Holidays and observances

Earliest day on which Somer's Day can fall, while August 4 is the latest; celebrated on Friday before the first Monday in August. (Bermuda)

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

Ólavsøka or Olsok, opening of the Løgting session. (Faroe Islands and the Nordic countries)

Holidays and observances

Events

587 BC - The Neo-Babylonian Empire sacks Jerusalem and destroys the First Temple.

Events

238 - The Praetorian Guard storm the palace and capture Pupienus and Balbinus. They are dragged through the streets of Rome and executed. On the same day, Gordian III, age 13, is proclaimed emperor.

Events

615 - Pakal ascends the throne of Palenque at the age of 12.

Events

904 - Sack of Thessalonica: Saracen raiders under Leo of Tripoli sack Thessaloniki, the Byzantine Empire's second-largest city, after a short siege, and plunder it for a week.

Events

923 - Battle of Firenzuola: Lombard forces under King Rudolph II and Adalbert I, margrave of Ivrea, defeat the dethroned Emperor Berengar I of Italy at Firenzuola (Tuscany).

Events

1014 - Byzantine–Bulgarian wars: Battle of Kleidion: Byzantine emperor Basil II inflicts a decisive defeat on the Bulgarian army, and his subsequent treatment of 15,000 prisoners reportedly causes Tsar Samuil of Bulgaria to die of a heart attack less than three months later, on October 6.

Events1006 years ago

1018 - Count Dirk III defeats an army sent by Emperor Henry II in the Battle of Vlaardingen.

Events1002 years ago

1030 - Ladejarl-Fairhair succession wars: Battle of Stiklestad: King Olaf II fights and dies trying to regain his Norwegian throne from the Danes.

Events990 years ago

1148 - The Siege of Damascus ends in a decisive crusader defeat and leads to the disintegration of the Second Crusade.

Events872 years ago
Events455 years ago

1567 - James VI is crowned King of Scotland at Stirling.

Events453 years ago

1588 - Anglo-Spanish War: Battle of Gravelines: English naval forces under the command of Lord Charles Howard and Sir Francis Drake defeat the Spanish Armada off the coast of Gravelines, France.

Events432 years ago

1693 - War of the Grand Alliance: Battle of Landen: France wins a Pyrrhic victory over Allied forces in the Netherlands.

Events327 years ago

1775 - Founding of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps: General George Washington appoints William Tudor as Judge Advocate of the Continental Army.

Events245 years ago

1818 - French physicist Augustin Fresnel submits his prizewinning "Memoir on the Diffraction of Light", precisely accounting for the limited extent to which light spreads into shadows, and thereby demolishing the oldest objection to the wave theory of light.

Events202 years ago

1836 - Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.

Events184 years ago

1848 - Irish Potato Famine: Tipperary Revolt: In County Tipperary, Ireland, then in the United Kingdom, an unsuccessful nationalist revolt against British rule is put down by police.

Events172 years ago
Events169 years ago

1858 - United States and Japan sign the Harris Treaty.

Events162 years ago

1864 - American Civil War: Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C.

Events156 years ago

1899 - The First Hague Convention is signed.

Events121 years ago

1900 - In Italy, King Umberto I of Italy is assassinated by the anarchist Gaetano Bresci.

Events120 years ago

1907 - Sir Robert Baden-Powell sets up the Brownsea Island Scout camp in Poole Harbour on the south coast of England. The camp runs from August 1 to August 9, 1907, and is regarded as the foundation of the Scouting movement.

Events113 years ago

1914 - The Cape Cod Canal opened.

Events106 years ago

1920 - Construction of the Link River Dam begins as part of the Klamath Reclamation Project.

Events100 years ago
Events99 years ago

1932 - Great Depression: In Washington, D.C., troops disperse the last of the "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans.

Events88 years ago

1937 - Tōngzhōu Incident: In Tōngzhōu, China, the East Hopei Army attacks Japanese troops and civilians.

Events83 years ago

1945 - The BBC Light Programme radio station is launched for mainstream light entertainment and music.

Events75 years ago

1948 - Olympic Games: The Games of the XIV Olympiad: After a hiatus of 12 years caused by World War II, the first Summer Olympics to be held since the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, open in London.

Events72 years ago

1950 - Korean War: After four days, the No Gun Ri Massacre ends when the US Army 7th Cavalry Regiment is withdrawn.

Events70 years ago
Events63 years ago
Events62 years ago

1959 - First United States Congress elections in Hawaii as a state of the Union.

Events61 years ago

1965 - Vietnam War: The first 4,000 101st Airborne Division paratroopers arrive in Vietnam, landing at Cam Ranh Bay.

Events55 years ago

1967 - Vietnam War: Off the coast of North Vietnam the USS Forrestal catches on fire in the worst U.S. naval disaster since World War II, killing 134.

Events53 years ago

1967 - During the fourth day of celebrating its 400th anniversary, the city of Caracas, Venezuela is shaken by an earthquake, leaving approximately 500 dead.

Events53 years ago

1973 - Greeks vote to abolish the monarchy, beginning the first period of the Metapolitefsi.

Events47 years ago

1973 - During the Dutch Grand Prix driver Roger Williamson was killed in the race, after a suspected tire failure caused the car to pitch into the barriers at high speed.

Events47 years ago

1976 - In New York City, David Berkowitz (a.k.a. the "Son of Sam") kills one person and seriously wounds another in the first of a series of attacks.

Events44 years ago

1980 - Iran adopts a new "holy" flag after the Islamic Revolution.

Events40 years ago

1981 - A worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watch the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London.

Events39 years ago

1981 - After impeachment on June 21, Abolhassan Banisadr flees with Massoud Rajavi to Paris, in an Iranian Air Force Boeing 707, piloted by Colonel Behzad Moezzi, to form the National Council of Resistance of Iran.

Events39 years ago

1987 - British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President of France François Mitterrand sign the agreement to build a tunnel under the English Channel (Eurotunnel).

Events33 years ago

1987 - Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi and President of Sri Lanka J. R. Jayewardene sign the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord on ethnic issues.

Events33 years ago

1993 - The Supreme Court of Israel acquits alleged Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk of all charges and he is set free.

Events27 years ago

1996 - The child protection portion of the Communications Decency Act is struck down by a U.S. federal court as too broad.

Events24 years ago

2005 - Astronomers announce their discovery of the dwarf planet Eris.

Events15 years ago

2010 - An overloaded passenger ferry capsizes on the Kasai River in Bandundu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, resulting in at least 80 deaths.

Events10 years ago

2013 - Two passenger trains collide in the Swiss municipality of Granges-près-Marnand near Lausanne injuring 25 people.

Events7 years ago

2019 - Prison riot between rival gangs broke out in Brazil, at least 57 people have been killed.

Events1 years ago

Births

869 - Muhammad al-Mahdi, Iraqi 12th Imam (d. 941)

Births

996 - Fujiwara no Norimichi, Japanese nobleman (d. 1075)

Births

1166 - Henry II, French nobleman and king of Jerusalem (d. 1197)

Births854 years ago

1356 - Martin the Elder, king of Aragon, Valencia and Majorca (d. 1410)

Births664 years ago

1537 - Pedro Téllez-Girón, Spanish nobleman (d. 1590)

Births483 years ago

1573 - Philip II, duke of Pomerania-Stettin (d. 1618)

Births447 years ago

1580 - Francesco Mochi, Italian sculptor (d. 1654)

Births440 years ago

1605 - Simon Dach, German poet and hymn-writer (d. 1659)

Births415 years ago

1646 - Johann Theile, German organist and composer (d. 1724)

Births374 years ago

1744 - Giulio Maria della Somaglia, Italian cardinal (d. 1830)

Births276 years ago

1763 - Philip Charles Durham, Scottish admiral and politician (d. 1845)

Births257 years ago

1797 - Daniel Drew, American businessman and financier (d. 1879)

Births223 years ago

1801 - George Bradshaw, English cartographer and publisher (d. 1853)

Births219 years ago

1805 - Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian and philosopher (d. 1859)

Births215 years ago

1806 - Horace Abbott, American businessman and banker (d. 1887)

Births214 years ago

1817 - Ivan Aivazovsky, Armenian-Russian painter and illustrator (d. 1900)

Births203 years ago

1817 - Martin Körber, Baltic German pastor, composer, and conductor (d. 1893)

Births203 years ago

1841 - Gerhard Armauer Hansen, Norwegian physician (d. 1912)

Births179 years ago

1843 - Johannes Schmidt, German linguist and academic (d. 1901)

Births177 years ago

1846 - Sophie Menter, German pianist and composer (d. 1918)

Births174 years ago

1846 - Isabel, Brazilian princess (d. 1921)

Births174 years ago

1849 - Max Nordau, Hungarian physician, author, and critic, co-founded the World Zionist Organization (d. 1923)

Births171 years ago
Births160 years ago

1867 - Berthold Oppenheim, Moravian rabbi (d. 1942)

Births153 years ago

1869 - Booth Tarkington, American novelist and dramatist (d. 1946)

Births151 years ago

1871 - Jakob Mändmets, Estonian writer and journalist (d. 1930)

Births149 years ago

1872 - Eric Alfred Knudsen, American author, lawyer, and politician (d. 1957)

Births148 years ago

1874 - J. S. Woodsworth, Canadian minister and politician (d. 1942)

Births146 years ago

1876 - Maria Ouspenskaya, Russian-American actress and acting teacher (d. 1949)

Births144 years ago

1878 - Don Marquis, American author, poet, and playwright (d. 1937)

Births142 years ago

1883 - Porfirio Barba-Jacob, Colombian poet and author (d. 1942)

Births137 years ago

1883 - Benito Mussolini, Italian journalist and politician, 27th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1945)

Births137 years ago

1884 - Ralph Austin Bard, American financier and politician, 2nd Under Secretary of the Navy (d. 1975)

Births136 years ago

1885 - Theda Bara, American actress (d. 1955)

Births135 years ago

1887 - Sigmund Romberg, Hungarian-American pianist and composer (d. 1951)

Births133 years ago

1888 - Vladimir K. Zworykin, Russian-American engineer, invented the Iconoscope (d. 1982)

Births132 years ago

1891 - Bernhard Zondek, German-Israeli gynecologist and academic (d. 1966)

Births129 years ago

1892 - William Powell, American actor and singer (d. 1984)

Births128 years ago

1896 - Maria L. de Hernández, Mexican-American rights activist (d. 1986)

Births124 years ago

1897 - Neil Ritchie, Guyanese-English general (d. 1983)

Births123 years ago

1898 - Isidor Isaac Rabi, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1988)

Births122 years ago

1899 - Walter Beall, American baseball player (d. 1959)

Births121 years ago

1900 - Mary V. Austin, Australian community worker and political activist (d. 1986)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Eyvind Johnson, Swedish novelist and short story writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1976)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Teresa Noce, Italian labor leader, activist, and journalist (d. 1980)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Don Redman, American composer, and bandleader (d. 1964)

Births120 years ago

1904 - Mahasi Sayadaw, Burmese monk and philosopher (d. 1982)

Births116 years ago

1904 - J. R. D. Tata, French-Indian pilot and businessman, founded Tata Motors and Tata Global Beverages (d. 1993)

Births116 years ago

1905 - Clara Bow, American actress (d. 1965)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish economist and diplomat, 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1961)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Stanley Kunitz, American poet and translator (d. 2006)

Births115 years ago

1906 - Thelma Todd, American actress and singer (d. 1935)

Births114 years ago

1907 - Melvin Belli, American lawyer (d. 1996)

Births113 years ago

1909 - Samm Sinclair Baker, American author (d. 1997)

Births111 years ago

1909 - Chester Himes, American-Spanish author (d. 1984)

Births111 years ago

1910 - Gale Page, American actress (d. 1983)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Foster Furcolo, American lawyer and politician, 60th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1995)

Births109 years ago
Births109 years ago

1913 - Erich Priebke, German war criminal, leader of the 1944 Ardeatine massacre (d. 2013)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Irwin Corey, American actor and activist (d. 2017)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Bruce R. McConkie, American colonel and religious leader (d. 1985)

Births105 years ago

1915 - Francis W. Sargent, American soldier and politician, 64th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1998)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Budd Boetticher, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Charlie Christian, American guitarist (d. 1942)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Rupert Hamer, Australian politician, 39th Premier of Victoria (d. 2004)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Rochus Misch, German SS officer (d. 2013)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Don Ingalls, American writer and producer (d. 2014)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Edwin O'Connor, American journalist and author (d. 1968)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Mary Lee Settle, American novelist, essayist, and memoirist (d. 2005)

Births102 years ago

1920 - Neville Jeffress, Australian businessman (d. 2007)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Richard Egan, American actor (d. 1987)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Chris Marker, French photographer and journalist (d. 2012)

Births99 years ago

1923 - George Burditt, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2013)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Edgar Cortright, American scientist and engineer (d. 2014)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Jim Marshall, English businessman, founded Marshall Amplification (d. 2012)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Gordon Mitchell, American bodybuilder and actor (d. 2003)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Lloyd Bochner, Canadian-American actor (d. 2005)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Robert Horton, American actor (d. 2016)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Harold W. Kuhn, American mathematician and academic (d. 2014)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Ted Lindsay, Canadian ice hockey player, manager, and sportscaster (d. 2019)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Mikis Theodorakis, Greek composer

Births95 years ago

1926 - Robert Kilpatrick, Baron Kilpatrick of Kincraig, Scottish physician, academic, and politician (d. 2015)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Harry Mulisch, Dutch author, poet, and playwright (d. 2010)

Births93 years ago

1930 - Paul Taylor, American dancer and choreographer

Births90 years ago

1931 - Kjell Karlsen, Norwegian pianist, composer, and bandleader

Births89 years ago

1932 - Leslie Fielding, English diplomat

Births88 years ago

1932 - Nancy Kassebaum, American businesswoman and politician

Births88 years ago

1933 - Lou Albano, Italian-American wrestler, manager, and actor (d. 2009)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Colin Davis, English race car driver (d. 2012)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Robert Fuller, American actor and rancher

Births87 years ago

1933 - Randy Sparks, American folk singer-songwriter and musician (The New Christy Minstrels)

Births87 years ago

1935 - Peter Schreier, German tenor and conductor

Births85 years ago

1936 - Elizabeth Dole, American lawyer and politician, 20th United States Secretary of Labor

Births84 years ago

1937 - Daniel McFadden, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize Laureate

Births83 years ago

1938 - Peter Jennings, Canadian-American journalist and author (d. 2005)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Jean Rochon, Canadian physician and politician

Births82 years ago

1940 - Betty Harris, American chemist

Births80 years ago

1940 - Winnie Monsod, Filipina economist and political commentator

Births80 years ago

1941 - Jennifer Dunn, American engineer and politician (d. 2007)

Births79 years ago

1941 - Goenawan Mohamad, Indonesian poet and playwright

Births79 years ago

1941 - David Warner, English actor

Births79 years ago

1942 - Doug Ashdown, Australian singer-songwriter

Births78 years ago

1943 - David Taylor, English snooker player and sportscaster

Births77 years ago

1944 - Jim Bridwell, American rock climber and mountaineer

Births76 years ago

1945 - Sharon Creech, American author and educator

Births75 years ago

1945 - Mircea Lucescu, Romanian footballer, coach, and manager

Births75 years ago

1946 - Ximena Armas, Chilean painter

Births74 years ago

1946 - Stig Blomqvist, Swedish race car driver

Births74 years ago

1946 - Neal Doughty, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer

Births74 years ago

1946 - Alessandro Gogna, Italian mountaineer and adventurer

Births74 years ago

1946 - Diane Keen, English actress

Births74 years ago

1946 - Aleksei Tammiste, Estonian basketball player

Births74 years ago

1947 - Dick Harmon, American golfer and coach (d. 2006)

Births73 years ago

1948 - John Clarke, New Zealand-Australian comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2017)

Births72 years ago

1949 - Leslie Easterbrook, American actress

Births71 years ago

1949 - Jamil Mahuad, Ecuadorian lawyer and politician, 51st President of Ecuador

Births71 years ago

1950 - Jenny Holzer, American painter, author, and dancer

Births70 years ago

1951 - Susan Blackmore, English psychologist and theorist

Births69 years ago

1951 - Dan Driessen, American baseball player and coach

Births69 years ago

1951 - Dean Pitchford, American actor, director, screenwriter, and composer

Births69 years ago

1952 - Norman Blackwell, Baron Blackwell, English businessman and politician

Births68 years ago

1952 - Joe Johnson, English snooker player and sportscaster

Births68 years ago

1952 - Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Greek politician

Births68 years ago

1953 - Ken Burns, American director and producer

Births67 years ago

1953 - Geddy Lee, Canadian musician

Births67 years ago

1953 - Frank McGuinness, Irish poet and playwright

Births67 years ago

1953 - Tim Gunn, American television host and actor

Births67 years ago

1954 - Patti Scialfa, American musician

Births66 years ago

1955 - Jean-Hugues Anglade, French actor, director, and screenwriter

Births65 years ago

1955 - Dave Stevens, American illustrator (d. 2008)

Births65 years ago
Births65 years ago

1956 - Teddy Atlas, American boxer, trainer, and sportscaster

Births64 years ago

1956 - Ronnie Musgrove, American lawyer and politician, 62nd Governor of Mississippi

Births64 years ago

1956 - Faustino Rupérez, Spanish cyclist

Births64 years ago

1957 - Liam Davison, Australian author and educator (d. 2014)

Births63 years ago

1957 - Viktor Gavrikov, Lithuanian-Swiss chess player (d. 2016)

Births63 years ago

1957 - Nellie Kim, Russian gymnast and coach

Births63 years ago

1958 - Gail Dines, English-American author, activist, and academic

Births62 years ago

1958 - Simon Nye, English screenwriter and producer

Births62 years ago

1958 - Cynthia Rowley, American fashion designer

Births62 years ago

1959 - Sanjay Dutt, Indian actor, singer, and producer

Births61 years ago

1959 - Ruud Janssen, Dutch blogger and illustrator

Births61 years ago

1959 - Dave LaPoint, American baseball player and manager

Births61 years ago

1959 - John Sykes, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births61 years ago

1960 - Didier Van Cauwelaert, French author

Births60 years ago

1962 - Carl Cox, English DJ and producer

Births58 years ago

1962 - Frank Neubarth, German footballer and manager

Births58 years ago

1962 - Scott Steiner, American wrestler

Births58 years ago

1962 - Vincent Rousseau, Belgian runner

Births58 years ago

1963 - Hans-Holger Albrecht, Belgian-German businessman

Births57 years ago

1963 - Jim Beglin, Irish footballer and sportscaster

Births57 years ago

1963 - Julie Elliott, English politician

Births57 years ago

1963 - Azeem Hafeez, Pakistani cricketer

Births57 years ago

1963 - Alexandra Paul, American actress and producer

Births57 years ago

1963 - Graham Poll, English footballer, referee, and journalist

Births57 years ago

1964 - Jaanus Veensalu, Estonian footballer

Births56 years ago

1965 - Luis Alicea, Puerto Rican-American baseball player and coach

Births55 years ago

1965 - Dean Haglund, Canadian actor, producer, and screenwriter

Births55 years ago

1965 - Adam Holloway, English captain and politician

Births55 years ago

1965 - Stan Koziol, American soccer player (d. 2014)

Births55 years ago

1965 - Chang-Rae Lee, South Korean-American author and academic

Births55 years ago

1965 - Xavier Waterkeyn, Australian author

Births55 years ago

1965 - Woody Weatherman, American guitarist and songwriter

Births55 years ago

1966 - Sally Gunnell, English hurdler and sportscaster

Births54 years ago

1966 - Stuart Lampitt, English cricketer

Births54 years ago

1966 - Martina McBride, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births54 years ago

1968 - Gideon Henderson, English geologist and academic

Births52 years ago

1968 - Paavo Lötjönen, Finnish cellist and educator

Births52 years ago

1970 - Adele Griffin, American author

Births50 years ago

1970 - Andi Peters, English journalist, actor, and producer

Births50 years ago

1970 - John Rennie, Zimbabwean cricketer

Births50 years ago

1971 - Andrea Philipp, German sprinter

Births49 years ago

1972 - Wil Wheaton, American actor, producer, and screenwriter

Births48 years ago

1973 - Stephen Dorff, American actor and producer

Births47 years ago

1973 - Denis Urubko, Kazakh mountaineer

Births47 years ago

1975 - Yoshihiro Akiyama, Japanese mixed martial artist

Births45 years ago

1975 - Lanka de Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer

Births45 years ago

1975 - Corrado Grabbi, Italian footballer

Births45 years ago

1975 - Jaanus Sirel, Estonian footballer

Births45 years ago

1978 - Mike Adams, American baseball player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Marina Lazarovska, Macedonian tennis player

Births42 years ago

1979 - Karim Essediri, Tunisian footballer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Ronald Murray, American basketball player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Juris Umbraško, Latvian basketball player

Births41 years ago

1980 - Ryan Braun, Canadian-American baseball player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Fernando González, Chilean tennis player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Ben Koller, American drummer

Births40 years ago

1980 - John Morris, Australian rugby league player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Fernando Alonso, Spanish race car driver

Births39 years ago

1981 - Andrés Madrid, Argentinian footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Troy Perkins, American soccer player

Births39 years ago

1982 - Janez Aljančič, Slovenian footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Jônatas Domingos, Brazilian footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Allison Mack, American actress and criminal

Births38 years ago

1983 - Jason Belmonte, Australian bowler

Births37 years ago

1983 - Inés Gómez Mont, Mexican journalist and actress

Births37 years ago

1983 - Alexei Kaigorodov, Russian ice hockey player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Jerious Norwood, American football player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Elise Testone, American singer-songwriter

Births37 years ago

1984 - Oh Beom-seok, South Korean footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Chad Billingsley, American baseball player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Wilson Palacios, Honduran footballer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Besart Berisha, Albanian footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Okinoumi Ayumi, Japanese sumo wrestler

Births35 years ago

1985 - Simon Santoso, Indonesian badminton player

Births35 years ago

1988 - Tarjei Bø, Norwegian biathlete

Births32 years ago

1989 - Grit Šadeiko, Estonian heptathlete

Births31 years ago

1991 - Dale Copley, Australian rugby league player

Births29 years ago

1991 - Irakli Logua, Russian footballer

Births29 years ago

1992 - Karen Torrez, Bolivian swimmer

Births28 years ago

1993 - Nicole Melichar, American tennis player

Births27 years ago

1994 - Liam O'Brien, Canadian ice hockey player

Births26 years ago

Deaths

238 - Balbinus, Roman emperor (b. 165)

Deaths

238 - Pupienus, Roman emperor (b. 178)

Deaths1782 years ago

451 - Tuoba Huang, prince of Northern Wei (b. 428)

Deaths

796 - Offa of Mercia (b. 730)

Deaths

1030 - Olaf II of Norway (b. 995)

Deaths990 years ago
Deaths925 years ago

1099 - Pope Urban II (b. 1042)

Deaths921 years ago

1108 - Philip I of France (b. 1052)

Deaths912 years ago
Deaths784 years ago
Deaths694 years ago
Deaths516 years ago

1507 - Martin Behaim, German-Bohemian geographer and astronomer (b. 1459)

Deaths513 years ago

1573 - John Caius, English physician and academic (b. 1510)

Deaths447 years ago

1612 - Jacques Bongars, French scholar and diplomat (b. 1554)

Deaths408 years ago

1644 - Pope Urban VIII (b. 1568)

Deaths376 years ago

1752 - Peter Warren, Irish admiral and politician (b. 1703)

Deaths268 years ago

1781 - Johann Kies, German astronomer and mathematician (b. 1713)

Deaths239 years ago

1792 - René Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou, French lawyer and politician, Chancellor of France (b. 1714)

Deaths228 years ago

1813 - Jean-Andoche Junot, French general (b. 1771)

Deaths207 years ago

1833 - William Wilberforce, English philanthropist and politician (b. 1759)

Deaths187 years ago

1839 - Gaspard de Prony, French mathematician and engineer (b. 1755)

Deaths181 years ago

1844 - Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, Austrian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1791)

Deaths176 years ago

1856 - Robert Schumann, German composer and critic (b. 1810)

Deaths164 years ago

1857 - Thomas Dick, Scottish minister, astronomer, and author (b. 1774)

Deaths163 years ago

1887 - Agostino Depretis, Italian politician, 9th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1813)

Deaths133 years ago

1890 - Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter and illustrator (b. 1853)

Deaths130 years ago

1895 - Floriano Peixoto, Brazilian general and politician, 2nd President of Brazil (b. 1839)

Deaths125 years ago

1900 - Umberto I of Italy (b. 1844)

Deaths120 years ago

1908 - Marie Adam-Doerrer (b. 1838)

Deaths112 years ago

1913 - Tobias Asser, Dutch lawyer and jurist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1838)

Deaths107 years ago

1918 - Ernest William Christmas, Australian-American painter (b. 1863)

Deaths102 years ago

1924 - Sotirios Krokidas, Greek educator and politician, 110th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1852)

Deaths96 years ago

1934 - Didier Pitre, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1883)

Deaths86 years ago

1938 - Nikolai Krylenko, Russian lawyer, jurist, and politician, Prosecutor General of the Russian SFSR (b. 1885)

Deaths82 years ago

1950 - Joe Fry, English race car driver (b. 1915)

Deaths70 years ago

1951 - Ali Sami Yen, Turkish footballer and manager, founded Galatasaray S.K. (b. 1886)

Deaths69 years ago

1954 - Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (b. 1879)

Deaths66 years ago

1960 - Hasan Saka, Turkish politician, 7th Prime Minister of Turkey (b. 1885)

Deaths60 years ago

1962 - Ronald Fisher, English biologist and statistician (b. 1890)

Deaths58 years ago

1962 - Leonardo De Lorenzo, Italian-American flute player and educator (b. 1875)

Deaths58 years ago

1964 - Vean Gregg, American baseball player (b. 1885)

Deaths56 years ago

1966 - Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, Nigerian general and politician, 2nd Head of State of Nigeria (b. 1924)

Deaths54 years ago

1966 - Adekunle Fajuyi, Nigerian colonel (b. 1926)

Deaths54 years ago

1970 - John Barbirolli, English cellist and conductor (b. 1899)

Deaths50 years ago

1973 - Norm Smith, Australian footballer and coach (b. 1915)

Deaths47 years ago

1973 - Roger Williamson, English race car driver (b. 1948)

Deaths47 years ago

1974 - Cass Elliot, American singer (b. 1941)

Deaths46 years ago

1974 - Erich Kästner, German author and poet (b. 1899)

Deaths46 years ago

1976 - Mickey Cohen, American gangster (b. 1913)

Deaths44 years ago

1978 - Andrzej Bogucki, Polish actor, operetta singer, and songwriter (b. 1904)

Deaths42 years ago

1979 - Herbert Marcuse, German sociologist and philosopher (b. 1898)

Deaths41 years ago

1979 - Bill Todman, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1916)

Deaths41 years ago

1981 - Robert Moses, American urban planner, designed the Northern State Parkway and Southern State Parkway (b. 1888)

Deaths39 years ago

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

Deaths38 years ago

1982 - Vladimir K. Zworykin, Russian-American engineer, invented the Iconoscope (b. 1889)

Deaths38 years ago

1983 - Luis Buñuel, Spanish actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1900)

Deaths37 years ago

1983 - Raymond Massey, Canadian-American actor and screenwriter (b. 1896)

Deaths37 years ago

1983 - David Niven, English military officer and actor (b. 1910)

Deaths37 years ago

1984 - Fred Waring, American television host and bandleader (b. 1900)

Deaths36 years ago

1987 - Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Indian author, poet, and playwright (b. 1894)

Deaths33 years ago

1990 - Bruno Kreisky, Austrian academic and politician, 22nd Chancellor of Austria (b. 1911)

Deaths30 years ago

1992 - Michel Larocque, Canadian ice hockey player and manager (b. 1952)

Deaths28 years ago

1994 - John Britton, American physician (b. 1925)

Deaths26 years ago

1994 - Dorothy Hodgkin, Egyptian-English biochemist and biophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Les Elgart, American trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1917)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Ric Nordman, Canadian businessman and politician (b. 1919)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, French mathematician and theorist (b. 1920)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Jason Thirsk, American singer and bass player (b. 1967)

Deaths24 years ago

1998 - Jerome Robbins, American director, producer, and choreographer (b. 1918)

Deaths22 years ago

2001 - Edward Gierek, Polish soldier and politician (b. 1913)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Wau Holland, German computer scientist, co-founded Chaos Computer Club (b. 1951)

Deaths19 years ago

2003 - Foday Sankoh, Sierra Leonean soldier, founded the Revolutionary United Front (b. 1937)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress and singer (b. 1923)

Deaths16 years ago

2007 - Mike Reid, English comedian, actor, and author (b. 1940)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Michel Serrault, French actor (b. 1928)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Tom Snyder, American journalist and talk show host (b. 1936)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Marvin Zindler, American journalist (b. 1921)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Bruce Edward Ivins, American scientist and bio-defense researcher (b. 1946)

Deaths12 years ago

2010 - Charles E. Wicks, American chemist and academic (b. 1925)

Deaths10 years ago

2012 - Tatiana Egorova, Russian footballer and manager (b. 1970)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - August Kowalczyk, Polish actor and director (b. 1921)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Chris Marker, French photographer and journalist (b. 1921)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - James Mellaart, English archaeologist and author (b. 1925)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - John Stampe, Danish footballer and coach (b. 1957)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian footballer (b. 1986)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Peter Flanigan, American banker and civil servant (b. 1923)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Tony Gaze, Australian soldier, pilot, and race car driver (b. 1920)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Munir Hussain, Indian cricketer and sportscaster (b. 1929)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - M. Caldwell Butler, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (b. 1925)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Jon R. Cavaiani, English-American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1943)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Giorgio Gaslini, Italian pianist and composer (b. 1929)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - María Antonia Iglesias, Spanish journalist and author (b. 1945)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Péter Kiss, Hungarian engineer and politician (b. 1959)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Idris Muhammad, American drummer and composer (b. 1939)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Thomas R. St. George, American soldier and author (b. 1919)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Antony Holland, English-Canadian actor, director, and playwright (b. 1920)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Peter O'Sullevan, Anglo-Irish sportscaster (b. 1918)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Mike Pyle, American football player and sportscaster (b. 1939)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Franklin H. Westervelt, American computer scientist, engineer, and academic (b. 1930)

Deaths5 years ago

2018 - Oliver Dragojević, a Croatian recording artist (b. 1947)

Deaths2 years ago

2018 - Josip Peruzovic, Yugoslav-born American professional wrestler (b. 1947)

Deaths2 years ago

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