On This Day for 17th April

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 174

  • 858 Benedict III ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1397 Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as when the book's pilgrimage to Canterbury starts.

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1492 Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1524 Giovanni Verrazano, a Florentine navigator, discovers New York Bay
  • 1534 Sir Thomas More confined in Tower of London
  • 1555 Siena surrenders to Spanish troops
  • 1596 Archduke Albrecht of Austria occupies Calais
  • 1629 1st commercial fishery established
  • 1704 1st successful US newspaper; published in Boston by John Campbell
  • 1711 Charles VI becomes Holy Roman Emperor after the death of his brother Joseph I
  • 1747 French troops occupy Zeeuws-Flanders, Netherlands
  • 1758 Francis Williams, 1st US black college graduate, publishes poems
  • 1793 Battle of Warsaw
  • 1797 Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico, in what would be one of the largest invasions of Spanish territories in America.

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1808 Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1817 1st US school for deaf (Hartford, Conn)
  • 1824 Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54° 40'N
  • 1839 Guatemala forms republic
  • 1853 Thorbecke government resigns
  • 1853 US Marine Hospital at Presidio (SF) forms
  • 1861 Indianola TX - "Star of West" taken by Confederacy
  • 1861 Virginia secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1863 R Grierson's: La Grange, TN to Baton Rouge, LA
  • 1864 Battle of Plymouth, NC
  • 1864 Bread revolt in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1864 Grant suspends prisoner-of-war exchanges
  • 1865 Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in Lincoln's assassination
  • 1869 1st pro baseball games-Cin Reds 24, Cin amateurs 15
  • 1875 Snooker invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain
  • 1892 1st Sunday NL baseball game, Reds beat Cards 5-1
  • 1895 Treaty of Shimonoseki signed, ends 1st Sino-Japanese War (1894-95)
  • 1900 7 high chiefs of American Samoa sign Instrument of Cession
  • 1905 US Supreme court judges maximum work day unconstitutional
  • 1905 The Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York which held that the "right to free contract" was implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
  • 1907 Ellis Island, NY-11,745 immigrants arrive
  • 1912 1st unofficial gold record (Al Jolson's "Ragging The Baby To Sleep")
  • 1920 American Professional Football Association forms (NFL)
  • 1923 Longest NL opening game, Phillies & Dodgers tie 5-5 in 14
  • 1924 Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures & Louis B Mayer Co merged to form Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM)

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1925 NY Yankee Babe Ruth has ulcer surgery

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1925 Paul Painlevé succeeds Edouard Herriot as French premier
  • 1927 Japan's Wakarsoeki government falls/Baron Tanaka becomes premier
  • 1930 Abkhazian ASSR forms in Georgian SSR
  • 1930 DuPont scientist Elmer K. Bolton invents neoprene using Julius Nieuwland's divinyl acetylene
  • 1932 Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia ends slavery
  • 1933 Chicago Bears win their 1st NFL Game beating NY Giants 23-21
  • 1934 New Fenway Park opens, Washington Senators beat Red Sox 6-5
  • 1935 Provincial-National elections (Musserts NSB achieves 7.9%/44 chairs)
  • 1937 Debut of cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig

Sport-defeatBoxing Title Fight

1939 Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1939 SN Behrman's "No Time for Comedy" premieres in NYC

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1939 Stalin signs British-France-Russian anti-Nazi pact

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • 1941 British troop land in Iraq/Yugoslavia; surrender to nazis
  • 1941 US Office of Price Administration forms (handled rationing)
  • 1941 World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
  • 1942 12 Lancasters bomb MAN factory in Augsburg
  • 1942 Operations begin to destroy Sobibor Concentration Camp
  • 1942 POW French General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Königstein.
  • 1943 Admiral Yamamoto flies from Truk to Rabaul
  • 1943 SS-Gruppenführer (Lt Gen) Jurgen Stoop arrives in Warsaw
  • 1945 8th Air Force bombs Dresden
  • 1945 German occupiers flood Wieringermeer, Netherlands

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1945 Benito Mussolini flees from Salò to Milan

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1945 US troops lands in Mindanao
  • 1946 Syria declares independence from French administration

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1947 Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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1948 Elpidio Quirino assumes the Presidency of the Philippines, taking his oath of office two days after the death of President Manuel Roxas

6th President of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino
6th President of the Philippines
Elpidio Quirino

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1951 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1953 Mickey Mantle hits a 565' (172 m) HR in Wash DC's Griffith Stadium
  • 1955 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 1956 Bulgaria premier Tchervenkov resigns
  • 1956 Premium Savings Bonds introduced in Great Britain
  • 1956 USSR's Cominform (Parliament) dissolves
  • 1956 Willie Mosconi sinks 150 consecutive balls in a billiard tournament
  • 1958 Brussells (Belgium) World Fair opens
  • 1960 American Samoa sets up a constitutional government
  • 1960 Cleveland Indians trade Rocky Colavito to Tigers for Harvey Kuenn
  • 1961 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs in a doomed attempt to overthrow Castro

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1961 33rd Academy Awards - "Apartment" wins best film, Burt Lancaster & Elizabeth Taylor win best actor/actress

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1961 Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend

  • 1964 "Cafe Crown" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • 1964 "High Spirits" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 375 performances
  • 1964 1st game at Shea Stadium, NY Mets lose to Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3
  • 1964 Ford Mustang formally introduced ($2,368 base)
  • 1964 Jerrie Mock becomes 1st woman to fly solo around the world
  • 1966 100th international soccer match between Netherlands-Belgium (3-1)
  • 1966 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
  • 1967 Shortwave Radio NY Worldwide goes back on the air after a week off
  • 1967 Surveyor 3 launched; soft lands on Moon, April 20
  • 1968 "Fade Out-Fade In" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • 1968 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Balt Orioles
  • 1969 People's Democracy activist Bernadette Devlin becomes the youngest woman Member of Parliament ever elected to Westminster at 21 years old
  • 1969 Alexander Dubček forced to resign as first secretary of Czechoslovakia's Communist Party
  • 1969 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
  • 1969 Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Sen Robert F Kennedy
  • 1969 The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert
  • 1970 Apollo 13 limps back safely, Beech-built oxygen tank no help

Music-releaseAlbum Release

1970 Paul McCartney's 1st solo album "McCartney" is released

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • 1971 Egypt, Libya & Syria form federation (FAR)
  • 1971 People's Republic Bangladesh forms, under sheik Mujib ur-Rahman

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 254

  • 1278 Michael IX Palaeologus, co-ruling Eastern Roman Emperor (d. 1320)
  • 1539 Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter/cartoonist (Comedia)
  • 1573 Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (d. 1651)
  • 1586 John Ford, English dramatist ('Tis Pity She's a Whore)
  • 1587 Marco Ivan Lukacic, composer
  • 1598 Giovanni Riccioli, Italian astronomer (d. 1671)

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1620 Marguerite Bourgeoys, Troyes France, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame (first Canadian saint)

First Canadian Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys
First Canadian Saint
Marguerite Bourgeoys
  • 1622 Henry Vaughan, English poet (Silex Scintillans)
  • 1644 Abraham Jansz Storck, painter, baptized
  • 1666 Francois Valentijn, Dutch vicar/writer
  • 1676 Frederik I, van Hessen Kassel, King of Sweden (1720-51)
  • 1683 Johann David Heinichen, composer
  • 1699 Robert Blair, Scottish poet (Grave)
  • 1710 Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, British Freemason (d. 1767)
  • 1715 Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, composer
  • 1719 Christian Gottfried Krause, composer
  • 1734 Taksin, King of Thailand (d. 1782)
  • 1738 Philip Hayes, composer
  • 1741 Johann Gottlieb Naumann, composer
  • 1741 Samuel Chase, judge (signed Decl of Ind)
  • 1750 François de Neufchâteau, French statesman and intellectual figure (d. 1828)
  • 1774 Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, organist/pianist/composer
  • 1788 Joseph Gilbert Totten, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1794 Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist (d. 1868)
  • 1797 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian composer/conductor
  • 1798 Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician (d. 1840)
  • 1809 Philip St George Cocke, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1861)
  • 1811 Ann Sheppard Mounsey, composer
  • 1813 Henry Washington Benham, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1884)
  • 1816 Thomas Hazlehurst, English Methodist chapel builder (d. 1876)
  • 1820 Gottfried Conradi, composer
  • 1827 French C Baeckelmans, Flemish architect (St Amanduskerk, Antwerp)
  • 1833 Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer (d. 1900)
  • 1837 J. P. Morgan, Hartford, Connecticut, American banker/CEO (US Steel Corporation)
  • 1842 Maurice Rouvier, French statesman (d. 1911)
  • 1845 Isabel Barrows, US, editor/penologist (Conference on Negro Question)
  • 1849 William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1923)
  • 1863 Johannes P Boskaljon, Curacao composer/conductor
  • 1863 Augustus Edward Hough Love, English mathematician (d. 1940)
  • 1865 Ursula Julia Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic saint (d. 1939)
  • 1866 Ernest Starling, British physiologist (d. 1927)
  • 1868 Charles R Gallas, Dutch lexicographer (French dictionary)
  • 1869 Johannes M Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher
  • 1870 Ray Stannard Baker, US, journalist (Puliter Prize 1940)
  • 1876 Ian Hay, Scotland, novelist/playwright (PIp, Carrying On)
  • 1877 Matsudaira Tsuneo, Japanese diplomat (d. 1949)
  • 1881 Anton Wildgans, writer
  • 1882 Artur Schnabel, Lipnik Austria, pianist (Beethoven Piano Sonatas)
  • 1883 Hermann Darewsky, composer
  • 1884 Leo Frank, American convict, hanged in 1915 by a lynch mob
  • 1885 Cecil Burleigh, composer
  • 1885 Karen Blixen-Finecke, [pen name Isak Dinesen], Danish writer (Out of Africa)
  • 1886 Otto Lederer, Czechoslovakia, actor (Jazz Singer)
  • 1890 Art Acord, Glenwood Sevier UT, western actor (Arizona Kid, Hard Fists)
  • 1892 Jean PJC Haesaert, Flemish lawyer/sociologist
  • 1895 Bert Wheeler, actor (Nitwits, Hold 'em Jail, High Flyers, Rainmakers)
  • 1896 Senor Wences, ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet)
  • 1897 Antonius F "Anton" Coolen, Dutch author (Village by the River)
  • 1897 Harald Saeverud, Bergen Norway, composer (Saline) [NS]
  • 1897 Thornton N Wilder, US, novelist/playwright (Our Town)
  • 1899 Vincent Wigglesworth, entomologist
  • 1901 George Keyt, artist
  • 1902 Anton Beuving, lyricist (Ketelbinkie)
  • 1902 Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician (d. 1974)
  • 1903 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ekaterinoslav Russia, cellist (or 4/20)
  • 1903 Nicolas Nabokov, Near Lubcha Minsk Russia, composer (Holy Devil)
  • 1903 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (d. 1975)
  • 1904 Edward Chodorov, playwright/director (Story of Louis Pasteur)
  • 1904 Naoomal Jeoomal, cricketer (pioneer Indian Test opening batsman)
  • 1905 Arthur Lake, Corbin Ky, actor (Dagwood-Blondie)
  • 1905 Louis Jean Heydt, Montclair NJ, actor (Joe-Waterfront)
  • 1906 M Rooi, editor-in-chief (New Rotterdam Daily)
  • 1906 Sidney R. Garfield, American physician (d. 1984)
  • 1909 Alain Emile Louis Marie Poher, politician
  • 1909 Humphrey Sims Moore, pacifist/journalist
  • 1910 Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Jean-Pierre Herve Bazin, writer
  • 1911 Mikhail Botvinnik, of USSR, world chess champion (1948-63)
  • 1912 Isador Caplan, lawyer/Aldeburgh Festival Pioneer
  • 1913 Paul Langton, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Leslie-Peyton Place)
  • 1913 Richard Travis, Carlsbad NM, actor (Missile to the Moon)
  • 1914 George W. Davis, American art director (d. 1984)
  • 1915 Joe Foss, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, American fighter ace (Medal of Honor-1943) and politician (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Azijn Banana, [Oscar Enau], Antillean publicist
  • 1916 David Stafford-Clark, psychiatrist
  • 1916 Donald Gibson, British vice-admiral
  • 1916 Ryoei Saito, businessman
  • 1916 Sirimavo Bandaranaike, world's 1st woman PM (Sri Lanka, 1960..77)
  • 1916 Vinegar Banana, [Oscar Enau], Antillean publicist
  • 1917 Bill Clements, American politician
  • 1918 Anne Shirley, UK, actress (Devil & Daniel Webster, Stella Dallas)

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1918 William Holden, American actor (Stalag 17, Bridge Over River Kwai, SOB), born in O'Fallon, Illinois (d. 1981)

  • 1919 Gilles Lamontagne, French Canadian politician
  • 1919 Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer
  • 1920 Bengt N Anderberg, Swedish poet/writer (Kain)
  • 1920 Joan "Maudie" Warburton, painter
  • 1921 Donald Barron, CEO (Midland Bank)

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1923 Harry Reasoner, Dakota City Iowa, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS)

Journalist Harry Reasoner
Journalist
Harry Reasoner
  • 1923 Lindsay Anderson, Bangalore India, director (Thursday's Children)
  • 1923 Lloyd Biggle Jr, US, sci-fi author (Silence is Deadly)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1929 Baseball great Babe Ruth (34) marries 2nd wife Claire Merritt Hodgson (31)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

HeartWedding of Interest

1943 Actress Claire Trevor (34) weds Navy lieutenant Cyclos William Dunsmoore in Tijuana, Mexico

Actress Claire Trevor
Actress
Claire Trevor
  • 1993 "The Bangles" lead singer Susanna Hoffs (34) weds "Austin Powers" director Jay Roach (35)
  • 1994 Jennie Garth weds Dan Clark

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 World's no. 1 professional tennis player Andy Roddick (29) weds fashion model and actress Brooklyn Decker (25) in Austin, Texas

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • 2011 Actress and model Torrey Devitto (26) weds actor Paul Wesley (28) in New York

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 107

  • 326 Alexander of Alexandria, Patriarch of Alexandria
  • 485 Proclus, Greek mathematician, dies in Athens [or Apr 14]
  • 617 Donnán of Eigg, Celtic Christian martyr, patron saint of Eigg
  • 818 Bernhard I, King of Italy, dies
  • 858 Benedict III, Italian Pope (855-58), dies
  • 1080 King Harald III of Denmark (b. 1041)
  • 1272 Zita/Cita, Italian maid/saint, dies at about 59
  • 1297 Willem van Afflighem, Flemish poet/abbot St Truiden, dies at about 86
  • 1427 Jan IV, duke of Brabant/Limburg/wife of Jacoba van Bayern, dies
  • 1539 George, Duke of Saxony (b. 1471)
  • 1574 Joachim Camerarius, [Liebhard Kammerer], German philologist, dies
  • 1630 Christian I, ruler of Anhalt-Bernburg (battle of White Mt), dies
  • 1679 John van Kessel, Flemish painter, dies at 53
  • 1680 Kateri Tekakwitha, first American Indian to receive beatification (b. 1656)
  • 1696 Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, French writer (b. 1626)
  • 1711 Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1678) dies of smallpox
  • 1713 David Hollatz, Pomeranian dogmatician (b. 1648)
  • 1714 Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, composer, dies at 56
  • 1726 Henriette Amalia, ruler of Nassau-Dietz, dies at 49
  • 1742 Arvid Horn, Swedish statesman (b. 1664)
  • 1761 Thomas Bayes, English mathematician
  • 1764 Johann Mattheson, German composer/musicologist, dies at 82

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1790 Benjamin Franklin, US, US Founding Father, inventor ambassador and writer (Poor Richards Almanac), dies at 84

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • 1799 Richard Jupp, English architect (b. 1728)
  • 1835 William Henry Ireland, forger (Shakespearean manuscripts), dies
  • 1837 Edouard viscount de Walckiers, very wealthy slave trader, dies
  • 1838 J Schopenhauer, writer, dies at 71
  • 1843 Samuel Morey, American inventor (b. 1762)
  • 1854 Gottlob Wiedebein, composer, dies at 74
  • 1863 Daniel Smith Donelson, Confederate general/cousin of Andrew Jackson, dies at 61
  • 1873 Semyon Stepanovich Gulak-Artemovsky, composer, dies at 60
  • 1873 Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian artist (b. 1783)
  • 1882 George Jennings Sanitary engineer (b. 1810)
  • 1890 John Barnett, composer, dies at 87
  • 1891 Jules Eugene Abraham Alary, composer, dies at 77

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1892 Alexander Mackenzie, 2nd Prime Minister of Canada, dies of a stroke at 70

2nd Prime Minister of Canada Alexander Mackenzie
2nd Prime Minister of Canada
Alexander Mackenzie
  • 1899 Hans Balatka, composer, dies at 74
  • 1902 Francis of Assisi of Bourbon, King Consort of Spain (b. 1822)
  • 1915 Johannes P Kelly, [Kellij], Dutch actor/operetta writer, dies at 60
  • 1930 Alexander Golovin, Russian painter (b. 1863)
  • 1936 Charles J M Ruys de Beerenbrouck, Dutch PM (1918-23, 29-33), dies
  • 1937 Yi Sang, Korean Poet (b. 1910)
  • 1941 Al Bowlly, British dance band vocalist (b. 1899)
  • 1942 Jean Perrin, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1870)
  • 1944 J T Hearne, cricketer (took 49 wkts in 12 Tests for England), dies
  • 1945 Hannie Schaft, "Girl with red hair," executed
  • 1945 Ion Pillat, Romania poet/senator (Umbra timpului), dies
  • 1945 Walter Model, German fieldmarshal, commits suicide at 54
  • 1946 John Iddon, cricketer (car accident 5 Tests for Eng 1934-35), dies
  • 1948 Johan P earl of Limburg Stirum, diplomat, dies at 75
  • 1948 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (S Afr captain in 13 Tests 1905-11), dies
  • 1954 Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist (b. 1900)
  • 1960 Eddie Cochran, rocker, dies at 21 in a car crash
  • 1962 Louise Fazenda, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 66
  • 1967 Red Allen, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1908)
  • 1968 Margaret Seddon, dies at 95
  • 1970 Sergei U S Aleksi, patriarch of Russian-Orthodox church, dies at 92
  • 1971 Roberto Lupi, composer, dies at 62
  • 1974 Frank McGee, Today show host, dies of cancer at 52
  • 1974 Herbert Elwell, US composer (Happy Hypocrite), dies at 75
  • 1974 Vinnie Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a drug overdose
  • 1975 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher (b. 1888)
  • 1976 Jean-Jacques Gailliard, Belgian painter, dies at 85
  • 1976 Henrik Dam, Danish biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • 1977 Marjorie Gateson, actress (One Man's Family), dies at 86
  • 1977 William Cardinal Conway, Northern Irish clergyman (b. 1913)
  • 1983 Felix Pappalardi, rocker (Cream, Mountain), dies
  • 1983 Mark W Clark, US general (WW II), dies at 87
  • 1983 Peter Potter, DJ (Peter Potter Show, Juke Box Jury), dies at 78
  • 1984 Claude Provost, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1933)
  • 1985 Ilona Bodden, writer, dies
  • 1986 Bessie Head, writer, dies
  • 1987 Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer ("No Woman No Cry"), dies at 36
  • 1987 Dick Shawn, comedian (Producers), dies on stage at 57
  • 1987 Cecil Harmsworth King, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers (b. 1901)
  • 1988 Eva Novak, actress (Medicine Man), dies of pneumonia at 90
  • 1988 Louise Nevelson, sculptor, dies of brain tumor at 88
  • 1989 Charles Lampkin, dies
  • 1990 Ralph David Abernathy, US civil rights leader, dies
  • 1991 Jack Yellen, US poet (Sons o' Fun), dies at 97
  • 1992 Hank Penny, country music singer, dies at 73 of heart failure
  • 1993 Turgut Özal, president of Turkey (1989-93), dies at 65
  • 1994 Peter Hacker, US journalist/actor (NBC, Broadcast News), dies at 69
  • 1995 A R A (Anton) Murray, cricketer (289 runs & 11 wkts in 10 Tests), dies
  • 1995 Nancy Mayhew Youngman, artist/educator, dies at 88
  • 1996 Eva Jones, poet/novelist, dies at 82
  • 1996 Jose Luis Lopez Aranguren, philosopher, dies at 86
  • 1996 Michele Carew, daughter of baseball great Rod, dies of Leukemia at 18
  • 1997 Chaim Herzog, President of Israel (1983-93), dies at 78
  • 1997 Allan Francovich, American documentarian
  • 1998 Linda McCartney, American-born photographer and wife of Paul McCartney (b. 1941)
  • 2003 Robert Atkins, American dietician (b. 1930)
  • 2003 Paul Getty, American-born philanthropist (b. 1932)
  • 2003 Earl King, American musician and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Yiannis Latsis, Greek shipping tycoon (b. 1910)
  • 2004 Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (b. 1908)
  • 2004 Soundarya, Indian actress (b. 1971)
  • 2007 Kitty Carlisle, American actress and television personality (b. 1910)
  • 2008 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician (b. 1913)
  • 2008 Danny Federici, organ player for E-Street Band (b. 1950)