On This Day for 17th November

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 199

  • 473 The future Zeno I is named associate emperor by Emperor Leo I.
  • 1183 Battle of Mizushima.
  • 1278 680 Jews arrested (293 hanged) in England for counterfeiting coins
  • 1292 (O.S.) John Balliol becomes King of Scots.
  • 1511 England, Spain and the Holy Roman Empire sign anti-French covenant The Treaty of Westminster
  • 1555 William of Orange becomes member of Council of State

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1558 Elizabeth I aged 25 ascends English throne upon death of her half sister "Bloody" Mary

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • 1558 The Church of England is re-established

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1603 English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Explorer
Walter Raleigh
  • 1636 Henrique Dias, Brazilian general, wins a decisive battle against the Dutch in Brazil
  • 1659 Peace of the Pyrenees is signed between France and Spain.
  • 1734 John Zenger, arrested for libel against NY col gov; later acquitted
  • 1774 First City Troop Philadelphia City Cavarly formed at Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia - oldest US military unit still in service
  • 1785 Church of England organizes in New England

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1796 Battle of Arcole-Napoleon I's French forces beat Austrians in Italy

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1798 -21) Snow storms in New England, hundreds die
  • 1800 Congress held 1st session in Wash DC in incompleted Capitol building
  • 1812 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Krasnoi during Napoleon's retreat from Moscow
  • 1827 The Delta Phi fraternity, America's oldest continuous social fraternity, was founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York.
  • 1831 Ecuador and Venezuela were separated from Greater Colombia.

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1839 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di" premieres in Milan

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1842 Fugitive slave George Latimer captured in Boston
  • 1842 Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London)
  • 1853 Street signs authorized at San Francisco intersections

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1855 David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Physician and Explorer David Livingstone
Physician and Explorer
David Livingstone
  • 1856 On the Sonoita River in present-day southern Arizona, the United States Army establishes Fort Buchanan in order to help control new land acquired in the Gadsden Purchase.
  • 1858 Origin of Modified Julian Period
  • 1862 Confederate Sec of War George B Randolph resigns
  • 1862 Union General Ambrose Burnside marches north out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Fredericksburg campaign
  • 1863 -Dec 4th) Battle of Knoxville, TN
  • 1863 Lincoln begins 1st draft of his Gettysburg Address
  • 1866 Opera "Mignon" is produced (Paris)
  • 1869 Englishman James Moore wins 1st bicycle race (13K Paris-Rouen)
  • 1869 Suez Canal (Egypt) opens, links Mediterranean & Red seas
  • 1874 Emigrant ship Cospatrick catches fire & sinks off Auckland, NZ
  • 1875 Amer Theosophical Society founded by Mme Blavatsky & Col Olcott

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1876 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's patriotic Slavonic March made its premiere in Moscow to a warm reception by the Russian people.

  • 1877 Gilbert and Sullivan's operette "Sorcerer" premieres in London
  • 1877 Russia launches a surprise night attack that overruns Turkish forces at Kars, Armenia
  • 1878 First assassination attempt against Umberto I of Italy.
  • 1883 23rd British Golf Open: Willie Fernie shoots a 158 at Musselburgh Links
  • 1884 Cops arrest John L Sullivan in 2nd round for being "cruel"
  • 1885 The Serbian Army, with Russian support, invades Bulgaria
  • 1888 Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg
  • 1889 Union Pacific begins daily through service, Chicago-Portland & SF
  • 1894 Daily Racing Form founded

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1894 Serial killer H. H. Holmes is arrested in Boston after being tracked there from Philadelphia by the Pinkertons

Serial Killer H. H. Holmes
Serial Killer
H. H. Holmes
  • 1900 5th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 53-5 in Montgomery
  • 1903 Dahomey (Benin) becomes a French protectorate.
  • 1903 In the Treaty of Petropolis, Bolivia cedes the territory of Arce to Brazil; Bolivia gains rail and water outlets in the east
  • 1904 George Cohan's musical "Little Johnny Jones" premieres in NYC
  • 1905 The Eulsa Treaty is signed between Japan and Korea.
  • 1906 11th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 10-0 in Birmingham
  • 1913 1st US dental hygienists course forms, Bridgeport, Ct
  • 1913 The first ship sails through the Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans
  • 1914 US declares Panama Canal Zone neutral

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1917 Lenin defends "temporary" removal of freedom of the press

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 1918 Social Democratic Party becomes Communistc Party Holland: CPH
  • 1918 German troops evacuate Brussels
  • 1922 The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire Mehmed VI is expelled to Malta on British warship
  • 1926 NHL's Chicago Black Hawks play their 1st game, beat Tor St Pats 4-1
  • 1927 Tornado hits Washington, D.C.
  • 1928 Boston Garden officially opens
  • 1928 Notre Dame finally lost a football game after nearly 25 years
  • 1929 Pascual Ortiz Rubio elected president of Mexico

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1929 Stalin throws Nicolai Bucharin out of Politburo

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • 1930 Musical "Sweet & Low" with Fanny Brice premieres in NYC

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1931 Bradman scores 135 NSW v South Africa, 128 mins, 15 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

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1931 Charles Lindbergh inaugurates Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in the Sikorsky flying boat "American Clipper"

  • 1932 German government of von Papen resigns
  • 1933 United States recognizes Soviet Union, opens trade
  • 1933 Marx brothers film "Duck Soup" directed by Leo McCarey and starring the Marx Brothers is released in the US
  • 1936 Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy become overnight success on radio
  • 1937 Britain's Lord Halifax visits Germany, beginning of appeasement
  • 1938 Italy passes its own version of anti-Jewish Nuremberg laws
  • 1939 German U-boat torpedoes passenger ship
  • 1939 Jerome Kern/Hammerstein II's "Very Warm for May" premieres in NYC
  • 1939 The Rome-Rio de Janeiro air connection is created.
  • 1940 Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane
  • 1941 Virgil Thomson's 2nd Symphony, premieres
  • 1944 -Nov 19] Nazi raids in Dutch NE Polder
  • 1945 "Girl from Nantucket" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1945 New world air speed record 606 mph (975 kph) set by HJ Wilson of RAF
  • 1947 The U.S. Screen Actors Guild implements an anti-Communist loyalty oath.
  • 1948 Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize steel industry
  • 1951 Britain reports development of the world's first nuclear-powered heating system
  • 1953 St Louis Browns officially become the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc
  • 1953 The remaining human inhabitants of the Blasket Islands, Kerry, Ireland are evacuated to the mainland.
  • 1953 United States joins the United Nations in condemning Israel's raid on Jordan on October 4, 1953

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1956 Syracuse fullback Jim Brown, scores NCAA record of 43 pts (vs Colgate)

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 1956 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • 1957 WBOY TV channel 12 in Clarksburg, WV (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 KAII TV channel 7 in Wailuku, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic diamond
  • 1959 Giants slugger Willie McCovey wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1959 William Shea shows proposed NYC stadium with transparent roof
  • 1960 New Washington franchise is awarded to Elwood Quesada
  • 1962 "Nowhere to Go, But Up" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 9 performances

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1962 US President JFK dedicates Dulles Intl Airport outside Wash DC

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1962 Simon/Coleman/Leigh's musical "Little Me" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 257 performances

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 239


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9 Vespasian, Roman Emperor (AD 69-79), born in Falacrina, Italy (d. AD 79)

Roman Emperor Vespasian
Roman Emperor
Vespasian
  • 331 Flavius Claudius Julianus, [Julian the Apostate], Emperor
  • 1502 Atahualpa, last emperor of the Inca (d. 1533)
  • 1503 Il Bronzino, Florentine painter (Eleanor de Toledo & her Son)
  • 1576 Roque Gonzales, Paraguayan missionary (d. 1628)
  • 1594 Johan van Beverwijck, Dutch physician/writer (Treasure of Health)
  • 1612 Dorgon, Manchu prince (d. 1650)
  • 1681 Pierre François le Courayer, French theologian (d. 1776)
  • 1685 Pierre Gaultier, French-Canadian trader and explorer (d. 1749)
  • 1690 Noel-Nicolas Coypel, French painter/cartoonist
  • 1704 Salomeja Neris, [S Bacinskaite-Buciene], Latvian poet
  • 1729 Maria Antonietta of Spain, queen of Sardinia (d. 1785)

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1755 Louis XVIII, 1st post-revolutionary king of France (1814-24)

King of France Louis XVIII
King of France
Louis XVIII
  • 1765 Étienne-Jacques-Joseph-Alexandre MacDonald, French marshal (d. 1840)
  • 1771 Jonathan Huntington, composer
  • 1787 Michele Carafa, composer
  • 1790 August Ferdinand Möbius, German mathematician (d. 1868)
  • 1794 John Barrien Montgomery, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1873)
  • 1799 Titian Ramsey Peale, US, artist/naturalist (American Ornithology)
  • 1808 Alberich Zwyssig, composer
  • 1814 Joseph Finegan, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1885)
  • 1816 August W Ambros, Austria musicologist (History of Music)
  • 1826 John McArthur, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1906)
  • 1827 Petko Slavejkov, Bulgarian writer (d. 1895)
  • 1834 Stephen Hinsdale Weed, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • 1835 Andrew L. Harris, governor of Ohio (d. 1915)
  • 1837 David Capriles, director of psychiatry of Monte Christo, Curacao
  • 1837 Derk J A Haspels, Dutch actor
  • 1837 Willem Coenen, composer
  • 1854 Louis HG Lyautey, French minister of Defense (1916-17)
  • 1859 Gerhard Rusenkrone Schjelderup, composer
  • 1865 John S Plaskett, Canadian astronomer (Plaskett's twins)
  • 1866 Voltairine de Cleyre, American anarchist (d. 1912)
  • 1876 Baron Joseph van de Meulebroeck, mayor (Brussels, Belgium)
  • 1877 Frank Calder, the first NHL President (d. 1943)
  • 1878 Grace Abbott, Grand Island Neb, social worker (US Children Bureau)
  • 1879 Gerardus H de Haas, socialist vicar
  • 1881 Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, English 1st baron of Hesketh Dutch/MP
  • 1883 Harold Baumgartner, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1913)
  • 1885 Henry de Man, Belgium, sociologist/chairman (Belgian Workers Party)
  • 1886 Crane Wilbur, Athens NY, dir/writer (Bat, Canon City, Yellow Cargo)
  • 1887 Bernard L Montgomery, British field marshall (WW II-African campaign)

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1887 Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Alamein, British Field Marshal, Kennington, South London

Soldier, British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery
Soldier, British Field Marshal
Bernard Law Montgomery
  • 1888 Ariantje "Jeanne" Leg, actress (It Vijgeblaadje, It Hippie)
  • 1890 Jack Cusack, pro football pioneer (Canton Bulldogs)
  • 1891 Guido Pannain, composer
  • 1891 Jean Del Val, [Gautier], France, actor (Sainted Devil, Flying Deuces)
  • 1892 Max Deutsch, composer
  • 1894 Eelco van Kleffens, minister of Foreign affairs (1939-46)/diplomat
  • 1894 Sophocles Venizelos, premier of Greece (1944, 50-51)
  • 1895 Mikhail Bakhtin, Russian philosopher (d. 1975)
  • 1895 Gregorio López y Fuentes, Mexican author (d. 1966)
  • 1896 Lev Vygotsky, Russian psychologist (d. 1934)
  • 1897 Ed Baker, Davis WV, actor (Keystone Kops)
  • 1897 Frank Fay, American actor (God's Gift to Women, Love Nest), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1897 Sara Haden, Galveston Tx, actress (A Family Affair)
  • 1899 Roger Vitrac, French poet/dramatist (Coup of Trafalgar)
  • 1899 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film sound engineer (d. 1971)
  • 1900 Marcel Dalio, actor (Casablanca), born in Paris, France
  • 1901 Joyce Wethered, Surrey England, golfer (4 time British Amateur champ)
  • 1901 Lee Strasberg, Austria, acting coach/actor (Somewhere in the Night)
  • 1901 Max Zehnder, composer
  • 1901 Raymond Chevreuille, Belgian composer
  • 1901 Walter Hallstein, West German politician (CDU) (Hallstein doctrine)
  • 1902 Eugene Paul Wigner, mathematician/physicist (A Bomb, Nobel 1963)
  • 1902 Lee Strasberg, Austria, acting coach/actor (And Justice for All)
  • 1903 Joseph Kaminski, composer
  • 1904 Isamu Noguchi, sculptor (1963 Fine Arts Medal)
  • 1905 Arthur Chipperfield, cricketer (Aus batsman & leggie 99 on Test debut)
  • 1905 Astrid Bernadotte, Princess of Sweden
  • 1905 Mischa Auer, [Ounskowsky], St Petersburg Russia, actor (My Man Godfrey)
  • 1905 Wazyk, [Adam Wagman], Polish poet/author (Eyes & Mouth)
  • 1906 Betty Bronson, actress (Evel Knievel, One Stolen Night), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1906 Soichiro Honda, Japan, founder/CEO (Honda Motor Co)
  • 1906 Rollie Stiles, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • 1907 Israel Regardie, Aleister Crowley's secretary (d. 1985)
  • 1909 Gerald Savory, actor playwright/TV producer (Heart of the Matter)
  • 1911 Charles Walters, US, actor/choreographer/director (Easter parade)
  • 1911 Nobutaka Shikanai, Japans media CEO (Fujisankei Com Group)
  • 1911 William Tannen, actor (Jailhouse Rock, Sitting Bull), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911 Christian Fouchet, French diplomat (d. 1974)
  • 1914 Archie Campbell, Bullsgap Tenn, comedian (Hee Haw)
  • 1916 Winson Hudson, community activist (rural Mississippi)
  • 1917 Jack Lescoulie, TV host (Jackie Gleason Show), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1919 Hershy Kay, composer/arranger (Olympic Hymn), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1919 Ludwig Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord, journalist
  • 1920 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer (d. 2005)
  • 1921 Albert Bertelsen, Danish painter
  • 1922 Emile Noel, international civil servant
  • 1923 Bert Sutcliffe, cricketer (all-time great NZ left-handed bat)
  • 1923 Robert Francis Vere Heuston, British professor of law
  • 1923 Mike Garcia, American baseball player (d. 1986)
  • 1924 Lucas J "Luc" Lutz, Dutch actor/director (Hague Comedy)
  • 1925 Charles Mackerras, Schenectady NY, Australian conductor
  • 1925 Colin Campbell Mitchell, soldier
  • 1925 Libby Newman, painter/printmaker/curator
  • 1925 Rock Hudson, Winnetka, Ill, actor (Pillow Talk, A Farewell to Arms)
  • 1927 Ellis Hillman, politician
  • 1928 Colin McDonald, cricketer (stalwart Australian opening bat for 1950's)
  • 1928 Rance Howard, American actor

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1749 Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman (28) weds first wife Elizabeth Hartwell in Massachusetts

Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman
Founding Father of the United States
Roger Sherman

HeartWedding of Interest

1934 Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta Taylor

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson

HeartWedding of Interest

1950 Writer Jack Kerouac (28) weds Joan Haverty

Writer Jack Kerouac
Writer
Jack Kerouac
  • 1978 Gerald Lascelles (under English princess Mary) weds Elizabeth Colvin
  • 2003 Singer Blake Shelton (27) weds Kaynette Williams in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  • 2008 Heartthrob finalist from Top Chef's second season Sam Talbot (30) weds Colombian model and t-shirt designer Paola Guerrero in a secret wedding ceremony at City Hall in New York City
  • 2012 Award-winning Chinese actress Chen Yao (33) weds cinematographer Yu Cao in Queenstown, New Zealand

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1995 Retired MLB player Johnny Bench (47) divorces Laura Cwikowski after nearly 8 years of marriage

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

Famous Deaths

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  • 375 Valentinian I "The Great", Roman Co-Emperor and Ruler of Western Roman Empire (336-75), dies at 54
  • 474 Leo II, Byzantine Emperor (474), dies

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594 St Gregory of Tours, Frankisch bishop of Tours, dies at 55

Chronicler/Bishop Gregory of Tours
Chronicler/Bishop
Gregory of Tours
  • 641 Emperor Jomei of Japan (b. 593)
  • 680 Hilda of Whitby (b. 614)
  • 885 Liutgard of Saxony, Queen of the Franks (876-882)
  • 1093 Margaret, widow of Scottish king Malcolm III, dies
  • 1231 Elisabeth of Hungary, daughter of Andrew II of Hungary (b. 1207)
  • 1302 St. Gertrude the Great (b. 1256)
  • 1326 Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel, English politician (b. 1285)
  • 1494 Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian philosopher (b. 1463)
  • 1512 Kempo Roeper, Frisian rebel, quartered
  • 1558 Reginald Pole, English cardinal/scholar/"heretic", dies at 58
  • 1562 Antoine de Bourbon, father of Henry IV of France (b. 1518)
  • 1592 John III of Sweden (b. 1537)
  • 1600 Kuki Yoshitaka, Japanese naval commander (b. 1542)
  • 1608 Adolf, count of Nassau-Siegen, dies in battle at 22
  • 1632 Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, Bavarian field marshal (b. 1594)
  • 1643 Jean-Baptiste Budes, Comte de Guébriant, Marshal of France (b. 1602)
  • 1648 Thomas Ford, composer, dies
  • 1665 John Earle, English bishop
  • 1668 Joseph Alleine, English preacher (b. 1634)
  • 1690 Charles de Sainte-Maure, duc de Montausier, French soldier (b. 1610)
  • 1713 Abraham van Riebeeck, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (b. 1653)
  • 1720 Calico Jack, English pirate (b. 1682)
  • 1747 Alain R Lesage, French author (Le diable boiteux), dies at 79
  • 1768 Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st duke of Newcastle, dies at 75
  • 1770 Gian Francesco de Majo, composer, dies at 38
  • 1776 James Ferguson, British astronomer (b. 1710)
  • 1780 Bernardo Bellotto, Italian painter (b. 1720)
  • 1794 Jacques François Dugommier, French general (b. 1738)

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1796 Catherine the Great [Catherine II], Empress of Russia (1762-96), dies of a stroke at 67

Empress of Russia Catherine the Great
Empress of Russia
Catherine the Great
  • 1808 David Zeisberger, Moravian missionary (b. 1721)
  • 1818 Charlotte Sophia von Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen of England, dies
  • 1826 Louise Reichardt, composer, dies at 47
  • 1848 Jozef B "Olim" Cannaert, Flemish lawyer, dies
  • 1849 Prince Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, German priest and miracle-worker (b. 1794)
  • 1856 William Knyvett, composer, dies at 77
  • 1858 Robert Owen, British father of the cooperative movement (b. 1771)
  • 1862 Alexey Nikolayevich Verstovsky, composer, dies at 63
  • 1865 James McCune Smith, African-American doctor and abolitionist (b. 1813)
  • 1875 Hilario Ascasubi, Argentina author (pampa, gauchos & indians), dies
  • 1893 Alexander-Jozef von Battenberg, king of Bulgaria (1879-86), dies at 36
  • 1897 George Hendric Houghton, American Protestant Episcopal clergyman (b. 1820)
  • 1902 Hugh Price Hughes, Methodist Social Reformer (b. 1847)
  • 1905 Adolf WAKF, duke of Nassau/grand duke of Luxembourg, dies at 88
  • 1905 Philip EFMCBLG, earl of Flanders, dies
  • 1905 Adolphe of Luxembourg, (b. 1817)

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1917 Auguste Rodin, French sculptor (Baiser, Thinker), dies at 77

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin
  • 1921 John McLaren, cricketer (one Test Aust v Eng 1912), dies
  • 1921 Pa Chay Vue, Hmong Nationalist
  • 1922 Robert Comtesse, Swiss Federal Councillor (b. 1847)
  • 1926 Carl Ethan Akeley, American Naturalist(developed taxidermic process for museums), dies at 62)
  • 1927 Adolf A Joffe, Russian author/diplomat, commits suicide at 44
  • 1928 Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian author, politician, & freedom fighter (b. 1865)
  • 1929 A F A Lilley, cricketer (92 dismissals in 35 Tests 1896-1909), dies
  • 1929 Herman Hollerith, German/US statistician (punch card), dies at 69
  • 1931 Georgi Atanasov, composer, dies at 50
  • 1931 John P Lotsy, botanist/geneticist (Resumptio Genetics), dies at 64
  • 1936 Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Austrian contralto (b. 1861)
  • 1937 Jack Worrall, cricketer (Australian batsman 1885-99, 11 Tests), dies
  • 1938 Ante Trumbić, Croatian politician (b. 1864)
  • 1940 Eric Gill, British sculptor (b. 1882)
  • 1940 Raymond Pearl, American biologist (b. 1879)
  • 1941 Earnest Udet, German general/head air pioneer, commits suicide
  • 1942 Ben Reitman, American anarchist, physician (b. 1879)
  • 1943 Paul Charles Rene Landormy, composer, dies at 74
  • 1944 A C MacLaren, cricketer (England batsman from turn of century), dies
  • 1947 Ricarda Huch, writer, dies at 83
  • 1947 Victor Serge, Russian anarchist, novelist, and historian (b. 1890)
  • 1955 James Price Johnson, composer, dies at 64
  • 1958 Mort Cooper, baseball player (b. 1913)
  • 1959 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer/pianist/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1962 Arthur Vining Davis, CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), dies at 95 in Miami
  • 1968 Wilhelm Lehmann, writer, dies at 86
  • 1968 Mervyn Peake, British writer (b. 1911)
  • 1970 Naunton Wayne, actor (Dead of Night), dies at 69
  • 1971 Gladys Cooper, actress (Margaret-The Rogues), dies at 83
  • 1971 Melville Cooper, actor (Diane, Bundle of Joy), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1973 The Mother, Sri Aurobindo Ashram (b. 1878)
  • 1974 Clive Brook, actor/director (On Approval), dies at 87
  • 1975 Kay Johnson, actress (Real Glory, Of Human Bondage), dies at 70
  • 1976 Victor Alessandro, composer, dies at 60
  • 1978 Claude Dauphin, actor (Paris Precinct), dies at 75
  • 1978 James J "Gene" Tunney, heavyweight boxing champ (1926-8), dies at 80
  • 1979 John Glassock, bass (Jethro Tull), dies at 27 following heart surgery
  • 1981 Bob Eberly, singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band), dies at 65
  • 1982 Bill Baldwin, announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 69
  • 1982 Duk Koo Kim, South Korean boxer, legally declared dead
  • 1982 Eduard Tubin, composer, dies at 77
  • 1982 Ruth Donnelly, comedienne, dies at 86 in NYC
  • 1985 Jimmy Ritz, actor (Ritz Brothers), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 1986 Alan Hewitt, actor (Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian), dies at 71
  • 1986 Georges Besse, French president-director of Renault, murdered
  • 1987 Irene Wicker, singer/actress (Singing Lady), dies at 81
  • 1988 Sheilah Graham, gossip columnist, dies of heart failure at 84
  • 1989 Billy Lee, actor (Sons of Legion, Biscuit Eater), dies
  • 1989 Emerson Buckley, composer, dies at 73
  • 1989 Gus Farace, American gangster (b. 1960)

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1990 Robert Hofstadter, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1915)