On This Day in History for January 4

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 129


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46 BC Julius Caesar defeats Titus Labienus in the Battle of Ruspina

Roman Military Commander and Political Statesman Julius Caesar
Roman Military Commander and Political Statesman
Julius Caesar
  • 274 St Eutychian begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 871 Battle at Reading: Ethelred of Wessex defeated by Danish invasion army
  • 1357 Flemish earl Louis & Luxembourg Duke Wenceslaus sign peace treaty
  • 1490 Anna of Brittany announces that all those who would ally with the king of France will be considered guilty of the crime of lese-majesty.
  • 1519 -6] 1st Altenburger sermon (Luther & Karl von Miltitz)
  • 1570 Spanish viceroy Alva banishes Zutphen City's only physician, Joost Sweiter, "because he is a Jew"

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1642 King Charles I with 400 soldiers attacks the English parliament

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • 1698 Most of the Palace of Whitehall in London, the main residence of the English monarchs, is destroyed by fire
  • 1717 Netherlands, Great Britain & France sign Triple Alliance

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1725 Benjamin Franklin arrives in London [OS=Dec 24 1724]

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • 1754 Columbia University founded, as Kings College (NYC)
  • 1762 Seven Years' War: Great Britain declares war on Spain & Naples
  • 1780 Snowstorm hit Washington's army at Morristown, NJ
  • 1781 Andre Méchain discovers M80 (globular cluster in Scorpio)
  • 1832 Insurrection of Trinidad negroes
  • 1843 Royal Academy (Technical Hague court) Delft opens

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1847 Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government

Inventor/Industrialist Samuel Colt
Inventor/Industrialist
Samuel Colt

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1847 Manuscripts of Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights" and Anne Brontë's "Agnes Grey" sent to publisher T.C. Newby (published December 1947)

  • 1853 Solomon Northup, author of the memoir "Twelve Years a Slave", regains his freedom
  • 1854 The McDonald Islands are discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang
  • 1861 US Ft Morgan, Mobile, seized by Alabama

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1862 Romney Campaign-Stonewall Jackson occupies Bath

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • 1863 4 wheeled roller skates patented by James Plimpton of NY
  • 1863 The New Apostolic Church is established in Germany
  • 1865 The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City.
  • 1868 Wilkie Collins' "The Moonstone" is first serialized in "All the Year Round" owned by Charles Dickins
  • 1878 Sofia is emancipated from Ottoman rule.
  • 1881 Johannes Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" premieres in Breslau
  • 1884 Last sighting of an eastern cougar (Ontario)
  • 1884 The Fabian Society is founded in London.
  • 1885 Dr W W Grant of Iowa, performs 1st appendectomy (on Mary Gartside, 22)
  • 1893 US President Cleveland grants amnesty to Mormon polygamy
  • 1894 France ratifies Duple Alliance with Russia
  • 1896 Following Mormon abandonment of polygamy, Utah admitted as 45th state
  • 1898 1st installment of William Dean Howell's "Life & Letters" appears
  • 1902 Hugh Trumble takes a hat-trick v England at the MCG
  • 1902 The French Panama Canal Company offers to sell its right to build a canal to the US for 40 million; this will tip the balance away from those favoring a canal through Nicaraugua
  • 1904 In 'Gonzales v Williams', the US Supreme Court rules that Puerto Ricans are not aliens and may not be refused admission into continental United States; not until 1917 will citizenship rights be granted
  • 1906 South Africa beat England by one wicket, their 1st Test win

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1907 George Bernard Shaw's "Don Juan in Hell" premieres in London

  • 1912 Smallest earth-moon distance this century, 356,375 km center-to-ctr
  • 1912 The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Commonwealth by Royal Charter.
  • 1915 1st elected Jewish governor, Moses Alexander, takes office in Idaho
  • 1915 Trans-Caucausus Russian defeat Turkish troops
  • 1921 Eugene O'Neill's "Diff'rent" premieres in NYC

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1923 Lenin's "Political Testament" calls for removal of Stalin

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 1925 French psychologist Emil Coué brings his self-esteem therapy to US "Every day in every way I am getting better & better"
  • 1926 Theodoros Pangalos resigns as Greek dictator

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1932 British Viceroy of India Lord Willingdon arrests Gandhi & Nehru

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • 1932 State of siege proclaimed in Honduras

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1935 Bob Hope 1st heard on network radio as part of "The Intimate Revue"

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • 1935 Ft Jefferson National Monument, Florida established
  • 1936 Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade
  • 1936 Grimmett becomes world record wicket taker with no 190 v South Africa
  • 1939 Frieda Wunderlich elected 1st woman dean of a US graduate school

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1939 Hermann Goering appoints Reinhard Heydrich head of Jewish Emigration

Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich
Nazi leader
Reinhard Heydrich
Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1941 Resistance fighters counter d'Estienne d'Orves/Jan Doornik, 1st meet
  • 1942 Premier Churchill & General Marshall fly to Florida
  • 1942 Rogers Hornsby is 14th player selected to the Hall of Fame

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1943 Thomas Mann completes his tetralogy, "Joseph & His Brothers"

Novelist Thomas Mann
Novelist
Thomas Mann

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1944 Ralph Bunche appointed 1st African American official in US State Department

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate
Ralph Bunche
  • 1944 Operation Carpetbagger begins (aerial dropping of supplies and weapons to resistance fighters in Europe)
  • 1945 Germans execute resistance fighters in Amsterdam
  • 1945 US jeep-aircraft carrier Ommaney Bay sinks after Japanese kamikaze attack

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1947 Emilio G. Segrè and Carlo Perrier announce technetium, a previously unknown element and the first artificially synthesized chemical element

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè
  • 1948 Burma declares independence from UK
  • 1951 Korean War: Chinese forces recapture Seoul
  • 1958 Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere & burns up

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1958 Sir Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary
  • 1959 Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth's gravity
  • 1960 European Free Trade Association forms in Stockholm
  • 1961 Longest recorded strike ends-33 yrs-Danish barbers' assistants
  • 1962 1st automated (unmanned) subway train in New York City
  • 1963 Soviet Luna (4) reaches Earth orbit but fails to reach Moon

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1965 LBJ's "Great Society" State of the Union Address

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1966 Doug Walters scores second Test century in his second Test
  • 1966 Military coup in Upper Volta leads to a new national constitution
  • 1967 Donald Campbell is killed while driving a Bluebird K7, a jet-powered boat, on Coniston Water; Campbell was trying to beat his own speed record
  • 1968 Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
  • 1969 France begins arms embargo against Israel
  • 1969 A People's Democracy march between Belfast and Derry is repeatedly attacked by loyalists and off-duty police officers
  • 1970 NYC transit fare rises from 20 cents to 30 cents, new larger tokens used

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1970 Walter Cronkite ends hosting weekly documentary

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 1970 More than 15,000 people are killed in Tonghai County, China after a magnitude 7.7 earthquake
  • 1971 Dr Melvin H Evans inaugurated as 1st elected governor of Virgin Is
  • 1971 Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to relatives of Kent State victims
  • 1971 Philadelphia's Veteran's Stadium dedicated
  • 1972 Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London.
  • 1974 Nixon refuses to hand over tapes subpoenaed by Watergate Committee
  • 1975 Ford Executive Order on CIA Activities within the US (No 11828)
  • 1975 Ice thickness measured at 4776 m, Wilkes Land, Antarctica
  • 1976 "Home Sweet Homer" opens & closes at Palace Theater NYC
  • 1976 The Ulster Volunteer Force shoot dead 6 Catholic civilians in 2 co-ordinated attacks in County Armagh, North Ireland
  • 1981 "Frankenstein" opens & closes on Broadway
  • 1981 British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper"
  • 1981 "Red Right 88", trailing 14–12 Clevelands Browns attempt an end zone pass play (Red Right 88) and a game-winning field goal in the final minute, but pass intercepted by Raiders safety Mike Davis and Oakland wins
  • 1982 Chris Wallace becomes co-anchor of the Today Show
  • 1982 Golden Gate Bridge closed for 3rd time by fierce storm
  • 1983 US Football League holds its 1st player draft

Birthdays in History

  • 1077 Emperor Zhezong of Song Dynasty in China (d. 1100)
  • 1334 Amadeus VI, [Green Count], Count of Savoy (d. 1383)
  • 1567 Franciscus Aguilon, physicist/mathematician/jesuit/architect
  • 1579 Willem Teellinck, Dutch theologist/vicar
  • 1581 James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh (claimed world began 4004 BC).
  • 1664 Lars Roberg, Swedish physician (d. 1742)
  • 1672 Hugh Boulter, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (d. 1742)
  • 1726 Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, Dutch engraver/art collector
  • 1739 Henrik C Cras, Dutch lawyer (Laudatio Hugonis Grotii)
  • 1756 Anne Nagell van Ampsen, Dutch politician
  • 1772 Paul-Louis Courier, (de Mere), French writer/interpreter

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1785 Jacob Grimm, German philologist, folklorist and editor of "Grimm's Fairy Tales", born in Hanau, Hesse-Cassel, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1863)

Author Jacob Grimm
Author
Jacob Grimm
  • 1789 Benjamin Lundy, philanthropist/abolitionist
  • 1797 Wilhelm Beer, German amateur astronomer (constructed 1st Moon map)

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1809 Louis Braille, French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for the blind, born in Coupvray, France (d. 1852)

Braille Inventor Louis Braille
Braille Inventor
Louis Braille
  • 1813 Alexander Freiherr von Bach, Austria attorney/premier (1852-59)
  • 1813 Isaac Pitman, Britain, inventor (stenographic shorthand)
  • 1813 Louis L Bonaparte, English/French linguist/senator
  • 1821 John James Peck, American Major General (Union Army), born in Manlius, New York (d. 1878)
  • 1822 Joseph Jones Reynolds, American engineer, educator, and Major General (Union Army), born in Flemingsburg, Kentucky (d. 1899)
  • 1823 Otto van Rees, gov-gen of Dutch-Indies (1884-88)
  • 1823 Peter Joseph Osterhaus, German-American diplomat and Major General (Union Army), born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1917)
  • 1832 George Tryon, British admiral (d. 1893)
  • 1837 Casimiro de Abreu, Brazil, poet (Camoes e o jau)
  • 1838 Charles Stratton, [General Tom Thumb] (famous short person)
  • 1839 Carl Humann, German engineer (d. 1896)
  • 1842 Frederic T. Greenhalge, 38th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • 1847 Hendrik Goeman Borgesius, Dutch politician
  • 1848 Katsura Taro, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1913)
  • 1872 Edmund Rumpler, Austrian auto/airplane builder
  • 1874 Svend Fleuron, Danish writer, born on Good Katrinedal (d. 1966)
  • 1878 Alfred Edgar Coppard, England, writer (Black Dogs & Other Stories)
  • 1878 Augustus John, Welsh painter (d. 1961)
  • 1881 Wilhelm Lehmbruck, German painter/poet/sculptor (Seated Youth)
  • 1882 Aristarkh Lentulov, Russian artist (d. 1943)
  • 1883 Johanna Westerdijk, botanist/Neth 1st female prof (Utrecht, 1917-52)
  • 1883 Max Eastman, American critic/essayist and editor of The Masses (d. 1969)
  • 1890 Mosa Pijade, Yugoslavia, MP (communist)
  • 1891 Edward Brooker, Premier of Tasmania (d. 1948)
  • 1893 Yone Minagawa, Japanese, became worlds oldest living person January 29, 2007. (d. Aug. 13, 2007)
  • 1894 Manuel de Abreu, Brazilian physician (d. 1962)
  • 1895 Lourens G M Baas Becking, Dutch botanist/resistance fighter
  • 1895 Leroy Grumman, American industrialist (d. 1982)
  • 1896 Everett Dirksen, American politician (Sen-R-Ill) (d. 1969)
  • 1900 James Bond, American ornithologist (d. 1989)
  • 1901 C. L. R. James, writer and journalist (d. 1989)
  • 1902 John McCone, CIA Director (d. 1991)
  • 1910 Arthur Villeneuve, Quebec painter (d. 1990)
  • 1913 Malietoa Tanumafili II, King of West-Samoa (1962- )
  • 1914 Mohammed Sahir, shah (Afghanistan)
  • 1916 Catherina Elisabeth "Tootje" Vreede, portrait painter
  • 1916 Robert Parrish, director (Casino Royale), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1917 Maurice Wohl, English broker/multi-millionaire
  • 1919 Al "Jazbo" Collins, American DJ (Tonight! America After Dark), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919 Havelock Henry Trevor Hudson, underwriter (Lloyd's of London)
  • 1920 Benito Perez Galdos, Spanish writer (Fortunata y Jacinta)
  • 1920 William Egan Colby, CIA director (Nixon)
  • 1924 Sebastian Kappen, Indian theologian (d. 1993)
  • 1927 Paul Desmarais, Canadian businessman
  • 1929 Amitai W Etzioni, US sociologist (Active Society)
  • 1929 Bobby Tulloch, ornithologist
  • 1931 Adi Lady Lala Mara, First Lady of Fiji (d. 2004)
  • 1931 Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia 1996-2001
  • 1932 Carlos Saura, Spanish director
  • 1933 Ed Jenkins, (Rep-D-GA, 1977- )
  • 1933 Ilia II Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia.
  • 1934 Rudolf Schuster, President of Slovakia
  • 1935 Kenneth Money, Canadian astronaut (STS 42-alt)
  • 1940 Brian Josephson, British physicist (Nobel 1973)
  • 1940 Helmut Jahn, German architect
  • 1940 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate
  • 1941 Maureen Reagan, 1st daughter of Ronald and Jane Wyman, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Doris Kearns Goodwin, American writer
  • 1945 Vesa-Matti Loiri, Finnish entertainer
  • 1945 Richard R. Schrock, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1948 Eugeniusz Wycisło, Polish politician
  • 1959 Yoshitomo Nara, Japanese pop artist
  • 1960 Cory Everson, American body builder (6X Ms Olympia), born in Racine Wisconsin
  • 1965 Jergus Baca, Liptovsky Mikulas CZE, IHL defenseman (Team Slovakia 98)
  • 1968 Mike Wilpolt, Head Coach of the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League
  • 1971 Junichi Kakizaki, Japanese artist, sculptor
  • 1977 Dan Shanahan, Irish hurler
  • 1988 Nabila Jamshed, Indian writer
  • 1995 Harry Skinner, English skiier

Weddings in History

  • 1827 Naturalist and entomologist Thomas Say (39) secretly weds natural science illustrator Lucy Way Sistare (26)
  • 2014 Actor Justin Bartha (35) weds personal trainer Lia Smith in Oahu, Hawaii

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 113

  • 838 Babak, Persian social/religious reformer, martyred
  • 1248 King Sancho II of Portugal (b. 1207)
  • 1428 Frederick I, Elector of Saxony, 'The Warlike' (b. 1370)
  • 1564 Hosokawa Ujitsuna, Japanese military commander (b. 1514)
  • 1584 Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter/cartoonist/playwright, dies at 44
  • 1612 Henry L Spieghel, Dutch merchant/writer, dies at 62
  • 1678 Johan Maetsuyker, Dutch gov-general of Ceylon (1653-78), dies at 71
  • 1695 Duke of Luxembourg, Luxembourg/French marshal, dies
  • 1701 Ernst R Tarhemberg, Austrian field marshal, dies at 62
  • 1707 Louis Willem I, count of Baden-Baden, dies
  • 1729 Joseph de Montesquiou earl d'Artagnan, French lt-general, dies at 77
  • 1729 Meir Bacharach, Hebrew poet, dies
  • 1745 Willem I Kerricx, the Young, Flemish architect/painter, dies at 62
  • 1752 Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician (paradox of Cramer), dies at 47
  • 1761 Stephen Hales, English vicar/inventor (ventilator), dies at 83
  • 1773 Anton Losenko, Russian painter (b. 1737)
  • 1778 Charles D J Eisen, French engraver/painter, dies at 57
  • 1782 Ange-Jacques Gabriel, French architect (Ecole Military), dies at 83
  • 1786 Mozes Mendelssohn, German Jewish enlightenment philosopher (Haksalah), dies at 56
  • 1793 Bengt Lidner, Swedish poet (Medea/Yttersa domen), dies at 35
  • 1804 Charlotte Lennox, English novelist (The Female Quixote), dies

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1821 Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, 1st native-born American saint, dies in Maryland at 46

1st American-born Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
1st American-born Saint
Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
  • 1825 Ferdinand I, King of Sicily/Naples (Ferdinand IV), dies at 73
  • 1831 Nikola P Neofit Rilski, Bulgaria abbot/poet, dies at 37
  • 1843 Petronella Moens, Frisian author/poetess, dies at 80
  • 1874 Thomas Gregson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1798)
  • 1877 Cornelius Vanderbilt, US robber baron, dies at 82
  • 1880 Anselm Feuerbach, German painter, dies at 50
  • 1882 John William Draper, English scientist, photographer (b. 1811)
  • 1883 Antoine Eugène Alfred Chanzy, French general (b. 1823)
  • 1886 Ernest Panckoucke, French publisher (Horace), dies at 77
  • 1891 Antoine Labelle, Quebec catholic priest (b. 1833)
  • 1896 Joseph Hubert Reinkens, German Old Catholic bishop (b. 1821)
  • 1903 Geo[rge J H] Poggenbeek, Dutch surrealist painter, dies at 49
  • 1903 Gulstan Ropert, French Roman Catholic prelate, dies at 63
  • 1903 Topsy the elephant (b. circa 1875)
  • 1908 Antony Winkler Prins, writer (Groiller Encyclopaedia), dies at 70
  • 1910 Leon Delagrange, French aviation pioneer, dies
  • 1913 Alfred von Schlieffen, Prussian general-field marshal, dies at 79
  • 1914 Silas Weir Mitchell, US physician/author (Free Quaker), dies at 84
  • 1919 Georg von Hertling, Chancellor of Germany (1917-18), dies at 75
  • 1920 Benito Pérez Galdós, Spanish novelist (b. 1843)
  • 1933 Lucas Lindeboom, Dutch evangelist (Vredebond), dies at 87
  • 1940 Conrad Weiss, German writer/poet (Heart of Words), dies at 59
  • 1941 Henri Bergson, French philosopher (Le Rire, Nobel 1928), dies at 81
  • 1944 Henri "Hans" Flu, Indonesian/Dutch family doctor/antifascist, murder
  • 1944 Kaj Munk, [Harald Leininger], anti-fascist writer (Kaj Munk), dies
  • 1946 Barney Oldfield, daredevil, dies at 67
  • 1947 Forrest Reid, Irish author/critic (Young Tom, Apostate), dies at 71
  • 1952 Constantl Permeke, Flemish painter (Boerin), dies at 65
  • 1955 Jan D Domela Nieuwenhuis Nyegaard, Dutch preacher, dies at 84
  • 1957 Theodor Korner von Siegringen, Austrian pres (1951-57), dies at 84
  • 1958 Waverley John Anderson, Scot, viscount/governor of Bengal, dies at 75

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1960 Albert Camus, French author (Stranger), dies in an auto accident at 46

Author Albert Camus
Author
Albert Camus

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1961 Erwin Schrodinger, Austrian physicist and Nobel Laureate (wave mechanics), dies at 73

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger
  • 1962 Hans Lammers, German SS officer (b. 1879)

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1965 T. S. Eliot, American-born British poet (The Waste Land) and Nobel laureate (1948), dies in London at 76

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • 1967 Donald Campbell, boat racer, dies trying to break 300 mph on water
  • 1968 Joseph Pholien, Belgian PM (1950-52) communist fighter, dies at 83
  • 1969 Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins (b. 1908)
  • 1970 Jean-Étienne Valluy, French general (b. 1899)
  • 1971 Arthur Ford, American clairaudient (b. 1896)
  • 1975 Carlo Levi, Italian writer (Parole Sono Pietre), dies at 72
  • 1978 Willem Bruynzeel, Dutch timber/lumber/wood manufacturer, dies at 76
  • 1985 Brian Gwynne Horrocks, English lt-general (A Full Life), dies at 89
  • 1986 Christopher Isherwood, English novelist (Lions & Shadows), dies at 81
  • 1987 F van Heek, Dutch sociologist, dies at 79
  • 1987 Peggy Bacon, author/illustrator (Off With Their Heads), dies at 91
  • 1988 Lily Laskine, French harpist, dies at 94
  • 1990 Alberto Lleras Camargo, president of Colombia (1945-46, 58-62), dies
  • 1990 Robert F Adams, American sci-fi author (Castaways in Time), dies at 57
  • 1990 Harold Edgerton, American electrical engineer (b. 1903)
  • 1990 Sir Henry Bolte, Premier of Victoria 1955-1972 (b. 1908)
  • 1992 Earl Colbert, entertainer, dies
  • 1993 Charles Bridgford, Australian politician
  • 1994 Jim Booth, New Zealand producer (Heavenly Creatures), dies at 48
  • 1994 Michiel P "Michael" Gorsira, Gov of Curacao (1951-67), dies at 80
  • 1995 Jonathan Zeitlyn, artist, dies at 43
  • 1995 Robert Clifford Latham, pepys Scholar, dies at 82
  • 1995 Sol Tax, American anthropologist (b. 1907)
  • 1997 Harry B Helmsley, owner (Empire State Building), dies at 87
  • 2003 Sabine Ulibarri, Mexican American writer (b. 1919)
  • 2003 Conrad Hall, American cinematographer (b. 1927)
  • 2004 John Toland, American historian (b. 1912)
  • 2004 Joan Aiken, English author (b. 1924)
  • 2004 Jeff Nuttall, English writer (b. 1933)
  • 2005 Alton Tobey, American artist (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Robert Heilbroner, American economist (b. 1919)
  • 2005 Frank Harary, American mathematician (b. 1921)
  • 2005 Guy Davenport, American author, artist, and scholar (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Humphrey Carpenter, English author (b. 1946)
  • 2006 Irving Layton, Canadian poet (b. 1912)
  • 2006 Robert Howard White, Mayor of Papatoetoe, New Zealand (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai (b. 1946)
  • 2007 Marais Viljoen, former State President of South Africa (b. 1915)
  • 2007 Sir Lewis Hodges, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Osman Waqialla, Sudanese artist and calligrapher (b. 1925)
  • 2007 Gren, Welsh newspaper cartoonist (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Gáspár Nagy, Hungarian poet and writer (b. 1949)
  • 2007 Ben Gannon, Australian theatre film and television producer (b. 1952)