On This Day for 14th January

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 192

  • 378 General Siyaj K'ak', a Mayan warlord, conquers Tikal and increases the domain of Teotihuacan
  • 1129 Formal approval of the Order of Templars at the Council of Troyes.
  • 1301 Andrew III of Hungary (1290-1301) dies at 50, ending the Arpad dynasty in Hungary.
  • 1343 Arnost of Pardubice becomes the first Archbishop of Prague (and the last bishop of Prague)

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1501 Martin Luther enters the University of Erfurt, aged 17.

Founder of Protestanism Martin Luther
Founder of Protestanism
Martin Luther

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1514 Pope Leo X issues a papal bull against slavery.

Pope Leo X
Pope
Leo X
  • 1526 Charles V & Francis I sign Treaty of Madrid, forcing Francis to give up claims to Burgundy, Italy & Flanders
  • 1539 Spain annexes Cuba.
  • 1601 Church authorities in Rome burn Hebrew books
  • 1639 1st Connecticut constitution (Fundamental Orders) adopted in Hartford, published by Rodger Ludlow
  • 1641 United East Indian Company conquerors city of Malacca, 7,000 killed
  • 1659 Battle at Elvas: Portuguese beat Spanish
  • 1690 Clarinet invented, in Nurnberg, Germany
  • 1699 Massachusetts holds day of fasting for wrongly persecuting "witches"
  • 1717 German mob leader "Sjako" sentenced to death in Amsterdam
  • 1724 Spanish King Philip V abdicates throne
  • 1739 Britain and Spain sign 2nd Convention of Pardo
  • 1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie's army leaves Glasgow [OS=Jan 3]
  • 1761 Third Battle of Panipat between the Marathas and Afghans is fought in India
  • 1784 US Revolutionary War ends; US Congress of the Confederation ratifies the Treaty of Paris

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1785 Mozart completes "Dissonantenkwartet" (opus 10)

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1794 Dr Jessee Bennet of Edom, Va, performs 1st successful Cesarean section operation in the US on his wife

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1799 Eli Whitney receives government contract for 10,000 muskets

Inventor of the Cotton Gin Eli Whitney
Inventor of the Cotton Gin
Eli Whitney
  • 1799 King of Naples flees before advancing French armies
  • 1813 Gideon Hawley becomes 1st state school superintendent in US (NY)
  • 1814 King of Denmark cedes Norway to King of Sweden by treaty of Kiel
  • 1822 Greek War of Independence: Acrocorinth is captured by Theodoros Kolokotronis and Demetrius Ypsilanti.
  • 1858 French Emperor Napoleon III escapes attempt on his life by Felice Orsini, an Italian patriot who was later executed
  • 1861 Fort Pikens, Florida, falls into state hands (US Civil War)
  • 1863 Battle between gunboats at Bayou Teche Louisiana
  • 1864 Battle of Cosby Creek, TN

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1864 General Sherman begins his march to the South

  • 1868 NC constitutional convention meets in Raleigh
  • 1868 SC constitutional convention meets with a black majority
  • 1873 "Celluloid" registered as a trademark
  • 1873 Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback elected to US Senate
  • 1874 I. D. Shadd elected Speaker of lower house of Mississippi legislature
  • 1878 US Supreme court rules race separation on trains unconstitutional
  • 1897 6,960 m (22,834 ft) Cerro Aconcagua (Argentina) 1st climbed
  • 1898 Joe Darling hits the 1st six in Tests (out of the ground)

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1900 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Tosca" premieres in Rome

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1905 Hubbell, Shubert & Smith's musical "Fontana" premieres in NYC
  • 1907 An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica, kills more than 1,000.
  • 1908 Roger Hartigan scores century on Test debut v Eng Adelaide (116)
  • 1909 Coöp. Far. Central Management forms
  • 1911 Roald Amundsen's South Pole expedition lands on the Ross Ice Shelf
  • 1912 Raymond Poincaré becomes premier of France

Person-of-interestModel T

1914 Henry Ford introduces an assembly line for Model T

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1914 The Gandhi-Smuts Agreement is reached between Gen. J.C. Smuts and Mahatma Gandhi, regarding voluntary registration, poll tax, recognition of Indian marriages and other matters

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1916 Dutch Zuiderzee dyke cracks
  • 1918 Finland & USSR adopt New Style (Gregorian) calendar
  • 1919 John McGraw, Charles A Stoneham, & Judge MCQuade buy NY Giants
  • 1924 Allies direct Fiume (Rijeka) in Italy
  • 1925 Alban Berg's atonale opera "Wozzeck" premieres in Berlin
  • 1927 Toronto Maple Leafs 1st hat trick (Hap Day) vs NY Rangers
  • 1929 Afghan King Amanullah forced to resign
  • 1932 1st totalisator (to record racetrack bets) in US installed, Hialeah
  • 1932 Horse racing legend Eddie Arcaro won his 1st race
  • 1935 Iraq-Mediterranean oil pipeline goes into use
  • 1935 28th Women's Australian Championships: Dorothy Round Little beats Nancy Lyle (1-6, 6-1, 6-3)
  • 1935 28th Men's Australian Championships: Jack Crawford beats Fred Perry (2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4)
  • 1936 L M (Mario) Giannini elected president of Bank of America
  • 1938 National Society for Legalization of Euthanasia forms (NY)
  • 1938 Norway claims Queen Maud Land
  • 1939 All commercial ferry service to East Bay ends
  • 1939 Norway claims Queen Maud Land in Antarctica
  • 1940 Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers
  • 1940 NFL Pro Bowl: Green Bay beats NFL All-Stars 16-7
  • 1942 Japanese troops land at oil center Balikpapan in Borneo
  • 1943 Alex Smart (Mont) is 1st NHLer to score hat trick in his 1st game

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1943 FDR & Winston Churchill confer in Casablanca concerning WW II

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1943 Heinrich Himmler views Warsaw
  • 1943 World War II: Japan begins Operation Ke

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1943 World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt travels from Miami to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill, becoming the first American president to travel by airplane

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1943 World War II: Casablanca Conference begins (Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt)
  • 1944 Soviet army begins offensive at Oranienbaum/Wolchow
  • 1945 In Greece, Communists and the British agree to a cease-fire in the struggle to control Athens (and with it Greece)
  • 1946 2 jetties collapse in Ganges-160 Hindu pilgrims are crushed
  • 1946 1946 NFL Draft: Frank Dancewicz from University of Notre Dame first pick by Boston Yanks
  • 1949 Black/Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die
  • 1950 "As the Girls Go" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 420 performances
  • 1950 US recalls all consular officials from China
  • 1951 NFL Pro Bowl: 1st since 1942, Americans beat Nationals 28-27
  • 1952 "Today Show" premieres with Dave Garroway & Jack Lescoulie on NBC-TV
  • 1952 Rationing of coffee in Netherlands ends
  • 1952 Snowstorm in Sierra Nevada kills 26
  • 1953 Vaughan William's "Sinfonia Antartica" premieres in Manchester
  • 1953 WALA TV channel 10 in Mobile, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 Yugoslavia elects its 1st president (Marshal Tito)
  • 1954 Sandy Wilson's musical "Boyfriend" premieres in London
  • 1954 The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation forming the American Motors Corporation.
  • 1955 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 8th Symphony premieres in Phila
  • 1956 Jordan government refuses to join Pact of Baghdad
  • 1956 Little Richard releases "Tutti Frutti"
  • 1957 Kripalu Maharaj is named fifth Jagadguru (world teacher)
  • 1960 Tuindorp-Oostzaan in Northern Amsterdam, flooded

Person-of-interestElvis Presley in the Army

1960 US Army promoted Elvis Presley to Sergeant

  • 1960 The Reserve Bank of Australia is established
  • 1961 Chic Bear Willard Dewveall becomes 1st NFLer to join AFL
  • 1962 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 31-30

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 257


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83 BC Mark Antony [Marcus Antonius], Rome, Roman Politician and General (Battle of Actium) (d. 30 BC)

Roman Politician and General Mark Antony
Roman Politician and General
Mark Antony
  • 1131 King Valdemar I of Denmark (d. 1182)
  • 1451 Franchinus Gaffurius, composer
  • 1467 Henry van Stolberg & Wernigerode, German gov/viceroy of Frisia
  • 1477 Hermann of Wied, German Catholic archbishop (d. 1552)
  • 1507 Catherine of Habsburg, Infanta of Spain and queen of Portugal (d. 1578)
  • 1551 Alberico Gentili, Italian jurist (d. 1608)
  • 1566 Angelo Notari, composer
  • 1592 Sjihab al-Din Sultan Choerram Sjah Djahan, leader of India
  • 1615 John Biddle, English minister (Unitarian)
  • 1618 Jan Six, Dutch mayor of Amsterdam
  • 1655 Angelo Predieri, composer
  • 1664 Simon van Slingelandt, Dutch grand pensionary (1727-36)
  • 1684 Jean-Baptiste Vanloo, French painter
  • 1684 Johann Matthias Hase, German scientist (d. 1742)
  • 1702 Nakamikado Emperor of Japan (d. 1737)
  • 1705 Jean-Baptiste C Bouvet de Lozier/Lozier-Bouvet, governor (Reunion Is)
  • 1722 Friedrich Gottlob Fleischer, composer
  • 1730 William Whipple, merchant/judge (Declaration of Independence signer)

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1741 Benedict Arnold, Norwich Connecticut, US general turned traitor (American Revolutionary War)

US Defector General Benedict Arnold
US Defector General
Benedict Arnold
  • 1751 Corona Elizabeth Wilhelmine Schroter, composer
  • 1780 Francois-Joseph Dizi, composer
  • 1791 Calvin Phillips, became shortest known adult male (67 cm; 2' 2")
  • 1792 Christian Julius De Meza, Danish general (d. 1865)
  • 1793 John C. Clark, American politician (d. 1852)
  • 1798 Isaac da Costa, Dutch writer/lawyer
  • 1798 Johan R Thorbecke, Premier of Netherlands (Lib-1849..72)
  • 1800 Ludwig Alois Ferdinand Köchel, Austrian musicologist (d. 1877)
  • 1804 John Park, composer
  • 1806 Matthew Fontaine Maury, Naval Commander (Confederacy)
  • 1806 Sir Charles Hotham, Governor of Victoria (d. 1855)
  • 1812 Carl Gradener, composer
  • 1814 Johannes Josephus Viotta, composer
  • 1817 Harmen S Sytstra, Dutch poet/editor (Iduna)
  • 1818 Zacharias Topelius, Finnish historical novelist (Surgeon's Stories)
  • 1819 Fabio Campana, composer
  • 1819 Frederick Steele, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1868)
  • 1822 Nicholas Mori, composer
  • 1824 Vladimir Stasov, Russian art and music critic (d. 1906)
  • 1831 John Bullock Clark Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1903)
  • 1834 William Cleaver Francis Robinson, composer
  • 1836 [Hugh] Judson Kilpatrick, Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1881)
  • 1836 Henri Fantin-Latour, French painter (d. 1904)
  • 1839 Emil Bohn, composer
  • 1841 Berthe M P Morisot, French painter/aquarellist
  • 1844 Clara Kathleen Rogers, composer
  • 1845 Henry C K Petty-Fitzmaurice 5th marquess of Landsdowne/gov-gen Canada
  • 1850 Jean de Reszke, [Jan Mieczyslaw], Polish tenor
  • 1850 Pierre Loti, French writer (d. 1923)
  • 1851 Theophile EA de Bock, Dutch painter/etcher/drawer
  • 1856 J. F. Archibald, Australian journalist and publisher (d. 1919)
  • 1857 Alice Pike Barney, American painter
  • 1861 Wilhelm von Polenz, German writer (Der Pfarrer von Breitendorf)
  • 1863 Pieter Oosterlee, Dutch educator
  • 1868 Catharina A M de Savornin Lohman, Dutch author (Belief)
  • 1870 Sir George Pearce, Australian politician (d. 1952)
  • 1871 Pauline Beersmans, [PLJM van Cuyck], Flemish actress (Hofslachter)
  • 1874 Thornton Waldo Burgess, author (Peter Rabbit)
  • 1875 Albert Schweitzer, doctor/humanitarian/organist (Nobel 1954)
  • 1878 Victor A D Segalen, [Max Anely], French writer
  • 1882 Hendrik W van Loon, Netherland, commentator/writer (Story of America)
  • 1886 Hugh Lofting, England, writer & illustrator (Dr Dolittle)
  • 1889 Vincenzo Davico, composer
  • 1892 Hal Roach, early film director/producer (1 Million BC)
  • 1892 Martin Niemöller, clergyman (German Protestant); imprisoned by Hitler
  • 1895 George Richard Samways, children's writer
  • 1896 John dos Passos, novelist (1919, Big Money, 42nd Parallel)
  • 1897 Hasso von Manteuffel, German general and politician (d. 1978)
  • 1898 Helen Flint, actress (Sea Devils, Married Before Breakfast), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1899 Fritz Bayerlein, German lt-general (WW I, Poland, Libya, St-Lo)
  • 1899 Carlos Romulo, Filipino diplomat and author (d. 1985)
  • 1901 Bebe Daniels, Scotland, actress (42nd Street, Lonesome Luke)
  • 1901 Carlos P Romulo, Philippine general/diplomat/jurist
  • 1902 Alfred Tarski, Warsaw, mathematician/logician
  • 1902 F C Terborgh, [Reijnier Flaes], Dutch writer (De Turkenoorlog)
  • 1903 Veronica Turleigh, County Donegal Ireland, actress (Promoter)
  • 1904 Cecil Beaton, England, royal family photographer
  • 1904 Emily Hahn, American writer (d. 1997)
  • 1905 Takeo Fukuda, 67th Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Walter Knape, composer
  • 1906 William Bendix, actor (Lifeboat, Babe Ruth Story, Life of Riley), born in NYC, New York
  • 1907 Derek Richter, British neuro chemist (Aspects of learning & memory)
  • 1907 Sophie Redmond, Suriname's 1st female physician
  • 1907 Georges-Émile Lapalme, Quebec politician (d. 1985)
  • 1908 Carl Esmond, actor (Address Unknown, Hitler), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1908 Ruggiero de Rudolpho Columbo, US singer/actor (Miracle of Women)
  • 1909 Joseph Walton Losey, Wisconsin, director (Damned, Accident)
  • 1910 Renier van der Velden, composer
  • 1911 George Amadee Tremblay, composer
  • 1911 Helmut Degen, composer
  • 1911 Anatoly Rybakov, Russian writer (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Tillie Olsen, American writer (Tell Me a Riddle)
  • 1914 Harold Russell, actor (Best Years of Our Life)
  • 1915 Andre Frossard, Catholic columnist
  • 1915 Mark Goodson, American game show producer (d. 1992)
  • 1916 John Oliver Killens, novelist
  • 1919 Andy Rooney, Albany NY, CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes)
  • 1919 Giulio Andreotti, 7 x premier (Italy), (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux)
  • 1920 Donald Beard, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in the 1950's)

Famous Weddings

  • 1236 English King Henry III marries Eleonora of Provence
  • 1914 Danish "Out of Africa" author Karen Blixen (28), pen name Isak Dinesen marries her 2nd cousin Baron Hans von Blixen-Finecke

HeartWedding of Interest

1930 Author John Steinbeck (27) weds Carol Henning in Los Angeles, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1954 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio weds actress Marilyn Monroe (27) in her 2nd marraige at San Francisco City Hall

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
Actress Marilyn Monroe
Actress
Marilyn Monroe

HeartWedding of Interest

1958 Activist Malcolm X marries fellow activist Betty Shabazz in Lansing, Michigan

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X

HeartWedding of Interest

1974 US Senator Bill Bradley (30) weds professor Ernestine Schlant

Basketball Player/US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player/US Senator
Bill Bradley

HeartWedding of Interest

1980 Actor Samuel L. Jackson (31) weds sports channel producer LaTanya Richardson (30)

HeartWedding of Interest

2006 Rapper Eminem marries Kimberly Anne Scott for the 2nd time

Rapper Eminem
Rapper
Eminem
  • 2011 "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actor James Marsters (48) weds longtime girlfriend Patricia Rahman in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

2012 Pink Floyd vocalist George Roger Waters (68) weds filmmaker Laurie Durning

Rock Bassist/Vocalist George Roger Waters
Rock Bassist/Vocalist
George Roger Waters

Famous Divorces

  • 1994 Kathleen Kinmont files for divorce from Lorenzo Lamas
  • 2010 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (73) divorces his fifth wife Victoria Duffy due to irreconcilable differences and out-of-control spending

Famous Deaths

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  • 973 Ekkehard I, monk of St Gallen (Vita Waltharii manu fortis), dies
  • 1163 Ladislaus I Arpad, king of Hungary (1162-63), dies
  • 1236 Sava [Rastko], son of Serbia's king/saint, dies at 64
  • 1331 Odoric, Italian explorer (b. 1286)
  • 1623 Paolo Sarpi, Italian church historian/politician, dies at 70
  • 1640 Thomas Coventry, 1st Baron Coventry, English lawyer and judge (b. 1578)
  • 1648 Casparus Barleaus, Flemish theologist/poet (Muiderkring), dies at 63
  • 1676 Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian (opera)composer, dies at 73
  • 1679 Jacques de Billy, French mathematician (b. 1602)
  • 1701 Tokugawa Mitsukuni, Japanese warlord (b. 1628)
  • 1742 Edmond Halley, English scientist (b. 1656)
  • 1766 Frederik V, king of Denmark/Norway (1746-66), dies at 42
  • 1786 Meshech Weare, Governor of New Hampshire (b. 1713)
  • 1786 Michael Arne, English composer (b. 1740 or 1741)
  • 1788 François Joseph Paul, marquis de Grasetilly, comte de Grasse, French admiral (b. 1722)
  • 1802 Marie Allard, French ballerina, dies at 59
  • 1817 Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny, composer, dies at 87
  • 1819 Peter Pindar, English satirist (b. 1738)
  • 1822 Franz Innocenz Joseph Kobell, German landscape painter, dies at 72
  • 1825 George Dance the Younger, English architect (b. 1741)
  • 1830 Johann G Repsold, German instrument maker, dies at 59
  • 1833 Seraphim of Sarov, Russian Orthodox saint (b. 1759)
  • 1847 Gov Bent, 5 others in US occupation, killed by revolt in New Mexico
  • 1850 Anthony van Hoboken, Rotterdam merchant/ship owner, dies at 93
  • 1867 Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, French painter (b. 1780)
  • 1868 Heinrich Schenker, Austrian musicologist (Ursatz), dies at 66
  • 1874 Johann Philipp Reis, German Physicist and Inventor, dies of lung disease at 40
  • 1887 Friedrich von Amerling, Austrian painter, dies at 83
  • 1887 Peter "Peerke" Donders, missionary (Father of Melaatsen), dies at 77
  • 1888 Stephen Heller, composer, dies at 74
  • 1889 Ema Puksec, Croatian singer (b. 1834)
  • 1890 Francesco D'Arcais, composer, dies at 59
  • 1892 Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence, British prince (b. 1864)

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1898 Lewis Carroll, English writer (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), dies at 65

Author and Mathematician Lewis Carroll
Author and Mathematician
Lewis Carroll
  • 1901 Charles Hermite, French mathematician (e is transcendent), dies at 78
  • 1901 Mandell Creighton, English bishop/historian, dies at 57
  • 1901 Victor Balaguer, Catalaans historian/politician/author, dies at 76
  • 1902 Cato M Guldberg, Norwegian mathematician, dies at 65
  • 1905 Ernst Abbe, German physicist (Carl Zeiss Optics Company), dies at 64
  • 1907 Karl von Perfall, composer, dies at 82
  • 1907 Sir James Fergusson, British politician, and governor of South Australia, New Zealand and Bombay (b. 1832)
  • 1908 Holger Drachmann, writer, dies
  • 1909 Sinovi P Rozhestvensky, Russian admiral, dies at 60
  • 1912 Otto Liebmann, German philosopher (Kant & Epigones), dies at 71
  • 1915 Richard Meux Benson, founder of Anglican religious order (b. 1824)
  • 1916 Otto Ammon, German anthropologist/sociologist, dies at 73
  • 1920 John Francis Dodge, American automobile pioneer (b. 1864)
  • 1923 Zübeyde Hanım, Mother of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (b. 1857)
  • 1924 Arne Garborg, Norwegian playwright (Mannfolk), dies at 72
  • 1925 Willem Devout, self employed (V & Dreesmann), dies
  • 1929 Cornelis W Lely, Dutch Governor of Suriname (1902-05), dies at 74
  • 1931 William Ernst Johnson, British mathematician, dies
  • 1937 Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi poet, dramatist and novelist (b. 1889)
  • 1942 Porfirio Barba-Jacob, Colombian writer (b. 1883)
  • 1943 Adolf Sandberger, composer, dies at 78
  • 1944 Mohammed Emin Yurdakul, Turkish poet, dies at about 74
  • 1945 Sandor Vandor, composer, dies at 43
  • 1948 Anna "Ans" van Dike, Dutch Jewish Nazi-collaborator, executed at 42
  • 1949 Joaquín Turina, Spanish pianist/conductor/composer (Rima), dies at 66
  • 1952 Artur Kapp, Estonian composer (b. 1878)
  • 1956 Siegfried F Nadel, Aust/Brit anthropologist (Nuba), dies at 52
  • 1957 Humphrey Bogart, actor (Casablanca, Caine Mutiny), dies at 57
  • 1961 Ernest Thesiger, actor (Brass Monkey, Ghoul), dies at 81
  • 1961 Henry Geehl, composer, dies at 79
  • 1963 Gustav Regler, writer, dies at 64
  • 1965 Jeanette MacDonald, soprano (When I'm Calling You), dies at 63
  • 1966 Sergei Korolev, Russian space station constructor, dies
  • 1966 Bill Carr, American athlete (b. 1909)
  • 1967 Renato Lunelli, composer, dies at 71
  • 1968 Dorothea Mackellar, Australian poet (My Country) (b. 1885)
  • 1970 John J "Johnny" Murphy, US baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • 1970 William Feller, Croatian mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 1971 Ethel Glenn Hier, composer, dies at 82
  • 1972 Frederik IX, [Christiaan FFMKW], king of Denmark (1947-72), dies at 72
  • 1974 Josef Smrkovsky, Czechoslovakia parliament chairman, dies at 62
  • 1976 Margaret Leighton, actress (Best Man, Go-Between), dies at 53
  • 1976 Abdul Razak bin Hussain, premier of Malaysia (1970-77), dies at 53
  • 1977 Anthony Eden, British premier (1955-57), dies at 79
  • 1977 Peter Finch, actor (Network, The Nun's Story, Judith), dies at 60
  • 1977 Anaïs Nin, French author (b. 1903)
  • 1978 Blossom Rock, actress (Grandmamma-Addams Family), dies at 81
  • 1978 Robert Heger, composer, dies at 91
  • 1978 Harold Abrahams, British athlete (b. 1899)
  • 1978 Kurt Gödel, Austrian mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 1979 Thomas DeSimone, gangster associate of the Lucchese crime family (b. 1950)
  • 1980 Robert Ardrey, American author (b. 1908)
  • 1981 John O'Grady, Australian writer (Nino Culotta) (b. 1907)
  • 1984 Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus, Dutch sexuologist (NVSH), dies at 55
  • 1984 Paul Ben Haim, composer, dies at 86

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1984 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, dies of heart failure at 81

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • 1985 Jetta Goudal, French actress (White Gold), dies at 86
  • 1986 Donna Reed, actress (Donna Reed Show, Dallas), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1986 Walter Leblanc, Belgian painter, dies at 53
  • 1986 Daniel Balavoine, French singer (b. 1952)
  • 1987 Douglas Sirk, director (Zu Neuen Ufern, Boefje), dies at 86
  • 1988 Georgy M Malenkov, PM of USSR (1953-55), dies at 86
  • 1990 David Arkin, actor (I Love You Alice B Toklas), dies
  • 1990 Mani Madhava Chakyar, Koodiyattam artist and Sanskrit scholar (b. 1899)
  • 1991 Sallah Kharaf, [Abu Iyad], co-founder (Al-Fatah), assassinated
  • 1991 Gordon Bryant, Australian politician (b. 1914)