Holidays and observances

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


1184 BC - Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes.

Events836 years ago

173 - Marcomannic Wars: The Roman army in Moravia is encircled by the Quadi, who have broken the peace treaty (171). In a violent thunderstorm emperor Marcus Aurelius defeats and subdues them in the so-called "miracle of the rain".


631 - Emperor Taizong of Tang, the Emperor of China, sends envoys to the Xueyantuo bearing gold and silk in order to seek the release of enslaved Chinese prisoners captured during the transition from Sui to Tang from the northern frontier; this embassy succeeded in freeing 80,000 Chinese men and women who were then returned to China.


786 - A Hasanid Alid uprising in Mecca is crushed by the Abbasids at the Battle of Fakhkh. Idris ibn Abdallah flees to the Maghreb, where he later founds the Idrisid dynasty.


980 - Vladimir the Great consolidates the Kievan realm from Ukraine to the Baltic Sea. He is proclaimed ruler (knyaz) of all Kievan Rus'.


1011 - Lombard Revolt: Greek citizens of Bari rise up against the Lombard rebels led by Melus and deliver the city to Basil Mesardonites, Byzantine governor (catepan) of the Catepanate of Italy.

Events1009 years ago
Events902 years ago

1157 - Albert I of Brandenburg, also called The Bear (Ger: Albrecht der Bär), becomes the founder of the Margraviate of Brandenburg, Germany and the first margrave.

Events863 years ago

1345 - The megas doux Alexios Apokaukos, chief minister of the Byzantine Empire, is lynched by political prisoners.

Events675 years ago
Events591 years ago

1488 - Battle of Sauchieburn: Fought between rebel Lords and James III of Scotland, resulting in the death of the king.

Events532 years ago
Events511 years ago

1594 - Philip II recognizes the rights and privileges of the local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, which paved way to the stabilization of the rule of the Principalía (an elite ruling class of native nobility in Spanish Philippines).

Events426 years ago

1748 - Denmark adopts the characteristic Nordic Cross flag later taken up by all other Scandinavian countries.

Events272 years ago

1770 - British explorer Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef.

Events250 years ago

1775 - The American Revolutionary War's first naval engagement, the Battle of Machias, results in the capture of a small British naval vessel.

Events245 years ago

1788 - Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska.

Events232 years ago

1805 - A fire consumes large portions of Detroit in the Michigan Territory.

Events215 years ago

1825 - The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City.

Events195 years ago

1837 - The Broad Street Riot occurs in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between Yankees and Irish.

Events183 years ago

1865 - The Naval Battle of the Riachuelo is fought on the rivulet Riachuelo (Argentina), between the Paraguayan Navy on one side and the Brazilian Navy on the other. The Brazilian victory was crucial for the later success of the Triple Alliance (Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina) in the Paraguayan War.

Events155 years ago

1892 - The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia.

Events128 years ago

1895 - Paris–Bordeaux–Paris, sometimes called the first automobile race in history or the "first motor race", takes place.

Events125 years ago

1898 - The Hundred Days' Reform, a planned movement to reform social, political, and educational institutions in China, is started by the Guangxu Emperor, but is suspended by Empress Dowager Cixi after 104 days. (The failed reform led to the abolition of the Imperial examination in 1905.)

Events122 years ago

1901 - The boundaries of the Colony of New Zealand are extended by the UK to include the Cook Islands.

Events119 years ago

1903 - A group of Serbian officers stormed the royal palace and assassinated King Alexander Obrenović and his wife, Queen Draga.

Events117 years ago

1917 - King Alexander assumes the throne of Greece after his father, Constantine I, abdicates under pressure from allied armies occupying Athens.

Events103 years ago

1919 - Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to win the U.S. Triple Crown.

Events101 years ago

1920 - During the U.S. Republican National Convention in Chicago, U.S. Republican Party leaders gathered in a room at the Blackstone Hotel to come to a consensus on their candidate for the U.S. presidential election, leading the Associated Press to coin the political phrase "smoke-filled room".

Events100 years ago

1935 - Inventor Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States at Alpine, New Jersey.

Events85 years ago
Events84 years ago
Events83 years ago
Events82 years ago

1940 - World War II: The Siege of Malta begins with a series of Italian air raids.

Events80 years ago

1942 - World War II: The United States agrees to send Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union.

Events78 years ago

1942 - Free French Forces retreat from Bir Hakeim after having successfully delayed the Axis advance.

Events78 years ago

1944 - USS Missouri, the last battleship built by the United States Navy and future site of the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, is commissioned.

Events76 years ago

1955 - Eighty-three spectators are killed and at least 100 are injured after an Austin-Healey and a Mercedes-Benz collide at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the deadliest ever accident in motorsports.

Events65 years ago

1956 - Start of Gal Oya riots, the first reported ethnic riots that target minority Sri Lankan Tamils in the Eastern Province. The total number of deaths is reportedly 150.

Events64 years ago

1962 - Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin allegedly become the only prisoners to escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island.

Events58 years ago

1963 - American Civil Rights Movement: Governor of Alabama George Wallace defiantly stands at the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in an attempt to block two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from attending that school. Later in the day, accompanied by federalized National Guard troops, they are able to register.

Events57 years ago

1963 - Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức burns himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam.

Events57 years ago

1963 - John F. Kennedy addresses Americans from the Oval Office proposing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which would revolutionize American society by guaranteeing equal access to public facilities, ending segregation in education, and guaranteeing federal protection for voting rights.

Events57 years ago

1964 - World War II veteran Walter Seifert attacks an elementary school in Cologne, Germany, killing at least eight children and two teachers and seriously injuring several more with a home-made flamethrower and a lance.

Events56 years ago

1968 - Lloyd J. Old identified the first cell surface antigens that could differentiate among different cell types.

Events52 years ago

1970 - After being appointed on May 15, Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington officially receive their ranks as U.S. Army Generals, becoming the first females to do so.

Events50 years ago

1971 - The U.S. Government forcibly removes the last holdouts to the Native American Occupation of Alcatraz, ending 19 months of control.

Events49 years ago

1978 - Altaf Hussain founds the student political movement All Pakistan Muhajir Students Organisation (APMSO) in Karachi University.

Events42 years ago

1981 - A magnitude 6.9 earthquake at Golbaf, Iran, kills at least 2,000.

Events39 years ago

1987 - Diane Abbott, Paul Boateng and Bernie Grant are elected as the first black MPs in Great Britain.

Events33 years ago

1998 - Compaq Computer pays US$9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in the largest high-tech acquisition.

Events22 years ago

2001 - Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.

Events19 years ago

2002 - Antonio Meucci is acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress.

Events18 years ago

2004 - Cassini–Huygens makes its closest flyby of the Saturn moon Phoebe.

Events16 years ago

2007 - Mudslides in Chittagong, Bangladesh, kill 130 people.

Events13 years ago

2008 - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes a historic official apology to Canada's First Nations in regard to abuses at a Canadian Indian residential school.

Events12 years ago

2008 - The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is launched into orbit.

Events12 years ago

2010 - The first African FIFA World Cup kicks off in South Africa.

Events10 years ago

2012 - More than 80 people die in a landslide triggered by two earthquakes in Afghanistan; an entire village is buried.

Events8 years ago

2013 - Greece's public broadcaster ERT is shut down by then-prime minister Antonis Samaras.

Events7 years ago

2015 - Greece's public broadcaster ERT is reopened by then-prime minister Alexis Tsipras.

Events5 years ago

2018 - United States President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea held the first meeting between leaders of their two countries in Singapore.

Events2 years ago

2018 - 3 World Trade Center officially opens.

Events2 years ago


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1456 - Anne Neville, Princess of Wales and Queen of England (died 1485)

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1540 - Barnabe Googe, English poet and translator (d. 1594)

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1555 - Lodovico Zacconi, Italian composer and theorist (d. 1627)

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1572 - Ben Jonson, English poet, playwright, and critic (d. 1637)

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1585 - Evert Horn, Swedish soldier (d. 1615)

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1588 - George Wither, English poet (d. 1667)

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1620 - John Moore, English businessman and politician, Lord Mayor of London (d. 1702)

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1655 - Antonio Cifrondi, Italian painter (d. 1730)

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1662 - Tokugawa Ienobu, Japanese shōgun (d. 1712)

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1672 - Francesco Antonio Bonporti, Italian priest and composer (d. 1749)

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1690 - Giovanni Antonio Giay, Italian composer (d. 1764)

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1696 - James Francis Edward Keith, Scottish-Prussian field marshal (d. 1758)

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1697 - Francesco Antonio Vallotti, Italian organist and composer (d. 1780)

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1704 - Carlos Seixas, Portuguese harpsichord player and composer (d. 1742)

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1709 - Joachim Martin Falbe, German painter (d. 1782)

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1712 - Benjamin Ingham, American missionary (d. 1772)

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1723 - Johann Georg Palitzsch, German astronomer (d. 1788)

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1741 - Joseph Warren, American physician and general (d. 1775)

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1776 - John Constable, English painter and academic (d. 1837)

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1797 - José Trinidad Reyes, Honduran philosopher and theorist (d. 1855)

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1807 - James F. Schenck, American admiral (d. 1882)

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1815 - Julia Margaret Cameron, Indian-Sri Lankan photographer (d. 1879)

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1818 - Alexander Bain, Scottish philosopher and academic (d. 1903)

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1829 - Edward Braddon, English-Australian politician, 18th Premier of Tasmania (d. 1904)

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1832 - Lucy Pickens, American wife of Francis Wilkinson Pickens (d. 1899)

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1842 - Carl von Linde, German engineer and academic (d. 1934)

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1846 - William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer (d. 1920)

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1847 - Millicent Fawcett, English academic and activist (d. 1929)

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1861 - Alexander Peacock, Australian politician, 20th Premier of Victoria (d. 1933)

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1864 - Richard Strauss, German composer and conductor (d. 1949)

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1867 - Charles Fabry, French physicist and academic (d. 1945)

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1871 - Stjepan Radić, Croatian lawyer and politician (d. 1928)

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1876 - Alfred L. Kroeber, American-French anthropologist and ethnologist (d. 1960)

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1877 - Renée Vivien, English-French poet and author (d. 1909)

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1879 - Roger Bresnahan, American baseball player and manager (d. 1944)

Births141 years ago

1880 - Jeannette Rankin, American social worker and politician (d. 1973)

Births140 years ago

1881 - Spiros Xenos, Greek-Swedish painter (d. 1963)

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1881 - Mordecai Kaplan, Lithuanian rabbi, founded Reconstructionist Judaism (d. 1983)

Births139 years ago

1888 - Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian-American anarchist and convicted criminal (d. 1927)

Births132 years ago

1889 - Hugo Wieslander, Swedish decathlete (d. 1976)

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1894 - Kiichiro Toyoda, Japanese businessman, founded Toyota (d. 1952)

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1895 - Nikolai Bulganin, Soviet politician (d. 1975)

Births125 years ago

1897 - Ram Prasad Bismil, Indian activist, founded the Hindustan Republican Association (d. 1927)

Births123 years ago

1897 - Reg Latta, Australian rugby league player (d. 1970)

Births123 years ago

1899 - Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese novelist and short story writer Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1972)

Births121 years ago

1901 - Cap Fear, Canadian football player and rower (d. 1978)

Births119 years ago

1901 - Benny Wearing, Australian rugby league player (d. 1968)

Births119 years ago

1902 - Eric Fraser, British illustrator and graphic designer (d. 1983)

Births118 years ago

1903 - Ernie Nevers, American football player and coach (d. 1976)

Births117 years ago

1908 - Karl Hein, German hammer thrower (d. 1982)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Francisco Marto, Portuguese saint (d. 1919)

Births112 years ago

1909 - Natascha Artin Brunswick, German-American mathematician and photographer (d. 2003)

Births111 years ago

1910 - Carmine Coppola, American flute player and composer (d. 1991)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Jacques Cousteau, French biologist, author, and inventor, co-developed the aqua-lung (d. 1997)

Births110 years ago

1912 - James Algar, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1998)

Births108 years ago

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

Births108 years ago

1912 - Mohammad Hassan Ganji, Iranian meteorologist and academic (d. 2012)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Vince Lombardi, American football player, coach, and manager (d. 1970)

Births107 years ago

1913 - Risë Stevens, American soprano and actress (d. 2013)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Jan Hendrik van den Berg, Dutch psychiatrist and academic (d. 2012)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Magda Gabor, Hungarian-American actress (d. 1997)

Births105 years ago

1915 - Nicholas Metropolis, American mathematician and physicist (d. 1999)

Births105 years ago

1917 - Joseph B. Wirthlin, American businessman and religious leader (d. 2008)

Births103 years ago

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

Births102 years ago

1919 - Suleiman Mousa, Jordanian historian and author (d. 2008)

Births101 years ago

1919 - Richard Todd, Irish-English actor (d. 2009)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Shelly Manne, American drummer, composer, and bandleader (d. 1984)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Hazel Scott, Trinidadian-American singer, actress, and pianist (d. 1981)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Keith Seaman, Australian lawyer and politician, 29th Governor of South Australia (d. 2013)

Births100 years ago

1922 - Jean Sutherland Boggs, Peruvian-Canadian historian, academic, and civil servant (d. 2014)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Michael Cacoyannis, Greek Cypriot director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2011)

Births98 years ago

1925 - Johnny Esaw, Canadian sportscaster (d. 2013)

Births95 years ago

1925 - William Styron, American novelist and essayist (d. 2006)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Carlisle Floyd, American composer and educator

Births94 years ago

1927 - Beryl Grey, English ballerina

Births93 years ago

1927 - John W. O'Malley, American Catholic historian, academic and Jesuit priest

Births93 years ago

1927 - Kit Pedler, English parapsychologist and author (d. 1981)

Births93 years ago
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1929 - Ayhan Şahenk, Turkish businessman (d. 2001)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Charles Rangel, American soldier, lawyer, and politician

Births90 years ago

1932 - Athol Fugard, South African-American actor, director, and playwright

Births88 years ago

1932 - Tim Sainsbury, English businessman and politician, Minister of State for Trade

Births88 years ago

1933 - Gene Wilder, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2016)

Births87 years ago

1937 - Chad Everett, American actor and director (d. 2012)

Births83 years ago

1937 - Robin Warren, Australian pathologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births83 years ago

1939 - Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Baroness Heyhoe Flint, English cricketer and journalist (d. 2017)

Births81 years ago

1939 - Jackie Stewart, Scottish race car driver and sportscaster

Births81 years ago

1942 - Parris Glendening, American politician, 59th Governor of Maryland

Births78 years ago

1943 - Henry Hill, American mobster (d. 2012)

Births77 years ago

1945 - Adrienne Barbeau, American actress

Births75 years ago

1947 - Richard Palmer-James, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births73 years ago

1948 - Dave Cash, American baseball player and coach

Births72 years ago

1948 - Lalu Prasad Yadav, Indian politician, 20th Chief Minister of Bihar

Births72 years ago

1949 - Frank Beard, American drummer and songwriter

Births71 years ago

1950 - Lynsey de Paul, English singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, cartoonist and actress (d. 2014)

Births70 years ago

1950 - Graham Russell, English-Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births70 years ago

1951 - Matthew Engel, English journalist and author

Births69 years ago

1951 - Yasumasa Morimura, Japanese painter and photographer

Births69 years ago

1952 - Yekaterina Podkopayeva, Russian runner

Births68 years ago

1952 - Donnie Van Zant, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births68 years ago
Births67 years ago

1953 - José Bové, French farmer and politician

Births67 years ago

1953 - Barbara Minty, American model

Births67 years ago

1954 - John Dyson, Australian cricketer

Births66 years ago

1954 - Johnny Neel, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player

Births66 years ago

1955 - Yuriy Sedykh, Ukrainian hammer thrower

Births65 years ago

1955 - Duncan Steel, English-Australian astronomer and author

Births65 years ago

1956 - Joe Montana, American football player and sportscaster

Births64 years ago

1956 - Simon Plouffe, Canadian mathematician and academic

Births64 years ago

1956 - Arthur Porter, Canadian physician and academic (d. 2015)

Births64 years ago

1956 - Jamaaladeen Tacuma, American bass player and bandleader

Births64 years ago

1958 - Barry Adamson, English singer and bass player

Births62 years ago

1959 - Hugh Laurie, English actor and screenwriter

Births61 years ago

1960 - Mehmet Oz, American surgeon, author, and television host

Births60 years ago

1962 - Mano Menezes, Brazilian footballer and coach

Births58 years ago

1963 - Gioia Bruno, American singer-songwriter

Births57 years ago

1963 - Sandra Schmirler, Canadian curler and sportscaster (d. 2000)

Births57 years ago

1964 - Jean Alesi, French race car driver

Births56 years ago

1964 - Kim Gallagher, American runner (d. 2002)

Births56 years ago

1965 - Georgios Bartzokas, Greek former professional basketball player

Births55 years ago

1965 - Gavin Hill, New Zealand rugby player

Births55 years ago

1966 - Bruce Robison, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births54 years ago

1967 - Graeme Bachop, New Zealand rugby player

Births53 years ago

1967 - João Garcia, Portuguese mountaineer

Births53 years ago

1968 - Manoa Thompson, Fijian rugby player

Births52 years ago

1969 - Peter Dinklage, American actor and producer

Births51 years ago

1969 - Bryan Fogarty, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2002)

Births51 years ago

1969 - Olaf Kapagiannidis, German footballer

Births51 years ago

1971 - Vladimir Gaidamașciuc, Moldovan footballer

Births49 years ago

1971 - Liz Kendall, British politician

Births49 years ago

1971 - Mark Richardson, New Zealand cricketer

Births49 years ago

1971 - Kenjiro Tsuda, Japanese voice actor

Births49 years ago

1972 - Stephen Kearney, New Zealand rugby league player and coach

Births48 years ago

1973 - José Manuel Abundis, Mexican footballer and coach

Births47 years ago

1974 - Fragiskos Alvertis, Greek basketball player, coach, and manager

Births46 years ago

1976 - Reiko Tosa, Japanese runner

Births44 years ago

1977 - Geoff Ogilvy, Australian golfer

Births43 years ago

1978 - Joshua Jackson, Canadian-American actor

Births42 years ago

1978 - Daryl Tuffey, New Zealand cricketer

Births42 years ago

1979 - Ali Boussaboun, Moroccan-Dutch footballer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Amy Duggan, Australian footballer and sportscaster

Births41 years ago

1980 - Yhency Brazoban, Dominican baseball player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Emiliano Moretti, Italian footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Kristo Tohver, Estonian footballer and referee

Births39 years ago

1982 - Vanessa Boslak, French pole vaulter

Births38 years ago

1982 - Jacques Freitag, South African high jumper

Births38 years ago

1982 - Joey Graham, American basketball player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Stephen Graham, American basketball player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Reni Maitua, Australian rugby league player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Eldar Rønning, Norwegian skier

Births38 years ago

1982 - Diana Taurasi, American basketball player

Births38 years ago

1983 - Chuck Hayes, American basketball player

Births37 years ago

1983 - José Reyes, Dominican baseball player

Births37 years ago

1984 - Andy Lee, Irish boxer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Vágner Love, Brazilian footballer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Tim Hoogland, German footballer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Sebastian Bayer, German long jumper

Births34 years ago

1986 - Shia LaBeouf, American actor

Births34 years ago

1987 - Marsel İlhan, Turkish tennis player

Births33 years ago

1987 - Didrik Solli-Tangen, Norwegian singer

Births33 years ago

1988 - Jesús Fernández Collado, Spanish footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Yui Aragaki, Japanese actress, voice actress, singer-songwriter, model, radio host

Births32 years ago

1989 - Maya Moore, American basketball player

Births31 years ago

1990 - Christophe Lemaitre, French sprinter

Births30 years ago

1991 - Daniel Howell, English internet celebrity

Births29 years ago

1993 - Brittany Boyd, American basketball player

Births27 years ago

1994 - Ivana Baquero, Spanish actress

Births26 years ago

1996 - Ayaka Sasaki, Japanese singer

Births24 years ago

1998 - Charlie Tahan, American actor

Births22 years ago


323 BC - Alexander the Great, Macedonian king (b. 356 BC)


573 - Emilian of Cogolla, Iberic saint (b. 472)


840 - Junna, emperor of Japan (b. 785)


884 - Shi Jingsi, general of the Tang Dynasty


888 - Rimbert, archbishop of Bremen (b. 830)


1183 - Henry the Young King of England (b. 1155)

Deaths837 years ago

1216 - Henry of Flanders, emperor of the Latin Empire (b. c. 1174)

Deaths804 years ago

1248 - Adachi Kagemori, Japanese samurai

Deaths772 years ago

1253 - Amadeus IV, count of Savoy (b. 1197)

Deaths767 years ago

1298 - Yolanda of Poland (b. 1235)

Deaths722 years ago

1323 - Bérenger Fredoli, French lawyer and bishop (b. 1250)

Deaths697 years ago

1345 - Alexios Apokaukos, chief minister of the Byzantine Empire

Deaths675 years ago

1347 - Bartholomew of San Concordio, Italian Dominican canonist and man of letters (b. 1260)

Deaths673 years ago
Deaths574 years ago

1479 - John of Sahagun, hermit and saint (b. 1419)

Deaths541 years ago
Deaths532 years ago
Deaths463 years ago

1560 - Mary of Guise, queen of James V of Scotland (b. 1515)

Deaths460 years ago

1683 - Nikita Pustosvyat, a leader of the Russian Old Believers, beheaded (b. unknown)

Deaths337 years ago

1695 - André Félibien, French historian and author (b. 1619)

Deaths325 years ago
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Deaths293 years ago

1748 - Felice Torelli, Italian painter (b. 1667)

Deaths272 years ago

1796 - Samuel Whitbread, English brewer and politician, founded the Whitbread Company (b. 1720)

Deaths224 years ago

1847 - John Franklin, English admiral and politician (b. 1786)

Deaths173 years ago

1852 - Karl Bryullov, Russian painter (b. 1799)

Deaths168 years ago

1859 - Klemens von Metternich, German-Austrian politician, 1st State Chancellor of the Austrian Empire (b. 1773)

Deaths161 years ago
Deaths141 years ago

1882 - Louis Désiré Maigret, French bishop (b. 1804)

Deaths138 years ago

1885 - Matías Ramos Mejía, Argentinian colonel (b. 1810)

Deaths135 years ago

1897 - Henry Ayers, English-Australian politician, 8th Premier of South Australia (b. 1821)

Deaths123 years ago

1903 - Nikolai Bugaev, Russian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1837)

Deaths117 years ago

1903 - Alexander I of Serbia (b. 1876)

Deaths117 years ago

1903 - Draga Mašin, Serbian wife of Alexander I of Serbia (b. 1864)

Deaths117 years ago

1911 - James Curtis Hepburn, American physician and missionary (b. 1815)

Deaths109 years ago

1913 - Mahmud Shevket Pasha, Ottoman general and politician, 279th Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire (b. 1856)

Deaths107 years ago

1920 - William F. Halsey, Sr., American captain (b. 1853)

Deaths100 years ago

1924 - Théodore Dubois, French organist, composer, and educator (b. 1837)

Deaths96 years ago

1927 - William Attewell, English cricketer (b. 1861)

Deaths93 years ago

1934 - Lev Vygotsky, Belarusian-Russian psychologist and theorist (b. 1896)

Deaths86 years ago

1936 - Robert E. Howard, American author and poet (b. 1906)

Deaths84 years ago

1937 - R. J. Mitchell, English engineer, designed the Supermarine Spitfire (b. 1895)

Deaths83 years ago

1941 - Daniel Carter Beard, American author and illustrator, founded the Boy Scouts of America (b. 1850)

Deaths79 years ago

1955 - Pierre Levegh, French race car driver (b. 1905)

Deaths65 years ago

1962 - Chhabi Biswas, Indian actor and director (b. 1900)

Deaths58 years ago

1963 - Thích Quảng Đức, Vietnamese monk and martyr (b. 1897)

Deaths57 years ago

1965 - Paul B. Coremans, Belgian chemist and academic (b. 1908)

Deaths55 years ago

1965 - José Mendes Cabeçadas, Portuguese admiral and politician, 9th President of Portugal (b. 1883)

Deaths55 years ago

1970 - Frank Laubach, American missionary and mystic (b. 1884)

Deaths50 years ago

1974 - Eurico Gaspar Dutra, Brazilian general and politician, 16th President of Brazil (b. 1883)

Deaths46 years ago

1974 - Julius Evola, Italian philosopher and author (b. 1898)

Deaths46 years ago

1976 - Jim Konstanty, American baseball player (b. 1917)

Deaths44 years ago

1979 - Alice Dalgliesh, Trinidadian-American author and publisher (b. 1893)

Deaths41 years ago

1979 - John Wayne, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1907)

Deaths41 years ago

1983 - Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian businessman and politician (b. 1894)

Deaths37 years ago

1984 - Enrico Berlinguer, Italian politician (b. 1922)

Deaths36 years ago

1986 - Chesley Bonestell, American painter and illustrator (b. 1888)

Deaths34 years ago

1991 - Cromwell Everson, South African composer (b. 1925)

Deaths29 years ago

1993 - Ray Sharkey, American actor (b. 1952)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - A. Thurairajah, Sri Lankan engineer and academic (b. 1934)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Rodel Naval, Filipino singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1953)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - George Hees, Canadian politician (b. 1910)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Brigitte Helm, German-Swiss actress (b. 1908)

Deaths24 years ago

1998 - Nathan Cook, American actor (b. 1950)

Deaths22 years ago

1998 - Catherine Cookson, English author (b. 1906)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - DeForest Kelley, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1920)

Deaths21 years ago

2001 - Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist (b. 1968)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Amalia Mendoza, Mexican singer and actress (b. 1923)

Deaths19 years ago

2003 - David Brinkley, American journalist and author (b. 1920)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Egon von Fürstenberg, Swiss fashion designer (b. 1946)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Vasco Gonçalves, Portuguese general and politician, 103rd Prime Minister of Portugal (b. 1922)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Anne-Marie Alonzo, Canadian playwright, poet, novelist, critic and publisher (b. 1951)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Neroli Fairhall, New Zealand archer (b. 1944)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Bruce Shand, English soldier (b. 1917)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Imre Friedmann, American biologist and academic (b. 1921)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Mala Powers, American actress (b. 1931)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Ove Andersson, Swedish race car driver (b. 1938)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Võ Văn Kiệt, Vietnamese soldier and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Vietnam (b. 1922)

Deaths12 years ago

2011 - Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Israeli physicist and engineer (b. 1947)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Seth Putnam, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1968)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Ann Rutherford, Canadian-American actress (b. 1917)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Teófilo Stevenson, Cuban boxer and engineer (b. 1952)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Miller Barber, American golfer (b. 1931)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Carl W. Bauer, American lawyer and politician (b. 1933)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Robert Fogel, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1926)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - James Grimsley, Jr., American general (b. 1921)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Rory Morrison, English journalist (b. 1964)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Kristiāns Pelšs, Latvian ice hockey player (b. 1992)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Vidya Charan Shukla, Indian politician, Indian Minister of External Affairs (b. 1929)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Ruby Dee, American actress (b. 1922)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Spanish conductor and composer (b. 1933)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Susan B. Horwitz, American computer scientist, engineer, and academic (b. 1955)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Mipham Chokyi Lodro, Tibetan lama and educator (b. 1952)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Benjamin Mophatlane, South African businessman (b. 1973)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Carlton Sherwood, American soldier and journalist (b. 1947)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Jim Ed Brown, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1934)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Ornette Coleman, American saxophonist, violinist, trumpet player, and composer (b. 1930)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Ian McKechnie, Scottish footballer and manager (b. 1941)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Ron Moody, English actor and singer (b. 1924)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Dusty Rhodes, American wrestler (b. 1945)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Rudi Altig, German track and road racing cyclist (b. 1937)

Deaths4 years ago

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