On This Day

On This Day in History for January 21

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1077 German King Henry IV petitions Pope Gregory VII for forgiveness

Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV
Holy Roman Emperor
Henry IV
  • 1276 French Cardinal Pierre de Tarantaise elected head of the Catholic Church, takes the name of Pope Innocent V
  • 1287 The treaty of San Agayz is signed. Minorca is conquered by King Alfons III of Aragon.
  • 1324 Zen Buddhist religious debate between Tendai & Shingon
  • 1522 Head inquisitor Adrian Florisz Boeyens elected pope
  • 1525 The Swiss Anabaptist Movement is born when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz's mother in Zürich, breaking a thousand-year tradition of church-state union
  • 1542 English Parliament passes bill of attainder against Queen Katherine Howard
  • 1549 Act of Uniformity passed by the English Parliament requiring clergy use The Book of Common Prayer
  • 1664 Count Miklos of Zrinyi sets out to battle Turkish invasion army
  • 1677 1st medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox), published in Boston
  • 1720 Sweden and Prussia sign a peace treaty ending hostilities between them during the Great Northern War
  • 1732 Russia & Persia sign Treaty of Riascha
  • 1749 Verona Philharmonic Theatre destroyed by fire. Rebuilt 1754.
  • 1789 1st American novel, WH Brown's "Power of Sympathy" is published
  • 1793 Prussia & Russia sign partition treaty, dividing Poland.


1793 Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine in Paris, following his conviction for "high treason" by the newly created French Parliament (Convention nationale), during the French Revolution

King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI

  • 1813 First reference to pineapple cultivation in Hawaii in diary entry by Francisco de Paula Marin
  • 1813 Spaniard Don Francisco de Paula y Marin plants coffee in Hawaii - 1st record of coffee growing in Hawaii
  • 1818 Keats writes his poem "On a Lock of Milton's Hair"
  • 1821 Paramaribo Suriname catches fire, 4 die
  • 1830 In Portsmouth, Ohio, African Americans forcibly deported

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1846 1st edition of Charles Dickens' newspaper "The Daily News"

Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

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1861 Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and 4 other southern senators resign (U.S Civil War)

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1863 City of Dublin leases part of Cattle Market for 100,000 years
  • 1864 The Tauranga Campaign of the New Zealand Wars begins
  • 1874 Franz Grillparzer's "Libussa" premieres in Vienna

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1879 Henrik Ibsen's "Et Dukkehjem" premieres in Copenhagen

Playwright Henrik Ibsen
Henrik Ibsen
  • 1880 1st US sewage disposal system separate from storm drains in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1887 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) forms
  • 1887 Brisbane receives a daily rainfall of 465 millimetres (18.3 inches), a record for any Australian capital city
  • 1890 1st issue of "Propria Cures", Amsterdam student-weekly newspaper
  • 1893 Tati Concessions Land, formerly part of Matabeleland, formally annexed to the Bechuanaland Protectorate (now Botswana)
  • 1894 Oscar Fredriksen skates world record 500m in 47.8 sec
  • 1899 Opel manufactures its first automobile
  • 1900 The second contingent of Canadian troops sails from Halifax to fight in South Africa against the Boers

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1901 Clyde Fitch's "Climbers" premieres in NYC

Playwright Clyde Fitch
Clyde Fitch

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1903 Harry Houdini escapes from Halvemaansteeg police station in Amsterdam

Magician and Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician and Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • 1903 International Theater (Majestic, Park) opens at 5 Columbus Circle NYC
  • 1908 August Strindberg's "Spoksonaten" premieres in Stockholm
  • 1908 "Sullivan Ordinance" is passed in NYC, making it illegal for a woman to smoke in public places. It was vetoed 2 weeks later by mayor George B. McClellan Jr.
  • 1910 British-Russian military intervention in Persia

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1913 Aristide Briand forms French government for the 2nd time

11x Prime Minister of France Aristide Briand
11x Prime Minister of France
Aristide Briand
  • 1915 Kiwanis International founded in Detroit
  • 1919 Irish militant nationalist party Sinn Féin creates its own parliament in Dublin and declares Ireland independent of Great Britain, sparking the Irish War of Independence

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1921 Italian Communist Party founded at Livorno by Amadeo Bordiga and Antonio Gramsci

Marxist Theorist and Politician Antonio Gramsci
Marxist Theorist and Politician
Antonio Gramsci

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1921 British crime writer Agatha Christie publishes her first novel "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" introducing the character Hercule Poirot

Novelist Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie
  • 1922 1st slalom ski race run at Murren, Switzerland

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1924 Vladimir Lenin's Testament is handed over to the Communist Party; it calls for changes to the Soviet governing structure and criticizes Joseph Stalin, Leon Trotsky and other members

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • 1925 Albanian parliament announces itself a republic; Ahmed Zogoe president
  • 1926 Belgian parliament accepts Locarno treaties
  • 1929 Robert Sherriff's "Journey's End" premieres in London
  • 1932 USSR and Finland stop non-attack treaty
  • 1934 Parisian baker and "student of medieval life" Henri Littière appears in court charged with forcing his adulterous wife Juliette to wear a chastity belt. Having committed the same offence in 1932, he was sentenced to three months in prison and fined 50 francs for cruelty to his wife
  • 1935 12.0" (30.5 cm) of rain falls, Quinault RS, Washington (state record)
  • 1935 WFI-AM in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania merges with WLIT as WFIL (now WEAZ)
  • 1935 The Wilderness Society is founded by conservationists

  • 1938 Dutch government starts obligatory unemployment insurance

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1939 George Kaufman and Moss Hart's "American Way" premieres in NYC

Playwright Moss Hart
Moss Hart
  • 1939 US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
  • 1939 US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
  • 1940 Foreign correspondents in Netherlands subjected to censorship
  • 1941 1st anti-Jewish measures in Bulgaria
  • 1941 1st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, Texas
  • 1941 Australian and British troops attack Tobruk, Libya
  • 1941 British communist newspaper "Daily Worker" banned
  • 1942 Bronx magistrate rules all pinball machines illegal
  • 1942 Count Basie records "One O'Clock Jump"

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1942 Tito's partisans occupy Foca

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito
  • 1943 Soviet forces reconquer Worosjilowsk
  • 1943 Soviet forces reconquer Gumrak airport near Stalingrad
  • 1943 Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham, Royal Navy, promoted to Admiral of the Fleet
  • 1944 447 German bombers attack London
  • 1944 649 British bombers attack Magdeburg
  • 1945 British troops land on Ramree, near coast of Burma
  • 1950 New York jury finds former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1950 T. S. Eliot's play "The Cocktail Party" premieres in NYC

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1952 Jawaharlal Nehru's Congress party wins general election in India

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • 1952 William Shawn succeeds Harold Ross as editor of "The New Yorker"

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1953 John Foster Dulles appointed as US Secretary of State

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • 1954 1st gas turbine automobile exhibited (NYC)
  • 1954 USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, launched on the Thames River in Connecticut
  • 1960 Little Joe 4 suborbital Mercury test reaches 16 km
  • 1960 Rock falls traps 437 at Coalbrook, South Africa; 417 die of methane poisoning
  • 1961 Portuguese rebels seize cruise ship Santa Maria

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1962 JFK arrives in Uruguay

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1962 Snow falls in San Francisco
  • 1964 Carl T Rowan named director of US Information Agency
  • 1965 Iranian premier Hassan Ali Mansur assassinated by 17-year-old Mohammad Bokharaei, a member of the Fadayan-e Islam
  • 1967 US male Figure Skating championship won by Gary Visconti
  • 1968 US B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb on board crashes in Greenland
  • 1968 The Battle of Khe Sanh - one of the most publicized and controversial battles of the Vietnam War - begins at the Khe Sanh Air Base
  • 1969 A partial meltdown at the Lucens nuclear reactor in Switzerland seriously contaminating the cavern containing the reactor; the plant is sealed and decommissioned
  • 1972 Assam's North East Frontier Agency becomes Arunachal Pradesh territory
  • 1972 Belgian government of Eyskens-Cools forms
  • 1972 Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura become separate states of the Indian union
  • 1972 Mizoram, formerly part of Assam, creates an Indian union territory
  • 1974 Gold hits record $161.31, silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
  • 1976 Supersonic Concorde has its 1st commercial flights

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1977 US President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 1979 Neptune becomes outermost planet (Pluto moves closer)

Birthdays in History

  • 1338 King Charles V, (Charles the Wise), of France (1364-80)
  • 1571 John I Pontanus, physicist/historian (Amsterdam)
  • 1659 Adriaen van der Werff, Dutch portrait painter/engraver/architect
  • 1721 James Murray, British military officer, governor of Quebec (d. 1794)
  • 1743 John Fitch, inventor (had a working steamboat years before Fulton)
  • 1759 Johan Valckenaer, Dutch politician/patriot
  • 1771 Arnold A Buyskes, Dutch vice-admiral/colonial director
  • 1792 Tsjalling Hiddes Halbertsma, Fries story teller (Rhymes & Tales)
  • 1796 John Gelinde van Blom, Frisian notary/author
  • 1804 Eliza Roxcy Snow, American poet (d. 1887)
  • 1812 Moses Hess, Jewish socialist and nationalist, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 1875)
  • 1815 Horace Wells, dentist (pioneered use of medical anethesia)
  • 1815 John Bingham, American politician and lawyer (d. 1900)
  • 1821 John Cabell Breckinridge, (D) 14th US VP (1857-61)/mjr-gen (Confed)

Person of interestStonewall Jackson

1824 Stonewall Jackson [Thomas Jonathan], Confederate general during the American Civil War, born in Clarksburg, Virginia (d. 1863)

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • 1825 Imre Madách, Hungarian writer (d. 1864)
  • 1827 Ivan Mikheevich Pervushin, Russian mathematician (d. 1900)
  • 1829 Oscar II Frederik, King of Sweden (1872-1907)/Norway (-1905)/poet
  • 1840 Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake, Hastings, English Physician and feminist who was one of the first female medical students at a British university
  • 1855 John M Browning, American weapons manufacturer
  • 1860 Karl Staaff, Prime Minister of Sweden (d. 1915)
  • 1867 Maxime Weygard, French general/gov-gen (Algeria)
  • 1867 Willem Royaards, Dutch theater director (Summer Games), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1929)
  • 1867 Ludwig Thoma, German writer (d. 1921)
  • 1868 Felix Hoffmann, German chemist (synthesized aspirin and heroin), born in Ludwigsburg, Germany (1946)

Person of interestGrigori Rasputin

1869 Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk and confidant of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, born in Pokrovskoye, Sibera, Russian Empire (d. 1916)

  • 1872 Jonkhr Frans Beelaerts van Blokland, Dutch foreign minister
  • 1875 John Lindworsky, German jesuit/psychologist (Der Wille)
  • 1875 Paul E Kahle, German professor of oriental studies
  • 1882 Pavel Florensky, Russian mathematician (d. 1937)
  • 1883 Olav Aukrust, Norwegian poet
  • 1883 Amang Rodriguez, Filipino politician (d. 1964)
  • 1884 Roger Nash Baldwin, founder (American Civil Liberties Union)
  • 1885 Umberto Nobile, Italian general
  • 1886 Gustaaf Sap, Belgian minister of Finance/Economy
  • 1889 Pitirim A Sorokin, Russian/US sociologist (Social mobility)
  • 1895 Cristóbal Balenciaga, Spanish couturier (d. 1972)
  • 1897 René Iché, French sculptor (d. 1954)
  • 1904 Richard P Blackmur, Mass, critic/poet (Good European)

Person of interestChristian Dior

1905 Christian Dior, French fashion designer (New Look), born in Granville, France (d. 1957)

Fashion Designer Christian Dior
Fashion Designer
Christian Dior
  • 1905 Karl "The Great" Wallenda, German acrobat (The Flying Wallendas) (d. 1978)
  • 1906 Fred Fehl, Austrian/US Broadway photographer
  • 1906 John Putz, British journalist (Guardian) (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Igor Moiseyev, Russian choreographer (d. 2007)
  • 1910 Lord Cayzer, British financier/swcheeps magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1911 Stanley William Reed, cineaste
  • 1912 Konrad Bloch, German biochemist (studied cholesterol-Nobel 1964)
  • 1917 Rohan Butler, historian
  • 1918 Geoffrey Dawes, physiologist
  • 1918 Richard D. Winters, American war hero
  • 1920 Donald Cuthbert Coleman, British economic historian (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Errol Walton Barrow, Prime Minister of Barbados (DLP) (1966-76, 1986-87)
  • 1921 Barney Clark, 1st to receive a permanent artificial heart
  • 1921 Howard Unruh, American mass murderer
  • 1922 Jean P Vroom, Dutch sculptor
  • 1923 Judith Merril [Josephine Juliet Grossman], sci-fi writer
  • 1925 Oswald "Ossie" Stevens Nock, railway writer
  • 1928 Reynaldo Bignone, Argentine politician and human rights violator, 41st President (1982–1983), born in Morón, Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Valentin Ignatyevich Filatyev, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1933 Norman Willis, English union leader (General Secretary of the UK's Trades Union Congress), born in Ashford, Middlesex (d. 2014)
  • 1933 Itzhak Fuks, Israeli El Al captain, crashed in Amsterdam
  • 1933 William Wrigley III, American chewing gum mogul (Wrigleys)
  • 1933 Joseph W. Eschbach, American doctor (d. 2007)
  • 1937 Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria
  • 1939 Mary Ellen McAnally, American poet (Dance of the Zygotes), born in Vandalia, Illinois
  • 1940 Robin Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford, English peer (Woburn Abbey, Country House TV series), born at the Ritz, London (d. 2003)
  • 1945 Andrew Stein, President of NYC council (D)
  • 1946 Vincent Placoly, Martinique, writer (L'eau-de-mort guildive)
  • 1950 Joseph R. Tanner, American astronaut (STS 66, 82, sk: 97), born in Danville, Illinois

Person of interestEric Holder

1951 Eric Holder, American lawyer and judge (1st African American US Attorney General 2009-2015), born in The Bronx, New York

82nd Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder
82nd Attorney General of the United States
Eric Holder
  • 1952 Marco Camenisch, Swiss environmental activist
  • 1952 Louis Menand, American writer and critic
  • 1955 Jeff Koons, American artist (balloon animals), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Tyler Cowen, American economist
  • 1965 Jam Master Jay, American disc jockey (d. 2002)
  • 1966 Katrine Michaelsen, Gentokte Denmark, Miss Denmark (1984)
  • 1968 Ulrica Messing, Swedish politician
  • 1969 Tsubaki Nekoi, Japanese manga artist
  • 1972 Rick Falkvinge, Swedish politician
  • 2004 Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

Deaths in History

  • 304 Saint Agnes (martyred) (b. 291)
  • 879 Boudouin with the Iron Arm, earl of Flanders, dies
  • 917 Erchanger, Duke of Swabia (c. 880)
  • 1059 Michael I Cerularius, Patriarch of Constantinople (1043-59) whose excommunication by Rome caused the Great Schism, dies (b. c. 1000)
  • 1118 Pope Paschal II, born Raniero (1099-1118) dies
  • 1519 Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Spanish explorer (b. 1475)
  • 1527 Juan de Grijalva, Spanish conquistador (c. 1489)
  • 1546 Azai Sukemasa, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1491)
  • 1596 John Ligarius, German theologist/prime minister, dies at 66
  • 1609 Joseph Justus Scaliger, French inventor of "Julian Period", dies at 68
  • 1670 Honorat de Brueil seigneur de Racan, French playwright, dies at 80
  • 1683 Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st earl of Shaftesbury, dies at 61
  • 1686 Nicolas-Francois Blondel, French architect, dies
  • 1699 Obadiah Walker, English writer (b. 1616)
  • 1704 Willem B Schepers, Dutch merchant/ship owner, dies at about 83
  • 1706 Adrien Baillet, French scholar and critic, dies at 56
  • 1710 Johann Georg Gichtel, German mystic and religious leader, dies at 71
  • 1722 Charles Paulet, 2nd Duke of Bolton, English supporter of William III of England (b. 1661)
  • 1731 Thomas Woolston, English theologian (b. 1669)
  • 1773 Alexis Piron, French dramatist (La Métromanie), dies at 83
  • 1774 Mustafa III, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1717). Reigns 1757 to 1774. Dies at 56

BattleLouis XVI

1793 Louis XVI, French King (1774-93), beheaded during the French Revolution at 38

King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI
  • 1795 Samuel Wallis, English explorer (Wallis Island), dies at 66
  • 1809 Josiah Hornblower, American statesman (b. 1729)
  • 1814 Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, French writer and botanist (b. 1737)
  • 1815 M Claudius, writer, dies at 74
  • 1815 Matthias Claudius, German poet, dies at 74
  • 1823 Cayetano José Rodríguez, Argentine cleric, journalist and poet (b. 1761)
  • 1831 Achim v Arnim, writer, dies at 49
  • 1859 Henry Hallam, British lawyer and historian, dies at 81
  • 1870 Alexander Herzen, Russian writer (b. 1812)
  • 1871 John J Rochussen, gov-general of Neth-Indies (1845-51), dies at 73
  • 1872 Franz Grillparzer, Austrian playwright (Sappho/Libussa), dies at 81
  • 1881 Wilhelm Matthias Naeff, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1802)
  • 1892 John Couch Adams, English astronomer (co-discover Neptune), dies at 72
  • 1901 Elisha Gray, American inventor (b. 1835)
  • 1903 Hermanus J A M Schaepman, Dutch clergyman/politician, dies at 58
  • 1914 Theodor Kittelsen, Norwegian artist (b. 1857)
  • 1919 Gojong, Emperor Gwangmu of Korea (1897-1907), dies at 66

Person of interestVladimir Lenin

1924 Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov Lenin, Russian Revolutionary leader and Premier, dies of a stroke at 53

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin

Person of interestCamillo Golgi

1926 Camillo Golgi, Italian physician and medical researcher (Nobel Prize in Medicine-1906), dies at 81

Physician and Nobel Laureate Camillo Golgi
Physician and Nobel Laureate
Camillo Golgi
  • 1927 Floris H Verster, Dutch painter/cartoonist/etcher, dies at 65
  • 1928 George Washington Goethals, American army general and civil engineer who supervised the construction of the Panama Canal, dies at 69
  • 1932 [Giles] Lytton Strachey, English biographer and critic, dies at 51
  • 1933 George A. Moore, Irish novelist (b. 1852)
  • 1944 Gustaaf DFL Schamelhout, Flemish physician/writer, dies at 74
  • 1944 Heinrich zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, German major and pilot, shot down
  • 1945 Rash Behari Bose, Indian revolutionary leader against the British Raj in India, dies at 58

Person of interestGeorge Orwell

1950 George Orwell, British author (Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four), dies in London at 46

  • 1955 Maarten Pleun Vrij, Dutch lawyer and criminologist, dies at 59
  • 1957 Arthur L Bowley, English statistician/economist, dies at 87
  • 1962 André Lhote, French painter and art historian (Traité du paysage), dies at 76
  • 1963 Franz Jung, German writer and political activist, dies at 74
  • 1968 Will Lang Jr., American magazine executive (b. 1914)
  • 1971 Richard B Russell, (Sen-D-Ga), dies at 73
  • 1974 Jan Arends, Dutch poet/author, dies at 48
  • 1974 Lewis L Strauss, head US Atomic Energy Comm (1953-58), dies at 78
  • 1977 Sandro Penna, Italian poet, dies at 70
  • 1978 Freda Utley, British scholar and author. (b. 1898)
  • 1981 Norman Stronge, former Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament, assassinated by IRA alongside son James
  • 1981 James Stronge former Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament, assassinated by IRA, alongside his father Norman
  • 1984 Giannis Skaribas, Greek writer, dramatist, and poet (b. 1893)
  • 1985 James Beard, American culinary expert and author (Delights & Prejudices), dies at 81
  • 1987 Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (7th Day), dies at 83
  • 1987 Charles Goodell, American politician (b. 1926)
  • 1994 Basel al-Assad, Syrian president Hafez al-Assad's son and chosen successor, dies in car accident at 31
  • 1995 Flavio "Negao" Pires da Conceicao, drug Trafficker, dies at 25
  • 1995 John Halas, Hungarian-American cartoonist and animator (Animal Farm), dies at 82
  • 1996 Roman Ciesiewicz, artist/graphic designer, dies at 65
  • 1996 Sam Green, industrialist/inventor, dies at 88
  • 1996 René Marc Jalbert, sergeant-at-Arms at the National Assembly of Quebec (b. 1921)
  • 1996 Roman Cieślewicz, Polish French artist, graphic designer, dies at 66
  • 1997 Dennis Main-Wilson, British TV and radio producer (Marty, Till Death Us Do Part), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • 1997 Michael Duane, British progressive educationalist and author, dies at 81
  • 1997 Colonel Tom Parker [Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk], Dutch-born talent manager (Elvis Presley), dies at 87
  • 2001 Byron de la Beckwith, American white supremacist, dies at 80
  • 2003 Paul Haines, American-born Canadian poet (b. 1933)
  • 2004 Yordan Radichkov, Bulgarian writer and playwright (The Tied Up Balloon), dies at 74
  • 2005 Theun de Vries, Dutch writer (The Girl with the Red Hair), dies at 97
  • 2005 John L. Hess, American journalist (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Ibrahim Rugova, Kosovar nationalist writer and President of Kosovo (1992-2006), dies at 61
  • 2006 Bedanand Jha, Nepalese politician
  • 2007 U;Nee, Korean pop artist (b. 1981)
  • 2008 Pam Barrett, Canadian politician (b. 1953)
  • 2008 Marie Smith Jones, last native speaker of the Eyak language (b. 1918)
  • 2011 Dennis Oppenheim, American conceptual artist (b.1938)
  • 2012 Jonathan Idema, American torturer, kidnapper and con-artist, dies from Aids complications at 55
  • 2012 Roy John Britten, American molecular biologist, dies at 92
  • 2013 Alden Winship Clausen, American banker (President of World Bank), dies at 89
  • 2015 Martin Honeysett, British cartoonist (Punch, Private Eye), dies at 71
  • 2015 Leon Brittan, British politician, Home Secretary and member of the European Commission, dies at 75
  • 2017 Emma Tennant, English writer (Pemberley: Or, Pride and Prejudice Continued), dies at 79
  • 2019 Harris Wofford, American politician (Sen-D-Pennsylvania 1991-94), head of AmeriCorps, dies at 92