This Day in History

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

Events History


752-Mayan king Yaxun B'alam IV|Bird Jaguar IV -of Yaxchilan in modern-day Chiapas, Mexico assumes the throne.

1481-The 1481 Rhodes earthquake|largest of three earthquakes -strikes the island of Rhodes and causes an estimated 30,000 casualties.

1491- Kingdom of Kongo|Kongo -monarch Nkuwu Nzinga is baptised by Portuguese Empire|Portuguese missionaries, adopting the baptismal name of João I of Kongo|João I.

1791-The Constitution of May 3, 1791|Constitution of May 3 -(the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

1802- Washington, D.C. -is incorporated as a city.

1808- Finnish War -Sweden loses the fortress of Sveaborg to Russia.

1808- Peninsular War -The Madrid rebels who rose up on May 2 are executed near Príncipe Pío hill.

1815- Neapolitan War -Joachim Murat, King of Kingdom of Naples|Naples is defeated by the Austrians at the Battle of Tolentino, the decisive engagement of the war.

1830-The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway -is opened. It's the first steam hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel.

1837-The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens|University of Athens -is founded in Athens, Greece.

1849-The May Uprising in Dresden -begins

1855-American adventurer -William Walker (filibuster)|William Walker departs from San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.

1860- Charles XV of Sweden|Charles XV -of Sweden–Norway is crowned king of Sweden.

1867-The Hudson's Bay Company -gives up all claims to Vancouver Island.

1877- Labatt Park -the oldest continually operating baseball grounds in the world has its first game.

1901-The Great Fire of 1901 -begins in Jacksonville, Florida.

1913-'' Raja Harishchandra -' the first full-length Indian feature film is released, marking the beginning of the Cinema of India|Indian film industry.

1915-The poem '' In Flanders Fields -' is written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.

1920-A 1920 Georgian coup attempt|Bolshevik coup -fails in the Democratic Republic of Georgia.

1921- West Virginia -becomes the first state to legislate a broad sales tax, but does not implement it until a number of years later due to enforcement issues.

1928-Japanese atrocities in Jinan Incident|Jinan -China.

1937-'' Gone with the Wind -', a novel by Margaret Mitchell, wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

1939-The All India Forward Bloc -is formed by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

1942- World War II -Empire of Japan|Japanese naval troops Invasion of Tulagi (May 1942)|invade Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands during the first part of Operation Mo that results in the Battle of the Coral Sea between Japanese forces and forces from the United States and Australia.

1945-World War II: Sinking of the prison ship -''Cap Arcona, Thielbek'' and ''Deutschland IV (liner)|Deutschland'' by the Royal Air Force in Lübeck Bay.

1947-New post-war Constitution of Japan|Japanese constitution -goes into effect.

1948-The U.S. Supreme Court -rules in Shelley v. Kraemer that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities are legally unenforceable.

1951-London's Royal Festival Hall -opens with the Festival of Britain.

1951-The United States Senate -United States Senate Committee on Armed Services|Armed Services and United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations|Foreign Relations Committees begin their closed door hearings into the dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur by President of the United States|U.S. President Harry Truman.

1952- Lieutenant Colonel -Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict of the United States land a plane at the North Pole.

1952-The Kentucky Derby -is televised nationally for the first time, on the CBS network.

1957- Walter O'Malley -the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers|Brooklyn Dodgers, agrees to move the team from Brooklyn, New York, to Los Angeles, California.

1960-The Off-Broadway -musical comedy, ''The Fantasticks'', opens in New York City's Greenwich Village, eventually becoming the longest-running musical theatre|musical of all time.

1960-The Anne Frank House -museum opens in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1963-The police force in Birmingham, Alabama -switches tactics and Birmingham campaign#Fire hoses and police dogs|responds with violent force to stop the "Birmingham campaign" protesters. Images of the violent suppression are transmitted worldwide, bringing new-found attention to the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955–1968)|African-American Civil Rights Movement.

1973-The 108-story Sears Tower -in Chicago is topped out at 1,451 feet as the world's tallest building.

1978-The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail -(which would later become known as "spam (electronic)|spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.

1979-After the United Kingdom general election, 1979|general election -Margaret Thatcher forms her first government as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1986-Twenty-one people are killed and forty-one are injured after a bomb explodes in an airliner (Flight UL512) at Colombo -airport in Sri Lanka.

1987-A crash by Bobby Allison -at the Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama fencing at the start-finish line would lead NASCAR to develop the restrictor plate for the following season both at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega.

1999-The southwestern portion of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma -is devastated by an 1999 Bridge Creek – Moore tornado|F5 tornado, killing forty-five people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado is one of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak. This tornado also produces the highest wind speed ever recorded, measured at 301 +/- 20 mph (484 +/- 32 km/h).

2000-The sport of geocaching -begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a Global Positioning System|GPS posted on Usenet.

2001-The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission -for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.

2002-A military MiG-21 -aircraft crashes into the Bank of Rajasthan in India, killing eight.

2003- New Hampshire -s famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses.

Famous Birthdays


612- Constantine III (Byzantine emperor)|Constantine III -Byzantine emperor (d. 641)

1415- Cecily Neville, Duchess of York -(d. 1495)

1428- Pedro González de Mendoza -Spanish cardinal (d. 1495)

1446- Margaret of York -(d. 1503)

1469- Niccolò Machiavelli -Italian historian and philosopher (d. 1527)

1632- Catherine of St. Augustine -French-Canadian saint, founded the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec (d. 1668)

1662- Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann -German architect, designed the Pillnitz Castle (d. 1736)

1695- Henri Pitot -French engineer, invented the Pitot tube (d. 1771)

1729- Florian Leopold Gassmann -Czech composer (d. 1774)

1761- August von Kotzebue -German playwright and author (d. 1819)

1764- Princess Élisabeth of France -(d. 1794)

1768- Charles Tennant -Scottish chemist and businessman (d. 1838)

1814- Adams George Archibald -Canadian lawyer and politician, 4th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (d. 1892)

1826- Charles XV of Sweden -(d. 1872)

1844- Richard D'Oyly Carte -English talent agent and composer (d. 1901)

1849- Jacob Riis -Danish-American journalist and photographer (d. 1914)

1849- Bernhard von Bülow -German politician, Chancellor of Germany (German Reich)|Chancellor of Germany (d. 1929)

1857- George Gore -American baseball player (d. 1933)

1859- Andy Adams (writer)|Andy Adams -American author (d. 1935)

1860- Vito Volterra -Italian mathematician and physicist (d. 1940)

1867- J. T. Hearne -English cricketer (d. 1944)

1870- Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein -(d. 1948)

1871- Emmett Dalton -American criminal (d. 1937)

1873- Pavlo Skoropadskyi -German-Ukrainian general and politician, Hetman of Ukraine (d. 1945)

1874- François Coty -French businessman and publisher, founded Coty, Inc. (d. 1934)

1874- Vagn Walfrid Ekman -Swedish oceanographer (d. 1954)

1877- Karl Abraham -German psychoanalyst (d. 1925)

1879- Fergus McMaster -Australian businessman and soldier, co-founded Qantas (d. 1950)

1886- Marcel Dupré -French organist and composer (d. 1971)

1887- Marika Kotopouli -Greek actress (d. 1954)

1888- Beulah Bondi -American actress (d. 1981)

1891- Tadeusz Peiper -Polish poet and critic (d. 1969)

1892- George Paget Thomson -English physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1975)

1892- Jacob Viner -Canadian economist (d. 1970)

1893- Konstantine Gamsakhurdia -Georgian author (d. 1975)

1895- Cornelius Van Til -Dutch philosopher, theologian, and apologist (d. 1987)

1896- Karl Allmenröder -German soldier and pilot (d. 1917)

1896- V. K. Krishna Menon -Indian politician, Minister of Defence (India)|Minister of Defence for India (d. 1974)

1896- Dodie Smith -English author and playwright (d. 1990)

1897- William Joseph Browne -Canadian lawyer and politician, 20th Solicitor General of Canada (d. 1989)

1898- Septima Poinsette Clark -American educator and activist (d. 1987)

1898- Golda Meir -Israeli educator and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Israel (d. 1978)

1901- Gino Cervi -Italian actor (d. 1974)

1902- Alfred Kastler -French physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1984)

1903- Bing Crosby -American singer and actor (The Rhythm Boys) (d. 1977)

1905- Edmund Black -American hammer thrower (d. 1996)

1905- Werner Fenchel -German-Danish mathematician (d. 1988)

1905- Red Ruffing -American baseball player and coach (d. 1986)

1906- Mary Astor -American actress (d. 1987)

1906- Anna Roosevelt Halsted -American journalist (d. 1975)

1906- René Huyghe -French historian and author (d. 1997)

1906- Enrique Laguerre -Puerto Rican journalist, author, and playwright (d. 2005)

1907- Dorothy Young -American actress and dancer (d. 2011)

1910- Norman Corwin -American screenwriter and producer (d. 2011)

1912- Virgil Fox -American organist (d. 1980)

1913- William Inge -American author and playwright (d. 1973)

1914- Georges-Emmanuel Clancier -French poet

1915- Stu Hart -Canadian wrestler and trainer, founded Stampede Wrestling (d. 2003)

1916- Léopold Simoneau -Canadian tenor (d. 2006)

1917- Betty Comden -American actress and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1918- Ted Bates (footballer)|Ted Bates -English footballer and manager (d. 2003)

1919- John Cullen Murphy -American illustrator (d. 2004)

1919- Pete Seeger -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Weavers and Almanac Singers) (d. 2014)

1920- John Lewis (pianist)|John Lewis -American pianist and composer (Modern Jazz Quartet) (d. 2001)

1921- Sugar Ray Robinson -American boxer (d. 1989)

1922- Len Shackleton -English footballer and journalist (d. 2000)

1923- George Hadjinikos -Greek pianist, conductor, and educator

1923- Ralph Hall -American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician

1924- Yehuda Amichai -German-Israeli poet (d. 2000)

1924- Ken Tyrrell -English race car driver, founded Tyrrell Racing (d. 2001)

1925- Jean Séguy -French sociologist (d. 2007)

1926- Matt Baldwin -Canadian curler

1926- Herbert Blau -American engineer and academic (d. 2013)

1928- Dave Dudley -American singer (d. 2003)

1930- Juan Gelman -Argentinian poet and author (d. 2014)

1930- David Harrison (academic)|David Harrison -English chemist and academic

1931- Vasily Rudenkov -Belarusian hammer thrower (d. 1982)

1932- Robert Osborne -American actor and historian

1933- James Brown -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (The Famous Flames and The J.B.'s) (d. 2006)

1933- Alex Cord -American actor

1933- Graham Day -Canadian lawyer and businessman

1933- Brother Stair -American radio preacher

1933- Steven Weinberg -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1934- Henry Cooper -English boxer (d. 2011)

1934- Georges Moustaki -Egyptian-French singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)

1934- Frankie Valli -American singer and actor (The Four Seasons (group)|The Four Seasons and The Wonder Who?)

1935- Ron Popeil -American businessman, founded the Ronco|Ronco Company

1937- Nélida Piñon -Brazilian author

1938- Omar Abdel-Rahman -Egyptian terrorist

1938- Chris Cannizzaro -American baseball player

1938- Lindsay Kemp -English actor, dancer, and choreographer

1939- Jonathan Harvey (composer)|Jonathan Harvey -English composer and educator (d. 2012)

1940- David H. Koch -American businessman

1940- Conny Plank -German DJ and producer (Cluster (band)|Cluster and Moebius & Plank) (d. 1987)

1940- Clemens Westerhof -Dutch footballer and manager

1941- Alexander Harley -English general

1941- Edward Malloy -American priest and academic

1942- Věra Čáslavská -Czech gymnast

1942- Dave Marash -American journalist

1942- Butch Otter -American soldier and politician, 32nd Governor of Idaho

1943- Jim Risch -American lawyer and politician, 31st Governor of Idaho

1944- Peter Doyle (bishop)|Peter Doyle -English bishop

1944- Pete Staples -English bass player (The Troggs)

1945- Jörg Drehmel -German triple jumper

1945- Davey Lopes -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1946- Norm Chow -American football player and coach

1946- Silvino Francisco -South African snooker player

1946- Greg Gumbel -American sportscaster

1947- Doug Henning -Canadian magician (d. 2000)

1947- Mavis Jukes -American author

1948- Chris Mulkey -American actor

1948- Peter Oosterhuis -English golfer and sportscaster

1949- Liam Donaldson -English physician and academic

1949- Ken Hom -American chef and author

1949- Ruth Lister, Baroness Lister of Burtersett -English academic and politician

1949- Ron Wyden -American politician

1950- Mary Hopkin -Welsh singer-songwriter

1951- Alan Clayson -English singer-songwriter and journalist

1951- Christopher Cross -American singer-songwriter and producer

1951- Ashok Gehlot -Indian politician, 21st Chief Minister of Rajasthan

1951- Tatyana Tolstaya -Russian author

1952- Chuck Baldwin -American pastor and politician

1952- Caitlin Clarke -American actress (d. 2004)

1952- Allan Wells -Scottish runner

1953- Bruce Hall (musician)|Bruce Hall -American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (REO Speedwagon)

1953- Jake Hooker (musician)|Jake Hooker -Israeli-American guitarist and songwriter (Arrows (British band)|Arrows) (d. 2014)

1953- Gary Young (drummer)|Gary Young -American drummer (Pavement (band)|Pavement)

1954- Angela Bofill -American singer-songwriter

1954- Patti Boulaye -Nigerian-English singer and actress

1954- Peter Duncan (actor)|Peter Duncan -English actor and television host

1954- Jean-Marc Roberts -French author and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1955- Colin Deans -Scottish rugby player

1955- David Hookes -Australian cricketer, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2004)

1956- Marc Bellemare -Canadian lawyer and politician

1957- Alain Côté (ice hockey b. 1957)|Alain Côté -Canadian ice hockey player

1957- Rod Langway -Taiwanese-American ice hockey player and coach

1958- Kevin Kilner -American actor

1958- Susanna Kwan -Hong Kong singer and actress

1958- Bill Sienkiewicz -American comic book artist.

1958- Sandi Toksvig -Danish-English comedian, author, and radio host

1959- David Ball (musician)|David Ball -English keyboard player and producer (Soft Cell and The Grid)

1959- Uma Bharti -Indian politician

1959- Ben Elton -English actor, director, and screenwriter

1959- Ivari Ilja -Estonian pianist

1960- Geraint Davies (Labour politician)|Geraint Davies -English politician

1960- Kathy Smallwood-Cook -English sprinter

1960- Amy Steel (actress)|Amy Steel -American actress

1961- Steve McClaren -English footballer and manager

1961- Joe Murray (animator)|Joe Murray -American animator, producer, and screenwriter

1961- David Vitter -American lawyer and politician

1961- Leyla Zana -Kurdish activist and politician

1962- Anders Graneheim -Swedish bodybuilder

1963- Jeff Hornacek -American basketball player and coach

1963- Edward Kessler -English theologian

1963- Jamie Reeves -English strongman and wrestler

1963- Mona Siddiqui -Pakistani-Scottish journalist and academic

1964- Ron Hextall -Canadian-American ice hockey player and manager

1965- Ignatius Aphrem II -Syrian patriarch

1965- Rob Brydon -Welsh comedian and actor

1965- Nina Garcia -Colombian-American journalist and critic

1965- John Jensen -Danish footballer and coach

1965- Mikhail Prokhorov -Russian businessman

1966- Peter Abbay -American actor

1966- Giorgos Agorogiannis -Greek footballer

1966- Firdous Bamji -Indian-American actor

1966- Frank Dietrich (politician)|Frank Dietrich -German politician (d. 2011)

1966- Darren Morgan -Welsh snooker player

1967- André Olbrich -German guitarist and songwriter (Blind Guardian)

1968- Shane Minor -American singer-songwriter

1969- Daryl F. Mallett -American author and actor

1969- Bruce Reyes-Chow -American religious leader and writer

1970- Bobby Cannavale -American actor

1970- Suzi Perry -English model and journalist

1970- Jeffrey Sebelia -American fashion designer

1970- Marie-Soleil Tougas -Canadian actress (d. 1997)

1971- Douglas Carswell -English politician

1971- Josey Scott -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Saliva (band)|Saliva)

1972- Stephen Barclay -English lawyer and politician

1972- Shonie Carter -American mixed martial artist

1973- Jamie Baulch -English sprinter

1973- Rea Garvey -Irish-German singer-songwriter and guitarist (Reamonn)

1973- Brad Martin -American singer-songwriter

1974- Princess Haya bint Al Hussein -of Jordan

1974- Peter Everitt -Australian footballer and radio host

1975- Willie Geist -American journalist and author

1975- Christina Hendricks -American actress

1975- Dulé Hill -American actor

1975- Valentino Lanús -Mexican actor

1975- Maksim Mrvica -Croatian pianist

1976- Jeff Halpern -American ice hockey player

1976- Brad Scott (Australian footballer)|Brad Scott -Australian footballer and coach

1976- Chris Scott (Australian footballer)|Chris Scott -Australian footballer and coach

1977- Eric Church -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1977- Ryan Dempster -Canadian baseball player and sportscaster

1977- Tyronn Lue -American basketball player and coach

1977- Hiro Mashima -Japanese illustrator

1978- Christian Annan -Ghanaian-Hong Kong footballer

1978- Paul Banks (singer)|Paul Banks -English-American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Interpol (band)|Interpol)

1978- Autumn Phillips -Canadian-English wife of Peter Phillips

1978- Dai Tamesue -Japanese hurdler

1978- Lawrence Tynes -Scottish-American football player

1979- Steve Mack -American wrestler

1979- Genevieve Nnaji -Nigerian actress and singer

1979- Anastasiya Shvedova -Belarusian pole vaulter

1980- Chua Boon Huat -Malaysian field hockey player (d. 2013)

1980- Zuzana Ondrášková -Czech tennis player

1980- Marcel Vigneron -American chef

1981- U;Nee -South Korean singer, dancer, and actress (d. 2007)

1981- Charlie Brooks -English-Welsh actress

1981- Farrah Franklin -American singer, dancer, and actress (Destiny's Child)

1982- Igor Olshansky -Ukrainian-American football player

1982- Nick Stavinoha -American baseball player

1983- Joseph Addai -American football player

1983- Romeo Castelen -Dutch footballer

1983- Jérôme Clavier -French pole vaulter

1983- Márton Fülöp -Hungarian footballer

1984- Cheryl Burke -American dancer and model

1985- Ezequiel Lavezzi -Argentinian footballer

1985- Kadri Lehtla -Estonian biathlete

1985- Miko Mälberg -Estonian swimmer

1985- Meagan Tandy -American model and actress

1987- Lina Grinčikaitė -Lithuanian sprinter

1989- Mary Lambert (singer)|Mary Lambert -American singer-songwriter

1989- Taylor Trensch -American actor

1990- Miranda Chartrand -Canadian-English singer

1990- Levi Johnston -American model and author

1995- Zach Sobiech -American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1996- Mary Cain (athlete)|Mary Cain -American runner

1996- Noah Munck -American actor

1996- Domantas Sabonis -Lithuanian basketball player

1997- Ivana Jorović -Serbian tennis player

History of Deaths


1152- Matilda of Boulogne -(b. 1105)

1270- Béla IV of Hungary -(b. 1206)

1294- John I, Duke of Brabant -(b. 1252)

1481- Mehmed the Conqueror -Ottoman sultan (b. 1432)

1598- Anna Guarini -Italian singer (b. 1563)

1606- Henry Garnet -English priest (b. 1555)

1679- James Sharp (bishop)|James Sharp -Scottish archbishop (b. 1613)

1693- Claude de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon -French courtier (b. 1607)

1704- Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber -Czech-Austrian violinist and composer (b. 1644)

1724- John Leverett the Younger -American lawyer, politician, and academic (b. 1662)

1750- John Willison -Scottish minister and author (b. 1680)

1752- Samuel Ogle -English-American politician (b. 1692)

1758- Pope Benedict XIV -(b. 1675)

1763- George Psalmanazar -French-English author (b. 1679)

1764- Francesco Algarotti -Italian poet, critic, and philosopher (b. 1712)

1779- John Winthrop (educator)|John Winthrop -American mathematician, physicist, and astronomer (b. 1714)

1793- Martin Gerbert -German historian and theologian (b. 1720)

1839- Ferdinando Paer -Italian composer (b. 1771)

1856- Adolphe Adam -French composer and critic (b. 1803)

1910- Howard Taylor Ricketts -American pathologist (b. 1871)

1916- Tom Clarke (Irish republican)|Tom Clarke -English-Irish activist (b. 1858)

1916- Thomas MacDonagh -Irish commandant (b. 1878)

1916- Patrick Pearse -Irish commander (b. 1879)

1918- Charlie Soong -Chinese businessman and missionary (b. 1863)

1921- Théodore Pilette -Belgian race car driver (b. 1883)

1932- Charles Fort -American author (b. 1874)

1939- Madeleine Desroseaux -French author and poet (b. 1873)

1942- Thorvald Stauning -Danish politician, 24th Prime Minister of Denmark (b. 1873)

1943- Harry Miller (auto racing)|Harry Miller -American engineer (b. 1875)

1948- Ernst Tandefelt -Finnish assassin of Heikki Ritavuori (b. 1876)

1949- Fanny Walden -English footballer and cricketer (b. 1888)

1958- Frank Foster (cricketer)|Frank Foster -English cricketer (b. 1889)

1969- Zakir Hussain (politician)|Zakir Hussain -Indian politician, 3rd President of India (b. 1897)

1972- Emil Breitkreutz -American runner (b. 1883)

1972- Bruce Cabot -American actor (b. 1904)

1972- Leslie Harvey -Scottish guitarist (Stone the Crows) (b. 1944)

1978- Bill Downs -American journalist (b. 1914)

1981- Nargis -Indian actress (b. 1929)

1987- Dalida -Egyptian-Italian singer and actress (b. 1933)

1988- Lev Pontryagin -Russian mathematician (b. 1908)

1988- Paul Vario -American mobster (b. 1914)

1989- Christine Jorgensen -American transgender (b. 1926)

1991- Jerzy Kosiński -Polish-American author (b. 1933)

1992- George Murphy -American actor and politician (b. 1902)

1996- Dimitri Fampas -Greek guitarist, composer, and educator (b. 1921)

1996- Alex Kellner -American baseball player (b. 1924)

1996- Jack Weston -American actor (b. 1924)

1997- Sébastien Enjolras -French race car driver (b. 1976)

1997- Narciso Yepes -Spanish guitarist (b. 1927)

1999- Joe Adcock -American baseball player and manager (b. 1927)

1999- Steve Chiasson -Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1967)

1999- Godfrey Evans -English cricketer (b. 1920)

2000- Júlia Báthory -Hungarian glass designer (b. 1901)

2000- John Joseph O'Connor (cardinal)|John Joseph O'Connor -American cardinal (b. 1920)

2001- Billy Higgins -American drummer and educator (b. 1936)

2002- Barbara Castle, Baroness Castle of Blackburn -English politician, First Secretary of State (b. 1910)

2002- Yevgeny Svetlanov -Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1928)

2003- Suzy Parker -American model and actress (b. 1932)

2004- Anthony Ainley -English actor (b. 1932)

2004- Ken Downing -English race car driver (b. 1917)

2004- Darrell Johnson -American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1928)

2006- Karel Appel -Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet (b. 1921)

2006- Pramod Mahajan -Indian politician (b. 1949)

2006- Earl Woods -American colonel, baseball player, and author (b. 1932)

2007- Warja Honegger-Lavater -Swiss illustrator (b. 1913)

2007- Wally Schirra -American captain, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1923)

2007- Knock Yokoyama -Japanese politician (b. 1932)

2008- Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo -Spanish politician, Prime Minister of Spain (b. 1926)

2009- Ton Lutz -Dutch actor (b. 1919)

2009- Renée Morisset -Canadian pianist (b. 1928)

2009- Ram Balkrushna Shewalkar -Indian author and critic (b. 1931)

2010- Roy Carrier -American accordion player (b. 1947)

2010- Peter O'Donnell -English author (b. 1920)

2010- Guenter Wendt -German-American engineer (b. 1923)

2011- Jackie Cooper -American actor, director, and producer (b. 1922)

2011- Sergo Kotrikadze -Georgian footballer and manager (b. 1936)

2011- Thanasis Veggos -Greek actor and director (b. 1927)

2012- Edith Bliss -Australian singer and television host (b. 1959)

2012- Lloyd Brevett -Jamaican bassist and songwriter (The Skatalites) (b. 1931)

2012- Jorge Illueca -Panamanian politician, 30th President of Panama (b. 1918)

2012- František Tondra -Slovak bishop (b. 1936)

2012- Felix Werder -German-Australian composer (b. 1922)

2012- Digby Wolfe -English-Australian actor and screenwriter (b. 1929)

2013- Joe Astroth -American baseball player (b. 1922)

2013- Herbert Blau -American Engineer and academic (b. 1926)

2013- Cedric Brooks -Jamaican-American saxophonist (The Skatalites and The Sound Dimensions) (b. 1943)

2013- Keith Carter (swimmer)|Keith Carter -American swimmer (b. 1924)

2013- Brad Drewett -Australian tennis player (b. 1958)

2013- David Morris Kern -American pharmacist, co-invented Orajel (b. 1909)

2013- Curtis Rouse -American football player (b. 1960)

2013- Branko Vukelić -Croatian politician, 11th Ministry of Defence (Croatia)|Minister of Defence for Croatia (b. 1958)

2014- Gary Becker -American economist and academic, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1930)

2014- Bobby Gregg -American drummer and producer (b. 1936)

2014- Francisco Icaza -Mexican painter (b. 1930)

2014- Chet Jastremski -American swimmer (b. 1941)

2014- Jim Oberstar -American politician (b. 1934)