This Day in History

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

History of Deaths


397- Ambrose -German-Italian archbishop and saint (b. 338)

636- Isidore of Seville -Spanish archbishop and saint (b. 560)

814- Plato of Sakkoudion -Byzantine monk (b. 735)

896- Pope Formosus -(b. 816)

1284- Alfonso X of Castile -(b. 1221)

1292- Pope Nicholas IV -(b. 1227)

1536- Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach -(b. 1460)

1588- Frederick II of Denmark -(b. 1534)

1609- Carolus Clusius -Flemish botanist, mycologist, and academic (b. 1526)

1617- John Napier -Scottish mathematician, physicist, and astronomer (b. 1550)

1643- Simon Episcopius -Dutch theologian (b. 1583)

1661- Alexander Leslie, 1st Earl of Leven -Scottish-Swedish field marshal (b. 1580)

1701- Joseph Haines -English actor, singer, and dancer

1743- Daniel Neal -English historian (b. 1678)

1761- Theodore Gardelle -Swiss painter (b. 1722)

1766- John Taylor (classical scholar)|John Taylor -English scholar (b. 1704)

1774- Oliver Goldsmith -Irish-English author, poet, and playwright (b. 1728)

1792- James Sykes (Continental Congress)|James Sykes -American lawyer and politician (b. 1725)

1807- Jérôme Lalande -French astronomer (b. 1732)

1817- André Masséna -French general (b. 1758)

1841- William Henry Harrison -American general and politician, 9th President of the United States (b. 1773)

1846- Solomon Sibley -American politician, 1st List of mayors of Detroit|Mayor of Detroit (b. 1769)

1861- John McLean -American jurist and politician, 6th United States Postmaster General (b. 1785)

1863- Ludwig Emil Grimm -German painter and engraver (b. 1790)

1864- Joseph Pitty Couthouy -American commander and paleontologist (b. 1808)

1870- Heinrich Gustav Magnus -German chemist and physicist (b. 1802)

1874- Charles Ernest Beulé -French archaeologist and politician (b. 1826)

1875- Karl Mauch -German explorer (b. 1837)

1878- Richard M. Brewer -American criminal (b. 1850)

1879- Heinrich Wilhelm Dove -German physicist (b. 1803)

1883- Peter Cooper -American businessman and philanthropist, founded Cooper Union (b. 1791)

1890- Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau -Canadian politician, 1st Premier of Quebec (b. 1820)

1890- Edmond Hébert -French geologist (b. 1812)

1912- Charles Brantley Aycock -American politician, 50th Governor of North Carolina (b. 1859)

1912- Isaac K. Funk -American minister, lexicographer, and publisher, co-founded Funk & Wagnalls (b. 1839)

1919- William Crookes -English chemist and physicist (b. 1832)

1919- Jacinta and Francisco Marto|Francisco Marto -Portuguese saint (b. 1908)

1923- John Venn -English mathematician and philosopher, created the Venn diagram (b. 1834)

1929- Karl Benz -German engineer and businessman, founded Mercedes-Benz (b. 1844)

1931- André Michelin -French businessman, co-founded the Michelin|Michelin Tyre Company (b. 1853)

1932- Wilhelm Ostwald -Latvian-German chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1853)

1933- Elizabeth Bacon Custer -American author (b. 1842)

1940- Gustav Goßler -German rower (b. 1879)

1951- George Albert Smith -American religious leader, 8th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1870)

1953- Carol II of Romania -(b. 1893)

1957- E. Herbert Norman -Canadian historian and diplomat (b. 1909)

1958- Johnny Stompanato -American soldier and bodyguard (b. 1925)

1961- Simion Stoilow -Romanian mathematician (b. 1873)

1962- James Hanratty -English murderer (b. 1936)

1967- Al Lewis (lyricist)|Al Lewis -American songwriter (b. 1901)

1967- Héctor Scarone -Uruguayan footballer (b. 1898)

1968- Martin Luther King, Jr. -American minister and activist, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1929)

1970- Byron Foulger -American actor (b. 1899)

1972- Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. -American pastor and politician (b. 1908)

1972- Stefan Wolpe -German composer (b. 1902)

1976- Harry Nyquist -Swedish engineer (b. 1889)

1977- Andrey Dikiy -Ukrainian-American journalist, historian, and politician (b. 1893)

1979- Zulfikar Ali Bhutto -Pakistani politician, 4th President of Pakistan (b. 1928)

1979- Edgar Buchanan -American actor (b. 1903)

1980- Red Sovine -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1917)

1983- Gloria Swanson -American actress, singer, and producer (b. 1899)

1984- Oleg Antonov -Russian-Ukrainian engineer and businessman, founded Antonov (b. 1906)

1985- Kate Roberts (author)|Kate Roberts -Welsh author (b. 1891)

1987- C. L. Moore -American author (b. 1911)

1987- Chögyam Trungpa -Tibetan guru (b. 1939)

1987- Sachchidananda Vatsyayan -Indian journalist and author (b. 1911)

1988- Zlatko Grgić -Croatian-Canadian animator, director, and screenwriter (b. 1931)

1991- Edmund Adamkiewicz -German footballer (b. 1920)

1991- Max Frisch -Swiss author and playwright (b. 1911)

1991- H. John Heinz III -American politician (b. 1938)

1991- Graham Ingels -American illustrator (b. 1915)

1992- Yvette Brind'Amour -Canadian actress and director (b. 1918)

1992- Jack Hamilton (Australian footballer)|Jack Hamilton -Australian footballer (b. 1928)

1992- Arthur Russell (musician)|Arthur Russell -American singer-songwriter and cellist (b. 1951)

1993- Alfred Mosher Butts -American game designer, invented Scrabble (b. 1899)

1993- Douglas Leopold -Canadian radio and television host (b. 1947)

1995- Kenny Everett -English radio and television host (b. 1944)

1995- Priscilla Lane -American actress and singer (b. 1915)

1996- Barney Ewell -American runner (b. 1918)

1996- Boone Guyton -American lieutenant and pilot (b. 1913)

1997- Leo Picard -Israeli geologist (b. 1900)

1999- Faith Domergue -American actor (b. 1924)

1999- Bob Peck -English actor (b. 1945)

1999- Early Wynn -American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1920)

2001- Ed Roth -American illustrator (b. 1932)

2001- Maury Van Vliet -American-Canadian academic (b. 1913)

2003- Anthony Caruso (actor)|Anthony Caruso -American actor (b. 1916)

2003- Adalberto Martínez -Mexican actor (b. 1916)

2004- Alberic Schotte -Belgian cyclist (b. 1919)

2005- Edward Bronfman -Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1924)

2007- Bob Clark -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1941)

2008- Francis Tucker -South African race car driver (b. 1923)

2009- Gonzalo Olave -Chilean actor (b. 1983)

2011- Scott Columbus -American drummer (Manowar) (b. 1956)

2011- Juliano Mer-Khamis -Israeli actor, director, and activist (b. 1958)

2012- Muhammad Afrizal -Indonesian boxer (b. 1983)

2012- A. Dean Byrd -American psychologist and academic (b. 1948)

2012- Anne Karin Elstad -Norwegian author and educator (b. 1938)

2012- Claude Miller -French director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1942)

2012- Dubravko Pavličić -Croatian footballer (b. 1967)

2012- Roberto Rexach Benítez -American-Puerto Rican politician, 10th President of the Senate of Puerto Rico (b. 1929)

2013- Bengt Blomgren -Swedish actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1923)

2013- Roger Ebert -American journalist, critic, and screenwriter (b. 1942)

2013- Carmine Infantino -American illustrator (b. 1925)

2013- Eldred G. Smith -American patriarch (b. 1907)

2013- Tommy Tycho -Hungarian-Australian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1928)

2013- Ian Walsh (rugby league)|Ian Walsh -Australian rugby player and coach (b. 1933)

2013- Noboru Yamaguchi (author)|Noboru Yamaguchi -Japanese author (b. 1972)

2014- İsmet Atlı -Turkish wrestler (b. 1931)

2014- Wayne Henderson (musician)|Wayne Henderson -American trombonist and producer (The Crusaders) (b. 1939)

2014- Kumba Ialá -Bissau-Guinean politician, List of heads of state of Guinea-Bissau|President of Guinea-Bissau (b. 1953)

2014- Margo MacDonald -Scottish politician (b. 1943)

2014- Curtis Bill Pepper -American journalist and author (b. 1917)

2014- Muhammad Qutb -Egyptian author and academic (b. 1919)