Holidays and observances

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

Independence Day (Bolivia), celebrates the independence of Bolivia from Spain in 1825.

Holidays and observances

Independence Day (Jamaica), celebrates the independence of Jamaica from the United Kingdom in 1962.

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances


135 - The Roman Empire lays siege to Betar, effectively ending the Bar Kokhba revolt.


1284 - The Republic of Pisa is defeated in the Battle of Meloria by the Republic of Genoa, thus losing its naval dominance in the Mediterranean.

Events736 years ago
Events482 years ago

1661 - The Treaty of The Hague is signed by Portugal and the Dutch Republic.

Events359 years ago

1777 - American Revolutionary War: The bloody Battle of Oriskany prevents American relief of the Siege of Fort Stanwix.

Events243 years ago
Events233 years ago

1806 - Francis II, the last Holy Roman Emperor, abdicates, ending the Holy Roman Empire.

Events214 years ago

1819 - Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States.

Events201 years ago
Events196 years ago

1825 - Bolivia gains independence from Spain.

Events195 years ago

1861 - The United Kingdom annexes Lagos, Nigeria.

Events159 years ago

1862 - American Civil War: The Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas is scuttled on the Mississippi River after suffering catastrophic engine failure near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Events158 years ago

1870 - Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Spicheren is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.

Events150 years ago

1870 - Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Wörth results in a decisive Prussian victory.

Events150 years ago

1890 - At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair.

Events130 years ago

1901 - Kiowa land in Oklahoma is opened for white settlement, effectively dissolving the contiguous reservation.

Events119 years ago

1912 - The Bull Moose Party meets at the Chicago Coliseum.

Events108 years ago

1914 - World War I: First Battle of the Atlantic: Two days after the United Kingdom had declared war on Germany over the German invasion of Belgium, ten German U-boats leave their base in Heligoland to attack Royal Navy warships in the North Sea.

Events106 years ago

1914 - World War I: Serbia declares war on Germany; Austria declares war on Russia.

Events106 years ago

1915 - World War I: Battle of Sari Bair: The Allies mount a diversionary attack timed to coincide with a major Allied landing of reinforcements at Suvla Bay.

Events105 years ago

1917 - World War I: Battle of Mărășești between the Romanian and German armies begins.

Events103 years ago

1926 - Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel.

Events94 years ago

1926 - In New York City, the Warner Bros.' Vitaphone system premieres with the movie Don Juan starring John Barrymore.

Events94 years ago

1930 - Judge Joseph Force Crater steps into a taxi in New York and disappears, never to be seen again.

Events90 years ago

1940 - Estonia is illegally annexed by the Soviet Union.

Events80 years ago

1942 - Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands becomes the first reigning queen to address a joint session of the United States Congress.

Events78 years ago

1944 - The Warsaw Uprising occurs on August 1. It is brutally suppressed and all able-bodied men in Kraków are detained afterwards to prevent a similar uprising, the Kraków Uprising, that was planned but never carried out.

Events76 years ago

1945 - World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning.

Events75 years ago

1956 - After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena in New York in the Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena series.

Events64 years ago

1960 - Cuban Revolution: Cuba nationalizes American and foreign-owned property in the nation.

Events60 years ago

1962 - Jamaica becomes independent from the United Kingdom.

Events58 years ago

1965 - US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law.

Events55 years ago

1986 - A low-pressure system that redeveloped off the New South Wales coast dumps a record 328 millimeters (13 inches) of rain in a day on Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Events34 years ago

1990 - Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council orders a global trade embargo against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

Events30 years ago

1991 - Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.

Events29 years ago

1991 - Takako Doi, chair of the Social Democratic Party, becomes Japan's first female speaker of the House of Representatives.

Events29 years ago

1996 - The Ramones played their farewell concert at The Palace, Los Angeles, CA.

Events24 years ago

1996 - NASA announces that the ALH 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life-forms.

Events24 years ago

1997 - Korean Air Flight 801 crashed at Nimitz Hill, Guam killing 228 of 254 people on board.

Events23 years ago

2001 - Erwadi fire incident, 28 mentally ill persons tied to a chain were burnt to death at a faith based institution at Erwadi, Tamil Nadu.

Events19 years ago

2008 - A military junta led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stages a coup d'état in Mauritania, overthrowing president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi.

Events12 years ago

2010 - Flash floods across a large part of Jammu and Kashmir, India, damages 71 towns and kills at least 255 people.

Events10 years ago

2011 - War in Afghanistan: A United States military helicopter is shot down, killing 30 American special forces members and a working dog, seven Afghan soldiers, and one Afghan civilian. It was the deadliest single event for the United States in the War in Afghanistan.

Events9 years ago

2012 - NASA's Curiosity rover lands on the surface of Mars.

Events8 years ago

2015 - A suicide bomb attack kills at least 15 people at a mosque in the Saudi city of Abha.

Events5 years ago


1180 - Emperor Go-Toba of Japan (d. 1239)

Births840 years ago

1504 - Matthew Parker, English archbishop (d. 1575)

Births516 years ago

1572 - Fakhr-al-Din II, Ottoman prince (d. 1635)

Births448 years ago

1605 - Bulstrode Whitelocke, English lawyer (d. 1675)

Births415 years ago

1609 - Richard Bennett, English-American politician, Colonial Governor of Virginia (d. 1675)

Births411 years ago

1619 - Barbara Strozzi, Italian composer and singer-songwriter (d. 1677)

Births401 years ago

1622 - Tjerk Hiddes de Vries, Dutch admiral (d. 1666)

Births398 years ago

1638 - Nicolas Malebranche, French priest and philosopher (d. 1715)

Births382 years ago

1644 - Louise de La Vallière, French mistress of Louis XIV of France (d. 1710)

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1651 - François Fénelon, French archbishop and poet (d. 1715)

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1656 - Claude de Forbin, French general (d. 1733)

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1667 - Johann Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (d. 1748)

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1715 - Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, French author (d. 1747)

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1765 - Petros Mavromichalis, Greek general and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1848)

Births255 years ago

1766 - William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist and physicist (d. 1828)

Births254 years ago

1768 - Jean-Baptiste Bessières, French general and politician (d. 1813)

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1775 - Daniel O'Connell, Irish lawyer and politician, Lord Mayor of Dublin (d. 1847)

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1809 - Alfred, Lord Tennyson, English poet (d. 1892)

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1826 - Thomas Alexander Browne, English-Australian author (d. 1915)

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1835 - Hjalmar Kiærskou, Danish botanist (d. 1900)

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1844 - James Henry Greathead, South African-English engineer (d. 1896)

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1848 - Susie Taylor, American writer and first African-American Army nurse (d. 1912)

Births172 years ago

1846 - Anna Haining Bates, Canadian-American giant (d. 1888)

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1868 - Paul Claudel, French poet and playwright (d. 1955)

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1874 - Charles Fort, American author (d. 1932)

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1877 - Wallace H. White Jr., American lawyer and politician (d. 1952)

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1880 - Hans Moser, Austrian actor and singer (d. 1964)

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1881 - Leo Carrillo, American actor (d. 1961)

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1881 - Alexander Fleming, Scottish biologist, pharmacologist, and botanist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)

Births139 years ago

1881 - Louella Parsons, American journalist (d. 1972)

Births139 years ago

1883 - Scott Nearing, American economist and educator (d. 1983)

Births137 years ago

1886 - Edward Ballantine, American composer and academic (d. 1971)

Births134 years ago

1887 - Dudley Benjafield, English racing driver (d. 1957)

Births133 years ago

1889 - George Kenney, Canadian-American general (d. 1977)

Births131 years ago

1889 - John Middleton Murry, English poet and author (d. 1957)

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Births130 years ago

1891 - William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim, English field marshal and politician, 13th Governor-General of Australia (d. 1970)

Births129 years ago

1892 - Hoot Gibson, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1962)

Births128 years ago

1893 - Wright Patman, American lieutenant and politician (d. 1976)

Births127 years ago

1895 - Ernesto Lecuona, Cuban pianist and composer (d. 1963)

Births125 years ago

1895 - Frank Nicklin, Australian politician, 28th Premier of Queensland (d. 1978)

Births125 years ago

1900 - Cecil Howard Green, English-American geophysicist and businessman, co-founded Texas Instruments (d. 2003)

Births120 years ago

1902 - Dutch Schultz, American gangster (d. 1935)

Births118 years ago

1903 - Virginia Foster Durr, American civil rights activist (d. 1999)

Births117 years ago

1904 - Jean Dessès, Greek-Egyptian fashion designer (d. 1970)

Births116 years ago

1904 - Henry Iba, American basketball player and coach (d. 1993)

Births116 years ago

1906 - Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (d. 1984)

Births114 years ago

1908 - Maria Ludwika Bernhard, Polish classical archaeologist and a member of WWII Polish resistance (d. 1998)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Helen Jacobs, American tennis player and commander (d. 1997)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Lajos Vajda, Hungarian painter and illustrator (d. 1941)

Births112 years ago
Births111 years ago

1910 - Adoniran Barbosa, Brazilian musician, singer, composer, humorist, and actor (d. 1982)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Charles Crichton, English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1999)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Lucille Ball, American actress, television producer and businesswoman (d. 1989)

Births109 years ago

1911 - Norman Gordon, South African cricketer (d. 2014)

Births109 years ago

1911 - Constance Heaven, English author and actress (d. 1995)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Richard C. Miller, American photographer (d. 2010)

Births108 years ago

1914 - Gordon Freeth, Australian lawyer and politician, 24th Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs (d. 2001)

Births106 years ago

1916 - Richard Hofstadter, American historian and academic (d. 1970)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Dom Mintoff, Maltese journalist and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Malta (d. 2012)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Barbara Cooney, American author and illustrator (d. 2000)

Births103 years ago

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

Births103 years ago

1918 - Norman Granz, American-Swiss record producer and manager (d. 2001)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Pauline Betz, American tennis player (d. 2011)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Selma Diamond, Canadian-American actress and screenwriter (d. 1985)

Births100 years ago

1920 - John Graves, American author (d. 2013)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Ella Raines, American actress (d. 1988)

Births100 years ago

1922 - Freddie Laker, English businessman, founded Laker Airways (d. 2006)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Dan Walker, American lawyer and politician, 36th Governor of Illinois (d. 2015)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Jess Collins, American painter (d. 2004)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Paul Hellyer, Canadian engineer and politician, 16th Canadian Minister of Defence

Births97 years ago

1924 - Samuel Bowers, American activist, co-founded the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (d. 2006)

Births96 years ago

1926 - Elisabeth Beresford, French-English journalist and author (d. 2010)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Frank Finlay, English actor (d. 2016)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Clem Labine, American baseball player and manager (d. 2007)

Births94 years ago

1926 - János Rózsás, Hungarian author (d. 2012)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (d. 1999)

Births94 years ago

1928 - Herb Moford, American baseball player (d. 2005)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Andy Warhol, American painter and photographer (d. 1987)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Mike Elliott, Jamaican saxophonist

Births91 years ago

1929 - Roch La Salle, Canadian politician, 42nd Canadian Minister of Public Works (d. 2007)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Abbey Lincoln, American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2010)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Chalmers Johnson, American scholar and author (d. 2010)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Michael Deeley, English screenwriter and producer

Births88 years ago

1932 - Howard Hodgkin, English painter (d. 2017)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Charles Wood, English playwright and screenwriter

Births88 years ago

1933 - A. G. Kripal Singh, Indian cricketer (d. 1987)

Births87 years ago

1934 - Piers Anthony, English-American soldier and author

Births86 years ago

1934 - Chris Bonington, English mountaineer and author

Births86 years ago

1934 - Billy Boston, Welsh rugby player and soldier

Births86 years ago

1935 - Fortunato Baldelli, Italian cardinal (d. 2012)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Octavio Getino, Spanish-Argentinian director and screenwriter (d. 2012)

Births85 years ago

1937 - Baden Powell de Aquino, Brazilian guitarist and composer (d. 2000)

Births83 years ago

1937 - Charlie Haden, American bassist and composer (d. 2014)

Births83 years ago

1937 - Barbara Windsor, English actress

Births83 years ago

1938 - Paul Bartel, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2000)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Peter Bonerz, American actor and director

Births82 years ago

1938 - Bert Yancey, American golfer (d. 1994)

Births82 years ago

1940 - Mukhu Aliyev, Russian philologist and politician, 2nd President of Dagestan

Births80 years ago

1940 - Egil Kapstad, Norwegian pianist and composer

Births80 years ago

1940 - Louise Sorel, American actress

Births80 years ago

1941 - Ray Culp, American baseball player

Births79 years ago

1941 - Andrew Green, Baron Green of Deddington, English diplomat

Births79 years ago

1942 - Byard Lancaster, American saxophonist and flute player (d. 2012)

Births78 years ago

1943 - Jon Postel, American computer scientist and academic (d. 1998)

Births77 years ago

1944 - Inday Badiday, Filipino journalist and actress (d. 2003)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Michael Mingos, English chemist and academic

Births76 years ago

1944 - Martin Wharton, English bishop

Births76 years ago

1945 - Ron Jones, English director and production manager (d. 1993)

Births75 years ago

1946 - Allan Holdsworth, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (d. 2017)

Births74 years ago

1947 - Radhia Cousot, French computer scientist and academic

Births73 years ago

1947 - Tony Dell, English-Australian cricketer and soldier

Births73 years ago

1948 - William McCrea, Northern Irish politician

Births72 years ago

1949 - Dino Bravo, Italian-Canadian wrestler (d. 1993)

Births71 years ago

1949 - Richard Prince, American painter and photographer

Births71 years ago

1949 - Clarence Richard Silva, American bishop

Births71 years ago

1950 - Dorian Harewood, American actor

Births70 years ago

1951 - Catherine Hicks, American actress

Births69 years ago

1951 - Daryl Somers, Australian television host and singer

Births69 years ago

1952 - Pat MacDonald, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births68 years ago

1952 - David McLetchie, Scottish lawyer and politician (d. 2013)

Births68 years ago

1952 - Ton Scherpenzeel, Dutch keyboard player, songwriter, and producer

Births68 years ago

1954 - Mark Hughes, English-Australian rugby league player

Births66 years ago

1956 - Bill Emmott, English journalist and author

Births64 years ago

1957 - Bob Horner, American baseball player

Births63 years ago

1957 - Jim McGreevey, American lawyer and politician, 52nd Governor of New Jersey

Births63 years ago

1958 - Randy DeBarge, American singer-songwriter and bass player

Births62 years ago

1959 - Rajendra Singh, Indian environmentalist

Births61 years ago

1960 - Dale Ellis, American basketball player

Births60 years ago

1961 - Mary Ann Sieghart, English journalist and radio host

Births59 years ago

1962 - Michelle Yeoh, Malaysian-Hong Kong actress and producer

Births58 years ago

1963 - Charles Ingram, English soldier, author, and game show contestant

Births57 years ago

1963 - Kevin Mitnick, American computer hacker and author

Births57 years ago

1964 - Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo, Nigerian journalist, activist, social media expert, and pharmacist

Births56 years ago

1965 - Stéphane Peterhansel, French racing driver

Births55 years ago

1965 - Yuki Kajiura, Japanese pianist and composer

Births55 years ago

1965 - David Robinson, American basketball player and lieutenant

Births55 years ago

1965 - Vince Wells, English cricketer

Births55 years ago

1967 - Lorna Fitzsimons, English businesswoman and politician

Births53 years ago

1967 - Mike Greenberg, American journalist and sportscaster

Births53 years ago

1967 - Julie Snyder, Canadian talk show host and producer

Births53 years ago

1968 - Jack de Gier, Dutch footballer

Births52 years ago

1969 - Simon Doull, New Zealand cricketer and sportscaster

Births51 years ago

1969 - Elliott Smith, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2003)

Births51 years ago

1970 - M. Night Shyamalan, Indian-American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births50 years ago

1972 - Paolo Bacigalupi, American author

Births48 years ago

1972 - Darren Eales, English footballer and lawyer

Births48 years ago

1972 - Geri Halliwell, English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress

Births48 years ago

1972 - Ray Lucas, American football player and sportscaster

Births48 years ago

1973 - Vera Farmiga, American actress

Births47 years ago

1973 - Max Kellerman, American sportscaster and radio host

Births47 years ago

1973 - Iain Morris, English screenwriter and producer

Births47 years ago

1973 - Stuart O'Grady, Australian cyclist

Births47 years ago

1974 - Bobby Petta, Dutch footballer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Luis Vizcaíno, Dominican baseball player

Births46 years ago

1974 - Alvin Williams, American basketball player and coach

Births46 years ago

1975 - Jason Crump, English-Australian motorcycle racer

Births45 years ago

1975 - Renate Götschl, Austrian skier

Births45 years ago

1975 - Víctor Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball player

Births45 years ago

1976 - Soleil Moon Frye, American actress and producer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Melissa George, Australian-American actress

Births44 years ago

1976 - Adam Ritson, Australian rugby league player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Shaun Timmins, Australian rugby league player

Births44 years ago

1977 - Leandro Amaral, Brazilian footballer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Rebecca Maddern, Australian journalist and television host

Births43 years ago

1977 - Jimmy Nielsen, Danish footballer and manager

Births43 years ago

1977 - Luciano Zavagno, Argentinian footballer

Births43 years ago

1978 - Marvel Smith, American football player

Births42 years ago

1979 - Francesco Bellotti, Italian cyclist

Births41 years ago

1979 - Jaime Correa, Mexican footballer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Travis Reed, American basketball player

Births41 years ago

1980 - Danny Collins, English-Welsh footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Seneca Wallace, American football player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Roman Weidenfeller, German footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Vitantonio Liuzzi, Italian racing driver

Births40 years ago

1981 - Diána Póth, Hungarian figure skater

Births39 years ago

1983 - Neil Harvey, English-Barbadian footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - C. J. Mosley, American football player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Robin van Persie, Dutch footballer

Births37 years ago

1984 - Vedad Ibišević, Bosnian footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Jesse Ryder, New Zealand cricketer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Viktoria Baškite, Estonian chess player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Mickaël Delage, French cyclist

Births35 years ago

1985 - Bafétimbi Gomis, French footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Garrett Weber-Gale, American swimmer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Mehmet Akgün, Turkish footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Raphael Pyrasch, German rugby player

Births34 years ago

1991 - Jiao Liuyang, Chinese swimmer

Births29 years ago

1992 - Tara Moore, British tennis player

Births28 years ago

1995 - Rebecca Peterson, Swedish tennis player

Births25 years ago



523 - Pope Hormisdas (b. 450)


750 - Marwan II, Umayyad general and caliph (b. 688)

Deaths993 years ago
Deaths858 years ago

1195 - Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony and Bavaria (b. 1129)

Deaths825 years ago

1221 - Saint Dominic, Spanish priest, founded the Dominican Order (b. 1170)

Deaths799 years ago
Deaths748 years ago
Deaths636 years ago

1412 - Margherita of Durazzo, Queen consort of Charles III of Naples (b. 1347)

Deaths608 years ago
Deaths606 years ago

1458 - Pope Callixtus III (b. 1378)

Deaths562 years ago

1530 - Jacopo Sannazaro, Italian poet (b. 1458)

Deaths490 years ago

1553 - Girolamo Fracastoro, Italian physician (b. 1478)

Deaths467 years ago

1628 - Johannes Junius, German lawyer and politician (b. 1573)

Deaths392 years ago

1637 - Ben Jonson, English poet and playwright (b. 1572)

Deaths383 years ago

1645 - Lionel Cranfield, 1st Earl of Middlesex, English merchant and politician (b. 1575)

Deaths375 years ago

1657 - Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Ukrainian soldier and politician, 1st Hetman of Zaporizhian Host (b. 1595)

Deaths363 years ago

1660 - Diego Velázquez, Spanish painter and educator (b. 1599)

Deaths360 years ago

1666 - Tjerk Hiddes de Vries, Frisian naval hero and commander (b. 1622)

Deaths354 years ago

1679 - John Snell, Scottish-English soldier and philanthropist, founded the Snell Exhibition (b. 1629)

Deaths341 years ago

1694 - Antoine Arnauld, French mathematician and philosopher (b. 1612)

Deaths326 years ago

1695 - François de Harlay de Champvallon, French archbishop (b. 1625)

Deaths325 years ago

1753 - Georg Wilhelm Richmann, Estonian-Russian physicist and academic (b. 1711)

Deaths267 years ago

1757 - Ádám Mányoki, Hungarian painter (b. 1673)

Deaths263 years ago

1794 - Henry Bathurst, 2nd Earl Bathurst, English lawyer and politician, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1714)

Deaths226 years ago

1815 - James A. Bayard, American lawyer and politician (b. 1767)

Deaths205 years ago

1828 - Konstantin von Benckendorff, Russian general and diplomat (b. 1785)

Deaths192 years ago

1850 - Edward Walsh, Irish poet and songwriter (b. 1805)

Deaths170 years ago

1866 - John Mason Neale, English priest, scholar, and hymnwriter (b. 1818)

Deaths154 years ago

1881 - James Springer White, American religious leader, co-founded the Seventh-day Adventist Church (b. 1821)

Deaths139 years ago

1884 - Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman and philanthropist (b. 1812)

Deaths136 years ago

1893 - Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, Swiss lawyer and politician (b. 1811)

Deaths127 years ago

1904 - Eduard Hanslick, Austrian author and critic (b. 1825)

Deaths116 years ago

1906 - George Waterhouse, English-New Zealand politician, 7th Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1824)

Deaths114 years ago

1915 - Jennie de la Montagnie Lozier, American physician (b. 1841)

Deaths105 years ago

1920 - Stefan Bastyr, Polish pilot and author (b. 1890)

Deaths100 years ago

1925 - Surendranath Banerjee, Indian academic and politician (b. 1848)

Deaths95 years ago

1925 - Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, Italian mathematician (b. 1853)

Deaths95 years ago

1931 - Bix Beiderbecke, American cornet player, pianist, and composer (b. 1903)

Deaths89 years ago

1945 - Richard Bong, American soldier and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1920)

Deaths75 years ago

1945 - Hiram Johnson, American lawyer and politician, 23rd Governor of California (b. 1866)

Deaths75 years ago

1946 - Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player and coach (b. 1903)

Deaths74 years ago

1952 - Betty Allan, Australian statistician and biometrician (b. 1905)

Deaths68 years ago

1959 - Preston Sturges, American director, screenwriter, and playwright (b. 1898)

Deaths61 years ago

1964 - Cedric Hardwicke, English actor and director (b. 1893)

Deaths56 years ago

1969 - Theodor W. Adorno, German sociologist and philosopher (b. 1903)

Deaths51 years ago

1970 - Nikos Tsiforos, Greek director and screenwriter (b. 1912)

Deaths50 years ago

1973 - Fulgencio Batista, Cuban colonel and politician, 9th President of Cuba (b. 1901)

Deaths47 years ago

1976 - Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian-American cellist and educator (b. 1903)

Deaths44 years ago

1978 - Pope Paul VI (b. 1897)

Deaths42 years ago

1978 - Edward Durell Stone, American architect, designed Radio City Music Hall and the Kennedy Center (b. 1902)

Deaths42 years ago

1979 - Feodor Felix Konrad Lynen, German biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)

Deaths41 years ago

1983 - Klaus Nomi, German singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1944)

Deaths37 years ago

1985 - William Anstruther-Gray, Baron Kilmany, Scottish soldier and politician (b. 1905)

Deaths35 years ago

1985 - Forbes Burnham, Guyanese politician, 2nd President of Guyana (b. 1923)

Deaths35 years ago

1986 - Emilio Fernández, Mexican actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1904)

Deaths34 years ago

1987 - Ira C. Eaker, American general (b. 1896)

Deaths33 years ago

1990 - Jacques Soustelle, French anthropologist and politician (b. 1912)

Deaths30 years ago

1991 - Shapour Bakhtiar, Iranian soldier and politician, 74th Prime Minister of Iran (b. 1915)

Deaths29 years ago

1991 - Roland Michener, Canadian lawyer and politician, 20th Governor General of Canada (b. 1900)

Deaths29 years ago

1991 - Harry Reasoner, American journalist, co-created 60 Minutes (b. 1923)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - Leszek Błażyński, Polish boxer (b. 1949)

Deaths28 years ago

1993 - Tex Hughson, American baseball player (b. 1916)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter and politician (b. 1928)

Deaths26 years ago

1997 - Shin Ki-ha, South Korean lawyer and politician (b. 1941)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - André Weil, French-American mathematician and academic (b. 1906)

Deaths22 years ago

2001 - Jorge Amado, Brazilian novelist and poet (b. 1912)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Adhar Kumar Chatterji, Indian Naval officer (b. 1914)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Wilhelm Mohnke, German general (b. 1911)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Shan Ratnam, Sri Lankan physician and academic (b. 1928)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Dorothy Tutin, English actress (b. 1930)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - Edsger W. Dijkstra, Dutch physicist, computer scientist, and academic (b. 1930)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Julius Baker, American flute player and educator (b. 1915)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Rick James, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1948)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Donald Justice, American poet and academic (b. 1925)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Robin Cook, Scottish educator and politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (b. 1946)

Deaths15 years ago

2007 - Heinz Barth, German lieutenant (b. 1920)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian guitarist (b. 1969)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Angelos Kitsos, Greek lawyer and author (b. 1934)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Riccardo Cassin, Italian mountaineer and author (b. 1909)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Willy DeVille, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1950)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - John Hughes, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1950)

Deaths11 years ago

2011 - Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and educator (b. 1911)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Richard Cragun, American-Brazilian ballet dancer and choreographer (b. 1944)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Marvin Hamlisch, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1944)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Robert Hughes, Australian-American author and critic (b. 1938)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Bernard Lovell, English physicist and astronomer (b. 1913)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Mark O'Donnell, American playwright (b. 1954)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Ruggiero Ricci, American violinist and educator (b. 1918)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Dan Roundfield, American basketball player (b. 1953)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Jeremy Geidt, English-American actor and educator (b. 1930)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Stan Lynde, American author and illustrator (b. 1931)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Mava Lee Thomas, American baseball player (b. 1929)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Jerry Wolman, American businessman (b. 1927)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Ralph Bryans, Northern Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1941)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Ananda W.P. Guruge, Sri Lankan scholar and diplomat (b. 1928)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - John Woodland Hastings, American biochemist and academic (b. 1927)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Ray Hill, American football player (b. 1975)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Frederick R. Payne, Jr., American general and pilot (b. 1911)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Orna Porat, German-Israeli actress (b. 1924)

Deaths5 years ago

2017 - Betty Cuthbert, Australian sprinter (b. 1938)

Deaths3 years ago

2017 - Darren Daulton, American baseball player (b. 1962)

Deaths3 years ago

2018 - Joël Robuchon, French Chef (b. 1945)

Deaths2 years ago

2018 - Margaret Heckler, American politician (b. 1931)

Deaths2 years ago

2018 - Anya Krugovoy Silver, American poet (b. 1968)