Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Finland from Russia in 1917.

Holidays and observances

Events

963 - Pope Leo VIII is appointed to the office of Protonotary and begins his papacy as antipope of Rome.

Events

1060 - Béla I is crowned king of Hungary.

Events960 years ago
Events780 years ago

1534 - The city of Quito in Ecuador is founded by Spanish settlers led by Sebastián de Belalcázar.

Events486 years ago

1648 - Colonel Thomas Pride of the New Model Army purges the Long Parliament of MPs sympathetic to King Charles I of England, in order for the King's trial to go ahead; came to be known as "Pride's Purge".

Events372 years ago

1704 - Battle of Chamkaur: During the Mughal-Sikh Wars, an outnumbered Sikh Khalsa defeats a Mughal army.

Events316 years ago

1745 - Charles Edward Stuart's army begins retreat during the second Jacobite Rising.

Events275 years ago
Events230 years ago

1846 - American and Californio forces clash at the Battle of San Pasqual.

Events174 years ago
Events155 years ago

1877 - The first edition of The Washington Post is published.

Events143 years ago

1884 - The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., is completed.

Events136 years ago

1897 - London becomes the world's first city to host licensed taxicabs.

Events123 years ago

1904 - Theodore Roosevelt articulated his "Corollary" to the Monroe Doctrine, stating that the U.S. would intervene in the Western Hemisphere should Latin American governments prove incapable or unstable.

Events116 years ago

1907 - A coal mine explosion at Monongah, West Virginia, kills 362 workers.

Events113 years ago

1912 - The Nefertiti Bust is discovered.

Events108 years ago
Events104 years ago
Events103 years ago

1917 - Halifax Explosion: A munitions explosion near Halifax, Nova Scotia kills more than 1,900 people in the largest artificial explosion up to that time.

Events103 years ago

1917 - World War I: USS Jacob Jones is the first American destroyer to be sunk by enemy action when it is torpedoed by German submarine SM U-53.

Events103 years ago

1921 - The Anglo-Irish Treaty is signed in London by British and Irish representatives.

Events99 years ago

1922 - One year to the day after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Irish Free State comes into existence.

Events98 years ago

1928 - The government of Colombia sends military forces to suppress a month-long strike by United Fruit Company workers, resulting in an unknown number of deaths.

Events92 years ago

1933 - U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey rules that James Joyce's novel Ulysses is not obscene.

Events87 years ago

1941 - World War II: The United Kingdom and Canada declare war on Finland in support of the Soviet Union during the Continuation War. Camp X opens in Canada to begin training Allied Secret Agents for the War.

Events79 years ago

1942World War II in villages Stary Ciepielów and Rekówka German Genarmerie massacred 31 Poles for helping the Jews. Also, two Jewish refugees were murdered.

Events78 years ago

1947 - The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated.

Events73 years ago

1953 - Vladimir Nabokov completes his controversial novel Lolita.

Events67 years ago

1956 - A violent water polo match between Hungary and the USSR takes place during the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, against the backdrop of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

Events64 years ago

1957 - Project Vanguard: A launchpad explosion of Vanguard TV3 thwarts the first United States attempt to launch a satellite into Earth orbit.

Events63 years ago

1967 - Adrian Kantrowitz performs the first human heart transplant in the United States.

Events53 years ago

1969 - Altamont Free Concert: At a free concert performed by the Rolling Stones, eighteen-year old Meredith Hunter is stabbed to death by Hells Angels security guards.

Events51 years ago

1971 - Pakistan severs diplomatic relations with India, initiating the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

Events49 years ago
Events47 years ago

1975 - The Troubles: Fleeing from the police, a Provisional IRA unit takes a British couple hostage in their flat on Balcombe Street, London, beginning a six-day siege.

Events45 years ago

1977 - South Africa grants independence to Bophuthatswana, although it is not recognized by any other country.

Events43 years ago

1978 - Spain ratifies the Spanish Constitution of 1978 in a referendum.

Events42 years ago

1982 - The Troubles: The Irish National Liberation Army bombs a pub frequented by British soldiers in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, killing eleven soldiers and six civilians.

Events38 years ago

1989 - The École Polytechnique massacre (or Montreal Massacre): Marc Lépine, an anti-feminist gunman, murders 14 young women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal.

Events31 years ago

1991 - Yugoslav Wars: In Croatia, forces of the Serb-dominated Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) bombard Dubrovnik after laying siege to the city for seven months.

Events29 years ago

1992 - The Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, India, is demolished, leading to widespread riots causing the death of over 1,500 people.

Events28 years ago
Events25 years ago

1997 - A Russian Antonov An-124 Ruslan cargo plane crashes into an apartment complex near Irkutsk, Siberia, killing 67.

Events23 years ago

1998 - in Venezuela, Hugo Chávez is victorious in presidential elections.

Events22 years ago

2005 - An Iranian Air Force C-130 military transport aircraft crashes into a ten-floor apartment building in a residential area of Tehran, killing all 94 on board and 12 more on the ground.

Events15 years ago

2006 - NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.

Events14 years ago

2015 - 2015 Venezuelan parliamentary election: For the first time in 17 years, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela loses its majority in parliament.

Events5 years ago
Events3 years ago

Births

846 - Hasan al-Askari, Arabian 11th of the Twelve Imams (d. 874)

Births
Births735 years ago
Births599 years ago

1478 - Baldassare Castiglione, Italian courtier, diplomat, and author (d. 1529)

Births542 years ago

1520 - Barbara Radziwiłł, queen of Poland (d. 1551)

Births500 years ago

1545 - Janus Dousa, Dutch historian and noble (d. 1604)

Births475 years ago

1586 - Niccolò Zucchi, Italian astronomer and physicist (d. 1670)

Births434 years ago
Births428 years ago

1608 - George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle, English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1670)

Births412 years ago

1637 - Edmund Andros, English courtier and politician, 4th Colonial Governor of New York (d. 1714)

Births383 years ago

1640 - Claude Fleury, French historian and author (d. 1723)

Births380 years ago

1642 - Johann Christoph Bach, German organist and composer (d. 1703)

Births378 years ago
Births335 years ago

1721 - Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, French minister and politician (d. 1794)

Births299 years ago

1721 - James Elphinston, Scottish philologist and linguist (d. 1809)

Births299 years ago

1752 - Gabriel Duvall, American jurist and politician (d. 1844)

Births268 years ago

1778 - Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French physicist and chemist (d. 1850)

Births242 years ago
Births228 years ago
Births217 years ago

1805 - Richard Hanson, English-Australian politician, 4th Premier of South Australia (d. 1876)

Births215 years ago

1805 - Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, French magician (d. 1871)

Births215 years ago

1812 - Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman and philanthropist (d. 1884)

Births208 years ago

1823 - Max Müller, German-English philologist and orientalist (d. 1900)

Births197 years ago

1827 - William Arnott, Australian biscuit manufacturer and founder of Arnott's Biscuits (d. 1901)

Births193 years ago

1833 - John S. Mosby, American colonel (d. 1916)

Births187 years ago

1835 - Wilhelm Rudolph Fittig, German chemist (d. 1910)

Births185 years ago

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

Births179 years ago

1849 - August von Mackensen, German field marshal (d. 1945)

Births171 years ago

1853 - Hans Molisch, Czech-Austrian botanist and academic (d. 1937)

Births167 years ago

1853 - Haraprasad Shastri, Indian historian and scholar (d. 1931)

Births167 years ago

1863 - Charles Martin Hall, American chemist and engineer (d. 1914)

Births157 years ago

1872 - Arthur Henry Adams, Australian journalist and author (d. 1936)

Births148 years ago

1872 - William S. Hart, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1946)

Births148 years ago

1875 - Albert Bond Lambert, American golfer and pilot (d. 1946)

Births145 years ago

1875 - Evelyn Underhill, English mystic and author (d. 1941)

Births145 years ago

1876 - Fred Duesenberg, German-American businessman, co-founded the Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Company (d. 1932)

Births144 years ago

1878 - Elvia Carrillo Puerto, Mexican politician (d. 1968)

Births142 years ago

1882 - Warren Bardsley, Australian cricketer (d. 1954)

Births138 years ago

1884 - Cornelia Meigs, American author, playwright, and academic (d. 1973)

Births136 years ago

1886 - Joyce Kilmer, American soldier, author, and poet (d. 1918)

Births134 years ago

1887 - Lynn Fontanne, British actress (d. 1983)

Births133 years ago

1887 - Joseph Lamb, American pianist and composer (d. 1960)

Births133 years ago

1888 - Will Hay, English actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1949)

Births132 years ago

1890 - Dion Fortune, Welsh occultist, psychologist, and author (d. 1946)

Births130 years ago

1890 - Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist and academic (d. 1951)

Births130 years ago

1890 - Rudolf Schlichter, German painter and illustrator (d. 1955)

Births130 years ago

1892 - Osbert Sitwell, English-Italian captain, poet, and author (d. 1969)

Births128 years ago

1893 - Homer N. Wallin, American admiral (d. 1984)

Births127 years ago

1893 - Sylvia Townsend Warner, English author and poet (d. 1978)

Births127 years ago

1896 - Ira Gershwin, American songwriter (d. 1983)

Births124 years ago

1898 - Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-American photographer and journalist (d. 1995)

Births122 years ago

1898 - John McDonald, Scottish-Australian politician, 37th Premier of Victoria (d. 1977)

Births122 years ago

1898 - Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish sociologist and economist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1987)

Births122 years ago

1898 - Winifred Lenihan, American actress, writer, and director (d. 1964)

Births122 years ago

1900 - Agnes Moorehead, American actress (d. 1974)

Births120 years ago

1901 - Eliot Porter, American photographer and academic (d. 1990)

Births119 years ago

1903 - Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player and manager (d. 1946)

Births117 years ago

1904 - Ève Curie, French-American journalist and pianist (d. 2007)

Births116 years ago

1905 - Elizabeth Yates, American journalist and author (d. 2001)

Births115 years ago

1907 - John Barkley Rosser Sr., American logician (d. 1989)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Pierre Graber, Swiss lawyer and politician, 69th President of the Swiss Confederation (d. 2003)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Baby Face Nelson, American gangster (d. 1934)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Miklós Szabó, Hungarian runner (d. 2000)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Herta Freitag, Austrian-American mathematician (d. 2000)

Births112 years ago

1909 - Rulon Jeffs, American religious leader (d. 2002)

Births111 years ago

1909 - Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer and sportscaster (d. 1996)

Births111 years ago

1910 - David M. Potter, American historian, author, and academic (d. 1971)

Births110 years ago

1913 - Karl Haas, German-American pianist, conductor, and radio host (d. 2005)

Births107 years ago

1913 - Eleanor Holm, American swimmer and actress (d. 2004)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Cyril Washbrook, English cricketer (d. 1999)

Births106 years ago

1916 - Yekaterina Budanova, Russian captain and pilot (d. 1943)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Kristján Eldjárn, Icelandic educator and politician, 3rd President of Iceland (d. 1982)

Births104 years ago

1916 - Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and producer (d. 1986)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Dean Hess, American minister and colonel (d. 2015)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Kamal Jumblatt, Lebanese lawyer and politician (d. 1977)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Irv Robbins, Canadian-American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (d. 2008)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Tauba Biterman, Polish Holocaust survivor (d. 2019)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Skippy Baxter, Canadian-American figure skater and coach (d. 2012)

Births101 years ago

1919 - Paul de Man, Belgian-born philosopher, literary critic and theorist (d. 1983)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (d. 2012)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Peter Dimmock, English sportscaster and producer (d. 2015)

Births100 years ago

1920 - George Porter, English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2002)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Otto Graham, American football player and coach (d. 2003)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Piero Piccioni, Italian lawyer, pianist, and composer (d. 2004)

Births99 years ago

1922 - John Brunt, English captain, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1944)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Benjamin A. Gilman, American soldier and politician (d. 2016)

Births98 years ago

1924 - Wally Cox, American actor (d. 1973)

Births96 years ago

1927 - Jim Fuchs, American shot putter and discus thrower (d. 2010)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Bobby Van, American actor, dancer, and singer (d. 1980)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Philippe Bouvard, French journalist and radio host

Births91 years ago

1929 - Nikolaus Harnoncourt, German-Austrian cellist and conductor (d. 2016)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Frank Springer, American author and illustrator (d. 2009)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Alain Tanner, Swiss director, producer, and screenwriter

Births91 years ago

1930 - Daniel Lisulo, Zambian banker and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Zambia (d. 2000)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Zeki Müren, Turkish singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1996)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Kamleshwar, Indian author, screenwriter, and critic (d. 2007)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Henryk Górecki, Polish composer and academic (d. 2010)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Donald J. Kutyna, American general

Births87 years ago

1934 - Nick Bockwinkel, American wrestler, sportscaster, and actor (d. 2015)

Births86 years ago

1935 - Jean Lapointe, Canadian actor, singer, and politician

Births85 years ago

1936 - Bill Ashton, English saxophonist and composer

Births84 years ago

1936 - David Ossman, American writer and comedian

Births84 years ago

1936 - Kenneth Copeland, American evangelist and author

Births84 years ago

1937 - Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian-American soccer player (d. 2006)

Births83 years ago

1938 - Patrick Bauchau, Belgian-American actor

Births82 years ago

1939 - Franco Carraro, Italian politician and sports administrator

Births81 years ago

1940 - Lawrence Bergman, Canadian lawyer and politician

Births80 years ago

1940 - Richard Edlund, American visual effects designer and cinematographer

Births80 years ago

1941 - Helen Cornelius, American country singer-songwriter and actress

Births79 years ago

1941 - Richard Speck, American murderer (d. 1991)

Births79 years ago

1941 - Bruce Nauman, American sculptor and illustrator

Births79 years ago

1941 - Bill Thomas, American academic and politician

Births79 years ago

1942 - Peter Handke, Austrian author and playwright

Births78 years ago

1942 - Robb Royer, American guitarist, keyboard player, and songwriter

Births78 years ago

1943 - Mike Smith, English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (d. 2008)

Births77 years ago

1943 - Keith West, English rock singer-songwriter and music producer

Births77 years ago

1944 - Jonathan King, English singer-songwriter, record producer, music entrepreneur, television/radio presenter, and convicted sex offender

Births76 years ago

1944 - Ron Kenoly, American Christian worship leader singer and songwriter

Births76 years ago

1945 - Larry Bowa, American baseball player and manager

Births75 years ago

1945 - Dan Harrington, American lawyer and poker player

Births75 years ago

1945 - Shekhar Kapur, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter

Births75 years ago

1946 - Frankie Beverly, American soul/funk singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Maze)

Births74 years ago

1946 - Willy van der Kuijlen, Dutch footballer and manager

Births74 years ago

1947 - Lawrence Cannon, Canadian businessman and politician, 9th Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Births73 years ago

1947 - Henk van Woerden, Dutch-South African painter and author (d. 2005)

Births73 years ago

1947 - Miroslav Vitouš, Czech-American bassist and songwriter

Births73 years ago
Births72 years ago

1948 - Don Nickles, American businessman and politician

Births72 years ago

1948 - Keke Rosberg, Finnish race car driver

Births72 years ago

1948 - JoBeth Williams, American actress

Births72 years ago

1949 - Linda Barnes, American author, playwright, and educator

Births71 years ago

1949 - Linda Creed, American singer-songwriter (d. 1986)

Births71 years ago

1949 - Doug Marlette, American author and cartoonist (d. 2007)

Births71 years ago

1949 - Peter Willey, English cricketer and umpire

Births71 years ago

1950 - Guy Drut, French hurdler and politician

Births70 years ago

1950 - Joe Hisaishi, Japanese pianist, composer, and conductor

Births70 years ago
Births70 years ago

1951 - Wendy Ellis Somes, English ballerina and producer

Births69 years ago

1951 - Maurice Hope, Caribbean-English boxer

Births69 years ago

1952 - Chuck Baker, American baseball player

Births68 years ago

1952 - Nicolas Bréhal, French author and critic (d. 1999)

Births68 years ago

1952 - Joe Harris, American football player

Births68 years ago

1952 - Craig Newmark, American computer programmer and entrepreneur; founded Craigslist

Births68 years ago

1952 - Charles Salvador, English boxer and criminal

Births68 years ago

1952 - Shio Satō, Japanese illustrator (d. 2010)

Births68 years ago

1952 - Jeff Schneider, American baseball player

Births68 years ago

1952 - David L. Spector, American biologist and academic

Births68 years ago

1953 - Sue Carroll, English journalist (d. 2011)

Births67 years ago

1953 - Gary Goodman, Australian cricketer and coach

Births67 years ago

1953 - Geoff Hoon, English academic and politician, Minister of State for Europe

Births67 years ago

1953 - Tom Hulce, American actor

Births67 years ago

1953 - Masami Kurumada, Japanese author and illustrator

Births67 years ago

1953 - Dwight Stones, American high jumper and sportscaster

Births67 years ago

1953 - Gary Ward, American baseball player and coach

Births67 years ago

1954 - Chris Stamey, American singer-songwriter, musician, and music producer

Births66 years ago

1955 - Anne Begg, Scottish educator and politician

Births65 years ago

1955 - Rick Buckler, English drummer, songwriter, and producer

Births65 years ago

1955 - Graeme Hughes, Australian cricketer, rugby league player, and sportscaster

Births65 years ago

1955 - Tony Woodcock, English footballer

Births65 years ago

1955 - Steven Wright, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter

Births65 years ago

1956 - Peter Buck, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

Births64 years ago

1956 - Hans Kammerlander, Italian mountaineer and guide

Births64 years ago

1956 - Randy Rhoads, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (d. 1982)

Births64 years ago

1957 - Adrian Borland, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1999)

Births63 years ago

1958 - Nick Park, English animator, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births62 years ago

1959 - Stephen Hepburn, English politician

Births61 years ago

1959 - Satoru Iwata, Japanese game programmer and businessman (d. 2015)

Births61 years ago

1959 - Stephen Muggleton, English computer scientist and engineer

Births61 years ago

1959 - Deborah Estrin, American computer scientist and academic

Births61 years ago

1960 - Masahiko Katsuya, Japanese journalist and photographer (d. 2018)

Births60 years ago

1961 - David Lovering, American drummer

Births59 years ago

1961 - Jonathan Melvoin, American musician (d. 1996)

Births59 years ago

1961 - Manuel Reuter, German race car driver

Births59 years ago

1962 - Ben Watt, English singer-songwriter, musician, author, DJ, and radio presenter

Births58 years ago

1963 - Ulrich Thomsen, Danish actor and producer

Births57 years ago

1964 - Mall Nukke, Estonian painter

Births56 years ago

1965 - Gordon Durie, Scottish footballer and manager

Births55 years ago

1966 - Natascha Badmann, Swiss triathlete

Births54 years ago

1966 - Per-Ulrik Johansson, Swedish golfer

Births54 years ago

1967 - Judd Apatow, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births53 years ago

1967 - Arnaldo Mesa, Cuban boxer (d. 2012)

Births53 years ago

1967 - Helen Greiner, American businesswoman and engineer

Births53 years ago

1968 - Akihiro Yano, Japanese baseball player

Births52 years ago

1969 - Torri Higginson, Canadian actress

Births51 years ago

1970 - Ulf Ekberg, Swedish singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer

Births50 years ago

1970 - Adrian Fenty, American lawyer and politician, 6th Mayor of the District of Columbia

Births50 years ago

1970 - Mark Reckless, English politician

Births50 years ago

1970 - Jeff Rouse, American swimmer

Births50 years ago

1971 - Craig Brewer, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births49 years ago

1971 - Richard Krajicek, Dutch tennis player

Births49 years ago

1971 - Naozumi Takahashi, Japanese singer and voice actor

Births49 years ago

1971 - Carole Thate, Dutch field hockey player

Births49 years ago

1972 - Ewan Birney, Director of the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge, UK

Births48 years ago

1972 - Heather Mizeur, American lawyer and politician

Births48 years ago

1972 - Rick Short, American baseball player

Births48 years ago

1974 - Jens Pulver, American mixed martial artist and boxer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Nick Stajduhar, Canadian ice hockey player

Births46 years ago

1975 - Noel Clarke, English actor, director, and screenwriter

Births45 years ago

1975 - Adrian García Arias, Mexican footballer

Births45 years ago

1977 - Kevin Cash, American baseball player and coach

Births43 years ago

1977 - Andrew Flintoff, English cricketer, coach, and sportscaster

Births43 years ago

1977 - Paul McVeigh, Irish footballer

Births43 years ago

1978 - Chris Başak, American baseball player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Darrell Jackson, American football player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Ramiro Pez, Argentine rugby player

Births42 years ago

1979 - Tim Cahill, Australian footballer

Births41 years ago

1980 - Danielle Downey, American golfer and coach (d. 2014)

Births40 years ago

1980 - Steve Lovell, English footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Carlos Takam, Cameroonian-French boxer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Federico Balzaretti, Italian footballer

Births39 years ago

1982 - Robbie Gould, American football player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Ryan Carnes, American actor and producer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Alberto Contador, Spanish cyclist

Births38 years ago

1982 - Sean Ervine, Zimbabwean cricketer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Aaron Sandilands, Australian footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Susie Wolff, Scottish race car driver

Births38 years ago

1984 - Syndric Steptoe, American football player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Nora Kirkpatrick, American actress and musician

Births36 years ago
Births36 years ago

1985 - Shannon Bobbitt, American basketball player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Aristeidis Grigoriadis, Greek swimmer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Rudra Pratap Singh, Indian cricketer

Births35 years ago

1986 - Sean Edwards, English race car driver (d. 2013)

Births34 years ago

1986 - Matt Niskanen, American ice hockey player

Births34 years ago

1988 - Adam Eaton, American baseball player

Births32 years ago

1988 - Sandra Nurmsalu, Estonian singer and violinist

Births32 years ago

1988 - Nils Petersen, German footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Nobunaga Shimazaki, Japanese voice actor

Births32 years ago

1989 - Felix Schiller, German footballer

Births31 years ago

1990 - Tamira Paszek, Austrian tennis player

Births30 years ago

1991 - Coco Vandeweghe, American tennis player

Births29 years ago

1992 - Britt Assombalonga, Congolese footballer

Births28 years ago

1992 - Johnny Manziel, American football player

Births28 years ago

1993 - Jasprit Bumrah, Indian cricketer

Births27 years ago

1993 - Pedro Rafael Amado Mendes, Portuguese footballer

Births27 years ago

1993 - Tautau Moga, Australian-Samoan rugby league player

Births27 years ago

1994 - Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greek basketball player

Births26 years ago

1996 - Davide Calabria, Italian football player

Births24 years ago

1998 - Angelīna Kučvaļska, Latvian figure skater

Births22 years ago

Deaths

343 - Saint Nicholas, Greek bishop and saint (b. 270)

Deaths

735 - Prince Toneri of Japan (b. 676)

Deaths

762 - Muhammad al-Nafs al-Zakiyya, Arab rebel leader (b. 710)

Deaths
Deaths835 years ago
Deaths715 years ago
Deaths714 years ago

1352 - Pope Clement VI (b. 1291)

Deaths668 years ago

1562 - Jan van Scorel, Dutch painter (b. 1495)

Deaths458 years ago

1616 - Ahmad Ibn al-Qadi, Moroccan writer, judge and mathematician (b. 1552)

Deaths404 years ago

1618 - Jacques Davy Duperron, French cardinal (b. 1556)

Deaths402 years ago

1658 - Baltasar Gracián, Spanish priest and author (b. 1601)

Deaths362 years ago

1675 - John Lightfoot, English priest, scholar, and academic (b. 1602)

Deaths345 years ago

1686 - Eleonora Gonzaga, Queen consort of Ferdinand III (b. 1630)

Deaths334 years ago

1716 - Benedictus Buns, Dutch priest and composer (b. 1642)

Deaths304 years ago

1718 - Nicholas Rowe, English poet and playwright (b. 1674)

Deaths302 years ago

1746 - Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish poet and songwriter (b. 1665)

Deaths274 years ago

1771 - Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Italian anatomist and pathologist (b. 1682)

Deaths249 years ago

1779 - Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter (b. 1699)

Deaths241 years ago

1788 - Jonathan Shipley, English bishop (b. 1714)

Deaths232 years ago

1855 - William John Swainson, English ornithologist and entomologist (b. 1789)

Deaths165 years ago

1867 - Jean Pierre Flourens, French physiologist and academic (b. 1794)

Deaths153 years ago

1868 - August Schleicher, German linguist and academic (b. 1821)

Deaths152 years ago

1878 - Theodoros Vryzakis, Greek painter and educator (b. 1814)

Deaths142 years ago

1879 - Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American businessman (b. 1814)

Deaths141 years ago

1882 - Alfred Escher, Swiss businessman and politician, founded Credit Suisse (b. 1819)

Deaths138 years ago

1882 - Anthony Trollope, English novelist, essayist, and short story writer (b. 1815)

Deaths138 years ago

1889 - Jefferson Davis, American general and politician, President of the Confederate States of America (b. 1808)

Deaths131 years ago

1892 - Werner von Siemens, German engineer and businessman, founded the Siemens Company (b. 1816)

Deaths128 years ago

1918 - Alexander Dianin, Russian chemist (b. 1851)

Deaths102 years ago

1921 - Said Halim Pasha, Ottoman politician, 280th Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire (b. 1865)

Deaths99 years ago

1924 - Gene Stratton-Porter, American author and screenwriter (b. 1863)

Deaths96 years ago

1945 - Edmund Dwyer-Gray, Irish-Australian politician, 29th Premier of Tasmania (b. 1870)

Deaths75 years ago

1951 - Harold Ross, American journalist and publisher, founded The New Yorker (b. 1892)

Deaths69 years ago

1955 - Honus Wagner, American baseball player and manager (b. 1874)

Deaths65 years ago

1956 - B. R. Ambedkar, Indian economist and politician, 1st Indian Minister of Justice (b. 1891)

Deaths64 years ago

1961 - Frantz Fanon, Martinique-French psychiatrist and author (b. 1925)

Deaths59 years ago

1964 - Evert van Linge, Dutch footballer and architect (b. 1895)

Deaths56 years ago

1972 - Janet Munro, English actress and singer (b. 1934)

Deaths48 years ago

1974 - Nikolay Kuznetsov, Soviet naval officer (b. 1904)

Deaths46 years ago

1976 - João Goulart, Brazilian lawyer and politician, 24th President of Brazil (b. 1918)

Deaths44 years ago

1980 - Charles Deutsch, French engineer and businessman, co-founded DB (b. 1911)

Deaths40 years ago

1982 - Jean-Marie Seroney, Kenyan activist and politician (b. 1927)

Deaths38 years ago

1983 - Lucienne Boyer, French singer and actress (b. 1903)

Deaths37 years ago

1983 - Gul Khan Nasir, Pakistani poet, historian, and politician (b. 1914)

Deaths37 years ago

1985 - Burr Tillstrom, American actor and puppeteer (b. 1917)

Deaths35 years ago

1985 - Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player and manager (b. 1893)

Deaths35 years ago

1988 - Roy Orbison, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1936)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - Frances Bavier, American actress (b. 1902)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Sammy Fain, American pianist and composer (b. 1902)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - John Payne, American actor, singer, and producer (b. 1912)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Greek singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1948)

Deaths30 years ago

1990 - Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysian lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Malaysia (b. 1903)

Deaths30 years ago

1991 - Mimi Smith, English nurse (b. 1906)

Deaths29 years ago

1991 - Richard Stone, English economist and statistician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1913)

Deaths29 years ago

1993 - Don Ameche, American actor (b. 1908)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Heinz Baas, German footballer and manager (b. 1922)

Deaths26 years ago

1994 - Gian Maria Volonté, Italian actor and director (b. 1933)

Deaths26 years ago

1996 - Pete Rozelle, American businessman (b. 1926)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Willy den Ouden, Dutch swimmer (b. 1918)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - César Baldaccini, French sculptor and educator (b. 1921)

Deaths22 years ago

2000 - Werner Klemperer, German-American actor (b. 1920)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Aziz Mian, Pakistani singer-songwriter and poet (b. 1942)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Peter Blake, New Zealand sailor and environmentalist (b. 1948)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Charles McClendon, American football player and coach (b. 1923)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - Philip Berrigan, American priest and activist (b. 1923)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio, Guatemalan general and politician, President of Guatemala (b. 1918)

Deaths17 years ago

2005 - Charly Gaul, Luxembourger cyclist (b. 1932)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Devan Nair, Malaysian-Singaporean union leader and politician, 3rd President of Singapore (b. 1923)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Danny Williams, South African singer (b. 1942)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - William P. Yarborough, American general (b. 1912)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - John Feeney, New Zealand director and producer (b. 1922)

Deaths14 years ago

2010 - Mark Dailey, American-Canadian journalist and actor (b. 1953)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Dobie Gray, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1940)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Miguel Abia Biteo Boricó, Equatoguinean engineer and politician, Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea (b. 1961)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Jan Carew, Guyanese author, poet, and playwright (b. 1920)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Jeffrey Koo Sr., Taiwanese banker and businessman (b. 1933)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Huw Lloyd-Langton, English guitarist (b. 1951)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Pedro Vaz, Uruguayan lawyer and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay (b. 1963)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Jean-Pierre Desthuilliers, French poet and critic (b. 1939)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Stan Tracey, English pianist and composer (b. 1926)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - M. K. Turk, American basketball player and coach (b. 1942)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Ralph H. Baer, German-American video game designer, created the Magnavox Odyssey (b. 1922)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Jimmy Del Ray, American wrestler and manager (b. 1962)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Fred Hawkins, American golfer (b. 1923)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Luke Somers, English-American photographer and journalist (b. 1981)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Ko Chun-hsiung, Taiwanese actor, director, and politician (b. 1945)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Liu Juying, Chinese general and politician (b. 1917)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Nicholas Smith, British actor (b. 1934)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Peter Vaughan, British actor (b.1923)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Johnny Hallyday, French singer and actor (b. 1943)

Deaths3 years ago

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Nicholas of Myra, and its related observances: St Nicholas Day, where St. Nicholas/Santa Claus leaves little presents in children's shoes. (International)

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