Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances

Earliest day on which Declaration of the Báb can fall, while May 24 is the latest; observed on ‘Aẓamat 8 (Bahá'í Faith)

Holidays and observances

Earliest day on which National Heroes' Day can fall, while May 31 is the latest; celebrated on last Monday of May. (Turks and Caicos Islands)

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


1430 - Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians while leading an army to raise the Siege of Compiègne.

Events590 years ago

1498 - Girolamo Savonarola is burned at the stake in Florence, Italy.

Events522 years ago

1533 - The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.

Events487 years ago

1568 - Dutch rebels led by Louis of Nassau, defeat Jean de Ligne, Duke of Arenberg, and his loyalist troops in the Battle of Heiligerlee, opening the Eighty Years' War.

Events452 years ago

1609 - Official ratification of the Second Virginia Charter takes place.

Events411 years ago
Events402 years ago

1701 - After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London.

Events319 years ago

1788 - South Carolina ratifies the United States Constitution as the eighth American state.

Events232 years ago
Events227 years ago
Events191 years ago

1844 - Declaration of the Báb the evening before the 23rd: A merchant of Shiraz announces that he is a Prophet and founds a religious movement that would later be brutally crushed by the Persian government. He is considered to be a forerunner of the Bahá'í Faith; Bahá'ís celebrate the day as a holy day.

Events176 years ago

1846 - Mexican–American War: President Mariano Paredes of Mexico unofficially declares war on the United States.

Events174 years ago
Events157 years ago

1873 - The Canadian Parliament establishes the North-West Mounted Police, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Events147 years ago

1900 - American Civil War: Sergeant William Harvey Carney is awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism in the Assault on the Battery Wagner in 1863.

Events120 years ago

1907 - The unicameral Parliament of Finland gathers for its first plenary session.

Events113 years ago

1911 - The New York Public Library is dedicated.

Events109 years ago

1915 - World War I: Italy joins the Allies, fulfilling its part of the Treaty of London.

Events105 years ago

1932 - In Brazil, four students are shot and killed during a manifestation against the Brazilian dictator Getúlio Vargas, which resulted in the outbreak of the Constitutionalist Revolution several weeks later.

Events88 years ago

1934 - Infamous American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

Events86 years ago

1934 - The Auto-Lite strike culminates in the "Battle of Toledo", a five-day melée between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers.

Events86 years ago

1939 - The U.S. Navy submarine USS Squalus sinks off the coast of New Hampshire during a test dive, causing the death of 24 sailors and two civilian technicians. The remaining 32 sailors and one civilian naval architect are rescued the following day.

Events81 years ago

1945 - World War II: Heinrich Himmler, head of the Schutzstaffel, commits suicide while in Allied custody.

Events75 years ago

1945 - World War II: The Flensburg Government under Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz is dissolved when its members are captured and arrested by British forces.

Events75 years ago

1948 - Thomas C. Wasson, the US Consul-General, is assassinated in Jerusalem, Israel.

Events72 years ago

1949 - Cold War: The Western occupying powers approve the Basic Law and establish a new German state, the Federal Republic of Germany.

Events71 years ago
Events69 years ago

1960 - A tsunami caused by an earthquake in Chile the previous day kills 61 people in Hilo, Hawaii.

Events60 years ago

1974 - British nuclear testing in the United States of nuclear test Fallon for Chevaline under the Polaris (UK nuclear programme), named after the South African Roan antelope in the London zoo, on request of Lord Carrington.

Events46 years ago

1992 - Italy's most prominent anti-mafia judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife and three body guards are killed by the Corleonesi clan with a half-ton bomb near Capaci, Sicily. His friend and colleague Paolo Borsellino will be assassinated less than two months later, making 1992 a turning point in the history of Italian Mafia prosecutions.

Events28 years ago

1995 - The first version of the Java programming language is released.

Events25 years ago

1998 - The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with roughly 75% voting yes.

Events22 years ago

2002 - The "55 parties" clause of the Kyoto Protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.

Events18 years ago

2006 - Alaskan stratovolcano Mount Cleveland erupts.

Events14 years ago

2008 - The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute between the two countries.

Events12 years ago

2013 - A freeway bridge carrying Interstate 5 over the Skagit River collapses in Mount Vernon, Washington.

Events7 years ago

2014 - Seven people, including the perpetrator, are killed and another 14 injured in a killing spree near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara.

Events6 years ago

2015 - At least 46 people are killed as a result of floods caused by a tornado in Texas and Oklahoma.

Events5 years ago

2016 - Two suicide bombings, conducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, killed at least 45 potential army recruits in Aden, Yemen.

Events4 years ago

2016 - Eight bombings were carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Jableh and Tartus, coastline cities in Syria. One hundred eighty-four people were killed and at least 200 people injured.

Events4 years ago

2017 - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao, following the Maute's attack in Marawi.

Events3 years ago


635 - K'inich Kan Bahlam II, Mayan king (d. 702)


675 - Perumbidugu Mutharaiyar II, King of Mutharaiyar dynasty, Tamil Nadu, India


1052 - Philip I of France (d. 1108)

Births968 years ago
Births920 years ago

1127 - Uijong of Goryeo, Korean monarch of the Goryeo dynasty (d. 1173)

Births893 years ago

1330 - Gongmin of Goryeo, Korean ruler (d. 1374)

Births690 years ago

1586 - Paul Siefert, German composer and organist (d. 1666)

Births434 years ago

1606 - Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz, Spanish mathematician and philosopher (d. 1682)

Births414 years ago

1614 - Bertholet Flemalle, Flemish Baroque painter (d. 1675)

Births406 years ago

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

Births403 years ago

1629 - William VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, noble of Hesse-Kassel (d. 1663)

Births391 years ago

1707 - Carl Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist (d. 1778)

Births313 years ago

1718 - William Hunter, Scottish-English anatomist and physician (d. 1783)

Births302 years ago

1729 - Giuseppe Parini, Italian poet and educator (d. 1799)

Births291 years ago

1730 - Prince Augustus Ferdinand of Prussia, Prussian prince and general (d. 1813)

Births290 years ago

1734 - Franz Mesmer, German physician and astrologer (d. 1815)

Births286 years ago

1741 - Andrea Luchesi, Italian organist and composer (d. 1801)

Births279 years ago

1789 - Franz Schlik, Austrian earl and general (d. 1862)

Births231 years ago

1790 - Jules Dumont d'Urville, French admiral and explorer (d. 1842)

Births230 years ago

1790 - James Pradier, French neoclassical sculptor (d. 1852)

Births230 years ago

1794 - Ignaz Moscheles, Czech pianist and composer (d. 1870)

Births226 years ago

1795 - Charles Barry, English architect, designed the Upper Brook Street Chapel and Halifax Town Hall (d. 1860)

Births225 years ago

1800 - Rómulo Díaz de la Vega, Mexican general and president (1855) (d. 1877)

Births220 years ago

1810 - Margaret Fuller, American journalist and critic (d. 1850)

Births210 years ago

1817 - Manuel Robles Pezuela, Unconstitutional Mexican interim president, 1858-1859 (d. 1862)

Births203 years ago

1820 - James Buchanan Eads, American engineer, designed the Eads Bridge (d. 1887)

Births200 years ago

1820 - Lorenzo Sawyer, American lawyer and judge (d. 1891)

Births200 years ago

1824 - Ambrose Burnside, American general and politician, 30th Governor of Rhode Island (d. 1881)

Births196 years ago

1834 - Jānis Frīdrihs Baumanis, Latvian architect (d. 1891)

Births186 years ago

1834 - Carl Bloch, Danish painter and academic (d. 1890)

Births186 years ago

1837 - Anatole Mallet, Swiss mechanical engineer and inventor (d. 1919)

Births183 years ago

1837 - Józef Wieniawski, Polish pianist and composer (d. 1912)

Births183 years ago

1838 - Amaldus Nielsen, Norwegian painter (d. 1932)

Births182 years ago

1840 - George Throssell, Irish-Australian politician, 2nd Premier of Western Australia (d. 1910)

Births180 years ago

1844 - `Abdu'l-Bahá, Iranian religious leader (d. 1921)

Births176 years ago

1848 - Otto Lilienthal, German pilot and engineer (d. 1896)

Births172 years ago

1855 - Isabella Ford, English author and activist (d. 1924)

Births165 years ago

1861 - József Rippl-Rónai, Hungarian painter (d. 1927)

Births159 years ago

1863 - Władysław Horodecki, Polish architect (d. 1930)

Births157 years ago

1864 - William O'Connor, American fencer (d. 1939)

Births156 years ago

1865 - Epitácio Pessoa, Brazilian jurist and politician, 11th President of Brazil (d. 1942)

Births155 years ago

1875 - Alfred P. Sloan, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1966)

Births145 years ago

1882 - William Halpenny, Canadian pole vaulter (d. 1960)

Births138 years ago

1883 - Douglas Fairbanks, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1939)

Births137 years ago

1884 - Corrado Gini, Italian sociologist and demographer (d. 1965)

Births136 years ago

1887 - Thoralf Skolem, Norwegian mathematician and theorist (d. 1963)

Births133 years ago

1887 - Nikolai Vekšin, Estonian-Russian sailor and captain (d. 1951)

Births133 years ago

1888 - Adriaan Roland Holst, Dutch writer (d. 1976)

Births132 years ago

1888 - Zack Wheat, American baseball player and police officer (d. 1972)

Births132 years ago

1889 - Ernst Niekisch, German educator and politician (d. 1967)

Births131 years ago

1890 - Herbert Marshall, English-American actor and singer (d. 1966)

Births130 years ago

1891 - Pär Lagerkvist, Swedish novelist, playwright, and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1974)

Births129 years ago

1892 - Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer, British peer and grandfather of Diana Spencer (d. 1975)

Births128 years ago

1896 - Felix Steiner, Russian-German SS officer (d. 1966)

Births124 years ago

1897 - Jimmie Guthrie, Scottish motorcycle racer (d. 1937)

Births123 years ago

1898 - Scott O'Dell, American soldier, journalist, and author (d. 1989)

Births122 years ago

1898 - Josef Terboven, German soldier and politician (d. 1945)

Births122 years ago

1899 - Jeralean Talley, American super-centenarian (d. 2015)

Births121 years ago

1900 - Hans Frank, German lawyer and politician (d. 1946)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Franz Leopold Neumann, German lawyer and theorist (d. 1954)

Births120 years ago

1908 - John Bardeen, American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Hélène Boucher, French pilot (d. 1934)

Births112 years ago

1910 - Margaret Wise Brown, American author and educator (d. 1952)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Hugh Casson, English architect and academic (d. 1999)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Scatman Crothers, American actor and comedian (d. 1986)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Franz Kline, American painter and academic (d. 1962)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Artie Shaw, American clarinet player, composer, and bandleader (d. 2004)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Lou Brouillard, Canadian boxer (d. 1984)

Births109 years ago

1911 - Paul Augustin Mayer, German cardinal (d. 2010)

Births109 years ago

1911 - Betty Nuthall, English tennis player (d. 1983)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Jean Françaix, French pianist and composer (d. 1997)

Births108 years ago

1912 - John Payne, American actor (d. 1989)

Births108 years ago

1914 - Harold Hitchcock, English visionary landscape artist (d. 2009)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Celestine Sibley, American journalist and author (d. 1999)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Barbara Ward, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth, English economist, journalist, and prominent Catholic layperson (d. 1981)

Births106 years ago

1915 - S. Donald Stookey, American physicist and chemist, invented CorningWare (d. 2014)

Births105 years ago

1917 - Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist (d. 2008)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Denis Compton, English cricketer and sportscaster (d. 1997)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Robert Bernstein, American author and playwright (d. 1988)

Births101 years ago

1919 - Ruth Fernández, Puerto Rican contralto and a member of the Puerto Rican Senate (d. 2012)

Births101 years ago

1919 - Betty Garrett, American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2011)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Helen O'Connell, American singer (d. 1993)

Births100 years ago

1923 - Alicia de Larrocha, Catalan-Spanish pianist (d. 2009)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Irving Millman, American virologist and microbiologist (d. 2012)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Karlheinz Deschner, German author and activist (d. 2014)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Joshua Lederberg, American biologist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Basil Salvadore D'Souza, Indian bishop (d. 1996)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Joe Slovo, Lithuanian-South African activist and politician (d. 1995)

Births94 years ago

1928 - Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (d. 2002)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Nigel Davenport, English actor (d. 2013)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Nina Otkalenko, Russian runner (d. 2015)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Ulla Jacobsson, Swedish-Austrian actress (d. 1982)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Friedrich Achleitner, German poet and critic

Births90 years ago

1931 - Barbara Barrie, American actress

Births89 years ago

1932 - Kevork Ajemian, Syrian-French journalist and author (d. 1998)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Joan Collins, English actress

Births87 years ago

1933 - Ove Fundin, Swedish motorcycle racer

Births87 years ago

1934 - Robert Moog, electronic engineer and inventor of the Moog synthesizer (d. 2005)

Births86 years ago

1935 - Lasse Strömstedt, Swedish author (d. 2009)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Ingeborg Hallstein, German soprano and actress

Births84 years ago

1936 - Charles Kimbrough, American actor

Births84 years ago

1939 - Michel Colombier, French-American composer and conductor (d. 2004)

Births81 years ago

1939 - Reinhard Hauff, German director and screenwriter

Births81 years ago

1940 - Bjorn Johansen, Norwegian saxophonist (d. 2002)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Gérard Larrousse, French race car driver

Births80 years ago

1940 - Cora Sadosky, Argentinian mathematician and academic (d. 2010)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Zalman King, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)

Births79 years ago

1942 - Gabriel Liiceanu, Romanian philosopher, author, and academic

Births78 years ago

1942 - Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao, Indian director, screenwriter, and choreographer

Births78 years ago

1943 - Peter Kenilorea, Solomon Islands politician, 1st Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands (d. 2016)

Births77 years ago

1944 - John Newcombe, Australian tennis player and sportscaster

Births76 years ago

1945 - Padmarajan, Indian director, screenwriter, and author (d. 1991)

Births75 years ago

1946 - David Graham, Australian golfer

Births74 years ago

1947 - Jane Kenyon, American poet and translator (d. 1995)

Births73 years ago

1948 - Myriam Boyer, French actress, director, and producer

Births72 years ago

1949 - Daniel DiNardo, American cardinal

Births71 years ago

1949 - Alan García, Peruvian lawyer and politician, 93rd President of Peru (d. 2019)

Births71 years ago

1950 - Martin McGuinness, Irish republican and Sinn Féin politician, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland (d. 2017)

Births70 years ago

1951 - Anatoly Karpov, Russian chess player

Births69 years ago

1951 - Antonis Samaras, Greek economist and politician, 185th Prime Minister of Greece

Births69 years ago

1952 - Martin Parr, English photographer and journalist

Births68 years ago

1954 - Marvelous Marvin Hagler, American boxer and actor

Births66 years ago

1955 - Luka Bloom, Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births65 years ago

1956 - Andrea Pazienza, Italian illustrator and painter (d. 1988)

Births64 years ago

1956 - Ursula Plassnik, Austrian politician and diplomat, Foreign Minister of Austria

Births64 years ago

1956 - Buck Showalter, American baseball player, coach, and manager

Births64 years ago

1958 - Mitch Albom, American journalist, author, and screenwriter

Births62 years ago

1958 - Drew Carey, American actor, game show host, and entrepreneur

Births62 years ago

1958 - Lea DeLaria, American actress and singer

Births62 years ago

1959 - Marcella Mesker, Dutch tennis player and sportscaster

Births61 years ago

1960 - Linden Ashby, American actor

Births60 years ago

1961 - Daniele Massaro, Italian footballer and manager

Births59 years ago

1961 - Norrie May-Welby, Scottish Australian gender activist

Births59 years ago

1962 - Karen Duffy, American actress

Births58 years ago

1963 - Viviane Baladi, Swiss mathematician

Births57 years ago

1964 - Ruth Metzler, Swiss lawyer and politician

Births56 years ago

1965 - Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo, Spanish footballer

Births55 years ago

1965 - Tom Tykwer, German director, producer, screenwriter, and composer

Births55 years ago

1965 - Melissa McBride, American actress

Births55 years ago

1965 - Paul Sironen, Australian rugby league player

Births55 years ago

1966 - Graeme Hick, Zimbabwean-English cricketer and coach

Births54 years ago

1966 - Gary Roberts, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births54 years ago

1967 - Luis Roberto Alves, Mexican footballer

Births53 years ago

1967 - Anna Ibrisagic, Swedish politician

Births53 years ago

1968 - Guinevere Turner, American actress and screenwriter

Births52 years ago

1970 - Bryan Herta, American race car driver and businessman, co-founded Bryan Herta Autosport

Births50 years ago

1971 - George Osborne, English journalist and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer

Births49 years ago

1972 - Rubens Barrichello, Brazilian race car driver

Births48 years ago

1972 - Martin Saggers, English cricketer and umpire

Births48 years ago

1973 - Maxwell, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births47 years ago

1974 - Jewel, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress, and poet

Births46 years ago
Births46 years ago

1976 - Ricardinho, Brazilian footballer and manager

Births44 years ago

1977 - Ilia Kulik, Russian figure skater

Births43 years ago

1978 - Scott Raynor, American drummer

Births42 years ago

1979 - Rasual Butler, American basketball player (d. 2018)

Births41 years ago

1979 - Brian Campbell, Canadian ice hockey player

Births41 years ago

1980 - Theofanis Gekas, Greek footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Ben Ross, Australian rugby league player

Births40 years ago

1983 - Silvio Proto, Belgian-Italian footballer

Births37 years ago

1984 - Hugo Almeida, Portuguese footballer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Sebastián Fernández, Uruguayan footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Teymuraz Gabashvili, Russian tennis player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Wim Stroetinga, Dutch cyclist

Births35 years ago

1985 - Ross Wallace, Scottish footballer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Ryan Coogler, American film director and screenwriter

Births34 years ago

1986 - Alexei Sitnikov, Russian-Azerbaijani figure skater

Births34 years ago

1986 - Alice Tait, Australian swimmer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Ruben Zadkovich, Australian footballer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Gracie Otto, Australian actress, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births33 years ago

1987 - Bray Wyatt, American wrestler

Births33 years ago

1988 - Rosanna Crawford, Canadian biathlete

Births32 years ago

1988 - Angelo Ogbonna, Italian footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Morgan Pressel, American golfer

Births32 years ago

1989 - Ezequiel Schelotto, Italian footballer

Births31 years ago

1990 - Dan Evans, British tennis player

Births30 years ago

1990 - Kristina Kucova, Slovakian tennis player

Births30 years ago

1990 - Oliver Venno, Estonian volleyball player

Births30 years ago

1991 - Aaron Donald, American football player

Births29 years ago

1991 - Lena Meyer-Landrut, German singer-songwriter

Births29 years ago

1991 - César Pinares, Chilean footballer

Births29 years ago

1996 - Katharina Althaus, German ski jumper

Births24 years ago

1996 - Emmanuel Boateng, Ghanaian footballer

Births24 years ago

1996 - Razvan Marin, Romanian footballer

Births24 years ago

1997 - Pedro Chirivella, Spanish footballer

Births23 years ago

1997 - Coy Craft, American footballer

Births23 years ago

1997 - Joe Gomez, English footballer

Births23 years ago

1997 - Gustaf Nilsson, Swedish footballer

Births23 years ago

1997 - Sam Timmins, New Zealand basketball player

Births23 years ago

1998 - Sérgio Sette Câmara, Brazilian race car driver

Births22 years ago

1998 - Ross Cunningham, Scottish footballer

Births22 years ago

1998 - Salwa Eid Naser, Bahraini track and field sprinter

Births22 years ago

1998 - Luca De La Torre, American footballer

Births22 years ago

2000 - Felipe Drugovich, Brazilian race car driver

Births20 years ago


230 - Urban I, pope of the Catholic Church


922 - Li Sizhao, Chinese general and governor


962 - Guibert of Gembloux, Frankish abbot (b. 892)

Deaths895 years ago

1304 - Jehan de Lescurel, French poet and composer

Deaths716 years ago

1338 - Alice de Warenne, Countess of Arundel, English noble (b. 1287)

Deaths682 years ago

1370 - Toghon Temür, Mongol emperor (b. 1320)

Deaths650 years ago
Deaths597 years ago

1498 - Girolamo Savonarola, Italian friar and preacher (b. 1452)

Deaths522 years ago

1523 - Ashikaga Yoshitane, Japanese shōgun (b. 1466)

Deaths497 years ago

1524 - Ismail I, First Emperor of Safavid Empire (b. 1487)

Deaths496 years ago

1591 - John Blitheman, English organist and composer (b. 1525)

Deaths429 years ago

1662 - John Gauden, English bishop (b. 1605)

Deaths358 years ago
Deaths350 years ago

1691 - Adrien Auzout, French astronomer and instrument maker (b. 1622)

Deaths329 years ago

1701 - William Kidd, Scottish pirate (b. 1645)

Deaths319 years ago

1749 - Abraham ben Abraham, Polish martyr (b. 1700)

Deaths271 years ago

1752 - William Bradford, English-American printer (b. 1663)

Deaths268 years ago

1754 - John Wood, the Elder, English architect, designed The Circus and Queen Square (b. 1704)

Deaths266 years ago

1783 - James Otis, Jr., American lawyer and politician (b. 1725)

Deaths237 years ago

1813 - Géraud Duroc, French general and diplomat (b. 1772)

Deaths207 years ago

1815 - Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg, American clergyman and botanist (b. 1753)

Deaths205 years ago

1841 - Franz Xaver von Baader, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1765)

Deaths179 years ago

1855 - Charles Robert Malden, English lieutenant and explorer (b. 1797)

Deaths165 years ago

1857 - Augustin-Louis Cauchy, French mathematician and academic (b. 1789)

Deaths163 years ago

1868 - Kit Carson, American general (b. 1809)

Deaths152 years ago

1886 - Leopold von Ranke, German historian and academic (b. 1795)

Deaths134 years ago

1893 - Anton von Schmerling, Austrian politician (b. 1805)

Deaths127 years ago

1895 - Franz Ernst Neumann, German mineralogist, physicist, and mathematician (b. 1798)

Deaths125 years ago

1906 - Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian director, playwright, and poet (b. 1828)

Deaths114 years ago

1908 - François Coppée, French poet and author (b. 1842)

Deaths112 years ago

1920 - Svetozar Boroević, Croatian-Austrian field marshal (b. 1856)

Deaths100 years ago

1921 - August Nilsson, Swedish shot putter and tug of war competitor (b. 1872)

Deaths99 years ago

1934 - Clyde Barrow, American criminal (b. 1909)

Deaths86 years ago

1934 - Mihkel Martna, Estonian journalist and politician (b. 1860)

Deaths86 years ago

1934 - Bonnie Parker, American criminal (b. 1910)

Deaths86 years ago

1937 - John D. Rockefeller, American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Standard Oil Company and Rockefeller University (b. 1839)

Deaths83 years ago

1938 - Frederick Ruple, Swiss-American painter (b. 1871)

Deaths82 years ago

1942 - Panagiotis Toundas, Greek composer and conductor (b. 1886)

Deaths78 years ago

1945 - Heinrich Himmler, German commander and politician, Reich Minister of the Interior (b. 1900)

Deaths75 years ago

1947 - Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, Swiss author and poet (b. 1878)

Deaths73 years ago

1949 - Jan Frans De Boever, Belgian painter and illustrator (b. 1872)

Deaths71 years ago

1956 - Gustav Suits, Latvian-Estonian poet and politician (b. 1883)

Deaths64 years ago

1960 - Georges Claude, French engineer and inventor, created Neon lighting (b. 1870)

Deaths60 years ago

1962 - Louis Coatalen, French engineer (b. 1879)

Deaths58 years ago

1963 - August Jakobson, Estonian author and politician (b. 1904)

Deaths57 years ago

1965 - David Smith, American sculptor (b. 1906)

Deaths55 years ago

1975 - Moms Mabley, American comedian and actor (b. 1894)

Deaths45 years ago

1979 - S. Selvanayagam, Sri Lankan geographer and academic (b. 1932)

Deaths41 years ago

1981 - Gene Green, American baseball player (b. 1933)

Deaths39 years ago

1981 - Rayner Heppenstall, English author and poet (b. 1911)

Deaths39 years ago

1981 - George Jessel, American actor, singer, and producer (b. 1898)

Deaths39 years ago

1981 - David Lewis, Belarusian-Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1909)

Deaths39 years ago

1986 - Sterling Hayden, American actor (b. 1916)

Deaths34 years ago

1989 - Georgy Tovstonogov, Russian director and producer (b. 1915)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Karl Koch, German computer hacker (b. 1965)

Deaths31 years ago

1991 - Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (b. 1895)

Deaths29 years ago

1991 - Jean Van Houtte, Belgian academic and politician, 50th Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1907)

Deaths29 years ago

1991 - Fletcher Markle, Canadian director, screenwriter, and producer (b. 1921)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - Kostas Davourlis, Greek footballer (b. 1948)

Deaths28 years ago

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

Deaths28 years ago

1994 - Olav Hauge, Norwegian poet (b. 1908)

Deaths26 years ago

1996 - Kronid Lyubarsky, Russian journalist and activist (b. 1934)

Deaths24 years ago

1998 - Telford Taylor, American general and lawyer (b. 1908)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Owen Hart, Canadian-American wrestler (b. 1965)

Deaths21 years ago

2002 - Sam Snead, American golfer and journalist (b. 1912)

Deaths18 years ago

2006 - Lloyd Bentsen, American colonel and politician, 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury (b. 1921)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Kazimierz Górski, Polish footballer and manager (b. 1921)

Deaths14 years ago

2008 - Iñaki Ochoa de Olza, Spanish mountaineer (b. 1967)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Utah Phillips, American singer-songwriter and poet (b. 1935)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Roh Moo-hyun, South Korean soldier and politician, 9th President of South Korea (b. 1946)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - José Lima, Dominican-American baseball player (b. 1972)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Simon Monjack, English director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1970)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Xavier Tondo, Spanish cyclist (b. 1978)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Paul Fussell, American historian, author, and academic (b. 1924)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Epy Guerrero, Dominican baseball player, coach, and scout (b. 1942)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Hayri Kozakçıoğlu, Turkish police officer and politician, 15th Governor of Istanbul Province (b. 1938)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Georges Moustaki, Egyptian-French singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1934)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Flynn Robinson, American basketball player (b. 1941)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Mikhail Egorovich Alekseev, Russian linguist and academic (b. 1949)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Madhav Mantri, Indian cricketer (b. 1921)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Anne Meara, American actress, comedian and playwright (b. 1929)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Aleksey Mozgovoy, Ukrainian sergeant (b. 1975)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Alicia Nash, Salvadoran-American physicist and engineer (b. 1933)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - John Forbes Nash, Jr., American mathematician and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1928)

Deaths5 years ago

2017 - Roger Moore, English actor (b. 1927)

Deaths3 years ago

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