Holidays and observances

Juan Santamaría Day, anniversary of his death in the Second Battle of Rivas. (Costa Rica)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Events

491 - Flavius Anastasius becomes Byzantine emperor, with the name of Anastasius I.

Events
Events941 years ago
Events779 years ago
Events508 years ago

1544 - Italian War of 1542–46: A French army defeats Habsburg forces at the Battle of Ceresole, but fails to exploit its victory.

Events476 years ago

1689 - William III and Mary II are crowned as joint sovereigns of Great Britain.

Events331 years ago
Events293 years ago

1809 - An incomplete British victory over the French fleet at the Battle of the Basque Roads results in the court-martial of James, Lord Gambier.

Events211 years ago

1814 - The Treaty of Fontainebleau ends the War of the Sixth Coalition against Napoleon Bonaparte, and forces him to abdicate unconditionally for the first time.

Events206 years ago

1856 - Second Battle of Rivas: Juan Santamaría burns down the hostel where William Walker's filibusters are holed up.

Events164 years ago

1868 - Former shōgun Tokugawa Yoshinobu surrenders Edo Castle to Imperial forces, marking the end of the Tokugawa shogunate.

Events152 years ago
Events144 years ago

1881 - Spelman College is founded in Atlanta, Georgia as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, an institute of higher education for African-American women.

Events139 years ago

1908 - SMS Blücher, the last armored cruiser to be built by the Imperial German Navy, launches.

Events112 years ago

1909 - The city of Tel Aviv is founded.

Events111 years ago

1921 - Emir Abdullah establishes the first centralised government in the newly created British protectorate of Transjordan.

Events99 years ago

1945 - World War II: American forces liberate the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Events75 years ago

1951 - Korean War: President Harry Truman relieves General of the Army Douglas MacArthur of overall command in Korea.

Events69 years ago

1951 - The Stone of Scone, the stone upon which Scottish monarchs were traditionally crowned, is found on the site of the altar of Arbroath Abbey. It had been taken by Scottish nationalist students from its place in Westminster Abbey.

Events69 years ago

1955 - The Air India Kashmir Princess is bombed and crashes in a failed assassination attempt on Zhou Enlai by the Kuomintang.

Events65 years ago

1957 - United Kingdom agrees to Singaporean self-rule.

Events63 years ago

1961 - The trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem.

Events59 years ago

1963 - Pope John XXIII issues Pacem in terris, the first encyclical addressed to all Christians instead of only Catholics, and which described the conditions for world peace in human terms.

Events57 years ago

1964 - Brazilian Marshal Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco is elected President by the National Congress.

Events56 years ago

1965 - The Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1965: Fifty-one tornadoes hit in six Midwestern states, killing 256 people.

Events55 years ago

1968 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing.

Events52 years ago

1968 - Assassination attempt on Rudi Dutschke, leader of the German student movement.

Events52 years ago

1970 - Apollo 13 is launched.

Events50 years ago

1976 - The Apple I is created.

Events44 years ago
Events43 years ago

1979 - Ugandan dictator Idi Amin is deposed.

Events41 years ago

1981 - A massive riot in Brixton, south London results in almost 300 police injuries and 65 serious civilian injuries.

Events39 years ago

1986 - FBI Miami Shootout: A gun battle in broad daylight in Dade County, Florida between two bank/armored car robbers and pursuing FBI agents. During the firefight, FBI agents Jerry L. Dove and Benjamin P. Grogan were killed, while five other agents were wounded. As a result, the popular .40 S&W cartridge was developed.

Events34 years ago

1987 - The London Agreement is secretly signed between Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Shimon Peres and King Hussein of Jordan.

Events33 years ago

1990 - Customs officers in Middlesbrough, England, seize what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq.

Events30 years ago

1993 - Four hundred fifty prisoners rioted at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, and continued to do so for ten days, citing grievances related to prison conditions, as well as the forced vaccination of Nation of Islam prisoners (for tuberculosis) against their religious beliefs.

Events27 years ago

2001 - The detained crew of a United States EP-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, China after a collision with a J-8 fighter, is released.

Events19 years ago
Events18 years ago

2002 - Over two hundred thousand people march in Caracas towards the Presidential palace to demand the resignation of president Hugo Chávez. Nineteen protesters are killed.

Events18 years ago

2006 - Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces Iran's claim to have successfully enriched uranium.

Events14 years ago

2007 - Algiers bombings: Two bombings in Algiers kill 33 people and wound a further 222 others.

Events13 years ago

2011 - An explosion in the Minsk Metro, Belarus kills 15 people and injures 204 others.

Events9 years ago

2012 - A pair of great earthquakes occur in the Wharton Basin west of Sumatra in Indonesia. The maximum Mercalli intensity of this strike-slip doublet earthquake was VII (Very strong). Ten were killed, twelve were injured, and a non-destructive tsunami was observed on the island of Nias.

Events8 years ago

2018 - An Ilyushin Il-76 which was owned and operated by the Algerian Air Force crashes near Boufarik, Algeria, killing 257.

Events2 years ago

2019-Omar al-Bashir is overthrown in Sudan

Events1 years ago

Births

145 - Septimius Severus, Roman emperor (d. 211)

Births
Births836 years ago

1348 - Andronikos IV Palaiologos, Byzantine Emperor (d. 1385)

Births672 years ago

1357 - John I of Portugal (d. 1433)

Births663 years ago
Births650 years ago

1374 - Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March, heir to the throne of England (d. 1398)

Births646 years ago
Births527 years ago

1591 - Bartholomeus Strobel, Silezian painter (d. 1650)

Births429 years ago

1592 - John Eliot, English lawyer and politician (d. 1632)

Births428 years ago

1644 - Marie Jeanne Baptiste of Savoy-Nemours, Duchess of Savoy (d. 1724)

Births376 years ago

1658 - James Hamilton, 4th Duke of Hamilton, Scottish peer (d. 1712)

Births362 years ago

1683 - Jean-Joseph Mouret, French composer and conductor (d. 1738)

Births337 years ago

1715 - John Alcock, English organist and composer (d. 1806)

Births305 years ago

1721 - David Zeisberger, Czech-American clergyman and missionary (d. 1808)

Births299 years ago

1722 - Christopher Smart, English actor, playwright, and poet (d. 1771)

Births298 years ago

1749 - Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, French miniaturist and portrait painter (d. 1803)

Births271 years ago

1755 - James Parkinson, English surgeon, geologist, and paleontologist (d. 1824)

Births265 years ago

1770 - George Canning, Irish-English lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1827)

Births250 years ago

1794 - Edward Everett, English-American educator and politician, 15th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1865)

Births226 years ago

1798 - Macedonio Melloni, Italian physicist and academic (d. 1854)

Births222 years ago

1819 - Charles Hallé, German-English pianist and conductor (d. 1895)

Births201 years ago

1825 - Ferdinand Lassalle, German philosopher and jurist (d. 1864)

Births195 years ago

1827 - Jyotirao Phule, Indian scholar, philosopher, and activist (d. 1890)

Births193 years ago

1854 - Hugh Massie, Australian cricketer (d. 1938)

Births166 years ago

1856 - Arthur Shrewsbury, English cricketer and rugby player (d. 1903)

Births164 years ago

1859 - Stefanos Thomopoulos, Greek historian and author (d. 1939)

Births161 years ago

1862 - William Wallace Campbell, American astronomer and academic (d. 1938)

Births158 years ago

1862 - Charles Evans Hughes, American lawyer and politician, 44th United States Secretary of State (d. 1948)

Births158 years ago

1864 - Johanna Elberskirchen, German author and activist (d. 1943)

Births156 years ago

1866 - Bernard O'Dowd, Australian journalist, author, and poet (d. 1953)

Births154 years ago

1867 - Mark Keppel, American educator (d. 1928)

Births153 years ago

1869 - Gustav Vigeland, Norwegian sculptor, designed the Nobel Peace Prize medal (d. 1943)

Births151 years ago

1871 - Gyula Kellner, Hungarian runner (d. 1940)

Births149 years ago

1873 - Edward Lawson, English soldier, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1955)

Births147 years ago

1876 - Paul Henry, Irish painter (d. 1958)

Births144 years ago

1876 - Ivane Javakhishvili, Georgian historian and academic (d. 1940)

Births144 years ago

1879 - Bernhard Schmidt, Estonian-German astronomer and optician (d. 1935)

Births141 years ago

1887 - Jamini Roy, Indian painter (d. 1972)

Births133 years ago

1893 - Dean Acheson, American lawyer and politician, 51st United States Secretary of State (d. 1971)

Births127 years ago

1896 - Léo-Paul Desrosiers, Canadian journalist and author (d. 1967)

Births124 years ago

1899 - Percy Lavon Julian, African-American chemist and academic (d. 1975)

Births121 years ago

1900 - Sándor Márai, Hungarian journalist and author (d. 1989)

Births120 years ago

1903 - Misuzu Kaneko, Japanese poet (d. 1930)

Births117 years ago

1904 - K. L. Saigal, Indian singer and actor (d. 1947)

Births116 years ago

1905 - Attila József, Hungarian poet and educator (d. 1937)

Births115 years ago

1906 - Dale Messick, American author and illustrator (d. 2005)

Births114 years ago

1907 - Paul Douglas, American actor (d. 1959)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Jane Bolin, American lawyer and judge (d. 2007)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Masaru Ibuka, Japanese businessman, co-founded Sony (d. 1997)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Dan Maskell, English tennis player and sportscaster (d. 1992)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Leo Rosten, Polish-American author and academic (d. 1997)

Births112 years ago

1910 - António de Spínola, Portuguese general and politician, 14th President of Portugal (d. 1996)

Births110 years ago

1912 - John Levy, American bassist and businessman (d. 2012)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Oleg Cassini, French-American fashion designer (d. 2006)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Norman McLaren, Scottish-Canadian animator, director, and producer (d. 1987)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Robert Stanfield, Canadian economist, lawyer, and politician, 17th Premier of Nova Scotia (d. 2003)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Dorothy Lewis Bernstein, American mathematician (d. 1988)

Births106 years ago

1916 - Alberto Ginastera, Argentinian-Swiss pianist and composer (d. 1983)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Howard W. Koch, American director and producer (d. 2001)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television broadcaster and sportscaster (d. 1993)

Births103 years ago

1917 - David Westheimer, American soldier, journalist, and author (d. 2005)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Richard Wainwright, English soldier and politician (d. 2003)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Raymond Carr, English historian and academic (d. 2015)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Emilio Colombo, Italian lawyer and politician, 40th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 2013)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Peter O'Donnell, English soldier and author (d. 2010)

Births100 years ago

1920 - William Royer, American soldier and politician (d. 2013)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Jim Hearn, American baseball player (d. 1998)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Jack Rayner, Australian rugby league player and coach (d. 2008)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Arved Viirlaid, Estonian-Canadian soldier and author (d. 2015)

Births98 years ago

1923 - George J. Maloof, Sr., American businessman (d. 1980)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Mohammad Naseem, Pakistani-English activist and politician (d. 2014)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Yuriy Lituyev, Russian hurdler and commander (d. 2000)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Viola Liuzzo, American civil rights activist (d. 1965)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Viktor Masing, Estonian botanist and ecologist (d. 2001)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Pierre Péladeau, Canadian businessman, founded Quebecor (d. 1997)

Births95 years ago

1926 - David Manker Abshire, American commander and diplomat, United States Permanent Representative to NATO (d. 2014)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Victor Bouchard, Canadian pianist and composer (d. 2011)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Karl Rebane, Estonian physicist and academic (d. 2007)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Lokesh Chandra, Indian historian

Births93 years ago

1928 - Ethel Kennedy, American philanthropist

Births92 years ago

1928 - Edwin Pope, American journalist and author (d. 2017)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Tommy Tycho, Hungarian-Australian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2013)

Births92 years ago

1930 - Nicholas F. Brady, American businessman and politician, 68th United States Secretary of the Treasury

Births90 years ago

1930 - Walter Krüger, German javelin thrower

Births90 years ago

1930 - Anton LaVey, American occultist, founded the Church of Satan (d. 1997)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Lewis Jones, Welsh rugby player and coach

Births89 years ago

1932 - Joel Grey, American actor, singer, and dancer

Births88 years ago

1933 - Tony Brown, American journalist and academic

Births87 years ago

1934 - Mark Strand, Canadian-born American poet, essayist, and translator (d. 2014)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Ron Pember, English actor, director and playwright

Births86 years ago

1935 - Richard Berry, American singer-songwriter (d. 1997)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Brian Noble, English bishop

Births84 years ago

1937 - Jill Gascoine, English actress and author

Births83 years ago

1938 - Gerry Baker, American soccer player and manager (d. 2013)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Michael Deaver, American politician, Deputy White House Chief of Staff (d. 2007)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Reatha King, American chemist and businesswoman

Births82 years ago

1939 - Luther Johnson, American singer and guitarist

Births81 years ago

1939 - Louise Lasser, American actress

Births81 years ago

1940 - Col Firmin, Australian politician (d. 2013)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Thomas Harris, American author and screenwriter

Births80 years ago

1940 - Władysław Komar, Polish shot putter and actor (d. 1998)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Ellen Goodman, American journalist and author

Births79 years ago

1941 - Shirley Stelfox, English actress (d. 2015)

Births79 years ago

1942 - Anatoly Berezovoy, Russian colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2014)

Births78 years ago

1942 - hattie gossett, American writer

Births78 years ago

1942 - James Underwood, English pathologist and academic

Births78 years ago

1943 - John Montagu, 11th Earl of Sandwich, English businessman and politician

Births77 years ago

1943 - Harley Race, American wrestler and trainer

Births77 years ago

1944 - Peter Barfuß, German footballer

Births76 years ago

1944 - John Milius, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births76 years ago

1945 - John Krebs, Baron Krebs, English zoologist and academic

Births75 years ago

1946 - Chris Burden, American sculptor, illustrator, and academic (d. 2015)

Births74 years ago

1946 - Bob Harris, English journalist and radio host

Births74 years ago

1947 - Lev Bulat, Ukrainian-Russian physicist and academic (d. 2016)

Births73 years ago

1947 - Uli Edel, German director and screenwriter

Births73 years ago

1947 - Frank Mantooth, American pianist and composer (d. 2004)

Births73 years ago

1947 - Peter Riegert, American actor, screenwriter and film director

Births73 years ago

1947 - Michael T. Wright, English engineer and academic (d. 2015)

Births73 years ago

1949 - Bernd Eichinger, German director and producer (d. 2011)

Births71 years ago

1950 - Bill Irwin, American actor and clown

Births70 years ago

1951 - Paul Fox, English singer and guitarist (d. 2007)

Births69 years ago

1952 - Nancy Honeytree, American singer and guitarist

Births68 years ago

1952 - Indira Samarasekera, Sri Lankan engineer and academic

Births68 years ago

1952 - Peter Windsor, English-Australian journalist and sportscaster

Births68 years ago

1953 - Guy Verhofstadt, Belgian politician, 47th Prime Minister of Belgium

Births67 years ago

1953 - Andrew Wiles, English mathematician and academic

Births67 years ago

1954 - Abdullah Atalar, Turkish engineer and academic

Births66 years ago

1954 - Aleksandr Averin, Azerbaijani cyclist and coach

Births66 years ago

1954 - Francis Lickerish, English guitarist and composer

Births66 years ago

1954 - David Perrett, Scottish psychologist and academic

Births66 years ago

1954 - Ian Redmond, English biologist and conservationist

Births66 years ago

1954 - Willie Royster, American baseball player (d. 2015)

Births66 years ago

1955 - Kevin Brady, American lawyer and politician

Births65 years ago

1955 - Michael Callen, American singer-songwriter and AIDS activist (d. 1993)

Births65 years ago

1955 - Micheal Ray Richardson, American basketball player and coach

Births65 years ago

1958 - Stuart Adamson, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2001)

Births62 years ago

1958 - Lyudmila Kondratyeva, Russian sprinter

Births62 years ago

1959 - Pierre Lacroix, Canadian ice hockey player

Births61 years ago

1959 - Ana María Polo, Cuban-American lawyer and judge

Births61 years ago

1959 - Zahid Maleque, Bangladeshi politician

Births61 years ago

1960 - Jeremy Clarkson, English journalist and television presenter

Births60 years ago

1961 - Vincent Gallo, American actor, director, producer, and musician

Births59 years ago

1961 - Doug Hopkins, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 1993)

Births59 years ago

1961 - Nobuaki Kakuda, Japanese martial artist

Births59 years ago

1962 - Franck Ducheix, French fencer

Births58 years ago

1962 - Mark Lawson, English journalist and author

Births58 years ago

1963 - Billy Bowden, New Zealand cricketer and umpire

Births57 years ago

1963 - Waldemar Fornalik, Polish footballer and manager

Births57 years ago

1963 - Elizabeth Smylie, Australian tennis player

Births57 years ago

1964 - Steve Azar, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births56 years ago

1964 - John Cryer, English journalist and politician

Births56 years ago

1964 - Johann Sebastian Paetsch, American cellist

Births56 years ago

1964 - Bret Saberhagen, American baseball player and coach

Births56 years ago

1964 - Patrick Sang, Kenyan runner

Births56 years ago

1966 - Steve Scarsone, American baseball player and manager

Births54 years ago

1966 - Shin Seung-hun, South Korean singer-songwriter

Births54 years ago

1966 - Lisa Stansfield, English singer-songwriter and actress

Births54 years ago

1968 - Sergei Lukyanenko, Kazakh-Russian journalist and author

Births52 years ago

1969 - Cerys Matthews, Welsh singer-songwriter

Births51 years ago

1969 - Michael von Grünigen, Swiss skier

Births51 years ago

1970 - Trevor Linden, Canadian ice hockey player and manager

Births50 years ago

1970 - Delroy Pearson, English singer-songwriter and producer

Births50 years ago

1971 - John Leech, English politician

Births49 years ago

1971 - Oliver Riedel, German bass player

Births49 years ago

1972 - Balls Mahoney, American wrestler (d. 2016)

Births48 years ago

1972 - Allan Théo, French singer

Births48 years ago

1972 - Jason Varitek, American baseball player and manager

Births48 years ago

1973 - Jennifer Esposito, American actress

Births47 years ago

1973 - Olivier Magne, French rugby player

Births47 years ago

1974 - Àlex Corretja, Spanish tennis player and coach

Births46 years ago

1974 - Ashot Danielyan, Armenian weightlifter

Births46 years ago

1974 - David Jassy, Swedish singer-songwriter and producer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Zöe Lucker, English actress

Births46 years ago

1974 - Tom Thacker, Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Trot Nixon, American baseball player and sportscaster

Births46 years ago

1975 - Olga Hostáková, Czech tennis player

Births45 years ago

1975 - Walid Soliman, Tunisian author and translator

Births45 years ago

1976 - Kelvim Escobar, Venezuelan baseball player

Births44 years ago

1977 - Ivonne Teichmann, German runner

Births43 years ago

1978 - Josh Hancock, American baseball player (d. 2007)

Births42 years ago

1979 - Malcolm Christie, English footballer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Sebastien Grainger, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births41 years ago

1979 - Michel Riesen, Swiss ice hockey player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Josh Server, American actor

Births41 years ago

1980 - Keiji Tamada, Japanese footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Mark Teixeira, American baseball player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Alessandra Ambrosio, Brazilian model

Births39 years ago

1981 - Alexandre Burrows, Canadian ice hockey player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Veronica Pyke, Australian cricketer

Births39 years ago

1982 - Ian Bell, English cricketer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Peeter Kümmel, Estonian skier

Births38 years ago

1983 - Jennifer Heil, Canadian skier

Births37 years ago

1983 - Rubén Palazuelos, Spanish footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Nicky Pastorelli, Dutch race car driver

Births37 years ago

1984 - Kelli Garner, American actress

Births36 years ago

1984 - Nikola Karabatić, French handball player

Births36 years ago

1985 - Pablo Hernández Domínguez, Spanish footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Will Minson, Australian footballer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Sarodj Bertin, Haitian model and human rights lawyer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Dai Greene, Welsh hurdler

Births34 years ago

1986 - Lena Schöneborn, German pentathlete

Births34 years ago

1987 - Joss Stone, English singer-songwriter and actress

Births33 years ago

1987 - Lights, Canadian singer-songwriter

Births33 years ago

1988 - Leland Irving, Canadian ice hockey player

Births32 years ago

1989 - Torrin Lawrence, American sprinter (d. 2014)

Births31 years ago

1989 - Zola Jesus, American singer

Births31 years ago

1990 - Dimitrios Anastasopoulos, Greek footballer

Births30 years ago

1990 - Thulani Serero, South African footballer

Births30 years ago

1991 - Thiago Alcântara, Spanish footballer

Births29 years ago

1996 - Dele Alli, English footballer

Births24 years ago

1997 - Georgia Bohl, Australian swimmer

Births23 years ago

1997 - Miriam Kolodziejová, Czech tennis player

Births23 years ago

Deaths

618 - Yang Guang, Chinese emperor of the Sui Dynasty (b. 569)

Deaths

678 - Donus, pope of the Catholic Church (b. 610)

Deaths

924 - Herman I, chancellor and archbishop of Cologne

Deaths

1034 - Romanos III Argyros, Byzantine emperor (b. 968)

Deaths986 years ago

1077 - Anawrahta, king of Burma and founder of the Pagan Empire (b. 1014)

Deaths943 years ago

1079 - Stanislaus of Szczepanów, bishop of Kraków (b. 1030)

Deaths941 years ago

1165 - Stephen IV, king of Hungary and Croatia

Deaths855 years ago

1240 - Llywelyn the Great, Welsh prince (b. 1172)

Deaths780 years ago

1447 - Henry Beaufort, Cardinal, Lord Chancellor of England (b. 1377)

Deaths573 years ago

1512 - Gaston de Foix, French military commander (b. 1489)

Deaths508 years ago

1554 - Thomas Wyatt the Younger, English rebel leader (b. 1521)

Deaths466 years ago

1587 - Thomas Bromley, English lord chancellor (b. 1530)

Deaths433 years ago

1609 - John Lumley, 1st Baron Lumley, English noble (b. 1533)

Deaths411 years ago

1612 - Emanuel van Meteren, Flemish historian and author (b. 1535)

Deaths408 years ago

1612 - Edward Wightman, English minister and martyr (b. 1566)

Deaths408 years ago

1626 - Marino Ghetaldi, Ragusan mathematician and physicist (b. 1568)

Deaths394 years ago

1712 - Richard Simon, French priest and critic (b. 1638)

Deaths308 years ago

1723 - John Robinson, English bishop and diplomat (b. 1650)

Deaths297 years ago

1783 - Nikita Ivanovich Panin, Polish-Russian politician, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1718)

Deaths237 years ago

1798 - Karl Wilhelm Ramler, German poet and academic (b. 1725)

Deaths222 years ago

1856 - Juan Santamaría, Costa Rican soldier (b. 1831)

Deaths164 years ago

1861 - Francisco González Bocanegra, Mexican poet and composer (b. 1824)

Deaths159 years ago

1873 - Edward Canby, American general (b. 1817)

Deaths147 years ago

1890 - David de Jahacob Lopez Cardozo, Dutch Talmudist (b. 1808)

Deaths130 years ago

1890 - Joseph Merrick, English man with severe deformities (b. 1862)

Deaths130 years ago

1894 - Constantin Lipsius, German architect and theorist (b. 1832)

Deaths126 years ago

1895 - Julius Lothar Meyer, German chemist (b. 1830)

Deaths125 years ago

1902 - Wade Hampton III, American general and politician, 77th Governor of South Carolina (b. 1818)

Deaths118 years ago

1903 - Gemma Galgani, Italian mystic and saint (b. 1878)

Deaths117 years ago

1906 - James Anthony Bailey, American businessman, co-founded Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (b. 1847)

Deaths114 years ago

1906 - Francis Pharcellus Church, American journalist and publisher, co-founded Armed Forces Journal and The Galaxy Magazine (b. 1839)

Deaths114 years ago

1908 - Henry Bird, English chess player and author (b. 1829)

Deaths112 years ago

1916 - Richard Harding Davis, American journalist and author (b. 1864)

Deaths104 years ago

1918 - Otto Wagner, Austrian architect and urban planner (b. 1841)

Deaths102 years ago

1926 - Luther Burbank, American botanist and academic (b. 1849)

Deaths94 years ago

1939 - Kurtdereli Mehmet, Turkish wrestler (b. 1864)

Deaths81 years ago

1953 - Kid Nichols, American baseball player and manager (b. 1869)

Deaths67 years ago

1954 - Paul Specht, American violinist and bandleader (b. 1895)

Deaths66 years ago

1958 - Konstantin Yuon, Russian painter and educator (b. 1875)

Deaths62 years ago

1960 - Rosa Grünberg, Swedish actress (b. 1878)

Deaths60 years ago

1962 - Ukichiro Nakaya, Japanese physicist and academic (b. 1900)

Deaths58 years ago

1962 - George Poage, American hurdler and educator (b. 1880)

Deaths58 years ago

1967 - Thomas Farrell, American general (b. 1891)

Deaths53 years ago

1967 - Donald Sangster, Jamaican lawyer and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Jamaica (b. 1911)

Deaths53 years ago

1970 - Cathy O'Donnell, American actress (b. 1923)

Deaths50 years ago

1970 - John O'Hara, American novelist and short story writer (b. 1905)

Deaths50 years ago

1974 - Ernst Ziegler, German actor (b. 1894)

Deaths46 years ago

1977 - Jacques Prévert, French poet and screenwriter (b. 1900)

Deaths43 years ago

1977 - Phanishwar Nath 'Renu', Indian author and activist (b. 1921)

Deaths43 years ago

1980 - Ümit Kaftancıoğlu, Turkish journalist and producer (b. 1935)

Deaths40 years ago

1981 - Caroline Gordon, American author and critic (b. 1895)

Deaths39 years ago

1983 - Dolores del Río, Mexican actress (b. 1904)

Deaths37 years ago

1984 - Edgar V. Saks, Estonian historian and politician, Estonian Minister of Education (b. 1910)

Deaths36 years ago

1985 - Bunny Ahearne, Irish-born English businessman (b. 1900)

Deaths35 years ago

1985 - John Gilroy, English artist and illustrator (b. 1898)

Deaths35 years ago

1985 - Enver Hoxha, Albanian educator and politician, 21st Prime Minister of Albania (b. 1908)

Deaths35 years ago

1987 - Erskine Caldwell, American novelist and short story writer (b. 1903)

Deaths33 years ago

1987 - Primo Levi, Italian chemist and author (b. 1919)

Deaths33 years ago

1990 - Harold Ballard, Canadian businessman (b. 1903)

Deaths30 years ago

1991 - Walker Cooper, American baseball player and manager (b. 1915)

Deaths29 years ago

1991 - Bruno Hoffmann. German glass harp player (b. 1913)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - James Brown, American actor and singer (b. 1920)

Deaths28 years ago

1992 - Eve Merriam, American author and poet (b. 1916)

Deaths28 years ago

1992 - Alejandro Obregón, Colombian painter, sculptor, and engraver (b. 1920)

Deaths28 years ago

1996 - Jessica Dubroff, American pilot (b. 1988)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Muriel McQueen Fergusson, Canadian lawyer and politician, Canadian Speaker of the Senate (b. 1899)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - Wang Xiaobo, contemporary Chinese novelist and essayist (b. 1952)

Deaths23 years ago

1999 - William H. Armstrong, American author and educator (b. 1911)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - Diana Darvey, English actress, singer and dancer (b. 1945)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Harry Secombe, Welsh-English actor (b. 1921)

Deaths19 years ago

2003 - Cecil Howard Green, English-American geophysicist and businessman, founded Texas Instruments (b. 1900)

Deaths17 years ago

2005 - André François, Romanian-French cartoonist, painter, and sculptor (b. 1915)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Lucien Laurent, French footballer and coach (b. 1907)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - June Pointer, American singer (b. 1953)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - DeShaun Holton, American rapper and actor (b. 1973)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Roscoe Lee Browne, American actor and director (b. 1922)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Loïc Leferme, French diver (b. 1970)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Janet McDonald, American lawyer and author (b. 1954)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Ronald Speirs, Scottish-American colonel (b. 1920)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Kurt Vonnegut, American novelist, short story writer, and playwright (b. 1922)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Merlin German, American sergeant (b. 1985)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Gerda Gilboe, Danish actress and singer (b. 1914)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Vishnu Prabhakar, Indian author and playwright (b. 1912)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Corín Tellado, Spanish author (b. 1927)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Julia Tsenova, Bulgarian pianist and composer (b. 1948)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Larry Sweeney, American wrestler and manager (b. 1981)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Ahmed Ben Bella, Algerian soldier and politician, 1st President of Algeria (b. 1916)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Roger Caron, Canadian criminal and author (b. 1938)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Tippy Dye, American basketball player and coach (b. 1915)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Hal McKusick, American saxophonist, clarinet player, and flute player (b. 1924)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Agustin Roman, American bishop (b. 1928)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Don Blackman, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (b. 1953)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Grady Hatton, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1922)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Thomas Hemsley, English actor and singer (b. 1927)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Hilary Koprowski, Polish-American virologist and immunologist (b. 1916)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Gilles Marchal, French singer-songwriter (b. 1944)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Maria Tallchief, American ballerina (b. 1925)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Clorindo Testa, Italian-Argentinian architect (b. 1923)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Jonathan Winters, American comedian, actor and screenwriter (b. 1925)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Rolf Brem, Swiss sculptor and illustrator (b. 1926)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Edna Doré, English actress (b. 1921)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Bill Henry, American baseball player (b. 1927)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Lou Hudson, American basketball player and sportscaster (b. 1944)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Myer S. Kripke, American rabbi and scholar (b. 1914)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Sergey Nepobedimy, Russian engineer (b. 1921)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Jesse Winchester, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1944)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Jimmy Gunn, American football player (b. 1948)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, Bangladeshi journalist and politician (b. 1952)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - François Maspero, French journalist and author (b. 1932)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Hanut Singh, Indian general (b. 1933)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Tekena Tamuno, Nigerian historian and academic (b. 1932)

Deaths5 years ago

2017 - J. Geils, American singer and guitarist (b. 1946)

Deaths3 years ago

2017 - Mark Wainberg, Canadian researcher and HIV/AIDS activist (b. 1945)

Deaths3 years ago

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