Holidays and observances

Victoria Day (Canada) (Earliest possible date of the last Monday preceding May 25)

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Events

332 - Emperor Constantine the Great announces free distributions of food to the citizens in Constantinople.

Events

872 - Louis II of Italy is crowned for the second time as Roman Emperor at Rome, at the age of 47. His first coronation was 28 years earlier, in 844, during the reign of his father Lothair I.

Events
Events924 years ago

1152 - The future Henry II of England marries Eleanor of Aquitaine. He would become king 2 years later, after the death of his cousin once removed King Stephen of England.

Events868 years ago
Events752 years ago

1291 - Fall of Acre, the end of Crusader presence in the Holy Land.

Events729 years ago

1302 - Bruges Matins, the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by members of the local Flemish militia.

Events718 years ago

1388 - During the Battle of Buyur Lake, General Lan Yu leads a Chinese army forward to crush the Mongol hordes of Tögüs Temür, the Khan of Northern Yuan.

Events632 years ago

1499 - Alonso de Ojeda sets sail from Cádiz on his voyage to what is now Venezuela.

Events521 years ago

1565 - The Great Siege of Malta begins, in which Ottoman forces attempt and fail to conquer Malta.

Events455 years ago

1593 - Playwright Thomas Kyd's accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe.

Events427 years ago

1631 - In Dorchester, Massachusetts, John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts.

Events389 years ago

1652 - Rhode Island passes the first law in English-speaking North America making slavery illegal.

Events368 years ago

1756 - The Seven Years' War begins when Great Britain declares war on France.

Events264 years ago

1783 - First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown (later called Saint John, New Brunswick), Canada, after leaving the United States.

Events237 years ago
Events226 years ago

1803 - Napoleonic Wars: The United Kingdom revokes the Treaty of Amiens and declares war on France.

Events217 years ago
Events216 years ago

1811 - Battle of Las Piedras: The first great military triumph of the revolution of the Río de la Plata in Uruguay led by José Artigas.

Events209 years ago

1812 - John Bellingham is found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging for the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval.

Events208 years ago
Events177 years ago

1848 - Opening of the first German National Assembly (Nationalversammlung) in Frankfurt, Germany.

Events172 years ago

1860 - Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State.

Events160 years ago
Events157 years ago

1896 - The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that the "separate but equal" doctrine is constitutional.

Events124 years ago

1896 - Khodynka Tragedy: A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people.

Events124 years ago

1900 - The United Kingdom proclaims a protectorate over Tonga.

Events120 years ago

1912 - The first Indian film, Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne, is released in Mumbai.

Events108 years ago
Events103 years ago
Events94 years ago

1927 - The Bath School disaster: Forty-five people, including many children, are killed by bombs planted by a disgruntled school-board member in Michigan.

Events93 years ago

1927 - After being founded for 20 years, the Government of the Republic of China approves Tongji University to be among the first national universities of the Republic of China.

Events93 years ago

1933 - New Deal: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an act creating the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Events87 years ago

1944 - World War II: Battle of Monte Cassino: Conclusion after seven days of the fourth battle as German paratroopers evacuate Monte Cassino.

Events76 years ago

1944 - Deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union government.

Events76 years ago

1948 - The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking.

Events72 years ago

1953 - Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier.

Events67 years ago

1955 - Operation Passage to Freedom, the evacuation of 310,000 Vietnamese civilians, soldiers and non-Vietnamese members of the French Army from communist North Vietnam to South Vietnam following the end of the First Indochina War, ends.

Events65 years ago

1965 - Israeli spy Eli Cohen is hanged in Damascus, Syria.

Events55 years ago

1969 - Apollo program: Apollo 10 is launched.

Events51 years ago

1973 - Aeroflot Flight 109 is hijacked mid-flight and the aircraft is subsequently destroyed when the hijacker's bomb explodes, killing all 82 people on board.

Events47 years ago

1974 - Nuclear weapons testing: Under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon becoming the sixth nation to do so.

Events46 years ago
Events43 years ago

1980 - Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.

Events40 years ago

1980 - Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations calling for democratic reforms.

Events40 years ago

1990 - In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record of 515.3 km/h (320.2 mph).

Events30 years ago

1991 - Northern Somalia declares independence from the rest of Somalia as the Republic of Somaliland but is not recognized by the international community.

Events29 years ago

1993 - Riots in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, caused by the approval of the four Danish exceptions in the Maastricht Treaty referendum. Police open fire against civilians for the first time since World War II and injure 11 demonstrators.

Events27 years ago

1994 - Israeli troops finish withdrawing from the Gaza Strip, ceding the area to the Palestinian National Authority to govern.

Events26 years ago

2005 - A second photo from the Hubble Space Telescope confirms that Pluto has two additional moons, Nix and Hydra.

Events15 years ago

2006 - The post Loktantra Andolan government passes a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country.

Events14 years ago

2009 - The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.

Events11 years ago

2015 - At least 78 people die in a landslide caused by heavy rains in the Colombian town of Salgar.

Events5 years ago

2018 - A school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas kills 10 people.

Events2 years ago

Births

1048 - Omar Khayyám, Persian mathematician, astronomer, and poet (d. 1131)

Births972 years ago
Births834 years ago

1450 - Piero Soderini, Italian politician and diplomat (d. 1513)

Births570 years ago

1537 - Guido Luca Ferrero, Roman Catholic cardinal (d. 1585)

Births483 years ago

1631 - Stanislaus Papczyński, Polish priest (d. 1701)

Births389 years ago

1662 - George Smalridge, English bishop (d. 1719)

Births358 years ago

1692 - Joseph Butler, English bishop, theologian, and apologist (d. 1752)

Births328 years ago

1711 - Roger Joseph Boscovich, Ragusan physicist, astronomer, and mathematician (d. 1787)

Births309 years ago

1777 - John George Children, English chemist, mineralogist, and zoologist (d. 1852)

Births243 years ago
Births242 years ago

1785 - John Wilson, Scottish author and critic (d. 1854)

Births235 years ago
Births223 years ago

1822 - Mathew Brady, American photographer and journalist (d. 1896)

Births198 years ago

1835 - Charles N. Sims, American Methodist preacher and 3rd chancellor of Syracuse University (d. 1908)

Births185 years ago

1850 - Oliver Heaviside, English engineer, mathematician, and physicist (d. 1925)

Births170 years ago

1851 - James Budd, American lawyer and politician, 19th Governor of California (d. 1908)

Births169 years ago

1852 - Gertrude Käsebier, American photographer (d. 1934)

Births168 years ago

1854 - Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer and educator (d. 1924)

Births166 years ago

1855 - Francis Bellamy, American minister and author (d. 1931)

Births165 years ago

1862 - Josephus Daniels, American publisher and politician, 41st United States Secretary of the Navy (d. 1948)

Births158 years ago

1867 - Minakata Kumagusu, Japanese author, biologist, naturalist and ethnologist (d. 1941)

Births153 years ago
Births152 years ago

1871 - Denis Horgan, Irish shot putter and weight thrower (d. 1922)

Births149 years ago

1872 - Bertrand Russell, British mathematician, historian, and philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1970)

Births148 years ago

1873 - Lucy Beaumont, English-American actress (d. 1937)

Births147 years ago

1876 - Hermann Müller, German journalist and politician, 12th Chancellor of Germany (d. 1931)

Births144 years ago

1878 - Johannes Terwogt, Dutch rower (d. 1977)

Births142 years ago

1882 - Babe Adams, American baseball player, manager, and journalist (d. 1968)

Births138 years ago

1883 - Eurico Gaspar Dutra, Brazilian marshal and politician, 16th President of Brazil (d. 1974)

Births137 years ago

1883 - Walter Gropius, German-American architect, designed the John F. Kennedy Federal Building (d. 1969)

Births137 years ago

1886 - Jeanie MacPherson, American actress and screenwriter (d. 1946)

Births134 years ago

1889 - Thomas Midgley, Jr., American chemist and engineer (d. 1944)

Births131 years ago

1891 - Rudolf Carnap, German-American philosopher and academic (d. 1970)

Births129 years ago

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

Births128 years ago

1895 - Augusto César Sandino, Nicaraguan rebel leader (d. 1934)

Births125 years ago

1896 - Eric Backman, Swedish runner (d. 1965)

Births124 years ago

1897 - Frank Capra, Italian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1991)

Births123 years ago

1898 - Faruk Nafiz Çamlıbel, Turkish poet, author, and playwright (d. 1973)

Births122 years ago

1901 - Henri Sauguet, French composer (d. 1989)

Births119 years ago

1901 - Vincent du Vigneaud, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1978)

Births119 years ago

1902 - Meredith Willson, American playwright and composer (d. 1984)

Births118 years ago

1904 - Shunryū Suzuki, Japanese-American monk and educator (d. 1971)

Births116 years ago

1904 - Jacob K. Javits, American colonel and politician, 58th New York Attorney General (d. 1986)

Births116 years ago

1905Ruth Alexander, pioneering American pilot (d. 1930)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Hedley Verity, English cricketer and soldier (d. 1943)

Births115 years ago

1907 - Irene Hunt, American author and educator (d. 2001)

Births113 years ago

1909 - Fred Perry, English-Australian tennis player and academic (d. 1995)

Births111 years ago

1910 - Ester Boserup, Danish economist and author (d. 1999)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Big Joe Turner, American blues/R&B singer (d. 1985)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Richard Brooks, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1992)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Perry Como, American singer and television host (d. 2001)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Walter Sisulu, South African politician (d. 2003)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Jane Birdwood, Baroness Birdwood, Canadian-English publisher and politician (d. 2000)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Pierre Balmain, French fashion designer, founded Balmain (d. 1982)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Boris Christoff, Bulgarian-Italian opera singer (d. 1993)

Births106 years ago

1917 - Bill Everett, American author and illustrator (d. 1973)

Births103 years ago

1919 - Margot Fonteyn, British ballerina (d. 1991)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Pope John Paul II (d. 2005)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Michael A. Epstein, English pathologist and academic

Births99 years ago

1922 - Bill Macy, American actor

Births98 years ago

1922 - Kai Winding, Danish-American trombonist and composer (d. 1983)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Jean-Louis Roux, Canadian actor and politician, 34th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (d. 2013)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Hugh Shearer, Jamaican journalist and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Jamaica (d. 2004)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Priscilla Pointer, American actress

Births96 years ago

1924 - Jack Whitaker, American sportscaster

Births96 years ago

1925 - Lillian Hoban, American author and illustrator (d. 1998)

Births95 years ago

1927 - Richard Body, English politician

Births93 years ago

1927 - Ray Nagel, American football player and coach (d. 2015)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Pernell Roberts, American actor (d. 2010)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Jack Sanford, American baseball player and coach (d. 2000)

Births91 years ago
Births91 years ago

1930 - Warren Rudman, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 2012)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Fred Saberhagen, American soldier and author (d. 2007)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Don Martin, American cartoonist (d. 2000)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Robert Morse, American actor

Births89 years ago

1931 - Kalju Pitksaar, Estonian chess player (d. 1995)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Clément Vincent, Canadian farmer and politician

Births89 years ago
Births87 years ago

1933 - H. D. Deve Gowda, Indian farmer and politician, 11th Prime Minister of India

Births87 years ago

1933 - Don Whillans, English rock climber and mountaineer (d. 1985)

Births87 years ago

1934 - Dwayne Hickman, American actor and director

Births86 years ago

1936 - Leon Ashley, American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

Births84 years ago

1936 - Türker İnanoğlu, Turkish director, producer, and screenwriter

Births84 years ago

1936 - Michael Sandle, English sculptor and academic

Births84 years ago

1937 - Brooks Robinson, American baseball player and sportscaster

Births83 years ago

1937 - Jacques Santer, Luxembourger jurist and politician, 22nd Prime Minister of Luxembourg

Births83 years ago

1938 - Janet Fish, American painter and academic

Births82 years ago

1939 - Patrick Cormack, Baron Cormack, English historian, journalist, and politician

Births81 years ago

1939 - Giovanni Falcone, Italian lawyer and judge (d. 1992)

Births81 years ago

1939 - Gordon O'Connor, Canadian general and politician, 38th Canadian Minister of Defence

Births81 years ago

1940 - Erico Aumentado, Filipino journalist, lawyer, and politician (d. 2012)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Gino Brito, Canadian wrestler and promoter

Births79 years ago

1941 - Malcolm Longair, Scottish astronomer, physicist, and academic

Births79 years ago

1941 - Miriam Margolyes, English-Australian actress and singer

Births79 years ago

1942 - Nobby Stiles, English footballer, coach, and manager

Births78 years ago

1944 - Albert Hammond, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births76 years ago

1944 - W. G. Sebald, German novelist, essayist, and poet (d. 2001)

Births76 years ago

1946 - Frank Hsieh, Taiwanese lawyer and politician, 40th Premier of the Republic of China

Births74 years ago

1946 - Reggie Jackson, American baseball player and sportscaster

Births74 years ago

1946 - Gerd Langguth, German political scientist and author (d. 2013)

Births74 years ago

1947 - John Bruton, Irish politician, 10th Taoiseach of Ireland

Births73 years ago

1947 - Gail Strickland, American actress

Births73 years ago

1948 - Joe Bonsall, American country/gospel singer

Births72 years ago

1948 - Yi Mun-yol, South Korean author and academic

Births72 years ago

1948 - Richard Swedberg, Swedish sociologist and academic

Births72 years ago

1948 - Tom Udall, American lawyer and politician, 28th New Mexico Attorney General, United States Senator from New Mexico

Births72 years ago

1949 - Rick Wakeman, English progressive rock keyboardist and songwriter (Yes)

Births71 years ago

1949 - Walter Hawkins, American gospel music singer and pastor (d. 2010)

Births71 years ago

1950 - Rod Milburn, American hurdler and coach (d. 1997)

Births70 years ago

1950 - Mark Mothersbaugh, American singer-songwriter and painter

Births70 years ago

1951 - Richard Clapton, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births69 years ago

1951 - Paul Da Vinci, English singer-songwriter

Births69 years ago

1951 - Jim Sundberg, American baseball player and sportscaster

Births69 years ago

1951 - Angela Voigt, German long jumper (d. 2013)

Births69 years ago

1952 - Diane Duane, American author and screenwriter

Births68 years ago

1952 - David Leakey, English general and politician

Births68 years ago

1952 - George Strait, American singer, guitarist and producer

Births68 years ago

1952 - Jeana Yeager, American pilot

Births68 years ago

1953 - Alan Kupperberg, American author and illustrator (d. 2015)

Births67 years ago

1954 - Wreckless Eric, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births66 years ago

1954 - Eric Gerets, Belgian footballer and manager

Births66 years ago

1955 - Chow Yun-fat, Hong Kong actor and screenwriter

Births65 years ago

1956 - Catherine Corsini, French director and screenwriter

Births64 years ago

1956 - John Godber, English playwright and screenwriter

Births64 years ago

1957 - Michael Cretu, Romanian-German keyboard player and producer

Births63 years ago

1957 - Henrietta Moore, English anthropologist and academic

Births63 years ago

1958 - Rubén Omar Romano, Argentinian-Mexican footballer and coach

Births62 years ago

1958 - Toyah Willcox, English singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

Births62 years ago

1959 - Graham Dilley, English cricketer and coach (d. 2011)

Births61 years ago

1959 - Jay Wells, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births61 years ago

1960 - Brent Ashton, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births60 years ago

1960 - Jari Kurri, Finnish ice hockey player, coach, and manager

Births60 years ago

1960 - Yannick Noah, French tennis player

Births60 years ago

1961 - Russell Senior, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births59 years ago

1963 - Marty McSorley, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births57 years ago

1963 - Sam Vincent, American basketball player and coach

Births57 years ago

1964 - Ignasi Guardans, Spanish academic and politician

Births56 years ago

1966 - Renata Nielsen, Polish-Danish long jumper and coach

Births54 years ago

1966 - Michael Tait, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births54 years ago

1967 - Nina Björk, Swedish journalist and author

Births53 years ago

1967 - Heinz-Harald Frentzen, German race car driver

Births53 years ago

1967 - Nancy Juvonen, American screenwriter and producer, co-founded Flower Films

Births53 years ago

1967 - Mimi Macpherson, Australian environmentalist, entrepreneur and celebrity

Births53 years ago

1968 - Philippe Benetton, French rugby player

Births52 years ago

1968 - Ralf Kelleners, German race car driver

Births52 years ago

1969 - Troy Cassar-Daley, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births51 years ago

1969 - Martika, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

Births51 years ago

1969 - Antônio Carlos Zago, Brazilian footballer and manager

Births51 years ago

1970 - Tina Fey, American actress, producer, and screenwriter

Births50 years ago

1970 - Tim Horan, Australian rugby player and sportscaster

Births50 years ago

1970 - Billy Howerdel, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

Births50 years ago

1970 - Javier Cárdenas, Spanish singer, television and radio presenter

Births50 years ago

1970 - Vicky Sunohara, Canadian former ice hockey player

Births50 years ago

1971 - Brad Friedel, American soccer player and sportscaster

Births49 years ago

1971 - Mark Menzies, Scottish politician

Births49 years ago

1971 - Nobuteru Taniguchi, Japanese race car driver

Births49 years ago

1972 - Turner Stevenson, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births48 years ago

1973 - Donyell Marshall, American basketball player and coach

Births47 years ago

1973 - Aleksandr Olerski, Estonian footballer (d. 2011)

Births47 years ago

1974 - Nelson Figueroa, American baseball player and sportscaster

Births46 years ago

1975 - Jem, Welsh singer-songwriter and producer

Births45 years ago

1975 - John Higgins, Scottish snooker player

Births45 years ago

1975 - Jack Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births45 years ago

1976 - Ron Mercer, American basketball player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Marko Tomasović, Croatian pianist and composer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Oleg Tverdovsky, Ukrainian-Russian ice hockey player

Births44 years ago

1977 - Lee Hendrie, English footballer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Danny Mills, English footballer and sportscaster

Births43 years ago

1977 - Li Tie, Chinese footballer and manager

Births43 years ago

1978 - Ricardo Carvalho, Portuguese footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Marcus Giles, American baseball player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Charles Kamathi, Kenyan runner

Births42 years ago

1979 - Jens Bergensten, Swedish video game designer, co-designed Minecraft

Births41 years ago

1979 - Mariusz Lewandowski, Polish footballer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Milivoje Novaković, Slovenian footballer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Julián Speroni, Argentinian footballer

Births41 years ago

1980 - Reggie Evans, American basketball player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Michaël Llodra, French tennis player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Diego Pérez, Uruguayan footballer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Mahamadou Diarra, Malian footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Ashley Harrison, Australian rugby league player

Births39 years ago

1982 - Jason Brown, English footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Marie-Ève Pelletier, Canadian tennis player

Births38 years ago

1983 - Gary O'Neil, English footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Luis Terrero, Dominican baseball player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Vince Young, American football player

Births37 years ago

1984 - Ivet Lalova, Bulgarian sprinter

Births36 years ago

1984 - Simon Pagenaud, French race car driver

Births36 years ago

1984 - Darius Šilinskis, Lithuanian basketball player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Joakim Soria, Mexican baseball player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Niki Terpstra, Dutch cyclist

Births36 years ago

1985 - Oliver Sin, Hungarian painter

Births35 years ago

1985 - Henrique Sereno, Portuguese footballer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Ahmed Hamada, Egyptian race car driver

Births34 years ago

1986 - Kevin Anderson, South African tennis player

Births34 years ago

1990 - Dimitri Daeseleire, Belgian footballer

Births30 years ago

1988 - Taeyang, member of popular Korean boyband Big Bang

Births32 years ago

1990 - Yuya Osako, Japanese footballer

Births30 years ago

1990 - Josh Starling, Australian rugby league player

Births30 years ago

1992 - Adwoa Aboah, British fashion model

Births28 years ago

1993 - Stuart Percy, Canadian ice hockey player

Births27 years ago

1993 - Jessica Watson, Australian sailor

Births27 years ago

1998 - Polina Edmunds, American figure skater

Births22 years ago

1999 - Laura Omloop, Belgian singer-songwriter

Births21 years ago

2002 - Alina Zagitova, Russian figure skater

Births18 years ago

Deaths

526 - Pope John I (b. 470)

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932 - Ma Shaohong, general of Later Tang

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Deaths955 years ago

1096 - Minna of Worms, Jewish martyr killed during the Worms massacre (1096)

Deaths924 years ago

1160 - Eric Jedvardsson (King Eric IX) of Sweden (since 1156); (b. circa 1120)

Deaths860 years ago

1297 - Nicholas Longespee, Bishop of Salisbury

Deaths723 years ago
Deaths619 years ago

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

Deaths610 years ago
Deaths470 years ago

1551 - Domenico di Pace Beccafumi, Italian painter (b. 1486)

Deaths469 years ago

1675 - Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish astronomer, historian, and theologian (b. 1623)

Deaths345 years ago

1675 - Jacques Marquette, French-American missionary and explorer (b. 1637)

Deaths345 years ago

1692 - Elias Ashmole, English astrologer and politician (b. 1617)

Deaths328 years ago

1721 - Maria Barbara Carillo, victim of the Spanish Inquisition (b.1625)

Deaths299 years ago

1733 - Georg Böhm, German organist and composer (b. 1761)

Deaths287 years ago

1780 - Charles Hardy, English-American admiral and politician, 29th Colonial Governor of New York (b. 1714)

Deaths240 years ago

1781 - Túpac Amaru II, Peruvian-Indian rebel leader (b. 1742)

Deaths239 years ago

1792 - Levy Solomons, Canadian merchant and fur trader (b. 1730)

Deaths228 years ago

1795 - Robert Rogers, English colonel (b. 1731)

Deaths225 years ago

1799 - Pierre Beaumarchais, French playwright and publisher (b. 1732)

Deaths221 years ago

1800 - Alexander Suvorov, Russian general (b. 1729)

Deaths220 years ago

1807 - John Douglas, Scottish bishop and scholar (b. 1721)

Deaths213 years ago

1808 - Elijah Craig, American minister, inventor, and educator, invented Bourbon whiskey (b. 1738)

Deaths212 years ago

1844 - Richard McCarty, American lawyer and politician (b. 1780)

Deaths176 years ago

1853 - Lionel Kieseritzky, Estonian-French chess player (b. 1806)

Deaths167 years ago

1867 - Clarkson Stanfield, English painter (b. 1793)

Deaths153 years ago

1889 - Isabella Glyn, Scottish-English actress (b. 1823)

Deaths131 years ago

1900 - Félix Ravaisson-Mollien, French archaeologist and philosopher (b. 1813)

Deaths120 years ago

1908 - Louis-Napoléon Casault, Canadian lawyer, judge, and politician (b. 1823)

Deaths112 years ago

1909 - Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist and composer (b. 1860)

Deaths111 years ago

1909 - George Meredith, English novelist and poet (b. 1828)

Deaths111 years ago

1910 - Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish author and publisher (b. 1841)

Deaths110 years ago

1910 - Pauline Viardot, French soprano and composer (b. 1821)

Deaths110 years ago

1911 - Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer and conductor (b. 1860)

Deaths109 years ago

1922 - Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, French physician and parasitologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1845)

Deaths98 years ago

1941 - Werner Sombart, German economist and sociologist (b. 1863)

Deaths79 years ago

1943 - Ōnishiki Daigorō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 28th Yokozuna (b. 1883)

Deaths77 years ago

1947 - Hal Chase, American baseball player and manager (b. 1883)

Deaths73 years ago

1955 - Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator and activist (b. 1875)

Deaths65 years ago

1956 - Maurice Tate, English cricketer (b. 1895)

Deaths64 years ago

1958 - Jacob Fichman, Israeli poet and critic (b. 1881)

Deaths62 years ago

1963 - Ernie Davis, American football player, coach, and manager (b. 1939)

Deaths57 years ago

1968 - Frank Walsh, Australian politician, 34th Premier of South Australia (b. 1897)

Deaths52 years ago

1971 - Aleksandr Gennadievich Kurosh, Russian mathematician and theorist (b. 1908)

Deaths49 years ago

1973 - Jeannette Rankin, American social worker and politician (b. 1880)

Deaths47 years ago

1974 - Harry Ricardo, English engine designer and researcher (b. 1885)

Deaths46 years ago

1975 - Leroy Anderson, American composer and conductor (b. 1908)

Deaths45 years ago

1980 - Victims of Mount St. Helens eruption:Reid Blackburn, American photographer and journalist (b. 1952)

Deaths40 years ago

1980 - Victims of Mount St. Helens eruption:David A. Johnston, American volcanologist and geologist (b. 1949)

Deaths40 years ago

1980 - Ian Curtis, English singer-songwriter (b. 1956)

Deaths40 years ago

1981 - Arthur O'Connell, American actor (b. 1908)

Deaths39 years ago

1981 - William Saroyan, American novelist, playwright, and short story writer (b. 1908)

Deaths39 years ago

1987 - Mahdi Amel, Lebanese journalist, poet, and academic (b. 1936)

Deaths33 years ago

1989 - Dorothy Ruth, American horse breeder and author (b. 1921)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Jill Ireland, English actress (b. 1936)

Deaths30 years ago

1995 - Elisha Cook, Jr., American actor (b. 1903)

Deaths25 years ago

1995 - Alexander Godunov, Russian-American ballet dancer and actor (b. 1949)

Deaths25 years ago

1995 - Brinsley Le Poer Trench, 8th Earl of Clancarty, Irish ufologist and historian (b. 1911)

Deaths25 years ago

1995 - Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (b. 1933)

Deaths25 years ago

1998 - Obaidullah Aleem, Indian-Pakistani poet and author (b. 1939)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Augustus Pablo, Jamaican singer, keyboard player, and producer (b. 1954)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - Betty Robinson, American runner (b. 1911)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - Stephen M. Wolownik, Russian-American composer and musicologist (b. 1946)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Irene Hunt, American author and illustrator (b. 1907)

Deaths19 years ago

2004 - Elvin Jones, American drummer and bandleader (b. 1927)

Deaths16 years ago

2006 - Jaan Eilart, Estonian geographer, ecologist, and historian (b. 1933)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1932)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Joseph Pevney, American actor and director (b. 1911)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Roberto García-Calvo Montiel, Spanish judge (b. 1942)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan rebel leader, founded the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1954)

Deaths11 years ago

2012 - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German opera singer and conductor (b. 1925)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Peter Jones, English-Australian drummer and songwriter (b. 1967)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Alan Oakley, English bicycle designer, designed the Raleigh Chopper (b. 1927)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Aleksei Balabanov, Russian director and screenwriter (b. 1959)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Jo Benkow, Norwegian soldier and politician (b. 1924)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Steve Forrest, American actor (b. 1925)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - David McMillan, American football player (b. 1981)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Lothar Schmid, German chess player (b. 1928)

Deaths7 years ago
Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Hans-Peter Dürr, German physicist and academic (b. 1929)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Kaiketsu Masateru, Japanese sumo wrestler (b. 1948)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Chukwuedu Nwokolo, Nigerian physician and academic (b. 1921)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Wubbo Ockels, Dutch physicist and astronaut (b. 1946)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Halldór Ásgrímsson, Icelandic accountant and politician, 22nd Prime Minister of Iceland (b. 1947)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Raymond Gosling, English physicist and academic (b. 1926)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - T. J. Moran, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1930)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Jean-François Théodore, French businessman (b. 1946)

Deaths5 years ago

2017 - Roger Ailes, American businessman (b. 1940)

Deaths3 years ago

2017 - Jacque Fresco, American engineer and academic (b. 1916)

Deaths3 years ago

2017 - Chris Cornell, American singer (b. 1964)

Deaths3 years ago

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