Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Chad from France in 1960.

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Holidays and observances

Christian Feast Day

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Holidays and observances


3114 BC - The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Maya, begins.

Events-1094 years ago

2492 BC - Traditional date of the defeat of Bel by Hayk, progenitor and founder of the Armenian nation.

Events-472 years ago

106 - The south-western part of Dacia (modern Romania) becomes a Roman province: Roman Dacia.


355 - Claudius Silvanus, accused of treason, proclaims himself Roman Emperor against Constantius II.


490 - Battle of Adda: The Goths under Theodoric the Great and his ally Alaric II defeat the forces of Odoacer on the Adda River, near Milan.

Events547 years ago
Events345 years ago

1786 - Captain Francis Light establishes the British colony of Penang in Malaysia.

Events234 years ago

1804 - Francis II assumes the title of first Emperor of Austria.

Events216 years ago

1812 - Peninsular War: French troops engage British-Portuguese forces in the Battle of Majadahonda.

Events208 years ago

1813 - In Colombia, Juan del Corral declares the independence of Antioquia.

Events207 years ago

1858 - The Eiger in the Bernese Alps is ascended for the first time by Charles Barrington accompanied by Christian Almer and Peter Bohren.

Events162 years ago

1898 - Spanish–American War: American troops enter the city of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

Events122 years ago
Events102 years ago

1920 - The Latvian–Soviet Peace Treaty, which relinquished Russia's authority and pretenses to Latvia, is signed, ending the Latvian War of Independence.

Events100 years ago

1929 - Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio.

Events91 years ago

1934 - The first civilian prisoners arrive at the Federal prison on Alcatraz Island.

Events86 years ago

1942 - Actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil receive a patent for a Frequency-hopping spread spectrum communication system that later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless telephones and Wi-Fi.

Events78 years ago

1945 - Poles in Kraków engage in a pogrom against Jews in the city, killing one and wounding five.

Events75 years ago

1952 - Hussein bin Talal is proclaimed King of Jordan.

Events68 years ago

1959 - Sheremetyevo International Airport, the second-largest airport in Russia, opens.

Events61 years ago

1960 - Chad declares independence.

Events60 years ago

1961 - The former Portuguese territories in India of Dadra and Nagar Haveli are merged to create the Union Territory Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Events59 years ago

1962 - Vostok 3 launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev becomes the first person to float in microgravity.

Events58 years ago

1965 - Race riots (the Watts Riots) begin in the Watts area of Los Angeles, California.

Events55 years ago

1969 - The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine following their liftoff from the moon.

Events51 years ago

1972 - Vietnam War: The last United States ground combat unit leaves South Vietnam.

Events48 years ago

1975 - East Timor: Governor Mário Lemos Pires of Portuguese Timor abandons the capital Dili, following a coup by the Timorese Democratic Union (UDT) and the outbreak of civil war between UDT and Fretilin.

Events45 years ago

1979 - Two Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-134s collide over the Ukrainian city of Dniprodzerzhynsk and crash, killing all 178 aboard both airliners.

Events41 years ago

1982 - A bomb explodes on Pan Am Flight 830, en route from Tokyo, Japan to Honolulu, Hawaii, killing one passenger and injuring 15 others.

Events38 years ago

1984 - "We begin bombing in five minutes": United States President Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election, jokes while preparing to make his weekly Saturday address on National Public Radio.

Events36 years ago

2000 - An air rage incident occurs on board Southwest Airlines Flight 1763 when 19-year-old Jonathan Burton attempts to storm the cockpit, but he is subdued by other passengers and dies from his injuries.

Events20 years ago

2003 - NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.

Events17 years ago

2003 - Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.

Events17 years ago

2006 - The oil tanker MT Solar 1 sinks off the coast of Guimaras and Negros Islands in the Philippines, causing the country's worst oil spill.

Events14 years ago

2012 - At least 306 people are killed and 3,000 others injured in a pair of earthquakes near Tabriz, Iran.

Events8 years ago

2017 - At least 41 people are killed and another 179 injured after two passenger trains collide in Alexandria, Egypt.

Events3 years ago


Births934 years ago

1384 - Yolande of Aragon (d. 1442)

Births636 years ago

1472 - Nikolaus von Schönberg, Catholic cardinal (d. 1537)

Births548 years ago

1510 - Margaret Paleologa, Sovereign Marchioness of Montferrat (d. 1566)

Births510 years ago

1673 - Richard Mead, English physician and astrologer (d. 1754)

Births347 years ago

1718 - Frederick Haldimand, Swiss-English general and politician, 22nd Governor of Quebec (d. 1791)

Births302 years ago

1722 - Richard Brocklesby, English physician (d. 1797)

Births298 years ago

1748 - Joseph Schuster, German composer (d. 1812)

Births272 years ago

1778 - Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, Prussian gymnast, educator, and politician (d. 1852)

Births242 years ago

1794 - James B. Longacre, American engraver (d. 1869)

Births226 years ago

1807 - David Rice Atchison, American general, lawyer, and politician (d. 1886)

Births213 years ago

1808 - William W. Chapman, American lawyer and politician (d. 1892)

Births212 years ago

1816 - Frederick Innes, Scottish-Australian politician, 9th Premier of Tasmania (d. 1882)

Births204 years ago

1833 - Robert G. Ingersoll, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 1899)

Births187 years ago

1833 - Kido Takayoshi, Japanese samurai and politician (d. 1877)

Births187 years ago

1836 - Warren Brown, American historian and politician (d. 1919)

Births184 years ago

1837 - Marie François Sadi Carnot, French engineer and politician, 4th President of the French Republic (d. 1894)

Births183 years ago

1855 - John Hodges, Australian cricketer (d. 1933)

Births165 years ago

1858 - Christiaan Eijkman, Dutch physician and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1930)

Births162 years ago

1860 - Ottó Bláthy, Hungarian engineer and chess player (d. 1939)

Births160 years ago

1870 - Tom Richardson, English cricketer (d. 1912)

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1877 - Adolph M. Christianson, American lawyer and judge (d. 1954)

Births143 years ago

1878 - Oliver W. F. Lodge, English poet and author (d. 1955)

Births142 years ago

1881 - Aleksander Aberg, Estonian wrestler (d. 1920)

Births139 years ago

1884 - Hermann Wlach, Austrian-Swiss actor (d. 1962)

Births136 years ago

1885 - Stephen Butterworth, English physicist and engineer (d. 1958)

Births135 years ago

1891 - Stancho Belkovski, Bulgarian architect and educator (d. 1962)

Births129 years ago

1891 - Edgar Zilsel, Austrian historian and philosopher of science, linked to the Vienna Circle (d. 1944)

Births129 years ago

1892 - Hugh MacDiarmid, Scottish poet and linguist (d. 1978)

Births128 years ago

1892 - Eiji Yoshikawa, Japanese author (d. 1962)

Births128 years ago

1897 - Enid Blyton, English author, poet, and educator (d. 1968)

Births123 years ago

1897 - Louise Bogan, American poet and critic (d. 1970)

Births123 years ago

1898 - Peter Mohr Dam, Faroese educator and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands (d. 1968)

Births122 years ago

1900 - Philip Phillips, American archaeologist and scholar (d. 1994)

Births120 years ago

1902 - Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (d. 1986)

Births118 years ago

1902 - Lloyd Nolan, American actor (d. 1985)

Births118 years ago

1905 - Erwin Chargaff, Austrian-American biochemist and academic (d. 2002)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Ernst Jaakson, Estonian diplomat (d. 1998)

Births115 years ago

1907 - Ted a'Beckett, Australian cricketer and lawyer (d. 1989)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Don Freeman, American author and illustrator (d. 1978)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Torgny T:son Segerstedt, Swedish sociologist and philosopher (d. 1999)

Births112 years ago

1909 - Yūji Koseki, Japanese composer (d. 1989)

Births111 years ago

1909 - Uku Masing, Estonian philosopher and theologian (d. 1985)

Births111 years ago

1911 - Thanom Kittikachorn, Thai field marshal and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Thailand (d. 2004)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer and academic (d. 1954)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Raphael Blau, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1996)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Paul Dupuis, Canadian actor (d. 1976)

Births107 years ago

1913 - Bob Scheffing, American baseball player and manager (d. 1985)

Births107 years ago

1913 - Angus Wilson, English author and academic (d. 1991)

Births107 years ago

1915 - Morris Weiss, American author and illustrator (d. 2014)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Johnny Claes, English-Belgian race car driver and trumpet player (d. 1956)

Births104 years ago

1919 - Luis Olmo, Puerto Rican-American baseball player and manager (d. 2017)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Mike Douglas, American singer and talk show host (d. 2006)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Chuck Rayner, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2002)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Alex Haley, American historian and author (d. 1992)

Births99 years ago

1922 - John "Mule" Miles, American baseball player (d. 2013)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Stan Chambers, American journalist and actor (d. 2015)

Births97 years ago

1925 - Floyd Curry, Canadian ice hockey player and manager (d. 2006)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Arlene Dahl, American actress, businesswoman and writer

Births95 years ago

1926 - Aaron Klug, Lithuanian-English chemist and biophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2018)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Raymond Leppard, English harpsichord player and conductor

Births93 years ago

1927 - Stuart Rosenberg, American director and producer (d. 2007)

Births93 years ago

1932 - Fernando Arrabal, Spanish actor, director, and playwright

Births88 years ago

1932 - Izzy Asper, Canadian lawyer, businessman, and politician, founded Canwest (d. 2003)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Geoffrey Cass, English businessman

Births88 years ago

1932 - Peter Eisenman, American architect, designed the City of Culture of Galicia

Births88 years ago

1932 - John Gorrie, English director and screenwriter

Births88 years ago

1933 - Jerry Falwell, American minister and television host (d. 2007)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Jerzy Grotowski, Polish director and producer (d. 1999)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Tamás Vásáry, Hungarian pianist and conductor

Births87 years ago

1934 - Bob Hepple, South African lawyer and academic (d. 2015)

Births86 years ago

1936 - Andre Dubus, American short story writer, essayist, and memoirist (d. 1999)

Births84 years ago

1936 - Bill Monbouquette, American baseball player and coach (d. 2015)

Births84 years ago

1936 - Jonathan Spence, English-American historian and academic

Births84 years ago

1937 - Anna Massey, English actress (d. 2011)

Births83 years ago

1937 - Patrick Joseph McGovern, American businessman, founded International Data Group (d. 2014)

Births83 years ago

1939 - Ronnie Dawson, American singer and guitarist (d. 2003)

Births81 years ago

1940 - Glenys Page, New Zealand cricketer (d. 2012)

Births80 years ago

1941 - John Ellison, American-Canadian musician and songwriter

Births79 years ago

1942 - Mike Hugg, English drummer and keyboard player

Births78 years ago

1943 - Jim Kale, Canadian bass player

Births77 years ago

1943 - Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani general and politician, 10th President of Pakistan

Births77 years ago

1943 - Denis Payton, English saxophonist (d. 2006)

Births77 years ago

1944 - Martin Linton, Swedish-English journalist and politician

Births76 years ago

1944 - Frederick W. Smith, American businessman, founded FedEx

Births76 years ago

1944 - Ian McDiarmid, Scottish actor

Births76 years ago

1946 - John Conlee, American singer-songwriter

Births74 years ago

1946 - Marilyn vos Savant, American journalist and author

Births74 years ago

1947 - Theo de Jong, Dutch footballer, coach, and manager

Births73 years ago

1947 - Georgios Karatzaferis, Greek journalist and politician

Births73 years ago

1948 - Don Boyd, Scottish director, producer, and screenwriter

Births72 years ago

1949 - Eric Carmen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births71 years ago

1949 - Tim Hutchinson, American lawyer and politician

Births71 years ago

1949 - Ian Charleson, Scottish-English actor and singer (d. 1990)

Births71 years ago

1950 - Erik Brann, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2003)

Births70 years ago

1950 - Gennadiy Nikonov, Russian engineer, designed the AN-94 rifle (d. 2003)

Births70 years ago

1950 - Steve Wozniak, American computer scientist and programmer, co-founded Apple Inc.

Births70 years ago

1952 - Reid Blackburn, American photographer (d. 1980)

Births68 years ago

1952 - Bob Mothersbaugh, American singer, guitarist, and producer

Births68 years ago

1953 - Hulk Hogan, American wrestler

Births67 years ago

1953 - Wijda Mazereeuw, Dutch swimmer

Births67 years ago

1954 - Bryan Bassett, American guitarist

Births66 years ago

1954 - Vance Heafner, American golfer and coach (d. 2012)

Births66 years ago

1954 - Joe Jackson, English singer-songwriter and musician

Births66 years ago

1954 - Tarmo Rüütli, Estonian footballer, coach, and manager

Births66 years ago

1954 - Yashpal Sharma, Indian cricketer and umpire

Births66 years ago

1955 - Marc Bureau, Canadian politician, 16th Mayor of Gatineau

Births65 years ago

1955 - Sylvia Hermon, Northern Irish academic and politician

Births65 years ago

1956 - Pierre-Louis Lions, French mathematician and academic

Births64 years ago

1957 - Ian Stuart Donaldson, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1993)

Births63 years ago

1958 - Steven Pokere, New Zealand rugby player

Births62 years ago

1958 - Jah Wobble, English singer-songwriter and bass player

Births62 years ago

1959 - Gustavo Cerati, Argentinian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2014)

Births61 years ago

1959 - Yoshiaki Murakami, Japanese businessman

Births61 years ago

1959 - Taraki Sivaram, Sri Lankan journalist and author (d. 2005)

Births61 years ago

1959 - Richard Scudamore, English businessman

Births61 years ago

1959 - László Szlávics, Jr., Hungarian sculptor

Births61 years ago

1961 - David Brooks, American journalist and author

Births59 years ago

1961 - Craig Ehlo, American basketball player and coach

Births59 years ago

1962 - Brian Azzarello, American author

Births58 years ago

1962 - Charles Cecil, English video game designer and co-founded Revolution Software

Births58 years ago

1962 - John Micklethwait, English journalist and author

Births58 years ago

1962 - Rob Minkoff, American director and producer

Births58 years ago

1963 - Hiromi Makihara, Japanese baseball player

Births57 years ago

1964 - Jim Lee, South Korean-American author and illustrator

Births56 years ago

1964 - Grant Waite, New Zealand golfer

Births56 years ago

1965 - Marc Bergevin, Canadian ice hockey player and manager

Births55 years ago

1965 - Embeth Davidtz, American actress

Births55 years ago

1965 - Viola Davis, American actress

Births55 years ago

1966 - Nigel Martyn, English footballer and coach

Births54 years ago

1966 - Juan María Solare, Argentinian pianist and composer

Births54 years ago

1967 - Massimiliano Allegri, Italian footballer and manager

Births53 years ago

1967 - Enrique Bunbury, Spanish singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births53 years ago

1967 - Joe Rogan, American actor, comedian, and television host

Births53 years ago

1967 - Petter Wettre, Norwegian saxophonist and composer

Births53 years ago

1968 - Sophie Okonedo, British actress

Births52 years ago

1968 - Charlie Sexton, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births52 years ago

1970 - Dirk Hannemann, German footballer and manager

Births50 years ago

1970 - Gianluca Pessotto, Italian footballer

Births50 years ago

1971 - Alejandra Barros, Mexican actress and screenwriter

Births49 years ago

1971 - Tommy Mooney, English footballer

Births49 years ago

1973 - Kristin Armstrong, American cyclist

Births47 years ago

1974 - Marie-France Dubreuil, Canadian figure skater

Births46 years ago

1974 - Hadiqa Kiani, Pakistani singer, songwriter and philanthropist

Births46 years ago

1974 - Audrey Mestre, French biologist and diver (d. 2002)

Births46 years ago

1974 - Carolyn Murphy, American model and actress

Births46 years ago

1975 - Chris Cummings, Canadian singer-songwriter

Births45 years ago

1976 - Iván Córdoba, Colombian footballer and manager

Births44 years ago

1976 - Bubba Crosby, American baseball player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Will Friedle, American actor and screenwriter

Births44 years ago

1976 - Ben Gibbard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births44 years ago

1976 - Ľubomír Višňovský, Slovak ice hockey player

Births44 years ago

1977 - Gemma Hayes, Irish singer-songwriter

Births43 years ago

1977 - Dênio Martins, Brazilian footballer

Births43 years ago

1978 - Spyros Gogolos, Greek footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Charlotte Leslie, British politician

Births42 years ago

1978 - Lillian Nakate, Ugandan politician

Births42 years ago

1978 - Isy Suttie, English comedian, musician, actress, and writer

Births42 years ago

1979 - Walter Ayoví, Ecuadorian footballer

Births41 years ago

1980 - Daniel Lloyd, English cyclist and sportscaster

Births40 years ago

1980 - Lee Suggs, American football player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Daniel Poohl, Swedish journalist

Births39 years ago

1983 - Chris Hemsworth, Australian actor

Births37 years ago

1983 - Luke Lewis, Australian rugby league player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Pavel 183, Russian painter (d. 2013)

Births37 years ago

1984 - Melky Cabrera, Dominican baseball player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Lucas di Grassi, Brazilian race car driver

Births36 years ago

1985 - Jacqueline Fernandez, Sri Lankan actress

Births35 years ago

1986 - Mokhtar Benmoussa, Algerian footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Pablo Sandoval, Venezuelan baseball player

Births34 years ago

1987 - Dany N'Guessan, French footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Drew Storen, American baseball player

Births33 years ago

1988 - Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Filipino basketball player

Births32 years ago

1988 - Patty Mills, Australian basketball player

Births32 years ago

1988 - Mustafa Pektemek, Turkish footballer

Births32 years ago

1989 - Junior Heffernan, Irish cyclist and triathlete (d. 2013)

Births31 years ago

1989 - Sebastian Huke, German footballer

Births31 years ago

1990 - Lenka Juríková, Slovak tennis player

Births30 years ago

1991 - Cristian Tello, Spanish footballer

Births29 years ago

1994 - Storm Sanders, Australian tennis player

Births26 years ago

1994 - Anton Cooper, New Zealand cross-country cyclist

Births26 years ago

1994 - Joseph Barbato, French footballer

Births26 years ago


480 BC - Leonidas I, Agiad King of Sparta


223 - Jia Xu, Chinese politician (b. 147)


353 - Magnentius, Roman usurper (b. 303)


919 - Dhuka al-Rumi, Abbasid governor of Egypt


991 - Byrhtnoth, English soldier (b. 956)


1044 - Sokkate, king of the Pagan dynasty of Burma (b. 1001)

Deaths976 years ago

1204 - Guttorm of Norway (b. 1199)

Deaths816 years ago

1253 - Clare of Assisi, Italian follower of Francis of Assisi (b. 1194)

Deaths767 years ago

1259 - Möngke Khan, Mongolian emperor (b. 1208)

Deaths761 years ago

1268 - Agnes of Faucigny, Dame ruler of Faucigny, Countess consort of Savoy

Deaths752 years ago
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Deaths688 years ago
Deaths688 years ago

1332 - Robert Bruce, Lord of Liddesdale

Deaths688 years ago

1456 - John Hunyadi, Hungarian general and politician (b. 1387)

Deaths564 years ago

1464 - Nicholas of Cusa, German cardinal and mystic (b. 1401)

Deaths556 years ago

1465 - Kettil Karlsson, regent of Sweden and Bishop of Linköping (b. 1433)

Deaths555 years ago

1486 - William Waynflete, English Lord Chancellor and bishop of Winchester (b. c. 1398)

Deaths534 years ago

1494 - Hans Memling, German-Belgian painter (b. 1430)

Deaths526 years ago

1519 - Johann Tetzel, German preacher (b. 1465)

Deaths501 years ago

1556 - John Bell, English bishop

Deaths464 years ago

1563 - Bartolomé de Escobedo, Spanish composer and educator (b. 1500)

Deaths457 years ago

1578 - Pedro Nunes, Portuguese mathematician and academic (b. 1502)

Deaths442 years ago

1596 - Hamnet Shakespeare, son of William Shakespeare (b. 1585)

Deaths424 years ago

1614 - Lavinia Fontana, Italian painter (b. 1552)

Deaths406 years ago

1656 - Ottavio Piccolomini, Austrian-Italian field marshal (b. 1599)

Deaths364 years ago
Deaths295 years ago

1774 - Charles-François Tiphaigne de la Roche, French physician and author (b. 1722)

Deaths246 years ago

1813 - Henry James Pye, English poet and politician (b. 1745)

Deaths207 years ago

1851 - Lorenz Oken, German botanist, biologist, and ornithologist (b. 1779)

Deaths169 years ago

1854 - Macedonio Melloni, Italian physicist and academic (b. 1798)

Deaths166 years ago

1868 - Halfdan Kjerulf, Norwegian pianist and composer (b. 1815)

Deaths152 years ago

1886 - Lydia Koidula, Estonian poet and playwright (b. 1843)

Deaths134 years ago

1890 - John Henry Newman, English cardinal and theologian (b. 1801)

Deaths130 years ago

1892 - Enrico Betti, Italian mathematician and academic (b. 1813)

Deaths128 years ago

1903 - Eugenio María de Hostos, Puerto Rican-American sociologist, philosopher, and lawyer (b. 1839)

Deaths117 years ago

1908 - Khudiram Bose, Indian Bengali revolutionary (b. 1889)

Deaths112 years ago

1919 - Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Carnegie Steel Company and Carnegie Hall (b. 1835)

Deaths101 years ago

1921 - Mary Sumner, English philanthropist, founded the Mothers' Union (b. 1828)

Deaths99 years ago

1936 - Blas Infante, Spanish historian and politician (b. 1885)

Deaths84 years ago

1937 - Edith Wharton, American novelist and short story writer (b. 1862)

Deaths83 years ago

1939 - Jean Bugatti, German-Italian engineer (b. 1909)

Deaths81 years ago

1939 - Siegfried Flesch, Austrian fencer (b. 1872)

Deaths81 years ago

1945 - Stefan Jaracz, Polish actor and theater producer (b. 1883)

Deaths75 years ago

1953 - Tazio Nuvolari, Italian race car driver and motorcycle racer (b. 1892)

Deaths67 years ago

1956 - Jackson Pollock, American painter (b. 1912)

Deaths64 years ago

1961 - Antanas Škėma, Lithuanian-American author, playwright, actor, and director (b. 1910)

Deaths59 years ago

1963 - Otto Wahle, Austrian-American swimmer and coach (b. 1879)

Deaths57 years ago

1965 - Bill Woodfull, Australian cricketer and educator (b. 1897)

Deaths55 years ago

1969 - Miriam Licette, English soprano and educator (b. 1885)

Deaths51 years ago

1972 - Max Theiler, South African-American virologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)

Deaths48 years ago

1974 - Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuelan conductor and composer (b. 1887)

Deaths46 years ago

1977 - Frederic Calland Williams, British co-inventor of the Williams-Kilborn tube, used for memory in early computer systems (b. 1911)

Deaths43 years ago

1979 - J. G. Farrell, English author (b. 1935)

Deaths41 years ago

1980 - Paul Robert, French lexicographer and publisher (b. 1910)

Deaths40 years ago

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

Deaths38 years ago

1984 - Alfred A. Knopf Sr., American publisher, founded Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (b. 1892)

Deaths36 years ago

1984 - Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian–American chemist and chess player (b. 1916)

Deaths36 years ago

1986 - János Drapál, Hungarian motorcycle racer (b. 1948)

Deaths34 years ago

1988 - Anne Ramsey, American actress (b. 1929)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - John Meillon, Australian actor (b. 1934)

Deaths31 years ago

1991 - J. D. McDuffie, American race car driver (b. 1938)

Deaths29 years ago

1994 - Peter Cushing, English actor (b. 1913)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Phil Harris, American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1904)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Rafael Kubelík, Czech conductor and composer (b. 1914)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Ambrosio Padilla, Filipino basketball player and politician (b. 1910)

Deaths24 years ago

2000 - Jean Papineau-Couture, Canadian composer and academic (b. 1916)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Percy Stallard, English cyclist and coach (b. 1909)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - Galen Rowell, American photographer and mountaineer (b. 1940)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Armand Borel, Swiss-American mathematician and academic (b. 1923)

Deaths17 years ago

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

Deaths17 years ago

2006 - Mike Douglas, American singer and talk show host (b. 1920)

Deaths14 years ago

2008 - George Furth, American actor and playwright (b. 1932)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Dursun Karataş, founding leader of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party–Front (DHKP-C) in Turkey (b. 1952)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Eunice Kennedy Shriver, American activist, founded the Special Olympics (b. 1921)

Deaths11 years ago

2012 - Red Bastien, American wrestler, trainer, and promoter (b. 1931)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Michael Dokes, American boxer (b. 1958)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Lucy Gallardo, Argentinian-Mexican actress and screenwriter (b. 1929)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Raymond Delisle, French cyclist (b. 1943)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Zafar Futehally, Indian ornithologist and author (b. 1919)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - David Howard, English ballet dancer and educator (b. 1937)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Vladimir Beara, Croatian footballer and manager (b. 1928)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Raymond Gravel, Canadian priest and politician (b. 1952)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Kika Szaszkiewiczowa, Polish author and blogger (b. 1917)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (b. 1951)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Serge Collot, French viola player and educator (b. 1923)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Harald Nielsen, Danish footballer and manager (b. 1941)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Richard Oriani, Salvadoran-American metallurgist and engineer (b. 1920)

Deaths5 years ago

2017 - Yisrael Kristal, Polish-Israeli supercentenarian; oldest living Holocaust survivor and one of the ten oldest men ever (b. 1903)

Deaths3 years ago

2017 - Segun Bucknor, Nigerian musician and journalist (b. 1946)

Deaths3 years ago

2018 - V S Naipaul, British writer (b. 1932)

Deaths2 years ago

2019 - Sergio Obeso Rivera, Mexican Roman Catholic cardinal (b. 1931)