Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Events

164 BCE - Judas Maccabeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.

Events

235 - Pope Anterus succeeds Pontian as the nineteenth pope. During the persecutions of emperor Maximinus Thrax he is martyred.

Events

1009 - Lý Công Uẩn is enthroned as emperor of Đại Cồ Việt, founding the Lý dynasty.

Events1011 years ago
Events634 years ago
Events400 years ago

1676 - The Danish astronomer Ole Rømer presents the first quantitative measurements of the speed of light.

Events344 years ago

1783 - In Paris, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d'Arlandes, make the first untethered hot air balloon flight.

Events237 years ago

1789 - North Carolina ratifies the United States Constitution and is admitted as the 12th U.S. state.

Events231 years ago
Events188 years ago

1861 - American Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis appoints Judah Benjamin Secretary of War.

Events159 years ago

1877 - Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound.

Events143 years ago

1894 - Port Arthur, China, falls to the Japanese, a decisive victory of the First Sino-Japanese War; Japanese troops are accused of massacring the remaining inhabitants.

Events126 years ago

1902 - The Philadelphia Football Athletics defeated the Kanaweola Athletic Club of Elmira, New York, 39–0, in the first ever professional American football night game.

Events118 years ago

1905 - Albert Einstein's paper that leads to the mass–energy equivalence formula, E = mc², is published in the journal Annalen der Physik.

Events115 years ago

1910 - Sailors on board Brazil's warships including the Minas Gerais, São Paulo, and Bahia, violently rebel in what is now known as the Revolta da Chibata (Revolt of the Lash).

Events110 years ago

1916 - Mines from SM U-73 sink the HMHS Britannic, the largest ship lost in the First World War.

Events104 years ago

1918 - The Flag of Estonia, previously used by pro-independence activists, is formally adopted as the national flag of the Republic of Estonia.

Events102 years ago

1918 - The Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918 is passed, allowing women to stand for Parliament in the UK.

Events102 years ago

1918 - A pogrom takes place in Lwów (now Lviv); over three days, at least 50 Jews and 270 Ukrainian Christians are killed by Poles.

Events102 years ago

1920 - Irish War of Independence: In Dublin, 31 people are killed in what became known as "Bloody Sunday".

Events100 years ago

1922 - Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia takes the oath of office, becoming the first female United States Senator.

Events98 years ago

1927 - Columbine Mine massacre: Striking coal miners are allegedly attacked with machine guns by a detachment of state police dressed in civilian clothes.

Events93 years ago

1942 - The completion of the Alaska Highway (also known as the Alcan Highway) is celebrated (however, the highway is not usable by standard road vehicles until 1943).

Events78 years ago
Events76 years ago

1945 - The United Auto Workers strike 92 General Motors plants in 50 cities to back up worker demands for a 30-percent raise.

Events75 years ago

1950 - Two Canadian National Railway trains collide in northeastern British Columbia in the Canoe River train crash; the death toll is 21, with 17 of them Canadian troops bound for Korea.

Events70 years ago

1953 - The Natural History Museum, London announces that the "Piltdown Man" skull, initially believed to be one of the most important fossilized hominid skulls ever found, is a hoax.

Events67 years ago

1959 - American disc jockey Alan Freed, who had popularized the term "rock and roll" and music of that style, is fired from WABC-AM radio over allegations he had participated in the payola scandal.

Events61 years ago

1961 - The "La Ronde" opens in Honolulu, first revolving restaurant in the United States.

Events59 years ago

1962 - The Chinese People's Liberation Army declares a unilateral ceasefire in the Sino-Indian War.

Events58 years ago

1964 - The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opens to traffic. At the time it is the world's longest bridge span.

Events56 years ago

1964 - Second Vatican Council: The third session of the Roman Catholic Church's ecumenical council closes.

Events56 years ago

1967 - Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland tells news reporters: "I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing."

Events53 years ago

1969 - U.S. President Richard Nixon and Japanese Premier Eisaku Satō agree on the return of Okinawa to Japanese control in 1972. The U.S. retains rights to bases on the island, but these are to be nuclear-free.

Events51 years ago

1969 - The first permanent ARPANET link is established between UCLA and SRI.

Events51 years ago

1970 - Vietnam War: Operation Ivory Coast: A joint United States Air Force and Army team raids the Sơn Tây prisoner-of-war camp in an attempt to free American prisoners of war thought to be held there.

Events50 years ago

1971 - Indian troops, partly aided by Mukti Bahini (Bengali guerrillas), defeat the Pakistan army in the Battle of Garibpur.

Events49 years ago

1972 - Voters in South Korea overwhelmingly approve a new constitution, giving legitimacy to Park Chung-hee and the Fourth Republic.

Events48 years ago

1974 - The Birmingham pub bombings kill 21 people. The Birmingham Six are sentenced to life in prison for the crime but subsequently acquitted.

Events46 years ago

1977 - Minister of Internal Affairs Allan Highet announces that the national anthems of New Zealand shall be the traditional anthem "God Save the Queen" and "God Defend New Zealand".

Events43 years ago

1979 - The United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, is attacked by a mob and set on fire, killing four.

Events41 years ago

1980 - A deadly fire breaks out at the MGM Grand Hotel in Paradise, Nevada (now Bally's Las Vegas). Eighty-seven people are killed and more than 650 are injured in the worst disaster in Nevada history.

Events40 years ago

1985 - United States Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard is arrested for spying after being caught giving Israel classified information on Arab nations. He is subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Events35 years ago

1986 - National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary start to shred documents allegedly implicating them in the Iran–Contra affair.

Events34 years ago

1992 - A major tornado strikes the Houston, Texas area during the afternoon. Over the next two days the largest tornado outbreak ever to occur in the US during November spawns over 100 tornadoes.

Events28 years ago

1995 - The Dayton Agreement is initialed at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, ending three and a half years of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Events25 years ago

1996 - Humberto Vidal explosion: Thirty-three people die when a Humberto Vidal shoe shop in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico explodes.

Events24 years ago

2002 - NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.

Events18 years ago

2004 - The second round of the Ukrainian presidential election is held, giving rise to massive protests and controversy over the election's integrity.

Events16 years ago

2004 - Dominica is hit by the most destructive earthquake in its history. The northern half of the island sustains the most damage, especially the town of Portsmouth. In neighboring Guadeloupe, one person is killed.

Events16 years ago

2004 - The Paris Club agrees to write off 80% (up to $100 billion) of Iraq's external debt.

Events16 years ago

2006 - Anti-Syrian Lebanese politician and government minister Pierre Gemayel is assassinated in suburban Beirut.

Events14 years ago
Events11 years ago

2012 - At least 28 are wounded after a bomb is thrown onto a bus in Tel Aviv.

Events8 years ago

2013 - Fifty-four people are killed when the roof of a shopping center collapses in Riga, Latvia.

Events7 years ago
Events7 years ago

2014 - A stampede in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe caused by the police firing tear gas kills at least eleven people and injures 40 others.

Events6 years ago

2015 - The government of Belgium imposed a security lockdown on Brussels, including the closure of shops, schools, public transportation, due to potential terrorist attacks.

Events5 years ago

2017 - Robert Mugabe formally resigns as President of Zimbabwe, after thirty-seven years in office.

Events3 years ago

2019 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is indicted on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.

Events1 years ago

Births

1495 - John Bale, English bishop and historian (d. 1563)

Births525 years ago
Births453 years ago

1631 - Catharina Questiers, Dutch poet (d. 1669)

Births389 years ago

1692 - Carlo Innocenzo Frugoni, Italian poet and academic (d. 1768)

Births328 years ago

1694 - Voltaire, French historian, playwright, and philosopher (d. 1778)

Births326 years ago

1718 - Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg, German composer, critic, and theorist (d. 1795)

Births302 years ago

1729 - Josiah Bartlett, American physician and politician, 6th Governor of New Hampshire (d. 1795)

Births291 years ago

1760 - Joseph Plumb Martin, American sergeant (d. 1850)

Births260 years ago

1768 - Friedrich Schleiermacher, German theologian, philosopher, and scholar (d. 1834)

Births252 years ago

1785 - William Beaumont, American surgeon, "Father of Gastric Physiology" (d. 1853)

Births235 years ago

1787 - Samuel Cunard, Canadian businessman, founded the Cunard Line (d. 1865)

Births233 years ago

1811 - Ludwik Gorzkowski, Polish politician, physicist and revolutionary activist (d. 1857)

Births209 years ago

1811 - Zeng Guofan, Chinese general and politician, Viceroy of Liangjiang (d. 1872)

Births209 years ago

1818 - Lewis H. Morgan, American lawyer, anthropologist, and theorist (d. 1881)

Births202 years ago

1835 - Hetty Green, American businesswoman and financier (d. 1916)

Births185 years ago

1840 - Victoria, Princess Royal of England (d. 1901)

Births180 years ago

1851 - Désiré-Joseph Mercier, Belgian cardinal and theologian (d. 1926)

Births169 years ago

1852 - Francisco Tárrega, Spanish guitarist and composer (d. 1909)

Births168 years ago
Births167 years ago

1854 - Pope Benedict XV (d. 1922)

Births166 years ago

1866 - Sigbjørn Obstfelder, Norwegian poet and author (d. 1900)

Births154 years ago

1866 - Konishiki Yasokichi I, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 17th Yokozuna (d. 1914)

Births154 years ago

1870 - Alexander Berkman, Lithuanian-American activist and author (d. 1936)

Births150 years ago

1870 - Joe Darling, Australian cricketer and politician (d. 1946)

Births150 years ago

1870 - Stanley Jackson, English cricketer and politician (d. 1947)

Births150 years ago

1876 - Olav Duun, Norwegian author and educator (d. 1939)

Births144 years ago

1877 - Sigfrid Karg-Elert, German composer and educator (d. 1933)

Births143 years ago

1878 - Gustav Radbruch, German lawyer and politician, German Minister of Justice (d. 1949)

Births142 years ago

1886 - Harold Nicolson, English author and politician (d. 1968)

Births134 years ago

1894 - Cecil M. Harden, American politician (d. 1984)

Births126 years ago

1897 - Mollie Steimer, Russian-American activist (d. 1980)

Births123 years ago

1898 - René Magritte, Belgian painter (d. 1967)

Births122 years ago

1899 - Jobyna Ralston, American actress (d. 1967)

Births121 years ago

1899 - Harekrushna Mahatab, Indian journalist and politician, 1st Chief Minister of Odisha (d. 1987)

Births121 years ago

1902 - Foster Hewitt, Canadian sportscaster (d. 1985)

Births118 years ago

1902 - Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-American novelist and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)

Births118 years ago

1902 - Mikhail Suslov, Russian soldier, economist, and politician (d. 1982)

Births118 years ago

1904 - Coleman Hawkins, American saxophonist and clarinet player (d. 1969)

Births116 years ago

1905Georgina Battiscombe, British biographer (d. 2006)

Births115 years ago

1907 - Buck Ram, American songwriter and music producer (d. 1991)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Leo Politi, Italian-American author and illustrator (d. 1996)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Elizabeth George Speare, American author and educator (d. 1994)

Births112 years ago

1912 - Eleanor Powell, American actress and dancer (d. 1982)

Births108 years ago

1913 - John Boulting, English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1985)

Births107 years ago

1913 - Roy Boulting, English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)

Births107 years ago

1913 - Gunnar Kangro, Estonian mathematician, author, and academic (d. 1975)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Nusret Fişek, Turkish physician and politician, Turkish Minister of Health (d. 1990)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Henri Laborit, French physician and philosopher (d. 1995)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Norm Smith, Australian footballer and coach (d. 1973)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Sid Luckman, American football player and soldier (d. 1998)

Births104 years ago

1919 - Paul Bogart, American director and producer (d. 2012)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Ralph Meeker, American actor (d. 1988)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Stan Musial, American baseball player and manager (d. 2013)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Donald Sheldon, American pilot (d. 1975)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Abe Lemons, American basketball player and coach (d. 2002)

Births98 years ago

1924 - Joseph Campanella, American actor (d. 2018)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Milka Planinc, Yugoslav politician, 28th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (d. 2010)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Christopher Tolkien, English author and academic

Births96 years ago

1925 - Veljko Kadijević, Croatian general and politician, 5th Federal Secretary of People's Defence (d. 2014)

Births95 years ago

1926 - William Wakefield Baum, American cardinal (d. 2015)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Georgia Frontiere, American businesswoman (d. 2008)

Births93 years ago

1929 - Marilyn French, American author and academic (d. 2009)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Laurier LaPierre, Canadian historian, journalist, and politician (d. 2012)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Marjan Rožanc, Slovenian journalist, author, and playwright (d. 1990)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Lewis Binford, American archaeologist and academic (d. 2011)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Revaz Dogonadze, Georgian chemist and physicist (d. 1985)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Stanley Kalms, Baron Kalms, English businessman

Births89 years ago

1931 - Malcolm Williamson, Australian pianist and composer (d. 2003)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Beryl Bainbridge, English author and screenwriter (d. 2010)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Danish composer (d. 2016)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Henry Hartsfield, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2014)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Etta Zuber Falconer, American educator and mathematician (d. 2002)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Jean Shepard, American country music singer-songwriter (d. 2016)

Births87 years ago

1934 - Laurence Luckinbill, American actor, director, and playwright

Births86 years ago

1934 - Peter Philpott, Australian cricketer

Births86 years ago

1936 - Victor Chang, Chinese-Australian surgeon (d. 1991)

Births84 years ago

1937 - Ingrid Pitt, Polish-English actress (d. 2010)

Births83 years ago

1937 - Marlo Thomas, American actress, producer, and activist

Births83 years ago

1939 - R. Budd Dwyer, American educator and politician, 30th Treasurer of Pennsylvania (d. 1987)

Births81 years ago

1940 - Freddy Beras-Goico, Dominican comedian and television host (d. 2010)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Richard Marcinko, American commander and author

Births80 years ago

1940 - Natalia Makarova, Russian ballerina, choreographer, and actress

Births80 years ago

1941 - Juliet Mills, English-American actress

Births79 years ago

1941 - David Porter, American songwriter, musician, and producer

Births79 years ago

1942 - Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, German educator and politician

Births78 years ago

1943 - Phil Bredesen, American businessman and politician, 48th Governor of Tennessee

Births77 years ago

1943 - Jacques Laffite, French race car driver and sportscaster

Births77 years ago

1944 - Dick Durbin, American lawyer and politician

Births76 years ago

1944 - Earl Monroe, American basketball player and sportscaster

Births76 years ago

1944 - Harold Ramis, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Goldie Hawn, American actress, singer, and producer

Births75 years ago

1948 - Michel Suleiman, Lebanese general and politician, 16th President of Lebanon

Births72 years ago

1948 - George Zimmer, American businessman, founded Men's Wearhouse

Births72 years ago

1948 - Lonnie Jordan, American singer-songwriter

Births72 years ago

1948 - Alphonse Mouzon, American jazz drummer (d. 2016)

Births72 years ago

1950 - Gary Pihl, American guitarist Boston

Births70 years ago

1950 - Hisham Barakat, Egyptian lawyer and judge (d. 2015)

Births70 years ago

1950 - Livingston Taylor, American singer-songwriter and musician

Births70 years ago

1952 - Mervyn Davies, Baron Davies of Abersoch, Welsh banker and politician

Births68 years ago

1952 - Janne Kristiansen, Norwegian lawyer and jurist

Births68 years ago

1952 - Lorna Luft, American actress and singer

Births68 years ago

1953 - Tina Brown, English-American journalist and author

Births67 years ago

1954 - Fiona Pitt-Kethley, English journalist, author, and poet

Births66 years ago

1955 - Peter Koppes, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births65 years ago

1955 - Cedric Maxwell, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster

Births65 years ago

1955 - Glenn Ridge, Australian radio and television host and producer

Births65 years ago

1956 - Cherry Jones, American actress

Births64 years ago

1959 - Sergei Ratnikov, Estonian footballer and manager

Births61 years ago

1960 - Mark Bailey, English rugby player, author, and educator

Births60 years ago

1960 - Brian McNamara, American actor, director, and producer

Births60 years ago

1960 - Brian Ritchie, American bass player and songwriter

Births60 years ago

1961 - João Domingos Pinto, Portuguese footballer and manager

Births59 years ago

1962 - Steven Curtis Chapman, American Christian music singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, actor, author, and social activist

Births58 years ago

1962 - Alan Smith, English football player

Births58 years ago

1963 - Dave Molyneux, Manx motorcycle racer

Births57 years ago

1963 - Nicollette Sheridan, English actress

Births57 years ago

1964 - Shane Douglas, American wrestler and manager

Births56 years ago

1964 - Liza Tarbuck, English actress, television & radio presenter

Births56 years ago

1964 - Charles Dunstone, English businessman, co-founded Carphone Warehouse

Births56 years ago

1964 - Olden Polynice, Haitian-American basketball player and coach

Births56 years ago

1964 - Stefan Sonnenfeld, American businessman, co-founded Company 3

Births56 years ago

1965 - Björk, Icelandic singer-songwriter

Births55 years ago

1965 - Reggie Lewis, American basketball player (d. 1993)

Births55 years ago

1966 - Troy Aikman, American football player and sportscaster

Births54 years ago

1966 - Evgeny Bareev, Russian chess player and coach

Births54 years ago

1966 - Thanasis Kolitsidakis, Greek footballer

Births54 years ago

1967 - Ken Block, American race car driver

Births53 years ago

1967 - Tripp Cromer, American baseball player

Births53 years ago

1967 - Toshihiko Koga, Japanese martial artist

Births53 years ago

1967 - Amanda Lepore, American model and singer

Births53 years ago

1968 - Andrew Caddick, New Zealand-English cricketer

Births52 years ago

1968 - Alex James, English singer-songwriter, bass player

Births52 years ago

1968 - Antonio Tarver, American boxer, sportscaster, and actor

Births52 years ago

1969 - Ken Griffey Jr., American baseball player and actor

Births51 years ago

1970 - Karen Davila, Filipino journalist

Births50 years ago

1970 - Justin Langer, Australian cricketer and coach

Births50 years ago

1971 - Michael Strahan, American football player, actor, and talk show host

Births49 years ago

1972 - Rich Johnston, English author and critic

Births48 years ago

1972 - Rain Phoenix, American actress and singer

Births48 years ago

1972 - Darrell Cavens, Canadian co-founder and former CEO of e-commerce company Zulily

Births48 years ago

1976 - Mihaela Botezan, Romanian long-distance runner

Births44 years ago

1976 - Saleem Elahi, Pakistani cricketer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Martin Meichelbeck, German footballer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Daniel Whiston, English figure skater

Births44 years ago

1976 - Michael Wilson, Australian footballer

Births44 years ago

1977 - Michael Batiste, American former professional basketball player

Births43 years ago

1977 - Yolande James, Canadian lawyer and politician

Births43 years ago

1977 - Jonas Jennings, American football player

Births43 years ago

1978 - Daniel Bradshaw, Australian footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Lucía Jiménez, Spanish actress and singer

Births42 years ago

1979 - Vincenzo Iaquinta, Italian footballer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Stromile Swift, American basketball player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Alex Tanguay, Canadian ice hockey player

Births41 years ago

1980 - Hank Blalock, American baseball player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Alec Brownstein, American author and director

Births40 years ago

1980 - Leonardo González, Costa Rican footballer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Wesley Britt, American football player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Ainārs Kovals, Latvian javelin thrower

Births39 years ago

1981 - Jonny Magallón, Mexican footballer

Births39 years ago

1982 - Ioana Ciolacu, Romanian fashion designer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Georgios Kalogiannidis, Greek archer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Jason Tom, American beatboxer, blogger, speaker, and mathematician

Births38 years ago

1983 - Jamie Langley, English rugby player

Births37 years ago

1984 - Álvaro Bautista, Spanish motorcycle racer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Jena Malone, American actress and singer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Carly Rae Jepsen, Canadian singer-songwriter and actress

Births35 years ago

1985 - Jesús Navas, Spanish footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Nicola Silvestri, Italian footballer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Colleen Ballinger, American comedian, actress, and singer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Ben Bishop, American ice hockey player

Births34 years ago

1986 - Kristof Goddaert, Belgian cyclist (d. 2014)

Births34 years ago

1987 - Stefan Glarner, Swiss footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Eesha Karavade, Indian chess player

Births33 years ago

1988 - Len Väljas, Canadian skier

Births32 years ago

1988 - Preston Zimmerman, American soccer player

Births32 years ago

1989 - Will Buckley, English footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Dárvin Chávez, Mexican footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Justin Tucker, American football player

Births31 years ago

1989 - Fabian Delph, English footballer

Births31 years ago

1990 - Dani King, English cyclist

Births30 years ago

1990 - Georgie Twigg, English field hockey player

Births30 years ago

1991 - Almaz Ayana, Ethiopian sprinter

Births29 years ago

1991 - Lewis Dunk, English footballer

Births29 years ago

1991 - Peni Terepo, New Zealand rugby league player

Births29 years ago

1992 - Conor Maynard, English singer-songwriter

Births28 years ago

1994 - Saúl Ñíguez, Spanish footballer

Births26 years ago

Deaths

615 - Columbanus, Irish missionary and saint (b. 543)

Deaths

933 - Al-Tahawi, Arab imam and scholar (b. 853)

Deaths

1011 - Reizei, emperor of Japan (b. 950)

Deaths1009 years ago

1136 - William de Corbeil, English archbishop (b. 1070)

Deaths884 years ago
Deaths870 years ago

1325 - Yury of Moscow, Prince of Moscow and Vladimir

Deaths695 years ago
Deaths659 years ago

1555 - Georgius Agricola, German mineralogist, philologist, and scholar (b. 1490)

Deaths465 years ago

1566 - Annibale Caro, Italian poet and author (b. 1507)

Deaths454 years ago

1579 - Thomas Gresham, English merchant and financier (b. 1519)

Deaths441 years ago
Deaths381 years ago

1652 - Jan Brożek, Polish mathematician, physician, and astronomer (b. 1585)

Deaths368 years ago

1695 - Henry Purcell, English organist and composer (b. 1659)

Deaths325 years ago

1775 - John Hill, English botanist and author (b. 1719)

Deaths245 years ago

1782 - Jacques de Vaucanson, French engineer (b. 1709)

Deaths238 years ago

1811 - Heinrich von Kleist, German poet and author (b. 1777)

Deaths209 years ago

1844 - Ivan Krylov, Russian poet and playwright (b. 1769)

Deaths176 years ago

1859 - Yoshida Shōin, Japanese academic and politician (b. 1830)

Deaths161 years ago

1861 - Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire, French priest and activist (b. 1802)

Deaths159 years ago

1870 - Karel Jaromír Erben, Czech historian and poet (b. 1811)

Deaths150 years ago

1874 - Marià Fortuny, Spanish painter (b. 1838)

Deaths146 years ago

1881 - Ami Boué, German-Austrian geologist and ethnographer (b. 1794)

Deaths139 years ago

1899 - Garret Hobart, American lawyer and politician, 24th Vice President of the United States (b. 1844)

Deaths121 years ago

1907 - Harry Boyle, Australian cricketer (b. 1847)

Deaths113 years ago

1907 - Paula Modersohn-Becker, German painter (b. 1876)

Deaths113 years ago

1908 - Carl Friedrich Schmidt, German-Russian geologist and botanist (b. 1832)

Deaths112 years ago

1909 - Peder Severin Krøyer, Norwegian-Danish painter (b. 1851)

Deaths111 years ago
Deaths104 years ago

1922 - Ricardo Flores Magón, Mexican journalist and activist (b. 1874)

Deaths98 years ago

1926 - Edward Cummins, American golfer (b. 1886)

Deaths94 years ago
Deaths92 years ago

1934 - John Scaddan, Australian politician, 10th Premier of Western Australia (b. 1876)

Deaths86 years ago

1938 - Leopold Godowsky, Polish-American pianist and composer (b. 1870)

Deaths82 years ago

1941 - Henrietta Vinton Davis, American actress and playwright (b. 1860)

Deaths79 years ago

1942 - Count Leopold Berchtold, Austrian-Hungarian politician, Foreign Minister of Austria-Hungary (b. 1863)

Deaths78 years ago

1942 - J. B. M. Hertzog, South African general and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of South Africa (b. 1866)

Deaths78 years ago

1945 - Robert Benchley, American humorist, newspaper columnist, and actor (b. 1889)

Deaths75 years ago

1945 - Al Davis, American boxer (b. 1920)

Deaths75 years ago

1945 - Ellen Glasgow, American author (b. 1873)

Deaths75 years ago

1945 - Alexander Patch, American general (b. 1889)

Deaths75 years ago

1947 - William McCormack, Australian politician, 22nd Premier of Queensland (b. 1879)

Deaths73 years ago

1953 - Felice Bonetto, Italian race car driver (b. 1903)

Deaths67 years ago

1953 - Larry Shields, American clarinet player and composer (b. 1893)

Deaths67 years ago

1957 - Francis Burton Harrison, American general and politician, 6th Governor-General of the Philippines (b. 1873)

Deaths63 years ago

1958 - Mel Ott, American baseball player, manager, and sportscaster (b. 1909)

Deaths62 years ago

1959 - Max Baer, American boxer, referee, and actor (b. 1909)

Deaths61 years ago

1963 - Artur Lemba, Estonian composer and educator (b. 1885)

Deaths57 years ago

1963 - Robert Stroud, American ornithologist and author (b. 1890)

Deaths57 years ago

1964Catherine Bauer Wurster, American architect and public housing advocate (b. 1905)

Deaths56 years ago

1967 - C. M. Eddy, Jr., American author (b. 1896)

Deaths53 years ago

1970 - Newsy Lalonde, Canadian lacrosse and ice hockey player (b. 1887)

Deaths50 years ago

1970 - C. V. Raman, Indian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)

Deaths50 years ago

1973 - Thomas Pelly, American lawyer and politician (b. 1902)

Deaths47 years ago

1974 - John B. Gambling, American radio host (b. 1897)

Deaths46 years ago

1974 - Frank Martin, Swiss-Dutch pianist and composer (b. 1890)

Deaths46 years ago

1975 - Gunnar Gunnarsson, Icelandic author (b. 1889)

Deaths45 years ago

1980 - Sara García, Mexican actress (b. 1895)

Deaths40 years ago

1981 - Harry von Zell, American actor and comedian (b. 1906)

Deaths39 years ago

1982 - John Hargrave, English activist and author (b. 1894)

Deaths38 years ago

1984 - Ben Wilson, American basketball player (b. 1967)

Deaths36 years ago

1986 - Jerry Colonna, American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1904)

Deaths34 years ago

1988 - Carl Hubbell, American baseball player and scout (b. 1903)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - Harvey Hart, Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1928)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Margot Zemach, American author and illustrator (b. 1931)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Dean Hart, Canadian wrestler and referee (b. 1954)

Deaths30 years ago

1991 - Sonny Werblin, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1907)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - Kaysone Phomvihane, Laotian soldier and politician, 2nd President of Laos (b. 1920)

Deaths28 years ago

1992 - Ricky Williams, American singer-songwriter and drummer (b. 1956)

Deaths28 years ago

1993 - Bill Bixby, American actor (b. 1934)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Willem Jacob Luyten, Dutch-American astronomer and academic (b. 1899)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Peter Grant, English actor and manager (b. 1935)

Deaths25 years ago

1995 - Noel Jones, Indian-English diplomat, British ambassador to Kazakhstan (b. 1940)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Bernard Rose, English organist and composer (b 1916)

Deaths24 years ago

1996 - Abdus Salam, Pakistani-English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1926)

Deaths24 years ago

1999 - Quentin Crisp, English actor, author, and illustrator (b. 1908)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - Ernest Lluch, Spanish economist and politician (b. 1937)

Deaths20 years ago

2002 - Hadda Brooks, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1916)

Deaths18 years ago

2005 - Alfred Anderson, Scottish soldier (b. 1896)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Hugh Sidey, American journalist and academic (b. 1927)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Hassan Gouled Aptidon, Somalian-Djiboutian politician, 1st President of Djibouti (b. 1916)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Pierre Amine Gemayel, Lebanese lawyer and politician (b. 1972)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Fernando Fernán Gómez, Spanish actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1921)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Tom Johnson, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (b. 1928)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Noel McGregor, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1931)

Deaths13 years ago

2009 - Konstantin Feoktistov, Russian engineer and astronaut (b. 1926)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Norris Church Mailer, American author (b. 1949)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - David Nolan, American activist and politician (b. 1943)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, American painter and author, co-founded the DuSable Museum of African American History (b. 1917)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Anne McCaffrey, American science fiction and fantasy author (b. 1926)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Emily Squires, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1941)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Austin Peralta, American pianist (b. 1990)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - John Egerton, American journalist and author (b. 1935)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Fred Kavli, Norwegian-American businessman and philanthropist, founded The Kavli Foundation (b. 1927)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Dimitri Mihalas, American astronomer and author (b. 1939)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Vern Mikkelsen, American basketball player and coach (b. 1928)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Bernard Parmegiani, French composer (b. 1927)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Tôn Thất Đính, Vietnamese general (b. 1926)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Maurice Vachon, Canadian-American wrestler (b. 1929)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - John H. Land, American soldier and politician (b. 1920)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Robert Richardson, English general (b. 1929)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Gil Cardinal, Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1950)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Ameen Faheem, Indian-Pakistani poet and politician (b. 1939)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Bob Foster, American boxer and police officer (b. 1938)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Anthony Read, English screenwriter and producer (b. 1935)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Joseph Silverstein, American violinist and conductor (b. 1932)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Hassan Sadpara, Pakistani mountaineer and adventurer (b. 1963)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - David Cassidy, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1950)

Deaths3 years ago

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