On This Day

On This Day in History for February 20

Events in History

Historic PublicationLetter from Kublai Khan to the Japanese Emperor

1280 Japanese Imperial Court orders all temples and shrines to pray for victory in the impending second Mongol invasion

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A 1266 letter from Kublai Khan to the Japanese emperor threatening use of force
A 1266 letter from Kublai Khan to the Japanese emperor threatening use of force
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  • 1472 Orkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a dowry payment
  • 1525 Swiss & German mercenaries desert Francois I's army
  • 1547 King Edward VI of England crowned following the death of his father Henry VIII
  • 1613 Gerard Reynst appointed Governor-General of Dutch East Indies
  • 1619 Trial against Johan van Oldenbarnevelt begins in The Hague for alleged crimes against the federal government
  • 1653 Defeat of Dutch fleet under Adm Van Tromp by Admiral Blake off Portsmouth
  • 1673 1st recorded wine auction held in London
  • 1710 Johan Willem Friso becomes Viceroy of Groningen, Netherlands
  • 1725 10 sleeping Indians scalped by whites in New Hampshire for £100 a scalp bounty
  • 1732 Estates of Holland ratifies Treaty of Vienna
  • 1737 French minister of Finance, Chauvelin, resigns
  • 1745 Jacobite troops occupy Fort Augustus, Scotland
  • 1768 1st American chartered fire insurance company opens in Pennsylvania
  • 1792 US postal service created, postage 6-12 cents depending on distance

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1798 Louis Alexandre Berthier removes Pope Pius VI from power and takes him prisoner

Pope Pius VI
Pius VI
  • 1809 US Supreme Court rules federal government power greater than any state


1810 Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean patriot and leader of rebellion against Napoleon's forces, executed.

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1811 Austria declares bankruptcy
  • 1823 English Captain James Weddell reaches 74°15' S, 1520 km from South Pole
  • 1831 Polish revolutionaries defeat Russians in battle of Growchow
  • 1835 Concepcion, Chile, destroyed by earthquake; 5,000 die
  • 1839 Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia
  • 1846 British occupy Sikh citadel of Lahore
  • 1856 The steam packet-ship John Rutledge, en route from Liverpool to New York, hits an iceberg and sinks with the loss of 120 passengers and 19 crew; only one survivor (Thomas Nye of New Bedford)
  • 1861 Navy of the Confederate States (CSN) forms (US Civil War)
  • 1864 Civil War battle of Olustee, Florida
  • 1865 Massachusetts Institute of Technology forms 1st US collegiate architectural school
  • 1869 Tennessee Governor W C Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis
  • 1872 Hydraulic electric elevator patented by Cyrus Baldwin
  • 1872 Luther Crowell patents a machine that manufactures paper bags
  • 1872 New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art opens
  • 1872 Silas Noble & JP Cooley patents toothpick manufacturing machine
  • 1873 University of California gets its first Medical School (UC/San Francisco)
  • 1873 British Naval Officer John Moresby discovers the site of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and claims it for Britain
  • 1877 1st cantilever bridge in US completed, Harrodsburg, Kentucky
  • 1887 Germany, Austria-Hungary & France end Triple Alliance
  • 1890 Amsterdam Theater destroyed by fire
  • 1895 Congress authorizes a US mint at Denver, Colorodo
  • 1899 Ill Tel & Tel granted franchise for Chicago freight tunnel system
  • 1901 1st territorial legislature of Hawaii convenes
  • 1902 Heavy surf breaks over Seal Rocks & damages Sutro Baths, San Francisco
  • 1903 Nick Young remains as NL president as AG Spalding ends challenge
  • 1909 Publication of the Futurist Manifesto in the French journal "Le Figaro"
  • 1913 King O'Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Australian capital Canberra
  • 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (World's Fair) opens in San Francisco

MurderAssassination Attempt

1919 French Prime Minister Georges Clémenceau injured during assassination attempt

Prime Minister of France Georges Clémenceau
Prime Minister of France
Georges Clémenceau
  • 1921 Riza Khan Pahlevi seizes control of Iran

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1922 Marc Connelly & George Kaufman's "To the Ladies" premieres in NYC

Playwright Marc Connelly
Marc Connelly
  • 1922 Vilnius, Lithuania, agrees to separate from Poland
  • 1922 WOR-AM in New York City begins radio transmissions
  • 1929 American Samoa organizes as territory of US
  • 1931 Congress allows California to build Oakland-Bay Bridge

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1932 Pierre Laval's first French government falls

Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France Pierre Laval
Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France
Pierre Laval
  • 1932 Japanese troops occupy Tunhua China
  • 1933 Curom, Curacaose Broadcast System starts: Princess Juliana's speech
  • 1933 US House of Representatives completes congressional action to repeal Prohibition
  • 1933 Sidney Howard's "Alien Corn" premieres in NYC
  • 1935 Dane Caroline Mikkelson is 1st woman to land on Antarctica
  • 1937 1st automobile/airplane combination tested, Santa Monica, California

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1938 UK Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigns stating Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain has appeased Nazi Germany

British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain

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1938 Adolf Hitler announces his support for Japan during the Sino-Japanese War

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1939 The American pro-Nazi organization German American Bund hold a rally at Madison Square Garden and 20,000 attend
  • 1941 1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk Poland
  • 1941 Nazi Germany orders Polish Jews barred from using public transportation
  • 1941 Romania breaks relations with Netherlands
  • 1942 Lt E H O'Hare single-handedly shoots down 5 Japanese heavy bombers, becomes America's first World War II flying ace
  • 1943 Allied troops occupy Kasserine pass in Tunisia
  • 1943 New volcano Paracutin erupts in farmer's corn field (Mexico)
  • 1943 Phil Wrigley & B Rickey charter All-American Girls Softball League
  • 1943 American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.

Battle of InterestBattle of Eniwetok

1944 Battle of Eniwetok: US forces take Enewetak Atoll at the cost of 37 Americans killed or missing and 94 wounded, Japanese losses were 800 dead and 23 prisoners

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US landing craft pass supporting warships on their way to Eniwetok Atoll
US landing craft pass supporting warships on their way to Eniwetok Atoll
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  • 1944 World War II: The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers
  • 1947 Chemical mixing error causes explosion that destroys 42 blocks in LA

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1947 Earl Mountbatten of Burma appointed as last viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence

Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten
Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India
Lord Mountbatten
  • 1947 State of Prussia ceases to exist.
  • 1948 Czechoslovakia's non-communist minister resigns
  • 1949 1st International Pancake Race held (Liberal Ks)
  • 1950 Dylan Thomas arrives in NYC for his 1st US poetry reading tour
  • 1950 WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. swaps calls with WWDC
  • 1953 August A Busch buys the St Louis Cards for $3.75 million
  • 1954 General Zahedi wins election in Persia
  • 1957 Hughie Tayfield takes 9-113 v England, 13 wkts for match

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1959 The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker

Historic ExpeditionJohn Glenn Orbits Earth

1962 John Glenn becomes the 1st American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship 7

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John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, getting into his spacecraft Friendship 7 in 1962
John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, getting into his spacecraft Friendship 7 in 1962
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  • 1965 Ranger 8 makes hard landing on the Moon, returns photos, other data
  • 1965 Turkish government of Uerguplu forms
  • 1966 Author Valery Tarsis banished in USSR
  • 1968 State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstration at Alcorn A & M
  • 1972 Sicco Mansholt becomes chairman of European Committee
  • 1975 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1975 A feud begins between the official Irish Republican Army and the Irish National Liberation Army; the two groups assassinate a number of each other's volunteers until the feud ends in June 1975
  • 1976 The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands.
  • 1978 Egypt announces it is pulling its diplomats out of Cyprus
  • 1979 11 'loyalists' known as the "Shankill Butchers" are sentenced to life in prison for 19 murders; the gang was named for its late-night kidnapping, torture and murder (by throat slashing) of random Catholic civilians in Belfast
  • 1981 Flight readiness firing of Columbia's main engines; 20 seconds
  • 1981 James Sanford equals 50m indoor world record (5.61 sec)
  • 1983 Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)
  • 1987 Bomb blamed on Unabomber explodes by a computer store in Salt Lake City
  • 1988 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Birthdays in History

  • 1494 Johan Friis, chancellor (Denmark, helped formed Lutheranism)
  • 1523 Jan Blahoslav, Czech humanist/bishop (Bohemian brothers)
  • 1632 Thomas Osborne, Duke of Leeds, English PM (1690-94)/founder (Tories)
  • 1633 Jan de Baen, portrait painter/etcher
  • 1745 Henry James Pye, English poet, British Poet Laureate (1790-1813), born in London (d. 1813)
  • 1751 Johann Heinrich Voß, German poet (d. 1826)
  • 1753 Louis Alexandre Berthier, French marshal (d. 1815)
  • 1757 John 'Mad Jack' Fuller, English philanthropist (d. 1834)
  • 1779 Augustus Callcott, landscape painter, Kensington
  • 1784 Adam Black, politician/publisher, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1792 Eliza Courtney, English illegitimate daughter of Charles Grey and Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, born in Aix-en-Provence (d. 1859)
  • 1794 William Carleton, Irish novelist (d. 1869)
  • 1796 Eduard W van Dam van Isselt, Dutch military/liberal politician
  • 1805 Angelina Grimke, reformer/abolitionist/politician/lawyer
  • 1808 Daumier, Marseilles France, artist
  • 1809 Albertus J Duymaer van Twist, gov-gen of Neth-Indies
  • 1809 Henry Walton Wessells, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lietchfield, Connecticut (d. 1889)
  • 1819 Alfred Escher, Swiss politician, railroad entrepreneur (d. 1882)
  • 1820 Mahlon Dickerson Manson, American druggist politician and General (Union Army), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1895)
  • 1827 Edward Stuyvesant Bragg, American politician, lawyer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Unadilla, New York (d. 1912)
  • 1835 Allessandro d'Ancona, Italian philologist
  • 1838 James Barbour Terrill, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1839 Benjamin Waugh, English social reformer who founded the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, born in Settle, North Yorkshire, England (d. 1908)
  • 1844 Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann, Austrian physicist (statistical mechanics)
  • 1844 Joshua Slocum, Canadian-American seaman and adventurer, born in Mount Hanley, Nova Scotia (d. 1909)
  • 1844 Ludwig Boltzmann, Austrian physicist (thermodynamics), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1906)
  • 1848 Edward Henry Harriman, American railroad executive (d. 1909)
  • 1850 Nérée Beauchemin, Canadian physician and poet (d. 1931)
  • 1852 Nikolai Garin [Michailovski], Russian author (Tjoma Kartashov)
  • 1861 Nicolaas van Meeteren, Curacao, folklorist
  • 1866 Carl Westman, Swedish architect and designer (d. 1936)
  • 1867 Louise, Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife (d. 1931)
  • 1870 Pieter Cornelis Boutens, Holland, mystic poet/scholar (Verzen)
  • 1880 Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen, French aristocrat and novelist (d. 1923)
  • 1881 Pedro Munoz Seca, Spanish playwright (Vengeanza de Don Mendo)
  • 1883 Shiga Naoya, Japan, novelist (Road Through Dark Night)
  • 1886 Bela Kun, Czehul Romania, head of Hungarian Soviet Republic (1919)
  • 1887 Hesketh Pearson, England, biographer/playwright (Writ for Libel)

Person of interestVincent Massey

1887 Vincent Massey, Canadian diplomat, first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada (1952-59), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1967)

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey
  • 1888 Georges Bernanos, French novelist (Diary of a Country Priest)
  • 1893 Russel Crouse, journalist/novelist/playwright (Life with Father)
  • 1893 Elizabeth Holloway Marston, American psychologist (d. 1993)
  • 1895 Freida Geiken, autobiographer (National Historic Taping)
  • 1896 Henri de Lubac sj, French theologist/anti-fascist
  • 1897 Ivan Albright, Illinois, painter (Door, Window)
  • 1899 Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and heir (Pan Am Airways), born in Roslyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1900 Graham Spry, Canadian radio pioneer, born in St Thomas, Ontario (d. 1983)
  • 1901 Ali Muhammad Naguib, Khartoum, president of Egypt (1952-54)
  • 1901 Cecil H King, Irish/British daily newspaper publisher (Daily Mirror)
  • 1901 Henry Eyring, Mexican/US chemist
  • 1901 Louis I Kahn, Estonia, architect (Bryn Mawr dormitory) [or Dec 20]
  • 1901 René Jules Dubos, French US microbiologist/author (Health & Disease)

Person of interestAnsel Adams

1902 Ansel Adams, photographer (1966 ASMP Award), born in San Francisco, California

Photographer Ansel Adams
Ansel Adams
  • 1903 Ella Maillart, explorer
  • 1904 Aleksei N Kosygin, Soviet premier (1964-80)
  • 1905 Jascha Golowanjuk, Swedish writer (Acrobat)
  • 1907 Owain Jenkins, company director
  • 1908 Grigori Yakovlevich Bakhchivangi, test pilot (BI-1)
  • 1908 Rosalind Laura Burke, aviatrix
  • 1910 Julian Trevelyan, English Surrealist painter/collage maker
  • 1910 Millicent Fenwick, (Rep-R-NJ 1975-82)
  • 1912 Pierre Boulle, French author (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Mary Durack, Australian author and historian (Kings in Grass Castles and Keep Him My Country), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Marion Kettlewell, British director (WRNS)
  • 1914 Willem J H Baart, Dutch vicar (Cuentanan di Nanzi)
  • 1917 Frederick Page, CEO (British Aerospace Aircraft Group)
  • 1918 Leonore Annenberg American Billionaire
  • 1920 Evgeny Dragunov, Russian weapons designer (d. 1991)

Person of interestJoseph A. Walker

1921 Joseph A. Walker, American experimental physicist, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace), born in Washington, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)

Experimental Physicist, Astronaut and NASA Test Pilot Joseph A. Walker
Experimental Physicist, Astronaut and NASA Test Pilot
Joseph A. Walker
  • 1923 Forbes Burnham, premier Guyana (1964-85)
  • 1924 Gloria Vanderbilt, American fashion designer, artist, heiress and socialite, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1925 Alex La Guma, novelist (A Walk in the Night), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1925 Pramudya Ananta Tur, Javanese author (Anak semua bangsa)
  • 1925 Heinz Kluncker, German trade union leader
  • 1926 Cameron Rusby, British Vice-Admiral
  • 1926 Kenneth H Olsen, American engineer/founder (Digital Equipment Corp)
  • 1926 Richard Matheson, American author, (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Roy Cohn, lawyer, "grand inquisitor" (for Sen Joseph McCarthy)
  • 1928 Donald Longmore, British cardiac surgeon
  • 1930 Bill Walker, British MP
  • 1932 Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (d. 2007)
  • 1933 Hannes Postma, Dutch graphic artist
  • 1934 Myrtle Robertson, 11th Baroness Wharton
  • 1937 Robert Huber, biochemist (Nobel 1988), born in Munich. Germany
  • 1938 Mona Mitchell, Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Alexandra
  • 1940 RA Weiss, director (Institute of Cancer Research)
  • 1940 V Payne, British headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
  • 1942 Claude Miller, director (Garde a Vue, Little Thief, Wild Child), (d. 2012)
  • 1942 David O'Dowd, Chief Constable (Northamptonshire)

Person of interestMitch McConnell

1942 Mitch McConnell, American politician, (Senator-R-KY, 1985-, and Senate Majority Leader 2015- ), born in Sheffield, Alabama

US Senator Mitch McConnell
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
  • 1943 Aleksandr Pavlovich Alexandrov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-9, TM-3)
  • 1943 Lord McNally, British Minister of State for Justice
  • 1944 Roger Knapman, British MP
  • 1944 Robert de Cotret, French Canadian politician (d. 1999)
  • 1947 Andre van Duin [Kyvon], Dutch entertainer (Bloemkoole)
  • 1947 Eggert Magnusson, Icelandic football executive
  • 1948 A C Fabian, astronomer
  • 1948 John Browne, group chief executive, British Petroleum Company

Person of interestGordon Brown

1951 Gordon Brown, British Labour Prime Minister (2007–10), born in Giffnock, Scotland

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown
  • 1952 Catherine Cummins, Clintwood Va, 1st of 5 siblings born on 2/20

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

1989 Police violence victim Rodney King (23) weds Crystal Lynnette Waters

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King

Deaths in History

  • 702 K'inich Kan B'alam II, king of the Maya state of Palenque (b. 635)
  • 1054 Yaroslav I, the Wise, ruler (Kiev), dies
  • 1154 Saint Wulfric of Haselbury Plucknett
  • 1171 Conan IV, Duke of Brittany (b. 1138)
  • 1194 Tancredo of Lecce, King of Sicily, dies
  • 1258 Al-Musta'sim, last Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad, dies in the sack of Baghdad by being rolled up in a carpet and trampled to death
  • 1408 Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland, English statesman, dies at 66
  • 1431 Pope Martin V [Oddo Colonna] dies, (b. 1368)
  • 1524 Tecún Umán, last leader of the Quiché-Maya
  • 1569 Mark van Vaernewijck, Flemish nobleman/politician, dies at 50
  • 1579 Nicholas Bacon, English politician (b. 1509)
  • 1595 Ernst, archduke of Austria, dies at 41
  • 1618 Philip William, Prince of Orange (1584) and Knight of the Golden Fleece (1599), dies at 63
  • 1667 David ben Samuel Halevi, rabbi/author (Shulchan Aruch), dies
  • 1737 Elizabeth Rowe, poet, dies
  • 1746 Guillaume Coustou Sr, French sculptor (Mary Leszczynska), dies at 68
  • 1762 Tobias Mayer, German astronomer, dies at 38
  • 1771 Jean Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist, dies at 92
  • 1773 Charles Emanuel III of Savoy, King of Sardinia, dies at 71
  • 1778 Laura Bassi, Italian physicist and scholar, dies at 66
  • 1779 Johannes Burman, Dutch botanist, plant author and physician, dies at 71
  • 1788 Gijsbert John van Hardenbroeck, Dutch regent (Utrecht), dies at 68
  • 1790 Joseph II, Emperor of Holy Roman Empire (1760-1790), dies at 48
  • 1806 Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (b. 1725)
  • 1810 Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean innkeeper, drover and leader of the Tyrolean Rebellion against the revolutionary Napoleonic invasion during the War of the Fifth Coalition, executed at 42
  • 1824 Bogislav Friedrich Emanuel von Tauentzien, Prussian general of the Napoleonic Wars, dies at 63
  • 1848 Prince Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, dies from tuberculosis at 29
  • 1855 Joseph Hume, Scottish doctor and social reformer, dies at 78
  • 1860 Henry Drummond, English banker and religious leader, dies at 69
  • 1862 Francisco Balagtas, Filipino poet (Florante at Laura), dies at 73
  • 1871 Paul Kane, Irish-Canadian painter, dies at 60
  • 1892 Hermann Kopp, German chemist (Law of Kopp), dies at 74
  • 1893 P. G. T. Beauregard, American Confederate general (Hero of Sumter), dies at 74

Person of interestFrederick Douglass

1895 Frederick Douglass, African-American abolitionist, lecturer and editor who was also an escaped slave, dies of a heart attack at 77

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
  • 1905 Jeremiah W. Farnham, American merchant captain

Person of interestHenri Moissan

1907 Henri Moissan, French chemist who isolated the element "fluorine" from its compounds (Nobel 1906), dies of appendicitis at 54

Chemist and Nobel Laureate Henri Moissan
Chemist and Nobel Laureate
Henri Moissan
  • 1910 Boutros Ghali, Prime Minister of Egypt (1908-1910), assassinated by a nationalist at 64
  • 1916 Klas Arnoldson, Swedish politician and pacifist (Nobel Peace 1908), dies at 71
  • 1917 Leone Sextus Tollemache, British Army captain who was incorrectly alleged to have the longest English surname on record (Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache), dies in active service in WWI at 32

Person of interestRobert Peary

1920 Robert Peary, American arctic explorer who claimed to have 1st reached geographic North Pole (Apr 6 1909), dies at 63

Arctic Explorer Robert Peary
Arctic Explorer
Robert Peary
  • 1928 Antonio Abetti, Italian astronomer, dies at 81
  • 1936 John Hope, president of Atlanta University, dies at 67
  • 1950 Sarat Chandra Bose, Indian activist for independence, dies at 60
  • 1959 Laurence Housman, English author and playwright (Victoria Regina), dies at 93
  • 1960 Leonard Woolley, British pioneering archaeologist, dies at 79
  • 1961 Otto Huiswoud, Suriname-born political activist and editor-in-chief (Negro Worker), dies at 67

Person of interestChester Nimitz

1966 Chester Nimitz, American admiral who commanded the US Pacific fleet in World War II, dies at 80

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • 1970 Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist, dies at 84
  • 1970 Café Filho, 18th Brazilian President (1954-1955) dies aged 71
  • 1972 Maria Goeppert-Mayer, American-German atomic physicist (Nobel 1963), dies at 65
  • 1973 Brigitte Reimann, German writer (Franziska Linkerhand), dies of cancer at 39
  • 1973 Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist (Violinist Notebook 1933), dies at 80
  • 1976 Kathryn Kuhlman, religious leader/faith healer, dies
  • 1976 René Cassin, French jurist and judge (Nobel Peace Prize 1968), dies at 88
  • 1980 Alice Longworth Roosevelt, youngest daughter of Theodore, dies at 96
  • 1983 James G Richardson, (Tim Cassidy-Sierra), dies at 37 in ski accident
  • 1983 Fritz Köberle, Austrian-Brazilian physician (b. 1910)
  • 1985 Clarence Nash, American voice actor (Donald Duck), dies of leukaemia at 80
  • 1986 Koss Rietkerk, Dutch foreign minister (VVD), dies at 58
  • 1992 Roberto D'Aubuisson, El Salvadorian founder (ARENA), dies
  • 1992 Eugene R. Black, American President of World Bank (1953-62), dies at 93
  • 1992 A. J. Casson, Canadian painter (member of Group of Seven), dies at 93
  • 1993 Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian auto-designer (Lamborghini), dies at 76
  • 1994 Derek Jarman, English director (Last of England), dies at 52
  • 1995 John Humphreys Whitfield, British scholar of Italian language & literature, dies at 88
  • 1995 Shlomo Averbach, Rabbi, buried in Jerusalem, 250,000 attend
  • 1996 Jeffrey Kindersley Quill, Test pilot, dies at 83
  • 1996 Walter Charles Marshall, scientist, dies at 63
  • 1996 Solomon Asch, American psychologist (b. 1907)
  • 1999 Sarah Kane, English playwright (b. 1971)
  • 2000 Anatoly Sobchak, Russian politician (b. 1937)
  • 2002 Stephen Longstreet, American writer (All or Nothing), dies at 94
  • 2003 Maurice Blanchot, French author (b. 1907)
  • 2003 Orville Freeman, American politician (b. 1918)
  • 2003 Mushaf Ali Mir, Pakistani Chief of the Air Staff (b. 1947)
  • 2005 Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas), dies at 67
  • 2005 Tom Willmore, English geometer, dies at 85
  • 2005 William Gordon Harris, British civil engineer, dies at 92
  • 2006 Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (b. 1920)
  • 2006 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster and author (Ford C. Frick Award; Pete Rozelle Award; lifetime achievement Emmy, 1992), dies of leukemia at 86
  • 2007 F. Albert Cotton, American chemist, dies at 76
  • 2008 Larry Davis (criminal)
  • 2010 Alexander Haig Jr, American General and 59th Secretary of State (1981-82), dies from a staphylococcal infection at 85
  • 2012 Renato Dulbecco, Italian-born American virologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 97
  • 2016 Peter Mondavi, American winemaker (Charles Krug - Napa Valley), dies at 101
  • 2019 William Broomfield, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan), dies at 96