On This Day for 2nd February

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 211

  • 506 Alaric II, king of the Visigoths, promulgates the Lex Romania Visigothorum (or Breviary of Alaric), a collection of Roman law
  • 962 Pope John XII crowns German King Otto I the Great Emperor
  • 1032 Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor becomes King of Burgundy, succeeding Rudolf III
  • 1119 Guido di Borgogna elected Pope Callistus II
  • 1141 Battle of Lincoln: King Stephen captured by forces loyal to Empress Matilda and commanded by Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester
  • 1536 Pedro de Mendoza founds Argentine city of Buenos Aires
  • 1542 Portuguese under Christovão da Gama capture a Muslim-occupied hillfort in northern Ethiopia in the Battle of Baçente.
  • 1550 Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, freed
  • 1633 M Rossi's opera "Erminia sul Giordano" premieres in Rome
  • 1637 Zorilla's "El más Impropio Verdugo Para Las" premieres in Madrid
  • 1653 New Amsterdam becomes a city (later renamed New York)
  • 1709 British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years, his story inspires "Robinson Crusoe"
  • 1714 Nicholas Rowe's play "The Tragedy of Jane Shore" premieres in London

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1731 George Frideric Handel's opera "Poro" premieres in London

  • 1732 King Frederik Willem I moves Lutherans towards East-Prussia
  • 1742 British Walpole government resigns
  • 1762 Thomas Arnes' opera "Artaxerxes" premieres in London
  • 1787 Arthur St. Clair is elected the 9th President of the President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.
  • 1795 Joseph Haydn's 102nd Symphony in B premieres
  • 1798 Federal St Theater, Boston, becomes 1st in US destroyed by fire
  • 1802 1st leopard exhibited in US, Boston (admission 25 cents)
  • 1811 Russian settlers establish Ft Ross trading post, north of SF
  • 1823 Rossini's opera "Semiramide" premieres in Venice
  • 1829 Madman Jonathan Martin sets York Cathedral on fire, does £60,000 damage
  • 1843 US & British settlers in Oregon Country choose government committee
  • 1848 1st ship load of Chinese arrive in SF
  • 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends Mexican War; US acquires Texas California, New Mexico & Arizona for $15 million
  • 1852 1st British public men's toilet opens (Fleet St London)
  • 1852 Alexandre Dumas Jr's "La Dame aux Camélias" premieres in Paris
  • 1854 Pope Pius IX encyclical "On persecution of Armenians"

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1863 Samuel Clemens first uses the pen name Mark Twain in a Virginia City newspaper, the "Territorial Enterprise"

Author Mark Twain
Author
Mark Twain
  • 1864 -Oct 7th) Cruise of CSS Florida
  • 1869 James Oliver invents removable tempered steel plow blade
  • 1870 Cardiff Giant (supposed petrified human) proved to be gypsum
  • 1876 Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
  • 1878 Greece declares war on Turkey
  • 1880 SS Strathleven arrives in London with first shipment of frozen Australian mutton
  • 1887 In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the first Groundhog Day is observed.
  • 1888 Frank Sprague opens the first successful U.S. electric street railway system, the Richmond Union Passenger Railway, in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1892 Bottle cap with cork seal patented by William Painter (Baltimore)
  • 1892 Johnny Briggs takes a hat-trick, England v Australia SCG
  • 1892 Longest boxing match under modern rules; 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois between Harry Sharpe & Frank Crosby
  • 1893 1st movie close-up (of a sneeze), Edison studio, West Orange, NJ
  • 1894 US warship Kearsarge wrecked on Roncador Reef, near Solomon Island
  • 1899 The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital (Canberra) between Sydney and Melbourne.
  • 1900 Gustave Charpentiers opera "Louise" premieres in Paris
  • 1901 Female Army Nurse Corps established as a permanent organization

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1901 Queen Victoria's funeral takes place.

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria
  • 1901 Mexican government troops are ambushed by Yaqui Indians, 100 killed
  • 1901 The US Congress passes the Army Reorganization Act, placing the minimum number of men under arms at 58,000
  • 1906 Pope encyclical against separation of church & state
  • 1909 Italian writer Marinetti publishes Futurist Manifest in Paris
  • 1912 Frederick R Law, parachutes from Statue of Liberty (stunt for Pathe)

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1913 NY football Giants sign Jim Thorpe

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1913 NYC's Grand Central Terminal opens
  • 1914 James Royce Shannon's musical "Shameen Dhu" premieres in NYC
  • 1919 Monarchist riot in Portugal
  • 1920 Estonia declares its Independence from Russia (Dorpat Peace)
  • 1920 France occupies (German) Memel territory
  • 1920 Tarto/Dorpat peace treaty: USSR recognizes Estonian independence
  • 1922 It was 2:22:22 on 2/2/22

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1922 James Joyce's "Ulysses" published in Paris (1,000 copies)

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • 1923 Ethyl gasoline 1st marketed, Dayton, Ohio
  • 1923 US signs friendship treaty with Central American countries
  • 1924 International Ski Federation (FIS) forms
  • 1925 Belgian episcopacy rejects liberalism, communism & socialism
  • 1925 Dogsleds reach Nome with emergency diphtheria serum after 1000-km
  • 1925 NL holds Golden Jubilee Year meeting at same hotel where NL began
  • 1926 3 men dance Charleston for 22 hours
  • 1926 19th Women's Australasian Championships: Daphne Akhurst Cozens beats Esna Boyd Robertson (6-1, 6-3)
  • 1926 19th Men's Australasian Championships: John Hawkes beats James Willard (6-1, 6-3, 6-1)
  • 1927 Harry Tierney/Joseph McCarthy's "Rio Rita" premieres in NYC
  • 1927 Ziegfeld Theater (Loew's Ziegfeld) opens at 6th Ave & 54th St NYC
  • 1931 1st siyyum of Talmud celebrated by Daf Yomi students
  • 1931 1st use of a rocket to deliver mail (Austria)

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1932 Al Capone sent to prison (Atlanta, Georgia)

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • 1932 Geneva disarmament conference begins with 60 countries
  • 1932 Grimmett takes 14 wickets v South Africa (7-116 & 7-83)
  • 1932 Reconstruction Finance Corp organized

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1933 2 days after becoming chancellor, Adolf Hitler dissolves the Reichstag (Parliament)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

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1933 Hermann Goering bans Communist meetings/demonstrations in Germany

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1933 Ucicky's "Rotten Morning" premieres in Berlin
  • 1934 Dutch RC Bishops warn against fascism/nazism
  • 1935 Leonarde Keeler first use of his polygraph machine on criminals later convicted of assault on its findings (Portage Wisc)

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1940 Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orch)

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer/Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1942 LA Times urges security measures against Japanese-Americans
  • 1942 US auto factories switch from commercial to war production
  • 1943 Cubs return to original uniform after experimenting with a vest
  • 1943 German 6th Army surrenders after Battle of Stalingrad, turning point in Europe during WW II
  • 1944 4th US marine division conquerors Roi, Marshall Islands
  • 1944 Allied troops 1st set foot on Japanese territory
  • 1944 Baseball meets in NYC to discuss postwar action
  • 1944 Edward Chodorov's "Decision" premieres in NYC
  • 1945 Escape attempt at Mauthausen concentration camp
  • 1946 "Nellie Bly" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1946 The Proclamation of Hungarian Republic is made.
  • 1948 President Harry Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program

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1949 Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1950 "Arms & the Girl" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 134 performances
  • 1950 1st broadcast of "What's My Line" on CBS-TV

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 290

  • 1208 James I of Aragon (d. 1276)
  • 1455 King John of Denmark (d. 1513)
  • 1494 Bona Sforza, queen of Sigismund I of Poland (d. 1557)
  • 1502 Damião de Góis, Portuguese philosopher (d. 1574)
  • 1506 René de Birague, French cardinal and chancellor (d. 1583)
  • 1522 Lodovico Ferrari, Italian mathematician (d. 1565)
  • 1583 Anna Roemers Visscher, Dutch poetess
  • 1595 Jacob van Campen, painter/architect (New Church, Amsterdam)
  • 1600 Gabriel Naudé, French librarian and scholar (d. 1653)
  • 1613 Noël Chabanel, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)
  • 1621 Johannes Schefferus, Alsatian-born humanist (d. 1679)
  • 1649 Benedict XIII, [Pierfrancesco Orsini], Italy, 245th pope (1724-30)
  • 1650 Nell [Eleanor] Gwyn, English actress/mistress (King Charles II)
  • 1669 Louis Marchand, composer
  • 1695 William Borlase, English naturalist (d. 1772)
  • 1695 François de Chevert, French general (d. 1769)
  • 1711 Wenzel Anton von Kaunitz, Austrian diplomat (d. 1794)
  • 1714 Gottfried August Homilius, composer
  • 1717 Ernst Gideon Freiherr von Laudon, Austrian field marshal (d. 1790)
  • 1748 Christian Gottfried Thomas, composer
  • 1773 Vincenc Tomas Vaclav Tucek, composer
  • 1780 Johannes van den Bosch, gov-gen (Neth East Indies)
  • 1786 Jacques Philippe Marie Binet, French mathematician (d. 1856)
  • 1802 Jean-Baptiste JD Boussingault, French chemist
  • 1803 Albert Sidney Johnston, Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • 1804 Leopold Eugen Mechura, composer
  • 1815 Nathaniel Collins McLean, Brig Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1905)
  • 1817 John Glover, English chemist (sulfuric acid)
  • 1817 Jose Maria de la Purificacion Ventura, composer
  • 1820 Hans E Schack, Danish politician/writer (Phantasterne)
  • 1827 Abner Monroe Perrin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1827 Oswald Aschenbach, German painter
  • 1829 Alfred Brehm, German zoologist (d. 1884)
  • 1835 Luigi Manzotti, Milano, ballet choreographer
  • 1840 Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray, composer
  • 1841 François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss hydrologist (d. 1912)
  • 1842 Yulian Vasilievich Sokhotski, Russian mathematician (d. 1927)
  • 1844 Leander Schlegel, composer
  • 1847 Jules Francois Blasini, Curacaos pianist/composer
  • 1849 Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet (d. 1921)
  • 1850 Carel V Gerritsen, Dutch free thinker
  • 1851 José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican artist (d. 1913)
  • 1852 Teunis Stoel, actor/director (Small Theater, Rotterdam)
  • 1856 Makar Grigori Ekmalyan, composer
  • 1857 Jan Six, Dutch art historian/art collector
  • 1859 Havelock Ellis, US physician/sexologist (Psychology of Sex)
  • 1860 Curtis Guild, Jr., 43rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1915)
  • 1861 Mehmed VI, last sultan of Ottoman Empire (1918-22)
  • 1861 Solomon R Guggenheim, philanthropist (Guggenheim Museum NYC)
  • 1873 Freiherr Konstantin von Neurath, German secretary of State (1932-38)
  • 1873 Johan P earl van Limburg Stirum, Dutch diplomat
  • 1873 Leopold Fall, Austria, operetta composer (Dollar Princess)
  • 1875 Annette Kolb, German/French author (Small Fanfare)
  • 1875 Fritz Kreisler, violinist/composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1878 Christian Gauss, educator/writer (Phi Beta Kappa award namesake)
  • 1878 Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer (d. 1955)
  • 1881 Karl Frederick, pistol champ (Olympic-gold-1920)

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1882 James Joyce, Ireland, novelist/poet (Dubliners, Ulysses, Finnigan's Wake)

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • 1882 James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold)
  • 1883 Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, composer
  • 1884 Julis Deutsch, Austria politician/General Spanish rep army
  • 1884 S Z Sakall, Budapest Hungary, actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca)
  • 1885 Aldo Palazzeschi, [Giurlani], Italian writer (I cavalli bianchi)
  • 1886 Kurt Baschwitz, German/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Du und)
  • 1887 Ernst Hanfstängl, German pianist and politician (d. 1975)
  • 1888 Candelario Huizar, composer
  • 1888 Frank Lloyd, Scotland, actor/director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist)
  • 1888 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (d. 1969)
  • 1890 Jean J M de Lattre de Tassigny, French gen (Indo-China)
  • 1891 Antonio Segni, premier/president (Italy)
  • 1891 Frank Foyston, NHL Hall of Famer (Seattle)
  • 1893 Cornelius Lanczos, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1974)
  • 1893 Raoul Riganti, Argentine racing driver (d. 1970)

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1895 George Halas [Papa Bear], NFL pioneer (owner of the Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)

American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas
  • 1896 Kazimierz Kuratowski, Polish mathematician and logician (d. 1980)
  • 1897 Howard Johnson, American hotelier (d. 1972)
  • 1897 Aimé Avignon, France's former oldest living man (d. 2007)
  • 1898 Josephina J "Fien" de la Mar, Dutch actress (Theatre De la Mar)
  • 1899 Benny Rubin, actor/comedian (Benny Rubin Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1900 Asa Smith Bushnell Jr, Springfield Ohio, Sec of US Olympics (1945-65)
  • 1900 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, born in Salem, New Jersey (d. 1988)
  • 1900 Willie Kamm, MLB third baseman (d. 1988)
  • 1901 Connie Gilchrist, American actress (Cry Havoc, Letter to 3 Wives), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1901 Jascha Heifetz, Vilna Lithuania, US violin virtuoso (Carnegie Hall)
  • 1902 Tyra Ryman, Arboga Sweden, actress (Peter the Tramp)
  • 1902 Newbold Morris, American politician (d. 1966)
  • 1903 Frank McGrath, Mound City Mo, actor (Wagon Train)
  • 1904 Buzurg Alavi, Persian author (Panjah va sih nafar, Namal'ha)
  • 1904 Jose Enrique Pedreira, composer
  • 1905 Ayn Rand, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire, writer and philosopher (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead)
  • 1905 Jean-Pierre Guerlain, French cosmetics pioneer
  • 1907 Bernardas Brazdzionis, Lithuania, poet/editor/critic
  • 1908 Anita Garvin, actress (Swiss Miss, Blotto, Charlatan, Hats Off)
  • 1908 Cal Tinney, Oklahoma, comedian (Stop Me If You Heard This One)
  • 1908 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, California, swimmer (Olympic-gold-1932)/actor
  • 1908 Pavel Sivic, composer
  • 1908 Renzo Rossellini, Italian composer
  • 1908 Wes Ferrell, All-Star MLB pitcher (d. 1976)
  • 1909 Franc Albertson, Fergus Falls MN, actor (Psycho, Alice Adams)
  • 1910 Charlotte Auerbach, British geneticist and zoologist, born in Krefeld, Germany (d. 1994)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1870 American writer (Huckleberry Finn) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name Mark Twain, (34) marries Olivia Langdon (24) in Elmira, NY

Author Mark Twain
Author
Mark Twain
  • 1904 US blues singer Gertrude Pridgett marries comic William Rainey

HeartWedding of Interest

1936 Physicist Emilio G. Segrè (31) weds jewish woman Elfriede Spiro at the Great Synagogue of Rome in Italy

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè

HeartWedding of Interest

1957 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (24) marries for the 3rd time to producer Mike Todd (47)

HeartWedding of Interest

1963 Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (23) weds documentary filmmaker Eleanor Jessie Neil (26) in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

1976 Actress Gloria Swanson (76) weds writer William Dufty (60)

HeartWedding of Interest

1985 NFL Footballer and felon OJ Simpson marries 2nd wife Nicole Brown (murdered 1994)

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
OJ Simpson
  • 1990 Marina Ogilvy (daughter of Engl princess Alexandra) weds Paul Mowatt

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul (34) weds sportswear designer Brad Beckerman at The Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul

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2001 Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg (54) weds media tycoon Barry Diller

Fashion Designer Diane von Furstenberg
Fashion Designer
Diane von Furstenberg
  • 2002 Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (38) weds Argentinean born Maxima Zorreguieta (34) at the Beurs van Berlage
  • 2008 Singer-actress Katharine McPhee (23) weds producer Nick Cokas (42) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 23rd French Republic President Nicolas Sarkozy (53) weds supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni (39) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • 2010 Former glamour model Katie Price (32) weds MMA fighter and former "Hollyoaks" actor Alex Reid (34) at the chapel in the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 150

  • 672 Chad of Mercia, Ango-Saxon saint
  • 1032 Rudolf III, last independent king of Bourgundy, dies
  • 1124 Bořivoj II of Bohemia
  • 1218 Konstantin of Rostov, Prince of Novgorod (b. 1186)
  • 1250 Eric XI of Sweden (b. 1216)
  • 1435 Johanna II, lawless Queen of Naples (1414-35), dies at 61
  • 1461 Owen Tudor, Welsh founder of the Tudor dynasty of England
  • 1491 Martin Schongauer, German painter, dies at 40
  • 1529 Baldassare Castiglione, Italian writer (b. 1478)
  • 1540 George Schenck van Toutenburg, gov/viceroy of Frisia/Groningen
  • 1563 Hans Neusiedler, Hungarian/German luitist/author, dies at approx 54
  • 1580 Bessho Nagaharu, Japanese retainer (b. 1558)
  • 1594 Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • 1597 Lucas van Valckenborch, Flemish painter, buried at about 61
  • 1648 George Abbot, English writer
  • 1660 Govert Flinck, Dutch painter (Isaac blesses Jacob), dies at 45
  • 1660 Jean BG duke of Orleans, brother of French King Louis XIII, dies at 51
  • 1661 Lucas Holstenius, German humanist (b. 1596)
  • 1673 Kaspar Förster, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1688 Abraham Duquesne, French naval officer (b. 1610)
  • 1704 Guillaume F A de l'Hospital, French mathematician, dies at about 62
  • 1712 Martin Lister, English naturalist and physician
  • 1714 John Sharp, English Archbishop of York (b. 1643)
  • 1723 Antonio M Valsalva, Italian anatomist, dies at 66
  • 1750 Johann Graf, composer, dies at 65
  • 1768 Robert Smith, English mathematician (b. 1689)
  • 1769 Clement XIII, [Carlo Rezzonico], Pope (1758-69), dies at 75
  • 1779 Georg Philipp Kress, composer, dies at 59
  • 1789 Armand-Louis Couperin, Fren composer/organist (Notre Dame), dies at 63
  • 1793 William Aiton, English botanist (Kew Gardens), dies at 61
  • 1802 Welbore Ellis, 1st Baron Mendip, British statesman (b. 1713)
  • 1804 Caesar Rodney, US judge (signed Declar of Independence), dies at 62
  • 1804 George Walton, Signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1749-50)
  • 1822 Jean-Baptiste Davaux, composer, dies at 79
  • 1827 Johann Nepomuk Kalcher, composer, dies at 62
  • 1828 Frederik Sigismund earl of Bylandt, vice-admiral, dies at 78
  • 1852 Francois MP Liberman, French founder (Congr of H Heart), dies at 49
  • 1881 Aleksej F Pisemski, Russian writer (Clodhopper), dies at 59
  • 1882 Fabio Campana, composer, dies at 63
  • 1895 Archduke Albert, Austrian general (b. 1817)
  • 1902 Emanuil Manolov, composer, dies at 42
  • 1904 William C. Whitney, American financier (b. 1841)
  • 1907 Dmitri I Mendelejev, Russian chemist (Periodic Table), dies at 72
  • 1909 Adolf Stoecker, German anti-semite/prime minister, dies at 73
  • 1918 John L Sullivan, Mass, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 59
  • 1919 Xavier Henry Napoleon Leroux, composer, dies at 55
  • 1921 Luigi Mancinelli, composer, dies at 72
  • 1925 Antti Aarne, Finnish sociologist, dies at 57

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1925 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, dies at 51

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • 1926 Vladimir Sukhomlinov, Russian general (b. 1848)
  • 1931 Theodor Batthynyi, Hungarian contra-revolutionary, dies at 71
  • 1932 Agha Petros, Assyrian nationalist leader
  • 1934 Ernesto Nazareth, composer, dies at 70
  • 1941 Johannes Schlaf, writer, dies at 78
  • 1942 Daniil Kharms, Russian playwright (b. 1905)
  • 1945 Carl Friedrich Goerdeler, German Leipzig mayor and Nazi regime opponent (20th July plot), hanged at 60
  • 1948 Thomas W. Lamont, American banker; father or Corliss Lamont; great-grandfather of Ned Lamont (b. 1870)
  • 1948 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (b. 1894)
  • 1950 Constantin Carathéodory, Greek mathematician (b. 1873)
  • 1952 Charles De Roche, actor (10 Commandments), dies at 72
  • 1952 Johann Babtist Thaller, composer, dies at 79
  • 1953 Gustav Strube, composer, dies at 85
  • 1954 Theodor Rogalski, composer, dies at 52
  • 1956 Charley Grapewin, actor (Ellery Queen), dies at 86
  • 1956 Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (b. 1876)
  • 1957 Grigory Landsberg, Russian physicist (b. 1890)
  • 1959 Frank DeCaires, cricketer (WI bat v Eng 1930, 3 Tests 232 runs), dies
  • 1960 Jeno Huszka, composer, dies at 84
  • 1961 Adolf Vogl, composer, dies at 87
  • 1961 Anna May Wong, actress (Thief of Baghdad), dies at about 56
  • 1963 Herman Bouber, [Blom], actor/playwright (Bluejackets), dies at 77
  • 1965 Richard P Blackmur, US, critic/publisher (Good European), dies at 61
  • 1965 Richard Wurz, composer, dies at 79
  • 1969 Boris Karloff, [Pratt], British actor (Frankenstein), dies at 81
  • 1969 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • 1970 Bertrand Russell, philosopher, British MP, dies in Merioneth at 97
  • 1970 Jaroslav Vogel, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 76
  • 1970 Lawrence Gray, American actor (b.1898)
  • 1972 Jessie Royce Landis, actress (North by Northwest), dies at 67
  • 1972 Natalie Clifford Barney, American writer (b. 1876)
  • 1973 Henry J Elias, Flemish historian/mayor of Gent, dies at 70
  • 1973 Hendrik Elias, Belgian politician (b. 1902)
  • 1974 Jean Absil, Belgian composer (Benedictions), dies at 80
  • 1976 Harry Elliott, England cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests 1927-34), dies
  • 1976 Johan Kaart, Dutch actor (My Fair Lady), dies at 78
  • 1976 Maurice Jacobson, composer, dies at 80
  • 1978 Wendy Barrie, TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), dies at 65
  • 1979 Jim Burke, cricketer (Australian opener), commits suicide

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1979 Sid Vicious, [John Simon Ritchie], bassist (Sex Pistols), OD's at 21

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • 1980 William H Stein, US biochemist (Nobel 1972), dies at 68
  • 1981 Donald W Douglas, US aircraft pioneer/builder, dies at 88
  • 1981 Jan Donner, Dutch chairman of High Council, dies at 89
  • 1981 Louise Lorraine, actress (Adventures of Tarzan), dies
  • 1982 Stringfellow Barr, US educationalist (100 Great Books), dies at 85
  • 1982 Paul Desruisseaux, French Canadian lawyer, businessman and politician (b 1905)
  • 1983 Bryan Valentine, cricketer (7 Tests for England, 454 runs), dies
  • 1983 Roy Horb, Suriname sergeant/putschist, commits suicide
  • 1983 Sam Chatman, elder statesman of the blues, dies
  • 1987 Alfred Lion, record founder (Blue Note), dies at 78
  • 1987 Patrick "Spike" Hughes, Brit jazz musician (Cinderella), dies at 78