This Day in History

Daily historical facts, events, famous birthdays, world history. Discover what happened today in history.

Events History


763 BC- Assyria -s record a Assyrian eclipse|solar eclipse that is later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.

923- Battle of Soissons (923)|Battle of Soissons -King Robert I of France is killed and King Charles the Simple is arrested by the supporters of Duke Rudolph of France|Rudolph of Burgundy.

1184-King Magnus V of Norway -is killed at the Battle of Fimreite.

1215-King John of England -puts his seal (device)|seal to the Magna Carta.

1219- Northern Crusades -Denmark|Danish victory at the Battle of Lyndanisse (modern-day Tallinn) establishes the Danish Danish Estonia|Duchy of Estonia. According to legend, this battle also marks the first use of the Flag of Denmark|Dannebrog, the world's first national flag still in use, as the national flag of Denmark.

1246-With the death of Duke Frederick II of Austria|Frederick II -the Babenberg dynasty ends in Austria.

1300-The city of Bilbao -is founded.

1389- Battle of Kosovo -The Ottoman Empire defeats Serbs and Bosnia and Herzegovina|Bosnians.

1410-In a decisive Yongle Emperor's campaigns against the Mongols|battle at Onon River -the Mongol forces of Oljei Temur were decimated by the Chinese armies of the Yongle Emperor.

1502- Christopher Columbus -lands on the island of Martinique on his fourth voyage.

1520- Pope Leo X -threatens to Excommunication|excommunicate Martin Luther in papal bull ''Exsurge Domine''.

1580- Philip II of Spain -declares William the Silent to be an outlaw.

1648- Margaret Jones (Puritan midwife)|Margaret Jones -is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1667-The first human blood transfusion -is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys.

1752- Benjamin Franklin -proves that lightning is electricity (traditional date, the exact date is unknown).

1775- American Revolutionary War -George Washington is appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.

1776-Delaware Separation Day: Delaware -votes to suspend government under the Kingdom of Great Britain|British Crown and separate officially from Pennsylvania.

1785- Pilâtre de Rozier|Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier -co-pilot of the first-ever manned flight (1783), and his companion, Pierre Romain, become the first-ever Casualty (person)|casualties of an air crash when their hot air balloon explodes during their attempt to cross the English Channel.

1804- New Hampshire -approves the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratifying the document.

1808- Joseph Bonaparte -becomes List of heads of state of Spain|King of Spain.

1836- Arkansas -is admitted as the 25th U.S. state.

1844- Charles Goodyear -receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber.

1846-The Oregon Treaty -establishes the 49th parallel north|49th parallel as the border between the United States and Canada, from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

1859- Pig War -Ambiguity in the Oregon Treaty leads to the "Northwestern Boundary Dispute" between United States and United Kingdom|British/Canada|Canadian settlers.

1864- American Civil War -The Second Battle of Petersburg begins.

1864- Arlington National Cemetery -is established when {{convert|200|acre|km²}} around Arlington Mansion (formerly owned by Confederate General Robert E. Lee) are officially set aside as a military cemetery by United States Secretary of War|U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.

1867- Atlantic Cable Quartz Lode -Gold mining|gold mine located in Montana.

1877- Henry Ossian Flipper -becomes the first African American cadet to graduate from the United States Military Academy.

1878- Eadweard Muybridge -takes Sallie Gardner at a Gallop|a series of photographs to prove that all four feet of a horse leave the ground when it runs; the study becomes the basis of film|motion pictures.

1888-Crown Prince William II, German Emperor|Wilhelm -becomes Kaiser Wilhelm II; he will be the last Emperor of the German Empire. Due to the death of his predecessors William I, German Emperor|Wilhelm I and Frederick III, German Emperor|Frederick III, 1888 is the Year of the Three Emperors.

1896-The 1896 Meiji-Sanriku earthquake|deadliest tsunami -in Japan's history kills more than 22,000 people.

1904-A fire aboard the steamboat {{SS|General Slocum}} in New York City -s East River kills 1,000.

1905- Princess Margaret of Connaught -marries Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden|Gustaf, Crown Prince of Sweden.

1909-Representatives from England -Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's Cricket Ground|Lord's and form the International Cricket Council|Imperial Cricket Conference.

1913-The Battle of Bud Bagsak -in the Philippines ends.

1916-U.S. President Woodrow Wilson -signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter.

1919- John Alcock (aviator)|John Alcock -and Arthur Brown (aviator)|Arthur Brown complete the first nonstop transatlantic flight when they reach Clifden, County Galway, Ireland.

1920- Duluth lynchings -in Minnesota.

1920-A new border treaty between Germany -and Denmark gives northern Duchy of Schleswig|Schleswig to Denmark.

1934-The U.S. Great Smoky Mountains National Park -is founded.

1936-First flight of the Vickers-Armstrongs|Vickers -Vickers Wellington|Wellington bomber.

1937-A German expedition led by Karl Wien -loses sixteen members in an avalanche on Nanga Parbat. It is the worst single disaster to occur on an Eight-thousander|8000m peak.

1940- World War II -Operation Ariel begins

1944-World War II: Battle of Saipan -The United States invade Japanese-occupied Saipan.

1944-In the Saskatchewan general election, 1944|Saskatchewan general election -the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation|CCF, led by Tommy Douglas, is elected and forms the first Socialism|socialist government in North America.

1945-The General Dutch Youth League -(ANJV) is founded in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1954- UEFA -(Union of European Football Associations) is formed in Basel, Switzerland.

1970- Charles Manson -goes on trial for the Sharon Tate murders.

1972- Red Army Faction -co-founder Ulrike Meinhof is captured by police in Langenhagen.

1978- Hussein of Jordan|King Hussein -of Jordan marries American Lisa Halaby, who takes the name Queen Noor of Jordan|Queen Noor.

1985- Rembrandt -s painting ''Danaë (Rembrandt painting)|Danaë'' is attacked by a man (later judged insane) who throws sulfuric acid on the canvas and cuts it twice with a knife.

1991-In the Philippines, Mount Pinatubo -erupts in the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th Century. In the end, over 800 people die.

1992-The Supreme Court of the United States|United States Supreme Court -rules in ''United States v. Alvarez-Machain|United States v. Álvarez-Machaín'' that it is permissible for the United States to forcibly extradite suspects in foreign countries and bring them to the USA for trial, without approval from those other countries.

1994- Israel -and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations.

1996-The Provisional Irish Republican Army -explodes 1996 Manchester bombing|a large bomb in the middle of Manchester, England, United Kingdom.

2012- Nik Wallenda -becomes the first person to successfully Tightrope walking|tightrope walk over Niagara Falls.

Famous Birthdays


1330- Edward, the Black Prince -of England (d. 1376)

1519- Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset -English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1536)

1542- Richard Grenville -English captain and explorer (d. 1591)

1594- Nicolas Poussin -French painter (d. 1665)

1623- Cornelis de Witt -Dutch politician (d. 1672)

1624- Hiob Ludolf -German orientalist (d. 1704)

1640- Bernard Lamy -French mathematician and theologian (d. 1715)

1749- Georg Joseph Vogler -German organist, composer, and theorist (d. 1814)

1755- Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy -French chemist and entomologist (d. 1809)

1763- Franz Danzi -German cellist, composer, and conductor (d. 1826)

1763- Kobayashi Issa -Japanese priest and poet (d. 1827)

1765- Martin Baum -American businessman and politician (d. 1831)

1765- Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger -German astronomer and mathematician (d. 1831)

1767- Rachel Jackson -American wife of Andrew Jackson (d. 1828)

1777- David Daniel Davis -Welsh physician (d. 1841)

1789- Josiah Henson -American minister, author, and activist (d. 1883)

1792- Thomas Mitchell (explorer)|Thomas Mitchell -Scottish-Australian colonel and explorer (d. 1855)

1801- Benjamin Wright Raymond -American politician, 3rd Mayor of Chicago (d. 1883)

1805- William B. Ogden -American politician, 1st Mayor of Chicago (d. 1877)

1809- François-Xavier Garneau -Canadian poet and historian (d. 1866)

1835- Adah Isaacs Menken -American actress, painter and poet (d. 1868)

1843- Edvard Grieg -Norwegian pianist and composer (d. 1907)

1848- Gheevarghese Mar Gregorios of Parumala -Indian bishop and saint (d. 1902)

1872- Thomas William Burgess -English swimmer (d. 1950)

1875- Herman Smith-Johannsen -Norwegian-Canadian skier (d. 1987)

1876- Margaret Abbott -Indian-American golfer (d. 1955)

1882- Ion Antonescu -Romanian field marshal and politician (d. 1946)

1884- Harry Langdon -American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1944)

1888- Ramón López Velarde -Mexican poet (d. 1921)

1894- Robert Russell Bennett -American composer (d. 1981)

1894- Nikolai Chebotaryov -Ukrainian-Russian mathematician and theorist (d. 1947)

1900- Gotthard Günther -German philosopher and academic (d. 1984)

1900- Otto Luening -German-American composer and conductor (d. 1996)

1901- Elmar Lohk -Russian-Estonian architect (d. 1963)

1902- Erik Erikson -German-American psychologist and psychoanalyst (d. 1994)

1906- Gordon Welchman -English-American mathematician and author (d. 1985)

1906- Léon Degrelle -Belgian SS officer (d. 1994)

1907- James Robertson Justice -English actor (d. 1975)

1908- Sam Giancana -American mobster (d. 1975)

1909- Elena Nikolaidi -Greek-American soprano (d. 2002)

1910- David Rose -English-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1990)

1911- Wilbert Awdry -English author, co-created Thomas the Tank Engine (d. 1997)

1914- Yuri Andropov -Russian politician (d. 1984)

1914- Saul Steinberg -Romanian-American cartoonist (d. 1999)

1914- Hilda Terry -American cartoonist (d. 2006)

1915- Thomas Huckle Weller -American biologist and virologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008)

1916- Olga Erteszek -Polish-American fashion designer (d. 1989)

1916- Horacio Salgán -Argentinian pianist, composer, and orchestra leader

1916- Herbert A. Simon -American political scientist and economist, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2001)

1917- John Fenn (chemist)|John Fenn -American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2010)

1917- Michalis Genitsaris -Greek singer-songwriter (d. 2005)

1917- Lash LaRue -American actor (d. 1996)

1918- Zhang Ruifang -Chinese actress (d. 2012)

1920- Alla Kazanskaya -Russian actress (d. 2008)

1920- Sam Sniderman -Canadian businessman, founded Sam the Record Man (d. 2012)

1920- Alberto Sordi -Italian actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1921- Erroll Garner -American pianist and composer (d. 1977)

1922- Jaki Byard -American pianist and composer (d. 1999)

1922- Ronald King Murray, Lord Murray -Scottish judge and politician

1922- John Veale -English composer (d. 2006)

1923- Ninian Stephen -English-Australian lieutenant, judge, and politician, 20th Governor-General of Australia

1924- Ezer Weizman -Israeli general and politician, 7th President of Israel (d. 2005)

1925- Ross Andru -American illustrator (d. 1993)

1925- Richard Baker (broadcaster)|Richard Baker -English journalist and author

1926- Shigeru Kayano -Japanese activist (d. 2006)

1926- Mac McGarry -American game show host (d. 2013)

1927- Ibn-e-Insha -Indian-Pakistani poet and author (d. 1978)

1927- Ottó Foky -Hungarian animator (d. 2012)

1927- Hugo Pratt -Italian author and illustrator (d. 1995)

1930- John Fretwell -English diplomat, List of ambassadors of the United Kingdom to France|British Ambassador to France

1930- Victor Lundin -American actor and singer (d. 2013)

1930- Miguel Méndez -American author (d. 2013)

1930- Marcel Pronovost -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1931- Joseph Gilbert (RAF officer)|Joseph Gilbert -English air marshal

1932- David Alliance, Baron Alliance -Iranian-English businessman and politician

1932- Mario Cuomo -American lawyer and politician, 52nd Governor of New York

1932- Zia Fariduddin Dagar -Indian singer (d. 2013)

1932- Bernie Faloney -American-Canadian football player (d. 1999)

1933- Sergio Endrigo -Italian singer-songwriter (d. 2005)

1933- Mark Jones (footballer, born 1933)|Mark Jones -English footballer (d. 1958)

1933- Mohammad-Ali Rajai -Iranian politician, 2nd President of Iran (d. 1981)

1934- Mikel Laboa -Spanish singer-songwriter (d. 2008)

1935- John Perry (bishop)|John Perry -English bishop

1936- Claude Brasseur -French actor

1936- William Levada -American cardinal

1937- Adrian Berry, 4th Viscount Camrose -English journalist and academic

1937- Pierre Billon -Canadian author

1937- Anna Hazare -Indian activist

1937- Waylon Jennings -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Highwaymen (country supergroup)|The Highwaymen) (d. 2002)

1938- Tony Oxley -English drummer (Joseph Holbrooke (band)|Joseph Holbrooke)

1938- Billy Williams (left fielder)|Billy Williams -American baseball player and coach

1939- Ward Connerly -American activist and businessman, founded the American Civil Rights Institute

1939- Brian Jacques -English author (d. 2011)

1941- Neal Adams -American illustrator

1941- Harry Nilsson -American singer-songwriter (d. 1994)

1942- Ian Greenberg -Canadian broadcaster, founded Astral Media

1942- John E. McLaughlin -American diplomat

1942- Peter Norman -Australian sprinter (d. 2006)

1943- Johnny Hallyday -French singer and actor

1943- Xaviera Hollander -Dutch madam and author

1943- Poul Nyrup Rasmussen -Danish politician, 38th Prime Minister of Denmark

1943- Lee Shallat-Chemel -American director and producer

1943- Larry Whitty, Baron Whitty -English politician

1943- Muff Winwood -English bass player, songwriter, and producer (Spencer Davis Group)

1944- Robert D. Keppel -American police officer and detective

1945- Miriam Defensor Santiago -Filipino judge and politician

1945- Nicola Pagett -Egyptian-English actress

1945- Robert Sarah -Guinean cardinal

1945- Lawrence Wilkerson -American colonel

1946- Brigitte Fossey -French actress

1946- Noddy Holder -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Slade)

1946- Jack Horner (paleontologist)|John Horner -American paleontologist

1946- Demis Roussos -Egyptian-Greek singer (Aphrodite's Child)

1947- John Hoagland -American photographer

1947- Paul Patterson -English composer and educator

1947- Lee Purcell -American actress

1948- Mike Holmgren -American football player and coach

1948- Alan Huckle -English politician and diplomat, Governor of Anguilla

1948- Henry McLeish -Scottish footballer, academic, and politician, 2nd First Minister of Scotland

1949- Dusty Baker -American baseball player and manager

1949- Simon Callow -English actor and director

1949- Russell Hitchcock -Australian singer-songwriter (Air Supply)

1949- Jim Varney -American actor (d. 2000)

1950- Juliana Azumah-Mensah -Ghanaian nurse and politician

1950- Lakshmi Mittal -Indian-English businessman

1951- Vance A. Larson -American painter (d. 2000)

1951- John Redwood -English politician, Secretary of State for Wales

1951- Steve Walsh (musician)|Steve Walsh -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Kansas (band)|Kansas and Streets (band)|Streets)

1952- Dirceu -Brazilian footballer (d. 1995)

1952- Satya Pal Jain -Indian politician

1953- Vilma Bardauskienė -Lithuanian long jumper

1953- Eje Elgh -Swedish race car driver

1953- Xi Jinping -Chinese engineer and politician, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

1953- Rita Lee (model)|Rita Lee -American model

1953- Raphael Wallfisch -English cellist and educator

1954- Jim Belushi -American actor and singer

1954- Paul Rusesabagina -Rwandan humanitarian

1954- Zdeňka Šilhavá -Czech discus thrower

1954- Beverley Whitfield -Australian swimmer (d. 1996)

1955- Julie Hagerty -American model and actress

1955- David A. Kennedy|David Kennedy -American son of Robert F. Kennedy (d. 1984)

1956- Ava Cadell -Hungarian-American actress and therapist

1956- Robin Curtis -American actress

1956- Polly Draper -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1956- Yevgeny Kiselyov -Russian journalist

1956- Lance Parrish -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1957- Brad Gillis -American guitarist (Night Ranger and Rubicon (US band)|Rubicon)

1957- Stephen Lloyd -Kenyan-English politician

1957- Seppo Pääkkönen -Finnish actor

1957- Peeter Pere -Estonian architect

1958- Wade Boggs -American baseball player

1958- Riccardo Paletti -Italian race car driver (d. 1982)

1959- Alan Brazil -Scottish footballer and sportscaster

1959- Eileen Davidson -American actress

1959- Vicki Genfan -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1960- Michèle Laroque -French actress

1960- Marieke van Doorn -Dutch field hockey player

1961- Brad Armstrong (wrestler)|Brad Armstrong -American wrestler (d. 2012)

1961- Laurent Cantet -French director and screenwriter

1961- Kai Eckhardt -German-American bass player and songwriter (Garaj Mahal and Vital Information)

1961- Yoshimi Iwasaki -Japanese singer and actress

1961- Dave McAuley -Irish boxer

1961- Scott Norton -American wrestler

1962- Thomas Mikal Ford -American actor

1962- Chris Morris (satirist)|Chris Morris -English actor, director, and producer

1962- Andrea Rost -Hungarian soprano

1963- Marina Azyabina -Russian hurdler

1963- John Carr (cricketer)|John Carr -English cricketer

1963- Mario Gosselin (ice hockey)|Mario Gosselin -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1963- Helen Hunt -American actress, director, and producer

1963- Igor Paklin -Kyrgyzstani high jumper

1963- Blanca Portillo -Spanish actress

1963- Tom Taaffe -Irish horse trainer

1963- Nigel Walker -Welsh rugby union footballer

1964- Valeri Bukrejev -Estonian pole vaulter

1964- Courteney Cox -American actress, director, and producer

1964- Gavin Greenaway -English composer and conductor

1964- Michael Laudrup -Danish footballer and manager

1965- Annelies Bredael -Belgian rower

1965- Mark Farrington -English footballer

1965- Karim Massimov -Kazakhstani politician, 7th Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

1965- Adam Smith (politician)|Adam Smith -American lawyer and politician

1966- Idalis DeLeón -American singer and actress (Seduction (band)|Seduction)

1967- Yūji Ueda -Japanese voice actor and singer

1968- Oh Dal-su -South Korean actor

1968- Károly Güttler -Hungarian swimmer

1969- Jesse Bélanger -Canadian ice hockey player

1969- Ice Cube -American rapper, producer, and actor (C.I.A. (group)|C.I.A., N.W.A, and Westside Connection)

1969- Nasos Galakteros -Greek basketball player

1969- Oliver Kahn -German footballer and sportscaster

1969- Jeff Neal -American drummer (Boston (band)|Boston)

1969- Maurice Odumbe -Kenyan cricketer

1969- Cédric Pioline -French tennis player

1970- Christian Bauman -American author

1970- Gaëlle Méchaly -French soprano

1970- Leah Remini -American actress

1970- Žan Tabak -Croatian basketball player and coach

1971- Edwin Brienen -Dutch-German actor, director, and producer

1971- Jake Busey -American actor, singer, and producer

1971- Isménia do Frederico -Cape Verdean sprinter

1971- Christos Myriounis -Greek basketball player

1971- Bif Naked -Indian-Canadian singer-songwriter, actress, and poet

1972- Chloe Dao -American fashion designer

1972- Marcus Hahnemann -American soccer player

1972- Justin Leonard -American golfer

1972- Andy Pettitte -American baseball player

1972- Hank von Helvete -Norwegian singer and guitarist (Turbonegro and Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult)

1973- Tore André Flo -Norwegian footballer and coach

1973- Neil Patrick Harris -American actor, singer, and director

1973- Pia Miranda -Australian actress

1973- Greg Vaughan -American actor

1975- Elizabeth Reaser -American actress

1975- Rachel Wacholder -American volleyball player

1976- Gary Lightbody -Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Snow Patrol, Listen... Tanks!, Tired Pony, and The Reindeer Section)

1976- Jiří Ryba -Czech decathlete

1977- Michael Doleac -American basketball player

1977- Nina Liu -Australian actress

1977- Mario Vazquez -American singer

1978- Wilfred Bouma -Dutch footballer

1978- Zach Day -American baseball player

1979- Danielle Lineker -Welsh model and actress

1979- Yulia Nestsiarenka -Belarusian sprinter

1979- Christian Rahn -German footballer

1979- Julia Schultz -American model and actress

1979- Charles Zwolsman, Jr. -Dutch race car driver

1980- Mary Carey (entertainer)|Mary Carey -American porn actress and director

1980- Christopher Castile -American actor

1980- Almudena Cid Tostado -Spanish gymnast

1980- Cara Zavaleta -American model and actress

1981- Billy Martin (guitarist)|Billy Martin -American guitarist, songwriter, and illustrator (Good Charlotte)

1981- John Paintsil -Ghanaian footballer

1981- Jeremy Reed -American baseball player

1981- Jordi Vilasuso -American actor

1982- Katie Chapman -English footballer

1982- Mike Delany -New Zealand rugby union footballer

1982- Abdur Razzak (cricketer)|Abdur Razzak -Bangladeshi cricketer

1982- Haley Scarnato -American singer

1983- Derek Anderson (American football)|Derek Anderson -American football player

1983- Julia Fischer -German violinist and pianist

1983- Laura Imbruglia -Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1983- Josh McGuire (fencer)|Josh McGuire -Canadian fencer

1984- Luke Hodge -Australian rules footballer

1984- Eva Hrdinová -Czech tennis player

1984- Tim Lincecum -American baseball player

1984- Mauro Rizzo -Italian footballer

1984- Edison Toloza -Colombian footballer

1985- Nadine Coyle -Irish singer-songwriter and actress (Girls Aloud and Six (band)|Six)

1986- Stoya -American porn actress and model

1986- Stjepan Hauser -Croatian cellist (2Cellos)

1987- Ani Mijačika -Croatian tennis player

1987- Rohullah Nikpai -Afghan martial artist

1988- Barakat Al-Harthi -Omani sprinter

1988- Miku Ishida -Japanese singer and actress

1989- Víctor Cabedo -Spanish cyclist (d. 2012)

1990- Miwa (singer)|Miwa -Japanese singer-songwriter

1990- Denzel Whitaker -American actor

1991- Emily Harman -American tennis player

1992- Dafne Schippers -Dutch heptathlete and sprinter

1993- Kanna Arihara -Japanese singer (Cute (Japanese band)|Cute)

1993- Jacopo Galimberti -Italian footballer

History of Deaths


923- Robert I of France -(b. 866)

991- Theophanu -Byzantine wife of Otto II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 960)

1073- Emperor Go-Sanjō -of Japan (b. 1034)

1189- Minamoto no Yoshitsune -Japanese general (b. 1159)

1246- Frederick II, Duke of Austria -(b. 1219)

1341- Andronikos III Palaiologos -Byzantine emperor (b. 1297)

1381- John Cavendish -English judge (b. 1346)

1381- Wat Tyler -English leader of the Peasants' Revolt (b. 1341)

1383- John VI Kantakouzenos -Byzantine emperor (b. 1292)

1389- Murad I -Ottoman sultan (b. 1326)

1389- Lazar of Serbia -(b. 1329)

1416- John, Duke of Berry -(b. 1340)

1467- Philip the Good -French son of Margaret of Bavaria (b. 1396)

1521- Tamás Bakócz -Hungarian cardinal (b. 1442)

1560- William Sommers -English jester (b.1525)

1614- Henry Howard, 1st Earl of Northampton -English politician, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports (b. 1540)

1679- Guillaume Courtois -French painter (b. 1628)

1724- Henry Sacheverell -English clergyman and politician (b. 1674)

1768- James Short (mathematician)|James Short -Scottish mathematician and optician (b. 1710)

1772- Louis-Claude Daquin -French organist and composer (b. 1694)

1844- Thomas Campbell (poet)|Thomas Campbell -Scottish poet and academic (b. 1777)

1849- James K. Polk -American lawyer and politician, 11th President of the United States (b. 1795)

1858- Ary Scheffer -Dutch-French painter (b. 1795)

1888- Frederick III, German Emperor -(b. 1831)

1889- Mihai Eminescu -Romanian journalist, author, and poet (b. 1850)

1890- Unryū Kyūkichi -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 10th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (b. 1822)

1917- Kristian Birkeland -Norwegian physicist (b. 1867)

1934- Alfred Bruneau -French composer (b. 1857)

1938- Ernst Ludwig Kirchner -German painter (b. 1880)

1941- Otfrid Foerster -German neurologist and physician (b. 1873)

1941- Evelyn Underhill -English mystic and author (b. 1875)

1961- Giulio Cabianca -Italian race car driver (b. 1923)

1962- Alfred Cortot -Swiss pianist and conductor (b. 1877)

1965- Steve Cochran -American actor (b. 1917)

1965- Ephraim Avigdor Speiser -Polish-American archaeologist and scholar (b. 1902)

1967- Tatu Kolehmainen -Finnish runner (b. 1885)

1968- Sam Crawford -American baseball player, coach, and umpire (b. 1880)

1968- Wes Montgomery -American guitarist (Montgomery Brothers) (b. 1925)

1971- Wendell Meredith Stanley -American biochemist and virologist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)

1976- Jimmy Dykes -American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1896)

1983- Sri Sri (writer)|Sri Sri -Indian poet and songwriter (b. 1910)

1984- Meredith Willson -American composer, conductor and playwright (b. 1902)

1985- Andy Stanfield -American sprinter (b. 1927)

1985- Robert Stethem -American diver (b. 1961)

1989- Maurice Bellemare -Canadian politician (b. 1912)

1989- Victor French -American actor and director (b. 1934)

1991- Happy Chandler -American businessman and politician, 49th Governor of Kentucky (b. 1898)

1991- Arthur Lewis (economist)|Arthur Lewis -Saint Lucian economist and academic, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1915)

1992- Chuck Menville -American animator, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1940)

1992- Brett Whiteley -Australian avant-garde artist (b. 1939)

1993- John Connally -American politician, 61st United States Secretary of the Treasury (b. 1917)

1993- James Hunt -English race car driver (b. 1947)

1994- Manos Hatzidakis -Greek composer and theorist (b. 1925)

1995- John Vincent Atanasoff -American physicist and inventor, invented the Atanasoff–Berry Computer (b. 1903)

1996- Ella Fitzgerald -American singer and actress (b. 1917)

1996- Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 1st Baronet -Egyptian-Scottish general and politician (b. 1911)

1996- Dick Murdoch -American wrestler (b. 1946)

1999- Omer Côté -Canadian politician (b. 1906)

2000- James Montgomery Boice -American pastor and theologian (b. 1938)

2000- Jules Roy -French author (b. 1907)

2001- Henri Alekan -French cinematographer (b. 1909)

2001- Maria Foka -Greek-English actress (b. 1917)

2001- Jay Moriarity -American surfer (b. 1978)

2002- Choi Hong Hi -South Korean general and martial artist, founded Taekwondo (b. 1918)

2003- Hume Cronyn -Canadian-American actor and producer (b. 1911)

2005- Suzanne Flon -French actress (b. 1918)

2006- Raymond Devos -Belgian-French comedian and clown (b. 1922)

2006- Herb Pearson -New Zealand cricketer (b. 1910)

2007- Claudia Cohen -American journalist (b. 1950)

2007- Sherri Martel -American wrestler and manager (b. 1958)

2008- Ray Getliffe -Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1914)

2008- Stan Winston -American makeup artist and director (b. 1946)

2011- Bill Haast -American herpetologist (b. 1910)

2012- Phillip D. Cagan -American economist and author (b. 1927)

2012- Capitola Dickerson -American pianist and educator (b. 1913)

2012- Rune Gustafsson -Swedish guitarist and composer (b. 1933)

2012- Barry MacKay -American tennis player (b. 1935)

2012- Israel Nogueda Otero -Mexican economist and politician, 10th Governor of Guerrero (b. 1935)

2012- Jerry Tubbs -American football player and coach (b. 1935)

2013- Manivannan -Indian actor and director (b. 1954)

2013- Peride Celal -Turkish author (b. 1916)

2013- Heinz Flohe -German footballer and manager (b. 1948)

2013- José Froilán González -Argentinian race car driver (b. 1922)

2013- Thomas Penfield Jackson -American judge (b. 1937)

2013- Stan Lopata -American baseball player (b. 1925)

2013- Dennis O'Rourke -Australian director and producer (b. 1945)

2013- Kenneth G. Wilson -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1936)

2014- Jacques Bergerac -French actor (b. 1927)

2014- Sardar Fazlul Karim -Bangladeshi philosopher and academic (b. 1925)

2014- Casey Kasem -American radio host, producer, and actor, co-created ''American Top 40'' (b. 1932)

2014- Daniel Keyes -American author (b. 1927)

2014- Andrei Kharlov -Russian chess player (b. 1968)

2014- Moise Safra -Brazilian businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Banco Safra (b. 1934)