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Earliest day on which Alexanderson Day can fall, celebrated on the Sunday closest to July 2. (Sweden)

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Earliest day on which CARICOM Day can fall, while July 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Monday in July. (Guyana)

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Earliest day on which Constitution Day can fall, while July 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Monday in July. (Cayman Islands)

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Earliest day on which Día del Amigo can fall, celebrated on the first Saturday of July. (Peru)

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Earliest day on which Fishermen's Holiday, celebrated on the first Friday of July (Marshall Islands)

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Earliest day on which Heroes' Day can fall, while July 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Monday in July. (Zambia)

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Earliest day on which International Co-operative Day, can fall, celebrated on the first Saturday of July.

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Earliest day on which International Free Hugs Day, can fall, celebrated on the first Saturday of July.

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Earliest day on which Navy Day can fall, celebrated on the first Sunday in July. (Ukraine)

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Earliest day on which Navy Days can fall, celebrated First Saturday and Sunday. (Netherlands)

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Earliest day on which Youth Day can fall, while July 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Sunday in July. (Singapore)

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Independence Day (Burundi), celebrates the independence of Burundi from Belgium in 1962.

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The first day of Van Mahotsav, celebrated until July 7. (India)

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Events

552 - Battle of Taginae: Byzantine forces under Narses defeat the Ostrogoths in Italy. During the fighting king Totila is mortally wounded.

Events

1097 - Battle of Dorylaeum: Crusaders led by prince Bohemond of Taranto defeat a Seljuk army led by sultan Kilij Arslan I.

Events923 years ago

1431 - The Battle of La Higueruela takes place in Granada, leading to a modest advance of the Kingdom of Castile during the Reconquista.

Events589 years ago

1520 - Spanish conquistadors led by Hernán Cortés fight their way out of Tenochtitlan after nightfall.

Events500 years ago

1523 - Jan van Essen and Hendrik Vos become the first Lutheran martyrs, burned at the stake by Roman Catholic authorities in Brussels.

Events497 years ago

1569 - Union of Lublin: The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania confirm a real union; the united country is called the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth or the Republic of Both Nations.

Events451 years ago

1643 - First meeting of the Westminster Assembly, a council of theologians ("divines") and members of the Parliament of England appointed to restructure the Church of England, at Westminster Abbey in London.

Events377 years ago

1690 - Glorious Revolution: Battle of the Boyne in Ireland (as reckoned under the Julian calendar).

Events330 years ago

1766 - François-Jean de la Barre, a young French nobleman, is tortured and beheaded before his body is burnt on a pyre along with a copy of Voltaire's Dictionnaire philosophique nailed to his torso for the crime of not saluting a Roman Catholic religious procession in Abbeville, France.

Events254 years ago

1770 - Lexell's Comet is seen closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history, approaching to a distance of 0.0146 AU (1,360,000 mi; 2,180,000 km)

Events250 years ago

1782 - Raid on Lunenburg: American privateers attack the British settlement of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Events238 years ago

1819 - Johann Georg Tralles discovers the Great Comet of 1819, (C/1819 N1). It was the first comet analyzed using polarimetry, by François Arago.

Events201 years ago

1837 - A system of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths is established in England and Wales.

Events183 years ago

1855 - Signing of the Quinault Treaty: The Quinault and the Quileute cede their land to the United States.

Events165 years ago

1858 - Joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society of London.

Events162 years ago

1862 - The Russian State Library is founded as the Library of the Moscow Public Museum.

Events158 years ago

1862 - Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, second daughter of Queen Victoria, marries Prince Louis of Hesse, the future Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse.

Events158 years ago

1862 - American Civil War: The Battle of Malvern Hill takes place. It is the last of the Seven Days Battles, part of George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign.

Events158 years ago

1863 - Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marking the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands.

Events157 years ago

1863 - American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg begins.

Events157 years ago

1867 - The British North America Act takes effect as the Province of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia join into confederation to create the modern nation of Canada. Sir John A. Macdonald is sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. This date is commemorated annually in Canada as Canada Day, a national holiday.

Events153 years ago

1870 - The United States Department of Justice formally comes into existence.

Events150 years ago
Events147 years ago

1874 - The Sholes and Glidden typewriter, the first commercially successful typewriter, goes on sale.

Events146 years ago

1878 - Canada joins the Universal Postal Union.

Events142 years ago

1879 - Charles Taze Russell publishes the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower.

Events141 years ago

1881 - The world's first international telephone call is made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States.

Events139 years ago

1881 - General Order 70, the culmination of the Cardwell and Childers reforms of the British Army, comes into effect.

Events139 years ago

1885 - The United States terminates reciprocity and fishery agreement with Canada.

Events135 years ago

1885 - The Congo Free State is established by King Leopold II of Belgium.

Events135 years ago

1890 - Canada and Bermuda are linked by telegraph cable.

Events130 years ago
Events122 years ago

1903 - Start of first Tour de France bicycle race.

Events117 years ago

1908 - SOS is adopted as the international distress signal.

Events112 years ago

1911 - Germany despatches the gunship SMS Panther to Morocco, sparking the Agadir Crisis.

Events109 years ago

1915 - Leutnant Kurt Wintgens of the then-named German Deutsches Heer's Fliegertruppe army air service achieves the first known aerial victory with a synchronized machine-gun armed fighter plane, the Fokker M.5K/MG Eindecker.

Events105 years ago

1916 - World War I: First day on the Somme: On the first day of the Battle of the Somme 19,000 soldiers of the British Army are killed and 40,000 wounded.

Events104 years ago

1922 - The Great Railroad Strike of 1922 begins in the United States.

Events98 years ago
Events97 years ago

1931 - United Airlines begins service (as Boeing Air Transport).

Events89 years ago

1931 - Wiley Post and Harold Gatty become the first people to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engined monoplane aircraft.

Events89 years ago

1932 - Australia's national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was formed.

Events88 years ago

1935 - Regina, Saskatchewan police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police ambush strikers participating in the On-to-Ottawa Trek.

Events85 years ago

1942 - World War II: First Battle of El Alamein.

Events78 years ago

1942 - The Australian Federal Government becomes the sole collector of income tax in Australia as State Income Tax is abolished.

Events78 years ago

1943 - Tokyo City merges with Tokyo Prefecture and is dissolved. Since this date, no city in Japan has the name "Tokyo" (present-day Tokyo is not officially a city).

Events77 years ago

1947 - The Philippine Air Force is established.

Events73 years ago

1948 - Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Quaid-i-Azam) inaugurates Pakistan's central bank, the State Bank of Pakistan.

Events72 years ago

1949 - The merger of two princely states of India, Cochin and Travancore, into the state of Thiru-Kochi (later re-organized as Kerala) in the Indian Union ends more than 1,000 years of princely rule by the Cochin royal family.

Events71 years ago
Events63 years ago

1958 - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave.

Events62 years ago

1958 - Flooding of Canada's Saint Lawrence Seaway begins.

Events62 years ago

1959 - Specific values for the international yard, avoirdupois pound and derived units (e.g. inch, mile and ounce) are adopted after agreement between the US, the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries.

Events61 years ago

1960 - Independence of Somalia.

Events60 years ago

1960 - Ghana becomes a republic and Kwame Nkrumah becomes its first President as Queen Elizabeth II ceases to be its head of state.

Events60 years ago

1962 - Independence of Rwanda and Burundi.

Events58 years ago

1963 - ZIP codes are introduced for United States mail.

Events57 years ago

1963 - The British Government admits that former diplomat Kim Philby had worked as a Soviet agent.

Events57 years ago

1966 - The first color television transmission in Canada takes place from Toronto.

Events54 years ago
Events53 years ago

1968 - The United States Central Intelligence Agency's Phoenix Program is officially established.

Events52 years ago

1968 - The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is signed in Washington, D.C., London and Moscow by sixty-two countries.

Events52 years ago

1968 - Formal separation of the United Auto Workers from the AFL–CIO in the United States.

Events52 years ago

1972 - The first Gay pride march in England takes place.

Events48 years ago

1976 - Portugal grants autonomy to Madeira.

Events44 years ago

1978 - The Northern Territory in Australia is granted self-government.

Events42 years ago

1979 - Sony introduces the Walkman.

Events41 years ago

1980 - "O Canada" officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.

Events40 years ago

1983 - A North Korean Ilyushin Il-62M jet en route to Conakry Airport in Guinea crashes into the Fouta Djallon mountains in Guinea-Bissau, killing all 23 people on board.

Events37 years ago

1984 - The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA.

Events36 years ago

1987 - The American radio station WFAN in New York City is launched as the world's first all-sports radio station.

Events33 years ago

1990 - German reunification: East Germany accepts the Deutsche Mark as its currency, thus uniting the economies of East and West Germany.

Events30 years ago

1991 - Cold War: The Warsaw Pact is officially dissolved at a meeting in Prague.

Events29 years ago

1997 - China resumes sovereignty over the city-state of Hong Kong, ending 156 years of British colonial rule. The handover ceremony is attended by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Charles, Prince of Wales, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Events23 years ago

1999 - The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Elizabeth II on the day that legislative powers are officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh. In Wales, the powers of the Welsh Secretary are transferred to the National Assembly.

Events21 years ago

2002 - The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.

Events18 years ago

2002 - Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937, a Tupolev Tu-154, and DHL Flight 611, a Boeing 757, collide in mid-air over Überlingen, southern Germany, killing all 71 on board both planes.

Events18 years ago

2003 - Over 500,000 people protest against efforts to pass anti-sedition legislation in Hong Kong.

Events17 years ago

2004 - Saturn orbit insertion of Cassini–Huygens begins at 01:12 UTC and ends at 02:48 UTC.

Events16 years ago

2006 - The first operation of Qinghai–Tibet Railway in China.

Events14 years ago

2007 - Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces.

Events13 years ago

2008 - Rioting erupts in Mongolia in response to allegations of fraud surrounding the 2008 legislative elections.

Events12 years ago

2013 - Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union.

Events7 years ago

Births

1311 - Liu Bowen, Chinese military strategist, statesman and poet (d. 1375)

Births709 years ago

1464 - Clara Gonzaga, Italian noble (d. 1503)

Births556 years ago
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Births486 years ago

1553 - Peter Street, English carpenter and builder (d. 1609)

Births467 years ago

1574 - Joseph Hall, English bishop and mystic (d. 1656)

Births446 years ago

1586 - Claudio Saracini, Italian lute player and composer (d. 1630)

Births434 years ago

1633 - Johann Heinrich Heidegger, Swiss theologian and author (d. 1698)

Births387 years ago

1646 - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, German mathematician and philosopher (d. 1716)

Births374 years ago

1663 - Franz Xaver Murschhauser, German composer and theorist (d. 1738)

Births357 years ago

1725 - Rhoda Delaval, English painter (d. 1757)

Births295 years ago
Births295 years ago

1731 - Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan, Scottish-English admiral (d. 1804)

Births289 years ago

1742 - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, German physicist and academic (d. 1799)

Births278 years ago

1771 - Ferdinando Paer, Italian composer and conductor (d. 1839)

Births249 years ago

1788 - Jean-Victor Poncelet, French mathematician and engineer (d. 1867)

Births232 years ago

1804 - Charles Gordon Greene, American journalist and politician (d. 1886)

Births216 years ago

1804 - George Sand, French author and playwright (d. 1876)

Births216 years ago

1807 - Thomas Green Clemson, American politician and educator, founded Clemson University (d. 1888)

Births213 years ago

1808 - Ygnacio del Valle, Mexican-American landowner (d. 1880)

Births212 years ago

1814 - Robert Torrens, Irish-Australian politician, 3rd Premier of South Australia (d. 1884)

Births206 years ago

1818 - Ignaz Semmelweis, Hungarian-Austrian physician and obstetrician (d. 1865)

Births202 years ago

1818 - Karl von Vierordt, German physician, psychologist, and academic (d. 1884)

Births202 years ago

1822 - Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Vietnamese poet and activist (d. 1888)

Births198 years ago

1834 - Jadwiga Łuszczewska, Polish poet and author (d. 1908)

Births186 years ago

1850 - Florence Earle Coates, American poet (d. 1927)

Births170 years ago

1858 - Willard Metcalf, American painter (d. 1925)

Births162 years ago

1858 - Velma Caldwell Melville, American editor, and writer of prose and poetry (d. 1924)

Births162 years ago

1863 - William Grant Stairs, Canadian-English captain and explorer (d. 1892)

Births157 years ago

1869 - William Strunk Jr., American author and educator (d. 1946)

Births151 years ago

1872 - Louis Blériot, French pilot and engineer (d. 1936)

Births148 years ago

1872 - William Duddell, English physicist and engineer (d. 1917)

Births148 years ago

1873 - Alice Guy-Blaché, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1968)

Births147 years ago

1873 - Andrass Samuelsen, Faroese politician, 1st Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands (d. 1954)

Births147 years ago

1875 - Joseph Weil, American con man (d. 1976)

Births145 years ago

1876 - T.J. Ryan, Australian politician, 19th Premier of Queensland (d. 1921)

Births144 years ago

1878 - Jacques Rosenbaum, Estonian-German architect (d. 1944)

Births142 years ago

1879 - Léon Jouhaux, French union leader, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1954)

Births141 years ago

1881 - Edward Battersby Bailey, English geologist (d. 1965)

Births139 years ago

1882 - Bidhan Chandra Roy, Indian physician and politician, 2nd Chief Minister of West Bengal (d. 1962)

Births138 years ago

1883 - Arthur Borton, English colonel, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1933)

Births137 years ago

1885 - Dorothea Mackellar, Australian author and poet (d. 1968)

Births135 years ago

1887 - Amber Reeves, New Zealand-English author and scholar (d. 1981)

Births133 years ago

1892 - James M. Cain, American author and journalist (d. 1977)

Births128 years ago

1892 - László Lajtha, Hungarian composer and conductor (d. 1963)

Births128 years ago

1899 - Thomas A. Dorsey, American pianist and composer (d. 1993)

Births121 years ago

1899 - Charles Laughton, English-American actor and director (d. 1962)

Births121 years ago

1899 - Konstantinos Tsatsos, Greek scholar and politician, President of Greece (d. 1987)

Births121 years ago

1901 - Irna Phillips, American screenwriter (d. 1973)

Births119 years ago

1902 - William Wyler, French-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1981)

Births118 years ago

1903 - Amy Johnson, English pilot (d. 1941)

Births117 years ago

1903 - Beatrix Lehmann, English actress (d. 1979)

Births117 years ago

1906 - Jean Dieudonné, French mathematician and academic (d. 1992)

Births114 years ago

1906 - Estée Lauder, American businesswoman, co-founded the Estée Lauder Companies (d. 2004)

Births114 years ago

1907 - Norman Pirie, Scottish-English biochemist and virologist (d. 1997)

Births113 years ago

1909 - Emmett Toppino, American sprinter (d. 1971)

Births111 years ago

1910 - Glenn Hardin, American hurdler (d. 1975)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Arnold Alas, Estonian landscape architect and artist (d. 1990)

Births109 years ago

1911 - Sergey Sokolov, Russian marshal and politician, Soviet Minister of Defence (d. 2012)

Births109 years ago

1912 - David Brower, American environmentalist, founded Sierra Club Foundation (d. 2000)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Sally Kirkland, American journalist (d. 1989)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Frank Barrett, American baseball player (d. 1998)

Births107 years ago

1913 - Lee Guttero, American basketball player (d. 2004)

Births107 years ago

1913 - Vasantrao Naik, Indian politician, 3rd Chief Minister of Maharashtra (d. 1979)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Thomas Pearson, British Army officer

Births106 years ago

1914 - Christl Cranz, German alpine skier (d. 2004)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Bernard B. Wolfe, American politician (d. 2016)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Boots Poffenberger, American Major League Baseball pitcher (d. 1999)

Births105 years ago

1915 - Willie Dixon, American singer-songwriter, bass player, guitarist, and producer (d. 1992)

Births105 years ago

1915 - Joseph Ransohoff, American soldier and neurosurgeon (d. 2001)

Births105 years ago

1915 - Philip Lever, 3rd Viscount Leverhulme, British peer (d. 2000)

Births105 years ago

1915 - Nguyễn Văn Linh, Vietnamese politician (d. 1998)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Olivia de Havilland, British-American actress

Births104 years ago

1916 - Iosif Shklovsky, Ukrainian astronomer and astrophysicist (d. 1985)

Births104 years ago

1916 - George C. Stoney, American director and producer (d. 2012)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Humphry Osmond, English-American lieutenant and psychiatrist (d. 2004)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Álvaro Domecq y Díez, Spanish aristocratic (d. 2005)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Ralph Young, American singer and actor (d. 2008)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Ahmed Deedat, South African writer and public speaker (d. 2005)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Pedro Yap, Filipino lawyer (d. 2003)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Arnold Meri, Estonian colonel (d. 2009)

Births101 years ago

1919 - Malik Dohan al-Hassan, Iraqi politician

Births101 years ago

1919 - Gerald E. Miller, American vice admiral (d. 2014)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Henri Amouroux, French historian and journalist (d. 2007)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Harold Sakata, Japanese-American wrestler and actor (d. 1982)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Joseph G. Williams, American musician

Births100 years ago

1920 - George I. Fujimoto, American-Japanese chemist

Births100 years ago

1921 - Seretse Khama, Batswana lawyer and politician, 1st President of Botswana (d. 1980)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Michalina Wisłocka, Polish gynecologist and sexologist (d. 2005)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Arthur Johnson, Canadian canoeist (d. 2003)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Toshi Seeger, German-American activist, co-founded the Clearwater Festival (d. 2013)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Mordechai Bibi, Israeli politician

Births98 years ago

1923 - Scotty Bowers, American Marine, author and pimp

Births97 years ago

1924 - Antoni Ramallets, Spanish footballer and manager (d. 2013)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Florence Stanley, American actress (d. 2003)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Georges Rivière, French actor

Births96 years ago

1925 - Farley Granger, American actor (d. 2011)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Art McNally, American football referee

Births95 years ago

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

Births94 years ago

1926 - Carl Hahn, German businessman

Births94 years ago

1926 - Mohamed Abshir Muse, Somali general (d. 2017)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Hans Werner Henze, German composer and educator (d. 2012)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Alan J. Charig, English paleontologist and author (d. 1997)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Joseph Martin Sartoris, American bishop

Births93 years ago

1927 - Chandra Shekhar, 8th Prime Minister of India (d. 2007)

Births93 years ago

1929 - Gerald Edelman, American biologist and immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2014)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Moustapha Akkad, Syrian-American director and producer (d. 2005)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Carol Chomsky, American linguist and academic (d. 2008)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Leslie Caron, French actress and dancer

Births89 years ago

1932 - Ze'ev Schiff, French-Israeli journalist and author (d. 2007)

Births88 years ago

1933 - C. Scott Littleton, American anthropologist and academic (d. 2010)

Births87 years ago

1934 - Claude Berri, French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2009)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Jamie Farr, American actor

Births86 years ago

1934 - Jean Marsh, English actress and screenwriter

Births86 years ago

1934 - Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2008)

Births86 years ago

1935 - James Cotton, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (d. 2017)

Births85 years ago

1935 - David Prowse, English actor

Births85 years ago

1936 - Wally Amos, American entrepreneur and founder of Famous Amos

Births84 years ago

1938 - Craig Anderson, American baseball player and coach

Births82 years ago

1938 - Hariprasad Chaurasia, Indian flute player and composer

Births82 years ago

1939 - Karen Black, American actress (d. 2013)

Births81 years ago

1939 - Delaney Bramlett, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2008)

Births81 years ago

1940 - Craig Brown, Scottish footballer and manager

Births80 years ago

1940 - Ela Gandhi, South African activist and politician

Births80 years ago

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

Births80 years ago

1941 - Rod Gilbert, Canadian-American ice hockey player

Births79 years ago

1941 - Alfred G. Gilman, American pharmacologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2015)

Births79 years ago

1941 - Myron Scholes, Canadian-American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births79 years ago

1941 - Twyla Tharp, American dancer and choreographer

Births79 years ago

1942 - Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Iraqi field marshal and politician (d. 2015)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Geneviève Bujold, Canadian actress

Births78 years ago

1942 - Andraé Crouch, American singer-songwriter, producer, and pastor (d. 2015)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Julia Higgins, English chemist and academic

Births78 years ago

1943 - Philip Brunelle, American conductor and organist

Births77 years ago

1943 - Peeter Lepp, Estonian politician, 37th Mayor of Tallinn

Births77 years ago

1943 - Jeff Wayne, American composer, musician, and lyricist

Births77 years ago

1945 - Mike Burstyn, American actor and singer

Births75 years ago

1945 - Debbie Harry, American singer-songwriter and actress

Births75 years ago

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

Births74 years ago

1946 - Erkki Tuomioja, Finnish sergeant and politician, Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs

Births74 years ago

1947 - Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Japanese race car driver

Births73 years ago

1947 - Malcolm Wicks, English academic and politician (d. 2012)

Births73 years ago

1948 - John Ford, English-American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births72 years ago

1949 - Néjia Ben Mabrouk, Tunisian-Belgian director and screenwriter

Births71 years ago

1949 - John Farnham, English-Australian singer-songwriter

Births71 years ago

1949 - David Hogan, American composer and educator (d. 1996)

Births71 years ago

1949 - Venkaiah Naidu, Indian lawyer and politician

Births71 years ago

1950 - David Duke, American white supremacist, politician and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard

Births70 years ago

1951 - Trevor Eve, English actor and producer

Births69 years ago

1951 - Anne Feeney, American singer-songwriter and activist

Births69 years ago

1951 - Julia Goodfellow, English physicist and academic

Births69 years ago

1951 - Klaus-Peter Justus, German runner

Births69 years ago

1951 - Tom Kozelko, American basketball player

Births69 years ago

1951 - Terrence Mann, American actor, singer, and dancer

Births69 years ago

1951 - Fred Schneider, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player

Births69 years ago

1951 - Victor Willis, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor

Births69 years ago

1952 - Dan Aykroyd, Canadian actor, producer, and screenwriter

Births68 years ago

1952 - David Arkenstone, American composer and performer

Births68 years ago

1952 - David Lane, English oncologist and academic

Births68 years ago

1952 - Steve Shutt, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

Births68 years ago

1952 - Timothy J. Tobias, American pianist and composer (d. 2006)

Births68 years ago

1953 - Lawrence Gonzi, Maltese lawyer and politician, 12th Prime Minister of Malta

Births67 years ago

1953 - Jadranka Kosor, Croatian journalist and politician, 9th Prime Minister of Croatia

Births67 years ago

1954 - Keith Whitley, American singer and guitarist (d. 1989)

Births66 years ago

1955 - Nikolai Demidenko, Russian pianist and educator

Births65 years ago

1955 - Li Keqiang, Chinese economist and politician, 7th Premier of the People's Republic of China

Births65 years ago

1955 - Lisa Scottoline, American lawyer and author

Births65 years ago

1957 - Lisa Blount, American actress and producer (d. 2010)

Births63 years ago

1957 - Hannu Kamppuri, Finnish ice hockey player

Births63 years ago

1957 - Sean O'Driscoll, English footballer and manager

Births63 years ago

1960 - Michael Beattie, Australian rugby league player and coach

Births60 years ago

1960 - Lynn Jennings, American runner

Births60 years ago

1960 - Evelyn "Champagne" King, American soul/disco singer

Births60 years ago

1960 - Kevin Swords, American rugby player

Births60 years ago

1961 - Malcolm Elliott, English cyclist

Births59 years ago

1961 - Ivan Kaye, English actor

Births59 years ago

1961 - Carl Lewis, American long jumper and runner

Births59 years ago

1961 - Diana, Princess of Wales (d. 1997)

Births59 years ago

1961 - Michelle Wright, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births59 years ago

1962 - Andre Braugher, American actor and producer

Births58 years ago

1962 - Mokhzani Mahathir, Malaysian businessman

Births58 years ago

1963 - Roddy Bottum, American singer and keyboard player

Births57 years ago

1963 - Nick Giannopoulos, Australian actor

Births57 years ago

1963 - David Wood, American lawyer and environmentalist (d. 2006)

Births57 years ago

1964 - Bernard Laporte, French rugby player and coach

Births56 years ago

1965 - Carl Fogarty, English motorcycle racer

Births55 years ago

1965 - Garry Schofield, English rugby player and coach

Births55 years ago

1965 - Harald Zwart, Norwegian director and producer

Births55 years ago

1966 - Enrico Annoni, Italian footballer and coach

Births54 years ago

1966 - Shawn Burr, Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 2013)

Births54 years ago

1967 - Pamela Anderson, Canadian-American model and actress

Births53 years ago

1969 - Séamus Egan, American-Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births51 years ago

1971 - Missy Elliott, American rapper, producer, dancer, and actress

Births49 years ago

1971 - Julianne Nicholson, American actress

Births49 years ago

1974 - Jefferson Pérez, Ecuadorian race walker

Births46 years ago

1975 - Sean Colson, American basketball player and coach

Births45 years ago

1975 - Sufjan Stevens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births45 years ago

1976 - Patrick Kluivert, Dutch footballer and coach

Births44 years ago

1976 - Hannu Tihinen, Finnish footballer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Albert Torrens, Australian rugby league player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Ruud van Nistelrooy, Dutch footballer and manager

Births44 years ago

1976 - Szymon Ziółkowski, Polish hammer thrower

Births44 years ago

1977 - Tom Frager, Senegalese-French singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births43 years ago

1977 - Keigo Hayashi, Japanese musician

Births43 years ago

1977 - Jarome Iginla, Canadian ice hockey player

Births43 years ago

1979 - Forrest Griffin, American mixed martial artist and actor

Births41 years ago

1981 - Carlo Del Fava, South African-Italian rugby player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Tadhg Kennelly, Irish-Australian footballer

Births39 years ago

1982 - Justin Huber, Australian baseball player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Joachim Johansson, Swedish tennis player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Adrian Ward, American football player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Hilarie Burton, American actress

Births38 years ago

1984 - Donald Thomas, Bahamian high jumper

Births36 years ago

1985 - Chris Perez, American baseball player

Births35 years ago

1986 - Charlie Blackmon, American baseball player

Births34 years ago

1986 - Andrew Lee, Australian footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Julian Prochnow, German footballer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Michael Schrader, German decathlete

Births33 years ago

1988 - Dedé, Brazilian footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Aleksander Lesun, Russian modern pentathlete

Births32 years ago

1989 - Kent Bazemore, American basketball player

Births31 years ago

1989 - Daniel Ricciardo, Australian race car driver

Births31 years ago

1990 - Ben Coker, English footballer

Births30 years ago

1991 - Michael Wacha, American baseball player

Births29 years ago

1992 - Aaron Sanchez, American baseball player

Births28 years ago

1995 - Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo, Belgian footballer

Births25 years ago
Births25 years ago

1996 - Adelina Sotnikova, Russian figure skater

Births24 years ago

1998 - Aleksandra Golovkina, Lithuanian figure skater

Births22 years ago

2000 - Lalu Muhammad Zohri, Indonesian sprinter

Births20 years ago

2001 - Chosen Jacobs, American entertainer

Births19 years ago

Deaths

552 - Totila, Ostrogoth king

Deaths

992 - Heonjeong, Korean queen (b. 966)

Deaths

1109 - Alfonso VI, king of León and Castile (b. 1040)

Deaths911 years ago

1224 - Hōjō Yoshitoki, regent of the Kamakura shogunate of Japan (b. 1163)

Deaths796 years ago

1242 - Chagatai Khan, Mongol ruler (b. 1183)

Deaths778 years ago

1277 - Baibars, Egyptian sultan (b. 1223)

Deaths743 years ago

1321 - María de Molina, queen of Castile and León

Deaths699 years ago

1348 - Joan, English princess

Deaths672 years ago

1555 - John Bradford, English reformer, prebendary of St. Paul's (b. 1510)

Deaths465 years ago

1589 - Lady Saigō, Japanese concubine (b. 1552)

Deaths431 years ago

1592 - Marc'Antonio Ingegneri, Italian composer and educator (b. 1535)

Deaths428 years ago

1614 - Isaac Casaubon, French philologist and scholar (b. 1559)

Deaths406 years ago

1622 - William Parker, 4th Baron Monteagle, English politician (b. 1575)

Deaths398 years ago

1681 - Oliver Plunkett, Irish archbishop and saint (b. 1629)

Deaths339 years ago

1736 - Ahmed III, Ottoman sultan (b. 1673)

Deaths284 years ago
Deaths246 years ago
Deaths238 years ago

1784 - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, German organist and composer (b. 1710)

Deaths236 years ago

1787 - Charles de Rohan, French marshal (b. 1715)

Deaths233 years ago

1819 - the Public Universal Friend, American evangelist (b. 1752)

Deaths201 years ago

1839 - Mahmud II, Ottoman sultan (b. 1785)

Deaths181 years ago

1860 - Charles Goodyear, American chemist and engineer (b. 1800)

Deaths160 years ago

1863 - John F. Reynolds, American general (b. 1820)

Deaths157 years ago

1884 - Allan Pinkerton, Scottish-American detective and spy (b. 1819)

Deaths136 years ago

1896 - Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author and activist (b. 1811)

Deaths124 years ago

1905 - John Hay, American journalist and politician, 37th United States Secretary of State (b. 1838)

Deaths115 years ago

1912 - Harriet Quimby, American pilot and screenwriter (b. 1875)

Deaths108 years ago

1925 - Erik Satie, French pianist and composer (b. 1866)

Deaths95 years ago

1934 - Ernst Röhm, German paramilitary commander (b. 1887)

Deaths86 years ago

1942 - Peadar Toner Mac Fhionnlaoich, Irish writer (b. 1857)

Deaths78 years ago

1943 - Willem Arondeus, Dutch artist, author, and anti-Nazi resistance fighter (b. 1894)

Deaths77 years ago

1944 - Carl Mayer, Austrian-English screenwriter (b. 1894)

Deaths76 years ago

1944 - Tanya Savicheva, Russian author (b. 1930)

Deaths76 years ago

1948 - Achille Varzi, Italian race car driver (b. 1904)

Deaths72 years ago

1950 - Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss composer and educator (b. 1865)

Deaths70 years ago

1950 - Eliel Saarinen, Finnish-American architect, co-designed the National Museum of Finland (b. 1873)

Deaths70 years ago

1951 - Tadeusz Borowski, Polish poet, novelist and journalist (b. 1922)

Deaths69 years ago

1961 - Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French physician and author (b. 1894)

Deaths59 years ago

1962 - Purushottam Das Tandon, Indian lawyer and politician (b. 1882)

Deaths58 years ago

1962 - Bidhan Chandra Roy, Indian physician and politician, 2nd Chief Minister of West Bengal (b. 1882)

Deaths58 years ago

1964 - Pierre Monteux, French-American viola player and conductor (b. 1875)

Deaths56 years ago

1965 - Wally Hammond, English cricketer (b. 1903)

Deaths55 years ago

1965 - Robert Ruark, American journalist and author (b. 1915)

Deaths55 years ago

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

Deaths54 years ago

1967 - Gerhard Ritter, German historian and academic (b. 1888)

Deaths53 years ago

1968 - Fritz Bauer, German judge and politician (b. 1903)

Deaths52 years ago

1971 - William Lawrence Bragg, Australian-English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1890)

Deaths49 years ago

1971 - Learie Constantine, Trinidadian-English cricketer, lawyer, and politician (b. 1901)

Deaths49 years ago

1974 - Juan Perón, Argentinian general and politician, President of Argentina (b. 1895)

Deaths46 years ago

1978 - Kurt Student, German general and pilot (b. 1890)

Deaths42 years ago

1981 - Carlos de Oliveira, Portuguese author and poet (b. 1921)

Deaths39 years ago

1983 - Buckminster Fuller, American architect, designed the Montreal Biosphère (b. 1895)

Deaths37 years ago

1984 - Moshé Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-Israeli physicist and academic (b. 1904)

Deaths36 years ago

1991 - Michael Landon, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1936)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - Franco Cristaldi, Italian screenwriter and producer (b. 1924)

Deaths28 years ago

1994 - Merriam Modell, American author (b. 1908)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Wolfman Jack, American radio host (b. 1938)

Deaths25 years ago

1995 - Ian Parkin, English guitarist (Be-Bop Deluxe) (b. 1950)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - William T. Cahill, American lawyer and politician, 46th Governor of New Jersey (b. 1904)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Margaux Hemingway, American model and actress (b. 1954)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Steve Tesich, Serbian-American author and screenwriter (b. 1942)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Robert Mitchum, American actor (b. 1917)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - Charles Werner, American cartoonist (b. 1909)

Deaths23 years ago

1999 - Edward Dmytryk, Canadian-American director and producer (b. 1908)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - Forrest Mars Sr., American businessman, created M&M's and the Mars bar (b. 1904)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - Sylvia Sidney, American actress (b. 1910)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - Walter Matthau, American actor (b. 1920)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Nikolay Basov, Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1922)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Jean-Louis Rosier, French race car driver (b. 1925)

Deaths19 years ago

2003 - Herbie Mann, American flute player and saxophonist (b. 1930)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Peter Barnes, English playwright and screenwriter (b. 1931)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Marlon Brando, American actor and director (b. 1924)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Todor Skalovski, Macedonian composer and conductor (b. 1909)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Renaldo Benson, American singer-songwriter (Four Tops) (b. 1936)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Gus Bodnar, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1923)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Luther Vandross, American singer-songwriter and producer (Change) (b. 1951)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Ryutaro Hashimoto, Japanese politician, 53rd Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1937)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Robert Lepikson, Estonian race car driver and politician, Estonian Minister of the Interior (b. 1952)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Fred Trueman, English cricketer and sportscaster (b. 1931)

Deaths14 years ago

2008 - Mel Galley, English guitarist (b. 1948)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Karl Malden, American actor (b. 1912)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Onni Palaste, Finnish soldier and author (b. 1917)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Mollie Sugden, English actress (b. 1922)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Don Coryell, American football player and coach (b. 1924)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Arnold Friberg, American painter and illustrator (b. 1913)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Ilene Woods, American actress and singer (b. 1929)

Deaths10 years ago

2012 - Peter E. Gillquist, American priest and author (b. 1938)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Ossie Hibbert, Jamaican-American keyboard player and producer (b. 1950)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Evelyn Lear, American operatic soprano (b. 1926)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Alan G. Poindexter, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1961)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Jack Richardson, American author and playwright (b. 1934)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Sidney Bryan Berry, American general (b. 1926)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Charles Foley, American game designer, co-created Twister (b. 1930)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - William H. Gray, American minister and politician (b. 1941)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Jean Garon, Canadian economist, lawyer, and politician (b. 1938)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Stephen Gaskin, American activist, co-founded The Farm (b. 1935)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Bob Jones, English lawyer and politician (b. 1955)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Anatoly Kornukov, Ukrainian-Russian general (b. 1942)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Walter Dean Myers, American author and poet (b. 1937)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Val Doonican, Irish singer and television host (b. 1927)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Czesław Olech, Polish mathematician and academic (b. 1931)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Nicholas Winton, English lieutenant and humanitarian (b. 1909)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Robin Hardy, English author and film director (b. 1929)

Deaths4 years ago

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Feast of the Most Precious Blood (removed from official Roman Catholic calendar since 1969)