Holidays and observances

Earliest day on which Advent Sunday can fall, while December 3 is the latest; celebrated on the Sunday nearest to St. Andrew's Day (Western Christianity)

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

Events

176 - Emperor Marcus Aurelius grants his son Commodus the rank of "Imperator" and makes him Supreme Commander of the Roman legions.

Events

395 - Rufinus, praetorian prefect of the East, is murdered by Gothic mercenaries under Gainas.

Events

511 - King Clovis I dies at Lutetia and is buried in the Abbey of St Genevieve.

Events

602 - Emperor Maurice is forced to watch his five sons be executed before being beheaded himself.

Events
Events925 years ago

1727 - The foundation stone to the Jerusalem Church in Berlin is laid.

Events293 years ago

1809 - The Berners Street hoax was perpetrated by Theodore Hook in the City of Westminster, London.

Events211 years ago
Events205 years ago

1830 - Saint Catherine Labouré experiences a Marian apparition.

Events190 years ago

1835 - James Pratt and John Smith are hanged in London; they are the last two to be executed for sodomy in England.

Events185 years ago
Events181 years ago

1856 - The Coup of 1856 leads to Luxembourg's unilateral adoption of a new, reactionary constitution.

Events164 years ago

1863 - American Civil War: Confederate cavalry leader John Hunt Morgan and several of his men escape the Ohio Penitentiary and return safely to the South.

Events157 years ago

1863 - American Civil War: Battle of Mine Run: Union forces under General George Meade take up positions against troops led by Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Events157 years ago
Events152 years ago

1886 - German judge Emil Hartwich sustains fatal injuries in a duel, which would become the background for Theodor Fontane's Effi Briest.

Events134 years ago

1895 - At the Swedish–Norwegian Club in Paris, Alfred Nobel signs his last will and testament, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after he dies.

Events125 years ago

1896 - Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss is first performed.

Events124 years ago

1901 - The U.S. Army War College is established.

Events119 years ago

1912 - Spain declares a protectorate over the north shore of Morocco.

Events108 years ago

1924 - In New York City, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held.

Events96 years ago

1940 - In Romania, the ruling Iron Guard fascist party assassinates over 60 of arrested King Carol II of Romania's aides and other political dissidents.

Events80 years ago
Events80 years ago

1942 - World War II: At Toulon, the French navy scuttles its ships and submarines to keep them out of Nazi hands.

Events78 years ago

1944 - World War II: RAF Fauld explosion: An explosion at a Royal Air Force ammunition dump in Staffordshire kills seventy people.

Events76 years ago

1945 - CARE (then the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe) was founded to a send CARE Packages of food relief to Europe after World War II.

Events75 years ago

1954 - Alger Hiss is released from prison after serving 44 months for perjury.

Events66 years ago

1965 - Vietnam War: The Pentagon tells U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson that if planned operations are to succeed, the number of American troops in Vietnam has to be increased from 120,000 to 400,000.

Events55 years ago

1968 - Penny Ann Early became the first woman to play major professional basketball for the Kentucky Colonels in an ABA game against the Los Angeles Stars.

Events52 years ago

1971 - The Soviet space program's Mars 2 orbiter releases a descent module. It malfunctions and crashes, but it is the first man-made object to reach the surface of Mars.

Events49 years ago

1973 - Twenty-fifth Amendment: The United States Senate votes 92–3 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States. (On December 6, the House will confirm him 387–35).

Events47 years ago

1975 - The Provisional IRA assassinates Ross McWhirter, after a press conference in which McWhirter had announced a reward for the capture of those responsible for multiple bombings and shootings across England.

Events45 years ago

1978 - In San Francisco, city mayor George Moscone and openly gay city supervisor Harvey Milk are assassinated by former supervisor Dan White.

Events42 years ago

1978 - The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is founded in the city of Riha (Urfa) in Turkey.

Events42 years ago

1983 - Avianca Flight 011: A Boeing 747 crashes near Madrid's Barajas Airport, killing 181.

Events37 years ago

1984 - Under the Brussels Agreement signed between the governments of the United Kingdom and Spain, the former agreed to enter into discussions with Spain over Gibraltar, including sovereignty.

Events36 years ago

1989 - Avianca Flight 203: A Boeing 727 explodes in mid-air over Colombia, killing all 107 people on board and three people on the ground. The Medellín Cartel will claim responsibility for the attack.

Events31 years ago

1992 - For the second time in a year, military forces try to overthrow president Carlos Andrés Pérez in Venezuela.

Events28 years ago

1997 - Twenty-five people are killed in the second Souhane massacre in Algeria.

Events23 years ago

1999 - The centre-left Labour Party takes control of the New Zealand government with leader Helen Clark becoming the first elected female Prime Minister in New Zealand's history.

Events21 years ago

2001 - A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet.

Events19 years ago

2004 - Pope John Paul II returns the relics of Saint John Chrysostom to the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Events16 years ago

2006 - The House of Commons of Canada approves a motion introduced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper recognizing the Québécois as a nation within Canada.

Events14 years ago

2008 - XL Airways Germany Flight 888T: An Airbus A320 performing a flight test crashes near the French commune of Canet-en-Roussillon, killing all seven people on board.

Events12 years ago

2009 - Nevsky Express bombing: A bomb explodes on the Nevsky Express train between Moscow and Saint Petersburg, derailing it and causing 28 deaths and 96 injuries.

Events11 years ago

2015 - United States: An active shooter inside a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado, shoots at least four police officers. One officer later dies. Two civilians were also killed, and six injured. The shooter later surrendered.

Events5 years ago

Births

111 - Antinous, Greek favourite of Hadrian (d. 130)

Births
Births893 years ago

1380 - King Ferdinand I of Aragon (d. 1416)

Births640 years ago

1422 - Gaston IV, Count of Foix, French nobleman (d. 1472)

Births598 years ago

1548 - Jacopo Mazzoni, Italian philosopher (d. 1598)

Births472 years ago

1558 - Mingyi Swa, Crown Prince of Burma (d. 1593)

Births462 years ago

1576 - Shimazu Tadatsune, Japanese daimyō (d. 1638)

Births444 years ago

1582 - Pierre Dupuy, French historian and scholar (d. 1651)

Births438 years ago
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Births385 years ago
Births380 years ago

1701 - Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer, physicist, and mathematician (d. 1744)

Births319 years ago

1710 - Robert Lowth, English bishop and academic (d. 1787)

Births310 years ago

1746 - Robert R. Livingston, American lawyer and politician, 1st United States Secretary for Foreign Affairs (d. 1813)

Births274 years ago

1746 - Increase Sumner, American lawyer, jurist, and politician, 5th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1799)

Births274 years ago

1754 - Georg Forster, German-Polish ethnologist and journalist (d. 1794)

Births266 years ago

1759 - Franz Krommer, Czech violinist and composer (d. 1831)

Births261 years ago

1779 - Aimé, duc de Clermont-Tonnerre, French general and politician, French Minister of Defence (d. 1865)

Births241 years ago

1804 - Julius Benedict, German-English conductor and composer (d. 1885)

Births216 years ago

1809 - Fanny Kemble, English actress, playwright, and poet (d. 1893)

Births211 years ago

1823 - James Service, Scottish-Australian politician, 12th Premier of Victoria (d. 1899)

Births197 years ago
Births187 years ago

1843 - Cornelius Vanderbilt II, American businessman (d. 1899)

Births177 years ago

1845 - Frederic Crowninshield, American artist and author (d. 1918)

Births175 years ago

1853 - Frank Dicksee, English painter and illustrator (d. 1928)

Births167 years ago

1857 - Charles Scott Sherrington, English physiologist, bacteriologist, and pathologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1952)

Births163 years ago

1859 - William Bliss Baker, American painter (d. 1886)

Births161 years ago

1865 - Janez Evangelist Krek, Slovene priest, journalist, and politician (d. 1917)

Births155 years ago

1867 - Charles Koechlin, French composer and educator (d. 1950)

Births153 years ago

1870 - Juho Kusti Paasikivi, Finnish academic and politician, 7th President of Finland (d. 1956)

Births150 years ago

1871 - Giovanni Giorgi, Italian physicist and engineer (d. 1950)

Births149 years ago

1874 - Charles A. Beard, American historian, author, and educator, co-founded The New School (d. 1948)

Births146 years ago

1874 - Chaim Weizmann, Belarusian-Israeli chemist and politician, 1st President of Israel (d. 1952)

Births146 years ago

1875 - Julius Lenhart, Austrian gymnast (d. 1962)

Births145 years ago

1877 - Katharine Anthony, American biographer (d. 1965)

Births143 years ago

1878 - Jatindramohan Bagchi, Indian poet and critic (d. 1948)

Births142 years ago

1878 - Charles Dvorak, American pole vaulter and coach (d. 1969)

Births142 years ago

1885 - Daniel Mendaille, French actor (d. 1963)

Births135 years ago

1885 - Liviu Rebreanu, Romanian author and playwright (d. 1944)

Births135 years ago

1887 - Masaharu Homma, Japanese general (d. 1946)

Births133 years ago

1888 - Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar, Indian activist and politician, 1st Speaker of the Lok Sabha (d. 1956)

Births132 years ago

1894 - Konosuke Matsushita, Japanese businessman, founded Panasonic (d. 1989)

Births126 years ago

1894 - Katherine Milhous, American author and illustrator (d. 1977)

Births126 years ago

1894 - Amphilochius of Pochayiv, Ukrainian monk and saint (d. 1971)

Births126 years ago

1898 - Fredric Warburg, English author and publisher (d. 1981)

Births122 years ago

1900 - Jovette Bernier, Canadian journalist, author, and radio show host (d. 1981)

Births120 years ago

1901 - Ted Husing, American sportscaster (d. 1962)

Births119 years ago

1903 - Lars Onsager, Norwegian-American chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1976)

Births117 years ago

1905 - Astrid Allwyn, American actress (d. 1978)

Births115 years ago

1907 - Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Indian poet and author (d. 2003)

Births113 years ago

1907 - L. Sprague de Camp, American historian and author (d. 2000)

Births113 years ago

1909 - James Agee, American novelist, screenwriter, and critic (d. 1955)

Births111 years ago

1909 - Anatoly Maltsev, Russian mathematician and theorist (d. 1967)

Births111 years ago

1911 - Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and educator (d. 2011)

Births109 years ago

1911 - David Merrick, American director and producer (d. 2000)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Connie Sawyer, American actress (d. 2018)

Births108 years ago

1916 - Chick Hearn, American sportscaster and actor (d. 2002)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Buffalo Bob Smith, American actor and television host (d. 1998)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Stephen Elliott, American actor (d. 2005)

Births102 years ago

1920 - Abe Lenstra, Dutch footballer (d. 1985)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Buster Merryfield, English actor (d. 1999)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Cal Worthington, American captain and car dealer (d. 2013)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Dora Dougherty Strother, American pilot and academic (d. 2013)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Alexander Dubček, Slovak soldier and politician (d. 1992)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Hall Bartlett, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1993)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Nicholas Magallanes, American principal dancer and charter member of the New York City Ballet (d. 1977)

Births98 years ago

1923 - J. Ernest Wilkins Jr., American nuclear scientist, mechanical engineer and mathematician (d. 2011)

Births97 years ago

1925 - John Maddox, Welsh chemist, physicist, and journalist (d. 2009)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Marshall Thompson, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1992)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Derroll Adams, American folk singer-songwriter and musician (d. 2000)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Ernie Wise, English actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1999)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Chae Myung-shin, South Korean general (d. 2013)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Carlos José Castilho, Brazilian footballer and manager (d. 1987)

Births93 years ago

1927 - William E. Simon, American soldier and politician, 63rd United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 2000)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Alekos Alexandrakis, Greek actor and director (d. 2005)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Josh Kirby, English painter and illustrator (d. 2001)

Births92 years ago

1930 - Joe DeNardo, American meteorologist (d. 2018)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Dick Poole, Australian rugby league player and coach

Births90 years ago

1930 - Rex Shelley, Singaporean engineer and author (d. 2009)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Alan Simpson, English screenwriter and producer (d. 2017)

Births90 years ago

1932 - Benigno Aquino, Jr., Filipino journalist and politician (d. 1983)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Jacques Godbout, Canadian journalist, author, director, and screenwriter

Births87 years ago

1933 - Gordon S. Wood, American historian and academic

Births87 years ago

1934 - Ammo Baba, Iraqi footballer and manager (d. 2009)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Al Jackson, Jr., American drummer, songwriter, and producer (d. 1975)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Gilbert Strang, American mathematician and academic

Births86 years ago

1935 - Les Blank, American director and producer (d. 2013)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Daniel Charles, French musicologist and philosopher (d. 2008)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Willie Pastrano, American boxer (d. 1997)

Births85 years ago

1937 - Gail Sheehy, American journalist and author

Births83 years ago

1938 - John Ashworth, English biologist and academic

Births82 years ago

1938 - Apolo Nsibambi, Ugandan academic and politician, Prime Minister of Uganda (d. 2019)

Births82 years ago

1939 - Dave Giusti, American baseball player and manager

Births81 years ago
Births81 years ago

1940 - Bruce Lee, American-Chinese actor, martial artist, and screenwriter (d. 1973)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Aimé Jacquet, French footballer, coach, and manager

Births79 years ago

1941 - Eddie Rabbitt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)

Births79 years ago

1941 - Louis van Dijk, Dutch pianist

Births79 years ago

1942 - Henry Carr, American football player and sprinter (d. 2015)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Marilyn Hacker, American poet and critic

Births78 years ago

1942 - Jimi Hendrix, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1970)

Births78 years ago

1943 - Nicole Brossard, Canadian author and poet

Births77 years ago

1943 - Jil Sander, German fashion designer

Births77 years ago

1944 - Mickey Leland, American activist and politician (d. 1989)

Births76 years ago

1945 - James Avery, American actor (d. 2013)

Births75 years ago

1945 - Phil Bloom, Dutch model and actress

Births75 years ago

1945 - Randy Brecker, American trumpeter and flugelhornist

Births75 years ago

1945 - Alain de Cadenet, English race car driver

Births75 years ago

1945 - Benigno Fitial, Mariana Islander businessman and politician, 7th Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands

Births75 years ago

1945 - Simon Townsend, Australian journalist and television host

Births75 years ago

1946 - Richard Codey, American politician, 53rd Governor of New Jersey

Births74 years ago

1946 - Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, Ethiopian-Djiboutian lawyer and politician, President of Djibouti

Births74 years ago

1947 - Don Adams, American basketball player (d. 2013)

Births73 years ago

1947 - Neil Rosenshein, American tenor and actor

Births73 years ago

1949 - Masanori Sekiya, Japanese race car driver

Births71 years ago

1950 - Gavyn Davies, English journalist and businessman

Births70 years ago

1951 - Kathryn Bigelow, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births69 years ago

1951 - Vera Fischer, Brazilian actress, winner from Miss Brasil 1969 contest

Births69 years ago

1951 - Gunnar Graps, Estonian singer and guitarist (d. 2004)

Births69 years ago

1952 - Sheila Copps, Canadian journalist and politician, 6th Deputy Prime Minister of Canada

Births68 years ago

1952 - Bappi Lahiri, Indian singer-songwriter and producer

Births68 years ago

1952 - Jim Wetherbee, American captain, engineer, and astronaut

Births68 years ago

1953 - Curtis Armstrong, American actor, singer, and producer

Births67 years ago

1953 - Steve Bannon, American media executive and political figure

Births67 years ago

1953 - Boris Grebenshchikov, Russian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births67 years ago

1953 - Tarmo Kõuts, Estonian admiral and politician

Births67 years ago

1953 - Lyle Mays, American keyboardist and composer

Births67 years ago

1953 - Richard Stone, American composer (d. 2001)

Births67 years ago

1954 - Arthur Smith, English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

Births66 years ago

1955 - Pierre Mondou, Canadian ice hockey player

Births65 years ago

1955 - Bill Nye, American engineer, educator, and television host

Births65 years ago

1956 - William Fichtner, American actor

Births64 years ago

1956 - John McCarthy, English journalist and author

Births64 years ago

1956 - Nazrin Shah of Perak, Sultan of Perak

Births64 years ago

1957 - Kenny Acheson, Northern Irish race car driver

Births63 years ago

1957 - Frank Boeijen, Dutch singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births63 years ago

1957 - Caroline Kennedy, American lawyer and diplomat, 29th United States Ambassador to Japan

Births63 years ago

1957 - Callie Khouri, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births63 years ago

1957 - Michael A. Stackpole, American game designer and author

Births63 years ago

1957 - Edda Heiðrún Backman, Icelandic actress, singer, director and artist (d. 2016)

Births63 years ago

1958 - Tetsuya Komuro, Japanese singer-songwriter, and producer

Births62 years ago

1958 - Mike Scioscia, American baseball player and manager

Births62 years ago

1959 - Charlie Burchill, Scottish guitarist and songwriter

Births61 years ago

1959 - Viktoria Mullova, Russian violinist

Births61 years ago

1960 - Kevin Henkes, American author and illustrator

Births60 years ago

1960 - Ken O'Brien, American football player and coach

Births60 years ago

1960 - Tim Pawlenty, American lawyer and politician, 39th Governor of Minnesota

Births60 years ago

1960 - Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukrainian economist and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Ukraine

Births60 years ago

1960 - Gianni Vernetti, Italian lawyer and politician

Births60 years ago

1961 - Samantha Bond, English actress

Births59 years ago

1961 - Steve Oedekerk, American actor, director, and screenwriter

Births59 years ago

1962 - Charlie Benante, American drummer and songwriter

Births58 years ago

1962 - Mike Bordin, American drummer

Births58 years ago

1962 - Davey Boy Smith, English-Canadian wrestler (d. 2002)

Births58 years ago

1963 - Fisher Stevens, American actor, director, and producer

Births57 years ago

1964 - Robin Givens, American actress

Births56 years ago

1964 - Roberto Mancini, Italian footballer and manager

Births56 years ago

1964 - Hisayuki Sasaki, Japanese golfer (d. 2013)

Births56 years ago

1965 - Danielle Ammaccapane, American golfer

Births55 years ago

1966 - Andy Merrill, American television writer, producer and voice actor

Births54 years ago

1968 - Michael Vartan, French-American actor

Births52 years ago

1968 - Al Barrow, English bass guitarist

Births52 years ago

1969 - Ruth George, English politician

Births51 years ago

1969 - Damian Hinds, English politician

Births51 years ago

1969 - Myles Kennedy, American singer-songwriter

Births51 years ago

1971 - Kirk Acevedo, American actor

Births49 years ago

1971 - Larry Allen, American football player

Births49 years ago

1971 - Iván Rodríguez, Puerto Rican-American baseball player

Births49 years ago

1971 - Nick Van Exel, American basketball player and coach

Births49 years ago

1972 - Shane Salerno, American screenwriter and producer

Births48 years ago

1973 - Sharlto Copley, South African actor

Births47 years ago

1973 - Samantha Harris, American model and television host

Births47 years ago

1973 - Evan Karagias, American wrestler and actor

Births47 years ago

1973 - Jin Katagiri, Japanese comedian, actor, sculptor, and potter

Births47 years ago

1973 - Twista, American rapper and producer

Births47 years ago

1974 - Wendy Houvenaghel, Northern Irish racing cyclist

Births46 years ago

1974 - Alec Newman, Scottish actor

Births46 years ago

1975 - Bad Azz, American rapper (d. 2019)

Births45 years ago

1975 - Martín Gramática, Argentinian-American football player

Births45 years ago

1975 - Rain Vessenberg, Estonian footballer

Births45 years ago

1976 - Jean Grae, South African-American rapper and producer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Chad Kilger, Canadian ice hockey player and firefighter

Births44 years ago

1976 - Jaleel White, American actor and screenwriter

Births44 years ago

1977 - Willie Bloomquist, American baseball player

Births43 years ago

1978 - Eszter Molnár, Hungarian tennis player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Jimmy Rollins, American baseball player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Mike Skinner, English rapper and producer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Radek Štěpánek, Czech tennis player

Births42 years ago

1979 - Ricky Carmichael, American motocross racer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Hilary Hahn, American violinist

Births41 years ago

1979 - Teemu Tainio, Finnish footballer

Births41 years ago

1980 - Jackie Greene, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births40 years ago

1980 - Veronika Portsmuth, Estonian singer and conductor

Births40 years ago

1980 - Michael Yardy, English cricketer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Bruno Alves, Portuguese footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Ryan Jimmo, Canadian mixed martial artist (d. 2016)

Births39 years ago

1981 - Matthew Taylor, English footballer

Births39 years ago

1982 - David Bellion, French footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Russian footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Tommy Robinson, English activist, co-founded the English Defence League

Births38 years ago

1983 - Professor Green, English rapper

Births37 years ago

1984 - Izumi Kitta, Japanese voice actress and singer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Domata Peko, American football player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Leslie Dewan, American entrepreneur

Births36 years ago

1985 - Park Soo-jin, South Korean singer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Alison Pill, Canadian actress

Births35 years ago

1985 - Thilo Versick, German footballer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Misato Nagano, Japanese voice actor

Births34 years ago

1986 - Suresh Kumar Raina, Indian cricketer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Steven Silva, American-Filipino footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Xavi Torres, Spanish footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Oritsé Williams, English singer-songwriter, producer, and dancer

Births34 years ago

1988 - Max Jason Mai, Slovak singer-songwriter

Births32 years ago

1989 - Michael Floyd, American football player

Births31 years ago

1989 - Freddie Sears, English footballer

Births31 years ago

1990 - Josh Dubovie, English singer

Births30 years ago

1992 - Ala Boratyn, Polish singer-songwriter

Births28 years ago

1992 - Park Chanyeol, South Korean rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and model

Births28 years ago

1995 - Suliasi Vunivalu, Fijian rugby league player

Births25 years ago

1996 - Mike Williams, Dutch DJ and record producer

Births24 years ago

1996 - Andy Truong, Australian fashion designer

Births24 years ago

Deaths

8 BC - Horace, Roman soldier and poet (b. 65 BC)

Deaths

395 - Rufinus, Roman politician (b. 335)

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Deaths

511 - Clovis I, king of the Franks

Deaths

602 - Maurice, Byzantine emperor (b. 539)

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Deaths822 years ago

1252 - Blanche of Castile (b. 1188)

Deaths768 years ago

1346 - Saint Gregory of Sinai (b. c. 1260)

Deaths674 years ago

1382 - Philip van Artevelde, Flemish patriot (b. 1340)

Deaths638 years ago

1474 - Guillaume Dufay, Flemish composer and educator (b. 1397)

Deaths546 years ago

1570 - Jacopo Sansovino, Italian sculptor and architect (b. 1486)

Deaths450 years ago

1592 - Nakagawa Hidemasa, Japanese commander (b. 1568)

Deaths428 years ago

1620 - Francis, Duke of Pomerania-Stettin, Bishop of Cammin (b. 1577)

Deaths400 years ago

1632 - John Eliot, English politician (b. 1592)

Deaths388 years ago

1703 - Henry Winstanley, English painter and engineer (b. 1644)

Deaths317 years ago

1754 - Abraham de Moivre, French-English mathematician and theorist (b. 1667)

Deaths266 years ago

1811 - Andrew Meikle, Scottish engineer, designed the threshing machine (b. 1719)

Deaths209 years ago

1819 - Gustavus Conyngham, Irish-born American merchant sea captain, an officer in the Continental Navy and a privateer.

Deaths201 years ago

1830 - André Parmentier, Belgian-American architect (b. 1780)

Deaths190 years ago

1852 - Ada Lovelace, English mathematician and computer scientist (b. 1815)

Deaths168 years ago

1875 - Richard Christopher Carrington, English astronomer and educator (b. 1826)

Deaths145 years ago

1881 - Theobald Boehm, German flute player and composer (b. 1794)

Deaths139 years ago

1884 - Fanny Elssler, Austrian ballerina (b. 1810)

Deaths136 years ago

1895 - Alexandre Dumas, fils, French novelist and playwright (b. 1824)

Deaths125 years ago

1899 - Constant Fornerod, Swiss academic and politician, 10th President of the Swiss Council of States (b. 1819)

Deaths121 years ago

1901 - Clement Studebaker, American businessman, co-founded Studebaker (b. 1831)

Deaths119 years ago

1908 - Jean Albert Gaudry, French geologist and palaeontologist (b. 1827)

Deaths112 years ago

1916 - Emile Verhaeren, Belgian poet and playwright (b. 1855)

Deaths104 years ago

1919 - Manuel Espinosa Batista, Panamanian pharmacist and politician (b. 1857)

Deaths101 years ago

1920 - Alexius Meinong, Ukrainian-Austrian philosopher and author (b. 1853)

Deaths100 years ago

1921 - Douglas Cameron, Canadian contractor and politician, 8th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba (b. 1854)

Deaths99 years ago

1921 - Mary Grant Roberts, Australian zoo owner (b. 1841)

Deaths99 years ago

1931 - Lya De Putti, Slovak-American actress (b. 1899)

Deaths89 years ago

1934 - Baby Face Nelson, American criminal (b. 1908)

Deaths86 years ago

1936 - Basil Zaharoff, Greek-French businessman and philanthropist (b. 1849)

Deaths84 years ago

1940 - Nicolae Iorga, Romanian historian and politician, 34th Prime Minister of Romania (b. 1871)

Deaths80 years ago

1943 - Ivo Lola Ribar, Croatian soldier and politician (b. 1916)

Deaths77 years ago

1944 - Leonid Mandelstam, Russian physicist and academic (b. 1879)

Deaths76 years ago

1953 - Eugene O'Neill, American playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)

Deaths67 years ago

1955 - Arthur Honegger, French-Swiss composer and academic (b. 1892)

Deaths65 years ago

1958 - Georgi Damyanov, Bulgarian politician, Head of State of Bulgaria (b. 1892)

Deaths62 years ago

1958 - Artur Rodziński, Polish-American conductor (b. 1892)

Deaths62 years ago

1960 - Frederick Fane, Irish-English cricketer (b. 1875)

Deaths60 years ago

1960 - Dirk Jan de Geer, Dutch lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1870)

Deaths60 years ago

1962 - August Lass, Estonian footballer (b. 1903)

Deaths58 years ago

1967 - Léon M'ba, Gabonese politician, 1st President of Gabon (b. 1902)

Deaths53 years ago

1969 - May Gibbs, English Australian children's author, illustrator, and cartoonist, (b. 1877)

Deaths51 years ago

1970 - Helene Madison, American swimmer and nurse (b. 1913)

Deaths50 years ago

1973 - Frank Christian, American trumpet player (b. 1887)

Deaths47 years ago

1975 - Alberto Massimino, Italian automotive engineer (b. 1895)

Deaths45 years ago

1975 - Ross McWhirter, English author and activist, co-founded the Guinness Book of Records (b. 1925)

Deaths45 years ago

1977 - Mart Laga, Estonian basketball player (b. 1936)

Deaths43 years ago

1978 - Harvey Milk, American lieutenant and politician (b. 1930)

Deaths42 years ago

1978 - George Moscone, American lawyer and politician, 37th Mayor of San Francisco (b. 1929)

Deaths42 years ago

1980 - F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect, designed the Villa Vizcaya (b. 1882)

Deaths40 years ago

1981 - Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer and actress (b. 1898)

Deaths39 years ago

1985 - Rendra Karno, Indonesian actor (b. 1920)

Deaths35 years ago

1986 - Steve Tracy, American actor (b, 1952)

Deaths34 years ago

1988 - John Carradine, American actor (b. 1906)

Deaths32 years ago

1988 - Jan Hein Donner, Dutch chess player and author (b. 1927)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - Carlos Arias Navarro, Spanish lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of Spain (b. 1908)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - David White, American actor (b. 1916)

Deaths30 years ago

1990 - Basilis C. Xanthopoulos, Greek physicist and academic (b. 1951)

Deaths30 years ago

1992 - Ivan Generalić, Croatian painter (b. 1914)

Deaths28 years ago

1994 - Fernando Lopes-Graça, Portuguese composer and conductor (b. 1906)

Deaths26 years ago

1997 - Buck Leonard, American baseball player and educator (b. 1907)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - Barbara Acklin, American singer-songwriter (b. 1943)

Deaths22 years ago

1998 - Gloria Fuertes, Spanish poet and author of children's literature (b. 1917)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Yasuhiro Kojima, Japanese-American wrestler and trainer (b. 1937)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - Alain Peyrefitte, French scholar and politician, French Minister of Justice (b. 1925)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - Elizabeth Gray Vining, American author and librarian (b. 1902)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - Malcolm Bradbury, English author and academic (b. 1932)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Uno Prii, Estonian-Canadian architect (b. 1924)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Len Shackleton, English footballer and journalist (b. 1922)

Deaths20 years ago

2002 - Billie Bird, American actress (b. 1908)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Shivmangal Singh Suman, Indian poet and academic (b. 1915)

Deaths18 years ago

2005 - Jocelyn Brando, American actress (b. 1919)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Joe Jones, American singer-songwriter (b. 1926)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Don Butterfield, American tuba player (b. 1923)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Bebe Moore Campbell, American author and educator (b. 1950)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Casey Coleman, American sportscaster (b. 1951)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Bernie Banton, Australian activist (b. 1946)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Robert Cade, American physician and academic, co-invented Gatorade (b. 1927)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Sean Taylor, American football player (b. 1983)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Bill Willis, American football player and coach (b. 1921)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - V. P. Singh, Indian lawyer and politician, 7th Prime Minister of India (b. 1931)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Al Alberts, American singer-songwriter (b. 1922)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Irvin Kershner, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1923)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Len Fulford, English photographer and director (b. 1928)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Ken Russell, English actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1927)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Gary Speed, Welsh footballer and manager (b. 1969)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Mickey Baker, American guitarist (b. 1925)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Ab Fafié, Dutch footballer and manager (b. 1941)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Érik Izraelewicz, French journalist and author (b. 1954)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Marvin Miller, American businessman and union leader (b. 1917)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Jack Wishna, American photographer and businessman, co-founded Rockcityclub (b. 1958)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Lewis Collins, English-American actor (b. 1946)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Herbert F. DeSimone, American lawyer and politician, Attorney General of Rhode Island (b. 1929)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Volker Roemheld, German physiologist and biologist (b. 1941)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Nílton Santos, Brazilian footballer (b. 1925)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Manuel F. Segura, Filipino colonel (b. 1919)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Wanda Błeńska, Polish physician and missionary (b. 1911)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Phillip Hughes, Australian cricketer (b. 1988)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - P. D. James, English author (b. 1920)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Jack Kyle, Irish rugby player and humanitarian (b. 1926)

Deaths6 years ago

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

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Mark Behr, Tanzanian-South African author and academic (b. 1963)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Maurice Strong, Canadian businessman and diplomat (b. 1929)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Garrett Swasey, American figure skater and coach (b. 1971)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Philippe Washer, Belgian tennis player and golfer (b. 1924)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Ioannis Grivas, Greek statesman (b. 1923)

Deaths4 years ago

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