Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances

Statehood Day (Oregon, United States)

Holidays and observances

Parents' Worship Day (parts of India)

Holidays and observances


748 - Abbasid Revolution: The Hashimi rebels under Abu Muslim Khorasani take Merv, capital of the Umayyad province Khorasan, marking the consolidation of the Abbasid revolt.


842 - Charles the Bald and Louis the German swear the Oaths of Strasbourg in the French and German languages.


1014 - Pope Benedict VIII crowns Henry of Bavaria, King of Germany and of Italy, as Holy Roman Emperor.

Events1006 years ago
Events944 years ago

1130 - Pope Innocent II is elected.

Events890 years ago

1349 - Several hundred Jews are burned to death by mobs while the remaining Jews are forcibly removed from Strasbourg.

Events671 years ago

1400 - Richard II of England dies, most probably from starvation, in Pontefract Castle, on the orders of Henry Bolingbroke.

Events620 years ago

1530 - Spanish conquistadores, led by Nuño de Guzmán, overthrow and execute Tangaxuan II, the last independent monarch of the Tarascan state in present-day central Mexico.

Events490 years ago

1556 - Thomas Cranmer is declared a heretic.

Events464 years ago

1556 - Coronation of Akbar.

Events464 years ago

1655 - the Mapuches launch coordinated attacks against the Spanish in Chile beginning the Mapuche uprising of 1655.

Events365 years ago

1778 - The United States flag is formally recognized by a foreign naval vessel for the first time, when French Admiral Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte renders a nine gun salute to USS Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones.

Events242 years ago
Events241 years ago

1779 - James Cook is killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii.

Events241 years ago
Events216 years ago

1831 - Ras Marye of Yejju marches into Tigray and defeats and kills Dejazmach Sabagadis in the Battle of Debre Abbay.

Events189 years ago
Events185 years ago

1849 - In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken.

Events171 years ago

1852 - Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, the first hospital in England to provide in-patient beds specifically for children, is founded in London.

Events168 years ago

1855 - Texas is linked by telegraph to the rest of the United States, with the completion of a connection between New Orleans and Marshall, Texas.

Events165 years ago

1859 - Oregon is admitted as the 33rd U.S. state.

Events161 years ago

1876 - Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone, as does Elisha Gray.

Events144 years ago

1879 - The War of the Pacific breaks out when the Chilean Army occupies the Bolivian port city of Antofagasta.

Events141 years ago

1899 - Voting machines are approved by the U.S. Congress for use in federal elections.

Events121 years ago

1900 - British forces begin the Battle of the Tugela Heights in an effort to lift the Siege of Ladysmith.

Events120 years ago

1903 - The United States Department of Commerce and Labor is established (later split into the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor).

Events117 years ago

1912 - Arizona is admitted as the 48th and the last contiguous U.S. state.

Events108 years ago

1912 - The U.S. Navy commissions its first class of diesel-powered submarines.

Events108 years ago

1919 - The Polish–Soviet War begins.

Events101 years ago

1920 - The League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago.

Events100 years ago

1924 - The Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company changes its name to International Business Machines Corporation (IBM).

Events96 years ago

1929 - Saint Valentine's Day Massacre: Seven people, six of them gangster rivals of Al Capone's gang, are murdered in Chicago.

Events91 years ago

1942 - Battle of Pasir Panjang contributes to the fall of Singapore.

Events78 years ago

1943 - World War II: Rostov-on-Don, Russia is liberated.

Events77 years ago

1943 - World War II: Tunisia Campaign: General Hans-Jürgen von Arnim's Fifth Panzer Army launches a concerted attack against Allied positions in Tunisia.

Events77 years ago

1944 - World War II: In the Action of 14 February 1944, a Royal Navy submarine sinks a German-controlled Italian submarine in the Strait of Malacca.

Events76 years ago

1945 - World War II: On the first day of the bombing of Dresden, the British Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces begin fire-bombing Dresden.

Events75 years ago

1945 - World War II: Navigational error leads to the mistaken bombing of Prague, Czechoslovakia by an American squadron of B-17s assisting in the Soviet's Vistula–Oder Offensive.

Events75 years ago

1945 - World War II: Mostar is liberated by Yugoslav partisans

Events75 years ago

1945 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt meets King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia aboard the USS Quincy, officially beginning U.S.-Saudi diplomatic relations.

Events75 years ago

1946 - The Bank of England is nationalized.

Events74 years ago

1949 - The Knesset (parliament of Israel) convenes for the first time.

Events71 years ago

1949 - The Asbestos Strike begins in Canada. The strike marks the beginning of the Quiet Revolution in Quebec.

Events71 years ago

1961 - Discovery of the chemical elements: Element 103, Lawrencium, is first synthesized at the University of California.

Events59 years ago

1966 - Australian currency is decimalized.

Events54 years ago

1979 - In Kabul, Setami Milli militants kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police.

Events41 years ago

1983 - United American Bank of Knoxville, Tennessee collapses. Its president, Jake Butcher, is later convicted of fraud.

Events37 years ago

1989 - Union Carbide agrees to pay $470 million to the Indian government for damages it caused in the 1984 Bhopal disaster.

Events31 years ago

1989 - Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini issues a fatwa encouraging Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses.

Events31 years ago

1990 - Ninety-two people are killed when Indian Airlines Flight 605 crashes in Bangalore, India.

Events30 years ago

1990 - The Voyager 1 spacecraft takes the photograph of planet Earth that later become famous as Pale Blue Dot.

Events30 years ago

1998 - An oil tanker train collides with a freight train in Yaoundé, Cameroon, spilling fuel oil. One person scavenging the oil created a massive explosion which kills 120.

Events22 years ago

2000 - The spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker enters orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.

Events20 years ago

2004 - In a suburb of Moscow, Russia, the roof of the Transvaal water park collapses, killing more than 25 people, and wounding more than 100 others.

Events16 years ago

2005 - In Beirut, 22 people, including former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, are killed when the equivalent of around 1,000 kg of TNT is detonated while Hariri's motorcade drives through the city.

Events15 years ago

2005 - Seven people are killed and 151 wounded in a series of bombings by suspected al-Qaeda-linked militants that hit Makati, Davao City, and General Santos City, all in the Philippines.

Events15 years ago

2005 - YouTube is launched by a group of college students, eventually becoming the largest video sharing website in the world and a main source for viral videos.

Events15 years ago

2008 - Northern Illinois University shooting: A gunman opened fire in a lecture hall of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb County, Illinois, resulting in six fatalities (including gunman) and 21 injuries.

Events12 years ago

2011 - As a part of Arab Spring, the Bahraini uprising begins with a 'Day of Rage'.

Events9 years ago
Events2 years ago

2018 - Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in the Miami metropolitan area is one of the deadliest school massacres with 17 fatalities and 15 injuries.

Events2 years ago


Births652 years ago

1404 - Leon Battista Alberti, Italian painter, poet, and philosopher (d. 1472)

Births616 years ago
Births612 years ago

1452 - Pandolfo Petrucci, tyrant of Siena (d. 1512)

Births568 years ago

1468 - Johannes Werner, German priest and mathematician (d. 1522)

Births552 years ago

1483 - Babur, Moghul emperor (d. 1530)

Births537 years ago

1490 - Valentin Friedland, German scholar and educationist of the Reformation (d. 1556)

Births530 years ago

1513 - Domenico Ferrabosco, Italian composer (d. 1573)

Births507 years ago
Births475 years ago

1602 - Francesco Cavalli, Italian composer (d. 1676)

Births418 years ago

1614 - John Wilkins, English bishop, academic and natural philosopher (d. 1672)

Births406 years ago
Births395 years ago

1628 - Valentine Greatrakes, Irish faith healer (d. 1683)

Births392 years ago

1679 - Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, German organist and composer (d. 1735)

Births341 years ago

1692 - Pierre-Claude Nivelle de La Chaussée, French author and playwright (d. 1754)

Births328 years ago

1701 - Enrique Flórez, Spanish historian and author (d. 1773)

Births319 years ago

1763 - Jean Victor Marie Moreau, French general (d. 1813)

Births257 years ago

1782 - Eleanora Atherton, English philanthropist (d. 1870)

Births238 years ago

1799 - Walenty Wańkowicz, Polish painter and illustrator (d. 1842)

Births221 years ago

1800 - Emory Washburn, American historian, lawyer, and politician, 22nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1877)

Births220 years ago

1808 - Michael Costa, Italian-English conductor and composer (d. 1884)

Births212 years ago

1813 - Lydia Hamilton Smith, African-American businesswoman (d. 1884)

Births207 years ago

1819 - Christopher Latham Sholes, American journalist and politician, invented the typewriter (d. 1890)

Births201 years ago

1824 - Winfield Scott Hancock, American general and politician (d. 1886)

Births196 years ago

1828 - Edmond François Valentin About, French journalist and author (d. 1885)

Births192 years ago

1835 - Piet Paaltjens, Dutch minister and poet (d. 1894)

Births185 years ago

1838 - Margaret E. Knight, American inventor (d. 1914)

Births182 years ago

1846 - Julian Scott, American soldier and drummer, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1901)

Births174 years ago

1847 - Anna Howard Shaw, American physician, minister, and activist (d. 1919)

Births173 years ago

1848 - Benjamin Baillaud, French astronomer and academic (d. 1934)

Births172 years ago

1855 - Frank Harris, Irish author and journalist (d. 1931)

Births165 years ago

1859 - George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., American engineer, inventor of the Ferris wheel (d. 1896)

Births161 years ago

1860 - Eugen Schiffer, German lawyer and politician, Vice-Chancellor of Germany (d. 1954)

Births160 years ago

1869 - Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, Scottish physicist and meteorologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1959)

Births151 years ago

1878 - Julius Nieuwland, Belgian priest, chemist and academic (d. 1936)

Births142 years ago

1882 - John Barrymore, American actor (d. 1942)

Births138 years ago

1884 - Nils Olaf Chrisander, Swedish actor and director (d. 1947)

Births136 years ago

1884 - Kostas Varnalis, Greek poet and playwright (d. 1974)

Births136 years ago

1890 - Nina Hamnett, Welsh-English painter and author (d. 1956)

Births130 years ago

1891 - Katherine Stinson, American aviator (d. 1977)

Births129 years ago

1892 - Radola Gajda, Czech commander and politician (d. 1948)

Births128 years ago

1894 - Jack Benny, American actor and producer (d. 1974)

Births126 years ago

1895 - Wilhelm Burgdorf, German general (d. 1945)

Births125 years ago

1895 - Max Horkheimer, German philosopher and sociologist (d. 1973)

Births125 years ago

1898 - Bill Tilman, English mountaineer and explorer (d. 1977)

Births122 years ago

1898 - Fritz Zwicky, Swiss-American physicist and astronomer (d. 1974)

Births122 years ago

1900 - Jessica Dragonette, American singer (d. 1980)

Births120 years ago

1903 - Stuart Erwin, American actor (d. 1967)

Births117 years ago

1905 - Thelma Ritter, American actress and singer (d. 1969)

Births115 years ago

1907 - Johnny Longden, English-American jockey and trainer (d. 2003)

Births113 years ago

1911 - Willem Johan Kolff, Dutch physician and inventor (d. 2009)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Tibor Sekelj, Hungarian lawyer, explorer, and author (d. 1988)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Mel Allen, American sportscaster (d. 1996)

Births107 years ago

1913 - Woody Hayes, American football player and coach (d. 1987)

Births107 years ago

1913 - Jimmy Hoffa, American trade union leader (d. 1975)

Births107 years ago

1913 - James Pike, American bishop (d. 1969)

Births107 years ago

1916 - Marcel Bigeard, French general (d. 2010)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Sally Gray, English actress and singer (d. 2006)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Masaki Kobayashi, Japanese director and producer (d. 1996)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Edward Platt, American actor (d. 1974)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Herbert A. Hauptman, American mathematician and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011)

Births103 years ago

1921 - Hugh Downs, American journalist, game show host, and producer

Births99 years ago

1921 - Hazel McCallion, Canadian businesswoman and politician, 3rd Mayor of Mississauga

Births99 years ago

1923 - Jay Hebert, American golfer (d. 1997)

Births97 years ago

1927 - Lois Maxwell, Canadian-Australian model and actress (d. 2007)

Births93 years ago

1928 - William Allain, American soldier and politician, 58th Governor of Mississippi (d. 2013)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Vicente T. Blaz, American general and politician (d. 2014)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Vic Morrow, American actor and director (d. 1982)

Births91 years ago

1931 - Bernie Geoffrion, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (d. 2006)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Brian Kelly, American actor and director (d. 2005)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Harriet Andersson, Swedish actress

Births88 years ago

1934 - Florence Henderson, American actress and singer (d. 2016)

Births86 years ago

1935 - David Wilson, Baron Wilson of Tillyorn, Scottish academic and diplomat, 27th Governor of Hong Kong

Births85 years ago

1936 - Anna German, Polish singer (d. 1982)

Births84 years ago

1937 - Magic Sam, American singer and guitarist (d. 1969)

Births83 years ago

1939 - Razzy Bailey, American country music singer-songwriter and musician

Births81 years ago

1939 - Blowfly, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2016)

Births81 years ago

1939 - Eugene Fama, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births81 years ago

1940 - James Maynard, American businessman, co-founded Golden Corral

Births80 years ago

1941 - Donna Shalala, American academic and politician, 18th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services

Births79 years ago

1941 - Paul Tsongas, American lawyer and politician (d. 1997)

Births79 years ago

1942 - Michael Bloomberg, American businessman and politician, 108th Mayor of New York City

Births78 years ago

1942 - Andrew Robinson, American actor and director

Births78 years ago

1942 - Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican race car driver (d. 1962)

Births78 years ago

1943 - Eric Andersen, American singer-songwriter

Births77 years ago

1943 - Maceo Parker, American saxophonist

Births77 years ago

1943 - Aaron Russo, American director and producer (d. 2007)

Births77 years ago

1944 - Carl Bernstein, American journalist and author

Births76 years ago

1944 - Alan Parker, English director, producer, and screenwriter

Births76 years ago

1944 - Ronnie Peterson, Swedish race car driver (d. 1978)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Rod Masterson, American lieutenant and actor (d. 2013)

Births75 years ago

1946 - Bernard Dowiyogo, Nauru politician, President of Nauru (d. 2003)

Births74 years ago

1946 - Gregory Hines, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 2003)

Births74 years ago

1947 - Tim Buckley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1975)

Births73 years ago

1947 - Judd Gregg, American lawyer and politician, 76th Governor of New Hampshire

Births73 years ago

1948 - Kitten Natividad, Mexican-American actress and dancer

Births72 years ago

1948 - Pat O'Brien, American journalist and author

Births72 years ago

1948 - Wally Tax, Dutch singer-songwriter (d. 2005)

Births72 years ago

1948 - Teller, American magician and actor

Births72 years ago

1950 - Roger Fisher, American guitarist and songwriter

Births70 years ago

1951 - Terry Gross, American radio host and producer

Births69 years ago

1951 - Kevin Keegan, English footballer and manager

Births69 years ago

1952 - Sushma Swaraj, Indian lawyer and politician, Indian Minister of External Affairs

Births68 years ago

1954 - Jam Mohammad Yousaf, Pakistani politician, Chief Minister of Balochistan (d. 2013)

Births66 years ago

1955 - Carol Kalish, American publisher (d. 1991)

Births65 years ago

1956 - Howard Davis Jr., American boxer and trainer (d. 2015)

Births64 years ago

1956 - Dave Dravecky, American baseball player

Births64 years ago

1956 - Katharina Fritsch, German sculptor and academic

Births64 years ago

1957 - Alan Hunter, American television host and actor

Births63 years ago

1957 - Soile Isokoski, Finnish soprano and actress

Births63 years ago

1957 - Alan Smith, English bishop

Births63 years ago

1958 - Grant Thomas, Australian footballer and coach

Births62 years ago

1959 - Renée Fleming, American soprano and actress

Births61 years ago

1960 - Philip Jones, English admiral

Births60 years ago

1960 - Jim Kelly, American football player and businessman

Births60 years ago

1960 - Meg Tilly, American actress and author

Births60 years ago

1963 - Enrico Colantoni, Canadian actor, director, and producer

Births57 years ago

1963 - John Marzano, American baseball player (d. 2008)

Births57 years ago

1964 - Gianni Bugno, Italian cyclist and sportscaster

Births56 years ago

1966 - Petr Svoboda, Czech ice hockey player and agent

Births54 years ago

1967 - Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Greek-English businessman, founded easyJet

Births53 years ago

1967 - Manuela Maleeva, Bulgarian-Swiss tennis player

Births53 years ago

1967 - Mark Rutte, Dutch businessman and politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands

Births53 years ago

1968 - Jules Asner, American model and television host

Births52 years ago

1968 - Chris Lewis, Guyanese-English cricketer

Births52 years ago

1968 - Scott McClellan, American civil servant and author, 25th White House Press Secretary

Births52 years ago
Births51 years ago

1970 - Giuseppe Guerini, Italian cyclist

Births50 years ago

1970 - Sean Hill, American ice hockey player

Births50 years ago

1970 - Simon Pegg, English actor, director, and producer

Births50 years ago

1971 - Kris Aquino, Filipino talk show host, actress, and producer

Births49 years ago

1971 - Gheorghe Mureșan, Romanian basketball player

Births49 years ago

1972 - Drew Bledsoe, American football player and coach

Births48 years ago

1972 - Musōyama Masashi, Japanese sumo wrestler

Births48 years ago

1972 - Najwa Nimri, Spanish actress and singer

Births48 years ago

1972 - Jaan Tallinn, Estonian computer programmer, co-developed Skype

Births48 years ago

1972 - Rob Thomas, American singer-songwriter

Births48 years ago

1973 - H. D. Ackerman, South African cricketer

Births47 years ago

1973 - Tyus Edney, American basketball player and coach

Births47 years ago

1973 - Steve McNair, American football player (d. 2009)

Births47 years ago

1973 - Annalisa Buffa, Italian mathematician

Births47 years ago

1974 - Valentina Vezzali, Italian fencer and politician

Births46 years ago

1976 - Liv Kristine, Norwegian singer-songwriter

Births44 years ago

1976 - Rie Rasmussen, Danish model, film director, writer, photographer, and actress

Births44 years ago

1977 - Cadel Evans, Australian cyclist

Births43 years ago

1977 - Jim Jefferies, Australian comedian and actor

Births43 years ago

1977 - Darren Purse, English footballer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (d. 2007)

Births43 years ago

1977 - Anna Erschler, Russian mathematician

Births43 years ago

1977 - Robert J. Jackson Jr., American law professor

Births43 years ago

1978 - Richard Hamilton, American basketball player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Darius Songaila, Lithuanian basketball player and coach

Births42 years ago

1980 - Josh Senter, American screenwriter and producer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Michelle Ye, Hong Kong actress and producer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Matteo Brighi, Italian footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Randy de Puniet, French motorcycle racer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Brad Halsey, American baseball player (d. 2014)

Births39 years ago

1982 - Marián Gáborík, Slovak ice hockey player

Births38 years ago

1982 - John Halls, English footballer and model

Births38 years ago

1982 - Lenka Tvarošková, Slovak tennis player

Births38 years ago

1983 - Callix Crabbe, Virgin Islander baseball player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Rocky Elsom, Australian rugby player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Bacary Sagna, French footballer

Births37 years ago

1985 - Karima Adebibe, English model and actress

Births35 years ago

1985 - Tyler Clippard, American baseball player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Heart Evangelista, Filipino singer and actress

Births35 years ago

1985 - Philippe Senderos, Swiss footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Miki Yeung, Hong Kong singer and actress

Births35 years ago

1986 - Michael Ammermüller, German race car driver

Births34 years ago

1986 - Oliver Lee, English actor, director, and screenwriter

Births34 years ago

1986 - Gao Lin, Chinese footballer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Edinson Cavani, Uruguayan footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Tom Pyatt, Canadian ice hockey player

Births33 years ago

1987 - David Wheater, English footballer

Births33 years ago

1988 - Katie Boland, Canadian actress, producer, and screenwriter

Births32 years ago

1988 - Ángel Di María, Argentinian footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Siim Liivik, Estonian ice hockey player

Births32 years ago

1988 - Asia Nitollano, American singer and dancer

Births32 years ago

1989 - Néstor Calderón, Mexican footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Adam Matuszczyk, Polish footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Emma Miskew, Canadian curler

Births31 years ago

1989 - Brandon Sutter, Canadian ice hockey player

Births31 years ago

1989 - Jurij Tepeš, Slovenian ski jumper

Births31 years ago

1989 - Kristian Thomas, English gymnast

Births31 years ago

1990 - Sefa Yılmaz, German-Turkish footballer

Births30 years ago

1991 - Daniela Mona Lambin, Estonian footballer

Births29 years ago

1991 - Chris Rowney, English footballer

Births29 years ago

1992 - Christian Eriksen, Danish footballer

Births28 years ago

1992 - Freddie Highmore, English actor

Births28 years ago

1996 - Lucas Hernandez, French footballer

Births24 years ago


869 - Cyril, Greek missionary bishop (b. 827)


945 - Lian Chongyu, Chinese general


945 - Zhu Wenjin, Chinese emperor

Deaths1075 years ago

1009 - Bruno of Querfurt, German missionary bishop

Deaths1011 years ago

1010 - Fujiwara no Korechika, Japanese nobleman (b. 974)

Deaths1010 years ago

1043 - Gisela of Swabia, Holy Roman Empress (b. 990)

Deaths977 years ago

1140 - Leo I, Armenian prince

Deaths880 years ago

1140 - Sobĕslav I, duke of Bohemia

Deaths880 years ago

1164 - Sviatoslav Olgovich, Kievan prince

Deaths856 years ago

1229 - Rǫgnvaldr Guðrøðarson, king of the Isles

Deaths791 years ago

1317 - Margaret of France, queen of England

Deaths703 years ago

1400 - Richard II, king of England (b. 1367)

Deaths620 years ago

1440 - Dietrich of Oldenburg, German nobleman

Deaths580 years ago

1489 - Nicolaus von Tüngen, prince-bishop of Warmia

Deaths531 years ago

1528 - Edzard I, German nobleman (b. 1462)

Deaths492 years ago

1549 - Il Sodoma, Italian painter (b. 1477)

Deaths471 years ago

1571 - Odet de Coligny, French cardinal (b. 1517)

Deaths449 years ago

1676 - Abraham Bosse, French engraver and illustrator (b. 1602)

Deaths344 years ago

1714 - Maria Luisa of Savoy, queen of Spain (b. 1688)

Deaths306 years ago

1737 - Charles Talbot, 1st Baron Talbot, English lawyer and politician Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1685)

Deaths283 years ago

1744 - John Hadley, English mathematician, invented the octant (b. 1682)

Deaths276 years ago

1779 - James Cook, English captain, cartographer, and explorer (b. 1728)

Deaths241 years ago

1780 - William Blackstone, English jurist and politician (b. 1723)

Deaths240 years ago

1782 - Singu Min, Burmese king (b. 1756)

Deaths238 years ago

1808 - John Dickinson, American lawyer and politician 5th Governor of Delaware (b. 1732)

Deaths212 years ago

1831 - Vicente Guerrero, Mexican general and politician, 2nd President of Mexico (b. 1782)

Deaths189 years ago

1831 - Henry Maudslay, English engineer (b. 1771)

Deaths189 years ago

1870 - St. John Richardson Liddell, American general (b. 1815)

Deaths150 years ago

1881 - Fernando Wood, American merchant and politician, 73rd Mayor of New York City (b. 1812)

Deaths139 years ago

1884 - Lydia Hamilton Smith, African-American businesswoman (b. 1813)

Deaths136 years ago

1885 - Jules Vallès, French journalist and author (b. 1832)

Deaths135 years ago

1891 - William Tecumseh Sherman, American general (b. 1820)

Deaths129 years ago

1894 - Eugène Charles Catalan, Belgian-French mathematician and academic (b. 1814)

Deaths126 years ago

1901 - Edward Stafford, Scottish-New Zealand educator and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1819)

Deaths119 years ago

1910 - Giovanni Passannante, Italian anarchist (b. 1849)

Deaths110 years ago

1922 - Heikki Ritavuori, Finnish lawyer and politician (b. 1880)

Deaths98 years ago

1929 - Thomas Burke, American sprinter, coach, and lawyer (b. 1875)

Deaths91 years ago

1930 - Thomas Mackenzie, Scottish-New Zealand cartographer and politician, 18th Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1853)

Deaths90 years ago

1933 - Carl Correns, German botanist and geneticist (b. 1864)

Deaths87 years ago

1942 - Adnan Saidi, Malayan lieutenant (b. 1915)

Deaths78 years ago

1943 - Dora Gerson, German actress and singer (b. 1899)

Deaths77 years ago

1943 - David Hilbert, Russian-German mathematician, physicist, and philosopher (b. 1862)

Deaths77 years ago

1948 - Mordecai Brown, American baseball player and manager (b. 1876)

Deaths72 years ago

1949 - Yusuf Salman Yusuf, Iraqi politician (b. 1901)

Deaths71 years ago

1950 - Karl Guthe Jansky, American physicist and engineer (b. 1905)

Deaths70 years ago

1952 - Maurice De Waele, Belgian cyclist (b. 1896)

Deaths68 years ago

1958 - Abdur Rab Nishtar, Pakistani politician, 2nd Governor of Punjab (b. 1899)

Deaths62 years ago

1959 - Baby Dodds, American drummer (b. 1898)

Deaths61 years ago

1967 - Sig Ruman, German-American actor (b. 1884)

Deaths53 years ago

1969 - Vito Genovese, Italian-American mob boss (b. 1897)

Deaths51 years ago

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

Deaths50 years ago

1974 - Stewie Dempster, New Zealand cricketer and coach (b. 1903)

Deaths46 years ago

1975 - Julian Huxley, English biologist and eugenicist, co-founded the World Wide Fund for Nature (b. 1887)

Deaths45 years ago

1975 - P. G. Wodehouse, English novelist and playwright (b. 1881)

Deaths45 years ago

1979 - Adolph Dubs, American lieutenant and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Afghanistan (b. 1920)

Deaths41 years ago

1983 - Lina Radke, German runner and coach (b. 1903)

Deaths37 years ago

1986 - Edmund Rubbra, English composer and conductor (b. 1901)

Deaths34 years ago

1987 - Dmitry Kabalevsky, Russian pianist and composer (b. 1904)

Deaths33 years ago

1988 - Frederick Loewe, German-American composer (b. 1901)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - James Bond, American ornithologist and zoologist (b. 1900)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Vincent Crane, English pianist (b. 1943)

Deaths31 years ago

1994 - Andrei Chikatilo, Soviet serial killer (b. 1936)

Deaths26 years ago

1994 - Christopher Lasch, American historian and critic (b. 1932)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Michael V. Gazzo, American actor and playwright (b. 1923)

Deaths25 years ago

1995 - U Nu, Burmese politician, 1st Prime Minister of Burma (b. 1907)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Bob Paisley, English footballer and manager (b. 1919)

Deaths24 years ago

1999 - John Ehrlichman, American lawyer and politician, 12th White House Counsel (b. 1925)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - Buddy Knox, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1933)

Deaths21 years ago

2002 - Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungarian footballer and manager (b. 1922)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Mick Tucker, English drummer (b. 1947)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Johnny Longden, English jockey and trainer (b. 1907)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (b. 1970)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Rafic Hariri, Lebanese businessman and politician, 60th Prime Minister of Lebanon (b. 1944; assassinated)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Lynden David Hall, English singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1974)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Ryan Larkin, Canadian animator and director (b. 1943)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Gareth Morris, English flute player and educator (b. 1920)

Deaths13 years ago

2009 - Bernard Ashley, English engineer and businessman, co-founded Laura Ashley plc (b. 1926)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Louie Bellson, American drummer and composer (b. 1924)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Doug Fieger, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1952)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Dick Francis, Welsh jockey and author (b. 1920)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Linnart Mäll, Estonian historian, orientalist, and translator (b. 1938)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - George Shearing, English-American pianist and composer (b. 1919)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Mike Bernardo, South African boxer and martial artist (b. 1969)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Tonmi Lillman, Finnish drummer and producer (b. 1973)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Dory Previn, American singer-songwriter (b. 1925)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Péter Rusorán, Hungarian swimmer, water polo player, and coach (b. 1940)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Glenn Boyer, American historian and author (b. 1924)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Ronald Dworkin, American philosopher and scholar (b. 1931)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Tom Finney, English footballer (b. 1922)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Chris Pearson, Canadian lawyer and politician, 1st Premier of Yukon (b. 1931)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Mike Stepovich, American lawyer and politician, Governor of Alaska Territory (b. 1919)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Louis Jourdan, French-American actor and singer (b. 1921)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Philip Levine, American poet and academic (b. 1928)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Franjo Mihalić, Croatian-Serbian runner and coach (b. 1920)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Eric Lubbock, 4th Baron Avebury, English lieutenant, engineer, and politician (b. 1928)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Steven Stucky, American composer and academic (b. 1949)

Deaths4 years ago

2018 - Ruud Lubbers, Dutch politician and diplomat, Prime Minister and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (b. 1939)

Deaths2 years ago

2018 - Meadow Pollack, American student and victim of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting (b. 1999)

Deaths2 years ago

2018 - Morgan Tsvangirai, 2nd Prime Minister of Zimbabwe (b. 1952).

Deaths2 years ago

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Cyril and Methodius, patron saints of Europe (Roman Catholic Church)

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