Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances


3761 BC - The epoch reference date epoch (origin) of the modern Hebrew calendar.

Events-1741 years ago

1403 - Venetian–Genoese wars: The Genoese fleet under a French admiral is defeated by a Venetian fleet.

Events617 years ago

1477 - Uppsala University is inaugurated after receiving its corporate rights from Pope Sixtus IV in February the same year.

Events543 years ago

1513 - War of the League of Cambrai: Spain defeats Venice.

Events507 years ago

1571 - The Battle of Lepanto is fought, and the Ottoman Navy suffers its first defeat.

Events449 years ago

1691 - The charter for the Province of Massachusetts Bay is issued.

Events329 years ago

1763 - King George III issues the Royal Proclamation of 1763, closing Indigenous lands in North America north and west of the Alleghenies to white settlements.

Events257 years ago

1777 - American Revolutionary War: The Americans defeat the British in the Second Battle of Saratoga, also known as the Battle of Bemis Heights.

Events243 years ago

1780 - American Revolutionary War: American militia defeat royalist irregulars led by British major Patrick Ferguson in South Carolina.

Events240 years ago

1800 - French corsair Robert Surcouf, commander of the 18-gun ship La Confiance, captures the British 38-gun Kent.

Events220 years ago

1826 - The Granite Railway begins operations as the first chartered railway in the U.S.

Events194 years ago

1828 - Morea expedition: The city of Patras, Greece, is liberated by the French expeditionary force.

Events192 years ago

1840 - Willem II becomes King of the Netherlands.

Events180 years ago

1864 - American Civil War: A US Navy ship captures a Confederate raider in a Brazilian seaport.

Events156 years ago

1868 - Cornell University holds opening day ceremonies; initial student enrollment is 412, the highest at any American university to that date.

Events152 years ago

1870 - Franco-Prussian War: Léon Gambetta escapes the siege of Paris in a hot-air balloon.

Events150 years ago

1879 - Germany and Austria-Hungary sign the "Twofold Covenant" and create the Dual Alliance.

Events141 years ago

1912 - The Helsinki Stock Exchange sees its first transaction.

Events108 years ago

1916 - Georgia Tech defeats Cumberland University 222–0 in the most lopsided college football game in American history.

Events104 years ago

1919 - KLM, the flag carrier of the Netherlands, is founded. It is the oldest airline still operating under its original name.

Events101 years ago

1924 - Andreas Michalakopoulos becomes prime minister of Greece for a short period of time.

Events96 years ago

1929 - Photius II becomes Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

Events91 years ago

1933 - Air France is inaugurated, after being formed by a merger of five French airlines.

Events87 years ago

1940 - World War II: The McCollum memo proposes bringing the United States into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.

Events80 years ago

1944 - World War II: During an uprising at Birkenau concentration camp, Jewish prisoners burn down Crematorium IV.

Events76 years ago

1949 - The communist German Democratic Republic (East Germany) is formed.

Events71 years ago

1950 - Mother Teresa establishes the Missionaries of Charity.

Events70 years ago

1958 - The 1958 Pakistani coup d'état inaugurates a prolonged period of military rule.

Events62 years ago

1958 - The U.S. manned space-flight project is renamed Project Mercury.

Events62 years ago

1959 - The Soviet probe Luna 3 transmits the first-ever photographs of the far side of the Moon.

Events61 years ago

1963 - President Kennedy signs the ratification of the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Events57 years ago

1977 - The Fourth Soviet Constitution is adopted.

Events43 years ago

1985 - The Mameyes landslide kills almost 200 people in Puerto Rico.

Events35 years ago

1985 - Four men from the Palestine Liberation Front hijack the MS Achille Lauro off the coast of Egypt.

Events35 years ago

1987 - Sikh nationalists declare the independence of Khalistan from India; it is not internationally recognized.

Events33 years ago

1988 - A hunter discovers three gray whales trapped under the ice near Alaska; the situation becomes a multinational effort to free the whales.

Events32 years ago

1991 - Croatian War of Independence: Bombing of Banski dvori in Zagreb, Croatia.

Events29 years ago

1993 - The flood of '93 ends at St. Louis, Missouri, 103 days after it began, as the Mississippi River falls below flood stage.

Events27 years ago

1996 - Fox News Channel begins broadcasting.

Events24 years ago

1998 - Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, is found tied to a fence after being savagely beaten by two young adults in Laramie, Wyoming. He died five days later.

Events22 years ago
Events20 years ago

2001 - The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan begins with an air assault and covert operations on the ground.

Events19 years ago
Events18 years ago

2008 - Asteroid 2008 TC3 impacts the Earth over Sudan, the first time an asteroid impact is detected prior to its entry into earth's atmosphere.

Events12 years ago

2016 - In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the death toll rises to 800.

Events4 years ago


14 BC - Drusus Julius Caesar, Roman politician (d. 23 AD)


1301 - Grand Prince Aleksandr Mikhailovich of Tver (d. 1339)

Births719 years ago
Births611 years ago
Births549 years ago
Births546 years ago
Births538 years ago

1573 - William Laud, English archbishop and academic (d. 1645)

Births447 years ago

1576 - John Marston, English poet and playwright (d. 1634)

Births444 years ago

1586 - Isaac Massa, Dutch diplomat (d. 1643)

Births434 years ago
Births431 years ago

1591 - Pierre Le Muet, French architect (d. 1669)

Births429 years ago

1597 - Captain John Underhill, English settler and soldier (d. 1672)

Births423 years ago

1635 - Roger de Piles, French painter (d. 1709)

Births385 years ago

1713 - Granville Elliott, English general (d. 1759)

Births307 years ago

1728 - Caesar Rodney, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 4th Governor of Delaware (d. 1784)

Births292 years ago

1744 - Sergey Vyazmitinov, Russian general and politician, War Governor of Saint Petersburg (d. 1819)

Births276 years ago

1746 - William Billings, American composer and educator (d. 1800)

Births274 years ago
Births272 years ago

1769 - Solomon Sibley, American lawyer, jurist, and politician, 1st Mayor of Detroit (d. 1846)

Births251 years ago

1786 - Louis-Joseph Papineau, Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 1871)

Births234 years ago

1798 - Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, French instrument maker and businessman (d. 1875)

Births222 years ago

1819 - Ann Eliza Smith, American author and patriot (d. 1905)

Births201 years ago

1821 - Richard H. Anderson, American general (d. 1879)

Births199 years ago

1832 - Charles Crozat Converse, American lawyer and composer (d. 1918)

Births188 years ago

1835 - Felix Draeseke, German composer and educator (d. 1913)

Births185 years ago

1836 - Henri Elzéar Taschereau, Canadian scholar and jurist, 4th Chief Justice of Canada (d. 1911)

Births184 years ago
Births179 years ago

1849 - James Whitcomb Riley, American poet and author (d. 1916)

Births171 years ago

1860 - Leonidas Paraskevopoulos, Greek general and politician (d. 1936)

Births160 years ago

1866 - Wlodimir Ledóchowski, Polish-Austrian religious leader, 26th Superior General of the Society of Jesus (d. 1942)

Births154 years ago

1870 - Uncle Dave Macon, American old-time country banjo player, singer-songwriter, and comedian (d. 1952)

Births150 years ago

1876 - Louis Tancred, South African cricketer (d. 1934)

Births144 years ago

1879 - Joe Hill, Swedish-born American labor activist and poet (d. 1915)

Births141 years ago

1881 - Mikhail Drozdovsky, Ukrainian-Russian general (d. 1918)

Births139 years ago

1884 - Harold Geiger, American lieutenant and pilot (d. 1927)

Births136 years ago

1885 - Niels Bohr, Danish physicist and philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1962)

Births135 years ago

1885 - Claud Ashton Jones, American admiral, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1948)

Births135 years ago

1887 - Jack Russell, English cricketer and coach (d. 1961)

Births133 years ago

1888 - Henry A. Wallace, American agronomist and politician, 33rd Vice President of the United States (d. 1965)

Births132 years ago

1888 - Edna Meade Colson, African American educator and activist (d. 1985)

Births132 years ago

1889 - Robert Z. Leonard, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1968)

Births131 years ago

1892 - Dwain Esper, American director and producer (d. 1982)

Births128 years ago

1893 - Alice Dalgliesh, Trinidadian-American author and publisher (d. 1979)

Births127 years ago

1894 - Del Lord, Canadian-American actor and director (d. 1970)

Births126 years ago

1895 - Maurice Grevisse, Belgian linguist and author (d. 1980)

Births125 years ago

1896 - Paulino Alcántara, Spanish Filipino football player and manager (d. 1964)

Births124 years ago

1897 - Elijah Muhammad, American religious leader (d. 1975)

Births123 years ago

1897 - Thakin Mya, Burmese lawyer and politician (d. 1947)

Births123 years ago

1900 - Heinrich Himmler, German commander and politician (d. 1945)

Births120 years ago

1904 - Armando Castellazzi, Italian footballer and coach (d. 1968)

Births116 years ago

1905 - Andy Devine, American actor (d. 1977)

Births115 years ago

1907 - Helen MacInnes, Scottish-American librarian and author (d. 1985)

Births113 years ago

1909 - Anni Blomqvist, Finnish author (d. 1990)

Births111 years ago

1909 - Shura Cherkassky, Ukrainian-American pianist and educator (d. 1995)

Births111 years ago

1909 - Erastus Corning 2nd, American soldier and politician, 72nd Mayor of Albany (d. 1983)

Births111 years ago

1910 - Henry Plumer McIlhenny, American art collector and philanthropist (d. 1986)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Vaughn Monroe, American singer, trumpet player, and bandleader (d. 1973)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Fernando Belaúnde Terry, Peruvian architect and politician, 85th President of Peru (d. 2002)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Peter Walker, English race car driver (d. 1984)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Simon Carmiggelt, Dutch journalist and author (d. 1987)

Births107 years ago

1913 - Raimond Valgre, Estonian pianist, guitarist, and composer (d. 1949)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Begum Akhtar, Indian actress (d. 1974)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Sarah Churchill, English actress (d. 1982)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Alfred Drake, American actor and singer (d. 1992)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Herman Keiser, American golfer (d. 2003)

Births106 years ago

1917 - June Allyson, American actress (d. 2006)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Harry V. Jaffa, American historian, philosopher, and academic (d. 2015)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Henriette Avram, American computer scientist and academic (d. 2006)

Births101 years ago

1919 - Zelman Cowen, Australian academic and politician, 19th Governor-General of Australia (d. 2011)

Births101 years ago

1919 - Georges Duby, French historian and author (d. 1996)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Georg Leber, German soldier and politician, German Federal Minister of Defence (d. 2012)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Jack Rowley, English footballer and manager (d. 1998)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Raymond Goethals, Belgian footballer and coach (d. 2004)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Grady Hatton, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2013)

Births98 years ago

1922 - William Zinsser, American journalist and critic (d. 2015)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Irma Grese, German SS officer (d. 1945)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Břetislav Pojar, Czech animator and director (d. 2012)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Jean-Paul Riopelle, Canadian painter and sculptor (d. 2002)

Births97 years ago

1927 - Al Martino, American singer and actor (d. 2009)

Births93 years ago

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

Births93 years ago

1927 - Demetrio González, Spanish-Mexican film actor and singer (d. 2015)

Births93 years ago

1928 - José Messias, Brazilian composer, singer, writer, host and critic (d. 2015)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Ali Kafi, Pakistani politician (d. 2013)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Lorna Wing, English autism researcher (d. 2014)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Graeme Ferguson, Canadian director and producer, co-founded the IMAX Corporation

Births91 years ago

1929 - Mariano Gagnon, American Catholic priest and author (d. 2017)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Robert Westall, English journalist and author (d. 1993)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Curtis Crider, American race car driver (d. 2012)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Cotton Fitzsimmons, American basketball player and coach (d. 2004)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Tommy Lewis, American football player and coach (d. 2014)

Births89 years ago

1931 - R. Sivagurunathan, Sri Lankan journalist, lawyer, and academic (d. 2003)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Desmond Tutu, South African archbishop and activist, Nobel Prize laureate

Births89 years ago

1932 - Joannes Gijsen, Dutch bishop (d. 2013)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Harold Dunaway, American race car driver and pilot (d. 2012)

Births87 years ago

1934 - Amiri Baraka, American poet, playwright, and academic (d. 2014)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Ulrike Meinhof, German far-left terrorist, co-founder of the Red Army Faction, journalist (d. 1976)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Julian Thompson, English general and historian

Births86 years ago

1935 - Thomas Keneally, Australian novelist, playwright, and essayist

Births85 years ago

1936 - Michael Hurll, English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)

Births84 years ago

1937 - Christopher Booker, English journalist and author

Births83 years ago

1937 - Chet Powers, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1994)

Births83 years ago

1937 - Maria Szyszkowska, Polish academic and politician

Births83 years ago

1938 - Ann Jones, English tennis player and sportscaster

Births82 years ago

1939 - John Hopcroft, American computer scientist and author

Births81 years ago

1939 - Clive James, Australian television host, author, and critic

Births81 years ago

1939 - Harry Kroto, English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2016)

Births81 years ago

1939 - Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Congolese cardinal

Births81 years ago

1939 - Bill Snyder, American football player and coach

Births81 years ago

1940 - Bruce Vento, American educator and politician (d. 2000)

Births80 years ago

1942 - Joy Behar, American talk show host, comedian and television personality

Births78 years ago

1943 - José Cardenal, Cuban baseball player and coach

Births77 years ago

1943 - Oliver North, American colonel, journalist, and author

Births77 years ago

1944 - Judee Sill, American singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1979)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Donald Tsang, Chinese civil servant and politician, 2nd Chief Executive of Hong Kong

Births76 years ago

1945 - Kevin Godley, English singer-songwriter and director

Births75 years ago

1945 - David Wallace, Scottish physicist and academic

Births75 years ago

1946 - John Brass, Australian rugby player and coach

Births74 years ago

1946 - Catharine MacKinnon, American lawyer, activist, and author

Births74 years ago

1947 - Chris Bambridge, Australian footballer and referee

Births73 years ago

1948 - Diane Ackerman, American poet and essayist

Births72 years ago

1948 - John F. B. Mitchell, English climatologist and author

Births72 years ago

1948 - Stephen Rucker, American composer

Births72 years ago

1949 - Dave Hope, American bass player and priest

Births71 years ago

1950 - Dick Jauron, American football player and coach

Births70 years ago

1950 - Jakaya Kikwete, Tanzanian colonel, economist, and politician, 4th President of Tanzania

Births70 years ago

1951 - Enki Bilal, French comic book creator, comics artist and film director

Births69 years ago

1951 - John Mellencamp, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

Births69 years ago

1952 - Vladimir Putin, Russian colonel and politician, 4th President of Russia

Births68 years ago

1952 - Jacques Richard, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2002)

Births68 years ago

1952 - Graham Yallop, Australian cricketer

Births68 years ago

1953 - Linda Griffiths, Canadian actress and playwright (d. 2014)

Births67 years ago

1953 - Margus Lepa, Estonian journalist and actor

Births67 years ago

1953 - Tico Torres, American drummer

Births67 years ago

1955 - Ralph Johnson, American computer scientist and author

Births65 years ago

1955 - Bill Henson, Australian photographer

Births65 years ago

1955 - Yo-Yo Ma, French-American cellist and educator

Births65 years ago

1956 - Steve Bainbridge, English rugby player

Births64 years ago

1956 - Mike Shipley, Australian-English sound engineer and producer (d. 2013)

Births64 years ago

1956 - Brian Sutter, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births64 years ago

1957 - Joey Marquez, Filipino basketball player, actor, and politician

Births63 years ago

1957 - Michael W. Smith, American singer-songwriter and actor

Births63 years ago

1957 - Jayne Torvill, English figure skater

Births63 years ago

1959 - Dylan Baker, American actor

Births61 years ago

1959 - Simon Cowell, English businessman and producer

Births61 years ago

1959 - Lourdes Flores, Peruvian lawyer and politician

Births61 years ago

1959 - Jean-Marc Fournier, Canadian lawyer and politician

Births61 years ago

1959 - Brazo de Oro, Mexican wrestler (d. 2017)

Births61 years ago

1960 - Kevin Boyle, American historian and author

Births60 years ago

1961 - Brian Mannix, Australian singer-songwriter

Births59 years ago

1961 - Tony Sparano, American football player and coach (d. 2018)

Births59 years ago

1962 - Dave Bronconnier, Canadian businessman and politician, 35th Mayor of Calgary

Births58 years ago

1962 - Micky Flanagan, English comedian

Births58 years ago

1962 - William Johnson, German-English cricketer

Births58 years ago

1964 - Sam Brown, English singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer

Births56 years ago

1964 - Dan Savage, American LGBT rights activist, journalist and television producer

Births56 years ago

1964 - Paul Stewart, English footballer

Births56 years ago

1965 - Genji Hashimoto, Japanese race car driver

Births55 years ago

1965 - Kumiko Watanabe, Japanese voice actress

Births55 years ago

1966 - Sherman Alexie, American novelist, short story writer, poet, and filmmaker

Births54 years ago

1966 - Marco Beltrami, Italian-American composer and conductor

Births54 years ago

1966 - Janet Shaw, Australian cyclist and author (d. 2012)

Births54 years ago

1967 - Michelle Alexander, American law professor, author and activist

Births53 years ago

1967 - Peter Baker, English golfer

Births53 years ago

1967 - Toni Braxton, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

Births53 years ago

1967 - Luke Haines, English singer-songwriter and keyboard player

Births53 years ago

1968 - Thom Yorke, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births52 years ago

1969 - Bobbie Brown, American model and actress

Births51 years ago

1969 - Malia Hosaka, American wrestler

Births51 years ago

1969 - Per Mathisen, Norwegian bass player and composer

Births51 years ago

1969 - Maria Whittaker, English model, actress, and singer

Births51 years ago

1971 - Daniel Boucher, Canadian singer and actor

Births49 years ago

1972 - Marlou Aquino, Filipino basketball player

Births48 years ago

1972 - Ben Younger, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births48 years ago

1973 - Dida, Brazilian footballer

Births47 years ago

1973 - Priest Holmes, American football player

Births47 years ago

1973 - Sami Hyypiä, Finnish footballer and manager

Births47 years ago

1973 - Grigol Mgaloblishvili, Georgian politician and diplomat, 7th Prime Minister of Georgia

Births47 years ago

1974 - Rune Glifberg, Danish skateboarder

Births46 years ago

1974 - Ruslan Nigmatullin, Russian footballer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Charlotte Perrelli, Swedish singer

Births46 years ago

1975 - Giorgos Karadimos, Greek singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births45 years ago

1975 - Damian Kulash, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births45 years ago

1975 - Tim Minchin, English-Australian comedian, actor, and singer

Births45 years ago

1976 - Marc Coma, Spanish motorcycle racer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Taylor Hicks, American singer-songwriter

Births44 years ago

1976 - Gilberto Silva, Brazilian footballer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Santiago Solari, Argentinian footballer and manager

Births44 years ago

1976 - Charles Woodson, American football player

Births44 years ago

1977 - Antoine Revoy, French comics writer and illustrator

Births43 years ago

1978 - Alison Balsom, English trumpet player and educator

Births42 years ago

1978 - Alesha Dixon, English singer-songwriter and dancer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Zaheer Khan, Indian cricketer

Births42 years ago

1979 - Simona Amânar, Romanian gymnast

Births41 years ago

1979 - Aaron Ashmore, Canadian actor

Births41 years ago

1979 - Shawn Ashmore, Canadian actor

Births41 years ago

1981 - Austin Eubanks, American motivational speaker (d. 2019)

Births39 years ago

1982 - Madjid Bougherra, Algerian footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Jermain Defoe, English footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Robby Ginepri, American tennis player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Li Yundi, Chinese pianist

Births38 years ago

1982 - Lockett Pundt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births38 years ago

1983 - Archie Bland, English journalist and author

Births37 years ago

1983 - Dwayne Bravo, Trinidadian cricketer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Flying Lotus, American rapper, DJ, and producer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Scottie Upshall, Canadian ice hockey player

Births37 years ago

1984 - Salman Butt, Pakistani cricketer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Toma Ikuta, Japanese actor and singer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Simon Poulsen, Danish footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Zachary Wyatt, American soldier and politician

Births36 years ago

1985 - Evan Longoria, American baseball player

Births35 years ago

1986 - Chase Daniel, American football player

Births34 years ago

1986 - Lee Nguyen, American soccer player

Births34 years ago

1986 - Gunnar Nielsen, Faroese footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Bree Olson, American porn actress and producer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Amy Satterthwaite, New Zealand cricketer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Jeremy Brockie, New Zealand footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Aiden English, American wrestler

Births33 years ago

1987 - Sam Querrey, American tennis player

Births33 years ago

1988 - Diego da Silva Costa, Brazilian footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Lauren Mayberry, Scottish singer-songwriter

Births32 years ago

1989 - Trent Merrin, Australian rugby league player

Births31 years ago

1990 - Sebastián Coates, Uruguayan footballer

Births30 years ago

1991 - Lay, Chinese singer-songwriter and actor

Births29 years ago

1992 - Mookie Betts, American baseball player

Births28 years ago

1995 - Lyndon Dykes, Australian professional footballer

Births25 years ago

1995 - Lloyd Jones, English professional footballer

Births25 years ago

1995 - Bram van Vlerken, Dutch professional football player

Births25 years ago

1995 - Mathias Dyngeland, Norwegian footballer

Births25 years ago

1998 - Trent Alexander-Arnold, English professional footballer

Births22 years ago

2001 - Princess Senate Seeiso, Princess of Lesotho

Births19 years ago


336 - Mark, pope of the Catholic Church


858 - Montoku, Japanese emperor (b. 826)


929 - Charles the Simple, French king (b. 879)


950 - Li, Chinese empress consort


951 - Shi Zong, emperor of the Liao Dynasty (b. 919)


951 - Xiao, Chinese Khitan empress dowager

Deaths1069 years ago

951 - Zhen, Chinese Khitan empress consort

Deaths1069 years ago

988 - Qian Chu, king of Wuyue (b. 929)


1242 - Juntoku, Japanese emperor (b. 1197)

Deaths778 years ago

1259 - Ezzelino III da Romano, Italian ruler

Deaths761 years ago

1363 - Eleanor de Bohun, English noblewoman (b. 1304)

Deaths657 years ago

1368 - Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, Belgian-English politician (b. 1338)

Deaths652 years ago

1461 - Jean Poton de Xaintrailles, follower of Joan of Arc (b. c. 1390)

Deaths559 years ago

1468 - Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, Italian nobleman (b. 1417)

Deaths552 years ago

1553 - Cristóbal de Morales, Spanish composer (b. 1500)

Deaths467 years ago

1571 - Sufi Ali Pasha, Ottoman soldier and politician, Ottoman Governor of Egypt

Deaths449 years ago

1571 - Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg, Danish queen consort of Christian III of Denmark (b. 1511)

Deaths449 years ago

1577 - George Gascoigne, English soldier, courtier, and poet (b. 1535)

Deaths443 years ago

1612 - Giovanni Battista Guarini, Italian poet, playwright, and diplomat (b. 1538)

Deaths408 years ago

1620 - Stanisław Żółkiewski, Polish-Lithuanian commander (b. 1547)

Deaths400 years ago

1637 - Victor Amadeus I, duke of Savoy (b. 1587)

Deaths383 years ago

1651 - Jacques Sirmond, French scholar (b. 1559)

Deaths369 years ago

1653 - Fausto Poli, Italian cardinal (b. 1581)

Deaths367 years ago

1708 - Guru Gobind Singh, Indian 10th Sikh guru (b. 1666)

Deaths312 years ago

1772 - John Woolman, American preacher and abolitionist (b. 1720)

Deaths248 years ago

1787 - Henry Muhlenberg, German-American pastor and missionary (b. 1711)

Deaths233 years ago

1792 - George Mason, American lawyer and politician (b. 1725)

Deaths228 years ago
Deaths227 years ago

1796 - Thomas Reid, Scottish mathematician and philosopher (b. 1710)

Deaths224 years ago

1849 - Edgar Allan Poe, American short story writer, poet, and critic (b. 1809)

Deaths171 years ago

1884 - Bernard Petitjean, French Roman Catholic missionary to Japan (b. 1829)

Deaths136 years ago

1894 - Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., American physician, author, and poet (b. 1809)

Deaths126 years ago

1903 - Rudolf Lipschitz, German mathematician and academic (b. 1832)

Deaths117 years ago

1904 - Isabella Bird, English historian and explorer (b. 1831)

Deaths116 years ago

1906 - Honoré Beaugrand, Canadian journalist and politician, 18th Mayor of Montreal (b. 1848)

Deaths114 years ago

1911 - John Hughlings Jackson, English neurologist and physician (b. 1835)

Deaths109 years ago

1919 - Alfred Deakin, Australian lawyer and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1856)

Deaths101 years ago

1925 - Christy Mathewson, American baseball player and manager (b. 1880)

Deaths95 years ago

1926 - Emil Kraepelin, German psychologist and academic (b. 1856)

Deaths94 years ago

1933 - Alexander Peacock, Australian politician, 20th Premier of Victoria (b. 1861)

Deaths87 years ago

1939 - Harvey Williams Cushing, American neurosurgeon and academic (b. 1869)

Deaths81 years ago

1943 - Radclyffe Hall, English author and poet (b. 1880)

Deaths77 years ago

1944 - Helmut Lent, German colonel and pilot (b. 1918)

Deaths76 years ago

1950 - Willis Haviland Carrier, American engineer (b. 1876)

Deaths70 years ago

1951 - Anton Philips, Dutch businessman, co-founded Philips (b. 1874)

Deaths69 years ago

1956 - Clarence Birdseye, American businessman, founded Birds Eye (b. 1886)

Deaths64 years ago

1959 - Mario Lanza, American tenor and actor (b. 1921)

Deaths61 years ago

1966 - Grigoris Asikis, Greek singer-songwriter (b. 1890)

Deaths54 years ago

1966 - Johnny Kidd, English singer songwriter (b. 1935)

Deaths54 years ago

1967 - Norman Angell, English journalist and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1872)

Deaths53 years ago

1969 - Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (b. 1888)

Deaths51 years ago

1970 - Alphonse-Marie Parent, Canadian priest and academic (b. 1906)

Deaths50 years ago

1983 - George O. Abell, American astronomer, professor, science popularizer, and skeptic (b. 1927)

Deaths37 years ago

1985 - Cemal Reşit Rey, Turkish pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1904)

Deaths35 years ago

1990 - Beatrice Hutton, Australian architect (b. 1893)

Deaths30 years ago

1991 - Harry W. Brown, American colonel and pilot (b. 1921)

Deaths29 years ago

1991 - Leo Durocher, American baseball player and manager (b. 1905)

Deaths29 years ago

1991 - Darren Millane, Australian footballer (b. 1965)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - Allan Bloom, American philosopher and educator (b. 1930)

Deaths28 years ago

1992 - Babu Karam Singh Bal, Indian businessman and politician (b.1927)

Deaths28 years ago

1993 - Cyril Cusack, South African-born Irish actor (b. 1910)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Niels Kaj Jerne, Danish-English physician and immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Ivan Hutchinson, Australian film critic and author (b. 1928)

Deaths25 years ago

1995 - Olga Taussky-Todd, Austrian-Czech-American mathematician, attendant of the Vienna Circle (b. 1906)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Lou Lichtveld, Surinamese-Dutch author, playwright, and politician (b. 1903)

Deaths24 years ago

1998 - Cees de Vreugd, Dutch strongman and weightlifter (b. 1952)

Deaths22 years ago

2001 - Herblock, American cartoonist and author (b. 1909)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Christopher Adams, English-American wrestler and trainer (b. 1955)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Roger Gaudry, Canadian chemist and businessman (b. 1913)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - Pierangelo Bertoli, Italian singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1942)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Izzy Asper, Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1932)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Arthur Berger, American composer and educator (b. 1912)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Tony Lanfranchi, English race car driver (b. 1935)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Charles Rocket, American actor and comedian (b. 1949)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Julen Goikoetxea, Spanish cyclist (b. 1985)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Anna Politkovskaya, American-Russian journalist and activist (b. 1958)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1975)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - George E. Sangmeister, American lawyer and politician (b. 1931)

Deaths13 years ago

2009 - Irving Penn, American photographer (b. 1917)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - T Lavitz, American keyboard player, composer, and producer (b. 1956)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Milka Planinc, Croatian lawyer and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (b. 1924)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Ramiz Alia, Albanian politician, 1st President of Albania (b. 1925)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Andrew Laszlo, Hungarian-American cinematographer (b. 1926)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Mervyn M. Dymally, Trinidadian-American politician, 41st Lieutenant Governor of California (b. 1926)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Ivo Michiels, Belgian-French author and poet (b. 1923)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Wiley Reed, American-Australian singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1944)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Mick Buckley, English footballer (b. 1953)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Patrice Chéreau, French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1944)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - David E. Jeremiah, American admiral (b. 1934)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Leandro Mendoza, Filipino police officer and politician, 36th Executive Secretary of the Philippines (b. 1946)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Joe Rogers, American lawyer and politician, 45th Lieutenant Governor of Colorado (b. 1964)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Nika Kiladze, Georgian footballer (b. 1988)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Siegfried Lenz, Polish-German author and playwright (b. 1926)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Iva Withers, Canadian-American actress and singer (b. 1917)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Harry Gallatin, American basketball player and coach (b. 1927)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Hossein Hamadani, Iranian general (b. 1951)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - W. R. Mitchell, English journalist and author (b. 1928)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Jurelang Zedkaia, Marshallese politician, 5th President of the Marshall Islands (b. 1950)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Ross Higgins, Australian actor, comedian (b. 1930)

Deaths4 years ago

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