Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

National Day, marks the end of the Danish-ruled Kalmar Union. (Sweden)

Holidays and observances

Normandy landings of the Allied Expeditionary Forces (D-Day), a.k.a. Operation Neptune, part of Operation Overlord (1944)

Holidays and observances

Queensland Day (Queensland)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances


913 - The 8-year-old illegitimate son of Leo VI the Wise, Constantine VII, becomes nominal ruler of the Byzantine Empire, under the regency of a seven-man council headed by Patriarch Nicholas Mystikos, appointed by Constantine's uncle Alexander III on his deathbed.


1513 - Italian Wars: Battle of Novara. Swiss troops defeat the French under Louis II de la Trémoille, forcing the French to abandon Milan. Duke Massimiliano Sforza is restored.

Events507 years ago

1523 - Gustav Vasa, the Swedish regent, is elected King of Sweden, marking a symbolic end to the Kalmar Union. This is the Swedish national day.

Events497 years ago
Events434 years ago

1644 - The Qing dynasty Manchu forces led by the Shunzhi Emperor capture Beijing during the collapse of the Ming dynasty.

Events376 years ago

1674 - Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire, is crowned.

Events346 years ago

1749 - The Conspiracy of the Slaves in Malta is discovered.

Events271 years ago

1762 - Seven Years' War: British forces begin a siege of Havana, Cuba, and temporarily capture the city in the Battle of Havana.

Events258 years ago

1808 - Napoleon's brother, Joseph Bonaparte, is crowned King of Spain.

Events212 years ago

1809 - Sweden promulgates a new Constitution, which restores political power to the Riksdag of the Estates after 20 years of enlightened absolutism. At the same time, Charles XIII is elected to succeed Gustav IV Adolf as King of Sweden.

Events211 years ago

1813 - War of 1812: Battle of Stoney Creek: A British force of 700 under John Vincent defeats an American force twice its size under William Winder and John Chandler.

Events207 years ago

1822 - Alexis St. Martin is accidentally shot in the stomach, leading to William Beaumont's studies on digestion.

Events198 years ago

1832 - The June Rebellion in Paris is put down by the National Guard.

Events188 years ago

1844 - The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) is founded in London.

Events176 years ago

1844 - The Glaciarium, the world's first mechanically frozen ice rink, opens.

Events176 years ago

1857 - Sophia of Nassau marries the future King Oscar II of Sweden–Norway.

Events163 years ago

1859 - Australia: Queensland is established as a separate colony from New South Wales (Queensland Day).

Events161 years ago
Events158 years ago

1882 - More than 100,000 inhabitants of Bombay are supposedly killed in the so-called 'Bombay Cyclone of 1882', but this has proved a hoax and did not happen.

Events138 years ago

1882 - The Shewan forces of Menelik II of Ethiopia defeat the Gojjame army in the Battle of Embabo. The Shewans capture Negus Tekle Haymanot of Gojjam, and their victory leads to a Shewan hegemony over the territories south of the Abay River.

Events138 years ago

1889 - The Great Seattle Fire destroys all of downtown Seattle.

Events131 years ago

1892 - The Chicago "L" elevated rail system begins operation.

Events128 years ago

1894 - Governor Davis H. Waite orders the Colorado state militia to protect and support the miners engaged in the Cripple Creek miners' strike.

Events126 years ago

1909 - French troops capture Abéché (in modern-day Chad) and install a puppet sultan in the Ouaddai Empire.

Events111 years ago

1912 - The eruption of Novarupta in Alaska begins. It is the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.

Events108 years ago

1916 - With the death of Yuan Shikai, who has ruled much of China since 1912, the central government virtually collapses in the face of warlords who assert themselves, including Sun Yat-sen.

Events104 years ago

1918 - World War I: Battle of Belleau Wood: The U.S. Marine Corps suffers its worst single day's casualties while attempting to recapture the wood at Château-Thierry.

Events102 years ago
Events101 years ago

1921 - Southwark Bridge in London is opened to traffic by King George V and Queen Mary.

Events99 years ago

1932 - The Revenue Act of 1932 is enacted, creating the first gas tax in the United States, at a rate of 1 cent per US gallon (​⁄4¢/L) sold.

Events88 years ago

1933 - The first drive-in theater opens in Camden, New Jersey, United States.

Events87 years ago
Events86 years ago

1939 - Judge Joseph Force Crater, known as the "Missingest Man in New York", is declared legally dead.

Events81 years ago

1942 - World War II: Battle of Midway. U.S. Navy dive bombers sink the Japanese cruiser Mikuma and four Japanese carriers.

Events78 years ago

1944 - World War II: The Allied invasion of Normandy—codenamed Operation Overlord—begins with the execution of Operation Neptune (commonly referred to as D-Day), the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The Allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history.

Events76 years ago

1946 - The Basketball Association of America is founded in New York City; the BAA was the precursor to the modern National Basketball Association.

Events74 years ago

1954 - The grand opening of the sculpture of Yuriy Dolgorukiy took place in Moscow. This statue is one of the main monuments of Moscow.

Events66 years ago

1964 - Under a temporary order, the rocket launches at Cuxhaven, Germany are terminated. They never resume.

Events56 years ago

1971 - Soyuz program: Soyuz 11 is launched.

Events49 years ago
Events49 years ago

1974 - A new Instrument of Government is promulgated making Sweden a parliamentary monarchy.

Events46 years ago

1981 - Bihar train disaster: A passenger train travelling between Mansi and Saharsa, India, jumps the tracks at a bridge crossing the Bagmati River. The government places the official death toll at 268 plus another 300 missing; however, it is generally believed that the death toll is closer to 1,000.

Events39 years ago

1982 - The Lebanon War begins. Forces under Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon invade southern Lebanon during Operation Peace for the Galilee, eventually reaching as far north as the capital Beirut.

Events38 years ago

1985 - The grave of "Wolfgang Gerhard" is opened in Embu, Brazil; the exhumed remains are later proven to be those of Josef Mengele, Auschwitz's "Angel of Death"; Mengele is thought to have drowned while swimming in February 1979.

Events35 years ago

1993 - Mongolia holds its first direct presidential elections.

Events27 years ago

1994 - China Northwest Airlines Flight 2303 crashes near Xi'an, China, killing all 160 people on board.

Events26 years ago

2002 - Eastern Mediterranean event. A near-Earth asteroid estimated at ten meters in diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.

Events18 years ago

2004 - Tamil is established as a "classical language" by the President of India, Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, in a joint sitting of the two houses of the Indian Parliament.

Events16 years ago

2005 - In Gonzales v. Raich, the United States Supreme Court upholds a federal law banning cannabis, including medical marijuana.

Events15 years ago


1236 - Wen Tianxiang, Chinese general and scholar (d. 1283)

Births784 years ago

1243 - Alix of Brittany, Dame de Pontarcy; Breton noble (d. 1288)

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1436 - Regiomontanus, German mathematician, astronomer, and bishop (d. 1476)

Births584 years ago

1519 - Andrea Cesalpino, Italian philosopher, physician, and botanist (d. 1603)

Births501 years ago

1539 - Catherine Vasa, Regent of East Frisia (d. 1610)

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1553 - Bernardino Baldi, Italian mathematician and author (d. 1617)

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1556 - Edward la Zouche, 11th Baron Zouche, English politician and diplomat (d. 1625)

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1576 - Giovanni Diodati, Swiss-Italian minister, theologian, and academic (d. 1649)

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1580 - Godefroy Wendelin, Belgian astronomer and author (d. 1667)

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1584 - Yuan Chonghuan, politician, military general and writer (d. 1630)

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1599 - Diego Velázquez, Spanish painter and educator (d. 1660)

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1606 - Pierre Corneille, French playwright and producer (d. 1684)

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1622 - Claude-Jean Allouez, French-American missionary and explorer (d. 1689)

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1646 - Hortense Mancini, favourite Italian niece of Cardinal Mazarin (d. 1699)

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1661 - Giacomo Antonio Perti, Italian composer and educator (d. 1756)

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1699 - Johann Georg Estor, German historian and theorist (d. 1773)

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1735 - Anton Schweitzer, German composer (d. 1787)

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1755 - Nathan Hale, American soldier (d. 1776)

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1756 - John Trumbull, American soldier and painter (d. 1843)

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1799 - Alexander Pushkin, Russian author and poet (d. 1837)

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1807 - Thiệu Trị, Vietnamese emperor (d. 1847)

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1810 - Friedrich Wilhelm Schneidewin, German philologist and scholar (d. 1856)

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1829 - Honinbo Shusaku, Japanese Go player (d. 1862)

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

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1844 - Konstantin Savitsky, Russian painter and academic (d. 1905)

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1850 - Karl Ferdinand Braun, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1918)

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1857 - Aleksandr Lyapunov, Russian mathematician and physicist (d. 1918)

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1862 - Henry Newbolt, English historian, author, and poet (d. 1938)

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1867 - David T. Abercrombie, American surveyor and businessman, founded Abercrombie & Fitch (d. 1931)

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1868 - Robert Falcon Scott, English sailor and explorer (d. 1912)

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1872 - Alix of Hesse, German princess and Russian empress (d.1918)

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1875 - Thomas Mann, German author and critic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)

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1878 - Vincent de Moro-Giafferi, French lawyer and politician (d. 1956)

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1884 - Jock Hutchison, Scottish-American golfer (d. 1977)

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1890 - Ted Lewis, American singer, clarinet player, and bandleader (d. 1971)

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1891 - Masti Venkatesha Iyengar, Indian author and academic (d. 1986)

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1891 - Erich Marcks, German general (d. 1944)

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1896 - Henry Allingham, English soldier (d. 2009)

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1896 - Italo Balbo, Italian air marshal and politician (d. 1940)

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1898 - Walter Abel, American actor (d. 1987)

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1898 - Jacobus Johannes Fouché, South African politician, 2nd State President of South Africa (d. 1980)

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1898 - Ninette de Valois, English ballerina, choreographer, and director (d. 2001)

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1900 - Manfred Sakel, Ukrainian-American psychiatrist and physician (d. 1957)

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1901 - Jan Struther, English author and hymnwriter (d. 1953)

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1901 - Sukarno, Indonesian engineer and politician, 1st President of Indonesia (d. 1970)

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1902 - Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 1947)

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1903 - Aram Khachaturian, Armenian composer and conductor (d. 1978)

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1903 - Bakht Singh, Indian evangelist, well-known bible teacher and preacher (d. 2000)

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1906 - Max August Zorn, German mathematician and academic (d. 1993)

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1907 - Bill Dickey, American baseball player and manager (d. 1993)

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1907 - Robin Humphreys, British scholar of Latin America (d. 1999)

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1908 - Giovanni Bracco, Italian race car driver (d. 1968)

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1909 - Isaiah Berlin, Latvian-English historian and philosopher (d. 1997)

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1913 - Carlo L. Golino, Italian-American author, critic, and academic (d. 1991)

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1915 - Vincent Persichetti, American pianist and composer (d. 1987)

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1916 - Hamani Diori, Nigerien academic and politician, 1st President of Niger (d. 1989)

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1917 - Kirk Kerkorian, American businessman, founded the Tracinda Corporation (d. 2015)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Edwin G. Krebs, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington, English army officer and politician, 6th Secretary General of NATO (d. 2018)

Births101 years ago

1923 - V. C. Andrews, American author, illustrator, and painter (d. 1986)

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1923 - Jean Pouliot, Canadian broadcaster (d. 2004)

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1925 - Maxine Kumin, American poet and author (d. 2014)

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1925 - Frank Chee Willeto, American soldier and politician, 4th Vice President of the Navajo Nation (d. 2013)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Torsten Andersson, Swedish painter and illustrator (d. 2009)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Erdal İnönü, Turkish physicist and politician, Prime Minister of Turkey (d. 2007)

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1926 - Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (d. 1998)

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1929 - Sunil Dutt, Indian actor, director, producer, and politician (d. 2005)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Frank Tyson, English-Australian cricketer, coach, and journalist (d. 2015)

Births90 years ago

1932 - David Scott, American colonel, engineer, and astronaut

Births88 years ago

1932 - Billie Whitelaw, English actress (d. 2014)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Eli Broad, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded KB Home

Births87 years ago

1933 - Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)

Births87 years ago
Births86 years ago

1935 - Jon Henricks, Australian swimmer

Births85 years ago

1936 - Mompati Merafhe, Botswana general and politician, Vice-President of Botswana (d. 2015)

Births84 years ago

1936 - D. Ramanaidu, Indian actor, director, and producer, founded Suresh Productions (d. 2015)

Births84 years ago

1936 - Levi Stubbs, American singer (d. 2008)

Births84 years ago
Births82 years ago

1938 - Ryuchi Matsuda, Japanese martial artist and author (d. 2013)

Births82 years ago

1939 - Louis Andriessen, Dutch pianist and composer

Births81 years ago

1939 - Gary U.S. Bonds, American singer-songwriter

Births81 years ago

1939 - Eddie Giacomin, Canadian-American ice hockey player, coach, and sportscaster

Births81 years ago

1940 - Kumar Bhattacharyya, Baron Bhattacharyya, Indian-English engineer and academic

Births80 years ago

1940 - Tiger Lance, South African cricketer (d. 2010)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Willie John McBride, Northern Irish rugby player, coach, and manager

Births80 years ago

1941 - Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-American journalist and author (d. 2012)

Births79 years ago

1943 - José de Jesús Gudiño Pelayo, Mexican lawyer and jurist (d. 2010)

Births77 years ago

1943 - Asif Iqbal, Indian-Pakistani cricketer

Births77 years ago

1943 - Richard Smalley, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2005)

Births77 years ago

1943 - Joe Stampley, American country music singer-songwriter

Births77 years ago

1944 - Monty Alexander, Jamaican pianist

Births76 years ago

1944 - Edgar Froese, Russian-German keyboard player and songwriter (d. 2015)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Bud Harrelson, American baseball player and coach

Births76 years ago

1944 - Phillip Allen Sharp, American geneticist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate

Births76 years ago

1944 - Tommie Smith, American runner and football player

Births76 years ago

1945 - David Dukes, American actor (d. 2000)

Births75 years ago

1945 - Nikolai Velikov, Russian figure skater and coach

Births75 years ago

1946 - Tony Levin, American bass player and songwriter

Births74 years ago

1947 - David Blunkett, English academic and politician, Secretary of State for Education

Births73 years ago

1947 - Robert Englund, American actor

Births73 years ago

1947 - Ada Kok, Dutch swimmer

Births73 years ago

1948 - Arlene Harris, American entrepreneur, inventor, investor and policy advocate

Births72 years ago

1949 - Ioannis Matzourakis, Greek footballer and manager

Births71 years ago

1949 - Holly Near, American folk singer-songwriter

Births71 years ago

1950 - Chantal Akerman, Belgian actress, director, and producer (d. 2015)

Births70 years ago

1951 - Marietta Giannakou, Greek psychiatrist and politician, Greek Minister of Health

Births69 years ago

1951 - Noritake Takahara, Japanese race car driver

Births69 years ago

1951 - Dwight Twilley, American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist

Births69 years ago

1952 - Yukihiro Takahashi, Japanese drummer, producer, and actor

Births68 years ago

1953 - Dimitris Avramopoulos, Greek lieutenant and politician, Greek Minister for National Defence

Births67 years ago

1954 - Harvey Fierstein, American actor and playwright

Births66 years ago

1954 - Allan Hewson, New Zealand rugby player

Births66 years ago

1954 - Urve Tiidus, Estonian journalist and politician, 8th Estonian Minister of Culture

Births66 years ago

1954 - Władysław Żmuda, Polish footballer and manager

Births66 years ago

1955 - Sandra Bernhard, American actress and comedian

Births65 years ago

1955 - Sam Simon, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2015)

Births65 years ago

1955 - Suresh Bhardwaj, Indian stage designer, director and theatre teacher (d. 2016)

Births65 years ago

1955 - Lee Smolin, American theoretical physicist

Births65 years ago

1956 - Björn Borg, Swedish tennis player and fashion designer

Births64 years ago

1956 - Dave Cusack, English footballer and manager

Births64 years ago

1956 - Marco Minniti, Italian politician, Italian Minister of the Interior

Births64 years ago

1957 - Mike Gatting, English cricketer, coach, and sportscaster

Births63 years ago

1957 - Balanadarajah Iyer, Sri Lankan poet and activist (d. 2004)

Births63 years ago

1957 - Christian Rach, German chef and author

Births63 years ago

1959 - Jimmy Jam, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer

Births61 years ago

1959 - Andrey Prokofyev, Russian sprinter and hurdler (d. 1989)

Births61 years ago

1959 - David Schultz, American wrestler (d. 1996)

Births61 years ago

1960 - Steve Vai, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births60 years ago

1961 - Tom Araya, Chilean-American singer-songwriter and bass player

Births59 years ago

1962 - Grant Fox, New Zealand rugby player and sportscaster

Births58 years ago

1963 - Eric Cantor, American lawyer and politician

Births57 years ago

1963 - Vincent Collet, French former professional basketball player

Births57 years ago

1963 - Wolfgang Drechsler, German scholar, author, and academic

Births57 years ago

1963 - Jason Isaacs, English actor

Births57 years ago

1963 - Ahmed Johnson, American football player, wrestler, and actor

Births57 years ago

1963 - Dariusz Kubicki, Polish footballer and coach

Births57 years ago

1964 - Jay Bentley, American singer and bass player

Births56 years ago

1965 - Cam Neely, Canadian ice hockey player and actor

Births55 years ago

1965 - Megumi Ogata, Japanese voice actress and singer

Births55 years ago

1967 - Max Casella, American actor

Births53 years ago

1967 - Paul Giamatti, American actor

Births53 years ago

1968 - François Avard, Canadian author and screenwriter

Births52 years ago

1969 - Erik Prince, American soldier and businessman, co-founded Academi

Births51 years ago

1969 - Fernando Redondo, Argentinian footballer

Births51 years ago

1970 - Richard Di Natale, Australian politician

Births50 years ago

1970 - Albert Ferrer, Spanish footballer and coach

Births50 years ago

1970 - Sunil Joshi, Indian cricketer

Births50 years ago

1970 - James Shaffer, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

Births50 years ago

1972 - Cristina Scabbia, Italian singer

Births48 years ago

1972 - Noriaki Kasai, Japanese ski jumper

Births48 years ago

1972 - Natalie Morales, American television journalist and anchor

Births48 years ago

1973 - Patrick Rothfuss, American author and academic

Births47 years ago

1974 - Uncle Kracker (Matthew Shafer), American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births46 years ago

1974 - Guillaume Musso, French novelist

Births46 years ago

1975 - Niklas Sundström, Swedish ice hockey player

Births45 years ago

1976 - Emilie-Claire Barlow, Canadian singer and actress

Births44 years ago

1976 - Geoff Rowley, English skateboarder and businessman

Births44 years ago

1977 - David Connolly, English-Irish footballer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Mark Ellis, American baseball player

Births43 years ago

1978 - Carl Barât, English singer-songwriter

Births42 years ago

1978 - Judith Barsi, American child actress (d. 1988)

Births42 years ago

1981 - Luke Burt, Australian rugby league player

Births39 years ago

1982 - Marian Oprea, Romanian triple jumper

Births38 years ago

1983 - Michael Krohn-Dehli, Danish footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Dennis Roady, American YouTube personality

Births37 years ago

1983 - Joe Rokocoko, Fijian-New Zealand rugby player

Births37 years ago

1985 - Drew Galloway, Scottish wrestler

Births35 years ago

1985 - Martyn Irvine, Northern Irish cyclist

Births35 years ago

1985 - Sebastian Larsson, Swedish footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Nikolay Varbanov, Bulgarian basketball player

Births35 years ago

1986 - Junichi Tazawa, Japanese-American baseball player

Births34 years ago

1987 - Niklas Hjalmarsson, Swedish ice hockey player

Births33 years ago

1987 - Rory Kostjasyn, Australian-Irish rugby league player

Births33 years ago

1987 - Rubin Okotie, Austrian footballer

Births33 years ago

1988 - Maria Alyokhina, Russian singer and activist

Births32 years ago

1988 - Ryan Brathwaite, Barbadian hurdler

Births32 years ago

1988 - Israel Dagg, New Zealand rugby player

Births32 years ago

1989 - Paula Brancati, Canadian actress

Births31 years ago

1989 - Darcy Lussick, Australian rugby league player

Births31 years ago

1989 - Paweł Wojciechowski, Polish pole vaulter

Births31 years ago

1990 - Raisa Andriana, Indonesian singer and actress

Births30 years ago

1990 - Ryan Higa, American comedian, YouTube personality and actor

Births30 years ago

1990 - Vid Belec, Slovenian footballer

Births30 years ago

1990 - Anthony Rendon, American baseball player

Births30 years ago

1992 - DeAndre Hopkins, American football player

Births28 years ago

1992 - Hyuna, South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer, and model

Births28 years ago

1993 - Vic Mensa, American rapper

Births27 years ago

1993 - Aisling Franciosi, Irish-Italian actress

Births27 years ago

1994 - Jake Mamo, Australian rugby league player

Births26 years ago

1995 - Julian Green, American footballer

Births25 years ago


184 - Qiao Xuan, Chinese official (b. 110)


913 - Alexander III, Byzantine emperor (b. 870)


1134 - Norbert of Xanten, German bishop and saint (b. 1060)

Deaths886 years ago
Deaths803 years ago

1251 - William III of Dampierre, Count of Flanders

Deaths769 years ago

1252 - Robert Passelewe, Bishop of Chichester

Deaths768 years ago
Deaths687 years ago

1393 - Emperor Go-En'yū of Japan (b. 1359)

Deaths627 years ago

1480 - Vecchietta, Italian painter, sculptor, and architect (b. 1412)

Deaths540 years ago

1548 - João de Castro, Portuguese soldier and politician, Governor of Portuguese India (b. 1500)

Deaths472 years ago

1561 - Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, Italian painter (b. 1483)

Deaths459 years ago

1583 - Nakagawa Kiyohide, Japanese daimyō (b. 1556)

Deaths437 years ago

1659 - Nadira Banu Begum, Mughal princess (b. 1618)

Deaths361 years ago

1661 - Martino Martini, Italian Jesuit missionary (b. 1614)

Deaths359 years ago

1730 - Alain Emmanuel de Coëtlogon, French general (b. 1646)

Deaths290 years ago

1740 - Alexander Spotswood, Moroccan-American colonial and politician, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia (b. 1676)

Deaths280 years ago

1784 - Joan van der Capellen tot den Pol, Dutch politician (b. 1741)

Deaths236 years ago

1799 - Patrick Henry, American lawyer and politician, 1st Governor of Virginia (b. 1736)

Deaths221 years ago

1813 - Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart, French architect, designed the Hôtel de Mademoiselle de Condé (b. 1739)

Deaths207 years ago

1813 - Antonio Cachia, Maltese architect, engineer and archaeologist (b. 1739)

Deaths207 years ago

1832 - Jeremy Bentham, English jurist and philosopher (b. 1748)

Deaths188 years ago

1840 - Marcellin Champagnat, French priest and saint, founded the Marist Brothers (b. 1789)

Deaths180 years ago

1843 - Friedrich Hölderlin, German poet and author (b. 1770)

Deaths177 years ago

1861 - Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, Italian politician, 1st Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1810)

Deaths159 years ago

1862 - Turner Ashby, American colonel (b. 1828)

Deaths158 years ago

1865 - William Quantrill, American captain (b. 1837)

Deaths155 years ago

1878 - Robert Stirling, Scottish minister and engineer, invented the stirling engine (b. 1790)

Deaths142 years ago

1881 - Henri Vieuxtemps, Belgian violinist and composer (b. 1820)

Deaths139 years ago

1883 - Ciprian Porumbescu, Romanian composer and poet (b. 1853)

Deaths137 years ago

1891 - John A. Macdonald, Scottish-Canadian lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1815)

Deaths129 years ago

1916 - Yuan Shikai, Chinese general and politician, 2nd President of the Republic of China (b. 1859)

Deaths104 years ago

1922 - Lillian Russell, American actress and singer (b. 1860)

Deaths98 years ago

1924 - William Pirrie, 1st Viscount Pirrie, Irish businessman and politician, Lord Mayor of Belfast (b. 1847)

Deaths96 years ago

1934 - Julije Kempf, Croatian historian and author (b. 1864)

Deaths86 years ago

1935 - Julian Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, English field marshal and politician, 12th Governor-General of Canada (b. 1862)

Deaths85 years ago

1941 - Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-American race car driver and businessman, founded Chevrolet and Frontenac Motor Corporation (b. 1878)

Deaths79 years ago

1943 - Pandelis Pouliopoulos, Greek politician (b. 1900)

Deaths77 years ago

1946 - Gerhart Hauptmann, German novelist, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862)

Deaths74 years ago

1947 - James Agate, English author and critic (b. 1877)

Deaths73 years ago

1948 - Louis Lumière, French director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1864)

Deaths72 years ago

1951 - Olive Tell, American actress (b. 1894)

Deaths69 years ago

1954 - Fritz Kasparek, Austrian mountaineer and author (b. 1910)

Deaths66 years ago

1955 - Max Meldrum, Scottish-Australian painter and educator (b. 1875)

Deaths65 years ago

1961 - Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist (b. 1875)

Deaths59 years ago

1962 - Yves Klein, French painter (b. 1928)

Deaths58 years ago

1962 - Tom Phillis, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1934)

Deaths58 years ago

1963 - William Baziotes, American painter and academic (b. 1912)

Deaths57 years ago

1968 - Randolph Churchill, English journalist and politician (b. 1911)

Deaths52 years ago

1968 - Robert F. Kennedy, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 64th United States Attorney General (b. 1925)

Deaths52 years ago

1968 - Kâzım Özalp, Turkish general and politician, 3rd Turkish Minister of National Defence (b. 1880)

Deaths52 years ago

1975 - Larry Blyden, American actor (b. 1925)

Deaths45 years ago

1976 - J. Paul Getty, American businessman, founded the Getty Oil Company (b. 1892)

Deaths44 years ago

1979 - Jack Haley, American actor (b. 1897)

Deaths41 years ago

1980 - Ruth Aarons, American table tennis player and manager (b. 1918)

Deaths40 years ago

1982 - Kenneth Rexroth, American poet and academic (b. 1905)

Deaths38 years ago

1983 - Hans Leip, German author, poet, and playwright (b. 1893)

Deaths37 years ago

1984 - A. Bertram Chandler, English-Australian soldier and author (b. 1912)

Deaths36 years ago

1991 - Stan Getz, American saxophonist (b. 1927)

Deaths29 years ago

1994 - Barry Sullivan, American actor (b. 1912)

Deaths26 years ago

1996 - George Davis Snell, American geneticist and immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Magda Gabor, Hungarian-American actress and socialite (b. 1915)

Deaths23 years ago

2000 - Frédéric Dard, French author and screenwriter (b. 1921)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Suzanne Schiffman, French screenwriter and director (b. 1939)

Deaths19 years ago

2003 - Ken Grimwood, American author (b. 1944)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Dave Rowberry, English singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1940)

Deaths17 years ago

2005 - Anne Bancroft, American actress (b. 1931)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Dana Elcar, American actor (b. 1927)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Arnold Newman, American photographer and educator (b. 1918)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Billy Preston, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor (b. 1946)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Camille Sandorfy, Hungarian-Canadian chemist and academic (b. 1920)

Deaths14 years ago

2009 - Jean Dausset, French-Spanish immunologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Jim Owens, American football player and coach (b. 1927)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Marvin Isley, American singer-songwriter and bass player (b. 1953)

Deaths10 years ago

2012 - Vladimir Krutov, Russian ice hockey player (b. 1960)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Manuel Preciado Rebolledo, Spanish footballer and coach (b. 1957)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Mykola Volosyanko, Ukrainian footballer and manager (b. 1972)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Jerome Karle, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Eugen Merzbacher, German-American physicist and academic (b. 1921)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Tom Sharpe, English-Spanish author and academic (b. 1928)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (b. 1921)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Ado Bayero, Nigerian politician and diplomat (b. 1930)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Eric Hill, English-American author and illustrator (b. 1927)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Lorna Wing, English psychiatrist and physician (b. 1928)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Pierre Brice, French actor (b. 1929)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Vincent Bugliosi, American lawyer and author (b. 1934)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Ronnie Gilbert, American singer-songwriter (b. 1926)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Ludvík Vaculík, Czech journalist and author (b. 1926)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Viktor Korchnoi, Russian chess player (b. 1931)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Peter Shaffer, English playwright and screenwriter (b. 1926)

Deaths4 years ago

2018 - Ralph Santolla, American guitarist, Deicide, Iced Earth (b. 1969)

Deaths2 years ago

Christian eschatology

The date of June 6, 2006 was significant for followers of Christian eschatology, 6/6/6 being the "Number of the Beast". Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins chose this date to publish their novel The Rapture, a Christian science fiction book with eschatological themes.

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