On This Day

On This Day in History for May 16

Events in History

  • 955 Octavian, son of Duke Alberic II of Spoleto, elected Pope John XII
  • 1165 Ramjbam & his family reach Acre Palestine
  • 1204 Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders, is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire of Constantinople
  • 1220 English King Henry II lays a foundation stone for a new Westminster Abbey building in London
  • 1527 Florence becomes a republic
  • 1532 Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor of England
  • 1547 Protestant German monarch surrenders to Karel in Wittenberg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1568 Mary Queen of Scots flees to England

Queen of Scotland Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of Scotland
Mary, Queen of Scots

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1571 German astronomer Johannes Kepler, by his own calculations, is conceived at 4:37 AM

Astronomer Johannes Kepler
Johannes Kepler
  • 1584 7 Westfriese towns divide monasteries of Egmond, Blokker and St Pietersdal
  • 1605 Camillo Borghese elected to succeed Pope Leo XI, becomes Paul V
  • 1606 2,000 foreigners murdered in Russia
  • 1648 Battle of Zhovti Vody: Bohdan Chmielricki's cosacks defeat Polish King John Casimir after 18 days of battle
  • 1747 Prince Willem V sworn in as admiral-general of Netherlands

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1763 Samuel Johnson 1st meets his future biographer James Boswell in London

Scholar and Lexicographer Samuel Johnson
Scholar and Lexicographer
Samuel Johnson
  • 1771 The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called "The Regulators", occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.

  • 1792 Denmark abolishes slave trade
  • 1795 Hedges Treaty: Bataafse Republic becomes French vassal state
  • 1796 Lombardian Republic forms
  • 1803 Peace of Amiens between French Republic and Great Britain ends
  • 1811 Peninsular War: Allies defeat French at Albuera
  • 1815 The Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, officially names the town of Blackheath in the upper Blue Mountains
  • 1817 Mississippi River steamboat service begins
  • 1822 Greek War of Independence: Turks capture the Greek town of Souli

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1860 -18] Chicago: Republican convention selects Abraham Lincoln as candidate

16th US President Abraham Lincoln
16th US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1861 Major General Twiggs surrenders to Confederate Army in San Antonio, Texas (US Civil War)
  • 1861 Confederate government offers war volunteers $10 premium
  • 1861 Kentucky proclaims its neutrality
  • 1862 Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir builds 1st automobile
  • 1863 Battle of Champion's Hill, Mississippi - bloodiest action of Vicksburg Campaign
  • 1864 Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Resaca, ends (since May 13)
  • 1864 Battle of Bermuda Hundred, Virginia
  • 1864 Last battles at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia (6,666 casualties)

InventionHistoric Invention

1866 Charles E. Hires invents "Hires Root Beer"

Pharmacist and Root Beer Brewer Charles E. Hires
Pharmacist and Root Beer Brewer
Charles E. Hires
  • 1866 US Congress authorizes the nickel 5 cent piece (replaces silver half-dime)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1868 US Senate fails to impeach President Andrew Johnson by one vote

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson

  • 1872 Metropolitan Gas Company lamps lit for 1st time
  • 1874 1st recorded dam disaster in US (Williamsburg, Massachusetts)
  • 1875 Eathquake in Venezuela & Colombia kills 16,000
  • 1877 May 16, 1877 political crisis in France.
  • 1879 Antonín Dvořák's "Slavonic Dances" premieres
  • 1879 Treaty of Gandamak to set up Afghan state between Russia & English
  • 1881 World's 1st electric tram enters service in Lichterfelder (near Berlin)
  • 1888 CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1891 George A. Hormel & Co establishes Geo. A.Hormel & Co. (Hormel Foods Corporation) in Austin, Minnesota
  • 1902 2 deaf-mutes face each other for 1st time as Dummy Hoy leads off for the Reds against Dummy Taylor of the Giants, Reds win 5-3
  • 1903 1st transcontinental motorcycle trip began in San Francisco by George A. Wyman (arrives in New York July 6)
  • 1907 In the Pact of Cartagena, Great Britain, France, and Spain agree to maintain the status quo in the Mediterranean and along the Atlantic coast of Europe and Africa
  • 1910 US Bureau of Mines forms
  • 1911 Remains of a neanderthal man found on Jersey, Channel Islands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1911 Zeppelin "Deutscheland" wrecked at Dusseldorf

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin
  • 1918 The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government an imprisonable offense.


1920 Joan of Arc (Jeanne D'arc) canonized a saint

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • 1920 Spanish bullfighter Joselito is fatally gored fighting his last bull
  • 1922 White Star Liner Majestic completes 5½ day maiden voyage
  • 1924 108°F (42°C) in Blitzen, Oregon
  • 1927 US Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax
  • 1933 Cecil Travis becomes 1st player to get 5 hits in his 1st game
  • 1936 1st British air hostess Daphne Kearley flies to France
  • 1938 1st animal breeding society forms (NJ)
  • 1938 38 die in Terminal Hotel fire (Atlanta Ga)
  • 1939 1st AL night game, Philadelphia Shribe Park (Indians 8, Athletics 3 in 10)
  • 1939 US food stamps are 1st issued in Rochester, New York
  • 1940 Nazis forbid non-professional auto workers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940 British Premier Winston Churchill returns to London from Paris

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1941 Italian army under Aosta surrenders to Britain at Amba Alagi, Ethiopia
  • 1941 Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham)
  • 1942 1st transport of British and Dutch prisoners to South Burma

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943 Operation Chastise: No. 617 Squadron RAF begins the famous Dambusters Raid, bombing the Möhne and Eder dams in the Ruhr valley with bouncing bombs

RAF Pilot Guy Gibson
RAF Pilot
Guy Gibson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943 SS General Jürgen Stroop orders the burning of the Warsaw Ghetto, ending a month of Jewish resistance. 13,000 Jews have died, about half burnt alive or suffocated, German casualties less than 300

Leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Mordecai Anielewicz
Leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Mordecai Anielewicz

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944 1st of 180,000+ Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz

Nazi Physician Eduard Wirths
Nazi Physician
Eduard Wirths
  • 1945 Violent battles around Sugar Loaf and Half Moon, Okinawa
  • 1948 Chaim Weizmann elected 1st President of Israel
  • 1948 Egyptians enter Gaza
  • 1948 Israel issues its 1st postage stamps
  • 1951 The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (New York International Airport) and Heathrow Airport (London), operated by El Al Israel Airlines
  • 1955 King Baudouin of Belgium visits Congo
  • 1956 Egypt recognizes People's Republic of China
  • 1956 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Monte Bello Is Australia
  • 1956 Kraft Theater presents an act from "Profiles in Courage"

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

1957 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Invicti Athletae

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • 1957 US launches its 3rd atomic submarine, USS Skate, at Groton, Connecticut
  • 1958 Major Irwin, USAF, flies a Lockheed Starfight F-104 A to a record 1,404.18 MPH
  • 1958 Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico
  • 1960 Big 4 summit in Paris collapses as USSR levels spy charges against US
  • 1960 Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California
  • 1963 Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends US Proj Mercury
  • 1964 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1964 Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 1965 Bomb destroys USAF base Bien Hoa, South Vietnam
  • 1965 The Campbell Soup Company introduces SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand
  • 1966 The Beach Boys release their groundbreaking album "Pet Sounds", containing hit singles "Sloop John B" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice"
  • 1966 National Welfare Rights Organization organizes
  • 1966 Stokely Carmichael named chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating
  • 1966 "May 16 Notification" released, Mao's official justification for the Cultural Revolution
  • 1967 Philalphia voters approve a $13 million bond issue to build a new stadium
  • 1968 Earthquake kills 47 in Japan
  • 1968 In the Stormont (Northern Ireland parliament) by-election in the city of Londonderry (Derry) the Ulster Unionists retain the seat
  • 1969 Students occupies Magden House Amsterdam
  • 1969 US nuclear sub Guitarro sinks off San Francisco

Birthdays in History

  • 1558 Andreas of Austria, Bohemia cardinal and Governor of Netherlands (1598-1600)
  • 1578 Everard Digby, English conspirator (d. 1606)
  • 1609 Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands, Cardinal of the Holy Catholic Church and military commander during the Thirty Years' War, born in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain (d. 1641)
  • 1611 Innocent XI [Benedetto Odescalchi], Italian, 240th Pope (1676-89), born in Como (d. 1689)
  • 1641 Dudley North, English financier and economist
  • 1659 Campegius Vitringa, Dutch theologist
  • 1710 William Talbot, 1st Earl Talbot, English politician (d. 1782)
  • 1718 Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian mathematician (d. 1799)
  • 1748 Antonius van Alphen, apostolic vicar of De Bosch
  • 1761 John Opie, English painter, born in Trevellas, Cornwall (d. 1807)
  • 1763 Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin, chemist (discovered chromium, beryllium)
  • 1782 John Sell Cotman, English water color artist, born in Norwich, England (d. 1842)
  • 1788 Friedrich Rückert, German Poet, Translator and Orientalist (d. 1866)

Person of interestWilliam H. Seward

1801 William H. Seward, American politician (Secretary of State, 1861-69, Governor of New York, 1839-42), born in Florida, New York (d. 1872)

US Secretary of State William H. Seward
US Secretary of State
William H. Seward
  • 1804 Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, American educator, founder of first English-language kindergarten in the US, born in Billerica, Massachusetts (d. 1894)
  • 1806 George C. Cadwalader, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • 1816 Henry Hopkins Sibley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1886)
  • 1819 Daniel Ammen, Capt (Union Navy), (d. 1898)
  • 1821 Pafnuty Chebyshev, Russian mathematician (d. 1894)
  • 1824 Edmund Kirby Smith, American General (Confederate Army), born in St Augustine, Florida (d. 1893)
  • 1824 Levi Parsons Morton, (R) 22nd US VP (1889-93)
  • 1827 P.J.H. [Pierre] Cuypers, Dutch architect (Amsterdam Museum, Central station), born in Roermond, the Netherlands (d. 1921)

Person of interestDavid Edward Hughes

1831 David Edward Hughes, British-American inventor (microphone, teleprinter), born in either London, England or Corwen, Wales (d. 1900)

  • 1832 Philip Danforth Armour, founder (Armour Foods)

Person of interestH. H. Holmes

1861 H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], American serial killer associated with 27 deaths, born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire (d. 1896)

Serial Killer H. H. Holmes
Serial Killer
H. H. Holmes
  • 1866 Ernest Watson Burgess, US sociologist (ecological school)
  • 1887 Jakob van Hoddis [Hans Davidsohn], German Jewish poet (d. 1942?)
  • 1889 Joan Collette, Dutch (male) painter (New Church, Delft)
  • 1892 Coenraad B van Haeringen, linguist/etymologist (Dutch Dictionary)
  • 1893 Jose Calvo Sotelo, Spanish minister of Finance (1925-30)
  • 1898 August de Schrijver, Belgian politician/founder (CVP)
  • 1898 Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (d. 1980)
  • 1905 H[erbert] E[rnest] Bates, novelist (Feast for July, Love for Lydia)
  • 1906 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuela, writer/minister (Lanzas Coloradas)
  • 1906 Nicholas Beriozoff, ballet master
  • 1906 Alfred Pellan, French Canadian painter (d. 1988)
  • 1906 Margret Rey, author and illustrator (d. 1996)
  • 1908 Mohammed Roem, Indonesian foreign minister (Linggadjati)
  • 1909 Charles Wislon, principal (Glasgow University)
  • 1910 Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (d. 1975)
  • 1911 Olaff J de Landell [JB Wemmerslager van Sparwoude], writer
  • 1912 Studs Terkel, American author/host (Stud's Place, Working), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Edward T. Hall, American anthropologist and author
  • 1916 Ephraim Katzir, biophysicist and President of Israel (1973-78), born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 2009)
  • 1916 Irene Ighodaro, Sierra Leonean doctor and social reformer, born in Freetown, Sierra Leone (d. 1995)
  • 1918 Edward Thomas, historian/intelligence expert
  • 1918 Juan Rulfo, Mexican writer (Pedro Paramo)
  • 1918 Kevin Skelton, Bishop (Lichfield)
  • 1919 Richard Mason, English author (The World of Suzie Wong), born near Manchester (d. 1997)
  • 1919 Ramon Margalef, Spanish scientist (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Robert Croften Brown, politician
  • 1922 Colin Cole, Principal King of Arms
  • 1922 Russell Wood, treasurer (Queen Elizabeth)
  • 1923 Merton Miller, American economist, Nobel laureate (d. 2000)
  • 1924 Dawda Kairaba Jawara, Gambian politician. Prime Minister (1962-70), President of Gambia (1970-94), born in Barajally, British Gambia
  • 1924 Frank F Mankiewicz, American columnist (Perfectly Clear), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925 Bobbejaan Schoepen, Belgian entertainer
  • 1925 Nancy Roman, American, NASA's first chief of astronomy 'Mother of the Hubble', born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2018)
  • 1927 John Walford, solicitor
  • 1928 Reginald Askew, dean (King's College London)
  • 1928 Hiroshi Nakajima, Chiba, Japan, doctor (WHO Director-General, 1988-98), (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Adrienne Rich, American feminist writer (Diamond Cutters), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • 1929 John Conyers, American politician (Rep-D-MI, 1965-2017), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • 1929 Claude Morin, French Canadian politician
  • 1930 Desmond Langley, British army officer and Governor of Bermuda, born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1930 Don Conicannon, government minister
  • 1931 Lowell P Weicker, American politician (Sen-R-CT, (1971-88), Governor of Connecticut), born in Paris, France
  • 1931 Peter Levi, poet/writer
  • 1931 Natwar Singh, Indian politician
  • 1931 Hana Brady, Jewish Czech Holocaust victim (Hanna's Suitcase), born in Prague (d. 1944)
  • 1934 Anthony Walker, British army officer (Commandant of the Royal College of Defense Studies)
  • 1934 Nicholas Goodison, CEO (TSB Group)
  • 1936 Philippe de Montebello, art exhibitionist (Treasures of Tut), born in Paris, France
  • 1936 Karl Lehmann, German Catholic cardinal
  • 1937 James Hunt Jr, American politician (Governor of North Carolina 1993-2001), born in Greensboro, North Carolina

Person of interestIvan Sutherland

1938 Ivan Sutherland, American computer scientist (Sketchpad), born in Hastings, Nebraska

Computer Scientist Ivan Sutherland
Computer Scientist
Ivan Sutherland
  • 1940 Gareth Roberts, chancellor (Sheffield University)

Person of interestAldrich Ames

1941 Aldrich Ames, American CIA officer and spy for the Soviet Union, born in River Falls, Wisconsin

Soviet Union Spy Aldrich Ames
Soviet Union Spy
Aldrich Ames
  • 1943 Dan Coats, American politician (Rep-R-IN, 1981-89, Sen-R-IN 1989-99, 2011-17, Director of National Intelligence 2017-19), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1943 Jon Jost, director (All the Vermeers in NY)
  • 1945 Brewster H Shaw Jr, Mich, Col USAF/astro (STS-9, STS 61B, STS-28)
  • 1945 James Moran, (Rep-D-Virginia)
  • 1946 Jessi B Wilson, Mississippi, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1950 Johannes Bednorz, German superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987)
  • 1951 Christian Lacroix, French fashion designer, born in Arles, France
  • 1952 James Herndon, American media psychologist
  • 1953 David Maclean, British minister of state
  • 1954 Dafydd "Dave" Williams, Canadian physician and astronaut (sk: STS 90), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • 1954 Joseph Polchinski, American leading theoretical physicist (multiverse), born in White Plains, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1963 Jon Coffelt, American artist
  • 1969 Tucker Carlson, American television commentator
  • 1972 Andrzej Duda, Polish politician, President of Poland (2015-), born in Kraków, Poland
  • 1980 Melanie Lofton, American Journalist

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

1770 Marie Antoinette (14) marries future King Louis XVI (15) of France

Queen of France Marie Antoinette
Queen of France
Marie Antoinette
King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI

LoveWedding of Interest

1836 American writer Edgar Allan Poe (26) marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm

  • 1981 Pretenders' Martin Chambers weds Tracy Atkinson

Deaths in History

  • 583 Saint Brendan, Irish navigator (b. 484)
  • 942 Saadiah Gaon, head of Talmudic Academy of Sura, dies
  • 1265 Saint Simon Stock, English saint (b. 1165)
  • 1434 Pieter Appelmans, Flemish architect/master builder, dies at about 60
  • 1569 Dirk Willems, Anabaptist Martyr
  • 1620 William Adams, English navigator and 1st ever Western Samurai, dies at 55
  • 1657 Andrzej Bobola, Polish Jesuit missionary (b. 1591)
  • 1667 Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton, English statesman (b. 1607)
  • 1669 Pietro da Cortona [Berrettini], painter/architect, dies
  • 1669 Reyer Anslo, writer/poet, dies at about 42
  • 1691 Jacob Leisler, becomes 1st American colonist hanged for treason

Person of interestCharles Perrault

1703 Charles Perrault, French author and fairy tale writer (Tales of Mother Goose), dies at 75

Fairytale writer Charles Perrault
Fairytale writer
Charles Perrault
  • 1768 Cornelis Writer, fleet supervisor, dies at about 81
  • 1777 Button Gwinnet, US revolutionary leader, dies from wounds
  • 1778 Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, English diplomat and politician, dies at 59
  • 1782 Daniuel Charles Solander, botanist, dies
  • 1790 Philip Yorke, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke, English politician, dies at 70
  • 1805 Christiaan Brunings, Dutch hydraulic engineer, dies at 68
  • 1819 Alexander van Bylandt, military, dies at 75
  • 1829 William Congreve, English artillery officer and inventor who designed fire rockets, dies at 56
  • 1830 Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier, mathematician, dies
  • 1862 Lev A Ms, Russian nobleman/poet, dies at 40
  • 1862 Joseph L. Hogg, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 55
  • 1863 Lloyd Tilghman, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 47
  • 1864 Lean Bear, Cheyenne chief, murdered
  • 1891 Ion Brătianu, Romanian statesman (b. 1821)
  • 1892 John Banvard, American artist who painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas), dies at 75
  • 1892 Théodore-Joseph Canneel, Flemish painter, dies at 74
  • 1904 N I Bobrikov, Russian governor-general in Finland, dies
  • 1910 Henri E Cross [Delacroix], French painter, dies at 53
  • 1913 Louis Perrier, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 63
  • 1918 Eusapia Palladino, Italian spiritual medium, dies at 64
  • 1920 Levi P. Morton, United States Vice President under Benjamin Harrision (b. 1824)
  • 1926 Mehmed VI Vahideddin (Mohammed Osman), last sultan of Turkey, dies
  • 1928 Edmund Gosse, English poet, author (Father & Son) and critic, dies at 78
  • 1932 Ki Imukai, premier of Japan (1931-32), murdered
  • 1932 William Pember Reeves, politician/poet, dies
  • 1938 Stephen Fairbairn, oarsman/coach, dies
  • 1942 Bronislaw Kasper Malinowski, anthropologist, dies
  • 1943 Alfred Hoche, German psychiatrist (b. 1865)
  • 1944 Max Brand [Frederick Schiller Faust], western author, dies
  • 1944 Ferdinand Alphons Marie van der Ham, Dutch WW II resistance fighter, dies at 27
  • 1947 Frederick Gowland Hopkins, British biochemist (Nobel Prize 1929), dies at 85
  • 1949 William Newzam Prior Nicholson, painter/engraver, dies
  • 1952 Frances Benjamin Johnston, American pioneering female photographer
  • 1954 Werner Bischof, Swiss photographer (Magnum), dies accidentally in a road accident at 38
  • 1955 James Agee, American author (African Queen, Death in Family), dies at 45
  • 1956 H. B. Reese, American inventor of Reese's, dies at 76
  • 1957 Eliot Ness, American federal agent "The Untouchables" (put away Al Capone), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1958 Jeroom Verten [Jozef Frans Vermetten], Flemish playwright, dies at 49
  • 1961 George A. Malcolm, American jurist (17th Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court) and educator, dies at 79
  • 1963 Oleg Penkovsky, Soviet military intelligence (GRU), dies at 44
  • 1969 Johnny Jordan, English cameraman (You Only Live Twice), dies at 44
  • 1975 Michael X, (Abdul Malik), hanged in Trinidad, for murder
  • 1979 A. Philip Randolph, American labor leader (Railroad Porter's Union) dies at 90
  • 1984 Irwin Shaw, American writer (Rich Man, Poor Man), dies at 71
  • 1988 Kay Baxter, American bodybuilder (NPC Gold's Classic 1981), dies in car crash at 42
  • 1988 Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72), dies at 78
  • 1988 Charles Keeping, English illustrator (b. 1924)
  • 1989 Hassan Khaled, sheik of Lebanon, murdered
  • 1990 Dag Drollet, Cheyenne Brando's boyfriend killed by her brother Christian
  • 1993 Madan Kumar Bhandari, Nepalese politician (Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist)), dies at 41
  • 1994 Barbara Jean Jones, fictional character on General Hospital, dies at 7
  • 1995 Ragnhild Marie Hatton, Norwegian historian, dies at 82
  • 1996 Edward McInnes, German scholar, dies at 60
  • 1996 Jeremy Boorda, U.S. Navy admiral (25th Chief of Naval Operations), commits suicide at 56
  • 1996 Pierre Debizet, resistance fighter/special agent, dies at 72
  • 1997 Elbridge Durbrow, American diplomat (b. 1903)
  • 2000 Bodacious the Bull Famous rodeo bull (b. 1988)
  • 2002 Alec Campbell, the last surviving ANZAC (b. 1899)
  • 2003 Mark McCormack, American businessman (b. 1930)
  • 2004 June Taylor, American choreographer, dies at 86
  • 2005 Andrew J. Goodpaster, American general, supreme commander (NATO-Europe), dies at 90
  • 2011 Bob Davis, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
  • 2011 Bill Skiles, American comic (b. 1931)
  • 2012 James Abdnor, American senator, dies at 89
  • 2013 Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986), dies at 79
  • 2013 Bernard Waber, American children's book author, dies from kidney failure at 88

Person of interestBob Hawke

2019 Bob Hawke, Australian politician and 23rd Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1983-91), dies at 89

23rd Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke
23rd Prime Minister of Australia
Bob Hawke

Person of interestI. M. Pei

2019 I. M. Pei, Chinese-American modernist architect (Louvre Pyramid) who won the 1961 Brunner Prize, dies at 102

Architect I. M. Pei
I. M. Pei