Holidays and observances

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


20 BC - Ludi Volcanalici are held within the temple precinct of Vulcan, and used by Augustus to mark the treaty with Parthia and the return of the legionary standards that had been lost at the Battle of Carrhae in 53 BC.


AD 79 - Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.


406 - Gothic king Radagaisus is executed after he is defeated by Roman general Stilicho and 12,000 "barbarians" are incorporated into the Roman army or sold as slaves.


476 - Odoacer, chieftain of the Germanic tribes (Herulic - Scirian foederati), is proclaimed rex Italiae ("King of Italy") by his troops.


634 - Abu Bakr dies at Medina and is succeeded by Umar I who becomes the second caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate.

Events776 years ago

1268 - Battle of Tagliacozzo: The army of Charles of Anjou defeats the Ghibellines supporters of Conradin of Hohenstaufen marking the fall of the Hohenstaufen family from the Imperial and Sicilian thrones, and leading to the new chapter of Angevin domination in Southern Italy.

Events752 years ago
Events715 years ago

1328 - Battle of Cassel: French troops stop an uprising of Flemish farmers.

Events692 years ago

1382 - Siege of Moscow: The Golden Horde led by Tokhtamysh lays siege to the capital of the Grand Duchy of Moscow.

Events638 years ago

1514 - The Battle of Chaldiran ends with a decisive victory for the Sultan Selim I, Ottoman Empire, over the Shah Ismail I, founder of the Safavid dynasty.

Events506 years ago
Events499 years ago

1541 - French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada.

Events479 years ago

1572 - French Wars of Religion: Mob violence against thousands of Huguenots in Paris results in the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre.

Events448 years ago
Events425 years ago

1600 - Battle of Gifu Castle: The eastern forces of Tokugawa Ieyasu defeat the western Japanese clans loyal to Toyotomi Hideyori, leading to the destruction of Gifu Castle and serving as a prelude to the Battle of Sekigahara.

Events420 years ago

1628 - George Villiers, the first Duke of Buckingham, is assassinated by John Felton.

Events392 years ago

1703 - Edirne event: Sultan Mustafa II of the Ottoman Empire is dethroned.

Events317 years ago

1775 - American Revolutionary War: King George III delivers his Proclamation of Rebellion to the Court of St James's stating that the American colonies have proceeded to a state of open and avowed rebellion.

Events245 years ago

1784 - Western North Carolina (now eastern Tennessee) declares itself an independent state under the name of Franklin; it is not accepted into the United States, and only lasts for four years.

Events236 years ago

1799 - Napoleon I of France leaves Egypt for France en route to seizing power.

Events221 years ago

1813 - At the Battle of Großbeeren, the Prussians under Von Bülow repulse the French army.

Events207 years ago
Events189 years ago

1839 - The United Kingdom captures Hong Kong as a base as it prepares for the First Opium War with Qing China.

Events181 years ago

1864 - American Civil War: The Union Navy captures Fort Morgan, Alabama, thus breaking Confederate dominance of all ports on the Gulf of Mexico except Galveston, Texas.

Events156 years ago
Events154 years ago
Events147 years ago

1898 - The Southern Cross Expedition, the first British venture of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, departs from London.

Events122 years ago

1904 - The automobile tire chain is patented.

Events116 years ago

1914 - World War I: The British Expeditionary Force and the French Fifth Army begin their Great Retreat before the German Army.

Events106 years ago

1914 - World War I: Japan declares war on Germany.

Events106 years ago

1921 - British airship R-38 experiences structural failure over Hull in England and crashes in the Humber Estuary. Of her 49 British and American training crew, only four survive.

Events99 years ago

1923 - Captain Lowell Smith and Lieutenant John P. Richter performed the first mid-air refueling on De Havilland DH-4B, setting an endurance flight record of 37 hours.

Events97 years ago

1927 - Italian anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti are executed after a lengthy, controversial trial.

Events93 years ago

1929 - Hebron Massacre during the 1929 Palestine riots: Arab attack on the Jewish community in Hebron in the British Mandate of Palestine, continuing until the next day, resulted in the death of 65–68 Jews and the remaining Jews being forced to leave the city.

Events91 years ago

1939 - World War II: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. In a secret addition to the pact, the Baltic states, Finland, Romania, and Poland are divided between the two nations.

Events81 years ago

1942 - World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad.

Events78 years ago

1943 - World War II: Kharkiv is liberated by the Soviet Union after the Battle of Kursk.

Events77 years ago

1944 - World War II: Marseille is liberated by the Allies.

Events76 years ago

1944 - World War II: King Michael of Romania dismisses the pro-Nazi government of Marshal Antonescu, who is arrested. Romania switches sides from the Axis to the Allies.

Events76 years ago

1944 - Freckleton Air Disaster: A United States Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bomber crashes into a school in Freckleton, England, killing 61 people.

Events76 years ago

1945 - World War II: Soviet–Japanese War: The USSR State Defense Committee issues Decree no. 9898cc "About Receiving, Accommodation, and Labor Utilization of the Japanese Army Prisoners of War".

Events75 years ago

1946 - Ordinance No. 46 of the British Military Government constitutes the German Länder (states) of Hanover and Schleswig-Holstein.

Events74 years ago

1948 - World Council of Churches is formed by 147 churches from 44 countries.

Events72 years ago

1954 - First flight of the Lockheed C-130 multi-role aircraft.

Events66 years ago
Events62 years ago

1966 - Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.

Events54 years ago

1970 - Organized by Mexican American labor union leader César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, the largest farm worker strike in U.S. history, begins.

Events50 years ago

1973 - A bank robbery gone wrong in Stockholm, Sweden, turns into a hostage crisis; over the next five days the hostages begin to sympathise with their captors, leading to the term "Stockholm syndrome".

Events47 years ago

1975 - The Pontiac Silverdome opens in Pontiac, Michigan, 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Detroit, Michigan

Events45 years ago

1985 - Hans Tiedge, top counter-spy of West Germany, defects to East Germany.

Events35 years ago

1989 - Singing Revolution: Two million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania stand on the VilniusTallinn road, holding hands.

Events31 years ago

1990 - Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western "guests" (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War.

Events30 years ago

1990 - Armenia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.

Events30 years ago

1990 - West and East Germany announce that they will reunite on October 3.

Events30 years ago

1991 - The World Wide Web is opened to the public.

Events29 years ago

1994 - Eugene Bullard, the only African American pilot in World War I, is posthumously commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

Events26 years ago

2000 - Gulf Air Flight 072 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.

Events20 years ago

2006 - Natascha Kampusch, who had been abducted at the age of ten, escapes from her captor Wolfgang Přiklopil, after eight years of captivity.

Events14 years ago

2007 - The skeletal remains of Russia's last royal family members Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, and his sister Grand Duchess Anastasia are discovered near Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Events13 years ago

2011 - A magnitude 5.8 (class: moderate) earthquake occurs in Virginia. Damage occurs to monuments and structures in Washington D.C. and the resulted damage is estimated at $200 million–$300 million USD.

Events9 years ago

2011 - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is overthrown after the National Transitional Council forces take control of Bab al-Azizia compound during the Libyan Civil War.

Events9 years ago

2012 - A hot-air balloon crashes near the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, killing six people and injuring 28 others.

Events8 years ago

2013 - A riot at the Palmasola prison complex in Santa Cruz, Bolivia kills 31 people.

Events7 years ago


1482 - Jo Gwang-jo, Korean philosopher (d. 1520)

Births538 years ago

1486 - Sigismund von Herberstein, Slovenian historian and diplomat (d. 1566)

Births534 years ago
Births522 years ago

1524 - François Hotman, French lawyer and jurist (d. 1590)

Births496 years ago

1579 - Thomas Dempster, Scottish scholar and historian (d. 1625)

Births441 years ago

1623 - Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish astronomer, theologian, and historian (d. 1675)

Births397 years ago

1724 - Abraham Yates, Jr., American lawyer and civil servant (d. 1796)

Births296 years ago

1741 - Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, French admiral and explorer (d. 1788)

Births279 years ago
Births266 years ago

1769 - Georges Cuvier, French biologist and academic (d. 1832)

Births251 years ago

1783 - William Tierney Clark, English engineer, designed the Hammersmith Bridge (d. 1852)

Births237 years ago

1785 - Oliver Hazard Perry, American commander (d. 1819)

Births235 years ago

1805 - Anton von Schmerling, Austrian judge and politician (d. 1893)

Births215 years ago

1814 - James Roosevelt Bayley, American archbishop (d. 1877)

Births206 years ago

1829 - Moritz Cantor, German mathematician and historian (d. 1920)

Births191 years ago

1843 - William Southam, Canadian publisher (d. 1932)

Births177 years ago

1846 - Alexander Milne Calder, Scottish-American sculptor (d. 1923)

Births174 years ago

1847 - Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer (d. 1927)

Births173 years ago

1849 - William Ernest Henley, English poet and critic (d. 1903)

Births171 years ago

1850 - John Cockburn, Scottish-Australian politician, 18th Premier of South Australia (d. 1929)

Births170 years ago

1852 - Radha Gobinda Kar, Indian physician and philanthropist (d. 1918)

Births168 years ago

1852 - Clímaco Calderón, Colombian lawyer and politician, 15th President of Colombia (d. 1913)

Births168 years ago

1852 - Arnold Toynbee, English economist and historian (d. 1883)

Births168 years ago

1854 - Moritz Moszkowski, Polish-German pianist and composer (d. 1925)

Births166 years ago

1864 - Eleftherios Venizelos, Greek lawyer, jurist, and politician, 93rd Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1936)

Births156 years ago

1867 - Edgar de Wahl, Ukrainian-Estonian linguist and academic (d. 1948)

Births153 years ago

1868 - Edgar Lee Masters, American lawyer, author, poet, and playwright (d. 1950)

Births152 years ago

1872 - Tanguturi Prakasam, Indian lawyer and politician, 1st Chief Minister of Andhra (d. 1957)

Births148 years ago

1875 - William Eccles, English physicist and engineer (d. 1966)

Births145 years ago

1875 - Eugene Lanceray, Russian painter and sculptor (d. 1946)

Births145 years ago

1877 - István Medgyaszay, Hungarian architect and academic (d. 1959)

Births143 years ago

1880 - Alexander Grin, Russian sailor and author (d. 1932)

Births140 years ago

1883 - Jonathan M. Wainwright, American general, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1953)

Births137 years ago

1884 - Will Cuppy, American author and critic (d. 1949)

Births136 years ago

1884 - Ogden L. Mills, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 50th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1937)

Births136 years ago

1890 - Harry Frank Guggenheim, American businessman and publisher, co-founded Newsday (d. 1971)

Births130 years ago

1891 - Roy Agnew, Australian pianist and composer (d. 1944)

Births129 years ago

1894 - John Auden, English solicitor, deputy coroner and a territorial soldier (d. 1959)

Births126 years ago

1897 - Henry F. Pringle, American historian and journalist (d. 1958)

Births123 years ago

1900 - Frances Adaskin, Canadian pianist (d. 2001)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Ernst Krenek, Austrian-American composer and educator (d. 1991)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Malvina Reynolds, American singer-songwriter and activist (d. 1978)

Births120 years ago

1901 - Guy Bush, American baseball player and manager (d. 1985)

Births119 years ago

1901 - John Sherman Cooper, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 2nd United States Ambassador to East Germany (d. 1991)

Births119 years ago

1903 - William Primrose, Scottish viola player and educator (d. 1982)

Births117 years ago

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

Births115 years ago

1905 - Constant Lambert, English composer and conductor (d. 1951)

Births115 years ago

1906 - Zoltan Sarosy, Hungarian-Canadian chess master (d. 2017)

Births114 years ago

1908 - Hannah Frank, Scottish sculptor and illustrator (d. 2008)

Births112 years ago

1909 - Syd Buller, English cricketer and umpire (d. 1970)

Births111 years ago

1910 - Lonny Frey, American baseball player and soldier (d. 2009)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer and manager (d. 1979)

Births110 years ago

1912 - Gene Kelly, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1996)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Igor Troubetzkoy, Russian aristocrat and race car driver (d. 2008)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Bob Crosby, American swing singer and bandleader (d. 1993)

Births107 years ago

1917 - Tex Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1985)

Births103 years ago

1919 - Vladimir Abramovich Rokhlin, Azerbaijani mathematician and theorist (d. 1984)

Births101 years ago

1921 - Kenneth Arrow, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2017)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Sam Cook, English cricketer and umpire (d. 1996)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Nazik Al-Malaika, Iraqi poet and academic (d. 2007)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Jean Darling, American actress and singer (d. 2015)

Births98 years ago

1922 - George Kell, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2009)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Edgar F. Codd, English-American computer scientist and programmer (d. 2003)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Ephraim Kishon, Israeli author, screenwriter, and director (d. 2005)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Robert Solow, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births96 years ago

1925 - Robert Mulligan, American director and producer (d. 2008)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist and academic (d. 2006)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Gyula Hernádi, Hungarian author and screenwriter (d. 2005)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Dick Bruna, Dutch author and illustrator (d. 2017)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Allan Kaprow, American painter and author (d. 2006)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Martial Solal, Algerian-French pianist and composer

Births93 years ago

1928 - Marian Seldes, American actress (d. 2014)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Vladimir Beekman, Estonian poet and translator (d. 2009)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Zoltán Czibor, Hungarian footballer (d. 1997)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Vera Miles, American actress

Births91 years ago

1929 - Peter Thomson, Australian golfer (d. 2018)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Michel Rocard, French civil servant and politician, 160th Prime Minister of France (d. 2016)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Barbara Eden, American actress and singer

Births89 years ago

1931 - Hamilton O. Smith, American microbiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births89 years ago

1932 - Houari Boumediene, Algerian colonel and politician, 2nd President of Algeria (d. 1978)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Enos Nkala, Zimbabwean soldier and politician, Zimbabwean Minister of Defence (d. 2013)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Mark Russell, American comedian and pianist

Births88 years ago

1933 - Robert Curl, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births87 years ago

1933 - Don Talbot, Australian swim coach and administrator

Births87 years ago

1933 - Pete Wilson, American commander and politician, 36th Governor of California

Births87 years ago

1934 - Sonny Jurgensen, American football player and sportscaster

Births86 years ago

1935 - Roy Strong, English historian, curator, and author

Births85 years ago

1936 - Rudy Lewis, American R&B singer (d. 1964)

Births84 years ago

1936 - Henry Lee Lucas, American murderer (d. 2001)

Births84 years ago

1938 - Giacomo Bini, Italian priest and missionary (d. 2014)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Roger Greenaway, English singer-songwriter and producer

Births82 years ago

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

Births80 years ago

1940 - Richard Sanders, American actor and screenwriter

Births80 years ago

1941 - Onora O'Neill, Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, British philosopher, academic, and politician

Births79 years ago

1942 - Nancy Richey, American tennis player

Births78 years ago

1943 - Dale Campbell-Savours, Baron Campbell-Savours, English businessman and politician

Births77 years ago

1943 - Nelson DeMille, American lieutenant and author

Births77 years ago
Births77 years ago

1943 - Pino Presti, Italian bass player, composer, conductor, and producer

Births77 years ago

1944 - Antonia Novello, Puerto Rican-American physician and admiral, 14th Surgeon General of the United States

Births76 years ago

1945 - Rayfield Wright, American football player and coach

Births75 years ago

1946 - Keith Moon, English drummer, songwriter, and producer (d. 1978)

Births74 years ago

1947 - Willy Russell, English playwright and composer

Births73 years ago

1947 - Linda Thompson, English folk-rock singer-songwriter

Births73 years ago

1947 - Rowena Wallace, English-Australian actress

Births73 years ago

1948 - Atef Bseiso, Palestinian intelligence officer (d. 1992)

Births72 years ago

1948 - Andrei Pleșu, Romanian journalist and politician, 95th Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Births72 years ago

1948 - Rudy Ruettiger, American football player

Births72 years ago

1948 - Lev Zeleny, Russian physicist and academic

Births72 years ago

1949 - Vicky Leandros, Greek singer and politician

Births71 years ago

1949 - Shelley Long, American actress

Births71 years ago

1949 - Rick Springfield, Australian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

Births71 years ago

1950 - Luigi Delneri, Italian footballer and manager

Births70 years ago

1951 - Allan Bristow, American basketball player and coach

Births69 years ago

1951 - Mark Hudson, American musician, songwriter, and producer

Births69 years ago

1951 - Jimi Jamison, American singer-songwriter and musician (d. 2014)

Births69 years ago

1951 - Akhmad Kadyrov, Chechen cleric and politician, 1st President of the Chechen Republic (d. 2004)

Births69 years ago
Births69 years ago

1952 - Santillana, Spanish footballer

Births68 years ago

1952 - Georgios Paraschos, Greek footballer and manager

Births68 years ago

1953 - Bobby G, English singer-songwriter

Births67 years ago

1954 - Charles Busch, American actor and screenwriter

Births66 years ago

1954 - Halimah Yacob, Singaporean unionist and politician, 9th Speaker and 8th President of Singapore

Births66 years ago

1955 - David Learner, British actor

Births65 years ago

1956 - Andreas Floer, German mathematician and academic (d. 1991)

Births64 years ago

1956 - Valgerd Svarstad Haugland, Norwegian educator and politician, Norwegian Minister of Culture

Births64 years ago

1957 - Tasos Mitropoulos, Greek footballer and politician

Births63 years ago

1958 - Julio Franco, Dominican baseball player and manager

Births62 years ago

1959 - Edwyn Collins, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births61 years ago

1959 - George Kalovelonis, Greek tennis player and coach

Births61 years ago

1960 - Gary Hoey, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

Births60 years ago

1961 - Dean DeLeo, American guitarist and songwriter

Births59 years ago

1961 - Alexandre Desplat, French composer and conductor

Births59 years ago

1961 - Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, Iranian commander and politician, 54th Mayor of Tehran

Births59 years ago

1961 - Gary Mabbutt, English footballer

Births59 years ago

1961 - Hitomi Takahashi, Japanese actress

Births59 years ago

1962 - Martin Cauchon, Canadian lawyer and politician, 46th Canadian Minister of Justice

Births58 years ago

1962 - Shaun Ryder, English singer-songwriter and actor

Births58 years ago

1963 - Park Chan-wook, South Korean director, producer, and screenwriter

Births57 years ago

1963 - Glória Pires, Brazilian actress

Births57 years ago

1963 - Richard Illingworth, English cricketer and umpire

Births57 years ago

1963 - Kenny Wallace, American race car driver

Births57 years ago

1964 - Kong Hee, Founder & former senior pastor of City Harvest Church

Births56 years ago

1965 - Roger Avary, Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter

Births55 years ago

1966 - Rik Smits, Dutch-American basketball player

Births54 years ago

1967 - Jim Murphy, Scottish lawyer and politician, Minister of State for Europe

Births53 years ago

1967 - Richard Petrie, New Zealand cricketer

Births53 years ago

1968 - Laura Claycomb, American soprano

Births52 years ago

1968 - Chris DiMarco, American golfer

Births52 years ago

1969 - Tinus Linee, South African rugby player and coach (d. 2014)

Births51 years ago

1969 - Jack Lopresti, English soldier and politician

Births51 years ago

1969 - Jeremy Schaap, American journalist and author

Births51 years ago

1969 - Keith Tyson, English painter and illustrator

Births51 years ago

1970 - Lawrence Frank, American basketball player and coach

Births50 years ago

1970 - Jason Hetherington, Australian rugby league player

Births50 years ago

1970 - Jay Mohr, American actor, producer, and screenwriter

Births50 years ago

1970 - River Phoenix, American actor (d. 1993)

Births50 years ago

1971 - Demetrio Albertini, Italian footballer and manager

Births49 years ago

1971 - Tim Gutberlet, German footballer

Births49 years ago

1971 - Gretchen Whitmer, 49th Governor of Michigan

Births49 years ago

1972 - Mark Butcher, English cricketer and singer

Births48 years ago

1972 - Raul Casanova, Puerto Rican-American baseball player

Births48 years ago

1972 - Anthony Calvillo, Canadian football player

Births48 years ago

1972 - Martin Grainger, English footballer and manager

Births48 years ago

1972 - Manuel Vidrio, Mexican footballer, coach, and manager

Births48 years ago

1973 - Casey Blake, American baseball player

Births47 years ago

1973 - Kerry Walmsley, New Zealand cricketer

Births47 years ago

1974 - Lexi Alexander, American film and television director

Births46 years ago

1974 - Mark Bellhorn, American baseball player

Births46 years ago

1974 - Benjamin Limo, Kenyan runner

Births46 years ago

1974 - Konstantin Novoselov, Russian-English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births46 years ago

1974 - Ray Park, Scottish actor and stuntman

Births46 years ago

1975 - Sean Marks, New Zealand basketball player and manager

Births45 years ago

1975 - Eliza Carthy, English folk musician

Births45 years ago

1976 - Pat Garrity, American basketball player

Births44 years ago

1977 - Douglas Sequeira, Costa Rican footballer and manager

Births43 years ago

1977 - Jared Fogle, former spokesperson for chain restaurant Subway

Births43 years ago

1978 - Kobe Bryant, American basketball player and businessman

Births42 years ago

1978 - Julian Casablancas, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Randal Tye Thomas, American journalist and politician (d. 2014)

Births42 years ago

1978 - Andrew Rannells, American actor and singer

Births42 years ago

1979 - Jessica Bibby, Australian basketball player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Saskia Clark, English sailor

Births41 years ago

1979 - Edgar Sosa, Mexican boxer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Zuzana Váleková, Slovak tennis player

Births41 years ago

1980 - Denny Bautista, Dominican baseball player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Nadine Jolie Courtney, American journalist, reality personality and author

Births40 years ago

1980 - Rex Grossman, American football player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Nenad Vučković, Serbian handball player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Carlos Cuéllar, Spanish footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Stephan Loboué, Ivorian footballer

Births39 years ago

1982 - Natalie Coughlin, American swimmer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Scott Palguta, American soccer player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Cristian Tudor, Romanian footballer (d. 2012)

Births38 years ago

1983 - James Collins, Welsh footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Athena Farrokhzad, Iranian-Swedish poet, playwright, and critic

Births37 years ago

1983 - Sun Mingming, Chinese basketball player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Tony Moll, American football player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Fiona Onasanya, British Labour Party politician and criminal

Births37 years ago

1983 - Bruno Spengler, Canadian race car driver

Births37 years ago

1984 - Glen Johnson, English footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Eric Tai, New Zealand rugby player and actor

Births36 years ago

1985 - Valeria Lukyanova, Moldovan-Ukrainian model and singer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Neil Cicierega, American comedian and musician

Births34 years ago

1986 - Brett Morris, Australian rugby league player

Births34 years ago

1986 - Josh Morris, Australian rugby league player

Births34 years ago

1988 - Olga Govortsova, Belarusian tennis player

Births32 years ago

1988 - Carl Hagelin, Swedish ice hockey player

Births32 years ago

1988 - Jeremy Lin, American basketball player

Births32 years ago

1989 - Trixie Mattel, American drag queen, actor, and country singer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Heiko Schwarz, German footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Lianne La Havas, British singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist

Births31 years ago

1990 - Seth Curry, American basketball player

Births30 years ago

1993 - Iván López, Spanish professional footballer

Births27 years ago

1994 - August Ames, Canadian pornographic actress (d. 2017)

Births26 years ago

1997 - Lil Yachty, American rapper and singer

Births23 years ago


30 BC - Caesarion, Egyptian king (b. 47 BC)


30 BC - Marcus Antonius Antyllus, Roman soldier (b. 47 BC)

Deaths1990 years ago

AD 93 - Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman general and politician (b. AD 40)


406 - Radagaisus, Gothic king


634 - Abu Bakr, Arabian caliph (b. 573)


818 - Ali al-Ridha, Iranian 8th of the Twelve Imams (b. 765)


992 - Volkold, bishop of Meissen

Deaths914 years ago

1176 - Emperor Rokujō of Japan (b. 1164)

Deaths844 years ago

1305 - William Wallace, Scottish rebel commander (b. 1272)

Deaths715 years ago

1328 - Nicolaas Zannekin, Flemish peasant leader (in the battle of Cassel)

Deaths692 years ago
Deaths691 years ago

1335 - Heilwige Bloemardinne, Christian mystic (b. c. 1265)

Deaths685 years ago

1363 - Chen Youliang, founder of the Dahan regime (b. 1320)

Deaths657 years ago

1367 - Gil Álvarez Carrillo de Albornoz, Spanish cardinal (b. 1310)

Deaths653 years ago

1387 - Olaf II of Denmark (b. 1370)

Deaths633 years ago

1478 - Johannes Pullois, Franco-Flemish composer (b. c. 1420?)

Deaths542 years ago

1481 - Thomas de Littleton, English judge and legal author (b. c. 1407)

Deaths539 years ago
Deaths522 years ago

1507 - Jean Molinet, French poet and composer (b. 1435)

Deaths513 years ago

1519 - Philibert Berthelier, Swiss soldier (b. 1465)

Deaths501 years ago

1540 - Guillaume Budé, French philosopher and scholar (b. 1467)

Deaths480 years ago
Deaths452 years ago

1574 - Ebussuud Efendi, Turkish lawyer and jurist (b. 1490)

Deaths446 years ago

1591 - Luis de León, Spanish poet and academic (b. 1527)

Deaths429 years ago

1618 - Gerbrand Adriaenszoon Bredero, Dutch poet and playwright (b. 1585)

Deaths402 years ago
Deaths392 years ago

1652 - John Byron, 1st Baron Byron, English soldier and politician (b. 1600)

Deaths368 years ago

1706 - Edward Nott, English politician, Colonial Governor of Virginia (b. 1654)

Deaths314 years ago

1723 - Increase Mather, American minister and author (b. 1639)

Deaths297 years ago

1806 - Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, French physicist and engineer (b. 1736)

Deaths214 years ago

1813 - Alexander Wilson (ornithologist), Scottish-American poet, ornithologist, and illustrator (b. 1766)

Deaths207 years ago

1819 - Oliver Hazard Perry, American commander (b. 1785)

Deaths201 years ago

1831 - Ferenc Kazinczy, Hungarian author and poet (b. 1759)

Deaths189 years ago

1831 - August Neidhardt von Gneisenau, Prussian field marshal (b. 1760)

Deaths189 years ago

1853 - Alexander Calder, American lawyer and politician (b. 1806)

Deaths167 years ago

1867 - Auguste-Marseille Barthélemy, French poet and author (b. 1796)

Deaths153 years ago

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

Deaths128 years ago

1900 - Kuroda Kiyotaka, Japanese general and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1840)

Deaths120 years ago

1924 - Heinrich Berté, Slovak-Austrian composer (b. 1856)

Deaths96 years ago

1926 - Rudolph Valentino, Italian actor (b. 1895)

Deaths94 years ago

1927 - Nicola Sacco, Italian anarchist convicted of murder (b. 1891)

Deaths93 years ago

1927 - Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian anarchist convicted of murder (b. 1888)

Deaths93 years ago

1933 - Adolf Loos, Austrian architect and theoretician, designed Villa Müller (b. 1870)

Deaths87 years ago

1937 - Albert Roussel, French composer and educator (b. 1869)

Deaths83 years ago

1944 - Abdülmecid II, Ottoman sultan (b. 1868)

Deaths76 years ago

1944 - Stefan Filipkiewicz, Polish painter and illustrator (b. 1879)

Deaths76 years ago

1949 - Helen Churchill Candee, American geographer, journalist, and author (b. 1858)

Deaths71 years ago

1954 - Jaan Sarv, Estonian mathematician and scholar (b. 1877)

Deaths66 years ago

1960 - Oscar Hammerstein II, American director, producer, and composer (b. 1895)

Deaths60 years ago

1962 - Walter Anderson, Russian-German ethnologist and academic (b. 1885)

Deaths58 years ago

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

Deaths58 years ago

1964 - Edmond Hogan, Australian politician, 30th Premier of Victoria (b. 1883)

Deaths56 years ago

1966 - Francis X. Bushman, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1883)

Deaths54 years ago

1967 - Georges Berger, Belgian race car driver (b. 1918)

Deaths53 years ago

1967 - Nathaniel Cartmell, American runner and coach (b. 1883)

Deaths53 years ago

1974 - Roberto Assagioli, Italian psychiatrist and author (b. 1888)

Deaths46 years ago

1975 - Faruk Gürler, Turkish general (b. 1913)

Deaths45 years ago

1977 - Naum Gabo, Russian sculptor and academic (b. 1890)

Deaths43 years ago

1982 - Stanford Moore, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1913)

Deaths38 years ago

1987 - Didier Pironi, French race car and boat driver (b. 1952)

Deaths33 years ago

1989 - Mohammed Abed Elhai, Sudanese poet and academic (b. 1944)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - R. D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist and author (b. 1927)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - David Rose, American pianist and composer (b. 1910)

Deaths30 years ago

1994 - Zoltán Fábri, Hungarian director and screenwriter (b. 1917)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-American photographer and journalist (b. 1898)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Margaret Tucker, Australian author and activist (b. 1904)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Eric Gairy, Grenadian educator and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Grenada (b. 1922)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - John Kendrew, English biochemist and crystallographer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1917)

Deaths23 years ago

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

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - John Anthony Kaiser, American priest and missionary (b. 1932)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Kathleen Freeman, American actress (b. 1919)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Peter Maas, American journalist and author (b. 1929)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - Hoyt Wilhelm, American baseball player and coach (b. 1922)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Bobby Bonds, American baseball player and manager (b. 1946)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Jack Dyer, Australian footballer and coach (b. 1913)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Jan Sedivka, Czech-Australian violinist and educator (b. 1917)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Michael Kijana Wamalwa, Kenyan lawyer and politician, 8th Vice President of Kenya (b. 1944)

Deaths17 years ago

2005 - Brock Peters, American actor (b. 1927)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Maynard Ferguson, Canadian trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1928)

Deaths14 years ago

2008 - John Russell, English-American author and critic (b. 1919)

Deaths12 years ago

2012 - Merv Neagle, Australian footballer and coach (b. 1958)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Jerry Nelson, American puppeteer and voice actor (b. 1934)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Josepha Sherman, American anthologist and author (b. 1946)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Richard J. Corman, American businessman, founded the R.J. Corman Railroad Group (b. 1955)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - William Glasser, American psychiatrist and author (b. 1925)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Charles Lisanby, American production designer and set director (b. 1924)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Konstanty Miodowicz, Polish ethnographer and politician (b. 1951)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Vesna Rožič, Slovenian chess player (b. 1987)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Tatyana Zaslavskaya, Russian sociologist and economist (b. 1927)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Albert Ebossé Bodjongo, Cameroonian footballer (b. 1989)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Annefleur Kalvenhaar, Dutch cyclist (b. 1994)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Dan Magill, American swimmer, tennis player, and coach (b. 1921)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Birgitta Stenberg, Swedish author and illustrator (b. 1932)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Jaume Vallcorba Plana, Spanish philologist and publisher (b. 1949)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Augusta Chiwy, Congolese-Belgian nurse (b. 1921)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Guy Ligier, French rugby player and race car driver (b. 1930)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Enrique Reneau, Honduran footballer (b. 1971)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Paul Royle, Australian lieutenant and pilot (b. 1914)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Steven Hill, American actor (b. 1922)

Deaths4 years ago

2019 - David Koch, American engineer, businessman, and philanthropist (b. 1940)

Deaths1 years ago

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