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On This Day in History for June 14

Events in History

  • 1276 While taking exile in Fuzhou, southern China, from advancing Mongol invaders, remnants of the Song Dynasty court hold coronation ceremony for young prince Zhao Shi, making him Emperor Duanzong of Song

Poll Tax Triggers the Peasants' RevoltPoll Tax Triggers the Peasants' Revolt

1381 Richard II in England meets leaders of the Peasants' Revolt on Blackheath. The Tower of London is stormed by rebels who enter without resistance.
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King Richard addresses the peasants. Wat Tyler lies wounded behind him. Illustration from a medieval manuscript.
King Richard addresses the peasants. Wat Tyler lies wounded behind him. Illustration from a medieval manuscript.

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1535 Emperor Charles V's fleet sails under Andrea Doria to Tunis

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
  • 1565 Catharina de Medici and Duke of Alva discuss Calvinism
  • 1597 At 4:30 AM Willem Barents leaves Novaya Zemlya for Netherlands
  • 1615 Jacques Le Maire sail to Zuidland/Terra Australis
  • 1623 1st breach-of-promise lawsuit: Rev Gerville Pooley, Virginia files against Cicely Jordan, he loses
  • 1634 Russia and Poland sign Peace treaty of Polianov
  • 1642 1st compulsory education law in America passed by Massachusetts

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1645 Battle of Naseby, Leicestershire: "New Model Army" under Oliver Cromwell & Thomas Fairfax beat royalists forces of English King Charles I

English Military and Political Leader Oliver Cromwell
English Military and Political Leader
Oliver Cromwell
King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • 1658 Battle of the Dunes: English and French forces defeat the Spanish near Dunkirk during Franco-Spanish War
  • 1673 Battle at Schooneveld: Michiel de Ruyter beats French/English fleet

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1775 US Army first forms as the Continental Army to fight American Revolutionary War

US General Nathanael Greene
US General
Nathanael Greene

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1777 US Continental Congress adopts the Stars & Stripes flag, designed by Francis Hopkinson, replacing the Grand Union flag

Designer of the American Flag Francis Hopkinson
Designer of the American Flag
Francis Hopkinson

BoatMutiny on the Bounty

1789 Captain William Bligh and his loyal men cast off from HMS Bounty reach Timor, after sailing 5,800 km in a 6-metre launch
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Lieutenant William Bligh is set adrift by the mutineers aboard the HMS Bounty on April 28, 1789
Lieutenant William Bligh is set adrift by the mutineers aboard the HMS Bounty on April 28, 1789

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1797 Napoleon forms Ligurian Republic

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

  • 1800 Battle of Marengo (Alessandria): Bonaparte vs Austria
  • 1807 Emperor Napoleon I's French Grande Armee defeats the Russian Army at the Battle of Friedland in Prussia (modern Russian Kaliningrad Oblast) ending War of the Fourth Coalition
  • 1821 Badi VII, king of Sennar, surrenders his throne and realm to Ismail Pasha, general of the Ottoman Empire, bringing the 300 year old Sudanese kingdom to an end

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1822 Charles Babbage proposes a "difference engine" in a paper to the Royal Astronomical Society entitled "Note on the application of machinery to the computation of astronomical and mathematical tables"

Inventor Charles Babbage
Charles Babbage
  • 1834 Hardhat diving suit patented by Leonard Norcross, Dixfield, Maine
  • 1834 Sandpaper patented by Isaac Fischer Jr, Springfield, Vermont
  • 1839 First Henley Regatta held (it became the Henley Royal Regatta in 1851)
  • 1841 1st Canadian parliament opens in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1846 Belgian Liberal Party forms
  • 1846 California (Bear Flag) Republic proclaimed in Sonoma, declaring independence from Mexico

InventionHistoric Invention

1847 Robert Bunsen invents the Bunsen burner

Chemist Robert Bunsen
Robert Bunsen
  • 1850 Third great fire of early San Francisco, starts in a bakery chimney

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1861 Harpers Ferry evacuated by rebels in face of General George McClellan's advance

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • 1863 Battle of 2nd Winchester, Virginia
  • 1864 US Union warship USS Kearsarge appears off Cherbourg
  • 1872 Trade unions are legalised in Canada.
  • 1876 1st player to hit for cycle (George Hall, Philadelphia Athletics)
  • 1876 California Street Cable Car Railroad Co gets its franchise
  • 1898 France signs Niger Convention
  • 1900 The Reichstag approves a second law that allows the expansion of the German navy

  • 1900 Having been annexed to the USA on 12 August 1898, Hawaii is constituted as an organised territory
  • 1904 Dutch troops occupy Kuto Reh, Sumatra, killing all inhabitants
  • 1904 At the battle of Telissu, the Japanese rout the Russians and inflict heavy casualties
  • 1906 Pogrom against Jews in Bialystok, Polish Russia
  • 1907 Government of Transvaal sends home 50,000 Chinese day workers
  • 1907 Norway adopts female suffrage for middle class women only in parliamentary elections
  • 1908 Fourth German Navy Bill is passed authorising the financing of the building of another four major warships

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1913 The South African Government pass the Immigration Act, which restricts the entry and free movement of Asians; it leads to widespread agitation and rioting by resident Indians, led by Gandhi

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1916 Democratic Convention convenes in St Louis; Woodrow Wilson campaigns on the slogan "he kept out of the war"

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1916 Representatives of eight Allied nations hold an economic conference in Paris at which they discuss ways to cripple their enemies economic power during and after the war
  • 1917 1st German air attack on England, 100+ killed in East London
  • 1917 General Pershing and his HQ staff arrived in Paris during WW I
  • 1919 1st nonstop air crossing of Atlantic (Alcock & Brown) leaves Newfoundland

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1922 US President Warren G. Harding is 1st US President to use radio, dedicates the Francis Scott Key memorial in Baltimore

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
  • 1924 WOKO-AM radio begins transmitting from Albany NY

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1928 Republican National Convention, meeting in Kansas City, nominates Herbert Hoover for President

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 1929 Prussia and Vatican sign Concord
  • 1931 French "St Philbert" overturns off St Nazaire France, drowns 450

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1931 Reinhard Heydrich's first meeting with Heinrich Himmler

Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich
Nazi leader
Reinhard Heydrich
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS
Heinrich Himmler
  • 1932 German government of von Papen forms

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1934 Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet in Vienna

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1934 WOQ-AM in Kansas City Missouri goes off the air
  • 1935 Chaco War between Bolivia & Paraguay ends
  • 1936 Oranienburg Concentration Camp opens in Germany
  • 1938 Chlorophyll patented by Benjamin Grushkin
  • 1938 Dorothy Lathrop wins 1st Caldecott Medal (kid books author)
  • 1940 German forces enter Paris during WWII
  • 1940 Auschwitz concentration camp opens in Nazi controlled Poland with Polish POWs (approx. 3 million would die within its walls)
  • 1940 German U-47 sinks airship Balmoral

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1941 Ground broken for Boeing Plant II (ex-AFLC Plant 13) in Wichita, Kansas

Aviation Pioneer William Boeing
Aviation Pioneer
William Boeing
  • 1941 Estonia loses 11,000 inhabitants as a consequence of mass deportations into Siberia
  • 1942 1st bazooka rocket gun produced (Bridgeport, Connecticut)

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1942 Anne Frank begins her diary

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank
  • 1942 French government of Reynaud resigns
  • 1944 1st B-29 raid against mainland Japan

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1944 General Charles de Gaulle lands at Courselles France

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1946 Canadian Library Association established
  • 1948 Klemens Gottwald becomes president of Czechoslovakia

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1949 French-allied State of Vietnam is officially formed during the First Indochina War, Bảo Đại installed as Emperor

Emperor of Vietnam Bảo Đại
Emperor of Vietnam
Bảo Đại
  • 1951 1st commercial computer, UNIVAC 1, enters service at Census Bureau
  • 1952 General strike in Tunisia
  • 1952 Keel laid for 1st nuclear powered sub USS Nautilus (4th to be named Nautilus)

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1953 Eisenhower condemns McCarthy's book burning proposal

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1953 Military coup by General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla in Colombia
  • 1953 Yanks sweep Indians 6-2, 3-0 before 74,708 win streak at 18 straight
  • 1954 President Eisenhower signs order adding words "under God" to the Pledge
  • 1955 Chile becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty
  • 1957 42.0 cm rain falls on East St Louis, Illinois (state record)
  • 1957 Edouard Carpentier beats Lou Thesz to become NWA wrestling champion
  • 1958 British parachutists lands on Cyprus
  • 1961 106°F, hottest temperature in San Francisco
  • 1962 Albert DeSalvo, better known as the Boston Strangler, murders Anna Slesers, his first victim
  • 1962 The European Space Research Organisation is established in Paris - later becoming the European Space Agency
  • 1963 Valery Bykovsky in Vostok 5 orbits earth 81 times in 5 days
  • 1966 Dutch police beat construction workers, 60 injured
  • 1967 Mariner 5 Launch (Venus Flyby)
  • 1967 USSR launches Kosmos 166 for observation of Sun from Earth orbit

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1967 California Governor Ronald Reagan signs the Therapeutic Abortion Act, legalizing abortions in the state under certain circumstances, the second state after Colorado to do so

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1968 Off duty Dutch military permitted to wear regular clothing
  • 1968 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" 2nd studio album by Iron Butterfly is released
  • 1972 Tropical storm (later hurricane) Agnes forms over Yucatán Peninsula
  • 1972 Members of the NI Social Democratic and Labour Party hold a meeting with representatives of the Irish Republican Army in Derry; the IRA representatives outline their conditions for talks with the British Government
  • 1973 46th National Spelling Bee: Barrie Trinkle wins spelling vouchsafe

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1973 US President Richard Nixon administration imposes 60-day economy-wide price freeze, superseding Special Rule No. 1 for oil companies

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Birthdays in History

  • 1479 Giglio Gregorio Giraldi, Italian poet, born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 1552)
  • 1529 Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria, Governor of Bohemia, born in Linz (d. 1595)
  • 1657 Cornelis Cruys, [Niels Olsen Creutz], Norwegian Dutch admiral, commanded the Russian Baltic fleet, born in Stravanger, Denmark-Norway (d. 1727)
  • 1736 Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, French physicist (formulated Coulomb's Law), born in Angoulême, France (d. 1806)
  • 1796 Nikolai Brashman, Russian mathematician, born in Neu-Raußnitz, Austrian Empire (d. 1866)
  • 1801 Heber C. Kimball, American religious leader (Church of the latter Day Saints), born in Sheldon, Vermont (d. 1868)
  • 1805 Robert Anderson, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1871)

Person of interestHarriet Beecher Stowe

1811 Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author (Uncle Tom's Cabin), born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1896)

Abolitionist and Author Harriet Beecher Stowe
Abolitionist and Author
Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • 1812 Fernando Wood, American politician, New York City mayor (1855-58 and 1860-62), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • 1819 Henry Gardner, 23rd Governor of Massachusetts (1855-58), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1892)
  • 1820 John Bartlett, American writer and publisher (compiled Familiar Quotations), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1905)
  • 1836 Thomas Wilberforce Egan, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1887)
  • 1844 Édouard Naville, Swiss Egyptologist (Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1926)
  • 1855 Robert M. La Follette, American lawyer and presidential candidate (Progressive), born in Primrose, Wisconsin (d. 1925)
  • 1856 Andrey Markov, Russian mathematician (Markov Chain), born in Ryazan, Russian Empire (d. 1922)
  • 1864 Alois Alzheimer, German psychiatrist and neuropathologist (Alzheimer Disease), born in Marktbreit, Bavaria (d. 1915)
  • 1868 Karl Landsteiner, Austrian immunologist and pathologist (Nobel 1930), born in Baden bei Wien, Austria-Hungary (d. 1943)
  • 1870 Sophia of Prussia, Queen consort of Constantine I of Greece, born in New Palace, Potsdam, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1932)
  • 1871 Jacob Ellehammer, Danish watchmaker and inventor (powered flight), born in Bakkebølle, Denmark (d. 1946)
  • 1874 Edward Bowes, American radio host (Major Bowes Amateur Hour), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1946)
  • 1882 Ion Antonescu, Romanian soldier and authoritarian politician (1940-1944), born in Argeș County, Romania (d. 1946)
  • 1883 Lucien Cerfaux, Belgian New Testament scholar, born in Presles, Belgium (d. 1968)
  • 1889 Victor van Straelen, Flemish biologist and paleontologist, born in Antwerp (d. 1964)
  • 1894 Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, born in Berg Castle, Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg (d. 1924)
  • 1895 Louis Finkelstein, American historian and theologist (Pharizees), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1991)
  • 1903 Arthur McDonald, Royal Air Force officer and radar pioneer, born in South Africa (d. 1996)
  • 1903 Alonzo Church, American Mathematician whose work provided foundation for computer science, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1995)
  • 1904 Margaret Bourke-White, American photographer, 1st female LIFE staff photographer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1907 René Char, French poet and painter, born in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Nicolas Bentley, British writer and illustrator, born in London (d. 1978)
  • 1912 E. Cuyler Hammond, American epidemiologist (first to link smoking with lung cancer), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1986)
  • 1914 Winifred Milius Lubell, American illustrator and writer (The Outer Lands) , born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1917 Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician (number theory), born in Langesund, Norway (d. 1917)
  • 1922 Kevin Roche, Irish architect (Pritzker Prize winner, 1982), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2019)
  • 1923 Judith Kerr, British children's writer and illustrator (The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Mog books), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1924 Vladimir Solouchin, Russian writer, born in Alepino (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Barbara Avedon, American scriptwriter (Bewitched), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1925 David Bache, British car designer (Rover), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1926 Hermann Kant, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 2016)

Person of interestChe Guevara

1928 Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Argentine Marxist revolutionary (Cuban Revolution), author and physician, born in Rosario, Argentina (d. 1967)

Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara
Argentine Revolutionary
Che Guevara
  • 1930 Charles McCarry, American author and former CIA spy (The Tears of Autumn), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1932 Joe Arpaio, American former sheriff of Maricopa County (1993-2016), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1933 Jerzy Kosiński, Polish-American novelist (The Painted Bird, Being There), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1991)
  • 1935 Jan Nijland, Dutch politician (CDA)
  • 1936 Irmelin Sandman Lilius, Swedish-Finnish writer, born in Helsinki
  • 1939 Steny Hoyer, American politician (Rep-D-MD, 1981-), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939 John F. MacArthur, American evangelist and author, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1940 William P. Baker, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Oakland, California
  • 1941 John Edgar Wideman, American writer (Brothers and Keepers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1943 Jim Sensenbrenner, American politician ( Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 Billy Tauzin, American politician and lobbyist (Rep-D-LA, 1980-2005), born in Chackbay, Louisiana
  • 1944 Laurie Colwin, American author (Happy All the Time), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1946 Ralph McAllister Ingersol II, American newspaper publisher (The New Haven Register), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Bob Frankston, American programmer (VisiCalc), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949 Harry Turtledove, American author (The Guns of the South), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1950 Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, born in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
  • 1951 Paul Boateng, British Labour politician 9British High Commissioner to South Africa), born in Hackney, England
  • 1952 Leon Wieseltier, American writer (Kaddish), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1953 Janet Mackey, New Zealand politician (Member of the New Zealand Parliament for East Coast), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1955 Larry Burrows, fictional character (Mr Destiny)
  • 1955 Michael D. Duvall, American politician (Member of the California State Assembly from the 72nd district), born in Alameda County, California
  • 1964 Peter Gilliver, English lexicographer, born in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England
  • 1967 Kelly Nash, American radio personality
  • 1972 Matthias Ettrich, German computer scientist (KDE)
  • 1972 Shaun Keaveny, British radio DJ
  • 1975 Chris Onstad, American cartoonist

Weddings in History

  • 1541 Duke Willem van Gulik of Gelre marries Jeanne d'Albret

LoveWedding of Interest

1871 Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro (40) weds Julie Vellay in London

  • 1950 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 2nd wife Kleo Apostolides

LoveWedding of Interest

1958 Nelson Mandela weds Winnie Madikizela

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician Winnie Mandela
Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician
Winnie Mandela

LoveWedding of Interest

1981 Novelist Danielle Steel (33) weds John Traina

Novelist Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel
  • 2013 90210 actor Matt Lanter (30) weds longtime girlfriend Angela Stacy at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California

Deaths in History

  • 1144 Aboe 'l-Kasim Mahmoed ibn Omar al-Zapowersjari, theologist, dies at 69
  • 1161 Qinzong, last Emperor of Song Dynasty in China, dies at 61
  • 1349 Gunther Van Schwarzburg, German anti-king 1349, dies at about 44
  • 1381 Simon Sudbury, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1497 Giovanni Borgia, Duke of Borgia (b. 1474)
  • 1534 Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Bengali saint, inspired Chaitanya movement, dies at 48
  • 1544 Antoine, Duke of Lorraine, dies at 55
  • 1662 Henry Vane the Younger, English politician and Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1613)
  • 1674 Marin le Roy de Gomberville, French writer (b. 1600)
  • 1703 Jean Herauld Gourville, French adventurer, dies at 77
  • 1727 Cornelis Cruys, Norwegian/Dutch admiral, dies at 70
  • 1752 Charles-Antoine Coypel, French carpet designer, dies at 57
  • 1752 Daniel Marot, French/Neth, architect/engraver, dies at about 88
  • 1794 Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford, Viceroy of Ireland, dies at 75
  • 1800 Louis Charles Antoine Desaix, French military leader (b. 1768)
  • 1800 Jean-Baptiste Kléber, French general, dies at 47

Person of interestBenedict Arnold

1801 Benedict Arnold, American general and turncoat (American Revolutionary War), dies of delirium in London at 60

US General and Turncoat Benedict Arnold
US General and Turncoat
Benedict Arnold
  • 1824 Agustín de Betancourt, Spanish civil engineer (steam engines, hot air balloons), dies at 68

Person of interestPierre Charles L'Enfant

1825 Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-born American architect who laid out Washington, D.C., dies at 70

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
  • 1828 Karl August, grand duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, dies (b. 1757)
  • 1837 Giacomo Leopardi, Italian poet and philosopher (The Poems of Leopardi), dies at 38
  • 1864 Leonidas Polk, Lt. Gen. (Confederate Army), killed in action in Battle of Pine Mt at 58
  • 1873 Friedrich von Raumer, German historian/parliamentarian, dies at 92
  • 1883 Edward FitzGerald, English poet (b. 1809)
  • 1886 Aleksandr Ostrovsky [Alexander Ostrovsky], Russian playwright (Artists & Admirers), dies at 63
  • 1907 A Adolf Daens, Belgian priest/politician (CVP), dies
  • 1908 Frederick Arthur Stanley, Governor general of Canada (b. 1841)
  • 1916 João Simões Lopes Neto, Brazilian writer (b. 1865)
  • 1920 Max Weber, German sociologist, economist and historian (Ancient Judaism), dies at 56
  • 1926 Mary Cassatt, American impressionist painter (Woman Bathing), dies at 82
  • 1927 Jerome K. Jerome, English writer (The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow), dies at 68

Person of interestEmmeline Pankhurst

1928 Emmeline Pankhurst, British suffragette who formed the Women's Social & Political Union (1903), dies at 69

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst
  • 1932 Dorimène Roy Desjardins, Canadian business pioneer
  • 1936 Hans Poelzig, German architect (Grosses Schauspielhaus), dies at 67
  • 1936 G. K. Chesterton [Gilbert Keith], English writer/poet (Father Brown), dies at 62
  • 1938 William W Campbell, American astronomer and Director of Lick Observatory, dies at 76
  • 1941 Pieter J Kromsigt, theologist/publicist (John Knox), dies at 74
  • 1944 Lubor Niederle, Czech archaeologist and anthropologist, dies at 78
  • 1944 Robert H Iseley, US pilot/lt-comdr (Saipan), dies in battle

Person of interestJohn Logie Baird

1946 John Logie Baird, Scottish inventor and father of the television, dies of a stroke at 57

Inventor of Television John Logie Baird
Inventor of Television
John Logie Baird
  • 1951 Hendrik Baels, Belgian politician, dies at 73
  • 1952 Felix Calonder, Swiss politician (Free Democratic Party), dies at 88
  • 1960 Ana Pauker-Rabensohn, Romanian Foreign Minister (1945-52), dies at 67
  • 1962 Anna Sleasers, first Boston Strangler victim

Person of interestSalvatore Quasimodo

1968 Salvatore Quasimodo, Italian poet/essayist (Nobel 1959), dies at 66

Author/Poet Salvatore Quasimodo
Salvatore Quasimodo
  • 1971 Carlos P. Garcia, 8th President of the Philippines (1957-61), dies at 74
  • 1975 Pablo Antonio, Filipino modernist architect (b. 1902)

Person of interestJorge Luis Borges

1986 Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine author (Book of Sand), dies in Geneva at 86

  • 1991 Joy Finzi, [Joyce A Black], British painter, dies at 84
  • 1993 Vincent T Hamlin, cartoonist (Alley Oop), dies at 93
  • 1994 Denys Hay, British historian, dies at 78
  • 1994 Mark Alexander Lees, rowing Coach, dies at 38
  • 1994 Simon Prior, British auto maker, dies of injuries
  • 1995 Gesualdo Bufalino, novelist, dies at 74
  • 1995 Gordon Greig, journalist, dies at 63
  • 1995 Roger Joseph Zelazny, sci-fi writer, dies of cancer at 60
  • 1996 Ted Nightingale, former colonial governor, dies at 91
  • 1997 Henry C Gordon, USAF/astronaut (Dynasoar), dies at 71
  • 1997 Tesslynn O'Cull, American child abuse victim (b. 1995)
  • 2000 Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet and writer, dies at 88
  • 2002 June Jordan, Carribean-American playwright and poet (His Own Where), dies at 65
  • 2004 Ulrich Inderbinen, Swiss mountain guide, dies at 103
  • 2005 Mimi Parent, Canadian painter, dies at 80
  • 2006 Jean Roba, Belgian comics author (Boule et Bill), dies at 75
  • 2007 Ruth Graham [Bell], American Christian author and wife of evangelist Billy Graham, dies at 87
  • 2007 Robin Olds, American fighter pilot (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Kurt Waldheim, Austrian 4th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1972-81) and 9th President of Austria (1986-92), dies at 88
  • 2008 Rafael del Pino, Spanish entrepreneur, dies at 87
  • 2009 Bob Bogle, founding member of The Ventures