On This Day for 16th February

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 186

  • 374 9th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
  • 600 Pope Gregory the Great decrees saying "God bless You" is the correct response to a sneeze
  • 1249 Andrew of Longjumeau is dispatched by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to meet with the Khan of the Mongols.
  • 1486 Diet of Frankfort
  • 1512 Battle at Valeggio: French troops beat Venetianen
  • 1559 Pope Paul IV calls for deposition of sovereigns supporting heresy

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1641 English king Charles I accepts Triennial Act

King Charles I
King
Charles I
  • 1646 Battle of Great Torrington, Devon - the last major battle of the first English Civil War.
  • 1659 1st known cheque (£400) (on display at Westminster Abbey)
  • 1666 Netherlands & Brandenburg sign treaty
  • 1677 Earl of Shaftesbury arrested and confined in the Tower of London

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1741 Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine (2nd US Mag) begins publishing

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • 1742 Earl of Wilmington becomes British premier (First Lord of the Treasury)
  • 1751 1st publication of Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard"
  • 1760 Native American hostages killed in Fort Prince George, SC
  • 1771 Messier presents his original list of 45 M-objects to French Academy
  • 1777 Messier adds M53 to his catalog (globular cluster in Coma Berenice)
  • 1804 Lt Stephen Decatur raids Tripoli Harbor & burns Navy frigate "Philadelphia" after pirates seized it
  • 1824 Athenaeum club founded in London

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1832 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches St-Pauls (1°N, 29°W)

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1838 Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under conditions
  • 1838 Weenen Massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulu warriors
  • 1840 American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica
  • 1846 Battle of Sobraon ends 1st Sikh War in India
  • 1852 Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.

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1854 Franz Liszt's symphony "Orpheus" premieres

Composer/Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer/Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 1857 Gallaudet College (National Deaf Mute college) forms in Washington, D.C.
  • 1859 The French Government passes a law to set the A-note above middle C to a frequency of 435 Hz, in an attempt to standardize the pitch.
  • 1860 Dutch Rochussen/Van Bosse government resigns

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1862 Ft Donelson captured by General Ulysses S. Grant (1,400 confederates surrender)

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant
  • 1864 Battle of Mobile, AL - operations by Union Army
  • 1866 Spencer Compton Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington becomes the British Secretary of State for War.
  • 1868 Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks forms (NY)
  • 1878 Silver dollar became US legal tender
  • 1880 American Society of Mechanical Engineers forms (NYC)
  • 1883 "Ladies Home Journal" begins publishing
  • 1887 1st newspaper convention (Rochester NY)
  • 1887 Eduard Douwes Dekker writes his last text (Lf8-c5)
  • 1892 Opera "Werther" premieres in Vienna
  • 1894 British troops occupy Ilorin, Gold Coast
  • 1899 Pelham Warner scores 132 on Test Cricket debut (Eng v SA Johannesburg)
  • 1899 President Félix Faure of France dies in office.
  • 1899 Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur Iceland's first football club is founded.
  • 1900 1st Chinese daily newspaper in US publishes (Chung Sai Yat Po-SF)
  • 1900 Stanley Cup: Montreal Shamrocks beat Winnipeg Victorias, 3 games to 1
  • 1903 -59°F (-51°C), Pokegama Dam, Minnesota (state record)
  • 1905 1st US Esperanto club organizes in Boston
  • 1909 1st subway car with side doors goes into service (NYC)
  • 1909 Serbia mobilizes against Austria-Hungary
  • 1912 VSV soccer team forms in Ijmuiden

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1913 President Taft agrees not to intervene in Mexico

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • 1914 1st airplane flight from LA to SF
  • 1915 Frank Home Run Baker, 28, announces retirement following a contract dispute with Connie Mack. He sits out 1915 season
  • 1916 Russian troops conquer the Ottoman Empire city of Erzurum during WWI
  • 1916 The US rejects the right of Germany and Austria-Hungary to sink armed merchant ships
  • 1916 The German ambassador in Washington announces that Germany will pay an indemnity for American lives lost on the Lusitania
  • 1917 1st synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid
  • 1918 Lithuania declares independence from Russia & Germany (National Day)
  • 1923 Allies accept Latvia's occupation of Memel territory

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1923 Howard Carter opens the inner burial chamber of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen's tomb and finds the sarcophagus

Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • 1923 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard
  • 1923 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
  • 1926 Suzanne Lenglen defeats Helen Wills in Tennis at Cannes France
  • 1927 Noel Coward's "Marquise" premieres in London
  • 1927 US restores diplomatic relations with Turkey
  • 1929 KID-AM in Idaho Falls ID begins radio transmissions
  • 1931 Extreme right wing Pehr Evind Svinhufvud becomes president of Finland
  • 1932 1st patent for a tree issued to James Markham for a peach tree
  • 1933 Catholic newspaper Germania warns against nazis/communists
  • 1933 England regains the Ashes, thanks to "bodyline" tactics
  • 1934 Austrian Civil War ends with the defeat of the Social Democrats and the Republican Schutzbund.
  • 1934 Commission of Government is sworn in as form of direct rule for the Dominion of Newfoundland.
  • 1936 4th Winter Olympic games close at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • 1936 Spanish Frente Popular (People's Front) wins elections
  • 1937 DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace H Carothers
  • 1937 Jean Anouilh's "Le Voyageur Sans Baggage" premieres in Paris
  • 1938 US Federal Crop Insurance program authorized
  • 1940 British search plane finds German supply ship Altmark, used to accommodate aliied sailors from vessles sunk by the Graf Spee, off Norway
  • 1942 German submarines attack Aruba oil refinery
  • 1943 -32°F (-36°C), Falls Village, Connecticut (state record)

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1943 British premier Winston Churchill gets pneumonia

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1943 Withdrawing Afrika Korps reaches Mareth-line in North-Africa
  • 1943 Sign on Munich facade: "Out with Hitler! Long live freedom!" done by "White Rose" student group, caught on 2/18, beheaded on 2/22
  • 1943 World War II: The USSR reconquers Kharkov.
  • 1945 US forces land on Corregidor, complete conquest on March 3
  • 1945 Venezuela declares war on Nazi Germany
  • 1946 "The Duchess Misbehaves" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1946 1st commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport Ct
  • 1947 Morton Gould's 3rd Symphony, premieres
  • 1948 1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News" shown on NBC
  • 1948 Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for 1st time
  • 1950 Longest-running prime-time game show, "What's My Line" begins on CBS
  • 1950 Writers fail to elect anyone to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1951 NYC passes bill prohibiting racism in city-assisted housing
  • 1951 SF City Hall dome fire

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1952 Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, 77, retires; Pirates retire his #33

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1952 Ian Craig makes NSW cricket debut aged 16 years 249 days (NSW record)

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1953 Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet, later awarded the Air medal

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1954 WNEM TV channel 5 in Bay City, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 The "Toddlers' Truce", a controversial television closedown between 6.00pm and 7.00pm, was abolished in the United Kingdom.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 255

  • 1032 Emperor Yingzong of China (d. 1067)
  • 1075 Ordericus Vitalis, French monk/historian/poet
  • 1222 Nichiren, Japan, Buddhist priest/saint
  • 1497 Philipp Melanchthon, Germ, Protestant reformer (Augsburgse Confessie)
  • 1519 Gaspard de Coligny, Huguenot leader/French admiral
  • 1543 Kano Eitoku, Japanese painter (d. 1590)
  • 1620 Frederick William, Great Elector, founder of Brandenburg-Prussia
  • 1643 John Sharp, English Archbishop of York (d. 1714)
  • 1684 Bohuslav Matěj Černohorský, Nymburk, Bohemia, Czech monk/composer
  • 1698 Pierre Bouguer, French mathematician (heliometer)
  • 1709 Charles Avison, composer
  • 1727 Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Austrian scientist (d. 1817)
  • 1740 Giambattista Bodoni, Saluzzo Italy, printer/typeface designer (Bodoni)
  • 1746 Johann Heinse, German Sturm und Drang novelist/art critic
  • 1761 Charles Pichegru, French general (d. 1804)
  • 1774 Pierre Rode, composer
  • 1786 Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (d. 1859)
  • 1787 Andreas Schelfhout, Dutch painter/etcher/lithographer
  • 1788 Juan van Halen, Dutch/Spanish officer/adventurer
  • 1790 Chretien Urhan, composer
  • 1802 Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, American philosopher (d. 1866)
  • 1804 Karl Theodor Ernst von Siebold, German physiologist (d. 1885)
  • 1807 Lysander Cutler, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1866)
  • 1812 Henry Wilson, (R) 18th VP (1873-75)
  • 1813 Joseph Reid Anderson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) (d. 1892)
  • 1813 Semyon Stepanovich Gulak-Artemovsky, composer
  • 1821 Heinrich Barth, Hamburg Germany, geographer/explorer (Central Africa)
  • 1822 Francis Galton, anthropologist & geneticist, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1822 James Patton Anderson, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1872)
  • 1823 John Daniel Imboden, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1895)
  • 1824 Peter Kozler, Slovenian cartographer and geographer (d. 1879)
  • 1826 Franz von Holstein, composer
  • 1826 Joseph V von Scheffel, German writer (Gaudeamus)
  • 1831 Nikolai Leskow, writer
  • 1832 Camille Armand Jules Marie de Polignac, Mjr General (Confederate Army)
  • 1834 Ernst Heinrich Haeckel, Potsdam Germ, biologist (Causes of Evolution)
  • 1836 Benjamin Edward Woolf, Dutch composer
  • 1838 Arnoldus Pannevis, South African ship's doctor/linguist
  • 1838 Henry Adams, historian, writer (Education of Henry Adams), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1847 Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka, German composer (Album polonaise)
  • 1848 Hugo de Vries, Dutch botanist (How species emerge)
  • 1850 Octave Mirbeau, France, writer (Journal of a Lady's Maid)
  • 1852 Charles Taze Russell, religion founder (Jehovah's Witnesses)
  • 1852 William Scarborough, Macon Ga, linguist/author (Birds of Aristophanes)
  • 1854 Oscar Fetras, composer
  • 1856 Willem Kes, Dutch violinist/composer/conductor (Parkorkest Amsterdam)
  • 1856 Rudolph Karstadt, German entrepreneur (d. 1944)
  • 1858 Laurence "Lon" Myers, US, track star (top US miler)
  • 1866 Johann Strauss, Austria, composer (Waltz King)
  • 1866 Vyacheslav I Ivanov, Russian philosopher/classical/poet [NS=Feb 28]
  • 1866 William "Sliding Billy" Hamilton, NJ, hall of fame baseball player
  • 1868 Wilhelm Schmidt, German anthropologist/linguist (Anthropos)
  • 1874 Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (d. 1935)
  • 1876 George Macauley Trevelyan, England, historian (Giuseppi Garibaldi)
  • 1878 Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist/composer/conductor (Peter Schlemihl)
  • 1880 Frank Burke, American baseball player (d. 1946)
  • 1881 Maurits H E Uyldert, Dutch poet/writer (Youth of a Poet)
  • 1883 Elizabeth Craig, British writer (d. 1980)
  • 1884 Robert Flaherty, Father of documentary film (Nanook of North), born in Iron Mountain, Michegan (d. 1957)
  • 1886 Andrew Ducat, cricketer (Test for Eng 1921 (3 & 2) Soccer intl)
  • 1886 Van Wyck Brooks, NJ, literary historian/writer (Ordeal of Mark Twain)
  • 1887 Kathleen Clifford, American actress (d. 1962)
  • 1890 Semyon Semyonovich Bogatiryov, composer
  • 1891 Hans F. K. Günther, German eugenicist (d. 1967)
  • 1893 Ivor Armstrong Richards, England, literary critic [OS]
  • 1896 Alexander Brailowsky, Russia, pianist (Chopin)
  • 1898 Katharine Cornell, actress (Barretts of Wimpole St)
  • 1900 Albert Maurice Hackett, playwright/screenwriter
  • 1901 Chester Morris, actor (Diagnosis: Unknown), born in NYC, New York
  • 1901 Wayne King, Savannah Ill, saxophonist/bandleader (Waltz King)
  • 1901 Vincent Coleman, American actor (d. 1971)
  • 1903 Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1903 George-Henri Lévesque, Quebec priest and sociologist (d. 2000)
  • 1904 Ellis Achong, cricketer (West Indian SLA, 8 wickets in 6 Tests)
  • 1904 George F Kennan, Milwaukee Wisc, US ambassador (to Moscow)
  • 1905 José Muñoz Molleda, a Spanish composer, journalist, jurist and politician
  • 1905 Lord Franks, British ambassador (to US)
  • 1906 Vera Menchik, Moscow, 1st official women's world chess champ (1927)
  • 1907 Fernando Previtali, composer
  • 1907 Henri van Albada, Belgian sculptor (Charles V)
  • 1909 Hugh Beaumont, Lawrence Ks, actor (Ward Cleaver-Leave it to Beaver)
  • 1909 Jeffrey Lynn, Auburn, Massachusetts, American actor (Four Daughters, Roaring Twenties)
  • 1909 Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (d. 1998)
  • 1910 Michael Milne-Watson, CEO (BUPA)
  • 1910 Miguel Bernal Jiminez, composer
  • 1911 Hal Porter, Australia, writer (Tilted Cross, Paper Chase)
  • 1912 Arthur Crook, British editor (Times Literary Supplement)
  • 1912 Bob Tadema Sporry, Dutch (female) author
  • 1912 Del Sharbutt, Cleburne Tx, TV announcer (Your Hit Parade)
  • 1912 Machito "Frank Grillo", Florida, bandleader (created salsa music)
  • 1912 Maitland Mackie, Lord Lt (Aberdeenshire)
  • 1914 J Tobin, British anaesthetist
  • 1914 Jimmy Wakely, Mineola Ark, country vocalist (5 Star Jubilee)
  • 1915 Michael Relph, British film producer and director (d. 2004)
  • 1916 Bill Doggett, jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1916 William Ballard Doggett, jazz musician
  • 1918 Patty Andrews, Minneapolis, Minnesota, American vocalist (Andrews Sisters)
  • 1920 Hubert van Herreweghen, Flemish writer/journalist
  • 1920 Lee Russell, vocalist (Vincent Lopez), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1920 Anna Mae Hays, American army general

Famous Weddings

  • 1655 Dutch Grand Pensionary advisor Johan de Witt marries Wendela Bicker

HeartWedding of Interest

1734 Jurist William Allen (29) weds Margaret Hamilton

Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen
Mayor of Philadelphia
William Allen

HeartWedding of Interest

1784 American Revolutionary War patriot Ethan Allen (46) weds second wife Frances Montresor Brush Buchanan

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen

HeartWedding of Interest

1867 Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald (52) weds Agnes Bernard (30) at St George's Church in Hanover Square, London

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald

HeartWedding of Interest

1948 Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

HeartWedding of Interest

1955 Playwright Brendan Behan (32) weds Beatrice Salkeld at Donnybrook Church in Dublin, Ireland

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan

HeartWedding of Interest

1967 Hairdresser and businessman Vidal Sassoon (39) weds actress Beverly Adams (21)

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Hairdresser
Vidal Sassoon

HeartWedding of Interest

1969 Country singer Tammy Wynette (26) weds musician George Jones (37)

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

HeartWedding of Interest

1974 MLB player Mike Schmidt (24) weds Donna Wightman

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 2011 Indian tennis ace Mahesh Bhupati (36) weds Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe (2000) Lara Dutta (32) at Bandra, Mumbai
  • 2013 "Devious Maids" actress Dania Ramirez (33) weds director Bev Land on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Famous Divorces


Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

1982 Lee Majors & Farrah Fawcett Majors divorce

Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

1989 Jane Fonda & Tom Hayden separate after 16 years of marriage

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 116

  • 309 Pamphilus van Caesarea, Palestinian scholar/martyr, beheaded
  • 923 Abu Dja'far Mohammed Djarir al-Tabari, islamic historian, dies at 83
  • 1247 Heinrich Raspe, Landgrave of Thuringia (b. 1204)
  • 1279 Afonso III, King of Portugal (1248-79), dies
  • 1391 Johannes V Palaeologus, Emperor of Byzantium (1341-91), dies
  • 1531 Johannes Stöffler, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1452)
  • 1538 Everhard/Erardus van de Mark, prince-bishop of Liege, dies at 65
  • 1560 Jean du Bellay, French Catholic cardinal and diplomat
  • 1653 Johannes Schultz, composer, dies at 70
  • 1710 Esprit Fléchier, French writer and Bishop of Nîmes (b. 1632)
  • 1721 James Craggs the Younger, English politician (b. 1686)
  • 1754 Richard Mead, physician, dies
  • 1791 Richard earl d'Alton, Austria general of S Neth, commits suicide at 58
  • 1799 Charles Theoby, ruler (Palts & Bayern), dies at 74
  • 1803 Jan V clav Stich, Bohemian composer, dies at 56
  • 1820 Georg Carl von Döbeln, Swedish Lieutenant General and war hero (b. 1758).
  • 1823 Johann Gottfried Schict, composer, dies at 69
  • 1823 Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, French Romantic painter and draughtsman - allegorical paintings and portraits, dies at 64
  • 1825 George Gerson, composer, dies at 34
  • 1829 Francois-Joseph Gossec, Belg/Fr composer (Messe of Morts), dies at 95
  • 1834 Lionel Lukin, life boat pioneer, dies
  • 1844 Joseph Crosfield, English soap and alkali manufacturer (b. 1792)
  • 1851 Anne Nagell van Ampsen, Dutch politician, dies at 95
  • 1857 Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers, French engraver, dies at 77
  • 1857 Elisha Kent Kane, Arctic explorer (Kane Basin), dies at 37
  • 1858 Georg F Creuzer, German philological/historian, dies at 86
  • 1864 Vaclav Jindrich Veit, composer, dies at 58
  • 1892 Henry Walter Bates, naturalist/explorer (South America), dies
  • 1898 Thomas Bracken, New Zealand poet (b. 1843)
  • 1899 Francois Félix Faure, president of France (1895-99), dies at 57
  • 1900 George Labram, US mine engineer in South Africa, dies in battle
  • 1907 Giosuè Carducci, Italian writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1835)
  • 1910 Albert Heinrich Zabel, composer, dies at 75
  • 1912 Edgar Evans, British explorer (Antarctica), dies
  • 1912 St. Nikolai of Japan, Eastern Orthodox priest (b. 1836)
  • 1915 Emil Waldteufel, [Charles Levy], French composer (Estudiantina), dies
  • 1916 Jeltje de Bosch Kemper, Dutch feminist, dies at 79
  • 1916 [Gerard] Jan Ligthart, Dutch educator (Ot & Sien), dies at 57
  • 1917 Octave Mirbeau, French writer (b. 1848)
  • 1919 Vera Kholodnaya, Russian film star (b. 1893)
  • 1928 Eddie Foy, American singer and dancer (b. 1856)
  • 1932 Ferdinand Buisson, French pacifist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1841)
  • 1933 Archie Jackson, cricketer (of TB, Aus bat too briefly Avg 47.4), dies
  • 1934 Eduard Bagritsky, [Dzjubin], Russ poet/journalist, dies at 38
  • 1936 Tommy Ward, South African cricket wicket keeper (23 Tests), electrocuted
  • 1938 Otto zur Linde, German author (Lieder of the Leids), dies at 64
  • 1939 Jura Soyfer, writer, dies at 26
  • 1944 Edmund von Borck, composer, dies at 37
  • 1945 Billy Frank, cricketer (Test South Africa v Eng 1896, 5 & 2, 1-52), dies
  • 1945 Rudolf Vornlund, Swedish playwright (Upproret), dies at 45
  • 1950 David Denton, cricketer (England batsman in 11 Tests 1905-10), dies
  • 1951 Henri Velge, 1st chairman (Belgian Council of State), dies at 65
  • 1952 Knut [Pedersen] Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Wanders, Nobel 1920), dies
  • 1957 Leslie Hore-Belisha, [Lord Halifax], Brit min of Transport, dies at 63
  • 1963 Laszlo Lajtha, composer, dies at 70
  • 1966 Hendrik W Tilanus, artillery officer/leader (CHU 1939-63), dies at 81
  • 1967 Smiley Burnette, cowboy (Charlie-Petticoat Junction), dies at 55
  • 1968 Healey Willan, composer, dies at 87
  • 1973 Pieter Van der Bijl, cricketer (outstanding S Af bat in 1938-39), dies
  • 1974 John Garand, Canadian rifle engineer and manufacturer (b. 1888)
  • 1975 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (b. 1903)
  • 1975 Norman Treigle, American bass-baritone (b. 1927)
  • 1978 E. Roland Harriman, American financier (b. 1895)
  • 1979 Louise Allbritton, actress (Celia-Stage Door), dies at 58
  • 1979 Nematullah Nassiri, Iran general/head of Savak, executed
  • 1979 William Gargan, actor (New Adventures of Martin Kane), dies at 73
  • 1980 Erich Hückel, German physicist (b. 1895)
  • 1984 Ken Williams, TV announcer (Video Village), dies at 69
  • 1985 Larry Ward, actor (Frank Ragan-Dakotas), dies at 69
  • 1986 Howard Da Silva, Cleve Oh, actor (Ben Franklin-1776), dies at 76
  • 1988 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (b. 1916)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1990 Keith Haring, American graffiti artist (brilliant baby), dies of AIDS at 31

Artist & Social Activist Keith Haring
Artist & Social Activist
Keith Haring
  • 1991 Enrique B Varela, commandant Nicaragua contra's, dies
  • 1992 Abbas Musawi, leader of Hezbollah, assassinated
  • 1992 Angela Carter, British novelist (Magic Toyshop), dies of cancer at 51
  • 1992 George Mann MacBeth, Scottish journalist/poet (A War Quartet), dies
  • 1992 Janio Quadros, president of Brazil (1961), dies
  • 1992 Winand J Borgerhoff Mulder, court judge Amster (squaters), dies at 78
  • 1993 Donald Phelps, dies of AIDS at 61
  • 1993 Richard Salant, news president (CBS-60 Minutes), dies at 78
  • 1995 John Everett Allen, US businessman, dies at 91
  • 1995 Martin Soames, traveller, dies at 91
  • 1996 Charles McCorquodale, art historian, dies at 47
  • 1996 Edmund G "Pat" Brown, politician, dies at 90
  • 1996 Kenneth Robinson, politician/businessman, dies at 84
  • 1996 MacLean Stevenson, actor (M*A*S*H), dies of heart attack at 66
  • 1996 Roger Bowen, actor (M*A*S*H, Main Event, What about Bob), dies at 62
  • 1996 Susan Bosence, textile designer, dies at 82
  • 1996 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, American blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80
  • 1997 Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese-American physicist (b. 1912)
  • 1999 Michael Larson, Press Your Luck Big-winning contestant (b. 1949)
  • 2000 Marceline Day, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 2000 Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-born engineer and inventor (b. 1911)
  • 2000 Lila Kedrova, Russian-born actress (b. 1918)
  • 2001 Howard W. Koch, American film director (b. 1916)
  • 2001 William Masters, American gynecologist and sexologist (b. 1915)
  • 2001 Bob Buhl, baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 2002 Walter Winterbottom, England football manager (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Eleanor "Sis" Daley, wife of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley (b. 1907)
  • 2004 Doris Troy, American singer (b. 1937)