Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances


1309 - Pope Clement V imposes excommunication and interdiction on Venice, and a general prohibition of all commercial intercourse with Venice, which had seized on Ferrara, a papal fiefdom.

Events711 years ago

1329 - Pope John XXII issues his In Agro Dominico condemning some writings of Meister Eckhart as heretical.

Events691 years ago

1513 - Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León reaches the northern end of The Bahamas on his first voyage to Florida.

Events507 years ago

1625 - Charles I becomes King of England, Scotland and Ireland as well as claiming the title King of France.

Events395 years ago

1794 - The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates.

Events226 years ago

1794 - Denmark and Sweden form a neutrality compact.

Events226 years ago

1809 - Peninsular War: A combined Franco-Polish force defeats the Spanish in the Battle of Ciudad Real.

Events211 years ago

1814 - War of 1812: In central Alabama, U.S. forces under General Andrew Jackson defeat the Creek at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.

Events206 years ago

1836 - Texas Revolution: On the orders of General Antonio López de Santa Anna, the Mexican army massacres 342 Texas POWs at Goliad, Texas.

Events184 years ago

1866 - President Andrew Johnson vetoes the Civil Rights Act of 1866. His veto is overridden by Congress and the bill passes into law on April 9.

Events154 years ago

1871 - The first international rugby football match, when Scotland defeats England in Edinburgh at Raeburn Place.

Events149 years ago

1884 - A mob in Cincinnati, Ohio, attacks members of a jury which had returned a verdict of manslaughter in what was seen as a clear case of murder; over the next few days the mob would riot and eventually destroy the courthouse.

Events136 years ago

1886 - Geronimo, Apache warrior, surrenders to the U.S. Army, ending the main phase of the Apache Wars.

Events134 years ago
Events121 years ago

1915 - Typhoid Mary, the first healthy carrier of disease ever identified in the United States is put in quarantine for the second time, where she would remain for the rest of her life.

Events105 years ago

1918 - The National Council of Bessarabia proclaims union with the Kingdom of Romania.

Events102 years ago

1938 - Second Sino-Japanese War: The Battle of Taierzhuang begins, resulting several weeks later in the war's first major Chinese victory over Japan.

Events82 years ago

1941 - World War II: Yugoslav Air Force officers topple the pro-Axis government in a bloodless coup.

Events79 years ago

1943 - World War II: Battle of the Komandorski Islands: In the Aleutian Islands the battle begins when United States Navy forces intercept Japanese attempting to reinforce a garrison at Kiska.

Events77 years ago

1945 - World War II: Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan's ports and waterways begins. Argentina declares war on the Axis Powers.

Events75 years ago

1964 - The Good Friday earthquake, the most powerful earthquake recorded in North American history at a magnitude of 9.2 strikes Southcentral Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage.

Events56 years ago

1975 - Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins.

Events45 years ago

1977 - Tenerife airport disaster: Two Boeing 747 airliners collide on a foggy runway on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 583 (all 248 on KLM and 335 on Pan Am). Sixty-one survived on the Pan Am flight. This is the deadliest aviation accident in history.

Events43 years ago

1980 - The Norwegian oil platform Alexander L. Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212.

Events40 years ago

1980 - Silver Thursday: A steep fall in silver prices, resulting from the Hunt Brothers attempting to corner the market in silver, leads to panic on commodity and futures exchanges.

Events40 years ago

1981 - The Solidarity movement in Poland stages a warning strike, in which at least 12 million Poles walk off their jobs for four hours.

Events39 years ago

1986 - A car bomb explodes outside Russell Street Police HQ in Melbourne, Australia, killing one police officer and injuring 21 people.

Events34 years ago

1990 - The United States begins broadcasting anti-Castro propaganda to Cuba on TV Martí.

Events30 years ago
Events27 years ago

1993 - Italian former minister and Christian Democracy leader Giulio Andreotti is accused of mafia allegiance by the tribunal of Palermo.

Events27 years ago

1998 - The Food and Drug Administration approves Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence, the first pill to be approved for this condition in the United States.

Events22 years ago

1999 - Kosovo War: An American Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk is shot down by a Yugoslav SAM, the first and only Nighthawk to be lost in combat.

Events21 years ago

2000 - A Phillips Petroleum plant explosion in Pasadena, Texas kills one person and injures 71 others.

Events20 years ago

2002 - Passover massacre: A Palestinian suicide bomber kills 29 people at a Passover seder in Netanya, Israel.

Events18 years ago

2002 - Nanterre massacre: In Nanterre, France, a gunman opens fire at the end of a town council meeting, resulting in the deaths of eight councilors; 19 other people are injured.

Events18 years ago

2004 - HMS Scylla, a decommissioned Leander-class frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe.

Events16 years ago

2009 - The dam forming Situ Gintung, an artificial lake in Indonesia, fails, killing at least 99 people.

Events11 years ago

2014 - Philippines signs a peace accord with the largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, ending decades of conflict.

Events6 years ago

2015 - Al-Shabab militants attack and temporarily occupy a Mogadishu hotel leaving at least 20 people dead.

Events5 years ago

2016 - A suicide blast in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore claims over 70 lives and leaves almost 300 others injured. The target of the bombing are Christians celebrating Easter.

Events4 years ago


972 - Robert II, king of France (d. 1031)


1401 - Albert III, duke of Bavaria (d. 1460)

Births619 years ago

1416 - Francis of Paola, Italian friar and saint, founded Order of the Minims (d. 1507)

Births604 years ago

1546 - Johannes Piscator, German theologian (d. 1625)

Births474 years ago

1627 - Stephen Fox, English politician (d. 1716)

Births393 years ago

1676 - Francis II Rákóczi, Hungarian prince (b. 1676)

Births344 years ago

1679 - Domenico Lalli, Italian poet and librettist (d. 1741)

Births341 years ago

1681 - Joaquín Fernández de Portocarrero, Spanish-Italian cardinal (d. 1760)

Births339 years ago

1702 - Johann Ernst Eberlin, German organist and composer (d. 1762)

Births318 years ago

1710 - Joseph Abaco, Belgian cellist and composer (d. 1805)

Births310 years ago

1712 - Claude Bourgelat, French surgeon and author (d. 1779)

Births308 years ago

1714 - Francesco Antonio Zaccaria, Italian historian and theologian (d. 1795)

Births306 years ago

1724 - Jane Colden, American botanist and author (d. 1766)

Births296 years ago

1745 - Lindley Murray, American-English Quaker and grammarian (d. 1826)

Births275 years ago

1746 - Michael Bruce, Scottish poet and composer (d. 1767)

Births274 years ago

1746 - Carlo Buonaparte, Corsican-French lawyer and politician (d. 1785)

Births274 years ago

1765 - Franz Xaver von Baader, German philosopher and theologian (d. 1841)

Births255 years ago

1781 - Alexander Vostokov, Estonian-Russian philologist and academic (d. 1864)

Births239 years ago

1784 - Sándor Kőrösi Csoma, Hungarian philologist, orientalist, and author (d. 1842)

Births236 years ago
Births235 years ago

1797 - Alfred de Vigny, French author, poet, and playwright (d. 1863)

Births223 years ago

1801 - Alexander Barrow, American lawyer and politician (d. 1846)

Births219 years ago

1802 - Charles-Mathias Simons, German-Luxembourger jurist and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Luxembourg (d. 1874)

Births218 years ago

1809 - Georges-Eugène Haussmann, French engineer, urban planner, and politician (d. 1891)

Births211 years ago

1811 - Edward William Cooke, English painter and illustrator (d. 1880)

Births209 years ago

1814 - Charles Mackay, Scottish journalist, anthologist, and author (d. 1889)

Births206 years ago

1820 - Edward Augustus Inglefield, English admiral and explorer (d. 1894)

Births200 years ago

1822 - Henri Murger, French novelist and poet (d. 1861)

Births198 years ago

1824 - Virginia Minor, American women's suffrage activist (d. 1894)

Births196 years ago

1839 - John Ballance, Irish-New Zealand journalist and politician, 14th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1893)

Births181 years ago

1843 - George Frederick Leycester Marshall, English colonel and entomologist (d. 1934)

Births177 years ago

1844 - Adolphus Greely, American general and explorer, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1935)

Births176 years ago

1845 - Wilhelm Röntgen, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1923)

Births175 years ago

1845 - Jakob Sverdrup, Norwegian bishop and politician, Norwegian Minister of Education and Church Affairs (d. 1899)

Births175 years ago

1847 - Otto Wallach, German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1931)

Births173 years ago

1851 - Ruperto Chapí, Spanish composer, co-founded Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (d. 1909)

Births169 years ago

1851 - Vincent d'Indy, French composer and educator (d. 1931)

Births169 years ago

1852 - Jan van Beers, Belgian painter and illustrator (d. 1927)

Births168 years ago

1854 - Giovanni Battista Grassi, Italian physician, zoologist, and entomologist (d. 1925)

Births166 years ago

1855 - William Libbey, American target shooter, colonel, mountaineer, geographer, geologist, and archaeologist (d. 1927)

Births165 years ago

1857 - Karl Pearson, English mathematician, eugenicist, and academic (d. 1936)

Births163 years ago

1859 - George Giffen, Australian cricketer and footballer (d. 1927)

Births161 years ago

1860 - Frank Frost Abbott, American-Swiss scholar and academic (d. 1924)

Births160 years ago

1862 - Jelena Dimitrijević, Serbian short story writer, novelist, poet, traveller, social worker, feminist and polyglot (d. 1945)

Births158 years ago

1862 - Arturo Berutti, Argentinian composer (d. 1938)

Births158 years ago

1863 - Henry Royce, English engineer and businessman, founded Rolls-Royce Limited (d. 1933)

Births157 years ago

1866 - John Allan, Australian politician, 29th Premier of Victoria (d. 1936)

Births154 years ago

1868 - Patty Hill, American songwriter and educator (d. 1946)

Births152 years ago

1869 - James McNeill, Irish politician, 2nd Governor-General of the Irish Free State (d. 1938)

Births151 years ago

1869 - J. R. Clynes, English trade unionist and politician, Home Secretary (d. 1949)

Births151 years ago

1871 - Heinrich Mann, German author and poet (d. 1950)

Births149 years ago

1871 - Joseph G. Morrison, American captain and Nazarene minister (d. 1939)

Births149 years ago

1871 - Piet Aalberse, Dutch politician, Minister of Labour (d. 1948)

Births149 years ago

1875 - Albert Marquet, French painter (d. 1947)

Births145 years ago

1877 - Oscar Grégoire, Belgian water polo player and swimmer (d. 1947)

Births143 years ago

1878 - Kathleen Scott, British sculptor (d. 1947)

Births142 years ago

1879 - Sándor Garbai, Hungarian politician, 19th Prime Minister of Hungary (d. 1947)

Births141 years ago

1879 - Miller Huggins, American baseball player and manager (d. 1929)

Births141 years ago

1879 - Edward Steichen, Luxembourger-American painter and photographer (d. 1973)

Births141 years ago

1881 - Arkady Averchenko, Russian playwright and satirist (d. 1925)

Births139 years ago

1882 - Thomas Graham Brown, Scottish mountaineer and physiologist (d. 1965)

Births138 years ago

1883 - Marie Under, Estonian author and poet (d. 1980)

Births137 years ago

1884 - Gordon Thomson, English rower and lieutenant (d. 1953)

Births136 years ago

1885 - Julio Lozano Díaz, Honduran accountant and politician, 40th President of Honduras (d. 1957)

Births135 years ago

1885 - Reginald Fletcher, 1st Baron Winster, English navy officer and politician, Secretary of State for Transport (d. 1961)

Births135 years ago

1886 - Sergey Kirov, Russian politician (d. 1934)

Births134 years ago

1886 - Wladimir Burliuk, Ukrainian painter and illustrator (d. 1917)

Births134 years ago

1886 - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, German-American architect, designed IBM Plaza and Seagram Building (d. 1969)

Births134 years ago

1887 - Väinö Siikaniemi, Finnish javelin thrower, poet, and translator (d. 1932)

Births133 years ago

1888 - George Alfred Lawrence Hearne, English-South African cricketer (d. 1978)

Births132 years ago

1889 - Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu, Egyptian-Turkish journalist, author, and politician (d. 1974)

Births131 years ago

1889 - Leonard Mociulschi, Romanian general (d. 1979)

Births131 years ago

1890 - Harald Julin, Swedish swimmer and water polo player (d. 1967)

Births130 years ago

1890 - Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton, Scottish admiral (d. 1974)

Births130 years ago

1891 - Lajos Zilahy, Hungarian novelist and playwright (d. 1974)

Births129 years ago

1891 - Klawdziy Duzh-Dushewski, Belarusian-Lithuanian architect, journalist, and diplomat, created the Flag of Belarus (d. 1959)

Births129 years ago

1892 - Ferde Grofé, American pianist and composer (d. 1972)

Births128 years ago

1892 - Thorne Smith, American author (d. 1934)

Births128 years ago

1893 - Karl Mannheim, Hungarian-English sociologist and academic (d. 1947)

Births127 years ago

1893 - G. Lloyd Spencer, American lieutenant and politician (d. 1981)

Births127 years ago

1893 - George Beranger, Australian-American actor and director (d. 1973)

Births127 years ago

1894 - René Fonck, French colonel and pilot (d. 1953)

Births126 years ago

1895 - Roland Leighton, English soldier and poet (d. 1915)

Births125 years ago

1897 - Douglas Hartree, English mathematician and physicist (d. 1958)

Births123 years ago

1897 - Fred Keating, American magician, stage and film actor (d. 1961)

Births123 years ago

1899 - Francis Ponge, French poet and author (d. 1988)

Births121 years ago

1899 - Herbert Arthur Stuart, German-Swiss physicist and academic (d. 1974)

Births121 years ago

1899 - Gloria Swanson, American actress and producer (d. 1983)

Births121 years ago

1901 - Carl Barks, American illustrator and screenwriter (d. 2000)

Births119 years ago

1901 - Erich Ollenhauer, German politician (d. 1963)

Births119 years ago

1901 - Eisaku Satō, Japanese politician, 61st Prime Minister of Japan, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1975)

Births119 years ago

1901 - Kenneth Slessor, Australian journalist and poet (d. 1971)

Births119 years ago

1902 - Sidney Buchman, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1975)

Births118 years ago

1902 - Charles Lang, American cinematographer (d. 1998)

Births118 years ago

1903 - Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexican poet and playwright (d. 1950)

Births117 years ago

1905 - Leroy Carr, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1935)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Rudolf Christoph Freiherr von Gersdorff, German general (d. 1980)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Elsie MacGill, Canadian-American author and engineer (d. 1980)

Births115 years ago

1906 - Pee Wee Russell, American clarinet player, saxophonist, and composer (d. 1969)

Births114 years ago

1909 - Golo Mann, German historian and author (d. 1994)

Births111 years ago

1909 - Ben Webster, American saxophonist (d. 1973)

Births111 years ago

1909 - Valery Marakou, Belarusian poet and translator (d. 1937)

Births111 years ago

1910 - Ai Qing, Chinese poet and author (d. 1996)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Veronika Tushnova, Russian poet and physician (d. 1965)

Births109 years ago

1912 - James Callaghan, English lieutenant and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 2005)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Theodor Dannecker, German SS officer (d. 1945)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Richard Denning, American actor (d. 1998)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Budd Schulberg, American author, screenwriter, and producer (d. 2009)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Robert Lockwood, Jr., American guitarist (d. 2006)

Births105 years ago

1917 - Cyrus Vance, American lawyer and politician, 57th United States Secretary of State (d. 2002)

Births103 years ago

1920 - Colin Rowe, English-American architect, theorist and academic (d. 1999)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Phil Chess, Czech-American record producer, co-founded Chess Records (d. 2016)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Moacir Barbosa Nascimento, Brazilian footballer and coach (d. 2000)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Harold Nicholas, American actor and dancer (d. 2000)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Dick King-Smith, English author (d. 2011)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Stefan Wul, French author and surgeon (d. 2003)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Jules Olitski, Ukrainian-American painter, printmaker, and sculptor (d. 2007)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Shūsaku Endō, Japanese author (d. 1996)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Louis Simpson, Jamaican-American poet, translator, and academic (d. 2012)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Sarah Vaughan, American singer (d. 1990)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Ian Black, Scottish footballer (d. 2012)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Margaret K. Butler, American mathematician and computer programmer (d. 2013)

Births96 years ago

1926 - Frank O'Hara, American writer (d. 1966)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Sylvia Anderson, English voice actress, screenwriter, and producer (d. 2016)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Anthony Lewis, American journalist and academic (d. 2013)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor (d. 2007)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Jean Dotto, French cyclist (d. 2000)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Anne Ramsey, American actress (d. 1988)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Reg Evans, Australian actor (d. 2009)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Daniel Spoerri, Romanian-Swiss photographer, writer and artist

Births90 years ago

1931 - David Janssen, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1980)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Junior Parker, American singer and harmonica player (d. 1971)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Bailey Olter, Micronesian politician, 3rd President of the Federated States of Micronesia (d. 1999)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Lê Văn Hưng, South Vietnamese Brigadier general (d. 1975)

Births87 years ago

1934 - István Csurka, Hungarian journalist, author, and politician (d. 2012)

Births86 years ago

1935 - Stanley Rother, American Roman Catholic priest and missionary (d. 1981)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Julian Glover, English actor

Births85 years ago

1936 - Malcolm Goldstein, American violinist and composer

Births84 years ago

1937 - Alan Hawkshaw, English keyboard player and songwriter

Births83 years ago

1939 - Jay Kim, South Korean-American engineer and politician

Births81 years ago

1939 - Cale Yarborough, American race car driver and businessman

Births81 years ago

1940 - Sandro Munari, Italian race car driver

Births80 years ago

1940 - Austin Pendleton, American actor, director, and playwright

Births80 years ago

1941 - Ivan Gašparovič, Slovak lawyer and politician, 3rd President of Slovakia

Births79 years ago

1941 - Liese Prokop, Austrian pentathlete and politician, Austrian Minister of the Interior (d. 2006)

Births79 years ago

1942 - Michael Jackson, English journalist and author (d. 2007)

Births78 years ago

1942 - John Sulston, English biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2018)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Michael York, English actor

Births78 years ago

1943 - Mike Curtis, American football player and coach

Births77 years ago

1944 - Jesse Brown, American marine and politician, 2nd United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs (d. 2002)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Bryan Campbell, Canadian ice hockey player

Births76 years ago

1946 - Michael Aris, Cuban-English author and academic (d. 1999)

Births74 years ago

1947 - Oliver Friggieri, Maltese author, critic, poet and philosopher

Births73 years ago

1947 - Brian Jones, English balloonist and pilot

Births73 years ago

1947 - Walt Mossberg, American journalist

Births73 years ago

1948 - Jens-Peter Bonde, Danish lawyer and politician

Births72 years ago

1950 - Tony Banks, English keyboardist and songwriter

Births70 years ago
Births70 years ago

1950 - Maria Ewing, African-American soprano

Births70 years ago

1950 - Chris Stewart, English musician and author

Births70 years ago

1951 - Andrei Kozyrev, Belgian-Russian politician and diplomat, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Russia

Births69 years ago

1952 - Annemarie Moser-Pröll, Austrian skier

Births68 years ago

1952 - Maria Schneider, French actress (d. 2011)

Births68 years ago

1953 - Herman Ponsteen, Dutch cyclist

Births67 years ago

1954 - Gerard Batten, English lawyer and politician

Births66 years ago

1955 - Patrick McCabe, Irish writer

Births65 years ago

1955 - Mariano Rajoy, Spanish lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of Spain

Births65 years ago

1955 - Susan Neiman, Jewish American-German philosopher and author

Births65 years ago

1956 - Leung Kwok-hung, Hong Kong activist and politician

Births64 years ago

1956 - Thomas Wassberg, Swedish cross country skier

Births64 years ago

1957 - Kostas Vasilakakis, Greek footballer and manager

Births63 years ago

1957 - Stephen Dillane, English actor

Births63 years ago

1958 - Didier de Radiguès, Belgian race car driver and motorcycle racer

Births62 years ago

1959 - Andrew Farriss, Australian rock musician and multi-instrumentalist

Births61 years ago

1960 - Hans Pflügler, German footballer

Births60 years ago

1960 - Renato Russo, Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1996)

Births60 years ago

1961 - Ellery Hanley, English rugby league player and coach

Births59 years ago

1961 - Tony Rominger, Swiss professional cyclist

Births59 years ago

1962 - Jann Arden, Canadian singer-songwriter

Births58 years ago

1962 - Brett French, Australian rugby league player

Births58 years ago

1962 - Rob Hollink, Dutch poker player

Births58 years ago

1962 - John O'Farrell, English journalist and author

Births58 years ago

1962 - Brad Wright, American-Spanish basketball player

Births58 years ago

1962 - Kevin J. Anderson, American science fiction writer

Births58 years ago

1963 - Cory Blackwell, American basketball player

Births57 years ago

1963 - Randall Cunningham, American football player, coach, and pastor

Births57 years ago

1963 - Filippos Sachinidis, Greek-Canadian economist and politician

Births57 years ago

1963 - Gary Stevens, English-Australian footballer and physiotherapist

Births57 years ago

1963 - Quentin Tarantino, American director, producer, screenwriter and actor

Births57 years ago

1963 - Xuxa, Brazilian actress, singer, businesswoman and television presenter

Births57 years ago

1965 - Gregor Foitek, Swiss race car driver

Births55 years ago

1966 - Žarko Paspalj, Serbian basketball player

Births54 years ago

1967 - Talisa Soto, American actress

Births53 years ago

1968 - Irina Belova, Russian heptathlete

Births52 years ago

1969 - Gianluigi Lentini, Italian footballer and manager

Births51 years ago

1969 - Pauley Perrette, American actress

Births51 years ago

1970 - Leila Pahlavi, Princess of Iran (d. 2001)

Births50 years ago

1970 - Derek Aucoin, Canadian baseball player

Births50 years ago

1970 - Mariah Carey, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

Births50 years ago

1970 - Brent Fitz, Canadian-American multi-instrumentalist and recording artist

Births50 years ago

1970 - Jarrod McCracken, New Zealand rugby league player

Births50 years ago

1970 - Elizabeth Mitchell, American actress

Births50 years ago

1970 - Uwe Rosenberg, German game designer, created Bohnanza

Births50 years ago

1971 - David Coulthard, Scottish race car driver and sportscaster

Births49 years ago

1971 - Nathan Fillion, Canadian actor

Births49 years ago

1972 - Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Surinamese-Dutch footballer, coach, and manager

Births48 years ago

1972 - Charlie Haas, American professional wrestler

Births48 years ago

1973 - Roger Telemachus, South African cricketer

Births47 years ago

1974 - Marek Citko, Polish footballer and manager

Births46 years ago

1974 - George Koumantarakis, Greek-South African footballer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Gaizka Mendieta, Spanish footballer

Births46 years ago

1975 - Andrew Blowers, New Zealand rugby player

Births45 years ago

1975 - Kim Felton, Australian golfer

Births45 years ago

1975 - Jeff Palmer, American gay porn actor and singer-songwriter

Births45 years ago

1975 - Fergie, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress

Births45 years ago

1975 - Christian Fiedler, German footballer and manager

Births45 years ago
Births44 years ago

1976 - Danny Fortson, American basketball player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Adrian Anca, Romanian footballer

Births44 years ago

1977 - Vítor Meira, Brazilian race car driver

Births43 years ago

1978 - Gabriel Paraschiv, Romanian footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Marius Bakken, Norwegian runner

Births42 years ago

1978 - Amélie Cocheteux, French tennis player

Births42 years ago

1979 - Tom Palmer, English rugby union player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Mohsen Moeini, Iranian author and director

Births41 years ago

1979 - Imran Tahir, Pakistani-South African cricketer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Jennifer Wilson, Zimbabwean-South African field hockey player

Births41 years ago

1980 - Sean Ryan, American football player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Michaela Paštiková, Czech tennis player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Maksim Shevchenko, Russian footballer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Terry McFlynn, Irish footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Akhil Kumar, Indian boxer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Jukka Keskisalo, Finnish runner

Births39 years ago

1981 - Hilda Kibet, Kenyan runner

Births39 years ago

1982 - Shawn Beveney, Guyanese footballer

Births38 years ago

1983 - Yuliya Golubchikova, Russian pole vaulter

Births37 years ago

1983 - Vasily Koshechkin, Russian ice hockey player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Román Martínez, Argentinian footballer

Births37 years ago

1984 - Adam Ashley-Cooper, Australian rugby player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Ben Franks, Australian-born New Zealand rugby player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Brett Holman, Australian footballer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Dustin Byfuglien, American ice hockey player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Danny Vukovic, Australian footballer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Manuel Neuer, German footballer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Jefferson Bernárdez, Honduran footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Samuel Francis, Nigerian-Qatari sprinter

Births33 years ago

1987 - Polina Gagarina, Russian singer-songwriter, Russian representative in the Eurovision Song Contest

Births33 years ago

1987 - Buster Posey, American baseball player

Births33 years ago

1988 - Jessie J, English singer-songwriter

Births32 years ago

1988 - Atsuto Uchida, Japanese footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Brenda Song, American actress

Births32 years ago

1988 - Mauro Goicoechea, Uruguayan footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Holliday Grainger, English actress

Births32 years ago

1989 - Matt Harvey, American baseball player

Births31 years ago

1989 - Camilla Lees, New Zealand netball player

Births31 years ago

1990 - Erdin Demir, Swedish-Turkish footballer

Births30 years ago

1990 - Ben Hunt, Australian rugby league player

Births30 years ago

1990 - Nicolas Nkoulou, Cameroonian footballer

Births30 years ago

1990 - Luca Zuffi, Swiss footballer

Births30 years ago

1990 - Kimbra, New Zealand musician

Births30 years ago

1992 - Marc Muniesa, Spanish footballer

Births28 years ago

1995 - Bill Tuiloma, New Zealand footballer

Births25 years ago


710 - Rupert of Salzburg, Austrian bishop and saint (b. 660)


853 - Haymo of Halberstadt, German bishop and author (b. 778)


913 - Du Xiao, chancellor of Later Liang


913 - Zhang empress of Later Liang

Deaths1107 years ago

916 - Alduin I, Frankish nobleman


973 - Hermann Billung, Frankish lieutenant (b. 900)


1045 - Ali ibn Ahmad al-Jarjara'i, Fatimid vizier

Deaths975 years ago

1184 - Giorgi III, King of Georgia

Deaths836 years ago

1248 - Maud Marshal, English countess (b. 1192)

Deaths772 years ago
Deaths670 years ago

1378 - Pope Gregory XI (b. 1336)

Deaths642 years ago
Deaths558 years ago

1472 - Janus Pannonius, Hungarian bishop and poet (b. 1434)

Deaths548 years ago

1482 - Mary of Burgundy, Sovereign Duchess regnant of Burgundy, married to Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1457)

Deaths538 years ago

1564 - Lütfi Pasha, Turkish historian and politician, Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire (b. 1488)

Deaths456 years ago

1572 - Girolamo Maggi, Italian polymath (b. c. 1523)

Deaths448 years ago

1598 - Theodor de Bry, Belgian-German engraver, goldsmith, and publisher (b. 1528)

Deaths422 years ago

1613 - Sigismund Báthory (b. 1573)

Deaths407 years ago

1615 - Margaret of Valois (b. 1553)

Deaths405 years ago

1621 - Benedetto Giustiniani, Italian cardinal (b. 1554)

Deaths399 years ago

1624 - Ulrik of Denmark, Danish prince-bishop (b. 1578)

Deaths396 years ago

1625 - James VI and I of the United Kingdom (b. 1566)

Deaths395 years ago

1635 - Robert Naunton, English politician (b. 1563)

Deaths385 years ago

1676 - Bernardino de Rebolledo, Spanish poet, soldier, and diplomat (b. 1597)

Deaths344 years ago

1679 - Abraham Mignon, Dutch painter (b. 1640)

Deaths341 years ago

1697 - Simon Bradstreet, English businessman and politician, 20th Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1603)

Deaths323 years ago
Deaths291 years ago

1757 - Johann Stamitz, Czech violinist and composer (b. 1717)

Deaths263 years ago

1770 - Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Italian painter (b. 1696)

Deaths250 years ago

1848 - Gabriel Bibron, French zoologist and herpetologist (b. 1805)

Deaths172 years ago

1849 - Archibald Acheson, 2nd Earl of Gosford, Irish-Canadian politician, 35th Governor General of Canada (b. 1776)

Deaths171 years ago

1850 - Wilhelm Beer, Prussian astronomer and banker (b. 1797)

Deaths170 years ago

1864 - Jean-Jacques Ampère, French philologist and academic (b. 1800)

Deaths156 years ago

1869 - James Harper, American publisher and politician, 65th Mayor of New York City (b. 1795)

Deaths151 years ago

1875 - Juan Crisóstomo Torrico, Peruvian soldier and politician, President of Peru (b. 1808)

Deaths145 years ago

1875 - Edgar Quinet, French historian and academic (b. 1803)

Deaths145 years ago

1878 - George Gilbert Scott, English architect, designed the Albert Memorial and St Mary's Cathedral (b. 1811)

Deaths142 years ago

1886 - Henry Taylor, English poet and playwright (b. 1800)

Deaths134 years ago
Deaths131 years ago

1890 - Carl Jacob Löwig, German chemist and academic (b. 1803)

Deaths130 years ago

1898 - Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian philosopher and activist (b. 1817)

Deaths122 years ago

1900 - Joseph A. Campbell, American businessman, founded the Campbell Soup Company (b. 1817)

Deaths120 years ago

1910 - Alexander Emanuel Agassiz, Swiss-American ichthyologist, zoologist, and engineer (b. 1835)

Deaths110 years ago

1913 - Richard Montgomery Gano, American minister, physician, and general (b. 1830)

Deaths107 years ago

1918 - Henry Adams, American journalist, historian, and author (b. 1838)

Deaths102 years ago

1918 - Martin Sheridan, Irish-American discus thrower and jumper (b. 1881)

Deaths102 years ago

1921 - Harry Barron, English general and politician, 16th Governor of Western Australia (b. 1847)

Deaths99 years ago

1922 - Nikolay Sokolov, Russian composer and educator (b. 1859)

Deaths98 years ago

1923 - James Dewar, Scottish chemist and physicist (b. 1842)

Deaths97 years ago

1925 - Carl Neumann, German mathematician and academic (b. 1832)

Deaths95 years ago

1926 - Kick Kelly, American baseball player, manager, and umpire (b. 1856)

Deaths94 years ago

1926 - Georges Vézina, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1887)

Deaths94 years ago

1927 - Joe Start, American baseball player and manager (b. 1842)

Deaths93 years ago

1927 - Klaus Berntsen, Danish politician, Prime Minister of Denmark (b. 1844)

Deaths93 years ago

1928 - Leslie Stuart, English organist and composer (b. 1863)

Deaths92 years ago

1931 - Arnold Bennett, English author and playwright (b. 1867)

Deaths89 years ago

1934 - Francis William Reitz, South African lawyer and politician, 5th State President of the Orange Free State (b. 1844)

Deaths86 years ago

1938 - William Stern, German-American psychologist and philosopher (b. 1871)

Deaths82 years ago

1940 - Michael Joseph Savage, Australian-New Zealand politician, 23rd Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1872)

Deaths80 years ago

1942 - Julio González, Catalan sculptor and painter (b. 1876)

Deaths78 years ago
Deaths77 years ago

1945 - Vincent Hugo Bendix, American engineer and businessman, founded Bendix Corporation (b. 1881)

Deaths75 years ago

1945 - Halid Ziya Uşaklıgil, Turkish author, poet, and playwright (b. 1866)

Deaths75 years ago

1946 - Karl Groos, German psychologist and philosopher (b. 1861)

Deaths74 years ago

1949 - Elisheva Bikhovski, Israeli-Russian poet (b. 1888)

Deaths71 years ago

1952 - Kiichiro Toyoda, Japanese businessman, founded Toyota (b. 1894)

Deaths68 years ago

1956 - Évariste Lévi-Provençal, French orientalist and historian (b. 1894)

Deaths64 years ago

1958 - Leon C. Phillips, American lawyer and politician, 11th Governor of Oklahoma (b. 1890)

Deaths62 years ago

1960 - Gregorio Marañón, Spanish physician, philosopher, and author (b. 1887)

Deaths60 years ago

1967 - Jaroslav Heyrovský, Czech chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1890)

Deaths53 years ago

1968 - Yuri Gagarin, Russian colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1934)

Deaths52 years ago

1968 - Vladimir Seryogin, Russian soldier and pilot (b. 1922)

Deaths52 years ago

1973 - Mikhail Kalatozov, Georgian-Russian director, screenwriter, and cinematographer (b. 1903)

Deaths47 years ago

1974 - Eduardo Santos, Colombian journalist, lawyer, and politician, 15th President of Colombia (b. 1888)

Deaths46 years ago

1975 - Arthur Bliss, English conductor and composer (b. 1891)

Deaths45 years ago

1976 - Georg August Zinn, German lawyer and politician, Minister President of Hesse (b. 1901)

Deaths44 years ago

1977 - Shirley Graham Du Bois, American author, playwright, and composer (b. 1896)

Deaths43 years ago

1977 - Diana Hyland, American actress (b. 1936)

Deaths43 years ago

1977 - Jacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten, Dutch airline pilot (b. 1927)

Deaths43 years ago

1978 - Nat Bailey, Canadian businessman, founded the White Spot (b. 1902)

Deaths42 years ago

1978 - Kunwar Digvijay Singh, Indian field hockey (b. 1922)

Deaths42 years ago

1978 - Sverre Farstad, Norwegian speed skater (b. 1920)

Deaths42 years ago

1980 - Steve Fisher, American author and screenwriter (b. 1912)

Deaths40 years ago

1981 - Jakob Ackeret, Swiss engineer and academic (b. 1898)

Deaths39 years ago

1982 - Fazlur Khan, Bangladeshi-American engineer and architect, designed the John Hancock Center and Willis Tower (b. 1929)

Deaths38 years ago

1987 - William Bowers, American journalist and screenwriter (b. 1916)

Deaths33 years ago

1988 - Charles Willeford, American author, poet, and critic (b. 1919)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - May Allison, American actress (b. 1890)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Malcolm Cowley, American novelist, poet, and literary critic (b. 1898)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Percy Beard, American hurdler and coach (b. 1908)

Deaths30 years ago

1991 - Aldo Ray, American actor (b. 1926)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - Colin Gibson, English footballer (b. 1923)

Deaths28 years ago

1992 - Lang Hancock, Australian businessman (b. 1909)

Deaths28 years ago

1992 - James E. Webb, American colonel and politician, 16th Under Secretary of State (b. 1906)

Deaths28 years ago

1993 - Kamal Hassan Ali, Egyptian general and politician, Prime Minister of Egypt (b. 1921)

Deaths27 years ago

1993 - Paul László, Hungarian-American architect and interior designer (b. 1900)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Elisabeth Schmid, German archaeologist and osteologist (b. 1912)

Deaths26 years ago

1994 - Lawrence Wetherby, American lawyer and politician, 48th Governor of Kentucky (b. 1908)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - René Allio, French director and screenwriter (b. 1924)

Deaths25 years ago

1997 - Lane Dwinell, American businessman and politician, 69th Governor of New Hampshire (b. 1906)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - Ella Maillart, Swiss skier, sailor, field hockey player, and photographer (b. 1903)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - David McClelland, American psychologist and academic (b. 1917)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Michael Aris, Cuban-English author and academic (b. 1946)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - George Allen, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1914)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Ian Dury, English singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1942)

Deaths20 years ago

2002 - Milton Berle, American comedian and actor (b. 1908)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Dudley Moore, English actor (b. 1935)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Billy Wilder, Austrian-born American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1906)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Edwin Carr, New Zealand composer and educator (b. 1926)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Robert Merle, French author (b. 1909)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Wilfred Gordon Bigelow, Canadian soldier and surgeon (b. 1913)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Dan Curtis, American director and producer (b. 1928)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Stanisław Lem, Ukrainian-Polish author (b. 1921)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Rudolf Vrba, Czech Holocaust survivor and educator (b. 1924)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Neil Williams, English cricketer (b. 1962)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Nancy Adams, New Zealand botanist and illustrator (b. 1926)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Paul Lauterbur, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1929)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Jean-Marie Balestre, French businessman (b. 1921)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Irving R. Levine, American journalist and author (b. 1922)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Dick Giordano, American illustrator (b. 1932)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Clement Arrindell, Nevisian judge and politician, 1st Governor-General of Saint Kitts and Nevis (b. 1931)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Farley Granger, American actor (b. 1925)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Adrienne Rich, American poet, essayist and feminist (b. 1929)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Hjalmar Andersen, Norwegian speed skater (b. 1923)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Yvonne Brill, Canadian-American scientist and engineer (b. 1924)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Fay Kanin, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1917)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Richard N. Frye, American scholar and academic (b. 1920)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - James R. Schlesinger, American economist and politician, 12th United States Secretary of Defense and first United States Secretary of Energy (b. 1929)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Johnny Helms, American trumpet player, bandleader, and educator (b. 1935)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - T. Sailo, Indian soldier and politician, 2nd Chief Minister of Mizoram (b. 1922)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Mother Angelica, American Roman Catholic religious leader and media personality (b. 1923)

Deaths4 years ago

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Alexander, a Pannonian soldier, martyred in 3rd century.

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Romulus of Nîmes, a Benedictine abbot, martyred c. 730.

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