On This Day

On This Day in History for May 10

Events in History

  • 1267 Vienna's church orders all Jews to wear a distinctive garb
  • 1278 Jews of England imprisoned on charges of coining

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1291 Scottish nobles recognize authority of English King Edward I

King of England Edward I
King of England
Edward I

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1294 Temür Khan declared Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty

Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty Temür Khan
Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty
Temür Khan
  • 1427 Jews are expelled from Bern, Switzerland

DiscoveryVoyage of Discovery

1497 Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for his first voyage to the New World (disputed)

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

1503 Christopher Columbus discovers the Cayman Islands

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1525 Church reformer John Pistorius caught in the Hague

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1534 French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Newfoundland

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier
  • 1559 Scottish Protestants under John Knox uprise against queen mother Mary
  • 1570 Tsar Ivan IV becomes Protestant

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1624 Dutch admirals Jacob Willekens and Piet Heyn conquer Salvador da Bahia (Brazil)

Dutch Admiral and Privateer Piet Heyn
Dutch Admiral and Privateer
Piet Heyn
  • 1643 Essex County, Massachusetts is founded, which contains the town of Salem in which the notorious witch-trials will occur in 1692
  • 1652 John Johnson, a free African American, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Virginia
  • 1655 Jamaica captured by the English
  • 1676 Bacon's Rebellion begins, frontiersmen vs Virginia government

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1768 John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for "The North Briton" severely criticizing King George III. This action provokes rioting in London.

King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover George III
King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover
George III

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1774 Louis XVI ascends to throne of France

King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI
  • 1775 Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and issues paper currency for 1st time

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1775 Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia names George Washington Supreme Commander

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1775 American Revolution: Green Mountain Boys capture Fort Ticonderoga, New York
  • 1787 British Parliament impeaches Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal
  • 1796 French government arrest 10 utopists

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1796 Napoleon defeats Austria in Battle of Lodi Bridge

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1796 Riot after disagreement of patriotic demand in Amsterdam
  • 1797 1st US Navy ship, the "United States," is launched
  • 1801 First Barbary War: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America (1st US foreign war)

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1804 British Prime Minister Henry Addington resigns, replaced by William Pitt the Younger

British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger
British Prime Minister
William Pitt the Younger
British Prime Minister Henry Addington
British Prime Minister
Henry Addington
  • 1816 British steamship "Defiance" arrives at Rotterdam harbor
  • 1823 1st steamboat to navigate the Mississippi River arrives at Fort Snelling
  • 1824 The National Gallery in London opens to the public in its temporary home in a townhouse on Pall Mall
  • 1837 Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels.

Battle of InterestThe Indian Mutiny

1857 Indian Mutiny against rule by the British East India Company begins with the revolt of the Sepoy soldiers in Meerut

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Mutineers are executed by the Bengal Horse Artillery, in a painting by Orlando Noire
Mutineers are executed by the Bengal Horse Artillery, in a painting by Orlando Noire
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  • 1861 Union troops march on state militia in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1862 Battle of Plum Run Bend, Tennessee
  • 1864 Battles at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia

  • 1864 Skirmish at Ny River, Virginia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1865 Confederate President Jefferson Davis captured by Union troops at Irwinsville Georgia (US Civil War)

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1865 Major General Sam Jones, the Confederate military leader in Florida, South Carolina and South Georgia, surrenders to Union forces

USAThe Golden Spike

1869 Golden Spike driven, completing the 1st US Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah and connecting the Central Pacific Railroad with the Union Pacific

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The 1st Transcontinental Railroad is finished at last!
The 1st Transcontinental Railroad is finished at last!
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  • 1871 Peace of Frankfurt-am-Main concluded between France & Germany ends Franco-Prussian war

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1872 Victoria Woodhull becomes 1st woman nominated for US presidency by Equal Rights Party at Apollo Hall, NYC

Civil Rights Activist Victoria Woodhull
Civil Rights Activist
Victoria Woodhull
  • 1876 Centennial Fair opens in Philadelphia
  • 1879 Meteor falls near Estherville, Iowa
  • 1881 Lighthouse on Ameland begins operation
  • 1883 First appendectomy performed in North America by Abraham Groves in Canada
  • 1893 Imperial Institute in London opens
  • 1894 Hong Kong government declares port is infected with the plague. The outbreak will go on to kill 20,489 over 29 years.
  • 1902 Portugal goes bankrupt, but its parliament passes a bill converting its external debt. Contributing to Portugal's troubles is recent revolt in its colony of Angola, put down 6 September
  • 1906 Russian Duma (Parliament) meets for 1st time
  • 1906 Italian King Victor Emmanuel & Swiss President Ludwig Forrer open Simplon tunnel
  • 1908 1st Mother's Day observed (Philadelphia)
  • 1909 Winchester's Fred Toney no-hits Lexington for 17 inning
  • 1910 1st aircraft air display held (Hendon, England)
  • 1910 Halley's Comet closest approach to Earth in 1910 pass
  • 1910 The British House of Commons pass three major resolutions on political reform
  • 1915 Zeppelin drops hundred of bombs on Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England

InventionHistoric Invention

1915 Canadian physician Cluny MacPherson first presents his gas mask invention to the British War Office

  • 1916 Disastrous fire in Ellendale, North Dakolta
  • 1916 Historic Shipport Museum opens in Amsterdam
  • 1917 Atlantic ships get destroyer escorts to stop German attacks
  • 1918 HMS Vindictive sunk to block entrance of Ostend Harbor
  • 1919 Race riot in Charleston, South Carolina, 2 blacks killed
  • 1921 Luigi Pirandello's "Sei Personaggi in Cerca d'Autore" premieres
  • 1922 Dr Ivy Williams is 1st woman to be called to the English Bar
  • 1922 WHB-AM in Kansas City MO begins radio transmissions
  • 1922 The United States annexes the Kingman Reef in n the North Pacific Ocean

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1924 J. Edgar Hoover appointed head of FBI

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • 1925 To control demonstrations against foreigners, British troops in Shanghai fire into a crowd, leading to a boycott against British goods
  • 1930 1st US planetarium opens (Adler-Chicago)
  • 1930 Clarrie Grimmett takes 10 for 37 v Yorkshire at Sheffield
  • 1932 Senate chairman Albert Lebrun becomes President of France
  • 1933 Deutsche Arbeitsfront (DAF) forms
  • 1933 Nazis stage public book burnings in Germany
  • 1933 Paraguay declares war on Bolivia
  • 1933 Suriname worker's union leader A de Come banished to Netherlands

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1936 Manuel Azaña elected the second President of the Spanish Republic

President of the Spanish Republic Manuel Azaña
President of the Spanish Republic
Manuel Azaña
  • 1936 Nahas Pasja becomes premier of Egypt
  • 1937 Busmen strike in London
  • 1938 Banning speech on anti-fascism demonstration in Amsterdam
  • 1940 Dutch-Indies Governor Van Starkenborch proclaims end to state of siege
  • 1940 World War II: Nazi Germany invades the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940 Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain
  • 1940 World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess escapes to Britain to open secret negotiations with the Allies, parachuting into Scotland

Nazi leader Rudolf Hess
Nazi leader
Rudolf Hess
  • 1941 British House of Commons & Holborn Theatre damaged in an air raid

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 Queen Wilhelmina on Radio Orange warns against treason

Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Queen of the Netherlands
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
  • 1942 World War II: The Thai Phayap Army invades the Shan States during the Burma Campaign
  • 1944 Chinese offensive in West-Yunnan
  • 1944 Smith v Allwright (excluding Blacks from primary voting) is illegal
  • 1945 Allies capture Rangoon from the Japanese
  • 1945 Soviet troops occupied Prague
  • 1948 1st attack by Egyptian irregular forces at Kfar Darom Israel
  • 1948 Winston Churchill visits The Hague
  • 1950 1st Netherlands-US telex sent
  • 1951 Z Alexander Looby elected to Nashville City Council
  • 1954 Bolshoi Ballet does not appear in Paris
  • 1956 French government sends 50,000 reservists to Algeria
  • 1957 1st meeting of legislative of Cameroon
  • 1959 Soviet forces arrive in Afghanistan

Birthdays in History

  • 1265 Emperor Fushimi of Japan (d. 1317)
  • 1536 Thomas Howard, 4th duke of Norfolk, English Earl Marshall
  • 1604 Jean Mairet, French dramatist (d. 1686)
  • 1724 Johan A Zoutman, Dutch lt-admiral (battle of Doggersbank)
  • 1727 Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot, French minister of Finance (17.. -76)
  • 1730 George Ross, American judge (signed US Declaration of Independence)
  • 1746 Gaspard Monge, French mathematician (d. 1818)
  • 1754 Asmus Jakob Carstens, painter
  • 1760 Johann Peter Hebel, German writer (Allemannische Gedichte), born in Basel (d. 1826)
  • 1769 Jean Lannes, duc de Montebello, Marshal of France
  • 1770 Louis Nicholas Davout, French fieldmarshal (defeated Prussians)
  • 1775 Robert Gray, Sea Captain (d. 1806)
  • 1788 Augustin-Jean Fresnel, optics pioneer/physicist
  • 1788 Catherine Pavlovna of Russia, German queen (d. 1819)
  • 1788 Augustin Fresnel, French civil engineer & physicist, born in Broglie, France (d. 1827)
  • 1795 Jacques-Nicolas-Augustin Thierry, historian
  • 1810 James Shields, Irish-American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Altmore, County Tyrone, Ireland (d. 1879)
  • 1813 Montgomery Blair, American lawyer (Dred Scott v. Sandford), born in Franklin County, Kentucky (d. 1883)
  • 1822 August Ritter von Pettenkofen, painter
  • 1823 John Sherman, MC (Union), (d. 1900)
  • 1824 Charles Henry Van Wyck, American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 1895)
  • 1830 Francois M Raoult, French physicist/chemist (law of Raoult)
  • 1837 Pinckney B S Pinchback, Lt gov (Louisiana)
  • 1838 James, 1st Viscount Bryce, historian/statesman
  • 1840 Hadzhi Dimitar, Bulgarian revolutionist (d. 1868)
  • 1841 James Gordon Bennett Jr., American publisher (d. 1918)
  • 1843 Kaufmann Kohler, German-born American reform rabbi and theologian, born in Fürth (d. 1926)
  • 1843 Benito Pérez Galdós, Spanish novelist (Episodios Nacionales), born in Las Palmas, Spain (d. 1920)
  • 1847 Wilhelm Killing, German mathematician (d. 1923)
  • 1857 Hendrik Zwaardemaker, Dutch physiologist (olfactometer)
  • 1866 Léon Bakst, Russian painter and scene and costume designer, born in Grodno, Belarus (d. 1924)
  • 1872 Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (d. 1950)
  • 1873 Carl J Eldh, Swedish sculptor
  • 1873 Jan Kalf, literary/art historian (Preservation of museums)
  • 1874 Moses Schorr, Polish rabbi, senator, historian and orientalist (d. 1941)
  • 1876 Ivan Cankar, Slavs author (Hlapec Jernej-Njegova Pravica)

Person of interestGustav Stresemann

1878 Gustav Stresemann, German chancellor (1923) who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1926, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1929)

German Chancellor Gustav Stresemann
German Chancellor
Gustav Stresemann
  • 1879 Symon Petliura, Ukrainian socialist leader (pogroms), born in Poltava, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1926)
  • 1885 Fritz von Unruh, German writer, (d. 1970)
  • 1886 Karl Barth, Basel Switzerland, theologian/author (Action in Waiting)
  • 1886 Olaf Stapleton, British religious sci-fi writer (Star Maker)
  • 1886 Felix Manalo, Founder and 1st Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo (d. 1963)
  • 1887 Jacobus C Bloem, Dutch poet (Sintels)

Person of interestAlfred Jodl

1890 Alfred Jodl, German general during World War II (head of the German High Command, signed unconditional Nazi surrender), born in Würzburg, German Empire (d. 1946)

Nazi Leader and WWII General Alfred Jodl
Nazi Leader and WWII General
Alfred Jodl
  • 1897 Ewart Maurice Levy, 2nd Baronet
  • 1897 Einar Gerhardsen, Prime minister of Norway (d. 1987)
  • 1898 Ariel Durant, writer (Story of Civilization)
  • 1900 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, British-American astronomer and astrophysicist who proposed that stars are composed largely of hydrogen and are not glowing balls of molten rock, born in Wendover, England (d. 1979)
  • 1901 Albert Dondeyne, Belgian philosopher/theologist
  • 1902 David O Selznick, American Academy Award-winning producer (Gone With the Wind, Rebecca), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • 1902 Joachim Prinz, German-American Zionist leader, author and Rabbi of Berlin (1926-37), born in Bierdzany, Prussia (d. 1988)
  • 1903 Otto Bradfisch, Nazi leader (d. 1994)
  • 1904 David Brown, CEO (Aston Martin Lagonda)
  • 1905 Angus Paton, civil engineer
  • 1908 Carl Albert,, American politician, US speaker of the House (1971-77), (Rep (D) OK 1947-77), born in McAlester, Oklahoma (d. 2000)
  • 1908 Henry Diamond, Irish Nationalist MP
  • 1909 Harold Collison, British trade unionist (agriculture workers), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Margot Turner, matron-in-chief (Army Nursing Service)
  • 1911 Bel Kaufman, American author (Up the Down Staircase), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1912 Edward Gardner, Queen's Court/MP
  • 1914 Lord Smith, British surgeon
  • 1915 Denis Thatcher, husband of British PM Margaret (1979-90), born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • 1915 John Egerton, 6th Duke of Sutherland, British peer
  • 1915 Monica Dickens, British author and founder of the Samaritians in the US, born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1918 George Welch, American World War II flying ace (Medal of Honor nominee) and test pilot, born in Wawaset Park, Delaware (d. 1954)
  • 1919 Ella Grasso, (Gov-D-Ct)
  • 1919 Louis Sen A Kaw, Surinam dam builder
  • 1920 Basil Kelly, Lord Justice of Appeals (Northern Ireland)
  • 1922 David Orr, deputy chairman (Inchcape)/CEO (British Council, Unilever)
  • 1923 John Dugdal, Lord-Lt (Salop)
  • 1923 Heydar Aliyev, Ex-President and Leader of Azerbaijan Republic (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Edward Fursdon, British Maj-Gen (defense council)
  • 1926 Duncan Watson, president (World Blind Union)
  • 1926 Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Nayantara Sahgal, Indian author
  • 1928 Arnold Rüütel, Estonian president
  • 1929 Brian Corby, CEO (Prudential)
  • 1929 Robin Hill, 8th Marquess of Downshire, Irish peer and the Hereditary Constable of Hillsborough Fort
  • 1930 June Knox-Mawer, British radio host/novelist (World of Islands)
  • 1930 Scott Muni, American radio DJ (d. 2004)
  • 1931 Lord Michael Mustill, of Pateley Bridge, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • 1932 Ian Leslie, 21st Earl of Rothes, Scottish nobleman
  • 1933 Barbara Taylor Bradford, author
  • 1934 William Lithgow, Scottish industrialist/multi-millionaire
  • 1936 Anthony Mullens, British Lt-Gen (Deputy chief of defense)
  • 1936 Michael Stone, English broker/multi-millionaire (Man Group)
  • 1936 Trevor Clay, Gen-Sec (Royal College of Nursing)
  • 1936 Jayne Cortez, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, poet (I see Chano Pozo), (d. 2012)
  • 1937 Arthur Kopit, US playwright ('Wings', 'Nine'), born in New York City
  • 1940 Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Universe Within You) (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Bill Cash, British politician (C, born in London
  • 1940 Wayne A. Downing, retired United States Army general
  • 1941 Win Bischoff, CEO (Schroders)
  • 1942 Youssouf Sambo Bâ, Burkinabé politician
  • 1943 James Earl Chaney, US civil rights activist
  • 1943 Richard Darman, American economist
  • 1944 Jim Abrahams, Shorewood WI, director (Hot Shots, Top Secret)
  • 1945 John Laws, Lord Justice of Appeal (1999- )
  • 1947 Paul Nicholas Young, architect
  • 1947 Caroline Cooney, American author

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

1927 1954 Nobel Prize winner in Literature Ernest Hemingway (27) weds journalist Pauline Pfeiffer (31)

  • 2003 Fashion designer Shoshanna Lonstein (28) weds investment analyst Joshua Gruss at the Metropolitan Club in New York City
  • 2008 President George W. Bush's daughter Jenna Bush (26) weds Henry Hager (30) at the Bush family ranch in Texas

Deaths in History

  • 238 Gaius Julius Verus Maximinus, the Thracian, Roman Emperor, murdered
  • 995 Boudouin, bishop of Utrecht
  • 1034 Mieszko II, King of Poland (1025-34), dies
  • 1290 Duke Rudolph II of Austria (b. 1271)
  • 1403 Katherine Swynford, English Duchess of Lancaster, lover then wife of John of Gaunt, dies at 52 or 53
  • 1424 Go-Kameyama, Emperor of Japan
  • 1493 Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll, Scottish politician
  • 1521 Sebastian Brant, Alsatian humanist (b. 1457)
  • 1566 Leonhard Fuchs, German physician and botanist (Notable Commentaries on the History of Plants) for which the flowering plants and color Fuchsia is named after, dies at 65
  • 1569 Juan the Avila, Spanish minister/writer
  • 1637 Susanna van Baerle, Dutch wife of Constantine Huygens, dies at 37
  • 1641 Johan Banér, Swedish soldier (b. 1596)
  • 1653 John Bicker, ship builder/merchant/regent, dies at 61
  • 1657 Gustaf Horn, Swedish soldier and politician, dies at 65
  • 1691 Colonel John Birch, English soldier (b. 1615)
  • 1696 Jean de La Bruyère, French writer (The Characters, or the Manners of the Age, with The Characters of Theophrastus), dies at 50
  • 1717 John Hathorne, American magistrate (b. 1641)
  • 1726 Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, English soldier, dies at 56
  • 1737 Nakamikado Emperor of Japan (b. 1702)
  • 1764 Picander [Christian Henrici], German writer (Die Weiberprobe), dies
  • 1774 Louis XV, king of France (1715-74), dies at 64
  • 1775 Caroline Matilda of Great Britain, Queen consort of Denmark and Norway, dies at 23
  • 1787 William Watson, English physician and scientist, dies at 72
  • 1792 John Stevens, American delegate to the Continental Congress
  • 1794 Élisabeth of France, princess of France, youngest sister of king Louis XVI, beheaded at 30
  • 1798 George Vancouver, British explorer, (Voyage of Discovery), dies at 40

Person of interestComte de Rochambeau

1807 Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau, French Military Leader (commander of the French Expeditionary Force that assisted the Thirteen Colonies), dies at 81

Military Leader Comte de Rochambeau
Military Leader
Comte de Rochambeau

Person of interestPaul Revere

1818 Paul Revere, American silversmith and patriot who alerted the colonial militia to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, dies at 83

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere
  • 1829 Thomas Young, British physician and physicist (light interference), dies at 55
  • 1833 François Andrieux, French playwright, dies at 74
  • 1849 Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese painter, dies at 89
  • 1859 John Archduke of Austria, dies

Person of interestStonewall Jackson

1863 Stonewall Jackson [Thomas Jonathan], Confederate general during the American Civil War, dies of pneumonia at 39

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • 1864 James Clay Rice, lawyer/Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 34
  • 1864 Thomas Greeley Stevenson, Union brigadier general, dies at about 27
  • 1868 Henry Bennett, American politician (b. 1808)
  • 1889 Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Russian satirist (b. 1826)
  • 1891 Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli, Swiss botanist (famous for his work on plant cells), dies at 74
  • 1897 Andrés Bonifacio, Filipino revolutionary leader of 1896 Philippine revolt against Spain, dies at 33

Person of interestHenry Morton Stanley

1904 Henry Morton Stanley, Welsh journalist and African explorer (discovered source of the Nile), dies at 63

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • 1909 Johannes de Koo, Dutch journalist and playwright, dies at 67
  • 1910 Stanislao Cannizzaro, Italian chemist, dies at 85
  • 1910 William Huggins, discoverer of stellar nature of Andromeda, dies
  • 1914 Sir William Alexander Smith, Scottish founder of the Boys' Brigade, dies at 59
  • 1915 Albert Weisgerber, German painter and graphic artist, dies in battle at 37
  • 1920 John Wesley Hyatt, American inventor who simplified the production of celluloid, dies at 82
  • 1923 Vaslav Vorovsky, Russian delegate, assassinated
  • 1924 Adolfo Albertazzi, Italian writer (Amore & Amore, Top), dies at 58
  • 1930 Edward Stratemeyer, American author (The Rover Boys), dies at 67
  • 1940 Euphemia "Phemia" Molkenboer, Dutch author/poster artist, dies at 56
  • 1943 Andre Bertulot, Belgian resistance fighter, hanged
  • 1943 Arnaud/Armand Fraiteur, Belgian resistance fighter, hanged
  • 1943 Maurice-Albert Raskin, Belgian resistance fighter, hanged
  • 1945 Richard Glücks, German SS officer and concentration camp administrator, committed suicide at 56
  • 1950 John G Fletcher, American poet (Burning Mountain), dies
  • 1950 Belle da Costa Greene, American librarian, bibliographer and archivist, dies at 66
  • 1955 John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist, dies at 89
  • 1960 Yuri Olesha, Russian writer, dies at 61
  • 1964 Mikhail Larionov, Russian painter (b. 1881)
  • 1965 Hubertus J van Mook, Dutch min of Colonization (1942-45), dies at 70
  • 1976 George Curzon, dies at 77
  • 1976 Elias Aslaksen, Leader of Smith's Friends (b. 1888)
  • 1979 John Cameron Andrieu Bingham Morton, satirist (Beachcomber), dies
  • 1979 Louis Paul Boon, Flemish writer (Eros & the Lonely Man), dies at 67
  • 1982 Jean C M Picart le Doux, French designer, dies
  • 1982 Peter Weiss, German author and playwright (Marat/Sade), dies at 65
  • 1983 John P Strijbos, writer (Called that Bird), dies at 92
  • 1988 Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (Long River), dies at 85
  • 1990 Walker Percy, physician/novelist (Lancelot), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1991 Armand HF Boni [Armand the Good], Flemish poet/writer, dies
  • 1992 Liesbeth Saijers, Dutch sculptor, dies at 76

BattleJohn Wayne Gacy

1994 John Wayne Gacy, American mass murderer of 33 young men, executed in Illinois at 52

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • 1994 Lucebert [J Swaanswijk], poet/cartoonist (PC Hooft 1967), dies at 69
  • 1994 Phyllis Flowerdew, school Reading text author, dies at 81
  • 1995 Hilde Jarecki, educationist, dies at 83
  • 1997 Joan [Joanie] Weston, American roller derby queen (Bay Bombers), dies at 61
  • 2000 Jules Deschênes, Canadian Quebec Superior Court judge, dies at 76
  • 2002 Lynda Lyon Block, convicted murderer (b. 1948)
  • 2006 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (b. 1917)
  • 2006 A. M. Rosenthal, American journalist and newspaper editor (NY Times), dies at 84
  • 2007 Brian Wolfson, British CEO (Wembley Stadium Ltd), dies at 71
  • 2007 Oliver Millar, British art historian (served in the Royal Household for 41 years), dies at 84
  • 2012 Evelyn Johnson, American pilot (most flying hours - 57,685), dies at 102
  • 2012 Carroll Shelby, American automobile designer, dies at 89