On This Day for 7th December

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 165

  • 43 BC Marcus Tullius Cicero (b. 106 BC), Roman orator and politician assassinated.
  • 185 Emperor Lo-Yang, China sees supernova (MSH15-52)
  • 1354 Margaretha van Bavarian's son earl Willem V signs peace treaty
  • 1696 Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways in the U.S. is completed to Trumbull.
  • 1724 Tumult of Thorn - religious unrest was followed by the execution of nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn (Toruń) by Polish authorities.
  • 1732 The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London.
  • 1741 Elisabeth Petrovna becomes tsarina of Russia
  • 1783 Theatre Royal opens in Covent Garden, London
  • 1783 William Pitt the Younger (24) becomes the youngest ever British Prime Minister
  • 1787 Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify the US constitution

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1804 Naturalist Alexander von Humboldt reports his discovery of the decrease in intensity of Earth's magnetic field from the poles to the equator in a memoir to the Paris Institute

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt
Naturalist and Explorer
Alexander von Humboldt

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1808 James Madison elected 4th US President and George Clinton Vice-President

4th US President James Madison
4th US President
James Madison
  • 1835 Bavarian Ludwig railway opens - first German steam railway

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1836 Martin Van Buren elected 8th president

8th US President Martin Van Buren
8th US President
Martin Van Buren
  • 1842 New York Philharmonic's 1st concert
  • 1862 Battle of Hartsville, TN
  • 1862 Battle of Prairie Grove, AR
  • 1864 Skirmish at Ebenezer Creek/Cypress Swamp, Georgia

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1868 Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin Missouri, kills 1

Outlaw Jesse James
Outlaw
Jesse James
  • 1872 HMS Challenger sets sail on 3½ year world oceanographic cruise
  • 1875 Natives Sons of the West organized
  • 1876 NY Mutuals & Phila A's expelled from NL for not completing sked

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1877 Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph (gramophone) to the editors of "Scientific American"

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 1885 49th Congress (1885-87) convenes
  • 1889 Gilbert & Sullivan's "Gondoliers" premieres in London
  • 1891 52nd US Congress (1st to appropriate $1 billion) holds 1st session
  • 1895 Battle at Amba Alagi: Abyssinians beat Italian armies
  • 1900 Max Planck, in his house at Grunewald, on the outskirts of Berlin, discovers the law of black body radiation.
  • 1902 Britain and Germany issue an ultimatum to Venezuela demanding that President Cipriano Castro pay claims for damages caused during his takeover of the government in 1899
  • 1907 Eugene Corri becomes 1st referee in a boxing ring
  • 1907 The First Egyptian Nationalist Congress meets under the leadership of Mustafa Kamil Pasha
  • 1909 Belgian-born Leo Baekeland, Yonkers, NY, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)
  • 1911 Leslie J Stuart's musical "Betsy" premieres in NYC
  • 1911 Natl Hockey Association forms with New Westminster, Vancouver & Victoria
  • 1912 Bust of Queen Nefertete found in El-Amarna, Egypt
  • 1916 David Lloyd George replaces resigning H. H. Asquith as British PM
  • 1917 US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I

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1917 The USA's 42nd 'Rainbow' Division arrives in France (with Colonel Douglass MacArthur among its ranks)

WW2 General Douglas MacArthur
WW2 General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1920 NSW make 802 against South Australia, then Mailey takes 8-81
  • 1920 USPD-KPD parties merge into Vereinigte Communist Party of Germany
  • 1921 KWG-AM in Stockton CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1924 German election (Social Democrats win, Nazis & Communists lose)
  • 1925 Biltmore Theater opens at 261 W 47th St NYC
  • 1925 Noel Coward's "Easy Virtue" premieres in NYC
  • 1926 Gas refrigerator patented

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1929 Bradman scores 124 for Woodfull's XI against Ryder's XI 166 mins

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

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1929 Leo Diegel wins PGA golf tournament

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 1930 13th PGA Championship: Tommy Armour at Fresh Meadows CC Flushing
  • 1931 Bradman scores 219 NSW v South Africa, 234 mins, 15 fours
  • 1932 1st gyro-stabilized vessel to cross Atlantic arrives in NY
  • 1934 Wiley Post discovers jet stream
  • 1935 CFL Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat Ham Tigers, 18-12 at Hamilton
  • 1937 Dutch Minister Romme proclaims married women are forbidden to work

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1937 Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1937 Russian chess player Alekhine recaptures world title from Max Euwe
  • 1938 Philip Barry's "Here Come the Clowns" premieres in NYC
  • 1938 W9XZY broadcasts facsimile of St Louis Post-Dispatch by radio

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1939 Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1939 William Walton's violinist concert premieres in Cleveland
  • 1940 28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 2): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 12-5
  • 1940 North Africa: British counter offensive under general O'Connor
  • 1940 The first prototype Fairey Barracuda flew
  • 1941 Australian bombers land on Timor/Ambon
  • 1941 Futshida's air fleet passes coastline of Oahu
  • 1941 German siege of Tobruk ends after 8 months
  • 1941 Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack US fleet at Pearl Harbour Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2403 people
  • 1941 Nacht & Nebel Erlass, resistance fighter sent to concentration camps
  • 1941 1st Japanese midget submarine (No. 20) attacked by a US ship (USS Ward)
  • 1943 Cairo: president Roosevelt travels back to the US
  • 1944 Convention on International Civil Aviation drawn up in Chicago
  • 1944 General Radescu forms Romanian government
  • 1946 Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119
  • 1949 15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart, Notre Dame (E)

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1949 Chiang Kai-shek flees to Taiwan

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1952 KKTV TV channel 11 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1953 Israel's PM Ben-Gurion retires
  • 1953 WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte, NC (IND/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Japanese government of Joshida resigns
  • 1954 KCTS TV channel 9 in Seattle, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 Helen O'Connell joins Today Show panel
  • 1957 Tony Kubek of the Yanks selected as AL Rookie of the Year
  • 1958 Romulo Betancourt elected pres of Venezuela
  • 1959 "Saratoga" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • 1960 Ivory Coast claims independence from France
  • 1962 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1963 Ian Meckiff no-balled for throwing against the South Africans
  • 1963 Instant replay is used for the first time in a Army-Navy game.

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1964 George Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1965 Pope Paul VI & Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of 2 churches in 1054
  • 1966 A fire at an army barracks in Erzurum, Turkey kills 68 people.
  • 1967 "How Now, Dow Jones" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 220 performances
  • 1967 Otis Redding records "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay"
  • 1968 Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 2 launched into Earth orbit
  • 1968 Richard Dodd returns a library book his great grandfather took out in 1823 from the University of Cincinnati
  • 1970 Taizan Maezumi Roshi, head of LA Zen Center, receives dharma
  • 1970 West Germany & Poland normalize relations
  • 1971 "Wild & Wonderful" opens/closes at Lyceum Theater NYC
  • 1971 Wings release their 1st album "Wild Life"
  • 1971 An off duty member of the Ulster Defence Regiment is shot dead by members of the Irish Republican Army in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • 1972 Apollo 17 (US), final manned lunar landing mission, launched

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 209

  • 521 Saint Columba, Irish Christian missionary to Scotland (d. 597)
  • 903 Abd Al-Rahman Al Sufi, Persian astronomer (d. 986)
  • 967 Abu Sa'id ibn Aboa al-Chair, Persian mystic
  • 1302 Azzone Visconti lord of Milan (d. 1339)
  • 1545 Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, consort of Mary I of Scotland (d. 1567)
  • 1557 Girolamo Trombeti, composer
  • 1561 Kikkawa Hiroie, Japanese politician (d. 1625)

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1598 Giovanni Bernini, Naples, Kingdom of Naples, baroque sculptor (St Teresa in Ecstasy), (d. 1680)

Baroque Sculptor Giovanni Bernini
Baroque Sculptor
Giovanni Bernini
  • 1604 Ambrosius Reiner, composer
  • 1637 Barnardo Pasquini, composer
  • 1648 Giovanni Maria Capelli, composer
  • 1670 John Aislabie, English director of the South Sea Company (d. 1742)
  • 1731 Abraham-Hyacinthe Anquetil du Perron, French interpreter
  • 1751 Jurrian F de Frederici, governor-General (Suriname)
  • 1754 Jack Jouett, American patriot

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1761 Madame [Marie Grosholtz] Tussaud, Strasbourg, France, created wax museum, (d. 1850)

Wax Museum Creator Madame Tussaud
Wax Museum Creator
Madame Tussaud
  • 1764 Claude Victor-Perrin, duc de Belluno, French marshal (d. 1841)
  • 1772 Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz, composer
  • 1784 Allan Cunningham, British poet (d. 1842)
  • 1801 Johann Nepomuk Nestroy, Austrian actor (Judith und Holofernes)
  • 1803 Maria Josepha of Saxony, queen consort of Spain (d. 1829)
  • 1808 Hugh McCulloch, US Treasury Secretary (1884-85, 85-69), born in Kennebunk, Maine (d. 1895)
  • 1810 Theodor Schwann, German co-originator of cell theory
  • 1810 Josef Hyrtl, Austrian anatomist (d. 1894)
  • 1823 Leopold Kronecker, German mathematician (Tensor of Kronecker)
  • 1830 Luigi Cremona, Italian mathematician/minister of Education
  • 1835 Dom Joseph Pothier, French monk/musicologist
  • 1839 Redvers H Buller, English general/large landowner: Natal
  • 1840 Hermann Goetz, German composer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1876)
  • 1842 Otto Ammon, German anthropologist/sociologist (schedelmetingen)
  • 1847 James Deacon White, Canton NY, ball player jumped teams in 1876 (Chi)
  • 1847 Solomon Schechter, US Talmudic scholar/Jewish leader
  • 1857 Nicola van Westerhout, composer
  • 1860 Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1947)
  • 1862 Paul Adam, French writer (La Bataille d'Uhde)
  • 1863 John Ebenezer West, composer
  • 1863 Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer/fascist (Cavalleria Rusticana)
  • 1863 Svetolik Rankovic, Serbian writer (Forest King)
  • 1863 Felix Calonder, Scuol, Swiss politician (Free Democratic Party)
  • 1872 Johan Huizinga, Dutch culture historian (Homo Ludens)
  • 1873 Willa Cather, US, author (My Antonia)
  • 1876 Ludwig Schiedermair, German musicologist (Beethoven-Archiv)
  • 1878 Akiko Yosano, Japan, poet (Tangled Hair)
  • 1879 Rudolf Friml, Czech/US composer (Bohemian suite)
  • 1882 Warren Bardsley, cricketer (great NSW & Aussie opening bat 1909-26)
  • 1887 Ernst Toch, composer (Melodie Lehre), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1888 Hamilton Fish, US congress leader/isolationist
  • 1888 Joyce Cary, Anglo-Irish (male) writer (House of Children)
  • 1888 Matthew Heywood Campbell Broun, 1st pres of American Newspaper Guild
  • 1889 Heathcote Dicken Statham, composer
  • 1891 Fay Bainter, actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1892 Nora Nicholson, Leamington England, actress (Blue Lagoon, Crow Hollow)
  • 1894 Stuart Davis, US painter
  • 1895 Jack Pennick, Portland OR, actor (Lady From Louisiana)
  • 1896 Juan Maria Thomas Sabater, composer
  • 1901 A F [Tony] Pugsley, British rear-admiral (Walcheren attack (1944))
  • 1902 J G Navle, cricketer (India's 1st Test wicket-keeper)
  • 1903 Danilo Blanuša, Croatian mathematician (d. 1987)
  • 1904 Clarence Nash, Watonga Oklahoma, American voice actor (Donald Duck)
  • 1904 Konstantin Sokolsky, Russian singer (d. 1991)
  • 1905 Gerard Kuiper, Dutch/US astronomer (moons of Uranus, Neptune)
  • 1906 George Richard James, saxophonist
  • 1908 Jacques Gans, Dutch author/journalist
  • 1908 John H Doeg, tennis champ (US Open-1930)
  • 1909 Jacob Kainen, artist/curator
  • 1910 Edmundo Ros, English orchestra leader
  • 1910 Richard Franko Goldman, composer
  • 1910 Rod Cameron, Calgary Alberta, actor (City Detective, State Trooper)
  • 1910 Louis Prima, New Orleans Luisiana, American musician (That Old Black Magic)
  • 1912 Daniel Jones, composer
  • 1914 Winston Place, cricketer (England opener in West Indies 1948)
  • 1915 Brackett Hamilton Leigh, [Douglass], US, sci-fi author (Ginger Star)
  • 1915 Eli Wallach, American actor (Magnificent 7, Misfits, People Next Door), born in Brooklyn New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1916 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (d. 1988)
  • 1918 Jorunn Vidar, composer
  • 1919 Ellen Stewart, actress/founder (La Mama Theatre Group)
  • 1920 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian cyclist, (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Tatamkulu Afrika, South African poet and writer (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Arne Dorumsgaard, composer
  • 1921 Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader
  • 1923 Ted Knight, Terryville, Connecticut, American actor (Mary Tyler Moore, Too Close for Comfort)
  • 1924 John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Mário Soares, President of Portugal
  • 1925 Hernando da Silva Ramos, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1926 Victor Kermit Kiam II, CEO (Remington shavers)/NFL owner (Patriots)
  • 1926 Wolfgang Ludewig, composer
  • 1927 Vlastimir Pericic, composer
  • 1927 Helen Watts, British contralto

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1928 Noam Chomsky, linguist (founded transformational grammar)

Linguist & Author Noam Chomsky
Linguist & Author
Noam Chomsky
  • 1928 Raymond Henry Charles Warren, composer
  • 1930 Richard Felciano, composer
  • 1930 Hal Smith, American baseball player, (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Ellen Burstyn, actress (Exorcist, Alice Doesn't Live Here), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1932 Geoff Lawson, Australian cricket player
  • 1932 Gerard van den Berg, Dutch TV host (Like Father, Like Son)
  • 1932 Paul Caponigro, American photographer
  • 1935 Jean-Claude Casadesus, composer
  • 1936 Martha Layne Collins, Baghdad Ky, (Gov-D-Ky)
  • 1937 Thad Cochran, (Sen-R-Miss)
  • 1940 Kumar Shahani, writer/director (Kasbam Tarang, Maya Darpan)

Famous Weddings

  • 1646 Princess Louise Henriette (19) of Nassau marries Frederick Henry Elector of Brandenburg

HeartWedding of Interest

1929 Nizari Imam Aga Khan III (52) weds Andrée Joséphine Carron in Aix-les-Bains, France

48th Shia Imam Aga Khan III
48th Shia Imam
Aga Khan III

HeartWedding of Interest

1940 Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo remarry in San Francisco (divorced 1939)

Painter Diego Rivera
Painter
Diego Rivera
  • 1996 Former Tennessee Republican Senator Howard Baker (71) weds retired Kansas GOP Senator Nancy Kassebaum (64) in Washington, D.C.

HeartWedding of Interest

2003 Queen of hip-hop soul, Mary Jane Blige (32) weds record producer Kendu Isaacs in Bergen County, New Jersey

Singer-Songwriter Mary Jane Blige
Singer-Songwriter
Mary Jane Blige

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 119


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100 Cicero, Roman politician and orator, killed as part of the proscriptions at 63

Roman Statesman & Philosopher Cicero
Roman Statesman & Philosopher
Cicero
  • 283 Catholic Pope Saint Eutychian
  • 983 Otto II the Red, German king/emperor (973-83), dies at about 28
  • 1254 Innocent IV, [Sinibaldo dei Fieschi], Pope (1243-54), dies
  • 1279 King Boleslaus V of Poland (b. 1226)
  • 1295 Gilbert de Clare, 7th Earl of Hertford, English politician (b. 1243)
  • 1383 Wenceslaus, duke of Brabant, dies
  • 1498 Alexander Hegius von Heek, German humanist
  • 1649 Charles Garnier, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1606)
  • 1672 Richard Bellingham, English-born Massachusetts colonial magistrate (b. 1592)
  • 1683 John Oldham, English poet (smallpox) (b. 1653)
  • 1723 Jan Santini Aichel, Bohemian architect (b. 1677)
  • 1725 Florent Carton Dancourt, French dramatist and actor (b. 1661)
  • 1775 Charles Saunders, British admiral
  • 1793 Joseph Bara, French revolutionary (b. 1780)
  • 1811 Ignaz Spangler, composer, dies at 54
  • 1815 Michel Ney, French marshal (Waterloo), murdered at 46
  • 1817 William Bligh, British naval officer of "Bounty" fame, dies at 63
  • 1823 Johann Gottlieb Schwencke, composer, dies at 79
  • 1826 John Flaxman, Engl sculptor (tombs at St Paul's Cathedral), dies at 71
  • 1829 Johann Christoph Kienlen, composer, dies at 45
  • 1834 Ludwig Schuncke, composer, dies at 23
  • 1839 Jan Matyas Nepomuk August Vitasek, composer, dies at 69
  • 1841 Johann Daniel Ferstenberg, composer, dies at 83
  • 1842 Thomas Hamilton, Scottish writer (b. 1789)
  • 1860 Constantine S Aksakov, Russian historian/poet, dies at 43
  • 1862 Sylvester Churchill, US Union brig-general, dies
  • 1867 Rudolf Viole, composer, dies at 42
  • 1874 Constantin von Tischendorf, German biblical scholar (b. 1815)
  • 1881 Julius FA Bahnsen, Ger philosopher (Tragic as Weltgesetz), dies at 51
  • 1894 Ferdinand de Lesseps, French engineer/diplomat/earl, dies at 89
  • 1899 Antoni Katski, composer, dies at 82

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1902 Thomas Nast, US political cartoonist, dies at 62

Political Cartoonist Thomas Nast
Political Cartoonist
Thomas Nast
  • 1906 Élie Ducommun, Swiss journalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1833)
  • 1912 George Darwin, theorized Moon was pulled out of Pacific Ocean, dies
  • 1913 Luigi Oreglia di Santo Stefano, Italian Catholic churchman and last surviving cardinal of Pius IX (b. 1828)
  • 1917 Leon Minkus, composer, dies at 91
  • 1938 Harry Moses, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1887-95), dies
  • 1941 Cecil Forsyth, composer, dies at 71
  • 1941 Iida, Japanese pilot/lt, dies in battle at 28
  • 1941 Mervyn S. Bennion, United States Navy Captain, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1887)
  • 1941 Herbert C. Jones, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1918)
  • 1941 Thomas J. Reeves, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1895)
  • 1941 Franklin Van Valkenburgh, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1888)
  • 1943 John Bouber, [Blom], actor/author (Bluejackets), dies at 22
  • 1946 Sada Yacco, Japanese stage actress (b. 1871)
  • 1947 Nicholas M. Butler, American university president, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1862)
  • 1947 Tristan Bernard, French playwright and novelist (b. 1866)
  • 1948 Godfrey Turner, composer, dies at 35
  • 1956 Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor (b. 1887)
  • 1960 Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist (b. 1895)
  • 1962 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), dies at 67
  • 1967 House Peters, silent film actor (Kansas Territory), dies at 87
  • 1969 Eric Portman, actor (Naked Edge), dies from heart ailment at 66
  • 1969 Hugh Williams, actor (Human Monster), dies after surgery at 65
  • 1969 Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player (b. 1897)

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1970 Rube Goldberg, US cartoonist (Mike & Ike, Pulitzer 1948), dies at 87

Cartoonist Rube Goldberg
Cartoonist
Rube Goldberg
  • 1970 Romaine Brooks (born Beatrice Romaine Goddard), American painter dies aged 96
  • 1971 Milton Rosmer, director (Murder in the Red Barn), dies at 90
  • 1972 Adrian J Zoetmulder, author (God's Hour), dies at 91
  • 1975 Hardie Albright, actress (Silver Streak, Scarlet Letter), dies at 71
  • 1975 Thornton N Wilder, US writer (Bridge of San Luis Rey), dies at 78
  • 1975 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic Gold 1924, 1928, 1932), dies at 75
  • 1977 Paul Gibb, cricketer (England batsman, 8 Tests), dies
  • 1978 Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist (b. 1886)
  • 1979 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, 1st woman full prof at Harvard U, dies
  • 1979 Mari Andriessen, sculptor (Docker), Amsterdam, dies at 82
  • 1979 Nicolas Born, writer, dies at 41
  • 1979 Prince Chahryar Shafik, Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris
  • 1980 Darby Crash, rocker, dies at 22
  • 1982 Charlie Brooks Jr, convicted murderer became 1st US prisoner to be executed by lethal injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas
  • 1982 George Kistiakowsky, Ukrainian-American Chemist who helped develop the first atomic bomb (Manhattan Project) but later opposed nuclear weapons, dies at 82
  • 1983 Edgar Graham, member of N Ireland Assembly, shot dead by IRA
  • 1983 Fanny Cano, Mexican actress (b. 1944)
  • 1984 Jeanne Cagney, actress (Quicksand, Kentucky Rifle), dies at 65
  • 1984 Lee Roy Yarbrough, American race car (Nascar) driver (b. 1938)
  • 1985 Potter Stewart, 94th Supreme Court Justice (1958-81), dies in NH at 70
  • 1985 Robert Graves, English writer/poet (King Jesus), dies at 90
  • 1988 Andrei P Ershov, Russian computer pioneer, dies
  • 1988 Christopher Connelly, actor (Liar's Moon, Hawmps), dies at 47
  • 1988 Peter Langan, Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire
  • 1989 William Calhoun, professional wrestler (b. 1934)
  • 1990 Delecta "Dee" Clark, US singer (Raindrops), dies at 52
  • 1990 Horst Bienek, writer, dies at 60
  • 1990 Joan Bennett, US actress (House Across the Bay), dies at 80
  • 1990 Jean Paul Lemieux, Quebec painter (b. 1904)
  • 1991 Michael Taylor, Male Model (b. 1913)
  • 1992 Maurice Coutinho, writer/translator (Silent Struggle), dies at 79
  • 1992 Ruth Corbett Thom, dies after long illness at 78
  • 1992 Vincent Gardenia, actor (Moonstruck, LA Law), dies at 71
  • 1993 Félix Houphouet-Boigny, pres of Ivory Coast (1960-93), dies at 88
  • 1993 Janet Margolin, actress (David & Lisa), dies of ovarian cancer at 50
  • 1994 Elga Andersen, German/French model/actress (Global Affair), dies at 58
  • 1994 J.C. Tremblay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1939)
  • 1995 Larry Bartlett, photographer, dies at 42
  • 1995 Tom Burns, editor, dies at 89
  • 1996 Eugene Izzi, mystery writer, hangs himself at 43
  • 1996 Jose Donoso, writer, dies at 72
  • 1997 Billy Bremner, Scottish footballer dies at 54 from a suspected heart attack
  • 1998 John Addison, British composer (b. 1920)