On This Day for 12th October

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 212

  • 539 BC The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon.
  • 638 Honorius I ends his reign as Catholic Pope; Pope Severinus elected
  • 642 John IV ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1165 Rambam reaches Jerusalem
  • 1216 King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash, probably near Fosdyke, perhaps near Sutton Bridge
  • 1279 Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk founder of Nichiren Buddhism, inscribes the Dai-Gohonzon
  • 1285 180 Jews refuse baptism in Munich Germany, they are set on fire
  • 1366 King Frederick III of Siciliy forbids decorations on synagogues
  • 1398 The Treaty of Salynas is signed between Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas the Great and the Teutonic Knights, who received Samogitia.
  • 1459 Battle at Ludford Bridge: Richard of York defeated
  • 1492 Flemish rebel leader Philip van Kleef surrenders

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1492 Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall on Caribbean island he names San Salvador (likely Watling Island, Bahamas). The explorer believes he has reached East Asia (OS 21 Oct)

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1504 Queen Isabella I of Spain signs her testament
  • 1509 Emperor Maximilian leaves Italy

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1518 Pontifical ambassador interrogates Martin Luther

Founder of Protestanism Martin Luther
Founder of Protestanism
Martin Luther
  • 1549 John Dudley earl of Warwick becomes English premier
  • 1576 Rudolf II succeeds Maximilian II as Holy Roman Emperor
  • 1609 Children's rhyme "Three Blind Mice" published in London
  • 1654 The Delft Explosion (gunpowder) devastates the city in the Netherlands, killing more than 100.
  • 1659 English "Rump" Parliament dimisses John Lambert & other generals
  • 1711 Karel VI Habsburg crowned Roman Catholic emperor
  • 1729 Willem KH Friso installed as viceroy of Gelderland
  • 1730 Christian VI succeeds Frederik IV as king of Denmark
  • 1773 America's first asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds' in Virginia
  • 1775 US Navy forms
  • 1776 British Brigade begins guarding Throgg Necks Road in Bronx
  • 1792 First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York
  • 1798 Flemish uprising against French occupied Boerenkrijg
  • 1798 Friedrich von Schiller's "Wallensteins Lager" premieres in Weimar
  • 1815 Ex-king Joachim Murat van Naples sentenced to death
  • 1822 Second eruption of Galunggung (Java) destroys summit of mountain
  • 1823 Charles Macintosh of Scotland begins selling raincoats (Macs)

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1833 Charles Darwin begins return trip to Buenos Aires

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1836 18" of snow falls in Bridgewater, NY
  • 1850 First women's medical school (Women's Medical College of Penns), opens
  • 1853 John Morrissey wins boxing title, when Yankee Sullivan leaves ring after 36th round to slug Morrissey's fans
  • 1854 Lincoln University founded as Ashmun Institute

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1859 Self-proclaimed Emperor of the USA, Emperor Norton issues edit abolishing the US Congress

Emperor of the USA Emperor Norton
Emperor of the USA
Emperor Norton
  • 1860 British & French troops capture Beijing
  • 1861 Confederate ironclad Manassas attack Union's Richmond on Mississippi

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1862 JEB Stuart completes his "second ride around Mcclellan"

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart
Confederate General
J.E.B. Stuart
  • 1862 Maj Gen Earl Van Dorn assumes command of Conf troops in Missisippi
  • 1862 Skirmish at Monocacy, Maryland
  • 1871 US President Grant condemns Ku Klux Klan
  • 1872 Montreal Foot Ball Club 1st game playing Quebec City to 0-0 tie
  • 1879 British troops occupy Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 1881 Henry M Stanley signs contract with Congo monarch
  • 1886 Hurricane & sea surge kills 250 at Indianola Texas
  • 1886 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of 2nd Stain" (BG)
  • 1891 Astronomical Society of France is inaugurated
  • 1892 US Pledge of Allegiance first recited in public schools during Columbus Day
  • 1898 Establishment of the first town council in Mateur.
  • 1899 South Africa Boer Republic declares war on Britain

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1900 The first modern submarine is commissioned by the U.S.Navy as the USS Holland, named for its designer John Philip Holland

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1901 Theodore Roosevelt renames "Executive Mansion" "The White House"

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1903 Lyric Theater opens at 213 W 42nd St NYC
  • 1907 Cubs beat Tigers 4 games to 0 with 1 tie in 4th World Series
  • 1913 John McGraw, after drinking, blames Wilbert Robinson's coaching mistakes for World Series lose, Robinson blames McGraw & is fired
  • 1914 The First Battle of Ypres begins

Person-of-interestModel T

1915 Ford Motor Company under Henry Ford manufactures its 1 millionth Model T automobile

  • 1915 Theodore Roosevelt criticizes US citzens who identify themselves with dual nationalities
  • 1916 Boston Red Sox beat Bkln Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 13th World Series
  • 1917 The First Battle of Passchendaele, now Passendale
  • 1918 Cloquet fire kills 453 and injures or displaces 52,000 people
  • 1920 Cleve Indians beat Bkln Dodgers, 5 games to 2 in 17th World Series
  • 1920 Construction begins on Holland Tunnel connecting NJ & NYC
  • 1920 Man O'War's last race & win
  • 1920 Soccer team Quick '20 forms
  • 1923 NY Giant's Casey Stengel HR beats Yanks 1-0 in World Series
  • 1924 Sokolnicheskaya Radio begins broadcasting from Moscow
  • 1925 Albert Michelsen runs world record marathon (2:19:01.8)
  • 1925 German-Russian trade agreement signed
  • 1927 Hermann Goerner of Germany raises 24 men weighing 4,123 lbs on a plank with soles of his feet
  • 1928 1st use of iron lung (Boston's Children Hospital)
  • 1929 Cubs blow 8-0 World Series lead, A's score 10 in 1 inning
  • 1931 1st International Conference on Calendar Reform
  • 1933 Alcatraz becomes a federal prison (unofficially)

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1933 John Dillinger escapes from jail in Allen County, Ohio

Gangster John Dillinger
Gangster
John Dillinger

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1933 Gangster George Francis Barnes, aka Machine Gun Kelly, is sentenced to life imprisonment

American Gangster George 'Machine Gun' Kelly
American Gangster
George 'Machine Gun' Kelly
  • 1935 Cole Porters musical "Jubilee" premieres in NYC
  • 1941 Russian government moves from Moscow to Volga as Nazis close in on Moscow
  • 1942 Successful Russian counter attack through 37th Guard division
  • 1942 US navy defeats Japanese in WW II Battle of Cape Esperance
  • 1943 US bombs Rabaul, New Britain
  • 1944 German army retreats from Athens
  • 1948 Casey Stengel takes over as Yankee manager
  • 1950 "Call Me Madam" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 644 performances
  • 1952 Hanif Mohammad scores twin 100s v N Zone (Ind) his 1st fc cricket tons
  • 1952 KBTV (now KUSA) TV channel 9 in Denver, CO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 US & Greece sign peace treaty (US bases)
  • 1955 -13] Hurricane Hazel, kills 68 in Haiti
  • 1956 Marga Klompe becomes first Dutch women elected minister
  • 1957 "Mask & Gown" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • 1957 "Simply Heavenly" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 62 performances
  • 1957 First commercial flight between California & Antarctica
  • 1957 Canadian Prime Minister Lester Bowles Pearson wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1958 CVP wins municipal elections in Belgium
  • 1958 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1958 WJRT TV channel 12 in Flint, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 At the national congress of APRA in Peru a group of leftist radicals are expelled from the party. They will later form APRA Rebelde.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 231

  • 1008 Emperor Go-Ichijō of Japan (d. 1036)
  • 1350 Dmitry Donskoy, Grand Prince of Moscovy (d. 1389)
  • 1490 Bernardo Pisano, composer
  • 1537 Edward VI, Tudor, King of England (1547-53)
  • 1558 Archduke Maximilian III of Austria (d. 1618)
  • 1558 Jacques Sirmond, French scholar and Jesuit (d. 1651)
  • 1576 Thomas Dudley, English-born American colonial magistrate (d. 1653)
  • 1602 William Chillingworth, English religious leader (d. 1644)
  • 1686 Silvius Leopold Weiss, composer
  • 1710 Jonathan Trumbull, American politician and statesman (d. 1785)
  • 1712 William Shippen, American physician and statesman (d. 1801)
  • 1725 Etienne Louis Geoffroy, French pharmacist and entomologist (d. 1810)
  • 1742 Johan Peter Melchior, German sculptor
  • 1759 Frantisek Vaclav Tomes, composer
  • 1762 John W Janssens, gov-gen of Cape colony/Dutch-Indies 1811
  • 1763 John Ross, composer
  • 1792 Christian Gmelin, German chemist (d. 1860)
  • 1798 A J Pedro I van Alcantara, Kaiser of Brazil (1822-31)/king of Portugal
  • 1798 Charles Albert, King of Sardinia (1831-49)
  • 1801 Friedrich Frey-Herosé, Swiss statesman (d. 1873)
  • 1807 John Tideman, Dutch Remonstrant theologist
  • 1808 John Liptrot Hatton, composer
  • 1813 Lyman Trumbull, MC (Union) (d. 1896)
  • 1815 William Joseph Hardee, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1873)
  • 1822 Joseph Haydn Potter, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1892)
  • 1832 Walter T Watts-Dunton, England, lawyer/poet/writer (Aylwin)
  • 1840 Helena Modjeska, Poland, Shakespearian actress (Juliet)/anti-Russian
  • 1844 George W Cable, American writer (Northampton Years)
  • 1845 Amintore Galli, composer
  • 1855 Arthur Nikisch, Szent-Miklos Hungary, conductor (Berlin Philharmonic)
  • 1855 August Sauer, Austria literature historian (Euphorion)
  • 1855 Jacobus of Looy, Dutch writer/painter (Death of My Cat) [or 9/12]
  • 1860 Elmer A Sperry, inventor (gyrocompass)
  • 1865 Arthur Harden, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1940)
  • 1866 Antonie Waldrop, painter/lithographer
  • 1866 James Ramsay MacDonald, (L) British PM (1924, 1929-35)
  • 1872 Ralph Vaughan Williams, Down Amp England, composer (Hugh the Drover)
  • 1874 Jimmy Burke, American baseball player (d. 1942)
  • 1875 Aleister [Edward S] Crowley, (75 pseudonames), British occultist
  • 1878 Karl Buresch, Austria politician
  • 1880 Healey Willan, composer
  • 1880 Louis Hémon, French novelist (d. 1913)
  • 1881 Carlos Lopez Buchardo, composer
  • 1881 William Nigh, Berlin Wisconsin, director (Ape, Doomed to Die, Mr Wong)
  • 1882 Hermann Wolfgang Sartorius Waltershausen, German musicologist/composer
  • 1884 Godfrey Tearle, English/US actor (39 Steps)
  • 1886 Karl Dane, Copenhagen Denmark, actor (Son of the Sheik)
  • 1887 Paula von Preradović, Croatian-Austrian poet (d. 1951)
  • 1890 Luis de Freitas Branco, composer
  • 1891 Edith Stein, German philosopher
  • 1892 Gilda dalla Rizza, Italian soprano (d. 1975)
  • 1893 Pall Isolfsson, composer
  • 1893 Velvalee Dickinson, American spy (d. 1980)
  • 1894 Charles Hodge, California, NYU professor (Answers for Americans)
  • 1894 Elisabeth A de Vreugd, chambermaid of Dutch queen
  • 1896 Eugenio Montale, Italy, poet/translator (Xenia-Nobel 1975)
  • 1902 Dirk A M Binnendijk, critic (Authoritarian Regimes in Transistion)
  • 1903 Grayson Kirk, Jeffersonville Ohio, educator
  • 1904 Ding Ling, Chinese writer (d. 1986)
  • 1904 Lester Dent, American writer (d. 1959)
  • 1905 Rick Ferrell, baseball Hall of Fame catcher
  • 1906 Edmund Charles Wolf Myers, soldier/engineer
  • 1906 Joe Cronin, baseball (Pirates, Red Sox, Senators, MVP 1930, AL Pres)
  • 1906 Willy Hess, Swiss musicologist, composer and famous Beethoven scholar
  • 1907 Wolfgang Fortner, composer
  • 1908 Ann Lane Petry, US journalist/author (Street)
  • 1908 Paul Engle, American writer (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Josephine Hutchinson, actress (Story of Louis Pasteur), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1909 Zellig S Harris, US linguist
  • 1910 Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and translator (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Bob Sheppard, American baseball announcer
  • 1911 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9x US National Champion), born in Winchester, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1911 Louis M de Guiringaud, French foreign minister (1976-78)
  • 1911 Vijay Merchant, cricketer (all-time great Indian batsman)
  • 1913 William James Moyce, armaments scientist
  • 1916 Alice Childress, American actress and playwright (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Hans Bentz van den Berg, Dutch actor (Last Train)
  • 1918 Emil Cossetto, composer
  • 1919 Andre Casanova, composer
  • 1919 Gilles Beaudoin, Quebec politician (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Christy Ring, Irish hurler (d. 1979)
  • 1921 Jaroslav Drobny, Czech, hockey (Oly-gold-1948), tennis (Wimb-1954)
  • 1923 Jean Nidetch, businesswoman and founder of Weight Watchers, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1923 Goody Petronelli, American boxing trainer and manager
  • 1924 Doris Grau, American actress (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Bill Parkhouse, cricketer (England batsman in 7 Tests 1950-59)
  • 1925 Fons Jansen, news reader/Dutch cabaretier (court jester of beliefs)
  • 1925 Guitar Gabriel Robert Lewis Jones, singer/guitarist
  • 1925 William Steinkraus, equestrian (Oly-gold/2 sil/br-52/56/60/64/68/72)
  • 1925 Denis Lazure, Quebec politician (d. 2008)
  • 1926 Hans Liebold, Germany, auto racer (Nardo, Italy)
  • 1927 Antonia Rey, actress (True Colors, Wise Guys), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1928 Thomas Burnett Swann, US, sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur)
  • 1928 Al Held, US, painter/sculptor (hard edge-style)
  • 1929 Robert Coles, Milton Mass, author (Anna Freud, Pulitzer 1973)
  • 1929 Magnús Magnússon, Icelandic television presenter (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Jack S Gottlieb, composer
  • 1931 Raoul Pleskow, composer
  • 1932 Dick Gregory, comedian/political activist/dietician (Bahamian Diet)
  • 1932 Dusan Makavejev, Belgrade Yugoslavia, director (Man is Not a Bird)

Famous Weddings

  • 1810 First Oktoberfest: The Bavarian royalty invites the citizens of Munich to join the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.

HeartWedding of Interest

1822 "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" author Victor Hugo (20) weds Adele Fourcher

Author Victor Hugo
Author
Victor Hugo

HeartWedding of Interest

1893 Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (37) weds Margaret James Murray

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington

HeartWedding of Interest

1929 US military leader George Marshall (48) weds Katherine Tupper

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall

HeartWedding of Interest

1942 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (41) weds dancer Lucille Wilson (28)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

HeartWedding of Interest

1980 Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman (43) weds businesswoman Lisa Gottsegen (26) in Roxbury, Connecticut

HeartWedding of Interest

1991 Steven Spielberg weds Kate Capshaw

  • 1997 "Malcolm X" actress Angela Bassett (39) weds actor Courtney B. Vance (38) in Los Angeles
  • 2003 Actor Danny Nucci (35) weds actress Paula Marshall (39) in Los Angeles
  • 2012 Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham (50) weds fitness model Audrey Murdick (32) at the Sunstone Vineyards in Santa Ynez, California
  • 2013 "Charmed" tv actress Rose McGowan (40) weds artist Davey Detail at the Paramour Mansion in Los Angeles, California
  • 2013 Actor Ben Feldman (33) weds longtime girlfriend Michelle Mulitz at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, Maryland

HeartWedding of Interest

2013 Grammy award-winning record producer Pharrell Williams (40) weds model Helen Lasichanh in Miami, Florida

  • 2013 "30 Rock" actor Keith Powell weds visual artist Jill Knox at Tribeca Rooftop in NYC, New York
  • 2013 Former Guns N' Roses Matt Sorum (52) weds singer and dancer Adriane Harper in Palm Springs, California
  • 2013 Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis (53) weds paralegal Johnny Chaillot in Malibu, California

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 137

  • 632 Edwin of Deira, King of Northumbria and Bretwalda
  • 638 Honorius I, [dux plebis], Italian Pope, dies
  • 642 John IV, Dalmatian born Pope (640-42), dies
  • 642 Pope John IV
  • 1093 Robrecht de Fries, earl of Flanders (1071-93), dies at about 62
  • 1095 Margrave Leopold II of Austria (b. 1050)
  • 1176 William d'Aubigny, 1st Earl of Arundel, English politician
  • 1320 Michael IX Paleologi, emperor of Byzantine (1295-1320), dies
  • 1343 Reinald II, duke of Gelre, dies
  • 1491 Fritz Herlen, German artist
  • 1492 Piero della Francesca, Italian painter
  • 1565 Jean Ribault, French explorer and colonizer (b. 1520)
  • 1576 Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (1564-76), dies
  • 1590 Kano Eitoku, Japanese painter (b. 1543)
  • 1600 Luis Molina, Spanish Jesuit (b. 1535)
  • 1632 Kutsuki Mototsuna, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1549)
  • 1646 Francois De Bassompierre, marshal of France, dies
  • 1654 Dirck Graswinckel, Dutch copurt clerk of States-General, dies at 66
  • 1654 Rembrandt Carel Fabritius, painter, is injured in the Delft Explosion and later dies of his injuries
  • 1672 Frederik of Nassau, count of Buren, slain in battle
  • 1678 Edmund Berry Godfrey, English magistrate (b. 1621)
  • 1679 William Gurnall, English writer (b. 1617)
  • 1685 Geeraerdt Burns, theologist/poet/historian, dies at 59
  • 1685 Christoph Ignaz Abele, Austrian jurist (b. 1628)
  • 1692 Giovanni Battista Vitali, composer, dies at 60
  • 1694 Matsuo Basho, greatest Japanese haiku poet, dies
  • 1730 Frederik IV, king of Denmark/Norway (1699-1730), dies
  • 1758 Richard Molesworth, 3rd Viscount Molesworth, British field marshal (b. 1680)
  • 1791 A L Karschin, writer, dies at 68
  • 1794 James Lyon, composer, dies at 59
  • 1797 Pierre de Jelyotte, composer, dies at 84
  • 1817 Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel, composer, dies at 66
  • 1820 Elias Annes Borger, theologist/poet (Ode on the Rhine), dies at 36
  • 1829 Jacobus Blue, Dutch regent/patriot, dies at about 73
  • 1837 Frederica Louisa Wilhelmina, Queen of Netherlands, dies at 62
  • 1844 Claude Tillier, French journalist/writer (My Uncle Benjamin), dies

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1845 Elizabeth Fry, British social reformer and philanthropist (b. 1780)

English Social Reformer Elizabeth Fry
English Social Reformer
Elizabeth Fry
  • 1858 Ando Hiroshige, Japanese painter, dies at 61
  • 1860 Henry G W Smith, leader of British-Indian forces, dies at 73
  • 1864 Roger Taney, 5th Supreme Court Chief Justice (1836-64), dies at 87
  • 1865 William Vincent Wallace, composer, dies at 53

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1870 Robert E. Lee, US General of Confederate Army, dies at 63

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1875 Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, French sculptor and painter (b. 1827)
  • 1896 Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Danish nobleman and politician (b. 1817)
  • 1898 Calvin Fairbank, American abolitionist minister (b. 1816)
  • 1915 Edith L Cavell, British nurse, executed by Germans in Belgium (WW II)
  • 1922 Daisy M C Baers, Flemish philosophy/theory, dies at 33
  • 1923 A P "Bunny" Lucas, cricketer (five Tests for England 1879-82), dies
  • 1924 Anatole France, writer, dies at 80
  • 1924 Monroe A Althouse, composer, dies at 71
  • 1929 Max Ettlinger, German philosopher/theorist, dies at 52
  • 1934 Gertrude Käsebier, American photographer dies aged 82
  • 1936 B L T Bosanquet, cricketer (1st great googly bowler, England), dies
  • 1938 Hugh Massie, cricketer (9 Tests for Australia 1881-85, capt), dies
  • 1940 Tom Mix, American actor (Texan, Hidden Gold), dies at 60
  • 1945 Jesse James Payne, a sharecropper, lynched in Madison County, Florida
  • 1946 Joseph W Stilwell, US general (China), dies
  • 1947 Nelson Betancourt, cricket wicketkeeper (WI Test 1930), dies at 42
  • 1948 Alfred Kerr, writer, dies at 80
  • 1948 Susan Sutherland Isaacs, educational psychologist and psychoanalyst (b. 1885).
  • 1951 Simon Kimbangu/Kibangu, Congo prophet, dies in captivity at 62
  • 1954 George Welch, American pilot (b. 1918)
  • 1958 Ed Hinton, actor (Henderson-I Lived 3 Lives), dies at 30
  • 1958 Gerard Hordijk, Dutch architect/painter, dies at 59
  • 1958 Gordon Griffith, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1907)
  • 1959 Arnoldt Bronnen, writer, dies at 63
  • 1960 Inejiro Asanuma, leader Japanese Socialist Party, murdered at 61
  • 1964 J Howard Frazer, USTA pres, dies in office
  • 1966 Arthur Vincent Lourie, composer, dies at 74
  • 1967 Nat Pendleton, Olympic wrestler/actor (Reckless), dies at 72
  • 1967 Ram Manohar Lohia, Indian Socialist politician leader
  • 1969 Serge Poliakoff, Russ/French painter, dies
  • 1969 Sonja Henie, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1928, 32, 36), dies at 57
  • 1970 Mustafa Zaidi, Pakistani poet (b. 1930)
  • 1971 Dean G Acheson, US foreign minister (1949-53), dies at 78
  • 1971 Gene Vincent, rocker, dies of bleeding ulcers at 36
  • 1974 Joseph Frederick Wagner, composer, dies at 74
  • 1976 Jose Rozo Contreras, Colombian composer, dies at 82
  • 1977 Doris Davenport, actress (Behind the News, Westerner), dies at 81
  • 1978 Nancy Spungen, killed by boyfriend Sid Vicious in NYC
  • 1979 Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Man of a Thousand Faces), dies from natural causes at 82
  • 1982 Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer, dies at 73
  • 1983 Jiri Lederer, Czechoslovakia journalist/dissident, dies at 61
  • 1983 The Grand Wizard of Wrestling, Wrestling manager
  • 1984 Sir Anthony Berry, British politician (bombing victim) (b. 1925)
  • 1985 Johnny Olsen, TV announcer (Price is Right), dies at 75
  • 1985 Ricky Wilson, rock guitarist (B-52's), dies of AIDS at 32
  • 1987 Alfred M Landon, former Kansas Gov, dies at his Topeka home at 100
  • 1987 Philleo Nash, US Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-67), dies at 77
  • 1988 Ken Murray, actor (Bill & Coo, Crooner, Half-Marriage), dies at 85
  • 1988 Ruth Manning-Sanders, author of children's books (b. 1895)
  • 1989 Franco, [Francis Luambo/"Makiadi"], Zaire composer/music, dies at 51
  • 1989 Jay Ward, American cartoonist (Rocky & His Friends), dies at 69 of kidney cancer
  • 1990 Max Tailleur, adjunct prince Bernhard/Jewish humorist, dies
  • 1990 Rifaat Maghub, president Egyptian MP, murdered
  • 1991 Aline MacMahon, US actress (Backdoor to Heaven), dies at 92
  • 1991 Regis Toomey, actor (Dive Bomber, Cry Danger, Magic Town), dies at 89
  • 1991 Sheila Florance, Australian actress (Cactus), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1991 Arkady Strugatsky, Russian novelist (b. 1925)
  • 1992 Alexander Pola, [Abraham Polak], actor/writer (Farce Major), dies