Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Bermuda Day (Bermuda), celebrated on the nearest weekday if May 24 falls on the weekend.

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Earliest day on which El Colacho tradition can fall, while June 27 is the latest; celebrated on Sunday after Corpus Christi. (Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos)

Holidays and observances

Independence Day (Eritrea), celebrates the independence of Eritrea from Ethiopia in 1993.

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Victoria Day; celebrated on Monday on or before May 24. (Canada), and its related observance:National Patriots' Day or Journée nationale des patriotes (Quebec)

Holidays and observances


919 - The nobles of Franconia and Saxony elect Henry the Fowler at the Imperial Diet in Fritzlar as king of the East Frankish Kingdom.


1218 - The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt.

Events802 years ago
Events744 years ago

1487 - The ten-year-old Lambert Simnel is crowned in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, with the name of Edward VI in a bid to threaten King Henry VII's reign.

Events533 years ago

1567 - Erik XIV of Sweden and his guards murder five incarcerated Swedish nobles.

Events453 years ago

1595 - Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.

Events425 years ago

1607 - 100 English settlers disembark in Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in America.

Events413 years ago

1621 - The Protestant Union is formally dissolved.

Events399 years ago
Events394 years ago

1667 - The French Royal Army crosses the border into the Spanish Netherlands, starting the War of Devolution opposing France to the Spanish Empire and the Triple Alliance.

Events353 years ago

1683 - The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, opens as the world's first university museum.

Events337 years ago
Events331 years ago

1738 - John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day and a church service is generally held on the preceding Sunday.

Events282 years ago

1798 - The Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins.

Events222 years ago

1813 - South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador ("The Liberator").

Events207 years ago
Events198 years ago
Events190 years ago

1832 - The First Kingdom of Greece is declared in the London Conference.

Events188 years ago

1844 - Samuel Morse sends the message "What hath God wrought" (a biblical quotation, Numbers 23:23) from a committee room in the United States Capitol to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore, Maryland, to inaugurate a commercial telegraph line between Baltimore and Washington D.C.

Events176 years ago
Events159 years ago

1883 - The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction.

Events137 years ago

1900 - Second Boer War: The United Kingdom annexes the Orange Free State.

Events120 years ago

1915 - World War I: Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary, joining the conflict on the side of the Allies.

Events105 years ago

1930 - Amy Johnson lands in Darwin, Northern Territory, becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia (she left on May 5 for the 11,000 mile flight).

Events90 years ago

1935 - The first night game in Major League Baseball history is played in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Cincinnati Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2–1 at Crosley Field.

Events85 years ago

1940 - Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.

Events80 years ago

1940 - Acting on the orders of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, NKVD agent Iosif Grigulevich orchestrates an unsuccessful assassination attempt on exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky in Coyoacán, Mexico.

Events80 years ago

1941 - World War II: In the Battle of the Atlantic, the German Battleship Bismarck sinks then-pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood, killing all but three crewmen.

Events79 years ago

1948 - Arab–Israeli War: Egypt captures the Israeli kibbutz of Yad Mordechai, but the five-day effort gives Israeli forces time to prepare enough to stop the Egyptian advance a week later.

Events72 years ago

1956 - The first Eurovision Song Contest is held in Lugano, Switzerland.

Events64 years ago

1958 - United Press International is formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.

Events62 years ago

1960 - Following the 1960 Valdivia earthquake, the largest ever recorded earthquake, Cordón Caulle begins to erupt.

Events60 years ago

1961 - American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi, for "disturbing the peace" after disembarking from their bus.

Events59 years ago

1962 - Project Mercury: American astronaut Scott Carpenter orbits the Earth three times in the Aurora 7 space capsule.

Events58 years ago

1967 - Egypt imposes a blockade and siege of the Red Sea coast of Israel.

Events53 years ago

1976 - The Judgment of Paris takes place in France, launching California as a worldwide force in the production of quality wine.

Events44 years ago

1981 - Ecuadorian president Jaime Roldós Aguilera, his wife, and his presidential committee die in an aircraft accident while travelling from Quito to Zapotillo minutes after the president gave a famous speech regarding the 24 de mayo anniversary of the Battle of Pichincha.

Events39 years ago

1982 - Liberation of Khorramshahr: Iranians recapture of the port city of Khorramshahr from the Iraqis during the Iran–Iraq War.

Events38 years ago

1988 - Section 28 of the United Kingdom's Local Government Act 1988, a controversial amendment stating that a local authority cannot intentionally promote homosexuality, is enacted.

Events32 years ago

1991 - Israel conducts Operation Solomon, evacuating Ethiopian Jews to Israel.

Events29 years ago

1992 - The last Thai dictator, General Suchinda Kraprayoon, resigns following pro-democracy protests.

Events28 years ago

1992 - The ethnic cleansing in Kozarac, Bosnia and Herzegovina begins when Serbian militia and police forces enter the town.

Events28 years ago

1993 -Eritrea gains its independence from Ethiopia.

Events27 years ago

1993 - Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo and five other people are assassinated in a shootout at Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport in Mexico.

Events27 years ago

1994 - Four men convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in New York in 1993 are each sentenced to 240 years in prison.

Events26 years ago
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2000 - Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.

Events20 years ago

2002 - Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.

Events18 years ago

2014 - A 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurs in the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey, injuring 324 people.

Events6 years ago

2014 - At least three people are killed in a shooting at Brussels' Jewish Museum of Belgium.

Events6 years ago

2019 - 19 students died in a fire in Surat (India).

Events1 years ago

2019 - Under pressure over her handling of Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May announces her resignation as Leader of the Conservative Party, effective as of June 7, 2019.

Events1 years ago


15 BC - Germanicus, Roman general (d. 19)

Births685 years ago

1494 - Pontormo, Italian painter (d. 1557)

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1522 - John Jewel, English bishop (d. 1571)

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1544 - William Gilbert, English physician, physicist, and astronomer (d. 1603)

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1576 - Elizabeth Carey, Lady Berkeley, English courtier (d. 1635)

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1628 - Marek Sobieski, Polish noble (d. 1652)

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1669 - Emerentia von Düben, Swedish royal favorite (d. 1743)

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1686 - Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Polish-German physicist and engineer, developed the Fahrenheit scale (d. 1736)

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1743 - Jean-Paul Marat, Swiss-French physician, journalist, and politician (d. 1793)

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1789 - Cathinka Buchwieser, German operatic singer and actress (d.1828)

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1794 - William Whewell, English priest and philosopher (d. 1866)

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1803 - Alexander von Nordmann, Finnish biologist and paleontologist (d. 1866)

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1810 - Abraham Geiger, German rabbi and scholar (d. 1874)

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1816 - Emanuel Leutze, German-American painter (d. 1868)

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1819 - Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (d. 1901)

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1830 - Alexei Savrasov, Russian painter and academic (d. 1897)

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1855 - Arthur Wing Pinero, English actor, director, and playwright (d. 1934)

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1861 - Gerald Strickland, 1st Baron Strickland, Maltese lawyer and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Malta (d. 1940)

Births159 years ago

1863 - George Grey Barnard, American sculptor (d. 1938)

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1868 - Charlie Taylor, American engineer and mechanic (d. 1956)

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1870 - Benjamin N. Cardozo, American lawyer and judge (d. 1938)

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1870 - Jan Smuts, South African lawyer and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of South Africa (d. 1950)

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1875 - Robert Garrett, American discus thrower and shot putter (d. 1961)

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1878 - Lillian Moller Gilbreth, American psychologist and engineer (d. 1972)

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1879 - H. B. Reese, American candy maker, created Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (d. 1956)

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1886 - Paul Paray, French organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1979)

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1887 - Mick Mannock, Irish soldier and pilot, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1918)

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1891 - William F. Albright, American archaeologist, philologist, and scholar (d. 1971)

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1895 - Samuel Irving Newhouse Sr., American publisher, founded Advance Publications (d. 1979)

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1899 - Suzanne Lenglen, French tennis player (d. 1938)

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1899 - Henri Michaux, Belgian-French poet and painter (d. 1984)

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1900 - Eduardo De Filippo, Italian actor and screenwriter (d. 1984)

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1901 - José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer and manager (d. 1968)

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1902 - Lionel Conacher, Canadian football player and politician (d. 1954)

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1902 - Sylvia Daoust, Canadian sculptor (d. 2004)

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1905 - George Nakashima, American woodworker and architect (d. 1990)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Mikhail Sholokhov, Russian novelist and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1984)

Births115 years ago

1909 - Wilbur Mills, American banker and politician (d. 1992)

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1910 - Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (d. 1983)

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1913 - Joe Abreu, American baseball player and soldier (d. 1993)

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1914 - Lilli Palmer, German-American actress (d. 1986)

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1916 - Roden Cutler, Australian lieutenant and politician, 32nd Governor of New South Wales (d. 2002)

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1917 - Alan Campbell, Baron Campbell of Alloway, English lawyer and judge (d. 2013)

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1918 - Coleman Young, American politician, 66th Mayor of Detroit (d. 1997)

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1923 - Siobhán McKenna, Irish actress (d. 1986)

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1924 - Philip Pearlstein, American soldier and painter

Births96 years ago

1925 - Carmine Infantino, American illustrator and educator (d. 2013)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Mai Zetterling, Swedish actress and director (d. 1994)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Stanley Baxter, Scottish actor and screenwriter

Births94 years ago

1928 - William Trevor, Irish novelist, playwright and short story writer (d. 2016)

Births92 years ago

1932 - Arnold Wesker, English playwright and producer (d. 2016)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Jane Byrne, American lawyer and politician, 50th Mayor of Chicago (d. 2014)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Réal Giguère, Canadian television host and actor

Births87 years ago

1933 - Aharon Lichtenstein, French-Israeli rabbi and author (d. 2015)

Births87 years ago

1935 - Joan Micklin Silver, American director and screenwriter

Births85 years ago

1936 - Harold Budd, American composer and poet

Births84 years ago

1937 - Maryvonne Dupureur, French runner and educator (d. 2008)

Births83 years ago

1937 - Archie Shepp, American saxophonist and composer

Births83 years ago

1938 - Prince Buster, Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2016)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Tommy Chong, Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births82 years ago

1940 - Joseph Brodsky, Russian-American poet and essayist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Bob Dylan, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, artist, writer, and producer; Nobel Prize laureate

Births79 years ago

1941 - Patricia Hollis, Baroness Hollis of Heigham, English academic and politician

Births79 years ago

1942 - Ali Bacher, South African cricketer and manager

Births78 years ago

1942 - Hannu Mikkola, Finnish race car driver

Births78 years ago

1942 - Ichirō Ozawa, Japanese lawyer and politician, Japanese Minister of Home Affairs

Births78 years ago

1943 - Gary Burghoff, American actor

Births77 years ago

1944 - Patti LaBelle, American singer-songwriter and actress

Births76 years ago

1944 - Dominique Lavanant, French actress

Births76 years ago

1945 - Terry Callier, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2012)

Births75 years ago

1945 - Steven Norris, English engineer and politician

Births75 years ago
Births75 years ago

1945 - Priscilla Presley, American actress and businesswoman

Births75 years ago

1946 - Tansu Çiller, Turkish economist and politician, 22nd Prime Minister of Turkey

Births74 years ago

1946 - Jesualdo Ferreira, Portuguese footballer and manager

Births74 years ago

1946 - Irena Szewińska, Russian-Polish sprinter

Births74 years ago

1947 - Albert Bouchard, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer

Births73 years ago

1947 - Mike De Leon, Filipino director, producer, screenwriter and cinematographer

Births73 years ago

1947 - Mike Reid, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and retired American football player

Births73 years ago

1947 - Waddy Wachtel, American guitarist, singer-songwriter, and record producer

Births73 years ago

1947 - Martin Winterkorn, German businessman

Births73 years ago

1948 - Richard Dembo, French director and screenwriter (d. 2004)

Births72 years ago

1949 - Jim Broadbent, English actor

Births71 years ago

1949 - Roger Deakins , English cinematographer

Births71 years ago

1953 - Diego Cugia, Italian writer, journalist and author

Births67 years ago

1953 - Alfred Molina, English actor

Births67 years ago

1955 - Rosanne Cash, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births65 years ago

1955 - Philippe Lafontaine, Belgian singer and songwriter

Births65 years ago

1955 - Rajesh Roshan, Indian composer

Births65 years ago

1956 - R. B. Bernstein, American constitutional historian

Births64 years ago

1956 - Larry Blackmon, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births64 years ago

1956 - Dominic Grieve, English lawyer and politician, Attorney General for England and Wales

Births64 years ago

1956 - Michael Jackson, Irish archbishop

Births64 years ago

1958 - Chip Ganassi, American race car driver, team owner and businessman

Births62 years ago

1959 - Pelle Lindbergh, Swedish-American ice hockey player (d. 1985)

Births61 years ago

1959 - Barry O'Farrell, Australian politician, 43rd Premier of New South Wales

Births61 years ago

1960 - Guy Fletcher, English keyboard player, guitarist, and producer

Births60 years ago

1960 - Bill Harrigan, Australian rugby league referee and sportscaster

Births60 years ago

1960 - Kristin Scott Thomas, English actress

Births60 years ago

1961 - Lorella Cedroni, Italian philosopher and theorist (d. 2013)

Births59 years ago

1961 - Alain Lemieux, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach

Births59 years ago

1962 - Héctor Camacho, Puerto Rican-American boxer (d. 2012)

Births58 years ago

1962 - Gene Anthony Ray, American actor, dancer, and choreographer (d. 2003)

Births58 years ago

1963 - Ivan Capelli, Italian race car driver and sportscaster

Births57 years ago

1963 - Michael Chabon, American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter

Births57 years ago

1963 - Joe Dumars, American basketball player

Births57 years ago

1963 - Rich Rodriguez, American football player and coach

Births57 years ago

1963 - Valerie Taylor, American computer scientist and educator

Births57 years ago

1964 - Liz McColgan, Scottish educator and runner

Births56 years ago

1964 - Adrian Moorhouse, English swimmer

Births56 years ago

1964 - Isidro Pérez, Mexican boxer (d. 2013)

Births56 years ago

1964 - Pat Verbeek, Canadian ice hockey player and manager

Births56 years ago

1965 - John C. Reilly, American actor

Births55 years ago

1965 - Shinichirō Watanabe, Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter

Births55 years ago

1966 - Éric Cantona, French footballer, manager, and actor

Births54 years ago

1966 - Ricky Craven, American race car driver and sportscaster

Births54 years ago

1967 - Tamer Karadağlı, Turkish actor

Births53 years ago

1967 - Andrey Borodin, Russian-English economist and businessman

Births53 years ago

1967 - Eric Close, American actor

Births53 years ago

1967 - Heavy D, Jamaican-American rapper, producer, and actor (d. 2011)

Births53 years ago

1967 - Carlos Hernández, Venezuelan-American baseball player and manager

Births53 years ago

1969 - Martin McCague, Northern Irish-English cricketer

Births51 years ago

1969 - Jacob Rees-Mogg, English politician

Births51 years ago

1969 - Rich Robinson, American guitarist and songwriter

Births51 years ago

1971 - Kris Draper, Canadian ice hockey player and manager

Births49 years ago

1972 - Greg Berlanti, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births48 years ago

1973 - Rodrigo, Argentinian singer-songwriter (d. 2000)

Births47 years ago

1973 - Bartolo Colón, Dominican-American baseball player

Births47 years ago

1973 - Shirish Kunder, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter

Births47 years ago

1973 - Vladimír Šmicer, Czech footballer and manager

Births47 years ago

1974 - Sébastien Foucan, French runner and actor

Births46 years ago

1974 - Masahide Kobayashi, Japanese baseball player and coach

Births46 years ago

1974 - Magnus Manske, German biochemist and computer programmer, developed MediaWiki

Births46 years ago

1975 - Will Sasso, Canadian actor and comedian

Births45 years ago

1975 - Marc Gagnon, Canadian speed skater

Births45 years ago

1975 - Giannis Goumas, Greek footballer and coach

Births45 years ago

1975 - Maria Lawson, English singer-songwriter

Births45 years ago

1976 - Alessandro Cortini, Italian-American singer and keyboard player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Catherine Cox, New Zealand-Australian netball player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Silje Vige, Norwegian singer

Births44 years ago

1977 - Jeet Gannguli, Indian score composer, music director and singer

Births43 years ago

1978 - Elijah Burke, American wrestler

Births42 years ago

1978 - Johan Holmqvist, Swedish ice hockey player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Brad Penny, American baseball player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Rose, French singer, songwriter and composer

Births42 years ago

1979 - Tracy McGrady, American basketball player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Kareem McKenzie, American football player

Births41 years ago

1980 - Jason Babin, American football player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Anthony Minichiello, Australian rugby league player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Andy Lee, Australian comedian, actor, and screenwriter

Births39 years ago

1982 - Issah Gabriel Ahmed, Ghanaian footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Rian Wallace, American football player

Births38 years ago

1983 - Custódio Castro, Portuguese footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Pedram Javaheri, Iranian-American meteorologist and journalist

Births37 years ago

1983 - Woo Seung-yeon, South Korean model and actress (d. 2009)

Births37 years ago

1984 - Sarah Hagan, American actress

Births36 years ago

1984 - Dmitri Kruglov, Estonian footballer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Tim Bridgman, English race car driver

Births35 years ago

1986 - Mark Ballas, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, dancer, and actor

Births34 years ago

1986 - Giannis Kontoes, Greek footballer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Guillaume Latendresse, Canadian ice hockey player

Births33 years ago

1988 - Artem Anisimov, Russian ice hockey player

Births32 years ago

1988 - Monica Lin Brown, American sergeant

Births32 years ago

1988 - Billy Gilman, American musician

Births32 years ago

1988 - Lucian Wintrich, American political artist and White House correspondent

Births32 years ago

1989 - Andrew Jordan, English race car driver

Births31 years ago

1990 - Mattias Ekholm, Swedish ice hockey player

Births30 years ago

1991 - Aled Davies, Welsh discus thrower

Births29 years ago

1991 - Cody Eakin, Canadian ice hockey player

Births29 years ago

1999 - Tarjei Sandvik Moe, Norwegian actor

Births21 years ago


688 - Ségéne, bishop of Armagh (b. c. 610)


1089 - Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury

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1351 - Abu al-Hasan Ali ibn Othman, Moroccan sultan (b. 1297)

Deaths669 years ago

1408 - Taejo of Joseon (b. 1335)

Deaths612 years ago

1425 - Murdoch Stewart, 2nd Duke of Albany, Scottish politician (b. 1362)

Deaths595 years ago

1456 - Ambroise de Loré, French commander (b. 1396)

Deaths564 years ago

1543 - Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish mathematician and astronomer (b. 1473)

Deaths477 years ago
Deaths408 years ago

1627 - Luis de Góngora, Spanish poet and cleric (b. 1561)

Deaths393 years ago

1632 - Robert Hues, English mathematician and geographer (b. 1553)

Deaths388 years ago

1734 - Georg Ernst Stahl, German physician and chemist (b. 1660)

Deaths286 years ago

1792 - George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, English admiral and politician, 16th Governor of Newfoundland (b. 1718)

Deaths228 years ago

1806 - John Campbell, 5th Duke of Argyll, Scottish field marshal and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Argyllshire (b. 1723)

Deaths214 years ago

1843 - Sylvestre François Lacroix, French mathematician and academic (b. 1765)

Deaths177 years ago

1848 - Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German author and composer (b. 1797)

Deaths172 years ago

1861 - Elmer E. Ellsworth, American colonel (b. 1837)

Deaths159 years ago

1872 - Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, German painter and illustrator (b. 1794)

Deaths148 years ago

1879 - William Lloyd Garrison, American journalist and activist (b. 1805)

Deaths141 years ago

1881 - Samuel Palmer, English painter and illustrator (b. 1805)

Deaths139 years ago

1901 - Louis-Zéphirin Moreau, Canadian bishop (b. 1824)

Deaths119 years ago

1908 - Old Tom Morris, Scottish golfer and architect (b. 1821)

Deaths112 years ago

1915 - John Condon, Irish-English soldier (b. 1896)

Deaths105 years ago

1919 - Amado Nervo, Mexican poet, journalist, and educator (b. 1870)

Deaths101 years ago

1929 - Nikolai von Meck, Russian engineer (b. 1863)

Deaths91 years ago

1941 - Lancelot Holland, English admiral (b. 1887)

Deaths79 years ago

1945 - Robert Ritter von Greim, German field marshal and pilot (b. 1892)

Deaths75 years ago

1948 - Jacques Feyder, Belgian actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1885)

Deaths72 years ago

1949 - Alexey Shchusev, Russian architect, designed Lenin's Mausoleum and Moscow Kazanskaya railway station (b. 1873)

Deaths71 years ago

1950 - Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell, English field marshal and politician, 43rd Governor-General of India (b. 1883)

Deaths70 years ago

1951 - Thomas N. Heffron, American actor, director, screenwriter (b. 1872)

Deaths69 years ago

1956Martha Annie Whiteley, English chemist and mathematician (b. 1866)

Deaths64 years ago

1958 - Frank Rowe, Australian public servant (b. 1895)

Deaths62 years ago

1959 - John Foster Dulles, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 52nd United States Secretary of State (b. 1888)

Deaths61 years ago

1963 - Elmore James, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1918)

Deaths57 years ago

1965 - Sonny Boy Williamson II, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (b. 1908)

Deaths55 years ago

1974 - Duke Ellington, American pianist and composer (b. 1899)

Deaths46 years ago

1976 - Denise Pelletier, Canadian actress (b. 1923)

Deaths44 years ago

1979 - Ernest Bullock, English organist, composer, and educator (b. 1890)

Deaths41 years ago

1981 - Herbert Müller, Swiss race car driver (b. 1940)

Deaths39 years ago

1984 - Vince McMahon Sr., American wrestling promoter and businessman, founded WWE (b. 1914)

Deaths36 years ago

1988 - Freddie Frith, English motorcycle road racer (b. 1909)

Deaths32 years ago

1990 - Arthur Villeneuve, Canadian painter (b. 1910)

Deaths30 years ago

1991 - Gene Clark, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1944)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese race car driver (b. 1956)

Deaths28 years ago

1995 - Harold Wilson, English academic and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1916)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Enrique Álvarez Félix, Mexican actor (b. 1934)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Joseph Mitchell, American journalist and author (b. 1908)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (b. 1923)

Deaths23 years ago

2000 - Kurt Schork, American journalist and scholar (b. 1947)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Majrooh Sultanpuri, Indian poet and songwriter (b. 1919)

Deaths20 years ago

2002 - Wallace Markfield, American author (b. 1926)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Rachel Kempson, English actress (b. 1910)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Henry Ries, German-American photographer (b. 1917)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Milton Shulman, Canadian author and critic (b. 1913)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Edward Wagenknecht, American critic and educator (b. 1900)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Carl Amery, German activist and author (b. 1922)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Arthur Haulot, Belgian journalist and poet (b. 1913)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Guy Tardif, Canadian academic and politician (b. 1935)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Henry Bumstead, American art director and production designer (b. 1915)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Claude Piéplu, French actor (b. 1923)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Michał Życzkowski, Polish technician and educator (b. 1930)

Deaths14 years ago

2008 - Dick Martin, American actor, comedian, and director (b. 1922)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Jimmy McGriff, American organist and bandleader (b. 1936)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Jay Bennett, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1963)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Ray Alan, English ventriloquist, actor, and screenwriter (b. 1930)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Paul Gray, American bass player and songwriter (b. 1972)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Raymond V. Haysbert, American businessman and activist (b. 1920)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Petr Muk, Czech singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1965)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Anneliese Rothenberger, German soprano and actress (b. 1926)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Huguette Clark, American heiress, painter, and philanthropist (b. 1906)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Hakim Ali Zardari, Indian-Pakistani businessman and politician (b. 1930)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Klaas Carel Faber, Dutch-German SS officer (b. 1922)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Kathi Kamen Goldmark, American journalist and author (b. 1948)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Jacqueline Harpman, Belgian psychoanalyst and author (b. 1929)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Juan Francisco Lombardo, Argentinian footballer (b. 1925)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Lee Rich, American production manager and producer (b. 1918)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Helmut Braunlich, German-American violinist and composer (b. 1929)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Ron Davies, Welsh footballer (b. 1942)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Gotthard Graubner, German painter (b. 1930)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Haynes Johnson, American journalist and author (b. 1931)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Pyotr Todorovsky, Ukrainian-Russian director and screenwriter (b. 1925)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - David Allen, English cricketer (b. 1935)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Stormé DeLarverie, known as the "Rosa Parks of the lesbian community" (b. 1920)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Mahafarid Amir Khosravi, Iranian businessman (b. 1969)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Knowlton Nash, Canadian journalist and author (b. 1927)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - John Vasconcellos, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician (b. 1932)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Dean Carroll, English rugby player (b. 1962)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Kenneth Jacobs, Australian lawyer and judge (b. 1917)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Tanith Lee, English author (b. 1947)

Deaths5 years ago

2018 - Gudrun Burwitz, daughter of Margarete Himmler and Heinrich Himmler (b. 1929)

Deaths2 years ago

2018 - John Bain (TotalBiscuit), English gaming commentator and critic (b. 1984)

Deaths2 years ago

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