On This Day in History for August 2

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 141

  • 338 BC Macedonian army led by Philip II defeats combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean
  • 216 BC Second Punic War: Battle of Cannae - Carthaginian army lead by Hannibal defeats numerically superior Roman army under command consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro
  • 257 St Stephen I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1057 Frederik van Lotharingen elected as 1st Belgium Pope Stephen IX [X]
  • 1100 King William II of England (William Rufus) is killed by an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrell while hunting in the New Forest.
  • 1542 French troops leave Flanders

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1552 Treaty of Passau: Emperor Charles V accepts Lutheran religion

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
  • 1578 Battle of Rijmenam: Spanish Habsberg forces defeated by Dutch troops (Eighty Years' War)
  • 1581 Leiden University names Snellius math professor

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1610 Henry Hudson enters bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay

Explorer Henry Hudson
Explorer
Henry Hudson
  • 1665 French expedition against Barbarians in Tunis/Algiers
  • 1695 Daniel Quare receives a British patent for his portable barometer
  • 1701 Great Peace of Montreal signed between New France and North American Indian nations at urging of Huron chief Kondiaronk
  • 1704 Duke of Marlborough beats French & Bavarians at Blenheim
  • 1718 Austrian joins Triple Alliance
  • 1738 France offers emperor Karel VI mediation in war against Turkey

AgreementUnited States Declaration of Independence

1776 Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people (date most accepted by modern historians)

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1782 George Washington creates Honorary Badge of Distinction

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1786 Utrechtse Vroedschap flees
  • 1787 Horace the Saussure reaches top of Mont Blanc
  • 1790 1st US census conducted, the population was 3,939,214 including 697,624 slaves
  • 1791 Samuel Briggs & his son, patent nail-making machine

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1798 Battle of the Nile: British Royal Navy under Admiral Horatio Nelson further decimates the French fleet

British Admiral Horatio Nelson
British Admiral
Horatio Nelson

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1802 Napoleon declared "Consul for Life"

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1819 1st parachute jump in US
  • 1830 Charles X of France abdicates in favour of his grandson the Duc de Bordeaux
  • 1831 Ten day campaign begins, Dutch army occupies Belgium
  • 1832 Battle of Bad Axe, Wisconsin: 1,300 Illinois militia defeat Sauk & Fox Native Americans ending the Black Hawk War in the US
  • 1858 1st mailboxes installed in Boston & NYC streets
  • 1858 Government of India transferred from East India Company to the British Crown
  • 1861 Skirmish at Dug Springs, MI
  • 1864 2nd Saratoga Racetrack (NY) opens

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1865 Lewis Carroll publishes "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

Author and Mathematician Lewis Carroll
Author and Mathematician
Lewis Carroll
  • 1865 Trans Atlantic Cable being laid by SS Great Eastern snaps & is lost
  • 1870 Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway, opens in London.
  • 1873 1st trial run of SF cable car, Clay Street between Kearny & Jones
  • 1875 1st roller skating rink opens (London)
  • 1877 SF Public Library opens with 5,000 volumes
  • 1880 British Parliament officially adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • 1884 Dutch Queen Emma appointed regent
  • 1887 Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire
  • 1892 Charles A Wheeler patents a prototype of the escalator
  • 1894 Death duties 1st introduced in Britain
  • 1894 Dutch Society for Women Suffrage gets royal charter
  • 1903 Unsuccessful uprising of Macedonians against Turkey
  • 1909 1st Lincoln head pennies minted
  • 1909 Army Air Corps formed as Army takes 1st delivery from Wright Brothers
  • 1911 Haiti's dictator Simon flees on US warship near Jamaica
  • 1914 Belgian government receives German ultimatum
  • 1914 German press falsely reports that French bombed Nuremberg
  • 1914 German troops overthrows Luxembourg

  • 1914 Germany & Turkey sign secret treaty of alliance
  • 1914 Great Britain mobilizes
  • 1914 Postdam Conference ended
  • 1914 Russian troops invade Eastern Prussia
  • 1914 Sherlock Holmes Adventure "His Last Bow" takes place
  • 1916 World War I: Austrian sabotage causes the sinking of the Italian battleship Leonardo da Vinci in Taranto.
  • 1918 Japan announces that it is deploying troops to Siberia in the aftermath of World War I.
  • 1920 Marcus Garvey presents his "Back To Africa" program in NYC
  • 1921 Chicago jury brings in not guilty verdict against the Black Sox
  • 1922 China, hit by a typhoon; about 60,000 die
  • 1924 Joe Hauser sets record of 14 total bases in a game

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1928 Benito Mussolini signs peace treaty with Abyssinia (Ethiopia)

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1931 Spanish Catalonia agrees (99+%) for autonomous status

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1932 Carl David Anderson discovers and photographs a positron, the first known antiparticle

Nobel Laureat Physicist Carl David Anderson
Nobel Laureat Physicist
Carl David Anderson
  • 1934 1st airplane train, plane tows 3 mail gliders behind it

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1934 Adolf Hitler becomes commander-in-chief of German armed forces

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1934 William Franks twirls an indian club overhead 17,280 times in 1 hour
  • 1937 Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal
  • 1939 Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers

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1940 Clermont-Ferrand sentences General Charles de Gaulle to death

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1940 KL-House of saxon & commandos focus on Gross Rosen, Silesia
  • 1941 German 11st Army surrounds 20 Soviet divisions at Oeman
  • 1941 Jews are expelled from Hungarian Ruthenia
  • 1942 250 Dutch Catholic Jews arrested, transported to Amersfoort camp
  • 1942 Col-Gen Hoth' Panzer army reaches Kotelnikovo
  • 1943 Armed revolt breaks out in Treblinka

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1943 Lt John F. Kennedy's PT-boat 109 sinks at Solomon islands

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1943 Sunderland seaplanes sinks U-706 & U-106
  • 1943 Uprising at Treblinka Concentration Camp (crematorium destroyed)
  • 1944 Jewish survivors of Kovono Ghetto emerge from their bunker
  • 1944 Turkey breaks diplomatic relationship with nazi-Germany
  • 1954 Tahar Ben Ammar appointed premier of Tunisia
  • 1955 USSR performs nuclear test
  • 1958 Jordan & Iraq disolve their Arab Federation, after 3 months
  • 1959 Milwaukee Brave Bill Bruton hits 2 bases loaded triples
  • 1961 Cyrille Adula becomes premier of Congo
  • 1964 Dutch government gives Indonesia export guarantees
  • 1964 North Vietnam fires on a US destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin incident which would eventually escalate US involvement in the Vietnam War
  • 1964 Race riot in Jersey City NJ
  • 1965 Morley Safer's sends 1st Vietnam report indicating the US is losing
  • 1966 Radio Vila (New Hebrides) begins transmitting
  • 1967 US's Lunar Orbiter 5 launched; enters lunar orbit Aug 5
  • 1967 The second Blackwall Tunnel opens in Greenwich, London.

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1969 US President Richard Nixon visits Romania

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1970 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
  • 1970 Rubber bullets used for the first time in Northern Ireland during 'The Troubles'
  • 1972 Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London
  • 1975 104°F (40°C) at Providence, Rhode Island (state record)

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 108

  • 1455 Johan Cicero, Elector of Brandenburg (1486-99), born in Ansbach (d. 1499)
  • 1533 Theodor Zwinger, Swiss scholar (d. 1588)
  • 1627 Samuel Dircksz van Hoogstraten, Dutch painter
  • 1632 Kaspar von Stieler, German poet (Teutsche Wolredner)
  • 1672 Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Swiss scholar (d. 1733)
  • 1674 Philip II, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France (d. 1723)
  • 1696 Mahmud I, Sultan of Ottoman (Turkey) (1730-54)/fought Austria & Russia
  • 1703 Lorenzo Ricci, Italian Jesuit leader (d. 1775)
  • 1723 Nicolas de Pigage, French classical architect
  • 1746 Joan Lucaz, Dutch journalist/patriot

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1754 Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-born American architect who laid out Washington, D.C., born in Paris, France (d. 1825)

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
  • 1788 Leopold Gmelin, German chemist (d. 1853)
  • 1802 Nicholas Patrick Stephen Wiseman, 1st archbishop of Westminster
  • 1815 Adolf Friedrich von Schack, German writer (d. 1894)
  • 1818 [Willem] Alexander FCNM, prince of the Netherlands/general-major
  • 1820 John Tyndall, Leighlinbridge, County Carlow Ireland, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect
  • 1826 William Denison Whipple, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Madison County, New York (d. 1902)
  • 1828 Manuel Pavía y Rodríguez de Alburquerque, Spanish general (d. 1895)
  • 1832 Henry Steel Olcott, co-founder (Theosophical Society)

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1834 Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor (designed the Statue of Liberty), born in Colmar, France (d. 1904)

  • 1834 Isaac Capadose, lawyer/evangelist
  • 1835 Elisha Grey, inventor (Telephone)
  • 1854 Francis Marion Crawford, British author
  • 1858 Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Queen consort of William and Regent of the Netherlands
  • 1858 William Watson, British poet (Prince's Quest, Father of Forest)
  • 1865 Irving Babbitt, American writer (Rousseau & Romanticism)
  • 1865 John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist (d. 1955)
  • 1867 Ernest C Dowson, British poet
  • 1867 Frank Alvord Perret, American volcanologist renowned for his research at Vesuvius, Etna, Stromboli and Kilauea, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1868 Constantine I, king of Greece
  • 1871 John French Sloan, American artist (d. 1951)
  • 1872 George E. Stewart, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1946)
  • 1875 Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Russian artist (d. 1957)
  • 1878 Aino J M Kallas, Finnish writer (White Ship, Estonian Tales)
  • 1878 Princess Ingeborg, of Sweden
  • 1881 Ethel Mary Dell, English author (Storm Drift)
  • 1882 Johannes Tralow, writer
  • 1882 Rik Wouters, Belgian painter/sculptor (Virgin Doll)
  • 1884 Rómulo Gallegos, President of Venezuela (d. 1969)
  • 1886 John Alexander Douglas McCurdy Canadian Aviator (d. 1961)
  • 1891 Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian, linguist (d. 1971)
  • 1892 Jack Warner, US movie studio head (Warner Bros)
  • 1892 John Kieran, American columnist/author (Natural History of NYC), born in NYC, New York
  • 1897 Karl Otto Koch, German SS-officer (d. 1945)
  • 1897 Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 1974)
  • 1899 George Malcolm Thomson, journalist
  • 1906 Albert Goodwin, historian
  • 1907 Mary Hamman, American writer (d. 1984)
  • 1909 Lord Benson [Henry Alexander], British accountant (Coopers & Lybrand), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1910 Lawrence Josset, engraver
  • 1910 Lou Zara, American writer (Stump the Authors), born in NYC, New York
  • 1910 Roger MacDougall, writer (d. 1993)
  • 1912 Bela Szigeti, theoretical physicist
  • 1912 Vladimir Zerjavic, Croatian statistician (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Ismond Rosen, psychoanalyst/artist
  • 1915 Johan Limpers, sculptor/resistance fighter
  • 1916 Reginald Murley, surgeon
  • 1919 John Pinkerton, English computer scientist who designed the first business computer in England, the LEO computer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Louis Pauwels, writer/editor
  • 1920 Phyllis James, mystery writer
  • 1922 Lord Murray of Epping Forest [Lionel], British labour politician and union leader (General Secretary TUC), born in Hadley, Telford (d. 1984)
  • 1922 Paul Laxalt, (Sen-R-NV, 1974- )

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1923 Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister (Labor), President (2007-14) and Nobel Peace Prize (1994), born in Wiszniewo, Poland (d. 2016)

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres

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1924 James Baldwin, American author (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1987)

  • 1925 Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentinian dictator, (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Betsy Bloomingdale, socialite and fashion leader, born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Peter Swinnereton-Dyer, English mathematician, born in Ponteland, Northumberland
  • 1928 Hugh Francis Lamprey, ecologist
  • 1929 John Gale, British theatrical producer (Chichester Festival)
  • 1929 John Hannam, British MP (C) (1970-1997)
  • 1929 Lord David Waddington, British politician (Home Secretary 1989-90), born in Burnley (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Ron de Lugo, (Rep-D-Virgin Islands, 1973-79, 81- )
  • 1930 Vali Myers, Australian painter (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Pierre DuMaine, Catholic bishop
  • 1933 Alan Tuffin, British trade union leader
  • 1934 Valery Bykovsky, cosmonaut (Vostok 5, Soyuz 22, 31)
  • 1935 Brian Wolfson, British CEO (Wembley Stadium Ltd), born in Merseyside (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Derek Anthony Enright, politician
  • 1936 Christopher Hogg, CEO (Courtaulds & Reuters)
  • 1937 Ronald Brierley, company chairman
  • 1938 Pierre de Bané, French Canadian politician
  • 1939 Benjamin Barber, American political theorist (Jihad vs. McWorld), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)

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1942 Isabel Allende, Chilean-American author, novelist (The House of the Spirits, City of the Beasts) and Nobel Prize winner, born in Lima, Peru

  • 1943 Jeltje van Nieuwenhoven, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • 1943 Rose Tremain, British novelist/playwright (Restoration), born in London, England
  • 1945 Jewell Jackson McCabe, American feminist and social and political activist who led the National Coalition of 100 Black Women movement in the 1970s, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 John Bowis, British MP (C), born in Brighton, East Sussex
  • 1945 Alex Jesaulenko, Australian rules footballer
  • 1948 Robert Holdstock, English sci-fi author (Ghost Dance, Labyrinth), born in Hythe, England (d. 2009)
  • 1949 Bertalan Farkas, Bulgaria, cosmonaut (Soyuz 36/35)
  • 1949 James Fallows, American journalist
  • 1950 Lance Ito, judge (O.J. Simpson trial)
  • 1950 Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate (d. 1994)
  • 1951 Per Westerberg, Swedish politician
  • 1952 Paul David Crews, SC, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1953 Anne Leuchars, British TV journalist
  • 1954 James Charles Kopp, American citizen who murdered Barnett Slepian
  • 1955 Caleb Carr, American novelist and military historian
  • 1956 Fulvio Melia, Italian-American physicist/astrophysicist and author
  • 1957 Anne Leuchars, TV journalist

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

1882 Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (26) weds Fanny Smith

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

HeartWedding of Interest

1904 Novelist Hermann Hesse (27) weds Maria Bernoulli

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse
  • 1930 Laurence McKinley Gould (33), American Geologist and Polar Explorer weds Margaret ("Peg") Rice in Ann Arbor, Michigan

HeartWedding of Interest

1968 Later President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (21) weds lawyer Jose Miguel Arroyo (22)

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Deaths in History

  • 257 St Stephen I, bishop of Rome (Pope) (254-57)/heretic fighter, dies
  • 640 Severinus, Italian Pope (640), dies
  • 686 Pope John V, 1st Greek-Syrian Pope (685-86) dies
  • 924 Ælfweard of Wessex, briefly King of the Anglo-Saxons
  • 1002 Abu Amir Mohammed ibn Abd allah ibn Mohammed ibn Abi Amir, dies at 64
  • 1075 John VIII Xiphilinus, theologian/patriarch of Constantinople, dies
  • 1100 William II, [Rufus], king of England, shot in New Forest at 44
  • 1222 Count Raymond VI of Toulouse (b. 1156)
  • 1511 Andrew Barton, Scottish naval leader
  • 1512 Alessandro Achillini, Italian physician/philosopher, dies at 48
  • 1589 Henry III, king of Poland/France (1573-89), assassinated at 37
  • 1600 Arent van Dorp, Dutch governor of East-Zealand, dies at about 70
  • 1611 Kato Kiyomasa, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1562)
  • 1649 Elisabeth Bas, wife of Dutch Adm Swartenhondt, dies at about 78
  • 1655 Alfonso de la Cueva, Spanish marquis of Bedmar/diplomat, dies at 83
  • 1696 Robert Campbell of Glenlyon, Scottish military commander (b. 1630)
  • 1769 Daniel Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea, English politician (b. 1689)
  • 1776 Louis François I, Prince of Conti, French military leader (b. 1717)
  • 1788 Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (Blue Boy), dies at 61
  • 1799 Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier, French inventor, dies at 54
  • 1811 William Williams, US merchant/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 80
  • 1815 Guillaume Marie Anne Brune, French marshal (b. 1763)
  • 1823 Lazare Carnot, French politician, engineer and mathematician known as the Organizer of Victory in the French Revolutionary Wars, dies at 70
  • 1849 Governor Muhammad Ali of Egypt (b. 1769)
  • 1858 A Emma WT von Waldeck-Pyrmont, queen/regent, dies at 76

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1859 Horace Mann, American education advocate, dies at 63

Father of American Education Horace Mann
Father of American Education
Horace Mann
  • 1869 Alexandrine Tinne, Dutch explorer/photographer, murdered at 30+
  • 1872 Judocus Smits, Dutch RC newspaper publisher (De Tijd), dies at 59

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1876 Wild Bill" Hickok [James Butler], American cowboy and scout, shot dead from behind by Jack McCall while playing poker. He held a pair of Aces and a pair of 8's.

Folk Hero of the American Old West Wild Bill Hickok
Folk Hero of the American Old West
Wild Bill Hickok
  • 1881 Marcus Andrews Hislop Clarke, author (His Natural Life) at 35
  • 1889 Eduardo Gutiérrez, Argentinian author (b. 1851)
  • 1895 Joseph Thomson, Scottish geologist and early African explorer (Thomson's Gazelle), dies of pneumonia at 37
  • 1903 Edmond Nocard, French veterinarian (b. 1850)
  • 1920 Ormer Locklear, American stunt pilot (b. 1891)

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1922 Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born British American inventor (telephone), dies of diabetes complications at 75

  • 1922 [Wilhel]Mina JPR Kruseman, Dutch author/feminist, dies at 82

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1923 Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States (1921-23), dies of a heart attack at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco F at 57

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding

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1934 Paul von Hindenburg, German WW1 general and President of Germany (1925-34), dies of lung cancer at 86

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
  • 1936 Louis Blériot, French aviator who made the first flight across the English Channel in a heavier than air aircraft, dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1939 Harvey Spencer Lewis, American Rosicrucian mystic (b. 1883)
  • 1941 Jose Juan Tablada, Mexican poet (La Feria), dies at 70
  • 1942 Friedrich Aereboe, Dutch landlord, dies at 77
  • 1955 Ruprecht, crown prince of Bayern/general-fieldmarshal, dies
  • 1955 Wallace Stevens, US poet/writer (Owl's Clover), dies at 75
  • 1956 Albert Woolson, last veteran US Union army, dies at 109
  • 1961 Giovanni B Angioletti, Italian writer (I grandi ospiti), dies at 64
  • 1963 Oliver Hazzard Perry La Farge, US anthropologist/writer, dies at 61
  • 1963 Oliver [Hazard Perry] La Farge, American anthropologist and novelist, dies at 61
  • 1965 N. Howell Furman, American Chemist whose work on separating uranium contributed to the development of the atomic bomb, dies at 73
  • 1967 Claude A Barnett, founder (Associated Negro Press), dies at 77
  • 1971 Ludwig Marcuse, German philosopher, dies at 77
  • 1972 Paul Goodman, US social critic/writer, dies at 60
  • 1972 Helen Hoyt, American poet (b. 1887)
  • 1973 Jean-Pierre Melville, director (Bob Le Flambeur), dies at 57
  • 1976 Fritz Lang, German-Austrian director (Cloak & Dagger, Metropolis), dies at 85
  • 1978 Satomi Myodo, Zen nun/attendant of Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, dies at 82
  • 1978 Totie Fields, [Sophie Feldman], comedienne, dies at about 48
  • 1985 Frank Faylen, vaudevillian, dies of pneumonia at 79
  • 1986 Roy Marcus Cohn, American lawyer (Joseph McCarthy), dies of AIDS at 59
  • 1987 Myron Stout, US abstract artist, dies at 79
  • 1988 Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50
  • 1988 Joe Carcione, American consumer advocate (b. 1914)
  • 1990 Norman Mclean, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1992 Ephraim Katz, Israeli/US encyclopedist (film encyclopedia), dies
  • 1992 Julio C Fernandez, Cuban/US journalist (founder Alma Mater), dies
  • 1994 Bhagwatpersad Ausan, commandant Suriname military police, dies at 38
  • 1995 Colin Gray, airman, dies at 80
  • 1996 Michel Debre, PM of France in (1959-62), dies
  • 1996 U Hia Than, politician, dies at 52
  • 1997 William S Burroughs, author (Naked Lunch), dies at 83
  • 2003 Peter Safar, Austrian physician (pioneered cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR), dies at 79
  • 2004 François Craenhals, Belgian comics artist (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Steven Vincent, American journalist and writer (b. 1955)
  • 2007 Chauncey Bailey, American journalist and editor (b. 1950)
  • 2007 Holden Roberto, Angolan founder and leader of the FNLA (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese cartoonist (b. 1935)
  • 2015 Forrest Bird, American aviator and inventor (1st respirators and ventilators), dies at 94
  • 2016 Ahmed Zewail, Egyptian-American chemist, (Nobel Prize 1999), dies at 70