Holidays and observances

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Suriname from the Netherlands in 1975.

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


571 BC - Servius Tullius, king of Rome, celebrates a triumph for his victory over the Etruscans.


1034 - Máel Coluim mac Cináeda, King of Scots, dies. His grandson, Donnchad, son of Bethóc and Crínán of Dunkeld, inherits the throne.

Events986 years ago

1120 - The White Ship sinks in the English Channel, drowning William Adelin, son and heir of Henry I of England.

Events900 years ago

1343 - A tsunami, caused by an earthquake in the Tyrrhenian Sea, devastates Naples and the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, among other places.

Events677 years ago
Events533 years ago

1491 - The siege of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, ends with the Treaty of Granada.

Events529 years ago

1510 - Portuguese conquest of Goa: Portuguese naval forces under the command of Afonso de Albuquerque, and local mercenaries working for privateer Timoji, seize Goa from the Bijapur Sultanate, resulting in 451 years of Portuguese colonial rule.

Events510 years ago

1667 - A deadly earthquake rocks Shemakha in the Caucasus, killing 80,000 people.

Events353 years ago

1678 - Trunajaya rebellion: After a long and logistically challenging march, the allied Mataram and Dutch troops successfully assaulted the rebel stronghold of Kediri.

Events342 years ago

1755 - King Ferdinand VI of Spain grants royal protection to the Beaterio de la Compañia de Jesus, now known as the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary.

Events265 years ago

1758 - French and Indian War: British forces capture Fort Duquesne from French control. Later, Fort Pitt will be built nearby and grow into modern Pittsburgh.

Events262 years ago

1759 - An earthquake hits the Mediterranean destroying Beirut and Damascus and killing 30,000-40,000.

Events261 years ago

1783 - American Revolutionary War: The last British troops leave New York City three months after the signing of the Treaty of Paris.

Events237 years ago

1795 - Partitions of Poland: Stanisław August Poniatowski, the last king of independent Poland, is forced to abdicate and is exiled to Russia.

Events225 years ago

1826 - The Greek frigate Hellas arrives in Nafplion to become the first flagship of the Hellenic Navy.

Events194 years ago

1833 - A massive undersea earthquake, estimated magnitude between 8.7-9.2, rocks Sumatra, producing a massive tsunami all along the Indonesian coast.

Events187 years ago

1839 - A cyclone slams into south-eastern India, with high winds and a 40-foot storm surge destroying the port city of Coringa (which has never been completely rebuilt). The storm wave swept inland, taking with it 20,000 ships and thousands of people. An estimated 300,000 deaths resulted from the disaster.

Events181 years ago
Events157 years ago

1864 - American Civil War: A group of Confederate operatives calling themselves the Confederate Army of Manhattan starts fires in more than 20 locations in an unsuccessful attempt to burn down New York City.

Events156 years ago

1874 - The United States Greenback Party is established as a political party consisting primarily of farmers affected by the Panic of 1873.

Events146 years ago

1876 - American Indian Wars: In retaliation for the American defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, United States Army troops sack the sleeping village of Cheyenne Chief Dull Knife at the headwaters of the Powder River.

Events144 years ago

1905 - Prince Carl of Denmark arrives in Norway to become King Haakon VII of Norway.

Events115 years ago

1917 - World War I: German forces defeat Portuguese army of about 1,200 at Negomano on the border of modern-day Mozambique and Tanzania.

Events103 years ago

1918 - Vojvodina, formerly Austro-Hungarian crown land, proclaims its secession from Austria–Hungary to join the Kingdom of Serbia.

Events102 years ago

1926 - The deadliest November tornado outbreak in U.S. history kills 76 people and injures more than 400.

Events94 years ago

1936 - In Berlin, Germany and Japan sign the Anti-Comintern Pact, agreeing to consult on measures "to safeguard their common interests" in the case of an unprovoked attack by the Soviet Union against either nation. The pact is renewed on the same day five years later with additional signatories.

Events84 years ago

1940 - World War II: First flights of both the de Havilland Mosquito and Martin B-26 Marauder.

Events80 years ago

1941 - HMS Barham is sunk by a German torpedo during World War II.

Events79 years ago
Events77 years ago
Events73 years ago

1947 - New Zealand ratifies the Statute of Westminster and thus becomes independent of legislative control by the United Kingdom.

Events73 years ago

1950 - The Great Appalachian Storm of November 1950 impacts 22 American states, killing 353 people, injuring over 160, and causing US$66.7 million in damages (1950 dollars).

Events70 years ago

1952 - Agatha Christie's murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London. It will become the longest continuously-running play in history.

Events68 years ago

1952 - Korean War: After 42 days of fighting, the Battle of Triangle Hill ends with Chinese victory, American and South Korean units abandon their attempt to capture the "Iron Triangle".

Events68 years ago

1958 - French Sudan gains autonomy as a self-governing member of the French Community.

Events62 years ago

1960 - The Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic are assassinated.

Events60 years ago

1963 - President John F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.; his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, is buried on the same day in Fort Worth, Texas.

Events57 years ago

1970 - In Japan, author Yukio Mishima and one compatriot commit ritualistic seppuku after an unsuccessful coup attempt.

Events50 years ago

1973 - Georgios Papadopoulos, head of the military Regime of the Colonels in Greece, is ousted in a hardliners' coup led by Brigadier General Dimitrios Ioannidis.

Events47 years ago

1975 - Suriname gains independence from the Netherlands.

Events45 years ago

1977 - Former Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr., is found guilty by the Philippine Military Commission No. 2 and is sentenced to death by firing squad. He is later assassinated in 1983.

Events43 years ago
Events39 years ago

1984 - Thirty-six top musicians gather in a Notting Hill studio and record Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.

Events36 years ago

1986 - Iran–Contra affair: U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese announces that profits from covert weapons sales to Iran were illegally diverted to the anti-communist Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

Events34 years ago

1986 - The King Fahd Causeway is officially opened in the Persian Gulf.

Events34 years ago

1987 - Typhoon Nina pummels the Philippines with category 5 winds of 165 mph and a surge that destroys entire villages. At least 1,036 deaths are attributed to the storm.

Events33 years ago

1992 - The Federal Assembly of Czechoslovakia votes to split the country into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, with effect from January 1, 1993.

Events28 years ago

1996 - An ice storm strikes the central U.S., killing 26 people. A powerful windstorm affects Florida and winds gust over 90 mph, toppling trees and flipping trailers.

Events24 years ago

1999 - A 5-year-old Cuban boy, Elian Gonzalez, is rescued by fishermen while floating in an inner tube off the Florida coast.

Events21 years ago

2000 - The 2000 Baku earthquake, with a Richter magnitude of 7.0, leaves 26 people dead in Baku, Azerbaijan, and becomes the strongest earthquake in the region in 158 years.

Events20 years ago

2008 - Cyclone Nisha strikes northern Sri Lanka, killing 15 people and displacing 90,000 others while dealing the region the highest rainfall in nine decades.

Events12 years ago

2009 - Jeddah floods: Freak rains swamp the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, during an ongoing Hajj pilgrimage. Three thousand cars are swept away and 122 people perish in the torrents, with 350 others missing.

Events11 years ago


Births945 years ago

1454 - Catherine Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus (d. 1510)

Births566 years ago

1467 - Thomas Dacre, 2nd Baron Dacre, Knight of Henry VIII of England (d. 1525)

Births553 years ago

1493 - Osanna of Cattaro, Dominican visionary and anchoress (d. 1565)

Births527 years ago

1562 - Lope de Vega, Spanish playwright and poet (d. 1635)

Births458 years ago

1566 - John Heminges, English actor (d. 1630)

Births454 years ago

1577 - Piet Pieterszoon Hein, Dutch admiral (d. 1629)

Births443 years ago

1587 - Sir Gervase Clifton, 1st Baronet, English politician (d. 1666)

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1666 - Giuseppe Giovanni Battista Guarneri, Italian violin maker (d. 1740)

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1703 - Jean-François Séguier, French astronomer and botanist (d. 1784)

Births317 years ago

1752 - Johann Friedrich Reichardt, German composer and critic (d. 1814)

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1753 - Robert Townsend, American spy (d. 1838)

Births267 years ago

1758 - John Armstrong, Jr., American general and politician, 7th United States Secretary of War (d. 1843)

Births262 years ago

1778 - Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, English author and activist (d. 1856)

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1787 - Franz Xaver Gruber, Austrian organist and composer (d. 1863)

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1814 - Julius Robert von Mayer, German physician and physicist (d. 1878)

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1815 - William Sawyer, Canadian merchant and politician (d. 1904)

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1817 - John Bigelow, American lawyer and politician, United States Ambassador to France (d. 1911)

Births203 years ago

1835 - Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1919)

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1841 - Ernst Schröder, German mathematician and academic (d. 1902)

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1843 - Henry Ware Eliot, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1919)

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1844 - Karl Benz, German engineer and businessman, founded Mercedes-Benz (d. 1929)

Births176 years ago

1845 - José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Portuguese-French journalist and author (d. 1900)

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1846 - Carrie Nation, American activist (d. 1911)

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1858 - Alfred Capus, French journalist, author, and playwright (d. 1922)

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1862 - Ethelbert Nevin, American pianist and composer (d. 1901)

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1862 - Gustaf Söderström, Swedish tug of war competitor, shot putter, and discus thrower (d. 1958)

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1865 - Kate Gleason, American engineer, businesswoman, and philanthropist (d. 1933)

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1867 - Talaat Harb, Egyptian economist, founded the Banque Misr (d. 1941)

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1869 - Ben Lindsey, American lawyer and judge (d. 1934)

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1870 - Winthrop Ames, American director, producer, and playwright (d. 1937)

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1870 - Maurice Denis, French painter of Les Nabis movement (d. 1943)

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1872 - Robert Maysack, American gymnast and triathlete (d. 1960)

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1873 - Albert Henry Krehbiel, American painter and illustrator (d. 1945)

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1874 - Joe Gans, American boxer (d. 1910)

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1877 - Harley Granville-Barker, British actor, director and playwright (d. 1946)

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1880 - John Flynn, Australian minister and pilot, founded the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (d. 1951)

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1880 - Elsie J. Oxenham, English author (d. 1960)

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1881 - Jacob Fichman, Romanian-Israeli poet and critic (d. 1958)

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1881 - Pope John XXIII (d. 1963)

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1883 - Harvey Spencer Lewis, American mystic and author (d. 1939)

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1887 - Nikolai Vavilov, Russian botanist and geneticist (d. 1943)

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1889 - Reşat Nuri Güntekin, Turkish author and playwright (d. 1956)

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1890 - Isaac Rosenberg, English soldier and poet (d. 1918)

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1891 - Ōnishiki Uichirō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 26th Yokozuna (d. 1941)

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1893 - Joseph Wood Krutch, American author and critic (d. 1970)

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1895 - Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (d. 1991)

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1895 - Anastas Mikoyan, Soviet politician, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (d. 1978)

Births125 years ago

1895 - Helen Hooven Santmyer, American poet and author (d. 1986)

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1895 - Ludvík Svoboda, Czech general and politician, 8th President of Czechoslovakia (d. 1979)

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1896 - Albertus Soegijapranata, Indonesian archbishop (d. 1963)

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

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1898 - Debaki Bose, Indian actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1971)

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1898 - Aarne Viisimaa, Estonian tenor and director (d. 1989)

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1900 - Rudolf Höss, German SS officer (d. 1947)

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1900 - Helen Gahagan Douglas, American actress and politician (d. 1980)

Births120 years ago

1901 - Arthur Liebehenschel, German SS officer (d. 1948)

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1902 - Eddie Shore, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (d. 1985)

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1904 - Lillian Copeland, American discus thrower and shot putter (d. 1964)

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1904 - Toni Ortelli, Italian composer and conductor (d. 2000)

Births116 years ago

1905 - Samiha Ayverdi, Turkish mystic and author (d. 1993)

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1906 - Alice Ambrose, American philosopher and logician (d. 2001)

Births114 years ago

1907 - John Stuart Hindmarsh, English race car driver and pilot (d. 1938)

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1908 - Natyaguru Nurul Momen, Bangladeshi playwright, author, educator, director and media personality (d. 1990)

Births112 years ago

1909 - P. D. Eastman, American author and illustrator (d. 1986)

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1911 - Roelof Frankot, Dutch painter and photographer (d. 1984)

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1913 - Lewis Thomas, American physician, etymologist, and educator (d. 1993)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player and coach (d. 1999)

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1914 - Léon Zitrone, Russian-French journalist (d. 1995)

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1915 - Augusto Pinochet, Chilean general and politician, 30th President of Chile (d. 2006)

Births105 years ago

1915 - Armando Villanueva, Peruvian politician, 121st Prime Minister of Peru (d. 2013)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Peg Lynch, American actress and screenwriter (d. 2015)

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1917 - Luigi Poggi, Italian cardinal (d. 2010)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Alparslan Türkeş, Cypriot-Turkish colonel and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey (d. 1997)

Births103 years ago

1919 - Norman Tokar, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1979)

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1920 - Ricardo Montalbán, Mexican-American actor, singer, and director (d. 2009)

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1920 - Noel Neill, American actress (d. 2016)

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1922 - Shelagh Fraser, English actress (d. 2000)

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1922 - Ilja Hurník, Czech composer and playwright (d. 2013)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Fernance B. Perry, Portuguese-American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2014)

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1923 - Mauno Koivisto, Finnish banker and politician, 9th President of Finland (d. 2017)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Art Wall Jr., American golfer (d. 2001)

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1924 - Paul Desmond, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1977)

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1924 - Sybil Stockdale, American activist, co-founded the National League of Families (d. 2015)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Takaaki Yoshimoto, Japanese poet, philosopher, and critic (d. 2012)

Births96 years ago

1926 - Poul Anderson, American author (d. 2001)

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1926 - Jeffrey Hunter, American actor and producer (d. 1969)

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1926 - Ranganath Misra, Indian lawyer and jurist, 21st Chief Justice of India (d. 2012)

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1927 - John K. Cooley, American journalist and author (d. 2008)

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1929 - Judy Crichton, American director and producer (d. 2007)

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1931 - Nat Adderley, American cornet and trumpet player (d. 2000)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Takayo Fischer, American actress and singer

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1933 - Kathryn Crosby, American actress and singer

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1935 - Robert Berner, American geologist and academic (d. 2015)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Trisha Brown, American dancer and choreographer (d. 2017)

Births84 years ago

1936 - Phoebe S. Leboy, American biochemist (d. 2012)

Births84 years ago

1938 - Erol Güngör, Turkish sociologist and psychologist (d. 1983)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Rosanna Schiaffino, Italian actress (d. 2009)

Births82 years ago

1939 - Martin Feldstein, American economist and academic (d. 2019)

Births81 years ago

1940 - Reinhard Furrer, Austrian-German physicist and astronaut (d. 1995)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Joe Gibbs, American football player and coach

Births80 years ago

1940 - Jan Jongbloed, Dutch footballer and coach

Births80 years ago

1940 - Karl Offmann, Mauritian politician, 3rd President of Mauritius

Births80 years ago

1940 - Shyamal Kumar Sen, Indian jurist and politician, 21st Governor of West Bengal

Births80 years ago

1940 - Percy Sledge, American singer (d. 2015)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Christos Papanikolaou, Greek pole vaulter

Births79 years ago

1941 - Gerald Seymour, English journalist and author

Births79 years ago

1941 - Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi, Pakistani spiritual leader and author

Births79 years ago

1942 - Bob Lind, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births78 years ago

1942 - Mimis Papaioannou, Greek footballer and manager

Births78 years ago

1943 - Jerry Portnoy, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player

Births77 years ago

1944 - Ben Stein, American actor, television personality, game show host, lawyer, and author

Births76 years ago

1944 - Michael Kijana Wamalwa, Kenyan lawyer and politician, 8th Vice President of Kenya (d. 2003)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Gail Collins, American journalist and author

Births75 years ago

1945 - Patrick Nagel, American painter and illustrator (d. 1984)

Births75 years ago

1945 - George Webster, American football player (d. 2007)

Births75 years ago

1946 - Marc Brown, American author and illustrator

Births74 years ago

1946 - Mike Doyle, English footballer (d. 2011)

Births74 years ago

1947 - Jonathan Kaplan, French-American director and producer

Births73 years ago

1947 - John Larroquette, American actor

Births73 years ago

1948 - Jacques Dupuis, Canadian lawyer and politician, 14th Deputy Premier of Quebec

Births72 years ago

1948 - Lars Eighner, American author

Births72 years ago

1949 - Kerry O'Keeffe, Australian cricketer and sportscaster

Births71 years ago

1950 - Chris Claremont, English-American author

Births70 years ago

1950 - Giorgio Faletti, Italian author, screenwriter, and actor (d. 2014)

Births70 years ago

1950 - Alexis Wright, Australian author

Births70 years ago

1951 - Bucky Dent, American baseball player and manager

Births69 years ago

1951 - Charlaine Harris, American author and poet

Births69 years ago

1951 - Bill Morrissey, American singer-songwriter (d. 2011)

Births69 years ago

1951 - Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Spanish author and journalist

Births69 years ago

1951 - Johnny Rep, Dutch footballer and manager

Births69 years ago

1952 - Crescent Dragonwagon, American author and educator

Births68 years ago

1952 - John Lynch, American businessman and politician, 80th Governor of New Hampshire

Births68 years ago

1952 - Gabriele Oriali, Italian footballer and manager

Births68 years ago

1953 - Graham Eadie, Australian rugby league player and coach

Births67 years ago

1953 - Mark Frost, American author, screenwriter, and producer

Births67 years ago

1953 - Jeffrey Skilling, American businessman

Births67 years ago

1955 - Don Hahn, American director and producer

Births65 years ago

1955 - Kurt Niedermayer, German footballer and manager

Births65 years ago

1955 - Connie Palmen, Dutch author

Births65 years ago

1955 - Bruno Tonioli, Italian dancer and choreographer

Births65 years ago

1957 - Bob Ehrlich, American lawyer and politician, 60th Governor of Maryland

Births63 years ago

1958 - Naomi Oreskes, American historian of science

Births62 years ago

1959 - Charles Kennedy, Scottish journalist and politician (d. 2015)

Births61 years ago

1959 - Steve Rothery, English guitarist and songwriter

Births61 years ago

1960 - Amy Grant, American singer-songwriter

Births60 years ago

1960 - John F. Kennedy Jr., American lawyer, journalist, and publisher (d. 1999)

Births60 years ago

1961 - Paul Comstive, English footballer (d. 2013)

Births59 years ago

1962 - Scott Cam, Australian carpenter and television host

Births58 years ago

1962 - Gilbert Delorme, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births58 years ago

1962 - Hironobu Sakaguchi, Japanese game designer, founded Mistwalker

Births58 years ago

1962 - Jimon Terakado, Japanese comedian and actor

Births58 years ago

1963 - Kevin Chamberlin, American actor and director

Births57 years ago

1963 - Holly Cole, Canadian singer and actress

Births57 years ago

1963 - Chip Kelly, American football player and coach

Births57 years ago

1963 - Bernie Kosar, American football player and sportscaster

Births57 years ago

1964 - Mark Lanegan, American singer-songwriter

Births56 years ago

1965 - Tim Armstrong, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births55 years ago

1965 - Cris Carter, American football player, coach, and sportscaster

Births55 years ago

1966 - Stacy Lattisaw, American R&B singer

Births54 years ago

1967 - Anthony Nesty, Surinamese swimmer

Births53 years ago

1967 - Gregg Turkington, Australian comedian and singer

Births53 years ago

1968 - Jacqueline Hennessy, Canadian actress and journalist

Births52 years ago

1968 - Jill Hennessy, Canadian actress and singer

Births52 years ago

1968 - Erick Sermon, American rapper and producer

Births52 years ago

1969 - Kim Ofstad, Norwegian drummer and composer

Births51 years ago

1971 - Magnus Arvedson, Swedish ice hockey player and coach

Births49 years ago

1971 - Göksel Demirpençe, Turkish singer-songwriter

Births49 years ago

1972 - Deepa Marathe, Indian cricketer

Births48 years ago

1973 - Steven de Jongh, Dutch cyclist

Births47 years ago

1973 - Octavio Dotel, Dominican baseball player

Births47 years ago

1973 - Erick Strickland, American basketball player

Births47 years ago

1973 - Eddie Steeples, American actor, producer, and screenwriter

Births47 years ago

1974 - Kenneth Mitchell, Canadian actor

Births46 years ago

1975 - Abdelkader Benali, Moroccan-Dutch journalist and author

Births45 years ago

1976 - Clint Mathis, American soccer player and coach

Births44 years ago

1976 - Donovan McNabb, American football player and sportscaster

Births44 years ago

1976 - Olena Vitrychenko, Ukrainian gymnast and coach

Births44 years ago

1977 - Guillermo Cañas, Argentinian tennis player

Births43 years ago

1977 - Marcus Marshall, Australian race car driver

Births43 years ago

1978 - Ringo Sheena, Japanese singer-songwriter and producer

Births42 years ago

1979 - Michael Lehan, American football player

Births41 years ago

1980 - John-Michael Liles, American ice hockey player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Josh Mathews, American wrestler and sportscaster

Births40 years ago

1980 - Aaron Mokoena, South African footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Alviro Petersen, South African cricketer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Nick Swisher, American baseball player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Steffen Thier, German rugby player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Xabi Alonso, Spanish footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Lee Bum-ho, South Korean baseball player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Barbara Pierce Bush, American activist

Births39 years ago

1981 - Jenna Bush Hager, American journalist

Births39 years ago

1981 - Jared Jeffries, American basketball player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Chevon Troutman, American basketball player

Births39 years ago

1982 - Mitchell Claydon, Australian-English cricketer

Births38 years ago

1983 - Kirsty Crawford, Scottish singer-songwriter and actress

Births37 years ago

1983 - Jhulan Goswami, Indian cricketer

Births37 years ago

1984 - Peter Siddle, Australian cricketer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Remona Fransen, Dutch pentathlete

Births35 years ago

1986 - Katie Cassidy, American actress

Births34 years ago

1986 - Craig Gardner, English footballer

Births34 years ago

1988 - Nodar Kumaritashvili, Georgian luger (d. 2010)

Births32 years ago

1988 - Jay Spearing, English footballer

Births32 years ago

1989 - Tom Dice, Belgian singer-songwriter

Births31 years ago

1990 - Rye Rye, American rapper, dancer, and actress

Births30 years ago

1990 - Everton Heleno dos Santos, Brazilian footballer

Births30 years ago

1991 - Kyler Fackrell, American football player

Births29 years ago

1991 - Jamie Grace, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

Births29 years ago

1991 - Philipp Grubauer, German ice hockey player

Births29 years ago

1991 - Luca Tremolada, Italian footballer

Births29 years ago

1991 - Kevin Woo, American-South Korean singer and dancer

Births29 years ago

1992 - Ana Bogdan, Romanian tennis player

Births28 years ago

1993 - Danny Kent, English motorcycle racer

Births27 years ago


734 - Bilge Khagan, Turkic emperor (b. 683)

Deaths986 years ago

1120 - William Adelin, son of Henry I of England (sinking of the White Ship) (b. 1103)

Deaths900 years ago

1185 - Pope Lucius III (b. 1097)

Deaths835 years ago

1326 - Prince Koreyasu, Japanese shōgun (b. 1264)

Deaths694 years ago
Deaths646 years ago

1456 - Jacques Cœur, French merchant and banker (b. 1395)

Deaths564 years ago

1560 - Andrea Doria, Italian admiral (b. 1466)

Deaths460 years ago

1565 - Hu Zongxian, Chinese general (b. 1512)

Deaths455 years ago

1626 - Edward Alleyn, English actor, founded Dulwich College (b. 1566)

Deaths394 years ago

1694 - Ismaël Bullialdus, French astronomer and mathematician (b. 1605)

Deaths326 years ago

1700 - Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American lawyer and politician, 10th Mayor of New York City (b. 1643)

Deaths320 years ago

1748 - Isaac Watts, English hymnwriter and theologian (b. 1674)

Deaths272 years ago

1755 - Johann Georg Pisendel, German violinist and composer (b. 1687)

Deaths265 years ago

1785 - Richard Glover, English poet and politician (b. 1712)

Deaths235 years ago

1865 - Heinrich Barth, German explorer and scholar (b. 1821)

Deaths155 years ago

1884 - Hermann Kolbe, German chemist and academic (b. 1818)

Deaths136 years ago

1885 - Thomas A. Hendricks, American lawyer and politician, 21st Vice President of the United States (b. 1819)

Deaths135 years ago

1885 - Alfonso XII of Spain (b. 1857)

Deaths135 years ago

1909 - Edward P. Allen, American lawyer and politician (b. 1839)

Deaths111 years ago

1920 - Gaston Chevrolet, French-American race car driver and businessman (b. 1892)

Deaths100 years ago

1925 - Vajiravudh, Siam king (b. 1880)

Deaths95 years ago

1934 - N. E. Brown, English plant taxonomist and authority on succulents (b. 1849)

Deaths86 years ago

1944 - Kenesaw Mountain Landis, American lawyer and judge (b. 1866)

Deaths76 years ago

1948 - Kanbun Uechi, Japanese martial artist, founded Uechi-ryū (b. 1877)

Deaths72 years ago

1949 - Bill Robinson, American actor and dancer (b. 1878)

Deaths71 years ago

1950 - Mao Anying, Chinese general (b. 1922)

Deaths70 years ago

1950 - Johannes V. Jensen, Danish author and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1873)

Deaths70 years ago

1950 - Gustaf John Ramstedt, Finnish linguist and diplomat (b. 1873)

Deaths70 years ago

1956 - Alexander Dovzhenko, Ukrainian-Russian director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1894)

Deaths64 years ago
Deaths63 years ago

1959 - Gérard Philipe, French actor (b. 1922)

Deaths61 years ago

1961 - Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (b. 1866)

Deaths59 years ago

1963 - Alexander Marinesko, Russian lieutenant (b. 1913)

Deaths57 years ago

1965 - Myra Hess, English pianist and educator (b. 1890)

Deaths55 years ago

1968 - Upton Sinclair, American novelist, critic, and essayist (b. 1878)

Deaths52 years ago

1968 - Paul Siple, American geographer and explorer (b. 1908)

Deaths52 years ago

1970 - Yukio Mishima, Japanese author, actor, and director (b. 1925)

Deaths50 years ago

1972 - Henri Coandă, Romanian engineer, designed the Coandă-1910 (b. 1886)

Deaths48 years ago

1973 - Laurence Harvey, Lithuania-born English actor (b. 1928)

Deaths47 years ago

1974 - Nick Drake, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1948)

Deaths46 years ago

1974 - U Thant, Burmese lawyer and diplomat, 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations (b. 1909)

Deaths46 years ago

1981 - Jack Albertson, American actor and singer (b. 1907)

Deaths39 years ago

1983 - Saleem Raza (Pakistani singer), Pakistani Christian playback singer (b. 1932)

Deaths37 years ago

1984 - Yashwantrao Chavan, Indian lawyer and politician, 5th Deputy Prime Minister of India (b. 1913)

Deaths36 years ago

1985 - Geoffrey Grigson, English poet and critic (b. 1905)

Deaths35 years ago

1985 - Franz Hildebrandt, German pastor and theologian (b. 1909)

Deaths35 years ago

1987 - Harold Washington, American lawyer and politician, 51st Mayor of Chicago (b. 1922)

Deaths33 years ago

1989 - Alva R. Fitch, American general (b. 1907)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Merab Mamardashvili, Georgian philosopher and academic (b. 1930)

Deaths30 years ago

1991 - Eleanor Audley, American actress and voice artist (b. 1905)

Deaths29 years ago

1995 - Léon Zitrone, Russian-French journalist (b. 1914)

Deaths25 years ago

1997 - Hastings Banda, Malawian physician and politician, 1st President of Malawi (b. 1898)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - Nelson Goodman, American philosopher and academic (b. 1906)

Deaths22 years ago

1998 - Flip Wilson, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (b. 1933)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Valentín Campa, Mexican union leader and politician (b. 1904)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - Hugh Alexander, American baseball player and scout (b. 1917)

Deaths20 years ago

2002 - Karel Reisz, Czech-English director and producer (b. 1926)

Deaths18 years ago

2004 - Ed Paschke, American painter and academic (b. 1939)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - George Best, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1946)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Richard Burns, English race car driver (b. 1971)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Luciano Bottaro, Italian author and illustrator (b. 1931)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Valentín Elizalde, Mexican singer-songwriter (b. 1979)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Phyllis Fraser, American actress and publisher, co-founded Beginner Books (b. 1916)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Kenneth M. Taylor, American lieutenant and pilot (b. 1919)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Peter Lipton, American philosopher and academic (b. 1954)

Deaths13 years ago

2010 - Alfred Balk, American journalist and author (b. 1930)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Peter Christopherson, English keyboard player, songwriter, and director (b. 1955)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - C. Scott Littleton, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1933)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Bernard Matthews, English businessman, founded Bernard Matthews Farms (b. 1930)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Vasily Alekseyev, Russian weightlifter and coach (b. 1942)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Coco Robicheaux, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1947)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Lars Hörmander, Swedish mathematician and educator (b. 1931)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Dave Sexton, English footballer and manager (b. 1930)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Dinah Sheridan, English actress (b. 1920)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Jim Temp, American football player and businessman (b. 1933)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Lou Brissie, American baseball player (b. 1924)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Ricardo Fort, Argentinian businessman (b. 1968)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Bill Foulkes, English footballer and manager (b. 1932)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Chico Hamilton, American drummer and bandleader (b. 1921)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Egon Lánský, Czech journalist and politician (b. 1934)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Al Plastino, American author and illustrator (b. 1921)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Irvin J. Borowsky, American publisher and philanthropist (b. 1924)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Sitara Devi, Indian dancer, and choreographer (b. 1920)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Petr Hapka, Czech composer and conductor (b. 1944)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Denham Harman, American biogerontologist and academic (b. 1916)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - O'Neil Bell, Jamaican boxer (b. 1974)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Jeremy Black, English admiral (b. 1932)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Svein Christiansen, Norwegian drummer and composer (b. 1941)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Lennart Hellsing, Swedish author and translator (b. 1919)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Elmo Williams, American director, producer, and editor (b. 1913)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Fidel Castro, Communist leader of Cuba, and revolutionary (b. 1926)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Ron Glass, American actor (b. 1945)

Deaths4 years ago

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