On This Day for 18th November

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 208

  • 326 Old St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated. Stood 4th - 16th century. Replaced by current St Peter's Basilica in Rome.
  • 794 Japanese emperor Kammu deallocates residence of Nara to Kioto
  • 1105 Maginulf elected anti-Pope Silvester I
  • 1210 Pope Innocent III excommunicates Roman Catholic Emperor Otto IV
  • 1307 William Tell reputedly shoots apple off his son's head
  • 1421 Southern sea floods 72 villages, killing estimated 10,000 in Netherlands
  • 1424 Storm flood ravages Dutch coast
  • 1477 First English dated printed book "Dictes & Sayengis of the Phylosophers" by William Caxton
  • 1494 French King Charles VIII occupies Florence

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1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama reaches the Cape of Good Hope

Explorer Vasco da Gama
Explorer
Vasco da Gama
  • 1626 St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated. Replaced an earlier basilica. Largest Christian basilica
  • 1667 Treaty of Bongaja: King Hassan-Udin of Makasar & VOC
  • 1686 Charles Francois Felix operates on King Louis XIV of France's anal fistula after practising the surgery on several peasants.

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1718 Voltaire's "Oedipe" premieres in Paris

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire
  • 1738 France & Austria sign peace
  • 1742 Prussia & Brtain sign anti-French military covenant
  • 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie's troops occupy Carlisle
  • 1755 Worst quake in Mass Bay area strikes Boston; no deaths report
  • 1776 Hessians capture Ft Lee, NJ
  • 1787 First Unitarian minister in US ordained, Boston
  • 1803 Battle of Vertieres, in which Haitians defeat French
  • 1804 Palver Purim 1st celebrated to commemorate miraculous escape
  • 1805 30 women meet at Mrs Silas Lee's home in Wiscasset, Maine, organizes Female Charitable Society, first woman's club in America
  • 1820 Antarctica sighted by US Navy Capt Nathaniel B Palmer
  • 1833 Netherlands & Belgium sign Treaty of Zonhoven

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1835 -20] Charles Darwin travels to Tahiti

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1852 State funeral of Duke of Wellington (St Paul's Cathedral, London)
  • 1852 Rose Philippine Duchesne dies in St. Charles, Missouri. She would be canonized on July 3, 1988 by Pope John Paul II.
  • 1861 The first provisional meeting of the Confederate Congress is held in Richmond, Virginia

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1865 Mark Twain publishes "Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"

Author Mark Twain
Author
Mark Twain
  • 1872 American suffragette Susan B Anthony is arrested after voting on the 5th November in Rochester NY

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1872 Suffragette Susan Brownell Anthony is arrested by a U.S. Deputy Marshal and charged with illegally voting

  • 1874 National Woman's Christian Temperance Union organizes in Cleveland
  • 1883 Antonin Dvorák's "Husitska" premieres
  • 1883 Standard time zones forms by railroads in US & Canada
  • 1889 Oahu Railway begins public service in Hawaii
  • 1893 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Providentissimus Deus
  • 1894 1st newspaper Sunday color comic section published (NY World)
  • 1894 1st comic strip "Origin of a New Species" by Richard Outcault
  • 1899 Trumper scores 208 in 185 mins (1 five 25 fours) NSW v Qld
  • 1901 The USA and Great Britain sign the Second Hay-Pauncefote Treaty, or Interoceanic Ship Canal Treaty
  • 1902 Brooklyn toymaker Morris Michton names teddy bear after US President Teddy Roosevelt
  • 1903 Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty gives US exclusive canal rights in Panama
  • 1904 General Esteban Huertas steps down after the government of Panama fears he wants to stage a coup.

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1905 George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara" premieres in London

  • 1905 Prince Carl of Denmark becomes King Haakon VII of Norway
  • 1905 10th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 30-0 in Birmingham
  • 1906 Langdon Mitchells "New York Idea" premieres in NYC
  • 1906 Anarchists bomb St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • 1909 US invades Nicaragua, later overthrows President Zelaya
  • 1911 Britain's first seaplane flies
  • 1911 Opera "Lobetanz" first American performance
  • 1912 Cholera breaks out in Constantinople, in the Ottoman Empire
  • 1913 Lincoln Deachey performs first airplane loop-the-loop (San Diego)
  • 1916 General Douglas Haig finally calls off 1st Battle of the Somme (WWI) - over 1 million killed or wounded
  • 1917 Sigma Alpha Rho, a Jewish high school fraternity, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1918 Belgian troops re-enter Brussels, lost to the German invaders on 20 August 1914
  • 1918 Latvia declares independence from Russia
  • 1919 H Tierney & J McCarthy's musical "Irene" premieres in NYC
  • 1920 Apollo Theater (Academy, Bryant) opens at 221 W 42nd St NYC
  • 1922 Turkish National Assembly nominates Abdul Medjid kalief
  • 1926 Pope Pius XI encyclical On persecution of Church in Mexico

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1928 Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse appears in NY in "Steamboat Willie"

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 1929 Dr Vladimir K Zworykin demonstrates "kinescope"
  • 1929 Large earthquake in Atlantic breaks transatlantic cable in 28 places

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1929 Stalin routes troops to Manchuria

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin

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1930 Musical "Smiles" with Bob Hope and Fred Astaire premieres in NYC

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • 1930 Sjostakovitch' opera "The Nose" premieres in Lenningrad
  • 1930 Sōka Kyōiku Gakkai, a Buddhist association later renamed Soka Gakkai, is founded by Japanese educators Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda.
  • 1932 "Flowers & Trees" receives 1st Academy Award for a cartoon
  • 1932 1st tie for Best Actor Academy Award Wallace Beery & Fredric March
  • 1932 5th Academy Awards - "Grand Hotel", Fredric March, Wallace Beery & Helen Hayes win

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1936 Germany & Italy recognize Spanish government of Francisco Franco

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • 1936 Main span of Golden Gate Bridge joined
  • 1938 Trade union members elect John L. Lewis as the first president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations.
  • 1939 Neth KNSM passenger ship Simon Bolivar hits German mine, 86 die
  • 1939 The Irish Republican Army explodes three bombs in Piccadilly Circus
  • 1940 George Matesky, New York City's Mad Bomber places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.
  • 1941 British troops open attack on Tobruk, North Africa
  • 1941 Jerome Chodorov/Joseph Fields' "Junior Miss" premieres in NYC

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1941 Mussolini's forces leave Abyssinia/Ethiopia

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1942 Thornton Wilders "Skin of our Teeth," premieres in NYC
  • 1943 First US ambassador to Canada, Ray Atherton, nominated
  • 1943 444 British bombers attack Berlin
  • 1943 U-211 sinks in Atlantic Ocean

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1945 Arnold Schoenberg's Prelude for orchestra & mixed choir, premieres

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

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1949 NL batting leader (.342) Jackie Robinson wins NL MVP

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1949 The U.S. Air Force grounds B-29s after two crashes and 23 deaths in three days

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1950 South Korea President Syngman Rhee forced to end mass executions

First President of South Korea Syngman Rhee
First President of South Korea
Syngman Rhee
  • 1951 "See it Now" premieres on TV
  • 1951 British troops occupy Ismailiya, Egypt
  • 1951 Former Cubs 1st baseman & future TV star of Rifleman Chuck Connors is 1st player to oppose the major league draft
  • 1953 Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP) accept female suffrage
  • 1954 Yanks trade Woodling, Byrd, McDonald, Triandos, Miranada & Smith to Orioles for Turley, Larsen & Hunter as part of an 18 player deal
  • 1955 Bell X-2 rocket plane taken up for 1st powered flight
  • 1956 Morocco gains independence
  • 1957 Tunisia refuses Russian weapons
  • 1958 1st true reservoir in Jerusalem opens
  • 1958 Indians minority stockholders sell their stock to William Delay
  • 1959 Wash Senator Bob Allison wins AL Rookie of Year

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 224

  • 1522 Lamoral, Count of Egmont, Flemish general and statesman (d. 1568)
  • 1527 Luca Cambiaso, Italian painter/sculptor
  • 1584 Gaspar de Crayer, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp
  • 1630 Eleanor Gonzaga, Empress of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1686)
  • 1680 Jean-Baptiste Loeillet, composer
  • 1727 Philibert Commerçon, French naturalist (d. 1773)
  • 1736 Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, composer
  • 1742 Felix Maximo Lopez, composer
  • 1772 Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia Christian, composer
  • 1774 Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands (d. 1837)
  • 1781 Felice Blangini, composer
  • 1785 David Wilkie, British artist (d. 1841)
  • 1786 Henry Rowley Bishop, British composer/conductor
  • 1786 Carl Maria von Weber, Germany, romantic composer (Der Freischutz), [or 19]

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1787 Sojourner Truth [Isabella Baumfree], Swartekill, New York, US abolitionist/feminist

Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate Sojourner Truth
Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate
Sojourner Truth

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1787 Louis-Jacques Daguerre, Cormeilles-en-Parisis France, inventor and photographer (d. 1851)

Photographer and Inventor Louis-Jacques Daguerre
Photographer and Inventor
Louis-Jacques Daguerre
  • 1803 Cornelius Broere, Dutch priest/poet
  • 1804 Alfonso Ferrero la Marmora, Italian general and statesman (d. 1878)
  • 1808 Antoine-Amable-Elie Elwart, composer
  • 1810 Asa Gray, Sauquoit NY, botanist (Flora of North America)
  • 1810 Benjamin Stone Roberts, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1875)
  • 1812 Jesse Johnson Finley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1904)
  • 1824 Franz Sigel, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1902)
  • 1824 Isham Nicholas Hayne, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1868)
  • 1832 Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Swedish explorer (d. 1901)
  • 1835 Americus Vespucius Rice, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1904)
  • 1835 Cesare Lombroso, Italian psychiatrist/criminologist

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1836 William Schwenck Gilbert, English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator (Gilbert & Sullivan), born in London, England

English Dramatist William Schwenck Gilbert
English Dramatist
William Schwenck Gilbert
  • 1839 August A Kundt, German physicist (sound vibration, test of Kundt)
  • 1845 John F Mellaerts, Flemish social worker (1st Belgian farm gilde)
  • 1846 Aloys, Liechtenstein nobleman/politician
  • 1856 Nikolai Nikolaevich Romanov, Grand Duke of Russia (d. 1929)

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1860 Ignacy Jan Paderewski, composer/1st premier of Poland (1919-20)

Panist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Panist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  • 1861 Dorothy Dix, pseudonym of US journalist Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer (d. 1951)
  • 1863 Richard Dehmel, writer
  • 1869 James E Sullivan, founder (Amateur Athletic Union)
  • 1871 Amadeo Vives, composer
  • 1874 Carrie White, oldest US woman (dies Nov 1990 at 116)
  • 1874 Clarence Shepard Day, author (Life with Father), born in NYC, New York
  • 1874 Riccardo Martin, composer
  • 1877 Arthur C Pigou, English economist (Wealth & welfare)
  • 1881 Percy Lesueur, hockey player/inventor (large goalie glove)
  • 1882 Amelita Galli-Curci, Italy, operatic soprano (Cave of the Winds)
  • 1882 Jacques Maritain, France, Catholic philosopher (exponent of St Thomas)
  • 1882 Wyndham Lewis, English author/painter (Tarr, Apes of God)
  • 1883 Carl Vinson, U.S. Congressman (d. 1981)
  • 1888 Frances Marion, SF CA, screenwriter/actress (Pollyanna)
  • 1889 Maria Realino, [Frederikus Janssen], teacher (Botany of Curacao)
  • 1895 Ernst Levy, composer
  • 1897 Jules Buffano, St Louis Mo, pianist (Jimmy Durante Show)
  • 1897 Patrick M S Blackett, British physicist (nuclear reaction, Nobel 1948)
  • 1898 Joris Ivens, Nijmegen Netherlands, director (Rain)
  • 1898 Oswald Erich Sehlbach, composer
  • 1899 Eugene Ormandy, [Blau], Budapest Hungary, conductor (Phila Orch)
  • 1900 Constantin Alajalov, Russia, artist (Ditters & Jitters)
  • 1900 Howard Thurman, theologian/author (Deep River, Deep in the Hunger)
  • 1900 George Kistiakowsky, Kiev, Ukrainian-American Chemist who helped develop the first atomic bomb (Manhattan Project), but later opposed nuclear weapons

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1901 George Gallup, Jefferson Iowa, public opinion pollster (Gallup Poll)

Inventor of the Gallup Poll George Gallup
Inventor of the Gallup Poll
George Gallup
  • 1902 Barbara Giuranna, composer
  • 1902 Jorgen Nielsen, Danish author (regional novels)
  • 1903 Lillian Fuchs, composer
  • 1904 Guido Santorsola, composer
  • 1904 Theodore DN Besterman, British bibliographer
  • 1904 Jean Paul Lemieux, Quebec painter (d. 1990)

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1906 George Wald, US, physiologist/biologist (eye, Nobel 1967)

Scientist George Wald
Scientist
George Wald
  • 1906 Klaus Mann, German/US author (Mephisto)/son of Thomas Mann
  • 1906 Alec Issigonis, Greek-British car designer (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Halldis Vesaas-Moren, Norwegian author/poetess
  • 1907 Compay Segundo, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club) (d. 2003)
  • 1908 Imogene Coca, Phila, comedienne (Your Show of Shows, Grindl)

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1909 Johnny Mercer, Savannah Ga, lyricist (Moon River, Old Black Magic)

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
  • 1910 Friedrich Weinreb, Polish/Neth theologist/economist
  • 1911 Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet and writer (d. 2000)
  • 1912 Arthur Peterson, Mandan ND, actor (Major-Soap, Crisis)
  • 1912 Jaap Meijer, [Saul van Messel], Dutch historian/rabbi in Paramaribo
  • 1915 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player and umpire (d. 2004)
  • 1916 James L Lyons, jazz promoter
  • 1918 Tasker Watkins, Welsh World War II hero (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Jocelyn Brando, actress (Ugly American), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1920 Alfred William Bedford, test pilot
  • 1920 Louis Alfred Mennini, composer
  • 1920 Mustafa Khalil, Prime Minister of Egypt (d. 2008)
  • 1921 Peter Pocklington, NHL team owner (Edmonton Oiler)
  • 1922 Luis Somoza Debayle, president of Nicaragua (1956-63)
  • 1922 Marjorie Gestring, US, springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1922 Viktor Afanasiev, editor (Pravda)
  • 1922 Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Alan B Shepard Jr, East Derry NH, Rear Adm USN/astro (Merc 3, Ap 14)
  • 1923 Ted Stevens, American politician
  • 1924 Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, Scottish jurist (d. 2000)
  • 1925 Alex Macintosh, broadcaster/actor (Hell Fight)
  • 1925 William Robert Mayer, composer
  • 1926 Dorothy Collins, Windsor Ontario, singer (Your Hit Parade)
  • 1926 Kim Besly, activist
  • 1926 Estanislao Basora, Catalonia, Spain, footballer (The Monster of Colombes, 22 caps for Spain, 301 matches for Barcelona), (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Lawrence Kenneth Moss, composer
  • 1927 Hank Ballard, American musician (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Eldar Ryazanov, Russian film director and screenwriter (A Cruel Romance), born in Kuybyshev, USSR (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Mickey Mouse, cartoon strip
  • 1928 Otar Gordeli, Georgian composer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1948 KFC founder Colonel Sanders (58) weds his long-time employee Claudia Price

Businessman and Restaurateur Colonel Sanders
Businessman and Restaurateur
Colonel Sanders
  • 1952 "Rock Around The Clock" rock and roll pioneer Bill Haley (27) weds Barbara Cupchak

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1962 Singer Barry White (18) weds childhood sweetheart Betty Smith

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White

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1966 MLB baseball player Hank Greenberg (55) weds actress Mary Jo Tarola

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg

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1966 Writer Jack Kerouac (44) weds Stella Kerouac

Writer Jack Kerouac
Writer
Jack Kerouac
  • 2000 "Queen" guitarist Brian May (53) weds "EastEnders" actress Anita Dobson (51) in a civil ceremony at Richmond Register Office

HeartWedding of Interest

2000 Actress Catherine Zeta Jones (31) weds actor/producer Michael Douglas (56) at the Plaza Hotel in New York City

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2006 American film actor and producer Tom Cruise (44) weds actress Katie Holmes (27) at Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise
Actress Katie Holmes
Actress
Katie Holmes

HeartWedding of Interest

2010 Cricketer Glenn McGrath (40) weds interior designer Sara Leonardi in Cronulla, New South Wales

Cricketer Glenn McGrath
Cricketer
Glenn McGrath

Famous Deaths

  • 942 Odo van Cluny, 2nd abbott of Cluny (924-42), dies
  • 1154 Adélaide de Maurienne, wife of Louis VI of France (b. 1092)
  • 1170 Albrecht I "Bear", 1st margrave of Brandenburg (1150-70), dies at 70
  • 1305 John II, Duke of Brittany (b. 1239)
  • 1559 Cuthbert Tunstall, English churchman (b. 1474)
  • 1590 George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, English statesman (b. 1528)
  • 1603 Elisabeth van Nassau, daughter of Juliana, dies at 61
  • 1630 Esaias van der Velde, Dutch painter, buried
  • 1678 Giovanni Maria Bononcini, composer, dies at 36
  • 1724 Bartolomeu de Gusmão, Portuguese naturalist (b. 1685)
  • 1771 Giuseppe de Majo, composer, dies at 73
  • 1785 Louis Philip I, Duke of Orléans, French soldier and writer (b. 1725)
  • 1797 Jacques-Alexandre Laffon de Ladebat, French shipbuilder and merchant (b. 1719)
  • 1814 William Jessop, British civil engineer (b. 1745)
  • 1822 Anton Teyber, composer, dies at 66
  • 1822 George Knowil Jackson, composer, dies at 65
  • 1827 Wilhelm Hauff, writer, dies at 24
  • 1841 Georg Chistoph Grosheim, composer, dies at 77
  • 1851 Ernst August, duke of Cumberland/king of Hanover (1837-51), dies at 80
  • 1852 Anton Bernhard Furstenau, composer, dies at 60
  • 1854 Edward Forbes, English Naturalist and pioneer in the field of biogeography, dies of an illness at 39
  • 1883 Wilhelm Siemens, German/British physicist (steam engine), dies

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1886 Chester A. Arthur, 21st US president (1881-85), dies at 56

21st US President Chester A. Arthur
21st US President
Chester A. Arthur
  • 1887 Eduard Marxsen, composer, dies at 81
  • 1887 Gustav T Fechner, German psychologist/physicist, dies at 86
  • 1887 Heinrich Panofka, German violist/composer, dies at 80
  • 1889 William Allingham, Irish poet (Day & Night Songs), dies at 68
  • 1904 Justus van Maurik, cigar manufacturer/author/head of Red Guard, dies
  • 1911 Alfred Binet, French child psychologist, dies
  • 1917 Henry Spiekman, social-democratic politician, dies at 43
  • 1918 Reggie Schwartz, cricketer (55 wickets for South Africa), dies
  • 1919 Ferdinand Domela Newenhouse, anarchist (free socialist), dies
  • 1922 Marcel Proust, French author (Recherche du Temps Perdu), dies at 51
  • 1929 Henricus Van de Wetering, archbishop Utrecht (1895-1929), dies at 78
  • 1941 Walter H Nernst, German chemist (Nobel Prize 1920), dies at 77
  • 1941 Chris Watson, third Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1867)
  • 1941 Émile Nelligan, Quebec poet (b. 1879)
  • 1946 Donald Meek, Scotland, actor (Stage Fair, Stagecoach), dies at 86
  • 1946 John King, cricketer (scored 60 & 4 in only Test Eng v Aus 1909), dies
  • 1950 Gerardus van de Lion, Dutch minister of Education, dies at 60
  • 1951 John H Van Maarseveen, Dutch minister of Justice, dies at 57
  • 1951 Vaclav Kalik, composer, dies at 60
  • 1951 William Henry Bennett Vodery, composer, dies at 66
  • 1952 Paul Eluard, French communist/poet, dies at 56
  • 1958 Sivert Samuelson, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1910), dies
  • 1962 Luc Haesaerts, Flemish art critic (Flandre), dies at 63

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1962 Niels Bohr, Danish physicist (atom, Nobel 1922), dies at 77

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Niels Bohr
  • 1965 Henry A Wallace, VP (1941-45)/founder (Progressive Party), dies at 77
  • 1966 Bela Tardos, composer, dies at 56
  • 1966 Jean Peugeot, French auto manufacturer, dies
  • 1968 Walter Wanger, US producer (Cleopatra), dies at 74

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1969 Joseph P Kennedy, JFK/RFK/TMK father, dies in Hyannis Port Mass, at 81

Patriarch of the Kennedy family Joseph P. Kennedy
Patriarch of the Kennedy family
Joseph P. Kennedy
  • 1969 Leon Jongen, composer, dies at 85
  • 1969 Ted Heath, British musician and bandleader (b. 1902)
  • 1970 Hal Dickinson, singer (Modernaires), dies at 56
  • 1971 Junior Parker, rocker, dies during brain operation at 44
  • 1972 Danny Whitten, rocker, dies of a drug overdose
  • 1972 Segundo Luis Moreno Andrade, composer, dies at 90
  • 1976 Man Ray, US artist (Dada), dies at 86
  • 1977 Victor Francen, actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio), dies at 89
  • 1977 Kurt Schuschnigg, Austrian politician (b. 1897)

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1978 Jim Jones, US pastor, leader of Jonestown Cult, commits suicide at 47

Founder of the Peoples Temple cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple cult
Jim Jones
  • 1978 Leo J Ryan, (Rep-Cal) & 4 killed in Jonestown, Guyana by members of Peoples Temple, followed by ritual mass suicide of 914 members
  • 1979 Freddie Fitzsimmons, baseball player (b. 1901)
  • 1980 Conn Smythe, NHL coach 1927-1931 (b. 1895)
  • 1982 Donald Dillaway, actor (Min & Bill, Platinum Blonde), dies at 78
  • 1982 H Kipphardt, writer, dies at 60
  • 1984 Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (b. 1907)
  • 1986 Gia Carangi, American model (AIDS) (b. 1960)
  • 1987 Jacques Anquetil, French cyclist (5x Tour de France), dies at 53
  • 1989 Henry de Vries, painter/poet (Toovertuin), dies
  • 1990 Peter Schilperoort, saxophonist/clarinetist, dies
  • 1991 Gustav Husak, president of Czechoslovakia (1975-89), dies at 78
  • 1992 Dorothy Kirsten, US soprano, dies from stroke at 82
  • 1992 Herman Musaph, psychiatrist/sexologist/co-founder (NVSH), dies
  • 1992 Superman, fictional character, killed by Doomsday at 54
  • 1993 Fritz Feld, actor (Errand Boy, Promises Promises), dies at 93
  • 1994 Cab[ell] Calloway, US band leader/actor (Missourians), dies at 86
  • 1994 Chris Joyce, photographer, dies at 51
  • 1994 Michael [George] Somes, English dancer (Royal Ballet), dies at 77
  • 1995 Miron Grindea, literary editor, dies at 86
  • 1995 Ted Sannella, square dance caller, dies of cancer
  • 1996 David Herbert, publisher, dies at 69
  • 1996 John Vassall, spy/civil servant, dies at 72
  • 1999 Paul Bowles, American novelist (b. 1910)
  • 1999 Doug Sahm, American musician (b. 1941)
  • 2002 James Coburn, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2003 Michael Kamen, American composer (b. 1948)
  • 2004 Cy Coleman, American composer, songwriter and pianist (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Harold J. Stone, American actor (b. 1911)
  • 2009 Red Robbins, American basketball player (b. 1944)
  • 2010 Brian G. Marsden, British astronomer (b. 1937)
  • 2012 Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya, Russian Woman Grandmaster of chess, dies from brain cancer at 55
  • 2015 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union footballer, dies at 40
  • 2015 Mal Whitfield, American Olympic athlete, dies at 91