On This Day

On This Day in History for December 26

Events in History

  • 268 Saint Dionysius, Roman Pope (259-260), dies
  • 795 Leo III is elected to serve as Pope on the day his predecessor was buried and is consecrated the following day
  • 1198 French bishop Odo van Sully condemns Zottenfeest
  • 1481 Battle at Westbroek: Dutch army beats Utrecht

Victory in battleNew Settlement

1492 1st Spanish settlement La Navidad in the New World is founded by Christopher Columbus (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas in Haiti)

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1568 Uprising of Morisco's against suppression in Granada

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1606 First known performance of William Shakespeare's tragedy "King Lear" before the court of King James I at Whitehall, London

Playwright William Shakespeare
Playwright
William Shakespeare
King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI

MurderMurder of Interest

1620 Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Báthory's crimes and serial murders are uncovered

Most Prolific Female Serial Killer in History Elizabeth Báthory
Most Prolific Female Serial Killer in History
Elizabeth Báthory
  • 1659 Long Parliament reforms in Westminster
  • 1705 Fateh Singh (6) and Zorawar Singh (7), sons of Guru Gobind Singh, are murdered by Wazir Khan for refusing to convert to Islam; they are now among the most hallowed martyrs in Sikhism
  • 1748 France & Austria sign treaty about Southern Netherlands
  • 1773 Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1776 George Washington defeats Hessians at Battle of Trenton in American Revolutionary War

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1792 Trial of French King Louis XVI, court hears the kings defense brought by Raymond Desèze

King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI
  • 1793 Battle of Geisberg: French defeat Austrians.
  • 1799 George Washington is eulogized by Colonel Henry Lee as "1st in war, 1st in peace & 1st in hearts of his countrymen"

  • 1805 France & Austria signs Peace of Pressburg
  • 1805 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts established, Philadelphia
  • 1809 British invasionary troop leaves Vlissingen
  • 1811 A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable.
  • 1813 Zamose, Modlin, Torgau surrenders to allied armies
  • 1825 Decembrist uprising in Russia against Tsar Nicholas I begins [O.S. 14 December]
  • 1848 1st gold seekers arrive in Panama en route to San Francisco
  • 1848 William & Ellen Craft escape from slavery in Georgia
  • 1848 The Phi Delta Theta fraternity is founded at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
  • 1854 Wood-pulp paper 1st exhibited, Buffalo
  • 1860 Maiden voyage of 1st steamship owned by 1 man (C Vanderbilt)
  • 1860 Major Robert Anderson, under cover of darkness, concentrates his small force at Ft Sumter
  • 1862 -Dec 28th) Battle of Dumfries, Virginia
  • 1862 1st US navy hospital ship enters service
  • 1862 38 Santee Sioux Indians hanged in Mankato Minnesota, due to their uprising
  • 1865 James H Mason (Mass) patents 1st US coffee percolator
  • 1870 The 12.8-km long Fréjus Rail Tunnel through the Alps is completed.
  • 1872 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18")
  • 1877 Socialist Labor Party of North America holds 1st national convention
  • 1878 1st US store to install electric lights, Philadelphia

  • 1879 Johannes Brahms' "Tragic Ouverture" premieres
  • 1883 The Harbour Grace Affray between Irish Catholics and Protestant Orangemen causes five deaths in Newfoundland.
  • 1890 King Mwanga of Uganda signs contract with East Africa Company
  • 1899 Mafeking: Bathe-Powells failed assault up fort Game Tree: 24 killed
  • 1902 Most knock downs in a fight, Oscar Nelson (5) & Christy Williams (42)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1913 Ambrose Bierce’s last known communication, a letter to his close friend Blanche Partington

Writer & Satirist Ambrose Bierce
Writer & Satirist
Ambrose Bierce
  • 1914 US Government protests British interference with American merchant ships at sea, on the same day Germans announce they will treat food as contraband, subject to seizure; weakens America's protest
  • 1916 Joseph Joffre becomes marshal of France
  • 1917 US Federal government took over operation of American railroads for duration of WW I
  • 1918 After spending Christmas with American troops in France, Wilson goes to London for preliminary discussions about the forthcoming peace conference
  • 1925 1st East West football game at Ewing Park before 25,000 fans
  • 1925 The Communist Party of India is founded
  • 1928 World record 10th wicket stand 307 (Kippax / Hooker) NSW v Vic
  • 1933 US forswears armed intervention in Western Hemisphere
  • 1933 FM radio patent granted to American engineer Edwin Howard Armstrong
  • 1939 Earthquake in East Anatolia Turkey
  • 1939 Mine strikes in Borinage Brussels
  • 1940 JA Fields/J Chodorov's "My Sister Eileen," premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 Winston Churchill becomes first British Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of the US Congress, warning that Axis would "stop at nothing"

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1943 British sink German battle cruiser Scharnhorst

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943 Earl Claus von Stauffenberg vain with bomb to Hitlers headquarter

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

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1944 Battle of Bastogne: US General Patton's 3rd Army repulses Germans

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • 1944 Budapest surrounded by Soviet army

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1944 Tennessee Williams' play "Glass Menagerie" premieres in Chicago

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • 1945 CFP franc and CFA franc created
  • 1946 Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens (start of an era)
  • 1947 British transfer Heard & McDonald Islands (Indian Ocean) to Australia
  • 1947 Heavy snow blankets Northeast, buries NYC under 25.8" of snow in 16 hrs That same day, LA set a record high of 84°F
  • 1948 Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty arrested
  • 1954 "The Shadow" airs for last time on radio
  • 1955 RKO is 1st to announce sale of its film library to TV
  • 1963 US furnishes cereal to USSR
  • 1964 Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley claim last victim
  • 1965 "Funny Girl" based on the life of Fanny Brice, with Barbra Streisand closes on Broadway
  • 1966 Maulana Karenga establishes Kwanzaa (1st fruits of harvest) holiday
  • 1967 Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbands
  • 1968 Arab terrorists in Athens fire on El Al plane, kills 1
  • 1968 Jay Allens "Forty Carats" premieres in NYC
  • 1973 2 Skylab 3 astronauts walk in space for a record 7 hours
  • 1973 Soyuz 13 returns to Earth
  • 1975 1st supersonic transport service (USSR-Tupolev-144)
  • 1976 The Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist) is founded.
  • 1977 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 India's former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi is released from jail

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • 1979 Soviet Special forces take over presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • 1980 Aeroflot puts the Ilyushin Il-86 into service.
  • 1982 TIME's Man of the Year is a computer
  • 1982 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1983 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1986 Captured Iraqi Airways Boeing-737 in Saudi Arabia, about 60 killed
  • 1986 TV soap "Search for Tomorrow" ends 35 year run
  • 1988 Anti African student rebellion in Nanjing, China
  • 1989 Ballon d'Or: Milan's second straight 1-2-3; Dutch striker Marco van Basten wins his 2nd best football player in Europe title ahead of Franco Baresi and Frank Rijkaard

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Jack Ruby's gun sells for $220,000 in auction

Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald Jack Ruby
Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald
Jack Ruby
  • 1991 Militant Sikhs kill 55 & wound 70 in India
  • 1993 Antonov-26 crashes at Gyumri, Armenia, 36 killed
  • 1994 French commandos terminate Air France hijacking in Marseille
  • 1995 Muttiah Muralitharan no-balled for throwing (SL v Aust, MCG)
  • 1996 Start of the largest strike in South Korean history.
  • 1996 The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification goes into force
  • 1997 The Soufriere Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat explodes, creating a small tsunami offshore.
  • 1998 Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones
  • 1998 Severe gales over Ireland, northern England, and southern Scotland cause widespread disruption and widespread power outages in Northern Ireland and southern Scotland
  • 1999 Severe weather in France kills over 100 people and causes extensive damage to property, trees and the French national power grid (see Lothar).

Birthdays in History

  • 1194 Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, King of the Romans (Germany), Sicily and Jerusalem, born in Lesi, Italy
  • 1532 Guilielmus Xylander, German classical scholar (d. 1576)
  • 1536 Yi I, Korean Confucian scholar (d. 1584)
  • 1618 Elisabeth, Paltsgravin of Rhine/abbess
  • 1633 Charles E Biset, Flemish painter, baptised
  • 1646 Robert Bolling, English settler in Virginia (d. 1709)
  • 1660 Peter Schenck, German/Neth engraver/publisher, baptised

Person of interestCalico Jack

1682 Calico Jack [John Rackham], English pirate captain who operated in the Bahamas and Cuba, born in England (d. 1720)

Pirate Calico Jack
Pirate
Calico Jack
  • 1716 Thomas Gray, English poet (Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard)
  • 1716 Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French poet (d. 1803)
  • 1723 Friedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm, German writer (d. 1807)
  • 1731 Anthony Ziesenis, architect/sculptor (Town Hall of Westzaan)
  • 1737 Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (d. 1815)
  • 1738 Thomas Nelson, merchant, signer of Declaration of Independence
  • 1751 Clement Hofbauer, Austrian missionary and saint (d. 1820)
  • 1770 Pierre earl de Cambronne, French general (Waterloo, Elba)
  • 1771 Heinrich J von Collin, Austria dramatist/poet (Regulus)
  • 1771 Julie Clary, queen consort of Naples (d. 1845)
  • 1778 Juan Lovera, Venezuela, artist
  • 1780 Mary Fairfax Somerville, British mathematician (d. 1872)
  • 1782 Filaret Drozdov, Metropolitan of Moscow (d. 1867)

Person of interestCharles Babbage

1791 Charles Babbage, British inventor (calculating machine), born in London, England (d. 1871)

Inventor Charles Babbage
Inventor
Charles Babbage
  • 1809 William Nelson Pendleton, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1883)
  • 1815 Israel Bush Richardson, American Major General (Union Army), born in Fairfax, Vermont (d. 1862)
  • 1819 E. D. E. N. Southworth, American novelist (d. 1899)
  • 1820 Gustavus Adolphus Smith, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania(d. 1885)
  • 1824 Augustus Louis Chetlain, American Major General (Union Army), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1914)
  • 1826 Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch publisher (Van Dale) and founder (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1894)

Person of interestGeorge Dewey

1837 George Dewey, American admiral, naval hero in Battle of Manila Bay, born in Montpelier, Vermont (d. 1917)

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • 1853 René Bazin, French novelist (d. 1932)
  • 1859 Johan F van Bemmelen, Dutch zoologist
  • 1859 William Stephens, U.S. political figure (d. 1944)
  • 1861 Friedrich Engel, German mathematician (group theory)
  • 1862 Alexander Amfiteatrov, Russian-French-Italian writer, born in Kaluga, Russia (d. 1923)
  • 1872 Norman Angell, British politician/cowboy/journalist, Nobel laureate (1933), (d. 1967)
  • 1878 Isaiah Bowman, American geography/co-founder (Geographical Review)
  • 1883 Frank Debenham, Australian geographer/geologist
  • 1887 Arthur Ernest Percival, British Army officer (d. 1966)
  • 1890 Uncle Charlie Osborne, American fiddler (d. 1992)

Person of interestHenry Miller

1891 Henry Miller, American author (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Sexus), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1980)

Author Henry Miller
Author
Henry Miller

Person of interestMao Zedong

1893 Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party of China (1949-76), born in Shaoshan, Hunan (d. 1976)

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • 1894 Jean Toomer, American writer (d. 1967)
  • 1897 Willie Corsari, [Wilhelmina A Schmidt], Dutch writer
  • 1902 Anatoli Lvovich Kaplan, Russian painter (d. 1980)
  • 1904 Alenjo Carpentier, Cuban/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo)
  • 1910 Lucy Faithfull, children's campaigner
  • 1911 Steve Kordek, pinball machine designer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1915 H. A. Gomperts, Dutch writer (Duck on Attic), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1998)
  • 1917 Rosemary Woods, Nixon's secretary, keep her away from your tapes
  • 1918 George Rallis, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 2006)
  • 1921 John Severin, Jersey City, New Jersey, comic book artist (Hulk, Mad Magazine), (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Norman Orentreich, American dermatologist known as "the father of modern hair transplantation", born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1925 Baron Baker, Jamaician-born British activist, born in Port Antonia
  • 1926 Edgar D Ngoyi, South African ANC leader (17 yrs in Robbeneiland Jail)
  • 1932 Walter Leblanc, Belgian painter

Person of interestGnassingbé Eyadéma

1935 Gnassingbé Eyadéma, General and President of Togo (1967-2005), born in Kozah, Togo (d. 2005)

General and President of Togo Gnassingbé Eyadéma
General and President of Togo
Gnassingbé Eyadéma
  • 1936 Kitty Dukakis, substance abuser/wife of Michael (Gov-Mass)
  • 1937 John Horton Conway, British mathematician (cellular automaton Game of Life), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Jay Heimowitz, American poker player
  • 1939 Lynn Martin, US secretary of Labor (1991-93)
  • 1940 Edward C. Prescott, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • 1942 Vinicio Cerezo, President of Guatemala (1986-91), born in Guatemala City
  • 1942 Gray Davis, former Governor of California
  • 1946 Gordon Edwards, rocker
  • 1947 James T. Conway, 34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
  • 1949 José Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor, Nobel laureate
  • 1951 Richard Skinner, British DJ
  • 1953 Valeri Yuriyevich Sharov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1953 Leonel Fernández, Dominican politician, President of the Dominican Republic (2004-12), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1953 Steve Sisolak, American politician, Governor of Nevada (2019-), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1954 Peter Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer, philanthropist and son of Sir Edmund Hillary, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1955 Evan Bayh, American politician, born in Shirkieville, Indiana
  • 1956 Gail Tatterson, WBL center (NY Stars)
  • 1956 Karen Smith, WBL forward (NY Stars)
  • 1956 David Sedaris, American essayist, born in Binghamton, New York
  • 1960 Jim Toomey, American syndicated cartoonist, born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1964 Elizabeth Kostova, American author (The Historian), born in New London, Connecticut
  • 1972 Robert Muchamore, English children's author, born in Islington, London
  • 1982 Kenneth Darby, American National Football League player, born in Huntsville, Alabama

Person of interestAlexander Wang

1983 Alexander Wang, American fashion designer (Balenciaga), born in San Francisco, California

Fashion Designer Alexander Wang
Fashion Designer
Alexander Wang
  • 1987 Adam Walker, British flautist, born in Redingham, Nottinghamshire

Weddings in History

  • 1613 Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset, marries Frances Howard, occasioning John Donne's "Eclogue"
  • 1793 The wedding of Prince Friedrich Ludwig of Prussia and Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz takes place.

LoveWedding of Interest

1843 US Navy flag officer David Farragut (42) weds Virginia Loyall

US Civil War Admiral David Farragut
US Civil War Admiral
David Farragut

LoveWedding of Interest

1931 SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich marries Lina von Osten

Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich
Nazi leader
Reinhard Heydrich

LoveWedding of Interest

1947 President of Indonesia Suharto (26) weds Siti Hartinah (24) in Surakarta at a traditional Javanese ceremony

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • 1994 President Clinton's brother Roger Clinton (37) weds 8-mo pregnant Molly Nartin (25)

LoveWedding of Interest

2001 "Harry Potter" author J. K. Rowling (36) weds anesthesiologist Neil Murray (30) in Aberfeldy, Scotland

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling

Deaths in History

  • 418 Saint Zosimus, Roman Pope (417-418), dies
  • 1350 Jean de Marigny, French bishop
  • 1458 Arthur III, Duke of Brittany, dies at 65
  • 1476 Galeazzo Maria Sforza, duke of Milan, murdered

Person of interestBabur

1530 Zahir-ud-din Muhammad Babur, Timurid founder and 1st Emperor of the Mughal dynasty in the Indian Subcontinent (1526-30), dies at 47

Founder of the Mughal Empire Babur
Founder of the Mughal Empire
Babur
  • 1574 Charles Guise, archbishop/cardinal of Reims, dies at 50
  • 1624 Simon Marius, astronomer, dies in Bavaria at 54
  • 1627 Gonzaga, Italian monarch of Mantua/Monferrato, dies
  • 1658 Simon Guillain, French sculptor (Castle of Blois/Sorbonne), dies at 78
  • 1676 Domenicus van Tol, Dutch painter, dies
  • 1679 John van de Cappelle, Amsterdam landscape painter, dies at 53
  • 1731 Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French writer (b. 1672)
  • 1740 Mauritius Louis II earl of Nassau, lt-gen (12 children), dies
  • 1771 Claude Adrien Helvétius, French philosopher (b. 1715)
  • 1776 Johann Gottlieb Rall, Hessian colonel/mercenary, dies in battle in American Revolutionary War
  • 1780 John Fothergill, English physician, dies at 68
  • 1784 Seth Warner, American revolutionary leader, dies at 41
  • 1784 Otto Friedrich Müller, Danish Naturalist who was a pioneer in the study of microorganisms, dies at 54
  • 1786 Gasparo Gozzi, Italian critic and dramatist, dies at 73
  • 1797 John Wilkes, English radical, journalist (The North Briton) and politician, dies at 72
  • 1837 Martinus van Marum, chemist/physicist (giant salamander), dies at 87
  • 1861 Philip St. George Cocke, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), commits suicide at 52
  • 1866 Samuel Ryan Curtis, Union general-major, dies at 49
  • 1869 Jean Léonard Marie Poiseuille, French physician and physiologist (blood pressure), dies at 72

Person of interestHeinrich Schliemann

1890 Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist who rediscovered Troy, dies of cholesteatoma at 86

Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann
Archaeologist
Heinrich Schliemann
  • 1893 Victor Schœlcher, French abolitionist writer, dies at 89
  • 1896 Emil du Bois-Reymond, German physiologist, co-discoverer of nerve action potential and founder of modern electrophysiology, dies at 78
  • 1909 Frederic Remington, American artist and sculptor of American West, dies at 48
  • 1917 Judith Gautier, French poetess, novelist (Le Dragon Impérial) and daughter of Theophile Gautier, dies at 71
  • 1923 Dietrich Eckart, German Nazi politician (b. 1868)
  • 1931 Melvil Dewey, American librarian and educator (created Dewey Decimal System for libraries), dies at 80
  • 1933 Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary, author and literary critic, dies at 58
  • 1942 Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle, French resistance fighter and assassin of Admiral of the Fleet and Vichy Prime Minister François Darlan, executed by firing squad at 20
  • 1950 James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold), dies at 68
  • 1952 Pietro Pancrazi, Italian critic (Pegaso), dies at 59
  • 1960 Eduard Ludwig, German architect (Hansa quarter, Berlin), dies at 54
  • 1960 Watsuji Tetsuro, Japanese philosopher (b. 1889)
  • 1965 Nico Donkersloot, Dutch literary and writer, dies at 63
  • 1966 Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker, Dutch playwright and author (Poverty), dies at 91
  • 1969 Louise Lévêque de Vilmorin, French poet and author (History d'aimer), dies at 67
  • 1969 Josef Hromádka, Czech theologist (Lenin prize 1957), dies at 80
  • 1969 Johannes Gerard van Dillen, Dutch economic historian (Of Wealth & Oligarchists), dies at 86

Person of interestHarry Truman

1972 Harry Truman, 33rd US President (Democrat: 1945-53), dies in Kansas City Mo at 88

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1973 Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, Head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 74
  • 1976 Philip A Heart, (Sen-D-Mich), dies at 64
  • 1976 Philip Hart, American lawyer and politician (U.S. Senator from Michigan), dies at 64
  • 1980 Tony Smith, American sculptor (b. 1912)
  • 1981 Amber Reeves, feminist writer (b. 1887)
  • 1985 Dian Fossey, American zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), murdered in Rwanda at 53
  • 1988 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (b. 1907)
  • 1990 Nancy Cruznan, accident victim/right-to-die case, dies at 33
  • 1991 Sam Cresson, dies at 73
  • 1992 Bert Voeten, Dutch journalist and poet (Antipodes), dies at 74
  • 1992 John G Kemeny, US computer pioneer (BASIC), dies
  • 1994 Asta ER Elstak, Suriname/Neth welfare worker, dies at 74
  • 1994 Johannes J "Joop" Klant, Neth/South African economist/author, dies
  • 1994 Karl Schiller, German economist and politician (Minister of Economics), dies at 83
  • 1997 John Hinde, photographer/circus promoter, dies at 81
  • 1997 John Whitley, British air-marshal, dies at 92
  • 1997 Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek philosopher and economist, dies at 75
  • 1999 Shankar Dayal Sharma, Indian politician, ninth President of India (1992-97), dies at 81
  • 2000 Jack Jacob, British senior master (British Supreme Court), dies at 92
  • 2002 Herb Ritts, American fashion photographer, dies at 50
  • 2002 Armand Zildjian, American cymbal manufacturer (b. 1921)
  • 2004 Sir Angus Ogilvy, British businessman and husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent, dies at 76
  • 2004 Marianne Heiberg, Norwegian mediator (b. 1945)
  • 2004 Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African pediatric heart surgeon (b. 1959)
  • 2004 Troy Broadbridge, Australian rules footballer, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1980)
  • 2004 Simon Atlee, British fashion photographer, drowned by tsunami in Thailand at 33
  • 2005 Erich Topp, German submarine commander (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (b. 1937)
  • 2006 Ivar Formo, Norwegian skier (b. 1951)

Person of interestGerald Ford

2006 Gerald Ford [Leslie King], 38th US President (R: 1974-77) and 41st US Vice President (R: 1973-74), dies at 93

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 2007 John A. Garraty, American biographer (b. 1920)
  • 2010 Edward Bhengu, South African activist (b. 1934)
  • 2014 Leo Tindemans, Belgian statesman, Prime Minister of Belgium (1974-78), dies at 92
  • 2018 Wendy Beckett, South African British nun and TV art critic, dies at 88