On This Day for 17th June

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 190

  • 653 St Martin I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 656 Ali ibn Abu Talib chosen kalief of Islam
  • 676 Deusdedit III ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1091 Floris II de Vette becomes earl of Holland
  • 1119 Charles the Good becomes earl of Flanders
  • 1291 After 200 years of crusader control, Acre is the last crusader stronghold reconquered and destroyed by the Mamluks under Sultan al-Ashraf Khalil
  • 1397 Union of Kalmar established between Denmark, Sweden & Norway

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1462 vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.

Wallachian Prince Vlad the Impaler
Wallachian Prince
Vlad the Impaler
  • 1497 Battle of Deptford Bridge - forces under King Henry VII soundly defeat Cornish rebels led by Michael An Gof.
  • 1535 English Catholic Cardinal John Fischer state rights
  • 1565 Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru.
  • 1579 Anti-English uprising in Ireland

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1579 Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of California at Drakes Bay, names it "New Albion"

Vice Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Vice Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake
  • 1580 Battle at Hardenberg: Spanish troops beat rebels
  • 1583 Brabant: Duke of Parma beats French mercenaries
  • 1609 Netherlands, England & France sign 12 year Covenant
  • 1631 Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spends more than 20 years building her tomb, the Taj Mahal.
  • 1665 Battle of Viciosa (Monte Claros): English & Portuguese army beat Spain
  • 1700 Massachusetts orders priest to leave the colony
  • 1734 French troops occupy Philipsburg at Rhine
  • 1745 American colonials capture Louisburg, Cape Breton Island from French
  • 1773 Cúcuta, Colombia is founded by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar
  • 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill (actually it was Breed's Hill)

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1788 After a lengthy stay in Europe, future US President John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams return to Boston

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams
2nd First Lady of the United States Abigail Adams
2nd First Lady of the United States
Abigail Adams
  • 1789 3rd Estate in France declared itself a national assembly
  • 1815 Stephen Decatur conquerors Algerian frigate Mashouda
  • 1824 US Bureau of Indian Affairs established

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1837 Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent

  • 1839 In the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha III issues the Edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaii Catholic Church and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace is later established as a result
  • 1850 Paddle-wheeler "G P Griffith" burns off Mentor Ohio (206 die)
  • 1855 Heavy French/British bombing of Sebastopol, Crimea: 2,000+ killed
  • 1856 Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia
  • 1861 Battle of Boonville, MI-Brigadier General Lyon defeats Confederate forces
  • 1863 Battle at Middleburg, Virginia
  • 1863 Battle of Aldie, Confederates fail to drive back Union in Virginia
  • 1863 Naval Engagement at Warsaw Sound GA-USS Weehawken vs CSS Atlanta
  • 1863 Travelers Insurance Co of Hartford chartered (1st accident insurer)
  • 1864 -18] Confederate troops pull back out Solves/lost Mt, Georgia
  • 1864 640m long ponton bridge over James River Virginia finished
  • 1864 General John B Hood replaces General Johnston
  • 1864 Skirmish at Mud Creek/Noyes's (Nose) Creek, Georgia
  • 1876 1st to hit 2 HRs; & score 5 runs in 9 inn NL game (George Hall, A's)
  • 1876 Battle of Rosebud/Battle Where Girl Saved Her Brother
  • 1877 Indian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyon - the Nez Perce defeat the US Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory.
  • 1880 John Ward, Providence, pitches perfect game vs Buffalo
  • 1882 Tornado kills 130 in Iowa
  • 1885 Statue of Liberty arrived in NYC aboard French ship `Isere'
  • 1894 1st US poliomyelitis epidemic breaks out, Rutland, Vermont
  • 1895 US Ship Canal (W 225th St) in the Bronx completed; cutting Marble Hill off from Manhattan
  • 1897 William Frank Powell, NJ educator, named minister to Haiti
  • 1898 US Senate agrees to annex Hawaii
  • 1898 The United States Navy Hospital Corps is established.
  • 1901 The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT.
  • 1902 US Congress pass the New Lands Reclamation Act, which establishes a fund from sale of public lands to build irrigation dams for arid Western lands
  • 1911 Belgium government of De Broqueville forms
  • 1911 25th U.S. Women's National Championship: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Florence Sutton (8-10, 6-1, 9-7)

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1915 The League to Enforce Peace is organised at Independence Hall in Philadelphia with William Howard Taft as president; its program anticipates the League of Nations

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • 1916 1st national congress of Sarekat Islam at Bandoeng Java
  • 1916 US troops under Gen Pershing march into Mexico
  • 1919 "Barney Google" cartoon strip, by Billy De Beck, premieres
  • 1920 Dutch 2nd Chamber accept Anti-revolution law

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1928 Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)

Aviation Pioneer Amelia Earhart
Aviation Pioneer
Amelia Earhart

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1930 Bradman scores 131 in the 1st Test cricket at Trent Bridge

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1930 Chuck Klein sets Phillies hitting streak at 26 straight games
  • 1932 Oil tanker Cymbeline explodes in Montreal, Canada
  • 1932 Bonus Army: around a thousand World War I veterans amass at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considers a bill that would give them certain benefits.
  • 1933 Kansas City Massacre: 1 FBI agent, 4 cops & 1 gangster killed by mob
  • 1937 Marx Brothers' "A Day At The Races" opens in NY
  • 1938 Japan declares war on China
  • 1939 Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the prison Saint-Pierre.

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1939 44th Men's French Championships: Don McNeill beats Bobby Riggs (7-5, 6-0, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • 1939 44th Women's French Championships: Simonne Mathieu beats Jadwiga Jedrzejowska (6-3, 8-6)
  • 1940 France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
  • 1940 General De Gaulle departs Bordeaux for London
  • 1940 Germany occupiers ration bread in Holland
  • 1940 USSR occupies Estonia
  • 1940 World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
  • 1943 Player-manager Joe Cronin of Red Sox hits two 3-run pinch home runs
  • 1944 -19] French troops under Lattre de Tssigny conquer Elba

Conference-meetingMeeting of Interest

1944 Hitler secretly meets with von Rundstedt in Marjival Soissons

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1944 Iceland declares independence from Denmark
  • 1944 Republic of Iceland proclaimed at Thingvallir, Iceland
  • 1944 Resistance fighter/poet Col Blake arrives in London
  • 1945 Day of Unity in West Germany (National Day)
  • 1946 SW Bell inaugurates mobile telephone commercial service, St Louis
  • 1947 1st round-the-world civil air service leaves NYC
  • 1947 Earnest Reuter becomes mayor of Berlin
  • 1947 Pan Am Airways chartered as 1st worldwide passenger airline
  • 1948 Joe Cronin pinch hit HRs in both ends of a doubleheader
  • 1950 1st kidney transplant (Chicago)
  • 1950 Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia & Syria sign security pact
  • 1951 "Flahooley" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • 1952 2 mine cave-ins at Charleroi, Belgium
  • 1953 Most runs scored in 1 inning (17 by Red Sox)
  • 1953 Riots in East Germany for reunification

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1953 US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas stays executions of spies Julius & Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for next day their 14th anniversary

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg
  • 1954 CIA exile army lands in Guatemala (JF Dulles & United Fruit Co)

Sport-defeatBoxing Title Fight

1954 Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • 1954 Televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings ends
  • 1956 Golda Meir begins her term as Israel's foreign minister

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 236

  • 1239 Edward I, King of England (1272-1307) subdued Wales, expelled Jews from England
  • 1603 Joseph of Cupertino, Italian saint (d. 1663)
  • 1604 Johan Maurits, count of Nassau-Siegen (Maurits House)
  • 1682 Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718)
  • 1691 Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Italian painter and architect (d. 1765)
  • 1693 Johann Georg Walch, German theologian (d. 1775)
  • 1704 John Kay, English inventor (d. 1780)
  • 1714 Cesar F Cassini, de Thury, French astronomer (geodesic labor)
  • 1718 George Howard, British field marshal (d. 1796)
  • 1725 Joseph Anton Bauer, composer
  • 1742 William Hooper, US attorney (signed Decl of Independence)
  • 1750 Michel Woldemar, composer
  • 1756 Pierre-Joseph Cambon, French member of Committee of Salut Public
  • 1808 Everhardus J Potgieter, Dutch writer/publisher (The Guide)
  • 1808 Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian author (d. 1845)
  • 1810 F Freiligrath, writer
  • 1811 Jón Sigurðsson, Icelandic independence fighter and Icelandic historian (d. 1879)
  • 1817 Thomas Maley Harris, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1906)
  • 1818 Charles Francois Gounod, Paris France, opera composer (Faust)
  • 1818 Sophia Frederika Mathilde, queen of Netherlands/wife of William III
  • 1823 John Henry Hobart Ward, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1903)
  • 1828 Jan K J de Jonge, Dutch historian
  • 1830 Rochard Montgomery Gano, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1913)
  • 1832 William Crookes, English chemist/physicist (Crookes-pipe, thallium)
  • 1837 Vincent Strong, civil war fighter, (d. 1863)
  • 1838 Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya/Chatterjee, Bengali writer and poet (Vande Mataram)
  • 1839 Fr. Arthur Tooth SSC, Anglican Clergyman prosecuted for ritualist activities (d. 1931)
  • 1845 Hendrik P Staal, Dutch banker
  • 1855 Fritz Steinbach, composer
  • 1858 Eben Sumner Draper, (Gov-MA)
  • 1861 Sidney James Jones, composer
  • 1861 Pete Browning, American baseball player (d. 1905)
  • 1861 Omar Bundy, U.S. army general and soldier (d. 1940)
  • 1863 Duke Charles Michael of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1934)
  • 1867 John Robert Gregg, Ireland, inventor (shorthand)
  • 1867 Henry Lawson, Australian poet (d. 1922)
  • 1870 George Cormack, cereal inventor (Wheaties)

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1871 James Weldon Johnson, civil rights activist, diplomat, poet (leader of NAACP) born Jacksonville Florida (d. 1938)

Writer and Civil Rights Activist James Weldon Johnson
Writer and Civil Rights Activist
James Weldon Johnson
  • 1871 Nicolae Iorga, writer/poet/literature historian/pres of Romania
  • 1874 Grant Mitchell, Columbus OH, actor (Man Who Came to Dinner)
  • 1875 Philipp A Kohnstamm, philosopher/theorist (Mensch & World)
  • 1878 Albert Thomas, French socialist politician (Minister of Armament WW1), born in Champigny-sur-Marne (d. 1932)
  • 1880 Carl Van Fight, US author/critic (Red, Nigger Heaven)
  • 1880 Russell Simpson, actor (Abraham Lincoln)
  • 1880 Carl Van Vechten, American writer and photographer (d. 1964)

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1881 Tommy Burns, Hanover Ontario, Canadian boxer

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns

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1882 Igor Stravinsky, Oranienbaum, Russia, composer (Rite of Spring) [OS 05/06]

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Igor Stravinsky
  • 1882 Adolf Friedrich VI, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1918)
  • 1883 Alexandre Cellier, composer
  • 1884 Christina C Bakker-van Bosse, feminist/pacifist
  • 1888 Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, composer
  • 1888 Heinz Guderian, German General (d. 1954)
  • 1895 Slavko Osterc, composer
  • 1898 Maurits C Escher, Dutch graphic artist
  • 1898 Carl Hermann, German physicist (d. 1961)
  • 1900 Hermann Reuter, composer
  • 1900 Martin Bormann, propoganda minister (Hitler)
  • 1902 Sammy Fain, American popular music composer (d. 1989)
  • 1902 Alec Hurwood, Australian cricketer (d. 1982)
  • 1903 Michail Swetlow, writer
  • 1903 Ruth Wakefield, inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Coenraad van Emde Boas, Dutch sexologist
  • 1904 Ralph Bellamy, actor (Air Mail, Dive Bomber, Trading Places), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1906 Thomas G Cowling, British mathematician/astronomer
  • 1907 Maurice Cloche, French film director and screenwriter (d. 1990)
  • 1907 Charles Eames, American designer and architect (d. 1978)
  • 1908 Frank Sully, St Louis MO, actor (Along Came Jones, Phantom Thief)
  • 1908 Jacob "Jimmy" Herman Huizinga, journalist/Writer
  • 1908 John Verrall, composer
  • 1909 Elmer Lee Andersen, Governor of Minnesota (d. 2004)
  • 1909 Ralph E. Winters, Canadian film editor (d. 2004)
  • 1910 Herbert Owen Reed, composer
  • 1910 Red Foley, Blue Lick Ky, country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington)
  • 1910 Red Foley, American musician (d. 1968)
  • 1911 Viktor P Nekrasov, Ukrainian author (Vokopach Stalingrada)
  • 1912 Wessel Couzijn, sculptor/cartoonist (Auschwitz-monument)
  • 1913 Felix Hartlaub, writer
  • 1914 John R Hersey, author (Hiroshima, Bell for Adano, Wall)
  • 1915 Stringbean, [David Akeman], Ky, banjoist/comedian (Hee Haw)
  • 1915 Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Einar Englund, composer
  • 1916 Victor Dalby Lord, ficticious character on One Life to Live
  • 1917 Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Maldwyn Thomas, president (Welsh Liberal Party)
  • 1918 Ajahn Chah, Buddhist meditation master (d. 1992)
  • 1919 Antonius C "Ton" Lutz, Dutch actor/director (Lucifer)
  • 1919 Galina Ivanova Ustvol'skaya, composer
  • 1919 Kingman Brewster, college president (Yale)
  • 1919 Max Dendermonde, [Henk Hazelhoff], Dutch literary
  • 1920 Beryl Reid, actress (Joseph Andrews, Psychomania, Yellowbeard)
  • 1920 Francois Jacob, France, biologist/bacteriologist (Nobel 1965), (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Patrick Duffy, MP
  • 1920 Jacob H. Gilbert, American politician (d. 1981)
  • 1920 Setsuko Hara, Japanese Actress (Tokyo Story), born in Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Herbert Kelsey Jones, composer
  • 1922 Jerry Fielding, Pitts Pa, composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes)
  • 1923 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, AAFC, NFL halfback, end (LA Rams)
  • 1924 Gotthold Gloger, writer
  • 1924 Henk J Hoekstra, president (Dutch Communist Party)
  • 1925 Keith Larsen, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Hunter, Brave Eagle)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1835 Soldier and politician Jefferson Davis (27) weds Sarah Knox Taylor (21) in Louisville, Kentucky

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis

HeartWedding of Interest

1853 Prime Minister of Canada Alexander Mackenzie (31) weds second wife Jane Sym

2nd Prime Minister of Canada Alexander Mackenzie
2nd Prime Minister of Canada
Alexander Mackenzie

HeartWedding of Interest

1872 Jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr (31) weds childhood friend Fanny Bowditch Dixwell

HeartWedding of Interest

1923 Chemist Linus Pauling (22) weds Ava Helen Miller

Chemist & Peace Activist Linus Pauling
Chemist & Peace Activist
Linus Pauling

HeartWedding of Interest

1924 Golfer Bobby Jones (22) weds high school sweetheart Mary Rice Malone (22) in Atlanta, Georgia

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • 1933 Vernon Presley marries Gladys Love Smith

HeartWedding of Interest

1950 US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy (24) weds Ethel Kennedy (25) at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Greenwich, Connecticut

US Attorney General Robert Francis Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert Francis Kennedy
Bobby Kennedy's Wife Ethel Kennedy
Bobby Kennedy's Wife
Ethel Kennedy

HeartWedding of Interest

1962 Actor Jack Nicholson (25) weds Sandra Knight (22) in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

1977 Senator Joe Biden of Delaware (34) weds Jill Jacobs (26) at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York City

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden

HeartWedding of Interest

1983 Singer and actor Glenn Frey (34) weds Janie Beggs

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey
  • 1997 Pop rock band singer Kevin Jonas (24) weds Danielle Deleasa (25) at Oheka Castle

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 Actress and philanthropist Grace Hightower (57) weds actor Robert De Niro (68) at their Marbletown home

  • 2000 Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson (28) weds Kristin Willits (29) at Lee County's Cathedral Domain in Kentucky

HeartWedding of Interest

2006 Producer Dick Wolf (59) weds fashion publicist Noelle Lippman

Crime Drama Producer Dick Wolf
Crime Drama Producer
Dick Wolf
  • 2006 Model Bianca Balti (22) weds Italian photographer assistant Christian Lucidi

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 Ice hockey player star Martin Brodeur (36) weds Genevieve Nault at the Bavaro Princess Resort in the Dominican Republic

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • 2012 "Revenge" actress Ashley Madekwe (30) weds "Secret Diary Of A Call Girl" actor Iddo Goldberg (36) in London, England

Famous Divorces

  • 1988 Bruce Springsteen separates from Juliette Phillips

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 105

  • 656 Osman ibn Affan, 3rd kalief of Islam (644-56) murdered
  • 676 Adeodatus/Deusdedit II, Italian Pope (672-76), dies
  • 855 Leo IV, Italian Pope (847-55), dies
  • 1091 Dirk V, count of Holland (1061-91), dies
  • 1119 Boudouin VII with the Axe, earl of Flanders (1111-19), dies
  • 1463 Princess Catherine of Portugal, writer (b. 1436)
  • 1501 Jan I Olbracht, King of Poland, dies
  • 1565 Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Japanese shogun (b. 1536)
  • 1672 Orazio Benevoli, Italian composer, dies at 67
  • 1678 Giacomo Torelli, Italian stage designer, engineer and architect dies at 69
  • 1694 Philip Cardinal Howard, English Catholic Cardinal (b. 1629)
  • 1696 John [Jan] III Sobieski, King of Poland (1674-96), Victor at Battle Vienna over Turks (1683) dies at 66
  • 1719 Joseph Addison, English poet/writer/secretary of state, dies at 47
  • 1734 Duke of Berwick, French general strategist, dies in battle
  • 1734 Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars, Marshal of France (b. 1653)
  • 1740 Sir William Wyndham, English politician (b. 1687)
  • 1762 Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French writer (b. 1674)
  • 1775 Major John Pitcairn, British marine (killed in battle) (b. 1722)
  • 1797 Aga Mohammed Khan, cruel ruler of Persia, castrated & killed
  • 1813 Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham, English sailor and politician (b. 1726)
  • 1815 Hammida, Algerian admiral, dies in battle
  • 1821 Martín Miguel de Güemes Argentine military leader (b. 1785)
  • 1858 Rani Lakshmibai, queen of Jhansi in North India, one of the leading figures of the Indian rebellion of 1857 (b. 1828)
  • 1862 Charles J Canning, English 1st viceroy of British-Indies, dies at 49
  • 1863 Isham W Garrott, US attorney/Confederate brig-general, dies in battle
  • 1876 Harriet Scott, American ex-slave, who with husband Dred Scott unsuccessfully sued for their freedom
  • 1885 Gen Edwin H K Freiherr von Manteuffel, mayor (Elzas-Lothar'n), dies
  • 1898 Edward Burne-Jones, English artist (b. 1833)
  • 1906 Harry N Pillsbury, US chess player, dies
  • 1906 William Dale, international legal consultant, dies
  • 1910 Lady Mosley, biographer, dies
  • 1918 Derek Barber, CEO (Countryside Commission), dies
  • 1928 Ramon de Basterra, Spanish writer/diplomat (Virulo, mocedades), dies
  • 1936 Kenneth Loach, TV director (Singing the Blues in Red), dies
  • 1938 H V "Ranji" Hordern, cricketer (7 Tests for Australia 1910-12, dies
  • 1938 Peter Michael, CEO (Cray Electronics), dies
  • 1939 Eugene Weldman, last guillotined in France
  • 1939 Allen Sothoron, American baseball player (b. 1893)
  • 1941 Johan Wagenaar, Dutch composer (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 78
  • 1942 Charles Fitzpatrick, Canadian politician (b. 1853)

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1947 Maxwell Perkins, American editor and publisher for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, dies at 62

  • 1950 Syed Wazir Ali, cricketer (7 Tests for India), dies
  • 1951 Carl Vogler, composer, dies at 77
  • 1952 Alberto Williams, Argentine composer (Etrerno Reposo), dies at 89
  • 1952 Jack Parsons, American rocket-fuel pioneer and renegade occultist (b. 1914)
  • 1953 Walter Niemann, composer, dies at 76
  • 1956 Paul Rostock, German doctor (b. 1892)
  • 1956 Bob Sweikert, American racing driver (b. 1926)
  • 1957 D Richardson, writer, dies at 84
  • 1959 Abdul Mouse, Indonesian nationalist foreman/author, dies at about 68
  • 1960 Pierre Reverdy, French author/poet (North-South), dies at 70
  • 1961 Jeff Chandler, [Ira Grossel], actor (Away all boats), dies at 40
  • 1963 Alain F B Alanbrooke, 1st viscount of Brookeborough, dies at 79
  • 1963 John Whiting, British dramatist/actor (Devils), dies
  • 1965 Arnold Meijer, leader (Fascist Nationally Front), dies
  • 1968 José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1901)
  • 1970 Matthew Henderson, cricketer (one Test for NZ 1930), dies
  • 1971 C Christopher Morris, cricketer (brilliant batsman for Phila), dies
  • 1973 Luis Van Rooten, actor (One Man's Family), dies at 66
  • 1974 Pamela Britton, actress (Blondie, My Favorite Martian), dies at 50
  • 1974 Yadavendra Singh, cricketer (Yuvraj of Patiala, Test for India), dies
  • 1978 Cully Richards, actor (Don't Call Me Charlie), dies at 68
  • 1979 Lou Frizzel, actor (Dusty Rhoades-Bonanza), dies at 58
  • 1981 Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
  • 1981 Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (b. 1889)
  • 1981 Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, dies at 65
  • 1983 Eelco N van Kleffens, Dutch min of Foreign affairs 1939-46, dies at 88
  • 1983 Peter Mennin(i), US composer (Moby Dick), dies at 60
  • 1984 Chet Allen, actor (Jerry-Bonino, Slats-Troubleshooter), dies at 51
  • 1984 Swale, Kentucky Derby winner, collapses & dies
  • 1985 Piet De Somer, Belgian rector of University of Louvain, dies at 67
  • 1986 Jef Keuleers, Belgian worker's union leader, dies at 75
  • 1986 Kate Smith, singer (God Bless America), dies in Raleigh NC at 78
  • 1987 Dick Howser, mgr (NY Yankees & KC Royal), dies of brain cancer at 51
  • 1989 John Matusek, NFLer (Oak Raider)/actor, dies of a heart attack at 38
  • 1989 Stanley David Griggs, astronaut (STS 51-D), dies plane crash at 59
  • 1990 Dick Elffers, graphic artist, dies
  • 1990 Palmira Henry, fashion designer, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 44
  • 1992 Dewey Balfa, bayou fiddler, dies at 65
  • 1992 Frederick Exley, novelist (Fan's Note), dies at 63
  • 1993 Angus Suttie, English potter, dies of AIDS at 46
  • 1993 French of Nouhuys, civil servant in Indonesia, dies at 88
  • 1994 Joeri Nagibin, Russian screenwriter (Babje Karstvo), dies at 74
  • 1995 Claire Sterling, journalist, dies at 75
  • 1996 Thomas Kuhn, American philosopher of science (b. 1922)
  • 2000 Ismail Mahomed, South African and Namibian Chief Justice (d. 1931)
  • 2001 Donald J. Cram, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • 2002 Willie Davenport, American athlete (b. 1943)
  • 2002 Fritz Walter, German footballer (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Sam Loeb, comic book writer (b. 1988)
  • 2005 Karl Mueller, American bassist (Soul Asylum) (b. 1962)
  • 2006 Cláudio Besserman Vianna, aka "Bussunda", Brazilian comedian (b. 1962)
  • 2006 Arthur Franz, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Gianfranco Ferrè, Italian fashion designer (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Serena Wilson, American belly dancer (b. 1933)
  • 2008 Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • 2008 Cyd Charisse, American dancer and actress (b. 1922)
  • 2009 Darrell Powers, American World War II veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division. (b. 1923)
  • 2009 Ralf Dahrendorf, German-born sociologist and politician (b. 1929)