On This Day in History for April 30

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Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 152

  • 311 Roman Emperor Galerius issues Edict of Toleration, ending persercution of Christians in the Roman Empire
  • 313 Licinius unifies the entire Eastern Roman Empire under his rule
  • 711 Islamic conquest of Iberia: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn-Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula (Al-Andalus)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1064 German King Henry IV gives away Utrecht county of West Friesland

Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV
Holy Roman Emperor
Henry IV
  • 1315 French chamberlain Enguerrand de Marigny is hanged on the public gallows at Montfaucon after being convicted of sorcery
  • 1349 Jewish community at Radolszell, Germany, exterminated
  • 1396 Crusaders & Earl of Nevers depart from Dijon
  • 1483 Orbital calculations suggest that on this day, Pluto moved inside Neptune's orbit until July 23, 1503

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1492 Christopher Columbus is given royal commission by Spanish monarchs Isabella I and Ferdinand II to equip his fleet to the New World

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1492 Spain announces it will expel all Jews
  • 1506 Philip of Burgundy & England sign trade agreement

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1527 Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France sign the Treaty of Westminster, pledging to combine their forces against Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in attempt to win War of the League of Cognac

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
King Francis I of France
Francis I of France
  • 1562 1st French colonists in North America: Jean Ribault & colonists arrive in Florida
  • 1563 Jews are expelled from France by order of Charles VI

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1616 King James I of England leaves Brielle

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • 1650 French rebel Henri de la Tour Turenne signs treaty with Spain

  • 1661 Tsjeng Tsj'eng-Kung begins siege of Dutch fort Zeelandia, Formosa
  • 1671 Petar Zrinski, the Croatian Ban from the Zrinski family, is executed.
  • 1695 William Congreve's "Love for Love" premieres in London
  • 1725 Emperor Charles VI & King Philip IV of Spain sign Treaty of Vienna
  • 1748 Ceasefire at Aken ends
  • 1763 Member of Parliament and journalist John Wilkes confined in the Tower of London, charged with seditious libel
  • 1772 John Clais patents 1st scale
  • 1774 Pope Clement XIV proclaims a universal jubilee for the second time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1789 George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1790 Colonial troops occupy Bonni's marroon village
  • 1794 The Battle of Boulou is fought, in which French forces defeated the Spanish under General Union.
  • 1798 US Department of the Navy forms

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1803 Chancellor Robert Livingston and James Monroe sign Louisiana Purchase Treaty in Paris at a cost of 15 million dollars, doubles the size of the USA

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe
  • 1804 The New Hague Theater opens in The Hague, the Netherlands
  • 1808 1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri
  • 1812 (Eastern) Louisiana admitted as 18th US state
  • 1838 Nicaragua declares independence from Central American federation
  • 1857 San Jose State University forms

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1859 Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities" is first published in literary periodical "All the Year Round" (weekly installments until Nov 26)

Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
  • 1860 Navaho indians attack Fort Defiance (Canby)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1861 US President Abraham Lincoln ordered Federal Troops to evacuate Indian Territory (US Civil War)

16th US President Abraham Lincoln
16th US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1862 Swift Run Gap, WV skirmishes

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1863 -5/1] Battle of Snyder's Bluff, Virginia (part of the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War): General Sherman beaten by Confederate forces

  • 1863 Mexican forces attacked the French Foreign Legion in Hacienda Camarón, Mexico.
  • 1864 Battle of Jenkin's Ferry, Arkansas; General W R Scurry is killed

  • 1864 New York becomes 1st state to charge a hunting license fee
  • 1869 Hawaiian YMCA organized
  • 1871 The Camp Grant Massacre of Apaches in Arizona Territory, perpetrated by white & Mexican adventurers; 144 die
  • 1888 1888 Moradabad hailstorm: hail stones allegedly as big as oranges kill 246 people and some 1600 sheep and cattle in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh
  • 1889 1st US national holiday, on centennial of Washington's inauguration

InventionScientific Discovery

1897 English physicist J. J. Thomson announces his discovery of the electron in a lecture to the Royal Institution

Physicist J. J. Thomson
J. J. Thomson
  • 1898 Championship wrestling match at Met turns into a brawl
  • 1900 The "Hawaiian Organic Act" is enacted by US Congress making Hawaii a US territory
  • 1900 Casey Jones dies heroically in a train wreck at Vaughn, Mississippi, while driving Cannonball Express (immortalized in"Ballad of Casey Jones")
  • 1904 Ice cream cone makes its debut
  • 1907 Honolulu, Hawaii becomes an independent city.
  • 1911 Portugal approves female suffrage
  • 1916 Germany ratifies bill bringing in Daylight Saving Time - first country in the world
  • 1920 The British Government ends military conscription
  • 1921 Pope Benedict XV encyclical "On Dante"
  • 1925 Automaker Dodge Brothers, Inc is sold to Dillon, Read & Company for $146 million plus $50 million for charity
  • 1927 Princess Juliana gets seat in Dutch Council of State
  • 1928 Cherkess Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1957)
  • 1929 Earnest Streeruwitz becomes Chancellor of Austria
  • 1934 Austria gets "Austrian facist" constitution
  • 1935 World Congress for Women's Rights concludes in Istanbul
  • 1937 The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative
  • 1939 New York World's Fair opens
  • 1939 Tropicana ballet of Havana, Cuba, forms
  • 1942 1st submarine built on Great Lakes launched, (Peto), Manitowoc, Wisconson
  • 1943 Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp for Jews forms
  • 1943 Dutch strike against forced labor in Nazi Germany's war industry
  • 1943 Noel Coward's "This Happy Breed" premieres in London
  • 1944 NY Giant Phil Weintraub gets 11 RBIs
  • 1944 NY Giant, Mel Ott scores 6 runs in 1 game drawing 5 walks for 4th time
  • 1945 Concentration camp Munchen-Allag freed
  • 1945 Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) calls for crusade against the Bolsheviks
  • 1945 Red Army occupies Demmin

Victory in BattleRaising a Flag over the Reichstag

1945 Red Army opens attack on German Reichstag building in Berlin
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Soldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev and Georgij Bulatov raise the Soviet Union flag on the roof of the Reichstag building in Berlin
Soldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev and Georgij Bulatov raise the Soviet Union flag on the roof of the Reichstag building in Berlin
  • 1945 Soviet Army frees Ravensbruck concentration camp
  • 1945 US troops attack the Elbe
  • 1945 Record 48 U-boats sunk by the Allies this month

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 Adolf Hitler commits suicide along with his new wife Eva Braun in the Fuhrerbunker in Berlin as the Red Army captures the city

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1947 Boulder Dam renamed in honor of Herbert Hoover
  • 1948 Org of American States charter signed at Bogota, Colombia
  • 1948 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • 1953 Little-Bigger League changes its name to Babe Ruth League
  • 1955 Element atomic number 101, Mendelevium, announced
  • 1955 Imperial Bank of India nationalized
  • 1955 West German unions protest for 40-hour work week & higher wages
  • 1961 1st shuttle flights between Washington, D.C., Boston & NYC begin (Eastern)

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1961 Premier Fidel Castro of Cuba receives Lenin-Peace Prize

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 1962 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 75,190 m
  • 1966 Anton LaVey founds the Church of Satan in San Francisco, California

RussiaOstankino Tower

1967 Ostankino Tower, the then highest free-standing structure in the world at 540m is finished in Moscow, Russia
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Ostankino Tower, Moscow
Ostankino Tower, Moscow
  • 1970 US troops invade Cambodia
  • 1972 "Arthur Godfrey Time" ends a 27 year run on radio
  • 1973 US President Nixon announces the resignation of Haldeman, Ehrlichman and others

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 US President Richard Nixon hands over partial transcripts of Watergate tape recordings

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1975 North Vietnamese troops capture Saigon, ending the Vietnam War
  • 1976 Royal Canadian Mint opens a branch in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1977 Ron Cey sets record of 29 RBIs in April
  • 1980 Ronald Harwood's "The Dresser" premieres in London
  • 1980 Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London

Birthdays in History

  • 1245 Philip III "the Bold", King of France (1270-85), born in Poissy, France (d. 1285)
  • 1309 Kazimierz III de Great, King of Poland (1333-70)
  • 1553 Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont, queen of France (d. 1601)
  • 1602 William Lilly, England, astrologer/author/almanac compiler
  • 1651 Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, French priest/theorist/saint
  • 1662 Queen Mary II of England (d. 1694)
  • 1664 François Louis, Prince of Conti, French general (d. 1709)
  • 1710 Johann Kaspar Basselet von La Rosée, Bavarian general (d. 1795)
  • 1723 Mathurin Jacques Brisson, French naturalist (d. 1806)
  • 1743 Robert Jasper van de Capellen, master of Marsch/politician
  • 1767 Jean Henri Appelius, lawyer/minister of Finance
  • 1770 David Thompson, English/Canadian explorer (Columbia River)

Person of interestCarl Friedrich Gauss

1777 Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician considered one of the greatest of all time (Gaussian distribution, fundamental theorem of algebra), born in Brunswick, Germany (d. 1855)

Mathematician, Astronomer, and Physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss
Mathematician, Astronomer, and Physicist
Carl Friedrich Gauss
  • 1790 John Cockerill, English/Belgian industrialist
  • 1797 Andreas V Michiels, Dutch military governor of West-Sumatra
  • 1803 Albrecht Graf von Roon, Prime Minister of Prussia (d. 1879)
  • 1805 William Kerley Strong, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1867)
  • 1812 Kaspar Hauser, German son of grand duke Karel van Bathe
  • 1823 George Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll and Secretary of State for India (1868-74, 1880-85), born in Ardencaple Castle, Dunbartonshire (d. 1900)
  • 1830 Davis Tillson, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Rockland, Maine (d. 1895)
  • 1834 Lord Avebury [John Lubbock], British banker and politician, born in London (d. 1913)
  • 1846 Rosalie Amstein, writer
  • 1853 Alfred Berger, Austrian playwright, born in Vienna (d. 1912)
  • 1857 Eugen Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (d. 1940)
  • 1858 Mary Scott Lord Dimmick Harrison, 1st lady (1889-1893)
  • 1864 Frans Netscher, Dutch writer/journalist (Studies of nude model)
  • 1864 Juhan Liiv, Estonian poet (d. 1913)
  • 1865 Max Nettlau, German anarchist (d. 1944)
  • 1869 Hans Poelzig, German architect (d. 1936)
  • 1874 Cyriel Verschaeve, Belgian priest/writer
  • 1876 Orso Mario Corbino, Italian physicist (d. 1937)
  • 1877 Alice B. Toklas, American companion of Gertrude Stein (d. 1967)
  • 1882 Trijntje "Nine" van de Schaaf, author (To the Invisible)
  • 1888 John Crowe Ransom, US poet/critic (God Without Thunder)
  • 1891 Watze Cuperus, Frisian author (Swart mar leaflik)

Person of interestJoachim von Ribbentrop

1893 Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi foreign minister and war criminal, born in Wesel, Rhine Province, German Empire (d. 1946)

Foreign Minister of the German Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop
Foreign Minister of the German Reich
Joachim von Ribbentrop
  • 1895 Philippe Panneton, French Canadian physician, diplomat and writer (d. 1960)
  • 1896 Hans List, Austrian inventor (d. 1996)
  • 1896 Anandamayi Ma [Nirmala Sundari], Indian spiritual leader, born in Kheora, British India (now Bangladesh)
  • 1899 Jannetje Fisherman-Roosendaal, author (regional novels)
  • 1901 Simon Kuznets, Ukrainian-born economist, Nobel laureate (d. 1985)

Person of interestJohn Peters Humphrey

1905 John Peters Humphrey, Canadian jurist and human rights advocate (Universal Declaration on Human Rights), born in Hampton, New Brunswick (d. 1995)

  • 1908 Bjarni Benediktsson, Icelandic foreign and later prime minister (d. 1970)
  • 1909 Juliana, Queen of Netherlands (1948-80)
  • 1909 F. E. McWilliam [Frederick Edward], Northern-Irish surrealist sculptor (Four Seasons Group), born in Banbridge, County Down (d. 1992)
  • 1911 John-Baptist J Walgrave, [Henricus/Humanus], Flemish, theologist
  • 1911 Luise Rinser, German writer (Prison Journal), born in Pitzling, Bavaria (d. 2002)
  • 1912 Manuel Gutierrez Mellado, soldier/politician
  • 1913 Bernard Charles Sendall, deputy director general (ITA)
  • 1913 Edith Fowke, folklorist
  • 1916 Claude Shannon, information theorist
  • 1916 Dugo D Schenker, Suriname/Antillian producer
  • 1919 Valeer [Valerius V] van Kerkhove, Flemish writer/producer
  • 1921 Roger Easton, American scientist & inventor (GPS), born in Craftsbury, Vermont (d. 2014)
  • 1923 George Byatt, playwright
  • 1923 Joseph Howze, American Roman Catholic bishop, 1st African American Bishop to be appointed in 20th century, born in Daphne, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1926 Edmund Cooper, UK, sci-fi author (Seed of Light, All Fool's Day)
  • 1928 Hugh Hood, Canadian author (d. 2000)
  • 1930 Raoul de Keyser, [Dekeyser], Flemish painter
  • 1931 William L [Bill] Clay, (Rep-D-MO, 1969- )
  • 1938 Larry [Van Cott] Niven, American sci-fi author (5 Hugo, Neutron Star)
  • 1939 Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of Dutch Princess Margriet
  • 1941 Joseph "Coke" Escovedo, Mexican-American percussionist (Santana, Malo, Azteca), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1986)
  • 1943 Robert L Livingston, (Rep-R-Louisiana, 1977- )
  • 1943 Frederick Chiluba, former Zambian president (1991-2001)
  • 1944 Richard Shoff, rocker (Sandpipers)
  • 1945 Annie Dillard, American writer (An American Childhood)
  • 1945 Claude van de Berge, [Rony MF Pauwels], Flemish writer (Graph Theory)
  • 1945 Michael J Smith, Beaufort NC, Cmdr USN, astr (51L-Challenger disaster)
  • 1945 Mike Beacon, rocker (Ox)
  • 1945 Mimi Farina, rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind)
  • 1946 Karl XVI Gustav F H, King of Sweden (1973- )
  • 1947 Robert Scott, (Rep-D-Virginia)
  • 1947 Mats Odell, Swedish politician
  • 1947 Tom Køhlert, Brondby IF coach

Person of interestAntónio Guterres

1949 António Guterres, 114th Prime Minister of Portugal (1995-2002) and 9th Secretary-General of the United Nations (2017-), born in Lisbon, Portugal

PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres
PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations
António Guterres
  • 1952 Tom Pesek, PC programmer (creator of HAL 9000 program)
  • 1955 Dimitra Papandreau, Greece, wife of Greek PM Andreas Papandreau
  • 1955 Nicolas Hulot, French journalist
  • 1957 Duane G Carey, American major USAF/astronaut, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1957 Aviva Chomsky, American historian, daughter of Noam Chomsky

Person of interestStephen Harper

1959 Stephen Harper, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada (2006-15), born in Toronto, Ontario

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • 1959 W. Thomas Smith, Jr, American author and columnist
  • 1960 Kerry Healey, American politician
  • 1960 David Miscavige, American cult leader

Person of interestTony Fernandes

1964 Tony Fernandes, Malaysian businessman (AirAsia), born in Kuala Lumpur

Entrepreneur Tony Fernandes
Tony Fernandes
  • 1970 Ken Stanton, American Radio Personality
  • 1971 John Boyne, Irish novelist
  • 1971 Darren Emerson, English DJ (Underworld)
  • 1977 Jeannie Haddaway, American politician
  • 1987 Nikki Webster, Australian entertainer
  • 1988 Molloko, 1st California condor chick conceived in captivity, born in San Diego Zoo, California
  • 1997 Ayaan Chawla, Indian entrepreneur

Weddings in History

  • 1290 Joan of Acre (18), daughter of Edward I marries (1) Gilbert de Clare, Duke of Hertford at Westminster Abbey.

LoveWedding of Interest

1937 General Douglas MacArthur (57) marries 2nd wife Jean Faircloth

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur

LoveWedding of Interest

1961 Lee Harvey Oswald marries Marina Prusakova in Minsk USSR

Former Soldier and Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
Former Soldier and Assassin
Lee Harvey Oswald

LoveWedding of Interest

1990 Game show host Alex Trebek (49) weds real-estate mogul Jean Currivan (27) at the Regency Club in Los Angeles

Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek

Deaths in History

  • 65 Lucan, Roman poet (b. 39)
  • 313 Gaius G V Maximus, [Daia], Emperor of Rome, dies
  • 535 Amalaswintha, queen of Ostrogoten, murdered
  • 1030 Mohammud van Ghazna, Turkish mayor (G'widen)/Islamic ruler, dies
  • 1063 Emperor Renzong of China (b. 1010)
  • 1131 Adjutor, Roman Catholic Saint
  • 1196 Boudouin II, bishop of Utrecht (1178-96), dies
  • 1214 Huguccio/Hugo van Pisa, Italian bishop, dies
  • 1328 ... Eckhard, German theologist/mystic, dies
  • 1341 John III, Duke of Brittany, dies at 55
  • 1439 Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, English military leader (b. 1382)
  • 1524 Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard, French soldier (b. 1473)
  • 1544 Thomas Audley, 1st Baron Audley of Walden, Lord Chancellor of England
  • 1632 Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly, Holy Roman field marshal who commanded the Catholic League's forces in the Thirty Years' War, dies of tetanus after being wounded by a cannonball at 73

Person of interestSigismund III Vasa

1632 Sigismund III Vasa, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (1587-1632) and King of Sweden (1592-99), dies at 65

  • 1642 Dmitry Pozharsky, Russian prince (b. 1578)
  • 1655 Eustache Le Sueur, French painter (b. 1617)
  • 1660 Peter Scriverius, Dutch lawyer/historian, dies at 84
  • 1696 Robert Plot, English naturalist, dies at 55
  • 1708 Simon de Vries, book seller/writer (Unequal), dies
  • 1712 Philippus van Limborch, remonstrants theologist/vicar, dies at 78
  • 1736 Johann Albert Fabricius, German classical scholar and bibliographer (b. 1668)
  • 1743 Pedro de Peralta y Barnuevo, Peruvian poet (Obras Dramaticas), dies at 79
  • 1784 Franz K earl von Velbruck, German free mason, dies
  • 1785 Frederick Philipse III, American land owner (Bronx, Westch & Putnam), dies at 65
  • 1792 John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, British statesman who claimed to have invented the sandwich, dies at 73
  • 1795 Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer and numismatist (b. 1716)
  • 1800 John H Midderigh, Rotterdam patriot, dies at 46
  • 1829 George Washington Adams, son of John Q Adams, dies on City Is NYC
  • 1841 Peter Andreas Heiberg, Danish author and philologist (b. 1758)
  • 1847 Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen, dies at 75
  • 1848 Friedrich Freiherr Gagern, German/Dutch army commandant, dies at 53
  • 1857 Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh, dies at 81
  • 1859 Sergey Aksakov, Russian writer (Chronicles of a Russian Family), dies at 67
  • 1865 Robert Fitzroy, English admiral and scientist, dies at 59
  • 1875 Jean Frederic Waldeck, French explorer, lithographer, and cartographer (b. 1766)
  • 1879 Emma Smith, Inaugural President of the Women's Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 74

Person of interestEdouard Manet

1883 Édouard Manet, French impressionist painter (Olympia, The Luncheon on the Grass) dies at 51

Impressionist painter Edouard Manet
Impressionist painter
Edouard Manet
  • 1885 J. P. [Jens Peter] Jacobsen, Danish writer (Niels Lyhne), dies of tuberculosis at 38
  • 1895 Gustav Freytag, writer, dies at 78
  • 1900 Casey Jones, American railroad engineer, dies at 36 heroically in Cannonball Express train wreck
  • 1903 Emily Stowe, Canadian physician and suffragist (b.1831)
  • 1922 David M Chumaceiro, Curacaos poet, dies
  • 1933 Luis Sanchez Cerro, President of Peru, assassinated by Hurtado de Mendoza
  • 1934 William H. Welch, American pathologist who founded John Hopkins Hospital, dies at 75
  • 1936 A. E. Housman, English poet (A Shropshire Lad), dies at 77
  • 1942 Jakob van Hoddis [[Hans Davidsohn]], German Jewish poet, transported to German concentration camp at 54 (actual date of death unknown)
  • 1943 Beatrice Potter Webb, British sociologist, economist ( founded London School of Economics) and writer (My Apprenticeship), dies at 85
  • 1943 Etty Hillesum, Dutch diarist, dies in Auschwitz
  • 1943 Otto Jespersen, Danish linguist, dies at 82
  • 1944 Paul Poiret, French couturier, the most fashionable dress designer of pre-World War I, dies at 65

Person of interestAdolf Hitler

1945 Adolf Hitler, German Dictator (1936-45), commits suicide at 56

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1945 Eva Braun, German mistress/wife of Hitler, commits suicide at 33
  • 1956 Alben W Barkley, (VP-D-1949-53), dies at 78
  • 1970 Jacob Presser, historian/writer (Doom, Ondergang), dies at 71
  • 1971 Elmo Roper, pollster (Roper Poll), dies at 70
  • 1972 Ntare V, king of Burundi, murdered
  • 1973 Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator (b. 1911)
  • 1980 Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet, journalist, and politician (b. 1898)
  • 1981 Peter Huchel, German poet, dies at 78
  • 1982 Albert TLCA Bird, lecture artist, dies
  • 1982 Herman Tholen, Dutch cabaret performer (Juveniles), dies
  • 1982 Taisen Deshimaru, founder of several Zen centers in France, dies at 67
  • 1989 Sergio Leone, Italian director who invented spaghetti westerns (The Man with No Name trilogy), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1989 Yi, Bang-ja, Crown Princess of Korea (b. 1901)
  • 1991 George Sperti, American inventor (Preparation H), dies at 91
  • 1992 Daan van Driel, Dutch cartoonist/WWII resist fighter (Trouw), dies
  • 1994 Ferdinando Scarfiotti, Italian set designer (Last Emperor), dies at 53
  • 1994 Geoffery Michael Roberts, vintner, dies at 46
  • 1994 Richard McClure Scarry, US kid book illustrator/writer, dies at 74
  • 1995 Reinaldo de Carvalho, carnival king, dies at 34
  • 1996 David Michael Ifshin, British political campaign organiser, dies at 46
  • 1996 Frank Henry Copplestone, TV executive, dies at 71
  • 1996 Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro, President of Guatemala (1966-70), dies
  • 1998 Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)
  • 2002 Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, founder of the Gründerzeit Museum in Berlin-Mahlsdorf. (b. 1928)
  • 2003 Mark Berger, University of Kentucky professor (b. 1955)
  • 2005 Ron Todd, TGWU General Secretary (1985 - 1992) (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Lawrence Patrick, Biomechanics Professor, crash test subject
  • 2006 Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesian novelist
  • 2007 Jara Ribnikar, Serbian writer, dies at 94
  • 2008 John Cargher, Australian radio broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • 2009 Venetia Burney [Phair], British woman credited with naming Clyde Tombaugh's discovered planet "Pluto" (1930), dies at 90
  • 2010 Gerry Ryan, Irish radio broadcaster (b. 1956)
  • 2011 Dorjee Khandu, Indian, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh (b. 1955)
  • 2016 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), dies at 94
  • 2016 Marisol (Maria Sol) Escobar, Venezuelan sculptor, dies at 85
  • 2017 Ueli Steck, Swiss mountain climber, dies in a climbing accident in Nepal at 40