On This Day in History for January 7

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 137

  • 754 Pope Stefanus II arrives in Ponthion
  • 1325 Afonso IV succeeds Dionysius as King of Portugal
  • 1558 Calais, last English possession in France, retaken by French
  • 1566 Antonio "Michele" Ghislieri is elected Pope Pius V
  • 1579 England signs an offensive & defensive alliance with Netherland
  • 1584 Last day of the Julian calendar in Bohemia & Holy Roman empire
  • 1598 Boris Godunov seizes Russian throne on death of Feodor I
  • 1601 Robert, Earl of Essex, leads revolt in London against Queen Elizabeth
  • 1608 Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia

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1610 Galileo discovers first three satellites of Jupiter, Io, Europa & Ganymede

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei

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1618 Francis Bacon becomes Lord Chancellor of England

Statesman/Philosopher Francis Bacon
Statesman/Philosopher
Francis Bacon
  • 1622 Germany & Transylvania sign Peace of Nikolsburg
  • 1654 Fire after heavy storm destroys two thirds of De Rijp Netherlands, 1 person dies

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1698 Russian Tsar Peter the Great departs Netherlands for England

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great
  • 1714 Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (built years later)
  • 1761 Battle at Panipat India: Afghan army beats Mahratten
  • 1782 1st US commercial bank, Bank of North America, opens in Philadelphia
  • 1784 1st US seed business established by David Landreth, Philadelphia
  • 1785 1st balloon flight across English Channel by Jean Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries
  • 1797 The modern Italian flag is first used
  • 1817 2nd Bank of US opens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1822 1st printing in Hawaii
  • 1822 Liberia colonized by Americans
  • 1830 1st US Railroad Station opens (Baltimore)
  • 1835 HMS Beagle anchors off Chonos Archipelago
  • 1861 Florida troops takeover Fort Marion at St Augustine (US Civil War)
  • 1862 Battle of Manassas Junction, VA

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1862 Romney Campaign; Stonewall Jackson march towards Romney, WV

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • 1868 Arkansas constitutional convention meets in Little Rock
  • 1868 Mississippi constitutional convention meets in Jackson
  • 1888 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Valley of Fear" (BG)
  • 1890 African American inventor William Purvis receives a patent for the fountain pen
  • 1892 Mine explosion kills 100 in Krebs, Oklahoma; blacks trying to help rescue white survivors, driven away with guns
  • 1893 Hermann Sudermanns "Heimat" premieres in Berlin

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1894 Early 5 second film of Fred Ott sneezing shot by Edison Manufacturing - 1st ever copyrighted

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 1896 Fannie Farmer publishes her first cookbook "The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book"
  • 1903 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Blanched Soldier" (BG)

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1904 Marconi Co establishes "CQD" as 1st international radio distress signal

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • 1907 Clyde Fitch' "Truth" premieres in NYC
  • 1908 England beat Australia by one wicket at the MCG
  • 1911 1st airplane bombing experiments with explosives, San Francisco
  • 1911 Dutch Scouts Organization established in Amsterdam
  • 1913 William M Burton patents a process to "crack" petroleum
  • 1914 1st steamboat passes through the Panama Canal
  • 1916 German troops conquer Fort Vaux at Verdun

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1916 In response to pressure from President Woodrow Wilson, Germany notifies the US State Department that it will abide by strict international rules of maritime warfare

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1919 The Industrial and Commercial Workers' Union of South Africa is founded, led by Clements Kadalie
  • 1919 Montenegrin guerrilla fighters rebel, but fail to prevent Serbia's annexation of Montenegro
  • 1920 Five duly elected Socialist assemblymen are denied by the New York State Assembly

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1922 The Anglo-Irish Treaty is ratified by Dail Eireann by a 64-57 vote

Irish Nationalist Leader Michael Collins
Irish Nationalist Leader
Michael Collins
  • 1923 Baltimore Sun warns of Ku Klux Klan

  • 1927 Commercial transatlantic telephone service inaugurated between New York & London
  • 1927 Harlem Globetrotters play their 1st game in Hinckley, Illinois
  • 1929 "Buck Rogers" sci-fi comic strip's 1st appearance in a newspaper
  • 1929 "Tarzan", one of the 1st adventure comic strips, 1st appears
  • 1930 Edwin Justus Mayer's "Children of Darkness" premieres in NYC
  • 1930 Marguerite Perey discovers francium (Fr), the last naturally occurring element to be found
  • 1931 Guy Menzies flies the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight (from Australia to New Zealand) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, crash-landing on New Zealand's west coast.
  • 1932 1st game played at Orchard Lake Curling Club, Mich
  • 1933 1st edition of People & Fatherland published in Netherlands
  • 1934 "Flash Gordon" comic strip (by Alex Raymond) debuts
  • 1935 Zoe Akins' "Old Maid" premieres in NYC

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1935 French Foreign minister Pierre Laval and Benito Mussolini sign the Franco-Italian Agreement

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France Pierre Laval
Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France
Pierre Laval
  • 1939 US worker's union leader Tom Mooney freed (jailed since 1916)
  • 1940 Winter War: The Finish 9th Division defeats the Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road despite being significantly outnumbered
  • 1942 WW II siege of Bataan starts
  • 1944 US Air Force announces production of 1st US jet fighter, the Bell P-59
  • 1945 Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) reports total German victory in the Ardennes
  • 1945 The last surface engagement between Allies and Japanese in the Pacific campaign, World War II
  • 1946 Cambodia becomes autonomous state inside French Union

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1948 US president Harry Truman raises taxes for the Marshall Plan

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • 1948 Thomas Mantell, a pilot for the Kentucky Air National Guard, crashes while pursuing a supposed UFO
  • 1949 1st photo of genes taken at University of Southern California by Pease & Baker
  • 1950 Hank Snow's 1st appearance on "Grand Ole Opry"
  • 1950 Mental health wing of Mercy Hospital burns, kills 41 in Davenport, Iowa
  • 1952 French Plevin government falls
  • 1953 US President Harry Truman announces American development of the hydrogen bomb
  • 1954 Georgetown-IBM experiment, 1st public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held at IBM's head office in New York
  • 1956 Vinoo Mankad scores 231 v NZ, 413 opening stand with Roy
  • 1958 USSR reduces army to 300,000

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1959 US recognizes Fidel Castro's Cuban government

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

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1959 American gangster Meyer Lansky flees Cuba for the Bahamas due to the Cuban Revolution and rise of Fidel Castro

Mobster Meyer Lansky
Mobster
Meyer Lansky
  • 1960 The Polaris missile is tested
  • 1961 Trucial States (now UAE) issue their 1st postage stamps

MurderAssassination Attempt

1962 Assassination attempt fails on Indonesian President Sukarno

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • 1962 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Hall Wheelock
  • 1963 1st class postage raised from 4 cents to 5 cents
  • 1964 Bahamas becomes self-governing
  • 1964 Dick Weber rolls highest bowling game in air (Boeing 707)
  • 1965 France announces it will convert $150 million of its currency to gold
  • 1965 Twin brothers are in held in custody in London charged with abduction and murder
  • 1968 1st class US postage raised from 5 cents to 6 cents
  • 1968 Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off
  • 1969 US Congress doubles president salary

Music concertWoodstock Music and Art Fair

1970 Farmers sue Max Yasgur for $35,000 in damages caused by "Woodstock"

  • 1971 -40°F (-40°C) in Hawley Lake, Arizona (state record)
  • 1972 Iberian Airlines 'plane crashes into 800ft peak on island of Ibiza, 104 die
  • 1972 Lewis F Powell Jr becomes a US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1972 William Hubbs Rehnquist sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1973 British Darts Organisation founded in North London

Birthdays in History

  • 1355 Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester, son of Edward III of England (d. 1397)
  • 1502 Gregory XIII [Ugo Boncompagni], Bologna, Papal States, Italian pope (1572-85), introduced Gregorian calendar in 1582
  • 1528 Jeanne d'Albret, Queen of Navarre and mother of French King Henry IV
  • 1539 Sebastian de Covarrubias Horozco, Spanish lexicographer
  • 1611 James Harrington, England, political author (Commonwealth of Oceans)
  • 1647 Wilhelm Ludwig, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1677)
  • 1652 Pavao Vitezovic, Croatia, writer/historian
  • 1653 Bernhard Albinus, German court-physician (Frederick of Prussia)
  • 1685 Gerard George Clifford, Dutch director of East India Company
  • 1685 Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (d. 1761)
  • 1706 Johann Heinrich Zedler, German publisher (d. 1751)
  • 1718 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (d. 1790)
  • 1745 Johann Christian Fabricius, Tønder, Danish Entomologist (named nearly 10,000 species)
  • 1755 Stephen Groombridge, Goudhurst Kent, English Astronomer (Catalogue of Circumpolar Stars)
  • 1768 Joseph Bonaparte, King of Naples (d. 1844)
  • 1786 John Catron, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1865)
  • 1796 Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales (d. 1817)
  • 1799 Daniel Tyler, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Brooklyn, Connecticut (d. 1882)

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1800 Millard Fillmore, 13th US President (Whig: 1850-53), born in Moravia, New York (d. 1874)

13th US President Millard Fillmore
13th US President
Millard Fillmore
  • 1808 Jacob Ammen, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Fincastle, Virginia (d. 1894)
  • 1813 Ann Rutledge, said to be Abraham Lincoln's true love, born in Henderson, Kentucky (d. 1835)
  • 1816 Stephen Miller, American politician (Governor of Minnesota) Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Perry County, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • 1821 Lucius Jeremiah Gartrell, Brigadier General (Confed Army), (d. 1891)
  • 1822 Lucius C M Bakker, Frisian physician/author (Goethe)
  • 1822 Theodor Aufrecht, German indologist (Rigveda's Hymns)
  • 1824 James Morrison Hawes, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1889)
  • 1827 Sir Sandford Fleming, Scottish-Canadian engineer; introduced Universal Standard Time (d. 1915)
  • 1830 [Samuel] Emerson Opdycke, American businessman and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hubbard, Ohio (d. 1884)
  • 1830 Albert Bierstadt, German painter (US landscapes)
  • 1832 James Munro, Premier of Victoria (d. 1908)
  • 1833 Henry Enfield Roscoe, English Chemist (vanadium and photochemistry), born in London, England
  • 1834 Johann Philipp Reis, German physicist and inventor (d. 1874)
  • 1844 Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, [St Bernadette of Lourdes], saint/visionary
  • 1845 Louis III, last king of Bavaria (1913-18)
  • 1845 Paul Deusen, German philosopher (Schopenhauer-Gesellschaft)
  • 1858 Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, key figure in the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language (d. 1922)
  • 1868 Abraham M "Mark" Lidzbarski, Polish/German orientalist
  • 1870 Lord Gordon Hewart, British judge (d. 1943)
  • 1871 Émile Borel, French mathematician and politician (d. 1956)
  • 1877 Johannes F Buziau, Dutch cabaret performer (1 great dog)
  • 1879 St Bernadette (Marie-Bernarde Soubirous), 1844(?), religious visionary
  • 1883 Andrew Browne, Irish/British admiral (WWII)
  • 1890 Henny Porten, silent screen star (Deception), born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • 1891 Zora Neale Hurston, Notasulga Alabama, American writer
  • 1895 Marie-Dominique Chenu, French Roman Catholic theologist
  • 1895 Sir Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and co-founder of QANTAS (d. 1974)
  • 1903 Albrecht Haushofer, writer
  • 1905 Francis Taylor, builder
  • 1907 Nicanor Zabaleta, Spanish harpist, born in San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1993)
  • 1910 Alain JG de Rothschild, French banker/baron
  • 1910 Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Pakistani poet (d. 1984)
  • 1910 Orval Faubus, Governor of Arkansas (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Charles Addams, cartoonist (New Yorker, Addams Family)
  • 1915 Herman Musaph, Dutch psychiatrist/sexologist/founder (NVSH)
  • 1916 Paul Keres, USSR, chess grandmaster (1950)
  • 1916 Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romania's Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu (d. 1989)
  • 1918 Alessadro Natta, Italian political leader (Communist Party)
  • 1920 Albert Meltzer, anarchist
  • 1920 Lionel Alexander Bethune [Alastair] Pilkington, British engineer/Industrialist (float glass), born in Calcutta, India (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Jean-Pierre [Louis] Rampal, Marseilles France, flautist
  • 1923 Hugh Kenner, Canadian literary critic (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Roloff Beny, Alberta, painter/photographer (A Time of Gods)
  • 1925 Gerald Malcolm Durrell, Britain, zoologist/writer (Mockery Bird)
  • 1931 Mack Mattingly, (Sen-R-GA, 1981-86)
  • 1932 Joe Berinson, Australian politician
  • 1934 Jean Corbeil, Canadian politician (d. 2002)
  • 1935 Valeri Nikolayevich Kubasov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 6, 19, 36/35), (d. 2014)
  • 1936 Ben Cropp, Australian shark hunter and photographer
  • 1938 Jasperina de Jong, Dutch cabaret performer (Jan Rao en z'n Maat)
  • 1938 Roland Topor, French illustrator (d. 1997)
  • 1939 Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark
  • 1940 William Elgin Swinton, child psychiatrist
  • 1941 Ann Susan Hills, freelance journalist
  • 1941 Frederick Drew Gregory, Col USAF/astro (STS 51-B, 33, 44), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941 John E. Walker, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1943 Nicholas Warner, test Pilot
  • 1943 Sadako Sasaki, Japanese child victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb (d. 1955)
  • 1944 Ad Nijhuis, Dutch politician (VVD)
  • 1944 Tony Whitlam, Australian judge
  • 1945 Dick Marty, Swiss politician
  • 1945 Raila Odinga, Kenyan politician, Prime Minister of Kenya (2008-2013), born in Maseno, Kenya
  • 1947 Shobha De, Indian writer
  • 1951 Talgat Amangeldyyevich Musabayev, Russian mjr/cosmonaut (TM-19, TM-27)
  • 1951 Mike Ward, Democratic Congressman for Kentucky & radio talk show host
  • 1952 Giuliano Ferrara, Italian politician, journalist and founding editor (Il Foglio)
  • 1957 Katie Couric, [Katherine], TV news host (Today), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1957 Nicholson Baker, American novelist
  • 1958 Peter R Mokaba, president (South African Youth Congress)
  • 1960 Loretta Sanchez, American politician
  • 1960 Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iranian politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Broujerd
  • 1961 Andrew Thomson, Australian politician
  • 1961 John Thune, American politician
  • 1962 Aleksandr Dugin, Russian politician

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1963 Rand Paul, US politician (Senate-R-Kentucky 2011-), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

United States Senator Rand Paul
United States Senator
Rand Paul
  • 1971 Tina Anderson, American comic book writer
  • 1988 Scott Pendlebury, Australian rules footballer
  • 1996 Abbey Speakman, England, born 19 days after her twin sister

Weddings in History

  • 1879 Dutch King Willem II marries Emma von Waldeck-Pyrmont
  • 1934 Princess Juliana marries German prince Bernhard von Lippe-Biesterfeld

HeartWedding of Interest

1971 American horror, sci-fi and fantasy author Stephen King marries Tabitha Spruce, author and activist

Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King

Deaths in History

  • 312 Lucianus of Antioch, theologist/saint, dies
  • 1130 Baldricus Burgoliensis, French historian/archbishop, dies at about 83
  • 1285 Charles I of Anjou, king of Naples/bro of King Louis IX, dies at 58
  • 1325 Denis of Portugal, King of Portugal (1279-1325), dies at 63
  • 1400 Thomas Holland, 1st Duke of Surrey, English politician (b. 1374)
  • 1451 Amadeus VIII, last anti-pope Felix V (1439-49), dies at 67
  • 1529 Peter Vischer, the Old, German count of Sebaldus, dies

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1536 Catherine of Aragon, 1st wife of England's King Henry VIII, dies at 50

Spanish Princess, Queen of England Catherine of Aragon
Spanish Princess, Queen of England
Catherine of Aragon
  • 1537 Alessandro de' Medici, Italian monarch of Florence, assassinated
  • 1566 Ludovicus Blosius, [Louis de Blois "Dacrianus"], wrtier, dies
  • 1590 Jacob Andreae, German theologist (Formulae Concordiae), dies at 61
  • 1598 Feodor I/Theodorus I, Tsar of Russia (1584-98), dies at 40
  • 1619 Nicholas Hilliard, English painter (bc. 1547)
  • 1655 Pope Innocent X (Giambattista Pamfili), Reigned 1644-55, dies at 80
  • 1658 Theophilus Eaton, American colonist (b. 1590)
  • 1694 Charles Gerard, 1st Earl of Macclesfield, English general (bc. 1618)
  • 1695 Mary II Stuart, queen of England, dies at 32 [OS=Dec 28 1694]
  • 1700 Raffaello Fabretti, Italian antiquarian (b. 1618)
  • 1715 François Fénelon, French-Catholic theologian and writer (b. 1651)
  • 1721 Rochus Aerts, Flemish sculptor, dies [or 1739]
  • 1722 Antoine Coypel, French painter/poet, dies at 60
  • 1758 Allan Ramsay Sr, Scottish poet (Gentle Shepherd), dies at 71
  • 1767 Thomas Clap, 1st president of Yale University (b. 1703)
  • 1770 Carl Gustaf Tessin, Swedish politician, dies at 74
  • 1783 William Tans'ur, English hymnist (b. 1700)
  • 1786 Jean-Étienne Guettard, French physician and scientist (b. 1715)
  • 1830 Infanta Carlota Joaquina, daughter of Charles IV of Spain and wife of John VI of Portugal, dies at 53
  • 1830 Thomas Lawrence, English painter (b. 1769)
  • 1858 Willem Broes, vicar/theologist (Textenrol), dies at 91
  • 1864 Caleb Blood Smith, 6th U.S. Secretary of the Interior (b. 1808)
  • 1872 James Fisk, American entrepreneur (b. 1834)
  • 1876 Juste Olivier, Swiss poet (b. 1807)
  • 1878 François-Vincent Raspail, French chemist (b. 1794)
  • 1890 Augusta Maria L Katharina, wife of German Emperor Wilhelm I, dies at 78
  • 1892 Tewfik Pasja, viceroy of Egypt, dies at 39
  • 1892 Ernst Wilhelm von Brücke, German Physician and Physiologist, dies at 72
  • 1893 Jožef Stefan, Slovenian physicist and mathematician (b. 1835)
  • 1912 Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake, English Physician and Feminist, dies at 71
  • 1920 Edmund Barton, 1st Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1849)
  • 1921 Benno Erdmann, German philosopher (Logik I), dies at 69
  • 1929 Henry Arthur Jones, English playwright (Silver King), dies at 77
  • 1935 Alfred Ewing, Scottish Physicist, dies at 79
  • 1942 Henry, Count of Baillet-Latour, President of IOC (1925-42), dies at 63

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1943 Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American physicist (tesla motor), dies at 86

Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Nikola Tesla
Electrical and Mechanical Engineer
Nikola Tesla
  • 1943 George Washington Crile, American Surgeon (blood transfusion, surgical shock), dies at 78
  • 1944 J Verleun, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1944 Lou Hoover, U.S. First Lady (b. 1874)
  • 1944 Napoleon Lapathiotis, Greek poet, dies at 56
  • 1948 Raoul Auernheimer, writer, dies
  • 1951 Johanna C H "Nelly" Bodenheim, painter (Luilekkerland), dies at 76
  • 1951 René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (b. 1886)
  • 1953 Osa Johnson, American explorer (b. 1894)
  • 1955 Arthur Keith, Scottish Anthropologist, dies at 88
  • 1958 Petru Groza, premier/president (Romania, 1945-58), dies at 74
  • 1961 Clarice Baright, 1st woman admitted to American Bar Association, dies at 74
  • 1963 Arthur Moore, Premier of Queensland (b. 1876)
  • 1967 David Goodis, American writer (b. 1917)
  • 1968 Prof James Smith, South African ichthyologist (b. 1897)
  • 1972 John Berryman, American poet (The Dream Songs), dies at 57
  • 1974 Charles Alfred Coulson, British Chemist (theoretical), dies at 63
  • 1981 Alvar Lidell, UK radio broadcaster (b. 1908)
  • 1981 Eric Robinson, Australian politician (b. 1926)
  • 1983 August Cool, Belgian trade union leader, dies at 79
  • 1984 Alfred Kastler, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1986 Juan Rulfo, writer, dies
  • 1986 M Rooi, editor-in-chief (New Rotterdam Daily), dies at 79
  • 1986 Philip D. Eastman, American children's book writer and illustrator (b. 1909)
  • 1990 Gail Lucas, entertainer, dies
  • 1992 Jhean Burton, entertainer, dies
  • 1994 Lewis Boddington, aerospace Engineer, dies at 85
  • 1994 Lynn Blessing, vibes Player, dies at 65
  • 1994 Phoumi Vongvichit, President of Laos (1986-91), dies
  • 1995 Harry Golombek, chess Grandmaster, dies at 83
  • 1995 Larry Grayson, British entertainer (Generation Game), dies at 65 or 71
  • 1995 Viktor Vorobyov, Russian general-major, dies in battle
  • 1995 Murray Rothbard, American economist (b. 1926)
  • 1996 James Holland, artist/exhibition organiser, dies at 90
  • 1996 Karoly Grosz, PM of Hungry (1987-88), dies at 65
  • 1996 Robley D Evans, nuclear physicist, dies at 88
  • 1996 Seton Howard Frederick Lloyd, English Archaeologist, dies at 93
  • 1996 Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (b. 1911)
  • 1997 Desmond Flower, English publisher, dies at 89
  • 1998 Vladimir Prelog, Croatian-Swiss Chemist and Nobel Laureate, dies at 91
  • 1998 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), dies of a heat attack at 82
  • 2004 Oswald Garrison Villard Jr., American Engineer (over-the-horizon radar), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • 2005 Pierre Daninos, French novelist (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Eileen Desmond, Irish politician (b. 1932)
  • 2006 Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer (b. 1912)
  • 2008 Alwyn Schlebusch, South African vice state president (b. 1917)
  • 2011 Derek Gardner, British Formula 1 car designer (b. 1931)
  • 2012 Ibrahim Aslan, Egyptian author, dies from heart failure at 77

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2015 Stéphane Charbonnier [Charb], French cartoonist and editor of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, dies in a terrorist attack at 47

  • 2015 Jean Cabut [Cabu], French caricaturist (Charlie Hebdo), killed in terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris at 76
  • 2016 André Courrèges, French fashion designer, dies at 92

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2017 Mário Soares, 17th President of Portugal (1986-96) and Prime Minister (1976-78 and 1983-85), dies at 92

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares