On This Day in History for July 4

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 190

  • 836 Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples
  • 993 Saint Ulrich of Augsburg is canonized.
  • 1054 Brightest known supernova SN 1054 (creates the Crab Nebula) 1st reported by Chinese astronomers
  • 1120 Jordan II of Capua is anointed as prince after his infant nephew's death

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1187 Battle of Hittin (Tiberias): Saladin defeats Reinoud of Châtillon

1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria Saladin
1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria
  • 1301 Battle at Breukelen: Holland vs Lichtenberg
  • 1359 Francesco II Ordelaffi of Forlì surrenders to the Papal commander Gil de Albornoz.
  • 1415 Angelo Correr renounces his claim to the Papacy as Pope Gregory XII
  • 1453 41 Jewish martyrs burned at stake at Breslau
  • 1534 Christian III is elected King of Denmark and Norway in the town of Rye

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1610 Battle of Klushino: King Sigismund III's Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth army beats Russia and Sweden

  • 1634 The city of Trois-Rivières is founded in New France, later to become the Canadian province of Quebec
  • 1636 City of Providence, Rhode Island form
  • 1652 Prince of Condé starts blood bath in Paris
  • 1653 English Barebones Parliament goes into session
  • 1672 States of Holland declares "Eternal Edict" void
  • 1693 Battle at Boussu-lez-Walcourt: French-English vs Dutch army
  • 1708 Battle of Holowczyn: Swedish King Charles XII defeats superior Russian force in surprising vctory

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1754 George Washington gives Fort Necessity to France

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1774 Orangetown Resolutions adopted in the Province of New York, one of many protests against the British Parliament's Coercive Acts
  • 1776 According to popular legend the Liberty Bell rings for the Second Continental Congress

/flags/united statesUnited States Declaration of Independence

1776 US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Britain
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  • 1779 French fleet occupies Grenada

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1782 William Petty becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain following the death of Charles Watson-Wentworth

British Prime Minister William Petty
British Prime Minister
William Petty
British Prime Minister Charles Watson-Wentworth
British Prime Minister
Charles Watson-Wentworth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1785 James Hutton, geologist, publicly reads an abstract of his theory of uniformitarianism for the first time at the meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Geologist James Hutton
James Hutton
  • 1789 1st US tariff act signed by President Washington
  • 1796 1st Independence Day celebration is held
  • 1802 US Military Academy officially opens (West Point, NY)
  • 1803 The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people
  • 1810 French troops occupy Amsterdam
  • 1817 Chief Engineer James Geddes begins construction on the Erie Canal, (Rome, New York), one of the first great engineering works in North America

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1819 William Herschel makes last telescopic observation of 1819 comet

Astronomer William Herschel
William Herschel
  • 1827 Slavery abolished in New York
  • 1828 Construction begins on B & O (Baltimore-Ohio) 1st US passenger RR
  • 1829 Cornerstone laid for 2nd US mint at Chestnut and Juniper St, Philadelphia, the "Grecian Temple"
  • 1829 The first London bus "omnibus", operated by George Shillibeer, begins service between Marylebone Road and Bank Junction
  • 1836 Wisconsin Territory forms
  • 1837 Grand Junction Railway, the world's first long-distance railway, opens between Birmingham and Liverpool
  • 1838 Huskar Colliery Mining Disaster in Silkstone England: mining pit floods drown 26 children, leads to 1842 'Mines and Collieries Act' bans women and children working underground
  • 1840 The Cunard Line's 700 ton wooden paddle steamer RMS Britannia departs from Liverpool bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia on the first transatlantic crossing with a scheduled end

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1845 Henry David Thoreau moves into his shack on Walden Pond

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau
  • 1845 Texas Congress votes for annexation to US

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1855 In Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, "Leaves of Grass" is published

  • 1861 In a special session of 27th Congress Lincoln requests 400,000 troops
  • 1861 Skirmish at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia

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1862 Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) creates Alice in Wonderland for Alice Liddell on a family boat trip on the river Isis (Thames) in Oxford

Author and Mathematician Lewis Carroll
Author and Mathematician
Lewis Carroll
  • 1862 R Morgan's: Tomkinsville, KY to Somerset, KY [->JUL 28]
  • 1863 Boise, Idaho founded (now capital of Idaho)
  • 1863 Failed Confederate assault on Helena Arkansas (640 casualties)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1863 General Lee's army withdraws from Gettysburg

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1863 Skirmish at Smithburg, TN

  • 1863 Vicksburg, Mississippi surrenders to Union forces
  • 1865 First edition of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll is published
  • 1866 Firecracker thrown in wood starts fire destroying half of Portland, Maine, US
  • 1868 Battle at Ueno, Japan: last Tokugawa armies defeated
  • 1868 Maori leader Te Kooti and 300 of his followers captured the schooner Rifleman in the Chatham Islands and sail for New Zealand; landing at Whareongaonga six days later
  • 1873 Aquarium opens in Woodward Gardens, San Francisco
  • 1874 Social Democratic Workmen's Party of North America formed
  • 1875 White Democrats kill several blacks in terrorist attacks in Vicksburg
  • 1876 1st public exhibition of electric light in San Francisco
  • 1876 Batholdi visits Bedloe Island, future home of his Statue of Liberty
  • 1879 Africaner Union forms by Rev SJ du Toit at Cape colony
  • 1879 Battle at Ulundi: Lord Chelmsford beats Zulu King Cetshwayo

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1881 Booker T. Washington establishes Tuskegee Institute (Alabama)

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • 1882 Telegraph Hill Observatory opens in San Francisco
  • 1883 Buffalo Bill Cody presents 1st wild west show, North Platte, Nebraska
  • 1884 1st US bullfight held (Dodge City Ks)
  • 1884 Statue of Liberty presented to US in Paris
  • 1886 1st scheduled transcontinental passenger train reaches Port Moody, British Columbia
  • 1887 The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, joins Sindh-Madrasa-tul-Islam, Karachi
  • 1888 1st organized rodeo competition held, Prescott, Arizona
  • 1889 Washington state constitutional convention holds 1st meeting
  • 1892 James Keir Hardie chosen 1st socialist in British Lower house
  • 1892 Western Samoa changes the International Date Line, so that year there were 367 days in this country, with two occurrences of Monday, July 4
  • 1894 Elwood Haynes successfully tests one of 1st US autos at 6 MPH
  • 1894 Republic of Hawaii proclaimed, Sanford B Dole as president
  • 1895 Katherine Lee Bates publishes "America the Beautiful"
  • 1898 French liner "La Bourgogne" collides with bark Cromartyshire, 560 die
  • 1898 US flag hoisted over Wake Island (Spanish-American War)
  • 1900 Williams Jennings Bryan nominated as Democratic Party presidential candidate, USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1901 William Howard Taft, former Federal judge, is installed as first governor-general of the Philippines and declares amnesty for all insurgents who take an oath of allegiance

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1902 Civil government is established in the Philippines by a proclamation from US President Theodore Roosevelt, who offers a general amnesty to insurgents

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1903 Pacific Cable (San Francisco, Hawaii, Guam, Philipines) opens, President Theodore Roosevelt sends a message
  • 1906 Great Britain, France, and Italy declare independence of Ethiopia (Abyssinia), but all lay claim to their own 'spheres of influence' in that land
  • 1910 The US Congress pass the Mann-Elkins Act, an important piece of railroad reform legislation
  • 1910 In a mutual defense agreements, Japan and Russia delineate their spheres of interest in Manchuria
  • 1911 105°F (41°C) at Vernon, Vermont (state record)
  • 1911 106°F (41°C) at Nashua, New Hampshire (state record)
  • 1912 Detroit Tiger George Mullen no-hits St Louis Browns, 7-0
  • 1914 1st US motorcycle race (300 miles, Dodge City Ks)

/flags/russiaRed October

1917 Troops of the Russian Provisional Government open fire on protesters in Petrograd during the 'July Days' of unrest
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  • 1918 Altar dedicated at full-scale replica of Stonehenge at Maryhill, Washington
  • 1918 Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI ascends to the throne
  • 1919 ADGB (Allgemeine Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund) party forms
  • 1920 The provisional government of Siberia's Maritime Province agrees to hand over parts of the strategic oil- and coal-rich Sakhalin Islands to Japan
  • 1925 44 die when Dreyfus Hotel in Boston collapses
  • 1925 A's Lefty Grove beats Yanks Herb Pennock 1-0 in 15 innings
  • 1926 NSDAP-party forms in Weimar

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1927 Sukarno and friends form the pro-Indonesian independence party, the PNI (Perserikatan Nasional Indonesia) in Batavia, Dutch East Indies

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • 1927 First flight of the Lockheed Vega.

Birthdays in History

  • 1330 Ashikaga Yoshiakira, Japanese shogun (d. 1367)
  • 1546 Murad/Murat III, Sultan of Turkey (1574-95)
  • 1610 Cornelis Evertsen, the Elder, Dutch/Swiss vice-admiral
  • 1610 Paul Scarron, French playwright (Virgile Travesti)
  • 1669 Alexander von Papenhoven, Flemish religious sculptor
  • 1715 Christian F Gellert, Saxony, poet/novelist (Fables & Tales)
  • 1719 Michel-Jean Sedaine, French dramatist (d. 1797)
  • 1753 Jean-Pierre-Francois Blanchard, 1st balloon flights in England, US
  • 1756 William Rush, American sculptor (Spirit of the Schuylkill), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1833)
  • 1790 George Everest, Welsh surveyor (d. 1866)
  • 1799 F J Oscar I, King of Sweden/Norway (1844-59)
  • 1804 Desire de Haerne, Belgian priest/Congressional leader

Person of interestNathaniel Hawthorne

1804 Nathaniel Hawthorne, American author (House of 7 Gables, The Scarlet Letter), born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1864)

Person of interestGiuseppe Garibaldi

1807 Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian general and nationalist (Risorgimento) who helped unify Italy, born in Nice, First French Empire (d. 1882)

Unifier of Italy Giuseppe Garibaldi
Unifier of Italy
Giuseppe Garibaldi
  • 1816 Hiram Walker, American grocer and distiller (d. 1899)
  • 1819 Reuben Eaton Fenton, Governor (Union), (d. 1885)
  • 1826 Green Clay Smith, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Richmond, Kentucky (d. 1895)
  • 1828 James Johnston Pettigrew, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1828 Theodor W Ahlwardt, German orientalist
  • 1841 Edward Gailliard, Flemish linguist/archaeologicalist
  • 1841 Marie von Wied, Princess of Orange Nassau
  • 1842 Gustav Ratzenhofer, Austrian sociologist/judge/fieldmarshal
  • 1845 Thomas John Barnardo, English social worker
  • 1847 James Anthony Bailey, American circus impresario (Barnum & Bailey), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1906)
  • 1854 Victor Babeş, Romanian bacteriologist (d. 1926)
  • 1867 Stephen Mather, organized US National Park Service
  • 1868 Henrietta Swan Leavitt, American astronomer (d. 1921)
  • 1869 Karl Seitz, president of Austria
  • 1870 Pieter van der Lijn, Dutch geologist (Dutch boulders)

Person of interestCalvin Coolidge

1872 Calvin Coolidge [Silent Cal], 30th US President (R) (1923-29), born in Plymouth Notch, Vermont (d. 1933)

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • 1875 Giovanni & Giacomo Tocci, Italian siamese twins, born in Locana (probable date),
  • 1881 Ulysses S. Grant III, American soldier (d. 1968)
  • 1883 Alan Brooke, English general [or Jul 23]

Person of interestRube Goldberg

1883 Rube Goldberg, cartoonist (who made the easy outrageously difficult) Pulitzer Prize 1948, born in San Francisco, California

Cartoonist Rube Goldberg
Rube Goldberg
  • 1884 Alexander Byvanck, Dutch art historian/archaeologist
  • 1895 Massimo Campigli, Italian painter/illustrator
  • 1896 Mao Dun, Chinese writer (d. 1981)
  • 1898 Dr. Pilar Barbosa, Puerto Rican historian (d. 1997)
  • 1898 Gulzarilal Nanda, Indian politician and economist, temporary Prime Minster of India (1964, 1966), born in Sialkot, British India (d. 1998)

Person of interestMeyer Lansky

1902 Meyer Lansky, Russian-American mobster known as the "Mob's Accountant", born in Grodno, Belarus (d. 1983)

Mobster Meyer Lansky
Meyer Lansky
  • 1905 Lionel Trilling, author (1969 Poses Award, Liberal Imagination)
  • 1905 Irving Johnson, American adventurer (d. 1991)
  • 1906 Vincent Joseph Schaefer, Schenectady New York, American Chemist and Meteorologist (cloud seeding)
  • 1907 Gordon Griffith, American director (d. 1958)
  • 1908 Aurelio Peccei, Italian businessman/chairman (Club of Rome)
  • 1909 Lynette Roberts, British poet, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1909 Madeleine Barot, resistance heroine
  • 1910 Francis D. Foley, US Rear Admiral (WW II, Guadalcanal), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Mitch Miller, sing along with Mitch (Yellow Rose of Tx), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1914 Giuseppe 'Nuccio' Bertone, car designer
  • 1915 Christine Lavant, writer
  • 1916 Tokyo Rose, [Iva Toguri D'Aquino], propagandist (WWII)
  • 1917 Manolete, Spanish bullfighter (d. 1947)
  • 1918 Abigail Van Buren, [Mrs Morton Phillips], Sioux City Iowa, columnist
  • 1918 Ann Landers, Sioux City Iowa, twin sister/advice columnist
  • 1918 Buster Davis, choral director (Garry Moore Show), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1918 Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, King of Tonga (1965- )
  • 1918 Pauline Phillips, Sioux City, Iowa, advice columnist (Dear Abby), (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Leona Helmsley, (wife of Harry), real estate billionaire/tax cheat
  • 1921 Gerard Debreu, French economist (Nobel 1983)
  • 1923 Rudolf Friedrich, Swiss Federal Councilor

Person of interestNeil Simon

1927 Neil Simon, playwright (Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Biloxi Blues), born in The Bronx, New York

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1928 Patrick Tilley, UK, sci-fi author (1st Family, Blood River)
  • 1928 Paul de Wispelaere, Flemish writer/essayist/critic
  • 1928 Sylvius G M "Boy" Rozendal, premier (Netherland's Antilles)
  • 1928 Ruth Westerheimer, German psychosexual therapist (Dr Ruth), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1935 Paul Scoon, governor-general of Grenada (1978-92), (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Thomas Nagel, American philosopher
  • 1941 Brian Willson, American peace activist
  • 1941 Sergio Oliva, Cuba, American body builder (The Myth, IFBB Mr. Olympia, 1967-9), (d. 2012)
  • 1942 Michael G C F, English prince of Kent
  • 1942 Stefan Meller, Polish foreign minister (d. 2008)
  • 1943 Milan Máčala, Czech football coach
  • 1946 Michael Milken, partner (Intl Capital Access Group), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Ron Kovic, disabled vietnam vet (Born on 4th of July)
  • 1951 Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, American Democratic politician and Lieutenant Governor of Maryland (1995-2003), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1952 Álvaro Uribe Vélez, Colombian politician
  • 1957 Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand
  • 1961 Richard Allen Garriott, computer game designer (Origin), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1965 Jo Whiley, English radio DJ
  • 1971 Koko, sign-language gorilla
  • 1971 Andrew Murray, English entrepreneur
  • 1975 Tania Davis, Australian violist
  • 1998 Malia Obama, American daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 2003 Alessia di Matteo, Italian medical figure (d. 2005)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

1925 American writer ("Gone with the Wind") Margaret Mitchell (24) marries 2nd husband John Marsh (29)

HeartWedding of Interest

1931 Irish writer (Ulysses) James Joyce and Nora Barnacle finally marry in London registry office after meeting in 1904.

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • 1973 British Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles (33) weds Camilla Rosemary Shand (26) at Guards Chapel in Birdcage Walk in London, England

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 Journalist and Diplomat Samantha Power (37) weds law professor Cass Sunstein (53) at Church of Mary Immaculate in County Kerry, Ireland

Journalist and Diplomat Samantha Power
Journalist and Diplomat
Samantha Power
  • 2010 "Survivor: Thailand" star Tanya Vance weds Joseph Luczaj in Maui, Hawaii

Deaths in History

  • 907 Luitpold, Margrave of Bavaria
  • 943 Taejo of Goryeo, ruler of Korea (b. 877)
  • 965 Pope Benedict V, Italian Roman Catholic Pope (b. unknown)
  • 973 Ulrich of Augsburg, German bishop (b. 890)
  • 1187 Reinoud van Châtillon, French prince of Antioch, dies
  • 1301 Willem II Berthout van Mechelen, bishop of Utrecht, dies in battle
  • 1307 Rudolf III, Duke of Austria/King of Bohemia dies
  • 1336 Elisabeth van Portugal, queen of Portugal/saint, dies at about 65
  • 1498 Filips van Burgundy, admiral-general of Netherlands, dies
  • 1541 Pedro de Alvarado, Spanish occupier, dies at about 56
  • 1546 Hayreddin Barbarossa, Admiral of the Ottoman Navy (b. 1478)
  • 1578 Charles de Berlaymont, baron of Hierges, gov/viceroy of Names, dies
  • 1627 Thomas Middleton, English playwright (A Game at Chess), dies at 47
  • 1648 Antoine Daniel, French Jesuit missionary, one of the Canadian Martyrs (b. 1601)
  • 1672 Govert D Camphuysen, (court)painter, dies at about 48
  • 1742 Guido Grandi, Italian mathematician (b. 1671)
  • 1754 Philippe Néricault Destouches, French dramatist and author, dies at 74
  • 1761 Samuel Richardson, English writer (b. 1689)
  • 1768 Willem van Hairs, Fries nobleman and poet (Suicide), dies at 58
  • 1780 Charles Alexander, Duke of Lotharingen South Neth, dies at 67
  • 1787 Charles, prince de Rohan-Soubise, marshal of France, dies at 71
  • 1821 Richard Cosway, English artist (b. 1742)

Person of interestJohn Adams

1826 John Adams, 2nd US President (1797-1801), dies at 90

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams

Person of interestThomas Jefferson

1826 Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President (1801-09), dies at 83

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson

Person of interestJames Monroe

1831 James Monroe, 5th US President (1817-25), dies of heart failure and tuberculosis at 73

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe

Person of interestKarl Ferdinand von Graefe

1840 Karl Ferdinand von Graefe, German surgeon who helped create modern plastic surgery dies at 53

  • 1845 Pierre P Royer-Collard, French philosopher/Council of 500, dies
  • 1848 Francois Rene de Chateaubriand, French novelist (Atala)/diplomat, dies
  • 1850 William Kirby, English entomologist (b. 1759)
  • 1854 Karl F Eichhorn, German law historian, dies at 72
  • 1856 Istvan Ferenczi, Hungarian sculptor, dies at 64
  • 1857 William L. Marcy, American statesman (b. 1786)
  • 1863 Paul Joseph Revere, American grandson of Paul Revere, Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 30
  • 1881 Johan Vilhelm Snellman, Finnish statesman (b. 1806)
  • 1888 Theodor Storm, German judge/author (Schimmelreiter), dies at 70
  • 1891 Hannibal Hamlin, U.S. Vice President (b. 1809)
  • 1901 John Fiske [Edmund Fisk Green], American historian and philosopher, dies at 59
  • 1901 Julian Scott, American artist and Civil War Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 55
  • 1902 Swami Vivekananda, Indian Hindu spiritual leader and a key figure in the introduction of Yoga to the Western world, dies while meditating at 39
  • 1905 Élisée Reclus, French anarchist (b. 1830)
  • 1910 Giovanni Schiaparelli, Italian astronomer (discovered canals of Mars), dies at 75
  • 1910 Melville Fuller, American 8th Chief Justice of the United States, dies at 77
  • 1916 Alan Seeger, American war poet (b. 1888)
  • 1917 Johan H C Kern, Dutch linguist (Sanskreet), dies at 84
  • 1922 Lothar von Richthofen, German pilot (b. 1894)
  • 1923 Florimond Fonteyne, Flemish priest/politician (Volkseeuw), dies at 67
  • 1926 Pier Giorgio Frassati, Italian Saint (b. 1901)
  • 1931 Emanuele F duke of Aosta, Italian WW I-general/fascist, dies at 62
  • 1931 Hussein ibn-Ali, sjarif Mecca/king/kalief of Hedzjaz (1917-24), dies
  • 1934 Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Jewish poet, dies at 61

Person of interestMarie Curie

1934 Marie Skłodowska-Curie, French-Polish Physicist/Chemist, 1st woman to win Nobel Prize (1903, 1911) dies at 66 of radiation poisoning

Physicist Marie Curie
Marie Curie
  • 1934 Marie Curie, Polish-French scientist who discovered radium (Nobel 1903, 1911), dies at 66
  • 1938 Otto Bauer, Austrian Social Democrat, dies at 56
  • 1938 Suzanne Lenglen, 6 time Wimbledon champ, dies at 39 of anemia
  • 1941 Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician (b. 1881)
  • 1943 Wladyslaw Sikorski, gen/PM of Poland in exile (1939-43), dies at 62
  • 1946 Othenio Able, Austria paleontology, dies at 71
  • 1946 Gerda Steinhoff, Nazi concentration camp overseer (b. 1922)
  • 1948 Monteiro Lobato, Brazilian writer (b. 1882)
  • 1958 Adolf Herckenrath, Flemish playwright/poet (Avondvlam), dies at 79
  • 1963 Bernard Freyberg, Governor-General of New Zealand (b. 1889)
  • 1966 Dorothy Aldis, American children's writer, dies at 70
  • 1970 Harold Vanderbilt, America Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), dies at 85
  • 1970 Barnett Newman, American artist (b. 1905)
  • 1971 Thomas C Hart, US admiral/commander (Pacific Fleet), dies at 94
  • 1971 August Derleth, American writer and editor (b. 1909)
  • 1973 Leonid Stein, Russian chess player, dies at about 39
  • 1974 Mohammed SA al-Hoesseini, Mufti of Jerusalem/pres Com Palestine, dies
  • 1975 Georgette Heyer, English novelist (Friday's Child), dies at 71
  • 1976 Antoni Słonimski, Polish poet (b. 1895)
  • 1976 Yonatan Netanyahu, Israel commander killed freeing Israeli hostages during Operation Entebbe in Uganda, at 30 years
  • 1977 Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (b. 1918)
  • 1980 Maurice Grevisse, Belgian grammarian (b. 1895)
  • 1982 Sylvestre A Guzman Fernandez, pres Dominican Rep, commits suicide
  • 1982 Terry Higgins, early British AIDS death (b. 1945)
  • 1985 John de Quay, Dutch premier (1959-63), dies at 83
  • 1986 Oscar Zariski, Russian mathematician (algebraic geometry), dies at 87
  • 1991 Victor Chang, Australian physician (b. 1936)
  • 1993 Felix White, choreographer (Black Vibrations Theatre), dies at 65
  • 1994 Arthur Berry, English artist and playwright, dies at 69
  • 1994 Juan Gil-Albert, Spanish poet and writer, dies at 90
  • 1994 Rupert Davies, English methodist scholar, dies at 84
  • 1994 Tawfik Ziad, Palestinian communist/Israeli MP/mayor of Nazareth, dies
  • 1995 Bob Ross, artist, dies at 52
  • 1995 Jacques Berque, Islamic scholar, dies at 85
  • 1996 Leo Avery, abbot of Quarr, dies at 58
  • 1999 Leo Garel, American artist and cartoonist (b.1917)
  • 2000 Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski, Polish writer (b. 1919)
  • 2002 Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American general (b. 1912)
  • 2002 Mansoor Hekmat, Iranian politician (b. 1951)
  • 2002 Winnifred Quick, American Titanic survivor (b. 1904)
  • 2004 Frank Robinson (Xylophone Man), an eccentric street entertainer in Nottingham, England (b. 1932)
  • 2008 Charles Wheeler, British journalist (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Jesse Helms, American politician (b. 1921)
  • 2008 Thomas M. Disch, American sci-fi author (b. 1940)
  • 2009 Allen Klein, American record label executive (b. 1931)
  • 2009 Lasse Strömstedt, Swedish writer (b. 1935)
  • 2009 Jean-Baptiste Tati Loutard, Congolese politician (b.1938)
  • 2010 Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, Iraqi-born Lebanese Shiite Muslim cleric and Hezbollah mentor (b. 1935)
  • 2011 Otto von Habsburg, last crown prince of Austria-Hungary and MEP (1979-1999) (b. 1912)