On This Day for 1st January

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 665

  • 153 BC Roman consuls begin their year in office.
  • 45 BC The Julian calendar takes effect for the first time.
  • 1 Origin of Christian Era
  • 69 Roman garrison of Mainz uprising
  • 89 Gov Lucius Antonius Saturninus of Germany becomes emperor of Rome
  • 313 Start of Roman (Pontifical) Indiction
  • 404 Last gladiator competition in Rome
  • 630 The Prophet Muhammad sets out toward Mecca with the army that captures it bloodlessly.
  • 722 Hofmeier Charles Martel flees from bishop Willibrord
  • 990 Russia adopts Julian calendar
  • 1259 Michael VIII Palaiologos is proclaimed co-emperor of the Empire of Nicaea with his ward John IV Laskaris.
  • 1430 Jews of Sicily are no longer required to attend conversionist services
  • 1438 Albrecht II von Habsburg becomes king of Hungary
  • 1494 Juw Dekama elected potentate of Frisia
  • 1502 Portuguese navigators discover Rio de Janeiro
  • 1504 King Louis XII loses last bulwark in Naples, Caeta
  • 1515 Francis, Duke of Angouleme succeeds King Louis XII as Francis I of France
  • 1515 Jews are expelled from Laibach Austria
  • 1527 Croatian nobles elect Ferdinand I of Austria as king of Croatia in the Parliament on Cetin.
  • 1573 Geuzen sets fire to Woudrichem
  • 1583 1st day of the Gregorian calendar in Holland & Flanders
  • 1600 Scotland begins its numbered year on January 1 instead of 25 March.

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1610 German astronomer Simon Marius 1st discovers the Jupiter moons, but does not officially report it, Galileo does on July 1 1610

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei
  • 1622 Papal Chancery adopts Jan 1 as beginning of the year (was Mar 25)

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1651 Charles II Stuart crowned king of Scotland

  • 1660 1st entry in Samuel Pepys' diary
  • 1660 General Moncks army battles with the Tweed on way to London
  • 1660 Thomas Fairfax's New Model Army occupies York
  • 1672 Jean Racine's "Bajazet," premieres in Paris
  • 1673 Regular mail delivery begins between NY & Boston
  • 1675 Don Carlos de Gurrea/Aragon becomes Spanish land guardian of S Neth
  • 1689 Pro-James II-earl of Danby occupies York
  • 1700 Protestant Western Europe (except England) begin using Gregorian calendar
  • 1700 Russia begins using the Anno Domini era and no longer uses the Anno Mundi era of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1707 John V succeeds his father Pedro II as king of Portugal
  • 1739 J B C Bouvet de Lozier discovers Bouvet Island, near Antarctica

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1758 The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature establish the "starting point" for standardized species names across the animal kingdom. This naming system is based on the binomial nomenclature laid out in Carolus Linnaeus 10th edition of Systema Naturae.

Taxonomist, botanist, physician, and zoologist Carolus Linnaeus
Taxonomist, botanist, physician, and zoologist
Carolus Linnaeus
  • 1770 Date of action in the opera "Madeleine"
  • 1772 First traveler's cheques go on sale in London, can be used in 90 European cities

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1776 Gen George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1781 1,500 soldiers of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment under General Anthony Wayne's command rebel against the Continental Army's winter camp in Morristown, New Jersey as part of the Pennsylvania (Continentals; Regiment) Mutiny of 1781.
  • 1785 "Daily Universal Register" (Times of London) publishes 1st issue
  • 1788 London's Daily Universal Registrar becomes the Times
  • 1788 Quakers in Pennsylvania emancipate their slaves
  • 1797 Albany replaces NYC as capital of NY
  • 1798 Russia appoints 1st Jewish censor to censor Hebrew books
  • 1800 Dutch East Indies Company dissolves
  • 1801 The Irish Parliament votes to join the Kingdom of Great Britain, forming the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
  • 1801 The dwarf planet Ceres is discovered by Italian monk Giuseppe Piazzi.
  • 1803 Emperor Gia Long orders all bronze wares of the Tây Sơn Dynasty to be collected and melted into nine cannons for the Royal Citadel in Huế, Vietnam.
  • 1804 Haiti gains independence from France (National Day)
  • 1807 Curacao is taken by English (until March, 1816)
  • 1808 African Benevolent Society (education) forms
  • 1808 Congress prohibits importation of slaves
  • 1808 Sierra Leone becomes a British colony
  • 1809 Holland Brigade under brig gen Chasse reaches Madrid
  • 1814 Field marshal Blucher's troops cross the Rhine at Kaub
  • 1818 Official reopening of the White House

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1818 Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" is published anonymously by the small London publishing house of Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley
  • 1826 Baron Van der Capellen resigns as governor of Dutch-Indies
  • 1827 Dutch Trade Company NHM gets opium monopoly on Java

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1831 William Lloyd Garrison publishes 1st issue of abolitionist journal

  • 1833 British government demands Falkland islands
  • 1833 Curacao census: 2,602 whites, 6,531 free people & 5,894 slaves
  • 1834 German Tolunie goes into effect
  • 1838 1st official horse race in South Australia-Adelaide
  • 1840 1st recorded bowling match in US, Knickerbocker Alleys, NYC
  • 1842 1st illustrated weekly magazine in US publishes 1st issue, NYC
  • 1844 1st edition of New Rotterdam's Daily (3x per week)
  • 1845 The Cobble Hill Tunnel in Brooklyn is completed.
  • 1846 Yucatan declares independence from Mexico
  • 1847 Michigan is 1st state to abolish capital punishment
  • 1847 Neth's Haarlem's Current newspaper starts publishing
  • 1848 Britain takes Mosquito Coast from Nicaragua
  • 1851 City of Glasgow steamer inaugurates Philadelphia-Liverpool line
  • 1852 1st US public bath opens, in NYC
  • 1852 National debt of Britain & Ireland is 765,126,582 pounds
  • 1852 Netherlands begins issuing postage stamps
  • 1853 1st practical fire engine (horse-drawn) in US enters service
  • 1854 Lincoln University, a black college, chartered (Oxford, Penn)
  • 1858 Canada begins using decimal currency system
  • 1860 Slavery ends of in Neth Indies
  • 1861 Porfirio Diaz conquers Mexico City

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1861 President-elect of the United States Abraham Lincoln declares slavery in Confederate states unlawful (US Civil War)

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1862 1st US income tax (3% of incomes > $600, 5% of incomes > $10,000)
  • 1862 Battle of Port Royal Ferry, South Carolina (US Civil War)
  • 1863 1st homestead under the Homestead Act claimed, near Beatrice, Nebr
  • 1863 Battle of Galveston, Texas-Confederates recapture the city
  • 1863 Emancipation Proclamation issued by Lincoln to free slaves in confederate states

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1863 Franz Schubert's "Missa Solemnis," premieres in Leipzig

Composer Franz Schubert
Composer
Franz Schubert
  • 1865 -Apr 26th] Carolinas' campaign
  • 1871 Belgium disbands salt tax
  • 1873 Origin of Japanese Era
  • 1874 New York City annexes the Bronx
  • 1876 The Reichsbank opens in Berlin.

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1877 England's Queen Victoria proclaimed empress of India

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria
  • 1879 John Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major premieres in Leipzig
  • 1880 Building of Panama Canal, begins
  • 1881 Dr John H Watson is introduced to Sherlock Holmes
  • 1886 1st Tournament of Roses (Pasadena California)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 350

  • 766 Ali al-Rida, Shia Imam (d. 818)
  • 1431 Alexander VI [Rodrigo Borgia], Spanish/Italian pope (1492-1503)
  • 1449 Lorenzo de 'Medici (The Magnificent), Florentine statesman (d. 1492)
  • 1467 Sigismund I, the old, king of Poland
  • 1484 Huldrych Zwingli, Swiss Protestant leader (d. 1531)
  • 1504 Caspar Cruciger, German church reformer
  • 1511 Henry, Duke of Cornwall (d. 1511)
  • 1516 Margaret Leijonhufvud, Queen of Gustav I of Sweden (d. 1551)
  • 1520 Franciscus Balduinus, [Francois Baudouin], lawyer
  • 1557 István Bocskay, Prince of Transylvania (d. 1606)
  • 1600 Friedrich Spanheim, Dutch theologian (d. 1649)
  • 1614 John Wilkins, English Bishop of Chester (d. 1672)
  • 1618 Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Spain, Baroque artist [baptized]
  • 1622 Isaac Sweers, Dutch Admiral/general/Civil rights activist
  • 1628 Christoph Bernhard, German composer
  • 1638 Antoinette du Ligier de la Guard Deshoulieres, French poet/playwright
  • 1638 Emperor Go-Sai of Japan (d. 1685)
  • 1648 Elkanah Settle, English writer (d. 1724)
  • 1652 Johann Krieger, composer
  • 1655 Christian Thomasius, German jurist (d. 1728)
  • 1684 Arnold Drakenborch, Dutch classical scholar (d. 1748)
  • 1697 Johann Pfeiffer, composer
  • 1704 Soame Jenyns, English writer (d. 1787)
  • 1709 Johann H H Butz, German/Dutch organ builder
  • 1711 Franz Freiherr von der Trenck, Austrian soldier (d. 1749)
  • 1714 Kristijonas Donelaitis, Lutheran pastor, Lithuanian poet (The Seas)
  • 1723 Christian Friedrich Gregor, composer
  • 1729 Edmund Burke, British author (Philosophy & Inquiry) [NS=Jan 12]
  • 1734 John F E Acton, cruel premier of Naples

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1735 Paul Revere, silversmith/US patriot (British are coming)

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere
  • 1745 "Mad" Anthony Wayne, general
  • 1748 Giovanni Furno, composer
  • 1750 Frederick Muhlenberg, American statesman (d. 1801)

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1752 Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag

Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag
Betsy Ross
  • 1764 John Kinker, Dutch linguist/philosopher/poet (Minderjarige Zangster)
  • 1767 Maria Edgeworth, Anglo-Irish novelist (d. 1849)
  • 1774 André Marie Constant Duméril, French zoologist (d. 1860)
  • 1777 Micah Hawkins, composer
  • 1779 William Clowes, English printer (d. 1847)
  • 1784 William Beale, composer
  • 1800 Sydney Nelson, composer
  • 1800 Vaclav Horak, composer
  • 1809 John Pieter Heije, Dutch physician/writer/poet (Silver Fleet)
  • 1814 Hong Xiuquan, Chinese rebel (d. 1864)
  • 1815 Charles Renouvier, French philosopher (neocriticism)
  • 1819 Arthur Hugh Clough, poet, friend of Matthew Arnold
  • 1819 George Foster Shepley, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1878)
  • 1823 Sándor Petőfi, Hungarian poet and revolutionary (d. 1849)
  • 1827 William Lewis "Old Tige" Cabell, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1831 William Joseph Westbrook, composer
  • 1833 Robert Lawson, New Zealand architect (d. 1902)
  • 1834 Ludovic Halévy, French playwright (d. 1908)
  • 1838 William Hugh Young, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
  • 1843 Nikolay Nikolayevich Lodizhensky, composer
  • 1846 Nikola Pasic, Serbian nationalist/premier (1891..1926)
  • 1848 John Goff, Irish lawyer (d. 1924)
  • 1852 Eugène-Anatole Demarçay, French chemist (d. 1904)
  • 1853 Hans Koessler, composer
  • 1854 James Frazer, Britain, anthropologist/author (The Golden Bough)
  • 1862 Snitz Edwards, Hungary, actor (College, Phantom of the Opera)
  • 1863 Aleko Konstantinov, Bulgarian writer (To Chicago & Back)
  • 1863 Pierre de Coubertin, France, baron (revived Olympic games)

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1864 Alfred Stieglitz, American photographer/art dealer (Camera Work), born in Hoboken, New Jersey

Photographer Alfred Stieglitz
Photographer
Alfred Stieglitz
  • 1865 Giuseppe Ferrata, composer
  • 1867 Charles Edward Montague, English author/critic (Fiery Particles)
  • 1867 Lew Fields, comedian (of Weber & Fields)
  • 1868 Snitz Edwards, American actor (d. 1937)
  • 1873 Mariano Azuela, Mexico, novelist (The Flies, The Bosses)
  • 1874 Hugo Leichtentritt, composer
  • 1874 Gustave Whitehead, German inventor (d. 1927)
  • 1874 Frank Knox, American Secretary of the Navy (d. 1944)
  • 1875 Charles Rist, French economist
  • 1875 N F Druce, cricketer (5 Tests for England v Australia 1897-98)
  • 1876 Johan C Altorf, sculptor (October 3rd monument)
  • 1876 Harriet Brooks, Canadian physicist (d. 1933)
  • 1878 Edwin Franko Goldman, composer
  • 1878 Agner Krarup Erlang, Danish scientist and engineer (d. 1929)

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1879 E. M. Forster, English writer and novelist (Howards End, Passage to India), born in Marylebone, Middlesex (d. 1970)

Writer and Novelist E. M. Forster
Writer and Novelist
E. M. Forster
  • 1879 Emile Argand, Swiss geologist (Dekbladen Theory)
  • 1879 Ernest Jones, British psychoanalyst (Life & Work of Sigmund Freud)
  • 1879 William Fox, US film pioneer (Nickelodeon)
  • 1880 Edie Martin, actress (Titfield Thunderbolt), born in London, England
  • 1880 Shalom Asch, Poland, yiddish writer (Motke Ganev)
  • 1881 Carry van Bridges, [de Haan], Dutch author (Heleen, Eva)
  • 1881 Vajiravudh, King of Thailand (d. 1925)
  • 1882 W C Wendelaar, mayor of Alkmaar (1919-34)/Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 1883 Federigo Tozzi, Italian writer/journalist (La Torre, Tre Croci)
  • 1883 [Hei]ko E Arnoldi, Dutch actor (3 Drops of Water)/theater director
  • 1885 Roland Diggle, composer
  • 1887 Wilhelm Canaris, German admiral/head German military intelligence
  • 1888 John Garand, American inventor (d. 1974)
  • 1889 Alexander Smallens, St Petersburg, Russia, conductor
  • 1889 Charles Bickford, Cambridge Massachusetts, actor (John-The Virginian)
  • 1889 Tadeusz Jarecki, composer
  • 1889 Tom Dugan, actor (Circus Clown, Drag, Skyway), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1890 Florence Lawrence, Hamilton Ont, silent screen actress (Confidence)
  • 1890 Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (d. 1966)
  • 1891 Frank Pettingell, actor (Gaslight, Goose Steps Out), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1892 Artur Rodzinski, Spalato, Dalmatia, Poland, conductor/composer

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1892 Manuel Roxas y Acuna, 1st president Philippines

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas

Famous Weddings

  • 414 King Ataulf of Narbonne marries emperor Honorius sister Galle Placidia

HeartWedding of Interest

1772 US founding father Thomas Jefferson (30) marries Martha Wayles Skelton (23)

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson

HeartWedding of Interest

1811 Writer James Fenimore Cooper (21) weds Susan Augusta de Lancey in Mamaroneck, New York

HeartWedding of Interest

1824 US President James Knox Polk (28) weds Sarah Childress (20) in Murfreesboro

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk

HeartWedding of Interest

1896 1st Filipino President Emilio Aguinaldo (26) weds first wife Hilaria del Rosario

Revolutionary General and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary General and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo

HeartWedding of Interest

1936 Actor Paul Henreid (27) weds Elizabeth Camilla Julia Gluck

HeartWedding of Interest

1956 Actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese

  • 1958 Sammy Davis Jr marries Loray White

HeartWedding of Interest

1965 Novelist Michael Crichton (22) weds high school sweetheart Joan Radam

HeartWedding of Interest

1972 Politician Aung San Suu Kyi (26) weds author Michael Aris (25)

Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese Politician
Aung San Suu Kyi

HeartWedding of Interest

1979 Film director John Carpenter (30) weds actress Adrienne Barbeau (33)

Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter

HeartWedding of Interest

1988 Actor Michael Biehn (31) weds film producer Gina Marsh

HeartWedding of Interest

1989 Actor Leonard Nimoy (57) weds actress Susan Bay

HeartWedding of Interest

1994 Microsoft CEO Bill Gates (38) marries Melinda French (29)

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • 2000 Dominican-American baseball player Albert Pujols (19) weds Deidre "Dee Dee" Corona (22)

HeartWedding of Interest

2002 Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton (56) weds Melia McEnery (25) at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Surrey, London

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • 2003 "Lord of The Rings" actress Miranda Otto (35) weds actor Peter O'Brien (44) at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia
  • 2003 "A Beautiful Mind" actress Jennifer Connelly (32) weds actor Paul Bettany in Scotland
  • 2004 Singer Lou Rawls (71) weds Nina Malek Inman at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2011 Singer-songwriter Kellie Pickler (25) weds country music songwriter Kyle Jacobs (34) at the Jumby Bay Resort in Antigua

HeartWedding of Interest

2011 Singer-songwriter Shania Twain (46) weds Swiss business executive Frederic Thiebaud in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain
  • 2011 "Hot in Cleveland" star Valerie Bertinelli weds financial planner Tom Vitale at their home in Malibu, California
  • 2015 Singer-songwriter Ben Harper (45) weds social advocate Jaclyn Matfus

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 187

  • 379 Saint Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesare and theologian (Moralia), dies
  • 404 Telemachus, Roman monk, murdered
  • 874 Hasan al-Askari, eleventh Shia Imam (b. 846)
  • 898 Odo, earl of Paris/king of France (888-98), dies at about 39
  • 962 Boudouin III, count of Flanders, dies
  • 1204 King Haakon III of Norway (c. 1170)
  • 1387 Charles, The Bad, King of Navarra (1349-87) dies burnt alive
  • 1515 Louis XII, "the Justified" king of France (1498-1515), dies at 52
  • 1517 Hermann Vischer, the Younger, German bronze merchant, dies
  • 1554 Pedro de Valdivia, Spanish conquistador (b. 1500)
  • 1559 Christian III, king of Denmark/Norway (1534-59), dies
  • 1560 Guillaume du Bellay, Sieur de Langey, French soldier, dies
  • 1617 Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch painter/cartoonist/engraver, dies
  • 1626 Cornelis Pieterse Hoft, Amsterdam merchant/regent, dies at 68
  • 1630 Tetsugen, Zen teacher (Jodo sect converted to Obaku Zen), dies
  • 1631 Thomas Hobson, the "Cambridge Carrier", eponym of Hobson's Choice (b. 1544)
  • 1661 Pieter Claesz, Dutch still life painter, dies at about 64
  • 1697 Filippo Baldinucci, Florentine biographer/historian (b. 1624)
  • 1701 Pietro Sanmartini, composer, dies at 64
  • 1716 William Wycherley, dramatist (The Country Wife), dies at about 75
  • 1730 Daniel Finch, 2nd earl of Nottingham, dies at 82
  • 1730 Samuel Sewall, English judge (b. 1652)
  • 1742 Peregrine Bertie, 2nd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (b. 1686)
  • 1748 Johann Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (b. 1667)
  • 1753 Louis-Maurice de La Pierre, composer, dies at 55
  • 1758 Johann F von Cronegk, German playwright (Codrus), dies at 26
  • 1759 Jacques-Joachim Trotti, marquis de La Chétardie, French adventurer (b. 1705)
  • 1766 James III Edward, Old Pretender/king of Gt Britain/Ireland, dies at 77
  • 1768 Jean-Laurent Krafft, composer, dies at 73
  • 1777 Emanuele Barbella, composer, dies at 58
  • 1782 Johann Christian Bach, German composer/Mozart's tutor, dies at 46
  • 1784 Patrice F earl de Neney, South Neth Secret Council chairman, dies at 67
  • 1787 Arthur Middleton, US farmer (signed Decl of Independence), dies at 44
  • 1789 Christleib Siegmund Binder, composer, dies at 65
  • 1789 Fletcher Norton, 1st Baron Grantley, English politician (b. 1716)
  • 1793 Francesco Guardi, Italian painter, dies at 80
  • 1796 Alexandre-Théophile Vandermonde, French mathematician (b. 1735)
  • 1800 Louis J M Daubenton, France, zoologist, dies at 83
  • 1816 Francois Alexander Sallantin, composer, dies at 60
  • 1817 Martin H Klaproth, German chemist (uranium), dies at 73
  • 1818 Fedele Fenaroli, composer, dies at 87
  • 1850 Raphael G Kiesewetter, Austria musicologist, dies at 76
  • 1853 Gregory Blaxland, Australian explorer (b. 1778)
  • 1862 Mikhail Vasilievich Ostrogradsky, Russian physicist (b. 1801)
  • 1869 Martin W. Bates, American politician (b. 1786)
  • 1881 Louis Auguste Blanqui, French political activist (b. 1805)
  • 1887 Johan Hendrik Koelman, portrait painter, dies at 66
  • 1892 Roswell B. Mason, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1805)
  • 1894 Heinrich Rudolf Hertz, German physicist (b. 1857)
  • 1896 Alfred Ely Beach, American inventor (b. 1826)
  • 1901 Ignatius Donnelly, US attorney/lt-governor (Minnesota), dies at 69
  • 1906 Joseph Miroslav Weber, composer, dies at 51
  • 1906 Sir Hugh Nelson, Premier of Queensland (b. 1835)
  • 1907 Cyrill Kistler, composer, dies at 58
  • 1919 William W Campbell, Canadian poet (Ian of the Orcades), dies at 60
  • 1919 Mikhail Drozdovsky, Russian general (b. 1881)
  • 1920 Paul Adam, French writer (L'enfant d'Austerlitz), dies at 57
  • 1931 Martinus Beijerinck, Dutch microbiologist and botanist (b. 1851)
  • 1932 C P Scott, British journalist, publisher and politician (b. 1846)
  • 1934 Jakob Wassermann, writer, dies at 60
  • 1940 Panuganti Lakshminarasimha Rao, Indian writer and essayist (b. 1865)
  • 1942 Jaroslav Jezek, composer, dies at 35
  • 1943 Colonel Andrew Summers Rowan, U.S. military officer who gave "a message to Garcia" (b. 1857)
  • 1944 C T B Turner, cricket (17 Tests 1886-95, 101 wkt All time great), dies
  • 1944 Sir Edward Lutyens, British architect who designed New Delhi (b. 1869)
  • 1944 Charles Turner, Australian cricketer (b. 1862)
  • 1945 Vit Nejedly, composer, dies at 33
  • 1948 Hermann K J Zilcher, German pianist/composer (Liebesmesse), dies at 66
  • 1948 Willem Louis Frederic Landre, composer, dies at 73
  • 1949 Malcolm Campbell, English cyclist (world speed-record), dies at 63

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1953 Hank Williams, country singer (Cold Cold Heart), dies at 29

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • 1954 Duff Cooper, British diplomat and writer (b. 1890)
  • 1957 Ruth Draper, US elocutionist, dies at 67 or 72
  • 1957 Seán South and Fergal O'Hanlon are killed in the Brookeborough Raid.
  • 1958 David Broekman, musican (Think Fast), dies at 55
  • 1958 Edward Weston, American photographer (b. 1886)
  • 1960 Margaret Sullavan, American actress (Three Comrades), dies of barbiturate overdose at 48
  • 1962 Diego Martínez Barrio, Spanish president (1939), dies at 76
  • 1964 Alf Hall, cricketer (S Afr lefty quick took 40 wkts in 7 Tests), dies
  • 1964 Otto Emanuel Olsson, composer, dies at 84
  • 1964 Rika Hopper, Dutch actress (Comedia, Anastasia), dies at about 86
  • 1964 Bechara El Khoury, President of Lebanon (b. 1890)
  • 1965 Gertrude Michael, actress (Caged, Cleopatra), dies at 53
  • 1965 Juan Bautista Plaza-Alfonzo, composer, dies at 66
  • 1966 Vincent Auriol, President of France (1947-53), dies at 82
  • 1967 Maurice Leyland, cricketer (41 Tests for England, 2764 runs), dies
  • 1967 Moon Mullican, rocker, dies at 58
  • 1969 Barton Maclane, actor (Gen Peterson-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 68
  • 1969 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (b. 1888)
  • 1971 Saint Amphilochius of Pochayiv, Ukrainian Orthodox Christian Saint (b. 1894)
  • 1972 Jane Morgan, actress (Mrs Margaret Davis-Our Miss Brooks), dies at 91
  • 1972 Maurice A Chevalier, French actor and singer (Can Can, Gigi), dies at 83
  • 1975 Arthur Pierson, actor/director (Hat Check Girl), dies at 73
  • 1980 Frank Clifford Wykoff, sprinter (Olympic-gold-28, 32, 36), dies at 70
  • 1980 Pietro Nenni, Italian politician (Socialists), dies at 88
  • 1981 Hephzibah Menuhin, American-Jewish concert pianist (b. 1920)
  • 1982 Paul Belmondo, French sculptor (Bathing Woman, Orleans), dies at 83
  • 1982 Victor Buono, actor (Mr Schubert-Man from Atlantis), dies at 43
  • 1982 Vladimir K Zworykin, Russ/American engineer (cathode-ray tube), dies
  • 1984 Alexis Korner, British blues musician (b. 1928)