Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances

Commemoration of the end of the German occupation of the Channel Islands related observances:Liberation Day, commemorating the end of the German occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II. (Guernsey and Jersey)

Holidays and observances

Commemoration of the end of the German occupation of the Channel Islands related observances:National Day (Alderney)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Goku Day: Celebrated in Japan since May 9, 2015, the "Goku Day" honors the main character of the famous manga: "Dragon Ball".

Holidays and observances

Events

1009 - Lombard Revolt: Lombard forces led by Melus revolt in Bari against the Byzantine Catepanate of Italy.

Events1011 years ago
Events749 years ago

1386 - England and Portugal formally ratify their alliance with the signing of the Treaty of Windsor, making it the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world which is still in force.

Events634 years ago

1450 - 'Abd al-Latif (Timurid monarch) is assassinated.

Events570 years ago

1540 - Hernando de Alarcón sets sail on an expedition to the Gulf of California.

Events480 years ago

1662 - The figure who later became Mr. Punch makes his first recorded appearance in England.

Events358 years ago

1671 - Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempts to steal England's Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.

Events349 years ago

1726 - Five men arrested during a raid on Mother Clap's molly house in London are executed at Tyburn.

Events294 years ago

1763 - The Siege of Fort Detroit begins during Pontiac's War against British forces.

Events257 years ago

1864 - Second Schleswig War: The Danish navy defeats the Austrian and Prussian fleets in the Battle of Heligoland.

Events156 years ago
Events155 years ago

1865 - American Civil War: President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation ending belligerent rights of the rebels and enjoining foreign nations to intern or expel Confederate ships.

Events155 years ago

1873 - Der Krach: Vienna stock market crash heralds the Long Depression.

Events147 years ago

1874 - The first horsebus makes its début in the city of Mumbai, traveling two routes.

Events146 years ago

1877 - Mihail Kogălniceanu reads, in the Chamber of Deputies, the Declaration of Independence of Romania. This day became the Independence Day of Romania.

Events143 years ago

1877 - A magnitude 8.8 earthquake off the coast of Peru kills 2,541, including some as far away as Hawaii and Japan.

Events143 years ago

1887 - Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London.

Events133 years ago

1901 - Australia opens its first national parliament in Melbourne.

Events119 years ago

1904 - The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine in Europe to exceed 100 mph (160 km/h).

Events116 years ago

1911 - The works of Gabriele D'Annunzio are placed in the Index of Forbidden Books by the Vatican.

Events109 years ago

1915 - World War I: Second Battle of Artois between German and French forces.

Events105 years ago

1918 - World War I: Germany repels Britain's second attempt to blockade the port of Ostend, Belgium.

Events102 years ago

1920 - Polish–Soviet War: The Polish army under General Edward Rydz-Śmigły celebrates its capture of Kiev with a victory parade on Khreshchatyk.

Events100 years ago

1926 - Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole (later discovery of Byrd's diary appears to cast some doubt on the claim.)

Events94 years ago

1927 - Old Parliament House, Canberra officially opens.

Events93 years ago

1936 - Italy formally annexes Ethiopia after taking the capital Addis Ababa on May 5.

Events84 years ago

1940 - World War II: The German submarine U-9 sinks the French coastal submarine Doris near Den Helder.

Events80 years ago

1941 - World War II: The German submarine U-110 is captured by the Royal Navy. On board is the latest Enigma machine which Allied cryptographers later use to break coded German messages.

Events79 years ago

1942 - Holocaust: The SS executes 588 Jewish residents of the Podolian town of Zinkiv (Khmelnytska oblast, Ukraine). The Zoludek Ghetto (in Belarus) is destroyed and all its inhabitants executed or deported.

Events78 years ago

1945 - World War II: The final German Instrument of Surrender is signed at the Soviet headquarters in Berlin-Karlshorst.

Events75 years ago

1945 - World War II: The German occupation of the Channel Islands comes to an end.

Events75 years ago

1946 - King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates and is succeeded by Umberto II.

Events74 years ago
Events72 years ago
Events71 years ago

1950 - Robert Schuman presents his proposal on the creation of an organized Europe, which according to him was indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. This proposal, known as the "Schuman Declaration", is considered by some people to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union.

Events70 years ago

1955 - Cold War: West Germany joins NATO.

Events65 years ago

1958 - Alfred Hitchcock's film Vertigo has world premiere in San Francisco.

Events62 years ago

1960 - The Food and Drug Administration announces it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle's Enovid, making Enovid the world's first approved oral contraceptive pill.

Events60 years ago

1961 - FCC Chairman Newton N. Minow gives his Wasteland Speech.

Events59 years ago

1964 - Ngô Đình Cẩn, de facto ruler of central Vietnam under his brother President Ngô Đình Diệm before the family's toppling, is executed.

Events56 years ago

1969 - Carlos Lamarca leads the first urban guerrilla action against the military dictatorship of Brazil in São Paulo, by robbing two banks.

Events51 years ago

1970 - Vietnam War: In Washington, D.C., 75,000 to 100,000 war protesters demonstrate in front of the White House.

Events50 years ago

1974 - Watergate scandal: The United States House Committee on the Judiciary opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.

Events46 years ago

1977 - Hotel Polen fire: A disastrous fire burns down the Hotel Polen in Amsterdam causing 33 deaths and 21 severe injuries.

Events43 years ago

1979 - Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian is executed by firing squad in Tehran, prompting the mass exodus of the once 100,000-strong Jewish community of Iran.

Events41 years ago

1980 - In Florida, Liberian freighter MV Summit Venture collides with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, making a 1,400-ft. section of the southbound span collapse. Thirty-five people in six cars and a Greyhound bus fall 150 ft. into the water and die.

Events40 years ago

1980 - In Norco, California, five masked gunmen hold up a Security Pacific bank, leading to a violent shoot-out and one of the largest pursuits in California history. Two of the gunmen and one police officer are killed and thirty-three police and civilian vehicles are destroyed in the chase.

Events40 years ago

1987 - LOT Flight 5055 Tadeusz Kościuszko crashes after takeoff in Warsaw, Poland, killing all 183 people on board.

Events33 years ago

1988 - New Parliament House, Canberra officially opens.

Events32 years ago

1992 - Armenian forces capture Shusha, marking a major turning point in the Nagorno-Karabakh War.

Events28 years ago

1992 - Westray Mine disaster kills 26 workers in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Events28 years ago

2001 - In Ghana, 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium disaster. The deaths are caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of tear gas by police personnel at the stadium) that followed a controversial decision by the referee.

Events19 years ago

2002 - The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end when the Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected terrorists among them deported to several different countries.

Events18 years ago

2012 - A Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft crashes into Mount Salak in West Java, Indonesia, killing 45 people.

Events8 years ago

2015 - An Airbus A400M Atlas military transport aircraft crashes near the Spanish city of Seville with three people on board killed.

Events5 years ago

2015 - Russia stages its biggest ever military parade in Moscow's Red Square to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory Day.

Events5 years ago

2018 - The historic defeat for Barisan Nasional, the governing coalition of Malaysia since the country's independence in 1957 in 2018 Malaysian general election.

Events2 years ago

2018 - At the height of the 2018 East Africa floods, the Patel dam breaks in Solai, Kenya, killing 48 people and displacing another 2000.

Events2 years ago

Births

1147 - Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese shōgun (d. 1199)

Births873 years ago
Births850 years ago

1540 - Maharana Pratap, Indian ruler (d. 1597)

Births480 years ago

1555 - Jerónima de la Asunción, Spanish Catholic nun and founder of the first monastery in Manila (d. 1630)

Births465 years ago

1594 - Louis Henry, Prince of Nassau-Dillenburg, military leader in the Thirty Years' War (d. 1662)

Births426 years ago
Births403 years ago

1740 - Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer and educator (probable; d. 1816)

Births280 years ago

1746 - Gaspard Monge, French mathematician and engineer (d. 1818)

Births274 years ago

1763 - János Batsányi, Hungarian-Austrian poet and author (d. 1845)

Births257 years ago

1800 - John Brown, American activist (d. 1859)

Births220 years ago

1801 - Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood, English politician, founded the town of Fleetwood (d. 1866)

Births219 years ago

1814 - John Brougham, Irish-American actor and playwright (d. 1880)

Births206 years ago

1823 - Frederick Weld, English-New Zealand politician, 6th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1891)

Births197 years ago

1824 - Jacob ben Moses Bachrach, Polish apologist and author (d. 1896)

Births196 years ago

1825 - James Collinson, Victorian painter (d. 1881)

Births195 years ago

1836 - Ferdinand Monoyer, French ophthalmologist, invented the Monoyer chart (d. 1912)

Births184 years ago

1837 - Adam Opel, German engineer, founded the Opel Company (d. 1895)

Births183 years ago

1845 - Gustaf de Laval, Swedish engineer and businessman (d. 1913)

Births175 years ago

1850 - Edward Weston, English-American chemist (d. 1936)

Births170 years ago

1855 - Julius Röntgen, German-Dutch composer (d. 1932)

Births165 years ago

1860 - J. M. Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright (d. 1937)

Births160 years ago

1866 - Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Indian economist and politician (d. 1915)

Births154 years ago

1870 - Harry Vardon, British golfer (d. 1937)

Births150 years ago

1873 - Anton Cermak, Czech-American captain and politician, 44th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1933)

Births147 years ago

1874 - Howard Carter, English archaeologist and historian (d. 1939)

Births146 years ago

1882 - George Barker, American painter (d. 1965)

Births138 years ago

1882 - Henry J. Kaiser, American shipbuilder and businessman, founded Kaiser Shipyards (d. 1967)

Births138 years ago

1883 - José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher, author, and critic (d. 1955)

Births137 years ago

1884 - Valdemar Psilander, Danish actor (d. 1917)

Births136 years ago

1888 - Francesco Baracca, Italian fighter pilot (d. 1918)

Births132 years ago

1888 - Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector (d. 1964)

Births132 years ago

1892 - Zita of Bourbon-Parma, last Empress of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1989)

Births128 years ago

1893 - William Moulton Marston, American psychologist and author (d. 1947)

Births127 years ago

1895 - Richard Barthelmess, American actor (d. 1963)

Births125 years ago

1895 - Lucian Blaga, Romanian poet, playwright, and philosopher (d. 1961)

Births125 years ago

1895 - Frank Foss, American pole vaulter (d. 1989)

Births125 years ago

1896 - Richard Day, Canadian-American art director and set decorator (d. 1972)

Births124 years ago

1900 - Maria Malicka, Polish stage and film actress (d. 1992)

Births120 years ago

1904 - Conrad Bernier, Canadian-American organist, composer, and educator (d. 1988)

Births116 years ago

1905Lilí Álvarez, Spanish tennis player, author, and feminist (d. 1998)

Births115 years ago

1906 - Eleanor Estes, American librarian, author, and illustrator (d. 1988)

Births114 years ago

1907 - Jackie Grant, Trinidadian cricketer (d. 1978)

Births113 years ago

1907 - Kathryn Kuhlman, American evangelist and author (d. 1976)

Births113 years ago

1907 - Baldur von Schirach, German politician (d. 1974)

Births113 years ago

1909 - Don Messer, Canadian violinist (d. 1973)

Births111 years ago

1909 - Gordon Bunshaft, American architect, designed the Solow Building (d. 1990)

Births111 years ago

1911 - Harry Simeone, American music arranger, conductor, and composer (d. 2005)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican-American actor (d. 1963)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Per Imerslund, Norwegian-German soldier and author (d. 1943)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Géza Ottlik, Hungarian mathematician and theorist (d. 1990)

Births108 years ago

1914 - Patricia Swift Blalock, American librarian (d.2011)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Denham Fouts, American prostitute (d. 1948)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Thanat Khoman, Thai politician and diplomat, Former Deputy Prime Minister (1980-1982) and Foreign Minister (1959-1971) of Thailand, one of the Founding Fathers of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (d. 2016)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor and director (d. 2005)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Hank Snow, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999)

Births106 years ago

1916 - William Pène du Bois, American author and illustrator (d. 1993)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Fay Kanin, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2013)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Moisis Michail Bourlas, Greek soldier and educator (d. 2011)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Orville Freeman, American soldier and politician, 16th United States Secretary of Agriculture (d. 2003)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Mike Wallace, American journalist, media personality and one-time game show host (d. 2012)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Clifford Chadderton, Canadian soldier and journalist (d. 2013)

Births101 years ago

1920 - William Tenn, English-American author and academic (d. 2010)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Richard Adams, English novelist (d. 2016)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Daniel Berrigan, American priest, poet, and activist (d. 2016)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Sophie Scholl, German activist (d. 1943)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Mona Van Duyn, American poet and academic (d. 2004)

Births99 years ago

1923 - Johnny Grant, American radio host and producer (d. 2008)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Bulat Okudzhava, Russian singer, poet, and author (d. 1997)

Births96 years ago

1926 - John Middleton Murry, Jr., English soldier, pilot, and author (d. 2002)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Manfred Eigen, German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2019)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Ralph Goings, American painter (d. 2016)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Pancho Gonzales, American tennis player (d. 1995)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater (d. 2012)

Births92 years ago

1930 - Joan Sims, English actress (d. 2001)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Kalifa Tillisi, Libyan historian and linguist (d. 2010)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Vance D. Brand, American pilot, engineer, and astronaut

Births89 years ago

1932 - Conrad Hunte, Barbadian cricketer (d. 1999)

Births88 years ago

1934 - Alan Bennett, English screenwriter, playwright, and novelist

Births86 years ago

1935 - Nokie Edwards, American guitarist (d. 2018)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Roger Hargreaves, English author and illustrator (d. 1988)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Terry Downes, British boxer and former world middle-weight champion (d. 2017)

Births84 years ago

1936 - Albert Finney, English actor (d. 2019)

Births84 years ago

1936 - Glenda Jackson, English actress and politician

Births84 years ago

1937 - Sonny Curtis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births83 years ago

1937 - Rafael Moneo, Spanish architect, designed the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and Valladolid Science Museum

Births83 years ago

1937 - Dave Prater, American singer (d. 1988)

Births83 years ago

1938 - Charles Simić, Serbian-American poet and editor

Births82 years ago

1939 - Ralph Boston, American long jumper

Births81 years ago

1939 - Ion Țiriac, Romanian tennis player and manager

Births81 years ago

1939 - Ken Warby, Australian motorboat racer

Births81 years ago

1939 - Giorgio Zancanaro, Italian baritone

Births81 years ago

1939 - John Ogbu, Nigerian-American anthropologist and professor (d. 2003)

Births81 years ago

1940 - James L. Brooks, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births80 years ago

1941 - Dorothy Hyman, English sprinter

Births79 years ago

1941 - Danny Rapp, American rock & roll singer (Danny & the Juniors) (d. 1983)

Births79 years ago

1942 - John Ashcroft, American lawyer and politician, 79th United States Attorney General

Births78 years ago

1942 - Tommy Roe, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births78 years ago

1943 - Vince Cable, English economist and politician, former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Births77 years ago

1943 - Anders Isaksson, Swedish historian and journalist (d. 2009)

Births77 years ago

1943 - Colin Pillinger, English astronomer, chemist, and academic (d. 2014)

Births77 years ago

1944 - Richie Furay, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births76 years ago

1945 - Gamal El-Ghitani, Egyptian journalist and author (d. 2015)

Births75 years ago

1945 - Jupp Heynckes, German footballer and manager

Births75 years ago

1945 - Steve Katz, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

Births75 years ago

1946 - Candice Bergen, American actress and producer

Births74 years ago

1946 - Ayşe Nur Zarakolu, Turkish author and activist (d. 2002)

Births74 years ago

1947 - Yukiya Amano, Japanese diplomat (d. 2019)

Births73 years ago

1948 - Hans Georg Bock, German mathematician, computer scientist, and academic

Births72 years ago

1948 - John Mahaffey, American golfer

Births72 years ago

1948 - Steven W. Mosher, American social scientist and author

Births72 years ago

1948 - Calvin Murphy, American basketball player and radio host

Births72 years ago

1949 - Billy Joel, American singer-songwriter and pianist

Births71 years ago
Births71 years ago

1951 - Alley Mills, American actress

Births69 years ago

1953 - Bruno Brokken, Belgian high jumper

Births67 years ago
Births65 years ago

1955 - Anne Sofie von Otter, Swedish soprano and actress

Births65 years ago

1956 - Wendy Crewson, Canadian actress and producer

Births64 years ago

1956 - Jana Wendt, Australian television host

Births64 years ago

1958 - Graham Smith, Canadian swimmer

Births62 years ago

1959 - Andrew Jones, New Zealand cricketer

Births61 years ago

1960 - Tony Gwynn, American baseball player and coach (d. 2014)

Births60 years ago

1961 - Sean Altman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births59 years ago

1961 - John Corbett, American actor

Births59 years ago

1962 - Dave Gahan, English singer-songwriter

Births58 years ago

1962 - Paul Heaton, English singer-songwriter

Births58 years ago

1963 - Joe Cirella, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births57 years ago

1965 - Ken Nomura, Japanese race car driver and sportscaster

Births55 years ago

1965 - Steve Yzerman, Canadian ice hockey player and manager

Births55 years ago

1966 - Mark Tinordi, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births54 years ago

1968 - Masahiko Harada, Japanese ski jumper

Births52 years ago

1968 - Graham Harman, American philosopher and academic

Births52 years ago

1968 - Ruth Kelly, British economist and politician, Secretary of State for Transport

Births52 years ago

1970 - Doug Christie, American basketball player

Births50 years ago

1970 - Ghostface Killah, American rapper and actor

Births50 years ago

1971 - Jason Lee, English footballer and manager

Births49 years ago

1971 - Dan Chiasson, American poet and critic

Births49 years ago

1972 - Megumi Odaka, Japanese actress and singer

Births48 years ago

1973 - Tegla Loroupe, Kenyan runner

Births47 years ago

1973 - Leonard Myles-Mills, Ghanaian sprinter

Births47 years ago

1975 - Tamia, Canadian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

Births45 years ago

1975 - Brian Deegan, American motocross rider

Births45 years ago

1977 - Averno, Mexican wrestler

Births43 years ago

1977 - Marek Jankulovski, Czech footballer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Svein Tuft, Canadian cyclist

Births43 years ago

1978 - Leandro Cufré, Argentinian footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Santiago Dellapè, Argentinian-Italian rugby player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Aaron Harang, American baseball player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Marwan al-Shehhi, Emirati terrorist (d. 2001)

Births42 years ago

1979 - Pierre Bouvier, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births41 years ago

1979 - Rosario Dawson, American actress

Births41 years ago

1979 - Andrew W.K., American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, motivational speaker, and music producer

Births41 years ago

1980 - Grant Hackett, Australian swimmer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Angela Nikodinov, American figure skater

Births40 years ago

1980 - Tony Schmidt, German race car driver

Births40 years ago

1980 - Jo Hyun-jae, South Korean actor

Births40 years ago

1981 - Bill Murphy, American baseball player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Evangelos Tsiolis, Greek footballer

Births39 years ago

1983 - Giacomo Brichetto, Italian footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Alan Campbell, British sculler

Births37 years ago

1983 - Christos Marangos, Cypriot footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Ryuhei Matsuda, Japanese actor

Births37 years ago

1983 - Gilles Müller, Luxembourgian tennis player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Tyler Lumsden, American baseball player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Leandro Rinaudo, Italian footballer

Births37 years ago

1984 - Prince Fielder, American baseball player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Chase Headley, American baseball player

Births36 years ago

1985 - Jake Long, American football player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Henrique Andrade Silva, Brazilian footballer

Births35 years ago

1987 - Scott Bolton, Australian rugby league player

Births33 years ago

1987 - Kevin Gameiro, French footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Vitaliy Pushkar, Ukrainian race car driver

Births33 years ago

1988 - J. R. Fitzpatrick, Canadian race car driver

Births32 years ago

1989 - Ellen White, English footballer

Births31 years ago

1991 - Majlinda Kelmendi, Kosovar judoka

Births29 years ago

1992 - Dan Burn, English footballer

Births28 years ago

1996 - Saron Läänmäe, Estonian footballer

Births24 years ago

Deaths

729 - Osric, king of Northumbria

Deaths

893 - Shi Pu, warlord of the Tang Dynasty

Deaths

909 - Adalgar, archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen

Deaths

934 - Wang Sitong, Chinese general and governor (b. 892)

Deaths
Deaths740 years ago
Deaths705 years ago

1329 - John Drokensford, Bishop of Bath and Wells

Deaths691 years ago

1443 - Niccolò Albergati, Italian Cardinal and diplomat (b. 1373)

Deaths577 years ago

1446 - Mary of Enghien (b. 1368)

Deaths574 years ago

1590 - Charles de Bourbon French cardinal and pretender to the throne (b. 1523)

Deaths430 years ago

1657 - William Bradford, English-American politician, 2nd Governor of Plymouth Colony (b. 1590)

Deaths363 years ago

1707 - Dieterich Buxtehude, German-Danish organist and composer (b. 1637)

Deaths313 years ago

1736 - Diogo de Mendonça Corte-Real, Portuguese judge and politician (b. 1658)

Deaths284 years ago

1745 - Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1663)

Deaths275 years ago

1747 - John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair, Scottish field marshal and diplomat, British Ambassador to France (b. 1673)

Deaths273 years ago

1760 - Nicolaus Zinzendorf, German bishop and saint (b. 1700)

Deaths260 years ago

1789 - Jean-Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval, French general and engineer (b. 1715)

Deaths231 years ago

1790 - William Clingan, American politician (b. 1721)

Deaths230 years ago

1791 - Francis Hopkinson, American judge and politician (b. 1737)

Deaths229 years ago

1805 - Friedrich Schiller, German poet, playwright, and historian (b. 1759)

Deaths215 years ago

1850 - Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French chemist and physicist (b. 1778)

Deaths170 years ago

1850 - Garlieb Merkel, Estonian author and activist (b. 1769)

Deaths170 years ago

1861 - Peter Ernst von Lasaulx, German philologist and politician (b. 1805)

Deaths159 years ago

1864 - John Sedgwick, American general and educator (b. 1813)

Deaths156 years ago

1889 - William S. Harney, American general (b. 1800)

Deaths131 years ago

1906 - Oscar von Gebhardt, German theologian and academic (b. 1844)

Deaths114 years ago

1914 - C. W. Post, American businessman, founded Post Foods (b. 1854)

Deaths106 years ago

1915 - François Faber, Luxembourgian-French cyclist and soldier (b. 1887)

Deaths105 years ago

1915 - Anthony Wilding, New Zealand tennis player and cricketer (b. 1883)

Deaths105 years ago

1918 - George Coșbuc, Romanian journalist and poet (b. 1866)

Deaths102 years ago

1931 - Albert Abraham Michelson, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1852)

Deaths89 years ago

1933 - John Arthur Jarvis, English swimmer (b. 1872)

Deaths87 years ago

1935 - Ernst Bresslau, German zoologist (b. 1877)

Deaths85 years ago

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

Deaths82 years ago

1942 - Józef Cebula, Polish priest and saint (b. 1902)

Deaths78 years ago

1944 - Han Yong-un, Korean poet and social reformer (b. 1879)

Deaths76 years ago
Deaths71 years ago

1950 - Esteban Terradas i Illa, Spanish mathematician and engineer (b. 1883)

Deaths70 years ago

1957 - Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan banker and businessman (b. 1887)

Deaths63 years ago

1957 - Ezio Pinza, Italian actor and singer (b. 1892)

Deaths63 years ago

1959 - Bhaurao Patil, Indian activist and educator (b. 1887)

Deaths61 years ago

1965 - Leopold Figl, Austrian engineer and politician, 18th Chancellor of Austria (b. 1902)

Deaths55 years ago

1968 - Mercedes de Acosta, American author, poet, and playwright (b. 1893)

Deaths52 years ago

1968 - Harold Gray, American cartoonist, created Little Orphan Annie (b. 1894)

Deaths52 years ago

1968 - Marion Lorne, American actress (b. 1883)

Deaths52 years ago

1970 - Walter Reuther, American union leader (b. 1907)

Deaths50 years ago

1976 - Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian author, poet, and playwright (b. 1920)

Deaths44 years ago

1976 - Ulrike Meinhof, German militant, co-founded the Red Army Faction (b. 1934)

Deaths44 years ago

1977 - James Jones, American novelist (b. 1921)

Deaths43 years ago

1978 - Giuseppe Impastato, Italian journalist and activist (b. 1948)

Deaths42 years ago

1978 - Aldo Moro, Italian lawyer and politician, 38th Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1916)

Deaths42 years ago

1979 - Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American banker, businessman, and philanthropist (b. 1883)

Deaths41 years ago

1979 - Eddie Jefferson, American singer and lyricist (b. 1918)

Deaths41 years ago

1980 - Kate Molale, South African activist (b. 1928)

Deaths40 years ago

1981 - Nelson Algren, American novelist and short story writer (b. 1909)

Deaths39 years ago

1983 - Henry Bachtold, Australian soldier and railway engineer (b. 1891)

Deaths37 years ago

1985 - Edmond O'Brien, American actor and director (b. 1915)

Deaths35 years ago

1986 - Tenzing Norgay, Nepalese mountaineer (b. 1914)

Deaths34 years ago

1987 - Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian lawyer and politician (b. 1909)

Deaths33 years ago

1993 - Penelope Gilliatt, English novelist, short story writer, and critic (b. 1932)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Elias Motsoaledi, South African activist (b. 1924)

Deaths26 years ago

1997 - Rawya Ateya, Egyptian captain and politician (b. 1926)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - Marco Ferreri, Italian actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1928)

Deaths23 years ago

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

Deaths22 years ago

1998 - Talat Mahmood, Indian singer and actor (b. 1924)

Deaths22 years ago

2003 - Russell B. Long, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician (b. 1918)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Akhmad Kadyrov, Chechen cleric and politician, 1st President of the Chechen Republic (b. 1951)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Alan King, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1927)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Brenda Fassie, South African singer (b. 1964)

Deaths16 years ago

2007 - Dwight Wilson, Canadian soldier (b. 1901)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league player, coach, and sportscaster (b. 1929)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Baptiste Manzini, American football player (b. 1920)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Nuala O'Faolain, Irish journalist and producer (b. 1942)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Pascal Sevran, French singer, television host, and author (b. 1945)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Chuck Daly, American basketball player and coach (b. 1930)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Lena Horne, American singer, actress, and activist (b. 1917)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Otakar Motejl, Czech lawyer and politician (b. 1932)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Wouter Weylandt, Belgian cyclist (b. 1984)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Bertram Cohler, American psychologist, psychoanalyst, and academic (b. 1938)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Geoffrey Henry, Cook Islander lawyer and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of the Cook Islands (b. 1940)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Vidal Sassoon, English-American hairdresser and businessman (b. 1928)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Ramón Blanco Rodríguez, Spanish footballer and manager (b. 1952)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - George M. Leader, American soldier and politician, 36th Governor of Pennsylvania (b. 1918)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Humberto Lugo Gil, Mexican lawyer and politician, 23rd Governor of Hidalgo (b. 1933)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Ottavio Missoni, Italian hurdler and fashion designer, founded Missoni (b. 1921)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Giacomo Bini, Italian priest and missionary (b. 1938)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Harlan Mathews, American lawyer and politician (b. 1927)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Nedurumalli Janardhana Reddy, Indian politician, 12th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (b. 1935)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Mary Stewart, English-Scottish author and poet (b. 1916)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Edward W. Estlow, American football player and journalist (b. 1920)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Kenan Evren, Turkish general and politician, 7th President of Turkey (b. 1917)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Elizabeth Wilson, American actress (b. 1921)

Deaths5 years ago

2017 - Robert Miles, a Swiss-born Italian record producer, composer, musician and DJ (b. 1969)

Deaths3 years ago

2018 - Per Kirkeby, Danish painter, poet, film maker and sculptor (b. 1938)

Deaths2 years ago

2019 - Freddie Starr, English comedian, impressionist, singer and actor (1943)

Deaths1 years ago

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