On This Day

On This Day in History for January 26

Events in History

  • 66 5th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1340 English king Edward III proclaimed king of France

King of England Edward III
King of England
Edward III
  • 1482 "Pentateuch" the Jewish Bible is 1st printed as a book in Bologna, Italy
  • 1500 Vicente Yáñez Pinzón becomes the first European to set foot in Brazil
  • 1531 Lisbon hit by Earthquake; about 30,000 die
  • 1564 The Council of Trent issued its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism
  • 1589 Job is elected as Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
  • 1654 Portuguese troops conquer last Dutch base on Recife
  • 1666 France declares war on England & Munster

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1689 Jean Racine's "Esther" premieres in Saint-Cyr

Dramatist and Playwright Jean Racine
Dramatist and Playwright
Jean Racine

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1697 Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli's 6 month time-limit problem, solves problem before going to bed that same night

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • 1699 Venice, Poland & Austria sign Treaty of Carlowitz with Ottoman Empire
  • 1700 The magnitude 8.7-9.2 Cascadia earthquake took place off the west coast of the North America, as evidenced by Japanese records
  • 1736 Stanislaw I of Poland abdicates his throne
  • 1748 Britain, Netherlands, Austria & Sardinia sign anti-French treaty

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1784 Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America's symbol

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin

<b>British Empire</b>British Empire

1788 Captain Arthur Phillip and British colonists hoist the Union Flag at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, now celebrated as Australia Day. Referred to as Invasion Day by some First Nations people.

1st Governor of New South Wales Arthur Phillip
1st Governor of New South Wales
Arthur Phillip
  • 1789 John Odell signs contract for £336 to build St Peter's church in the Bronx
  • 1797 Russia, Prussia and Austria sign treaty
  • 1802 Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library
  • 1808 Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia
  • 1837 Michigan admitted as 26th US state
  • 1838 Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
  • 1838 Myall Creek Massacre: about 50 Wirrayaraay indigenous people killed by New South Wales Mounted Police (seven men later the first ever to be hanged for killing Australian Aborigines) [1]
  • 1841 Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain
  • 1850 1st German language daily newspaper in US published, NYC
  • 1857 Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville delivers his design for a phonautograph, which created visual images of sound, to the French Academy
  • 1861 Louisiana secedes from the Union (US Civil War)

BattleBattle of Interest

1862 Lincoln issues General War Order #1, calling for a Union offensive, General George McClellan ignores order

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • 1863 American Civil War: Massachusetts Governor receives permission from Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent (54th Massachusetts Regiment)
  • 1870 US Congress authorises Virginia to rejoin the union
  • 1871 US income tax repealed
  • 1875 Electric dental drill is patented by George F Green
  • 1881 Union of Baptists Communities forms in Foxholl
  • 1882 France government of Gambetta falls
  • 1884 1st Dutch Wagner version of Elizabeth aria
  • 1885 Muhammad Ahmed ("Mahdi") rebels conquer Khartoum
  • 1887 Battle of Dogali: Abyssinian Emperor John IV defeats Italians

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1891 Oscar Wilde's "Duchess of Padua" premieres in NYC

Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer and Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • 1897 Battle at Bida Gold Coast: British troops beat Nupe's army

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1900 Henrik Ibsen's "Naar vi Dode Vaaguer" premieres in Stuttgart

Playwright Henrik Ibsen
Henrik Ibsen
  • 1905 Han Yong-woon [Bongwan, Manhae] (1879-1944) ordained a monk in Korea

Historic DiscoveryWorld's Largest Diamond Discovered

1905 World's largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, is found in South Africa

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The Cullinan Diamond, discovered in South Africa on January 26, 1905
The Cullinan Diamond, discovered in South Africa on January 26, 1905
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  • 1907 1st US federal corrupt election practices law passed
  • 1907 John Millington Synge's "Playboy of Western World" opens in Dublin; play claimed as immoral and causes riots
  • 1907 The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk III rifle officially introduced into British Military Service, 2nd oldest military rifle still in official use
  • 1907 In Austria, universal and direct suffrage (limited to males over 24) is introduced, a reform long demanded by the socialists and others
  • 1910 Heavy rains cause floods in Paris
  • 1911 Glenn Curtiss pilots 1st successful hydroplane, San Diego
  • 1914 600 Dutch textile workers go on strike
  • 1914 Vatican puts Belgian Nobel winner Maeterlinck's works in their index
  • 1915 Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, is established

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1918 Herbert Hoover, US Food Administrator, calls for "wheatless" & "meatless" days for war effort

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 1920 Amedeo Modigliani's fiancé Jeanne Hébuterne jumps out of a window a day after the artist's funeral killing herself and her unborn child
  • 1920 Former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer
  • 1929 Indian National Congress proclaims goal for India's independence
  • 1930 Cleveland's Terminal Tower opens (52 stories)
  • 1931 Hungary-Austria sign peace treaty
  • 1931 Lynn Riggs' "Green Grow the Lilacs" premieres in NYC
  • 1932 British submarine M-2 sinks in English Channel (60 dead)
  • 1932 KUT-AM in Austin Texas changes call letters to KNOW
  • 1934 Nazi Germany & Poland sign 10-year non-aggression treaty
  • 1934 The Apollo Theater reopens in Harlem, New York City.
  • 1939 Federal Hall National Monument established
  • 1939 Filming begins on film "Gone With the Wind"

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1939 Francisco Franco's troops conquer Barcelona

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • 1940 Nazis forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains
  • 1942 1st US force in Europe during WW II go ashore in Northern Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942 Italian supreme command demands dismissal of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 Soviet forces reach Auschwitz concentration camp

Nazi Physician Eduard Wirths
Nazi Physician
Eduard Wirths
  • 1947 KLM Dakota crashes near Copenhagen, 22 die
  • 1950 Constitution of independent India comes into effect, Rajendra Prasad elected India's first president
  • 1952 At least 20 people have been killed and 100s injured during riots in Cairo against the British
  • 1956 Porkkala military base returned to Finland by USSR
  • 1957 Dutch Pacifist Socialist Party forms
  • 1957 India annexes Kashmir

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 H Laskow replaces Moshe Dayan on as Israeli minister of Defense

Israeli Politician and General Moshe Dayan
Israeli Politician and General
Moshe Dayan
  • 1958 Japanese ferry Nankai Maru capsized off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed.
  • 1959 Italy government of Fanfani resigns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 1st woman personal physician to a US President - Janet G. Travell (to John F. Kennedy)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1962 Canadian Marine Service renamed Coast Guard
  • 1962 US launches Ranger 3, misses Moon by 22,000-mi (37,000-km)
  • 1965 South Vietnam military coup under general Nguyen Khanh
  • 1966 The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
  • 1967 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • 1967 Chicago Blizzard strikes with a record 23 inches of snow fall causing 800 buses and 50,000 automobiles to be abandoned
  • 1968 Israeli submarine Dakar sinks in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die
  • 1969 Minister of Health and Social Services William Morgan resigns from the Northern Ireland government
  • 1969 Police break up a march by hundreds of demonstrators in central Prague
  • 1970 Pendleton, Ford & Cryer's "Last Sweet Days of Isaac," premieres in NYC
  • 1970 "Bridge over Troubled Water" 5th and final studio album by Simon & Garfunkel is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year, Best Engineered Non-Classical Album 1971)
  • 1971 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts law against limitation of war crimes
  • 1972 Serbian air stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m fall without parachute - world's highest fall without a parachute
  • 1973 Belgium government of Leburton forms
  • 1974 Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 1st time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Edward Albee's "Seascape" premieres in NYC

Playwright Edward Albee
Edward Albee
  • 1976 Belgium Catholic elite starts amnesty campaign for war criminals

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 David Mamet's "American Buffalo" premieres in NYC

Playwright David Mamet
David Mamet
  • 1976 Israel opens "Good Fence" to Lebanon
  • 1978 Frank Herbert completes his novel "Destination: Void"

Birthdays in History

  • 1497 Emperor Go-Nara of Japan (d. 1557)
  • 1541 Florent Chrestien, French writer (d. 1596)
  • 1667 Henricus Zwaardecroon, gov-gen of Neth-Indies
  • 1715 Claude Helvetius, philosopher, born in Paris, France
  • 1716 George Sackville Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville
  • 1722 Alexander Carlyle, Cummertrees, Dumfriesshire, Scottish church leader (Moderator of the General Assembly 1770)
  • 1763 Charles XIV [Jean Bernadotte], King of Sweden & Norway (1818-44), Marshall of France, born in Pau, France (d. 1844)
  • 1771 Jacob Andries van Braam, colonial director (Suriname)
  • 1778 Ugo Foscolo, Italian poet (Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis)
  • 1781 Ludwig Joachim "Achim" von Arnim, German poet (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
  • 1786 Benjamin Robert Haydon, Plymouth, painter (Waiting for The Times)
  • 1813 Juan Pablo Duarte, Dominican founding father (d. 1876
  • 1814 Rufus King, American newspaper editor, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1876)
  • 1816 Lloyd Tilghman, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • 1826 Julia Dent Grant, 1st lady (1862-76)
  • 1828 Johan T Buys, Dutch lawyer
  • 1831 Mary Mapes Dodge, American writer (Hans Brinker & the Silver Skates), born in NYC, New York
  • 1832 George Shiras Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice (d. 1924)
  • 1852 Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Italian-French explorer of the Congo (Brazzaville named after him), born in Rome, Papal States (d. 1905)
  • 1857 Trinley Gyatso, 12th Dalai Lama, born in Tibet (d. 1875)
  • 1860 Harry Micajah Daugherty, American politician, lawyer and political manager accused of corruption, born in Washington Court House, Ohio (d. 1941)
  • 1871 Warner Fabian [Samuel H Adams], American journalist/writer (Average Jones)
  • 1877 Kees van Dongen, Netherland, French painter
  • 1879 Ludovicus H [Lode] Baekelmans, Flemish (stage)author (Tille)

Person of interestDouglas MacArthur

1880 Douglas MacArthur, American General in World War II, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1964)

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1883 Bindo Maserati, Italian auto engineer and businessman (manager Maserati Racing; founder O.S.C.A. Racing), born in Voghera, Italy (d. 1980)
  • 1884 Edward Sapir, German linguist/antropologist (indians)
  • 1884 Roy Chapman Andrews, American scientist/explorer
  • 1887 Enrique E Ecker, Curacao, bacteriologist
  • 1887 Marc A "Pete" Mitscher, US lt-admiral (WW II-Task Force 58)
  • 1887 Arnout Colnot, Dutch painter and graphic artist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1983)
  • 1891 Ilya G Ehrenburg, writer (Fall of Paris, The Thaw), born in Kiev, Ukraine

Person of interestFrank Costello

1891 Frank Costello, Italian-American gangster (The Prime Minister of the Underworld), born in Lauropoli, Calabria, Italy (d. 1973)

Gangster Frank Costello
Frank Costello
  • 1891 Wilder Penfield, American-born Canadian neurosurgeon (d. 1976)
  • 1893 Bessie Coleman, 1st African American airplane pilot
  • 1893 Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (d. 1976)
  • 1899 Wyllis Cooper, American TV narrator (Volume One), born in Pekin, Illinois (d. 1955)
  • 1902 Laurence "Bill" Craigie, jet pioneer
  • 1902 Menno ter Braak, Dutch writer/essayist (Carnaval of the Citizens)

Person of interestSeán MacBride

1904 Seán MacBride, Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army and founder of Amnesty International (Nobel 1974), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1988)

Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA Seán MacBride
Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA
Seán MacBride
  • 1904 Ancel Keys, American scientist (d. 2004)
  • 1905 John Carmel Heenan, Essex, cardinal archbp of Westminster (1963-75)
  • 1907 Hans Selye, Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1982)
  • 1910 Elmar Klos, Czech director (Adrift)
  • 1911 Polykarp Kusch, American nuclear physicist: Nobel 1955
  • 1912 Cora Baird, American puppeteer (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Kaye Webb, English writer/publisher (Puffin Club)
  • 1914 Princess Hadice Hayriye Ayshe Dürrühsehvar (d. 2006)

Person of interestNicolae Ceausescu

1918 Nicolae Ceausescu, Communist dictator of Romania (1967-89), born in Scornicești, Romania (d. 1989)

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • 1918 Philip José Farmer, Terre Haute Indiana, American sci-fi novelist (Riverworld)
  • 1920 John Logan Gorlay, journalist
  • 1921 Akio Morita, Kasugaya Japan, CEO (Sony)
  • 1921 Eddie Barclay, French producer (Barclay Records) (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Annette Strauss, American philanthropist and politician, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1924 James W. McCord Jr., American CIA officer who led the Watergate break-in, born in Waurika, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • 1925 David Jenkins, Bishop (Durham)
  • 1925 Desmond Cassidi, British admiral
  • 1925 Claude Ryan, Quebec newspaper editor (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Sir Charles Henderson Tidbury, British brewing executive, former chairman (Whitbread & Company), born in Camberley, Surrey (d. 2003)
  • 1926 José María Valverde, Spanish philosopher, poet and translator (La espera, Historia de la literatura universal), born in Valencia de Alcántara, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1926 Farman Fatehpuri [Syed Dildar Ali], Urdu scholar, linguist, critic and author, born in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh, British India (d. 2013)
  • 1927 José Azcona del Hoyo, President of Honduras (1986-90), born in La Ceiba, Honduras (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Gene Snyder, (Rep-R-KY, 1963-65, 67- )
  • 1928 Roger Vadim, French director (And God Created Women, Barbarella)
  • 1929 Jules Feiffer, American cartoonist (Passionella)/author (Little Murders), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 A N Solomons, British banking chairman (Singer & Friedlander)
  • 1930 Anne Macfarlane, Master (Court of Protection)
  • 1932 Christopher Price, Director (Leeds Metropolitan U)
  • 1932 George H Clements, first Roman Catholic Priest to adopt a child.
  • 1934 Roger Landry, Quebec businessman and newspaper publisher
  • 1935 Paula Rego, Portuguese born artist (Cast of Characters From Snow White), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1936 Sal Buscema, American comic book artist
  • 1937 Gerrit Gerritse, Dutch politician (CDA)
  • 1937 Joseph Saidu Momoh, gen/president (Sierra Leone)
  • 1938 Margaret Daly, British MEP
  • 1942 Nigel Walmsley, chairman (Carlton UK Television)
  • 1942 William McLennan, CEO (Central Statistical Office)
  • 1943 Sherian Grace Cadoria, brigadier general
  • 1944 Angela Davis, African American activist, author and professor, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1945 Barbara Kruger, American conceptual artist, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1946 Christopher Hampton, Portuguese playwright (Oviri, Hotel du Lac), born in Horta, Portugal
  • 1946 Timothy Clifford, British art historian (National Galleries of Scotland)
  • 1949 Jonathan Carroll, American author, born in New York
  • 1950 Jorg Haider, Austrian political leader (Austrian Freedom Party), born in Bad Goisern, Austria (d. 2008)
  • 1952 Mario Runco Jr., American astronaut (STS 44, 54, 77), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1953 Andrée van Es [Andrée Christine of Es], Dutch politician (PSP), born in the Hague, Netherlands
  • 1953 Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, born in Ginnerup, Denmark
  • 1954 Martin Dunn, British editor (Today)
  • 1965 Kevin McCarthy, American politician (Rep-R-California 2007-), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1965 Thomas Östros, Swedish politician, born in Malmberget, Sweden
  • 1973 Mayu Shinjo, Japanese mangaka, born in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
  • 1974 Shannon Hale, American author, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1986 Kizzmekia Corbett, American viral immunologist (US Vaccine Research Center, developed the Moderna COVID vaccine), born in Hurdle Mills, North Carolina
  • 1990 Peter Sagan, Slovakian professional cyclist (World Road Champion 2016), born in Žilina, Slovakia
  • 1997 Pasaye, twin born 92 days after his brother (Oct 26), born in Palatine, Illinois
  • 2009 Suleman octuplets born to Nadya Suleman in Bellflower, California - longest ever octuplet survival

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

1858 Inventor Cyrus McCormick (48) weds Nancy Fowler

Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper Cyrus McCormick
Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper
Cyrus McCormick

LoveWedding of Interest

1905 General officer John J. Pershing (44) weds Helen Frances

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing

LoveWedding of Interest

1925 Politician Seán MacBride (21) weds Catalina Bulfin in Dublin, Ireland

Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA Seán MacBride
Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA
Seán MacBride

LoveWedding of Interest

1959 President of Cuba Raúl Castro (27) weds revolutionary Vilma Espín (28) in Santiago de Cuba

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • 2014 "The Bachelor" star Sean Lowe (30) weds graphic designer Catherine Giudici (27) at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California

Deaths in History

  • 946 Eadgyth, English-born German Queen, wife of Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor
  • 1109 Albericus of Côteaux, French saint, dies
  • 1567 Nicholas Wotton, English diplomat
  • 1630 Henry Briggs, English mathematician (b. 1556)
  • 1636 Jean Hotman, Marquis de Villers-St-Paul, French diplomat (b. 1552)
  • 1697 Georg Mohr, Danish mathematician (b. 1640)
  • 1744 Ludwig Andreas Graf Khevenhüller, Austrian field marshal, dies at 60
  • 1750 Albert Schultens, Dutch philologist (b. 1686)
  • 1799 Gabriel Christie, British general, dies at 76

Person of interestEdward Jenner

1823 Edward Jenner, English physician, father of (western) immunology, pioneered smallpox vaccinations, dies of a stroke at 73

Physician and Scientist Edward Jenner
Physician and Scientist
Edward Jenner
  • 1824 Théodore Géricault, French painter (The Raft of the Medusa), dies at 32
  • 1831 Sangolli Rayanna, Indian military chief warrior, dies at 32
  • 1844 John Wedgwood, British ceramicist and founder of the Royal Horticultural Society, dies at 77
  • 1849 Thomas Lovell Beddoes, English poet (Death's Jest-Book), committed suicide at 45
  • 1850 Francis Jeffrey, Baron Jeffrey, judge/literary critic, dies
  • 1855 Gérard de Nerval, French writer (b. 1808)
  • 1869 Duncan Gordon Boyes, English recipient of the Victoria Cross, committed suicide at 22
  • 1870 Victor de Broglie, 3rd Duke of Broglie, 14th Prime Minister of France (1835-36), dies at 84
  • 1878 Ernst Heinrich Weber, German anatomist and physiologist (one of the founders of experimental psychology), dies at 82
  • 1884 John Letcher, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia, dies at 70
  • 1885 Charles George Gordon, British Governor-General of Sudan, executed at 51
  • 1885 Edward Davy, English inventor (b. 1806)
  • 1886 David Rice Atchison, American politician ((not President of the United States for a day on March 4, 1849), dies at 78 [1]
  • 1891 Nikolaus Otto, German auto pioneer (internal combustion engine), dies. (b. 1833)
  • 1895 Arthur Cayley, mathematician, dies
  • 1904 John P R Tak, Dutch liberal politician, dies at 64
  • 1904 Whitaker Wright, English mining tycoon (b. 1846)
  • 1911 Charles Dilke, British statesman and Radical politician, dies at 67
  • 1920 Matthias Enzberger, German minister of finance, murdered
  • 1926 John Flannagan, Catholic priest, 2nd president of St. Ambrose University, dies at 66
  • 1933 Alva Belmont, American socialite (b. 1853)
  • 1942 Gerard Philips, Dutch industrialist and manufacturer (Philips), dies at 83
  • 1942 Felix Hausdorff, German mathematician (Hausdorff space), dies at 73
  • 1943 Nikolai Vavilov, Soviet botanist and geneticist (identified the centers of origin of cultivated plants), dies at 55
  • 1943 Harry H. Laughlin, American eugenicist (b. 1880)
  • 1946 Adriaan van Maanen, Dutch-American astronomer (b. 1884)
  • 1947 Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, Swedish prince second in line to the Swedish throne, dies in an airplane crash at 40
  • 1952 Louis van Deyssel, Dutch writer (Diary of Franc Rozelaar), dies at 87
  • 1952 Khorloogiin Choibalsan, leader of Mongolia (b. 1895)
  • 1953 Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch poet and linguistic (spelling), dies at 58
  • 1953 Athanase David, French Canadian politician and businessman (b. 1882)
  • 1954 Carl J Eldh, Swedish sculptor, dies at 80

Person of interestCharles "Lucky" Luciano

1962 Charles "Lucky" Luciano, NYC Mafia gangster, dies of a heart attack at 65

  • 1965 Ali Mansoer, premier of Persia, murdered
  • 1968 Merrill C. Meigs, American newspaper publisher (b. 1883)
  • 1968 Yvor Winters, American poet (b. 1900)
  • 1973 Meijer Sluyser, Dutch journalist/commentator (VARA), dies at about 71
  • 1974 Siegfried von Vegesack, German writer, dies at 85
  • 1976 João Branco Núncio, Portuguese Bullfighter (b. 1901)

Person of interestNelson Rockefeller

1979 Nelson Rockefeller, American politician (Vice President: 1974-1977; Governor of New York (R), 1959-73), dies of a heart attack at 70

Businessman and US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller
Businessman and US Vice President
Nelson Rockefeller
  • 1985 James Cameron, journalist, dies
  • 1989 Paul Daels, Flemish chairman (IJzerbedevaart committee), dies
  • 1990 Boy Trip, Dutch minister, dies at 68
  • 1990 Lewis Mumford, American historian (b. 1895)
  • 1991 Johnny van Doorn, Dutch writer/poet, dies at 46
  • 1992 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist, writer and poet, dies at 63
  • 1993 Axel Von Dem Bussche, German aristocrat, dies
  • 1993 Jan Gies, Dutch resistance fighter (helped Anne Frank), dies at 87
  • 1993 Robert Jacobsen, Danish sculptor (large iron sculptures), dies at 80
  • 1993 Jeanne Sauvé, 23rd Governor-General of Canada (1984-90), dies at 70
  • 1995 Bernardo Leighton, Chilian politician (1964-70), dies
  • 1995 Louis Heren, journalist, dies at 65
  • 1996 Harold Brodkey, American writer (My Venice), dies at 65
  • 1996 Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, dies at 74
  • 1996 Gerrit Cornelis Berkouwer, Dutch theologist (Dogmatic Studies), dies at 92
  • 1997 Margaret Hesse, princess of Hesse/the Rhine, dies at 83
  • 1997 Sarah Lucas, theatre administrator, dies at 53
  • 1997 Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (b. 1904)
  • 1998 Walter Edmonds, writer (Drums Along the Mohawk), dies at 93
  • 2000 Kathleen Hale, British children book writer and illustrator (Orlando), dies at 101
  • 2000 A. E. van Vogt, Canadian sci-fi author (Wizard of Linn), dies at 87
  • 2003 Hugh Trevor-Roper, English historian (The Last Days of Hitler), dies at 89
  • 2003 George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie, British politician (b. 1931)
  • 2006 Khan Abdul Wali Khan, Pakistani opposition leader and Pashtun nationalist (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Carol Lambrino, son of Carol II of Romania and Zizi Lambrino (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Hans J. Wegner, Danish furniture designer (b. 1914)
  • 2008 Viktor Schreckengost, American industrial designer, dies at 101
  • 2013 Hiroshi Nakajima, Japanese doctor, dies at 84
  • 2015 Tom Uren, Australian politician, Australian heritage and conservation campaigner, dies at 93