On This Day

On This Day in History for June 9

Events in History

RomanRoman Empire

68 Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide, imploring his secretary Epaphroditos to slit his throat to evade a Senate-imposed death by flogging

Roman Emperor Nero
Roman Emperor
  • 641 Arabic/Islamic army contrasts with the Hippo over Alexandria
  • 721 Odo of Aquitaine defeats a Umayyad Muslim army at the Battle of Toulouse
  • 922 French republic chooses Robert I, King of France

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1075 Battle at Homburg/Unstrut: German King Henry IV beats Saksen

Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV
Holy Roman Emperor
Henry IV
  • 1310 Duccio's Maestà Altarpiece, a seminal artwork of the early Italian Renaissance, is unveiled and installed in the Siena Cathedral in Siena, Italy
  • 1456 23rd recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
  • 1525 Tax revolt in Hertogenbosch
  • 1529 Zurich declares war on Catholic kantons

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1531 Pope Clemens VII and Francois I sign secret treaty against the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1534 Jacques Cartier 1st sails into mouth of St Lawrence River

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier

Historic PublicationBook of Common Prayer

1549 Book of Common Prayer is adopted by the Church of England

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The First Book of Common Prayer
The First Book of Common Prayer
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  • 1572 Willem van Oranges army occupies Gelderland
  • 1628 1st deportation from what is now US, Thomas Morton from Massachusetts
  • 1650 The Harvard Corporation, the more powerful of the two administrative boards of Harvard, is established. First legal corporation in the Americas.
  • 1720 Sweden and Denmark signs 3rd Treaty of Stockholm

  • 1732 Royal charter for Georgia granted to James Oglethorpe
  • 1742 Battle of Bloody Marsh-Spanish assault on Simons Island, Georgia
  • 1752 French army surrenders to the British in Trichinopoly, India
  • 1772 1st Protestant church west of Pennsylvania (in Ohio) holds communion
  • 1772 1st naval attack of Revolutionary War takes place in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1784 John Carroll appointed supervisor of US Catholic Missions
  • 1789 Spanish capture British schooner Northwest America near Vancouver Island
  • 1790 1st book copyrighted under constitution, "Philadelphia Spelling Book"
  • 1803 British explorer Matthew Flinders arrives in Sydney becoming the first person to circumnavigate Australia, proving it is one continent [1]
  • 1815 End of the Congress of Vienna: New European political situation is set
  • 1822 Charles Graham of New York patents porcelain false teeth
  • 1851 San Francisco Committee of Vigilance forms (1st time)
  • 1856 500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa, and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah, carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts
  • 1860 1st US "dime novel" published: "Malaseka, The Indian Wife of the White Hunter," by Mrs Ann Stevens
  • 1862 Battle of Port Republic, last of 5 battles in Stonewall Jacksons Shenandoah Valley campaign, won by the Confederates
  • 1863 Battle of Brandy Station, Virginia (Fleetwood, Beverly Ford)
  • 1868 1st meeting of Board of Regents, University of California

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1869 Charles E. Hires sells his 1st root beer, in Philadelphia

Pharmacist and Root Beer Brewer Charles E. Hires
Pharmacist and Root Beer Brewer
Charles E. Hires

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1870 US President Ulysses S. Grant meets with Sioux Chief Red Cloud at The White House in Washington, D.C.

Union General and US President Ulysses S. Grant
Union General and US President
Ulysses S. Grant
  • 1873 Alexandra Palace in London burns down, after being open for only 16 days

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1891 French painter Paul Gauguin arrives in Papeete, Tahiti

Painter and Sculptor Paul Gauguin
Painter and Sculptor
Paul Gauguin
  • 1898 China leases Hong Kong's new territories to the United Kingdom for 99 years
  • 1898 Second Convention of Peking leases the "New Territories" of Hong Kong to United Kingdom for 99 years rent-free, expiring on 30 June 1997
  • 1900 In China, Boxers destroy the race course in Peking, a few miles from the legations and the center and symbol of diplomatic social life and Western privilege
  • 1902 1st Automat restaurant opens at 818 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
  • 1906 Boston Beaneaters (NL) end 19-game losing streak beat Cards 6-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1908 King Edward VII of Great Britain visits Tsar Nicholas II at Reval, Russia, where the two discuss the growing power of Germany and British plans for reform in Macedonia

Tsar Nicholas II
Nicholas II
King of England Edward VII
King of England
Edward VII
  • 1909 Alice Huyler Ramsey, 22-year-old housewife from Hackensack, New Jersey, becomes the 1st woman to drive across the US, in a Maxwell 30, drives 3,800 miles from Manhattan to San Francisco in 59 days
  • 1910 A passenger on SS Arawatta throws bottle with note overboard (found June 6, 1983 in Queensland)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1915 William Jennings Bryan quits as US Secretary of State

US Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan
US Secretary of State
William Jennings Bryan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1915 US President Woodrow Wilson sends 2nd Lusitania note to Germany protesting sinking of the Lusitania and refuting German claim British blockade illegal

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1919 General steel strike in France
  • 1919 Red Army captures Ufa in Russia
  • 1922 First ringing of the Harkness Memorial Chime at Yale University
  • 1923 Brinks unveils 1st armored security vans
  • 1923 Bulgarian premier Stamboeliski & King Boris III overthrown
  • 1928 Charles Kingsford-Smith & Charles Ulm are 1st to fly across the Pacific when they end their flight from California to Brisbane
  • 1929 Venezuelan rebel Urbina lets Dutch/Curacaose hostages free

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1930 Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle is killed during rush hour at the Illinois Central train station by the Leo Vincent Brothers, allegedly over a $100,000 USD gambling debt owed to Al Capone.

Gangster Al Capone
Al Capone

InventionHistoric Invention

1931 First rocket-powered aircraft design patented by Robert Goddard

Rocket Pioneer Robert H. Goddard
Rocket Pioneer
Robert H. Goddard

  • 1933 Spanish president Niceto Alcalá-Zamora takes power
  • 1935 Ho-Umezu Agreement: the Republic of China, under KMT administration, recognizes Japanese occupations in Northeast China.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940 General Charles de Gaulle's 1st meeting with Winston Churchill

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1941 Ammunition plant at Fort Smederovo in Belgrade explodes; kills 1,500
  • 1941 Archbishop De Young bans priests cooperating with Rijks radio
  • 1942 Adipatie Ario Soejono becomes minister in Gerbrandy government
  • 1942 German-Netherlands press reports, 3 million Dutch sent to East-Europe
  • 1943 "Pay-as-you-go" (withholding) US income tax deductions authorized
  • 1944 Soviet offensive in Carelia, Finland
  • 1945 -10] Australian troops land in Brunei Bay, North Borneo
  • 1946 19 guests at Canfield Hotel die in fire (Dubuque, Iowa)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1946 Bhumibol Adulyadej becomes King of Thailand after the death of his brother King Ananda Mahidol

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • 1949 Georgia Neese Clark of Kansas becomes 1st woman treasurer of US
  • 1953 South African premier D. F. Malan visits the Netherlands
  • 1953 Worcester County tornado kills 94 injures 1310 and leaves 10,000 homeless

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Joseph Welch asks US Senator Joseph McCarthy "Have you no sense of decency, sir?" during Senate-Army hearings

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • 1955 Temperature reaches 100°F in Seattle, Washington, the then hottest day on record
  • 1956 Heavy earthquake strikes Afghanistan, 400 killed
  • 1957 First ascent of Broad Peak (the world's 12th highest mountain).

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport, (LGW), Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

  • 1959 1st ballistic missile sub launched (George Washington-Groton, Ct)
  • 1960 Typhoon Mary in China kills at least 1,600
  • 1962 Warner Bros "Bill of Hare" with Bug Bunny premieres in USA
  • 1964 Lal Bahadur Shastri becomes Prime Minister of India after being selected by the ruling Congress Party after Jawaharlal Nehru passed away
  • 1965 Frenchman, Machal Jazy, runs record mile in 3:53.6
  • 1967 Boycott scores 246* v India, Leeds, 573 minutes, 29 fours 1 six
  • 1967 Israeli troops reach Suez Canal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Yugoslav president Tito promises reforms

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito
  • 1969 Warren Burger confirmed as US Chief Justice
  • 1970 Argentine military junta under Juan Carlos Lanusse ousts President Juan Carlos Onganía
  • 1970 Harry Blackmun sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1971 Abdul Zahir appointed premier of Afghanistan
  • 1972 14" of rain in 6 hrs burst Rapid City SD dam, drowns 237
  • 1972 In a show of support for Iraq, OPEC moves to prevent companies whose interests were nationalized in Iraq from increasing production elsewhere
  • 1975 Fire in prison hospital at Sanford, Florida, kills 10 prisoners and 1 guard
  • 1975 UK House of Commons is broadcast live by radio for first time
  • 1975 Tony Orlando & Dawn receives gold record for "He Don't Love You"
  • 1977 50th National Spelling Bee: John Paola wins spelling cambist
  • 1977 Silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain celebrated with fireworks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 Johannes Gutenberg's Bible, the first book produced using the printing press, (1 of 21 complete versions) sells for $2.4 million, London

  • 1978 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) strikes down 148 year policy of excluding black men from priesthood
  • 1979 Michael Cairney topples a record row of 169,713 dominoes
  • 1979 Willie Horton is honored at Seattle's Kingdome
  • 1980 Soyuz T-2 returns to Earth

Birthdays in History

  • 1508 Primož Trubar, Slovenian Protestant reformer (d. 1586)
  • 1510 Nicolaas van Nieuwland, corrupt 1st bishop of Harlem
  • 1573 Henricus Hondius, Dutch etcher and publisher
  • 1580 Daniel Heinsius, Flemish scholar (d. 1655)
  • 1595 Władysław IV Vasa, King of Poland (1632-48), born in Kraków (d. 1648)
  • 1597 Pieter Jansz Saenredam, Dutch architecture painter, born in Assendelft
  • 1640 Leopold I, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (1658-1705), born in Vienna (d. 1705)
  • 1661 Tsar Feodor III of Russia (1676-82), born in Moscow, Tsardom of Russia (d. 1682)

Person of interestPeter the Great

1672 Peter the Great [Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov], Tsar of Russia (1682-1725), born in Moscow (d. 1725)

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great
  • 1686 Andrei Osterman, German born Russian statesman to Tsar Peter I, born in Bochum, Westphalia (d. 1747)
  • 1768 Samuel Slater, English-American industrialist who brought the textile industrial revolution to America, born in Belper, Derbyshire, England (d. 1836)

Person of interestGeorge Stephenson

1781 George Stephenson, English engineer known as the "Father of Railways" (Locomotion No. 1, Standard Gauge), born in Newcastle, England

Engineer Known as the Father of Railways George Stephenson
Engineer Known as the Father of Railways
George Stephenson
  • 1792 Frederic de Merode, Earl of Merode, Belgian revolutionary, born in Maastricht (d. 1830)
  • 1812 Hermann von Fehling, German chemist (Fehling's reagens)
  • 1812 Johann Gottfried Galle, German astronomer (discovered Neptune), born in Radis, Kingdom of Saxony (d. 1910)
  • 1833 John Rogers Cooke, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1891)
  • 1836 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, 1st qualified woman physician in Britain, first woman mayor (Aldeburgh), born in London (d. 1917)
  • 1843 Bertha von Suttner, Austrian novelist and pacifist (1st woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905), born in Prague, Kingdom of Bohemia (d. 1914)
  • 1845 Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto, Governor General of Canada and India, born in London (d. 1914)
  • 1849 Michael Peter Ancher, Danish painter (d. 1927)
  • 1851 Charles Joseph Bonaparte, American Lawyer and political activist (US Attorney General (1906-9), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1921)
  • 1854 Gerard Bolland, Dutch philosopher (Bolland Society), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1922)
  • 1861 Floris Verster [van Wulverhorst], Dutch painter, cartoonist and etcher, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1927)
  • 1875 Henry Dale, English physiologist (Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology 1936), born in London, England (d. 1968)
  • 1877 Rudolf Borchardt, German writer, born in Königsberg, Germany (d. 1945)
  • 1879 Oscar Back, Austrian-Dutch viola player
  • 1896 Catherine Filene Shouse, American philanthropist (Wolf Trap Institute), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1898 Curzio Malaparte [Kurt E. Suckert], Italian author (Kaputt)
  • 1900 Prosper Cocquyt, Belgian brewer and pilot, born in Astène, Belgium (d. 1954)
  • 1901 George Price, American cartoonist (The New Yorker), born in Fort Lee, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1909 Jose Luis Lopez Aranguren, Spanish philosopher, born in Avila, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Alida Margaretha Bosshardt, lt-colonel of Dutch Salvation Army
  • 1913 Patrick Steptoe, English scientist (developed in vitro fertilization), born in Oxford, England (d. 1988)
  • 1916 Robert McNamara, American United States Secretary of Defense (1961-68), played major role in US escalation in Vietnam, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2009)
  • 1917 Eric J. Hobsbawm, Marxist historian (The Age of Revolution; Capital; and Empire), born in Alexandria, Sultanate of Egypt, (d. 2012)
  • 1920 June Braybrooke [Isobel English], English writer (Every Eye), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1921 Arthur Hertzberg, American Jewish scholar (d. 2006)
  • 1921 Forrest Bird, American aviator and inventor (1st respirators and ventilators), born in Stoughton, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1922 George Axelrod, American playwright (Breakfast at Tiffany, Bus Stop), born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • 1922 Peter Beazley, British politician (C) (European Parliament), born in Chale, Isle of Wight (d. 2004)
  • 1922 John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (d. 1941)
  • 1925 Roy Hughes, Baron Islwyn, British politician (L), born in Pontllanfraith, Monmouthshire (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Keith Laumer [Anthony LeBaron], American sci-fi author (Retief's War), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1927 Norman Sisisky, American politician (Rep-D-VA, 1983-2001), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2001)
  • 1928 Geraint Gruffydd, Welsh scholar (University of Wales), born in Tal-y-bont, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Robert Badham, American politician (Rep-R-CA, 1977-89), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2005)
  • 1930 Lin Carter, American sci-fi author (Thongor of Lemuria), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1930 Ragnhild Alexandra [Princess Ragnhild, Mrs Lorentzen], Norwegian princess, born in the Royal Palace, Oslo, Norway (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Don Young, American politician (Rep-R-AK, 1973- ), born in Meridian, California
  • 1934 Donald Duck, famous fowl
  • 1934 Michael Mates, British politician (C) resigned during Asil Nadir scandal, born in Brentford, Middlesex
  • 1937 Harald Rosenthal, German biologist (lobbied against ballast water pollution), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1938 Jeremy Hardie, British economic and businessman (W H Smith Group, Monopoly and Mergers Commission)
  • 1938 Peter Sanders, British head of the Commission for Racial Equality
  • 1938 Roger Hurn, British businessman (Smith's Industries)
  • 1939 Charles Webb, American writer (The Graduate), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Peter Wilson, CEO (Gallaher)
  • 1942 Nicholas Lloyd, British editor (The Daily Express)
  • 1943 Charles Saatchi, Iraqi English magnate and art collector (founded advertising company Saatchi & Saatchi), born in Baghdad, Iraq
  • 1943 Joe Haldeman, American sci-fi author (The Forever War), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1944 23 puppies (record litter), born to Lena, a foxhound in Ambler, Pennsylvania
  • 1945 Nike Wagner, German woman of the theater and descendant of Wagner and Liszt, born in Überlingen, Germany
  • 1947 John Gurda, American historian (The Making of Milwaukee,), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1948 Gudrun Schyman, Swedish politician (Feminist Initiative), born in Täby, Sweden
  • 1954 George Pérez, American comic book artist (The Avenger, Teen Titans), born in New York City
  • 1954 Gregory Maguire, American fantasy writer (Wicked), born in Albany, New York
  • 1956 Patricia Cornwell, American author (Kay Scarpetta crime novels), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1959 Christian Wulff, German politician, prime minister of Lower Saxony (2003-10) and President of Germany (2010-12), born in Osnabrück, West Germany
  • 1959 Benny Gantz, Israeli soldier, politician and Alternate Prime Minister of Israel (Blue and White: 2020-), born in Kfar Ahim, Israel
  • 1960 Steve Paikin, Canadian journalist, born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1974 Tim Shaw, British radio personality
  • 1977 Roopa Mishra, Indian civil servant
  • 1978 Shandi Finnessey, game hostess

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

1660 French King Louis XIV (21) marries Maria Theresa of Spain (21) at Saint-Jean-de-Luz

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
Queen of Louis XIV Maria Theresa of Spain
Queen of Louis XIV
Maria Theresa of Spain

LoveWedding of Interest

1908 Poet Joyce Kilmer (21) weds author Aline Murray (19)

LoveWedding of Interest

1936 Novelist and journalist George Orwell (33) weds Eileen Maud O'Shaugnessy (30) at St. Mary's Church

LoveWedding of Interest

1939 Medical researcher Jonas Salk (24) weds social worker Donna Lindsay

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk
  • 1990 Kerry Kennedy (daughter of Robert) & Andrew Coumo (Mario's son) wed

LoveWedding of Interest

1993 Japanese crown prince Naruhito weds Masaka Owada

Emperor of Japan Naruhito
Emperor of Japan

Divorces in History

  • 1977 George & Patti Harrison divorce

Deaths in History

  • 62 Claudia Octavia, wife of Roman Emperor Nero and daughter of Emperor Claudius, killed on Nero's orders at 22

Person of interestNero

68 Claudius Nero, Roman emperor (54-68), commits suicide at 31

Roman Emperor Nero
Roman Emperor
  • 373 Ephrem the Syrian, Christian hymnodist
  • 597 Saint Columba, Irish Christian missionary to Scotland, dies at 75
  • 630 Shahrbaraz, General and King of Sasanian Persian Empire (630), killed after 40 days in power
  • 1171 Jacob Ben Meir [Rabbenu Tam], French Tosofist, dies
  • 1382 Philip of Lead, lawyer of Utrecht, dies
  • 1563 William Paget, 1st Baron Paget, English statesman (b. 1506)
  • 1572 Jeanne d'Albret, queen of Navarra, dies at 44
  • 1583 Thomas Radclyffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
  • 1597 Jose de Anchieta, Spanish Jesuit and missionary to Brazil (founder of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro) dies at 63
  • 1681 William Lilly, English astrologer (Christian Astrology), dies at 79
  • 1716 Banda Bahadur, Sikh military commander, executed in Delhi by Mughal forces at 45
  • 1717 Jeanne Guyon, French mystic, dies at 69
  • 1820 Wilhelmina of Prussia, Princess of Orange (1767-1806), dies at 68
  • 1825 Pauline Bonaparte, Corsican duchess of Parma and Guastalla, sister of Napoleon Bonaparte, dies at 44
  • 1834 William Carey, one of the founders of the Baptist Missionary Society (b. 1761)
  • 1839 Gerrit J. Pijman, Dutch minister of War (1798-1800), dies at 89
  • 1847 Pierre-Simon Ballanche, French philosopher and poet (Orphée), dies at 70
  • 1863 Benjamin Franklin "Grimes" Davis, Union major, dies in battle at 30

Person of interestJames Brooke

1868 James Brooke, British adventurer and 1st Rajah of Sarawak (1841-68), dies of a stroke at 65

1st White Rajah of Sarawak James Brooke
1st White Rajah of Sarawak
James Brooke

Person of interestCharles Dickens

1870 Charles Dickens, English writer (Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol), dies of stroke at 58

Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

Person of interestAnna Atkins

1871 Anna Atkins, English botanist, photographer and the 1st person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images, dies of paralysis, rheumatism, and exhaustion at 72

Botanist and Photographer Anna Atkins
Botanist and Photographer
Anna Atkins
  • 1875 Gérard Paul Deshayes, French geologist (b. 1795)
  • 1877 Hugh W. Mercer, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 68
  • 1886 Erminnie Adelle Platt, American anthropologist (first woman to specialize in ethnographic field work), dies at 50
  • 1892 Taiso Yoshitoshi, Japanese woodblock artist and painter, dies at 53
  • 1892 William Grant Stairs, Canadian-British explorer and adventurer with leading role controversial African expeditions, dies of malaria at 28
  • 1897 Alvan Graham Clark, American telescope maker and astronomer (Sirius B), dies 3 weeks after 1st use of Yerkes 40" lens at 64
  • 1900 Birsa Munda, Indian tribal freedom fighter, religious leader and folk hero of the Munda tribe who led an uprising in Bengal against the British Raj, dies in jail awaiting trial at 24
  • 1901 Walter Besant, English writer and philanthropist (Rebel Queen), dies at 64
  • 1908 José Trindade Coelho, Portuguese writer (Os meus amores), commits suicide at 46
  • 1911 Carrie Nation, American temperance advocate, dies at 64
  • 1921 Luis María Drago, Argentine statesman and author of Drago Doctrine, dies at 62
  • 1922 Albert Baertsoen, Flemish painter and etcher, dies at 56
  • 1923 Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria, dies at 77

Person of interestVictoria Woodhull

1927 Victoria Woodhull, American civil rights activist (1872 presidential candidate, woman's suffrage movement), dies at 88

Civil Rights Activist Victoria Woodhull
Civil Rights Activist
Victoria Woodhull
  • 1944 99 inhabitants of Tulle, hanged by SS
  • 1946 Rama VIII [Ananda Mahidol], King of Siam (1935-46), dies of a mysterious gunshot wound at 21
  • 1947 Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, president of Poland (1939-40), dies at 62
  • 1950 Edward Asahel Birge, American pioneer in limnology, dies at 98
  • 1953 Ugo Betti, Italian dramatist (The Fugitive), dies at 61
  • 1954 Alain LeRoy Locke, African-American writer and philosopher “Father of the Harlem Renaissance”, dies at 68
  • 1960 René Maran, French writer (Batouala, 1st black writer to win Prix Goncourt), dies at 72
  • 1961 Camille Guérin, French scientist (b. 1872)
  • 1964 [William Maxwell] Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, Canadian British newspaper owner (Leatherhead), dies at 85
  • 1968 Bernard Cronin, Australian author and journalist (b. 1884)
  • 1973 Erich von Manstein, German military commander (b. 1887)

Person of interestMiguel Ángel Asturias

1974 Miguel Ángel Asturias, Guatemalan novelist (Hombres de Maiz, Nobel 67), journalist and poet, dies at 74

Nobel Prize winning Novelist and Journalist Miguel Ángel Asturias
Nobel Prize winning Novelist and Journalist
Miguel Ángel Asturias
  • 1976 James A Farley, US Postmaster General (1932-38), dies at 88
  • 1976 Paul Rodenko, Dutch poet and writer (Never Marry a Witch), dies at 55
  • 1977 Hans Andreus [Johan W van de Zant], Dutch poet, dies at 51
  • 1980 Leonhard Huizinga, Dutch journalist and writer (Olivier & Adrian), dies at 73
  • 1982 Elmer Robinson, American politician (33rd Mayor of San Francisco), dies at 87
  • 1989 Piet[er J] Lieftinck, Dutch minister of Finance (1945-52), dies
  • 1989 Wolfdietrich Schnurre, German writer, dies at 68
  • 1989 George Beadle, US Biologist and Nobel Laureate (biochemical genetics), dies at 85
  • 1991 Charles Loloma, painter/sculptor, dies
  • 1992 Cathy Bennett, jury selection expert, dies of breast cancer at 41
  • 1993 Ian Mikardo, British politician, dies
  • 1994 Angela Lakeberg, American siamese twin, dies at 11 months
  • 1994 Dhirendra Bhramachari [Flying Swami], hindu leader, dies at 70
  • 1994 Jan Tinbergen, Dutch economist (Plan of Labor, Nobel 1969), dies at 91
  • 1995 Walter Landor, designer, dies at 81
  • 1996 Edward Morris Bernstein, economist, dies at 91
  • 1996 Robert Kidd, marine geoscientist, dies at 48
  • 1996 Bert Schierbeek, Dutch writer and poet (Cross Roads), dies at 77
  • 1997 Stanley Knowles, Canadian politician (b. 1908)
  • 1998 Lois Mailou Jones, American painter (Peasants on Parade), dies at 92
  • 2000 Jacob Lawrence, African-American artist (Sanitarium), dies at 82
  • 2000 Ernst Jandl, Austrian writer and poet (Otto's Pug), dies at 74
  • 2000 George Segal, American painter and sculptor of lifelike mixed-media figures (Bus Driver), dies at 75
  • 2004 Brian Williamson, Jamaican Gay Activist (b. 1945)
  • 2007 Frankie Abernathy, Former The Real World: San Diego castmate (b. 1981)
  • 2008 Algis Budrys, American writer (b. 1931)
  • 2011 M. F. Husain, Indian artist, painter (b. 1915)
  • 2013 Iain Banks, Scottish author, dies from gallbladder cancer at 59
  • 2021 Gottfried Böhm, German architect (1986 Pritzker Prize), dies at 101 [1]