births56 years ago

1964 - Bridget Fonda, American actress

Births56 years ago

1965 - Alan Cumming, Scottish-American actor

Births55 years ago

1965 - Mike Newell, English footballer and manager

Births55 years ago

1965 - Ignacio Noé, Argentinian author and illustrator

Births55 years ago

1965 - Attila Sekerlioglu, Austrian footballer and manager

Births55 years ago

1966 - Tamlyn Tomita, Japanese-American actress and singer

Births54 years ago

1967 - Dave Manson, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births53 years ago

1968 - Tracy Lawrence, American country singer

Births52 years ago

1968 - Mike Patton, American singer, composer, and voice artist

Births52 years ago

1968 - Matt Stover, American football player

Births52 years ago

1969 - Michael Kulas, Canadian singer-songwriter and producer

Births51 years ago

1969 - Patton Oswalt, American comedian and actor

Births51 years ago

1969 - Shane Thomson, New Zealand cricketer

Births51 years ago

1970 - Bradley Clyde, Australian rugby league player

Births50 years ago

1970 - Dean Headley, English cricketer and coach

Births50 years ago

1971 - Patrice Brisebois, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births49 years ago

1972 - Bibi Gaytán, Mexican singer and actress

Births48 years ago

1973 - Valyantsin Byalkevich, Belarusian footballer and manager (d. 2014)

Births47 years ago

1974 - Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Norwegian skier and biathlete

Births46 years ago

1974 - Andrei Pavel, Romanian tennis player and coach

Births46 years ago

1974 - Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lankan cricketer and coach

Births46 years ago

1976 - Ahn Jung-hwan, South Korean footballer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Clint Ford, American actor, voice actor and novelist

Births44 years ago

1976 - Fred Taylor, American football player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Michael K. Winder, American businessman and politician

Births44 years ago

1978 - Pete Laforest, Canadian-American baseball player and manager

Births42 years ago

1979 - Rosamund Pike, English actress

Births41 years ago

1979 - Daniel Vettori, New Zealand cricketer and coach

Births41 years ago

1980 - Chanda Gunn, American ice hockey player and coach

Births40 years ago

1980 - Marat Safin, Russian tennis player and politician

Births40 years ago

1981 - Alicia Molik, Australian tennis player and sportscaster

Births39 years ago

1981 - Tony Woodcock, New Zealand rugby player

Births39 years ago

1983 - Carlo Colaiacovo, Canadian ice hockey player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Paulo Colaiacovo, Canadian ice hockey player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Gavin Floyd, American baseball player

Births37 years ago

1987 - Katy Rose, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Anton Shunin, Russian footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Ashley Grace, American singer-songwriter

Births33 years ago

1988 - Kerlon, Brazilian footballer

Births32 years ago

1989 - Alberto Botía, Spanish footballer

Births31 years ago

1991 - Christian Bickel, German footballer

Births29 years ago

1991 - Sebastine Ikahihifo, New Zealand rugby league player

Births29 years ago

1992 - Stefano Pettinari, Italian footballer

Births28 years ago


AD 98 - Nerva, Roman emperor (b. 35)


457 - Marcian, Byzantine emperor (b. 392)


555 - Yuan Di, emperor of the Liang Dynasty (b. 508)


847 - Pope Sergius II (b. 790)


931 - Ruotger, archbishop of Trier


947 - Zhang Yanze, Chinese general and governor


1062 - Adelaide of Hungary, (b. c. 1040)

Deaths958 years ago

1142 - Yue Fei, Chinese general (b. 1103)

Deaths878 years ago

1377 - Frederick the Simple, King of Sicily

Deaths643 years ago

1490 - Ashikaga Yoshimasa, Japanese shōgun (b. 1435)

Deaths530 years ago
Deaths516 years ago

1540 - Angela Merici, Italian educator and saint, founded the Company of St. Ursula (b. 1474)

Deaths480 years ago

1592 - Gian Paolo Lomazzo, Italian painter (b. 1538)

Deaths428 years ago

1596 - Francis Drake, English captain and explorer (b. 1540)

Deaths424 years ago

1629 - Hieronymus Praetorius, German organist and composer (b. 1560)

Deaths391 years ago

1638 - Gonzalo de Céspedes y Meneses, Spanish author and poet (b. 1585)

Deaths382 years ago

1651 - Abraham Bloemaert, Dutch painter and illustrator (b. 1566)

Deaths369 years ago

1689 - Robert Aske, English merchant and philanthropist (b. 1619)

Deaths331 years ago

1731 - Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker, invented the Piano (b. 1655)

Deaths289 years ago

1733 - Thomas Woolston, English theologian and author (b. 1669)

Deaths287 years ago
Deaths280 years ago

1770 - Philippe Macquer, French historian (b. 1720)

Deaths250 years ago

1794 - Antoine Philippe de La Trémoille, French general (b. 1765)

Deaths226 years ago

1812 - John Perkins, Anglo-Jamaican captain

Deaths208 years ago

1814 - Johann Gottlieb Fichte, German philosopher and academic (b. 1762)

Deaths206 years ago

1816 - Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood, English admiral and politician (b. 1724)

Deaths204 years ago

1851 - John James Audubon, French-American ornithologist and painter (b. 1789)

Deaths169 years ago

1860 - János Bolyai, Romanian-Hungarian mathematician and academic (b. 1802)

Deaths160 years ago

1880 - Edward Middleton Barry, English architect and academic, co-designed the Halifax Town Hall and the Royal Opera House (b. 1830)

Deaths140 years ago

1901 - Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer (b. 1813)

Deaths119 years ago

1910 - Thomas Crapper, English plumber and businessman (b. 1836)

Deaths110 years ago

1919 - Endre Ady, Hungarian poet and journalist (b. 1877)

Deaths101 years ago

1921 - Maurice Buckley, Australian sergeant (b. 1891)

Deaths99 years ago

1922 - Nellie Bly, American journalist and author (b. 1864)

Deaths98 years ago

1927 - Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevičius, Lithuanian bishop (b. 1871)

Deaths93 years ago

1931 - Nishinoumi Kajirō II, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 25th Yokozuna (b. 1880)

Deaths89 years ago

1940 - Isaac Babel, Russian short story writer, journalist, and playwright (b. 1894)

Deaths80 years ago

1942 - Kaarel Eenpalu, Estonian journalist and politician, Prime Minister of Estonia (b. 1888)

Deaths78 years ago

1951 - Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Finnish field marshal and politician, 6th President of Finland (b. 1867)

Deaths69 years ago

1956 - Erich Kleiber, Austrian conductor and director (b. 1890)

Deaths64 years ago

1961 - Bernard Friedberg, Austrian scholar and author (b. 1876)

Deaths59 years ago

1963 - John Farrow, Australian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1904)

Deaths57 years ago

1965 - Abraham Walkowitz, American painter (b. 1878)

Deaths55 years ago

1967 - crew of Apollo 1 Roger B. Chaffee, American pilot, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1935)

Deaths53 years ago

1967 - crew of Apollo 1 Gus Grissom, American pilot and astronaut (b. 1926)

Deaths53 years ago

1967 - crew of Apollo 1 Ed White, American colonel, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1930)

Deaths53 years ago

1967 - Alphonse Juin, Algerian-French general (b. 1888)

Deaths53 years ago

1970 - Rocco D'Assunta, Italian actor, comedian and playwright (b. 1904)

Deaths50 years ago

1971 - Jacobo Árbenz, Guatemalan captain and politician, President of Guatemala (b. 1913)

Deaths49 years ago

1972 - Mahalia Jackson, American singer (b. 1911)

Deaths48 years ago

1973 - William Nolde, American colonel (b. 1929)

Deaths47 years ago

1974 - Georgios Grivas, Cypriot general (b. 1898)

Deaths46 years ago

1975 - Bill Walsh, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1913)

Deaths45 years ago

1983 - Louis de Funès, French actor and screenwriter (b. 1914)

Deaths37 years ago

1986 - Lilli Palmer, German-American actress (b. 1914)

Deaths34 years ago

1987 - Norman McLaren, Scottish-Canadian animator and director (b. 1914)

Deaths33 years ago

1988 - Massa Makan Diabaté, Malian historian, author, and playwright (b. 1938)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - Thomas Sopwith, English ice hockey player and pilot (b. 1888)

Deaths31 years ago

1993 - André the Giant, French professional wrestler and actor (b. 1946)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Claude Akins, American actor (b. 1918)

Deaths26 years ago

1996 - Ralph Yarborough, American colonel, lawyer, and politician (b. 1903)

Deaths24 years ago

2000 - Friedrich Gulda, Austrian pianist and composer (b. 1930)

Deaths20 years ago

2003 - Henryk Jabłoński, Polish historian and politician, President of Poland (b. 1909)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Salvador Laurel, Filipino lawyer and politician, 10th Vice President of the Philippines (b. 1928)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Jack Paar, American talk show host and author (b. 1918)

Deaths16 years ago

2006 - Gene McFadden, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1948)

Deaths14 years ago

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

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Yang Chuan-kwang, Taiwanese decathlete, long jumper, and hurdler (b. 1933)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Suharto, Indonesian general and politician, 2nd President of Indonesia (b. 1921)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Gordon B. Hinckley, American religious leader and author, 15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1910)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Louie Welch, American businessman and politician, 54th Mayor of Houston (b. 1918)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - John Updike, American novelist, short story writer, and critic (b. 1932)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - R. Venkataraman, Indian lawyer and politician, 8th President of India (b. 1910)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Zelda Rubinstein, American actress (b. 1933)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - J. D. Salinger, American soldier and author (b. 1919)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Howard Zinn, American historian, author, and activist (b. 1922)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Charlie Callas, American comedian and musician (b. 1927)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Greg Cook, American football player and sportscaster (b. 1946)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Ted Dicks, English composer and screenwriter (b. 1928)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Jeannette Hamby, American nurse and politician (b. 1933)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Kevin White, American politician, 51st Mayor of Boston (b. 1929)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Ivan Bodiul, Ukrainian-Russian politician (b. 1918)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Stanley Karnow, American journalist and historian (b. 1925)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Pete Seeger, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and activist (b. 1919)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Epimaco Velasco, Filipino lawyer and politician, Governor of Cavite (b. 1935)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Paul Zorner, German soldier and pilot (b. 1920)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Rocky Bridges, American baseball player and coach (b. 1927)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - David Landau, English-Israeli journalist (b. 1947)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Joseph Rotman, Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1935)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Charles Hard Townes, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1915)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Larry Winters, American wrestler and trainer (b. 1956)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Carlos Loyzaga, Filipino basketball player and coach (b. 1930)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Emmanuelle Riva, French actress (b. 1927)

Deaths3 years ago

2017 - Arthur H. Rosenfeld, American physicist (b. 1926)

Deaths3 years ago

2018 - Ingvar Kamprad, Founder of IKEA (b. 1926)

Deaths2 years ago

2018 - Mort Walker, American cartoonist (b. 1923)

Deaths2 years ago

2019 - Countess Maya von Schönburg-Glauchau, German socialite (b. 1958)

Deaths1 years ago

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