Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Independence Day, celebrates the independence declaration of Colombia from Spain in 1810.

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


AD 70 - Siege of Jerusalem: Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, storms the Fortress of Antonia north of the Temple Mount. The Roman army is drawn into street fights with the Zealots.


1189 - Richard I of England officially invested as Duke of Normandy.

Events831 years ago

1225 - Treaty of San Germano is signed at San Germano between Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and Pope Gregory IX. A Dominican named Guala is responsible for the negotiations.

Events795 years ago

1398 - The Battle of Kellistown was fought on this day between the forces of the English led by Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March against the O'Byrnes and O'Tooles under the command of Art Óg mac Murchadha Caomhánach, the most powerful Chieftain in Leinster.

Events622 years ago

1402 - Ottoman-Timurid Wars: Battle of Ankara: Timur, ruler of Timurid Empire, defeats forces of the Ottoman Empire sultan Bayezid I.

Events618 years ago

1592 - During the first Japanese invasion of Korea, Japanese forces led by Toyotomi Hideyoshi captured Pyongyang, although they were ultimately unable to hold it.

Events428 years ago
Events305 years ago

1738 - Canadian explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de La Vérendrye reaches the western shore of Lake Michigan.

Events282 years ago

1799 - Tekle Giyorgis I begins his first of six reigns as Emperor of Ethiopia.

Events221 years ago

1807 - Nicéphore Niépce is awarded a patent by Napoleon for the Pyréolophore, the world's first internal combustion engine, after it successfully powered a boat upstream on the river Saône in France.

Events213 years ago

1810 - Citizens of Bogotá, New Granada declare independence from Spain.

Events210 years ago

1831 - Seneca and Shawnee people agree to relinquish their land in western Ohio for 60,000 acres west of the Mississippi River.

Events189 years ago

1848 - The first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, a two-day event, concludes.

Events172 years ago

1864 - American Civil War: Battle of Peachtree Creek: Near Atlanta, Georgia, Confederate forces led by General John Bell Hood unsuccessfully attack Union troops under General William T. Sherman.

Events156 years ago

1866 - Austro-Prussian War: Battle of Lissa: The Austrian Navy, led by Admiral Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, defeats the Italian Navy near the island of Vis in the Adriatic Sea.

Events154 years ago

1871 - British Columbia joins the confederation of Canada.

Events149 years ago

1885 - The Football Association legalizes professionalism in association football under pressure from the British Football Association.

Events135 years ago

1903 - The Ford Motor Company ships its first automobile.

Events117 years ago

1917 - World War I: The Corfu Declaration, which leads to the creation of the post-war Kingdom of Yugoslavia, is signed by the Yugoslav Committee and Kingdom of Serbia.

Events103 years ago

1920 - The Greek Army takes control of Silivri after Greece is awarded the city by the Paris Peace Conference; by 1923 Greece effectively lost control to the Turks.

Events100 years ago

1922 - The League of Nations awards mandates of Togoland to France and Tanganyika to the United Kingdom.

Events98 years ago

1932 - In the Preußenschlag ("Prussian coup"), German President Paul von Hindenburg dissolves the government of Prussia

Events88 years ago

1934 - Labor unrest in the U.S.: Police in Minneapolis fire upon striking truck drivers, during the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934, killing two and wounding sixty-seven.

Events86 years ago

1934 - West Coast waterfront strike: In Seattle, police fire tear gas on and club 2,000 striking longshoremen. The governor of Oregon calls out the National Guard to break a strike on the Portland docks.

Events86 years ago

1935 - Switzerland: A Royal Dutch Airlines plane en route from Milan to Frankfurt crashes into a Swiss mountain, killing thirteen.

Events85 years ago

1936 - The Montreux Convention is signed in Switzerland, authorizing Turkey to fortify the Dardanelles and Bosphorus but guaranteeing free passage to ships of all nations in peacetime.

Events84 years ago

1938 - The United States Department of Justice files suit in New York City against the motion picture industry charging violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act in regards to the studio system. The case would eventually result in a break-up of the industry in 1948.

Events82 years ago

1940 - Denmark leaves the League of Nations.

Events80 years ago

1940 - California opens its first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway.

Events80 years ago

1941 - Soviet leader Joseph Stalin consolidates the Commissariats of Home Affairs and National Security to form the NKVD and names Lavrentiy Beria its chief.

Events79 years ago
Events76 years ago

1949 - Israel and Syria sign a truce to end their nineteen-month war.

Events71 years ago

1950 - Cold War: In Philadelphia, Harry Gold pleads guilty to spying for the Soviet Union by passing secrets from atomic scientist Klaus Fuchs.

Events70 years ago

1951 - King Abdullah I of Jordan is assassinated by a Palestinian while attending Friday prayers in Jerusalem.

Events69 years ago

1954 - Germany: Otto John, head of West Germany's secret service, defects to East Germany.

Events66 years ago

1960 - Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) elects Sirimavo Bandaranaike Prime Minister, the world's first elected female head of government.

Events60 years ago

1960 - The Polaris missile is successfully launched from a submarine, the USS George Washington, for the first time.

Events60 years ago

1961 - French military forces break the Tunisian siege of Bizerte.

Events59 years ago

1964 - Vietnam War: Viet Cong forces attack the capital of Định Tường Province, Cái Bè, killing 11 South Vietnamese military personnel and 40 civilians (30 of whom are children).

Events56 years ago

1968 - The first International Special Olympics Summer Games are held at Soldier Field in Chicago, with about 1,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Events52 years ago

1969 - Apollo program: Apollo 11's crew successfully makes the first manned landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility. Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first humans to walk on the Moon six and a half hours later.

Events51 years ago

1969 - A cease fire is announced between Honduras and El Salvador, six days after the beginning of the "Football War".

Events51 years ago

1974 - Turkish invasion of Cyprus: Forces from Turkey invade Cyprus after a coup d'état, organised by the dictator of Greece, against president Makarios.

Events46 years ago

1976 - The American Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars.

Events44 years ago

1977 - The Central Intelligence Agency releases documents under the Freedom of Information Act revealing it had engaged in mind-control experiments.

Events43 years ago

1977 - The Johnstown flood of 1977 kills 84 people and causes millions of dollars in damages.

Events43 years ago

1982 - Hyde Park and Regent's Park bombings: The Provisional IRA detonates two bombs in Hyde Park and Regent's Park in central London, killing eight soldiers, wounding forty-seven people, and leading to the deaths of seven horses.

Events38 years ago

1985 - The government of Aruba passes legislation to secede from the Netherlands Antilles.

Events35 years ago

1989 - Burma's ruling junta puts opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest.

Events31 years ago

1992 - Václav Havel resigns as president of Czechoslovakia.

Events28 years ago

1997 - The fully restored USS Constitution (a.k.a. Old Ironsides) celebrates its 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years.

Events23 years ago

1999 - The Chinese Communist Party begins a persecution campaign against Falun Gong, arresting thousands nationwide.

Events21 years ago

2005 - The Civil Marriage Act legalizes same-sex marriage in Canada.

Events15 years ago

2012 - James Holmes opened fire at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and injuring 70 others.

Events8 years ago

2013 - Seventeen government soldiers are killed in an attack by FARC revolutionaries in the Colombian department of Arauca.

Events7 years ago

2015 - A huge explosion in the mostly Kurdish border town of Suruç, Turkey, targeting the Socialist Youth Associations Federation, kills at least 31 people and injures over 100.

Events5 years ago

2015 - The United States and Cuba resume full diplomatic relations after five decades.

Events5 years ago

2017 - O. J. Simpson is granted parole to be released from prison after serving nine years of a 33-year sentence after being convicted of armed robbery in Las Vegas.

Events3 years ago


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


647 - Yazid I, Arabian caliph (d. 683)


682 - Taichō, Japanese monk and scholar (d. 767)


1304 - Petrarch, Italian poet and scholar (d. 1374)

Births716 years ago
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1346 - Margaret, Countess of Pembroke, daughter of King Edward III of England (d. 1361)

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1470 - John Bourchier, 1st Earl of Bath, English noble (d. 1539)

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1519 - Pope Innocent IX (d. 1591)

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1537 - Arnaud d'Ossat, French cardinal (d. 1604)

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1583 - Alban Roe, English Benedictine martyr (d. 1642)

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1591 - Anne Hutchinson, English Puritan preacher (d. 1643)

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1592 - Johan Björnsson Printz, governor of New Sweden (d. 1663)

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1601 - Robert Wallop, English politician (d. 1667)

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1620 - Nikolaes Heinsius the Elder, Dutch poet and scholar (d. 1681)

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1754 - Antoine Destutt de Tracy, French philosopher and academic (d. 1836)

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1757 - Garsevan Chavchavadze, Georgian politician and diplomat (d. 1811)

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1762 - Jakob Haibel, Austrian tenor and composer (d. 1826)

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1774 - Auguste de Marmont, French general (d. 1852)

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1789 - Mahmud II, Ottoman sultan (d. 1839)

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1804 - Richard Owen, English biologist, anatomist, and paleontologist (d. 1892)

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1822 - Gregor Mendel, Austro-German monk, geneticist and botanist (d. 1884)

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1838 - Augustin Daly, American playwright and manager (d. 1899)

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1838 - William Paine Lord, American lawyer and politician, 9th Governor of Oregon (d. 1911)

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1838 - Sir George Trevelyan, 2nd Baronet, English civil servant and politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (d. 1928)

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1847 - Max Liebermann, German painter and academic (d. 1935)

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1849 - Robert Anderson Van Wyck, American lawyer and politician, 91st Mayor of New York City (d. 1918)

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1852 - Theo Heemskerk, Dutch lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 1932)

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1854 - Philomène Belliveau, Canadian artist (d. 1940)

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1864 - Erik Axel Karlfeldt, Swedish poet, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1931)

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1864 - Ruggero Oddi, Italian physiologist and anatomist (d. 1913)

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1868 - Miron Cristea, Romanian cleric and politician, 38th Prime Minister of Romania (d. 1939)

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1873 - Alberto Santos-Dumont, Brazilian pilot (d. 1932)

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1876 - Otto Blumenthal, German mathematician and academic (d. 1944)

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1877 - Tom Crean, Irish sailor and explorer (d. 1938)

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1882 - Olga Hahn-Neurath, Austrian mathematician and philosopher (d. 1937)

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1889 - John Reith, 1st Baron Reith, Scottish broadcaster, co-founded BBC (d. 1971)

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1890 - Verna Felton, American actress (d. 1966)

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1890 - Julie Vinter Hansen, Danish-Swiss astronomer and academic (d. 1960)

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1890 - Giorgio Morandi, Italian painter (d. 1964)

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1893 - George Llewelyn Davies, English soldier (d. 1915)

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1895 - László Moholy-Nagy, Hungarian painter, photographer, and sculptor (d. 1946)

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1897 - Tadeusz Reichstein, Polish-Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996)

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1900 - Maurice Leyland, English cricketer and coach (d. 1967)

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1901 - Vehbi Koç, Turkish businessman and philanthropist, founded Koç Holding (d. 1996)

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1901 - Eugenio Lopez Sr., Filipino businessman and founder of the Lopez Group of Companies (d. 1975)

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1901 - Heinie Manush, American baseball player and manager (d. 1971)

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1902 - Leonidas Berry, American gastroenterologist (d. 1995)

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1905 - Joseph Levis, American foil fencer (d. 2005)

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1909 - Eric Rowan, South African cricketer (d. 1993)

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1910 - Vilém Tauský, Czech-English conductor and composer (d. 2004)

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1911 - Baqa Jilani, Indian cricketer (d. 1941)

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1911 - José Zabala-Santos, Filipino author and illustrator (d. 1985)

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1912 - George Johnston, Australian journalist and author (d. 1970)

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1914 - Dobri Dobrev, Bulgarian philanthropist (d. 2018)

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1914 - Charilaos Florakis, Greek politician (d. 2005)

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1914 - Ersilio Tonini, Italian cardinal (d. 2013)

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1918 - Cindy Walker, American singer-songwriter and dancer (d. 2006)

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1919 - Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer and explorer (d. 2008)

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1919 - Jacquemine Charrott Lodwidge, English writer

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1920 - Elliot Richardson, American lieutenant and politician, 11th United States Secretary of Defense (d. 1999)

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1921 - Henri Alleg, English-French journalist and author (d. 2013)

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1923 - Stanisław Albinowski, Polish economist and journalist (d. 2005)

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1924 - Lola Albright, American actress and singer (d. 2017)

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1924 - Thomas Berger, American author and playwright (d. 2014)

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1924 - Mort Garson, Canadian-American songwriter and composer (d. 2008)

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1925 - Jacques Delors, French economist and politician, 8th President of the European Commission

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1925 - Frantz Fanon, French–Algerian psychiatrist and philosopher (d. 1961)

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1927 - Barbara Bergmann, American economist and academic (d. 2015)

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1927 - Heather Chasen, English actress

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1927 - Michael Gielen, Austrian conductor and composer (d. 2019)

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1927 - Ian P. Howard, English-Canadian psychologist and academic (d. 2013)

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1928 - Józef Czyrek, Polish economist and politician, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 2013)

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1929 - Hazel Hawke, Australian social worker and pianist, 23rd Spouse of the Prime Minister of Australia (d. 2013)

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1929 - Mike Ilitch, American businessman, co-founded Little Caesars (d. 2017)

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1929 - Rajendra Kumar, Pakistani-Indian actor and producer (d. 1999)

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1929 - David Tonkin, Australian politician, 38th Premier of South Australia (d. 2000)

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1930 - Giannis Agouris, Greek journalist and author (d. 2006)

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1930 - Chuck Daly, American basketball player and coach (d. 2009)

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1930 - William H. Goetzmann, American historian and author (d. 2010)

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1930 - Sally Ann Howes, English-American singer and actress

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1931 - Tony Marsh, English race car driver (d. 2009)

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1932 - Nam June Paik, American artist (d. 2006)

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1932 - Otto Schily, German lawyer and politician, German Minister of the Interior

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1933 - Buddy Knox, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999)

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1933 - Cormac McCarthy, American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter

Births87 years ago

1933 - Rex Williams, English snooker player

Births87 years ago

1935 - Peter Palumbo, Baron Palumbo, English businessman and art collector

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1935 - Sleepy LaBeef, American rockabilly singer and musician (d. 2019)

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1936 - Alistair MacLeod, Canadian novelist and short story writer (d. 2014)

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1936 - Barbara Mikulski, American social worker and politician

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1938 - Deniz Baykal, Turkish lawyer and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey

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1938 - Roger Hunt, English footballer

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1938 - Tony Oliva, Cuban-American baseball player and coach

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1938 - Diana Rigg, English actress

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1938 - Natalie Wood, American actress (d. 1981)

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1939 - Judy Chicago, American painter and sculptor

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1941 - Don Chuy, American football player (d. 2014)

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1941 - Periklis Korovesis, Greek author and journalist

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1941 - Kurt Raab, German actor, screenwriter, and production designer (d. 1988)

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1942 - Pete Hamilton, American race car driver

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1943 - Chris Amon, New Zealand race car driver (d. 2016)

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1943 - Bob McNab, English footballer

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1943 - Adrian Păunescu, Romanian poet, journalist, and politician (d. 2010)

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1943 - Wendy Richard, English actress (d. 2009)

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1944 - Mel Daniels, American basketball player and coach (d. 2015)

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1944 - W. Cary Edwards, American politician (d. 2010)

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1944 - Olivier de Kersauson, French sailor

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1944 - T. G. Sheppard, American country music singer-songwriter

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1945 - Kim Carnes, American singer-songwriter

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1945 - Larry Craig, American soldier and politician

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1945 - John Lodge, English singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer

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1945 - Bo Rein, American football player and coach (d. 1980)

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1946 - Randal Kleiser, American actor, director, and producer

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1947 - Gerd Binnig, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births73 years ago

1947 - Carlos Santana, Mexican-American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births73 years ago

1948 - Muse Watson, American actor and producer

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1950 - Edward Leigh, English lawyer and politician

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1951 - Jeff Rawle, English actor and screenwriter

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1953 - Dave Evans, Welsh-Australian singer-songwriter

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1953 - Thomas Friedman, American journalist and author

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1953 - Marcia Hines, American-Australian singer and actress

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1954 - Moira Harris, American actress

Births66 years ago

1954 - Jay Jay French, American guitarist and producer

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1955 - Desmond Douglas, Jamaican-English table tennis player

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1955 - René-Daniel Dubois, Canadian actor and playwright

Births65 years ago

1955 - Jem Finer, English banjo player and songwriter

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1956 - Paul Cook, English drummer

Births64 years ago

1956 - Thomas N'Kono, Cameroonian footballer

Births64 years ago

1956 - Jim Prentice, Canadian lawyer and politician, 16th Premier of Alberta (d. 2016)

Births64 years ago

1958 - Mick MacNeil, Scottish keyboard player and songwriter

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1959 - Radney Foster, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

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1960 - Claudio Langes, Italian race car driver

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1960 - Prvoslav Vujčić, Serbian-Canadian poet and philosopher

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1960 - Sudesh Berry, Indian actor

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1961 - Óscar Elías Biscet, Cuban physician and activist, founded the Lawton Foundation

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1962 - Carlos Alazraqui, American actor, producer, and screenwriter

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1962 - Giovanna Amati, Italian race car driver

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1962 - Julie Bindel, English journalist, author, and academic

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1963 - Frank Whaley, American actor, director, and screenwriter

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1964 - Chris Cornell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2017)

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1964 - Terri Irwin, American-Australian zoologist and author

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1964 - Sebastiano Rossi, Italian footballer

Births56 years ago

1964 - Bernd Schneider, German race car driver

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1965 - Jess Walter, American journalist and author

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1966 - Stone Gossard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

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1966 - Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexican lawyer and politician, 57th President of Mexico

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1967 - Courtney Taylor-Taylor, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

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1968 - Jimmy Carson, American ice hockey player

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1968 - Hami Mandıralı, Turkish footballer and manager

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1968 - Kool G Rap, American hip-hop artist

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1969 - Josh Holloway, American actor

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1969 - Kreso Kovacec, Croatian-German footballer

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1969 - Giovanni Lombardi, Italian cyclist

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1969 - Joon Park, South Korean-American singer

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1969 - Tobi Vail, American singer and guitarist

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1971 - Charles Johnson, American baseball player

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1971 - Sandra Oh, Canadian actress

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1972 - Jamie Ainscough, Australian rugby league player

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1972 - Jozef Stümpel, Slovak ice hockey player

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1972 - Erik Ullenhag, Swedish jurist and politician

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1972 - Vitamin C, American singer-songwriter

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1973 - Omar Epps, American actor

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1973 - Peter Forsberg, Swedish ice hockey player and manager

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1973 - Nixon McLean, Caribbean cricketer

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1973 - Roberto Orci, Mexican-American screenwriter and producer

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1973 - Claudio Reyna, American soccer player

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1975 - Ray Allen, American basketball player and actor

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1975 - Judy Greer, American actress and producer

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1975 - Erik Hagen, Norwegian footballer

Births45 years ago

1975 - Birgitta Ohlsson, Swedish journalist and politician, 5th Swedish Minister for European Union Affairs

Births45 years ago

1975 - Jason Raize, American singer and actor

Births45 years ago

1975 - Yusuf Şimşek, Turkish footballer and manager

Births45 years ago

1976 - Erica Hill, American journalist

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1976 - Debashish Mohanty, Indian cricketer and coach

Births44 years ago

1976 - Andrew Stockdale, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist

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1976 - Alex Yoong, Malaysian race car driver

Births44 years ago

1977 - Kiki Musampa, Congolese footballer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Yves Niaré, French shot putter (d. 2012)

Births43 years ago

1977 - Alessandro Santos, Brazilian-Japanese footballer

Births43 years ago

1978 - Pavel Datsyuk, Russian ice hockey player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Will Solomon, American basketball player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Elliott Yamin, American singer-songwriter

Births42 years ago

1978 - Ieva Zunda, Latvian runner and hurdler

Births42 years ago

1979 - Miklós Fehér, Hungarian footballer (d. 2004)

Births41 years ago

1979 - Charlotte Hatherley, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births41 years ago

1979 - David Ortega, Spanish swimmer

Births41 years ago

1980 - Tesfaye Bramble, English-Montserratian footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Gisele Bündchen, Brazilian model, fashionista, and businesswoman

Births40 years ago

1981 - Viktoria Ladõnskaja, Estonian journalist and politician

Births39 years ago

1982 - Antoine Vermette, Canadian ice hockey player

Births38 years ago

1984 - Alexi Casilla, Dominican baseball player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Matt Gilroy, American ice hockey player

Births36 years ago

1985 - John Francis Daley, American actor and screenwriter

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1985 - David Mundy, Australian footballer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Osric Chau, Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births34 years ago

1987 - Nicola Benedetti, Scottish violinist

Births33 years ago

1987 - Niall McGinn, Irish footballer

Births33 years ago

1988 - Julianne Hough, American singer-songwriter, actress, and dancer

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1988 - Stephen Strasburg, American baseball player

Births32 years ago

1988 - Shahram Mahmoudi, Iranian volleyball player

Births32 years ago

1989 - Javier Cortés, Mexican footballer

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1989 - Cristian Pasquato, Italian footballer

Births31 years ago

1990 - Lars Unnerstall, German footballer

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1991 - Chiyoshōma Fujio, Mongolian sumo wrestler

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1991 - Ryan James, Australian rugby league player

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1991 - Philipp Reiter, German mountaineer and runner

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1991 - Merxat, Chinese actor

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1993 - Steven Adams, New Zealand basketball player

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1995 - Moses Leota, New Zealand rugby league player

Births25 years ago

1996 - Ben Simmons, Australian basketball player

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518 - Amantius, Byzantine grand chamberlain and Monophysite martyr


833 - Ansegisus, Frankish abbot and saint


985 - Boniface VII, antipope of Rome


1031 - Robert II, king of France (b. 972)

Deaths989 years ago

1156 - Toba, emperor of Japan (b. 1103)

Deaths864 years ago

1320 - Oshin, king of Armenia (b. 1282)

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1387 - Robert IV, French nobleman (b. 1356)

Deaths633 years ago

1398 - Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March, Welsh nobleman (b. 1374)

Deaths622 years ago

1453 - Enguerrand de Monstrelet, French historian and author (b. 1400)

Deaths567 years ago

1454 - John II, king of Castile and León (b. 1405)

Deaths566 years ago

1514 - György Dózsa, Transylvanian peasant revolt leader (b. 1470)

Deaths506 years ago

1524 - Claude, queen consort of France (b. 1499)

Deaths496 years ago

1526 - García Jofre de Loaísa, Spanish explorer (b. 1490)

Deaths494 years ago

1600 - William More, English courtier (b. 1520)

Deaths420 years ago

1616 - Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, Irish nobleman and rebel soldier (b. 1550)

Deaths404 years ago

1704 - Peregrine White, English-American farmer and soldier (b. 1620)

Deaths316 years ago

1752 - Johann Christoph Pepusch, German-English composer and theorist (b. 1667)

Deaths268 years ago

1816 - Gavrila Derzhavin, Russian poet and politician (b. 1743)

Deaths204 years ago

1866 - Bernhard Riemann, German mathematician and academic (b. 1826)

Deaths154 years ago

1897 - Jean Ingelow, English poet and author (b. 1820)

Deaths123 years ago

1901 - William Cosmo Monkhouse, English poet and critic (b. 1840)

Deaths119 years ago

1903 - Leo XIII, pope of the Catholic Church (b. 1810)

Deaths117 years ago

1908 - Demetrius Vikelas, Greek businessman and author (b. 1835)

Deaths112 years ago

1908 - Karl Bernhard Zoeppritz, German geophysicist and seismologist (b. 1881)

Deaths112 years ago

1910 - Anderson Dawson, Australian politician, 14th Premier of Queensland (b. 1863)

Deaths110 years ago

1922 - Andrey Markov, Russian mathematician and theorist (b. 1856)

Deaths98 years ago

1923 - Pancho Villa, Mexican general and politician, Governor of Chihuahua (b. 1878)

Deaths97 years ago

1926 - Felix Dzerzhinsky, Russian educator and politician (b. 1877)

Deaths94 years ago

1927 - Ferdinand I, king of Romania (b. 1865)

Deaths93 years ago

1928 - Kostas Karyotakis, Greek poet and author (b. 1896)

Deaths92 years ago

1932 - René Bazin, French author and academic (b. 1853)

Deaths88 years ago

1937 - Olga Hahn-Neurath, Austrian mathematician and philosopher from the Vienna Circle (b. 1882)

Deaths83 years ago

1937 - Guglielmo Marconi, Italian physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1874)

Deaths83 years ago

1941 - Lew Fields, American actor and producer (b. 1867)

Deaths79 years ago

1944 - Ludwig Beck, German general (b. 1880)

Deaths76 years ago

1945 - Paul Valéry, French author and poet (b. 1871)

Deaths75 years ago

1951 - Abdullah I, king of Jordan (b. 1882)

Deaths69 years ago

1953 - Dumarsais Estimé, Haitian lawyer and politician, 33rd President of Haiti (b. 1900)

Deaths67 years ago

1953 - Jan Struther, English author and hymn-writer (b. 1901)

Deaths67 years ago

1955 - Calouste Gulbenkian, Armenian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1869)

Deaths65 years ago

1956 - James Alexander Calder, Canadian educator and politician, Canadian Minister of Militia and Defence (b. 1868)

Deaths64 years ago

1959 - William D. Leahy, American admiral and diplomat, United States Ambassador to France (b. 1875)

Deaths61 years ago

1965 - Batukeshwar Dutt, Indian activist (b. 1910)

Deaths55 years ago

1968 - Bray Hammond, American historian and author (b. 1886)

Deaths52 years ago

1970 - Iain Macleod, English journalist and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (b. 1913)

Deaths50 years ago

1972 - Geeta Dutt, Indian singer and actress (b. 1930)

Deaths48 years ago

1973 - Bruce Lee, American actor and martial artist (b. 1940)

Deaths47 years ago

1973 - Robert Smithson, American photographer and sculptor (b. 1938)

Deaths47 years ago

1974 - Allen Jenkins, American actor and singer (b. 1900)

Deaths46 years ago

1974 - Kamal Dasgupta, Bengali music director, composer and folk artist. (b. 1912)

Deaths46 years ago

1976 - Joseph Rochefort, American captain and cryptanalyst (b. 1900)

Deaths44 years ago

1977 - Gary Kellgren, American record producer, co-founded Record Plant (b. 1939)

Deaths43 years ago

1980 - Maria Martinez, San Ildefonso Pueblo (Native American) potter (b. 1887)

Deaths40 years ago

1981 - Kostas Choumis, Greek-Romanian footballer (b. 1913)

Deaths39 years ago

1983 - Frank Reynolds, American soldier and journalist (b. 1923)

Deaths37 years ago

1987 - Richard Egan, American soldier and actor (b. 1921)

Deaths33 years ago

1989 - Forrest H. Anderson, American judge and politician, 17th Governor of Montana (b. 1913)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Herbert Turner Jenkins, American police officer (b. 1907)

Deaths30 years ago

1993 - Vince Foster, American lawyer and political figure (b. 1945)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Paul Delvaux, Belgian painter (b. 1897)

Deaths26 years ago

1998 - June Byers, American wrestler (b. 1922)

Deaths22 years ago

1997 - M. E. H. Maharoof, Sri Lankan politician (b. 1939)

Deaths23 years ago

1999 - Sandra Gould, American actress (b. 1916)

Deaths21 years ago

2002 - Michalis Kritikopoulos, Greek footballer (b. 1946)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Nicolas Freeling, English author (b. 1927)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Lala Mara, Fijian politician (b. 1931)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Valdemaras Martinkėnas, Lithuanian footballer and coach (b. 1965)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - James Doohan, Canadian-American actor (b. 1920)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Finn Gustavsen, Norwegian journalist and politician (b. 1926)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Kayo Hatta, American director and cinematographer (b. 1958)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Ted Grant, South African-English theorist and activist (b. 1913)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Gérard Oury, French actor, director, and producer (b. 1919)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Tammy Faye Messner, American Christian evangelist and talk show host (b. 1942)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Artie Traum, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (b. 1943)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Vedat Okyar, Turkish footballer (b. 1945)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Mark Rosenzweig, American psychologist and academic (b. 1922)

Deaths11 years ago

2011 - Lucian Freud, German-English painter and illustrator (b. 1922)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Alastair Burnet, English journalist (b. 1928)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Jack Davis, American hurdler (b. 1930)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - José Hermano Saraiva, Portuguese historian, jurist, and politician, Portuguese Minister of Education (b. 1919)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Pierre Fabre, French pharmacist and businessman, founded Laboratoires Pierre Fabre (b. 1926)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Khurshed Alam Khan, Indian politician, 2nd Governor of Goa (b. 1919)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Augustus Rowe, Canadian physician and politician (b. 1920)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Helen Thomas, American journalist and author (b. 1920)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Victor G. Atiyeh, American businessman and politician, 32nd Governor of Oregon (b. 1923)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Constantin Lucaci, Romanian sculptor and educator (b. 1923)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Bob McNamara, American football player (b. 1931)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Klaus Schmidt, German archaeologist and academic (b. 1953)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Wayne Carson, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1943)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Fred Else, English footballer and manager (b. 1933)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Dieter Moebius, Swiss-German keyboard player and producer (b. 1944)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Radu Beligan, Romanian actor, director, and essayist (b. 1918)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Chester Bennington, American singer (b. 1976)

Deaths3 years ago

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