On This Day for 29th January

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 202

  • 661 Rashidun Caliphate ends
  • 904 Sergius III comes out of retirement to take over the papacy from the deposed antipope Christopher.
  • 1258 Mongols defeated by Dai Viet at the battle of Dong Bo Dau
  • 1523 Sermon of Constanz: Zwingli defends 67 Schlussreden
  • 1574 Sea battle of Reimerswaal - Admiral Boisot beats Spanish fleet
  • 1587 Deventer & Zutphen surrender to Spain

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1595 William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet is thought to have been first performed. The play was officially published in early 1597.

  • 1676 Feodor III succeeds his father and becomes Tsar of Russia.
  • 1728 John Gays' "Beggar's Opera" premieres in London [NS=Feb 9]
  • 1732 Paris churchyard of Saint-Medard closed after Jansenistic ritual

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1781 Mozart's opera "Idomeneo" premieres, Munich

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

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1785 In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health

Statesman John Hancock
Statesman
John Hancock
  • 1802 John Beckley of Virginia appointed first Librarian of Congress
  • 1814 War of the Sixth Coalition: Russia and Prussia are defeated by France in the Battle of Brienne
  • 1834 President Jackson orders first use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute

AgreementTreaty of Waitangi

1840 First Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi Captain William Hobson arrives in the Bay of Islands, NZ

  • 1845 Edgar Allen Poe's "Raven" 1st published (NYC)
  • 1848 Sicily accepts new Constitution (choose parliament/freedom of press)

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1850 Henry Clay introduces a comprise bill on slavery to US Senate

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • 1856 Victoria Cross established to acknowledge valour in the face of the enemy (United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries)
  • 1860 American College established in Rome by Pope Pius IX
  • 1861 US state of Kansas admitted to the Union as the 34th state
  • 1863 Bear River Massacre: American soldiers slaughter hundreds of Native Americans at the confluence of the Bear River and Beaver Creek in present day Idaho
  • 1872 Francis L Cardoza elected State Treasurer of South Carolina

BattleBattle of Interest

1879 Custer Battlefield National Monument, Mont established

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1886 1st successful gasoline powered car patented by Karl Benz in Karlsruhe, Germany

Automobile Engineer and Inventor Karl Benz
Automobile Engineer and Inventor
Karl Benz
  • 1891 Liliuokalani is proclaimed Queen of Hawaii, its last monarch.
  • 1895 King Koko's Kopermannen assault on Akassa Niger, 100's killed
  • 1896 Emile Grubbe is the first doctor to use radiation treatment for breast cancer
  • 1900 Boers under Joubert beat British at Spionkop Natal, 2,000 killed
  • 1900 American League organized in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee & Minneapolis
  • 1903 Dutch railroad workers strike
  • 1904 1st athletic letters given (Univ of Chicago football team)

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1905 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia, unsettled by the rising violence and protest, enacts reforms to improve the conditions of workers; these changes will do little to stop disorder throughout Russia in ensuing months

  • 1906 Coen de King skates world record time: 32,370 km
  • 1907 Charles Curtis becomes U.S. Senator from Kansas, first Native American to become a Senator
  • 1908 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, at Cornell University, incorporates
  • 1912 Martial law declared in textile strike in Lawrence, MA
  • 1913 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, at Howard University, incorporates
  • 1916 1st bombing of Paris by German Zeppelins takes place
  • 1917 British submarine K13 sank in Gaire Loch, Scotland; 32 of her crew died
  • 1918 Ukrainian-Soviet War: Battle of Kruty

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1920 Walt Disney starts work as an artist with KC Slide Co for $40 a week

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 1921 Hurricane hits Washington & Oregon
  • 1922 Union of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador dissolved
  • 1923 1st flight of autogiro (Juan de la Cierva, Madrid Spain)
  • 1924 Ice cream cone rolling machine patented by Carl Taylor, Cleveland
  • 1925 British Liberal Party chooses David Lloyd George as leader
  • 1927 4th German government of Marx forms
  • 1929 Seeing Eye Guide Dog organization forms in USA
  • 1932 Test debut of Bill O'Reilly, vs South Africa at Adelaide

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1933 German president Paul von Hindenburg appoints Adolf Hitler as chancellor

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1936 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1940 33rd Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne beats Thelma Coyne (5-7, 6-4, 6-0)
  • 1940 33rd Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats Jack Crawford (6-3, 6-1, 6-2)
  • 1941 Alexandros Koryzis becomes Prime Minister of Greece
  • 1942 1st broadcast of Roy Plomley's "Desert Island Discs" on BBC radio
  • 1942 German & Italian troops occupy Banghazi, Libya
  • 1942 Peru & Ecuador sign Protocol of Rio (boundary determiniation)
  • 1943 New Zealand cruiser Kiwi collides with Japanese submarine I-1 at Guadalcanal
  • 1943 Sidney Kingsley's "Patriots" premieres in NYC
  • 1943 U.S. cruiser "Chicago" is heavily damaged by Japanese bombers on the first day of the Battle of Rennell Island
  • 1944 285 German bombers attack London
  • 1944 USS Missouri, the last battleship commissioned by the US Navy, is launched.
  • 1944 World War II: The Battle of Cisterna takes place in central Italy.
  • 1944 World War II: About 38 men, women, and children die in the Koniuchy massacre in Poland.
  • 1946 34th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Joyce Fitch (6-4, 6-4)
  • 1946 34th Men's Australian Championships: John Bromwich beats Dinny Pails (5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2)

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1947 Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" premieres in NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • 1947 35th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Nell Hall Hopman (6-3, 6-2)
  • 1947 35th Men's Australian Championships: Dinny Pails beats John Bromwich (4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 8-6)
  • 1948 "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 188 performances
  • 1948 Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, & Phillies $500 each for signing high school players
  • 1948 Pakistan Socialist Party is founded
  • 1949 Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand & Switzerland recognize Israel
  • 1951 "Where's Charley?" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 1951 Baseball signs 6 year All-Star pact for TV-radio rights for $6 million
  • 1953 1st movie in Cinemascope "The Robe" based on the book by Lloyd C. Douglas, directed by Henry Koster and starring Richard Burton and Jean Simmons premieres

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1954 Arnold Schoenberg's "De Profundis" premieres in Cologne

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 1955 John Williams Cox buys Yankee Stadium, sells grounds to Knights of Columbus, later leaves structure to Rice University (1962)
  • 1956 F Durrenmatt's "Der Besuch der Alten Dame" premieres in Zurich

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1957 Graham Greene's "Potting Shed" premieres in NYC

  • 1958 Murderer, Charles Starkweather, captured by police in Wyoming
  • 1959 Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" released
  • 1959 'The Great Smog' hits London, many die of chest and lung-related illnesses
  • 1961 US female Figure Skating championship won by Laurence Owen
  • 1961 US male Figure Skating championship won by Bradley Lord

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1963 Jim Thorpe, Red Grange & George Halas elected to football Hall of Fame

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas
NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
Red Grange
  • 1964 9th Winter Olympic games open in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1964 Beatles record in German "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" & "Sie Liebt Dich"
  • 1964 Most lopsided high-school basketball score 211-29 (Louisiana)
  • 1964 NBC purchases AFL 5 year (1965-69) TV rights for $36 million

Film release premierFilm Premier

1964 Stanley Kubrick's film "Dr Strangelove" starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott premieres

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
  • 1964 Unmanned Apollo 1 Saturn launcher test attains Earth orbit
  • 1966 "Sweet Charity" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 608 performances
  • 1966 Lawry & Simpson complete 244 opening stand v England, Adelaide
  • 1966 Snow storm in north east US kills 165
  • 1966 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • 1966 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Allen
  • 1967 "Let's Sing Yiddish" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 107 performances

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 259

  • 1584 Frederik Hendrik, count of Nassau/Prince of Orange
  • 1632 Johann Georg Graevius, German classical scholar and critic (d. 1703)
  • 1688 Emmanuel Swedenborg, Sweden, religious leader (Angelic Wisdom)
  • 1689 Hubert K Poot, Dutch poet
  • 1700 Daniel Bernoulli, Basel Switz, mathematician (10 time French award)
  • 1703 Carlmann Kolb, composer
  • 1711 Giuseppi Bonno, composer
  • 1715 Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Austrian (court) composer/pianist
  • 1717 Jeffrey Amherst, English gov-gen of America/fieldmarshal
  • 1718 Paul Rabaut, French Huguenot pastor (d. 1794)

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1737 Thomas Paine, Thetford Great Britain, English/American political essayist (Common Sense, Age of Reason)

Voice of the American Revolution Thomas Paine
Voice of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine
  • 1749 King Christian VII of Denmark (d. 1808)
  • 1754 Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland (d. 1806)
  • 1756 Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee III, Congressman, Governor of Virginia and American General
  • 1761 Abraham AA "Albert" Gallatin, Switz, US minister of Finance (1801-14)
  • 1763 Johann Gottfried Seume, German writer (Spaziergang nach Syrakus), born in Poserna, Saxony-Anhalt, (d. 1810)
  • 1782 Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber, French opera composer (Fra Diavolo)
  • 1782 Franciszek Ścigalski, Polish composer, born in Grodzisk, Wielkopolski
  • 1783 Vasili A Zjukovski, Russian folk poet/translator (Homerus) [NS=Feb 9]
  • 1784 Ferdinand Ries, composer
  • 1798 Henry Neele, poet, born in London, England
  • 1801 Johannes Bernardus van Bree, Dutch violinist/composer (Felix Meritis)
  • 1803 James Outram, Bulterley Hall Derbyshire, general
  • 1810 Earnest E Kummer, German mathematician
  • 1821 Isaac Ferdinand Quinby, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1891)
  • 1823 Franklin Gardner, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1824 Karl von Perfall, composer
  • 1836 Benjamin Franklin Potts, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1887)
  • 1836 James Meech Warner, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1897)

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1843 William McKinley, Niles Ohio, 25th US President (1897-1901), (d. 1901)

25th US President William McKinley
25th US President
William McKinley
  • 1846 Karol Olszewski, Polish scientist (d. 1915)
  • 1850 Ebenezer Howard, pioneer of garden cities, born in London, England
  • 1850 Lawrence Hargrave, inventor (box kite)
  • 1852 Frederic Hymen Cowen, composer
  • 1852 Ion Luca Caragiale, Romanian actor/playwright (O Noapte Furtunoasa)
  • 1854 Willem PC Knuttel, Dutch bibliographer/librarian

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1860 Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, Tagarov Russia, playwright (Cherry Orchard)

Author and Playwright Anton Chekhov
Author and Playwright
Anton Chekhov
  • 1862 Frederick Delius, Bradford England, composer (Hiawatha)
  • 1864 Adolf Philipp, composer
  • 1866 Romain Rolland, France, writer (Jean-Christophe) (Nobel 1915)
  • 1867 Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Spain, writer (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse)
  • 1869 Andrey Vladimirovich Scherbachov, composer
  • 1871 Eduardo Lopez-Chavarri y Marco, composer
  • 1873 Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, Italy, explorer/climber (Mt St Elias)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1874 John D. Rockefeller Jr, American financier and philanthropist, born in Cleveland, Ohio

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • 1874 Robert Lach, composer
  • 1876 Carl Henrik Ludolf Nielsen, composer
  • 1876 Havergal Brian, Dresden Staffordshire, composer
  • 1877 Georges Catroux, French general (d. 1969)
  • 1878 Barney Oldfield, Ohio, daredevil
  • 1880 W C Fields, [William Claude Dukenfield], Phila, actor (Bank Dick)
  • 1884 Juhan Aavic, composer
  • 1887 Albert Conti, Trieste Austria, actor (Jazz Heaven, Doomed Battalion)
  • 1889 Francisco Santiago, composer
  • 1889 Rudolf Mauersberger, composer
  • 1890 Marguerite Canal, composer
  • 1891 R Norris Williams, American tennis champ (US Open-1914) and survivor of the RMS Titanic sinking (d. 1968)
  • 1892 Clifford Gray, US, bobsled (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1893 Edric Cundell, composer
  • 1893 Martian Negrea, composer
  • 1895 Muna Lee, American poet (d. 1965)
  • 1896 Teddy Hoad, cricketer (pioneering West Indian Test batsman)
  • 1898 Fernand Quinet, Belgian cellist/composer/conductor (La Guerre)
  • 1898 Karl Bjarnhof, Danish blind journalist/writer (History of Sascha)
  • 1900 Marco Tajcevic, composer
  • 1900 Willem F K Hussem, Dutch painter/poet (Coastline, Lookout on Sea)
  • 1901 Allen B DuMont, inventor (perfected coml practical cathode ray tube)
  • 1903 Cornelis H Edelman, Dutch geologist
  • 1905 Barnett Newmann, New York, US painter, (postpainterly abstraction)
  • 1906 Franciscus Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1920)
  • 1906 Joe Primeau, NHL center
  • 1908 Adam Clayton Powell, (Rep-D-NY, 1945-70)
  • 1909 Alan Marshal, Australian actor (White Cliffs of Dover, Lydia), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1909 George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy, British politician (Speaker of the House of Commons), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 1997)
  • 1910 Paul Hodder-Williams, publisher
  • 1910 Colin Middleton, Irish artist (d. 1983)
  • 1911 George Burns, British major-general
  • 1911 Peter von Siemens, German industrialist (d. 1986)
  • 1912 "Professor" Irwin Corey, comedian (Car Wash, Doc), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1912 Jacob "Jaap" Balk, journalist (AH, Onder de Keizerskroon)
  • 1913 Victor Mature, Louisville KY, actor (1 Million BC, Samson & Delilah) (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Daniel Taradash, American screenwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1913 Peter von Zahn, German journalist and writer (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Frederic Ramsey Jr, folklorist/author
  • 1915 Halfdan Rasmussen, Danish poet/WWII resistance fighter (Skoven)
  • 1915 John Serry, Sr., American musician and arranger (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Barbara Skelton, writer
  • 1917 John Raitt, Santa Ana California, actor/singer (Chevy Show, Pajama Game)
  • 1918 John Forsythe, actor (Bachelor Father, Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), born in Penns Grove, New Jersey (d. 2010)
  • 1918 William Rigney, baseball manager (SF Giants)
  • 1919 Norman F Simpson, British playwright (One Way Pendulum)
  • 1920 Alec Coppen, psychiatrist
  • 1920 José Luis de Villalonga, Spanish aristocrat (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Anthony George, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Gerda Steinhoff, Nazi concetration camp supervisor (d. 1946)
  • 1923 Paddy Chayevsky, [Sydney], US, dramatist (Marty, Hospital) (d. 1981)
  • 1924 Brian Trubshaw, British test pilot
  • 1924 John Gregson, British Labour politician and Lord
  • 1924 Luigi Nono, Venice Italy, composer (Canonic Variations)
  • 1924 Marcelle Ferron, Quebec painter and stained glass artist (d. 2001)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1839 English Naturalist and author of Origin of the Species Charles Darwin marries Emma Wedgwood

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin

HeartWedding of Interest

1917 Sculptor Auguste Rodin (76) weds Rose Beuret

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin

HeartWedding of Interest

1923 President of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (41) weds highly-educated woman Latife Hanim

President and founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
President and founder of the Republic of Turkey
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

HeartWedding of Interest

1945 Actress Gloria Swanson (45) weds William N. Davey

HeartWedding of Interest

1958 Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman (33) weds "The Three Faces of Eve" actress Joanne Woodward (27) at the El Rancho hotel-casino in Las Vegas

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • 1984 Actress Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) marries Robert Altman
  • 2005 "New York Mets" catcher Mike Piazza (36) weds former "Baywatch" actress Alicia Rickter (32) at St. Jude Catholic Church in Miami, Florida

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1951 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 1st divorce from hotel heir Conrad Hilton Jr

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1990 Actor Michael Keaton (38) divorces actress Caroline McWilliams (44) after 7 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1994 Actor Bill Murray (43) divorces Margaret Kelly after 13 years of marriage

Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Actor/Comedian
Bill Murray

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 116

  • 969 Peter, tsar of Bulgaria (927-69), dies
  • 1240 Pelagio Galvani, Cardinal-Bishop of Albano (b. va. 1165)
  • 1342 Louis I, Duke of Bourbon (b. 1279)
  • 1559 Thomas Pope, English politician, benefactor, dies at about 52
  • 1597 Elias Ammerbach, German organist (b. 1530)
  • 1608 Frederick I, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1557)
  • 1647 Francis Meres, English writer (b. 1565)
  • 1663 Robert Sanderson, Bishop of Lincoln (1660-63), dies
  • 1676 Tsar Alexis I of Russia (b. 1629)
  • 1678 Jeronimo Lobo, Portuguese Jesuit missionary (b. 1593)
  • 1696 Ivan V, co-tsar of Russia (1682-89), dies
  • 1706 Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, English poet and courtier (b. 1638)
  • 1737 George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (b. 1666)
  • 1743 Andre Hercule Fleury, French cardinal (1726-43), dies
  • 1763 Louis Racine, French poet (b. 1692)
  • 1814 Johann G Fichte, German philosopher (Wissenschaftslehre), dies at 51
  • 1820 King George III of the United Kingdom (b. 1738). Reigned 1760-1820.
  • 1824 Louise MC countess of Albany, Henegouws salon owner, dies at 71
  • 1829 Paul François Jean Nicolas Barras, French politician (b. 1755)
  • 1859 Seth Thomas, American Manufacturer and pioneer in the mass production of clocks, dies at 73
  • 1870 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1797)
  • 1871 Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé, French Canadian writer and Seigneur (b. 1786)
  • 1879 Antonia MB Antonucci, Italian cardinal/diplomat, dies at 80
  • 1888 Edward Lear, poet/author, dies at 75
  • 1899 Alfred Sisley, painter, dies
  • 1899 Robert J Fruin, Dutch historian (80-year war), dies at 75
  • 1906 Christaan IX, King of Denmark (1893-1906), dies
  • 1910 Edouard Rod, French/Swiss writer (Mishel' Tes'e), dies at 52
  • 1912 Hermann Bang, writer, dies at 54
  • 1916 Edward Hubertus Joannes Keurvils, composer, dies at 62
  • 1917 Evelyn Baring earl Cromer, English consul-general in Egypt, dies at 75
  • 1921 Billy Gunn, English cricketer (11 test matches) and footballer, dies at 62
  • 1924 Joseph Ludwig, composer, dies at 79
  • 1928 Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig/field marshal (WW I), dies at 66
  • 1933 Sara Teasdale, American poet (b. 1884)
  • 1934 Fritz Haber, German chemist (Nobel 1918), dies at 65
  • 1941 Ioannis Metaxas, Greek gen/dictator (1936-41), commits suicide at 69
  • 1942 Ladislao Joseph Philip Paul Zavrtal, composer, dies at 92
  • 1944 William Allen White, US journalist (Emporia Gazette), dies at 75
  • 1946 Harry L Hopkins, US min of Business (Loan & Lease law), dies at 55
  • 1946 Sidney James Jones, composer, dies at 84
  • 1947 Fred Barratt, cricket (5 wkts at 47 in 5 Tests for Eng 1929-30), dies
  • 1948 Tomislav II of Croatia, 4th Duke of Aosta, Italian aristocrat (b. 1900)
  • 1950 Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1885)
  • 1951 James Bridie, [Osborne Henry Mavor], dramatist, dies
  • 1951 Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer (b. 1880)
  • 1955 Hans Hedtoft, premier of Denmark (1947.. 55), dies at 51

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1956 H[enry] L[ouis] Mencken, US essayist/critic (Smart Set), dies at 75

Journalist and Critic H. L. Mencken
Journalist and Critic
H. L. Mencken
  • 1960 Louis Jean Heydt, actor (Joe-Waterfront), dies at 54
  • 1962 Fritz Kreisler, Austria/US violinist/composer, dies at 86

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1963 Robert Frost, American poet (New Hampshire, 4 Pulitzers), dies at 88

  • 1964 Alan Ladd, actor (Shane), dies at 50 in Palm Springs Calif
  • 1965 John Larkin, actor (Saints & Sinners, 12 O'Clock High), dies at 52
  • 1965 Michael Spisak, composer, dies at 50
  • 1966 Josef Winckler, German dentist/writer (Tolle Bomberg), dies at 84
  • 1966 Pierre Mercure, composer, dies at 38
  • 1967 Wlodzimierz Pozniak, composer, dies at 62
  • 1968 Laxmidas Purshottamdas Jai, cricketer (Test for India), dies
  • 1970 Basil H Liddell Hart, English military historian, dies at 74
  • 1973 Johannes Paul Thilman, composer, dies at 67
  • 1973 Ludwig Stossel, Austrian actor (Man With a Camera), dies at 89
  • 1976 Michael Gwynn, actor (Dunkirk, Barabbas, Cleopatra), dies at 59
  • 1977 E P "Buster" Nupen, cricketer (50 wickets for S Af, lost eye), dies
  • 1977 Freddie Prinze, comedian/actor (Chico & the Man), shoots himself at 22
  • 1978 Tim McCoy, actor (Arizona Bound), dies at 86
  • 1980 Antonio Molina, composer, dies at 85
  • 1980 Jimmy Durante, comedian (Palooka, Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 86
  • 1981 Cozy Cole, rocker (Topsy Part II), dies
  • 1984 Frances Goodrich, (Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 93 of lung cancer
  • 1986 Leif Erickson, actor (John-High Chaparral), dies at 74
  • 1987 Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski, composer, dies at 73
  • 1988 Bantcho Bantchevsky, US opera singer, commits suicide
  • 1988 James R Killian Jr, MIT pres (1948-59), dies at 83
  • 1988 Rogier van Otterloo, Dutch composer/conductor, dies at 46
  • 1989 Halina Konopacka, Polish athlete (b. 1900)
  • 1991 Yasushi Inoue, Japanese historian, dies
  • 1992 Willie Dixon, American blues musician ("Backdoor Man"), dies at 76
  • 1993 Hank Werba, [Herman Werblowski], US journalist (Variety), dies at 79
  • 1993 Michel Renault, French ballet dancer (Giselle), dies
  • 1994 Jevgeni P Leonov, Russian actor (Gori, Moja Zvezda), dies at 67
  • 1994 Nick Cravat [Nicholas Cuccia], American actor (Gremlin-Twilight Zone), dies of lung cancer at 81
  • 1994 Ulrike Maier, olympic skier, breaks neck during world cup skiing at 26
  • 1995 Arthur Guy Clutton-Brock, English agronomist (Rhodesia), dies at 88
  • 1995 Chris de Marigny, painter/designer, dies at 52
  • 1995 Raymond Joseph Cecil, British architect, dies at 69
  • 1995 Richard Burnell, British rower (Olympics-gold-1948), dies at 77
  • 1995 Richard Desborough Burnell, oarsman, dies at 77
  • 1996 Jack Sutherland, journalist, dies at 79
  • 1996 John Terence Reese, bridge master, dies at 82
  • 1997 Eric Schneider, murderer of 2 teachers, executed in MO at 35
  • 1997 Louis Pauwels, writer/editor, dies at 76
  • 1997 Osvaldo Soriano, writer, dies at 54
  • 1998 Joseph Alioto, mayor of San Francisco (b. 1916)
  • 1999 Lili St. Cyr, American dancer (b. 1918)
  • 2002 Dick "Night Train" Lane, American football player (b. 1928)
  • 2002 Harold Russell, Canadian-born actor (b. 1914)
  • 2003 Frank Moss, American politician (b. 1911)
  • 2004 M. M. Kaye, British writer (b. 1908)
  • 2004 Janet Frame, New Zealand writer (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Eric Griffiths, Welsh guitarist (The Quarrymen) (b. 1940)