Holidays and observances

Events

AD 25 - Guangwu claims the throne as Chinese emperor, restoring the Han dynasty after the collapse of the short-lived Xin dynasty.

Events

135 - Roman armies enter Betar, slaughtering thousands and ending the bar Kokhba revolt.

Events

910 - The last major Danish army to raid England for nearly a century is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward the Elder and Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians.

Events

939 - The Battle of Alhandic is fought between Ramiro II of León and Abd-ar-Rahman III at Zamora in the context of the Spanish Reconquista. The battle resulted in a victory for the Emirate of Córdoba.

Events
Events920 years ago

1278 - Spanish Reconquista: the forces of the Kingdom of Castile initiate the ultimately futile Siege of Algeciras against the Emirate of Granada.

Events742 years ago

1305 - William Wallace, who led the Scottish resistance against England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London where he is put on trial and executed.

Events715 years ago

1388 - The Battle of Otterburn, a border skirmish between the Scottish and the English in Northern England, is fought near Otterburn.

Events632 years ago
Events514 years ago

1583 - Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Events437 years ago

1600 - The Gowrie Conspiracy against King James VI of Scotland (later to become King James I of England) takes place.

Events420 years ago

1620 - The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England, carrying would-be settlers, on its first attempt to reach North America; it is forced to dock in Dartmouth when its companion ship, the Speedwell, springs a leak.

Events400 years ago
Events331 years ago

1716 - Austro-Turkish War (1716–1718): One-fifth of a Turkish army and the Grand Vizier are killed in the Battle of Petrovaradin.

Events304 years ago

1735 - Freedom of the press: New York Weekly Journal writer John Peter Zenger is acquitted of seditious libel against the royal governor of New York, on the basis that what he had published was true.

Events285 years ago
Events257 years ago

1781 - The Battle of Dogger Bank takes place.

Events239 years ago

1816 - The British Admiralty dismisses Francis Ronalds's new invention of the first working electric telegraph as "wholly unnecessary", preferring to continue using the semaphore.

Events204 years ago

1824 - Greek War of Independence: Constantine Kanaris leads a Greek fleet to victory against Ottoman and Egyptian naval forces in the Battle of Samos.

Events196 years ago

1858 - Cyrus West Field and others complete the first transatlantic telegraph cable after several unsuccessful attempts. It will operate for less than a month.

Events162 years ago

1860 - Charles XV of Sweden of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Norway in Trondheim.

Events160 years ago

1861 - American Civil War: In order to help pay for the war effort, the United States government levies the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over US$800; rescinded in 1872).

Events159 years ago

1861 - The United States Army abolishes flogging.

Events159 years ago

1862 - American Civil War: Battle of Baton Rouge: Along the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Confederate troops attempt to take the city, but are driven back by fire from Union gunboats.

Events158 years ago

1864 - American Civil War: The Battle of Mobile Bay begins at Mobile Bay near Mobile, Alabama, Admiral David Farragut leads a Union flotilla through Confederate defenses and seals one of the last major Southern ports.

Events156 years ago

1874 - Japan launches its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system in the United Kingdom.

Events146 years ago

1884 - The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe's Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor.

Events136 years ago

1888 - Bertha Benz drives from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in the first long distance automobile trip, commemorated as the Bertha Benz Memorial Route since 2008.

Events132 years ago

1901 - Peter O'Connor sets the first IAAF recognised long jump world record of 24 ft 11.75 in (7.6137 m), a record that would stand for 20 years.

Events119 years ago

1906 - Persian Constitutional Revolution: Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar, King of Iran, agrees to convert the government to a constitutional monarchy.

Events114 years ago

1914 - World War I: The German minelayer SS Königin Luise lays a minefield about 40 miles (64 km) off the Thames Estuary (Lowestoft). She is intercepted and sunk by the British light-cruiser HMS Amphion.

Events106 years ago

1914 - World War I: The guns of Point Nepean fort at Port Phillip Heads in Victoria (Australia) fire across the bows of the Norddeutscher Lloyd steamer SS Pfalz which is attempting to leave the Port of Melbourne in ignorance of the declaration of war and she is detained; this is said to be the first Allied shot of the War.

Events106 years ago

1914 - In Cleveland, Ohio, the first electric traffic light is installed.

Events106 years ago

1916 - World War I: Battle of Romani: Allied forces, under the command of Archibald Murray, defeat an attacking Ottoman army under the command of Friedrich Freiherr Kress von Kressenstein, securing the Suez Canal and beginning the Ottoman retreat from the Sinai Peninsula.

Events104 years ago

1925 - Plaid Cymru is formed with the aim of disseminating knowledge of the Welsh language that is at the time in danger of dying out.

Events95 years ago

1926 - Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.

Events94 years ago
Events80 years ago

1944 - World War II: At least 1,104 Japanese POWs in Australia attempt to escape from a camp at Cowra, New South Wales; 545 temporarily succeed but are later either killed, commit suicide, or are recaptured.

Events76 years ago

1944 - World War II: Polish insurgents liberate a German labor camp (Gęsiówka) in Warsaw, freeing 348 Jewish prisoners.

Events76 years ago

1944 - World War II: The Nazis begin a week-long massacre of between 40,000 and 50,000 civilians and prisoners of war in Wola, Poland.

Events76 years ago

1949 - In Ecuador, an earthquake destroys 50 towns and kills more than 6,000.

Events71 years ago

1957 - American Bandstand, a show dedicated to the teenage "baby-boomers" by playing the songs and showing popular dances of the time, debuts on the ABC television network.

Events63 years ago

1960 - Burkina Faso, then known as Upper Volta, becomes independent from France.

Events60 years ago

1962 - Apartheid: Nelson Mandela is jailed. He would not be released until 1990.

Events58 years ago

1962 - American actress Marilyn Monroe is found dead at her home from a drug overdose.

Events58 years ago

1963 - Cold War: The United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union sign the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Events57 years ago

1964 - Vietnam War: Operation Pierce Arrow: American aircraft from carriers USS Ticonderoga and USS Constellation bomb North Vietnam in retaliation for strikes against U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Events56 years ago

1965 - The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 begins as Pakistani soldiers cross the Line of Control dressed as locals.

Events55 years ago

1971 - The first Pacific Islands Forum (then known as the "South Pacific Forum") is held in Wellington, New Zealand, with the aim of enhancing cooperation between the independent countries of the Pacific Ocean.

Events49 years ago

1973 - Mars 6 is launched from the USSR.

Events47 years ago

1974 - Vietnam War: The U.S. Congress places a $1 billion limit on military aid to South Vietnam.

Events46 years ago

1979 - In Afghanistan, Maoists undertake the Bala Hissar uprising against the Leninist government.

Events41 years ago

1981 - President Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.

Events39 years ago

1984 - A Biman Bangladesh Airlines Fokker F27 Friendship crashes on approach to Zia International Airport, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing all 49 people on board.

Events36 years ago

1989 - General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista National Liberation Front winning a majority.

Events31 years ago

1995 - Yugoslav Wars: The city of Knin, Croatia, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm. The date is celebrated in Croatia as Victory Day.

Events25 years ago

2003 - A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.

Events17 years ago

2010 - The Copiapó mining accident occurs, trapping 33 Chilean miners approximately 2,300 ft (700 m) below the ground for 69 days.

Events10 years ago

2010 - Ten members of International Assistance Mission Nuristan Eye Camp team are killed by persons unknown in Kuran wa Munjan District of Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan.

Events10 years ago

2012 - The Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting took place in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six victims; the perpetrator committed suicide after being wounded by police.

Events8 years ago

2015 - The Environmental Protection Agency at Gold King Mine waste water spill releases three million gallons of heavy metal toxin tailings and waste water into the Animas River in Colorado.

Events5 years ago

Births

79 BC - Tullia, Roman daughter of Cicero (d. 45 BC)

Births
Births758 years ago
Births719 years ago

1397 - Guillaume Dufay, Belgian-Italian composer and theorist (d. 1474)

Births623 years ago

1461 - Alexander Jagiellon, Polish king (d. 1506)

Births559 years ago

1540 - Joseph Justus Scaliger, French philologist and historian (d. 1609)

Births480 years ago

1607 - Antonio Barberini, Italian cardinal (d. 1671)

Births413 years ago

1623 - Antonio Cesti, Italian organist and composer (d. 1669)

Births397 years ago

1626 - Richard Ottley, English politician (d. 1670)

Births394 years ago

1662 - James Anderson, Scottish lawyer and historian (d. 1728)

Births358 years ago

1681 - Vitus Bering, Danish explorer (d. 1741)

Births339 years ago

1694 - Leonardo Leo, Italian composer (d. 1744)

Births326 years ago

1749 - Thomas Lynch Jr., American commander and politician (d. 1779)

Births271 years ago

1797 - Friedrich August Kummer, German cellist and composer (d. 1879)

Births223 years ago

1802 - Niels Henrik Abel, Norwegian mathematician and theorist (d. 1829)

Births218 years ago

1811 - Ambroise Thomas, French composer (d. 1896)

Births209 years ago

1813 - Ivar Aasen, Norwegian poet and linguist (d. 1896)

Births207 years ago

1815 - Edward John Eyre, English explorer and politician, Governor of Jamaica (d. 1901)

Births205 years ago

1827 - Deodoro da Fonseca, Brazilian field marshal and politician, 1st President of Brazil (d. 1892)

Births193 years ago
Births192 years ago

1833 - Carola of Vasa (d. 1907)

Births187 years ago

1843 - James Scott Skinner, Scottish violinist and composer (d. 1927)

Births177 years ago

1844 - Ilya Repin, Russian painter and sculptor (d. 1930)

Births176 years ago

1850 - Guy de Maupassant, French short story writer, novelist, and poet (d. 1893)

Births170 years ago

1860 - Louis Wain, English artist (d. 1939)

Births160 years ago

1862 - Joseph Merrick, English man with severe deformities (d. 1890)

Births158 years ago

1866 - Carl Harries, German chemist and academic (d. 1923)

Births154 years ago

1866 - Harry Trott, Australian cricketer (d. 1917)

Births154 years ago

1868 - Oskar Merikanto, Finnish pianist and composer (d. 1924)

Births152 years ago

1872 - Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician, bacteriologist, and epidemiologist, founded the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (d. 1917)

Births148 years ago

1874 - Wesley Clair Mitchell, American economist and academic (d. 1948)

Births146 years ago

1874 - Horace Rawlins, English golfer (d. 1935)

Births146 years ago

1876 - Mary Ritter Beard, American historian and activist (d. 1958)

Births144 years ago

1877 - Tom Thomson, Canadian painter (d. 1917)

Births143 years ago

1880 - Gertrude Rush, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1962)

Births140 years ago

1880 - Ruth Sawyer, American author and educator (d. 1970)

Births140 years ago

1882 - Anne Acheson, Irish sculptor (d. 1962)

Births138 years ago

1887 - Reginald Owen, English-American actor and singer (d. 1972)

Births133 years ago

1889 - Conrad Aiken, American novelist, short story writer, critic, and poet (d. 1973)

Births131 years ago

1890 - Naum Gabo, Russian-American sculptor (d. 1977)

Births130 years ago

1890 - Erich Kleiber, Austrian conductor and director (d. 1956)

Births130 years ago

1897 - Roberta Dodd Crawford, American soprano and educator (d. 1954)

Births123 years ago

1897 - Aksel Larsen, Danish lawyer and politician (d. 1972)

Births123 years ago

1900 - Rudolf Schottlaender, German philosopher, classical philologist and translator (d. 1988)

Births120 years ago

1901 - Claude Autant-Lara, French director, screenwriter, and politician (d. 2000)

Births119 years ago

1904 - Kenneth V. Thimann, English-American botanist and microbiologist (d. 1997)

Births116 years ago

1906 - Joan Hickson, English actress (d. 1998)

Births114 years ago

1906 - John Huston, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1987)

Births114 years ago

1906 - Wassily Leontief, German-American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)

Births114 years ago

1908 - Harold Holt, Australian lawyer and politician, 17th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Jose Garcia Villa, Filipino short story writer and poet (d. 1997)

Births112 years ago

1910 - Bruno Coquatrix, French songwriter and manager (d. 1979)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Herminio Masantonio, Argentinian footballer (d. 1956)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Robert Taylor, American actor and singer (d. 1969)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Abbé Pierre, French priest and humanitarian (d. 2007)

Births108 years ago

1914 - Parley Baer, American actor (d. 2002)

Births106 years ago

1916 - Peter Viereck, American poet and academic (d. 2006)

Births104 years ago

1918 - Tom Drake, American actor and singer (d. 1982)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Betty Oliphant, English-Canadian ballerina, co-founded Canada's National Ballet School (d. 2004)

Births102 years ago

1920 - George Tooker, American painter and academic (d. 2011)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Terry Becker, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2014)

Births99 years ago

1922 - L. Tom Perry, American businessman and religious leader (d. 2015)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Frank Stranahan, American golfer (d. 2013)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Devan Nair, Malaysian-Singaporean union leader and politician, 3rd President of Singapore (d. 2005)

Births97 years ago

1926 - Betsy Jolas, French composer

Births94 years ago

1926 - Jeri Southern, American jazz singer and pianist (d. 1991)

Births94 years ago

1927 - John H. Moore II, American lawyer and judge (d. 2013)

Births93 years ago

1929 - Don Matheson, American soldier, police officer, and actor (d. 2014)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Neil Armstrong, American pilot, engineer, and astronaut (d. 2012)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Damita Jo DeBlanc, American comedian, actress, and singer (d. 1998)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Richie Ginther, American race car driver (d. 1989)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Michal Kováč, Slovak lawyer and politician, 1st President of Slovakia

Births90 years ago

1931 - Tom Hafey, Australian footballer and coach (d. 2014)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Tera de Marez Oyens, Dutch pianist and composer (d. 1996)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Vladimir Fedoseyev, Russian conductor

Births88 years ago

1934 - Karl Johan Åström, Swedish engineer and theorist

Births86 years ago

1934 - Wendell Berry, American novelist, short story writer, poet, and essayist

Births86 years ago

1934 - Gay Byrne, Irish radio and television host

Births86 years ago

1935 - Michael Ballhaus, German director and cinematographer (d. 2017)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Peter Inge, Baron Inge, English field marshal

Births85 years ago

1935 - John Saxon, American actor

Births85 years ago

1935 - Roy Benavidez, American Master Sergeant and Medal of Honor Winner (d. 1998)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Nikolai Baturin, Estonian author and playwright

Births84 years ago

1937 - Herb Brooks, American ice hockey player and coach (d. 2003)

Births83 years ago

1937 - Brian G. Marsden, English-American astronomer and academic (d. 2010)

Births83 years ago

1939 - Roger Clark, English race car driver (d. 1998)

Births81 years ago

1939 - Carmen Salinas, Mexican actress and politician (PRI)

Births81 years ago

1940 - Bobby Braddock, American country music songwriter, musician, and producer

Births80 years ago

1940 - Roman Gabriel, American football player, coach, and actor

Births80 years ago

1940 - Rick Huxley, English bass player (d. 2013)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Bob Clark, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2007)

Births79 years ago

1941 - Leonid Kizim, Ukrainian general, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2010)

Births79 years ago

1941 - Airto Moreira, Brazilian-American drummer and composer

Births79 years ago

1942 - Joe Boyd, American record producer, founded Hannibal Records

Births78 years ago

1943 - Nelson Briles, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2005)

Births77 years ago

1943 - Sammi Smith, American country music singer-songwriter (d. 2005)

Births77 years ago

1944 - Christopher Gunning, English composer

Births76 years ago

1945 - Loni Anderson, American actress

Births75 years ago

1946 - Bruce Coslet, American football player and coach

Births74 years ago

1946 - Rick van der Linden, Dutch keyboard player and songwriter (d. 2006)

Births74 years ago

1946 - Bob McCarthy, Australian rugby league player and coach

Births74 years ago

1946 - Erika Slezak, American actress

Births74 years ago

1946 - Xavier Trias, Spanish pediatrician and politician, 118th Mayor of Barcelona

Births74 years ago

1947 - Angry Anderson, Australian singer & actor

Births73 years ago

1947 - Bernie Carbo, American baseball player

Births73 years ago

1947 - France A. Córdova, American astrophysicist and academic

Births73 years ago

1947 - Rick Derringer, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births73 years ago

1947 - Greg Leskiw, Canadian guitarist and songwriter

Births73 years ago

1948 - Ray Clemence, English footballer and manager

Births72 years ago

1948 - Barbara Flynn, English actress

Births72 years ago

1948 - David Hungate, American bass guitarist, producer, and arranger

Births72 years ago

1948 - Shin Takamatsu, Japanese architect and academic

Births72 years ago

1950 - Luiz Gushiken, Brazilian trade union leader and politician (d. 2013)

Births70 years ago

1950 - Mahendra Karma, Indian lawyer and politician (d. 2013)

Births70 years ago

1951 - Samantha Sang, Australian pop singer

Births69 years ago

1952 - Tamás Faragó, Hungarian water polo player

Births68 years ago

1952 - John Jarratt, Australian actor and producer

Births68 years ago

1952 - Louis Walsh, Irish talent manager

Births68 years ago

1953 - Rick Mahler, American baseball player and coach (d. 2005)

Births67 years ago

1955 - Eddie Ojeda, American guitarist and songwriter

Births65 years ago

1956 - Christopher Chessun, English Anglican bishop

Births64 years ago

1956 - Jerry Ciccoritti, Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births64 years ago

1957 - Larry Corowa, Australian rugby league player

Births63 years ago

1957 - David Gill, English businessman

Births63 years ago

1957 - Faith Prince, American actress and singer

Births63 years ago

1959 - Pete Burns, English singer-songwriter (d. 2016)

Births61 years ago

1959 - Pat Smear, American guitarist and songwriter

Births61 years ago

1960 - David Baldacci, American lawyer and author

Births60 years ago

1961 - Janet McTeer, English actress

Births59 years ago

1961 - Athula Samarasekera, Sri Lankan cricketer and coach

Births59 years ago

1961 - Tim Wilson, American comedian, singer-songwriter, and guitarist (d. 2014)

Births59 years ago

1962 - Patrick Ewing, Jamaican-American basketball player and coach

Births58 years ago

1962 - Otis Thorpe, American basketball player

Births58 years ago

1963 - Steve Lee, Swiss singer-songwriter (d. 2010)

Births57 years ago

1963 - Ingmar De Vos, Belgian sports administrator

Births57 years ago

1964 - Rory Morrison, English journalist (d. 2013)

Births56 years ago

1964 - Adam Yauch, American rapper and director (d. 2012)

Births56 years ago

1965 - Jeff Coffin, American saxophonist and composer

Births55 years ago

1965 - Motoi Sakuraba, Japanese keyboard player and composer

Births55 years ago

1966 - Jennifer Finch, American singer, bass player, and photographer

Births54 years ago

1966 - Jonathan Silverman, American actor and producer

Births54 years ago

1967 - Matthew Caws, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births53 years ago

1968 - Terri Clark, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births52 years ago

1968 - Kendo Kashin, Japanese wrestler and mixed martial artist

Births52 years ago

1968 - Marine Le Pen, French lawyer and politician

Births52 years ago

1968 - Oleh Luzhny, Ukrainian footballer and manager

Births52 years ago

1968 - Colin McRae, Scottish race car driver (d. 2007)

Births52 years ago

1968 - John Olerud, American baseball player

Births52 years ago

1969 - Jackie Doyle-Price, English politician

Births51 years ago

1969 - Vasbert Drakes, Barbadian cricketer

Births51 years ago

1969 - Venkatesh Prasad, Indian cricketer and coach

Births51 years ago

1969 - Robert Scott, Australian rower

Births51 years ago

1970 - James Gunn, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births50 years ago

1971 - Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian academic and politician, 11th Prime Minister of Latvia

Births49 years ago

1972 - Ikuto Hidaka, Japanese wrestler

Births48 years ago

1972 - Aaqib Javed, Pakistani cricketer and coach

Births48 years ago

1972 - Darren Shahlavi, English-American actor and martial artist (d. 2015)

Births48 years ago

1972 - Jon Sleightholme, English rugby player

Births48 years ago

1972 - Theodore Whitmore, Jamaican footballer and manager

Births48 years ago

1972 - Christian Olde Wolbers, Belgian-American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

Births48 years ago

1973 - Paul Carige, Australian rugby league player

Births47 years ago

1973 - Justin Marshall, New Zealand rugby player and sportscaster

Births47 years ago

1974 - Alvin Ceccoli, Australian footballer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Kajol, Indian film actress

Births46 years ago

1974 - Olle Kullinger, Swedish footballer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Antoine Sibierski, French footballer

Births46 years ago

1975 - Dan Hipgrave, English guitarist and journalist

Births45 years ago

1975 - Josep Jufré, Spanish cyclist

Births45 years ago

1975 - Eicca Toppinen, Finnish cellist and composer

Births45 years ago

1976 - Jeff Friesen, Canadian ice hockey player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Marians Pahars, Latvian footballer and manager

Births44 years ago

1976 - Eugen Trică, Romanian footballer and manager

Births44 years ago

1977 - Eric Hinske, American baseball player and coach

Births43 years ago

1977 - Mark Mulder, American baseball player and sportscaster

Births43 years ago

1977 - Michael Walsh, English footballer

Births43 years ago

1978 - Cosmin Bărcăuan, Romanian footballer and manager

Births42 years ago

1978 - Kim Gevaert, Belgian sprinter

Births42 years ago

1979 - David Healy, Irish footballer

Births41 years ago

1980 - Wayne Bridge, English footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Salvador Cabañas, Paraguayan footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Jason Culina, Australian footballer

Births40 years ago

1981 - David Clarke, English ice hockey player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Carl Crawford, American baseball player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Maik Franz, German footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Erik Guay, Canadian skier

Births39 years ago

1981 - Travie McCoy, American rapper, singer, and songwriter

Births39 years ago

1981 - Anna Rawson, Australian golfer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Rachel Scott, American murder victim, inspired the Rachel's Challenge (d. 1999)

Births39 years ago

1982 - Jamie Houston, English-German rugby player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Lolo Jones, American hurdler

Births38 years ago

1982 - Michele Pazienza, Italian footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Tobias Regner, German singer-songwriter

Births38 years ago

1982 - Jeff Robson, Australian rugby league player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Pete Sell, American mixed martial artist

Births38 years ago

1984 - Steve Matai, New Zealand rugby league player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Helene Fischer, German singer-songwriter

Births36 years ago

1985 - Laurent Ciman, Belgian footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Salomon Kalou, Ivorian footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Gil Vermouth, Israeli footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Erkan Zengin, Swedish footballer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Paula Creamer, American golfer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Kathrin Zettel, Austrian skier

Births34 years ago

1987 - Genelia D'Souza, Indian actress

Births33 years ago

1988 - Michael Jamieson, Scottish-English swimmer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Federica Pellegrini, Italian swimmer

Births32 years ago

1989 - Ryan Bertrand, English footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Mathieu Manset, French footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Jessica Nigri, American model and actress

Births31 years ago

1991 - Esteban Gutiérrez, Mexican race car driver

Births29 years ago

1991 - Konrad Hurrell, Tongan rugby league player

Births29 years ago

1991 - Andreas Weimann, Austrian footballer

Births29 years ago

1995 - Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Danish footballer

Births25 years ago

1996 - Takakeishō Mitsunobu, Japanese sumo wrestler

Births24 years ago

1997 - Jack Cogger, Australian rugby league player

Births23 years ago

1998 - Mimi Keene, English actress

Births22 years ago

1998 - Kanon Suzuki, Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume)

Births22 years ago

Deaths

553 - Xiao Ji, prince of the Liang dynasty (b. 508)

Deaths

642 - Eowa, king of Mercia

Deaths

642 - Oswald, king of Northumbria (b. 604)

Deaths1378 years ago

824 - Heizei, Japanese emperor (b. 773)

Deaths

882 - Louis III, Frankish king (b. 863)

Deaths

890 - Ranulf II, duke of Aquitaine (b. 850)

Deaths

910 - Eowils and Halfdan, joint kings of Northumbria

Deaths

910 - Ingwær, king of Northumbria

Deaths1110 years ago

940 - Li Decheng, Chinese general (b. 863)

Deaths
Deaths957 years ago

1364 - Kōgon, Japanese emperor (b. 1313)

Deaths656 years ago
Deaths605 years ago
Deaths605 years ago
Deaths573 years ago

1579 - Stanislaus Hosius, Polish cardinal (b. 1504)

Deaths441 years ago

1600 - John Ruthven, 3rd Earl of Gowrie, Scottish conspirator (b. 1577)

Deaths420 years ago

1610 - Alonso García de Ramón, Spanish soldier and politician, Royal Governor of Chile (b. 1552)

Deaths410 years ago

1633 - George Abbot, English archbishop and academic (b. 1562)

Deaths387 years ago

1678 - Juan García de Zéspedes, Mexican tenor and composer (b. 1619)

Deaths342 years ago

1729 - Thomas Newcomen, English engineer, invented the eponymous Newcomen atmospheric engine (b. 1664)

Deaths291 years ago

1743 - John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey, English courtier and politician, Vice-Chamberlain of the Household (b. 1696)

Deaths277 years ago

1778 - Charles Clémencet, French historian and author (b. 1703)

Deaths242 years ago

1778 - Thomas Linley the younger, English composer (b. 1756)

Deaths242 years ago
Deaths228 years ago

1799 - Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe, English admiral and politician (b. 1726)

Deaths221 years ago

1868 - Jacques Boucher de Crèvecœur de Perthes, French archaeologist and historian (b. 1788)

Deaths152 years ago
Deaths143 years ago

1880 - Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra, Austrian physician and dermatologist (b. 1816)

Deaths140 years ago

1881 - Spotted Tail, American tribal chief (b. 1823)

Deaths139 years ago

1895 - Friedrich Engels, German philosopher (b. 1820)

Deaths125 years ago

1901 - Victoria, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom (b. 1840)

Deaths119 years ago

1904 - George Dibbs, Australian politician, 10th Premier of New South Wales (b. 1834)

Deaths116 years ago

1911 - Bob Caruthers, American baseball player and umpire (b. 1864)

Deaths109 years ago

1916 - George Butterworth, British composer, killed at the Battle of the Somme (b. 1885)

Deaths104 years ago

1921 - Dimitrios Rallis, Greek lawyer and politician, 78th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1844)

Deaths99 years ago

1929 - Millicent Fawcett, English trade union leader and activist (b. 1847)

Deaths91 years ago

1933 - Charles Harold Davis, American painter and academic (b. 1856)

Deaths87 years ago

1935 - David Townsend, American art director and set designer (b. 1891)

Deaths85 years ago

1939 - Béla Jankovich, Hungarian economist and politician, Minister of Education of Hungary (b. 1865)

Deaths81 years ago

1944 - Maurice Turnbull, Welsh cricketer and rugby player (b. 1906)

Deaths76 years ago

1946 - Wilhelm Marx, German lawyer and politician, 17th Chancellor of Germany (b. 1863)

Deaths74 years ago

1948 - Montagu Toller, English cricketer and lawyer (b. 1871)

Deaths72 years ago

1952 - Sameera Moussa, Egyptian physicist and academic (b. 1917)

Deaths68 years ago

1955 - Carmen Miranda, Portuguese-Brazilian actress and singer (b. 1909)

Deaths65 years ago

1957 - Heinrich Otto Wieland, German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1877)

Deaths63 years ago

1959 - Edgar Guest, English-American journalist and poet (b. 1881)

Deaths61 years ago

1960 - Arthur Meighen, Canadian lawyer and politician, 9th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1874)

Deaths60 years ago

1963 - Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer (b. 1898)

Deaths57 years ago

1964 - Art Ross, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (b. 1886)

Deaths56 years ago

1968 - Luther Perkins, American guitarist (b. 1928)

Deaths52 years ago

1978 - Jesse Haines, American baseball player and coach (b. 1893)

Deaths42 years ago

1980 - Harold L. Runnels, American soldier and politician (b. 1924)

Deaths40 years ago

1983 - Judy Canova, American actress and comedian (b. 1913)

Deaths37 years ago

1983 - Joan Robinson, English economist and author (b. 1903)

Deaths37 years ago

1984 - Richard Burton, Welsh-Swiss actor and producer (b. 1925)

Deaths36 years ago

1985 - Arnold Horween, American football player and coach (b. 1898)

Deaths35 years ago

1987 - Georg Gaßmann, German politician, Mayor of Marburg (b. 1910)

Deaths33 years ago

1991 - Paul Brown, American football player and coach (b. 1908)

Deaths29 years ago

1991 - Soichiro Honda, Japanese engineer and businessman, founded Honda (b. 1906)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - Robert Muldoon, New Zealand politician, 31st Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1921)

Deaths28 years ago

1994 - Menachem Avidom, Israeli composer (b. 1908)

Deaths26 years ago

1994 - Alain de Changy, Belgian race car driver (b. 1922)

Deaths26 years ago

1998 - Otto Kretschmer, German commander (b. 1912)

Deaths22 years ago

1998 - Todor Zhivkov, Bulgarian commander and politician, 36th Prime Minister of Bulgaria (b. 1911)

Deaths22 years ago

2000 - Otto Buchsbaum, Austrian-Brazilian journalist and activist (b. 1920)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Tullio Crali, Montenegrin-Italian pilot and painter (b. 1910)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Lala Amarnath, Indian cricketer who scored India's first Test century (b. 1911)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Alec Guinness, English actor (b. 1914)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Otema Allimadi, Ugandan politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Uganda (b. 1929)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Christopher Skase, Australian-Spanish businessman (b. 1948)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - Chick Hearn, American sportscaster (b. 1916)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Franco Lucentini, Italian journalist and author (b. 1920)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Darrell Porter, American baseball player (b. 1952)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Matt Robinson, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1937)

Deaths18 years ago

2005 - Polina Astakhova, Russian gymnast and coach (b. 1936)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Jim O'Hora, American football player and coach (b. 1915)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Raul Roco, Filipino lawyer and politician, 31st Filipino Secretary of Education (b. 1941)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Eddie Jenkins, Welsh footballer (b. 1909)

Deaths15 years ago

2007 - Jean-Marie Lustiger, French cardinal (b. 1926)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Florian Pittiș, Romanian actor, singer, director, and producer (b. 1943)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Neil Bartlett, English-American chemist and academic (b. 1932)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Reg Lindsay, Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1929)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Budd Schulberg, American author, screenwriter, and producer (b. 1914)

Deaths11 years ago

2011 - Andrzej Lepper, Polish farmer and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland (b. 1954)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Aziz Shavershian, Russian-born Australian Bodybuilder and internet sensation (b. 1989)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Erwin Axer, Polish director and screenwriter (b. 1917)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Michel Daerden, Belgian lawyer and politician (b. 1949)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Fred Matua, American football player (b. 1984)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Martin E. Segal, Russian-American businessman, co-founded Film Society of Lincoln Center (b. 1916)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer-songwriter and actress (b. 1919)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Roland Charles Wagner, French author and translator (b. 1960)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Ruth Asawa, American sculptor and educator (b. 1926)

Deaths7 years ago

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

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Willie Dunn, Canadian singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1942)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Roy Rubin, American basketball player and coach (b. 1925)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - May Song Vang, American activist (b. 1951)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Rob Wyda, American commander and judge (b. 1959)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Harold J. Greene, American general (b. 1962)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Vladimir Orlov, Russian author (b. 1936)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Chapman Pincher, Indian-English historian, journalist, and author (b. 1914)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Jesse Leonard Steinfeld, American physician and academic, 11th Surgeon General of the United States (b. 1927)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Arthur Walter James, English journalist and politician (b. 1912)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Tony Millington, Welsh footballer (b. 1943)

Deaths5 years ago

2019 - Toni Morrison, American author, Pulitzer Prize winner, and Nobel laureate (b. 1931).

Deaths1 years ago

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