On This Day for 27th January

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 195


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98 Trajan becomes Roman Emperor after the death of Nerva.

Roman Emperor Trajan
Roman Emperor
Trajan
Roman Emperor Nerva
Roman Emperor
Nerva
  • 661 Rashidun Caliphate, then the largest empire in history, ends with death of Ali. Succeeded by the Umayyad Caliphate
  • 672 St Vitalian ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 847 Sergius II ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1142 Wrongful execution of noted Song Dynasty General Yue Fei.
  • 1302 Dante becomes a Florentine political exile
  • 1343 Pope Clement VI issues the Bull Unigenitus.
  • 1538 States of Gelderland accepts Willem van Kleef as viceroy
  • 1556 Willem of Orange becomes a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece
  • 1593 Vatican opens 7 year trial against scholar Giordano Bruno
  • 1662 1st American lime kiln begins operation (Providence RI)

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1671 Pirate Henry Morgan lands at Panama City

Pirate Henry Morgan
Pirate
Henry Morgan
  • 1695 Mustafa II becomes the Ottoman sultan in Istanbul on the death of Ahmed II. Mustafa rules until his death in 1703.

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1710 Tsar Peter the Great sets first Russian state budget

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great
  • 1778 Piccinni's opera "Roland" premieres in Paris
  • 1785 1st US state university chartered, Athens, Georgia
  • 1823 President Monroe appoints first US ambassadors to South America
  • 1825 U.S. Congress approves Indian Territory (in what is present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the "Trail of Tears."
  • 1864 Battle of Fair Gardens, TN
  • 1864 Civil War skirmish at Kelly's Ford, Va
  • 1870 1st sorority (Kappa Alpha Theta) (DePauw U in Greencastle, Indiana)
  • 1870 After accepting 15th amendment, Virginia is readmitted to Union
  • 1870 Manitoba & Northwest Territories incorporated

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1880 Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 1886 First British government of Salisbury resigns
  • 1888 National Geographic Society formed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1891 Mine explosion kills 109 at Mount Pleasant Pennsylvania
  • 1894 1st college basketball game, University of Chicago beats Chicago YMCA 19-11
  • 1894 Midwinter Fair opens in Golden Gate Park
  • 1896 Tasmania bowl out Victoria for 65 for their 1st ever innings victory
  • 1897 British troops occupy Bida Gold Coast (Ghana)
  • 1900 Social Democrat Party of America (Debs' party) holds 1st convention
  • 1900 Foreign diplomats in Peking, China, write formal notes of protest demanding that the Chinese Government stop the Boxes and other groups leading attacks on Westerners and Christians.
  • 1902 5 workers killed on explosion during IRT subway construction (NYC)
  • 1905 Maurice Rouvier forms government in France
  • 1906 Rudolf Gundersen skates world record 500m at 44.8 sec
  • 1908 Pasiphaë, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Melotte
  • 1909 The Young Left is founded in Norway.
  • 1914 A petition is written and submitted by the black and coloured women of the Orange Free State, an independent Boer sovereign republic in southern Africa, against the carrying of passes by women
  • 1915 US Marines occupy Haiti
  • 1916 Communist party "Spartacus Letters" 1st published in Berlin
  • 1917 Coen de Koning wins 2nd official 11 cities race (9:53) (record)
  • 1918 "Tarzan of the Apes", 1st Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater
  • 1918 The first hostilities occurred in the Finnish Civil War.
  • 1924 Egyptian king Foead nominates Saad Zaghloel Pasja premier

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1924 Lenin placed in Mausoleum in Red Square, Moscow

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 1924 The Natal Indian Congress and the Natal Indian Association jointly organise a mass meeting in Durban, South Africa in opposition to the Class Areas Bill
  • 1926 US Senate agrees to join World Court

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1926 Physicist Erwin Schrödinger publishes his theory of wave mechanics and presents what becomes known as the Schrödinger equation in quantum mechanics

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger
  • 1927 20th Women's Australian Championships: Esna Boyd beats Sylvia Lance Harper (5-7, 6-1, 6-2)
  • 1927 20th Men's Australian Championships: Gerald Patterson beats John Hawkes (3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16, 6-3)
  • 1933 Otto Meisnner (Head of the German President's Office) dines with British ambassador Sir Horace Rumbold
  • 1934 French government of Chautemps falls (Stavisky Affair)
  • 1934 VARA refuses to hire after commemoration of Marinus Van de Lubbe
  • 1934 27th Women's Australian Championships: Joan Hartigan Bathurst beats Margaret Molesworth (6-1, 6-4)
  • 1934 27th Men's Australian Championships: Fred Perry beats Jack Crawford (6-3, 7-5, 6-1)
  • 1936 29th Women's Australian Championships: Joan Hartigan Bathurst beats Nancye Wynne Bolton (6-4, 6-4)
  • 1936 29th Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats Jack Crawford (6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 9-7)
  • 1939 First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.
  • 1940 -17°F (-27°C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia (state record)
  • 1941 Peruvian agent Rivera-Schreiber warns of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor
  • 1942 -19°F (-27.4°C), Netherland's coldest day since 1850
  • 1943 1st US air attack on Germany (Wilhelmshafen)
  • 1944 Leningrad liberated from Germany in 880 days at the loss of 600,000 killed
  • 1944 Casey Stengel, manager of the Boston Braves since 1938, resigns Lou Perini, Guido Rugo, & Joseph Maney buy control of Boston Braves
  • 1945 Nazi occupiers forbid food transport to West (The Netherlands)
  • 1945 Russia liberates Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps in Poland
  • 1945 S Romberg, H&D Fields' musical premieres in NYC
  • 1945 Wally van Hall, Dutch banker and resistance leader, arrested
  • 1948 1st locomotive to carry 1,000,000 pounds (450,000 kg) operates
  • 1948 1st tape recorder sold
  • 1949 Chinese liner "Taiping" collides with a collier off south China
  • 1950 2nd Emmy Awards: Ed Wynn Show & Texaco Star Theater win
  • 1951 "Peter Pan" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • 1951 US begins 126 nuclear tests at Nevada Test Site
  • 1953 Netherlands end Marshall aid
  • 1955 "Plain & Fancy" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 476 performances
  • 1955 1955 NFL Draft: George Shaw from University of Oregon first pick by Baltimore Colts
  • 1956 NFL's NY Giants switches games from Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium

Music releaseMusic Release

1956 Elvis Presley's releases the single "Heartbreak Hotel"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1957 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1958 Ferenc Munnich succeeds Kadar as premier of Hungary
  • 1958 46th Women's Australian Championships: Angela Mortimer Barrett beats Lorraine Coghlan Robinson (6-3, 6-4)

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1958 46th Men's Australian Championships: Ashley Cooper beats Malcolm Anderson (7-5, 6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • 1961 "Sing Along with Mitch" [Miller] premieres on NBC TV
  • 1961 49th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill (6-1, 6-4)

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1961 49th Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Rod Laver (1-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 1962 "Family Affair" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • 1963 Jevgeni Grishin skates world record 500m in 39.6 sec
  • 1963 Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick, & John Clarkson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1964 Barlow & Graeme Pollock complete 341 stand at Adelaide Oval
  • 1964 Margaret Chase Smith (Sen-R-Maine) tries for Republican Pres bid
  • 1965 1st ground station-to-aircraft radio communication via satellite
  • 1965 Ground breaking for "Dragon Gateway" at Grant Avenue
  • 1966 Wisconsin State Circuit Court Judge Elmer W Roller rules either the Braves stay in Milwaukee or NL must promise Wisc an expansion team for 1966
  • 1967 A fire in the Apollo I Command Module kills astronauts Grissom, White & Chaffee during a launch rehearsal
  • 1967 The Beatles sign a 9 year worldwide contract with EMI records
  • 1967 New Orleans Saints sign their 1st player (Paige Cothren-kicker)
  • 1967 Treaty signed banning military use of nuclear weapons in space
  • 1968 "Darling of the Day" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 31 performances

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 264

  • 1443 Albert, Duke of Saxony (d. 1500)
  • 1546 Joachim III Frederick, elector (Brandenburg)
  • 1556 Abbas I, "the Great," shah of Persia (1587-1629)
  • 1585 Hendrick Avercamp, Dutch painter (d. 1634)
  • 1592 Pierre de La Barre, composer
  • 1603 Harbottle Grimston, English politician (d. 1685)
  • 1621 Thomas Willis, English physician (d. 1675)
  • 1662 Richard Bentley, Oulton, scholar/controversialist
  • 1679 Jean-Francois de Troy, French painter
  • 1701 Johann N von Hontheim, German church historian/suffragan (bishop)
  • 1715 Vaclav Kalous, composer
  • 1720 Samuel Foote, England, actor/dramatist (Mirror)
  • 1723 Johann A Cramer, prime minister/poet
  • 1741 Hester Thrale, Welsh diarist (d. 1821)

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1756 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austria, musical prodigy/composer (Figaro), (d. 1791)

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart

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1775 Friedrich von Schelling, Germany, philosopher (Views on Christianity)

  • 1775 Manuel del Popolo Vicente Rodriguez Garcia, Spanish tenor/composer
  • 1784 Martin-Joseph Mengal, composer
  • 1805 Samuel Palmer, painter/etcher (Valley of Vision), born in London, England
  • 1805 Sophie of Bavaria, archduchess of Austria (d. 1872)
  • 1805 Maria Anna of Bavaria, queen consort of Saxony (d. 1877)
  • 1806 Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, Spanish composer (d. 1826)
  • 1808 David F Strauss, Germany, theologist (Jesus' Life)
  • 1814 Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, French architect (d. 1879)
  • 1821 John Chivington, American officer, (d. 1892)
  • 1822 Thomas Leiper Kane, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1883)
  • 1823 Edouard-Victoire-Antoine Lalo, France, composer (Symphonie Espagnole)
  • 1824 Jozef Israels, Dutch painter
  • 1826 Richard Taylor, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1879)
  • 1828 Louis Schubert, composer
  • 1828 Samuel Allen Rice, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1864)
  • 1830 Georg Hellmesberger, composer
  • 1830 William Henry Fitzhugh Payne, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

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1832 Lewis Carroll, [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], Halton, Cheshire, author (Alice in Wonderland), (d. 1898)

Author and Mathematician Lewis Carroll
Author and Mathematician
Lewis Carroll
  • 1834 Dmitri Mendeleev, chemist (discovered periodic table of the elements)
  • 1834 Robert Sanford Foster, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1836 Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian writer (masochism)
  • 1841 Arkhip Kuindzhi, Russian painter (d. 1910)
  • 1848 Togo Heihachiro, Japanese admiral (d. 1934)

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1850 Samuel Gompers, American labor union leader (American Federation of Labor), born in London, England

Founder of the American Federation of Labor Samuel Gompers
Founder of the American Federation of Labor
Samuel Gompers
  • 1850 Edward J. Smith, English captain of the Titanic (d. 1912)
  • 1851 Rafael Obligado, Argentina, writer (Santos Vega)
  • 1858 Neel [Cornelia H] Doff, Dutch/French/Belgian painter's model/writer

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1859 Wilhelm II, Potsdam, German Emperor (1888-1918)

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • 1867 Claude Antoine Terrasse, composer
  • 1868 Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano prima donna (Dutch Opera)
  • 1869 Will Marion Cook, composer
  • 1872 Learned Hand, Chief judge (US Court of Appeals), born in Albany, New York
  • 1882 Giuseppe Prezzolini, Italy, writer (La Voce, La Cultura Italiano)
  • 1885 Jerome Kern, Broadway composer (Showboat, Roberta), born in NYC, New York
  • 1885 Eduard Künneke, German composer (d. 1953)
  • 1885 Maeda Seison, Japanese painter (d. 1977)
  • 1887 Carl Blegen, archaeologist (excavator at Troy, Pylos), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1889 Balthasar van der Pol, physicist (Comparison of Van der Pol)
  • 1891 Ilja Ehrenburg, writer
  • 1892 Mitya Stillman, composer
  • 1893 Soong Ching-ling, Chinese wife of Sun Yat-sen (d. 1981)
  • 1894 Fritz Pollard, early African American NFL star (1920-26)
  • 1895 Claudio Carneyro, composer
  • 1895 Joseph Rosenstock, Kraków Poland, conductor (Nippon Phil Orch 1936-41)
  • 1895 Harry Ruby, American composer (d. 1974)
  • 1899 Granville English, composer
  • 1900 Hyman G Rickover, US Admiral (father of modern nuclear navy)
  • 1901 Art Rooney, NFL team owner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1901 Willy Fritsch, German actor (Spies, Women in the Moon)
  • 1903 John Eccles, British physiologist/neurologist
  • 1903 Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (d. 1979)
  • 1905 Howard McNear, actor (Floyd- "The Andy Griffith Show", "Jetsons"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1905 Luther Diamond, radio personality
  • 1906 Radames Gnattali, composer
  • 1907 Henry Cotton, English golf champion (won 3x British Open)
  • 1908 William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate (Hearst Newspapers) and 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner, (d. 1993)
  • 1908 Oran Page, American musician (d. 1954)
  • 1911 Benay Venuta, actress (Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Mister), born in San Franciso, California
  • 1911 George Pope, cricketer (Eng pace bowler, 1-49 & 0-36 in his only Test)
  • 1912 Lawrence Durrell, Darjeeling, Indian/British writer (Private Country, Alexandria Quartet)
  • 1912 Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher
  • 1913 Milton Adolphus, composer
  • 1913 Valery Viktorovich Zhelobinsky, composer
  • 1914 Anna Larina, revolutionary
  • 1915 Jack Brymer, clarinettist
  • 1918 Elmore James, musician (Dust My Broom)
  • 1918 Skitch Henderson, orchestra leader (Tonight Show), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1918 William Seawell, United States Army Brigadier General (d. 2005)
  • 1919 David Seville, [Ross Bagdasarian], (Alvin & Chipmunks), born in Fresno, California
  • 1919 H D Halsey, Bishop of Carlisle
  • 1919 Nina Milkina, pianist
  • 1920 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (d. 2002)
  • 1920 John Box, British film production designer and art director (d. 2005)
  • 1921 Donna Reed, Denison Iowa, (From Here to Eternity, Wonderful Life)
  • 1922 Wilfrid Bourne, QC/Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
  • 1924 Alexander Georgiyevich Chugayev, composer
  • 1924 Kenneth Corfield, CEO (STC)
  • 1924 Rauf Denktasj, Turkish-Cypriot politician
  • 1924 Brian Rix [The Lord Rix], Cottingham, Yorkshire, English actor
  • 1924 Sabu, [Dastagir], India, actor (Elephant Boy, Drum)
  • 1924 William van Straubenzee, British MP
  • 1925 Geoffrey Tucker, British political consultant
  • 1925 John Bury, designer
  • 1926 Fritz Spiegl, Austrian journalist (d. 2003)

Famous Weddings

  • 1186 Henry VI, the son and heir of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I, weds Constance of Sicily.

HeartWedding of Interest

1937 Musician Nat King Cole (17) weds dancer Nadine Robinson in Ypsilanti, Michigan

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • 1996 "ER" TV actress Yvette Freeman (39) weds musical director Lawny Hartley (49) in Dunleith, Delaware
  • 2006 Mexican Latin Grammy Award singer Ana Barbara (35) weds Jose Maria Fernandez in Mexico

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1997 "Wall Street" actor Charlie Sheen (31) divorces model Donna Peele after nearly 5 months of marriage


Famous Deaths

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98 Marius Cocceius Nerva, emperor of Rome (96-98), dies of a stroke at about 67

Roman Emperor Nerva
Roman Emperor
Nerva
  • 661 Death of Ali, the final Sunni Rashidun and first Shia Imam.(b. 599 or 600)
  • 672 Vitalianus, pope (657-72)/saint, dies
  • 847 Sergius II, pope (844-47), dies
  • 1164 Abraham ibn Ezra, poet/philosopher, dies
  • 1490 Ashikaga Yoshimasa, Japanese shogun (b. 1435)
  • 1540 Angela Merici, Italian monk/monastery, dies
  • 1565 Robrecht de Berghes, prince-bishop of Liege (1557-64), dies
  • 1612 Maarten van Valckenborch, Flemish painter, buried at about 77
  • 1625 Adriaen Valerius, notary/Neth Gedenck-clanck, dies at about 49
  • 1629 Hieronymus Praetorius, composer, dies at 68
  • 1638 Gonzalo de Céspedes y Meneses, Spanish novelist
  • 1669 Gaspar de Crayer, Flemish painter, dies at 87
  • 1699 William Temple, statesman, dies
  • 1731 Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker - considered the inventor of the piano, dies at 75
  • 1740 Louis Henri, Duc de Bourbon, Prime Minister of France (b. 1692)
  • 1763 John Theodor of Bavaria, prince-bishop of Liege/cardinal, dies
  • 1802 Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg, composer, dies at 42
  • 1814 Johann Gottlieb Fichte, philosopher, dies
  • 1814 Philip Astley, theatre manager, dies

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1816 Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood/admiral, dies at 92

British Admiral Samuel Hood
British Admiral
Samuel Hood
  • 1850 J Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor/cartoonist/writer, dies at 85
  • 1850 Philipp Roth, composer, dies at 70

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1851 John James Audubon, conservationist (Audubon Society), dies at 65

Ornithologist John James Audubon
Ornithologist
John James Audubon
  • 1851 Karl Moser, composer, dies at 77
  • 1857 Dorothea von Benckendorff, Baltic monarch of Lieven, dies at 72
  • 1858 Gerrit van der Linde Jz, Dutch "Principal", poet, dies at 49
  • 1859 Carl A Agardh, Swedish botanist/bishop of Karlstad, dies at 74
  • 1860 János Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1802)
  • 1864 Franz von Klenze, German architect (palace Leuchtenberg), dies at 59
  • 1866 John Gibson, sculptor, dies
  • 1880 Edward Middleton Barry, English architect (b. 1830)
  • 1889 Ivan S Aksakov, Russian journalist, dies at 65
  • 1893 James G Blaine, US minister of foreign affairs, dies at 62

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1901 Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer, dies at 77

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1904 Adam Minchejmer, composer, dies at 73
  • 1910 Thomas Crapper, English plumber and inventor (ballcock), dies at 73
  • 1919 Endre Ady, Hungarian poet (b. 1877)
  • 1921 Maurice Vincent Buckley, Australian soldier (b. 1891)
  • 1922 Giovanni Verga, Italian writer (I Mala Voglia), dies at 81
  • 1927 Georgios Grivas, Cyprus-born general in the Greek Army
  • 1927 Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevičius (Matulewicz), Lithuanian bishop
  • 1928 Marie Verstraete, actress (Frou-Frou/Nora), dies at 74
  • 1930 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, dies at 52
  • 1941 Iver Paul Fredrik Holter, composer, dies at 90
  • 1942 Kaarel Eenpalu, Estonian Prime Minister (b. 1888)
  • 1949 Boris Asafiev, composer, dies at 64
  • 1954 Paul-Marie Masson, composer, dies at 71
  • 1955 Ernst Penzoldt, writer, dies
  • 1956 Erich Kleiber, Austrian conductor, dies
  • 1963 John Farrow, actor/director (Botany Bay), dies at 58
  • 1964 Lieb Glantz, composer, dies at 65
  • 1965 Theo Uden Marsman, Dutch orchestra leader, dies at 63
  • 1967 Alphonse Juin, French marshal, dies at 78
  • 1967 Edward Higgins White II, Lt Col USAF/astronaut (Gemini 4), dies at 36
  • 1967 Roger B Chaffee, astronaut, dies at 31 in Apollo I fire
  • 1967 Virgil I (Gus) Grissom, astronaut, dies at 40 in Apollo I fire
  • 1969 Charles Winninger, actor (Charlie Farrell Show), dies at 82
  • 1969 Hanns Jelinek, composer, dies at 67
  • 1970 Probir Sen, cricket (20 catch & 11 stumpings, 14 Tests for Ind), dies
  • 1970 Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (b. 1908)
  • 1971 Jacobo Arbenz, President of Guatemala (b. 1913)

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1972 Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (He Got the Whole World), dies at 60

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson
  • 1972 Richard Courant, German/US mathematician, dies at 84
  • 1974 Georgios Grivas, Greek gen/oppos leader on Cyprus (EOKA), dies at 75
  • 1974 Paula Ludwig, writer, dies at 74
  • 1975 Bill Walsh, American producer and writer (b. 1913)
  • 1977 Walter Baldwin, actor (Gay Amigo), dies at 88
  • 1978 Marguerite Canal, composer, dies at 87
  • 1978 Oscar Homolka, actor (7 Year Itch, Ball of Fire), dies at 79
  • 1979 Qalander Ba Ba Auliya, Sufi master (b. 1898)
  • 1981 Leo Collard, Belgian minister of Education (1946/54-58), dies at 78
  • 1982 Iris Korn, actress (Widder-Palmerstown USA), dies at 60
  • 1983 Louis De Funes, actor/writer (Mad Adv of Rabbi Jacobs), dies at 68
  • 1983 Paul "Bear" Bryant, US football coach (Alabama), dies at 69
  • 1983 Robert Christian, actor (Bustin' Loose), dies of cancer at 42
  • 1984 Lou Crosby, TV announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 72
  • 1986 L Ron Hubbard, novelist/founder (Church of Scientology), dies at 74
  • 1986 Lilli Palmer, German actress (Boys from Brazil, Kinder), dies at 71
  • 1988 Massa Makan Diabaté, Malian author (b. 1938)
  • 1989 Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer (b. 1888)
  • 1989 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor (b. 1918)
  • 1990 Helen Jerome Eddy, actress (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 92
  • 1992 Francesca Primus, columnist (Back Stage), dies at 45
  • 1992 Gene Harris, entertainer, dies after long illness
  • 1992 Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Brit actress (Eliza Dolittle), dies at 101

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1993 André the Giant, WWF wrestler, dies of congestive heart failure at 49

Professional Wrestler André the Giant
Professional Wrestler
André the Giant
  • 1994 Claude Akins, actor (Rio Bravo, Lobo), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1994 Eddie Calhoun, jazz Bassist, dies at 72
  • 1994 Joe Mays, actor (Mr Saturday Night), dies of AIDS at 44
  • 1994 Stanley Adams, songwriter, dies at 86
  • 1995 Geoffrey Parsons, Australian/British pianist, dies at 65
  • 1995 Halsey S Colchester, British SAS/MI6-spy/priest, dies at 76
  • 1995 Jean Tardieu, author, dies at 91
  • 1995 Willem R "Wim" van der Zee, gen-sec Council of Churches, dies at 64
  • 1996 Barbara Skelton, writer, dies at 79
  • 1996 John Patrick Sutton Ludlow, actor (Agatha), dies at 93
  • 1996 Julian Hill, research chemist, dies at 91
  • 1996 Olga Havlova, political activist, dies at 63
  • 1996 Ralph Webster Yarborough, politician, dies at 92