Holidays and observances

Day of Restoration of Independence from the Soviet Union in 1990 (Lithuania)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Events

222 - Emperor Elagabalus is assassinated, along with his mother, Julia Soaemias, by the Praetorian Guard during a revolt. Their mutilated bodies are dragged through the streets of Rome before being thrown into the Tiber.

Events

1387 - Battle of Castagnaro: English condottiero Sir John Hawkwood leads Padova to victory in a factional clash with Verona.

Events633 years ago

1641 - Guaraní forces living in the Jesuit reductions defeat bandeirantes loyal to the Portuguese Empire at the Battle of Mbororé in present-day Panambí, Argentina.

Events379 years ago

1649 - The Frondeurs and the French sign the Peace of Rueil.

Events371 years ago

1702 - The Daily Courant, England's first national daily newspaper is published for the first time.

Events318 years ago

1708 - Queen Anne withholds Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoes legislation.

Events312 years ago

1784 - The signing of the Treaty of Mangalore brings the Second Anglo-Mysore War to an end.

Events236 years ago

1811 - During André Masséna's retreat from the Lines of Torres Vedras, a division led by French Marshal Michel Ney fights off a combined Anglo-Portuguese force to give Masséna time to escape.

Events209 years ago
Events196 years ago

1845 - Flagstaff War: Unhappy with translational differences regarding the Treaty of Waitangi, chiefs Hone Heke, Kawiti and Māori tribe members chop down the British flagpole for a fourth time and drive settlers out of Kororareka, New Zealand.

Events175 years ago

1848 - Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin become the first Prime Ministers of the Province of Canada to be democratically elected under a system of responsible government.

Events172 years ago

1851 - The first performance of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi takes place in Venice.

Events169 years ago

1864 - The Great Sheffield Flood kills 238 people in Sheffield, England.

Events156 years ago

1872 - Construction of the Seven Sisters Colliery, South Wales, begins; located on one of the richest coal sources in Britain.

Events148 years ago

1879 - Shō Tai formally abdicated his position of King of Ryūkyū, under orders from Tokyo, ending the Ryukyu Kingdom.

Events141 years ago

1888 - The Great Blizzard of 1888 begins along the eastern seaboard of the United States, shutting down commerce and killing more than 400.

Events132 years ago
Events103 years ago

1927 - In New York City, Samuel Roxy Rothafel opens the Roxy Theatre.

Events93 years ago

1931 - Ready for Labour and Defence of the USSR, abbreviated as GTO, is introduced in the Soviet Union.

Events89 years ago

1941 - World War II: United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Act into law, allowing American-built war supplies to be shipped to the Allies on loan.

Events79 years ago

1945 - World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy attempts a large-scale kamikaze attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet anchored at Ulithi atoll in Operation Tan No. 2.

Events75 years ago

1945 - World War II: The Empire of Vietnam, a short-lived Japanese puppet state, is established with Bảo Đại as its ruler.

Events75 years ago

1946 - Rudolf Höss, the first commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, is captured by British troops.

Events74 years ago
Events45 years ago

1977 - The 1977 Hanafi Siege: More than 130 hostages held in Washington, D.C., by Hanafi Muslims are set free after ambassadors from three Islamic nations join negotiations.

Events43 years ago

1978 - Coastal Road massacre: At least 37 are killed and more than 70 are wounded when Fatah hijack an Israeli bus, prompting Israel's Operation Litani.

Events42 years ago

1981 - Hundreds of students protest in the University of Pristina in Kosovo, then part of Yugoslavia, to give their republic more political rights. The protests then became a nationwide movement.

Events39 years ago
Events37 years ago

1985 - Mikhail Gorbachev is elected to the position of General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union making Gorbachev the USSR's de facto, and last, head of state.

Events35 years ago

1989 - Sir Tim Berners-Lee submitted his proposal to CERN for an information management system which would be developed into the world wide web.

Events31 years ago

1990 - Lithuania declares itself independent from the Soviet Union.

Events30 years ago

1990 - Patricio Aylwin is sworn in as the first democratically elected President of Chile since 1970.

Events30 years ago

1993 - Janet Reno is confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn in the next day, becoming the first female Attorney General of the United States.

Events27 years ago

1999 - Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

Events21 years ago

2004 - Madrid train bombings: Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid, Spain, kill 192 people.

Events16 years ago

2006 - Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as first female president of Chile.

Events14 years ago

2007 - Georgia claims Russian helicopters attacked the Kodori Valley in Abkhazia, an accusation that Russia categorically denies later.

Events13 years ago

2009 - Winnenden school shooting: Sixteen are killed and 11 are injured before recent-graduate Tim Kretschmer shoots and kills himself, leading to tightened weapons restrictions in Germany.

Events11 years ago

2010 - Economist and businessman Sebastián Piñera is sworn in as President of Chile, while three earthquakes, the strongest measuring magnitude 6.9 and all centered next to Pichilemu, capital of Cardenal Caro province, hit central Chile during the ceremony.

Events10 years ago

2011 - An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

Events9 years ago

2012 - A U.S. soldier kills 16 civilians in the Panjwayi District of Afghanistan near Kandahar.

Events8 years ago

2016 - At least 21 people are killed by flooding and mudslides in and around São Paulo, Brazil, following heavy rain.

Events4 years ago

Births

378 - Pope Innocent I (d. 417)

Births

1279 - Mary of Woodstock, daughter of Edward I of England (d. c.1332)

Births741 years ago

1503 - George Harper, English politician (d. 1558)

Births517 years ago
Births490 years ago

1544 - Torquato Tasso, Italian poet and educator (d. 1595)

Births476 years ago

1634 - Nicholas Gassaway, English colonial military and political leader (d. 1691)

Births386 years ago

1738 - Benjamin Tupper, American general (d. 1792)

Births282 years ago

1745 - Bodawpaya, Burmese king (d. 1819)

Births275 years ago

1785 - John McLean, American jurist and politician, 6th United States Postmaster General (d. 1861)

Births235 years ago

1787 - Ivan Nabokov, Russian general (d. 1852)

Births233 years ago

1806 - Louis Boulanger, French Romantic painter, lithographer and illustrator (d. 1867)

Births214 years ago

1811 - Urbain Le Verrier, French mathematician and astronomer (d. 1877)

Births209 years ago

1815 - Anna Bochkoltz, German operatic soprano, voice teacher and composer (d. 1879)

Births205 years ago

1818 - Marius Petipa, French-Russian dancer and choreographer (d. 1910)

Births202 years ago

1819 - Henry Tate, English businessman and philanthropist, founded Tate & Lyle (d. 1899)

Births201 years ago

1822 - Joseph Louis François Bertrand, French mathematician, economist, and academic (d. 1900)

Births198 years ago

1854 - Jane Meade Welch, American journalist and lecturer (d. 1931)

Births166 years ago

1863 - Andrew Stoddart, English cricketer and rugby player (d. 1915)

Births157 years ago

1870 - Louis Bachelier, French mathematician and theorist (d. 1946)

Births150 years ago

1872 - Kathleen Clarice Groom, Australian-English author and screenwriter (d. 1954)

Births148 years ago

1873 - David Horsley, English-American film producer, co-founded Universal Studios (d. 1933)

Births147 years ago

1876 - Carl Ruggles, American pianist and composer (d. 1971)

Births144 years ago

1878 - Umegatani Tōtarō II, Japanese sumo wrestler (d. 1927)

Births142 years ago

1815 - Anna Bochkoltz, German operatic soprano, voice teacher and composer (d. 1879)

Births205 years ago

1880 - Harry H. Laughlin, American eugenicist and sociologist (d. 1943)

Births140 years ago

1884 - Lewi Pethrus, Swedish minister and hymn-writer (d. 1974)

Births136 years ago

1884 - Ömer Seyfettin, Turkish soldier, author, and educator (d. 1920)

Births136 years ago

1885 - Malcolm Campbell, English race car driver and journalist (d. 1948)

Births135 years ago

1887 - Raoul Walsh, American actor and director (d. 1980)

Births133 years ago

1887 - Kâzım Orbay, Turkish general and politician (d. 1964)

Births133 years ago

1890 - Vannevar Bush, American engineer and academic (d. 1974)

Births130 years ago

1893 - Wanda Gág, American author and illustrator (d. 1946)

Births127 years ago

1895 - Shemp Howard, American actor (d. 1955)

Births125 years ago

1896 - Olivério Pinto, Brazilian zoologist and physician (d. 1981)

Births124 years ago

1897 - Henry Cowell, American pianist and composer (d. 1965)

Births123 years ago

1898 - Dorothy Gish, American actress (d. 1968)

Births122 years ago

1899 - James H. Douglas, Jr., American colonel, lawyer, and politician, 9th United States Deputy Secretary of Defense (d. 1988)

Births121 years ago

1899 - Frederick IX of Denmark (d. 1972)

Births121 years ago

1900 - Hanna Bergas, German teacher who contributed to the rescue of Jewish children during WWII (d. 1987)

Births120 years ago

1903 - Ronald Syme, New Zealand historian and scholar (d. 1989)

Births117 years ago

1903 - Lawrence Welk, American accordion player and bandleader (d. 1992)

Births117 years ago

1907 - Jessie Matthews, English actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1981)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Matti Sippala, Finnish javelin thrower (d. 1997)

Births112 years ago

1910 - Robert Havemann, German chemist and academic (d. 1982)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 1st Baronet, Egyptian-Scottish general and politician (d. 1996)

Births109 years ago

1913 - Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke, German colonel and pilot (d. 1944)

Births107 years ago

1915 - Vijay Hazare, Indian cricketer (d. 2004)

Births105 years ago

1915 - J. C. R. Licklider, American computer scientist and psychologist (d. 1990)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Ezra Jack Keats, American author and illustrator (d. 1983)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Harold Wilson, English academic and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1995)

Births104 years ago

1919 - Juan H. Cintrón García, Puerto Rican businessman and politician, 126th Mayor of Ponce (d. 2012)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Nicolaas Bloembergen, Dutch-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2017)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Frank Harary, American mathematician and academic (d. 2005)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Jeff Stollmeyer, Trinidadian cricketer (d. 1989)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Astor Piazzolla, Argentine tango composer and bandoneon player (d. 1992)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek economist and philosopher (d. 1997)

Births98 years ago

1922 - José Luis López Vázquez, Spanish actor and director (d. 2009)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Abdul Razak Hussein, Malaysian lawyer and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Malaysia (d. 1976)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Louise Brough, American tennis player (d. 2014)

Births97 years ago

1925 - Margaret Oakley Dayhoff, American biochemist and academic (d. 1983)

Births95 years ago

1925 - İlhan Selçuk, Turkish lawyer, journalist, and author (d. 2010)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Ralph Abernathy, American minister and activist (d. 1990)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Joachim Fuchsberger, German actor and television host (d. 2014)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Col Geelan, Australian rugby league player and coach (d. 1996)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Freda Meissner-Blau, Austrian activist and politician (d. 2015)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Robert Mosbacher, American sailor, businessman, and politician, 25th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 2010)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Josep Maria Subirachs, Spanish sculptor and painter (d. 2014)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Albert Salmi, American actor (d. 1990)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Timothy Carey, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1994)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Jackie McGlew, South African cricketer (d. 1998)

Births91 years ago

1930 - David Gentleman, English illustrator and engraver

Births90 years ago

1930 - Claude Jutra, Canadian actor, director and screenwriter (d. 1986)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Janosch, Polish-German author and illustrator

Births89 years ago

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

Births89 years ago

1931 - Rupert Murdoch, Australian-American businessman, founded News Corporation

Births89 years ago

1932 - Leroy Jenkins, American violinist and composer (Revolutionary Ensemble) (d. 2007)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Nigel Lawson, English journalist and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer

Births88 years ago

1934 - Sam Donaldson, American journalist

Births86 years ago

1936 - Hollis Frampton, American director, screenwriter, and photographer (d. 1984)

Births84 years ago

1936 - Antonin Scalia, American lawyer and jurist, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (d. 2016)

Births84 years ago

1938 - Joseph Brooks, American director, producer, screenwriter, and composer (d. 2011)

Births82 years ago

1939 - Lorraine Hunt, American lawyer and politician, 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Nevada

Births81 years ago

1939 - Orlando Quevedo, Filipino cardinal

Births81 years ago

1940 - Alberto Cortez, Argentinian-Spanish singer-songwriter

Births80 years ago

1942 - Marcus Borg, American scholar, theologian and author (d. 2015)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Joel Steiger, American director, producer and screenwriter

Births78 years ago

1943 - Arturo Merzario, Italian race car driver

Births77 years ago

1945 - Dock Ellis, American baseball player and coach (d. 2008)

Births75 years ago

1945 - Harvey Mandel, American guitarist

Births75 years ago

1946 - Mark Metcalf, American actor and producer

Births74 years ago

1947 - Geoff Hunt, Australian squash player

Births73 years ago

1947 - Tristan Murail, French composer and educator

Births73 years ago

1947 - Mark Stein, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player

Births73 years ago

1948 - Roy Barnes, American lawyer and politician, 80th Governor of Georgia

Births72 years ago

1948 - Jan Schelhaas, English keyboard player

Births72 years ago

1949 - Griselda Pollock, South African-English historian and academic

Births71 years ago

1950 - Sam Kekovich, Australian footballer and sportscaster

Births70 years ago

1950 - Bobby McFerrin, American singer-songwriter, producer, and conductor

Births70 years ago

1950 - Jerry Zucker, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births70 years ago

1951 - Andres Metspalu, Estonian geneticist and academic

Births69 years ago

1951 - Dominique Sanda, French model and actress

Births69 years ago

1952 - Douglas Adams, English author and playwright (d. 2001)

Births68 years ago

1953 - László Bölöni, Romanian-Hungarian footballer and manager

Births67 years ago

1953 - Derek Daly, Irish-American race car driver and sportscaster

Births67 years ago

1953 - Jimmy Iovine, American record producer and businessman, co-founded Interscope Records and Beats Electronics

Births67 years ago

1953 - Bernie LaBarge, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births67 years ago

1954 - David Newman, American composer and conductor

Births66 years ago

1954 - Gale Norton, American lawyer and politician, 48th United States Secretary of the Interior

Births66 years ago

1955 - Leslie Cliff, Canadian swimmer

Births65 years ago

1955 - Nina Hagen, German singer and actress

Births65 years ago

1955 - D. J. MacHale, American author, director, and screenwriter

Births65 years ago

1956 - Willie Banks, American triple jumper

Births64 years ago

1956 - Curtis Brown, American colonel, pilot and astronaut

Births64 years ago

1956 - Helen Rollason, English journalist and sportscaster (d. 1999)

Births64 years ago

1957 - The Lady Chablis, American drag queen performer (d. 2016)

Births63 years ago

1958 - Ian Horrocks, English computer scientist and academic

Births62 years ago

1958 - Tetsurō Oda, Japanese singer-songwriter and producer

Births62 years ago

1958 - James Pinkerton, American journalist and author

Births62 years ago

1958 - Anissa Jones, American child actress (d. 1976)

Births62 years ago

1958 - Flemming Rose, Danish journalist and author

Births62 years ago

1959 - Manuel Negrete Arias, Mexican footballer and coach

Births61 years ago

1959 - Nina Hartley, (born Marie Louise Hartman), American pornographic actress, pornographic film director, sex educator, sex-positive feminist, and author

Births61 years ago

1959 - Margus Oopkaup, Estonian actor

Births61 years ago

1959 - Dejan Stojanović, Serbian-American journalist and poet

Births61 years ago

1960 - Christophe Gans, French director, producer, and screenwriter

Births60 years ago

1960 - Junichi Sato, Japanese animator and director

Births60 years ago

1960 - Warwick Taylor, New Zealand rugby player

Births60 years ago

1961 - Elias Koteas, Canadian actor

Births59 years ago

1961 - Bruce Watson, Canadian-Scottish guitarist

Births59 years ago

1962 - Mary Gauthier, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births58 years ago

1962 - Matt Mead, American lawyer and politician, 32nd Governor of Wyoming

Births58 years ago

1963 - Alex Kingston, English actress

Births57 years ago

1963 - David LaChapelle, American photographer and director

Births57 years ago

1964 - Peter Berg, American actor, director, producer and screenwriter

Births56 years ago

1964 - Vinnie Paul, American drummer, songwriter and producer (d. 2018)

Births56 years ago

1964 - Shane Richie, English actor and singer

Births56 years ago

1965 - Nigel Adkins, English footballer and manager

Births55 years ago

1965 - Jesse Jackson, Jr., American lawyer and politician

Births55 years ago

1965 - Wallace Langham, American actor

Births55 years ago

1965 - Jenny Packham, English fashion designer

Births55 years ago

1965 - Allan Vainola, Estonian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births55 years ago

1966 - Robbie Brookside, English wrestler and trainer

Births54 years ago

1966 - John Thompson III, American basketball player and coach

Births54 years ago

1966 - Ilias Zouros, Greek basketball player and coach

Births54 years ago

1967 - John Barrowman, Scottish-American actor and singer

Births53 years ago

1967 - Brad Carson, American lawyer and politician, United States Under Secretary of the Army

Births53 years ago

1967 - Renzo Gracie, Brazilian-American mixed martial artist and trainer

Births53 years ago

1967 - Cynthia Klitbo, Mexican actress

Births53 years ago

1968 - Stéphane Bédard, Canadian lawyer and politician

Births52 years ago

1968 - Simone Buchanan, Australian actress

Births52 years ago

1968 - Lisa Loeb, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and actress

Births52 years ago

1969 - Terrence Howard, American actor and producer

Births51 years ago

1969 - Soraya, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2006)

Births51 years ago

1970 - Andre Nickatina, American rapper and producer

Births50 years ago

1971 - Johnny Knoxville, American actor, stuntman, and producer

Births49 years ago

1971 - Martin Ručinský, Czech ice hockey player

Births49 years ago

1972 - Paolo Ponzo, Italian footballer (d. 2013)

Births48 years ago

1973 - Martin Hiden, Austrian footballer and coach

Births47 years ago

1974 - Bobby Abreu, Venezuelan baseball player

Births46 years ago

1975 - João Barbosa, Portuguese racing driver

Births45 years ago

1975 - Shawn Springs, American football player

Births45 years ago

1976 - Thomas Gravesen, Danish footballer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Kotomitsuki Keiji, Japanese sumo wrestler

Births44 years ago

1977 - Becky Hammon, American-Russian basketball player and coach

Births43 years ago

1978 - Scott Calderwood, English-Scottish footballer and manager

Births42 years ago

1978 - Didier Drogba, Ivorian footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Albert Luque, Spanish footballer

Births42 years ago

1979 - Elton Brand, American basketball player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Fred Jones, American basketball player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Benji Madden, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births41 years ago

1979 - Joel Madden, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Keren Peles, Israeli singer-songwriter and pianist

Births41 years ago

1979 - Kirk Reynoldson, Australian rugby league player

Births41 years ago

1980 - Paul Scharner, Austrian footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Dan Uggla, American baseball player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Heidi Cortez, American businesswoman and author

Births39 years ago

1981 - Luke Johnson, English drummer and songwriter

Births39 years ago

1981 - LeToya Luckett, American singer-songwriter and actress

Births39 years ago

1982 - Brian Anderson, American baseball player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Thora Birch, American actress

Births38 years ago

1982 - Hasan Raza, Pakistani cricketer

Births38 years ago

1983 - Lucy DeVito, American actress, daughter of Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman

Births37 years ago

1985 - Paul Bissonnette, Canadian ice hockey player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Daniel Vázquez Evuy, Equatoguinean footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Luis Hernández, Mexican figure skater

Births35 years ago

1985 - Stelios Malezas, Greek footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Ajantha Mendis, Sri Lankan cricketer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Derek Schouman, American football player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Australian footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Hakuhō Shō, Mongolian sumo wrestler, the 69th Yokozuna

Births35 years ago

1986 - Dario Cologna, Swiss skier

Births34 years ago

1986 - Mariko Shinoda, Japanese singer and actress, former AKB48 member

Births34 years ago

1987 - Marc-André Gragnani, Canadian ice hockey player

Births33 years ago

1987 - Tanel Kangert, Estonian cyclist

Births33 years ago

1987 - Ngonidzashe Makusha, Zimbabwean sprinter and long jumper

Births33 years ago

1987 - Colin Munro, South African-New Zealand cricketer

Births33 years ago

1988 - Fábio Coentrão, Portuguese footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Cecil Lolo, South African footballer (d. 2015)

Births32 years ago

1988 - Katsuhiko Nakajima, Japanese wrestler

Births32 years ago

1989 - Anton Yelchin, Russian-born American actor (d. 2016)

Births31 years ago

1990 - Ayumi Morita, Japanese tennis player

Births30 years ago

1991 - Kamohelo Mokotjo, South African footballer

Births29 years ago

1992 - Austin Swift, American actor, brother of American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift

Births28 years ago

1992 - KZ Tandingan, Filipina singer and rapper

Births28 years ago

1993 - Jodie Comer, British actress

Births27 years ago

1994 - Martin Jurtom, Estonian basketball player

Births26 years ago

1994 - Andrew Robertson, Scottish footballer

Births26 years ago

Deaths

222 - Elagabalus, Roman emperor (b. 203)

Deaths

452 - Tai Wu Di, emperor of Northern Wei (b. 408)

Deaths
Deaths

857 - Eulogius of Córdoba, Spanish martyr and saint (b. 819)

Deaths
Deaths822 years ago

1296 - John le Romeyn, Archbishop of York

Deaths724 years ago

1353 - Theognostus, metropolitan of Kiev and Moscow

Deaths667 years ago
Deaths534 years ago

1514 - Donato Bramante, Italian architect, designed the San Pietro in Montorio (b. 1444)

Deaths506 years ago

1575 - Matthias Flacius, Croatian theologian and reformer (b. 1520)

Deaths445 years ago

1602 - Emilio de' Cavalieri, Italian organist and composer (b. 1550)

Deaths418 years ago

1607 - Giovanni Maria Nanino, Italian composer and educator (b. 1543)

Deaths413 years ago

1646 - Stanisław Koniecpolski, Polish soldier and statesman (b. c. 1592)

Deaths374 years ago

1665 - Clemente Tabone, Maltese landowner and militia member (b. c. 1575)

Deaths355 years ago

1722 - John Toland, Irish philosopher and theorist (b. 1670)

Deaths298 years ago

1759 - John Forbes, Scottish general (b. 1710)

Deaths261 years ago

1820 - Benjamin West, American-English painter and academic (b. 1738)

Deaths200 years ago

1851 - Marie Louise Coidavid, Queen of Haiti (b. 1778)

Deaths169 years ago

1851 - George McDuffie, American lawyer and politician, 55th Governor of South Carolina (b. 1790)

Deaths169 years ago

1854 - Willard Richards, American journalist and religious leader (b. 1804)

Deaths166 years ago

1863 - Sir James Outram, 1st Baronet, English general (b. 1803)

Deaths157 years ago

1869 - Vladimir Odoyevsky, Russian philosopher and critic (b. 1803)

Deaths151 years ago

1870 - Moshoeshoe I of Lesotho (b. 1786)

Deaths150 years ago

1874 - Charles Sumner, American lawyer and politician (b. 1811)

Deaths146 years ago

1898 - William Rosecrans, American general and politician (b. 1819)

Deaths122 years ago

1898 - Tigran Chukhajian, Armenian composer and conductor (b. 1837)

Deaths122 years ago

1907 - Jean Casimir-Perier, French lawyer and politician, 6th President of France (b. 1847)

Deaths113 years ago

1908 - Edmondo De Amicis, Italian journalist and author (b. 1846)

Deaths112 years ago

1908 - Benjamin Waugh, American minister and activist (b. 1839)

Deaths112 years ago

1915 - Thomas Alexander Browne, English-Australian author (b. 1826)

Deaths105 years ago

1920 - Julio Garavito Armero, Colombian astronomer, mathematician, and engineer (b. 1865)

Deaths100 years ago

1927 - Xenophon Stratigos, Greek general and politician, Greek Minister of Transport (b. 1869)

Deaths93 years ago

1931 - F. W. Murnau, German-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1888)

Deaths89 years ago

1937 - Joseph S. Cullinan, American businessman, co-founded Texaco (b. 1860)

Deaths83 years ago

1944 - Hendrik Willem van Loon, Dutch-American journalist and historian (b. 1882)

Deaths76 years ago

1944 - Edgar Zilsel, Austrian historian and philosopher of science, linked to the Vienna Circle (b. 1891)

Deaths76 years ago

1949 - Anastasios Charalambis, Greek general and politician, 109th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1862)

Deaths71 years ago

1949 - Henri Giraud, French general and politician (b. 1879)

Deaths71 years ago

1952 - Pierre Renoir, French actor and director (b. 1885)

Deaths68 years ago

1955 - Alexander Fleming, Scottish biologist, pharmacologist, and botanist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1881)

Deaths65 years ago

1955 - Oscar F. Mayer, German-American businessman, founded Oscar Mayer (b. 1859)

Deaths65 years ago

1957 - Richard E. Byrd, American admiral and explorer (b. 1888)

Deaths63 years ago

1958 - Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish businessman, founded The Lego Group (b. 1891)

Deaths62 years ago

1959 - Lester Dent, American author (b. 1904)

Deaths61 years ago

1960 - Roy Chapman Andrews, American paleontologist and explorer (b. 1884)

Deaths60 years ago

1965 - Harry Altham, English cricketer, historian and coach (b. 1888)

Deaths55 years ago

1967 - Geraldine Farrar, American soprano and actress (b. 1882)

Deaths53 years ago

1968 - Haşim İşcan, Turkish educator and politician, 18th Mayor of İstanbul (b. 1898)

Deaths52 years ago

1969 - John Daly, Irish runner (b. 1880)

Deaths51 years ago

1969 - John Wyndham, English soldier and author (b. 1903)

Deaths51 years ago

1970 - Erle Stanley Gardner, American lawyer and author (b. 1889)

Deaths50 years ago

1971 - Philo Farnsworth, American inventor (b. 1906)

Deaths49 years ago

1971 - Whitney Young, American activist (b. 1921)

Deaths49 years ago

1977 - Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist and paleontologist (b. 1893)

Deaths43 years ago

1978 - Claude François, Egyptian-French singer-songwriter and dancer (b. 1939)

Deaths42 years ago

1980 - Chandra Bhanu Gupta, Indian politician, 4th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (b. 1902)

Deaths40 years ago

1982 - Edmund Cooper, English poet and author (b. 1926)

Deaths38 years ago

1982 - Horace Gregory, American poet, translator, and academic (b. 1898)

Deaths38 years ago

1983 - Will Glickman, American playwright (b. 1910)

Deaths37 years ago

1984 - Kostas Roukounas, Greek singer-songwriter (b. 1903)

Deaths36 years ago

1986 - Sonny Terry, American singer and harmonica player (b. 1911)

Deaths34 years ago

1989 - James Kee, American lawyer and politician (b. 1917)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - John J. McCloy, American lawyer and banker (b. 1895)

Deaths31 years ago

1992 - Richard Brooks, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1912)

Deaths28 years ago

1995 - Myfanwy Talog, Welsh actress and singer (b. 1945)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Vince Edwards, American actor and director (b. 1928)

Deaths24 years ago

1999 - Herbert Jasper, Canadian psychologist, anatomist, and neurologist (b. 1906)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - Camille Laurin, Canadian psychiatrist and politician (b. 1922)

Deaths21 years ago

2002 - James Tobin, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Brian Cleeve, English-Irish author and playwright (b. 1921)

Deaths17 years ago

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

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Slobodan Milošević, Serbian lawyer and politician, 3rd President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (b. 1941)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Betty Hutton, American actress and singer (b. 1921)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Nils Taube, Estonian-English businessman (b. 1928)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Charles Lewis, Jr., American businessman, co-founded Tapout Clothing (b. 1963)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - John Hill, Canadian-American wrestler (b. 1941)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Merlin Olsen, American football player and actor (b. 1940)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - T. Somasekaram, Sri Lankan geographer and politician, 37th Surveyor General of Sri Lanka (b. 1934)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Hans van Mierlo, Dutch journalist and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1931)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Gary Wichard, American football player and agent (b. 1950)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Henry Adefope, Nigerian physician and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Nigeria (b. 1926)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Sid Couchey, American author and illustrator (b. 1919)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - James B. Morehead, American colonel and pilot (b. 1916)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Gösta Schwarck, German-Danish pianist and composer (b. 1915)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Erica Andrews, Mexican-American drag queen performer (b. 1969)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Martin Adolf Bormann, German priest and theologian (b. 1930)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Doug Christie, Canadian lawyer and activist (b. 1946)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Simón Alberto Consalvi, Venezuelan journalist and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Venezuela (b. 1927)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Florian Siwicki, Polish general and politician (b. 1925)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Dean Bailey, Australian footballer and coach (b. 1967)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Joel Brinkley, American journalist and academic (b. 1952)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Bob Crow, English trade union leader (b. 1961)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Walter Burkert, German philologist and scholar (b. 1931)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Jimmy Greenspoon, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (b. 1948)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Gerald Hurst, American chemist and academic (b. 1937)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper and educator (b. 1936)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Keith Emerson, English musician and composer. (b. 1944)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Doreen Massey, English geographer and academic (b. 1944)

Deaths4 years ago

2018 - Mary Rosenblum, American science fiction and mystery author (b. 1952)

Deaths2 years ago

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