Holidays and observances

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

Events

557 - Constantinople is severely damaged by an earthquake.

Events

835 - Sweet Dew Incident: Emperor Wenzong of the Tang dynasty conspires to kill the powerful eunuchs of the Tang court, but the plot is foiled.

Events

1287 - St. Lucia's flood: The Zuiderzee sea wall in the Netherlands collapses, killing over 50,000 people.

Events733 years ago

1542 - Princess Mary Stuart becomes Queen of Scots at the age of one week on the death of her father, James V of Scotland.

Events478 years ago

1751 - The Theresian Military Academy is founded in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.

Events269 years ago

1782 - The Montgolfier brothers first test fly an unmanned hot air balloon in France; it floats nearly 2 km (1.2 mi).

Events238 years ago

1812 - The French invasion of Russia comes to an end as the remnants of the Grande Armée are expelled from Russia.

Events208 years ago

1819 - Alabama becomes the 22nd U.S. state.

Events201 years ago

1836 - The Toledo War unofficially ends.

Events184 years ago

1896 - The Glasgow Underground Railway is opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company.

Events124 years ago

1900 - Quantum mechanics: Max Planck presents a theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law.

Events120 years ago

1902 - The Commercial Pacific Cable Company lays the first Pacific telegraph cable, from San Francisco to Honolulu.

Events118 years ago

1903 - The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Events117 years ago

1907 - The Thomas W. Lawson, the largest ever ship without a heat engine, runs aground and founders near the Hellweather's Reef within the Isles of Scilly in a gale. The pilot and 15 seamen die.

Events113 years ago

1909 - New South Wales Premier Charles Wade signs the Seat of Government Surrender Act 1909, formally completing the transfer of State land to the Commonwealth to create the Australian Capital Territory.

Events111 years ago

1911 - Roald Amundsen's team, comprising himself, Olav Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel, and Oscar Wisting, becomes the first to reach the South Pole.

Events109 years ago

1913 - Haruna, the fourth and last Kongō-class ship, launches, eventually becoming one of the Japanese workhorses during World War I and World War II.

Events107 years ago

1914 - Lisandro de la Torre and others found the Democratic Progressive Party (Partido Demócrata Progresista, PDP) at the Hotel Savoy, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Events106 years ago

1918 - Friedrich Karl von Hessen, a German prince elected by the Parliament of Finland to become King Väinö I, renounces the Finnish throne.

Events102 years ago

1918 - Portuguese President Sidónio Pais is assassinated.

Events102 years ago

1918 - The 1918 United Kingdom general election occurs, the first where women were permitted to vote.

Events102 years ago

1939 - Winter War: The Soviet Union is expelled from the League of Nations for invading Finland.

Events81 years ago

1940 - Plutonium (specifically Pu-238) is first isolated at Berkeley, California.

Events80 years ago

1941 - World War II: Japan signs a treaty of alliance with Thailand.

Events79 years ago

1948 - Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann are granted a patent for their cathode-ray tube amusement device, the earliest known interactive electronic game.

Events72 years ago
Events62 years ago
Events60 years ago

1962 - NASA's Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.

Events58 years ago

1963 - The dam containing the Baldwin Hills Reservoir bursts, killing five people and damaging hundreds of homes in Los Angeles, California.

Events57 years ago

1971 - Bangladesh Liberation War: Over 200 of East Pakistan's intellectuals are executed by the Pakistan Army and their local allies. (The date is commemorated in Bangladesh as Martyred Intellectuals Day.)

Events49 years ago

1972 - Apollo program: Eugene Cernan is the last person to walk on the moon, after he and Harrison Schmitt complete the third and final extravehicular activity (EVA) of the Apollo 17 mission.

Events48 years ago

1981 - Arab–Israeli conflict: Israel's Knesset ratifies the Golan Heights Law, extending Israeli law to the occupied Golan Heights.

Events39 years ago

1985 - Wilma Mankiller takes office as the first woman elected to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Events35 years ago

1992 - War in Abkhazia: Siege of Tkvarcheli: A helicopter carrying evacuees from Tkvarcheli is shot down, resulting in at least 52 deaths, including 25 children. The incident catalyses more concerted Russian military intervention on behalf of Abkhazia.

Events28 years ago

1994 - Construction begins on the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze river.

Events26 years ago

1995 - Yugoslav Wars: The Dayton Agreement is signed in Paris by the leaders of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Events25 years ago

1998 - Yugoslav Wars: The Yugoslav Army ambushes a group of Kosovo Liberation Army fighters attempting to smuggle weapons from Albania into Kosovo, killing 36.

Events22 years ago

1999 - Torrential rains cause flash floods in Vargas, Venezuela, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths, the destruction of thousands of homes, and the complete collapse of the state's infrastructure.

Events21 years ago

2003 - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf narrowly escapes an assassination attempt.

Events17 years ago

2004 - The Millau Viaduct, the tallest bridge in the world, is formally inaugurated near Millau, France.

Events16 years ago

2008 - Muntadhar al-Zaidi throws his shoes at then-U.S. President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq.

Events12 years ago

2012 - Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting: Twenty-eight people, including the gunman, are killed in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

Events8 years ago

2013 - A reported coup attempt in South Sudan leads to continued fighting and hundreds of casualties.

Events7 years ago

2017 - The Walt Disney Company announces that it would acquire 21st Century Fox, including the 20th Century Fox movie studio, for $52.4 billion.

Events3 years ago

Births

1009 - Go-Suzaku, emperor of Japan (d. 1045)

Births1011 years ago

1332 - Frederick III, German nobleman (d. 1381)

Births688 years ago

1546 - Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer and chemist (d. 1601)

Births474 years ago

1599 - Charles Berkeley, 2nd Viscount Fitzhardinge, English politician (d. 1668)

Births421 years ago

1607 - János Kemény, Hungarian prince (d. 1662)

Births413 years ago

1625 - Barthélemy d'Herbelot, French orientalist and academic (d. 1695)

Births395 years ago

1631 - Anne Conway, English philosopher and author (d. 1679)

Births389 years ago

1640 - Aphra Behn, English playwright and author (d. 1689)

Births380 years ago

1678 - Daniel Neal, English historian and author (d. 1743)

Births342 years ago

1720 - Justus Möser, German jurist and theorist (d. 1794)

Births300 years ago

1730 - Capel Bond, English organist and composer (d. 1790)

Births290 years ago

1738 - Jan Antonín Koželuh, Czech composer and educator (d. 1814)

Births282 years ago

1775 - Philander Chase, American bishop and educator, founded Kenyon College (d. 1852)

Births245 years ago

1775 - Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, Scottish admiral and politician (d. 1860)

Births245 years ago
Births243 years ago
Births236 years ago

1789 - Maria Szymanowska, Polish composer and pianist (d. 1831)

Births231 years ago

1791 - Charles Wolfe, Irish priest and poet (d. 1823)

Births229 years ago

1794 - Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (d. 1872)

Births226 years ago

1816 - Abraham Hochmuth, Hungarian rabbi and educator (d. 1889)

Births204 years ago

1824 - Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, French painter and illustrator (d. 1898)

Births196 years ago

1832 - Daniel H. Reynolds, American general, lawyer, and politician (d. 1902)

Births188 years ago

1851 - Mary Tappan Wright, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1916)

Births169 years ago

1852 - Daniel De Leon, Curaçaoan-American journalist and politician (d. 1914)

Births168 years ago

1853 - Errico Malatesta, Italian activist and theorist (d. 1932)

Births167 years ago

1856 - Louis Marshall, American lawyer and activist (d. 1929)

Births164 years ago

1866 - Roger Fry, English painter and critic (d. 1934)

Births154 years ago

1870 - Karl Renner, Austrian lawyer and politician, 4th President of Austria (d. 1950)

Births150 years ago

1881 - Katherine MacDonald, American actress and producer (d. 1956)

Births139 years ago

1883 - Manolis Kalomiris, Greek pianist and composer (d. 1962)

Births137 years ago

1883 - Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist, developed aikido (d. 1969)

Births137 years ago

1884 - Jane Cowl, American actress and playwright (d. 1950)

Births136 years ago

1887 - Xul Solar, Argentinian painter and sculptor (d. 1963)

Births133 years ago

1894 - Alexander Nelke, Estonian-American painter and carpenter (d. 1974)

Births126 years ago

1895 - George VI of the United Kingdom (d. 1952)

Births125 years ago

1895 - Paul Éluard, French poet and author (d. 1952)

Births125 years ago

1896 - Jimmy Doolittle, American general and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)

Births124 years ago

1897 - Kurt Schuschnigg, Italian-Austrian lawyer and politician, 15th Federal Chancellor of Austria (d. 1977)

Births123 years ago

1897 - Margaret Chase Smith, American educator and politician (d. 1995)

Births123 years ago

1899 - DeFord Bailey, American Hall of Fame country and blues musician (d. 1982)

Births121 years ago

1901 - Henri Cochet, French tennis player (d. 1987)

Births119 years ago

1901 - Paul of Greece (d. 1964)

Births119 years ago

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

Births118 years ago

1902 - Herbert Feigl, Austrian philosopher from the Vienna Circle (d. 1988)

Births118 years ago

1903 - Walter Rangeley, English sprinter (d. 1982)

Births117 years ago

1904 - Virginia Coffey, American civil rights activist (d. 2003)

Births116 years ago

1908 - Morey Amsterdam, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1996)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Claude Davey, Welsh rugby player (d. 2001)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Mária Szepes, Hungarian journalist, author, and screenwriter (d. 2007)

Births112 years ago

1909 - Edward Lawrie Tatum, American geneticist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1975)

Births111 years ago

1911 - Spike Jones, American singer and bandleader (d. 1965)

Births109 years ago

1911 - Hans von Ohain, German-American physicist and engineer (d. 1998)

Births109 years ago

1911 - Jerzy Iwanow-Szajnowicz, Greek-Polish swimmer and water polo player (d. 1943)

Births109 years ago

1914 - Karl Carstens, German lieutenant and politician, 5th President of the Federal Republic of Germany (d. 1992)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist and harpsichord player (d. 2003)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Dan Dailey, American dancer and actor (d. 1978)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Shirley Jackson, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1965)

Births104 years ago

1917 - C.-H. Hermansson, Swedish author and politician (d. 2016)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Elyse Knox, American actress and fashion designer (d. 2012)

Births103 years ago

1917 - June Taylor, American dancer and choreographer (d. 2004)

Births103 years ago

1918 - James T. Aubrey, American broadcaster (d. 1994)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Radu Beligan, Romanian actor and director (d. 2016)

Births102 years ago

1918 - B. K. S. Iyengar, Indian yoga instructor and author, founded Iyengar Yoga (d. 2014)

Births102 years ago

1920 - Clark Terry, American trumpet player, composer, and educator (d. 2015)

Births100 years ago

1922 - Nikolay Basov, Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2001)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Don Hewitt, American journalist and producer, created 60 Minutes (d. 2009)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Junior J. Spurrier, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1984)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Gerard Reve, Dutch-Belgian author and poet (d. 2006)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Raj Kapoor, Indian actor, director, and producer (d. 1988)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Sam Jones, American baseball player (d. 1971)

Births95 years ago

1927 - Richard Cassilly, American tenor and actor (d. 1998)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Koos Rietkerk, Dutch lawyer and politician, Dutch Minister of the Interior (d. 1986)

Births93 years ago

1929 - Ron Jarden, New Zealand rugby player (d. 1977)

Births91 years ago

1930 - David R. Harris, English geographer, anthropologist, and archaeologist (d. 2013)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Margaret Bakkes, South African author (d. 2016)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Jon Elia, Pakistani philosopher, poet, and scholar (d. 2002)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Vladimir-Georg Karassev-Orgusaar, Estonian director and politician (d. 2015)

Births89 years ago

1932 - George Furth, American actor and playwright (d. 2008)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Abbe Lane, American actress, singer, and dancer

Births88 years ago

1932 - Charlie Rich, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1995)

Births88 years ago

1934 - Shyam Benegal, Indian director and screenwriter

Births86 years ago

1934 - Charlie Hodge, American guitarist and singer (d. 2006)

Births86 years ago

1935 - Lewis Arquette, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Lee Remick, American actress (d. 1991)

Births85 years ago

1938 - Leonardo Boff, Brazilian theologian and author

Births82 years ago

1938 - Charlie Griffith, Barbadian cricketer

Births82 years ago

1939 - Ann Cryer, English academic and politician

Births81 years ago

1939 - Ernie Davis, American football player (d. 1963)

Births81 years ago

1940 - Lex Gold, Scottish footballer and civil servant

Births80 years ago

1941 - Karan Armstrong, American soprano and actress

Births79 years ago

1941 - Ellen Willis, American journalist, critic, and academic (d. 2006)

Births79 years ago

1942 - Chris Harris, English actor and director (d. 2014)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Dick Wagner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2014)

Births78 years ago

1943 - Tommy McAvoy, Scottish politician

Births77 years ago

1943 - Emmett Tyrrell, American journalist, author, and publisher, founded The American Spectator

Births77 years ago

1944 - Graham Kirkham, Baron Kirkham, English businessman, founded DFS

Births76 years ago

1946 - Antony Beevor, English historian and author

Births74 years ago

1946 - Jane Birkin, English-French actress and singer

Births74 years ago

1946 - John Du Prez, English conductor and composer

Births74 years ago

1946 - Patty Duke, American actress (d. 2016)

Births74 years ago

1946 - Ruth Fuchs, German javelin thrower and politician

Births74 years ago

1946 - Peter Lorimer, Scottish footballer

Births74 years ago

1946 - Michael Ovitz, American talent agent, co-founded Creative Artists Agency

Births74 years ago

1946 - Stan Smith, American tennis player and coach

Births74 years ago

1946 - Joyce Vincent Wilson, American singer

Births74 years ago

1947 - Christopher Parkening, American guitarist and educator

Births73 years ago

1947 - Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian economist and politician, 36th President of Brazil

Births73 years ago

1948 - Lester Bangs, American journalist and author (d. 1982)

Births72 years ago

1948 - Kim Beazley, Australian politician and diplomat, 9th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

Births72 years ago

1948 - Boudewijn Büch, Dutch author, poet, and television host (d. 2002)

Births72 years ago

1948 - Peeter Kreitzberg, Estonian lawyer and politician (d. 2011)

Births72 years ago

1949 - Bill Buckner, American baseball player and manager (d. 2019)

Births71 years ago

1949 - Cliff Williams, Australian bass player

Births71 years ago

1951 - Jan Timman, Dutch chess player and author

Births69 years ago

1952 - John Lurie, American actor, saxophonist, painter, director, and producer

Births68 years ago

1953 - Vijay Amritraj, Indian tennis player and sportscaster

Births67 years ago

1953 - Wade Davis, Canadian anthropologist, author, and photographer

Births67 years ago

1953 - René Eespere, Estonian composer

Births67 years ago

1953 - Vangelis Meimarakis, Greek lawyer and politician, 4th Greek Minister for National Defence

Births67 years ago

1953 - Mikael Odenberg, Swedish soldier and politician, 29th Swedish Minister for Defence

Births67 years ago

1954 - Alan Kulwicki, American race car driver (d. 1993)

Births66 years ago

1954 - Steve MacLean, Canadian physicist and astronaut

Births66 years ago

1955 - Jane Crafter, Australian golfer

Births65 years ago

1955 - Jill Pipher, American mathematician and academic

Births65 years ago

1956 - Linda Fabiani, Scottish politician

Births64 years ago

1956 - Hanni Wenzel, German skier

Births64 years ago

1958 - Mike Scott, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births62 years ago

1958 - Spider Stacy, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births62 years ago

1959 - Bob Paris, American-Canadian bodybuilder and actor

Births61 years ago

1959 - Jorge Vaca, Mexican boxer

Births61 years ago

1960 - Don Franklin, American actor

Births60 years ago

1960 - Chris Waddle, English footballer, manager, and sportscaster

Births60 years ago

1960 - Diane Williams, American sprinter

Births60 years ago

1961 - Jeff Robinson, American baseball player (d. 2014)

Births59 years ago

1961 - Patrik Sundström, Swedish ice hockey player

Births59 years ago

1963 - Greg Abbott, English footballer and manager

Births57 years ago

1963 - Diana Gansky, German discus thrower

Births57 years ago

1965 - Craig Biggio, American baseball player and coach

Births55 years ago

1965 - Ken Hill, American baseball player

Births55 years ago

1965 - Ted Raimi, American actor, director, and screenwriter

Births55 years ago

1966 - Fabrizio Giovanardi, Italian race car driver

Births54 years ago

1966 - Anthony Mason, American basketball player (d. 2015)

Births54 years ago

1966 - Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish academic and politician, 41st Prime Minister of Denmark

Births54 years ago

1966 - Bill Ranford, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Births54 years ago

1966 - Tim Sköld, Swedish bass player and producer

Births54 years ago

1967 - Ewa Białołęcka, Polish author

Births53 years ago

1967 - Hanne Haugland, Norwegian high jumper and coach

Births53 years ago

1968 - Kelley Armstrong, Canadian author

Births52 years ago

1969 - Scott Hatteberg, American baseball player and sportscaster

Births51 years ago

1969 - Archie Kao, American actor and producer

Births51 years ago

1969 - Arthur Numan, Dutch footballer and manager

Births51 years ago

1969 - Natascha McElhone, English-Irish actress

Births51 years ago

1970 - Anna Maria Jopek, Polish singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

Births50 years ago

1970 - Beth Orton, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births50 years ago

1971 - Michaela Watkins, American actor and comedian

Births49 years ago

1972 - Miranda Hart, English actress

Births48 years ago

1972 - Marcus Jensen, American baseball player and coach

Births48 years ago

1973 - Falk Balzer, German hurdler

Births47 years ago

1973 - Pat Burke, Irish basketball player

Births47 years ago

1973 - Tomasz Radzinski, Polish-Canadian footballer

Births47 years ago

1973 - Saulius Štombergas, Lithuanian basketball player and coach

Births47 years ago

1974 - Billy Koch, American baseball player

Births46 years ago

1975 - Justin Furstenfeld, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births45 years ago

1975 - Ben Kay, English rugby player

Births45 years ago

1976 - Tammy Blanchard, American actress and singer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Leland Chapman, American bounty hunter

Births44 years ago

1976 - Sebastien Chaule, French-German rugby player

Births44 years ago

1976 - André Couto, Portuguese race car driver

Births44 years ago

1976 - Santiago Ezquerro, Spanish footballer

Births44 years ago

1977 - Brendan Nash, Australian-Jamaican cricketer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Jamie Peacock, English rugby player and manager

Births43 years ago

1978 - Dean Brogan, Australian footballer and coach

Births42 years ago

1978 - Shedrack Kibet Korir, Kenyan runner

Births42 years ago

1978 - Zdeněk Pospěch, Czech footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Patty Schnyder, Swiss tennis player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Kim St-Pierre, Canadian ice hockey player

Births42 years ago

1979 - Jean-Alain Boumsong, French footballer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Andrei Makrov, Estonian ice hockey player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Sophie Monk, English-Australian singer-songwriter and actress

Births41 years ago

1979 - Michael Owen, English footballer and sportscaster

Births41 years ago

1980 - Gordon Greer, Scottish footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Didier Zokora, Ivorian footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Thed Björk, Swedish race car driver

Births40 years ago

1981 - Rebecca Jarvis, American journalist

Births39 years ago

1981 - Johnny Jeter, American wrestler

Births39 years ago

1981 - Liam Lawrence, Irish footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Shaun Marcum, American baseball player

Births39 years ago

1982 - Josh Fields, American baseball player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Steve Sidwell, English footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Anthony Way, English singer and actor

Births38 years ago

1983 - Leanne Mitchell, English singer-songwriter

Births37 years ago

1984 - Chris Brunt, Northern Irish footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Rana Daggubati, Indian actor and producer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Ed Rainsford, Zimbabwean cricketer

Births36 years ago

1985 - Jakub Błaszczykowski, Polish footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - Alex Pennie, Welsh keyboard player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Paul Rabil, American lacrosse player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Tom Smith, English-Welsh rugby player

Births35 years ago

1985 - Nonami Takizawa, Japanese actress and singer

Births35 years ago

1987 - Kenneth Medwood, Belizean-American hurdler

Births33 years ago

1988 - Nicolas Batum, French basketball player

Births32 years ago

1988 - Nate Ebner, American football player

Births32 years ago

1988 - Vanessa Hudgens, American actress and singer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Hayato Sakamoto, Japanese baseball player

Births32 years ago

1989 - Sam Burgess, English rugby league player

Births31 years ago

1989 - Pedro Roberto Silva Botelho, Brazilian footballer

Births31 years ago

1989 - Onew, South Korean singer-songwriter and dancer

Births31 years ago

1991 - Ben Henry, New Zealand rugby league player

Births29 years ago

1991 - Offset, American rapper

Births29 years ago

1992 - Tori Kelly, American singer-songwriter

Births28 years ago

1992 - Ryo Miyaichi, Japanese footballer

Births28 years ago

1993 - Antonio Giovinazzi, Italian race car driver

Births27 years ago

1995 - Calvyn Justus, South African swimmer

Births25 years ago

1996 - Li Zijun, Chinese figure skater

Births24 years ago

Deaths

618 - Xue Rengao, emperor of Qin

Deaths

704 - Aldfrith, king of Northumbria (or 705)

Deaths

872 - Pope Adrian II (b. 792)

Deaths

1077 - Agnes of Poitou, Holy Roman Empress and regent (b. c. 1025)

Deaths943 years ago

1293 - Al-Ashraf Khalil, Mamluk sultan of Egypt

Deaths727 years ago

1311 - Margaret of Brabant, German queen consort (b. 1276)

Deaths709 years ago

1332 - Rinchinbal Khan, Mongolian emperor (b. 1326)

Deaths688 years ago

1359 - Cangrande II della Scala, Lord of Verona (b. 1332)

Deaths661 years ago

1417 - John Oldcastle, English Lollard leader

Deaths603 years ago

1460 - Guarino da Verona, Italian scholar and translator (b. 1370)

Deaths560 years ago

1480 - Niccolò Perotti, humanist scholar (b. 1429)

Deaths540 years ago

1503 - Sten Sture the Elder, regent of Sweden (b. 1440)

Deaths517 years ago
Deaths510 years ago
Deaths478 years ago

1591 - John of the Cross, Spanish priest and saint (b. 1542)

Deaths429 years ago
Deaths425 years ago
Deaths396 years ago

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

Deaths369 years ago

1715 - Thomas Tenison, English archbishop (b. 1636)

Deaths305 years ago

1735 - Thomas Tanner, English bishop and historian (b. 1674)

Deaths285 years ago

1741 - Charles Rollin, French historian and educator (b. 1661)

Deaths279 years ago

1785 - Giovanni Battista Cipriani, Italian painter and engraver (b. 1727)

Deaths235 years ago

1788 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German pianist and composer (b. 1714)

Deaths232 years ago

1788 - Charles III of Spain (b. 1716)

Deaths232 years ago

1799 - George Washington, American general and politician, 1st President of the United States (b. 1732)

Deaths221 years ago

1831 - Martin Baum, American businessman and politician, 5th Mayor of Cincinnati (b. 1765)

Deaths189 years ago

1838 - Jean-Olivier Chénier, Canadian physician (b. 1806)

Deaths182 years ago

1842 - Ben Crack-O, king of several tribes around Cape Palmas

Deaths178 years ago
Deaths160 years ago

1861 - Albert, Prince Consort of the United Kingdom (b. 1819)

Deaths159 years ago

1865 - Johan Georg Forchhammer, Danish geologist and mineralogist (b. 1794)

Deaths155 years ago

1873 - Louis Agassiz, Swiss-American zoologist and geologist (b. 1807)

Deaths147 years ago
Deaths142 years ago

1912 - Belgrave Edward Sutton Ninnis, English lieutenant and explorer (b. 1887)

Deaths108 years ago

1917 - Phil Waller, Welsh rugby player (b. 1889)

Deaths103 years ago

1920 - George Gipp, American football player (b. 1895)

Deaths100 years ago

1927 - Julian Sochocki, Russian mathematician and academic (b. 1842)

Deaths93 years ago

1929Henry B. Jackson, 74, British admiral (b. 1855)

Deaths91 years ago

1935 - Stanley G. Weinbaum, American author (b. 1902)

Deaths85 years ago

1937 - Fabián de la Rosa, Filipino painter and educator (b. 1869)

Deaths83 years ago

1940 - Anton Korošec, Slovenian priest and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (b. 1872)

Deaths80 years ago

1943 - John Harvey Kellogg, American physician and businessman, co-invented corn flakes (b. 1852)

Deaths77 years ago

1944 - Lupe Vélez, Mexican actress (b. 1908)

Deaths76 years ago

1947 - Stanley Baldwin, English lieutenant and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1867)

Deaths73 years ago

1947 - Edward Higgins, English-American 3rd General of The Salvation Army (b. 1864)

Deaths73 years ago

1953 - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, American author and academic (b. 1896)

Deaths67 years ago

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

Deaths64 years ago

1963 - Dinah Washington, American singer and pianist (b. 1924)

Deaths57 years ago

1964 - William Bendix, American actor (b. 1906)

Deaths56 years ago

1970 - Franz Schlegelberger, German judge and politician, German Reich Minister of Justice (b. 1876)

Deaths50 years ago

1971 - Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury, Bangladeshi linguist and scholar (b. 1926)

Deaths49 years ago

1971 - Munier Choudhury, Bangladeshi author, playwright, and critic (b. 1925)

Deaths49 years ago

1971 - Shahidullah Kaiser, Bangladeshi journalist and author (b. 1927)

Deaths49 years ago

1974 - Walter Lippmann, American journalist and author (b. 1889)

Deaths46 years ago

1975 - Arthur Treacher, English-American entertainer (b. 1894)

Deaths45 years ago

1978 - Salvador de Madariaga, Spanish historian and diplomat, co-founded the College of Europe (b. 1886)

Deaths42 years ago

1980 - Elston Howard, American baseball player and coach (b. 1929)

Deaths40 years ago

1984 - Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish poet and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1898)

Deaths36 years ago

1985 - Catherine Doherty, Russian-Canadian activist, founded the Madonna House Apostolate (b. 1896)

Deaths35 years ago

1985 - Roger Maris, American baseball player and coach (b. 1934)

Deaths35 years ago

1989 - Jock Mahoney, American actor and stuntman (b. 1919)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist and activist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1921)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss author and playwright (b. 1921)

Deaths30 years ago

1991 - Robert Eddison, Japanese-English actor (b. 1908)

Deaths29 years ago

1993 - Jeff Alm, American football player (b. 1968)

Deaths27 years ago

1993 - Myrna Loy, American actress (b. 1905)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Orval Faubus, American soldier and politician, 36th Governor of Arkansas (b. 1910)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - G. C. Edmondson, American soldier and author (b. 1922)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Gaston Miron, Canadian poet and author (b. 1928)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Stubby Kaye, American actor and comedian (b. 1918)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - Emily Cheney Neville, American author (b. 1919)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - Kurt Winter, Canadian guitarist and songwriter (b. 1946)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - Norman Fell, American actor and comedian (b. 1924)

Deaths22 years ago

1998 - A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., American lawyer, judge, and activist (b. 1928)

Deaths22 years ago

1998 - Annette Strauss, American philanthropist and politician, Mayor of Dallas (b. 1924)

Deaths22 years ago

2001 - W. G. Sebald, German novelist, essayist, and poet (b. 1944)

Deaths19 years ago

2003 - Jeanne Crain, American actress (b. 1925)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Blas Ople, Filipino journalist and politician, 21st President of the Senate of the Philippines (b. 1927)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Frank Sheeran, American union leader and mobster (b. 1920)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Rod Kanehl, American baseball player (b. 1934)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Fernando Poe Jr., Filipino actor, director, producer, and politician (b. 1939)

Deaths16 years ago

2006 - Anton Balasingham, Sri Lankan-English strategist and negotiator (b. 1938)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Ahmet Ertegün, Turkish-American composer and producer, co-founded Atlantic Records (b. 1923)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Mike Evans, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1949)

Deaths14 years ago

2009 - Alan A'Court, English footballer and manager (b. 1934)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Timothy Davlin, American politician, Mayor of Springfield (b. 1957)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Neva Patterson, American actress (b. 1920)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Dale Roberts, English footballer (b. 1986)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Joe Simon, American author and illustrator (b. 1913)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Billie Jo Spears, American singer-songwriter (b. 1937)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - John Graham, English general (b. 1923)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Edward Jones, American police officer and politician (b. 1950)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Victoria Leigh Soto, American educator (b. 1985)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Janet Dailey, American author (b. 1944)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - C. N. Karunakaran, Indian painter and illustrator (b. 1940)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Dennis Lindley, English statistician and academic (b. 1923)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Peter O'Toole, British-Irish actor (b. 1932)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - George Rodrigue, American painter (b. 1944)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Theo Colborn, American zoologist and academic (b. 1927)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Irene Dalis, American soprano and pianist (b. 1925)

Deaths6 years ago
Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Bess Myerson, American model, activist, game show panelist and television personality; Miss America 1945 (b. 1924)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Fred Thurston, American football player (b. 1933)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Terry Backer, American soldier and politician (b. 1954)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Glen Sonmor, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1929)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Vadym Tyshchenko, Ukrainian footballer and manager (b. 1963)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Lillian Vernon, German-American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Lillian Vernon Company (b. 1927)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Paulo Evaristo Arns, Brazilian cardinal (b. 1921)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Bernard Fox, Welsh actor (b. 1927)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Yu Kwang-chung, Chinese writer (b. 1928)

Deaths3 years ago

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