On This Day for 17th January

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 178

  • 1287 King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca.
  • 1377 Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.
  • 1501 Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from Romagna

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1524 Beginning of Giovanni da Verrazzano's voyage to find a passage to China.

  • 1536 Francois Rabelais absolved of apostasy by Pope Paul III
  • 1562 Edict of St Germain recognizes Huguenots in France
  • 1584 Bohemia adopts Gregorian calendar
  • 1595 King Henri IV of France declares war on Spain
  • 1601 France gains Bresse, Bugey, Valromey & Gex in treaty with Spain
  • 1656 Brandenburg & Sweden sign Treaty of Königsberg
  • 1718 Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switz; kills 53
  • 1746 Battle of Falkirk Muir, the Jacobites under Charles Stuart defeat Hanoverian forces.
  • 1757 German Diet declares war on Prussia

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1773 Capt James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33' S)

Captain/Explorer James Cook
Captain/Explorer
James Cook
  • 1775 9 old women burnt as witches for causing bad harvests, Kalisk, Pol
  • 1775 R B Sheridan's "The Rivals" premieres in London
  • 1779 Captain Cook's last notation in ship's log Discovery
  • 1799 Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, was executed.

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1821 Mexico permits Moses Austin & 300 US families to settle in Texas, after his death leaves to son Stephen

Founder of Texas Stephen F. Austin
Founder of Texas
Stephen F. Austin
  • 1827 Duke of Wellington appointed British supreme commander
  • 1832 Johannes van den Bosch appointed gov-gen of Dutch-Indies
  • 1852 British recognize independence of Transvaal (in South Africa)
  • 1862 -Jan 22nd) BBT Ft Henry, TN by USS Lexington
  • 1863 Civil War skirmish near Newtown, Virginia

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1864 General longstreet's command ends heavy fighting at Dandridgem TN

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet
  • 1871 1st cable car patented, by Andrew S Hallidie (begins service in 1873)
  • 1873 A group of Modoc warriors defeat the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, a part of the Modoc War.
  • 1874 Armed Democrats seize Texas government ending Radical Reconstruction
  • 1882 1st Dutch female physician Aletta Jacobs opens office
  • 1885 British beat Mahdists at Battle of Abu Klea in Sudan
  • 1893 -17°F (-27°C), Millsboro, Delaware (state record)
  • 1893 Queen Liliuokalani deposed, Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic
  • 1895 French president Casimir-Perier resigns
  • 1895 Félix Faure installed as president of France
  • 1899 US takes possession of Wake Island in Pacific

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1904 Anton Chekhov's "Cherry Orchard" opens at Moscow Art Theater

Author and Playwright Anton Chekhov
Author and Playwright
Anton Chekhov
  • 1905 Punchboards patented by Charles Brewer & C G Scannell, Chicago
  • 1911 Failed assassination attempt on premier Briand in French Assembly
  • 1911 Percy Mackaye's "Scarecrow" premieres in NYC

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1912 Captain Robert Scott's expedition arrives at South Pole, 1 month after Amundsen

Naval Officer and Explorer Robert Scott
Naval Officer and Explorer
Robert Scott
  • 1913 Raymond Poincaré elected president of France

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1914 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Der Bogen des Odysseus" premieres in Berlin

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • 1915 Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's Hospital in Amsterdam opens
  • 1915 Russia occupies Bukovina & Western Ukraine

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1916 1st PGA Championship: Jim Barnes at Siwanoy CC Bronxville NY

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 1916 Professional Golfer Association (PGA) forms in NYC
  • 1917 US pays Denmark $25 million for Virgin Islands (or 3/21)
  • 1920 Paul Deschanel elected president of France
  • 1920 First day Prohibition comes into effect in the US as a result of the 18th amendment
  • 1923 Belgian Working people Party protest against occupied Ruhrgebied
  • 1923 Origin of Brown lunation numbers
  • 1928 1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented
  • 1929 Popeye makes 1st appearance, in comic strip "Thimble Theater"

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1933 Bradman takes second Test wicket, Hammond, bowled

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1934 Carl Hubbell, NL MVP winner, gets $18,000 contract by the NY Giants
  • 1934 Electric Home & Farm Authority incorporated
  • 1934 NY Giants reward MVP pitcher Carl Hubbell with $18,000 contract
  • 1938 Supreme Soviet elects Michail Kalinin as presidium chairman

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1938 Joseph P. Kennedy becomes the 44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom

Patriarch of the Kennedy family Joseph P. Kennedy
Patriarch of the Kennedy family
Joseph P. Kennedy
  • 1939 Ed Barrow is elected Yankee president succeeding deceased J Ruppert

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1941 Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-shek open fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II.

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1943 Tin Can Drive Day
  • 1944 British corvette HMS Violet sinks U-641 in Atlantic Ocean
  • 1945 Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation
  • 1945 Gilbert Dodds, record miler (4:05.3), retires to do gospel work
  • 1945 Soviet army enters the devastated city of Warsaw and clears the German resistance
  • 1945 Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, arrested by Soviet secret police in Hungary
  • 1946 United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting
  • 1947 Muiden Neth ammunition factory explodes, 16 die
  • 1948 Netherlands & Indonesia agree to a cease fire
  • 1948 Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in NYC
  • 1949 The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs.
  • 1950 "Alive & Kicking" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • 1950 The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink's offices in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951 China refuses ceases-fire in Korea
  • 1952 1952 NFL Draft: Bill Wade from University of Vanderbilt first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • 1953 41st Women's Australian Championships: Maureen Connolly beats Julia Sampson (6-3, 6-2)

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1953 41st Men's Australian Championships: Ken Rosewall beats Mervyn Rose (6-0, 6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

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1954 Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS)

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • 1954 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 20-9
  • 1954 Suggs Louise wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open (Cloister)
  • 1955 Submarine Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test voyage
  • 1957 9-county commission recommends creation of BART
  • 1959 "Say, Darling" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 332 performances

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1960 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1960 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-21

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1961 Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo's Lumumba

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1961 President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the "military-industrial complex".
  • 1961 11th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 153-131 at Syracuse, New York

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1962 NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690m

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong
  • 1962 Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in SF
  • 1963 Joe Walker takes X-15 to altitude of 82 km

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1963 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 67 points vs LA

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1966 B-52/KC-135 tankers crash near Spanish coast at Palomares, 7 die

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1966 Martin Luther King Jr. opens campaign in Chicago

Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1969 Debut album of Led Zeppelin released in US
  • 1969 Soyuz 5 lands
  • 1970 357 baseball players are available in the free-agent draft
  • 1970 AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-3
  • 1970 John M Burgess installed as bishop of Protestant Episcopals (Mass)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 287

  • 1342 Philip, the Bold, duke of Burgundy
  • 1463 Frederick III, the Wise, elector of Saxony (1486-25), protector Luther
  • 1484 George Spalatin, German reformer (d. 1545)
  • 1501 Leonhard Fuchs, Germany, botanist (History of Plants)
  • 1504 Pius V, [Antonio Ghislieri] saint, pope (1566-72)
  • 1517 Antonio Scandello, Italian composer (Passion of Johannes)
  • 1545 Antonio Pace, composer
  • 1560 Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist (d. 1624)
  • 1574 Robert Fludd, composer
  • 1600 Calderon, writer
  • 1612 Thomas Fairfax, Lord Fairfax, English Parliamentary general
  • 1657 Pieter van Bloemen, [Standaart], Flemish painter, baptized
  • 1659 Antonio Veracini, composer
  • 1683 Gerard van Loon, Dutch historian
  • 1686 Archibald Bower, Scottish historian (d. 1766)

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1706 Benjamin Franklin, kite flyer/statesman/wit/inventor, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1790)

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • 1712 John Stanley, composer
  • 1719 Jean-Joseph Vade, composer
  • 1719 William Vernon, American merchant (d. 1806)
  • 1728 Johann Gottfried Muthel, composer
  • 1732 Stanislaw II August Poniatowski, last king of Poland (1764-95)
  • 1733 Thomas Linley the elder, English composer and tenor, born in Badminton, Gloucestershire (d. 1795)
  • 1734 Francois-Joseph Gossec, Belgian-French composer (Les Pêcheurs, Mirza)
  • 1745 Nicolas Roze, composer
  • 1759 Paul Cuffe, Mass, merchant/shipbuilder/African American nationalist
  • 1761 James Hall, Scotland, geologist
  • 1769 Ole Andreas Lindeman, composer
  • 1771 Charles Brockden Brown, father of American novel (Wieland)
  • 1789 August Neander, German theologian (d. 1850)
  • 1806 James Madison Randolph, (Jefferson's grandson) 1st born in White House
  • 1814 Ellen Wood, English author (East Lynne, Pomeroy Abbey)
  • 1818 Antoine Dorion, (L) joint premier of Canada (1858, 1863-64)
  • 1820 Anne Brontë, English novelist/poet (Tenant of Wildfell Hall), born in Thornton, West Yorkshire (d. 1849)
  • 1828 Lewis Addison Grant, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1918)
  • 1828 Eduard Remenyi, Hungarian violinist (d. 1898)
  • 1831 Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria (d. 1903)
  • 1834 Wilhelmina J R Albregt-Engelman, Dutch actress/daughter of Mimi Bia
  • 1834 August Weismann, German biologist (d. 1914)
  • 1835 Antanas Baranauskas, Lithuanian bishop/poet/dialectologist
  • 1835 Johan Filip von Schantz, composer
  • 1836 Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte, composer
  • 1842 Anton G van Hamel, founder (Roman Philology in Netherlands)
  • 1845 Lucas Lindeboom, Dutch vicar/evangelist (Vredebond)
  • 1850 Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev, St Petersburg Russia, composer
  • 1851 A. B. Frost, American illustrator (d. 1928)
  • 1853 Alva Belmont, American socialite & suffragette (d. 1933)
  • 1857 Eugene Augustin Lauste, developer (1st sound-on-film recording)
  • 1857 Wilhelm Kienzl, Austrian composer (Evangelimann)
  • 1858 Tomas Carrasquilla, Colombian author (Frutos de mi Tierra)
  • 1860 Douglas Hyde, President of Ireland (d. 1949)
  • 1862 John E Akkeringa, Dutch painter/etcher
  • 1863 David Lloyd George, (L-PM-Britain, 1916-22)
  • 1863 Henry Charles Tonking, composer
  • 1863 Konstantin S Stanislavski, Russia, director (Stanislavski Method)
  • 1864 Lucien Herr, France, scientist (Corresp entre Schiller et Schiller)
  • 1865 Gen Sir Charles Fergusson, Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1951)
  • 1867 Carl Laemmle, German-born film executive (d. 1939)

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1871 David Beatty, Nantwich, Cheshire, 1st Earl Beatty and British Admiral of the Fleet

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
  • 1873 Francois Rasse, composer
  • 1875 Florencio Sánchez, Uruguayan dramatist (d. 1910)
  • 1876 Olga Fastrova, writer
  • 1876 Frank Hague, American politician (d. 1956)
  • 1877 Hans Jelmoli, composer
  • 1877 May Gibbs, Australian children's author (d. 1969)
  • 1878 Oscar Apfel, Cleve, actor (Abraham Lincoln, Inspiration, Before Dawn)
  • 1880 Mack Sennett, movie creator (Keystone Kops)
  • 1881 Alfred Radcliffe-Browne, British anthropologist (Andaman Islanders), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1955)
  • 1881 Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician (d. 1941)
  • 1882 Noah Beery, Smithville AR, actor (Story of Esther, The Mark of Zorro)

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1882 Arnold Rothstein, American gambler and mobster (fixed 1919 World Series), born in NYC, New York

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein
  • 1885 E Ball-Hennings, writer
  • 1885 Joseph Arendt, Belgian worker's union leader
  • 1886 Glenn Luther Martin, aviator (Collier Trophy-1933)
  • 1886 Ronald Firbank, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot), born in London, England
  • 1887 Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (d. 1975)
  • 1891 Marjorie Gateson, American actress (One Man's Family), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1891 Norman "Squab" Read, US aviator who lived to be 101
  • 1891 Walter Eucken, German economist
  • 1896 Harry Reser, Ohio, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show)
  • 1897 Nils Asther, Malmö Sweden, actor (Bluebeard, Night Monster)
  • 1897 Marcel Petiot, French mass murderer (d. 1946)

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1899 Al Capone, American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), born in Brooklyn, New York

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • 1899 Nevil Shute [Norway], novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice), born in London, England
  • 1899 Robert Maynard Hutchins, US, educator/civil libertarian
  • 1899 Roel [Martinus F] Houwink, Dutch literary (1 Man Without Character)
  • 1900 Olga Maria Nicolis di Robilant, patron of the arts
  • 1901 Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky, composer
  • 1901 Aron Gurwitsch, Lithuanian-born philosopher (d. 1973)
  • 1902 Geoffrey W Lloyd, British minister of Brandstoffen/Energy (1951-55)
  • 1903 Warren Hull, Gasport NY, actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World)
  • 1903 Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Assamese poet, playwright, filmmaker (d. 1953)
  • 1904 Grant Withers, Pueblo CO, actor (Oklahoma, Annie)
  • 1904 Patsy Ruth Miller, actress (Quebec, Wide Open, Sap, Twin Beds)
  • 1905 Franz Schmid, Germany, ascended northside of Matterhorn (1931)
  • 1905 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (d. 1966)
  • 1905 Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1907 Henk H Badings, Bandung Indonesia, Dutch opera composer (Orestes)
  • 1908 Akkineni LV Lakshmi Varaprasada Rao Prasad, producer
  • 1908 Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Edith S Green, (Rep-D-Ore)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

38 BC Roman Republican Leader Octavian, later Augustus 1st Roman Emperor, marries Livia Drusilla.

Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar
Roman Emperor
Augustus Caesar
Roman Empress Livia
Roman Empress
Livia

HeartWedding of Interest

1827 Religious leader Joseph Smith Jr (21) weds church group movement leader Emma Smith (22) in South Bainbridge, New York

Religious Leader Joseph Smith Jr
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith Jr
  • 1926 George Burns marries Gracie Allen

HeartWedding of Interest

1946 Actor John Wayne (38) weds actress Esperanza Baur in Long Beach, California

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne

HeartWedding of Interest

1955 Murderer Charles Manson (20) weds waitress Rosalie Jean Willis (17)

Murderer Charles Manson
Murderer
Charles Manson

HeartWedding of Interest

1988 Publisher Bob Guccione (57) weds actress Katherine Keeton (48)

Publisher Bob Guccione
Publisher
Bob Guccione
  • 2015 Actor/comedian Stephen Fry (57) weds stand-up comedian Elliott Spencer in the Norfolk town of Dereham

Famous Divorces


Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

1990 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (26) divorces Linda Kay Cooper after 26 years of marriage

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 153

  • 395 Theodosius I, the Great, Spanish emperor of Rome, dies at 49
  • 1103 Frutolf, German monk/musicologist/historian, dies
  • 1119 Boudouin VII Hapkin, count of Flanders, dies
  • 1229 Albert, Bishop of Riga/Albert of Buxhoeveden, founder of the Livonian Brothers of the Sword, dies at about 68
  • 1369 King Peter I of Cyprus (murdered) (b. 1328)
  • 1468 Skanderbeg, Albanian leader (b. 1405)
  • 1588 Qi Jiguang, Chinese general, dies at 59
  • 1598 Fyodor I Tsar of Russia (b. 1557)
  • 1604 Santino Garsi, composer, dies at 61
  • 1617 Pieter C Bockenberg, Dutch historian, dies at 68
  • 1617 Faust Vrančić, Croatian inventor (b. 1551)
  • 1620 Diego Alvarez de Paz, Span missionary/writer (Peru), dies at about 59
  • 1625 Nicolo Rubini, composer, dies at 50
  • 1654 Paul Potter, Dutch painter, buried
  • 1661 Andres Malong, Philippines rebel leader, executed
  • 1676 Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer, dies at 73
  • 1702 Thomas Franklin, English smith/uncle of B Franklin, dies [OS=Jan 6]
  • 1705 John Ray, English naturalist (b. 1627)
  • 1718 Captain Benjamin Church, Plymouth Colony settler and military leader
  • 1737 Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, German architect (b. 1662)
  • 1738 Jean-Francois Dandrieu, composer, dies
  • 1750 Tomaso Albinioni, Italian composer (Adagio in G Minor), dies at 78
  • 1781 Marie de Negre Dables, marquess, dies
  • 1788 Alessio Prati, composer, dies at 37
  • 1805 Abraham-Hyacinthe Anquetil du Perron, French interpreter, dies at 73
  • 1820 Daniel W Wyttenbach, Dutch classicist/historian, dies at 73
  • 1823 Zacharius Werner, German playwright, dies at 36
  • 1826 Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, Spanish composer (b. 1806)
  • 1830 W Waiblinger, writer, dies
  • 1833 James Ball Antyne, Scot founder (Ball Antyne Press), dies at about 60
  • 1833 William Rush, Indians sculptor (Spirit of the Schuylkill), dies
  • 1834 Giovanni Aldini, Italian physicist (b. 1762)
  • 1856 Thomas Attwood Walmisley, composer, dies at 41
  • 1861 Lola Montez, Irish-born adventurer (b. 1821)
  • 1863 E J Horace Vernet, French painter, dies at 73
  • 1869 Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky, composer, dies at 55
  • 1874 Chang & Eng Bunker, Chinese/Thai Siamese twins, dies at 62
  • 1884 Hermann Schlegel, German ornithologist (b. 1804)
  • 1887 William Giblin, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1840)
  • 1889 Juan Montalvo, Ecuadorian author (Siete Tratados), dies at 56
  • 1890 Salomon Sulzer, composer, dies at 85
  • 1891 Johannes Josephus Hermanus Verhulst, composer, dies at 74

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1891 George Bancroft, American historian and father of U.S. History, dies at 90

Father of U.S. History George Bancroft
Father of U.S. History
George Bancroft
  • 1892 Alexandre Levy, composer, dies at 27

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1893 Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th US Pres (1877-81), dies of a heart attack at 70

19th US President Rutherford B. Hayes
19th US President
Rutherford B. Hayes
  • 1901 Jacob G Agarah, Swedish algologist, dies at 87
  • 1902 Gideon Scheepers, South Africa Boer leader, executed
  • 1903 Ignaz Wechselmann, Hungarian architect and philanthropist (b. 1828)
  • 1908 Ferdinand IV SMJJBFLGRRJ, ruler of Toscane, dies at 72
  • 1909 Sir Francis Smith, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1819
  • 1910 Wilhelm F Kohlrausch, Germ physicist (Additiviteitsregel), dies at 69
  • 1911 Francis Galton, English scholar, dies at 88
  • 1913 Carl Baermann, composer, dies at 73
  • 1917 Hendrik Goeman Borgesius, Dutch politician, dies at 70

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1927 Juliette Gordon Low, American founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA, dies of breast cancer at 66

Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low
Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA
Juliette Gordon Low
  • 1932 Albert Jacka, VC, Australian soldier (b. 1893)
  • 1933 John Hodges, cricketer (6 wickets in Australia's 1st two Tests), dies
  • 1933 Louis Comfort Tiffany, American artist and designer (b. 1848)
  • 1936 Mateiu Caragiale, Romanian author (b. 1885)
  • 1938 William Pickering, American astronomer (predicted Pluto), dies at 79
  • 1941 Jose Leite de Vasconcelos, Portuguese scholar (Etnografia), dies at 82
  • 1942 Frederick Jerome Work, composer, dies at 61
  • 1942 Walther von Reichenau, German field marshal (b. 1884)
  • 1946 Gottfried Rudinger, composer, dies at 59
  • 1947 Pyotr Krasnov, Russian counter-revolutionary (b. 1869)
  • 1947 Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, French Archbishop of Quebec (b. 1883)
  • 1952 Walter O "Spike" Briggs, owner (Det Tigers), dies at 74
  • 1955 Reneke de Marees van Swinderen, Dutch minister (1908-13), dies at 94
  • 1955 J A Veraart, economist, dies at 68
  • 1955 Joannes A Veraart, Dut judge/MP, (Jews in Neth), dies at 68
  • 1959 Abdul Aziz, cricket, dies at 17 struck by ball in fc match for Karachi
  • 1961 Patrice Lumumba, African revolutionary, murdered at 36
  • 1962 Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet (Dead End), dies at 56
  • 1964 Terence Hanbury White, novelist (England Have My Bones), dies at 57

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1964 T. H. White, English author of the King Arthur novels, dies of heart failure at 57

Author T. H. White
Author
T. H. White
  • 1966 Vincent J Donehue, director (Lonelyhearts), dies of Hodgkin's at 50
  • 1967 Evelyn Nesbit, actress (Redemption), dies at 82
  • 1968 Julis Deutsch, Austria politician/general Spanish rep army, dies at 83
  • 1969 Grazyna Bacewicz, composer, dies at 59
  • 1970 Billy Stewart, singer (I Do Love You), dies in auto-accident at 32
  • 1970 Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoonist (b. 1890)
  • 1972 Rochelle Hudson, actress (That's My Boy), dies at 55
  • 1972 Betty Smith, American writer and singer (b. 1896)
  • 1973 Fred Essler, actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 77
  • 1976 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/18]
  • 1977 Gary Gilmore, executed in Utah, 1st US execution since 1967
  • 1980 Barbara Britton, actress (Pamela-Mr & Mrs North), dies at 59
  • 1981 Loukas Panourgias, Greek footballer (b. 1899)
  • 1983 Doodles Weaver, actor/comedian (Ring of Fire), shoots himself at 71
  • 1987 Hugo Fregonese, Argentine film director (b. 1908)
  • 1989 Sterling A Brown, US poet/critic (Southern Road), dies at 87
  • 1990 Charles Hernu, French minister of Defense (1981-85), dies
  • 1991 Olav AFEC van Sleeswijk-Holstein-S-G V, king of Norway (1957), dies
  • 1992 Bill Walker, actor (Big Mo, Mask, Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 95
  • 1992 Charlie Ventura, jazz sax (Bop for the people), dies at 75 of cancer
  • 1992 Dorothy Alison, actress (Maggie, 3rd Key, Long Arm), dies
  • 1992 Frank Pullen, English businessman and racehorse owner (b. 1915)
  • 1993 Ger ter Horst, Dutch soccer trainer (Sparta), dies
  • 1993 Albert Hourani, English historian (b. 1915)
  • 1994 Allan G Odell, Ad exec (Burma Shave), dies at 90