Holidays and observances

Boxing Day, except when December 26 is a Sunday. If it is a Sunday, Boxing Day is transferred to December 27 by Royal Proclamation. (Commonwealth of Nations), and its related observances:Day of Good Will (South Africa and Namibia)

Holidays and observances

Boxing Day, except when December 26 is a Sunday. If it is a Sunday, Boxing Day is transferred to December 27 by Royal Proclamation. (Commonwealth of Nations), and its related observances:Family Day (Vanuatu)

Holidays and observances

Boxing Day, except when December 26 is a Sunday. If it is a Sunday, Boxing Day is transferred to December 27 by Royal Proclamation. (Commonwealth of Nations), and its related observances:Thanksgiving (Solomon Islands)

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

St. Stephen's Day (public holiday in Alsace, Austria, Catalonia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland), and its related observances:Father's Day (Bulgaria)

Holidays and observances

The first day of Kwanzaa, celebrated until January 1 (United States)

Holidays and observances

The first day of Junkanoo street parade, the second day is on the New Year's Day (The Bahamas)

Holidays and observances

The second day of the Twelve Days of Christmas (Western Christianity)Second day of Christmas (Public holiday in the Netherlands, Poland and Slovakia)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances


887 - Berengar I is elected as king of Italy by the lords of Lombardy. He is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy at Pavia.


1481 - Battle of Westbroek: Holland defeats troops of Utrecht.

Events539 years ago

1489 - The forces of the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, take control of Almería from the Nasrid ruler of Granada, Muhammad XIII.

Events531 years ago

1776 - American Revolutionary War: In the Battle of Trenton, the Continental Army attacks and successfully defeats a garrison of Hessian forces.

Events244 years ago
Events230 years ago

1793 - Second Battle of Wissembourg: France defeats Austria.

Events227 years ago

1799 - Henry Lee III's eulogy to George Washington in congress declares him as "first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen". (This is not to be confused with Washington's funeral on December 18.)

Events221 years ago

1805 - Austria and France sign the Treaty of Pressburg.

Events215 years ago

1806 - Battles of Pultusk and Golymin: Russian forces hold French forces under Napoleon.

Events214 years ago

1811 - A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable.

Events209 years ago

1825 - Advocates of liberalism in Russia rise up against Czar Nicholas I but are suppressed in the Decembrist revolt in Saint Petersburg.

Events195 years ago

1860 - The first ever inter-club English association football match takes place between Hallam and Sheffield football clubs in Sheffield.

Events160 years ago

1861 - American Civil War: The Trent Affair: Confederate diplomatic envoys James Murray Mason and John Slidell are freed by the United States government, thus heading off a possible war between the United States and the United Kingdom.

Events159 years ago

1862 - American Civil War: The Battle of Chickasaw Bayou begins.

Events158 years ago

1862 - Four nuns serving as volunteer nurses on board USS Red Rover are the first female nurses on a U.S. Navy hospital ship.

Events158 years ago

1862 - The largest mass-hanging in U.S. history took place in Mankato, Minnesota, where 38 Native Americans died.

Events158 years ago

1871 - Thespis, the first Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration, debuts. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years and the score has been lost.

Events149 years ago

1898 - Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of radium.

Events122 years ago

1919 - Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox is sold to the New York Yankees by owner Harry Frazee, allegedly establishing the Curse of the Bambino superstition.

Events101 years ago

1941 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

Events79 years ago

1943 - World War II: German warship Scharnhorst is sunk off of Norway's North Cape after a battle against major Royal Navy forces.

Events77 years ago

1944 - World War II: George S. Patton's Third Army breaks the encirclement of surrounded U.S. forces at Bastogne, Belgium.

Events76 years ago

1948 - Cardinal József Mindszenty is arrested in Hungary and accused of treason and conspiracy.

Events72 years ago

1948 - The last Soviet troops withdraw from North Korea.

Events72 years ago

1963 - The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" are released in the United States, marking the beginning of Beatlemania on an international level.

Events57 years ago

1966 - The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach.

Events54 years ago
Events52 years ago

1972 - Vietnam War: As part of Operation Linebacker II, 120 American B-52 Stratofortress bombers attacked Hanoi, including 78 launched from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the largest single combat launch in Strategic Air Command history.

Events48 years ago

1975 - Tu-144, the world's first commercial supersonic aircraft, surpassing Mach 2, went into service.

Events45 years ago
Events29 years ago

1994 - Four Armed Islamic Group hijackers seize control of Air France Flight 8969. When the plane lands at Marseille, a French Gendarmerie assault team boards the aircraft and kills the hijackers.

Events26 years ago

1998 - Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones.

Events22 years ago

1999 - The storm Lothar sweeps across Central Europe, killing 137 and causing US$1.3 billion in damage.

Events21 years ago

2003 - The 6.6 MwBam earthquake shakes southeastern Iran with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), leaving more than 26,000 dead and 30,000 injured.

Events17 years ago

2004 - The 9.1–9.3 MwIndian Ocean earthquake shakes northern Sumatra with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). One of the largest observed tsunamis follows, affecting the coastal areas of Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Indonesia; death toll is estimated at 227,898.

Events16 years ago

2004 - Orange Revolution: The final run-off election in Ukraine is held under heavy international scrutiny.

Events16 years ago

2012 - China opens the world's longest high-speed rail route, which links Beijing and Guangzhou.

Events8 years ago

2015 - During the December 2015 North American storm complex, a Tornado Outbreak occurred in the DFW Metroplex, with the most notable tornadoes being an EF2, EF3, and an EF4. About a dozen people died due to various reasons, 10 of which due to the EF4, which did substantial damage to the suburb of Rowlett.

Events5 years ago


Births826 years ago

1446 - Charles de Valois, Duke de Berry, French noble (d. 1472)

Births574 years ago

1526 - Rose Lok, businesswoman and Protestant exile (d.1613)

Births494 years ago

1532 - Wilhelm Xylander, German scholar and academic (d. 1576)

Births488 years ago

1536 - Yi I, Korean philosopher and scholar (d. 1584)

Births484 years ago
Births483 years ago
Births439 years ago

1618 - Elisabeth of the Palatinate, German princess, philosopher, and Calvinist (d. 1680)

Births402 years ago

1628 - John Page, American politician (d. 1692)

Births392 years ago

1646 - Robert Bolling, English-American merchant and planter (d. 1709)

Births374 years ago

1687 - Johann Georg Pisendel, German violinist and composer (d. 1755)

Births333 years ago

1716 - Thomas Gray, English poet and scholar (d. 1771)

Births304 years ago

1716 - Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French soldier and philosopher (d. 1803)

Births304 years ago

1723 - Friedrich Melchior, Baron von Grimm, German-French author and playwright (d. 1807)

Births297 years ago
Births283 years ago

1751 - Lord George Gordon, English lieutenant and politician (d. 1793)

Births269 years ago

1751 - Clemens Maria Hofbauer, Austrian priest, missionary, and saint (d. 1820)

Births269 years ago

1769 - Ernst Moritz Arndt, German writer and poet (d. 1860)

Births251 years ago

1780 - Mary Somerville, Scottish mathematician, astronomer, and author (d. 1872)

Births240 years ago

1785 - Étienne Constantin de Gerlache, Belgian lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Belgium (d. 1871)

Births235 years ago

1782 - Philaret Drozdov, Russian metropolitan and saint (d. 1867)

Births238 years ago

1791 - Charles Babbage, English mathematician and engineer, invented the Difference engine (d. 1871)

Births229 years ago

1803 - Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald, Estonian physician and author (d. 1882)

Births217 years ago

1819 - E. D. E. N. Southworth, American author and educator (d. 1899)

Births201 years ago

1820 - Dion Boucicault, Irish actor and playwright (d. 1890)

Births200 years ago

1837 - Morgan Bulkeley, American soldier and politician, 54th Governor of Connecticut (d. 1922)

Births183 years ago

1837 - George Dewey, American admiral (d. 1917)

Births183 years ago

1852 - Johannes François Snelleman, Dutch zoologist, orientalist, and ethnographer (d. 1938)

Births168 years ago

1853 - René Bazin, French author and academic (d. 1932)

Births167 years ago

1854 - José Yves Limantour, Mexican financier and politician, Mexican Secretary of Finance (d. 1935)

Births166 years ago

1859 - William Stephens, American lawyer and politician, 24th Governor of California (d. 1944)

Births161 years ago

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

Births157 years ago

1864 - Yun Chi-ho, Korean activist and politician (d. 1945)

Births156 years ago

1867 - Phan Bội Châu, Vietnamese activist (d. 1940)

Births153 years ago

1869 - Mathieu Cordang, Dutch cyclist (d. 1942)

Births151 years ago

1872 - Norman Angell, English journalist, academic, and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1967)

Births148 years ago

1873 - Thomas Wass, English cricketer (d. 1953)

Births147 years ago

1874 - Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah, Bangladeshi theologian and academic (d. 1965)

Births146 years ago

1883 - Maurice Utrillo, French painter (d. 1955)

Births137 years ago

1885 - Bazoline Estelle Usher, African-American educator (d. 1992)

Births135 years ago

1887 - Arthur Percival, English general (d. 1966)

Births133 years ago

1888 - Marius Canard, French orientalist and historian (d. 1982)

Births132 years ago

1890 - Konstantinos Georgakopoulos, Greek lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1973)

Births130 years ago

1890 - Percy Hodge, English runner (d. 1967)

Births130 years ago

1891 - Henry Miller, American author and painter (d. 1980)

Births129 years ago

1892 - Don Barclay, American actor and illustrator (d. 1975)

Births128 years ago

1893 - Mao Zedong, Chinese politician, Chairman of the Communist Party of China (d. 1976)

Births127 years ago

1894 - Jean Toomer, American author and poet (d. 1967)

Births126 years ago

1900 - Evelyn Bark, leading member of the British Red Cross, first female recipient of the CMG (d. 1993)

Births120 years ago

1901 - Elmar Muuk, Estonian linguist and author (d. 1941)

Births119 years ago

1902 - Anatoli Lvovich Kaplan, Russian painter and sculptor (d. 1980)

Births118 years ago

1903 - Elisha Cook, Jr., American actor (d. 1995)

Births117 years ago

1904 - Alejo Carpentier, Swiss-Cuban musicologist and author (d. 1980)

Births116 years ago

1905 - William Loeb III, American publisher (d. 1981)

Births115 years ago

1907 - Albert Gore, Sr., American lawyer and politician (d. 1998)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Ralph Hill, American runner (d. 1994)

Births112 years ago

1909 - Matt Gordy, American pole vaulter (d. 1989)

Births111 years ago

1910 - Imperio Argentina, Argentine-Spanish actress and singer (d. 2003)

Births110 years ago

1910 - Marguerite Churchill, American actress (d. 2000)

Births110 years ago

1912 - Arsenio Lacson, Filipino journalist and politician, Mayor of Manila (d. 1962)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Frank Swift, English footballer and journalist (d. 1958)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Richard Widmark, American actor (d. 2008)

Births106 years ago

1915 - Rolf Botvid, Swedish actor and screenwriter (d. 1998)

Births105 years ago

1918 - Olga Lopes-Seale, Guyanese-Barbadian singer and radio host (d. 2011)

Births102 years ago

1918 - Georgios Rallis, Greek lieutenant and politician, 173rd Prime Minister of Greece (d. 2006)

Births102 years ago

1921 - Steve Allen, American actor, singer, talk show host, and screenwriter (d. 2000)

Births99 years ago

1921 - John Severin, American illustrator (d. 2012)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Richard Mayes, English actor (d. 2006)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Richard Artschwager, American painter, illustrator, and sculptor (d. 2013)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Frank Broyles, American football player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2017)

Births96 years ago

1926 - Earle Brown, American composer (d. 2002)

Births94 years ago

1927 - Denis Gifford, English journalist and historian (d. 2000)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Alan King, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2004)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Stu Miller, American baseball player (d. 2015)

Births93 years ago

1927 - Denis Quilley, English actor (d. 2003)

Births93 years ago

1929 - Kathleen Crowley, American actress (d. 2017)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Régine Zylberberg, Belgian-French singer and actress

Births91 years ago

1930 - Jean Ferrat, French singer-songwriter and poet (d. 2010)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Harry Gamble, American football player, coach, and manager (d. 2014)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Donald Moffat, English-American actor (d. 2018)

Births90 years ago

1933 - Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer and voice actor (d. 2019)

Births87 years ago

1935 - Abdul "Duke" Fakir, American singer

Births85 years ago

1935 - Rohan Kanhai, Guyanese cricketer

Births85 years ago

1935 - Norm Ullman, Canadian ice hockey player

Births85 years ago

1936 - Peep Jänes, Estonian architect

Births84 years ago

1936 - Trevor Taylor, English race car driver (d. 2010)

Births84 years ago

1937 - John Horton Conway, English mathematician, known for Conway's Game of Life

Births83 years ago

1938 - Bahram Beyzai, Iranian director, producer, and screenwriter

Births82 years ago

1938 - Robert Hamerton-Kelly, South African-American pastor, scholar, and author (d. 2013)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1989)

Births82 years ago

1938 - Mirko Kovač, Yugoslav-Croatian author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

Births82 years ago

1939 - Fred Schepisi, Australian director and screenwriter

Births81 years ago

1939 - Phil Spector, American singer-songwriter and producer

Births81 years ago

1940 - Edward C. Prescott, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births80 years ago

1940 - Ray Sadecki, American baseball player (d. 2014)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Daniel Schmid, Swiss actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2006)

Births79 years ago

1942 - Vinicio Cerezo, Guatemalan politician, 28th President of Guatemala

Births78 years ago

1942 - Catherine Coulter, American author

Births78 years ago

1942 - Gray Davis, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 37th Governor of California

Births78 years ago

1944 - William Ayers, American academic and activist

Births76 years ago

1945 - John Walsh, American television host, producer, and activist, created America's Most Wanted

Births75 years ago

1946 - Alan Frumin, American lawyer and politician

Births74 years ago

1946 - Tiit Rosenberg, Estonian historian and academic

Births74 years ago

1947 - James T. Conway, American general

Births73 years ago

1947 - Jean Echenoz, French author

Births73 years ago

1947 - Carlton Fisk, American baseball player

Births73 years ago

1947 - Josef Janíček, Czech singer-songwriter, guitarist, and keyboard player

Births73 years ago

1947 - Richard Levis McCormick, American historian and academic

Births73 years ago

1948 - Candy Crowley, American journalist

Births72 years ago

1949 - José Ramos-Horta, East Timorese lawyer and politician, 2nd President of East Timor, Nobel Prize laureate

Births71 years ago

1950 - Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Pakistani businessman and politician, 17th Prime Minister of Pakistan

Births70 years ago

1950 - Mario Mendoza, Mexican baseball player and manager

Births70 years ago

1953 - Leonel Fernández, Dominican lawyer and politician, 51st President of the Dominican Republic

Births67 years ago

1953 - Makis Katsavakis, Greek footballer and manager

Births67 years ago

1953 - Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Swedish-Estonian journalist and politician, 4th President of Estonia

Births67 years ago

1953 - Henning Schmitz, German drummer

Births67 years ago

1954 - Peter Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer and philanthropist

Births66 years ago

1954 - Ozzie Smith, American baseball player and sportscaster

Births66 years ago

1955 - Evan Bayh, American lawyer and politician, 46th Governor of Indiana

Births65 years ago

1956 - David Sedaris, American comedian, author, and radio host

Births64 years ago

1957 - Dermot Murnaghan, English-Northern Irish journalist and game show host

Births63 years ago

1958 - Adrian Newey, English aerodynamicist and engineer

Births62 years ago

1959 - Kōji Morimoto, Japanese animator and director

Births61 years ago

1959 - Hans Nielsen, Danish motorcycle racer

Births61 years ago

1959 - Wang Lijun, Chinese police officer and politician

Births61 years ago

1960 - Keith Martin Ball, American mathematician and academic

Births60 years ago

1960 - Ruud Kaiser, Dutch footballer and manager

Births60 years ago

1960 - Jim Toomey, American cartoonist

Births60 years ago

1960 - Cem Uzan, Turkish businessman and politician

Births60 years ago

1961 - Andrew Lock, Australian mountaineer

Births59 years ago

1961 - John Lynch, Northern Irish actor

Births59 years ago

1962 - Mark Starr, English wrestler (d. 2013)

Births58 years ago

1963 - Craig Teitzel, Australian rugby league player

Births57 years ago

1963 - Lars Ulrich, Danish-American drummer, songwriter, and producer

Births57 years ago

1964 - Elizabeth Kostova, American author

Births56 years ago

1966 - Jay Farrar, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births54 years ago

1966 - Tim Legler, American basketball player and sportscaster

Births54 years ago

1966 - Jay Yuenger, American guitarist and producer

Births54 years ago

1968 - Matt Zoller Seitz, American film critic and author

Births52 years ago

1969 - Isaac Viciosa, Spanish runner

Births51 years ago

1970 - James Mercer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births50 years ago

1971 - Jared Leto, American actor and musician

Births49 years ago

1971 - Mika Nurmela, Finnish footballer

Births49 years ago

1971 - Tatiana Sorokko, Russian-American model and journalist

Births49 years ago

1972 - Esteban Fuertes, Argentinian footballer

Births48 years ago

1972 - Robert Muchamore, English author

Births48 years ago

1973 - Paulo Frederico Benevenute, Brazilian footballer

Births47 years ago

1973 - Gianluca Faliva, Italian rugby player

Births47 years ago

1973 - Nobuhiko Matsunaka, Japanese baseball player

Births47 years ago

1973 - Steve Prescott, English rugby player (d. 2013)

Births47 years ago

1974 - Joshua John Miller, American actor, director, and screenwriter

Births46 years ago

1975 - Chris Calaguio, Filipino basketball player

Births45 years ago

1975 - Marcelo Ríos, Chilean tennis player

Births45 years ago

1975 - María Vasco, Spanish race walker

Births45 years ago

1976 - Simon Goodwin, Australian footballer and coach

Births44 years ago

1977 - Fatih Akyel, Turkish footballer and manager

Births43 years ago

1977 - Adrienn Hegedűs, Hungarian tennis player

Births43 years ago

1978 - Karel Rüütli, Estonian lawyer and politician

Births42 years ago

1978 - Kaoru Sugayama, Japanese volleyball player

Births42 years ago

1979 - Fabián Carini, Uruguayan footballer

Births41 years ago

1979 - Chris Daughtry, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births41 years ago

1979 - Dimitry Vassiliev, Russian ski jumper

Births41 years ago

1979 - Craig Wing, Australian rugby player

Births41 years ago

1980 - Todd Dunivant, American soccer player

Births40 years ago

1980 - Ceylan Ertem, Turkish singer

Births40 years ago

1981 - Pablo Canavosio, Argentinian-Italian rugby player

Births39 years ago

1981 - Nikolai Nikolaeff, Australian actor

Births39 years ago

1982 - Kenneth Darby, American football player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Noel Hunt, Irish footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Aksel Lund Svindal, Norwegian skier

Births38 years ago

1983 - Yu Takahashi, Japanese singer-songwriter

Births37 years ago

1983 - Alexander Wang, American fashion designer

Births37 years ago

1984 - Ahmed Barusso, Ghanaian footballer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Leonardo Ghiraldini, Italian rugby player

Births36 years ago

1984 - Alex Schwazer, Italian race walker

Births36 years ago

1985 - Beth Behrs, American actress

Births35 years ago

1986 - Kit Harington, English actor

Births34 years ago

1986 - Hugo Lloris, French footballer

Births34 years ago

1986 - Selen Soyder, Turkish actress and beauty queen

Births34 years ago

1989 - Yohan Blake, Jamaican sprinter

Births31 years ago

1990 - Jon Bellion, American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer

Births30 years ago

1990 - Andy Biersack, American singer-songwriter

Births30 years ago

1990 - Denis Cheryshev, Russian footballer

Births30 years ago

1990 - Aaron Ramsey, Welsh footballer

Births30 years ago

1991 - Eden Sher, American actress

Births29 years ago

1992 - Cecilia Costa Melgar, Chilean tennis player

Births28 years ago

1992 - Jade Thirlwall, English singer

Births28 years ago

1994 - Souleymane Coulibaly, Ivorian footballer

Births26 years ago


268 - Dionysius, pope of the Catholic Church


418 - Zosimus, pope of the Catholic Church


831 - Euthymius of Sardis, Byzantine bishop and saint (b. 754)


865 - Zheng, empress of the Tang Dynasty


893 - Masrur al-Balkhi, Abbasid general


1006 - Gao Qiong, Chinese general (b. 935)

Deaths1014 years ago

1191 - Reginald Fitz Jocelin, archbishop-elect of Canterbury

Deaths829 years ago

1302 - Valdemar, king of Sweden (b. 1239)

Deaths718 years ago

1331 - Philip I, Prince of Taranto, titular Latin Emperor (b. 1278)

Deaths689 years ago

1350 - Jean de Marigny, French archbishop

Deaths670 years ago

1352 - John, 3rd Earl of Kent, English politician (b. 1330)

Deaths668 years ago

1360 - Thomas Holland, 1st Earl of Kent, English commander (b. 1314)

Deaths660 years ago

1413 - Michele Steno, doge of Venice (b. 1331)

Deaths607 years ago

1441 - Niccolò III d'Este, marquess of Ferrara

Deaths579 years ago

1458 - Arthur III, duke of Brittany (b. 1393)

Deaths562 years ago

1476 - Galeazzo Maria Sforza, duke of Milan (b. 1444)

Deaths544 years ago

1530 - Babur, Mongolian emperor (b. 1483)

Deaths490 years ago

1574 - Charles de Lorraine, French cardinal (b. 1524)

Deaths446 years ago

1646 - Henri de Bourbon, prince of Condé (b. 1588)

Deaths374 years ago

1731 - Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French author (b. 1672)

Deaths289 years ago

1771 - Claude Adrien Helvétius, French philosopher and activist (b. 1715)

Deaths249 years ago

1780 - John Fothergill, English physician and botanist (b. 1712)

Deaths240 years ago

1784 - Seth Warner, American colonel (b. 1743)

Deaths236 years ago

1786 - Gasparo Gozzi, Italian playwright and critic (b. 1713)

Deaths234 years ago
Deaths157 years ago

1869 - Jean Léonard Marie Poiseuille, French physician and physiologist (b. 1797)

Deaths151 years ago

1890 - Heinrich Schliemann, German-Italian archaeologist and author (b. 1822)

Deaths130 years ago

1909 - Frederic Remington, American painter and illustrator (b. 1861)

Deaths111 years ago

1923 - Dietrich Eckart, German journalist, poet, and politician (b. 1868)

Deaths97 years ago

1925 - Jan Letzel, Czech architect, designed the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (b. 1880)

Deaths95 years ago

1929 - Albert Giraud, Belgian poet (b. 1860)

Deaths91 years ago

1931 - Melvil Dewey, American librarian and educator, created the Dewey Decimal Classification (b. 1851)

Deaths89 years ago

1933 - Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian journalist and politician (b. 1875)

Deaths87 years ago

1933 - Henry Watson Fowler, English lexicographer and educator (b. 1858)

Deaths87 years ago

1959 - Jack Tresadern, English footballer and manager (b. 1890)

Deaths61 years ago

1960 - Tetsuro Watsuji, Japanese historian and philosopher (b. 1889)

Deaths60 years ago

1963 - Gorgeous George, American wrestler (b. 1915)

Deaths57 years ago

1966 - Ina Boudier-Bakker, Dutch author (b. 1875)

Deaths54 years ago

1966 - Herbert Otto Gille, German general (b. 1897)

Deaths54 years ago

1966 - Guillermo Stábile, Argentinian footballer and manager (b. 1905)

Deaths54 years ago

1968 - Weegee, Ukrainian-American photographer and journalist (b. 1898)

Deaths52 years ago

1970 - Lillian Board, South African-English runner (b. 1948)

Deaths50 years ago

1972 - Harry S. Truman, American colonel and politician, 33rd President of the United States (b. 1884)

Deaths48 years ago
Deaths47 years ago

1974 - Farid al-Atrash, Syrian-Egyptian singer-songwriter, oud player, and actor (b. 1915)

Deaths46 years ago

1974 - Jack Benny, American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, and violinist (b. 1894)

Deaths46 years ago

1974 - Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton, Scottish admiral (b. 1890)

Deaths46 years ago

1977 - Howard Hawks, American director and screenwriter (b. 1896)

Deaths43 years ago

1980 - Tony Smith, American sculptor and educator (b. 1912)

Deaths40 years ago

1981 - Amber Reeves, New Zealand-English author and scholar (b. 1887)

Deaths39 years ago

1981 - Suat Hayri Ürgüplü, Turkish politician, Prime Minister of Turkey (b. 1903)

Deaths39 years ago

1981 - Savitri, Indian actress, playback singer, dancer, director and producer (b. 1936)

Deaths39 years ago

1986 - Elsa Lanchester, English-American actress (b. 1902)

Deaths34 years ago

1987 - Dorothy Bliss, American invertebrate zoologist, curator at the American Museum of Natural History (b. 1916)

Deaths33 years ago

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

Deaths32 years ago

1988 - Pablo Sorozábal, German-Spanish composer and conductor (b. 1897)

Deaths32 years ago

1989 - Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1924)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Gene Callahan, American art director and production designer (b. 1923)

Deaths30 years ago

1994 - Sylva Koscina, Italian actress (b. 1933)

Deaths26 years ago

1996 - JonBenét Ramsey, American child beauty queen and prominent unsolved murder victim (b. 1990)

Deaths24 years ago

1997 - Cahit Arf, Turkish mathematician and academic (b. 1910)

Deaths23 years ago

1997 - Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek economist and philosopher (b. 1922)

Deaths23 years ago

1998 - Ram Swarup, Indian writer on Hindu philosophy and religion (b. 1920)

Deaths22 years ago

1999 - Curtis Mayfield, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1942)

Deaths21 years ago

1999 - Shankar Dayal Sharma, Indian academic and politician, 9th President of India (b. 1918)

Deaths21 years ago

2000 - Jason Robards, American actor (b. 1922)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (b. 1929)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - Herb Ritts, American photographer and director (b. 1952)

Deaths18 years ago

2002 - Armand Zildjian, American businessman, founded the Avedis Zildjian Company (b. 1921)

Deaths18 years ago

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

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Troy Broadbridge, Australian footballer (b. 1980)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African surgeon and academic (b. 1959)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian saxophonist and composer (b. 1959)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Angus Ogilvy, English businessman (b. 1928)

Deaths16 years ago

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

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Reggie White, American football player and wrestler (b. 1961)

Deaths16 years ago

2005 - Muriel Costa-Greenspon, American soprano (b. 1937)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Ted Ditchburn, English footballer and manager (b. 1921)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Kerry Packer, Australian publisher and businessman (b. 1937)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Viacheslav Platonov, Russian volleyball player and coach (b. 1939)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Vincent Schiavelli, American actor (b. 1948)

Deaths15 years ago

2005 - Erich Topp, German commander (b. 1914)

Deaths15 years ago

2006 - Gerald Ford, American commander, lawyer, and politician, 38th President of the United States (b. 1913)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Ivar Formo, Norwegian skier and engineer (b. 1951)

Deaths14 years ago

2006 - Munir Niazi, Indian-Pakistani poet (b. 1928)

Deaths14 years ago

2009 - Felix Wurman, American cellist and composer (b. 1958)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Salvador Jorge Blanco, 48th President of the Dominican Republic (b. 1926)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Edward Bhengu, South African activist (b. 1934)

Deaths10 years ago

2010 - Teena Marie, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1956)

Deaths10 years ago

2011 - Houston Antwine, American football player (b. 1939)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Pedro Armendáriz, Jr., Mexican-American actor and producer (b. 1940)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Sarekoppa Bangarappa, Indian politician, 15th Chief Minister of Karnataka (b. 1932)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Joe Bodolai, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1948)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - James Rizzi, American painter and illustrator (b. 1950)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Gerry Anderson, English director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1929)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Gerald McDermott, American author and illustrator (b. 1941)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Ibrahim Tannous, Lebanese general (b. 1929)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Paul Blair, American baseball player and coach (b. 1944)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Marta Eggerth, Hungarian-American actress and singer (b. 1912)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Stanisław Barańczak, Polish-American poet, critic, and scholar (b. 1946)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - James B. Edwards, American dentist, soldier, and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Energy (b. 1927)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Leo Tindemans, Belgian politician, 43rd Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1922)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - Sidney Mintz, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1922)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Jim O'Toole, American baseball player (b. 1937)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Ricky Harris, American comedian, actor (b. 1962)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - George S. Irving, American actor, singer and dancer (b. 1922)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Irv Weinstein, American broadcaster and television news anchor (b. 1930)

Deaths3 years ago

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