On This Day

On This Day in History for February 1

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 203

  • 772 Adrian I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

CrownRoyal Coronation

1327 Edward III is crowned King of England aged 14, though the country is ruled by his mother Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer

King of England Edward III
King of England
Edward III
  • 1539 Emperor Karel & King Francois I sign anti-English treaty

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1587 Queen Elizabeth I of England signs death warrant for her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots

Queen of Scotland Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of Scotland
Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • 1662 Dutch garrison on Formosa surrenders to Chinese pirates

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1669 French King Louis XIV limits freedom of religion

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV

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1713 The Kalabalik or Tumult in Bendery results from the Ottoman sultan's order that his unwelcome guest, King Charles XII of Sweden, be seized.

King of Sweden Charles XII
King of Sweden
Charles XII
  • 1717 Henri d'Aguesseau's 1st appointment as chancellor of France
  • 1732 Parliament of Ratisborn accepts Pragmatic Sanctions
  • 1742 Sardinia and Austria sign alliance

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1783 William Herschel announces star Lambda Herculis as apex

Astronomer William Herschel
William Herschel
  • 1788 1st US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs & Longstreet
  • 1789 Chinese troops driven out of Vietnam capital Thang Long
  • 1790 US Supreme Court convenes for 1st time (NYC)
  • 1793 France declares war on Great Britain and Netherlands
  • 1793 Patent granted Ralph Hodgson, NY, for oiled silk & linen

  • 1796 The capital of Upper Canada is moved from Newark to York
  • 1809 Dutch King Louis Napoleon accepts metric system
  • 1810 1st insurance company managed by African Americans, The African Insurance Company opens in Philadelphia
  • 1810 Seville, Spain surrenders to the French without a fight
  • 1810 US Population: 7,239,881, African American population: 1,377,808 (19%)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1814 Lord Byron's "Corsair" sells 10,000 copies on day of publication

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron
  • 1814 Volcano Mayon on Luzon Philippines erupts killing 1,200
  • 1840 Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated
  • 1843 Oldest continuous writer of insurance in America - The Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York (MONY) opens
  • 1846 Theophile Gautier publishes "Hashish Club" about his initiation
  • 1856 Auburn University is chartered as the East Alabama Male College.
  • 1860 1st rabbi to open House of Representatives, Morris Raphall of NYC
  • 1861 Dike breaks in Gelderland, Netherlands
  • 1861 Texas secedes from the Union (which precipitates the American Civil War)
  • 1862 Julia Howe publishes "Battle Hymn of Republic"

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1862 Ralph Waldo Emerson and Charles Sumner meet with President Abraham Lincoln at The White House, Washington

Lecturer and Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lecturer and Poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson
16th US President Abraham Lincoln
16th US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1864 -Feb 8th] Battle of Yazoo River, MS
  • 1864 Second Schleswig War begins when Prussian and Austrian forces cross into Schleswig challenging Danish control
  • 1865 13th amendment approved (National Freedom Day)

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1865 General Sherman's march through South Carolina begins

  • 1865 JS Rock, 1st African American lawyer to practise in US Supreme Court, admitted to bar
  • 1867 Bricklayers start working 8-hour days
  • 1871 Jefferson Long of Georgia is first African American to make an official speech in US House of Representatives (opposing leniency to former Confederates)
  • 1880 The first edition of theatrical newspaper The Stage is published.
  • 1881 US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri authorized
  • 1883 French Lt-Colonel Gustave Borgnis-Desbordes reaches Bamako on the Niger
  • 1884 1st volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, published
  • 1892 Mrs William Astor invites 400 guests to a grand ball at her mansion thus beginning use of "400" to describe socially elite
  • 1897 Shinhan Bank, the oldest bank in South Korea, opens in Seoul.
  • 1898 1st auto insurance policy in US issued, by Travelers Insurance Co
  • 1902 China's empress Tzu-hsi forbids binding woman's feet
  • 1902 Hermann Sudermanns "Es lebe das Leben" premieres in Berlin
  • 1902 US Secretary of State Hay protests granting Russia exclusive privileges in China, on ground that it runs contrary to the 'open door' policy granting all nations equal rights there
  • 1905 Hungarian premier Count István Tisza resigns
  • 1906 1st federal penitentiary building completed, Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 1906 Dorothy Grey, wife of British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey fatally injured
  • 1908 King Carlos I of Portugal and his heir, Prince Luis Filipe are assassinated by Republican sympathizers in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon
  • 1909 US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah, opens
  • 1909 US forces withdraw from Cuba after liberal Jose Miguel Gomez becomes president; ensuing political instability will bring a threat of US intervention in 1912
  • 1910 1st British labour exchange opens

  • 1910 Dragoumis government forms in Greece
  • 1914 Pennsylvania State Board of [motion picture] censors appointed
  • 1914 Tanganyika Railway opens
  • 1917 German Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz announces unrestricted submarine warfare against allied shipping

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1918 Russia adopts the Gregorian calendar (making the day February 14)

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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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  • 1920 1st commercial armored car introduced (St Paul, Minn)
  • 1920 Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms as Royal Northwest Mounted Police merge with Dominion Police
  • 1923 Allied ultimatum on Lithuanian occupation of Memel

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1923 Fascists Voluntary Militia forms in Italy under Benito Mussolini

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1924 Amsterdam's Netherlands Press Museum opens

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1924 Ramsay MacDonald's incoming Labour government formally recognizes the Soviet Union

British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald
British Prime Minister
Ramsay MacDonald
  • 1925 1st national conference of KPD's Rotfrontkämpferbund in Berlin
  • 1926 Kirghiz Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kirghiz ASSR
  • 1926 Land at Broadway & Wall Street sold at a record $7 per sq inch
  • 1929 1st clean & jerk of 400 lbs (182 kg), Charles Rigoulet, 402½ lbs
  • 1929 Pi Alphha Phi, the first Asian-American interest fraternity in the United States, is founded at UC Berkeley
  • 1933 Colonial government arrests Anton de Kom in Paramaribo Suriname
  • 1933 Dutch bishops forbid membership of non-catholic unions

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1933 German Parliament is dissolved by President Paul von Hindenburg by the request of new chancellor Adolf Hitler

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1934 Austrian Chancellor Dollfuss dissolves all political parties but his

  • 1935 1st "March of Time" newsreel premieres at the Capitol
  • 1935 James T Farrell finishes his "Studs Lonigan" trilogy
  • 1937 Stapleton, Staten Island, becomes a customs-free port
  • 1940 Soviet Union begins new offensive against Finland

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1942 Second Norwegian government of Vidkun Quisling forms

Prime Minister of Norway and Nazi Collaborator Vidkun Quisling
Prime Minister of Norway and Nazi Collaborator
Vidkun Quisling
  • 1943 German occupiers make Vidkun Quisling Norwegian premier
  • 1943 Mussert forms pro-Nazi shadow cabinet in Netherlands
  • 1944 Supreme Soviet increases Soviet republics' autonomy
  • 1944 US 7th Infantry/4th Marine Division lands on Kwajalein/Roi/Namur
  • 1945 US Army arrives at Siegfriedlinie
  • 1946 Republic of Hungary proclaims Zoltán Tildy as its communist president
  • 1946 Norwegian politician Trygve Lie becomes 1st Secretary General of the United Nations
  • 1947 Aleide de Gasperi forms Italian government of christian-dems & communists
  • 1947 NV United Dutch Fokker's Aircraft established

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1948 Nine Malay sultanates and two British Straits Settlements (Penang and Malacca) form the Federation of Malaya

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • 1948 Palestine Post building in Jerusalem bombed

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1948 Important South African anti-apartheid novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton is published in the US

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton
Author and Apartheid Activist
Alan Paton
  • 1949 200" (5.08-m) Hale telescope 1st used [See June 3, 1948]

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1950 USSR demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
  • 1950 Urko Kekkonen elected president of Finland
  • 1951 -50°F (-46°C), Gavilan, New Mexico (state record)
  • 1951 1st X-ray moving picture process demonstrated
  • 1951 1st telecast of an atomic explosion
  • 1951 Alfred Krupp & 28 other German war criminals freed

Birthdays in History

  • 1261 Walter de Stapledon, English bishop (1308-26), born in Annery, Devonshire, England (d. 1326)
  • 1459 Conrad Celtes, German humanist scholar, born in Wipfeld, Germany (d. 1508)
  • 1462 Johannes Trithemius, German cryptographer, born in Trittenheim, Germany (d. 1516)

Person of interestJohn Napier

1550 John Napier, Scottish mathematician and inventor (logarithms), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1617)

Mathematician John Napier
John Napier
  • 1552 Edward Coke, English Chief Justice and politician (defended common law), born in Mileham, Norfolk, England (d. 1634)
  • 1605 Isaac Aboab da Fonseca, Portuguese rabbi, scholar and writer, born in Castro Daire, Portugal (d. 1693)
  • 1635 Marquard Gude, German archaeologist and classical scholar famous for his collection of Greek and Latin inscriptions, born in Rendsburg, Holstein (d. 1689)
  • 1659 Jacob Roggeveen, Dutch navigator and explorer (1st European to discover Easter Island), born in Middleburg, Netherlands (d. 1729)
  • 1663 Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, Filipino Religious Sister of the Roman Catholic Church, born in Bonondo, Manila, Philippines (d. 1748)
  • 1707 Frederick Louis, English prince of Wales and son of George II, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1751)
  • 1758 Agustín de Betancourt, Spanish civil engineer (steam engines, hot air balloons), born in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife (d. 1824)
  • 1761 Christian Hendrik Persoon, South African mycologist (d. 1836)
  • 1763 Thomas Campbell, founder (Church of Disciples in America)
  • 1796 Abraham Emanuel Fröhlich, Swiss poet (d. 1865)
  • 1801 Thomas Cole, American romantic landscape painter (Hudson River School)
  • 1801 Émile Littré, French lexicographer (d. 1881)
  • 1805 Auguste Blanqui, French revolutionary (workers' leader)
  • 1807 William Bowen Campbell, American politician and Civil War Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Sumner County, Tennessee (d. 1867)
  • 1810 Charles Lenox Remond, African-American orator and abolitionist, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1873)
  • 1819 Henry Lawrence Eustis, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1885)
  • 1820 George Hendric Houghton, American Protestant Episcopal clergyman (d. 1897)
  • 1827 Alphonse de Rothschild, French banker
  • 1829 John Potts Slough, American politician, lawyer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1867)
  • 1833 Henry McNeal Turner, Newberry South Carolina, Minister and politician, 1st African American Methodist Bishop (d. 1915)
  • 1839 James A Herne [J Aherne], US playwright (Hearts of Oak)
  • 1841 William Henry Davenport, American stage magician, claimed to be a spirit medium, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1877)
  • 1844 Eduard Adolf Strasburger, German botanist (Angiospermen)
  • 1844 Granville Stanley Hall, American psychologist
  • 1851 Durham Stevens, American diplomat (d. 1908)
  • 1872 Paul Fort, French poet/founder of Vers et Prose
  • 1872 Jerome F. Donovan, American politician (d. 1949)
  • 1872 Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer (d. 1927)
  • 1873 Joseph Allard, Canadian fiddler (d. 1947)
  • 1873 John Barry, Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross (d. 1901)
  • 1874 Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Austrian poet/dramatist/essayist
  • 1878 Hattie Wyatt Caraway, politician/teacher/1st woman elected to senate
  • 1878 Milan Hodža, Slovak politician (d. 1944)

Person of interestLouis St. Laurent

1882 Louis St. Laurent, 12th Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 1948-57), born in Compton, Quebec (d. 1973)

12th Prime Minister of Canada Louis St. Laurent
12th Prime Minister of Canada
Louis St. Laurent
  • 1884 Yevgeny Zamyatin, Russian novelist/playwright (We)
  • 1885 Camille Chautemps, premier France
  • 1887 Dirk Roosenburg, Dutch architect
  • 1887 Charles Nordhoff, English-born author (d. 1947)
  • 1889 Gertrude Caton-Thompson, British archaeologist (Zimbabwe, So Arabia)
  • 1896 Anastasio Somoza García [Tacho], General, dictator and President of Nicaragua (1937-56), born in San Marcos, Nicaragua (d. 1956)
  • 1897 Denise Robins, romantic novelist (1st Long Kiss), born in London, England
  • 1902 Therese Brandl, Nazi concentration camp guard (d. 1947, by execution)
  • 1903 Georg Rendl, Austria miner/beekeeper/writer (The Bees Novel)
  • 1905 Ernst Carl Gerlach Stueckelberg, Basel Switzerland, eminent mathematician and physicist
  • 1907 Alan Strode Campbell Ross, professor (coined the terms U & non-U)
  • 1907 John Canaday, art critic (Metropolitan Museum of Art Portfolios)
  • 1908 George Pal, Hungarian/American director (When Worlds Collide, Puppetoons)
  • 1909 Douglas Hall, Governor (Somaliland Protectorate)
  • 1913 Jeffrey Kindersley Quill, Test pilot
  • 1916 Gordon Hobday, Lord Lieutenant (Nottinghamshire)
  • 1918 Maurice Laing, life president (John Laing)

Person of interestMuriel Spark

1918 Muriel Spark, Scottish writer (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2006)

Author Muriel Spark
Muriel Spark
  • 1920 Kenneth Bond, former vice-chairman
  • 1920 Zao Wou-Ki, Chinese French painter (Juin-Octobre 1985), born in Beijing, China (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Bogumil Witalis Andrzejewski, professor of Cushtic Languages
  • 1924 H. Richard Hornberger, American writer (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Ben Weider, Quebec businessman and author
  • 1926 Douglas Johnson, British historian, born in Edinburgh (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Peter Crill, Bailiff of Jersey
  • 1926 Vivian Maier, American street photographer unknown until her death, born in New York City (d. 2009)
  • 1927 Galway Kinnell, American author (Body Rags, Book of Nightmares), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Peter Gordon Dorrell, archaeologist and photographer
  • 1928 Sir Samuel "Sam" Edwards, Welsh physicist (condensed matter physics), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Eric Evans, English dean of St Paul's, born in Tenby, Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Tom Lantos, (Rep-D-CA, 1981- )
  • 1930 Peter Tapsell, British MP
  • 1930 Shahabuddin Ahmed, President of Bangladesh
  • 1930 Mario Beaulieu, Quebec politician (d. 1998)

Person of interestBoris Yeltsin

1931 Boris Yeltsin, Russian politician and President of Russian Federation (1991-1999), born in Butka, Sverdlovsk, (d. 2007)

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • 1931 Mark Richmond, CEO (Science & Engineering Research Council)
  • 1932 John Nott, British policitican(C), Secretary of State for Defence during Falkland War, born in Bideford, Devon
  • 1933 Reynolds Price, American writer (Strengthened by a Pale Green Light)
  • 1935 Ruth Clarke, Moderator (General Assembly of the United Reform Church)
  • 1935 Vladimir Viktorovich Aksyonov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 22, T-2)
  • 1936 G H Blake, Principal (Collingwood College, Durham U)
  • 1936 Azie Taylor Morton, 35th Treasurer of the United States (d. 2003)
  • 1939 Paul E Gillmor, (Rep-R-Ohio)
  • 1941 Robert Walmsley, British Vice-Admiral
  • 1941 Jerry Spinelli, children's author
  • 1943 Josceline Dimbleby, cookery writer
  • 1944 Mike Enzi, American accountant, and politician (US Senator from Wyoming (R), 1997-2021), born in Bremerton, Washington (d. 2021)
  • 1947 Adam Ingram, British politician, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1951 Andrew Smith, British politician, born in Wokingham, United Kingdom
  • 1952 Roger Y. Tsien, American chemist (Nobel Prize 2008), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1955 Kate Ashbrook, British general secretary of the Open Spaces Society
  • 1957 Donna Adamek, American tenpin bowler (BWAA Woman of Year 1978-81), born in Duarte, California
  • 1958 Kevin McCarra, Scottish sports journalist (The Guardian, Scotland on Sunday, The Times), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 1961 Daniel M. Tani, American astronaut, born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Takashi Murakami, Japanese artist, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1965 Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, born in the Prince's Palace of Monaco, Monaco
  • 1967 Meg Cabot, American author, born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1967 Patle Shishupal Natthu, Indian politician, born in Bhandara, India

Person of interestLisa Marie Presley

1968 Lisa Marie Presley Keough Jackson, daughter of Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
  • 1969 Andrew Breitbart, American conservative blogger & publisher, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1977 Phil Ivey, American poker player (10 World Series of Poker bracelets, 1 World Poker Tour title, 9 World Poker Tour final tables), born in Riverside, California
  • 1985 Rachael Scdoris, American dog musher, born in Bend, Oregon

Deaths in History

  • 656 Sigebert III, King of Austrasia, dies at about 25
  • 1204 Alexius IV Angelus, Regent of Byzantium (1203-04), murdered at 21
  • 1248 Hendrik II, Duke of Brabant (1235-48), dies at 40
  • 1328 Charles IV, the Handsome, King of France (1322-28), dies at 33
  • 1502 Olivier de la Marche, Flemish soldier & poet, dies at 77
  • 1542 Girolamo Aleandro, Italian Catholic cardinal, dies at 61
  • 1563 Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia, dies of fever
  • 1590 Lawrence Humphrey, English clergyman & educator, dies at 63
  • 1691 Alexander VIII [Pietro Ottoboni], Italian Pope (1689-91), dies at 80
  • 1691 George Etherege, English stage writer (Love in a Tub), dies at 56
  • 1694 John L baron van Elderen, 63rd bishop of Liege (1688-94), dies at 73
  • 1705 Sophia Charlotte of Hanover, 1st Queen consort of Prussia (1701-05), dies at 36
  • 1718 Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury, English politician, dies at 57
  • 1733 August II, the Strong, King of Poland (355 children), dies at 62
  • 1734 John Floyer, English physician & writer, dies at 84
  • 1747 Jacobus Capitein, Dutch Christian minister, dies at ~30
  • 1761 Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, French Jesuit prince & historian, dies at 78
  • 1768 Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet, British cavalry officer, dies at 82
  • 1793 William Wildman Shute Barrington, British statesman, dies at 76
  • 1832 Ecco Epkema, Dutch classic linguist (Frisian, Old Frisian), dies at 71
  • 1832 Archibald Murphey, North Carolina politician, dies at 55
  • 1839 Giuseppe Valadier, Italian architect & archaeologist, dies at 76
  • 1850 Edward Baker Lincoln, son of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, dies at 3

Person of interestMary Shelley

1851 Mary Shelley, English novelist (Frankenstein), dies of a brain tumour at 53

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley
  • 1864 Louise Marie Thérèse of Artois, Duchess of Parma and Piacenza, dies at 44
  • 1869 Frederik Willem Conrad, Dutch hydraulic engineer & railway pioneer, dies at 68
  • 1873 Matthew Maury, American oceanographer, dies at 67
  • 1878 George Cruikshank, English caricaturist & illustrator (Grimm), dies at 85
  • 1883 Pavel Melnikov, Russian historian and author (In the Forests), dies at 64 [NS=Feb 13]
  • 1893 George Henry Sanderson, Mayor of San Francisco, dies at 70
  • 1897 Constantin von Ettingshausen, Austrian geologist, dies at 70
  • 1903 George Gabriel Stokes, Irish physicist & mathematician (spectroscope), dies at 83
  • 1904 Peter Paul Maria Alberdingk Thijm, Dutch historian & writer, dies at 76
  • 1905 Oswald Aschenbach, German painter, dies at 77
  • 1908 Carlos I, King of Portugal (1889-1908), assassinated by Republican sympathisers at 44
  • 1910 Otto Julius Bierbaum, German writer (Irrgarten Der Liebe), dies at 44
  • 1936 Georgios Kondylis, Prime Minister of Greece & general of the Greek army, dies at 56
  • 1937 Marguerite Audoux, French novelist, dies at 73
  • 1940 Philip Francis Nowlan, American sci-fi writer, creator of Buck Rogers character (b. 1888)

Person of interestPiet Mondrian

1944 Piet Mondrian, Dutch painter & theoretician (Composition in Blue), dies at 71

Abstract Painter Piet Mondrian
Abstract Painter
Piet Mondrian
  • 1945 Johan Huizinga, Dutch culture historian (Homo Ludens), dies at 72
  • 1946 Hans Bethge, German poet, dies at 70
  • 1954 Julius P. Hoste, Belgium minister & daily newspaper publisher (Last News), dies at 69

Person of interestFriedrich Paulus

1957 Friedrich Paulus, German field marshal who commanded the 6th Army at Stalingrad and was the highest-ranking German officer to surrender, dies at 66

German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus
German Field Marshal
Friedrich Paulus
  • 1958 Clinton Davisson, American physicist (Nobel 1937- discovery of electron diffraction in the famous Davisson-Germer experiment), dies at 76
  • 1963 Fleetwood Lindley, American man & last living person to see Abraham Lincoln's face, dies at 75
  • 1966 Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry], American gossip columnist, dies at 75
  • 1970 Alfréd Rényi, Hungarian mathematician, dies at 48
  • 1974 Lynda Ann Healy, 1st Bundy murder victim, abducted in Seattle at 22
  • 1976 Edgar Pangborn, American author (Judgment of Eve, Davy), dies at 66
  • 1976 George Whipple, American scientist & Nobel Prize Laureate, dies at 97
  • 1976 Werner Heisenberg, German physicist who discovered the uncertainty principle (Nobel 1932), dies at 74
  • 1977 Edmond Hamilton, American sci-fi author (Danger Planet), dies at 72

Person of interestDonald Wills Douglas

1981 Donald Wills Douglas, American aircraft industrialist (McDonnell Douglas) & aviation pioneer (Douglas DC-3), dies at 88

Aviation Pioneer Donald Wills Douglas
Aviation Pioneer
Donald Wills Douglas
  • 1986 Alva Myrdal, Swedish Nobel peace prize winner (1982), dies at 84
  • 1987 Sala Burton, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-87), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1988 Reinder Zwolsman, Dutch businessman, dies at 75
  • 1989 Elaine de Kooning, American artist, dies at 70
  • 1991 Annie van Ommeren-Averink [Hanna Jacoba of Ommeren-Averink], Dutch politician (CPN), dies at 77
  • 1992 Irving Kaufman, American federal judge (Rosenberg Case), dies at 81
  • 1994 Fouad Fram al-Boustani, Lebanese historian (Rawaeaa), dies at 88
  • 1995 Michael Cesar, American man & self-proclaimed 'Pope of Pot', dies of liver cancer at 52
  • 1996 Clive Burton, British neuropathologist, dies at 54
  • 1997 Herb Caen, American columnist (SF Chronicle), dies of lung cancer, at 80
  • 1997 Mitchell Goodman, American writer, dies at 71
  • 1997 Peter Morris, British historian of France, dies at 50
  • 1999 Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (Washington National Gallery of Art), dies at 91
  • 2001 André D'Allemagne, Quebec teacher, political observer and essayist, dies at 71
  • 2003 Michael P. Anderson, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 43
  • 2003 David Brown, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 46
  • 2003 Kalpana Chawla, American astronaut (STS 87) and the first woman of Indian descent to go to space, dies in Space Shuttle Columbia disaster at 40
  • 2003 Laurel Clark, American astronaut and member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 41
  • 2003 Rick D. Husband, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 45
  • 2003 William C. McCool, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission, dies in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster at 41
  • 2003 Ilan Ramon, Israeli astronaut & member of STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 48
  • 2003 David M. Brown, U.S. Navy Captain & NASA astronaut, dies at 46
  • 2005 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist, dies at 95
  • 2006 Bryce Harland, New Zealand diplomat, dies at 74
  • 2007 Ahmad Abu Laban, Danish Muslim leader, dies at 60
  • 2012 Gerlando Alberti, Sicilian Mafioso, dies from cancer at 88
  • 2012 Wislawa Szymborska, Polish poet & Nobel Laureate, dies at 88

Person of interestEd Koch

2013 Ed Koch, American congressman and New York City Mayor (1977-89), dies of heart failure at 88

Congressman and NYC Mayor Ed Koch
Congressman and NYC Mayor
Ed Koch
  • 2015 Beryl Platt, Baroness Platt of Writtle, British engineer, politician and CEO of the Equal Opportunities Commission, dies at 91
  • 2017 Étienne Tshisekedi, Congolese opposition leader, dies at 84
  • 2018 Patricia Lindop, British radiobiologist & physician, dies at 87