On This Day

On This Day in History for January 11

Events in History

  • 1055 Theodora is crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1158 Vladislav II of Bohemia becomes king
  • 1558 Westmunster Church in Middelburg destroyed by heavy storm

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1569 1st recorded lottery in England is drawn in St Paul's Cathedral

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The world-famous Sydney Opera House cost $102 million to build, largely paid for by a state lottery
The world-famous Sydney Opera House cost $102 million to build, largely paid for by a state lottery
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  • 1571 Emperor Maximilian II grants Austrian adel freedom of religion
  • 1599 Jacob van Neck's fleet leaves Bantam, Java in modern day Indonesia with 1 million pounds of pepper and cloves and a further half a ship full of nutmeg, mace and cinnamon
  • 1693 Most powerful earthquake in Italian recorded history strikes Sicily and Southern Italy with an estimated magnitude of 7.4. Tsunamis followed and devastated coastal villages on the Ionian Sea and the Straits of Messina.
  • 1709 Colley Cibber's play "Rival Fools" premieres in London
  • 1753 Ferdinand VI of Spain & Pope Benedictus XIV sign concord
  • 1758 Russian troops occupy Königsberg, East-Prussia [NS=Jan 22]
  • 1759 1st American life insurance company incorporated, Philadelphia

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1765 Frisia bans Voltaire's "Traité sur la tolérance"

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher

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1774 Charles Messier adds M51 (spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici) to his catalog

Astronomer Charles Messier
Charles Messier
  • 1775 Francis Salvador becomes 1st Jew elected to office in America (SC)
  • 1779 Ching-Thang Khomba is crowned King of Manipur.
  • 1785 Continental Congress convenes in NYC

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1787 Titania & Oberon, moons of Uranus, discovered by William Herschel

Astronomer William Herschel
William Herschel
  • 1790 Statisten & Vonckisten unite as Belgium
  • 1794 U.S. Marshal Robert Forsyth is killed in Augusta, Georgia, trying to serve court papers, first US marshal to die carrying out his duties

CommunicationHistoric Communication

1838 First public demonstration of telegraph messages sent using dots and dashes at Speedwell Ironworks in Morristown, New Jersey by Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail

Inventor Samuel Morse
Samuel Morse
  • 1839 Earthquake at Martinique destroys half of Port Royal - 700 die
  • 1861 Mexico City captured by Juarez (Lib) in War of Reform
  • 1861 Alabama secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1863 Naval engagement near Galveston between CSS Alabama & USS Hatteras
  • 1863 Union forces capture Arkansas Post, or Ft Hindman, Arkansas
  • 1864 Charing Cross Station opens in London
  • 1865 Battle of Beverly, West Virginia, Confederate forces attack Union post
  • 1866 Steamship London sinks in storm off Land's End, England and kills 220
  • 1867 Benito Juárez becomes Mexican president again.
  • 1873 1st livestock market newspaper published, Drover's Journal, Chicago

Declaration of WarAnglo-Zulu War

1879 Anglo-Zulu War begins as British Lt-General Chelmsford invades Zululand in South Africa

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Napoleon, Prince Imperial, head of the House of Bonaparte, is killed during the Anglo-Zulu War
Napoleon, Prince Imperial, head of the House of Bonaparte, is killed during the Anglo-Zulu War
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1885 Henrik Ibsen's "Vildauden," premieres in Oslo

Playwright Henrik Ibsen
Henrik Ibsen
  • 1892 Hawaiian Historical Society founded
  • 1892 William D McCoy of Indiana appointed US minister to Liberia
  • 1894 Donghak Peasant Rebellion begins in Mujiang, Korea over local corruption, sparking the 1st Sino-Japanese War
  • 1897 M H Cannon becomes 1st woman state senator in US (Utah)
  • 1912 Bread & Roses Strike begins in Lawrence, Massachusetts following a pay cut
  • 1913 1st sedan-type car (Hudson) goes on display at 13th Auto Show (NYC)
  • 1916 Austrian forces capture Mount Lovćen, Serbia. Serbian army retreats, evacuating to Greek island of Corfu
  • 1919 3 year old German communist party (Spartacus) crushed
  • 1919 Romania annexes Transylvania
  • 1920 French passenger ship Afrique sinks near La Rochelle; 553 die
  • 1922 Insulin first used on humans to treat diabetes, on Canadian Leonard Thompson, aged 14
  • 1923 1st Dutch Dada-evening (Theo Van Doesburg & Kurt Schwitters)
  • 1923 French & Belgian troops occupy Ruhr to collect reparations
  • 1924 A republic is proclaimed in Greece; King George II is deposed and Eleutherios Venizelo is named Prime Minister of the Greek National Assembly

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1925 Frank Kellogg replaces Charles Hughes as US Secretary of State

US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg
US Secretary of State
Frank Kellogg

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1935 Amelia Earhart flies from Honolulu to Oakland Ca (non-stop, of course)

  • 1936 Charles Anderson enters Kentucky House of Representatives
  • 1938 Frances Moulton elected 1st woman president of a US national bank
  • 1940 Sergei Prokofiev's ballet "Romeo & Juliet" premieres in Leningrad
  • 1941 Princess Irene Brigade established in Congleton
  • 1942 -23°F (-31°C), Kingston, Rhode Island (state record)
  • 1942 Japan conquers Kuala Lumpur, Malaya
  • 1943 US & Britain relinquish extraterritorial rights in China
  • 1944 Crakow-Plaszow Concentration Camp established

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1946 Enver Hoxha declares People's Republic of Albania with himself dictator

Dictator of Albania Enver Hoxha
Dictator of Albania
Enver Hoxha
  • 1949 Snowfall 1st recorded in Los Angeles
  • 1952 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Marianne Moore
  • 1954 2 ton locomotive swept into ravine by avalanche 10 die (Austria)
  • 1957 The African Convention is founded in Dakar.
  • 1957 Mass-murderer Jack Gilbert Graham is executed via the Gas Chamber.
  • 1959 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Theodore Roethke
  • 1961 Racial riot at University of Georgia
  • 1962 Volcano Huascaran in Peru erupts killing 4,000
  • 1964 Panama ends diplomatic relations with US
  • 1964 First government report by US Surgeon General Luther Terry warning that smoking may be hazardous
  • 1966 550 die in landslides in mountains behind Rio de Janeiro after rain
  • 1967 Romeinse Curie installs Council for Pontifical Study commission
  • 1968 Explorer 36 (GEOS-B) launched into earth orbit (1080/1570 km)
  • 1969 Jethro Tull's This Was Jethro Tull album debuts
  • 1970 Irish republican political party Sinn Féin party splits between those in favor of abstentionism (of not taking any seats won in the parliaments) and those where against
  • 1971 Tigers ace reliever John Hiller, 27, sufferes a heart attack, but later makes a remarkable comeback to record 38 saves
  • 1973 Famous victory at the SCG Pakistan chasing 158 all out 106
  • 1975 Soyuz 17 carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 4
  • 1976 Military coup in Ecuador, President Guillermo Lara leaves
  • 1976 US male Figure Skating championship won by Terry Kubicka
  • 1977 Bollingen Prize awarded to David Ignatow
  • 1978 Soyuz 27 links with Salyut 6 & Soyuz 26 (1st time 3 spacecraft link)
  • 1981 Palau adopts constitution
  • 1981 British team led by Ranulph Fiennes completes longest & fastest crossing of Antarctica, reaching Scott base after 75 days (2,500 miles)
  • 1982 Atlanta, Georgia's temperature goes below zero F
  • 1982 Honduras adopts constitution
  • 1984 NASA space shuttle STS 41-B moves to launch pad
  • 1984 Supreme Court reinstated $10M award to Karen Silkwood's family
  • 1985 CDC MMWR publishes guidelines for screening U.S. blood supply for AIDS antibodies with ELISA test that would be available later that year
  • 1986 1st African American Lieutenant Governor since reconstruction sworn in - Douglas Wilder of Virginia
  • 1988 Test debut of Phil Simmons, WI v India, Madras
  • 1989 140 nations agree to ban chemical weapons (poison gas, etc)
  • 1989 Kindergarten student caught with loaded handgun at Bronx school
  • 1990 200,000 demand return of Lithuania's independence
  • 1991 Congress empowers Bush to order attack on Iraq
  • 1991 Soviets storm buildings in Vilnius to block Lithuania independence
  • 1992 Algeria's President Chadli announces his resignation
  • 1992 Paul Simon opens a tour in South Africa
  • 1993 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Buffalo NY (WKBW)

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1993 Independent presidential candidate Ross Perot publicly returns to politics

Entrepreneur and Presidential Candidate Ross Perot
Entrepreneur and Presidential Candidate
Ross Perot
  • 1993 British Airways ends one of the longest libel actions in its history
  • 1994 Hyderabad score 6 for 944 against Andhra Pradesh in Ranji Trophy
  • 1994 Irish government announces end of a 20-year broadcasting ban on IRA

Birthdays in History

  • 347 Emperor Theodosius I "The Great" of Rome, last emperor to rule the east and west empire, born in Hispania (d. 395)
  • 889 Abd-ar-Rahman III, Emir and Caliph of Cordoba (d. 961)
  • 1322 Emperor Komyo of Japan (d. 1380)
  • 1359 Emperor Go-En'yu of Japan (d. 1393)
  • 1395 Michelle of Valois, Duchess of Burgundy (d. 1422)
  • 1403 Jan IV, Duke of Brabant/Limburg
  • 1449 Domenico Ghirlandajo, Italian Renaissance painter and teacher of Michelangelo, born in Florence (d. 1494)
  • 1503 Francesco Parmigianino, Italian artist (Madonna with the Long Neck)
  • 1591 Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex, English Civil War general (d. 1646)
  • 1630 John Rogers, American President of Harvard in the US (d. 1684)
  • 1671 François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (d. 1745)
  • 1720 Gijsbert John van Hardenbroeck, Utrechts regent
  • 1723 Prithvi Narayan Shah, began the unification of modern Nepal (d. 1774)
  • 1746 William Curtis, English botanist/publisher (Botanical Magazine)

Person of interestAlexander Hamilton

1755 Alexander Hamilton, US Founding Father and 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury (1789-95), born in Charlestown, Nevis, West Indies (d. 1804)

1st US Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton
1st US Secretary of Treasury
Alexander Hamilton
  • 1757 Samuel Bentham, English mechanical engineer (d. 1831)
  • 1786 Joseph Jackson Lister, British optician who perfected the optical microscope by designing the achromatic objective lens, born in London, England
  • 1788 William Thomas Brande, English chemist (d. 1866)
  • 1800 Ányos Jedlik, Hungarian physicist (d. 1895)
  • 1807 Alfred Eugene "Mudwall" Jackson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1807 Ezra Cornell, founder (Western Union Telegraph, Cornell University)
  • 1808 Antoine GB Schayes, Belgian historian/archaeologist
  • 1814 James Paget, English surgeon (disease of Paget)
  • 1814 Richard Griffith, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)

Person of interestJohn A. Macdonald

1815 John A. Macdonald, First Prime Minister of Canada (1867-1873 and 1878-1891), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1891)

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • 1816 Fitz Henry Warren, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Brimfield, Massachusetts (d. 1878)
  • 1818 John Reese Kenly, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1891)
  • 1825 Bayard Taylor, U.S. poet and writer (d. 1878
  • 1831 James Ronald Chalmers, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Halifax County, Virginia (d. 1898)
  • 1839 Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rico, patriot/scholar

Person of interestWilliam James

1842 William James, American psychologist & philosopher (The Principles of Psychology), born in New York (d. 1910)

Father of American psychology William James
Father of American psychology
William James
  • 1843 Charles Yelverton O'Connor, Irish-Australian engineer (d. 1902)
  • 1849 Oskar Lassar, German dermatologist (bath house)
  • 1850 J C Arthur, botanist (studied rusts), born in Lowville, New York
  • 1850 Philipp la Renotiere von Ferrary, famous philatelist
  • 1852 Konstantin Fehrenbach, German chancellor (1920-21)
  • 1853 Gustav Falke, German author/poet (Der Mann im Nebel)
  • 1853 Georgios Jakobides, Greek painter (d. 1926)
  • 1858 Harry Gordon Selfridge, American retailer (d. 1947)
  • 1859 [Gerard] Jan Ligthart, Dutch educator (Nog bij mother, Ot & Sien)
  • 1864 Thomas Dixon, US attorney/playwright (Flaming Sword)
  • 1867 Edward B. Titchener, British psychologist. (d. 1927)
  • 1868 Cai Yuanpei, Chinese philosopher and educator (President of Peking University), born in Shaoxing, China (d. 1940)
  • 1870 Alexander Stirling Calder, American sculptor (d. 1945)
  • 1872 George Washington Pierce, American physicist (d. 1956)
  • 1873 John Callan O'Laughlin, American political and military figure and journalist (d. 1949)
  • 1878 Theodoros Pangalos, Greek general and dictator (1926), born in Salamis, Greece (d. 1952)
  • 1879 Antonio Beltramelli, writer

Person of interestAlice Paul

1885 Alice Paul, American suffragist (National Woman's Party), born in Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey (d. 1977)

Suffragist Alice Paul
Alice Paul
  • 1887 Aldo Leopold, American conservationist, professor and co-founder of the Wilderness Society, born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 1949)
  • 1889 Calvin Bridges, American geneticist (d. 1938)
  • 1890 Oswald de Andrade, Brazilian author (one of the modernist Group of Five), born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1954)
  • 1895 Laurens Hammond, American engineer and inventor (the Hammond organ), born in Evanston, Illinois (d.1973)
  • 1897 August Heissmeyer, German SS officer (d. 1979)
  • 1898 Hans Rudolf Krik, Danish writer/critic (Fiskerne, Slaven)
  • 1901 Andries D Copier, Dutch glass manufacturer (Gildeglass)
  • 1901 Kwon Ki-ok, Korean pilot (d. 1988)

Person of interestAlan Paton

1903 Alan Paton, South African author (Cry, the Beloved Country, Too Late the Phalarope) and anti-apartheid activist, born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (d. 1988)

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton
Author and Apartheid Activist
Alan Paton
  • 1904 Frederick Boland, Irish diplomat/president (UN General Assembly)
  • 1905 John Henry Jacques, Northumberland, England, co-operative retailer
  • 1905 Clyde Kluckhohn, American anthropologist (d. 1960)
  • 1906 Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist (first synthesised LSD), born in Baden, Switzerland (d. 2008)
  • 1906 Robert Nesbitt, impresario
  • 1907 Pierre Mendès-France, French Premier (1954-55) (d. 1982)
  • 1907 Abraham Joshua Heschel, Jewish American rabbi and theologian (d. 1972), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1910 Dorothy Stroud, English museum curator & biographer, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1997)
  • 1910 Trygve Bratteli, Norwegian Prime Minister (Labour: 1971-72, 1973-76), born in Nøtterøy, Norway (d. 1984)
  • 1910 Sir Shane Paltridge, Australian politician (d. 1966)
  • 1911 Nora Heysen, Australian artist (d. 2003)
  • 1911 Zenko Suzuki, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 2004)
  • 1912 Roger Lewis, aviation exec (Lockheed, Curtiss Wright, Pan Am)
  • 1914 Dorothy Jeakins, costume designer
  • 1915 Robert Blair Mayne, British soldier, co-founder Special Air Service (d. 1955)
  • 1916 James H [Jimmy] Quillen, (Rep-R-TN, 1963- )
  • 1920 John Powell, campaigner
  • 1922 Neville Duke, English test pilot
  • 1922 Ernle Bradford, English historian and writer (d. 1986)
  • 1924 Sam B. Hall, American politician (d. 1994)
  • 1926 Lev Stepanovich Demin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 15)
  • 1928 David L Wolper, producer (Devil's Brigade)
  • 1930 Ron Mulock, Australian politician
  • 1931 Betty Churcher, director of the National Gallery of Australia
  • 1934 Sir Charles Antony Richard Hoare, Computer scientist

Person of interestJean Chretien

1934 Jean Chrétien, 20th Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 1993-2003), born in Shawinigan, Quebec

20th Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien
20th Prime Minister of Canada
Jean Chretien
  • 1936 Eve Hesse, German born Jewish-American sculptor., born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1938 Fischer S Black Jr, financial theorist
  • 1938 Michael Fenn, docker/socialist
  • 1938 Arthur Scargill, British Marxist & trade unionist (National Union of Mineworkers), born in Barnsley, United Kingdom
  • 1944 Mohammed Abed Elhai, Sudanese writer and academic (d. 1989)
  • 1944 Shibu Soren, Indian politician
  • 1945 Samdech Preah Sanghareach Bour Kry, Supreme Patriarch of the Cambodian Dhammayutt Order
  • 1946 John Piper, American theologian
  • 1948 Terry Goodkind, American epic fantasy novelist (The Sword of Truth), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2020)
  • 1952 Michael Forshaw, Australian politician
  • 1953 Anna Marchesini, Italian entertainer
  • 1958 Diego León Montoya Sánchez, former Colombian crime boss
  • 1961 Jasper Fforde, British author
  • 1962 Susan Lindauer, American peace activist and accused spy
  • 1965 Karl Van Calcar, 3k steeplechase, born in Torrance, California
  • 1966 Kelley Law, Canadian curler

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

1892 Painter Paul Gauguin marries Teha'amana, a 13-year-old Tahitian girl

Painter and Sculptor Paul Gauguin
Painter and Sculptor
Paul Gauguin

Divorces in History

  • 1971 1st "Quickie" Divorce granted in UK

Deaths in History

  • 705 John VI, Catholic Pope (701-05), dies
  • 802 St. Paulinus II of Aquileia
  • 812 Staurakios, Byzantine Emperor
  • 844 Michael I Rhangabes, Byzantine Emperor
  • 1055 Constantine IX Monomachos, emperor of Byzantium, dies
  • 1083 Otto of Nordheim, Duke of Bavaria (c. 1020)
  • 1494 Domenico Ghirlandaio, Italian artist (b. 1449)
  • 1495 Pedro González de Mendoza, Spanish cardinal and statesman, dies at 66
  • 1547 Pietro Bembo, Italian author, literary theorist, and Catholic cardinal (b. 1470)
  • 1552 Johannes Cochlaeus [Dobeneck], German humanist/theologist, dies
  • 1641 Juan Martínez de Jáuregui y Aguilar, Spanish poet (b. 1583)
  • 1696 Charles Albanel, French missionary explorer in Canada (b. 1616)
  • 1703 Johann Georg Graevius, German classical scholar and critic (b. 1632)
  • 1713 Pierre Jurieu, French Protestant leader (b. 1637)
  • 1735 Danilo I, Vladika of Montenegro (b. c. 1670)
  • 1753 Hans Sloane, Irish physician, naturalist and collector (providing the foundation of the British Museum), dies at 92
  • 1762 Louis-François Roubiliac, French sculptor (b. 1695)
  • 1763 Caspar Abel, German theologian, historian, and poet (b. 1676)
  • 1771 Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, French author, dies at 66
  • 1775 Yemelyan Pugachov, Don Cossack rebel, executed by tsarist Russia
  • 1775 Prithvi Narayan Shah, began the unification of modern Nepal (b. 1723)
  • 1788 François Joseph Paul de Grasse, French admiral (commanded the French fleet at the Battle of the Chesapeake), dies at 64
  • 1797 Francis Lightfoot Lee, American advocate for independence (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 62
  • 1836 John Molson, Canadian brewer (b. 1763)
  • 1847 Caroline von Wolzogen [von Lengefeld], German author, dies at 83
  • 1856 Nikolai I Nadezjdin, Russian archaeologist, dies [NS=Jan 23]
  • 1867 Sir Stuart Donaldson, first Premier of the Colony of New South Wales (b. 1812)
  • 1868 Henry Haywood Bell, U.S. Rear Admiral (Union Navy), dies at 59

Person of interestGail Borden

1874 Gail Borden, American manufacturer and inventor of condensed milk, dies at 72

Inventor of Condensed Milk Gail Borden
Inventor of Condensed Milk
Gail Borden
  • 1882 Theodor Schwann, German physiologist and co-originator of cell theory, dies at 71
  • 1891 Georges-Eugene, Baron Haussmann, French administrator and architect, dies at 81
  • 1893 Benjamin F Butler, US gen/presidential candidate (anti-monopoly), dies at 74
  • 1905 Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, Warsaw, Hasidic rabbi (b. 1847)

Person of interestAmbrose Bierce

1914 Ambrose Bierce, American writer and satirist, dies at 71

Writer & Satirist Ambrose Bierce
Writer & Satirist
Ambrose Bierce
  • 1914 Carl Jacobsen, Danish brewer and patron of the arts after whom the Carlsberg brewery was named (b. 1842)

Person of interestConstantine I

1923 Constantine I, King of Greece (1913-17, 20-22), dies at 54

King of Greece Constantine I
King of Greece
Constantine I
  • 1927 Andrzej Gawroński, Polish Indologist and scholar, dies at 41
  • 1928 Thomas Hardy, English novelist (Far from the Madding Crowd) and poet, dies near Dorchester at 87
  • 1929 Julio Antonio Mella, Cuban revolutionary, murdered at about 28
  • 1931 James Milton Carroll, American Baptist pastor, leader, historian, and author (b. 1852)
  • 1943 Agustín Pedro Justo, President of Argentina (1932-38) during the Infamous Decade, dies at 66
  • 1943 Carlo Tresca, NY's Italian newspaper editor/anti-fascist, murdered
  • 1944 Galeazzo count of Cortellazzo Ciano, Italian politician, dies
  • 1950 Karin Michaelis, writer, dies at 77
  • 1952 Jean JM de Lattre de Tassigny, gen (N-Africa/Indo-China), dies at 61
  • 1953 Hans Aanrud, Norwegian author (Storken), dies at 89
  • 1953 Ernst Herman van Rappard, Dutch Nazi founder (NSNAP), dies at 53
  • 1953 Marcel Canneel, Flemish painter (Reuzenstoet), dies at 58
  • 1953 Noach Zjordanija, Georgian Premier (1918-21), dies at 84
  • 1954 Edgard Tytgat, Flemish painter and etcher, dies at 77
  • 1955 Rodolfo Graziani, Italian Marshal, fascist and Viceroy of Italian East Africa, dies at 72
  • 1957 Sir Robert Garran, Australian lawyer and early leading expert in Australian constitutional law (b. 1867)
  • 1959 Mohammed Zakaria Ghonein, discoverer of 6,000 yr old pyramid, dies
  • 1960 Johan E. Elias, Dutch historian (Amsterdam's regency), dies at 84
  • 1963 Arthur D Nock, English-Americans historian (St Paul), dies at 60
  • 1966 Alberto Giacometti, Swiss-French painter and sculptor, dies at 64
  • 1966 Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indian politician and Prime Minister of India (1964-66), dies under suspicious circumstances at 61
  • 1969 Richmal Crompton, British author (b. 1890)
  • 1971 I. (Irene) Rice Pereira, American abstract artist dies aged 68
  • 1979 Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, German-French art dealer and publisher, dies at 94
  • 1980 Barbara Pym, English novelist (b. 1913)
  • 1983 Nikolaj V Podgorny, president USSR, dies at 79
  • 1983 Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian industrialist and educator, dies at 88
  • 1985 Sir William McKell, Premier of New South Wales, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1891)
  • 1986 Sid Chaplin, UK novelist (b. 1916)
  • 1988 Pappy Boyington, American combat pilot (United States Marine Corps fighter ace during World War II), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1988 Isidor Isaac Rabi, nuclear physicist (Nobel Prize-1944), dies at 89
  • 1988 Florence Knapp, American, one-time oldest person in the world (b. 1873)
  • 1991 Jason Christmas, dies of a gunshot wound during robbery in NY at 49

Person of interestCarl David Anderson

1991 Carl David Anderson, American physicist, Nobel laureate, dies at 85

Nobel Laureat Physicist Carl David Anderson
Nobel Laureat Physicist
Carl David Anderson
  • 1993 Lacey Fosburgh, author (Closing Time), dies of breast cancer at 50
  • 1994 John Bradley, United States Navy corpsman, one of six who raised flag on top of Mt. Suribachi (see Iwo Jima), dies of a stroke at 70
  • 1994 Helmut Poppendick, Nazi physician (b. 1902)
  • 1995 John AG Gere, English art historian (Raphael & his Circle), dies at 73
  • 1995 Onat Kutlar, Turkish screenplay/producer (Hazal), murdered at 59
  • 1996 Eric Hebborn, artist/faker, dies at 61
  • 1996 Harold Walter Bailey, British philologist, dies at 96
  • 1996 Hubert Nicholson, poet/novelist, dies at 87
  • 1997 Helen Foster Snow, American journalist (reported from China in the 1930s), dies at 89
  • 1999 Naomi Mitchison, Scottish novelist and poet (The Corn King and the Spring Queen), dies at 101
  • 1999 Brian Moore, Irish novelist (Catholics, Doctor's Wife), dies at 77
  • 2000 Ivan Combe, American inventor of personal care products (Clearasil), dies at 88
  • 2001 Sir Denys Lasdun, English architect (b. 1914)
  • 2002 Struan Sutherland, Australian medical researcher (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Mervyn Pike [Baroness Pike], British politician (C), dies at 85
  • 2006 Markus Löffel (Mark Spoon), German DJ (b. 1966)
  • 2006 Nixzmary Brown, American child abuse victim, dies from extreme abuse
  • 2007 Robert Anton Wilson, American author (b. 1932)
  • 2008 Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (b. 1917)

Person of interestEdmund Hillary

2008 Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer/1st to climb Mt Everest in 1953, dies from a heart attack at 88

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary
  • 2009 Vivian Ridler, British scholar and printer (Oxford University), dies at 95
  • 2010 Miep Gies, Dutch Humanitarian, discoverer of Anne Frank's diary (b. 1909)
  • 2010 Éric Rohmer [Maurice Schérer], French director, journalist and teacher (My Night at Maud's, Claire's Knee, Le rayon vert), dies at 89
  • 2013 Aaron H. Swartz, American computer programmer, dies from an apparent suicide at 26
  • 2013 Lars Werner, Swedish communist leader, dies at 77
  • 2014 Ariel Sharon, Israeli politician and general, Prime Minister of Israel (2001-2006), dies from heart failure at 85
  • 2018 Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher, K.K.K. member and murderer, dies at 92
  • 2019 Michael Atiyah, English mathematician (Atiyah-Singer Index, Fields Medal 1966), dies at 89

Person of interestSheldon Adelson

2021 Sheldon Adelson, American business magnate (CEO of Las Vegas Sands casino company) and major political donor to the GOP and Israel, dies at 87 [1]

Entrepreneur and Founder of Las Vegas Sands Sheldon Adelson
Entrepreneur and Founder of Las Vegas Sands
Sheldon Adelson
  • 2021 William Edgar Thornton, American medical doctor, USAF officer, and astronaut (STS-8, STS-51B), dies at 91