Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Lesotho from the United Kingdom in 1966.

Holidays and observances

The beginning of World Space Week (International)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances


AD 23 - Rebels sack the Chinese capital Chang'an during a peasant rebellion.


1302 - The Byzantine–Venetian War comes to an end.

Events718 years ago

1363 - Battle of Lake Poyang: In one of the largest naval battles in history, Zhu Yuanzhang's rebels defeat rival Chen Youliang.

Events657 years ago

1511 - Formation of the Holy League of Aragon, the Papal States and Venice against France.

Events509 years ago

1535 - The Coverdale Bible is printed, with translations into English by William Tyndale and Myles Coverdale.

Events485 years ago

1582 - The Gregorian Calendar is introduced by Pope Gregory XIII.

Events438 years ago

1597 - Governor Gonzalo Méndez de Canço begins to suppress a native uprising against his rule in what is now Georgia.

Events423 years ago

1636 - Thirty Years' War: The Swedish Army defeats the armies of Saxony and the Holy Roman Empire at the Battle of Wittstock.

Events384 years ago

1693 - Nine Years' War: Piedmontese troops are defeated by the French.

Events327 years ago

1777 - American Revolutionary War: Troops under George Washington are repelled by British troops under William Howe.

Events243 years ago

1795 - Napoleon first rises to prominence by suppressing counter-revolutionary rioters threatening the National Convention.

Events225 years ago

1824 - Mexico adopts a new constitution and becomes a federal republic.

Events196 years ago

1830 - The Belgian Revolution takes legal form when the provisional government secedes from the Netherlands.

Events190 years ago

1853 - The Crimean War begins when the Ottoman Empire declares war on the Russian Empire.

Events167 years ago

1876 - The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas opens as the first public college in Texas.

Events144 years ago

1883 - First run of the Orient Express.

Events137 years ago

1883 - First meeting of the Boys' Brigade in Glasgow, Scotland.

Events137 years ago

1895 - Horace Rawlins wins the first U.S. Open Men's Golf Championship.

Events125 years ago

1904 - The IFK Göteborg football club is founded in Sweden.

Events116 years ago

1917 - World War I: The Battle of Broodseinde is fought between the British and German armies in Flanders.

Events103 years ago

1918 - World War I: An explosion kills more than 100 people and destroys a Shell Loading Plant in New Jersey.

Events102 years ago

1927 - Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mount Rushmore.

Events93 years ago

1936 - The British Union of Fascists and various anti-fascist organizations violently clash in the Battle of Cable Street.

Events84 years ago

1941 - Norman Rockwell's Willie Gillis character debuts on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

Events79 years ago

1957 - Sputnik 1 becomes the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.

Events63 years ago

1958 - The current constitution of France is adopted.

Events62 years ago

1960 - An airliner crashes on takeoff from Boston's Logan International Airport, killing 62 people.

Events60 years ago

1963 - Hurricane Flora kills 6,000 in Cuba and Haiti.

Events57 years ago

1965 - Pope Paul VI begins the first papal visit to the Americas.

Events55 years ago

1966 - Basutoland becomes independent from the United Kingdom and is renamed Lesotho.

Events54 years ago

1967 - Omar Ali Saifuddien III of Brunei abdicates in favour of his son.

Events53 years ago

1983 - Richard Noble sets a new land speed record of 633.468 miles per hour (1,019.468 km/h) at the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.

Events37 years ago

1985 - The Free Software Foundation is founded.

Events35 years ago
Events29 years ago

1992 - The Rome General Peace Accords end a 16-year civil war in Mozambique.

Events28 years ago

1992 - El Al Flight 1862 crashes into two apartment buildings in Amsterdam, killing 43 including 39 on the ground.

Events28 years ago

1993 - Battle of Mogadishu occurs killing 18 U.S. Special Forces, two UN Peacekeepers and at least 600 Somalian militia men and civilians.

Events27 years ago

1993 - Tanks bombard the Russian parliament, while demonstrators against President Yeltsin rally outside.

Events27 years ago

1997 - The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs in North Carolina

Events23 years ago

2001 - Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 crashes after being struck by an errant Ukrainian missile. Seventy-eight people are killed.

Events19 years ago

2003 - The Maxim restaurant suicide bombing Israel kills twenty-one Israelis, both Jews and Arabs.

Events17 years ago

2004 - SpaceShipOne wins the Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight.

Events16 years ago

2006 - WikiLeaks is launched.

Events14 years ago

2010 - The Ajka plant accident Hungary releases a million cubic metres of liquid alumina sludge, killing nine, injuring 122, and severely contaminating two major rivers.

Events10 years ago

2017 - Nigerien and U.S. Special Forces are ambushed by Islamic State militants outside the village of Tongo Tongo.

Events3 years ago


Births860 years ago
Births746 years ago
Births744 years ago

1289 - Louis X of France (d. 1316)

Births731 years ago
Births689 years ago
Births641 years ago

1507 - Francis Bigod, English noble (d. 1537)

Births513 years ago

1515 - Lucas Cranach the Younger, German painter (d. 1586)

Births505 years ago

1522 - Gabriele Paleotti, Catholic cardinal (d. 1597)

Births498 years ago

1524 - Francisco Vallés, Spanish physician (d. 1592)

Births496 years ago

1532 - Francisco de Toledo, Catholic cardinal (d. 1596)

Births488 years ago

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

Births478 years ago
Births470 years ago

1562 - Christen Sørensen Longomontanus, Danish astronomer and author (d. 1647)

Births458 years ago

1570 - Péter Pázmány, Hungarian cardinal and philosopher (d. 1637)

Births450 years ago

1579 - Guido Bentivoglio, Italian cardinal (d. 1644)

Births441 years ago

1585 - Anna of Tyrol, Holy Roman Empress (d. 1618)

Births435 years ago

1625 - Jacqueline Pascal, French nun and composer (d. 1661)

Births395 years ago

1626 - Richard Cromwell, English academic and politician, Lord Protector of Great Britain (d. 1712)

Births394 years ago

1633 - Bernardino Ramazzini, Italian physician (d. 1714)

Births387 years ago

1657 - Francesco Solimena, Italian painter and illustrator (d. 1747)

Births363 years ago

1694 - Lord George Murray, Scottish Jacobite General (d. 1760)

Births326 years ago

1720 - Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian sculptor and illustrator (d. 1778)

Births300 years ago

1723 - Nikolaus Poda von Neuhaus, German entomologist and author (d. 1798)

Births297 years ago

1759 - Louis François Antoine Arbogast, French mathematician and academic (d. 1803)

Births261 years ago

1768 - Francisco José de Caldas, Colombian naturalist, executed by royalists in the war of independence (d. 1816)

Births252 years ago

1787 - François Guizot, French historian and politician, 22nd Prime Minister of France (d. 1874)

Births233 years ago

1793 - Charles Pearson, English lawyer and politician (d. 1862)

Births227 years ago

1807 - Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, Canadian lawyer and politician, 2nd Premier of Canada East (d. 1864)

Births213 years ago

1814 - Jean-François Millet, French painter and educator (d. 1875)

Births206 years ago

1822 - Rutherford B. Hayes, American general, lawyer, and politician, 19th President of the United States (d. 1893)

Births198 years ago

1835 - Jenny Twitchell Kempton, American opera singer and educator (d. 1921)

Births185 years ago

1836 - Juliette Adam, French author (d. 1936)

Births184 years ago

1837 - Auguste-Réal Angers, Canadian judge and politician, 6th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (d. 1919)

Births183 years ago

1841 - Prudente de Morais, Brazilian lawyer and politician, 3rd President of Brazil (d. 1912)

Births179 years ago

1841 - Maria Sophie of Bavaria (d. 1925)

Births179 years ago

1843 - Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, Palestinian nun and Catholic Saint (d. 1927)

Births177 years ago

1858 - Léon Serpollet, French businessman (d. 1903)

Births162 years ago

1861 - Walter Rauschenbusch, American pastor and theologian (d. 1918)

Births159 years ago

1861 - Frederic Remington, American painter, sculptor, and illustrator (d. 1909)

Births159 years ago

1862 - Edward Stratemeyer, American author and publisher (d. 1930)

Births158 years ago

1868 - Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear, Argentinian lawyer and politician, 20th President of Argentina (d. 1942)

Births152 years ago

1874 - John Ellis, English executioner (d. 1932)

Births146 years ago

1876 - Florence Eliza Allen, American mathematician and suffrage activist (d. 1960)

Births144 years ago

1877 - Razor Smith, English cricketer (d. 1946)

Births143 years ago

1879 - Robert Edwards, American artist, musician, and writer (d. 1948)

Births141 years ago

1880 - Damon Runyon, American newspaperman and short story writer. (d. 1946)

Births140 years ago

1881 - Walther von Brauchitsch, German field marshal (d. 1948)

Births139 years ago

1884 - Ramchandra Shukla, Indian historian and author (d. 1941)

Births136 years ago

1888 - Lucy Tayiah Eads, American tribal chief (d. 1961)

Births132 years ago

1888 - Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (d. 1954)

Births132 years ago

1890 - Alan L. Hart, American physician and author (d. 1962)

Births130 years ago

1890 - Osman Cemal Kaygılı, Turkish writer and journalist (d. 1945)

Births130 years ago

1892 - Engelbert Dollfuss, Austrian soldier and politician, 14th Federal Chancellor of Austria (d. 1934)

Births128 years ago

1892 - Hermann Glauert, English aerodynamicist and author (d. 1934)

Births128 years ago

1892 - Robert Lawson, American author and illustrator (d. 1957)

Births128 years ago

1895 - Buster Keaton, American film actor, director, and producer (d. 1966)

Births125 years ago

1895 - Richard Sorge, German journalist and spy (d. 1944)

Births125 years ago

1896 - Dorothy Lawrence, English reporter, who secretly posed as a man to become a soldier during World War I (d. 1964)

Births124 years ago

1900 - August Mälk, Estonian author and playwright (d. 1987)

Births120 years ago

1903 - Bona Arsenault, Canadian genealogist, historian, and politician (d. 1993)

Births117 years ago

1903 - John Vincent Atanasoff, American physicist and academic, invented the Atanasoff-Berry computer (d. 1995)

Births117 years ago

1903 - Pierre Garbay, French general (d. 1980)

Births117 years ago

1903 - Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian-German lawyer and general (d. 1946)

Births117 years ago

1906 - Mary Celine Fasenmyer, American mathematician (d. 1996)

Births114 years ago

1907 - Alain Daniélou, French-Swiss historian and academic (d. 1994)

Births113 years ago

1910 - Frankie Crosetti, American baseball player and coach (d. 2002)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı, Turkish poet and author (d. 1956)

Births110 years ago

1913 - Martial Célestin, Haitian lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Haiti (d. 2011)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Jim Cairns, Australian economist and politician, 4th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia (d. 2003)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Brendan Gill, American journalist and essayist (d. 1997)

Births106 years ago

1916 - Vitaly Ginzburg, Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Jan Murray, American comedian, actor, and game show host (d. 2006)

Births104 years ago

1916 - George Sidney, American director and producer (d. 2002)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Violeta Parra, Chilean singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1967)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Kenichi Fukui, Japanese chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998)

Births102 years ago

1922 - Malcolm Baldrige, Jr., American businessman and politician, 26th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 1987)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Shin Kyuk-ho, South Korean-Japanese businessman, founded Lotte Group

Births98 years ago

1922 - Don Lenhardt, American baseball player and coach (d. 2014)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Charlton Heston, American actor, director and gun rights activist (d. 2008)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Donald J. Sobol, American soldier and author (d. 2012)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Roger Wood, Belgian-American journalist (d. 2012)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Raymond Watson, American businessman (d. 2012)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Wolf Kahn, American painter and academic

Births93 years ago

1928 - Alvin Toffler, German-American journalist and author (d. 2016)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Torben Ulrich, Danish-American tennis player

Births92 years ago

1929 - Scotty Beckett, American actor and singer (d. 1968)

Births91 years ago

1929 - John E. Mack, American psychiatrist and author (d. 2004)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Leroy Van Dyke, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births91 years ago

1931 - Terence Conran, English designer and businessman

Births89 years ago

1931 - Basil D'Oliveira, South African-English cricketer and footballer (d. 2011)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Richard Rorty, American philosopher and author (d. 2007)

Births89 years ago

1933 - German Moreno, Filipino television host and actor (d. 2016)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Ann Thwaite, English author

Births87 years ago

1934 - Sam Huff, American football player, coach, and sportscaster

Births86 years ago

1934 - Dimosthenis Sofianos, Greek journalist and poet

Births86 years ago

1936 - Charlie Hurley, Irish footballer and manager

Births84 years ago

1936 - Giles Radice, Baron Radice, English politician

Births84 years ago

1937 - Jackie Collins, English-American author and actress (d. 2015)

Births83 years ago

1937 - David Crocker, American philosopher and academic

Births83 years ago

1937 - Gail Gilmore, Canadian-American actress and dancer (d. 2014)

Births83 years ago

1937 - Lloyd Green, American steel guitar player

Births83 years ago

1937 - Jim Sillars, Scottish lawyer and politician

Births83 years ago

1938 - Kurt Wüthrich, Swiss chemist and biophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate

Births82 years ago

1938 - Norman D. Wilson, American actor (d. 2004)

Births82 years ago

1939 - Ivan Mauger, New Zealand speedway rider (d. 2018)

Births81 years ago

1940 - Vic Hadfield, Canadian ice hockey player

Births80 years ago

1940 - Silvio Marzolini, Argentinian footballer and manager

Births80 years ago

1940 - Steve Swallow, American bass player and composer

Births80 years ago

1940 - Alberto Vilar, American businessman and philanthropist

Births80 years ago

1941 - Roy Blount, Jr., American humorist and journalist

Births79 years ago

1941 - Karen Cushman, American author

Births79 years ago

1941 - Karl Oppitzhauser, Austrian race car driver

Births79 years ago

1941 - Anne Rice, American author

Births79 years ago

1941 - Robert Wilson, American director and playwright

Births79 years ago

1942 - Bernice Johnson Reagon, American singer-songwriter

Births78 years ago

1942 - Karl W. Richter, American lieutenant and pilot (d. 1967)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Icelandic politician, 24th Prime Minister of Iceland

Births78 years ago

1942 - Christopher Stone, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1995)

Births78 years ago

1943 - H. Rap Brown, American activist

Births77 years ago

1943 - Owen Davidson, Australian tennis player

Births77 years ago

1943 - Karl-Gustav Kaisla, Finnish ice hockey player and referee (d. 2012)

Births77 years ago

1943 - Dietmar Mürdter, German footballer

Births77 years ago

1943 - Jimy Williams, American baseball player and manager

Births77 years ago

1944 - Colin Bundy, South African-English historian and academic

Births76 years ago

1944 - Rocío Dúrcal, Spanish singer and actress (d. 2006)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Tony La Russa, American baseball player and manager

Births76 years ago

1944 - John McFall, Baron McFall of Alcluith, Scottish educator and politician

Births76 years ago

1945 - Clifton Davis, American singer-songwriter, actor, and minister

Births75 years ago

1946 - Larry Clapp, American lawyer and politician (d. 2013)

Births74 years ago

1946 - Chuck Hagel, American sergeant and politician, 24th United States Secretary of Defense

Births74 years ago

1946 - Michael Mullen, American admiral

Births74 years ago

1946 - Susan Sarandon, American actress and activist

Births74 years ago

1947 - Julien Clerc, French singer-songwriter and pianist

Births73 years ago

1947 - Jim Fielder, American bass player

Births73 years ago
Births73 years ago

1948 - Iain Hewitson, New Zealand-Australian chef, restaurateur, author, and television personality

Births72 years ago

1948 - Linda McMahon, American businesswoman and politician

Births72 years ago

1948 - Duke Robillard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births72 years ago

1949 - Armand Assante, American actor and producer

Births71 years ago

1949 - Stephen Gyllenhaal, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births71 years ago

1951 - Bakhytzhan Kanapyanov, Kazakh poet and author

Births69 years ago

1952 - Anita DeFrantz, American rower and sports administrator

Births68 years ago

1952 - Jody Stephens, American rock drummer

Births68 years ago

1952 - Zinha Vaz, Bissau-Guinean women's rights activist and politician

Births68 years ago

1953 - Gil Moore, Canadian singer-songwriter, drummer, and producer

Births67 years ago

1953 - Andreas Vollenweider, Swiss harp player

Births67 years ago

1955 - John Rutherford, Scottish rugby player

Births65 years ago

1955 - Jorge Valdano, Argentinian footballer, coach, and manager

Births65 years ago

1956 - Lesley Glaister, English author and playwright

Births64 years ago

1956 - Charlie Leibrandt, American baseball player

Births64 years ago

1956 - Sherri Turner, American golfer

Births64 years ago

1956 - Christoph Waltz, Austrian-German actor

Births64 years ago

1957 - Bill Fagerbakke, American actor

Births63 years ago

1957 - Yngve Moe, Norwegian bass player and songwriter (d. 2013)

Births63 years ago

1957 - Russell Simmons, American businessman, founded Def Jam Recordings and Phat Farm

Births63 years ago

1958 - Barbara Kooyman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births62 years ago

1958 - Anneka Rice, Welsh radio and television host

Births62 years ago

1959 - Chris Lowe, English singer and keyboard player

Births61 years ago

1959 - Tony Meo, English snooker player

Births61 years ago

1959 - Hitonari Tsuji, Japanese author, composer, and director

Births61 years ago

1960 - Joe Boever, American baseball player

Births60 years ago

1960 - Henry Worsley, English colonel and explorer (d. 2016)

Births60 years ago

1961 - Philippe Russo, French singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births59 years ago

1961 - Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese author and illustrator, created Yu-Gi-Oh!

Births59 years ago

1961 - Jon Secada, Cuban-American singer-songwriter

Births59 years ago

1962 - Carlos Carsolio, Mexican mountaineer

Births58 years ago

1963 - A. C. Green, American basketball player

Births57 years ago

1963 - Koji Ishikawa, Japanese author and illustrator

Births57 years ago

1964 - Francis Magalona, Filipino rapper, producer, and actor (d. 2009)

Births56 years ago

1964 - Yvonne Murray, Scottish runner

Births56 years ago

1965 - Olaf Backasch, German footballer

Births55 years ago

1965 - Skip Heller, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births55 years ago

1965 - Steve Olin, American baseball player (d. 1993)

Births55 years ago

1965 - Micky Ward, American boxer

Births55 years ago

1967 - Nick Green, Australian rower

Births53 years ago

1967 - Liev Schreiber, American actor and director

Births53 years ago

1968 - Richard Hancox, English footballer and manager

Births52 years ago

1968 - Tim Wise, American activist and author

Births52 years ago

1971 - Darren Middleton, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births49 years ago

1972 - Kurt Thomas, American basketball player

Births48 years ago

1974 - Paco León, Spanish actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births46 years ago

1975 - Cristiano Lucarelli, Italian footballer and manager

Births45 years ago

1976 - Mauro Camoranesi, Argentinian-Italian footballer and manager

Births44 years ago

1976 - Elisandro Naressi Roos, Brazilian footballer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Alicia Silverstone, American actress, producer, and author

Births44 years ago

1976 - Ueli Steck, Swiss mountaineer and rock climber (d. 2017)

Births44 years ago

1977 - Richard Reed Parry, Canadian guitarist, songwriter, and producer

Births43 years ago

1978 - Phillip Glasser, American actor and producer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Kei Horie, Japanese actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births42 years ago

1978 - Kyle Lohse, American baseball player

Births42 years ago

1979 - Rachael Leigh Cook, American actress

Births41 years ago

1979 - Björn Phau, German tennis player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Adam Voges, Australian cricketer

Births41 years ago

1980 - Sarah Fisher, American race car driver

Births40 years ago

1980 - James Jones, American basketball player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Tomáš Rosický, Czech footballer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Shaura, Japanese singer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Justin Williams, Canadian ice hockey player

Births39 years ago

1982 - Tony Gwynn, Jr., American baseball player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Jered Weaver, American baseball player

Births38 years ago

1983 - Dan Clarke, English race car driver

Births37 years ago

1983 - Marios Nicolaou, Cypriot footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Chansi Stuckey, American football player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Kurt Suzuki, American baseball player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Vicky Krieps, Luxembourgish actress

Births37 years ago

1984 - Lena Katina, Russian singer-songwriter

Births36 years ago

1984 - Álvaro Parente, Portuguese race car driver

Births36 years ago

1984 - Karolina Tymińska, Polish heptathlete

Births36 years ago

1985 - Shontelle, Barbadian singer-songwriter

Births35 years ago

1985 - Thorsten Wiedemann, German rugby player

Births35 years ago

1987 - Rawez Lawan, Swedish footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Will Puddy, English footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Marina Weisband, German politician

Births33 years ago

1988 - Melissa Benoist, American actress and singer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Caner Erkin, Turkish footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Evgeni Krasnopolski, Israeli figure skater

Births32 years ago

1988 - Derrick Rose, American basketball player

Births32 years ago

1989 - Dakota Johnson, American model and actress

Births31 years ago

1990 - Signy Aarna, Estonian footballer

Births30 years ago

1993 - Mitchell Swepson, Australian cricketer

Births27 years ago

1995 - Mikolas Josef, Czech Republic singer and songwriter

Births25 years ago


AD 23 - Wang Mang, Emperor of China


744 - Yazid III, Umayyad caliph (b. 701)


863 - Turpio, Frankish nobleman

Deaths968 years ago

1160 - Constance of Castile, Queen of France (b. 1141)

Deaths860 years ago

1221 - William IV Talvas, Count of Ponthieu (b. 1179)

Deaths799 years ago

1226 - Francis of Assisi (b. 1182)

Deaths794 years ago

1227 - Caliph al-Adil of Morocco

Deaths793 years ago
Deaths770 years ago

1305 - Emperor Kameyama of Japan (b. 1249)

Deaths715 years ago

1361 - John de Mowbray, 3rd Baron Mowbray, English baron (b. 1310)

Deaths659 years ago
Deaths523 years ago

1582 - Teresa of Ávila, Spanish nun and saint (b. 1515)

Deaths438 years ago

1597 - Sarsa Dengel, Ethiopian emperor (b. 1550)

Deaths423 years ago

1646 - Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel, English courtier and politician, Earl Marshal of the United Kingdom (b. 1586)

Deaths374 years ago

1660 - Francesco Albani, Italian painter (b. 1578)

Deaths360 years ago

1661 - Jacqueline Pascal, French nun and composer (b. 1625)

Deaths359 years ago

1669 - Rembrandt, Dutch painter and illustrator (b. 1606)

Deaths351 years ago

1680 - Pierre-Paul Riquet, French engineer, designed the Canal du Midi (b. 1609)

Deaths340 years ago

1743 - John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, Scottish commander and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey (b. 1678)

Deaths277 years ago

1749 - Baron Franz von der Trenck, Austrian soldier (b. 1711)

Deaths271 years ago

1821 - John Rennie the Elder, Scottish engineer, designed the Waterloo Bridge (b. 1761)

Deaths199 years ago

1827 - Grigorios Zalykis, Greek-French lexicographer and scholar (b. 1785)

Deaths193 years ago

1851 - Manuel Godoy, Spanish general and politician, Prime Minister of Spain (b. 1767)

Deaths169 years ago

1852 - James Whitcomb, American lawyer and politician, 8th Governor of Indiana (b. 1795)

Deaths168 years ago

1859 - Karl Baedeker, German publisher, founded Baedeker (b. 1801)

Deaths161 years ago

1864 - Joseph Montferrand, Canadian logger and strongman (b. 1802)

Deaths156 years ago

1867 - Francis Xavier Seelos, German-American priest and missionary (b. 1819)

Deaths153 years ago

1871 - Sarel Cilliers, South African spiritual leader and preacher (b. 1801)

Deaths149 years ago

1890 - Catherine Booth, English theologian and saint, co-founded The Salvation Army (b. 1829)

Deaths130 years ago

1903 - Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher and author (b. 1880)

Deaths117 years ago

1904 - Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor, designed the Statue of Liberty (b. 1834)

Deaths116 years ago

1904 - Carl Josef Bayer, Austrian chemist and academic (b. 1847)

Deaths116 years ago

1910 - Sergey Muromtsev, Russian lawyer and politician (b. 1850)

Deaths110 years ago

1935 - Jean Béraud, French painter and academic (b. 1849)

Deaths85 years ago

1935 - Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano, actress, and director (b. 1874)

Deaths85 years ago

1943 - Irena Iłłakowicz, German-Polish lieutenant (b. 1906)

Deaths77 years ago

1944 - Al Smith, American lawyer and politician, 42nd Governor of New York (b. 1873)

Deaths76 years ago

1946 - Barney Oldfield, American race car driver and actor (b. 1878)

Deaths74 years ago

1947 - Max Planck, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1858)

Deaths73 years ago

1951 - Henrietta Lacks, American medical patient (b. 1920)

Deaths69 years ago

1955 - Alexander Papagos, Greek general and politician, 152nd Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1883)

Deaths65 years ago

1958 - Ida Wüst, German actress and screenwriter (b. 1884)

Deaths62 years ago

1961 - Benjamin, Russian metropolitan (b. 1880)

Deaths59 years ago

1963 - Alar Kotli, Estonian architect (b. 1904)

Deaths57 years ago

1970 - Janis Joplin, American singer-songwriter (b. 1943)

Deaths50 years ago

1974 - Anne Sexton, American poet and author (b. 1928)

Deaths46 years ago

1975 - Joan Whitney Payson, American businesswoman and philanthropist (b. 1903)

Deaths45 years ago

1977 - José Ber Gelbard, Argentinian activist and politician (b. 1917)

Deaths43 years ago

1980 - Pyotr Masherov, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Byelorussia (b. 1918)

Deaths40 years ago

1981 - Freddie Lindstrom, American baseball player and coach (b. 1905)

Deaths39 years ago

1982 - Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist and conductor (b. 1932)

Deaths38 years ago

1982 - Stefanos Stefanopoulos, Greek politician, 165th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1898)

Deaths38 years ago

1988 - Zlatko Grgić, Croatian-Canadian animator, director, and screenwriter (b. 1931)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - Graham Chapman, English actor and screenwriter (b. 1941)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Mārtiņš Zīverts, Latvian playwright (b. 1903)

Deaths30 years ago

1992 - Denny Hulme, New Zealand race car driver (b. 1936)

Deaths28 years ago

1994 - Danny Gatton, American guitarist (b. 1945)

Deaths26 years ago

1997 - Otto Ernst Remer, German general (b. 1912)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - Gunpei Yokoi, Japanese game designer, created Game Boy (b. 1941)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - S. Arasaratnam, Sri Lankan historian and academic (b. 1930)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Erik Brødreskift, Norwegian drummer (b. 1969)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - Bernard Buffet, French painter and illustrator (b. 1928)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - Art Farmer, American trumpet player and composer (b. 1928)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - Yu Kuo-hwa, Chinese politician, 32nd Premier of the Republic of China (b. 1914)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Michael Smith, English-Canadian biochemist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1932)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Blaise Alexander, American race car driver (b. 1976)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - John Collins, American guitarist (b. 1913)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Ahron Soloveichik, Russian rabbi and scholar (b. 1917)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - André Delvaux, Belgian-Spanish director and screenwriter (b. 1926)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Sid McMath, American lawyer and politician, 34th Governor of Arkansas (b. 1912)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Gordon Cooper, American colonel, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1927)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Stanley K. Hathaway, American lawyer and politician, 40th United States Secretary of the Interior (b. 1924)

Deaths15 years ago

2007 - Qassem Al-Nasser, Jordanian general (b. 1925)

Deaths13 years ago

2009 - Gerhard Kaufhold, German footballer (b. 1928)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Günther Rall, German general and pilot (b. 1918)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Norman Wisdom, English actor, comedian, and singer-songwriter (b. 1915)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Doris Belack, American actress (b. 1926)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - David Atkinson, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1921)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Stan Mudenge, Zimbabwean historian and politician, Zimbabwean Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1941)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Tom Stannage, Australian footballer, historian, and academic (b. 1944)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - John Cloudsley-Thompson, Pakistani-English commander (b. 1921)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Ulric Cross, Trinidadian navigator, judge, and diplomat (b. 1917)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Akira Miyoshi, Japanese composer (b. 1933)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Diana Nasution, Indonesian singer (b. 1958)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Võ Nguyên Giáp, Vietnamese general and politician, 3rd Minister of Defence for Vietnam (b. 1911)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Nicholas Oresko, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1917)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Konrad Boehmer, German-Dutch composer and educator (b. 1941)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Hugo Carvana, Brazilian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1937)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Fyodor Cherenkov, Russian footballer and manager (b. 1959)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Jean-Claude Duvalier, Haitian politician, 41st President of Haiti (b. 1951)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Jewel Joseph Newman, American sergeant and politician (b. 1921)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - William A. Culpepper, American general, lawyer, and judge (b. 1916)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Edida Nageswara Rao, Indian director and producer (b. 1934)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Dave Pike, American vibraphone player and songwriter (b. 1938)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Neal Walk, American basketball player (b. 1948)

Deaths5 years ago

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