Holidays and observances

Christmas Eve (Christianity) and its related observances: Aðfangadagskvöld, the day when the 13th and the last Yule Lad arrives to towns. (Iceland)

Holidays and observances

Christmas Eve (Christianity) and its related observances: Feast of the Seven Fishes (Italian Americans)

Holidays and observances

Christmas Eve (Christianity) and its related observances: Juleaften (Denmark)/Julaften (Norway)/Julafton (Sweden)

Holidays and observances

Christmas Eve (Christianity) and its related observances: Nittel Nacht (certain Orthodox Jewish denominations)

Holidays and observances

Christmas Eve (Christianity) and its related observances: Nochebuena (Spain and Spanish-speaking countries)

Holidays and observances

Christmas Eve (Christianity) and its related observances: The Declaration of Christmas Peace (Old Great Square of Turku, Finland's official Christmas City)

Holidays and observances

Christmas Eve (Christianity) and its related observances: Wigilia (Poland)

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Holidays and observances

Events

502 - Chinese emperor Xiao Yan names Xiao Tong his heir designate.

Events

640 - Pope John IV is elected.

Events

759 - Tang dynasty poet Du Fu departs for Chengdu, where he is hosted by fellow poet Pei Di.

Events

820 - Emperor Leo V is assassinated in the Hagia Sophia at Constantinople and is succeeded by Michael II.

Events

1144 - The capital of the crusader County of Edessa falls to Imad ad-Din Zengi, the atabeg of Mosul and Aleppo.

Events876 years ago

1294 - Pope Boniface VIII is elected, replacing St. Celestine V, who had resigned.

Events726 years ago

1500 - A joint VenetianSpanish fleet captures the Castle of St. George on the island of Cephalonia.

Events520 years ago
Events283 years ago

1777 - Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook.

Events243 years ago
Events220 years ago

1814 - Representatives of the United Kingdom and the United States sign the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812.

Events206 years ago

1818 - The first performance of "Silent Night" takes place in the church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.

Events202 years ago

1826 - The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy begins that night, wrapping up the following morning.

Events194 years ago

1846 - British acquired Labuan from the Sultanate of Brunei for Great Britain.

Events174 years ago
Events169 years ago

1865 - Jonathan Shank and Barry Ownby form The Ku Klux Klan.

Events155 years ago

1868 - The Greek Presidential Guard is established as the royal escort by King George I.

Events152 years ago

1871 - The opera Aida premieres in Cairo, Egypt.

Events149 years ago

1906 - Radio: Reginald Fessenden transmits the first radio broadcast; consisting of a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.

Events114 years ago

1911 - Lackawanna Cut-Off railway line opens in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Events109 years ago

1913 - The Italian Hall disaster in Calumet, Michigan results in the deaths of 73 Christmas party participants (including 59 children) when someone falsely yells "fire".

Events107 years ago

1914 - World War I: The "Christmas truce" begins.

Events106 years ago
Events100 years ago

1924 - Albania becomes a republic.

Events96 years ago

1929 - Assassination attempt on Argentine President Hipólito Yrigoyen.

Events91 years ago

1929 - A four alarm fire breaks out in the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C.

Events91 years ago

1939 - World War II: Pope Pius XII makes a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.

Events81 years ago

1941 - World War II: Kuching is conquered by Japanese forces.

Events79 years ago

1941 - World War II: Benghazi is conquered by the British Eighth Army.

Events79 years ago

1942 - World War II: French monarchist, Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle, assassinates Vichy French Admiral François Darlan in Algiers, Algeria.

Events78 years ago

1943 - World War II: U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower is named Supreme Allied Commander for the Invasion of Normandy.

Events77 years ago

1945 - Five of nine children become missing after their home in Fayetteville, West Virginia, is burned down.

Events75 years ago

1951 - Libya becomes independent. Idris I is proclaimed King of Libya.

Events69 years ago

1952 - First flight of Britain's Handley Page Victor strategic bomber.

Events68 years ago

1953 - Tangiwai disaster: In New Zealand's North Island, at Tangiwai, a railway bridge is damaged by a lahar and collapses beneath a passenger train, killing 151 people.

Events67 years ago

1964 - Vietnam War: Viet Cong operatives bomb the Brinks Hotel in Saigon, South Vietnam to demonstrate they can strike an American installation in the heavily guarded capital.

Events56 years ago

1964 - Flying Tiger Line Flight 282 crashes after takeoff from San Francisco International Airport, killing three.

Events56 years ago

1966 - A Canadair CL-44 chartered by the United States military crashes into a small village in South Vietnam, killing 129.

Events54 years ago

1968 - Apollo program: The crew of Apollo 8 enters into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so. They performed ten lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures.

Events52 years ago

1969 - Nigerian troops capture Umuahia, the Biafran capital.

Events51 years ago

1973 - District of Columbia Home Rule Act is passed, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to elect their own local government.

Events47 years ago

1974 - Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Australia.

Events46 years ago

1980 - Witnesses report the first of several sightings of unexplained lights near RAF Woodbridge, in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, an incident called "Britain's Roswell".

Events40 years ago

1994 - Air France Flight 8969 is hijacked on the ground at Houari Boumediene Airport, Algiers, Algeria. Over the course of three days three passengers are killed, as are all four terrorists.

Events26 years ago

1997 - The Sid El-Antri massacre in Algeria kills between 50 and 100 people.

Events23 years ago

1999 - Indian Airlines Flight 814 is hijacked in Indian airspace between Kathmandu, Nepal, and Delhi, India. The aircraft landed at Kandahar in Afghanistan. The incident ended on December 31 with the release of 190 survivors (one passenger is killed).

Events21 years ago

2003 - The Spanish police thwart an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid's busy Chamartín Station.

Events17 years ago

2005 - Chad–Sudan relations: Chad declares a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead.

Events15 years ago

2008 - The Lord's Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group, begins a series of attacks against civilians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, massacring more than 400.

Events12 years ago

2018 - A helicopter crash kills Martha Érika Alonso, first female Governor of Puebla, Mexico, and her husband Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas, former governor.

Events2 years ago

Births

3 BC - Galba, Roman emperor (d. 69)

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Births854 years ago
Births631 years ago

1474 - Bartolomeo degli Organi, Italian musician (d. 1539)

Births546 years ago

1475 - Thomas Murner, German poet and translator (d. 1537)

Births545 years ago

1508 - Pietro Carnesecchi, Italian scholar (d. 1567)

Births512 years ago

1520 - Martha Leijonhufvud, Swedish noble (d. 1584)

Births500 years ago

1537 - Willem IV van den Bergh, Stadtholder of Guelders and Zutphen (d. 1586)

Births483 years ago

1549 - Kaspar Ulenberg, German theologian (d. 1617)

Births471 years ago
Births432 years ago

1596 - Leonaert Bramer, Dutch painter (d. 1674)

Births424 years ago
Births423 years ago

1625 - Johann Rudolph Ahle, German organist, composer, and theorist (d. 1673)

Births395 years ago

1635 - Mariana of Austria (d. 1696)

Births385 years ago

1679 - Domenico Sarro, Italian composer and educator (d. 1744)

Births341 years ago

1698 - William Warburton, English bishop (d. 1779)

Births322 years ago

1726 - Johann Hartmann, Danish composer (d. 1793)

Births294 years ago

1731 - Julie Bondeli, Swiss salonist and lady of letters (d. 1778)

Births289 years ago

1754 - George Crabbe, English priest, surgeon, and poet (d. 1832)

Births266 years ago

1761 - Selim III, Ottoman sultan (d. 1808)

Births259 years ago

1761 - Jean-Louis Pons, French astronomer (d. 1831)

Births259 years ago

1798 - Adam Mickiewicz, Polish poet and playwright (d. 1855)

Births222 years ago

1809 - Kit Carson, American general (d. 1868)

Births211 years ago

1810 - Wilhelm Marstrand, Danish painter and illustrator (d. 1873)

Births210 years ago

1812 - Karl Eduard Zachariae von Lingenthal, German lawyer and jurist (d. 1894)

Births208 years ago

1818 - James Prescott Joule, English physicist and brewer (d. 1889)

Births202 years ago

1822 - Matthew Arnold, English poet and critic (d. 1888)

Births198 years ago

1827 - Alexander von Oettingen, German theologian and statistician (d. 1905)

Births193 years ago
Births183 years ago

1843 - Lydia Koidula, Estonian poet and playwright (d. 1886)

Births177 years ago

1845 - George I of Greece (d. 1913)

Births175 years ago

1865 - Szymon Askenazy, Polish historian, educator, and diplomat, founded the Askenazy school (d. 1935)

Births155 years ago

1867 - Tevfik Fikret, Turkish poet and educator (d. 1915)

Births153 years ago

1868 - Charles Harvey Bollman, American naturalist (d. 1889)

Births152 years ago

1868 - Emanuel Lasker, German chess player, mathematician, and philosopher (d. 1941)

Births152 years ago

1869 - Henriette Roland Holst, Dutch poet, playwright, and politician (d. 1952)

Births151 years ago

1872 - Frederick Semple, American golfer and tennis player (d. 1927)

Births148 years ago

1875 - Émile Wegelin, French rower (d. 1962)

Births145 years ago

1877 - Sigrid Schauman, Finnish painter and critic (d. 1979)

Births143 years ago

1879 - Émile Nelligan, Canadian poet (d. 1941)

Births141 years ago
Births141 years ago

1880 - Johnny Gruelle, American author and illustrator (d. 1939)

Births140 years ago

1881 - Charles Wakefield Cadman, American composer and critic (d. 1946)

Births139 years ago

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

Births138 years ago

1883 - Stefan Jaracz, Polish actor and producer (d. 1945)

Births137 years ago

1885 - Paul Manship, American sculptor (d. 1966)

Births135 years ago

1886 - Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1962)

Births134 years ago

1887 - Louis Jouvet, French actor and producer (d. 1951)

Births133 years ago

1891 - Feodor Stepanovich Rojankovsky, Russian illustrator and painter (d. 1970)

Births129 years ago

1892 - Ruth Chatterton, American actress (d. 1961)

Births128 years ago

1893 - Harry Warren, American pianist and composer (d. 1981)

Births127 years ago

1894 - Georges Guynemer, French captain and pilot (d. 1917)

Births126 years ago

1894 - Jack Thayer, American businessman (d. 1945)

Births126 years ago

1895 - E. Roland Harriman, American financier and philanthropist (d. 1978)

Births125 years ago

1895 - Noel Streatfeild, English author (d. 1986)

Births125 years ago

1895 - Marguerite Williams, American geologist (d. 1991)

Births125 years ago

1897 - Ville Pörhölä, Finnish shot putter and discus thrower (d. 1964)

Births123 years ago

1897 - Väinö Sipilä, Finnish runner (d. 1987)

Births123 years ago

1898 - Baby Dodds, American drummer (d. 1959)

Births122 years ago

1900 - Joey Smallwood, Canadian journalist and politician, 1st Premier of Newfoundland (d. 1991)

Births120 years ago

1900 - Hawayo Takata, Japanese-American teacher and master practitioner of Reiki (d. 1980)

Births120 years ago

1903 - Joseph Cornell, American sculptor and director (d. 1972)

Births117 years ago

1903 - Ernst Krenkel, Polish-Russian geographer and explorer (d. 1971)

Births117 years ago

1903 - Ava Helen Pauling, American humanitarian and activist (d. 1981)

Births117 years ago

1904 - Joseph M. Juran, Romanian-American engineer and businessman (d. 2008)

Births116 years ago

1905 - Howard Hughes, American businessman, engineer, and pilot (d. 1976)

Births115 years ago

1906 - Franz Waxman, German-American composer and conductor (d. 1967)

Births114 years ago

1907 - I. F. Stone, American journalist and author (d. 1989)

Births113 years ago

1910 - Ellen Braumüller, German javelin thrower and triathlete (d. 1991)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Fritz Leiber, American author and poet (d. 1992)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Max Miedinger, Swiss typeface designer, created Helvetica (d. 1980)

Births110 years ago

1913 - Ad Reinhardt, American painter and academic (d. 1967)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Ralph Marterie, Italian-American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 1978)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Herbert Reinecker, German author and screenwriter (d. 2007)

Births106 years ago

1918 - Dave Bartholomew, American bandleader, composer and arranger (d. 2019)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Qateel Shifai, Pakistani poet and songwriter (d. 2001)

Births101 years ago

1919 - Pierre Soulages, French artist

Births101 years ago

1920 - Franco Lucentini, Italian author and screenwriter (d. 2002)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Yevgeniya Rudneva, Ukrainian-Russian lieutenant and navigator (d. 1944)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Bill Dudley, American football player (d. 2010)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Ava Gardner, American actress (d. 1990)

Births98 years ago

1923 - George Patton IV, American general (d. 2004)

Births97 years ago

1923 - William C. Schneider, American aerospace engineer (d. 1999)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Lee Dorsey, American singer-songwriter (d. 1986)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Abdirizak Haji Hussein, Somalian soldier and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Somalia (d. 2014)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Mohammed Rafi, Indian singer (d. 1980)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Norman Rossington, English actor (d. 1999)

Births96 years ago

1927 - Mary Higgins Clark, American author

Births93 years ago

1928 - Lev Vlassenko, Georgian-Australian pianist and educator (d. 1996)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Lennart Skoglund, Swedish footballer (d. 1975)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Philip Ziegler, English historian and author

Births91 years ago

1930 - Robert Joffrey, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1988)

Births90 years ago

1930 - John J. Kelley, American runner (d. 2011)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Ray Bryant, American pianist and composer (d. 2011)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Mauricio Kagel, Argentinian-German composer and scholar (d. 2008)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Colin Cowdrey, Indian-English cricketer (d. 2000)

Births88 years ago

1932 - On Kawara, Japanese-American painter (d. 2014)

Births88 years ago

1934 - John Critchinson, English pianist and composer (d. 2017)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Stjepan Mesić, Croatian lawyer and politician, 2nd President of Croatia

Births86 years ago

1934 - Alex Hutchinson, Australian jazz musician

Births86 years ago

1936 - Ivan Lawrence, English lawyer and politician

Births84 years ago

1937 - Félix Miélli Venerando, Brazilian footballer and manager (d. 2012)

Births83 years ago
Births83 years ago

1938 - Bobby Henrich, American baseball player

Births82 years ago

1938 - Valentim Loureiro, Portuguese soldier and politician

Births82 years ago

1940 - Janet Carroll, American actress and singer (d. 2012)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Mike Hazlewood, English singer-songwriter (d. 2001)

Births79 years ago

1942 - Indra Bania, Indian actor, director, and playwright (d. 2015)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Jonathan Borofsky, American sculptor and painter

Births78 years ago

1942 - Đoàn Viết Hoạt, Vietnamese journalist, educator, and activist

Births78 years ago

1943 - Tarja Halonen, Finnish lawyer and politician, 11th President of Finland

Births77 years ago

1943 - Suzy Menkes, English journalist and critic

Births77 years ago

1944 - Barry Elliott, English actor and screenwriter (d. 2018)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Mike Curb, American businessman and politician, 42nd Lieutenant Governor of California

Births76 years ago

1944 - Oswald Gracias, Indian cardinal

Births76 years ago

1944 - Daniel Johnson, Jr., Canadian lawyer and politician, 25th Premier of Quebec

Births76 years ago

1944 - Erhard Keller, German speed skater

Births76 years ago

1944 - Bob Shaw, Australian golfer

Births76 years ago

1944 - Woody Shaw, American trumpeter (d. 1989)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Lemmy, English hard rock singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2015)

Births75 years ago

1945 - Steve Smith, Canadian-American actor and comedian

Births75 years ago

1946 - Jan Akkerman, Dutch rock guitarist and songwriter

Births74 years ago

1946 - Jeff Sessions, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 44th Attorney General of Alabama and 84th Attorney General of the United States

Births74 years ago

1947 - Kevin Sheedy, Australian footballer and coach

Births73 years ago

1948 - Stan Bowles, English footballer and sportscaster

Births72 years ago

1948 - Frank Oliver, New Zealand rugby player and coach

Births72 years ago

1949 - Warwick Brown, Australian race car driver

Births71 years ago

1949 - Randy Neugebauer, American accountant and politician

Births71 years ago

1950 - Dana Gioia, American poet and critic

Births70 years ago

1950 - Hiroshi Ikushima, Japanese businessman and academic

Births70 years ago

1950 - Libby Larsen, American composer

Births70 years ago

1951 - John D'Acquisto, American baseball player

Births69 years ago

1951 - Nick Kent, English-French journalist and author

Births69 years ago

1952 - Michael Ray, American jazz musician

Births68 years ago

1953 - Timothy Carhart, American actor

Births67 years ago

1954 - Yves Debay, Congolese-French commander and journalist (d. 2013)

Births66 years ago

1954 - José María Figueres, Costa Rican businessman and politician, President of Costa Rica

Births66 years ago

1954 - Helen Jones, English lawyer and politician

Births66 years ago

1955 - Scott Fischer, American mountaineer and guide (d. 1996)

Births65 years ago

1955 - Clarence Gilyard, American actor and educator

Births65 years ago

1956 - Anil Kapoor, Indian actor and producer.

Births64 years ago

1956 - Shim Hwa-jin, South Korean academic and educator

Births64 years ago

1957 - Hamid Karzai, Afghan politician, 12th President of Afghanistan

Births63 years ago

1958 - Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer and producer (d. 2008)

Births62 years ago

1958 - Paul Pressey, American basketball player and coach

Births62 years ago

1958 - Gene Sperling, American economist

Births62 years ago

1958 - Diane Tell, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births62 years ago

1959 - Chris Blackhurst, English journalist

Births61 years ago

1959 - Lee Daniels, American director and producer

Births61 years ago

1960 - Glenn McQueen, Canadian-American animator (d. 2002)

Births60 years ago

1960 - Carol Vorderman, English television host

Births60 years ago

1961 - Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijani businessman and politician, 4th President of Azerbaijan

Births59 years ago

1961 - Mary Barra, American businesswoman, current CEO and chairwoman of General Motors

Births59 years ago

1961 - Eriko Kitagawa, Japanese director and screenwriter

Births59 years ago

1961 - Darren Wharton, English singer-songwriter and keyboard player

Births59 years ago

1961 - Wade Williams, American actor

Births59 years ago

1961 - Jay Wright, American basketball player and coach

Births59 years ago

1962 - Kate Spade, American fashion designer (d. 2018)

Births58 years ago

1963 - Caroline Aherne, English actress, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2016)

Births57 years ago

1963 - Jay Bilas, American basketball player and sportscaster

Births57 years ago

1963 - Timo Jutila, Finnish ice hockey player and sportscaster

Births57 years ago

1963 - Mary Ramsey, American singer-songwriter and violinist

Births57 years ago

1963 - Neil Turbin, American singer-songwriter

Births57 years ago

1964 - Mark Valley, American actor

Births56 years ago

1965 - Millard Powers, American bass player, songwriter, and producer

Births55 years ago

1965 - William Branham, American minister

Births55 years ago

1966 - Diedrich Bader, American actor

Births54 years ago

1967 - Mikhail Shchennikov, Russian race walker

Births53 years ago

1967 - Pernilla Wahlgren, Swedish singer and actress

Births53 years ago

1968 - Doyle Bramhall II, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births52 years ago

1968 - Marleen Renders, Belgian runner

Births52 years ago

1969 - Brad Anderson, American wrestler

Births51 years ago

1969 - Milan Blagojevic, Australian footballer and manager

Births51 years ago

1969 - Pernille Fischer Christensen, Danish director and screenwriter

Births51 years ago

1969 - Taro Goto, Japanese soccer player

Births51 years ago

1969 - Leavander Johnson, American boxer (d. 2005)

Births51 years ago

1969 - Ryuji Kato, Japanese soccer player

Births51 years ago

1969 - Nick Love, English director and screenwriter

Births51 years ago

1969 - Clinton McKinnon, American saxophonist and keyboard player

Births51 years ago

1969 - Ed Miliband, English academic and politician, Minister for the Cabinet Office

Births51 years ago

1969 - Mark Millar, Scottish author

Births51 years ago

1969 - Luis Musrri, Chilean footballer and manager

Births51 years ago

1969 - Oleg Skripochka, Russian astronaut and engineer

Births51 years ago

1969 - Gintaras Staučė, Lithuanian footballer and manager

Births51 years ago

1969 - Michael Zucchet, American economist and politician

Births51 years ago

1970 - Adam Haslett, American author and academic

Births50 years ago

1970 - Amaury Nolasco, Puerto Rican-American actor

Births50 years ago

1971 - Geoff Allott, New Zealand cricketer

Births49 years ago

1971 - Sascha Fischer, German rugby player

Births49 years ago

1971 - Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter and actor

Births49 years ago

1972 - Álvaro Mesén, Costa Rican footballer

Births48 years ago

1972 - Klaus Schnellenkamp, Chilean businessman and author

Births48 years ago

1973 - Liu Dong, Chinese-Spanish runner

Births47 years ago

1973 - Paul Foot, English comedian

Births47 years ago

1973 - Stephenie Meyer, American author and film producer

Births47 years ago

1973 - Ali Salem Tamek, Moroccan activist

Births47 years ago

1974 - Thure Lindhardt, Danish actor

Births46 years ago

1974 - Paal Nilssen-Love, Norwegian drummer and composer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Marcelo Salas, Chilean footballer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Ryan Seacrest, American radio host and television personality, and producer

Births46 years ago

1974 - J.D. Walsh, American actor, director, and producer

Births46 years ago

1976 - Linda Ferga, French hurdler

Births44 years ago

1977 - Michael Raymond-James, American actor

Births43 years ago

1978 - Yıldıray Baştürk, German-Turkish footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Warren Tredrea, Australian footballer and sportscaster

Births42 years ago

1979 - Chris Hero, American wrestler and trainer

Births41 years ago

1980 - Stephen Appiah, Ghanaian footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Tomas Kalnoky, Czech-American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births40 years ago

1980 - Maarja Liis-Ilus, Estonian pop musician

Births40 years ago

1981 - Dima Bilan, Russian singer-songwriter and actor

Births39 years ago

1984 - Isaac De Gois, Australian rugby league player

Births36 years ago

1985 - Alexey Dmitriev, German ice hockey player

Births35 years ago

1985 - David Ragan, American race car driver

Births35 years ago

1986 - Tim Elliott, American mixed martial artist

Births34 years ago

1986 - Kyrylo Fesenko, Ukrainian basketball player

Births34 years ago

1987 - Jane Summersett, American ice dancer

Births33 years ago

1988 - Stefanos Athanasiadis, Greek footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Emre Özkan, Turkish footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Simon Zenke, Nigerian footballer

Births32 years ago

1990 - Brigetta Barrett, American high jumper

Births30 years ago

1990 - Marcus Jordan, American basketball player

Births30 years ago

1990 - Ryo Miyake, Japanese fencer

Births30 years ago

1991 - Lara Michel, Swiss tennis player

Births29 years ago

1991 - Wasim Tareen, Pakistani footballer

Births29 years ago

1991 - Louis Tomlinson, English singer-songwriter

Births29 years ago

1994 - Fa'amanu Brown, New Zealand rugby league player

Births26 years ago

1994 - Miguel Castro, Dominican baseball player

Births26 years ago

1994 - Matt Frawley, Australian rugby league player

Births26 years ago

Deaths

36 - Gongsun Shu, emperor of Chengjia

Deaths

820 - Leo V the Armenian, Byzantine emperor (b. 775)

Deaths

903 - Hedwiga, duchess of Saxony

Deaths

950 - Shi Hongzhao, Chinese general

Deaths

950 - Wang Zhang, Chinese official

Deaths1070 years ago

950 - Yang Bin, Chinese chancellor

Deaths1070 years ago
Deaths827 years ago
Deaths763 years ago

1263 - Hōjō Tokiyori, regent of Japan (b. 1227)

Deaths757 years ago
Deaths739 years ago

1449 - Walter Bower, Scottish chronicler (b. 1385)

Deaths571 years ago

1453 - John Dunstaple, English composer (b. 1390)

Deaths567 years ago

1456 - Đurađ Branković, Despot of Serbia (b. 1377)

Deaths564 years ago

1473 - John Cantius, Polish scholar and theologian (b. 1390)

Deaths547 years ago

1524 - Vasco da Gama, Portuguese explorer and politician, Governor of Portuguese India (b. 1469)

Deaths496 years ago

1541 - Andreas Karlstadt, Christian theologian and reformer (born 1486)

Deaths479 years ago

1635 - Hester Jonas, German nurse (b. 1570)

Deaths385 years ago
Deaths360 years ago

1707 - Noël Coypel, French painter and educator (b. 1628)

Deaths313 years ago

1813 - Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan (b. 1740)

Deaths207 years ago

1844 - Friedrich Bernhard Westphal, Danish-German painter (b. 1803)

Deaths176 years ago

1863 - William Makepeace Thackeray, English author and poet (b. 1811)

Deaths157 years ago

1865 - Charles Lock Eastlake, English painter and historian (b. 1793)

Deaths155 years ago

1867 - José Mariano Salas, Mexican general and politician. President of Mexico (1846, 1859) and regent of the Second Mexican Empire(b. 1797)

Deaths153 years ago

1868 - Adolphe d'Archiac, French paleontologist and geologist (b. 1802)

Deaths152 years ago

1872 - William John Macquorn Rankine, Scottish physicist and engineer (b. 1820)

Deaths148 years ago

1873 - Johns Hopkins, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1795)

Deaths147 years ago

1879 - Anna Bochkoltz, German operatic soprano, voice teacher and composer (b. 1815)

Deaths141 years ago

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

Deaths131 years ago

1893 - B. T. Finniss, Australian politician, 1st Premier of South Australia (b. 1807)

Deaths127 years ago

1898 - Charbel Makhluf, Lebanese priest and saint (b. 1828)

Deaths122 years ago

1914 - John Muir, Scottish-American geologist, botanist, and author, founded Sierra Club (b. 1838)

Deaths106 years ago

1920 - Stephen Mosher Wood, American lieutenant and politician (b. 1832)

Deaths100 years ago

1926 - Wesley Coe, American shot putter, hammer thrower, and discus thrower (b. 1879)

Deaths94 years ago

1931 - Carlo Fornasini, micropalaeontologist (b. 1854)

Deaths89 years ago

1931 - Flying Hawk, American warrior, educator and historian (b. 1854)

Deaths89 years ago

1935 - Alban Berg, Austrian composer and educator (b. 1885)

Deaths85 years ago

1938 - Bruno Taut, German architect and urban planner (b. 1880)

Deaths82 years ago

1941 - Siegfried Alkan, German composer (b. 1858)

Deaths79 years ago

1942 - François Darlan, French admiral and politician, 122nd Prime Minister of France (b. 1881)

Deaths78 years ago

1945 - Josephine Sabel, American singer and comedian (b. 1866)

Deaths75 years ago

1947 - Charles Gondouin, French rugby player and tug of war competitor (b. 1875)

Deaths73 years ago

1957 - Norma Talmadge, American actress and producer (b. 1894)

Deaths63 years ago

1961 - Robert Hillyer, American poet and academic (b. 1895)

Deaths59 years ago

1962 - Wilhelm Ackermann, German mathematician (b. 1896)

Deaths58 years ago

1962 - Eveline Adelheid von Maydell, German illustrator (b. 1890)

Deaths58 years ago

1964 - Claudia Jones, Trinidad-British journalist and activist (b. 1915)

Deaths56 years ago

1965 - John Black, English businessman (b. 1895)

Deaths55 years ago

1965 - William M. Branham, American minister and theologian (b. 1906)

Deaths55 years ago

1967 - Burt Baskin, American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (b. 1913)

Deaths53 years ago

1969 - Stanisław Błeszyński, Polish-German entomologist and lepidopterist (b. 1927)

Deaths51 years ago

1969 - Cortelia Clark, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1907)

Deaths51 years ago

1969 - Olivia FitzRoy, English soldier and author (b. 1921)

Deaths51 years ago

1969 - Alfred B. Skar, Norwegian journalist and politician (b. 1896)

Deaths51 years ago

1971 - Maria Koepcke, German-Peruvian ornithologist and zoologist (b. 1924)

Deaths49 years ago

1972 - Gisela Richter, English-American archaeologist and historian (b. 1882)

Deaths48 years ago

1973 - Fritz Gause, German historian and author (b. 1893)

Deaths47 years ago

1975 - Bernard Herrmann, American composer and conductor (b. 1911)

Deaths45 years ago

1977 - Samael Aun Weor, Colombian author and educator (b. 1917)

Deaths43 years ago

1980 - Karl Dönitz, German admiral and politician, President of Germany (b. 1891)

Deaths40 years ago

1982 - Louis Aragon, French author and poet (b. 1897)

Deaths38 years ago

1984 - Peter Lawford, English-American actor (b. 1923)

Deaths36 years ago

1985 - Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, American lawyer (b. 1904)

Deaths35 years ago

1985 - Camille Tourville, Canadian-American wrestler and manager (b. 1927)

Deaths35 years ago

1986 - Gardner Fox, American author (b. 1911)

Deaths34 years ago

1987 - Joop den Uyl, Dutch journalist, economist, and politician, 45th Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1919)

Deaths33 years ago

1987 - M. G. Ramachandran, Sri Lankan-Indian actor, producer, and politician, 5th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (b. 1917)

Deaths33 years ago

1988 - Jainendra Kumar, Indian author (b. 1905)

Deaths32 years ago

1990 - Thorbjørn Egner, Norwegian playwright and songwriter (b. 1922)

Deaths30 years ago

1991 - Virginia Sorensen, American author (b. 1912)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - Bobby LaKind, American singer-songwriter and conga player (b. 1945)

Deaths28 years ago

1992 - James Mathews, Australian rugby league player (b. 1968)

Deaths28 years ago

1992 - Peyo, Belgian cartoonist, created The Smurfs (b. 1928)

Deaths28 years ago

1993 - Norman Vincent Peale, American minister and author (b. 1898)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - John Boswell, American historian, author, and academic (b. 1947)

Deaths26 years ago

1994 - Rossano Brazzi, Italian actor (b. 1916)

Deaths26 years ago

1997 - James Komack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1930)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - Toshiro Mifune, Chinese-Japanese actor and producer (b. 1920)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - Pierre Péladeau, Canadian businessman, founded Quebecor (b. 1925)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - Syl Apps, Canadian ice hockey player and pole vaulter (b. 1915)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Bill Bowerman, American runner, coach, and businessman, co-founded Nike, Inc. (b. 1911)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - Maurice Couve de Murville, French soldier and politician, 152nd Prime Minister of France (b. 1907)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - João Figueiredo, Brazilian general and politician, 30th President of Brazil (b. 1918)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - William C. Schneider, American aerospace engineer (b. 1923)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - John Cooper, English businessman, co-founded the Cooper Car Company (b. 1923)

Deaths20 years ago

2002 - Kjell Aukrust, Norwegian author and poet (b. 1920)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Jake Thackray, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1938)

Deaths18 years ago

2004 - Johnny Oates, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1946)

Deaths16 years ago

2006 - Braguinha, Brazilian singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1907)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian guitarist and composer (b. 1961)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Frank Stanton, American businessman (b. 1908)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Nicholas Pumfrey, English lawyer and judge (b. 1951)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - George Warrington, American businessman (b. 1952)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Ralph Harris, British journalist (b. 1921)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Harold Pinter, English playwright, screenwriter, director, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1930)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Marcus Bakker, Dutch journalist and politician (b. 1923)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Rafael Caldera, Venezuelan lawyer and politician, 65th President of Venezuela (b. 1916)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - George Michael, American sportscaster (b. 1939)

Deaths11 years ago

2009 - Gero von Wilpert, German author and academic (b. 1933)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Elisabeth Beresford, French-English journalist and author (b. 1926)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Frans de Munck, Dutch footballer and manager (b. 1922)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Orestes Quércia, Brazilian journalist, lawyer, and politician, 28th Governor of São Paulo State (b. 1938)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Eino Tamberg, Estonian composer and educator (b. 1930)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Johannes Heesters, Dutch-German entertainer (b. 1903)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Richard Rodney Bennett, English-American composer and academic (b. 1936)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Charles Durning, American soldier and actor (b. 1923)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Jack Klugman, American actor (b. 1922)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Dennis O'Driscoll, Irish poet and critic (b. 1954)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Frédéric Back, German-Canadian director, animator, and screenwriter (b. 1924)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Ian Barbour, Chinese-American author and scholar (b. 1923)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - John M. Goldman, English haematologist and oncologist (b. 1938)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Allan McKeown, English-American screenwriter and producer (b. 1946)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Buddy DeFranco, American clarinet player (b. 1923)

Deaths6 years ago

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

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Herbert Harris, American lawyer and politician (b. 1926)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Krzysztof Krauze, Polish director and screenwriter (b. 1953)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Turid Birkeland, Norwegian businesswoman and politician, Norwegian Minister of Culture (b. 1962)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Letty Jimenez Magsanoc, Filipino journalist (b. 1941)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Adriana Olguín, Chilean lawyer and politician, Chilean Minister of Justice (b. 1911)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Rick Parfitt, British musician (b. 1948)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Liz Smith, English actress (b. 1921)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Richard Adams, English author (b. 1920)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Ben Xi, Chinese singer (b.1994)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Jerry Kindall, American baseball player and coach (b. 1935)

Deaths3 years ago

2017 - Heather Menzies, Canadian-American model and actress (b. 1949)

Deaths3 years ago

2018 - Martha Érika Alonso, first female Governor of Puebla, Mexico, and her husband Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas, former governor; helicopter crash (Alonso b. 1973, Valle b. 1968)

Deaths2 years ago

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