Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Earliest day on which Children's Day can fall, while August 21 is the latest; celebrated on the third Sunday in August. (Argentina and Peru)

Holidays and observances

Earliest day on which Day of Hearts can fall, while August 21 is the latest; celebrated on the third Monday in August. (area around Haarlem and Amsterdam)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Korea from Japan in 1945: Gwangbokjeol, "Independence Day" (South Korea)

Holidays and observances

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Korea from Japan in 1945: Jogukhaebangui nal, "Fatherland Liberation Day" (North Korea)

Holidays and observances

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of India from the United Kingdom in 1947.

Holidays and observances

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

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Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

The first day of Flooding of the Nile, or Wafaa El-Nil (Egypt and Coptic Church)

Holidays and observances

The main day of Bon Festival (Japan), and its related observances: Awa Dance Festival (Tokushima Prefecture)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances


717 - Arab–Byzantine wars: Maslama ibn Abd al-Malik begins the Second Arab Siege of Constantinople, which will last for nearly a year.


718 - Arab–Byzantine wars: Raising of the Second Arab Siege of Constantinople.


747 - Carloman, mayor of the palace of Austrasia, renounces his position as majordomo and retires to a monastery near Rome. His brother Pepin the Short becomes the sole ruler (de facto) of the Frankish Kingdom.


778 - The Battle of Roncevaux Pass takes place between the army of Charlemagne and a Basque army.


805 - Noble Erchana of Dahauua grants the Bavarian town of Dachau to the Diocese of Freising


927 - The Saracens conquer and destroy Taranto.


1018 - Byzantine general Eustathios Daphnomeles blinds and captures Ibatzes of Bulgaria by a ruse, thereby ending Bulgarian resistance against Emperor Basil II's conquest of Bulgaria.

Events1002 years ago

1038 - King Stephen I, the first king of Hungary, dies; his nephew, Peter Orseolo, succeeds him.

Events982 years ago

1057 - King Macbeth is killed at the Battle of Lumphanan by the forces of Máel Coluim mac Donnchada.

Events963 years ago

1070 - The Pavian-born Benedictine Lanfranc is appointed as the new Archbishop of Canterbury in England.

Events950 years ago

1185 - The cave city of Vardzia is consecrated by Queen Tamar of Georgia.

Events835 years ago

1237 - The Battle of the Puig takes place in the context of the Spanish Reconquista pitting the forces of the Taifa of Valencia against the Kingdom of Aragon. The battle resulted in an Aragonese victory.

Events783 years ago

1248 - The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men, is laid. (Construction is eventually completed in 1880.)

Events772 years ago
Events759 years ago

1281 - Mongol invasion of Japan: The Mongolian fleet of Kublai Khan is destroyed by a "divine wind" for the second time in the Battle of Kōan.

Events739 years ago

1310 - The city of Rhodes surrenders to the forces of the Knights of St. John, completing their conquest of Rhodes. The knights establish their headquarters on the island and rename themselves the Knights of Rhodes.

Events710 years ago

1430 - Francesco Sforza, lord of Milan, conquers Lucca.

Events590 years ago

1461 - The Empire of Trebizond surrenders to the forces of Sultan Mehmed II. This is regarded by some historians as the real end of the Byzantine Empire. Emperor David is exiled and later murdered.

Events559 years ago

1483 - Pope Sixtus IV consecrates the Sistine Chapel.

Events537 years ago

1511 - Afonso de Albuquerque of Portugal conquers Malacca, the capital of the Malacca Sultanate.

Events509 years ago

1517 - Seven Portuguese armed vessels led by Fernão Pires de Andrade meet Chinese officials at the Pearl River estuary.

Events503 years ago

1519 - Panama City, Panama is founded.

Events501 years ago

1534 - Ignatius of Loyola and six classmates take initial vows, leading to the creation of the Society of Jesus in September 1540.

Events486 years ago

1537 - Asunción, Paraguay is founded.

Events483 years ago

1540 - Arequipa, Peru is founded.

Events480 years ago

1549 - Jesuit priest Francis Xavier comes ashore at Kagoshima (Traditional Japanese date: 22 July 1549).

Events471 years ago

1592 - Imjin War: At the Battle of Hansan Island, the Korean Navy, led by Yi Sun-sin, Yi Eok-gi, and Won Gyun, decisively defeats the Japanese Navy, led by Wakisaka Yasuharu.

Events428 years ago

1599 - Nine Years' War: Battle of Curlew Pass: Irish forces led by Hugh Roe O'Donnell successfully ambush English forces, led by Sir Conyers Clifford, sent to relieve Collooney Castle.

Events421 years ago

1695 - French forces end the bombardment of Brussels.

Events325 years ago

1824 - The Marquis de Lafayette, the last surviving French general of the American Revolutionary War, arrives in New York and begins a tour of 24 states.

Events196 years ago

1843 - The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, Hawaii is dedicated. Now the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, it is the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral in continuous use in the United States.

Events177 years ago

1843 - Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Events177 years ago

1863 - The Anglo-Satsuma War begins between the Satsuma Domain of Japan and the United Kingdom (Traditional Japanese date: July 2, 1863).

Events157 years ago

1893 - Ibadan area becomes a British Protectorate after a treaty signed by Fijabi, the Baale of Ibadan with the British acting Governor of Lagos, George C. Denton.

Events127 years ago

1907 - Ordination in Constantinople of Fr. Raphael Morgan, the first African-American Orthodox priest, "Priest-Apostolic" to America and the West Indies.

Events113 years ago

1914 - A servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright murders seven people and sets fire to the living quarters of Wright's Wisconsin home, Taliesin.

Events106 years ago

1914 - The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship SS Ancon.

Events106 years ago
Events106 years ago

1914 - World War I: Beginning of the Battle of Cer, the first Allied victory of World War I.

Events106 years ago

1915 - A story in New York World newspaper reveals that the Imperial German government had purchased excess phenol from Thomas Edison that could be used to make explosives for the war effort and diverted it to Bayer for aspirin production.

Events105 years ago

1920 - Polish–Soviet War: Battle of Warsaw, so-called Miracle at the Vistula.

Events100 years ago

1935 - Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed after their aircraft develops engine problems during takeoff in Barrow, Alaska.

Events85 years ago

1939 - Twenty-six Junkers Ju 87 bombers commanded by Walter Sigel meet unexpected ground fog during a dive-bombing demonstration for Luftwaffe generals at Neuhammer. Thirteen of them crash and burn.

Events81 years ago

1939 - The Wizard of Oz premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Events81 years ago

1940 - An Italian submarine torpedoes and sinks the Greek cruiser Elli at Tinos harbor during peacetime, marking the most serious Italian provocation prior to the outbreak of the Greco-Italian War in October.

Events80 years ago

1941 - Corporal Josef Jakobs is executed by firing squad at the Tower of London at 07:12, making him the last person to be executed at the Tower for espionage.

Events79 years ago

1942 - World War II: Operation Pedestal: The oil tanker SS Ohio reaches the island of Malta barely afloat carrying vital fuel supplies for the island's defenses.

Events78 years ago

1943 - World War II: Battle of Trahili: Superior German forces surround Cretan partisans, who manage to escape against all odds.

Events77 years ago

1944 - World War II: Operation Dragoon: Allied forces land in southern France.

Events76 years ago
Events75 years ago

1947 - India gains Independence from British rule after near 190 years of British company and crown rule, and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.

Events73 years ago

1947 - Founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah is sworn in as first Governor-General of Pakistan in Karachi.

Events73 years ago

1948 - The Republic of Korea (South Korea) is established south of the 38th parallel north.

Events72 years ago

1952 - A flash flood drenches the town of Lynmouth, England, killing 34 people.

Events68 years ago

1954 - Alfredo Stroessner begins his dictatorship in Paraguay.

Events66 years ago

1960 - Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) becomes independent from France.

Events60 years ago

1961 - Border guard Conrad Schumann flees from East Germany while on duty guarding the construction of the Berlin Wall.

Events59 years ago

1962 - James Joseph Dresnok defects to North Korea after running across the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Dresnok died in 2016.

Events58 years ago

1963 - Execution of Henry John Burnett, the last man to be hanged in Scotland.

Events57 years ago

1963 - President Fulbert Youlou is overthrown in the Republic of the Congo, after a three-day uprising in the capital.

Events57 years ago

1965 - The Beatles play to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City, an event later regarded as the birth of stadium rock.

Events55 years ago

1969 - The Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.

Events51 years ago

1970 - Patricia Palinkas becomes the first woman to play professionally in an American football game.

Events50 years ago

1971 - President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors.

Events49 years ago

1971 - Bahrain gains independence from the United Kingdom.

Events49 years ago

1973 - Vietnam War: The United States bombing of Cambodia ends.

Events47 years ago

1974 - Yuk Young-soo, First Lady of South Korea, is killed during an apparent assassination attempt upon President Park Chung-hee.

Events46 years ago

1975 - Bangladeshi leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is killed along with most members of his family during a military coup.

Events45 years ago

1975 - Takeo Miki makes the first official pilgrimage to Yasukuni Shrine by an incumbent prime minister on the anniversary of the end of World War II.

Events45 years ago

1977 - The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the "Wow! signal" from the notation made by a volunteer on the project.

Events43 years ago

1984 - The Kurdistan Workers' Party in Turkey starts a campaign of armed attacks upon the Turkish military with an attack on police and gendarmerie bases in Şemdinli and Eruh

Events36 years ago

1995 - In South Carolina, Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet matriculated at The Citadel (she drops out less than a week later).

Events25 years ago

1998 - Northern Ireland: Omagh bombing takes place; 29 people (including a woman pregnant with twins) killed and some 220 others injured.

Events22 years ago

1999 - Beni Ounif massacre in Algeria: Some 29 people are killed at a false roadblock near the Moroccan border, leading to temporary tensions with Morocco.

Events21 years ago

2005 - Israel's unilateral disengagement plan to evict all Israelis from the Gaza Strip and from four settlements in the northern West Bank begins.

Events15 years ago

2005 - The Helsinki Agreement between the Free Aceh Movement and the Government of Indonesia was signed, ending almost three decades of fighting.

Events15 years ago

2007 - An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090.

Events13 years ago

2013 - At least 27 people are killed and 226 injured in an explosion in southern Beirut near a complex used by Lebanon's militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. A previously unknown Syrian Sunni group claims responsibility in an online video.

Events7 years ago

2013 - The Smithsonian announces the discovery of the olinguito, the first new carnivorous species found in the Americas in 35 years.

Events7 years ago

2015 - North Korea moves its clock back half an hour to introduce Pyongyang Time, 8​⁄2 hours ahead of UTC.

Events5 years ago


1013 - Teishi, empress of Japan (d. 1094)

Births1007 years ago

1171 - Alfonso IX, king of León and Galicia (d. 1230)

Births849 years ago

1195 - Anthony of Padua, Portuguese priest and saint (d. 1231)

Births825 years ago

1385 - Richard de Vere, 11th Earl of Oxford, English commander (d. 1417)

Births635 years ago

1432 - Luigi Pulci, Italian poet (d. 1484)

Births588 years ago

1455 - George, duke of Bavaria (d. 1503)

Births565 years ago

1507 - George III, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, German prince (d. 1553)

Births513 years ago

1575 - Bartol Kašić, Croatian linguist and lexicographer (d. 1650)

Births445 years ago

1589 - Gabriel Báthory, Prince of Transylvania (d. 1613)

Births431 years ago

1607 - Herman IV, landgrave of Hesse-Rotenburg (d. 1658)

Births413 years ago

1608 - Henry Howard, 22nd Earl of Arundel, English politician (d. 1652)

Births412 years ago

1613 - Gilles Ménage, French lawyer, philologist, and scholar (d. 1692)

Births407 years ago

1615 - Marie de Lorraine, duchess of Guise (d. 1688)

Births405 years ago

1652 - John Grubb, American politician (d. 1708)

Births368 years ago

1702 - Francesco Zuccarelli, Italian painter and Royal Academician (d. 1788)

Births318 years ago

1717 - Blind Jack, English engineer (d. 1810)

Births303 years ago

1736 - Johann Christoph Kellner, German organist and composer (d. 1803)

Births284 years ago

1740 - Matthias Claudius, German poet and author (d. 1815)

Births280 years ago

1769 - Napoleon, French general and emperor (d. 1821)

Births251 years ago

1771 - Walter Scott, Scottish novelist, playwright, and poet (d. 1832)

Births249 years ago

1785 - Thomas De Quincey, English journalist and author (d. 1859)

Births235 years ago

1787 - Eliza Lee Cabot Follen, American writer, editor, abolitionist (d. 1860)

Births233 years ago

1798 - Sangolli Rayanna, Indian warrior (d. 1831)

Births222 years ago

1807 - Jules Grévy, French lawyer and politician, 4th President of the French Republic (d. 1891)

Births213 years ago

1824 - John Chisum, American businessman (d. 1884)

Births196 years ago

1839 - Antonín Petrof, Czech piano maker (d. 1915)

Births181 years ago

1844 - Thomas-Alfred Bernier, Canadian journalist, lawyer, and politician (d. 1908)

Births176 years ago

1845 - Walter Crane, English artist and book illustrator (d. 1915)

Births175 years ago

1856 - Keir Hardie, Scottish politician and trade unionist (d. 1915)

Births164 years ago

1857 - Albert Ballin, German businessman (d. 1918)

Births163 years ago

1858 - E. Nesbit, English author and poet (d. 1924)

Births162 years ago

1859 - Charles Comiskey, American baseball player and manager (d. 1931)

Births161 years ago

1860 - Florence Harding, American publisher, 31st First Lady of the United States (d. 1924)

Births160 years ago

1863 - Aleksey Krylov, Russian mathematician and engineer (d. 1945)

Births157 years ago

1865 - Mikao Usui, Japanese spiritual leader, founded Reiki (d. 1926)

Births155 years ago

1866 - Italo Santelli, Italian fencer (d. 1945)

Births154 years ago

1872 - Sri Aurobindo, Indian guru, poet, and philosopher (d. 1950)

Births148 years ago

1873 - Ramaprasad Chanda, Indian archaeologist and historian (d. 1942)

Births147 years ago

1875 - Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, English pianist, violinist, and composer (d. 1912)

Births145 years ago

1876 - Stylianos Gonatas, Greek colonel and politician, 111th Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1966)

Births144 years ago

1877 - Tachiyama Mineemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 22nd Yokozuna (d. 1941)

Births143 years ago

1879 - Ethel Barrymore, American actress (d. 1959)

Births141 years ago

1881 - Alfred Wagenknecht, German-American activist and politician (d. 1956)

Births139 years ago

1882 - Marion Bauer, American composer and critic (d. 1955)

Births138 years ago

1882 - Gisela Richter, English archaeologist and art historian (d. 1972)

Births138 years ago

1883 - Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor and architect (d. 1962)

Births137 years ago

1885 - Edna Ferber, American novelist, short story writer, and playwright (d. 1968)

Births135 years ago

1886 - Bill Whitty, Australian cricketer (d. 1974)

Births134 years ago

1890 - Jacques Ibert, French composer and educator (d. 1962)

Births130 years ago

1892 - Louis de Broglie, French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1987)

Births128 years ago

1892 - Abraham Wachner, New Zealand politician, 35th Mayor of Invercargill (d. 1950)

Births128 years ago

1893 - Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and academic (d. 1950)

Births127 years ago

1896 - Gerty Cori, Czech-American biochemist and physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1957)

Births124 years ago

1896 - Catherine Doherty, Russian-Canadian activist, founded the Madonna House Apostolate (d. 1985)

Births124 years ago

1896 - Paul Outerbridge, American photographer and educator (d. 1958)

Births124 years ago

1898 - Jan Brzechwa, Polish author and poet (d. 1966)

Births122 years ago

1900 - Estelle Brody, American silent film actress (d. 1995)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Jack Tworkov, Polish-American painter and educator (d. 1982)

Births120 years ago

1901 - Arnulfo Arias Madrid, 21st president of the republic of Panamá (d. 1988)

Births119 years ago

1901 - Pyotr Novikov, Russian mathematician and theorist (d. 1975)

Births119 years ago

1902 - Jan Campert, Dutch journalist and critic (d. 1943)

Births118 years ago

1904 - George Klein, Canadian inventor, invented the motorized wheelchair (d. 1992)

Births116 years ago

1909 - Hugo Winterhalter, American composer and bandleader (d. 1973)

Births111 years ago

1912 - Julia Child, American chef and author (d. 2004)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Wendy Hiller, English actress (d. 2003)

Births108 years ago

1914 - Paul Rand, American graphic designer and art director (d. 1996)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Signe Hasso, Swedish-American actress (d. 2002)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Aleks Çaçi, Albanian journalist and author (d. 1989)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Jack Lynch, Irish footballer and politician, 5th Taoiseach of Ireland (d. 1999)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Óscar Romero, Salvadoran archbishop (d. 1980)

Births103 years ago

1919 - Huntz Hall, American actor (d. 1999)

Births101 years ago

1919 - Benedict Kiely, Irish journalist and author (d. 2007)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Judy Cassab, Austrian-Australian painter (d. 2008)

Births100 years ago

1921 - August Kowalczyk, Polish actor and director (d. 2012)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Leonard Baskin, American sculptor and illustrator (d. 2000)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Giorgos Mouzakis, Greek trumpet player and composer (d. 2005)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Sabino Barinaga, Spanish footballer and manager (d. 1988)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Rose Marie, American actress and singer (d. 2017)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Robert Bolt, English playwright and screenwriter (d. 1995)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Hedy Epstein, German-American Holocaust survivor and activist (d. 2016)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Yoshirō Muraki, Japanese production designer, art director, and fashion designer (d. 2009)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Phyllis Schlafly, American lawyer, writer, and political activist (d. 2016)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Mike Connors, American actor and producer (d. 2017)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Rose Maddox, American singer-songwriter and fiddle player (d. 1998)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Oscar Peterson, Canadian pianist and composer (d. 2007)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Bill Pinkney, American singer (The Drifters) (d. 2007)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Erik Schmidt, Swedish-Estonian painter and author (d. 2014)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Julius Katchen, American pianist and composer (d. 1969)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Sami Michael, Iraqi-Israeli author and playwright

Births94 years ago

1926 - John Silber, American philosopher and academic (d. 2012)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Konstantinos Stephanopoulos, Greek lawyer and politician, 6th President of Greece (d. 2016)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Eddie Leadbeater, English cricketer (d. 2011)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Oliver Popplewell, English cricketer and judge

Births93 years ago

1928 - Carl Joachim Classen, German scholar and academic (d. 2013)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Malcolm Glazer, American businessman (d. 2014)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Nicolas Roeg, English director and cinematographer (d. 2018)

Births92 years ago

1931 - Ernest C. Brace, American captain and pilot (d. 2014)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Richard F. Heck, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2015)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Abby Dalton, American actress

Births88 years ago

1932 - Johan Steyn, Baron Steyn, South African-English lawyer and judge

Births88 years ago

1933 - Bobby Helms, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1997)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Stanley Milgram, American social psychologist (d. 1984)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Mike Seeger, American folk musician and folklorist (d. 2009)

Births87 years ago

1934 - Bobby Byrd, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2007)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Reginald Scarlett, Jamaican cricketer and coach

Births86 years ago

1935 - Jim Dale, English actor, narrator, singer, director, and composer

Births85 years ago

1935 - Régine Deforges, French author, playwright, and director (d. 2014)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Rita Shane, American soprano and educator (d. 2014)

Births84 years ago

1938 - Stephen Breyer, American lawyer and judge

Births82 years ago

1938 - Stix Hooper, American jazz drummer (The Crusaders)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Pran Kumar Sharma, Indian cartoonist (d. 2014)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Maxine Waters, American educator and politician

Births82 years ago

1938 - Janusz Zajdel, Polish engineer and author (d. 1985)

Births82 years ago

1940 - Gudrun Ensslin, German militant leader, founded Red Army Faction (d. 1977)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Jim Brothers, American sculptor (d. 2013)

Births79 years ago

1941 - Don Rich, American country musician (d. 1974)

Births79 years ago

1942 - Pete York, English rock drummer

Births78 years ago

1943 - Eileen Bell, Northern Irish civil servant and politician, 2nd Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Births77 years ago

1944 - Dimitris Sioufas, Greek lawyer and politician, Greek Minister of Health

Births76 years ago

1945 - Khaleda Zia, Bangladeshi politician, 9th Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Births75 years ago

1946 - Jimmy Webb, American singer-songwriter and pianist

Births74 years ago

1947 - Rakhee Gulzar, Indian film actress

Births73 years ago

1948 - Patsy Gallant, Canadian singer-songwriter and actress

Births72 years ago

1948 - Tom Johnston, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births72 years ago

1950 - Tommy Aldridge, American drummer

Births70 years ago

1950 - Tom Kelly, American baseball player

Births70 years ago

1950 - Anne, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom

Births70 years ago

1951 - Ann Biderman, American screenwriter and producer

Births69 years ago

1951 - Bobby Caldwell, American singer-songwriter

Births69 years ago

1951 - John Childs, English cricketer

Births69 years ago

1952 - Chuck Burgi, American drummer

Births68 years ago

1953 - Carol Thatcher, English journalist and author

Births67 years ago

1953 - Mark Thatcher, English businessman

Births67 years ago

1953 - Wolfgang Hohlbein, German author

Births67 years ago

1954 - Stieg Larsson, Swedish journalist and author (d. 2004)

Births66 years ago

1956 - Lorraine Desmarais, Canadian pianist and composer

Births64 years ago

1956 - Freedom Neruda, Ivorian journalist

Births64 years ago

1956 - Robert Syms, English businessman and politician

Births64 years ago

1957 - Željko Ivanek, Slovenian-American actor

Births63 years ago

1958 - Simon Baron-Cohen, English-Canadian psychiatrist and author

Births62 years ago

1958 - Craig MacTavish, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births62 years ago

1958 - Simple Kapadia, Indian actress and costume designer (d. 2009)

Births62 years ago

1958 - Victor Shenderovich, Russian journalist and radio host

Births62 years ago

1959 - Scott Altman, American captain, pilot, and astronaut

Births61 years ago

1961 - Ed Gillespie, American political strategist

Births59 years ago

1961 - Matt Johnson, English singer-songwriter and musician

Births59 years ago

1961 - Gary Kubiak, American football player and coach

Births59 years ago

1961 - Suhasini Maniratnam, Indian actress and screenwriter

Births59 years ago

1962 - Tom Colicchio, American chef and author

Births58 years ago

1962 - Rıdvan Dilmen, Turkish footballer and manager

Births58 years ago

1962 - Inês Pedrosa, Portuguese writer

Births58 years ago

1962 - Vilja Savisaar-Toomast, Estonian lawyer and politician

Births58 years ago

1963 - Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexican director, producer, and screenwriter

Births57 years ago

1963 - Simon Hart, Welsh soldier and politician

Births57 years ago

1963 - Jack Russell, England cricketer and coach

Births57 years ago

1964 - Jane Ellison, English lawyer and politician

Births56 years ago

1964 - Melinda Gates, American businesswoman and philanthropist, co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Births56 years ago

1965 - Rob Thomas, American author, screenwriter, and producer

Births55 years ago

1966 - Scott Brosius, American baseball player and coach

Births54 years ago

1966 - Dimitris Papadopoulos, Greek basketball player and coach

Births54 years ago

1967 - Tony Hand, Scottish ice hockey player and coach

Births53 years ago

1968 - Debra Messing, American actress

Births52 years ago

1969 - Bernard Fanning, Australian singer-songwriter

Births51 years ago

1969 - Carlos Roa, Argentine footballer

Births51 years ago

1970 - Anthony Anderson, American comedian, actor, and producer

Births50 years ago

1970 - Ben Silverman, American actor, producer, and screenwriter, founded Electus Studios

Births50 years ago

1971 - Adnan Sami, Indian singer, musician, music composer, pianist and actor

Births49 years ago

1972 - Ben Affleck, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births48 years ago

1972 - Jennifer Alexander, Canadian ballerina (d. 2007)

Births48 years ago

1974 - Natasha Henstridge, Canadian model and actress

Births46 years ago

1974 - Tomasz Suwary, Polish footballer

Births46 years ago

1975 - Bertrand Berry, American football player and radio host

Births45 years ago

1975 - Vijay Bharadwaj, Indian cricketer and coach

Births45 years ago

1975 - Brendan Morrison, Canadian ice hockey player

Births45 years ago

1975 - Kara Wolters, American basketball player

Births45 years ago

1976 - Boudewijn Zenden, Dutch footballer and manager

Births44 years ago

1977 - Martin Biron, Canadian ice hockey player

Births43 years ago

1977 - Anthony Rocca, Australian footballer and coach

Births43 years ago

1978 - Waleed Aly, Australian journalist and television host

Births42 years ago

1978 - Lilia Podkopayeva, Ukrainian gymnast

Births42 years ago

1978 - Stavros Tziortziopoulos, Greek footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Kerri Walsh Jennings, American volleyball player

Births42 years ago

1979 - Carl Edwards, American race car driver

Births41 years ago

1981 - Brendan Hansen, American swimmer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Óliver Pérez, American baseball player

Births39 years ago

1982 - Casey Burgener, American weightlifter

Births38 years ago

1982 - Germán Caffa, Argentine footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - David Harrison, American basketball player

Births38 years ago

1983 - Siobhan Chamberlain, English association football goalkeeper

Births37 years ago

1985 - Nipsey Hussle, American rapper

Births35 years ago

1987 - Ryan D'Imperio, American football player

Births33 years ago

1987 - Michel Kreder, Dutch cyclist

Births33 years ago

1987 - Sean McAllister, English footballer

Births33 years ago

1988 - Oussama Assaidi, Moroccan footballer

Births32 years ago

1989 - Joe Jonas, American singer-songwriter

Births31 years ago

1989 - Ryan McGowan, Australian footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Jordan Rapana, New Zealand rugby league player

Births31 years ago

1990 - Jennifer Lawrence, American actress

Births30 years ago

1991 - Petja Piiroinen, Finnish snowboarder

Births29 years ago

1992 - Baskaran Adhiban, Indian chess player

Births28 years ago

1993 - Clinton N'Jie, Cameroonian footballer

Births27 years ago

1993 - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, English footballer

Births27 years ago

1994 - Lasse Vigen Christensen, Danish footballer

Births26 years ago

1994 - Kosuke Hagino, Japanese swimmer

Births26 years ago

1995 - Chief Keef, American rapper

Births25 years ago


398 - Lan Han, official of the Xianbei state Lan Yan


423 - Honorius, Roman emperor (b. 384)


465 - Libius Severus, Roman emperor (b. 420)


767 - Abu Hanifa, Iraqi scholar and educator (b. 699)


778 - Roland, Frankish military leader


873 - Yi Zong, Chinese emperor (b. 833)


874 - Altfrid, bishop of Hildesheim


912 - Han Jian, Chinese warlord (b. 855)


932 - Ma Xisheng, Chinese governor and king (b. 899)


978 - Li Yu, ruler ('king') of Southern Tang


986 - Minnborinus, Irish missionary and abbot

Deaths998 years ago

1038 - Stephen I, Hungarian king (b. 975)

Deaths982 years ago
Deaths963 years ago

1118 - Alexios I Komnenos, Byzantine emperor (b. 1048)

Deaths902 years ago
Deaths824 years ago
Deaths796 years ago
Deaths763 years ago

1274 - Robert de Sorbon, French theologian and educator, founded the College of Sorbonne (b. 1201)

Deaths746 years ago

1275 - Lorenzo Tiepolo, Doge of Venice

Deaths745 years ago

1328 - Yesün Temür, emperor of the Yuan Dynasty (b. 1293)

Deaths692 years ago

1369 - Philippa of Hainault, Queen consort of Edward III of England (b. 1314)

Deaths651 years ago

1388 - Adalbertus Ranconis de Ericinio, Bohemian theologian and rector of the University of Paris (b. circa 1320)

Deaths632 years ago

1399 - Ide Pedersdatter Falk, Danish noblewoman (b. 1358)

Deaths621 years ago

1496 - Infanta Isabella of Portugal, Queen of Castile and León (b. 1428)

Deaths524 years ago

1506 - Alexander Agricola, Flemish composer (b. c. 1445)

Deaths514 years ago
Deaths513 years ago

1528 - Odet of Foix, Viscount of Lautrec, French general (b. 1485)

Deaths492 years ago

1552 - Hermann of Wied, German archbishop (b. 1477)

Deaths468 years ago

1594 - Thomas Kyd, English playwright (b. 1558)

Deaths426 years ago

1621 - John Barclay, Scottish poet and author (b. 1582)

Deaths399 years ago

1666 - Johann Adam Schall von Bell, German missionary and astronomer (b. 1591)

Deaths354 years ago

1714 - Constantin Brâncoveanu, Romanian prince (b. 1654)

Deaths306 years ago

1728 - Marin Marais, French viol player and composer (b. 1656)

Deaths292 years ago

1758 - Pierre Bouguer, French mathematician, geophysicist, and astronomer (b. 1698)

Deaths262 years ago

1799 - Giuseppe Parini, Italian poet and author (b. 1729)

Deaths221 years ago

1852 - Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist, physicist, and mineralogist (b. 1760)

Deaths168 years ago

1859 - Nathaniel Claiborne, American farmer and politician (b. 1777)

Deaths161 years ago

1907 - Joseph Joachim, Hungarian violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1831)

Deaths113 years ago

1909 - Euclides da Cunha, Brazilian sociologist and journalist (b. 1866)

Deaths111 years ago

1917 - Thomas J. Higgins, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1831)

Deaths103 years ago

1925 - Konrad Mägi, Estonian painter and educator (b. 1878)

Deaths95 years ago

1928 - Anatole von Hügel, Italian ethnologist and academic, co-founded St Edmund's College, Cambridge (b. 1854)

Deaths92 years ago

1935 - Wiley Post, American pilot (b. 1898)

Deaths85 years ago

1935 - Will Rogers, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter (b. 1879)

Deaths85 years ago

1935 - Paul Signac, French painter and author (b. 1863)

Deaths85 years ago

1936 - Grazia Deledda, Italian novelist and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1871)

Deaths84 years ago

1942 - Mahadev Desai, Indian activist and author (b. 1892)

Deaths78 years ago

1945 - Korechika Anami, Japanese general and politician, 54th Japanese Minister of the Army (b. 1887)

Deaths75 years ago

1945 - Fred Hockley, English lieutenant and pilot (b. 1923)

Deaths75 years ago

1951 - Artur Schnabel, Polish pianist and composer (b. 1882)

Deaths69 years ago

1953 - Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist and engineer (b. 1875)

Deaths67 years ago

1962 - Lei Feng, Chinese soldier (b. 1940)

Deaths58 years ago

1967 - René Magritte, Belgian painter (b. 1898)

Deaths53 years ago

1971 - Paul Lukas, Hungarian-American actor (b. 1887)

Deaths49 years ago

1975 - Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bengali politician, 1st President of Bangladesh (b. 1920)

Deaths45 years ago

1975 - Clay Shaw, American businessman (b. 1913)

Deaths45 years ago

1975 - Harun Karadeniz, Turkish political activist and author (b. 1942)

Deaths45 years ago

1981 - Carol Ryrie Brink, American author (b. 1895)

Deaths39 years ago

1981 - Jørgen Løvset, Norwegian gynaecologist and academic (b. 1896)

Deaths39 years ago

1982 - Ernie Bushmiller, American cartoonist (b. 1905)

Deaths38 years ago

1982 - Jock Taylor, Scottish motorcycle sidecar racer (b. 1954)

Deaths38 years ago

1982 - Hugo Theorell, Swedish biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)

Deaths38 years ago

1989 - Minoru Genda, Japanese general, pilot, and politician (b. 1904)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Thrasyvoulos Tsakalotos, Greek general and diplomat (b. 1897)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician and actor (b. 1962)

Deaths30 years ago

1992 - Linda Laubenstein, American physician and academic (b. 1947)

Deaths28 years ago

1994 - Wout Wagtmans, Dutch cyclist (b. 1929)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - John Cameron Swayze, American journalist and actor (b. 1906)

Deaths25 years ago

1997 - Ida Gerhardt, Dutch poet and educator (b. 1905)

Deaths23 years ago

1999 - Hugh Casson, English architect and interior designer (b. 1910)

Deaths21 years ago

2001 - Yavuz Çetin, Turkish singer-songwriter (b. 1970)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Richard Chelimo, Kenyan runner (b. 1972)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Kateryna Yushchenko, Ukrainian computer scientist and academic (b. 1919)

Deaths19 years ago

2004 - Sune Bergström, Swedish biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician, 8th Chief Minister of Gujarat (b. 1941)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Bendapudi Venkata Satyanarayana, Indian dermatologist and academic (b. 1927)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Te Atairangikaahu, New Zealand queen (b. 1931)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Rick Bourke, Australian rugby league player (b. 1955)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Coenraad Bron, Dutch computer scientist and academic (b. 1937)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Faas Wilkes, Dutch footballer and manager (b. 1923)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Richard Bradshaw, English conductor and director (b. 1944)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - John Gofman, American biologist, chemist, and physicist (b. 1918)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Geoffrey Orbell, New Zealand physician (b. 1908)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Sam Pollock, Canadian businessman (b. 1925)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Vic Toweel, South African-Australian boxer (b. 1929)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Jerry Wexler, American journalist and producer (b. 1917)

Deaths12 years ago

2011 - Rick Rypien, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1984)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Bob Birch, American bass player and saxophonist (b. 1956)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Altamiro Carrilho, Brazilian flute player and composer (b. 1924)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Harry Harrison, American author and illustrator (b. 1925)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Rosalía Mera, Spanish businesswoman, co-founded Inditex and Zara (b. 1944)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Sławomir Mrożek, Polish-French author and playwright (b. 1930)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Marich Man Singh Shrestha, Nepali politician, 28th Prime Minister of Nepal (b. 1942)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Licia Albanese, Italian-American soprano and actress (b. 1909)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Julian Bond, American academic and politician (b. 1940)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Hamid Gul, Pakistani general (b. 1936)

Deaths5 years ago

2017 - Gunnar Birkerts, Latvian-American architect (b. 1925)

Deaths3 years ago

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