On This Day

On This Day in History for February 27

Events in History

  • 837 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
  • 1526 Saxony and Hesse form League of Gotha (league of Protestant princes)
  • 1531 Evangelical German towns form Schmalkaldische Union
  • 1557 1st Russian Embassy arrives in London

CrownRoyal Coronation

1594 Henry IV crowned King of France

  • 1626 Yuan Chonghuan is appointed Governor of Liaodong, after he led the Chinese into a great victory against the Manchurians under Nurhaci
  • 1665 Battle at Elmina, Gold Coast: Vice-admiral De Ruyter beats English
  • 1667 Abraham Crijnssen conquers Fort Willoughby (Zeelandia), Suriname
  • 1670 Jews expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I
  • 1678 Earl of Shaftesbury freed from the Tower of London
  • 1693 1st women's magazine "Ladies' Mercury" published in London, England
  • 1696 English/Welsh nobles lay down Oath of Association

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1700 English explorer William Dampier is the 1st British person to visit the Pacific Island of New Britain, which he names

Explorer and Pirate William Dampier
Explorer and Pirate
William Dampier
  • 1713 French troops bomb Willemstad, Curacao
  • 1801 Washington, D.C. placed under Congressional jurisdiction
  • 1803 Great fire in Bombay, India

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1812 The flag of Argentina, created by Manuel Belgrano, is first raised at Rosario

Argentine Politician and Military Leader Manuel Belgrano
Argentine Politician and Military Leader
Manuel Belgrano
  • 1813 1st federal vaccination legislation enacted
  • 1813 US Congress authorizes use of steamboats to transport mail

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1816 Dutch regain Suriname from the French after the defeat of Napoleon

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1827 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans
  • 1844 Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti (National Day)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1860 Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union in the city of New York that is largely responsible for his election to the Presidency

16th US President Abraham Lincoln
16th US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1861 Russians shoot at Poles protesting Russian rule of Poland in Castle Square, Warsaw
  • 1861 US Congress authorizes 1st stamped newspaper wrappers for mailing
  • 1864 6th and last day of battle at Dalton, Georgia (about 600 casualties)
  • 1864 Near Andersonville, Georgia, rebels open a new POW camp "Camp Sumpter"
  • 1865 Civil War skirmish near Sturgeon, Missouri
  • 1869 John Menard is 1st African American to make a speech in the US Congress
  • 1871 Meeting of Alabama claims commission
  • 1872 Charlotte Ray, 1st African American woman lawyer in USA, graduates from Howard University
  • 1873 Dutch socialist Samuel van Wooden demands law against child labor
  • 1879 Russian Chemist Constantin Fahlberg discovers saccharin (artificial sweetener) [1]
  • 1881 Battle at Amajuba: South African Boers vs British army under General Colley
  • 1883 Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine
  • 1890 D Needham and P Kerrigan box 100 rounds (6 h 39 m) in San Francisco; match is a draw
  • 1900 Battle at Pietershoogte during the Boer War
  • 1900 Boer General Cronjé surrenders to British in Pardenberg, South Africa
  • 1900 In London, the Trades Union Congress and the Independent Labour Party (formed in 1893) meet, results in a Labour Representative Committee and eventually the modern Labour Party in 1906
  • 1901 NL Rules Committee decrees that all fouls are to count as strikes except after two strikes
  • 1901 A General Committee of National Liberal Federation meets and adopts a resolution deploring the continuation of the war in South Africa and condemning the British Government's insistence on unconditional surrender by the Boers
  • 1906 France and Britain agree to joint control of New Hebrides

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1907 Psychiatrists Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud meet for the first time in Vienna

Father of Psychology Sigmund Freud
Father of Psychology
Sigmund Freud
Psychiatrist Carl Jung
Carl Jung
  • 1908 Sacrifice fly adopted (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1912 Lord Kitchener opens Khartoum-El Obeid (Nyala) railway

General and Secretary of War Horatio Kitchener
General and Secretary of War
Horatio Kitchener
  • 1919 1st public performance of Holst's "Planets"
  • 1919 American Association for Hard of Hearing forms (NYC)
  • 1921 The International Working Union of Socialist Parties is founded in Vienna
  • 1921 The Fascists incite a riot in Florence, Italy

Conference meetingConference of Interest

1922 US Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover convenes 1st National Radio Conference

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 1922 G B Shaw's "Back to Methusaleh I/II" premieres in NYC
  • 1922 US Supreme Court unanimously upholds 19th amendment to the US Constuituent - women's right to vote
  • 1924 Belgium's Theunis government falls

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1925 Hitler resurrects NSDAP political party in Munich

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1929 Turkey signs Litvinov-pact
  • 1930 Bouvet Island declared a Norwegian dependency
  • 1932 Explosion in coal mine Boissevain, Virginia, USA leaves 38 dead

Famous PhotoReichstag Fire

1933 The Reichstag, German parliament building, destroyed by fire; possibly set by the Nazis, who blame and execute Martin van der Lubbe, a Dutch Communist

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The Reichstag building in Berlin, housing the German Parliament, on fire during the night of February 27, 1933.
The Reichstag building in Berlin, housing the German Parliament, on fire during the night of February 27, 1933.
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933 Jean Genet's "Intermezzo" premieres in Paris

Novelist and Playwright Jean Genet
Novelist and Playwright
Jean Genet
  • 1939 Belgian government of Pierlot falls
  • 1939 Borley Rectory, "the most haunted house in England", destroyed in a fire

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 Britain and France recognize Francisco Franco's government in Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • 1939 Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes
  • 1940 Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14 (radiocarbon dating) at the University of California Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California
  • 1942 1st transport of French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942 Battle of Java Sea began: 13 US warships sunk and 2 Japanese
  • 1942 J S Hey discovers radio emissions from Sun
  • 1943 The Smith Mine #3 in Bearcreek, Montana, explodes, killing 74 men
  • 1943 The Rosenstrasse protest starts in Berlin
  • 1945 Battle of US 94 Infantry
  • 1946 4th "Road" film "Road to Utopia" premieres (NYC)
  • 1947 French explorer Paul-Emile Victor founds French Polar Expeditions to oversee French scientific missions
  • 1949 Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st President of Israel

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1950 General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1951 22nd amendment ratified, limiting US Presidents to 2 terms
  • 1956 Female suffrage granted in Egypt
  • 1957 Mao's famous speech to the Supreme State Conference "On Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People" expounding Maoist ideals
  • 1958 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1960 Oil pipe line from Rotterdam to Ruhrgebied opens
  • 1961 The first congress of the Spanish Trade Union Organisation is inaugurated

MurderAssassination Attempt

1962 South Vietnam President Ngô Đình Diệm's palace bombed by dissident air pilots in a failed assassination attempt

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm
  • 1964 The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over.
  • 1965 Dutch Marijnen government resigns
  • 1965 France performs Underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • 1966 Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Belousova and Protopopov of the Soviet Union
  • 1966 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Emmerich Danzer of Austria
  • 1967 Antigua & St Christopher-Nevis become associated states of UK
  • 1967 Dominica gains independence from England
  • 1967 Rio de la Plata Treaty

BattleCoup d'état

1969 General Hafez al-Assad becomes head of Syria via military coup

General and President of Syria Hafez al-Assad
General and President of Syria
Hafez al-Assad
  • 1969 President Nixon visits West Berlin
  • 1970 NY Times (falsely) reports US army has ended domestic surveillance
  • 1971 Doctors in the first Dutch abortion clinic (the Mildredhuis in Arnhem) start to perform aborti provocati

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1972 US President Richard Nixon and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai issue Shanghai Communique

Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai
Premier of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Enlai
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1973 American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1973 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius

Pope Paul VI
Paul VI
  • 1974 "People" magazine begins sales
  • 1974 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1975 CDU-politician Peter Lorentz kidnapped in West Berlin
  • 1975 US House of Representatives pass $21.3 billion anti-recession tax-cut bill

Birthdays in History

Person of interestConstantine the Great

272 Constantine the Great, Roman emperor (306-337) who adopted Christianity, born in Naissus (d. 337)

Roman Emperor Constantine the Great
Roman Emperor
Constantine the Great
  • 1539 Franciscus Raphelengius, Dutch book publisher
  • 1622 Rembrandt Carel Fabritius, Dutch painter
  • 1691 Edward Cave, English editor and publisher (d. 1754)
  • 1711 Constantine Mavrocordatos, Prince of Wallachia and Prince of Moldavia (d. 1769)
  • 1779 Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (d. 1842)
  • 1784 Elias Annes Borger, Dutch theologist/poet (To the Rhine)
  • 1792 Don Joaquin B F Espartero, Spanish adventurer/fieldmarshal
  • 1802 Lord George Bentinck [William George Frederick Cavendish Bentinck], English Conservative politician, born in Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire (d. 1848)
  • 1807 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (Song of Hiawatha), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1882)
  • 1823 Ferdinand Van Derveer, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 1892)
  • 1823 William Buel Franklin, American Major General (Union Army), born in York, Pennsylvania (d. 1903)
  • 1827 Richard W Johnson, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Livingston County, Kentucky (d. 1897)
  • 1831 Hiram Bond Everest, American co-founder of The Vacuum Oil Company (d. 1913)
  • 1832 Alfred Pollard Edward, Civil War journalist, (d. 1872)
  • 1835 Charles Cartuyvels, Belgian pulprit orator
  • 1835 Richard Garnett, English author (Ananda the Miracle Worker)
  • 1841 [Eleanor] Agnes Lee, daughter of US general Robert E. Lee
  • 1850 Henry Edwards Huntington, American railroad exec
  • 1861 Rudolph Steiner, Kraljevic Aust, founder (doctrine of anthroposophy)
  • 1867 Irving Fisher, US economist (compensating dollar)
  • 1869 Alice Hamilton, physician/writer (workmen's compensation laws)
  • 1878 Alvan T. Fuller, 50th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)

Person of interestCharles Strite

1878 Charles Strite, American inventor who invented the automatic pop-up toaster, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1956)

Inventor Charles Strite
Charles Strite
  • 1880 Angelina Weld Grimke, American journalist, teacher and playwright (Harlem Renaissance), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • 1881 Luitzen [Bertus] Brouwers, Dutch mathematician
  • 1881 Sveinn Bjornsson, 1st president of Iceland (1944-52)/poet (Figur ild)
  • 1886 Hugo L Black, Ala, (Sen-D-Ala)/78th Supreme Court justice (1937-71)
  • 1887 James D Innes, English painter
  • 1888 Roberto Assagioli, Italian psychiatrist (d. 1974)
  • 1891 Anne Samson, oldest-ever nun documented (d. 2004)
  • 1893 Ralph Linton, US cultural anthropologist (Tree of Culture)
  • 1897 Bernard F Lyot, French astronomer (Lyot filter)
  • 1897 G Paul H Schuitema, graphic designer/photographer (System-O-Color)
  • 1899 Charles Herbert Best, Washington County, Maine, American-Canadian physiologist/co-discoverer (Insulin)
  • 1901 Marino Marini, Italian sculptor/painter

Person of interestJohn Steinbeck

1902 John Steinbeck, American author (Grapes of Wrath-Nobel 1962), born in Salinas, California (d. 1968)

  • 1904 James Thomas Farrell, American author (Studs Lonigan trilogy)
  • 1904 Yulii Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist (d. 1996)
  • 1905 Charles de Keukeleire, Belgian director (Evil Eye)
  • 1906 H Algernon F "Algy" Rumbold, English diplomat (South Africa/Tibet)
  • 1910 Peter De Vries, author (Reuben, Reuben, Prick of Noon), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1910 Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, American aircraft engineer (Lockheed Skunk Works; d. 1990)
  • 1912 Lawrence Durrell, Indian-British writer (Private Country, Alexandria Quartet), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, British India (d. 1990)
  • 1912 Kusumagraj, Indian writer (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Frank Allaun, British MP (L)
  • 1913 Irwin Shaw, American novelist (Rich Man Poor Man)
  • 1913 Kazimierz Sabbat, Polish president (d. 1989)
  • 1915 Arthur Gilson, Belgian attorney/minister of Defense (1958-..)
  • 1917 John Connally Jr, American politician, 39th Governor of Texas, and federal treasurer who was critically wounded during the assassination of Kennedy, born in Floresville, Texas (d. 1993)
  • 1922 Mervyn Jones, author (Nobody's Fault, 5 Hungarian Writers)
  • 1922 Hans Rookmaaker, Dutch professor and art historian (d. 1977)
  • 1924 Magnus MacDonald Shearer, former Lord Lieutenant of Shetland
  • 1925 Hugh Leggatt, art dealer
  • 1925 Michael Kaye, director (City of London Festival)
  • 1925 Richard AFM Auwerda, Dutch journalist/writer
  • 1925 Samuel Dash, American Congressional counsel (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Peter Emery, British MP
  • 1926 David H. Hubel, Canadian neuroscientist, Nobel Prize laureate, (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Lord Belhaven & Stenton
  • 1927 Michael Butler, Pro-Provost/chairman (Royal College of Art)
  • 1930 Paul von Ragué Schleyer, American chemist
  • 1930 Peter Stone, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Andrew Sloan, Chief Constable (Strathcourt)
  • 1932 Dolf Zwerver, Dutch painter
  • 1932 Lord Young of Graffham, CEO (Cables & Wireless)
  • 1933 Edward Lucie-Smith, British poet and poetry critic, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1933 Geoffrey Maitland Smith, CEO (Sears)
  • 1933 Malcolm Wallop, American politician (Sen-R-WY, 1977–1995), born in New York City (d. 2011)

Person of interestRalph Nader

1934 Ralph Nader, American consumer advocate (Unsafe at Any Speed), born in Winsted, Connecticut

Political Activist Ralph Nader
Political Activist
Ralph Nader
  • 1934 N. Scott Momaday, American author (House Made of Dawn, Pulitzer 1969), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • 1934 Vincent Fourcade, French interior designer, born in Paris, France (d. 1992)
  • 1936 Roger M. Mahoney, American cardinal (Archbishop of Los Angeles, 1985–2011), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1936 Ron Barassi, Australian rules footballer, born in Castlemaine, Australia
  • 1937 Barbara Babcock, American actress (Dr Quinn, Dallas, Hill St Blues), born in Fort Riley, Kansas
  • 1937 Donald MacKay, CEO (Scottish Enterprise), born in Griffith, Australia (d. 1977)
  • 1939 Kenzō Takada, Japanese fashion designer (Kenzo), born in Himejo, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Dame Barbara Kelly, Scottish civic activist & former CEO (Crichton Foundation, Scottish Consumer Council), born in Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
  • 1941 Paddy Ashdown, British MP, leader of Liberal Democrats (1988-1999), born in New Delhi, British Raj (d. 2018)
  • 1941 Andrew "Sandy" Wilson, Royal Air Force officer (1962–1995)
  • 1942 Charlayne Hunter-Gault, American journalist & foreign correspondent (McNeil-Lehrer), born in Due West, South Carolina
  • 1942 Robert H. Grubbs, American chemist & Nobel Prize laureate, born in Marshall County, Kentucky
  • 1944 Roger Scruton, British philosopher, born in Buslingthorpe, United Kingdom
  • 1946 Mary-Claire King, American human geneticist (breast cancer genes), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1950 Franco Moschino, Italian fashion designer, born in Abbiategrasso, Italy
  • 1950 Julia Neuberger, British rabbi, born in Hampstead, United Kingdom
  • 1951 Lee Atwater, Republican National Committee Chairman (1989-91), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • 1958 Nancy Spungen, American murder victim of Sid Vicious, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • 1963 Pär Nuder, Swedish politician, born in Täby, Sweden
  • 1967 [Jonathan] Jony Ive, English Designer at Apple Inc. (designed the imac, ipod, iphone), born in Chingford, London
  • 1970 Michael A. Burstein, American writer, born in New York City
  • 1970 Matthias Lechner, German art director, born in Mannheim, Germany
  • 1971 Derren Brown, British psychological illusionist, born in Purley, London
  • 1975 Shelby Walker, American mixed martial artist, born in Kingsville, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1980 Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President Clinton and Hillary Clinton
  • 1991 Azeem Rafiq, Yorkshire CCC & English U15 captain, born in Karachi, Pakistan

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

1951 Activist W.E.B. Du Bois (83) weds award-winning author Shirley Graham (54) in Queens, New York

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois
Civil Rights Activist
W.E.B. Du Bois
  • 2016 "The Voice" winner RaeLynn Woodward weds Josh Davis in Nashville

Deaths in History

  • 1167 Robert of Melun, English philosopher/bishop of Hereford, dies
  • 1656 Johan van Heemskerk, Dutch lawyer/writer/interpreter, dies
  • 1659 Henry Dunster, American clergyman and first President of Harvard College, dies at 49
  • 1666 Luisa de Guzmán, Queen of Portugal (1640-56), dies at 52
  • 1699 Charles Paulet, 1st Duke of Bolton, English politician (b. c. 1625)
  • 1706 John Evelyn, English writer and diarist (Life of Mrs Godolphin), dies at 85
  • 1712 Bahādur Shah I, 7th Mughal Emperor of India, dies at 68
  • 1720 Samuel Parris, English-born Puritan minister (b. 1653)
  • 1735 John Arbuthnot, Scottish mathematician and writer (Scriblerus Club), dies at 67
  • 1779 Jan Nepveu, Dutch governor of Suriname (1769-79), dies at 59
  • 1795 Francis Marion, American military officer (pioneered guerrilla warfare during the American Revolutionary War), died around the age of 63
  • 1844 Nicholas Biddle, US lawyer/diplomat/statesman/financier, dies at 85
  • 1862 Gabriele dell' Addolorata, patron of Italian Catholic youth, dies at 23
  • 1874 Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Cuban revolutionary hero, dies at 54
  • 1881 George Colley, British governor of Natal/general, dies in battle at 46

Person of interestLouis Vuitton

1892 Louis Vuitton, French founder of the Louis Vuitton brand of leather goods now owned by LVMH, dies at 70

Luggage Maker Louis Vuitton
Luggage Maker
Louis Vuitton
  • 1892 Anne Clough, English suffragette, promoted higher education for women, first principal of New College, dies at 72
  • 1906 Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astronomer and pioneer aviator, dies at 71
  • 1913 Adam Sedgwick, English zoologist (Peripatus), dies at 58
  • 1920 Alexandru D Xenopol, Romanian historian, dies at 72
  • 1931 Chandra Sekhar Azad, Indian revolutionary (Hindustan Socialist Republican Army), dies at 24
  • 1932 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher, dies at 88

Person of interestIvan Pavlov

1936 Ivan Pavlov, Russian physiologist and pioneer in psychology (Nobel Prize 1904), dies at 86

Physiologist Ivan Pavlov
Ivan Pavlov
  • 1936 Joshua W. Alexander, U.S. Secretary of Commerce under Woodrow Wilson (b. 1852)
  • 1939 Nadezjda K Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary/wife of Lenin, dies at 70
  • 1940 Peter Behrens, German architect, dies at 71
  • 1941 William D. Byron, U.S. Congressman (b. 1895)
  • 1942 Karel Doorman, Dutch rear-admiral (Java Sea), KIA at 52
  • 1942 Martha McChesney Berry, American educator who founded Berry School for Children, dies at 75
  • 1943 Kostis Palamas, Greek poet, twice nominated for the Nobel prize (b. 1859)
  • 1945 HJ Lochtman, Dutch chaplain/resistance fighter, dies in Bergen-Belsen
  • 1950 Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), dies at 58
  • 1951 Henry Louis Smith, American physicist who made the first X-ray photograph, dies at 91
  • 1952 Theodoros Pangalos, Greek general and dictator (1926), dies at 74
  • 1958 Harry Cohn, CEO (Columbia Pictures), dies of a heart attack
  • 1960 Adriano Olivetti, Italian engineer and manufacturer (typewriter), dies at 58
  • 1964 Orry-Kelly, Australian costume designer (b. 1897)
  • 1968 Johannes Tralow, German writer (Ottoman tetralogy), dies at 85
  • 1969 Marius Barbeau, French Canadian folklorist (b. 1883)
  • 1970 Robert Bruce Lockhart, diplomat/writer, dies
  • 1970 Marie Dionne, one of the French Canadian Dionne quintuplets (b. 1934)
  • 1977 John Dickson Carr, American mystery writer, dies of lung cancer at 70
  • 1981 Jacob H Gilbert, American politician (US Representative 1960-1971), dies at 60
  • 1985 Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., American politician (Sen-R) and ambassador (West Germany, Vietnam & UN), dies at 82
  • 1989 Conrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies
  • 1989 Konrad Lorenz, Austrian zoologist and ethologist (Man & His Ideas, Nobel Prize 1973), dies at 85
  • 1989 Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer, dies at 91
  • 1990 Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (b. 1903)
  • 1991 Robert-Jan Akkerman, Dutch diplomat (to Tunis), murdered
  • 1992 S. I. Hayakawa, Canadian-American academic, politician (U.S. Senator from California, 1977–83) and writer (Language in Action), dies of a stroke at 85
  • 1992 Marinus Ruppert, Dutch trade union leader (CNV), dies at 80
  • 1994 Harold Acton, English-Italian historian and art collector, dies at 84
  • 1994 Karl I Pelgrom, Dutch sculptor, dies at 66
  • 1994 Laurence "Bill" Craigie, jet pioneer, dies at 92
  • 1994 Leopold "Hans" Kohr, Austria social philosopher/economist, dies at 84
  • 1995 Bernard Cornfield, financier, dies at 67
  • 1995 Philip Sherrington, opus Dei Priest, dies at 51
  • 1996 George Ian Murray, 10th Duke of Atholl, dies at 64
  • 1996 Sylvia Williams, museum director/curator, dies at 60
  • 1997 Kingsley Davis, American sociologist and demographer (coined the term "population explosion"), dies at 88
  • 1998 George H. Hitchings, American scientist (Nobel laureate 1988), dies at 92
  • 2004 Paul Sweezy, American Marxist economist and editor (Monthly Review), dies at 93
  • 2004 Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historians (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Otis Chandler, American newspaper publisher (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Robert Lee Scott, Jr., American General and Air Force pilot, dies at 97
  • 2007 Bernd von Freytag-Loringhoven, German soldier (b. 1914)
  • 2008 William F. Buckley Jr, American conservative author and commentator (National Review, Firing Line), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 2008 Boyd Coddington, American automobile designer (b. 1944)
  • 2008 Anthony Blond, British publisher (The Publishing Game, Book Book), dies at 79
  • 2010 Madeleine Ferron, French Canadian writer, dies at 87
  • 2011 Frank Buckles, last surviving American World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • 2012 Tina Strobos, Dutch physician and resistor to Nazi occupation, dies from cancer at 91
  • 2013 Stephane Hessel, German-born French diplomat, dies at 95
  • 2015 Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest, author and civil rights activist, dies at 91
  • 2015 Boris Nemtsov, Russian politician, dies at 55, shot four times in Moscow
  • 2018 Luciano Benjamín Menéndez, Argentine general, Commander of the Third Army Corps (1975-79), and convicted human rights violator and murderer, dies of cardiogenic shock at 90
  • 2019 France-Albert René, 2nd President of Seychelles (1977-2004), dies at 83