The History of War

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 734

  • 0241-03-10 BC First Punic War: Battle of the Aegates Islands - The Romans sink the Carthaginian fleet bringing the First Punic War to an end.

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0031-09-02 BC Battle of Actium: decisive naval battle that effectively ends the Roman Republic. Octavian's forces defeat those under Mark Antony and Cleopatra off the western coast of Greece.

Roman Politician and General Mark Antony
Roman Politician and General
Mark Antony
Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar
Roman Emperor
Augustus Caesar
Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt Cleopatra
Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt
Cleopatra
  • 0546-12-17 Gothic War (535-554): The Ostrogoths of King Totila conquer Rome by bribing the Byzantine garrison.
  • 0550-01-16 Gothic War (535-552): The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison.
  • 0971-01-23 In China, the war elephant corps of the Southern Han are soundly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops. The Southern Han state is forced to submit to the Song Dynasty, ending Southern Han rule, also first regular war elephant corps employed in Chinese army
  • 1146-08-30 European leaders outlaw crossbow, intending to end war for all time
  • 1157-10-23 The Battle of Grathe Heath ends the civil war in Denmark. King Sweyn III is killed and Valdemar I restores the country.
  • 1283-07-08 War of the Sicilian Vespers: Battle of Malta
  • 1322-03-16 The Battle of Boroughbridge takes place in the First War of Scottish Independence.
  • 1379-03-24 End of Gelderse war victory
  • 1383-10-22 The 1383-1385 Crisis in Portugal: A period of civil war and disorder began when King Fernando died without a male heir to the Portuguese throne.
  • 1390-09-11 Lithuanian Civil War (1389-1392): the Teutonic Knights begin a five-week siege of Vilnius.
  • 1409-03-03 Austrian civil war ends
  • 1455-05-22 Opening battle in England's 30-year Wars of the Roses. Richard of York takes St Albans, capturing King Henry VI
  • 1466-10-19 The Thirteen Years' War ends with the Second Peace of Thorn, Germany
  • 1509-04-07 France declares war on Venice
  • 1521-04-22 French King Francois I declares war on Spain
  • 1524-07-19 Peasants' War begins in Germany's Black Forest
  • 1528-01-22 England & France declare war on Emperor Charles V
  • 1529-06-09 Zurich declares war on Catholic kantons
  • 1538-06-18 Treaty of Nice: ends war between Emperor Charles V & King French I
  • 1539-06-10 Council of Trent: Paul III sends out letters to his bishops, delaying the Council due to war and the difficulty bishops had traveling to Venice.
  • 1544-07-19 Italian War of 1542: The Siege of Boulogne began.
  • 1549-08-08 Henry II of France declares war on England and commands the siege of Boulogne
  • 1557-06-07 England declares war on France
  • 1567-09-29 War of Religion breaks out in France - Huguenots try to kidnap king Charles IX
  • 1570-01-23 Earl of Moray, regent of Scotland, assassinated; civil war breaks out
  • 1574-02-23 France begins 5th "holy war" against Huguenots
  • 1595-01-17 King Henri IV of France declares war on Spain
  • 1598-12-16 Seven Year War: Battle of Noryang Point - The final battle of the Seven Year War is fought between the Korean and Japanese navies, resulting in a decisive Korean victory.
  • 1613-01-20 Peace of Knarod ends War of Kalmar between Denmark & Sweden
  • 1614-11-12 Treaty of Xanten: Guliks-Kleefse War victory ends
  • 1620-12-23 French huguenots declare war on King Louis XIII
  • 1624-03-10 England declares war on Spain
  • 1635-05-19 France's First Minister, Cardinal Richelieu declares war on Spain (Franco-Spanish War 1635–59)
  • 1635-09-18 Emperor Ferdinand II declares war on France
  • 1642-08-22 Civil War in England began between Royalists & Parliament
  • 1648-10-24 Treaty of Westphalia ends The Thirty Year's War in the Holy Roman Empire; Switzerland's independence recognized
  • 1652-07-10 England declares war on The Netherlands - beginning of the 1st Anglo-Dutch war
  • 1655-07-31 Russo-Polish War (1654-1667): the Russian army enters the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Vilnius, which it holds for six years.
  • 1663-04-18 Osman declares war on Austria

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1665-03-04 English King Charles II declares war on Netherlands

  • 1666-01-26 France declares war on England & Munster
  • 1667-01-20 Treaty of Andrussovo-ends 13 year war between Poland & Russia
  • 1668-05-02 Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle/1st peace of Aachen: ends War of Devolution, French-Spanish war in The Netherlands
  • 1672-04-06 France declares war on Netherlands
  • 1675-09-09 New England colonies declare war on Wampanoag indians
  • 1676-08-12 1st war between American colonists & Indians ends in New England
  • 1687-09-26 Acropolis in Athens attacked by Venetian army trying to eject Turks, the Parthenon is subsequently damaged in the war.
  • 1688-09-24 France declares war on Germany

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1688-11-26 French King Louis XIV declares war on Netherlands

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • 1689-04-15 French King Louis XIV declares war on Spain
  • 1689-05-09 English King William III declares war on France
  • 1693-07-29 War of the Grand Alliance: Battle of Landen/Neerwinden - France wins Pyrrhic victory over Allied forces in the Netherlands.
  • 1697-09-03 King William's War in America ends with Treaty of Ryswick
  • 1700-02-12 The Great Northern War begins in Northern Europe between Denmark–Norway, Saxony and Russia and the Swedish Empire.
  • 1701-05-15 The War of the Spanish Succession begins.
  • 1702-05-14 England & Netherlands declare war on France & Spain
  • 1702-09-16 Emperor Leopold I declares war on France, Cologne & Bavaria
  • 1704-08-04 War of Spanish Succession, English & Dutch troops occupy Gibraltar
  • 1714-09-07 Treaty of Baden: Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI & France, ends War of Spanish Succession, French retain Alsace, Austria gets bank of Rhine
  • 1715-04-15 Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
  • 1715-05-01 Prussia declares war on Sweden
  • 1718-01-09 France declares war on Spain
  • 1718-12-17 France, Britain and Austria declare war on Spain (War of the Quadruple Alliance 1718–1720)
  • 1722-07-25 The Three Years War begins along the Maine and Massachusetts border.
  • 1731-04-09 British mariner Robert Jenkins' ear cut off by Spanish Guarde Costa in the Caribbean, later catalyst for war between Britain & Spain
  • 1733-10-10 France declares war on emperor Charles VI
  • 1738-03-28 Parliament sends an address to the king requesting that he demand redress from Spain (War of Jenkin's Ear)
  • 1738-05-25 A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.
  • 1738-08-02 France offers emperor Karel VI mediation in war against Turkey
  • 1739-10-19 England declares war on Spain [OS=Oct 30]
  • 1739-10-23 War of Jenkins' Ear starts: British Prime Minister, Robert Walpole, reluctantly declares war on Spain.
  • 1739-10-30 Great Britain declares war on Spain: War of Jenkin's Ear [NS=Oct 19]
  • 1741-04-10 War of the Austrian Succession: Prussia defeats Austria in the Battle of Mollwitz.
  • 1743-06-27 War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: in Bavaria, King George II of Britain personally leads troops into battle. The last time a British monarch would command troops in the field.
  • 1744-03-15 French King Louis XV declares war on Britain
  • 1748-10-18 Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, ends War of Austrian Succession
  • 1756-05-17 Britain declares war on France (7 Years' or French & Indian War)
  • 1756-05-18 Great Britain declares war on France
  • 1757-01-17 German Diet declares war on Prussia
  • 1762-01-04 Seven Years' War: Great Britain declares war on Spain & Naples
  • 1764-11-16 Native Americans surrender to British in Indian War of Chief Pontiac
  • 1770-05-26 The Orlov Revolt, a first attempt to revolt against the Turks before the Greek War of Independence ends in disaster for the Greeks.
  • 1771-05-16 The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called "The Regulators", occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.
  • 1772-06-09 1st naval attack of Revolutionary War takes place in Providence, RI

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1773-09-11 Benjamin Franklin writes "There never was a good war or bad peace"

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin

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1775-09-25 American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen captured

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen
  • 1776-03-04 The American War of Independence: The Americans capture Dorchester Heights dominating the port of Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1776-12-23 Continental Congress negotiates a war loan of $181,500 from France
  • 1777-08-28 American Revolutionary War - Battle of Cooch's Bridge takes place near Newark, Delaware.
  • 1777-09-03 Cooch's Bridge - Skirmish of American Revolutionary war in New Castle County, Delaware where the Flag of the United States was flown in battle for the first time.
  • 1778-02-06 Britain declares war on France
  • 1778-07-03 Prussia declares war on Austria
  • 1778-07-10 American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain.
  • 1779-05-13 War of Bavarian Succession ends
  • 1779-06-16 Spain declares war on Great Britain in support of the US, and the siege of Gibraltar begins.

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1779-09-27 John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Britain

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams
  • 1780-12-20 Britain declares war on Holland
  • 1781-10-19 British General Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown at 2 pm; US Revolutionary War ends

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 154

  • 1591-01-11 Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex, English Civil War general (d. 1646)
  • 1619-12-17 Prince Rupert of the Rhine, soldier/chemist/engraver/mathematician, commander in the English Civil War and first Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company, (d. 1682)
  • 1718-01-07 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (d. 1790)

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1738-01-10 Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mountain Boys), born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1789)

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen
  • 1742-08-07 Nathanael Greene, American Revoluntionary War General
  • 1744-09-20 Thomas Grosvenor, American Revolutionary War hero (d. 1825)
  • 1745-03-10 John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (d. 1807)
  • 1747-03-04 Casimir Pulaski, Count/American Revolutionary War general
  • 1750-01-31 Gerrit J Pijman, Dutch minister of War (1798-1800, 1803-06)
  • 1750-05-02 John André, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War (d. 1780)
  • 1750-05-20 Stephen Girard, bailed out US bonds during War of 1812
  • 1755-11-12 Gerhard JD von Scharnhorst, Prussia milt/minister of War (1807-10)
  • 1758-04-29 Georg Carl von Döbeln, Swedish Lieutenant General and war hero (d. 1820).
  • 1761-10-03 Dirk earl van Hogendorp, general/Dutch minister of War [OS]
  • 1761-10-13 Dirk van Hogendorp, Dutch earl/general/minister of War [NS]
  • 1763-01-03 Joseph Fesch, French cardinal/war commission/earl/senator

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1775-09-13 Laura Secord, Canadian war heroine (d. 1868)

Canadian War Heroine Laura Secord
Canadian War Heroine
Laura Secord
  • 1779-01-05 Stephen Decatur, US, naval hero (War of 1812)
  • 1781-10-01 James Lawrence, naval hero (War of 1812-"Don't give up the ship!")
  • 1786-05-15 General Dimitris Plapoutas, a Revolutionary in the Greek War of Independence (d. 1864)
  • 1795-04-05 Henry Havelock, British soldier (War in Afghanistan 1838-39)
  • 1799-03-08 Simon Cameron, Secy War (Union), (d. 1889)
  • 1806-06-01 John Buchanan Floyd, Ex-Sect of War (Union), (d. 1863)
  • 1809-11-09 Albert Taylor Bledsoe, Asst Secy War (Confederacy), (d. 1877)
  • 1809-11-13 John AB Dahlgren, US Union lt adm/inventor (Civil war Dahlgren-cannon)
  • 1811-02-08 Edwin Denison Morgan, Sect of War (Confederacy), (d. 1883)
  • 1811-06-24 John Archibald Campbell, Asst Secy War (Confederacy), (d. 1889)
  • 1814-12-19 Edwin M[cMasters] Stanton, Ohio, US Secretary of War (1861-65)
  • 1815-07-13 James Alexander Seddon, Secy War (Confederacy), (d. 1880)
  • 1815-08-29 Anna Ella Carroll, US, civil war writer (Reconstruction)
  • 1817-02-07 Leroy Pope Walker, US lawyer/Confederate minister of War (1861)
  • 1818-02-23 Jeremy F Gilmer, Maj Gen/Chief Engineer Confederate War Dept
  • 1818-03-10 George Wythe Randolph, Secy War (Confederacy), (d. 1867)
  • 1821-08-30 Anita Garibaldi, Brazilian warrior; Garibaldi's wife (War of Tatters) (d. 1849)
  • 1821-11-30 Gustavus Woodson Smith, Secy War (Confederacy), (d. 1896)
  • 1823-12-28 Thomas Alexander Scott, Asst Secy War (Union), (d. 1881)
  • 1826-04-08 Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican war heroine (d. 1890)
  • 1826-04-26 Ambrose R. Wright, American Civil War General (d. 1872
  • 1830-01-23 Gaston AA Marquis de Gallifet, French general/min of War (1899-1900)
  • 1831-06-26 Julius Rodenberg, [Levy], German writer (Kriegs-Songs of War & Peace)
  • 1837-06-17 Vincent Strong, civil war fighter, (d. 1863)
  • 1841-01-30 Alfred Townsend George, Civil War journalist, (d. 1914)
  • 1842-03-28 William Harvey Carney, American Civil War officier (d. 1908)
  • 1842-11-14 Walter Williams, claimed to be last survivor of Civil War (d 1959)
  • 1843-10-26 Vasili V Vereshchagin, Russian painter (War & Peace)
  • 1843-12-23 Richard Conner, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (d. 1924)
  • 1844-06-01 John J. Toffey, American Civil War hero (d. 1911)
  • 1846-02-14 Julian Scott, American artist and Civil War Medal of Honor recipient. (d. 1901)
  • 1848-02-05 Ignacio Carrera Pinto, Chilean war hero (d. 1882)
  • 1849-03-19 Alfred von Tirpitz, German World War I Admiral (d. 1930)

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1856-12-22 Frank Kellogg, US Secretary of State (1925-29), tried to outlaw war (Nobel 1929), born in Potsdam, New York (d. 1937)

US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg
US Secretary of State
Frank Kellogg
  • 1861-12-05 Armando V Diaz, Italian marshal/minister of War (1922-24)
  • 1864-04-24 George AA Alting van Geusau, dir-gen (PTT)/Dutch Min of War (1918-20)
  • 1864-11-28 Lindley M. Garrison, American Secretary of War (d. 1932)
  • 1867-09-21 Henry Lewis Stimson, US minister of War (1911-13)
  • 1877-05-26 Sadao Araki, Japanese general/minister of War (1931-34)
  • 1883-01-08 Patrick J. Hurley, United States Secretary of War (d. 1963)
  • 1885-03-14 Raoul Lufbery, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
  • 1888-05-11 Willis A. Lee, World War II U.S. naval admiral (d. 1945)
  • 1889-12-04 Buck Jones, [Charles F Gebhart], US actor (War Horse)
  • 1890-11-25 Isaac Rosenberg, English war poet and artist (d. 1918)
  • 1891-05-19 Oswald Boelcke, German World War I pilot (d. 1916)
  • 1892-04-15 Theo Osterkamp, World War I and World War II German fighter pilot (d. 1975)
  • 1892-07-22 Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Austrian chancellor (1930s)/war criminal
  • 1892-12-27 Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (d. 1917)
  • 1893-01-10 Albert Jacka, Australian soldier, first Australian World War I Victoria Cross winner (d. 1932)
  • 1893-03-18 Wilfred Owen, England, anti-war poet (Anthem for Doomed Youth)
  • 1893-04-26 Draza Mihajlovic, Serbian WWII hero and war criminal (d. 1946)
  • 1894-02-25 Ernst Friedrich, Breslau Germany, pacifist (War Against War!)
  • 1895-02-08 King Vidor, director (War & Peace, Stella Dallas)
  • 1895-03-31 John Jay McCloy, lawyer/banker (Sec of War 1941-45, pres Chase Man)
  • 1896-05-03 Karl Allmenroder, German World War I Ace (d. 1917)
  • 1896-06-06 Henry Allingham, English first world war veteran
  • 1896-06-07 Douglas Campbell, American World War I flying ace (d. 1990)
  • 1897-04-07 Erich Loewenhardt, German flying ace of World War I (d. 1918)
  • 1897-04-13 Werner Voss, German World War I pilot (d. 1917)
  • 1897-05-19 Frank Luke, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
  • 1898-05-13 Justin Tuveri, Italian veteran of the First World War (d. 2007)
  • 1899-05-26 Pieter Menten, Dutch war criminal
  • 1899-11-29 Andrija Artuković, Croatian war criminal (d. 1988)
  • 1900-01-28 Michael Dewar Head, composer
  • 1900-05-23 Hans Frank, German Nazi war criminal (d. 1946)
  • 1900-06-14 June Walker, IL, actress (War Nurse, Unforgiven)
  • 1900-09-23 Bill Stone, British serviceman; one of the last surviving veterans of World War I
  • 1901-12-10 F Fischer, German war criminal (Breda 4)
  • 1902-09-22 F R Boschvogel, [French LJ Ramon], Flemish writer (War of Worlds)
  • 1903-12-13 John Piper, British writer (US Churches in WW I)/official war painter
  • 1904-01-08 Karl Brandt, Alsacian Nazi war criminal (d. 1948)
  • 1905-07-13 Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (d. 1990)
  • 1905-11-04 Martin Raschke, German author/publisher/war correspondent
  • 1907-04-16 August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal (d. 1947)
  • 1908-01-16 Günther Prien, German World War II submarine captain (d. 1941)
  • 1908-02-22 John Mills, England, actor (Big Sleep, King Rat, War & Peace)
  • 1908-10-16 Enver Hoxha, post-war leader of Albania (1944-85)
  • 1911-03-16 Dr. Josef Mengele, German, accused Nazi war criminal (d. 1979)
  • 1912-08-30 Nancy Wake AC GM, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent
  • 1912-09-18 Kurt Lotz, German business executive, second postwar CEO of Volkswagen (d. 2005)
  • 1912-10-05 Fritz Fischer (medical doctor), Nazi war criminal
  • 1913-04-16 Les Tremayne, actor (Angry Red Planet, War of the Worlds), born in London, England
  • 1913-07-29 Erich Priebke, Nazi war criminal

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 127

  • 1675-11-28 Basil Feilding, 2nd Earl of Denbigh, English Civil War soldier (c. 1608)
  • 1682-11-19 Prince Rupert of the Rhine, Royalist commander in the English Civil War (b. 1619)
  • 1777-01-12 Hugh Mercer, American Revolutionary War officer (mortally wounded in battle) (b. 1726)
  • 1779-01-22 Claudius Smith, American Revolutionary War loyalist (b. 1736)
  • 1790-05-29 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (b. 1718)

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1801-06-14 Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary War general, dies in London at 60

US Defector General Benedict Arnold
US Defector General
Benedict Arnold
  • 1802-02-26 Esek Hopkins, American Revolutionary War admiral (b. 1718)
  • 1807-05-17 John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (b. 1745)
  • 1813-06-28 Gerhard JD von Scharnhorst, Prus min of War (1807-10), dies in battle
  • 1818-05-26 Michael A Barclay de Tolly, Russian fieldmarshal/War Minister, dies
  • 1820-02-16 Georg Carl von Döbeln, Swedish Lieutenant General and war hero (b. 1758).
  • 1825-06-05 Odysseas Androutsos, hero in the Greek War of Independence
  • 1825-07-11 Thomas P. Grosvenor, American Revolutionary War soldier (b. 1744)
  • 1829-03-02 Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, conspirator and supporter of the Mexican War of Independence (b. 1768)
  • 1833-09-28 Lemuel Haynes, Revolutionary War veteran, dies at 88
  • 1835-06-24 Andreas Vokos Miaoulis, Greek admiral and politician, commander of Greek naval forces in Greek War of Independence (b. 1769)
  • 1839-05-13 Joseph Fesch, French cardinal/war commission/earl/senator, dies
  • 1839-06-09 Gerrit J Pijman, Dutch minister of War (1798-1800), dies at 89
  • 1852-05-12 John Richardson, Canadian writer (War of 1812), dies
  • 1862-09-01 Oliver Tilden, of the Bronx, killed in Civil War in Virginia
  • 1863-08-26 John Buchanan Floyd, US min of War (1857-60)/Confederate general, dies
  • 1864-10-26 "Bloody Bill" Anderson, American Civil War Pro-Confederate rebel guerrilla leader, killed by union troops at 24 or 25

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1868-10-17 Laura Secord, Canadian heroine of the war of 1812 (b. 1775)

Canadian War Heroine Laura Secord
Canadian War Heroine
Laura Secord
  • 1869-12-24 Edwin M[cMasters] Stanton, US Secretary of War (1861-65), dies at 55
  • 1870-02-14 St. John Richardson Liddell, American Civil War Confederate General (b. 1815)

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1877-09-05 Crazy Horse [Tashunka Witko], last great Sioux war chief, dies at 37

Native American War Leader Crazy Horse
Native American War Leader
Crazy Horse
  • 1882-07-09 Ignacio Carrera Pinto, Chilean war hero(b. 1848)
  • 1890-12-31 Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican war heroine (b. 1826)

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1891-02-14 William Tecumseh Sherman, Union Civil War General, dies at 71

  • 1898-03-11 William Rosecrans, American Civil War Union general (b. 1819)
  • 1901-09-25 Arthur Fremantle, British general and American Civil War observer (b. 1835)
  • 1904-04-13 Vasili Vereshtshagin, Russian painter (War & Peace), dies
  • 1906-03-04 John McAllister Schofield, former U.S. Secretary of War and Commanding General of the U.S. Army (b. 1831)
  • 1909-07-08 Gaston AA marquis de Gallifet, Fren min of War (1899-1900), dies at 79
  • 1911-03-13 John J. Toffey, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (b. 1844)
  • 1914-02-24 Joshua Chamberlain, Civil War hero for the Union on Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • 1915-05-19 John Simpson Kirkpatrick stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I (b. 1892)
  • 1915-09-13 Andrew L. Harris, American Civil War hero and Governor of Ohio (b. 1835)
  • 1916-01-03 Grenville M. Dodge, American Civil War Union Army Major General (b. 1831)
  • 1916-07-04 Alan Seeger, American war poet (b. 1888)
  • 1917-09-23 Werner Voss, German World War I pilot (b. 1897)
  • 1917-12-28 Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (b. 1892)
  • 1918-03-20 Lewis A. Grant, American Civil War General (b. 1828)
  • 1918-05-19 Raoul Lufbery, French-American World War I fighter pilot and flying ace (b. 1885)
  • 1918-08-10 Erich Lowenhardt, Germany flying ace of World War I (b. 1897)
  • 1918-11-04 Wilfred Owens, anti-war poet (Anthem for doomed youth), dies at 25
  • 1924-11-04 Richard Conner, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (b. 1843)
  • 1926-03-16 Sergeant Stubby, decorated World War I dog
  • 1928-02-29 Armando V Diaz, Italian marshal/minister of War (1922-24), dies at 66
  • 1930-12-11 Friedrich von Bernhardi, German war theorist/historian, dies at 81
  • 1937-10-09 George AA Alting van Geusau, Dutch min of war (1918-20), dies at 73
  • 1941-12-12 Cesar Basa, Philippine Air Force and World War II hero (b. 1915)
  • 1942-09-05 François de Labouchère, French aviator of World War II, compagnon de la Libération. (b. 1917)
  • 1942-09-15 Jack Singer, US war reporter (Wasp), dies
  • 1943-11-24 Martin Raschke, German author/war correspondent, dies at 38
  • 1944-04-09 Evgeniya Rudneva, Russian World War II heroine (b. 1920)
  • 1945-01-31 Eddie Slovik, 1st US executed for desertion since Civil War at 25
  • 1945-08-15 Korechika Anami, Japanese War Minister (b. 1887)
  • 1946-02-21 José Streel, Belgian World War II collaborator (b. 1911)
  • 1946-10-16 Alfred Rosenberg, German war criminal, hanged
  • 1946-10-16 Fritz Sauckel, German war criminal, hanged
  • 1946-10-16 Hans Frank, former Nazi Governor General of Occupied Poland, hanged

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1946-10-16 Joachim von Ribbentrop, German war criminal, hanged

Foreign Minister of the German Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop
Foreign Minister of the German Reich
Joachim von Ribbentrop
  • 1946-10-16 Wilhelm Frick, German war criminal, hanged
  • 1947-05-02 Dorothea Binz, Nazi war criminal (b. 1920)
  • 1947-05-28 August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal (b. 1907)
  • 1947-05-30 Georg Johannes, Ritter von Trapp World War I Austrian submarine commander (b. 1880); inspiration for "The Sound of Music"
  • 1948-12-23 Hideki Tojo, Japan PM (1941-44), hanged for war crimes at 64
  • 1951-06-07 Bobel, Braune, Naumann, Ohlendorf, Pohl, Schallenmair & Otto Schmidt, Nazi war criminals, hanged
  • 1955-01-24 Ira Hayes, American World War II hero (b. 1923)

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1956-09-11 Billy Bishop, Canadian pilot in World War I (b. 1894)

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop
  • 1959-03-16 John Sailling, last documented Civil War vet, dies at 111
  • 1962-05-31 Adolf Eichmann, Nazi war criminal, hanged at Ramie Prison in Israel at 56
  • 1963-05-13 Alois Hudal, bishop, helped Nazi war criminals escape (b. 1885)
  • 1966-02-03 June Walker, actress (War Nurses), dies at 65
  • 1966-11-02 Sadao Araki, Japanese general/minister of War (1931-34), dies at 89
  • 1967-08-26 Dilawar Hussain, cricketer (Indian wicketkeeper in the 1930's), dies
  • 1967-09-01 Ilse Koch, Nazi war criminal (b. 1906)
  • 1973-05-21 Carlo E Gadda, Italian engineer/writer (War Diary), dies at 79
  • 1974-11-23 Cornelius Ryan, war reporter/historian (Bridge too Far), dies at 54
  • 1976-08-24 Michael Dewar Head, composer, dies at 76
  • 1976-12-24 Victor Stanitsin, actor (War & Peace, Jubilee), dies at 79
  • 1978-01-22 Oliver Leese, British World War II general (b. 1894)
  • 1980-02-14 Luitkonwar Rudra Baruah, Assamese composer and actor
  • 1981-10-06 [Mohammed] Anwar al-Sadat, pres Egypt (1970-81), assassinated at 62
  • 1982-09-05 Douglas Bader, RAF fighter pilot in World War II (b. 1910)
  • 1982-11-01 King Vidor, director (War & Peace), dies at 88 of a heart ailment
  • 1987-11-14 Pieter Menten, Dutch war criminal, dies at 88
  • 1988-01-16 Andrija Artuković, Croatian war criminal (b. 1899)
  • 1988-07-13 Samuel L Mendel, oldest US war veteran, dies at 104
  • 1989-03-11 John J. McCloy, United States Secretary of War (b. 1895)
  • 1989-09-21 F Fischer, German war criminal (4, Two of Breda), dies
  • 1989-11-25 Alva R. Fitch, American World War II and Korean soldier (b. 1907)
  • 1990-02-07 Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (b. 1905)
  • 1992-02-16 George Mann MacBeth, Scottish journalist/poet (A War Quartet), dies
  • 1993-03-24 Peter Roovers, Dutch sculptor/teacher (war monuments), dies at 90
  • 1994-02-04 Harold Schneider, US producer (5 Easy Pieces, War Games), dies at 55
  • 1994-04-01 Stuart Sloan, war hero/test pilot, dies at 72
  • 1994-04-07 Evert Hartman, Dutch writer (War Without Friends), dies at 56
  • 1994-11-28 Jerry Rubin, US anti-war activist (Youth Party), dies at 56