On This Day

On This Day in History for May 13

Events in History

  • 535 St Agapitus I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 609 Pope Boniface I turns Pantheon in Rome into a Catholic church
  • 641 Eligius (Saint Eloy) becomes bishop of Doornik-Noyon
  • 1106 Henry I of Limburg loses the duchy of Lower Lorraine to Godfrey of Louvain
  • 1110 Crusaders march into Beirut causing a bloodbath
  • 1364 Peter Coutherel banished from Leuven
  • 1497 Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola
  • 1559 Exhumed corpse of heretic David Jorisz burned in Basel

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1568 Mary Queen of Scots is defeated at Battle of Langside

Queen of Scotland Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of Scotland
Mary, Queen of Scots
  • 1588 King Henri III flees Paris

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1607 English colonists led by John Smith make a second landing near James River in Virginia

Explorer John Smith
John Smith
  • 1624 Admiral Hermites' fleet blockades Lima, Peru
  • 1637 Cardinal Richelieu of France reputedly creates the table knife
  • 1643 Battle of Grantham: English parliamentary armies beat royalists
  • 1643 Heavy earthquake strikes Santiago Chile; kills 1/3 of population
  • 1652 Ingen Ryuki invited to become the abbot of Sofokuji temple in Nagasaki

  • 1654 Venetian fleet under Adm Adeler beats Turkish
  • 1777 University library at Vienna opens
  • 1779 War of Bavarian Succession ends

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1787 Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia

1st Governor of New South Wales Arthur Phillip
1st Governor of New South Wales
Arthur Phillip
  • 1830 Republic of Ecuador is founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president
  • 1835 1st foreign embassy in Hawaii forms
  • 1846 US declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins

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1861 Queen Victoria announces Britain's position of neutrality

Queen of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen Victoria
  • 1861 The Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1864 -16] Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Resaca Georgia
  • 1865 Battle of Palmito Ranch, near Brownsville, Texas: final engagement of the American Civil War, Private John Jefferson Williams of B Company, 34th Regiment Indiana Infantry is last man killed
  • 1874 Pope Pius IX encyclical "On Greek-Ruthenian rite"
  • 1876 Amersfoort-Zutphen railway opens
  • 1877 Caesar Franck's "Lesson Eolides" premieres
  • 1878 Danvers State Lunatic Hospital, which served as the inspiration behind H.P. Lovercraft Arkham Sanitorium which in turn inspired DC Comics' Arkham Asylum, is opened in Danvers, Massachusetts
  • 1882 Toba indians kill 20 members of French expedition in Argentina
  • 1884 Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) forms in New York
  • 1888 DeWolf Hooper 1st recites "Casey at Bat"
  • 1888 Princess Isabel of Brazil signs "Lei Auréa" abolishing slavery

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1890 Lord Salisbury offers Helgoland to Germany in exchange for Zanzibar, Uganda & Equatoria

British Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
British Prime Minister
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil

  • 1906 Bezalel Art School opens in Jerusalem
  • 1909 Christian National Labor Workers (CNV) party begins in Netherlands
  • 1911 NY Giant Fred Merkle is 1st to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st)
  • 1912 Royal Flying Corps forms in Great Britain

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1913 1st four-engined aircraft built and flown (Igor Sikorsky, Russia)

Aviator Igor Sikorsky
Igor Sikorsky
  • 1915 US Secretary of State Bryan sends a note to Germany demanding that Germany disavow the attacks on the Lusitania and make immediate reparations; however, the note is written only to 'pacify exited public opinion', according to Bryan
  • 1916 1st observance of Indian (Native American) Day
  • 1916 Lafayette Escadrille, an American air force unit under French command comprised of volunteers to fight for France, see first combat at the Battle of Verdun
  • 1917 1st appearance of Mary to 3 shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal
  • 1918 1st US airmail stamps issued (24 cents)
  • 1923 Pulitzer prize awarded to Willa Carter for "One of Ours"
  • 1927 "Black Friday" on Berlin Stock Exchange
  • 1931 Paul Doumer elected president of France
  • 1934 Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies
  • 1936 Quiroga government takes office in Spain
  • 1939 SS St Louis departs Hamburg with 937 Jewish fugitives
  • 1940 British bomb factory at Breda, Netherlands

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1940 Winston Churchill says "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat" in his first speech as Prime Minister to British House of Commons

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

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1940 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina flees to England

Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Queen of the Netherlands
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
  • 1940 German breakthrough at Grebbelinie

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1941 Martin Bormann is named head of Nazi Chancellery in Germany

Nazi leader Martin Bormann
Nazi leader
Martin Bormann
  • 1941 Trial against resistance fighter comte d'Estienne d'Orves begins
  • 1943 German & Italian forces in Africa surrender
  • 1943 German occupiers attempt to confiscate all radios in the Netherlands
  • 1945 US troops conquer Dakeshi Okinawa
  • 1946 Sarwate & Banerjee add 249 for 10th wkt for Indians v Surrey
  • 1946 US sentences 58 camp guards of Mauthausen concentration camp to death
  • 1946 Winston Churchill welcomed in Rotterdam
  • 1947 US Senate approved the Taft-Hartley Act limiting the power of unions
  • 1949 1st British-produced jet bomber, the Canberra, makes its 1st test flight
  • 1950 Diner's Club issues its 1st credit cards

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1952 Jawaharlal Nehru becomes premier of India

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • 1952 The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting
  • 1954 Labour Party wins British municipal elections
  • 1954 Robin Roberts gives up a HR then retires next 27 men in a row
  • 1954 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • 1954 Chinese Middle School students in Singapore take part in anti-National Service riots
  • 1956 Pachyderm Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • 1958 French settlers riot against French army in Algeria
  • 1958 Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation
  • 1958 Pierre Pflimlin forms French government

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1958 The motorcade carrying US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked in Caracas, Venezuela; several of Nixon's staff are injured

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The car of US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked by a mob during a visit to Venezuela in 1958
The car of US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked by a mob during a visit to Venezuela in 1958
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  • 1958 The trade mark Velcro is registered
  • 1960 1st launch of Delta satellite launching vehicle; it failed
  • 1965 Several Arab nations break ties with West Germany after it established diplomatic relations with Israel
  • 1966 US Federal education funding is denied to 12 school districts in the South because of violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
  • 1967 Zakir Husain is elected the third President of India

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1968 1,000,000 French demonstrate against Charles de Gaulle & Georges Pompidou

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1969 Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1971 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane seriously injured in a car accident
  • 1972 115 die in nightclub atop 7-story Sennichi department store (Osaka Japan)
  • 1972 Battle at Springmartin: following a loyalist car bombing of a Catholic-owned pub in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast, clashes erupt between PIRA, UVF and British Army
  • 1975 Hail stones as large as tennis balls hit Wernerville, Tennessee

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1977 Howard Stern begins broadcasting at WRNW, Briarcliff Manor NY

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1978 Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m steeplechase (8:05.4)
  • 1978 Joie Chitwood drives a Chevette 5.6 miles on just 2 wheels
  • 1979 "Utter Glory... Morrissey Hall" opens & closes at Mark Hellinger NYC

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1979 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and family sentenced to death in Tehran

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

MurderAssassination Attempt

1981 Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter's Square, Vatican City

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1982 Braniff Airlines files for bankruptcy
  • 1982 Soyuz T-5 is launched-Berezovoi & Lebedev for 211 days in space
  • 1985 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania police drop explosive device on house occupied by revolutionary Black separatist group "Move", killing 11, during stand-off after a shoot-out; ensuing fire destroys 61 homes
  • 1989 Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China
  • 1991 Apple releases Macintosh System 7.0

Birthdays in History

  • 1024 Hugh of Cluny, French saint, born in Semur-en-Brionnais, Brionnais (d. 1109)
  • 1254 Maria of Brabant, wife of Philip III and Queen consort of France (1274-85), born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1322)
  • 1314 Sergius of Radonezh, Russian saint, born in Varnitsa, Rostov Velikiy (d. 1392)
  • 1588 Ole Worm, Danish physician, born in Aarhus, Denmark–Norway (d. 1654)
  • 1592 John Cloppenburg, vicar/theologist
  • 1638 Richard Simon, French Biblical critic (d. 1712)
  • 1655 Innocent XIII [Michelangiolo dei Conti], Italian 244th Pope (1721-24)
  • 1699 Marquis of Pombal, Prime Minister of Portugal (1756-1777), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1782)
  • 1712 Johann Hartwig Ernst, Count von Bernstorff, Danish statesman (d. 1772)
  • 1717 Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria (Wife of emperor Franz I)
  • 1729 Henry William (Baron) Stiegel, early American glassmaker

Person of interestCharles Watson-Wentworth

1730 Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham, British Prime Minister (Whig: 1765-66, 1782), born in Wentworth, Yorkshire, England (d. 1782)

British Prime Minister Charles Watson-Wentworth
British Prime Minister
Charles Watson-Wentworth
  • 1742 Archduchess Maria Christina, Duchess of Teschen (d. 1798)
  • 1753 Lazare Carnot, French politician, engineer and mathematician known as the Organizer of Victory in the French Revolutionary Wars, born in Nolay, Côte-d'Or (d. 1823)
  • 1761 Adrian Loosjes Pzn, publisher/writer (Mauritius Lijnslager)
  • 1792 Pius IX "Pio Nono" [Giovanni-Maria Mastai-Ferretti], Pope (1846-78)
  • 1794 Louis-Leopold Robert, French painter (d. 1835)
  • 1795 Joshua Ratoon Sands, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1883)
  • 1795 Gérard Paul Deshayes, French geologist (d. 1875)
  • 1822 Francis of Assisi of Bourbon, King Consort of Spain (d. 1902)
  • 1828 Josephine Elizabeth Butler, social reformer
  • 1830 Zebulon Baird Vance, Governor (Confederacy), (d. 1894)
  • 1831 Willem baron of Goltstein of Oldenaller, Dutch minister of Colonies
  • 1840 Alphonse Daudet, French writer (Tartarin of Tarascon), born in Nîmes, France (d. 1897)
  • 1843 Count Paul J Smet de Naeyer, Belgian politician
  • 1856 Peter Henry Emerson, 1st to promote photography as an independent art
  • 1857 Ronald Ross, British pathologist (Nobel Prize 1902), born in Almora, North-Western Provinces, British India (d. 1932)
  • 1867 Frank Brangwyn, Wales, painter/muralist/cartoonist (Willam Morris)
  • 1882 Georges Braque, French cubist painter and sculptor (My bicycle) who helped develop Cubism with Pablo Picasso, born in Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise (d. 1963)
  • 1883 Henk JFM Sneevliet, leader RSAP/editor Spartacus (Dutch-Indies)
  • 1883 Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (d. 1962)
  • 1888 Inge Lehmann, Danish geophysicist and seismologist and geophysicist, born in Østerbro, Denmark (d. 1993)
  • 1894 Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, 2nd President of Iceland (d. 1972)
  • 1898 Justin Tuveri, Italian veteran of the First World War (d. 2007)
  • 1900 Jos Panhuysen, author (Pornographer)

Person of interestWitold Pilecki

1901 Witold Pilecki, Polish WWII resistance fighter (volunteered to go to Auschwitz, Witold's Report), born in Olonets, Russian Empire

Polish Resistance Fighter Witold Pilecki
Polish Resistance Fighter
Witold Pilecki
  • 1903 Alfred Pugsley, civil engineer
  • 1904 Earle Birney, Canadian poet and novelist who twice won the Governor General's Award, born in Calgary, Northwest Territories (d. 1995)
  • 1905 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Indian leader and 5th President of India (1974-77), born in Delhi, British India (d. 1977)
  • 1906 Thomas Mitchell, architect and engineer, born (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Austin Whitaker, schoolmaster classical scholar/archivist
  • 1907 Daphne du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Parasites)
  • 1907 Laurence Kirwan, archaeologist
  • 1908 Michael Richardson, commandant (Home for Disabled Sailors)
  • 1912 Judah Nadich, American rabbi (d. 2007)
  • 1913 William R Tolbert, president Liberia (1971-80)
  • 1915 John Habakkuk, principal (Jesus College in Oxford)
  • 1917 Paul Osmond, British senior civil servant
  • 1917 Wilhelmus C Wijen [Broeder Pius], social worker (Curacao)
  • 1918 John Johnston, British diplomat (Rhodesia, Malaysia)
  • 1920 Ratu Kasmisere Mara, Prime Minister of Fiji (1960-70, 70- )/pres (1994- )
  • 1921 Syd[ney G] Vincent, British mine workers leader
  • 1924 Harry Schwarz, South African MP and Ambassador to the US
  • 1924 Theodore Mann, American theatre producer and director
  • 1926 Wallace Breem, British author (Eagle in the Snow), born in Kingston, England (d. 1990)
  • 1926 Dewey Philip "Daddy-O", American pioneering DJ, born in Crump, Tennessee (d. 1968)
  • 1927 Clive Barnes, drama critic (NY Times, NY Post)
  • 1928 Enrique Bolaños, President of Nicaragua
  • 1928 Jim Shoulders, Champion rodeo cowboy (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Mike Gravel, (Sen-R-Alaska)
  • 1930 Vernon Shaw, former president of Dominica
  • 1931 Eileen Diss, theatrical designer (August, Secret Places, Betrayal)

Person of interestJim Jones

1931 Jim Jones, American Leader of Peoples Temple cult (Jonestown Massacre), born in Randolph County, Indiana (d. 1978)

Founder of the Peoples Temple Cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple Cult
Jim Jones
  • 1931 Sydney Lipworth, CEO (Monopolies & Mergers Commission)
  • 1931 William Utting, chief inspector (British Social Services)
  • 1933 Sid Morrison, (Rep-R-WA, 1981- )
  • 1934 Adolf Muschg, Swiss writer (Gruppe Olten), born in Zollikon
  • 1936 Alan Rayfield, governor (Long Latin Prison)
  • 1937 John Cope, MP/Paymaster General
  • 1937 Roger [Joseph] Zelazny, sci-fi author (6 Hugos, Chronicles of Amber)

Person of interestRoch Carrier

1937 Roch Carrier, Canadian novelist (The Hockey Sweater), born in Sainte-Justine, Quebec

Novelist and Author of
Novelist and Author of "Contes"
Roch Carrier
  • 1937 Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio, born in Kilburn, London (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Laurent Beaudoin, French Canadian businessman (Bombardier)
  • 1938 Giuliano Amato, Italian politician
  • 1939 William W Cobey Jr, (Rep-R-NC, 1985-87)
  • 1940 Bruce Chatwin, England, writer (On the Black Hill)
  • 1942 Vladimir A Dzhanibekov, USSR, cosmo (Soyuz 27, 39, T-6, T-12, T-13)
  • 1944 Betsy Finley Ashton, broadcast journalist/author/lecturer
  • 1944 Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw, British explorer/genealogist
  • 1944 Armistead Maupin, American author
  • 1947 Stephen R Donaldson, American sci-fi author (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Lord Foul's Bane), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1948 Jeffrey Evans, Lord Mayor of London (2015-16), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1951 Jim Douglas, American politician, Governor of Vermont (2003-11), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1952 John Kasich, US politician (Governor of Ohio (R), 2011-), born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
  • 1952 Manfred Langer, Austrian/Dutch disco builder
  • 1956 Aleksandr Yuriyevich Kaleri, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-14)
  • 1956 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Indian spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation, born in Papanasam, India
  • 1957 Claudie Andre-Deshays, French cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-24)
  • 1957 Andrea Klump, German terrorist
  • 1957 Carrie Lam, Chinese politician, Chief Executive of Hong Kong (2017-), born in Hong Kong
  • 1962 Kathleen Jamie, Scottish poet
  • 1964 Ronnie Coleman, American bodybuilder
  • 1965 José Antonio Delgado, Venezuelan mountain climber (d. 2006)
  • 1965 Natalie Massenet, entrepreneur and founder of Net-a-Porter, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Kamen Vodenicharov, Bulgarian entertainer
  • 1966 Nikos Aliagas, Greek TV show host
  • 1968 Miguel Ángel Blanco, Spanish politician (d. 1997)

Person of interestScott Morrison

1968 Scott Morrison, Australian politician, Prime Minister of Australia (2018-), born in Waverley, Australia

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison
Prime Minister of Australia
Scott Morrison
  • 1979 Prince Carl Philip of Sweden
  • 1982 Yoko Kumada, Japanese gravure idol

Deaths in History

  • 384 Servatius/Aravatius, bishop of Tongeren, dies at 65+
  • 1162 Géza II, King of Hungary and Croatia (1141-62)
  • 1176 Matthias I, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1119)
  • 1312 Theobald II, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1263)
  • 1381 John of Chatillon, governor/viceroy of Holland, dies
  • 1573 Takeda Shingen, Japanese warlord (b. 1521)
  • 1619 Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Dutch lawyer and statesman, beheaded at 71
  • 1673 Jacob Aertsz Colom, Dutch publisher (Consolation of the Sea), dies at 73
  • 1704 Louis Bourdaloue, French Jesuit preacher, dies at 71
  • 1742 Ludwig IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (b. 1719)
  • 1776 Anton de Haen, Austrian medical expert (Ratio Medendi), dies at 71
  • 1807 Eliphalet Dyer, American statesman and judge, dies at 85
  • 1831 Christian Gottfried Körner, German lawyer, dies at 74

Person of interestGeorges Cuvier

1832 Georges Cuvier [Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric Cuvier], French naturalist and zoologist, dies at 62

Naturalist and Zoologist Georges Cuvier
Naturalist and Zoologist
Georges Cuvier
  • 1835 John Nash, British town planner/architect (Regent's Park), dies
  • 1839 Israel Ashkenazi of Shklov, found Ashkenazic community (1815), dies
  • 1839 Joseph Fesch, French cardinal/war commission/earl/senator, dies
  • 1860 Christian Gmelin, German chemist, dies at 67
  • 1864 Junius Daniel, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 35
  • 1866 Nikolai Brashman, Russian mathematician, dies at 69
  • 1878 Joseph Henry, American scientist and pioneer of electromagnetism, dies at 80
  • 1882 Jules-Nicolas Crevaux, French explorer, murdered at 35

Person of interestCyrus McCormick

1884 Cyrus McCormick, American inventor and businessman (mechanical reaper), dies at 75

Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper Cyrus McCormick
Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper
Cyrus McCormick
  • 1885 Juliana Horatia [Gatty] Ewing, author (Lob Lie-by-the-Fire), dies
  • 1885 Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle, German pathologist, dies at 75
  • 1896 Nora Perry, writer, dies
  • 1901 Leopoldo Alas, Spanish novelist (La Regenta), dies at 49
  • 1903 Apolinario Mabini, Filipino political theoretician and 1st Prime Minister of the Philippines, dies at 38
  • 1904 Jan Boissevain, ship owner/politician, dies
  • 1916 Sholem Aleichem [Solomon Rabinowitz], Yiddish author and playwright (Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye the Dairyman), dies of tuberculosis at 57
  • 1921 Jean Aicard, French poet and novelist (b. 1848)
  • 1925 Boris V Savinkov, Russian writer/terrorist, dies
  • 1926 Libert H. Boeynaems, Belgian Catholic prelate and the fourth vicar apostolic of the Vicariate Apostolic of the Hawaiian Islands, dies at 68

Person of interestFridtjof Nansen

1930 Fridtjof Nansen, Arctic explorer and diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize 1922), dies at 68

Arctic Explorer and Diplomat Fridtjof Nansen
Arctic Explorer and Diplomat
Fridtjof Nansen
  • 1930 Helene Lange, German feminist (honoured with the Grand Prussian State Medal), dies at 82
  • 1933 Paul Ernst, German writer, dies at 67
  • 1938 Charles Edouard Guillaume, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1861)
  • 1951 Marianne [Goudeket-]Philips, author (Issue Beukennoot), dies at 65
  • 1956 Aleksandr A Fadejev, Russ author (Young Guard), commits suicide at 54
  • 1962 Franz Jozef Kline, US expressionist painter, dies at 51
  • 1962 H Trendley Dean, doctor (introduced fluoridation into water)
  • 1963 Alois Hudal, Austrian bishop who helped Nazi war criminals escape trial, dies at 77
  • 1966 Henk [Hendrik M] of Randwijk, poet/editor in chief (illegal), dies
  • 1970 William Dobell, Australian portrait artist, dies at 70
  • 1974 Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician, 2nd Director-General of the UNESCO (1948-52), dies at 72
  • 1984 Stanislaw Ulam, Polish mathematician, dies at 75
  • 1985 Leatrice Joy, silent screen star, dies in Riverdale (Bronx) NYC at 91
  • 1985 Selma Diamond, Canadian born American comedienne (Selma-Night Court), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1985 Revaz Dogonadze, Georgian scientist (one of the founders of Quantum electrochemistry), dies at 53
  • 1990 Venedikt Jerofejev, Russian writer, dies
  • 1992 Gisela Elsner, German writer (Die Riesenzwerge, Rowohlt), commits suicide at 55
  • 1992 F. E. McWilliam [Frederick Edward], Northern-Irish surrealist sculptor (Four Seasons Group), dies at 83
  • 1994 Arthur Basil Cotle, medievalist, dies at 77
  • 1996 John "Jack" Baines, mountaineering publisher, dies at 57
  • 1997 Laurie Lee, English poet and author (I Can't Stay Long), dies at 82

Person of interestR.K. Narayan

2001 R.K. Narayan, Indian novelist (Malguidi Days), dies at 94

Novelist R.K. Narayan
R.K. Narayan
  • 2005 George Dantzig, American mathematician (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Michael Ross, American serial killer (b. 1959)
  • 2006 Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Sheikh of Kuwait (b. 1930)
  • 2008 Ron Stone, American television reporter (b. 1936)
  • 2009 Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer, member of the Rabbinical Court of the Edah HaChareidis, Jerusalem
  • 2013 Dr. Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, dies from respiratory failure at 85
  • 2020 Rolf Hochhuth, German playwright (Der Stellvertreter), dies at 89