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On This Day in History for December 15

Events in History

  • 533 Byzantine General Belisarius defeats the Vandals, under King Gelimer, at the Battle of Ticameron
  • 687 St Sergius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Conon
  • 1124 Chancellor Haimeric selects pope (Lamberto becomes Honorius II)
  • 1167 Sicilian chancellor Stephen du Perche moves the royal court to Messina to prevent a rebellion.
  • 1256 Hulagu Khan captures and destroys Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut, in present-day Iran, part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia
  • 1467 Stephen III of Moldavia defeats Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, with the latter being injured thrice, at the Battle of Baia

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1488 Bartolomeu Dias returns to Portugal after becoming 1st known European to sail round the Cape of Good Hope

Portuguese Explorer Bartolomeu Dias
Portuguese Explorer
Bartolomeu Dias
  • 1569 Hunted by Queen Elizabeth I for treason in "The Rising of the North", Charles Neville, Earl of Westmorland, escapes to Scotland.
  • 1582 Leidse university names Rembert Dodoens professor of botany and medicine

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1582 Spanish Netherlands, Denmark and Norway adopt the Gregorian calendar

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Pope Gregory XIII with the calendar that was to make his name
Pope Gregory XIII with the calendar that was to make his name
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  • 1586 Laevinus Torrentius, becomes bishop of Antwerp
  • 1593 State of Holland grants patent on windmill with a crankshaft
  • 1612 German Astronomer Simon Marius is 1st to observe Andromeda galaxy through a telescope
  • 1640 Duke of Braganca crowned King Johan IV of Portugal
  • 1660 Philippines: Andres Malongs rebels plunders Bagnotan
  • 1664 English colonize Connecticut
  • 1667 Brandenburg declares himself neutral in Devolutie War
  • 1680 Tax revolt on Terschelling due to tax on cereal
  • 1688 Lord Delamere sides with King James II [NS 12/25]
  • 1745 Battle at Kesseldorf: Prussia beats Saksen & Austria
  • 1791 1st US law school established at University of Pennsylvania

USABill of Rights

1791 US Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gives its approval, becomes amendments 1-10 of the US constitution

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The bill of rights as it was created on September 25, 1789
The bill of rights as it was created on September 25, 1789
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  • 1792 1st life insurance policy issued in US (Philadelphia)
  • 1794 Revolutionary Tribunal abolished in France
  • 1810 1st Irish magazine in US, "Shamrock" published
  • 1820 1st General pharmacopoeia in US published, Boston
  • 1836 Patent Office burns in Washington, D.C.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1840 Napoleon Bonaparte receives a French state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1854 1st street-cleaning machine in US 1st used in Philadelphia
  • 1859 GR Kirchoff describes chemical composition of the Sun
  • 1863 Skirmish at Bean's Station, Tennessee (Knoxville Campaign)
  • 1863 Romania's mountain railway, from Anina to Oravita, opens
  • 1864 Battle of Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1864 Raid on Stoneman: Abingdon & Glade Springs, Virginia
  • 1868 Shogunate rebels found Ezo Republic in Hokkaidō
  • 1874 1st reigning king to visit US is the King of Hawaii, received by President Grant
  • 1899 Battle at Colenso, South Africa (Boers-British army)
  • 1902 German agricultural tariffs are increased
  • 1903 NY Wall Street vendor Italo Marchiony [Marcioni] granted patent for a mound for making ice cream cones
  • 1905 The Pushkin House is established in St. Petersburg to preserve the cultural heritage of Alexander Pushkin
  • 1907 In Persia, the Shah leads a coup de'etat against the liberal Prime Minister Nasir ul-Mulk and imprisons him, but a popular uprising forces the Shah to restore Nasir ul-Mulk soon after
  • 1913 Nicaragua becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty
  • 1914 Battle of Lodz ends; Russians retreat toward Moscow
  • 1914 British fleet forfeits chance to destroy German fleet in North Sea
  • 1914 Serbian troops retake Belgrade in Austria-Hungary
  • 1916 Battle of Verdun: French launch major offensive against German lines after a six-day artillery bombardment
  • 1917 Moldavian Republic declares independence from Russia
  • 1917 World War I: An armistice is reached between the new Russian Bolshevik government and the Central Powers.
  • 1918 American Jewish Congress holds its 1st meeting
  • 1919 Edna St Vincent Millay's "Aria da Capo" premieres in NYC
  • 1919 Fiume (Rijeka) declares it's Independence
  • 1922 IVVV (association) peace congress on war forms in Hague
  • 1925 1st road with a depressed trough (Texas) opens to traffic
  • 1926 Fascist national symbol elevated in Italy
  • 1927 William Edward Hickman kidnaps 12 year-old Marion Parker in Los Angeles, whom he later kills
  • 1929 Swiss pilot Walter Mittelholzer is the first to fly over Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • 1934 Fokker F18 Snip flies to the Dutch West Indies
  • 1936 KVL-AM in Seattle Washington changes call letters to KEEN (now KING)
  • 1938 Groundbreaking begins for Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • 1939 1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn in Seaford, Delaware
  • 1939 Snip departs for 1st flight to Paramaribo and Curacao
  • 1941 Gas/electrical use restricted in Holland
  • 1941 German submarine U-127 sinks

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1941 Nazi's transfers 100 Czech citizens, Heinrich Himmler falls faint

Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS
Heinrich Himmler
  • 1941 North Africa: allied assault up Italians Gazala-posing
  • 1941 USS Swordfish becomes 1st US sub to sink a Japanese ship
  • 1941 The American Federation of Labor adopts a no-strike policy in war industries.
  • 1942 Massachusetts issues 1st US vehicular license plate tabs
  • 1944 Hizbu'allah (Arm forces for Allah) forms

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1944 US Congress gives General Eisenhower his 5th star

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1944 US troops land on Mindoro
  • 1945 John J "Cardinal" O'Connor, ordained as a priest
  • 1948 Former state department official Alger Hiss indicted in NYC for perjury

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1949 Albert Camus' play "The Just Assassins" ("Les Justes") premieres in Paris

Author Albert Camus
Albert Camus
  • 1950 NYC's Port Authority opens
  • 1952 Christine Jorgenson is the first known American to undergo a sex-change operation

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

1952 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Orientales Ecclesias

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • 1954 Fordham University scraps football team for financial reasons
  • 1954 Netherlands Antilles becomes co-equal part of Kingdom of Netherlands
  • 1956 Emergency crisis in North Ireland proclaimed after IRA strikes

Execution'The Banality of Evil'

1961 Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death for war crimes in Israel

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Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann sits in the dock at his 1961 trial in Jerusalem
Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann sits in the dock at his 1961 trial in Jerusalem
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1961 JFK visits Puerto Rico

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1961 L J Suenens appointed archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels
  • 1964 1st time 4 people in space
  • 1964 Canada's House of Commons votes 163 to 78 to approve the red Maple Leaf Flag
  • 1965 3rd cyclone of year kills 15,000 at the mouths of the Ganges River in Bangladesh
  • 1965 Gemini 6 launched; makes 1st rendezvous in space (with Gemini 7)
  • 1965 Queen Juliana opens Zeeland Bridge to Oosterschelde
  • 1966 Audouin Dollfus discovers 10th satellite of Saturn, Janus
  • 1966 John W Mecom Jr becomes 1st owner of New Orlean Saints
  • 1967 The Silver Bridge collapses over the Ohio River in the US, killing 46 people
  • 1969 San Francisco Fire Department replaces leather helmets with plastic ones
  • 1970 South Korean ferry Namyong-Ho sinks in Strait of Korea, 308 killed
  • 1970 Soviet Venera 7 is 1st spacecraft to land on another planet (Venus)
  • 1970 Illinois State Constitution is adopted at a special election.
  • 1971 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1973 American Psychiatric Association declares homosexuality is not a mental illness
  • 1973 American kidnap victim John Paul Getty III freed after ransom paid by oil tycoon grandfather John Paul Getty
  • 1976 Oil tanker Argo Merchant runs aground on the Nantucket Shoals, spilling 7.6 m million gallons of fuel oil - one of the largest oil spills at sea
  • 1976 Jamaica premier Manley wins elections

Birthdays in History

Person of interestNero

37 Nero, 5th Emperor of Rome (54-68), born in Antium, Italy (d. 68)

Roman Emperor Nero
Roman Emperor
  • 1610 David Teniers the Younger, Flemish court painter (Theatrum Pictorium), born in Antwerp (d. 1690)
  • 1648 Gregory King, English statistician (Natural & Political Observations), born in Lichfield, England (d. 1712)
  • 1778 Godert van der Capellen, Dutch governor-general (Dutch-Indies), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1848)
  • 1786 Edward Coles, American anti-slavery advocate and politician (Governor of Illinois, 1822-26), born in Albemarle County, Virginia (d. 1868)
  • 1787 Charles Cowden Clarke, English editor and Shakespearean critic, born in Enfield, Middlesex, England (d. 1877)
  • 1793 Henry Charles Carey, American economist (Principles of Poli Economy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • 1802 Janos Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician (non-Euclidean geometry), born in Kolozsvár, Hungary (d. 1860)

Person of interestGustave Eiffel

1832 Gustave Eiffel, French engineer and architect who designed and built the Eiffel tower, born in Dijon, France (d. 1923)

Engineer and Architect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Architect
Gustave Eiffel
  • 1836 Edmond Picard, French-Belgian lawyer and writer (La forge Roussel), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1924)
  • 1848 Edwin Blashfield, American painter who decorated the dome of Library of Congress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1936)

Person of interestHenri Becquerel

1852 Henri Becquerel, French physicist who discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903), born in Paris, France (d. 1908)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Henri Becquerel
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Henri Becquerel
  • 1852 Muḥammad Tawfīq Pasha, Khedive of Egypt (1879-92), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1892)
  • 1853 Jean Baptiste August Kessler, Dutch entrepreneur and director of oil on Dutch Indies, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1900)
  • 1859 L. L. Zamenhof, Polish physician and linguist (Esperanto), born in Białystok, Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1917)
  • 1860 Niels Ryberg Finsen, Danish physician and phototherapist (Nobel 1903), born in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands (d. 1904)
  • 1861 Charles Duryea, American inventor (Duryea Motor Wagon Company, first auto built in the US), born in Canton, Illinois (d. 1938)
  • 1863 Arthur Dehon Little, American chemist (patented rayon), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1935)
  • 1870 Josef Hoffmann, Austrian architect, born in Brtnice, Moravia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1956)
  • 1875 Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary, born in Tondo, Manila (d. 1899)
  • 1876 Ferdinand Hardekopf, German writer and journalist, born in Varel, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1878 Hans Carossa, German writer, born in Tölz, Bavaria (d. 1956)
  • 1879 Hugo Willem Constantijn Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1939)
  • 1887 Pieter Geyl, Dutch historian (History of the Dutch Tribe), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • 1888 Artturi Leinonen, Finnish journalist and writer (Kati), born in Ylihärmä, Finland (d. 1963)

Person of interestMaxwell Anderson

1888 Maxwell Anderson, American dramatist (Winter Set, High Tor), born in Atlantic, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)

Playwright and Dramatist Maxwell Anderson
Playwright and Dramatist
Maxwell Anderson

Person of interestJ. Paul Getty

1892 J. Paul Getty, American oil magnate and billionaire (Getty Oil), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1976)

Industrialist J. Paul Getty
J. Paul Getty
  • 1896 Carl Ferdinand Cori, Czech-American bio-chemist (Nobel 1947-discovery of how glycogen (animal starch) – a derivative of glucose – is broken down and resynthesized in the body, for use as a store and source of energy), born in Prague (d. 1984)
  • 1896 George Cressey, American geographer (Asia's Lands & Peoples), born in Tiffin, Ohio (d. 1963)
  • 1896 Paul Citroen, Dutch sculptor, born in Berlin (d. 1983)
  • 1896 Betty Smith, American novelist (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)

Person of interestMiles Dempsey

1896 Miles Dempsey, British WWII general (XIII Corps, Second Army), born in New Brighton, Cheshire (d. 1969)

British WWII General Miles Dempsey
British WWII General
Miles Dempsey
  • 1900 Francesco Messina, Italian sculptor, born in Linguaglossa, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1902 Robert F. Bradford, American politician (57th Governor of Massachusetts), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1904 Kermit Bloomgarden, American producer (The Diary of Anne Frank, Music Man), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1904 William Hitzig, Austrian Maxwell physician, born in Austria (d. 1983)
  • 1907 Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect (Brasilia), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2012)
  • 1911 Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and comic strip writer (Rex Morgan, M.D.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1913 Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (The Book of the Dead), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1913 Rik Jacobs, Flemish stage manager, born in Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1985)
  • 1915 José Toribio Merino, Chilean admiral (one of the principal leaders of the 1973 Chilean coup d'état), born in La Serena, Chile (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-born English physicist (Nobel 1962-X-ray diffraction studies of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) proved crucial to the determination of DNA’s molecular structure by James D. Watson and Francis Crick), born in Pongaroa, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1917 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Pakistani Urdu linguist and writer, born in Delhi, British India (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Kurt Schaffenberger, American comics artist (Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane), born in Thuringian Forest, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1923 Freeman Dyson, American physicist (known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering), born in Crowthorne, Berkshire, England (d. 2020)
  • 1923 Uziel Gal, Israeli firearm designer (Uzi submachine gun), born in Weimar, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1923 Valentin Varennikov, Soviet-Russian general and statesman, born in Krasnodar, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (d. 2009)
  • 1928 Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian-born New Zealand artist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2000)
  • 1930 Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist and short story writer (Girl with Green Eyes, Casualties of Peace), born in Tuamgraney, County Clare, Ireland
  • 1933 Donald Woods, South African journalist, anti-apartheid activist and author (Biko, Asking for Trouble), born in Elliotdale, South Africa (d. 2001)
  • 1937 John Sladek, American sci-fi author (Tik-Tok, Bugs), born in Waverly, Iowa (d. 2000)
  • 1938 Dennis RB Madide, South African Internal minister of Transkei
  • 1943 Kathleen Blanco, American politician, 1st female Governor of Louisiana (2004-08), born in New Iberia, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Lucien den Arend, Dutch geometric abstract sculptor, born in Dordrecht, Netherlands

Person of interestChico Mendes

1944 Chico Mendes, Brazilian environmental activist and rubber tapper, born in Xapuri, Brazil (d. 1988)

Environmentalist Chico Mendes
Chico Mendes

Person of interestMichael King

1945 Michael King, New Zealand historian and author (Penguin History of New Zealand), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Historian and Author Michael King
Historian and Author
Michael King
  • 1947 Rodney Bingenheimer, American disc jockey, born in Mountain View, California
  • 1949 Ton Sijbrands, Dutch world checkers champion, born in Amsterdam
  • 1952 Julie Taymor, American director
  • 1953 J. M. DeMatteis, American comic book writer
  • 1954 Alex Cox, director (Repo Man)
  • 1957 Mike McAlary, American journalist (d. 1998)
  • 1961 Reginald Hudlin, director (House Party)
  • 1961 Karin Resetarits, Austrian journalist
  • 1963 Andrew Luster, Max Factor heir
  • 1968 Osama Ali Maher, Swedish politician
  • 1981 Creighton Lovelace, American Baptist minister

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

1875 Sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (41) weds Jeanne-Emilie Baheux Puysieux in Newport, Rhode Island

  • 1960 King Boudouin of Belgium marries dona Fabiola de Mora y Aragon

LoveWedding of Interest

1983 Author Roald Dahl (67) weds Liccy Crosland (45) at Brixton Town Hall in South London

Author Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl

Deaths in History

  • 1025 Basilius II, the Bulgarendoder, Byzantine emperor (976-1025), dies
  • 1072 Alp Arslan, Turkish sultan in Persia (b. 1029)
  • 1230 Ottokar I, king of Bohemia (1197-1230), dies
  • 1263 King Haakon IV of Norway (b. 1204)

Person of interestAfonso de Albuquerque

1515 Afonso de Albuquerque, Portuguese admiral, Duke of Goa and Viceroy of Portuguese India, dies at sea in sight of Goa at around 62

Admiral and Duke of Goa Afonso de Albuquerque
Admiral and Duke of Goa
Afonso de Albuquerque
  • 1576 Joachim Hopperus, Frisian lawyer and politician, dies at 53
  • 1598 Philip van Marnix, Flemish ruler of St Aldegonde/poet, dies at 58
  • 1621 Charles d'Albert, duc of Luynes, French courtier, favourite of Louis XIII and Constable of France, dies at 43
  • 1626 Adriaen de Vries, Dutch sculptor/painter, dies at about 70
  • 1673 Margaret Cavendish, English poet, playwright and philosopher (early science fiction work The Blazing World), dies at about 50

Person of interestJan Vermeer

1675 Jan Vermeer, Dutch painter (Girl with a Pearl Earring), dies at 43

Painter Jan Vermeer
Jan Vermeer
  • 1683 Izaak Walton, English biographer and author (The Compleat Angler), dies at 90
  • 1688 Gaspar Fagel, lawyer/Neth grand pensionary (1672-88), dies at 54
  • 1699 Henrik A van Reede tot Drakenstein, Dutch botanist, dies at about 63
  • 1712 Sidney 1st earl of Godolphine, English minister of Finance, dies at 67
  • 1715 George Hickes, English linguist (Old German Philology), dies at 73
  • 1753 Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, English architect, dies at 59

Person of interestAnthony Wayne

1796 Anthony Wayne, American Military Leader (Legion of the United States), dies of gout at 51

Military Leader Anthony Wayne
Military Leader
Anthony Wayne
  • 1816 Charles Stanhope, 3rd earl Stanhope, English radical politician and scientist, dies at 63
  • 1817 Maria Walewska [Leszczinska], lover of emperor Napoleon I, dies
  • 1826 William Browser, revolting slave, executed in NYC
  • 1831 Paulus Roelof Cantz'laar, Dutch naval officer and colonial governor, dies at 60
  • 1839 Matthijs I van Bree, Flemish court-painter, dies at 66
  • 1855 Jacques Charles François Sturm, French mathematician (b. 1803)
  • 1880 Carlo Boncompagni di Mombello, Italian minister of Justice, dies at 76
  • 1885 Ferdinand II, German prince of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha-Koháry and King of Portugal (1837-53), dies at 69
  • 1885 Robert Toombs, American lawyer and 1st Confederate States Secretary of State, dies at 75

Person of interestSitting Bull

1890 Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa-Sioux chief who helped led his people to victory in the Battle of the Little Big Horn, killed by US Police aged 58 or 59

Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull
Lakota Sioux Chief
Sitting Bull
  • 1896 John GR Acquoy, Dutch theologist/church historian, dies at 67
  • 1924 T. Frank Appleby, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives - (R) New Jersey, 1921-23), dies at 60
  • 1934 Maggie L. Walker, African-American teacher and businesswoman (1st female Bank President), dies at 69
  • 1946 Konrad Haebler, German historian (Hundert Kalenderinkunabeln), dies at 89
  • 1947 Arthur Machen, Welsh author (b. 1863)

Person of interestSardar Patel

1950 Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian freedom fighter and statesman, dies at 75

Indian Freedom Fighter and Politician Sardar Patel
Indian Freedom Fighter and Politician
Sardar Patel
  • 1951 Eric Drummond, British 1st Secretary-General of the League of Nations (1919-33), dies at 75
  • 1952 Potti Sreeramulu, Indian revolutionary known as the Father of Andhra for conducting a 56 day hunger strike in support of a separate Telugu-speaking state, fasts to death at 51, sparking rioting and 3 days later Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to declare an intention to form Andhra Pradesh state
  • 1958 Wolfgang Pauli, Swiss-American theoretical physicist (Pauli inhibition, Nobel 1945), dies at 58
  • 1968 Antonio J. Barrette, French Canadian politician, premier of Quebec, dies at 69
  • 1971 Paul Pierre Lévy, French mathematician (b. 1886)
  • 1977 Wilfred Kitching, the 7th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1893)
  • 1980 Rudolph Cleveringa, Dutch anti-nazi lawyer and professor of Law at Leiden University, dies at 86
  • 1984 Frank Spedding, Canadian Chemist whose uranium extraction process helped make possible the first atomic bomb, dies at 82
  • 1985 Forrest C. Shaklee, American chiropractor and founder (Shaklee Products), dies at 91
  • 1987 Septima Poinsette Clark, American educator and civil rights activist, dies at 89
  • 1994 Henry Phelps Brown, British historian and economist, dies at 88
  • 1995 Manuel Gutiérrez Mellado, Deputy Prime Minister of Spain (1976-81) and Minister of Defense (1977-79), dies at 83
  • 1996 Gerald Moverley, first Bishop of the Diocese of Hallam in Yorkshire, dies at 74
  • 1996 Guiseppe Dossetti, politician/priest, dies at 83
  • 1997 Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, Middle Eastern scholar, dies at 69
  • 2003 George Fisher, American political cartoonist (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Pauline Gore, mother of Al Gore (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Heinrich Gross, Austrian physician (b. 1914)
  • 2005 William Proxmire, American politician (Sen-D-WI, 1957-88), dies at 90
  • 2007 Julia Carson, U.S. Congresswoman from Indiana (b. 1938)
  • 2008 León Febres Cordero, Ecuador's former President (b. 1931)
  • 2009 Oral Roberts, American television evangelist and author (b. 1918)
  • 2010 Eugene Victor Wolfenstein, American political scientist (b. 1940)

Person of interestChristopher Hitchens

2011 Christopher Hitchens, English author and journalist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman) dies of oesophageal cancer aged 62

Author, Journalist and Orator Christopher Hitchens
Author, Journalist and Orator
Christopher Hitchens
  • 2013 Harold Camping, American evangelist and founder of Family Radio, dies at 92
  • 2017 Don Hogan Charles, American photographer and first African-American photographer hired by The New York Times, dies at 79