On This Day for 16th June

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 215

  • 632 Origin of Persian [Yezdegird] Era
  • 1338 German monarch declares pope & king's decree redundant
  • 1487 Battle of Stoke, Nottinghamshire: Henry VII beats John de la Pole & Lord Lovell
  • 1567 Mary, Queen of Scots, imprisoned in Lochleven Castle prison Scotland
  • 1624 Judge directs US colony Virginia to English crown

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1673 Peace of Vossem: French King Louis XIV & Frederik Willem of Brandenburg

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • 1745 British fleet occupies Cap Breton on St Lawrence River
  • 1746 Battle at Piacenza: Austria & Sardinia beat Spanish & French army
  • 1755 British capture Fort Beauséjour, expel Acadians
  • 1774 Formation of Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
  • 1777 Battle of Bennington-New England's Green Mountain Boys rout British
  • 1779 Spain declares war on Great Britain in support of the US, and the siege of Gibraltar begins.
  • 1784 Holland forbids orange clothes
  • 1794 1st stone layed at Dutch biggest grain windmill (De Walvisch)

Victory-in-battleVictory in Battle

1815 Battle at Ligny: French army under Napoleon beats Prussia

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1815 Battle at Quatre-Bras: allies strike French
  • 1822 Denmark Vessy leads slave rebellion in South Carolina
  • 1823 King Willem I opens shipyard at Rotterdam-Antwerp
  • 1832 Battle of Kellogg's Grove, Illinois
  • 1836 London Working Men's Association forms

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1858 Abraham Lincoln says "A house divided against itself cannot stand" accepting Illinois Republican Party's nomination for the Senate

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1861 Battle of Vienna, VA & Secessionville, SC (James Island)
  • 1864 Battle of Lynchburg, VA
  • 1864 Skirmish at Golgotha, Georgia

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1864 Union General Ulysses S. Grant begin siege of Petersburg, Va

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant
  • 1871 Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of Mystic Shrine founded, NYC
  • 1871 The University Tests Act allows students to enter the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Durham without religious tests, except for courses in theology.
  • 1873 Pres Grant decrees Wallowa Valley for Nez-Perce indians
  • 1879 Gilbert & Sullivan's "HMS Pinafore" debuts at Bowery Theater NYC
  • 1880 Salvation Army forms in London
  • 1881 Austria-Hungary & Serbia sign military treaty
  • 1882 17" hailstones weighing 1.75 lbs fall in Dubuque Iowa
  • 1883 1st baseball "Ladies' Day" (NY Gothams beat Cleve Spiders 5-2)
  • 1883 The Victoria Hall theatre panic in Sunderland, England kills 183 children
  • 1884 1st roller coaster used (Coney Island NY)

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1891 John Abbott becomes Canada's third prime minister.

3rd Prime Minister of Canada John Abbott
3rd Prime Minister of Canada
John Abbott
  • 1893 RW Rueckheim invents Cracker Jack
  • 1894 8th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Hellwig beats Aline Terry (7-5, 3-6, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3)
  • 1896 Temperature hits 127°F at Fort Mojave, Calif
  • 1897 A treaty annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the United States is signed; the Republic would not be dissolved until a year later.
  • 1898 China's emperor De Zong (Guang Xu) receives Kang Youwei
  • 1899 Victor Trumper's 1st Test Cricket century 135* v England, Lord's
  • 1900 In China, a fire is set by Boxers, virtually destroying the Western Quarter and spreading to engulf many Chinese landmarks
  • 1903 1st Highlander (Yankee) shut-out victory 1-0 over White Sox

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1903 Ford Motors under Henry Ford incorporates

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • 1903 Pepsi Cola company forms
  • 1903 Roald Amundsen commences the first east-west navigation of the Northwest Passage by leaving Oslo, Norway.

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1904 Bloomsday (date of events in James Joyce's Ulysses)

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • 1904 Eugen Schauman assassinates Nikolai Bobrikov, Governor-General of Finland.

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1907 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia dissolves the Second Duma (parliament) and issues an edict that will increase representation of propertied classes while reducing that of peasants, workers and national minorities

  • 1908 The Republican Party convenes in Chicago where President Roosevelt picks William H. Taft as his successor
  • 1909 1st US airplane sold commercially, by Glenn Curtiss for $5,000

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1909 Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, this will cause him to forfeit his Olympic medals

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1911 A 772 gram stony meteorite strikes the earth near Kilbourn, Columbia County, Wisconsin damaging a barn.
  • 1913 South African Government pass the segregationist Native Land Act, which restricts purchase or lease of land by native Africans
  • 1915 The foundation of the British Women's Institute.
  • 1916 Boston Brave's Tom Hughes 2nd no-hitter beats Pitts, 2-0
  • 1916 Passing of the Military Services Bill introduces conscription in New Zealand
  • 1917 1st All Russian Congress of the Soviets convenes in Petrograd, Russia [OS Jun 3]
  • 1917 49th Belmont: James Butwell aboard Hourless wins in 2:17.8
  • 1922 Henry Berliner demonstrates his helicopter to US Bureau of Aeronautics
  • 1922 Irish republicans are beaten in a national election; the vote is in favor of the Treaty of London, which leaves the Irish Free State as a dominion within the British Commonwealth
  • 1923 Sun Yat Sen founds military academy
  • 1924 South Africa all out 30 v England in 48 minutes, Gilligan 6-7
  • 1925 The most famous Young Pioneer camp of the USSR, Artek, is established.
  • 1925 The Union Government rejects a round-table conference with India on the grounds that it will constitute interference in South African affairs
  • 1927 31st US Golf Open: Tommy Armour shoots a 301 at Oakmont CC in Pa
  • 1929 Otto E Funk, 62, ends marathon walk (NY to SF, 4165 miles in 183 days)
  • 1930 Sovnarkom establishes decree time in the USSR.
  • 1931 Austrian government of Ender falls
  • 1932 Germany forbids SA/SS-gang fights

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1932 President Hoover & VP Charles Curtis renominated by Rep Convention

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 1932 Sutcliffe & Holmes make 555 opening cricket stand for Yorks v Essex
  • 1933 National Industrial Recovery Act becomes law (later struck down)
  • 1933 US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) created

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1935 US Congress accepts FDR's "New Deal"

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1936 Dutch queen Wilhelmina opens the Waal bridge
  • 1936 Pope Pius XI receives Anton Mussert (Dutch Nazi collaborator)
  • 1937 Marx Brothers' "A Day At The Races" opens in LA
  • 1938 Boston Red Sox Jimmie Foxx is walked a record 6 consecutive times by St Louis Browns
  • 1940 Communist government installed in Lithuania
  • 1940 General De Gaulle arrives in Bordeaux
  • 1941 1st US federally owned airport opened Wash DC
  • 1943 Race riot in Beaumont Texas (2 die)
  • 1944 Iceland adopts constitution
  • 1944 King George VI visits General Montgomery's HQ in Normandy
  • 1944 US bombs Kyushu Japan
  • 1945 70th Preakness: Wayne D Wright aboard Polynesian wins in 1:58.8
  • 1945 Boo Ferriss loses to Yanks 3-2 after starting his career with 8 wins
  • 1946 "Annie Get Your Gun" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1147 performances
  • 1946 46th US Golf Open: Lloyd Mangrum shoots a 284 at Canterbury GC Cleve
  • 1947 1st network news-Dumont's "News from Washington"
  • 1947 Pravda denounces Marshall Plan
  • 1949 Gas turbine-electric locomotive demonstrated, Erie Pa

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1951 51st US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 287 at Oakland Hills CC Mich

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1951 83rd Belmont: David Gorman aboard Counterpoint wins in 2:29
  • 1952 Soviet Fighters shoot Swedish Catalina reconnaissance flight down
  • 1953 Despite Johnny Mize 2,000th hit, Yanks lose ending 18 game win streak & also ending St Louis Brown 14 game losing streak
  • 1954 Dutch military conscription shortened from 20 to 18 months
  • 1954 Ngo Dinh Diem elected president of Vietnam

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 236

  • 1139 Emperor Konoe of Japan (d. 1155)
  • 1332 Isabella de Coucy, English princess (d. 1382)
  • 1514 John Cheke, English classical scholar (d. 1557)
  • 1583 Axel Gustafson Oxenstierna, Swedish earl/chancellor/regent
  • 1591 Joseph Solomon Delmedigo, Italian physician, mathematician, and music theorist (d. 1655)
  • 1606 Arthur Chichester, 1st Earl of Donegall, Irish soldier (d. 1675)
  • 1613 John Cleveland, English poet (d. 1658)
  • 1633 Nathaniel Schnittelbach, composer
  • 1633 Jean de Thévenot, French traveler and scientist (d. 1667)
  • 1637 Giovanni Paulo Colonna, composer
  • 1644 Henrietta Anne Stuart, Princess of Scotland, England and Ireland and Duchess of Orléans (d. 1670)
  • 1713 Meshech Weare, Governor of New Hampshire (d. 1786)
  • 1738 Mary Katharine Goddard, American printer and publisher (d. 1816)
  • 1752 Meingosus Gaelle, composer
  • 1754 Salawat Yulayev, Bashkir national hero, poet (d. 1800)
  • 1792 Sir Thomas Mitchell, Australian explorer (d. 1855)
  • 1792 John Linnell, English artist (d. 1882)
  • 1801 Julius Plücker, German mathematician and physicist (d. 1868)
  • 1806 Edward Davy, English physician, chemist, and inventor (d. 1885)
  • 1813 Otto Jahn, German archaeologist (d. 1869)
  • 1820 Athanase Coquerel, French Protestant preacher (d. 1875)
  • 1821 Old Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (d. 1908)
  • 1826 Constantin von Ettingshausen, Austrian geologist and botanist (d. 1897)

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1829 Geronimo, Apache leader (d. 1909)

Apache Leader Geronimo
Apache Leader
Geronimo
  • 1834 Wesley Merritt, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1910)
  • 1837 Eli Long, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1903)
  • 1838 Cushman Davis, American politician (d. 1900)
  • 1840 Ernst Otto Schlick, German engineer (d. 1913)
  • 1843 David Popper, composer
  • 1843 Jan Malat, composer
  • 1853 Johan Gustaf Emil Sjogren, composer
  • 1858 Gustav V, king of Sweden (1907-50)
  • 1861 Scato Gocko de Vries, Dutch paleographer/librarian
  • 1863 Paul Antonin Vidal, composer

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1874 Arthur Meighen, Anderson Ontario, (C) 9th PM of Canada (1920-21, 1926)

9th Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen
9th Prime Minister of Canada
Arthur Meighen
  • 1879 Fritz Schulz, German law historian (Classical Novel Law)
  • 1879 Theo[dorus J] Thijssen, Dutch writer (Kees the boy)
  • 1888 Bobby Clark, vaudevillan (World's funniest circus clown)
  • 1888 Peter Stoner, American mathematician and astronomer (d. 1980)
  • 1890 Stan Laurel, [Arthur S Jefferson], England, comedian (Laurel & Hardy)
  • 1892 Lupino Lane, English actor (Love Parade), born in London (d. 1959)
  • 1894 Norman Kerry, actor (Phantom of the Opera), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1896 Jean Peugeot, Frans auto manufacturer (Peugeot)
  • 1896 William Fitzgerald Jenkins, author (Time Tunnel, Land of Giants)
  • 1896 Murray Leinster, American author (d. 1976)
  • 1897 Elaine Hammerstein, American actress (d. 1948)
  • 1897 Georg Wittig, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1987)
  • 1899 Nelson Doubleday, US, publisher (Doubleday)
  • 1899 Helen Traubel, American soprano, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1900 Jan van Tilburg, governor Suriname (PVDA, 1955-62)
  • 1901 Arthur Pierson, Oslo Norway, actor/director (Hat Check Girl)
  • 1901 Conrad Beck, composer
  • 1902 Barbara McClintock, US, cytogeneticist (Jumping Genes, Nobel 1983)
  • 1902 Kornelis Posthumus, Dutch chemist
  • 1903 Huldreich Georg Fruh, composer
  • 1904 Gerard Holt, Dutch architect
  • 1906 Alan Fairfax, cricketer (Australian all-rounder late 20's early 30's)
  • 1907 Jack Albertson, Malden Mass, actor (Thin Man)
  • 1907 John Hadfield, author/publisher (Love on a Branch Line)
  • 1909 Willi Boskovsky, Austria, conductor (new years concert)
  • 1909 Archie Fairley Carr, biologist (d. 1987)
  • 1910 E G Marshall, Owatonna Minn, actor (Lawrence-Defenders, Caine Mutiny)
  • 1910 Ilona Massey, Budapest Hungary, actress/singer (Ilona Massey Show)
  • 1910 Lord Richardson, president (General Medical Council)
  • 1910 Richard Maling Barrer, chemist
  • 1912 Enoch Powell, England, MP (C)/racist/Greek professor
  • 1912 John Peel, MP
  • 1914 Stewart Cathie "Billy" Griffith, cricketer (140 for England, 1948)
  • 1914 Stewart Griffith, secretary (MCC)
  • 1915 Joseph Kagan, businessman
  • 1915 Mariano Rumor, premier Italy
  • 1915 John Tukey, American statistician (d. 2000)
  • 1916 Francis Lopez, composer
  • 1916 Hank Luisetti, NBA forward (1st to use a one-handed shot)
  • 1917 Katharine Graham, newspaper publisher (Washington Post), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917 Aurelio Lampredi, Italian mechanical engineer (Ferrari; d. 1989)
  • 1917 Irving Penn, American photographer
  • 1919 Lord Aberdare, committee chairman (House of Lords)
  • 1920 John Howard Griffin, US, photographer/author (Black Like Me)
  • 1920 Raymond U. Lemieux, Canadian scientist (d. 2002)
  • 1920 José López Portillo, President of Mexico (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Lord Perry of Walton, SDP/vice chancellor (Open University England)
  • 1923 Ake Hermanson, composer
  • 1923 Henryk Czyz, composer
  • 1923 Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver (d. 1962)
  • 1924 Sayed Idries Shah, thinker
  • 1925 Faith Domergue, actress (House of 7 Corpses), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1925 Richard Jacobs, philanthropist/sports owner (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1927 Robert Matthews, master (Clare College Cambridge England)
  • 1927 Tom [Thomas] Graveney, English cricket batsman, born in Riding Mill, Northumberland (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Harold Hanham, vice chancellor (Lancaster University)
  • 1928 Sergiu Comissiona, Buch Romania, conductor (Haifa Symph 1959-64)
  • 1929 James Kirtland Randall, composer
  • 1929 Ramon Bieri, American actor (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Pauline Yates, English actress (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), born in St Helens, Merseyside
  • 1930 Brian Statham, cricketer (masterful England quick for two decades)
  • 1930 David Konstant, bishop (Leeds)
  • 1930 Vilmos Zsigmond, Hungarian/American cinematographer (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), born in Szeged, Hungary (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Courtney Alexandre Henriques Laws, community leader
  • 1931 Ivo Petric, composer

Famous Weddings

  • 1855 Salvation Army founder William Booth marries Catherine Mumford

HeartWedding of Interest

1928 NY Governor Thomas Dewey (26) weds stage actress Frances Eileen Hutt

Governor of New York Thomas Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas Dewey

HeartWedding of Interest

1943 Actor/comedian Charlie Chaplin (54) marries actress Oona O'Neill (18)

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin

HeartWedding of Interest

1956 British Poet and Poet Laureate Ted Hughes marries American writer and poet (The Bell Jar) Sylvia Plath at St George the Martyr Holborn, London.

Poet Ted Hughes
Poet
Ted Hughes
Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath

HeartWedding of Interest

1973 Talk show host Jerry Springer (29) weds Micki Velton

Talk Show Host Jerry Springer
Talk Show Host
Jerry Springer

HeartWedding of Interest

1989 Actor Hugh Laurie (30) weds theatre administrator Jo Green in Camden, London

  • 1996 Soap opera actress-singer Kassie Wesley (35) weds James De Paiva (39) in Morganfield, Kentucky
  • 2005 "American Idol" singer Bo Bice (29) weds Caroline Fisher at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Alabama
  • 2007 "Two and a Half Men" actor Jon Cryer (41) weds entertainment reporter Lisa Joyner (40) at the Chapel at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

HeartWedding of Interest

2007 Rock singer Rod Stewart (62) weds model Penny Lancaster (36) in a cloistered medieval abbey at La Cervara

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart
  • 2012 Supermodel Agyness Deyn (29) weds "Avatar" actor Giovanni Ribisi (36) in Los Angeles
  • 2012 "Superbad" actress Aviva Farber (27) weds actor Ken Baumann (22) in Malibu, California
  • 2012 "Think Like a Man" and "Jumping the Broom" actress Meagan Good (30) weds Columbia Pictures VP DeVon Franklin (33) in Malibu, California

Famous Divorces


Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

2006 Lady Victoria White (43) divorces legendary Hollywood film producer Robert Evans (76) due to irreconcilable differences only 10 months after getting married

Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 124

  • 956 Hugo, the Great, duke of France, dies
  • 1246 Lutgardis/Ludgardis, Flemish mystic/saint, dies at about 64
  • 1361 John Tauler, German mystic (Gottesfreunde) dies at about 61
  • 1397 Philip of Artois, Count of Eu, French soldier (b. 1358)
  • 1468 Jean Le Fevre, Burgundian chronicler (b. ca. 1395)
  • 1492 Jan Coppenhole, Flemish rebel leader, beheaded
  • 1575 Hadrianus Junius, [Adriaen the Jonghe], medical/historian, dies at 63
  • 1620 Carlo Saraceni, [Carlo Veniziano], Italian painter (Judith), dies
  • 1622 Alexander Seton, 1st Earl of Dunfermline, Chancellor of Scotland (b. 1555)
  • 1623 Christian, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg-Wolfenbüttel, German Protestant military leader (b. 1599)
  • 1644 Johannes a Sancto Thoma, [Poinset], Portuguese theologist, dies at 54
  • 1651 Marsilio Casentini, composer, dies at 74
  • 1671 Stenka Razin, Cossack rebel leader, tortured & executed in Moscow
  • 1707 Marie d'Orleans-Longueville, Duchess de Nemours, sovereign princess of Neuchâtel and writer (b. 1625)
  • 1722 John Churchill up Marlborough, English general strategist, dies at 72
  • 1749 Johann Baptista Ruffini, Italian trader (b. 1672)
  • 1752 Giulio Alberoni, Spanish/Italian minister/cardinal, dies at 88
  • 1752 Joseph Butler, English philosopher, dies at 60
  • 1777 Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gresset, French poet and dramatist (b. 1709)
  • 1778 Konrad Ekhof, German actor (b. 1720)
  • 1779 Sir Francis Bernard, Governor of New Jersey and Massachusetts (b. 1712)
  • 1792 Benjamin Tupper, Continental Army officer, and pioneer to the Ohio Country (b. 1738)
  • 1793 Louis A count d'Affry, general/French ambassador in Netherland, dies
  • 1804 Johann Adam Hiller, composer, dies at 75
  • 1808 Georg Wenzel Ritter, composer, dies at 60
  • 1812 Franz Pforr, German painter/cartoonist (Lukasbund), dies at 23
  • 1815 Frederik Willem, duke of Brunswick (1813-15), dies in battle
  • 1824 Charles-François Lebrun, duc de Plaisance, Third Consul of France (b. 1739)
  • 1831 Joseph Ignaz Schnabel, composer, dies at 64
  • 1837 Valentino Fioravanti, composer, dies at 72
  • 1850 William Lawson explorer of New South Wales, Australia (b. 1774)
  • 1855 John Gorrie, American physician (b. 1803)
  • 1858 John Snow, English epidemiologist (b. 1813)
  • 1866 Joseph Méry French poet (b. 1798)
  • 1869 Charles Sturt, English explorer (b. 1795)
  • 1872 Norman MacLeod, Scottish clergyman (b. 1812)
  • 1878 Crawford Long, American physician (b. 1815)
  • 1880 James Southerton, cricketer (appeared in England's 1st 2 Tests), dies
  • 1881 Marie Laveau, American Voodoo practitioner (b. 1801)
  • 1881 Sir Josiah Mason, English manufacturer (b. 1795)
  • 1885 Wilhelm Camphausen, German painter (b. 1818)
  • 1892 Victor Tesch, Belgian lawyer/min of Justice, dies at 80
  • 1901 Hermann Grimm, German writer/poet/historian, dies
  • 1902 Ernst Schröder, German mathematician (b. 1841)
  • 1905 Hermann von Wissmann, German explorer/governor of E Africa, dies at 51
  • 1910 Wendelin Weissheimer, composer, dies at 72
  • 1925 Chittaranjan Das, Indian patriot and freedom fighter (b. 1870)
  • 1925 Emmett Hardy, American musician (b. 1903)
  • 1928 Dr. Mark Keppel, County Superintendent of Los Angeles County Schools from 1902-1928 (b. 1867)
  • 1929 Bramwell Booth, the 2nd General of The Salvation Army (b. 1856)
  • 1930 Elmer Ambrose Sperry, US inventor (gyroscope compass), dies
  • 1930 Ezra Fitch, Abercrombie & Fitch founder (b. 1866)
  • 1932 Frederik W Van Oaths, psychiatrist/writer (Blades of Grass), dies
  • 1936 Leib Malach, Yiddish writer, dies
  • 1939 Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (b. 1905)
  • 1940 DuBose Heyward, US writer (Porgy, Star Spangled Virgin), dies
  • 1940 Vitezslava Kapralova, composer, dies at 25
  • 1941 Lodo of Hamel, 1st Dutch secret affiliate, dies
  • 1944 Marc Bloch, French historian (executed) (b. 1886)
  • 1945 Aris Velouchiotis, Greek guerrilla resistance leader (b. 1905)
  • 1946 Ludwig Winder, writer, dies
  • 1946 Miloje Milojevic, composer, dies at 61
  • 1947 Jean-Francois Capart, Belgian egyptologist (Memphis), dies at 86
  • 1952 Andrew Lawson, Scottish-American geologist, first to map the entire San Andreas Fault (b. 1861)
  • 1953 Margaret Bondfield, English politician and 1st British female cabinet minister (Labour), dies at 80
  • 1955 Ozias Leduc, Quebec painter (b. 1864)
  • 1958 Jose Pablo Moncayo Garcia, composer, dies at 45
  • 1958 Imre Nagy, Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1895)

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1959 George Reeves, actor (Superman, Gone with the Wind), commits suicide by shooting himself in the head at 45

  • 1961 O C Scott, cricketer (WI leg-spinner in 8 Tests), dies
  • 1961 Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (b. 1904)
  • 1963 J C Powys, writer, dies at 90
  • 1969 Harold RLG 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, Brit field marshal, dies at 78
  • 1969 John BMR "John" Hanlo, poet (Oote oote boe), dies at 57
  • 1969 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, composer, dies at 53
  • 1970 Elsa Triolet, writer, dies at 73
  • 1970 Heino Eller, composer, dies at 83
  • 1970 Brian Piccolo, American football player (b. 1943)
  • 1971 Lord Reith, British broadcast executive (b. 1889)
  • 1975 Don Robey, US gospel/impresario/producer, dies at 71
  • 1976 Francis E Meloy Jr, US ambassador to Lebanon, kidnapped & killed
  • 1976 Victor Dalby Lord, ficticious character on One Life to Live, dies

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1977 Wernher von Braun, rocket scientist (V1/V2), dies at 65 of smoking

Rocket Scientist Werner von Braun
Rocket Scientist
Werner von Braun
  • 1979 Ben Weber, US composer (Thorne Music Award 1965), dies at 62
  • 1979 Liselotte Welskopf-Heinrich, writer, dies at 77
  • 1979 Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong, Ghanaian dictator (b. 1931)
  • 1979 Nicholas Ray, American film director (b. 1911)
  • 1981 Humphrey Keervelt, director (Suriname Planning Bureau), murdered
  • 1981 John S Knight, US newspaper magnate, dies at 86
  • 1981 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist (b. 1917)
  • 1982 James Honeyman-Scott, guitarist (Pretenders), overdoses on drugs
  • 1983 James Arthur Calata, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Anglican clergyman, at 87
  • 1984 Lew Andreas, American basketball coach (b. 1895)
  • 1986 Maurice Duruflé, French composer and organist (b. 1902)
  • 1988 Miguel Piñero, Puerto Rican playwright, actor, and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. (b. 1946)
  • 1990 Eva Turner, British soprano, dies
  • 1991 Vicky Brown, US singer (Power of Love), dies
  • 1992 Joris Diels, Flemish/Dutch director/actor (It's a Cruel World), dies
  • 1993 John B Connally, gov of Texas/shot with JFK in 1963, dies at 76
  • 1993 Lindsay Hassett, cricketer (3073 runs in Tests), dies