This Day in History

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

Events History


537- Siege of Rome (537–538)|Siege of Rome -The Ostrogoths|Ostrogoth army under king Vitiges began the siege of the capital. Belisarius conducts a delaying action outside the Piazza del Popolo|Flaminian Gate; he and a detachment of his ''Bucellarius|bucellarii'' are almost cut off.

986- Louis V of France|Louis V -becomes King of the Franks.

1121- Dirk VI, Count of Holland|Dirk VI -becomes the Count of Holland.

1127- Assassination -of Charles I, Count of Flanders|Charles the Good, Count of Flanders.

1444- Skanderbeg -organizes a group of Albanian people|Albanian nobles to form the League of Lezhë.

1458- George of Poděbrady -is chosen as the King of Bohemia.

1476- Burgundian Wars -The Old Swiss Confederacy hands Charles the Bold, Duchy of Burgundy|Duke of Burgundy, a major defeat in the Battle of Grandson in Canton of Neuchâtel.

1484-The College of Arms -is formally incorporated by Royal Charter signed by King Richard III of England.

1498- Vasco da Gama -s fleet visits the Island of Mozambique.

1561- Mendoza, Argentina -is founded by Spanish conquistador Pedro del Castillo.

1657- Great Fire of Meireki -A fire in Edo (now Tokyo), Japan, caused more than 100,000 deaths; it lasted three days

1717-'' The Loves of Mars and Venus -' is the first ballet performed in England.

1776- American Revolutionary War -Patriot (American Revolution)|Patriot militia units arrest the Royal Governor of Province of Georgia|Georgia James Wright (governor)|James Wright and attempt to prevent capture of supply ships in the Battle of the Rice Boats.

1791-Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore line|semaphore -machine in Paris.

1797-The Bank of England -Bank of England note issues|issues the first Banknotes of the pound sterling|one-pound and Banknotes of the pound sterling|two-pound banknotes.

1807-The United States Congress|U.S. Congress -passes the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves, disallowing the importation of new slavery|slaves into the country.

1808-The inaugural meeting of the Wernerian Natural History Society -a former Scottish learned society, is held in Edinburgh.

1811- Argentine War of Independence -A Spanish Empire|royalist fleet defeats a small flotilla of May Revolution|revolutionary ships in the Battle of San Nicolás on the Río de la Plata|River Plate.

1815-Signing of the Kandyan Convention -treaty by United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland|British invaders and the List of Sri Lankan monarchs|King of Sri Lanka.

1825- Roberto Cofresí -one of the last successful Caribbean pirates, is Action of 2 March 1825|defeated in combat and captured by authorities.

1836- Texas Revolution -Texas Declaration of Independence|Declaration of independence of the Republic of Texas from Mexico.

1855- Alexander II of Russia|Alexander II -becomes Tsar of Russia.

1865- East Cape War -The Volkner Incident in New Zealand.

1867-The U.S. Congress passes the first Reconstruction Act -

1877- U.S. presidential election, 1876 -Just two days before inauguration, the U.S. Congress declares Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the election even though Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876.

1882- Queen Victoria -narrowly escapes an assassination attempt by Roderick McLean in Windsor.

1885- Sino-French War -French victory in the Battle of Hòa Mộc|Battle of Hoa Moc near Tuyen Quang, northern Vietnam.

1901-The U.S. Congress passes the Platt Amendment -limiting the autonomy of Cuba, as a condition of the withdrawal of American troops.

1903-In New York City the Martha Washington Hotel -opens, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women.

1917-The enactment of the Jones-Shafroth Act -grants Puerto Rico|Puerto Ricans United States citizenship.

1919-The first Communist International -meets in Moscow.

1933-The film '' King Kong (1933 film)|King Kong -' opens at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

1937-The Steel Workers Organizing Committee -signs a collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Steel, leading to unionization of the United States steel industry.

1939- Cardinal (Catholicism)|Cardinal -Eugenio Pacelli is Papal conclave, 1939|elected Pope and takes the name Pope Pius XII|Pius XII.

1941- World War II -First German military units enter Bulgaria Military history of Bulgaria during World War II|after it joins the Axis Pact.

1946- Ho Chi Minh -is elected the President of North Vietnam.

1949- Captain (U.S. Air Force)|Captain -James Gallagher lands his B-50 Superfortress ''Lucky Lady II'' in Fort Worth, Texas after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight in 94 hours and one minute.

1949-The first automatic street light -is installed in New Milford, Connecticut.

1955- Ruler of Cambodia|King -Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates the throne in favor of his father, King Norodom Suramarit.

1956- Morocco -gains its independence from France.

1962-In Burma -the army led by General Ne Win seizes power in a ''1962 Burmese coup d'état|coup d'état''.

1962- Wilt Chamberlain -sets the single-game scoring NBA regular season records|record in the National Basketball Association by Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game|scoring 100 points.

1965-The United States Air Force|US -and Vietnam Air Force|South Vietnamese Air Force begin Operation Rolling Thunder, a sustained bombing campaign against North Vietnam.

1969-In Toulouse -France, the first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde is conducted.

1969- Soviet Union|Soviet -and Chinese forces clash at a border outpost on the Ussuri River.

1970- Rhodesia -declares itself a republic, breaking its last links with the British crown.

1972-The Pioneer 10 -space probe is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a mission to explore the outer planets.

1978- Czechoslovakia|Czech -Vladimír Remek becomes the first non-Russian (citizen)|Russian or non-American to go into outer space|space, when he is launched aboard Soyuz 28.

1983- Compact Disc -and players are released for the first time in the United States and other markets. They had previously been available only in Japan.

1989-Twelve European Community -nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century.

1990- Nelson Mandela -is elected deputy President of the African National Congress.

1991-Battle at Rumaila field|Rumaila Oil Field -brings an end to the Gulf War|1991 Gulf War.

1992- Armenia -Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, San Marino, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan join the United Nations.

1995-Researchers at Fermilab -announce the discovery of the top quark.

1998-Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft -indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa (moon)|Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.

2002- War in Afghanistan (2001–present)|U.S. invasion of Afghanistan -Operation Anaconda begins, (ending on March 19 after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, with 11 Western troop fatalities).

2004- 2003 invasion of Iraq|War in Iraq -Al-Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Iraq, killing 170 and wounding over 500.

2012-A March 2–3, 2012 tornado outbreak|tornado outbreak -occurred over a large section of the Southern United States and into the Ohio Valley region, resulting in 40 tornado-related fatalities.

Famous Birthdays


1409- Jean II, Duke of Alençon -(d. 1476)

1459- Pope Adrian VI -(d. 1523)

1545- Thomas Bodley -English diplomat and scholar, founded the Bodleian Library (d. 1613)

1578- George Sandys -English poet (d. 1644)

1705- William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield -Scottish lawyer, judge, and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. 1793)

1755- Antoine-Frédéric Gresnick -Belgian composer (d. 1799)

1760- Camille Desmoulins -French journalist and politician (d. 1794)

1769- DeWitt Clinton -American politician, 6th Governor of New York (d. 1828)

1770- Louis-Gabriel Suchet -French general (d. 1826)

1779- Joel Roberts Poinsett -American physician and politician, 15th United States Secretary of War (d. 1851)

1793- Sam Houston -American soldier and politician, 1st President of the Republic of Texas (d. 1863)

1800- Evgeny Baratynsky -Russian poet (d. 1844)

1810- Pope Leo XIII -(d. 1903)

1816- Alexander Bullock -American politician, 26th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1882)

1817- János Arany -Hungarian journalist and poet (d. 1882)

1820- Multatuli -Dutch author (d. 1887)

1824- Bedřich Smetana -Czech composer (d. 1884)

1829- Carl Schurz -German-American politician (d. 1906)

1836- Henry Billings Brown -American lawyer and jurist (d. 1913)

1842- Carl Jacobsen -Danish brewer (d. 1914)

1843- Princess Maria Clotilde of Savoy -(d. 1911)

1849- Robert Means Thompson -American commander, lawyer, and businessman (d. 1930)

1859- Sholem Aleichem -Ukrainian-American author and playwright (d. 1916)

1860- Susanna M. Salter -American politician (d. 1961)

1862- John Jay Chapman -American author (d. 1933)

1862- Boris Borisovich Galitzine -Russian physicist (d. 1916)

1876- Pope Pius XII -(d. 1958)

1878- William Kissam Vanderbilt II -American sailor (d. 1944)

1885- Victor Houteff -Bulgarian religious reformer and author (d. 1955)

1886- Willis H. O'Brien -American animator and director (d. 1962)

1886- Friedebert Tuglas -Estonian author and critic (d. 1971)

1897- Minor Hall -American drummer (d. 1959)

1900- Harri Moora -Estonian archeologist and academic (d. 1968)

1900- Matilde Muñoz Sampedro -Spanish actress (d. 1969)

1900- Kurt Weill -German-American composer (d. 1950)

1902- Moe Berg -American baseball player and spy (d. 1972)

1902- Edward Condon -American physicist (d. 1974)

1904- Dr. Seuss -American author, poet, and illustrator (d. 1991)

1905- Marc Blitzstein -American composer (d. 1964)

1905- Geoffrey Grigson -English poet and critic (d. 1985)

1906- Jan Ankerman -Dutch field hockey player (d. 1942)

1908- Walter Bruch -German engineer (d. 1990)

1908- Fyodor Okhlopkov -Russian sergeant (d. 1968)

1909- Mel Ott -American baseball player (d. 1958)

1912- Henry Katzman -American pianist, composer, and painter (d. 2001)

1912- William Thayer Tutt -American businessman (d. 1989)

1913- Godfried Bomans -Flemish television host and author (d. 1971)

1913- Mort Cooper -American baseball player (d. 1958)

1913- Celedonio Romero -Spanish guitarist and songwriter (The Romeros) (d. 1996)

1914- Mayo Kaan -American bodybuilder (d. 2002)

1914- Martin Ritt -American actor, director, and playwright (d. 1990)

1917- Desi Arnaz -Cuban-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1986)

1917- David Goodis -American author (d. 1967)

1917- Jim Konstanty -American baseball player (d. 1976)

1918- Michael Rye -American actor (d. 2012)

1919- Jennifer Jones -American actress (d. 2009)

1919- Eddie Lawrence -American actor, singer, and playwright (d. 2014)

1919- Tamara Toumanova -Russian ballerina and actress (d. 1996)

1920- Heinz-Ludwig Schmidt -German footballer and manager (d. 2008)

1921- Ernst Haas -Austrian photographer (d. 1986)

1922- Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis -American saxophonist (d. 1986)

1922- Bill Quackenbush -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1999)

1923- Basil Hume -English cardinal (d. 1999)

1923- Orrin Keepnews -American songwriter and producer

1923- Robert H. Michel -American politician

1923- Dave Strack -American basketball player and coach (d. 2014)

1924- Cal Abrams -American baseball player (d. 1997)

1924- Renos Apostolidis -Greek philologist, author, and critic (d. 2004)

1924- William Howie, Baron Howie of Troon -English politician

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

1926- Murray Rothbard -American economist and historian (d. 1995)

1927- Roger Walkowiak -French cyclist and economist

1928- John S. Romanides -Greek priest and author (d. 2001)

1929- Donald Gosling -English admiral and businessman

1930- Pat Arrowsmith -English activist and author

1930- John Cullum -American actor and singer

1930- Emma Penella -Spanish actress (d. 2007)

1931- Mikhail Gorbachev -Soviet lawyer and politician, President of the Soviet Union, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate

1931- Tom Wolfe -American journalist and author

1932- Gun Hägglund -Swedish journalist (d. 2011)

1934- Dottie Rambo -American singer-songwriter (The Rambos) (d. 2008)

1936- Haroon Ahmed -Pakistani-English engineer and academic

1936- John Tusa -Czech-English journalist and academic

1935- Al Waxman -Canadian actor and director (d. 2001)

1937- Abdelaziz Bouteflika -Algerian politician, 5th President of Algeria

1937- Denny Crum -American basketball player and coach

1938- Ricardo Lagos -Chilean politician, 33rd President of Chile

1938- Lawrence Payton -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Four Tops) (d. 1997)

1939- Jan Howard Finder -American author (d. 2013)

1939- BarBara Luna -American actress

1940- Tony Croatto -Italian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)

1940- Mamnoon Hussain -Pakistani politician, 12th President of Pakistan

1940- Robert Lloyd (bass)|Robert Lloyd -English opera singer

1941- Jon Finch -English actor (d. 2012)

1941- David Satcher -American physician, 16th United States Surgeon General

1942- Kwang Jo Choi -South Korean martial artist

1942- John Irving -American author

1942- Claude Larose (ice hockey b. 1942)|Claude Larose -Canadian ice hockey player

1942- Mir-Hossein Mousavi -Iranian politician, 79th Prime Minister of Iran

1942- Luc Plamondon -Canadian songwriter

1942- Lou Reed -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (The Velvet Underground and Metal Machine Trio) (d. 2013)

1943- Zygfryd Blaut -Polish footballer (d. 2005)

1943- George Layton -English actor, director, and screenwriter

1943- Tony Meehan -English drummer (The Shadows and The Vipers Skiffle Group) (d. 2005)

1943- Peter Straub -American author

1944- Uschi Glas -German actress

1945- Derek Watkins (trumpeter)|Derek Watkins -English trumpet player (d. 2013)

1947- Nelson Ned -Brazilian singer-songwriter (d. 2014)

1947- Harry Redknapp -English footballer and manager

1948- Rory Gallagher -Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Taste (band)|Taste) (d. 1995)

1948- Jeff Kennett -Australian politician, 43rd Premier of Victoria

1949- Alain Chamfort -French singer

1949- Naomi James -New Zealand sailor

1949- Gates McFadden -American actress and choreographer

1949- J.P.R. Williams -Welsh rugby player

1950- Karen Carpenter -American singer and drummer (The Carpenters) (d. 1983)

1950- Jeffrey Chodorow -American businessman

1950- Rosemary Hennessy -American feminist

1952- Mark Evanier -American author and illustrator

1952- Laraine Newman -American actress

1953- Russ Feingold -American lawyer and politician

1954- Hans-Jürgen Baake -German footballer

1954- Eddie Johnstone -Canadian ice hockey player

1955- Shoko Asahara -Japanese cult leader, founded Aum Shinrikyo

1955- Dale Bozzio -American singer (Missing Persons (band)|Missing Persons)

1955- Jay Osmond -American singer and drummer (The Osmonds)

1955- Ken Salazar -American politician, 36th Attorney General of Colorado

1955- Terrence Stone -Irish-American voice actor

1956- John Cowsill -American singer and drummer (The Cowsills)

1956- Mark Evans (musician)|Mark Evans -Australian bass player (AC/DC, Finch (Australian band)|Finch, and Heaven (Australian band)|Heaven)

1958- Kevin Curren -South African tennis player

1958- Grace Kennedy (singer)|Grace Kennedy -Jamaican-English singer and television host

1958- Ian Woosnam -Welsh golfer

1959- GX Jupitter-Larsen -American painter

1959- Larry Stewart (singer)|Larry Stewart -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Restless Heart)

1960- Hector Calma -Filipino basketball player

1960- Debra Marshall -American wrestler, manager, and actress

1961- Simone Young -Australian conductor

1962- Jon Bon Jovi -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (Bon Jovi)

1962- Paul Farrelly -English politician

1962- Scott La Rock -American DJ and producer (Boogie Down Productions) (d. 1987)

1962- Hiroyuki Morioka -Japanese author

1962- Tom Nordlie -Norwegian footballer and coach

1962- Michael Salinger -American poet

1962- Raimo Summanen -Finnish ice hockey player and coach

1962- Gabriele Tarquini -Italian race car driver

1963- Alvin Youngblood Hart -American guitarist

1963- Tuff Hedeman -American bull rider

1963- Tanyu Kiryakov -Bulgarian target shooter

1963- Anthony Albanese -Australian politician, 15th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

1964- Laird Hamilton -American surfer

1964- Mike Von Erich -American wrestler (d. 1987)

1965- Ron Gant -American baseball player

1965- Lembit Öpik -Irish politician

1966- Simon Reevell -English lawyer and politician

1968- Daniel Craig -English actor

1969- Ben Oxenbould -Australian actor

1969- Mark Selbee -American kick-boxer (d. 2014)

1969- Han ten Broeke -Dutch politician

1970- Alexander Armstrong (comedian)|Alexander Armstrong -English comedian and actor

1970- James Purnell -English politician

1970- Wibi Soerjadi -Dutch pianist and composer

1971- Dave Gorman -English comedian and author

1971- Lisa Lackey -Australian actress

1971- Method Man -American rapper, producer, and actor (Wu-Tang Clan)

1971- Amber Smith -American actress and model

1971- Manami Toyota -Japanese wrestler

1972- Michael Buskermolen -Dutch footballer

1972- Richard Ruccolo -American actor

1972- Rene Bitorajac -Croatian actor

1972- Clayton James Cubitt -American photographer, filmmaker and writer

1972- Mauricio Pochettino -Argentinian footballer and manager

1973- Dejan Bodiroga -Serbian basketball player

1973- Trevor Sinclair -English footballer

1974- Hayley Lewis -Australian swimmer

1974- Monika Niederstätter -Italian hurdler

1975- El-P -American rapper and producer (Company Flow and The Weathermen (hip hop group)|The Weathermen)

1976- JJ Fernandez -Malaysian radio host

1977- Dominique Canty -American basketball player

1977- Chris Martin -English singer-songwriter and producer (Coldplay)

1977- Stephen Parry (swimmer)|Stephen Parry -English swimmer and sportscaster

1977- Andrew Strauss -English cricketer

1978- Tomáš Kaberle -Czech ice hockey player

1978- Giannis Skopelitis -Greek footballer

1979- Sergei Davydov (figure skater)|Sergei Davydov -Belarusian figure skater

1979- Damien Duff -Irish footballer

1979- Nicky Weaver -English footballer

1980- Chris Barker -English footballer

1980- Karl Dominik -Polish-Chinese actor

1980- Sunny Lane -American porn actress and model

1980- Édson Nobre -Angolan footballer

1981- Lance Cade -American wrestler (d. 2010)

1981- Bryce Dallas Howard -American actress and director

1981- Lorelei Lee (pornographic actress)|Lorelei Lee -American porn actress

1982- Jade Galbraith -Canadian ice hockey player

1982- Kevin Kurányi -German footballer

1982- Henrik Lundqvist -Swedish ice hockey player

1982- Ben Roethlisberger -American football player

1982- Corey Webster -American football player

1983- Deuce (singer)|Deuce -American singer-songwriter and producer (Hollywood Undead)

1983- Kolawole Agodirin -Nigerian footballer

1983- Lisandro López -Argentinian footballer

1983- Jay McClement -Canadian ice hockey player

1983- Glen Perkins -American baseball player

1983- Rachel Roxxx -American porn actress

1983- Ryan Shannon -American ice hockey player

1984- Elizabeth Jagger -English model and actress

1985- Reggie Bush -American football player

1985- Suso Santana -Spanish footballer

1986- Jon D'Aversa -Canadian ice hockey player

1988- Edgar Andrade -Mexican footballer

1988- James Arthur (singer)|James Arthur -English singer-songwriter

1988- Nicola Geuer -German tennis player

1988- Matthew Mitcham -Australian diver

1988- Chris Rainey -American football player

1988- Geert Arend Roorda -Dutch footballer

1988- Nadine Samonte -German-Filipino actress

1989- Alemão (footballer born 1989)|Alemão -Brazilian footballer

1989- Toby Alderweireld -Belgian footballer

1989- André Bernardes Santos -Portuguese footballer

1989- Marcel Hirscher -Austrian skier

1989- Shane Vereen -American football player

1990- Rauno Alliku -Estonian footballer

1990- Lee Hongki -South Korean singer and actor (F.T. Island)

1997- Becky G -American rapper

1997- Babar Iqbal -Pakistani computer programmer

History of Deaths


672- Chad of Mercia -English bishop and saint (b. 634)

1316- Marjorie Bruce -Scottish daughter of Robert the Bruce (b. 1296)

1572- Mem de Sá -Portuguese-Brazilian politician (b. 1500)

1589- Alessandro Farnese (cardinal)|Alessandro Farnese -Italian cardinal (b. 1520)

1619- Anne of Denmark -(b. 1574)

1625- James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton -Scottish politician (b. 1589)

1797- Horace Walpole -English historian (b. 1717)

1729- Francesco Bianchini -Italian astronomer and philosopher (b. 1662)

1755- Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon -French soldier and diplomat (b. 1675)

1758- Pierre Guérin de Tencin -French cardinal (b. 1679)

1791- John Wesley -English cleric and theologian (b. 1703)

1793- Carl Gustaf Pilo -Swedish-Danish painter (b. 1711)

1797- Horace Walpole -English historian and politician (b. 1717)

1829- Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez -Mexican conspirator (b. 1768)

1830- Samuel Thomas von Sömmering -German physician (b. 1755)

1835- Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor -(b. 1768)

1840- Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers -German physician and astronomer (b. 1758)

1855- Nicholas I of Russia -(b. 1796)

1864- Ulric Dahlgren -American colonel (b. 1842)

1865- Carl Sylvius Völkner -German-New Zealand missionary (b. 1819)

1880- John Benjamin Macneill -Irish engineer (b. 1790)

1894- William H. Osborn -American businessman (b. 1820)

1895- Berthe Morisot -French painter (b. 1841)

1895- Isma'il Pasha -Egyptian politician (b. 1830)

1919- Melchora Aquino -Filipino activist (b. 1812)

1921- Champ Clark -American politician, 41st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1850)

1930- D. H. Lawrence -English author, poet, and playwright (b. 1885)

1938- William Blomfield -New Zealand cartoonist and politician (b. 1886)

1938- Ben Harney -American pianist and composer (b. 1871)

1939- Howard Carter -English archaeologist (b. 1874)

1942- Tyler Brooke -American actor and singer (b. 1886)

1943- Charlie Christian -American guitarist (b. 1916)

1945- Emily Carr -Canadian painter (b. 1871)

1946- Fidél Pálffy -Hungarian politician (b. 1895)

1946- George E. Stewart -American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1872)

1947- Frans Johan Louwrens Ghijsels -Dutch architect and urban planner (b. 1882)

1948- Algernon Maudslay -English sailor (b. 1873)

1949- Sarojini Naidu -Indian poet and activist (b. 1879)

1950- Rosli Dhobi -Malaysian rebel (b. 1932)

1953- James Lightbody -American runner (b. 1882)

1958- Fred Merkle -American baseball player (b. 1888)

1958- Nikolaos Tselementes -Greek chef and author (b. 1878)

1959- Eric Blore -English actor (b. 1887)

1960- Stanisław Taczak -Polish general (b. 1874)

1962- Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin -Belgian mathematician (b. 1866)

1967- José Martínez Ruiz -Spanish author and critic (b. 1873)

1970- Marc-Aurèle Fortin -Canadian painter (b. 1888)

1972- Herbert Feis -American author (b. 1893)

1972- Léo-Ernest Ouimet -Canadian director and producer (b. 1877)

1973- Cleo A. Noel, Jr. -American diplomat (b. 1918)

1974- Salvador Puig Antich -Spanish anarchist (b. 1948)

1975- Josiah Mwangi Kariuki -Kenyan politician (b. 1929)

1979- Christy Ring -Irish hurler (b. 1920)

1982- Philip K. Dick -American author (b. 1928)

1987- Randolph Scott -American actor and director (b. 1898)

1987- Lolo Soetoro -Indonesian geographer (b. 1935)

1991- Serge Gainsbourg -French singer-songwriter, actor, and director (b. 1928)

1991- Mary Howard (romance novelist)|Mary Howard -English author (b. 1907)

1992- Sandy Dennis -American actress (b. 1937)

1994- Maurice Bambier -French politician (b. 1925)

1994- Anita Morris -American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1943)

1999- David Ackles -American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1937)

1999- Dusty Springfield -English singer (The Lana Sisters and The Springfields) (b. 1939)

2000- Sandra Schmirler -Canadian curler (b. 1963)

2001- François Abadie -French politician (b. 1930)

2001- John Diamond (journalist)|John Diamond -English journalist (b. 1953)

2003- Hank Ballard -American singer-songwriter (The Midnighters) (b. 1927)

2003- Malcolm Williamson -Australian composer (b. 1931)

2004- Cormac McAnallen -Irish footballer (b. 1980)

2004- Mercedes McCambridge -American actress (b. 1916)

2004- Marge Schott -American businesswoman (b. 1928)

2005- Martin Denny -American pianist and composer (b. 1911)

2005- Rick Mahler -American baseball player (b. 1953)

2006- Jack Wild -English actor (b. 1952)

2007- Thomas S. Kleppe -American politician (b. 1919)

2007- Clem Labine -American baseball player (b. 1926)

2007- Ivan Safronov -Russian journalist (b. 1956)

2007- Henri Troyat -French historian and author (b. 1911)

2008- Jeff Healey -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1966)

2009- Chris Finnegan -English boxer (b. 1944)

2009- João Bernardo Vieira -Bissau-Guinean politician, President of Guinea-Bissau (b. 1939)

2010- Winston Churchill (1940–2010)|Winston Churchill -English politician (b. 1940)

2012- Lawrence Anthony -South African environmentalist, explorer, and author (b. 1950)

2012- Van T. Barfoot -American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1919)

2012- George Firestone -American politician (b. 1931)

2012- Doug Furnas -American wrestler (b. 1959)

2012- Gary Kubly -American pastor and politician (b. 1943)

2012- Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley -English academic and politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (b. 1929)

2012- James Q. Wilson -American political scientist and academic (b. 1931)

2012- Isagani Yambot -Filipino journalist and publisher (b. 1934)

2013- Tom Borland -American baseball player (b. 1933)

2013- Peter Harvey -Australian journalist (b. 1944)

2013- Jimmy Jackson (footballer born 1931)|Jimmy Jackson -Scottish footballer (b. 1931)

2013- Eriya Kategaya -Ugandan lawyer and politician (b. 1945)

2013- Giorgos Kolokithas -Greek basketball player (b. 1945)

2013- Bryce Rope -New Zealand rugby player and coach (b. 1923)

2013- Hans Schnitger -Dutch field hockey player (b. 1915)

2013- Shabnam Shakeel -Pakistani poet and author (b. 1942)

2013- Bjørn Skau -Norwegian politician (b. 1929)

2014- Ryhor Baradulin -Belarusian poet (b. 1935)

2014- Ted Bergmann -American screenwriter, producer, and production manager (b. 1920)

2014- Molly Bobak -Canadian painter and educator (b. 1922)

2014- Porky Chedwick -American radio announcer (b. 1918)

2014- Gail Gilmore -Canadian-American actress and dancer (b. 1937)

2014- Benjamin Lambert -American politician (b. 1937)

2014- Stanley Rubin -American screenwriter and producer (b. 1917)