On This Day for 15th December

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 195

  • 533 Byzantine general Belisarius defeats the Vandals, commanded by King Gelimer, at the Battle of Ticameron.
  • 687 St Sergius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Conon
  • 1124 Chancellor Haimeric selects pope (Lamberto becomes Honorius II)
  • 1167 Sicilian chancellor Stephen du Perche moves the royal court to Messina to prevent a rebellion.
  • 1256 Hulagu Khan captures and destroys the Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut in present-day Iran as part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia.
  • 1467 Stephen III of Moldavia defeats Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, with the latter being injured thrice, at the Battle of Baia.

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1488 Bartolomeu Dias returns to Portugal after becoming 1st known European to sail round Cape of Good Hope

Portuguese Explorer Bartolomeu Dias
Portuguese Explorer
Bartolomeu Dias
  • 1569 Westmoreland flees to Scotland
  • 1582 Leidse university names Rembert Dodoens prof of botany/medicine
  • 1582 Spanish Netherlands/Denmark/Norway adopt Gregorian calendar
  • 1586 Laevinus Torrentius, becomes bishop of Antwerp
  • 1593 State of Holland grants patent on windmill with crankshaft
  • 1612 German Astronomer Simon Marius is 1st to observe Andromeda galaxy through a telescope
  • 1640 Duke of Braganca crowned King Johan IV of Portugal
  • 1660 Philippines: Andres Malongs rebels plunders Bagnotan
  • 1664 English colonizing Connecticut
  • 1667 Brandenburg declares himself neutral in Devolutie War
  • 1680 Tax revolt on Terschelling due to tax on cereal
  • 1688 Lord Delamere sides with King James II [NS 12/25]
  • 1745 Battle at Kesseldorf: Prussia beats Saksen & Austria
  • 1791 1st US law school established at University of Pennsylvania
  • 1791 US Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gives its approval. Becomes amendments 1-10 of the US constitution
  • 1792 1st life insurance policy issued in US (Philadelphia)
  • 1794 Revolutionary Tribunal abolished in France
  • 1810 1st Irish magazine in US, Shamrock, is published
  • 1815 Rossini gets assignment for Il barbiere di Siviglia
  • 1820 1st General pharmacopoeia in US published, Boston
  • 1836 Patent Office burns in Wash, DC
  • 1854 1st street-cleaning machine in US 1st used in Philadelphia
  • 1859 GR Kirchoff describes chemical composition of Sun
  • 1863 Skirmish at Bean's Station, Tennessee (Knoxville Campaign)
  • 1863 Romania is using for the first time a mountain railway (from Anina to Oravita).
  • 1864 Battle of Nashville, TN
  • 1864 Raid on Stoneman: Abingdon & Glade Springs, VA
  • 1868 Shogunate rebels found Ezo Republic in Hokkaidō.
  • 1874 1st reigning king to visit US (of Hawaii) received by Pres Grant

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1877 Thomas Edison patents phonograph

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 1893 Dvoráks "From the New World" premieres at Carnegie Hall NYC
  • 1894 Cricket day 2 1st T Aus v Eng Aus 586 (Gregory 201) England 3-130
  • 1899 Battle at Colenso, South Africa (Boers-British army)
  • 1905 The Pushkin House is established in St. Petersburg to preserve the cultural heritage of Alexander Pushkin
  • 1907 In Persia, the Shah leads a coup de'etat against the liberal Prime Minister Nasir ul-Mulk and imprisons him, but a popular uprising forces the Shah to restore Nasir ul-Mulk soon after
  • 1909 Thomas J Lynch becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1913 Nicaragua becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1914 Battle of Lodz ends; Russians retreat toward Moscow
  • 1914 British fleet forfeits chance to destroy German fleet in North Sea
  • 1914 Serbian troops retake Belgrade in Austria-Hungary
  • 1916 French defeat Germans in WW I Battle of Verdun
  • 1917 Moldavian Republic declares independence from Russia
  • 1917 World War I: An armistice is reached between the new Russian Bolshevik government and the Central Powers.
  • 1918 American Jewish Congress holds its 1st meeting
  • 1919 Edna St Vincent Millay's "Aria da Capo" premieres in NYC
  • 1919 Fiume (Rijeka) declares it's Independence
  • 1922 IVVV (association) peace congress on war forms in Hague
  • 1925 1st hockey game at Madison Sq Garden, Mont Candiens 3, NY Americans 1
  • 1925 1st road with a depressed trough (Texas) opens to traffic
  • 1926 Facist national symbol elevated in Italy
  • 1927 Ed Hickman kidnaps child he later beheads
  • 1929 Walter Mittelholzer flies as 1st about the Kilimanjaro

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1930 Don Bradman takes his 1st Test Cricket wicket (Ivan Barrow, WI, lbw)

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1933 Baseball owners agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15
  • 1934 Fokker F18 Snip flies to Neth West Indies
  • 1935 Detroit Lions win NFL championship
  • 1935 Max Euwe becomes world champ chess beating Alexander Alekhine
  • 1936 KVL-AM in Seattle Wash changes call letters to KEEN (now KING)
  • 1938 Groundbreaking begins for Jefferson Memorial in Wash DC
  • 1938 Bob [Robert] Foster, American professional boxer "The Deputy Sheriff", born in Borger, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1939 "Gone With the Wind" premieres in Atlanta
  • 1939 1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn, Seaford, Delaware
  • 1939 Snip departs for 1st flight to Paramaribo/Curacao
  • 1941 Gas/electrical use restricted in Holland
  • 1941 German submarine U-127 sinks
  • 1941 Nazi's transfers 100 Czech citizens/Heinrich Himmler falls faint
  • 1941 North Africa: allied assault up Italians Gazala-posing
  • 1941 USS Swordfish becomes 1st US sub to sink a Japanese ship
  • 1941 The American Federation of Labor adopts a no-strike policy in war industries.
  • 1942 Massachusetts issues 1st US vehicular license plate tabs
  • 1944 Bandleader, Major Glenn Miller, lost over English Channel
  • 1944 Hizbu'allah (Arm forces for Allah) forms

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1944 US Congress gives General Eisenhower his 5th star

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1944 US troops lands on Mindoro
  • 1945 John J "Cardinal" O'Connor, ordained as a priest
  • 1946 Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 24-14 in NFL championship game
  • 1946 Giants Filchock & Hapes suspended by NFL, didn't report bribe attempt
  • 1948 Former state dept official Alger Hiss indicted in NYC for perjury

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1949 Albert Camus' "Les Justes" premieres in Paris

Author Albert Camus
Author
Albert Camus
  • 1950 NYC's Port Authority opens
  • 1952 "Two's Company" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 90 performances
  • 1952 Christine Jorgenson is 1st person to undergo a sex-change operation
  • 1952 KHON TV channel 2 in Honolulu, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1952 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Orientales Ecclesias
  • 1953 WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, FL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Fordham University scraps football team for financial reasons
  • 1954 Netherlands Antilles becomes co-equal part of Kingdom of Netherlands
  • 1956 Emergency crisis in North Ireland proclaimed after IRA strikes
  • 1956 KGW TV channel 8 in Portland, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 WRAL TV channel 5 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 Everly Brothers record "Let It Be Me"
  • 1961 Adolf Eichmann convicted of crimes against humanity in Israel
  • 1961 Equal access rule, political parties get TV broadcasting time

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 216


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37 Nero Claudius Augustus Germanicus, Antium, 5th emperor of Rome (54-68)

Roman Emperor Nero
Roman Emperor
Nero
  • 1534 Lucas Osiander, composer
  • 1567 Christoph Demantius, composer
  • 1574 Samuel Besler, composer
  • 1610 David Teniers II, Flemish courtpainter (Theatrum Pictorium)
  • 1648 Gregory King, English statistician (Natural & Political Observations)
  • 1657 Michel-Richard Delalande, composer
  • 1667 Ludwig Ernst, composer
  • 1735 Cesare Beccaria-Bonesana, Italian lawyer
  • 1765 Philippe-Jacques Pfeffinger, composer
  • 1778 Godert AGP baron van der Capellen, Dutch gov-gen (Dutch-Indies)
  • 1787 Charles Cowden Clarke, English editor/Shakespearean critic
  • 1793 Henry Charles Carey, Phila, economist (Principles of Poli Economy)
  • 1802 Janos Bolyai, Romania, mathematician (non-Euclidean geometry)
  • 1803 August Freyer, composer
  • 1812 Isidor Dannstrom, composer
  • 1821 Auguste Emmanuel Vaucorbeil, composer
  • 1822 Edward Stephen, composer
  • 1823 Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, composer
  • 1830 Francesco D'Arcais, composer

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1832 Gustave Eiffel [Alexandre], French engineer (Eiffel tower), (d. 1923)

Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Achitect
Gustave Eiffel
  • 1836 Edmond Picard, French/Belgian lawyer/writer (La forge Roussel)
  • 1842 Henry Gadsby, composer
  • 1848 Edwin Howland Blashfield, decorated the dome of Library of Congress

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1852 Henri Becquerel [Antoine ], discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903), (d. 1908)

Physicist/Nobel Laureate Henri Becquerel
Physicist/Nobel Laureate
Henri Becquerel
  • 1852 Tewfik Pasja, khedive (viceroy) of Egypt
  • 1853 Jean B A Kessler, director of oil on Dutch Indies
  • 1857 Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, composer
  • 1859 Ludwik L Zamenhof, Russian Poland, physician/linguist (Esperanto)
  • 1860 Niels Ryberg Finsen, Denmark, physician/phototherapist (Nobel 1903)
  • 1860 Abner Powell, American baseball player (d. 1953)
  • 1861 Charles Edgar Duryea, inventor (1st auto built & operated in US)
  • 1863 Arthur D Little, US, chemist (patented rayon)
  • 1863 Paul [Prudent] Painlevé, French mathematician/minister/premier [NS]
  • 1870 Josef Hoffmann, Austrian architect
  • 1873 Pongrac Kacsoh, composer
  • 1875 Friedrich Niggli, composer
  • 1875 Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary (d. 1899)
  • 1876 Ferdinand Hardekopf, writer
  • 1878 Hans Carossa, writer
  • 1879 Hugo W C Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer
  • 1879 Rudolf von Laban, Czech/German choreographer (modern dance)
  • 1881 James Schneider, NY, actor (Keystone Kops)
  • 1887 Pieter C A Geyl, historian (History of the Dutch Tribe)
  • 1888 Artturi A Leinonen, Finnish journalist/writer (Kati)/politician
  • 1888 Maxwell Anderson, US, dramatist (Winter Set, High Tor)
  • 1891 A. P. (Alvin) Carter, Virginia, American musician (Carter Family)
  • 1892 David Guion, composer

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1892 J. Paul Getty, Minneapolis Mn, oil magnate (Getty Oil), (d. 1976)

Industrialist J. Paul Getty
Industrialist
J. Paul Getty
  • 1892 Jose Maria Castro, composer
  • 1896 Carl Ferdinand Cori, US bio-chemist
  • 1896 George B Cressey, US geographer (Asia's Lands & Peoples)
  • 1896 Margaret Bannerman, actress (Elopement), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1896 Paul R Citroen, Dutch sculptor
  • 1896 Betty Smith, American author (d. 1972)
  • 1898 Fernando Remacha, composer
  • 1899 Frank Vosper, actor (Man Who Knew Too Much), born in London, England
  • 1899 Harold Abrahams, English sprinter (d. 1978)
  • 1900 Francesco Messina, sculptor
  • 1902 Robert F. Bradford, 57th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1904 Kermit Bloomgarden, producer (Diary of Anne Frank, Music Man)
  • 1904 William Hitzig, Austria, Maxwell physician
  • 1905 Ferenc Farkas, composer
  • 1906 Betty Smith, novelist (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
  • 1907 Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect (Brasilia), (d. 2012)
  • 1910 John H. Hammond, American rock/jazz musician (I Can Tell, So Many Roads), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911 Stan Kenton, [Newcomb], Wichita Ks, jazz musician (Music 55)
  • 1911 Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and comic strip writer (d. 1991)
  • 1912 Ray Eames, American designer (d. 1988)
  • 1913 Muriel Rukeyser, US, poet (1977 Shelley Memorial Award)
  • 1913 Rik Jacobs, Flemish stage manager
  • 1914 Ernie Toshack, cricket pace bowler (Aussie left-arm post-WWII)
  • 1915 Jose Toribio Merino Castro, admiral
  • 1916 Maurice Wilkins, England, physicist, worked with DNA (Nobel 1962)
  • 1917 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, linguist and writer of Pakistan (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Jeff Chandler, [Ira Grossel], Bkln, actor (Broken Arrow)
  • 1919 Ake Seyffarth, 10K speed skater (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1920 Kurt Schaffenberger, American comics artist (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Bobby Todd, US comic/actor (Original Sin)
  • 1922 Alan Freed, Penn, DJ, accepted payola/introduced term "rock-n-roll"
  • 1923 Freeman Dyson, English-born American physicist
  • 1923 Uziel Gal, Israeli firearm designer (d. 2002)
  • 1923 Valentin Varennikov, Russian general and statesman
  • 1924 Ida Haendel, Polish violinist/author (Woman with Violin)
  • 1925 Sam Pollock, Canadian ice hockey general manager
  • 1925 Kasey Rogers, American actress (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Jimmy Nelson, ventriloguist (Nestles, Farfel), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1928 Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian artist (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Jerry Wallace, American singer
  • 1929 Keith Andrew, cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 2 Tests 1954-63)
  • 1930 Alim-ud-Din, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1954-62)
  • 1930 Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist and short story writer (Girl with Green Eyes, Casualties of Peace)
  • 1931 Evald Schorm, Prague Czech, director (Courage for Every Day)
  • 1932 Elaine Barkin, composer
  • 1932 Igor Stuhec, composer
  • 1933 Jesse Belvin, Texarkana Arkansas, rock vocalist (Mr Easy)
  • 1933 Tim Conway, Willoughby Oh, comic (McHale's Navy, Carol Burnett Show)
  • 1937 John [Thomas] Sladek, US, sci-fi author (Tik-Tok, Bugs)
  • 1937 Karen Morrow, Chic, actress (Aunt Minerva-Tabitha, Jim Nabors Hour)
  • 1938 Dennis RB Madide, South African Internal minister of Transkei

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1875 Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (41) weds Jeanne-Emilie Baheux Puysieux in Newport, Rhode Island

HeartWedding of Interest

1944 Country music star Hank Williams (21) weds Audrey Sheppard. It was her second marriage and his first.

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • 1960 King Boudouin of Belgium marries dona Fabiola de Mora y Aragon

HeartWedding of Interest

1983 Author Roald Dahl (36) weds Liccy Crosland (45) at Brixton Town Hall in South London

Author Roald Dahl
Author
Roald Dahl

HeartWedding of Interest

1985 Actor Sylvester Stallone (39) weds "Rocky IV" actress Brigitte Nielsen (22) in Beverly Hills, California

Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone
Actor/Director
Sylvester Stallone

HeartWedding of Interest

1989 Actor and director George Clooney (28) weds actress Talia Balsam (30) in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1990 Rocker Rod Stewart marries supermodel Rachel Hunter

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

HeartWedding of Interest

1990 Actress Natasha Richardson (27) weds producer Robert Fox (37)

HeartWedding of Interest

1990 Academy award-winning director David Lean (82) weds interior designer Sandra Cooke (51)

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
  • 2005 "Eastenders" actress Elaine Lordan (39) weds BBC manager Peter Manuel at Islington Town Hall in London
  • 2007 "Marchesa" designer Georgina Chapman (31) weds Miramax mogul Harvey Weinstein (55) in Connecticut, USA
  • 2012 "Scrubs" actor Donald Faison (38) weds CaCee Cobb (35) in Los Angeles, California
  • 2014 "Theory of Everything" actor Eddie Redmayne (32) weds Hannah Bagshawe at Babington House in Somerset, England

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1942 Actress Mary Astor (36) divorces film editor Manuel del Campo (29) after more than 4 years of marriage

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2008 Pop singer Madonna (50) divorces film director Guy Ritchie (40) due to unreasonable behavior after almost 8 years of marriage

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 2010 Nip/Tuck actor Dylan Walsh (47) divorces actress Joana Going (47) due to irreconcilable differences after 6 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 102

  • 1025 Basilius II, the Bulgarendoder, Byzantine emperor (976-1025), dies
  • 1072 Alp Arslan, Turkish sultan in Persia (b. 1029)
  • 1230 Ottokar I, king of Bohemia (1197-1230), dies
  • 1263 King Haakon IV of Norway (b. 1204)
  • 1515 Alfonso de Albuquerque, viceroy of Portuguese Indies, dies
  • 1576 Joachim Hopperus, [Hoppers], Frisian lawyer/politician, dies at 53
  • 1598 Philip van Marnix, Flemish ruler of St Aldegonde/poet, dies at 58
  • 1621 Charles d'albert duke of Luynes/PM of France, dies at 43
  • 1626 Adriaen de Vries, Dutch sculptor/painter, dies at about 70
  • 1673 Margaret Cavendish, English writer (b. 1623)

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1675 Jan Vermeer, Dutch painter (Love Letter), dies at 43

Painter Jan Vermeer
Painter
Jan Vermeer
  • 1683 Izaak Walton, English writer (b. 1593)
  • 1688 Gaspar Fagel, lawyer/Neth grand pensionary (1672-88), dies at 54
  • 1699 Henrik A van Reede tot Drakenstein, Dutch botanist, dies at about 63
  • 1712 Sidney 1st earl of Godolphine, English minister of Finance, dies at 67
  • 1715 George Hickes, English linguist (Old German Philology), dies at 73
  • 1753 Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, English architect (b. 1694)
  • 1779 Manuel Jeronimo Romero de Avila, composer, dies at 62
  • 1792 Joseph Martin Kraus, composer, dies at 36
  • 1816 Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz, composer, dies at 44
  • 1817 Maria Walewska [Leszczinska], lover of emperor Napoleon I, dies
  • 1822 Ferenc Verseghy, composer, dies at 65
  • 1826 William Browser, revolting slave, executed in NYC
  • 1831 Paul R Cantzlaar, gov of Saba/Curacao/Dutch-West Indies, dies at 60
  • 1839 Matthijs I van Bree, Flemish court-painter, dies at 66
  • 1855 Jacques Charles François Sturm, French mathematician (b. 1803)
  • 1861 Gualtiero Sanelli, composer, dies at 45
  • 1880 Carlo Boncompagni di Mombello, Ital minister of Justice, dies at 76
  • 1889 Ferdinand II A F A, King of Portugal, dies at 73

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1890 Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa-Sioux chief (Little Big Horn), killed by US Police aged 58 or 59

Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull
Lakota Sioux Chief
Sitting Bull
  • 1892 Charles Balmer, composer, dies at 75
  • 1896 John GR Acquoy, Dutch theologist/church historian, dies at 67
  • 1901 Elias Alvares Lobo, composer, dies at 67
  • 1909 Francisco Tarrega y Eixea, composer, dies at 57
  • 1934 Maggie L. Walker, African American teacher and businesswoman (1st female Bank President),dies at 69
  • 1939 Tom McKibbin, cricketer (5 Tests for Aust 1895-1898, 17 wkts), dies

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1943 Thomas W "Fats" Waller, jazz pianist (Hot Chocolate), dies at 39 in KC Missouri

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • 1944 Glenn Miller, US band leader/jazz composer, dies at 40
  • 1946 Conrad Haebler, historian (Hundert Kalenderinkunabeln), dies at 89
  • 1946 Gordon Frederic Norton, composer, dies at 77
  • 1947 Arthur Machen, Welsh author (b. 1863)
  • 1950 Robert Muller-Hartmann, composer, dies at 66
  • 1950 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian political leader, Iron Man of India (b. 1875)
  • 1951 Eric Drummond, 1st sec-gen League of Nations (1919-33), dies at 75
  • 1953 Kishio Hirao, composer, dies at 46
  • 1958 Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, Austrian-born American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • 1961 William "Dummy" Hoy, professional baseball player, dies at 99
  • 1962 Charles Laughton, English actor (Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 63

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1966 Walt [Walter] Disney, animator, producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co, dies at 65

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 1968 Jess Willard, Heavyweight boxing champ (1915-19), dies at 86
  • 1968 Antonio Barrette, Canadian politician, premier of Quebec (b. 1899)
  • 1971 Paul Pierre Lévy, French mathematician (b. 1886)
  • 1972 Edward Earle, actor (Charlie Chan-Meeting at Midnight), dies at 90
  • 1972 Herbert Eimert, German composer (Glockenspiel), dies at 75
  • 1973 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer, dies at 61
  • 1974 Erich Walter Sternberg, composer, dies at 83
  • 1974 Anatole Litvak, Ukrainian-born screenwriter and film producer (b. 1902)
  • 1975 Mukhtar Ashrafi, composer, dies at 63
  • 1977 Wilfred Kitching, the 7th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1893)
  • 1978 Chill Wills, actor (Frontier Circus, Rounders), dies at 75
  • 1979 Bern Hoffman, actor (Major Dell Conway), dies at 66
  • 1984 Jan Peerce, [Perelmuth], operatic tenor, dies at 80 following a stroke
  • 1984 Lennard Pearce, English actor (b. 1915)
  • 1984 Frank Spedding, Canadian Chemist whose uranium extraction process helped make possible the first atomic bomb, dies at 82
  • 1989 Arnold Moss, actor (Gambit), dies at 79
  • 1989 Edward Underdown, English actor (b. 1908)
  • 1990 Betty Warren actress (Passport to Pimlico), dies
  • 1990 Jean Paige, actress (Capt Blood, Black Beauty), dies
  • 1991 Horatio Luro, US horse trainer (Northern Dancer), dies at 90
  • 1991 Ray Smith, British actor (And Then You Die), dies at 55
  • 1993 Kakuei Tanaka, PM of Japan (1972-74), dies
  • 1994 Hans de Jong, musician/conductor (Amsterdams Vrouwenkoor), dies at 86
  • 1994 Harry Tobias, songwriter, dies at 99
  • 1994 Henry Phelps Brown, historian/economist, dies at 88
  • 1994 Mollie Doreen Phillips, Brit figure skater (Eur-bronze-33), dies at 87
  • 1995 James Geoffrey Cutcliffe Hepburn, tap-dancer/socialist, dies at 88
  • 1995 Manuel Gutierrez Mellado, PM of Defense of Spain (1977-81), dies at 83
  • 1996 Gerald Moverley, priest, dies at 74
  • 1996 Guiseppe Dossetti, politician/priest, dies at 83
  • 1996 Laurens jan van der Post, explorer/conservationist, dies at 90
  • 1997 Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, middle east scholar, dies at 69
  • 2001 Russ Haas, American professional wrestler (b. 1974)
  • 2001 Rufus Thomas, American musician (b. 1917)
  • 2003 George Fisher, American political cartoonist (b. 1923)
  • 2003 Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1947)
  • 2004 Pauline Gore, mother of Al Gore (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Heinrich Gross, Austrian physician (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (b. 1915)
  • 2005 William Proxmire, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Darrell Russell, American football player (b. 1976)
  • 2006 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver (b. 1939)
  • 2007 John Berg (actor), American actor (b. 1949)
  • 2007 Julia Carson, U.S. Congresswoman from Indiana (b. 1938)
  • 2008 León Febres Cordero, Ecuador's former President (b. 1931)
  • 2009 Oral Roberts, American television evangelist and author (b. 1918)
  • 2010 Blake Edwards, American film director (b. 1922)
  • 2010 Bob Feller, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • 2010 Eugene Victor Wolfenstein, American political scientist (b. 1940)
  • 2011 Andy Carey, third baseman for 1950s New York Yankees, dies at 80
  • 2011 Christopher Hitchens, author and journalist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman) dies of oesophageal cancer aged 62.