Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances


814 - The death of Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor, brings about the accession of his son Louis the Pious as ruler of the Frankish Empire.


1069 - Robert de Comines, appointed Earl of Northumbria by William the Conqueror, rides into Durham, England, where he is defeated and killed by rebels. This incident leads to the Harrying of the North.

Events951 years ago

1077 - Walk to Canossa: The excommunication of Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, is lifted after he humbles himself before Pope Gregory VII at Canossa in Italy.

Events943 years ago
Events627 years ago

1521 - The Diet of Worms begins, lasting until May 25.

Events499 years ago

1547 - Edward VI, the nine-year-old son of Henry VIII, becomes King of England on his father's death.

Events473 years ago

1568 - The Edict of Torda prohibited the persecution of individuals on religious ground in John Sigismund Zápolya's Eastern Hungarian Kingdom.

Events452 years ago

1573 - Articles of the Warsaw Confederation are signed, sanctioning freedom of religion in Poland.

Events447 years ago

1624 - Sir Thomas Warner founds the first British colony in the Caribbean, on the island of Saint Kitts.

Events396 years ago

1671 - Original city of Panama (founded in 1519) was destroyed by a fire when privateer Henry Morgan sacked and set fire to it. The site of the previously devastated city is still in ruins (see Panama Viejo).

Events349 years ago

1724 - The Russian Academy of Sciences is founded in St. Petersburg by Peter the Great, and implemented by Senate decree. It is called the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences until 1917.

Events296 years ago

1754 - Sir Horace Walpole coins the word serendipity in a letter to a friend.

Events266 years ago

1813 - Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is first published in the United Kingdom.

Events207 years ago

1846 - The Battle of Aliwal, India, is won by British troops commanded by Sir Harry Smith.

Events174 years ago

1851 - Northwestern University becomes the first chartered university in Illinois.

Events169 years ago

1855 - A locomotive on the Panama Canal Railway runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean for the first time.

Events165 years ago

1871 - Franco-Prussian War: The Siege of Paris ends in French defeat and an armistice.

Events149 years ago

1878 - Yale Daily News becomes the first daily college newspaper in the United States.

Events142 years ago

1896 - Walter Arnold of East Peckham, Kent, becomes the first person to be convicted of speeding. He was fined one shilling, plus costs, for speeding at 8 mph (13 km/h), thereby exceeding the contemporary speed limit of 2 mph (3.2 km/h).

Events124 years ago

1902 - The Carnegie Institution of Washington is founded in Washington, D.C. with a $10 million gift from Andrew Carnegie.

Events118 years ago

1908 - Members of the Portuguese Republican Party fail in their attempted coup d'état against the administrative dictatorship of Prime Minister João Franco.

Events112 years ago

1909 - United States troops leave Cuba with the exception of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base after being there since the Spanish–American War.

Events111 years ago

1915 - An act of the U.S. Congress creates the United States Coast Guard as a branch of the United States Armed Forces.

Events105 years ago

1918 - Finnish Civil War: The Red Guard rebels seize control of the capital, Helsinki; members of the Senate of Finland go underground.

Events102 years ago

1920 - Foundation of the Spanish Legion.

Events100 years ago

1922 - Knickerbocker Storm, Washington D.C.'s biggest snowfall, causes the city's greatest loss of life when the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre collapses.

Events98 years ago

1932 - Japanese forces attack Shanghai.

Events88 years ago

1933 - The name Pakistan is coined by Choudhry Rahmat Ali Khan and is accepted by Indian Muslims who then thereby adopted it further for the Pakistan Movement seeking independence.

Events87 years ago

1935 - Iceland becomes the first Western country to legalize therapeutic abortion.

Events85 years ago

1938 - The World Land Speed Record on a public road is broken by Rudolf Caracciola in the Mercedes-Benz W195 at a speed of 432.7 kilometres per hour (268.9 mph).

Events82 years ago

1941 - Franco-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. A Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.

Events79 years ago

1945 - World War II: Supplies begin to reach the Republic of China over the newly reopened Burma Road.

Events75 years ago

1956 - Elvis Presley makes his first national television appearance.

Events64 years ago

1958 - The Lego company patents the design of its Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.

Events62 years ago

1960 - The National Football League announced expansion teams for Dallas to start in the 1960 NFL season and Minneapolis-St. Paul for 1961 NFL season.

Events60 years ago

1964 - An unarmed United States Air Force T-39 Sabreliner on a training mission is shot down over Erfurt, East Germany, by a Soviet MiG-19.

Events56 years ago

1965 - The current design of the Flag of Canada is chosen by an act of Parliament.

Events55 years ago

1977 - The first day of the Great Lakes Blizzard of 1977 which dumps 10 feet (3.0 m) of snow in one day in Upstate New York, with Buffalo, Syracuse, Watertown, and surrounding areas are most affected.

Events43 years ago

1980 - USCGC Blackthorn collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa, Florida and capsizes, killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.

Events40 years ago

1981 - Ronald Reagan lifts remaining domestic petroleum price and allocation controls in the United States helping to end the 1979 energy crisis and begin the 1980s oil glut.

Events39 years ago

1982 - US Army general James L. Dozier is rescued by Italian anti-terrorism forces from captivity by the Red Brigades.

Events38 years ago

1984 - Tropical Storm Domoina makes landfall in southern Mozambique, eventually causing 214 deaths and some of the most severe flooding so far recorded in the region.

Events36 years ago

1985 - Supergroup USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa) records the hit single We Are the World, to help raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.

Events35 years ago

1986 - Space Shuttle program: STS-51-L mission: Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates after liftoff, killing all seven astronauts on board.

Events34 years ago

1988 - In R v Morgentaler the Supreme Court of Canada strikes down all anti-abortion laws.

Events32 years ago

2002 - TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727-100 crashes in the Andes mountains in southern Colombia, killing 92.

Events18 years ago

2006 - The roof of one of the buildings at the Katowice International Fair in Poland collapses due to the weight of snow, killing 65 and injuring more than 170 others.

Events14 years ago


1312 - Joan II, queen of Navarre (d. 1349)

Births708 years ago

1368 - Razadarit, king of Hanthawaddy (d. 1421)

Births652 years ago

1457 - Henry VII, king of England (d. 1509)

Births563 years ago

1533 - Paul Luther, German scientist (d. 1593)

Births487 years ago

1540 - Ludolph van Ceulen, German-Dutch mathematician and academic (d. 1610)

Births480 years ago

1582 - John Barclay, French-Scottish poet and author (d. 1621)

Births438 years ago

1600 - Clement IX, pope of the Catholic Church (d. 1669)

Births420 years ago

1608 - Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Italian physiologist and physicist (d. 1679)

Births412 years ago

1611 - Johannes Hevelius, Polish astronomer and politician (d. 1687)

Births409 years ago

1622 - Adrien Auzout, French astronomer and instrument maker (d. 1691)

Births398 years ago

1693 - Gregor Werner, Austrian composer (d. 1766)

Births327 years ago

1701 - Charles Marie de La Condamine, French mathematician and geographer (d. 1774)

Births319 years ago

1706 - John Baskerville, English printer and typographer (d. 1775)

Births314 years ago

1712 - Tokugawa Ieshige, Japanese shōgun (d. 1761)

Births308 years ago

1717 - Mustafa III, Ottoman sultan (d. 1774)

Births303 years ago

1719 - Johann Elias Schlegel, German poet and critic (d. 1749)

Births301 years ago

1726 - Christian Felix Weiße, German poet and playwright (d. 1802)

Births294 years ago

1755 - Samuel Thomas von Sömmerring, Polish-German physician, anthropologist, and paleontologist (d. 1830)

Births265 years ago
Births236 years ago

1797 - Charles Gray Round, English lawyer and politician (d. 1867)

Births223 years ago

1818 - George S. Boutwell, American lawyer and politician, 28th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1905)

Births202 years ago

1822 - Alexander Mackenzie, Scottish-Canadian soldier, journalist, and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1892)

Births198 years ago

1833 - Charles George Gordon, English general and politician (d. 1885)

Births187 years ago

1841 - Henry Morton Stanley, Welsh-American explorer and journalist (d. 1904)

Births179 years ago

1843 - Mihkel Veske, Estonian poet and linguist (d. 1890)

Births177 years ago

1853 - José Martí, Cuban journalist, poet, and theorist (d. 1895)

Births167 years ago

1853 - Vladimir Solovyov, Russian philosopher, poet, and critic (d. 1900)

Births167 years ago

1855 - William Seward Burroughs I, American businessman, founded the Burroughs Corporation (d. 1898)

Births165 years ago

1858 - Tannatt William Edgeworth David, Welsh-Australian geologist and explorer (d. 1934)

Births162 years ago

1861 - Julián Felipe, Filipino composer and educator (d. 1944)

Births159 years ago

1863 - Ernest William Christmas, Australian-American painter (d. 1918)

Births157 years ago

1864 - Charles Williams Nash, American businessman, founded Nash Motors (d. 1948)

Births156 years ago

1865 - Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian author and politician (d. 1928)

Births155 years ago

1865 - Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg, Finnish lawyer, judge, and politician, 1st President of Finland (d. 1952)

Births155 years ago

1873 - Colette, French novelist and journalist (d. 1954)

Births147 years ago

1873 - Monty Noble, Australian cricketer (d. 1940)

Births147 years ago

1874 - Alex Smith, Scottish golfer (d. 1930)

Births146 years ago

1875 - Julián Carrillo, Mexican violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1965)

Births145 years ago

1878 - Walter Kollo, German composer and conductor (d. 1940)

Births142 years ago

1880 - Herbert Strudwick, English cricketer and coach (d. 1970)

Births140 years ago

1884 - Auguste Piccard, Swiss physicist and explorer (d. 1962)

Births136 years ago

1885 - Vahan Terian, Armenian poet and activist (d. 1920)

Births135 years ago

1886 - Marthe Bibesco, Romanian-French author and poet (d. 1973)

Births134 years ago

1886 - Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese engineer and academic (d. 1976)

Births134 years ago

1887 - Arthur Rubinstein, Polish-American pianist and educator (d. 1982)

Births133 years ago

1897 - Valentin Kataev, Russian author and playwright (d. 1986)

Births123 years ago

1900 - Alice Neel, American painter (d. 1984)

Births120 years ago

1903 - Aleksander Kamiński, Polish author and educator (d. 1978)

Births117 years ago

1903 - Kathleen Lonsdale, Irish crystallographer and 1st female FRS (d. 1971)

Births117 years ago

1906 - Markos Vafiadis, Greek general and politician (d. 1992)

Births114 years ago

1908 - Paul Misraki, Turkish-French composer and historian (d. 1998)

Births112 years ago

1909 - John Thomson, Scottish footballer (d. 1931)

Births111 years ago

1910 - John Banner, Austrian actor (d. 1973)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Johan van Hulst, Dutch politician, academic and author, Yad Vashem recipient (d. 2018)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Jackson Pollock, American painter (d. 1956)

Births108 years ago

1918 - Harry Corbett, English puppeteer, actor, and screenwriter (d. 1989)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Trevor Skeet, New Zealand-English lawyer and politician (d. 2004)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Gabby Gabreski, American colonel and pilot (d. 2002)

Births101 years ago

1921 - Vytautas Norkus, Lithuanian–American basketball player (d. 2014)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Anna Gordy Gaye, American songwriter and producer, co-founded Anna Records (d. 2014)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Robert W. Holley, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1993)

Births98 years ago

1924 - Marcel Broodthaers, Belgian painter and poet (d. 1976)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Raja Ramanna, Indian physicist and politician (d. 2004)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Jimmy Bryan, American race car driver (d. 1960)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Per Oscarsson, Swedish actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2010)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Ronnie Scott, English saxophonist (d. 1996)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Vera Williams, American author and illustrator (d. 2015)

Births93 years ago

1929 - Acker Bilk, English singer and clarinet player (d. 2014)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Nikolai Parshin, Russian footballer and manager (d. 2012)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Claes Oldenburg, Swedish-American sculptor and illustrator

Births91 years ago

1929 - Edith M. Flanigen, American chemist

Births91 years ago

1930 - Kurt Biedenkopf, German academic and politician, 54th President of the German Bundesrat

Births90 years ago

1930 - Roy Clarke, English screenwriter, comedian and soldier

Births90 years ago

1933 - Jack Hill, American director and screenwriter

Births87 years ago

1934 - Juan Manuel Bordeu, Argentinian race car driver (d. 1990)

Births86 years ago

1935 - David Lodge, English author and critic

Births85 years ago

1936 - Alan Alda, American actor, director, and writer

Births84 years ago

1937 - Karel Čáslavský, Czech historian and television host (d. 2013)

Births83 years ago

1938 - Tomas Lindahl, Swedish-English biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births82 years ago

1938 - Leonid Zhabotinsky, Ukrainian weightlifter and coach (d. 2016)

Births82 years ago

1939 - John M. Fabian, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut

Births81 years ago

1940 - Carlos Slim, Mexican businessman and philanthropist, founded Grupo Carso

Births80 years ago

1942 - Sjoukje Dijkstra, Dutch figure skater

Births78 years ago

1942 - Erkki Pohjanheimo, Finnish director and producer

Births78 years ago

1943 - Dick Taylor, English guitarist and songwriter

Births77 years ago

1944 - Rosalía Mera, Spanish businesswoman, co-founded Inditex and Zara (d. 2013)

Births76 years ago

1944 - John Tavener, English composer (d. 2013)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Frank Doubleday, American actor (d. 2018)

Births75 years ago

1945 - Maxwell Fuller, Australian chess player (d. 2013)

Births75 years ago

1945 - Marthe Keller, Swiss actress and director

Births75 years ago

1945 - John Perkins, American author and activist

Births75 years ago

1947 - Jeanne Shaheen, American educator and politician, 78th Governor of New Hampshire

Births73 years ago

1948 - Bob Moses, American drummer

Births72 years ago

1948 - Charles Taylor, Liberian politician, 22nd President of Liberia

Births72 years ago

1949 - Mike Moore, New Zealand union leader and politician, 34th Prime Minister of New Zealand

Births71 years ago

1949 - Gregg Popovich, American basketball player and coach

Births71 years ago

1950 - Barbi Benton, American actress, singer and model

Births70 years ago

1950 - Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Bahraini king

Births70 years ago

1950 - David C. Hilmers, American colonel, physician, and astronaut

Births70 years ago

1950 - Naila Kabeer, Bangladeshi-English economist and academic

Births70 years ago

1951 - Brian Bilbray, American politician

Births69 years ago

1951 - Leonid Kadeniuk, Ukrainian general, pilot, and astronaut

Births69 years ago

1951 - Billy Bass Nelson, American R&B/funk bass player

Births69 years ago

1952 - Richard Glatzer, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2015)

Births68 years ago

1953 - Colin Campbell, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births67 years ago

1954 - Peter Lampe, German theologian and historian

Births66 years ago

1954 - Bruno Metsu, French footballer and manager (d. 2013)

Births66 years ago

1954 - Rick Warren, American pastor and author

Births66 years ago

1955 - Vinod Khosla, Indian-American businessman, co-founded Sun Microsystems

Births65 years ago

1955 - Nicolas Sarkozy, French lawyer and politician, 23rd President of France

Births65 years ago

1956 - Richard Danielpour, American composer and educator

Births64 years ago

1956 - Peter Schilling, German singer-songwriter

Births64 years ago

1957 - Mark Napier, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

Births63 years ago

1957 - Nick Price, Zimbabwean-South African golfer

Births63 years ago

1957 - Frank Skinner, English comedian, actor, and author

Births63 years ago

1959 - Frank Darabont, American director and producer

Births61 years ago

1960 - Loren Legarda, Filipino journalist and politician

Births60 years ago

1961 - Normand Rochefort, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births59 years ago

1962 - Sam Phillips, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births58 years ago

1964 - David Lawrence, English cricketer

Births56 years ago

1966 - Seiji Mizushima, Japanese director and producer

Births54 years ago

1967 - Billy Brownless, Australian footballer and sportscaster

Births53 years ago

1968 - Sarah McLachlan, Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

Births52 years ago

1968 - Rakim, American rapper

Births52 years ago

1969 - Giorgio Lamberti, Italian swimmer

Births51 years ago

1969 - Mo Rocca, American comedian and television journalist

Births51 years ago

1969 - Linda Sánchez, American lawyer and politician

Births51 years ago

1972 - Mark Regan, English rugby player

Births48 years ago

1972 - Nicky Southall, English footballer and manager

Births48 years ago

1972 - Léon van Bon, Dutch cyclist

Births48 years ago

1974 - Tony Delk, American basketball player and coach

Births46 years ago

1974 - Jermaine Dye, American baseball player

Births46 years ago

1974 - Ramsey Nasr, Dutch author and poet

Births46 years ago

1974 - Magglio Ordóñez, Venezuelan baseball player and politician

Births46 years ago

1975 - Pedro Pinto, Portuguese-American journalist

Births45 years ago

1975 - Junior Spivey, American baseball player and coach

Births45 years ago

1976 - Sireli Bobo, Fijian rugby player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Mark Madsen, American basketball player and coach

Births44 years ago

1976 - Rick Ross, American rapper and producer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Miltiadis Sapanis, Greek footballer

Births44 years ago

1977 - Sandis Buškevics, Latvian basketball player and coach

Births43 years ago

1977 - Daunte Culpepper, American football player

Births43 years ago

1977 - Joey Fatone, American singer, dancer, and television personality

Births43 years ago

1977 - Takuma Sato, Japanese race car driver

Births43 years ago

1978 - Gianluigi Buffon, Italian footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Jamie Carragher, English footballer and sportscaster

Births42 years ago

1978 - Papa Bouba Diop, Senegalese footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Big Freedia, New Orleans musician, "Queen of Bounce"

Births42 years ago

1980 - Nick Carter, American singer-songwriter and actor

Births40 years ago

1980 - Yasuhito Endō, Japanese footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Michael Hastings, American journalist and author (d. 2013)

Births40 years ago

1980 - Brian Fallon, American singer-songwriter

Births40 years ago

1981 - Elijah Wood, American actor and producer

Births39 years ago

1984 - Ben Clucas, English race car driver

Births36 years ago

1984 - Stephen Gostkowski, American football player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Andre Iguodala, American basketball player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Anne Panter, English field hockey player

Births36 years ago

1985 - J. Cole, American singer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Daniel Carcillo, Canadian ice hockey player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Lauris Dārziņš, Latvian ice hockey player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Arnold Mvuemba, French footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Libby Trickett, Australian swimmer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Jessica Ennis-Hill, English heptathlete and hurdler

Births34 years ago

1986 - Nathan Outteridge, Australian sailor

Births34 years ago

1986 - Asad Shafiq, Pakistani cricketer

Births34 years ago

1988 - Paul Henry, English footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Seiya Sanada, Japanese wrestler

Births32 years ago

1989 - Siem de Jong, Dutch footballer

Births31 years ago

1991 - Carl Klingberg, Swedish ice hockey player

Births29 years ago

1992 - Sergio Araujo, Argentinian footballer

Births28 years ago

1998 - Ariel Winter, American actress

Births22 years ago


592 - Guntram, French king (b. 532)


814 - Charlemagne, Holy Roman emperor (pleurisy; b. 742)


919 - Zhou Dewei, Chinese general


929 - Gao Jixing, founder of Chinese Jingnan (b. 858)


947 - Jing Yanguang, Chinese general (b. 892)

Deaths959 years ago
Deaths764 years ago
Deaths749 years ago

1290 - Dervorguilla of Galloway, Scottish noble, mother of king John Balliol of Scotland (b. c. 1210)

Deaths730 years ago

1443 - Robert le Maçon, French diplomat (b. 1365)

Deaths577 years ago

1501 - John Dynham, 1st Baron Dynham, English baron and Lord High Treasurer (b. 1433)

Deaths519 years ago

1547 - Henry VIII, king of England (b. 1491)

Deaths473 years ago

1613 - Thomas Bodley, English diplomat and scholar, founded the Bodleian Library (b. 1545)

Deaths407 years ago

1621 - Pope Paul V (b. 1550)

Deaths399 years ago

1666 - Tommaso Dingli, Maltese architect and sculptor (b. 1591)

Deaths354 years ago

1672 - Pierre Séguier, French politician, Lord Chancellor of France (b. 1588)

Deaths348 years ago

1681 - Richard Allestree, English priest and academic (b. 1619)

Deaths339 years ago

1687 - Johannes Hevelius, Polish astronomer and politician (b. 1611)

Deaths333 years ago

1688 - Ferdinand Verbiest, Flemish Jesuit missionary in China (b. 1623)

Deaths332 years ago

1697 - Sir John Fenwick, 3rd Baronet, English general and politician (b. 1645)

Deaths323 years ago

1754 - Ludvig Holberg, Norwegian-Danish historian and philosopher (b. 1684)

Deaths266 years ago

1782 - Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville, French geographer and cartographer (b. 1697)

Deaths238 years ago

1832 - Augustin Daniel Belliard, French general (b. 1769)

Deaths188 years ago
Deaths161 years ago

1864 - Émile Clapeyron, French physicist and engineer (b. 1799)

Deaths156 years ago

1873 - John Hart, English-Australian politician, 10th Premier of South Australia (b. 1809)

Deaths147 years ago

1903 - Augusta Holmès, French pianist and composer (b. 1847)

Deaths117 years ago

1912 - Gustave de Molinari, Belgian economist and theorist (b. 1819)

Deaths108 years ago

1918 - John McCrae, Canadian soldier, physician, and author (b. 1872)

Deaths102 years ago

1921 - Mustafa Suphi, Turkish journalist and politician (b. 1883)

Deaths99 years ago

1930 - Emmy Destinn, Czech soprano and poet (b. 1878)

Deaths90 years ago

1935 - Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russian composer and conductor (b. 1859)

Deaths85 years ago

1937 - Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and target shooter (b. 1862)

Deaths83 years ago

1938 - Bernd Rosemeyer, German race car driver (b. 1909)

Deaths82 years ago

1939 - W. B. Yeats, Irish poet and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1865)

Deaths81 years ago

1942 - Edward Siegler, American gymnast and triathlete (b. 1881)

Deaths78 years ago

1945 - Roza Shanina, Russian sergeant and sniper (b. 1924)

Deaths75 years ago

1947 - Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French composer, conductor, and critic (b. 1875)

Deaths73 years ago

1948 - Hans Aumeier, German SS officer (b. 1906)

Deaths72 years ago

1949 - Jean-Pierre Wimille, French race car driver (b. 1908)

Deaths71 years ago

1950 - Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician and academic (b. 1883)

Deaths70 years ago

1953 - James Scullin, Australian journalist and politician, 9th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1876)

Deaths67 years ago

1953 - Neyzen Tevfik, Turkish philosopher and poet (b. 1879)

Deaths67 years ago

1959 - Walter Beall, American baseball player (b. 1899)

Deaths61 years ago

1960 - Zora Neale Hurston, American novelist, short story writer, and folklorist (b. 1891)

Deaths60 years ago

1963 - Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (b. 1884)

Deaths57 years ago

1965 - Tich Freeman, English cricketer (b. 1888)

Deaths55 years ago

1965 - Maxime Weygand, Belgian-French general (b. 1867)

Deaths55 years ago

1971 - Donald Winnicott, English paediatrician and psychoanalyst (b. 1896)

Deaths49 years ago

1973 - John Banner, Austrian actor (b. 1910)

Deaths47 years ago

1976 - Marcel Broodthaers, Belgian painter and poet (b. 1924)

Deaths44 years ago

1978 - Ward Moore, American author (b. 1903)

Deaths42 years ago

1983 - Billy Fury. English pop star (b. 1940)

Deaths37 years ago

1983 - Frank Forde, Australian educator and politician, 15th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1890)

Deaths37 years ago

1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger crew Gregory Jarvis, American captain, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1944)

Deaths34 years ago

1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger crew Christa McAuliffe, American educator and astronaut (b. 1948)

Deaths34 years ago

1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger crew Ronald McNair, American physicist and astronaut (b. 1950)

Deaths34 years ago

1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger crew Ellison Onizuka, American engineer and astronaut (b. 1946)

Deaths34 years ago

1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger crew Judith Resnik, American colonel, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1949)

Deaths34 years ago

1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger crew Dick Scobee, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1939)

Deaths34 years ago

1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger crew Michael J. Smith, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1945)

Deaths34 years ago

1988 - Klaus Fuchs, German physicist and politician (b. 1911)

Deaths32 years ago
Deaths31 years ago

1993 - Helen Sawyer Hogg, Canadian astronomer and academic (b. 1905)

Deaths27 years ago

1996 - Joseph Brodsky, Russian-American poet and essayist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1940)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Burne Hogarth, American cartoonist and author (b. 1911)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Jerry Siegel, American author and illustrator, co-created Superman (b. 1914)

Deaths24 years ago

1998 - Shotaro Ishinomori, Japanese author and illustrator (b. 1938)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Valery Gavrilin, Russian composer (b. 1939)

Deaths21 years ago

2001 - Ranko Marinković, Croatian author and playwright (b. 1913)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - Gustaaf Deloor, Belgian cyclist and soldier (b. 1913)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Astrid Lindgren, Swedish author and screenwriter (b. 1907)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Ayşe Nur Zarakolu, Turkish author and activist (b. 1946)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Mieke Pullen, Dutch runner (b. 1957)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Lloyd M. Bucher, American captain (b. 1927)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Mel Pritchard, English drummer (b. 1948)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Jim Capaldi, English singer-songwriter and drummer (b. 1944)

Deaths15 years ago

2007 - Carlo Clerici, Swiss cyclist (b. 1929)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Robert Drinan, American priest, lawyer, and politician (b. 1920)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Yelena Romanova, Russian runner (b. 1963)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Karel Svoboda, Czech composer (b. 1938)

Deaths13 years ago

2009 - Billy Powell, American keyboard player and songwriter (b. 1952)

Deaths11 years ago

2012 - Roman Juszkiewicz, Polish astronomer and astrophysicist (b. 1952)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Don Starkell, Canadian adventurer and author (b. 1932)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Florentino Fernández, Cuban-American boxer and coach (b. 1936)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Hattie N. Harrison, American educator and politician (b. 1928)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Oldřich Kulhánek, Czech painter, illustrator, and stage designer (b. 1940)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - John Cacavas, American composer and conductor (b. 1930)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Harry Gamble, American football player, coach, and manager (b. 1930)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Dwight Gustafson, American composer and conductor (b. 1930)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Nigel Jenkins, Welsh poet, journalist, and geographer (b. 1949)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Jorge Obeid, Argentinian engineer and politician, Governor of Santa Fe (b. 1947)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Suraj Abdurrahman, Nigerian general, architect, and engineer (b. 1954)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Yves Chauvin, French chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1930)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Lionel Gilbert, Australian historian, author, and academic (b. 1924)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Signe Toly Anderson, American singer (b. 1941)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Paul Kantner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1941)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Franklin Gene Bissell, American football player and coach (b. 1926)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Buddy Cianci, American lawyer and politician, 32nd Mayor of Providence (b. 1941)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Bob Tizard, New Zealand lawyer and politician, 6th Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1924)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Alexander Chancellor, British journalist (b. 1940)

Deaths3 years ago

2017 - Geoff Nicholls, British musician (b. 1948)

Deaths3 years ago

2019 - Pepe Smith, Filipino rock musician (b. 1947)

Deaths1 years ago

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