Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances


Events1467 years ago

1215 - Rebel barons renounce their allegiance to King John of England — part of a chain of events leading to the signing of the Magna Carta.

Events805 years ago

1260 - Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.

Events760 years ago

1494 - Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.

Events526 years ago
Events380 years ago

1654 - Cromwell's Act of Grace, aimed at reconciliation with the Scots, proclaimed in Edinburgh.

Events366 years ago
Events258 years ago

1789 - In France, the Estates-General convenes for the first time since 1614.

Events231 years ago

1809 - Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.

Events211 years ago

1809 - The Swiss canton of Aargau allows citizenship to Jews.

Events211 years ago

1811 - In the second day of fighting at the Peninsular War Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro the French army, under Marshall André Masséna, drive in the Duke of Wellington's overextended right flank, but French frontal assaults fail to take the town of Fuentes de Oñoro and the Anglo-Portuguese army holds the field at the end of the day.

Events209 years ago

1821 - Emperor Napoleon dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Events199 years ago
Events185 years ago

1860 - Giuseppe Garibaldi sets sail from Genoa, leading the expedition of the Thousand to conquer the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and giving birth to the Kingdom of Italy.

Events160 years ago

1862 - Cinco de Mayo: Troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla in Mexico.

Events158 years ago

1865 - American Civil War: The Confederate District of the Gulf surrenders about 4,000 men at Citronelle, Alabama.

Events155 years ago

1865 - American Civil War: The Confederate government was declared dissolved at Washington, Georgia.

Events155 years ago

1866 - Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.

Events154 years ago

1877 - American Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.

Events143 years ago

1886 - The Bay View massacre: A militia fires into a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, killing seven.

Events134 years ago

1891 - The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.

Events129 years ago

1904 - Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball.

Events116 years ago

1905 - The trial in the Stratton Brothers case begins in London, England; it marks the first time that fingerprint evidence is used to gain a conviction for murder.

Events115 years ago

1912 - Pravda, the "voice" of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, begins publication in Saint Petersburg.

Events108 years ago

1920 - Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.

Events100 years ago

1925 - Scopes Trial: Serving of an arrest warrant on John T. Scopes for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.

Events95 years ago

1927 - To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf is first published.

Events93 years ago

1936 - Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Events84 years ago

1940 - World War II: Norwegian refugees form a government-in-exile in London.

Events80 years ago

1940 - World War II: Norwegian Campaign: Norwegian squads in Hegra Fortress and Vinjesvingen capitulate to German forces after all other Norwegian forces in southern Norway had laid down their arms.

Events80 years ago

1941 - Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa; the country commemorates the date as Liberation Day or Patriots' Victory Day.

Events79 years ago

1945 - World War II: The German surrender at Lüneburg Heath becomes effective, encompassing all German armed forces opposing the 21st Army Group in northwestern Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands.

Events75 years ago

1945 - World War II: Dönitz gives Löhr permission to seek an armistice with the Western Allies to preserve a communist free Austria and recognising first, from a German standpoint, the separation of Austria from Germany undoing the Anschluss.

Events75 years ago

1945 - World War II: The Prague uprising begins as an attempt by the Czech resistance to free the city from German occupation.

Events75 years ago

1945 - World War II: Six people are killed when a Japanese fire balloon explodes near Bly, Oregon. They are the only Americans killed in the contiguous US during the war.

Events75 years ago

1945 - World War II: Battle of Castle Itter, the only battle in which American and German troops fought cooperatively.

Events75 years ago

1946 - The International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Events74 years ago
Events70 years ago

1955 - The General Treaty, by which France, Britain and the United States recognize the sovereignty of West Germany, comes into effect.

Events65 years ago

1961 - Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, on a sub-orbital flight.

Events59 years ago

1964 - The Council of Europe declares May 5 as Europe Day.

Events56 years ago

1972 - Alitalia Flight 112 crashes into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, killing all 115 aboard, making it the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in Italy.

Events48 years ago

1973 - Secretariat wins the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:59 2/5, an as-yet unbeaten record.

Events47 years ago

1980 - Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service storms the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege.

Events40 years ago

1981 - Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.

Events39 years ago

1985 - Ronald Reagan visits the military cemetery at Bitburg and the site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where he makes a speech.

Events35 years ago

1987 - Iran–Contra affair: Start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America

Events33 years ago

1991 - A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after police shoot a Salvadoran man.

Events29 years ago

1992 - Armand Césari Stadium disaster in Bastia (Corsica): 18 people are killed and 2,300 are injured when one of the terraces collapses before a football match between SC Bastia and Olympique de Marseille.

Events28 years ago

1994 - The signing of the Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan effectively freezes the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Events26 years ago

1994 - American teenager Michael P. Fay is caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism.

Events26 years ago

2006 - The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army.

Events14 years ago

2007 - Kenya Airways Flight 507 crashes after takeoff from Douala International Airport in Douala, Cameroon, killing all 114 aboard, making it the deadliest aircraft disaster in Cameroon.

Events13 years ago

2010 - Mass protests in Greece erupt in response to austerity measures imposed by the government as a result of the Greek government-debt crisis.

Events10 years ago

2014 - Eleven people are missing after a Chinese cargo ship collides with a Marshall Islands registered container ship off the coast of Hong Kong.

Events6 years ago

2014 - Twenty-two people die after two boats carrying refugees collide in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Greece.

Events6 years ago

2019 - A Russian jet plane burst into flames while attempting an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow killing at least 41 people.

Events1 years ago


Births810 years ago
Births738 years ago
Births710 years ago

1352 - Rupert of Germany, Count Palatine of the Rhine (d. 1410)

Births668 years ago

1479 - Guru Amar Das, Indian 3rd Sikh Guru (d. 1574)

Births541 years ago

1504 - Stanislaus Hosius, Polish cardinal (d. 1579)

Births516 years ago

1530 - Gabriel, comte de Montgomery, French nobleman (d. 1574)

Births490 years ago

1542 - Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire (d. 1623)

Births478 years ago

1582 - John Frederick, Duke of Württemberg (1608–1628) (d. 1628)

Births438 years ago
Births336 years ago
Births273 years ago

1749 - Jean-Frédéric Edelmann, French pianist and composer (d. 1794)

Births271 years ago

1764 - Robert Craufurd, Scottish general and politician (d. 1812)

Births256 years ago

1800 - Louis Christophe François Hachette, French publisher (d. 1864)

Births220 years ago

1813 - Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher and author (d. 1855)

Births207 years ago

1818 - Karl Marx, German philosopher, sociologist, and journalist (d. 1883)

Births202 years ago

1826 - Eugénie de Montijo, French wife of Napoleon III (d. 1920)

Births194 years ago

1830 - John Batterson Stetson, American businessman, founded the John B. Stetson Company (d. 1906)

Births190 years ago

1832 - Hubert Howe Bancroft, American ethnologist and historian (d. 1918)

Births188 years ago

1833 - Ferdinand von Richthofen, German geographer and academic (d. 1905)

Births187 years ago

1834 - Viktor Hartmann, Russian painter and architect (d. 1873)

Births186 years ago

1843 - William George Beers, Canadian dentist and patriot (d. 1900)

Births177 years ago

1846 - Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish journalist and author, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1916)

Births174 years ago

1858 - John L. Leal, American physician (d. 1914)

Births162 years ago

1859 - Charles B. Hanford, American Shakespearean actor (d. 1926)

Births161 years ago

1864 - Nellie Bly, American journalist and author (d. 1922)

Births156 years ago

1865 - Helen Maud Merrill, American litterateur and poet (d. 1943)

Births155 years ago

1866 - Thomas B. Thrige, Danish businessman (d. 1938)

Births154 years ago

1869 - Fabián de la Rosa, Filipino painter and educator (d. 1937)

Births151 years ago

1869 - Hans Pfitzner, German composer and conductor (d. 1949)

Births151 years ago

1874 - Thomas Bavin, New Zealand-Australian politician, 24th Premier of New South Wales (d. 1941)

Births146 years ago

1883 - Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell, English general and politician, 43rd Governor-General of India (d. 1950)

Births137 years ago

1884 - Chief Bender, American baseball player and coach (d. 1954)

Births136 years ago

1887 - Mervyn S. Bennion, American captain, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1941)

Births133 years ago

1885 - Kingsley Fairbridge, South African-Australian scholar and politician (d. 1924)

Births135 years ago

1889 - Herbie Taylor, South African cricketer and soldier (d. 1973)

Births131 years ago

1890 - Christopher Morley, American journalist and author (d. 1957)

Births130 years ago

1892 - Dorothy Garrod, British archaeologist (d. 1968)

Births128 years ago

1898 - Elsie Eaves, American engineer (d. 1983)

Births122 years ago

1898 - Blind Willie McTell, American Piedmont blues singer and guitar player (d. 1959)

Births122 years ago

1899 - Freeman Gosden, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1982)

Births121 years ago

1900 - Helen Redfield, American geneticist (d. 1988)

Births120 years ago

1903 - James Beard, American chef and author (d. 1985)

Births117 years ago

1905 - Floyd Gottfredson, American author and illustrator (d. 1986)

Births115 years ago

1906 - Charles Exbrayat, French author and screenwriter (d. 1989)

Births114 years ago

1907 - Iryna Vilde, Ukrainian journalist and author (d. 1982)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Kurt Böhme, German opera singer (d. 1989)

Births112 years ago

1909 - Miklós Radnóti, Hungarian poet and author (d. 1944)

Births111 years ago

1910 - Leo Lionni, American author and illustrator (d. 1999)

Births110 years ago

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

Births109 years ago

1911 - Andor Lilienthal, Russian-Hungarian chess player (d. 2010)

Births109 years ago

1911 - Pritilata Waddedar, Indian educator and activist (d. 1932)

Births109 years ago

1913 - Duane Carter, American race car driver (d. 1993)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Tyrone Power, American actor (d. 1958)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Alice Faye, American actress and singer (d. 1998)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Zail Singh, Indian politician, 7th President of India (d. 1994)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Pío Leyva, Cuban singer-songwriter (d. 2006)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Egidio Galea, Maltese Roman Catholic priest (d. 2005)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek colonel and politician, 169th Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1999)

Births101 years ago

1921 - Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Irene Gut Opdyke, Polish nurse and humanitarian (d. 2003)

Births98 years ago

1923 - William C. Campbell, American golfer (d. 2013)

Births97 years ago

1923 - James Gilbert, Scottish television producer and director (d. 2016)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Richard Wollheim, English philosopher and academic (d. 2003)

Births97 years ago

1925 - Leo Ryan, American soldier, educator, and politician (d. 1978)

Births95 years ago

1927 - Pat Carroll, American actress

Births93 years ago

1929 - Ilene Woods, American actress (d. 2010)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Hans Abramson, Swedish director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Greg, Belgian author and illustrator (d. 1999)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Stan Goldberg, American illustrator (d. 2014)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Bob Said, American race car driver and bobsled racer (d. 2002)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Igor Kashkarov, Russian high jumper

Births87 years ago

1933 - Collie Smith, Jamaican cricketer (d. 1959)

Births87 years ago
Births86 years ago

1934 - Victor Garland, Australian accountant and politician, 26th Australian Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Births86 years ago

1935 - Eddie Linden, Scottish poet and magazine editor

Births85 years ago

1935 - Bernard Pivot, French journalist, talk show host, and producer

Births85 years ago

1935 - Robert Rehme, American film producer

Births85 years ago

1936 - Sandy Baron, American actor and comedian (d. 2001)

Births84 years ago

1936 - Patrick Gowers, English composer and educator (d. 2014)

Births84 years ago

1936 - Ervin Lázár, Hungarian author (d. 2006)

Births84 years ago

1937 - Delia Derbyshire, English musician, arranger and composer (d. 2001)

Births83 years ago

1938 - Michael Murphy, American actor

Births82 years ago

1938 - Barbara Wagner, Canadian figure skater and coach

Births82 years ago

1939 - Ray Gosling, English journalist, author, and activist (d. 2013)

Births81 years ago

1940 - Lance Henriksen, American actor

Births80 years ago

1940 - Michael Lindsay-Hogg, American director and producer

Births80 years ago

1941 - Alexander Ragulin, Russian ice hockey player (d. 2004)

Births79 years ago

1942 - István Bujtor, Hungarian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2009)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Jean Corston, Baroness Corston, English lawyer and politician

Births78 years ago

1942 - Hugh Courtenay, 18th Earl of Devon, English politician (d. 2015)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Tammy Wynette, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)

Births78 years ago

1943 - Michael Palin, English actor and screenwriter

Births77 years ago

1943 - Ignacio Ramonet, Spanish journalist and author

Births77 years ago

1944 - Bo Larsson, Swedish footballer

Births76 years ago

1944 - John Rhys-Davies, Welsh actor and screenwriter

Births76 years ago

1944 - Roger Rees, Welsh-American actor and director (d. 2015)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Kurt Loder, American journalist, author, and critic

Births75 years ago

1945 - Dianne Willcocks, English sociologist and academic

Births75 years ago

1946 - Aydın Menderes, Turkish politician (d. 2011)

Births74 years ago

1948 - Bella van der Spiegel-Hage, Dutch cyclist

Births72 years ago

1948 - Bill Ward, English drummer and songwriter

Births72 years ago

1949 - Eppie Bleeker, Dutch speed skater

Births71 years ago

1950 - Rex Caldwell, American golfer

Births70 years ago

1950 - Maggie MacNeal, Dutch singer

Births70 years ago

1951 - Rudolf Finsterer, German rugby player and coach

Births69 years ago

1951 - Toomas Vilosius, Estonian physician and politician, 2nd Minister of Social Affairs of Estonia

Births69 years ago

1952 - Ed Lee, American politician and attorney, 43rd Mayor of San Francisco (d. 2017)

Births68 years ago

1952 - Jorge Llopart, Spanish race walker

Births68 years ago

1952 - Willem Witteveen, Dutch scholar and politician (d. 2014)

Births68 years ago

1955 - Jon Butcher, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and freelance multimedia producer

Births65 years ago

1956 - Steve Scott, American runner and coach

Births64 years ago

1957 - Richard E. Grant, Swazi-English actor, director, and screenwriter

Births63 years ago

1957 - Peter Howitt, English actor, director, and screenwriter

Births63 years ago

1957 - Aad van Mil, Dutch water polo player

Births63 years ago

1958 - Ron Arad, Israeli colonel and pilot (d. 1986)

Births62 years ago

1958 - Robert DiPierdomenico, Australian footballer and sportscaster

Births62 years ago

1958 - Vanessa Downing, Australian actress

Births62 years ago

1958 - Jack Wishna, American businessman, co-founded Rockcityclub (d. 2012)

Births62 years ago

1959 - Bobby Ellsworth, American singer and bass player

Births61 years ago

1959 - Ian McCulloch, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births61 years ago

1959 - Steve Stevens, American guitarist and songwriter

Births61 years ago

1959 - Brian Williams, American journalist

Births61 years ago

1960 - Doug Hawkins, Australian footballer and sportscaster

Births60 years ago

1961 - Marg Downey, Australian actress

Births59 years ago

1961 - Hiroshi Hase, Japanese wrestler and politician

Births59 years ago

1961 - Rob Williams, American basketball player (d. 2014)

Births59 years ago

1962 - Kaoru Wada, Japanese composer and conductor

Births58 years ago

1963 - James LaBrie, Canadian singer-songwriter

Births57 years ago

1963 - Simon Rimmer, English chef and author

Births57 years ago

1963 - Scott Westerfeld, American author and composer

Births57 years ago

1964 - Jean-François Copé, French politician, French Minister of Budget

Births56 years ago

1964 - Heike Henkel, German high jumper

Births56 years ago

1964 - Don Payne, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2013)

Births56 years ago

1964 - Minami Takayama, Japanese voice actress and singer

Births56 years ago

1964 - Efrat Mishori, Israeli poet and filmmaker

Births56 years ago

1965 - Glenn Seton, Australian race car driver

Births55 years ago

1966 - Shawn Drover, Canadian drummer

Births54 years ago

1966 - Sergei Stanishev, Bulgarian politician, 46th Prime Minister of Bulgaria

Births54 years ago

1966 - Josh Weinstein, American screenwriter and producer

Births54 years ago

1967 - Adam Hughes, American author and illustrator

Births53 years ago

1967 - Alexis Sinduhije, Burundian journalist and politician

Births53 years ago

1969 - Pieter Muller, South African rugby player

Births51 years ago

1970 - Kyan Douglas, American television host and author

Births50 years ago

1970 - Todd Newton, American game show host

Births50 years ago

1971 - Harold Miner, American basketball player

Births49 years ago

1971 - Mike Redmond, American baseball player and manager

Births49 years ago

1972 - James Cracknell, English rower

Births48 years ago

1972 - Žigmund Pálffy, Slovakian ice hockey player

Births48 years ago

1972 - Mikael Renberg, Swedish ice hockey player

Births48 years ago

1975 - Meb Keflezighi, American runner

Births45 years ago

1976 - Dieter Brummer, Australian actor

Births44 years ago

1976 - Jean-François Dumoulin, Canadian race car driver

Births44 years ago

1976 - Anastasios Pantos, Greek footballer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Juan Pablo Sorín, Argentinian footballer and sportscaster

Births44 years ago

1978 - Morgan Pehme, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births42 years ago

1979 - Vincent Kartheiser, American actor

Births41 years ago

1980 - Yossi Benayoun, Israeli footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Hank Green, American entrepreneur, educator, and vlogger

Births40 years ago

1980 - DerMarr Johnson, American basketball player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Craig David, English singer-songwriter, musician and producer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Danielle Fishel, American actress

Births39 years ago

1982 - Ferrie Bodde, Dutch footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Wouter D'Haene, Belgian sprinter

Births38 years ago

1982 - Randall Gay, American football player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Corey Parker, Australian rugby league footballer

Births38 years ago

1983 - James Anyon, English cricketer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Henry Cavill, English actor

Births37 years ago

1983 - Mabel Gay, Cuban triple jumper

Births37 years ago

1983 - Annie Villeneuve, Canadian singer-songwriter

Births37 years ago

1983 - Scott Ware, American football player

Births37 years ago

1984 - Johanna Hedva, Korean-American artist and genderqueer activist

Births36 years ago

1984 - Wade MacNeil, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births36 years ago

1984 - Christian Valdez, Mexican footballer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Shoko Nakagawa, Japanese actress and singer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Emanuele Giaccherini, Italian footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Tsepo Masilela, South African footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Marcos Rogério Oliveira Duarte, Brazilian footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Terrence Wheatley, American football player

Births35 years ago

1987 - Graham Dorrans, Scottish footballer

Births33 years ago

1988 - Adele, English singer-songwriter

Births32 years ago

1988 - Mervyn Westfield, English cricketer

Births32 years ago

1989 - Chris Brown, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor

Births31 years ago

1991 - Xenofon Fetsis, Greek footballer

Births29 years ago

1991 - Raúl Jiménez, Mexican footballer

Births29 years ago

1992 - Loïck Landre, French footballer

Births28 years ago

1998 - Aryna Sabalenka, Belarusian tennis player

Births22 years ago

1999 - Nathan Chen, American figure skater

Births21 years ago

1999 - Justin Kluivert, Dutch footballer

Births21 years ago


465 - Gerontius, Archbishop of Milan


1194 - Casimir II the Just, Polish son of Bolesław III Wrymouth (b. 1138)

Deaths826 years ago
Deaths777 years ago

1306 - Constantine Palaiologos, Byzantine general (b. 1261)

Deaths714 years ago
Deaths711 years ago

1316 - Elizabeth of Rhuddlan, daughter of King Edward I of England (b. 1282)

Deaths704 years ago

1338 - Prince Tsunenaga, son of the Japanese Emperor (b. 1324)

Deaths682 years ago

1380 - Saint Philotheos, Coptic martyr

Deaths640 years ago

1432 - Francesco Bussone da Carmagnola, Italian adventurer

Deaths588 years ago
Deaths495 years ago

1582 - Charlotte of Bourbon, Princess consort of Orange, married to William I of Orange (b. 1547)

Deaths438 years ago

1586 - Henry Sidney, Irish politician, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1529)

Deaths434 years ago
Deaths349 years ago

1672 - Samuel Cooper, English painter and linguist (b. 1609)

Deaths348 years ago

1700 - Angelo Italia, Italian architect (b. 1628)

Deaths320 years ago
Deaths315 years ago

1760 - Laurence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers, English politician (b. 1720)

Deaths260 years ago

1766 - Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (b. 1684)

Deaths254 years ago

1808 - Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist and philosopher (b. 1757)

Deaths212 years ago

1821 - Napoleon, French general and emperor (b. 1769)

Deaths199 years ago
Deaths193 years ago

1833 - Sophia Campbell, English-Australian painter (b. 1777)

Deaths187 years ago

1855 - Sir Robert Inglis, 2nd Baronet, English politician (b. 1786)

Deaths165 years ago

1859 - Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, German mathematician and academic (b. 1805)

Deaths161 years ago

1860 - Jean-Charles Prince, Canadian bishop (b. 1804)

Deaths160 years ago

1883 - John O'Shanassy, Irish-Australian politician, 2nd Premier of Victoria (b. 1818)

Deaths137 years ago

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

Deaths128 years ago

1896 - Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (b. 1839)

Deaths124 years ago

1902 - Bret Harte, American short story writer and poet (b. 1836)

Deaths118 years ago

1907 - Şeker Ahmed Pasha, Turkish soldier and painter (b. 1841)

Deaths113 years ago

1913 - Henry Moret, French painter (b. 1856)

Deaths107 years ago

1916 - John MacBride, Irish soldier and rebel (b. 1865)

Deaths104 years ago

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

Deaths104 years ago

1921 - Alfred Hermann Fried, Austrian journalist and publicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1864)

Deaths99 years ago

1924 - A. Sabapathy, Sri Lankan journalist and politician (b. 1853)

Deaths96 years ago

1931 - Glen Kidston, English pilot and race car driver (b. 1899)

Deaths89 years ago

1942 - Qemal Stafa, Albanian politician (b. 1920)

Deaths78 years ago

1947 - Ty LaForest, Canadian-American baseball player (b. 1917)

Deaths73 years ago

1957 - Leopold Löwenheim, German mathematician and logician (b. 1878)

Deaths63 years ago

1959 - Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentinian academic and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1878)

Deaths61 years ago

1962 - Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (b. 1889)

Deaths58 years ago

1965 - Nikos Gounaris, Greek tenor and composer (b. 1915)

Deaths55 years ago

1965 - John Waters, American director and screenwriter (b. 1893)

Deaths55 years ago

1971 - Violet Jessop, Argentinean-English nurse (b. 1887)

Deaths49 years ago

1973 - Zekai Özger, Turkish poet and academic (b. 1948)

Deaths47 years ago

1977 - Ludwig Erhard, German economist and politician, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1897)

Deaths43 years ago

1981 - Bobby Sands, PIRA volunteer and hunger striker (b. 1954)

Deaths39 years ago

1983 - Horst Schumann, German physician (b. 1901)

Deaths37 years ago

1983 - John Williams, English-American actor (b. 1903)

Deaths37 years ago

1985 - Donald Bailey, English engineer, designed the Bailey bridge (b. 1901)

Deaths35 years ago

1988 - Michael Shaara, American author and academic (b. 1928)

Deaths32 years ago

1993 - Irving Howe, American literary and social critic (b. 1920)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Mário Quintana, Brazilian poet and translator (b. 1906)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player and coach (b. 1911)

Deaths25 years ago

1999 - Vasilis Diamantopoulos, Greek actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1920)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (b. 1914)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Bill Musselman, American basketball player and coach (b. 1940)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Morris Graves, American painter and educator (b. 1910)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Clifton Hillegass, American publisher, created CliffsNotes (b. 1918)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - Hugo Banzer, Bolivian general and politician, 62nd President of Bolivia (b. 1926)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Paul Wilbur Klipsch, American engineer, founded Klipsch Audio Technologies (b. 1904)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - George Sidney, American director and producer (b. 1916)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Sam Bockarie, Sierra Leonean commander (b. 1964)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Walter Sisulu, South African activist and politician (b. 1912)

Deaths17 years ago

2006 - Naushad Ali, Indian composer and producer (b. 1919)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Atıf Yılmaz, Turkish director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1925)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Theodore Harold Maiman, American-Canadian physicist and engineer, created the laser (b. 1927)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Irv Robbins, Canadian-American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (b. 1917)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Jerry Wallace, American singer and guitarist (b. 1928)

Deaths12 years ago

2010 - Giulietta Simionato, Italian soprano (b. 1910)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, Nigerian academic and politician, 13th President of Nigeria (b. 1951)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Claude Choules, English-Australian soldier (b. 1901)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Yosef Merimovich, Israeli footballer and manager (b. 1924)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Dana Wynter, British actress (b. 1931)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Surendranath, Indian cricketer (b. 1937)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Carl Johan Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg (b. 1916)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Aatos Erkko, Finnish journalist and publisher (b. 1932)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - George Knobel, Dutch footballer, coach, and manager (b. 1922)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Roy Padayachie, South African lawyer and politician, South African Minister of Communications (b. 1950)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Sarah Kirsch, German poet and author (b. 1935)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Robert Ressler, American FBI agent and author (b. 1937)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Michael Otedola, Nigerian journalist and politician, 9th Governor of Lagos State (b. 1926)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Jobst Brandt, American cyclist, engineer, and author (b. 1935)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Hans Jansen, Dutch linguist, academic, and politician (b. 1942)

Deaths5 years ago

2017 - Binyamin Elon, Israeli Orthodox rabbi and politician (b. 1954)

Deaths3 years ago

2017 - Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, Mauritanian politician (b. 1953)

Deaths3 years ago

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