Holidays and observances

Chakri Day, commemorating the establishment of the Chakri dynasty. (Thailand)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

New Beer's Eve (United States)

Holidays and observances

Tartan Day (United States & Canada)

Holidays and observances


402 - Stilicho stymies the Visigoths under Alaric in the Battle of Pollentia.


1199 - King Richard I of England dies from an infection following the removal of an arrow from his shoulder.

Events821 years ago
Events770 years ago

1320 - The Scots reaffirm their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath.

Events700 years ago

1327 - The poet Petrarch first sees his idealized love, Laura, in the church of Saint Clare in Avignon.

Events693 years ago

1385 - John, Master of the Order of Aviz, is made king John I of Portugal.

Events635 years ago

1453 - Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (Istanbul), which falls on May 29.

Events567 years ago

1580 - One of the largest earthquakes recorded in the history of England, Flanders, or Northern France, takes place.

Events440 years ago

1652 - At the Cape of Good Hope, Dutch sailor Jan van Riebeeck establishes a resupply camp that eventually becomes Cape Town.

Events368 years ago
Events308 years ago
Events244 years ago

1782 - King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I) of Siam (modern day Thailand) establishes the Chakri dynasty.

Events238 years ago

1793 - During the French Revolution, the Committee of Public Safety becomes the executive organ of the republic.

Events227 years ago

1808 - John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company, that would eventually make him America's first millionaire.

Events212 years ago

1812 - British forces under the command of the Duke of Wellington assault the fortress of Badajoz. This would be the turning point in the Peninsular War against Napoleon-led France.

Events208 years ago

1814 - Nominal beginning of the Bourbon Restoration; anniversary date that Napoleon abdicates and is exiled to Elba.

Events206 years ago

1830 - Church of Christ, the original church of the Latter Day Saint movement, is organized by Joseph Smith and others at either Fayette or Manchester, New York.

Events190 years ago

1841 - U.S. President John Tyler is sworn in, two days after having become President upon William Henry Harrison's death.

Events179 years ago
Events160 years ago

1861 - First performance of Arthur Sullivan's debut success, his suite of incidental music for The Tempest, leading to a career that included the famous Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

Events159 years ago

1862 - American Civil War: The Battle of Shiloh begins: In Tennessee, forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant meet Confederate troops led by General Albert Sidney Johnston.

Events158 years ago

1865 - American Civil War: The Battle of Sailor's Creek: Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia fights and loses its last major battle while in retreat from Richmond, Virginia during the Appomattox Campaign.

Events155 years ago

1866 - The Grand Army of the Republic, an American patriotic organization composed of Union veterans of the American Civil War, is founded. It lasts until 1956.

Events154 years ago

1869 - Celluloid is patented.

Events151 years ago

1888 - Thomas Green Clemson dies, bequeathing his estate to the State of South Carolina to establish Clemson Agricultural College.

Events132 years ago

1893 - Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is dedicated by Wilford Woodruff.

Events127 years ago

1895 - Oscar Wilde is arrested in the Cadogan Hotel, London, after losing a libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry.

Events125 years ago

1896 - In Athens, the opening of the first modern Olympic Games is celebrated, 1,500 years after the original games are banned by Roman emperor Theodosius I.

Events124 years ago

1909 - Robert Peary and Matthew Henson become the first people to reach the North Pole; Peary's claim has been disputed because of failings in his navigational ability.

Events111 years ago

1911 - During the Battle of Deçiq, Dedë Gjon Luli Dedvukaj, leader of the Malësori Albanians, raises the Albanian flag in the town of Tuzi, Montenegro, for the first time after George Kastrioti (Skanderbeg).

Events109 years ago
Events103 years ago

1926 - Varney Airlines makes its first commercial flight (Varney is the root company of United Airlines).

Events94 years ago

1930 - At the end of the Salt March, Gandhi raises a lump of mud and salt and declares, "With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire."

Events90 years ago

1936 - Tupelo–Gainesville tornado outbreak: Another tornado from the same storm system as the Tupelo tornado hits Gainesville, Georgia, killing 203.

Events84 years ago

1941 - World War II: Nazi Germany launches Operation 25 (the invasion of Kingdom of Yugoslavia) and Operation Marita (the invasion of Greece).

Events79 years ago

1945 - World War II: Sarajevo is liberated from German and Croatian forces by the Yugoslav Partisans.

Events75 years ago

1945 - World War II: The Battle of Slater's Knoll on Bougainville comes to an end.

Events75 years ago

1947 - The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievement.

Events73 years ago

1957 - Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis buys the Hellenic National Airlines (TAE) and founds Olympic Airlines.

Events63 years ago

1965 - Launch of Early Bird, the first commercial communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit.

Events55 years ago

1968 - In Richmond, Indiana's downtown district, a double explosion kills 41 and injures 150.

Events52 years ago

1968 - Pierre Elliott Trudeau wins the Liberal Leadership Election, and becomes Prime Minister of Canada soon after.

Events52 years ago

1970 - Newhall massacre: Four California Highway Patrol officers are killed in a shootout.

Events50 years ago

1972 - Vietnam War: Easter Offensive: American forces begin sustained air strikes and naval bombardments.

Events48 years ago

1973 - Launch of Pioneer 11 spacecraft.

Events47 years ago

1973 - The American League of Major League Baseball begins using the designated hitter.

Events47 years ago

1974 - The Swedish pop band ABBA wins the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Waterloo", launching their international career.

Events46 years ago

1979 - Student protests break out in Nepal.

Events41 years ago

1984 - Members of Cameroon's Republican Guard unsuccessfully attempt to overthrow the government headed by Paul Biya.

Events36 years ago

1992 - The Bosnian War begins.

Events28 years ago

1994 - The Rwandan genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down.

Events26 years ago

1998 - Nuclear weapons testing: Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of reaching India.

Events22 years ago

1998 - Travelers Group announces an agreement to undertake the $76 billion merger between Travelers and Citicorp, and the merger is completed on October 8, of that year, forming Citibank.

Events22 years ago

2004 - Rolandas Paksas becomes the first president of Lithuania to be peacefully removed from office by impeachment.

Events16 years ago

2005 - Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani becomes Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day.

Events15 years ago

2008 - The 2008 Egyptian general strike starts led by Egyptian workers later to be adopted by April 6 Youth Movement and Egyptian activists.

Events12 years ago

2009 - A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near L'Aquila, Italy, killing 307.

Events11 years ago

2010 - Maoist rebels kill 76 CRPF officers in Dantewada district, India.

Events10 years ago

2011 - In San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico, over 193 victims of Los Zetas were exhumed from several mass graves.

Events9 years ago

2017 - U.S. military launches 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at an air base in Syria. Russia describes the strikes as an "aggression", adding they significantly damage US-Russia ties.

Events3 years ago

2018 - A bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior ice hockey team collides with a semi-truck in Saskatchewan, Canada, killing 16 people and injuring 13 others.

Events2 years ago


1135 - Maimonides, Jewish philosopher, Torah scholar, physician and astronomer (March 30 also proposed, d. 1204)

Births885 years ago

1483 - Raphael, Italian painter and architect (d. 1520)

Births537 years ago

1573 - Margaret of Brunswick-Lüneburg, German noble (d. 1643)

Births447 years ago
Births388 years ago

1651 - André Dacier, French scholar and academic (d. 1722)

Births369 years ago

1660 - Johann Kuhnau, German organist and composer (d. 1722)

Births360 years ago

1664 - Arvid Horn, Swedish general and politician, Governor of Västerbotten County (d. 1742)

Births356 years ago

1671 - Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, French poet and playwright (d. 1741)

Births349 years ago

1672 - André Cardinal Destouches, French composer (d. 1749)

Births348 years ago

1706 - Louis de Cahusac, French playwright and composer (d. 1759)

Births314 years ago

1708 - Johann Georg Reutter, Austrian organist and composer (d. 1772)

Births312 years ago

1725 - Pasquale Paoli, French soldier and politician (d. 1807)

Births295 years ago

1726 - Gerard Majella, Italian saint (d. 1755)

Births294 years ago

1741 - Nicolas Chamfort, French author and playwright (d. 1794)

Births279 years ago

1766 - Wilhelm von Kobell, German painter and educator (d. 1853)

Births254 years ago

1773 - James Mill, Scottish historian, economist, and philosopher (d. 1836)

Births247 years ago

1787 - Celestina Cordero, Puerto Rican educator (d. 1862)

Births233 years ago

1810 - Philip Henry Gosse, English biologist and academic (d. 1888)

Births210 years ago

1812 - Alexander Herzen, Russian philosopher and author (d. 1870)

Births208 years ago

1815 - Robert Volkmann, German organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1883)

Births205 years ago

1818 - Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, Norwegian journalist and poet (d. 1870)

Births202 years ago

1820 - Nadar, French photographer, journalist, and author (d. 1910)

Births200 years ago

1823 - Joseph Medill, Canadian-American publisher and politician, 26th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1899)

Births197 years ago

1824 - George Waterhouse, English-New Zealand politician, 7th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1906)

Births196 years ago

1826 - Gustave Moreau, French painter and academic (d. 1898)

Births194 years ago

1844 - William Lyne, Australian politician, 13th Premier of New South Wales (d. 1913)

Births176 years ago

1851 - Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer and academic (d. 1932)

Births169 years ago

1852 - Will Crooks, English trade unionist and politician (d. 1921)

Births168 years ago

1855 - Charles Huot, Canadian painter and illustrator (d. 1930)

Births165 years ago

1857 - Arthur Wesley Dow, American painter and photographer (d. 1922)

Births163 years ago

1860 - René Lalique, French sculptor and jewellery designer (d. 1945)

Births160 years ago

1861 - Stanislas de Guaita, French poet and author (d. 1897)

Births159 years ago

1864 - William Bate Hardy, English biologist and academic (d. 1934)

Births156 years ago

1866 - Felix-Raymond-Marie Rouleau, Canadian cardinal (d. 1931)

Births154 years ago

1869 - Levon Shant, Armenian author, poet, and playwright (d. 1951)

Births151 years ago

1878 - Erich Mühsam, German author, poet, and playwright (d. 1934)

Births142 years ago

1881 - Karl Staaf, Swedish pole vaulter and hammer thrower (d. 1953)

Births139 years ago

1884 - J. G. Parry-Thomas, Welsh race car driver and engineer (d. 1927)

Births136 years ago
Births134 years ago

1886 - Walter Dandy, American physician and neurosurgeon (d. 1946)

Births134 years ago

1886 - Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII, Indian ruler (d. 1967)

Births134 years ago

1888 - Hans Richter, Swiss painter, illustrator, and director (d. 1976)

Births132 years ago

1888 - Gerhard Ritter, German historian and academic (d. 1967)

Births132 years ago

1890 - Anthony Fokker, Dutch engineer and businessman, founded Fokker Aircraft Manufacturer (d. 1939)

Births130 years ago

1892 - Donald Wills Douglas, Sr., American businessman, founded the Douglas Aircraft Company (d. 1981)

Births128 years ago

1892 - Lowell Thomas, American journalist and author (d. 1981)

Births128 years ago

1895 - Dudley Nichols, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1960)

Births125 years ago

1898 - Jeanne Hébuterne, French painter and author (d. 1920)

Births122 years ago

1900 - Leo Robin, American composer and songwriter (d. 1984)

Births120 years ago

1901 - Pier Giorgio Frassati, Italian activist (d. 1925)

Births119 years ago

1902 - Julien Torma, French author, poet, and playwright (d. 1933)

Births118 years ago

1903 - Mickey Cochrane, American baseball player and manager (d. 1962)

Births117 years ago

1903 - Harold Eugene Edgerton, American engineer and academic (d. 1990)

Births117 years ago

1904 - Kurt Georg Kiesinger, German lawyer and politician, 3rd Chancellor of Germany (d. 1988)

Births116 years ago

1904 - Erwin Komenda, Austrian car designer and engineer (d. 1966)

Births116 years ago

1908 - Marcel-Marie Desmarais, Canadian preacher, missionary, and author (d. 1994)

Births112 years ago

1909 - William M. Branham, American minister and theologian (d. 1965)

Births111 years ago

1909 - Hermann Lang, German race car driver (d. 1987)

Births111 years ago

1910 - Barys Kit, Belarusian-American rocket scientist (d. 2018)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Feodor Felix Konrad Lynen, German biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1979)

Births109 years ago

1913 - Shannon Boyd-Bailey McCune, American geographer and academic (d. 1993)

Births107 years ago

1915 - Tadeusz Kantor, Polish director, painter, and set designer (d. 1990)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Phil Leeds, American actor (d. 1998)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Vincent Ellis McKelvey, American geologist and author (d. 1987)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Leonora Carrington, English-Mexican painter and author (d. 2011)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Alfredo Ovando Candía, Bolivian general and politician, 56th President of Bolivia (d. 1982)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Georgios Mylonas, Greek politician, 11th Greek Minister of Culture (d. 1998)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Jack Cover, American pilot and physicist, invented the Taser gun (d. 2009)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Edmond H. Fischer, Swiss-American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births100 years ago

1921 - Wilbur Thompson, American shot putter (d. 2013)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Gordon Chater, English-Australian comedian and actor (d. 1999)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Herb Thomas, American race car driver (d. 2000)

Births97 years ago

1926 - Sergio Franchi, Italian-American singer and actor (d. 1990)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Gil Kane, Latvian-American author and illustrator (d. 2000)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Ian Paisley, Northern Irish evangelical minister and politician, 2nd First Minister of Northern Ireland (d. 2014)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Randy Weston, American jazz pianist and composer (d. 2018)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Gerry Mulligan, American saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer (d. 1996)

Births93 years ago

1928 - James Watson, American biologist, geneticist, and zoologist, Nobel Prize laureate

Births92 years ago

1929 - Willis Hall, English playwright and author (d. 2005)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Joi Lansing, American model, actress and nightclub singer (d. 1972)

Births91 years ago

1929 - André Previn, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2019)

Births91 years ago

1931 - Ram Dass, American author and educator

Births89 years ago

1931 - Ivan Dixon, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2008)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Connie Broden, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2013)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Helmut Griem, German actor and director (d. 2004)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Roy Goode, English lawyer and academic

Births87 years ago

1933 - Tom C. Korologos, American journalist and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Belgium

Births87 years ago

1933 - Eduardo Malapit, American lawyer and politician, Mayor of Kauai (d. 2007)

Births87 years ago

1934 - Enrique Álvarez Félix, Mexican actor (d. 1996)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Anton Geesink, Dutch martial artist and wrestler (d. 2010)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Guy Peellaert, Belgian painter, illustrator, and photographer (d. 2008)

Births86 years ago

1935 - Douglas Hill, Canadian author and critic (d. 2007)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Helen Berman, Dutch-Israeli painter and illustrator

Births84 years ago

1936 - Jean-Pierre Changeux, French neuroscientist, biologist, and academic

Births84 years ago

1937 - Merle Haggard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2016)

Births83 years ago

1937 - Tom Veivers, Australian cricketer and politician

Births83 years ago

1937 - Billy Dee Williams, American actor, singer, and writer

Births83 years ago

1938 - Paul Daniels, English magician and television host (d. 2016)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Roy Thinnes, American television and film actor

Births82 years ago

1939 - André Ouellet, Canadian lawyer and politician, 1st Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Births81 years ago

1939 - John Sculley, American businessman, co-founded Zeta Interactive

Births81 years ago

1940 - Homero Aridjis, Mexican journalist, author, and poet

Births80 years ago

1940 - Pedro Armendáriz, Jr., Mexican-American actor and producer (d. 2011)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Christopher Allsopp, English economist and academic

Births79 years ago

1941 - Phil Austin, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (d. 2015)

Births79 years ago

1941 - Hans W. Geißendörfer, German director and producer

Births79 years ago

1941 - Don Prudhomme, American race car driver and manager

Births79 years ago

1941 - Gheorghe Zamfir, Romanian flute player and composer

Births79 years ago

1942 - Barry Levinson, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births78 years ago

1942 - Anita Pallenberg, Italian-English model, actress, and fashion designer (d. 2017)

Births78 years ago

1943 - Max Clifford, English journalist and publicist (d. 2017)

Births77 years ago

1943 - Roger Cook, New Zealand-English journalist and academic

Births77 years ago

1943 - Ian MacRae, New Zealand rugby player

Births77 years ago

1943 - Mitchell Melton, American lawyer and politician (d. 2013)

Births77 years ago

1944 - Felicity Palmer, English operatic soprano

Births76 years ago

1945 - Rodney Bickerstaffe, English trade union leader (d. 2017)

Births75 years ago

1945 - Peter Hill, English journalist

Births75 years ago

1946 - Paul Beresford, New Zealand-English dentist and politician

Births74 years ago

1947 - John Ratzenberger, American actor and director

Births73 years ago

1947 - André Weinfeld, French-American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births73 years ago

1947 - Mike Worboys, English mathematician and computer scientist

Births73 years ago

1949 - Alyson Bailes, English academic and diplomat (d. 2016)

Births71 years ago

1949 - Patrick Hernandez, French singer-songwriter

Births71 years ago

1949 - Ng Ser Miang, Singaporean athlete, entrepreneur and diplomat

Births71 years ago

1949 - Horst Ludwig Störmer, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births71 years ago

1950 - Claire Morissette, Canadian cycling activist (d. 2007)

Births70 years ago

1950 - Cleo Odzer, American anthropologist and author (d. 2001)

Births70 years ago

1951 - Bert Blyleven, Dutch-American baseball player and sportscaster

Births69 years ago

1951 - Jean-Marc Boivin, French skier, mountaineer, and pilot (d. 1990)

Births69 years ago

1951 - Pascal Rogé, French pianist

Births69 years ago

1951 - Phil Schaap, American jazz disc jockey and historian

Births69 years ago

1952 - Udo Dirkschneider, German singer-songwriter

Births68 years ago

1952 - Marilu Henner, Greek-Polish American actress and author

Births68 years ago

1952 - Michel Larocque, Canadian ice hockey player and manager (d. 1992)

Births68 years ago

1953 - Patrick Doyle, Scottish actor and composer

Births67 years ago

1953 - Christopher Franke, German-American drummer and songwriter

Births67 years ago

1955 - Rob Epstein, American director and producer

Births65 years ago

1955 - Michael Rooker, American actor, director, and producer

Births65 years ago

1955 - Cathy Jones, Canadian actress, comedian, and writer

Births65 years ago

1956 - Michele Bachmann, American lawyer and politician

Births64 years ago

1956 - Normand Corbeil, Canadian composer (d. 2013)

Births64 years ago

1956 - Mudassar Nazar, Pakistani cricketer

Births64 years ago

1956 - Lee Scott, English politician

Births64 years ago

1956 - Sebastian Spreng, Argentinian-American painter and journalist

Births64 years ago

1956 - Dilip Vengsarkar, Indian cricketer and coach

Births64 years ago

1957 - Giorgio Damilano, Italian race walker and coach

Births63 years ago

1957 - Maurizio Damilano, Italian race walker and coach

Births63 years ago

1957 - Jaroslava Maxová, Czech soprano and educator

Births63 years ago

1957 - Paolo Nespoli, Italian soldier, engineer, and astronaut

Births63 years ago

1958 - Graeme Base, Australian author and illustrator

Births62 years ago

1959 - Gail Shea, Canadian politician

Births61 years ago

1960 - Warren Haynes, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births60 years ago

1960 - Richard Loe, New Zealand rugby player

Births60 years ago

1960 - John Pizzarelli, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births60 years ago

1961 - Rory Bremner, Scottish actor and screenwriter

Births59 years ago

1961 - Peter Jackson, English footballer and manager

Births59 years ago

1962 - Iris Häussler, German sculptor and academic

Births58 years ago

1962 - Marco Schällibaum, Swiss footballer, coach, and manager

Births58 years ago

1963 - Rafael Correa, Ecuadorian economist and politician, 54th President of Ecuador

Births57 years ago

1965 - Black Francis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births55 years ago

1965 - Sterling Sharpe, American football player and sportscaster

Births55 years ago

1966 - Vince Flynn, American author (d. 2013)

Births54 years ago

1966 - Young Man Kang, South Korean-American director and producer

Births54 years ago

1967 - Julian Anderson, English composer and educator

Births53 years ago

1967 - Kathleen Barr, Canadian voice actress and singer

Births53 years ago

1967 - Tanya Byron, English psychologist and academic

Births53 years ago

1967 - Jonathan Firth, English actor

Births53 years ago

1968 - Archon Fung, American political scientist, author, and academic

Births52 years ago

1968 - Affonso Giaffone, Brazilian race car driver

Births52 years ago

1969 - Bret Boone, American baseball player and manager

Births51 years ago

1969 - Bison Dele, American basketball player (d. 2002)

Births51 years ago

1969 - Philipp Peter, Austrian race car driver

Births51 years ago

1969 - Paul Rudd, American actor

Births51 years ago

1969 - Spencer Wells, American geneticist and anthropologist

Births51 years ago

1970 - Olaf Kölzig, South African-German ice hockey player and coach

Births50 years ago

1970 - Roy Mayorga, American drummer, songwriter, and producer

Births50 years ago

1970 - Huang Xiaomin, Chinese swimmer

Births50 years ago

1972 - Anders Thomas Jensen, Danish director and screenwriter

Births48 years ago

1972 - Dickey Simpkins, American basketball player and sportscaster

Births48 years ago

1973 - Donnie Edwards, American football player

Births47 years ago

1973 - Randall Godfrey, American football player

Births47 years ago

1973 - Rie Miyazawa, Japanese model and actress

Births47 years ago

1973 - Sun Wen, Chinese footballer

Births47 years ago

1975 - Zach Braff, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births45 years ago

1975 - Hal Gill, American ice hockey player

Births45 years ago

1976 - Candace Cameron Bure, American actress and talk show panelist

Births44 years ago

1976 - James Fox, Welsh singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

Births44 years ago

1976 - Chris Hoke, American football player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Georg Hólm, Icelandic bass player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Hirotada Ototake, Japanese author and educator

Births44 years ago

1977 - Ville Nieminen, Finnish ice hockey player

Births43 years ago

1977 - Andy Phillips, American baseball player and coach

Births43 years ago

1978 - Imani Coppola, Italian/African-American singer-songwriter and violinist

Births42 years ago

1978 - Robert Glasper, African-American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Tim Hasselbeck, American football player and sportscaster

Births42 years ago

1978 - Myleene Klass, Austrian/Filipino-English singer, pianist, and model

Births42 years ago

1978 - Martín Méndez, Uruguayan bass player and songwriter

Births42 years ago

1978 - Blaine Neal, American baseball player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Igor Semshov, Russian footballer

Births42 years ago

1979 - Lord Frederick Windsor, English journalist and financier

Births41 years ago

1979 - Clay Travis, American sports journalist, blogger, and broadcaster

Births41 years ago

1980 - Tommi Evilä, Finnish long jumper

Births40 years ago

1980 - Tanja Poutiainen, Finnish skier

Births40 years ago

1980 - Antonio Thomas, American wrestler

Births40 years ago

1981 - Robert Earnshaw, Welsh footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Jeff Faine, American football player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Alex Suarez, American bass player

Births39 years ago

1982 - Travis Moen, Canadian ice hockey player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Spanish actor

Births38 years ago

1983 - Mehdi Ballouchy, Moroccan footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Jerome Kaino, New Zealand rugby player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Mitsuru Nagata, Japanese footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Remi Nicole, English singer-songwriter and actress

Births37 years ago

1983 - James Wade, English darts player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Katie Weatherston, Canadian ice hockey player

Births37 years ago

1984 - Max Bemis, American singer-songwriter

Births36 years ago

1984 - Michaël Ciani, French footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Siboniso Gaxa, South African footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Diana Matheson, Canadian soccer player

Births36 years ago

1985 - Clarke MacArthur, Canadian ice hockey player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Frank Ongfiang, Cameroonian footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Sinqua Walls, French/Native American/Jamaican-American basketball player and actor

Births35 years ago

1986 - Nikolas Asprogenis, Cypriot footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Aaron Curry, American football player

Births34 years ago

1986 - Goeido Gotaro, Japanese sumo wrestler

Births34 years ago

1986 - Ryota Moriwaki, Japanese footballer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Benjamin Corgnet, French footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Heidi Mount, American model

Births33 years ago

1987 - Juan Adriel Ochoa, Mexican footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Levi Porter, English footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Hilary Rhoda, American model

Births33 years ago

1988 - Jucilei, Brazilian footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Leigh Adams, Australian footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Daniele Gasparetto, Italian footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Carlton Mitchell, American football player

Births32 years ago

1988 - Fabrice Muamba, Congolese-English footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Ivonne Orsini, Puerto Rican-American model and television host, Miss World Puerto Rico 2008

Births32 years ago

1990 - Lachlan Coote, Australian rugby league player

Births30 years ago

1990 - Charlie McDermott, American actor

Births30 years ago

1990 - Andrei Veis, Estonian footballer

Births30 years ago

1992 - Ken, South Korean singer

Births28 years ago

1992 - Julie Ertz, American soccer player and FIFA Women's World Cup champion

Births28 years ago

1994 - Adrián Alonso, Mexican actor

Births26 years ago

1995 - Darya Lebesheva, Belarusian tennis player

Births25 years ago

1998 - Peyton List, American actress and model

Births22 years ago


861 - Prudentius, bishop of Troyes


885 - Saint Methodius, Byzantine missionary and saint (b. 815)


943 - Liu Churang, Chinese general and chief of staff (b. 881)


943 - Nasr II, ruler (amir) of the Samanid Empire (b. 906)

Deaths1077 years ago

1147 - Frederick II, duke of Swabia (b. 1090)

Deaths873 years ago

1199 - Richard I, king of England (b. 1157)

Deaths821 years ago

1250 - Guillaume de Sonnac, Grand Master of the Knights Templar

Deaths770 years ago

1252 - Peter of Verona, Italian priest and saint (b. 1206)

Deaths768 years ago

1340 - Basil, emperor of Trebizond (Turkey)

Deaths680 years ago

1362 - James I, count of La Marche (b. 1319)

Deaths658 years ago
Deaths644 years ago

1490 - Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary and Croatia from 1458 to 1490 (b. 1443)

Deaths530 years ago

1520 - Raphael, Italian painter and architect (b. 1483)

Deaths500 years ago

1523 - Henry Stafford, 1st Earl of Wiltshire, English nobleman (b. 1479)

Deaths497 years ago

1528 - Albrecht Dürer, German painter, engraver, and mathematician (b. 1471)

Deaths492 years ago

1551 - Joachim Vadian, Swiss scholar and politician (b. 1484)

Deaths469 years ago

1571 - John Hamilton, Scottish archbishop and academic (b. 1512)

Deaths449 years ago

1590 - Francis Walsingham, English politician and diplomat, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (b. 1532)

Deaths430 years ago

1593 - Henry Barrowe, English Puritan and separatist (b. 1550)

Deaths427 years ago

1605 - John Stow, English historian and author (b. 1525)

Deaths415 years ago
Deaths399 years ago

1641 - Domenico Zampieri (Domenichino), Italian painter (b. 1581)

Deaths379 years ago

1655 - David Blondel, French minister, historian, and scholar (b. 1591)

Deaths365 years ago

1676 - John Winthrop the Younger, English politician, 1st Governor of Connecticut (b. 1606)

Deaths344 years ago

1686 - Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey, Irish-English politician (b. 1614)

Deaths334 years ago

1707 - Willem van de Velde the Younger, Dutch-English painter (b. 1633)

Deaths313 years ago

1755 - Richard Rawlinson, English minister and historian (b. 1690)

Deaths265 years ago
Deaths230 years ago

1825 - Vladimir Borovikovsky, Ukrainian-Russian painter and educator (b. 1757)

Deaths195 years ago

1829 - Niels Henrik Abel, Norwegian mathematician and theorist (b. 1802)

Deaths191 years ago

1833 - Adamantios Korais, Greek philosopher and scholar (b. 1748)

Deaths187 years ago

1838 - José Bonifácio de Andrada, Brazilian poet, academic, and politician (b. 1763)

Deaths182 years ago

1860 - James Kirke Paulding, American author and politician, 11th United States Secretary of the Navy (b. 1778)

Deaths160 years ago

1862 - Albert Sidney Johnston, American general (b. 1803)

Deaths158 years ago

1883 - Benjamin Wright Raymond, American merchant and politician, 3rd Mayor of Chicago (b. 1801)

Deaths137 years ago

1886 - William Edward Forster, English businessman, philanthropist, and politician, Chief Secretary for Ireland (b. 1818)

Deaths134 years ago

1899 - Alvan Wentworth Chapman, American physician and botanist (b. 1809)

Deaths121 years ago

1906 - Alexander Kielland, Norwegian author, playwright, and politician, 6th County Governor of Møre og Romsdal (b. 1849)

Deaths114 years ago
Deaths107 years ago

1923 - Kabalega, King of Bunyoro (b.1853)

Deaths97 years ago

1927 - Florence Earle Coates, American poet (b. 1850)

Deaths93 years ago

1935 - Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet and playwright (b. 1869)

Deaths85 years ago

1944 - Rose O'Neill, American cartoonist, illustrator, artist, and writer (b. 1874)

Deaths76 years ago

1947 - Herbert Backe, German agronomist and politician (b. 1896)

Deaths73 years ago

1950 - Louis Wilkins, American pole vaulter (b. 1882)

Deaths70 years ago

1953 - Idris Davies, Welsh poet and author (b. 1905)

Deaths67 years ago

1959 - Leo Aryeh Mayer, Polish-Israeli scholar and academic (b. 1895)

Deaths61 years ago

1961 - Jules Bordet, Belgian microbiologist and immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1870)

Deaths59 years ago

1963 - Otto Struve, Ukrainian-American astronomer and academic (b. 1897)

Deaths57 years ago

1970 - Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (b. 1933)

Deaths50 years ago

1971 - Igor Stravinsky, Russian-American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1882)

Deaths49 years ago

1974 - Willem Marinus Dudok, Dutch architect (b. 1884)

Deaths46 years ago

1974 - Hudson Fysh, Australian pilot and businessman, co-founded Qantas Airways Limited (b. 1895)

Deaths46 years ago

1977 - Kōichi Kido, Japanese politician, 13th Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal of Japan (b. 1889)

Deaths43 years ago

1979 - Ivan Vasilyov, Bulgarian architect, designed the SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library (b. 1893)

Deaths41 years ago

1983 - Jayanto Nath Chaudhuri, Indian General who served as the Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army from 1962 to 1966 and the Military Governor of Hyderabad State from 1948 to 1949. (b. 1908)

Deaths37 years ago

1992 - Isaac Asimov, American science fiction writer (b. 1920)

Deaths28 years ago

1994 - Juvénal Habyarimana, Rwandan banker and politician, 3rd President of Rwanda (b. 1937)

Deaths26 years ago

1994 - Cyprien Ntaryamira, Burundian politician, 5th President of Burundi (b. 1955)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Ioannis Alevras, Greek banker and politician, President of Greece (b. 1912)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Greer Garson, English-American actress (b. 1904)

Deaths24 years ago

1998 - Norbert Schmitz, German footballer (b. 1958)

Deaths22 years ago

1998 - Tammy Wynette, American singer-songwriter (b. 1942)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Red Norvo, American vibraphone player and composer (b. 1908)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - Habib Bourguiba, Tunisian politician, 1st President of Tunisia (b. 1903)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Charles Pettigrew, American singer-songwriter (Charles & Eddie) (b. 1963)

Deaths19 years ago

2003 - David Bloom, American journalist (b. 1963)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Anita Borg, American computer scientist and educator; founded Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (b. 1949)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Gerald Emmett Carter, Canadian cardinal (b. 1912)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer, educator, and activist (b. 1927)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Lou Berberet, American baseball player (b. 1929)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Larisa Bogoraz, Russian linguist and activist (b. 1929)

Deaths16 years ago
Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Maggie Dixon, American basketball player and coach (b. 1977)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Francis L. Kellogg, American soldier and diplomat (b. 1917)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Stefanos Stratigos, Greek actor and director (b. 1926)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Luigi Comencini, Italian director and producer (b. 1916)

Deaths13 years ago

2009 - J. M. S. Careless, Canadian historian and academic (b. 1919)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Shawn Mackay, Australian rugby player and coach (b. 1982)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Wilma Mankiller, American tribal leader (b. 1945)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Corin Redgrave, English actor (b. 1939)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Gerald Finnerman, American director and cinematographer (b. 1931)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Roland Guilbault, American admiral (b. 1934)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Thomas Kinkade, American painter and illustrator (b. 1958)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Fang Lizhi, Chinese astrophysicist and academic (b. 1936)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Sheila Scotter, Australian fashion designer and journalist (b. 1920)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Reed Whittemore, American poet and critic (b. 1919)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Hilda Bynoe, Grenadian physician and politician, 2nd Governor of Grenada (b. 1921)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Bill Guttridge, English footballer and manager (b. 1931)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Bigas Luna, Spanish director and screenwriter (b. 1946)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Ottmar Schreiner, German lawyer and politician (b. 1946)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Mary Anderson, American actress (b. 1918)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Jacques Castérède, French pianist and composer (b. 1926)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Liv Dommersnes, Norwegian actress (b. 1922)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Mickey Rooney, American soldier, actor, and dancer (b. 1920)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Chuck Stone, American soldier, journalist, and academic (b. 1924)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Massimo Tamburini, Italian motorcycle designer, co-founded Bimota (b. 1943)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Giovanni Berlinguer, Italian lawyer and politician (b. 1924)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - James Best, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1926)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Ray Charles, American singer-songwriter and conductor (b. 1918)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Dollard St. Laurent, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1929)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Merle Haggard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1937)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Don Rickles, American actor and comedian (b. 1926)

Deaths3 years ago

2019 - Michael O'Donnell, British physician, journalist, author and broadcaster (b. 1928)

Deaths1 years ago

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