Romanian History

Historical Events

  • 1862-01-24 Romanian principality arises under King Alexander Cuza. Bucharest proclaimed its capital.
  • 1862-06-20 Barbu Catargiu, the Prime Minister of Romania, is assassinated
  • 1863-12-15 Romania's mountain railway, from Anina to Oravita, opens
  • 1864-12-04 Romanian Jews are forbidden to practise law
  • 1870-08-08 The Republic of Ploieşti, a failed Radical-Liberal rising against Domnitor Carol of Romania.
  • 1877-05-09 Mihail Kogălniceanu reads, in the Chamber of Deputies, the Declaration of Independence of Romania. This day becomes the Independence Day of Romania.
  • 1882-05-15 May Laws-Tsar Alexander III bans Jews from living in rural Romania
  • 1883-10-30 Austria-Hungary, Germany and Romania sign military treaty
  • 1895-10-01 Romanians in Costantinople massacred
  • 1897-12-12 Anti-Jewish violence breaks out in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1902-09-17 US protests anti-semitism in Romania
  • 1905-07-08 The soldiers of the Russian battleship "Potemkin" who mutinied, surrender to Romanian authorities, who turn ship over to Russian authorities soon after
  • 1906-03-03 Vuia I aircraft built by Romanian Traian Vuia tested in France
  • 1907-03-31 Romanian Army puts down Moldavian farmers' revolt
  • 1910-04-01 Dumitru Dan (Romania) completes a 62,137 mile (100,000 m) walk
  • 1913-07-10 Romania declares war on Bulgaria

  • 1916-08-27 Romania declares war on Austria-Hungary
  • 1916-08-28 Germany declares war on Romania
  • 1916-09-01 Bulgaria declares war on Romania
  • 1917-01-13 Train at Ciurea station in Romania catches fire and explodes, between 800-1,000 die, making it the third worst rail accident in history
  • 1917-08-06 World War I: Battle of Mărăşeşti between the Romanian and German armies begins
  • 1918-03-27 Moldova and Bessarabia join Romania
  • 1918-10-31 Short-lived Banat Republic founded in territory where Romania, Hungary and Serbia meet
  • 1918-11-28 Bucovina voted for the union with the Kingdom of Romania
  • 1919-01-11 Romania annexes Transylvania
  • 1919-08-04 Hungarian communist leader Béla Kun flees to Vienna after the Hungarian Soviet Republic is overthrown by the Romanian Army
  • 1919-08-06 Romanian forces bring down Hungarian Soviet Republic in Budapest
  • 1920-08-10 Allies recognize Poland, Czechoslovakia & Romania
  • 1920-10-31 Romania annexes Bessarabia
  • 1926-09-16 Italian-Romanian peace treaty signed
  • 1928-05-01 6 children die and 10 injured by hailstones in Klausenburg, Romania
  • 1929-02-09 USSR, Estonia, Latvia, Poland & Romania sign Litvinov's Pact, providing for renunciation of war among its signatories
  • 1929-07-07 Romania & Vatican sign concord
  • 1933-12-09 Romania prohibits fascist Iron Guard
  • 1934-02-09 Balkan Entente alliance forms (Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey & Romania)
  • 1934-06-10 USSR & Romania re-establish diplomatic relations

  • 1937-12-28 Fascist Octavian Goga becomes Prime Minister of Romania
  • 1938-02-10 King Carol II of Romania drives out dictator Goga
  • 1938-11-30 Fascist coup in Romania fails
  • 1939-09-17 Poland's President Ignacy Mościck and Prime Minister Felicjan Sławoj Składkowski flee to Romania
  • 1939-09-18 Polish government of Moscicki flees to Romania
  • 1940-06-27 Soviet Army attacks Romania
  • 1940-06-28 Romania cedes Bessarabia to Soviet Union
  • 1940-09-06 Crown prince Michael succeeds Carol II as king of Romania
  • 1940-09-07 Treaty of Craiova: Romania loses Southern Dobrudja to Bulgaria.
  • 1940-10-08 German troops occupies Romania
  • 1940-11-20 World War II: Hungary, Romania and Slovakia join the Axis Powers
  • 1940-11-23 Romania signs Tripartite Pact
  • 1941-01-09 6,000 Jews exterminated in pogrom in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1941-01-22 1st mass killing of Jews in Romania
  • 1941-02-20 Romania breaks relations with Netherlands
  • 1941-06-19 Romania orders Jewish evacuation of Darabani
  • 1941-06-28 German and Romanian soldiers kill 11,000 Jews in Kishinev
  • 1941-08-07 551 Jews are shot in Kishnev ghetto in Romania

Soviet UnionGermany Invades the Soviet Union

1941-08-19 Romania annexes the Transnistria territory from the Soviet Union after Operation Barbarossa
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German troops cross the border point between Nazi Germany and the Sovet Union on June 22, 1941
German troops cross the border point between Nazi Germany and the Sovet Union on June 22, 1941
  • 1941-10-16 Romanian Legionnaires enter Odessa, Russia
  • 1942-06-05 USA declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary & Romania
  • 1942-11-23 3rd & 5th Romanian army corps surrenders
  • 1944-04-02 Soviet Army marches into pro-German Romania
  • 1944-08-23 Romanian Royal coup: King Michael orders forces to cease fire against Allies and dismisses pro-Axis premier, Marshal Ion Antonescu
  • 1944-08-30 Soviet troops enter Bucharest, Romania
  • 1944-08-31 Soviet & Romanian troops march into Bucharest
  • 1944-12-07 General Radescu forms Romanian government
  • 1945-03-02 King Michael of Romania gives in to Communist government
  • 1945-03-12 USSR returns Transylvania to Romania
  • 1947-07-28 Iuliu Maniu's Farmers' Party is banned in Romania
  • 1947-12-30 King Michael of Romania, forced by Communists abdicates his throne, sending him into exlie
  • 1947-12-30 Romanian republic proclaimed
  • 1951-09-17 Romanian bishop A Pacha of Timisoara sentenced to 18 years
  • 1952-06-03 Romanian premier Petru Groza chosen president

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1952-08-02 17 year-old future world champion Floyd Patterson wins the gold medal in the middleweight division at the Helsinki Olympic Games with a 1st round KO of Romanian Vasile Tita

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1955-05-14 Warsaw Pact is signed by the Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland & Romania
  • 1955-10-02 Chiva Stoica becomes premier of Romania
  • 1956-12-01 Romanian canoeist Leon Rotman wins the men's C-1,000m gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics; claims the singles double after also winning the C-1 10,000m gold
  • 1958-02-05 Clifton R Wharton confirmed as 1st US African American foreign minister ( to Romania)
  • 1965-03-19 Stoica becomes president & Ceausescu party leader of Romania

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1965-03-22 Nicolae Ceausescu is elected General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • 1965-08-21 Romania adopts constitution
  • 1967-12-09 Nicolae Ceaușescu becomes President of Romania (overthrown 1989)
  • 1968-08-15 Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu visits Prague
  • 1968-10-14 Viorica Viscopoleanu of Romania sets world record 6.82m to win the women's long jump at the Mexico City Olympics; beats Sheila Sherwood of Great Britain by 0.14m

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969-08-02 US President Richard Nixon visits Romania

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1969-09-21 58th Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Cleveland (5-0)

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1971-06-06 French Open Men's Tennis: Defending champion Jan Kodeš of Czechoslovakia beats Ilie Năstase of Romania 8-6, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • 1971-10-11 60th Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Charlotte (3-2)
  • 1971-12-12 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase finishes ATP Masters Grand Prix with a perfect 6-0 record to win the rich season ending event at the Coubertin Stadium, Paris
  • 1972-07-09 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Stan Smith beats Ilie Năstase of Romania 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 for his only Wimbledon title
  • 1972-09-08 East German Annelie Ehrhardt with a world record 12.59 takes the 100m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics; beats Romanian Valeria Bufanu by just 0.25
  • 1972-09-10 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Ilie Năstase of Romania beats Arthur Ashe 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 for his first Grand Slam title
  • 1972-09-10 Cuban boxer Teófilo Stevenson wins first of 3 consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medals when Munich Games opponent Ion Alexe of Romania withdraws from the final because of a broken thumb
  • 1972-10-15 61st Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Bucharest (3-2)
  • 1972-12-02 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase successfully defends his ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3 win over American Stan Smith in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1973-06-03 French Open Men's Tennis: Ilie Năstase of Romania wins his second Grand Slam singles title; beats Czech star Niki Pilić 6-3, 6-3, 6-0
  • 1973-12-08 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase wins his 3rd consecutive season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–3, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 win over Dutchman Tom Okker in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1974-03-26 Romanian communist party names party leader Ceausescu president
  • 1975-12-07 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase wins his 4th season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 rout of Björn Borg of Sweden in Stockholm

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

1976-07-03 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Sweden's Björn Borg beats Ilie Năstase of Romania 6-4, 6-2, 9-7 for the first of 5 straight Wimbledon titles

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1977-06-04 French Open Women's Tennis: Mima Jaušovec of Yugoslavia wins her lone Grand Slam singles title; beats Florența Mihai of Romania 6-2, 6-7, 6-1

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1978-06-10 French Open Women's Tennis: Virginia Ruzici of Romania claims her lone major singles title; beats Mima Jaušovec of Yugoslavia 6-2, 6-2

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec

Famous Birthdays

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Person of interestVlad the Impaler

1431-11-08 Vlad III the Impaler, Wallachian prince, born in Sighișoara, Transylvania, Romania (d. 1476)

Wallachian Prince Vlad the Impaler
Wallachian Prince
Vlad the Impaler
  • 1673-10-26 Dimitrie Cantemir, Romanian historian and Monarch of Moldova (1710-11), born in Dimitrie Cantemir, Vaslui, Romania (d. 1723)
  • 1788-03-01 Gheorghe Asachi, Romania, writer/humanist/politician
  • 1802-01-06 Ion Heliade-Radulescu, Romanian writer (Gramatica), born in Târgoviște, Romania (d. 1872)
  • 1802-08-13 Nikolaus Lenau, Hungarian-German poet (Faust, Die Albigenser), born in Lenauheim, Banat, Romania (d. 1850)
  • 1808-07-21 Simion Bărnuţiu, Romanian philosopher and politician, born in Bocșa, Sălaj, Ottoman Empire (d. 1864)
  • 1819-09-06 Nicolae Filimon, Romanian writer and critic (Ciocoii Vechi Si Noi), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1865)
  • 1820-03-20 Alexander J Cuza, monarch of Moldavia/Wallachia/Romania
  • 1821-06-02 Ion Bratianu, (Lib), premier of Romania (1876-88)
  • 1821-07-21 Vasile Alecsandri, Romanian foreign minister, diplomat and poet, born in Bacau, Moldova (d. 1890)
  • 1823-12-23 Alexandru Flechtenmacher, Romanian composer, born in Iaşi, Romania (d. 1898)
  • 1830-05-28 Carl Filtsch, Transylvanian composer and pianist child prodigy, born in Mühlbach (Sebeș), Romania (d. 1845)
  • 1837-03-01 Ion Creanga, Romanian fairy tale author (Amintiti the Copilarie)
  • 1839-04-20 Carol I, King of Romania (1881-1914), born in Sigmaringen, Germany (d. 1914)
  • 1843-12-13 George Stephănescu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1925)
  • 1843-12-29 Elisabeth of Wied [pseudonym Carmen Sylva], Queen consort of Romania and poet, born in Neuwied, Germany (d. 1916)
  • 1847-03-19 Constantin Dimitrescu, Romanian composer (Dans ţănănesc), born in Blejoi, Romania (d. 1928)
  • 1847-03-23 Alexandru D Xenopol, Romania, historian
  • 1847-10-10 Gheorghe Dima, Romanian composer, born in Șcheii Brașovului, Romania (d. 1925)
  • 1850-01-15 Mihail Eminesco [Eminovici], Romanian poet (Samanul Dionis), born in Botoșani, Romania (d. 1889)
  • 1852-01-29 Ion Luca Caragiale, Romanian actor and playwright (O Noapte Furtunoasa), born in Haimanalele, Ploiesti, Romania (d. 1912)
  • 1853-10-14 Ciprian Porumbescu, Romanian composer, born in Șipotele Sucevei, Duchy of Bukovina, Austrian Empire (d. 1883)
  • 1854-03-14 Alexandru Macedonski, Romanian writer, born in Bucharest (d. 1920)
  • 1854-07-04 Victor Babeş, Romanian physician and bacteriologist, born in Vienna, Austrian Empire (d. 1926)
  • 1854-08-22 Milan I, King of Serbia, born in Mărășești, Romania (d. 1901)
  • 1857-07-29 Iacob Mureșianuu, Romanian composer, born in Brașov, Austrian Empire (d. 1917)
  • 1859-12-25 Raoul Gunsbourg, Romanian born French composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1955)
  • 1863-12-17 Ion Vidu, Romanian composer and conductor, born in Mânerău, Arad district (d. 1931)
  • 1865-08-24 Ferdinand I VAM, King of Romania (1914-27), born in Sigmaringen, German Confederation (d. 1927)
  • 1868-07-20 Miron Cristea, 1st Patriarch of All Romania (d. 1939)
  • 1871-06-17 Nicolae Iorga, Romanian writer, literature historian and Prime Minister of Romania, born in Botoșani, Kingdom of Romania (d. 1940)
  • 1871-09-12 Prince Friedrich Aloys Johannes Maria, Prince of Liechtenstein, Romania, born in Arad, Romania (d. 1959)
  • 1873-01-08 Iuliu Maniu, Romanian politician (d. 1953)
  • 1875-10-11 Stefan Octavian Iosif, Romanian poet (Beautiful Irine), born in Brașov, Romania (d. 1913)
  • 1875-10-29 Marie, last Queen of Romania as the wife of King Ferdinand I (1914-27), born in Eastwell Park, Kent, England (d. 1938)
  • 1876-02-19 Constantin Brancusi, Romanian French sculptor (Princesse X), born in Hobita (d. 1957)
  • 1880-05-21 Tudor Arghezi, Romanian writer (d. 1967)
  • 1881-08-19 Georges Enesco, Romanian violinist and composer (Romanian Dances), born in Liveni, Dorohoi, Romania (d. 1955)
  • 1881-10-13 George Bacovia [Vasiliu], Romanian poet and composer (Plumb), born in Bacău, Romania (d. 1957)
  • 1882-03-04 Nicolae Titulescu, Romanian diplomat, government minister, and former President of the League of Nations (d. 1941)
  • 1882-06-14 Ion Antonescu, Romanian soldier and authoritarian politician (1940-1944), born in Argeș County, Romania (d. 1946)
  • 1883-03-17 Urmuz, Romanian writer (d. 1923)
  • 1884-08-10 Panait Istrati, Romanian writer (d. 1935)
  • 1885-04-05 Dimitrie Cuclin, Romanian composer, born in Galați County, Romania (d. 1978)
  • 1886-01-28 Marthe Bibesco, Romanian writer (d. 1973)
  • 1886-02-20 Bela Kun, Czehul Romania, head of Hungarian Soviet Republic (1919)
  • 1886-06-07 Henri Coandă, Romanian aerodynamics pioneer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1972)
  • 1887-09-12 George Georgescu, Romanian conductor and composer, born in Sulina, Romania (d. 1964)
  • 1888-08-20 George Sklavos, Greek composer, born in Brailov, Romania (d. 1976)
  • 1888-12-03 Ion Nonna Otescu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1940)
  • 1889-04-03 Grigoras Dinicu, Romanian violin virtuoso and composer, born in Bucharest (d. 1949)
  • 1890-10-01 Constantin C. Nottara, Romanian composer (d. 1951)
  • 1891-03-31 Ion Pillat, Romaniams poet/senator (Umbra timpului)
  • 1891-08-02 Mihail Jora, Romanian composer, born in Roman (d. 1971)
  • 1892-01-30 Grigore Gafencu, Romanian Minister of Foreign affairs (1938-39), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1957)
  • 1893-02-13 Ana Pauker-Rabensohn, Romania, communist/foreign minister (1945-52)
  • 1893-06-04 Armand Călinescu, Prime Minister of Romania, born in Piteşti, Romania (d. 1939)
  • 1893-06-06 Ludovic Feldman, Romanian composer, born in Galați, Romania (d. 1987)
  • 1893-08-14 Alfred Alessandrescu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest (d. 1959)
  • 1893-10-15 Carol II, King of Romania (1930-40), born in Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Kingdom of Romania (d. 1953)
  • 1893-12-12 Edward G. Robinson [Goldenberg], Romanian actor (Double Indemnity, The Stranger, The Ten Commandments), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1973)
  • 1894-03-26 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (d. 1985)
  • 1894-05-06 Filip Lazar, Romanian composer, born in Craiova (d. 1936)
  • 1894-06-06 Sabin Drăgoi, Romanian composer, born in Seliște, Romania (d. 1968)
  • 1895-01-07 Clara Haskil, Romanian pianist, born in Bucharest (d. 1960)
  • 1895-05-09 Lucian Blaga, Romanian philosopher and poet (Dogmatic Aeon), born in Lámkerék, Szeben County, Austria-Hungary (d. 1961)
  • 1895-09-15 Magda Lupescu, consort of King Carol II of Romania (d. 1977)
  • 1896-04-04 Tristan Tzara [Samuel Rosenfeld] Romanian-French poet (Approximate Man), born in Moinești, Romania (d. 1963)
  • 1896-04-29 Jacques Wolfe, Romanian-American composer, born in Botoşani, Romania (d. 1973)
  • 1896-05-02 Helen of Greece and Denmark, Queen Mother of Romania, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1982)
  • 1897-12-06 Oscar Walter Cisek, Romanian writer and diplomat, born in Bucharest (d. 1966)
  • 1898-11-14 Benjamin Fondane, Romanian-French writer and filmmaker (d. 1944)
  • 1899-06-19 George Călinescu, Romanian literature (Enigma Otilei), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1965)
  • 1899-09-13 Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, Romanian politician (founder and leader of the Iron Guard), born in Huși, Vaslui County, Romania (d. 1938)
  • 1900-01-06 Queen Maria of Yugoslavia [Maria of Romania], Queen consort of Yugoslavia (1922-34), born in Gotha, German Empire (d. 1961)
  • 1900-02-26 Jean Negulesco, Romanian-American film director (How to Marry a Millionaire), born in Craiova, Dolj (d. 1993)
  • 1900-10-08 Zeno Vancea, Romanian composer, born in Bocsa, Romania (d. 1990)
  • 1900-11-04 Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist and sociologist, born in Bacău, Romania (d. 1954)
  • 1900-12-13 Jonel Perlea, Romanian composer, born in Ograda, Romania (d. 1970)
  • 1901-04-11 Theodor Rogalski, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1954)
  • 1901-11-08 Gheorge Gheorghiu-Dej, Romanian communist politician (President of the State Council 1961-65), born in Bârlad, Romania (d. 1965)
  • 1902-09-22 John Houseman, Romanian actor (The Paper Chase, Rollerball, The Fog), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1988)
  • 1903-11-04 Ion Vasilescu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1960)
  • 1904-04-10 Nick Stuart, Romanian-born American bandleader and actor (Secrets of Chinatown), born in Abrudbánya, Alsó-Fehér County, Austria-Hungary (d. 1973)
  • 1904-04-23 Duncan Renaldo, Spanish actor (The Cisco Kid, The Gay Amigo), born in Oancea, Romania (d. 1980)
  • 1904-06-02 Johnny Weissmuller, American actor (Tarzan), swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), born in Freidorf, Romania (d. 1984)
  • 1904-12-24 Joseph Moses Juran, Romanian-born American industrial engineer and philanthropist, born in Brăila, Romania (d. 2008)
  • 1906-09-07 Philip Herschkowitz, Romanian composer, born in Iași, Romania (d. 1989)
  • 1907-03-13 Mircea Eliade, Romanian religious historian (Le Yoga) and author, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1986) [O.S. 02-28]
  • 1908-05-17 Sigismund Toduţă, Romanian composer, born in Simeria, Romania (d. 1991)
  • 1908-08-08 Chivu Stoica, premier of Romania (1955-61)
  • 1909-11-26 Eugene Ionesco, Romanian-French playwright (Rhinoceros, Bald Soprano), born in Slatina, Romania (d. 1994)
  • 1910-08-04 Hedda Sterne, Romanian born American artist , born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2011)
  • 1911-01-18 Gabor Darvas, Hungarian composer, born in Satu Mare, Romania (d. 1985)
  • 1912-06-28 Sergiu Celibidache, Romanian conductor, composer, educator (Munich Philharmonic 1979-1996), born in Roman, Moldavia, Romania (d. 1996)
  • 1912-06-30 Tibor de Machula, Hungarian-Dutch cellist, born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (d. 1982)
  • 1912-11-19 George E. Palade, Romanian-American cell biologist (ribosomen, Nobel 1974), born in Iași, Romania (d. 2008)
  • 1913-04-12 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, born in Székelyudvarhely (d. 1989)
  • 1913-06-08 Jagamas János, Hungarian composer, born in Dés, Romania (d. 1997)
  • 1914-05-20 Corneliu Coposu, Romanian politician (Christian Democratic National Peasants' Party), born in Bobota, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1995)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1980-07-24 Tennis star Björn Borg (24) weds tennis player Mariana Simionescu (23) in Bucharest, Romania

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1996-04-27 Romanian gymnast and 5-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comăneci (35) weds American gymnast Bart Conner (38) in Bucharest, Romania

Famous Deaths

  • 0855-09-29 Lotharius I, Romanian-French emperor (signed Treaty of Verdun), dies
  • 1347-10-11 Louis IV, Duke of Bayern/Romania-Germany King/emperor, dies
  • 1693-12-13 Dodoftei, Romanian metropolitan of Moldavia/writer (Saint Lives), dies
  • 1723-08-21 Dimitrie Cantemir, Romanian historian and Monarch of Moldova (1710-11), dies at 49
  • 1821-06-07 Tudor Vladimirescu, Romanian rebellion-leader (b. cca. 1780)
  • 1864-05-28 Simion Bărnuţiu, Romanian philosopher and liberal politician, dies at 55
  • 1868-08-25 Costache Negruzzi, Romanian author/poet, dies at about 60
  • 1872-04-27 Ion Heliade-Radulescu, Romanian politician & author, dies at 70
  • 1873-05-15 Alexander J Cuza, monarch of Moldavia/Romania, dies at 53
  • 1883-06-06 Ciprian Porumbescu, Romanian composer, dies at 29
  • 1889-06-15 Mihail Eminesco, Romanian poet (Luceafarul), dies at 39
  • 1889-12-31 Ion Creanga, Romanian (fairy tales) author, dies at 52
  • 1890-08-22 Vasile Alecsandri, Romanian foreign minister, diplomat and poet, dies at 69
  • 1891-05-16 Ion Brătianu, Romanian statesman (b. 1821)
  • 1912-06-09 Ion Luca Caragiale, Romanian actor and playwright (O Noapte Furtunoasa), dies at 60
  • 1913-06-21 Stefan Octavian Iosif, Romanian poet (Beautiful Irine), dies at 37
  • 1914-10-10 Karol I, Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, King of Romania (1881-1914), dies
  • 1914-10-10 Carol I, King of Romania (1881-1914), dies at 75
  • 1916-03-02 Elisabeth OL, [Carmen Sylva], Queen of Romania, dies at 72
  • 1916-06-28 Ştefan Luchian, Romanian painter (b. 1868)
  • 1918-05-09 George Coşbuc, Romanian poet, dies at 51
  • 1920-02-27 Alexandru D Xenopol, Romanian historian, dies at 72
  • 1923-11-23 Urmuz, Romanian writer (b. 1883)
  • 1924-04-15 Eduardo Caudella, Romanian opera composer, dies at 82
  • 1925-04-25 George Stephănescu, Romanian composer, dies at 81
  • 1925-06-04 Gheorghe Dima, Romanian composer, dies at 77
  • 1925-08-17 Ioan Slavici, Transylvanian writer of Romanian origin (b. 1848)
  • 1926-10-19 Victor Babeş, Romanian physician and bacteriologist, dies at 72
  • 1927-07-20 Ferdinand I VAM, King of Romania (1914-27), dies at 61
  • 1928-05-09 Constantin Dimitrescu, Romanian composer (Dans ţănănesc), dies at 81
  • 1931-02-07 Ion Vidu, Romanian composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • 1933-12-29 Joh Georghe Duca, premier of Romania, murdered
  • 1935-04-18 Panait Istrati, Romanian writer, dies at 50
  • 1936-01-17 Mateiu Caragiale, Romanian author (b. 1885)
  • 1936-11-03 Filip Lazar, Romanian composer, dies at 42
  • 1938-07-18 Marie, last Queen of Romania as the wife of King Ferdinand I (1914-27), dies at 62
  • 1938-10-02 Alexandru Averescu, Romanian soldier and politician (b. 1859)
  • 1938-11-30 Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, Romanian politician (founder and leader of the Iron Guard), dies at 39
  • 1939-09-21 Armand Călinescu, Prime Minister of Romania, assassinated by the iron guard at 46
  • 1940-03-25 Ion Nonna Otescu, Romanian composer, dies at 51
  • 1940-11-28 Nicolae Iorga, Romanian writer, literature historian and Prime Minister of Romania, murdered by fascist at 69
  • 1944-09-02 Manfred Freiherr von Killinger, German ambassador to Romania, commits suicide after Romanian coup
  • 1945-04-17 Ion Pillat, Romania poet/senator (Umbra timpului), dies
  • 1946-06-01 Ion Antonescu, Romanian soldier and authoritarian politician, is executed after having been convicted of war crimes
  • 1949-03-28 Grigoras Dinicu, Romanian violin virtuoso and composer, dies at 59
  • 1951-01-19 Constantin C. Nottara, Romanian composer, dies at 60
  • 1953-04-04 Carol II, King of Romania (1930-40), dies at 59
  • 1954-02-02 Theodor Rogalski, Romanian composer, dies at 52
  • 1954-04-17 Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist and sociologist, dies at 53
  • 1955-05-04 Georges Enesco, Romanian violinist and composer (Romanian Dances), dies at 73
  • 1957-01-19 József Dudás, Romanian/Hungarian resistance fighter (b. 1912)
  • 1957-01-30 Grigore Gafencu, Romanian minister of Foreign Affairs (1938-39), dies at 65
  • 1957-03-16 Constantin Brancusi, Romanian French sculptor, dies at 81
  • 1957-04-01 Gheorge Tatarescu, premier Romania (1933-37, 39-40), dies
  • 1957-05-29 George Bacovia [Vasiliu], Romanian poet and composer (Plumb), dies at 75
  • 1958-01-07 Petru Groza, premier/president (Romania, 1945-58), dies at 74
  • 1959-02-18 Alfred Alessandrescu, Romanian composer, dies at 65
  • 1959-10-10 Prince Friedrich Aloys Johannes Maria, Prince of Liechtenstein, Romania, dies at 88
  • 1960-06-14 Ana Pauker-Rabensohn, Romanian Foreign Minister (1945-52), dies at 67
  • 1960-12-01 Ion Vasilescu, Romanian composer, dies at 57
  • 1961-04-04 Simion Stoilow, Romanian mathematician (b. 1873)
  • 1961-05-06 Lucian Blaga, Romanian philosopher and poet (Transcendental censor), dies at 65
  • 1961-06-22 Queen Maria of Yugoslavia [Maria of Romania], Queen consort of Yugoslavia (1922-34), dies at 61
  • 1963-06-22 Maria Tănase, Romanian singer of traditional and popular music (b. 1913)
  • 1963-12-25 Tristan Tzara [Samuel Rosenfeld] Romanian-French poet (Approximate Man), dies at 67
  • 1964-09-01 George Georgescu, Romanian conductor and composer, dies at 76
  • 1965-02-19 Gheorge Gheorghiu-Dej, Romanian communist politician (President of the State Council 1961-65), dies at 63
  • 1965-03-13 George Călinescu, Romanian author (Lauda Lucrorilor), dies at 65
  • 1967-07-14 Tudor Arghezi, Romanian writer (b. 1880)
  • 1968-12-31 Sabin Drăgoi, Romanian composer, dies at 74
  • 1970-07-29 Jonel Perlea, Romanian composer, dies at 69
  • 1970-10-08 Lucien Goldmann, Romanian/French sociologist/philosopher, dies
  • 1971-05-10 Mihail Jora, Romanian composer, dies at 79
  • 1972-11-25 Henri Coandă, Romanian aerodynamics pioneer, dies at 86
  • 1973-01-26 Edward G. Robinson [Goldenberg], Romanian actor (Double Indemnity, The Stranger, The Ten Commandments), dies at 79
  • 1973-04-07 Nick Stuart, Romanian-born American bandleader and actor (Secrets of Chinatown), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1973-06-22 Jacques Wolfe, Romanian-American composer, dies at 77
  • 1973-11-28 Marthe Bibesco, Romanian writer (b. 1886)
  • 1975-02-18 Chivu Stoica, [Stoica Chivu), premier of Romania (1955-61), dies at 66
  • 1977-03-04 Toma Caragiu, Romanian actor (b. 1925)
  • 1977-06-29 Magda Lupescu, consort of King Carol II of Romania (b. 1895)
  • 1980-07-29 Jan Tausinger, Romanian-Czech violist and composer, dies at 58
  • 1981-06-11 Albert Markos, Romanian composer (Torso I), dies at 66
  • 1982-11-28 Helen of Greece and Denmark, Queen Mother of Romania, dies at 86
  • 1983-12-13 Nichita Stanescu, Romanian poet (b. 1933
  • 1985-10-22 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (b. 1894)
  • 1986-04-22 Mircea Eliade, Romanian religious historian (Le Yoga) & author, dies at 79
  • 1987-09-11 Ludovic Feldman, Romanian composer, dies at 94
  • 1988-10-31 John Houseman, Romanian actor (The Paper Chase, Rollerball, The Fog), dies of spinal cancer at 86
  • 1989-01-05 Philip Herschkowitz, Romanian composer, dies at 82
  • 1989-12-06 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • 1989-12-25 Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romania's Communist dictator Nicolae, executed at 73
Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • 1993-07-18 Jean Negulesco, Romanian-American film director (3 Coins in a Fountain), dies at 93
  • 1993-12-11 Eliva "Elvire" Popesco, Romanian/French actress (Le roi), dies at 99
  • 1994-01-12 Samuel Bronston, Romanian/US producer (El Cid), dies at 85
  • 1994-03-28 Eugene Ionesco, Romanian-French playwright (Rhinoceros, Bald Soprano), dies at 84
  • 1994-05-06 Moses Rosen, Chief Rabbi of Romania (1948-94), dies at 81
  • 1994-06-15 Nadia Gray [Nadia Kujnir-Herescu], Romanian actress (Naked Runner, Maniac, Candide), dies at 70
  • 1995-03-27 Bernard Cornfeld, Romanian/US financier (Fund of Funds), dies at 67