Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances

Batman Day, an annual observance begun by DC Comics on September 17, 2013

Holidays and observances

Constitution Day, observed on the previous Friday if it falls on a Saturday, the following Monday if on a Sunday; and the beginning of the Constitution Week (United States)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Operation Market Garden Anniversary is still remembered with parachuting and dedications on this day. (Netherlands)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Events

1111 - Highest Galician nobility led by Pedro Fróilaz de Traba and the bishop Diego Gelmírez crown Alfonso VII as "King of Galicia".

Events909 years ago

1176 - The Battle of Myriokephalon is the last attempt by the Byzantine Empire to recover central Anatolia from the Seljuk Turks.

Events844 years ago

1382 - Louis the Great's daughter, Mary, is crowned "king" of Hungary.

Events638 years ago

1462 - Thirteen Years' War: A Polish army under Piotr Dunin decisively defeats the Teutonic Order at the Battle of Świecino.

Events558 years ago

1577 - The Treaty of Bergerac is signed between King Henry III of France and the Huguenots.

Events443 years ago

1620 - Polish–Ottoman War: The Ottoman Empire defeats the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth during the Battle of Cecora.

Events400 years ago

1630 - The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.

Events390 years ago

1631 - Sweden wins a major victory at the Battle of Breitenfeld against the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years' War.

Events389 years ago

1658 - The Battle of Vilanova is fought between Portugal and Spain during the Portuguese Restoration War.

Events362 years ago

1683 - Antonie van Leeuwenhoek writes a letter to the Royal Society describing "animalcules".

Events337 years ago

1775 - American Revolutionary War: The Invasion of Canada begins with the Siege of Fort St. Jean.

Events245 years ago

1776 - The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain.

Events244 years ago

1778 - The Treaty of Fort Pitt is signed. It is the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe.

Events242 years ago

1787 - The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia.

Events233 years ago

1793 - War of the Pyrenees: France defeats a Spanish force at the Battle of Peyrestortes.

Events227 years ago

1794 - Flanders Campaign: France completes its conquest of the Austrian Netherlands at the Battle of Sprimont.

Events226 years ago

1809 - Peace between Sweden and Russia in the Finnish War; the territory that will become Finland is ceded to Russia by the Treaty of Fredrikshamn.

Events211 years ago

1849 - American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery.

Events171 years ago

1859 - Joshua A. Norton declares himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States."

Events161 years ago

1861 - Argentine Civil Wars: The State of Buenos Aires defeats the Argentine Confederation at the Battle of Pavón.

Events159 years ago

1862 - American Civil War: George B. McClellan halts the northward drive of Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American military history.

Events158 years ago

1862 - American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion results in the single largest civilian disaster during the war.

Events158 years ago

1894 - Battle of the Yalu River, the largest naval engagement of the First Sino-Japanese War.

Events126 years ago

1900 - Philippine–American War: Filipinos under Juan Cailles defeat Americans under Colonel Benjamin F. Cheatham Jr. at Mabitac.

Events120 years ago

1901 - Second Boer War: A Boer column defeats a British force at the Battle of Blood River Poort.

Events119 years ago

1901 - Second Boer War: Boers capture a squadron of the 17th Lancers at the Battle of Elands River.

Events119 years ago

1908 - The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes, killing Selfridge, who becomes the first airplane fatality.

Events112 years ago

1914 - Andrew Fisher becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.

Events106 years ago

1914 - World War I: The Race to the Sea begins.

Events106 years ago

1916 - World War I: Manfred von Richthofen ("The Red Baron"), a flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France.

Events104 years ago

1920 - The National Football League is organized as the American Professional Football Association in Canton, Ohio.

Events100 years ago

1924 - The Border Protection Corps is established in the Second Polish Republic for the defence of the eastern border against armed Soviet raids and local bandits.

Events96 years ago

1925 - Frida Kahlo suffers near-fatal injuries in a bus accident in Mexico, causing her to abandon her medical studies and take up art.

Events95 years ago

1928 - The Okeechobee hurricane strikes southeastern Florida, killing more than 2,500 people.

Events92 years ago

1930 - The Kurdish Ararat rebellion is suppressed by the Turks.

Events90 years ago

1932 - A speech by Laureano Gómez leads to the escalation of the Leticia Incident.

Events88 years ago

1935 - The Niagara Gorge Railroad ceases operations after a rockslide.

Events85 years ago
Events81 years ago

1939 - World War II: German submarine U-29 sinks the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous.

Events81 years ago

1940 - World War II: Due to setbacks in the Battle of Britain and approaching autumn weather, Hitler postpones Operation Sea Lion.

Events80 years ago

1941 - World War II: A decree of the Soviet State Committee of Defense restores compulsory military training.

Events79 years ago

1941 - World War II: Soviet forces enter Tehran during the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran.

Events79 years ago

1944 - World War II: Allied airborne troops parachute into the Netherlands as the "Market" half of Operation Market Garden.

Events76 years ago

1944 - World War II: Soviet troops launch the Tallinn Offensive against Germany and pro-independence Estonian units.

Events76 years ago

1944 - World War II: German forces are attacked by the Allies in the Battle of San Marino.

Events76 years ago

1948 - The Lehi (also known as the Stern gang) assassinates Count Folke Bernadotte, who was appointed by the United Nations to mediate between the Arab nations and Israel.

Events72 years ago

1948 - The Nizam of Hyderabad surrenders his sovereignty over the Hyderabad State and joins the Indian Union.

Events72 years ago

1949 - The Canadian steamship SS Noronic burns in Toronto Harbour with the loss of over 118 lives.

Events71 years ago

1954 - The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is first published.

Events66 years ago

1961 - The world's first retractable roof stadium, the Civic Arena, opens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Events59 years ago

1965 - The Battle of Chawinda is fought between Pakistan and India.

Events55 years ago

1974 - Bangladesh, Grenada and Guinea-Bissau join the United Nations.

Events46 years ago

1976 - The Space Shuttle Enterprise is unveiled by NASA.

Events44 years ago

1978 - The Camp David Accords are signed by Israel and Egypt.

Events42 years ago

1980 - After weeks of strikes at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, the nationwide independent trade union Solidarity is established.

Events40 years ago

1980 - Former Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle is killed in Asunción, Paraguay.

Events40 years ago

1983 - Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America.

Events37 years ago
Events29 years ago

1991 - The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet.

Events29 years ago

1992 - An Iranian Kurdish leader and his two joiners are assassinated by political militants in Berlin.

Events28 years ago

2001 - The New York Stock Exchange reopens for trading after the September 11 attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.

Events19 years ago

2006 - Fourpeaked Mountain in Alaska erupts, marking the first eruption for the volcano in at least 10,000 years.

Events14 years ago

2006 - An audio tape of a private speech by Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány is leaked to the public, in which he confessed that his Hungarian Socialist Party had lied to win the 2006 election, sparking widespread protests across the country.

Events14 years ago

2011 - Occupy Wall Street movement begins in Zuccotti Park, New York City.

Events9 years ago

2013 - Grand Theft Auto V earns more than half a billion dollars on its first day of release.

Events7 years ago

2016 - Two bombs explode in Seaside Park, New Jersey, and Manhattan. Thirty-one people are injured in the Manhattan bombing.

Events4 years ago

2018 - A Russian reconnaissance aircraft carrying 15 people on board is brought down by a Syrian surface-to-air missile over the Mediterranean Sea.

Events2 years ago

Births

879 - Charles the Simple, Frankish king (d. 929)

Births

1433 - James of Portugal, Portuguese prince and cardinal (d. 1459)

Births587 years ago

1479 - Celio Calcagnini, Italian astronomer (d. 1541)

Births541 years ago

1550 - Paul V, pope of the Catholic Church (d. 1621)

Births470 years ago

1565 - Edward Fortunatus, German nobleman (d. 1600)

Births455 years ago

1578 - John Prideaux, English administrator and bishop (d. 1650)

Births442 years ago

1605 - Francesco Sacrati, Italian composer (d. 1650)

Births415 years ago

1630 - Ranuccio II Farnese, duke of Parma (d. 1694)

Births390 years ago

1639 - Hans Herr, Swiss bishop (d. 1725)

Births381 years ago

1688 - Maria Luisa of Savoy, queen consort of Spain (d. 1714)

Births332 years ago

1730 - Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Prussian-American general (d. 1794)

Births290 years ago

1739 - John Rutledge, American judge and politician, 2nd Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1800)

Births281 years ago

1743 - Marquis de Condorcet, French mathematician and political scientist (d. 1794)

Births277 years ago

1771 - Johann August Apel, German jurist and author (d. 1816)

Births249 years ago

1773 - Jonathan Alder, American captain and farmer (d. 1849)

Births247 years ago

1783 - Nadezhda Durova, Russian soldier (d. 1866)

Births237 years ago

1797 - Heinrich Kuhl, German naturalist and zoologist (d. 1821)

Births223 years ago

1817 - Herman Adolfovich Trautscohold, German geologist and paleontologist (d. 1902)

Births203 years ago

1819 - Marthinus Wessel Pretorius, South African general and politician, 1st President of the South African Republic (d. 1901)

Births201 years ago

1820 - Émile Augier, French playwright (d. 1889)

Births200 years ago

1820 - Earl Van Dorn, Confederate general (d. 1863)

Births200 years ago

1821 - Arthur Saint-Léon, French choreographer (d. 1870)

Births199 years ago

1825 - Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II, American jurist and politician, 16th United States Secretary of the Interior (d. 1893)

Births195 years ago

1826 - Bernhard Riemann, German-Italian mathematician and academic (d. 1866)

Births194 years ago

1850 - Guerra Junqueiro, Portuguese journalist, lawyer, and politician (d. 1923)

Births170 years ago

1853 - Frederick Corbett, British officer and Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1912)

Births167 years ago

1854 - David Dunbar Buick, Scottish-American businessman, founded Buick Motor Company (d. 1929)

Births166 years ago

1857 - Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian scientist and engineer (d. 1935)

Births163 years ago

1859 - Frank Dawson Adams, Canadian geologist and academic (d. 1942)

Births161 years ago

1859 - Billy the Kid, American gunman (d. 1881)

Births161 years ago

1859 - I. L. Patterson, American politician, 18th Governor of Oregon (d. 1929)

Births161 years ago

1860 - Mihkel Martna, Estonian journalist and politician (d. 1934)

Births160 years ago

1864 - Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky, Ukrainian writer (d. 1913)

Births156 years ago

1864 - James Tancred, English admiral (d. 1943)

Births156 years ago

1865 - William Murray McPherson, Australian politician, 31st Premier of Victoria (d. 1932)

Births155 years ago

1867 - Vera Yevstafievna Popova, Russian chemist (d. 1896)

Births153 years ago

1868 - James Alexander Calder, Canadian educator and politician, Canadian Minister of Militia and Defence (d. 1956)

Births152 years ago

1869 - Christian Lous Lange, Norwegian political scientist, historian, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1938)

Births151 years ago

1874 - Walter Murdoch, Australian author and academic (d. 1970)

Births146 years ago

1878 - Vincenzo Tommasini, Italian composer (d. 1950)

Births142 years ago

1879 - Rube Foster, American baseball player and manager (d. 1930)

Births141 years ago

1879 - Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, Indian businessman, social activist, and politician (d. 1973)

Births141 years ago

1881 - Alfred Carpenter, English admiral, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1955)

Births139 years ago

1883 - William Carlos Williams, American poet, short story writer, and essayist (d. 1963)

Births137 years ago

1884 - Charles Griffes, American pianist and composer (d. 1920)

Births136 years ago

1886 - Anton Irv, Estonian captain (d. 1919)

Births134 years ago

1897 - Earl Webb, American baseball player and coach (d. 1965)

Births123 years ago

1900 - Hughie Critz, American baseball player (d. 1980)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Lena Frances Edwards, African-American physician, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (d. 1986)

Births120 years ago

1900 - J. Willard Marriott, American businessman, founded the Marriott Corporation (d. 1985)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Martha Ostenso, Canadian screenwriter and novelist (d. 1963)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Hedwig Ross, New Zealand-born educator and political activist, founding member of the Communist Party of New Zealand (d. 1971)

Births120 years ago

1901 - Francis Chichester, English pilot and sailor (d. 1972)

Births119 years ago

1902 - Bea Miles, Australian author (d. 1973)

Births118 years ago

1903 - Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (d. 1984)

Births117 years ago

1903 - Frank O'Connor, Irish short story writer, novelist, and poet (d. 1966)

Births117 years ago

1903 - Minanogawa Tōzō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 34th Yokozuna (d. 1971)

Births117 years ago

1905 - Tshekedi Khama, regent of the Bamangwato tribe (d. 1959)

Births115 years ago

1906 - J. R. Jayewardene, Sri Lankan lawyer and politician, 2nd President of Sri Lanka (d. 1996)

Births114 years ago

1906 - Edgar Wayburn, American physician and environmentalist (d. 2010)

Births114 years ago

1907 - Warren E. Burger, American lawyer and judge, 15th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1995)

Births113 years ago

1908 - John Creasey, English author and politician (d. 1973)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Rafael Israelyan, Armenian architect and educator, designed the Sardarapat Memorial and St. Vartan Cathedral (d. 1973)

Births112 years ago

1909 - Elizabeth Enright, American author and illustrator (d. 1968)

Births111 years ago

1912 - Irena Kwiatkowska, Polish actress (d. 2011)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Maksim Tank, Belarusian poet, journalist, and translator (d. 1995)

Births108 years ago

1914 - Thomas J. Bata, Czech-Canadian businessman (d. 2008)

Births106 years ago

1914 - William Grut, Swedish pentathlete (d. 2012)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Shin Kanemaru, Japanese politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1996)

Births106 years ago

1915 - M. F. Husain, Indian painter and director (d. 2011)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Mary Stewart, English-Scottish author and poet (d. 2014)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Ib Melchior, Danish-American author and screenwriter (d. 2015)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Isang Yun, South Korean-German composer and educator (d. 1995)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Lea Gottlieb, Hungarian-Israeli fashion designer, founded the Gottex Company (d. 2012)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Chaim Herzog, Irish-born Israeli general and politician, 6th President of Israel (d. 1997)

Births102 years ago

1920 - Dinah Sheridan, English actress (d. 2012)

Births100 years ago

1922 - Agostinho Neto, Angolan poet and politician, 1st President of Angola (d. 1979)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Ralph Sharon, English-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2015)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Hank Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1953)

Births97 years ago

1925 - Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (d. 2003)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Bill Black, American bass player and bandleader (d. 1965)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Curtis Harrington, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2007)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Hovie Lister, American minister and pianist (d. 2001)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Jean-Marie Lustiger, French cardinal (d. 2007)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Jack McDuff, American singer and organist (d. 2001)

Births94 years ago

1927 - George Blanda, American football player (d. 2010)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Park Honan, American author and academic (d. 2014)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Roddy McDowall, English-American actor (d. 1998)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Sil Austin, American saxophonist (d. 2001)

Births91 years ago

1929 - David Craig, Baron Craig of Radley, Northern Irish air marshal and politician

Births91 years ago

1929 - Sir Stirling Moss, English racing driver and sportscaster

Births91 years ago

1930 - David Huddleston, American actor (d. 2016)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Lalgudi Jayaraman, Indian violinist and composer (d. 2013)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Theo Loevendie, Dutch clarinet player and composer

Births90 years ago

1930 - Edgar Mitchell, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2016)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Jim Rohn, American philosopher and author (d. 2009)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Thomas P. Stafford, American general, pilot, and astronaut

Births90 years ago

1931 - Anne Bancroft, American actress (d. 2005)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Jean-Claude Carrière, French actor and screenwriter

Births89 years ago

1932 - Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, emir of Qatar (d. 2016)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Robert B. Parker, American author and academic (d. 2010)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Indarjit Singh, Indian-English journalist

Births88 years ago

1932 - Samuel Ogbemudia, Nigerian army officer and politician (d. 2017)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Bulldog Brower, American wrestler (d. 1997)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Chuck Grassley, American lawyer and politician

Births87 years ago

1933 - Claude Provost, Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 1984)

Births87 years ago

1934 - Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (d. 1969)

Births86 years ago

1935 - Ken Kesey, American novelist, essayist, and poet (d. 2001)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Gerald Guralnik, American physicist and academic (d. 2014)

Births84 years ago

1936 - Michael Hennagin, American composer and educator (d. 1993)

Births84 years ago

1937 - Nigel Boocock, English-Australian motorcycle racer (d. 2015)

Births83 years ago

1937 - Orlando Cepeda, Puerto Rican-American baseball player

Births83 years ago

1937 - Sitakant Mahapatra, Indian poet and literary critic

Births83 years ago

1938 - Paul Benedict, American actor (d. 2008)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Perry Robinson, American clarinet player and composer

Births82 years ago

1938 - Bobby Wine, American baseball player and coach

Births82 years ago

1939 - Carl Dennis, American poet and educator

Births81 years ago

1939 - Shelby Flint, American singer-songwriter and voice actress

Births81 years ago

1939 - David Souter, American lawyer and jurist

Births81 years ago

1940 - Jan Eliasson, Swedish politician and diplomat, 4th Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Births80 years ago

1940 - Peter Lever, English cricketer

Births80 years ago

1940 - Gilberto Parlotti, Italian motorcycle racer (d. 1972)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Bob Matsui, American lawyer and politician (d. 2005)

Births79 years ago

1942 - Robert Graysmith, American author and illustrator

Births78 years ago

1942 - Des Lynam, Irish-English journalist and author

Births78 years ago

1942 - Lupe Ontiveros, American actress (d. 2012)

Births78 years ago

1944 - Les Emmerson, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births76 years ago

1944 - Reinhold Messner, Italian mountaineer and explorer

Births76 years ago

1944 - Jean Taylor, American mathematician and academic

Births76 years ago

1945 - David Emerson, Canadian economist and politician, 8th Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada

Births75 years ago

1945 - Phil Jackson, American basketball player and coach

Births75 years ago

1945 - Bhakti Charu Swami, Indian religious leader

Births75 years ago

1946 - Billy Bonds, English footballer and manager

Births74 years ago

1946 - Heimar Lenk, Estonian journalist and politician

Births74 years ago

1947 - Tessa Jowell, English social worker and politician, Minister for the Cabinet Office (d. 2018)

Births73 years ago

1947 - Enrique Krauze, Mexican historian, critic, and publisher

Births73 years ago

1947 - Gail Carson Levine, American author

Births73 years ago

1947 - Jeff MacNelly, American cartoonist (d. 2000)

Births73 years ago

1948 - Kemal Monteno, Bosnian singer-songwriter (d. 2015)

Births72 years ago

1948 - John Ritter, American actor and producer (d. 2003)

Births72 years ago

1949 - Ron Stevens, Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 2014)

Births71 years ago

1950 - Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, India (2001-14) and politician, 14th Prime Minister of India

Births70 years ago

1950 - Fee Waybill, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births70 years ago

1951 - Russell Brown, Scottish politician

Births69 years ago

1951 - Cassandra Peterson, American actress, television host, and producer

Births69 years ago

1952 - Harold Solomon, American tennis player and coach

Births68 years ago

1953 - Luís Amado, Portuguese politician, former minister of Minister of Foreign Affairs

Births67 years ago

1953 - Tamasin Day-Lewis, English chef and author

Births67 years ago

1953 - Altaf Hussain, Pakistani-English soldier and politician

Births67 years ago

1953 - Rita Rudner, American actress, comedian, and screenwriter

Births67 years ago

1954 - Joël-François Durand, French pianist and composer

Births66 years ago

1954 - Bill Irwin, American wrestler

Births66 years ago

1955 - Scott Simpson, American golfer

Births65 years ago

1955 - Charles Martinet, American actor

Births65 years ago

1955 - Mike Parson, American politician, 57th Governor of Missouri

Births65 years ago

1956 - Almazbek Atambayev, Kyrgyz politician, 4th President of Kyrgyzstan

Births64 years ago

1956 - Thad Bosley, American baseball player and coach

Births64 years ago

1956 - Mandawuy Yunupingu, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)

Births64 years ago

1957 - David Bintley, English ballet dancer and director

Births63 years ago

1957 - Steve Bryles, American businessman and politician (d. 2012)

Births63 years ago

1958 - Janez Janša, Slovenian politician, 5th Prime Minister of Slovenia

Births62 years ago

1958 - Tom Waddell, Scottish-American baseball player

Births62 years ago

1960 - John Bottomley, Canadian singer-songwriter (d. 2011)

Births60 years ago

1960 - John Franco, American baseball player

Births60 years ago

1960 - Damon Hill, English racing driver and guitarist

Births60 years ago

1960 - Alan Krueger, American economist and academic

Births60 years ago

1961 - Jim Cornette, American wrestling manager and sportscaster

Births59 years ago

1961 - Giorgos Koumoutsakos, Greek politician

Births59 years ago

1961 - Ty Tabor, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (King's X)

Births59 years ago

1962 - Baz Luhrmann, Australian director, producer, and screenwriter

Births58 years ago

1962 - Dustin Nguyen, Vietnamese-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births58 years ago

1962 - Hesham Qandil, Egyptian engineer and politician, 51st Prime Minister of Egypt

Births58 years ago

1962 - Wayne Riley, Australian golfer

Births58 years ago

1962 - BeBe Winans, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births58 years ago

1963 - Masahiro Chono, American-Japanese wrestler and manager

Births57 years ago

1963 - James Urbaniak, American actor, producer, and screenwriter

Births57 years ago

1965 - Kyle Chandler, American actor

Births55 years ago

1965 - Yuji Naka, Japanese video game designer, created Sonic the Hedgehog

Births55 years ago

1965 - Guy Picciotto, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births55 years ago

1965 - Bryan Singer, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births55 years ago

1966 - Doug E. Fresh, American rapper and producer

Births54 years ago

1967 - Michael Carbajal, American boxer

Births53 years ago

1968 - Cheryl Strayed, American author

Births52 years ago

1968 - Tito Vilanova, Spanish footballer and manager (d. 2014)

Births52 years ago

1969 - Adam Devlin, English guitarist and songwriter

Births51 years ago

1969 - Ken Doherty, Irish snooker player

Births51 years ago

1969 - Keith Flint, English singer-songwriter (d. 2019)

Births51 years ago

1969 - Paul Varelans, American MMA fighter and wrestler

Births51 years ago

1971 - Nate Berkus, American interior designer and television host

Births49 years ago

1971 - Mike Catt, South African-English rugby player and coach

Births49 years ago

1971 - Andy Edwards, English footballer

Births49 years ago

1971 - Mauro Milanese, Italian footballer and manager

Births49 years ago

1973 - Diego Albanese, Argentine rugby player

Births47 years ago

1973 - Demis Nikolaidis, Greek footballer

Births47 years ago

1974 - Tormod Granheim, Norwegian skier and explorer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Craig Spence, Australian golfer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Rasheed Wallace, American basketball player and coach

Births46 years ago

1975 - Wilko de Vogt, Dutch footballer

Births45 years ago

1975 - Jimmie Johnson, American race car driver

Births45 years ago

1975 - Pumpkinhead, American rapper (d. 2015)

Births45 years ago

1977 - Sam Esmail, American screenwriter

Births43 years ago

1977 - Simone Perrotta, Italian footballer

Births43 years ago

1979 - Steffen Algreen, Danish footballer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Akin Ayodele, American football player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Flo Rida, American rapper

Births41 years ago

1980 - Dan Haren, American baseball player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Shabana Mahmood, English lawyer and politician, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Births40 years ago

1980 - Oliver Risser, Namibian footballer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Casey Janssen, American baseball player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Bakari Koné, Ivorian footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Francis Manioru, Solomon sprinter

Births39 years ago

1982 - Garth Murray, Canadian ice hockey player

Births38 years ago

1984 - Domenico Citro, Italian footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Mary DeScenza, American swimmer

Births36 years ago

1984 - John Kucera, Canadian skier

Births36 years ago

1984 - Patrick van Luijk, Dutch sprinter

Births36 years ago

1985 - Tomáš Berdych, Czech tennis player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Brendan Clarke, Irish footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - José Gonçalves, Portuguese footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Brendan Oake, Australian rugby league player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Alexander Ovechkin, Russian ice hockey player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Mason Raymond, Canadian ice hockey player

Births35 years ago

1986 - Ravichandran Ashwin, Indian cricketer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Paolo De Ceglie, Italian footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Yussef Suleiman, Syrian footballer (d. 2013)

Births34 years ago

1987 - Paul Huntington, English footballer

Births33 years ago

1989 - Kate Deines, American soccer player

Births31 years ago

1990 - Sean Scannell, English footballer

Births30 years ago

1990 - Pixie Geldof, English model and singer

Births30 years ago

1991 - Ryo Ishikawa, Japanese golfer

Births29 years ago

1991 - Justyna Jegiołka, Polish tennis player

Births29 years ago

1991 - Cameron King, Australian rugby league player

Births29 years ago

1993 - Sofiane Boufal, Moroccan footballer

Births27 years ago

1993 - Alfie Deyes, English vlogger

Births27 years ago

Deaths

456 - Remistus, Roman general

Deaths

936 - Unni, archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen

Deaths

958 - Li Jingsui, Chinese prince (b. 920)

Deaths

1025 - Hugh Magnus, king of France (b. 1007)

Deaths995 years ago

1148 - Conan III, duke of Brittany (b. 1070)

Deaths872 years ago

1179 - Hildegard of Bingen, German abbess (b. 1098)

Deaths841 years ago

1322 - Robert III, count of Flanders (b. 1249)

Deaths698 years ago
Deaths605 years ago

1422 - Constantine II, tsar of Bulgaria

Deaths598 years ago

1482 - William III, duke of Luxembourg (b. 1425)

Deaths538 years ago

1563 - Henry Manners, 2nd Earl of Rutland, English soldier (b. 1526)

Deaths457 years ago

1574 - Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Spanish admiral and explorer, founded St. Augustine, Florida (b. 1519)

Deaths446 years ago

1575 - Heinrich Bullinger, Swiss theologian and reformer (b. 1504)

Deaths445 years ago

1609 - Judah Loew ben Bezalel, Bohemian rabbi, mystic and philosopher (b. 1520)

Deaths411 years ago

1621 - Robert Bellarmine, Italian cardinal and saint (b. 1542)

Deaths399 years ago

1626 - Johann Schweikhard von Kronberg, German cleric and politician, Archbishop-Elector of Mainz (b. 1553)

Deaths394 years ago

1630 - Thomas Lake, English politician, English Secretary of State (b. 1567)

Deaths390 years ago
Deaths383 years ago

1665 - Philip IV, king of Spain (b. 1605)

Deaths355 years ago

1676 - Sabbatai Zevi, Turkish rabbi and scholar (b. 1626)

Deaths344 years ago

1679 - John of Austria the Younger, Spanish general and politician, Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands (b. 1629)

Deaths341 years ago

1721 - Marguerite Louise d'Orléans, French princess (b. 1645)

Deaths299 years ago

1762 - Francesco Geminiani, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1687)

Deaths258 years ago

1771 - Tobias Smollett, Scottish-Italian author and poet (b. 1721)

Deaths249 years ago

1803 - Franz Xaver Süssmayr, Austrian composer and director (b. 1766)

Deaths217 years ago

1808 - Benjamin Bourne, American judge and politician (b. 1755)

Deaths212 years ago

1817 - Jacques Bernard d'Anselme, French general (b. 1740)

Deaths203 years ago

1836 - Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, French botanist and author (b. 1748)

Deaths184 years ago

1852 - Francisco Javier Echeverría, Mexican businessman and politician. President (1841) (b. 1797)

Deaths168 years ago

1858 - Dred Scott, American slave (b. 1795)

Deaths162 years ago

1863 - Charles Robert Cockerell, English archaeologist and architect (b. 1788)

Deaths157 years ago

1863 - Alfred de Vigny, French author, poet, and playwright (b. 1797)

Deaths157 years ago

1864 - Walter Savage Landor, English author and poet (b. 1775)

Deaths156 years ago

1868 - Roman Nose, Native American warrior (b. circa 1823)

Deaths152 years ago

1877 - Henry Fox Talbot, English photographer, developed the Calotype Process (b. 1800)

Deaths143 years ago

1878 - Orélie-Antoine de Tounens, French lawyer and adventurer (b. 1825)

Deaths142 years ago

1879 - Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, French architect and theorist (b. 1814)

Deaths141 years ago

1894 - Deng Shichang, Chinese captain (b. 1849)

Deaths126 years ago

1899 - Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American businessman, co-founded the Pillsbury Company (b. 1842)

Deaths121 years ago

1907 - Ignaz Brüll, Czech-Austrian pianist and composer (b. 1846)

Deaths113 years ago

1907 - Edmonia Lewis, American sculptor (b. 1844)

Deaths113 years ago

1908 - Henri Julien, Canadian cartoonist (b. 1852)

Deaths112 years ago

1908 - Thomas Selfridge, American lieutenant and pilot (b. 1882)

Deaths112 years ago

1909 - Thomas Bent, Australian businessman and politician, 22nd Premier of Victoria (b. 1838)

Deaths111 years ago

1911 - Edmonia Lewis, American sculptor (b. 1844)

Deaths109 years ago

1923 - Stefanos Dragoumis, Greek judge and politician, 92nd Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1842)

Deaths97 years ago

1925 - Carl Eytel, German-American painter and illustrator (b. 1862)

Deaths95 years ago

1933 - Joseph De Piro, Maltese priest and missionary (b. 1877)

Deaths87 years ago

1936 - Ettie Annie Rout, New Zealand author and activist (b. 1877)

Deaths84 years ago

1937 - Walter Dubislav, German logician and philosopher of science, Vienna circle member (b. 1895)

Deaths83 years ago

1938 - Bruno Jasieński, Polish poet and author (b. 1901)

Deaths82 years ago

1943 - Friedrich Zickwolff, German general (b. 1893)

Deaths77 years ago

1948 - Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1887)

Deaths72 years ago

1948 - Folke Bernadotte, Swedish soldier and diplomat (b. 1895)

Deaths72 years ago

1951 - Jimmy Yancey, American pianist and composer (b. 1898)

Deaths69 years ago

1953 - David Munson, American runner (b. 1884)

Deaths67 years ago

1953 - Hans Feige, German general (Wehrmacht) (b. 1880)

Deaths67 years ago

1961 - Adnan Menderes, Turkish lawyer and politician, 9th Prime Minister of Turkey (b. 1899)

Deaths59 years ago

1965 - Alejandro Casona, Spanish poet and playwright (b. 1903)

Deaths55 years ago

1966 - Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor and actor (b. 1930)

Deaths54 years ago

1971 - Carlos Lamarca, Brazilian captain (b. 1937)

Deaths49 years ago

1972 - Akim Tamiroff, American actor (b. 1899)

Deaths48 years ago

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

Deaths47 years ago

1975 - Nicola Moscona, Greek-American singer-songwriter (b. 1907)

Deaths45 years ago

1980 - Anastasio Somoza Debayle, Nicaraguan commander and politician, 73rd President of Nicaragua (b. 1925)

Deaths40 years ago

1982 - Manos Loïzos, Egyptian-Greek composer (b. 1937)

Deaths38 years ago

1983 - Humberto Sousa Medeiros, Portuguese-American cardinal (b. 1915)

Deaths37 years ago

1984 - Richard Basehart, American actor and director (b. 1914)

Deaths36 years ago

1985 - Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, founded Laura Ashley plc (b. 1925)

Deaths35 years ago

1987 - Harry Locke, English actor (b. 1913)

Deaths33 years ago

1991 - Zino Francescatti, French violinist and composer (b. 1902)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - Roger Wagner, American conductor and educator (b. 1914)

Deaths28 years ago

1993 - Willie Mosconi, American pool player and actor (b. 1913)

Deaths27 years ago

1993 - Christian Nyby, American director and producer (b. 1913)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - John Delafose, American accordion player (b. 1939)

Deaths26 years ago

1994 - Vitas Gerulaitis, American tennis player and coach (b. 1954)

Deaths26 years ago

1994 - Karl Popper, Austrian-English philosopher and academic (b. 1902)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Isadore Epstein, Estonian-American astronomer and academic (b. 1919)

Deaths25 years ago

1995 - Lucien Victor, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Spiro Agnew, American soldier and politician, 39th Vice President of the United States (b. 1918)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Red Skelton, American actor and comedian (b. 1913)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - Ted Binion, American poker player and businessman (b. 1943)

Deaths22 years ago

1998 - Geoffrey Dutton, Australian historian and author (b. 1922)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Frankie Vaughan, English singer and actor (b. 1928)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - Georgiy Gongadze, Georgian-Ukrainian journalist and director (b. 1969)

Deaths20 years ago

2003 - Erich Hallhuber, German actor (b. 1951)

Deaths17 years ago

2005 - Jacques Lacarrière, French journalist and critic (b. 1925)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Alfred Reed, American composer and educator (b. 1921)

Deaths15 years ago

2009 - Dick Durock, American stuntman and actor (b. 1937)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Noordin Mohammad Top, Malaysian terrorist (b. 1968)

Deaths11 years ago

2011 - Colin Madigan, Australian architect and author, designed the National Gallery of Australia (b. 1921)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Melvin Charney, Canadian sculptor and architect (b. 1935)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Lou Kenton, English soldier and potter (b. 1908)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Russell E. Train, American soldier and civil servant (b. 1920)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Kristian Gidlund, Swedish drummer and journalist (b. 1983)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Larry Lake, American-Canadian trumpet player and composer (b. 1943)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Bernie McGann, Australian saxophonist and composer (b. 1937)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Alex Naumik, Lithuanian-Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1949)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Michael J. Noonan, Irish farmer and politician, 25th Irish Minister of Defence (b. 1935)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Marvin Rainwater, American singer-songwriter (b. 1925)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Eiji Toyoda, Japanese businessman (b. 1913)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - George Hamilton IV, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1937)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Andriy Husin, Ukrainian footballer and manager (b. 1972)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Wakachichibu Komei, Japanese sumo wrestler (b. 1939)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Charles Read, Australian air marshal (b. 1918)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Peter von Bagh, Finnish historian, director, and screenwriter (b. 1943)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - China Zorrilla, Uruguayan actress (b. 1922)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Ingrīda Andriņa, Latvian actress (b. 1944)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Dettmar Cramer, German footballer and manager (b. 1925)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Milo Hamilton, American sportscaster (b. 1927)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Vadim Kuzmin, Russian physicist and academic (b. 1937)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - David Willcocks, English organist, composer, and conductor (b. 1919)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Bahman Golbarnezhad, Iranian racing cyclist (b. 1968)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Sigge Parling, Swedish footballer (b. 1936)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Bobby Heenan, American professional wrestling manager (b. 1944)

Deaths3 years ago

2019 - Cokie Roberts, American journalist and bestselling author (b. 1943)

Deaths1 years ago

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