On This Day

On This Day in History for March 24

Events in History

  • 1379 End of Gelderse war victory

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1401 Timur attacks city of Damascus, second city of the Mameluke Empire. Though scholar and negotiator Ibn Khaldūn's life spared, the city is sacked and the Umayyad Mosque destroyed.

Islamic Scholar, Philosopher and Historian Ibn Khaldūn
Islamic Scholar, Philosopher and Historian
Ibn Khaldūn
  • 1545 German Parliament opens in Worms
  • 1550 France & England sign Peace of Boulogne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1603 Scottish King James VI son of Mary Queen of Scots, becomes King James I of England in succession to Elizabeth I, thus joining the English and Scottish crowns

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1603 Tokugawa Ieyasu is granted the title of shogun, officially establishing the Tokugawa Shogunate which would rule Japan until 1867

  • 1629 1st game law passed in American colonies, by Virginia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1664 Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams
  • 1731 Jerome (aka Hieronimus) de Salis naturalised as British by Act of Parliamentary.
  • 1765 Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers
  • 1792 Benjamin West (US) becomes president of Royal Academy of London
  • 1801 Aleksandr Pavlovich Romanov becomes Tsar Alexander I of Russia
  • 1815 Handel & Haydn Society of Boston founded
  • 1828 Philadelphia & Columbia Railway (1st state owned) authorized

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1832 Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred & feathered in Ohio

Religious Leader Joseph Smith
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith
  • 1837 Canada gives its black citizens the right to vote
  • 1848 State of siege proclaimed in Amsterdam

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1853 Anti-slavery newspaper "The Provincial Freeman" first published in Windsor, Ontario, edited by Samuel Ringgold Ward and Mary Ann Shadd Cary, first black woman publisher in North America

Suffragist and Publisher Mary Ann Shadd Cary
Suffragist and Publisher
Mary Ann Shadd Cary
  • 1855 Manhattan Kansas founded as New Boston Kansas
  • 1860 Clipper Andrew Jackson arrives in San Francisco, 89 days out of New York
  • 1868 Metropolitan Life Insurance Co forms
  • 1877 University boat race between Oxford & Cambridge ends in a dead heat
  • 1878 British frigate Eurydice sunk; 300 lost
  • 1880 Tobacco Growers' Mutual Insurance Company incorporates in CT

InventionScientific Discovery

1882 German scientist Robert Koch discovers and describes the tubercle bacillus which causes tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis), and establishes germ theory

Microbiologist Robert Koch
Robert Koch
  • 1883 1st telephone call between NY & Chicago
  • 1887 Oscar Straus appointed 1st Jewish ambassador from US (to Turkey)
  • 1894 37 miners killed at Franklin, Washington
  • 1900 New York City Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground "Rapid Transit Railroad" that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1905 A group of Cretans dedicated to Crete's union with Greece led by Eleutherios Venizelos, meet at the village of Therisso and proclaim a union in defiance of the Great Powers

Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos
Greek Prime Minister
Eleftherios Venizelos
  • 1906 "Census of the British Empire" shows Great Britain rules 1/5th of the world
  • 1907 The first issue of the Georgian Bolshevik newspaper Dro is published
  • 1910 83°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in March
  • 1913 Palace Theater opens at 1564 Broadway, New York City
  • 1916 German submarines torpedo the unarmed French cross-channel packet 'Sussex'
  • 1920 1st US coast guard air station established (Morehead City, NC)
  • 1924 Greece becomes a republic
  • 1925 KSL-AM in Salt Lake City UT begins radio transmissions
  • 1926 The Beehive in the Hague opens 1st escalator in Netherlands
  • 1927 Dutch 1st Chamber condemns Belgian and Netherlands Wielingen Treaty
  • 1930 1st religious services telecast in US (W2XBS NYC)
  • 1933 Peter I Island incorporated as a Norwegian dependency
  • 1934 U.S. Congress passes the Tydings-McDuffie Act, declaring the Philippines independent after a period of 10 years
  • 1937 Bus carrying a roller skater troupe to Cincinnati from St.Louis crashes into a bridge abutment in Salem, Illinois, killing 21 people
  • 1937 National Gallery of Art established by Congress
  • 1941 British troops defeat Italians in Somaliland
  • 1941 German troops occupy El Agheila Libya
  • 1941 Richard Wright & Paul Green's "Native Son" premieres in NYC
  • 1942 US government begins moving native-born citizens with Japanese ancestry into detention centres under Executive Order 9066, with intention of preventing home-grown espionage
  • 1944 76 Allied officers escape Stalag Luft 3 (Great Escape)
  • 1944 811 British bombers attack Berlin
  • 1944 In occupied Rome, Nazis execute 335 civilians in retaliation for the previous day's Via Rassela bombing that killed 33 Germans
  • 1944 RAF rear gunner Nicholas Alkemade survives a jump from his Lancaster bomber 18,000 feet over Germany without a parachute; his fall broken by pine trees and soft snow, suffers only a sprained leg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 Allied generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bernard Montgomery and Omar Bradley discuss advance in Germany

US WWII General Omar Bradley
US WWII General
Omar Bradley
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1945 Operation Varsity: In the largest one-day airborne operation of all time, British, US & Canadian paratroopers land east of the Rhine in Northern Germany
  • 1945 US minesweepers reach Kerama Retto, South coast of Okinawa
  • 1947 Congress proposes 2-term limitation on the presidency

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1947 John D. Rockefeller Jr donates NYC East River site to the UN

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • 1949 SS police chief in the Netherlands Hanns Albin Rauter's request for a pardon denied, executed by firing squad
  • 1950 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Yvonne C Sherman
  • 1950 US Mens Figure Skating Championship won by Dick Button
  • 1952 Great demonstrations against apartheid in South Africa
  • 1953 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1955 1st seagoing oil drill rig placed in service
  • 1955 British Army patrols withdraw from Belfast after 20 years
  • 1959 Iraq withdraws from the Baghdad Pact
  • 1959 The Party of the African Federation (PFA) is launched by Léopold Sédar Senghor and Modibo Keita.
  • 1960 US appeals court rules novel "Lady Chatterly's Lover" not obscene
  • 1964 Kennedy half-dollar issued
  • 1965 US Ranger 9 strikes Moon, 10 miles (16 km) NE of crater Alphonsus
  • 1966 Selective Service announces college deferments based on performance
  • 1967 University of Michigan holds 1st "Teach-in" after bombing of North Vietnam
  • 1969 Francis Turner is sworn in as the director of the Federal Highway Administration
  • 1970 Dutch cartoonist Frans Piet ends "Sjors & Sjimmie" strip
  • 1971 Serge Gainsbourg releases his concept album "Histoire de Melody Nelson"
  • 1972 Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland
  • 1973 Harley Race beats Dory Funk Jr in Kansas City, to become NWA champ
  • 1973 Professional track debut of Kip Keino defeating Jim Ryun in the mile
  • 1976 Argentine President Isabel Martínez de Perón is deposed in a military coup
  • 1979 Columbia flown on carrier aircraft lands at Kennedy Space Center
  • 1981 Colombia drops diplomatic relations with Cuba
  • 1982 US sub Jacksonville collides with a Turkish freighter near Virginia
  • 1984 Andrea Schone skates ladies world record 5 km (7:34.52)
  • 1984 Igor Malkov skates world record 10 km (14:21.51)
  • 1985 5th Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards: "Bolero" wins
  • 1986 Suriname army capt Etienne Boerenveen arrested for cocaine smuggling
  • 1986 US & Libya clash in Gulf of Sidra
  • 1986 NASA publishes "Strategy for Safely Returning the Space Shuttle to Flight Status"
  • 1989 Exxon tanker Valdez spills 10.8 million gallons of crude oil in Prince William Sound, near Tatitlek, Alaska
  • 1990 Indian troops leave Sri Lanka
  • 1991 Banks reopen in liberated Kuwait
  • 1992 Sudanese Boeing 707 crashes on mountain Hymettos at Athens: 5-6 die
  • 1992 Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) launches into space with the 1st Belgium in space onboard, Dirk Frimout
  • 1993 Ezer Weizman elected president of Israel
  • 1994 F-16 collides with C-130 Hercules above AFB in NC, 120 die
  • 1996 MTA raises NYC bridge tolls to $3.50 each way
  • 1997 Australian parliament overturns world's 1st & only euthanasia law
  • 1998 Jonesboro massacre: Two students, ages 11 and 13, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people are dead and ten are wounded.
  • 1998 A tornado sweeps through Dantan in India killing 250 people and injuring 3000 others.
  • 1999 Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.

Birthdays in History

  • 1188 Ferrand of Portugal, earl of Flanders/son of Sancho I
  • 1441 Ernst I, elector of Saxon (1464-86)
  • 1494 Georgius Agricola, German mineralogist (De Re Metallica), born in Glauchau, Saxony (d. 1555)
  • 1607 Michiel A de Ruyter, Dutch rear admiral (St Vincent, Dune)
  • 1628 Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1685)
  • 1630 José Saenz d'Aguirre, Spanish cardinal, born in Logro, Old Castile (d. 1699)
  • 1657 Arai Hakuseki, Japanese writer and politician (d. 1725)
  • 1693 John Harrison, English carpenter and clockmaker who invented the marine chronometer to calculate longitude while at sea, born in Foulby, Yorkshire, England (d. 1776)
  • 1703 Jose F de Isla [Francisco de Salazar], Spanish Jesuit/writer
  • 1725 Samuel Ashe, Governor of North Carolina (d. 1813)
  • 1725 Thomas Cushing, American Continental Congressman and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1788)

Person of interestJoseph Priestley

1733 Joseph Priestley, English chemist, theologian and author who discovered oxygen and carbonated water, born in Birstall, England (1804)

Chemist, Theologian and Author Joseph Priestley
Chemist, Theologian and Author
Joseph Priestley
  • 1755 Rufus King, American politician and framer of US constitution, born in Scarborough, Massachusetts (d. 1827)
  • 1782 Orest Kiprensky, Russian painter (d. 1836)
  • 1796 John Corry Wilson Daly, Canadian politician (d. 1878)
  • 1797 Antonio Rosmini-Serbati, philosopher/founder (Institute of Charity)
  • 1802 Jacob van Lennep, Dutch poet and novelist
  • 1809 Joseph Liouville, French discover of transcendental numbers
  • 1814 Galen Clark, American naturalist/discovered Mariposa Grove
  • 1820 Edmond Becquerel, French physicist who studied the solar spectrum, magnetism, electricity and optics (photovoltaic effect), born in Paris, France (d. 1891)
  • 1821 Elisa Felix [Rachel], tragedienne
  • 1821 [George] Hector Tyndale, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1880)
  • 1829 George Francis Train, American businessman (d. 1904)
  • 1829 Ignacio Zaragoza, Mexican general (d. 1862)
  • 1830 Robert Hamerling, Austrian poet (d. 1889)
  • 1834 John Wesley Powell, American geologist/explorer/ethnologist
  • 1834 William Morris, England, designer/craftsman/poet/socialist
  • 1835 Josef Stefan, Austrian physicist (Stefan-Boltzmann law)
  • 1837 Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders and son of Leopold I, born in Royal Castle of Laeken, Belgium (d. 1905)
  • 1848 Honoré Beaugrand, Quebec journalist and newspaper publisher (La Patrie) (d. 1906)
  • 1850 Silas Hocking, British novelist and preacher (d. 1935)

Person of interestAndrew Mellon

1855 Andrew Mellon, American banker (Mellon Bank), industrialist and Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1947)

Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon
Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury
Andrew Mellon
  • 1855 Olive Schreiner, South African writer (Portrait of a South African Woman)

Person of interestHarry Houdini

1874 Harry Houdini [Erich Weiss], Famous magician and escape artist, born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1926)

Magician and Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician and Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • 1874 Luigi Einaudi, economist/1st president of Italy (1948-55)
  • 1878 Top Naeff [Anthonetta van Rhijn-N-Naeff], Dutch writer
  • 1883 James I Wedgwood, British theosophist and bishop (Liberal Catholic Church), born in London (d. 1951)
  • 1884 Peter Debye, Holland, physical chemist (Nobel 1936)
  • 1886 Athenagoras I, Greek Patriarch of Constantinople (d. 1972)
  • 1886 Edward Weston, American photographer (d. 1958)
  • 1888 Viktor Kingissepp, Estonian Bolshevik politician (d. 1922)
  • 1890 John Rock, American obstetrician and gynecologist who co-developed the 1st birth control pill, born in Marlborough, Massachusetts (d. 1984)
  • 1891 Annie "Charley" Toorop, Dutch painter (3 Generations)
  • 1891 John Knittel, Swiss writer, born in Dharwar, India (d. 1970)
  • 1891 Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov, Soviet physicist (d. 1951)
  • 1896 Gianna Manzini, writer
  • 1897 Charles Eyck, Dutch painter and sculptor
  • 1897 Wilhelm Reich, Austrian-US psycho analysist (character analysis)
  • 1898 Dorothy Stratton, organizer (SPARS-women's branch of US Coast Guard)
  • 1898 George Alpert, railroad executive
  • 1901 Ub Iwerks, American cartoonist (d. 1971)

Person of interestThomas E. Dewey

1902 Thomas E. Dewey, Governor of NY and Republican presidential candidate (1944, 1948), born in Owosso, Michigan (d. 1971)

Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey
  • 1903 Adolph F J Butenandt, German bio-chemist (Nobel 1939)
  • 1903 Malcolm Muggeridge, English writer (Observer of Life)
  • 1905 Andre Christiaens, Flemish writer (Unfindable Country)
  • 1905 Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (d. 2007)
  • 1907 Janet Harmon Bragg, US pilot/columnist (Chicago Defender)
  • 1907 Lauris Norstad, US gen (NATO commander)/CEO (Owens-Corning Fiberglass)
  • 1907 Lydia Korneevna Chukovskaya, writer
  • 1907 Paul Sauvé, Quebec politician (d. 1960)

Person of interestClyde Barrow

1909 Clyde Barrow, American bank robber (of Bonnie & Clyde fame), born in Ellis County, Texas (d. 1934)

Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
  • 1911 Herman W "Fritz" Liebert, US OSSer/librarian (Yale curator)
  • 1911 Jane Beverly Drew, English modernist architect, born in Croydon (d. 1996)

Person of interestDorothy Height

1912 Dorothy Height, American civil rights and women's rights activist (National Council of Negro Women), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2010)

Women's and Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Height
Women's and Civil Rights Activist
Dorothy Height
  • 1916 Donald Hamilton, Swedish-American novelist (d. 2006)
  • 1917 John Kendrew, British molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1997)
  • 1917 Constantine Andreou, Greek-Brazilian artist (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Englebert van Anderlecht, Belgian painter
  • 1919 Lawrence Ferlinghetti, American beat poet (Coney Island of the Mind), born in Bronxville, New York (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1919 John J Duncan Jr, (Rep-R-TN, 1965- )
  • 1919 Robert Heilbroner, American economist (d. 2005
  • 1921 Sir Wilson Harris, Guyanese author (Palace of the Peacock:; Jonestown; The Ghost of Memory), born in New Amsterdam, British Guiana (d. 2018)
  • 1922 Onna White, Canadian choreographer (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Edna Jo Hunter, expert on military families & prisoners of war
  • 1926 Dario Fo, Italian playwright and performer (Nobel Prize Literature 1997), born in Sangiano (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Martin Walser, German writer, born in Wasserburg am Bodensee
  • 1932 Yuri Anatoyevich Ponomaryov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 18 backup)
  • 1935 Peter Bichsel, Swiss writer (Gruppe Olten), born in Bellach
  • 1936 David Suzuki, Canadian scientist and environmentalist
  • 1937 Erskine Sandiford, Premier of Barbados, 1987-94)
  • 1938 David Irving, British historian
  • 1940 Robert "Bob" Mackie, American fashion designer (RuPaul, Tina Turner, Judy Garland, Carol Burnett, Barbra Streisand, Cher), born in Monterey Park, California
  • 1943 H Martin Lancaster, (Rep-D-NC)
  • 1944 Vojislav Koštunica, Serbian Prime Minister
  • 1945 Robert T. Bakker, American paleontologist
  • 1946 Kitty O'Neil, American stuntwoman (The Bionic Woman) & racer (female land speed record), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1947 Paul McCandless, rocker (Torches on the Lake)
  • 1947 Pieter W Coetzer, South African journalist/MP (NP)
  • 1947 Christine Gregoire, American politician, current governor of Washington
  • 1951 Kenneth S Reightler Jr, Patuxent R Md, Cmdr USN/astro (STS 48, 60)
  • 1951 Tommy Hilfiger, American fashion designer, born in Elmira, New York
  • 1952 Reinhard Genzel, German astrophysicist (2020 Nobel Prize for Physics for work on black holes), born in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, West Germany
  • 1954 Irina Ratushinskaya, Soviet dissident poet (Beyond the Limit), born in Odessa, Ukraine, Soviet Union (d. 2017)
  • 1957 Scott J Horowitz, PhD/Capt USAF/astronaut (STS 75, 82), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1960 Grayson Perry, English cross-dressing artist (Turner Prize 2003), born in Chelmsford
  • 1978 Michael Braun, Australian rules footballer

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

1891 56th UK Prime Minister Bonar Law (32) weds Annie Robley at West Free Church in Helensburgh, Scotland

British Prime Minister Bonar Law
British Prime Minister
Bonar Law

LoveWedding of Interest

1896 Writer "Heart of Darkness" Joseph Conrad (39) marries Englishwoman Jessie George (23)

Novelist Joseph Conrad
Joseph Conrad
  • 1996 Former Atlanta mayor and UN ambassador Andrew Young (64) weds Carolyn Watson (49) in South Africa

Divorces in History

  • 1994 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. divorces Emily Black

Deaths in History

  • 809 Harun al-Rashid, caliph of the Abbasid empire (786-809), dies at 44
  • 1284 Hugh III of Cyprus, King of Cyprus and Jerusalem (b 1235)
  • 1381 Saint Catharine of Sweden, Swedish saint
  • 1396 Walter Hilton, English mystic
  • 1400 Florens Radewijns, Dutch priest/leader Modern Devotion, dies
  • 1455 Nicholas V [Tommaso Parentucelli], Italian Pope (1447-55), dies at 57
  • 1455 Rudolf van Diepholt, bishop/cardinal of Utrecht (1448-55), dies
  • 1471 Thomas Malory, English writer (Le Morte d'Arthur), dies at 55
  • 1558 Anna van Buren, countess of Egmond/Buren/Lingen, dies
  • 1563 Hosokawa Harumoto, Japanese military leader (b. 1514)
  • 1575 Yosef Karo, Spanish-born rabbi (b. 1488)

Person of interestElizabeth I

1603 Elizabeth I Tudor [Virgin Queen], Queen of England and Ireland (1558-1603) and daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, dies at 69

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • 1635 Jacques Callot, French cartoonist/engraver, dies at about 42
  • 1644 Archduchess Cecilia Renata of Austria, Queen of Poland, dies at 32
  • 1661 William Leddra becomes the last Quaker to be hanged in Boston, for the crime of returning from banishment
  • 1771 William Shirley, British Colonial Governor of Massachusetts (played an important role in Britain’s struggle against France for control of North America), dies at 76
  • 1773 Philip Dormer Stanhope [Lord Chesterfield], English statesman and letter writer, responsible for introducing Gregorian Calendar, dies at 78
  • 1776 John Harrison, English carpenter and clockmaker who invented the marine chronometer to calculate longitude while at sea, dies at 82
  • 1823 Cornelis van Foreest, Dutch politician, Mayor of Alkmaar, dies at 66
  • 1844 Bertel Thorvaldsen, Danish sculptor (Dying Lion), dies at 73
  • 1866 Maria Amalia, of Bourbon-Sicily, French queen as wife of Louis Philip of Austria, dies at 83
  • 1869 Antoine-Henri Jomini, French general (b. 1779)
  • 1877 Walter Bagehot, English economist/critic/banker, dies at 51
  • 1881 Friedrich Hecker, German revolutionary republican politician, dies at 69
  • 1881 Joseph Delesse, French geologist (b. 1817)
  • 1882 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (Song of Hiawatha), dies at 75
  • 1887 Ivan Kramskoi, Russian painter and art critic, dies at 49
  • 1888 Vsevolod Garshin, Russian author (b. 1855)
  • 1891 Daniel H. Wells, Mormon leader and 3rd Mayor of Salt Lake City, dies at 76
  • 1904 Edwin Arnold, English writer (The Light of Asia), dies at 71

Person of interestJules Verne

1905 Jules Verne, French writer known as the "Father of Science Fiction" (Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 77

Novelist Jules Verne
Jules Verne
  • 1909 John Millington Synge, Irish dramatist and poet (Riders to the Sea), dies at 37
  • 1911 Matthew Stanley Robison, president (Cardinals), dies
  • 1915 Karol Olszewski, Polish scientist (b. 1846)
  • 1921 James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 86
  • 1945 J S Nicklin, Lt-Col/Canada's 1st parachutist, dies
  • 1945 Thomas Rennie, Gen-Maj (Dutch command 51st Highland Division), dies
  • 1948 Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish modernist painter, dies at 62
  • 1949 [Johann Baptist] Hanns Albin Rauter, German SS and Police leader in the occupied Netherlands, executed by firing squad at 54
  • 1950 James Rudolph Garfield, American politician, dies at 84
  • 1950 Harold Laski, English economist and Labour Party leader (1945-46), dies at 56
  • 1953 Mary of Teck, Queen of Great Britain and consort of George V, dies at 85
  • 1953 Felix M Abel, French dominican/biblical scholar, dies at 74
  • 1955 John W. Davis, American politician and United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, dies at 81
  • 1956 Edmund Taylor Whittaker, British mathematician (applied mathematics and the theory of special functions), dies at 82
  • 1960 Paul Joostens, Flemish painter, dies at 70
  • 1966 Virginia Hill, American organized crime figure (girlfriend of Bugsy Siegel), supposedly commits suicide at 49
  • 1968 Lauwrens Voorthuyzen, Dutch sect leader, dies at 70
  • 1969 Joseph Kasavubu, president Congo (1960-65), dies at about 55
  • 1974 Doris Deane, dies at 74
  • 1974 Yoshida Isoya, Japanese architect (modern sukiya style), dies at 79

Person of interestBernard Montgomery

1976 Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, dies at 88

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1978 Leigh Brackett, American sci-fi author (Ginger Star), dies at 62
  • 1979 Yvonne Mitchell, writer, dies at 53
  • 1980 Oscar Romero, El Salvador Roman Catholic priest, murdered during mass at 62
  • 1990 An Wang, Chinese-American computer engineer (Wang Labs, Wang Computers), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1991 Sir John Kerr, Australian politician and the Governor General who dismissed the Whitlam Government, dies at 76
  • 1993 Erik Andriesse, Dutch painter (skulls, skeletons), dies at 35
  • 1993 Peter Roovers, Dutch sculptor/teacher (war monuments), dies at 90
  • 1993 John Hersey, American author (Hiroshima, Bell for Adano, Wall), dies at 78
  • 1994 Edith Porada, Austrian art historian and archaeologist, dies at 81
  • 1994 Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician, assassinated
  • 1995 Anthony Standerwick Heal, businessman, dies at 88
  • 1995 Trevor Oswald Ling, English religious Studies Professor, dies at 75
  • 1997 Martin Caidin, American aviation writer, dies at 69
  • 1999 Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, German women's activist (b. 1902)
  • 2001 Muriel Young, English TV entertainer (b. 1928)
  • 2002 César Milstein, Argentine biochemist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1984), dies at 74
  • 2003 Hans Hermann Groër, Austrian Catholic archbishop (b. 1919)
  • 2004 Max Dendermonde [Hendrik Hazelhoff], Dutch literary, dies at 84
  • 2008 Hal Riney, American advertising executive (b. 1932)
  • 2013 Barbara Anderson, New Zealand author, dies at 86
  • 2016 Earl Hamner Jr., American creator and narrator of TV show "The Waltons", dies at 92
  • 2020 Terrence McNally, American Tony-winning playwright (Kiss of the Spider Woman), dies of COVID-19 complications at 81
  • 2020 Betty Williams, Northern Irish political activist (Nobel Peace Prize 1976), dies of pneumonia at 76