On This Day

On This Day in History for December 20

Events in History

  • 69 General Vespasian's troops occupy Rome after defeating the Emperor Vitellius
  • 1046 Pope Gregory VI abdicates at the Council of Sutri, ending a conflict between himself, Benedict IX and Sylvester III; Clement II becomes the new Pope

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1192 Richard the Lionhearted captured in Vienna

  • 1448 Pope Nicholas V appoints Rudolf of Diepholt, Bishop of Utrecht, as cardinal

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1522 Suleiman the Magnificent accepts surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually settle in Malta and become known as the Knights of Malta.

Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
Ottoman Sultan
Suleiman the Magnificent
  • 1585 English fleet & Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, reach Vlissingen
  • 1606 The English colonial expedition to America, consisting of the ships Discovery, Godspeed and Susan Constant, departs Blackwall, London to found Jamestown, Virginia

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1626 Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II and Prince of Transylvania Gabor Bethlen sign Peace of Pressburg (Bratislava)

Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II
Holy Roman Emperor
Ferdinand II
  • 1661 Corporation Act enforced in England
  • 1669 1st jury trial in Delaware; Marcus Jacobson condemned for insurrection & sentenced to flogging, branding & slavery
  • 1688 Prince William of Orange's troops arrive in London

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1699 Russian Tsar Peter the Great ordered Russian New Year changed from Sept 1 to Jan 1

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great

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1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie's army reaches the river Esk

Pretender to the British throne Bonnie Prince Charlie
Pretender to the British throne
Bonnie Prince Charlie
  • 1780 Britain declares war on Holland

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1790 1st successful US cotton mill begins spinning yarn in Pawtucket, Rhode Island built by Samuel Slater based on Richard Arkwright's design

Industrialist and Inventor Richard Arkwright
Industrialist and Inventor
Richard Arkwright
  • 1803 French flag lowered in New Orleans to mark the formal transfer of the Louisiana Purchase from France to USA for $27M

Historic PublicationRumpelstiltskin

1812 "Grimm's Fairy Tales" or "Children's and Household Tales" by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm is first published

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Illustration from Andrew Lang's The Blue Fairy Book (1889)
Illustration from Andrew Lang's The Blue Fairy Book (1889)
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  • 1820 Missouri imposes a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried men aged between 21 & 50
  • 1830 Great Britain, France, Prussia, Austria and Russia recognize Belgium
  • 1850 Hawaiian post office established
  • 1860 South Carolina declared an "independent commonwealth" and secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1861 Battle of Dranesville, VA
  • 1862 -Dec 20th] Battle of Kelly's Ford, VA
  • 1862 -Jan 3rd] Vicksburg campaign
  • 1862 Confederate raid on Union supplies at Holly Springs, Mississippi

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1862 Confederate Army Brigadier General Nathan Bedford Forrest occupies Trenton, Kentucky (US Civil War)

Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest
Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard
Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • 1864 -Dec 27th] Battle of Ft Fisher, NC
  • 1865 De Clear-Alkmaar railway opens

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1879 Thomas Edison privately demonstrated incandescent light at Menlo Park

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • 1880 Battle at Bronker's Spruit, Transvaal: Farmers beat Britten
  • 1880 NY's Broadway lit by electricity, becomes known as "Great White Way"
  • 1883 Intl cantilever railway bridge opens at Niagara Falls
  • 1891 Strongman Louis Cyr withstands pull of 4 horses
  • 1892 Pneumatic automobile tire patented, Syracuse, NY
  • 1893 1st state anti-lynching statute approved, in Georgia
  • 1900 Giacobini discovers a comet (will be 1st comet visited by spacecraft)
  • 1906 Venezuela (under vice-pres Gomez) attacks Dutch fleet
  • 1907 Explosion at Yolande Alabama, coal mine kills 91
  • 1912 J Hartley Manners' "Peg O' My Heart" premieres in NYC
  • 1912 Paul Claudels "L'Annonce Faite à Marie" premieres in Paris
  • 1915 Russian troops overrun Qom, Persia
  • 1915 Final withdraw of all allied troops from Anzac Cove

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1917 Cheka formed - Soviet state security force and forerunner to the KGB, under Felix Dzerzhinsky after decree by Lenin

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 1917 A second nationwide referendum on military conscription is rejected by the Australian public

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1918 Eugene O'Neill's "Moon of the Caribees" premieres in NYC

Playwright Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
  • 1918 The Allies turn their attention to Bolshevik expansion in the East, landing troops in Crimea and Latvia
  • 1919 Canadian National Railways established (N America's longest, 50,000 KM)
  • 1919 US House of Representatives restricts immigration
  • 1922 14 republics form Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (USSR)
  • 1922 Polish parliament selects Stanislaw Wojcieckowski as president

BattleCoup d'état

1924 Adolf Hitler freed from jail early, having served only nine months of five-year sentence for "Beer Hall Putsch"

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

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1926 Pope Pius XI convicts fascist pursuit in Italy

259th Pope Pius XI
259th Pope
Pius XI
  • 1926 Sidney Howard's "Silver Cord" premieres in NYC
  • 1928 1st international dogsled mail leaves Minot, Maine for Montreal, Quebec
  • 1928 Ethel Barrymore Theater opens at 243 W 47th St NYC
  • 1929 Mount Davidson dedicated as a San Francisco city park
  • 1933 Bolivia & Paraguay sign cease fire
  • 1935 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Ad Catholici Sacerdotii
  • 1939 Radio Australia begins overseas shortwave service
  • 1941 Free France under adm Muselier occupies St-Pierre et Miquelon
  • 1941 Japanese troops land on Mindanao, Philippines
  • 1941 World War II: First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China.
  • 1942 1st Japanese bombing of Calcutta
  • 1944 Archbishop De Young & bishop Huibers condemn black market
  • 1944 Battle of Bastogne: Nazis surround 101st Airborne (NUTS!)
  • 1944 Bishop forbids membership of non Catholic unions

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1944 Terence Rattigan's "O Mistress Mine" premieres in London

Playwright Terence Rattigan
Terence Rattigan
  • 1945 Rationing of auto tires ends in US
  • 1948 Second Chamber accept 2nd Police Action in Indonesia
  • 1951 Walter Zinn's Experimental Breeder Reactor I, the first nuclear reactor to produce electric power, goes live at the Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • 1955 Cardiff is proclaimed the capital city of Wales
  • 1956 Military coup under colonel Simbolon in Sumatra
  • 1956 Montgomery, Alabama removes race-based seat assignments on its buses
  • 1959 Jasu Patel takes 9-69, India v Australia at Kanpur
  • 1960 Auschwitz commandant Richard Bar arrested in German FR
  • 1960 The National Liberation Front, better known as the Viet Cong, is officially formed in South Vietnam
  • 1963 Berlin Wall opens for 1st time to West Berliners
  • 1963 Massemba-Debate elected President of Congo-Brazzaville
  • 1963 Trial against 21 camp guards of Auschwitz begins
  • 1964 Levi Eshkol forms 12th Israeli government
  • 1966 Nuclear Planning Group forms in Brussels
  • 1966 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1967 474,300 US soldiers in Vietnam
  • 1968 The Zodiac Killer kills Betty Lou Jenson and David Faraday in Vallejo, California.
  • 1968 The People's Democracy (PD) announce that its members will undertake a protest march from Belfast to Derry beginning 1 January 1969
  • 1970 Edward Gierek succeeds Wladyslaw Gomulka as Poland's communist party leader
  • 1971 Pakistan president Yahya Khan resigns

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1971 First preview issue of "Ms" magazine is published in the US launched by Gloria Steinem

Journalist Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem

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1972 Neil Simons "Sunshine Boys" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1972 Five civilians (four Catholics, one Protestant) killed in gun attack on the Top of the Hill Bar in Derry, North Ireland
  • 1973 Dutch Antillean government of Evertsz forms
  • 1974 Ethiopia becomes socialist one-party state
  • 1975 Joe Walsh recruited to join Eagles

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1975 Pope Paul VI named J Willebrands archbishop of Utrecht

Pope Paul VI
Paul VI

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1976 Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin resigns

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
  • 1977 1st Space walk made by Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Grechko during Salyut 6 EO-1 mission
  • 1977 RAF -terrorist Knut Folkerts sentenced to 20 years

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1978 H. R. Haldeman, Nixon's White House Chief of Staff released from jail

Nixon's White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman
Nixon's White House Chief of Staff
H. R. Haldeman
  • 1980 USSR formally announces death of Alexei Kosygin
  • 1981 Browns set team records for most fumbles (9) & most turnovers (10)

Birthdays in History

  • 1494 Oronce Finé, French mathematician & cartographer, born in Briançon, France (d. 1555)
  • 1537 John III, King of Sweden (1568-92), born in Östergötland, Sweden (d. 1592)
  • 1566 Edward Wightman, English radical Anabaptist, born in Burton upon Trent (d. 1612)
  • 1579 John Fletcher, Jacobean playwright, born in Rye, United Kingdom
  • 1626 Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff, German statesman, born in Herzogenaurach, Germany (d. 1692)
  • 1629 Pieter de Hoogh, Dutch Golden Age painter, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1684)
  • 1659 Francois Fagel, Dutch lawyer & statesman, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1746)
  • 1717 Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat, born in Dijon, France (d. 1787)
  • 1792 Nicolas Charlet, French painter, born in Paris, France (d. 1845)
  • 1807 Richard Lucian Page, US Navy officer (Confederate Army), born in Clarke County, Virginia (d. 1901)
  • 1808 Thomas Tinsley Craven, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1887)
  • 1813 Samuel Jordan Kirkwood, American politician (Gov-Iowa)/US Sect of Interior (1881-82), born in Harford Country, Maryland (d. 1894)
  • 1819 John Geary, American lawyer & politician (1st SF postmaster; 1st mayor), born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania (d. 1873)
  • 1825 Romeyn Beck Ayres, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Manheim, New York (d. 1888)
  • 1833 Samuel Mudd, American physician (imprisoned for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth), born in Charles Country, Maryland (d. 1883)
  • 1838 Edwin Abbott Abbott, English schoolmaster & theologian (Flatland), born in Marylebone, United Kingdom (d. 1926)
  • 1841 Ferdinand Buisson, French academic & pacifist (Nobel Peace Prize 1927), born in Paris, France (d. 1932)
  • 1858 Jan Toorop, Dutch-Indonesian painter (3 Brides), born in Purworejo Regency, Indonesia (d. 1928)
  • 1859 Antonius Derkinderen, Dutch painter & artist, born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 1925)
  • 1861 Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian painter, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (d. 1926)
  • 1865 Maud Gonne, English-born Irish revolutionary, born in Tongham, United Kingdom (d. 1953)
  • 1865 Elsie De Wolfe, American socialite and interior decorator, born in NYC, New York (d. 1950)

Person of interestHarvey Firestone

1868 Harvey Firestone, American industrialist and founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company ("where the rubber meets the road"), born in Columbiana, Ohio (d. 1938)

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone
  • 1870 Pieter Cornelis Boutens, Dutch poet, classicist, and mystic (Voices, Carmina), born in Middelburg, Netherlands
  • 1873 Kan'ichi Asakawa, Japanese historian, writer, and peace activist, born in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan (d. 1948)
  • 1875 T. F. Powys, British novelist & short-story writer (Captain Patch, Goat Green), born in Shirley, Derbyshire
  • 1876 J. Van Oudshoorn [Jan Koos Feylbrief], Dutch writer (Maze of Senses), born in the Hague, Netherlands
  • 1876 Walter Sydney Adams, American astronomer, born in Antioch, Turkey

Person of interestRobert Menzies

1894 Robert Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (United Australia Party: 1939-41, Liberal: 1949-66) and its longest-serving, born in Jeparit, Victoria (d. 1978)

12th Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies
12th Australian Prime Minister
Robert Menzies
  • 1895 Susanne Langer, American philosopher & educator (Philosophy in a New Key), born in Manhattan, New York City
  • 1899 John Sparkman, American politician (Sen-D-Alabama 1946-79, Rep-D-Alabama 1937-46), born in Hartselle, Alabama (d. 1985)
  • 1901 Louis Kahn, American architect (Salk Institute), born in Pärnu, Estonia [or Feb 20]
  • 1901 Robert Van de Graaff, American engineer & physicist (Mobility of Gaseous Ions), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 1902 Max Lerner, American journalist & educator (NY Post), born in Minsk, Russia (d. 1992)
  • 1902 Sidney Hook, American philosopher (Paradoxes of Freedom), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1902 George Edward Alexander Windsor, Duke of Kent, born in York Cottage, United Kingdom (d. 1942)
  • 1904 Hans Burkhardt, Swiss-American abstract artist, born in Basel, Switzerland
  • 1906 Dick White, British intelligence officer (Director General of MI5 1953–1956; Head of the Secret Intelligence Service 1956–1968), born in Tonbridge, Kent
  • 1906 Irving Krick, American meteorologist & inventor, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1908 Francis Turner, American civil engineer (oversaw the Interstate Highway System), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1909 Vakkom Majeed, Indian freedom fighter & politician, born in the Kingdom of Travancore (d. 2000)
  • 1911 Hortense Calisher, American novelist (Arts & Letters 1967), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916 Michel Chartrand, French-Canadian union activist, born in Outremont, Quebec
  • 1917 David Bohm, American physicist, philosopher, and neuropsychologist, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Bob de Moor, Belgian comics creator & artist (Kuifje, Lion of Flanders), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • 1926 David Levine, American artist (New York Review of Books caricatures), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Otto Graf Lambsdorff, German politician (Free Democratic Party), born in Aachen, Germany
  • 1926 Geoffrey Howe, British politician (Chancellor and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher), born in Aberavon, Glamorganshire (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Kim Young-sam, South Korean politician and democratic activist (President of South Korea 1993-98), born in Geojedo, Geoje, South Korea (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Milan Panić, Serbian-American politician and humanitarian, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1933 Jean Carnahan, US politician and writer (Missouri, Senator 2001–2002), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1939 Dianne Arndt, artist/photographer
  • 1941 Frank Creton, Suriname/Neth painter
  • 1944 Gernot Wolfgruber, Austrian writer, born in Gmünd, Lower Austria

Person of interestUri Geller

1946 Uri Geller, Israeli magician and psychic known for bending forks, born in Tel Aviv, Israel

Psychic, illusionist Uri Geller
Psychic, illusionist
Uri Geller

Person of interestDick Wolf

1946 Dick Wolf, American television series creator (Miami Vice, Law & Order), born in NYC, New York

Crime Drama TV Producer Dick Wolf
Crime Drama TV Producer
Dick Wolf
  • 1949 Soumaïla Cissé, Malian politician, born in Timbuktu, Mali
  • 1951 Peter May, Scottish novelist and scriptwriter, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1954 Sandra Cisneros, American writer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1955 Sammy Mitchell, US programmer (Qedit/TSE/Semware)
  • 1956 Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Mauritanian 8th President of Mauritania (2009-present), born in Akjoujt, French West Africa
  • 1958 Steve Sailer, American political commentator
  • 1959 Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Prime Minister of Poland, born in Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland
  • 1960 Carolyn Seaward, Miss United Kingdom (1979), born in Devonshire, England
  • 1960 Nalo Hopkinson, Jamaican-born Canadian writer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1963 Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1966 Ed de Goey, Dutch soccer goalie (Feyenoord), born in Gouda, South Holland
  • 1976 Adam Powell, Welsh computer programmer and game designer (Neopets), born in Newport, Wales
  • 1976 Ramon Stoppelenburg, Dutch traveler and author, born in Leiden, Netherlands
  • 1989 Virgilio Falco, Italian politician

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

1832 Inventor William Henry Fox Talbot (32) weds Constance Mundy

Photography Pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot
Photography Pioneer
William Henry Fox Talbot

LoveWedding of Interest

1964 Fashion designer Ralph Lauren (25) weds Ricky Anne Loew-Beer in NYC, New York

Fashion Designer Ralph Lauren
Fashion Designer
Ralph Lauren

LoveWedding of Interest

1989 Business magnate Richard Branson (39) weds Joan Templeman in British Virgin Islands

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson

Deaths in History

  • 217 Pope Zephyrinus, Bishop of Rome (199-217)
  • 860 King Ethelbald of Wessex
  • 910 Alfonso III the Great, King of Leon, Galicia and Asturias, dies
  • 1022 Elvira Mendes, wife of Alfonso V of Castile (b. 996)
  • 1073 Domingo, Spanish monastery founder/abbot/saint, dies
  • 1355 Stefanus IX Uros IV Dusan, king (1331-46)/Serbia (1346-55), dies
  • 1494 Matteo Maria Boiardo, Italian poet
  • 1524 Thomas Linacre, English scholar and physician
  • 1590 Ambroise Paré, French physician (b. 1510)
  • 1632 Nicolas Antoine, French cath pastor who converted to Judaism, executed
  • 1676 John Galle, Flemish engraver and printer, dies at 76
  • 1679 Johan Maurits, Prince of Nassau-Siegen (Maurits House), dies at 75
  • 1708 Willem van Bemmel, Dutch painter and etcher, dies at 78
  • 1722 Kangxi Emperor of China, 4th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, dies at 68
  • 1723 Augustus Quirinus Rivinus, German physician and botanist, dies at 71
  • 1740 Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon, English military officer and statesman (b. 1675)
  • 1749 Pakubuwono II, susuhunan of Mataram Java, dies
  • 1768 Carlo Innocenzio Maria Frugoni, Italian poet (b. 1692)
  • 1768 Carlo Innocenzo Fragoni, Italian poet, dies at 76
  • 1798 Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, Dutch engraver/art collector, dies at 72

Person of interestSacagawea

1812 Sacagawea, Shoshone interpreter for the Lewis and Clark expedition, dies at 24

Interpreter and Guide Sacagawea
Interpreter and Guide
  • 1815 Giovanni Meli, Sicilian poet (Buccolica), dies at 75
  • 1856 Francesco Bentivegna, Italian revolutionary (b. 1820)
  • 1862 Robert Knox Scottish surgeon, anatomist and zoologist
  • 1875 Michail P Pogodin, Russian historian/writer (Povesti), dies at 75
  • 1876 Hannah Omish, at 12 is youngest ever hanged in US
  • 1921 Hans Hartwig von Beseler, German Colonel General, dies at 71
  • 1929 Emile Loubet, French premier (1892)/president (1899-1906), dies at 90
  • 1935 Martin O'Meara, Australian soldier (b. 1882)
  • 1936 Baron De Borchgrave, Belgian ambassador, murdered in Madrid

Person of interestErich Ludendorff

1937 Erich Ludendorff, German general during World War I, dies of liver cancer at 72

German WWI General Erich Ludendorff
German WWI General
Erich Ludendorff
  • 1938 Annie Armstrong, American missionary leader, dies at 88
  • 1939 Hans Langsdorff, German capt (Graaf Spee), commits suicide
  • 1941 Igor Severyanin, Russian poet (b. 1887)
  • 1944 Abbas Hilmi II, viceroy of Egypt (1892-1914), dies at 70
  • 1953 Henry Horatio Dixon, Irish Biologist (cohesion-tension theory in plants), dies at 84
  • 1954 James Hilton, English author (Lost Horizon), dies at 54
  • 1956 Ramon Carrillo, Argentine neuroscientist and Public Health minister (b. 1906)

Person of interestMoss Hart

1961 Moss Hart, American dramatist (You can't take it with you), dies at 57

Playwright Moss Hart
Moss Hart
  • 1961 Earle Page, eleventh Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1880)
  • 1965 Egon Freiherr von Eickstedt, German anthropologist (classified human into races), dies at 73

Person of interestJohn Steinbeck

1968 John Steinbeck, American author (Grapes of Wrath, Nobel Prize 1940, 1962), dies at 66

  • 1973 Luis Carrero Blanco, Prime Minister of Spain (1973), assassinated by ETA
  • 1976 Richard J Daley, American politician (38th Mayor-Chicago-D:1955-76), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 1989 Kurt Böhme, German bass, dies at 81
  • 1991 Andries D Copier, Dutch glass designer (Guild glass), dies
  • 1991 Fop[pe] I Brouwer, biologist (Everything That Lives & Grows), dies
  • 1991 Sam Rabin, speaker of house, dies at 88
  • 1991 Stephen Birnbaum, US tourism writer, dies at 54
  • 1991 Simone Beck, French chef (b. 1904)
  • 1993 W Edwards Deming, US economist (helped Japan after WW II), dies at 93
  • 1994 Dean Rusk, US Secretary of State (1961-69), dies at 85
  • 1994 J C "Jody" Bateman, fiddler, dies at 75
  • 1995 John Henry Jacques, co-operative retailer, dies at 90
  • 1996 Amata Kabua, President of Marshall Islands (1979-96), dies
  • 1996 Carl Sagan, American scientist, astronomer, author, (Contact), dies at 62
  • 1996 Roger Peacock, English writer (Thursday is missing, dies at 76
  • 1997 Denise Levertov, American poet and essayist (Joy Beneath the Skin), dies at 74
  • 1997 Vincent Ciccone, inventor (Blow-Pops candy), dies at 81
  • 1998 Chester P. Lyons, Canadian naturalist and author (b. 1915)
  • 1998 Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, British biophysicist (Nobel 1963), dies at 84
  • 2000 Mirza Ghulam Hafiz, Bangladesh statesman, politician, and philanthropist (b. 1920)
  • 2001 Léopold Sédar Senghor, Senegalese poet and 1st President of Senegal (1960-80), dies at 95
  • 2005 Maniam Moorthy, Malaysian climber
  • 2006 Shi Yuejun, Chinese serial killer
  • 2007 Nataline Sarkisyan, American medical patient (b. 1990)
  • 2009 Jack Hixon, English football talent scout (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Brian Hanrahan, British journalist (b. 1949)
  • 2010 James R. Mann, American attorney and politician (b. 1920)
  • 2017 Bernard Francis Law, Disgraced American cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church (1982-2002), dies at 86