On This Day for 28th January

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 205


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1077 German King Henry IV is absolved by Holy Roman Emperor Pope Gregory VII after his penitent Walk to Canossa.

Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV
Holy Roman Emperor
Henry IV
  • 1099 1st Crusaders begins siege of Hosn-el-Akrad Syria
  • 1262 Flemish/Dutch coast ravaged by north westerly storm
  • 1393 Fire during Royal Ball at Paris, 4 die (Ball of the Ardents)
  • 1495 Pope Alexander VI (Roderic Llançol i de Borgia) gives his son Cesare as hostage to Charles VIII of France

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1521 Emperor Charles V opens the Diet of Worms in Worms, Germany which lasts until May 25th. Produced the "Edict of Worms" which dennouced Martin Luther

Founder of Protestanism Martin Luther
Founder of Protestanism
Martin Luther

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1547 9-year-old Edward VI succeeds Henry VIII as king of England

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1561 By Edict of Orleans French persecution of Huguenots is suspended
  • 1573 Articles of Warsaw Confederation are signed, sanctioning freedom of religion in Poland.

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1581 James VI signs 2nd Confession of Faith in Scotland

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • 1624 Sir Thomas Warner founds the first English colony in the Caribbean, on Saint Kitts.
  • 1689 English parliament resolved that the throne is vacant

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1724 The Russian Academy of Sciences was founded in St. Petersburg by Peter the Great, and implemented in the Senate decree. It was called St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences until 1917.

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great
  • 1754 Horace Walpole, in a letter to Horace Mann, coins the word serendipity
  • 1760 Pownal, Vermont created by Benning Wentworth as one of the New Hampshire Grants.
  • 1787 Philadelphia's Free Africa Society organizes
  • 1788 Lord Gordon found guilty of libel of queen of France
  • 1807 London's Pall Mall is 1st street lit by gaslight

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1813 Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" is published by Thomas Egerton in the United Kingdom.

Novelist Jane Austen
Novelist
Jane Austen
  • 1814 Stendahl's 1st book is published

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1819 Sir Stamford Raffles lands in Singapore

British Statesman and Founder of Singapore Stamford Raffles
British Statesman and Founder of Singapore
Stamford Raffles
  • 1820 Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev discover the continent of Antarctica
  • 1824 William Kneass becomes 3rd US chief engraver (1824-40)
  • 1830 Opera "Fra Diavolo" premieres in Paris
  • 1846 Battle of Allwal, British beat Sikhs in Punjab
  • 1848 King of Naples grants his subjects a constitution
  • 1851 Northwestern University (Chicago) chartered
  • 1855 The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway.
  • 1860 Britain formally returns Mosquito Coast to Nicaragua
  • 1864 Battle of New Bern, NC

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1865 Confederate President Jefferson Davis names 3 peace commissioners

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1871 Paris surrenders to Prussians
  • 1878 1st telephone exchange (New Haven, CT)
  • 1878 George W Coy hired as 1st full-time telephone operator
  • 1878 Yale Daily News published, 1st college daily newspaper
  • 1881 Battle at Laing's Neck Natal: Boers beat superior powered British

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1885 Commission for Auguste Rodin's sculpture 'The Burghers of Calais' signed by the Municipal Council of Calais.

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin
  • 1887 England all out for 45 v Aust SCG, their lowest total ever
  • 1887 In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world's largest snowflakes are reported, being 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick.

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1887 Work begins on the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Achitect
Gustave Eiffel
  • 1893 Edward Mcdowell's "Hamlet & Ophelia" premieres in Boston
  • 1899 American Social Science Association incorporated by Congress
  • 1902 Carnegie Institute founded in Washington, D.C.
  • 1904 1st college sports letters given to Seniors who played on University of Chicago's football team are awarded blankets with letter "C" on them
  • 1909 US military forces leave Cuba for 2nd time
  • 1911 Frenchman Henri Rougier wins 1st Rally of Monte Carlo
  • 1914 1st Millrose Games (athletics) held (NYC)
  • 1914 Beverly Hills, Ca, is incorporated
  • 1915 1st US ship lost in WW I, William P Frye (carrying wheat to UK)
  • 1915 US Coast Guard created from Life Saving & Revenue Cutter services
  • 1915 US Pres Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates
  • 1916 1st Jewish Supreme Court justice, Louis Brandeis, appointed by Wilson
  • 1916 German colony of Cameroon surrenders to Britain & France
  • 1916 Opera "Goyescas" premieres (NYC)
  • 1917 Municipally owned streetcars take to the streets of San Francisco, California.
  • 1918 Strike on Berlin ammunition factory
  • 1918 Finnish Civil War: Rebels seized control of the capital, Helsinki, and members of the Senate of Finland go underground.
  • 1922 American Pro Football Association renamed "National Football League"
  • 1922 J E Clair turns Green Bay franchise back to NFL
  • 1922 Knickerbocker Storm, Washington, D.C.'s biggest snowfall, causes the city's greatest loss of life when the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater collapses, killing 98 patrons.
  • 1923 Demonstration against a Dutch University in Ghent
  • 1925 -46°F (-43°C), Pittsburgh, New Hampshire (state record)
  • 1927 Serbian-Croatian-Slavic government of Oezonowitsj falls
  • 1928 Christopher Hornsrud chosen PM of Norway
  • 1929 22nd Women's Australian Championships: Daphne Akhurst beats Louise Bickerton (6-1, 5-7, 6-2)
  • 1929 22nd Men's Australian Championships: Colin Gregory beats Richard Schlesinger (6-2, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5)

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1931 Bradman scores 220 NSW v Victoria, 308 mins, 13 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1932 1st US state unemployment insurance act enacted (Wisconsin)
  • 1932 Japanese forces attack Shanghai.
  • 1933 French government of Paul Boncour falls
  • 1933 German government of Von Schleicher falls
  • 1933 The name "Pakistan" is coined by Choudhry Rahmat Ali, gradually it is accepted by Muslims in the Indian sub-continent who use it to push for a separate Muslim homeland in South Asia
  • 1934 1st US ski tow (rope) begins operation (Woodstock, Vermont)
  • 1935 Iceland becomes 1st western country to legalize abortion
  • 1936 Pravda criticizes Shostakovitch's "Lady Macbeth" opera
  • 1939 32nd Women's Australian Championships: Emily Hood Westacott beats Nell Hall Hopman (6-1, 6-2)
  • 1939 32nd Men's Australian Championships: John Bromwich beats Adrian Quist (6-4, 6-1, 6-3)
  • 1941 French-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.
  • 1942 Soviet troops under General Timoshenko's troops move into Ukraine
  • 1942 German troops occupy Benghazi Libya
  • 1942 WW II Navy flier Don Mason sends message "Sighted sub sank same"
  • 1943 Chic Blackhawks beats NY Rangers 10-1, Max Bentley scores 4 goals
  • 1943 Forward Doug Bentley sets NHL record with 5 points in a game
  • 1944 683 British bombers attack Berlin
  • 1944 Leonard Bernstein's "Jeremiah" premieres in Pittsburgh
  • 1944 U-271 & U-571 sunk off Ireland
  • 1945 Dutch airplanes dump pamphlets on Java
  • 1945 Gen "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell & truck convoy reopen Burma Road to China
  • 1945 Swedish ships bring food to starving Netherlands
  • 1947 "Bay Psalm" book auctioned for a record $151,000

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1948 President Manuel Roxas granted full amnesty to all so-called Philippine collaborators.

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • 1949 NY Giants sign their 1st black players, Monte Irvin & Ford Smith
  • 1949 UN Security council convicts Dutch aggression in Indonesia
  • 1950 Preston Tucker, auto maker, found not guilty of mail fraud
  • 1951 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1951 "La Vie Commence Demain", which depicted artificial insemination & is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London
  • 1952 40th Women's Australian Championships: Thelma Coyne Long beats Helen Angwin (6-2, 6-3)
  • 1952 40th Men's Australian Championships: Ken McGregor beats Frank Sedgman (7-5, 12-10, 2-6, 6-2)
  • 1953 J Fred Muggs (the chimp) joins NBC's "Today Show"
  • 1953 WJTV TV channel 12 in Jackson, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 260


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1225 Saint Thomas Aquinas, Roccasecca Italy, Italian thelogian and saint

  • 1312 Queen Joan II of Navarre (d. 1349)
  • 1457 Henry VII, Pembroke Castle, 1st Tudor king of England (1485-1509)
  • 1540 Ludolph van Ceulen, German mathematician (d. 1610)
  • 1578 Cornelis Haga, Dutch lawyer/ambassador to Constantinople (1611-39)
  • 1582 John Barclay, Scottish satirist/poet (Euphormio's Satyricon) born Pont-à-Mousson France
  • 1600 Clement IX, [Giulio Rospigliosi], Pistoia, Italy, 238th pope (1667-69)
  • 1608 Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Naples, mathematician/astronomer
  • 1611 Johannes Hevelius, Danzig, astronomer (star cataloger)
  • 1622 Adrien Auzout, French astronomer (d. 1691)
  • 1627 Alfonso Marsh, composer
  • 1645 Gottfried Vopelius, composer
  • 1688 Jan Maurits Quinkhard, Dutch portrait painter
  • 1691 Johann Balthasar Konig, composer
  • 1693 Anna "Ivanovna", tsarina of Russia (1730-40) (2/7 NS)
  • 1693 Gregor Joseph Werner, composer
  • 1701 Charles Marie de La Condamine, French mathematician and geographer (d. 1774)
  • 1702 Hermanus Noordkerk, Dutch lawyer
  • 1706 John Baskerville, English printer (typeface inventor)
  • 1712 Tokugawa Ieshige, Japanese shogun (d. 1761)
  • 1714 Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, French sculptor (Child with Pigeon)
  • 1717 Mustafa III, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1774). Reigned 1757-74.
  • 1719 Johann Elias Schlegel, German critic and poet (d. 1749)
  • 1722 Johann Ernst Bach, composer
  • 1756 Hans Adolf Friedrich von Eschstruth, composer
  • 1757 Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni, composer
  • 1768 Frederick VI, Danish king (1808-39); lost Norway to Sweden (1814)
  • 1784 George HG earl of Aberdeen, English secretary of State
  • 1815 Andrew Jackson Hamilton, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1875)
  • 1818 George Sewall Boutwell, MC (Union), (d. 1905)

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1822 Alexander Mackenzie, Logierait Scotland, (L) 2nd PM of Canada (1873-78)

2nd Prime Minister of Canada Alexander Mackenzie
2nd Prime Minister of Canada
Alexander Mackenzie
  • 1825 George Edward Pickett, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1875)
  • 1828 Michel Abeloos, Flemish sculptor
  • 1828 Thomas Carmichael Hindman, Mjr Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1868)
  • 1831 Henry Brevard Davidson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1899)
  • 1832 Franz Wullner, composer
  • 1833 Charles George Gordon, general (China, Khartoum), born in London, England
  • 1841 Henry Morton Stanley, Denbigh Wales, journalist and African explorer (found Livingstone in Africa) (d. 1904)
  • 1841 Viktor Ernst Nessler, composer
  • 1853 Jose Martí y Perez, Cuba, poet/essayist/politician
  • 1855 William Seward Burroughs, NY, inventor (recording adding machine)
  • 1863 Ernst William Christmas, Australian painter (d. 1918)
  • 1864 Herbert Akroyd Stuart, English engineer - inventor of the first compression ignition engine (d. 1927)
  • 1865 Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1928)
  • 1865 Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg, first president of Finland (d. 1952)
  • 1868 Frederick Archibald Lamond, composer
  • 1868 Julian Aguirre, composer

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1873 Colette [Sidonie-Gabrielle], French novelist and performer (Gigi), born in Paris, France

Novelist and Performer Colette
Novelist and Performer
Colette
  • 1873 M A Noble, cricketer (great Australian all-rounder at turn of century)
  • 1875 Julian Antonio Carillo-Trujillo, composer
  • 1878 Walter Kollo [Kollodziepski], German composer (Der Juxbaron)
  • 1880 Herbert Strudwick, cricketer (England wicket-keeper before & after WW I)
  • 1880 Mary Boland, Phila, US, comedienne/actress (Ruggles of Red Gap)
  • 1884 Auguste Piccard, Switzerland, scientist/explorer (balloonist), twin brother of Jean Felix Piccard
  • 1884 Jean Felix Piccard, Switzerland, scientist/explorer (balloonist) twin brother of Auguste Piccard
  • 1884 Lucien H d'Azambuja, France, astronomer (chromosome of sun)
  • 1886 Marthe Bibesco, Romanian writer (d. 1973)
  • 1886 Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (d. 1976)
  • 1887 Artur Rubinstein, Lodz Poland, pianist
  • 1887 Lily Theresa Strickland, composer
  • 1890 Robert Stroud, American convict, "Birdman of Alcatraz", born in Seattle Washington (d. 1963)
  • 1891 Camille Melloy, [Paepe], Belgian poet (Parfum des Buis)
  • 1891 Karel Boleslav Jirak, composer
  • 1891 Bill Doak, American baseball player (d. 1954)
  • 1892 Ernst Lubitsch, Germany, actor, producer and film director (Love Parade)
  • 1893 Elliot Griffis, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1897 Valentin Kataev, novelist/playwright (Embezzled), born in Odessa Ukraine (d. 1986)
  • 1898 Vittorio Rieti, composer
  • 1898 Wies Moens, Flemish writer/nazi
  • 1899 Zilner T Randolph, jazz trumpeter/arranger
  • 1899 Elias Simojoki, Finnish clergyman and politician (d. 1940)
  • 1900 Alexandre AM Stols [Chl van Halsbeke], publisher (History of Ecuador)
  • 1900 Anni Holdmann, Germany, 100m runner (Olympic-1928)
  • 1900 Hermann Kesten, German writer (Allert de Lange)
  • 1900 Michael Dewar Head, composer
  • 1900 Alice Neel, American artist (d. 1984)
  • 1903 Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, crystallographer (1st woman in Royal Society)
  • 1904 Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (d. 1979)
  • 1905 Luther George Simjian, Turkish-American Inventor (teleprompter and first self-posing portrait camera)
  • 1906 Allan Walker, actor/writer (Red Buttons Show)
  • 1906 Harry van Kruiningen, [Henri A Janssen], painter/graphic artist
  • 1906 Henry Foley, cricketer (batted in New Zealand's 1st Test 1930)
  • 1907 Constantin Regamey, composer
  • 1908 Hans [Hendrik AJ] Tiemeijer, Dutch actor/director/writer (Fear)
  • 1908 Paul Misraki, French composer and songwriter (d. 1998)
  • 1909 Lionel KP "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II-George Medal)
  • 1910 Arnold Moss, Bkln, actor (Loves of Carmen, Kim, Quebec, Viva Zapata)
  • 1910 John Banner, actor (Sgt Hans Schultz-Hogan's Heroes), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1910 Verda Bryant, American author

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1912 Jackson Pollock, Cody Wyoming, expressionist painter (Lavender Mist)

  • 1912 William "Bill" Henson, English diplomat (Prague 1939)
  • 1913 Jan Masseus, composer
  • 1913 Oliver Chesterton, chartered surveyor
  • 1914 Nelson Olmsted [or Olmstead], American voice actor (Sleep No More), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Peter Crossley-Holland, composer
  • 1918 Harry M Corbett, Bradford, puppeteer/entertainer (Sooty, Some People)
  • 1918 Suzanne Flon, actress (One Deadly Summer, Moulin Rouge), born in Paris, France
  • 1918 Trevor Skeet, British MP
  • 1918 Vito Scotti, actor (Flying Nun, Barefoot in the Park), born in San Franciso, California
  • 1918 Wilson Ferreira Aldunate, Uruguayan politician/human rights worker

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1867 Labor union leader Samuel Gompers (17) weds co-worker Sophia Julian (16) in Brooklyn, New York

Founder of the American Federation of Labor Samuel Gompers
Founder of the American Federation of Labor
Samuel Gompers

HeartWedding of Interest

1904 German chancellor Konrad Adenauer (28) weds Emma Weyer at St. Stephan Catholic Church in Lindenthal, Germany

German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
German Chancellor
Konrad Adenauer

HeartWedding of Interest

1925 Actress Gloria Swanson (25) weds aristocrat Henri de la Falaise (26) in Paris, France

HeartWedding of Interest

1929 Mobster Bugsy Siegel (23) weds childhood sweetheart Esta Krakower

Mobster Bugsy Siegel
Mobster
Bugsy Siegel

HeartWedding of Interest

1949 NFL coach Tom Landry (24) weds Alicia Wiggs at St John the Divine Church in Houston, Texas

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry

HeartWedding of Interest

1956 Science student later astronaut Neil Armstrong marries fellow student Janet Elizabeth Shearon in Wilmette, Illinois

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong

HeartWedding of Interest

1961 NFL coach Mike Ditka (21) weds Marge Dougherty

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka

HeartWedding of Interest

1982 Actor Danny Devito (37) weds actress Rhea Perlman (33)

  • 1984 Mr Glynn Wolfe marries for non-bigamous record 26th time, Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1993 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (59) weds actor Robert Foxworth (51)

  • 1994 Actress Lorraine Bracco (39) weds actor Edward James Olmos (46)
  • 2006 London Broncos rugby football player Craig Gower (27) weds TV personality and model Amanda Flynn (24) in Sydney, Australia
  • 2006 "The Biggest Loser" TV personality Rasha Spindel weds Edwin Chapman at the Wai'oli Tea Room in Manoa Valley, Honolulu
  • 2006 A bright-eyed 18-month-old from Midland, Texas, who fall into abandoned well Jessica McClure (19) weds Daniel Morales (32) in the Greenwood Church of Christ near Midland

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2011 "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria (37) divorces NBA player Tony Parker (30) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of a storybook wedding

Actress Eva Longoria
Actress
Eva Longoria

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 143


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814 Charlemagne, German emperor/Roman Emperor (800-814), dies at 71

Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne
Holy Roman Emperor
Charlemagne
  • 1061 Duke Spytihněv II of Bohemia (b. 1031)
  • 1119 Gelasius II, [Giovannis Caetani], pope (1118-19), dies
  • 1256 Willem II, earl of Holland/German emperor (1238, 47-56), dies at 22
  • 1271 Isabella of Aragon, queen of Philip III of France (b. 1247)
  • 1393 Earl of Joigny, burned at royal ball in Paris
  • 1443 Robert le Maçon, Chancellor of France
  • 1528 Philips of Cleve, ruler of Ravenstein, dies

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1547 Henry VIII, King of England (1509-47), dies at 55

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1549 Elia Levita, German-Yiddish writer (Habachur), dies at about 80
  • 1560 John a Lasco, [John Laski], Polish nobleman/reformed theologist, dies

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1596 Francis Drake, English pirate, Admiral and Governor of Newfoundland (Porto Bello West Indies), dies of dysentery at 50

Vice Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Vice Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake
  • 1606 Carolus Gallus, [Karel de Haan], Dutch lawyer/pastor/vicar, dies at 85
  • 1612 Thomas Bodley, diplomat/founder (Bodleian Library), dies
  • 1621 Pope Paul V, [Camillo Borghese], 233rd pope (1605-21), dies at 68
  • 1672 Pierre Séguier, Chancellor of France (b. 1588)
  • 1681 Richard Allestree, English royalist churchman (b. 1619)
  • 1687 Johannes Hevelius, astronomer (star cataloger), dies on 76th birthday
  • 1697 John Fenwick, English conspirator
  • 1754 Ludvig Holberg, Danish lawyer/writer (Hendrig og Pernille), dies at 69
  • 1768 John Wainwright, composer, dies at 44
  • 1782 Jean-Baptiste-Bourguignon d'Anville, French geographer, dies at 84
  • 1810 Andrew Hofer, Tyrolian rebel against French & Bavarians, shot dead
  • 1813 Jan Joseph Rosler, composer, dies at 41
  • 1817 Friedrich Ludwig Emilius Kunzen, composer, dies at 55
  • 1829 William Burke, murderer/body snatcher, executed in Edinburgh
  • 1829 Thomas Tredgold, Railway Engineer and Carpenter, dies at 40
  • 1832 Augustin Daniel Belliard, French general (b. 1769)
  • 1838 Aleksandr I Polezjajev, Russian poet (Sasjka), dies at 33 [NS]
  • 1859 Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1782)
  • 1864 Émile Clapeyron, French engineer and physicist (b. 1799)
  • 1868 Adalbert Stifter, Austrian author (Witiko), commits suicide at 62
  • 1869 Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley, composer, dies at 72
  • 1873 Henry Hugo Pierson, composer, dies at 57
  • 1895 Francois Certain de Canrobert, French marshal, dies at 85
  • 1896 Joseph Barnby, composer, dies at 57
  • 1898 Alexandru Flechtenmacher, composer, dies at 74
  • 1903 Augusta Mary Anne Holmes, composer, dies at 55
  • 1903 Jean Robert Planquette, composer, dies at 54
  • 1910 Jose Garcia Robles, composer, dies at 74
  • 1912 Gustave de Molinari, Belgian economist (b. 1819)
  • 1915 Nikolay Umov, Russian physicist (b. 1846)

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1918 John McCrae, Canadian poet/physician/soldier, dies of pneumonia at 45

World War I Soldier & Poet John McCrae
World War I Soldier & Poet
John McCrae
  • 1924 Simon Abramsz, Dutch writer (Artist book), dies at 56
  • 1930 Clarence Skelton Wimble, cricket (score pair in Test for S Af), dies
  • 1932 Franz Xavier Arens, composer, dies at 75
  • 1933 Theodor Birt [Beatus Rhenanus], German classicist/writer, dies at 80
  • 1935 Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russian composer, dies at 75
  • 1937 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (b. 1862)
  • 1938 Bernd Rosemeyer, German race car driver, dies at 28
  • 1938 John Sharp, cricketer (England bat 1909, also soccer intl), dies
  • 1939 William Butler Yeats, Irish poet (Nobel), dies in France at 73
  • 1942 Pablo Luna y Carne, composer, dies at 61
  • 1945 Philip "Felix" Bekkers, actor (We Go on Trip), dies at 37
  • 1947 Reynaldo Hahn, composer, dies at 72
  • 1949 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, composer, dies at 62
  • 1950 Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician (b. 1883)
  • 1951 Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, president of Finland (b.1867)
  • 1953 James Scullin, 9th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1876)
  • 1953 Derek Bentley (b. 1933) (executed)
  • 1957 Fred Stein, TV panelist (Live Begins at 80), dies at 88
  • 1959 Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israel Knesset (1949-59), dies at 73
  • 1959 Viktor Joseph Keldorfer, composer, dies at 85
  • 1960 Jacques de Menasce, composer, dies at 54
  • 1960 Zora Neale Hurston, American author, dies at 69
  • 1963 Jean Felix Piccard, swiss explorer, dies on his 79th birthday
  • 1963 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (b. 1884)
  • 1965 Jef van Durme, composer, dies at 57
  • 1965 Johan Fiolet, Dutch actor/director, dies at 63
  • 1965 Tich Freeman, cricket (3776 FC wickets leg-spin, 304 in 1928), dies
  • 1965 Maxime Weygand, French soldier (b. 1867)
  • 1967 Stanley Coen, cricket (2 Tests for S Af, hs 41 not out, avg 50), dies
  • 1970 Tommy Andrews (Aust) 16 Tests 1921-26, cricketer (592 runs), dies
  • 1971 Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst (b. 1896)
  • 1972 Adriaan B "Jaap" Wagemaker, Dutch sculptor, dies at 66
  • 1973 John Banner, actor (Schultz-Hogan's Heroes), dies on 62nd birthday
  • 1974 Dino Buzzati, writer, dies at 67
  • 1975 Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (b. 1887)
  • 1976 Chris Kenner, American R&B singer-songwriter (I Like it Like That), dies at 46
  • 1977 Burt Mustin, actor ("All in the Family", "The Andy Griffith Show"), dies at 92
  • 1979 Eileen Shanahan, Irish Poet (b. 1901)
  • 1983 Billy Fury, actor (That'll Be the Day), dies at 42 of heart failure
  • 1983 Frank Forde, 15th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1890)
  • 1984 John Macvane, newscaster (United or Not), dies at 71
  • 1986 Christa McAuliffe, astronaut, dies in Challenger disaster
  • 1986 Ellison S Onizuka, Hawaii, Mjr USAF/ast, dies in Challenger disaster
  • 1986 Francis R Scobee, Wash, USAF/astronaut, dies in Challenger disaster
  • 1986 Judith Arlene Resnik, Akron Oh, astr, dies in Challenger disaster
  • 1986 Michael J Smith, Beaufort NC, Cmdr USN, astr, dies in Challenger
  • 1986 Ronald E McNair, Lake City SC, astr, dies in Challenger disaster
  • 1986 Greg Jarvis - Crew of Space Shuttle Challenger (b. 1944)
  • 1988 Klaus Fuchs, German physicist (b. 1911)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1991 Harold "Red" Grange, football's galloping ghost, dies of Parkinson's disease at 87

NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
Red Grange
  • 1991 Dale Long, hit HRs in 8 consecutive games, dies at 66
  • 1992 Clark Tippet, dancer/choreographer, dies at 37
  • 1992 Nahman Avigad, Isr archaeologist (Discovering Jerusalem), dies at 86
  • 1993 Aben Kandel, screenwriter (Dinner at 8), dies of heart failure at 96
  • 1993 John Steadman, actor (Gator, Fade to Black), dies of lung ailment 83
  • 1994 Hal Smith, actor (Otis Campbell - "The Andy Griffith Show"), dies at 77
  • 1994 Hermanus P "Piet" Mulder, Dutch journalist (Het Parool), dies at 79