Holidays and observances

Earliest day on which the first day of Sanja Matsuri can fall, while May 21 is the latest; celebrated on the third weekend of May. (Sensō-ji, Tokyo)

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

Events

1097 - The Siege of Nicaea begins during the First Crusade.

Events923 years ago

1264 - Battle of Lewes: Henry III of England is captured and forced to sign the Mise of Lewes, making Simon de Montfort the effective ruler of England.

Events756 years ago

1509 - Battle of Agnadello: In northern Italy, French forces defeat the Republic of Venice.

Events511 years ago

1607 - Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony.

Events413 years ago

1608 - The Protestant Union, a coalition of Protestant German states, is founded to defend the rights, land and safety of each member against the Catholic Church and Catholic German states.

Events412 years ago

1610 - Henry IV of France is assassinated by Catholic zealot François Ravaillac, and Louis XIII ascends the throne.

Events410 years ago

1643 - Four-year-old Louis XIV becomes King of France upon the death of his father, Louis XIII.

Events377 years ago

1747 - War of the Austrian Succession: A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeats the French at the First Battle of Cape Finisterre.

Events273 years ago

1796 - Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox inoculation.

Events224 years ago

1800 - The 6th United States Congress recesses, and the process of moving the U.S. Government from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., begins the following day.

Events220 years ago

1804 - William Clark and 42 men depart from Camp Dubois to join Meriwether Lewis at St. Charles, Missouri, marking the beginning of the Lewis and Clark Expedition's historic journey up the Missouri River.

Events216 years ago

1811 - Paraguay: Pedro Juan Caballero, Fulgencio Yegros and José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia start actions to depose the Spanish governor.

Events209 years ago

1836 - The Treaties of Velasco are signed in Velasco, Texas.

Events184 years ago
Events157 years ago

1868 - Boshin War: The Battle of Utsunomiya Castle ends as former Tokugawa shogunate forces withdraw northward.

Events152 years ago

1870 - The first game of rugby in New Zealand is played in Nelson between Nelson College and the Nelson Rugby Football Club.

Events150 years ago

1878 - The last witchcraft trial held in the United States begins in Salem, Massachusetts, after Lucretia Brown, an adherent of Christian Science, accused Daniel Spofford of attempting to harm her through his mental powers.

Events142 years ago

1879 - The first group of 463 Indian indentured laborers arrives in Fiji aboard the Leonidas.

Events141 years ago

1913 - Governor of New York William Sulzer approves the charter for the Rockefeller Foundation, which begins operations with a $100 million donation from John D. Rockefeller.

Events107 years ago

1918 - Cape Town Mayor, Sir Harry Hands, inaugurates the Two-minute silence.

Events102 years ago

1925 - Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs Dalloway is published.

Events95 years ago

1931 - Five unarmed civilians are killed in the Ådalen shootings, as the Swedish military is called in to deal with protesting workers.

Events89 years ago

1935 - The Constitution of the Philippines is ratified by a popular vote.

Events85 years ago

1939 - Lina Medina becomes the youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five.

Events81 years ago

1940 - World War II: Rotterdam, Netherlands is bombed by the Luftwaffe of Nazi Germany despite a ceasefire, killing about 900 people and destroying the historic city center.

Events80 years ago

1943 - World War II: A Japanese submarine sinks AHS Centaur off the coast of Queensland.

Events77 years ago

1948 - Israel is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established. Immediately after the declaration, Israel is attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.

Events72 years ago

1951 - Trains run on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales for the first time since preservation, making it the first railway in the world to be operated by volunteers.

Events69 years ago

1955 - Cold War: Eight Communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, sign a mutual defense treaty called the Warsaw Pact.

Events65 years ago

1961 - Civil rights movement: A white mob twice attacks a Freedom Riders bus near Anniston, Alabama, before fire-bombing the bus and attacking the civil rights protesters who flee the burning vehicle.

Events59 years ago

1970 - Andreas Baader is freed from custody by Ulrike Meinhof, Gudrun Ensslin and others, a pivotal moment in the formation of the Red Army Faction.

Events50 years ago

1973 - Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched.

Events47 years ago

1977 - A Dan-Air Boeing 707 leased to IAS Cargo Airlines crashes on approach to Lusaka International Airport (now Kenneth Kaunda International Airport) in Lusaka, Zambia, killing six people.

Events43 years ago

1988 - Carrollton bus collision: A drunk driver traveling the wrong way on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Kentucky hits a converted school bus carrying a church youth group. Twenty-seven die in the crash and ensuing fire.

Events32 years ago

2004 - The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun.

Events16 years ago

2004 - Rico Linhas Aéreas Flight 4815 crashes into the Amazon rainforest during approach to Eduardo Gomes International Airport in Manaus, Brazil, killing 33 people.

Events16 years ago

2012 - Agni Air Flight CHT crashes in Nepal after a failed go-around, killing 15 people.

Events8 years ago

Births

Births704 years ago

1553 - Margaret of Valois (d. 1615)

Births467 years ago

1574 - Francesco Rasi, Italian singer-songwriter, theorbo player, and poet (d. 1621)

Births446 years ago

1592 - Alice Barnham, wife of statesman Francis Bacon (d. 1650)

Births428 years ago

1630 - Katakura Kagenaga, Japanese samurai (d. 1681)

Births390 years ago

1652 - Johann Philipp Förtsch, German composer (d. 1732)

Births368 years ago

1657 - Sambhaji, Indian emperor (d. 1689)

Births363 years ago
Births354 years ago

1679 - Peder Horrebow, Danish astronomer and mathematician (d. 1764)

Births341 years ago

1699 - Hans Joachim von Zieten, Prussian general (d. 1786)

Births321 years ago

1701 - William Emerson, English mathematician and academic (d. 1782)

Births319 years ago
Births310 years ago

1725 - Ludovico Manin, the last Doge of Venice (d. 1802)

Births295 years ago

1727 - Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (d. 1788)

Births293 years ago

1737 - George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney, Irish-English politician and diplomat, Governor of Grenada (d. 1806)

Births283 years ago

1752 - Timothy Dwight IV, American minister, theologian, and academic (d. 1817)

Births268 years ago

1752 - Albrecht Thaer, German agronomist and author (d. 1828)

Births268 years ago

1761 - Samuel Dexter, American lawyer and politician, 4th United States Secretary of War, 3rd United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1816)

Births259 years ago

1771 - Robert Owen, Welsh businessman and social reformer (d. 1858)

Births249 years ago

1771 - Thomas Wedgwood, English photographer (d. 1805)

Births249 years ago

1781 - Friedrich Ludwig Georg von Raumer, German historian and academic (d. 1873)

Births239 years ago

1794 - Fanny Imlay, daughter of British feminist Mary Wollstonecraft (d. 1816)

Births226 years ago

1814 - Charles Beyer, German-English engineer, co-founded Beyer, Peacock and Company (d. 1876)

Births206 years ago

1817 - Alexander Kaufmann, German poet and educator (d. 1893)

Births203 years ago

1820 - James Martin, Irish-Australian politician, 6th Premier of New South Wales (d. 1886)

Births200 years ago

1830 - Antonio Annetto Caruana, Maltese archaeologist and author (d. 1905)

Births190 years ago

1832 - Rudolf Lipschitz, German mathematician and academic (d. 1903)

Births188 years ago

1851 - Anna Laurens Dawes, American author and suffragist (d. 1938)

Births169 years ago

1852 - Henri Julien, Canadian illustrator (d. 1908)

Births168 years ago

1863 - John Charles Fields, Canadian mathematician, founder of the Fields Medal (d. 1932)

Births157 years ago

1867 - Kurt Eisner, German journalist and politician, Prime Minister of Bavaria (d. 1919)

Births153 years ago

1868 - Magnus Hirschfeld, German physician and sexologist (d. 1935)

Births152 years ago

1869 - Arthur Rostron, English captain (d. 1940)

Births151 years ago

1872 - Elia Dalla Costa, Italian cardinal (d. 1961)

Births148 years ago

1878 - J. L. Wilkinson, American baseball player and manager (d. 1964)

Births142 years ago

1879 - Fred Englehardt, American jumper (d. 1942)

Births141 years ago

1880 - Wilhelm List, German field marshal (d. 1971)

Births140 years ago

1881 - Lionel Hill, Australian politician, 30th Premier of South Australia (d. 1963)

Births139 years ago

1881 - George Murray Hulbert, American judge and politician (d. 1950)

Births139 years ago

1885 - Otto Klemperer, German composer and conductor (d. 1973)

Births135 years ago

1887 - Ants Kurvits, Estonian general and politician, 10th Estonian Minister of War (d. 1943)

Births133 years ago

1888 - Archie Alexander, African-American mathematician and engineer (d. 1958)

Births132 years ago

1893 - Louis Verneuil, French actor and playwright (d. 1952)

Births127 years ago

1897 - Sidney Bechet, American saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer (d. 1959)

Births123 years ago

1897 - Ed Ricketts, American biologist and ecologist (d. 1948)

Births123 years ago

1899 - Charlotte Auerbach, German-Jewish Scottish folklorist, geneticist, and zoologist. (d.1994)

Births121 years ago

1899 - Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist and academic (d. 1993)

Births121 years ago

1899 - Earle Combs, American baseball player and coach (d. 1976)

Births121 years ago

1900 - Hal Borland, American journalist and author (d. 1978)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Walter Rehberg, Swiss pianist and composer (d. 1957)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Cai Chang, Chinese first leader of All-China Women's Federation (d. 1990)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Leo Smit, Dutch pianist and composer (d. 1943)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Edgar Wind, German-English historian, author, and academic (d. 1971)

Births120 years ago

1901 - Robert Ritter, German psychologist and physician (d. 1951)

Births119 years ago

1903 - Billie Dove, American actress (d. 1997)

Births117 years ago

1904 - Hans Albert Einstein, Swiss-American engineer and educator (d. 1973)

Births116 years ago

1904 - Marcel Junod, Swiss physician and anesthesiologist (d. 1961)

Births116 years ago

1905 - Jean Daniélou, French cardinal and theologian (d. 1974)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Herbert Morrison, American soldier and journalist (d. 1989)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Antonio Berni, Argentinian painter, illustrator, and engraver (d. 1981)

Births115 years ago

1907 - Ayub Khan, Pakistani general and politician, 2nd President of Pakistan (d. 1974)

Births113 years ago

1907 - Hans von der Groeben, German journalist and diplomat (d. 2005)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Betty Jeffrey, Australian nurse and author (d. 2000)

Births112 years ago

1909 - Godfrey Rampling, English sprinter and colonel (d. 2009)

Births111 years ago

1910 - Ken Viljoen, South African cricketer (d. 1974)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Ne Win, Prime Minister of Burma (1958–60, 1962–74)(d. 2002)

Births110 years ago

1914 - Gul Khan Nasir, Pakistani journalist, poet, and politician (d. 1983)

Births106 years ago

1914 - William Thomas Tutte, British codebreaker and mathematician (d. 2002)

Births106 years ago

1916 - Robert F. Christy, Canadian-American physicist and astronomer (d. 2012)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Lance Dossor, English-Australian pianist and educator (d. 2005)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Marco Zanuso, Italian architect and designer (d. 2001)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Lou Harrison, American composer and critic (d. 2003)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Norman Luboff, American composer and conductor (d. 1987)

Births103 years ago

1919 - Solange Chaput-Rolland, Canadian journalist and politician (d. 2001)

Births101 years ago

1919 - John Hope, American soldier and meteorologist (d. 2002)

Births101 years ago

1921 - Richard Deacon, American actor and singer (d. 1984)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Franjo Tuđman, Yugoslav historian; later 1st President of Croatia (d. 1999)

Births98 years ago
Births97 years ago

1923 - Mrinal Sen, Bangladeshi-Indian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2018)

Births97 years ago

1925 - Sophie Kurys, American baseball player (d. 2013)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Patrice Munsel, American soprano and actress (d. 2016)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Boris Parsadanian, Armenian-Estonian violinist and composer (d. 1997)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Al Porcino, American trumpet player (d. 2013)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Ninian Sanderson, Scottish race car driver (d. 1985)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Eric Morecambe, English comedian and actor (d. 1984)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Herbert W. Franke, Austrian scientist and author

Births93 years ago

1928 - Dub Jones, American R&B bass singer (The Coasters) (d. 2000)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Frederik H. Kreuger, Dutch engineer, author, and academic (d. 2015)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Brian Macdonald, Canadian dancer and choreographer (d. 2014)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Barbara Branden, Canadian-American author (d. 2013)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Henry McGee, English actor and singer (d. 2006)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2007)

Births91 years ago

1930 - William James, Australian general and physician (d. 2015)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Alvin Lucier, American composer and academic

Births89 years ago

1932 - Robert Bechtle, American lithographer and painter

Births88 years ago

1933 - Siân Phillips, Welsh actress and singer

Births87 years ago

1935 - Ethel Johnson, American professional wrestler (d. 2018)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Rudi Šeligo, Slovenian playwright and politician (d. 2004)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Bobby Darin, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1973)

Births84 years ago

1936 - Dick Howser, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1987)

Births84 years ago

1938 - Robert Boyd, English pediatrician and academic

Births82 years ago

1939 - Rupert Neudeck, German journalist and humanitarian (d. 2016)

Births81 years ago

1939 - Troy Shondell, American singer-songwriter (d. 2016)

Births81 years ago

1940 - Chay Blyth, Scottish sailor and rower

Births80 years ago

1940 - H. Jones, English colonel, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1982)

Births80 years ago

1940 - George Mathewson, Scottish banker and businessman

Births80 years ago

1941 - Ada den Haan, Dutch swimmer

Births79 years ago

1942 - Valeriy Brumel, Russian high jumper (d. 2003)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Byron Dorgan, American lawyer and politician

Births78 years ago

1942 - Alistair McAlpine, Baron McAlpine of West Green, English businessman and politician (d. 2014)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Tony Pérez, Cuban-American baseball player and manager

Births78 years ago

1942 - Malise Ruthven, Irish author and academic

Births78 years ago

1943 - Jack Bruce, Scottish-English singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2014)

Births77 years ago

1943 - L. Denis Desautels, Canadian accountant and civil servant

Births77 years ago

1943 - Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Icelandic academic and politician, 5th President of Iceland

Births77 years ago

1943 - Derek Leckenby, English pop-rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits) (d. 1994)

Births77 years ago

1943 - Richard Peto, English statistician and epidemiologist

Births77 years ago

1944 - Gene Cornish, Canadian-American guitarist

Births76 years ago

1944 - George Lucas, American director, producer, and screenwriter, founded Lucasfilm

Births76 years ago

1944 - David Kelly, Welsh scientist (d. 2003)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Francesca Annis, English actress

Births75 years ago

1945 - George Nicholls, English rugby player

Births75 years ago

1945 - Yochanan Vollach, Israeli footballer

Births75 years ago

1946 - Sarah Hogg, Viscountess Hailsham, English economist and journalist

Births74 years ago

1947 - Al Ciner, American pop-rock guitarist (The American Breed)

Births73 years ago

1947 - Ana Martín, Mexican actress, singer producer and former model (Miss Mexico 1963

Births73 years ago

1948 - Timothy Stevenson, English lawyer and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire

Births72 years ago

1948 - Bob Woolmer, Indian-English cricketer and coach (d. 2007)

Births72 years ago

1949 - Sverre Årnes, Norwegian author, screenwriter, and director

Births71 years ago

1949 - Walter Day, American game designer and businessman, founded Twin Galaxies

Births71 years ago

1949 - Johan Schans, Dutch swimmer

Births71 years ago

1949 - Klaus-Peter Thaler, German cyclist

Births71 years ago

1951 - Jay Beckenstein, American saxophonist

Births69 years ago

1952 - David Byrne, Scottish singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

Births68 years ago

1952 - Michael Fallon, Scottish politician, Secretary of State for Defence

Births68 years ago

1952 - Orna Grumberg, Israeli computer scientist and academic

Births68 years ago

1952 - Raul Mälk, Estonian politician, 22nd Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Births68 years ago

1952 - Wim Mertens, Belgian composer, countertenor vocalist, pianist, guitarist, and musicologist.

Births68 years ago

1952 - Donald R. McMonagle, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut

Births68 years ago

1952 - Robert Zemeckis, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births68 years ago

1953 - Tom Cochrane, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births67 years ago

1953 - Hywel Williams, Welsh politician

Births67 years ago

1955 - Marie Chouinard, Canadian dancer and choreographer

Births65 years ago

1955 - Alasdair Fraser, Scottish fiddler

Births65 years ago

1955 - Peter Kirsten, South African cricketer and rugby player

Births65 years ago

1955 - Dennis Martínez, Nicaraguan baseball player and coach

Births65 years ago

1955 - Jens Sparschuh, German author and playwright

Births65 years ago
Births64 years ago

1956 - Steve Hogarth, English singer-songwriter and keyboardist

Births64 years ago

1958 - Christine Brennan, American journalist and author

Births62 years ago

1958 - Chris Evans, English-Australian politician, 26th Australian Minister for Employment

Births62 years ago

1958 - Wilma Rusman, Dutch runner

Births62 years ago

1959 - Carlisle Best, Barbadian cricketer

Births61 years ago

1959 - Patrick Bruel, French actor, singer, and poker player

Births61 years ago

1959 - Markus Büchel, Liechtensteiner politician, 9th Prime Minister of Liechtenstein (d. 2013)

Births61 years ago

1959 - Robert Greene, American author and translator

Births61 years ago

1959 - John Holt, American football player (d. 2013)

Births61 years ago

1959 - Rick Vaive, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births61 years ago

1959 - Heather Wheeler, English politician

Births61 years ago

1960 - Anne Clark, English singer-songwriter and poet

Births60 years ago

1960 - Alec Dankworth, English bassist and composer

Births60 years ago

1960 - Frank Nobilo, New Zealand golfer

Births60 years ago

1960 - Ronan Tynan, Irish tenor

Births60 years ago

1961 - David Quantick, English journalist and critic

Births59 years ago

1961 - Tommy Rogers, American wrestler (d. 2015)

Births59 years ago

1961 - Tim Roth, English actor and director

Births59 years ago

1961 - Alain Vigneault, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births59 years ago

1962 - Ian Astbury, English-Canadian singer-songwriter

Births58 years ago

1962 - C.C. DeVille, American guitarist, songwriter, and actor

Births58 years ago

1962 - Danny Huston, Italian-American actor and director

Births58 years ago

1963 - Pat Borders, American baseball player and coach

Births57 years ago

1963 - David Yelland, English journalist and author

Births57 years ago

1964 - James M. Kelly, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut

Births56 years ago

1964 - Suzy Kolber, American sportscaster and producer

Births56 years ago

1964 - Alan McIndoe, Australian rugby league player

Births56 years ago

1964 - Eric Peterson, American guitarist and songwriter (Testament)

Births56 years ago

1965 - Eoin Colfer, Irish author

Births55 years ago

1966 - Marianne Denicourt, French actress, director, and screenwriter

Births54 years ago

1966 - Mike Inez, American rock bass player and songwriter (Alice In Chains)

Births54 years ago

1966 - Fab Morvan, French singer-songwriter, dancer and model (Milli Vanilli)

Births54 years ago

1966 - Raphael Saadiq, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births54 years ago

1967 - Natasha Kaiser-Brown, American sprinter and coach

Births53 years ago

1967 - Tony Siragusa, American football player and journalist

Births53 years ago

1969 - Cate Blanchett, Australian actress

Births51 years ago

1969 - Sabine Schmitz, German race car driver and sportscaster

Births51 years ago

1969 - Henry Smith, English politician

Births51 years ago

1969 - Danny Wood, American singer-songwriter, record producer, and choreographer

Births51 years ago

1971 - Deanne Bray, American actress

Births49 years ago

1971 - Sofia Coppola, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births49 years ago

1971 - Martin Reim, Estonian footballer and manager

Births49 years ago
Births48 years ago

1973 - Natalie Appleton, Canadian singer and actress

Births47 years ago

1973 - Voshon Lenard, American basketball player

Births47 years ago

1973 - Fraser Nelson, Scottish journalist

Births47 years ago

1973 - Hakan Ünsal, Turkish footballer and sportscaster

Births47 years ago

1973 - Julian White, English rugby player

Births47 years ago

1974 - Krister Axel, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births46 years ago

1974 - Anu Välba, Estonian journalist

Births46 years ago

1975 - Nicki Sørensen, Danish cyclist

Births45 years ago

1976 - Hunter Burgan, American bass player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Brian Lawrence, American baseball player and coach

Births44 years ago

1976 - Martine McCutcheon, English actress and singer

Births44 years ago

1977 - Sophie Anderton, English model and actress

Births43 years ago

1977 - Roy Halladay, American baseball player (d. 2017)

Births43 years ago

1977 - Ada Nicodemou, Cypriot-Australian actress

Births43 years ago

1978 - Brent Harvey, Australian footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Eddie House, American basketball player

Births42 years ago

1978 - André Macanga, Angolan footballer and manager

Births42 years ago

1978 - Gustavo Varela, Uruguayan footballer

Births42 years ago

1979 - Dan Auerbach, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Edwige Lawson-Wade, French basketball player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Clinton Morrison, English-Irish footballer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Carlos Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer

Births41 years ago

1980 - Zdeněk Grygera, Czech footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Pavel Londak, Estonian footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Eugene Martineau, Dutch decathlete

Births40 years ago

1980 - Júlia Sebestyén, Hungarian figure skater

Births40 years ago

1980 - Hugo Southwell, English-Scottish rugby player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Joe van Niekerk, South African rugby player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Pranav Mistry, Indian computer scientist, invented SixthSense

Births39 years ago

1983 - Anahí, Mexican singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

Births37 years ago

1983 - Keeley Donovan, English journalist

Births37 years ago

1983 - Frank Gore, American football player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Uroš Slokar, Slovenian basketball player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Tatenda Taibu, Zimbabwean cricketer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Amber Tamblyn, American actress, author, model, director

Births37 years ago

1984 - Gary Ablett, Jr., Australian footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Luke Gregerson, American baseball player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Olly Murs, English singer-songwriter

Births36 years ago

1984 - Michael Rensing, German footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Indrek Siska, Estonian footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Mark Zuckerberg, American computer programmer and businessman, co-founded Facebook

Births36 years ago

1985 - Dustin Lynch, American singer-songwriter

Births35 years ago

1985 - Sam Perrett, New Zealand rugby league player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Simona Peycheva, Bulgarian gymnast

Births35 years ago

1985 - Zack Ryder, American wrestler

Births35 years ago

1986 - Andrea Bovo, Italian footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Clay Matthews III, American football player

Births34 years ago

1986 - Marco Motta, Italian footballer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Jeong Min-hyeong, South Korean footballer (d. 2012)

Births33 years ago

1987 - Franck Songo'o, Cameroonian footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - François Steyn, South African rugby player

Births33 years ago

1988 - Jayne Appel, American basketball player

Births32 years ago

1989 - Rob Gronkowski, American football player

Births31 years ago

1989 - Alina Talay, Belorussian hurdler

Births31 years ago

1993 - Miranda Cosgrove, American actress and singer

Births27 years ago

1993 - Kristina Mladenovic, French tennis player

Births27 years ago

1993 - Bence Rakaczki, Hungarian footballer (d. 2014)

Births27 years ago

1994 - Marcos Aoás Corrêa, Brazilian footballer

Births26 years ago

1994 - Pernille Blume, Danish swimmer

Births26 years ago

1994 - Dennis Praet, Belgian footballer

Births26 years ago

1995 - Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior, Brazilian footballer

Births25 years ago

1995 - Jonah Placid, Australian rugby player

Births25 years ago

1996 - Martin Garrix, Dutch DJ

Births24 years ago

2001 - Jack Hughes, hockey player

Births19 years ago

Deaths

Deaths

934 - Zhu Hongzhao, Chinese general and governor

Deaths

964 - Pope John XII (b. 927)

Deaths
Deaths940 years ago

1219 - William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, English soldier and politician (b. 1147)

Deaths801 years ago
Deaths550 years ago

1576 - Tahmasp I, Shah of Persia (b. 1514)

Deaths444 years ago
Deaths417 years ago
Deaths412 years ago

1610 - Henry IV of France (b. 1553)

Deaths410 years ago
Deaths377 years ago

1649 - Friedrich Spanheim, Swiss theologian and academic (b. 1600)

Deaths371 years ago

1667 - Georges de Scudéry, French author, poet, and playwright (b. 1601)

Deaths353 years ago

1688 - Antoine Furetière, French scholar, lexicographer, and author (b. 1619)

Deaths332 years ago

1754 - Pierre-Claude Nivelle de La Chaussée, French playwright and producer (b. 1692)

Deaths266 years ago

1761 - Thomas Simpson, English mathematician and academic (b. 1710)

Deaths259 years ago

1847 - Fanny Mendelssohn, German pianist and composer (b. 1805)

Deaths173 years ago

1860 - Ludwig Bechstein, German author (b. 1801)

Deaths160 years ago

1873 - Gideon Brecher, Austrian physician and author (b. 1797)

Deaths147 years ago

1878 - Ōkubo Toshimichi, Japanese samurai and politician (b. 1830)

Deaths142 years ago

1881 - Mary Seacole, Jamaican-English nurse and author (b. 1805)

Deaths139 years ago

1889 - Volney Howard, American lawyer, jurist, and politician (b. 1809)

Deaths131 years ago

1893 - Ernst Kummer, German mathematician and academic (b. 1810)

Deaths127 years ago

1906 - Carl Schurz, German-American general, journalist, and politician, 13th United States Secretary of the Interior (b. 1829)

Deaths114 years ago
Deaths108 years ago

1912 - August Strindberg, Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist (b. 1849)

Deaths108 years ago

1918 - James Gordon Bennett, Jr., American journalist and publisher (b. 1841)

Deaths102 years ago

1919 - Henry J. Heinz, American businessman, founded the H. J. Heinz Company (b. 1844)

Deaths101 years ago

1923 - N. G. Chandavarkar, Indian jurist and politician (b. 1855)

Deaths97 years ago

1923 - Charles de Freycinet, French engineer and politician, 43rd Prime Minister of France (b. 1828)

Deaths97 years ago

1931 - David Belasco, American director, producer, and playwright (b. 1853)

Deaths89 years ago

1934 - Lou Criger, American baseball player and manager (b. 1872)

Deaths86 years ago

1935 - Magnus Hirschfeld, German physician and sexologist (b. 1868)

Deaths85 years ago

1936 - Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, English field marshal and diplomat, British High Commissioner in Egypt (b. 1861)

Deaths84 years ago

1940 - Emma Goldman, Lithuanian author and activist (b. 1869)

Deaths80 years ago

1940 - Menno ter Braak, Dutch author (b. 1902)

Deaths80 years ago

1943 - Henri La Fontaine, Belgian lawyer and author, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1854)

Deaths77 years ago
Deaths75 years ago

1945 - Wolfgang Lüth, Latvian-German captain (b. 1913)

Deaths75 years ago

1945 - Isis Pogson, English astronomer and meteorologist (b. 1852)

Deaths75 years ago

1953 - Yasuo Kuniyoshi, American painter and photographer (b. 1893)

Deaths67 years ago

1954 - Heinz Guderian, Polish-German general (b. 1888)

Deaths66 years ago

1956 - Joan Malleson, English physician (b. 1889)

Deaths64 years ago

1957 - Marie Vassilieff, Russian-French painter (b. 1884)

Deaths63 years ago

1959 - Sidney Bechet, American saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer (b. 1897)

Deaths61 years ago
Deaths61 years ago

1960 - Lucrezia Bori, Spanish soprano and actress (b. 1887)

Deaths60 years ago

1962 - Florence Auer, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1880)

Deaths58 years ago

1968 - Husband E. Kimmel, American admiral (b. 1882)

Deaths52 years ago

1969 - Enid Bennett, Australian-American actress (b. 1893)

Deaths51 years ago

1969 - Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (b. 1888)

Deaths51 years ago

1970 - Billie Burke, American actress and singer (b. 1884)

Deaths50 years ago

1973 - Jean Gebser, German linguist, philosopher, and poet (b. 1905)

Deaths47 years ago

1976 - Keith Relf, English singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and producer (b. 1943)

Deaths44 years ago

1979 - Jean Rhys, Dominican-English novelist (b. 1890)

Deaths41 years ago

1980 - Hugh Griffith, Welsh actor (b. 1912)

Deaths40 years ago

1982 - Hugh Beaumont, American actor (b. 1909)

Deaths38 years ago

1983 - Roger J. Traynor, American academic and jurist, 23rd Chief Justice of California (b. 1900)

Deaths37 years ago

1983 - Miguel Alemán Valdés, Mexican politician, 46th President of Mexico (b. 1900)

Deaths37 years ago

1984 - Ted Hicks, Australian public servant and diplomat, Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand (b. 1910)

Deaths36 years ago

1984 - Walter Rauff, German SS officer (b. 1906)

Deaths36 years ago

1987 - Rita Hayworth, American actress and dancer (b. 1918)

Deaths33 years ago

1987 - Vitomil Zupan, Slovenian poet and playwright (b. 1914)

Deaths33 years ago

1988 - Willem Drees, Dutch politician and historian, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1948–1958) (b. 1886)

Deaths32 years ago

1992 - Nie Rongzhen, Chinese general and politician, Mayor of Beijing (b. 1899)

Deaths28 years ago

1993 - William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American journalist and publisher (b. 1908)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Cihat Arman, Turkish footballer and manager (b. 1915)

Deaths26 years ago

1994 - W. Graham Claytor Jr., American businessman, lieutenant, and politician, 15th United States Secretary of the Navy (b. 1914)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Christian B. Anfinsen, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)

Deaths25 years ago

1997 - Harry Blackstone Jr., American magician and author (b. 1934)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - Boris Parsadanian, Armenian-Estonian violinist and composer (b. 1925)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - Marjory Stoneman Douglas, American journalist and environmentalist (b. 1890)

Deaths22 years ago

1998 - Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor (b. 1915)

Deaths22 years ago

2000 - Keizō Obuchi, Japanese politician, 84th Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1937)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Paul Bénichou, French writer, intellectual, critic, and literary historian (b. 1908)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Gil Langley, Australian cricketer, footballer, and politician (b. 1919)

Deaths19 years ago

2003 - Dave DeBusschere, American basketball player and coach (b. 1940)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Wendy Hiller, English actress (b. 1912)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Robert Stack, American actor and producer (b. 1919)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Anna Lee, English-American actress (b. 1913)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Jimmy Martin, American musician (b. 1927)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Lew Anderson, American actor and saxophonist (b. 1922)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Stanley Kunitz, American poet and translator (b. 1905)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Eva Norvind, Mexican actress, director, and producer (b. 1944)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Mary Scheier, American sculptor and educator (b. 1908)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Ülo Jõgi, Estonian historian and author (b. 1921)

Deaths13 years ago

2010 - Frank J. Dodd, American businessman and politician, president of the New Jersey Senate (b. 1938)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Norman Hand, American football player (b. 1972)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Goh Keng Swee, Singaporean soldier and politician, 2nd Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore (b. 1918)

Deaths10 years ago

2012 - Ernst Hinterberger, Austrian author and screenwriter (b. 1931)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Mario Trejo, Argentinian poet, playwright, and journalist (b. 1926)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Wayne Brown, American accountant and politician, 14th Mayor of Mesa (b. 1936)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Arsen Chilingaryan, Armenian footballer and manager (b. 1962)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Asghar Ali Engineer, Indian author and activist (b. 1939)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Ray Guy, Canadian journalist (b. 1939)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Jeffrey Kruger, English-American businessman (b. 1931)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Emanuel Raymond Lewis, American librarian and author (b. 1928)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Morvin Simon, New Zealand historian, composer, and conductor (b. 1944)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - B.B. King, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1925)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Micheál O'Brien, Irish footballer and hurler (b. 1923)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Stanton J. Peale, American astrophysicist and academic (b. 1937)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Franz Wright, Austrian-American poet and translator (b. 1953)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Darwyn Cooke, American comic book writer and artist (b. 1962)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Powers Boothe, American actor (b. 1948)

Deaths3 years ago

2018 - Tom Wolfe, American author (b. 1931)

Deaths2 years ago

2019 - Tim Conway, American actor, writer (b. 1933)

Deaths1 years ago

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