Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of the Gambia from the United Kingdom in 1965.

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

National Democracy Day, celebrates the 1951 overthrow of the Rana dynasty (Nepal)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances


1229 - The Sixth Crusade: Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, signs a ten-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy.

Events791 years ago
Events752 years ago

1332 - Amda Seyon I, Emperor of Ethiopia begins his campaigns in the southern Muslim provinces.

Events688 years ago

1478 - George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is executed in private at the Tower of London.

Events542 years ago

1637 - Eighty Years' War: Off the coast of Cornwall, England, a Spanish fleet intercepts an important Anglo-Dutch merchant convoy of 44 vessels escorted by six warships, destroying or capturing 20 of them.

Events383 years ago

1781 - Fourth Anglo-Dutch War: Captain Thomas Shirley opens his expedition against Dutch colonial outposts on the Gold Coast of Africa (present-day Ghana).

Events239 years ago

1791 - Congress passes a law admitting the state of Vermont to the Union, effective 4 March, after that state had existed for 14 years as a de facto independent largely unrecognized state.

Events229 years ago
Events223 years ago
Events206 years ago

1861 - In Montgomery, Alabama, Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America.

Events159 years ago

1861 - With Italian unification almost complete, Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont, Savoy and Sardinia assumes the title of King of Italy.

Events159 years ago
Events155 years ago

1873 - Bulgarian revolutionary leader Vasil Levski is executed by hanging in Sofia by the Ottoman authorities.

Events147 years ago
Events142 years ago

1885 - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is published in the United States.

Events135 years ago

1900 - Second Boer War: Imperial forces suffer their worst single-day loss of life on Bloody Sunday, the first day of the Battle of Paardeberg.

Events120 years ago
Events114 years ago

1911 - The first official flight with airmail takes place from Allahabad, United Provinces, British India (now India), when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away.

Events109 years ago

1930 - While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.

Events90 years ago

1930 - Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft.

Events90 years ago

1932 - The Empire of Japan declares a puppet state of Manzhouguo (the obsolete Chinese name for Manchuria) independent from the Republic of China and installed former Chinese Emperor Aisin Gioro Puyi as Chief Executive of the State.

Events88 years ago

1938 - Second Sino-Japanese War: During the Nanking Massacre the Nanking Safety Zone International Committee is renamed "Nanking International Rescue Committee" and the safety zone in place for refugees falls apart.

Events82 years ago

1942 - World War II: The Imperial Japanese Army begins the systematic extermination of perceived hostile elements among the Chinese in Singapore.

Events78 years ago

1943 - World War II: The Nazis arrest the members of the White Rose movement.

Events77 years ago

1943 - World War II: Joseph Goebbels delivers his Sportpalast speech.

Events77 years ago

1946 - Sailors of the Royal Indian Navy mutiny in Bombay harbour, from where the action spreads throughout the Provinces of British India, involving 78 ships, twenty shore establishments and 20,000 sailors

Events74 years ago

1947 - First Indochina War: The French gain complete control of Hanoi after forcing the Viet Minh to withdraw to mountains.

Events73 years ago

1954 - The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles.

Events66 years ago

1955 - Operation Teapot: Teapot test shot "Wasp" is successfully detonated at the Nevada Test Site with a yield of 1.2 kilotons. Wasp is the first of fourteen shots in the Teapot series.

Events65 years ago

1957 - Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi is executed by the British colonial government.

Events63 years ago

1957 - Walter James Bolton becomes the last person legally executed in New Zealand.

Events63 years ago

1965 - The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.

Events55 years ago

1970 - The Chicago Seven are found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Events50 years ago

1972 - The California Supreme Court in the case of People v. Anderson, (6 Cal.3d 628) invalidates the state's death penalty and commutes the sentences of all death row inmates to life imprisonment.

Events48 years ago

1977 - The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden "flight" on top of a Boeing 747.

Events43 years ago

1979 - Richard Petty wins a then-record sixth Daytona 500 after leaders Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough crash on the final lap of the first NASCAR race televised live flag-to-flag.

Events41 years ago

1983 - Thirteen people die and one is seriously injured in the Wah Mee massacre in Seattle. It is said to be the largest robbery-motivated mass-murder in U.S. history.

Events37 years ago

1991 - The IRA explodes bombs in the early morning at Paddington station and Victoria station in London.

Events29 years ago

2001 - FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Events19 years ago

2001 - Sampit conflict: Inter-ethnic violence between Dayaks and Madurese breaks out in Sampit, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, ultimately resulting in more than 500 deaths and 100,000 Madurese displaced from their homes.

Events19 years ago

2003 - Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.

Events17 years ago

2004 - Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, die near Nishapur, Iran when a runaway freight train carrying sulfur, petrol and fertilizer catches fire and explodes.

Events16 years ago

2007 - Samjhauta Express bombings occurred around midnight in Diwana near the Indian city of Panipat, 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of New Delhi, India.

Events13 years ago

2010 - WikiLeaks publishes the first of hundreds of thousands of classified documents disclosed by the soldier now known as Chelsea Manning.

Events10 years ago

2013 - Armed robbers steal a haul of diamonds worth $50 million during a raid at Brussels Airport in Belgium.

Events7 years ago

2014 - At least 76 people are killed and hundreds are injured in clashes between riot police and demonstrators in Kiev, Ukraine.

Events6 years ago


259 BC - Qin Shi Huang, Chinese emperor (d. 210 BC)


1201 - Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, Persian scientist and writer (d. 1274)

Births819 years ago

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

Births648 years ago

1486 - Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Indian monk and saint (d. 1534)

Births534 years ago

1516 - Mary I of England (d. 1558)

Births504 years ago

1530 - Uesugi Kenshin, Japanese daimyō (d. 1578)

Births490 years ago
Births477 years ago

1547 - Bahāʾ al-dīn al-ʿĀmilī, founder of Isfahan School of Islamic Philosophy (d. 1621)

Births473 years ago

1559 - Isaac Casaubon, Swiss philologist and scholar (d. 1614)

Births461 years ago

1589 - Henry Vane the Elder, English politician (d. 1655)

Births431 years ago

1589 - Maarten Gerritsz Vries, Dutch explorer (d. 1646)

Births431 years ago

1602 - Per Brahe the Younger, Swedish soldier and politician, Governor-General of Finland (d. 1680)

Births418 years ago

1609 - Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, English historian and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. 1674)

Births411 years ago

1626 - Francesco Redi, Italian physician (d. 1697)

Births394 years ago

1632 - Giovanni Battista Vitali, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1692)

Births388 years ago

1642 - Marie Champmeslé, French actress (d. 1698)

Births378 years ago

1658 - Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre, French philosopher and author (d. 1743)

Births362 years ago

1732 - Johann Christian Kittel, German organist and composer (d. 1809)

Births288 years ago

1745 - Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist, invented the battery (d. 1827)

Births275 years ago

1814 - Samuel Fenton Cary, American lawyer and politician (d. 1900)

Births206 years ago

1817 - Lewis Armistead, American general (d. 1863)

Births203 years ago

1836 - Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Indian mystic and yogi.

Births184 years ago

1838 - Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist and philosopher (d. 1916)

Births182 years ago

1846 - Wilson Barrett, English actor, playwright, and manager (d. 1904)

Births174 years ago

1848 - Louis Comfort Tiffany, American stained glass artist (d. 1933)

Births172 years ago

1849 - Alexander Kielland, Norwegian author, playwright, and politician (d. 1906)

Births171 years ago

1850 - George Henschel, German-English singer-songwriter, pianist, and conductor (d. 1934)

Births170 years ago

1855 - Jean Jules Jusserand, French historian, author, and diplomat, French Ambassador to the United States (d. 1932)

Births165 years ago

1860 - Anders Zorn, Swedish artist (d. 1920)

Births160 years ago

1862 - Charles M. Schwab, American businessman, co-founded Bethlehem Steel (d. 1939)

Births158 years ago

1867 - Hedwig Courths-Mahler, German writer (d. 1950)

Births153 years ago

1870 - William Laurel Harris, American painter and author (d. 1924)

Births150 years ago

1871 - Harry Brearley, English inventor (d. 1948)

Births149 years ago

1883 - Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek philosopher, author, and playwright (d. 1957)

Births137 years ago

1885 - Henri Laurens, French sculptor and illustrator (d. 1954)

Births135 years ago

1893 - Maksim Haretski, Belarusian prose writer, journalist and activist (d. 1938)

Births127 years ago

1890 - Edward Arnold, American actor (d. 1956)

Births130 years ago

1890 - Adolphe Menjou, American actor (d. 1963)

Births130 years ago

1892 - Wendell Willkie, American captain, lawyer, and politician (d. 1944)

Births128 years ago

1896 - Li Linsi, Chinese educator and diplomat (d. 1970)

Births124 years ago

1898 - Enzo Ferrari, Italian race car driver and businessman, founded Ferrari (d. 1988)

Births122 years ago

1898 - Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet and politician, 1st Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (d. 1980)

Births122 years ago

1899 - Arthur Bryant, English historian and journalist (d. 1985)

Births121 years ago

1903 - Nikolai Podgorny, Ukrainian engineer and politician (d. 1983)

Births117 years ago

1905 - Queenie Leonard, English actress (d. 2002)

Births115 years ago

1906 - Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician and academic (d. 1980)

Births114 years ago

1909 - Wallace Stegner, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (d. 1993)

Births111 years ago

1914 - Pee Wee King, American singer-songwriter and fiddler (d. 2000)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Phyllis Calvert, English actress (d. 2002)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Jean Drapeau, Canadian lawyer and politician, 37th Mayor of Montreal (d. 1999)

Births104 years ago

1919 - Jack Palance, American boxer and actor (d. 2006)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Bill Cullen, American game show panelist and host (d. 1990)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Rolande Falcinelli, French organist, pianist, composer, and pedagogue. (d. 2006)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Mary Amdur, American toxicologist and public health researcher (d. 1998)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Oscar Feltsman, Ukrainian-Russian pianist and composer (d. 2013)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Eric Gairy, Grenadan politician, 1st Prime Minister of Grenada (d. 1997)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Helen Gurley Brown, American journalist and author (d. 2012)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Allan Melvin, American actor (d. 2008)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Joe Tipton, American baseball player and soldier (d. 1994)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Connie Wisniewski, American baseball player (d. 1995)

Births98 years ago

1925 - George Kennedy, American actor (d. 2016)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Halit Kıvanç, Turkish journalist and sportscaster

Births95 years ago

1925 - Ghafar Baba, Malaysian politician (d. 2006)

Births95 years ago

1926 - A. R. Ammons, American poet and critic (d. 2001)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Wallace Berman, American painter and illustrator (d. 1976)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Len Ford, American football player (d. 1972)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Luis Arroyo, Puerto Rican-American baseball player, manager, and scout (d. 2016)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Fazal Mahmood, Pakistani cricketer (d. 2005)

Births93 years ago

1927 - John Warner, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 61st United States Secretary of the Navy

Births93 years ago

1928 - Rex Mossop, Australian rugby player and sportscaster (d. 2011)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Len Deighton, English historian and author

Births91 years ago

1929 - André Mathieu, Canadian pianist and composer (d. 1968)

Births91 years ago

1931 - Johnny Hart, American cartoonist, co-created The Wizard of Id (d. 2007)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Toni Morrison, American novelist and editor, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2019).

Births89 years ago

1931 - Swraj Paul, Baron Paul, Indian-English businessman and philanthropist

Births89 years ago

1931 - Bob St. Clair, American football player (d. 2015)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Miloš Forman, Czech-American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2018)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Yoko Ono, Japanese-American singer-songwriter

Births87 years ago

1933 - Bobby Robson, English footballer and manager (d. 2009)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Mary Ure, Scottish-English actress (d. 1975)

Births87 years ago

1934 - Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2003)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Audre Lorde, American poet, essayist, memoirist, and activist (d. 1992)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Paco Rabanne, Spanish-French fashion designer

Births86 years ago

1936 - Jean M. Auel, American author

Births84 years ago

1938 - Manny Mota, Dominican baseball player, coach, and sportscaster

Births82 years ago

1938 - Sadanoyama Shinmatsu, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 50th Yokozuna (d. 2017)

Births82 years ago

1938 - István Szabó, Hungarian director and screenwriter

Births82 years ago

1939 - Claude Ake, Nigerian political scientist and academic (d. 1996)

Births81 years ago

1939 - Bobby Hart, American singer-songwriter

Births81 years ago

1939 - Marlos Nobre, Brazilian composer

Births81 years ago

1940 - Fabrizio De André, Italian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Prue Leith, English restaurateur and journalist

Births80 years ago

1941 - Herman Santiago, Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter

Births79 years ago

1941 - Irma Thomas, American singer

Births79 years ago

1943 - Graeme Garden, Scottish comedian, actor, and author

Births77 years ago

1944 - Pat Bowlen, American businessman (d. 2019)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Judy Rankin, American golfer and sportscaster

Births75 years ago

1946 - Michael Buerk, English journalist

Births74 years ago

1947 - Dennis DeYoung, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player

Births73 years ago

1947 - Eliot Engel, American educator and politician

Births73 years ago

1948 - Sinéad Cusack, Irish actress

Births72 years ago

1948 - Bruce Francis, Australian cricketer

Births72 years ago

1948 - Keith Knudsen, American singer-songwriter and drummer (d. 2005)

Births72 years ago

1949 - Gary Ridgway, American criminal, Green River Killer

Births71 years ago

1950Nana Amba Eyiaba I, Ghanaian queen mother and advocate

Births70 years ago

1950 - Cristina Ferrare, American model, actress, author, and television host

Births70 years ago

1950 - John Hughes, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2009)

Births70 years ago

1950 - Cybill Shepherd, American actress and singer

Births70 years ago
Births69 years ago

1951 - Isabel Preysler, Filipino-Spanish journalist

Births69 years ago

1952 - Randy Crawford, American jazz and R&B singer

Births68 years ago

1952 - Maurice Lucas, American basketball player and coach (d. 2010)

Births68 years ago

1952 - Juice Newton, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births68 years ago

1952 - Bernard Valcourt, Canadian lawyer and politician

Births68 years ago

1953 - Robbie Bachman, Canadian rock drummer

Births67 years ago

1953 - Derek Pellicci, English-Australian drummer

Births67 years ago

1954 - Charlie Fowler, American mountaineer, author, and photographer (d. 2006)

Births66 years ago

1954 - Paul Rendall, English rugby player

Births66 years ago

1954 - John Travolta, American actor and producer

Births66 years ago

1955 - Cheetah Chrome, American musician

Births65 years ago

1955 - Miles Tredinnick, English singer-songwriter and playwright

Births65 years ago

1955 - Lisa See, American writer and novelist

Births65 years ago

1956 - Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer-songwriter (d. 1997)

Births64 years ago

1956 - Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgian businessman and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Georgia

Births64 years ago

1957 - Marita Koch, German sprinter

Births63 years ago

1957 - Vanna White, American model and game show host

Births63 years ago

1959 - Jayne Atkinson, English-American actress

Births61 years ago

1959 - James Metzger, American businessman and philanthropist

Births61 years ago

1960 - Andy Moog, Canadian ice hockey player

Births60 years ago

1960 - Greta Scacchi, Italian-Australian actress

Births60 years ago

1963 - Rob Andrew, English rugby player and cricketer

Births57 years ago

1964 - Matt Dillon, American actor and director

Births56 years ago

1964 - Paul Hanley, English drummer and songwriter

Births56 years ago

1965 - Dr. Dre, American rapper, producer, and actor

Births55 years ago

1966 - Phillip DeFreitas, Dominican-English cricketer

Births54 years ago

1967 - Roberto Baggio, Italian footballer

Births53 years ago

1967 - Colin Jackson, Welsh sprinter and hurdler

Births53 years ago

1968 - Molly Ringwald, American actress

Births52 years ago

1969 - Tomaž Humar, Slovenian mountaineer (d. 2009)

Births51 years ago

1969 - Alexander Mogilny, Russian-American ice hockey player

Births51 years ago

1970 - Susan Egan, American actress and singer

Births50 years ago

1970 - James H. Fowler, American political scientist and author

Births50 years ago

1970 - Raine Maida, Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births50 years ago

1970 - Massimo Taibi, Italian footballer

Births50 years ago

1971 - Thomas Bjorn, Danish golfer

Births49 years ago

1971 - Merritt Gant, American guitarist

Births49 years ago

1972 - Fabian Picardo, Gibraltarian lawyer and politician, 7th Chief Minister of Gibraltar

Births48 years ago

1973 - Shawn Estes, American baseball player and sportscaster

Births47 years ago

1973 - Claude Makélélé, French footballer and manager

Births47 years ago

1974 - Carrie Ann Baade, American painter and academic

Births46 years ago

1974 - Jamey Carroll, American baseball player

Births46 years ago

1974 - Radek Černý, Czech footballer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Ruby Dhalla, Canadian chiropractor and politician

Births46 years ago

1974 - Julia Butterfly Hill, American environmentalist and author

Births46 years ago

1974 - Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Russian tennis player

Births46 years ago

1974 - Jillian Michaels, American fitness trainer and author

Births46 years ago

1975 - Gary Neville, English footballer and coach

Births45 years ago

1976 - Leilani Munter, American race car driver and environmentalist

Births44 years ago

1976 - Chanda Rubin, American tennis player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Bernadette Sembrano, Filipino journalist

Births44 years ago

1978 - Josip Šimunić, Croatian footballer

Births42 years ago

1979 - Tinu Yohannan, Indian cricketer

Births41 years ago

1980 - Aivar Anniste, Estonian footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Nik Antropov, Kazakhstani-Canadian ice hockey player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Regina Spektor, Russian-American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Alex Ríos, American baseball player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Ivan Sproule, Northern Irish footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Larry Sweeney, American wrestler and manager (d. 2011)

Births39 years ago

1982 - Juelz Santana, American rapper and actor

Births38 years ago

1982 - Christian Tiffert, German footballer

Births38 years ago

1983 - Jermaine Jenas, English footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Jason Maxiell, American basketball player

Births37 years ago

1984 - Carlos Kameni, Cameroonian footballer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Anton Ferdinand, English footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Lee Boyd Malvo, Jamaican-American murderer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Jos van Emden, Dutch cyclist

Births35 years ago

1986 - Robert DeLong, American singer-songwriter

Births34 years ago

1986 - Marc Torrejón, Spanish footballer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Cristian Tănase, Romanian footballer

Births33 years ago

1988 - Changmin, South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor

Births32 years ago

1990 - Didi Gregorius, Dutch baseball player

Births30 years ago

1990 - Cody Hodgson, Canadian ice hockey player

Births30 years ago

1991 - Sebastian Neumann, German footballer

Births29 years ago

1991 - Henry Surtees, English race car driver (d. 2009)

Births29 years ago

1994 - Jake Trbojevic, Australian rugby league player

Births26 years ago

1994 - J-Hope, South Korean rapper, dancer, singer-songwriter

Births26 years ago


675 - Colmán, bishop of Lindisfarne


814 - Angilbert, Frankish monk and diplomat (b. 760)


901 - Thābit ibn Qurra, Arab astronomer and physician (b. 826)


999 - Gregory V, pope of the Catholic Church (b. 972)


1139 - Yaropolk II, Grand Prince of Kiev (b. 1082)

Deaths881 years ago

1218 - Berthold V, duke of Zähringen (b. 1160)

Deaths802 years ago
Deaths795 years ago

1294 - Kublai Khan, Mongol emperor (b. 1215)

Deaths726 years ago

1379 - Albert II, duke of Mecklenburg (b. 1318)

Deaths641 years ago

1397 - Enguerrand VII, French nobleman (b. 1340)

Deaths623 years ago

1405 - Timur, Turco-Mongol ruler (b. 1336)

Deaths615 years ago

1455 - Fra Angelico, Italian priest and painter (b. 1395)

Deaths565 years ago

1478 - George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, English nobleman (b. 1449)

Deaths542 years ago

1502 - Hedwig Jagiellon, duchess of Bavaria (b. 1457)

Deaths518 years ago

1535 - Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, German magician, astrologer, and theologian (b. 1486)

Deaths485 years ago

1546 - Martin Luther, German priest and theologian, leader of the Protestant Reformation (b. 1483)

Deaths474 years ago

1564 - Michelangelo, Italian sculptor and painter (b. 1475)

Deaths456 years ago

1654 - Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, French author (b. 1594)

Deaths366 years ago

1658 - John Villiers, 1st Viscount Purbeck, English courtier (b. c. 1591)

Deaths362 years ago

1683 - Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem, Dutch painter (b. 1620)

Deaths337 years ago

1695 - William Phips, governor of Massachusetts (b. 1650)

Deaths325 years ago
Deaths308 years ago

1743 - Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, Italian noble (b. 1667)

Deaths277 years ago

1748 - Otto Ferdinand von Abensberg und Traun, Austrian field marshal (b. 1677)

Deaths272 years ago

1772 - Count Johann Hartwig Ernst von Bernstorff, Danish politician (b. 1712)

Deaths248 years ago

1778 - Joseph Marie Terray, French economist and politician, Controller-General of Finances (b. 1715)

Deaths242 years ago

1780 - Kristijonas Donelaitis, Lithuanian pastor and poet (b. 1714)

Deaths240 years ago

1788 - John Whitehurst, English geologist and clockmaker (b. 1713)

Deaths232 years ago

1803 - Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim, German poet and educator (b. 1719)

Deaths217 years ago

1851 - Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, German mathematician and academic (b. 1804)

Deaths169 years ago

1873 - Vasil Levski, Bulgarian activist, founded the Internal Revolutionary Organization (b. 1837)

Deaths147 years ago

1880 - Nikolay Zinin, Russian organic chemist (b. 1812)

Deaths140 years ago

1893 - Serranus Clinton Hastings, American lawyer and politician, 1st Chief Justice of California (b. 1814)

Deaths127 years ago

1902 - Charles Lewis Tiffany, American businessman, founded Tiffany & Co. (b. 1812)

Deaths118 years ago

1906 - John Batterson Stetson, American businessman, founded the John B. Stetson Company (b. 1830)

Deaths114 years ago

1910 - Lucy Stanton, American activist (b. 1831)

Deaths110 years ago

1911 - Billy Murdoch, Australian cricketer (b. 1854)

Deaths109 years ago

1915 - Frank James, American soldier and criminal (b. 1843)

Deaths105 years ago

1923 - Alois Rašín, Czech economist and politician (b. 1867)

Deaths97 years ago

1931 - Milan Šufflay, Croatian historian, author, and politician (b. 1879)

Deaths89 years ago

1931 - Louis Wolheim, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1880)

Deaths89 years ago

1933 - James J. Corbett, American boxer and actor (b. 1866)

Deaths87 years ago

1938 - David King Udall, American missionary and politician (b. 1851)

Deaths82 years ago

1942 - Albert Payson Terhune, American journalist and author (b. 1872)

Deaths78 years ago

1945 - Ivan Chernyakhovsky, Russian general (b. 1906)

Deaths75 years ago

1956 - Gustave Charpentier, French composer (b. 1860)

Deaths64 years ago

1957 - Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan rebel leader (b. 1920)

Deaths63 years ago

1957 - Henry Norris Russell, American astronomer, astrophysicist, and academic (b. 1877)

Deaths63 years ago

1960 - Gertrude Vanderbilt, American stage actress (b. circa">c. 1885)

Deaths60 years ago

1964 - Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Canadian inventor and businessman, founded Bombardier Inc. (b. 1907)

Deaths56 years ago

1966 - Robert Rossen, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1908)

Deaths54 years ago

1967 - J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist and academic (b. 1904)

Deaths53 years ago

1969 - Dragiša Cvetković, Serbian lawyer and politician, 17th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (b. 1893)

Deaths51 years ago

1973 - Frank Costello, Italian-American gangster (b. 1891)

Deaths47 years ago

1976 - Wallace Berman, American painter and illustrator (b. 1926)

Deaths44 years ago

1977 - Andy Devine, American actor (b. 1905)

Deaths43 years ago

1978 - Maggie McNamara, American actress (b. 1928)

Deaths42 years ago

1981 - Jack Northrop, American engineer and businessman, founded the Northrop Corporation (b. 1895)

Deaths39 years ago

1982 - Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand author (b. 1895)

Deaths38 years ago

1989 - Mildred Burke, American wrestler and trainer (b. 1915)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Richard de Zoysa, Sri Lankan journalist (b. 1958)

Deaths30 years ago

1993 - Jacqueline Hill, English actress (b. 1929)

Deaths27 years ago

1995 - Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler (b. 1961)

Deaths25 years ago

1995 - Bob Stinson, American guitarist (b. 1959)

Deaths25 years ago

1997 - Emily Hahn, American journalist and author (b. 1905)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - Harry Caray, American sportscaster (b. 1914)

Deaths22 years ago

2001 - Balthus, Polish-Swiss painter and illustrator (b. 1908)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Dale Earnhardt, American stock car racer and team owner (b. 1951)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Eddie Mathews, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1931)

Deaths19 years ago

2003 - Isser Harel, Belarusian-Israeli intelligence officer (b. 1912)

Deaths17 years ago

2006 - Bill Cowsill, American singer and guitarist (b. 1948)

Deaths14 years ago

2008 - Alain Robbe-Grillet, French director, screenwriter, and novelist (b. 1922)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Tayeb Salih, Sudanese journalist and author (b. 1929)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Miika Tenkula, Finnish singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1974)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - John Babcock, Canadian soldier (b. 1900)

Deaths10 years ago

2012 - George Brizan, Grenadian politician, 9th Prime Minister of Grenada (b. 1942)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Elizabeth Connell, South African-English soprano (b. 1946)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Kevin Ayers, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1944)

Deaths7 years ago

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

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Mavis Gallant, Canadian-French author and playwright (b. 1922)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Kristof Goddaert, Belgian cyclist (b. 1986)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Nikhil Baran Sengupta, Indian art director and production designer (b. 1943)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Maria Franziska von Trapp, Austrian-American singer (b. 1914)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Cass Ballenger, American lawyer and politician (b. 1926)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Jerome Kersey, American basketball player and coach (b. 1962)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Abdul Rashid Khan, Indian singer-songwriter (b. 1908)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Pantelis Pantelidis, Greek singer (b. 1983)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Ivan Koloff, Canadian wrestler (b. 1942)

Deaths3 years ago

2017 - Norma McCorvey, American abortion rights activist; Plaintiff, Roe v. Wade (b. 1947)

Deaths3 years ago

2017 - Clyde Stubblefield, American drummer (b. 1943)

Deaths3 years ago

2019 - Alessandro Mendini, Italian designer and architect (b.1931)

Deaths1 years ago

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