Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances

Kitano Baika-sai or "Plum Blossom Festival" (Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine, Kyoto, Japan)

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


138 - The Roman emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor.


628 - Khosrow II, the last great king of the Sasanian Empire, is overthrown by his son Kavadh II.


1336 - Four thousand defenders of Pilėnai commit mass suicide rather than be taken captive by the Teutonic Knights.

Events684 years ago

1797 - Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000–1500 soldiers surrender after the Last invasion of Britain.

Events223 years ago

1831 - Battle of Olszynka Grochowska, part of Polish November Uprising against Russian Empire.

Events189 years ago

1836 - Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver.

Events184 years ago

1843 - Lord George Paulet occupies the Kingdom of Hawaii in the name of Great Britain in the Paulet Affair (1843).

Events177 years ago

1848 - Provisional government in revolutionary France, by Louis Blanc's motion, guarantees workers' rights.

Events172 years ago

1856 - A Peace conference opens in Paris after the Crimean War.

Events164 years ago

1866 - Miners in Calaveras County, California, discover what is now called the Calaveras Skull – human remains that supposedly indicated that man, mastodons, and elephants had co-existed.

Events154 years ago

1870 - Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress.

Events150 years ago

1875 - Guangxu Emperor of Qing dynasty China begins his reign, under Empress Dowager Cixi's regency.

Events145 years ago
Events119 years ago

1912 - Marie-Adélaïde, the eldest of six daughters of Guillaume IV, becomes the first reigning Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.

Events108 years ago

1916 - World War I: The Germans capture Fort Douaumont during the Battle of Verdun.

Events104 years ago

1918 - World War I: Pernau, Reval, and Pskov are taken by German forces.

Events102 years ago

1919 - Oregon places a one cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.

Events101 years ago
Events99 years ago

1928 - Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, D.C. becomes the first holder of a broadcast license for television from the Federal Radio Commission.

Events92 years ago

1932 - Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship by naturalization, which allows him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.

Events88 years ago

1933 - The USS Ranger is launched. It is the first US Navy ship to be designed from the start of construction as an aircraft carrier.

Events87 years ago

1939 - The first of 2​⁄2 million Anderson air raid shelters appeared in North London.

Events81 years ago

1941 - February strike: In the occupied Amsterdam, a general strike is declared in response to increasing anti-Jewish measures instituted by the Nazis.

Events79 years ago

1945 - World War II: Turkey declares war on Germany.

Events75 years ago

1947 - The formal abolition of Prussia is proclaimed by the Allied Control Council. The Prussian government had already been abolished by the Preußenschlag of 1932.

Events73 years ago

1948 - Cold War: The Communist Party takes control of government in Czechoslovakia and the period of the Third Republic ends.

Events72 years ago

1951 - The first Pan American Games were officially opened in Buenos Aires, Argentina by President Juan Perón.

Events69 years ago

1954 - Gamal Abdel Nasser is made premier of Egypt.

Events66 years ago
Events64 years ago

1964 - North Korean Prime Minister Kim Il-sung calls for the removal of feudalistic land ownership aimed at turning all cooperative farms into state-run ones.

Events56 years ago

1968 - Vietnam War: One hundred thirty-five unarmed citizens of Hà My village in South Vietnam's Quảng Nam Province are killed and buried en masse by South Korean troops in what would come to be known as the Hà My massacre.

Events52 years ago
Events40 years ago

1986 - People Power Revolution: President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the Philippines' first woman president.

Events34 years ago

1987 - Southern Methodist University's football program is the first college football program to be banned from competition by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions.

Events33 years ago

1991 - Gulf War: An Iraqi scud missile hits an American military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia killing 28 U.S. Army Reservists from Pennsylvania.

Events29 years ago

1991 - Cold War: The Warsaw Pact is abolished.

Events29 years ago

1992 - Khojaly massacre: About 613 civilians are killed by Armenian armed forces during the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

Events28 years ago

1994 - Mosque of Abraham massacre: In the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, Baruch Goldstein opens fire with an automatic rifle, killing 29 Palestinian worshippers and injuring 125 more before being subdued and beaten to death by survivors.

Events26 years ago

1997 - Yi Han-yong, a North Korean defector, was murdered by unidentified assailants in Bundang, South Korea.

Events23 years ago

2009 - Soldiers of the Bangladesh Rifles mutiny at their headquarters in Pilkhana, Dhaka, Bangladesh, resulting in 74 deaths, including 57 army officials.

Events11 years ago

2009 - Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 crashed during landing at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Netherlands, primarily due to a faulty radio altimeter, resulting in the death of nine passengers and crew including all three pilots.

Events11 years ago

2015 - At least 310 people are killed in avalanches in northeastern Afghanistan.

Events5 years ago

2016 - Three people are killed and fourteen others injured in a series of shootings in the small Kansas cities of Newton and Hesston.

Events4 years ago


449 - Emperor Qianfei, emperor of the Liu Song dynasty (d. 466)

Births761 years ago

1304 - Ibn Battuta, Moroccan jurist

Births716 years ago
Births683 years ago

1473 - Al-Mutawakkil Yahya Sharaf ad-Din, Imam of the Zaidi state in Yemen (d. 1555)

Births547 years ago

1475 - Edward Plantagenet, 17th Earl of Warwick, last male member of the House of York (d. 1499)

Births545 years ago

1540 - Henry Howard, 1st Earl of Northampton, English aristocrat and courtier (d. 1614)

Births480 years ago

1543 - Sharaf Khan Bidlisi, Emir of Bitlis (d. 1603)

Births477 years ago

1552 - Magdalene of Lippe (d. 1587)

Births468 years ago

1591 - Friedrich Spee, German poet and author (d. 1635)

Births429 years ago

1643 - Ahmed II, Ottoman sultan (d. 1695)

Births377 years ago

1644 - Thomas Newcomen, English pastor and engineer (d. 1729)

Births376 years ago

1651 - Johann Philipp Krieger, German organist and composer (d. 1725)

Births369 years ago

1651 - Quirinus Kuhlmann, German Baroque poet and mystic (d. 1689)

Births369 years ago

1663 - Peter Anthony Motteux, French-English author, playwright, and translator (d. 1718)

Births357 years ago

1670 - Maria Margarethe Kirch, German astronomer and mathematician (d. 1720)

Births350 years ago

1682 - Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Italian anatomist and pathologist (d. 1771)

Births338 years ago

1707 - Carlo Goldoni, Italian playwright and composer (d. 1793)

Births313 years ago

1714 - René Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou, French lawyer and politician, Lord Chancellor of France (d. 1792)

Births306 years ago

1728 - John Wood, the Younger, English architect, designed the Royal Crescent (d. 1782)

Births292 years ago

1752 - John Graves Simcoe, English-Canadian general and politician, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada (d. 1806)

Births268 years ago

1755 - François René Mallarmé, French lawyer and politician (d. 1835)

Births265 years ago

1778 - José de San Martín, Argentinian general and politician, 1st President of Peru (d. 1850)

Births242 years ago

1806 - Emma Catherine Embury, American author and poet (d. 1863)

Births214 years ago

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

Births211 years ago

1812 - Carl Christian Hall, Danish lawyer and politician, 6th Prime Minister of Denmark (d. 1888)

Births208 years ago

1816 - Giovanni Morelli, Italian historian and critic (d. 1891)

Births204 years ago

1833 - John St. John, American lawyer and politician, 8th Governor of Kansas (d. 1916)

Births187 years ago

1841 - Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French painter and sculptor (d. 1919)

Births179 years ago

1842 - Karl May, German author, poet, and playwright (d. 1912)

Births178 years ago

1845 - George Reid, Scottish-Australian lawyer and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1918)

Births175 years ago

1855 - Cesário Verde, Portuguese poet and author (d. 1886)

Births165 years ago

1856 - Karl Gotthard Lamprecht, German historian and academic (d. 1915)

Births164 years ago

1856 - Mathias Zdarsky, Czech-Austrian skier, painter, and sculptor (d. 1940)

Births164 years ago

1857 - Robert Bond, Canadian politician, 1st Prime Minister of Newfoundland (d. 1927)

Births163 years ago

1860 - William Ashley, English historian and academic (d. 1927)

Births160 years ago

1865 - Andranik, Armenian general (d. 1927)

Births155 years ago

1866 - Benedetto Croce, Italian philosopher and politician (d. 1952)

Births154 years ago

1869 - Phoebus Levene, Russian-American biochemist and physician (d. 1940)

Births151 years ago

1873 - Enrico Caruso, Italian-American tenor (d. 1921)

Births147 years ago

1877 - Erich von Hornbostel, Austrian musicologist and scholar (d. 1935)

Births143 years ago

1881 - William Z. Foster, American union leader and politician (d. 1961)

Births139 years ago

1881 - Alexei Rykov, Russian politician, Premier of Russia (d. 1938)

Births139 years ago
Births137 years ago
Births135 years ago

1888 - John Foster Dulles, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 52nd United States Secretary of State (d. 1959)

Births132 years ago

1889 - Homer S. Ferguson, American lawyer, politician, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the Philippines (d. 1982)

Births131 years ago

1890 - Myra Hess, English pianist and educator (d. 1965)

Births130 years ago

1894 - Meher Baba, Indian spiritual master (d. 1969)

Births126 years ago

1898 - William Astbury, physicist and molecular biologist (d. 1961)

Births122 years ago

1900 - Illa Martin, German dendrologist, botanist, conservationist, and dentist (d. 1988)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Marina Yurlova, Russian-American child soldier, author, and dancer (d. 1984)

Births120 years ago

1901 - Vince Gair, Australian politician, 27th Premier of Queensland (d. 1980)

Births119 years ago

1901 - Zeppo Marx, American comedian and agent (d. 1979)

Births119 years ago

1903 - King Clancy, Canadian ice hockey player, referee, and coach (d. 1986)

Births117 years ago

1905 - Perry Miller, American historian, author, and academic (d. 1963)

Births115 years ago

1906 - Mary Coyle Chase, American journalist and playwright (d. 1981)

Births114 years ago

1907 - Sabahattin Ali, Turkish journalist, author, and poet (d. 1948)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Mary Locke Petermann, cellular biochemist (d. 1975)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Frank G. Slaughter, American physician and author (d. 2001)

Births112 years ago

1910 - Millicent Fenwick, American journalist and politician (d. 1992)

Births110 years ago

1913 - Jim Backus, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1989)

Births107 years ago

1913 - Gert Fröbe, German actor (d. 1988)

Births107 years ago

1917 - Anthony Burgess, English author, playwright, and critic (d. 1993)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Bobby Riggs, American tennis player (d. 1995)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Monte Irvin, American baseball player and executive (d. 2016)

Births101 years ago
Births100 years ago

1920 - Sun Myung Moon, Messiah II, Korean religious leader, founded the Unification Church (d. 2012)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Pierre Laporte, Canadian journalist, lawyer, and politician, Deputy Premier of Quebec (d. 1970)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Andy Pafko, American baseball player and manager (d. 2013)

Births99 years ago

1924 - Hugh Huxley, English-American biologist and academic (d. 2013)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Shehu Shagari, former President of Nigeria (d. 2018)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Lisa Kirk, American actress and singer (d. 1990)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Masatoshi Gündüz Ikeda, Japanese-Turkish mathematician and academic (d. 2003)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Ralph Stanley, American singer and banjo player (d. 2016)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Paul Elvstrøm, Danish sailor and engineer (d. 2016)

Births92 years ago

1928 - A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., American judge, author, and activist (d. 1998)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Larry Gelbart, American author and screenwriter (d. 2009)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Richard G. Stern, American author and academic (d. 2013)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Tommy Newsom, American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 2007)

Births91 years ago

1932 - Tony Brooks, English race car driver

Births88 years ago

1932 - Faron Young, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1996)

Births88 years ago

1934 - David E. Jeremiah, American admiral (d. 2013)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Tony Lema, American golfer (d. 1966)

Births86 years ago

1935 - Sally Jessy Raphael, American journalist and talk show host

Births85 years ago

1935 - Oktay Sinanoğlu, Turkish chemist and academic (d. 2015)

Births85 years ago

1937 - Tom Courtenay, English actor

Births83 years ago

1937 - Bob Schieffer, American journalist and author

Births83 years ago

1938 - Diane Baker, American actress

Births82 years ago

1938 - Herb Elliott, Australian runner and businessman

Births82 years ago

1938 - Farokh Engineer, Indian cricketer and referee

Births82 years ago

1940 - Billy Packer, American sportscaster and author

Births80 years ago

1940 - Ron Santo, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2010)

Births80 years ago

1941 - David Puttnam, English film producer and academic

Births79 years ago

1943 - Boediono, Indonesian politician, 11th Vice President of Indonesia

Births77 years ago

1943 - Jack Concannon, American football player and actor (d. 2005)

Births77 years ago

1943 - George Harrison, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2001)

Births77 years ago

1944 - Matt Guokas, American basketball player and coach

Births76 years ago

1944 - François Cevert, French race car driver (d. 1973)

Births76 years ago

1946 - Andrew Ang, Singaporean lawyer, judge, and academic

Births74 years ago

1946 - Jan Groth, Norwegian singer and keyboard player (d. 2014)

Births74 years ago

1946 - Franz Xaver Kroetz, German actor, director, and playwright

Births74 years ago

1946 - Jean Todt, French race car driver and businessman

Births74 years ago

1946 - Pete Wernick, American banjo player

Births74 years ago

1947 - Giuseppe Betori, Italian cardinal

Births73 years ago

1947 - Brian Burke, Australian politician, 23rd Premier of Western Australia

Births73 years ago

1947 - Lee Evans, American runner and coach

Births73 years ago

1947 - Marc Sautet, French philosopher, author, and academic (d. 1998)

Births73 years ago

1947 - Doug Yule, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births73 years ago

1949 - Ric Flair, American wrestler, manager, and trainer

Births71 years ago

1949 - Jack Handey, American author and screenwriter

Births71 years ago

1949 - Amin Maalouf, Lebanese-French journalist and author

Births71 years ago

1950 - Francisco Fernández Ochoa, Spanish skier (d. 2006)

Births70 years ago

1950 - Neil Jordan, Irish director, screenwriter, and author

Births70 years ago

1950 - Néstor Kirchner, Argentinian lawyer and politician, 51st President of Argentina (d. 2010)

Births70 years ago

1950 - Emitt Rhodes, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and recording engineer

Births70 years ago

1951 - César Cedeño, Dominican baseball player and coach

Births69 years ago

1951 - Don Quarrie, Jamaican runner and coach

Births69 years ago

1952 - Jerry Chamberlain, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births68 years ago

1952 - Joey Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer (d. 2000)

Births68 years ago

1953 - José María Aznar, Spanish academic and politician, Prime Minister of Spain

Births67 years ago

1954 - John Doe, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and actor

Births66 years ago

1955 - Rodger McFarlane, American soldier, therapist, and activist (d. 2009)

Births65 years ago

1955 - Camille Thériault, Canadian politician, 29th Premier of New Brunswick

Births65 years ago

1957 - Dennis Diken, American rock drummer and record producer

Births63 years ago

1957 - Chuck Strahl, Canadian businessman and politician, 28th Canadian Minister of Transport

Births63 years ago

1958 - Jeff Fisher, American football player and coach

Births62 years ago

1958 - Kurt Rambis, American basketball player and coach

Births62 years ago

1959 - Aleksei Balabanov, Russian director and screenwriter (d. 2013)

Births61 years ago

1959 - Mike Peters, Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births61 years ago

1961 - Davey Allison, American race car driver (d. 1993)

Births59 years ago

1961 - Luis Gatica, Mexican actor

Births59 years ago

1961 - Todd Blackledge, American football player and sportscaster

Births59 years ago

1963 - Paul O'Neill, American baseball player and sportscaster

Births57 years ago

1964 - Lee Evans, English comedian and actor

Births56 years ago

1964 - Don Majkowski, American football player and sportscaster

Births56 years ago

1965 - Brian Baker, American guitarist and songwriter

Births55 years ago

1966 - Andrew Feldman, Baron Feldman of Elstree, English lawyer and politician

Births54 years ago

1966 - Téa Leoni, American actress

Births54 years ago

1966 - Nancy O'Dell, American model and journalist

Births54 years ago
Births53 years ago

1967 - Jonathan Freedland, English journalist and author

Births53 years ago

1968 - Danny Crnkovich, Australian rugby league player

Births52 years ago

1968 - Oumou Sangaré, Grammy Award-winning Malian Wassoulou musician

Births52 years ago

1969 - Petri Walli, Finnish singer-songwriter and guitarist for Kingston Wall

Births51 years ago

1971 - Sean Astin, American actor, director, and producer

Births49 years ago

1971 - Helen Dobson, English golfer

Births49 years ago

1971 - Dave Harris, American radio host and songwriter

Births49 years ago

1971 - Stuart MacGill, Australian cricketer and sportscaster

Births49 years ago

1971 - Sean O'Haire, American wrestler, mixed martial artist, and kick-boxer (d. 2014)

Births49 years ago

1971 - Nova Peris, Australian athlete and politician

Births49 years ago

1971 - Daniel Powter, Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist

Births49 years ago

1973 - Anthony Barness, English footballer

Births47 years ago

1973 - Julio Iglesias, Jr., Spanish singer and actor

Births47 years ago

1973 - Anson Mount, American actor

Births47 years ago
Births46 years ago

1974 - Kevin Skinner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births46 years ago

1975 - Chelsea Handler, American comedian, author, and talk show host

Births45 years ago

1976 - Rashida Jones, American actress, producer, and screenwriter

Births44 years ago

1976 - Samaki Walker, American basketball player

Births44 years ago

1977 - Josh Wolff, American soccer player and manager

Births43 years ago

1980 - Antonio Burks, American basketball player and coach

Births40 years ago

1980 - Muratcan Güler, Turkish professional basketball player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Park Ji-sung, South Korean footballer

Births39 years ago

1982 - Chris Baird, Northern Irish footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Maria Kanellis, American wrestler

Births38 years ago

1982 - Bert McCracken, American singer-songwriter

Births38 years ago

1982 - Flavia Pennetta, Italian tennis player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Anton Volchenkov, Russian ice hockey player

Births38 years ago

1983 - Eduardo da Silva, Brazilian footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Steven Lewington, English wrestler

Births37 years ago

1984 - Lovefoxxx, Brazilian singer-songwriter

Births36 years ago

1984 - Craig Mackail-Smith, Scottish footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - João Pereira, Portuguese footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Dane Swan, Australian footballer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Benji Marshall, New Zealand rugby league player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Joakim Noah, American basketball player

Births35 years ago

1986 - Danny Saucedo, Swedish singer-songwriter

Births34 years ago

1986 - Jameela Jamil, American actress and activist

Births34 years ago

1986 - James Starks, American football player

Births34 years ago

1987 - Justin Abdelkader, American ice hockey player

Births33 years ago

1988 - Aidan Guerra, Australian-Italian rugby league player

Births32 years ago

1988 - Tom Marshall, British photo colouriser and artist

Births32 years ago

1988 - Jimmy Monaghan, American-born Irish singer-songwriter and pianist

Births32 years ago

1989 - Jimmer Fredette, American basketball player

Births31 years ago

1989 - Kana Hanazawa, Japanese voice actress and singer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Milan Badelj, Croatian footballer

Births31 years ago

1990 - Alejandra Andreu, Spanish beauty queen

Births30 years ago

1990 - Jefferson Alves Oliveira, Brazilian footballer

Births30 years ago

1991 - Dominika Kaňáková, Czech tennis player

Births29 years ago

1992 - Zahia Dehar, Algerian fashion & lingerie designer

Births28 years ago

1992 - Max Aaron, American figure skater

Births28 years ago

1994 - Eugenie Bouchard, Canadian tennis player

Births26 years ago

1999 - Gianluigi Donnarumma, Italian footballer

Births21 years ago


805 - De Zong, Chinese emperor (b. 742)


891 - Fujiwara no Mototsune, Japanese regent (b. 836)


944 - Lin Ding, Chinese official and chancellor


1246 - Dafydd ap Llywelyn, Welsh king (b. 1212)

Deaths774 years ago

1321 - Beatrice d'Avesnes, consort of Henry VI, Count of Luxembourg

Deaths699 years ago

1495 - Sultan Cem, Ottoman politician (b. 1459)

Deaths525 years ago

1522 - William Lily, English scholar and educator (b. 1468)

Deaths498 years ago

1536 - Berchtold Haller, German-Swiss theologian and reformer (b. 1492)

Deaths484 years ago

1536 - Jacob Hutter, founder of the Hutterites

Deaths484 years ago

1547 - Vittoria Colonna, marchioness of Pescara (b. 1490)

Deaths473 years ago

1558 - Eleanor of Austria (b. 1498)

Deaths462 years ago

1600 - Sebastian de Aparicio, Spanish colonial industrialist and saint (b. 1502)

Deaths420 years ago

1601 - Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1566)

Deaths419 years ago

1634 - Albrecht von Wallenstein, Austrian general and politician (b. 1583)

Deaths386 years ago

1655 - Daniel Heinsius, Flemish poet and scholar (b. 1580)

Deaths365 years ago

1682 - Alessandro Stradella, Italian composer (b. 1639)

Deaths338 years ago

1710 - Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut, French soldier and explorer (b. 1639)

Deaths310 years ago
Deaths307 years ago

1723 - Christopher Wren, English architect, designed St Paul's Cathedral (b. 1632)

Deaths297 years ago

1756 - Eliza Haywood, English actress and poet (b. 1693)

Deaths264 years ago

1796 - Samuel Seabury, American bishop (b. 1729)

Deaths224 years ago

1798 - Louis Jules Mancini Mazarini, French poet and diplomat (b. 1716)

Deaths222 years ago
Deaths215 years ago

1819 - Francisco Manoel de Nascimento, Portuguese-French poet and educator (b. 1734)

Deaths201 years ago

1822 - William Pinkney, American politician and diplomat, 7th United States Attorney General (b. 1764)

Deaths198 years ago

1831 - Friedrich Maximilian Klinger, German author and playwright (b. 1752)

Deaths189 years ago

1841 - Philip Pendleton Barbour, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 12th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1783)

Deaths179 years ago

1850 - Daoguang Emperor of China (b. 1782)

Deaths170 years ago

1852 - Thomas Moore, Irish poet and lyricist (b. 1779)

Deaths168 years ago

1865 - Otto Ludwig, German author, playwright, and critic (b. 1813)

Deaths155 years ago

1870 - Henrik Hertz, Danish poet and playwright (b. 1797)

Deaths150 years ago

1875 - Thomas Reynolds, English-Australian politician, 5th Premier of South Australia (b. 1818)

Deaths145 years ago

1877 - Jung Bahadur Rana, Nepalese ruler (b. 1816)

Deaths143 years ago

1878 - Townsend Harris, American merchant, politician, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Japan (b. 1804)

Deaths142 years ago

1888 - Josif Pančić, Serbian botanist and academic (b. 1814)

Deaths132 years ago

1899 - Paul Reuter, German-English journalist and businessman, founded Reuters (b. 1816)

Deaths121 years ago

1906 - Anton Arensky, Russian pianist and composer (b. 1861)

Deaths114 years ago

1910 - Worthington Whittredge, American painter and educator (b. 1820)

Deaths110 years ago

1911 - Friedrich Spielhagen, German author, theorist, and translator (b. 1829)

Deaths109 years ago
Deaths108 years ago

1914 - John Tenniel, English illustrator (b. 1820)

Deaths106 years ago

1915 - Charles Edwin Bessey, American botanist, author, and academic (b. 1845)

Deaths105 years ago

1916 - David Bowman, Australian politician (b. 1860)

Deaths104 years ago

1920 - Marcel-Auguste Dieulafoy, French archaeologist and engineer (b. 1844)

Deaths100 years ago

1922 - Henri Désiré Landru, French serial killer (b. 1869)

Deaths98 years ago

1928 - William O'Brien, Irish journalist and politician (b. 1852)

Deaths92 years ago

1934 - Elizabeth Gertrude Britton, American botanist and academic (b. 1857)

Deaths86 years ago

1934 - John McGraw, American baseball player and manager (b. 1873)

Deaths86 years ago

1945 - Mário de Andrade, Brazilian author, poet, and photographer (b. 1893)

Deaths75 years ago

1950 - George Minot, American physician and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1885)

Deaths70 years ago

1953 - Sergei Winogradsky, Ukrainian-Russian microbiologist and ecologist (b. 1856)

Deaths67 years ago

1957 - Mark Aldanov, Russian author and critic (b. 1888)

Deaths63 years ago

1957 - Bugs Moran, American mob boss (b. 1893)

Deaths63 years ago

1963 - Melville J. Herskovits, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1895)

Deaths57 years ago

1964 - Alexander Archipenko, Ukrainian sculptor and illustrator (b. 1887)

Deaths56 years ago

1964 - Hinrich Lohse, German politician (b. 1896)

Deaths56 years ago

1964 - Grace Metalious, American author (b. 1924)

Deaths56 years ago

1970 - Mark Rothko, Latvian-American painter and academic (b. 1903)

Deaths50 years ago

1971 - Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1884)

Deaths49 years ago

1971 - Gottfried Fuchs, German-Canadian Olympic soccer player (b. 1889)

Deaths49 years ago

1975 - Elijah Muhammad, American religious leader (b. 1897)

Deaths45 years ago

1978 - Daniel James, Jr., American general and pilot (b. 1920)

Deaths42 years ago

1980 - Robert Hayden, American poet and academic (b. 1913)

Deaths40 years ago

1983 - Tennessee Williams, American playwright, and poet (b. 1911)

Deaths37 years ago

1987 - James Coco, American actor and comedian (b. 1930)

Deaths33 years ago

1988 - Bernard Ashmole, English archaeologist and historian (b. 1894)

Deaths32 years ago

1993 - Toy Caldwell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1947)

Deaths27 years ago

1993 - Eddie Constantine, American-French actor (b. 1917)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Baruch Goldstein, American-Israeli physician and murderer (b. 1956)

Deaths26 years ago

1996 - Vehbi Koç, Turkish businessman and philanthropist (b. 1901)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian-American physician and author (b. 1940)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Cal Abrams, American baseball player (b. 1924)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - Andrei Sinyavsky, Russian journalist and publisher (b. 1925)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - W. O. Mitchell, Canadian author and playwright (b. 1914)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1912)

Deaths21 years ago

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

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Don Bradman, Australian cricketer (b. 1908)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Norbert Glanzberg, Polish-French composer (b. 1910)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Sigurd Raschèr, German-American saxophonist (b. 1907)

Deaths19 years ago

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

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Tom O'Higgins, Irish judge and politician, 6th Chief Justice of Ireland (b. 1916)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Alberto Sordi, Italian actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1920)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Albert Chartier, Canadian illustrator (b. 1912)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Peter Benenson, English lawyer, founded Amnesty International (b. 1921)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Darren McGavin, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1922)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - William Anderson, American commander and politician (b. 1921)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Clem Windsor, Australian rugby player and surgeon (b. 1923)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Hans Raj Khanna, Indian lawyer, judge, and politician, Indian Minister of Law and Justice (b. 1912)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Philip José Farmer, American author (b. 1918)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - İhsan Doğramacı, Turkish pediatrician and academic (b. 1915)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Nikos Alexiou, Greek painter and set designer (b. 1960)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Lynn Compton, American lieutenant, lawyer, and judge (b. 1921)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Louisiana Red, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1932)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Stewart "Dirk" Fischer, American trumpet player and composer (b. 1924)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - C. Everett Koop, American surgeon and admiral, 13th Surgeon General of the United States (b. 1916)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Ray O'Connor, Australian soldier and politician, 22nd Premier of Western Australia (b. 1926)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Angèle Arsenault, Canadian singer-songwriter (b. 1943)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Mário Coluna, Portuguese footballer (b. 1935)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Paco de Lucía, Spanish guitarist, songwriter, and producer (b. 1947)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Chokwe Lumumba, American lawyer and politician (b. 1947)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Harve Bennett, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1930)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Eugenie Clark, American biologist and academic (b. 1922)

Deaths5 years ago

2017 - Neil Fingleton, English actor and basketball player, one of the tallest 25 men in the world (b. 1980)

Deaths3 years ago

2017 - Bill Paxton, American actor (b. 1955)

Deaths3 years ago

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