On This Day for 11th November

Historical Events

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308 The Congress of Carnuntum: Attempting to keep peace within the Roman Empire, the leaders of the Tetrarchy declare Maxentius and Licinius to be Augusti, while rival contender Constantine I is declared Caesar of Britain and Gaul.

Roman Emperor Maxentius
Roman Emperor
Maxentius
Roman Emperor Constantine the Great
Roman Emperor
Constantine the Great
  • 887 Parliament in Tribur: King Charles III resigns

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1158 Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa declares himself ruler of North Italy

Holy Roman Empire Frederick Barbarossa
Holy Roman Empire
Frederick Barbarossa
  • 1208 Otto van Wittelsbach chosen German king
  • 1215 4th Lateran Council (12th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
  • 1417 Oddo Colonna elected as Pope Martinus V

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1493 Explorer Christopher Columbus discovers Saba

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1500 Treaty of Granada: France & Aragon divide Naples

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1503 Pope Julius II elected

The Warrior Pope Julius II
The Warrior Pope
Julius II
  • 1572 Duke of Alva's son Don Fredrik begins siege of Haarlem
  • 1606 Turkey & Austria sign Treaty of Zsitva-Torok
  • 1634 Following pressure from Anglican bishop John Atherton, the Irish House of Commons passes "An Act for the Punishment for the Vice of Buggery".
  • 1640 Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, impeached by the House of Lords on the evidence of John Pym, and imprisoned in the Tower of London; he was later executed.
  • 1647 Massachusetts passes first compulsory school attendance law in the American colonies
  • 1648 Dutch & French agree to divide St Maarten, Leeward Islands
  • 1671 Dutch States-General forbids importation of French wine
  • 1673 Second Battle of Khotyn in the Ukraine, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth forces under the command of Jan Sobieski. defeat the Ottoman army. In this battle, rockets of Kazimierz Siemienowicz were successfully used.
  • 1675 Gottfried Leibniz demonstrated integral calculus for the first time to find the area under the graph of y = f(x) function.
  • 1688 Prince Willem III's invasion fleet sails to England
  • 1714 A highway in Bronx is laid out, later renamed East 233rd Street
  • 1724 Joseph Blake, alias Blueskin, a highwayman known for attacking "Thief-Taker General" (and thief) Jonathan Wild at the Old Bailey, is hanged in London. (b. c. 1700)

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1725 George Frederick Handel's opera "Tamerlano" premieres in London

  • 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie's army enters England
  • 1750 The F.H.C. Society, also known as the Flat Hat Club, was formed at Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia. It was the first college fraternity.
  • 1752 Theresianische Military Academy opens in Vienna

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1775 Mohawk military leader Joseph Brant goes to London to solicit more support from the government and to persuade the Crown to address past Mohawk land grievances in exchange for their participation as allies in the impending war

Mohawk Military Leader Joseph Brant
Mohawk Military Leader
Joseph Brant
  • 1778 Iroquois Indians in NY kill 40 in Cherry Valley Massacre
  • 1790 Chrysanthemums are introduced to England from China

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1805 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Dürenstein - 8000 French troops attempted to slow the retreat of a vastly superior Russian and Austrian force.

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1811 Cartagena Colombia declares independence from Spain
  • 1813 Dresden surrenders to allied armies
  • 1836 Chile declares war on Bolivia & Peru
  • 1839 The Virginia Military Institute is founded in Lexington, Virginia.
  • 1851 Alvan Clark patents telescope
  • 1862 Opera "La Forza Del Destino" is produced (St Petersburg Russia)
  • 1864 Sherman's troops destroy Rome, Georgia
  • 1864 Skirmish at Shoal Creek, AL
  • 1865 Mary Edward Walker, the first US Army female surgeon, awarded Medal of Honor
  • 1865 Thomas Robertson's "Society" premieres in London
  • 1865 Treaty of Sinchula is signed in which Bhutan ceded the areas east of the Teesta River to the British East India Company.
  • 1868 1st American amateur track & field meet (NYC)
  • 1880 Australian Bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol
  • 1887 Anarchist Haymarket Martyrs August Spies (b. 1855), Albert Parsons (b. 1848), Adolph Fischer (b. 1858) and George Engel (b. 1836) are executed.
  • 1887 Construction of the Manchester Ship Canal starts at Eastham.
  • 1889 Washington admitted as 42nd state of USA
  • 1889 29th British Golf Open: Willie Park, Jr. shoots a 155 at Musselburgh Links
  • 1890 D McCree patents portable fire escape
  • 1895 Bechuanaland becomes part of Cape Colony
  • 1896 Jules Vandenpeereboom becomes Belgium's minister of War
  • 1896 Samuel Pierpont Langley's Number 6 'heavier-than-air' aircraft model flies over 1,500 m (5,000 ft).
  • 1899 Stuart/Rubens/Boyd-Jones' "Floradora" premieres in London
  • 1901 Maurice Ravel composition "Jeux d'eau" premieres
  • 1905 High Commissioner Prince George declares amnesty for all leaders of the insurrection that has been disturbing Crete during the recent months - but which never gained mass supprt
  • 1906 Ethel Smyth's "Standrecht" premieres in Leipzig
  • 1909 Construction of US navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, begins
  • 1909 J M Synge's "Tinker's Wedding" premieres in London
  • 1911 Many cities in the U.S. Midwest broke their record highs and lows on the same day as a strong cold front rolls through. (see The 11/11/11 cold wave).
  • 1911 Russia issues an ultimatum to Persia and follows it with an invasion of North Persia to impose political control
  • 1918 Dutch SDAP leader Troelstra announces revolution
  • 1918 Emperor Charles I of Austria abdicates
  • 1918 Poland declares independence
  • 1918 Armistice signed by the Allies and Germany comes into effect, WW I hostilities end at 11.00 am
  • 1919 Pope Benedictus XV states Roman Catholics political/business views
  • 1920 Great Britain's monument to her war dead, the Cenotaph in Whitehall, designed by Edwin Lutyens, unveiled
  • 1920 The burials of unknown soldiers take place simultaneously in Westminster Abbey, London, at at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris.
  • 1921 President Harding dedicates Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery
  • 1922 Largest US flag displayed (150' X 90') expanded in 1939 (270' X 90')
  • 1923 Eternal flame lit for tomb of unknown solder, Arc de Triumph
  • 1924 Martin Beck Theater opens at 302 W 45th St NYC
  • 1924 Palace of Legion of Honor dedicated (SF)
  • 1925 Earnest Thalmann becomes chairman of German KPD

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1925 Louis Armstrong records 1st of Hot Five & Hot Seven recordings

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1925 Night of Kersten - Colijn Dutch government falls by SGP-amendement

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1925 Robert A. Millikan announces discovery of cosmic rays

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1926 Eddie Collins is released as White Sox manager

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1926 U.S. Route 66 is established.
  • 1928 France's 5th government of Poincaré forms
  • 1928 KXO-AM in El Centro CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1928 WGL-AM in Ft Wayne IN begins radio transmissions
  • 1928 WMT-AM in Cedar Rapids IA begins radio transmissions
  • 1928 WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. begins radio transmissions

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1930 Patent number US1781541 was awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator.

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 1931 Cornerstones laid for Opera House & Veteran's Building
  • 1933 "Great Black Blizzard" 1st great dust storm in Great Plains

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1933 Billie Holiday's second song and first hit, "Riffin' the Scotch", is released

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1934 1st penalty shot vs Toronto Maple Leafs, Mondou (Mont) unsuccessful
  • 1934 WOC-AM in Davenport Iowa splits from WHO-WOC & becomes KICK-AM
  • 1935 Explorer 2 balloon sets altitude record of 72,000 feet over SD
  • 1937 Messerschmidt ME-109V13 flies world record 610.4 kph
  • 1937 Nobel prize for physics awarded to C J Davisson & GP Thomson
  • 1938 German & Austrian Jewish suffer 1 billion Mark damage in nazi
  • 1938 Kristallnacht; Jews forced to wear Star of David

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1939 Kate Smith first sings Irving Berlin's "God Bless America"

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1940 Thousands of Paris students lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier
  • 1940 Blizzard strikes midwestern US killing over 100
  • 1940 British Fleet Air Arm attack destroys half of Italian fleet at Taranto
  • 1940 Willys unveiled its General Purpose vehicle ("Jeep")
  • 1941 Czech premier general Eliasj arrested by Nazis
  • 1942 -12] last German offensive in Stalingrad
  • 1942 745 French Jews deported to Auschwitz

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 249

  • 995 Gisela of Swabia, Holy Roman Empire Empress (d. 1041)

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1050 Henry IV, Goslar, Kaiserpfalz, Holy Roman Emperor (1084–1105)

Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV
Holy Roman Emperor
Henry IV
  • 1154 Sancho I, King of Portugal (1185-1212)
  • 1155 Alfonso VIII, the Noble One, king of Castilia
  • 1220 Alphonse of Toulouse, son of Louis VIII of France (d. 1271)
  • 1493 Bernardo Tasso, Italian poet (d. 1569)

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1493 Paracelsus, Switzerland, physician/alchemist (Zinc, laudanum), (d. 1541)

Physician/Alchemist Paracelsus
Physician/Alchemist
Paracelsus
  • 1523 Joachim Hopperus, [Hoppers], Frisian lawyer/politician
  • 1569 Martin Ruland the Younger, German physician and alchemist (d. 1611)
  • 1579 Frans Snyders, Flemish animal painter
  • 1599 Ottavio Piccolomini, Italian/Spanish marshal
  • 1633 George Savile, 1st marquis of Halifax/author (Character of a Trimmer)
  • 1636 Yen Jo-chu, Chinese scholar of Ch'ing dynasty
  • 1657 Guido Starhemberg, Austria earl/fieldmarshal (Turkish Wars)
  • 1668 Johann Albert Fabricius, German scholar and bibliographer (d. 1736)
  • 1675 Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, 9th sikh guru
  • 1679 Firmin Abauzit, French huguenot/scientist
  • 1688 Lorenzo Somis, composer
  • 1690 Gerhard Hoffmann, composer
  • 1696 Andrea Zani, composer
  • 1722 Johann Philipp Sack, composer
  • 1724 Willem A Alting, governor-general of Neth-Indies (1780-97)
  • 1731 Carl Joseph Toeschi, composer
  • 1736 Johann H Schepp, German/Neth engraver
  • 1743 Carl Peter Thunberg, Swedish naturalist (d. 1828)
  • 1748 King Charles IV of Spain (d. 1819) Reigned 1788-1808
  • 1767 Bernhard Romberg, German cellist/composer/royal chaplain bandmaster
  • 1771 Ephraim McDowell, surgeon (pioneered abdominal surgery)
  • 1788 Michal Wielhorski, composer
  • 1791 Josef Munzinger, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 1855)
  • 1792 Mary Anne Evans, English wife of Benjamin Disraeli (d. 1872)
  • 1811 Ben McCulloch, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)

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1821 Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, Russia, novelist (Crime & Punishment), (d. 1881)

  • 1832 Paolo Giorza, composer
  • 1836 Thomas Bailey Aldrich, US, author/editor (Story of a Bad Boy)
  • 1852 Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, Austro-Hungarian field marshal (d. 1925)
  • 1858 Marie Bashkirtseff, Russian painter (d. 1884)
  • 1863 Paul Signac, French painter (d. 1935)
  • 1864 Alfred Hermann Fried, Germany, pacifist (Nobel 1911)
  • 1864 George Washington Crile, Chili Ohio, American Surgeon who conducted the first direct blood transfusion and studied the effects of surgical shock
  • 1868 Edouard Vuillard, French painter/graphic artist
  • 1869 Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy (1900-46)/Ethiopia
  • 1869 Gaetano Bresci, Italian-American anarchist (d. 1901)
  • 1870 Nils Kjaer, Norwegian playwright (Det evige Savn)
  • 1872 Maude K Adams, US, actress (Baldwin's Theatre)
  • 1872 David I. Walsh, 46th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • 1875 Vesto Slipher, Mulberry Indiana, American Astronomer who provided the first evidence to support the expanding-universe theory
  • 1882 King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden (d. 1973)
  • 1883 Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor (Ruilles de Printemps), born in Vevey, Switzerland (d. 1969)

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1885 George S Patton, San Gabriel, California, US general (Sicily/Italy/Normandy) "Old Blood & Guts", (d. 1945)

US General George S. Patton
US General
George S. Patton
  • 1887 Roland Young, London England
  • 1888 Maulana Azad, 1st minister of education in independent India
  • 1891 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (d. 1954)
  • 1893 Alceu Amoroso Lima, Brazilian author
  • 1894 Aaron Avshalomov, composer
  • 1894 Winifred Kingston, England, silent screen actress (David Garrick)
  • 1895 Beulah Ecton Woodard, US sculptor
  • 1895 Jacov Gotovac, composer
  • 1897 Gordon W Allport, US, psychologist (personalities)
  • 1898 Father Hugo Enomiya-Lassalle, Germany, Jesuit priest/Zen teacher
  • 1898 Rene Clair, director (I Married a Witch, It Happened Tomorrow)
  • 1899 Harold "Pie" Traynor, baseball hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates)
  • 1899 Pat O'Brien, Milwaukee, actor (Knute Rockne, Angels with Dirty Faces)
  • 1900 Helena Konopacka, Poland, discus thrower (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1900 Hugh Scott, (Sen-R-Penn), minority whip
  • 1900 John Longden, West Indies, actor (Man From Interpol)
  • 1901 Sam Spiegel, producer (On the Waterfront, Bridge over River Kwai)
  • 1901 F. Van Wyck Mason, American author (d. 1978)
  • 1903 Charles Bruce Perry, professor of medicine
  • 1903 Thomas Edward Allibone, Sheffield South Yorkshire, English Physicist (Manhattan Project, high-voltage particle acceleration)
  • 1904 Alger Hiss, State Department official hid papers in a pumpkin
  • 1904 J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (d. 1960)
  • 1905 Israel Aaron Maisels, lawyer

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1907 Joseph Hamilton, American Physician who was a pioneer of using radioactive isotopes in disease treatment and diagnosis

  • 1909 Robert Ryan, actor (Billy Budd, Dirty Dozen, Longest Day), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1910 Arnold D W Tilanus, Dutch MP (CHU)
  • 1910 Franz Kemser, Germany, 4 man bobsled (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1910 Frideswide Frances Emma Knight, musician/socialist
  • 1910 Yisrael Eldad, British extremist politician

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1910 Raemer Schreiber, McMinnville Oregon, American Physicist (Manhattan Project) who helped develop the first atomic bomb during World War II and prepared the Fat Man bomb that was used in the bombing of Nagasaki

Physicist Raemer Schreiber
Physicist
Raemer Schreiber
  • 1911 Patric Knowles [Reginald Lawrence Knowles], Horsforth, Yorkshire, English actor (Chisum, Arnold, Mutiny)
  • 1912 Cissie Elizabeth Charlton, football matriarch
  • 1912 Thomas C. Mann, American diplomat (d. 1999)
  • 1913 German Leont'yevich Zhukovsky, composer
  • 1913 Peter Black, TV critic
  • 1914 Daisy Bates, publisher/head (Arkansas NAACP)
  • 1914 Hansje Toussaint, [Hermina A Schenk], singer (Sing of the Cross)
  • 1914 Howard Fast, screenwriter (Rachel & the Stranger, Spartacus), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Perry Bass, Texas billionaire
  • 1914 Henry Wade, American lawyer (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Bernhard Heiliger, sculptor
  • 1915 William Proxmire, (Sen-D-WI, 1957-88) (Golden Fleece Awards)
  • 1916 Eladio Rusconi, writer/publisher/businessman
  • 1917 Julien-Francois Zbinden, composer
  • 1917 [Dallas] Mack/McCord Reynolds, US, sci-fi author (Earth War)
  • 1918 Jurg Baur, composer
  • 1918 Stubby Kaye, actor (Guys & Dolls, Lil' Abner, Cat Ballou), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919 Kalle Päätalo, Finnish novelist (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Roy Jenkins, British MP (Labour)
  • 1921 Terrell Bell, American politician (d. 1996)

Famous Weddings

  • 1100 Anglo Norman King Henry I marries Princess Matilda of Scotland at Westminster Abbey

HeartWedding of Interest

1838 Emma Wedgwood accepts Charles Darwin's marriage proposal (English Naturalist later author of Origin of the Species)

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin

HeartWedding of Interest

1858 20th US President James Garfield (26) weds Lucretia Rudolph (26) in Hiram, Ohio

20th US President James Garfield
20th US President
James Garfield
  • 1860 1st Jewish wedding in Buenos Aires Argentina

HeartWedding of Interest

1944 Blues musician B.B. King (19) marries his first wife Martha Denton

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King

HeartWedding of Interest

1957 Country singer June Carter Cash (28) weds former football player Edwin Nix

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash

HeartWedding of Interest

1971 Swedish director and writer Ingmar Bergman (53) weds actress Ingrid von Rosen (41)

Director, Writer Ingmar Bergman
Director, Writer
Ingmar Bergman
  • 1977 "Three's Company" actress Suzanne Somers (30) weds host Alan Hamel (40)

HeartWedding of Interest

1980 Novelist Norman Mailer (57) weds Norris Church (31) in Brooklyn, New York

Novelist Norman Mailer
Novelist
Norman Mailer
  • 2005 Millionaire Nasir Khan weds "Footballers' Wives" actress Laila Rouass (34) in London
  • 2006 Dutch Formula One racer Christijan Albers (27) weds Liselore Kooijman at The Grand in Amsterdam
  • 2011 Actor and comedian Kenan Thompson (33) weds model Christina Evangeline at George Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2011 TV personality Kim Zolciak (33) weds Atlanta Falcons football player Kroy Biermann (26) in Roswell, Georgia
  • 2011 Sixteen-time Grammy Award-winning hit producer and songwriter David Foster (62) weds model Yolanda Hadid in Beverly Hills

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 109

  • 307 Flavius Valerius Severus, compassionate emperor of Rome (306-07), dies
  • 397 Martinus, (St Maarten), Roman bishop of Tours, dies at about 81
  • 405 Arsacius, intruding archbishop of Constantinople
  • 511 Clovis, king of Salische France/founder of Merovingische, dies at 45
  • 826 Theodore the Studite, Byzantine theologist/poet/saint, dies
  • 865 Petronas the Patrician, Byzantine General
  • 1150 Hartbert, bishop of Utrecht (1140-50), dies
  • 1331 Stefanus VIII Uros III Decanski, king of Serbia (1322-31), dies
  • 1528 Lucas van Prague, Czech leader of Bohemian Brothers, dies at about 68
  • 1623 Philippe de Mornay, French writer (b. 1549)
  • 1638 Cornelis Cornelisz, "of Haarlem", painter, dies at about 76
  • 1641 Ferdinand van Austrian, cardinal of Spain, dies
  • 1675 Thomas Willis, English Physician (epidemiology, anatomy of the brain and nervous system), dies at 54
  • 1686 Otto von Guericke, German scientist, inventor, and politician (b. 1602)
  • 1755 Johan van de Bergh, Leids regent, dies at 91
  • 1772 John Mauritius Quinkhard, portrait painter, dies at 84
  • 1810 Johann/John Zoffany, German painter (Tribuna degl' Uffizi), dies at 77
  • 1812 Platon Levshin, Metropoitan of Moscow (b. 1737)

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1831 Nat Turner, slave rebel who led a violent insurrection in Virginia, hanged at 31

Rebel Slave Nat Turner
Rebel Slave
Nat Turner
  • 1855 Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (b. 1813)
  • 1861 Pedro V van Alcantara, King of Portugal (1853-61), dies at 24
  • 1862 James Madison Porter, American politician (b. 1793)
  • 1871 William Lonsdale, English Geologist and Paleontologist (fossil coral), dies at 77
  • 1880 Lucretia Mott, US quaker (1st Woman's Rights Convention), dies

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1880 Ned Kelly, Australian outlaw and bushranger, executed at 25

Leader of the Kelly gang Ned Kelly
Leader of the Kelly gang
Ned Kelly
  • 1884 Alfred Brehm German zoologist (b. 1827)
  • 1886 Paul Bert, Auxerre, French Zoologist, Physiologist and pioneer of aerospace medicine whose study of the effects of air pressure on the body made possible space and ocean exploration, dies of dysentery at 53
  • 1887 Haymarket defenda
  • 1895 Julius Tausch, composer, dies at 68
  • 1901 Antonio Zamara, composer, dies at 72
  • 1907 Henry Gadsby, composer, dies at 64
  • 1912 Joseph Wieniawski, composer, dies at 75
  • 1912 Jose Canalejas Y Mendez, premier Spain, murdered
  • 1917 Liliuokalani, last queen of Hawaii (1891-93), dies from a stroke at 79
  • 1918 Victor Adler, Austrian neurologist/foreign minister, dies
  • 1918 George Lawrence Price, Canadian soldier, last person to be killed in WW I (b. 1892)
  • 1927 Wilhelm Ludvig Johannsen, Danish Botanist and Geneticist who provided evidence for Hugo de Vries' mutation theory, dies at 70
  • 1929 Mieczyslaw Soltys, composer, dies at 66
  • 1930 W W Whysall, cricketer (4 Tests for England 1924-30), dies
  • 1931 Shibusawa Eiichi, Japanese industrialist (b. 1840)
  • 1936 Edward German, composer, dies at 74

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1938 Mary Mallon, Irish-American patient best known as 'Typhoid Mary' and the first person in the United States known to be immune to typhoid, dies at 69

  • 1939 Jan Opletal, Czech student, victim of Nazi violence in Prague
  • 1942 Anton H Blaauw, botanist (Perception of the Lichtes), dies at 60
  • 1942 Hector Abbas, actor/director (Rosa Lynd Company), dies at 58
  • 1945 Jerome Kern, US composer (Sally, Leave it to Jane), dies at 60
  • 1947 Martin Dibelius, German theologist (That Drawer Jahwes), dies at 64
  • 1954 John Rosamund Johnson, composer, dies at 81
  • 1955 John Loudon, Dutch minister of Foreign affairs (1913-18), dies at 87
  • 1956 Victor Young, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 56
  • 1962 Joseph Allen Jr, actor (All Women Have Secrets), dies at 44
  • 1962 René Coty, pres of France, dies at 80
  • 1964 Edward Steuermann, composer, dies at 72
  • 1964 H[enry] Beam Piper, US, sci-fi author (4 Day Planet), dies at 60
  • 1965 Gaston Glass, actor (Opening Your Eyes), dies after long illness at 65
  • 1967 Harry Seymour, composer/actor (Tenderfoot), dies of heart attack at 76
  • 1967 Jordan Whitfield, actor (Swamp Fox), dies of heart attack at 50
  • 1968 Jeanne Demessieux, composer, dies at 47
  • 1969 Frank Newburg, actor (Homemaker), dies at 83
  • 1971 Sylvia Brett, Lady Brooke and Ranee of Sarawak, dies at 86
  • 1972 Berry Oakley, US rock bassist (Allman Bro), dies in car crash at 24
  • 1973 Stringbean, [David Akeman], banjoist/comedian (Hee Haw), dies at 58
  • 1973 Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Finnish Chemist and Nobel laureate, dies at 78
  • 1974 Alfonso Leng, composer, dies at 80
  • 1974 Jane Ace, comedian (Easy Aces), dies at 74
  • 1975 Marty May, (Fireball Fun For All), dies at 79
  • 1976 Alexander Calder, US sculptor, dies at 78
  • 1976 E Q Davies, cricketer (9 runs & 7 wickets in 5 Tests for S Afr), dies
  • 1977 Greta Keller, Vienna-born cabaret singer and actress (b. 1903)
  • 1977 Abraham Sarmiento, Jr., Filipino journalist & political activist (b. 1950)
  • 1979 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer and conductor (Academy Award 1954-High & Mighty), dies at 85
  • 1984 Martin Luther King Sr, US vicar/father of MLK Jr, dies at 84
  • 1984 Jan Novak, composer, dies at 63
  • 1986 Roger C Carmel, actor (Mudd-Star Trek, Mothers-in-Law), dies at 54
  • 1987 L T Coggeshall, medical scientist (Sec of HEW 1956-58), dies at 86
  • 1987 Nico Slothouwer, poet (Liefdesstratenplan), commits suicide at 30
  • 1988 William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor & organist (b. 1900)
  • 1990 Attilio Demaría, Argentinian footballer (b. 1909)
  • 1990 Alexis Minotis, Greek actor (b. 1898)
  • 1992 Aleksandr Yakovlevich Petrushenko, cosmonaut, dies at 50
  • 1992 Giulio C Argan, Italian art critic/mayor of Rome, dies
  • 1993 Erskine Hawkins, US trumpeter/composer (After Hours), dies at 79
  • 1993 H. R. Haldeman, Nixon's White House Chief of Staff during Watergate, dies at 67
  • 1994 Elizabeth Lefanu Maconchy, Engl composer (My Dark Heart), dies at 87
  • 1994 Ernest Clark, actor (Pope Must Die, Gandhi), dies at 82
  • 1994 Frances Tustin, child Psychologist, dies at 81
  • 1994 Pedro Zamora, aIDS Activist, dies at 22
  • 1994 John A. Volpe, 61st and 63rd Governor of Massachusetts, 2nd United States Secretary of Transportation (b. 1908)
  • 1995 Charles Scribner Jr, publisher, dies at 74
  • 1995 Cornelie Coposu, politician, dies at 79
  • 1995 Kenneth Goldstein, folklorist/enthomusicologist, dies at 68
  • 1996 Helen Rosenthal, Teacher/health administrator, dies at 47
  • 1997 Rodney Milburn, American athlete (b. 1950)
  • 1998 Frank Brimsek, American ice hockey player (b. 1913)
  • 1999 Jacobo Timmerman, Argentine writer and journalist (b. 1923)
  • 1999 Mary Kay Bergman, American voice actress (b. 1961)

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2004 Yasser Arafat, co-founder and Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, revolutionary and nobel prize winner dies in Paris at 75

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • 2004 Richard Dembo, French director and screenwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2005 Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield, British photographer (b. 1939)
  • 2005 Peter Drucker, American management theorist (b. 1909)