On This Day in History for April 15

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 140

  • 69 Battle at Bedriacum, North-Italy
  • 1205 Battle at Adrianople: Bulgaria beats Emp Boudouin of Constantinople
  • 1250 Pope Innoncent III refuses Jews of Cordova, Spain, request to build a synagogue
  • 1450 French defeat English at Battle of Formigny in 100 Years' War

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1493 -20/4 Barcelona] Columbus meets with King Ferdinand & Isabella

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1528 Pánfilo the Narváez, Spanish conquistador arrives in Florida with 350 men to a hostile reception from native indians

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1534 Thomas Cromwell is appointed Chief Secretary to King Henry VIII

Lawyer and Statesman Thomas Cromwell
Lawyer and Statesman
Thomas Cromwell
King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1581 Cortes van Thomar accepts Philip II as king of Portugal

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II
  • 1594 Fleming Pieter Stevens appointed royal painter of Rudolf II (Prague)
  • 1621 Hugo the Great arrives in France
  • 1632 Battle of Rain; Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeat Count Tilly of the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years' War.
  • 1654 England & Netherlands sign peace treaty

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1689 French King Louis XIV declares war on Spain

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • 1697 Charles XII succeeds Charles XI as King of Sweden
  • 1715 Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
  • 1716 Great Northern War: Prussian troops occupy Swedish controlled German port of Wismar
  • 1738 Bottle opener invented
  • 1755 Samuel Johnson's "A Dictionary of the English Language" published in London
  • 1776 Duchess of Kingston found guilty of bigamy
  • 1788 Britain, Netherlands & Prussia sign peace treaty
  • 1793 Bank of England issues first £5 note

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1802 William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy see a "long belt" of daffodils, inspiring the former to pen "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud".

  • 1817 1st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford Conn)
  • 1850 City of San Francisco incorporated
  • 1851 Earl G Andressy sentenced to death in Hungary
  • 1853 Protestant church questions king Willem III RC bishops
  • 1858 Battle of Azimghur, Mexicans defeat Spanish loyalists
  • 1861 Federal army (75,000 volunteers) mobilized by US President Lincoln (US Civil War)
  • 1864 General Steeles' Union troops occupies Camden, Arkansas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1865 Otto von Bismarck elevated to rank of Count of Bismarck-Schönhausen

German Statesman Otto von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto von Bismarck

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1865 Abraham Lincoln dies 9 hours after he is shot attending the play "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre in Washington

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1870 Last day US silver coins allow to circulate in Canada
  • 1874 NY legislature passes compulsory education law
  • 1877 1st telephone installed: Boston-Somerville in Massachusetts
  • 1878 Harley Procter introduces Ivory Soap
  • 1892 General Electric Company, forms & is incorporated in NY
  • 1895 Josephine Blatt (US) makes hip-and-harness lift of 3564 lb (record)
  • 1900 Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in Paris opens (till 12th Nov)
  • 1900 An early 50 mile race is won by an electric car in over 2 hrs
  • 1901 1st British motorized burial
  • 1901 Pope Leo XIII issues an allocution deploring hostile actions against the Roman Catholic Church throughout Europe
  • 1902 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Church in US"
  • 1902 Rioting and arson continue in Russia with peasants plundering estates to find food.
  • 1902 Russian minister of interior and head of secret police, Sipyengin, is assassinated by the 'Terror Brigade' of the Socialist Revolutionaries
  • 1906 The Armenian organization AGBU is established.
  • 1911 Jack Lawrence Theater (Playhouse) opens at 137 W 48th St NYC
  • 1912 RMS Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as the band plays on
  • 1915 Manuel de Falla's ballet "El Amor Brujo" premieres in Madrid
  • 1915 NY Giant Rube Marquard no-hits Bkln, 2-0
  • 1918 Clemenceau publishes secret French/Austrian documents
  • 1920 New Canadian small cent coin is released
  • 1921 Black Friday in Britain: leaders of transport and rail unions announce a decision not to call for strike action in support of the miners; despite widespread feeling decision a breach of solidarity and a betrayal of the miners
  • 1922 The legendary Poodle Dog Restaurant closes in San Francisco
  • 1923 1st sound on film public performance shown at Rialto Theater (NYC)
  • 1923 Insulin becomes generally available for diabetics
  • 1924 Flemish-Walloon riots in Louvain, Belgium, 1 dead
  • 1924 WHO-AM in Des Moines Iowa begins radio transmissions
  • 1924 Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.
  • 1927 Switzerland & USSR agree to diplomatic relations
  • 1928 Alioto's on Fisherman's Wharf (SF) forms
  • 1931 1st backwards walk across American begins
  • 1939 Albert Lebrun elected president of France
  • 1940 British troops land at Narvik, Norway
  • 1941 1st helicopter flight of 1 hr duration, Stratford, Ct

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942 George VI awards George Cross to people of Malta

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • 1943 Metropolitan Life Insurances issues a $225 million check to Chase
  • 1945 British Army liberates Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 FDR buried in grounds of Hyde Park home

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1945 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Communium interpretes dolorum
  • 1945 US troops occupy concentration camp Colditz
  • 1947 Operations begin at Radio Netherlands World radio
  • 1948 1st Jewish-Arab military battle, arabs defeated
  • 1948 Indian territory of Himachal Pradesh created
  • 1949 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Redemptoris nostri
  • 1951 Michael Gorsira is 1st person in charge of Curacao
  • 1952 Franklin National Bank issues 1st bank credit card
  • 1952 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1952 The maiden flight of the B-52 Stratofortress prototype
  • 1953 Malans National Party wins South African elections
  • 1954 Yankees dedicate a plaque to Edward Barrow

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 Ray Kroc opens first McDonald's Inc. fast food restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • 1955 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1957 Congress gives Post Office $41M; restoring Saturday mail delivery
  • 1957 Saturday mail delivery restored after Congress givs PO $41 million

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 Fidel Castro begins US goodwill tour

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles resigns

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • 1960 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), organizes at Shaw U
  • 1960 Guy Carawan sings "We Shall Overcome" to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh - popularising the song as a protest anthem
  • 1962 US national debt above $300,000,000,000
  • 1964 Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens (world's longest)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 James Baldwin's "Amen Corner" premieres in NYC

  • 1969 North Korea shoots at US airplane above Japanese sea
  • 1970 Libyan leader Gadaffi launches "Green Revolution"
  • 1972 A member of the Official Irish Republican Army is shot dead by British soldiers at Joy Street in the Markets area of Belfast close to his home
  • 1972 A member of the British Army is shot dead by the Official IRA in the Divis area of Belfast.
  • 1974 Military coup in Niger, president Diori Hamani deposed
  • 1975 1st appearance of San Diego Chicken
  • 1975 Gabon amends constitution
  • 1976 Yankee stadium reopens, Yanks beat Twins after trailing 4-0
  • 1978 43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 115


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1452 Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, scientist and visionary, born in Vinci, Florence, Italy (d. 1519)

Painter, Scientist & Visionary Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Scientist & Visionary
Leonardo da Vinci

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1469 Guru Nanak, Founder of the religion of Sikhism and the 1st Sikh Guru, born in Rai-Bhoi-Di-Talwandi, Punjab, Pakistan (d. 1539)

Founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak
Founder of Sikhism
Guru Nanak
  • 1489 Sinan, Ottoman architect (d. 1588)
  • 1552 Pietro Cataldi, Italian mathematician (d. 1626)
  • 1588 Claudius Salmasius, [Claude Saumaise], French linguist
  • 1641 Robert Sibbald, Scottish physician (d. 1722)
  • 1646 King Christian V of Denmark (d. 1699)
  • 1646 Pierre Poiret, French mystic (d. 1719)
  • 1682 John van Huysum, Dutch painter (flowers/fruit)
  • 1684 Catherine I, empress of Russia (1725-27)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1707 Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician (Euler's Constant), born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1783)

Mathematician Leonhard Euler
Mathematician
Leonhard Euler
  • 1710 William Cullen, Scottish physician (d. 1790)
  • 1741 Charles Willson Peale, US, port painter/inventor (George Washington)
  • 1766 Friedrich Bouterwek, German philosopher/critic
  • 1772 Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, French naturalist (d. 1844)
  • 1786 Walter Channing, American physician who was the first to use anesthesia during childbirth, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1876)
  • 1793 Friedrich Struve, Germany, founded dynasty of astronomers
  • 1794 Jean Pierre Flourens, French physiologist (d. 1867)
  • 1800 James Clark Ross, explorer (British Antarctic)
  • 1809 Hermann Gunther Grassmann, mathematician
  • 1812 Pierre-Etienne-Theodore Rousseau, painter
  • 1814 John Lothrop Motley, US, historian/author (Rise of Dutch Rep)
  • 1820 Evander McNair, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1902)
  • 1821 Emerson Brown Joseph, (Confederacy), (d. 1894)
  • 1822 Napoleon Jackson Tecumseh Dana, Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1829 Mary Harris Thompson, 1st American woman surgeon
  • 1832 Wilhelm Busch, German poet (d. 1908)
  • 1837 Horace Porter, Bvt Brigadier General (Union Army), (d. 1921)
  • 1841 Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian distillery founder (d. 1919)
  • 1843 Henry James, American/British author (Turn of the Screw, Bostonians), (d. 1916)
  • 1850 John Munroe Longyear, US, capitalist/bank president
  • 1858 Anton G O Ridder Van Rappard, Dutch painter/lithographer/etcher
  • 1858 Emile Durkheim, French sociologist (Division du travail social)
  • 1861 Bliss Carman, Canadian poet (d. 1929)
  • 1874 Johannes Stark, Germany, physicist (Stark effect) (Nobel 1919)
  • 1874 George Harrison Shull, American plant geneticist (d. 1954)
  • 1875 Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker, Dutch playwright/novelist (Poverty)
  • 1878 Robert Walser, Swiss writer, born in Biel (d. 1956)
  • 1879 Melville Henry Cane, American lawyer (d. 1980)
  • 1882 Giovanni Amendola, Italian antifascist/editor-in-chief (Il Mondo)
  • 1883 Stanley Bruce, eighth Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967)
  • 1885 Tadeusz Kutrzeba, Polish general (d. 1947)
  • 1886 Nikolay Gumilyov, Russian poet (d. 1921)
  • 1888 Maximilian Kronberger, German poet (d. 1904)
  • 1889 Asa Philip Randolph, labor leader (Railroad Porter's Union)
  • 1889 Thomas Hart Benton, Missouri, painter/muralist (Lonesome Road)
  • 1892 Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author and Holocaust survivor (d. 1983)
  • 1892 Theo Osterkamp, World War I and World War II German fighter pilot (d. 1975)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1894 Nikita Khrushchev, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1953-64), born in Kalinovka, Russia (d. 1971)

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1895 Corrado Alvaro, Italian writer (Gente in Aspromonte)
  • 1895 Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards player (d. 1980)
  • 1896 Nikolay Nikolayevich Semyonov, Russian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1986)
  • 1901 Joe Davis, English snooker/billiards-world champ (1927-46)
  • 1902 Fernando Pessa, Portuguese journalist (d. 2002)
  • 1903 Erich Arendt, writer [or Apr 16]
  • 1904 Arshile Gorky, Armenian Artist (d. 1948)
  • 1906 Susan Walker, vice CEO (WRVS)
  • 1907 Gerald Abrahams, author (Teach Yourself Chess), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1907 Nicholas Tinbergen, Neth/British biologist/zoologist (Nobel 1973)
  • 1910 Lord Grey of Naunton, chancellor (Ulster University)
  • 1911 Jacob Fresco, Dutch architect (Antilles Brewery/Autonomy Monument)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1912 Kim Il-sung, Founder, dictator and Supreme Leader of North-Korea (1948-94), born in Mangyongdae, Japanese Korea (d. 1994)

North Korean founder and dictator Kim Il-sung
North Korean founder and dictator
Kim Il-sung
  • 1912 Peter Menzies, CEO (British Electricity Council)
  • 1915 Elizabeth Catlett, sculptor and print maker (Mother and Child), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1916 Alfred S. Bloomingdale, American businessman (d. 1982)
  • 1919 Clive Beadon, British RAF Wing Commander and pilot (WWII), born in Conoor near Poona, India (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Elizabeth Catelett, sculptor/lithographer
  • 1919 Meriol Trevor, novelist/biographer (Civil Prisoners)
  • 1920 Richard von Weizsacker, German politician and 1st president of reunited Germany (1990-94), born in Stuttgart
  • 1920 Thomas Szasz, psychiatrist (The Myth of Mental Illness, The Manufacture of Madness), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Georgi Timofeyevich Beregovoi, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 3)
  • 1922 Harold Washington, 1st African American mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87)
  • 1923 Douglas Wass, CEO (Equity & Law Life Assurance Company)
  • 1924 John Grigg, British historian
  • 1927 Abha Gandhi, servant to Gandhi
  • 1927 Robert Mills, American physicist (d. 1999)
  • 1928 Norma Merrick Sklarek, 1st African American woman architect in NY & Calif
  • 1928 Richard Evans, British diplomat
  • 1929 Adrian Cadbury, confectionery manufacturer (Cadbury) and author of report on Corporate Governance, (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Jocelyn Barrow, deputy chair person (British Broadcast Standards)
  • 1930 Elijah Barayi, head of South Africa union centre (COSATU)
  • 1930 Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland
  • 1931 Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet (Nobel Prize for Literature - 2011), born in Stockholm (d. 2015)
  • 1932 David Bolton, director (British Royal United Service for Defense)
  • 1932 Nikolai Stepanovich Porvatkin, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1933 Boris Strugatski, USSR, sci-fi author (Tale of Troika)
  • 1936 Maurice Shock, rector (Lincoln College in Oxford)
  • 1936 Pen Sovann, 1st post-Khmer Rouge Cambodian Prime Minister (1981), born in Takéo (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Earl Russell, historian
  • 1938 Carles Marsden, professor (neurology)
  • 1938 Hso Khan Pha, Burmese politician
  • 1940 Jeffrey Archer, England, (Tory-Commons)/author (Matter of Honor)
  • 1940 Robert Lacroix, French Canadian professor of economics
  • 1941 Howard L Berman, (Rep-D-CA, 1983- )
  • 1942 Francis X. DiLorenzo, American Catholic prelate
  • 1942 Kenneth Lay, American businessman (d. 2006)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1943 Robert Lefkowitz, American physician (Nobel Prize for Chemistry), born in NYC, New York

Physician-scientist Robert Lefkowitz
Physician-scientist
Robert Lefkowitz
  • 1944 Dzhokhar Dudayev, separatist leader and President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (1991), (d. 1996)
  • 1945 Jos F B van Rey, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 1946 Wayne Gilchrest, (Rep-R-Maryland)

Weddings in History

  • 1595 Willem I's daughter of Elisabeth of Nassau marries duke Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne of Broth
  • 1909 Mien Wenneker, Dutch prince Henry's lover, weds Uncle Cornelis Abbo
  • 1925 Russian writer ("Lolita") Vladimir Nabokov (26) marries fellow Russian writer Vera Evseevna Slonim (23) in Berlin

HeartWedding of Interest

1978 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) weds William George Toth

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • 2006 Miss Nigeria 2002 Sylvia Ansa Edem weds businessman Chris Emecheta at the Recreation Park, Victoria Garden City, Lekki Lagos

Divorces in History

  • 1994 Robert F Kennedy Jr (21 days after his divorce) weds Mary Richardson

Deaths in History

  • 1053 Godwin, Earl of Wessex
  • 1220 Adolf I, archbishop of Cologne, dies
  • 1415 Manuel Chrysoloras, Greek humanist and grammarian
  • 1472 Leon B Alberti, Italian humanist/architect (Philodoxis), dies at 68
  • 1502 Jan IV Chalon, prince of Orange, dies
  • 1607 Cornelius Kilianus, Flemish translator/poet, dies at about 78
  • 1610 Johan van Duivenoorde, mister of Warmond, dies at about 62
  • 1621 John Carver, first governor of Plymouth Colony
  • 1632 George Calvert, Proprietor of the Avalon (Maryland) Colony (b. 1580)
  • 1641 Domenico Zampieri, Italian painter (b. 1581)
  • 1652 Patriarch Joseph, head of the Russian Orthodox Church
  • 1659 Simon Dach, Prussian German poet, dies at 63
  • 1719 Françoise d'Aubigné, marquise de Maintenon, second wife of Louis XIV of France (b. 1635)
  • 1754 Jacopo Riccati, Italian mathematician (b. 1676)
  • 1761 Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll, Scottish politician (b. 1682)
  • 1761 William Oldys, English antiquarian and bibliographer (b. 1696)
  • 1764 Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France (b. 1721) of tuberculosis aged 42
  • 1765 Michail v Lomonosov, Russian scholar/poet, dies at 53
  • 1793 Ignacije Szentmartony, Croatian Jesuit missionary and geographer (b. 1718)
  • 1804 Charles Pichegru, French general (strangled in prison) (b. 1761)
  • 1824 Theodorus F van Capellen, vice-admiral (Algiers), dies at 61
  • 1854 Arthur Aikin, English chemist, mineralogist, and writer (b. 1773)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1865 Abraham Lincoln, 16th American President, dies from gunshot wounds at 56

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1888 Matthew Arnold, English poet, dies at 65

Poet/Critic Matthew Arnold
Poet/Critic
Matthew Arnold
  • 1889 Father Damien, Belgian missionary (b. 1840)
  • 1898 Kepa Te Rangihiwinui, Maori military leader
  • 1911 Georg Knorr, German engineer, dies
  • 1912 Edward Smith, captain of the RMS Titanic (b. 1850)
  • 1912 John Jacob Astor IV, billionaire (b. 1864)
  • 1912 William T. Stead American author and journalist. (b. 1849)
  • 1916 Alfred Cogniaux, Belgian botanist, dies at 75
  • 1920 Jacob van Stolk Azn, art collector, dies at 74
  • 1927 Francesco Gaeta, Italian poet (Di Giacomo), dies at 47
  • 1927 Gaston Leroux, French writer (b. 1868)
  • 1938 Caesar Vallejo, Peru/French poet (Trilce, Russia & 1931), dies at 46
  • 1942 Robert Musil, Austrian writer (Mann ohne Eigenschaften), dies at 61

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1942 Hugh S. Johnson, American head of the National Recovery Administration and member of FDR's Brain Trust, dies of pneumonia at 60

Member of FDR's Brain Trust Hugh S. Johnson
Member of FDR's Brain Trust
Hugh S. Johnson
  • 1943 Aristarkh Lentulov, Russian artist (d. 1882)
  • 1948 Radola Gajda, Czech military commander and politician (d. 1892)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1948 Manuel Roxas, 5th President of the Philippines (1946-48), dies of heart attack at 56

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • 1956 Emile Nolde [Hansen], German painter (Grablegung Christi), dies at 88
  • 1958 Estelle Taylor, dies at 64
  • 1962 Clara Blandick, committed suicide at 80
  • 1962 Esther Minciotti, dies at 74
  • 1963 Edward "Carji" Greeves, Australian rules footballer (b. 1903)
  • 1965 Syd Chaplin, dies at 80
  • 1966 Joseph Crehan, dies of stroke at 81
  • 1969 Victoria von Battenberg, wife of Spanish king Alfonso, dies at 81
  • 1972 Otto Brenner, German trade union leader, dies at 64
  • 1975 Charles Marshall, dies
  • 1975 John B McKay, US test pilot (X-15), dies
  • 1976 Gerald Smith, antisemite/catholic (National Christian Crusade), dies at 78

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1980 Jean-Paul Sartre, existentialist philosopher and writer (Nobel 1964), dies in Paris at 74

  • 1981 French Duynstee, Dutch states rights leader, dies at 67
  • 1982 Five murderers of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat executed
  • 1982 Louis M de Guiringaud, Fren forgn min (1976-78), commits suicide at 70
  • 1983 Gyula Illyes, Hungarian writer/poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), dies at 80
  • 1983 Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author and Holocaust survivor
  • 1984 Alexander Trocchi, Scottish writer (b. 1925)
  • 1986 Jean Genet, French criminal/novelist/dramatist, dies at 75
  • 1986 Sergei Nikolayevich Anokhin, cosmonaut, dies at 76
  • 1988 Hendrikus G "Han" Hoekstra, Dutch poet (Zandloper), dies at 81
  • 1988 Kenneth Williams, dies at 61
  • 1989 Charles Vanel, dies at 96
  • 1989 Hu Yaobang, general sec of Chinese Commnist Party, dies
  • 1989 Nesuhi Ertegün, American record executive (b. 1917)
  • 1990 Ulrich Becher, German writer and playwright, dies at 80
  • 1991 Marjorie Warfield, dies at 88
  • 1993 George Ives, dies at 111
  • 1993 Leslie Charteris, British mystery writer (Saint), dies at 85
  • 1993 William Bakewell, dies of leukemia at 84
  • 1993 John Tuzo Wilson, Canadian geologist (contributions to plate tectonics), dies at 84
  • 1994 Walter Clegg, British politician (C), dies at 73
  • 1995 Denis Harding, soldier, dies at 79
  • 1997 Sam Moskowitz, SF fandom historian, dies at 76
  • 1997 Zdenek Mlynar, Sec of Czech Communist Central Committee (1968), dies
  • 1998 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (1976-79) and revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge (1963-97), dies at 72
  • 1999 Harvey Postlethwaite, British engineer and racing car designer (b. 1944)
  • 2000 Edward Gorey, American illustrator (b. 1925)
  • 2002 Damon Knight, American author (b. 1922)
  • 2003 Reg Bundy, British performer (b. 1941)
  • 2007 Brant Parker, American cartoonist (b. 1920)
  • 2008 Krister Stendahl, Swedish Lutheran theologian and bishop (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Jack Herer, American author and cannabis activist (b. 1939)
  • 2011 Vittorio Arrigoni, Italian peace activist (b. 1975)
  • 2013 Sal Castro, Mexican-American activist, dies from thyroid cancer at 79