On This Day for 4th April

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 179

  • 1081 Alexius I Comnenus occupies Byzantine throne
  • 1460 University of Basle in Swizerland forms
  • 1541 Ignatius of Loyola becomes 1st superior-general of Jesuits
  • 1552 Mauritius van Saksen begins alliance with Karel Anikita Stroganov
  • 1558 Tsar Ivan IV gives parts of North-Russia to fur traders

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1581 Francis Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford

Vice Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Vice Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake
Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • 1588 Christian IV succeeds Frederik II as king of Denmark
  • 1655 Battle at Postage Farina, Tunis: English fleet beats Barbary pirates
  • 1655 The miraculous statue entitled the Infant of Prague is solemnly crowned by command of Cardinal Harrach.

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1660 English king Charles II sends Declaration of Breda (freedom of religion)

  • 1686 English king James II publishes Declaration of Indulgence
  • 1687 King James II orders his declaration of indulgence read in English churches
  • 1737 Anthony van Heim installed as Dutch pension advisor

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1814 Napoleon abdicates for the first time in favour of his son.

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1818 Congress decides on the US flag: 13 red & white stripes & 20 stars
  • 1828 Casparus van Wooden patents chocolate milk powder (Amsterdam)

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1832 Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle reaches Rio de Janeiro

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin

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1841 Vice President John Tyler becomes the 10th President of the United States after the death of President William Henry Harrison

10th US President John Tyler
10th US President
John Tyler
  • 1850 City of Los Angeles incorporated
  • 1859 Opera "Dinorah" is produced (Paris)
  • 1859 Bryant's Minstrels debut "Dixie" in New York City in the finale of a blackface minstrel show.
  • 1862 Battle of Yorktown (US Civil War) begins
  • 1862 US begins Peninsular Campaign aimed at capturing Richmond during US Civil War
  • 1864 Skirmish at Elkin's Ford (Little Missouri River), Arkansas
  • 1865 Lee's army arrives at Amelia Courthouse
  • 1866 Alexander II of Russia narrowly escapes an assassination attempt in the city of Kiev.
  • 1870 Golden Gate Park forms by City Order #800
  • 1887 Susanna Medora Salter elected 1st US woman mayor (Argonia, KS)
  • 1896 Announcement of Gold in Yukon
  • 1899 South Africa all out 35 vs England (Trott 4-19, Haigh 6-11)
  • 1900 Assassination attempt on Prince of Wales, later British King Edward VII when shot by Jean-Baptiste Sipido in protest over Boer war
  • 1900 British garrison of Reddersberg surrenders to Boer general De Wet
  • 1902 Cecil Rhodes scholarship fund forms with $10 million
  • 1905 Earthquake in Kangra India, kills 20,000
  • 1911 Hugh Chalmers, automaker, suggests idea of baseball MVP
  • 1912 Army fires on striking mine workers at Lena-gold fields Siberia
  • 1912 Chinese republic proclaimed in Tibet
  • 1913 The Greek aviator Emmanuel Argyropoulos becomes the first pilot victim of the Hellenic Air Force when his plane crashes.
  • 1913 75th Grand National: Percy Woodland aboard Covertcoat wins
  • 1914 "Perils of Pauline" shown for 1st time in LA
  • 1915 Germany protests vigorously to the US, claiming it must insist that Britain lifts its blockade and assert American neutrality
  • 1917 US Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WW I
  • 1918 Battle of Somme ends
  • 1918 Food riot in Amsterdam
  • 1920 Arabs attack Jews in Jerusalem
  • 1921 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 3 games to 2
  • 1922 WAAB (Baton Rouge La) becomes 1st US radio station with "W" calls
  • 1926 Greek dictator Theodorus Pangalos elected president
  • 1929 "New Moon" musical opens in London
  • 1929 1st AAU Greco-Roman wrestling championships held
  • 1930 Andrew Sandham makes Test Cricket 1st triple century
  • 1930 Les Ames makes the 1st Test Cricket century by a wicketkeeper (149)
  • 1930 The Communist Party of Panama is founded.

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1932 George Bernard Shaw's "Too True to be Good" premieres in NYC

  • 1932 Vitamin C 1st isolated, CC King, Univ of Pittsburgh
  • 1933 US Dirigible Akron crashes off coast of NJ, 73 die

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1937 4th Masters Golf Tournament: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 283

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • 1938 5th Masters Golf Tournament: Henry Picard wins, shooting a 285
  • 1939 Faisal II ascends to throne of Iraq
  • 1940 R Rodgers/Lorenz Hart's "Higher & Higher" premieres in NYC
  • 1941 German troops conquer Banghazi
  • 1944 British troops capture Addis Ababa Ethiopia
  • 1944 De Gaulle forms new regime in exile, with communists
  • 1944 Allied Bucharest bombings targeting railroads kills 5,000
  • 1945 Hungary liberated from Nazi occupation (National Day)
  • 1945 US forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany
  • 1945 US tanks/infantry conquer Bielefeld
  • 1947 Convention on International Civil Aviation goes into effect
  • 1947 Largest group of sunspots on record
  • 1947 UN's International Civil Aviation Organization forms

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1948 84-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1949 Israel & Jordan sign armistice agreement
  • 1949 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed in Washington DC
  • 1949 WKRC TV channel 12 in Cincinnati, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1950 Dirk Stikker becomes chairman of OES

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1951 Dutch Prince Bernhard visits Juan & Eva Peron in Buenos Aires

First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón
First Lady of Argentina
Eva Perón
  • 1953 KFDA TV channel 10 in Amarillo, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1954 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1955 British government signs military treaty with Iraq
  • 1956 Enid Bagnold's "Chalk Garden" premieres in London
  • 1957 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony, premieres in Paris
  • 1958 1st march against nuclear weapons (Aldermaston, England)
  • 1958 Eugene Ionesco's "Tueur sans Gages" premieres in Darmstadt
  • 1958 The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London.
  • 1959 Fed of Mali, consisting of Senegal & French Sudan (dissolved 1960)

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1960 32nd Academy Awards - "Ben-Hur", Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win

  • 1960 Oscar awarded to Neth director Bert Haanstra
  • 1960 Project Ozma begins at Green Bank radio astronomy center
  • 1960 Senegal declares independence from France
  • 1964 "Anyone Can Whistle" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • 1964 Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1965 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Baton Rouge Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1965 The first model of the new Saab Viggen fighter aircraft plane is unveiled.
  • 1966 Pirate Radio Scotland changes name to Radio Ireland
  • 1966 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1967 Amsterdam Marines chase out "nozems" of Central Station
  • 1967 Dutch De Young government forms
  • 1967 Marines chase "Nozems" out of Amsterdam Central Station
  • 1968 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • 1968 Apollo 6 launched atop Saturn V; unmanned

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 283


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188 Caracalla, Roman emperor (198-217), born in Lugdunum, Gaul (d. 217)

Roman Emperor Caracalla
Roman Emperor
Caracalla
  • 1492 Ambrosius Blarer, German reformer (d. 1564)
  • 1527 Abraham Ortelius, [Ortels/Hortels], South Neth geographer
  • 1572 William Strachey, English writer (d. 1621)
  • 1593 Edward Nicholas, English statesman (d. 1669)
  • 1646 Antoine Galland, French archaeologist (d. 1715)
  • 1648 Grinling Gibbons, sculptor/woodcarver
  • 1688 Joseph-Nicolas Delisle, French astronomer (d. 1768)
  • 1716 John Evangelist Schreiber, composer
  • 1718 Benjamin Kennicott, English churchman and Hebrew scholar (d. 1783)
  • 1731 Francisco Morera, composer
  • 1740 Wolfgang Nicolaus Haueisen, composer
  • 1752 Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli, composer (Andromeda)
  • 1755 Vincenc Masek, composer
  • 1758 John Hoppner, portrait painter
  • 1758 Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, French Romantic painter and draughtsman - allegorical paintings and portraits, born in Cluny, Saône-et-Loire (d. 1823)
  • 1762 Stephen Storace, composer
  • 1772 Nachman of Breslov, Ukrainian founder of Breslov Hasidut (d. 1810)
  • 1785 Bettina von Arnim, German writer and composer of the Romantic era (This Book Belongs to the King)
  • 1786 John Franklin, British explorer (Arctic)
  • 1792 Thaddeus Stevens, US Radical Republican congressional leader (Rep-R)
  • 1802 Dorothea Dix, American social activist (d. 1887)
  • 1804 Joseph Fischhof, composer
  • 1809 Benjamin Pierce, US mathematician/astronomer
  • 1814 John Blair Smith Todd, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1872)
  • 1817 John Wilson Sprague, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1893)
  • 1818 Thomas Mayne Reid, Irish-American novelist (d. 1883)
  • 1819 Queen Maria II of Portugal (d. 1853)
  • 1820 Charles Devens Jr, Major General, Bvt (Union volunteers), (d. 1891)
  • 1821 Linus Yale, US, portrait painter/inventor (Yale cylinder lock)
  • 1823 Karl Wilhelm Siemens, inventor (laid undersea cables)
  • 1823 Robert Byington Mitchell, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)
  • 1826 Zénobe Gramme, Belgian engineer (d. 1901)
  • 1828 Margaret Oliphant, Scotland, novelist/biographer (Beleaguered City)
  • 1831 Edward Cary Walthall, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1898)
  • 1832 Jose Echegaray y Elizaguirre, playwright/scientist (Teatro Escogido)
  • 1836 Jerome Hopkins, composer
  • 1842 Edouard Lucas, French mathematician (d. 1891)
  • 1843 Hans Richter, composer
  • 1846 Comte de Lautréamont, French writer (d. 1870)
  • 1846 Raoul Pictet, Geneva, Switzerland, Swiss physicist who invented liquid nitrogen and was a pioneer of cryogenics
  • 1853 Tad Lincoln, son of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln (d. 1871)
  • 1858 Remy de Gourmont, French poet (d. 1915)
  • 1866 George P Baker, US playwright (47 Workshop)
  • 1870 George A Smith, Salt Lake City Utah, 8th pres of Mormon church
  • 1872 Nikolai Amani, composer
  • 1872 Pauline de Haan-Manifarges, Dutch singer
  • 1875 Jozef Szulc, composer
  • 1875 Pierre Monteux, conductor (Boston Symph Orch 1919-24), born in Paris, France
  • 1875 Samuel S. Hinds, American actor (Raven, Test Pilot), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1876 Maurice de Vlaminck, Fauvist painter (Village in the Snow), born in Paris, France
  • 1879 Gabriel Groulez, composer
  • 1881 Charles Funk, Ohio, Encylopediest (Funk & Wagnalls)
  • 1882 Mary Howe, American composer (Sand) and pianist, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1964)
  • 1884 Isoroku Yamamoto, Marshall Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese fleet (WWII), born in Nagaoka, Niigata (d. 1943)
  • 1887 William Cumming Rose, Greenville South Carolina, American Biochemist who discovered threonine (an amino acid)
  • 1888 Tris Speaker, baseball great, hit more doubles than Pete Rose
  • 1888 Zdzisław Żygulski, Sr., Polish literary historian (d. 1975)
  • 1892 Cyril Smith, Peterhead Scotland, actor (Adv of Sir Lancelot)
  • 1892 Esther Howard, actress, born in Helena, Montana (d. 1965)
  • 1895 Arthur Murray, dancer (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in NYC, New York
  • 1895 Charlie Hallows, cricket batsman (Lancs played for England 1921-28)
  • 1896 Robert Sherwood, dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Idiot's Delight)
  • 1896 Tristan Tzara, [Samuel Rosenfeld] French poet (Approximate Man)
  • 1897 Pierre Fresnay, actor (Grand Illusion), born in Paris, France
  • 1898 Agnes Ayres, American actress (d. 1940)
  • 1899 William Brann, cricketer (South African batsman v England 1922-23)
  • 1901 Carmel Myers, actress (Carmel Myers Show), born in San Franciso, California
  • 1902 Louise L de Vilmorin, French poetess/author (Lutin Sauvage)
  • 1902 Stanley G. Weinbaum, American science-fiction author (d. 1935)
  • 1905 Eugene Bozza, composer
  • 1906 Bea Benaderet, actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), born in NYC, New York
  • 1906 John Cameron Swayze, Wichita Ks, newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg) [NS]
  • 1907 Nathan M Pusey, Iowa, educator (Natl Ass for Social Sciences-1963)
  • 1908 Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, author (Cheaper by the Dozen)
  • 1910 Agnes Patrick, campaigner
  • 1911 Max Dupain, Australian photographer (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Frances Langford, Lakeland Fla, singer (Armed Forces Hour, Star Time)
  • 1913 Jerome Weidman, US writer (Tenderloin)
  • 1913 Rosemary Lane, Indianola IA, actress (4 Mothers, Harvest Melody)

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1913 Muddy Waters [McKinley Morganfield], American blues guitarist (Hoochie Coochie Man), born in Jug's Corner (Issaquena County) or Rolling Fork, Mississippi (d. 1983)

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1913 Jules Léger, Quebec diplomat and Governor general of Canada (d. 1980)
  • 1914 Gustave Camus, Belgian painter
  • 1914 John Beith, British diplomat
  • 1914 Marguerite Duras, France, novelist/playwright (Sea Wall)
  • 1915 Jan Drda, Czech writer (Nema Barikada, Mestecko Na Dlani)
  • 1915 Lars G Ahlin, Swedish writer (Death of Me)
  • 1916 David White, actor (Larry Tate-Bewitched)
  • 1916 Herbert Eugene Caen, columnist
  • 1916 Nikola Ljubicic, Yugoslav general, Serbian communist politician (d. 2005)
  • 1916 Mickey Owen, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1917 Joseph Ortiz, French-Algerian extremist (barricade uprising)
  • 1918 Earl Jellicoe, chancellor (U of Southhampton)
  • 1919 Antony Tudor, England, choreographer (Metropolitan Opera 1957)
  • 1920 Eric Rohmer, Nancy France, actor (6 in Paris, Collector, Perceval)
  • 1921 Willem J "Wim" the Villiers, S Afr minister of Administration
  • 1922 Elmer Bernstein, movie music composer (Robot Monster), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Manon H E Alving, Dutch actress (Short American)
  • 1923 Nancy Francy, director (Claire's Knee)
  • 1924 Christopher Prater, screen printer

Famous Weddings

  • 1625 Viceroy Frederik Henry marries Amalia countess von Solms-Braunfels

HeartWedding of Interest

1750 Statesman George Mason (24) weds Ann Eilbeck (16)

American Statesman George Mason
American Statesman
George Mason

HeartWedding of Interest

1992 Comedian Sam Kinison (38) weds Malika Souiri at the Candlelight Chapel in Las Vegas

Comedian Sam Kinison
Comedian
Sam Kinison
  • 1992 John Tesh (Entertainment Tonight) marries actress Connie Selleca

HeartWedding of Interest

1995 Rapper Tupac Shakur marries Keisha Morris (divorced 1996)

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur

HeartWedding of Interest

2001 Actress and model Brooke Shields (35) weds sitcom writer Chris Henchy (37) in Catalina Island, California

Supermodel & Actress Brooke Shields
Supermodel & Actress
Brooke Shields
  • 2004 Latina singer Joy Enriquez (25) weds Grammy-winner Rodney Jerkins (26) at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 Singer-songwriter and actress Beyonce Knowles (30) weds rapper Jay-Z (43) at a 13,500-square foot penthouse apartment in New York

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Singer
Beyoncé Knowles
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z
  • 2014 TV personality Taylor Armstrong (42) weds attorney John Bluher at the Bel Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades, California

Famous Deaths

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  • 397 Ambrosius, gov of Liguria/bishop of Milan (374-97)/saint, dies
  • 636 Saint Isidore of Seville, Church Father and the proposed patron of Internet (b. cira 560)
  • 896 Formosus, Pope (891-96), dies
  • 1229 Hugo van Pierrepont, bishop of Liege, dies
  • 1284 Alfonso X, "El Sabio" King of Castile/Leon (1252-84), dies at 62
  • 1292 Nicholas IV, [Girolamo Masci], Pope (1288-92), dies
  • 1305 Jeanne of Navarre, wife of Philip IV of France (b. circa 1217)
  • 1393 Floris van Wevelinkhoven, bishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1406 Robert III, King of Scots (1390-1406), dies
  • 1417 John van Touraine, 1st husband of Jacoba of Bavaria, dies
  • 1536 Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (b. 1460)
  • 1585 Caspar de Robles, Spanish viceroy of Frisia, dies at about 57
  • 1588 Frederik II, King of Denmark/Norway (1559-88), dies at 53
  • 1604 Thomas Churchyard, poet/pamphleteer, dies
  • 1609 Charles de L'Ecluse, Flemish botanist (b. 1526)

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1617 John Napier, Scottish mathematician/inventor (logarithms), dies from effects of gout

Mathematician John Napier
Mathematician
John Napier
  • 1643 Simon Episcopius, [Bisschop], Dutch theologist, dies at 60
  • 1661 Alexander Leslie, 1st Earl of Leven, Scottish soldier (b. circa 1580)
  • 1662 Davis Mell, composer, dies at 57
  • 1662 Leonhart Kern, German sculptor, dies at about 73
  • 1664 Adam Willaerts, Dutch seascape painter, dies
  • 1701 Joseph Haines, entertainer and author
  • 1714 Karel, duke of Berry/French heir to the throne, dies
  • 1734 Johann C van Erckel, old Catholic theologist, dies at about 79
  • 1743 Daniel Neal, English historian (b. 1678)
  • 1761 Theodore Gardelle, Swiss painter and enameler (b. 1722)
  • 1766 John Taylor, English classical scholar (b. 1704)
  • 1774 Oliver Goldsmith, Irish poet (She Stoops to Conquer), dies at 17
  • 1784 Mary Mead, wife of English journalist John Wilkes, dies
  • 1792 James Sykes, American politician (b. 1725)
  • 1806 Friedrich Gottlob Fleischer, composer, dies at 84
  • 1807 Joseph Jerome Le Francais de Lalande, French astronomer, dies
  • 1817 André Masséna, Duke of Rivoli, Prince d'Essing and Marshal of France (b. 1758)

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1841 William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States, becomes 1st president to die in office at 68 of pneumonia

9th US President William Henry Harrison
9th US President
William Henry Harrison
  • 1844 Charles Bulfinch, 1st US pro architect (Mass State House), dies at 80
  • 1846 Solomon Sibley, American senator from Michigan Territory (b. 1769)

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1848 Ludwig Leichhardt, German explorer of northern and central Australia, dies on an expedition at 34

Explorer and Naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt
Explorer and Naturalist
Ludwig Leichhardt
  • 1861 John McLean, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1785)
  • 1862 Harmen S Sytstra, Dutch poet/editor (Iduna), dies at 45
  • 1863 Ludwig Emil Grimm, German painter and engraver (b. 1790)
  • 1864 Joseph Pitty Couthouy, American naval officer (b. 1808)
  • 1870 Heinrich Gustav Magnus, German chemist and physicist (b. 1802)
  • 1874 Charles Ernest Beulé, French archaeologist and politician (b. 1826)
  • 1878 Richard Brewer, American gunslinger/cowboy (b. 1850)
  • 1879 Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, German physicist (b. 1803)
  • 1883 Peter Cooper, American industrialist, inventor and philanthropist (b. 1791)
  • 1884 Marie Bashkirtseff, Russian artist and diarist (b. 1860)
  • 1889 Thomas T H Jorissen, historian, dies at 56
  • 1890 Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau, Quebec politician (b. 1820)
  • 1890 Edmond Hébert, French geologist (b. 1812)
  • 1893 Alphonse LPP de Candolle, Swiss botanist, dies at 86
  • 1900 Edward VII, King, assassinated
  • 1905 Constantin Meunier, Belgian painter/sculptor, dies at 73
  • 1908 Josef Sucher, composer, dies at 64
  • 1919 William Crookes, English chemist/physicist (Crookes-pipe), dies at 86
  • 1923 L Martov, [Joulij O Tsederbaum], Russ revolutionary, dies at 49
  • 1923 John Venn, British mathematician (b. 1834)

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1929 Karl Benz, German inventor, engine designer and automobile manufacturer (Mercedes-Benz), dies of bronchial inflammation at 84

Automobile Engineer and Inventor Karl Benz
Automobile Engineer and Inventor
Karl Benz
  • 1930 Vladimir Majakovski, Russian poet, dies
  • 1931 George Whitefield Chadwick, composer, dies at 76
  • 1932 Ottokar T Czernin von und zu Chudenitz, Austrian minister, dies at 59
  • 1932 Wilhelm Ostwald, physical chemist (Nobel 1909), dies
  • 1934 Braulio Dueno Colon, composer, dies at 80
  • 1937 Frantisek X Salda, Czech writer/critic, dies at 69
  • 1938 Cyril Christiani, cricket wicket keep (WI 1935), dies of malaria at 24

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1941 Andre Michelin, French tire manufacturer, dies at 88

Industrialist André Michelin
Industrialist
André Michelin
  • 1941 Max Frisch, writer, dies at 29
  • 1943 Oskar Schlemmer, German painter/sculptor, dies at 54
  • 1943 Raoul Laparra, composer, dies at 66
  • 1944 John Peale Bishop, US poet (Undertaker's Garland), dies at 51
  • 1944 Karel Weis, composer, dies at 82
  • 1947 William O'Donnell, Irish politician (b. ?)
  • 1951 Al Christie, Canadian film director and producer (b. 1881)
  • 1951 George Albert Smith, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS or Mormon Church) (b. 1870)
  • 1953 Carol II, King of Romania (1930-40), dies at 59
  • 1953 Rachilde, [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery], French author, dies at 93
  • 1957 E. Herbert Norman, Canadian diplomat (b. 1909)
  • 1958 Hendrik Heyman, Belgian minister of Nijverheid/mayor, dies at 78
  • 1958 Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure (b. 1925)
  • 1959 Stanley Snooke, cricketer (bro of S J, duck in South African Test), dies
  • 1961 Simion Stoilow, Romanian mathematician (b. 1873)
  • 1962 James Hanratty, executed at Bedford Prison, England, for the murder of Michael Gregsten (b. 1936)
  • 1963 Endzion Barelli, dies 2 days after winning a boxing match at 18
  • 1963 Jason Robards Sr, actor (Acapulco), dies at 70
  • 1967 Mischa Elman, Ukraine/US violinist, dies at 76
  • 1967 Héctor Scarone, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1898)
  • 1967 Al Lewis, American songwriter (b. 1901)

MurderAssassination

1968 Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis Tennessee at 39

Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1970 Byron Foulger, actor (Capt Nice, Petticoat Junction), dies at 70
  • 1972 Adam Clayton Powell Jr, (Rep-D-NY), dies at 63
  • 1972 John A H J S Bruins Slot, co-founder/editor in chief (illegal), dies
  • 1972 Stefan Wolpe, German composer (Zeus & Elidco), dies at 69
  • 1976 Harry Nyquist, Swedish contributor to information theory (b. 1889)
  • 1977 Jeno Zador, composer, dies at 82
  • 1978 Gino Contilli, composer, dies at 70
  • 1979 Edgar Buchanan, actor (Uncle Joe-Petticoat Junction), dies at 77
  • 1979 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani president, hanged in Pakistan at 51
  • 1980 Red Sovine, American country music singer (b. 1917)
  • 1981 Brad Johnson, actor (Annie Oakley), dies at 56
  • 1982 Tsvetan Tsvetanov, composer, dies at 50