Holidays and observances

Day of Reconciliation, formerly celebrated as Day of the Vow by the Afrikaners (South Africa)

Holidays and observances

National Day, celebrates the withdrawal of United Kingdom from Bahrain, making Bahrain an independent emirate in 1971.

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

The beginning of the nine-day celebration beginning December 16 and ending December 24, celebrating the trials which Mary and Joseph endured before finding a place to stay where Jesus could be born (Hispanidad):The first day of Las Posadas (Mexico, Latin America)

Holidays and observances

The beginning of the nine-day celebration beginning December 16 and ending December 24, celebrating the trials which Mary and Joseph endured before finding a place to stay where Jesus could be born (Hispanidad):The first day of the Simbang Gabi novena of masses (Philippines)

Holidays and observances

Republic Day, celebrates the independence of Kazakhstan from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Events

714 - Pepin of Herstal, mayor of the Merovingian palace, dies at Jupille (modern Belgium). He is succeeded by his infant grandson Theudoald while his wife Plectrude holds actual power in the Frankish Kingdom.

Events

755 - An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Yanjing, initiating the An Lushan Rebellion during the Tang dynasty of China.

Events
Events589 years ago

1497 - Vasco da Gama passes the Great Fish River, where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.

Events523 years ago

1575 - An earthquake with an estimated of 8.5Mw  strikes Valdivia, Chile.

Events445 years ago

1598 - Seven-Year War: Battle of Noryang: The final battle of the Seven-Year War is fought between the China and the Korean allied forces and Japanese navies, resulting in a decisive allied forces victory.

Events422 years ago
Events367 years ago

1689 - Convention Parliament: The Declaration of Right is embodied in the Bill of Rights.

Events331 years ago

1761 - Seven Years' War: After a four-month siege, the Russians under Pyotr Rumyantsev take the Prussian fortress of Kołobrzeg.

Events259 years ago

1773 - American Revolution: Boston Tea Party: Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians dump hundreds of crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.

Events247 years ago

1777 - Virginia becomes the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation. /a>

Events243 years ago

1782 - British East India Company: Hada and Mada Miah lead the first anti-British uprising in the subcontinent against Robert Lindsay and his contingents in Sylhet Shahi Eidgah.

Events238 years ago

1811 - The first two in a series of four severe earthquakes occur in the vicinity of New Madrid, Missouri.

Events209 years ago

1826 - Benjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican-controlled Nacogdoches, Texas, and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia.

Events194 years ago

1838 - Great Trek: Battle of Blood River: Voortrekkers led by Andries Pretorius and Sarel Cilliers defeat Zulu impis, led by Dambuza (Nzobo) and Ndlela kaSompisi in what is today KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Events182 years ago

1843 - The discovery of octonions by John T. Graves, who denoted them with a boldface O, was announced to his mathematician friend William Hamilton, discoverer of quaternions, in a letter on this date.

Events177 years ago

1850 - The Charlotte Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand.

Events170 years ago
Events157 years ago

1864 - American Civil War: Battle of Nashville: Major General George Thomas's Union forces defeat Lieutenant General John Bell Hood's Confederate Army of Tennessee.

Events156 years ago

1880 - Outbreak of the First Boer War between the Boer South African Republic and the British Empire.

Events140 years ago

1882 - Wales and England contest the first Home Nations (now Six Nations) rugby union match.

Events138 years ago

1883 - Tonkin Campaign: French forces capture the Sơn Tây citadel.

Events137 years ago

1903 - Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel in Bombay first opens its doors to guests.

Events117 years ago

1907 - The American Great White Fleet begins its circumnavigation of the world.

Events113 years ago
Events108 years ago

1918 - Vincas Mickevičius-Kapsukas declares the formation of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic; it is dissolved in 1919.

Events102 years ago

1920 - The Haiyuan earthquake of 8.5Mw , rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000.

Events100 years ago

1922 - President of Poland Gabriel Narutowicz is assassinated by Eligiusz Niewiadomski at the Zachęta Gallery in Warsaw.

Events98 years ago

1930 - Bank robber Herman Lamm and members of his crew are killed by a 200-strong posse, following a botched bank robbery, in Clinton, Indiana.

Events90 years ago

1937 - Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.

Events83 years ago
Events82 years ago

1941 - World War II: Japanese forces occupy Miri, Sarawak.

Events79 years ago

1942 - The Holocaust: Schutzstaffel chief Heinrich Himmler orders that Roma candidates for extermination be deported to Auschwitz.

Events78 years ago

1944 - World War II: The Battle of the Bulge begins with the surprise offensive of three German armies through the Ardennes forest.

Events76 years ago
Events73 years ago

1950 - Korean War: In response to China's Second Phase Offensive, U.S. President Harry S. Truman declares a limited state of emergency.

Events70 years ago

1960 - A United Airlines Douglas DC-8 and a TWA Lockheed Super Constellation collide over Staten Island, New York and crash, killing all 128 people aboard both aircraft and six more on the ground.

Events60 years ago

1965 - Vietnam War: General William Westmoreland sends U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara a request for 243,000 more men by the end of 1966.

Events55 years ago
Events52 years ago

1971 - Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: The ceasefire of the Pakistan Army brings an end to both conflicts. This is commemorated annually as Victory Day in Bangladesh, and as Vijay Diwas in India.

Events49 years ago

1971 - The United Kingdom recognizes Bahrain's independence, which is commemorated annually as Bahrain's National Day.

Events49 years ago

1978 - Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first major American city to default on its financial obligations since the Great Depression.

Events42 years ago

1979 - Libya joins four other OPEC nations in raising crude oil prices, which has an immediate, dramatic effect on the United States.

Events41 years ago

1985 - Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti are shot dead on the orders of John Gotti, who assumes leadership of New York's Gambino crime family.

Events35 years ago

1989 - Romanian Revolution: Protests break out in Timișoara, Romania, in response to an attempt by the government to evict dissident Hungarian pastor László Tőkés.

Events31 years ago

1989 - U.S. Appeals Court Judge Robert Smith Vance is assassinated by a mail bomb sent by Walter Leroy Moody, Jr.

Events31 years ago

1991 - Kazakhstan declares independence from the Soviet Union.

Events29 years ago

2013 - A bus falls from an elevated highway in the Philippines capital Manila killing at least 18 people with 20 injured.

Events7 years ago

2014 - Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan militants attacked an Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing 145 people, mostly schoolchildren.

Events6 years ago

Births

1364 - Emperor Manuel III of Trebizond (d. 1417)

Births656 years ago

1485 - Catherine of Aragon, Spanish princess, later queen consort of England (d. 1536)

Births535 years ago

1534 - Hans Bol, Flemish artist (d. 1593)

Births486 years ago
Births438 years ago

1584 - John Selden, English jurist and scholar (d. 1654)

Births436 years ago

1585 - Livia della Rovere, Italian noble (d. 1641)

Births435 years ago

1605 - Jerome Weston, 2nd Earl of Portland, English diplomat (d. 1663)

Births415 years ago
Births406 years ago

1630 - Mary Somerset, Duchess of Beaufort, British botanist (d. 1715)

Births390 years ago

1714 - George Whitefield, English Anglican priest (d. 1770)

Births306 years ago

1716 - Louis Jules Mancini Mazarini, French poet and diplomat (d. 1798)

Births304 years ago

1717 - Elizabeth Carter, English poet and scholar (d. 1806)

Births303 years ago

1730 - Diego Silang, Filipino revolutionary leader (d. 1763)

Births290 years ago

1742 - Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, German field marshal (d. 1819)

Births278 years ago

1770 - Ludwig van Beethoven, composer (d. 1827)

Births250 years ago

1775 - Jane Austen, English novelist (d. 1817)

Births245 years ago

1775 - François-Adrien Boieldieu, French pianist and composer (d. 1834)

Births245 years ago

1776 - Johann Wilhelm Ritter, German chemist, physicist, and philosopher (d. 1810)

Births244 years ago

1778 - John Ordronaux, French-American soldier (d. 1841)

Births242 years ago

1787 - Mary Russell Mitford, English author and playwright (d. 1855)

Births233 years ago
Births230 years ago

1804 - Viktor Bunyakovsky, Russian mathematician and academic (d. 1889)

Births216 years ago

1812 - Stuart Donaldson, English-Australian politician, 1st Premier of New South Wales (d. 1867)

Births208 years ago

1834 - Léon Walras, French-Swiss economist and theorist (d. 1910)

Births186 years ago

1836 - Ernst von Bergmann, Latvian-German surgeon and academic (d. 1907)

Births184 years ago

1861 - Antonio de La Gándara, French painter and illustrator (d. 1917)

Births159 years ago

1863 - George Santayana, Spanish philosopher, novelist, and poet (d. 1952)

Births157 years ago

1865 - Olavo Bilac, Brazilian journalist and poet (d. 1918)

Births155 years ago

1866 - Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-French painter and theorist (d. 1944)

Births154 years ago

1867 - Amy Carmichael, Irish missionary and humanitarian (d. 1951)

Births153 years ago

1869 - Hristo Tatarchev, Bulgarian physician and activist, co-founded the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (d. 1952)

Births151 years ago

1869 - Bertha Lamme Feicht, American electrical engineer (d. 1943)

Births151 years ago

1872 - Anton Denikin, Russian general (d. 1947)

Births148 years ago

1882 - Jack Hobbs, English cricketer and journalist (d. 1963)

Births138 years ago

1882 - Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer, conductor, and musicologist (d. 1967)

Births138 years ago

1882 - Walther Meissner, German physicist and engineer (d. 1974)

Births138 years ago

1883 - Károly Kós, Hungarian-Romanian architect, ethnologist, and politician (d. 1977)

Births137 years ago

1883 - Max Linder, French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1925)

Births137 years ago

1884 - John Gunn, Australian politician, 29th Premier of South Australia (d. 1959)

Births136 years ago

1884 - Seibo Kitamura, Japanese sculptor (d. 1987)

Births136 years ago
Births132 years ago

1888 - Alphonse Juin, Algerian-French general (d. 1967)

Births132 years ago

1889 - Kim Chwa-chin, South Korean guerrilla leader (d. 1930)

Births131 years ago

1895 - Marie Hall Ets, American author and illustrator (d. 1984)

Births125 years ago

1896 - Anna Anderson, an imposter who claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia (d. 1984)

Births124 years ago

1899 - Noël Coward, English actor, playwright, and composer (d. 1973)

Births121 years ago

1900 - Lucille Lortel, American actress and producer (d. 1999)

Births120 years ago

1900 - V. S. Pritchett, British writer and literary critic (d. 1997)

Births120 years ago

1901 - Margaret Mead, American anthropologist and author (d. 1978)

Births119 years ago

1902 - Rafael Alberti, Spanish poet and playwright (d. 1999)

Births118 years ago

1903 - Hardie Albright, American actor (d. 1975)

Births117 years ago

1903 - Harold Whitlock, English race walker and coach (d. 1985)

Births117 years ago

1905 - Piet Hein, Danish mathematician, author, and poet (d. 1996)

Births115 years ago

1907 - Barbara Kent, Canadian-born American film actress (d. 2011)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Remedios Varo, Spanish-Mexican surrealist painter & anarchist (d. 1963)

Births112 years ago

1910 - Freddie Brown, Peruvian-English cricketer and sportscaster (d. 1991)

Births110 years ago

1913 - George Ignatieff, Russian-Canadian scholar and diplomat, 8th Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 1989)

Births107 years ago

1914 - O. Winston Link, American photographer (d. 2001)

Births106 years ago

1916 - Ruth Johnson Colvin, American author and educator, founded ProLiteracy Worldwide

Births104 years ago

1917 - Nabi Bux Khan Baloch, Pakistani author and scholar (d. 2011)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Pete T. Cenarrusa, American soldier, pilot, and politician, Secretary of State of Idaho (d. 2013)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Arthur C. Clarke, British science fiction writer (d. 2008)

Births103 years ago

1920 - Frederick Rotimi Williams, Nigerian lawyer and politician (d. 2005)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Eulalio González, Mexican singer-songwriter, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2003)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Cy Leslie, American record producer, founded Pickwick Records (d. 2008)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Menahem Pressler, German-American pianist

Births97 years ago

1923 - Ernst Florian Winter, Austrian-American historian and political scientist (d. 2014)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Nicolas Sidjakov, Latvian-American illustrator (d. 1993)

Births96 years ago

1926 - James McCracken, American tenor and actor (d. 1988)

Births94 years ago

1926 - A. N. R. Robinson, Trinidadian lawyer and politician, 3rd President of Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2014)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Jeffrey Stone, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2012)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Peter Dickinson, Rhodesian-English author and poet (d. 2015)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Randall Garrett, American author and poet (d. 1987)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Terry Carter, American actor, director, and producer

Births92 years ago

1928 - Philip K. Dick, American philosopher and author (d. 1982)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Nicholas Courtney, Egyptian-English actor (d. 2011)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Bill Brittain, American author (d. 2011)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Sam Most, American flute player and saxophonist (d. 2013)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Bill Young, American sergeant and politician (d. 2013)

Births90 years ago

1932 - Quentin Blake, English author and illustrator

Births88 years ago

1932 - Grace Alele-Williams, Nigerian mathematician and academic

Births88 years ago

1932 - Lin Zhao, Chinese dissident and Christian executed during the Cultural Revolution (d. 1968)

Births88 years ago

1936 - Morris Dees, American lawyer and activist, co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center

Births84 years ago

1937 - Joyce Bulifant, American actress

Births83 years ago

1937 - Edward Ruscha, American painter and photographer

Births83 years ago

1938 - Frank Deford, American journalist and author (d. 2017)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress, director, and screenwriter

Births82 years ago

1939 - Philip Langridge, English tenor (d. 2010)

Births81 years ago

1939 - Gordon Miller, English high jumper

Births81 years ago

1941 - Lesley Stahl, American journalist and actress

Births79 years ago

1941 - Roger Neil Wheeler, English general

Births79 years ago

1942 - Donald Carcieri, American educator and politician, 73rd Governor of Rhode Island

Births78 years ago

1943 - Steven Bochco, American television writer and producer (d. 2018)

Births77 years ago

1944 - Jeff Kanew, American director and screenwriter

Births76 years ago

1944 - Don Meyer, American basketball player and coach (d. 2014)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Patti Deutsch, American actress and comedian (d. 2017)

Births75 years ago

1945 - Tony Hicks, English singer and guitarist

Births75 years ago

1946 - Benny Andersson, Swedish singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

Births74 years ago

1946 - Charles Dennis, Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births74 years ago

1946 - Trevor Pinnock, English harpsichord player and conductor

Births74 years ago

1946 - Tom Stern, American cinematographer

Births74 years ago

1947 - Ben Cross, English actor

Births73 years ago

1947 - Vincent Matthews, American sprinter

Births73 years ago

1947 - Martyn Poliakoff, English chemist and academic

Births73 years ago

1949 - Billy Gibbons, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births71 years ago

1949 - Heather Hallett, English lawyer and judge

Births71 years ago

1950 - Claudia Cohen, American journalist (d. 2007)

Births70 years ago

1950 - Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist and manager (d. 2006)

Births70 years ago

1951 - Sally Emerson, English author and poet

Births69 years ago

1951 - Mike Flanagan, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2011)

Births69 years ago

1951 - Robben Ford, American guitarist and songwriter

Births69 years ago

1951 - Mark Heard, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1992)

Births69 years ago

1951 - Aykut Barka, Turkish scientist (d. 2002)

Births69 years ago

1952 - Joel Garner, Barbadian cricketer and manager

Births68 years ago

1952 - Francesco Graziani, Italian footballer and manager

Births68 years ago

1953 - Rebecca Forstadt, American voice actress and screenwriter

Births67 years ago

1955 - Xander Berkeley, American actor and producer

Births65 years ago

1955 - Carol Browner, American lawyer and environmentalist, 8th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Births65 years ago

1955 - Chiharu Matsuyama, Japanese singer-songwriter

Births65 years ago

1956 - Lizzy Mercier Descloux, French musician, singer-songwriter, composer, actress, writer and painter (d. 2004)

Births64 years ago

1957 - Antonio Vega, Spanish singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2009)

Births63 years ago

1958 - Bart Oates, American football player and lawyer

Births62 years ago

1959 - H. D. Kumaraswamy, Indian social worker and politician, 18th Chief Minister of Karnataka

Births61 years ago

1959 - Alexander Lebedev, Russian businessman and politician

Births61 years ago

1959 - Steve Mattsson, American author and illustrator

Births61 years ago

1960 - Pat Van Den Hauwe, Belgian footballer and manager

Births60 years ago

1961 - André Andersen, Russian-Danish keyboard player, songwriter, and producer

Births59 years ago

1961 - Shane Black, American actor, director, and screenwriter

Births59 years ago

1961 - Bill Hicks, American comedian and musician (d. 1994)

Births59 years ago

1961 - LaChanze, American actress, singer, and dancer

Births59 years ago

1961 - Jon Tenney, American actor and director

Births59 years ago

1962 - Maruschka Detmers, Dutch-French actress

Births58 years ago

1962 - William Perry, American football player and wrestler

Births58 years ago

1963 - Benjamin Bratt, American actor and producer

Births57 years ago

1963 - Cathy Johnston-Forbes, American golfer

Births57 years ago

1963 - James Mangold, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births57 years ago

1964 - Heike Drechsler, German sprinter and long jumper

Births56 years ago

1964 - John Kirwan, New Zealand rugby player and coach

Births56 years ago

1964 - Georgie Parker, Australian actress

Births56 years ago

1964 - Billy Ripken, American baseball player and sportscaster

Births56 years ago

1964 - Todd Glass, American comedian

Births56 years ago

1965 - Chris Jones, American baseball player and manager

Births55 years ago

1965 - Melanie Sloan, American lawyer and activist

Births55 years ago

1966 - Paul McGinley, Irish golfer

Births54 years ago

1966 - Clifford Robinson, American basketball player

Births54 years ago

1966 - Dennis Wise, English footballer and manager

Births54 years ago

1967 - Donovan Bailey, Canadian sprinter and sportscaster

Births53 years ago

1967 - Indrek Kaseorg, Estonian decathlete

Births53 years ago

1967 - Miranda Otto, Australian actress

Births53 years ago

1968 - Wendy Doolan, Australian golfer

Births52 years ago

1968 - Lalah Hathaway, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

Births52 years ago

1968 - Greg Kovacs, Canadian bodybuilder (d. 2013)

Births52 years ago

1969 - Simon Grayson, English footballer and manager

Births51 years ago

1969 - Adam Riess, American astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic Nobel Prize laureate

Births51 years ago

1969 - Michelle Smith, Irish swimmer

Births51 years ago

1969 - Dmitri Tymoczko, American composer and theorist

Births51 years ago

1969 - Craig White, English cricketer and coach

Births51 years ago

1969 - Kent Hehr, Canadian politician

Births51 years ago

1970 - Valerie Chow, Canadian-Hong Kong actress and publicist

Births50 years ago

1971 - Seyhan Kurt, French-Turkish poet and sociologist

Births49 years ago

1971 - Michael McCary, American R&B singer

Births49 years ago

1972 - Charles Gipson, American baseball player

Births48 years ago

1972 - Paul Leyden, Australian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

Births48 years ago

1972 - Travis Morrison, American singer-songwriter

Births48 years ago

1973 - Themba Mnguni, South African footballer

Births47 years ago

1973 - Scott Storch, American songwriter and producer, founded Storch Music Company

Births47 years ago

1975 - Valentin Bădoi, Romanian footballer and manager

Births45 years ago

1975 - Kaba Diawara, French-Guinean footballer

Births45 years ago

1975 - Benjamin Kowalewicz, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births45 years ago

1975 - Paul Maynard, English politician

Births45 years ago

1976 - Jen Golbeck, American computer scientist and academic

Births44 years ago

1977 - Éric Bélanger, Canadian ice hockey player

Births43 years ago

1977 - Sylvain Distin, French footballer

Births43 years ago

1978 - John Morris, Canadian curler and firefighter

Births42 years ago

1978 - Gunter Van Handenhoven, Belgian footballer and manager

Births42 years ago

1979 - Luke Harper, American wrestler

Births41 years ago

1979 - Trevor Immelman, South African golfer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Mihai Trăistariu, Romanian singer-songwriter

Births41 years ago

1979 - Jessie Ward, American wrestler and producer

Births41 years ago

1980 - Danish Kaneria, Pakistani cricketer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Krysten Ritter, American actress, musician, and model

Births39 years ago

1981 - Gareth Williams, Scottish footballer

Births39 years ago

1982 - Antrel Rolle, American football player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Anna Sedokova, Ukrainian singer, actress and television presenter

Births38 years ago

1982 - Stanislav Šesták, Slovak footballer

Births38 years ago

1983 - Kelenna Azubuike, American basketball player

Births37 years ago

1983 - Frankie Ballard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births37 years ago

1984 - Theo James, English actor

Births36 years ago

1985 - Stanislav Manolev, Bulgarian footballer

Births35 years ago

1985 - James Nash, English race car driver

Births35 years ago

1986 - Alcides Escobar, Venezuelan baseball player

Births34 years ago

1986 - Zoltán Kovács, Hungarian footballer (d. 2013)

Births34 years ago

1986 - Pärt Uusberg, Estonian actor, composer, and conductor.

Births34 years ago

1987 - Mame Biram Diouf, Senegalese footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Beau Dowler, Australian footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Hallee Hirsh, American actress

Births33 years ago

1988 - Mats Hummels, German footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Anna Popplewell, English actress

Births32 years ago

1989 - Mirei Kiritani, Japanese model, actress, and journalist

Births31 years ago

1991 - Craig Goodwin, Australian footballer

Births29 years ago

1992 - Ulrikke Eikeri, Norwegian tennis player

Births28 years ago

1992 - Anamul Haque, Bangladeshi cricketer

Births28 years ago

1992 - Moe Miura, Japanese model, actress, and singer

Births28 years ago

1992 - Pietro Perdichizzi, Belgian footballer

Births28 years ago

1992 - Tom Rogic, Australian footballer

Births28 years ago

1994 - Elliot Lee, English footballer

Births26 years ago

1994 - Nicola Murru, Italian footballer

Births26 years ago

1994 - José Rodríguez Martínez, Spanish footballer

Births26 years ago

1996 - Joel Adams, Australian pop/soul singer-songwriter

Births24 years ago

1997 - Zara Larsson, Swedish singer and songwriter

Births23 years ago

1998 - Mira Antonitsch, Austrian tennis player

Births22 years ago

Deaths

604 - Houzhu, emperor of the Chen dynasty (b. 553)

Deaths

705 - Wu Zetian, Empress of the Zhou dynasty (b. 624)

Deaths

714 - Pepin of Herstal, Frankish statesman (b. 635)

Deaths

867 - Eberhard of Friuli, Frankish duke (b. 815)

Deaths

874 - Ado, archbishop of Vienne

Deaths

882 - John VIII, pope of the Catholic Church

Deaths

902 - Wei Yifan, chancellor of the Tang dynasty

Deaths

999 - Adelaide of Italy, Holy Roman Empress (b. 931)

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Deaths867 years ago

1263 - Haakon IV, king of Norway (b. 1204)

Deaths757 years ago

1316 - Öljaitü, Mongolian ruler (b. 1280)

Deaths704 years ago

1325 - Charles, French nobleman (b. 1270)

Deaths695 years ago

1378 - Secondotto, marquess of Montferrat (b. 1360)

Deaths642 years ago

1379 - John FitzAlan, 1st Baron Arundel, English general and politician, Lord Marshall of England (b. 1348)

Deaths641 years ago

1470 - John II, duke of Lorraine (b. 1424)

Deaths550 years ago

1474 - Ali Qushji, Uzbek astronomer, mathematician, and physicist (b. 1403)

Deaths546 years ago

1515 - Afonso de Albuquerque, Portuguese admiral and politician, 3rd Viceroy of Portuguese India (b. 1453)

Deaths505 years ago

1558 - Thomas Cheney, English diplomat and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports

Deaths462 years ago

1583 - Ivan Fyodorov, Russian printer

Deaths437 years ago

1594 - Allison Balfour, Scottish witch

Deaths426 years ago

1598 - Yi Sun-sin, Korean general (b. 1545)

Deaths422 years ago

1669 - Nathaniel Fiennes, English soldier and politician (b. 1608)

Deaths351 years ago

1687 - William Petty, English economist and philosopher (b. 1623)

Deaths333 years ago
Deaths269 years ago

1774 - François Quesnay, French economist, physician, and philosopher (b. 1694)

Deaths246 years ago

1783 - Johann Adolph Hasse, German composer and educator (b. 1699)

Deaths237 years ago

1783 - Sir William James, 1st Baronet, Welsh-English commander and politician (b. 1720)

Deaths237 years ago

1805 - Saverio Cassar, Gozitan priest and rebel leader (b. 1746)

Deaths215 years ago

1809 - Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, French chemist and entomologist (b. 1755)

Deaths211 years ago

1859 - Wilhelm Grimm, German anthropologist and author (b. 1786)

Deaths161 years ago

1892 - Henry Yesler, American businessman and politician, 7th Mayor of Seattle (b. 1810)

Deaths128 years ago

1897 - Alphonse Daudet, French author, poet, and playwright (b. 1840)

Deaths123 years ago

1898 - Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and art collector (b. 1832)

Deaths122 years ago

1908 - American Horse, American tribal leader and educator (b. 1840)

Deaths112 years ago

1917 - Frank Gotch, American wrestler (b. 1878)

Deaths103 years ago

1921 - Camille Saint-Saëns, French pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1835)

Deaths99 years ago

1922 - Gabriel Narutowicz, Lithuanian–Polish engineer and politician, 1st President of the Republic of Poland (b. 1865)

Deaths98 years ago

1928 - Elinor Wylie, American poet and author (b. 1885)

Deaths92 years ago

1935 - Thelma Todd, American actress and comedian (b. 1905)

Deaths85 years ago

1936 - Frank Eugene, American-German photographer and educator (b. 1865)

Deaths84 years ago

1940 - Eugène Dubois, Dutch paleoanthropologist (b. 1858)

Deaths80 years ago

1940 - Billy Hamilton, American baseball player and manager (b. 1866)

Deaths80 years ago

1943 - George Bambridge, English diplomat (b. 1892)

Deaths77 years ago

1944 - Betsie ten Boom, Dutch Holocaust victim (b. 1885)

Deaths76 years ago

1945 - Giovanni Agnelli, Italian businessman, founded Fiat (b. 1866)

Deaths75 years ago

1945 - Fumimaro Konoe, Japanese lawyer and politician, 23rd Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1891)

Deaths75 years ago

1949 - Sidney Olcott, Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1873)

Deaths71 years ago

1952 - Robert Henry Best, American journalist (b. 1896)

Deaths68 years ago

1956 - Nina Hamnett, Welsh painter and author (b. 1890)

Deaths64 years ago

1961 - Hans Rebane, Estonian journalist and politician, 8th Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1882)

Deaths59 years ago

1965 - W. Somerset Maugham, British playwright, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1874)

Deaths55 years ago

1968 - Futabayama Sadaji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 35th Yokozuna (b. 1912)

Deaths52 years ago

1968 - Muhammad Suheimat, Jordanian general and politician (b. 1916)

Deaths52 years ago

1969 - Alphonse Castex, French rugby union player (b. 1899)

Deaths51 years ago

1969 - Soe Hok Gie, Indonesian activist and academic (b. 1942)

Deaths51 years ago

1970 - Oscar Lewis, American anthropologist of Latin America (b. 1914)

Deaths50 years ago

1974 - Kostas Varnalis, Greek poet and playwright (b. 1884)

Deaths46 years ago

1976 - Réal Caouette, Canadian journalist and politician (b. 1917)

Deaths44 years ago

1977 - Risto Jarva, Finnish director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1934)

Deaths43 years ago

1980 - Colonel Sanders, American businessman, founded KFC (b. 1890)

Deaths40 years ago

1980 - Hellmuth Walter, German-American engineer (b. 1900)

Deaths40 years ago

1982 - Colin Chapman, English engineer and businessman, founded Lotus Cars (b. 1928)

Deaths38 years ago

1983 - Debs Garms, American baseball player (b. 1907)

Deaths37 years ago

1984 - Karl Deichgräber, German philologist and academic (b. 1903)

Deaths36 years ago

1985 - Thomas Bilotti, American mobster (b. 1940)

Deaths35 years ago

1985 - Paul Castellano, American mobster (b. 1915)

Deaths35 years ago

1989 - Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentinian race car driver (b. 1913)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Silvana Mangano, Italian actress (b. 1930)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Aileen Pringle, American actress (b. 1895)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Lee Van Cleef, American actor (b. 1925)

Deaths31 years ago

1991 - Eszter Tamási, Hungarian actress and journalist (b. 1938)

Deaths29 years ago

1993 - Moses Gunn, American actor (b. 1929)

Deaths27 years ago

1993 - Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese soldier and politician, 64th Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1918)

Deaths27 years ago

1996 - Quentin Bell, English historian and author (b. 1910)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Lillian Disney, American illustrator and philanthropist (b. 1899)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - William Gaddis, American author and academic (b. 1922)

Deaths22 years ago

2001 - Stuart Adamson, English-Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1958)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Stefan Heym, German-American soldier and author (b. 1913)

Deaths19 years ago

2003 - Robert Stanfield, Canadian economist, lawyer, and politician, 17th Premier of Nova Scotia (b. 1914)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Gary Stewart, American singer-songwriter (b. 1945)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (b. 1933)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Deyda Hydara, Gambian journalist, co-founded The Point (b. 1946)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Agnes Martin, American painter and educator (b. 1912)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Kenneth Bulmer, English author (b. 1921)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Ed Hansen, American director and screenwriter (b. 1937)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - John Spencer, American actor (b. 1946)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Don Jardine, Canadian wrestler and trainer (b. 1940)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Taliep Petersen, South African singer-songwriter and director (b. 1950)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Pnina Salzman, Israeli pianist and educator (b. 1922)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Stanford J. Shaw, American historian and academic (b. 1930)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Dan Fogelberg, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1951)

Deaths13 years ago

2009 - Roy E. Disney, American businessman (b. 1930)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Yegor Gaidar, Russian economist and politician, Prime Minister of Russia (b. 1956)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, South African physician and politician, 22nd South African Minister of Health (b. 1940)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Melvin E. Biddle, American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1923)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Ayinde Barrister, Nigerian fuji musician (b. 1948)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Robert Easton, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1930)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Nicol Williamson, Scottish actor (b. 1938)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Elwood V. Jensen, American biologist and academic (b. 1920)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Jake Adam York, American poet and academic (b. 1972)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - James Flint, English commander (b. 1913)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Ray Price, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1926)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Marta Russell, American journalist, author, and activist (b. 1951)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Martin Brasier, English paleontologist, biologist, and academic (b. 1947)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Tim Cochran, American mathematician and academic (b. 1955)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Peter Dickinson, Rhodesian-English author and poet (b. 1927)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Lizmark, Mexican wrestler (b. 1950)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - George Earl Ortman, American painter and sculptor (b. 1926)

Deaths5 years ago

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