Holidays and observances

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Holidays and observances

Festivus, a parody holiday made popular by the sitcom Seinfeld

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HumanLight (Secular humanism in United States)

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Christian Feast Day

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Thorlac Thorhallsson, patron saint of Iceland; The last day of preparations before Christmas.

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Events

484 - The Arian Vandal Kingdom ceases its persecution of Nicene Christianity.

Events
Events

583 - Maya queen Yohl Ik'nal is crowned ruler of Palenque.

Events

962 - Arab–Byzantine wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops storm the city of Aleppo.

Events

1572 - Theologian Johann Sylvan is executed in Heidelberg for his heretical Antitrinitarian beliefs.

Events448 years ago

1688 - As part of the Glorious Revolution, King James II of England flees from England to Paris, France after being deposed in favor of his nephew, William of Orange and his daughter Mary.

Events332 years ago

1793 - The Battle of Savenay: A decisive defeat of the royalist counter-revolutionaries in War in the Vendée during the French Revolution.

Events227 years ago

1815 - The novel Emma by Jane Austen is first published.

Events205 years ago

1876 - First day of the Constantinople Conference which resulted in agreement for political reforms in the Balkans.

Events144 years ago

1893 - The opera Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed.

Events127 years ago

1913 - The Federal Reserve Act is signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve System.

Events107 years ago

1914 - World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.

Events106 years ago

1916 - World War I: Battle of Magdhaba: Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in the Sinai Peninsula.

Events104 years ago

1919 - Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 becomes law in the United Kingdom.

Events101 years ago

1936 - Colombia becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.

Events84 years ago

1941 - World War II: After 15 days of fighting, the Imperial Japanese Army occupies Wake Island.

Events79 years ago

1947 - The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.

Events73 years ago

1948 - Seven Japanese military and political leaders convicted of war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East are executed by Allied occupation authorities at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo, Japan.

Events72 years ago

1954 - First successful kidney transplant is performed by J. Hartwell Harrison and Joseph Murray.

Events66 years ago

1968 - The 82 sailors from the USS Pueblo are released after eleven months of internment in North Korea.

Events52 years ago

1970 - The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York, New York is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.

Events50 years ago

1970 - The Democratic Republic of the Congo officially becomes a one-party state.

Events50 years ago

1972 - A 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes the Nicaraguan capital of Managua killing more than 10,000.

Events48 years ago

1972 - The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued after 73 days, surviving by cannibalism.

Events48 years ago

1979 - Soviet–Afghan War: Soviet Union forces occupy Kabul, the Afghan capital.

Events41 years ago

1984 - After experiencing an engine fire, Aeroflot Flight 3519 attempts to make an emergency landing at Krasnoyarsk International Airport but crashes, killing 110 of the 111 people on board.

Events36 years ago

1986 - Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California becoming the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world without aerial or ground refueling.

Events34 years ago

1990 - History of Slovenia: In a referendum, 88.5% of Slovenia's overall electorate vote for independence from Yugoslavia.

Events30 years ago

2002 - A U.S. MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25 in the first combat engagement between a drone and conventional aircraft.

Events18 years ago

2003 - PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai County, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.

Events17 years ago

2007 - An agreement is made for the Kingdom of Nepal to be abolished and the country to become a federal republic with the Prime Minister becoming head of state.

Events13 years ago

2015 - A bomb explodes at Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport, killing one airport cleaner. The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks claim responsibility for the attack four days later.

Events5 years ago

Births

968 - Zhen Zong, emperor of the Song Dynasty (d. 1022)

Births

1173 - Louis I, duke of Bavaria (d. 1231)

Births847 years ago

1513 - Thomas Smith, English scholar and diplomat (d. 1577)

Births507 years ago

1525 - John Albert I, duke of Mecklenburg (d. 1576)

Births495 years ago

1573 - Giovanni Battista Crespi, Italian painter, sculptor and architect (d. 1632)

Births447 years ago

1582 - Severo Bonini, Italian organist and composer (d. 1663)

Births438 years ago

1544 - Anna of Saxony, only child and heiress of Maurice, Elector of Saxony (d. 1577)

Births476 years ago

1597 - Martin Opitz, German poet and composer (d. 1639)

Births423 years ago

1605 - Tianqi Emperor, Chinese emperor (d. 1627)

Births415 years ago

1613 - Carl Gustaf Wrangel, Swedish field marshal and politician, Lord High Constable of Sweden (d. 1676)

Births407 years ago

1621 - Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham, English lawyer and politician, Lord Chancellor of England (d. 1682)

Births399 years ago

1621 - Edmund Berry Godfrey, English lawyer and judge (d. 1678)

Births399 years ago

1689 - Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, French composer (d. 1755)

Births331 years ago

1690 - Pamheiba, Indian emperor (d. 1751)

Births330 years ago

1713 - Maruyama Gondazaemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 3rd Yokozuna (d. 1749)

Births307 years ago

1732 - Richard Arkwright, English businessman and inventor, invented the Water frame and Spinning frame (d. 1792)

Births288 years ago

1745 - John Jay, American jurist and politician, 1st Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1829)

Births275 years ago
Births270 years ago

1758 - Nathan Wilson, American soldier and politician (d. 1834)

Births262 years ago

1766 - Wilhelm Hisinger, Swedish physicist and chemist (d. 1852)

Births254 years ago
Births243 years ago

1790 - Jean-François Champollion, French philologist, orientalist, and scholar (d. 1832)

Births230 years ago

1793 - Dost Mohammad Khan, emir of Afghanistan (d. 1863)

Births227 years ago

1804 - Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, French author, critic, and academic (d. 1869)

Births216 years ago

1805 - Joseph Smith, American religious leader, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement (d. 1844)

Births215 years ago

1807 - Anthony Mary Claret, Spanish Roman Catholic archbishop and missionary (d. 1870)

Births213 years ago

1810 - Edward Blyth, English zoologist (d. 1873)

Births210 years ago

1810 - Karl Richard Lepsius, German Egyptologist (d. 1884)

Births210 years ago

1812 - Samuel Smiles, Scottish-English author (d. 1904)

Births208 years ago

1812 - Henri-Alexandre Wallon, French historian and statesman (d. 1904)

Births208 years ago

1819 - Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate, Dutch pastor and poet (d. 1889)

Births201 years ago

1822 - Wilhelm Bauer, German engineer (d. 1875)

Births198 years ago

1828 - Mathilde Wesendonck, German poet and author (d. 1902)

Births192 years ago

1839 - János Murkovics, Slovene-Hungarian author and educator (d. 1917)

Births181 years ago

1843 - Richard Conner, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1924)

Births177 years ago

1854 - Henry B. Guppy, English botanist and author (d. 1926)

Births166 years ago

1867 - Madam C. J. Walker, American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company (d. 1919)

Births153 years ago

1870 - John Marin, American architect and painter (d. 1953)

Births150 years ago

1878 - Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-American engineer and academic (d. 1972)

Births142 years ago

1885 - Pierre Brissaud, French illustrator, painter, and engraver (d. 1964)

Births135 years ago

1894 - Arthur Gilligan, English cricketer (d. 1976)

Births126 years ago

1895 - Nola Luxford, New Zealand-American actress and broadcaster (d. 1994)

Births125 years ago

1896 - Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Italian lieutenant and author (d. 1957)

Births124 years ago

1900 - Merle Barwis, American-Canadian supercentenarian (d. 2014)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Marie Bell, French actress and stage director (d. 1985)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Otto Soglow, American cartoonist (d. 1975)

Births120 years ago

1902 - Norman Maclean, American author and academic (d. 1990)

Births118 years ago

1902 - Charan Singh, Indian lawyer and politician, 5th Prime Minister of India (d. 1987)

Births118 years ago

1907 - Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean author and poet (d. 2005)

Births113 years ago

1907 - James Roosevelt, American general and politician (d. 1991)

Births113 years ago

1907 - Avraham Stern, Polish Zionist leader (d. 1942)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Yousuf Karsh, Armenian-Canadian photographer (d. 2002)

Births112 years ago

1910 - Kurt Meyer, German general (d. 1961)

Births110 years ago

1911 - James Gregory, American actor (d. 2002)

Births109 years ago

1911 - Niels Kaj Jerne, English-Danish physician and immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1994)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Anna J. Harrison, American organic chemist and academic (d. 1998)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Woodrow Borah, American historian of Spanish America (d. 1999)

Births108 years ago

1916 - Dino Risi, Italian director and screenwriter (d. 2008)

Births104 years ago

1918 - José Greco, Italian-American dancer and choreographer (d. 2000)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Helmut Schmidt, German soldier, economist, and politician, 5th Chancellor of Germany (d. 2015)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Kenneth M. Taylor, American general and pilot (d. 2006)

Births101 years ago

1921 - Guy Beaulne, Canadian actor and director (d. 2001)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Micheline Ostermeyer, French discus thrower, shot putter, and pianist (d. 2001)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Onofre Marimón, Argentinian race car driver (d. 1954)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Günther Schifter, Austrian journalist and radio host (d. 2008)

Births97 years ago

1923 - James Stockdale, American admiral and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2005)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Bob Kurland, American basketball player and politician (d. 2013)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Duncan Hallas, English author and politician (d. 2002)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Rayner Unwin, English publisher (d. 2000)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Robert Bly, American poet and essayist

Births94 years ago

1926 - Harold Dorman, American rock & roll singer-songwriter (d. 1988)

Births94 years ago

1929 - Chet Baker, American jazz trumpet player, flugelhorn player, and singer (d. 1988)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Dick Weber, American professional bowler (d. 2005)

Births91 years ago

1932 - Richard Clark Barkley, American soldier, academic, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to East Germany (d. 2015)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Akihito, Japanese emperor

Births87 years ago

1933 - Noella Leduc, American baseball player (d. 2014)

Births87 years ago

1935 - Paul Hornung, American football player and sportscaster

Births85 years ago

1935 - Johnny Kidd, English rock & roll singer-songwriter (d. 1966)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Abdul Ghani Minhat, Malaysian footballer and manager (d. 2012)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Esther Phillips, American R&B singer (d. 1984)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Bobby Ross, American football player and coach

Births84 years ago

1936 - Willie Wood, American football player

Births84 years ago

1937 - Barney Rosenzweig, American screenwriter and producer

Births83 years ago

1937 - Nelson Shanks, American painter, historian, and educator (d. 2015)

Births83 years ago

1938 - Bob Kahn, American computer scientist and engineer, co-developed the Transmission Control Protocol

Births82 years ago

1939 - Nancy Graves, American sculptor and painter (d. 1995)

Births81 years ago

1940 - Mamnoon Hussain, Pakistani businessman and politician, 12th President of Pakistan

Births80 years ago

1940 - Jorma Kaukonen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births80 years ago

1940 - Robert Labine, Canadian politician

Births80 years ago

1940 - Kevin Longbottom, Australian rugby league player (d. 1986)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Eugene Record, American soul singer-songwriter (d. 2005)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Peter Davis, English businessman

Births79 years ago

1941 - Tim Hardin, American folk singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1980)

Births79 years ago

1942 - Quentin Bryce, Australian lawyer and politician, 25th Governor-General of Australia

Births78 years ago

1943 - Ron Allen, American baseball player

Births77 years ago

1943 - Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov, Russian-French mathematician and academic

Births77 years ago

1943 - Harry Shearer, American actor, voice artist, and comedian

Births77 years ago
Births77 years ago

1944 - Wesley Clark, American general

Births76 years ago

1945 - Adly Mansour, Egyptian lawyer, judge, and politician, President of Egypt

Births75 years ago

1945 - Geoffrey Wheatcroft, English journalist and author

Births75 years ago

1946 - Robbie Dupree, American singer-songwriter

Births74 years ago

1946 - Edita Gruberová, Slovak soprano and actress

Births74 years ago

1946 - Susan Lucci, American actress

Births74 years ago

1946 - John Sullivan, English screenwriter, producer, and composer (d. 2011)

Births74 years ago

1947 - Bill Rodgers, American runner

Births73 years ago
Births72 years ago

1948 - Jim Ferguson, American guitarist, composer, and journalist

Births72 years ago

1948 - Jack Ham, American football player and sportscaster

Births72 years ago

1948 - Rick Wohlhuter, American runner

Births72 years ago

1949 - Adrian Belew, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births71 years ago

1949 - Reinhold Weege, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2012)

Births71 years ago

1950 - Michael C. Burgess, American obstetrician and politician

Births70 years ago

1950 - Richard Dannatt, Baron Dannatt, English general

Births70 years ago

1950 - Vicente del Bosque, Spanish footballer and manager

Births70 years ago

1950 - Ilchi Lee, South Korean author and educator

Births70 years ago

1951 - Anthony Phillips, English guitarist and songwriter

Births69 years ago

1952 - William Kristol, American journalist, publisher, and political activist/pundit

Births68 years ago

1953 - Andres Alver, Estonian architect and academic

Births67 years ago

1953 - Gerrit W. Gong, American religious leader and academic

Births67 years ago

1954 - Raivo Järvi, Estonian radio host and politician (d. 2012)

Births66 years ago

1955 - Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet and playwright

Births65 years ago

1955 - Grace Knight, English-Australian singer-songwriter

Births65 years ago

1956 - Michele Alboreto, Italian race car driver (d. 2001)

Births64 years ago

1956 - Dave Murray, English guitarist and songwriter

Births64 years ago

1957 - Dan Bigras, Canadian singer-songwriter

Births63 years ago

1957 - Peter Wynn, Australian rugby league player and businessman

Births63 years ago

1958 - Joan Severance, American actress

Births62 years ago

1958 - Victoria Williams, American singer-songwriter

Births62 years ago

1961 - Ezzat el Kamhawi, Egyptian journalist and author

Births59 years ago

1961 - Ketan J. Patel, Kenyan-English biologist and academic

Births59 years ago

1961 - Carol Smillie, Scottish model and actress

Births59 years ago

1961 - Lorna Tolentino, Filipino actress and producer

Births59 years ago

1962 - Bertrand Gachot, Belgian race car driver

Births58 years ago

1962 - Stefan Hell, Romanian-German physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate

Births58 years ago

1962 - Kang Je-gyu, South Korean director, producer, and screenwriter

Births58 years ago

1962 - Keiji Mutoh, Japanese wrestler and actor

Births58 years ago

1963 - Jim Harbaugh, American football player and coach

Births57 years ago

1963 - Jess Harnell, American singer-songwriter

Births57 years ago

1963 - Donna Tartt, American author

Births57 years ago

1963 - Ante Zelck, German businessman

Births57 years ago

1964 - Eddie Vedder, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births56 years ago

1966 - Badi Assad, Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births54 years ago

1967 - Carla Bruni, Italian-French singer-songwriter and model

Births53 years ago

1967 - Tim Fountain, English author and playwright

Births53 years ago

1967 - Otis Grant, Jamaican-Canadian boxer, coach, and manager

Births53 years ago

1968 - Karyn Bryant, American journalist, actress, producer, and screenwriter

Births52 years ago

1968 - Barry Kooser, American painter and animator

Births52 years ago

1968 - Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, Puerto Rican-American photographer

Births52 years ago

1968 - René Tretschok, German footballer and manager

Births52 years ago

1969 - Greg Biffle, American race car driver

Births51 years ago

1969 - Martha Byrne, American actress and singer

Births51 years ago

1969 - Rob Pelinka, American sports agent

Births51 years ago

1969 - Rodney Culver, American football player (d. 1996)

Births51 years ago

1970 - Catriona LeMay Doan, Canadian speed skater and sportscaster

Births50 years ago

1970 - Raymont Harris, American football player

Births50 years ago

1970 - Karine Polwart, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births50 years ago

1971 - Chris Cook, American race car driver

Births49 years ago

1971 - Corey Haim, Canadian actor (d. 2010)

Births49 years ago

1971 - Jo Johnson, English banker, journalist, and politician

Births49 years ago

1971 - Michalis Klokidis, Greek footballer

Births49 years ago

1971 - Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, English model, actress, and author (d. 2017)

Births49 years ago

1971 - Wim Vansevenant, Belgian cyclist

Births49 years ago

1971 - Masayoshi Yamazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter

Births49 years ago

1972 - Christian Potenza, Canadian actor, voice actor and singer

Births48 years ago

1972 - Morgan, Italian singer-songwriter and composer

Births48 years ago

1974 - Agustín Delgado, Ecuadorian footballer and politician

Births46 years ago

1974 - Mieszko Talarczyk, Polish-Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2004)

Births46 years ago

1975 - Vadim Sharifijanov, Russian ice hockey player

Births45 years ago

1975 - Lady Starlight, American singer-songwriter

Births45 years ago

1976 - Joanna Hayes, American hurdler and coach

Births44 years ago

1976 - Brad Lidge, American baseball player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Dimitris Mavrogenidis, Uzbek-Greek footballer and manager

Births44 years ago

1976 - Jamie Noble, American wrestler and producer

Births44 years ago

1977 - Matt Baker, English television presenter

Births43 years ago

1977 - Alge Crumpler, American football player

Births43 years ago

1977 - Tore Johansen, Norwegian trumpeter and composer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Jari Mäenpää, Finnish singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births43 years ago

1977 - Paul Shirley, American basketball player and blogger

Births43 years ago

1978 - Esthero, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and producer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Andra Davis, American football player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Víctor Martínez, Venezuelan baseball player

Births42 years ago

1978 - Estella Warren, Canadian swimmer, model, and actress

Births42 years ago

1979 - Abraham Chebii, Kenyan runner

Births41 years ago

1979 - Scott Gomez, American ice hockey player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Megan Mayhew Bergman, American author and educator

Births41 years ago

1979 - Kenny Miller, Scottish footballer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Yukifumi Murakami, Japanese javelin thrower

Births41 years ago

1980 - Cody Ross, American baseball player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Maritza Correia, Puerto Rican-American swimmer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Yuriorkis Gamboa, Cuban boxer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Hiro Fujiwara, Japanese manga artist

Births39 years ago

1981 - Agnes Milowka, Polish-Australian diver, explorer, photographer, and author (d. 2011)

Births39 years ago

1981 - Mario Santana, Argentinian footballer

Births39 years ago

1982 - Brad Nelson, American baseball player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Thomas Rohregger, Austrian cyclist

Births38 years ago

1983 - Michael Chopra, English footballer

Births37 years ago

1983 - Lisa Dobriskey, English runner

Births37 years ago

1983 - Hanley Ramírez, Dominican baseball player

Births37 years ago

1984 - Dudu Aharon, Israeli singer-songwriter

Births36 years ago

1984 - Josh Satin, American baseball player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Sebastian Werle, German rugby player

Births36 years ago

1985 - Harry Judd, English drummer and songwriter

Births35 years ago

1986 - Thomas Bourgin, French motorcycle racer (d. 2013)

Births34 years ago

1986 - Beau Champion, Australian rugby league player

Births34 years ago

1986 - Balázs Dzsudzsák, Hungarian footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - T. J. Oshie, American ice hockey player

Births34 years ago

1987 - Tommaso Bellazzini, Italian footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Owen Franks, New Zealand rugby player

Births33 years ago
Births32 years ago

1989 - Liis Koger, Estonian painter and poet

Births31 years ago

1992 - Jeff Schlupp, German footballer

Births28 years ago

1996 - Bartosz Kapustka, Polish footballer

Births24 years ago

2002 - Finn Wolfhard, Canadian actor and musician

Births18 years ago

Deaths

423 - Ming Yuan Di, ruler of Northern Wei (b. 392)

Deaths

484 - Huneric, Vandal king

Deaths

668 - Mor Gabriel, Turkish bishop and saint (b. 594)

Deaths

679 - Dagobert II, Frankish king (probable; b. 650)

Deaths

761 - Gaubald, Frankish bishop (b. 700)

Deaths

889 - Solomon II, bishop of Constance

Deaths

910 - Naum of Preslav, Bulgarian missionary and scholar

Deaths

918 - Conrad I, king of East Francia (b. 890)

Deaths

940 - Ar-Radi, Abbasid caliph (b. 909)

Deaths

1172 - Ugo Ventimiglia, Italian cardinal

Deaths848 years ago

1193 - Thorlak, patron saint of Iceland (b. 1133)

Deaths827 years ago

1230 - Berengaria of Navarre, queen of England (b. 1165)

Deaths790 years ago

1304 - Matilda of Habsburg, duchess regent of Bavaria (b. 1253)

Deaths716 years ago
Deaths637 years ago

1384 - Thomas Preljubović, ruler of Epirus

Deaths636 years ago

1392 - Isabella of Castile, duchess of York (b. 1355)

Deaths628 years ago

1556 - Nicholas Udall, English cleric, playwright, and educator (b. 1504)

Deaths464 years ago

1568 - Roger Ascham, English scholar and academic (b. 1515)

Deaths452 years ago

1575 - Akiyama Nobutomo, Japanese samurai (b. 1531)

Deaths445 years ago

1588 - Henry I, duke of Guise (b. 1550)

Deaths432 years ago

1631 - Michael Drayton, English poet and playwright (b. 1563)

Deaths389 years ago

1646 - François Maynard, French poet and academic (b. 1582)

Deaths374 years ago

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

Deaths368 years ago

1675 - Caesar, duc de Choiseul, French general and diplomat (b. 1602)

Deaths345 years ago

1722 - Pierre Varignon, French mathematician and academic (b. 1654)

Deaths298 years ago

1761 - Alastair Ruadh MacDonnell, Scottish spy (b. 1725)

Deaths259 years ago

1763 - Antoine François Prévost, French novelist and translator (b. 1697)

Deaths257 years ago

1771 - Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, Canadian nun and saint, founded Grey Nuns (b. 1701)

Deaths249 years ago

1779 - Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, English admiral and politician, Chief Secretary for Ireland (b. 1724)

Deaths241 years ago

1789 - Charles-Michel de l'Épée, French priest and educator (b. 1712)

Deaths231 years ago

1795 - Henry Clinton, English general and politician (b. 1730)

Deaths225 years ago

1805 - Pehr Osbeck, Swedish explorer and author (b. 1723)

Deaths215 years ago

1834 - Thomas Robert Malthus, English economist and demographer (b. 1766)

Deaths186 years ago

1884 - John Chisum, American businessman and poker player (b. 1824)

Deaths136 years ago

1889 - Constance Naden, English poet and philosopher (b. 1858)

Deaths131 years ago

1902 - Frederick Temple, English archbishop and academic (b. 1821)

Deaths118 years ago

1906 - Mdungazwe Ngungunyane Nxumalo, last emperor of the Gaza Empire (b. c.1850)

Deaths114 years ago

1912 - Otto Schoetensack, German anthropologist and academic (b. 1850)

Deaths108 years ago

1926 - Swami Shraddhanand, Indian monk, missionary, and educator (b. 1856)

Deaths94 years ago

1930 - Mustafa Fehmi Kubilay, Turkish lieutenant and educator (b. 1906)

Deaths90 years ago

1931 - Wilson Bentley, American meteorologist and photographer (b. 1865)

Deaths89 years ago

1939 - Anthony Fokker, Indonesia-born Dutch pilot and engineer, designed the Fokker Dr.I and Fokker D.VII (b. 1890)

Deaths81 years ago

1946 - John A. Sampson, American gynecologist and academic (b. 1873)

Deaths74 years ago

1948 - Akira Mutō, Japanese general (b. 1883)

Deaths72 years ago

1948 - Hideki Tojo, Japanese general and politician, 40th Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1884)

Deaths72 years ago

1948 - Seishirō Itagaki, Japanese general (b. 1885)

Deaths72 years ago

1948 - Heitarō Kimura, Japanese general (b. 1888)

Deaths72 years ago

1948 - Iwane Matsui, Japanese general (b. 1878)

Deaths72 years ago

1948 - Kenji Doihara, Japanese general (b. 1883)

Deaths72 years ago

1948 - Kōki Hirota, Japanese diplomat and politician, 32nd Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1878)

Deaths72 years ago

1950 - Vincenzo Tommasini, Italian composer (b. 1878)

Deaths70 years ago

1953 - Lavrentiy Beria, Georgian-Russian general and politician, Russian Minister of Internal Affairs (b. 1899)

Deaths67 years ago

1954 - René Iché, French soldier and sculptor (b. 1897)

Deaths66 years ago

1961 - Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, American author (b. 1875)

Deaths59 years ago

1961 - Kurt Meyer, German general (b. 1910)

Deaths59 years ago

1970 - Charles Ruggles, American actor (b. 1886)

Deaths50 years ago

1970 - Aleksander Warma, Estonian lieutenant and politician, Prime Minister of Estonia in exile (b. 1890)

Deaths50 years ago

1972 - Andrei Tupolev, Russian engineer, designed the Tupolev Tu-95 and Tupolev Tu-104 (b. 1888)

Deaths48 years ago

1973 - Charles Atlas, Italian-American bodybuilder and model (b. 1892)

Deaths47 years ago

1973 - Irna Phillips, American screenwriter, created Guiding Light and As the World Turns (b. 1901)

Deaths47 years ago

1979 - Peggy Guggenheim, American-Italian art collector (b. 1898)

Deaths41 years ago

1982 - Jack Webb, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1920)

Deaths38 years ago

1983 - Colin Middleton, Irish painter and illustrator (b. 1910)

Deaths37 years ago

1984 - Joan Lindsay, Australian author and playwright (b. 1896)

Deaths36 years ago

1992 - Vincent Fourcade, French interior designer (b. 1934)

Deaths28 years ago

1994 - Sebastian Shaw, English actor, director, and playwright (b. 1905)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Patric Knowles, English actor (b. 1911)

Deaths25 years ago

1998 - Joe Orlando, Italian-American author and illustrator (b. 1927)

Deaths22 years ago

2000 - Billy Barty, American actor (b. 1924)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Victor Borge, Danish-American comedian, pianist, and conductor (b. 1909)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Bola Ige, Nigerian lawyer and politician, 3rd Governor of Oyo State (b. 1930)

Deaths19 years ago

2004 - P. V. Narasimha Rao, Indian lawyer and politician, 9th Prime Minister of India (b. 1921)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Lajos Baróti, Hungarian footballer and manager (b. 1914)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Charlie Drake, English actor (b. 1925)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Timothy J. Tobias, American pianist and composer (b. 1952)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Johnny Vincent, English footballer (b. 1947)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - William Francis Ganong, Jr., American physiologist and academic (b. 1924)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Michael Kidd, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1915)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Oscar Peterson, Canadian pianist and composer (b. 1925)

Deaths13 years ago

2009 - Robert L. Howard, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1939)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, Tibetan general and politician (b. 1910)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Edward Schillebeeckx, Belgian theologian and academic (b. 1914)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Fred Hargesheimer, American soldier and pilot (b. 1916)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - K. Karunakaran, Indian lawyer and politician, 7th Chief Minister of Kerala (b. 1918)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Aydın Menderes, Turkish economist and politician (b. 1946)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Jean Harris, American educator and murderer (b. 1923)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Eduardo Maiorino, Brazilian mixed martial artist and kick-boxer (b. 1979)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Chryssa, Greek-American sculptor (b. 1933)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Mikhail Kalashnikov, Russian general and weapons designer, designed the AK-47 rifle (b. 1919)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Yusef Lateef, American saxophonist, composer, and educator (b. 1920)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Ricky Lawson, American drummer and composer (b. 1954)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - José Ortiz, Spanish illustrator (b. 1932)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - G. S. Shivarudrappa, Indian poet and educator (b. 1926)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Kerimbubu Shopokova, Kyrgyzstani collective farm worker of the Soviet era (b. 1917)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Robert W. Wilson, American philanthropist and art collector (b. 1928)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Edward Greenspan, Canadian lawyer and author (b. 1944)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Robert V. Hogg, American statistician and academic (b. 1924)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Alfred G. Gilman, American pharmacologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1941)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Don Howe, English footballer and manager (b. 1935)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Jean-Marie Pelt, French biologist, pharmacist, and academic (b. 1933)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Bülent Ulusu, Turkish admiral and politician, 18th Prime Minister of Turkey (b. 1923)

Deaths5 years ago

2017 - Maurice Hayes, Irish educator and politician (b. 1927)