Today’s Historical Events

  • 253 St Lucius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 524 Battle of Vézeronce, the Franks defeat the Burgundians
  • 841 Battle at Fontenay: Louis & Charles beat their brother Lotharius I
  • 1080 Wibbert of Ravenna chosen as anti-pope Clemens III
  • 1096 1st Crusade slaughter Jews of Werelinghofen Germany
  • 1139 Battle of Ourique: Afonso I defeats Moors
  • 1178 5 Canterbury monks report something exploding on Moon

1183 Peace of Konstanz signed between Hohenstaufen Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and Italian Lombard League

Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa
Holy Roman Emperor
Frederick Barbarossa
  • 1243 Sinibaldo dei Fieschi elected as Pope Innocentius IV
  • 1298 Rindfleisch Persecutions, 250 Jews killed in Rothenburg, Germany
  • 1500 Pope Alexander VI accept Treaty of Granada

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1530 The Augsburg Confession where Germany’s Protestant princes force Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to hear their Confession of Faith

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
  • 1580 Book of Concord, standards of Lutheran Church, 1st published
  • 1606 Alkmaarse clergy asks “Great Dertelheyt”
  • 1606 St Jansday is forbidden
  • 1607 Mentally ill Emperor Rudolf II signs Treaty of Lieben, giving up Austria, Hungary and Moravia
  • 1621 French government army occupies Fort St Jean d’Angély at La Rochelle
  • 1630 Fork introduced to American dining by Governor Winthrop
  • 1638 Lunar eclipse is 1st astronomical event recorded in the American Colonies
  • 1646 Thomas Fairfax’s New Model Army occupies Oxford
  • 1658 Spanish garrison at Dunkirk surrenders to French and English
  • 1672 1st recorded monthly Quaker meeting in US held, Sandwich, Massachusetts
  • 1675 Battle at Rathenow: Brandenburgers beat Sweden

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1678 Venetian Elena Cornaro Piscopia is awarded a doctorate of philosophy, the 1st woman to receive a university doctoral degree or PhD

Philosopher and Mathematician Elena Cornaro Piscopia
Philosopher and Mathematician
Elena Cornaro Piscopia
    • 1716 Eugenius of Savoye named land guardian of Austrian Netherlands
    • 1749 General fast because of drought in Massachusetts

1788 Virginia becomes 10th state to ratify US constitution
Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States

  • 1794 French troops occupy Charleroi
  • 1798 US passes Alien Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens
  • 1834 Pope Gregory XVI’s encyclical “Singulari nos” published
  • 1835 1st building constructed at Yerba Buena (now San Francisco)
  • 1861 Western Virginia campaign
  • 1862 Battle of Oak Grove, Virginia (Orchard, Henrico, French’s Field) (Kings’s Schoolhouse) Day 1 of 7 Days
  • 1863 US General George Meade replaces General Hooker to be more aggressive
  • 1864 Horse tramway at the Hague, opens
  • 1864 Battle of Petersburg: Union forces begin digging tunnels under Confederate lines
  • 1867 1st barbed wire patented by Lucien B Smith of Ohio
  • 1868 Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina readmitted to US
  • 1868 US President Andrew Johnson passes a law that government workers would work 8 hr day
  • 1870 Opera “Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)” is produced (Munich)

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn: US 7th Cavalry under Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne warriors led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull in what has become famously known as “Custer’s Last Stand”

Native American War Leader Crazy Horse
Native American War Leader
Crazy Horse
Union General George Armstrong Custer
Union General
George Armstrong Custer
Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull
Lakota Sioux Chief
Sitting Bull

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1888 Republican Convention in Chicago nominates Benjamin Harrison

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
    • 1892 6th U.S. Women’s National Championship: Mabel Cahill beats Elisabeth Moore (5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2)
    • 1894 American Railway Union under Eugene V Debs goes on strike
    • 1894 Boer leader Paul Kruger meets the British High Commissioner, Sir Henry Loch, on Pretoria station in South Africa and accompanies him to his hotel to discuss the grievances of the Uitlanders (Foreigners)
    • 1900 Russia mobilizes its army in eastern Siberia preparatory to acting against the Chinese, but also in an attempt to diminish the influence of Japan on the Asian mainland
    • 1903 Yanks & White Sox end deadlocked at 6-6 in 18
    • 1903 Boston Beaneater Wiley Piatt is only 20th-century pitcher to lose 2 complete games in one day, falling to Pittsburgh 1-0 & 5-3
    • 1904 18th U.S. Women’s National Championship: May Sutton beats Elisabeth Moore (6-1, 6-2)
    • 1905 Warsaw & Lodz revolt against Russian occupation
    • 1910 US Mann Act passed (no women across state lines for immoral purposes)
  • 1912 52nd British Golf Open: Ted Ray shoots a 295 at Muirfield
  • 1913 Dutch Parliamentary election (confess party looses majority)
  • 1913 American Civil War veterans begin arriving at the Great Reunion of 1913
  • 1916 Russian Tsar Nicolaas II fires minister of Foreign affairs Sasonov
  • 1918 Baku-Turkish communist party forms
  • 1919 1st advanced monoplane airliner flight (Junkers F13)
  • 1919 Revolt of Spartacus in Hamburg
  • 1920 League of Nations places Internationall Court of Justice in Hague
  • 1921 56th British Golf Open: Jock Hutchison shoots a 296 at St Andrews
  • 1921 Charlie McCartney scores 300 in 205 mins Aust v Notts
  • 1925 Military putsch under General Theodorus Pangulos in Greece

Sport awardGolf Major

1926 61st British Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 291 at Royal Lytham

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
  • 1927 WVO soccer team forms in Oosterhout
  • 1928 NY Giant Fred Lindstrom ties record of 9 hits in a doubleheader

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1929 US President Herbert Hoover authorizes building of Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam)

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 1932 36th US Golf Open: Gene Sarazen shoots a 286 at Fresh Meadows NY
  • 1932 Commencement of India’s 1st cricket Test v England at Lord’s
  • 1934 Hedley Verity takes 15 wickets v Australia (7-61 & 8-43)

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1934 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle beating White Sox 11-2

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1934 Yank pitcher John Broaca ties record by striking out 5 times

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1935 Joe Louis defeats Primo Carnera at Yankee Stadium

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1937 Cub Augie Galan becomes 1st player to switch hit HRs in a game

Music release#1 in the Charts

1938 “A Tisket A Tasket” by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb hits #1

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1938 Federal minimum wage law guarantees workers 25 cents per hour (rising to 40 cents by 1945) and a maximum 44 hour working week
  • 1941 -26] Soviet counter attack at Rovno

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1941 FDR issues Executive Order 8802 forbidding discrimination

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1941 Fair Employment Practices Commission established
  • 1941 Finland declares war on Soviet Union
  • 1941 Germans invade Dubno Poland, giving permission to Ukrainians to do whatever they want to 12,000 Jews living there

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1941 James F. Byrnes is admitted to the US Supreme Court

Politician and US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes
Politician and US Secretary of State
James F. Byrnes
  • 1942 British RAF stages a 1,000 bomb raid on Bremen Germany (WWII)

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1942 British premier Winston Churchill travels from US to London

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

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1942 Major General Dwight Eisenhower appointed commander of US forces in Europe

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1943 Crematorium 3 at Birkenau is finished
  • 1943 Racial unrest in Detroit
  • 1943 Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Reichskommissar in the Netherlands, orders mass arrests of Dutch physicians
  • 1944 British assault at Caen, Normandy
  • 1945 Allied landing at Ternate Molukkas
  • 1945 Imperial General Headquarters in Tokyo announce fall of Okinawa

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1947 1st version of Anne Frank‘s diary “Het Achterhuis” published in The Netherlands

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank

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1948 Harry Truman signs Displaced Persons Bill (205,000 Europeans to US)

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1949 Presidential election in Syria (some women allowed to vote)
  • 1949 Long-Haired Hare is released in Theaters starring Bugs Bunny.
  • 1950 Israeli airline El Al begins service
  • 1950 Johnny Pramesa (Reds) and Hank Thompson (Giants) hit inside the park HRs
  • 1950 North Korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War
  • 1951 1st color TV broadcast-CBS’ Arthur Godfrey from NYC to 4 cities
  • 1952 “Wish You Were Here” opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 597 performances
  • 1952 34th PGA Championship: Jim Turnesa at Big Spring CC Louisville
  • 1952 Dutch social democratic party wins 2nd-Parliamentary election
  • 1953 1st passenger to fly commercially around the world < 100 hours
  • 1953 86°F in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1955 “Can Can” closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 892 performances
  • 1955 “Imogene Coca Show” last airs on NBC-TV

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1955 Notre Dame du Haut chapel designed by Le Corbusier is consecrated in Ronchamp, France

Architect and City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect and City Planner
Le Corbusier
  • 1956 51 die in collision of “Andrea Doria” and “Stockholm” (Cape Cod)
  • 1956 WKNO TV channel 10 in Memphis, Tennessee (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 “Jonathan Winters Show” last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1957 2nd Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand beats Great Britain 29-21
  • 1960 Earthquake in NE Belgium
  • 1960 Madagascar gains independence from France
  • 1960 Somaliland is granted independence by British government
  • 1960 South Africa beats New Zealand 13-0 in the first rugby test of the series in Johannesburg
  • 1961 Baltimore and California use a record 16 pitchers in a game (8 each) in 14 inns
  • 1961 Iraq announces that Kuwait is a part of Iraq (Kuwait disagrees)
  • 1962 İnönü government forms in Turkey
  • 1962 Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) forms
  • 1962 Supreme Court rules NY school prayer unconstitutional
  • 1963 Famous cricket draw at Lord’s as England hang on against the Windies
  • 1963 JFK speaks at Pauls Church in Frankfurt
  • 1963 South Africa worker’s union leader Curnick Ndlovu arrested
  • 1963 Curnick Ndlovu, South African Trade Unionist and African National Congress Leader, is arrested
  • 1964 Prince A Taylor becomes first African American methodist bishop (NJ)
  • 1964 WMCA (NYC) plays Beatles’ Hard Days Night Album (10 days prior to its scheduled release date), they decide to release it June 26th
  • 1965 Gyula Kallai succeeds Janos Kádár as premier of Hungary
  • 1965 15th Berlin International Film Festival: “Alphaville” wins the Golden Bear
  • 1966 Beatles’ “Paperback Writer” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • 1966 Dmitri Shostakovitch’s 13th Symphony, premieres in Leningrad
  • 1966 Kosmos 122, 1st Soviet weather satellite, launched
  • 1967 400 million watch Beatles “Our World” TV special
  • 1967 Carol Mann wins LPGA Buckeye Savings Golf Invitational
  • 1967 KPBS TV channel 15 in San Diego, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 First global satellite television programme – Our World
  • 1968 Bobby Bonds hits a grand slam in his 1st major league game (Giants)
  • 1969 Pancho Gonzalez beats Charles Pasarell in 112 game (5hr12m) marathon
  • 1969 19th Berlin International Film Festival: “Early Works” wins the Golden Bear

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1971 Stevie Wonder releases “Where I’m Coming From”

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • 1972 Bernice Gera becomes 1st female umpire in pro baseball
  • 1973 John Dean begins testifying before Senate Watergate Committee
  • 1973 Russian communist party leader Brezhnev visits France
  • 1973 Udo Beyer of East Germany puts the shot a record 20.47 m
  • 1975 After a prolonged liberation struggle against Portuguese colonial rulers, Mozambique becomes independent as People Republic of Mozambique

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1975 Barry White‘s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe” is released

Singer Barry White
Barry White
  • 1976 Ranger Toby Harrah is only shortstop not to handle a fielding chance in doubleheader
  • 1976 The Soweto Uprising in South Africa leaves 174 blacks and two whites dead following 10 days of rioting
  • 1976 “The Omen” premieres in the US

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1976 26th Berlin International Film Festival: “Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull‘s History Lesson” wins the Golden Bear

Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull
Lakota Sioux Chief
Sitting Bull
  • 1977 Roy C Sullivan of Virginia is struck by lightning for 7th time!
  • 1977 8th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 13-12
  • 1978 FIFA World Cup: Argentina beats the Netherlands 3-1 in football’s 11th World Cup in Buenos Aires
  • 1978 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • 1978 First use of the rainbow flag, symbol of gay pride, made by Gilbert Baker at a march in San Francisco
  • 1979 “Got Tu Go Disco” opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1979 Failed attack on NATO commander Alexander Haig Jr. in Obourg, Belgium by German terrorist Rolf Klemens Wagner, a former member of the Red Army Faction
  • 1980 “Fearless Frank” closes at Princess Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1981 Supreme Court upholds male-only draft registration, constitutional
  • 1981 Microsoft is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington
  • 1982 Porn star John Holmes acquitted on murder charges
  • 1982 San Francisco holds its 1st County Fair
  • 1982 US Secretary of State Alexander Haig Jr resigns, replaced by George P. Schultz
  • 1982 Greece abolishes headshaving of recruits in the military
  • 1982 South African President P.W. Botha issues a new Proclamation again placing Ingwavuma under government control

Film release premierFilm Release

1982 “Blade Runner”, directed by Ridley Scott, starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, is released

  • 1983 “Evita” closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 1568 performances
  • 1983 India beat West Indies by 43 runs to win Cricket World Cup
  • 1983 Udo Beyer of East Germany sets record for shot put, 22.22 m
  • 1984 Lydia Garrett, 24, crowned 17th Miss Black America
  • 1984 STS 41-D launch attempt scrubbed because of computer problem

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1984 Prince releases his “Purple Rain” album

  • 1985 Fireworks factory near Hallett, OK, explodes (21 die)
  • 1985 Thurman v City of Torrington decides in favor of Tracey Thurman, 1st woman to sue a police department for violating her civil rights (not protecting against abusive husband)
  • 1986 Former Belgium premier Vanden Boeynants sentenced for fraud
  • 1986 Phillies give Steve Carlton, 41, his unconditional release

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1987 Pope John Paul II receives Austrian President Kurt Waldheim

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1988 “Chess” closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • 1988 104°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in June

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1988 Cal Ripken Jr plays in his 1,000th consecutive game

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • 1988 Expos Pitcher Floyd Youmans suspended for 60 days due to drugs
  • 1988 Iceland’s President Vigdis Finnbogadóttir elected (90+%)
  • 1988 Kristen Logan, 17, of Mississippi, crowned America’s Junior Miss
  • 1988 UEFA European Championship Final: Ruud Gullet & Marco van Basten score as the Netherlands beats Soviet Union 2-0 in Munich
  • 1988 Roger Rabbit Cartoon Character debuts in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”
  • 1989 “Day By Day” last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1989 1st US postmark dedicated to Lesbian & Gay Pride (Stonewall, NYC)
  • 1989 Betsy King wins LPGA McDonald’s Golf Championship
  • 1989 Mets’ defense does not record a single assist in a 5-1 win over Phils
  • 1990 “Dave Thomas Comedy Show” last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1990 120°F in Phoenix Arizona
  • 1990 NBC decides to air episodes of “Quantum Leap” for 5 straight days
  • 1990 Supreme Court rules family members cannot end lives of comatose relatives unless those relatives previously made their wishes known
  • 1990 Anti-government riots break out in Lusaka, Zambia

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1990 African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela meets with President George H. W. Bushat the White House

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush

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1991 Martina Navratilova wins record 100th singles match at Wimbledon

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1991 Slovenia & Croatia declare independence from Yugoslavia
  • 1991 Japan lifts its call for voluntary restraint on expanding trade with South Africa
  • 1991 Six persons are killed and eighteen injured when gunmen open fire on a crowded commuter train in Soweto, South Africa
  • 1992 “Les Miserables” opens at Vinorhady Theatre, Prague
  • 1992 Alexanders Department store closes all 11 stores
  • 1992 STS 50 launches (Columbia)
  • 1993 NY Islander goalie Billy Smith elected to NHL Hall of Fame
  • 1993 Parliamentary election in Morocco

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1993 Kim Campbell becomes the 19th Prime Minister of Canada (although she would remain in office for less than five months)

19th Prime Minister of Canada Kim Campbell
19th Prime Minister of Canada
Kim Campbell
  • 1994 FIFA World Cup: 1,500th goal in Cup’d history scored by Caceres of Argentina
  • 1994 105°F (40.5°C) at Albuquerque New Mexico
  • 1994 111°F (43.9°C) at El Paso Texas
  • 1994 Cleveland Indians 18 game home win streak ends to Yanks 11-6
  • 1994 Gay Games close in NYC
  • 1994 Japanese premier Tsutomu Hata resigns
  • 1995 Betsy King wins ShopRite LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1995 Rockies’ Andres Galarraga is 4th to HR in 3 consecutive innings
  • 1996 The Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia kills 19 U.S. servicemen

Film release premierFilm Premier

1996 “Independence Day” directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Will SmithBill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum premieres in Westwood, California

Music releaseAlbum Release

1996 Jay-Z releases his debut studio album “Beyond Reasonable Doubt” with Roc-A-Fella Records and Priority Records

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
  • 1997 Christies auctions off Princess Di’s clothing for $5.5 million
  • 1997 Galileo, 2nd Callisto Flyby (Orbit 9)
  • 1997 Intelsat 802 Ariane 4 Launch, Successful
  • 1997 NHL approves franchises in Nashville, Atlanta, Columbus, and Minnesota-St Paul
  • 1997 Progress M-34 Collides with and damages Mir Space Station
  • 1997 Jamaica issues a warrant for singer Sade, who fails to report to court on charges of failure to obey a cop who signaled her to stop

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1997 Danielle Steel’s romantic novel “Special Delivery” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel
  • 1998 In Clinton v. City of New York, the United States Supreme Court decides that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 is unconstitutional
  • 1999 53rd NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New York Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • 1999 In his first state of the nation address, South African President Thabo Mbeki promises to tackle rampaging crime; the nation’s murder rate is the third highest in the world and more than 49,000 cases of rape were reported in 1998
  • 2000 46th LPGA Championship won by Juli Inkster
  • 2007 Flooding in parts of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire in the United Kingdom including Louth, Horncastle and worst affected, Hull
  • 2008 Atlantis Plastics shooting, An employee shot and killed five people after an argument, which ended in the gunman’s suicide in Henderson, Kentucky
  • 2009 Colombia enters into recession after witnessing 0.7% contraction in the last quarter of 2008 and 0.6% in the following quarter
  • 2012 33 Syrian army officers defect to Turkey
  • 2013 37 people are killed after a gold mine collapses in the Central African Republic
  • 2014 Luis Suárez is charged with biting at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  • 2014 The US Supreme Court rules that police cannot examine the digital contents of a cell phone without a court order

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2015 Obamacare subsidies in The Affordable Care Act preserved by US Supreme Court Ruling in King v Burwell 6-3

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2015 Karl-Anthony Towns is chosen by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the first draft pick in the 2015 NBA draft
  • 2017 Tanker carrying fuel bursts into flames near Ahmedpur East, Pakistan, killing more than 200 people

 Who Died Today in History?

  • 635 Emperor Gaozu, first emperor of the Chinese Tang Dynasty (b. 566)
    • 1134 King Niels of Denmark (1104-1134), dies at 68 or 69
    • 1142 Gulielmus of Vercelli, Italian hermit/monastery founder/saint, dies
    • 1218 Simon de Montfort the elder, 5th Earl of Leicester, French crusader dies in the siege of Toulouse
    • 1423 Reinald IV, duke of Gelre & Gulik (Reinoud I), dies
    • 1483 Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers, English writer
    • 1514 Berta Jacobsdr, [Suster Bertken], Dutch hermit, dies at 87
    • 1522 Franchinus Gaffurius, composer, dies at 71
    • 1533 Mary Tudor, queen consort of Louis XII of France (b. 1496)
    • 1579 Hatano Hideharu, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1541)
    • 1593 Michele Mercati, Italian physician and gardener (b. 1541)
    • 1634 John Marston, English poet and playwright (b. 1576)
    • 1665 Archduke Sigismund Francis of Austria (b. 1630)
    • 1669 François de Vendôme, duc de Beaufort, French soldier (b. 1616)
    • 1671 Giovanni Riccioli, Italian astronomer (Almagestum Novum), dies at 73
    • 1673 Charles de Batz-Castelmore, Comte d’Artagnan, Captain of the Musketeers under Louis XIV of France (b. 1611)
    • 1686 Simon Ushakov, Russian painter (b. 1626)
    • 1710 Antonius Matthaeus, Dutch lawyer/historian, dies at 74
    • 1715 Jean du Casse, French admiral (b. 1646)
    • 1767 Georg Philipp Telemann, German late baroque composer, dies at 86
    • 1785 Pierre Talon, French composer and cellist, dies at 63
    • 1785 Pieter Kintsius, VOC-supercarga/chief on Macau, dies at 53
    • 1792 Thomas Peters, Early Sierra Leonean founder (b. 1738)
    • 1798 Thomas Sandby, English architect (b. 1721)
    • 1822 Ernst T Amadeus Hoffmann, German writer/judge/composer, dies at 46
    • 1830 Ephraim McDowell, American Physician (pioneered abdominal surgery), dies at 58
  • 1838 François Nicolas Benoît, Baron Haxo, French general (b. 1774)
  • 1840 Leopold count of Limburg Stirum, Dutch general and politician, dies at 82
  • 1860 Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, The Māori King, Waikato, New Zealand
  • 1861 Abdulmejid I, 31st Sultan of Ottoman Empire, dies at 38
  • 1866 Alexander von Nordmann, Finnish zoologist, dies at 63
  • 1868 Carlo Matteucci, Italian physicist and neurophysiologist (bioelectricity), dies at 57
  • 1875 Antoine-Louis Barye, French sculptor, dies at 78
  • 1876 Boston Custer, brother of George Armstrong Custer, dies at 27

1876 George Armstrong Custer, United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the American Indian Wars, dies at the Battle of Little Bighorn aged 36

Union General George Armstrong Custer
Union General
George Armstrong Custer
  • 1876 John Patton, trumpeter, dies at Little Bighorn
  • 1876 Lame White Man, Cheyenne, dies at Little Bighorn
  • 1876 Myles Keogh, US officer, dies at Little Bighorn
  • 1876 Thomas W Custer, brother of George Custer, dies at Little Bighorn
  • 1882 François Jouffroy, French sculptor (b. 1806)
  • 1884 Hans Rott, Austrian composer, dies at 25
  • 1896 Emile AH Seipgens, Dutch priest/beer brewer/man of letters, dies at 58
  • 1896 Lyman Trumbull, U.S. Senator from Illinois (1855-73), dies at 82
  • 1897 Margaret Oliphant, Scottish novelist and biographer (Beleaguered City), dies at 69
  • 1898 Ferdinand J Cohn, German botanist/publicist, dies at 70
  • 1906 Stanford White, American architect, shot dead atop Madison Square Garden which he designed by Harry Thaw jealous husband of Evelyn Nesbit at 52
  • 1912 Louis Antoine, Belgian miner/sect leader, dies at about 65
  • 1912 Lawrence Alma Tadema, Dutch-British painter, dies at 76

Person of interestThomas Eakins

1916 Thomas Eakins, American artist, dies at 71

Painter Thomas Eakins
Thomas Eakins
    • 1918 Jake Beckley, American baseball player, dies at 50
    • 1926 Symon Petljoera, pres Ukraine (pogroms), murdered in Paris
  • 1929 Georges Courteline [Moineaux], French playwright, dies
  • 1937 Colin Clive, British actor (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Mad Love), dies from complications of tuberculosis at 37
  • 1942 Hans Lietzman, German theologist/church historian, dies at 67
  • 1944 Lucha Reyes, Mexican singer (b. 1906)
  • 1948 William C. Lee, U.S. general (b. 1895)
  • 1949 Buck Freeman, baseball player (b. 1871)
  • 1953 Algy Gehrs, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1904-11), dies
  • 1954 Eduard M Meijers, Dutch lawyer (Civil Code), dies at 74
  • 1956 Ernest J King, US fleet admiral/Chief of Naval Operations, dies at 77
  • 1959 Charles Starkweather, spree killer (b. 1938)
  • 1960 WH Walter Baade, German/US astronomer (Andromeda), dies at 67
  • 1961 Miriam (Ma) Ferguson, US politician, 1st US elected women governor, Governor of Texas (1925-27, 1933-35), dies at 86
  • 1962 Ephraim Lisitsky, Hebrew poet, dies
  • 1964 Gerrit T Rietveld, Dutch architect (Sonsbeekpaviljoen), dies at 76
  • 1971 Charles Vildrac, French author, poet and playwright (La Brouille, Michel Auclair, Notes sur la technique poétique), dies at 88
  • 1971 John Boyd Orr, Scottish physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1880)
  • 1974 Cornelius Lanczos, Hungarian mathematician, dies at 81

Person of interestJohnny Mercer

1976 Johnny Mercer, US songwriter (That old Black Magic), dies at 66

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
  • 1977 Endre Szervanszky, composer, dies at 65
  • 1977 Petko Staynov, composer, dies at 80
  • 1977 Lady Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guides, dies at 88
  • 1978 Hussein al-Ghasjmi, president of North-Yemen, murdered
  • 1979 Philippe Halsman, American portrait photographer, dies at 73
  • 1983 Alberto Evaristo Ginastera, Argentine composer (Panambi), dies at 67
  • 1984 Michel Foucault, French philosopher and historian (History of Sexuality), dies of AIDs at 57
  • 1985 Morris Mason, American convicted rapist and murderer, dies at 31
  • 1986 Gery Florizoone, Flemish poet, dies at 63
  • 1987 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter (Rocky Top, Love Hurts, Bye Bye Love), dies at 67
  • 1988 Axis Sally, [Mildred E Gillars], US nazi propagandist (WWII), dies
  • 1988 Hillel Slovak, Israeli-born musician (Anthym/What Is This?, Red Hot Chili Peppers) (b. 1962)
  • 1990 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), dies at 77
  • 1992 James Stirling, Scottish D-Day parachutist/architect, dies
  • 1992 Jerome Brown, defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagle), dies in car crash at 27
  • 1992 William E Harris, entertainer, dies
  • 1994 Louis-Robert Casterman, Belgian publisher (Kuifje), dies at 74
  • 1994 Robert Millar, journalist, dies at 72
  • 1995 Warren Earl Burger, Supreme Court Justice, dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1996 Nicholas John, dramaturge, dies at 43
  • 1996 Ray Howard-Jones, artist, dies at 93
  • 1996 Sir Arthur Snelling, British Ambassador (b. 1914)

Person of interestJacques Cousteau

1997 Jacques Cousteau, French oceanographer, dies of heart attack at 87

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • 1997 William Lyle Woratzeck, convicted killer, executed in Ariz at 51
  • 1998 Lounès Matoub, a famous Berber Kabyle singer (b. 1956)
  • 1999 Fred Feast, English actor (b. 1929)
  • 2002 Jean Corbeil, Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Lester Maddox, American businessman, one-time segregationist and Governor of Georgia (b. 1915)
  • 2005 John Fiedler, American Actor (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Jaap Penraat, Dutch architect (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Mahasti, Persian singer (b. 1946)
  • 2007 J. Fred Duckett, American sports announcer and teacher, dies at 74
  • 2008 Alla Kazanskaya, Russian stage and film actress (Burnt by the Sun), dies at 88

Person of interestMichael Jackson

2009 Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) dies of cardiac arrest at 50

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Person of interestFarrah Fawcett

2009 Farrah Fawcett, American actress (Charley’s Angels, Burning Bed), dies of anal cancer at 62

Actress Farrah Fawcett
Farrah Fawcett
  • 2010 Alan Plater, English playwright (b. 1935)
  • 2010 Richard B. Sellars, American business executive (b. 1915)
  • 2011 Margaret Tyzack, English actress (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Goff Richards, British brass band music composer/arranger
  • 2015 Patrick Macnee, British actor (The Avengers, Magnum, P.I., Sherlock Holmes), dies at 93
  • 2016 Bill Cunningham, American fashion photographer (New York Times), dies at 87
  • 2016 Peter Hutton, American filmmaker, dies at 71
  • 2016 Jim Hickman, American baseball player (Mets, Dodgers, Cubs), dies at 79