On This Day for 2nd December

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 198

  • 1409 The University of Leipzig opens.
  • 1620 English language newspaper "Namloos" begins publishing in Amsterdam
  • 1682 English Earl of Shaftesbury flees to Amsterdam

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1697 St Paul's Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren is consecrated for use (the previous building was destroyed in the Great Fire of London)

Architect Christopher Wren
Architect
Christopher Wren
  • 1755 The second Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed by fire.
  • 1763 Touro shul of Newport RI dedicated (oldest existing US synagogue)
  • 1777 British General Howe plots attack on Washington's army for Dec 4
  • 1790 Austrian army occupies Brussels
  • 1802 Britain sells Suriname to the Netherlands

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1804 Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned emperor of France in Paris

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1805 Napoleon defeats Russians & Austrians at Austerlitz

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1812 James Madison re-elected president of US, E Gerry vice-pres

4th US President James Madison
4th US President
James Madison
  • 1813 Prince Willem Frederik accepts constitutional monarchy
  • 1816 First savings bank in US opens (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society)
  • 1822 In San Salvador, a congress proposes incorporation into US

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1823 President James Monroe declares his "Monroe Doctrine", a US foreign policy regarding Latin America

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe
  • 1840 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita" premieres in Paris

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1840 William Henry Harrison elected the 9th President of the United States of America

9th US President William Henry Harrison
9th US President
William Henry Harrison

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1845 Manifest Destiny: US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk
  • 1848 Franz Josef I becomes Emperor of Austria & King of Hungary
  • 1851 French President Charles Louis Bonaparte in a Coup d'etat overthrows the Second Republic establishing himself as Emperor.
  • 1864 Skirmish at Rocky Creek Church, Georgia

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1867 In a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.

Novelist Charles Dickens
Novelist
Charles Dickens
  • 1868 First British government of Disraeli resigns
  • 1877 Camille Saint-Saëns' opera "Samson et Dalila" premieres in Weimar
  • 1882 Amsterdam Artis Zoo opens aquarium
  • 1883 John Brahms' 3rd Symphony in F premieres
  • 1885 Opera "Regina di Saba" premieres in Vienna
  • 1887 Amsterdam's Oscar Carrés Circus Theater opens
  • 1887 French president Grevy (80) resigns
  • 1891 52nd Congress (1891-93) convenes
  • 1895 54th Congress (1895-97) convenes

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1896 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Die versunkene Glocke" premieres in Berlin

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • 1899 US & Germany agree to divide Samoa between them
  • 1899 Philippine-American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed "The Filipino Thermopylae", is fought.
  • 1900 Exiled South African president Paul Kruger arrives in Germany, though the Kaiser refuses the meet him
  • 1901 King Camp Gillette begins selling safety razor blades
  • 1902 Soccer team Go Ahead forms in Deventer
  • 1907 English Professional Football Players' Association forms

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1907 Tommy Burns KOs Gunner Moir in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1908 Child Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of two
  • 1913 Archdiocese of Managua created
  • 1913 French Government -Barthou falls due to overtime conscription
  • 1914 Austria army occupies Belgrade Serbia
  • 1916 Baseballers who are injured now get full pay for duration of contract
  • 1917 Han Yong-woon, found Zen awakening at Osean Monastery Korea
  • 1922 10th CFL Grey Cup: Queen's University defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 13-1
  • 1924 British-German trade agreement signed
  • 1927 First Model A Fords sold, for $385

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1927 Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black announces to the Geological Society of China that the ancient human fossils from Zhoukoudian, China are a new species which he has named 'Sinanthropus pekinensis' (now known as 'Homo erectus')

Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black
Paleoanthropologist
Davidson Black
  • 1928 Cardinals' 1B Jim Bottomley is voted NL MVP
  • 1929 First skull of Peking man found, 50 km out of Peking at Tsjoe Koe Tien
  • 1932 "Adventures of Charlie Chan" 1st heard on NBC-Blue radio network

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1933 Fred Astaire's 1st film, "Dancing Lady", released

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • 1934 5.08-m (200") Mt Palomar Observatory mirror is cast
  • 1939 British Imperial Airways & British Airways merge to form BOAC
  • 1939 NY's La Guardia Airport began operations as an airliner from Chicago lands, 1 minute after midnight
  • 1941 Largest roller skating rink (outside of NYC) opens in Peekskill NY
  • 1941 NY Giants name Mel Ott as player-manager, replacing Bill Terry
  • 1941 US Naval Intelligence ceases bugging Japanese consul
  • 1941 Japanese Marshal Admiral Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor

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1941 American mobster Louis Buchalter is sentenced to death along with his lieutenants Emanuel Weiss and Louis Capone

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1942 World’s 1st self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction occurs in Chicagi Pile-1 (world's 1st nuclear reactor) at the University of Chicago, overseen by Enrico Fermi

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi
  • 1943 First RSHA (Reichssicherheitshauptamt -Nazi Reich Security Head Office) transport out of Vienna reaches Birkenau camp
  • 1944 10th Heisman Trophy Award: Les Horvath, Ohio State (QB)
  • 1944 General De Gaulle arrives in Moscow
  • 1944 German troops seize Betuwse dikes
  • 1944 US 95th Infantry division occupies bridge at Saar
  • 1947 13th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lujack, Notre Dame (QB)

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1948 Stan Musial is picked NL MVP

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1950 Vic Toweel knocks down Danny O'Sullivan 14 times in a title fight
  • 1950 15th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-0 in Birmingham
  • 1951 "Borscht Capades" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 90 performances
  • 1951 Phila sets NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing

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1951 Don Hutson's #14 jersey is retired by the Green Bay Packers, the first number retired in the history of the franchise

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • 1951 16th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-7 in Birmingham
  • 1952 18th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Vessels, Oklahoma (HB)
  • 1952 First human birth televised to public (KOA-TV Denver, Colo)
  • 1954 "Hit the Trail" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1954 Frank Selvy of Milwaukee sets then NBA record of 24 of 26 free throws
  • 1954 US Senate censures Joeseph McCarthy (Sen-R-Wisc) for "conduct that tends to bring Senate into dishonor & disrepute"

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1956 Fidel Castro lands with "Granma" on coast of Cuba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 1957 1st US large scale nuclear power plant opens (Shippingport Penn)
  • 1957 Sam Cooke's single "You Send Me" reaches #1
  • 1957 1958 NFL Draft: King Hill from Rice first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • 1958 24th Heisman Trophy Award: Pete Dawkins, Army (HB)
  • 1958 Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg
  • 1958 KNOP TV channel 2 in North Platte, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 1959 NFL Draft: Randy Duncan from University of Iowa first pick by Green Bay Packers
  • 1959 Malpasset dam collapses destroying French Riviera town of Frejus
  • 1961 Fidel Castro declares he's a Marxist & will lead Cuba to Communism
  • 1961 Wind Bell, journal of SF Zen Center, begins publishing
  • 1961 26th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-0 in Birmingham
  • 1962 50th CFL Grey Cup: Winnipeg beats Hamilton, 28-27 at Toronto [OT]
  • 1963 First Dutch rocket launched/reaches height of 10 km
  • 1963 ML Rules Committee bans oversized catcher's mitts, effective in 1965
  • 1963 1964 NFL Draft: Dave Parks from Texas Tech first pick by San Francisco 49ers

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1964 Ringo Starr's tonsils are removed

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1966 Love, Moby Grape & Lee Michaels perform at Fillmore East
  • 1967 55th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Saskatchewan, 24-1

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 202

  • 1578 Agostino Agazzari, composer
  • 1678 Nicolaas S Cruquius, Dutch hydraulic engineer (drained Haarlemmermeer)
  • 1694 William Shirley, Colonial Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1771)
  • 1703 Ferdinand Konscak, Croatian explorer (d. 1759)
  • 1710 Bertinazzi, Italian actor and writer (d. 1783)
  • 1728 Ferdinando Galiani, Italian economist/philosopher/diplomat
  • 1738 Richard Montgomery, Irish-born soldier (d. 1775)
  • 1754 William Cooper, American judge (d. 1809)
  • 1760 Joseph Graetz, composer
  • 1760 John Breckinridge, American politician (d. 1806)
  • 1777 Henry Doeff, colonialist (wrote Dutch-Japanese dictionary)
  • 1802 Melancthon Smith Wade, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1868)
  • 1811 Jean-Charles Chapais, French Canadian politician, Father of the Canadian Confederation (d. 1885)
  • 1813 Jacob Rosenhaim, composer
  • 1817 Heinrich von Sybel, German historian (d. 1895)
  • 1821 Rufus Barringer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1895)
  • 1825 Pedro II van Alcantara, Emperor of Brazil (1831-89)
  • 1837 Charles Garrison Harker, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1864)
  • 1846 Pierre M Waldeck-Rousseau, French Min of Foreign affairs/premier
  • 1856 Robert Kajanus, composer

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1859 Georges Seurat, post-impressionist painter (Grande Jatte), born in Paris, France (d. 1891)

Post-Impressionist Painter Georges Seurat
Post-Impressionist Painter
Georges Seurat
  • 1860 C T Studd, cricketer (brother of G B, five Tests for England)
  • 1863 Gustav Wohlgemuth, composer
  • 1863 Charles Ringling, American circus owner (d. 1926)
  • 1866 Henry Thacker Burleigh, Erie Pa, African American composer (Springarn Medal)
  • 1868 Francis Jammes, French poet/writer (Jammisme)
  • 1869 Jonas Cohn, German/English philosopher (Theory of the Dialects)
  • 1870 Francis Louis Casadesus, French violinist/composer/conductor
  • 1875 Frank Reicher, Munich Germany, actor (King Kong, Son of Kong)
  • 1884 Ruth Draper, US, lecture artist [or 1989]
  • 1885 George Minot, US, physician, worked on anemia (Nobel 1934)
  • 1891 Charles H. Wesley, author writer and Brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. (d. 1987)
  • 1892 Leo Ornstein, composer
  • 1893 Julius Bissier, German painter
  • 1893 Louis Freeman, band leader
  • 1893 William Gaxton, actor (Destry, Convoy), born in San Franciso, California
  • 1894 Warren William, [Krech], Aitkin MN, actor (Caesar in Cleopatra)
  • 1895 Klaas Voskuil, journalist
  • 1895 Harriet Cohen, British pianist (d. 1967)
  • 1896 Georgi K Zjukov, marshal of Moskow/Stalingrad [NS-Dec 11]
  • 1897 Rewi Alley, NZ, writer (Americans in China)
  • 1897 Hovhannes Bagramyan, Marshall of the Soviet Union (d. 1982)
  • 1898 Indra Lal Roy, Indian pilot (d. 1918)
  • 1899 John Barbirolli, English conductor (NY Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • 1899 John Cobb, British racing driver (d. 1952)
  • 1899 Ray Morehart, American baseball player (d. 1989)
  • 1901 Staf Gustaf Frans Nees, Belgian composer
  • 1901 Raimundo Orsi, Argentine-born footballer (d. 1986)
  • 1902 Horace A Hildreth, (Gov-Maine, 1945-49)
  • 1902 Miroslav Ponc, composer
  • 1904 Donald Woods, Brandon Manitoba, actor (Tammy)
  • 1905 Osvaldo Pugliese, musician/composer
  • 1906 Eric Dalton, cricketer (2 centuries in 15 Tests for South Africa 1929-39)
  • 1906 John Bentley, England, actor (Hammer the Tuff)
  • 1906 Peter Carl Goldmark, developed color TV & LP records
  • 1908 Robert F Simon, Mansfield Oh, actor (Man who shot Liberty Valance)
  • 1908 Rufe Davis, OK, actor (Cocoanut Grove, Trail Blazers, Gangs of Sonora)
  • 1910 Robert Paige, actor (Colgate Comedy Hour), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1910 Russell Lynes, American art historian, photographer, author and managing editor of Harper's Magazine (d. 1991)
  • 1914 Eddie Sauter, Bkln, musician (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue)
  • 1915 Adolph Green, songwriter (married to Phyllis Newman)
  • 1915 Nico Richter, composer
  • 1915 Randolph Apperson Hearst, American newspaper publisher (Hearst Newspapers), (d. 2000)
  • 1916 John Bentley, Warwickshire England, actor (Chair)
  • 1917 Ezra Stone, US, actor/producer (Henry Aldrich)
  • 1917 Sylvia Syms, American jazz singer (Hello Dolly, Dream Girl, Them There Eyes), (d. 1992)
  • 1918 Milton Delugg, orchestra leader (Tonight Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1919 Michael Geoffrey Corcos, medical researcher
  • 1919 Robin Lee, American figure skater, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Robert Moevs, composer
  • 1922 Leo V Gordon, actor (Circus Boy, Enos, Winds of War), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1923 Maria M Callas, soprano (Carmen), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Meshulam Riklis, husband of Pia Zadora
  • 1924 Alexander Haig Jr, Bala-Cynwyd Pa, US Secretary of State (1981-82)/General
  • 1924 Jonathan Frid, actor (Barnabas Collins-Dark Shadows)
  • 1925 Julie Harris, Grosse Pt Mich, actress (Bell Jar, East of Eden), (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Harvey Phillips, Aurora Missouri, tubist (NYC Ballet Orch)
  • 1929 Jaap Boersma, Dutch minister for Social Affairs (ARP)
  • 1929 Lowell North, yachtsman (Olympic-Gold-1968), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1930 Gary Becker, American economist, recipient of the Bank of Sweden Prize, (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Edwin Meese III, prude, US attorney General (1985-88)
  • 1931 Hatsumi Masaaki, Founder and head of the Bujinkan Dojo organization
  • 1933 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (d. 2003)
  • 1933 K. Veeramani, Indian anti-caste activist
  • 1934 Andre Rodgers, baseball player (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Jurg Wyttenbach, composer
  • 1935 David Hackett Fischer, American historian
  • 1936 Peter Michael Braun, composer
  • 1937 Brian Lumley, England, sci-fi author (Compleat Crow, Psychomech)
  • 1939 Yael Dayan, Israeli writer and politician
  • 1939 Harry Reid, American politician
  • 1939 Francis Fox, Canadian politician, member of the Senate
  • 1940 Gerry Cheevers, NHL goalie (Bruin, longest undefeated streak-32 games)
  • 1940 Willie Brown, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1941 Paul C W Chu, China, physicist (superconductivity)
  • 1941 Tom McGuiness, rocker (McGuiness-Flint)
  • 1942 Bob E Smith, PGA golfer (1993 Yanase Cup), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1942 Ted Bluechel, San Pedro Ca, rock vocalist/drummer (Association)
  • 1943 David Munden, rocker
  • 1943 Wayne Allard, American politician

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1886 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt (28) weds second wife Edith Kermit Carow (25) in London

First Lady of the United States Edith Roosevelt
First Lady of the United States
Edith Roosevelt
26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt

HeartWedding of Interest

1926 Film director/producer Alfred Hitchcock (27) weds director Alma Reville (27) at Brompton Oratory in London

  • 1933 1st transatlantic telephone wedding (Bertil Clason-Sigrid Carlson)

HeartWedding of Interest

1965 Comedian Tony Hancock (40) weds publicist Freddie Ross (35)

Comedian Tony Hancock
Comedian
Tony Hancock
  • 2000 Mexican singer Thalia (29) weds co-owner of Casablanca Records Tommy Mottola (51) at St. Patrick
  • 2006 "Emmerdale" actor Nick Miles (44) weds Stephanie Lumb at the Roundthorn Country House Hotel in Penrith, England

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 116

  • 537 Sylvester, Italian Pope (536-37), dies
  • 1348 Emperor Hanazono of Japan (b. 1297)
  • 1381 John of Ruysbroeck, Flemish mystic
  • 1463 Archduke Albert VI of Austria (b. 1418)
  • 1515 Gonzalo de Cordoba, Spanish general/strategist/viceroy of Naples, dies

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1547 Hernán Cortés, Spanish Conquistador who defeated the Aztec Empire, dies of pleurisy at 61/62

Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés
Spanish Conquistador
Hernán Cortés
  • 1552 Francis Xavier, Spanish Catholic missionary (b. 1506)
  • 1592 Alexander Farnese, land guardian of Neth (1579-92), dies at 46
  • 1615 Louis des Balbes de Berton de Crillon, French general
  • 1665 Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet, French socialite (b. 1588)
  • 1694 Pierre Paul Puget, French artist (b. 1622)
  • 1719 Pasquier Quesnel, French theologist (La Foi), dies at 85
  • 1723 Philip, French duke of Orleans/regent (1715-23)/PM (1723), dies
  • 1726 Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian (b. 1665)
  • 1747 Vincent Bourne, English classical scholar (b. 1695)
  • 1748 Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, English politician (b. 1662)
  • 1763 Carl August Thielo, composer, dies at 56
  • 1774 Johann Friedrich Agricola, German (court)composer/organist, dies at 54

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1814 Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and writer (Justine), dies at 74. The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name.

Philosopher and Writer Marquis de Sade
Philosopher and Writer
Marquis de Sade
  • 1828 Simon Paap, Dutch 56 cm long dwarf/cabaret artist, dies at 39
  • 1831 Traugott Maximilian Eberwein, composer, dies at 56
  • 1844 Eustachy Erazm Sanguszko, Polish general and politician (b. 1768)
  • 1845 Johannes Simon Mayr, composer, dies at 82
  • 1849 Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, wife of William IV of the United Kingdom (b. 1792)

BattleExecution

1859 John Brown, US abolitionist (Harpers Ferry), hanged at 59

Abolitionist John Brown
Abolitionist
John Brown
  • 1860 Alfred Bunn, British theatrical manager (b. 1796)
  • 1864 Archibald Gracie III, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at Siege of Petersburg, Virginia aged 32
  • 1880 Josephine Lang, composer, dies at 65
  • 1888 Franz Xaver Witt, composer, dies at 54
  • 1888 Mehmed N Kemal Bey, Turkish writer/journalist (Vatan), dies at 47
  • 1892 Jay Gould, American entrepreneur (b. 1836)
  • 1899 Gregorio del Pilar, Filipino general (killed at Battle of Tirad Pass) (b. 1875)
  • 1903 Victor Roger, composer, dies at 50
  • 1915 Jan Malat, Czech composer, dies at 72
  • 1916 Francesco Paolo Tosti, composer, dies at 69
  • 1918 Margit Kaffka, writer, dies at 38
  • 1918 Edmond Rostand, French poet and dramatist (b. 1868)
  • 1919 Henry Clay Frick, built largest coke & steel operation, dies at 69
  • 1923 Tomas Breton y Hernandez, composer, dies at 72
  • 1924 Kazimieras Būga, Lithuanian philologist (b. 1879)
  • 1925 Julio Garreta, composer, dies at 50
  • 1931 Paul-Marie-Theodore-Vincent D'indy, French count/composer, dies at 80
  • 1933 Josef Gruber, composer, dies at 78
  • 1935 Albert Kessel, 1st to die in California gas chamber
  • 1936 John Ringling, American circus owner (b. 1866)
  • 1943 Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian poet/dramatist/novelist (The Defeat), dies at 41
  • 1944 Filippo T Marinetti, Italian writer (father of futurism), dies at 67
  • 1944 JW Ummels, Dutch resistance fighter (House of Saxon-Nazi), dies
  • 1950 Dino Lipatti, composer, dies at 33
  • 1953 Ernest Hayes, cricketer (Surrey bat played 5 Tests for England), dies
  • 1953 Francis Picabia, French painter/illustrator, dies at 75
  • 1953 Reginald Baker, Australian athlete and actor (b. 1884)
  • 1957 Harrison Ford, silent screen actor (Rubber Tires), dies at 73
  • 1957 Manfred Sakel, Polish psychiatrist (b. 1902)
  • 1963 Sabu Sabu, actor (Jungle Book, Drums), dies of heart attack at 39
  • 1963 Thomas J. Hicks, British-born runner (b. 1875)
  • 1965 The Rajkumar of Vizianagram, cricketer (Indian Test capt 1936), dies
  • 1966 Luitzen [Bertus] Brouwers, Dutch mathematician, dies at 85
  • 1967 Francis J "Cardinal" Spellman, archbishop of NY, dies at 78
  • 1969 Kliment J Voroshilov, president USSR (1953-60), dies
  • 1972 Friedrich Christian Christiansen, German Luftwaffe general, dies
  • 1972 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (moor's pavane), dies at 64
  • 1974 Sofie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte, composer, dies at 72
  • 1974 Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1897)
  • 1976 Danny Murtaugh, baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 59
  • 1976 William Tannen, actor (Jailhouse Rock, Sitting Bull), dies at 65
  • 1979 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, composer, dies at 72
  • 1980 Romain Gary, Lithuanian-born French writer (b. 1914)
  • 1981 Hershy Kay, composer, dies at 62
  • 1981 Nicolaas "Cola" Debrot, gov of Dutch Antilles (1962-70), dies at 79
  • 1981 Wallace K[irkman] Harrison, US architect (UN), dies at 86
  • 1982 David Blue, rocker, dies while jogging in Greenwich Village at 41
  • 1982 Marty Feldman, comedian (Young Frankenstein), dies at 49
  • 1983 Atholl Mckinnon, cricketer (South African lefty spinner in 8 Tests), dies
  • 1983 Fifi D'Orsay, "French Bombshell" (Dixie Jamboree), dies cancer at 79
  • 1985 Alex Courtney, actor (Sword of Justice), dies
  • 1985 Philip Larkin, [hermit of Hull], English poet, dies at 63
  • 1985 Aniello Dellacroce, American gangster (b. 1914)

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1986 Desi Arnaz, actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy), dies at 69 of lung cancer

Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz
  • 1986 John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist (b. 1912)
  • 1987 Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Russian physicist (b. 1914)
  • 1988 Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra)

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1990 Aaron Copland, American composer (Billy the Kid, Fanfare for Common Man), dies at 90

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • 1990 Robert Cummings, actor (Love that Bob), dies of kidney failure at 82
  • 1992 Gary Mascaro, choreographer, dies at 43
  • 1992 Loek Elfferich, Dutch journalist/historian (Treason in Rotterdam), die

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1993 Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug lord, shot to death by Colombian Police at 44

Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar
Colombian Drug Lord
Pablo Escobar
  • 1994 Donald John Urquhart, librarian, dies at 85
  • 1994 James Norman Dalrymple Anderson, lawyer, dies at 86
  • 1995 Francis Joseph Quinn, academic, dies at 90
  • 1995 Roxie Roker, actress (Helen Willis-Jeffersons), dies at 66
  • 1995 Stanley Devon, photographer, dies at 88
  • 1995 [William] Robertson Davies, novelist essayist/dramatist, dies at 82
  • 1996 Penelope Jessel, politcal activist, dies at 76
  • 1997 Shirley Crabtree, British professional wrestler (b. 1930)
  • 1997 Michael Hedges, American guitarist known for originality (b. 1953)
  • 2002 Ivan Illich, Austrian priest and philosopher (b. 1926)
  • 2002 Arno Peters, German historian (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Alan Davidson, British author (b. 1924)
  • 2004 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (b. 1921)