On This Day for 31st October

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 160

  • 445 BC Ezra reads the Book of the Law to the Israelites in Jerusalem (see Nehemiah 9:1, NLTse).
  • 802 Empress Irene of Byzantium driven out

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1517 Martin Luther posts 95 theses on Wittenberg church - precipitates the Protestant Reformation

Founder of Protestanism Martin Luther
Founder of Protestanism
Martin Luther

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1541 Michelangelo Buonarroti finishes painting The Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican

Painter Michelangelo
Painter
Michelangelo
  • 1552 Emperor Karel & Markgraaf Albecht strike siege of Metz
  • 1587 Leiden University Library opens its doors after its founding in 1575.
  • 1596 English/French/Dutch delegates sign anti-Spanish "Drievoudig Covenant"
  • 1617 Laurens Reael resigns as governor-general of East-Indies
  • 1759 Earthquake in Safed Palestine kills hundred
  • 1793 Execution of Girondins at Paris during Reign of Terror
  • 1794 John Dalton's first lecture to Manchester Literary/Philosophical Society
  • 1808 Holland Brigade battle at Durango, Spain
  • 1815 Sir Humphrey Davy of London patents miner's safety lamp
  • 1837 Collision of river boat Monmouth & Trement on Miss; 300 die
  • 1846 Donner party, unable to cross the Donner Pass, construct a winter camp
  • 1863 The Maori Wars resumed as British forces in New Zealand led by General Duncan Cameron began their Invasion of the Waikato.
  • 1864 Nevada admitted as 36th state of the Union
  • 1868 Standard uniform approved for US postal carriers
  • 1871 Founding of Netherland Protestant Union in Dokkum
  • 1876 Great Backerganj Cyclone of 1876 ravages British India (Modern-day Bangladesh), resulting in over 200,000 human deaths.
  • 1881 Metropolitan club plays its last game of its non-league season They win 80 of 151 games (18-43 versus NL teams)
  • 1887 Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol" premieres in St Petersburg
  • 1888 Scottish vet John Boyd Dunlop patents pneumatic bicycle tyre

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1892 Arthur Conan Doyle publishes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

  • 1900 AL pres Ban Johnson writes to NL pres Nick Young seeking peace
  • 1905 Great revolutionary demonstration for amnesty in St Petersburg

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1906 George Bernard Shaw's "Caesar & Cleopatra" premieres in NYC

  • 1907 Calgary City Rugby Football Club's 1st game defeating Strathcona Rugby Foot-ball Club 15-0 at Calgary
  • 1908 4th Olympic games ends in London
  • 1913 1st US paved coast-to-coast highway, the Lincoln Highway is dedicated
  • 1914 Great Britain & France declare war on Turkey
  • 1916 Clare Kummer's "Good Gracious Annabelle" premieres in NYC
  • 1917 Eugene O'Neill's "In the Zone" premieres in NYC
  • 1917 World War I: Battle of Beersheba in southern Palestine- "last successful cavalry charge in history"
  • 1918 Spanish flu-virus kills 21,000 in US in 1 week
  • 1918 Short-lived Banat Republic founded in territory where Romania, Hungary and Serbia meet
  • 1920 Romania annexes Bessarabia
  • 1921 Federation Sportive Feminine International forms (1st woman track & field association)

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1922 Benito Mussolini (Il Duce) becomes premier of Italy

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1922 Karel & Josef Capék's "World We Live In" premieres in NYC
  • 1923 160 consecutive days of 100 degrees F begin at Marble Bar, Australia
  • 1924 World Savings Day was announced in Milan, Italy, by the Members of the Association at the 1st International Savings Bank Congress (World Society of Savings Banks).
  • 1925 Cossack officer Reza Chan replaces sultan Ahmad as Shah of Persia
  • 1932 Greek government of Venizelos falls
  • 1936 The Boy Scouts of the Philippines was formed.
  • 1937 Spanish government moves from Valencia to Barcelona
  • 1938 Great Depression: In an effort to try restore investor confidence, the New York Stock Exchange unveils a fifteen-point program aimed to upgrade protection for the investing public.
  • 1939 27 U boats sunk this month (135,000 ton)
  • 1940 63 U boats sunk this month (325,000 ton)
  • 1940 Battle of Britain, fought between the RAF and Luftwaffe over the English Channel and southern England, ends
  • 1940 Deadline for Warsaw Jews to move into Warsaw Ghetto
  • 1941 Mount Rushmore Monument is completed
  • 1941 Prior to US joining WW II, Germany torpedoes US destroyer Reuben James
  • 1941 Clothing factory fire in Huddersfield, England kills 49
  • 1942 94 U boats sunk this month (619,000 ton)
  • 1942 9th day of the Battle of El Alamein

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1943 Washington Redskin Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs Bkln (48-10)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 1943 World War II: F4U Corsair accomplishes the first successful radar-guided interception.
  • 1944 Chief of staff Kruls names De Quay chairman of Universal Commission
  • 1949 "Regina" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 86 performances
  • 1949 Dutch Nazi Henri 'Hakkie' Holdert, director of Amsterdam paper De Telegraaf and member of the SS, sentenced to 12 years imprisonment
  • 1949 WOC (now KWQC) TV channel 6 in Davenport, IA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1950 Collazo & Torresola attempt to kill Harry Truman in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951 French Second Chamber accepts the Schuman Plan
  • 1952 1st thermonuclear bomb detonated at Marshall Islands
  • 1953 TV broadcasting begins in Belgium
  • 1954 Algerian Revolution against French begins

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1954 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Texas Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1954 KREM TV channel 2 in Spokane, WA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 Mgr Alfrink appointed archbishop of Utrecht
  • 1956 Rear Adm GJ Dufek becomes 1st American to land an airplane at South Pole
  • 1956 Britain & France begin to bomb Egypt to reopen Suez Canal
  • 1956 Brooklyn, NY ends streetcar service
  • 1957 "Jamaica" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 558 performances

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1959 Lee Harvey Oswald announces in Moscow he will never return to USA

Ex-soldier, drifter Lee Harvey Oswald
Ex-soldier, drifter
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • 1959 USSR & Egypt sign contracts for building Aswan Dam
  • 1960 Cyclone hits coast of Gulf of Bengal; about 10,000 die
  • 1961 Hurricane Hattie, kills 400 in British Honduras
  • 1961 Federal judge rules that Birmingham, Alabama, laws against integrated playing fields are illegal
  • 1963 Ed Sullivan witnesses Beatles & their fans at London Airport

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1963 J. Edgar Hoover's last meeting with President John F Kennedy

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • 1963 Leaking propane gas explodes kills 64 at 'Holiday on Ice' (Indiana)

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1964 Barbra Streisand's "People" album goes #1 for 5 weeks

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1967 KIMO TV channel 13 in Anchorage, AK (ABC) begins broadcasting

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1967 Nguyen Van Thieu took oath of office as 1st President of South Vietnam 2nd Rep

Vietnamese Politican Nguyen Van Thieu
Vietnamese Politican
Nguyen Van Thieu
  • 1967 SF's Mike McCormick wins NL Cy Young Award
  • 1968 Linda Eastman moves to UK permanently
  • 1968 Milwaukee Bucks win their 1st game beating Detroit 138-118 (6th game)
  • 1968 US President Lyndon B. Johnson orders a halt to all bombing of North Vietnam
  • 1968 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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1969 George Harrison's "Something" is released in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1969 Race riot in Jacksonville Florida
  • 1971 "On the Town" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • 1971 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) explode a bomb at the Post Office Tower in London
  • 1972 Gaylord Perry wins AL Cy Young award
  • 1972 2 Catholic children (6 and 4) playing on the street are killed in a Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) car bomb attack on a bar in Ship Street, Belfast
  • 1973 Tom Seaver wins NL Cy Young Award
  • 1973 Three Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers escape from Mountjoy Prison in Dublin using a hijacked helicopter

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1974 Ted Bundy victim Laura Aime disappears in Utah

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • 1974 Dutch Marines end hostage crisis in Scheveningen prison

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 237

  • 1291 Philippe de Vitry, French composer/poet
  • 1345 Ferdinand I, the wise one, king of Portugal (built navy)
  • 1424 Wladyslaw III Warnenczyk, king of Poland/Hungary
  • 1538 Caesar Baronius, Italian cardinal and historian (d. 1607)
  • 1541 Hendrik van Kinschot, Dutch lawyer
  • 1599 Denzil Holles, 1st Baron Holles, English statesman and writer (d. 1680)
  • 1620 John Evelyn, English writer and diarist (Life of Mrs Godolphin)
  • 1622 Pierre Paul Puget, French artist (d. 1694)

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1632 Jan Vermeer, Holland, painter (Procuress, Astronomer), (d. 1675)

Painter Jan Vermeer
Painter
Jan Vermeer
  • 1636 Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria (d. 1679)
  • 1638 Meindert Hobbema, Amsterdams landscape painter, baptised
  • 1692 Comte de Caylus, French archaeologist (d. 1765)
  • 1705 Pope Clement XIV [Giovanni Ganganelli], Pope (1769-74)
  • 1711 Laura Bassi, Italian scholar (d. 1778)
  • 1724 Christopher Anstey, English writer (d. 1805)
  • 1737 James Lovell, American educator (d. 1789)
  • 1740 William Paca, US judge/signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1750 Leonor de Almeida marquesa de Alorna, Portuguese poet
  • 1755 Jean Louis van Aelbroeck, Flemish agronomist
  • 1757 Ignaz Spangler, composer
  • 1761 Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck, Dutch patriot/earl/Grand Pensionary
  • 1785 George F Kersting, German painter
  • 1791 Ferdinand Huber, composer

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1795 John Keats, romantic poet (Ode to a Grecian Urn), born in London, England (d. 1821)

Romantic Poet John Keats
Romantic Poet
John Keats
  • 1815 Karl Weierstrass, Germany, mathematician (theory of functions)
  • 1825 Raleigh Edward Colston, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1896)
  • 1825 Charles Lavigerie, French cardinal (d. 1892)
  • 1826 Hugh Boyle Ewing, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1905)
  • 1827 Richard Morris Hunt, American educator (d. 1895)
  • 1831 Daniel Butterfield, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1901)
  • 1831 Paolo Mantegazza, Italian neurologist (d. 1910)
  • 1835 Adelbert Ames, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1933)
  • 1835 J F W Adolf Ritter von Baeyer, German chemist (Nobel 1905)
  • 1835 Krišjānis Barons, Latvian writer (d. 1923)
  • 1838 King Louis of Portugal (d. 1889)
  • 1847 Galileo Ferraris, Italian physicist (2-fasenmotor)
  • 1848 Boston Custer, brother of George Armstrong Custer (d. 1876)
  • 1851 Lovisa of Sweden, queen of Denmark (d. 1926)
  • 1852 Mary E W Freeman, US writer (Revolt of Mother)
  • 1854 Georg A Erman, German Egyptologist (Grammar of Ancient Egypt)

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1860 Juliette Gordon Low, Savannah Georgia, American activist/founder (Girl Scouts of America)

Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low
Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA
Juliette Gordon Low
  • 1875 Seerp Anema, poet/writer (Dutch Coasts)
  • 1875 Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian freedom fighter and statesman (d. 1950)
  • 1876 Eduard van Oort, zoologist (Ornithology of Netherlands)
  • 1883 Marie Laurencin, French painter (d. 1956)

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1887 Chiang Kai-shek, Chekiang Province China, President of Nationalist China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1887 Edouard Lalonde, Canada, NHLer (Mont Canadiens)/lacrosse player
  • 1888 George Hubert Wilkins, Aust, polar explorer (Flying the Arctic)
  • 1888 Harold Vincent Milligan, composer
  • 1888 Napoleon Lapathiotis, Greek poet (d. 1944)
  • 1892 Ruth Fuller Sasaki, US, Zen teacher (1st Zen Institute of America)
  • 1893 Sara Allgood, actress (Jane Eyre, Spiral Staircase), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1895 Basil H Liddell Heart, English military historian/publicist
  • 1895 C K Nayudu, cricketer (brother of C S, India's 1st Test capt)
  • 1896 Ethel Waters, Chester Pa, actress (Beulah)/singer (Stormy Weather)
  • 1897 Wilbur (Pete) Henry, NFL tackle (Canton, NY Giants, Pottsville)
  • 1898 Alfred Sauvy, French statistician (Affluence & Population)
  • 1900 Carl Hubbard, Missouri, baseball & football Hall of Famer
  • 1902 Charles Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet (Claro Enigma)
  • 1902 Eduard Franz, actor (Zorro), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1902 Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40)
  • 1902 Abraham Wald, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1950)
  • 1906 Jo Vis, resistance fighter (Yad Vashem-distinction)
  • 1906 Louise Talma, Arcachon France, composer (Summer Sounds)
  • 1907 Helen Lessore, artist
  • 1912 Dale Evans, [Frances Butts], Uvalde Tx, cowgirl (Roy Rogers Show)
  • 1912 Ollie Johnston, American animator (d. 2008)
  • 1914 Joe Carcione, American consumer advocate (d. 1988)
  • 1914 John Hugenholtz, Dutch race track designer (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Carl Johan Bernadotte, formerly Prince of Sweden
  • 1917 Erik Routley, composer
  • 1917 William Hardy McNeill, historian (Rise of the West)
  • 1917 Thomas Hill, Canadian actor
  • 1918 Ian Stevenson, American parapsychologist (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Magnus Wenninger, American priest, author of Polyhedron models
  • 1920 Dick Francis, Wales, jockey/detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes)
  • 1920 Joseph Gelineau French composer (d. 2008)
  • 1920 Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan freedom fighter, born in Nyeri District, Central Province, (d. 1957)
  • 1920 Helmut Newton, German photographer (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Fritz Walter, German footballer (d. 2002)
  • 1922 Barbara Bel Geddes, actress (Vertigo, Miss Ellie-Dallas, Caught), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)

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1922 Norodom Sihanouk, King/President/Premier of Cambodia (My War with the CIA), (d. 2012)

King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia
Norodom Sihanouk
  • 1922 Anatoli Papanov, Soviet actor (d. 1987)
  • 1922 Illinois Jacquet, American saxophonist (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Hicks B Waldron, Amsterdam NY, CEO (Avon)
  • 1925 Lee Grant [Lyova Haskell Rosenthal], American actress (Shampoo, Mulholland Drive), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925 John Pople, English chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Shirley Dinsdale, ventriloquist (Judy Splinters), born in San Franciso, California
  • 1926 Jimmy Savile, English entertainer
  • 1927 Anita Kerr, singer composer and producer (The Anita Kerr Singers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1928 Andrew Sarris, movie critic (Village Voice)
  • 1929 Bud Spencer, Italian actor (Aladdin, Extralarge, Go For It)
  • 1929 Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player (d. 2004)
  • 1930 Michael Collins, Mjr Gen USAF/astronaut (Gemini 10, Apollo 11), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1930 Ray Crane, trumpeter
  • 1931 Dan Rather, Wharton, Texas, American journalist and news anchor (CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes)
  • 1931 David Lumsdaine, composer
  • 1933 Phil Goyette, Canadian ice hockey player

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1933 Hobart "Hobie" Alter, Ontario, California, American surf and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer who created the Hobie Cat

  • 1934 Norman Beaton, actor (Eureka, Black Joy, Mighty Quinn)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1968 Singer Davy Jones (22) weds actress Linda Haines

Singer Davy Jones
Singer
Davy Jones
  • 1970 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) weds singer Michelle Phillips (26) in Mexico

HeartWedding of Interest

1980 Baptist minister Al Sharpton (26) weds back up singer Kathy Jordan

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1976 NBA legend Larry Bird (19) divorces highschool sweetheart Janet Condra only 11 months after getting married

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2011 Socialite and model Kim Kardashian (31) divorces basketball player Kris Humphries (26) due to irreconcilable differences only 72 days after getting married

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 130

  • 1147 Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester, English politician (bc. 1090)
  • 1448 Johannes VIII Palaeologus, Emperor of Byzantine, dies
  • 1517 Fra Bartolommeo, Italian artist (b. 1472)
  • 1556 John Sleidanus, German humanist/historian (Commentary), dies at 50
  • 1634 Erasmus Widmann, composer, dies at 62
  • 1641 Cornelis Jol, Dutch admiral and privateer, dies at about 41
  • 1654 Francisco Correa de Arauxo, composer, dies
  • 1659 John Bradshaw, English judge (b. 1602)
  • 1661 Mehmed Koprulu, Albanian great vizier of Turkey, dies
  • 1664 Willem Frederik of Nassau-Dietz, viceroy of Friesland, dies at 51
  • 1723 Cosimo III de' Medici, monarch of Florence (1670-1723), dies at 81
  • 1732 Victor Amadeus II of Savoy (b. 1666)
  • 1733 Eberhard IV Ludwig, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1676)
  • 1744 Leonardo Ortensio Salvatore de Leo, composer, dies at 50
  • 1765 Duke of Cumberland, English politician/uncle of George III, dies
  • 1768 Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian opera composer, dies at 78
  • 1793 Pierre V Vergniaud, French politician/police leader, guillotined at 40
  • 1806 Sophie Mereau, writer, dies at 36
  • 1815 Daniel Belknap, composer, dies at 44
  • 1851 Peter II Petrovic Njegos, bishop of Montenegro (1830-51), dies at 37
  • 1860 Johan Nathan, murderer, hanged
  • 1860 Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, British admiral (b. 1775)
  • 1863 Louis Ludwig Blenker, German/US brig-general (Union), dies at 51
  • 1865 William Parson, 3rd Earl of Rosse & maker of large telescopes, dies
  • 1870 Mihaly Mosonyi, composer, dies at 55
  • 1879 Big Snake, brother of Ponca chief Standing Bear, dies
  • 1879 Jacob Abbott, American author (b. 1803)
  • 1879 Joseph Hooker, American General (b. 1814)
  • 1881 George Washington De Long, American Arctic Explorer, dies during his disastrous expedition to the North Pole at 37
  • 1883 Swami Dayananda Saraswati, founder of Arya Samaj
  • 1884 Marie Bashkirtseff, Russian painter (b. 1858)
  • 1887 George Alexander Macfarren, composer, dies at 74
  • 1895 Franz Hedrich, Austria writer, dies at about 62
  • 1902 Jean-Baptist Colyns, composer, dies at 67
  • 1913 William Evans-Gordon, British politician (b. 1857)
  • 1916 Charles Taze Russell, American founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses (b. 1852)
  • 1917 Tibby Cotter, cricketer (at Beersheba 49 wickets for Australia), dies
  • 1918 Egon Schiele, Austria painter/graphic artist, dies at 28
  • 1918 Stephen Tisza, Hungarian PM (-1917), assassinated by soldiers
  • 1920 Alphonse Desjardins, founder of the Caisses populaires Desjardins (b. 1854)
  • 1925 Max Linder, actor (Man in the Silk Hat), dies at 41

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1926 Harry Houdini, [Erich Weisz], magician, dies in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • 1929 António José de Almeida, Portuguese politician and 6th President of Portugal (b. 1866)
  • 1939 Otto Rank, [Rosenfeld], Austria psychoanalyst (Trauma of Geburt), dies
  • 1941 Herwarth Walden, writer, dies at 63
  • 1943 Max Reinhardt, Austrian stage manager (Turandot), dies
  • 1943 Max Reinhardt, German film director (b. 1873)
  • 1945 Henry Ainley, actor (As You Like It), dies at 66
  • 1948 Cissy van Marxfield, [Setske Beek-de Han], writer, dies
  • 1949 Edward R Stettinius, US foreign minister (1944-45)/diplomat, dies
  • 1950 Carel T Scharten, Dutch poet/writer (Lost Paradise), dies at 72
  • 1950 Jozef C Bittremieux, Flemish theologist, dies at 72
  • 1952 U Chit Hlaing, Burmese politician (b. 1879)
  • 1959 Jean Cabannes, French physicist (b. 1885)
  • 1960 H L Davis, US writer (Honey in the Horn, Pulitzer prize), dies at 64
  • 1963 Henry Daniell, actor (Camille, Body Snatchers), dies at 69
  • 1964 Theodore C Freeman, astronaut, dies at 34 in a T-38 jet air crash
  • 1965 Rita Johnson, actress (All Mine to Give), dies at 53
  • 1967 Jan Mens, Dutch writer (Honor to God Alone), dies at 70
  • 1968 Ramon Novarro, [Jose RG Samaniegos], actor (Ben Hur), dies at 69
  • 1969 Hugo Pfister, composer, dies at 55
  • 1971 Gerhard von Rad, German old testament expert, dies at 70
  • 1972 Bill Durnan, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)
  • 1975 Joseph Calleia, actor (Jungle Book, Gilda), dies at 78
  • 1975 SD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1906)
  • 1976 Linda Watkins, actress (From Hell it Came, Harpy), dies at 68
  • 1977 Joan Tetzel, actress (Hell Below Zero), dies at 56

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1983 George Halas [Papa Bear], NFL pioneer and owner of the Chicago Bears, dies of pancreatic cancer at 88

American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas
  • 1984 Eduardo De Filippo, director (7 Deadly Sins, Shoot Loud), dies at 84

MurderAssassination

1984 Indira Gandhi, 4th Prime Minister of India (1966-77, 1980-84), assassinated by two of her bodyguards at 66

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • 1985 Poul Reichhardt, Danish actor (b. 1913)
  • 1985 Nikos Engonopoulos, Greek painter and poet (b. 1907)
  • 1985 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (b. 1918)
  • 1986 Robert S Mulliken, US physicist (Nobel 1966), dies at 90
  • 1987 Joseph Campbell, mythologist (Mythic Image), dies at 83
  • 1988 John Houseman, actor (The Paper Chase, Rollerball, The Fog), dies of spinal cancer at 86
  • 1988 Alfred Pellan, Québécois painter (b. 1906)
  • 1989 Conrad Beck, composer, dies at 88
  • 1990 Graig Russel, Canadian travel expert/transvestite, dies
  • 1990 Hugh McPhillips, dies at 70
  • 1991 Bert Bertram, actor (How to Steal a Million), dies of cancer at 97
  • 1991 James Marshall, US children's book writer/illustrator, dies at 50
  • 1991 Johan Schmitz, actor (Gysbregt van Aemstel/Soldat van Orange), dies
  • 1991 Joseph Papp, Broadway producer (Chorus Line), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1991 Gene Anderson, American professional wrestler (b. 1933)
  • 1993 Adriaan Venema, Dutch journalist/art dealer, commits suicide at 52
  • 1993 Edwin A Walker, US Maj-Gen, dies of lung cancer at 84

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1993 Federico Fellini, director (La Dolce Vita), dies of stroke at 73

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini

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1993 River Phoenix, actor (Stand By Me), dies of drug overdose at 23

  • 1994 John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy, English art historian, dies at 80
  • 1994 Jole Silvani, [Niobe Quaiatti], Ital actress (La citta' Delle), dies
  • 1994 Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer, dies at 76
  • 1994 William John Readings, literary theorist, dies at 34
  • 1995 Alan Dudley Bush, composer pianist/teacher, dies at 94
  • 1995 Derek Anthony Enright, politician, dies at 60
  • 1995 Henry A Walter Richard Percy, 11th Duke of Northumberland, dies at 42
  • 1995 Lavad "Dr Hepcat" Durst, vocal/piano, dies at 82
  • 1995 Leonard Ernest John Chant, social Worker, dies at 57
  • 1995 Lloyd Lambert, bassist, dies at 67
  • 1995 Louis Levy Jr, music publisher, dies at 84