Holidays and observances

Christmas Day, Christian festival commemorating the birth of Jesus. (Internationally observed)

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Holidays and observances

Events

274 - A temple to Sol Invictus is dedicated in Rome by Emperor Aurelian.

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333 - Roman Emperor Constantine the Great elevates his youngest son Constans to the rank of Caesar.

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336 - First documentary sign of Christmas celebration in Rome.

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350 - Vetranio meets Constantius II at Naissus (Serbia) and is forced to abdicate his title (Caesar). Constantius allows him to live as a private citizen on a state pension.

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508 - Clovis I, king of the Franks, is baptized into the Catholic faith at Reims, by Saint Remigius.

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597 - Augustine of Canterbury and his fellow-labourers baptise in Kent more than 10,000 Anglo-Saxons.

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800 - The coronation of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome.

Events

1000 - The foundation of the Kingdom of Hungary: Hungary is established as a Christian kingdom by Stephen I of Hungary.

Events1020 years ago

1013 - Sweyn Forkbeard takes control of the Danelaw and is proclaimed king of England.

Events1007 years ago

1025 - Coronation of Mieszko II Lambert as king of Poland.

Events995 years ago
Events954 years ago

1076 - Coronation of Bolesław II the Generous as king of Poland.

Events944 years ago
Events920 years ago

1130 - Count Roger II of Sicily is crowned the first king of Sicily.

Events890 years ago

1261 - Eleven-year-old John IV Laskaris of the restored Eastern Roman Empire is deposed and blinded by orders of his co-ruler Michael VIII Palaiologos.

Events759 years ago

1492 - The carrack Santa María, commanded by Christopher Columbus, runs onto a reef off Haiti due to an improper watch.

Events528 years ago

1553 - Battle of Tucapel: Mapuche rebels under Lautaro defeat the Spanish conquistadors and executes the governor of Chile, Pedro de Valdivia.

Events467 years ago
Events461 years ago

1758 - Halley's Comet is sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch, confirming Edmund Halley's prediction of its passage. This was the first passage of a comet predicted ahead of time.

Events262 years ago
Events244 years ago

1793 - General "Mad Anthony" Wayne and a 300 man detachment identify the site of St. Clair's 1791 defeat by the large number of unburied human remains at modern Fort Recovery, Ohio.

Events227 years ago

1809 - Dr. Ephraim McDowell performs the first ovariotomy, removing a 22-pound tumor.

Events211 years ago

1814 - Rev. Samuel Marsden holds the first Christian service on land in New Zealand at Rangihoua Bay.

Events206 years ago

1815 - The Handel and Haydn Society, oldest continually performing arts organization in the United States, gives its first performance.

Events205 years ago

1826 - The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy concludes after beginning the previous evening.

Events194 years ago

1831 - The Great Jamaican Slave Revolt begins; up to 20% of Jamaica's slaves mobilize in an ultimately unsuccessful fight for freedom.

Events189 years ago

1837 - Second Seminole War: American general Zachary Taylor leads 1,100 troops against the Seminoles at the Battle of Lake Okeechobee.

Events183 years ago

1868 - Pardons for ex-Confederates: United States President Andrew Johnson grants an unconditional pardon to all Confederate veterans.

Events152 years ago

1914 - A series of unofficial truces occur across the Western Front to celebrate Christmas.

Events106 years ago
Events88 years ago

1941 - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz arrives at Pearl Harbor to assume command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Events79 years ago
Events79 years ago

1941 - Admiral Émile Muselier seizes the archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, which become the first part of France to be liberated by the Free French Forces.

Events79 years ago

1946 - The first European self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction is initiated within the Soviet Union's F-1 nuclear reactor.

Events74 years ago

1950 - The Stone of Scone, traditional coronation stone of British monarchs, is taken from Westminster Abbey by Scottish nationalist students. It later turns up in Scotland on April 11, 1951.

Events70 years ago

1951 - A bomb explodes at the home of Harry T. Moore and Harriette V. S. Moore, early leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, killing Harry instantly and fatally wounding Harriette.

Events69 years ago

1962 - The Soviet Union conducts its final above-ground nuclear weapon test, in anticipation of the 1963 Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Events58 years ago

1963 - Turkish Cypriot Bayrak Radio begins transmitting in Cyprus after Turkish Cypriots are forcibly excluded from Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation.

Events57 years ago

1968 - Apollo program: Apollo 8 performs the first successful Trans-Earth injection (TEI) maneuver, sending the crew and spacecraft on a trajectory back to Earth from Lunar orbit.

Events52 years ago

1968 - Kilvenmani massacre: Forty-four Dalits (untouchables) are burnt to death in Kizhavenmani village, Tamil Nadu, a retaliation for a campaign for higher wages by Dalit laborers.

Events52 years ago

1976 - EgyptAir Flight 664, a Boeing 707-366C, crashes on approach to Don Mueang International Airport, killing 71 people.

Events44 years ago

1977 - Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin meets in Egypt with its president Anwar Sadat.

Events43 years ago

1978 - The Cambodian-Vietnamese War begins as Vietnam launches an invasion of Cambodia to topple the Khmer Rouge from power.

Events42 years ago

1989 - Romanian Revolution: Deposed President of Romania Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife, Elena, are condemned to death and executed after a summary trial.

Events31 years ago

1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as President of the Soviet Union (the union itself is dissolved the next day). Ukraine's referendum is finalized and Ukraine officially leaves the Soviet Union.

Events29 years ago

2003 - UTAGE Flight 141, a Boeing 727-223, crashes at the Cotonou Airport in Benin, killing 141 people.

Events17 years ago

2003 - The ill-fated Beagle 2 probe, released from the Mars Express spacecraft on December 19, stops transmitting shortly before its scheduled landing.

Events17 years ago

2004 - The Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn's moon Titan on January 14, 2005.

Events16 years ago

2012 - An Antonov An-72 plane crashes close to the city of Shymkent, killing 27 people.

Events8 years ago

2016 - A Russian Defence Ministry Tupolev Tu-154 carrying members of the Alexandrov Ensemble crashes into the Black Sea shortly after takeoff, killing all 92 people on board.

Events4 years ago

2019 - Twenty people are killed and thousands are left homeless by Typhoon Phanfone in the Philippines.

Events1 years ago

Births

1250 - John IV Laskaris, Byzantine emperor (d. 1305)

Births770 years ago
Births739 years ago

1400 - John Sutton, 1st Baron Dudley, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1487)

Births620 years ago
Births596 years ago

1461 - Christina of Saxony, Queen consort of Denmark (d. 1521)

Births559 years ago

1490 - Francesco Marinoni, Italian Roman Catholic priest (d. 1562)

Births530 years ago

1493 - Antoinette de Bourbon, French noblewoman (d. 1583)

Births527 years ago

1505 - Christine of Saxony, German noblewoman (d. 1549)

Births515 years ago

1564 - Johannes Buxtorf, German Calvinist theologian (d. 1629)

Births456 years ago

1583 - Orlando Gibbons, English organist and composer (d. 1625)

Births437 years ago
Births436 years ago
Births419 years ago

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

Births392 years ago

1642 (OS) - Isaac Newton, English physicist and mathematician (d. 1726/1727)

Births378 years ago

1652 - Archibald Pitcairne, Scottish physician, anatomist, and scholar (d. 1713)

Births368 years ago

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

Births355 years ago

1674 - Thomas Halyburton, Scottish minister and theologian (d. 1712)

Births346 years ago

1686 - Giovanni Battista Somis, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1763)

Births334 years ago
Births320 years ago

1711 - Jean-Joseph de Mondonville, French violinist and composer (d. 1772)

Births309 years ago

1716 - Johann Jakob Reiske, German physician and scholar (d. 1774)

Births304 years ago

1717 - Pope Pius VI (d. 1799)

Births303 years ago

1728 - Johann Adam Hiller, German composer and conductor (d. 1804)

Births292 years ago

1730 - Philip Mazzei, Italian-American physician and philosopher (d. 1816)

Births290 years ago

1745 - Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Caribbean-French violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1799)

Births275 years ago

1757 - Benjamin Pierce, American general and politician, 17th Governor of New Hampshire (d. 1839)

Births263 years ago

1766 - Christmas Evans, Welsh Nonconformist preacher (d. 1838)

Births254 years ago

1771 - Dorothy Wordsworth, English diarist and poet (d. 1855)

Births249 years ago

1776 - Sydney, Lady Morgan, Irish author and poet (d. 1859)

Births244 years ago

1810 - L. L. Langstroth, American apiarist, clergyman and teacher (d. 1895)

Births210 years ago

1821 - Clara Barton, American nurse and humanitarian, founder of the American Red Cross (d. 1912)

Births199 years ago

1825 - Stephen F. Chadwick, American lawyer and politician, 5th Governor of Oregon (d. 1895)

Births195 years ago

1829 - Patrick Gilmore, Irish-American composer and bandleader (d. 1892)

Births191 years ago

1856 - Pud Galvin, American baseball player and manager (d. 1902)

Births164 years ago

1861 - Madan Mohan Malaviya, Indian educator, lawyer, and politician, President of the Indian National Congress (d. 1946)

Births159 years ago
Births155 years ago

1869 - Charles Finger, English-American journalist and author (d. 1941)

Births151 years ago

1870 - Helena Rubinstein, Polish-American businesswoman and philanthropist (d. 1965)

Births150 years ago

1873 - Otto Frederick Hunziker, Swiss-American agriculturalist and educator (d. 1959)

Births147 years ago

1874 - Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano and actress (d. 1944)

Births146 years ago

1875 - Francis Aveling, Canadian psychologist and priest (d. 1941)

Births145 years ago

1875 - Theodor Innitzer, Austrian cardinal (d. 1955)

Births145 years ago

1876 - Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Indian-Pakistani lawyer and politician, 1st Governor-General of Pakistan (d. 1948)

Births144 years ago

1876 - Adolf Otto Reinhold Windaus, German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1959)

Births144 years ago

1878 - Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-American race car driver and businessman, co-founded Chevrolet (d. 1941)

Births142 years ago

1878 - Noël, Countess of Rothes, philanthropist, social leader and heroine of Titanic disaster (d. 1956)

Births142 years ago

1878 - Joseph M. Schenck, Russian-American film producer (d. 1961)

Births142 years ago

1883 - Hugo Bergmann, Czech-Israeli philosopher and academic (d. 1975)

Births137 years ago

1883 - Hana Meisel, Belarusian-Israeli agronomist and politician (d. 1972)

Births137 years ago

1884 - Samuel Berger, American boxer (d. 1925)

Births136 years ago

1884 - Evelyn Nesbit, American model and actress (d. 1967)

Births136 years ago

1886 - Malak Hifni Nasif, Egyptian poet and activist (d. 1918)

Births134 years ago

1886 - Kid Ory, American trombonist and bandleader (d. 1973)

Births134 years ago

1887 - Conrad Hilton, American entrepreneur (d. 1979)

Births133 years ago

1889 - Lila Bell Wallace, American publisher and philanthropist, co-founded Reader's Digest (d. 1984)

Births131 years ago

1890 - Noel Odell, English geologist and mountaineer (d. 1987)

Births130 years ago

1890 - Robert Ripley, American anthropologist and publisher (d. 1949)

Births130 years ago

1891 - Kenneth Arthur Noel Anderson, Indian-English general and politician, Governor of Gibraltar (d. 1959)

Births129 years ago

1891 - Clarrie Grimmett, New Zealand-Australian cricketer (d. 1980)

Births129 years ago

1899 - Humphrey Bogart, American actor (d. 1957)

Births121 years ago
Births119 years ago

1902 - Barton MacLane, American actor, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1969)

Births118 years ago

1902 - William Bell, American tuba player and educator (d. 1971)

Births118 years ago

1903 - Antiochos Evangelatos, Greek composer and conductor (d. 1981)

Births117 years ago

1904 - Gerhard Herzberg, German-Canadian physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)

Births116 years ago

1906 - Lew Grade, Baron Grade, Ukrainian-English film producer (d. 1998)

Births114 years ago

1906 - Ernst Ruska, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1988)

Births114 years ago

1907 - Cab Calloway, American singer-songwriter and bandleader (d. 1994)

Births113 years ago

1907 - Mike Mazurki, Ukrainian-American wrestler and actor (d. 1990)

Births113 years ago

1907 - Glenn McCarthy, American businessman, founded the Shamrock Hotel (d. 1988)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Quentin Crisp, English author and illustrator (d. 1999)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Ernest L. Massad, American general (d. 1993)

Births112 years ago

1908 - Jo-Jo Moore, American baseball player (d. 2001)

Births112 years ago

1909 - Zora Arkus-Duntov, Belgian-American engineer (d. 1996)

Births111 years ago

1911 - Louise Bourgeois, French-American sculptor and painter (d. 2010)

Births109 years ago

1913 - Candy Candido, American singer, bass player, and voice actor (d. 1999)

Births107 years ago

1913 - Tony Martin, American singer (d. 2012)

Births107 years ago

1914 - James Fletcher Jnr, New Zealand businessman (d. 2007)

Births106 years ago

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

Births106 years ago

1915 - Pete Rugolo, Italian-American composer and producer (d. 2011)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Ahmed Ben Bella, Algerian soldier and politician, 1st President of Algeria (d. 2012)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Arseny Mironov, Russian scientist, engineer, pilot, oldest active researcher in aircraft aerodynamics and flight testing (d. 2019)

Births103 years ago

1917 - Lincoln Verduga Loor, Ecuadorian journalist and politician (d. 2009)

Births103 years ago

1918 - Anwar Sadat, Egyptian lieutenant and politician, 3rd President of Egypt, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)

Births102 years ago

1919 - Naushad Ali, Indian composer and director (d. 2006)

Births101 years ago

1919 - Paul David, Canadian cardiologist and politician, founded the Montreal Heart Institute (d. 1999)

Births101 years ago

1921 - Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah, Indian-Pakistani journalist and author (d. 2000)

Births99 years ago

1921 - Steve Otto, Polish-Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 1989)

Births99 years ago

1922 - William Demby, American author (d. 2013)

Births98 years ago

1923 - René Girard, French-American historian, philosopher, and critic (d. 2015)

Births97 years ago

1923 - Louis Lane, American conductor and educator (d. 2016)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Rod Serling, American screenwriter and producer, created The Twilight Zone (d. 1975)

Births96 years ago

1924 - Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indian poet and politician, 10th Prime Minister of India (d. 2018)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-American anthropologist and author (d. 1998)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Ned Garver, American baseball player (d. 2017)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Sam Pollock, Canadian businessman (d. 2007)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Enrique Jorrín, Cuban violinist and composer (d. 1987)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Nellie Fox, American baseball player and coach (d. 1975)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Leo Kubiak, American basketball and baseball player

Births93 years ago

1927 - Ram Narayan, Indian sarangi player

Births93 years ago

1928 - Irish McCalla, American actress and model (d. 2002)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Dick Miller, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2019)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Christine M. Jones, American educator and politician (d. 2013)

Births91 years ago

1929 - China Machado, Chinese-born Portuguese-American fashion model, editor and television producer (d. 2016)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Emmanuel Agassi, Iranian-American boxer and coach

Births90 years ago

1930 - Armenak Alachachian, Armenian basketball player and coach (d. 2017)

Births90 years ago

1932 - Mabel King, American actress and singer (d. 1999)

Births88 years ago

1933 - Basil Heatley, English runner (d. 2019)

Births87 years ago

1935 - Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudanese politician, Prime Minister of Sudan

Births85 years ago

1935 - Stephen Barnett, American scholar and academic (d. 2009)

Births85 years ago

1935 - Jeanne Hopkins Lucas, American educator and politician (d. 2007)

Births85 years ago

1936 - Ismail Merchant, Indian-English director and producer (d. 2005)

Births84 years ago

1937 - O'Kelly Isley Jr., American R&B/soul singer-songwriter (d. 1986)

Births83 years ago

1938 - Duane Armstrong, American painter

Births82 years ago

1938 - Noel Picard, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2017)

Births82 years ago

1939 - Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Pakistani businessman and politician

Births81 years ago

1939 - Bob James, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer

Births81 years ago

1939 - Akong Rinpoche, Tibetan-Chinese spiritual leader (d. 2013)

Births81 years ago

1940 - Hilary Spurling, English journalist and author

Births80 years ago

1941 - Kenneth Calman, Scottish physician and academic

Births79 years ago

1942 - Françoise Dürr, French tennis player and coach

Births78 years ago

1942 - Barbara Follett, English politician

Births78 years ago

1942 - Barry Goldberg, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer

Births78 years ago

1942 - Enrique Morente, Spanish singer-songwriter (d. 2010)

Births78 years ago

1943 - Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior, Brazilian race car driver and businessman

Births77 years ago

1943 - Hanna Schygulla, German actress

Births77 years ago

1944 - Kenny Everett, British comedian and broadcaster (d. 1995)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Jairzinho, Brazilian footballer

Births76 years ago

1944 - Sam Strahan, New Zealand rugby player (d. 2019)

Births76 years ago

1945 - Rick Berman, American screenwriter and producer

Births75 years ago

1945 - Eve Pollard, English journalist and author

Births75 years ago

1945 - Mike Pringle, Zambian-Scottish lawyer and politician

Births75 years ago

1945 - Noel Redding, English singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2003)

Births75 years ago

1945 - Ken Stabler, American football player and sportscaster (d. 2015)

Births75 years ago

1946 - Jimmy Buffett, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor

Births74 years ago

1946 - Larry Csonka, American football player and sportscaster

Births74 years ago

1946 - Christopher Frayling, English author and academic

Births74 years ago

1946 - Gene Lamont, American baseball player and manager

Births74 years ago

1948 - Kay Hymowitz, American sociologist and writer

Births72 years ago

1948 - Barbara Mandrell, American singer-songwriter and actress

Births72 years ago

1948 - Joel Santana, Brazilian footballer and manager

Births72 years ago

1949 - Simone Bittencourt de Oliveira, Brazilian singer

Births71 years ago

1949 - Nawaz Sharif, Pakistani lawyer and politician, 12th Prime Minister of Pakistan

Births71 years ago

1949 - Sissy Spacek, American actress

Births71 years ago

1950 - Peter Boardman, English mountaineer and author (d. 1982)

Births70 years ago

1950 - Karl Rove, American political strategist and activist

Births70 years ago

1950 - Manny Trillo, Venezuelan baseball player and manager

Births70 years ago

1952 - Tolossa Kotu, Ethiopian runner and coach

Births68 years ago

1952 - CCH Pounder, Guyanese-American actress

Births68 years ago

1953 - Kaarlo Maaninka, Finnish runner

Births67 years ago

1954 - Annie Lennox, Scottish singer-songwriter and pianist

Births66 years ago

1957 - Mansoor Akhtar, Pakistani cricketer

Births63 years ago

1957 - Chris Kamara, English footballer and sportscaster

Births63 years ago

1957 - Shane MacGowan, English-Irish singer-songwriter

Births63 years ago

1958 - Cheryl Chase, American voice actress and singer

Births62 years ago

1958 - Hanford Dixon, American football player, coach, and sportscaster

Births62 years ago

1958 - Rickey Henderson, American baseball player and coach

Births62 years ago

1958 - Konstantin Kinchev, Russian singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births62 years ago

1958 - Alannah Myles, Canadian singer-songwriter and actress

Births62 years ago

1959 - Michael P. Anderson, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2003)

Births61 years ago

1959 - Ramdas Athawale, Indian poet and politician

Births61 years ago

1961 - Íngrid Betancourt, Colombian political scientist and politician

Births59 years ago

1962 - Francis Dunnery, English musician

Births58 years ago

1964 - Ian Bostridge, English tenor

Births56 years ago

1964 - Gary McAllister, Scottish footballer and manager

Births56 years ago

1964 - Kevin Simms, English rugby player

Births56 years ago

1964 - Bob Stanley, English keyboard player, songwriter, producer, and journalist

Births56 years ago

1964 - Simon Edge, English novelist

Births56 years ago
Births55 years ago

1965 - David Rath, Czech physician and politician

Births55 years ago

1966 - Toshi Arai, Japanese race car driver

Births54 years ago

1967 - Jason Thirsk, American bass player (d. 1996)

Births53 years ago

1968 - Helena Christensen, Danish model and actress

Births52 years ago

1968 - Jim Dowd, American ice hockey player

Births52 years ago

1969 - Nicolas Godin, French musician

Births51 years ago

1969 - Noel Goldthorpe, Australian rugby league player

Births51 years ago

1969 - Frederick Onyancha, Kenyan runner

Births51 years ago

1970 - Emmanuel Amunike, Nigerian footballer and manager

Births50 years ago

1970 - Rodney Dent, American basketball player

Births50 years ago

1971 - Dido, English singer-songwriter

Births49 years ago

1971 - Justin Trudeau, Canadian educator and politician, 23rd Prime Minister of Canada

Births49 years ago

1972 - Mac Powell, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births48 years ago

1972 - Qu Yunxia, Chinese runner

Births48 years ago

1973 - Robbie Elliott, English footballer and coach

Births47 years ago

1973 - Chris Harris, American wrestler

Births47 years ago

1973 - Daisuke Miura, Japanese baseball player and coach

Births47 years ago

1973 - Alexandre Trudeau, Canadian journalist and director

Births47 years ago

1975 - Daniel Mustard, American singer-songwriter

Births45 years ago

1975 - Hideki Okajima, Japanese baseball player

Births45 years ago

1975 - Choi Sung-yong, South Korean footballer and manager

Births45 years ago

1975 - Marcus Trescothick, English cricketer

Births45 years ago

1976 - Tuomas Holopainen, Finnish keyboard player, songwriter, and producer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Tim James, American basketball player and coach

Births44 years ago

1976 - Atko Väikmeri, Estonian footballer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Armin van Buuren, Dutch DJ and record producer

Births44 years ago

1977 - Israel Vázquez, Mexican boxer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Ali Tandoğan, Turkish footballer

Births43 years ago

1978 - Simon Jones, Welsh cricketer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Joel Porter, Australian footballer and manager

Births42 years ago

1978 - Jeremy Strong, American actor

Births42 years ago

1979 - Ferman Akgül, Turkish singer-songwriter

Births41 years ago

1979 - Laurent Bonnart, French footballer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Robert Huff, English race car driver

Births41 years ago

1979 - Hyun Young-min, South Korean footballer

Births41 years ago

1980 - Marcus Trufant, American football player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Laura Sadler, English actress (d. 2003)

Births40 years ago

1981 - Trenesha Biggers, American wrestler and model

Births39 years ago

1981 - Christian Holst, Danish-Faroese footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Willy Taveras, Dominican baseball player

Births39 years ago

1982 - Shawn Andrews, American football player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Rob Edwards, Welsh footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Ethan Kath, Canadian keyboard player, songwriter and producer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Chris Rene, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births38 years ago

1984 - Chris Cahill, Samoan footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Alastair Cook, English cricketer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Jessica Origliasso, Australian singer, actress, and fashion designer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Lisa Origliasso, Australian singer, actress, and fashion designer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Chris Richard, American basketball player

Births36 years ago

1985 - Martin Mathathi, Kenyan runner

Births35 years ago

1985 - Rusev, Bulgarian-American professional wrestler

Births35 years ago

1987 - Ceyhun Gülselam, Turkish footballer

Births33 years ago

1987 - Demaryius Thomas, American football player

Births33 years ago

1988 - Joãozinho, Brazilian footballer

Births32 years ago

1988 - Eric Gordon, American basketball player

Births32 years ago

1988 - Lukas Hinds-Johnson, German rugby player

Births32 years ago

1992 - Mitakeumi Hisashi, Japanese sumo wrestler

Births28 years ago

Deaths

Deaths

795 - Pope Adrian I (b. 700)

Deaths

936 - Zhang Jingda, general of Later Tang

Deaths

940 - Makan ibn Kaki, Iranian general

Deaths
Deaths873 years ago

1156 - Peter the Venerable, French abbot and saint (b. 1092)

Deaths864 years ago

1156 - Sverker the Elder, king of Sweden

Deaths864 years ago
Deaths726 years ago
Deaths625 years ago
Deaths614 years ago

1505 - George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent, English politician (b. 1454)

Deaths515 years ago

1553 - Pedro de Valdivia, Spanish explorer and politician, 1st Royal Governor of Chile (b. 1500)

Deaths467 years ago

1634 - Lettice Knollys, English noblewoman (b. 1540)

Deaths386 years ago

1635 - Samuel de Champlain, French soldier, geographer, and explorer (b. 1567)

Deaths385 years ago
Deaths344 years ago

1676 - Matthew Hale, English lawyer and jurist, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales (b. 1609)

Deaths344 years ago

1683 - Kara Mustafa Pasha, Ottoman general and politician, 111th Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire (b. 1634)

Deaths337 years ago

1730 - Henry Scott, 1st Earl of Deloraine, Scottish peer and general (b. 1676)

Deaths290 years ago

1758 - James Hervey, English priest and author (b. 1714)

Deaths262 years ago

1784 - Yosa Buson, Japanese poet and painter (b. 1716)

Deaths236 years ago

1796 - Velu Nachiyar, Queen of Sivagangai (b. 1730)

Deaths224 years ago

1824 - Barbara von Krüdener, German mystic and author (b. 1764)

Deaths196 years ago

1868 - Linus Yale, Jr., American engineer and businessman (b. 1821)

Deaths152 years ago

1875 - Young Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (b. 1851)

Deaths145 years ago

1880 - Fridolin Anderwert, Swiss lawyer and politician, President of the Swiss National Council (b. 1828)

Deaths140 years ago

1824 - William Lawless, Irish revolutionary, later French Army general (b. 1772)

Deaths196 years ago

1916 - Albert Chmielowski, Polish saint, founded the Albertine Brothers (b. 1845)

Deaths104 years ago

1921 - Vladimir Korolenko, Russian journalist, author, and activist (b. 1853)

Deaths99 years ago

1925 - Karl Abraham, German psychoanalyst and author (b. 1877)

Deaths95 years ago

1926 - Emperor Taishō of Japan (b. 1879)

Deaths94 years ago

1928 - Miles Burke, American boxer (b. 1885)

Deaths92 years ago

1930 - Jakob Mändmets, Estonian journalist and author (b. 1871)

Deaths90 years ago

1933 - Francesc Macià, Catalan colonel and politician, 122nd President of Catalonia (b. 1859)

Deaths87 years ago

1935 - Paul Bourget, French author and critic (b. 1852)

Deaths85 years ago

1938 - Karel Čapek, Czech author and playwright (b. 1890)

Deaths82 years ago

1940 - Agnes Ayres, American actress (b. 1898)

Deaths80 years ago

1941 - Richard S. Aldrich, American lawyer and politician (b. 1884)

Deaths79 years ago

1944 - George Steer, South African-English journalist and author (b. 1909)

Deaths76 years ago

1946 - W. C. Fields, American actor, comedian, juggler, and screenwriter (b. 1880)

Deaths74 years ago

1947 - Gaspar G. Bacon, American lawyer and politician, 51st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1886)

Deaths73 years ago

1949 - Leon Schlesinger, American animator and producer, founded Warner Bros. Cartoons (b. 1884)

Deaths71 years ago

1950 - Neil Francis Hawkins, English politician (b. 1903)

Deaths70 years ago

1952 - Margrethe Mather, American photographer (b. 1886)

Deaths68 years ago

1953 - Patsy Donovan, Irish-American baseball player and manager (b. 1865)

Deaths67 years ago

1953 - William Haselden, British cartoonist (b. 1872)

Deaths67 years ago

1956 - Robert Walser, Swiss author and playwright (b. 1878)

Deaths64 years ago

1957 - Charles Pathé, French record producer, founded Pathé Records (b. 1863)

Deaths63 years ago

1961 - Owen Brewster, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 54th Governor of Maine (b. 1888)

Deaths59 years ago

1961 - Otto Loewi, German-American pharmacologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1873)

Deaths59 years ago

1963 - Tristan Tzara, Romanian-French poet, playwright, painter, and critic (b. 1896)

Deaths57 years ago

1970 - Michael Peto, Hungarian-English photographer and journalist (b. 1908)

Deaths50 years ago

1973 - İsmet İnönü, Turkish general and politician, 2nd President of Turkey (b. 1884)

Deaths47 years ago

1973 - Gabriel Voisin, French pilot and engineer (b. 1880)

Deaths47 years ago

1975 - Gaston Gallimard, French publisher, founded Éditions Gallimard (b. 1881)

Deaths45 years ago

1975 - Gunnar Kangro, Estonian mathematician and author (b. 1913)

Deaths45 years ago

1977 - Charlie Chaplin, English actor and director (b. 1889)

Deaths43 years ago

1979 - Joan Blondell, American actress and singer (b. 1906)

Deaths41 years ago

1979 - Jordi Bonet, Canadian painter and sculptor (b. 1932)

Deaths41 years ago

1980 - Fred Emney, English actor and comedian (b. 1900)

Deaths40 years ago

1983 - Joan Miró, Spanish painter and sculptor (b. 1893)

Deaths37 years ago

1988 - Shōhei Ōoka, Japanese author and critic (b. 1909)

Deaths32 years ago

1988 - Edward Pelham-Clinton, 10th Duke of Newcastle, English entomologist and lepidopterist (b. 1920)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - Benny Binion, American poker player and businessman (b. 1904)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Elena Ceaușescu, Romanian politician, First Lady of Romania (b. 1916)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Nicolae Ceaușescu, Romanian general and politician, 1st President of Romania (b. 1918)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Betty Garde, American actress (b. 1905)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Frederick F. Houser, American judge and politician, 34th Lieutenant Governor of California (b. 1905)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Billy Martin, American baseball player and manager (b. 1928)

Deaths31 years ago

1989 - Robert Pirosh, American director and screenwriter (b. 1910)

Deaths31 years ago

1991 - Wilbur Snyder, American football player and wrestler (b. 1929)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - Monica Dickens, British-American nurse and author (b. 1915)

Deaths28 years ago

1993 - Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist and academic (b. 1899)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Zail Singh, Indian politician, 7th President of India (b. 1916)

Deaths26 years ago

1995 - Emmanuel Levinas, Lithuanian-French philosopher and academic (b. 1906)

Deaths25 years ago

1995 - Dean Martin, American singer and actor (b. 1917)

Deaths25 years ago

1995 - Chang Kee-ryo, Korean surgeon (b. 1914)

Deaths25 years ago

1996 - Bill Hewitt, Canadian sportscaster (b. 1928)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Anatoli Boukreev, Kazakh mountaineer and explorer (b. 1958)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - Denver Pyle, American actor (b. 1920)

Deaths23 years ago

2000 - Neil Hawke, Australian cricketer and footballer (b. 1939)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher and academic (b. 1908)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Alfred A. Tomatis, French otolaryngologist and academic (b. 1920)

Deaths19 years ago

2003 - Nicholas Mavroules, American politician (b. 1929)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Gennadi Strekalov, Russian engineer and astronaut (b. 1940)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Derek Bailey, English guitarist (b. 1930)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Robert Barbers, Filipino police officer, lawyer, and politician, 15th Filipino Secretary of the Interior (b. 1944)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Birgit Nilsson, Swedish operatic soprano (b. 1918)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Joseph Pararajasingham, Sri Lankan journalist, businessman, and politician (b. 1934)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - James Brown, American singer-songwriter (b. 1933)

Deaths14 years ago

2007 - Des Barrick, English cricketer (b. 1927)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Jim Beauchamp, American baseball player and coach (b. 1939)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Eartha Kitt, American singer and actress (b. 1927)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Vic Chesnutt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1964)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Carlos Andrés Pérez, Venezuelan politician, 66th President of Venezuela (b. 1922)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Giorgio Bocca, Italian journalist (b. 1920)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Jim Sherwood, American saxophonist (b. 1942)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Simms Taback, American author and illustrator (b. 1932)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Erico Aumentado, Filipino journalist, lawyer, and politician (b. 1940)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Halfdan Hegtun, Norwegian radio host and politician (b. 1918)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Joe Krivak, American football player and coach (b. 1935)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Turki bin Sultan, Saudi Arabian politician (b. 1959)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Şerafettin Elçi, Turkish lawyer, politician, government minister (b. 1938)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Anthony J. Bryant, American historian and author (b. 1961)

Deaths7 years ago

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

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Wayne Harrison, English footballer (b. 1967)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Mike Hegan, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1942)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Lola Lange, Canadian rural feminist and appointee to the Royal Commission on the Status of Women (b. 1922)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Mel Mathay, Filipino politician, 8th Mayor of Quezon City (b. 1932)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Ricardo Porro, Cuban-French architect (b. 1925)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Geoff Pullar, English cricketer (b. 1935)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - David Ryall, English actor (b. 1935)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - George Clayton Johnson, American author and screenwriter (b. 1929)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Dorothy M. Murdock, American author and historian (b. 1961)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Valery Khalilov, Russian military musician and composer (b. 1952)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - George Michael, British singer and songwriter (b. 1963)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Vera Rubin, American astronomer (b. 1928)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - D. Herbert Lipson, American magazine publisher (Philadelphia, Boston)

Deaths3 years ago

2018 - Sulagitti Narasamma, Indian midwife (b. 1920)

Deaths2 years ago

2019 - Ari Behn, Norwegian writer (b. 1972)

Deaths1 years ago

2019 - Peter Schreier, German tenor and conductor (b. 1935)

Deaths1 years ago

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