Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Independence Restoration Day, celebrates the independence of East Timor from Indonesia in 2002.

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

National Awakening Day (Indonesia), and its related observances:Indonesian Doctor Day (Indonesia)

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


325 - The First Council of Nicaea is formally opened, starting the first ecumenical council of the Christian Church.


491 - Empress Ariadne marries Anastasius I. The widowed Augusta is able to choose her successor for the Byzantine throne, after Zeno (late emperor) dies of dysentery.


685 - The Battle of Dun Nechtain is fought between a Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith, who are decisively defeated.


794 - While visiting the royal Mercian court at Sutton Walls with a view to marrying princess Ælfthryth, King Æthelberht II of East Anglia is taken captive and beheaded.


1217 - The Second Battle of Lincoln is fought near Lincoln, England, resulting in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke.

Events803 years ago

1449 - The Battle of Alfarrobeira is fought, establishing the House of Braganza as a principal royal family of Portugal.

Events571 years ago

1497 - John Cabot sets sail from Bristol, England, on his ship Matthew looking for a route to the west (other documents give a May 2 date).

Events523 years ago

1498 - Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama discovers the sea route to India when he arrives at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.

Events522 years ago

1521 - Ignatius of Loyola is seriously wounded in the Battle of Pampeluna.

Events499 years ago
Events450 years ago

1609 - Shakespeare's sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.

Events411 years ago

1631 - The city of Magdeburg in Germany is seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire and most of its inhabitants massacred, in one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years' War.

Events389 years ago

1645 - Yangzhou massacre: The ten day massacre of 800,000 residents of the city of Yangzhou, part of the Transition from Ming to Qing.

Events375 years ago
Events245 years ago

1802 - By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution.

Events218 years ago

1813 - Napoleon Bonaparte leads his French troops into the Battle of Bautzen in Saxony, Germany, against the combined armies of Russia and Prussia. The battle ends the next day with a French victory.

Events207 years ago

1840 - York Minster is badly damaged by fire.

Events180 years ago

1861 - American Civil War: The state of Kentucky proclaims its neutrality, which will last until September 3 when Confederate forces enter the state. Meanwhile, the State of North Carolina secedes from the Union.

Events159 years ago

1862 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law, opening 84 million acres of public land to settlers.

Events158 years ago

1864 - American Civil War: Battle of Ware Bottom Church: In the Virginia Bermuda Hundred campaign, 10,000 troops fight in this Confederate victory.

Events156 years ago

1873 - Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.

Events147 years ago

1875 - Signing of the Metre Convention by 17 nations leading to the establishment of the International System of Units.

Events145 years ago

1882 - The Triple Alliance between the German Empire, Austria-Hungary and the Kingdom of Italy is formed.

Events138 years ago

1883 - Krakatoa begins to erupt; the volcano explodes three months later, killing more than 36,000 people.

Events137 years ago

1891 - History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope.

Events129 years ago

1902 - Cuba gains independence from the United States. Tomás Estrada Palma becomes the country's first President.

Events118 years ago

1927 - Treaty of Jeddah: The United Kingdom recognizes the sovereignty of King Ibn Saud in the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd, which later merge to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Events93 years ago

1932 - Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.

Events88 years ago

1940 - The Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz.

Events80 years ago

1941 - World War II: Battle of Crete: German paratroops invade Crete.

Events79 years ago
Events72 years ago

1949 - In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.

Events71 years ago

1956 - In Operation Redwing, the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

Events64 years ago
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Events51 years ago

1971 - In the Chuknagar massacre, Pakistani forces massacre thousands, mostly Bengali Hindus.

Events49 years ago

1980 - In a referendum in Quebec, the population rejects, by 60% of the vote, a government proposal to move towards independence from Canada.

Events40 years ago

1983 - First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier.

Events37 years ago

1983 - Church Street bombing: A car bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe explodes on Church Street in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, killing 19 people and injuring 217 others.

Events37 years ago

1985 - Radio Martí, part of the Voice of America service, begins broadcasting to Cuba.

Events35 years ago

1989 - The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Events31 years ago

1990 - The first post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections are held in Romania.

Events30 years ago

1996 - Civil rights: The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Romer v. Evans against a law that would have prevented any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of gays and lesbians.

Events24 years ago

2002 - The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and three years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself is the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).

Events18 years ago

2012 - At least 27 people are killed and 50 others injured when a 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes northern Italy.

Events8 years ago

2013 - An EF5 tornado strikes the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, killing 24 people and injuring 377 others.

Events7 years ago

2019 - The International System of Units (SI): The base units are redefined, and the International Prototype Kilogram becomes obsolete.

Events1 years ago


1315 - Bonne of Luxembourg, first wife of John II of France (d. 1349)

Births705 years ago

1470 - Pietro Bembo, Italian cardinal, poet, and scholar (d. 1547)

Births550 years ago

1505 - Levinus Lemnius, Dutch writer (d. 1568)

Births515 years ago

1531 - Thado Minsaw of Ava, Viceroy of Ava (d. 1584)

Births489 years ago

1537 - Hieronymus Fabricius, Italian anatomist (d. 1619)

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1575 - Robert Heath, English judge and politician (d. 1649)

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1664 - Andreas Schlüter, German sculptor and architect (d. 1714)

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1726 - Francis Cotes, English painter and academic (d. 1770)

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1759 - William Thornton, Virgin Islander-American architect, designed the United States Capitol (d. 1828)

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1769 - Andreas Vokos Miaoulis, Greek admiral and politician (d. 1835)

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1772 - Sir William Congreve, 2nd Baronet, English inventor and politician, developed Congreve rockets (d. 1828)

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1776 - Simon Fraser, American-Canadian fur trader and explorer (d. 1862)

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1795 - Pedro María de Anaya, Mexican soldier. President (1847-1848) (d. 1854)

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1799 - Honoré de Balzac, French novelist and playwright (d. 1850)

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1806 - John Stuart Mill, English economist, civil servant, and philosopher (d. 1873)

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1811 - Alfred Domett, English-New Zealand poet and politician, 4th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1887)

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1818 - William Fargo, American businessman and politician, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express (d. 1881)

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1822 - Frédéric Passy, French economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1912)

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1825 - Antoinette Brown Blackwell, the first woman to be ordained as a mainstream Protestant minister in the U.S. (d. 1921)

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1830 - Hector Malot, French author (d. 1907)

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1838 - Jules Méline, French lawyer and politician, 65th Prime Minister of France (d. 1925)

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1851 - Emile Berliner, German-American inventor, invented the Gramophone record (d. 1929)

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1854 - George Prendergast, Australian politician, 28th Premier of Victoria (d. 1937)

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1856 - Henri-Edmond Cross, French Neo-Impressionist painter (d. 1910)

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1860 - Eduard Buchner, German chemist, zymologist, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1917)

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1875 - Hendrik Offerhaus, Dutch rower (d. 1953)

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1877 - Pat Leahy, Irish-American jumper (d. 1927)

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1879 - Hans Meerwein, German chemist (d. 1965)

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1882 - Sigrid Undset, Danish-Norwegian novelist, essayist, and translator, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1949)

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1883 - Faisal I of Iraq (d. 1933)

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1886 - Ali Sami Yen, Turkish footballer and manager, founded the Galatasaray Sports Club (d. 1951)

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1894 - Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, Indian guru and scholar (d. 1994)

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1895 - R. J. Mitchell, English engineer, designed the Supermarine Spitfire and Supermarine S.6B (d. 1937)

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1897 - Diego Abad de Santillán, Spanish economist and author (d. 1983)

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1897 - Malcolm Nokes, English hammer and discus thrower (d. 1986)

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1898 - Eduard Ole, Estonian painter (d. 1995)

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1899 - Aleksandr Deyneka, Russian painter and sculptor (d. 1969)

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1899 - John Marshall Harlan II, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1971)

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1900 - Sumitranandan Pant, Indian poet and author (d. 1977)

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1901 - Max Euwe, Dutch chess player, mathematician, and author (d. 1981)

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1901 - Doris Fleeson, American journalist (d. 1970)

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1904 - Margery Allingham, English author of detective fiction (d. 1966)

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1906 - Giuseppe Siri, Italian cardinal (d. 1989)

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1907 - Carl Mydans, American photographer and journalist (d. 2004)

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1908 - Henry Bolte, Australian politician, 38th Premier of Victoria (d. 1990)

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1908 - Louis Daquin, French actor and director (d. 1980)

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1908 - Francis Raymond Fosberg, American botanist and author (d. 1993)

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1908 - James Stewart, American actor (d. 1997)

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1911 - Gardner Fox, American author (d. 1986)

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1911 - Annie M. G. Schmidt, Dutch author and playwright (d. 1995)

Births109 years ago

1913 - Teodoro Fernández, Peruvian footballer (d. 1996)

Births107 years ago

1913 - William Redington Hewlett, American engineer, co-founded Hewlett-Packard (d. 2001)

Births107 years ago

1915 - Peter Copley, English actor (d. 2008)

Births105 years ago

1915 - Moshe Dayan, Israeli general and politician, 5th Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 1981)

Births105 years ago

1915 - Joff Ellen, Australian comedian and actor (d. 1999)

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1916 - Owen Chadwick, English rugby player, historian, and academic (d. 2015)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Alexey Maresyev, Russian soldier and pilot (d. 2001)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Ondina Valla, Italian sprinter and hurdler (d. 2006)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Tony Cliff, Israeli-English author and activist (d. 2000)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Guy Favreau, Canadian lawyer, judge, and politician, 28th Canadian Minister of Justice (d. 1967)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Alexandra Boyko, Russian tank commander (d. 1996)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Edward B. Lewis, American biologist, geneticist, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)

Births102 years ago

1919 - George Gobel, American comedian (d. 1991)

Births101 years ago

1920 - John Cruickshank, Scottish lieutenant and banker, Victoria Cross recipient

Births100 years ago

1921 - Wolfgang Borchert, German author and playwright (d. 1947)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Hal Newhouser, American baseball player and scout (d. 1998)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Hao Wang, Chinese-American logician, philosopher, and mathematician (d. 1995)

Births99 years ago

1923 - Edith Fellows, American actress (d. 2011)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Sam Selvon, Trinidad-born writer (d. 1994)

Births97 years ago

1924 - David Chavchavadze, English-American CIA officer and author (d. 2014)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Zelmar Michelini, Uruguayan journalist and politician (d. 1976)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Alexei Tupolev, Russian engineer, designed the Tupolev Tu-144 (d. 2001)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Bob Sweikert, American race car driver (d. 1956)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Bud Grant, American football player and coach

Births93 years ago

1927 - David Hedison, American actor (d. 2019)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Franciszek Macharski, Polish cardinal (d. 2016)

Births93 years ago

1929 - Gilles Loiselle, Canadian politician and diplomat, 33rd Canadian Minister of Finance

Births91 years ago

1930 - Sam Etcheverry, American football player and coach (d. 2009)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Ken Boyer, American baseball player and manager (d. 1982)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Louis Smith, American trumpeter (d. 2016)

Births89 years ago

1933 - Constance Towers, American actress and singer

Births87 years ago

1935 - José Mujica, Uruguayan guerrilla leader and politician, 40th President of Uruguay

Births85 years ago

1936 - Anthony Zerbe, American actor

Births84 years ago

1937 - Dave Hill, American golfer (d. 2011)

Births83 years ago

1939 - Balu Mahendra, Sri Lankan-Indian director, cinematographer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

Births81 years ago

1940 - Shorty Long, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1969)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Stan Mikita, Slovak-Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster (d. 2018)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Sadaharu Oh, Japanese-Taiwanese baseball player and manager

Births80 years ago

1941 - Goh Chok Tong, Singaporean politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Singapore

Births79 years ago

1941 - John Strasberg, American actor and teacher

Births79 years ago
Births78 years ago

1942 - Lynn Davies, Welsh sprinter and long jumper

Births78 years ago

1942 - Carlos Hathcock, American sergeant and sniper (d. 1999)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Frew McMillan, South African tennis player

Births78 years ago

1943 - Albano Carrisi, Italian singer, actor, and winemaker

Births77 years ago

1943 - Deryck Murray, Trinidadian cricketer

Births77 years ago

1944 - Joe Cocker, English singer-songwriter (d. 2014)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Boudewijn de Groot, Indonesian-Dutch singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births76 years ago

1944 - Keith Fletcher, English cricketer and manager

Births76 years ago

1944 - Dietrich Mateschitz, Austrian businessman, co-founded Red Bull GmbH

Births76 years ago

1945 - Vladimiro Montesinos, Peruvian intelligence officer

Births75 years ago

1946 - Cher, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

Births74 years ago

1946 - Bobby Murcer, American baseball player, coach, manager, and sportscaster (d. 2008)

Births74 years ago

1947 - Steve Currie, English bass player (d. 1981)

Births73 years ago

1947 - Greg Dyke, English journalist and academic

Births73 years ago

1949 - Robert Morin, Canadian director, cinematographer, and screenwriter

Births71 years ago

1949 - Michèle Roberts, English author and poet

Births71 years ago

1949 - Dave Thomas, Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births71 years ago

1950 - Andy Johns, English-American engineer and producer (d. 2013)

Births70 years ago

1950 - Reinaldo Merlo, Argentinian footballer and coach

Births70 years ago

1951 - Thomas Akers, American colonel, engineer, and astronaut

Births69 years ago

1951 - Mike Crapo, American lawyer and politician

Births69 years ago

1952 - Roger Milla, Cameroonian footballer and manager

Births68 years ago

1952 - Michael Wills, English politician, British Minister of Justice

Births68 years ago

1953 - Robert Doyle, Australian educator and politician, 103rd Lord Mayor of Melbourne

Births67 years ago

1954 - David Paterson, American lawyer and politician, 55th Governor of New York

Births66 years ago

1954 - Colin Sutherland, Lord Carloway, Scottish lawyer and judge

Births66 years ago

1955 - Steve George, American keyboard player and songwriter (Mr. Mister)

Births65 years ago

1955 - Zbigniew Preisner, Polish composer and producer

Births65 years ago

1956 - Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Norwegian-German author and critic

Births64 years ago

1956 - Douglas Preston, American journalist and author

Births64 years ago

1957 - Yoshihiko Noda, Japanese lawyer and politician, 62nd Prime Minister of Japan

Births63 years ago

1958 - Ron Reagan, American journalist and radio host

Births62 years ago

1958 - Jane Wiedlin, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

Births62 years ago

1959 - Susan Cowsill, American singer-songwriter

Births61 years ago

1960 - Tony Goldwyn, American actor and director

Births60 years ago

1961 - Clive Allen, English footballer and manager

Births59 years ago

1961 - Nick Heyward, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births59 years ago

1963 - David Wells, American baseball player and sportscaster

Births57 years ago
Births56 years ago

1964 - Edin Osmanović, Slovenian footballer, coach, and manager

Births56 years ago

1964 - Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, English journalist and author

Births56 years ago

1965 - Ted Allen, American television host and author

Births55 years ago

1965 - Stu Grimson, Canadian ice hockey player, sportscaster, and lawyer

Births55 years ago

1966 - Dan Abrams, American journalist and author

Births54 years ago

1967 - Graham Brady, English politician

Births53 years ago

1967 - Gabriele Muccino, Italian director, producer, and screenwriter

Births53 years ago

1968 - Timothy Olyphant, American actor and producer

Births52 years ago

1969 - Road Dogg, American wrestler, producer, and soldier

Births51 years ago

1970 - Terrell Brandon, American basketball player

Births50 years ago

1970 - Louis Theroux, Singaporean-English journalist and producer

Births50 years ago

1971 - Šárka Kašpárková, Czech triple jumper and coach

Births49 years ago

1971 - Tony Stewart, American race car driver

Births49 years ago

1972 - Michael Diamond, Australian shooter

Births48 years ago

1972 - Christophe Dominici, French rugby player

Births48 years ago

1972 - Busta Rhymes, American rapper, producer, and actor

Births48 years ago

1973 - Nathan Long, Australian rugby league player

Births47 years ago

1974 - Allison Amend, American novelist and short story writer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Shiboprosad Mukherjee, Indian film director, wrier and actor

Births46 years ago

1975 - Juan Minujín, Argentinian actor, director, and screenwriter

Births45 years ago

1976 - Ramón Hernández, Venezuelan-American baseball player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Tomoya Satozaki, Japanese baseball player

Births44 years ago

1977 - Matt Czuchry, American actor

Births43 years ago

1977 - Leo Franco, Argentinian footballer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Angela Goethals, American actress

Births43 years ago

1977 - Stirling Mortlock, Australian rugby player

Births43 years ago

1977 - Vesa Toskala, Finnish ice hockey player

Births43 years ago

1978 - Hristos Banikas, Greek chess player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Pavla Hamáčková-Rybová, Czech pole vaulter

Births42 years ago

1978 - Nils Schumann, German runner

Births42 years ago
Births41 years ago

1979 - Jayson Werth, American baseball player

Births41 years ago

1980 - Austin Kearns, American baseball player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Kassim Osgood, American football player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Iker Casillas, Spanish footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Rachel Platten, American singer and songwriter

Births39 years ago

1981 - Lindsay Taylor, American basketball player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Mark Winterbottom, Australian race car driver

Births39 years ago

1982 - Petr Čech, Czech footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Imran Farhat, Pakistani cricketer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Jessica Raine, English actress

Births38 years ago

1982 - Daniel Ribeiro, Brazilian director, producer, and screenwriter

Births38 years ago

1983 - Óscar Cardozo, Paraguayan footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Matt Langridge, English rower

Births37 years ago

1984 - Mauro Rafael da Silva, Brazilian footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Patrick Ewing, Jr., American basketball player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Keith Grennan, American football player

Births36 years ago

1985 - Chris Froome, Kenyan-English cyclist

Births35 years ago

1985 - Brendon Goddard, Australian footballer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Dexter Blackstock, English footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Stéphane Mbia, Cameroonian footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Jiřina Svobodová, Czech pole vaulter

Births34 years ago

1987 - Mike Havenaar, Japanese footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Julian Wright, American basketball player

Births33 years ago

1988 - Joel Moon, Australian rugby league player

Births32 years ago

1989 - Siosia Vave, Australian-Tongan rugby league player

Births31 years ago

1991 - Bastian Baker, Swiss singer, songwriter, and performer

Births29 years ago

1991 - Emre Colak, Turkish footballer

Births29 years ago

1992 - Cate Campbell, Malawian-Australian swimmer

Births28 years ago

1992 - Jack Gleeson, Irish actor

Births28 years ago

1992 - Enes Kanter, Turkish basketball player

Births28 years ago

1993 - Caroline Zhang, American figure skater

Births27 years ago

1996 - Brian Kelly, Australian rugby league player

Births24 years ago

1998 - Jamie Chadwick, English race car driver

Births22 years ago

1998 - Nam Nguyen, Canadian figure skater

Births22 years ago



965 - Gero the Great, Saxon ruler (b.c. 900)


1062 - Bao Zheng, Chinese magistrate and mayor of Kaifeng (b. 999)

Deaths958 years ago

1277 - Pope John XXI (b. 1215)

Deaths743 years ago
Deaths735 years ago
Deaths729 years ago

1366 - Maria of Calabria, Empress of Constantinople (b. 1329)

Deaths654 years ago

1444 - Bernardino of Siena, Italian-Spanish missionary and saint (b. 1380)

Deaths576 years ago
Deaths571 years ago

1501 - Columba of Rieti, Italian Dominican tertiary Religious Sister (b. 1467)

Deaths519 years ago

1503 - Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici, Italian banker and politician (b. 1463)

Deaths517 years ago

1506 - Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer, discovered the Americas (b. 1451)

Deaths514 years ago

1550 - Ashikaga Yoshiharu, Japanese shōgun (b. 1510)

Deaths470 years ago

1579 - Isabella Markham, English courtier (b. 1527)

Deaths441 years ago

1622 - Osman II, Ottoman sultan (b. 1604)

Deaths398 years ago

1645 - Shi Kefa, Chinese general and calligrapher (b. 1601)

Deaths375 years ago

1648 - Władysław IV Vasa, Polish son of Sigismund III Vasa (b. 1595)

Deaths372 years ago

1677 - George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, Spanish-English politician, English Secretary of State (b. 1612)

Deaths343 years ago

1713 - Thomas Sprat, English bishop (b. 1635)

Deaths307 years ago

1717 - John Trevor, Welsh lawyer and politician, 102nd Speaker of the House of Commons (b. 1637)

Deaths303 years ago

1722 - Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist and mycologist (b. 1669)

Deaths298 years ago

1732 - Thomas Boston, Scottish author and educator (b. 1676)

Deaths288 years ago

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

Deaths238 years ago

1793 - Charles Bonnet, Swiss botanist and biologist (b. 1720)

Deaths227 years ago

1812 - Count Hieronymus von Colloredo, Austrian archbishop (b. 1732)

Deaths208 years ago

1834 - Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, French general (b. 1757)

Deaths186 years ago

1841 - Joseph Blanco White, Spanish poet and theologian (b. 1775)

Deaths179 years ago

1864 - John Clare, English poet (b. 1793)

Deaths156 years ago

1873 - George-Étienne Cartier, Canadian soldier, lawyer, and politician, 9th Premier of East Canada (b. 1814)

Deaths147 years ago

1880 - Ana Néri, Brazilian nurse and philanthropist (b. 1814)

Deaths140 years ago

1896 - Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer (b. 1819)

Deaths124 years ago

1909 - Ernest Hogan, American actor and composer (b. 1859)

Deaths111 years ago

1917 - Valentine Fleming, Scottish soldier and politician (b. 1887)

Deaths103 years ago

1917 - Philipp von Ferrary, Italian stamp collector (b. 1850)

Deaths103 years ago

1924 - Bogd Khan, Mongolian ruler

Deaths96 years ago

1925 - Joseph Howard, Maltese politician, 1st Prime Minister of Malta (b. 1862)

Deaths95 years ago

1931 - Ernest Noel, Scottish businessman and politician (b. 1831)

Deaths89 years ago

1940 - Verner von Heidenstam, Swedish author and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1859)

Deaths80 years ago

1942 - Hector Guimard, French Architect (b. 1867)

Deaths78 years ago

1946 - Jacob Ellehammer, Danish pilot and engineer (b. 1871)

Deaths74 years ago

1947 - Philipp Lenard, Slovak-German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862)

Deaths73 years ago

1947 - Georgios Siantos, Greek sergeant and politician (b. 1890)

Deaths73 years ago

1949 - Damaskinos of Athens, Greek archbishop and politician, 137th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1891)

Deaths71 years ago

1956 - Max Beerbohm, English essayist, parodist, and caricaturist (b. 1872)

Deaths64 years ago

1956 - Zoltán Halmay, Hungarian swimmer and trainer (b. 1881)

Deaths64 years ago

1961 - Josef Priller, German colonel and pilot (b. 1915)

Deaths59 years ago

1964 - Rudy Lewis, American singer (b. 1936)

Deaths56 years ago

1971 - Waldo Williams, Welsh poet and academic (b. 1904)

Deaths49 years ago

1973 - Renzo Pasolini, Italian motorcycle racer (b. 1938)

Deaths47 years ago

1973 - Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)

Deaths47 years ago

1975 - Barbara Hepworth, English sculptor and lithographer (b. 1903)

Deaths45 years ago

1976 - Syd Howe, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1911)

Deaths44 years ago

1976 - Zelmar Michelini, Uruguayan journalist and politician (b. 1924)

Deaths44 years ago

1976 - Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz, Uruguayan politician (b. 1934)

Deaths44 years ago

1989 - John Hicks, English economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Gilda Radner, American actress and comedian (b. 1946)

Deaths31 years ago

1995 - Les Cowie, Australian rugby league player (b. 1925)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Jon Pertwee, English actor, portrayed the Third Doctor (b. 1919)

Deaths24 years ago

1998 - Robert Normann, Norwegian guitarist (b. 1916)

Deaths22 years ago

2000 - Jean-Pierre Rampal, French flute player (b. 1922)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Malik Sealy, American basketball player and actor (b. 1970)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Yevgeny Khrunov, Russian colonel, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1933)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Renato Carosone, Italian singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1920)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist, biologist, and academic (b. 1941)

Deaths18 years ago

2005 - Paul Ricœur, French philosopher and academic (b. 1913)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - William Seawell, American general (b. 1918)

Deaths15 years ago

2007 - Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer (b. 1914)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Hamilton Jordan, American politician, 8th White House Chief of Staff (b. 1944)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect and urban planner, designed Roy Thomson Hall (b. 1924)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Pierre Gamarra, French author, poet, and critic (b. 1919)

Deaths11 years ago

2011 - Randy Savage, American wrestler and actor (b. 1952)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Leela Dube, Indian anthropologist and scholar (b. 1923)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Robin Gibb, Manx-English singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1949)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - David Littman, English-Swiss historian, author, and academic (b. 1933)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Ken Lyons, American bass guitarist (b. 1953)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Eugene Polley, American engineer, invented the remote control (b. 1915)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Andrew B. Steinberg, American lawyer (b. 1958)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Flavio Costantini, Italian painter and illustrator (b. 1926)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Billie Dawe, Canadian ice hockey player and manager (b. 1924)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Anders Eliasson, Swedish composer (b. 1947)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Miloslav Kříž, Czech basketball player and coach (b. 1924)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Ray Manzarek, American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (b. 1939)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Denys Roberts, English judge and politician (b. 1923)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Zach Sobiech, American singer-songwriter (b. 1995)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Sandra Bem, American psychologist and academic (b. 1944)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Ross Brown, New Zealand rugby player (b. 1934)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Robyn Denny, English-French painter (b. 1930)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Arthur Gelb, American journalist, author, and critic (b. 1924)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Prince Rupert Loewenstein, Spanish-English businessman (b. 1933)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Barbara Murray, English actress (b. 1929)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Bob Belden, American saxophonist, composer, and producer (b. 1956)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Femi Robinson, Nigerian actor and playwright (b. 1940)

Deaths5 years ago

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