Holidays and observances

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


338 BC - A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean.


216 BC - The Carthaginian army led by Hannibal defeats a numerically superior Roman army at the Battle of Cannae.


461 - Majorian is arrested near Tortona (northern Italy) and deposed by the Suebian general Ricimer as puppet emperor.


1274 - Edward I of England returns from the Ninth Crusade and is crowned King seventeen days later.

Events746 years ago

1343 - After the execution of her husband, Jeanne de Clisson sells her estates and raises a force of men with which to attack French shipping and ports.

Events677 years ago

1377 - Russian troops are defeated by forces of the Blue Horde Khan Arapsha in the Battle on Pyana River.

Events643 years ago

1415 - Thomas Grey is executed for participating in the Southampton Plot.

Events605 years ago

1610 - During Henry Hudson's search for the Northwest Passage, he sails into what is now known as Hudson Bay.

Events410 years ago

1776 - The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place.

Events244 years ago

1790 - The first United States Census is conducted.

Events230 years ago

1798 - French Revolutionary Wars: The Battle of the Nile concludes in a British victory.

Events222 years ago

1830 - Charles X of France abdicates the throne in favor of his grandson Henri.

Events190 years ago

1858 - The Government of India Act 1858 replaces Company rule in India with that of the British Raj.

Events162 years ago

1869 - Japan's Edo society class system is abolished as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms.

Events151 years ago

1870 - Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway, opens in London, England, United Kingdom.

Events150 years ago

1873 - The Clay Street Hill Railroad begins operating the first cable car in San Francisco's famous cable car system.

Events147 years ago

1897 - Anglo-Afghan War: The Siege of Malakand ends when a relief column is able to reach the British garrison in the Malakand states.

Events123 years ago
Events117 years ago
Events106 years ago

1916 - World War I: Austrian sabotage causes the sinking of the Italian battleship Leonardo da Vinci in Taranto.

Events104 years ago

1918 - The first general strike in Canadian history takes place in Vancouver.

Events102 years ago

1922 - A typhoon hits Shantou, Republic of China killing more than 50,000 people.

Events98 years ago

1923 - Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes U.S. President upon the death of President Warren G. Harding.

Events97 years ago

1932 - The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson.

Events88 years ago

1934 - Gleichschaltung: Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of Germany following the death of President Paul von Hindenburg.

Events86 years ago

1937 - The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, the effect of which is to render marijuana and all its by-products illegal.

Events83 years ago

1939 - Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard write a letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging him to begin the Manhattan Project to develop a nuclear weapon.

Events81 years ago

1943 - Jewish prisoners stage a revolt at Treblinka, one of the deadliest of Nazi death camps where approximately 900,000 persons were murdered in less than 18 months.

Events77 years ago

1943 - World War II: The Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 is rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri and sinks. Lt. John F. Kennedy, future U.S. President, saves all but two of his crew.

Events77 years ago
Events76 years ago

1944 - World War II: The largest trade convoy of the world wars arrives safely in the Western Approaches.

Events76 years ago

1945 - World War II: End of the Potsdam Conference.

Events75 years ago

1947 - A British South American Airways Avro Lancastrian airliner crashes into a mountain during a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago, Chile. The wreckage would not be found until 1998.

Events73 years ago

1968 - An earthquake hits Casiguran, Aurora, Philippines killing more than 270 people and wounding 261.

Events52 years ago

1973 - A flash fire kills 51 people at the Summerland amusement centre at Douglas, Isle of Man.

Events47 years ago

1980 - A bomb explodes at the railway station in Bologna, Italy, killing 85 people and wounding more than 200.

Events40 years ago

1989 - Pakistan is re-admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations after having restored democracy for the first time since 1972.

Events31 years ago

1989 - A massacre is carried out by an Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 64 ethnic Tamil civilians.

Events31 years ago

1990 - Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to the Gulf War.

Events30 years ago

1999 - The Gaisal train disaster claims 285 lives in Assam, India.

Events21 years ago

2005 - Air France Flight 358 lands at Toronto Pearson International Airport and runs off the runway, causing the plane to burst into flames leaving 12 injuries and no fatalities.

Events15 years ago

2014 - At least 146 people were killed and more than 114 injured in a factory explosion in Kunshan, Jiangsu, China.

Events6 years ago


1260 - Kyawswa of Pagan, last ruler of the Pagan Kingdom (d. 1299)

Births760 years ago
Births565 years ago

1533 - Theodor Zwinger, Swiss physician and scholar (d. 1588)

Births487 years ago

1549 - Mikołaj Krzysztof "the Orphan" Radziwiłł, Polish nobleman (d. 1616)

Births471 years ago

1612 - Saskia van Uylenburgh, Dutch model and wife of Rembrandt van Rijn (d. 1642)

Births408 years ago

1627 - Samuel Dirksz van Hoogstraten, Dutch painter (d. 1678)

Births393 years ago

1630 - Estephan El Douaihy, Maronite patriarch (d. 1704)

Births390 years ago

1646 - Jean-Baptiste du Casse, French admiral and buccaneer (d. 1715)

Births374 years ago

1672 - Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Swiss paleontologist and scholar (d. 1733)

Births348 years ago
Births346 years ago

1696 - Mahmud I, Ottoman sultan (d. 1754)

Births324 years ago
Births318 years ago

1703 - Lorenzo Ricci, Italian religious leader, 18th Superior General of the Society of Jesus (d. 1775)

Births317 years ago

1740 - Jean Baptiste Camille Canclaux, French general (d. 1817)

Births280 years ago

1754 - Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-American architect and engineer, designed Washington, D.C. (d. 1825)

Births266 years ago

1788 - Leopold Gmelin, German chemist and academic (d. 1853)

Births232 years ago

1815 - Adolf Friedrich von Schack, German poet and historian (d. 1894)

Births205 years ago

1820 - John Tyndall, Irish-English physicist and mountaineer (d. 1893)

Births200 years ago

1828 - Manuel Pavía y Rodríguez de Alburquerque, Spanish general (d. 1895)

Births192 years ago

1834 - Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor, designed the Statue of Liberty (d. 1904)

Births186 years ago

1835 - Elisha Gray, American businessman, co-founded Western Electric (d. 1901)

Births185 years ago

1861 - Prafulla Chandra Ray, Indian chemist and academic (d. 1944)

Births159 years ago

1865 - Irving Babbitt, American academic and critic (d. 1933)

Births155 years ago

1865 - John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist (d. 1955)

Births155 years ago

1867 - Ernest Dowson, English poet, novelist, and short story writer (d. 1900)

Births153 years ago
Births152 years ago

1870 - Marianne Weber, German sociologist and suffragist (d. 1954)

Births150 years ago

1871 - John French Sloan, American painter and illustrator (d. 1951)

Births149 years ago

1872 - George E. Stewart, Australian-American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1946)

Births148 years ago

1876 - Pingali Venkayya, Indian geologist, designed the Flag of India (d. 1963)

Births144 years ago

1877 - Ravishankar Shukla, Indian lawyer and politician, 1st Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh (d. 1956)

Births143 years ago

1878 - Aino Kallas, Finnish-Estonian author (d. 1956)

Births142 years ago

1880 - Arthur Dove, American painter and educator (d. 1946)

Births140 years ago

1882 - Red Ames, American baseball player and manager (d. 1936)

Births138 years ago

1882 - Albert Bloch, American painter and academic (d. 1961)

Births138 years ago

1884 - Rómulo Gallegos, Venezuelan author and politician, 46th President of Venezuela (d. 1969)

Births136 years ago

1886 - John Alexander Douglas McCurdy, Canadian pilot and politician, 20th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (d. 1961)

Births134 years ago

1887 - Oskar Anderson, Bulgarian-German mathematician and statistician (d. 1960)

Births133 years ago

1889 - Margaret Lawrence, American stage actress (d. 1929)

Births131 years ago

1891 - Arthur Bliss, English composer and conductor (d. 1975)

Births129 years ago

1891 - Viktor Zhirmunsky, Russian linguist and historian (d. 1971)

Births129 years ago

1892 - Jack L. Warner, Canadian-born American production manager and producer, co-founded Warner Bros. (d. 1978)

Births128 years ago

1894 - Bertha Lutz, Brazilian feminist and scientist (d.1976)

Births126 years ago

1895 - Matt Henderson, New Zealand cricketer (d. 1970)

Births125 years ago

1897 - Karl-Otto Koch, German SS officer (d. 1945)

Births123 years ago

1897 - Max Weber, Swiss lawyer and politician (d. 1974)

Births123 years ago

1898 - Ernő Nagy, Hungarian fencer (d. 1977)

Births122 years ago

1899 - Charles Bennett, English director and screenwriter (d. 1995)

Births121 years ago

1900 - Holling C. Holling, American author and illustrator (d. 1973)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Helen Morgan, American actress and singer (d. 1941)

Births120 years ago
Births118 years ago

1905 - Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer (d. 1963)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Myrna Loy, American actress (d. 1993)

Births115 years ago

1907 - Mary Hamman, American journalist and author (d. 1984)

Births113 years ago

1910 - Roger MacDougall, Scottish director, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1993)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Ann Dvorak, American actress (d. 1979)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Palle Huld, Danish actor (d. 2010)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Håkon Stenstadvold, Norwegian painter, illustrator, and critic (d. 1977)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Vladimir Žerjavić, Croatian economist and author (d. 2001)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Xavier Thaninayagam, Sri Lankan scholar and academic (d. 1980)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Félix Leclerc, Canadian singer-songwriter, actor, and poet (d. 1988)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Big Walter Price, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2012)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Beatrice Straight, American actress (d. 2001)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Gary Merrill, American actor (d. 1990)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Alfonso A. Ossorio, Filipino-American painter and sculptor (d. 1990)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Wah Chang, Chinese-American artist and designer, best known for his work on Star Trek: The Original Series (d. 2003)

Births103 years ago

1919 - Nehemiah Persoff, Israeli-American actor

Births101 years ago

1920 - Louis Pauwels, French journalist and author (d. 1997)

Births100 years ago

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

Births100 years ago

1921 - Alan Whicker, Egyptian-English journalist (d. 2013)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Betsy Bloomingdale, American philanthropist and socialite (d. 2016)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Geoffrey Dutton, Australian historian and author (d. 1998)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Shimon Peres, Polish-Israeli lawyer and politician, 9th President of Israel (d. 2016)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Ike Williams, American boxer (d. 1994)

Births97 years ago

1924 - James Baldwin, American novelist, poet, and critic (d. 1987)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Joe Harnell, American pianist and composer (d. 2005)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Carroll O'Connor, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)

Births96 years ago

1925 - K. Arulanandan, Ceylon-American engineer and academic (d. 2004)

Births95 years ago

1925 - John Dexter, English director and producer (d. 1990)

Births95 years ago

1925 - John McCormack, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2017)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentinian general and politician, 43rd President of Argentina (d. 2013)

Births95 years ago

1927 - Peter Swinnerton-Dyer, English mathematician and academic (d. 2018)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Malcolm Hilton, English cricketer (d. 1990)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Roy Crimmins, English trombonist and composer (d. 2014)

Births91 years ago

1929 - John Gale, English director and producer

Births91 years ago

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

Births91 years ago

1929 - David Waddington, Baron Waddington, English lawyer and politician, Governor of Bermuda (d. 2017)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Vali Myers, Australian painter and dancer (d. 2003)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Pierre DuMaine, American bishop and academic

Births89 years ago

1931 - Eddie Fuller, South African cricketer (d. 2008)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Karl Miller, English journalist and critic (d. 2014)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Viliam Schrojf, Czech footballer (d. 2007)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Lamar Hunt, American businessman, co-founded the American Football League and World Championship Tennis (d. 2006)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Peter O'Toole, British-Irish actor and producer (d. 2013)

Births88 years ago
Births87 years ago

1934 - Valery Bykovsky, Russian general and astronaut (d. 2019)

Births86 years ago

1935 - Hank Cochran, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2010)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Anthony Payne, English composer and author

Births84 years ago

1937 - Ron Brierley, New Zealand businessman

Births83 years ago

1937 - Billy Cannon, American football player and dentist (d. 2018)

Births83 years ago

1937 - Garth Hudson, Canadian keyboard player, songwriter, and producer

Births83 years ago

1938 - Dave Balon, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2007)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Pierre de Bané, Israeli-Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 2019)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Terry Peck, Falkland Islander soldier (d. 2006)

Births82 years ago

1939 - Benjamin Barber, American theorist, author, and academic (d. 2017)

Births81 years ago

1939 - Wes Craven, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2015)

Births81 years ago

1939 - John W. Snow, American businessman and politician, 73rd United States Secretary of the Treasury

Births81 years ago

1940 - Angel Lagdameo, Filipino archbishop

Births80 years ago

1940 - Beko Ransome-Kuti, Nigerian physician and activist (d. 2006)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Will Tura, Belgian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births80 years ago

1941 - Doris Coley, American singer (d. 2000)

Births79 years ago

1941 - Jules A. Hoffmann, Luxembourgian-French biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births79 years ago

1941 - François Weyergans, Belgian director and screenwriter

Births79 years ago

1942 - Isabel Allende, Chilean-American novelist, essayist, essayist

Births78 years ago

1942 - Leo Beenhakker, Dutch football manager

Births78 years ago

1942 - Juan Formell, Cuban singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2014)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Nell Irvin Painter, American author and historian

Births78 years ago

1943 - Herbert M. Allison, American lieutenant and businessman (d. 2013)

Births77 years ago

1943 - Tom Burgmeier, American baseball player and coach

Births77 years ago

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

Births77 years ago

1943 - Rose Tremain, English novelist and short story writer

Births77 years ago

1944 - Jim Capaldi, English drummer and singer-songwriter (d. 2005)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Naná Vasconcelos, Brazilian singer and berimbau player (d. 2016)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Joanna Cassidy, American actress

Births75 years ago

1945 - Alex Jesaulenko, Austrian-Australian footballer and coach

Births75 years ago

1945 - Bunker Roy, Indian educator and activist

Births75 years ago

1945 - Eric Simms, Australian rugby league player and coach

Births75 years ago

1946 - James Howe, American journalist and author

Births74 years ago

1947 - Ruth Bakke, Norwegian organist and composer

Births73 years ago

1947 - Lawrence Wright, American journalist, author, and screenwriter

Births73 years ago

1948 - Andy Fairweather Low, Welsh singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births72 years ago

1948 - Dennis Prager, American radio host and author

Births72 years ago

1948 - James Street, American football and baseball player (d. 2013)

Births72 years ago

1948 - Snoo Wilson, English playwright and screenwriter (d. 2013)

Births72 years ago

1949 - James Fallows, American journalist and author

Births71 years ago

1949 - Bertalan Farkas, Hungarian general and astronaut

Births71 years ago

1950 - Jussi Adler-Olsen, Danish author and publisher

Births70 years ago

1950 - Ted Turner, British guitarist

Births70 years ago

1951 - Andrew Gold, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2011)

Births69 years ago

1951 - Steve Hillage, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births69 years ago

1951 - Joe Lynn Turner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births69 years ago

1951 - Per Westerberg, Swedish businessman and politician, Speaker of the Parliament of Sweden

Births69 years ago

1952 - Alain Giresse, French footballer and manager

Births68 years ago

1953 - Donnie Munro, Scottish singer and guitarist

Births67 years ago

1953 - Butch Patrick, American actor

Births67 years ago

1953 - Anthony Seldon, English historian and author

Births67 years ago

1954 - Sammy McIlroy, Northern Irish footballer and manager

Births66 years ago

1955 - Caleb Carr, American historian and author

Births65 years ago

1955 - Tony Godden, English footballer and manager

Births65 years ago

1955 - Butch Vig, American drummer, songwriter, and record producer

Births65 years ago

1956 - Fulvio Melia, Italian-American physicist, astrophysicist, and author

Births64 years ago

1959 - Victoria Jackson, American actress and singer

Births61 years ago

1959 - Johnny Kemp, Bahamian singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2015)

Births61 years ago

1959 - Apollonia Kotero, American singer and actress

Births61 years ago

1960 - Linda Fratianne, American figure skater

Births60 years ago

1960 - Neal Morse, American singer and keyboard player

Births60 years ago

1960 - David Yow, American singer-songwriter

Births60 years ago

1961 - Pete de Freitas, Trinidadian-British drummer and producer (d. 1989)

Births59 years ago

1962 - Lee Mavers, English singer, songwriter and guitarist

Births58 years ago

1963 - Laura Bennett, American architect and fashion designer

Births57 years ago

1963 - Uğur Tütüneker, Turkish footballer and manager

Births57 years ago

1964 - Frank Biela, German race car driver

Births56 years ago

1964 - Mary-Louise Parker, American actress

Births56 years ago

1965 - Joe Hockey, Australian lawyer and politician, 38th Treasurer of Australia

Births55 years ago

1965 - Hisanobu Watanabe, Japanese baseball player and coach

Births55 years ago

1966 - Takashi Iizuka, Japanese wrestler

Births54 years ago

1966 - Grainne Leahy, Irish cricketer

Births54 years ago

1966 - Tim Wakefield, American baseball player and sportscaster

Births54 years ago

1967 - Aaron Krickstein, American tennis player

Births53 years ago

1967 - Aline Brosh McKenna, American screenwriter and producer

Births53 years ago

1968 - Stefan Effenberg, German footballer and sportscaster

Births52 years ago

1969 - Cedric Ceballos, American basketball player

Births51 years ago

1969 - Fernando Couto, Portuguese footballer and manager

Births51 years ago

1970 - Tony Amonte, American ice hockey player and coach

Births50 years ago

1970 - Kevin Smith, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births50 years ago

1970 - Philo Wallace, Barbadian cricketer

Births50 years ago

1971 - Jason Bell, Australian rugby league player

Births49 years ago

1971 - Michael Hughes, Irish footballer and manager

Births49 years ago

1972 - Mohamed Al-Deayea, Saudi Arabian footballer

Births48 years ago

1973 - Danie Keulder, Namibian cricketer

Births47 years ago

1973 - Miguel Mendonca, Zimbabwean journalist and author

Births47 years ago

1973 - Susie O'Neill, Australian swimmer

Births47 years ago

1974 - Phil Williams, English journalist and radio host

Births46 years ago

1975 - Mineiro, Brazilian footballer

Births45 years ago

1975 - Xu Huaiwen, Chinese-German badminton player and coach

Births45 years ago

1975 - Tamás Molnár, Hungarian water polo player

Births45 years ago

1976 - Reyes Estévez, Spanish runner

Births44 years ago

1976 - Jay Heaps, American soccer player and coach

Births44 years ago

1976 - Michael Weiss, American figure skater

Births44 years ago

1976 - Sam Worthington, English-Australian actor and producer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Mohammad Zahid, Pakistani cricketer

Births44 years ago

1977 - Edward Furlong, American actor

Births43 years ago

1978 - Goran Gavrančić, Serbian footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Matt Guerrier, American baseball player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Deividas Šemberas, Lithuanian footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Dragan Vukmir, Serbian footballer

Births42 years ago

1979 - Marco Bonura, Italian footballer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Reuben Kosgei, Kenyan runner

Births41 years ago

1980 - Ivica Banović, Croatian footballer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Alexander Emelianenko, Russian mixed martial artist and boxer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Tim Murtagh, Irish-English cricketer

Births39 years ago

1982 - Hélder Postiga, Portuguese footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Kerry Rhodes, American football player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Grady Sizemore, American baseball player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Cynthia Stevenson, American actress

Births38 years ago

1983 - Michel Bastos, Brazilian footballer

Births37 years ago

1984 - Giampaolo Pazzini, Italian footballer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Stephen Ferris, Irish rugby player

Births35 years ago

1985 - David Hart Smith, Canadian wrestler

Births35 years ago

1985 - Britt Nicole, American Christian pop artist

Births35 years ago

1986 - Mathieu Razanakolona, Canadian skier

Births34 years ago

1988 - Rob Kwiet, Canadian ice hockey player

Births32 years ago

1989 - Nacer Chadli, Belgian footballer

Births31 years ago

1990 - Ima Bohush, Belarusian tennis player

Births30 years ago

1994 - Laura Pigossi, Brazilian tennis player

Births26 years ago

1994 - Laremy Tunsil, American football player

Births26 years ago

1995 - Kristaps Porziņģis, Latvian basketball player

Births25 years ago


216 BC - Lucius Aemilius Paullus, Roman consul and general

Deaths1804 years ago
Deaths1804 years ago

686 - Pope John V (b. 635)


855 - Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Arab theologian and jurist (b. 780)

Deaths945 years ago
Deaths920 years ago
Deaths798 years ago

1277 - Mu'in al-Din Sulaiman Pervane, Chancellor and Regent of the Sultanate of Rum

Deaths743 years ago

1316 - Louis of Burgundy (b. 1297)

Deaths704 years ago

1332 - King Christopher II of Denmark (b. 1276)

Deaths688 years ago

1415 - Thomas Grey, English conspirator (b. 1384)

Deaths605 years ago

1445 - Oswald von Wolkenstein, Austrian poet and composer (b. 1376)

Deaths575 years ago
Deaths569 years ago

1511 - Andrew Barton, Scottish admiral (b. 1466)

Deaths509 years ago

1512 - Alessandro Achillini, Italian physician and philosopher (b. 1463)

Deaths508 years ago
Deaths431 years ago

1605 - Richard Leveson, English admiral (b. c. 1570)

Deaths415 years ago

1611 - Katō Kiyomasa, Japanese daimyō (b. 1562)

Deaths409 years ago
Deaths353 years ago
Deaths324 years ago
Deaths251 years ago

1788 - Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (b. 1727)

Deaths232 years ago

1799 - Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, French inventor, co-invented the hot air balloon (b. 1745)

Deaths221 years ago

1815 - Guillaume Brune, French general and politician (b. 1763)

Deaths205 years ago

1823 - Lazare Carnot, French mathematician, general, and politician, President of the National Convention (b. 1753)

Deaths197 years ago

1834 - Harriet Arbuthnot, English diarist (b. 1793)

Deaths186 years ago

1849 - Muhammad Ali of Egypt, Ottoman Albanian commander (b. 1769)

Deaths171 years ago

1854 - Heinrich Clauren, German author (b. 1771)

Deaths166 years ago

1859 - Horace Mann, American educator and politician (b. 1796)

Deaths161 years ago

1876 - "Wild Bill" Hickok, American sheriff (b. 1837)

Deaths144 years ago

1889 - Eduardo Gutiérrez, Argentinian author (b. 1851)

Deaths131 years ago

1890 - Louise-Victorine Ackermann, French poet and author (b. 1813)

Deaths130 years ago

1903 - Eduard Magnus Jakobson, Estonian missionary and engraver (b. 1847)

Deaths117 years ago

1903 - Edmond Nocard, French veterinarian and microbiologist (b. 1850)

Deaths117 years ago

1913 - Ferenc Pfaff, Hungarian architect and academic, designed Zagreb Central Station (b. 1851)

Deaths107 years ago

1915 - John Downer, Australian politician, 16th Premier of South Australia (b. 1843)

Deaths105 years ago

1917 - Jaan Mahlapuu, Estonian military pilot (b. 1894)

Deaths103 years ago

1921 - Enrico Caruso, Italian tenor and actor (b. 1873)

Deaths99 years ago

1922 - Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-Canadian engineer, invented the telephone (b. 1847)

Deaths98 years ago

1923 - Warren G. Harding, American journalist and politician, 29th President of the United States (b. 1865)

Deaths97 years ago

1934 - Paul von Hindenburg, German field marshal and politician, 2nd President of Germany (b. 1847)

Deaths86 years ago

1937 - Artur Sirk, Estonian soldier, lawyer, and politician (b. 1900)

Deaths83 years ago

1939 - Harvey Spencer Lewis, American mystic and author (b. 1883)

Deaths81 years ago

1945 - Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer and educator (b. 1863)

Deaths75 years ago

1955 - Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1901)

Deaths65 years ago

1955 - Wallace Stevens, American poet and educator (b. 1879)

Deaths65 years ago

1963 - Oliver La Farge, American anthropologist and author (b. 1901)

Deaths57 years ago

1967 - Walter Terence Stace, English-American epistemologist, philosopher, and academic (b. 1886)

Deaths53 years ago

1970 - Angus MacFarlane-Grieve, English academic, mathematician, rower, and soldier (b. 1891)

Deaths50 years ago

1972 - Brian Cole, American bass player (b. 1942)

Deaths48 years ago

1972 - Paul Goodman, American psychotherapist and author (b. 1911)

Deaths48 years ago

1972 - Helen Hoyt, American poet and author (b. 1887)

Deaths48 years ago

1973 - Jean-Pierre Melville, French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1917)

Deaths47 years ago

1974 - Douglas Hawkes, English race car driver and businessman (b. 1893)

Deaths46 years ago

1976 - László Kalmár, Hungarian mathematician and academic (b. 1905)

Deaths44 years ago

1976 - Fritz Lang, Austrian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1890)

Deaths44 years ago

1978 - Carlos Chávez, Mexican composer and conductor (b. 1899)

Deaths42 years ago

1978 - Antony Noghès, French businessman, founded the Monaco Grand Prix (b. 1890)

Deaths42 years ago

1979 - Thurman Munson, American baseball player (b. 1947)

Deaths41 years ago

1981 - Stefanie Clausen, Danish diver (b. 1900)

Deaths39 years ago

1983 - James Jamerson, American bass player (b. 1936)

Deaths37 years ago

1986 - Roy Cohn, American lawyer and politician (b. 1927)

Deaths34 years ago

1988 - Joe Carcione, American activist and author (b. 1914)

Deaths32 years ago

1988 - Raymond Carver, American short story writer and poet (b. 1938)

Deaths32 years ago

1990 - Norman Maclean, American short story writer and essayist (b. 1902)

Deaths30 years ago

1990 - Edwin Richfield, English actor and screenwriter (b. 1921)

Deaths30 years ago

1992 - Michel Berger, French singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1947)

Deaths28 years ago

1996 - Michel Debré, French lawyer and politician, 150th Prime Minister of France (b. 1912)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Obdulio Varela, Uruguayan footballer and manager (b. 1917)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Mohamed Farrah Aidid, Somalian general and politician, 5th President of Somalia (b. 1934)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - William S. Burroughs, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (b. 1914)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - Fela Kuti, Nigerian singer-songwriter and activist (b. 1938)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - Shari Lewis, American television host and puppeteer (b. 1933)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Willie Morris, American writer (b. 1934)

Deaths21 years ago

2003 - Peter Safar, Austrian-American physician and academic (b. 1924)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Ferenc Berényi, Hungarian painter and academic (b. 1929)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - François Craenhals, Belgian illustrator (b. 1926)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Heinrich Mark, Estonian lawyer and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Estonia in exile (b. 1911)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Steven Vincent, American journalist and author (b. 1955)

Deaths15 years ago

2007 - Chauncey Bailey, American journalist (b. 1950)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese illustrator (b. 1935)

Deaths12 years ago

2011 - José Sanchis Grau, Spanish author and illustrator (b. 1932)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Gabriel Horn, English biologist and academic (b. 1927)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Magnus Isacsson, Canadian director and producer (b. 1948)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (b. 1930)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - John Keegan, English historian and journalist (b. 1934)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Bernd Meier, German footballer (b. 1972)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Marguerite Piazza, American soprano (b. 1920)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Julius L. Chambers, American lawyer and activist (b. 1936)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Richard E. Dauch, American businessman, co-founded American Axle (b. 1942)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Alla Kushnir, Russian–Israeli chess player (b. 1941)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Ed Joyce, American journalist (b. 1932)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Billie Letts, American author and educator (b. 1938)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Barbara Prammer, Austrian social worker and politician (b. 1954)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - James Thompson, American-Finnish author (b. 1964)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Forrest Bird, American pilot and engineer (b. 1921)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Giovanni Conso, Italian jurist and politician, Italian Minister of Justice (b. 1922)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Piet Fransen, Dutch footballer (b. 1936)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Jack Spring, American baseball player (b. 1933)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Terence Bayler, New Zealand actor (b. 1930)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - David Huddleston, American actor (b. 1930)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Franciszek Macharski, Polish cardinal (b. 1927)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Ahmed Zewail, Egyptian-American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1946)

Deaths4 years ago

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