Holidays and observances

Albanian Flag Day, celebrate the independence of Albania from Turkey in 1912, the first Albanian flag raise by Skanderbeg in 1443, and for the new parliamentary constitution in 1998.

Holidays and observances

Bedfordshire day is celebrated in the county of Bedfordshire to celebrate the birth of John Bunyan

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Independence Day (Mauritania), celebrate the independence of Mauritania from France in 1960.

Holidays and observances

Independence Day (Panama), celebrate the independence of Panama from Spain in 1821.

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


587 - Treaty of Andelot: King Guntram of Burgundy recognizes Childebert II as his heir.


936 - Shi Jingtang is enthroned as the first emperor of the Later Jin by Emperor Taizong of Liao, following a revolt against Emperor Fei of Later Tang.


1443 - Skanderbeg and his forces liberate Kruja in central Albania and raise the Albanian flag.

Events577 years ago

1470 - Champa–Đại Việt War: Emperor Lê Thánh Tông of Đại Việt formally launches his attack against Champa.

Events550 years ago

1520 - An expedition under the command of Ferdinand Magellan passes through the Strait of Magellan.

Events500 years ago
Events438 years ago

1627 - The Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth Navy has its greatest and last victory in the Battle of Oliwa.

Events393 years ago

1660 - At Gresham College, twelve men, including Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray decide to found what is later known as the Royal Society.

Events360 years ago

1666 - At least 3,000 men of the Royal Scots Army led by Tam Dalyell of the Binns defeat about 900 Covenanter rebels in the Battle of Rullion Green.

Events354 years ago

1785 - The first Treaty of Hopewell is signed, by which the United States acknowledges Cherokee lands in what is now East Tennessee.

Events235 years ago

1798 - Trade between the United States and modern-day Uruguay begins when John Leamy's frigate John arrives in Montevideo.

Events222 years ago
Events209 years ago

1814 - The Times of London becomes the first newspaper to be produced on a steam-powered printing press, built by the German team of Koenig & Bauer.

Events206 years ago

1821 - Panama Independence Day: Panama separates from Spain and joins Gran Colombia.

Events199 years ago

1843 - Ka Lā Hui (Hawaiian Independence Day): The Kingdom of Hawaii is officially recognized by the United Kingdom and France as an independent nation.

Events177 years ago

1861 - American Civil War: The Confederate States of America accept a rival state government's pronouncement that declares Missouri to be the 12th state of the Confederacy.

Events159 years ago

1862 - American Civil War: In the Battle of Cane Hill, Union troops under General James G. Blunt defeat General John Marmaduke's Confederates.

Events158 years ago

1885 - Bulgarian victory in the Serbo-Bulgarian War preserves the Unification of Bulgaria.

Events135 years ago
Events127 years ago

1895 - The first American automobile race takes place over the 54 miles from Chicago's Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois. Frank Duryea wins in approximately 10 hours.

Events125 years ago

1899 - The Second Boer War: a British column is engaged by Boer forces at the Battle of Modder River; although the Boers withdraw, the British suffer heavy casualties.

Events121 years ago

1905 - Irish nationalist Arthur Griffith founds Sinn Féin as a political party with the main aim of establishing a dual monarchy in Ireland.

Events115 years ago

1908 - A mine explosion in Marianna, Pennsylvania, kills 154 men, leaving only one survivor.

Events112 years ago
Events108 years ago

1914 - World War I: Following a war-induced closure in July, the New York Stock Exchange re-opens for bond trading.

Events106 years ago

1917 - The Estonian Provincial Assembly declares itself the sovereign power of Estonia.

Events103 years ago

1919 - Lady Astor is elected as a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. She is the first woman to sit in the House of Commons. (Countess Markievicz, the first to be elected, refused to sit.)

Events101 years ago

1920 - FIDAC (The Interallied Federation of War Veterans Organisations), the first international organization of war veterans is established in Paris, France

Events100 years ago

1920 - Irish War of Independence: Kilmichael Ambush: The Irish Republican Army ambush a convoy of British Auxiliaries and kill seventeen.

Events100 years ago

1925 - The Grand Ole Opry begins broadcasting in Nashville, Tennessee, as the WSM Barn Dance.

Events95 years ago

1942 - In Boston, Massachusetts, a fire in the Cocoanut Grove nightclub kills 492 people.

Events78 years ago
Events77 years ago

1958 - Chad, the Republic of the Congo, and Gabon become autonomous republics within the French Community.

Events62 years ago

1958 - First successful flight of SM-65 Atlas; the first operational intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), developed by the United States and the first member of the Atlas rocket family.

Events62 years ago

1960 - Mauritania becomes independent of France.

Events60 years ago

1964 - Mariner program: NASA launches the Mariner 4 probe toward Mars.

Events56 years ago

1964 - Vietnam War: National Security Council members agree to recommend that U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson adopt a plan for a two-stage escalation of bombing in North Vietnam.

Events56 years ago

1965 - Vietnam War: In response to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson's call for "more flags" in Vietnam, Philippine President-elect Ferdinand Marcos announces he will send troops to help fight in South Vietnam.

Events55 years ago

1966 - Michel Micombero overthrows the monarchy of Burundi and makes himself the first president.

Events54 years ago

1967 - The first pulsar (PSR B1919+21, in the constellation of Vulpecula) is discovered by two astronomers Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish.

Events53 years ago

1971 - Fred Quilt, a leader of the Tsilhqot'in First Nation suffers severe abdominal injuries allegedly caused by Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers; he dies two days later.

Events49 years ago
Events49 years ago

1972 - Last executions in Paris: Claude Buffet and Roger Bontems are guillotined at La Santé Prison.

Events48 years ago

1975 - East Timor declares its independence from Portugal.

Events45 years ago

1979 - Air New Zealand Flight 901, a DC-10 sightseeing flight over Antarctica, crashes into Mount Erebus, killing all 257 people on board.

Events41 years ago

1980 - Iran–Iraq War: Operation Morvarid: The bulk of the Iraqi Navy is destroyed by the Iranian Navy in the Persian Gulf. (Commemorated in Iran as Navy Day.)

Events40 years ago

1987 - South African Airways Flight 295 crashes into the Indian Ocean, killing all 159 people on board.

Events33 years ago

1989 - Cold War: Velvet Revolution: In the face of protests, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announces it will give up its monopoly on political power.

Events31 years ago

1990 - British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher resigns as leader of the Conservative Party and, therefore, as Prime Minister. She is succeeded in both positions by John Major.

Events30 years ago

1991 - South Ossetia declares independence from Georgia.

Events29 years ago

2002 - Suicide bombers blow up an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa, Kenya; their colleagues fail in their attempt to bring down Arkia Israel Airlines Flight 582 with surface-to-air missiles.

Events18 years ago

2014 - Gunmen set off three bombs at the central mosque in the northern Nigerian city of Kano killing at least 120 people.

Events6 years ago

2016 - A chartered Avro RJ85 plane carrying at least 77 people, including the Chapecoense football team, crashes near Medellín, Colombia.

Events4 years ago


1118 - Manuel I Komnenos, Byzantine emperor (d. 1180)

Births902 years ago

1293 - Yesün Temür, Chinese emperor (d. 1328)

Births727 years ago

1470 - Wen Zhengming, artist during the Ming dynasty (d. 1559)

Births550 years ago

1475 - Anne Shelton, elder sister of Thomas Boleyn (d. 1555)

Births545 years ago

1489 - Margaret Tudor, Queen of James IV of Scotland, daughter of Henry VII of England (d. 1541)

Births531 years ago

1570 - James Whitelocke, English judge and politician, Chief Justice of Chester (d. 1632)

Births450 years ago

1592 - Hong Taiji, Emperor of China (d. 1643)

Births428 years ago

1598 - Hans Nansen, Danish lawyer and politician (d. 1667)

Births422 years ago

1628 - John Bunyan, English preacher, theologian, and author (d. 1688)

Births392 years ago

1631 - Abraham Brueghel, Flemish Baroque painter (d. 1690)

Births389 years ago

1632 - Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-French composer and manager (d. 1687)

Births388 years ago

1640 - Willem de Vlamingh, Flemish captain and explorer (d. 1698)

Births380 years ago

1661 - Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon, English soldier and politician, 14th Colonial Governor of New York (d. 1723)

Births359 years ago

1681 - Jean Cavalier, French rebel leader (d. 1740)

Births339 years ago

1682 - Betty Parris, Witch from Salem (d. 1760)

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1700 - Nathaniel Bliss, English astronomer and mathematician (d. 1764)

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Births320 years ago

1757 - William Blake, English poet and painter (d. 1827)

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1760 - Maria Teresa Poniatowska, Polish noblewoman (d. 1834)

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1772 - Luke Howard, English chemist and meteorologist (d. 1864)

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Births246 years ago

1785 - Victor de Broglie, French lawyer and politician, 9th Prime Minister of France (d. 1870)

Births235 years ago

1792 - Victor Cousin, French philosopher and academic (d. 1867)

Births228 years ago

1793 - Carl Jonas Love Almqvist, Swedish poet, composer, and critic (d. 1866)

Births227 years ago

1804 - William Weston, English-Australian politician, 3rd Premier of Tasmania (d. 1888)

Births216 years ago

1805 - John Lloyd Stephens, American archaeologist and explorer (d. 1852)

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1810 - William Froude, English engineer and architect (d. 1879)

Births210 years ago

1820 - Friedrich Engels, German-English philosopher, economist, and journalist (d. 1895)

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1829 - Anton Rubinstein, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1894)

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1837 - John Wesley Hyatt, American engineer (d. 1920)

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1853 - Helen Magill White, American academic (d. 1944)

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1861 - Adina Emilia De Zavala, American teacher, historian and preservationist of Texas history (d. 1955)

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1864 - James Allen, English author and poet (d. 1912)

Births156 years ago

1864 - Lindley Miller Garrison, American lawyer and politician, 46th United States Secretary of War (d. 1932)

Births156 years ago

1866 - Henry Bacon, American architect, designed the Lincoln Memorial (d. 1924)

Births154 years ago

1876 - Bert Vogler, South African cricketer (d. 1946)

Births144 years ago

1880 - Alexander Blok, Russian poet and playwright (d. 1921)

Births140 years ago

1881 - Stefan Zweig, Austrian author, playwright, and journalist (d. 1942)

Births139 years ago

1887 - Ernst Röhm, German soldier and politician (d. 1934)

Births133 years ago

1891 - Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino journalist, jurist, and politician (d. 1949)

Births129 years ago

1891 - Mabel Alvarez, American painter (d. 1985)

Births129 years ago

1894 - Brooks Atkinson, American theatre critic (d. 1984)

Births126 years ago

1894 - Henry Hazlitt, American economist and philosopher (d. 1993)

Births126 years ago

1895 - José Iturbi, Spanish pianist and conductor (d. 1980)

Births125 years ago

1896 - Dawn Powell, American author and playwright (d. 1965)

Births124 years ago

1896 - Lilia Skala, Austrian-American actress (d. 1994)

Births124 years ago

1898 - İhap Hulusi Görey, Turkish graphic artist (d. 1986)

Births122 years ago

1900 - Mary Bothwell, Canadian classical vocalist and painter (d. 1985)

Births120 years ago

1903 - Gladys O'Connor, English-Canadian actress (d. 2012)

Births117 years ago

1904 - James Eastland, American planter and politician (d. 1986)

Births116 years ago

1904 - Nancy Mitford, English journalist and author (d. 1973)

Births116 years ago

1906 - Henry Picard, American golfer (d. 1997)

Births114 years ago

1907 - Rose Bampton, American soprano and educator (d. 2007)

Births113 years ago

1907 - Alberto Moravia, Italian journalist and author (d. 1990)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Michael Adekunle Ajasin, Nigerian educator and politician, 3rd Governor of Ondo State (d. 1997)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Claude Lévi-Strauss, Belgian-French anthropologist and ethnologist (d. 2009)

Births112 years ago

1910 - Elsie Quarterman, American ecologist and academic (d. 2014)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Václav Renč, Czech poet and playwright (d. 1973)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Morris Louis, American painter (d. 1962)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Cliff Addison, English chemist and academic (d. 1994)

Births107 years ago

1915 - Evald Okas, Estonian painter and academic (d. 2011)

Births105 years ago

1915 - Yves Thériault, Canadian author (d. 1983)

Births105 years ago
Births104 years ago

1916 - Ramón José Velásquez, Venezuelan journalist, lawyer, and politician, President of Venezuela (d. 2014)

Births104 years ago

1919 - Keith Miller, Australian cricketer, footballer, and pilot (d. 2004)

Births101 years ago

1923 - Helen Delich Bentley, American politician (d. 2016)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Gloria Grahame, American actress (d. 1981)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Dennis Brutus, South African journalist, poet, and academic (d. 2009)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Johanna Döbereiner, Czech-Brazilian agronomist and academic (d. 2000)

Births96 years ago

1925 - József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer and manager (d. 1978)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Gigi Gryce, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1983)

Births95 years ago

1927 - Abdul Halim of Kedah, Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia (d. 2017)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist and academic (d. 1980)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Piet Steenbergen, Dutch footballer and manager (d. 2010)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Berry Gordy, Jr., American songwriter and producer, founded Motown Records

Births91 years ago

1930 - A.L. "Doodle" Owens, American country music songwriter and singer (d. 1999)

Births90 years ago

1932 - Gato Barbieri, Argentinian saxophonist and composer (d. 2016)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Terence Frisby, English author and playwright

Births88 years ago

1933 - Joe Knollenberg, American soldier and politician

Births87 years ago

1933 - Hope Lange, American actress (d. 2003)

Births87 years ago

1935 - Frik du Preez, South African rugby player

Births85 years ago

1935 - Randolph Stow, Australian-English author and poet (d. 2010)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Gary Hart, American lawyer and politician, 6th United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland

Births84 years ago

1938 - Peter Dimond, Australian rugby league player

Births82 years ago

1940 - Bruce Channel, American singer-songwriter

Births80 years ago

1941 - Laura Antonelli, Italian actress (d. 2015)

Births79 years ago

1942 - Paul Warfield, American football player and sportscaster

Births78 years ago

1943 - R. B. Greaves, Guyanese-American singer-songwriter (d. 2012)

Births77 years ago

1943 - Randy Newman, American singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist

Births77 years ago

1944 - Rita Mae Brown, American novelist, poet, and screenwriter

Births76 years ago

1945 - Franklin Drilon, Filipino lawyer and politician, 22nd President of the Senate of the Philippines

Births75 years ago

1946 - Joe Dante, American director and producer

Births74 years ago

1947 - Michel Berger, French singer-songwriter (d. 1992)

Births73 years ago

1947 - Maria Farantouri, Greek singer and politician

Births73 years ago

1947 - Gladys Kokorwe, Botswana politician and Speaker of The National Assembly

Births73 years ago

1948 - Beeb Birtles, Dutch-Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births72 years ago

1948 - Mick Channon, English footballer and horse trainer

Births72 years ago

1948 - Agnieszka Holland, Polish film and television director and screenwriter

Births72 years ago

1948 - Alan Lightman, American physicist, novelist, and academician

Births72 years ago

1948 - Dick Morris, American political consultant, journalist, and author

Births72 years ago

1949 - Alexander Godunov, Russian-American actor and dancer (d. 1995)

Births71 years ago

1949 - Paul Shaffer, Canadian-American singer, keyboard player, and bandleader

Births71 years ago

1950 - Ed Harris, American actor and producer

Births70 years ago

1950 - Russell Alan Hulse, American physicist and astronomer, Nobel Prize laureate

Births70 years ago

1951 - Barbara Morgan, American educator and astronaut

Births69 years ago

1952 - S. Epatha Merkerson, American actress

Births68 years ago

1953 - Alistair Darling, English lawyer and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer

Births67 years ago

1953 - Helen De Michiel, American director and producer

Births67 years ago

1953 - Sixto Lezcano, Puerto Rican-American baseball player and coach

Births67 years ago

1953 - Gordon Marsden, English journalist and politician

Births67 years ago

1954 - Necip Hablemitoğlu, Turkish historian and academic (d. 2002)

Births66 years ago

1955 - Alessandro Altobelli, Italian footballer and sportscaster

Births65 years ago

1955 - Adem Jashari, Kosovo commander (d. 1998)

Births65 years ago

1956 - Fiona Armstrong, English-Scottish journalist and author

Births64 years ago

1956 - David Van Day, English singer

Births64 years ago

1957 - Peeter Järvelaid, Estonian historian and scholar

Births63 years ago

1958 - Kriss Akabusi, English sprinter and hurdler

Births62 years ago

1958 - Dave Righetti, American baseball player and coach

Births62 years ago

1959 - Nancy Charest, Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 2014)

Births61 years ago

1959 - Judd Nelson, American actor and screenwriter

Births61 years ago

1959 - Stephen Roche, Irish cyclist and sportscaster

Births61 years ago

1960 - Jorge Domecq, Spanish lawyer and diplomat

Births60 years ago

1960 - John Galliano, Gibraltar-born British fashion designer

Births60 years ago

1960 - Andy Ritchie, English footballer and manager

Births60 years ago

1960 - Kenny Wharton, English footballer and coach

Births60 years ago

1961 - Martin Clunes, English actor, singer, and director

Births59 years ago

1961 - Alfonso Cuarón, Mexican director, producer, and screenwriter

Births59 years ago

1962 - Matt Cameron, American drummer and songwriter

Births58 years ago

1962 - Juan Carlos Rosero, Ecuadorian cyclist (d. 2013)

Births58 years ago

1962 - Jon Stewart, American comedian, actor, and television host

Births58 years ago

1963 - Armando Iannucci, Scottish comedian, actor, director, and producer

Births57 years ago

1963 - Andrew Jones, English politician

Births57 years ago

1963 - Johnny Newman, American basketball player

Births57 years ago

1963 - Walt Weiss, American baseball player and manager

Births57 years ago

1964 - Michael Bennet, Indian-American lawyer and politician

Births56 years ago

1964 - John Burkett, American baseball player and bowler

Births56 years ago

1964 - Roy Tarpley, American basketball player (d. 2015)

Births56 years ago

1964 - Sian Williams, English-Welsh journalist

Births56 years ago

1965 - Erwin Mortier, Belgian author and poet

Births55 years ago

1965 - Matt Williams, American baseball player and manager

Births55 years ago

1967 - Chris Heaton-Harris, English businessman and politician

Births53 years ago

1967 - Anna Nicole Smith, American model, actress, and television personality (d. 2007)

Births53 years ago

1967 - José del Solar, Peruvian footballer and manager

Births53 years ago

1967 - Stephnie Weir, American actress and comedian

Births53 years ago

1968 - Darren Bett, English journalist

Births52 years ago

1969 - Nick Knight, English cricketer and sportscaster

Births51 years ago

1969 - Petr Kouba, Czech footballer

Births51 years ago

1969 - Robb Nen, American baseball player and manager

Births51 years ago

1969 - Valeri Nikitin, Estonian wrestler

Births51 years ago

1969 - Sonia O'Sullivan, Irish athlete

Births51 years ago

1970 - Álex López Morón, Spanish tennis player

Births50 years ago

1970 - Richard Osman, English television host, director, and producer

Births50 years ago

1972 - Paulo Figueiredo, Angolan footballer

Births48 years ago

1972 - Anastasia Kelesidou, German-Greek discus thrower

Births48 years ago

1972 - Jesper Strömblad, Swedish guitarist and songwriter

Births48 years ago

1973 - Jade Puget, American guitarist and producer

Births47 years ago

1974 -, Filipino-American singer and rapper

Births46 years ago

1974 - András Tölcséres, Hungarian footballer and manager

Births46 years ago

1975 - Bakarhythm, Japanese comedian, actor, playwright, and composer

Births45 years ago

1975 - Eka Kurniawan, Indonesian journalist and author

Births45 years ago

1975 - Park Sung-bae, South Korean footballer

Births45 years ago

1975 - Takashi Shimoda, Japanese footballer

Births45 years ago

1975 - Sigurd Wongraven, Norwegian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births45 years ago

1976 - Ryan Kwanten, Australian actor

Births44 years ago

1977 - Marlon Broomes, English footballer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Fabio Grosso, Italian footballer and manager

Births43 years ago

1977 - Acer Nethercott, English rower (d. 2013)

Births43 years ago

1977 - Gavin Rae, Scottish footballer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Greg Somerville, New Zealand rugby player

Births43 years ago

1977 - DeMya Walker, American basketball player

Births43 years ago

1978 - Brent Albright, American wrestler

Births42 years ago

1978 - Darryl Flahavan, English footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Freddie Mitchell, American football player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Mehdi Nafti, Tunisian footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Michael Simpkins, English footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Haytham Tambal, Sudanese footballer

Births42 years ago

1979 - Chamillionaire, American rapper, entrepreneur, and investor

Births41 years ago

1979 - Shy FX, English DJ and producer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Katarzyna Strączy, Polish tennis player

Births41 years ago

1980 - Lisa Middelhauve, German singer-songwriter

Births40 years ago

1980 - Stuart Taylor, English footballer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Brian Tevreden, Dutch footballer

Births39 years ago

1982 - Leandro Barbosa, Brazilian basketball player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Chris Harris, English motorcycle racer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Raido Villers, Estonian basketball player

Births38 years ago

1983 - Rostam Batmanglij, American musician and songwriter

Births37 years ago

1983 - Tyler Glenn, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Summer Rae, American football player, wrestler, and actress

Births37 years ago

1983 - Édouard Roger-Vasselin, French tennis player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Nelson Haedo Valdez, Paraguayan footballer

Births37 years ago

1984 - Andrew Bogut, Australian basketball player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Marc-André Fleury, Canadian ice hockey player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Trey Songz, American R&B singer-songwriter and actor

Births36 years ago

1984 - Mary Elizabeth Winstead, American actress and producer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Naoko Yamada, Japanese anime director

Births36 years ago

1985 - Mike Kostka, Canadian ice hockey player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Álvaro Pereira, Uruguayan footballer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Mouhamadou Dabo, French footballer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Karen Gillan, Scottish actress

Births33 years ago

1987 - Craig Kieswetter, South African-English cricketer and golfer

Births33 years ago
Births32 years ago

1989 - Laura Alleway, Australian footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Jamie Buhrer, Australian rugby league player

Births31 years ago

1990 - Dedryck Boyata, Belgian footballer

Births30 years ago

1990 - Bradley Smith, English motorcycle racer

Births30 years ago

1992 - Jake Miller, American singer-songwriter

Births28 years ago

1992 - Adam Hicks, American actor

Births28 years ago

1993 - David Nofoaluma, Australian-Samoan rugby league player

Births27 years ago

1995 - Chase Elliott, American race car driver

Births25 years ago

2000 - Jackson Yee, Chinese singer, dancer and actor

Births20 years ago


939 - Lady Ma, Chinese noblewoman (b. 890)

Deaths898 years ago

1170 - Owain Gwynedd, Welsh king (b. 1080)

Deaths850 years ago

1290 - Eleanor of Castile (b. 1241)

Deaths730 years ago

1317 - Yishan Yining, Zen monk and writer from China who taught in Japan (b. 1247)

Deaths703 years ago

1476 - James of the Marches, Franciscan friar

Deaths544 years ago
Deaths521 years ago

1574 - Georg Major, German theologian and educator (b. 1502)

Deaths446 years ago

1585 - Hernando Franco, Spanish composer (b. 1532)

Deaths435 years ago

1667 - Jean de Thévenot, French linguist and botanist (b. 1633)

Deaths353 years ago

1675 - Basil Feilding, 2nd Earl of Denbigh, English soldier and politician (b. 1608)

Deaths345 years ago

1675 - Leonard Hoar, English minister and academic (b. 1630)

Deaths345 years ago

1680 - Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Italian sculptor and painter (b. 1598)

Deaths340 years ago

1680 - Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi, Italian painter and architect (b. 1606)

Deaths340 years ago

1680 - Athanasius Kircher, German priest, philologist, and scholar (b. 1601)

Deaths340 years ago

1694 - Matsuo Bashō, Japanese poet and scholar (b. 1644)

Deaths326 years ago

1695 - Giovanni Paolo Colonna, Italian organist, composer, and educator (b. 1637)

Deaths325 years ago

1695 - Anthony Wood, English historian and author (b. 1632)

Deaths325 years ago

1698 - Louis de Buade de Frontenac, French soldier and politician, 3rd Governor General of New France (b. 1622)

Deaths322 years ago

1763 - Naungdawgyi, Burmese king (b. 1734)

Deaths257 years ago

1785 - William Whipple, American general and politician (b. 1730)

Deaths235 years ago

1794 - Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Prussian-American general (b. 1730)

Deaths226 years ago

1794 - Sir James Tylney-Long, 7th Baronet, English politician (b. 1736)

Deaths226 years ago

1801 - Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu, French geologist and academic (b. 1750)

Deaths219 years ago

1815 - Johann Peter Salomon, German violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1745)

Deaths205 years ago

1852 - Ludger Duvernay, French journalist and politician (b. 1799)

Deaths168 years ago

1852 - Emmanuil Xanthos, Greek activist, co-founded Filiki Eteria (b. 1772)

Deaths168 years ago

1859 - Washington Irving, American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian (b. 1783)

Deaths161 years ago

1870 - Frédéric Bazille, French soldier and painter (b. 1841)

Deaths150 years ago

1873 - Caterina Scarpellini, Italian astronomer and meteorologist (b. 1808)

Deaths147 years ago

1878 - Orson Hyde, American religious leader, 3rd President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (b. 1805)

Deaths142 years ago

1880 - Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos, Portuguese archbishop (b. 1837)

Deaths140 years ago

1890 - Jyotirao Phule, Indian philosopher and activist (b. 1827)

Deaths130 years ago

1891 - Sir James Corry, 1st Baronet, British politician (b. 1826)

Deaths129 years ago

1901 - Moses Dickson, African-American abolitionist, soldier, minister, and founder of The Knights of Liberty (b. 1824)

Deaths119 years ago

1904 - Hermann de Pourtalès, Swiss sailor (b. 1847)

Deaths116 years ago

1907 - Stanisław Wyspiański, Polish playwright, poet, and painter (b. 1869)

Deaths113 years ago

1912 - Walter Benona Sharp, American businessman (b. 1870)

Deaths108 years ago

1917 - Mikelis Avlichos, Greek poet and scholar (b. 1844)

Deaths103 years ago

1921 - `Abdu'l-Bahá, Head of the Bahá’í Faith (b. 1844)

Deaths99 years ago
Deaths90 years ago

1935 - Erich von Hornbostel, Austrian musicologist and scholar (b. 1877)

Deaths85 years ago

1939 - James Naismith, Canadian-American physician and educator, created basketball (b. 1861)

Deaths81 years ago

1943 - Aleksander Hellat, Estonian lawyer and politician, 6th Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1881)

Deaths77 years ago

1945 - Dwight F. Davis, American tennis player and politician, 49th United States Secretary of War (b. 1879)

Deaths75 years ago

1947 - Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque, French general (b. 1902)

Deaths73 years ago

1953 - Frank Olson, American biologist and chemist (b. 1910)

Deaths67 years ago

1954 - Enrico Fermi, Italian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1901)

Deaths66 years ago

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

Deaths60 years ago

1960 - Tsunenohana Kan'ichi, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 31st Yokozuna (b. 1896)

Deaths60 years ago

1960 - Richard Wright, American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet (b. 1908)

Deaths60 years ago

1962 - K. C. Dey, Indian singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1893)

Deaths58 years ago
Deaths58 years ago

1968 - Enid Blyton, English author and poet (b. 1897)

Deaths52 years ago

1971 - Wasfi al-Tal, Jordanian captain and politician, 34th Prime Minister of Jordan (b. 1920)

Deaths49 years ago

1972 - Havergal Brian, English composer (b. 1875)

Deaths48 years ago

1973 - Marthe Bibesco, Romanian-French author and poet (b. 1886)

Deaths47 years ago

1975 - Peder Furubotn, Norwegian Communist and anti-Nazi Resistance leader (b.1890)

Deaths45 years ago

1976 - Rosalind Russell, American actress and singer (b. 1907)

Deaths44 years ago

1977 - Bob Meusel, American baseball player and sailor (b. 1896)

Deaths43 years ago

1978 - Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Argentinian businessman (b. 1902)

Deaths42 years ago
Deaths38 years ago

1983 - Christopher George, American actor (b. 1929)

Deaths37 years ago

1987 - Choh Hao Li, Chinese-American biologist and chemist (b. 1913)

Deaths33 years ago

1987 - Kazuharu Sonoda, Japanese wrestler (b. 1956)

Deaths33 years ago

1992 - Sidney Nolan, Australian-English painter and academic (b. 1917)

Deaths28 years ago

1993 - Jerry Edmonton, Canadian-American drummer (b. 1946)

Deaths27 years ago

1993 - Garry Moore, American comedian, television personality, and game show host (b. 1915)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Jeffrey Dahmer, American serial killer (b. 1960)

Deaths26 years ago

1994 - Buster Edwards, English boxer and criminal (b. 1932)

Deaths26 years ago

1994 - Jerry Rubin, American businessman and activist (b. 1938)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Joe Kelly, Irish race car driver (b. 1915)

Deaths25 years ago

1997 - Georges Marchal, French actor (b. 1920)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - Kerry Wendell Thornley, American soldier and author (b. 1938)

Deaths22 years ago

2001 - Kal Mann, American songwriter (b. 1917)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - William Reid, Scottish lieutenant and pilot, Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1921)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - Melih Cevdet Anday, Turkish poet and author (b. 1915)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Ted Bates, English footballer and manager (b. 1918)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Antonia Forest, English author (b. 1915)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Mihkel Mathiesen, Estonian engineer and politician (b. 1918)

Deaths17 years ago

2005 - Marc Lawrence, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1910)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Jack Concannon, American football player and actor (b. 1943)

Deaths15 years ago

2007 - Gudrun Wagner, Prussian director and producer (b. 1944)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Havaldar Gajender Singh, Indian sergeant (b. 1972)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Indian soldier (b. 1977)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Gilles Carle, Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1928)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Leslie Nielsen, Canadian-American actor and producer (b. 1926)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Lloyd J. Old, American immunologist and academic (b. 1933)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Knut Ahnlund, Swedish historian, author, and academic (b. 1923)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Spain Rodriguez, American illustrator (b. 1940)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Franco Ventriglia, American opera singer (b. 1922)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Zig Ziglar, American soldier and author (b. 1926)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Jack Matthews, American author, playwright, and academic (b. 1925)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Mitja Ribičič, Italian-Slovenian soldier and politician, 25th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (b. 1919)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Jean-Louis Roux, Canadian actor and politician, 34th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (b. 1923)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, Austrian-American poet and songwriter (b. 1920)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Chespirito, Mexican actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1929)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Said Akl, Lebanese poet, playwright, and linguist (b. 1912)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Dale Armstrong, Canadian race car driver (b. 1941)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Wayne Bickerton, Welsh songwriter and producer (b. 1941)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Luc Bondy, Swiss director and producer (b. 1948)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Gerry Byrne, English-Welsh footballer (b. 1938)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Marjorie Lord, American actress (b. 1918)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Olene Walker, American lawyer and politician, 15th Governor of Utah (b. 1930)

Deaths5 years ago

2018 - Harry Leslie Smith, British writer and political commentator (b. 1923).

Deaths2 years ago

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