On This Day in History for March 27

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 138

  • 196 BC Ptolemy V ascends to the throne of Egypt.
  • 1309 Pope Clement V excommunicates Venice and all its population.
  • 1329 Pope John XXII issues his 'In Agro Dominico' condemning some writings of Meister Eckhart as heretical.

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1513 Spaniard Juan Ponce de León and his expedition first sight Florida

Explorer and  Conquistador Juan Ponce de León
Explorer and Conquistador
Juan Ponce de León
  • 1599 Robert Devereux becomes lt-general of Ireland
  • 1613 The first English child born in Canada at Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy

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1625 Charles I, King Of England, Scotland & Ireland, ascends English throne

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • 1642 The sixth Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Joseph takes office.

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1668 English king Charles II gives Bombay to East India Company

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 1708 Pretender to the English throne James III flees to Dunkirk
  • 1709 Dike at Hardinxveld breaks (Alblasserwaard flooded)
  • 1713 Spain loses Menorca and Gibraltar to Britain under the Treaty of Utrecht
  • 1721 France & Spain sign Treaty of Madrid

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1782 Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain

British Prime Minister Charles Watson-Wentworth
British Prime Minister
Charles Watson-Wentworth
  • 1790 The modern shoelace (string and shoe holes) invented in England
  • 1794 The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates.
  • 1794 Denmark and Sweden form a neutrality compact
  • 1808 Joseph Haydn's oratorio "Die Schopfung" premieres in Vienna

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1814 Battle at Horseshoe Bend: General Andrew Jackson defeats the Red Sticks, part of the Creek Indian tribe near Dadeville, Alabama

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • 1836 1st Mormon temple dedicated (Kirtland, Ohio)
  • 1841 1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC
  • 1848 John Parker Paynard originates medicated adhesive plaster
  • 1849 Joseph Couch patents steam-powered percussion rock drill

1stHistoric Invention

1855 Abraham Gesner patents kerosene

Physician and Geologist Abraham Gesner
Physician and Geologist
Abraham Gesner
  • 1860 M L Byrn patents "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle" (corkscrew)

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1863 American Confederate President Jefferson Davis calls for this to be a day of fasting & prayer

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1865 Siege of Spanish Fort, AL-captured by Federals
  • 1866 Andrew Rankin patents the urinal

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1866 US President Andrew Johnson vetoes civil rights bill; it later becomes 14th amendment

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1868 The Lake Ontario Shore Railroad Company is organized in Oswego, New York.
  • 1879 Longest championship fight (136 rounds)
  • 1881 Rioting takes place in Basingstoke, Hampshire, in protest against the daily vociferous promotion of rigid Temperance by the Salvation Army.
  • 1884 1st long-distance telephone call, Boston-NY
  • 1890 A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 and injuring 200.
  • 1900 Recognising that the war in South Africa is going to take a major commitment, Parliament passes the War Loan Act, calling for £35 million to support the fight against the Boers.
  • 1906 Founding of the Alpine Club of Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1912 1st Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Washington, D.C.
  • 1914 1st successful blood transfusion (in Brussels)

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1915 Typhoid Mary [Mary Mallon] is arrested and returned to quarantine on North Brother Island, New York after spending five years evading health authorities and causing several further outbreaks of typhoid

  • 1918 Moldova and Bessarabia join Romania.
  • 1920 Hermann Muller becomes German chancellor (SPD)
  • 1924 Canada recognizes USSR
  • 1924 New French government of Poincaré begins
  • 1928 KGB-AM in San Diego CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1928 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • 1928 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
  • 1929 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • 1929 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
  • 1930 1st US radio broadcast from a ship at sea
  • 1933 Farm Credit Administration (US) authorized
  • 1933 Japan leaves League of Nations
  • 1933 Polythene discovered by Reginald Gibson & Eric William Fawcett
  • 1936 WOS-AM in Jefferson City Missouri goes off the air
  • 1937 Feyenoord-stadium official opens in Rotterdam
  • 1938 The Battle of Taierzhuang takes place.
  • 1941 Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years

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1941 Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1941 Yugoslavian coup gets rid of pro-German Prince Paul
  • 1942 -28] Allies raid German submarine base in St Nazaire
  • 1942 Japan forces Java to use "Tokyo time" 1½ hour forward
  • 1943 Assassination attempt on Van de Peat at Amsterdams census bureau
  • 1943 US begins assault on Fondouk Pass, Tunisia
  • 1944 1,000 Jews leave Drancy, France, for Auschwitz concentration camp
  • 1944 2,000 Jews are murdered in Kaunas Lithuania
  • 1944 40 Jewish policemen in Riga, Latvia, ghetto are shot by the Gestapo
  • 1944 Children's Aktion-Nazis collect all the Jewish children of Lovno

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1945 British premier Winston Churchill sails to eastern banks of Rhine

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1945 DePaul beats Bowling Green for NIT title

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1945 Gen Eisenhower declares German defenses on Western Front broken

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1945 US 20th Army corps captures Wiesbaden
  • 1945 World War II: Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan's ports and waterways begins.
  • 1948 The Second Congress of the Workers' Party of North Korea is convened.
  • 1950 Netherlands recognizes People's Republic of China

MurderAssassination Attempt

1952 Failed assassination attempt of West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer

Chancellor of West Germany Konrad Adenauer
Chancellor of West Germany
Konrad Adenauer
  • 1952 Sun Records of Memphis begins releasing records
  • 1953 21 die in a train crash in Conneaut, Ohio
  • 1955 9th Tony Awards: Desperate Hours & Pajama Game win
  • 1956 French commandos land in Algeria
  • 1956 US seizes US communist newspaper "Daily Worker"
  • 1958 Havana Hilton opens in Cuba, later HQ for Fidel Castro

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1958 Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier as well as First Secretary of the Communist Party

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1961 Black demonstrators in Charleston staged ride-ins on street cars
  • 1961 Failed assassination attempt on King Saif al-Islam Achmad of Yemen
  • 1962 Ann Jellicoe's play "Knack" premieres in London
  • 1962 Archbishop Rummel ends race segregation in New Orlean Catholic school
  • 1963 Beeching axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network.
  • 1964 1st true Pirate Radio station, Radio Caroline (England)
  • 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake 9.2 magnitude and resulting tsunami kills 139, largest US earthquake, 2nd largest ever recorded
  • 1964 Great Train Robbers sentenced to a total of 307 years behind bars
  • 1964 UN troops arrive in Cyprus
  • 1968 Japanese Trade & Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated in SF

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1968 Suharto officially succeeds Sukarno as president of Indonesia

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • 1969 Black Academy of Arts & Letters forms in Boston
  • 1969 Launch of Mariner 7, flies 2,190-mi above southern Mars
  • 1970 Ringo releases his 1st solo album "Sentimental Journey"
  • 1970 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1971 The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) holds its first Annual Conference in the Ulster Hall in Belfast
  • 1972 Adolph Rupp retires after 42 years of coaching U of Kentucky
  • 1972 Venera 8 launched to Venus
  • 1972 Ulster Vanguard organise industrial strike against the imposition of direct rule on Northern Ireland by Westminster

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 114

  • 972 King Robert II of France (d. 1031)
  • 1554 Everhardus van Bronchorst, Dutch lawyer
  • 1627 Stephen Fox, English politician (d. 1716)
  • 1665 Benjamin Neukirch, German poet (Herrn von Hofmannswaldau)
  • 1676 Francis II Rákóczi, leader of the Hungarian uprising against the Habsburg (d. 1735)
  • 1696 Antoine Court, French Huguenot minister (d. 1760)
  • 1712 Claude Bourgelat, French veterinary surgeon (d. 1779)
  • 1714 Francesco Antonio Zaccaria, Italian theologian and historian (d. 1795)
  • 1730 Thomas Tyrwhitt, English classical scholar (d. 1786)
  • 1746 Carlo Bonaparte, Corsican attorney and father of emperor Napoleon
  • 1746 Michael Bruce, Scottish poet (d. 1767)
  • 1765 Franz Xaver von Baader, German philosopher/theologist
  • 1780 August L Crelle, German inventor/mathematician (1st Prussian Railway)
  • 1785 Louis XVII Charles, king of France (1793-95)
  • 1797 Alfred V Comte de Vigny, French musketeer/writer (Moise, Chatterton)
  • 1809 Georges Eugene Haussmann, French architect, born in Paris
  • 1810 Adolf Glassbrenner, German satirical writer, born in Berlin (d. 1876)
  • 1810 William Hepworth Thompson, English classical scholar (d. 1886)
  • 1813 Nathaniel Currier, lithographer (Currier & Ives)
  • 1817 Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli, Swiss biologist (d. 1891)
  • 1823 Samuel Kosciusko Zook, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers)
  • 1839 John Ballance, Glenavy, Ulster, Ireland, 14th Premier of New Zealand and the founder of the Liberal Party
  • 1844 Alophus Washington Greely, US, Arctic explorer

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1845 Wilhelm Röntgen, German physicist who discovered X-rays (Nobel 1901), born in Lennep, Rhine Province

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Wilhelm Röntgen
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Wilhelm Röntgen
  • 1847 Otto Wallach, Germany, chemist (Nobel 1910)
  • 1855 Alfred Ewing [James Alfred Ewing], Dundee, Scottish Physicist (magnetic properties of metals, hysteresis)
  • 1857 Karl Pearson, mathematician, born in London, England
  • 1860 Frank Frost Abbott, American classical scholar (d. 1924)
  • 1863 Henry Royce, automobile founder (Rolls-Royce)
  • 1869 James McNeill, Irish politician (d. 1938)
  • 1871 Heinrich Mann, German novelist and essayist (Professor Unrat); brother of Thomas, born in Lübeck (d. 1950)
  • 1871 Petrus J M Aalberse, Dutch minister of Labor (1918-25)
  • 1879 Edward Steichen, pioneered American photography
  • 1883 Marie Under, Estonian author and poet (d. 1980)
  • 1886 Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, German/US architect (Bauhaus)
  • 1886 Sergey Kirov, Russian bolshevik leader (d. 1934)
  • 1889 Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoglu, Turkish writer/diplomat
  • 1892 Thorne Smith, author (Topper, Rain in the Doorway, Stray Lamb)
  • 1893 Dragoljub "Draza" Mihailovic, Yugoslavian general/nazi collaborator
  • 1893 Karl Mannheim, Hung/German/British sociologist (Ideology & Utopia)
  • 1897 Douglas Hartree, English mathematician and physicist
  • 1897 Carlo Mierendorff, German politician/anti-fascist
  • 1901 Erich Ollenhauer, German politician (SPD)
  • 1901 Sato Eisaku, (Lib) Japanese PM (1964-72) (Nobel 1974)
  • 1901 Wilhelm Conrad von Roentgen, physicist (Nobel)
  • 1901 Carl Barks, American illustrator (d. 2000)
  • 1902 Mary Armour, Scottish painter, born in Blantyre (d. 2000)
  • 1902 Charles Lang, American cinematographer (d. 1998)
  • 1905 Elsie MacGill, Canadian aeronautical engineer (d. 1980)
  • 1905 John Fleming (Jack) Brock, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, one of South Africa’s most distinguished nutritional scientists and medical educators
  • 1908 Jacques [Izaak] den Haan, Dutch writer (Dangerous Book)
  • 1909 Golo Mann, [Gottfried], German/US historian (Antisemitism)
  • 1910 Ai Qing, Chinese poet, born in Jinhua, Zhejiang province (d. 1996)

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1912 James Callaghan, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1976-79), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 2005)

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • 1913 Theodor Dannecker, SS officer (d. 1945)
  • 1915 Richard Sharp, civil servant
  • 1915 Selma Rubin, Toledo, Ohio, environmental activist (Earth Day co-founder), (d. 2012)
  • 1917 Cyrus Vance, US Secretary of State (1977-80), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Harry West, Unionist party leader (Unionist)
  • 1919 Julian Amery, British conservative politician and minister, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Robin Jacques, illustrator (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Tom Bevill, (Rep-D-AL, 1967- )
  • 1922 Margaret Stacey, sociologist
  • 1922 Stefan Wul, French author (d. 2003)
  • 1923 Louis Simpson, Jamaican/US poet (Good News of Death), (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Shūsaku Endō, writer ("Silence"), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1923 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orch)
  • 1925 Lord Plumb [Charles Henry Plumb], Member of the European Parliament
  • 1925 R P Cohan, choreographer
  • 1925 John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), born in Lahore, British India (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Louis Blom-Cooper QC/press arbiter
  • 1926 Frank O'Hara, American writer and poet, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • 1927 Anthony Lewis, New York USA, American columnist (NY Times) and author (Gideon's Trumpet)
  • 1927 Lord Fanshawe of Richmond [Anthony Henry Fanshawe Royle], Member of Parliament
  • 1928 Douglas Applegate, (Rep-D-OH, 1977- )
  • 1930 Bob den Uyl, Dutch journalist/writer (Bird Watching)
  • 1931 R P Bauman, CEO (British Aerospace)
  • 1933 DRG Andrews, CEO (Land Rover-Leyland)
  • 1933 Frank Taylor, Chief Constable (Durham)
  • 1933 J Geoffrey Parker, high master (Manchestrer Grammar School)
  • 1934 David Hancock, secretary (British Department of Education & Science)
  • 1934 Istvan Csurka, politician and writer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Earl of Suffolk & Berkshire
  • 1935 Abelardo Castillo, Argentine writer
  • 1935 Fr. Stanley Rother, Roman Catholic Priest, Martyr and Missionary to Guatemala (d. 1981)
  • 1937 Thomas Aquinas Daly, American painter
  • 1938 A J Bellingham, president (Royal College of Pathologists)
  • 1938 Jock Slater, British Admiral, First Sea Lord (1995-1998)
  • 1938 P Daubeny, CEO (Electricity Association)
  • 1939 Jay C Kim, (Rep-R-California)
  • 1939 Lord Lyell [Charles Lyell], British politician and Conservative member of the House of Lords
  • 1939 Ruth Ashton, general secretary (Royal College of Midwives)
  • 1941 Charles Pashayan Jr, (Rep-R-CA, 1979- )
  • 1941 Ivan Gašparovič, President of Slovakia
  • 1942 Raymond J McGrath, (Rep-R-NY, 1981- )
  • 1942 John E. Sulston, British chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1942 Michael Jackson, English writer (d. 2007)
  • 1943 Milton Robert Carr, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1975-81, 83-95), born in Janesville, Wisconsin
  • 1943 Phil Frank, American cartoonist (d. 2007)
  • 1947 Daphne Todd, president (Royal Society of Portrait Painters)

Weddings in History

  • 1958 Latin American and magic realism leading novelist and short story writer "One Hundred years of Solitude" Gabriel Garc

HeartWedding of Interest

1958 Writer Gabriel García Márquez (31) weds Mercedes Barcha

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez

HeartWedding of Interest

1998 Novelist Danielle Steel (50) weds financier Thomas James Perkins (66)

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel

Deaths in History

  • 710 Rupert of Salzburg, saint and Bishop of Worms and Salzberg
  • 922 Al-Hallaj al-Mughith-al-Hsayn Mansur, Persian mystic, beheaded at 64
  • 965 Arnulf I, the Elder/the Great, count of Flanders (918-65), dies
  • 973 Herman, Duke of Saxony
  • 1378 Gregory XI, [Pierre R the Beaufort], last French Pope (1370-78), dies
  • 1462 Vasili II of Russia, Grand Prince of Moscow (b. 1415)
  • 1472 Janus Pannonius, Hungarian poet and translator, dies at 37
  • 1482 Mary of Burgundy, daughter of Charles the Bold and his successor, dies falling off her horse (b. 1457)
  • 1555 William Hunter, Protestant martyr
  • 1572 Girolamo Maggi, Italian Renaissance man (b. abt. 1523)

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1625 James VI and I, Scottish born King of Scotland )1657-1625) and King of England and Ireland (1603-25), poet and author, dies at 58

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • 1635 Robert Naunton, English politician (b. 1563)
  • 1679 Abraham Mignon, Dutch still life painter, dies at 38
  • 1697 Simon Bradstreet, English colonial magistrate, last governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, dies at 93
  • 1701 Anne Hilarion de Cotentin, count of Tourville/Fr admiral, dies at 58
  • 1714 Anton Ulrich, German duke of Brunswick/poet, dies at 80
  • 1770 Giovanni B Tiepolo, Italian painter (Banquet of Cleopatra), dies at 73
  • 1809 Joseph M Vien, French court painter and etcher, dies at 92
  • 1827 François Alexandre Frédéric, French social reformer (b. 1747)
  • 1836 James Fannin, Texas revolutionary (b. 1804)
  • 1843 Karl Salomo Zachariae von Lingenthal, German jurist (b. 1769)
  • 1849 Archibald Acheson, 2nd Earl of Gosford (b. 1776)
  • 1850 Wilhelm Bear, German banker/astronomer (Moon Map), dies at 53
  • 1864 Jean-Jacques Ampère, French scholar (b. 1800)
  • 1865 Petrus Hoffman Peerlkamp, Dutch scholar (b. 1786)
  • 1873 Amedée Simon Dominique Thierry, French journalist and historian (b. 1797)
  • 1875 Edgar Quinet, French historian (b. 1803)
  • 1878 George Gilbert Scott, architect, dies
  • 1889 John Bright, English statesman (b. 1811)
  • 1894 Verney L Cameron, English explorer (Tanganyika), dies at 49
  • 1897 Andreas Anagnostakis, Greek physician (b. 1826)
  • 1898 Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian Muslim intellectual and one of the founding fathers of Pakistan dies at 80
  • 1900 Pieter J Joubert [Smart Piet], South African general, dies at 69
  • 1910 Alexander E Agassiz, US businessman/biologist/geologist, dies at 74
  • 1920 Johan G Danser, Dutch poet (Meetings), dies at 26
  • 1923 Sir James Dewar, Scottish chemist (b. 1842)
  • 1925 Carl G Neumann, German mathematician/physicist, dies at 92
  • 1929 Samuil Shatunovsky, Ukrainian mathematician, dies at 70
  • 1931 Arnold Bennett, English novelist, dies at 63
  • 1934 Francis William Reitz, 5th State President of the Orange Free State (b. 1844)
  • 1938 Louis William Stern, German/US philosopher/psychologist, dies at 66
  • 1939 Constance Lindsay Skinner, Quesnel British Columbia, Canadian author (Rivers of America), dies at 57
  • 1940 Michael Joseph Savage, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1872)
  • 1943 Grigori Yakovlevich Bakhchivangi, test pilot (BI-1), killed in crash
  • 1945 Jorgen Nielsen, Danish writer (romance), dies at 42
  • 1956 Frans Beelaerts van Blokland, minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 84
  • 1966 Mien Labberton, Dutch poet, dies at 82
  • 1967 Gerardus H de Vet, the Bold, bishop of Breda (1962-67), dies at 49
  • 1967 Jim Thompson, American designer (disappeared) (b. 1906)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1968 Yuri Gagarin, Russian cosmonaut and 1st man into space (aboard Vostok 1), dies in a Mig-15 plane crash at 34

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
Cosmonaut
Yuri Gagarin
  • 1969 B[runo] Traven, writer (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), writer whose identity is disputed, dies at possibly 87
  • 1972 Maurits C Escher, Dutch lithograph carver (Praedestinatie), dies at 73
  • 1977 A. P. Hamann, American politician and city manager of San Jose, California, dies in the Tenerife airport disaster at 67
  • 1981 Mao Dun, Chinese writer (b. 1895)
  • 1986 Cass Canfield, US publisher, dies at 88
  • 1987 Lloyd Goodrich, American Arts Museum director, dies at 90
  • 1988 Jan van den Weghe, Flemish writer, dies at about 67
  • 1992 Easley Blackwood, expert bridge player, dies at 89
  • 1992 Gerry Duggan, dies at 82
  • 1992 James E Webb, head of NASA (1961-68), dies at 84
  • 1992 Martin Engelman, Dutch cartoonist/painter/graphic artist, dies
  • 1993 Carlos Gimenez, director (Theater Festival of Caracas), dies at 47
  • 1993 Katherine Hynes De Groot, dies of stroke at 88
  • 1993 Wilhelmus M J Russell, Dutch MP (KVP, CDA), dies at 74
  • 1994 Dennis Hartas, flier, dies at 69
  • 1995 Albert Drach, Austrian-Jewish writer, dies at 92
  • 1995 Bernard Cornfeld, Romanian/US financier (Fund of Funds), dies at 67
  • 1998 Ferry Porsche, Austrian automobile pioneer (Porsche AG), dies at 88
  • 1998 David McClelland, American psychologist (b. 1917)
  • 2003 Ricardo Munguia, Salvadoran aid worker
  • 2003 Paul Zindel, American writer (b. 1936)
  • 2005 Wilfred Bigelow, Canadian heart surgeon (b. 1913)
  • 2006 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Stanisław Lem, Polish writer (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Ruari McLean, British typographer (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Paul Lauterbur, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1929)
  • 2008 George Pruteanu, Romanian literary critic and politician (b. 1947)
  • 2009 Jack Dreyfus, American businessman (b. 1913)
  • 2010 Vasily Smyslov, Russian grandmaster (b. 1921)
  • 2012 Adrienne Rich, American feminist poet/essayist, dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at 82
  • 2012 Hilton Kramer, American art critic, dies from heart failure at 84
  • 2017 David Storey, British novelist and playwright (This Sporting Life), dies at 83
  • 2017 Chelsea Brown, American comedienne (Laugh-in, Matt Lincoln), dies at 74