Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Discovery Day, observed on the nearest Monday to June 24 (Newfoundland and Labrador)

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Earliest day on which Armed Forces Day can fall, while June 30 is the latest; celebrated on the last Saturday in June. (United Kingdom)

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Earliest day on which Inventors' and Rationalizers' Day can fall, while June 30 is the latest; celebrated on the last Saturday in June. (Russia)

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Earliest day on which Mother's Day can fall, while June 30 is the latest; celebrated on the last Sunday in June. (Kenya)

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Earliest day on which Youth Day can fall, while Jun 30 is the latest; celebrated on the last Sunday in June. (Ukraine, Belarus)

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Inti Raymi, a winter solstice festival and a New Year in the Andes of the Southern Hemisphere (Sacsayhuamán)

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St John's Day and the second day of the Midsummer celebrations (although this is not the astronomical summer solstice, see June 20) (Roman Catholic Church, Europe), and its related observances: Enyovden (Bulgaria)

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St John's Day and the second day of the Midsummer celebrations (although this is not the astronomical summer solstice, see June 20) (Roman Catholic Church, Europe), and its related observances: Jaanipäev (Estonia)

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St John's Day and the second day of the Midsummer celebrations (although this is not the astronomical summer solstice, see June 20) (Roman Catholic Church, Europe), and its related observances: Jāņi (Latvia)

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St John's Day and the second day of the Midsummer celebrations (although this is not the astronomical summer solstice, see June 20) (Roman Catholic Church, Europe), and its related observances: Jónsmessa (Iceland)

Holidays and observances

St John's Day and the second day of the Midsummer celebrations (although this is not the astronomical summer solstice, see June 20) (Roman Catholic Church, Europe), and its related observances: Midsummer Day (England)

Holidays and observances

St John's Day and the second day of the Midsummer celebrations (although this is not the astronomical summer solstice, see June 20) (Roman Catholic Church, Europe), and its related observances: Saint Jonas' Festival or Joninės (Lithuania)

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St John's Day and the second day of the Midsummer celebrations (although this is not the astronomical summer solstice, see June 20) (Roman Catholic Church, Europe), and its related observances: Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec)

Holidays and observances

St John's Day and the second day of the Midsummer celebrations (although this is not the astronomical summer solstice, see June 20) (Roman Catholic Church, Europe), and its related observances: Sânziene (western Carpathian Mountains of Romania)

Holidays and observances

St John's Day and the second day of the Midsummer celebrations (although this is not the astronomical summer solstice, see June 20) (Roman Catholic Church, Europe), and its related observances: Wattah Wattah Festival (Philippines)

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Events708 years ago

217 BC - The Romans, led by Gaius Flaminius, are ambushed and defeated by Hannibal at the Battle of Lake Trasimene.


109 - Roman emperor Trajan inaugurates the Aqua Traiana, an aqueduct that channels water from Lake Bracciano, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north-west of Rome.


474 - Julius Nepos forces Roman usurper Glycerius to abdicate the throne and proclaims himself Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.


637 - The Battle of Moira is fought between the High King of Ireland and the Kings of Ulster and Dál Riata. It is claimed to be the largest battle in the history of Ireland.


972 - Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces, takes place.


1128 - Battle of São Mamede, near Guimarães: Forces led by Afonso I defeat forces led by his mother Teresa of León and her lover Fernando Pérez de Traba.

Events892 years ago

1230 - The Siege of Jaén begins, in the context of the Spanish Reconquista.

Events790 years ago

1314 - First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn concludes with a decisive victory by Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce.

Events706 years ago

1340 - Hundred Years' War: Battle of Sluys: The French fleet is almost completely destroyed by the English fleet commanded in person by King Edward III.

Events680 years ago

1374 - A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.

Events646 years ago

1497 - John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland leading the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.

Events523 years ago

1509 - Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon are crowned King and Queen of England.

Events511 years ago

1535 - The Anabaptist state of Münster is conquered and disbanded.

Events485 years ago

1571 - Miguel López de Legazpi founds Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

Events449 years ago

1604 - Samuel de Champlain discovers the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

Events416 years ago

1622 - Battle of Macau: The Dutch attempt but fail to capture Macau.

Events398 years ago

1663 - The Spanish Spanish garrison of Évora capitulates, following the Portuguese victory at the Battle of Ameixial.

Events357 years ago

1717 - The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England), is founded in London.

Events303 years ago

1762 - Battle of Wilhelmsthal: The British-Hanoverian army of Ferdinand of Brunswick defeats French forces in Westphalia.

Events258 years ago
Events241 years ago

1793 - The first Republican constitution in France is adopted.

Events227 years ago

1812 - Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon's Grande Armée crosses the Neman river beginning the invasion of Russia.

Events208 years ago

1813 - Battle of Beaver Dams: A British and Indian combined force defeats the United States Army.

Events207 years ago

1821 - The Battle of Carabobo takes place. It is the decisive battle in the war of independence of Venezuela from Spain.

Events199 years ago

1859 - Battle of Solferino (Battle of the Three Sovereigns): Sardinia and France defeat Austria in Solferino, northern Italy.

Events161 years ago

1866 - Battle of Custoza: An Austrian army defeats the Italian army during the Austro-Prussian War.

Events154 years ago

1880 - First performance of O Canada, the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.

Events140 years ago
Events126 years ago

1902 - King Edward VII of the United Kingdom develops appendicitis, delaying his coronation.

Events118 years ago

1913 - Greece and Serbia annul their alliance with Bulgaria.

Events107 years ago

1916 - Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to sign a million-dollar contract.

Events104 years ago

1918 - First airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto.

Events102 years ago

1922 - The American Professional Football Association is renamed the National Football League.

Events98 years ago

1932 - A bloodless revolution instigated by the People's Party ends the absolute power of King Prajadhipok of Siam (now Thailand).

Events88 years ago

1938 - Pieces of a meteorite, estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons when it hit the Earth's atmosphere and exploded, land near Chicora, Pennsylvania.

Events82 years ago

1939 - Siam is renamed Thailand by Plaek Phibunsongkhram, the country's third prime minister.

Events81 years ago

1940 - World War II: Operation Collar, the first British Commando raid on occupied France, by No 11 Independent Company.

Events80 years ago

1943 - US military police attempt to arrest a black soldier in Bamber Bridge, England, sparking the Battle of Bamber Bridge mutiny that leaves one dead and seven wounded.

Events77 years ago

1947 - Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.

Events73 years ago

1948 - Cold War: Start of the Berlin Blockade: The Soviet Union makes overland travel between West Germany and West Berlin impossible.

Events72 years ago

1949 - The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, is aired on NBC starring William Boyd.

Events71 years ago

1950 - Apartheid: In South Africa, the Group Areas Act formally segregating races is passed.

Events70 years ago

1954 - First Indochina War: Battle of Mang Yang Pass: Viet Minh troops belonging to the 803rd Regiment ambush G.M. 100 of France in An Khê.

Events66 years ago

1957 - In Roth v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.

Events63 years ago

1963 - The United Kingdom grants Zanzibar internal self-government.

Events57 years ago

1973 - The UpStairs Lounge arson attack takes place at a gay bar located on the second floor of the three-story building at 141 Chartres Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Thirty-two people die as a result of fire or smoke inhalation.

Events47 years ago

1981 - The Humber Bridge opens to traffic, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It would be the world's longest bridge span for 17 years.

Events39 years ago

1982 - "The Jakarta Incident": British Airways Flight 9 flies into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount Galunggung, resulting in the failure of all four engines.

Events38 years ago

1995 - Rugby World Cup: South Africa defeats New Zealand and Nelson Mandela presents Francois Pienaar with the Webb Ellis Cup in an iconic post-apartheid moment.

Events25 years ago

2002 - The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history.

Events18 years ago

2004 - In New York, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.

Events16 years ago
Events10 years ago

2010 - Julia Gillard assumes office as the first female Prime Minister of Australia.

Events10 years ago

2012 - Lonesome George, the last known individual of Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii, a subspecies of the Galápagos tortoise, dies.

Events8 years ago

2013 - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is found guilty of abusing his power and having sex with an underage prostitute, and is sentenced to seven years in prison.

Events7 years ago


1210 - Count Floris IV of Holland (d. 1234)

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1257 - Robert de Vere, 6th Earl of Oxford, English nobleman (probable; d. 1331)

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1314 - Philippa of Hainault Queen of England (d. 1369)

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1360 - Nuno Álvares Pereira, Portuguese general

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1386 - John of Capistrano, Italian priest and saint (d. 1456)

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1465 - Isabella del Balzo, Queen Consort of Naples (d. 1533)

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1485 - Johannes Bugenhagen, Polish-German priest and reformer (d. 1558)

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1499 - Johannes Brenz, German theologian and the Protestant Reformer (d. 1570)

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1519 - Theodore Beza, French theologian and scholar (d. 1605)

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1532 - Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, English politician (d. 1588)

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1546 - Robert Persons, English Jesuit priest, insurrectionist, and author (d. 1610)

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1587 - William Arnold, English-American settler (d. 1675)

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1591 - Mustafa I, Ottoman sultan (d. 1639)

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1616 - Ferdinand Bol, Dutch painter, etcher and draftsman, student of Rembrandt (d. 1680)

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1661 - Hachisuka Tsunanori, Japanese daimyō (d. 1730)

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1663 - Jean Baptiste Massillon, French bishop (d. 1742)

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1687 - Johann Albrecht Bengel, German-Lutheran clergyman and scholar (d. 1757)

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1694 - Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui, Swiss author and theorist (d. 1748)

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1704 - Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, French philosopher and author (d. 1771)

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1753 - William Hull, American general and politician, 1st Governor of Michigan Territory (d. 1825)

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1755 - Anacharsis Cloots, Prussian-French activist (d. 1794)

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1767 - Jean-Baptiste Benoît Eyriès, French geographer and author (d. 1846)

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1771 - Éleuthère Irénée du Pont, French chemist and businessman, founded DuPont (d. 1834)

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1774 - François-Nicolas-Benoît Haxo, French general and engineer (d. 1838)

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1777 - John Ross, Scottish commander and explorer (d. 1856)

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1782 - Juan Larrea, Argentinian captain and politician (d. 1847)

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1783 - Johann Heinrich von Thünen, German economist and geographer (d. 1850)

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1784 - Juan Antonio Lavalleja, Uruguayan general and politician, President of Uruguay (d. 1853)

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1788 - Thomas Blanchard, American inventor (d. 1864)

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1795 - Ernst Heinrich Weber, German physician and psychologist (d. 1878)

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1797 - John Hughes, Irish-American archbishop (d. 1864)

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1797 - Paweł Edmund Strzelecki, Polish geologist and explorer (d. 1873)

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1804 - Stephan Endlicher, Austrian botanist, numismatist, and sinologist (d. 1849)

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1804 - Willard Richards, American religious leader (d. 1854)

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1811 - John Archibald Campbell, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1889)

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1813 - Henry Ward Beecher, American minister and reformer (d. 1887)

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1813 - Francis Boott, American composer (d. 1904)

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1821 - Guillermo Rawson, Argentinian physician and politician (d. 1890)

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1826 - George Goyder, English-Australian surveyor (d. 1898)

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1835 - Johannes Wislicenus, German chemist and academic (d. 1902)

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1838 - Jan Matejko, Polish painter (d. 1893)

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1839 - Gustavus Franklin Swift, American businessman (d. 1903)

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1842 - Ambrose Bierce, American short story writer, essayist, and journalist (d. 1914)

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1846 - Samuel Johnson, Nigerian priest and historian (d. 1901)

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1850 - Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, Irish field marshal and politician, Governor-General of Sudan (d. 1916)

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1852 - Friedrich Loeffler, German bacteriologist and academic (d. 1915)

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1854 - Eleanor Norcross, American painter (d. 1923)

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1856 - Henry Chapman Mercer, American archaeologist and author (d. 1930)

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1858 - Hastings Rashdall, English historian, philosopher, and theologian (d. 1924)

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1865 - Robert Henri, American painter and educator (d. 1929)

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1867 - Ruth Randall Edström, American educator and activist (d. 1944)

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1872 - Frank Crowninshield, American journalist and art and theatre critic (d. 1947)

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1875 - Forrest Reid, Irish novelist, literary critic and translator (d. 1947)

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1880 - Oswald Veblen, American mathematician and academic (g. 1960)

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1880 - João Cândido Felisberto, Brazilian revolutionary and sailor (d. 1969)

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1881 - George Shiels, Irish-Canadian author, poet, and playwright (d. 1949)

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1882 - Athanase David, Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 1953)

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1882 - Carl Diem, German businessman (d. 1962)

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1883 - Victor Francis Hess, Austrian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1964)

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1883 - Fritz Löhner-Beda, Jewish Austrian librettist, lyricist and writer (d.1942)

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1883 - Jean Metzinger, French artist (d. 1956)

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1883 - Arthur L. Newton, American runner (d. 1956)

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1883 - Frank Verner, American runner (d. 1966)

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1884 - Frank Waller, American runner (d. 1941)

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1885 - Olaf Holtedahl, Norwegian geologist (d. 1975)

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1888 - Gerrit Rietveld, Dutch architect, designed the Rietveld Schröder House (d. 1964)

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1893 - Roy O. Disney, American businessman, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (d. 1971)

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1895 - Jack Dempsey, American boxer and soldier (d. 1983)

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1898 - Armin Öpik, Estonian-Australian paleontologist and geologist (d. 1983)

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1898 - Karl Selter, Estonian politician, 14th Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia (d. 1958)

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1900 - Wilhelm Cauer, German mathematician and engineer (d. 1945)

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1901 - Marcel Mule, French saxophonist (d. 2001)

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1901 - Harry Partch, American composer and theorist (d. 1974)

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1901 - Chuck Taylor, American basketball player and salesman (d. 1969)

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1904 - Phil Harris, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1995)

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1905 - Fred Alderman, American sprinter (d. 1998)

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1906 - Pierre Fournier, French cellist and educator (d. 1986)

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1906 - Willard Maas, American poet and educator (d. 1971)

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1907 - Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet and translator (d. 1989)

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1908 - Hugo Distler, German organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1942)

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1908 - Alfons Rebane, Estonian colonel (d. 1976)

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1909 - Jean Deslauriers, Canadian violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1978)

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1909 - William Penney, Baron Penney, English mathematician and physicist (d. 1991)

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1911 - Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentinian race car driver (d. 1995)

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1911 - Ernesto Sabato, Argentinian physicist and academic (d. 2011)

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1912 - Brian Johnston, English sportscaster and author (d. 1994)

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1912 - Mary Wesley, English author (d. 2002)

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1913 - Gustaaf Deloor, Belgian cyclist and soldier (d. 2002)

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1914 - Jan Karski, Polish-American activist and academic (d. 2000)

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1914 - Pearl Witherington, French secret agent (d. 2008)

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1915 - Fred Hoyle, English astronomer and author (d. 2001)

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1916 - William B. Saxbe, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 70th United States Attorney General (d. 2010)

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1916 - Saloua Raouda Choucair, Lebanese painter and sculptor (d. 2017)

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1917 - David Easton, Canadian-American political scientist and academic (d. 2014)

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1917 - Lucy Jarvis, American television producer

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1917 - Ramblin' Tommy Scott, American singer and guitarist (d. 2013)

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1917 - Joan Clarke, English cryptanalyst and numismatist (d. 1996)

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1918 - Mildred Ladner Thompson, American journalist and author (d. 2013)

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1918 - Yong Nyuk Lin, Singaporean businessman and politician, Singaporean Minister for Education (d. 2012)

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1919 - Al Molinaro, American actor (d. 2015)

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1921 - Gerhard Sommer, German soldier

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1922 - Jack Carter, American actor and comedian (d. 2015)

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1922 - John Postgate, English microbiologist, author, and academic (d. 2014)

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1922 - Richard Timberlake, American economist

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1923 - Margaret Olley, Australian painter and philanthropist (d. 2011)

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1924 - Kurt Furgler, Swiss politician, 70th President of the Swiss Confederation (d. 2008)

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1924 - Archie Roy, Scottish astronomer and academic (d. 2012)

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1924 - Yoshito Takamine, American politician (d. 2015)

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1925 - Ogden Reid, American politician (d. 2019)

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1927 - Fernand Dumont, Canadian sociologist, philosopher, and poet (d. 1997)

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1927 - James B. Edwards, American dentist, soldier, and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Energy (d. 2014)

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1927 - Martin Lewis Perl, American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2014)

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1929 - Carolyn S. Shoemaker, American astronomer

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1930 - Claude Chabrol, French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2010)

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1930 - Donald Gordon, South African businessman and philanthropist

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1930 - William Bernard Ziff, Jr., American publisher (d. 2006)

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1931 - Billy Casper, American golfer and architect (d. 2015)

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1932 - David McTaggart, Canadian-Italian environmentalist (d. 2001)

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1933 - Sam Jones, American basketball player and coach

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1933 - Ngina Kenyatta, 1st First Lady of Kenya

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1934 - Ferdinand Biwersi, German footballer and referee (d. 2013)

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1934 - Jean-Pierre Ferland, Canadian singer-songwriter

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1934 - Gloria Christian, Italian singer

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1935 - Terry Riley, American composer and educator

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1935 - Jean Milesi, French racing cyclist

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1935 - Charlie Dees, American baseball player

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1937 - Anita Desai, Indian-American author and academic

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1938 - Lawrence Block, American author

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1938 - Abulfaz Elchibey, 1st democratically elected Azerbaijani president (d. 2000)

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1938 - Ken Gray, New Zealand rugby player (d. 1992)

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1939 - Brigitte Fontaine, French singer

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1940 - Ian Ross, Australian newsreader (d. 2014)

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1940 - Vittorio Storaro, Italian cinematographer

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1941 - Erkin Koray, Turkish singer-songwriter and guitarist

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1941 - Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-French psychoanalyst and author

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1941 - Graham McKenzie, Australian cricketer

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1942 - Arthur Brown, English rock singer-songwriter

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1942 - Mick Fleetwood, English-American drummer

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1942 - Michele Lee, American actress and singer

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1942 - Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, Chilean engineer and politician, 32nd President of Chile

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1942 - Colin Groves, Australian academician and educator

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1943 - Birgit Grodal, Danish economist and academic (d. 2004)

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1944 - Jeff Beck, English guitarist and songwriter

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1944 - Kathryn Lasky, American author

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1944 - Chris Wood, English saxophonist (d. 1983)

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1945 - Colin Blunstone, English singer-songwriter

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1945 - Wayne Cashman, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

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1945 - George Pataki, American lawyer and politician, 53rd Governor of New York

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1945 - Betty Stöve, Dutch tennis player

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1946 - David Collenette, Canadian civil servant and politician, 32nd Canadian Minister of National Defence

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1946 - Ellison Onizuka, American colonel, engineer, and astronaut (d. 1986)

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1946 - Robert Reich, American economist and politician, 22nd United States Secretary of Labor

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1947 - Clarissa Dickson Wright, English chef, author, and television personality (d. 2014)

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1947 - Peter Weller, American actor and director

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1948 - Patrick Moraz, Swiss keyboard player and songwriter

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1949 - John Illsley, English singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer

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1949 - Betty Jackson, English fashion designer

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1950 - Nancy Allen, American actress

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1950 - Bob Carlos Clarke, Irish-born English photographer (d. 2006)

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1950 - Jan Kulczyk, Polish businessman (d. 2015)

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1950 - Mercedes Lackey, American author

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1951 - Raelene Boyle, Australian sprinter

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1951 - Charles Sturridge, English director, producer, and screenwriter

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1952 - Bob Neill, English lawyer and politician

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1953 - William E. Moerner, American chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

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1953 - Michael Tuck, Australian footballer and coach

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1955 - Chris Higgins, English geneticist and academic

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1955 - Edmund Malura, German footballer and manager

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1955 - Loren Roberts, American golfer

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1957 - Mark Parkinson, American lawyer and politician, 45th Governor of Kansas

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1958 - Jean Charest, Canadian lawyer and politician, 5th Deputy Prime Minister of Canada

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1958 - Silvio Mondinelli, Italian mountaineer

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1958 - John Tortorella, American ice hockey player and coach

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1959 - Andy McCluskey, English singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer

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1960 - Elish Angiolini, Scottish lawyer, judge, and politician, Solicitor General for Scotland

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1960 - Siedah Garrett, American singer-songwriter and pianist

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1960 - Karin Pilsäter, Swedish accountant and politician

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1960 - Erik Poppe, Norwegian director, cinematographer, and screenwriter

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1961 - Dennis Danell, American singer and guitarist (d. 2000)

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1961 - Iain Glen, Scottish actor

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1961 - Bernie Nicholls, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

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1961 - Ralph E. Reed, Jr., American journalist and activist

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1961 - Curt Smith, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

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1963 - Yuri Kasparyan, Russian guitarist

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1963 - Preki, Serbian-American soccer player and coach

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1963 - Mike Wieringo, American author and illustrator (d. 2007)

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1964 - Jean-Luc Delarue, French television host and producer (d. 2012)

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1964 - Kathryn Parminter, Baroness Parminter, English politician

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1964 - Gary Suter, American ice hockey player and scout

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1965 - Claude Bourbonnais, Canadian race car driver

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1965 - Uwe Krupp, German ice hockey player and coach

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1965 - Richard Lumsden, English actor, writer, composer and musician

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1966 - Hope Sandoval, American singer-songwriter and musician

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1966 - Adrienne Shelly, American actress, director, and screenwriter (d. 2006)

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1967 - Janez Lapajne, Slovenian director and producer

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1967 - John Limniatis, Greek-Canadian footballer and manager

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1968 - Alaa Abdelnaby, Egyptian-American basketball player and sportscaster

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1970 - Glenn Medeiros, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

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1970 - Bernardo Sassetti, Portuguese pianist, composer, and educator (d. 2012)

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1972 - Robbie McEwen, Australian cyclist

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1972 - Denis Žvegelj, Slovenian rower

Births48 years ago

1973 - Alexis Gauthier, French chef

Births47 years ago

1973 - Jere Lehtinen, Finnish ice hockey player

Births47 years ago

1974 - Dan Byles, English sailor, rower, and politician

Births46 years ago

1974 - Chris Guccione, American baseball player and umpire

Births46 years ago

1975 - Marek Malík, Czech ice hockey player

Births45 years ago

1975 - Federico Pucciariello, Argentinian-Italian rugby player

Births45 years ago

1976 - Brock Olivo, American football player and coach

Births44 years ago

1977 - Dimos Dikoudis, Greek basketball player and manager

Births43 years ago

1977 - Jeff Farmer, Australian footballer

Births43 years ago

1978 - Luis García, Spanish footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Pantelis Kafes, Greek footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Shunsuke Nakamura, Japanese footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Ariel Pink, American singer-songwriter

Births42 years ago

1978 - Juan Román Riquelme, Argentinian footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Emppu Vuorinen, Finnish guitarist and songwriter

Births42 years ago

1979 - Mindy Kaling, American actress and producer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Petra Němcová, Czech model and philanthropist

Births41 years ago

1980 - Cicinho, Brazilian footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Nina Dübbers, German tennis player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Andrew Jones, Australian race car driver

Births40 years ago

1980 - Minka Kelly, American actress

Births40 years ago

1982 - Kevin Nolan, English footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Jarret Stoll, Canadian ice hockey player

Births38 years ago

1983 - Rebecca Cooke, English swimmer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Gianni Munari, Italian footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Gard Nilssen, Norwegian drummer

Births37 years ago

1983 - David Shillington, Australian rugby league player

Births37 years ago

1984 - Andrea Raggi, Italian footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - J.J. Redick, American basketball player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Johanna Welin, Swedish-born German wheelchair basketball player

Births36 years ago

1985 - Diego Alves Carreira, Brazilian footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Tom Kennedy, English footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Ethan Klein, American YouTuber

Births35 years ago

1985 - Nate Myles, Australian rugby league player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Vernon Philander, South African cricketer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Yukina Shirakawa, Japanese model

Births35 years ago

1986 - Stuart Broad, English cricketer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Phil Hughes, American baseball player

Births34 years ago

1986 - Solange Knowles, American singer-songwriter and actress

Births34 years ago

1987 - Simona Dobrá, Czech tennis player

Births33 years ago

1987 - Lionel Messi, Argentinian footballer

Births33 years ago

1988 - Micah Richards, English footballer

Births32 years ago

1989 - Teklemariam Medhin, Eritrean runner

Births31 years ago

1990 - Michael Del Zotto, Canadian ice hockey player

Births30 years ago

1990 - Richard Sukuta-Pasu, German footballer

Births30 years ago

1991 - Yasmin Paige, English actress

Births29 years ago

1991 - Aidan Sezer, Australian rugby league player

Births29 years ago

1992 - David Alaba, Austrian footballer

Births28 years ago

1996 - Duki, Argentinian rapper

Births24 years ago


994 - Abu Isa al-Warraq, Arab scholar (b. 889)


1046 - Jeongjong II, Korean ruler (b. 1018)

Deaths974 years ago
Deaths932 years ago

1314 - Gilbert de Clare, 8th Earl of Gloucester, English commander (b. 1291)

Deaths706 years ago

1314 - Robert de Clifford, 1st Baron de Clifford, English soldier and politician, Lord Warden of the Marches (b. 1274)

Deaths706 years ago

1398 - Hongwu, Chinese emperor (b. 1328)

Deaths622 years ago

1439 - Frederick IV, duke of Austria (b. 1382)

Deaths581 years ago

1503 - Reginald Bray, English architect and politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (b. 1440)

Deaths517 years ago
Deaths501 years ago

1520 - Hosokawa Sumimoto, Japanese commander (b. 1489)

Deaths500 years ago
Deaths416 years ago

1637 - Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, French astronomer and historian (b. 1580)

Deaths383 years ago

1643 - John Hampden, English politician (b. 1595)

Deaths377 years ago

1766 - Adrien Maurice de Noailles, French soldier and politician, French Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1678)

Deaths254 years ago

1778 - Pieter Burman the Younger, Dutch philologist and academic (b. 1714)

Deaths242 years ago

1803 - Matthew Thornton, Irish-American judge and politician (b. 1714)

Deaths217 years ago

1817 - Thomas McKean, American lawyer and politician, 2nd Governor of Pennsylvania (b. 1734)

Deaths203 years ago

1835 - Andreas Vokos Miaoulis, Greek admiral and politician (b. 1769)

Deaths185 years ago

1902 - George Leake, Australian politician, 2nd Premier of Western Australia (b. 1856)

Deaths118 years ago

1908 - Grover Cleveland, American lawyer and politician, 22nd and 24th President of the United States (b. 1837)

Deaths112 years ago

1909 - Sarah Orne Jewett, American novelist, short story writer, and poet (b. 1849)

Deaths111 years ago

1922 - Walther Rathenau, German businessman and politician, 7th German Minister for Foreign Affairs (b. 1867)

Deaths98 years ago

1931 - Otto Mears, Russian-American businessman (b. 1840)

Deaths89 years ago

1931 - Xiang Zhongfa, Chinese politician, 2nd General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (b. 1880)

Deaths89 years ago

1932 - Ernst Põdder, Estonian general (b. 1879)

Deaths88 years ago

1943 - Camille Roy, Canadian priest and critic (b. 1870)

Deaths77 years ago

1946 - Louise Whitfield Carnegie, American philanthropist (b. 1857)

Deaths74 years ago

1947 - Emil Seidel, American politician, Mayor of Milwaukee (b. 1864)

Deaths73 years ago

1962 - Volfgangs Dārziņš, Latvian composer, pianist and music critic (b. 1906)

Deaths58 years ago

1964 - Stuart Davis, American painter and academic (b. 1892)

Deaths56 years ago

1968 - Tony Hancock, English actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1924)

Deaths52 years ago

1969 - Frank King, American cartoonist (b. 1883)

Deaths51 years ago

1969 - Willy Ley, German-American historian and author (b. 1906)

Deaths51 years ago

1976 - Minor White, American photographer, critic, and academic (b. 1908)

Deaths44 years ago

1978 - Robert Charroux, French author and critic (b. 1909)

Deaths42 years ago

1980 - V. V. Giri, Indian lawyer and politician, 4th President of India (b. 1894)

Deaths40 years ago

1984 - Clarence Campbell, Canadian businessman (b. 1905)

Deaths36 years ago

1987 - Jackie Gleason, American actor, comedian, and producer (b. 1916)

Deaths33 years ago

1988 - Csaba Kesjár, Hungarian race car driver (b. 1962)

Deaths32 years ago

1991 - Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-American author and playwright (b. 1917)

Deaths29 years ago

1991 - Rufino Tamayo, Mexican painter and illustrator (b. 1899)

Deaths29 years ago

1994 - Jean Vallerand, Canadian violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1915)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Andrew J. Transue, American politician and attorney Morissette v. United States (b. 1903)

Deaths25 years ago

1997 - Brian Keith, American actor (b. 1921)

Deaths23 years ago

2000 - Vera Atkins, British intelligence officer (b. 1908)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - David Tomlinson, English actor and comedian (b. 1917)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Rodrigo Bueno, Argentine cuarteto singer (b. 1973)

Deaths20 years ago

2002 - Pierre Werner, Luxembourgian banker and politician, 21st Prime Minister of Luxembourg (b. 1913)

Deaths18 years ago

2004 - Ifigeneia Giannopoulou, Greek songwriter and author (b. 1957)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Paul Winchell, American actor, voice artist, and ventriloquist (b. 1922)

Deaths15 years ago

2007 - Natasja Saad, Danish rapper and reggae singer (b. 1974)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Chris Benoit, Canadian wrestler (b. 1967)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Derek Dougan, Northern Irish footballer and manager (b. 1938)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Gerhard Ringel, Austrian mathematician and academic (b. 1919)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Roméo LeBlanc, Canadian journalist and politician, 25th Governor General of Canada (b. 1927)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Fred Anderson, American jazz tenor saxophonist (b. 1929)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Tomislav Ivić, Croatian football coach and manager (b. 1933)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Darrel Akerfelds, American baseball player and coach (b. 1962)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Gad Beck, German author and educator (b. 1923)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Gu Chaohao, Chinese mathematician and academic (b. 1926)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Miki Roqué, Spanish footballer (b. 1988)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Ann C. Scales, American lawyer, educator, and activist (b. 1952)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Mick Aston, English archaeologist and academic (b. 1946)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Emilio Colombo, Italian politician, 40th Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1920)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Joannes Gijsen, Dutch bishop (b. 1932)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - William Hathaway, American lawyer and politician (b. 1924)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - James Martin, English-Bermudian computer scientist and author (b. 1933)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Alan Myers, American drummer (b. 1955)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - John Clement, Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1928)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Olga Kotelko, Canadian runner and softball player (b. 1919)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Ramón José Velásquez, Venezuelan journalist, lawyer, and politician, President of Venezuela (b. 1916)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Eli Wallach, American actor (b. 1915)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Cristiano Araújo, Brazilian singer-songwriter (b. 1986)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Mario Biaggi, American police officer, politician and criminal (b. 1917)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Marva Collins, American author and educator (b. 1936)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Susan Ahn Cuddy, American lieutenant (b. 1915)

Deaths5 years ago

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