On This Day in History for May 6

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 145

  • 1312 Pope Clement V closes Council of Vienna
  • 1527 Spanish & German Imperial troops sack Rome; ending Renaissance
  • 1529 Battle at Gogra: Mughal Emperor Babur beats Afghans and Bengals

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1541 King Henry VIII orders hat a bible in English be placed in every church in England

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1542 Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.
  • 1598 Archduke Albrecht & Isabella become rulers of the Southern Netherlands
  • 1604 Leon VII Spanish poet's first poem is published: La Cocina.
  • 1626 Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island from local Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets
  • 1642 Ville Marie (Montreal) forms
  • 1644 Johan Mauritius resigns as governor of Brazil
  • 1672 Brandenburg monarch Frederik Willem signs treaty with Netherlands

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1682 Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles.

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • 1753 French King Louis XV observes transit of Mercury at Mendon Castle
  • 1757 Battle of Prague: Frederick II of Prussia's forces defeat Austrian army
  • 1787 1st African American Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston
  • 1794 Haiti, under Toussaint L'Ouverture, revolts against France
  • 1804 Suriname sold to Great Britain (until Feb 1816)

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1835 James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald (price 1 cent).

Founder of the New York Herald James Gordon Bennett
Founder of the New York Herald
James Gordon Bennett

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1837 John Deere creates the first steel plough

Deere & Company Founder John Deere
Deere & Company Founder
John Deere
  • 1840 World's first postage stamp, the Penny Black, is issued in Great Britain
  • 1844 Johan Thorbecke argues general right to vote
  • 1848 Otto Tank ends slavery in Suriname colony
  • 1851 Dr John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine"
  • 1851 Linus Yale patents Yale lock
  • 1851 New slave regulations go into effect in Suriname
  • 1851 San Francisco Chamber of Commerce starts
  • 1853 1st major US rail disaster kills 46 (Norwalk, Connecticut)
  • 1860 SF Olympic Club, 1st US athletic club forms

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1860 Giuseppe Garibaldi's Mille sets sail from Genoa to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

Unifier of Italy Giuseppe Garibaldi
Unifier of Italy
Giuseppe Garibaldi
  • 1861 Arkansas & Tennessee becomes 9th & 10th states to secede from US
  • 1864 US Civil War: Battle of Port Walthall Junction, VA

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1864 US Civil War: Battle of Wilderness - Confederate General longstreet seriously injured

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet

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1864 US Civil war: General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta Georgia

  • 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act: US Congress ceases Chinese immigration

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1882 Epping Forest, England, dedicated by Queen Victoria

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria
  • 1882 Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin.

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1889 Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in Paris opens with the recently completed Eiffel Tower serving as the entrance arch

Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Achitect
Gustave Eiffel
  • 1896 Samuel Pierpont Langley flies his unpiloted Number 5 aircraft using a catapult launch from a boat on the Potomac River, USA. The aircraft travels almost 3/4 of a mile - ten times further than any previous heavier-than-air flying machine.
  • 1902 British SS Camorta sinks off Rangoon; 739 die
  • 1902 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place" (BG)
  • 1902 Zulu assault at Holkrantz, South Africa
  • 1904 American Lung Association holds its 1st meeting
  • 1906 "Temporary" permit to erect overhead wires on Market Street, San Francisco

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1906 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia claims right to legislate by decree and restricts the power of the Duma (Russian Parliament)

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1910 George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII.

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • 1913 King Nikita I of Montenegro vacates Skoetari, northern Albania
  • 1914 British House of Lords rejects women's suffrage
  • 1915 German U-20 sinks Centurion SE of Ireland
  • 1915 The Allies on Cape Helles launch three attacks to enlarge their beachheads; after terrible losses, they advance about three miles
  • 1916 Belgian troops march into Kigali, German East Africa
  • 1919 Paris Peace Conference disposes of German colonies; Ger E Africa is assigned to Britain & France, German SW Africa to South Africa
  • 1929 AL announces it will discontinue MVP award
  • 1929 NY to SF footrace begins
  • 1933 Italy & USSR sign trade agreement
  • 1935 British King George V & Queen Mary celebrate silver jubilee
  • 1935 Pulitzer prize awarded to Audrey Wurdemann (Bright Ambush)

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1937 German airship Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, NJ (36 die)

  • 1938 Dutch writer Maurits Dekker sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly head of state" (Hitler)
  • 1939 1st performance of Honegger/Claudel's "Jeanne d'Arc Ouch B-cher"

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1940 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath)

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1941 Joseph Stalin becomes Premier of the Soviet Union

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin

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1941 At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • 1942 Corregidor & Philippines surrender to Japanese Armies
  • 1943 British 1st army opens assault on Tunis
  • 1944 KJR-AM in Seattle Wash swaps calls with KOMO
  • 1945 General Johannes Blaskowitz surrenders German troops in Netherlands
  • 1945 World War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops (first was on December 11, 1941).
  • 1946 Pulitzer prize awarded to Arthur M Schlesinger (Age of Jackson)"

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1954 Roger Bannister of the UK becomes the 1st person to run a 4 minute mile, recording 3:59:4 at Iffley Road, Oxford

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister
  • 1955 West Germany joins NATO
  • 1956 Gus Bell (Reds) homers off Bob Miller in both ends of a double header
  • 1957 Italian government of Segni resigns

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1957 Pulitzer prize awarded to John F. Kennedy (Profiles in Courage)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1959 Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing vessels

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1960 US President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1960 Students attack Dutch embassy in Jakarta
  • 1960 Trotsky's murderer Jacques Mornard (Ramon Mercader) freed in Mexico
  • 1961 Omer Vanaudenhove chosen chairman of Belgium Liberal Party
  • 1962 1st nuclear warhead fired from Polaris submarine (Ethan Allen)
  • 1962 Antonio Segni elected president of Italy
  • 1962 Pathet Lao breaks cease fire/conquers Nam Tha Laos
  • 1962 US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
  • 1963 Pulitzer prize awarded to Barbara Tuchman (Guns of August)
  • 1964 Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr Sloan" premieres in London
  • 1965 Lawry & Simpson complete opening stand of 382 against W Indies
  • 1966 Canadian Minister of Finance announces a $20 Centennial gold coin
  • 1966 Most runs scored in 11th inning (9) Phils score 5 to beat Pirates 8-7
  • 1966 Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England.
  • 1967 400 students seize administration building at Cheyney State College, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Zakir Hussain elected 1st Muslim president of India
  • 1968 Street battle between students & troops in Paris, 1,000 injured
  • 1968 Giants reliever Lindy McDaniel sets NL record of 225th consecutive errorless game (108 chances consecutively since June 16, 1964)
  • 1968 Spain closes border to Gibraltar except to Spaniards
  • 1969 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark announces an amnesty for all offences associated with demonstrations since 5 October 1968, resulting in the release of, among others, Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting
  • 1970 Yuchiro Miura of Japan skis down Mt Everest
  • 1970 Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch sacks two ministers in the Irish government over allegations of illegal arms importation
  • 1972 Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order.
  • 1973 1st WHA championship, New England Whalers beat Win Jets, 4 games to 1
  • 1974 Bundy victim Roberta Parks disappears from OSU, Corvallis, Ore
  • 1974 Smallest attendance at Phila's Veterans Stadium (4,149)

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 120

  • 973 Henry II, Roman Catholic German king/emperor (1002/14-24)
  • 1397 Sejong the Great of Joseon, ruler of Korea (d. 1450)
  • 1501 Marcellus II, [Marcello Cervini], Italy, humanist/Pope (1555, 22 days)
  • 1574 Innocent X [Giambattista Pamfili], 236th Pope (1644-55), born in Rome (d. 1655)
  • 1581 Frans Francken, the Younger, painter
  • 1606 Lorenzo Lippi, [Perlone Zipoli], poet/painter
  • 1638 Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, English politician and First Lord of the Admiralty (d. 1696)
  • 1713 Charles Batteux, French philosopher (d. 1780)
  • 1758 Maximilien Robespierre, Arras Fr, French revolutionary/avocat (1781)
  • 1759 Francois GJS Andrieux, French writer/politician
  • 1769 Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1824)
  • 1785 Arvir A Afzelius, Swedish story teller
  • 1786 Ludwig Borne [Loeb Baruch], German-Jewish writer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1837)
  • 1800 Roman Sanguszko, Polish aristocrat and general (d. 1881)
  • 1801 George Sears Greene, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1899)
  • 1802 Friedrich Wilhelm Schirmer, artist
  • 1806 Chapin Aaron Harris, US, found America Society of Dental Surgeons
  • 1812 Marin R Delany, Charlestown Va, Abolitionist and Physician (1st African American major in US Army)
  • 1813 Joseph Tarr Copeland, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1893)
  • 1825 Joseph Bailey, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1867)
  • 1829 Phoebe Ann Coffin, 1st female ordained minister in New England
  • 1830 Guido Gezelle, Flemish priest/poet
  • 1843 Grove Karl Gilbert, geologist, investigated Lake Bonneville, Utah
  • 1849 Wyatt Eaton, Canadian American artist, born in Philipsburg, Quebec (d. 1896)
  • 1856 Robert Edwin Peary, US, arctic explorer (North Pole-Apr 6 1909)

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1856 Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and father of psychology, born in Freiberg, Austrian Empire (d. 1939)

Father of Psychology Sigmund Freud
Father of Psychology
Sigmund Freud
  • 1859 Luis Maria Drago, Argentina, statesman, anti-interventionist
  • 1859 Willem J T Kloos, Dutch poet (Act of Simple Justice)

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1861 Rabindranath Tagore, Indian philosopher/poet/writer (Nobel 1913), born in Calcutta (d. 1941)

  • 1861 Motilal Nehru, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1931)
  • 1868 Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont, Poland, novelist (Chiopi, Nobel-1924)
  • 1868 Gaston Leroux, French writer (d. 1927)
  • 1869 Joseph Cuvelier, Belgian historian/archivist
  • 1870 Amedos Peter Giannine, founded Bank of America, born in San Jose, California
  • 1870 John McCutcheon, cartoonist (Pulitzer Prize-1931)
  • 1871 Ch Morgenstern, writer
  • 1871 Victor Grignard, French chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1935)
  • 1872 Willem de Sitter, Dutch scientist (d. 1934)
  • 1875 William Daniel Leahy, Iowa, 5 star admiral/chief of staff (1949)
  • 1879 Bedrich Hrozny, Czech orientalist (d. 1952)
  • 1880 Baron W Edmund, Archangel & Ironside, British fieldmarshal
  • 1882 Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany (d. 1951)
  • 1883 Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher/author [or May 9]
  • 1888 Emmanuel Celler, (Rep-D-NY, 1923-73)
  • 1889 Arthur Morison, typographer
  • 1895 Fidél Pálffy, Hungarian Nazi (d. 1946)
  • 1895 Júlio César de Mello e Souza, Brazilian writer (d. 1974)
  • 1897 Paul Alverdes, German writer (Pfeiferstube)
  • 1898 Daniel Gerber, Freemont Mi, beloved by babies at mealtime
  • 1899 Billy Cotton, British entertainer (d. 1969)
  • 1902 Walter Dawson, British Air Chief marshall
  • 1902 Harry Golden, American journalist (d. 1981)
  • 1902 Max Ophüls, German-born director (d. 1957)
  • 1903 Toots Shor, New York restaurateur (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Harry Martinson, Sweden, novelist/poet (Trade Wind-Nobel 1974)
  • 1904 Moshe Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-born founder of the Feldenkrais method (d. 1984)
  • 1905 [Bernard] Toots Shor, raconteur/restauranteur (Toots Shor)
  • 1906 Andre Weil, [Bourbaki], French/US mathematician
  • 1906 Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (d. 2005)
  • 1909 Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcastor (d. 2004)
  • 1910 Antoon Breyne, Belgian journalist
  • 1912 Barend Roest Crollius, painter/writer (Chronicle Sins of Youth)
  • 1912 Hugh Martell, British Vice Admiral
  • 1913 Jack [John T] Aitken, British anatomist
  • 1913 Kenneth Horne, English paper manufacturer/multi-millionaire
  • 1913 Ronald Harris, British 1st Church Estates Commissioner
  • 1915 John Arnold, British high court judge
  • 1915 May Henriquez-Alvarez, Curacao, sculptor
  • 1915 Theodore H White, historian/writer (Making of President)
  • 1918 Sydney Chatton, England
  • 1919 Frank Ereaut, Balliff of Jersey
  • 1920 John Henderson, Lord-Lieutenant (Berkshire England)
  • 1921 Erich Freid, Austrian and British writer, born in Vienna (d. 1988)
  • 1921 Robert Fell, CEO (British Stock Exchange)
  • 1922 Alan Ross, editor (London Magazine)
  • 1922 Carlos J Moorhead, (Rep-R-CA, 1973- )
  • 1922 John Ernest, constructionist artist
  • 1922 Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (d. 1999)
  • 1923 Guiseppe Martelli, physicist
  • 1925 Patrick Meany, CEO (Rank Organization)
  • 1926 John Hamilton-Jones, CEO (Richmond Enterprises) and British Major-General
  • 1926 Gilles Grégoire, Quebec politician, co-founder of the Parti Québécois (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Robert Poujade, French politician
  • 1929 John Polk Allen, Carnegie Oklahoma, CEO (Biosphere 2)
  • 1929 John Taylor, bishop (St Albans)/Lord High Almoner to Queen
  • 1929 Rosemary Camp, president (Council for British Archaeology)
  • 1931 Marvin Leath, (Rep-D-TX, 1979- )
  • 1932 Viscount Coke, English large landowner/art collector
  • 1933 John Willoughby Denison-Pender, 3rd Baron Pender
  • 1934 Richard C Shelby, (Rep-D-AL (1979-86)/Sen-D-AL, 1987- )
  • 1936 Bernard Lemaire, French Canadian businessman (Cascades)
  • 1938 Jean Garon, Quebec economist and politician
  • 1938 Larry Gogan, Irish radio personality
  • 1939 Anthony Blacker, master-general of Ordnance
  • 1939 Zhanna Dmitriyevna Yerkina, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1940 Henry Habibe, Arubian poet (Kerensentenchi)
  • 1941 Fred J Eckert, (Rep-D-NY, 1985-87)
  • 1942 Rin Kaiho, professional Go player
  • 1943 Andreas Baader, leader of the German organization Red Army Faction (d. 1977)
  • 1946 Jim Ramstad, (Rep-R-Minnesota)

Weddings in History

  • 1476 Emperor Frederik III of Habsburg & duke Charles the bold arrange marriage of their children
  • 1960 English Princess Margaret marries Antony Armstrong-Jones (later Lord Snowdon) at Westminster Abbey

Deaths in History

  • 523 Thrasamunde, king of Vandalen
  • 680 Muawiyah I, caliph (b. 602)
  • 988 Dirk II, West Frisian count of Holland
  • 1085 King Alfonso VI, of Leon conquered Toledo, dies
  • 1124 Balak, Emir of Aleppo, murdered
  • 1475 Dieric Bouts, Dutch painter, dies at about 64
  • 1502 James Tyrrell, alleged murderer of the Princes in the Tower (executed)
  • 1527 Karel van Bourbon, military governor (Lombardije), dies at 37
  • 1540 Jean Luis Vives, Spanish theory/humanist/reformer, dies at 48
  • 1620 Hayyim ben Joseph Vital, Palestinian-born Kabbalist (b. 1543)
  • 1631 Robert Bruce Cotton, English politician
  • 1638 Cornelius Jansen, theologian (Jansenism), dies
  • 1642 Frans Francken, the Younger, Flemish painter, dies on 61st birthday
  • 1708 François de Laval, first Roman Catholic bishop of Quebec, dies at 85
  • 1727 Catharina I, Latvia tsarina of Russia, dies at about 42
  • 1739 Bernardus Smijtegelt, vicar (Gekrookte Reed), dies at 63
  • 1757 Maximilian Ulysses Count Browne, Austrian field marshal (b. 1705)
  • 1757 Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, British politician (b. 1683)
  • 1757 Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Prussian field marshal (b. 1684)
  • 1840 Francisco de Paula Santander, Colombian president and independence leader (b. 1792)
  • 1856 William Hamilton, metaphysicist, dies
  • 1859 Friedrich Heinrich Alexander, explorer/scientist, dies

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1859 Alexander von Humboldt, German naturalist, dies at 89

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt
Naturalist and Explorer
Alexander von Humboldt

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1862 Henry David Thoreau, US writer/pacifist (Walden Pond), dies at 44

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist/Pacifist
Henry David Thoreau
  • 1864 Henry Livermore Abbott, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle
  • 1864 Micah Jenkins, Confederate brigadier general (friendly fire), dies at 28
  • 1877 Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finnish poet (b. 1804)
  • 1882 Frederick Cavendish, assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
  • 1882 Thomas Henry Burke, assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
  • 1904 Franz von Lenbach, German painter, dies at 67
  • 1910 Edward VII, King of England (1901-10), dies at 68
  • 1916 Dirk Bos, Dutch MP (Liberal), dies at 53
  • 1919 Frank Lyman Baum, author (Wizard of Oz), dies at 62
  • 1924 Carel S Adama van Scheltema, poet/writer (socialism), dies at 47
  • 1948 43 communist rebels, executed in Athens

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1949 Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian philosopher (Nobel 1911), dies at 86

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck
Author and Nobel Laureate
Maurice Maeterlinck
  • 1950 Agnes Smedley, writer, dies
  • 1951 Élie Cartan, French mathematician (b. 1869)

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1952 Maria Montessori, Italian physician/educationist, dies at 81

  • 1961 Lucian Blaga, philosopher/poet (Transcendental censor), dies at 65
  • 1963 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born physicist (b. 1881)
  • 1967 Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (b. 1885)
  • 1972 Deniz Gezmiş, Turkish Left-wing Political Activist (b. 1947)
  • 1975 József Mindszenty [József Pehm], Hungarian cardinal who opposed fascism and communism in Hungary, dies at 83
  • 1976 Karel M J F Cruysberghs, Flemish author (On the Pulpit), dies at 85
  • 1984 Bonner Pink, Conservative Party politician
  • 1984 Mary Cain, Mississippi newspaper editor and politician (b. 1904)

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1987 William J Casey, director of CIA (1981-87), dies at 73

CIA Director William Casey
CIA Director
William Casey
  • 1991 Anthony van Kampen, writer (Ketelbinkie, Geschonden Eldorado), dies
  • 1991 Thomas A Carlin, dies at 62
  • 1992 Jilly Rizzo, restauranteur/friend of Frank Sinatra, dies in a car crash at 75
  • 1994 Helen Lessore, English artist, dies at 86
  • 1994 Moses Rosen, Romania's chief rabbi, dies at 81
  • 1995 Dona Maria Pia de Braganca, pretender to Port throne, dies at 88
  • 1995 Hilda Toledano (b. 1907)
  • 1996 Frank Hercules, writer, dies at 85
  • 1996 Geoffrey Dawes, physiologist, dies at 78
  • 1996 Geoffrey Hodges, bomb disposal expert, dies at 87
  • 1996 Joseph Stone, lawyer, dies at 79
  • 1996 Leon Joseph Suenens, cardinal, dies at 91
  • 1996 Michael Gerzon, mathematician, dies at 50
  • 2002 Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (b. 1948)
  • 2004 Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher (b. 1912)
  • 2006 Lillian Asplund, last American RMS Titanic survivor (b. 1906)
  • 2006 Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (b. 1926)
  • 2006 Grant McLennan, co-founder of Australian band The Go-Betweens (b. 1958)
  • 2006 Lorne Saxberg, Canadian television journalist (b. 1958)
  • 2007 Enéas Carneiro, Brazilian politician (b. 1938)
  • 2013 Giulio Andreotti, Italian Prime Minister, dies at 94
  • 2014 Farley Mowat, Canadian author, dies at 92
  • 2014 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), dies at 83
  • 2015 Jim [James] Wright, American politician (D-Texas) (Speaker of the House 1987-1989), dies at 92
  • 2016 Reg Grundy, Australian media and television mogul (Neighbours, Prisoner), dies at 92