On This Day for 5th April

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 198

  • 456 St. Patrick returns to Ireland as a missionary bishop.
  • 823 Pope Peschalis I crowns Lotharius I, co-emperor of France
  • 1058 Bishop John "Minchio" [domkop] elected as Pope Benedictus X

Victory-in-battleVictory in Battle

1242 Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod defeats Teutonic Knights in the Battle of the Ice

Key Figure of Medieval Rus Alexander Nevsky
Key Figure of Medieval Rus
Alexander Nevsky
  • 1566 200 Brussel nobles offer Margaretha of Parma a petition
  • 1585 Clemens Crabbeels becomes bishop of Hertogenbosch

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1603 New English King James I (James VI of Scotland) departs Edinburgh for London

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • 1609 Daimyo (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyūshū, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryūkyū Kingdom in Okinawa.
  • 1614 2nd parliament of King James I begin session (no enactments)
  • 1621 Mayflower sails from Plymouth on a return trip to England
  • 1648 Spanish troops/feudal barons strike down people's uprising in Naples
  • 1722 Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island
  • 1739 French emperor Karel VI sign secret treaty
  • 1751 Adolf Frederik of Holstein-Gottorp crowns himself king of Sweden
  • 1762 British take Grenada, West Indies, from French
  • 1768 1st US Chamber of Commerce forms (NYC)

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1792 George Washington casts 1st presidential veto

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

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1803 1st performance of Beethoven's 2nd Symphony in D

  • 1804 High Possil Meteorite: The first recorded meteorite in Scotland falls in Possil.
  • 1806 Isaac Quintard patents apple cider
  • 1812 Brits storm Badajoz fortress, held by French & Spanish
  • 1814 Netherlands Bank issues its 1st banknotes
  • 1815 Eruption of Tambora volcano (Sumbawa Java)

Victory-in-battleVictory in Battle

1818 In the Battle of Maipú, Chile's independence movement - led by Bernardo O'Higgins and José de San Martín - win a decisive victory over Spain, leaving 2,000 Spaniards and 1,000 Chilean patriots dead.

Revolutionary Leader José de San Martín
Revolutionary Leader
José de San Martín
  • 1861 Federals abandon Ft Quitman, Texas
  • 1862 Siege of Yorktown VA
  • 1865 Battle at Amelia Springs/Jetersville Va (Appomattox Campaign)
  • 1874 Johann Strauss Jr's opera "Die Fledermaus" premieres in Vienna
  • 1874 Birkenhead Park, the first civic public park, is opened in Birkenhead, England. Designed by Joseph Paxton
  • 1879 Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.
  • 1881 Transvaal regains independence under British suzerainty

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1887 Anne Sullivan teaches "water" to Helen Keller

Author Helen Keller
Author
Helen Keller
  • 1889 Start of Sherlock Holmes' "Adventure of Copper Beeches" (BG)
  • 1893 Cleveland passes Park Act (forerunner of Metroparks)
  • 1894 11 strikers killed in riot at Connellsville, Penn
  • 1894 Start of Sherlock Holmes' "Adventure of Empty House" (BG)
  • 1895 Start of Sherlock Holmes' "Adventure of 3 Students" (BG)

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1895 Oscar Wilde loses libel case against Marquess of Queensberry, who accused him of homosexual practices

Writer/Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer/Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • 1897 The Greco-Turkish War, also called "Thirty Days' War", is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1900 Attempted assassination of Edward, Prince of Wales in Brussels, fails
  • 1901 Under threats from the Ottoman Turkish Government, Bulgaria is forced to arrest the leaders of the Macedonian Committee
  • 1902 Maurice Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante defunte" premieres in Paris
  • 1902 In Glasgow, Scotland the Ibrox disaster occurs after a section of a grandstand collapses killing 25 and injuring 517
  • 1904 The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
  • 1905 James Barrie's "Alice-sit-by-the-fire" premieres in London
  • 1906 St Pius X encyclical "On the Mariavites or Mystic Priests of Poland"
  • 1908 British premier Henry Campbell-Bannerman resigns
  • 1911 MCC tour match v Jamaica finishes in a tie
  • 1911 Waldorf W Aster acquires Daily Observer
  • 1915 French begin Woëvre-offensive
  • 1915 Jess Willard KOs Jack Johnson in 26 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1916 French troops occupy Bois de Caillette
  • 1919 Eamon de Valera becomes president of Dail Eireann
  • 1919 Polish Army executes 35 young Jews
  • 1922 KOB-AM in Albuquerque NM begins radio transmissions
  • 1922 WDZ-AM in Decatur IL begins radio transmissions

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1923 Firestone Co put their inflatable tires into production

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone
  • 1925 Belgian Workers Party wins parliamentary election

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1925 Yankees whip Dodgers in exhibition 16-9 but Babe Ruth collapses in NC due to an ulcer

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1927 Johnny Weissmuller set records in 100 & 200 m free style
  • 1929 Lithuania signs Litvinov-pact
  • 1930 England out for 849 v WI Kingston, Sandham out for 325
  • 1932 Dutch textile strike broken by trade unions
  • 1932 Dominion of Newfoundland: 10,000 rioters seize the Colonial Building leading to the end of self-government.
  • 1935 Croatian Farmers Party wins Yugoslavian election
  • 1936 Tupelo Mississippi virtually annihilated by a tornado, 216 die
  • 1938 Anti-Jewish riots break out in Dabrowa Poland
  • 1939 Membership in Hitler Youth becomes obligatory
  • 1940 99th Grand National: Sgt. Mervyn A. Jones aboard Bogskar wins
  • 1941 In SF, Castro & Fillmore streetcars replaced by buses
  • 1943 Allies bomb Mortsel
  • 1943 Japanese troops conquer Indin
  • 1943 Poon Lim found after being adrift 133 days
  • 1944 140 Lancasters bomb airplane manufacturer in Toulouse
  • 1944 World War II: 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are executed by the Germans.
  • 1945 Almelo Netherlands freed
  • 1945 Kuniaki Koiso resigns as PM of Japan; replaced by Kantaro Suzuki
  • 1946 1st performance of Charles Ives' 3rd Symphony
  • 1946 100th Grand National: Capt. Robert Petre aboard Lovely Cottage wins
  • 1948 WGN TV channel 9 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 60 year old St Anthony's Hospital burns, kills 77 (Effingham Ill)
  • 1949 Fireside Theater debuts on television.
  • 1950 Prague espionage trial against bishops & priests begins

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1951 Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, atomic spies, sentenced to death

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg
  • 1952 Henry Wittenberg wins his 8th AAU wrestling title
  • 1952 106th Grand National: Arthur P. Thompson aboard Teal wins
  • 1953 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 1953 WEYI TV channel 25 in Saginaw, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting

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1954 Elvis Presley records his debut single "That's All Right"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

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1955 Winston Churchill resigns as British PM, Anthony Eden succeeds him

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1956 In Sri Lanka, the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna win the general elections in a landslide and S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike is sworn in as the Prime Minister.
  • 1958 Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time.
  • 1959 23rd Masters Golf Tournament: Art Wall Jr wins, shooting a 284

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1961 Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1961 Dutch governor Platteel installs New Guinea Council
  • 1962 Herb Gardner's "Thousand Clowns" premieres in NYC
  • 1962 Mgr J Daems appointed bishop of Antwerp

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1962 NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 54,600 m

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong
  • 1962 St Bernard Tunnel finished-Swiss/Italians workers shake hands
  • 1963 Beatles receive their 1st silver disc (Please Please Me)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 239

  • 1288 Emperor Go-Fushimi of Japan (d. 1336)
  • 1472 Bianca Maria Sforza, wife of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1510)
  • 1523 Blaise de Vigenère, French cryptographer (d. 1596)

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1588 Thomas Hobbes, Westport England, philosopher (Leviathan)

Philosopher Thomas Hobbes
Philosopher
Thomas Hobbes
  • 1595 John Wilson, composer
  • 1598 Laurentius Erhard, composer
  • 1604 Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1675)
  • 1622 Vincenzo Viviani, Italian mathematician (d. 1703)
  • 1626 Jan van Kessel, Flemish painter
  • 1643 Charles V Leopold, Duke of Lorraine/fieldmarshal in Austria
  • 1649 Elihu Yale, England, philanthropist founded Yale
  • 1692 Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress (d. 1730)
  • 1698 Georg Gottfried Wagner, composer
  • 1727 Pasquale Ankossi, composer
  • 1732 Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French artist (d. 1806)
  • 1752 Sébastien Érard, French musical instruments maker (d. 1831)
  • 1784 Louis [Ludwig] Spohr, Germany, violin virtuoso/composer (Faust)
  • 1788 Franz Pforr, German painter/cartoonist (Lukasbund)
  • 1795 Henry Havelock, British soldier (War in Afghanistan 1838-39)
  • 1799 Vincenzo Fioravanti, composer
  • 1816 Samuel Freeman Miller, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1890)
  • 1818 Lewis Baldwin Parsons, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1820 Nadar, [Félix Tournachon], French painter/cartoonist/author/ballonist
  • 1822 James Nagle, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1866)
  • 1824 Sydney Thompson Dobell, poet (Roman)
  • 1825 David Rumph "Neighbor" Jones, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1827 Joseph Lister, England, physician (founded aseptic surgery)
  • 1828 Pietro Plantania, composer
  • 1830 Alexander Muir, Lesmahagow Scotland, poet (Maple Leaf Forever)
  • 1832 Jules-Francois Camille Ferry, French statesman
  • 1837 Algernon Charles Swinburne, England, poet (Atalanta in Calydon)
  • 1838 Alpheus Hyatt, US, invertebrate paleontologist
  • 1839 Robert Smalls, Beaufort SC, African American congressman 1875-87 (Rep-SC)
  • 1839 Stanislaw Pilinski, composer
  • 1845 Jules M Cambon, French gov-gen of Algeria/ambassador
  • 1853 Alfonso Randano, composer
  • 1854 Vicente Goicoechea Errasti, composer

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1856 Booker Taliaferro Washington, pioneer educator (1st African American on US stamp)

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • 1857 Alexander-Jozef von Battenberg, ruler of Bulgaria (1879-86)
  • 1859 Wilhelm Harteveld, composer
  • 1862 Louis Ganne, composer
  • 1868 J F "Flooi" Du Toit, cricketer (one Test South Africa 1892)
  • 1869 Albert Roussel, Tourcoing France, composer (Rapsodie Flamende)
  • 1869 Sergei Chaplygin, Russian physicist and engineer (d. 1942)
  • 1871 Jeanne Bougeois, [La Mistinguette], artist (French revue)
  • 1871 Mirko Seljan, Croatian explorer (d. 1913?)
  • 1872 Samuel Cate Prescott, American food scientist and microbiologist (d. 1962)
  • 1875 Mistinguett, French vaudeville performer (d. 1956)
  • 1876 Viktor Patrick Vretblad, composer
  • 1882 Don Blackie, cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1928-29) (d. 1955)
  • 1885 Dimitrie Cuclin, composer
  • 1886 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist (Der Toncharakter)
  • 1890 Fie Carelsen, Dutch actress (Malle Gervallen)
  • 1893 Clas Thunberg, Finland, speed skater (Olympic-gold-1924, 28)
  • 1899 William Hornby Steer, barrister/judge

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1900 Spencer Tracy, American actor (Woman of the Year, Adam's Rib), born in Milwaukee (d. 1967)

  • 1901 Alexander Alexeieff, Russian/French painter/graphic artist
  • 1901 Chester Bowles, Mass, ambassador/writer (Conscience of a Liberal)
  • 1901 Melvyn Douglas, [Hesselberg], Macon Ga, actor (Hud, Ghost Story)
  • 1903 Thomas Baron Pitfield, composer
  • 1905 Bill Raisch, one armed actor (Fred Johnson-Fugitive)
  • 1905 Jef Maes, composer
  • 1906 Arthur Guy Clutton-Brock, English agronomist
  • 1906 Lord Buckley, American monologist (d. 1960)
  • 1907 J Zeldenrust, Dutch pathologist/anatomist

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1908 (Ruth Elizabeth) Bette Davis, Lowell Mass, US actress (Of Human Bondage, Jezebel)

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • 1908 George Schick, Prague Czech, conductor (Chicago Symphony)
  • 1908 Grady Sutton, Chattanooga Tn, actor (Pruitts of South Hampton)
  • 1908 Herbert von Karajan, Austria, Nazi/conductor (Berlin Philharmonic)
  • 1908 Jagjivan Ram, Indian politician (d. 1986)
  • 1909 Alberto Romero "Cubby" Broccoli, film producer (James Bond), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909 Cubby Alberto Romolo Broccoli, movie producer
  • 1909 Gerald Bond, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1938, 0 & 0-16)
  • 1911 Goddard Lieberson, Hanley Staffordshire England, recording exec
  • 1911 Gordon Jones, Alden Iowa, actor (Mike the Cop-Abbott & Costello)
  • 1912 John Le Mesurier, Bedford England, actor (Jabberwocky, Dad's Army)
  • 1913 Alan Cheales, dominican priest
  • 1914 Frederick Angus Armstrong, journalist
  • 1916 Baroness Delacourt-Smith of Alteryn [Margaret Rosalind Delacourt-Smith], British Labour politician
  • 1916 Bernard Baily, comic artist

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1916 Gregory Peck, La Jolla California, actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur)

  • 1917 Richard Yardumian, composer (Come Creator Spirit), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1917 Robert [Albert] Bloch, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Psycho)
  • 1919 Douglas Henley, British auditor-general
  • 1919 Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), born in Gisbourne (d. 2015)
  • 1920 Arthur Hailey, Luton England, novelist (Hotel, Airport)
  • 1920 Barend Biesheuvel, Dutch premier (1971-73)
  • 1920 Rafique Zakaria, Indian author (d. 2005)
  • 1921 Lady Fisher, founder (British Women Caring Trust)
  • 1921 Les Jackson, cricket bowler (England twice, 1949 & 1961)
  • 1921 Robert Q Lewis, TV host (Masquerade Party, Robert Q Lewis Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922 Gale Storm, Bloomington Tx, actress (My Little Margie, Gale Storm Show)
  • 1922 Harry Freedman, composer
  • 1922 Tom Finney, Preston, Lancashire, English football player (Preston North End)
  • 1923 Ernest Mandel, Belgian philosopher/economist
  • 1923 Michael V Gazzo, Hillside NJ, actor (Cookie, Fear City)

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1923 Nguyen Van Thieu, South Vietnam President (1965-75)

Vietnamese Politican Nguyen Van Thieu
Vietnamese Politican
Nguyen Van Thieu
  • 1923 Stanley Orme, Chairman (British Labour Party)
  • 1924 Mart Kempers, Dutch graphic artist/sculptor
  • 1925 Oldrich Flosman, composer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1614 American Indian princess Pocahontas and daughter of chief Powhatan marries English colonist John Rolfe

American Indian Princess Pocahontas
American Indian Princess
Pocahontas

HeartWedding of Interest

1955 Musician Ray Charles (24) weds Della Beatrice Howard

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles
  • 1992 Comedian Sam Kenison marries live-in girlfriend Maleeka

HeartWedding of Interest

1999 Talk show host Wayne Brady (26) weds dancer Mandie Taketa


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 123

  • 582 Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople (c. 512)
  • 828 Nicephorus, patriarch of Constantinopel (806-15), dies at about 77
  • 1168 Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester (b. 1104)
  • 1258 Julian of Cornillon/Liege, Flemish visionary/saint, dies
  • 1270 Ramban Nachmanides, Talmudic scholar (Hiddushei Ha-Ramden), dies
  • 1419 Vincent Ferrer, Spanish missionary and saint (b. 1350)
  • 1531 Richard Roose, boiled to death for trying to poison an archbishop
  • 1605 Adam Loftus, English Protestant archbishop in Ireland (c.1513)
  • 1617 Alonso Lobo, Spanish composer (b. 1555)
  • 1673 Francois Caron, admiral/governor (Formosa), drowns at about 72
  • 1676 John Winthrop, the Younger, American politician (b. 1606)
  • 1684 William Brouncker, 2nd viscount/1st pres of Royal Society, dies
  • 1693 Anne M L of Orleans, duchess (Grande Mademoiselle), dies at 65
  • 1695 George Savile, 1st marquis of Halifax, dies at 61
  • 1697 Charles XI, King of Sweden (1660-97), dies at 41
  • 1712 John Luyken, poet/etcher (species company), dies at 63
  • 1717 Jean Jouvenet, French painter (b. 1647)
  • 1723 J Fischer von Erlach, Austrian architect (Hofburg, Vienna), dies at 66
  • 1732 Johann Christian Schieferdecker, composer, dies at 52
  • 1735 William Derham, English minister and writer (b. 1657)
  • 1735 Samuel Wesley, English poet (b. 1662)
  • 1765 Edward Young, English poet (Love of Fame), dies at 81
  • 1794 Georges-Jacques Danton, French revolutionary leader, guillotined at 34
  • 1811 Robert Raikes, founder of Sunday Schools, dies
  • 1820 Henrik C Cras, lawyer (Laudatio Hugonis Grotii), dies at 81
  • 1871 Georg Andreas Henkel, composer, dies at 66
  • 1878 Wilhelm Speyer, composer, dies at 87
  • 1884 John Wisden, publisher/cricketer (prominent Sussex player), dies
  • 1896 John Rogers Thomas, composer, dies at 66
  • 1900 Comte de Villebois-Marevil, French/South African general, dies in battle
  • 1907 Anton G van Hamel, founder (Roman philosphy in Neth), dies at 65
  • 1908 Gaetano Coronaro, composer, dies at 55
  • 1918 Paul Vidal de la Blanche, French geographer, dies at 73
  • 1921 Alphonsus J M Diepenbrock, Dutch composer (Missa), dies at 58
  • 1922 Charles F A Woeste, Belgian count/min of Justice, dies at 85
  • 1923 George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, English financier (b. 1866)
  • 1928 Jane Ellen Harrison, scholar/archaeologist, dies
  • 1928 Roy Kilner, cricketer (9 Tests for England 1924-26), dies at 38
  • 1934 Salvatore Di Giacomo, composer, dies at 74
  • 1935 Emil Mlynarski, composer, dies at 64
  • 1939 William Cooper, cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1882-84), dies
  • 1941 Sir Nigel Gresley, Steam locomotive engineer (b. 1876)
  • 1943 Aleš Hrdlička, Czech anthropologist (b. 1869)
  • 1944 Isolde Kurz, German writer/poetess (Meine Mutter), dies at 90
  • 1944 Willy Derby, [Dieben], singer (Hello Bandoeng), dies
  • 1945 Huldreich Georg Fruh, composer, dies at 41
  • 1946 Vincent Millie Youmans, US composer (Tea For Two), dies at 47
  • 1951 Edward Rigby, dies at 72
  • 1952 Henri Vandeputte, Belgian writer (L'Autre Vie), dies at 75
  • 1952 Charles Collett, GWR chief mechanical engineer (b. 1871)
  • 1954 Claude Delvincourt, composer, dies at 66
  • 1958 Jozef Brems, Flemish apostole vicar of Denmark, dies at 87
  • 1960 Alma Kruger, actor (Made For Each Other), dies at 88
  • 1963 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (The Style), dies at 73
  • 1963 Julius Harrison, composer, dies at 78

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1964 Douglas MacArthur, US general (Pacific theater-WW II), dies at 84

WW2 General Douglas MacArthur
WW2 General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1966 Sven Fleuron, writer, dies at 91
  • 1967 Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1890)
  • 1968 Lois Andrews, dies of lung cancer at 44
  • 1969 Gabriel M-E-R Chevallier, French author (La Peur), dies at 73
  • 1969 Romulo Gallegos, Venezuela author/president (1947-48), dies at 84
  • 1969 Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (b. 1903)
  • 1969 Shelby Storck, American television producer (b. 1917)
  • 1970 Jacob H "Jaap" Stotijn, oboist/conductor, dies at 78
  • 1970 Alfred Henry Sturtevant, American geneticist (b. 1891)
  • 1972 Brian Donlevy, actor (Steve-Dangerous Assignment), dies at 73
  • 1972 Isabel Jewell, dies at 62
  • 1973 John Coleman, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
  • 1974 William Hudson, actor (I Led 3 Lives), dies at 49
  • 1974 A. Y. Jackson, Canadian painter (b. 1882)
  • 1975 Inez Courtney, dies at 67
  • 1975 Victor GM Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65), dies at 58
  • 1976 Howard Hughes, reclusive billionaire, dies at 72
  • 1976 Wilder Penfield, Canadian surgeon (b. 1891)
  • 1977 John Marriott, dies at 83
  • 1979 Eugène Gabritschevsky, Russian biologist and artist (b. 1893)
  • 1981 Bob "Bear" Hite, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 1981 Cornelis Verolme, Dutch ship builder, dies at 80
  • 1982 Abe Fortas, Supreme court justice, dies at 71
  • 1983 Danny Rapp, American musician (Danny & the Juniors) (b. 1941)
  • 1984 Arthur Travors Harris, marshal of British RAF, dies
  • 1984 Theo Koomen, Dutch sportscaster, dies in auto-accident at 54
  • 1985 Tyrell Johnson, cricketer (WI left-arm quickie, one Test 1939), dies
  • 1986 Colin McCool, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia, 36 wkts), dies
  • 1986 Manly Wade Wellman, sci-fi author (Devil's Planet), dies at 82
  • 1988 Alf Kjellin, Swedish actor/director (Juggler), dies
  • 1989 María Cristina Gómez, Salvadoran Teacher (b. 1938)
  • 1990 Nico Scheepmaker, Dutch columnist/poet, dies at 59
  • 1991 John Tower, (Sen-R-Tx), dies in a plane crash at 65
  • 1991 Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr, USN/astro (STS 33), dies at 43
  • 1992 Anthony "Tony" Papa, big band leader, dies at 65

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1992 Sam Walton, Billionaire CEO (Wal-Mart), dies of multiple myeloma at 74

Founder of Walmart Sam Walton
Founder of Walmart
Sam Walton
  • 1992 Samuel H Reshevsky, Polish/US chess grandmaster, dies at 80
  • 1994 Andre Victor Tchelistcheff, winemaker, dies at 92
  • 1994 Aubrey J Watson Sr, bishop, dies at 65
  • 1994 Marlon Riggs, US writer/director/producer (Ethnic notions), dies at 37
  • 1994 Roy Smeck, guitarist/banjoist, dies at 94

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1994 Kurt Cobain, grunge rocker (Nirvana), commits suicide by gun at 27 in Seattle, Washington

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain
  • 1995 Christian Pineau, French politician, dies
  • 1996 Peter Nailor, civil servant/historian, dies at 67