On This Day for 25th December

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 176

  • 1 1st Christmas, according to calendar-maker Dionysus Exiguus

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274 Roman Emperor Aurelian dedicates a temple to Sol Invictus on the supposed day of the winter solstice and day of rebirth of the Sun.

Roman Emperor Aurelian
Roman Emperor
Aurelian
  • 337 Earliest possible date that Christmas was celebrated on Dec 25th
  • 352 1st definite date Christmas was celebrated on Dec 25th
  • 390 Roman emperor Theodosius admits debt on mass murder in Thessalonica
  • 498 French King Clovis baptises himself
  • 597 England adopts Julian calendar
  • 604 Battle at Etampes (Stampae): Burgundy beat Neustriers

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800 Pope Leo III crowns Charles the Great (Charlemagne), Roman emperor

Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne
Holy Roman Emperor
Charlemagne
  • 875 Charles the Bald crowned emperor of Rome
  • 967 John XIII crowned Otto II the Red German compassionate emperor
  • 969 Johannes I Tzimisces crowned emperor of Byzantium
  • 979 Rotardus appointed as bishop of the kingdom
  • 999 Heribertus becomes bishop of Cologne
  • 1000 Monarch Istvan crowned king of Hungary
  • 1046 Pope Clemens VI crowns Henry III as Holy Roman Emperor
  • 1048 Parliament of Worms: Emperor Henry III names his cousin count Bruno van Egisheim/Dagsburg as Pope Leo IX
  • 1066 Duke William of Normandy ('William the Conqueror) crowned king of England
  • 1100 Boudouin I of Boulogne crowned king of Jerusalem
  • 1101 Henry I of Limburg becomes Duke of Lower Lorraine
  • 1121 Norbertus van Xanten finds order of the Norbertijnen
  • 1130 Anti-pope Anacletus II crowns Roger II the Norman king of Sicily

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1223 St Francis of Assisi assembles 1st Nativity scene (Greccio, Italy)

Catholic Friar and Preacher, Saint Francis of Assisi
Catholic Friar and Preacher, Saint
Francis of Assisi
  • 1261 John IV Lascaris of the restored Eastern Roman Empire is deposed and blinded by orders of his co-ruler Michael VIII Palaeologus.

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1492 Christopher Columbus' flagship the Santa María runs aground and sinks on Hispaniola

  • 1522 Turkish troops occupy Rhodos
  • 1553 Battle of Tucapel: Mapuche rebels under Lautaro defeats the Spanish conquistadors and exetutes the governor of Chile Pedro de Valdivia.
  • 1582 Zealand/Brabant adopts Gregorian calendar, yesterday was Dec 14th
  • 1599 The city of Natal, Brazil, is founded.
  • 1613 Johan Sigismund of Brandenburg becomes protestant
  • 1621 Gov William Bradford of Plymouth Colony (now in Massachusetts) forbids game playing on Christmas
  • 1640 Pierre de Fermat writes to Marin Mersenne about Fermat's church thesis
  • 1641 Emperor Ferdinand III makes appointments with Sweden & France
  • 1643 Christmas Island founded and named by Captain William Mynors of the East India Ship Company vessel, the Royal Mary.
  • 1651 Massachusetts General Court ordered a five shilling fine for "observing any such day as Christmas"
  • 1683 English Whig leader Duke of Monmouth flees to Holland
  • 1688 British King James II lands in Ambleteuse, France
  • 1688 Lord Delamere sides with King James II
  • 1717 Floods ravage Dutch coast provinces, thousands killed

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1741 Astronomer Anders Celsius introduces Centigrade temperature scale

Astronomer Anders Celsius
Astronomer
Anders Celsius
  • 1745 Prussia and Austria sign Treaty of Dresden giving much of Silesia to the Prussians
  • 1758 Return of Halley's comet 1st sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch
  • 1760 Jupiter Hammon, an African American slave, composes poetry broadside "An Evening Thought" (1st poetry published by an African American 1761)
  • 1769 First Christian service in New Zealand; Mass is celebrated in Doubtless Bay by Father Paul-Antoine Léonard de Villefeix of the de Surville expedition
  • 1775 Pope Pius VI encyclical on the problems of the pontificate
  • 1776 Washington crosses Delaware & surprises & defeats 1,400 Hessians
  • 1809 Physician Ephraim McDowell performs the first abdominal surgery in the U.S, an ovariotomy to remove a 22 lb ovarian tumor
  • 1814 Rev Samuel Marsden of the Church Missionary Society holds the first Christian service in New Zealand on land, at Rangihoua
  • 1818 1st known Christmas carol ("Silent Night, Holy Night" - "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht) sung (Austria)
  • 1818 Handel's Messiah, premieres in the US in Boston
  • 1830 Hector Berlioz's "Symphony Fantastic" premieres
  • 1831 Louisiana & Arkansas are first states to observe Christmas as holiday

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1832 Charles Darwin celebrates Christmas in St Martin at Cape Receiver

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1833 Charles Darwin celebrates Christmas in Port Desire, Patagonia
  • 1834 Charles Darwin celebrates Christmas on the Beagle at Tres Montes, Chile
  • 1835 Charles Darwin celebrates Christmas in Pahia, New Zealand
  • 1837 Battle of Okeechobee-US forces defeat Seminole Indians
  • 1843 1st theatre matinee (Olympic Theatre, NYC)
  • 1848 New Haven Railroad opens
  • 1862 40,000 watch Union army men play baseball at Hilton Head, SC
  • 1868 Despite bitter opposition, President A Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all persons involved in Southern rebellion (Civil War)
  • 1875 Lambs Club in NY forms
  • 1888 1st indoor baseball game played at fairgrounds in Philadelphia
  • 1894 1st midwestern football team to play on west coast, University of Chicago defeats Stanford 24-4 at Palo Alto, CA in football

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1896 "Stars & Stripes Forever" written by John Philip Sousa

  • 1899 Farmers send/guide belegerd Ladysmith Kerstpudding/desire in grenade
  • 1900 Arthur Schnitzler's "Leutnant Gustl" forbidden in Germany
  • 1901 Battle at Tweefontein: British force camped on a hill is surprised by a Boer attack at 2am
  • 1902 Clyde Fitch' "Girl with Green Eyes" premieres in NYC
  • 1902 Pope Leo XIII, at his annual Christmas reception, endorses the Christian Democratic movement now emerging in Europe as an attempt to offer an alternative to more radical movements
  • 1905 V Herbert/H Blossoms musical "Mlle Modiste" premieres in NYC
  • 1911 Edward Knoblock's "Kismet" premieres in NYC
  • 1914 Legendary "Christmas Truce" takes place on the battlefields of WWI between British and German troops. Instead of fighting, soldiers exchange gifts and play football.

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1915 Irving Berlin & Harry B Smith's musical premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1917 "Why Marry" 1st drama to win Pulitzer Prize, premieres in NYC
  • 1917 Hirsch/Harbach's musical "Going Up" premieres in NYC

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1922 -Dec 26] Lenin dictates his "Political testament"

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 1923 Imperial Theater opens at 249 W 45th St NYC
  • 1926 Prince-regent Hirohito becomes Emperor of Japan (1926-1989) upon the death of his father Yoshihito
  • 1928 Christmas Day attendance at cricket MCG (Vic v NSW) Australia is 14,887
  • 1928 NSW (v Vic) go from 8-74 to 9-113 to be 9-367 at stumps
  • 1929 Grimmett takes 6-146 for SA, Queensland all out 380 Crowd 5,390
  • 1930 1st US bobsled run open to public (Lake Placid, NY)
  • 1930 Mt Van Hoevenberg bobsled run at Lake Placid, NY opens
  • 1930 Slinger Nitschke scores 142 SA v Qld at Adelaide before 5,422
  • 1930 Tasmania all out 280, WI 2-139 at Hobart Crowd 2,500
  • 1931 Albert Lonergan scores 137 SA v Qld at Adelaide before 5,697
  • 1931 Fleetwood-Smith takes 5-69 Victoria v Tas at Hobart
  • 1931 NY's Metropolitan Opera broadcasts an entire opera over radio
  • 1932 7.6 magnitude earthquake ravages Qansu, China, kills 275

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1932 During King George V's Christmas dinner speech his chair collapes

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • 1933 Another Christmas Day five-wicket haul by Clarrie Grimmett
  • 1933 Belgian Working people's party accept Henry de Mans Plan of Labor
  • 1933 Stan Smith takes 8-33 for Victoria v Tasmania at Hobart
  • 1934 Four centuries for SA as they make 7-644 v Qld before 6,180
  • 1934 Samson Raphaelson's "Accent on Youth" premieres in NYC
  • 1936 Belgian bishops condemn fascism & communism
  • 1936 Ron Hamence scores 104 for SA v Queensland before 4,865
  • 1937 Arturo Toscanini conducts 1st Symphony of the Air over NBC Radio
  • 1937 Queensland all out for 93 v SA in front of 10,436

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 292

  • 1250 John IV Laskaris, Byzantine Emperor (d. circa 1305)
  • 1461 Christina of Saxony, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1521)
  • 1583 Orlando Gibbons, English composer (O Clap Your Hands), baptized
  • 1587 Margarita of Austria, queen of Philip III of Spain (d. 1611)
  • 1601 Jose Ximenez, composer
  • 1624 Angelus Silesius, [Johann Scheffler], German mystic (St Seelenlust)
  • 1628 Noel Coypel, French painter

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1642 Isaac Newton, Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, England, physicist, mathematician; astronomer (Gravity, Laws of Motion), (d. 1727)

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • 1646 Harald Vallerius, composer
  • 1652 Archibald Pitcairne, Scottish physician (d. 1713)
  • 1665 Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (d. 1746)
  • 1667 Ehrengard von der Schulenburg, English royal mistress (d. 1743)
  • 1674 Thomas Halyburton, Scottish theologian (d. 1712)
  • 1686 Giovanni Battista Somis, composer
  • 1698 Jacobus Houbraken, Dutch engraver/illustrator
  • 1700 Leopold II of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian general (d. 1758)
  • 1711 Jean-Joseph Cassenea de Mondonville, composer
  • 1716 Johann Jakob Reiske, German scholar and physician (d. 1774)
  • 1717 Pius VI, [Giovanni A Braschi], Italy, Pope (1775-99)
  • 1721 William Collins, Chichester England, (Mayor-Chichester)/poet
  • 1728 Johann Adam Hiller, composer
  • 1730 Philip Mazzei, Italian physician and friend of Thomas Jefferson (d. 1816)
  • 1742 Charlotte von Stein, German friend of Goethe (d. 1827)
  • 1750 John "Christmas" Beckwith, composer
  • 1757 Benjamin Pierce, U.S. politician (d 1839)
  • 1763 Claude Chappe, French engineer (optical telegraph)
  • 1765 Joseph Mazzinghi, composer
  • 1771 Dorothy Wordsworth
  • 1775 Antun Sorkocevic, composer
  • 1808 Stephen Cleeg Rowan, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1890)
  • 1810 Alexandros Rhizos Rhankaves, Greek poet and statesman (d. 1892)
  • 1811 Wilhelm E Freiherr von Ketteler, German politician/bishop of Mainz
  • 1813 Milledge Luke Bonham, (Confederacy) (d. 1890)
  • 1814 Jan de Liefde II, Dutch vicar/founder (Coop of Welfare of the People)
  • 1815 Temistocle Solera, composer

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1821 Clara Barton, Oxford Mass, nurse/founder (American Red Cross), (d. 1912)

Humanitarian Clara Barton
Humanitarian
Clara Barton
  • 1823 Preston Smith, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • 1825 Esteban Salas y Castro, composer
  • 1829 Patrick S Gilmore, composer
  • 1831 Johann Herbeck, composer
  • 1832 Thomas Alfred Smyth, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1865)
  • 1837 Cosima Liszt, wife of Austrian composer Richard Wagner
  • 1855 James Galvin, pitcher, shut-out every opposing team in 1884
  • 1856 Hans von Bartels, German painter (d. 1913)
  • 1859 Raoul Gunsbourg, composer
  • 1860 Manuel Dimech, Maltese philosopher and social reformer (d. 1921)
  • 1861 Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, Indian founder of Banaras Hindu University (d. 1946)
  • 1863 Charles Pathé, French pioneer of film and record industries (d. 1957)
  • 1864 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach (d. 1951)
  • 1865 Evangeline Cory Booth, Salvation Army general (1904-34)
  • 1867 Alfred Kerr, writer
  • 1868 Eugenie Besserer, Watertown NY, actress (Jazz Singer)
  • 1870 Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics industrialist (d. 1965)
  • 1873 Otto Frederick Hunziker, Swiss-born American dairy educator (d. 1959)
  • 1874 Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (d. 1944)
  • 1875 Theodor Innitzer, cardinal/archbishop Vienna
  • 1875 Walter Lees, cricketer (Surrey pace bowler toured for Eng 1905-06)
  • 1876 Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Karachi, founded Pakistan (1947)/gov (1947-58)
  • 1876 Adolf Otto Reinhold Windaus, Nobel laureate (d. 1959)
  • 1878 W Starling Burgess, yacht designer (America Cup's Enterprise)
  • 1878 Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver (d. 1941)
  • 1881 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees)
  • 1883 Fran Lhotka, composer
  • 1883 Maurice Utrillo, France, painter (Port St Martin, Montmartre)
  • 1884 Evelyn Nesbit, American actress (d. 1967)
  • 1886 Kid Ory, American musician (d. 1973)
  • 1887 Conrad Hilton, hotel mogul (Hilton Hotels)
  • 1887 Jacobus W G Balfoort, Dutch actor (Bulldog Drummond)
  • 1887 John Davidson, actor (Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), born in NYC, New York
  • 1890 Robert Ripley, Santa Rosa, California, collector of odd facts (Believe it or Not), (d. 1949)
  • 1891 Clarrie Grimmett, cricketer (in Dunedin Great Australian leg-spinner)
  • 1891 Earle Foxe, Oxford OH, actor (Dance Fools Dance)
  • 1891 Kenneth A N Anderson, British general (Dunkerk, North Africa)
  • 1892 Rebecca West, [Cicely Isabel Fairfield], English author (Meaning of Treason), born in London
  • 1893 Bert Bertram, actor (How to Steal a Million)
  • 1893 Fred Hillebrand, American actor (Martin Kane), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1898 Theo Swagemakers, Dutch portrait painter
  • 1899 Frank Fergusson, actor (My Friend Flicka, Peyton Place)
  • 1899 Humphrey Bogart, actor, (Casablanca - "Here's looking at you, kid") born in NYC, New York
  • 1899 Raphael Soyer, artist (Depression Scenes in NYC)
  • 1900 Barton Maclane, Columbia SC, actor (Gen Peterson-I Dream of Jeannie)
  • 1900 Gladys Swarthout, Deepwater Missouri, mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda)
  • 1900 W L "Tich" Cornford, cricketer (Sussex keeper played for England 1930)
  • 1901 Alice C, English duchess of Gloucester/aunt of Elizabeth II
  • 1902 Barton MacLane, SC, actor (Geisha Boy, Peterson-I Dream of Jeannie)
  • 1903 Antiochos Evanghelatos, composer
  • 1903 Corry Lievens, [Isabella MJ Adriaens], Flemish actress (Blue Bird)
  • 1903 J Edward Bromberg, Hungary, actor (The Mark of Zorro, Under 2 Flags)
  • 1904 Gerhard Herzberg, Can, physicist (molecular structure-Nobel 1971)
  • 1906 Clark M Clifford, US Secretary of Defense (1968-69)
  • 1906 Herman J Scheltema, [NEM Pareau], Dutch jurist/poet
  • 1906 Lew Grade, British TV mogul (ATV)/movie producer (Boys from Brazil)
  • 1906 William McChesney Martin, Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank (1951-70)
  • 1906 Ernst Ruska, Nobel laureate (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Cab[ell] Calloway, bandleader (Minnie the Moocha, Jazzball), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1907 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Mike Mazurki, Ukrainian-born actor (d. 1990)
  • 1908 Frank Ferguson, California, actor (Wagons West, Dynamite, My Gal Sal)
  • 1908 Helen Twelvetrees, actress (State's Attorney, Painted Desert)
  • 1908 Jan Seidel, composer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1871 Inventor Thomas Edison (24) marries 1st wife Mary Stilwell (16)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison

HeartWedding of Interest

1871 Writer Ambrose Bierce (29) weds Mary Ellen Day

Writer & Satirist Ambrose Bierce
Writer & Satirist
Ambrose Bierce
  • 1949 British born actor "Notorious" Cary Grant (45) weds actress Betsy Drake (26)
  • 1950 Dick Tracy marries Tess Truehart
  • 1997 Actress Rue McClanahan (64) weds actor-producer Morrow Wilson (58) at Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria

HeartWedding of Interest

1999 Comedian Jerry Seinfeld (45) marries PR executive Jessica Sklar (28)

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian
Jerry Seinfeld
  • 2012 Marie Osmond's daughter Rachael Osmond (23) weds Gabriel Krueger (22) in Park City, Utah
  • 2012 "Arrow" actor Stephen Amell (31) weds America's Next Top Model Cassandra Jean (27) in the Caribbean

Famous Divorces


Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

1945 Actor John Wayne (38) divorces Josephine Saenz (37) after 12 years of marriage

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 127

  • 795 Adrian I, Italian Pope (772-95), dies at 95
  • 820 Leo V, the Armenian, Byzantine gen/Emperor (813-20), murdered
  • 1156 Peter Venerabilis, Fr theologist/9th abbot of Cluny, dies at about 61
  • 1249 Peter Nolascus, Spanish monastery founder/St, dies
  • 1513 Johannes Amerbach, Swiss publisher/printer, dies at about 70

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1635 Samuel de Champlain, French explorer and founder of Quebec City, dies of a stroke at 61

French Explorer Samuel de Champlain
French Explorer
Samuel de Champlain
  • 1676 Matthew Hale, Lord Chief Justice of England (b. 1609)
  • 1676 William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle, English soldier (b. 1592)
  • 1683 Kara Mustafa Pasha Turkish grand-vizier (1676-83) and Ottoman general, executed. (b. 1634)
  • 1758 James Hervey, English clergyman (b. 1714)
  • 1765 Antonio Tonelli, composer, dies at 79
  • 1765 Václav Prokop Diviš, Czech theologian and natural scientist (b. 1698)
  • 1784 Yosa Buson, Japanese painter (b. 1716)
  • 1788 John Logan, Scottish conductor (Ode to the Cuckoo), dies at about 40
  • 1824 Barbara Krudener, mystic visionary who renounced nobility, dies at 60
  • 1842 Bedrich Divis Weber, composer, dies at 76
  • 1848 Johann Erik Nordblom, composer, dies at 60
  • 1868 Linus Yale, developer of cylinder lock, dies
  • 1875 Young Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (b. 1851)
  • 1878 Anna Claypoole Peale, US painter of miniatures, dies
  • 1880 Fridolin Anderwert, Swiss Federal Councillor (b. 1828)
  • 1883 Marek Konrad Sokolowski, composer, dies at 65
  • 1895 Raul d'Avila Pompeia, Brazilian writer (Boarding-school), dies at 32
  • 1904 Per Jonas Fredrik Vilhelm Svedbom, composer, dies at 61
  • 1916 St. Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic saint (b. 1845)
  • 1921 Hans Huber, composer, dies at 69
  • 1921 Korolenko, writer, dies
  • 1922 Alphonse Goovaerts, composer, dies at 75
  • 1925 Sergei Jessenin, writer, dies at 30
  • 1925 Karl Abraham, German psychoanalyst (b. 1877)
  • 1926 Yoshihito, 123rd Emperor of Japan (1912-26), dies at 47
  • 1927 Sergei D Sazonov, Russian Foreign minister (1910-16), dies at 66
  • 1930 Harvey Worthington Loomis, composer, dies at 65
  • 1933 Francesc Macià, Catalonian statesman (b. 1859)
  • 1935 Paul Bourget, French novelist and critic (b. 1852)
  • 1936 Pierre Maurice, composer, dies at 68
  • 1938 Karel Čapek, Czech author (b. 1890)
  • 1940 Agnes Ayres, actress (Johnny Belinda, Sheik), dies at 42
  • 1942 Vojislav Vuckovic, composer, dies at 32
  • 1943 Ilona Durigo, Hungarian singer, dies at 62
  • 1943 Raymond Huntington Woodman, composer, dies at 82
  • 1946 W C Fields, writer/comedian (Bank Dick, It's A Gift), dies at 67
  • 1947 Gaspar G. Bacon, was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1886)
  • 1950 Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexican poet (Nostalgia de la muerte), dies at 47
  • 1950 Neil Francis Hawkins, British fascist (b. 1903)
  • 1951 Harry T Moore, Florida NAACP official, killed by bomb
  • 1953 Patsy Donovan, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1865)
  • 1954 Johnny Ace, American rhythm and blues singer, accidentally shoots himself in the head at 25
  • 1954 Liberty Hyde Bailey, US botanist (Plantbreeding), dies at 96
  • 1954 Rosario Scalero, composer, dies at 84
  • 1956 Robert Walser, writer, dies at 78
  • 1957 Frederick Law Olmsted Jr, US landscape architect and advocate for wildlife conservation, dies at 87
  • 1961 Rheinhold Rudenberg, inventor of electron microscope, dies
  • 1961 Otto Loewi, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1873)
  • 1961 Owen Brewster, U.S. Senator from Maine (b. 1888)
  • 1963 Tristan Tzara, writer, dies at 67
  • 1964 Cheerio Meredith, actress (One Happy Family), dies at 74
  • 1971 Byron Arnold, composer, dies at 70
  • 1973 İsmet İnönü, Turkish statesman (b. 1884)
  • 1973 Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (b. 1880)
  • 1975 Gaston Gallimard, French publisher (Library Gallimard), dies at 94
  • 1976 Arthur Mitchell, cricketer (batted in 6 Tests for Eng 1933-36), dies
  • 1976 Frankie Darro, actor (Radio Ranch, Valley of Wanted Men), dies at 58

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1977 Charlie Chaplin, actor/comedian (Modern Times, The Kid), dies in Switzerland at 88

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1979 Joan Blondell, American actress (Real McCoys), dies of leukemia at 73
  • 1979 Lee Bowman, actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover), dies at 64
  • 1979 Jordi Bonet, Quebec muralist and sculptor (b. 1932)
  • 1980 Fred Emney, actor (Adventures of a Private Eye), dies at 80
  • 1980 Louis Neefs, Belgian singer, dies at 43
  • 1980 Oscar Romero, archbishop of El Salvador, murdered
  • 1983 Joan Miro, Spanish surrealist, dies at his home in Majorca at 90
  • 1985 George Rhodes, orchestra leader (Sammy Davis Jr Show), dies at 66
  • 1988 Ooka Shohei, Japanese novelist (b. 1909)
  • 1988 Edward Pelham-Clinton, 10th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne (b. 1920)
  • 1989 Barrel Regtien, student leader, dies
  • 1989 Billy Martin, NY Yankee manager, killed in a car accident at 61
  • 1989 Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romania's Communist dictator Nicolae, executed at 73

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1989 Nicolae Ceausescu, Communist dictator of Romania, executed at 71

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • 1989 Ton Regtien, Dutch student leader, dies at 51
  • 1990 Marguerite N Wittenberg, entertainer, dies of cancer at 77
  • 1991 Curt Bois, actor (Great Waltz, Boat is Full), dies at 90
  • 1991 Mahmood Hussain, cricketer (27 Tests for Pakistan, 68 wickets), dies
  • 1991 Orane Demazis, French actress (Marius, Fanny et Caesar), dies at 87
  • 1991 Sal Provenza, entertainer, dies of lymphoma at 45
  • 1992 Richard H Ichord, US leader of House Un-American Activities Committee, dies at 66
  • 1992 Garrison H Davidson, US lt-gen commandant (West Point), dies
  • 1992 Helen B M Fennell Joseph, English/South Afr anti-apartheid, dies at 87
  • 1992 Monica Dickens, English/US journalist/author, dies at 77
  • 1992 Ted Croker, RAF-pilot/sect English soccer team (sponsoring), dies
  • 1993 Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist (b. 1899)
  • 1994 Pierre Dreyfus, French director of Renault (1955-75), dies at 87
  • 1994 Zail Singh, president of India (1982-87), dies at 78
  • 1995 Dean Martin, singer/actor (Return to Me), dies at 78
  • 1995 Emmanuel Levinas, philosopher, dies at 89
  • 1995 Jimmy Boucher, cricketer (great Irish all-rounder 1929-54), dies
  • 1995 Nikolai [Nicolas Leonidovich] Slonimsky, musicologist, dies at 101
  • 1996 Derek Prouse, writer actor/director (Le Scandale), dies at 74
  • 1996 Jon Benet Ramsey, Colo child beauty queen, murdered at 6
  • 1996 Rupert John, gov-gen of Grenadines (1970-76), dies
  • 1997 Anatoli Boukreev, mountaineer, dies at 39