Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Freedom Day (South Africa)UnFreedom Day (South Africa, unofficial)

Holidays and observances

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Sierra Leone from United Kingdom in 1961.

Holidays and observances

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Togo from France in 1960.

Holidays and observances

King's Day (Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten) (celebrated on April 26 if April 27 falls on a Sunday)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Events

33 BC - Lucius Marcius Philippus, step-brother to the future emperor Augustus, celebrates a triumph for his victories while serving as governor in one of the provinces of Hispania.

Events

395 - Emperor Arcadius marries Aelia Eudoxia, daughter of the Frankish general Flavius Bauto. She becomes one of the more powerful Roman empresses of Late Antiquity.

Events

629 - Shahrbaraz is crowned as king of the Sasanian Empire.

Events

711 - Islamic conquest of Hispania: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula (Al-Andalus).

Events

1296 - First War of Scottish Independence: John Balliol's Scottish army is defeated by an English army commanded by John de Warenne, 6th Earl of Surrey at the Battle of Dunbar.

Events724 years ago

1509 - Pope Julius II places the Italian state of Venice under interdict.

Events511 years ago

1521 - Battle of Mactan: Explorer Ferdinand Magellan is killed by natives in the Philippines led by chief Lapu-Lapu.

Events499 years ago

1522 - Combined forces of Spain and the Papal States defeat a French and Venetian army at the Battle of Bicocca.

Events498 years ago

1539 - Re-founding of the city of Bogotá, New Granada (now Colombia), by Nikolaus Federmann and Sebastián de Belalcázar.

Events481 years ago

1565 - Cebu is established becoming the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines.

Events455 years ago

1578 - Duel of the Mignons claims the lives of two favourites of Henry III of France and two favorites of Henry I, Duke of Guise.

Events442 years ago

1595 - The relics of Saint Sava are incinerated in Belgrade on the Vračar plateau by Ottoman Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha; the site of the incineration is now the location of the Church of Saint Sava, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world.

Events425 years ago

1650 - The Battle of Carbisdale: A Royalist army from Orkney invades mainland Scotland but is defeated by a Covenanter army.

Events370 years ago

1667 - Blind and impoverished, John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10.

Events353 years ago

1777 - American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Ridgefield: A British invasion force engages and defeats Continental Army regulars and militia irregulars at Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Events243 years ago

1805 - First Barbary War: United States Marines and Berbers attack the Tripolitan city of Derna (The "shores of Tripoli" part of the Marines' Hymn).

Events215 years ago

1813 - War of 1812: American troops capture York, the capital of Upper Canada, in the Battle of York.

Events207 years ago
Events159 years ago
Events155 years ago

1906 - The State Duma of the Russian Empire meets for the first time.

Events114 years ago

1909 - Sultan of Ottoman Empire Abdul Hamid II is overthrown, and is succeeded by his brother, Mehmed V.

Events111 years ago
Events109 years ago

1927 - Carabineros de Chile (Chilean national police force and gendarmerie) are created.

Events93 years ago

1936 - The United Auto Workers (UAW) gains autonomy from the American Federation of Labor.

Events84 years ago

1941 - World War II: German troops enter Athens.

Events79 years ago

1941 - World War II: The Communist Party of Slovenia, the Slovene Christian Socialists, the left-wing Slovene Sokols (also known as "National Democrats") and a group of progressive intellectuals establish the Liberation Front of the Slovene Nation.

Events79 years ago

1945 - World War II: The last German formations withdraw from Finland to Norway. The Lapland War and thus, World War II in Finland, comes to an end and the Raising the Flag on the Three-Country Cairn photograph is taken.

Events75 years ago

1945 - World War II: Benito Mussolini is arrested by Italian partisans in Dongo, while attempting escape disguised as a German soldier.

Events75 years ago

1953 - Operation Moolah offers $50,000 to any pilot who defected with a fully mission-capable Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 to South Korea. The first pilot was to receive $100,000.

Events67 years ago

1960 - Togo gains independence from French-administered UN trusteeship.

Events60 years ago

1961 - Sierra Leone is granted its independence from the United Kingdom, with Milton Margai as the first Prime Minister.

Events59 years ago

1967 - Expo 67 officially opens in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with a large opening ceremony broadcast around the world. It opens to the public the next day.

Events53 years ago

1974 - Ten thousand march in Washington, D.C., calling for the impeachment of U.S. President Richard Nixon.

Events46 years ago

1978 - Former United States President Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman is released from an Arizona prison after serving 18 months for Watergate-related crimes.

Events42 years ago

1978 - The Saur Revolution begins in Afghanistan, ending the following morning with the murder of Afghan President Mohammed Daoud Khan and the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.

Events42 years ago

1981 - Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.

Events39 years ago

1986 - The city of Pripyat and surrounding areas are evacuated due to Chernobyl disaster.

Events34 years ago

1987 - The U.S. Department of Justice bars Austrian President Kurt Waldheim (and his wife, Elisabeth, who had also been a Nazi) from entering the US, charging that he had aided in the deportations and executions of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II.

Events33 years ago

1989 - The April 27 demonstrations, student-led protests responding to the April 26 Editorial, during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

Events31 years ago

1992 - The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, comprising Serbia and Montenegro, is proclaimed.

Events28 years ago

1992 - Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.

Events28 years ago

1992 - The Russian Federation and 12 other former Soviet republics become members of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Events28 years ago

1994 - South African general election: The first democratic general election in South Africa, in which black citizens could vote. The Interim Constitution comes into force.

Events26 years ago

2005 - Airbus A380 aircraft had its maiden test flight.

Events15 years ago

2006 - Construction begins on the Freedom Tower (later renamed One World Trade Center) in New York City.

Events14 years ago

2007 - Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia.

Events13 years ago

2007 - Israeli archaeologists discover the tomb of Herod the Great south of Jerusalem.

Events13 years ago

2011 - The 2011 Super Outbreak devastates parts of the Southeastern United States, especially the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee. 205 tornadoes touched down on April 27 alone, killing more than 300 and injuring hundreds more.

Events9 years ago

2012 - At least four explosions hit the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk with at least 27 people injured.

Events8 years ago

2018 - The Panmunjom Declaration is signed by the two Koreas, officially declaring their intentions to end of the Korean conflict.

Events2 years ago

Births

85 BC - Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus, Roman politician and general (d. 43 BC)

Births

1468 - Frederick Jagiellon, Primate of Poland (d. 1503)

Births552 years ago
Births456 years ago

1556 - François Béroalde de Verville, French writer (d. 1626)

Births464 years ago

1593 - Mumtaz Mahal, Mughal empress buried at the Taj Mahal (d. 1631)

Births427 years ago

1650 - Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel, Queen Consort of Denmark (1670-1699) (d. 1714)

Births370 years ago

1654 - Charles Blount (deist), English deist and philosopher (d. 1693)

Births366 years ago
Births319 years ago

1718 - Thomas Lewis, Irish-born American surveyor and lawyer (d. 1790)

Births302 years ago

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

Births272 years ago

1755 - Marc-Antoine Parseval, French mathematician and theorist (d. 1836)

Births265 years ago

1759 - Mary Wollstonecraft, English philosopher, historian, and novelist (d. 1797)

Births261 years ago

1788 - Charles Robert Cockerell, English architect, archaeologist, and writer (d. 1863)

Births232 years ago

1791 - Samuel Morse, American painter and inventor, co-invented the Morse code (d. 1872)

Births229 years ago

1812 - William W. Snow, American lawyer and politician (d. 1886)

Births208 years ago

1812 - Friedrich von Flotow, German composer (d. 1883)

Births208 years ago

1820 - Herbert Spencer, English biologist, anthropologist, sociologist, and philosopher (d. 1903)

Births200 years ago

1822 - Ulysses S. Grant, American general and politician, 18th President of the United States (d. 1885)

Births198 years ago

1840 - Edward Whymper, English-French mountaineer, explorer, author, and illustrator (d. 1911)

Births180 years ago

1848 - Otto of Bavaria (d. 1916)

Births172 years ago

1850 - Hans Hartwig von Beseler, German general and politician (d. 1921)

Births170 years ago

1853 - Jules Lemaître, French playwright and critic (d. 1914)

Births167 years ago

1857 - Theodor Kittelsen, Norwegian painter and illustrator (d. 1914)

Births163 years ago

1861 - William Arms Fisher, American composer and music historian (d. 1948)

Births159 years ago

1866 - Maurice Raoul-Duval, French polo player (d. 1916)

Births154 years ago

1875 - Frederick Fane, Irish-born, English cricketer (d. 1960)

Births145 years ago

1880 - Mihkel Lüdig, Estonian organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1958)

Births140 years ago

1882 - Jessie Redmon Fauset, American author and poet (d. 1961)

Births138 years ago

1887 - Warren Wood, American golfer (d. 1926)

Births133 years ago

1888 - Florence La Badie, Canadian actress (d. 1917)

Births132 years ago

1891 - Sergei Prokofiev, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1953)

Births129 years ago

1893 - Draža Mihailović, Serbian general (d. 1946)

Births127 years ago

1893 - Allen Sothoron, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1939)

Births127 years ago

1894 - George Petty, American painter and illustrator (d. 1975)

Births126 years ago

1894 - Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1995)

Births126 years ago

1896 - Rogers Hornsby, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1963)

Births124 years ago

1896 - William Hudson, New Zealand-Australian engineer (d. 1978)

Births124 years ago

1896 - Wallace Carothers, American chemist and inventor of nylon (d. 1937)

Births124 years ago

1898 - Ludwig Bemelmans, Italian-American author and illustrator (d. 1962)

Births122 years ago

1899 - Walter Lantz, American animator, producer, screenwriter, and actor (d. 1994)

Births121 years ago

1900 - August Koern, Estonian politician and diplomat, Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs in exile (d. 1989)

Births120 years ago

1902 - Tiemoko Garan Kouyaté, Malian educator and activist (d. 1942)

Births118 years ago

1904 - Cecil Day-Lewis, Anglo-Irish poet and author (d. 1972)

Births116 years ago

1904 - Nikos Zachariadis, Greek politician (d. 1973)

Births116 years ago

1905 - John Kuck, American javelin thrower and shot putter (d. 1986)

Births115 years ago

1906 - Yiorgos Theotokas, Greek author and playwright (d. 1966)

Births114 years ago

1910 - Chiang Ching-kuo, Chinese politician, 3rd President of the Republic of China (d. 1988)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Bruno Beger, German anthropologist and ethnologist (d. 2009)

Births109 years ago

1911 - Chris Berger, Dutch sprinter and footballer (d. 1965)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Jacques de Bourbon-Busset, French author and politician (d. 2001)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Zohra Sehgal, Indian actress, dancer, and choreographer (d. 2014)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Philip Abelson, American physicist and author (d. 2004)

Births107 years ago

1913 - Irving Adler, American mathematician, author, and academic (d. 2012)

Births107 years ago

1913 - Luz Long, German long jumper and soldier (d. 1943)

Births107 years ago

1916 - Robert Hugh McWilliams, Jr., American sergeant, lawyer, and judge (d. 2013)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Enos Slaughter, American baseball player and manager (d. 2002)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Roman Matsov, Estonian violinist, pianist, and conductor (d. 2001)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Sten Rudholm, Swedish lawyer and jurist (d. 2008)

Births102 years ago

1920 - Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor (d. 1956)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Mark Krasnosel'skii, Ukrainian mathematician and academic (d. 1997)

Births100 years ago

1920 - James Robert Mann, American colonel, lawyer, and politician (d. 2010)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Edwin Morgan, Scottish poet and translator (d. 2010)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Robert Dhéry, French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2004)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Jack Klugman, American actor (d. 2012)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Sheila Scott, English nurse and pilot (d. 1988)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, Seminole chief (d. 2011)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Vernon B. Romney, American lawyer and politician, 14th Attorney General of Utah (d. 2013)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Derek Chinnery, English broadcaster (d. 2015)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Tim LaHaye, American minister, activist, and author (d. 2016)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Basil A. Paterson, American lawyer and politician, 59th Secretary of State of New York (d. 2014)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Alan Reynolds, English painter and educator (d. 2014)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Coretta Scott King, African-American activist and author (d. 2006)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Joe Moakley, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 2001)

Births93 years ago

1929 - Nina Ponomaryova, Russian discus thrower and coach (d. 2016)

Births91 years ago

1931 - Igor Oistrakh, Ukrainian violinist and educator

Births89 years ago

1932 - Anouk Aimée, French actress

Births88 years ago

1932 - Pik Botha, South African lawyer, politician, and diplomat, 8th South African Ambassador to the United States (d. 2018)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Casey Kasem, American disc jockey, music historian, radio celebrity, and voice actor; co-created American Top 40 (d. 2014)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Chuck Knox, American football coach (d. 2018)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Derek Minter, English motorcycle racer (d. 2015)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Gian-Carlo Rota, Italian-American mathematician and philosopher (d. 1999)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Peter Imbert, Baron Imbert, English police officer and politician, Lord Lieutenant for Greater London (d. 2017)

Births87 years ago

1935 - Theodoros Angelopoulos, Greek director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Ron Morris, American pole vaulter and coach

Births85 years ago

1936 - Geoffrey Shovelton, English singer and illustrator (d. 2016)

Births84 years ago

1937 - Sandy Dennis, American actress (d. 1992)

Births83 years ago

1937 - Robin Eames, Irish Anglican archbishop

Births83 years ago

1937 - Richard Perham, English biologist and academic (d. 2015)

Births83 years ago

1938 - Earl Anthony, American bowler and sportscaster (d. 2001)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Alain Caron, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)

Births82 years ago

1939 - Judy Carne, English actress and comedian (d. 2015)

Births81 years ago

1939 - Stanisław Dziwisz, Polish cardinal

Births81 years ago

1941 - Fethullah Gülen, Turkish preacher and theologian

Births79 years ago

1941 - Dilip Kumar Chakrabarti, Indian archaeologist

Births79 years ago

1941 - Lee Roy Jordan, American football player

Births79 years ago

1942 - Ruth Glick, American author

Births78 years ago

1942 - Jim Keltner, American drummer

Births78 years ago

1943 - Helmut Marko, Austrian race car driver and manager

Births77 years ago

1944 - Michael Fish, English meteorologist and journalist

Births76 years ago

1944 - Cuba Gooding Sr., American singer (d. 2017)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Herb Pedersen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births76 years ago

1945 - Martin Chivers, English footballer and manager

Births75 years ago

1945 - Jack Deverell, English general

Births75 years ago

1945 - Helen Hodgman, Scottish-Australian author

Births75 years ago

1945 - Terry Willesee, Australian journalist and television host

Births75 years ago

1945 - August Wilson, American author and playwright (d. 2005)

Births75 years ago

1946 - Franz Roth, German footballer

Births74 years ago

1947 - G. K. Butterfield, African-American soldier, lawyer, and politician

Births73 years ago

1947 - Nick Greiner, Hungarian-Australian politician, 37th Premier of New South Wales

Births73 years ago

1947 - Pete Ham, Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1975)

Births73 years ago

1947 - Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2003)

Births73 years ago

1947 - Ann Peebles, American soul singer-songwriter

Births73 years ago

1948 - Frank Abagnale Jr., CEO of Abagnale & Associates and criminal

Births72 years ago

1948 - Josef Hickersberger, Austrian footballer, coach, and manager

Births72 years ago

1948 - Kate Pierson, American singer-songwriter and bass player

Births72 years ago

1949 - Grant Chapman, Australian businessman and politician

Births71 years ago

1950 - Paul Lockyer, Australian journalist (d. 2011)

Births70 years ago

1951 - Ace Frehley, American guitarist and songwriter

Births69 years ago

1952 - Larry Elder, American lawyer and talk show host

Births68 years ago

1952 - George Gervin, American basketball player

Births68 years ago

1952 - Ari Vatanen, Finnish race car driver and politician

Births68 years ago

1953 - Arielle Dombasle, French-American actress and model

Births67 years ago

1954 - Frank Bainimarama, Fijian commander and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Fiji

Births66 years ago

1954 - Herman Edwards, American football player, coach, and sportscaster

Births66 years ago

1954 - Mark Holden, Australian singer, actor, and lawyer

Births66 years ago

1955 - Gudrun Berend, German hurdler (d. 2011)

Births65 years ago

1955 - Eric Schmidt, American engineer and businessman

Births65 years ago

1956 - Bryan Harvey, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2006)

Births64 years ago

1956 - Jeff Probyn, English rugby player, coach, and manager

Births64 years ago

1957 - Willie Upshaw, American baseball player and manager

Births63 years ago

1959 - Sheena Easton, Scottish-American singer-songwriter, actress, and producer

Births61 years ago

1959 - Marco Pirroni, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births61 years ago

1960 - Mike Krushelnyski, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births60 years ago

1961 - Andrew Schlafly, American lawyer and activist, founded Conservapedia

Births59 years ago

1962 - Ángel Comizzo, Argentinian footballer and manager

Births58 years ago

1962 - Seppo Räty, Finnish javelin thrower and coach

Births58 years ago

1962 - Im Sang-soo, South Korean director and screenwriter

Births58 years ago

1962 - Andrew Selous, English soldier and politician

Births58 years ago

1963 - Russell T Davies, Welsh screenwriter and producer

Births57 years ago

1965 - Anna Chancellor, English actress

Births55 years ago

1966 - Peter McIntyre, Australian cricketer

Births54 years ago

1966 - Yoshihiro Togashi, Japanese illustrator

Births54 years ago

1967 - Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands

Births53 years ago

1967 - Tommy Smith, Scottish saxophonist, composer, and educator

Births53 years ago

1967 - Erik Thomson, Scottish-New Zealand actor

Births53 years ago

1967 - Jason Whitlock, American football player and journalist

Births53 years ago

1968 - Dana Milbank, American journalist and author

Births52 years ago

1969 - Cory Booker, African-American lawyer and politician

Births51 years ago

1969 - Darcey Bussell, English ballerina

Births51 years ago

1971 - Olari Elts, Estonian conductor

Births49 years ago

1972 - Nigel Barker, English photographer and author

Births48 years ago

1972 - Almedin Civa, Bosnian footballer and coach

Births48 years ago

1973 - Duško Adamović, Serbian footballer

Births47 years ago

1973 - Sharlee D'Angelo, Swedish bass player and songwriter

Births47 years ago

1973 - Sébastien Lareau, Canadian tennis player

Births47 years ago

1974 - Frank Catalanotto, American baseball player

Births46 years ago

1974 - Richard Johnson, Australian footballer

Births46 years ago

1975 - Rabih Abdullah, American football player

Births45 years ago

1975 - Chris Carpenter, American baseball player and manager

Births45 years ago

1975 - Pedro Feliz, Dominican baseball player

Births45 years ago

1975 - Kazuyoshi Funaki, Japanese ski jumper

Births45 years ago

1976 - Isobel Campbell, Scottish singer-songwriter and cellist

Births44 years ago

1976 - Sally Hawkins, English actress

Births44 years ago

1976 - Walter Pandiani, Uruguayan footballer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Faisal Saif, Indian director, screenwriter, and critic

Births44 years ago

1979 - Will Boyd, American bass player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Natasha Chokljat, Australian netball player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Vladimir Kozlov, Ukrainian wrestler

Births41 years ago

1980 - Sybille Bammer, Austrian tennis player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Talitha Cummins, Australian journalist

Births40 years ago

1980 - Christian Lara, Ecuadorian footballer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Joey Gathright, American baseball player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Patrik Gerrbrand, Swedish footballer

Births39 years ago

1982 - François Parisien, Canadian cyclist

Births38 years ago

1982 - Alexander Widiker, German rugby player

Births38 years ago

1983 - Ari Graynor, American actress and producer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Martin Viiask, Estonian basketball player

Births37 years ago

1984 - Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Daniel Holdsworth, Australian rugby league player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Patrick Stump, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births36 years ago
Births35 years ago

1985 - Meselech Melkamu, Ethiopian runner

Births35 years ago

1986 - Jenna Coleman, English actress

Births34 years ago

1986 - Dinara Safina, Russian tennis player

Births34 years ago

1987 - Taylor Chorney, American ice hockey player

Births33 years ago

1987 - Elliott Shriane, Australian speed skater

Births33 years ago

1987 - William Moseley, English actor

Births33 years ago

1987 - Wang Feifei, Chinese singer and actress (Miss A)

Births33 years ago

1988 - Joeri Dequevy, Belgian footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Kris Thackray, English footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Semyon Varlamov, Russian ice hockey player

Births32 years ago

1988 - Lizzo (Melissa Jefferson), US singer/rapper

Births32 years ago

1989 - Lars Bender, German footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Sven Bender, German footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Tim Glasby, Australian rugby league player

Births31 years ago

1989 - Dmytro Kozban, Ukrainian footballer

Births31 years ago

1990 - Trude Raad, Norwegian deaf track and field athlete

Births30 years ago

1991 - Isaac Cuenca, Spanish footballer

Births29 years ago

1991 - Eric Fukusaki, Peruvian singer

Births29 years ago

1991 - Lara Gut, Swiss skier

Births29 years ago

1992 - Keenan Allen, American football player

Births28 years ago

1994 - Corey Seager, American baseball player

Births26 years ago

1995 - Nick Kyrgios, Australian tennis player

Births25 years ago

Deaths

630 - Ardashir III of Persia (b. 621)

Deaths
Deaths860 years ago

1272 - Zita, Italian saint (b. 1212)

Deaths748 years ago

1321 - Nicolò Albertini, Italian cardinal statesman (b. c. 1250)

Deaths699 years ago

1353 - Simeon of Moscow, Grand Prince of Moscow and Vladimir

Deaths667 years ago

1403 - Maria of Bosnia, Countess of Helfenstein (b. 1335)

Deaths617 years ago
Deaths616 years ago

1463 - Isidore of Kiev (b. 1385)

Deaths557 years ago

1521 - Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese sailor and explorer (b. 1480)

Deaths499 years ago

1599 - Maeda Toshiie, Japanese general (b. 1538)

Deaths421 years ago

1605 - Pope Leo XI (b. 1535)

Deaths415 years ago

1607 - Edward Cromwell, 3rd Baron Cromwell, Governor of Lecale (b. 1560)

Deaths413 years ago

1613 - Robert Abercromby, Scottish priest and missionary (b. 1532)

Deaths407 years ago

1656 - Jan van Goyen, Dutch painter and illustrator (b. 1596)

Deaths364 years ago
Deaths326 years ago
Deaths325 years ago

1702 - Jean Bart, French admiral (b. 1651)

Deaths318 years ago
Deaths238 years ago

1813 - Zebulon Pike, American general and explorer (b. 1779)

Deaths207 years ago

1873 - William Macready, English actor and manager (b. 1793)

Deaths147 years ago

1882 - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and philosopher (b. 1803)

Deaths138 years ago

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

Deaths127 years ago

1896 - Henry Parkes, English-Australian businessman and politician, 7th Premier of New South Wales (b. 1815)

Deaths124 years ago

1915 - John Labatt, Canadian businessman (b. 1838)

Deaths105 years ago

1915 - Alexander Scriabin, Russian pianist and composer (b. 1872)

Deaths105 years ago

1932 - Hart Crane, American poet (b. 1899)

Deaths88 years ago

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

Deaths84 years ago

1937 - Antonio Gramsci, Italian sociologist, linguist, and politician (b. 1891)

Deaths83 years ago

1938 - Edmund Husserl, Czech mathematician and philosopher (b. 1859)

Deaths82 years ago

1952 - Guido Castelnuovo, Italian mathematician and statistician (b. 1865)

Deaths68 years ago

1961 - Roy Del Ruth, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1893)

Deaths59 years ago

1962 - A. K. Fazlul Huq, Bangladeshi-Pakistani lawyer and politician, Pakistani Minister of the Interior (b. 1873)

Deaths58 years ago

1965 - Edward R. Murrow, American journalist (b. 1908)

Deaths55 years ago

1967 - William Douglas Cook, New Zealand farmer, founded the Eastwoodhill Arboretum (b. 1884)

Deaths53 years ago

1969 - René Barrientos, Bolivian soldier, pilot, and politician, 55th President of Bolivia (b. 1919)

Deaths51 years ago

1970 - Arthur Shields, Irish rebel and actor (b. 1896)

Deaths50 years ago

1972 - Kwame Nkrumah, Ghanaian politician, 1st President of Ghana (b. 1909)

Deaths48 years ago

1973 - Carlos Menditeguy, Argentinian race car driver and polo player (b. 1914)

Deaths47 years ago

1977 - Stanley Adams, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1915)

Deaths43 years ago

1988 - Fred Bear, American hunter and author (b. 1902)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - Konosuke Matsushita, Japanese businessman, founded Panasonic (b. 1894)

Deaths31 years ago

1992 - Olivier Messiaen, French organist and composer (b. 1908)

Deaths28 years ago

1992 - Gerard K. O'Neill, American physicist and astronomer (b. 1927)

Deaths28 years ago

1995 - Katherine DeMille, Canadian-American actress (b. 1911)

Deaths25 years ago

1995 - Willem Frederik Hermans, Dutch author, poet, and playwright (b. 1921)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - William Colby, American diplomat, 10th Director of Central Intelligence (b. 1920)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Gilles Grangier, French director and screenwriter (b. 1911)

Deaths24 years ago

1998 - John Bassett, Canadian journalist and politician (b. 1915)

Deaths22 years ago

1998 - Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-American anthropologist and author (b. 1925)

Deaths22 years ago

1998 - Anne Desclos, French journalist and author (b. 1907)

Deaths22 years ago

1998 - Browning Ross, American runner and soldier (b. 1924)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Al Hirt, American trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1922)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - Dale C. Thomson, Canadian historian, author, and academic (b. 1923)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - Cyril Washbrook, English cricketer (b. 1914)

Deaths21 years ago

2002 - George Alec Effinger, American author (b. 1947)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Ruth Handler, American inventor and businesswoman, created the Barbie doll (b. 1916)

Deaths18 years ago

2005 - Red Horner, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1909)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Julia Thorne, American author (b. 1944)

Deaths14 years ago

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

Deaths13 years ago

2009 - Frankie Manning, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1914)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Woo Seung-yeon, South Korean model and actress (b. 1983)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Feroz Khan (actor), Indian Actor, Film Director & Producer (b. 1939)

Deaths11 years ago

2011 - Marian Mercer, American actress and singer (b. 1935)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Daniel E. Boatwright, American soldier and politician (b. 1930)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Bill Skowron, American baseball player (b. 1930)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Aída Bortnik, Argentinian screenwriter (b. 1938)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Lorraine Copeland, Scottish archaeologist (b. 1921)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Antonio Díaz Jurado, Spanish footballer (b. 1969)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Jérôme Louis Heldring, Dutch journalist and author (b. 1917)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Aloysius Jin Luxian, Chinese bishop (b. 1916)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Mutula Kilonzo, Kenyan lawyer and politician, Kenyan Minister of Justice (b. 1948)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Yigal Arnon, Israeli lawyer (b. 1929)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Vujadin Boškov, Serbian footballer, coach, and manager (b. 1931)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Daniel Colchico, American football player and coach (b. 1935)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Harry Firth, Australian race car driver and manager (b. 1918)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Gene Fullmer, American boxer (b. 1931)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Verne Gagne, American football player, wrestler, and trainer (b. 1926)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Alexander Rich, American biologist, biophysicist, and academic (b. 1924)

Deaths5 years ago

2017 - Vinod Khanna, Indian actor, producer and politician (b. 1946)

Deaths3 years ago

2017 - Sadanoyama Shinmatsu, Japanese sumo wrestler (b. 1938)

Deaths3 years ago

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