This Day in History

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

Events History


491-Empress Ariadne (empress)|Ariadne -marries Anastasius I (emperor)|Anastasius I. The widowed ''Augusta (honorific)|Augusta'' is able to choose her successor for the Byzantine Empire|Byzantine throne, after Zeno (emperor)|Zeno (late emperor) dies of dysentery.

526-An 526 Antioch earthquake|earthquake -kills about 250,000 people in what is now Syria and Antiochia.

685-The Battle of Dun Nechtain -is fought between a Picts|Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith of Northumbria|Ecgfrith, who are decisively defeated.

1217-The Second Battle of Lincoln -is fought near Lincoln, Lincolnshire|Lincoln, England, resulting in the defeat of Louis VIII of France|Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke.

1293-King Sancho IV of Castile -creates the Universidad Complutense de Madrid|Study of General Schools of Alcalá.

1449-The Battle of Alfarrobeira -is fought, establishing the House of Braganza as a principal royal family of Portugal.

1497- John Cabot -sets sail from Bristol, England, on his ship {{Ship||Matthew|ship|6}} looking for a route to the west (other documents give a May 2 date).

1498-Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama -Discovery of the sea route to India|discovers the sea route to India when he arrives at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.

1520-The The massacre in the Main Temple|massacre at the festival of Tóxcatl -takes place during the Fall of Tenochtitlan, resulting in turning the Aztecs against the Spanish.

1521- Ignatius Loyola -is seriously wounded in the Battle of Pampeluna.

1570- Cartography|Cartographer -Abraham Ortelius issues ''Theatrum Orbis Terrarum'', the first modern atlas.

1609- Shakespeare's sonnets -are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.

1631-The city of Magdeburg -in Germany is seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire and most of its inhabitants Sack of Magdeburg|massacred, in one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years' War.

1775- Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence -is signed in Charlotte, North Carolina|Charlotte, North Carolina

1802-By the Law of 20 May 1802 -Napoleon I of France|Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonial empire|French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution

1813-Napoleon Bonaparte leads his French troops into the Battle of Bautzen -in Saxony, Germany, against the combined armies of Russia and Prussia. The battle ends the next day with a French victory.

1840- York Minster -is badly damaged by fire.

1861- American Civil War -The state of Kentucky proclaims its neutral country|neutrality, which will last until September 3 when Confederate States of America|Confederate forces enter the state. Meanwhile, the State of North Carolina secedes from the Union.

1862- President of the United States|U.S. President -Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law.

1873- Levi Strauss -and Jacob Davis (inventor)|Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.

1875-Signing of the Metre Convention -by 17 nations leading to the establishment of the International System of Units.

1882-The Triple Alliance (1882)|Triple Alliance -between the German Empire, Austria-Hungary and the Kingdom of Italy is formed.

1883- Krakatoa -1883 eruption of Krakatoa|begins to erupt; the volcano explodes three months later, killing more than 36,000 people.

1884- Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo -becomes the king of the Zulu Nation.

1891- History of cinema -The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope.

1896-The six ton chandelier -of the Palais Garnier falls on the crowd below resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others.

1899-The first traffic ticket -in the US: New York City taxi driver Jacob German was arrested for speeding while driving 12 miles per hour on Lexington Street.

1902- Cuba -gains independence from the United States. Tomás Estrada Palma becomes the country's first List of Presidents of Cuba|President.

1908- Budi Utomo -organization is founded in Dutch East Indies, beginning the Indonesian National Awakening.

1916-The '' Saturday Evening Post -' publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (''Boy with Baby Carriage'').

1920- Montreal -Quebec radio station XWA broadcasts the first regularly scheduled radio programming in North America.

1927- Treaty of Jeddah (1927)|Treaty of Jeddah -the United Kingdom recognizes the sovereignty of King Ibn Saud in the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Najd|Nejd, which later merge to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

1927-At 07:52 Charles Lindbergh -takes off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on the world's first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He touched down at Le Bourget Airport|Le Bourget Field in Paris at 22:22 the next day.

1932- Amelia Earhart -takes off from Newfoundland (island)|Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.

1940- The Holocaust -The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz.

1941- World War II -Battle of Crete

1948- Chiang Kai-shek -is elected as the first President of the Republic of China.

1949-In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency -is established.

1956-In Operation Redwing -the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

1964-Discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation -by Robert Woodrow Wilson and Arno Penzias.

1965- PIA Flight 705 -a Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 720|Boeing 720-040B, crashes while descending to land at Cairo International Airport, killing 121 of the 127 passengers and crew.

1967-The Popular Movement of the Revolution -political party is established in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

1968- Operation OAU -begins during the Nigerian Civil War

1969-The Battle of Hamburger Hill -in Vietnam ends.

1980-In a 1980 Quebec referendum|referendum -in Quebec, the population rejects by a 60% vote the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada.

1983-First publications of the discovery of the HIV -virus that causes AIDS in the journal ''Science (journal)|Science'' by Luc Montagnier.

1983- Church Street bombing -A car bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe explodes on Church Street in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, killing 19 people and injuring 217 others.

1985- Radio Martí -part of the Voice of America service, begins broadcasting to Cuba.

1989-The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro- democracy -demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.

1990-The first post- communism|Communist -presidential and parliamentary elections are held in Romania.

1996- LGBT rights in the United States|Civil rights -The Supreme Court of the United States rules in ''Romer v. Evans'' against a law that would have prevented any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of Homosexuality|gays and lesbians.

2002-The independence of East Timor -is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and three years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself is the former Portuguese Empire|colonizer of East Timor until 1976).

2006- 2006 Dhaka strikes|Dhaka wildcat strikes -A series of massive strikes begin, involving nearly 1.8 million garment workers in Bangladesh.

2012-At least 27 people are killed and 50 others injured when a 2012 Northern Italy earthquakes|6.0-magnitude earthquake -strikes northern Italy.

2013-An Enhanced Fujita Scale|EF5 -2013 Moore tornado|tornado strikes the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Oklahoma|Moore, killing 24 people and injuring 377 others.

2014-More than 118 people are killed in May 2014 Jos bombings|two bombings -in Jos, Nigeria.

Famous Birthdays


1315- Bonne of Bohemia -(d. 1349)

1470- Pietro Bembo -Italian cardinal (d. 1547)

1554- Paolo Bellasio -Italian organist and composer (d. 1594)

1593- Salomo Glassius -German theologian and critic (d. 1656)

1663- William Bradford (Colonial printer)|William Bradford -English-American printer (d. 1752)

1664- Andreas Schlüter -German sculptor and architect (d. 1714)

1706- Seth Pomeroy -American gunsmith and soldier (d. 1777)

1726- Francis Cotes -English painter (d. 1770)

1759- William Thornton -Virgin Islander-American architect, designed the United States Capitol (d. 1828)

1768- Dolley Madison -American wife of James Madison, 4th First Lady of the United States (d. 1849)

1769- Andreas Vokos Miaoulis -Greek admiral and politician (d. 1835)

1772- Sir William Congreve, 2nd Baronet -English inventor, developed Congreve rockets (d. 1828)

1776- Simon Fraser (explorer)|Simon Fraser -American-Canadian explorer (d. 1862)

1799- Honoré de Balzac -French author and playwright (d. 1850)

1806- John Stuart Mill -English economist, civil servant, and philosopher (d. 1873)

1809- Albert Newsam -American artist (d. 1864)

1818- William Fargo -American businessman and politician, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express (d. 1881)

1822- Frédéric Passy -French economist, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1912)

1824- Cadmus M. Wilcox -American general (d. 1890)

1830- Hector Malot -French author (d. 1907)

1838- Jules Méline -French politician, 65th Prime Minister of France (d. 1925)

1851- Emile Berliner -German-American inventor, invented the Gramophone record (d. 1929)

1860- Eduard Buchner -German chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1917)

1875- Hendrik Offerhaus -Dutch rower (d. 1953)

1877- Patrick Leahy (athlete)|Pat Leahy -Irish jumper (d. 1927)

1882- Sigrid Undset -Norwegian author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1949)

1883- Johnny Arthur -American actor (d. 1951)

1883- Faisal I of Iraq -(d. 1933)

1886- Ali Sami Yen -Turkish footballer and manager, founded the Galatasaray S.K.|Galatasaray Sports Club (d. 1951)

1889- Karin Molander -Swedish actress (d. 1978)

1894- Chandrashekarendra Saraswati -Indian guru (d. 1994)

1895- R. J. Mitchell -English engineer, designed the Supermarine Spitfire and Supermarine S.6B (d. 1937)

1897- Diego Abad de Santillán -Spanish economist and author (d. 1983)

1897- Malcolm Nokes -English hammer and discus thrower (d. 1986)

1899- Aleksandr Deyneka -Russian painter (d. 1969)

1899- John Marshall Harlan II -American jurist (d. 1971)

1900- Sumitranandan Pant -Indian poet (d. 1977)

1901- Max Euwe -Dutch chess player, mathematician, and author (d. 1981)

1906- Giuseppe Siri -Italian cardinal (d. 1989)

1907- Carl Mydans -American photographer (d. 2004)

1908- Louis Daquin -French actor and director (d. 1980)

1908- Francis Raymond Fosberg -American botanist and author (d. 1993)

1908- James Stewart -American actor and singer (d. 1997)

1911- Gardner Fox -American author (d. 1986)

1911- Annie M.G. Schmidt -Dutch author and playwright (d. 1995)

1913- Teodoro Fernández -Peruvian footballer (d. 1996)

1913- William Redington Hewlett -American engineer, co-founded Hewlett-Packard (d. 2001)

1914- Hideko Maehata -Japanese swimmer (d. 1995)

1915- Peter Copley -English actor (d. 2008)

1915- Moshe Dayan -Israeli general and politician, 5th Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Israel)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Israel) (d. 1981)

1916- Owen Chadwick -English rugby player, historian, and academic

1916- Alexey Maresyev -Russian soldier and pilot (d. 2001)

1916- Ondina Valla -Italian sprinter and hurdler (d. 2006)

1917- Guy Favreau -French-Canadian lawyer and politician, 28th Minister of Justice (Canada)|Minister of Justice for Canada (d. 1967)

1917- Bergur Sigurbjörnsson -Icelandic journalist and politician (d. 2005)

1918- Edward B. Lewis -American geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)

1919- George Gobel -American actor and singer (d. 1991)

1920- John Cruickshank -Scottish lieutenant, Victoria Cross recipient

1920- Betty Driver -English actress and singer (d. 2011)

1921- Wolfgang Borchert -German author and playwright (d. 1947)

1921- Hal Newhouser -American baseball player and scout (d. 1998)

1923- Hugh Beach -English general

1923- Edith Fellows -American actress and singer (d. 2011)

1924- David Chavchavadze -English-American CIA officer and author (d. 2014)

1924- Zelmar Michelini -Uruguayan journalist and politician (d. 1976)

1925- Chester Ludgin -American opera singer (d. 2003)

1925- Alexei Tupolev -Russian engineer, designed the Tupolev Tu-144 (d. 2001)

1926- George Hurst -Scottish-English conductor (d. 2012)

1926- John Lucarotti -English-Canadian screenwriter (d. 1994)

1926- Bob Sweikert -American race car driver (d. 1956)

1927- Bud Grant -American football player and coach

1927- David Hedison -American actor

1927- Franciszek Macharski -Polish cardinal

1929- Ahmed Hamdi -Egyptian general and engineer (d. 1973)

1929- Gilles Loiselle -Canadian politician

1930- Sam Etcheverry -American football player and coach (d. 2009)

1931- Ken Boyer -American baseball player and manager (d. 1982)

1931- Paul R. Evans -American furniture designer and sculptor (d. 1987)

1932- Bob Florence -American pianist and composer (d. 2008)

1933- Constance Towers -American actress and singer

1935- José Mujica -Uruguayan politician, 40th List of Presidents of Uruguay|President of Uruguay

1935- Mickey Rose -American screenwriter (d. 2013)

1936- Anthony Zerbe -American actor

1938- Marinella -Greek singer and actress

1938- Alan Smithers -English physiologist and academic

1939- Balu Mahendra -Sri Lankan-Indian director, cinematographer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1939- John David Bingham Younger -Scottish politician, Lord Lieutenant of Tweeddale

1940- Shorty Long -American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1969)

1940- Stan Mikita -Slovak-Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1940- Sadaharu Oh -Japanese-Taiwanese baseball player and manager

1940- Michel Vastel -Canadian journalist and author (d. 2008)

1941- Goh Chok Tong -Singaporean politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Singapore

1941- John Strasberg -American actor

1942- Raymond Chrétien -Canadian lawyer and diplomat, List of Canadian ambassadors to the United States|Canadian Ambassador to the United States

1942- Lynn Davies -Welsh long jumper

1942- Carlos Hathcock -American sergeant (d. 1999)

1942- Simon Keswick -Scottish businessman

1943- Albano Carrisi -Italian singer, actor, and winemaker (Al Bano and Romina Power)

1943- Vernon Fougère -Canadian bishop (d. 2013)

1943- Martin Honeysett -English illustrator

1943- Iain Vallance, Baron Vallance of Tummel -English businessman and politician

1944- Joe Cocker -English singer-songwriter (The Grease Band)

1944- Boudewijn de Groot -Indonesian-Dutch singer-songwriter and guitarist

1944- Keith Fletcher -English cricketer and manager

1944- Dietrich Mateschitz -Austrian businessman, co-founded Red Bull GmbH

1944- Kathrin Thomas -Welsh politician, Lord Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan

1945- Clive Hollick, Baron Hollick -English businessman

1945- Vladimiro Montesinos -Peruvian intelligence officer

1946- Cher -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (Sonny & Cher)

1946- Robert Chua -Singaporean broadcaster, founded China Entertainment Television

1946- Dave Despain -American journalist

1946- Bobby Murcer -American baseball player, coach, manager, and sportscaster (d. 2008)

1947- John Corapi -American priest

1947- Greg Dyke -English journalist

1949- Robert Morin -Canadian director, cinematographer, and screenwriter

1949- Mary Pope Osborne -American author

1949- Michèle Roberts -English author and poet

1949- Dave Thomas (actor)|Dave Thomas -Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1950- Andy Johns -English-American record producer (d. 2013)

1950- Yvon Lambert -Canadian ice hockey player

1950- Reinaldo Merlo -Argentinian footballer and coach

1951- Thomas Akers -American colonel, engineer, and astronaut

1951- Mike Crapo -American lawyer and politician

1951- Thomas Woodcock (officer of arms)|Thomas Woodcock -English genealogist

1952- Tim Albery -English director and producer

1952- Roger Milla -Cameroonian footballer and manager

1952- Michael Wills -English politician, Ministry of Justice (United Kingdom)|Minister of Justice for the United Kingdom

1953- Robert Doyle -Australian politician, 103rd List of mayors and lord mayors of Melbourne|Lord Mayor of Melbourne

1953- Norbert Siegmann -German footballer and manager

1953- Sheila Watson (priest)|Sheila Watson -English priest and cleric

1954- Guy Hoffman -American singer, drummer, and composer (Violent Femmes, Oil Tasters, and BoDeans)

1954- Cindy McCain -American businesswoman and philanthropist

1954- David Paterson -American politician, 55th Governor of New York

1954- Colin Sutherland, Lord Carloway -Scottish judge

1954- Robert Van de Walle -Belgian martial artist

1955- Anton Corbijn -Dutch photographer and director

1955- Vivienne Faull -English priest

1955- Zbigniew Preisner -Polish composer

1956- Ingvar Ambjørnsen -Norwegian author

1956- Dean Butler (actor)|Dean Butler -Canadian-American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1956- William Michaelian -American author and poet

1956- Douglas Preston -American author

1956- Marlene Zuk -American biologist and ecologist

1957- Yoshihiko Noda -Japanese politician, 62nd Prime Minister of Japan

1958- Ron Reagan -American radio host

1958- Jane Wiedlin -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (The Go-Go's and Frosted (band)|Frosted)

1959- Susan Cowsill -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Cowsills and Continental Drifters)

1959- Daniel Darc -French singer-songwriter (Taxi Girl) (d. 2013)

1959- Annabel Giles -Welsh-English radio and television host

1959- Israel Kamakawiwoʻole -American singer-songwriter and ukulele player (Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau) (d. 1997)

1959- Bronson Pinchot -American actor

1960- John Billingsley -American actor

1960- Tony Goldwyn -American actor and director

1960- Jay Schellen -American drummer (Hurricane (band)|Hurricane, Asia (band)|Asia, GPS (band)|GPS, Circa (band)|Circa, and World Trade (band)|World Trade)

1961- Clive Allen -English footballer and manager

1961- Owen Teale -Irish actor

1962- Mike Jeffries (soccer)|Mike Jeffries -American soccer player and coach

1963- David Wells -American baseball player

1964- Kōichirō Genba -Japanese politician, 80th Minister for Foreign Affairs (Japan)|Minister for Foreign Affairs for Japan

1964- Edin Osmanović -Slovenian footballer, coach, and manager

1964- Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer -English journalist

1965- Ted Allen -American television host and author

1965- Stu Grimson -Canadian ice hockey player

1966- Dan Abrams -American journalist

1966- Mindy Cohn -American actress

1966- Emma Johnson (clarinettist)|Emma Johnson -English clarinet player

1967- Graham Brady -English politician

1967- Gabriele Muccino -Italian director, producer, and screenwriter

1967- Ramzi Yousef -Kuwaiti-Pakistani terrorist, conducted the 1993 World Trade Center bombing|World Trade Center bombing

1968- Timothy Olyphant -American actor

1968- Waisale Serevi -Fijian rugby player and coach

1969- Road Dogg -American wrestler, producer, and soldier

1970- Terrell Brandon -American basketball player

1970- Louis Theroux -Singaporean-English journalist

1971- Šárka Kašpárková -Czech triple jumper

1971- Tony Stewart -American race car driver

1972- Tina Hobley -English actress

1972- Busta Rhymes -American rapper, producer, and actor (The Conglomerate (American group)|The Conglomerate and Leaders of the New School)

1973- Elsa Lunghini -French singer-songwriter and actress

1973- Juris Razgulajevs -Latvian figure skater

1975- Pascal Denis -Canadian figure skater

1975- Isaac Gálvez -Spanish cyclist (d. 2006)

1975- Juan Minujín -Argentinian actor

1975- Tahmoh Penikett -Canadian actor

1975- Andrew Sega -American keyboard player and composer (Iris (American band)|Iris, Stromkern, and Five Musicians)

1975- Mark Zupan (athlete)|Mark Zupan -American rugby player and actor

1976- Ramón Hernández -Venezuelan-American baseball player

1976- Tomoya Satozaki -Japanese baseball player

1977- Matt Czuchry -American actor

1977- Leo Franco -Argentinian footballer

1977- Angela Goethals -American actress

1977- Chad Muska -American skateboarder

1977- Vesa Toskala -Finnish ice hockey player

1977- Tiger Tyson -American porn actor and director

1978- Hristos Banikas -Greek chess player

1978- Pavla Hamáčková-Rybová -Czech pole vaulter

1978- Nils Schumann -German runner

1979- Rick Edwards -English television host

1979- Alessandro Hirata -Brazilian academic and jurist

1979- Jana Pallaske -German actress and singer (Spitting Off Tall Buildings)

1979- Andrew Scheer -Canadian politician, 35th Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons

1979- Jayson Werth -American baseball player

1980- Austin Kearns -American baseball player

1980- Agnes Kittelsen -Norwegian actress

1980- Kassim Osgood -American football player

1980- Cauã Reymond -Brazilian actor

1980- Mantas Jankavičius -Lithuanian actor and singer

1981- Iker Casillas -Spanish footballer

1981- Sean Conlon -English singer-songwriter (Five (band)|Five)

1981- Morgan Knabe -Canadian swimmer

1981- Lindsay Taylor -American basketball player

1981- Mark Winterbottom -Australian race car driver

1982- Jack Anthony (musician)|Jack Anthony -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1982- Candace Bailey -American actress

1982- Sierra Boggess -American actress and singer

1982- Petr Čech -Czech footballer

1982- Imran Farhat -Pakistani cricketer

1982- Natalia Podolskaya -Belarusian singer

1982- Daniel Ribeiro -Brazilian director, producer, and screenwriter

1982- Aleksei Saks -Estonian figure skater

1983- Óscar Cardozo -Paraguayan footballer

1983- Chad Connell -Canadian actor

1983- Roger Huerta -American mixed martial artist

1983- Matthew Langridge -English rower

1983- Manchu Manoj -Indian actor

1983- Michaela McManus -American actress

1983- N. T. Rama Rao Jr. -Indian actor and singer

1983- Emma Williams (actress)|Emma Williams -English actress

1984- Patrick Ewing, Jr. -American basketball player

1984- Keith Grennan -American football player

1984- Augusto Midana -Bissau-Guinean wrestler

1984- Naturi Naughton -American singer-songwriter and actress (3LW)

1984- Mauro Rafael da Silva -Brazilian footballer

1984- Kenny Vasoli -American singer-songwriter and bass player (The Starting Line, Person L, and Vacationer (band)|Vacationer)

1985- Chris Froome -Kenyan-English cyclist

1985- Brendon Goddard -Australian footballer

1986- Dexter Blackstock -English footballer

1986- Robert Emms -English actor

1986- Vitória Frate -Brazilian actress

1986- Yon González -Spanish actor

1986- Louisa Krause -American actress

1986- Eilidh MacQueen -Scottish-Thai actress

1986- Stéphane Mbia -Cameroonian footballer

1986- Anthony Neely -American-Taiwanese singer

1986- Jiřina Svobodová -Czech pole vaulter

1987- Fra Fee -Irish actor and singer

1987- Mike Havenaar -Japanese footballer

1987- Kristopher Van Varenberg -American actor

1987- Julian Wright -American basketball player

1988- Nathaniel Brown -American actor and director

1988- Carla Humphries -American-Filipino actress

1988- Robin Juhkental -Estonian singer-songwriter (Malcolm Lincoln)

1988- Yusuf Kasal -Turkish footballer

1988- Miyu Nagase -Japanese singer and guitarist (Zone (band)|Zone)

1988- Trīna Šlapeka -Latvian tennis player

1989- Tonia Couch -English diver

1991- Mara Lopez -American-Filipino actress and surfer

1991- Henrik Ojamaa -Estonian footballer

1992- Cate Campbell -Australian swimmer

1992- Jack Gleeson -Irish actor

1992- Christian Antidormi -Australian actor

1993- Caroline Zhang -American figure skater

1994- Frida Sandén -Swedish singer

1995- Brandon Zibaka -English footballer

History of Deaths


685- Ecgfrith of Northumbria -(b. 645)

1277- Pope John XXI -(b. 1215)

1285- John II of Jerusalem -(b. 1259)

1444- Bernardino of Siena -Italian-Spanish missionary and saint (b. 1380)

1503- Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici -Italian banker and politician (b. 1463)

1506- Christopher Columbus -Italian explorer, discovered the Americas (b. 1451)

1550- Ashikaga Yoshiharu -Japanese shogun (b. 1510)

1622- Osman II -Ottoman sultan (b. 1604)

1645- Shi Kefa -Chinese general and calligrapher (b. 1601)

1648- Władysław IV Vasa -Polish son of Sigismund III Vasa (b. 1595)

1677- George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol -Spanish-English politician, Secretary of State (England)|English Secretary of State (b. 1612)

1713- Thomas Sprat -English bishop (b. 1635)

1717- John Trevor (speaker)|John Trevor -English politician, 102nd Speaker of the House of Commons (United Kingdom)|Speaker of the House of Commons (b. 1637)

1722- Sébastien Vaillant -French botanist (b. 1669)

1732- Thomas Boston -Scottish author and educator (b. 1676)

1782- William Emerson (mathematician)|William Emerson -English mathematician (b. 1701)

1793- Charles Bonnet -Swiss botanist and biologist (b. 1720)

1812- Count Hieronymus von Colloredo -Austrian archbishop (b. 1732)

1834- Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette -French general (b. 1757)

1841- Joseph Blanco White -Spanish poet and theologian (b. 1775)

1873- George-Étienne Cartier -Canadian politician, 9th List of Joint Premiers of the Province of Canada|Premier of East Canada (b. 1814)

1880- Ana Néri -Brazilian nurse (b. 1814)

1896- Clara Schumann -German pianist and composer (b. 1819)

1909- Ernest Hogan -American actor and composer (b. 1859)

1917- Valentine Fleming -Scottish politician (b. 1887)

1917- Philipp von Ferrary -Italian stamp collector (b. 1850)

1925- Joseph Howard (Prime Minister)|Joseph Howard -Maltese politician, 1st Prime Minister of Malta (b. 1862)

1931- Ernest Noel -Scottish businessman and politician (b. 1831)

1940- Verner von Heidenstam -Swedish author and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1859)

1946- Jacob Ellehammer -Danish engineer (b. 1871)

1947- Philipp Lenard -German physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862)

1947- Georgios Siantos -Greek politician (b. 1890)

1949- Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens -(b. 1891)

1956- Max Beerbohm -English author and illustrator (b. 1872)

1956- Zoltán Halmay -Hungarian swimmer (b. 1881)

1961- Josef Priller -German pilot (b. 1915)

1964- Rudy Lewis -American singer (The Drifters) (b. 1936)

1971- Waldo Williams -Welsh poet and academic (b. 1904)

1973- Renzo Pasolini -Italian motorcycle racer (b. 1938)

1973- Jarno Saarinen -Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)

1975- Barbara Hepworth -English sculptor (b. 1903)

1976- Syd Howe -Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1911)

1976- Zelmar Michelini -Uruguayan journalist and politician (b. 1924)

1976- Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz -Uruguayan politician (b. 1934)

1989- John Hicks -English economist and academic, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)

1989- Gilda Radner -American actress (b. 1946)

1992- Roger Keith Coleman -American coal miner and murderer (b. 1958)

1996- Jon Pertwee -English actor (b. 1919)

2000- Jean-Pierre Rampal -French flute player (b. 1922)

2000- Malik Sealy -American basketball player and actor (b. 1970)

2001- Renato Carosone -Italian singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1920)

2002- Stephen Jay Gould -American paleontologist (b. 1941)

2005- Paul Ricœur -French philosopher and academic (b. 1913)

2005- William Seawell -American general (b. 1918)

2007- Norman Von Nida -Australian golfer (b. 1914)

2008- Hamilton Jordan -American politician, 8th White House Chief of Staff (b. 1944)

2009- Arthur Erickson -Canadian architect, designed Roy Thomson Hall (b. 1924)

2009- Pierre Gamarra -French author, poet, and critic (b. 1919)

2009- Lucy Gordon (actress)|Lucy Gordon -English model and actress (b. 1980)

2011- Randy Savage -American wrestler and actor (b. 1952)

2012- Abdelbaset al-Megrahi -Libyan terrorist, conducted the Pan Am Flight 103|Pan Am Flight 103 bombing (b. 1952)

2012- Bob Bethell -American politician (b. 1942)

2012- Geoffrey Evans -Irish serial killer (b. 1943)

2012- Robin Gibb -Manx-English singer-songwriter and producer (Bee Gees, The Rattlesnakes (1955 band)|The Rattlesnakes, and One World Project) (b. 1949)

2012- Eugene Polley -American engineer, invented the remote control (b. 1915)

2012- Andrew B. Steinberg -American lawyer (b. 1958)

2013- Flavio Costantini -Italian illustrator (b. 1926)

2013- Billie Dawe -Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1924)

2013- Anders Eliasson -Swedish composer (b. 1947)

2013- Miloslav Kříž -Czech basketball player and coach (b. 1924)

2013- Ray Manzarek -American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (The Doors, Rick & the Ravens, Manzarek–Krieger, and Nite City) (b. 1939)

2013- Denys Roberts -English judge and politician (b. 1923)

2013- Zach Sobiech -American singer (b. 1995)

2014- Sandra Bem -American psychologist and academic (b. 1944)

2014- Ross Brown (rugby union)|Ross Brown -New Zealand rugby player (b. 1934)

2014- Robyn Denny -English-French painter (b. 1930)

2014- Arthur Gelb -American journalist, author, and critic (b. 1924)

2014- Prince Rupert Loewenstein -Spanish-English businessman (b. 1933)

2014- Barbara Murray -English actress (b. 1929)