Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

National Day, celebrates the anniversary of the Declaration of Neutrality in 1955. (Austria)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances


1185 - The Uprising of Asen and Peter begins on the feast day of St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki and ends with the creation of the Second Bulgarian Empire.

Events835 years ago

1341 - The Byzantine civil war of 1341–47 formally begins with the proclamation of John VI Kantakouzenos as Byzantine Emperor.

Events679 years ago

1377 - Tvrtko I is crowned the first king of Bosnia.

Events643 years ago

1520 - Charles V is crowned as Holy Roman Emperor.

Events500 years ago

1597 - Imjin War: Korean Admiral Yi Sun-sin routs the Japanese Navy of 300 ships with only 13 ships at the Battle of Myeongnyang.

Events423 years ago

1640 - The Treaty of Ripon is signed, restoring peace between Covenanter Scotland and King Charles.

Events380 years ago

1689 - General Piccolomini of Austria burns down Skopje to prevent the spread of cholera; he died of the disease himself soon after.

Events331 years ago

1774 - The first Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia.

Events246 years ago

1813 - War of 1812: A combined force of British regulars, Canadian militia, and Mohawks defeat the Americans in the Battle of the Chateauguay.

Events207 years ago

1825 - The Erie Canal opens, allowing direct passage from the Hudson River to Lake Erie.

Events195 years ago

1859 - The Royal Charter Storm kills at least eight hundred people in the British Isles.

Events161 years ago

1860 - The Expedition of the Thousand ends when Giuseppe Garibaldi presents his conquests to King Victor Emmanuel of Sardinia.

Events160 years ago
Events157 years ago

1892 - Ida B. Wells publishes Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases.

Events128 years ago
Events115 years ago

1909 - An Jung-geun assassinates Japan's Resident-General of Korea.

Events111 years ago

1912 - First Balkan War: The Ottomans lose the cities of Thessaloniki and Skopje.

Events108 years ago

1917 - First World War: Brazil declares war on the Central Powers.

Events103 years ago

1918 - Erich Ludendorff, quartermaster-general of the Imperial German Army, is dismissed by Kaiser Wilhelm II for refusing to cooperate in peace negotiations.

Events102 years ago

1921 - The Chicago Theatre opens.

Events99 years ago

1936 - The first electric generator at Hoover Dam goes into full operation.

Events84 years ago

1942 - World War II: In the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands during the Guadalcanal Campaign, one U.S. aircraft carrier is sunk and another carrier is heavily damaged, while two Japanese carriers and one cruiser are heavily damaged.

Events78 years ago

1943 - World War II: First flight of the Dornier Do 335 "Pfeil".

Events77 years ago

1944 - World War II: The Battle of Leyte Gulf ends with an overwhelming American victory.

Events76 years ago

1947 - Kashmir conflict: The Maharaja of Kashmir and Jammu signs the Instrument of Accession with India.

Events73 years ago

1955 - After the last Allied troops have left the country, and following the provisions of the Austrian Independence Treaty, Austria declares that it will never join a military alliance.

Events65 years ago

1955 - Ngô Đình Diệm declares himself Premier of South Vietnam.

Events65 years ago

1956 - Hungarian Revolution: In the towns of Mosonmagyaróvár and Esztergom, Hungarian secret police forces massacre civilians. As rebel strongholds in Budapest hold, fighting spreads throughout the country.

Events64 years ago

1958 - Pan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris.

Events62 years ago

1967 - Mohammad Reza Pahlavi crowns himself Emperor of Iran.

Events53 years ago

1968 - Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Beregovoy pilots Soyuz 3 into space for a four-day mission.

Events52 years ago

1970 - Muhammad Ali boxes for the first time after Ali's three-year hiatus due to draft evasion.

Events50 years ago

1977 - Ali Maow Maalin, the last natural case of smallpox, develops a rash in Somalia. The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider this date to be the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination.

Events43 years ago

1979 - Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea, is assassinated by Korean CIA head Kim Jae-gyu.

Events41 years ago

1980 - The Peter Muhlenberg Memorial in Washington, D.C. is dedicated.

Events40 years ago

1985 - The Australian government returns ownership of Uluru to the local Pitjantjatjara Aboriginals.

Events35 years ago

1989 - China Airlines Flight 204 crashes after take off from Hualien Airport in Taiwan, killing all 54 people on board.

Events31 years ago

1991 - Three months after the end of the Ten-Day War, the last soldier of the Yugoslav People's Army leaves the territory of the Republic of Slovenia.

Events29 years ago

1994 - Jordan and Israel sign a peace treaty.

Events26 years ago

1995 - Mossad agents assassinate Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shaqaqi in his hotel in Malta.

Events25 years ago

1995 - An avalanche hits the Icelandic village Flateyri, destroying 29 homes and burying 45 people, 20 of whom died.

Events25 years ago

1999 - Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.

Events21 years ago

2000 - A wave of protests forces Robert Guéï to step down as president after the Ivorian presidential election.

Events20 years ago

2000 - The Sony PlayStation 2 is launched in North American markets with 27 launch titles.

Events20 years ago

2001 - The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.

Events19 years ago

2002 - Approximately 50 Chechen terrorists and 150 hostages die when Russian special forces troops storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the terrorists during a musical performance three days before.

Events18 years ago

2003 - The Cedar Fire, the third-largest fire in California history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km), and destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego.

Events17 years ago

2015 - A 7.5 magnitude earthquake strikes in the Hindu Kush mountain range in northeastern Afghanistan, killing 398 people and leaving 2,536 people injured.

Events5 years ago

2016 - An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 strikes central Italy.

Events4 years ago


1416 - Edmund Grey, 1st Earl of Kent, English politician, Lord High Treasurer (d. 1490)

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1431 - Ercole I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, Italian politician (d. 1505)

Births589 years ago

1473 - Friedrich of Saxony, Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (d. 1510)

Births547 years ago

1483 - Hans Buchner, German Renaissance composer (d. 1538)

Births537 years ago

1491 - Zhengde Emperor of China (d. 1521)

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1518 - John Basset, Devonshire gentleman (d. 1541)

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1529 - Anna of Hesse, princess of Hesse (d. 1591)

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1551 - Charlotte de Sauve, French courtesan (d. 1617)

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1556 - Ahmad Baba al Massufi, Malian academic (d. 1627)

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1564 - Hans Leo Hassler, German organist and composer (d. 1612)

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1609 - William Sprague, English-American settler, co-founded Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1675)

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1673 - Dimitrie Cantemir, Moldavian geographer, historian, and philosopher (d. 1723)

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1684 - Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Prussian field marshal (d. 1757)

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1685 - Domenico Scarlatti, Italian harpsichord player and composer (d. 1757)

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1694 - Johan Helmich Roman, Swedish composer and academic (d. 1758)

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1747 - Ivan Mane Jarnović, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1804)

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1757 - Karl Leonhard Reinhold, Austrian philosopher and academic (d. 1823)

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1759 - Georges Danton, French lawyer and politician, French Minister of Justice (d. 1794)

Births261 years ago

1768 - Eustachy Erazm Sanguszko, Polish general and politician (d. 1844)

Births252 years ago

1794 - Konstantin Thon, Russian architect, designed the Grand Kremlin Palace and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (d. 1881)

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1795 - Nikolaos Mantzaros, Greek composer and theorist (d. 1872)

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1797 - Giuditta Pasta, Italian soprano (d. 1865)

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1799 - Margaret Agnes Bunn, Scottish actress (d. 1883)

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1800 - Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Prussian field marshal (d. 1891)

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1803 - Joseph Hansom, English architect and publisher, designed Birmingham Town Hall (d. 1882)

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1842 - Vasily Vereshchagin, Russian soldier and painter (d. 1904)

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1849 - Ferdinand Georg Frobenius, German mathematician and academic (d. 1917)

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1850 - Grigore Tocilescu, Romanian archaeologist and historian (d. 1909)

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1854 - C. W. Post, American businessman, founded Post Foods (d. 1914)

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1860 - Frank Eaton, American marshal and author (d. 1958)

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1865 - Benjamin Guggenheim, American businessman (d. 1912)

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1869 - Washington Luís, Brazilian lawyer and politician, 13th President of Brazil (d. 1957)

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1871 - Guillermo Kahlo, German-Mexican photographer (d. 1941)

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1873 - A. K. Fazlul Huq, Bangladeshi-Pakistani lawyer and politician, 5th Pakistani Minister of Interior (d. 1962)

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1873 - Thorvald Stauning, Danish union leader and politician, 24th Prime Minister of Denmark (d. 1942)

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1874 - Martin Lowry, English chemist and academic (d. 1936)

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1874 - Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, American philanthropist, founded the Museum of Modern Art (d. 1948)

Births146 years ago

1875 - H.B. Warner, English actor (d. 1958)

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1880 - Andrei Bely, Russian novelist, poet, and critic (d. 1934)

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1881 - Louis Bastien, French cyclist and fencer (d. 1963)

Births139 years ago

1883 - Napoleon Hill, American philosopher and author (d. 1970)

Births137 years ago

1883 - Paul Pilgrim, American runner (d. 1958)

Births137 years ago

1884 - William Hogenson, American sprinter (d. 1965)

Births136 years ago

1890 - Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi, Indian journalist and politician (d. 1931)

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1893 - Miloš Crnjanski, Serbian poet and author (d. 1977)

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1894 - Florence Nagle, English trainer and breeder of racehorses (d. 1988)

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1899 - Judy Johnson, American baseball player and coach (d. 1989)

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1900 - Ibrahim Abboud, Sudanese politician and general, 1st President of Sudan (d. 1983)

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1900 - Karin Boye, Swedish poet and novelist (d. 1941)

Births120 years ago

1902 - Beryl Markham, Kenyan horse trainer and author (d. 1986)

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1902 - Jack Sharkey, American boxer and referee (d. 1994)

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1902 - Henrietta Hill Swope, American astronomer and academic (d. 1980)

Births118 years ago

1903 - Mahn Ba Khaing, Burmese politician (d. 1947)

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1905 - George Bernard Flahiff, Canadian cardinal (d. 1989)

Births115 years ago

1906 - Primo Carnera, Italian boxer and actor (d. 1967)

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1909 - Ignace Lepp, French psychologist and author (d. 1966)

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1909 - Dante Quinterno, Argentinian author and illustrator (d. 2003)

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1910 - John Krol, American cardinal (d. 1996)

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1911 - Sid Gillman, American football player and coach (d. 2003)

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1911 - Mahalia Jackson, American singer (d. 1972)

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1911 - Sorley MacLean, Scottish poet and educator (d. 1996)

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1912 - Don Siegel, American director and producer (d. 1991)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Charlie Barnet, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1991)

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1914 - Jackie Coogan, American actor and director (d. 1984)

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1915 - Ray Crawford, American race car driver, fighter ace, test pilot, and businessman (d. 1996)

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1915 - Joe Fry, English race car driver (d. 1950)

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1916 - François Mitterrand, French lawyer and politician, 21st President of France (d. 1996)

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1916 - Boyd Wagner, American colonel and pilot (d. 1942)

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1919 - Frank Bourgholtzer, American journalist (d. 2010)

Births101 years ago

1919 - Edward Brooke, American captain and politician, 47th Massachusetts Attorney General (d. 2015)

Births101 years ago

1919 - Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran (d. 1980)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Sarah Lee Lippincott, American astronomer and academic (d. 2019)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Joe Fulks, American basketball player (d. 1976)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Madelyn Dunham, American grandmother of Barack Obama (d. 2008)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Fred Wood, English actor (d. 2003)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Robert Hinde, English zoologist and academic (d. 2016)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Shaw Taylor, English actor and television host (d. 2015)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Jan Wolkers, Dutch sculptor, painter, and author (d. 2007)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Panos Gavalas, Greek singer (d. 1988)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Warne Marsh, American saxophonist (Supersax) (d. 1987)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Francisco Solano López, Argentinian illustrator (d. 2011)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Neal Matthews Jr., American country/gospel singer (The Jordanaires) (d. 2000)

Births91 years ago

1931 - Suhaila Noah, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Malaysia (d. 2014)

Births89 years ago

1933 - Takis Kanellopoulos, Greek director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1990)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Andrew P. O'Rourke, American judge and politician (d. 2013)

Births87 years ago

1934 - Hot Rod Hundley, American basketball player and sportscaster (d. 2015)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Hans-Joachim Roedelius, German keyboard player and producer

Births86 years ago

1935 - Mike Gray, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Gloria Conyers Hewitt, American mathematician and academic

Births85 years ago

1936 - Al Casey, American guitarist (d. 2006)

Births84 years ago

1936 - Shelley Morrison, American actress

Births84 years ago

1936 - György Pauk, Hungarian violinist and educator

Births84 years ago

1936 - Etelka Kenéz Heka, Hungarian writer, poet and singer

Births84 years ago

1940 - Eddie Henderson, American trumpet player and educator

Births80 years ago

1940 - John Horgan, Irish academic and politician

Births80 years ago

1941 - Steven Kellogg, American author and illustrator

Births79 years ago

1941 - Charlie Landsborough, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births79 years ago

1942 - Bob Hoskins, English actor, singer, and director (d. 2014)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Milton Nascimento, Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births78 years ago

1942 - Zdenko Runjić, Croatian songwriter and producer (d. 2004)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Jonathan Williams, English race car driver and pilot (d. 2014)

Births78 years ago

1944 - Jim McCann, Irish singer and guitarist (d. 2015)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Pat Conroy, American author (d. 2016)

Births75 years ago

1945 - Demetris Th. Gotsis, Greek poet and author

Births75 years ago

1945 - Nancy Davis Griffeth, American computer scientist and academic

Births75 years ago

1945 - Jaclyn Smith, American actress and producer

Births75 years ago

1946 - Kevin Barron, English electrician and politician

Births74 years ago

1946 - Keith Hopwood, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births74 years ago

1946 - Pat Sajak, American journalist, actor, and game show host

Births74 years ago

1946 - Holly Woodlawn, Puerto Rican actress and author (d. 2015)

Births74 years ago

1947 - Ricardo Asch, Argentinian gynecologist and endocrinologist

Births73 years ago

1947 - Ian Ashley, German-English race car driver

Births73 years ago

1947 - Hillary Clinton, American lawyer and politician, 67th United States Secretary of State and 44th First Lady of the United States

Births73 years ago

1947 - Reg Empey, Northern Irish businessman and politician, Lord Mayor of Belfast

Births73 years ago

1947 - Trevor Joyce, Irish poet and scholar

Births73 years ago

1947 - Kenzo Kitakata, Japanese author

Births73 years ago

1948 - Toby Harrah, American baseball player and coach

Births72 years ago

1949 - Steve Rogers, American baseball player

Births71 years ago

1949 - Kevin Sullivan, American wrestler and booker

Births71 years ago

1951 - Bootsy Collins, American singer-songwriter and bass player

Births69 years ago

1951 - Tommy Mars, American keyboard player

Births69 years ago

1951 - Julian Schnabel, American painter, director, and screenwriter

Births69 years ago

1952 - Bobby Bandiera, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births68 years ago

1952 - Edward Garnier, English lawyer and politician, Solicitor General for England and Wales

Births68 years ago

1952 - Andrew Motion, English poet and author

Births68 years ago

1952 - David Was, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births68 years ago

1953 - Roger Allam, British actor

Births67 years ago

1953 - Tim Hely Hutchinson, English publisher

Births67 years ago

1953 - Joe Meriweather, American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)

Births67 years ago

1953 - Keith Strickland, American guitarist and songwriter

Births67 years ago

1954 - Vasilis Hatzipanagis, Greek footballer

Births66 years ago

1954 - Adam Mars-Jones, English author and critic

Births66 years ago

1954 - James Pickens Jr., American actor

Births66 years ago

1954 - D. W. Moffett, American actor and director

Births66 years ago

1956 - Stephen Gumley, Australian engineer and businessman

Births64 years ago

1956 - Rita Wilson, American actress and producer

Births64 years ago

1957 - Bob Golic, American football player and radio host

Births63 years ago

1958 - Shaun Woodward, English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Births62 years ago

1959 - Paul Farmer, American anthropologist and physician

Births61 years ago

1959 - Evo Morales, Bolivian soldier and politician, 80th President of Bolivia

Births61 years ago

1961 - Gerald Malloy, American lawyer and politician

Births59 years ago

1961 - Dylan McDermott, American actor

Births59 years ago

1961 - Joey Salceda, Filipino politician

Births59 years ago

1961 - Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenyan President

Births59 years ago

1962 - Cary Elwes, English actor and producer

Births58 years ago

1962 - Jack Morelli, American comic book professional and author

Births58 years ago

1963 - Ted Demme, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2002)

Births57 years ago

1963 - Natalie Merchant, American singer-songwriter and pianist

Births57 years ago

1964 - Tom Cavanagh, Canadian actor and producer

Births56 years ago

1965 - Kelly Rowan, Canadian actress and producer

Births55 years ago

1965 - Ken Rutherford, New Zealand cricketer

Births55 years ago

1966 - Sverre Gjørvad, Norwegian drummer and composer

Births54 years ago

1966 - Masaharu Iwata, Japanese keyboard player and composer

Births54 years ago

1966 - Jeanne Zelasko, American journalist and sportscaster

Births54 years ago

1967 - Douglas Alexander, Scottish lawyer and politician, former Minister of State for Europe

Births53 years ago

1967 - Keith Urban, New Zealand-American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births53 years ago

1968 - Miyuki Imori, Japanese actress and singer

Births52 years ago

1970 - Dian Bachar, American actor, director, and screenwriter

Births50 years ago

1970 - Lisa Ryder, Canadian actress

Births50 years ago

1971 - Jim Butcher, American author

Births49 years ago

1971 - Audley Harrison, English boxer

Births49 years ago

1971 - Ronnie Irani, English cricketer

Births49 years ago

1971 - Anthony Rapp, American actor and singer

Births49 years ago

1972 - Matsuko Deluxe, Japanese journalist and author

Births48 years ago

1972 - Daniel Elena, Monegasque race car driver

Births48 years ago

1973 - Austin Healey, English rugby player and sportscaster

Births47 years ago

1973 - Seth MacFarlane, American voice actor, singer, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births47 years ago

1973 - Taka Michinoku, Japanese wrestler and trainer

Births47 years ago

1974 - Raveena Tandon, Indian actress, producer, and former model

Births46 years ago

1977 - Jon Heder, American actor and producer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Marisha Pessl, American author

Births43 years ago

1978 - Sari Abacha, Nigerian footballer (d. 2013)

Births42 years ago

1978 - Jimmy Aggrey, English footballer and actor

Births42 years ago

1978 - Eva Kaili, Greek journalist and politician

Births42 years ago

1978 - CM Punk, American wrestler, mixed martial artist, and actor

Births42 years ago

1978 - Dave Zastudil, American football player

Births42 years ago

1979 - Movsar Barayev, Chechen terrorist (d. 2002)

Births41 years ago

1980 - Cristian Chivu, Romanian footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Claire Cooper, English actress

Births40 years ago

1980 - Koichi Watanabe, Japanese kick-boxer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Sam Brown, American actor, producer, and screenwriter

Births39 years ago

1981 - Martina Schild, Swiss skier

Births39 years ago

1981 - Guy Sebastian, Malaysian-Australian singer-songwriter

Births39 years ago

1981 - Chou Ssu-Chi, Taiwanese baseball player

Births39 years ago

1982 - Nicola Adams, English boxer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Adam Carroll, Irish race car driver

Births38 years ago

1983 - Francisco Liriano, Dominican baseball player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Dmitri Sychev, Russian footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Luke Watson, South African rugby player

Births37 years ago

1984 - Sasha Cohen, American figure skater

Births36 years ago

1984 - Adriano Correia, Brazilian footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Mathieu Crépel, French snowboarder

Births36 years ago

1984 - Jefferson Farfán, Peruvian footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Amanda Overmyer, American singer-songwriter

Births36 years ago

1985 - Andrea Bargnani, Italian basketball player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Kafoumba Coulibaly, Ivorian footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Monta Ellis, American basketball player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Kieran Read, New Zealand rugby player

Births35 years ago

1986 - Ibor Bakar, French footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Jakub Rzeźniczak, Polish footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Marco Ruben, Argentinian footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Schoolboy Q, German-American rapper

Births34 years ago

1987 - Abudramae Bamba, Ivorian footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Shawn Lauvao, American football player

Births33 years ago

1988 - Greg Zuerlein, American figure skater

Births32 years ago

1989 - Dre Kirkpatrick, American football player

Births31 years ago

1989 - Emil Sayfutdinov, Russian motorcycle racer

Births31 years ago

1990 - Mark Swanepoel, South African rugby player

Births30 years ago

1991 - Riho Iida, Japanese model and actress

Births29 years ago

1992 - Joseph Cramarossa, Canadian hockey player

Births28 years ago

1994 - Waqa Blake, Fijian rugby league player

Births26 years ago

1994 - Allie DeBerry, American model and actress

Births26 years ago

1996 - Rebecca Tunney, English gymnast

Births24 years ago

2002 - Julian Dennison, New Zealand actor

Births18 years ago


664 - Cedd, English monk and bishop (b. 620)


899 - Alfred the Great, English king (b. 849)


930 - Li Qi, chancellor of Later Liang (b. 871)


1111 - Gómez González, Castilian nobleman and military leader

Deaths909 years ago

1440 - Gilles de Rais, French knight (b. 1404)

Deaths580 years ago

1555 - Olympia Fulvia Morata, Italian-German scholar and educator (b. 1526)

Deaths465 years ago
Deaths440 years ago

1609 - Matsudaira Tadayori, Japanese samurai and daimyō (b. 1582)

Deaths411 years ago

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

Deaths389 years ago

1633 - Horio Tadaharu, Japanese daimyō (b. 1596)

Deaths387 years ago

1671 - Sir John Gell, 1st Baronet, English politician (b. 1593)

Deaths349 years ago

1675 - William Sprague, English settler, co-founded Charlestown, Massachusetts (b. 1609)

Deaths345 years ago
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Deaths303 years ago

1751 - Philip Doddridge, English minister and hymn-writer (b. 1702)

Deaths269 years ago

1764 - William Hogarth, English painter and engraver (b. 1697)

Deaths256 years ago

1773 - Amédée-François Frézier, French mathematician, engineer, and explorer (b. 1682)

Deaths247 years ago
Deaths217 years ago

1806 - John Graves Simcoe, English general and politician, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada (b. 1752)

Deaths214 years ago

1817 - Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Dutch-Austrian chemist and botanist (b. 1727)

Deaths203 years ago

1864 - William T. Anderson, American captain (b. 1838)

Deaths156 years ago

1866 - John Kinder Labatt, Irish-Canadian brewer, founded the Labatt Brewing Company (b. 1803)

Deaths154 years ago

1871 - Robert Anderson (Civil War), American general (b. 1805)

Deaths149 years ago

1890 - Carlo Collodi, Italian journalist and author (b. 1826)

Deaths130 years ago

1896 - Paul-Armand Challemel-Lacour, French philosopher, academic, and politician, French Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1827)

Deaths124 years ago

1902 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American activist (b. 1815)

Deaths118 years ago

1909 - Itō Hirobumi, Japanese samurai and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1841)

Deaths111 years ago

1919 - Akashi Motojiro, Japanese general (b. 1864)

Deaths101 years ago

1927 - Jūkichi Yagi, Japanese poet (b. 1898)

Deaths93 years ago

1930 - Waldemar Haffkine, Russian-Swiss physician and microbiologist (b. 1860)

Deaths90 years ago

1930 - Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman and horse breeder (b. 1872)

Deaths90 years ago

1931 - Charles Comiskey, American baseball player and manager (b. 1859)

Deaths89 years ago

1932 - Margaret Brown, American philanthropist and activist (b. 1867)

Deaths88 years ago

1937 - Józef Dowbor-Muśnicki, Polish general (b. 1867)

Deaths83 years ago

1941 - Arkady Gaidar, Russian journalist and author (b. 1904)

Deaths79 years ago

1943 - Aurel Stein, Hungarian-English archaeologist and academic (b. 1862)

Deaths77 years ago
Deaths76 years ago

1944 - Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, Japanese lieutenant and pilot (b. 1920)

Deaths76 years ago

1944 - William Temple, English archbishop and theologian (b. 1881)

Deaths76 years ago

1945 - Aleksey Krylov, Russian mathematician and engineer (b. 1863)

Deaths75 years ago

1945 - Paul Pelliot, French sinologist and explorer (b. 1878)

Deaths75 years ago

1946 - Ioannis Rallis, Greek lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1878)

Deaths74 years ago

1947 - Edwin Savage, English priest and author (b. 1862)

Deaths73 years ago

1949 - Lionel Halsey, English admiral and courtier (b. 1872)

Deaths71 years ago

1952 - Hattie McDaniel, American actress and singer (b. 1895)

Deaths68 years ago

1956 - Walter Gieseking, French-German pianist and composer (b. 1895)

Deaths64 years ago

1957 - Gerty Cori, Czech-American biochemist and physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1896)

Deaths63 years ago

1957 - Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek philosopher, author, and playwright (b. 1883)

Deaths63 years ago

1960 - Toshizō Nishio, Japanese general (b. 1881)

Deaths60 years ago

1961 - Sadae Inoue, Japanese general (b. 1886)

Deaths59 years ago

1962 - Louise Beavers, American actress (b. 1902)

Deaths58 years ago

1963 - Elizabeth Gunn, New Zealand pediatrician (b. 1879)

Deaths57 years ago

1965 - Sylvia Likens, 16-year-old group torture/murder victim in Indianapolis (b. 1949)

Deaths55 years ago

1966 - Alma Cogan, English singer (b. 1932)

Deaths54 years ago

1972 - Igor Sikorsky, Ukrainian-American engineer and academic, founded Sikorsky Aircraft (b. 1889)

Deaths48 years ago
Deaths47 years ago

1974 - Bidia Dandaron, Russian author and educator (b. 1914)

Deaths46 years ago

1976 - Deryck Cooke, English musicologist and author (b. 1919)

Deaths44 years ago

1978 - Alexander Gerschenkron, Ukrainian-American historian, critic, and academic (b. 1904)

Deaths42 years ago

1979 - Park Chung-hee, South Korean general and politician, 3rd President of South Korea (b. 1917)

Deaths41 years ago

1984 - Gus Mancuso, American baseball player and coach (b. 1905)

Deaths36 years ago

1986 - Jackson Scholz, American runner (b. 1897)

Deaths34 years ago

1989 - Charles J. Pedersen, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)

Deaths31 years ago

1993 - Oro, Mexican wrestler (b. 1971)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Wilbert Harrison, American singer and guitarist (b. 1929)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Wilhelm Freddie, Danish painter and sculptor (b. 1909)

Deaths25 years ago

1995 - Gorni Kramer, Italian bassist, songwriter, and bandleader (b. 1913)

Deaths25 years ago

1998 - Kenkichi Iwasawa, Japanese mathematician and academic (b. 1917)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Hoyt Axton, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (b. 1938)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - Eknath Easwaran, Indian-American author and educator (b. 1910)

Deaths21 years ago

2001 - Hüseyin Hilmi Işık, Turkish scholar and academic (b. 1911)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - Jacques Massu, French general (b. 1908)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Sally Hoyt Spofford, American ornithologist (b. 1914)

Deaths18 years ago

2004 - Bobby Ávila, Mexican baseball player and politician (b. 1924)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Keith Parkinson, American illustrator (b. 1958)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - George Swindin, English footballer and manager (b. 1914)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Tillman Franks, American bassist and songwriter (b. 1920)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Pontus Hultén, Swedish art collector and curator (b. 1924)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Nicolae Dobrin, Romanian footballer and manager (b. 1947)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Friedman Paul Erhardt, German-American chef and television host (b. 1943)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Arthur Kornberg, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize (b. 1918)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Tony Hillerman, American journalist, author, and educator (b. 1925)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Delmar Watson, American actor and photographer (b. 1926)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Teel Bivins, American lawyer and politician, 18th United States Ambassador to Sweden (b. 1947)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Yoshirō Muraki, Japanese production designer and art director(b. 1924)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - George Naʻope, American singer and dancer (b. 1928)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Troy Smith, American businessman, founded Sonic Drive-In (b. 1922)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Glen Little, American clown (b. 1925)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Mbah Maridjan, Indonesian spiritual leader (b. 1927)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Romeu Tuma, Brazilian police officer and politician (b. 1931)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Jona Senilagakali, Fijian physician and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Fiji (b. 1929)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Mac Ahlberg, Swedish-Italian director, screenwriter, and cinematographer (b. 1931)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Arnold Greenberg, American businessman, co-founded Snapple (b. 1932)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - John M. Johansen American architect, designed the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre (b. 1916)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Alan Kirschenbaum, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1961)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Björn Sieber, Austrian skier (b. 1989)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Alan Stretton, Australian general (b. 1922)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Ritva Arvelo, Finnish actress, director, and screenwriter (b. 1921)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Ron Davies, Welsh photographer (b. 1921)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Doug Ireland, American journalist and activist (b. 1946)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Al Johnson, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1948)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Andries Maseko, South African footballer (b. 1955)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Gabriel of Komana (b. 1946)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Vic Allen, English sociologist, economist, and historian (b. 1923)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Mo Collins, American football player and coach (b. 1976)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Germain Gagnon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1942)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Senzo Meyiwa, South African footballer (b. 1987)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Brian Moore, Australian rugby league player (b. 1944)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Jeff Robinson, American baseball player (b. 1961)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Gordy Soltau, American football player and sportscaster (b. 1925)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Oscar Taveras, Dominican baseball player (b. 1992)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Willis Carto, American activist and theorist (b. 1926)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Leo Kadanoff, American physicist and academic (b. 1937)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Giuseppe Nazzaro, Italian-Syrian bishop and theologian (b. 1937)

Deaths5 years ago

2017 - Ali Ashraf Darvishian, Iranian novelist, short story writer and academic. (b. 1941)

Deaths3 years ago

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