Holidays and observances

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


879 - Pope John VIII recognizes the Duchy of Croatia under Duke Branimir as an independent state.


1002 - Henry II, a cousin of Emperor Otto III, is elected and crowned King of Germany.

Events1018 years ago
Events921 years ago

1420 - Troops of the Republic of Venice capture Udine, ending the independence of the Patria del Friuli.

Events600 years ago

1494 - Spain and Portugal sign the Treaty of Tordesillas which divides the New World between the two countries.

Events526 years ago
Events392 years ago

1654 - Louis XIV is crowned King of France.

Events366 years ago

1692 - Port Royal, Jamaica, is hit by a catastrophic earthquake; in just three minutes, 1,600 people are killed and 3,000 are seriously injured.

Events328 years ago

1776 - Richard Henry Lee presents the "Lee Resolution" to the Continental Congress. The motion is seconded by John Adams and will lead to the United States Declaration of Independence.

Events244 years ago

1788 - French Revolution: Day of the Tiles: Civilians in Grenoble toss roof tiles and various objects down upon royal troops.

Events232 years ago

1800 - David Thompson reaches the mouth of the Saskatchewan River in Manitoba.

Events220 years ago

1810 - The newspaper Gazeta de Buenos Ayres is first published in Argentina.

Events210 years ago

1832 - The Great Reform Act of England and Wales receives royal assent.

Events188 years ago

1832 - Asian cholera reaches Quebec, brought by Irish immigrants, and kills about 6,000 people in Lower Canada.

Events188 years ago

1862 - The United States and the United Kingdom agree in the Lyons–Seward Treaty to suppress the African slave trade.

Events158 years ago

1863 - During the French intervention in Mexico, Mexico City is captured by French troops.

Events157 years ago

1866 - One thousand eight hundred Fenian raiders are repelled back to the United States after looting and plundering the Saint-Armand and Frelighsburg areas of Canada East.

Events154 years ago

1880 - War of the Pacific: The Battle of Arica, the assault and capture of Morro de Arica (Arica Cape), ends the Campaña del Desierto (Desert Campaign).

Events140 years ago

1892 - Homer Plessy is arrested for refusing to leave his seat in the "whites-only" car of a train; he lost the resulting court case, Plessy v. Ferguson.

Events128 years ago

1899 - American Temperance crusader Carrie Nation begins her campaign of vandalizing alcohol-serving establishments by destroying the inventory in a saloon in Kiowa, Kansas.

Events121 years ago

1905 - Norway's parliament dissolves its union with Sweden. The vote was confirmed by a national plebiscite on August 13 of that year.

Events115 years ago

1906 - Cunard Line's RMS Lusitania is launched from the John Brown Shipyard, Glasgow (Clydebank), Scotland.

Events114 years ago

1917 - World War I: Battle of Messines: Allied soldiers detonate a series of mines underneath German trenches at Messines Ridge, killing 10,000 German troops.

Events103 years ago

1919 - Sette Giugno: Nationalist riots break out in Valletta, the capital of Malta. British soldiers fire into the crowd, killing four people.

Events101 years ago

1929 - The Lateran Treaty is ratified, bringing Vatican City into existence.

Events91 years ago

1938 - The Douglas DC-4E makes its first test flight.

Events82 years ago

1938 - Second Sino-Japanese War: The Chinese Nationalist government creates the 1938 Yellow River flood to halt Japanese forces. Five hundred to nine hundred thousand civilians are killed.

Events82 years ago

1940 - King Haakon VII, Crown Prince Olav and the Norwegian government leave Tromsø and go into exile in London. They return exactly five years later.

Events80 years ago

1942 - World War II: The Battle of Midway ends in American victory.

Events78 years ago

1942 - World War II: Aleutian Islands Campaign: Imperial Japanese soldiers begin occupying the American islands of Attu and Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska.

Events78 years ago

1944 - World War II: The steamer Danae, carrying 350 Cretan Jews and 250 Cretan partisans, is sunk without survivors off the shore of Santorini.

Events76 years ago

1944 - World War II: Battle of Normandy: At Ardenne Abbey, members of the SS Division Hitlerjugend massacre 23 Canadian prisoners of war.

Events76 years ago

1946 - The United Kingdom's BBC returns to broadcasting its television service, which has been off air for seven years because of the Second World War.

Events74 years ago
Events72 years ago

1948 - Edvard Beneš resigns as President of Czechoslovakia rather than signing the Ninth-of-May Constitution, making his nation a Communist state.

Events72 years ago

1955 - Lux Radio Theatre signs off the air permanently. The show launched in New York in 1934, and featured radio adaptations of Broadway shows and popular films.

Events65 years ago

1962 - The Organisation Armée Secrète (OAS) sets fire to the University of Algiers library building, destroying about 500,000 books.

Events58 years ago

1965 - The Supreme Court of the United States hands down its decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, prohibiting the states from criminalizing the use of contraception by married couples.

Events55 years ago

1967 - Six-Day War: Israeli soldiers enter Jerusalem.

Events53 years ago

1971 - The United States Supreme Court overturns the conviction of Paul Cohen for disturbing the peace, setting the precedent that vulgar writing is protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Events49 years ago

1971 - The Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Division of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service raids the home of Ken Ballew for illegal possession of hand grenades.

Events49 years ago

1977 - Five hundred million people watch the high day of the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II begin on television.

Events43 years ago

1981 - The Israeli Air Force destroys Iraq's Osiraq nuclear reactor during Operation Opera.

Events39 years ago

1982 - Priscilla Presley opens Graceland to the public; the bathroom where Elvis Presley died five years earlier is kept off-limits.

Events38 years ago

1989 - Surinam Airways Flight 764 crashes on approach to Paramaribo-Zanderij International Airport in Suriname because of pilot error, killing 176 of 187 aboard.

Events31 years ago

1991 - Mount Pinatubo erupts, generating an ash column 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) high.

Events29 years ago

2000 - The United Nations defines the Blue Line as the border between Israel and Lebanon.

Events20 years ago

2013 - A bus catches fire in the Chinese city of Xiamen, killing at least 47 people and injuring more than 34 others.

Events7 years ago

2013 - A gunman opens fire at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California, after setting a house on fire nearby, killing six people, including the suspect.

Events7 years ago

2014 - At least 37 people are killed in an attack in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's South Kivu province.

Events6 years ago


156 BC - Emperor Wu of Han (d. 87 BC)

Births1017 years ago

1402 - Ichijō Kaneyoshi, Japanese noble (d. 1481)

Births618 years ago

1422 - Federico da Montefeltro, Italian condottiero (d. 1482)

Births598 years ago
Births518 years ago

1529 - Étienne Pasquier, French lawyer and jurist (d. 1615)

Births491 years ago

1687 - Gaetano Berenstadt, Italian actor and singer (d. 1734)

Births333 years ago
Births318 years ago
Births263 years ago

1761 - John Rennie the Elder, Scottish engineer (d. 1821)

Births259 years ago
Births250 years ago

1778 - Beau Brummell, English cricketer and fashion designer (d. 1840)

Births242 years ago

1811 - James Young Simpson, Scottish obstetrician (d. 1870)

Births209 years ago

1831 - Amelia Edwards, English journalist and author (d. 1892)

Births189 years ago

1837 - Alois Hitler, Austrian civil servant (d. 1903)

Births183 years ago

1840 - Carlota of Mexico (d. 1927)

Births180 years ago

1845 - Leopold Auer, Hungarian violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1930)

Births175 years ago

1847 - George Washington Ball, American legislator from Iowa (d. 1915)

Births173 years ago

1848 - Paul Gauguin, French painter and sculptor (d. 1903)

Births172 years ago

1851 - Ture Malmgren, Swedish journalist and politician (d. 1922)

Births169 years ago

1861 - Robina Nicol, New Zealand photographer and suffragist (d. 1942)

Births159 years ago

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

Births158 years ago

1863 - Bones Ely, American baseball player and manager (d. 1952)

Births157 years ago

1868 - Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish painter and architect (d. 1928)

Births152 years ago

1877 - Roelof Klein, Dutch-American rower and engineer (d. 1960)

Births143 years ago

1879 - Knud Rasmussen, Danish anthropologist and explorer (d. 1933)

Births141 years ago

1879 - Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer and academic (d. 1963)

Births141 years ago

1884 - Ester Claesson, Swedish landscape architect (d. 1931)

Births136 years ago

1883 - Sylvanus Morley, American archaeologist and scholar (d. 1948)

Births137 years ago

1886 - Henri Coandă, Romanian engineer, designed the Coandă-1910 (d. 1972)

Births134 years ago

1888 - Clarence DeMar, American runner and educator (d. 1958)

Births132 years ago

1892 - Leo Reise, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1975)

Births128 years ago

1893 - Gillis Grafström, Swedish figure skater and architect (d. 1938)

Births127 years ago

1894 - Alexander P. de Seversky, Georgian-American pilot and engineer, co-designed the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt (d. 1974)

Births126 years ago

1896 - Douglas Campbell, American lieutenant and pilot (d. 1990)

Births124 years ago

1896 - Robert S. Mulliken, American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986)

Births124 years ago

1896 - Imre Nagy, Hungarian soldier and politician, 44th Prime Minister of Hungary (d. 1958)

Births124 years ago

1897 - George Szell, Hungarian-American conductor and composer (d. 1970)

Births123 years ago

1899 - Elizabeth Bowen, Anglo-Irish author and critic (d. 1973)

Births121 years ago

1902 - Georges Van Parys, French composer (d. 1971)

Births118 years ago

1902 - Herman B Wells, American banker, author, and academic (d. 2000)

Births118 years ago

1905 - James J. Braddock, American lieutenant and boxer (d. 1974)

Births115 years ago

1906 - Glen Gray, American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 1963)

Births114 years ago

1907 - Sigvard Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg (d. 2002)

Births113 years ago

1909 - Virginia Apgar, American anesthesiologist and pediatrician, developed the Apgar test (d. 1974)

Births111 years ago

1909 - Peter W. Rodino, American captain, lawyer, and politician (d. 2005)

Births111 years ago

1909 - Jessica Tandy, English-American actress (d. 1994)

Births111 years ago

1910 - Arthur Gardner, American actor and producer (d. 2014)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Mike Sebastian, American football player and coach (d. 1989)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Bradford Washburn, American mountaineer, photographer, and cartographer (d. 2007)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Marion Post Wolcott, American photographer (d. 1990)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Brooks Stevens, American engineer and designer, designed the Wienermobile (d. 1995)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Jacques Hélian, French bandleader (d. 1986)

Births108 years ago

1917 - Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (d. 2000)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Dean Martin, American singer, actor, and producer (d. 1995)

Births103 years ago

1920 - Georges Marchais, French mechanic and politician (d. 1997)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Myrtle Edwards, Australian cricketer and softball player (d. 2010)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Brian Talboys, New Zealand politician, 7th Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 2012)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Leo Reise, Jr., Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2015)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Jules Deschênes, Canadian lawyer and judge (d. 2000)

Births97 years ago

1925 - Ernestina Herrera de Noble, Argentine publisher and executive (d. 2017)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Jean-Noël Tremblay, Canadian lawyer and politician

Births94 years ago

1927 - Charles de Tornaco, Belgian race car driver (d. 1953)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Paul Salamunovich, American conductor and educator (d. 2014)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Dave Bowen, Welsh footballer and manager (d. 1995)

Births92 years ago

1928 - James Ivory, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births92 years ago

1928 - Randolph Turpin, English boxer (d. 1966)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Ernie Roth, American wrestling manager (d. 1983)

Births91 years ago

1929 - John Turner, Canadian lawyer and politician, 17th Prime Minister of Canada

Births91 years ago

1931 - Virginia McKenna, English actress and author

Births89 years ago

1932 - Per Maurseth, Norwegian historian, academic, and politician (d. 2013)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Romeo Galán, Argentine athlete

Births87 years ago

1935 - Harry Crews, American novelist, playwright, short story writer, and essayist (d. 2012)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Shyama, Indian actress (d. 2017)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Bert Sugar, American author and boxing historian (d. 2012)

Births84 years ago

1938 - Ian St John, Scottish footballer and manager

Births82 years ago

1939 - Yuli Turovsky, Russian-Canadian cellist, conductor and educator (d. 2013)

Births81 years ago

1940 - Tom Jones, Welsh singer and actor

Births80 years ago

1940 - Ronald Pickup, English actor

Births80 years ago

1943 - Nikki Giovanni, African American writer and academic

Births77 years ago

1944 - Annette Lu, Taiwanese lawyer and politician, 8th Vice President of the Republic of China

Births76 years ago

1944 - Clarence White, American guitarist and singer (The Byrds) (d. 1973)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Gilles Marotte, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)

Births75 years ago

1945 - John Olsen, Australian politician, 42nd Premier of South Australia

Births75 years ago

1945 - Wolfgang Schüssel, Austrian lawyer and politician, 26th Chancellor of Austria

Births75 years ago

1947 - Don Money, American baseball player and coach

Births73 years ago

1947 - Thurman Munson, American baseball player (d. 1979)

Births73 years ago

1948 - Jim Walton, American businessman

Births72 years ago

1952 - Liam Neeson, Irish-American actor

Births68 years ago

1952 - Orhan Pamuk, Turkish-American novelist, screenwriter, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births68 years ago

1953 - Johnny Clegg, English-South African singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2019)

Births67 years ago

1954 - Louise Erdrich, American novelist and poet

Births66 years ago

1955 - William Forsythe, American actor and producer

Births65 years ago

1955 - Tim Richmond, American race car driver (d. 1989)

Births65 years ago

1956 - L.A. Reid, American songwriter and producer, co-founded LaFace Records

Births64 years ago

1957 - Juan Luis Guerra, Dominican singer-songwriter and producer

Births63 years ago

1957 - Paddy McAloon, English singer-songwriter (Prefab Sprout)

Births63 years ago

1958 - Prince, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and actor (d. 2016)

Births62 years ago

1958 - Surakiart Sathirathai, Thai politician and diplomat

Births62 years ago

1960 - Hirohiko Araki, Japanese manga artist and creator of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Births60 years ago

1960 - Bill Prady, American screenwriter and producer

Births60 years ago

1961 - Dave Catching, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

Births59 years ago

1962 - Thierry Hazard, French singer-songwriter

Births58 years ago

1962 - Takuya Kurosawa, Japanese race car driver

Births58 years ago

1963 - Gordon Gano, American musician, vocalist of the Violent Femmes

Births57 years ago

1964 - Gia Carides, Australian actress

Births56 years ago

1964 - Graeme Labrooy, Sri Lankan cricketer

Births56 years ago

1965 - Mick Foley, American wrestler, actor, and author

Births55 years ago

1965 - Jean-Pierre François, French footballer and singer

Births55 years ago

1965 - Damien Hirst, English painter and art collector

Births55 years ago

1966 - Eric Kretz, American drummer, songwriter, and producer

Births54 years ago

1966 - Tom McCarthy, American director, screenwriter and actor

Births54 years ago

1966 - Stéphane Richer, Canadian ice hockey player

Births54 years ago

1967 - Dave Navarro, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births53 years ago

1970 - Helen Baxendale, English actress

Births50 years ago

1970 - Cafu, Brazilian footballer

Births50 years ago

1970 - Andrei Kovalenko, Russian ice hockey player

Births50 years ago

1970 - Mike Modano, American ice hockey player

Births50 years ago

1972 - Karl Urban, New Zealand actor

Births48 years ago

1974 - Bear Grylls, English adventurer, author, and television host

Births46 years ago

1975 - Allen Iverson, American basketball player

Births45 years ago

1976 - Necro, American rapper, producer, and director

Births44 years ago

1976 - Mirsad Türkcan, Turkish basketball player

Births44 years ago

1977 - Marcin Baszczyński, Polish footballer

Births43 years ago

1978 - Mini Andén, Swedish-American model, actress, and producer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Bill Hader, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter

Births42 years ago

1979 - Kevin Hofland, Dutch footballer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Anna Torv, Australian actress

Births41 years ago

1980 - Ed Moses, American swimmer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Stephen Bywater, English footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Anna Kournikova, Russian tennis player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Kevin Kyle, Scottish footballer

Births39 years ago

1983 - Milan Jurčina, Slovak ice hockey player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Piotr Małachowski, Polish discus thrower

Births37 years ago

1984 - Ari Koivunen, Finnish singer-songwriter

Births36 years ago

1985 - Arkadiusz Piech, Polish footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Charlie Simpson, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births35 years ago

1985 - Richard Thompson, Trinidadian sprinter

Births35 years ago

1986 - Keegan Bradley, American golfer

Births34 years ago

1988 - Michael Cera, Canadian actor

Births32 years ago

1988 - Milan Lucic, Canadian ice hockey player

Births32 years ago

1990 - Iggy Azalea, Australian rapper

Births30 years ago

1990 - T. J. Brodie, Canadian ice hockey player

Births30 years ago

1990 - Allison Schmitt, American swimmer

Births30 years ago

1991 - Cenk Tosun, Turkish professional footballer

Births29 years ago

1991 - Fetty Wap, American rapper

Births29 years ago

1992 - Sara Niemietz, American singer-songwriter and actress

Births28 years ago

1992 - Mathias Gehrt, Danish professional footballer

Births28 years ago

1992 - Alípio, Brazilian footballer

Births28 years ago

1993 - George Ezra, English singer-songwriter

Births27 years ago


555 - Vigilius, pope of the Catholic Church (b. 500)


862 - Al-Muntasir, Abbasid caliph (b. 837)


951 - Lu Wenji, Chinese chancellor (b. 876)


1329 - Robert the Bruce, Scottish king (b. 1274)

Deaths691 years ago
Deaths683 years ago

1341 - An-Nasir Muhammad, Egyptian sultan (b. 1285)

Deaths679 years ago

1358 - Ashikaga Takauji, Japanese shōgun (b. 1305)

Deaths662 years ago

1394 - Anne of Bohemia, English queen (b. 1366)

Deaths626 years ago

1492 - Casimir IV Jagiellon, Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1440 and King of Poland from 1447 (b. 1427)

Deaths528 years ago

1594 - Rodrigo Lopez, physician of Queen Elizabeth (b. 1525)

Deaths426 years ago
Deaths402 years ago

1660 - George II Rákóczi, Prince of Transylvania (b. 1621)

Deaths360 years ago

1711 - Henry Dodwell, Irish scholar and theologian (b. 1641)

Deaths309 years ago

1779 - William Warburton, English bishop and critic (b. 1698)

Deaths241 years ago

1792 - Benjamin Tupper, American general and surveyor (b. 1738)

Deaths228 years ago

1810 - Luigi Schiavonetti, Italian engraver and etcher (b. 1765)

Deaths210 years ago

1826 - Joseph von Fraunhofer, German optician, physicist, and astronomer (b. 1787)

Deaths194 years ago
Deaths180 years ago

1840 - Friedrich Hölderlin, German lyric poet (b. 1770)

Deaths180 years ago

1853 - Norbert Provencher, Canadian missionary and bishop (b. 1787)

Deaths167 years ago

1854 - Charles Baudin, French admiral (b. 1792)

Deaths166 years ago

1859 - David Cox, English painter (b. 1783)

Deaths161 years ago

1861 - Patrick Brontë, Anglo-Irish priest and author (b. 1777)

Deaths159 years ago

1863 - Antonio Valero de Bernabé, Latin American liberator (b. 1790)

Deaths157 years ago

1866 - Chief Seattle, American tribal chief (b. 1780)

Deaths154 years ago

1879 - William Tilbury Fox, English dermatologist and academic (b. 1836)

Deaths141 years ago

1896 - Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (b. 1829)

Deaths124 years ago

1911 - Maurice Rouvier, French politician, Prime Minister of France (b. 1842)

Deaths109 years ago

1915 - Charles Reed Bishop, American banker and politician, founded the First Hawaiian Bank (b. 1822)

Deaths105 years ago

1916 - Émile Faguet, French author and critic (b. 1847)

Deaths104 years ago

1927 - Archie Birkin, English motorcycle racer (b. 1905)

Deaths93 years ago

1927 - Edmund James Flynn, Canadian lawyer and politician, 10th Premier of Quebec (b. 1847)

Deaths93 years ago

1932 - John Verran, English-Australian politician, 26th Premier of South Australia (b. 1856)

Deaths88 years ago

1933 - Dragutin Domjanić, Croatian lawyer, judge, and poet (b. 1875)

Deaths87 years ago

1936 - Stjepan Seljan, Croatian explorer (b. 1875)

Deaths84 years ago

1937 - Jean Harlow, American actress and singer (b. 1911)

Deaths83 years ago

1942 - Alan Blumlein, English engineer (b. 1903)

Deaths78 years ago

1945 - Kitaro Nishida, Japanese philosopher and academic (b. 1870)

Deaths75 years ago

1954 - Alan Turing, English mathematician and computer scientist (b. 1912)

Deaths66 years ago

1956 - John Willcock, Australian politician, 15th Premier of Western Australia (b. 1879)

Deaths64 years ago

1961 - Reginald Fletcher, 1st Baron Winster, English navy officer and politician, Secretary of State for Transport (b. 1885)

Deaths59 years ago

1963 - ZaSu Pitts, American actress (b. 1894)

Deaths57 years ago

1965 - Judy Holliday, American actress and singer (b. 1921)

Deaths55 years ago

1966 - Jean Arp, German-French sculptor, painter, and poet (b. 1886)

Deaths54 years ago

1967 - Anatoly Maltsev, Russian mathematician and academic (b. 1909)

Deaths53 years ago

1967 - Dorothy Parker, American poet, short story writer, critic, and satirist (b. 1893)

Deaths53 years ago

1968 - Dan Duryea, American actor and singer (b. 1907)

Deaths52 years ago

1970 - E. M. Forster, English novelist, short story writer, essayist (b. 1879)

Deaths50 years ago

1978 - Charles Moran, American race car driver (b. 1906)

Deaths42 years ago

1978 - Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)

Deaths42 years ago

1979 - Asa Earl Carter, American Ku Klux Klan leader (b. 1925)

Deaths41 years ago

1980 - Elizabeth Craig, Scottish journalist and economist (b. 1883)

Deaths40 years ago

1980 - Philip Guston, Canadian-American painter and educator (b. 1913)

Deaths40 years ago

1980 - Henry Miller, American novelist and essayist (b. 1891)

Deaths40 years ago

1985 - Klaudia Taev, Estonian opera singer and educator (b. 1906)

Deaths35 years ago

1987 - Cahit Zarifoğlu, Turkish poet and author (b. 1940)

Deaths33 years ago

1988 - Martin Sommer, German SS officer (b. 1915)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - Chico Landi, Brazilian race car driver (b. 1907)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - William McLean Hamilton, Canadian politician, Postmaster General of Canada (b. 1919)

Deaths31 years ago

1992 - Bill France Sr., American race car driver and businessman, co-founded NASCAR (b. 1909)

Deaths28 years ago

1993 - Dražen Petrović, Croatian basketball player, Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer 2002 (b. 1964)

Deaths27 years ago

1995 - Hsuan Hua, Chinese monk and educator (b. 1918)

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Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Max Factor, Jr., American businessman (b. 1904)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Jacques Canetti, French music executive and talent agent (b. 1909)

Deaths23 years ago

2001 - Víctor Paz Estenssoro, Bolivian politician, 52nd President of Bolivia (b. 1907)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Carole Fredericks, French singer (Fredericks Goldman Jones) (b. 1952)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Betty Neels, English nurse and author (b. 1910)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - Signe Hasso, Swedish-American actress (b. 1915)

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2002 - B. D. Jatti, Indian lawyer and politician, 5th Vice President of India (b. 1912)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Lilian, Princess of Réthy (b. 1916)

Deaths18 years ago

2004 - Quorthon, Swedish musician (b. 1966)

Deaths16 years ago

2008 - Rudy Fernandez, Filipino actor and producer (b. 1953)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Jim McKay, American journalist and sportscaster (b. 1921)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Dino Risi, Italian director and screenwriter (b. 1916)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Hugh Hopper, English bass player and songwriter (b. 1945)

Deaths11 years ago

2011 - Paul Dickson, American football player and coach (b. 1937)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Phillip V. Tobias, South African paleontologist and academic (b. 1925)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Bob Welch, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1945)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Pierre Mauroy, French educator and politician, Prime Minister of France (b. 1928)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Fernandão, Brazilian footballer and manager (b. 1978)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Dora Akunyili, Nigerian academic and politician (b. 1954)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Epainette Mbeki, South African activist (b. 1916)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Christopher Lee, English actor (b. 1922)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Sheikh Razzak Ali, Bangladeshi journalist and politician (b. 1928)

Deaths5 years ago

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