Holidays and observances

Earliest day on which Detinjci can fall, while December 10 is the latest; celebrated on Sunday two weeks before Christmas Day. (Serbia)

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


771 - Austrasian king Carloman I dies, leaving his brother Charlemagne king of the now complete Frankish Kingdom.


1110 - The Kingdom of Jerusalem captures Sidon.

Events910 years ago

1259 - Kings Louis IX of France and Henry III of England agree to the Treaty of Paris, in which Henry renounces his claims to French-controlled territory on continental Europe (including Normandy) in exchange for Louis withdrawing his support for English rebels.

Events761 years ago

1563 - The final session of the Council of Trent is held. (It had opened on December 13, 1545.)

Events457 years ago

1619 - Thirty-eight colonists arrive at Berkeley Hundred, Virginia. The group's charter proclaims that the day "be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God."

Events401 years ago

1676 - The Danish army under the command of King Christian V engages the Swedish army commanded by the Swedish king Charles XI at the Battle of Lund, to this day it is counted as the bloodiest battle in Scandinavian history and a turning point in the Scanian War.

Events344 years ago

1745 - Charles Edward Stuart's army reaches Derby, its furthest point during the Second Jacobite Rising.

Events275 years ago
Events237 years ago

1786 - Mission Santa Barbara is dedicated (on the feast day of Saint Barbara).

Events234 years ago

1791 - The first edition of The Observer, the world's first Sunday newspaper, is published.

Events229 years ago

1829 - In the face of fierce local opposition, British Governor-General Lord William Bentinck issues a regulation declaring that anyone who abets suttee in Bengal is guilty of culpable homicide.

Events191 years ago

1861 - The 109 Electors of the several states of the Confederate States of America unanimously elect Jefferson Davis as President and Alexander H. Stephens as Vice President.

Events159 years ago

1864 - American Civil War: Sherman's March to the Sea: At Waynesboro, Georgia, forces under Union General Judson Kilpatrick prevent troops led by Confederate General Joseph Wheeler from interfering with Union General William T. Sherman's campaign destroying a wide swath of the South on his march to the Atlantic Ocean from Atlanta.

Events156 years ago

1865 - North Carolina ratifies 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, followed soon by Georgia, and U.S. slaves were legally free within two weeks.

Events155 years ago

1867 - Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founds the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as the Grange).

Events153 years ago

1872 - The crewless American ship Mary Celeste is found by the Canadian brig Dei Gratia. The ship had been abandoned for nine days but was only slightly damaged.

Events148 years ago

1875 - Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison; he is later recaptured in Spain.

Events145 years ago

1881 - The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published.

Events139 years ago

1893 - First Matabele War: A patrol of 34 British South Africa Company soldiers is ambushed and annihilated by more than 3,000 Matabele warriors on the Shangani River in Matabeleland.

Events127 years ago

1906 - Alpha Phi Alpha the first black intercollegiate Greek lettered fraternity was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Events114 years ago
Events111 years ago

1909 - The Montreal Canadiens ice hockey club, the oldest surviving professional hockey franchise in the world, is founded as a charter member of the National Hockey Association.

Events111 years ago

1918 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson sails for the World War I peace talks in Versailles, becoming the first US president to travel to Europe while in office.

Events102 years ago

1939 - World War II: HMS Nelson is struck by a mine (laid by U-31) off the Scottish coast and is laid up for repairs until August 1940.

Events81 years ago

1942 - World War II: Carlson's patrol during the Guadalcanal Campaign ends.

Events78 years ago

1943 - World War II: In Yugoslavia, resistance leader Marshal Josip Broz Tito proclaims a provisional democratic Yugoslav government in-exile.

Events77 years ago

1943 - World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt closes down the Works Progress Administration, because of the high levels of wartime employment in the United States.

Events77 years ago

1945 - By a vote of 65–7, the United States Senate approves United States participation in the United Nations. (The UN had been established on October 24, 1945.)

Events75 years ago

1949 - Sir Duncan George Stewart was fatally stabbed by Rosli Dhobi, a member leader of the Rukun 13, in Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia during the British crown colony era in that state.

Events71 years ago

1954 - The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida.

Events66 years ago

1956 - The Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash) get together at Sun Studio for the first and last time.

Events64 years ago

1964 - Free Speech Movement: Police arrest over 800 students at the University of California, Berkeley, following their takeover and sit-in at the administration building in protest of the UC Regents' decision to forbid protests on UC property.

Events56 years ago

1965 - The Grateful Dead's first concert performance under this new name.

Events55 years ago

1965 - Launch of Gemini 7 with crew members Frank Borman and Jim Lovell. The Gemini 7 spacecraft was the passive target for the first crewed space rendezvous performed by the crew of Gemini 6A.

Events55 years ago

1967 - Vietnam War: U.S. and South Vietnamese forces engage Viet Cong troops in the Mekong Delta.

Events53 years ago

1969 - Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot and killed during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.

Events51 years ago

1971 - The Indian Navy attacks the Pakistan Navy and Karachi.

Events49 years ago

1971 - The PNS Ghazi, a submarine belonging to the Pakistan Navy, sinks during the course of the Indo-Pakistani Naval War of 1971.

Events49 years ago

1977 - Jean-Bédel Bokassa, president of the Central African Republic, crowns himself Emperor Bokassa I of the Central African Empire.

Events43 years ago

1977 - Malaysian Airline System Flight 653 is hijacked and crashes in Tanjong Kupang, Johor, killing 100.

Events43 years ago

1978 - Following the murder of Mayor George Moscone, Dianne Feinstein becomes San Francisco's first female mayor.

Events42 years ago

1979 - The Hastie fire in Hull kills three schoolboys and eventually leads police to arrest Bruce George Peter Lee.

Events41 years ago

1981 - South Africa grants independence to the Ciskei "homeland" (not recognized by any government outside South Africa).

Events39 years ago

1982 - The People's Republic of China adopts its current constitution.

Events38 years ago

1983 - US Navy aircraft from USS John F. Kennedy and USS Independence attack Syrian Missile sites in Lebanon in response to an F-14 being fired on by an SA-7. One A-6 Intruder and A-7 Corsair are shot down. 1 American pilot was killed, one was rescued and one is captured.

Events37 years ago

1984 - Sri Lankan Civil War: Sri Lankan Army soldiers kill 107–150 civilians in Mannar.

Events36 years ago

1991 - Terry A. Anderson is released after seven years in captivity as a hostage in Beirut; he is the last and longest-held American hostage in Lebanon.

Events29 years ago

1991 - Pan American World Airways ceases its operations after 64 years.

Events29 years ago

1992 - Somali Civil War: President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 U.S. troops to Somalia in Northeast Africa.

Events28 years ago

1998 - The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.

Events22 years ago

2005 - Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the government to allow universal and equal suffrage.

Events15 years ago

2006 - Six black youths assault a white teenager in Jena, Louisiana.

Events14 years ago

2014 - Islamic insurgents kill three state police at a traffic circle before taking an empty school and a "press house" in Grozny. Ten state forces die with 28 injured in gun battles ending with ten insurgents killed.

Events6 years ago

2015 - A firebomb is thrown into a restaurant in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, killing 17 people.

Events5 years ago

2017 - The Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan is imploded, one day after failing to be imploded.

Events3 years ago

2017 - The Thomas Fire starts near Santa Paula in California. It eventually becomes the largest wildfire in modern California history (at that time) after burning 440 square miles (281,893 acres; 114,078 ha) in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

Events3 years ago


AD 34 - Persius, Roman poet (d. 62)


846 - Hasan al-Askari 11th Imam of Twelver Shia Islam (d. 874)

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1555 - Heinrich Meibom, German poet and historian (d. 1625)

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1575 - Sister Virginia Maria, Italian nun (d. 1650)

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1580 - Samuel Argall, English adventurer and naval officer (d. 1626)

Births440 years ago

1585 - John Cotton, English-American minister and theologian (d. 1652)

Births435 years ago

1595 - Jean Chapelain, French poet and critic (d. 1674)

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1647 - Daniel Eberlin, German soldier and composer (d. 1715)

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1660 - André Campra, French composer and conductor (d. 1744)

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1667 - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, French composer and educator (d. 1737)

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1670 - John Aislabie, English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. 1742)

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1713 - Gasparo Gozzi, Italian playwright and critic (d. 1786)

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1777 - Juliette Récamier, French businesswoman (d. 1849)

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1795 - Thomas Carlyle, Scottish-English historian, philosopher, and academic (d. 1881)

Births225 years ago

1798 - Jules Armand Dufaure, French lawyer and politician, 33rd Prime Minister of France (d. 1881)

Births222 years ago

1817 - Nikoloz Baratashvili, Georgian poet and author (d. 1845)

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1835 - Samuel Butler, English author and critic (d. 1902)

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1844 - Franz Xavier Wernz, German religious leader, 25th Superior General of the Society of Jesus (d. 1914)

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1861 - Hannes Hafstein, Icelandic poet and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Iceland (d. 1922)

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1865 - Edith Cavell, English nurse, humanitarian, and saint (Anglicanism) (d. 1915)

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1867 - Stanley Argyle, Australian politician, 32nd Premier of Victoria (d. 1940)

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1868 - Jesse Burkett, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1953)

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1875 - Agnes Forbes Blackadder, Scottish medical doctor (d. 1964)

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1875 - Joe Corbett, American baseball player and coach (d. 1945)

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1875 - Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian-Swiss poet and author (d. 1926)

Births145 years ago

1881 - Erwin von Witzleben, Polish-German field marshal (d. 1944)

Births139 years ago

1882 - Constance Davey, Australian psychologist (d. 1963)

Births138 years ago

1883 - Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australian author and playwright (d. 1969)

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1884 - R. C. Majumdar, Indian historian (d. 1980)

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1892 - Francisco Franco, Spanish general and dictator, Prime Minister of Spain (d. 1975)

Births128 years ago

1892 - Liu Bocheng, Chinese commander and politician (d. 1986)

Births128 years ago

1893 - Herbert Read, English poet and critic (d. 1968)

Births127 years ago

1895 - Feng Youlan, Chinese philosopher and academic (d. 1990)

Births125 years ago

1897 - Robert Redfield, American anthropologist of Mexico (d. 1958)

Births123 years ago

1899 - Karl-Günther Heimsoth, German physician and politician (d. 1934)

Births121 years ago

1899 - Charlie Spencer, English footballer and manager (d. 1953)

Births121 years ago

1903 - Cornell Woolrich, American author (d. 1968)

Births117 years ago

1904 - Albert Norden, German journalist and politician (d. 1982)

Births116 years ago

1908 - Alfred Hershey, American bacteriologist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)

Births112 years ago

1910 - Alex North, American composer and conductor (d. 1991)

Births110 years ago

1910 - R. Venkataraman, Indian lawyer and politician, 6th President of India (d. 2009)

Births110 years ago

1912 - Pappy Boyington, American colonel and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1988)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Mark Robson, Canadian-American director and producer (d. 1978)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Rudolf Hausner, Austrian painter and sculptor (d. 1995)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Claude Renoir, French cinematographer (d. 1993)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Eddie Heywood, American pianist and composer (d. 1989)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American journalist and author (d. 1994)

Births104 years ago

1919 - I. K. Gujral, Indian poet and politician, 12th Prime Minister of India (d. 2012)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Nadir Afonso, Portuguese painter and architect (d. 2013)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Michael Bates, English actor (d. 1978)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Jeanne Manford, American educator and activist, co-founded PFLAG (d. 2013)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Deanna Durbin, Canadian actress and singer (d. 2013)

Births99 years ago

1923 - Charles Keating, American lawyer and financier (d. 2014)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Eagle Keys, American-Canadian football player and coach (d. 2012)

Births97 years ago

1923 - John Krish, English director and screenwriter (d. 2016)

Births97 years ago

1924 - John C. Portman, Jr., American architect, designed the Renaissance Center and Tomorrow Square (d. 2017)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Albert Bandura, Canadian-American psychologist and academic

Births95 years ago

1929 - Şakir Eczacıbaşı, Turkish pharmacist, photographer, and businessman (d. 2010)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Ronnie Corbett, Scottish actor and screenwriter (d. 2016)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Jim Hall, American guitarist and composer (d. 2013)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Alex Delvecchio, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager

Births89 years ago

1931 - Wally George, American radio and television host (d. 2003)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Roh Tae-woo, South Korean general and politician, 6th President of South Korea

Births88 years ago

1933 - Wink Martindale, American game show host and producer

Births87 years ago

1933 - Horst Buchholz, German actor (d. 2003)

Births87 years ago

1934 - Bill Collins, Australian film critic and author (d. 2019)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Victor French, American actor and director (d. 1989)

Births86 years ago

1935 - Paul O'Neill, American businessman and politician, 72nd United States Secretary of the Treasury

Births85 years ago

1936 - John Giorno, American poet and performance artist (d. 2019)

Births84 years ago

1937 - Max Baer, Jr., American actor, director, and producer

Births83 years ago

1938 - Andre Marrou, American lawyer and politician

Births82 years ago

1938 - Yvonne Minton, Australian-English soprano and actress

Births82 years ago

1939 - Stephen W. Bosworth, American academic and diplomat, United States Ambassador to South Korea (d. 2016)

Births81 years ago

1939 - Joan Brady, American-British author

Births81 years ago

1939 - Freddy Cannon, American singer and guitarist

Births81 years ago

1940 - Gerd Achterberg, German footballer and manager

Births80 years ago

1940 - Gary Gilmore, American murderer (d. 1977)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Marty Riessen, American tennis player and coach

Births79 years ago

1942 - Bob Mosley, American singer-songwriter and bass player

Births78 years ago

1944 - Chris Hillman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births76 years ago

1944 - Anna McGarrigle, Canadian musician and singer-songwriter

Births76 years ago

1944 - François Migault, French race car driver (d. 2012)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Dennis Wilson, American singer-songwriter, producer, and drummer (d. 1983)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Roberta Bondar, Canadian neurologist, academic, and astronaut

Births75 years ago

1946 - Karina, Spanish singer/actress

Births74 years ago

1947 - Jane Lubchenco, American ecologist, academic, and diplomat

Births73 years ago

1948 - Southside Johnny, American singer-songwriter

Births72 years ago

1949 - Jeff Bridges, American actor

Births71 years ago

1949 - Jock Stirrup, Baron Stirrup, English air marshal and politician

Births71 years ago

1950 - Bjørn Kjellemyr, Norwegian bassist and composer

Births70 years ago

1951 - Gary Rossington, American guitarist

Births69 years ago

1951 - Patricia Wettig, American actress and playwright

Births69 years ago

1953 - Rick Middleton, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

Births67 years ago

1953 - Jean-Marie Pfaff, Belgian footballer and manager

Births67 years ago

1955 - Philip Hammond, English businessman and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer

Births65 years ago

1955 - Dave Taylor, Canadian-American ice hockey player and manager

Births65 years ago

1955 - Cassandra Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births65 years ago

1956 - Nia Griffith, Welsh educator and politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Births64 years ago

1956 - Bernard King, American basketball player and sportscaster

Births64 years ago

1957 - Raul Boesel, Brazilian race car driver and radio host

Births63 years ago

1957 - Eric S. Raymond, American computer programmer and author

Births63 years ago

1960 - David Green, Nicaraguan-American baseball player

Births60 years ago

1960 - Glynis Nunn, Australian heptathlete and hurler

Births60 years ago

1961 - Frank Reich, American football player and coach

Births59 years ago

1962 - Vinnie Dombroski, American singer-songwriter and musician

Births58 years ago

1962 - Gary Freeman, New Zealand rugby league player, coach, and sportscaster

Births58 years ago

1962 - Nixon Kiprotich, Kenyan runner

Births58 years ago

1962 - Kevin Richardson, English footballer and manager

Births58 years ago

1963 - Sergey Bubka, Ukrainian pole vaulter

Births57 years ago

1963 - Nigel Heslop, English rugby player

Births57 years ago

1964 - Scott Hastings, Scottish rugby player and sportscaster

Births56 years ago

1964 - Marisa Tomei, American actress

Births56 years ago

1965 - Álex de la Iglesia, Spanish director, producer, and screenwriter

Births55 years ago

1965 - Shaun Hollamby, English race car driver and businessman

Births55 years ago

1965 - Ulf Kirsten, German footballer and manager

Births55 years ago

1966 - Fred Armisen, American actor and musician

Births54 years ago

1966 - Andy Hess, American bass player

Births54 years ago

1966 - Suzanne Malveaux, American journalist

Births54 years ago

1966 - Suzette M. Malveaux, American lawyer and academic

Births54 years ago

1967 - Guillermo Amor, Spanish footballer and manager

Births53 years ago

1968 - Tahir Dawar, Pakistani police officer and Pashto poet (d. 2018)

Births52 years ago

1969 - Dionne Farris, American singer-songwriter, producer and actress

Births51 years ago

1969 - Jay Z, American rapper, producer, and actor, co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records

Births51 years ago

1969 - Plum Sykes, English journalist and author

Births51 years ago

1971 - Shannon Briggs, American boxer and actor

Births49 years ago

1972 - Jassen Cullimore, Canadian ice hockey player

Births48 years ago

1972 - Yūko Miyamura, Japanese voice actress and singer

Births48 years ago

1973 - Tyra Banks, American model, actress, and producer

Births47 years ago

1973 - Frank Boeijen, Dutch keyboard player

Births47 years ago

1973 - Mina Caputo, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player

Births47 years ago

1973 - Michael Jackson, English footballer and manager

Births47 years ago

1973 - Steven Menzies, Australian rugby league player

Births47 years ago

1973 - Kate Rusby, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births47 years ago

1974 - Tadahito Iguchi, Japanese baseball player

Births46 years ago

1976 - Kristina Groves, Canadian speed skater

Births44 years ago

1977 - Ajit Agarkar, Indian cricketer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Darvis Patton, American sprinter

Births43 years ago

1977 - Morten Veland, Norwegian guitarist and songwriter

Births43 years ago

1978 - Jaclyn Victor, Malaysian singer and actress

Births42 years ago

1979 - Ysabella Brave, American singer-songwriter

Births41 years ago

1979 - Jay DeMerit, American soccer player

Births41 years ago

1980 - Rick Victor, Canadian wrestler and manager

Births40 years ago

1981 - Brian Vandborg, Danish cyclist

Births39 years ago

1982 - Nathan Douglas, English triple jumper

Births38 years ago

1982 - Waldo Ponce, Chilean footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Ho-Pin Tung, Dutch-Chinese race car driver

Births38 years ago

1982 - Nick Vujicic, Australian evangelist

Births38 years ago

1983 - Jimmy Bartel, Australian footballer

Births37 years ago

1984 - Marco Giambruno, Italian footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Anna Petrakova, Russian basketball player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Joe Thomas, American football player

Births36 years ago

1985 - Andrew Brackman, American baseball player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Stephen Dawson, Irish footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Carlos Gómez, Dominican baseball player

Births35 years ago

1986 - Kaija Udras, Estonian skier

Births34 years ago

1986 - Martell Webster, American basketball player

Births34 years ago

1987 - Orlando Brown, American actor and rapper

Births33 years ago

1988 - Andriy Pylyavskyi, Ukrainian footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Yeng Constantino, Filipina singer and songwriter

Births32 years ago

1990 - Lukman Haruna, Nigerian footballer

Births30 years ago

1990 - Blake Leary, Australian rugby league player

Births30 years ago

1990 - Igor Sjunin, Estonian triple jumper

Births30 years ago

1991 - Reality Winner, American intelligence specialist convicted of espionage

Births29 years ago

1992 - Peta Hiku, New Zealand rugby league player

Births28 years ago

1992 - Jean-Claude Iranzi, Rwandan footballer

Births28 years ago

1992 - Kim Seok-Jin, South Korean singer, songwriter and actor

Births28 years ago

1996 - Diogo Jota, Portuguese professional footballer

Births24 years ago

1996 - Sebastián Vegas, Chilean footballer

Births24 years ago

1996 - Sheryl Sheinafia, Indonesian singer-songwriter and actress

Births24 years ago

1996 - Ivan Belikov, Russian footballer

Births24 years ago


530 BC - Cyrus the Great, king of Persia (b. 600 BC)


749 - John of Damascus, Syrian priest and saint (b. 676)


771 - Carloman I, Frankish king (b. 751)


1075 - Anno II, German archbishop and saint (b. 1010)

Deaths945 years ago

1131 - Omar Khayyám, Persian poet, astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher (b. 1048)

Deaths889 years ago

1214 - William the Lion, Scottish king (b. 1143)

Deaths806 years ago
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Deaths750 years ago

1334 - Pope John XXII (b. 1249)

Deaths686 years ago

1340 - Henry Burghersh, English bishop and politician, Lord Chancellor of England (b. 1292)

Deaths680 years ago

1341 - Janisław I, Archbishop of Gniezno

Deaths679 years ago
Deaths564 years ago
Deaths561 years ago

1576 - Georg Joachim Rheticus, Austrian-Slovak mathematician and cartographer (b. 1514)

Deaths444 years ago

1585 - John Willock, Scottish minister and reformer (b. 1515)

Deaths435 years ago

1603 - Maerten de Vos, Flemish painter and draughtsman (b. 1532)

Deaths417 years ago

1609 - Alexander Hume, Scottish poet (b. 1560)

Deaths411 years ago

1637 - Nicholas Ferrar, English trader (b. 1592)

Deaths383 years ago

1642 - Cardinal Richelieu, French cardinal and politician, Chief Minister to the French Monarch (b. 1585)

Deaths378 years ago

1649 - William Drummond of Hawthornden, Scottish poet (b. 1585)

Deaths371 years ago

1679 - Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher and theorist (b. 1588)

Deaths341 years ago

1680 - Thomas Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and theologian (b. 1616)

Deaths340 years ago

1696 - Empress Meishō of Japan (b. 1624)

Deaths324 years ago

1732 - John Gay, English poet and playwright (b. 1685)

Deaths288 years ago

1798 - Luigi Galvani, Italian physician, physicist, and philosopher (b. 1737)

Deaths222 years ago
Deaths192 years ago

1839 - John Leamy, Irish–American merchant (b. 1757)

Deaths181 years ago

1841 - David Daniel Davis, Welsh-English physician and academic (b. 1777)

Deaths179 years ago

1845 - Gregor MacGregor, Scottish soldier and explorer (b. 1786)

Deaths175 years ago

1850 - William Sturgeon, English physicist, invented the electric motor (b. 1783)

Deaths170 years ago

1893 - John Tyndall, Irish-English physicist and chemist (b. 1820)

Deaths127 years ago

1897 - Griffith Rhys Jones, Welsh conductor (b. 1834)

Deaths123 years ago

1902 - Charles Dow, American journalist and publisher, co-founded the Dow Jones & Company (b. 1851)

Deaths118 years ago

1926 - Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian painter (b. 1861)

Deaths94 years ago

1933 - Stefan George, German-Swiss poet and translator (b. 1868)

Deaths87 years ago

1935 - Johan Halvorsen, Norwegian violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1864)

Deaths85 years ago

1935 - Charles Richet, French physiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1850)

Deaths85 years ago

1938 - Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 32nd Yokozuna (b. 1903)

Deaths82 years ago

1942 - Juhan Kukk, Estonian politician, 3rd Head of State of Estonia (b. 1885)

Deaths78 years ago

1942 - Fritz Löhner-Beda, Jewish Austrian librettist, lyricist and writer (b. 1883)

Deaths78 years ago

1944 - Roger Bresnahan, American baseball player and manager (b. 1879)

Deaths76 years ago

1945 - Thomas Hunt Morgan, American geneticist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1866)

Deaths75 years ago

1948 - Frank Benford, American physicist and engineer (b. 1883)

Deaths72 years ago

1954 - George Shepherd, 1st Baron Shepherd (b. 1881)

Deaths66 years ago

1955 - József Galamb, Hungarian-American engineer (b. 1881)

Deaths65 years ago

1963 - Constance Davey, Australian psychologist (b. 1882)

Deaths57 years ago

1967 - Bert Lahr, American actor (b. 1895)

Deaths53 years ago

1969 - Fred Hampton, American Black Panthers activist (b. 1948)

Deaths51 years ago

1971 - Shunryū Suzuki, Japanese-American monk and educator, founded the San Francisco Zen Center (b. 1904)

Deaths49 years ago

1975 - Hannah Arendt, German-American historian, theorist, and academic (b. 1906)

Deaths45 years ago

1976 - Tommy Bolin, American guitarist and songwriter (b. 1951)

Deaths44 years ago

1976 - Benjamin Britten, English pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1913)

Deaths44 years ago

1976 - W. F. McCoy, Irish soldier, lawyer, and politician (b. 1886)

Deaths44 years ago

1980 - Francisco de Sá Carneiro, Portuguese lawyer and politician, 111th Prime Minister of Portugal (b. 1934)

Deaths40 years ago

1980 - Stanisława Walasiewicz, Polish-American runner (b. 1911)

Deaths40 years ago

1980 - Don Warrington, Canadian football player (b. 1948)

Deaths40 years ago

1981 - Jeanne Block, American psychologist (b. 1923)

Deaths39 years ago

1984 - Jack Mercer, American animator, screenwriter, voice actor, and singer (b. 1910)

Deaths36 years ago

1987 - Arnold Lobel, American author and illustrator (b. 1933)

Deaths33 years ago

1987 - Rouben Mamoulian, Georgian-American director and screenwriter (b. 1897)

Deaths33 years ago

1988 - Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist and academic (b. 1899)

Deaths32 years ago

1992 - Henry Clausen, American lawyer and author (b. 1905)

Deaths28 years ago

1993 - Margaret Landon, American missionary and author (b. 1903)

Deaths27 years ago

1993 - Frank Zappa, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1940)

Deaths27 years ago

1999 - Rose Bird, American academic and judge, 25th Chief Justice of California (b. 1936)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - Henck Arron, Surinamese banker and politician, 1st Prime Minister of the Republic of Suriname (b. 1936)

Deaths20 years ago

2003 - Iggy Katona, American race car driver (b. 1916)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano and actress (b. 1943)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Errol Brathwaite, New Zealand soldier and author (b. 1924)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Gregg Hoffman, American film producer (b. 1963)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - K. Ganeshalingam, Sri Lankan accountant and politician, Mayor of Colombo (b. 1938)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Ross A. McGinnis, American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1987)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Pimp C, American rapper (b. 1973)

Deaths13 years ago

2009 - Liam Clancy, Irish singer, actor, and guitarist (b. 1935)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - King Curtis Iaukea, American wrestler (b. 1937)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Sonia Pierre, Haitian-Dominican activist (b. 1965)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Sócrates, Brazilian footballer and manager (b. 1954)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Hubert Sumlin, American singer and guitarist (b. 1931)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Vasily Belov, Russian author, poet, and playwright (b. 1932)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Jack Brooks, American colonel, lawyer, and politician (b. 1922)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Miguel Calero, Colombian footballer and manager (b. 1971)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Anthony Deane-Drummond, English general (b. 1917)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Carroll E. Lanier, American sailor and politician (b. 1926)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Joana Raspall i Juanola, Spanish author and poet (b. 1913)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Claudia Emerson, American poet and academic (b. 1957)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - V. R. Krishna Iyer, Indian lawyer and judge (b. 1914)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Vincent L. McKusick, American lawyer and judge (b. 1921)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Jeremy Thorpe, English lawyer and politician (b. 1929)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Bill Bennett, Canadian lawyer and politician, 27th Premier of British Columbia (b. 1932)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Robert Loggia, American actor and director (b. 1930)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Yossi Sarid, Israeli journalist and politician, 15th Israeli Minister of Education (b. 1940)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Patricia Robins, British writer and WAAF officer (b. 1921).

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Shashi Kapoor, Indian actor (b. 1938)

Deaths3 years ago

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Barbara, and its related observances:Barbórka, Miners' Day in Poland

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Barbara, and its related observances:Eid il-Burbara, a holiday similar to Halloween in honor of Saint Barbara. (Russia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Turkey)

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