Holidays and observances

Buddha's Birthday, also known as Hana Matsuri, "Flower Festival" (Japan)

Holidays and observances

Earliest day on which Fast and Prayer Day can fall, while April 14 is the latest; celebrated on the second Friday in April (Liberia)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Events

217 - Roman Emperor Caracalla is assassinated. He is succeeded by his Praetorian Guard prefect, Marcus Opellius Macrinus.

Events

632 - King Charibert II is assassinated at Blaye (Gironde), along with his infant son Chilperic.

Events
Events

1093 - The new Winchester Cathedral is dedicated by Walkelin.

Events927 years ago

1139 - Roger II of Sicily is excommunicated.

Events881 years ago

1149 - Pope Eugene III takes refuge in the castle of Ptolemy II of Tusculum.

Events871 years ago

1232 - Mongol–Jin War: The Mongols begin their siege on Kaifeng, the capital of the Jin dynasty.

Events788 years ago

1271 - In Syria, sultan Baibars conquers the Krak des Chevaliers.

Events749 years ago

1665 - English colonial patents are granted for the establishment of the Monmouth Tract, for what would eventually become Monmouth County in northeastern New Jersey.

Events355 years ago

1730 - Shearith Israel, the first synagogue in New York City, is dedicated.

Events290 years ago

1740 - War of Jenkins' Ear: Three British ships capture the Spanish third-rate Princesa, taken into service as HMS Princess.

Events280 years ago

1808 - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore is promoted to an archdiocese, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII.

Events212 years ago

1820 - The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Milos.

Events200 years ago

1832 - Black Hawk War: Around three-hundred United States 6th Infantry troops leave St. Louis, Missouri to fight the Sauk Native Americans.

Events188 years ago
Events156 years ago
Events154 years ago
Events134 years ago
Events116 years ago

1906 - Auguste Deter, the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, dies.

Events114 years ago
Events112 years ago

1908 - Harvard University votes to establish the Harvard Business School.

Events112 years ago
Events109 years ago

1913 - The 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution, requiring direct election of Senators, becomes law.

Events107 years ago

1916 - In Corona, California, race car driver Bob Burman crashes, killing three (including himself), and badly injuring five spectators.

Events104 years ago

1918 - World War I: Actors Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin sell war bonds on the streets of New York City's financial district.

Events102 years ago

1924 - Sharia courts are abolished in Turkey, as part of Atatürk's Reforms.

Events96 years ago

1929 - Indian independence movement: At the Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt throw handouts and bombs to court arrest.

Events91 years ago
Events85 years ago

1942 - World War II: Siege of Leningrad: Soviet forces open a much-needed railway link to Leningrad.

Events78 years ago

1942 - World War II: The Japanese take Bataan in the Philippines.

Events78 years ago

1943 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bars rate increases by common carriers and public utilities.

Events77 years ago

1943 - Otto and Elise Hampel are executed in Berlin for their anti-Nazi activities.

Events77 years ago

1945 - World War II: After an air raid accidentally destroys a train carrying about 4,000 Nazi concentration camp internees in Prussian Hanover, the survivors are massacred by Nazis.

Events75 years ago

1946 - Électricité de France, the world's largest utility company, is formed as a result of the nationalisation of a number of electricity producers, transporters and distributors.

Events74 years ago
Events70 years ago

1952 - U.S. President Harry Truman calls for the seizure of all domestic steel mills in an attempt to prevent the 1952 steel strike.

Events68 years ago

1953 - Mau Mau leader Jomo Kenyatta is convicted by British Kenya's rulers.

Events67 years ago

1954 - A Royal Canadian Air Force Canadair Harvard collides with a Trans-Canada Airlines Canadair North Star over Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, killing 37 people.

Events66 years ago

1954 - South African Airways Flight 201 A de Havilland DH.106 Comet 1 crashes into the sea during night killing 21 people.

Events66 years ago

1959 - A team of computer manufacturers, users, and university people led by Grace Hopper meets to discuss the creation of a new programming language that would be called COBOL.

Events61 years ago

1959 - The Organization of American States drafts an agreement to create the Inter-American Development Bank.

Events61 years ago

1960 - The Netherlands and West Germany sign an agreement to negotiate the return of German land annexed by the Dutch in return for 280 million German marks as Wiedergutmachung.

Events60 years ago

1961 - A large explosion on board the MV Dara in the Persian Gulf kills 238.

Events59 years ago

1964 - The Gemini 1 test flight is conducted.

Events56 years ago

1968 - BOAC Flight 712 catches fire shortly after take off. As a result of her actions in the accident, Barbara Jane Harrison is awarded a posthumous George Cross, the only GC awarded to a woman in peacetime.

Events52 years ago

1970 - Bahr El-Baqar primary school bombing: Israeli bombers strike an Egyptian school. Forty-six children are killed.

Events50 years ago

1974 - At Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Hank Aaron hits his 715th career home run to surpass Babe Ruth's 39-year-old record.

Events46 years ago

1975 - Frank Robinson manages the Cleveland Indians in his first game as major league baseball's first African American manager.

Events45 years ago

1987 - Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigns amid controversy over racially charged remarks he had made while on Nightline.

Events33 years ago

1992 - Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he has AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries.

Events28 years ago
Events27 years ago

1999 - Haryana Gana Parishad, a political party in the Indian state of Haryana, merges with the Indian National Congress.

Events21 years ago

2004 - War in Darfur: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups.

Events16 years ago

2006 - Shedden massacre: The bodies of eight men, all shot to death, are found in a field in Shedden, Elgin County, Ontario. The murders are soon linked to the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

Events14 years ago

2008 - The construction of the world's first skyscraper to integrate wind turbines is completed in Bahrain.

Events12 years ago

2013 - The Islamic State of Iraq enters the Syrian Civil War and begins by declaring a merger with the Al-Nusra Front under the name Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham.

Events7 years ago

Births

Births700 years ago

1408 - Jadwiga of Lithuania, Polish princess (d. 1431)

Births612 years ago

1435 - John Clifford, 9th Baron de Clifford, English noble (d. 1461)

Births585 years ago

1533 - Claudio Merulo, Italian organist and composer (d. 1604)

Births487 years ago

1536 - Barbara of Hesse (d. 1597)

Births484 years ago

1541 - Michele Mercati, Italian physician and archaeologist (d. 1593)

Births479 years ago

1580 - William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke, English noble, courtier and patron of the arts (d. 1630)

Births440 years ago

1596 - Juan van der Hamen, Spanish artist (d. 1631)

Births424 years ago

1605 - Philip IV of Spain (d. 1665)

Births415 years ago

1605 - Mary Stuart, English-Scottish princess (d. 1607)

Births415 years ago
Births379 years ago

1692 - Giuseppe Tartini, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1770)

Births328 years ago

1726 - Lewis Morris, American judge and politician (d. 1798)

Births294 years ago

1732 - David Rittenhouse, American astronomer and mathematician (d. 1796)

Births288 years ago

1761 - William Joseph Chaminade, French priest, founded the Society of Mary (d. 1850)

Births259 years ago

1770 - John Thomas Campbell, Irish-Australian banker and politician (d. 1830)

Births250 years ago

1798 - Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet and author (d. 1857)

Births222 years ago
Births202 years ago

1818 - August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist and academic (d. 1892)

Births202 years ago

1826 - Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican soldier (d. 1890)

Births194 years ago

1827 - Ramón Emeterio Betances, Puerto Rican ophthalmologist, journalist, and politician (d. 1898)

Births193 years ago

1842 - Elizabeth Bacon Custer, American author and educator (d. 1933)

Births178 years ago

1859 - Edmund Husserl, German Jewish-Austrian mathematician and philosopher (d. 1938)

Births161 years ago

1864 - Carlos Deltour, French rower and rugby player (d. 1920)

Births156 years ago

1867 - Allen Butler Talcott, American painter and educator (d. 1908)

Births153 years ago

1869 - Harvey Cushing, American surgeon and academic (d. 1939)

Births151 years ago

1871 - Clarence Hudson White, American photographer and educator (d. 1925)

Births149 years ago

1874 - Manuel Díaz, Cuban fencer (d. 1929)

Births146 years ago

1874 - Stanisław Taczak, Polish general (d. 1960)

Births146 years ago
Births145 years ago

1882 (O.S. 27 March) - Dmytro Doroshenko, Lithuanian-Ukrainian historian and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Prime Minister of Ukraine (d. 1951)

Births138 years ago

1883 - R. P. Keigwin, English cricketer and academic (d. 1972)

Births137 years ago

1883 - Julius Seljamaa, Estonian journalist and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia (d. 1936)

Births137 years ago

1885 - Dimitrios Levidis, Greek-French soldier, composer, and educator (d. 1951)

Births135 years ago

1886 - Margaret Ayer Barnes, American author and playwright (d. 1967)

Births134 years ago

1888 - Dennis Chávez, American journalist and politician (d. 1962)

Births132 years ago

1889 - Adrian Boult, English conductor (d. 1983)

Births131 years ago

1892 - Richard Neutra, Austrian-American architect, designed the Los Angeles County Hall of Records (d. 1970)

Births128 years ago

1892 - Mary Pickford, Canadian-American actress, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded United Artists (d. 1979)

Births128 years ago

1896 - Yip Harburg, American composer (d. 1981)

Births124 years ago

1900 - Marie Byles, Australian solicitor (d. 1979)

Births120 years ago

1902 - Andrew Irvine, English mountaineer and explorer (d. 1924)

Births118 years ago

1902 - Maria Maksakova, Sr., Russian soprano (d. 1974)

Births118 years ago

1904 - John Hicks, English economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1989)

Births116 years ago

1904 - Hirsch Jacobs, American horse trainer (d. 1970)

Births116 years ago

1905 - Joachim Büchner, German sprinter and graphic designer (d. 1978)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Helen Joseph, English-South African activist (d. 1992)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Erwin Keller, German field hockey player (d. 1971)

Births115 years ago

1906 - Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor and educator (d. 1974)

Births114 years ago

1908 - Hugo Fregonese, Argentinian director and screenwriter (d. 1987)

Births112 years ago

1909 - John Fante, American author and screenwriter (d. 1983)

Births111 years ago

1910 - George Musso, American football player and police officer (d. 2000)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Melvin Calvin, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)

Births109 years ago

1911 - Emil Cioran, Romanian-French philosopher and academic (d. 1995)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Alois Brunner, Austrian-German SS officer (d. 2001 or 2010)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Sonja Henie, Norwegian-American figure skater and actress (d. 1969)

Births108 years ago

1914 - María Félix, Yaqui/Basque-Mexican actress (d. 2002)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Ivan Supek, Croatian physicist, philosopher and writer (d. 2007)

Births105 years ago

1917 - Winifred Asprey, American mathematician and computer scientist (d. 2007)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Lloyd Bott, Australian public servant (d. 2004)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Hubertus Ernst, Dutch bishop (d. 2017)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Grigori Kuzmin, Russian-Estonian astronomer (d. 1988)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Betty Ford, American wife of Gerald Ford, 40th First Lady of the United States (d. 2011)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Glendon Swarthout, American author and academic (d. 1992)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Ian Smith, Zimbabwean lieutenant and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Rhodesia (d. 2007)

Births101 years ago

1921 - Franco Corelli, Italian tenor and actor (d. 2003)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Jan Novák, Czech composer (d. 1984)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Herman van Raalte, Dutch footballer (d. 2013)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Carmen McRae, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress (d. 1994)

Births98 years ago

1923 - George Fisher, American cartoonist (d. 2003)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Edward Mulhare, Irish-American actor (d. 1997)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Frédéric Back, German-Canadian animator, director, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Anthony Farrar-Hockley, English general and historian (d. 2006)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Kumar Gandharva, Hindustani classical singer (d. 1992)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Sara Northrup Hollister, American occultist (d. 1997)

Births96 years ago

1926 - Henry N. Cobb, American architect and academic, co-founded Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Births94 years ago

1926 - Shecky Greene, American actor

Births94 years ago

1926 - Jürgen Moltmann, German theologian and academic

Births94 years ago

1927 - Tilly Armstrong, English author (d. 2010)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Ollie Mitchell, American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 2013)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Fred Ebb, American lyricist (d. 2004)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Jacques Brel, Belgian singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1978)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Renzo De Felice, Italian historian and author (d. 1996)

Births91 years ago
Births90 years ago

1931 - John Gavin, American actor and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Mexico (d. 2018)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Iskandar of Johor (d. 2010)

Births88 years ago

1933 - James Lockhart, American scholar of colonial Latin America, especially Nahua peoples (d. 2014)

Births87 years ago

1934 - Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect, designed the Nakagin Capsule Tower and Singapore Flyer (d. 2007)

Births86 years ago

1935 - Oscar Zeta Acosta, American lawyer and politician (d. 1974)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Albert Bustamante, American soldier, educator, and politician

Births85 years ago

1937 - Seymour Hersh, American journalist and author

Births83 years ago

1937 - Momo Kapor, Serbian author and painter (d. 2010)

Births83 years ago

1938 - Kofi Annan, Ghanaian economist and diplomat, 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations (d. 2018)

Births82 years ago

1938 - John Hamm, Canadian physician and politician, 25th Premier of Nova Scotia

Births82 years ago

1938 - Mary W. Gray, American mathematician, statistician, and lawyer

Births82 years ago

1939 - John Arbuthnott, Scottish microbiologist and academic

Births81 years ago

1939 - Trina Schart Hyman, American author and illustrator (d. 2004)

Births81 years ago

1940 - John Havlicek, American basketball player (d. 2019)

Births80 years ago

1941 - J. J. Jackson, American soul/R&B singer, songwriter, and arranger

Births79 years ago

1941 - Vivienne Westwood, English fashion designer

Births79 years ago

1942 - Tony Banks, Baron Stratford, Northern Irish politician, Minister for Sport and the Olympics (d. 2006)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Roger Chapman, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births78 years ago

1942 - Douglas Trumbull, American director, producer, and special effects artist

Births78 years ago

1943 - Michael Bennett, American dancer, choreographer, and director (d. 1987)

Births77 years ago

1943 - Miller Farr, American football player

Births77 years ago

1943 - James Herbert, English author and illustrator (d. 2013)

Births77 years ago

1943 - Chris Orr, English painter and illustrator

Births77 years ago

1944 - Hywel Bennett, Welsh actor (d. 2017)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Odd Nerdrum, Swedish-Norwegian painter and illustrator

Births76 years ago

1945 - Derrick Walker, Scottish businessman

Births75 years ago

1945 - Jang Yong, South Korean actor

Births75 years ago

1946 - Catfish Hunter, American baseball player (d. 1999)

Births74 years ago

1946 - Tim Thomerson, American actor and producer

Births74 years ago

1947 - Tom DeLay, American lawyer and politician

Births73 years ago

1947 - Steve Howe, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer

Births73 years ago

1947 - Robert Kiyosaki, American businessman, co-founded Cashflow Technologies

Births73 years ago

1947 - Pascal Lamy, French businessman and politician, European Commissioner for Trade

Births73 years ago

1947 - Larry Norman, American singer-songwriter, and producer (d. 2008)

Births73 years ago

1948 - Barbara Young, Baroness Young of Old Scone, Scottish academic and politician

Births72 years ago

1949 - K. C. Kamalasabayson, Sri Lankan lawyer and politician, 39th Attorney General of Sri Lanka (d. 2007)

Births71 years ago

1949 - John Madden, English director and producer

Births71 years ago

1949 - Brenda Russell, African-American-Canadian singer-songwriter and keyboard player

Births71 years ago

1949 - John Scott, English sociologist and academic

Births71 years ago

1950 - Grzegorz Lato, Polish footballer and coach

Births70 years ago

1951 - Gerd Andres, German politician

Births69 years ago

1951 - Geir Haarde, Icelandic economist, journalist, and politician, 23rd Prime Minister of Iceland

Births69 years ago

1951 - Mel Schacher, American bass player

Births69 years ago

1951 - Joan Sebastian, Mexican singer-songwriter and actor (d. 2015)

Births69 years ago

1952 - Ahmet Piriştina, Turkish politician (d. 2004)

Births68 years ago

1954 - Gary Carter, American baseball player and coach (d. 2012)

Births66 years ago
Births66 years ago

1954 - G.V. Loganathan, Indian-American engineer and academic (d. 2007)

Births66 years ago

1955 - Ricky Bell, American football player (d. 1984)

Births65 years ago

1955 - Gerrie Coetzee, South African boxer

Births65 years ago

1955 - Ron Johnson, American businessman and politician

Births65 years ago

1955 - Barbara Kingsolver, American novelist, essayist and poet

Births65 years ago

1955 - David Wu, Taiwanese-American lawyer and politician

Births65 years ago

1956 - Michael Benton, Scottish-English paleontologist and academic

Births64 years ago

1956 - Christine Boisson, French actress

Births64 years ago

1956 - Roman Dragoun, Czech singer-songwriter and keyboard player

Births64 years ago

1956 - Jim Piddock, English actor, producer, and screenwriter

Births64 years ago

1957 - Fred Smerlas, American football player and radio host

Births63 years ago

1958 - Detlef Bruckhoff, German footballer

Births62 years ago

1958 - Tom Petranoff, American javelin thrower and coach

Births62 years ago

1959 - Alain Bondue, French cyclist

Births61 years ago

1960 - John Schneider, American actor and country singer

Births60 years ago

1961 - Richard Hatch, American reality contestant, winner of Survivor: Borneo

Births59 years ago

1961 - Brian McDermott, English footballer and manager

Births59 years ago

1962 - Paddy Lowe, English engineer

Births58 years ago

1962 - Izzy Stradlin, American guitarist and songwriter

Births58 years ago

1963 - Tine Asmundsen, Norwegian bassist

Births57 years ago

1963 - Julian Lennon, English singer-songwriter

Births57 years ago

1963 - Terry Porter, American basketball player and coach

Births57 years ago

1963 - Donita Sparks, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births57 years ago

1963 - Alec Stewart, English cricketer

Births57 years ago

1963 - Seth Tobias, American businessman (d. 2007)

Births57 years ago

1964 - Biz Markie, American rapper, producer, and actor

Births56 years ago

1964 - John McGinlay, Scottish footballer and manager

Births56 years ago

1965 - Steven Blaney, Canadian businessman and politician, 5th Canadian Minister of Public Safety

Births55 years ago

1965 - Michael Jones, New Zealand rugby player and coach

Births55 years ago

1966 - Iveta Bartošová, Czech singer and actress (d. 2014)

Births54 years ago

1966 - Mark Blundell, English race car driver

Births54 years ago

1966 - Andy Currier, English rugby league player

Births54 years ago

1966 - Charlotte Dawson, New Zealand-Australian television host (d. 2014)

Births54 years ago

1966 - Dalton Grant, English high jumper

Births54 years ago

1966 - Mazinho, Brazilian footballer, coach, and manager

Births54 years ago

1966 - Harri Rovanperä, Finnish race car driver

Births54 years ago

1966 - Evripidis Stylianidis, Greek lawyer and politician, Greek Minister for the Interior

Births54 years ago

1966 - Robin Wright, American actress, director, producer

Births54 years ago

1967 - Kenny Benjamin, Antiguan cricketer

Births53 years ago

1968 - Patricia Arquette, French-Canadian Russian/Polish Jewish-American actress and director

Births52 years ago

1968 - Patricia Girard, French runner and hurdler

Births52 years ago

1968 - Tracy Grammer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births52 years ago

1970 - Care Santos, Catalan writer

Births50 years ago

1971 - Darren Jessee, American singer-songwriter and drummer

Births49 years ago

1972 - Paul Gray, American bass player and songwriter (d. 2010)

Births48 years ago

1972 - Sergei Magnitsky, Russian lawyer and accountant (d. 2009)

Births48 years ago

1973 - Khaled Badra, Tunisian footballer

Births47 years ago

1973 - Emma Caulfield, American actress

Births47 years ago

1974 - Toutai Kefu, Tongan-Australian rugby player

Births46 years ago

1974 - Nnedi Okorafor, Nigerian-American author and educator

Births46 years ago

1975 - Anouk, Dutch singer

Births45 years ago

1975 - Francesco Flachi, Italian footballer

Births45 years ago

1975 - Timo Pérez, Dominican-American baseball player

Births45 years ago

1975 - Funda Arar, Turkish singer

Births45 years ago

1977 - Ana de la Reguera, Mexican actress

Births43 years ago

1977 - Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist and author (d. 2008)

Births43 years ago

1977 - Mark Spencer, American computer programmer and engineer

Births43 years ago

1978 - Daigo, Japanese singer-songwriter, actor, and voice actor

Births42 years ago

1978 - Bernt Haas, Austrian-Swiss footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Rachel Roberts, Canadian model and actress

Births42 years ago

1978 - Jocelyn Robichaud, Canadian tennis player and coach

Births42 years ago

1978 - Evans Rutto, Kenyan runner

Births42 years ago

1979 - Alexi Laiho, Finnish singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births41 years ago

1979 - Amit Trivedi, Indian singer-songwriter

Births41 years ago

1980 - Manuel Ortega, Austrian singer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Katee Sackhoff, American actress

Births40 years ago

1980 - Mariko Seyama, Japanese announcer, photographer, and model

Births40 years ago

1981 - Frédérick Bousquet, French swimmer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Ofer Shechter, Israeli model, actor, and screenwriter

Births39 years ago

1982 - Gennady Golovkin, Kazakhstani boxer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Brett White, Australian rugby league player

Births38 years ago

1983 - Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova, Russian runner

Births37 years ago

1984 - Michelle Donelan, British politician

Births36 years ago

1984 - Ezra Koenig, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births36 years ago

1984 - Pablo Portillo, Mexican singer and actor

Births36 years ago

1984 - Taran Noah Smith, American actor

Births36 years ago

1985 - Patrick Schliwa, German rugby player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Yemane Tsegay, Ethiopian runner

Births35 years ago

1986 - Igor Akinfeev, Russian footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Félix Hernández, Venezuelan-American baseball player

Births34 years ago

1987 - Royston Drenthe, Dutch footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Jeremy Hellickson, American baseball player

Births33 years ago

1987 - Elton John, Trinidadian footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Sam Rapira, New Zealand rugby league player

Births33 years ago

1988 - Jenni Asserholt, Swedish ice hockey player

Births32 years ago

1988 - Kim Myung-sung, South Korean baseball player

Births32 years ago

1990 - Kim Jong-hyun, South Korean singer (d. 2017)

Births30 years ago

1991 - Dej Loaf, American rapper, singer and songwriter

Births29 years ago

1993 - Viktor Arvidsson, Swedish ice hockey player

Births27 years ago

1993 - Zac Santo, Australian rugby league player

Births27 years ago

1994 - Josh Chudleigh, Australian rugby league player

Births26 years ago

1995 - Cedi Osman, Turkish professional basketball player

Births25 years ago

1997 - Arno Verschueren, Belgian professional football player

Births23 years ago

Deaths

217 - Caracalla, Roman emperor (b. 188)

Deaths

622 - Shōtoku, Japanese prince (b. 572)

Deaths

632 - Charibert II, Frankish king (b. 607)

Deaths

894 - Adalelm, Frankish nobleman

Deaths

944 - Wang Yanxi, Chinese emperor

Deaths

956 - Gilbert, Frankish nobleman

Deaths

967 - Mu'izz al-Dawla, Buyid emir (b. 915)

Deaths

1143 - John II Komnenos, Byzantine emperor (b. 1087)

Deaths877 years ago

1150 - Gertrude of Babenberg , duchess of Bohemia (b. 1118)

Deaths870 years ago

1321 - Thomas of Tolentino, Italian-Franciscan missionary (b. c. 1255)

Deaths699 years ago

1338 - Stephen Gravesend, bishop of London

Deaths682 years ago

1364 - John II, French king (b. 1319)

Deaths656 years ago

1450 - Sejong the Great, Korean king (b. 1397)

Deaths570 years ago

1461 - Georg von Peuerbach, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1423)

Deaths559 years ago

1492 - Lorenzo de' Medici, Italian ruler (b. 1449)

Deaths528 years ago

1551 - Oda Nobuhide, Japanese warlord (b. 1510)

Deaths469 years ago

1586 - Martin Chemnitz, Lutheran theologian and reformer (b. 1522)

Deaths434 years ago

1587 - John Foxe, English author (b. 1516)

Deaths433 years ago

1608 - Magdalen Dacre, English noble (b. 1538)

Deaths412 years ago
Deaths408 years ago

1691 - Carlo Rainaldi, Italian architect, designed the Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto (b. 1611)

Deaths329 years ago

1697 - Niels Juel, Norwegian-Danish admiral (b. 1629)

Deaths323 years ago

1704 - Hiob Ludolf, German orientalist and philologist (b. 1624)

Deaths316 years ago

1704 - Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney, English colonel and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1641)

Deaths316 years ago

1709 - Wolfgang Dietrich of Castell-Remlingen, German nobleman (b. 1641)

Deaths311 years ago

1725 - John Wise, American minister (b. 1652)

Deaths295 years ago

1735 - Francis II Rákóczi, Hungarian prince (b. 1676)

Deaths285 years ago

1848 - Gaetano Donizetti, Italian composer (b. 1797)

Deaths172 years ago

1860 - István Széchenyi, Hungarian statesman and reformer (b.1791)

Deaths160 years ago

1861 - Elisha Otis, American businessman, founded the Otis Elevator Company (b. 1811)

Deaths159 years ago

1870 - Charles Auguste de Bériot, Belgian violinist and composer (b. 1802)

Deaths150 years ago

1894 - Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Indian journalist, author, and poet (b. 1838)

Deaths126 years ago

1906 - Auguste Deter, German woman, first person diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (b. 1850)

Deaths114 years ago

1919 - Loránd Eötvös, Hungarian physicist, academic, and politician, Hungarian Minister of Education (b. 1848)

Deaths101 years ago

1920 - Charles Griffes, American pianist and composer (b. 1884)

Deaths100 years ago

1931 - Erik Axel Karlfeldt, Swedish poet Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1864)

Deaths89 years ago

1936 - Róbert Bárány, Austrian physician and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1876)

Deaths84 years ago

1936 - Božena Benešová, Czech poet and novelist (b. 1873)

Deaths84 years ago

1941 - Marcel Prévost, French novelist and playwright (b. 1862)

Deaths79 years ago

1942 - Kostas Skarvelis, Greek guitarist and composer (b. 1880)

Deaths78 years ago

1947 - Olaf Frydenlund, Norwegian target shooter (b. 1862)

Deaths73 years ago

1950 - Vaslav Nijinsky, Polish dancer and choreographer (b. 1890)

Deaths70 years ago

1959 - Marios Makrionitis, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Athens (b. 1913)

Deaths61 years ago

1961 - Joseph Carrodus, Australian public servant (b. 1885)

Deaths59 years ago

1962 - Juan Belmonte, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1892)

Deaths58 years ago

1965 - Lars Hanson, Swedish actor (b. 1886)

Deaths55 years ago

1969 - Zinaida Aksentyeva, Ukrainian astronomer (b. 1900)

Deaths51 years ago

1973 - Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter and sculptor (b. 1881)

Deaths47 years ago

1974 - James Charles McGuigan, Canadian cardinal (b. 1894)

Deaths46 years ago

1979 - Breece D'J Pancake, American short story writer (b. 1952)

Deaths41 years ago

1981 - Omar Bradley, American general (b. 1893)

Deaths39 years ago

1983 - Isamu Kosugi, Japanese actor and director (b. 1904)

Deaths37 years ago

1984 - Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1894)

Deaths36 years ago

1985 - John Frederick Coots, American pianist and composer (b. 1897)

Deaths35 years ago

1990 - Ryan White, American activist, inspired the Ryan White Care Act (b. 1971)

Deaths30 years ago

1991 - Per Ohlin, Swedish musician (b. 1969)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - Daniel Bovet, Swiss-Italian pharmacologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1907)

Deaths28 years ago

1993 - Marian Anderson, American operatic singer (b. 1897)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - François Rozet, French-Canadian actor (b. 1899)

Deaths26 years ago

1996 - Ben Johnson, American actor and stuntman (b. 1918)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - León Klimovsky, Argentinian-Spanish actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1906)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Mick Young, Australian politician (b. 1936)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Laura Nyro, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1947)

Deaths23 years ago

2000 - František Šťastný, Czech motorcycle racer (b. 1927)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Claire Trevor, American actress (b. 1910)

Deaths20 years ago

2002 - María Félix, Mexican actress (b. 1914)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Harvey Quaytman, American painter (b. 1937)

Deaths18 years ago

2004 - Werner Schumacher, German actor (b. 1921)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Onna White, Canadian choreographer and dancer (b. 1922)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Gerard Reve, Dutch author and poet (b. 1923)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Sol LeWitt, American painter and sculptor (b. 1928)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Kazuo Shiraga, Japanese painter (b. 1924)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Richard de Mille, American Scientologist, author, investigative journalist, and psychologist (b. 1922)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Piotr Morawski, Polish mountaineer (b. 1976)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Malcolm McLaren, English singer-songwriter (b. 1946)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Teddy Scholten, Dutch singer (b. 1926)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Hedda Sterne, Romanian-American painter and photographer (b. 1910)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Blair Kiel, American football player and coach (b. 1961)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Jack Tramiel, Polish-American businessman, founded Commodore International (b. 1928)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Janusz K. Zawodny, Polish-American soldier, historian, and political scientist (b. 1921)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Mikhail Beketov, Russian journalist (b. 1958)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Annette Funicello, American actress and singer (b. 1942)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Sara Montiel, Spanish-Mexican actress and singer (b. 1928)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - José Luis Sampedro, Spanish economist and author (b. 1917)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Margaret Thatcher, English lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1925)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Emmanuel III Delly, Iraqi patriarch (b. 1927)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Karlheinz Deschner, German author and activist (b. 1924)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Ivan Mercep, New Zealand architect, designed the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum (b. 1930)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Jayakanthan, Indian journalist and author (b. 1934)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Rayson Huang, Hong Kong chemist and academic (b. 1920)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Sergei Lashchenko, Ukrainian kick-boxer (b. 1987)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - David Laventhol, American journalist and publisher (b. 1933)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Jean-Claude Turcotte, Canadian cardinal (b. 1936)

Deaths5 years ago

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