Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Earliest day on which Shrove Monday can fall, while March 8 is the latest; celebrated on Monday before Ash Wednesday (Christianity), and its related observances: Bun Day (Iceland)

Holidays and observances

Earliest day on which Shrove Monday can fall, while March 8 is the latest; celebrated on Monday before Ash Wednesday (Christianity), and its related observances: Fastelavn (Denmark/Norway)

Holidays and observances

Earliest day on which Shrove Monday can fall, while March 8 is the latest; celebrated on Monday before Ash Wednesday (Christianity), and its related observances: Nickanan Night (Cornwall)

Holidays and observances

Earliest day on which Shrove Monday can fall, while March 8 is the latest; celebrated on Monday before Ash Wednesday (Christianity), and its related observances: Rosenmontag (Germany)

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Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Groundhog Day (United States and Canada), and its related observances: Marmot Day (Alaska)

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Holidays and observances

Trader's Day (Poland)

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Christian Feast Day

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Holidays and observances


506 - Alaric II, eighth king of the Visigoths promulgates the Breviary of Alaric (Breviarium Alaricianum or Lex Romana Visigothorum), a collection of "Roman law".

Events988 years ago

1141 - The Battle of Lincoln, at which Stephen, King of England is defeated and captured by the allies of Empress Matilda.

Events879 years ago

1207 - Terra Mariana, eventually comprising present-day Latvia and Estonia, is established.

Events813 years ago

1438 - Nine leaders of the Transylvanian peasant revolt are executed at Torda.

Events582 years ago
Events559 years ago
Events484 years ago
Events375 years ago

1653 - New Amsterdam (later renamed The City of New York) is incorporated.

Events367 years ago

1709 - Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being shipwrecked on a desert island, inspiring Daniel Defoe's adventure book Robinson Crusoe.

Events311 years ago
Events172 years ago

1850 - Brigham Young declares war on Timpanogos in the Battle at Fort Utah.

Events170 years ago

1868 - Pro-Imperial forces captured Osaka Castle from the Tokugawa shogunate and burned it to the ground.

Events152 years ago

1887 - In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day is observed.

Events133 years ago

1899 - The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital city, Canberra, between Sydney and Melbourne.

Events121 years ago

1901 - Funeral of Queen Victoria.

Events119 years ago

1909 - The Paris Film Congress opens. An attempt by European producers to form an equivalent to the MPCC cartel in the United States.

Events111 years ago

1913 - Grand Central Terminal is opened in New York City.

Events107 years ago

1920 - The Tartu Peace Treaty is signed between Estonia and Russia.

Events100 years ago

1920 - France occupies Memel.

Events100 years ago

1922 - Ulysses by James Joyce is published.

Events98 years ago

1925 - Serum run to Nome: Dog sleds reach Nome, Alaska with diphtheria serum, inspiring the Iditarod race.

Events95 years ago
Events86 years ago

1935 - Leonarde Keeler administers polygraph tests to two murder suspects, the first time polygraph evidence was admitted in U.S. courts.

Events85 years ago

1942 - The Osvald Group is responsible for the first, active event of anti-Nazi resistance in Norway, to protest the inauguration of Vidkun Quisling.

Events78 years ago

1943 - World War II: The Battle of Stalingrad comes to an end when Soviet troops accept the surrender of the last German troops in the city.

Events77 years ago

1959 - Nine experienced ski hikers in the northern Ural Mountains in the Soviet Union die under mysterious circumstances.

Events61 years ago

1966 - Pakistan suggests a six-point agenda with Kashmir after the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.

Events54 years ago

1971 - Idi Amin replaces President Milton Obote as leader of Uganda.

Events49 years ago

1971 - The international Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands is signed in Ramsar, Mazandaran, Iran.

Events49 years ago

1980 - Reports surface that the FBI is targeting allegedly corrupt Congressmen in the Abscam operation.

Events40 years ago

1982 - Hama massacre: The government of Syria attacks the town of Hama.

Events38 years ago

1987 - After the 1986 People Power Revolution, the Philippines enacts a new constitution.

Events33 years ago

1989 - Soviet–Afghan War: The last Soviet armoured column leaves Kabul.

Events31 years ago

1990 - Apartheid: F. W. de Klerk announces the unbanning of the African National Congress and promises to release Nelson Mandela.

Events30 years ago

2000 - First digital cinema projection in Europe (Paris) realized by Philippe Binant with the DLP CINEMA technology developed by Texas Instruments.

Events20 years ago

2004 - Swiss tennis player Roger Federer becomes the No. 1 ranked men's singles player, a position he will hold for a record 237 weeks.

Events16 years ago

2005 - The Government of Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act. This legislation would become law on July 20, 2005, legalizing same-sex marriage.

Events15 years ago

2007 - Police officer Filippo Raciti is killed when a clash breaks out in the Sicily derby between Catania and Palermo, in the Serie A, the top flight of Italian football. This event led to major changes in stadium regulations in Italy.

Events13 years ago

2012 - The ferry MV Rabaul Queen sinks off the coast of Papua New Guinea near the Finschhafen District, with an estimated 146-165 dead.

Events8 years ago


1282 - Maud Chaworth, Countess of Leicester (d. 1322).

Births738 years ago

1425 (or 1426) - Eleanor of Navarre, Queen regnant of Navarre (d. 1479)

Births595 years ago
Births577 years ago
Births565 years ago

1457 - Peter Martyr d'Anghiera, Italian-Spanish historian and author (d. 1526)

Births563 years ago

1467 - Columba of Rieti, Italian Dominican sister (d. 1501)

Births553 years ago

1494 - Bona Sforza, queen of Sigismund I of Poland (d. 1557)

Births526 years ago

1502 - Damião de Góis, Portuguese philosopher and historian (d. 1574)

Births518 years ago

1506 - René de Birague, Italian-French cardinal and politician (d. 1583)

Births514 years ago

1509 - John of Leiden, Dutch Anabaptist leader (d. 1536)

Births511 years ago

1522 - Lodovico Ferrari, Italian mathematician and academic (d. 1565)

Births498 years ago

1536 - Piotr Skarga, Polish writer (d. 1612)

Births484 years ago

1551 - Nicolaus Reimers, German astronomer (d. 1600)

Births469 years ago

1576 - Alix Le Clerc, French Canoness Regular and foundress (d. 1622)

Births444 years ago

1585 - Judith Quiney, William Shakespeare's youngest daughter (d. 1662)

Births435 years ago

1585 - Hamnet Shakespeare, William Shakespeare's only son (baptised; d. 1596)

Births435 years ago

1588 - Georg II of Fleckenstein-Dagstuhl, German nobleman (d. 1644)

Births432 years ago

1600 - Gabriel Naudé, French librarian and scholar (d. 1653)

Births420 years ago

1611 - Ulrik of Denmark, Danish prince-bishop (d. 1633)

Births409 years ago

1613 - Noël Chabanel, French missionary and saint (d. 1649)

Births407 years ago

1621 - Johannes Schefferus, Swedish author and hymn-writer (d. 1679)

Births399 years ago

1650 - Pope Benedict XIII (d. 1730)

Births370 years ago

1650 - Nell Gwyn, English actress, mistress of King Charles II of England (d. 1687)

Births370 years ago

1651 - William Phips, Royal governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1695)

Births369 years ago

1669 - Louis Marchand, French organist and composer (d. 1732)

Births351 years ago

1695 - William Borlase, English geologist and archaeologist (d. 1772)

Births325 years ago

1700 - Johann Christoph Gottsched, German author and critic (d. 1766)

Births320 years ago
Births309 years ago

1714 - Gottfried August Homilius, German organist and composer (d. 1785)

Births306 years ago

1717 - Ernst Gideon von Laudon, Austrian field marshal (d. 1790)

Births303 years ago

1754 - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, French general and politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 1838)

Births266 years ago

1782 - Henri de Rigny, French admiral and politician, French Minister of War (d. 1835)

Births238 years ago

1786 - Jacques Philippe Marie Binet, French mathematician, physicist, and astronomer (d. 1856)

Births234 years ago

1802 - Jean-Baptiste Boussingault, French chemist and academic (d. 1887)

Births218 years ago

1803 - Albert Sidney Johnston, American general (d. 1862)

Births217 years ago

1829 - Alfred Brehm, German zoologist and illustrator (d. 1884)

Births191 years ago

1829 - William Stanley, English engineer and philanthropist (d. 1909)

Births191 years ago

1841 - François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss limnologist and hydrologist (d. 1912)

Births179 years ago

1842 - Julian Sochocki, Polish-Russian mathematician and academic (d. 1927)

Births178 years ago

1849 - Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet and playwright (d. 1921)

Births171 years ago

1851 - José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican illustrator and engraver (d. 1913)

Births169 years ago

1856 - Frederick William Vanderbilt, American railway magnate (d. 1938)

Births164 years ago

1856 - Makar Yekmalyan, Armenian composer (d. 1905)

Births164 years ago

1860 - Curtis Guild, Jr., American journalist and politician, 43rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1915)

Births160 years ago

1861 - Solomon R. Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (d. 1949)

Births159 years ago

1862 - Cornelius McKane, American physician, educator, and hospital founder (d. 1912)

Births158 years ago

1866 - Enrique Simonet, Spanish painter and academic (d. 1927)

Births154 years ago

1873 - Leo Fall, Austrian composer (d. 1925)

Births147 years ago

1873 - Konstantin von Neurath, German politician and diplomat, 13th German Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 1956)

Births147 years ago

1875 - Fritz Kreisler, Austrian-American violinist and composer (d. 1962)

Births145 years ago

1877 - Frank L. Packard, Canadian author (d. 1942)

Births143 years ago

1881 - Orval Overall, American baseball player and manager (d. 1947)

Births139 years ago

1882 - James Joyce, Irish novelist, short story writer, and poet (d. 1941)

Births138 years ago

1883 - Johnston McCulley, American author and screenwriter, created Zorro (d. 1958)

Births137 years ago

1883 - Julia Nava de Ruisánchez, Mexican activist and writer (d. 1964)

Births137 years ago

1886 - William Rose Benét, American poet and author (d. 1950)

Births134 years ago

1887 - Ernst Hanfstaengl, German businessman (d. 1975)

Births133 years ago

1889 - Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, French general (d. 1952)

Births131 years ago

1890 - Charles Correll, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1972)

Births130 years ago

1892 - Tochigiyama Moriya, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 27th Yokozuna (d. 1959)

Births128 years ago

1893 - Cornelius Lanczos, Hungarian mathematician and physicist (d. 1974)

Births127 years ago

1893 - Damdin Sükhbaatar, Mongolian soldier and politician (d. 1924)

Births127 years ago

1895 - George Halas, American football player and coach (d. 1983)

Births125 years ago

1895 - Robert Philipp, American painter (d. 1981)

Births125 years ago

1896 - Kazimierz Kuratowski, Polish mathematician and logician (d. 1980)

Births124 years ago

1897 - Howard Deering Johnson, American businessman, founded Howard Johnson's (d. 1972)

Births123 years ago

1897 - Gertrude Blanch, Russian-American mathematician (d. 1996)

Births123 years ago

1900 - Anni Frind, German lyric soprano (d. 1987)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Willie Kamm, American baseball player and manager (d. 1988)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Elena Sánchez Valenzuela, Mexican silent film star, journalist, and suffragette (d. 1950)

Births120 years ago

1901 - Jascha Heifetz, Lithuanian-born American violinist and educator (d. 1987)

Births119 years ago

1902 - Newbold Morris, American lawyer and politician (d. 1966)

Births118 years ago

1902 - John Tonkin, Australian politician, 20th Premier of Western Australia (d. 1995)

Births118 years ago

1905 - Ayn Rand, Russian-born American novelist and philosopher (d. 1982)

Births115 years ago

1908 - Wes Ferrell, American baseball player and manager (d. 1976)

Births112 years ago

1911 - Jack Pizzey, Australian politician, 29th Premier of Queensland (d. 1968)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Burton Lane, American songwriter and composer (d. 1997)

Births108 years ago

1914 - Eric Kierans, Canadian economist and politician, 1st Canadian Minister of Communications (d. 2004)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Abba Eban, South African-Israeli politician and diplomat, 1st Israel Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 2002)

Births105 years ago

1915 - Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (d. 2005)

Births105 years ago

1915 - Khushwant Singh, Indian journalist and author (d. 2014)

Births105 years ago

1917 - Đỗ Mười, Vietnamese politician, 5th Prime Minister of Vietnam (d. 2018)

Births103 years ago

1919 - Georg Gawliczek, German footballer and manager (d. 1999)

Births101 years ago

1920 - George Hardwick, English footballer and coach (d. 2004)

Births100 years ago

1920 - John Russell, American Olympic equestrian

Births100 years ago

1922 - Kunwar Digvijay Singh, Indian field hockey (d. 1978)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Robert Chef d'Hôtel, French athlete

Births98 years ago

1922 - James L. Usry, American politician, first African-American mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2002)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Stoyanka Mutafova, Bulgarian actress

Births98 years ago

1923 - Jean Babilée, French dancer and choreographer (d. 2014)

Births97 years ago

1923 - James Dickey, American poet and novelist (d. 1997)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Svetozar Gligorić, Serbian and Yugoslav chess grandmaster (d.2012)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Bonita Granville, American actress and producer (d. 1988)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Red Schoendienst, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2018)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Liz Smith, American journalist and author (d. 2017)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Sonny Stitt, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1982)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Elaine Stritch, American actress and singer (d. 2014)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, French academic and politician, 20th President of France

Births94 years ago

1927 - Stan Getz, American saxophonist (d. 1991)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Doris Sams, American baseball player (d. 2012)

Births93 years ago
Births92 years ago

1928 - Jay Handlan, American basketball player and engineer (d. 2013)

Births92 years ago

1929 - George Band, English engineer and mountaineer (d. 2011)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Věra Chytilová, Czech actress, director, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

Births91 years ago

1929 - John Henry Holland, American computer scientist and academic (d. 2015)

Births91 years ago

1931 - Dries van Agt, Dutch politician, diplomat and jurist, Prime Minister of the Netherlands

Births89 years ago

1931 - Les Dawson, English comedian and author (d. 1993)

Births89 years ago

1931 - John Paul Harney, Canadian educator and politician

Births89 years ago

1931 - Judith Viorst, American journalist and author

Births89 years ago

1932 - Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (d. 2002)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Robert Mandan, American actor (d. 2018)

Births88 years ago

1933 - M'el Dowd, American actress and singer (d. 2012)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Tony Jay, English-American actor (d. 2006)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Orlando "Cachaíto" López, Cuban bassist and composer (d. 2009)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Than Shwe, Burmese general and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Burma

Births87 years ago

1935 - Pete Brown, American golfer (d. 2015)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Evgeny Velikhov, Russian physicist and academic

Births85 years ago

1936 - Metin Oktay, Turkish footballer and manager (d. 1991)

Births84 years ago

1937 - Don Buford, American baseball player and coach

Births83 years ago

1937 - Eric Arturo Delvalle, Panamanian lawyer and politician, President of Panama (d. 2015)

Births83 years ago

1937 - Anthony Haden-Guest, British journalist, poet, and critic

Births83 years ago

1937 - Tom Smothers, American comedian, actor, and activist

Births83 years ago

1938 - Norman Fowler, English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Transport

Births82 years ago

1938 - Gene MacLellan, Canadian singer-songwriter (d. 1995)

Births82 years ago

1939 - Jackie Burroughs, English-born Canadian actress (d. 2010)

Births81 years ago

1939 - Mary-Dell Chilton, American chemist and inventor and one of the founders of modern plant biotechnology

Births81 years ago

1939 - Dale T. Mortensen, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2014)

Births81 years ago

1940 - Alan Caddy, English guitarist and producer (d. 2000)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Thomas M. Disch, American author and poet (d. 2008)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Wayne Fontes, American football player and coach

Births80 years ago

1940 - David Jason, English actor, director, and producer

Births80 years ago

1942 - Graham Nash, English-American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births78 years ago

1944 - Andrew Davis, English organist and conductor

Births76 years ago

1944 - Ursula Oppens, American pianist and educator

Births76 years ago

1945 - John Eatwell, Baron Eatwell, English economist and academic

Births75 years ago

1946 - John Armitt, English engineer and businessman

Births74 years ago

1946 - Alpha Oumar Konaré, Malian academic and politician, 3rd President of Mali

Births74 years ago

1947 - Farrah Fawcett, American actress and producer (d. 2009)

Births73 years ago

1948 - Ina Garten, American chef and author

Births72 years ago

1948 - Al McKay, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

Births72 years ago

1948 - Roger Williamson, English race car driver (d. 1973)

Births72 years ago

1949 - Duncan Bannatyne, Scottish businessman and philanthropist

Births71 years ago

1949 - Yasuko Namba, Japanese mountaineer (d. 1996)

Births71 years ago

1949 - Brent Spiner, American actor

Births71 years ago

1949 - Ross Valory, American rock bass player and songwriter

Births71 years ago

1950 - Libby Purves, British journalist and author

Births70 years ago

1950 - Genichiro Tenryu, Japanese wrestler

Births70 years ago

1951 - Vangelis Alexandris, Greek basketball player and coach

Births69 years ago

1952 - John Cornyn, American lawyer and politician, 49th Attorney General of Texas

Births68 years ago

1952 - Rick Dufay, French-American guitarist and songwriter

Births68 years ago

1952 - Park Geun-hye, South Korean politician, 11th President of South Korea

Births68 years ago

1952 - Ralph Merkle, American computer scientist and academic

Births68 years ago

1953 - Jerry Sisk, Jr., American gemologist, co-founded Jewelry Television (d. 2013)

Births67 years ago

1954 - Christie Brinkley, American actress, model, and businesswoman

Births66 years ago

1954 - John Tudor, American baseball player

Births66 years ago

1955 - Leszek Engelking, Polish poet and author

Births65 years ago

1955 - Kim Zimmer, American actress

Births65 years ago

1961 - Abraham Iyambo, Namibian politician (d. 2013)

Births59 years ago

1962 - Philippe Claudel, French author, director, and screenwriter

Births58 years ago

1962 - Kate Raison, Australian actress

Births58 years ago

1963 - Eva Cassidy, American singer and guitarist (d. 1996)

Births57 years ago

1963 - Kjell Dahlin, Swedish ice hockey player

Births57 years ago

1963 - Andrej Kiska, Slovak entrepreneur and philanthropist, President of Slovakia

Births57 years ago

1965 - Carl Airey, English footballer

Births55 years ago

1966 - Andrei Chesnokov, Russian tennis player and coach

Births54 years ago

1966 - Robert DeLeo, American bass player, songwriter, and producer

Births54 years ago

1966 - Michael Misick, Caicos Islander politician, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands

Births54 years ago

1967 - Artūrs Irbe, Latvian ice hockey player and coach

Births53 years ago

1967 - Laurent Nkunda, Congolese general

Births53 years ago

1968 - Sean Elliott, American basketball player and sportscaster

Births52 years ago

1968 - Scott Erickson, American baseball player and coach

Births52 years ago

1969 - Valeri Karpin, Estonian-Russian footballer and manager

Births51 years ago

1970 - Jennifer Westfeldt, American actress and singer

Births50 years ago

1971 - Isaac Kungwane, South African footballer and sportscaster (d. 2014)

Births49 years ago

1971 - Jason Taylor, Australian rugby league player and coach

Births49 years ago

1971 - Hwang Seok-jeong, South Korean actress

Births49 years ago

1972 - Melvin Mora, Venezuelan baseball player

Births48 years ago

1973 - Andrei Luzgin, Estonian tennis player and coach

Births47 years ago

1973 - Marissa Jaret Winokur, American actress and singer

Births47 years ago

1975 - Todd Bertuzzi, Canadian ice hockey player

Births45 years ago

1975 - Donald Driver, American football player

Births45 years ago

1975 - Ieroklis Stoltidis, Greek footballer

Births45 years ago

1976 - Ryan Farquhar, Northern Irish motorcycle racer

Births44 years ago

1976 - James Hickman, English swimmer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Ana Roces, Filipino actress

Births44 years ago

1977 - Shakira, Colombian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

Births43 years ago

1977 - Libor Sionko, Czech footballer

Births43 years ago

1978 - Eden Espinosa, American actress and singer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Annabel Ellwood, Australian tennis player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Barry Ferguson, Scottish footballer and manager

Births42 years ago

1979 - Urmo Aava, Estonian race car driver

Births41 years ago

1979 - Klaus Mainzer, German rugby player

Births41 years ago

1980 - Angela Finger-Erben, German journalist

Births40 years ago

1980 - Oleguer Presas, Spanish footballer

Births40 years ago

1982 - Sergio Castaño Ortega, Spanish footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Kelly Mazzante, American basketball player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Kan Mi-youn, South Korean singer, model, and host

Births38 years ago

1983 - Ronny Cedeño, Venezuelan baseball player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Carolina Klüft, Swedish heptathlete and jumper

Births37 years ago

1983 - Jordin Tootoo, Canadian ice hockey player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Vladimir Voskoboinikov, Estonian footballer

Births37 years ago

1984 - Rudi Wulf, New Zealand rugby player

Births36 years ago

1985 - Silvestre Varela, Portuguese footballer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Gemma Arterton, English actress and singer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Anthony Fainga'a, Australian rugby player

Births33 years ago

1987 - Saia Fainga'a, Australian rugby player

Births33 years ago

1987 - Mimi Page, American singer-songwriter and composer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Gerard Piqué, Spanish footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Javon Ringer, American football player

Births33 years ago

1989 - Harrison Smith, American football player

Births31 years ago

1991 - Nathan Delfouneso, English footballer

Births29 years ago

1991 - Gregory Mertens, Belgian footballer (d. 2015)

Births29 years ago

1993 - Ravel Morrison, English footballer

Births27 years ago

1995 - Paul Digby, English footballer

Births25 years ago

1995 - Aleksander Jagiełło, Polish footballer

Births25 years ago

1995 - Arfa Karim, Pakstani student and computer prodigy (d. 2012)

Births25 years ago










619 - Laurence of Canterbury, English archbishop and saint


880 - Bruno, duke of Saxony

Deaths896 years ago
Deaths802 years ago
Deaths783 years ago

1250 - Eric XI of Sweden (b. 1216)

Deaths770 years ago
Deaths726 years ago

1347 - Thomas Bek, Bishop of Lincoln, was the bishop of Lincoln (b. 1282)

Deaths673 years ago

1348 - Narymunt, Prince of Pinsk

Deaths672 years ago

1435 - Joan II of Naples, Queen of Naples (b. 1371)

Deaths585 years ago

1446 - Vittorino da Feltre, Italian humanist (b. 1378)

Deaths574 years ago

1448 - Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, Egyptian jurist and scholar (b. 1372)

Deaths572 years ago

1461 - Owen Tudor, Welsh founder of the Tudor dynasty

Deaths559 years ago

1512 - Hatuey, Caribbean tribal chief

Deaths508 years ago

1529 - Baldassare Castiglione, Italian soldier and diplomat (b. 1478)

Deaths491 years ago

1580 - Bessho Nagaharu, Japanese daimyō (b. 1558)

Deaths440 years ago

1594 - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Italian composer and educator (b. 1525)

Deaths426 years ago

1648 - George Abbot, English author and politician (b. 1603)

Deaths372 years ago
Deaths360 years ago

1660 - Govert Flinck, Dutch painter (b. 1615)

Deaths360 years ago

1661 - Lucas Holstenius, German geographer and historian (b. 1596)

Deaths359 years ago

1675 - Ivan Belostenec, Croatian linguist and lexicographer (b. 1594)

Deaths345 years ago

1688 - Abraham Duquesne, French admiral (b. 1610)

Deaths332 years ago

1704 - Guillaume de l'Hôpital, French mathematician and academic (b. 1661)

Deaths316 years ago

1712 - Martin Lister, English physician and geologist (b. 1639)

Deaths308 years ago

1714 - John Sharp, English archbishop (b. 1643)

Deaths306 years ago

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

Deaths297 years ago

1768 - Robert Smith, English mathematician and theorist (b. 1689)

Deaths252 years ago

1769 - Pope Clement XIII (b. 1693)

Deaths251 years ago
Deaths218 years ago

1804 - George Walton, American lawyer and politician, Governor of Georgia (b. 1749)

Deaths216 years ago

1831 - Vincenzo Dimech, Maltese sculptor (b. 1768)

Deaths189 years ago

1881 - Henry Parker, English-Australian politician, 3rd Premier of New South Wales (b. 1808)

Deaths139 years ago

1904 - Ernest Cashel, American-Canadian criminal (b. 1882)

Deaths116 years ago

1904 - William Collins Whitney, American financier and politician, 31st United States Secretary of the Navy (b. 1841)

Deaths116 years ago

1905 - Henri Germain, French banker and politician, founded Le Crédit Lyonnais (b. 1824)

Deaths115 years ago

1907 - Dmitri Mendeleev, Russian chemist and academic (b. 1834)

Deaths113 years ago

1909 - Carlo Acton, Italian pianist and composer (b. 1829)

Deaths111 years ago

1913 - Gustaf de Laval, Swedish engineer (b. 1845)

Deaths107 years ago

1918 - John L. Sullivan, American boxer (b. 1858)

Deaths102 years ago

1919 - Julius Kuperjanov, Estonian lieutenant (b. 1894)

Deaths101 years ago

1925 - Antti Aarne, Finnish historian and academic (b. 1867)

Deaths95 years ago

1925 - Jaap Eden, Dutch speed skater and cyclist (b. 1873)

Deaths95 years ago

1926 - Vladimir Sukhomlinov, Russian general and politician (b. 1848)

Deaths94 years ago

1932 - Agha Petros, Assyrian general and politician (b. 1880)

Deaths88 years ago

1939 - Bernhard Gregory, Estonian-German chess player (b. 1879)

Deaths81 years ago

1942 - Ado Birk, Estonian lawyer and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Estonia (b. 1883)

Deaths78 years ago

1942 - Daniil Kharms, Russian poet and playwright (b. 1905)

Deaths78 years ago

1945 - Alfred Delp, German priest and philosopher (b. 1907)

Deaths75 years ago

1945 - Carl Friedrich Goerdeler, German economist and politician (b. 1884)

Deaths75 years ago

1945 - Johannes Popitz, German lawyer and politician (b. 1884)

Deaths75 years ago

1948 - Thomas W. Lamont, American banker and philanthropist (b. 1870)

Deaths72 years ago

1948 - Bevil Rudd, South African runner and journalist (b. 1894)

Deaths72 years ago

1950 - Constantin Carathéodory, Greek mathematician and academic (b. 1873)

Deaths70 years ago

1952 - Callistratus of Georgia, Georgian patriarch (b. 1866)

Deaths68 years ago

1954 - Hella Wuolijoki, Estonian-Finnish author and politician (b. 1886)

Deaths66 years ago

1956 - Charley Grapewin, American actor (b. 1869)

Deaths64 years ago

1956 - Truxtun Hare, American football player and hammer thrower (b. 1878)

Deaths64 years ago

1956 - Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (b. 1876)

Deaths64 years ago

1957 - Grigory Landsberg, Russian physicist and academic (b. 1890)

Deaths63 years ago

1962 - Shlomo Hestrin, Canadian-Israeli biochemist and academic (b. 1914)

Deaths58 years ago

1968 - Tullio Serafin, Italian conductor and director (b. 1878)

Deaths52 years ago

1969 - Boris Karloff, English actor (b. 1887)

Deaths51 years ago

1970 - Bertrand Russell, English mathematician and philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1872)

Deaths50 years ago

1972 - Natalie Clifford Barney, American author, poet, and playwright (b. 1876)

Deaths48 years ago

1973 - Hendrik Elias, Belgian academic and politician, 9th Mayor of Ghent (b. 1902)

Deaths47 years ago

1974 - Imre Lakatos, Hungarian-English mathematician and philosopher (b. 1922)

Deaths46 years ago

1975 - Gustave Lanctot, Canadian historian and academic (b. 1883)

Deaths45 years ago

1979 - Jim Burke, Australian cricketer (b. 1930)

Deaths41 years ago

1979 - Sid Vicious, English singer and bass player (b. 1957)

Deaths41 years ago

1980 - William Howard Stein, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)

Deaths40 years ago

1987 - Carlos José Castilho, Brazilian footballer and manager (b. 1927)

Deaths33 years ago

1987 - Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist and screenwriter (b. 1922)

Deaths33 years ago

1988 - Marcel Bozzuffi, French actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1929)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater and coach (b. 1951)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Arnold Nordmeyer, New Zealand minister and politician, 30th New Zealand Minister of Finance (b. 1901)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Joe Erskine, Welsh boxer (b. 1934)

Deaths30 years ago

1992 - Bert Parks, American actor, singer, television personality; Miss America telecast presenter (b. 1914)

Deaths28 years ago

1993 - François Reichenbach, French director and screenwriter (b. 1921)

Deaths27 years ago

1995 - Fred Perry, English-Australian tennis player (b. 1909)

Deaths25 years ago

1995 - Donald Pleasence, English-French actor (b. 1919)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Gene Kelly, American actor, singer, dancer, and director (b. 1912)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Sanford Meisner, American actor and coach (b. 1904)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - Haroun Tazieff, German-French geologist and cinematographer (b. 1914)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - David McComb, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1962)

Deaths21 years ago

2003 - Lou Harrison, American composer and educator (b. 1917)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Bernard McEveety, American director and producer (b. 1924)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Max Schmeling, German boxer (b. 1905)

Deaths15 years ago

2008 - Barry Morse, Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1918)

Deaths12 years ago

2011 - Edward Amy, Canadian general (b. 1918)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Margaret John, Welsh actress (b. 1926)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Frederick William Danker, American lexicographer and scholar (b. 1920)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - George Esper, American journalist and academic (b. 1932)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Dorothy Gilman, American author (b. 1923)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - James F. Lloyd, American pilot and politician (b. 1922)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Abraham Iyambo, Namibian politician (b. 1961)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - John Kerr, American actor and lawyer (b. 1931)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Chris Kyle, American soldier and sniper (b. 1974)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Lino Oviedo, Paraguayan general and politician (b. 1943)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Pepper Paire, American baseball player (b. 1924)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Gerd Albrecht, German conductor (b. 1935)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Nicholas Brooks, English historian (b. 1941)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Eduardo Coutinho, Brazilian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1933)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1967)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Joseph Alfidi, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1949)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Dave Bergman, American baseball player (b. 1953)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Molade Okoya-Thomas, Nigerian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1935)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Bob Elliott, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (b. 1923)