Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Independence Day (Botswana) or Botswana Day, celebrates the independence of Botswana from United Kingdom in 1966.

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Events

489 - The Ostrogoths under Theoderic the Great defeat the forces of Odoacer for the second time.

Events

737 - The Turgesh drive back an Umayyad invasion of Khuttal, follow them south of the Oxus, and capture their baggage train.

Events

1399 - Henry IV is proclaimed king of England.

Events621 years ago

1520 - Suleiman the Magnificent is proclaimed sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

Events500 years ago

1541 - Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto and his forces enter Tula territory in present-day western Arkansas, encountering fierce resistance.

Events479 years ago

1551 - A coup by the military establishment of Japan's Ōuchi clan forces their lord to commit suicide, and their city is burned.

Events469 years ago

1744 - War of the Austrian Succession: France and Spain defeat Sardinia at the Battle of Madonna dell'Olmo, but soon have to withdraw from Sardinia anyway.

Events276 years ago

1791 - The first performance of Mozart's opera The Magic Flute takes place two months before his death.

Events229 years ago

1791 - France's National Constituent Assembly is dissolved, to be replaced the next day by the National Legislative Assembly

Events229 years ago

1882 - Thomas Edison's first commercial hydroelectric power plant (later known as Appleton Edison Light Company) begins operation.

Events138 years ago

1888 - Jack the Ripper kills his third and fourth victims, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes.

Events132 years ago

1906 - The Royal Galician Academy, the Galician language's biggest linguistic authority, starts working in La Coruña, Spain.

Events114 years ago

1907 - The McKinley National Memorial, the final resting place of assassinated U.S. President William McKinley and his family, is dedicated in Canton, Ohio.

Events113 years ago

1909 - The Cunard Line's RMS Mauretania makes a record-breaking westbound crossing of the Atlantic, that will not be bettered for 20 years.

Events111 years ago

1915 - World War I: Radoje Ljutovac becomes the first soldier in history to shoot down an enemy aircraft with ground-to-air fire.

Events105 years ago

1922 - The University of Alabama opens the American football season with a 110–0 victory over the Marion Military Institute, which still stands as Alabama's record for largest margin of victory and as their only 100 point game.

Events98 years ago

1927 - Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 60 home runs in a season.

Events93 years ago

1931 - Start of "Die Voortrekkers" youth movement for Afrikaners in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Events89 years ago

1935 - The Hoover Dam, astride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, is dedicated.

Events85 years ago

1938 - Britain, France, Germany and Italy sign the Munich Agreement, whereby Germany annexes the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia.

Events82 years ago

1938 - The League of Nations unanimously outlaws "intentional bombings of civilian populations".

Events82 years ago

1939 - World War II: General Władysław Sikorski becomes prime minister of the Polish government-in-exile.

Events81 years ago

1939 - NBC broadcasts the first televised American football game.

Events81 years ago

1941 - World War II: The Babi Yar massacre comes to an end.

Events79 years ago

1943 - The United States Merchant Marine Academy is dedicated by President Roosevelt.

Events77 years ago

1945 - The Bourne End rail crash, in Hertfordshire, England, kills 43

Events75 years ago

1947 - The 1947 World Series is the first to be televised, to include an African-American player, to exceed $2 million in receipts, to see a pinch-hit home run, and to have six umpires on the field.

Events73 years ago

1947 - Pakistan joins the United Nations.

Events73 years ago

1949 - The Berlin Airlift ends.

Events71 years ago

1954 - The U.S. Navy submarine USS Nautilus is commissioned as the world's first nuclear-powered vessel.

Events66 years ago

1962 - Mexican-American labor leader César Chávez founds the National Farm Workers Association.

Events58 years ago

1962 - James Meredith enters the University of Mississippi, defying racial segregation rules.

Events58 years ago

1965 - The Lockheed L-100, the civilian version of the C-130 Hercules, is introduced.

Events55 years ago

1965 - In Indonesia, a coup by the 30 September Movement is crushed, leading to a mass anti-communist purge, with over 500,000 people killed.

Events55 years ago

1966 - Bechuanaland declares its independence, and becomes the Republic of Botswana.

Events54 years ago

1967 - The BBC Light Programme, Third Programme and Home Service are replaced with BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 Respectively, BBC Radio 1 is also launched.

Events53 years ago

1968 - The Boeing 747 is rolled out and shown to the public for the first time.

Events52 years ago

1970 - Jordan makes a deal with the PFLP for the release of the remaining hostages from the Dawson's Field hijackings.

Events50 years ago

1972 - Roberto Clemente records the 3,000th and final hit of his career.

Events48 years ago

1975 - The AH-64 Apache makes its first flight. Eight years later, the first production model rolled out of the assembly line.

Events45 years ago

1977 - Because of NASA budget cuts and dwindling power reserves, the Apollo program's ALSEP experiment packages left on the Moon are shut down.

Events43 years ago

1980 - Ethernet specifications are published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Events40 years ago

1990 - The Dalai Lama unveils the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Canada's capital city of Ottawa.

Events30 years ago

1993 - The 6.2 MwLatur earthquake shakes Maharashtra, India with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe) killing 9,748 and injuring 30,000.

Events27 years ago

1994 - Aldwych tube station (originally Strand Station) of the London Underground closes after eighty-eight years in service.

Events26 years ago

1994 - Ongar railway station, the furthest London Underground from central London, closes.

Events26 years ago

1999 - The Tokaimura nuclear accident causes the deaths of two technicians in Japan's second-worst nuclear accident.

Events21 years ago

2000 - Israeli-Palestinian conflict: 12-year-old Muhammad al-Durrah is shot and killed on the second day of the Second Intifada.

Events20 years ago

2004 - The AIM-54 Phoenix, the primary missile for the F-14 Tomcat, is retired from service. Almost two years later, the Tomcat itself is retired.

Events16 years ago

2005 - Controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in a Danish newspaper.

Events15 years ago

2009 - The 7.6 MwSumatra earthquake leaves 1,115 people dead.

Events11 years ago

2016 - Hurricane Matthew becomes a Category 5 hurricane, making it the strongest hurricane to form in the Caribbean Sea since 2007.

Events4 years ago

2016 - Two paintings with a combined value of $100 million are recovered after having been stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in 2002.

Events4 years ago

Births

1207 - Rumi, Persian mystic and poet (d. 1273)

Births813 years ago

1227 - Pope Nicholas IV (d. 1292)

Births793 years ago

1530 - Girolamo Mercuriale, Italian philologist and physician (d. 1606)

Births490 years ago

1550 - Michael Maestlin, German astronomer and mathematician (d. 1631)

Births470 years ago

1622 - Johann Sebastiani, German composer (d. 1683)

Births398 years ago

1689 - Jacques Aubert, French violinist and composer (d. 1753)

Births331 years ago

1700 - Stanisław Konarski, Polish monk, poet, and playwright (d. 1773)

Births320 years ago
Births310 years ago

1714 - Étienne Bonnot de Condillac, French epistemologist and philosopher (d. 1780)

Births306 years ago

1732 - Jacques Necker, Swiss-French politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 1804)

Births288 years ago

1743 - Christian Ehregott Weinlig, German cantor and composer (d. 1813)

Births277 years ago

1765 - José María Morelos, Mexican priest and general (d. 1815)

Births255 years ago

1800 - Decimus Burton, English architect, designed the Pharos Lighthouse (d. 1881)

Births220 years ago

1813 - John Rae, Scottish physician and explorer (d. 1893)

Births207 years ago

1814 - Lucinda Hinsdale Stone, American feminist, educator, and philanthropist (d. 1900)

Births206 years ago

1827 - Ellis H. Roberts, American journalist and politician, 20th Treasurer of the United States (d. 1918)

Births193 years ago

1832 - Ann Jarvis, American activist, co-founded Mother's Day (d. 1905)

Births188 years ago

1836 - Remigio Morales Bermúdez, Peruvian politician, 56th President of Peru (d. 1894)

Births184 years ago

1852 - Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish composer, conductor, and educator (d. 1924)

Births168 years ago

1861 - William Wrigley, Jr., American businessman, founded Wrigley Company (d. 1932)

Births159 years ago

1863 - Reinhard Scheer, German admiral (d. 1928)

Births157 years ago

1870 - Thomas W. Lamont, American banker and philanthropist (d. 1948)

Births150 years ago

1870 - Jean Baptiste Perrin, French-American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1942)

Births150 years ago

1882 - Hans Geiger, German physicist and academic (d. 1945)

Births138 years ago

1883 - Bernhard Rust, German educator and politician (d. 1945)

Births137 years ago

1883 - Nora Stanton Blatch Barney, American civil engineer, architect, and suffragist (d. 1971)

Births137 years ago

1887 - Lil Dagover, Indonesian-German actress (d. 1980)

Births133 years ago

1893 - Lansdale Ghiselin Sasscer, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician (d. 1964)

Births127 years ago

1895 - Lewis Milestone, Moldovan-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1980)

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1897 - Gaspar Cassadó, Spanish cellist and composer (d. 1966)

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1897 - Alfred Wintle, Russian-English soldier and politician (d. 1966)

Births123 years ago

1897 - Charlotte Wolff, German-English physician and psychotherapist (d. 1986)

Births123 years ago

1898 - Renée Adorée, French-American actress (d. 1933)

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Births122 years ago

1898 - Edgar Parin d'Aulaire, German-American author and illustrator (d. 1986)

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1901 - Thelma Terry, American bassist and bandleader (d. 1966)

Births119 years ago

1904 - Waldo Williams, Welsh poet and academic (d. 1971)

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1905 - Nevill Francis Mott, English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996)

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1905 - Michael Powell, English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1990)

Births115 years ago

1906 - Mireille Hartuch, French singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1996)

Births114 years ago

1908 - David Oistrakh, Ukrainian-Russian violinist and educator (d. 1974)

Births112 years ago

1910 - Jussi Kekkonen, Finnish captain (d. 1962)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Gustave Gilbert, American psychologist (d. 1977)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Kenny Baker, American singer and actor (d. 1985)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Bill Walsh, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1975)

Births107 years ago

1915 - Lester Maddox, American businessman and politician, 75th Governor of Georgia (d. 2003)

Births105 years ago

1917 - Yuri Lyubimov, Russian actor and director (d. 2014)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Buddy Rich, American drummer, bandleader, and actor (d. 1987)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Lewis Nixon, U.S. Army captain (d. 1995)

Births102 years ago

1918 - René Rémond, French historian and economist (d. 2007)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Roberto Bonomi, Argentinian race car driver (d. 1992)

Births101 years ago

1919 - Elizabeth Gilels, Ukrainian-Russian violinist and educator (d. 2008)

Births101 years ago

1919 - William L. Guy, American lieutenant and politician, 26th Governor of North Dakota (d. 2013)

Births101 years ago

1919 - Patricia Neway, American soprano and actress (d. 2012)

Births101 years ago

1921 - Deborah Kerr, Scottish-English actress (d. 2007)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Aldo Parisot, Brazilian-American cellist and educator (d. 2018)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Lamont Johnson, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2010)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2006)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Donald Swann, Welsh-English pianist and composer (d. 1994)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Truman Capote, American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1984)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Arkady Ostashev, Russian engineer and educator (d. 1998)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Heino Kruus, Estonian basketball player and coach (d. 2012)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Robin Roberts, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2010)

Births94 years ago

1927 - W. S. Merwin, American poet and translator (d. 2019)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Elie Wiesel, Romanian-American author, academic, and activist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2016)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Ray Willsey, Canadian-American football player and coach (d. 2013)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Carol Fenner, American author and illustrator (d. 2002)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Vassilis Papazachos, Greek seismologist and academic

Births91 years ago

1929 - Leticia Ramos-Shahani, Filipino politician, diplomat and writer (d. 2017)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Dorothee Sölle, German theologian and author (d. 2003)

Births91 years ago

1931 - Angie Dickinson, American actress

Births89 years ago

1931 - Teresa Gorman, English educator and politician (d. 2015)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Shintaro Ishihara, Japanese author, playwright, and politician, Governor of Tokyo

Births88 years ago

1932 - Johnny Podres, American baseball player and coach (d. 2008)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Michel Aoun, Lebanese general and politician, President of Lebanon

Births87 years ago

1933 - Cissy Houston, American singer

Births87 years ago

1934 - Alan A'Court, English footballer and manager (d. 2009)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Udo Jürgens, Austrian-Swiss singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2014)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Anna Kashfi, Indian-American actress (d. 2015)

Births86 years ago

1935 - Johnny Mathis, American singer and actor

Births85 years ago

1936 - Jim Sasser, American lawyer and politician, 6th United States Ambassador to China

Births84 years ago

1936 - Sevgi Soysal, Turkish author (d. 1976)

Births84 years ago

1937 - Jurek Becker, Polish-German author (d. 1997)

Births83 years ago

1937 - Valentyn Sylvestrov, Ukrainian pianist and composer

Births83 years ago

1937 - Gary Hocking, Rhodesian motorcycle racer (d. 1962)

Births83 years ago

1938 - Alan Hacker, English clarinet player and educator (d. 2012)

Births82 years ago

1939 - Len Cariou, Canadian actor

Births81 years ago

1939 - Anthony Green, English painter and academic

Births81 years ago

1939 - Jean-Marie Lehn, French chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births81 years ago

1940 - Claudia Card, American philosopher and academic (d. 2015)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Harry Jerome, Canadian sprinter (d. 1982)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Dewey Martin, Canadian-American drummer (d. 2009)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Samuel F. Pickering, Jr., American author and educator

Births79 years ago

1941 - Kamalesh Sharma, Indian academic and diplomat, 5th Commonwealth Secretary General

Births79 years ago

1941 - Reine Wisell, Swedish race car driver

Births79 years ago

1942 - Gus Dudgeon, English record producer (d. 2002)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Frankie Lymon, American singer-songwriter (d. 1968)

Births78 years ago

1943 - Johann Deisenhofer, German-American biochemist and biophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate

Births77 years ago

1943 - Marilyn McCoo, American singer

Births77 years ago

1943 - Philip Moore, English organist and composer

Births77 years ago

1943 - Ian Ogilvy, English-American actor, playwright, and author

Births77 years ago

1944 - Diane Dufresne, Canadian singer and painter

Births76 years ago

1944 - Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish footballer (d. 2006)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Red Robbins, American basketball player (d. 2009)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Richard Edwin Hills, English astronomer and academic

Births75 years ago

1945 - Ehud Olmert, Israeli lawyer and politician, 12th Prime Minister of Israel

Births75 years ago

1946 - Fran Brill, American actress, singer, and puppeteer

Births74 years ago
Births74 years ago

1946 - Héctor Lavoe, Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter (d. 1993)

Births74 years ago

1946 - Jochen Mass, German race car driver

Births74 years ago

1946 - Paul Sheahan, Australian cricketer and educator

Births74 years ago

1946 - Claude Vorilhon, French journalist, founded Raëlism

Births74 years ago

1947 - Marc Bolan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1977)

Births73 years ago

1947 - Rula Lenska, English actress

Births73 years ago

1948 - Craig Kusick, American baseball player and coach (d. 2006)

Births72 years ago

1950 - Laura Esquivel, Mexican author and screenwriter

Births70 years ago

1950 - Victoria Tennant, English actress and dancer

Births70 years ago

1951 - John Lloyd, English screenwriter and producer

Births69 years ago

1951 - Barry Marshall, Australian physician and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births69 years ago

1951 - Simon White, English astrophysicist and academic

Births69 years ago

1952 - John Lombardo, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births68 years ago

1953 - Matt Abts, American drummer

Births67 years ago

1953 - Deborah Allen, American country music singer-songwriter, author, and actress

Births67 years ago

1954 - Basia, Polish singer-songwriter and record producer

Births66 years ago

1954 - Scott Fields, American guitarist and composer

Births66 years ago

1954 - Patrice Rushen, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births66 years ago

1955 - Andy Bechtolsheim, German engineer, co-founded Sun Microsystems

Births65 years ago

1955 - Frankie Kennedy, Northern Irish flute player (d. 1994)

Births65 years ago

1956 - Trevor Morgan, English footballer and manager

Births64 years ago

1957 - Fran Drescher, American actress, producer, and screenwriter

Births63 years ago

1958 - Marty Stuart, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births62 years ago

1959 - Ettore Messina, Italian basketball player and coach

Births61 years ago

1960 - Julia Adamson, Canadian-English keyboard player, composer, and producer

Births60 years ago

1960 - Nicola Griffith, English-American author

Births60 years ago

1960 - Miki Howard, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

Births60 years ago

1960 - Blanche Lincoln, American politician

Births60 years ago

1961 - Gary Coyne, Australian rugby league player

Births59 years ago

1961 - Eric Stoltz, American actor, director, and producer

Births59 years ago

1961 - Mel Stride, English politician

Births59 years ago

1961 - Eric van de Poele, Belgian race car driver

Births59 years ago

1963 - David Barbe, American bass player and producer

Births57 years ago

1964 - Trey Anastasio, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and composer

Births56 years ago

1964 - Monica Bellucci, Italian actress and fashion model

Births56 years ago

1965 - Omid Djalili, English comedian, actor, and producer

Births55 years ago

1966 - Gary Armstrong, Scottish rugby player

Births54 years ago

1966 - Markus Burger, German pianist, composer, and educator

Births54 years ago

1967 - Emmanuelle Houdart, Swiss-French author and illustrator

Births53 years ago

1969 - Gintaras Einikis, Lithuanian basketball player

Births51 years ago

1969 - Chris von Erich, American wrestler (d. 1991)

Births51 years ago

1970 - Tony Hale, American actor and producer

Births50 years ago

1970 - Damian Mori, Australian footballer and manager

Births50 years ago

1971 - Jenna Elfman, American actress and producer

Births49 years ago

1972 - Jamal Anderson, American football player and sportscaster

Births48 years ago

1972 - Ari Behn, Danish-Norwegian author and playwright

Births48 years ago

1972 - John Campbell, American bass player and songwriter

Births48 years ago

1972 - Mayumi Kojima, Japanese singer-songwriter

Births48 years ago

1972 - José Lima, Dominican-American baseball player (d. 2010)

Births48 years ago

1974 - Jeremy Giambi, American baseball player

Births46 years ago

1974 - Tom Greatrex, English politician

Births46 years ago

1974 - Ben Phillips, English cricketer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Daniel Wu, American–born Hong Kong actor, director, and producer

Births46 years ago

1975 - Jay Asher, American author

Births45 years ago

1975 - Marion Cotillard, French-American actress and singer

Births45 years ago

1975 - Carlos Guillén, Venezuelan baseball player

Births45 years ago

1975 - Laure Pequegnot, French skier

Births45 years ago

1975 - Christopher Jackson, American actor, singer, musician, and composer

Births45 years ago

1976 - Georgie Bingham, British radio and television presenter

Births44 years ago

1977 - Roy Carroll, Northern Irish goalkeeper and manager

Births43 years ago

1977 - Nick Curran, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2012)

Births43 years ago

1978 - Małgorzata Glinka-Mogentale, Polish female volleyball player

Births42 years ago

1979 - Cameron Bruce, Australian footballer and coach

Births41 years ago

1979 - Andy van der Meyde, Dutch footballer

Births41 years ago

1980 - Martina Hingis, Czechoslovakia-born Swiss tennis player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Milagros Sequera, Venezuelan tennis player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Cecelia Ahern, Irish author

Births39 years ago

1981 - Dominique Moceanu, American gymnast

Births39 years ago

1982 - Lacey Chabert, American actress

Births38 years ago

1982 - Ryane Clowe, Canadian ice hockey player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Yan Stastny, Canadian ice hockey player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Dmytro Boyko, Ukrainian footballer

Births38 years ago

1983 - Boniek Forbes, Guinea-Bissau footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Andreea Răducan, Romanian gymnast

Births37 years ago

1984 - Georgios Eleftheriou, Greek footballer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Adam Cooney, Australian footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - David Gower, Australian rugby league player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Téa Obreht, Serbian-American author

Births35 years ago

1985 - Cristian Rodríguez, Uruguayan footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - T-Pain, American rapper, producer, and actor

Births35 years ago

1986 - Olivier Giroud, French footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Martin Guptill, New Zealand cricketer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Ben Lovett, Welsh musician and songwriter

Births34 years ago

1986 - Cristián Zapata, Colombian footballer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Aida Garifullina, Russian operatic soprano

Births33 years ago

1988 - Eglė Staišiūnaitė, Lithuanian hurdler

Births32 years ago

1989 - André Weis, German footballer

Births31 years ago

1992 - Ezra Miller, American actor and singer

Births28 years ago

1994 - Aliya Mustafina, Russian gymnast

Births26 years ago

1996 - Jacob Host, Australian rugby league player

Births24 years ago

1997 - Yana Kudryavtseva, Russian gymnast

Births23 years ago

1997 - Max Verstappen, Dutch Formula One driver

Births23 years ago

1998 - Trevor Moran, American youtuber and singer

Births22 years ago

2002 - Maddie Ziegler, American dancer and actress

Births18 years ago

2002 - Levi Miller, Australian actor and model

Births18 years ago

Deaths

420 - Jerome, Roman priest, theologian, and saint (b. 347)

Deaths

653 - Honorius of Canterbury, Italian archbishop and saint

Deaths

940 - Fan Yanguang, Chinese general

Deaths

954 - Louis IV of France (b. 920)

Deaths

1101 - Anselm IV, Italian archbishop

Deaths919 years ago
Deaths774 years ago

1288 - Leszek II the Black, Polish prince, Duke of Łęczyca, Sieradz, Kraków, Sandomierz (b. 1241)

Deaths732 years ago

1440 - Reginald Grey, 3rd Baron Grey de Ruthyn, Welsh soldier and politician (b. 1362)

Deaths580 years ago
Deaths533 years ago

1551 - Ōuchi Yoshitaka, Japanese daimyō (b. 1507)

Deaths469 years ago

1560 - Melchior Cano, Spanish theologian (b. 1525)

Deaths460 years ago
Deaths448 years ago

1581 - Hubert Languet, French diplomat and reformer (b. 1518)

Deaths439 years ago

1626 - Nurhaci, Chinese emperor (b. 1559)

Deaths394 years ago

1628 - Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, English poet and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (b. 1554)

Deaths392 years ago
Deaths250 years ago

1770 - George Whitefield, English-American priest and theologian (b. 1714)

Deaths250 years ago

1865 - Samuel David Luzzatto, Italian poet and scholar (b. 1800)

Deaths155 years ago

1891 - Georges Ernest Boulanger, French general and politician, French Minister of War (b. 1837)

Deaths129 years ago

1897 - Thérèse of Lisieux, French nun and saint (b. 1873)

Deaths123 years ago

1910 - Maurice Lévy, French mathematician and engineer (b. 1838)

Deaths110 years ago

1942 - Hans-Joachim Marseille, German captain and pilot (b. 1919)

Deaths78 years ago

1943 - Franz Oppenheimer, German-American sociologist and economist (b. 1864)

Deaths77 years ago

1946 - Takashi Sakai, Japanese general and politician, Governor of Hong Kong (b. 1887)

Deaths74 years ago

1955 - James Dean, American actor (b. 1931)

Deaths65 years ago

1959 - Henry Barwell, Australian politician, 28th Premier of South Australia (b. 1877)

Deaths61 years ago

1961 - Onésime Gagnon, Canadian scholar and politician, 20th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (b. 1888)

Deaths59 years ago

1973 - Peter Pitseolak, Canadian photographer and author (b. 1902)

Deaths47 years ago

1974 - Carlos Prats, Chilean general and politician, Chilean Minister of Defense (b. 1915)

Deaths46 years ago

1977 - Mary Ford, American singer and guitarist (b. 1924)

Deaths43 years ago

1978 - Edgar Bergen, American actor and ventriloquist (b. 1903)

Deaths42 years ago

1985 - Charles Francis Richter, American seismologist and physicist (b. 1900)

Deaths35 years ago

1985 - Simone Signoret, French actress (b. 1921)

Deaths35 years ago

1986 - Nicholas Kaldor, Hungarian-British economist (b. 1908)

Deaths34 years ago

1987 - Alfred Bester, American author and screenwriter (b. 1913)

Deaths33 years ago

1988 - Al Holbert, American race car driver (b. 1946)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - Virgil Thomson, American composer and critic (b. 1896)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Rob Moroso, American race car driver (b. 1968)

Deaths30 years ago

1990 - Alice Parizeau, Polish-Canadian journalist and author (b. 1930)

Deaths30 years ago

1990 - Patrick White, Australian novelist, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1912)

Deaths30 years ago

1991 - Toma Zdravković, Serbian singer-songwriter (b. 1938)

Deaths29 years ago

1994 - André Michel Lwoff, French microbiologist and virologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)

Deaths26 years ago

1998 - Marius Goring, English actor (b. 1912)

Deaths22 years ago

1998 - Dan Quisenberry, American baseball player and poet (b. 1953)

Deaths22 years ago

1998 - Robert Lewis Taylor, American soldier and author (b. 1912)

Deaths22 years ago

2002 - Göran Kropp, Swedish race car driver and mountaineer (b. 1966)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Hans-Peter Tschudi, Swiss lawyer and politician, 63rd President of the Swiss Confederation (b. 1913)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Yusuf Bey, American activist, founded Your Black Muslim Bakery (b. 1935)

Deaths17 years ago

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

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Robert Kardashian, American lawyer and businessman (b. 1944)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Gamini Fonseka, Sri Lankan actor, director, and politician (b. 1936)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Jacques Levy, American director and songwriter (b. 1935)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Michael Relph, English director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1915)

Deaths16 years ago

2008 - J. B. Jeyaretnam, Singaporean lawyer and politician (b. 1926)

Deaths12 years ago

2010 - Stephen J. Cannell, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1941)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Anwar al-Awlaki, American-Yemeni terrorist (b. 1971)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Ralph M. Steinman, Canadian-American immunologist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1943)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Turhan Bey, Austrian actor and producer (b. 1922)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Barry Commoner, American biologist, academic, and politician (b. 1917)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Bobby Jaggers, American wrestler and engineer (b. 1948)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Clara Stanton Jones, American librarian (b. 1913)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian-American figure skater (b. 1928)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Boris Šprem, Croatian lawyer and politician, 8th Speaker of the Croatian Parliament (b. 1956)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Janet Powell, Australian educator and politician (b. 1942)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, Indian cleric and politician (b. 1940)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Martin Lewis Perl, American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1927)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Guido Altarelli, Italian-Swiss physicist and academic (b. 1941)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Claude Dauphin, French businessman (b. 1951)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Göran Hägg, Swedish author and critic (b. 1947)

Deaths5 years ago

2017 - Monty Hall, American game show host (b. 1921)

Deaths3 years ago

2018 - Kim Larsen, Danish rock musician (b. 1945)

Deaths2 years ago

2018 - Geoffrey Hayes, British television presenter and actor (b. 1942)

Deaths2 years ago

2018 - Sonia Orbuch, Polish resistance fighter during the Second World War and Holocaust educator. (b. 1925)

Deaths2 years ago

2019 - Victoria Braithwaite, British research scientist who proved fish feel pain (b. 1967)

Deaths1 years ago

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