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On This Day in History for May 1

Events in History

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Event of interestEvent of Interest

305 Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman Emperor.

Roman Emperor Diocletian
Roman Emperor
Diocletian
  • 1006 Supernova observed by Chinese and Egyptians in constellation Lupus
  • 1048 Bishop Bernold flees St Pieterskerk for Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1328 Wars of Scottish Independence end: Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton - the Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.
  • 1394 Ekiho exorcised the Zen temple and its surroundings of an old badger

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1489 Christopher Columbus proposes his plan to search for a western route to India in an audience with Spanish monarch, Isabella I. Full support is granted 3 years later, in 1492

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
Queen of Castile Isabella I of Castile
Queen of Castile
Isabella I of Castile
  • 1523 Danish king Christian III arrives in Veere
  • 1544 Turkish troops occupy Hungary
  • 1551 Council of Trente resumes
  • 1598 Jacob van Neck's merchant fleet departs for Java, modern day Indonesia
  • 1625 Portuguese & Spanish expedition recaptures Salvador (Bahia)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1625 Prince Frederick Henry appointed viceroy of Holland

Prince of Orange Frederick Henry
Prince of Orange
Frederick Henry
  • 1682 Louis XIV & his court inaugurate Paris Observatory
  • 1703 Battle at Rultusk: Swedish army beats Russians
  • 1704 Boston Newsletter publishes 1st newspaper advertisement
  • 1707 Acts of Union comes into force, uniting England and Scotland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain

  • 1711 Archduke Karel of Austria/Hungarian rebellion sign Peace of Szatmar
  • 1715 Prussia declares war on Sweden
  • 1725 Spain and Austria sign trade treaty

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1753 Publication of Species Plantarum by Carolus Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature

Taxonomist, botanist, physician, and zoologist Carolus Linnaeus
Taxonomist, botanist, physician, and zoologist
Carolus Linnaeus
  • 1756 France and Austria sign alliance
  • 1757 Austria and France divide Prussia
  • 1759 British fleet occupies Guadeloupe, West Indies, capturing it from France
  • 1776 Adam Weishaupt founds secret society of Illuminati
  • 1777 RB Sheridan's "School for Scandal" premieres in London
  • 1778 American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1795 Kamehameha, King of Hawaiʻi defeats Kalanikupule and conquors island of Oʻahu at Battle of Nuʻuanu (approx. date)

King of Hawaii Kamehameha I
King of Hawaii
Kamehameha I
  • 1822 John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston
  • 1834 Belgian parliament accepts railway laws

Historic PublicationPenny Black

1840 "Penny Black", the world's first adhesive postage stamp issued by Great Britain
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The Penny Black stamp featured Queen Victoria
The Penny Black stamp featured Queen Victoria
  • 1841 First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1844 Whig convention nominates Henry Clay as presidential candidate

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • 1846 Ida Pfeiffer (48) begins trip around world
  • 1848 The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1850 John Geary becomes 1st mayor of San Francisco
  • 1851 Great Exhibition opens in the Crystal Palace, London

  • 1852 The Philippine peso is introduced into circulation

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1852 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm publish the first part of their German Dictionary (fully completed 1961)

  • 1853 Argentina adopts its constitution
  • 1854 Amsterdam begins transferring drinking water out of the dunes
  • 1857 William Walker, conqueror of Nicaragua, surrenders to US Navy
  • 1861 Lee orders Confederate troops under T J Jackson to Harper's Ferry
  • 1862 Major General Benjamin Butler's Union forces occupy New Orleans (US Civil War)
  • 1863 Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled first opens its doors in New York City, oldest orthopaedic hospital in the United States
  • 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia, 29,000 injured or died
  • 1863 Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi
  • 1863 Confederate "National Flag" replaces "Stars & Bars"
  • 1863 Confederate congress passes resolution to kill black soldiers
  • 1864 -8] Battle at Alexandria, Louisiana (Red River Campaign)
  • 1864 Atlanta campaign, Georgia begins
  • 1866 American Equal Rights Association forms
  • 1867 Howard University chartered
  • 1867 Reconstruction of South begins, black voter registration
  • 1869 Folies Bergère opens in Paris
  • 1873 1st US postal card issued
  • 1873 Emperor Franz Joseph opens 5th World's Exposition in Vienna
  • 1875 238 members of "Whiskey Ring" accused of anti-US activities
  • 1875 Alexandra Palace, London, reopens after being burnt down in 1873
  • 1883 Amsterdam World's Fair opens
  • 1884 Construction begins on Chicago's 1st skyscraper (10 stories)
  • 1884 Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.
  • 1885 Maria "Goeie Mie" Swanenburg sentence to life for killing 27 in Netherlands
  • 1886 US general strike for 8-hour working day begins
  • 1889 2nd International Congress calls for 1st International Workers Day 1st May 1890 to mark protests in Chicago in 1886
  • 1892 US Quarantine Station opens on Angel Island, San Francisco Bay
  • 1893 World Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1896 Seven days after parliament was dissolved, Charles Tupper is sworn in as the 6th Prime Minister of Canada

6th Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper
6th Prime Minister of Canada
Charles Tupper

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1898 US Admiral George Dewey commands "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" as US rout Spanish fleet at Manila

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • 1900 Premature blast collapses mine tunnel killing 200 at Scofield, Utah
  • 1901 Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo
  • 1903 King Edward VII of Great Britain visits Paris, where he is feted in a first step toward improving Anglo-French relations, culminating in the sighing of the Entente Cordiale on 8 April, 1904
  • 1907 Belgium government of De Trooz forms
  • 1907 Indian Mine Laws passes (concessions from Neth-Indies)
  • 1908 World's most intense shower (2.47" in 3 minutes) at Portobelo, Panama
  • 1909 Netherlands begins unity with Belgium
  • 1912 Beverly Hills Hotel opens
  • 1913 Longacre Theater opens at 220 W 48th St NYC
  • 1914 China's 1st president Yuan Shikai wins dictatorial qualification
  • 1915 British liner Lusitania leaves NY for Liverpool
  • 1915 German submarine torpedoes US tanker Gulflight
  • 1919 Mount Kelud (Indonesia) erupts, boiling crater lake which broke through crater wall killing 5,000 people in 104 small villages

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1919 "L'Ordine Nuovo" Italian socialist weekly newspaper established in Turin by Antonio Gramsci, Angelo Tasca and Palmiro Togliatti

Marxist Theorist and Politician Antonio Gramsci
Marxist Theorist and Politician
Antonio Gramsci

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1919 British naval officer David Beatty is promoted to Admiral of the Fleet

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
  • 1920 Belgium-Luxembourg toll tunnel opens
  • 1921 Drusian sultan Pasja al-Atrasj elected governor of Suwayda
  • 1922 Charlie Robertson of Chicago pitches a perfect no-hit, no-run game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1923 Adolf Hitler and Ernst Rohm attempt to break up socialist May Day demonstrates, inviting Nazis from as far away as Nuremberg to take part in the violence

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1924 Admiral Paul Koundouriotis becomes President of Greece
  • 1925 Cyprus becomes a British Crown Colony
  • 1926 British coal miners go on strike
  • 1927 1st British airliner to serve cooked meals (Imperial Airways)
  • 1928 6 children die and 10 injured by hailstones in Klausenburg, Romania
  • 1928 Drunken fascist Erich Wichman attacks VARA-radio transmitter
  • 1928 Lei Day begun (a Hawaiian celebration)
  • 1928 Pitcairn Airlines (later Eastern) begins service
  • 1929 Farm workers strike begins in East-Groningen
  • 1929 Police kill 19 Mayday demonstrators in Berlin
  • 1930 The planet Pluto is officially named by 11 year-old Venetia Burney
  • 1931 Empire State Building opens in New York City
  • 1931 Norway claims Peter I Island

Birthdays in History

  • 1218 John I, Count of Hainaut (1246-57), born in Houffalize, Luxembourg (d. 1257)
  • 1218 Rudolph I of Germany, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (1273-91), born in Limburgh Castle, Sasbach am Kaiserstuhl, Germany (d. 1291)
  • 1238 Magnus VI Lagabuter, King of Norway (1263-80), born in Tønsberg, Norway (d. 1280)
  • 1285 Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel, English politician, born in Marlborough Castle, Wiltshire, England (d. 1326)
  • 1545 Franciscus Junius, French-Dutch calvinist theologist and vicar, born in Bourges, France (d. 1602)
  • 1567 Michiel Janszoon van Mierevelt, Dutch royal painter, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1641)
  • 1577 François de Kinschot, Dutch jurist and chancellor of Brabant, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1654)
  • 1592 Johann A Schall von Bell, German missionary and astronomer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1666)
  • 1594 John Haynes, 5th Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, born in Essex, England (d. 1653)
  • 1672 Joseph Addison, English essayist and poet (co-founder of The Spectator), born in Milston, Wiltshire, England (d. 1719)
  • 1692 James Stirling, Scottish mathematician (Formula of Stirling), born in this month in Stirlingshire, Scotland (d. 1770)
  • 1735 Jan Hendrik van Kinsbergen, Dutch naval officer and founder of Dutch Marines Corp, born in Doesburg, Netherlands (d. 1819)

Person of interestKamehameha I

1738 Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii (1782-1819), born in Kohala, Hawaii (d. 1819)

King of Hawaii Kamehameha I
King of Hawaii
Kamehameha I
  • 1759 Jacob Albright, German-American Christian leader, founder of Albright's People (Evangelical Association), born in Fox Mountain, Pennsylvania (d. 1808)
  • 1764 Benjamin Henry Latrobe, American architect (completed U.S. Capitol), born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 1820)

Person of interestArthur Wellesley

1769 Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington and British Prime Minister (Tory: 1828-30), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1852)

1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley
1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister
Arthur Wellesley
  • 1800 Thomas Aloysius Dornin, American naval officer, born in Ireland (d. 1874)
  • 1804 Aleksey Stepanovich Khomyakov, Russian poet, born in Moscow (d. 1860) [NS 13/05]
  • 1807 John B. Magruder, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Port Royal, Virginia (d. 1871)
  • 1818 José Amador de los Ríos, Spanish historian and poet, born in Baena, Spain (d. 1878)
  • 1819 William Steele, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Albany, New York (d. 1885)
  • 1825 George Inness, American landscape painter (Delaware Water Gap), born in Newburgh, New York (d. 1894)
  • 1829 José de Alencar, Brazilian writer (O Guarani), born in Fortaleza, Ceará, Empire of Brazil (d. 1877)
  • 1830 Mother [Mary Harris] Jones, American labor organizer (cofounded Industrial Workers of the World), born in Cork City, Ireland (d. 1930)
  • 1830 Guido Gezelle, Flemish priest and poet, born in Brugge, Belgium (d. 1899)
  • 1831 Emily Stowe, Canadian suffragist and first woman licensed to practise medicine in Canada, born in Norwich Township, Oxford County, Ontario (d. 1903)
  • 1835 Alfred Napoleon Alexander "Natti" Duffié, French-American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Paris, France (d. 1880)
  • 1839 Hilaire de Chardonnet, French industrialist and inventor (rayon), born in Besançon, France (d. 1924)
  • 1845 [Robert] Lawson Tait, Scottish-born pioneering surgeon performed first salpingectomy for ectopic pregnancy, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1899)
  • 1850 Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada (1911-16), born in Buckingham Palace, London (d. 1942)
  • 1851 Laza Lazarević, Serbian writer (Prvi put s ocem na jutrenje) and psychiatrist, born in Šabac, Serbia (d. 1891)
  • 1852 Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish histologist (central nervous system) and neuroscientist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1906), born in Petilla de Aragón, Navarre, Spain (d. 1934)

Person of interestCalamity Jane

1852 Calamity Jane [Martha Jane Canary], American frontierswoman, born in Princeton, Missouri (d. 1903)

Frontierswoman Calamity Jane
Frontierswoman
Calamity Jane
  • 1855 Cecilia Beaux, American portrait painter , born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1859 Willem Johannes Leyds, Dutch-South Africa lawyer and diplomat (State Secretary of the South African Republic), born in Magelang, Dutch East Indies (d. 1940)
  • 1872 Sidónio Pais, Portuguese politician (4th President of Portugal, 66th Prime Minister of Portugal), born in Caminha, Portugal (d. 1918)
  • 1874 Romaine Brooks [Beatrice Romaine Goddard], American painter, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1970)
  • 1880 Conrad Weiss, German writer and poet (Tantum dic verbo) (d. 1940)
  • 1881 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher and paleontologist (The Phenomenon of Man), born in Orcines, Auvergne, France (d. 1955)
  • 1887 Alan Cunningham, British general and last High Commissioner of Palestine (1945-48), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1983)
  • 1896 Herbert Backe, German Nazi politician (Reich Minister for Food and Agriculture), born in Batumi, Kutais Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1947)
  • 1896 Mark W. Clark, American general, born in Madison Barracks, Sackets Harbor, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1896 J. Lawton Collins, American general, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1987)
  • 1898 Eugene R. Black, American President of World Bank (1953-62), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1992)
  • 1900 Ignazio Silone, Italian novelist (Fontamara, Pane e vino), born in Pescina, Italy (d. 1978)
  • 1901 Antal Szerb, Hungarian author and historian, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1945)
  • 1905 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet politician (Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union 1980-85), born in Kharkiv, Kharkov Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1905 Paul Desruisseaux, Canadian lawyer and politician (Senator for Wellington, Quebec), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • 1906 Horst Schumann, Nazi physician, born in Halle an der Saale, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1983)
  • 1907 Oliver Hill, American civil rights attorney (Presidential Medal of Freedom 1999), born in Richmond, Virgnia (d. 2007)
  • 1908 Giovannino Guareschi, Italian writer (Don Camillo, Peppone), born in Roccabianca, Emilia, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1968)
  • 1909 Ethel Jane Cain, British telephonist and original UK Speaking Clock voice, born in England (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Yiannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, born in Monemvasia (d. 1990)
  • 1912 Otto Kretschmer, German U-Boat commander, born in Heidau, Neisse, Province of Silesia, Prussia, German Empire (d. 1998)
  • 1917 Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, born in Khislavichi, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1918 Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (d. 1977)
  • 1921 Paul Daels, president (Flemish Iron Pilgrimage committee)
  • 1923 Joseph Heller, American novelist (Catch-22, 1963 Arts & Letters Award), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1924 Terry Southern, writer
  • 1924 Dennis Main-Wilson, British TV and radio producer (Marty, Till Death Us Do Part), born in Dulwich, London (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Scott Carpenter, American astronaut (Mercury 7-Aurora 7), born in Boulder, Colorado (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Peter Lax, Hungarian Mathematician
  • 1928 Raoul Servais, Belgian cartoonist/pres (l'ASIFA)
  • 1928 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racer (d. 2002)
  • 1930 Richard Riordan, mayor of Los Angeles (R, 1993-2001), born in NYC, New York
  • 1932 Sandy Woodward [John Forster], English admiral (British Naval Task Force, Falklands War), born in Penzance, Cornwall (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Alette Beaujon, Curacaos poet (Gedichten on the Bay & Elsewhere)
  • 1934 Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Mexican politician
  • 1940 Elsa Peretti, Italian jewelry designer
  • 1944 Suresh Kalmadi, Indian politician
  • 1946 John Woo, Hong Kong director
  • 1947 Carlos Ward, rocker (B T Express)
  • 1947 Sergio Infante, Chilean poet and writer
  • 1947 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), born in Mexico City (d. 2015)
  • 1949 Paul Teutul, Sr., founder of Orange County Choppers
  • 1951 Antony Worrall Thompson, English celebrity chef
  • 1954 Joel Rosenberg, sci-fi author
  • 1957 Dick Swett, (Rep-D-New Hampshire)
  • 1957 Paul D Ronney, ScD/astronaut (STS 83 alt), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Marilyn Milian, current judge on The People's Court
  • 1964 Ruth Picardie, journalist
  • 1964 Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of princess Margaret & Lord Snowdon
  • 1968 Denise Masino, American Female Bodybuilder
  • 1969 Wes Anderson, American director and writer

Weddings in History

  • 1576 Stefan Batory, the reigning Prince of Transylvania, marries Anna Jagiellon and they become the co-rulers of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

LoveWedding of Interest

1840 Women's rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (24) weds fellow abolitionist Henry Brewster Stanton (34)

Women's Rights Activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Women's Rights Activist
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

LoveWedding of Interest

1850 Soldier William Tecumseh Sherman (30) weds Eleanor Boyle Ewing in Washington, D.C.

LoveWedding of Interest

1881 Physiologist Ivan Pavlov (32) weds Seraphima Karchevskaya

Physiologist Ivan Pavlov
Physiologist
Ivan Pavlov
  • 1884 "Poems of Passion" author Ella Wheeler Wilcox (33) weds Robert M. Wilcox in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1929 American poet e.e (Edward Estlin) Cummings marries 2nd wife Anne Minnerly Barton

LoveWedding of Interest

1954 Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos (36) weds Imelda Romualdez (24) in a Catholic church

First Lady and Politician Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politician
Imelda Marcos
10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos

LoveWedding of Interest

1980 Zaire President Mobutu Sese Seko (49) weds Bobi Ladawa

President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko
President of Zaire
Mobutu Sese Seko

Deaths in History

  • 408 Arcadius, Eastern Roman emperor (b. 337/338)
  • 1118 Matilda of Scotland [Edith], first wife of Henry I of England, dies at 38
  • 1171 Dermot MacMurrough, last Irish King of Leinster, dies
  • 1240 Jacques de Vitry, Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati and dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals
  • 1277 Stefanus IV Uros I de Great, King of Serbia (1243-76), dies
  • 1308 Albrecht I van Habsburg, German King (1298-1308), murdered
  • 1447 Louis VII, Duke of Bavaria (1413-43), dies at around 79
  • 1456 Hugues de Lannoy, Flemish viceroy of Holland/Zealand, dies
  • 1471 Thomas a Kempis, German Dutch spiritual writer (Navolging of Christ), dies at 91
  • 1539 Isabella of Portugal, Queen of Spain and Empress of Germany, dies at 35
  • 1555 Marcellus II [Marcello Cervini], Italian humanist and Pope (1555, 22 days), dies at 53
  • 1572 Pius V [Antonio Ghislieri], Italian Pope (1566-72) who excommunicated Elizabeth I of England and arranged the formation of the Holy League (Battle of Lepanto), dies at 68
  • 1700 John Dryden, English poet and playwright, first Poet Laureate (1668-1688), dies at 68
  • 1738 Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, English statesman (b. c. 1669)
  • 1772 Gottfried Achenwall, German lawyer/statistics/economist, dies at 52
  • 1813 Jean-Baptiste Bessières, French marshal (killed in combat) (b. 1768)
  • 1831 Antonius van Alphen, apostle vicar of De Bosch, dies at 82
  • 1863 Edward D. Tracy, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 29
  • 1872 Amalia, princess of Weimar/wife of prince Hendrik the Navigator, dies
Physician and Explorer David Livingstone
Physician and Explorer
David Livingstone
  • 1881 John S. Preston, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 72
  • 1886 Conrad Busken Huet, writer (Country of Rubens)
  • 1892 Willem A Scholten, Dutch potato-flour manufacturer, dies at 89
  • 1896 Nasr-ed-Din, shah of Persia (184.-96), murdered at 65
  • 1898 Alphonse Wauters, Belgian historian and archivist (Brussels), dies at 81
  • 1899 Ludwig Büchner, German philosopher and physician, dies at 75
  • 1902 John Glover, English chemist (production sulfuric acid), dies at 85
  • 1913 John Barclay Armstrong, Texas Ranger and U.S. Marshal (b. 1850)
  • 1917 Jose E Rodo, Uruguayan writer (Motivos de proteo), dies
  • 1918 Grove Karl Gilbert, American geologist (investigated Lake Bonneville, Utah), dies at 74
  • 1924 August Cuppens, Flemish author (Limburgs Driemanschap), dies at 62
  • 1926 Nicolaus Adriani, Dutch translator (Middle-Celebes Language), dies at 60
  • 1928 Ebenezer Howard, English founder of the garden city movement and author (To-Morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform), dies at 78
  • 1932 Paul Doumer, President France (1931-32), assassin by Russia's Paul Gargalov
  • 1941 John R Locksmith de Brown, vicar/CHU-politician, dies at 71
  • 1943 Johan Oscar Smith, Norwegian Christian leader who founded the evangelical Brunstad Christian Church, dies at 71

Person of interestJoseph Goebbels

1945 Joseph Goebbels, German Nazi Minister of Propaganda, commits suicide aged 47 with his wife (43) and arranges the death of their 6 children, Heidrun (4), Hedwig (6), Holdine (8), Helmut (9), Hildegard (11), and Helga (12)

Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information Joseph Goebbels
Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information
Joseph Goebbels
  • 1947 Sanner, leader of Norger blood bath, executed
  • 1948 Christos Ladas, Greek minister of Justice, murdered
  • 1952 William Fox, [Fried], US film pioneer (Nickelodeon), dies at 73
  • 1959 Oscar Torp, Norwegian premier, dies
  • 1963 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer and Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar, dies at 83
  • 1968 Harold Nicolson, English diplomat and author (Good Behaviour), dies at 71
  • 1970 Crown Prince Euimin, Crown Prince Korea (b. 1897)
  • 1972 Fernand Ansseau, Belgian operator (Orfeo), dies at 82
  • 1976 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (b. 1939)
  • 1976 T.R.M. Howard, civil rights leader, entrepreneur, surgeon (b. 1908)
  • 1981 Clarence A Bacote, historian/political scientist, dies at 75
  • 1988 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, dies prostate cancer at 88
  • 1989 David Webster, South African white anti-apartheids activist, murdered
  • 1989 Sally Kirkland, American fashion editor (Vogue magazine) and manager (Lord & Taylor), dies at 76
  • 1991 Richard Thorpe, American director (Jailhouse Rock, Night Must Fall), dies at 95
  • 1993 Hans [Henri EA] Tuynman, provo (Full-time Provo), dies at 50
  • 1993 Ranasinghe Premadasa, pres (Sri Lanka, 1989-93), assassinated at 68
  • 1996 Asher Wallfish, journalist, dies at 67
  • 1997 Bebe, AKA Flipper, dolphin, dies at 40
  • 1998 Eldridge Cleaver, American activist (b. 1935)
  • 2006 Rob Lacey, Christian Author. (b. 1962)
  • 2008 Anthony Mamo, Malta's first President (b. 1909)
  • 2008 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, commits suicide at 52
  • 2009 Danny Gans, Canadian-born Las Vegas entertainer (b. 1956)
  • 2015 Dan Farley, American racing journalist (President National Turf Writer's Association), dies at 72
  • 2017 Mike Lowry, American politician (Rep-D-WA, 1979-89, Governor of Washington 1993-97 ), dies at 78
  • 2017 Stan Weston, American toy licensing agent, had concept for G.I. Joe, dies at 84
  • 2018 Elmar Altvater, German political scientist, dies at 79
  • 2018 Ninalee Craig, American-born Canadian teacher and photograph subject, dies at 90 of complications from lung cancer
  • 2018 Carl W. Duckworth, American politician (Utah House of Representatives, 1955–1958), dies of bone cancer at 53
  • 2018 Raymond D. Dzendzel, American politician (Michigan House of Representatives, 1955–1958; Senate, 1959–1970), dies at 96
  • 2018 Reg Gadney, British author, dies at 77
  • 2018 Phil Gowan, American historian (RMS Titanic), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2018 Robert B. Kennedy, American politician (Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1975–1979), dies at 78
  • 2018 Chuck Missler, American evangelist and author, dies at 83
  • 2018 Ashok Mitra, Indian economist and politician, dies at 90
  • 2018 Peter Temple-Morris, Baron Temple-Morris, British politician and life peer (MP for Leominster, 1974–2001), dies at 80
  • 2018 Bob Woffinden, British journalist and author, dies of mesothelioma at 89