On This Day for 21st December

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 146

  • 1163 Hurricane hits villages in Holland/Friesland, causing floods
  • 1561 Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, Archbishop of Mechelen, made Cardinal
  • 1582 Flanders adopts Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is Jan 1 1583
  • 1598 Battle of Curalaba: The revolting Mapuche, led by cacique Pelentaru, inflict a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile; all Spanish cities south of the Biobio river are eventually taken by the Mapuches, and all conquest of Mapuche territories by Europeans practically ceases, until the 1870s "Pacification of Araucania".
  • 1620 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock [OS=Dec 11]
  • 1650 Johan de Witt installed as Dutch pension advisor of Dordrecht

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1784 John Jay becomes 1st US Secretary of State (foreign affairs)

Ist US Chief Justice John Jay
Ist US Chief Justice
John Jay
  • 1788 Hue Tay Son becomes emperor Quang Trung of Vietnam
  • 1829 1st stone arch railroad bridge in US dedicated, Baltimore
  • 1835 HMS Beagle sails into Bay of Islands (New Zealand)
  • 1844 The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement.
  • 1849 1st US skating club formed (Phila)

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1864 General Sherman conquers Savannah, Georgia

  • 1866 Cheyennes, Arapho's, Sioux, Fetterman Massacre
  • 1890 Pim Mulier 1st & only trip to "Alvesteddetocht"

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1891 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith

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1894 Mackenzie Bowell becomes the 5th Prime Minister of Canada

5th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell
5th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie Bowell

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1898 Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium

Physicist Marie Curie
Physicist
Marie Curie

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1900 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Michael Kramer" premieres in Berlin

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • 1906 British Parliament pass two important pieces of social legislation: The Trades Disputes Bill, legalizing peaceful picketing, and The Workingmen's Compensation Act, broadening employers' liability for accidents
  • 1907 Dutch government of De Master falls due to war budget
  • 1909 1st junior high school established (Berkeley California)
  • 1909 Clyde Fitch' "City" premieres in NYC
  • 1909 U of Coopenhagen rejects Cook's claim that he was 1st to North Pole
  • 1910 Explosion in coal mine in Hulton England, 344 mine workers dies
  • 1912 Denmark, Norway & Sweden declare neutrality in Comende war
  • 1913 1st crossword puzzle (with 32 clues) printed in NY World
  • 1914 1st feature-length silent film comedy "Tillie's Punctured Romance" released starring Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand and Charles Chaplin
  • 1914 2,800 African miners strike at the Van Rhyn Deep mines in a bid to redress some of their grievances
  • 1915 10.17" (25.83 cm) of rainfall, Glenora, Oregon (state record)
  • 1918 Red Sox trade Dutch Leonard, Ernie Shore & Duffy Lewis to Yankees for Ray Caldwell & Slim Love, Frank Gilhooey, Al Walters & $15,000

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1919 J. Edgar Hoover deports anarchists/feminist Emma Goldman to Russia

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • 1920 Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva's musical "Sally" premieres in NYC
  • 1921 Supreme Court rules labor injunctions & picketing unconstitutional
  • 1923 Nepal changes from British protectorate to independent nation
  • 1925 Eisenstein's movie Battleship Potemkin premieres in Moscow
  • 1925 Stork Hendry scores 325 for Victoria against NZ
  • 1926 Soccer team DOS Struggle forms
  • 1929 1st group hospital insurance plan offered (Dallas Tx)

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1932 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, 1st joint movie (Flying Down to Rio)

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 1932 Giants sign former outfielder Billy Southworth as a coach
  • 1933 Dried human blood serum 1st prepared, Univ of Pennsylvania

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1933 Fox Films signs Shirley Temple, 5, to a studio contract

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • 1933 Newfoundland reverts to being a crown colony of Great Britain

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1936 Bradman's 2nd consecutive Test Cricket duck! Australia all out 80

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1937 O'Reilly completes 14-98 for cricket match, NSW v South Aust

Film release premierFilm Premier

1937 The first full-length animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

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1939 Hitler named Adolf Eichmann leader of "Referat IV B"

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1941 Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point
  • 1941 Chicago bears win the NFL championship
  • 1941 David Diamond's 1st Symphony premieres
  • 1941 German submarine U-567 sinks
  • 1942 US Supreme court declares Nevada separation legal
  • 1944 Cards' Marty Marion wins NL MVP
  • 1945 "Billion Dollar Baby" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 219 performances
  • 1945 Gould/Comden/Green's "Billion Dollar Baby" premieres in NYC
  • 1946 "If the Shoe Fits" closes at Century Theater NYC after 20 performances
  • 1946 Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086
  • 1946 Morton Gould's "Minstrel Show" premieres in Indianapolis
  • 1948 O'Neil Place in the Bronx erronously renamed O'Neill Place
  • 1948 State of Eire (formerly Irish Free State) declares its independence
  • 1948 1949 NFL Draft: Chuck Bednarik from University of Pennsylvania first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1949 Dutch 1st Chamber accept soeveregnty of Indonesia

Film release premierFilm Premier

1949 "Samson and Delilah", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature, premieres in New York

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr
Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • 1950 Cole Porte's musical "Out of this World" premieres at New Century Theater NYC for 157 performances
  • 1952 Broadway Tunnel opens in SF
  • 1952 WSBT TV channel 22 in South Bend, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KOMU TV channel 8 in Columbia, MO (NBC/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 2nd National Film Awards (India): "Mirza Ghalib" wins the Golden Lotus

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1956 Martin Luther King and others sit in the new integrated bus

Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1957 Indonesia proclaims end to state of war

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1958 Charles de Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st pres of 5th Rep of France

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1959 10th largest snowfall in NYC history (13.7")
  • 1959 Citizens of Deerfield Ill block building of interracial housing

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1959 Tom Landry accepts coaching job with Dallas Cowboys (stays until 1988)

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • 1961 Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" & "Ready Teddy"
  • 1961 JFK & British PM MacMillan meet in Bermuda

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1961 Gangster Joe Gallo is sentenced to 7 to 14 years in state prison for extortion

Gangster Joe Gallo
Gangster
Joe Gallo
  • 1962 Angolin leaves Comecon
  • 1962 US & Cuba accord, releases bay of pigs captive
  • 1966 USSR launches Luna 13; soft-landed in Oceanus Procellarum
  • 1968 Apollo 8 (Borman, Lovell & Anders) 1st manned Moon voyage
  • 1968 David Crosby, Stephen Stills & Graham Nash premiere together in Calif
  • 1969 Diana Ross final TV appearance as a Supreme (Ed Sullivan Show)
  • 1969 Vince Lombardi (Redskins) coaches his last football game
  • 1970 WUTV TV channel 29 in Buffalo, NY (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 UN Security Council chooses Kurt Waldheim as 4th secretary General
  • 1971 A publican is killed as he tried to remove a bomb from his pub, Northern Ireland
  • 1972 Soviet Union signs a separate peace with East Germany
  • 1973 Israel, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, US & USSR meet in Geneva to discuss the Arab-Israeli conflict
  • 1973 3rd Fiesta Bowl: #10 Arizona State beats Pittsburgh, 28-7
  • 1974 "The Sea of Hands", Raiders RB Clarence Davis somehow catches game-winning touchdown pass among "the sea of hands" of three Dolphins defenders with 24 seconds left in the game, eliminating Miami from the playoffs after they had made it to the Super Bowl in each of the last 3 seasons
  • 1975 "Hello, Dolly" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 51 performances
  • 1975 "Very Good Eddie" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 307 performances
  • 1975 1st NY Jet to gain 1,000 yards rushing (John Riggins)
  • 1975 64th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Czechoslovakia in Stockholm (3-2)
  • 1975 Madagascar adopts constitution
  • 1975 Buffalo Sabres set NHL record of 40 points beating Caps 14-2 scoring 5 goals vs Washington Caps in 4:57
  • 1976 20th Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 3-0 vs Bruins
  • 1976 Patricia R Harris named secretary of HUD

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 220


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1117 Thomas Becket, Cheapside, archbishop of Canterbury (1162-1170), born in London, England (d. 1170)

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket
Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Becket
  • 1401 Tommaso Masaccio, Italian painter (d. 1428)
  • 1518 Mark van Vaernewijck, Flemish nobleman/politician
  • 1537 Johan III, king of Sweden (1569-92)
  • 1596 Petro Mohyla, Moldovan Orthodox Metropolitan Bishop of Kiev and Galicia (d. 1646)

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1603 Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist (d. 1684)

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams
  • 1616 Pietro Andrea Ziani, composer
  • 1628 Samuel Friedrich Capricornus, composer
  • 1714 John Bradstreet, Canadian-born soldier (d. 1774)
  • 1728 Hermann Friedrich Raupach, composer
  • 1756 Thomas Anton Kunz, composer
  • 1778 Anders Sandøe Ørsted, Danish politician (d. 1860)
  • 1795 Leopold von Ranke, German historian (d. 1886)
  • 1800 Barnwell Rhett Robert, (Confederacy), (d. 1876)
  • 1804 Benjamin Disraeli, (Tory) British PM (1868, 1874-80)
  • 1805 Thomas Graham, British chemist and father of colloid chemistry (d. 1869)
  • 1810 Ludwig Schuncke, composer
  • 1815 Thomas Couture, French painter/author
  • 1818 Amalia, wife of king Otto of Greece
  • 1818 Lewis H Morgan, US, etnologist (Systems of Consanguinity)
  • 1823 Jean Henri Fabre, France, entomologist (insects & spiders)
  • 1826 Ernst Pauer, composer
  • 1832 John Henry Ketcham, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1906)
  • 1840 Mehmed N Kemal, Turkish journalist (Vatan)
  • 1843 Thomas Bracken, Irish-born New Zealand poet (d. 1898)
  • 1848 Edward Everett Rice, composer
  • 1849 James Lane Allen, US writer (Kentucky Cardinal)
  • 1850 Zdenek Fibich, composer
  • 1851 Thomas Chipman McRae, American politician, 34th Governor of Arkansas (d. 1929)
  • 1853 Isolde Kurz, German writer/poetess (Meine Mutter)
  • 1859 Gustave Kahn, France, poet (claimed to have invented vers libre)
  • 1860 Henrietta Szold, founder (Hadassah)
  • 1867 John Winter Thompson, composer
  • 1870 Sir Patrick Duncan, Fortrie, Banffshire, Scotland, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa (1937 to 1943)
  • 1872 Albert P Terhune, US, novelist (Lad, a Dog)
  • 1872 Sidney Ainsworth, British actor (d. 1922)
  • 1873 Blagoje Bersa, Croatian composer (d. 1934)
  • 1874 Juan Bautista Sacasa, pres of Nicaragua (1932-36)
  • 1878 Jan Łukasiewicz, Polish philosopher and mathematician (d. 1956)
  • 1879 Theodore Limperg, business economist (substitute value)
  • 1885 Frank Patrick, Canadian hockey player (d. 1960)
  • 1886 George Norman Peterkin, composer
  • 1886 Hermann A J Kees, German Egyptologist (Problems of Egyptology)
  • 1889 Sewall Wright, American biologist (d. 1988)
  • 1890 Fred M Vinson, US Supreme Court Justice (1946-53)
  • 1890 Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist and Nobel laureate (d. 1967)
  • 1891 John W McCormack, (D) Speaker of House (1962-70)

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1892 Walter Hagen, PGA golfer (US Open 1914, 19), born in Rochester, New York

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1892 Amy Key Clarke, English mystical poet (d. 1980)
  • 1895 Paul Hoffer, composer
  • 1896 Carl Romme, Dutch catholic foreman/KVP-min Socialist Business
  • 1896 Constantine Rokossovski, Russian marshal/vice-premier of Poland
  • 1896 Leroy Robertson, composer
  • 1898 Ira S Bowen, US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar)
  • 1899 Guy Wilkerson, TX, actor (Dead or Alive, West of Texas, Shootin' Iron)
  • 1900 Oda Schaefer, German author/poet (Die Windharfe, Ladies Only)
  • 1900 Vsevolod Vishnevsky, Russian playwright and journalist, born in Saint Petersburg (d. 1951)
  • 1901 Juan A de Zunzunegui y Loredo, Spanish writer
  • 1901 Robin Irvine, actor (Easy Virtue), born in London, England
  • 1905 Anthony Powell, English novelist (Infants of Spring)
  • 1907 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch literary (Poet in Love)
  • 1908 Pat Weaver, TV Executive (started Today show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1909 George Ball, Iowa, lawyer/undersecretary of state
  • 1909 Seicho Matsumoto, Japanese mystery writer and journalist (d. 1992)
  • 1911 Josh Gibson, pro baseball player, "Negro Babe Ruth" (hit 800+ HRs)
  • 1911 Paul Burkhard, composer
  • 1913 Raich Carter, soccer star
  • 1914 Ivan Generalić, Austro-Hungarian-born Croatian painter (d. 1992)
  • 1915 Werner von Trapp, member of the Trapp Family Singers (d. 2007)
  • 1916 Eve Perrick, journalist
  • 1916 John Boon, publisher
  • 1917 Alicia Alonso, ballerina (American Ballet Theatre), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1917 Andre Eglevsky, choreographer (Limelight)
  • 1917 Sophie Masloff, American politician
  • 1918 Donald Regan, White House staffer/US Secretary of Treasury (1981-85)
  • 1918 Kurt Waldheim, Nazi/4th UN Sec-Gen (1972-81)/Austrian pres (1986-92)
  • 1919 Gert Fredriksson, Sweden, 1K kayak (Olympic-gold-1948, 52, 56)
  • 1920 Bob Bindig, American cartoonist (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Jean Gascon, Canadian actor (d. 1988)
  • 1921 James Tye, safety expert
  • 1921 Joan Dickson, cellist
  • 1922 Paul Winchell, ventriloquist (Jerry Mahoney, Knucklehead Smith), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Intizar Hussain, Urdu writer and columnist, born in Dibai, Bulandshahr (d. 2016) (approx. date)
  • 1924 Joe Paterno, football coach (Penn State, SI Sportsman of 1986)
  • 1924 Johan W "Jo" van Marle, KNVB-chairman (1980-93)
  • 1924 Rita Reys, [Maria Reijs], Dutch jazz singer, (d. 2013)
  • 1926 John Herbert McDowell, composer
  • 1926 Pedro Gonzales-Gonzalez, Aguilares Tx, actor (Rio Bravo)
  • 1926 Joe Paterno, American football coach
  • 1927 Michael Carreras, film director
  • 1928 Ed Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, A Long Came a Spider), born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Thomas Rajna, composer
  • 1929 Jack Philip Cannon, composer
  • 1930 Willem R "Wim" van der Zee, secretary of Council of Churches
  • 1931 Caroline Kaart, [Paterson Raitt], Dutch alto singer
  • 1931 David Baker, composer (Reflections) and educator, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Ilja Zeljenka, composer
  • 1932 Edward Hoagland, American essayist
  • 1933 Huib Eversdijk, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA)
  • 1933 Jackie Hendriks, cricketer (West Indian wicket-keeper of 60's)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1762 British Explorer Captain James Cook marries Elizabeth Batts

Captain/Explorer James Cook
Captain/Explorer
James Cook

HeartWedding of Interest

1886 Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low (26) weds William Mackay Low in Savannah, Georgia

Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low
Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA
Juliette Gordon Low

HeartWedding of Interest

1947 Actress Estelle Getty (24) weds Arthur Gettleman

Actress Estelle Getty
Actress
Estelle Getty

HeartWedding of Interest

1958 Actress Ingrid Bergman (43) weds producer Lars Schmidt

  • 1959 Shah of Persia marries Farah Diba
  • 1977 American Jewish playwright and screenwriter "Glengarry Glen Ross" David Mamet marries 1st wife actress Lindsay Crouse
  • 1983 Loretta Swit weds Dennis Holahan

HeartWedding of Interest

1989 Explorer Edmund Hillary (70) weds June Mulgrew

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary

HeartWedding of Interest

1991 Actress Jane Fonda (55) weds CNN founder Ted Turner at the groom's home in north Florida

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda

HeartWedding of Interest

1996 Famous singer Lionel Richie (47) weds clothing designer Diane Alexander (30) at Metropolitan Club in New York

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 Talk show host Craig Ferguson (46) weds art dealer Megan Wallace Cunningham (26) in Chester, Vermont

Actor & Comedian Craig Ferguson
Actor & Comedian
Craig Ferguson
  • 2012 CNN anchor Erin Burnett (36) weds finance executive David Rubulotta (42) in New York City Hall
  • 2012 "Rolling Stones" guitarist Ronnie Wood (65) weds theater producer Sally Humphreys (34) at Dorchester Hotel in London
  • 2012 "Good Morning America" weather anchor Sam Champion (51) weds fine-arts photographer Rubem Robierb (35) at the couple's apartment in Manhattan
  • 2012 "McFly" drummer Harry Judd (27) weds former Escala violinist Izzy Johnston (29) at St Nicholas Church in Harpenden, Herts
  • 2013 Actress and model Teresa Palmer (27) weds actor/director Mark Webber (33) in Mexico

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1945 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway and journalist Martha Gellhorn divorce after 5 years of marriage.

  • 2010 "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (51) divorces actress Georgina Sutcliffe (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 72 Thomas the Apostle dies in Mylapore, India (according to tradition)
  • 918 Conrad I, Duke of Franconia/German King (911-918), dies
  • 1295 Marguerite Berenger of Provence, wife of Louis IX of France (bc. 1221)
  • 1308 Henry I, the Child, 1st landgrave of Hessen (1256-1308), dies at 64
  • 1375 Giovanni Boccaccio, Italian poet (Vita di Dante), dies
  • 1504 Bertold von Henneberg-Römhild, German archbishop and elector (b. 1442)
  • 1549 Marguerite of Navarre, wife of Henry II of Navarre (b. 1492)
  • 1579 Vicente Masip, Spanish painter
  • 1597 Petrus Canisius, Dutch jesuit/saint, dies at 76
  • 1674 Rutger van Haersolte, viceroy of Overijsselse, dies at about 66
  • 1734 Philipp Hyacinth Lobkowitz, composer, dies at 54
  • 1736 Alessandro Galilei, Italian architect (Cappella Corsini), dies at 45
  • 1755 Caspar Ruetz, composer, dies at 47
  • 1807 John Newton, English cleric and hymnist (b. 1725)
  • 1820 Charles-Francois Dumonchau, composer, dies at 45
  • 1824 James Parkinson, English physician, geologist, paleontologist, and political activist (b. 1755)
  • 1859 Nicolaas C Kist, Dutch church historian/archivist, dies at 66
  • 1864 William Henry Fry, composer, dies at 51
  • 1873 Francis Garnier, French explorer (b. 1839)
  • 1889 Joseph B Lightfoot, English theologist/bishop of Durham, dies at 61
  • 1889 Friedrich August von Quenstedt, German geologist (b. 1809)
  • 1890 Niels Vilhelm Gade, Danish composer, dies at 73
  • 1900 Roger Wolcott, American political figure, 39th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1847)
  • 1906 Adalbert von Goldschmidt, composer, dies at 58
  • 1907 Oskar Lassar, German dermatologist (public baths), dies at 58
  • 1914 A O Jones, cricketer (12 Tests for England 1899-1909), dies
  • 1920 Claude Tozer, cricketer (dashing NSW batsman, shot to death
  • 1921 P B S Pinchback, major Reconstruction politician, dies at 84
  • 1927 Jack Saunders, cricketer (79 wickets-14 Tests for Aust 1902-08), dies
  • 1928 Harry Butt, cricketer (England wicket-keeper v South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1928 Luigi Cadorna, Italian fieldmarshal (WW I, Caporetto), dies at 78
  • 1933 Knud J V Rasmussen, Danish Pole explorer (Thule), dies at 54
  • 1935 Kurt Tucholsky, Ger journalist/writer (Panter, Tiger & Co), dies at 45

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1937 Frank Kellogg, US Secretary of State and Nobel laureate, dies at 80

US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg
US Secretary of State
Frank Kellogg

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1940 F Scott Fitzgerald, author (Zelda), dies of a heart attack at 44

  • 1942 Leendert Round, sculptor (Giraffen, Blijdorp), dies at 63

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1945 George S Patton, US General (Sicily/Normandy), dies of congestive heart failure at 60

US General George S. Patton
US General
George S. Patton
  • 1948 Seishiro Itagaki, Japanese General/min of War, hanged
  • 1955 Dorothy Bernard, actress (Margaret-Life With Father), dies at 65
  • 1956 Lewis M Terman, psychologist (Genetic studies of genius), dies at 79
  • 1957 Eric Coates, composer, dies at 71
  • 1958 H[arry] B[yron] Warner, actor (10 Commandments, New Moon), dies at 83
  • 1958 Lion Feuchtwanger, philosopher/writer (Der falsche Nero), dies at 74
  • 1959 Rosanjin, Japanese calligrapher, restaurateur and ceramicist (b. 1883)
  • 1963 Jack Hobbs, cricketer (61 Tests for England), dies
  • 1964 Carl Van Vechten, American writer and photographer (b. 1880)
  • 1965 Claude Adonai Champagne, composer, dies at 74
  • 1967 Louis Washkansky, 18 days after 1st heart transplant, dies at 55
  • 1967 Stuart Erwin, actor (Trouble With Father), dies of heart attack at 64
  • 1972 Horace Mann Bond, president of Lincoln University (Pa), dies at 70
  • 1974 Richard Long, actor (Nanny & Professor), dies at 47
  • 1974 James Henry Govier, British artist (b. 1910)
  • 1975 William Lundigan, announcer (CBS Mystery Theater), dies at 61
  • 1976 Edward Bartlett, cricketer (WI Test batsman in 5 Tests 1928-31), dies
  • 1979 Bill Anderson, cricketer (Test for NZ 1946, scored five & one), dies
  • 1980 Marc Connelly, playwright (One Minute Please), dies at 90
  • 1981 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born American director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • 1983 Rod Cameron, actor (Santa Fe Passage, Stampede), dies at 73
  • 1983 Paul de Man, Belgian-born literary critic (b. 1919)
  • 1987 Robert Paige, actor (Son of Dracula, Pardon My Sarong), dies
  • 1987 John Spence, founding No Doubt member (b. 1969)
  • 1988 Bob Steele, [Robert Bradbury], American actor, dies after short illness at 60
  • 1988 Nicholas Tinbergen, Dutch/British biologist, dies at 81
  • 1989 Jan Cikker, composer, dies at 78
  • 1990 Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, American aeronautical engineer (Lockheed Skunk Works; b. 1910)
  • 1992 Albert King, US blues singer/guitarist (Crosscut Saw), dies at 71
  • 1992 Nathan Milstein, Ukrainian/US violist (Beethoven, Bach), dies at 87
  • 1992 Stella Adler, US actress (Love on Toast), dies at 90
  • 1992 Sybil Andrews, English/Canada painter, dies at 94
  • 1993 Philip Christison, British general (Rangoon), dies at 100
  • 1994 Dean Rusk, US Sect of State, dies at 85
  • 1994 Shauna McDonald Brown, British TV producer, dies at 37
  • 1995 Robert Francis Vere Heuston, professor of law, dies at 72
  • 1995 Trenchard Cox, museum director, dies at 90
  • 1996 Margaret E Rey, author of children's books, dies at 90
  • 1996 Olga Maria Nicolis di Robilant, patron of the arts, dies at 96
  • 1997 Bruce Woodcock, boxer, dies at 76
  • 1997 Juzo Itami, film director/actor (Lord Jim, Yuuguremade), dies at 64
  • 1997 Michael Lyne, air-marshal, dies at 78
  • 1998 Roger Avon, Durham actor (b. 1914)
  • 1998 Karl Denver, Scottish singer (b 1931)
  • 1998 Ernst Gunther Schenck, German doctor who joined the Sturmabteilung in 1933 {b. 1904)
  • 2001 Dick Schaap, American sports journalist (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Spanish playboy and businessman (b. 1924)
  • 2004 Autar Singh Paintal, Indian medical scientist (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Elrod Hendricks, American baseball player and coach (b. 1940)
  • 2006 Scobie Breasley, Australian jockey (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (b. 1940)
  • 2007 Ken Hendricks, American businessman (b. 1941)
  • 2010 Enzo Bearzot, Italian football player and manager (b. 1927)
  • 2013 Eli Beeding, American Air Force Captain and rocket test pilot, dies at 85
  • 2014 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, dies at 90
  • 2014 Billie Whitelaw, English actress, dies at 82