This Day in History

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

History of Deaths


1403- Henry Percy (Hotspur)|Henry Percy -English soldier (b. 1364)

1425- Manuel II Palaiologos -Byzantine emperor (b. 1350)

1688- James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde -English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1610)

1793- Antoine Bruni d'Entrecasteaux -French admiral, explorer, and politician (b. 1739)

1796- Robert Burns -Scottish poet and songwriter (b. 1759)

1798- François Sébastien Charles Joseph de Croix, Count of Clerfayt -Austrian field marshal (b. 1733)

1868- William Bland -Australian surgeon and politician (b. 1789)

1878- Sam Bass (outlaw)|Sam Bass -American criminal (b. 1851)

1880- Hiram Walden -American politician (b. 1800)

1889- Nelson Dewey -American lawyer and politician, 1st Governor of Wisconsin (b. 1813)

1899- Robert G. Ingersoll -American soldier and politician (b. 1833)

1932- Bill Gleason -American baseball player (b. 1858)

1934- Hubert Lyautey -French general (b. 1854)

1938- Owen Wister -American lawyer and author (b. 1860)

1941- Bohdan Lepky -Ukrainian poet and scholar (b. 1872)

1943- Charley Paddock -American runner (b. 1900)

1944- Claus von Stauffenberg -German soldier, leaded the 20 July plot (b. 1907)

1946- Gualberto Villarroel -Bolivian politician, 45th President of Bolivia (b. 1908)

1948- Arshile Gorky -Armenian-American painter and illustrator (b. 1904)

1967- Jimmie Foxx -American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1907)

1967- Albert Lutuli -South African academic and politician, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1898)

1967- Basil Rathbone -South African-American actor (b. 1892)

1968- Ruth St. Denis -American dancer and choreographer (b. 1878)

1970- Mikhail Mikhaylovich Gerasimov -Russian anthropologist and sculptor (b. 1907)

1970- Bob Kalsu -American football player and lieutenant (b. 1945)

1972- Ralph Craig -American sprinter (b. 1889)

1972- Jigme Dorji Wangchuck -Bhutanese king (b. 1928)

1977- Lee Miller -American photographer (b. 1907)

1982- Dave Garroway -American journalist (b. 1913)

1986- Ernest Maas -American screenwriter (b. 1892)

1991- Paul Warwick (racing driver)|Paul Warwick -English race car driver (b. 1969)

1994- Marijac -French author and illustrator (b. 1908)

1997- Olaf Kopvillem -Estonian-Canadian conductor and composer (b. 1926)

1998- Alan Shepard -American admiral, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1923)

1998- Robert Young (actor)|Robert Young -American actor and singer (b. 1907)

2000- Marc Reisner -American environmentalist and author (b. 1948)

2001- Steve Barton -American actor, singer, and dancer (b. 1954)

2001- Sivaji Ganesan -Indian actor and politician (b. 1927)

2002- Esphyr Slobodkina -Russian-American author and illustrator (b. 1908)

2003- John Davies (athlete)|John Davies -New Zealand runner (b. 1938)

2003- Matt Jefferies -American set designer (b. 1921)

2004- Jerry Goldsmith -American composer and conductor (b. 1929)

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

2005- Long John Baldry -English-Canadian singer and actor (The Steampacket and Bluesology) (b. 1941)

2005- Michael Chapman (bassoonist)|Michael Chapman -English bassoon player (b. 1934)

2005- Lord Alfred Hayes -English-American wrestler and manager (b. 1928)

2006- Mako Iwamatsu -Japanese-American actor (b. 1933)

2006- Kalin Twins|Herbie Kalin -American singer (Kalin Twins) (b. 1934)

2006- Ta Mok -Cambodian monk (b. 1926)

2006- J. Madison Wright Morris -American actress (b. 1984)

2007- Dubravko Škiljan -Croatian linguist and academic (b. 1949)

2008- Donald Stokes, Baron Stokes|Donald Stokes -English businessman (b. 1914)

2009- Les Lye -Canadian actor (b. 1924)

2010- Luis Corvalán -Chilean politician (b. 1916)

2010- Ralph Houk -American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1919)

2010- John E. Irving -Canadian businessman (b. 1932)

2012- Alexander Cockburn -Scottish-American journalist and author (b. 1941)

2012- Marie Kruckel -American baseball player (b. 1924)

2012- Susanne Lothar -German actress (b. 1960)

2012- Ali Podrimja -Albanian poet and author (b. 1942)

2012- James D. Ramage -American admiral and pilot (b. 1916)

2012- Angharad Rees -English actress (b. 1949)

2012- Don Wilson (cricketer)|Don Wilson -English cricketer and coach (b. 1937)

2013- Andrea Antonelli -Italian motorcycle racer (b. 1988)

2013- Thony Belizaire -Haitian photographer (b. 1955)

2013- Lourembam Brojeshori Devi -Indian martial artist (b. 1981)

2013- Det de Beus -Dutch field hockey player (b. 1958)

2013- Luis Fernando Rizo-Salom -Colombian-French composer (b. 1971)

2013- Fred Taylor (American football coach)|Fred Taylor -American football player and coach (b. 1920)

2014- Dan Borislow -American businessman, invented the magicJack (b. 1961)

2014- Lettice Curtis -English engineer and pilot (b. 1915)

2014- Hans-Peter Kaul -German lawyer and judge (b. 1943)

2014- Rilwanu Lukman -Nigerian engineer and politician (b. 1938)

2014- Kevin Skinner (rugby union)|Kevin Skinner -New Zealand rugby player and boxer (b. 1927)