This Day in History

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

History of Deaths


518- Anastasius I Dicorus -Byzantine emperor (b. 430)

1228- Stephen Langton -English cardinal (b. 1150)

1386- Leopold III, Duke of Austria -(b. 1351)

1553- Maurice, Elector of Saxony -(b. 1521)

1654- Ferdinand IV, King of the Romans -(b. 1633)

1706- Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville -Canadian captain and explorer (b. 1661)

1737- Gian Gastone de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany -(b. 1671)

1742- John Oldmixon -English historian, poet, and playwright (b. 1673)

1746- Philip V of Spain -(b. 1683)

1747- Giovanni Bononcini -Italian cellist and composer (b. 1670)

1766- Jonathan Mayhew -American minister (b. 1720)

1771- Michael Paknanas -Greek gardener and martyr (b. 1753)

1795- Henry Seymour Conway -English general and politician, Secretary of State for the Northern Department (b. 1721)

1797- Edmund Burke -Irish-English philosopher, academic, and politician (b. 1729)

1850- Báb -Persian religious leader, founded Bábism (b. 1819)

1850- Zachary Taylor -American general and politician, 12th President of the United States (b. 1784)

1852- Thomas McKean Thompson McKennan -American lawyer and politician, 2nd United States Secretary of the Interior (b. 1794)

1856- Amedeo Avogadro -Italian chemist and academic (b. 1776)

1856- James Strang -American religious leader and politician (b. 1813)

1880- Paul Broca -French physician and anatomist (b. 1824)

1882- Ignacio Carrera Pinto -Chilean soldier (b. 1848)

1903- Alphonse Francois Renard -Belgian geologist and photographer (b. 1842)

1927- John Drew, Jr. -American actor (b. 1853)

1932- King C. Gillette -American businessman, founded The Gillette Company (b. 1855)

1937- Oliver Law -American commander (b. 1899)

1938- Benjamin N. Cardozo -American jurist (b. 1870)

1947- Lucjan Żeligowski -Polish-Lithuanian general and politician (b. 1865)

1949- Fritz Hart -English-Australian composer and conductor (b. 1874)

1951- Harry Heilmann -American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1894)

1955- Don Beauman -English race car driver (b. 1928)

1959- Ferenc Talányi -Slovene journalist and painter (b. 1883)

1967- Fatima Jinnah -Pakistani dentist and politician (b. 1893)

1967- Eugen Fischer -German physician and academic (b. 1874)

1971- Karl Ast -Estonian author and politician (b. 1886)

1972- Robert Weede -American opera singer (b. 1903)

1974- Earl Warren -American jurist and politician, 14th Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1891)

1977- Alice Paul -American activist (b. 1885)

1979- Cornelia Otis Skinner -American actress and author (b. 1899)

1980- Vinicius de Moraes -Brazilian poet, playwright, and composer (b. 1913)

1983- Keith Wickenden -English politician (b. 1932)

1985- Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg -(b. 1896)

1985- Jimmy Kinnon -Scottish-American founder of Narcotics Anonymous (b. 1911)

1986- Patriarch Nicholas VI of Alexandria -(b. 1915)

1992- Kelvin Coe -Australian ballet dancer (b. 1946)

1992- Eric Sevareid -American journalist (b. 1912)

1994- Bill Mosienko -Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1921)

1996- Melvin Belli -American lawyer and actor (b. 1907)

1999- Robert de Cotret -Canadian politician, 56th Secretary of State for Canada (b. 1944)

2000- Doug Fisher (actor)|Doug Fisher -English actor (b. 1941)

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

2002- Rod Steiger -American actor (b. 1925)

2004- Paul Klebnikov -American journalist and historian (b. 1963)

2004- Jean Lefebvre -French actor (b. 1919)

2004- Riley Dobi Noel -American murderer (b. 1972)

2004- Isabel Sanford -American actress (b. 1917)

2005- Chuck Cadman -Canadian engineer and politician (b. 1948)

2005- Yevgeny Grishin (speed skater)|Yevgeny Grishin -Russian speed skater (b. 1931)

2005- Kevin Hagen -American actor (b. 1928)

2005- Alex Shibicky -Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1914)

2006- Milan Williams -American keyboard player and producer (Commodores) (b. 1948)

2007- Charles Lane (actor)|Charles Lane -American actor and singer (b. 1905)

2008- Séamus Brennan -Irish politician (b. 1948)

2010- Jessica Anderson -Australian author (b. 1916)

2011- Würzel -English guitarist (Motörhead) (b. 1949)

2011- Don Ackerman -American basketball player (b. 1930)

2011- Facundo Cabral -Argentinian singer-songwriter (b. 1937)

2012- Shin Jae-chul -South Korean-American martial artist (b. 1936)

2012- Chick King -American baseball player (b. 1930)

2012- Terepai Maoate -Cook Islander politician, 6th Prime Minister of the Cook Islands (b. 1934)

2012- Eugênio Sales -Brazilian cardinal (b. 1920)

2012- Brian Thomas (rugby player)|Brian Thomas -Welsh rugby player and manager (b. 1940)

2012- Isuzu Yamada -Japanese actress (b. 1917)

2013- Markus Büchel -Liechtensteiner politician, 9th Prime Minister of Liechtenstein (b. 1959)

2013- Jim Foglesong -American record producer (b. 1922)

2013- Andrew Nori -Solomon lawyer and politician (b. 1952)

2013- Kiril of Varna -Bulgarian metropolitan (b. 1954)

2013- Barbara Robinson (author)|Barbara Robinson -American author (b. 1927)

2013- Toshi Seeger -American activist, co-founded the Clearwater Festival (b. 1922)

2014- Lorenzo Álvarez Florentín -Paraguayan violinist and composer (b. 1926)

2014- David Azrieli -Polish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1922)

2014- Eileen Ford -American businesswoman, co-founded Ford Models (b. 1922)

2014- Don Lenhardt -American baseball player and coach (b. 1922)

2014- Luiz Alberto Dias Menezes -Brazilian geologist and mineralogist (b. 1950)

2014- John Spinks (musician)|John Spinks -American guitarist and songwriter (The Outfield) (b. 1954)

2014- Ken Thorne -English-American composer (b. 1924)