On This Day in History for January 8

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 130

  • 871 Battle of Ashdown: Ethelred of Wessex and his brother Alfred (the Great) beat invading Danish army
  • 1198 Lotario di Segni elected Pope Innocentius III
  • 1214 Earl Ferrand of Flanders drops ties with France
  • 1297 Monaco gains its independence.
  • 1558 French troops under Duc de Guise occupy Calais
  • 1598 Jews are expelled from Genoa, Italy
  • 1656 Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands)
  • 1675 1st American commercial corporation chartered (NY Fishing Co)
  • 1708 Spanish armada headed by the San Jose and loaded with gold sunk after British squadron attacks off coast of Colombia (rediscovered 2015)
  • 1716 Dutch gang leader "Sjako" arrested
  • 1745 Britain, Austria, Netherlands & Saxony sign anti-Prussian Quadruple Alliance
  • 1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie's troops occupy Stirling [NS=Jan 19]
  • 1760 Comet C/1760 A1 (Great comet) approaches within 0.0682 AUs of Earth

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1790 1st US President George Washington delivers 1st state of the union address

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1798 11th Amendment ratified, judicial powers construed
  • 1800 Austrians defeat French in 2nd battle of Novi
  • 1800 Wild Boy of Aveyron discovered in southern France
  • 1806 Battle of Blaauwberg: British forces attack French vassal, the Batavian Republic near Cape Town, modern day South Africa
  • 1806 Lewis & Clark find skeleton of 105' blue whale in Oregon
  • 1811 Louisiana slave revolt by Charles Deslondes at German Coast
  • 1815 Battle of New Orleans (War of 1812); the war had ended on 24th December 1814 but none of the combatants knew
  • 1835 The United States national debt is 0 for the first and only time.
  • 1838 Rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario breaks out
  • 1842 Dutch King Willem II charters Technical College Delft
  • 1848 Austrian soldiers kill 10 students, Pavia
  • 1856 Dr John A Veatch discovers borax, Tuscan Springs, Calif
  • 1857 Dion Boucicauly's "Poor of NY" premieres in NYC
  • 1863 American Civil War: Second Battle of Springfield

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1867 African American men granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C. despite President Andrew Johnson's veto

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1870 US mint at Carson City, Nevada begins issuing coins

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1877 Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle with the United States Cavalry at Wolf Mountain (Montana Territory).

Native American War Leader Crazy Horse
Native American War Leader
Crazy Horse

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1878 Secret meeting of King Leopold II's agent & Henry Morton Stanley

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • 1884 Chrome tanning process for leather patented by Augustus Schultz
  • 1889 Dr Herman Hollerith receives 1st US patent for a mechanical tabulating machine
  • 1894 Columbus World's fair in Chicago destroyed by fire
  • 1897 Michael Eagan wins 1st US national amateur handball championship
  • 1901 New South Wales score 918 all out vs South Australia in 560 minutes
  • 1902 1st National Bowling Championship held (Chicago, Illinois)
  • 1902 The United Irish League, a leading force for unification in all Ireland and independence from Britain, holds its convention in Dublin
  • 1904 Pope Pius X banned low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen
  • 1906 A landslide in Haverstraw, New York, caused by the excavation of clay along the Hudson River, kills 20 people.
  • 1912 Chiefs, representatives of people's and church organisations, and other prominent individuals form the African National Congress and declare its aim to bring all Africans together as one people to defend their rights and freedoms
  • 1913 Frank Chance becomes Yankee manager
  • 1916 WWI: ANZAC forces withdraw from the Gallipoli Peninsula after Ottoman forces successfully defend access to Constantinople
  • 1917 Austria-Hungarian troops conquer Forlani Italy
  • 1918 Mississippi becomes 1st state to ratify 18th amendment (prohibition of alcohol) of the US Constitution

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1918 US President Woodrow Wilson outlines his Fourteen Points for peace after the Great War

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1923 Typography strike in Amsterdam
  • 1925 1st all-female US state supreme court appointed, Texas

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1926 Abdulaziz Ibn Saud becomes King of Nejd and Hejaz; forerunner of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Founder of Saudi Arabia Ibn Saud
Founder of Saudi Arabia
Ibn Saud
  • 1929 1st telephone connection between Netherlands & West-Indies
  • 1932 Ratification of present SF City Charter
  • 1934 Jaap Speyers "Bluejackets" premieres in Amsterdam
  • 1935 Spectrophotometer patented, AC Hardy
  • 1937 -50°F (-45.6°C), San Jacinto, Nevada (state record)
  • 1940 Britain's 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter & sugar)
  • 1942 British Air Marshal Richard Peirse replaced as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Bomber Command
  • 1945 "Youth for Christ" organizes

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1947 Gen George Marshall becomes US Secretary of State

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • 1948 Queen Wilhelmina signs death sentence against Ans van Dijk for treason
  • 1951 Thought extinct since 1615, a Cahow (the Bermuda petrel) is rediscovered in Bermuda
  • 1952 Jordan adopts constitution
  • 1953 Indians bar night games with Browns (who refuse to share TV receipts)
  • 1953 René Mayer forms French government
  • 1956 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Conrad Aiken
  • 1956 Operation Auca: Five U.S. missionaries are killed by the Huaorani of Ecuador shortly after making contact with them.
  • 1958 Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana

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1959 Charles de Gaulle inaugurated as president of France's 5th Republic

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1961 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Yvor Winters
  • 1961 The French vote for Algerian independence from French rule in the wake of seven years of guerrilla war
  • 1962 Dutch express train crashes into slow commuter train, 93 die (Neth)
  • 1963 "Mona Lisa", on loan, unveiled in America's National Gallery of Art
  • 1963 Dmitri Shostakovitch' Katharina Ismailova premieres in Riga

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1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson declares "War on Poverty"

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1965 Senator Everett Dirksen introduces a bill to make marigold the American natonal flower (it does not pass)
  • 1965 Star of India returned to American Museum of Natural History

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1966 Georges Pompidou re-appointed French Prime Minister and forms new government

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou

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1968 Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • 1968 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill travels to Dublin to meet with Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch to continue discussions on matters of joint interest to the two governments
  • 1971 29 pilot whales beach themselves & die at San Clemente Island, Calif
  • 1971 Voyageurs National Park, Minn, established
  • 1973 Greg Chappell's best Test bowling, 5-61 v Pakistan at SCG
  • 1973 Secret peace talks between US & North Vietnam resumed near Paris
  • 1973 USSR launches Luna 21 for Moon landing
  • 1974 Gold hits record $126.50 an ounce in London
  • 1974 Loch Ness Monster "photographed"
  • 1974 Silver hits record $3.40 an ounce in New York

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1975 Judge John Sirica orders release of Watergate's John W. Dean III, Herbert W. Kalmbach and Jeb Stuart Magruder from prison

US Federal Judge John Sirica
US Federal Judge
John Sirica
  • 1976 Franklin Mint strikes 1st gold coins for Netherlands Antilles
  • 1978 Israeli government votes to 'strengthen' settlements in occupied Sinai

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1978 Harvey Milk becomes the 1st openly gay person elected to public office in California

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • 1979 512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up
  • 1979 Argentina & Chile sign Beagle Canal accord
  • 1979 Today Show gets a new theme song
  • 1979 Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge & occupy Phnom Penh
  • 1981 India all out 63 in one-day international v Australia
  • 1981 Reds become last team to sign a free agent (Larry Biitner)
  • 1982 AT&T agrees to divest itself of 22 Bell System companies
  • 1982 Johnny Cash Parkway opens in Hendersonville, Tennessee
  • 1982 Justice Dept withdraws antitrust suit against IBM, pending since

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 107

  • 1081 Henry V, Roman German king/emperor (1098/1111-25)
  • 1556 Uesugi Kagekatsu, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1623)
  • 1583 Simon Episcopius, Dutch bishop/theologist
  • 1587 Johannes Fabricius, Denmark, astronomer (discovered sunspots)
  • 1589 Ivan [Dzivo F] Gundulic, Dalmatisch writer (Dubravka)
  • 1601 Baltasar Gracián, Spanish writer, born in Belmonte de Calatayud (d. 1658)
  • 1628 Francois de Montmorency-Bouteville, duc de Luxemburg, French soldier
  • 1632 Samuel, Freiherr von Pufendorf, German jurist
  • 1635 Luis Manuel Fernández de Portocarrero, Spanish Archbishop (d. 1709)
  • 1735 John Carroll, American Roman Catholic archbishop (d. 1815)
  • 1763 Edmond Charles Genêt, French diplomat (d. 1834)
  • 1767 Abraham de Veer, Dutch governor-general of Suriname (1822-28)
  • 1786 Nicholas Biddle, made 2nd bank of US 1st effective central bank
  • 1788 Archduke Rudolph of Austria (d. 1831)
  • 1788 Pavel Kiselyov, Russian general and politician (d. 1874)
  • 1791 Jacob Collamer, (Sen-Vt)

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1804 George Childress, Lawyer, statesman (author of Texas Declaration of Independence), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1841)

Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence George Childress
Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence
George Childress
  • 1805 John Bigler, American politician (d. 1871)
  • 1805 Orson Hyde, American religious leader (d. 1878)
  • 1814 Thomas Green, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1815 George Webb Morell, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1883)
  • 1815 Lawrence Pike Graham, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1905)
  • 1817 John Selden Roane, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1867)
  • 1817 Sir Theophilus Shepstone, South African statesman (d. 1893)

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1821 James Longstreet, American Confederate general (1st Corps, ANV), born in Edgefield, South Carolina (d. 1904)

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet

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1823 Alfred Russel Wallace, British naturalist, explorer and co-discoverer of evolution through natural selection, born in Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 1913)

Naturalist, biologist, and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace
Naturalist, biologist, and explorer
Alfred Russel Wallace
  • 1824 [William] Wilkie Collins, English writer (Woman in White), born in London (d. 1889)
  • 1824 Francisco González Bocanegra, Mexican poet (d. 1861)
  • 1830 Gouverneur Kemble Warren, Major Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1882)
  • 1836 Fannie M Jackson, pioneer & educator, 1st US African American woman college grad
  • 1836 Lawrence Alma Tadema, Dutch/British painter/husband of Laura Epps
  • 1843 Frederick Abberline, British police investigator (d. 1929)
  • 1843 John H. Moffitt, American politician (d. 1926)
  • 1852 James Milton Carroll, American pastor and author (d. 1931)
  • 1860 Nancy Jones, US African American missionary in Africa
  • 1862 Frank Nelson Doubleday, publisher/founder (Doubleday & Co)
  • 1864 Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (d. 1892)
  • 1866 William G. Conley, American politician (d. 1940)
  • 1867 Emily Green Balch, US, sociologist/feminist/pacifist (Nobel 1946)
  • 1868 Frank Dyson, proved Einstein right about light bent by gravity
  • 1870 Miguel Primo de Rivera Orbaneja, dictator of Spain (1923-30)
  • 1871 James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon, Irish politician (d. 1940)
  • 1873 Iuliu Maniu, Romanian politician (d. 1953)
  • 1873 Elena of Montenegro, queen of Italy (d. 1956)
  • 1881 Henrik Shipstead, American politician (d. 1960)
  • 1883 Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (d. 1941)
  • 1883 Patrick J. Hurley, United States Secretary of War (d. 1963)
  • 1885 John Curtin, Victoria, 14th Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1941-45), born in Creswick, Colony of Victoria (d. 1945)
  • 1885 A. J. Muste, Dutch pacifist and activist (d. 1967)
  • 1886 Noble Drew Ali, [Timothy Drew], NC, prophet (Moorish Science Temple)
  • 1888 Richard Courant, German-American mathematician (d. 1972)
  • 1890 Sandor Rado, Hungarian/US psycho analyst
  • 1891 Bronislava Nijinska, ballet choreographer
  • 1891 Walter Bothe, Germany, subatomic particle physicist (Nobel 1954)
  • 1891 Storm Jameson, English writer (d. 1986)
  • 1894 St Maximilian Kolbe, Polish martyr (d. 1941)
  • 1896 Manuel Rojas Sepulveda, Chile, writer (Men of the South)
  • 1896 Arthur Ford, American psychic (d. 1971)
  • 1897 Dennis Wheatley, British author (d. 1977)
  • 1899 Solomon WRD Bandaranaike, premier of Ceylon (1956-59)
  • 1900 Queen Marie, of Yugoslavia
  • 1901 Edmond Vandercammen, French/Belgian writer (L'amour responsable)
  • 1902 Carl R[ansom] Rogers, US, psychologist (Client-Centered Therapy)
  • 1902 Georgy M Malenkov, Stalin's successor as head of CPSU, PM (1953-55)
  • 1904 Peter Arno, American cartoonist (New Yorker), born in NYC, New York
  • 1904 Karl Brandt, Alsacian Nazi war criminal (d. 1948)
  • 1905 Carl Gustav Hempel, German Logical Positivist philosopher
  • 1906 Jan A H J S Bruins Slot, Dutch founder illegal Trouw/MP (ARP)
  • 1909 Evelyn Wood, American educator (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Galina Ulanova, ballerina (Bolshoi), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1917 Peter Taylor, US writer
  • 1920 Hendrikus J Wittebold, civil servant/resistance fighter
  • 1921 Herta Bothe, Nazi concentration camp guard
  • 1923 Giorgio Tozzi, basso, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1923 Iva Michiels, [Rik Ceuppens], Flemish writer (Ksiega Alfa)
  • 1923 Joseph Wiezenbaum, artificial intelligence pioneer
  • 1923 Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American author and computer scientist (d. 2008)
  • 1925 James Saunders, English chemist/playwright (Ark)
  • 1925 Helmuth Hubener, German activist (d. 1942)
  • 1927 Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator, born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Gaston Miron, Quebec poet and editor (d. 1996)
  • 1933 Jean-Marie Straub, France, director (Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach)
  • 1934 Michael Grierson Jarrett, archaeologist
  • 1934 Piet Dankert, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • 1934 Alexandra Ripley, American writer (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Jesse Garon Presley, stillborn twin brother of Elvis
  • 1936 Ferdinand Hartzenberg, South African minister of Education (1979-82)
  • 1936 Robert May, Baron May of Oxford, Australian-born British scientist
  • 1941 Boris Vallejo, Peruvian illustrator

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1942 Stephen Hawking, English physicist (Black Holes & Baby Universes), born in Oxford, England

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Physicist
Stephen Hawking
  • 1942 Vyacheslav Dmitriyevich Zudov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 23)
  • 1942 Junichiro Koizumi, Japanese politician
  • 1944 Terry Brooks, US, sci-fi author (Sword of Shannara)
  • 1946 Tod Brannan, VP (Logos Network Corp)
  • 1947 Igor Ivanov, Leningrad, Canadian chess champion (1981-84, 1985- )
  • 1947 Terry Sylvester, rocker (Hollies-You are the Air that I Breathe)
  • 1947 Don Bendell, American author & karate master
  • 1947 Samuel Schmid, Swiss politician
  • 1948 Gillies Mackinnon, director (Playboys)
  • 1951 Kenny Anthony, Saint Lucian politician

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

1811 US Vice President John C. Calhoun (28) weds Floride Bonneau (19)

Politician John C. Calhoun
Politician
John C. Calhoun
  • 1930 Belgium Princess Marie-Jose marries Italian's crown prince Umberto
  • 2017 "Dancing with the stars" pro Louis Van Amstel (44) weds health coach Joshua Lancaster in Utah

Divorces in History

  • 1499 Louis XII of France after papal divorce marries Anne, Duchess of Brittany to keep duchy for the crown

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 105

  • 482 Severinus, German monastery founder/saint, dies
  • 1100 Antipope Clement III (bc. 1029)
  • 1107 Edgar of Scotland (b. 1074)
  • 1198 Pope Celestine III [Giacinto Bobo], Reigned 1191-98, dies. (bc. 1106)

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1324 Marco Polo, Venetian explorer, dies at 69

Explorer Marco Polo
Explorer
Marco Polo
  • 1336 Giotto di Bondone, Italian Renaissance painter, dies at about 71
  • 1456 St. Lawrence Justinian, Italian bishop and first Patriarch of Venice (b. 1381)
  • 1464 Thomas Ebendorfer, Austrian historian (b. 1385)
  • 1557 Albert the Warlike, Prince of Bayreuth (b. 1522)
  • 1570 Philibert de l'Orme, French architect (bc. 1510)
  • 1598 Johan Georg, elector of Brandenburg (1571-91), dies at 72

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1642 Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist/astronomer, dies at 77 in Italy

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei
  • 1707 John Dalrymple, 1st Earl of Stair, Scottish politician (b. 1648)
  • 1711 Philips van Almonde, Zealand lt admiral, dies at 66
  • 1775 John Baskerville, English printer/type designer, dies at 68
  • 1790 John Stinstra, Dutch baptist vicar, dies at 81
  • 1794 Justus Möser, German statesman (b. 1720)
  • 1796 Jean-Marie Collot d'Herbois, Fren Nat Convention chairman, dies at 46
  • 1808 Messenger, horse that sired many great trotters, dies
  • 1811 Friedrich Nicolai, writer, dies
  • 1811 Samuel Story, Dutch rear admiral (Battle of Kamperduin), dies at 58
  • 1815 Edward Pakenham, Engl general (Battle of New Orleans), dies in battle

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1825 Eli Whitney, American inventor (Cotton Gin), dies of prostate cancer at 59

Inventor of the Cotton Gin Eli Whitney
Inventor of the Cotton Gin
Eli Whitney
  • 1842 Viscount Pierre Cambronne, French General during the wars of the Revolution and the Napoleonic Era, dies at 71
  • 1854 William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, British general and politician (b. 1768)
  • 1859 Antoine GB Schayes, Belgian historian/archaeologist, dies at 50
  • 1865 Aimé, duc de Clermont-Tonnerre, French general (b. 1779)
  • 1874 Charles Etienne Brasseur de Bourbourg, French writer and historian (b. 1814)

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1880 Joshua Abraham Norton, [Emperor Norton] Self-proclaimed US Emperor/Protector of Mexico, dies at 60

Emperor of the USA Emperor Norton
Emperor of the USA
Emperor Norton
  • 1892 John Heykamp, old-catholic archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 67
  • 1894 Pierre-Joseph van Beneden, paleont (life of tapeworms), dies at 84
  • 1896 William Rainey Marshall, Governor of Minnesota (b. 1825)
  • 1896 Paul Verlaine, French poet (b. 1844)
  • 1901 John Barry, Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1873)
  • 1907 Theodoor Verstraete, Flemish painter/etcher, dies at 57
  • 1916 Rembrandt Bugatti, Italian sculptor (b. 1884)
  • 1918 Ellis H. Roberts, American politician (b. 1827)
  • 1919 Peter Altenberg, writer, dies at 59
  • 1922 Charles R Young, colonel, dies at 58, in Lagos Nigeria
  • 1932 Eurosia Fabris, Italian Catholic (b. 1866)
  • 1934 Alexandre Stavisky, French swindler, dies
  • 1934 Andrei Bely, Russian writer (b. 1880)
  • 1938 Johnny Gruelle, American cartoonist, creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy (b. 1880)
  • 1941 Robert Baden-Powell, British founder of the Boy Scout movement, dies at 83
  • 1942 Joseph Franklin Rutherford, American religious publisher (b. 1869)
  • 1943 Richard Hillary, Australian Spitfire pilot and author (b. 1919)
  • 1944 William Kissam Vanderbilt II, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1878)
  • 1945 Jac[obus] P Thijsse, Dutch biologist (Omgang met planten), dies at 79
  • 1945 Karl Krafft, Swiss astrologer who was manipulated by the Nazi regime (b. 1900)

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1946 Dion Fortune, British occultist and author dies at 55

Occultist and Author Dion Fortune
Occultist and Author
Dion Fortune
  • 1948 Kurt Schwitters, writer, dies at 60
  • 1950 Joseph A Schumpeter, Aus/US economist/Minister of Finance, dies at 66
  • 1950 Joseph Issac Shneerson, Jewish Lubavitch Chabal leader, dies
  • 1952 Antonia Maury, discoverer (supergiant, giant & dwarf stars), dies
  • 1952 Joseph Arendt, Belgian worker's union leader, dies at 66
  • 1953 Admiral Sir Hugh Binney, British naval commander and Governor of Tasmania (b. 1883)
  • 1956 Jim Elliot, American Christian missionary (b. 1928)
  • 1963 Stark Young, US writer (So Red the Rose), dies at 81
  • 1963 Kay Sage, American artist and poet commits suicide aged 64
  • 1964 Arnoldus JC Krafft, theologist (Atlas of Netherlands Antilles), dies at 71
  • 1964 Julius Raab, Austrian Chancellor (1953-61), dies at 72
  • 1970 Georges Guibourg, French performer (b. 1891)

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1972 Kenneth Patchen, US writer (See You in the Morning), dies at 60

Poet/Novelist Kenneth Patchen
Poet/Novelist
Kenneth Patchen
  • 1975 Louis J H C A de Bourbon, Dutch writer/poet (Gypsy Blood), dies at 66

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1976 Zhou Enlai, Premier of the People's Republic of China, dies of bladder cancer at 77

Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai
Premier of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Enlai
  • 1976 Robert Forgan, British fascist (b. 1891)
  • 1978 Walter Keirnan, TV panelist (I've Got a Secret), dies at 75
  • 1980 Oscar Ewing, US government official (Everybody's Business), dies at 90
  • 1980 John Mauchly, American physicist (b. 1907)
  • 1981 Matthew Beard, entertainer, dies
  • 1983 Tom McCall, Governor of Oregon (b. 1913)
  • 1983 Gerhard Barkhorn, German fighter pilot (b. 1919)
  • 1986 Yaroslav Seifert, Czech poet (Nobel 1984), dies at 84
  • 1988 Frank Pace Jr, US Secretary of Army (1950-53), dies at 76
  • 1990 Terry Thomas, Engl comic (Heroes), dies of Parkinson's disease at 78
  • 1992 Abderrahim Bouabid, Morroco prime secretary (1972), dies
  • 1992 Johnny [Jan] Meijer, Dutch king of accordians (Body & Soul), dies
  • 1992 Menachim Begin, Israeli PM, dies at 78 of a heart attack
  • 1993 Asif Nawaz, Pakistani general, dies
  • 1993 Hakija Turajlic, Bosnian vice-premier, murdered
  • 1994 Lady Caithness, wife of British undersecretary, commits suicide
  • 1994 Sri Chandrashekhara Saraswathi, guru of Kanchi, dies at 99
  • 1995 Joyce McCartan, peace campaigner, dies at 68

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1996 Francois Mitterrand, President of France (1981-95), dies of cancer at 79

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 1996 Kurt Schmucker, member (Union of Christian Democrats), dies
  • 1997 Melvin Calvin, scientist, dies at 85
  • 1997 Phyllis Hartnoll, writer/editor, dies at 90
  • 1997 Ronald William Eastman, cinematogrpaher, dies at 60
  • 1998 Walter Diemer, inventor (bubble gum 1928), dies of heart failure at 93
  • 2002 Alexander Prochorow, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2002 Dave Thomas, American fast food entrepreneur (b. 1932)
  • 2004 John A. Gambling, American radio talk-show host (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Michel Thomas, Polish linguist (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Tony Banks, British politician (b. 1943)
  • 2007 Jane Bolin, first African American female judge (b. 1908)
  • 2007 Francis Cockfield, British politician (b. 1916)
  • 2007 David Ervine, Northern Irish politician (b. 1953)
  • 2007 Iwao Takamoto, American animator (b. 1925)
  • 2009 Richard John Neuhaus, Canadian-American Christian writer and editor (b. 1936)
  • 2011 John Roll, United States Federal Judge (b.1947)