On This Day

On This Day in History for March 2

Events in History

  • 986 Louis V becomes King of the Franks.
  • 1121 Dirk VI becomes count of Holland
  • 1127 Assassination of Charles the Good, Count of Flanders
  • 1458 Hussite George van Podiebrad chosen king of Bohemia

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1498 Vasco da Gama's fleet visits Mozambique Island

Explorer Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama

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1629 English King Charles I dissolves Parliament against opposition, imprisoning 9 members of parliament

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I

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1675 Prince William III installed as governor of Overijssel

King of England William III
King of England
William III
  • 1717 The Loves of Mars and Venus becomes the first ballet performed in England
  • 1776 American troops begin shelling the British in Boston

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1778 Nathanael Greene is appointed Quartermaster General of the Continental Army under George Washington

US General Nathanael Greene
US General
Nathanael Greene
First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1791 Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1796 Napoléon Bonaparte is appointed Commander-in-Chief of the French Army in Italy

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1799 Congress standardizes US weights & measures
  • 1807 US Congress bans the slave trade within the US, effective January 1, 1808

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1807 William Cavendish-Bentinck, Duke of Portland becomes British Prime Minister for the second time after the fall of William Grenville's Whig government

British Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck
British Prime Minister
William Cavendish-Bentinck
British Prime Minister William Grenville
British Prime Minister
William Grenville
  • 1808 The inaugural meeting of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, was held in Edinburgh.
  • 1815 Signing of Kandyan treaty by British invaders and Sri Lankan King
  • 1817 1st Evangelical church building dedicated, New Berlin, Pennsylvania
  • 1819 Territory of Arkansas organized
  • 1819 US passed its 1st immigration law
  • 1824 Interstate commerce comes under federal control
  • 1829 New England Asylum for the Blind, 1st in US, incorporated, Boston
  • 1831 John Frazee becomes 1st US sculptor to receive a federal commission

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1836 Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico in Columbia

Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence George Childress
Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence
George Childress
  • 1853 Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Territory
  • 1855 Aleksandr Romanov becomes tsar of Russia
  • 1858 Frederick Cook of New Orleans, patents a cotton-bale metallic tie
  • 1861 Government Printing Office purchases 1st printing plant, Washington
  • 1861 US creates Dakota & Nevada Territories out of the Nebraska & Utah territories
  • 1865 British newspaper "Morning Chronicle" begins publishing
  • 1865 Freedman's Bureau founded for Black Education, 1865
  • 1865 Conferate General Early's army is defeated at the battle of Waynesboro, Virginia, during American Civil War
  • 1865 Second Taranaki War: The Volkner Incident in New Zealand.
  • 1866 1st US company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Conn
  • 1867 1st Reconstruction act passed by US Congress
  • 1867 US Congress abolishes peonage in New Mexico
  • 1867 US Congress creates the Department of Education

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1867 Jesse James' gang robs bank in Savannah Missouri, 1 killed

Outlaw Jesse James
Jesse James
  • 1868 University of Illinois opens

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1872 Louis Riel goes into voluntary exile in St. Paul, Minnesota

Politician and Revolutionary Louis Riel
Politician and Revolutionary
Louis Riel

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1877 US Electoral Commission declares Rutherford B. Hayes (R) winner of the presidential election with an electoral vote of 185-184 against Samuel J. Tilden (D)

19th US President Rutherford B. Hayes
19th US President
Rutherford B. Hayes

MurderAssassination Attempt

1882 Queen Victoria narrowly escapes assassination when Roderick Maclean shoots at her while boarding a train in Windsor

Queen of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen Victoria
  • 1888 The Convention of Constantinople signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace
  • 1889 Kansas passes 1st US antitrust law
  • 1893 1st US federal railroad legislation passed; required safety features
  • 1899 President McKinley signs bill creating Mt Rainier National Park (5th in US)
  • 1901 Hawaii's first telegraph company opens
  • 1901 United States Congress passes the Platt amendment, limiting the autonomy of Cuba as a condition for the withdrawal of American troops

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1903 Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in NYC

1st US First Lady Martha Washington
1st US First Lady
Martha Washington
  • 1904 Gabriele d'Annunzio's "La figlia di Iorio" premieres in Milan

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1907 General Louis Botha named premier of Transvaal

1st Prime Minister of South Africa Louis Botha
1st Prime Minister of South Africa
Louis Botha
  • 1907 Georges Feydeaus' "La Puce à l'Oreille" premieres in Paris
  • 1909 Great Britain, France, Germany & Italy asks Serbia to set no territorial demands
  • 1910 2 trains crash in snow storm in Wellington Washington, 118 die
  • 1915 British vice admiral Sackville Hamilton Carden begins bombardment of Dardanelles forts
  • 1915 Vladmir Jabotinsky forms a Jewish military force to fight in Palestine
  • 1917 Jones Act: Puerto Rico territory created, US citizenship granted
  • 1919 1st congress of Communist International opens at the Kremlin
  • 1920 Karel Čapek "Loupeznik" premieres in Prague
  • 1922 WBAP-AM, Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
  • 1922 WLW-AM in Cincinnati OH begins radio transmissions
  • 1925 Dutch Socialists demand drastic disarmament
  • 1925 Japan's House of Representatives recognizes male suffrage
  • 1925 Nationwide road numbering system & US shield marker adopted
  • 1925 SDAP-Second-Faction of parliament demands drastic disarmament
  • 1929 US Congress creates Court of Customs & Patent Appeals
  • 1930 1st US indoor glider flight, St Louis Terminal Building
  • 1933 Sanriku earthquake of 8.4 and tsunami hit Japan, country's most powerful earthquake in 180 years
  • 1934 Union Pacific tests light-weight high-speed passenger train, Omaha
  • 1937 Mexico nationalizes oil
  • 1938 Landslides & floods cause over 200 deaths (Los Angeles California)
  • 1938 Trials of Soviet leaders begins in the Soviet Union

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 Eugenio Pacelli chosen as Pope Pius XII

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • 1939 Massachusetts Legislature votes to ratify the US Bill of Rights - 147 years late
  • 1940 Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island, Finland
  • 1940 Beaten by a nose in both the 1937 and 1938 Santa Anita Handicaps, Seabiscuit finally wins the Big 'Cap in his final race; retires the leading money-winning horse in the world
  • 1941 World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.
  • 1942 Admiral Helfrich departs Java for Ceylon
  • 1943 1st transport from Westerbork Netherlands to Sobibor concentration camp
  • 1944 Fumes from locomotive stalled in a tunnel suffocate 521 in Italy
  • 1945 US 8th Air Force bombs Dresden
  • 1945 King Michael of Romania gives in to Communist government
  • 1946 Dutch troops land on East Bali

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1946 Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietnam

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • 1946 Kingman Douglass becomes deputy director of CIA
  • 1949 1st automatic street light (New Milford, Ct)
  • 1949 Lucky Lady II (USAF B-50 Superfortress), completes 1st nonstop round- the-world flight at Fort Worth, Texas, covering 23,452-mis in 94 hrs
  • 1955 King Norodom Sihanukh of Cambodia succeeded by his father
  • 1955 William Inge's "Bus Stop" premieres in NYC
  • 1956 Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declaring independence from France
  • 1958 1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days
  • 1958 Yemen announces it would join the United Arab Republic

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1962 President John F. Kennedy announces US will resume above ground nuclear testing

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1962 In Burma, the army led by General Ne Win seizes power in a coup
  • 1965 Montcalm Community College founded in Sidney, Mich
  • 1965 US Air Force begins Operation Rolling Thunder, a three year sustained bombing campaign against North Vietnam
  • 1966 215,000 US soldiers in Vietnam
  • 1966 After suffering a hairline fracture of his right hind foot, 5-time US Horse of the Year Kelso is immediately retired; racing's all-time leading money winner with lifetime earnings of $1,977,896
  • 1967 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1968 Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Belousova & Protopopov of the Soviet Union

Birthdays in History

  • 480 Benedict of Nursia, Christian saint & founder of Western Christian monasticism, born in Norcia, Umbria, Odoacer's Kingdom (d. 547)
  • 1316 King Robert II of Scotland, first monach of the House of Stewart (1371-90), born in Paisley Abbey, Renfrewshire (d. 1390)
  • 1409 John II, French duke of Alencon/co-fighter of Jeanne d'arc
  • 1459 Adrian VI [Adriaan F Boeyens], Netherlands, Pope (1522-23)
  • 1481 Franz von Sickingen, German knight, born in Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg, Germany (d. 1523)
  • 1545 Thomas Bodley, England, diplomat/scholar
  • 1578 George Sandys, English colonist and poet (d. 1644)
  • 1705 William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, Scottish judge and politician (d. 1793)
  • 1760 Camille Desmoulins, French journalist/pamphleteer/revolution leader
  • 1769 DeWitt Clinton, (Gov/Sen-NY)
  • 1770 Louis Gabriel Suchet, French Marshal (d. 1826)
  • 1779 Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman and botanist (d. 1851)

Person of interestSam Houston

1793 Sam Houston, American born 1st President of Republic of Texas (1836-38, 1841-44) who helped bring Texas into the United States as a constituent state, born in Rockbridge County, Virginia (d. 1863)

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston
  • 1800 Evgeny Baratynsky, Russian poet (d. 1844)

Person of interestLeo XIII

1810 Leo XIII [Vincenzo G Pecci], 256th Pope (1878-1903), born in Carpineto, Papal States (d. 1903)

256th Pope Leo XIII
256th Pope
  • 1816 Alexander H. Bullock, 26th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1817 Janos Arany, Hungarian epic poet (Toldi, Death of King Buda)
  • 1820 Multatuli [Eduard Douwes Dekker], Dutch writer (Max Havelaar), born in Amsterdam (d. 1887)
  • 1824 Konstantin Ushinsky, Russian educationalist, credited as the founder of scientific pedagogy in Russia
  • 1824 Henry Beebee Carrington, American lawyer, professor, prolific author, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Wallingford, Connecticut (d. 1912)
  • 1828 Jefferson Columbus Davis, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Clark County, Indiana (d. 1879)
  • 1829 Carl Schurz, German-American journalist and Major General (Union Army), born in Erftstadt, Germany (d. 1906)
  • 1836 Henry Billings Brown, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1913)
  • 1842 Carl Jacobsen, Danish brewer (d. 1914)
  • 1843 Princess Maria Clotilde of Savoy (d. 1911)
  • 1844 Dr. Schaepman [Herman Schaepman], Dutch poet, Roman Catholic priest, theologian, and politician
  • 1849 Robert Means Thompson, U.S. Naval Officer (d. 1930)
  • 1859 Sholem Aleichem [Solomon Rabinowitz], Yiddish author and playwright (Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye the Dairyman), born in Pereyaslav, Russian Empire (d. 1916)
  • 1860 Susanna M. Salter, 1st American female mayor and temperance leader (d. 1961)
  • 1862 John Jay Chapman, US advocate, poet, and writer (Learning & Other Essays)
  • 1862 Boris Borisovich Galitzine, Russian physicist (d. 1916)
  • 1875 Hans Lietzman, German theologist/church historian

Person of interestPius XII

1876 Pius XII [Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli], 260th Roman Catholic Pope (1939-58), born in Rome, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1958)

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • 1878 Wander J de Haas, Dutch physicist/son-in-law of Lorentz
  • 1878 William Kissam Vanderbilt II, member of the Vanderbilt family (d. 1944)
  • 1899 Pattie Maie Menzies, Australian dame
  • 1901 Willem Bruynzeel, Dutch timber-merchant
  • 1902 Edward Uhler Condon, atomic scientist (Manhattan Project)

Person of interestDr. Seuss

1904 Dr. Seuss [Theodor Geisel], American children's author (The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1991)

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss
  • 1907 Jheri [Robert] Redding, American hairdresser and businessman (created the Jheri curl and hair conditioner), born in Rantoul, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1908 Jan Brasser, Dutch resistance fighter (Witte Ko)/communist
  • 1908 Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Yakut-born Soviet sniper (d. 1968)
  • 1908 Walter Bruch, German engineer (d. 1990)
  • 1909 Jan Fabricius, Dutch playwright
  • 1910 Hope Clara Chenhalls, food inspector
  • 1913 Georgy Nikolaevich Flerov, Rostov-on-Don, Russian Physicist (nuclear fission)
  • 1916 Anne Vondeling, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • 1917 David Goodis, American writer (d. 1967)
  • 1923 Robert H Michel, (Rep-R-IL, 1957- )
  • 1924 Albert TLCA Vogel, Dutch elocutionist
  • 1926 Murray Rothbard, American economist (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Father John Romanides, Greek priest and professor (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Sir Donald Gosling, British former-Chairman of "National Car Parks" and multi-millionaire, born in England
  • 1930 Jan van Noor, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • 1931 Duane Graveline, doctor and astronaut, born in Newport Vermont (d. 2016)

Person of interestMikhail Gorbachev

1931 Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1985-91), born in Stavropol, Russia

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 1931 Tom Wolfe, American journalist and author (The Right Stuff), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Frank E. Petersen Jr, American soldier and 1st African American Marine aviator & General, born in Topeka Kansas (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algerian politician, President of Algeria (1999-2019), born in Oujda, Morocco
  • 1938 Alan Lewis, English textile factory/multi-millionaire
  • 1938 Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile
  • 1940 Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman (South African Prog Fed Party, 1979-86)
  • 1941 David Satcher, Amdniral and 16th United States Surgeon General (1998-2001), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • 1942 John Irving, American short-story writer (The World According to Garp; The Cider House Rules), born in Exeter, New Hampshire
  • 1942 Kwang Jo Choi, the founder of Choi Kwang- do and is one of the twelve original Masters of Taekwon-Do.
  • 1943 Gordon Black, English industrialist
  • 1943 Rosa DeLauro, American politician (Rep-D-Connecticut, 1991-present), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1943 Peter Straub, American award-winning fantasy and horror author, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1946 Brian J Donnelly, (Rep-D-MA, 1979- )
  • 1948 Jeff Kennett, Australian politician
  • 1950 Jeffrey Chodorow, American restaurateur and financier
  • 1952 Mark Evanier, American writer
  • 1954 Stone Phumelele Sizani, South African treasurer (UDF)
  • 1955 Dale Bozzio, vocalist (Missing Persons-Destination Unknown), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1955 Shoko Asahara [Chizuo Matsumoto], Japanese sect leader
  • 1955 Ken Salazar, American politician
  • 1958 Peter Arnold, American architect
  • 1962 Morioka Hiroyuki, Japanese writer
  • 1962 Michael Salinger, American poet
  • 1963 Tuff Hedeman, American bull rider (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) World C'ship 1986, 89, 91); Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World C'ship 1995), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1965 Lembit Öpik, British politician
  • 1967 Thierry Lacroix, French rugby union fly-half (43 caps; 1995 Rugby World Cup top points scorer [112]), born in Nogaro, France
  • 1976 Glenn Rubenstein, American writer and journalist

Divorces in History

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1976 Second wife Carole Hoff divorces serial killer John Wayne Gacy (33) after 3 years of marriage

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1993 Novelist Salman Rushdie (Satanic Verses) divorces Marianne Wiggins

Novelist Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie

Deaths in History

  • 640 Bilal ibn Rabah, Arabic companion of prophet Muhammad, first mu'azzin in history, (b. 580)
  • 855 Lothair, King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor (b. 795)
  • 986 Lotharius, King of France (954-86), dies at 44
  • 1122 Floris II, the fat one, count of Holland, dies
  • 1127 Charles, the Good, Count of Flanders, murdered
  • 1316 Marjorie Bruce, daughter of Robert I of Scotland (b. 1296)
  • 1333 Wladyslaw IV, the Short One/Great, duke/king of Poland, dies
  • 1383 Amadeus VI, count of Savoy, dies
  • 1572 Mem de Sá, Portuguese Governor-General of Brazil
  • 1589 Alessandro Cardinal Farnese, Italian cardinal (b. 1520)
  • 1619 Anne of Denmark, daughter of Danish King Frederik II and Queen Consort of James I of England, dies at 44
  • 1729 Francesco Bianchini, Italian philosopher and scientist, dies at 66
  • 1755 Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French writer (b. 1675)
  • 1758 Johann Baptist Zimmermann, German stucco worker, buried at 78
  • 1772 Robert J Pothier, French lawyer, dies at 73
  • 1787 Jean Allamand, Swiss-Dutch natural philosopher, dies at 73

Person of interestJohn Wesley

1791 John Wesley, English co-founder of Methodism dies at 87 (b. 1703)

Evangelist John Wesley
John Wesley
  • 1793 Carl Gustaf Pilo, Swedish-born artist
  • 1797 Horace Walpole, British horror writer (Castle of Otranto), dies at 79
  • 1829 Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, conspirator and supporter of the Mexican War of Independence (b. 1768)
  • 1830 Samuel Thomas von Sömmering, German physician (b. 1755)
  • 1835 Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1768)
  • 1840 Wilhelm Olbers, German astronomer and physician who discovered asteroids (Pallas & Vesta), dies at 81
  • 1855 Nicholas I Pavlovitch, tsar of Russia (1825-55), dies at 58
  • 1862 Frederick West Lander, American Union brigadier general and poet, dies at 40
  • 1865 Carl Sylvius Völkner, German missionary to New Zealand (b. 1819)
  • 1867 French-Andries Durlet, Belgian sculptor and architect, dies at 50
  • 1879 John Eberhard Faber, German-American pencil manufacturer and built 1st large-scale pencil factory in US, dies at 56
  • 1880 Sir John MacNeill, Irish civil engineer (b. 1790)
  • 1887 August W. Eichler, German botanist (developed a new system of classification of plants to reflect the concept of evolution), dies at 47
  • 1895 Berthe MP Morisot, French painter/aquarelliste, dies at 54
  • 1895 Ismail Pasha, kedive of Egypt (1863-79), dies at 64
  • 1916 Elisabeth OL [Carmen Sylva], Queen of Romania, dies at 72
  • 1918 Hubert Howe Bancroft, American historian, ethnologist (History of Pacific States), dies at 85
  • 1919 Melchora Aquino, Filipino revolutionary hero (b. 1812)
  • 1921 Champ Clark, American politician (b. 1850)

Person of interestD. H. Lawrence

1930 D. H. Lawrence, English poet and writer (Lady Chatterley's Lover), dies of tuberculosis at 44

Person of interestThomas J. Walsh

1933 Thomas J. Walsh, United States Senator (Montana), dies of a heart attack at 73

Lawyer and Politician Thomas J. Walsh
Lawyer and Politician
Thomas J. Walsh
  • 1936 Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Grand Duchess of Hesse, dies at 59

Person of interestHoward Carter

1939 Howard Carter, British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, dies at 65

Archaeologist who Discovered Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist who Discovered Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • 1943 Alexandre Yersin, Swiss French bacteriologist (discovered bubonic plague bacillus), dies at 79
  • 1945 Emily Carr, Canadian painter, dies at 73
  • 1946 Fidél Pálffy, Hungarian National socialist (leading supporter of Nazism in Hungary), dies at 50
  • 1946 George E. Stewart, American army officer and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 73
  • 1949 Sarojini Naidu, Indian freedom fighter and poet, dies at 70
  • 1950 M Joseph V d'Arbaud, French poet/author (Li cant palustre), dies at 76
  • 1950 Rosli Dhobi, pro-Indonesian Malay student, hanged in Kuching for the assassination of Duncan Stewart, British Governor of Sarawak
  • 1957 Harry E Soref, inventor (padlock), dies at 70
  • 1960 Stanisław Taczak, Polish general, commander-in-chief of the Greater Poland Uprising, dies at 85
  • 1962 Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician (Prime number theorem), dies at 95
  • 1967 José Martínez Ruiz, Spanish poet and writer (b. 1873)
  • 1970 Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Quebec painter (b. 1888)
  • 1971 Charles W Engelhard, US silver multi-millionaire, dies at 54
  • 1973 Cleo Noel, US ambassador to Sudan, assassinated
  • 1974 Salvador Puig Antich, Spanish anarchist (b. 1948)
  • 1975 Josiah Mwangi Kariuki, Kenyan politician (b.1929)
  • 1977 Eugénie Brazier, French chef who was the 1st woman to earn 3 Michelin stars (1933), and the 1st person earn 3 Michelin stars for 2 restaurants, dies at 81
  • 1979 Mollah Mustafa Barzani, Kurdish leader, dies at 75
  • 1979 Christy Ring, Irish hurler (Cork 65 games, scoring tally [33-208], 8 x All-Ireland medals), dies at 58
  • 1982 Philip K[indred] Dick, US Sci-fi author (Hugo-1963, Dr Futurity), dies at 53
  • 1986 Marcel Liebman, Belgian historian, dies at 56
  • 1986 Zafer Masri, mayor of Nablus, murdered
  • 1991 Clark Mollenhoff, American journalist (Pulitzer Prize), dies
  • 1991 Freek Zoetmulder, publisher (Austrian Encyclopedia)/neo-nazi, dies
  • 1993 Floortje Peneder, Dutch poet (Diary), dies at 15
  • 1994 Donald M. MacKinnon, Scottish philosopher, dies at 80
  • 1994 Charles Brink, German-born British classical scholar (Horace), dies at 86
  • 1995 Vladislav Listyev, TV journalist, dies at 48
  • 1996 Jacobo Majluta Azar, 47th President of the Dominican Republic (1978-82), dies at 61
  • 1998 Henry Steele Commager, American historian (Atlas of Civil War), dies at 95
  • 2001 John Diamond, British journalist, dies of cancer at 47
  • 2005 Hermann Dörnemann, German supercentarian, dies at 111
  • 2007 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist (b. 1956)
  • 2007 Thomas S. Kleppe, U.S. politician (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Henri Troyat, Russian-French author and historian, dies at 95
  • 2009 João Bernardo "Nino" Vieira, President of Guinea-Bissau (b. 1939)
  • 2010 Winston Spencer-Churchill, British politician (b. 1940)
  • 2012 Van Barfoot, American army colonel and Medal of Honour recipient, dies at 92
  • 2012 Lawrence Anthony, South African conservationist and author, dies from heart attack at 61
  • 2012 James Wilson, American criminologist, dies at 80
  • 2012 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (1964-1987), dies at 82
  • 2014 Justin Kaplan, American editor and biographer (Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain - Pulitzer Prize 1967), dies at 88
  • 2015 Mal Peet, British children's author, dies at 67
  • 2020 Henry N. Cobb, American architect (Pei Cobb Freed & Partners), dies at 93