Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances

Proclamation Day (South Australia), celebration started on the day following Christmas (South Australia)

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances

Events

418 - A papal conclave begins, resulting in the election of Pope Boniface I.

Events

457 - Majorian is acclaimed emperor of the Western Roman Empire and recognized by Emperor Leo I the Thracian.

Events

484 - Alaric II succeeds his father Euric and becomes king of the Visigoths. He establishes his capital at Aire-sur-l'Adour (Southern Gaul).

Events

893 - An earthquake destroys the city of Dvin, Armenia.

Events
Events955 years ago

1308 - The reign of Emperor Hanazono of Japan begins.

Events712 years ago

1659 - The Marathas defeat the Adilshahi forces in the Battle of Kolhapur.

Events361 years ago

1768 - King Taksin's coronation achieved through conquest as a king of Thailand and established Thonburi as a capital.

Events252 years ago

1795 - Construction of Yonge Street, formerly recognized as the longest street in the world, begins in York, Upper Canada (present-day Toronto).

Events225 years ago
Events188 years ago

1835 - Osceola leads his Seminole warriors in Florida into the Second Seminole War against the United States Army.

Events185 years ago

1836 - South Australia and Adelaide are founded.

Events184 years ago

1836 - Spain recognizes the independence of Mexico with the signing of the Santa María–Calatrava Treaty.

Events184 years ago

1846 - Iowa is admitted as the 29th U.S. state.

Events174 years ago

1879 - Tay Bridge disaster: The central part of the Tay Rail Bridge in Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom collapses as a train passes over it, killing 75.

Events141 years ago

1885 - Indian National Congress, a political party of India, is founded in Bombay Presidency, British India.

Events135 years ago

1895 - The Lumière brothers perform for their first paying audience at the Grand Cafe in Boulevard des Capucines.

Events125 years ago

1895 - Wilhelm Röntgen publishes a paper detailing his discovery of a new type of radiation, which later will be known as x-rays.

Events125 years ago
Events118 years ago

1908 - The 7.1 MwMessina earthquake shakes Southern Italy with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme), killing between 75,000 and 200,000.

Events112 years ago

1912 - The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco.

Events108 years ago

1918 - Constance Markievicz, while detained in Holloway prison, became the first woman to be elected MP to the British House of Commons.

Events102 years ago

1941 - World War II: Operation Anthropoid, the plot to assassinate high-ranking Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich, commences.

Events79 years ago

1943 - Soviet authorities launch Operation Ulussy, beginning the deportation of the Kalmyk nation to Siberia and Central Asia.

Events77 years ago

1943 - World War II: After eight days of brutal house-to-house fighting, the Battle of Ortona concludes with the victory of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division over the German 1st Parachute Division and the capture of the Italian town of Ortona.

Events77 years ago

1944 - Maurice Richard becomes the first player to score eight points in one game of NHL ice hockey.

Events76 years ago

1948 - The DC-3 airliner NC16002 disappears 50 miles south of Miami.

Events72 years ago
Events64 years ago
Events62 years ago

1973 - The United States Endangered Species Act is signed into law by Pres. Richard Nixon.

Events47 years ago

1989 - A magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, killing 13 people.

Events31 years ago
Events14 years ago

2009 - Forty-three people die in a suicide bombing in Karachi, Pakistan, where Shia Muslims are observing the Day of Ashura.

Events11 years ago

2014 - Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 crashes into the Karimata Strait en route from Surabaya to Singapore, killing all 162 people aboard.

Events6 years ago

2014 - Nine people die and another 19 are reported missing, when the MS Norman Atlantic catches fire in the Strait of Otranto, in the Adriatic Sea, in Italian waters.

Events6 years ago

Births

1164 - Emperor Rokujō of Japan (d. 1176)

Births856 years ago

1461 - Louise of Savoy, French nun (d. 1503)

Births559 years ago

1510 - Nicholas Bacon, English politician (d. 1579)

Births510 years ago

1522 - Margaret of Parma (d. 1583)

Births498 years ago

1535 - Martin Eisengrein, German theologian (d. 1578)

Births485 years ago

1619 - Antoine Furetière, French author and scholar (d. 1688)

Births401 years ago

1635 - Elizabeth Stuart, second daughter of King Charles I of England (d. 1650)

Births385 years ago

1651 - Johann Krieger, German organist and composer (d. 1735)

Births369 years ago
Births365 years ago
Births355 years ago

1722 - Eliza Lucas, Caribbean-American agriculturalist (d. 1793)

Births298 years ago

1763 - John Molson, English-Canadian brewer, founded the Molson Brewery (d. 1836)

Births257 years ago

1775 - Jean-Gabriel Eynard, Swiss banker and photographer (d. 1863)

Births245 years ago

1789 - Catharine Maria Sedgwick, American novelist of "domestic fiction" (d. 1867)

Births231 years ago

1798 - Thomas Henderson, Scottish astronomer and mathematician (d. 1844)

Births222 years ago

1818 - Carl Remigius Fresenius, German chemist and academic (d. 1897)

Births202 years ago

1842 - Calixa Lavallée, Canadian-American lieutenant and composer (d. 1891)

Births178 years ago

1856 - Woodrow Wilson, American historian and politician, 28th President of the United States, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1924)

Births164 years ago

1865 - Félix Vallotton, Swiss/French painter (d. 1925)

Births155 years ago

1870 - Charles Bennett, English runner (d. 1949)

Births150 years ago

1882 - Arthur Eddington, English astronomer, physicist, and mathematician (d. 1944)

Births138 years ago

1882 - Lili Elbe, Danish model and painter (d. 1931)

Births138 years ago

1887 - Werner Kolhörster, German physicist and academic (d. 1946)

Births133 years ago

1888 - F. W. Murnau, German-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1931)

Births132 years ago

1890 - Quincy Wright, American political scientist, historian, and academic (d. 1970)

Births130 years ago

1895 - Carol Ryrie Brink, American author and playwright (d. 1981)

Births125 years ago

1898 - Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish-American meteorologist and academic (d. 1957)

Births122 years ago

1898 - Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral (d. 1947)

Births122 years ago

1902 - Mortimer J. Adler, American philosopher and author (d. 2001)

Births118 years ago

1902 - Shen Congwen, Chinese author and educator (d. 1988)

Births118 years ago

1903 - Earl Hines, American pianist and bandleader (d. 1983)

Births117 years ago

1903 - John von Neumann, Hungarian-American mathematician and physicist (d. 1957)

Births117 years ago

1907 - Ze'ev Ben-Haim, Ukrainian-Israeli linguist and academic (d. 2013)

Births113 years ago

1908 - Lew Ayres, American actor (d. 1996)

Births112 years ago

1910 - Billy Williams, American singer (d. 1972)

Births110 years ago

1911 - Wil van Beveren, Dutch sprinter and journalist (d. 2003)

Births109 years ago

1913 - Lou Jacobi, Canadian-American actor (d. 2009)

Births107 years ago

1914 - Bidia Dandaron, Russian author and educator (d. 1974)

Births106 years ago

1914 - Pops Staples, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2000)

Births106 years ago

1917 - Ellis Clarke, Trinidadian politician, 1st President of Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2010)

Births103 years ago

1919 - Emily Cheney Neville, American author (d. 1997)

Births101 years ago

1920 - Tufty Mann, South African cricketer (d. 1952)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Bruce McCarty, American architect, designed the Knoxville City-County Building (d. 2013)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Steve Van Buren, Honduran-American football player (d. 2012)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Al Wistert, American football player and coach (d. 2016)

Births100 years ago

1921 - Johnny Otis, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2012)

Births99 years ago

1922 - Stan Lee, American publisher, producer, and actor (d. 2018)

Births98 years ago

1924 - Girma Wolde-Giorgis, Ethiopian politician; President of Ethiopia (d. 2018)

Births96 years ago

1925 - Hildegard Knef, German actress and singer (d. 2002)

Births95 years ago

1925 - Milton Obote, Ugandan engineer and politician, 2nd President of Uganda (d. 2005)

Births95 years ago

1926 - Donald Carr, German-English cricketer and referee (d. 2016)

Births94 years ago

1928 - Moe Koffman, Canadian flute player, saxophonist, and composer (d. 2001)

Births92 years ago

1929 - Brian Redhead, English journalist and author (d. 1994)

Births91 years ago

1929 - Terry Sawchuk, Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 1970)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Mariam A. Aleem, Egyptian illustrator and academic (d. 2010)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Guy Debord, French theorist and author (d. 1994)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Martin Milner, American actor (d. 2015)

Births89 years ago

1932 - Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian businessman, founded Reliance Industries (d. 2002)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Dorsey Burnette, American singer-songwriter (d. 1979)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Roy Hattersley, English journalist and politician, Shadow Home Secretary

Births88 years ago

1932 - Harry Howell, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2019)

Births88 years ago

1932 - Nichelle Nichols, American actress

Births88 years ago

1932 - Manuel Puig, Argentinian author and playwright (d. 1990)

Births88 years ago

1933 - John Y. Brown Jr., American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 55th Governor of Kentucky

Births87 years ago

1934 - Rudi Faßnacht, German footballer and manager (d. 2000)

Births86 years ago

1934 - Maggie Smith, English actress

Births86 years ago

1934 - Chieko Aioi, Japanese actress and voice actress (d. 2013)

Births86 years ago

1936 - Alan Coleman, English-Australian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

Births84 years ago

1936 - Lawrence Schiller, American journalist, director, and producer

Births84 years ago

1937 - Ratan Tata, Indian businessman and philanthropist

Births83 years ago

1938 - Dick Sudhalter, American trumpet player, scholar, and critic (d. 2008)

Births82 years ago

1939 - Philip Anschutz, American businessman, founded Anschutz Entertainment Group

Births81 years ago

1939 - Frank McLintock, Scottish footballer and manager

Births81 years ago

1939 - Michelle Urry, American journalist and illustrator (d. 2006)

Births81 years ago

1940 - A. K. Antony, Indian lawyer and politician, Indian Minister of Defence

Births80 years ago

1940 - Don Francisco, Chilean-American journalist and talk show host

Births80 years ago

1941 - Intikhab Alam, Indian-Pakistani cricketer and coach

Births79 years ago

1942 - Roger Swerts, Belgian cyclist

Births78 years ago

1943 - Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, Peruvian cardinal

Births77 years ago

1943 - David Peterson, Canadian lawyer and politician, 20th Premier of Ontario

Births77 years ago

1943 - Joan Ruddock, Welsh politician

Births77 years ago

1944 - Sandra Faber, American astronomer and academic

Births76 years ago

1944 - Johnny Isakson, American sergeant and politician

Births76 years ago

1944 - Kary Mullis, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2019)

Births76 years ago

1944 - Gordon Taylor, English footballer

Births76 years ago

1945 - Max Hastings, English journalist, historian, and author

Births75 years ago

1946 - Mike Beebe, American lawyer and politician, 45th Governor of Arkansas

Births74 years ago

1946 - Pierre Falardeau, Canadian director, screenwriter, and activist (d. 2009)

Births74 years ago

1946 - Hubert Green, American golfer (d. 2018)

Births74 years ago

1946 - Tim Johnson, American lawyer and politician

Births74 years ago

1946 - Barbara, Lady Judge, American-English lawyer and businesswoman

Births74 years ago

1946 - Bill Lee, American baseball player and author

Births74 years ago

1946 - Laffit Pincay Jr., Panamanian jockey

Births74 years ago

1946 - Edgar Winter, American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer

Births74 years ago

1947 - Dick Diamonde, Dutch-Australian rock bass player

Births73 years ago

1947 - Aurelio Rodríguez, Mexican baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2000)

Births73 years ago

1948 - Ziggy Modeliste, American drummer

Births72 years ago

1950 - Alex Chilton, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2010)

Births70 years ago

1950 - Clifford Cocks, English mathematician and cryptographer

Births70 years ago

1950 - Rainer Maria Latzke, German-American painter and academic

Births70 years ago

1952 - Arun Jaitley, Indian lawyer and politician, 9th Indian Minister of Law and Justice (d. 2019)

Births68 years ago

1952 - Bridget Prentice, Scottish educator and politician

Births68 years ago

1953 - Richard Clayderman, French pianist

Births67 years ago

1953 - Tatsumi Fujinami, Japanese wrestler and promoter, founded Dradition wrestling promotion

Births67 years ago

1953 - Charlie Pierce, American journalist and author

Births67 years ago

1953 - Martha Wash, American singer-songwriter

Births67 years ago

1954 - Gayle King, American television journalist

Births66 years ago

1954 - Denzel Washington, American actor, director, and producer

Births66 years ago

1955 - Stephen Frost, English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

Births65 years ago

1955 - Liu Xiaobo, Chinese author, academic, and activist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2017)

Births65 years ago

1956 - Nigel Kennedy, English violinist

Births64 years ago

1958 - Terry Butcher, English footballer and manager

Births62 years ago

1958 - Curt Byrum, American golfer

Births62 years ago

1958 - Zoran Gajić, Serbian volleyball trainer

Births62 years ago

1959 - Hansjörg Kunze, German runner and sportscaster

Births61 years ago

1959 - Daniel Léo Simpson, American composer

Births61 years ago

1959 - Ana Torroja, Spanish singer-songwriter

Births61 years ago

1960 - Ray Bourque, Canadian ice hockey player

Births60 years ago

1960 - John Fitzgerald, Australian tennis player, coach, and sportscaster

Births60 years ago

1960 - Melvin Turpin, American basketball player (d. 2010)

Births60 years ago

1961 - Kent Nielsen, Danish footballer and manager

Births59 years ago

1962 - Michel Petrucciani, French jazz pianist (d. 1999)

Births58 years ago

1964 - Tex Perkins, Australian singer-songwriter

Births56 years ago

1964 - Maite Zúñiga, Spanish runner

Births56 years ago

1965 - Allar Levandi, Estonian skier

Births55 years ago

1967 - Chris Ware, American illustrator

Births53 years ago

1968 - Akihiko Hoshide, Japanese engineer and astronaut

Births52 years ago

1969 - Linus Torvalds, Finnish-American computer programmer, developed Linux kernel

Births51 years ago

1970 - Elaine Hendrix, American actress

Births50 years ago

1970 - James Jett, American sprinter and football player

Births50 years ago

1970 - Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, Dutch tennis player

Births50 years ago

1971 - Benny Agbayani, American baseball player

Births49 years ago

1971 - Sergi Barjuán, Spanish footballer and manager

Births49 years ago

1971 - Anita Doth, Dutch singer-songwriter

Births49 years ago

1971 - William Gates, American basketball player

Births49 years ago

1972 - Roberto Palacios, Peruvian footballer

Births48 years ago

1972 - Patrick Rafter, Australian-Bermudian tennis player and model

Births48 years ago

1972 - Adam Vinatieri, American football player

Births48 years ago

1973 - Holger Blume, German sprinter

Births47 years ago

1973 - Marc Blume, German sprinter

Births47 years ago

1973 - Seth Meyers, American actor, producer, screenwriter, and talk show host

Births47 years ago

1973 - Ids Postma, Dutch speed skater

Births47 years ago

1974 - Jocelyn Enriquez, American singer

Births46 years ago

1974 - Rob Niedermayer, Canadian ice hockey player

Births46 years ago

1974 - Markus Weinzierl, German footballer and manager

Births46 years ago

1975 - B. J. Ryan, American baseball player

Births45 years ago

1976 - Ben Tune, Australian rugby player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Igor Žiković, Croatian footballer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Trond Nymark, Norwegian race walker

Births44 years ago

1977 - Derrick Brew, American sprinter

Births43 years ago

1977 - Shane Elford, Australian rugby league player

Births43 years ago

1977 - Seun Ogunkoya, Nigerian sprinter

Births43 years ago

1978 - Chris Coyne, Australian footballer and manager

Births42 years ago

1978 - John Legend, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor

Births42 years ago

1979 - James Blake, American tennis player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Zach Hill, American musician and artist

Births41 years ago

1979 - Senna Guemmour, German singer-songwriter

Births41 years ago

1979 - Bill Hall, American baseball player

Births41 years ago

1979 - Noomi Rapace, Swedish actress

Births41 years ago

1980 - Lomana LuaLua, Congolese footballer

Births40 years ago

1980 - Ryta Turava, Belarusian race walker

Births40 years ago

1981 - Narsha, South Korean singer and dancer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Khalid Boulahrouz, Dutch footballer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Elizabeth Jordan Carr, American journalist

Births39 years ago

1981 - Sienna Miller, American-born British actress and fashion designer

Births39 years ago

1981 - Frank Turner, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births39 years ago

1981 - Mika Väyrynen, Finnish footballer

Births39 years ago

1982 - Cedric Benson, American football player (d. 2019)

Births38 years ago

1982 - François Gourmet, Belgian decathlete

Births38 years ago

1982 - Ferry Rotinsulu, Indonesian footballer

Births38 years ago

1982 - Curtis Glencross, Canadian hockey player

Births38 years ago

1984 - Martin Kaymer, German golfer

Births36 years ago

1984 - Duane Solomon, American runner

Births36 years ago

1985 - Kamani Hill, American soccer player

Births35 years ago

1986 - Tom Huddlestone, English footballer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Matthias Schwarz, German footballer

Births33 years ago

1989 - Salvador Sobral, Portuguese singer and Eurovision winner

Births31 years ago

1990 - Ayele Abshero, Ethiopian runner

Births30 years ago

1990 - Bastiaan Lijesen, Dutch swimmer

Births30 years ago

1990 - David Archuleta, American singer-songwriter

Births30 years ago

1994 - Adam Peaty, English swimmer

Births26 years ago

Deaths

925 - Wang Zongbi, general of the Chinese state of Former Shu

Deaths
Deaths802 years ago

1297 - Hugh Aycelin, French cardinal (b. 1230)

Deaths723 years ago

1367 - Ashikaga Yoshiakira, Japanese shōgun (b. 1330)

Deaths653 years ago

1394 - Maria Angelina Doukaina Palaiologina, queen of Epirus (b. 1350)

Deaths626 years ago
Deaths574 years ago

1491 - Bertoldo di Giovanni, Italian sculptor (b. c. 1435)

Deaths529 years ago

1503 - Piero the Unfortunate, Italian ruler (b. 1471)

Deaths517 years ago

1538 - Andrea Gritti, Doge of Venice (b. 1455)

Deaths482 years ago

1547 - Konrad Peutinger, German humanist and antiquarian (b. 1465)

Deaths473 years ago

1558 - Hermann Finck, German organist and composer (b. 1527)

Deaths462 years ago

1622 - Francis de Sales, French bishop and saint (b. 1567)

Deaths398 years ago

1663 - Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Italian mathematician and physicist (b. 1618)

Deaths357 years ago

1671 - Johann Friedrich Gronovius, German scholar and critic (b. 1611)

Deaths349 years ago

1694 - Mary II of England (b. 1662)

Deaths326 years ago
Deaths317 years ago

1706 - Pierre Bayle, French philosopher and author (b. 1647)

Deaths314 years ago

1708 - Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, French botanist and mycologist (b. 1656)

Deaths312 years ago

1715 - William Carstares, Scottish minister and academic (b. 1649)

Deaths305 years ago

1734 - Rob Roy MacGregor, Scottish outlaw (b. 1671)

Deaths286 years ago

1736 - Antonio Caldara, Italian composer (b. 1670)

Deaths284 years ago

1785 - Peter Ernst Wilde, Polish-Estonian physician and journalist (b. 1732)

Deaths235 years ago

1795 - Eugenio Espejo, Ecuadorian physician and lawyer (b. 1747)

Deaths225 years ago

1859 - Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, English historian and politician, Secretary at War (b. 1800)

Deaths161 years ago

1872 - James Van Ness, American lawyer and politician, 7th Mayor of San Francisco (b. 1808)

Deaths148 years ago

1890 - Dennis Miller Bunker, American painter (b. 1861)

Deaths130 years ago

1897 - William Corby, American priest and academic (b. 1833)

Deaths123 years ago

1900 - Alexandre de Serpa Pinto, Portuguese soldier and explorer (b. 1846)

Deaths120 years ago

1913 - Ahmet Mithat Efendi, Turkish journalist and translator (b. 1844)

Deaths107 years ago

1916 - Eduard Strauss, Austrian violinist and composer (b. 1835)

Deaths104 years ago

1917 - Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian captain and pilot (b. 1892)

Deaths103 years ago

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

Deaths102 years ago

1919 - Johannes Rydberg, Swedish physicist and academic (b. 1854)

Deaths101 years ago

1924 - Léon Bakst, Russian painter and costume designer (b. 1866)

Deaths96 years ago

1932 - Jack Blackham, Australian cricketer (b. 1854)

Deaths88 years ago

1935 - Clarence Day, American author and illustrator (b. 1874)

Deaths85 years ago

1937 - Maurice Ravel, French pianist and composer (b. 1875)

Deaths83 years ago

1938 - Florence Lawrence, Canadian actress (b. 1886)

Deaths82 years ago

1942 - Alfred Flatow, German gymnast (b. 1869)

Deaths78 years ago

1943 - Steve Evans, American baseball player (b. 1885)

Deaths77 years ago

1945 - Theodore Dreiser, American novelist and journalist (b. 1871)

Deaths75 years ago

1946 - Elie Nadelman, Polish-American sculptor (b. 1882)

Deaths74 years ago
Deaths73 years ago

1949 - Jack Lovelock, New Zealand runner and soldier (b. 1910)

Deaths71 years ago
Deaths61 years ago

1960 - Philippe Panneton, Canadian physician, academic, and diplomat (b. 1895)

Deaths60 years ago

1963 - Paul Hindemith, German violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1895)

Deaths57 years ago

1967 - Katharine McCormick, American biologist and philanthropist (b. 1875)

Deaths53 years ago

1968 - David Ogilvy, 12th Earl of Airlie, Scottish peer, soldier and courtier (b. 1893)

Deaths52 years ago

1971 - Max Steiner, Austrian-American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1888)

Deaths49 years ago

1976 - Katharine Byron, American politician (b. 1903)

Deaths44 years ago

1981 - Allan Dwan, Canadian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1885)

Deaths39 years ago

1983 - William Demarest, American actor (b. 1892)

Deaths37 years ago

1983 - Dennis Wilson, American drummer, songwriter, and producer (b. 1944)

Deaths37 years ago

1984 - Sam Peckinpah, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1925)

Deaths36 years ago

1984 - Mary Stewart, Baroness Stewart of Alvechurch, British politician and educator (b. 1903)

Deaths36 years ago

1986 - John D. MacDonald, American colonel and author (b. 1916)

Deaths34 years ago

1986 - Jan Nieuwenhuys, Dutch painter (b. 1922)

Deaths34 years ago

1989 - Hermann Oberth, Romanian-German physicist and engineer (b. 1894)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Warren Skaaren, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1946)

Deaths30 years ago

1992 - Sal Maglie, American baseball player and coach (b. 1917)

Deaths28 years ago

1993 - William L. Shirer, American journalist and historian (b. 1904)

Deaths27 years ago

1994 - Jean-Louis Lévesque, Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1911)

Deaths26 years ago

1999 - Clayton Moore, American actor (b. 1914)

Deaths21 years ago

2001 - Samuel Abraham Goldblith, American lieutenant, biologist, and engineer (b. 1919)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - William X. Kienzle, American priest and author (b. 1928)

Deaths19 years ago

2003 - Benjamin Thurman Hacker, American admiral (b. 1935)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Jerry Orbach, American actor and singer (b. 1935)

Deaths16 years ago

2004 - Susan Sontag, American novelist, essayist, critic, and playwright (b. 1933)

Deaths16 years ago

2006 - Jamal Karimi-Rad, Iranian politician, Iranian Minister of Justice (b. 1956)

Deaths14 years ago

2008 - Irene Lieblich, Polish-American painter and illustrator (b. 1923)

Deaths12 years ago

2009 - Jimmy Sullivan, American musician, composer and songwriter. Known by his stage name The Rev (b. 1981)

Deaths11 years ago

2010 - Billy Taylor, American pianist and composer (b. 1921)

Deaths10 years ago

2012 - Nicholas Ambraseys, Greek-English seismologist and engineer (b. 1929)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Mark Crispin, American computer scientist and academic, designed the IMAP (b. 1956)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Václav Drobný, Czech footballer (b. 1980)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Frankie Walsh, Irish hurler and manager (b. 1936)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Halton Arp, American-German astronomer and critic (b. 1927)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Esther Borja, Cuban soprano and actress (b. 1913)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Harry C. Goode Jr., American soldier and politician, 51st Mayor of Melbourne, Florida (b. 1938)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Andrew Jacobs, Jr., American soldier, lawyer, and politician (b. 1932)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Alfred Marshall, American businessman, founded Marshalls (b. 1919)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Joseph Ruskin, American actor and producer (b. 1924)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Ilya Tsymbalar, Ukrainian-Russian footballer and manager (b. 1969)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Vahan Hovhannisyan, Armenian politician (b. 1956)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Frankie Randall, American singer-songwriter (b. 1938)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Leelah Alcorn, American transgender teenager (b. 1997)

Deaths6 years ago

2015 - John Bradbury, English drummer and songwriter (b. 1953)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Eloy Inos, Mariana Islander businessman and politician, 8th Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands (b. 1949)

Deaths5 years ago

2015 - Lemmy, English musician, singer, and songwriter (b. 1945)

Deaths5 years ago

2016 - Debbie Reynolds, American actress, singer and dancer (b. 1932)

Deaths4 years ago

2016 - Jean-Christophe Victor, French political scientist (b. 1947)

Deaths4 years ago

2017 - Rose Marie, American actress and comedienne (b. 1923)

Deaths3 years ago

Christian feast day

Christian feast day
Christian feast day

Feast of the Holy Innocents or Childermas; in Spain and Latin American countries the festival is celebrated with pranks (inocentadas), similar to April Fools' Day (Catholic Church, Church of England, Lutheran Church), and its related observances:Els Enfarinats (Ibi, Spain)

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Christian feast day