On This Day

On This Day in History for May 2

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1194 King Richard I of England gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter

  • 1230 William de Braose, 10th Baron Abergavenny is hanged by Prince Llywelyn the Great
  • 1335 Otto the Merry, Duke of Austria, becomes Duke of Carinthia
  • 1345 "Quaden Maendach" in Ghent: battles between fullers & weavers

DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

1497 John Cabot's expedition departs Bristol searching for new lands across the Atlantic

Explorer John Cabot
John Cabot
  • 1526 German evangelical monarchy joins Schmalkaldic League

ExecutionExecution of Anne Boleyn

1536 Anne Boleyn is arrested and taken to the Tower of London

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Anne Boleyn is beheaded after a four day show trial
Anne Boleyn is beheaded after a four day show trial
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  • 1595 King Philip II names Albrecht of Austria land guardian of Netherlands
  • 1598 France & Spain sign Peace of Vervins
  • 1668 Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, 1st peace of Aachen: ends War of Devolution, French-Spanish war in The Netherlands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1670 King Charles II gives royal charter to the Hudson's Bay Company

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 1672 John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
  • 1703 Portugal signs treaty with England to become a Great Covenant
  • 1749 Empress Maria Theresa signs "Haugwitzschen State reform"
  • 1750 Carlo Goldoni's "La Botega di Caffè" premieres in Mantua
  • 1776 France & Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

1780 William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris

Astronomer William Herschel
William Herschel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1783 Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant is promoted by brevet to Major of Engineers in recognition of his service to American liberty

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
  • 1808 Uprising against French occupation begins in Madrid
  • 1809 Dartmoor Prison in England opens to house French prisoners of war
  • 1824 Goethe visits Ettersberg (Buchenwald)
  • 1829 After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Australia
  • 1833 Russian Tsar Nicolas I bans public sale of serfs
  • 1845 Argentinian Domingo Sarmiento publishes his anti-tyranny work "Facundo Civilización y Barbarie"
  • 1853 Franconi's Hippodrome opens in New York City
  • 1863 South defeats North in Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1863 Stonewall Jackson attacking Chancellorsville is wounded by his own men

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1865 US President Andrew Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1866 Peruvian defenders fight off Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao
  • 1876 The April Uprising breaks out in Bulgaria
  • 1878 US stops minting 20 cent coin
  • 1885 "Good Housekeeping" magazine is 1st published
  • 1885 Congo Free State formed by King Leopold II of Belgium

InventionHistoric Invention

1887 Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film (used in Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1889 Abyssinian Emperor Menelik II and Italy sign Treaty of Wichale

Emperor of Ethiopia Menelik II
Emperor of Ethiopia
Menelik II
  • 1890 Territory of Oklahoma created

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1900 George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell" premieres in London

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1905 French newspapers publish lists of Jules Verne's unpublished work

Novelist Jules Verne
Jules Verne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1906 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia dismisses his moderate Prime Minister Witte and appoints Ivan Goremykin, a conservative bureaucrat

  • 1907 Jules baron de Trooz forms Belgian government
  • 1908 1908 "Take me out to the Ball Game" registered for copyright.
  • 1911 French troops occupy Fès El Bali, Morocco
  • 1915 Bronx, New York City; Old Fordham Road renamed Landing Road
  • 1916 In the Bronx, New York City: 2nd Ave & Bronx Terrace renamed Bronx Blvd; Seward Place renamed Sycamore Ave; Herald Ave renamed Dickinson Ave; Monroe & Selwyn Avenue named
  • 1917 Cin Fred Tooney & Chic's Hippo Vaughn pitch duel no-hitter, Vaughn gives up 2 hits & a run in 10th, so Cin wins 1-0
  • 1918 General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.
  • 1921 Start of 3rd anti-German revolt in Upper Silesia
  • 1922 WBAP-AM begins broadcasting from Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1924 Netherlands refuses to recognize USSR
  • 1925 Kezar Stadium opens in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park
  • 1926 US military intervenes in Nicaragua
  • 1927 International Economic Conference (52 countries including USSR) opens
  • 1927 Pulitzer prize awarded to Louis Bromfield (Early Autumn)
  • 1927 U.S. Supreme Court's "Buck v. Bell", permits forced sterilizations of various "unfits" by states' authorities where such surgeries are practiced for eugenic reasons
  • 1928 KPQ-AM in Wenatchee WA begins radio transmissions
  • 1930 Des Moines (Western League) defeats Wichita 13-6 to open 1st ballpark with permanently installed lights
  • 1932 Pulitzer prize awarded to Pearl S Buck (Good Earth)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933 In Germany, Adolf Hitler bans trade unions

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1934 Nazi Germany begins People's Court

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and family flee Abyssinia

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for his play "Our Town"

Playwright and Writer Thornton Wilder
Playwright and Writer
Thornton Wilder
  • 1941 Nazi occupied Netherlands lays off Jewish journalists
  • 1942 Japanese troops occupy Mandalay, Burma
  • 1943 German troops vacate Jefna, Tunisia
  • 1945 Allies occupy Wismar, Northern Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina & Princess Juliana reach Gilze-Rijen

Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Queen of the Netherlands
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
  • 1945 More than 1,000,000 German soldiers officially surrender to the Western Allies in Italy and Austria

Victory in BattleRaising a Flag over the Reichstag

1945 World War II: Battle of Berlin ends as Soviet army takes Berlin and General Weidling surrenders

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Soldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev and Georgij Bulatov raise the Soviet Union flag on the roof of the Reichstag building in Berlin
Soldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev and Georgij Bulatov raise the Soviet Union flag on the roof of the Reichstag building in Berlin
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  • 1945 Yugoslav troops occupy Trieste, Italy
  • 1946 The "Battle of Alcatraz" takes place, killing two guards and three inmates

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947 Eugene O'Neill's "Moon for the Misbegotten" premieres in NYC

Playwright Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949 Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman"

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • 1949 Bolivian state of siege proclaimed
  • 1949 Don Newcombe, 1st start, shuts out Cincinnati on 5 hits to win 3-0
  • 1950 Carlo Terron's "Giuditta" premieres in Milan
  • 1950 Dutch 1st Chamber accept Laws on immigration
  • 1950 Dutch PM Malan recognizes South-Africa but not People's Republic of China
  • 1952 1st scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) Comet from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers [1]
  • 1953 Feisal II installed as King of Iraq
  • 1953 Hussein I installed as King of Jordan
  • 1955 India proposal to discrimination against Dalits or "Untouchables" punishable

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 Pulitzer prize awarded Tennessee Williams for (Cat on Hot Tin Roof)

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
  • 1956 US Lab detects high-temperature microwave radiation from Venus
  • 1956 US Methodist church disallows racial separation

MurderAssassination Attempt

1957 Gangster Frank Costello escapes an assassination attempt made by rival mobsters

Gangster Frank Costello
Frank Costello
  • 1960 Harry Belafonte 2nd Carnegie Hall performance
  • 1960 Pulitzer prize awarded to Al Drury (Advice & Consent)
  • 1960 House investigating committee, looking into payola questions
  • 1962 OAS strikes in Algeria
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Children's crusade begins in Birmingham, Alabama. More than 600 African American school children arrested for marching against segregation, organised by James Bevel and the SCLC

Civil Rights Activist James Bevel
Civil Rights Activist
James Bevel
  • 1964 Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 1964 First ascent of Shishapangma the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and lowest of the Eight-thousanders
  • 1965 Early Bird satellite goes into commercial service
  • 1966 Pulitzer prize awarded Arthur M Schlesinger Jr (Thousand Days)
  • 1968 Gold reaches then record high ($39.35 per ounce) in London
  • 1969 British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves Southampton on maiden voyage to NY
  • 1972 126 killed in an electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine, Kellogg, Idaho
  • 1972 Lt General Vernon A Walters, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • 1972 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Birthdays in History

  • 1360 Yongle, Emperor of the Ming Empire (1402-24), born in Yingtian, Yuan Empire, China (d. 1424)
  • 1451 René II, Duke of Lorraine, born in Angers, France (d. 1508)
  • 1458 Eleanor of Viseu, Queen of Portugal (1481-95), born in Beja, Portugal (d. 1525)
  • 1551 William Camden, English historian (Brittania, Annales), born in London (d. 1623)
  • 1601 Athanasius Kircher, German Jesuit priest and inventor (magic lantern), born in Abbacy of Fulda, Germany (d. 1680)
  • 1695 Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni, Italian-French architect, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1766)
  • 1702 Friedrich Christoph Oetinger, German Lutheran theologian, born in Göppingen, Germany (d. 1782)

Person of interestWilliam Petty

1737 William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1782-83), born in Dublin, Kingdom of Ireland (d. 1805)

British Prime Minister William Petty
British Prime Minister
William Petty
  • 1740 Elias Boudinot, American lawyer and patriot, President of the Continental Congress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1821)
  • 1750 John André, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War, born in London (d. 1780)
  • 1768 Jean-Louis-Marc Alibert, French dermatologist, born in Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, France (d. 1837)
  • 1772 Novalis [Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg], German romantic writer ('Heinrich von Ofterdingen), born in Oberwiederstedt, Saxony (d. 1801)
  • 1773 Henrik Steffens, Norwegian-German philosopher, born in Stavanger, Norway (d. 1845)
  • 1779 John Galt, Scottish novelist (Annals of the Parish), born in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1839)

Person of interestAbraham Gesner

1797 Abraham Gesner, Canadian geologist (inventor of kerosene), born in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia (d. 1864)

Physician and Geologist Abraham Gesner
Physician and Geologist
Abraham Gesner
  • 1821 Abram Sanders Piatt, American farmer, publisher, poet, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1908)
  • 1828 Désiré Charnay, French traveller and archaeologist, born in Fleurie, France (d. 1915)
  • 1837 Henry Martyn Robert, American soldier and parliamentarian (Robert's Rules of Order), born in Robertville, South Carolina (d. 1927)

Person of interestElijah McCoy

1844 Elijah McCoy, Canadian-American inventor of African descent, notable for his 57 US patents (lubrication of steam engines), born in Colchester, Ontario (d. 1929)

Inventor Elijah McCoy
Elijah McCoy
  • 1859 Jerome K. Jerome, English writer (The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow), born in Walsall, Staffordshire, England (d. 1927)
  • 1860 D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Scottish zoologist and classicist (On Growth & Form), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1948)
  • 1860 Theodor Herzl, Austrian journalist and founder (Zionist movement), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1904)
  • 1860 William Maddock Bayliss, British physiologist, co-discoverer of hormones, born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire (d. 1924)

Person of interestClyde Fitch

1865 Clyde Fitch, American playwright, born in Elmira, New York (d. 1909)

Playwright Clyde Fitch
Clyde Fitch
  • 1872 G. G. van der Hoeven, Dutch editor-in-chief (NRC newspaper), born in Brielle, Netherlands (d. 1955)

Person of interestJames F. Byrnes

1879 James F. Byrnes, American politician and statesman influential in domestic and foreign policy in the mid-1940s, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1972)

Politician and US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes
Politician and US Secretary of State
James F. Byrnes
  • 1884 François de Vries, Dutch economist, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1958)
  • 1885 Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry], American gossip columnist, born in Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1886 Gottfried Benn, German poet and essayist, born in Mansfelf, Germany (d. 1956)
  • 1890 E. E. Smith, American food engineer and sci-fi author (Triplanetary), born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin (d. 1965)

Person of interestThe Red Baron

1892 Manfred von Richthofen [The Red Baron], German World War I fighter ace, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1918)

World War I Fighter Ace The Red Baron
World War I Fighter Ace
The Red Baron
  • 1895 Alfred Kurella, German author and functionary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany in East Germany, born in Brieg, Silesia (d. 1975)
  • 1895 Peggy Bacon, American author and illustrator (Off With Their Heads), born in Ridgefield, Connecticut (d. 1987)
  • 1896 Helen of Greece and Denmark, Queen Mother of Romania, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1982)
  • 1898 Jef Last, Dutch poet and writer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1972)
  • 1899 George Hamilton Combs, American politician and TV and radio commentator (Through the Curtain), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1901 Lev Lunts, Russian writer (Outside the Law, City of Truth), born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1924)
  • 1901 Willi Bredel, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1964)

Person of interestBenjamin Spock

1903 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician (Common Sense Book of Baby Care), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1998)

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Benjamin Spock
  • 1906 Philippe Halsman, American portrait photographer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1979)
  • 1907 Pinky Lee, American children's show host (Pinky Lee Show), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1993)
  • 1910 Alexander Bonnyman Jr., U.S. Marine Corps officer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1943)
  • 1912 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate (Bild Zeitung), born in Altona, Hamburg, German Empire (d. 1985)
  • 1912 Marten Toonder, Dutch comic writer and cartoonist (Tom Puss), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Frederick Archibald Warner, British diplomat, born in Blagdon, England (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Otto Buchsbaum, Austrian writer and ecological activist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2000)
  • 1921 Satyajit Ray, Indian director (Goddess, Adversary), born in Calcutta, India (d. 1992)
  • 1922 A. M. Rosenthal, American journalist and newspaper editor (NY Times), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer, born in Dadu, Pakistan (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Gérard D. Levesque, Canadian politician, born in Port-Daniel–Gascons, Canada (d. 1993)
  • 1930 Marco Pannella, Italian politician and activist, born in Teramo (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Kees de Galan, Dutch economist, born in Zaandam, Netherlands (d. 1987)
  • 1935 Faisal II, King of Iraq (1939-58), son of Ghasi I, born in Baghdad (d. 1958)
  • 1937 Gisela Elsner, German writer (Die Riesenzwerge, Rowohlt), born in Nuremberg, Middle Franconia (d. 1992)
  • 1937 Ted [Samuel Frederick] Dabney, American engineer, founder of Atari (Pong), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Moshoeshoe II, King of Lesotho (1966-90), born in Morija, Lesotho (d. 1996)
  • 1939 Sumio Iijima, Japanese physicist, born in Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan
  • 1940 Sari van Heemskerck Pillis-Duvekot, Dutch governor and politician (VVD), born in Goes, Netherlands
  • 1941 Jules Wijdenbosch, Surinamese politician, President of Suriname (1996-2000), born in Paramaribo, Surinam
  • 1944 Franz Innerhofer, Austrian writer (Beautiful Days), born in Krimml, Salzberg
  • 1944 John Verity, English rocker (Argent), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1947 Bill Lowery, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from California (1981-93), born in San Diego, California
  • 1950 Duncan Gay, Australian politician, Vice-President of the Executive Council (2014-17), born in Crookwell, New South Wales
  • 1954 Bulelani Ngcuka, South African attorney and leader (UDF), born in Middlerift, South Africa
  • 1955 Donatella Versace, Italian fashion designer, born in Reggio di Calabria, Italy
  • 1957 Domonic L. Pudwill Gorie, American NASA astronaut (sk: STS-91), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1961 Phil Vickery, English celebrity chef (This Morning), born in Folkestone, Kent, England
  • 1966 Belinda Stronach, Canadian businesswoman and politician, born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
  • 1968 Eric Holcomb, American politician, Governor of Indiana (2017-), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1977 Fredrik Malm, Swedish politician, Member of Parliament for the Liberal People's Party, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2015 Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, daughter of Prince William, born in London

Weddings in History

  • 1652 Daughter of the Prince of Orange, Albertine Agnes marries William Frederick Prince of Nassau-Dietz
  • 1816 Léopold (Léopold I)of Saxe-Coburg, 1st King of Belgium following independence from the Netherlands marries British Princess Charlotte Augusta

LoveWedding of Interest

1906 US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes marries Maude Busch

Politician and US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes
Politician and US Secretary of State
James F. Byrnes

Deaths in History

  • 373 Athanasius, Patriarch of Alexandria (b. 298)
  • 649 Maruta of Tagrit, theology/1st mafriaan Jakobitische church, dies
  • 907 Boris I, King of Bulgaria (852-889), saw Bulgaria converted to Christianity
  • 1230 William de Braose, Lord of Abergavenny (b. 1197)
  • 1250 Toeransa, sultan of Egypt, murdered
  • 1300 Blanche of Artois, regent of Navarre (b. 1248)
  • 1450 William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, English military leader (b. 1396)
  • 1459 Pierozzi Antoninus, Italian archbishop of Florence/saint, dies
  • 1488 Jacob van Horne, Burgundy statesman, dies

Person of interestLeonardo da Vinci

1519 Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, scientist and visionary, dies at 67

Painter, Scientist and Visionary Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Scientist and Visionary
Leonardo da Vinci
  • 1564 Cardinal Rodolfo Pio da Carpi, Italian humanist (b. 1500)
  • 1567 Marin Drzic, Croatian playwright (Dundo Maroje), dies
  • 1667 George Wither, English writer (Abuses Stript and Whipt), dies at 78
  • 1669 Pieter Jansz Post, master builder (Waag, Gouda), dies at 61
  • 1683 Stjepan Gradić, Croatian philosopher and scientist (b. 1613)
  • 1685 Adriaen van Ostade, Dutch painter, buried
  • 1711 Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, English statesman (b. 1641)
  • 1727 Paul Aler, French jesuit and poet (Gradus ad Parnassum), dies at 70
  • 1736 Albert Seba, Amsterdam pharmacist, dies at 71
  • 1802 Herman Willem Daendels, Dutch statesman (b. 1762)
  • 1810 Henry Jerome de Salis, English churchman, dies at 69
  • 1818 Herman W Daendels, governor-gen of Guinea (1815-18), dies at 55
  • 1819 Mary Moser, English painter (Flowers Still Life), dies at 74
  • 1844 William Beckford, British writer (Epsiodes of Vathek), dies at 83
  • 1845 August Pauly, German writer (Real Encyclopedia), dies at 48
  • 1849 David H Chasse, baron/gen (fought Napoleon at Waterloo), dies at 84
  • 1857 Alfred de Musset, French poet (Lesson caprices Marianne), dies at 46
  • 1859 Eliza Courtney, English illegitimate daughter of Charles Grey and Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, dies at 67
  • 1898 Charles C. Walcutt, American general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, dies of an old war wound at 60
  • 1915 Clara Immerwahr, German chemist, first woman to be awarded a doctorate in chemistry in Germany, dies at 44
  • 1919 Gustav Landauer, German socialist, dies
  • 1927 Ernest Starling, British physiologist (Frank–Starling law of the heart), dies at 61
  • 1934 Sergey Lebedev, Russian chemist, inventor of first commercially viable, mass-produced polybutadiene synthetic rubber for tires, and synthetic motor oil for aircraft engines, dies at 59

Person of interestMartin Bormann

1945 Martin Bormann, German Nazi leader (Hitler's secretary, chief of the Party Chancellery), most likely commits suicide age 44 [remains identified in 1972]

Nazi leader Martin Bormann
Nazi leader
Martin Bormann
  • 1945 Ludwig Stumpfegger, German SS doctor and Hitler's personal surgeon commits suicide at 34
  • 1947 William Moulton Marston, American psychologist (inventor of an early prototype of the lie detector) and writer (co-creator, Wonder Woman), dies at 53
  • 1947 Dorothea Binz, Nazi war criminal (b. 1920)

Person of interestJoseph McCarthy

1957 Joseph McCarthy, American Senator (Rep - Wisconsin) who claimed communists infiltrated the US government, dies at 48

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • 1958 Alfred Weber, German economist and sociologist, dies at 89
  • 1960 Caryl Chessman, rapist executed after 12 years of appeals at 39
  • 1963 Van Wyck Brooks, American historian (Ordeal of Mark Twain), dies at 77

Person of interestNancy Astor

1964 Nancy Astor, American born British politician, 1st female MP in UK House of Commons, dies at 84

1st Female MP in the United Kingdom Nancy Astor
1st Female MP in the United Kingdom
Nancy Astor
  • 1968 Donald L Hall, American airplane designer (Spirit of St Louis), dies at 69

Person of interestFranz von Papen

1969 Franz von Papen, German diplomat and chancellor (1932), dies at 89

Diplomat and Chancellor Franz von Papen
Diplomat and Chancellor
Franz von Papen
  • 1972 Hugo Hartung, writer, dies at 69

Person of interestJ. Edgar Hoover

1972 J. Edgar Hoover, first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72) dies at 77

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • 1979 Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1980 Alioune Diop, Senegalese writer & editor (Présence africaine), dies at 70
  • 1983 Marius F Duintjer, architect, dies
  • 1984 Jack Barry, american game show emcee (Joker's Wild), dies of cardiac arrest at 66
  • 1984 Piet van Aken, Flemish writer (Klinkaart, Het begeren), dies at 64
  • 1985 Milton S Eisenhower, US diplomat, dies at 85
  • 1985 Bridget D'Oyly Carte, British theater & hotel director, dies of lung cancer at 77
  • 1989 Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic Cardinal (b. 1906)
  • 1989 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (b. 1902)
  • 1990 Oleg Anatolyevich Yakovlev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 49
  • 1991 Hal Bell, dies at 65
  • 1991 Leib Lensky, dies at 82
  • 1991 Ronald McKie, Australian author (The Mango Tree), dies at 81
  • 1992 Lee Salk, Russian-American child psychologist and author, dies of cardiac arrest at 65
  • 1992 Wilbur Mills, American congressmen (Democrat-AZ: 1939-77), famous for his involvement in a sex scandal with Fanne Foxe, dies at 82
  • 1993 Julio Gallo, wine maker (Gallo), dies in a car accident at 82
  • 1993 Will Weng, Sunday Times crossword puzzle editor (1968-78), dies at 86
  • 1994 Louis Calaferte, writer (Requiem of the Innocents), dies at 65
  • 1994 Wilson Charles Geoffrey Baldwin, hero, dies at 75
  • 1996 Arthur Leslie Noel Douglas Houghton, civil servant, dies at 97
  • 1996 Emile Habibi, Palestinian Israeli writer (The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist), dies at 73
  • 1997 Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator and philosopher, dies at 75
  • 1997 Queen Mother Moore, African-American civil rights activist and humanitarian, dies at 98
  • 2002 W. T. Tutte, English-born codebreaker (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Kenneth Bancroft Clark, American civil rights activist (Dark Ghetto) and first black president of the American Psychological Association, dies at 90
  • 2005 Wee Kim Wee, 4th President of Singapore (b. 1915)
  • 2006 Louis Rukeyser, American columnist (b. 1933)
  • 2009 Marilyn French, American author (The Women's Room), dies at 79
  • 2009 Jack Kemp, former United States Congressman and 1996 Vice Presidential Candidate (b. 1935)

Person of interestOsama bin Laden

2011 Osama bin Laden, Islamic militant and founder of al-Qaeda, shot and killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan by navy seals during Operation Neptune Spear at 54

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • 2014 Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor, dies at 95
  • 2015 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), dies at 85
  • 2016 Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac Shakur, Black Panther Party member, dies at 69
  • 2017 Leo Thorsness, American Vietnam War pilot (Medal of Honor), dies at 85
  • 2018 Gord Brown, Canadian politician (MP, 2004–2018), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 2018 Paul Dick, Canadian politician, dies at 77 of a heart attack
  • 2018 Dick Edell, American lacrosse coach (Maryland Terrapins), dies at 74 of pneumonia
  • 2018 Katherine O'Regan, New Zealand politician (MP for Waipa, 1984–1996; list MP, 1996–1999), dies of cancer at 71
  • 2018 Kottayam Pushpanath, Indian author, dies at 80
  • 2018 Harald Range, German jurist (Attorney General, 2011–2015), dies at 70
  • 2018 James Thorp, American electrical engineer, dies at 81
  • 2018 Chris Walsh, American politician (Massachusetts House of Representatives, 2010–2018), dies of lymphoma at 66
  • 2018 Sir Keith Williamson, British air force commander (Chief of the Air Staff, 1982–1985), dies at 90