On This Day for 6th December

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 175

  • 963 Leo VIII elected Pope
  • 1060 Béla I of Hungary is crowned king of Hungary
  • 1160 Jean Bodels "Jeu de St Nicholas" premieres in Arras
  • 1196 Northern Dutch coast flooded, "Saint-Nicolas Flood"
  • 1240 Mongols under Batu Khan occupy & destroy Kiev

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1424 Don Alfonso V of Aragon grants Barcelona the right to exclude Jews

  • 1527 Pope Clemens VII flees to Orvieto
  • 1534 Quito, Ecuador, founded by Spanish
  • 1631 1st predicted transit of Venus (Kepler) is observed
  • 1641 Don Francisco de Mello appointed land guardian of South Netherlands
  • 1648 Pride's Purge: Thomas Pride prevents 96 presbyterians from sitting in English parliament
  • 1723 Emperor Karel VI's Pragmatic Sanctie declares Constitution
  • 1732 1st play in American colonies acted by professional players, NYC
  • 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlies army retreats to Scotland
  • 1756 British troops under Robert Clive occupy Fulta, India
  • 1768 1st edition of "Encyclopedia Brittanica" published (Scotland)
  • 1787 Laurens Pieter van de Speigel appointed Dutch pension advisor
  • 1790 The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1822 Veterinary school in Utrecht opens

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1825 Pres John Adams suggests establishment of a US observatory

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams

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1833 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin departs Rio de la Plata

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1841 Robert Schumann's 4th Symphony in D premieres
  • 1843 Amsterdam-Utrecht railway opens
  • 1845 Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity is founded at Yale College.
  • 1846 Opera "La Damnation de Faust" is produced (Paris)

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1849 Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland for the 2nd and final time

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist
Harriet Tubman
  • 1862 US President Lincoln orders hanging of 39 Santee Sioux indians
  • 1864 Battle of Deveaux's Neck, SC
  • 1865 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery
  • 1866 Chicago water supply tunnel 3,227 m into Lake Michigan completed
  • 1870 Joseph H Rainey, 1st black in House of Reps (SC)
  • 1873 1st international football game in US: Yale 2, Eton (England) 1
  • 1875 44th Congress (1875-77) convenes
  • 1876 1st crematorium in US begins operation, Washington, Penn
  • 1876 City of Anaheim incorporated for 2nd time
  • 1876 US Electorial College picks Rep Hayes as pres (although Tilden won)

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1877 First recording made of the human voce - Thomas Edison reciting "Mary had a little lamb"

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 1877 Washington Post publishes 1st edition
  • 1882 Atmosphere of Venus detected during transit
  • 1884 Aluminum capstone set atop Washington Monument, Wash, DC
  • 1896 D T Suzuki found the awakening at Engakuji temple, in Kamakura
  • 1897 London becomes the world's first city to host licenced taxicabs.
  • 1903 Sumatra Atjehs guerilla leader Panglima Polim surrenders

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1904 Theodore Roosevelt confirms Monroe-doctrine (Roosevelt Corollary)

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1906 The British grant Transvaal self-government
  • 1907 Coal mine explosions in Monongah, WV, kills 361
  • 1912 China votes for universal human rights
  • 1913 White Sox beat Giants 9-4 in exhibition game in Tokyo
  • 1914 German troops over run Lodz
  • 1916 German army under Gen Mackensen occupies Bucharest
  • 1916 World War I: The Central Powers capture Bucharest.
  • 1917 French munition ship "Mont Blanc" explodes in Halifax, kills 1,700
  • 1917 Taking advantage of the temporary relaxation of authority in Russia, Finland declares itself a republic, following the Ukraine on 20 November

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty signed; Ireland receives dominion status; partition creates Northern Ireland

Irish Nationalist Leader Michael Collins
Irish Nationalist Leader
Michael Collins

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1921 Mackenzie King, leader of the Labor Party and architect of a liberal coalition, becomes Prime Minister of Canada

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King
  • 1922 1st constitution of Irish Free State comes into operation
  • 1922 1st electric power line commercial carrier in US, Utica, NY

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1923 1st US Presidential address broadcast on radio by President Calvin Coolidge

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • 1925 Italy, Britain & Egypt sign Jaghbub accord (Italy)
  • 1925 Record 73,000 pay to watch Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 19-7
  • 1929 Turkey introduces female suffrage
  • 1930 18th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Balmy Beach defeat Regina Roughriders, 11-6

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1933 Ban on James Joyce' "Ulysses" in US lifted

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • 1938 117 Spanish knights under capt Piet Laros return to Netherlands

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1938 French/German non-attack treaty drawn (Ribbentrop-Bonnet Pact)

Foreign Minister of the German Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop
Foreign Minister of the German Reich
Joachim von Ribbentrop
  • 1939 5th Heisman Trophy Award: Nile Kinnick, Iowa (HB)
  • 1939 Cole Porter's musical "Du Barry was a Lady" premieres in NYC
  • 1940 Gestapo arrest German resistance fighter/poster artist Helen Ernst
  • 1940 Pietro Badoglio resigns as viceroy of Ethiopia
  • 1941 Dutch & British pilots see Japanese invasion fleet at Singapore
  • 1941 NYC Council agrees to build Idlewild (Kennedy) Airport in Queens
  • 1942 Queen Wilhelmina announces Dutch Commonwealth
  • 1942 RAF bombs Philips factory (150 die)
  • 1944 US 95th Infantry division reaches Westwall
  • 1947 The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated.
  • 1950 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Mirabile illud
  • 1952 Czech government tells Israeli ambassador, he's persona non grata
  • 1953 Brown's Lou "Toe" Groza kicks 8 PATs, beating Giants 62-14

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1954 Simone de Beauvoir receives Prix Goncourt

  • 1955 NY psychologist Joyce Brothers won "$64,000 Question" on boxing
  • 1956 "Happy Hunting" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 413 performances

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1956 Nelson Mandela & 156 others arrested for political activities in S Africa

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1957 1st US attempt to launch a satellite fails-Vanguard rocket blows up
  • 1957 AFL-CIO votes to expel Teamsters (readmitted in October 1987)
  • 1957 Indonesia begins nationalizing Dutch possessions
  • 1958 US lunar probe Pioneer 3 reaches 107,269 km, falls back
  • 1960 AL grants Gene Autry a franchise, LA Angels
  • 1961 27th Heisman Trophy Award: Ernie Davis, Syracuse (HB) (1st African American to win)
  • 1962 US abandons Skybolt balistic missile program
  • 1963 Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fans
  • 1963 Test Cricket debut of Graeme Pollock at the Gabba
  • 1964 "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" 1st airs on TV
  • 1964 KTVR TV channel 13 in La Grande, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 President Segni of Italy resigns
  • 1965 2 trucks crashed into a crowd of dancers (Sotouboua Togo) kills 125
  • 1965 Pakistan's Islamic Ideology Advisory Committee recommends that Islamic Studies be made a compulsory subject for Muslim students from primary to graduate level.
  • 1966 Polio vaccination becomes obligatory in Belgium
  • 1967 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • 1968 Baseball dismisses Commissioner William Eckert after 3 years
  • 1968 PBA National Championship won by Wayne Zahn

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 216

  • 846 Hasan al-Askari, Shia Imam (d. 874)
  • 1285 King Ferdinand IV of Castile (d. 1312)
  • 1421 Henry VI, king of England (1422-61, 1470-71)
  • 1478 Baldassare Castiglione, Italian diplomat and author (d. 1529)
  • 1550 Orazio Tiberio Vecchi, composer
  • 1586 Niccolò Zucchi, Italian astronomer (d. 1670)
  • 1608 George Monck/Monk, English general/gov of Scotland
  • 1637 Sir Edmund Andros, English governor in North America (d. 1714)
  • 1640 Claude Fleury, French historian (d. 1723)
  • 1642 Johann Christoph Bach, German composer (d. 1703)
  • 1685 Marie-Adélaïde of Savoy, mother of Louis XV of France (d. 1712)
  • 1721 James Elphinston, British philologist (d. 1809)
  • 1721 Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, French statesman (d. 1794)
  • 1731 S von Laroche, writer
  • 1732 Warren Hastings, England, 1st governor-General of India (1773-84)
  • 1743 Franz Nikolaus Novotny, composer
  • 1752 Gabriel Duvall, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1844)
  • 1768 Johann Baptist Henneberg, composer
  • 1775 Nicolas Isouard, composer
  • 1776 Paul Friedrich Struck, composer
  • 1778 Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French physicist and chemist (d. 1850)
  • 1792 Abraham J van de Aa, lexicographer (Biographic Dictionary)
  • 1792 King William II of the Netherlands (d. 1849)
  • 1805 Adolf Reubke, German organ builder (d. 1875)

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1805 Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, French magician (d. 1861)

  • 1806 Louis-Gilbert Duprez, composer
  • 1808 Johan M Dautzenberg, Flemish author (Future)
  • 1808 Johann Christian Gebauer, composer
  • 1809 Stephen Thomas, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1903)
  • 1812 Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman (d. 1884)
  • 1816 Henry Eustace McCulloch, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1895)
  • 1822 John Eberhard, built 1st large-scale pencil factory in US
  • 1823 Friedrich Max Müller, German orientalist (d. 1900)
  • 1831 Joshua Woodrow Sill, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1862)

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1833 John Singleton Mosby, Powhatan County, Virginia, lawyer/Col (Confederate Army), (d. 1916)

The Gray Ghost John Singleton Mosby
The Gray Ghost
John Singleton Mosby
  • 1835 Wilhelm Rudolf Fittig, Hamburg, German Chemist (synthesizing organic compounds)
  • 1841 Frédéric Bazille, French painter (d. 1870)
  • 1843 Albert de Vriendt, Flemish historical painter/etcher
  • 1846 Henryk Jarecki, composer
  • 1849 August von Mackensen, German field marshal (d. 1945)
  • 1853 Haraprasad Shastri, Indian academic, Sanskrit scholar, archivist and historian of Bengali literature (d. 1931)
  • 1863 Charles Martin Hall, American chemist (d. 1914)
  • 1864 William S. Hart, American actor, silent Westerns (Wild Bill Hickok, Tumbleweeds)
  • 1872 Mikulas Moyzes, composer
  • 1875 Evelyn Underhill, British poet (d. 1941)
  • 1876 Fred Duesenberg, German-born automobile pioneer (d. 1932)
  • 1884 Rose Schneiderman, NY state dept of labor sect (1937-44)
  • 1885 Albrecht Schaeffer, German writer (The General)

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1886 Joyce Kilmer, New Brunswick, New Jersey, poet (Trees), (d. 1918)

  • 1887 Joseph Lamb, composer
  • 1887 Lynn Fontanne, Woodford England, Bdwy actress (Dulcy, Arms & the Man)
  • 1888 Will Hay, English comedian and actor (d. 1949)

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1890 Dion Fortune, British occultist (d. 1946)

Occultist and Author Dion Fortune
Occultist and Author
Dion Fortune
  • 1890 Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist (d. 1951)
  • 1890 Rudolf Schlichter, German artist and writer (d. 1955)
  • 1892 F Osbert S Sitwell, poet/writer (Out of the Flame), born in London, England
  • 1892 Lina Carstens, Wiesbaden Germany, actress (Homeland, Broken Jug)
  • 1893 Lou Little, college football hall of fame coach (elected 1960)
  • 1896 Arnold Foster, composer
  • 1896 George Trafton, NFL center (Chicago Bears)
  • 1896 Ira Gershwin, lyricist ('S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm)
  • 1897 John Axel Fernstrom, composer
  • 1897 O W Cisek, writer
  • 1898 Alfred Eisenstaedt, photo journalist
  • 1898 Gunnar Myrdal, Sweden, sociologist/economist (Nobel 1974)
  • 1898 Herman Shumlin, actor (Watch on the Rhine)
  • 1899 Harry Buller Siege Willis, son of South Africa boer in Ladysmith
  • 1899 Nikolai Batalov, Moscow Russia, actor (Mother)

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1900 Agnes Moorehead, Clinton, Massachusetts, American actress (Endora-Bewitched)

  • 1902 Virgilio Mortari, composer
  • 1903 Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player (d. 1946)
  • 1904 Eve Denise Curie, French pianist/author/daughter of Madame Curie
  • 1905 James J. Braddock, American boxer (d. 1974)
  • 1906 Antoon Spinoy, Belgian politician
  • 1908 Pierre Graber, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 2003)
  • 1909 Alan McGilvray, cricketer (20 games for NSW mid 1930's) and commentator (ABC)
  • 1909 Kenneth Watkins, woodland conservationist
  • 1911 Alfred James Broomhall, Methodist missionary
  • 1913 Eleanor Holm, 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic-gold-1932), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Cyril Washbrook, cricketer (stalwart Lancs & England opener)
  • 1916 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (d. 1986)
  • 1917 Kamal Jumblatt, leader of the Lebanese Druze (d. 1977)
  • 1917 Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (d. 2008)
  • 1918 Granville James Leveson Gower, land owner
  • 1918 Harold Horace Hopkins, inventor (Endoscope)
  • 1918 Peter A Juten, office clerk/resistance fighter
  • 1918 Willem Oosterheers, resistance fighter
  • 1919 Paul de Man, Belgian-born literary critic (d. 1983)
  • 1919 Jimmy Bivins [James], Hall of Fame heavyweight boxer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Dave Brubeck, Concord CA, jazz pianist/composer (Gates of Justice), (d. 2012)
  • 1920 George Porter, British chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2002)

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1921 Otto Graham, Waukegan Illinois, NFL Quarterback (Cleveland Browns)

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • 1921 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician and composer (d. 2004)
  • 1922 John Henry Cound Brunt, English soldier, Victoria Cross holder (d. 1944)
  • 1924 Wally Cox, actor (Mr Peepers, Hollywood Squares), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1924 Sergey Yablonsky, Moscow, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics (d. 1998)
  • 1925 Andy Robustelli, NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants)
  • 1926 Martti Katajisto, Parkano Finland, actor (Mar Oksalla Ylimmaellae)
  • 1927 Jacques Bondon, composer
  • 1928 Bert Geoffrey Achong, inventor (electron microscopist)

Famous Weddings

  • 1491 King Charles VIII of France marries Anna of Bretagne

HeartWedding of Interest

1930 Pablo Neruda marries Marie A Hagenaar Vogelzang in Batavia

  • 1941 King Leopold of Belgium marries Lilian Baels

HeartWedding of Interest

1962 Actor Sean Connery (32) weds actress Diane Cilento on Gibraltar

  • 1975 US Senator Bob Dole (52) weds former senator Elizabeth Hanford (39)

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 ABC's World News Tonight news anchor Peter Jennings (59) weds Kayce Freed in Bridgehampton, New York

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings
  • 2003 "The Bachelorette" star Trista Rehn (31) weds Ryan Sutter (29) at The Lodge in Rancho Mirage, California
  • 2008 "Lonestar" bass guitarist John Rich (34) weds former model Joan Bush in Nashville

Famous Divorces


Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

1938 Actress Bette Davis (30) divorces musician Harmon Nelson (31) due to cruel and inhuman manner after more than 6 years of marriage

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • 1982 US Senator Ted & Joan Kennedy divorce

Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

1988 Actor and comedian Robin Williams (37) divorces Valerie Velardi after 10 years of marriage

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 117


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343 Saint Nicholas, Greek Bishop who became the model for Santa Claus, dies at 73

Christian Saint and Greek Bishop of Myra Saint Nicholas
Christian Saint and Greek Bishop of Myra
Saint Nicholas
  • 1185 Afonso I, the Conqueror, king of Portugal (1143-85), dies at 76
  • 1352 Clement VI, [Pierre Roger], Pope (1342-52), dies
  • 1531 John Volkertsz Trimaker, Dutch anabaptist leader, beheaded
  • 1550 Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Flemish painter, dies at 48
  • 1562 Jan van Scorel, Dutch painter/architect, dies
  • 1598 Elbertus Leoninus, Dutch lawyer/politician, dies at about 78
  • 1618 Jacques-Davy Duperron, French cardinal (b. 1556)
  • 1640 Matthijs Elsevier, Flemish/Dutch book publisher/merchant, dies at 75
  • 1651 Anna Roemers Visscher, Dutch poetess, dies at 68
  • 1658 Gracian, writer, dies
  • 1716 Benedictus Buns, Dutch Carmelite and composer (b. 1642)
  • 1718 Nicholas Rowe, English poet and dramatist (b. 1674)
  • 1746 Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (b. 1665)
  • 1771 Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Italian anatomist (b. 1682)
  • 1779 Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter (b. 1699)
  • 1788 Jonathan Shipley, British bishop and politician (b. 1714)
  • 1793 Marie Jeanne Becu comtesse du Barry, mistress of Louis XV, beheaded
  • 1799 Joseph Black, Scottish medical/chemist/physicist, dies at 71
  • 1834 Jonas Daniel Meyer, Dutch lawyer, dies at 54
  • 1855 William John Swainson, English naturalist and artist (b. 1789)
  • 1865 Sebastian de Iradier, Spanish composer (Arreglito), dies at 56
  • 1867 Giovanni Pacini, composer, dies at 71
  • 1867 Jean Pierre Flourens, French physician (b. 1794)
  • 1868 August Schleicher, German linguist (b. 1821)
  • 1869 Jan de Liefde II, Dutch vicar/author (People's Welfare), dies at 54
  • 1873 Manuel Acuna, Mexican poet (Ante un Cadaver), dies at 24
  • 1879 Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American industrialist (b. 1814)
  • 1882 A Trollope, writer, dies
  • 1882 Alfred Escher, Swiss politician and railroad entrepreneur (b. 1819)

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1889 Jefferson Davis, President of Confederate States of America (1861-65), dies at 81

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1889 Joseph H "Jozef" Neuhuys, painter, dies at 48
  • 1892 E Werner von Siemens, German industrialist (Siemens AG), dies at 75
  • 1903 Frederick Grant Gleason, composer, dies at 54
  • 1914 Eduard Jacobs, Dutch cabaret artist, dies at 47
  • 1920 Karel Kovarovic, composer, dies at 57
  • 1924 Gene Stratton-Porter, American author, screenwriter and naturalist (b. 1863)
  • 1925 Dat So la Lee "Dabuda" or Louise Keyser, Native American (Washoe) basket weaver dies aged about 96
  • 1926 Claude [Oscar] Monet, French painter (impressionist), dies at 86
  • 1933 Auguste Chapuis, composer, dies at 75
  • 1934 Duke Charles Michael of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1863)
  • 1940 Charlie Hime, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895), dies
  • 1943 Firmin Baes, Flemish painter, dies at 69
  • 1943 Hermann Lohr, composer, dies at 72
  • 1946 Maximilian Oseyevich Shteynberg, composer, dies at 63

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1949 Lead Belly, [Huddie William Ledbetter], blues singer, dies at 64

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • 1951 J Edward Bromberg, dies at 47
  • 1951 Harold Ross, American magazine editor (b. 1892)
  • 1953 Konstanty I Galczynski, Polish poet (Zielona Ges), dies at 48

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1955 Honus Wagner, baseball player, dies at 81

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1956 Dr. Bhimji Ramji Ambedkar, Indian Minister of Law and architect of The Constitution of India (b. 1891)
  • 1957 Robert Esnault-Pelterie, French Engineer and aviation pioneer, dies at 76
  • 1958 Erwin Bodky, composer, dies at 62
  • 1959 Len Doyle, actor (Harrington-Mr District Attorney), dies at 66
  • 1961 Frantz Fanon, West Indian psychiatrist and writer (b. 1925)
  • 1963 Jozef Goossenaerts, Flem philologist (Language Boundary), dies at 81
  • 1964 Consuelo Vanderbilt (b. 1877)
  • 1965 Alberto Vaccari, Italian jesuit/old testament scholar, dies at 90
  • 1966 Hermann Heiss, composer, dies at 68
  • 1970 Thomas S Power, USAF-gen (Raid on Tokyo-March 1945), dies at 65
  • 1971 Hugo Godron, composer, dies at 71
  • 1971 Jan Altink, Dutch painter/co-founder (Plough), dies at 86
  • 1972 Janet Munro, actress (Crawling Eye, Swiss Family Robinson), dies at 38
  • 1973 Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer, dies at 94
  • 1973 Robert A Watson-Watt, Scottish developer of the radar in WWII, dies at 81
  • 1976 João Goulart, President of Brazil (b. 1918)
  • 1983 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (b. 1903)
  • 1984 Ruth Cummings, actress (Daybreak, Dream of Love), dies at 90
  • 1985 Burleigh Grimes, US baseball pitcher, dies at 92
  • 1985 Burr Tillstrom, puppeteer (Kukla Fran & Ollie), dies at 68
  • 1986 Malik Oussekine, Algerian/French student, killed by police at 22
  • 1987 James Dobson, actor (Impulse, Jet Attack, Okinawa), dies
  • 1988 Bill Harris, US guitarist (Clovers-Love Potion No 9), dies at 63
  • 1988 Roy Orbison, American musician (Pretty Woman), dies of a massive heart attack at 52
  • 1989 Frances Beauvier, actress (Aunt Bee, Mayberry), dies at 86
  • 1989 Sammy Fain, composer, dies at 87
  • 1989 John Payne, American movie actor ("Miracle on 34th St") dies aged 77
  • 1990 Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's founding father, 1st Prime Minister of Malaya (1957-63) and Malaysia (1963-70), dies at 87
  • 1991 Ann Sorg Coston, actress (Anna-Aldrich Family), dies at 62
  • 1991 Headman Tshabalala, South African singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), shot and killed at 44
  • 1992 Hank Worden, actor (Red River), dies of natural causes at 91
  • 1992 Percy Herbert, actor (Capt Apache), dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1993 Don Ameche, actor (Cocoon), dies of prostate cancer at 85
  • 1993 Prof Wolfgang Paul, German physicist (Nobel 1989), dies at 80
  • 1993 Rita Macedo, actress (Divinas Palabras), dies of heart attack at 65
  • 1993 Rouaz Lakhdar, Algerian supreme court justice, murdered
  • 1994 AJ Bronkhorst, vicar/theologist (Reform The Netherlands), dies at 80
  • 1994 Alan Owen, English screenplay/actor (Hard Day's Night), dies at 69
  • 1994 Gian Maria Volonte, actresss (Fistful of Dollars), dies at 61
  • 1995 Dmitri Antonovitch Volkogonov, soldier/historian, dies at 67
  • 1995 James "Scotty" Barrett Reston, journalist, dies at 86
  • 1995 John Trevor Key, photographer, dies at 48
  • 1995 Kathleen Harrison, actress (Fast Lady, Big Money), dies at 103
  • 1995 Leslie Wilkinson, journalist, dies at 97
  • 1995 [Schaff] Claire Polin, composer, dies at 69
  • 1996 Bryan Clieve Roberts, lawyer/civil servant, dies at 83

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1996 [Alvin] Pete Rozelle, NFL commissioner, dies of brain cancer at 70

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 1997 Alan Mouncer, film director/producer, dies at 68
  • 1997 Edmund Charles Wolf Myers, soldier/engineer, dies at 91
  • 1997 Eliot Daniel, composer (I Love Lucy theme), dies at 89