Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Day of the Defenders of the Fatherland (Abkhazia) (state is not fully recognized)

Holidays and observances

Independence Day, celebrates the day when Pakistan was declared a sovereign nation following the end of the British Raj in 1947.

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Falklands Day is the celebration of the first sighting of the Falkland Islands by John Davis in 1592.

Holidays and observances


29 BC - Octavian holds the second of three consecutive triumphs in Rome to celebrate the victory over the Dalmatian tribes.


1040 - King Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth. The latter succeeds him as King of Scotland.

Events980 years ago

1183 - Taira no Munemori and the Taira clan take the young Emperor Antoku and the three sacred treasures and flee to western Japan to escape pursuit by the Minamoto clan (Traditional Japanese date: Twenty-fifth day of the seventh month of the second year of the Juei (寿永) era).

Events837 years ago

1288 - Count Adolf VIII of Berg grants town privileges to Düsseldorf, the village on the banks of the Düssel.

Events732 years ago

1352 - War of the Breton Succession: Anglo-Bretons defeat the French in the Battle of Mauron.

Events668 years ago

1370 - Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor, grants city privileges to Carlsbad which is subsequently named after him.

Events650 years ago
Events635 years ago

1457 - Publication of the Mainz Psalter, the first book to feature a printed date of publication and printed colophon

Events563 years ago

1480 - Battle of Otranto: Ottoman troops behead 800 Christians for refusing to convert to Islam; they are later honored in the Church.

Events540 years ago

1592 - The first sighting of the Falkland Islands by John Davis.

Events428 years ago

1598 - Nine Years' War: Battle of the Yellow Ford: Irish forces under Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, defeats an English expeditionary force under Henry Bagenal.

Events422 years ago

1720 - The Spanish military Villasur expedition is wiped out by Pawnee and Otoe warriors near present-day Columbus, Nebraska.

Events300 years ago

1791 - Slaves from plantations in Saint-Domingue hold a Vodou ceremony led by houngan Dutty Boukman at Bois Caïman, marking the start of the Haitian Revolution.

Events229 years ago

1814 - A cease fire agreement, called the Convention of Moss, ended the Swedish–Norwegian War.

Events206 years ago

1816 - The United Kingdom formally annexes the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, administering the islands from the Cape Colony in South Africa.

Events204 years ago
Events178 years ago
Events172 years ago

1880 - Construction of Cologne Cathedral, the most famous landmark in Cologne, Germany, is completed.

Events140 years ago

1885 - Japan's first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.

Events135 years ago

1888 - An audio recording of English composer Arthur Sullivan's "The Lost Chord", one of the first recordings of music ever made, is played during a press conference introducing Thomas Edison's phonograph in London, England.

Events132 years ago

1893 - France becomes the first country to introduce motor vehicle registration.

Events127 years ago

1900 - The Eight-Nation Alliance occupies Beijing, China, in a campaign to end the bloody Boxer Rebellion in China.

Events120 years ago

1901 - The first claimed powered flight, by Gustave Whitehead in his Number 21.

Events119 years ago

1911 - United States Senate leaders agree to rotate the office of President pro tempore of the Senate among leading candidates to fill the vacancy left by William P. Frye's death.

Events109 years ago

1912 - U.S. Marines invade Nicaragua to support the U.S.-backed government installed there after José Santos Zelaya had resigned three years earlier.

Events108 years ago

1914 - World War I: Start of the Battle of Lorraine, an unsuccessful French offensive designed to recover the lost province of Moselle from Germany.

Events106 years ago

1921 - Tannu Uriankhai, later Tuvan People's Republic is established as a completely independent country (which is supported by Soviet Russia).

Events99 years ago

1933 - Loggers cause a forest fire in the Coast Range of Oregon, later known as the first forest fire of the Tillamook Burn; it is not fully extinguished until September 5, after destroying 240,000 acres (970 km).

Events87 years ago

1935 - Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act, creating a government pension system for the retired.

Events85 years ago

1936 - Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last known public execution in the United States.

Events84 years ago

1937 - The beginning of air-to-air combat of the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II in general, when six Japanese bombers are shot down by Chinese fighters while raiding Chinese air bases.

Events83 years ago

1941 - World War II: Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt sign the Atlantic Charter of war stating postwar aims.

Events79 years ago

1945 - Japan accepts the Allied terms of surrender in World War II and the Emperor records the Imperial Rescript on Surrender (August 15 in Japan Standard Time).

Events75 years ago

1945 - The Viet Minh launches August Revolution amid the political confusion and power vacuum engulfing Vietnam.

Events75 years ago
Events73 years ago

1959 - Founding and first official meeting of the American Football League.

Events61 years ago

1967 - UK Marine Broadcasting Offences Act declares participation in offshore pirate radio illegal.

Events53 years ago

1969 - The Troubles: British troops are deployed in Northern Ireland as political and sectarian violence breaks out, marking the start of the 37-year Operation Banner.

Events51 years ago

1971 - Bahrain declares independence as the State of Bahrain.

Events49 years ago

1972 - An Ilyushin Il-62 airliner crashes near Königs Wusterhausen, East Germany, due to an in-flight fire, killing 156.

Events48 years ago

1973 - The Pakistan Constitution of 1973 comes into effect.

Events47 years ago

1975 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running release in film history, opens in London.

Events45 years ago

1980 - Lech Wałęsa leads strikes at the Gdańsk, Poland shipyards.

Events40 years ago

1994 - Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, also known as "Carlos the Jackal", is captured.

Events26 years ago

1996 - Greek Cypriot refugee Solomos Solomou is murdered by Turkish forces while trying to climb a flagpole in order to remove a Turkish flag from its mast in the United Nations Buffer Zone in Cyprus.

Events24 years ago

2003 - A widescale power blackout affects the northeast United States and Canada.

Events17 years ago

2003 - Project Thread, an operation launched by CSIS and other Canadian law enforcement agencies, saw the arrest and incarceration of 24 innocent Muslim men, most of them young Pakistani students.

Events17 years ago

2005 - Helios Airways Flight 522, en route from Larnaca, Cyprus to Prague, Czech Republic via Athens, crashes in the hills near Grammatiko, Greece, killing 121 passengers and crew.

Events15 years ago

2006 - Sixty-one schoolgirls killed in Chencholai bombing by Sri Lankan Air Force air strike.

Events14 years ago

2007 - The Kahtaniya bombings kills at least 334 people.

Events13 years ago

2013 - Egypt declares a state of emergency as security forces kill hundreds of demonstrators supporting former president Mohamed Morsi.

Events7 years ago

2013 – UPS Airlines Flight 1354 crashes short of the runway at Birmingham–Shuttlesworth International Airport, killing both crew members on board.

Events7 years ago

2015 - The US Embassy in Havana, Cuba re-opens after 54 years of being closed when Cuba–United States relations were broken off

Events5 years ago


928 - Qian Hongzuo, king of Wuyue (d. 947)


1297 - Emperor Hanazono of Japan (d. 1348)

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1479 - Catherine of York (d. 1527)

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1502 - Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Flemish painter (d. 1550)

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1530 - Giambattista Benedetti, Italian mathematician and physicist (d. 1590)

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1552 - Paolo Sarpi, Italian writer (d. 1623)

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1561 - Christopher Heydon, English politician (d. 1623)

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1575 - Robert Hayman, English-Canadian poet and politician (d. 1629)

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1586 - William Hutchinson, founder of Rhode Island (d. 1642)

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1599 - Méric Casaubon, Swiss-English scholar and author (d. 1671)

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

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1645 - Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora, Mexican secular priest, scientist, and savant (d. 1700)

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1714 - Claude Joseph Vernet, French painter (d. 1789)

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1738 - Leopold Hofmann, Austrian composer and conductor (d. 1793)

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1740 - Pope Pius VII (d. 1823)

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1758 - Carle Vernet, French painter and lithographer (d. 1835)

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1777 - Hans Christian Ørsted, Danish physicist and chemist (d. 1851)

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1814 - Charlotte Fowler Wells, American phrenologist and publisher (d. 1901)

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1817 - Alexander H. Bailey, American lawyer, judge, and politician (d. 1874)

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1840 - Richard von Krafft-Ebing, German-Austrian psychologist and author (d. 1902)

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1847 - Robert Comtesse, Swiss lawyer and politician, President of the Swiss National Council (d. 1922)

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1848 - Margaret Lindsay Huggins, Anglo-Irish astronomer and author (d. 1915)

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1851 - Yannoulis Chalepas, Greek sculptor (d. 1938)

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1851 - Doc Holliday, American dentist and gambler (d. 1887)

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1857 - Max Wagenknecht, German organist, composer, and educator (d. 1922)

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1863 - Ernest Thayer, American poet and author (d. 1940)

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1865 - Guido Castelnuovo, Italian mathematician and academic (d. 1952)

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1866 - Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician and academic (d. 1962)

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1867 - Cupid Childs, American baseball player (d. 1912)

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1867 - John Galsworthy, English novelist and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1933)

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1870 - Nelson McDowell, American actor (d. 1947)

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1871 - Guangxu Emperor of China (d. 1908)

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1875 - Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Russian-Lithuanian-American painter and illustrator (d. 1957)

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1880 - Fred Alexander, American tennis player (d. 1969)

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1881 - Francis Ford, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1953)

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1883 - Ernest Everett Just, African-American biologist and academic (d. 1941)

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1886 - Arthur Jeffrey Dempster, Canadian-American physicist and academic (d. 1950)

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1887 - Marija Leiko, Latvian actress (d. 1937)

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1889 - Otto Tief, Estonian lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of Estonia (d. 1976)

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1890 - Bruno Tesch, German chemist and businessman (d. 1946)

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1892 - Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, English pianist, composer, and critic (d. 1988)

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1893 - Francis Dvornik, Czech priest and academic (d. 1975)

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1895 - Jack Gregory, Australian cricketer (d. 1973)

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1895 - Amaza Lee Meredith, American architect (d. 1984)

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1896 - Albert Ball, English fighter pilot (d. 1917)

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1896 - Theodor Luts, Estonian director and cinematographer (d. 1980)

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1900 - Margret Boveri, German journalist, recipient of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (d. 1975)

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1901 - Alice Rivaz, Swiss pianist and author (d. 1998)

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1903 - Lodewijk Bruckman, Dutch painter and illustrator (d. 1995)

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1910 - Willy Ronis, French photographer (d. 2009)

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1910 - Pierre Schaeffer, French composer and producer (d. 1995)

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1911 - Jan Koetsier, Dutch composer and conductor (d. 2006)

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1911 - Vethathiri Maharishi, Indian spiritual leader, philosopher, and author (d. 2006)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Frank Oppenheimer, American physicist and academic (d. 1985)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Hector Crawford, Australian director and producer (d. 1991)

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1913 - Paul Dean, American baseball player (d. 1981)

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1914 - Herman Branson, African-American physicist, chemist, and academic (d. 1995)

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1915 - B. A. Santamaria, Australian political activist and publisher (d. 1998)

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1916 - Frank and John Craighead, American naturalists (twins, Frank d. 2001, John d. 2016)

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1916 - Fumio Fujimura, Japanese baseball player and manager (d. 1992)

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1916 - Wellington Mara, American businessman (d. 2005)

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1918 - Patsy Smart, English actress (d. 1996)

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1922 - Leslie Marr, English race car driver

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1923 - Alice Ghostley, American actress (d. 2007)

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1924 - Sverre Fehn, Norwegian architect, designed the Hedmark Museum (d. 2009)

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1924 - Holger Juul Hansen, Danish actor (d. 2013)

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1924 - Georges Prêtre, French conductor (d. 2017)

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1924 - Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 16th Karmapa, Tibetan spiritual leader (d. 1981)

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1925 - Russell Baker, American critic and essayist (d. 2019)

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1926 - René Goscinny, French author and illustrator (d. 1977)

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1926 - Buddy Greco, American singer and pianist (d. 2017)

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1928 - Lina Wertmüller, Italian director and screenwriter

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1929 - Kinnaird R. McKee, American admiral (d. 2013)

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1929 - Gene Scott, American pastor and broadcaster (d. 2005)

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1929 - Dick Tiger, Nigerian boxer (d. 1971)

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1930 - Earl Weaver, American baseball player and manager (d. 2013)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Frederic Raphael, American journalist, author, and screenwriter

Births89 years ago

1932 - Lee Hoffman, American author (d. 2007)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Richard R. Ernst, Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births87 years ago

1935 - John Brodie, American football player and golfer

Births85 years ago

1940 - Darrell "Dash" Crofts, American singer-songwriter and musician

Births80 years ago

1940 - Galen Hall, American football player and coach

Births80 years ago

1941 - David Crosby, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births79 years ago

1941 - Connie Smith, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births79 years ago

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

Births78 years ago

1942 - Lionel Morton, English singer-songwriter, guitarist and television presenter

Births78 years ago

1943 - Ronnie Campbell, English miner and politician

Births77 years ago

1943 - Ben Sidran, American jazz and rock keyboardist, producer, label owner, and music writer

Births77 years ago

1944 - John Dunt, English admiral

Births76 years ago

1945 - Steve Martin, American actor, comedian, musician, producer, and screenwriter

Births75 years ago

1945 - Wim Wenders, German director, producer, and screenwriter

Births75 years ago

1946 - Larry Graham, American soul/funk bass player and singer-songwriter

Births74 years ago

1946 - Susan Saint James, American actress

Births74 years ago

1946 - Tom Walkinshaw, Scottish race car driver and businessman (d. 2010)

Births74 years ago

1947 - Bruce Nash, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births73 years ago

1947 - Maddy Prior, English folk singer

Births73 years ago

1947 - Danielle Steel, American author

Births73 years ago

1947 - Jiro Taniguchi, Japanese author and illustrator

Births73 years ago

1947 - Joop van Daele, Dutch footballer and manager

Births73 years ago

1948 - Terry Adams, American pianist and composer

Births72 years ago

1948 - Bruce Thomas, English bass player and author

Births72 years ago

1949 - Morten Olsen, Danish footballer and coach

Births71 years ago

1950 - Gary Larson, American cartoonist

Births70 years ago

1951 - Slim Dunlap, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births69 years ago

1951 - Norbert Hofmann, German footballer and manager

Births69 years ago

1952 - John McCutcheon, American folksinger

Births68 years ago

1952 - Debbie Meyer, American swimmer

Births68 years ago

1953 - James Horner, American composer and conductor (d. 2015)

Births67 years ago

1954 - Mark Fidrych, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2009)

Births66 years ago

1954 - Stanley A. McChrystal, American general

Births66 years ago

1956 - Sharon Bryant, American R&B singer

Births64 years ago

1956 - Jackée Harry, American actress and television personality

Births64 years ago

1956 - Andy King, English footballer and manager (d. 2015)

Births64 years ago

1956 - Rusty Wallace, American race car driver and sportscaster

Births64 years ago

1956 - Erica Flapan, American mathematician

Births64 years ago

1957 - Peter Costello, Australian lawyer and politician, 35th Treasurer of Australia

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Births62 years ago

1958 - Bobby Eaton, American wrestler and trainer

Births62 years ago

1959 - Frank Brickowski, American basketball player

Births61 years ago

1959 - Marcia Gay Harden, American actress

Births61 years ago

1959 - Magic Johnson, American basketball player and coach

Births61 years ago

1960 - Sarah Brightman, English singer-songwriter and actress

Births60 years ago

1960 - Fred Roberts, American basketball player and educator

Births60 years ago

1961 - Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler and manager (d. 1995)

Births59 years ago

1962 - Mark Gubicza, American baseball player and sportscaster

Births58 years ago

1962 - Kevin Harris, Canadian skateboarder

Births58 years ago

1962 - Andres Herkel, Estonian academic and politician

Births58 years ago

1962 - Rameez Raja, Pakistani cricketer and sportscaster

Births58 years ago

1963 - Emmanuelle Béart, French actress

Births57 years ago

1963 - José Cóceres, Argentinian golfer

Births57 years ago

1964 - Neal Anderson, American football player and coach

Births56 years ago

1964 - Jason Dunstall, Australian footballer and sportscaster

Births56 years ago

1965 - Brannon Braga, American producer, director, and screenwriter

Births55 years ago

1965 - Paul Broadhurst, English golfer

Births55 years ago

1965 - Terry Richardson, American photographer and director

Births55 years ago

1966 - Halle Berry, American model, actress, and producer, Miss World United States 1986

Births54 years ago

1966 - Karl Petter Løken, Swedish-Norwegian footballer and sportscaster

Births54 years ago

1966 - Tuncay Özkan, Turkish journalist and politician

Births54 years ago

1967 - Erik Gandini, Italian-Swedish director, producer, and screenwriter

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1968 - Pravin Amre, Indian cricketer and coach

Births52 years ago

1968 - Catherine Bell, English-American actress and producer

Births52 years ago

1968 - Darren Clarke, Northern Irish golfer

Births52 years ago

1968 - Jason Leonard, English rugby player

Births52 years ago

1968 - Medy van der Laan, Dutch politician

Births52 years ago

1969 - Tracy Caldwell Dyson, American chemist and astronaut

Births51 years ago

1969 - Stig Tøfting, Danish footballer and manager

Births51 years ago

1970 - Kevin Cadogan, American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births50 years ago

1971 - Raoul Bova, Italian actor, producer, and screenwriter

Births49 years ago

1971 - Mark Loretta, American baseball player and coach

Births49 years ago

1971 - Pramodya Wickramasinghe, Sri Lankan cricketer

Births49 years ago

1972 - Tamer El Said, Egyptian director, producer, and screenwriter

Births48 years ago

1972 - Laurent Lamothe, Haitian businessman and politician, 15th Prime Minister of Haiti

Births48 years ago

1973 - Jared Borgetti, Mexican footballer

Births47 years ago

1973 - Jay-Jay Okocha, Nigerian footballer

Births47 years ago

1973 - Kieren Perkins, Australian swimmer and sportscaster

Births47 years ago

1973 - Paddy McGuinness, English comedian and television presenter

Births47 years ago

1974 - Chucky Atkins, American basketball player and coach

Births46 years ago

1975 - Mike Vrabel, American football player and coach

Births45 years ago

1976 - Fabrizio Donato, Italian triple jumper

Births44 years ago

1977 - Ed Harcourt, English singer-songwriter and producer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Juan Pierre, American baseball player

Births43 years ago

1978 - Randika Galhenage, Sri Lankan cricketer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Anastasios Kyriakos, Greek footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Greg Rawlinson, South African-New Zealand rugby player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Kate Ritchie, Australian actress

Births42 years ago

1979 - Jérémie Bréchet, French footballer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Paul Burgess, Australian pole vaulter

Births41 years ago

1979 - Yōichirō Morikawa, Japanese actor, director, and screenwriter

Births41 years ago

1980 - Aydın Toscalı, Turkish footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Roy Williams, American football player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Earl Barron, American basketball player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Matthew Etherington, English footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Paul Gallen, Australian rugby league player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Julius Jones, American football player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Kofi Kingston, Ghanaian-American wrestler

Births39 years ago

1982 - Simon Andrews, English motorcycle racer (d. 2014)

Births38 years ago

1983 - Elena Baltacha, Ukrainian-Scottish tennis player (d. 2014)

Births37 years ago

1983 - Mila Kunis, Ukrainian-American actress

Births37 years ago

1983 - Juan Oviedo, Dominican baseball player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Spencer Pratt, American television personality

Births37 years ago

1983 - Sunidhi Chauhan, Indian playback singer

Births37 years ago

1984 - Eva Birnerová, Czech tennis player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Clay Buchholz, American baseball player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Giorgio Chiellini, Italian footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Josh Gorges, Canadian ice hockey player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Nick Grimshaw, English radio and television host

Births36 years ago

1984 - Nicola Slater, Scottish tennis player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Robin Söderling, Swedish tennis player

Births36 years ago

1985 - Christian Gentner, German footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Shea Weber, Canadian ice hockey player

Births35 years ago

1986 - Cameron Jerome, English footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Sam Moa, Tongan-New Zealand rugby league player

Births34 years ago

1986 - Braian Rodríguez, Uruguayan footballer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Tim Tebow, American football and baseball player, television personality and sportscaster

Births33 years ago

1989 - Florian Abel, German footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Ander Herrera, Spanish footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Kyle Turris, Canadian ice hockey player

Births31 years ago

1991 - Richard Freitag, German ski jumper

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582 - Tiberius II Constantine, Byzantine emperor (b. 535)


902 - Badr al-Mu'tadidi, commander-in-chief of the Abbasid Caliphate under al-Mu'tadid

Deaths980 years ago

1167 - Rainald of Dassel, Italian archbishop (b. 1120)

Deaths853 years ago

1204 - Minamoto no Yoriie, Japanese shōgun (b. 1182)

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1390 - John FitzAlan, 2nd Baron Arundel, English soldier (b. 1364)

Deaths630 years ago

1433 - John I of Portugal (b. 1357)

Deaths587 years ago

1464 - Pope Pius II (b. 1405)

Deaths556 years ago

1573 - Saitō Tatsuoki, Japanese daimyō (b. 1548)

Deaths447 years ago

1657 - Giovanni Paolo Lascaris, 57th Grandmaster of the Knights Hospitaller (b. 1560)

Deaths363 years ago

1691 - Richard Talbot, 1st Earl of Tyrconnell, Irish soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1630)

Deaths329 years ago

1727 - William Croft, English organist and composer (b. 1678)

Deaths293 years ago

1774 - Johann Jakob Reiske, German physician and scholar (b. 1716)

Deaths246 years ago

1784 - Nathaniel Hone the Elder, Irish-born English painter and academic (b. 1718)

Deaths236 years ago

1854 - Carl Carl, Polish-born actor and theatre director (b. 1787)

Deaths166 years ago

1856 - Constant Prévost, French geologist and academic (b. 1787)

Deaths164 years ago

1860 - André Marie Constant Duméril, French zoologist and entomologist (b. 1774)

Deaths160 years ago

1870 - David Farragut, American admiral (b. 1801)

Deaths150 years ago

1874 - Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, American minister and politician (b. 1821)

Deaths146 years ago

1890 - Michael J. McGivney, American priest, founded the Knights of Columbus (b. 1852)

Deaths130 years ago

1905 - Simeon Solomon, English soldier and painter (b. 1840)

Deaths115 years ago

1909 - William Stanley, American engineer and philanthropist (b. 1829)

Deaths111 years ago

1926 - John H. Moffitt, American sergeant and politician, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1843)

Deaths94 years ago

1928 - Klabund, German author and poet (b. 1890)

Deaths92 years ago

1938 - Hugh Trumble, Australian cricketer and accountant (b. 1876)

Deaths82 years ago

1941 - Maximilian Kolbe, Polish martyr and saint (b. 1894)

Deaths79 years ago

1941 - Paul Sabatier, French chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1854)

Deaths79 years ago

1943 - Lore Berger, Swiss author and translator (b. 1921)

Deaths77 years ago

1943 - Joe Kelley, American baseball player and manager (b. 1871)

Deaths77 years ago

1951 - William Randolph Hearst, American publisher and politician, founded the Hearst Corporation (b. 1863)

Deaths69 years ago

1954 - Hugo Eckener, German pilot and designer (b. 1868)

Deaths66 years ago

1954 - Nikos Ploumpidis, Greek activist (b. 1901)

Deaths66 years ago

1955 - Herbert Putnam, American lawyer and publisher, Librarian of Congress (b. 1861)

Deaths65 years ago

1956 - Bertolt Brecht, German poet, playwright, and director (b. 1898)

Deaths64 years ago

1958 - Frédéric Joliot-Curie, French physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1900)

Deaths62 years ago

1958 - Konstantin von Neurath, German lawyer and politician, Reich Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1873)

Deaths62 years ago

1963 - Clifford Odets, American director, playwright, and screenwriter (b. 1906)

Deaths57 years ago

1964 - Johnny Burnette, American singer-songwriter (b. 1934)

Deaths56 years ago

1965 - Vello Kaaristo, Estonian skier (b. 1911)

Deaths55 years ago

1966 - Tip Snooke, South African cricketer (b. 1881)

Deaths54 years ago

1967 - Bob Anderson, English motorcycle racer and race car driver (b. 1931)

Deaths53 years ago

1972 - Oscar Levant, American actor, pianist, and composer (b. 1906)

Deaths48 years ago

1972 - Jules Romains, French author and poet (b. 1885)

Deaths48 years ago

1973 - Fred Gipson, American journalist and author (b. 1908)

Deaths47 years ago

1978 - Nicolas Bentley, English author and illustrator (b. 1907)

Deaths42 years ago

1980 - Dorothy Stratten, Canadian-American model and actress (b. 1960)

Deaths40 years ago

1981 - Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor and director (b. 1894)

Deaths39 years ago

1981 - Dudley Nourse, South African cricketer (b. 1910)

Deaths39 years ago

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

Deaths38 years ago

1984 - Spud Davis, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1904)

Deaths36 years ago

1984 - J. B. Priestley, English novelist and playwright (b. 1894)

Deaths36 years ago

1985 - Gale Sondergaard, American actress (b. 1899)

Deaths35 years ago

1988 - Roy Buchanan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1939)

Deaths32 years ago

1988 - Robert Calvert, South African-English singer-songwriter and playwright (b. 1945)

Deaths32 years ago

1988 - Enzo Ferrari, Italian race car driver and businessman, founded Ferrari (b. 1898)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - Ricky Berry, American basketball player (b. 1964)

Deaths31 years ago

1991 - Alberto Crespo, Argentinian race car driver (b. 1920)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - John Sirica, American lawyer and judge (b. 1904)

Deaths28 years ago

1994 - Elias Canetti, Bulgarian-Swiss novelist, playwright, memoirist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)

Deaths26 years ago

1994 - Alice Childress, American actress, playwright, and author (b. 1912)

Deaths26 years ago

1996 - Sergiu Celibidache, Romanian conductor and composer (b. 1912)

Deaths24 years ago

1999 - Pee Wee Reese, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1918)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - Alain Fournier, French-Canadian computer scientist and academic (b. 1943)

Deaths20 years ago

2002 - Larry Rivers, American painter and sculptor (b. 1923)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Helmut Rahn, German footballer (b. 1929)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Czesław Miłosz, Polish-born American novelist, essayist, and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Trevor Skeet, New Zealand-English lawyer and politician (b. 1918)

Deaths16 years ago

2006 - Adriaan de Groot, Dutch psychologist and chess player (b. 1914)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Bruno Kirby, American actor (b. 1949)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Pinchas Goldstein, Israeli politician (b. 1939)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Tikhon Khrennikov, Russian pianist and composer (b. 1913)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Kotozakura Masakatsu, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 53rd Yokozuna (b. 1940)

Deaths13 years ago

2010 - Rallis Kopsidis, Greek painter and author (b. 1929)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Herman Leonard, American soldier and photographer (b. 1923)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Fritz Korbach, German footballer and manager (b. 1945)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Maja Bošković-Stulli, Croatian historian and academic (b. 1922)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Vilasrao Deshmukh, Indian lawyer and politician, 14th Chief Minister of Maharashtra (b. 1945)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Svetozar Gligorić, Serbian chess player and theoretician (b. 1923)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Sergey Kapitsa, English-Russian physicist and demographer (b. 1928)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Phyllis Thaxter, American actress (b. 1919)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Jack Garfinkel, American basketball player and coach (b. 1918)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Jack Germond, American journalist and author (b. 1928)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Paddy Power, Irish educator and politician, 22nd Irish Minister for Defence (b. 1928)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Leonard Fein, American journalist and academic, co-founded Moment Magazine (b. 1934)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - George V. Hansen, American soldier and politician (b. 1930)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Agustín Cejas, Argentinian footballer (b. 1945)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Bob Farrell, American businessman, founded Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour (b. 1927)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Bob Johnston, American songwriter and producer (b. 1932)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Philip "Fyuvsh" Finkel, American actor (b. 1922)

Deaths4 years ago

2018 - Jill Janus, American singer (b. 1975)

Deaths2 years ago

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