Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances


AD 62 - Earthquake in Pompeii, Italy.


756 - An Lushan, leader of a revolt against the Tang Dynasty, declares himself emperor and establishes the state of Yan.


789 - Idris I reaches Volubilis and founds the Idrisid dynasty, ceding Morocco from the Abbasid caliphate and founding the first Moroccan state.


1576 - Henry of Navarre abjures Catholicism at Tours and rejoins the Protestant forces in the French Wars of Religion.

Events444 years ago

1597 - A group of early Japanese Christians are killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society.

Events423 years ago

1649 - Charles Stuart, the son of King Charles I, is declared King Charles II of England and Scotland by the Scottish Parliament.

Events371 years ago

1778 - South Carolina becomes the second state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.

Events242 years ago

1782 - Spanish defeat British forces and capture Menorca.

Events238 years ago
Events237 years ago

1807 - HMS Blenheim (1761) and HMS Java disappear off the coast of Rodrigues.

Events213 years ago
Events210 years ago

1818 - Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.

Events202 years ago
Events171 years ago

1852 - The New Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, opens to the public.

Events168 years ago

1859 - Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Prince of Moldavia, is also elected as prince of Wallachia, joining the two principalities as a personal union called the United Principalities, an autonomous region within the Ottoman Empire, which ushered the birth of the modern Romanian state.

Events161 years ago

1862 - Moldavia and Wallachia formally unite to create the Romanian United Principalities.

Events158 years ago

1869 - The largest alluvial gold nugget in history, called the "Welcome Stranger", is found in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia.

Events151 years ago

1885 - King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal possession.

Events135 years ago

1905 - In Mexico, the General Hospital of Mexico is inaugurated, started with four basic specialties.

Events115 years ago

1909 - Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announces the creation of Bakelite, the world's first synthetic plastic.

Events111 years ago

1913 - Greek military aviators, Michael Moutoussis and Aristeidis Moraitinis perform the first naval air mission in history, with a Farman MF.7 hydroplane.

Events107 years ago

1917 - The current constitution of Mexico is adopted, establishing a federal republic with powers separated into independent executive, legislative, and judicial branches.

Events103 years ago

1917 - The Congress of the United States passes the Immigration Act of 1917 over President Woodrow Wilson's veto.

Events103 years ago

1918 - Stephen W. Thompson shoots down a German airplane; this is the first aerial victory by the U.S. military.

Events102 years ago

1918 - SS Tuscania is torpedoed off the coast of Ireland; it is the first ship carrying American troops to Europe to be torpedoed and sunk.

Events102 years ago

1924 - The Royal Greenwich Observatory begins broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal.

Events96 years ago
Events87 years ago

1939 - Generalísimo Francisco Franco becomes the 68th "Caudillo de España", or Leader of Spain.

Events81 years ago

1941 - World War II: Allied forces begin the Battle of Keren to capture Keren, Eritrea.

Events79 years ago

1945 - World War II: General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila.

Events75 years ago

1958 - Gamal Abdel Nasser is nominated to be the first president of the United Arab Republic.

Events62 years ago

1958 - A hydrogen bomb known as the Tybee Bomb is lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, never to be recovered.

Events62 years ago

1962 - French President Charles de Gaulle calls for Algeria to be granted independence.

Events58 years ago

1963 - The European Court of Justice's ruling in Van Gend en Loos v Nederlandse Administratie der Belastingen establishes the principle of direct effect, one of the most important, if not the most important, decisions in the development of European Union law.

Events57 years ago

1971 - Astronauts land on the moon in the Apollo 14 mission.

Events49 years ago

1975 - Riots break in Lima, Peru after the police forces go on strike the day before. The uprising (locally known as the Limazo) is bloodily suppressed by the military dictatorship.

Events45 years ago

1985 - Ugo Vetere, then the mayor of Rome, and Chedli Klibi, then the mayor of Carthage meet in Tunis to sign a treaty of friendship officially ending the Third Punic War which lasted 2,131 years.

Events35 years ago

1988 - Manuel Noriega is indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges.

Events32 years ago

1994 - Byron De La Beckwith is convicted of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

Events26 years ago

1994 - Markale massacres, more than 60 people are killed and some 200 wounded as a mortar shell explodes in a downtown marketplace in Sarajevo.

Events26 years ago

1997 - The so-called Big Three banks in Switzerland announce the creation of a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families.

Events23 years ago

2000 - Russian forces massacre at least 60 civilians in the Novye Aldi suburb of Grozny, Chechnya.

Events20 years ago

2004 - Rebels from the Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front capture the city of Gonaïves, starting the 2004 Haiti rebellion.

Events16 years ago
Events12 years ago


976 - Sanjō, emperor of Japan (d. 1017)


1321 - John II, marquess of Montferrat (d. 1372)

Births699 years ago

1438 - Philip II, duke of Savoy (d. 1497)

Births582 years ago

1505 - Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss statesman and historian (d. 1572)

Births515 years ago

1519 - René of Châlon, prince of Orange (d. 1544)

Births501 years ago

1525 - Juraj Drašković, Croatian Catholic cardinal (d. 1587)

Births495 years ago

1533 - Andreas Dudith, Croatian-Hungarian nobleman and diplomat (d. 1589)

Births487 years ago

1534 - Giovanni de' Bardi, Italian soldier, composer, and critic (d. 1612)

Births486 years ago

1589 - Esteban Manuel de Villegas, Spanish poet and educator (d. 1669)

Births431 years ago

1594 - Biagio Marini, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1663)

Births426 years ago

1605 - Bernard of Corleone, Italian saint (d. 1667)

Births415 years ago

1608 - Gaspar Schott, German mathematician and physicist (d. 1666)

Births412 years ago
Births394 years ago

1650 - Anne Jules de Noailles, French general (d. 1708)

Births370 years ago

1703 - Gilbert Tennent, Irish-American minister (d. 1764)

Births317 years ago

1723 - John Witherspoon, Scottish-American minister and academic (d. 1794)

Births297 years ago

1725 - James Otis, Jr., American lawyer and politician (d. 1783)

Births295 years ago

1748 - Christian Gottlob Neefe, German composer and conductor (d. 1798)

Births272 years ago

1788 - Robert Peel, English lieutenant and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1850)

Births232 years ago

1795 - Wilhelm Karl Ritter von Haidinger, Austrian mineralogist, geologist, and physicist (d. 1871)

Births225 years ago

1804 - Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finnish poet and hymn-writer (d. 1877)

Births216 years ago

1808 - Carl Spitzweg, German painter and poet (d. 1885)

Births212 years ago

1810 - Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist and composer (d. 1880)

Births210 years ago

1827 - Peter Lalor, Irish-Australian activist and politician (d. 1889)

Births193 years ago

1837 - Dwight L. Moody, American evangelist and publisher, founded Moody Church, Moody Bible Institute, and Moody Publishers (d. 1899)

Births183 years ago

1840 - John Boyd Dunlop, Scottish businessman, co-founded Dunlop Rubber (d. 1921)

Births180 years ago

1840 - Hiram Maxim, American engineer, invented the Maxim gun (d. 1916)

Births180 years ago

1847 - Eduard Magnus Jakobson, Estonian missionary and engraver (d. 1903)

Births173 years ago

1848 - Joris-Karl Huysmans, French author and critic (d. 1907)

Births172 years ago

1848 - Ignacio Carrera Pinto, Chilean lieutenant (d. 1882)

Births172 years ago

1852 - Terauchi Masatake, Japanese field marshal and politician, 9th Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1919)

Births168 years ago

1866 - Domhnall Ua Buachalla, Irish politician, 3rd and last Governor-General of the Irish Free State (d. 1963)

Births154 years ago

1870 - Charles Edmund Brock, British painter and book illustrator (d. 1938)

Births150 years ago

1876 - Ernie McLea, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1931)

Births144 years ago

1878 - André Citroën, French engineer and businessman, founded Citroën (d. 1935)

Births142 years ago

1880 - Gabriel Voisin, French pilot and engineer (d. 1973)

Births140 years ago

1889 - Patsy Hendren, English cricketer and footballer (d. 1962)

Births131 years ago

1889 - Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (d. 1962)

Births131 years ago

1889 - Recep Peker, Turkish officer and politician (d. 1950)

Births131 years ago

1891 - Renato Petronio, Italian rower (d. 1976)

Births129 years ago

1892 - Elizabeth Ryan, American tennis player (d. 1979)

Births128 years ago

1897 - Dirk Stikker, Dutch businessman and politician, 3rd Secretary General of NATO (d. 1979)

Births123 years ago

1900 - Adlai Stevenson II, American soldier, politician, and diplomat, 5th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 1965)

Births120 years ago

1903 - Koto Matsudaira, Japanese diplomat, ambassador to the United Nations (d. 1994)

Births117 years ago

1903 - Joan Whitney Payson, American businesswoman and philanthropist (d. 1975)

Births117 years ago

1906 - John Carradine, American actor (d. 1988)

Births114 years ago

1907 - Birgit Dalland, Norwegian politician (d. 2007)

Births113 years ago

1907 - Pierre Pflimlin, French politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 2000)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Marie Baron, Dutch swimmer and diver (d. 1948)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Peg Entwistle, Welsh-American actress (d. 1932)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Daisy and Violet Hilton, English conjoined twins (d. 1969)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Eugen Weidmann, German criminal (d. 1939)

Births112 years ago

1909 - Grażyna Bacewicz, Polish violinist and composer (d. 1969)

Births111 years ago

1910 - Charles Philippe Leblond, French-Canadian biologist and academic (d. 2007)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Francisco Varallo, Argentinian footballer (d. 2010)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Jussi Björling, Swedish tenor (d. 1960)

Births109 years ago

1914 - William S. Burroughs, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (d. 1997)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, English physiologist, biophysicist, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Robert Hofstadter, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1990)

Births105 years ago

1917 - Isuzu Yamada, Japanese actress (d. 2012)

Births103 years ago

1919 - Red Buttons, American actor (d. 2006)

Births101 years ago

1919 - Tim Holt, American actor (d. 1973)

Births101 years ago

1919 - Andreas Papandreou, Greek economist and politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1996)

Births101 years ago

1921 - Ken Adam, German-born English production designer and art director (d. 2016)

Births99 years ago

1923 - Claude King, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)

Births97 years ago

1923 - James E. Bowman, American physician and academic (d. 2011)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy, Indian cardinal (d. 2014)

Births96 years ago

1927 - Robert Allen, American pianist and composer (d. 2000)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Jacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten, Dutch captain and pilot (d. 1977)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Tage Danielsson, Swedish author, actor, and director (d. 1985)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Andrew Greeley, American priest, sociologist, and author (d. 2013)

Births92 years ago

1928 - P. J. Vatikiotis, Israeli-American historian and political scientist (d. 1997)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Hal Blaine, American session drummer

Births91 years ago

1929 - Luc Ferrari, French pianist and composer (d. 2005)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Fred Sinowatz, Austrian politician, 19th Chancellor of Austria (d. 2008)

Births91 years ago

1932 - Cesare Maldini, Italian footballer and manager (d. 2016)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Jörn Donner, Finnish director and screenwriter

Births87 years ago

1933 - B. S. Johnson, English author, poet, and critic (d. 1973)

Births87 years ago

1934 - Hank Aaron, American baseball player

Births86 years ago

1934 - Don Cherry, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and sportscaster

Births86 years ago

1935 - Alex Harvey, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1982)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Johannes Geldenhuys, South African military commander (d. 2018)

Births85 years ago

1936 - K. S. Nissar Ahmed, Indian poet and academic

Births84 years ago

1937 - Stuart Damon, American actor and singer

Births83 years ago

1937 - Larry Hillman, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births83 years ago

1937 - Gaston Roelants, Belgian runner

Births83 years ago

1937 - Alar Toomre, Estonian-American astronomer and mathematician

Births83 years ago

1937 - Wang Xuan, Chinese computer scientist and academic (d. 2006)

Births83 years ago

1938 - Rafael Nieto Navia, Colombian lawyer, jurist, and diplomat

Births82 years ago

1939 - Brian Luckhurst, English cricketer (d. 2005)

Births81 years ago

1940 - H. R. Giger, Swiss painter, sculptor, and set designer (d. 2014)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Luke Graham, American wrestler (d. 2006)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Stephen J. Cannell, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2010)

Births79 years ago

1941 - Henson Cargill, American country music singer (d. 2007)

Births79 years ago

1941 - David Selby, American actor and playwright

Births79 years ago

1941 - Barrett Strong, American soul singer-songwriter and pianist

Births79 years ago

1941 - Kaspar Villiger, Swiss engineer and politician, 85th President of the Swiss Confederation

Births79 years ago

1941 - Cory Wells, American pop-rock singer (Three Dog Night) (d. 2015)

Births79 years ago

1942 - Roger Staubach, American football player, sportscaster, and businessman

Births78 years ago

1943 - Nolan Bushnell, American engineer and businessman, founded Atari, Inc.

Births77 years ago

1943 - Michael Mann, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births77 years ago

1943 - Craig Morton, American football player and sportscaster

Births77 years ago

1943 - Dušan Uhrin, Czech and Slovak footballer and manager

Births77 years ago

1944 - J. R. Cobb, American guitarist and songwriter

Births76 years ago

1944 - Henfil, Brazilian journalist, author, and illustrator (d. 1988)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Al Kooper, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births76 years ago

1944 - Tamanoumi Masahiro, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 51st Yokozuna (d. 1971)

Births76 years ago
Births75 years ago

1946 - Amnon Dankner, Israeli journalist and author (d. 2013)

Births74 years ago

1946 - Charlotte Rampling, English actress

Births74 years ago

1947 - Mary L. Cleave, American engineer and astronaut

Births73 years ago

1947 - Clemente Mastella, Italian politician, Italian Minister of Justice

Births73 years ago

1947 - Darrell Waltrip, American race car driver and sportscaster

Births73 years ago

1948 - Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish footballer and manager

Births72 years ago

1948 - Christopher Guest, American actor and director

Births72 years ago

1948 - Barbara Hershey, American actress

Births72 years ago

1948 - Errol Morris, American director and producer

Births72 years ago

1948 - Tom Wilkinson, English actor

Births72 years ago

1949 - Kurt Beck, German politician

Births71 years ago

1949 - Yvon Vallières, Canadian educator and politician

Births71 years ago

1950 - Jonathan Freeman, American actor and singer

Births70 years ago

1950 - Rafael Puente, Mexican footballer

Births70 years ago

1951 - Nikolay Merkushkin, Mordovian engineer and politician, 1st Head of the Republic of Mordovia

Births69 years ago

1952 - Daniel Balavoine, French singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1986)

Births68 years ago

1952 - Vladimir Moskovkin, Ukrainian-Russian geographer, economist, and academic

Births68 years ago

1953 - Freddie Aguilar, Filipino singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births67 years ago

1953 - John Beilein, American basketball player and coach

Births67 years ago

1953 - Gustavo Benítez, Paraguayan footballer and manager

Births67 years ago

1954 - Cliff Martinez, American drummer and songwriter

Births66 years ago

1954 - Frank Walker, Australian journalist and author

Births66 years ago

1955 - Mike Heath, American baseball player and manager

Births65 years ago

1956 - Vinnie Colaiuta, American drummer

Births64 years ago

1956 - Héctor Rebaque, Mexican race car driver

Births64 years ago

1956 - David Wiesner, American author and illustrator

Births64 years ago

1956 - Mao Daichi, Japanese actress

Births64 years ago

1957 - Jüri Tamm, Estonian hammer thrower and politician

Births63 years ago

1959 - Jennifer Granholm, Canadian-American lawyer and politician, 47th Governor of Michigan

Births61 years ago

1960 - Aris Christofellis, Greek soprano and musicologist

Births60 years ago

1960 - Bonnie Crombie, Canadian businesswoman and politician, 6th Mayor of Mississauga

Births60 years ago

1961 - Savvas Kofidis, Greek footballer and manager

Births59 years ago

1961 - Tim Meadows, American actor and screenwriter

Births59 years ago

1962 - Jennifer Jason Leigh, American actress, screenwriter, producer and director

Births58 years ago

1963 - Steven Shainberg, American film director and producer

Births57 years ago

1964 - Laura Linney, American actress

Births56 years ago

1964 - Ha Seungmoo, Korean Poet, Pastor, Historical theologian

Births56 years ago

1964 - Duff McKagan, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer

Births56 years ago

1965 - Tarik Benhabiles, Algerian-French tennis player and coach

Births55 years ago

1965 - Gheorghe Hagi, Romanian footballer and manager

Births55 years ago

1965 - Keith Moseley, American bass player and songwriter

Births55 years ago

1965 - Quique Sánchez Flores, Spanish footballer and manager

Births55 years ago

1966 - José María Olazábal, Spanish golfer

Births54 years ago

1966 - Rok Petrovič, Slovenian skier (d. 1993)

Births54 years ago

1967 - Chris Parnell, American actor and comedian

Births53 years ago

1968 - Roberto Alomar, Puerto Rican-American baseball player and coach

Births52 years ago

1968 - Marcus Grönholm, Finnish race car driver

Births52 years ago

1969 - Bobby Brown, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor

Births51 years ago

1969 - Michael Sheen, Welsh actor and director

Births51 years ago

1969 - Derek Stephen Prince, American voice actor

Births51 years ago

1970 - Jean-Marc Jaumin, Belgian basketball player and coach

Births50 years ago

1970 - Darren Lehmann, Australian cricketer and coach

Births50 years ago

1971 - Michel Breistroff, French ice hockey player (d. 1996)

Births49 years ago

1971 - Sara Evans, American country singer

Births49 years ago
Births48 years ago

1972 - Brad Fittler, Australian rugby league player, coach, and sportscaster

Births48 years ago

1973 - Richard Matvichuk, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births47 years ago

1973 - Trijntje Oosterhuis, Dutch singer-songwriter

Births47 years ago

1973 - Luke Ricketson, Australian rugby league player and sportscaster

Births47 years ago

1974 - Michael Maguire, Australian rugby league player and coach

Births46 years ago

1975 - Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Dutch footballer and manager

Births45 years ago

1976 - John Aloisi, Australian footballer and manager

Births44 years ago

1976 - Abishek Bachchan, Indian actor

Births44 years ago

1977 - Ben Ainslie, English sailor

Births43 years ago

1977 - Adam Dykes, Australian rugby league player

Births43 years ago

1977 - Adam Everett, American baseball player and coach

Births43 years ago

1978 - Brian Russell, American football player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Samuel Sánchez, Spanish cyclist

Births42 years ago

1979 - Nate Holzapfel, American entrepreneur and television personality

Births41 years ago

1980 - Brad Fitzpatrick, American programmer, created LiveJournal

Births40 years ago

1980 - Jo Swinson, English politician

Births40 years ago

1981 - Mia Hansen-Løve, French director and screenwriter

Births39 years ago

1981 - Loukas Vyntra, Czech-Greek footballer

Births39 years ago

1982 - Laura del Rio, Spanish footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Kevin Everett, American football player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Tomáš Kopecký, Slovak ice hockey player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Rodrigo Palacio, Argentinian footballer

Births38 years ago

1983 - Anja Hammerseng-Edin, Norwegian handball player

Births37 years ago

1984 - Carlos Tevez, Argentinian footballer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Lloyd Johansson, Australian rugby player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Laurence Maroney, American football player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese footballer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Vedran Ćorluka, Croatian footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Sekope Kepu, Australian rugby player

Births34 years ago

1986 - Billy Sharp, English footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Reed Sorenson, American race car driver

Births34 years ago

1986 - Carlos Villanueva, Chilean footballer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Darren Criss, American actor, singer, and entrepreneur

Births33 years ago

1987 - Curtis Jerrells, American basketball player

Births33 years ago

1987 - Alex Kuznetsov, Ukrainian-American tennis player

Births33 years ago

1987 - Linus Omark, Swedish ice hockey player

Births33 years ago

1987 - Donald Sanford, American-Israeli sprinter

Births33 years ago

1988 - Karin Ontiveros, Mexican model

Births32 years ago

1989 - Marina Melnikova, Russian tennis player

Births31 years ago

1990 - Dmitry Andreikin, Russian chess player

Births30 years ago

1990 - Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Indian cricketer

Births30 years ago

1990 - Jordan Rhodes, Scottish footballer

Births30 years ago

1991 - Nabil Bahoui, Swedish footballer

Births29 years ago

1991 - Gerald Tusha, Albanian footballer

Births29 years ago

1992 - Stefan de Vrij, Dutch footballer

Births28 years ago

1992 - Neymar, Brazilian footballer

Births28 years ago

1993 - Leilani Latu, Australian rugby league player

Births27 years ago

1993 - Ty Rattie, Canadian ice hockey player

Births27 years ago

1995 - Adnan Januzaj, Belgian-Albanian footballer

Births25 years ago

1996 - Stina Blackstenius, Swedish footballer

Births24 years ago

1997 - Patrick Roberts, English footballer

Births23 years ago

2016 - Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, Bhutanese prince

Births4 years ago


523 - Avitus of Vienne, Gallo-Roman bishop


806 - Kanmu, emperor of Japan (b. 736)


994 - William IV, duke of Aquitaine (b. 937)


1015 - Adelaide, German abbess and saint

Deaths1005 years ago

1036 - Alfred Aetheling, Anglo-Saxon prince

Deaths984 years ago

1146 - Zafadola, Arab emir of Zaragoza

Deaths874 years ago

1578 - Giovanni Battista Moroni, Italian painter (b. 1520)

Deaths442 years ago

1661 - Shunzhi, Chinese emperor of the Qing Dynasty (b. 1638)

Deaths359 years ago

1705 - Philipp Spener, German theologian and author (b. 1635)

Deaths315 years ago

1751 - Henri François d'Aguesseau, French jurist and politician, Chancellor of France (b. 1668)

Deaths269 years ago

1754 - Nicolaas Kruik, Dutch astronomer and cartographer (b. 1678)

Deaths266 years ago

1766 - Count Leopold Joseph von Daun, Austrian field marshal (b. 1705)

Deaths254 years ago

1775 - Eusebius Amort, German theologian and academic (b. 1692)

Deaths245 years ago

1790 - William Cullen, Scottish physician and chemist (b. 1710)

Deaths230 years ago

1807 - Pasquale Paoli, Corsican commander and politician (b. 1725)

Deaths213 years ago

1818 - Charles XIII, king of Sweden (b. 1748)

Deaths202 years ago

1881 - Thomas Carlyle, Scottish philosopher, historian, and academic (b. 1795)

Deaths139 years ago

1882 - Adolfo Rivadeneyra, Spanish orientalist and diplomat (b. 1841)

Deaths138 years ago

1892 - Emilie Flygare-Carlén, Swedish author (b. 1807)

Deaths128 years ago

1915 - Ross Barnes, American baseball player and manager (b. 1850)

Deaths105 years ago

1917 - Jaber II Al-Sabah, Kuwaiti ruler (b. 1860)

Deaths103 years ago

1922 - Christiaan de Wet, South African general and politician, State President of the Orange Free State (b. 1854)

Deaths98 years ago

1922 - Slavoljub Eduard Penkala, Croatian engineer, invented the mechanical pencil (b. 1871)

Deaths98 years ago

1927 - Inayat Khan, Indian mystic and educator (b. 1882)

Deaths93 years ago

1931 - Athanasios Eftaxias, Greek politician, 118th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1849)

Deaths89 years ago

1933 - Josiah Thomas, English-Australian miner and politician (b. 1863)

Deaths87 years ago

1937 - Lou Andreas-Salomé, Russian-German psychoanalyst and author (b. 1861)

Deaths83 years ago

1938 - Hans Litten, German lawyer and jurist (b. 1903)

Deaths82 years ago

1941 - Banjo Paterson, Australian journalist, author, and poet (b. 1864)

Deaths79 years ago

1941 - Otto Strandman, Estonian lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Estonia (b. 1875)

Deaths79 years ago

1946 - George Arliss, English actor and playwright (b. 1868)

Deaths74 years ago

1948 - Johannes Blaskowitz, German general (b. 1883)

Deaths72 years ago

1952 - Adela Verne, English pianist and composer (b. 1877)

Deaths68 years ago

1954 - Hossein Sami'i, Iranian politician, diplomat, writer and poet (b. 1876)

Deaths66 years ago

1955 - Victor Houteff, Bulgarian religious reformer and author (b. 1885)

Deaths65 years ago

1957 - Sami Ibrahim Haddad, Lebanese surgeon and author (b. 1890)

Deaths63 years ago

1962 - Jacques Ibert, French-Swiss composer (b. 1890)

Deaths58 years ago

1967 - Leon Leonwood Bean, American businessman, founded L.L.Bean (b. 1872)

Deaths53 years ago

1969 - Thelma Ritter, American actress (b. 1902)

Deaths51 years ago

1970 - Rudy York, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1913)

Deaths50 years ago
Deaths49 years ago

1972 - Marianne Moore, American poet, author, critic, and translator (b. 1887)

Deaths48 years ago

1976 - Rudy Pompilli, American saxophonist (Bill Haley & His Comets) (b. 1926)

Deaths44 years ago

1977 - Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist and academic (b. 1894)

Deaths43 years ago

1981 - Ella T. Grasso, American politician, 83rd Governor of Connecticut (b. 1919)

Deaths39 years ago

1982 - Neil Aggett, Kenyan-South African physician and union leader (b. 1953)

Deaths38 years ago

1983 - Margaret Oakley Dayhoff, American chemist and academic (b. 1925)

Deaths37 years ago

1987 - William Collier, Jr., American actor and producer (b. 1902)

Deaths33 years ago

1989 - Joe Raposo, American pianist and composer (b. 1937)

Deaths31 years ago

1991 - Dean Jagger, American actor (b. 1903)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - Miguel Rolando Covian, Argentinian-Brazilian physiologist and academic (b. 1913)

Deaths28 years ago

1993 - Seán Flanagan, Irish footballer and politician, 7th Irish Minister for Health (b. 1922)

Deaths27 years ago

1993 - Joseph L. Mankiewicz, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1909)

Deaths27 years ago

1993 - William Pène du Bois, American author and illustrator (b. 1916)

Deaths27 years ago

1995 - Doug McClure, American actor (b. 1935)

Deaths25 years ago

1997 - Pamela Harriman, English-American diplomat, 58th United States Ambassador to France (b. 1920)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - René Huyghe, French historian and author (b. 1906)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - Tim Kelly, American guitarist (b. 1963)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Wassily Leontief, Russian-American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - Claude Autant-Lara, French director and screenwriter (b. 1901)

Deaths20 years ago

2004 - John Hench, American animator (b. 1908)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Gnassingbé Eyadéma, Togolese general and politician, President of Togo (b. 1937)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Michalina Wisłocka, Polish gynecologist and sexologist (b. 1921)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Norma Candal, Puerto Rican-American actress (b. 1927)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Leo T. McCarthy, New Zealand-American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 43rd Lieutenant Governor of California (b. 1930)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Alfred Worm, Austrian journalist, author, and academic (b. 1945)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru, founded Transcendental Meditation (b. 1918)

Deaths12 years ago

2010 - Brendan Burke, Canadian ice hockey player and activist (b. 1988)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Harry Schwarz, South African lawyer, anti-apartheid leader, and diplomat, 13th South Africa Ambassador to United States (b. 1924)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Brian Jacques, English author and radio host (b. 1939)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Peggy Rea, American actress and casting director (b. 1921)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Sam Coppola, American actor (b. 1932)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Al De Lory, American keyboard player, conductor, and producer (b. 1930)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - John Turner Sargent, Sr., American publisher (b. 1924)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Jo Zwaan, Dutch sprinter (b. 1922)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Reinaldo Gargano, Uruguayan journalist and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Uruguay (b. 1934)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Egil Hovland, Norwegian composer and conductor (b. 1924)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Tom McGuigan, New Zealand soldier and politician, 23rd New Zealand Minister of Health (b. 1921)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Robert A. Dahl, American political scientist and academic (b. 1915)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - K. N. Choksy, Sri Lankan lawyer and politician, Minister of Finance of Sri Lanka (b. 1933)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Marisa Del Frate, Italian actress and singer (b. 1931)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Val Logsdon Fitch, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1923)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Herman Rosenblat, Polish-American author (b. 1929)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Ciriaco Cañete, Filipino martial artist (b. 1919)

Deaths4 years ago

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