On This Day for 1st May

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 330


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305 Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman Emperor.

Roman Emperor Diocletian
Roman Emperor
Diocletian
  • 1006 Supernova observed by Chinese & Egyptians in constellation Lupus
  • 1048 Bishop Bernold flees St Pieterskerk for Utrecht Neth
  • 1328 Wars of Scottish Independence end: Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton - the Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.
  • 1394 Ekiho exorcised the Zen temple & its surroundings of an old badger
  • 1523 Danish king Christian III arrives in Veere
  • 1544 Turkish troops occupy Hungary
  • 1551 Council of Trente resumes
  • 1598 Jacob van Neck's merchant fleet departs for Java
  • 1625 Portuguese & Spanish expedition recaptures Salvador (Bahia)
  • 1625 Prince Frederik Henry appointed viceroy of Holland
  • 1682 Louis XIV & his court inaugurate Paris Observatory
  • 1703 Battle at Rultusk: Swedish army beats Russians
  • 1704 Boston Newsletter publishes 1st newspaper advertisement
  • 1707 England, Wales & Scotland form United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • 1711 Archduke Karel of Austria/Hungarian rebellion sign Peace of Szatmar
  • 1715 Prussia declares war on Sweden
  • 1725 Spain & Austria sign trade treaty
  • 1751 1st American cricket match is played

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1753 Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.

Taxonomist, botanist, physician, and zoologist Carolus Linnaeus
Taxonomist, botanist, physician, and zoologist
Carolus Linnaeus
  • 1756 France & Austria sign alliance
  • 1757 Austria & France divide Prussia
  • 1759 British fleet occupies Guadeloupe, West Indies, capturing it from France
  • 1776 Adam Weishaupt founds secret society of Illuminati
  • 1777 RB Sheridan's "School for Scandal" premieres in London
  • 1778 American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
  • 1781 Emperor Jozef II decrees protection of population

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1785 Kamehameha, the king of Hawaiʻi defeats Kalanikupule and establishes the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi

King of Hawaii Kamehameha I
King of Hawaii
Kamehameha I

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1786 Mozart's opera "Marriage of Figaro" premieres in Wien (Vienna)

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1822 John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston
  • 1834 Belgian parliament accepts railway laws
  • 1840 "Penny Blacks", first adhesive postage stamps issued, UK
  • 1841 1st emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California

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1844 Whig convention nominates Henry Clay as presidential candidate

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • 1846 Ida Pfeiffer (48) begins trip around world
  • 1848 The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
  • 1850 John Geary becomes 1st mayor of San Francisco
  • 1851 Great Exhibition opens in the Crystal Palace, London
  • 1852 The Philippine peso is introduced into circulation.
  • 1853 Argentina adopts its constitution
  • 1854 Amsterdam begins transferring drinking water out of the dunes
  • 1857 William Walker, conqueror of Nicaragua, surrenders to US Navy
  • 1861 Lee orders Confederate troops under T J Jackson to Harper's Ferry
  • 1862 Major General Benjamin Butler's Union forces occupy New Orleans in US Civil War
  • 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville, VA (29,000 injured or died)
  • 1863 Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi
  • 1863 Confederate "National Flag" replaces "Stars & Bars"
  • 1863 Confederate congress passed resolution to kill black soldiers
  • 1864 -8] Battle at Alexandria, Louisiana (Red River Campaign)
  • 1864 Atlanta campaign, GA begins
  • 1864 Wilderness campaign
  • 1866 American Equal Rights Association forms
  • 1867 Howard University chartered
  • 1867 Reconstruction of South begins, black voter registration
  • 1869 Folies Bergère opens in Paris
  • 1873 1st US postal card issued
  • 1873 Emperor Franz Jozef opens 5th World's Exposition in Vienna
  • 1875 238 members of "Whiskey Ring" accused of anti-US activities
  • 1875 Alexandra Palace, London, reopens after being burnt down in 1873
  • 1883 "Buffalo Bill" Cody put on his 1st Wild West Show
  • 1883 Amsterdam World's Fair opens
  • 1883 Baseball returns to Phila, 1st NL game since 1876
  • 1883 NY Athletic Club hires Bob Rogers as 1st American pro sports trainer
  • 1884 Construction begins on Chicago 1st skyscraper (10 stories)
  • 1884 Moses Walker became 1st African American player in major league baseball in US
  • 1884 Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.
  • 1885 Maria "Goeie Mie" Swanenburg sentence to life for killing 27 in Netherlands
  • 1886 US general strike for 8-hour working day begins
  • 1889 2nd International Congress calls for 1st International Workers Day 1st May 1890 to mark protests in Chicago in 1886
  • 1889 Bayer introduces aspirin in powder form (Germany)

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1891 Cy Young pitches 1st game played in Cleveland's League Park Cleveland Spiders 12, Cincinnati Redlegs 3

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1892 US Quarantine Station opens on Angel Island, SF Bay
  • 1893 World Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago

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1896 Seven days after parliament was dissolved, Charles Tupper is sworn in as the 6th Prime Minister of Canada

6th Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper
6th Prime Minister of Canada
Charles Tupper
  • 1898 George Dewey commands "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" as US route Spanish fleet at Manila
  • 1900 Premature blast collapses mine tunnel killing 200 at Scofield, Utah
  • 1900 Roermond soccer team forms in Netherlands
  • 1901 Detroit Tigers commit 12 errors against Chicago White Sox
  • 1901 Herb McFarland hit 1st grand slam in American League
  • 1901 Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo
  • 1903 King Edward VII of Great Britain visits Paris, where he is feted in a first step toward improving Anglo-French relations, culminating in the sighing of the Entente Cordiale on 8 April, 1904
  • 1906 Phillies' John Lush no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 6-0
  • 1907 Belgium government of De Trooz forms
  • 1907 Indian Mine Laws passes (concessions from Neth-Indies)
  • 1908 World's most intense shower (2.47" in 3 minutes) at Portobelo, Panama
  • 1909 Netherlands begins unity with Belgium
  • 1912 Amsterdam-North soccer team DWV forms
  • 1912 Beverly Hills Hotel opens
  • 1913 Longacre Theater opens at 220 W 48th St NYC
  • 1914 China's 1st president Yuan Shikai wins dictatorial qualification
  • 1915 British liner Lusitania leaves NY for Liverpool
  • 1915 German submarine torpedoes US tanker Gulflight
  • 1919 Mount Kelud (Indonesia) erupts, boiling crater lake which broke through crater wall killing 5,000 people in 104 small villages

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1920 Babe Ruth's 1st Yankee HR & 50th of career, out of Polo Grounds

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1920 Belgium-Luxembourg toll tunnel opens
  • 1920 Longest major league baseball game by inninngs - Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings
  • 1921 Drusian sultan Pasja al-Atrasj elected governor of Suwayda
  • 1922 Charlie Robertson of Chicago pitches a perfect no-hit, no-run game

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1923 Hitler and Ernst Rohm attempt to break up socialist May Day demonstrates, inviting Nazis from as far away as Nuremberg to take part in the violence

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1924 Admiral Paul Koundouriotis becomes president of Greece

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 242

  • 1218 John I, Count of Hainaut (d. 1257)
  • 1218 Rudolph I of Germany, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1291)
  • 1238 Magnus VI Lagabuter, King of Norway (1263-80)
  • 1285 Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel, English politician (d. 1326)
  • 1545 Franciscus Junius, [Francois du Jon], French/Neth calvinist theologist
  • 1567 Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt, Dutch royal painter
  • 1577 Francois van Kinschot, Dutch treasurer
  • 1582 Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer
  • 1592 Johann A Schall von Bell, German missionaries/astronomer
  • 1594 John Haynes, Massachusetts colonial magistrate
  • 1672 Joseph Addison, England, essayist (Spectator)
  • 1692 -31? James Stirling, Scottish mathematician (d. 1770) born during this month
  • 1735 John H van Kinsbergen, Dutch lt-admiral/founder of Dutch Marines Corp

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1738 Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii (1782-1819) (d. 1819)

King of Hawaii Kamehameha I
King of Hawaii
Kamehameha I
  • 1759 Jacob Albright, [Albrecht], German/US predictor
  • 1764 Benjamin Henry Latrobe, engineer/architect (built Capitol)
  • 1764 Gottfried Rieger, composer

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1769 Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington and British Prime Minister (Tory) (1828-30)

1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley
1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister
Arthur Wellesley
  • 1771 George Guest, composer
  • 1775 Jacob-Joseph-Balthasar Martinn, composer
  • 1800 Ret Thomas Aloysius Dornin, Comm (Union Navy), (d. 1874)
  • 1804 Aleksey Khomyakov, Russian poet (d. 1860)
  • 1807 John Bankhead "Prince John" Magruder, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1818 Jose Amador de los Rios, Spanish historian/poet
  • 1819 William Steele, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1885)
  • 1825 George Inness, US landscape painter (Delaware Water Gap)
  • 1829 Jose M de Alencar, Brazilian writer/minister of Justice
  • 1830 Mother (Mary Harris) Jones, US reformer and labor organizer
  • 1831 Emily Stowe, Canadian physician and suffragist (d. 1903)
  • 1835 Alfred Napoleon Alexander "Natti" Duffie, Brig Gen (Union volunteers)
  • 1839 Chardonnet, inventor (rayon)
  • 1850 Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada (d. 1942)
  • 1851 Laza Lazarević, Serbian writer and psychiatrist (d. 1891)
  • 1852 Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1934)

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1852 Calamity Jane [Martha Jane Canary], Princeton Missouri, American frontierswoman (Wild Bill Hickok)

Frontierswoman Calamity Jane
Frontierswoman
Calamity Jane
  • 1855 Cecilia Beaux, American portrait painter , born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1858 Anthony Johnson Showalter, composer
  • 1859 Bohuslav Jeremias, composer
  • 1859 Willem J Leyds, Dutch/South Africa lawyer/politician/diplomat
  • 1872 Sidónio Pais, Portuguese military and politician (d. 1918)
  • 1874 Romaine Brooks (born Beatrice Romaine Goddard), Rome Italy, American painter
  • 1880 Conrad Weiss, German writer/poet (Tantum dic verbo)
  • 1881 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, France, philosopher/paleontologist
  • 1884 Felipe Boero, composer
  • 1884 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and racing driver (d. 1964)
  • 1887 Alan Gordon Cunningham, Irish/Brit gen/director of Palestine (1945-48)
  • 1892 Howard Barlow, Plain City Ohio, conductor (Voice of Firestone)
  • 1895 Leo Sowerby, Grand Rapids Michigan, composer (Pulitzer 1946)
  • 1896 Herbert Backe, German Nazi politician (d. 1947)
  • 1896 Mark Wayne Clark, American general (d. 1984)
  • 1896 J. Lawton Collins, American general (d. 1987)
  • 1898 Eugene R Black, US, Pres of World Bank (1953-62)
  • 1900 Ignazio Silone, Italy, novelist/politician (Bread & Wine)
  • 1901 Heinz Eric Roemheld, American film composer (d. 1985)
  • 1901 Antal Szerb, Hungarian author and historian (d. 1945)
  • 1905 Leila Hyams, actress (Big House, Ruggles of Red Gap), born in NYC, New York
  • 1905 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet PM (1980-85)
  • 1905 Paul Desruisseaux, French Canadian lawyer, businessman and politician (d. 1982)
  • 1906 Horst Schumann, Nazi physician (d. 1983)
  • 1907 Jan Pauw, CEO (Aruban Theater Group)
  • 1907 Oliver Hill, civil rights attorney (d. 2007)
  • 1907 Kate Smith, American singer (d. 1986)
  • 1908 Giovanni Guareschi, Italian writer (Don Camillo, Peppone)
  • 1909 Ethel Jane Cain, original UK Speaking Clock voice
  • 1909 George Melachrino, composer
  • 1909 Janis Ritsos, writer
  • 1909 Yannis Ritsos, Greek poet
  • 1910 Cliff Battles, Akron Oh, NFL hall of famer (Braves, Redskins)
  • 1912 Anna Pollak, mezzo-soprano
  • 1912 Felipe Padilla de Leon, composer
  • 1912 Otto Kretschmer, German U-Boat commander (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Walter Susskind, Praha (Prague) Czechoslovakia, conductor
  • 1913 Louis Nye, American comedian and actor (d. 2005)
  • 1915 Archie Williams, American athlete (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Glenn Ford, Quebec Canada, actor (Cade's County, Big Heat, Midway)
  • 1916 Jane Jacobs, Scranton, Pa, urbanologist
  • 1917 Danielle Darrieux, France, actress (Alexander the Great, Mayerling)
  • 1917 John Beradino, actor (Steve Hardy-General Hospital), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1917 Louis G "Lo" van Hensbergen, actor/author (Amsterdam Affair)
  • 1917 Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, born in Khislavichi, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1918 Jack Paar, Canton Ohio, American television host of the Jack Paar Show (d. 2004)
  • 1918 Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (d. 1977)
  • 1919 Alwyn Farquharson, Scottish clan-captain/large landowner
  • 1919 Dan O'Herlihy, Ireland, actor (Fail Safe, Last Starfighter, Robocop)
  • 1921 12th Lord Middleton, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1921 Paul Daels, president (Flemish Iron Pilgrimage committee)
  • 1923 Joseph Heller, American novelist (Catch-22, 1963 Arts & Letters Award), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1924 Earl George, composer
  • 1924 Enrico Josif, composer
  • 1924 Patricia Roberts Harris, 1st US African American woman cabinet member
  • 1924 Terry Southern, writer
  • 1925 Chuck Bednarik, Penn, NFL hall of fame center/linebacker (Phila)
  • 1925 Malcolm Scott Carpenter, Boulder Colo, astronaut (Mercury 7-Aurora 7)
  • 1925 Scott Carpenter, Boulder, CO, pilot and astronaut (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Peter Lax, Hungarian Mathematician
  • 1927 Greta Andersen, Denmark, 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1927 Israr Ali, cricket pace bowler (Pakistani in 4 Tests 1952-59)
  • 1927 Lord Bathurst, English earl/large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1927 Roland Verhavert, Flemish screen writer (Sea Gulls Die in the Harbor)
  • 1927 William Mitchell Byers, musician

Famous Weddings

  • 1576 Stefan Batory, the reigning Prince of Transylvania, marries Anna Jagiellon and they become the co-rulers of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

HeartWedding of Interest

1840 Women's rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (24) weds fellow abolitionist Henry Brewster Stanton (34)

Women's Rights Activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Women's Rights Activist
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

HeartWedding of Interest

1850 Soldier William Tecumseh Sherman (30) weds Eleanor Boyle Ewing in Washington, D.C.

HeartWedding of Interest

1881 Physiologist Ivan Pavlov (32) weds Seraphima Karchevskaya

Physiologist Ivan Pavlov
Physiologist
Ivan Pavlov
  • 1884 "Poems of Passion" author Ella Wheeler Wilcox (33) weds Robert M. Wilcox in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

HeartWedding of Interest

1917 Country singer Jimmie Rodgers (19) weds Stella Kelley

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers
  • 1929 American poet e.e (Edward Estlin) Cummings marries 2nd wife Anne Minnerly Barton

HeartWedding of Interest

1954 Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos (36) weds Imelda Romualdez (24) in a Catholic church

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos
10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos

HeartWedding of Interest

1967 King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley (32) weds actress Priscilla Beaulieu (21) at Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

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

HeartWedding of Interest

1980 Zaire President Mobutu Sese Seko (49) weds Bobi Ladawa

President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko
President of Zaire
Mobutu Sese Seko

HeartWedding of Interest

1982 Actress Kate Jackson (33) weds business executive David Greenwald in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Kate Jackson
Actress
Kate Jackson
  • 1991 Actor Robert Duvall weds Sharon Brophy
  • 1996 Actress and talk show host Kelly Ripa (26) weds film actor Mark Consuelos (25) in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1998 "Reality Bites" actor Ethan Hawke (27) weds "Pulp Fiction" actress Uma Thurman (28)

Actress Uma Thurman
Actress
Uma Thurman

HeartWedding of Interest

1998 Cyclist Lance Armstrong weds Kristin Richard (divorced 2003)

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
  • 1999 "Dixie Chicks" singer Emily Erwin (26) weds singer-songwriter Charlie Robison (34) at Lone Star State in Texas
  • 1999 "As Good As It Gets" actor Greg Kinnear (35) weds British model Helen Labdon (29)
  • 2009 Olympic swimmer gold medalist Amanda Beard (27) weds photographer Sacha Brown (34) in Wakatobia, Indonesia

HeartWedding of Interest

2010 Actor-producer Seth Green (36) weds actress Clare Grant (30) at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch in Nacasio, California

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas

Famous Divorces


Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

1978 Actress and model Bianca Jagger files for divorce from Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger after 7 years of marriage on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 109

  • 408 Arcadius, Eastern Roman emperor (b. 337/338)
  • 1118 Edith of Scotland, first wife of Henry I of England (b. c. 1080)
  • 1171 Dermot MacMurrough, last Irish King of Leinster, dies
  • 1240 Jacques de Vitry, Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati and dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals
  • 1277 Stefanus IV Uros I de Great, King of Serbia (1243-76), dies
  • 1308 Albrecht I van Habsburg, German King (1298-1308), murdered
  • 1447 Louis VII, Duke of Baveria (1413-43), dies
  • 1456 Hugues de Lannoy, Flemish viceroy of Holland/Zealand, dies
  • 1471 Thomas a Kempis, spiritual writer (Navolging of Christ), dies at 91
  • 1539 Isabella of Portugal, queen of Spain and empress of Germany (b. 1503)
  • 1555 Marcellus II, [Marcello Cervini], Italian Pope (1555), dies at 53
  • 1572 Pius V, [Antonio Ghislieri], great-inquisiteur/Pope (1566-72), dies
  • 1679 Esaias Reusner, German lutenist and composer, dies at 43
  • 1700 John Dryden, English poet/playwright (Rival Ladies), dies
  • 1703 Kiva Yoshinaka, Japanese monarch, murdered
  • 1731 Johann Ludwig Bach, German composer (b. 1677)
  • 1738 Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, English statesman (b. c. 1669)
  • 1772 Gottfried Achenwall, German lawyer/statistics/economist, dies at 52
  • 1813 Jean-Baptiste Bessières, French marshal (killed in combat) (b. 1768)
  • 1831 Antonius van Alphen, apostle vicar of De Bosch, dies at 82
  • 1863 Edward Dorr Tracy, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 29
  • 1870 Francisco Solano Lopez, fieldmarshal/president of Paraguay
  • 1872 Amalia, princess of Weimar/wife of prince Hendrik the Navigator, dies

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1873 David Livingstone, British physician/explorer (Africa), dies at 60

Physician and Explorer David Livingstone
Physician and Explorer
David Livingstone
  • 1874 Vilem Blodek, composer, dies at 39
  • 1886 Conrad Busken Huet, writer (Country of Rubens)
  • 1886 Heinrich Franz Daniel Stiehl, composer, dies at 56
  • 1892 Willem A Scholten, manufacturer (potatoes), dies at 89
  • 1896 Nasr-ed-Din, shah of Persia (184.-96), murdered at 65
  • 1898 Alphonse Wauters, Belgian historian, dies at 81
  • 1899 Ludwig Büchner, German philosopher and physician (b. 1824)
  • 1902 John Glover, English chemist (production sulfuric acid), dies at 85
  • 1903 Arthur Haygarth, cricketer (compiler of "Scores & Biographies"), dies
  • 1903 Luigi Arditi, violist/composer, dies at 80
  • 1904 Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (Slavic Dancing), dies at 62
  • 1913 John Barclay Armstrong, Texas Ranger and U.S. Marshal (b. 1850)
  • 1917 Jose E Rodo, Uruguayan writer (Motivos de proteo), dies
  • 1921 Louis Campbell-Tipton, composer, dies at 43
  • 1924 August Cuppens, Flemish author (Limburgs Driemanschap), dies at 62
  • 1926 Nicolaus Adriani, translator (Middle-Celebes Language), dies at 60
  • 1932 Paul Doumer, Pres France (1931-32), assassin by Russia's Paul Gargalov
  • 1934 Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko, composer, dies at 35
  • 1935 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (b. 1889)
  • 1937 Snitz Edwards, actor (Phantom of the Opera, College), dies at 75
  • 1941 John R Locksmith de Brown, vicar/CHU-politician, dies at 71
  • 1943 Johan Oscar Smith, Norweigian Christian leader and founder of Smith's Friends (b.1871)
  • 1945 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist/composer, dies at 59

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1945 Paul Joseph Goebbels, German Nazi Minister of Propoganda, commits suicide aged 47 with his wife and arranges the death of his 6 children aged

Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information Joseph Goebbels
Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information
Joseph Goebbels
  • 1946 Edward Cuthbert Bairstow, composer, dies at 71
  • 1946 Percy William Whitlock, composer, dies at 42
  • 1947 Sanner, leader of Norger blood bath, executed
  • 1948 Christos Ladas, Greek minister of Justice, murdered
  • 1952 William Fox, [Fried], US film pioneer (Nickelodeon), dies at 73
  • 1954 Tom Tyler, actor (Lost Ranch, Coyote Trails), dies at 50
  • 1957 Grant Mitchell, actor (Great Lie, Laura, Cairo, Conflict), dies at 82
  • 1959 Oscar Torp, Norwegian premier, dies
  • 1963 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer, Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar (b. 1879)
  • 1965 Leo Spies, composer, dies at 65
  • 1965 Spike Jones, composer (Spike Jones Show), dies at 53
  • 1968 Harold G Nicolson, English author (English sense of humor), dies at 71
  • 1968 Jack Adams, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and general manager (b.1895)
  • 1969 Ella Logan, actress (52nd Street, Woman Chases Man), dies at 56
  • 1969 George Parker, cricketer (2 Tests for S Afr 1924), dies
  • 1970 Crown Prince Euimin, Crown Prince Korea (b. 1897)
  • 1971 Edith Day, actress (Romance of Air), dies at 75
  • 1971 Glenda Farrell, actress (Grand Slam, Exposed), dies at 66
  • 1972 Fernand Ansseau, Belgian operator (Orfeo), dies at 82
  • 1976 Rex O'Malley, actor (Camille, Zara, Midnight, Thief), dies at 75
  • 1976 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (b. 1939)
  • 1976 T.R.M. Howard, civil rights leader, entrepreneur, surgeon (b. 1908)
  • 1978 Aram Katchaturian, Russian composer (The Earth), dies at 74
  • 1979 Berkeley Bertram McGarrell Gaskin, cricketer (2 Tests for WI), dies
  • 1981 Clarence A Bacote, historian/political scientist, dies at 75
  • 1982 Gene Sheldon, actor (Bernardo-Zorro), dies at 72
  • 1982 William Primrose, Scottish violist (b. 1903)
  • 1983 V N Swamy, Indian cricket pace bowler (without distinction), dies
  • 1984 Gordon Jenkins, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 73
  • 1985 George Pravda, Czechoslovakian actor, dies at 68
  • 1986 Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (b. 1905)
  • 1986 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1916)
  • 1988 Carroll Righter, astrologer, dies at 88 of postrate cancer
  • 1988 Paolo Stoppa, actor (Garibaldi, Visit, Freedom Fighters), dies
  • 1989 David Webster, South African white anti-apartheids activist, murdered
  • 1989 Douglass Watson, actor (Mac Cory-Another World), dies at 68
  • 1989 Marion Mack, actress (General), dies
  • 1989 Sally Kirkland, fashion editor at LIFE (b. 1912)
  • 1990 Sunset Carson, cowboy actor (El Paso Kid, Oregon Trail), dies at 62
  • 1991 Richard Thorpe, director (Jailhouse Rock, Night Must Fall), dies
  • 1992 Sharon Redd, American house music and urban contemporary singer (b. 1945)
  • 1993 Hans [Henri EA] Tuynman, provo (Full-time Provo), dies at 50
  • 1993 Ranasinghe Premadasa, pres (Sri Lanka, 1989-93), assassinated at 68
  • 1994 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian Grand prix driver, dies in crash at 34
  • 1996 Asher Wallfish, journalist, dies at 67
  • 1996 Ivo Rudolph Jarosy, film scholar/exhibitor, dies at 74
  • 1996 William Mitchell Byers, musician, dies on 79th birthday
  • 1997 Bebe, AKA Flipper, dolphin, dies at 40
  • 1998 Eldridge Cleaver, American activist (b. 1935)
  • 2000 Steve Reeves, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Miss Elizabeth, American wrestler (b. 1960)
  • 2006 Big Hawk, American rapper (b.1969)