Holidays and observances

Kasuga Matsuri (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara, Japan)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Events

624 - Battle of Badr: a key battle between Muhammad's army - the new followers of Islam and the Quraysh of Mecca. The Muslims won this battle, known as the turning point of Islam, which took place in the Hejaz region of western Arabia.

Events

874 - The bones of Saint Nicephorus are interred in the Church of the Holy Apostles, Constantinople.

Events

1138 - Cardinal Gregorio Conti is elected Antipope as Victor IV, succeeding Anacletus II.

Events882 years ago

1567 - The Battle of Oosterweel, traditionally regarded as the start of the Eighty Years' War, commences.

Events453 years ago

1591 - Battle of Tondibi: In Mali, Moroccan forces of the Saadi dynasty led by Judar Pasha defeat the Songhai Empire, despite being outnumbered by at least five to one.

Events429 years ago

1639 - Harvard College is named after clergyman John Harvard.

Events381 years ago

1697 - Nojpetén, capital of the last independent Maya kingdom, fell to Spanish conquistadors, the final step in the Spanish conquest of Guatemala.

Events323 years ago
Events239 years ago
Events211 years ago

1845 - Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto receives its première performance in Leipzig with Ferdinand David as soloist.

Events175 years ago

1848 - The German revolutions of 1848–49 begin in Vienna.

Events172 years ago

1862 - American Civil War: The U.S. federal government forbids all Union army officers from returning fugitive slaves, thus effectively annulling the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and setting the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.

Events158 years ago

1865 - American Civil War: The Confederate States of America agree to the use of African-American troops.

Events155 years ago

1881 - Alexander II of Russia is killed near his palace when a bomb is thrown at him (this is the Gregorian date; it was March 1 in the Julian calendar then in use in Russia).

Events139 years ago

1884 - The Siege of Khartoum begins. It lasts until January 26, 1885.

Events136 years ago

1900 - Second Boer War: British forces occupy Bloemfontein, Orange Free State.

Events120 years ago

1920 - The Kapp Putsch briefly ousts the Weimar Republic government from Berlin.

Events100 years ago

1921 - Mongolia is proclaimed an independent monarchy, ruled by Russian military officer Roman von Ungern-Sternberg as a dictator.

Events99 years ago

1930 - The news of the discovery of Pluto is telegraphed to the Harvard College Observatory.

Events90 years ago

1933 - Great Depression: Banks in the U.S. begin to re-open after President Franklin D. Roosevelt mandates a "bank holiday".

Events87 years ago

1940 - The Russo-Finnish Winter War ends.

Events80 years ago
Events77 years ago

1954 - First Indochina War: Viet Minh forces under Võ Nguyên Giáp unleashed a massive artillery barrage on the French to begin the Battle of Điện Biên Phủ, the climactic battle in the First Indochina War.

Events66 years ago

1957 - Cuban student revolutionaries storm the presidential palace in Havana in a failed attempt on the life of President Fulgencio Batista.

Events63 years ago

1962 - Lyman Lemnitzer, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers a proposal, called Operation Northwoods, regarding performing terrorist attacks upon Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. The proposal is scrapped and President John F. Kennedy removes Lemnitzer from his position.

Events58 years ago

1969 - Apollo program: Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module.

Events51 years ago

1979 - The New Jewel Movement, headed by Maurice Bishop, ousts Prime Minister Eric Gairy in a nearly bloodless coup d'état in Grenada.

Events41 years ago

1985 - The Kenilworth Road riot takes place at an association football match at Kenilworth Road in Luton, England with disturbances before, during and after an FA Cup 6th Round tie between Luton Town F.C. and Millwall F.C..

Events35 years ago

1988 - The Seikan Tunnel, the longest undersea tunnel in the world, opens between Aomori and Hakodate, Japan.

Events32 years ago

1991 - The United States Department of Justice announces that Exxon has agreed to pay $1 billion for the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.

Events29 years ago

1992 - The Mw  6.7 Erzincan earthquake strikes eastern Turkey with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). At least 498 were killed in this strike-slip event on the North Anatolian Fault.

Events28 years ago

1996 - Dunblane school massacre: in Dunblane, Scotland, 16 primary school children and one teacher are shot dead by a spree killer, Thomas Watt Hamilton, who later commits suicide.

Events24 years ago

1997 - India's Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader.

Events23 years ago

1997 - The Phoenix Lights are seen over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television.

Events23 years ago

2003 - The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints have been found in Italy.

Events17 years ago

2008 - Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 per ounce for the first time.

Events12 years ago

2012 - At least 28 people are killed in a bus crash in a motorway tunnel near the town of Sierre in the Swiss canton of Valais.

Events8 years ago

2013 - Pope Francis is elected, in the papal conclave, as the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church.

Events7 years ago

2016 - An explosion occurs in central Ankara, Turkey, with at least 37 people killed and 127 wounded.

Events4 years ago

2016 - Three gunmen attack two hotels in the Ivory Coast town of Grand-Bassam, killing at least 18 people and injuring 33 others.

Events4 years ago

Births

963 - Anna Porphyrogenita, Grand Princess of Kiev (d. 1011)

Births
Births648 years ago

1479 - Lazarus Spengler, German hymnwriter (d. 1534)

Births541 years ago
Births460 years ago

1593 - Georges de La Tour, French painter (probable; d. 1652)

Births427 years ago

1599 - John Berchmans, Belgian Jesuit scholastic and saint (d. 1621)

Births421 years ago

1615 - Innocent XII, pope of the Catholic Church (d. 1700)

Births405 years ago

1648 - Anne Henriette of Bavaria, princess of Condé (d. 1723)

Births372 years ago

1683 - John Theophilus Desaguliers, French-English philosopher and translator (d. 1744)

Births337 years ago

1683 - Johann Wilhelm Weinmann, botanist (d. 1741)

Births337 years ago

1700 - Michel Blavet, French flute player and composer (d. 1768)

Births320 years ago

1719 - John Griffin, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, English field marshal and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Essex (d. 1797)

Births301 years ago

1720 - Charles Bonnet, Swiss historian and author (d. 1793)

Births300 years ago
Births279 years ago

1763 - Guillaume Brune, French general and diplomat (d. 1815)

Births257 years ago
Births256 years ago

1770 - Daniel Lambert, English animal breeder (d. 1809)

Births250 years ago

1781 - Karl Friedrich Schinkel, German painter and architect, designed the Konzerthaus Berlin (d. 1841)

Births239 years ago
Births222 years ago

1800 - Mustafa Reşid Pasha, Ottoman politician, 212th Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire (d. 1858)

Births220 years ago

1815 - James Curtis Hepburn, American physician, linguist, and missionary (d. 1911)

Births205 years ago

1825 - Hans Gude, Norwegian-German painter and academic (d. 1903)

Births195 years ago

1855 - Percival Lowell, American astronomer and mathematician (d. 1916)

Births165 years ago

1857 - B. H. Roberts, English-American historian and politician (d. 1933)

Births163 years ago

1860 - Hugo Wolf, Slovene-Austrian composer (d. 1903)

Births160 years ago

1862 - Paul Prosper Henrys, French general (d. 1943)

Births158 years ago

1864 - Alexej von Jawlensky, Russian-German painter (d. 1941)

Births156 years ago

1870 - Henri Étiévant, French actor and director (d. 1953)

Births150 years ago

1870 - William Glackens, American painter and illustrator (d. 1938)

Births150 years ago

1874 - Ellery Harding Clark, American jumper, coach, and lawyer (d. 1949)

Births146 years ago

1880 - Josef Gočár, Czech architect (d. 1945)

Births140 years ago

1883 - Enrico Toselli, Italian pianist and composer (d. 1926)

Births137 years ago

1884 - Hugh Walpole, New Zealand-English author and educator (d. 1941)

Births136 years ago

1886 - Home Run Baker, American baseball player and manager (d. 1963)

Births134 years ago

1886 - Albert William Stevens, American captain and photographer (d. 1949)

Births134 years ago

1888 - Paul Morand, French author and diplomat (d. 1976)

Births132 years ago

1889 - Jüri Vilms, Estonian lawyer and politician (d. 1918)

Births131 years ago

1890 - Fritz Busch, German conductor and director (d. 1951)

Births130 years ago

1892 - Janet Flanner, American journalist and author (d. 1978)

Births128 years ago

1897 - Yeghishe Charents, Armenian poet and activist (d. 1937)

Births123 years ago

1898 - Henry Hathaway, American director and producer (d. 1985)

Births122 years ago

1899 - Béla Guttmann, Hungarian footballer and coach (d. 1981)

Births121 years ago

1899 - John Hasbrouck Van Vleck, American physicist and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1980)

Births121 years ago

1899 - Jan Lechoń, Polish poet and critic (d. 1956)

Births121 years ago

1899 - Pancho Vladigerov, Bulgarian pianist and composer (d. 1978)

Births121 years ago

1900Andrée Bosquet, Belgian painter (d. 1980)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Giorgos Seferis, Greek poet and diplomat, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1971)

Births120 years ago

1902 - Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer-songwriter (d. 1991)

Births118 years ago

1902 - Hans Bellmer, German-French painter and sculptor (d. 1975)

Births118 years ago

1904 - Clifford Roach, Trinidadian cricketer and footballer (d. 1988)

Births116 years ago

1906 - Evald Tipner, Estonian footballer and ice hockey player (d. 1947)

Births114 years ago

1908 - Walter Annenberg, American publisher, philanthropist, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (d. 2002)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Myrtle Bachelder, American chemist and Women's Army Corps officer (d. 1997)

Births112 years ago

1910 - Sammy Kaye, American saxophonist, songwriter, and bandleader (d. 1987)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Kemal Tahir, Turkish journalist and author (d. 1973)

Births110 years ago

1911 - José Ardévol, Cuban composer and conductor (d. 1981)

Births109 years ago

1911 - L. Ron Hubbard, American religious leader and author, founded the Church of Scientology (d. 1986)

Births109 years ago

1911 - Dorothy Tangney, Australian politician (d. 1985)

Births109 years ago

1913 - William J. Casey, American politician, 13th Director of Central Intelligence (d. 1987)

Births107 years ago

1913 - Joe Kelly, Irish-English race car driver and businessman (d. 1993)

Births107 years ago

1913 - Sergey Mikhalkov, Russian author and playwright (d. 2009)

Births107 years ago

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

Births106 years ago

1914 - Edward O'Hare, American lieutenant and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1943)

Births106 years ago

1916 - Lindy Boggs, American educator and politician, 5th United States Ambassador to the Holy See (d. 2013)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Jacque Fresco, American engineer and academic (d. 2017)

Births104 years ago

1918 - Grigory Pomerants, Russian philosopher and author (d. 2013)

Births102 years ago

1920 - Ralph J. Roberts, American businessman, co-founded Comcast (d. 2015)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Al Jaffee, American cartoonist

Births99 years ago

1923 - Dimitrios Ioannidis, Greek general (d. 2010)

Births97 years ago

1925 - Roy Haynes, American drummer and composer

Births95 years ago

1926 - Carlos Roberto Reina, Honduran lawyer and politician, President of Honduras (d. 2003)

Births94 years ago

1929 - Zbigniew Messner, Polish economist and politician, 9th Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland (d. 2014)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Günther Uecker, German artist

Births90 years ago

1933 - Mahdi Elmandjra, Moroccan economist and sociologist (d. 2014)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Mike Stoller, American songwriter and producer

Births87 years ago

1933 - Gero von Wilpert, German author and academic (d. 2009)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Donald Henry Gaskins, American serial killer (d. 1991)

Births87 years ago

1935 - David Nobbs, English author and screenwriter (d. 2015)

Births85 years ago

1936 - José Mojica Marins, Brazilian actor, director, and screenwriter

Births84 years ago

1938 - Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer (d. 2002)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Robert Gammage, American captain and politician (d. 2012)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Tochinoumi Teruyoshi, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 49th Yokozuna

Births82 years ago

1939 - Neil Sedaka, American singer-songwriter and pianist

Births81 years ago

1941 - Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian poet and author (d. 2008)

Births79 years ago

1941 - Donella Meadows, American environmentalist, author, and academic (d. 2001)

Births79 years ago

1942 - Dave Cutler, American computer scientist and engineer

Births78 years ago

1942 - Scatman John, American music artist (d. 1999)

Births78 years ago

1944 - Terence Burns, Baron Burns, English economist and academic

Births76 years ago

1945 - Anatoly Fomenko, Russian mathematician and academic

Births75 years ago

1946 - Yonatan Netanyahu, American-Israeli colonel (d. 1976)

Births74 years ago

1947 - Lesley Collier, English ballerina and educator

Births73 years ago

1947 - Beat Richner, Swiss pediatrician and cellist (d. 2018)

Births73 years ago

1947 - Lyn St. James, American race car driver

Births73 years ago

1949 - Ze'ev Bielski, Israeli politician

Births71 years ago

1949 - Sian Elias, New Zealand lawyer and politician, 12th Chief Justice of New Zealand

Births71 years ago

1949 - Julia Migenes, American soprano and actress

Births71 years ago

1950 - Bernard Julien, Trinidadian cricketer

Births70 years ago

1950 - Charles Krauthammer, American physician, journalist, and author (d. 2018)

Births70 years ago

1950 - William H. Macy, American actor, director, and screenwriter

Births70 years ago

1951 - Charo, Spanish-American singer, guitarist, and actress

Births69 years ago

1952 - Wolfgang Rihm, German composer and educator

Births68 years ago

1952 - Tim Sebastian, English journalist and author

Births68 years ago

1953 - Andy Bean, American golfer

Births67 years ago

1953 - Michael Bruce Curry, 27th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church

Births67 years ago

1953 - Nicola Davies, Welsh lawyer and judge

Births67 years ago
Births66 years ago

1954 - Robin Duke, Canadian actress and screenwriter

Births66 years ago

1955 - Bruno Conti, Italian footballer and manager

Births65 years ago

1955 - Glenne Headly, American actress (d. 2017)

Births65 years ago

1955 - Olga Rukavishnikova, Russian pentathlete

Births65 years ago

1956 - Dana Delany, American actress and producer

Births64 years ago

1956 - Jamie Dimon, American banker and businessman

Births64 years ago

1956 - Jonathan Rutherford, English political scientist and academic

Births64 years ago

1957 - John Hoeven, American banker and politician, 31st Governor of North Dakota

Births63 years ago

1957 - Moses Hogan, American composer and conductor (d. 2003)

Births63 years ago

1958 - Mágico González, Salvadoran footballer

Births62 years ago

1958 - Rick Lazio, American lawyer and politician

Births62 years ago

1958 - Caryl Phillips, Caribbean-English author and playwright

Births62 years ago

1959 - Kathy Hilton, American actress and fashion designer

Births61 years ago

1959 - Dirk Wellham, Australian cricketer

Births61 years ago

1960 - Yurii Andrukhovych, Ukrainian poet and author

Births60 years ago

1960 - Adam Clayton, English-born Irish musician and songwriter

Births60 years ago

1960 - Joe Ranft, American animator, screenwriter, and voice actor (d. 2005)

Births60 years ago

1962 - Terence Blanchard, American trumpet player and composer

Births58 years ago

1962 - Seyhan Erözçelik, Turkish poet and author (d. 2011)

Births58 years ago

1963 - Vance Johnson, American football player

Births57 years ago

1963 - Willi Schneider, German skeleton racer

Births57 years ago

1963 - Fito Páez, Argentinian singer-songwriter, pianist, and director

Births57 years ago

1964 - Will Clark, American baseball player

Births56 years ago

1964 - Craig Dimond, Australian rugby league player

Births56 years ago

1964 - Trevor Gillmeister, Australian rugby league player and coach

Births56 years ago

1965 - Steve Bacic, Canadian actor

Births55 years ago

1966 - Chico Science, Brazilian singer-songwriter (d. 1997)

Births54 years ago

1967 - Andrés Escobar, Colombian footballer (d. 1994)

Births53 years ago

1967 - Pieter Vink, Dutch footballer and referee

Births53 years ago

1969 - Darren Fritz, Australian rugby league player

Births51 years ago

1970 - Tim Story, American director and producer

Births50 years ago

1971 - Annabeth Gish, American actress

Births49 years ago

1972 - Common, American rapper and actor

Births48 years ago

1972 - Augenijus Vaškys, Lithuanian basketball player and coach

Births48 years ago

1973 - Edgar Davids, Surinamese-Dutch footballer and manager

Births47 years ago

1973 - Bobby Jackson, American basketball player and coach

Births47 years ago

1974 - James Brinkley, Scottish cricketer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Thomas Enqvist, Swedish tennis player and sportscaster

Births46 years ago

1975 - Mark Clattenburg, English football referee

Births45 years ago

1976 - James Dewees, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Troy Hudson, American basketball player and rapper

Births44 years ago

1976 - Danny Masterson, American actor and producer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Jamie Pressnall, American tap dancer and musician

Births44 years ago

1977 - Mohammed Sylla, Guinean footballer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Kay Tse, Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress

Births43 years ago

1978 - Tom Danielson, American cyclist

Births42 years ago

1978 - Kenny Watson, American football player

Births42 years ago

1979 - Johan Santana, Venezuelan-American baseball player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Cédric Van Branteghem, Belgian sprinter

Births41 years ago

1980 - Caron Butler, American basketball player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Flavia Cacace, Italian-English dancer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Brad Watts, Australian rugby league player

Births40 years ago

1982 - Jeremy Curl, Japanese-English explorer, author, and photographer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Nicole Ohlde, American basketball player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Adam Thomson, New Zealand rugby player

Births38 years ago

1983 - George Rose, Australian rugby league player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Kaitlin Sandeno, American swimmer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Erkan Veyseloğlu, Turkish basketball player

Births37 years ago

1984 - Rachael Bella, American actress

Births36 years ago

1984 - Geeta Basra, Indian actress

Births36 years ago

1984 - Josh Gibson, Australian rules footballer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Alcides Araújo Alves, Brazilian footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Emile Hirsch, American actor

Births35 years ago

1985 - Ben Lowe, Australian rugby league player

Births35 years ago

1986- Neil Wagner, South African-New Zealand cricketer

Births34 years ago

1987- Marco Andretti, American race car driver

Births33 years ago

1987 - Andreas Beck, German footballer

Births33 years ago

1988 - Furdjel Narsingh, Dutch footballer

Births32 years ago

1989 - Holger Badstuber, German footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Marko Marin, German footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Robert Wickens, Canadian racing driver

Births31 years ago

1990 - Anicet Abel, Malagasy footballer

Births30 years ago

1991 - Daniel Greig, Australian speed skater

Births29 years ago

1992 - Kaya Scodelario, English actress

Births28 years ago

1994 - Gerard Deulofeu, Spanish footballer

Births26 years ago

1995 - Mikaela Shiffrin, American skier

Births25 years ago

1998 - Jay-Roy Grot, Dutch footballer

Births22 years ago

Deaths

601 - Leander of Seville, Spanish bishop and saint (b. 534)

Deaths

731 - Gerald of Mayo, Anglo-Saxon abbot

Deaths

948 - Du Chongwei, Chinese general and governor

Deaths

1164 - Fujiwara no Tadamichi, Japanese regent (b. 1097)

Deaths856 years ago

1202 - Mieszko III the Old, king of Poland (b. c. 1121)

Deaths818 years ago

1271 - Henry of Almain (b. 1235)

Deaths749 years ago

1332 - Theodore Metochita, Byzantine Empire statesman and author (b. 1270)

Deaths688 years ago

1395 - John Barbour, Scottish priest and poet (b. 1320)

Deaths625 years ago

1415 - Minye Kyawswa, Crown Prince of Ava (b. 1391)

Deaths605 years ago

1447 - Shahrukh Mirza, Timurid ruler of Persia and Transoxania (b. 1377)

Deaths573 years ago
Deaths530 years ago
Deaths504 years ago

1573 - Michel de l'Hôpital, French politician (b. 1507)

Deaths447 years ago

1601 - Henry Cuffe, Politician (b. 1563)

Deaths419 years ago

1604 - Arnaud d'Ossat, French cardinal and diplomat (b. 1537)

Deaths416 years ago

1619 - Richard Burbage, English actor (b. 1567)

Deaths401 years ago

1711 - Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, French poet and critic (b. 1636)

Deaths309 years ago

1719 - Johann Friedrich Böttger, German chemist and potter (b. 1682)

Deaths301 years ago
Deaths253 years ago

1773 - Philibert Commerson, French historian and explorer (b. 1727)

Deaths247 years ago

1800 - Nana Fadnavis, Indian minister and politician (b. 1742)

Deaths220 years ago
Deaths212 years ago

1823 - John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent, English admiral and politician (b. 1735)

Deaths197 years ago

1833 - William Bradley, English lieutenant and cartographer (b. 1757)

Deaths187 years ago

1842 - Henry Shrapnel, English general (b. 1761)

Deaths178 years ago

1854 - Jean-Baptiste de Villèle, French politician, 6th Prime Minister of France (b. 1773)

Deaths166 years ago

1873 - David Swinson Maynard, American physician, lawyer, and businessman (b. 1808)

Deaths147 years ago

1879 - Adolf Anderssen, German mathematician and chess player (b. 1818)

Deaths141 years ago
Deaths139 years ago

1884 - Leland Stanford, Jr., American son of Leland Stanford (b. 1868)

Deaths136 years ago

1885 - Giorgio Mitrovich, Maltese politician (b. 1795)

Deaths135 years ago

1901 - Benjamin Harrison, American general and politician, 23rd President of the United States (b. 1833)

Deaths119 years ago

1901 - Fernand Pelloutier, French anarchist and syndicalist (b. 1867)

Deaths119 years ago

1906 - Susan B. Anthony, American activist (b. 1820)

Deaths114 years ago

1911 - John J. Toffey, American lieutenant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1844)

Deaths109 years ago

1912 - Eugène-Étienne Taché, Canadian engineer and architect, designed the Parliament Building (b. 1836)

Deaths108 years ago

1912 - Hugo Treffner, German educator, founded the Hugo Treffner Gymnasium (b. 1845)

Deaths108 years ago

1914 - Hakeem Noor-ud-Din, Pakistani physician and scholar (b. 1841)

Deaths106 years ago

1918 - César Cui, Russian composer and critic (b. 1835)

Deaths102 years ago

1921 - Jenny Twitchell Kempton, American opera singer and educator (b. 1835)

Deaths99 years ago

1936 - Francis Bell, New Zealand lawyer and politician, 20th Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1851)

Deaths84 years ago

1938 - Cevat Çobanlı, Turkish general (b. 1870)

Deaths82 years ago

1938 - Clarence Darrow, American lawyer and author (b. 1857)

Deaths82 years ago

1941 - Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and author (b. 1881)

Deaths79 years ago

1943 - Stephen Vincent Benét, American poet, short story writer, and novelist (b. 1898)

Deaths77 years ago

1962 - Anne Acheson, Irish sculptor (d. 1882)

Deaths58 years ago

1965 - Corrado Gini, Italian sociologist and statistician (b. 1884)

Deaths55 years ago

1965 - Vittorio Jano, Italian engineer (b. 1891)

Deaths55 years ago

1965 - Fan S. Noli, Albanian-American bishop and politician, 14th Prime Minister of Albania (b. 1882)

Deaths55 years ago

1971 - Rockwell Kent, American painter and illustrator (b. 1882)

Deaths49 years ago

1972 - Tony Ray-Jones, English photographer (b. 1941)

Deaths48 years ago

1975 - Ivo Andrić, Yugoslav novelist, poet, and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)

Deaths45 years ago

1976 - Ole Haugsrud, American sports executive (b. 1900)

Deaths44 years ago

1978 - John Cazale, American actor (b. 1935)

Deaths42 years ago

1983 - Louison Bobet, French cyclist (b. 1925)

Deaths37 years ago

1983 - Paul Citroen, German-Dutch illustrator and educator (b. 1896)

Deaths37 years ago

1988 - John C. Holmes, American film star (b. 1944)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - Fahrettin Özdilek, Turkish general and politician, Prime Minister of Turkey (b. 1898)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian-American psychologist and author (b. 1903)

Deaths30 years ago

1990 - Karl Münchinger, German conductor and composer (b. 1915)

Deaths30 years ago

1995 - Leon Day, American baseball player (b. 1916)

Deaths25 years ago

1995 - Odette Hallowes, French nurse and spy (b. 1912)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Krzysztof Kieślowski, Polish director and screenwriter (b. 1941)

Deaths24 years ago

1998 - Judge Dread, English singer-songwriter (b. 1945)

Deaths22 years ago

1998 - Hans von Ohain, German-American physicist and engineer (b. 1911)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Lee Falk, American cartoonist, director, and producer (b. 1911)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - Garson Kanin, American director and screenwriter (b. 1912)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - Bidu Sayão, Brazilian-American soprano (b. 1902)

Deaths21 years ago

2001 - John A. Alonzo, American actor and cinematographer (b. 1934)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian and educator (b. 1895)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher and scholar (b. 1900)

Deaths18 years ago

2004 - Vilayat Khan, Indian sitar player and composer (b. 1928)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Franz König, Austrian cardinal (b. 1905)

Deaths16 years ago

2006 - Robert C. Baker, American businessman, invented the chicken nugget (b. 1921)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish footballer (b. 1944)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Maureen Stapleton, American actress (b. 1925)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Arnold Skaaland, American wrestler and manager (b. 1925)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Elizabeth Gilels, Russian violinist (b. 1919)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Betsy Blair, American actress (b. 1923)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Alan W. Livingston, American businessman (b. 1917)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Jean Ferrat, French singer-songwriter (b. 1930)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Rick Martin, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1951)

Deaths9 years ago

2014 - Reubin Askew, American sergeant, lawyer, and politician, 37th Governor of Florida (b. 1928)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Edward Haughey, Baron Ballyedmond, Irish businessman and politician (b. 1944)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, Sierra Leonean economist, lawyer, and politician, 3rd President of Sierra Leone (b. 1932)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Icchokas Meras, Lithuanian-Israeli author and screenwriter (b. 1934)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Al Rosen, American baseball player and manager (b. 1924)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Hilary Putnam, American philosopher, mathematician, and computer scientist (b. 1926)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Amy Krouse Rosenthal, American author (b. 1965)

Deaths3 years ago

Christian feast day

Christian feast day

Earliest day on which Friday of Sorrows can fall, while April 16 is the latest; observed on Friday before Good Friday.

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