This Day in History

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

Events History


411 BC-The Athenian coup of 411 BC|Athenian coup -succeeds, forming a short-lived oligarchy.

53-The Roman Emperor -Nero marries Claudia Octavia.

68-The Roman Emperor -Nero commits suicide, after quoting Homer's ''Iliad'', thus ending the Julio-Claudian dynasty and starting the civil war known as the Year of the Four Emperors.

721- Odo of Aquitaine -defeats the Moors in the Battle of Toulouse (721)|Battle of Toulouse.

747- Abbasid Revolution#Khorosan phase|Abbasid Revolution -Abu Muslim Khorasani, Arab military leader, begins an open revolt against Umayyad Caliphate|Umayyad rule, which is carried out under the sign of the Black Standard.

1311- Duccio -s Maestà (Duccio)|Maestà Altarpiece, a seminal artwork of the early Italian Renaissance, is unveiled and installed in Siena Cathedral in Siena, Italy.

1534- Jacques Cartier -is the first European to discover the Saint Lawrence River.

1650-The President and Fellows of Harvard College|Harvard Corporation -the more powerful of the two administrative boards of Harvard, is established. It is the first legal corporation in the Americas.

1667- Second Anglo-Dutch War -The Raid on the Medway by the Netherlands|Dutch fleet begins. It lasts for five days and results in the worst ever defeat of the Royal Navy.

1732- James Oglethorpe -is granted a royal charter for the colony of the future U.S. state of Georgia (U.S. state)|Georgia.

1762- Kingdom of Great Britain|British -forces begin the Battle of Havana (1762)|Siege of Havana and capture the city during the Seven Years' War.

1772-The Kingdom of Great Britain|British -schooner ''Gaspée Affair|Gaspée'' is burned off the coast of Rhode Island.

1798- Irish Rebellion of 1798 -Battle of Arklow and Battle of Saintfield.

1815-End of the Congress of Vienna -the new European political situation is set.

1856-500 Mormon handcart pioneers|Mormon -leave Iowa City, Iowa, and head west for Salt Lake City carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled cart|handcarts.

1862- American Civil War -Stonewall Jackson concludes his successful Jackson's Valley Campaign|Shenandoah Valley Campaign with a victory in the Battle of Port Republic; his tactics during the campaign are now studied by militaries around the world.

1863-American Civil War: Battle of Brandy Station -Virginia.

1873- Alexandra Palace -in London burns down after being open for only 16 days.

1885- Treaty of Tientsin (1885)|Treaty of Tientsin -is signed to end the Sino-French War, with Qing dynasty|China eventually giving up Tonkin and Annam (Chinese province)|Annam – most of present-day Vietnam – to France.

1900- Birsa Munda -an important figure in the Indian independence movement, dies in a British prison under mysterious circumstances.

1915- William Jennings Bryan -resigns as Woodrow Wilson's United States Secretary of State|Secretary of State over a disagreement regarding the United States' handling of the sinking of the {{RMS|Lusitania}}.

1923- Bulgaria -s military takes over the government in a Bulgarian coup d'état of 1923|coup.

1928- Charles Kingsford Smith -completes the first trans-Pacific flight in a Fokker F.VII|Fokker Trimotor monoplane, the ''Southern Cross (aircraft)|Southern Cross''.

1930-A '' Chicago Tribune -' reporter, Jake Lingle, is killed during rush hour at the Illinois Central train station by Leo Vincent Brothers, allegedly over a $100,000 gambling debt owed to Al Capone.

1934- Donald Duck -makes his debut in ''The Wise Little Hen''.

1944- World War II -99 civilians are hanged from lampposts and balconies by German troops in Tulle, France, in reprisal for Maquis du Limousin|maquisards attacks.

1944- World War II -the Soviet Union invades East Karelia and the Karelia (historical province of Finland)|previously Finnish part of Karelia, occupied by Finland since 1941.

1946-King Ananda Mahidol -is found shot dead in his bedroom, Bhumibol Adulyadej ascends to the throne of Thailand. He is currently the world's longest reigning monarch.

1948-Foundation of the International Council on Archives -under the auspices of the UNESCO.

1953- Flint–Worcester tornado outbreak sequence -a tornado spawned from the same storm system as the Flint tornado hits in Worcester, Massachusetts, killing 94.

1954- McCarthyism -Joseph Welch, special counsel for the United States Army, lashes out at United States Senate|Senator Joseph McCarthy during hearings on whether Communism has infiltrated the United States Army|Army giving McCarthy the famous rebuke, "You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"

1957-First ascent of Broad Peak -by Fritz Wintersteller, Marcus Schmuck, Kurt Diemberger, and Hermann Buhl.

1958-Queen Elizabeth II -officially opens London's Gatwick Airport in Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom.

1959-The {{USS|George Washington|SSBN-598|6}} is launched. It is the first submarine -to carry ballistic missiles.

1965-The civilian Prime Minister of South Vietnam -Phan Huy Quát, resigns after being unable to work with a junta led by Nguyễn Cao Kỳ.

1965- Vietnam War -The Viet Cong commences combat with the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in the Battle of Dong Xoai, one of the largest battles in the war.

1967- Six-Day War -Israel captures the Golan Heights from Syria

1968-U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson -declares a national day of mourning following the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

1972-Severe rainfall causes a dam in the Black Hills -of South Dakota to burst, creating 1972 Black Hills flood|a flood that kills 238 people and causes $160 million in damage.

1973-In horseracing, Secretariat (horse)|Secretariat -wins the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing|Triple Crown.

1974-Portugal and the Soviet Union -establish diplomatic relations.

1978- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -opens its Priesthood (Mormonism)|priesthood to "all worthy men", ending a 148-year-old policy of excluding black men.

1979-The 1979 Sydney Ghost Train fire|Ghost Train fire -at Luna Park Sydney (Australia) kills seven.

1985- Thomas Sutherland (academic)|Thomas Sutherland -is kidnapped in Lebanon. He will not be released until 1991.

1999- Kosovo War -the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and NATO sign a peace treaty.

2006- 60th Anniversary Celebrations of Bhumibol Adulyadej's Accession|60th Anniversary Celebrations -of Bhumibol Adulyadej's Accession.

Famous Birthdays


1580- Daniel Heinsius -Belgian scholar (d. 1655)

1588- Johann Andreas Herbst -German composer and theorist (d. 1666)

1595- Władysław IV Vasa -Polish king (d. 1648)

1640- Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor -(d. 1705)

1661- Feodor III of Russia -(d. 1682)

1672- Peter the Great -Russian emperor (d. 1725)

1686- Andrey Osterman -German-Russian politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Russia)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Russia (d. 1747)

1732- Giuseppe Demachi -Italian violinist and composer (d. 1791)

1768- Samuel Slater -English-American businessman (d. 1835)

1781- George Stephenson -English engineer (d. 1848)

1810- Otto Nicolai -German composer and conductor (d. 1849)

1812- Johann Gottfried Galle -German astronomer and academic (d. 1910)

1836- Elizabeth Garrett Anderson -English physician (d. 1917)

1843- Bertha von Suttner -Austrian author, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1914)

1845- Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto -English politician, 36th Governor-General of India (d. 1914)

1845- Frank Norton -American baseball player (d. 1920)

1849- Michael Ancher -Danish painter (d. 1927)

1851- Charles Joseph Bonaparte -American lawyer and politician, 46th United States Attorney General (d. 1921)

1861- Pierre Duhem -French physicist, mathematician, and historian (d. 1916)

1861- Gustav Heinrich Johann Apollon Tammann -Russian-German chemist and physicist (d. 1938)

1865- Albéric Magnard -French composer and educator (d. 1914)

1865- Carl Nielsen -Danish violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1931)

1868- Jane Avril -French dancer (d. 1943)

1874- Launceston Elliot -Scottish weightlifter (d. 1930)

1875- Henry Hallett Dale -English pharmacologist and physiologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1968)

1879- Harry DeBaecke -American rower (d. 1961)

1882- Robert Kerr (athlete)|Robert Kerr -Irish-Canadian sprinter (d. 1963)

1885- Felicjan Sławoj Składkowski -Polish general and politician, 27th Prime Minister of Poland (d. 1962)

1890- Leslie Banks -English actor, director, and producer (d. 1952)

1891- Cole Porter -American composer and songwriter (d. 1964)

1893- Irish Meusel -American baseball player (d. 1963)

1895- Archie Weston -American football player and journalist (d. 1981)

1898- Luigi Fagioli -Italian race car driver (d. 1952)

1900- Fred Waring -American bandleader and television host (Waring's Pennsylvanians) (d. 1984)

1902- Skip James -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1969)

1903- Marcia Davenport -American author and critic (d. 1996)

1906- Robert Klark Graham -American eugenicist and businessman, founded Repository for Germinal Choice (d. 1997)

1908- Luis Kutner -American lawyer, author, and activist (d. 1993)

1908- Branch McCracken -American basketball player and coach (d. 1970)

1910- Robert Cummings -American actor, singer, and director (d. 1990)

1912- Ingolf Dahl -German-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1970)

1912- Philip Simmons -American blacksmith (d. 2009)

1915- Lee Embree -American sergeant and photographer (d. 2008)

1915- Jim McDonald (American football)|Jim McDonald -American football player and coach (d. 1997)

1915- Les Paul -American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2009)

1916- Jurij Brězan -German author (d. 2006)

1916- Siegfried Graetschus -German SS officer (d. 1943)

1916- Robert McNamara -American businessman and politician, 8th United States Secretary of Defense (d. 2009)

1917- Eric Hobsbawm -Egyptian-English historian and author (d. 2012)

1918- John Hospers -American philosopher and politician (d. 2011)

1921- Arthur Hertzberg -American rabbi and scholar (d. 2006)

1921- Jean Lacouture -French journalist, historian, and author

1922- George Axelrod -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1922- John Gillespie Magee, Jr. -Chinese-American pilot and poet (d. 1941)

1922- Fernand Seguin -Canadian biochemist and educator (d. 1988)

1924- Tony Britton -English actor

1924- Ed Farhat -American wrestler (d. 2003)

1925- Keith Laumer -American author (d. 1993)

1926- Calvin "Fuzz" Jones -American bass player and singer (d. 2010)

1927- Jim Nolan (basketball)|Jim Nolan -American basketball player (d. 1983)

1928- R. Geraint Gruffydd -Welsh critic and academic

1929- Johnny Ace -American singer (d. 1954)

1930- Barbara (singer)|Barbara -French singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1997)

1930- Jordi Pujol i Soley -Spanish politician, 126th List of Presidents of the Generalitat de Catalunya|President of the Generalitat de Catalunya

1930- Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen -of Norway (d. 2012)

1931- Joe Santos -American actor

1931- Bill Virdon -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1933- Al Cantello -American javelin thrower

1934- Michael Mates -English politician

1934- Jackie Wilson -American singer-songwriter (Billy Ward and his Dominoes) (d. 1984)

1935- Dutch Savage -American wrestler (d. 2013)

1936- Jackie Mason -American comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1936- Mick O'Dwyer -Irish footballer and manager

1936- George Radda -Hungarian chemist

1937- Harald Rosenthal -German hydrobiologist

1938- Jeremy Hardie -English economist and businessman

1938- Giles Havergal -Scottish actor, director, and playwright

1938- Charles Wuorinen -American composer

1939- Ileana Cotrubaș -Romanian soprano and actress

1939- Eric Fernie -Scottish historian and academic

1939- David Hobbs (racing driver)|David Hobbs -English race car driver and sportscaster

1939- Dick Vitale -American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster

1939- Charles Webb (author)|Charles Webb -American author

1940- André Vallerand -Canadian businessman and politician

1941- Jon Lord -English singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Deep Purple, Paice Ashton Lord, The Flower Pot Men, and The Artwoods) (d. 2012)

1942- Anton Burghardt -German footballer and manager

1942- Nicholas Lloyd -English journalist

1943- Kenny Barron -American pianist (Sphere (band)|Sphere)

1943- John Fitzpatrick (racing driver)|John Fitzpatrick -English race car driver

1943- Joe Haldeman -American author

1943- Charles Saatchi -Iraqi-English businessman, co-founded Saatchi & Saatchi

1944- Janric Craig, 3rd Viscount Craigavon -English accountant and politician

1944- Wally Gabler -American football player and sportscaster

1945- Luis Ocaña -Spanish cyclist (d. 1994)

1945- Nike Wagner -German author and critic

1946- Deyda Hydara -Gambian journalist, co-founded ''The Point (the Gambia)|The Point'' (d. 2004)

1946- James Kelman -Scottish author and playwright

1946- Peter Kilfoyle -English politician

1946- Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata -Italian politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Italy)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Italy

1947- Howie Chizek -American radio host (d. 2012)

1947- John Gurda -American historian and author

1948- Jim Bailey (American football)|Jim Bailey -American football player

1948- Gudrun Schyman -Swedish politician

1949- Kiran Bedi -Indian police officer and activist

1950- Trevor Bolder -English bass player, songwriter, and producer (Uriah Heep (band)|Uriah Heep, The Spiders from Mars, and Cybernauts) (d. 2013)

1950- Fred Jackson (American football coach)|Fred Jackson -American football player and coach

1950- Giorgos Kastrinakis -Greek-American basketball player

1950- David Troughton -English actor

1951- Michael Patrick Cronan -American graphic designer (d. 2013)

1951- James Newton Howard -American composer

1951- Dave Parker -American baseball player and coach

1951- Reinhard Schmitz -German footballer

1951- Telangana Shakuntala -Indian actress (d. 2014)

1951- Brian Taylor (basketball)|Brian Taylor -American basketball player

1952- Uzi Hitman -Israeli singer-songwriter (d. 2004)

1952- Billy Knight -American basketball player

1953- Ken Navarro -Italian-American guitarist and composer

1954- Paul Chapman (musician)|Paul Chapman -Welsh guitarist and songwriter (UFO (band)|UFO, Lone Star (band)|Lone Star, and Skid Row (Irish band)|Skid Row)

1954- Richard Hudson (stage designer)|Richard Hudson -Zimbabwean-English stage designer

1954- Gregory Maguire -American author

1954- Elizabeth May -American-Canadian environmentalist, lawyer, and politician

1954- George Pérez -American author and illustrator

1955- Wolfgang Schilling (footballer born 1955)|Wolfgang Schilling -German footballer

1956- Patricia Cornwell -American author

1958- David Ancrum -American basketball player

1960- Steve Paikin -Canadian journalist and author

1961- Thomas Benson (American football)|Thomas Benson -American football player

1961- Michael J. Fox -Canadian-American actor, producer, and author

1961- Aaron Sorkin -American screenwriter, producer, and playwright

1962- Yuval Banay -Israeli singer-songwriter and guitarist (Mashina)

1962- Ken Rose (American football)|Ken Rose -American football player

1963- Gilad Atzmon -Israeli-English saxophonist, author, and activist (The Blockheads)

1963- Johnny Depp -American actor, singer, producer, and director

1963- David Koepp -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1964- Slaid Cleaves -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1964- Gloria Reuben -Canadian actress and singer

1964- Wayman Tisdale -American basketball player and bass player (d. 2009)

1964- Hiroko Yakushimaru -Japanese actress and singer

1966- Tamela Mann -American singer-songwriter and actress

1966- Jan Vayne -Dutch pianist

1967- Richard Cooey -American murderer (d. 2008)

1967- Jian Ghomeshi -Canadian singer-songwriter, producer, and radio host (Moxy Früvous)

1967- Rubén Maza -Venezuelan runner

1967- Samantha Strong -American pornographic actress

1968- Niki Bakoyianni -Greek high jumper

1969- Nick Kiriazis -American actor

1969- André Racicot -Canadian ice hockey player

1969- Eric Wynalda -American soccer player, coach, and sportscaster

1970- Erika Miklósa -Hungarian soprano

1971- Gilles De Bilde -Belgian footballer and sportscaster

1971- Jean Galfione -French pole vaulter

1971- Jackie McKeown -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Yummy Fur and 1990s (band)|1990s)

1972- Tomoe Hanba -Japanese voice actress

1972- Matt Horsley -Australian footballer

1973- Aigars Apinis -Latvian discus thrower

1973- Tedy Bruschi -American football player and sportscaster

1973- Frédéric Choffat -Swiss director, producer, and cinematographer

1973- Iain Lee -English comedian and television host

1973- Grant Marshall -Canadian ice hockey player

1973- Laura Ponte -Spanish model

1974- Samoth -Norwegian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Emperor (band)|Emperor, Zyklon, and Scum (band)|Scum)

1975- Otto Addo -German-Ghanaian footballer

1975- Andrew Symonds -English-Australian cricketer

1977- Usman Afzaal -Pakistani cricketer

1977- Olin Kreutz -American football player

1977- Ameesha Patel -Indian actress and producer

1977- Peja Stojaković -Croatian-Greek basketball player

1978- Matthew Bellamy -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Muse (band)|Muse)

1978- Michaela Conlin -American actress

1978- Shandi Finnessey -American model and actress, Miss USA|Miss USA 2004

1978- Miroslav Klose -German footballer

1978- Heather Mitts -American soccer player

1978- Eric Papilaya -Austrian singer

1978- Hayden Schlossberg -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1978- Brian Patrick Wade -American actor

1979- Dario Dainelli -Italian footballer

1979- Akiko Kobayashi (voice actor)|Akiko Kobayashi -Japanese voice actor and singer

1979- Ryoko Kuninaka -Japanese actress and singer

1979- Amanda Lassiter -American basketball player

1979- Jasper Redd -American comedian and actor

1979- Chris Tilton -American composer

1979- Andrew Walker (actor)|Andrew Walker -Canadian actor and producer

1980- D'banj -Nigerian singer-songwriter and harmonica player

1980- Navíd Akhavan -Iranian-German actor

1980- James DeBello -American actor

1980- Mike Fontenot -American baseball player

1980- Timothy Glanfield -English journalist and author

1980- Udonis Haslem -American basketball player

1980- Nikolai Novosjolov -Estonian fencer

1980- Kevin Owens -American basketball player

1980- Paul Preiss -American model and actor

1980- Lehlohonolo Seema -South African footballer

1980- Kana Ueda -Japanese voice actress

1980- David Williams (card game player)|David Williams -American poker player

1981- Cameron Bunce -American model and actor

1981- Vic Chou -Taiwanese actor and singer (F4 (band)|F4)

1981- Natalie Portman -Israeli-American actress

1981- Anoushka Shankar -English-Indian sitar player and composer

1981- Sara Tommasi -Italian actress and model

1982- Thomas Aldridge -English actor

1982- Yoshito Ōkubo -Japanese footballer

1982- Christina Stürmer -Austrian singer-songwriter

1982- Andrew Walker (actor)|Andrew Walker -Canadian actor

1983- Firas Al-Khatib -Syrian footballer

1983- Alektra Blue -American porn actress

1983- Erin Cafaro -American rower

1983- Josh Cribbs -American football player

1983- Dwayne Jones (basketball)|Dwayne Jones -American basketball player

1983- Marina Lizorkina -Russian singer and dancer (Serebro)

1983- Danny Richar -Dominican-American baseball player

1983- Jim Tang -Hong Kong actor

1983- Alex Templeton-Ward -English singer-songwriter, bass player, and poet

1984- Yulieski Gourriel -Cuban baseball player

1984- Kaleth Morales -Colombian singer-songwriter (d. 2005)

1984- Jake Newton (footballer)|Jake Newton -Guyanese footballer

1984- Asko Paade -Estonian basketball player

1984- Masoud Shojaei -Iranian footballer

1984- Wesley Sneijder -Dutch footballer

1985- Anthimos Ananiadis -Greek actor

1985- Richard Kahui -New Zealand rugby player

1985- Sonam Kapoor -Indian model and actress

1985- Jon Nørgaard -Danish singer-songwriter

1985- Sebastian Telfair -American basketball player

1986- Kevin Borg -Maltese-Swedish singer

1986- Doug Legursky -American football player

1986- Kary Ng -Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress (Cookies (group)|Cookies and Ping Pung)

1986- Yadier Pedroso -Cuban baseball player (d. 2013)

1986- Ashley Postell -American gymnast

1986- Adamo Ruggiero -Canadian actor

1986- Karan Wahi -Indian actor

1987- Jaan Mölder -Estonian race car driver

1987- Sofía Stamatiades -Mexican actress

1987- Rheagan Wallace -American actress

1988- Sara Isaković -Slovenian swimmer

1988- Sokratis Papastathopoulos -Greek footballer

1988- Mae Whitman -American actress

1989- Chloë Agnew -Irish singer (Celtic Woman)

1989- Logan Browning -American actress and singer

1989- Nina Kodaka -Japanese-Filipino television host

1989- Dídac Vilà -Spanish footballer

1990- Lauren Socha -English actress

1992- Yannick Agnel -French swimmer

1992- Lucien Laviscount -English actor and singer

1993- Danielle Chuchran -American actress

1994- Lee Hyeri -South Korean singer (Girl's Day)

History of Deaths


68- Nero -Roman emperor (b. 37)

373- Ephrem the Syrian -Turkish hymnographer and theologian (b. 306)

597- Columba -Irish missionary and saint (b. 521)

1361- Philippe de Vitry -French composer and poet (b. 1291)

1563- William Paget, 1st Baron Paget -English accountant and politician (b. 1506)

1572- Jeanne d'Albret -French wife of Antoine of Navarre (b. 1528)

1583- Thomas Radclyffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex -English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1525)

1656- Thomas Tomkins -Welsh-English composer (b. 1572)

1716- Banda Singh Bahadur -Indian commander (b. 1670)

1717- Jeanne Guyon -French mystic (b. 1648)

1834- William Carey (missionary)|William Carey -English minister and missionary (b. 1761)

1870- Charles Dickens -English author and critic (b. 1812)

1875- Gérard Paul Deshayes -French geologist and conchologist (b. 1795)

1889- Mike Burke (shortstop)|Mike Burke -American baseball player (b. 1854)

1892- Yoshitoshi -Japanese painter (b. 1839)

1892- William Grant Stairs -Canadian-English captain and explorer (b. 1863)

1901- Adolf Bötticher -German historian (b. 1842)

1923- Princess Helena of the United Kingdom -(b. 1846)

1942- František Erben -Czech gymnast (b. 1874)

1946- Ananda Mahidol -Thai king (b. 1925)

1952- Adolf Busch -German-Austrian violinist and composer (b. 1891)

1953- Ernest Graves, Sr. -American football player, coach, and general (b. 1880)

1958- Robert Donat -English actor (b. 1905)

1959- Adolf Otto Reinhold Windaus -German chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1876)

1960- Harry S. Hammond -American football player and businessman (b. 1884)

1961- Camille Guérin -French veterinarian, bacteriologist and immunologist (b. 1872)

1964- Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook -Canadian-English businessman and politician (b. 1879)

1968- Bernard Cronin -Australian author and journalist (b. 1884)

1972- Gilberto Parlotti -Italian motorcycle racer (b. 1940)

1973- Chuck Bennett -American football player and coach (b. 1907)

1973- John Creasey -English author (b. 1908)

1973- Erich von Manstein -German general (b. 1887)

1974- Miguel Ángel Asturias -Guatemalan journalist, author, and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)

1979- Cyclone Taylor -Canadian ice hockey player and civil servant (b. 1884)

1981- Allen Ludden -American game show host (b. 1917)

1989- Rashid Behbudov -Azerbaijani singer and actor (b. 1915)

1989- George Wells Beadle -American geneticist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)

1991- Claudio Arrau -Chilean-American pianist (b. 1903)

1991- Howard Hobson -American basketball player and coach (b. 1903)

1992- Big Miller -American-Canadian singer (b. 1922)

1993- Thomas Ammann -Swiss art dealer (b. 1950)

1993- Alexis Smith -Canadian-American actress and singer (b. 1921)

1994- Jan Tinbergen -Dutch economist and academic, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)

1997- Stanley Knowles -American-Canadian politician (b. 1908)

2000- John Abramovic -American basketball player (b. 1919)

2000- Jacob Lawrence -American painter (b. 1917)

2004- Rosey Brown -American football player and coach (b. 1932)

2004- Brian Williamson -Jamaican activist, co-founded J-FLAG (b. 1945)

2006- Drafi Deutscher -German singer-songwriter (b. 1946)

2007- Frankie Abernathy -American purse designer, cast-member on ''The Real World: San Diego'' (b. 1981)

2008- Algis Budrys -Lithuanian-American author and critic (b. 1931)

2008- Suleiman Mousa -Jordanian historian and author (b. 1919)

2009- Dick May -American race car driver (b. 1930)

2010- Melbert Ford -American murderer (b. 1960)

2011- M. F. Husain -Indian painter and director (b. 1915)

2011- Tomoko Kawakami -Japanese voice actress (b. 1970)

2011- Mike Mitchell (basketball, born 1956)|Mike Mitchell -American basketball player (b. 1956)

2012- Régis Clère -French cyclist (b. 1956)

2012- John Maples, Baron Maples -English politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence (b. 1943)

2012- Ivan Minatti -Slovene poet (b. 1924)

2012- Georges Sari -Greek author and actress (b. 1925)

2012- Hawk Taylor -American baseball player (b. 1939)

2012- Abram Wilson -American-English trumpet player (b. 1973)

2013- Darondo -American singer (b. 1946)

2013- Iain Banks -Scottish author (b. 1954)

2013- Bruno Bartoletti -Italian conductor (b. 1926)

2013- John Burke (rugby league)|John Burke -English rugby player (b. 1948)

2013- Walter Jens -German philologist, historian, and educator (b. 1923)

2013- Harry Lewis (actor)|Harry Lewis -American actor (b. 1920)

2013- Zdeněk Rotrekl -Czech poet and historian (b. 1920)

2014- Bernard Agré -Ivorian cardinal (b. 1926)

2014- Kim Heungsou -North Korean painter (b. 1919)

2014- Rik Mayall -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter (b. 1958)

2014- Elsie Quarterman -American ecologist and academic (b. 1910)

2014- Alicemarie Huber Stotler -American lawyer and judge (b. 1942)

2014- Gustave Tassell -American fashion designer (b. 1926)

2014- Bob Welch (baseball)|Bob Welch -American baseball player and coach (b. 1956)