On This Day for 7th October

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 198

  • 3761 BC The epoch (origin) of the modern Hebrew calendar (Proleptic Julian calendar).
  • 336 Pope Saint Mark's death ends his reign as Catholic Pope leaving the papacy vacant

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1492 Columbus misses Florida when he changes course

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus

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1506 Pope Julius II & France occupy Bologna

The Warrior Pope Julius II
The Warrior Pope
Julius II
  • 1513 Battle of La Motta: Spanish troops under Ramón de Cardona defeat the Venetians.
  • 1520 1st public burning of books in Netherlands, in Louvain
  • 1542 Explorer Cabrillo discovered Catalina Island off California coast
  • 1571 Battle of Lepanto: Holy League of southern European nations destroys Ottoman fleet in significant loss off Western Greece
  • 1637 Prince Frederik Henry occupies Breda
  • 1690 English attack Quebec under Louis de Buade
  • 1702 British/Dutch troops under Marlborough occupy Roermond
  • 1714 People riot due to beer tax in Alkmaar Neth
  • 1737 40 foot waves sink 20,000 small craft & kill 300,000 (Bengal, India)
  • 1763 George III of Great Britain issues Proclamation of 1763, closing lands in North America north & west of Alleghenies to white settlement
  • 1765 Stamp Act Congress convenes in NY
  • 1777 Americans beat British in 2nd Battle of Saratoga & Battle of Bemis Heights
  • 1780 British defeated by American militia near Kings Mountain, SC
  • 1806 Carbon paper patented in London by inventor Ralph Wedgewood
  • 1816 1st double decked steamboat, Washington, arrives in New Orleans
  • 1825 Miramichi Fire, disaster in New Brunswick
  • 1826 Granite Railway (1st chartered railway in US) begins operations
  • 1828 The Greek city of Patras is liberated by the French expeditionary force in Peloponnese under General Maison.
  • 1840 Willem I resigns as king of Netherlands
  • 1856 Cyrus Chambers Jr patents folding machine that folds book & newspapers
  • 1864 -Oct 13th) Battle of Darbytown Road, VA
  • 1864 Naval Engagement at Bahia Harbor, Brazil - CSS Florida vs USS Wachusett
  • 1868 Cornell University (Ithaca NY) opens
  • 1870 Leon Gambetta flees Paris in balloon
  • 1871 16-hour fire injures 30 of Chicago's 185 firefighters
  • 1879 Germany & Austrian-Hungary sign Twofold Covenant
  • 1882 1st World Series (game 2), Chicago (NL) beats Cincinnati (AA) 2-0
  • 1886 Spain abolishes slavery in Cuba
  • 1891 31st British Golf Open: Hugh Kirkaldy shoots a 166 at St Andrews
  • 1900 The term "orienteering" is first used for an event
  • 1904 NY Highlander Jack Chesbro wins record 41st game of season (41-12)
  • 1907 France's Henri Farman flies 30m in a biplane
  • 1908 Crete revolts against Turkey & aligns with Greece
  • 1908 Serbia & Montenegro sign anti-Austria-Hungarian pact
  • 1912 The Helsinki Stock Exchange sees its first transaction.

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1913 Henry Ford institutes moving assembly line

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford

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1916 Georgia Tech, coached by John Heisman, defeat Cumberland 222-0, the most lopsided score in the history of college football

Football, Baseball & Basketball Player & Coach John Heisman
Football, Baseball & Basketball Player & Coach
John Heisman
  • 1916 The German submarine U-53 arrives off Newport, Rhode Island, and sinks 9 British merchant ships in international waters
  • 1919 First London-Amsterdam airline service (British Aerial Transport & KLM)
  • 1919 Fritz Kreisler & F Jacobi's "Apple Blossoms" premieres in NYC
  • 1919 KLM, Royal Ducth Airlines, established (oldest existing airline)
  • 1922 First radio link, WNJ (Newark) & WGY (Senectady) link for World Series
  • 1922 Landis insists Game 4 of World Series be played despite heavy rain
  • 1922 Oud-burgem of Rotterdam Zimmerman becomes High Comm's of Austria
  • 1923 Yankees Everett Scott runs his consecutive-game streak to 1,138
  • 1924 Greek government of Dikalekopoulis forms
  • 1926 Actress Theo Mann-Master resigns from stage
  • 1926 Italian Great Fascist Council forms
  • 1927 Yank Herb Pennock retires 1st 22 Pirates in World Series game

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1928 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10 miles (50:15.0)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1928 Race Tafari Makonnen crowned king of Abyssinia
  • 1929 Ramsay MacDonald is first British premier to address US Congress
  • 1931 1st infra-red photograph, Rochester, NY
  • 1933 NY Giants beat Washington Senators, 4 games to 1 in 30th World Series
  • 1935 Detroit Tigers beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 2 in 32nd World Series
  • 1935 Himmler/Hess/Heydrich inspect the concentration camp at Dachau
  • 1936 7th-place Brooklyn Dodgers fire manager Casey Stengel
  • 1937 Johan Wagenaar's "Feestmars" premieres in Amsterdam
  • 1938 Germany requires all Jewish passports be stamped with letter J
  • 1940 Reds Bucky Walters is 1st pitcher in 14 years to homer in World Series
  • 1940 World War II: the McCollum memo proposes bringing the U.S. into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.
  • 1941 German army occupies Viarma, USSR
  • 1942 1 salvo Katjoesja-rocket destroys nazi battalion in Stalingrad
  • 1942 Last camouflaged German raider Komet leaves Flushing harbor (Neth)
  • 1942 Maxwell Andersons "Eve of St Mark" premieres in NYC
  • 1942 US & British government announce establishment of United Nations
  • 1942 Yvon Robert beats Bill Longson in Montreal, to become wrestling champ
  • 1943 Weill/Perelman/Nash' musical "One Touch of Venus" premieres in NYC
  • 1944 Allies bombs sea dikes at Vlissingen

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1944 Field Marshal Erwin Rommel ordered to return to Berlin

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • 1944 Riots in Amersfoort/Utrecht/Strugle
  • 1944 Uprising at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, Jews burn down crematoriums
  • 1945 Dutch author A M de Jong's murderer Ton van Gog escapes
  • 1946 Charles Ives' 2nd string quartet premieres
  • 1947 Larry MacPhail resigns as Yank GM after final game of World Series
  • 1949 German Democratic Republic formed from Russian occupation zone (National Day). Wilhelm Pieck becomes 1st president, Otto Greatwohl becomes 1st premier
  • 1950 NY Yankees sweep Philadelphia Phillies in 47th World Series
  • 1950 US forces invade Korea by crossing 38th parallel
  • 1950 Walter Bedell Smith replaces Roscoe H Hillenkoetter as 4th CIA head

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1950 Whitey Ford wins his 1st World Series game 5-2

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • 1950 William H Jackson becomes deputy director of CIA
  • 1950 Yanks win 13th world championship sweeping Phillies

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1951 David Ben-Gurion forms 3rd Israeli government

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion
  • 1952 NY Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 3 in 49th World Series

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1952 First "Bandstand" broadcast in Philadelphia on WFIL-TV (Dick Clark joins in 1955 as a substitute-host)

Radio and Television Personality Dick Clark
Radio and Television Personality
Dick Clark
  • 1952 Yankees tie their own record of 4 consecutive World Series wins
  • 1953 Bill Veeck tells Browns stockholders he faces bankruptcy unless they drop their suit to block his move to Baltimore, they comply
  • 1954 Hassan el Hodeiby, leader of the Muslim Brothership, arrested in Egypt
  • 1954 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ad Sinarum gentem
  • 1955 Aircraft carrier USS Saratoga launched at Brooklyn

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1955 Beat poet Allen Ginsberg reads his poem "Howl" for the first time at a poetry reading in San Francisco.

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • 1956 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Open
  • 1957 KOAC TV channel 7 in Corvallis, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1957 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Invitational

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1958 Potter Stewart appointed to US Supreme Court
  • 1958 US manned space-flight project renamed Project Mercury

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 233

  • 1573 William Laud, English archbishop of Canterbury (1633-45)
  • 1576 John Marston, English poet and playwright (d. 1634)
  • 1577 Ferdinand, of Bayern, prince-bishop of Liege/archbishop
  • 1589 Maria Magdalena of Austria, Grand Duchess of Tuscany (d. 1631)
  • 1698 Henri Madin, composer
  • 1713 Granville Elliott, British military officer (d. 1759)
  • 1728 Caesar Rodney, Delaware, judge/signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1734 Ralph Abercromby, English army commander (Dutch Guyana)
  • 1744 Sergey Vyazmitinov, Russian general and statesman (d. 1819)
  • 1746 William Billings, American hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1800)
  • 1748 Charles XIII, King of Sweden (1809-18)/Norway (1814-18)
  • 1758 Paul Anton Wineberger, composer
  • 1769 Solomon Sibley, American politician (d. 1846)
  • 1774 Ferdinando Orlandi, composer
  • 1786 Louis-Joseph Papineau, Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 1871)
  • 1798 Jean B Vuillaume, French violin maker (octobas)
  • 1801 Adolf Muller, composer
  • 1802 Bernhard Molique, German violinist and composer
  • 1817 Bushrod Rust Johnson, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1880)
  • 1821 Richard Heron Anderson, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1879)
  • 1821 William Sill, with The Underground Railroad
  • 1826 William Brimage Bate, US Confederate brig-gen/(Gov-D-Tenn, 1882-86)
  • 1835 Felix Draeseke, composer
  • 1841 Nicolaas Petrovic Njegos, king of Montenegro (1910-18)
  • 1849 James Whitcomb Riley, US, poet (Raggedy Man)
  • 1854 Christiaan R de Wet, South African rebel leader, politician and general in the Boer War
  • 1866 Martha McChesney Berry, US, founded Berry School for Children
  • 1866 Wlodimir Ledochowski, Polish-Austrian director of the Society of Jesus (d. 1942)
  • 1868 Fred H Hovey, tennis champ (US Open-1895)
  • 1870 Uncle Dave Macon, entertainer
  • 1879 Joe Hill, Jevla Sweden, organizer (IWW)/songwriter (Union Scab)/martyr
  • 1879 Joseph Bovet, composer
  • 1880 Jaime Pahissa, composer
  • 1881 Mikhail Drozdovsky, Russian general (d. 1918)

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1885 Niels Bohr, Denmark, physicist, expanded quantum physics (Nobel 1922)

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Niels Bohr
  • 1886 Johannes B Tielrooy, Dutch literary (Chateaubriand)
  • 1887 A C "Jack" Russell, cricketer (prolific England batsman post-WW I)
  • 1887 Jack Mulhall, Wappinger Falls NY, actor (Ken Murray Show)
  • 1888 Henry A Wallace, (D/P) 33rd VP (1941-45)/founder Progressive Party
  • 1889 Clarence Muse, Balt MD, actor (Sam-Casablanca, Black Stallion)
  • 1892 Dwain Esper, director (d. 1982)
  • 1894 Herman Dooyeweerd, Dutch philosopher/lawyer
  • 1894 Del Lord, American director (d. 1970)
  • 1896 Cyril Allcott, cricketer (NZ all-rounder in their early Tests)
  • 1896 Elijah Muhammad, US, leader of Nation of Islam
  • 1898 Alfred Wallenstein, conductor (Chic Symph 1922-29), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1900 Heinrich Himmler, a leading Nazi and head of the Gestapo
  • 1901 Frank Boucher, Canadian all-star NHL center (NY Rangers), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 1977)
  • 1901 Ralph Rainger, composer
  • 1901 Suvanna Phuma, premier of Laos
  • 1902 Willemina J H "Mascha" ter Weene, dancer/ballerina
  • 1903 Louis S B Leakey, archaeologist/anthropologist
  • 1904 Chuck Klein,Philadelphia Phillies (43 HRs in 1929), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1905 Andy Devine, [Jeremiah Schwartz], Flagstaff Az, actor (Andy's Gang)
  • 1906 James E Webb, head of NASA (1961-68)
  • 1907 Tutta Rolf, Norway, actress (Whalers)
  • 1907 Víctor Paz Estenssoro, Bolivian politician (d. 2001)
  • 1908 Richard Caldicot, actor (Horse's Mouth), born in London, England
  • 1909 Shura Cherkassky, pianist
  • 1909 Anni Blomqvist, Finnish novelist (d. 1990)
  • 1909 Erastus Corning 2nd, American politician, 72nd Mayor of Albany, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1910 Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (d. 1986)
  • 1911 Joe Jones, drummer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1911 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1911 Shura Cherkassky, Ukrainian classical pianist (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Fernando Belaúnde Terry, President of Peru (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Irina Nijinska, Russian/US dancer
  • 1913 Simon Carmiggelt, Dutch journalist (Het Parool, Kinks)
  • 1914 Alfred Drake, [Capurro], singer/actor (Kiss Me Kate), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1914 Sarah Churchill, actress (All Over Town, Royal Wedding), born in London, England
  • 1915 Margarita J Aliger, Russian poet (Zoja) [NS]
  • 1915 Roman Padlewski, composer
  • 1916 Walt W Rostow, economist (Politics & Stages of Growth), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917 Helmut Dantine, actor (Shadow of the Cloak), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1917 June Allyson, actress (Till the Clouds Roll By, Vegas), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1918 Guido Aristarco, film critic
  • 1918 Marcus Klingburg, Israeli soviet spy and epidemiologist
  • 1919 Gabriel Dell, Barbados, actor (Steve Allen Show)
  • 1919 George Duby, historian
  • 1919 Sir Zelman Cowen, Australian politician
  • 1920 Georg Leber, German politician (SPD), (d. 2012)
  • 1921 John Arthur Giles Gere, English art historian (Pre-Raphaelite painter)
  • 1922 Martha Stewart, Bardwell Ky, singer/actress (Daisy Kenyon, Doll Face)
  • 1922 Reina Prinsen Geerligs, [Leentje Vandendriesch], Dutch antifascist
  • 1922 Grady Hatton, American baseball player, (d. 2013)
  • 1923 Irma Grese, Supervisor at Nazi concentration camps
  • 1923 Jean-Paul Riopelle, Québécois member of Les Automatistes (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Diana Lynn, actress (Annapolis Story, Easy Come Easy Go), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1926 Ivan Jirko, composer
  • 1926 Marcello Abbado, composer
  • 1927 Al Martino, Phila, singer (Here in My Heart)/actor (The Godfather)
  • 1927 R. D. Laing, Govanhill, Scottish psychiatrist, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1928 Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter (d. 1980)
  • 1929 Robert Westall, British author (d. 1993)
  • 1929 Graeme Ferguson, Canadian filmmaker and executive
  • 1929 Harold Zirin, astronomer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop of South Africa (Nobel Peace Prize 1982)
  • 1932 Joannes M Gijsen, Bishop of Roermond
  • 1933 Paul B Price, Cataret NJ, actor (Busting Loose)
  • 1934 Imamu Amiri Baraka, [Everett Leroi Jones], US, poet/writer

Famous Weddings

  • 1776 Crown Prince Paul of Russia marries Sophie Marie Dorothea of Württemberg.

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1914 44th US Ambassador to the United Kingdom Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (26) weds John F. Fitzgerald's mother, Rose Fitzgerald (24)

Kennedy Family Matriarch Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
Kennedy Family Matriarch
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
Patriarch of the Kennedy family Joseph P. Kennedy
Patriarch of the Kennedy family
Joseph P. Kennedy

HeartWedding of Interest

1965 Actress and comedian Phyllis Diller (48) weds actor Warde Donovan

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller

HeartWedding of Interest

1978 Country singer Merle Haggard (41) weds his backup singer Leona Williams (35)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1989 Radio talk show host Larry King weds Julie Alexander
  • 1995 "Cheers" actor Ted Danson (47) weds Academy Award-winning actress Mary Steenbergen (42)

HeartWedding of Interest

1995 Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger (44) weds journalist Willow Bay (31) in Bridgehampton, New York

CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger
CEO of The Walt Disney Company
Bob Iger

HeartWedding of Interest

2006 Comedian-actor Tim Allen (53) weds actress Jane Hajduk (39) at an outdoor ceremony in Grand Lake, Colorado

Actor Tim Allen
Actor
Tim Allen
  • 2012 Media personality Jack Osbourne (26) weds Lisa Stelly on the Big Island of Hawaii

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1988 Robin Givens files for divorce after 8-month marriage to Mike Tyson

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 2004 Actress Andie MacDowell (46) divorces businessman Rhett Hartzog (45) after nearly three years of marriage

Famous Deaths

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  • 290 [Christian] Sergius, roman soldier/martyred saint, decapitated
  • 336 Pope Saint Mark, bishop of Rome (336), dies of natural causes
  • 929 Charles III, the Plain, King of France (893-929), dies
  • 1368 Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, son of Edward III of England (b. 1338)
  • 1488 Andrea del Verrochio, sculptor/painter/goldsmith, dies at about 52
  • 1553 Cristóbal de Morales, Spanish composer (bc. 1500)
  • 1555 Louis of Praet, Habsburg diplomat (b. 1488)
  • 1571 Müezzinzade Ali Pasha, Turkish fleet commander, dies in the Battle of Lepanto
  • 1577 George Gascoigne, English poet
  • 1612 Menso Alting, Dutch reformed vicar/theologist, dies at 70
  • 1620 Stanisław Żółkiewski, Polish military leader (b. 1547)
  • 1637 Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy (b. 1587)
  • 1639 John I Pontanus, physicist/historian (Amsterdam), dies at 68
  • 1651 Jacques Sirmond, French Jesuit scholar (b. 1559)
  • 1653 Fausto Poli, Italian Catholic priest (b. 1581)
  • 1660 Paul Scarron, French, stagewriter (Le Roman Comique), dies at 50
  • 1681 Nicolaas Heinsius, Dutch philological/diplomat, dies at 61
  • 1708 Guru Gobind Singh, tenth Sikh Guru (b. 1666)
  • 1766 Andre Cheron, composer, dies at 71
  • 1772 John Woolman, American Quaker preacher and abolitionist (b. 1720)
  • 1777 Simon Fraser, English general, dies in battle
  • 1780 Patrick Ferguson, English major in SC, dies in battle at 36
  • 1787 Henry Muhlenberg, German-born founder of the U.S. Lutheran Church (b. 1711)

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1792 George Mason, American statesman (advocated for the Bill of Rights), dies of natural causes at 66

American Statesman George Mason
American Statesman
George Mason
  • 1793 Wills Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire, English politician (b. 1718)
  • 1796 Thomas Reid, Scottish philosopher (b. 1710)
  • 1800 Gabriel, slave revolt leader (Virginia), hanged
  • 1811 August R van Hekeren van Suideras, Dutch orangist, dies at 68

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1849 Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet and critic, dies in Baltimore at 40

  • 1864 Alexander Gardiner, US Union brig-general, dies in battle
  • 1864 John Gregg, US judge/Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 36
  • 1887 George James Webb, composer, dies at 84
  • 1890 John Hill Hewitt, composer, dies at 89
  • 1894 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American writer (b. 1809)
  • 1903 Rudolf Lipschitz, German mathematician (b. 1832)
  • 1906 Honoré Beaugrand, Canadian journalist and politician, mayor of Montreal (b. 1848)
  • 1911 John Hughlings Jackson, English neurologist (b. 1835)
  • 1915 Samuel Prowse Warren, composer, dies at 74
  • 1918 C Hubert H Parry, Engl musicologist/composer (Jerusalem), dies at 70
  • 1919 Alfred Deakin, second Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1856)
  • 1924 Clemens Baeumker, German historian (Christian Philosophy), dies at 71
  • 1925 Hubert Platt Main, composer, dies at 86
  • 1925 Christy Mathewson, American baseball player (b. 1880)
  • 1926 Emil Kraepelin, German psychologist (b. 1856)
  • 1939 Harvey (William) Cushing, US neurologist, dies at 70
  • 1943 Eugeniusz Bodo, Polish actor (b. 1899)
  • 1943 Radclyffe Hall, British author (b. 1880)

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1950 Willis Carrier, American engineer, invented modern air conditioning, dies at 73

Engineer Willis Carrier
Engineer
Willis Carrier
  • 1951 Anton F Philips, CEO (Philips), dies at 77
  • 1956 Clarence Birdseye, American inventor (b. 1886)
  • 1959 Mario Lanza, opera singer, dies at 38 of a heart attack
  • 1959 PM Kassem of Iraq, assassinated
  • 1962 Mauritius Dekker, [Boris Robazki], writer (Boots in Jail), dies at 66
  • 1963 Grace Darmond, silent screen actress (Below the Surface), dies at 69
  • 1963 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M), dies of internal hemorrhage at 63
  • 1964 Eugen Varga, Hungarian/Russian economist/politician, dies at 84
  • 1966 Johnny Kidd, rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1966 Smiley Lewis, [Overton Amos Lemons], rocker, dies at 46
  • 1967 Norman Angell (Lane), English journalist/pacifist (Nobel 1933), dies
  • 1969 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (b. 1888)
  • 1976 Nikolai Lopatnikoff, composer, dies at 73
  • 1981 Wouter Paap, composer, dies at 73
  • 1981 Albert Cohen, Greek-born Swiss novelist (b. 1895)
  • 1988 Billy Daniels, singer, dies of cancer at 73
  • 1990 J Teengs Gerritsen, resistance fighter, dies
  • 1990 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer, dies at 84
  • 1990 Juan Jose Arevalo, president of Guatemala (1945-51), dies

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1991 Leo Durocher, baseball player and manager (Dodgers, Giants), dies at 86

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1992 Allan Bloom, author (Closing of the American Mind), dies at 62
  • 1992 Ed Blackwell, US jazz drummer (Quartet), dies
  • 1992 Tevfik Esenç, last known speaker of Ubykh (b. 1904)
  • 1993 Agnes de Mille, choreographer (Oklahoma!, Rodeo), dies at 88
  • 1993 Cyril Cusack, actor (Fahrenheit 451), dies of neuron disease at 82
  • 1993 Kenneth Nelson, US/English actor (Boys in the Band), dies at 63
  • 1994 James Hill, director, dies at 75
  • 1994 Niels Kaj Jerne, Danish immunologist (Nobel prize 1984), dies at 82
  • 1994 Paul Swift, US actor (Egg Man in Pink Flamingo), dies of AIDS at 60
  • 1995 Ariston Muguranayanga Chambati, politician/businessman, dies at 59
  • 1995 Louis Meyer, Indie 500 racer (3 wins), dies at 91
  • 1996 Charles Wegg Solicitor-Prosser, dies at 86
  • 1998 Arnold Jacobs, American tuba player a.k.a. Song and Wind (b. 1915)
  • 1999 Rev. Bruce Ritter, American Catholic priest and controversial founder of charity New York City based Covenant House, dies of cancer at 72
  • 2001 Christopher Adams, British-born pro wrestler and judoka (b. 1955)
  • 2001 Herblock, American cartoonist (b. 1909)
  • 2001 Roger Gaudry, French Canadian chemist, businessman and corporate director (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Izzy Asper, Canadian tax lawyer (b. 1932)
  • 2003 Arthur Berger, American composer (b. 1912)
  • 2003 Wally George, American conservative TV commentator (b. 1931)
  • 2004 Ken Bigley, British civil engineer, kidnapped and murdered in Iraq (b. 1942)
  • 2005 Charles Rocket, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 2006 Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist (b. 1958)
  • 2007 Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1975)
  • 2007 George E. Sangmeister, American politician (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Leslie Hardman, Jewish Orthodox rabbi (b. 1913)
  • 2009 Irving Penn, American photographer (b. 1917)
  • 2010 Antonie Kamerling, Dutch actor (b. 1966)
  • 2010 Milka Planinc, former PM of Yugoslavia (b. 1924)
  • 2010 T Lavitz, American musician (b. 1956)
  • 2011 Ramiz Alia, the former communist leader and first president of the Albanian pluralist (b. 1925)
  • 2012 John Martin Tchicai, Danish saxophonist, dies at 76