On This Day for 28th December

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 185

  • 418 St Boniface I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 801 Louis the Vrome occupies Barcelona
  • 1065 Westminster Abbey consecrated
  • 1308 The reign of Emperor Hanazono, emperor of Japan, begins.

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1612 First observation of Neptune - Galileo observes and records a "fixed star" without realising it is a planet

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei
  • 1614 Sperm whale beached at Noordwijk
  • 1732 1st known ad for "Poor Richard's Almanack" (Pennsylvania Gazette)
  • 1767 King Taksin crowned King of Thailand and establishes Thonburi as his capital.
  • 1816 American Colonization Society organizes
  • 1821 Naples: Gioacchini Rossini moves to Bologna
  • 1828 6.8 earthquake strikes Echigo Japan, 30,000 killed

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1832 John C. Calhoun becomes 1st VP to resign (differences with President Jackson)

Politician John C. Calhoun
Politician
John C. Calhoun
  • 1836 Spain recognizes independence of Mexico
  • 1836 Proclamation of South Australia as a British Province. Formal proclamation was read out in what is now the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg North by Captain (later Rear Admiral, Governor, Sir) John Hindmarsh
  • 1846 Iowa becomes 29th state the Union
  • 1849 M Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidentally upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect
  • 1850 Rangoon, Burma, destroyed by fire

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1860 Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn NY, on her last mission to free slaves, evading capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist
Harriet Tubman
  • 1864 Battle of Egypt Station, MS
  • 1867 United States claims Midway Island, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits.
  • 1869 William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patents chewing gum
  • 1877 John Stevens, applies for a patent for his flour rolling mill
  • 1878 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Quod apostolici muneris (socialism)
  • 1879 North British Railway's train falls as Tay bridge collapses (Scotland)
  • 1887 Sir John Layton Jarvis, 1st British race horse trainer knighted
  • 1893 French lieutenant Boiteux annexes Tumbuktu
  • 1895 Filmmakers the Lumiere brothers, hold the first commercial film screening at Salon Indien du Grand Café, Paris
  • 1897 Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac" premieres in Paris
  • 1902 1st indoor pro football game, Syracuse beats Phila 6-0 (Madison Square Garden, NYC)
  • 1902 Trans-Pacific cable links Hawaii to US
  • 1903 Clyde Fitch's "Glad of It" premieres in NYC
  • 1904 1st daily wireless weather forecasts published (London)
  • 1905 Intercollegiate Athletic Association of US founded (becomes NCAA in 1910)
  • 1905 NSW all out for 805 vs Victoria, win by innings & 253
  • 1906 Ecuador adopts its second liberal constitution
  • 1908 Earthquake strikes Messina, Italy (nearly 80,000 died)
  • 1910 Opera "Konigskinder" is produced (NYC)
  • 1912 National Council of Young Israel convenes
  • 1912 SF Municipal Railway starts operation at Geary St (MUNI)
  • 1912 The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California.
  • 1914 Turks are repulsed by the Russians after fighting in Armenia for weeks
  • 1915 SF City Hall dedicated by Mayor James Rolph
  • 1915 Today the British Cabinet recognizes the true nature of the war by deciding to institute compulsory military service, with single men to be conscripted before married ones
  • 1921 The beginning of the Rand Rebellion in Southern Africa; the rebellion started as a strike by white mineworkers on and became an open armed rebellion against the state

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1923 George Bernard Shaw's "St Joan" premieres in NYC

  • 1925 George/Ira Gershwin's musical "Tip-Toes" premieres in NYC
  • 1926 Arthur Mailey takes 4-362 off 64 overs (no maidens) NSW v Vic
  • 1926 Imperial Airways begins England-India mail & passenger service
  • 1926 Ponsford scores 352 & Ryder 295 against NSW
  • 1926 Victoria all out for 1107 against NSW at the MCG Crowd 22,348

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1927 George Kaufman & Moss Hart's "Royal Family" premieres in NYC

Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart
  • 1928 Last recording of Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues," made

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1928 Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of "West End blues"

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

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1931 Lin-Sen succeeds Chiang Kai-shek as President of Nanjing-China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1935 W P A Federal Art Project Gallery opens in NYC
  • 1935 Pravda publishes a letter by Pavel Postyshev, who revives New Year tree tradition in the Soviet Union.
  • 1937 Fascist Octavian Goga becomes PM of Romania/begins spread of Judaism
  • 1938 Paul Gibb scores 106 on Test Cricket debut v South Africa
  • 1940 Cricketer Arthur Morris scores 111 in 2nd innings of 1st game after 148
  • 1941 State of siege goes into effect in Bohemia/Moravia
  • 1942 Oberkommando Wehrmacht orders strategist flight out of Kaukasus
  • 1942 Robert Sullivan becomes 1st pilot to fly Atlantic 100 times
  • 1943 All Kalmyk inhabitants of of the Republic of Kalmukkie deported by the Soviet Union to Central Asia and Siberia. Many die en route

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1944 Eisenhower & Montgomery meet in Hasselt, Belgium

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1944 Former Wash 3rd baseman Buddy Lewis wins Distinguished Flying Cross
  • 1944 Leonard Bernstein's musical "On the Town" premieres in NYC
  • 1945 Congress officially recognizes "Pledge of Allegiance"
  • 1947 Chic Cards beat Philadelphia Eagles 28-21 in NFL championship game
  • 1948 IDF crosses Egyptian border
  • 1948 Middel-Java as a whole in Dutch hands
  • 1948 US announced a study to launch an Earth satellite
  • 1948 The DC-3 airliner NC16002 disappears 50 miles south of Miami, Florida.
  • 1949 20th Century Fox announces it would produce TV programs
  • 1950 Chinese troops cross 38th Parallel, into South Korea
  • 1950 The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park.
  • 1952 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-7 in NFL championship game
  • 1953 WLBT TV channel 3 in Jackson, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 43rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Sydney (3-2)
  • 1954 KEPR TV channel 19 in Pasco-Kennewick-Richl, WA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1955 44th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (5-0)
  • 1956 Miss Frances [Horwich], last Ding Dong School on NBC-TV
  • 1957 CBS states it won't broadcast baseball where minor league games are on
  • 1957 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • 1957 46th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • 1958 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1
  • 1958 "The Greatest Game Ever Played", Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants 23-17 in the first every sudden-death overtime game in NFL history (17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game)
  • 1960 49th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (4-1)

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1961 Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana" premieres in NYC

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • 1961 50th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Melbourne (5-0)
  • 1962 UN troops occupies Elizabethstad Katanga
  • 1962 51st Davis Cup: Australia beats Mexico in Brisbane (5-0)
  • 1963 "Double Dublin" closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1963 "Jennie" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 82 performances

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1963 Merle Haggard 1st appearance on country chart with "Sing a Sad Song"

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1963 14th Formula One WDC: Jim Clark wins by 21 points
  • 1964 Premier of Dmitri Sjostakovitch' Stefan Rasin
  • 1964 Principal filming on film "Doctor Zhivago" begins
  • 1966 13 die in a train crash in Everett Mass
  • 1966 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1966 55th Davis Cup: Australia beats India in Melbourne (4-1)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 241

  • 1164 Emperor Rokujō of Japan (d. 1176)
  • 1484 Joachim Vadianus, [von Watt], Swiss physician/mayor of Sankt Gallen
  • 1522 Margaret of Austria, regent of the Netherlands (d. 1583)
  • 1619 Antoine Furetière, French writer (d. 1688)
  • 1631 Ludolf Backhuysen, Dutch seascape painter/cartoonist
  • 1635 Princess Elizabeth of England (d. 1650)
  • 1655 Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis, First Lord of the British Admiralty (d. 1698)
  • 1665 George FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, British general (d. 1716)
  • 1694 Ceslav Vanura, composer
  • 1731 Christian Cannabich, German composer/royal chaplain master
  • 1738 Thaddaus Ferdinand Lipowsky, composer
  • 1751 Josef Blazej Smrcek, composer
  • 1753 Johan Wikmanson, composer
  • 1763 John Molson, founded Montreal brewery (Molsons)
  • 1778 Franciszek Ksawery Drucki-Lubecki, Polish politician (d. 1846)
  • 1783 Robert Gallenberg, composer
  • 1787 Hermanus J Abbring, Dutch writer/engineer on Curacao
  • 1801 James Barnes, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1869)
  • 1805 Tomas Genoves y Lapetra, composer
  • 1812 Julius Reitz, composer
  • 1822 William Booth Taliaferro, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1898)
  • 1823 Thomas Alexander Scott, Asst Secy War (Union), (d. 1881)
  • 1826 Conrad Busken Huet, Dutch vicar/literary (Country of Rubens)
  • 1827 Robert Latimer McCook, volunteers Brigadier General (Union), (d. 1862)
  • 1828 Karl L Kahlbaum, German psychiatrist (katatonie)
  • 1833 Charles Miller Shelley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1907)
  • 1835 Archibald Geikie, British geologist
  • 1837 Benjamin Johnson Lang, composer
  • 1842 Calixa Lavallee, composer
  • 1845 Homer Newton Bartlett, composer
  • 1849 Herbert von Bismarck, German politician/son of Otto of Bismarck

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1856 [Thomas] Woodrow Wilson, Staunton Va, 28th (D) US President (1913-21), Nobel Peace Prize 1919

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1859 Gerard Brucken Fock, composer
  • 1859 John W Fortescue, military historian
  • 1860 Alexander von Fielitz, composer
  • 1865 Félix E Vallotton, Switz/French painter/writer (Chaste Suzanna)
  • 1866 Szymon Askenazy, Polish historian and diplomat (d. 1935)
  • 1868 Marie van Regteren Altena, Dutch painter (Amsterdam's Joffers)

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1872 Pío Baroja y Nessi, Spanish Basque writer, author of over 100 novels (The Struggle for Life, Zalacain the Adventurer), born in San Sebastián, Basque Country (d. 1956)

Spanish Writer Pío Baroja
Spanish Writer
Pío Baroja
  • 1880 Christian DFL Leipoldt, South african physician/writer/poet
  • 1882 Arthur Eddington, England, astrophysicist/cosmologist/mathematician
  • 1883 A Wolfenstein, writer
  • 1884 Joseph Pholien, Belgian premier (1950-52)/communist hunter
  • 1887 Charles Dingle
  • 1888 Gabriel von Wayditch, composer
  • 1889 Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
  • 1890 Frank Butler, Oxford England, actor/sreenwriter (Road to Bali, China)
  • 1894 Andre de Meulemeester, Belgian WW I pilot (Eagle of Flanders)
  • 1894 Ed Healey, NFL tackle (Rock Island Independents, Chicago Bears)
  • 1896 Roger Huntington Sessions, composer (Black Masks), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1898 Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish meteorologist (d. 1957)
  • 1898 Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral (d. 1947)
  • 1899 Eugeniusz Bodo, Polish actor (d. 1943)
  • 1902 Mortimer J Adler, author (Encyclopedia Brittanica), born in NYC, New York
  • 1902 Shen Congwen, writer
  • 1903 John von Neumann, mathematician/astronomer (Bocher Award 1938)
  • 1903 Earl Hines, American musician (d. 1983)
  • 1904 Clabon W Allen, Australian/British astronomer
  • 1904 Sergei Yutkevich, St Petersburg Russia, director (Otello, Banya)
  • 1905 Cliff Arquette, Toledo Oh, comedian (Charlie Weaver)
  • 1905 Earl "Fatha" Hines, Duquesne Pa, jazz pianist (Deep Forest)
  • 1905 Gajapatairaj Vijaya Ananda the Rajkumar of Vizianagram (Ind)
  • 1907 Roman Palester, Polish composer: The Weichsel
  • 1908 Lew Ayres, Minn, actor (All Quiet on Western Front, Dr Kildare)
  • 1909 Billy Williams, Waco Tx, singer (Your Show of Shows)
  • 1909 Nikola J Vaptsarov, Bulgaria poet (Subrani Sutsjinenija)
  • 1910 John Kerr, NZ, cricketer (opening batsman in 1930s)
  • 1911 Phani Majumdar, filmmaker
  • 1911 Sam Levenson, humorist (Sam Levenson Show, Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913 Lou Jacobi, comedian (Dean Martin Show, Melba), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1914 Bernard Youens, British actor (Coronation Street)
  • 1914 Lee Bowman, Cincinnati Ohio, actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover)
  • 1915 Roebuck "Pops" Staples, US gospel/singer (Staple Singers)
  • 1916 Noel Johnson, British actor (Frenzy, Frightmare, Royal Flash)
  • 1917 Ellis Clarke, president Trinidad & Tobago (1976-87)
  • 1919 Inocenti Carreno, composer
  • 1920 Steve Van Buren, NFL halfback (Philadelphia Eagles), (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Bruce McCarty, South Bend, Indiana, architect (1982 World Fair), (d. 2013)
  • 1921 Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
  • 1921 Johnny Otis [Alexandres Veliotes], American R&B musician, producer and talent scout, born in Vallejo California
  • 1922 Nyron Sultan Asgarali, cricketer (West Indian opening bat 1957)
  • 1922 Stan Lee, comics artist/creator (Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk)
  • 1923 Andrew Duggan, actor (Secret War of Harry Frigg, Winds of War)
  • 1924 Milton Obote, President of Uganda (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Bill [William] Westwood, British bishop of Peterborough
  • 1925 Hildegard Knef, Ulm Germany, actress (Touch of Class, Mozambique), (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Donald Carr, cricketer (England player in 50's, later MCC honcho)
  • 1927 Anne Armstrong, US ambassador and first female counsel to the President, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Simon Raven, English playwright/critic (Alms for Oblivion)
  • 1928 Kamillo Lendvay, composer
  • 1928 Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Maarten Schmidt, Neth/US astronomer (quasars)
  • 1929 Owen Bieber, United Auto Workers president

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1929 Terry Sawchuk, Winnipeg Manitoba, NHL goaltender (Redwings, Bruins, Maple Leaf, Rangers)

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • 1931 Martin Milner, American actor (Route 66", "Adam 12"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Georg "Org" Marais, South African economist/underminister of Finance
  • 1931 Guy Debord, situationist
  • 1931 John de Mol, Dutch vocalist/composer/producer
  • 1932 Clem Schouwenaars, Flemish poet/writer
  • 1932 Dorsey Burnette, rocker (Tall Oak Tree, Hey Little One), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Famous Weddings

  • 1936 British best-selling romantic author Barbara Cartland (35) marries 2nd husband Hugh McCorquodale

HeartWedding of Interest

1936 Football player Bronko Nagurski (28) weds childhood sweetheart Eileen Kane in International Falls, Minnesota

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski

HeartWedding of Interest

1950 Author John Steinbeck (48) weds actress Elaine Anderson (36)

HeartWedding of Interest

1956 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (23) weds actor Gig Young (43)

HeartWedding of Interest

1956 Singer Patti Page (29) weds choreographer Charles O'Curran in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page
  • 1957 "Rebel Without A Cause" actress Natalie Wood (19) weds actor Robert Wagner (27) at Scottsdale United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1994 Billy Ray Cyrus (Achy Breaky Heart) weds Leticia Finley

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 Actor Robert Carlyle (36) weds makeup artist Anastasia Shirley in Scotland

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 "Cheers" actor Woody Harrelson (47) weds longtime girlfriend Laura Louie (43) in Maui Island

  • 2010 "Thor" actor Chris Hemsworth (27) weds spanish actress Elsa Pataky (34) in Indonesia
  • 2011 "Stargate SG-1" actor Christopher Judge (47) weds actress and model Gianna Patton (33)

Famous Divorces


Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

1942 Actress Janet Leigh (14) divorces childhood sweetheart John Kenneth Carlisle (18) 4 months after getting married

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh
  • 2010 Film and record company executive Justin Siegel (23) divorces actress-singer Emmy Rossum due to irreconcilable differences after a year-and-a-half of marriage

Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

2012 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (82) divorces Lois Driggs Cannon due to irreconcilable differences after 23 years of marriage

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Astronaut
Buzz Aldrin

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 108

  • 300 Theonas, Patriarch of Alexandria
  • 1367 Ashikaga Yoshiakira, Japanese shogun (b. 1330)
  • 1446 Clement VIII, (Sanchez Muñoz), Spanish anti-pope (1423-29), dies
  • 1503 Piero di Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1471)
  • 1542 Albert Pigge, [Pighius], Dutch theologist/astronomer, dies at about 52
  • 1622 Francois de Sales, French bishop of Geneva/writer/saint, dies at 55
  • 1663 Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Italian mathematician and physicist (b. 1618)
  • 1671 Johann Friedrich Gronovius, German classical scholar (b. 1611)
  • 1673 Joan Blaeu, Dutch cartographer/publisher (Atlas Major), dies at 77
  • 1694 Mary II, Queen of England, dies after 5 years of rule at 32 [NS=Jan 7]
  • 1703 Mustafa II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1664)
  • 1706 Pierre Bayle, French theologist (History of Criticism), dies at 59
  • 1708 Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, French botanist (b. 1656)
  • 1715 William Carstares, Scottish minister (b. 1649)

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1734 Rob Roy, Scottish folk hero and outlaw, dies at 63

Folk Hero and Outlaw Rob Roy
Folk Hero and Outlaw
Rob Roy
  • 1772 Ernst J earl van/of Biron, Russian duke of Courland, dies at 82
  • 1775 Peter A van de Parra, gov-gen of (Neth Indies), dies at 61
  • 1779 Gennaro Manna, composer, dies at 64
  • 1793 Louis earl of Bylandt, Dutch admiral, dies at about 75
  • 1795 Eugenio Espejo, Ecuadorian scientist (b. 1747)
  • 1830 Adrien-Joseph van Helmont, composer, dies at 83
  • 1859 Thomas Babington Macaulay, English essayist/historian, dies
  • 1860 Cornelius Broere, Dutch RC clergyman/poet, dies at 57
  • 1862 Joaquim Casimiro Junior, composer, dies at 54
  • 1870 Alexey Fyodorovich L'vov, composer, dies at 72
  • 1870 Peter van Schendel, Dutch painter, dies at 64
  • 1872 James Van Ness, Mayor of San Francisco (1855-1856) (b. 1808)
  • 1878 Jose Bernardo Alcedo, composer, dies at 90
  • 1884 Gerben Colmjon, Frisian linguist/publisher, dies at 56
  • 1891 Alfred Cellier, composer, dies at 47
  • 1897 Rev. William Corby, American Catholic priest (b. 1833)
  • 1900 Alexandre Alberto da Rocha de Serpa Pinto, Portuguese explorer (b. 1846)
  • 1903 George [Robert] Gissing, English novelist, dies at 46
  • 1915 Gerrit Jan van Heek, Dutch textile manufacturer/politician, dies at 78
  • 1916 Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer (318 dances), dies at 81
  • 1917 Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (b. 1892)
  • 1918 George H White, last post Reconstruction congressman (Penn), dies
  • 1918 Olavo Bilac, Brazilian poet (b. 1865)
  • 1919 Johannes Rydberg, Swedish physicist (b. 1854)
  • 1924 Léon Bakst, Russian artist (b. 1866)
  • 1932 John Blackham, cricketer (35 Tests as Aust WK, caught 37), dies
  • 1935 Clarence Day, writer (Life with Father), dies
  • 1937 Maurice J Ravel, Swiss/French composer (Bolero), dies in Paris at 62
  • 1938 Florence Lawrence, silent screen actress (Confidence), dies at 48
  • 1943 Steve Evans, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • 1944 Cornelia ten Boom is accidentally released from Ravensbruck
  • 1945 Theodore Dreiser, novelist (An American Tragedy), dies at 74
  • 1946 Carrie Jacobs Bond, American composer (I Love You Truly), dies at 85
  • 1947 Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy (1900-46), dies at 78
  • 1948 Mahmud Nokrashy Pasha, PM of Egypt (19..-48), assassinated
  • 1949 Jack Lovelock, NZ/US surgeon/athlete (Olympic-gold-1936), dies at 39
  • 1949 W Hervey Allen, US writer/poet (Anthony Adverse), dies at 60
  • 1952 Fletcher Henderson, American musician (b. 1897)
  • 1956 Roelof Kranenburg, Dutch social democratic party-chairman, dies at 76
  • 1959 Ante Pavelić, leader of Nazi Germany puppet Independent State of Croatia (b. 1889)
  • 1961 Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, 1st lady (1915-21), dies at 89
  • 1962 Kathleen Clifford, American actress (b. 1887)
  • 1963 Abbott Joseph Liebling, American journalist/writer, dies
  • 1963 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Composer's World), dies at 68
  • 1967 Béla Schick, Hung/US children's physician (Scarlet Fever), dies at 90
  • 1967 Katharine McCormick, American women's rights activist (b. 1875)
  • 1969 Henry Oscar, actor (Saint in London), dies at 78
  • 1970 L Mendel Rivers, (Rep-D-SC), dies at 65
  • 1971 Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner, composer, dies at 83
  • 1976 Freddie King, rocker, dies at 42
  • 1976 Katharine Byron, American politician (b. 1903)
  • 1978 Harry Winston, US jeweler for the "rich & famous", dies at 82
  • 1980 Amir Elahi, cricketer, 1st Pakistani Test cricketer to die
  • 1980 Jersey calf, lived 222 days with an artificial heart
  • 1981 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born film director (b. 1885)
  • 1982 Frederick Douglass Hall, composer, dies at 84
  • 1983 Dennis Wilson, drummer/singer (Beach Boys), drowns at 39
  • 1983 William Demarest, actor (My 3 Sons), dies in Palm Springs at 91
  • 1983 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (b. 1910)
  • 1984 Sam Peckinpah, director, dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • 1986 Andrei Tarkovsky, dies
  • 1986 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter, dies at 77
  • 1987 Charles Malik, Lebanon's 1st delegate to UN, dies at 81
  • 1988 Hal Ashby, academy-award winning director, dies of cancer at 59
  • 1989 Robert Wickler, dies
  • 1989 Hermann Oberth, German physicist (b. 1894)
  • 1990 Ed van der Elsken, Dutch photographer (Sweet Life), dies at 65
  • 1990 Kiel Martin, actor (Det LaRue-Hill Street Blues), dies of cancer at 46
  • 1990 Lucas Polhaupessy, Moluccan leader, dies
  • 1991 Cassandra Harris, actress (For Your Eyes Only), dies of cancer at 39
  • 1991 Jacques Aubuchon, actor (Hoax, Thunder Road), dies of heart failure
  • 1992 Mort Greene, US songwriter (My Grandfather's Clock), dies at 80
  • 1993 Howard Caine, dies
  • 1993 Joop Vervoort, Dutch soccer referee, dies at 61
  • 1993 William L Shirer, writer (Rise & Fall of 3rd Reich), dies at 89
  • 1994 Julian Belfrage, theatre agent, dies at 60
  • 1995 Harold Francis Collison, trade unionist, dies at 84
  • 1997 George Fleming, cyclist, dies at 80
  • 1997 James Lees-Milne, architecural historian, dies at 89
  • 1997 Ronald Clive Williams, actor/comedian, dies at 68
  • 1999 Clayton Moore, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2001 Samuel A. Goldblith, American food scientist (b. 1919)
  • 2001 William X. Kienzle, American novelist (b. 1928)
  • 2003 Benjamin Hacker, American admiral (b. 1935)
  • 2004 Jerry Orbach, American actor (b. 1935)