On This Day for 15th October

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 208

  • 533 Byzantine general Belisarius makes his formal entry into Carthage, having conquered it from the Vandals.

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1520 King Henry VIII of England orders bowling lanes at Whitehall

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1522 Emperor Karel I names Hernan Cortes governor of Mexico
  • 1552 Khanate of Kazan is conquered by troops of Ivan Grozny.
  • 1581 Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet "Ballet Comique de la Reine", is staged in Paris
  • 1582 Many Catholic countries switch to Gregorian calendar, skip 10 days
  • 1598 Spanish general strategist Bernardino de Mendoza occupies fort Rhine
  • 1641 Paul de Chomedy de Maisonneuve claims Montreal
  • 1654 Prince Willem III appointed viceroy of Overijssel
  • 1655 Jews of Lublin are massacred
  • 1660 Asser Levy granted butcher's license (kosher meat) in New Amsterdam
  • 1705 English fleet under Lord Peterborough occupies Barcelona
  • 1724 Cornelis Steenoven is 1st archbishop of Old-Catholic church
  • 1756 Saxon army surrenders to Prussia

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1764 Edward Gibbon observes a group of friars singing in the ruined Temple of Jupiter in Rome, which inspires him to begin work on The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Historian Edward Gibbon
Historian
Edward Gibbon
  • 1777 Mjr James Graves Simcoe appointed commandant of Queen's Rangers (Penn)
  • 1783 Jean Pilstre de Rozier makes captive-balloon ascent
  • 1786 Earliest 32°F (0°C) recorded temp in NYC

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1789 1st presidental tour-George Washington in New England

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

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1815 Napoleon Bonaparte arrives on island of St Helena to begin his exile

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

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1827 Charles Darwin admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin

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1842 Karl Marx becomes editor-in-chief of Rheinische Zeitung

Communist Philosopher Karl Marx
Communist Philosopher
Karl Marx
  • 1846 Dr William Thomas Green Morton 1st public use of ether
  • 1860 11-year-old Grace Bedell writes to Lincoln, tells him to grow a beard
  • 1863 Cliff House opens in SF (1st of many on site)
  • 1864 Confederate troops occupy Glasgow, Missouri
  • 1866 Great fire in Quebec destroys 2,500 houses
  • 1874 Child labor law takes 12 year olds out of work force
  • 1877 45th Congress (1877-79) convenes
  • 1878 Edison Electric Light Company incorporated
  • 1880 Koln cathedral completed, 633 years after it begun
  • 1880 Mexican soldiers kill Victorio, one of the greatest Apache military strategists.
  • 1881 1st American fishing magazine, American Angler published
  • 1883 Supreme Court declares Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional
  • 1885 Hoss Radbourne pitches his 60th win of season
  • 1889 Amsterdam Central Station officially opens
  • 1890 Alabama Penny Savings Bank organizes in Birmingham
  • 1894 Capt Alfred Dreyfus arrested accused of espionage in France
  • 1897 Aaron/Samuel Bloch carry 1st Mail Pouch
  • 1897 King Leopold II takes Belgian crown
  • 1899 Cincinnati closes season with 16-1 & 19-3 victories over Cleve Spiders
  • 1904 The Russians are driven back by the Japanese in the Battle of Shaho; both sides suffer high casualties: Japanese (16,000) and Russians (60,000)

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1905 Claude Debussy's "La Mer" premieres

Composer Claude Debussy
Composer
Claude Debussy
  • 1905 Union workers at NVV rejects safety demands
  • 1912 Red Sox Tris Speaker's makes only world series unassisted double play, from the outfield
  • 1913 Train crash in Liverpool during "Black Week"
  • 1914 ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) founded
  • 1914 Battle of Warsaw, begins (ends Oct 21)
  • 1914 Clayton Anti-trust Act passed (union & strike rights)
  • 1917 Chicago White Sox beat NY Giants, 4 games to 2 in 14th World Series

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1917 World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany.

Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy Mata Hari
Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy
Mata Hari
  • 1917 A Parisian dancer Mata Hari is executed for espionage by the French Government after being convicted of passing military secrets to Germany
  • 1918 British Q-ship Cymric sinks British submarine J6
  • 1919 14 horses begin 300-mile race from Vt to Mass for $1000 prize money
  • 1923 NY Yankees 1st World Series win beating NY Giants, 4 games to 2

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1924 Pres Calvin Coolidge declares Statue of Liberty a national monument

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Wash Senators, 4 games to 3 in 22nd World Series
  • 1925 Willem Landre's opera "Beatrice" premieres in The Hague
  • 1926 Austria government of Seipel, forms
  • 1926 Philip Barry's "White Wings!" premieres in NYC
  • 1928 German dirigible "Graf Zeppelin" lands in Lakehurst, NJ

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1928 Walter Johnson signs a 3-year contract to manage the Senators

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1932 Tata Airlines (later to become Air India) makes its first flight.
  • 1933 20th Amendment to the US Constitution goes into effect: Pres term begins in Jan not March
  • 1933 Philadelphia Eagles play 1st NFL game, lose to NY Giants 56-0
  • 1935 NHL's St Louis Eagles fold

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1937 Ernest Hemingway novel "To Have & Have Not" published

  • 1937 Rather than accept any trade offers, the Yanks release Tony Lazzeri
  • 1938 Robert Sherwoods "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" premieres in NYC
  • 1939 LaGuardia Airport opens in NYC
  • 1939 Yeshiva of Mir closes after 124 years
  • 1940 -16] Heavy German air raid on London, 400 killed
  • 1940 London's Waterloo Station bombed by Germans

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1940 "The Great Dictator", a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released.

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1941 1st mass deportation of German Jews to Eastern Europe
  • 1941 Japan Tojo regime forms
  • 1941 Jews caught outside Nazi Ghetto walls in occupied Poland could be put to death
  • 1942 German 6th Army occupies Tractorenfabriek, 3,000 Germans die
  • 1944 The Arrow Cross Party (very similar to Hitler's NSDAP (Nazi party)) takes over the power in Hungary.
  • 1945 Baseball Attendance hits record 10.28 million (Tigers 1.28 is highest)
  • 1946 Smallest World Series share since 1918 (Cards $3,748, Red Sox $2,140)
  • 1946 St Louis Cards beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 43rd World Series
  • 1946 Enos Slaughter scores from 1st on a single in World Series
  • 1948 China's Red army occupies Chinchov
  • 1949 Administration of territory of Manipur taken over by Indian government

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1949 Billy Graham begins his ministry

Evangelist Billy Graham
Evangelist
Billy Graham
  • 1949 Tripura accedes to Indian union
  • 1951 Egyptian parliament accept denounces Suez Canal Treaty
  • 1951 Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes synthesized the first oral contraceptive

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1951 "I Love Lucy", starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS

Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz
Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Comedienne/Actress
Lucille Ball
  • 1952 Arthur Laurent's "Time of the Cuckoo" premieres in NYC
  • 1953 John Patrick's "Teahouse of the Red Moon" premieres in NYC
  • 1953 KOIN TV channel 6 in Portland, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WJNL (now WFAT) TV channel 19 in Johnstown, PA (IND) begins
  • 1954 Hurricane Hazel strikes US & Canada, 348 die
  • 1954 KLTV TV channel 7 in Tyler-Longview, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 Pyotr Bolotnikov runs world record 10k (28:42.8)
  • 1956 William J. Brennan, Jr. is appointed to US Supreme Court
  • 1956 Yankees Enos Slaughter scores from 1st on a single in World Series
  • 1957 Giants trade Minneapolis franchise to Red Sox for SF Seals-franchises only, not the players

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 212


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70 BC Virgil, (Publius Vergilius Maro) Andes, Cisalpine Gaul, Roman Republican poet (Aeneid), (d. 19 BC)

Roman Poet Virgil
Roman Poet
Virgil
  • 1471 Konrad Mutian, German humanist (d. 1526)

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1542 Djalalud-Din Mohammed Akbar, Mughal Emperor in India (1556-1605)

Mughal Emperor Akbar
Mughal Emperor
Akbar
  • 1550 Henry, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg/brother of William of Orange
  • 1608 Evangelista Torricelli, Italian physicist (d. 1647)
  • 1686 Allan Ramsay, Scottish poet (d. 1758)
  • 1701 Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, first native Canadian canonized (d. 1771)
  • 1711 Elisabeth Teresa of Lorraine, queen of Sardinia (d. 1741)
  • 1761 Peter Gronland, composer
  • 1762 Samuel Adams Holyoke, composer
  • 1775 Bernhard Henrik Crusell, composer
  • 1784 Thomas Hastings, composer
  • 1784 Thomas Robert Bugeaud, Marshal of France and duke of Isly (d. 1849)
  • 1785 Jose Miguel Carrera, president of Chile (1811-14)
  • 1795 Frederik Willem IV, king of Prussia (1840-61)/Germany (1849-61)
  • 1799 August Ferdinand Haeser, composer
  • 1816 Amiel Weeks Whipple, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • 1818 Irvin McDowell, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1885)
  • 1819 Marinus FAG Campbell, bibliography/literary
  • 1822 Alfred Meissner, Austrian physician/writer
  • 1825 Queen Marie of Prussia (d. 1889)
  • 1829 Asaph Hall, discovered satellites of Mars (Phobos & Deimos)
  • 1831 Helen Maria Hunt Jackson, author (Ramona)
  • 1832 Henry Harrison Walker, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1912)
  • 1833 Klaas Kater, Dutch Christian Worker's Union Leader
  • 1836 Thomas Lafayette Rosser, Mjr General (Confederate Army), (d. 1910)
  • 1836 James Tissot, French artist (d. 1902)
  • 1840 Honoré Mercier, politician and premier of Quebec (d. 1894)

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1844 Friedrich Nietzsche, Röcken bei Lützen, Prussia, German philosopher (Beyond Good and Evil), (d. 1900)

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche
Philosopher
Friedrich Nietzsche
  • 1851 George F Moore, US theologist (Hebrews, Old Testament)
  • 1852 Wilhelm Posse, composer
  • 1856 R G Nivelle, French military man
  • 1858 Frank Valentine Van der Stucken, composer
  • 1858 John L Sullivan, Mass, heavyweight boxing champ (1882-92)
  • 1859 Jaime de Magalhes Lima, Portuguese author/poet (Salmos do Prisoneiro)
  • 1865 Walther Amelung, German archaeologist
  • 1872 Wilhelm Miklas, Austrian president (d. 1956)
  • 1874 Otallo Morales, composer
  • 1874 Prince Alfred of Edinburgh (d. 1899)
  • 1878 Paul Reynaud, premier France (May-June 1940)
  • 1879 Jane Darwell, [Patti Woodward], Palmyra MO, actress (Huckleberry Finn)
  • 1879 Sara Allgood, actress (Blackmail, Storm in a Teacup), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1881 P G Wodehouse, British-American writer (Stiff Upper Lip Jeeves)
  • 1882 Charley O'Leary, American baseball player (d. 1941)
  • 1884 Arch Hoxsey, pioneer aviator (d. 1910)
  • 1890 Arcady Dubensky, composer
  • 1892 Ina Claire, [Fagan], actress (Ninotchika), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1893 Charles II, King of Romania (1930-40)
  • 1894 Moshe Sharett, second Prime Minister of Israel (d. 1965)
  • 1895 Alfred Neumann, German playwright (Devil)
  • 1896 Melville Cooper, TV panelist (I Got a Secret), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1898 Gunther Ramin, composer
  • 1898 Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete (d. 1951)
  • 1900 Fritz Feld, actor (Jack Benny Show, At the Circus), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1900 Mervyn LeRoy, movie producer (Devil at 4 O'Clock)
  • 1901 Bernard von Brentano, German writer (Big Cats)
  • 1901 Hermann Abs, director (Deutsche Bank)/Hitler's advisor
  • 1901 Robert Bromston Thesiger Daniell, soldier
  • 1902 Andrey Yakolevich Shtogarenko, composer
  • 1902 William Edmundson, vocalist (Southernaires), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1904 Julian Hodge, British financier/multi-millionaire (Hodge Group)
  • 1905 Alexey Kozlovsky, composer
  • 1905 Charles P Snow, English novelist/scientist (Death Under Sail)
  • 1905 Dag Ivar Wiren, composer
  • 1905 Edna Deanne Fuelling, dancer choreographer/drama teacher
  • 1905 C. P. Snow, British writer (d. 1980)
  • 1906 Hiram Fong, Honolulu U.S. (Sen-R-Hawaii)
  • 1907 John "Cardinal" Dearden, US cardinal (1969-88)/archbishop of Detroit
  • 1907 Wolfgang Weyrauch, German writer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1980)
  • 1907 Varian Fry, American journalist (d. 1967)

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1908 John Kenneth Galbraith, economist (Affluent Society-58 Hillman Award)

Economist and Author John Kenneth Galbraith
Economist and Author
John Kenneth Galbraith
  • 1909 Robert Trout, Wake County NC, newscaster (ABC)
  • 1910 Xenophon Balaskas, cricketer (South African leg-spinner of 30's)
  • 1911 James H[enry] Schmitz, Germany, sci-fi author (Lion Game)
  • 1915 Yitzhak Shamir, Israeli politician (Prime Minister 1983–84, 1986–1992, (d. 2012)
  • 1917 Arthur Schlesinger Jr, Ohio, historian (1946 Pulitzer-Age of Jackson)
  • 1917 Jan Miner, actress (Crime Photographer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1919 Edwin C Tubb, Brits sci-fi writer (Earth is Heaven, Earthfall)
  • 1919 Howard Frank Trayton Smith, diplomat/head (MI5)
  • 1919 Malcolm Ross, American balloonist and atmospheric physicist (d. 1985)

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1920 Mario Puzo, novelist (The Godfather, Cotton Club, Earthquake), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)

Novelist Mario Puzo
Novelist
Mario Puzo
  • 1920 Henri Verneuil, French film director (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Angelica Rozeanu, Romanian table tennis player (World Champ 1950-55)
  • 1921 Gul Mahomed, cricketer (Indian & Pakistani batsman)
  • 1922 Agustina Bessa-Luís, Portuguese writer
  • 1923 Italo Calvino, Cuba, author (Winter's Night a Traveler)
  • 1924 Colin Romoff, orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1924 Lee A Iacocca, CEO (Chrysler Corp)
  • 1924 Nigel Green, South Africa, actor (Skull, Tobruk, Ipcress File)
  • 1924 Mark Lenard, American actor (Mr Spock's dad Sarek-Star Trek), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1924 Marguerite Andersen, German writer
  • 1925 Mickey Baker, guitar player ("Love is strange"), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Evan Hunter, [Ed McBain], American writer (Blackboard Jungle)
  • 1926 Jean Peters, Canton OH, actress (Viva Zapata!, Apache, Deep Waters)
  • 1926 Karl Richter, composer
  • 1926 Michel Foucault, French philosopher (History of Sexuality)
  • 1926 Paul-Michel Foucault, French philosopher (Les Mots et les Choses)
  • 1927 Mary Perot Nichols, journalist
  • 1927 Oswald Moxley Gibbs, diplomat
  • 1927 Bill Henry, Alice, TX, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds), (d. 2014)

Famous Weddings


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1501 Heir to the English Prince Arthur marries Catherine of Aragon

Spanish Princess, Queen of England Catherine of Aragon
Spanish Princess, Queen of England
Catherine of Aragon

HeartWedding of Interest

1913 Author Beatrix Potter (47) weds solicitor William Heelis at St Mary Abbots in Kensington, London

Children's Author Beatrix Potter
Children's Author
Beatrix Potter

HeartWedding of Interest

1927 Writer Graham Greene (23) weds Vivien Dayrell-Browning at St. Mary's Church in Hampstead, North London

HeartWedding of Interest

1948 38th US President Gerald Ford (35) weds department store fashion consultant Elizabeth (Betty) Bloomer Warren (30) at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Ford

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
US First Lady Betty Ford
US First Lady
Betty Ford

HeartWedding of Interest

1963 Folk singer Mary Travers (26) weds photographer Barry Feinstein

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers

HeartWedding of Interest

1980 Actor Rod Taylor (50) weds Carol Kikumura

Actor Rod Taylor
Actor
Rod Taylor

HeartWedding of Interest

2011 "Charmed" TV actress Shannen Doherty (40) weds photographer Kurt Iswarienko (37) in Malibu


Famous Divorces

  • 1993 Guardian Angel Lisa Evers Sliwa files for divorce from Curtis Sliwa

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1993 Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (31) divorces Lisa Andrews after more than 8 years of marriage

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2002 Comedian Tom Green (30) divorces actress Drew Barrymore (26) due to irreconcilable differences after less than a year of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • 412 Theophilus, Patriarch of Alexandria
  • 892 Al-Mutamid, kalief of Abbasiden, dies
  • 898 Lambert, Holy Roman Emperor
  • 912 Abdullah ibn Muhammad, Emir of Córdoba
  • 1002 Otto-Henry, Duke of Burgundy (b. 946)
  • 1080 Rudolf of Rheinfeld, Duke of Swabia and German anti-King
  • 1268 Dirk II, mister of Valkenburg, dies
  • 1271 Hostiensis, [Henricus the Segusia], cardinal/bishop of Ostia, dies
  • 1326 Walter de Stapledon, English bishop (b. 1261)
  • 1389 Urban VI, [Bartolomeo Prignano], Italian pope (1378-89), dies
  • 1512 Antoon Keldermans, Flem builder (Middelburg town hall), dies at 72
  • 1524 Joachim Patinir, Flemish landscape painter, dies at about 45
  • 1539 Reynier Brunt, procureur-general of Court of Holland, dies
  • 1595 Abu al-Faiz ibn Mubarak Faizi, Persian-Dutch E indies poet, dies at 48
  • 1605 Abul-Fath Djalal-ud-Din, Mogol keizer of India (1556-1605), dies at 63
  • 1674 Robert Herrick, English poet ('Gather ye rosebuds while ye may'), born in London
  • 1682 John Ferrabosco, composer, dies at 56
  • 1715 Humphry Ditton, English mathematician (b. 1675)
  • 1730 Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, French explorer (b. 1658)
  • 1788 Samuel Greig, Scottish-Russian admiral (b. 1735)
  • 1810 Alfred Moore, American judge (b. 1755)
  • 1811 Nathaniel Dance-Holland, English painter (b. 1735)
  • 1817 Tadeusz AB Kosciusko, Polish lt-general/freedom fighter, dies
  • 1819 F Louise W, daughter of viceroy Willem V, dies at 48
  • 1819 Sergey Vyazmitinov, Russian general and statesman (b. 1744)
  • 1820 Karl Philipp Fürst zu Schwarzenberg, Austrian field marshal (b. 1771)
  • 1837 Ivan Dmitriev, Russian statesman and poet (b. 1760)
  • 1883 Francesco Schira, composer, dies at 74
  • 1891 Gilbert Arthur a Beckett, English writer (b. 1837)
  • 1900 Zdenek Fibich, composer, dies at 49
  • 1910 Stanley "Midnight Assassin" Ketchel, heavy weight boxing champ, shot & killed
  • 1914 Aleksander Rozycki, composer, dies at 69

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1917 Mata Hari, Dutch dancer/German spy, executed by firing squad in Paris

Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy Mata Hari
Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy
Mata Hari
  • 1918 Sai Baba of Shirdi, Indian saint (b. circa 1838)
  • 1930 Herbert Henry Dow, American chemical industrialist (b. 1866)
  • 1934 Raymond Poincaré, premier/president France (1913-20), dies at 74
  • 1937 James Marcus, American actor (The Eagle, The Lonely Trail) dies at 70
  • 1942 Dirk Bannink, nurse/local counciller Deventer, executed
  • 1944 Philip Mechanicus, journalist, executed in Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • 1945 Pierre Laval, former premier of Vichy France, executed at 62

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1946 Hermann Goering, Nazi Reichmarshal, poisons himself in prison at 53

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1948 Edythe Chapman, American actress (b. 1863)
  • 1955 Fumio Hayasaka, composer, dies at 41
  • 1958 Jack Mason, cricketer (England all-rounder v Australia 1897-98), dies
  • 1958 John C Poortenaar, painter/etcher/cartoonist, dies at 72
  • 1958 John Hamilton, actor (Perry White-Superman), dies at 61
  • 1959 Lipót Fejér, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1880)
  • 1960 Clara Kimball Young, actress (Return of Chandu), dies of stroke at 70
  • 1960 Henny Porten, silent screen actress (Mother Love), dies at 70
  • 1960 Maude Eburne, actress (Ladies They Talk About, Guardsman), dies at 84
  • 1963 Edmond Fleg[enheimer], Swiss/French writer (Ecoute Israel), dies
  • 1963 Horton Smith. American golfer (b. 1908)
  • 1964 Cole Porter, composer (Still of the Night), dies at 73
  • 1965 Carl Hoff, orchestra leader (Music Hall), dies at 60
  • 1968 Bea Benaderet, NYC, actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), dies at 62
  • 1968 Franz Reizenstein, composer, dies at 57
  • 1969 Rod[erique] La Rocque, US western actor (Mystery Woman), dies
  • 1969 Shermake, president of (Somalia), murdered
  • 1971 Sylvester Magee, last living American slave and oldest person who ever lived, dies at 130

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1976 Carlo Gambino, Italian-American gangster, dies of a heart attack at 74

Gangster Carlo Gambino
Gangster
Carlo Gambino
  • 1977 Ralph Truman, actor (Henry V, Treasure Island), dies at 77
  • 1980 Mikhail Lavrentyev, Russian physicist and mathematician (b. 1900)
  • 1980 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek footballer and volleyball player (b. 1896)
  • 1981 Frank DeKova, actor (Chief Wild Eagle-F Troop), dies
  • 1981 Justin Jud Strunk Jr, comedian (Laugh In), dies at 48
  • 1981 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (b. 1907)
  • 1982 Elsie Randolph, actress (That'll Make You Whistle), dies
  • 1983 Pat O'Brien, actor (Some like it hot), dies of heart attack at 83
  • 1985 Meret Oppenheim, writer, dies at 72
  • 1987 Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso, dies
  • 1990 Delphine Seyrig, dies of lung disease at 58
  • 1991 Hotze de Roos, carpenter/kid book writer (Chameleon series), dies
  • 1992 Dorothy Helen Baker, mother of Diane Baker, dies at 78
  • 1993 Ken E Jones, musician (New Amsterdam Symph Orch), dies of AIDS at 34
  • 1994 Hannes Wustinger, Austrian race car driver, dies at 29
  • 1994 Karl Edward Wagner, writer, dies at 48
  • 1994 Sarah Kofman, philosopher, dies at 60
  • 1994 Wilhelmus HL "Willem" Tollenaar, actor/director (Elkerlyc), dies at 82
  • 1995 Arthur Carleton Hetherington, public servant, dies at 82
  • 1995 Phil Sidey, broadcaster, dies at 69
  • 1996 Bernard Frank, oriental scholar/writer, dies at 69
  • 2000 Konrad Emil Bloch, German-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
  • 2001 Zhang Xueliang, Chinese ruler of Manchuria (b. 1901)
  • 2003 Ben Metcalfe, Canadian environmental activist (b. 1919)
  • 2003 Bertram N. Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2005 Jason Collier, American basketball player (b. 1977)
  • 2005 Matti Wuori, Finnish politician (b. 1945)
  • 2008 Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca, Turkish poet (b. 1914)
  • 2008 Edie Adams, American singer and Broadway actress (b. 1927)
  • 2008 Jack Narz, American game show host (b. 1922)
  • 2010 Richard C. Miller, American photographer (b. 1912)
  • 2010 Mildred Fay Jefferson, American physician and pro-life activist (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Johnny Sheffield, American actor (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Betty Driver, British Actress (b. 1920)

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2012 Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia, dies from a heart attack at 89

King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia
Norodom Sihanouk