On This Day

On This Day in History for February 5

Events in History

  • 816 Frankish emperor Louis grants archbishop Salzburg immunity

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1428 King Alfonso V, orders Sicily's Jews to attend conversion sermons

  • 1488 Roman Catholic German Emperor Maximilian I caught in Belgium
  • 1512 French troops under Gaston de Foix rescue Bologna, which was under siege from a combined Papal-Spanish army
  • 1556 Kings Henri I and Philip II sign Treaty of Vaucelles
  • 1572 Beggars assault Oisterwijk Neth, drive nuns out

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1576 Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) abjures Catholicism at Tours

Execution26 Martyrs of Japan Executed

1597 A group of early Japanese Christians, known as the 26 Martyrs, are killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society

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A painting in a Prague church commemorating the 1597 crucifixion of the 26 Catholic martyrs of Japan in Nagasaki
A painting in a Prague church commemorating the 1597 crucifixion of the 26 Catholic martyrs of Japan in Nagasaki
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1631 Founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams arrives in Boston from England

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams
  • 1644 1st US livestock branding law passed, by Connecticut

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1649 Prince of Wales proclaimed King Charles II of Great Britain by Covenanter Parliament of Scotland

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 1663 Charlevoix Earthquake in Quebec, felt strongly in New England
  • 1679 German emperor Leopold I signs peace with France
  • 1736 Methodists John and Charles Wesley arrive in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1777 Georgia becomes 1st US state to abolish both entail and primogeniture

USAArticles of Confederation

1778 Articles of Confederation ratified by 2nd state, South Carolina

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The Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States of America
The Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States of America
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  • 1782 British garrison in Menorca (western Mediterranean) surrenders to French and Spanish fleet as part of the American Revolutionary War
  • 1783 Earthquakes ravage Calabria, killing 30,000
  • 1783 Sweden recognizes US independence
  • 1795 Zealand, Netherlands, surrenders to French general Michaud
  • 1803 English explorer George Bass and crew set sail from Sydney to Tahiti and Chile - they're never seen again

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1811 Prince George, Prince of Wales, later George IV, is appointed as Prince-Regent after his father King George III is recognized as insane due to mental illness

King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover George III
King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover
George III
  • 1817 1st US gas co incorporated, Baltimore (coal gas for street lights)
  • 1818 Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway
  • 1825 Hannah Lord Montague of NY creates 1st detachable shirt collar
  • 1831 Jan van Speijk blows up his gunboat in Antwerp, killing about 30
  • 1846 "Oregon Spectator" is 1st newspaper to be published on the West Coast
  • 1850 Adding machine employing depressible keys patented, New Paltz, NY
  • 1859 Wallachia and Moldavia are united under Alexander John Cuza as the United Principalities
  • 1861 Kinematoscope patented by Coleman Sellers, Philadelphia
  • 1861 Louisiana delegation except Mr Bouligny withdraws from Congress (US Civil War)
  • 1864 Federals occupy Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1864 Danish army begins its withdrawal from Danevirke to Dybbøl through driven snow, last time the Danes would occupy Danevirke, symbol of Danish identity
  • 1865 Battle of Hatcher's Run, Virginia (Armstrong's Mill, Dabney's Mill)
  • 1869 World's largest alluvial gold nugget, the Welcome Stranger, found by John Deason and Richard Oates (weighting 97.14kg) in Moliagul, Australia
  • 1870 1st motion picture shown to a theater audience, Philadelphia
  • 1879 Joseph Swan demonstrates light bulb using carbon glow
  • 1881 Phoenix, Arizona incorporates
  • 1885 News of the fall of Khartoum reaches London
  • 1885 King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal colonial possession
  • 1887 Snow falls on San Francisco
  • 1893 Alfred Naess skates world record 500m (49.4 sec)
  • 1894 Female suffrage organization in Amsterdam forms
  • 1897 Marcel Proust meets Jean Lorrain in a pistol duel
  • 1900 British troops under Gen Buller occupy Vaal Krantz, Natal
  • 1900 The United States and the United Kingdom sign treaty for Panama Canal
  • 1901 Loop-the-loop centrifugal RR (roller coaster) patented by Ed Prescot
  • 1901 Pierpont Morgan forms US Steel Corp
  • 1904 American occupation of Cuba ends

Music releaseMusic Recording

1916 Enrico Caruso records "O Solo Mio" for the Victor Talking Machine Co

Operatic Tenor Enrico Caruso
Operatic Tenor
Enrico Caruso
  • 1917 Congress overrides Wilson's veto, curtailing Asian immigration
  • 1917 Morosco Theater opens at 217 W 45th St NYC (demolished 1982)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1917 The last of the American troops commanded by General John Pershing leave Mexico; President Carranza will be assassinated within the next year

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • 1918 1st US pilot to down an enemy airplane, Stephen W. Thompson
  • 1918 Separation of church and state begins in USSR
  • 1919 NL President John Heydler dismisses charges that Hal Chase bet against his team and threw games in collusion with gamblers
  • 1922 Reader's Digest magazine 1st published
  • 1923 General mine strike against wage cuts in Saar
  • 1923 Mass arrests of socialists & communists in Italy
  • 1930 5th Aliyah to Israel begins
  • 1931 Maxine Dunlap becomes 1st US women to earn a glider pilot license
  • 1933 Crew of Dutch "7 Provinces" mutiny after pay cuts
  • 1933 Marinus van der Lubbe passes Dutch German boundary
  • 1936 National Wildlife Federation forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1937 FDR proposes enlarging Supreme Court, "court packing" plan failed

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1938 Hans Engnestangen skates world record 500m (41.8 sec)
  • 1938 III British Empire Games open in Sydney, Australia
  • 1940 General Winckelman replaces Gen Reijnders as Dutch supreme commander
  • 1941 Dutch Premier De Geer returns from Lisbon to Netherlands
  • 1943 Amsterdam resistance group CS-6 shoots nazi general Seyffardt
  • 1943 Clandestine Radio Atlantiksender, Germany, 1st transmission
  • 1944 358 RAF bombers attack Stettin

Conference of InterestYalta Conference

1945 British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Yalta, the Crimea

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Conference of the Big Three at Yalta (from left to right) Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin
Conference of the Big Three at Yalta (from left to right) Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 US troops under General Douglas MacArthur enter Manilla

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1946 The Chondoist Chongu Party is founded in North Korea
  • 1947 Bolewet Beirut becomes President of Poland
  • 1953 Sweet rationing imposed in WWII ends in Britain
  • 1958 Clifton R Wharton confirmed as 1st US African American foreign minister (to Romania)
  • 1958 Gamel Abdel Nasser nominated 1st President of United Arab Republic
  • 1958 Vanguard TV-3 back-up launches into Earth orbit; reaches 6 km
  • 1962 French President de Gaulle calls for Algeria's independence
  • 1962 Suit to bar Englewood NJ from "racial segregated" schools, filed
  • 1962 Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all within 16 degrees
  • 1963 Maarten Schmidt discovers enormous red shifts in quasars
  • 1963 Soviet lunar probe failure
  • 1965 Beursschouwburg opens in Brussels
  • 1967 Anastasio Somoza Debayle elected President of Nicaragua
  • 1967 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Robert Penn Warren
  • 1968 A fishing trawler from Hull sinks off the coast of Iceland
  • 1969 United States population reaches 200 million
  • 1970 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1971 Apollo 14, 3rd US manned Moon expedition, lands near Fra Mauro Alan Shepard & Edward Mitchell (Apollo 14) walk on Moon for 4 hrs
  • 1972 US airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers & baggage
  • 1972 Two IRA members are killed when a bomb they were planting exploded prematurely
  • 1973 Funeral for LC William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam War
  • 1973 Juan Corona sentenced to 25 consecutive life terms for 25 murders
  • 1974 British miners begin their strike in reaction to the three-day week
  • 1974 Maximum speed on Autobahn reduced to 100 kph
  • 1974 US Mariner 10 returns 1st close-up photos of Venus' cloud structure
  • 1974 John Murtha becomes the first Vietnam War veteran elected to the United States Congress

Birthdays in History

  • 976 Sanjō, Emperor of Japan (d. 1017)
  • 1505 Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (d. 1572)
  • 1519 René of Châlon, (d. 1544)
  • 1534 Giovanni de' Bardi, Italian writer (d. 1612)
  • 1589 Honorat de Brueil seigneur de Racan, French playwright/poet
  • 1589 Esteban Manuel de Villegas, Spanish poet (d. 1669)
  • 1608 Gaspar Schott, German mathematician (d. 1666)
  • 1626 Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, French author (d. 1696)
  • 1703 Gilbert Tennent, Irish-born religious leader (d. 1764)

Person of interestJohn Witherspoon

1723 John Witherspoon, Scottish-American president of the College of New Jersey who signed the Declaration of Independence, born in Gifford, Scotland (d. 1794)

Presbyterian Minister John Witherspoon
Presbyterian Minister
John Witherspoon
  • 1725 James Otis, American lawyer and patriot, born in Barnstable, Massachusetts (d. 1783)
  • 1744 John Jeffries, colonial physician and meteorologist
  • 1753 Coert L van Beyma thoe Kingma, Frisian regent/patriot
  • 1770 Alexandre Brongniart, mineralogist/geologist (Tertiary), born in Paris, France
  • 1775 Margaretha J de Neufville, author (Small Pligten)
  • 1784 Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of Abraham Lincoln, born in Hampshire County, West Virginia (d. 1818)
  • 1788 Karoly Kisfaludy, Hungarian literary (A Tat rok Magyarorsz gon)

Person of interestRobert Peel

1788 Robert "Bobbie" Peel, British Prime Minister (Tory/Conservative/Peelite: 1834-35; 1841-46), founder of the British Conservative Party and founder of the modern police force (Bobbies), born in Ramsbottom, England (d. 1850)

British Prime Minister Robert Peel
British Prime Minister
Robert Peel
  • 1795 Wilhelm Karl Ritter von Haidinger, Austrian mineralogist (d. 1871)
  • 1799 John Lindley, English botanist (Elements of Botany)
  • 1804 Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finland, poet
  • 1808 Carl Spitzweg, German painter (d. 1885)
  • 1837 Dwight Lyman Moody, American evangelist (Student Volunteer Movement)
  • 1840 Hiram Stevens Maxim, inventor (automatic single-barrel rifle)
  • 1840 John Boyd Dunlop, Scotland, developer (pneumatic rubber tire)
  • 1848 Belle Starr [Myra Belle Shirley], US female outlaw (wild west)
  • 1848 Joris-Karl Huysmans, French writer (Against the Grain)
  • 1848 Ignacio Carrera Pinto, Chilean war hero (d. 1882)
  • 1856 Otto Brahm, German critic/founder (Neue Deutsche Rundschau)
  • 1866 Arthur Keith, Persley Aberdeenshire, Scottish Anthropologist (human evolution)
  • 1867 Casper Andries Lingbeek, Dutch politician and preacher
  • 1871 Jovan Ducic, Serb poet (Blue Legends)
  • 1878 André Citroën, French automobile pioneer (d. 1935)
  • 1881 Frederick Leonard Lonsdale, British playwright (Balkan Princess)
  • 1891 Karl L Schmidt, German/Swiss theologist (Urchristentum)
  • 1892 George Saiko, Austrian writer, born in Seestadtl, Bohemia (d. 1962)
  • 1893 Roman Ingarden, Polish philosopher (Studia philosophica)
  • 1897 Dirk Stikker, Dutch politician, diplomat (Ambassador to Great Britain, 1952-58; Secretary General of NATO, 1961-64), and CEO (Heineken), Born in Winschoten, Netherlands (d. 1979)

Person of interestAdlai Stevenson II

1900 Adlai Stevenson II, American politician (US Ambassador to UN, 1961-65; Governor of Illinois, 1949-53; Democratic presidential candidate, 1952 & 1956), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1965)

US Governor and Presidential Candidate Adlai Stevenson II
US Governor and Presidential Candidate
Adlai Stevenson II
  • 1903 Nathaniel Owings, architect (Oak Ridge, TN; Sears), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1907 Jan Klaasesz, Dutch governor Suriname (1949-56)
  • 1907 Norton Simon, American industrialist (Hunts Foods, Norton Simon Museum), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1993)
  • 1907 Pierre E J Pflimlin, premier France
  • 1908 Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins, born in Brighton, England (d. 1969)
  • 1910 Martha van Och-Scholl, German/Dutch resistance fighter (WWII)
  • 1910 Charles Leblond, Canadian Cell Biologist (d. 2007)
  • 1914 Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, British biophysicist (Nobel 1963), born in Banbury (d. 1998)

Person of interestWilliam S. Burroughs

1914 William S. Burroughs, American writer (Naked Lunch, The Nova Trilogy) and visual artist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1997)

Writer and Artist William S. Burroughs
Writer and Artist
William S. Burroughs

Person of interestRobert Hofstadter

1915 Robert Hofstadter, American atomic physicist and Nobel laureate (electron scattering in atomic nuclei), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)

  • 1919 Andreas Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece (1981-89, 1993-96), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, born in Basin, Wyoming (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Robert Lynn, anarchist
  • 1926 Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, American publisher (NY Times), born in NYC, New York
  • 1927 Ruth Fertel, American entrepreneur (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Andrew M Greeley, author/reverend
  • 1928 Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, Middle Eastern scholar (d. 1997)
  • 1929 Fred Sinowatz, Austrian politician
  • 1933 Jorn Donner, Helsinki Finland, director (Anna, Tenderness)
  • 1935 John J "Jannie" Geldenhuys, supreme commander South African army
  • 1937 Wang Xuan, Chinese computer scientist, born in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China (d. 2006)
  • 1940 H. R. Giger, Swiss artist and special effects designer (Alien), born in Zürich (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Stephen J. Cannell, American TV producer (The Rockford Files, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street) and writer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2010)
  • 1941 Kaspar Villiger, Swiss Federal Councilor
  • 1942 Susan Hill, English playwright (Magic Apple Tree)

Person of interestNolan Bushnell

1943 Nolan Bushnell, American electrical engineer (founded Atari, created Pong), born in Clearfield, Utah

Electrical Engineer, Businessman and Founder of Atari Nolan Bushnell
Electrical Engineer, Businessman and Founder of Atari
Nolan Bushnell
  • 1945 Sarah Weddington, American attorney, born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1947 Mary Louise Cleave, American engineer & NASA astronaut (STS 61-B, STS 30), born in Southampton, New York
  • 1948 Elco Brinkman, Dutch politician, born in Dirksland, Netherlands
  • 1948 Errol Morris, American documentary film director (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara), born in Hewlett, New York
  • 1949 Maidarjabyn Ganzorig, Mongolian scientist & cosmonaut (Soyuz 39 backup), born in Tsetserleg, Mongolia
  • 1956 Betty Ong, flight attendant that died on September 11, 2001, on American Airlines Flight 11
  • 1959 Jennifer Granholm, Canadian-American politician, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1966 Rok Petrovič, Slovenian skier, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (d. 1993)
  • 1972 Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, born in Hobart, Australia
  • 1977 Ben Ainslie, British sailor, born in Macclesfield, United Kingdom
  • 1979 Paulo Gonçalves, Portuguese rally racing motorcycle rider (FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship 2013), born in Gemeses, Portugal (d. 2020)
  • 1980 Jo Swinson, British politician, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1980 Brad Fitzpatrick, American programmer (LiveJournal), born in Iowa, United States
  • 1980 Prince Peter, American-born Yugoslav royalty, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 2016 Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, heir to throne of Bhutan, born in Thimphu, Bhutan

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

1826 Future US President Millard Fillmore (26) weds Abigail Powers (27)

13th US President Millard Fillmore
13th US President
Millard Fillmore

Deaths in History

  • 995 William IV, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 937)
  • 1520 Sten Sture the Younger, regent of Sweden (b. 1493)
  • 1578 Giovanni B Moroni, Italian portrait painter, dies
  • 1591 Gerard de Jode, Flemish publisher and cartographer, dies at about 82
  • 1658 Maria Margaretha van Angels, Dutch prioress at Oirschot, dies at 52
  • 1661 Shunzhi Emperor of China (1644-1661) Third Qing Emperor, dies of smallpox at 22
  • 1679 Joost van den Vondel, Dutch poet and dramatist (Jephtha), dies at 91
  • 1705 Philipp Jakob Spener, German theologian (b. 1635)
  • 1721 James Stanhope 1st earl of Stanhope, English general, dies at 47
  • 1754 Nicolaas Kruik, Dutch hydraulic engineer (drained Haarlemmermeer), dies at 75
  • 1757 Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, English diplomat, dies at 78
  • 1766 Leopold Joseph Graf Daun, Austrian field marshal, dies at 60
  • 1775 Eusebius Amort, German Roman Catholic theologian, dies at 82
  • 1790 William Cullen, Scottish physician and chemist, dies at 79
  • 1807 Pasquale Paoli, Corsican freedom fighter, dies at 80
  • 1822 Ali Paşa Tepelenë, known as 'The Lion of Janina", Ottoman Albanian ruler, Pasha of Yanina (1788-1822), dies aged somewhere between 78-82
  • 1831 John CJ van Speijk, commits suicide at 29
  • 1867 Salomon Munk, published Arabic edition of Maimounides, dies

Person of interestThomas Carlyle

1881 Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historian and essayist (The French Revolution), dies in London at 85

Historian and Essayist Thomas Carlyle
Historian and Essayist
Thomas Carlyle
  • 1888 Anton Mauve, Dutch realist painter and cousin of Vincent Van Gogh, dies at 49
  • 1892 Emilie Flygare-Carlén, Swedish novelist (b. 1807)
  • 1911 Petrus A Cronjé, Transvaal Boer general, dies
  • 1917 Jaber II Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1860)
  • 1919 Vasili V Rozanov, Russian philosopher & writer, dies at 62
  • 1922 Slavoljub Eduard Penkala, Croatian inventor (b. 1871)
  • 1927 Inayat Khan, Indian sufi (founder of the Sufi Order in the West (London) in 1914), dies at 44
  • 1937 Lou [Andreas-]Salome, Russian/German author (Eroticism), dies at 75
  • 1938 Hans Litten, German jurist (b. 1903)
  • 1943 Wim Gertenbach, Dutch resistance fighter (Slogan), shot by Nazis
  • 1944 Robert E. Park, American sociologist (human ecology, marginal man), dies at 79
  • 1945 Violette Szabo, French WWII secret agent, is executed by Nazis at 23
  • 1947 Ganzefles, Dutch nazi spy/Jews hunter, executed
  • 1947 Hans Fallada, German writer (Little Man, What Now?), dies at 53
  • 1948 Johann Blaskowitz, German general (surrendered at Wageningen), dies at 64
  • 1957 Joseph Ben Hardaway, American storyboard artist, director, and creator of Bugs Bunny, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1957 Sami Ibrahim Haddad, Lebanese surgeon (b. 1890)
  • 1958 H. M. Tomlinson, British writer (Under red ensign), dies at 84
  • 1961 Anthony Gustav de Rothschild, British philanthropist, dies at 73
  • 1967 Herman Teirlinck, Belgian writer (Jokaste against God), dies at 87
  • 1967 Leon Leonwood Bean, American department store founder (b. 1872)
  • 1971 Mátyás Rákosi, Hungarian party leader and Prime Minister (1952-53), dies at 78
  • 1972 Marianne Moore, American poetess (Pulitzer 1951), dies at 84
  • 1973 George Morrison, dies at 82
  • 1973 L C William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam, funeral
  • 1977 Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (b. 1894)
  • 1978 Annie [Anna HM] Romein-Verschoor, Dutch historian (Omzien), dies at 83
  • 1978 Frans van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist, dies at 68
  • 1981 Kuda Bux, Indian mystic (I'd Like to See), dies at 75
  • 1981 Ella Grasso, American politician, Governor of Connecticut (1975-80), dies at 61
  • 1982 Neil Aggett, South African worker's union leader, commits suicide
  • 1982 Wies [Aloisius CA] Moens, Flemish writer/nazi, dies at 84
  • 1983 Derk Roemers, Dutch union leader/politician (soc dem), dies at 67
  • 1984 Manès Sperber, Austrian-French writer (Like a Tear in the Ocean: A Trilogy), dies at 78
  • 1985 Georges-Émile Lapalme, Quebec politician (b. 1907)
  • 1991 Pedro Arrupe, Spanish priest/Jesuit, dies at 83
  • 1992 Donald Zimmerman, editor, dies
  • 1992 Miguel Rolando Covian, Brazilian physiologist (b. 1913)
  • 1993 Joseph L Mankiewicz, American writer/director (All about Eve), dies at 83
  • 1993 Tip Tipping [Tim], stuntman, dies in sky-diving accident at 34
  • 1993 Marcel Léger, Canadian politician, dies at 62
  • 1994 Hermann Abs, German banker to Adolf Hitler & Konrad Adenauer and director of Deutsche Bank (1938-45), dies at 92

Person of interestBen Enwonwu

1994 Ben Enwonwu, Nigerian painter (Portrait of Tutu), dies at 76

Artist Ben Enwonwu
Ben Enwonwu
  • 1995 Frederick Craig Riddle, British violist, dies at 82
  • 1995 Judith Fluks, Amsterdam's activist, dies
  • 1995 Kimberley Leston, journalist, dies at 35
  • 1996 W. R. Lee, English language teacher and internationalist, dies at 84
  • 1997 John Richard Patterson, businessman, dies at 51
  • 1997 Pamela Harriman, US Ambassador (to France), dies of stroke at 76
  • 1999 Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1999 Neville Bonner, the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia, dies at 76
  • 2003 Helge Boes, American Central Intelligence Agency officer
  • 2004 Harry West, Irish politician, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (1974-79), dies at 86

Person of interestGnassingbé Eyadéma

2005 Gnassingbé Eyadéma, General and President of Togo (1967-2005), dies of heart attack at 69

General and President of Togo Gnassingbé Eyadéma
General and President of Togo
Gnassingbé Eyadéma
  • 2007 Alfred Worm, Austrian investigative journalist (b. 1945)
  • 2007 Leo T. McCarthy, American politician and 43rd Lieutenant Governor of California (1983-1995) (b. 1930)

Person of interestMaharishi Mahesh Yogi

2008 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru who developed Transcendental Meditation, dies at 90

  • 2010 Harry Schwarz, South African lawyer, politician and diplomat, leader of the anti-apartheid movement (b. 1924).
  • 2011 Brian Jacques, English author, author of the Redwall series (b. 1939)
  • 2013 Stuart Freeborn, English motion picture make-up artist, dies at 98
  • 2016 Bodil Malmsten, Swedish writer (The Price of Water in Finistère), dies at 71
  • 2017 Thomas Lux, American poet (Split Horizon), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2019 Dakshayani 'Gaja Muthassi, elephant 'granny' Indian elephant, oldest in captivity, dies in Kerala at 88