On This Day

On This Day in History for May 4

Events in History

  • 1256 Augustinian monastic order constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV issues papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae
  • 1303 Flemings conquers Middelburg
  • 1415 Religious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance

Victory in BattleBattle of Tewkesbury

1471 Battle of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, final battle between the Houses of Lancaster and York: Prince of Wales, Edward of Westminster killed and King Edward IV restored to his throne. Re-restores political stability to England until his death in 1483.
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King Edward IV and his Yorkist troops are beseeched by a priest to stop the pursuit of their Lancastrian foes who requested sanctuary from the abbey
King Edward IV and his Yorkist troops are beseeched by a priest to stop the pursuit of their Lancastrian foes who requested sanctuary from the abbey
  • 1493 Spanish Pope Alexander VI divides America between Spain and Portugal

BattleExecution

1535 Five Carthusian monks from London Charterhouse monastery hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, London, for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as head of the Church of England

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1540 Venice and Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople
  • 1572 Veere sides with Geuzen
  • 1626 Peter Minuit becomes director-general of New Netherlands
  • 1634 Johan van Walbeeck's fleet departs to West Indies
  • 1652 Battle of Etampes: French army under Turenne beats Fronde rebels
  • 1686 Municipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines
  • 1747 Willem IV appointed Viceroy of Overijssel
  • 1776 Rhode Island declares independence from Britain

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1780 American Academy of Arts & Science founded in Boston, James Bowdoin, John and Samuel Adams founding members

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • 1780 Charles Bunbury on Diomed wins 1st Epsom Derby

  • 1783 Herschel reports seeing a red glow near lunar crater Aristarchus
  • 1799 Fourth Anglo-Mysore War: The Battle of Seringapatam: The siege of Seringapatam ends when the city is assaulted and the Tipu Sultan killed by the besieging British army, under the command of General George Harris.
  • 1805 Henry C Overing buys 80 acres of Throggs Neck in the Bronx
  • 1814 Bourbon reign restored in France
  • 1814 King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decree of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism
  • 1818 Netherlands & Britain sign treaty against illegal slave handling
  • 1839 The Cunard Steamship Company Ltd forms San Bonifacio
  • 1843 Great Britain annexes Natal
  • 1846 US state Michigan ends death penalty
  • 1847 NY State creates a Board of Commissioners of Emigration
  • 1858 War of Reform (Mexico); Liberals establish capital at Vera Cruz
  • 1859 The Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge linking the counties of Devon and Cornwall in England.
  • 1861 At Gretna, Louisiana, one of 1st guns of Rebel navy is cast
  • 1862 -5] Battle at Williamsburg, Virginia

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1862 Yorktown, VA - Mcclellan halted his troop before town as it is full of armed torpedoes left by CS Brigadier General Gabrial Rains

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville-action at Salem Church
  • 1863 End of Chancellorsville - Beaten Union army withdraws
  • 1864 -16] actions at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia

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1864 General Ulysses S. Grant's Union Army at Potomac attacks Robert E. Lee's Confederates at Rappahannock River

Union General and US President Ulysses S. Grant
Union General and US President
Ulysses S. Grant
Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1865 Battle of Citronelle, Alabama; Richard Taylor surrenders

  • 1866 Woodward's Gardens opens to the public in San Francisco
  • 1869 The Naval Battle of Hakodate takes place in Japan.
  • 1883 John Gordon Cashmans publishes 1st edition "Vicksburg Evening Post" (Mississippi)
  • 1886 Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen
  • 1888 Italy & Spain sign military covenant
  • 1896 1st edition of London Daily Mail (halfpenny)
  • 1896 Grease fire ignites half ton of dynamite at Cripple Creek, Colorado
  • 1897 Fire in Paris bazaar at Rue Jean Goujon kills 200
  • 1904 Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal
  • 1904 Charles Stewart Rolls meets Frederick Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, England. Go on to form Roll-Royce
  • 1910 Canadian Currency Act, 1910, receives Royal Assent

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1910 Wilfrid Laurier passes the Naval Service Act, which creates the Royal Canadian Navy

Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier
Prime Minister of Canada
Wilfrid Laurier
  • 1912 Italian mariners occupy Turkish Island of Rhodes
  • 1915 Italy drops Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary & Germany
  • 1916 At request of US, Germany curtails its submarine warfare
  • 1916 Ned Daly, Willie Pearse, Michael O'Hanrahan and Joseph Plunkett are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising, at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  • 1917 A flotilla of US destroyer ships arrive in Queenstown, Ireland, to aid in convoying ships to England
  • 1919 Demonstrates organised by students erupt in China, after news from the Paris Peace Conference that the Allies intend to give Shangtung to Japan
  • 1922 KNX-AM in Los Angeles CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1923 Bloody street battles between nazis, socialist & police in Vienna
  • 1923 NY state revokes Prohibition law
  • 1924 German Republic election: fascists & communists win
  • 1925 League of Nations conference on arms control & poison gas usage
  • 1927 1st balloon flight over 40,000 feet (Scott Field, Illinois)
  • 1927 Nicaragua agrees to a US supervised presidential election in 1928
  • 1931 Mustafa Kemal Pasja becomes Turkish president

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1932 Al Capone enters Atlanta Penitentiary convicted of income tax evasion

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • 1933 Pulitzer prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (Conquistador)
  • 1936 Pulitzer prize awarded to Harold L Davis (Honey in the Horn)
  • 1938 Douglas Hyde (a protestant) becomes 1st president of Eire
  • 1940 21 "not neutral" nazis & communists arrested in Netherlands
  • 1942 Battle of Coral Sea begins (1st naval battle fought solely in air) between Japanese, US and Australian navies and air forces
  • 1942 Food 1st rationed in US
  • 1942 German occupiers imprison 450 prominent Dutch as hostages
  • 1942 Pulitzer prize awarded to Ellen Glasgow (In this our Life)
  • 1943 NL Ford Frick demonstrates revised balata ball to reporters by bouncing it on his office carpet ball proves to be 50% livelier

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1945 German forces in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands surrender unconditionally to British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery at Luneburg Heath

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1945 German forces in Bavaria surrender unconditionally to American commander Jacob L. Devers
  • 1946 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco bay
  • 1946 Wash's Cecil Travis gets 6 straight hits before being stopped
  • 1948 The Hague Court of Justice convicts Nazi SS officer in the Netherlands Hans Rauter of Crimes against Humanity (executed 24 March 1949)

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1953 Pulitzer Prize for Literature awarded to Ernest Hemingway for "The Old Man & The Sea"

  • 1954 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • 1956 Queen Juliana unveils National Monument to Dams in Amsterdam
  • 1956 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak

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1957 Anne Frank Foundation forms in Amsterdam

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank
  • 1958 Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen president of Colombia
  • 1959 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (JB)
  • 1960 1st great Delta dam closes, North-South Beveland
  • 1961 1st on-the-road Spacemobile lecture given.
  • 1961 CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, D.C.
  • 1961 Malcolm Ross & Victor Prather reach 34,668 m (record) in balloon
  • 1961 South Africa ANC leader John Nkadimeng arrested
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1964 "Another World" premieres on TV in the US
  • 1964 70 GATT-countries confer in Geneva
  • 1964 Pulitzer prize awarded to Richard Hofstadter (Anti-intellectualism)
  • 1966 Soviet government signs accord about building Fiat factory in USSR
  • 1967 Lunar Orbiter 4 launched by US; begins orbiting Moon May 7
  • 1968 Dancer Image disqualified due to drugs after winning 94th Kent Derby in 2:02½
  • 1969 Charles Gordone's "No Place to be Somebody" premieres in NYC
  • 1970 National Guard kills 4 at Kent State in Ohio
  • 1970 Premier Kosygin affirms existence Russian military advisors in Egypt
  • 1970 Pulitzer prize awarded to Erik H Erikson (Gandhi's Truth)

Birthdays in History

  • 1006 Khwaja Abdullah Ansari, The Persian Sufi, born in Herat, Khorasan (now Afghanistan) (d. 1088)
  • 1008 Henry I, King of the Franks (1031-60), born in Reims, France (d. 1060)
  • 1635 Willem van Outhoorn, Dutch governor-general (Dutch East Indies), born in Larike, Ambon Island, Dutch East Indies (d. 1720)
  • 1654 Kangxi Emperor of China, 4th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, born in Jingren Palace, Forbidden City, Beijing, Qing dynasty, China (d. 1722)
  • 1715 Richard Graves, English writer, born in Mickleton, Gloucestershire (d. 1804)
  • 1733 Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, political scientist, and sailor, born in Dax, France (d. 1799)
  • 1752 John Brooks, 11th Governor of Massachusetts (1816-23), born in Medford (d. 1825)
  • 1772 Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus, German encyclopedia publisher, born in Dortmund, Germany (d. 1823)
  • 1776 Johann Friedrich Herbart, German philosopher and psychologist, born in Oldenburg, Germany (d. 1841)
  • 1781 Karl Christian Friedrich Krause, German philosopher, born in Eisenberg, Germany (d. 1832)

Person of interestHorace Mann

1796 Horace Mann, American educator, author and editor who pioneered public schools, born in Franklin, Massachusetts (d. 1859)

Father of American Education Horace Mann
Father of American Education
Horace Mann
  • 1796 Joseph Pannell Taylor, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1864)
  • 1796 William H. Prescott, American historian, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1859)
  • 1807 Thomas Duncan, Scottish painter, born in Kinclaven, Perthshire, Scotland (d. 1845)
  • 1810 Alexander Walewski, French earl and Foreign Minister, born in Walewice, Warsaw, Poland (d. 1868)
  • 1820 Joseph Whitaker, British publisher (Whitaker's Almanack), born in London (d. 1895)
  • 1820 Julia Gardiner Tyler, 2nd wife of President John Tyler (1841-45), born in Gardiners Island, New York (d. 1889)
  • 1822 Charles Boucher de Boucherville, Premier of Quebec, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1915)
  • 1825 Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist (comparative anatomy), born in Ealing, Middlesex, England (d. 1895)
  • 1825 Augustus Le Plongeon, French-American photographer and antiquitarian, born in Island of Jersey, France (d. 1908)
  • 1826 Frederick Edwin Church, American romantic landscape painter (Hudson River Sch), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1900)
  • 1827 John Hanning Speke, British explorer, the first European to reach Lake Victoria in east Africa, born in Bideford, Devon (d. 1864)
  • 1870 Alexandre Benois, Russian artist, born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1960)
  • 1871 Mynona, Polish writer (The Creator), born in Gołańcz, Poland (d. 1946)
  • 1875 Ramiro de Maeztu, Spanish writer (Don Quixote & Celestine), born in Alava, Spain (d. 1936)
  • 1882 Wilhelm Lehmann, German writer, born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela (d. 1968)
  • 1884 Wang Jingwei, Chinese politician (21st Premier of the Republic of China 1932-35), born in Sanshui, Guangdong, Qing Dynasty (d. 1944)
  • 1889 Francis Spellman, American Bishop and Cardinal of Roman Catholic Church, born in Whitman, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1891 J. W. F. Werumeus Buning, Dutch poet (Daily Bread), born in Amsterdam (d. 1958)
  • 1902 Cola Debrot, Dutch author and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, born in Kralendijk, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1902 Rodney Meredith Thomas, English architect and painter, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Lincoln Kirstein, American writer and impresario, born in Rochester, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Jeroom Verten [Jozef Frans Vermetten], Flemish playwright, born in Berchem, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • 1913 Lady Katherine Brandram, Princess of Greece, the last surviving great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, born in Athens, Greece (d. 2007)
  • 1914 Abd al-Karīm Qāsim, Prime Minister of Iraq (1958-63), born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 1963)
  • 1914 Emmanuel Roblès, Algerian-French novelist and playwright (Lesson Hauteurs), born in Oran, Algeria (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian author and urbanologist (The Death and Life of Great American Cities), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1918 Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese Prime Minister (1972-74), convicted of bribe-taking, born in Kariwa, Japan (d. 1993)
  • 1918 Thomas Mead, Australian politician and journalist, born in Randwick, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Edo Murtić, Croatian painter, born in Velika Pisanica, Bjelovar, Croatia (d. 2005)
  • 1922 John Paul Hammerschmidt, American politician (Rep-R-AR, 1967-93 ), born in Harrison, Arkansas (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Peter Blum, Afrikaan poet (Capricorn), born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1990)
  • 1925 Maurice R. Greenberg, American businessman and CEO of American International Group (AIG), born in NYC, New York
  • 1926 Gerlind Reinshagen, German writer, born in Konigsberg, Germany
  • 1926 Milt Thompson, American astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), NASA test pilot and chief-engineer, born in Crookston, Minnesota (d. 1993)

Person of interestHosni Mubarak

1928 Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president (1981-2011) who was ousted during the Arab spring, born in Kafr-El Meselha, Egypt (d. 2020)

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • 1929 Sydney M. Lamb, American linguist (Stratificational grammar), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1930 Katherine Jackson [Kattie B Screws], American matriarch of the Jackson family, born in Clayton, Alabama
  • 1931 Thomas Stuttaford, British doctor and medical columnist (The Times), born in Norfolk, England
  • 1936 El Cordobés [Manuel Benítez Pérez], Spanish matador, born in Palma del Río, Andalusia, Spain
  • 1938 William J. Bennett, American politician, U.S. Secretary of Education (1985-88), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Carlos Monsiváis, Mexican writer and political activist, born in Mexico City
  • 1939 Amos Oz, Israeli author (My Michael), born in Jerusalem
  • 1940 Robin Cook, American physician and novelist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 George Will, American political analyst (Night Line), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1943 Mihail Chemiakin, Russian painter, born in Moscow
  • 1945 Monika van Paemel, Belgian writer (Accursed Fathers), born in Poesele, Belgium
  • 1945 Narasimhan Ram, Indian journalist (The Hindu), born in Madras, British India
  • 1946 Richard L. Brodsky, American lawyer and NY State Assemblyman (D) (1983-2010), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1948 George Tupou V, King of Tonga (2006-2012), born in Tongatapu, Tonga (d. 2012)
  • 1949 Graham Swift, British author (Waterland, Last Orders), born in London
  • 1954 Doug Jones, American attorney and politician (Rep-D-Alabama 2017-), born in Fairfield, Alabama
  • 1955 Renate Bruemmer, Swiss cosmonaut, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • 1956 Michael L. Gernhardt, American NASA astronaut (STS 69, 83, 94, sk 100), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1956 David Guterson, American author (Snow Falling on Cedars), born in Seattle, Washington

Person of interestKeith Haring

1958 Keith Haring, American graffiti artist (Vanity Fair, Paris Review) and social activist, born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)

Artist & Social Activist Keith Haring
Artist & Social Activist
Keith Haring
  • 1961 Ishita Bhaduri, Indian (Bengali) poet, born in Kolkata, India
  • 1964 Zsuzsa Mathe, Hungarian painter and visual artist, founder of transrealism
  • 1966 Jane McGrath, British-Australian co-founder of the McGrath Foundation for breast cancer, born in Paignton, Devon (d. 2008)
  • 1975 Laci Peterson, American murder victim, born in Modesto, California (d. 2002)
  • 1978 Shaenon K. Garrity, American webcomics writer and artist (creator of Narbonic)
  • 1994 Pauline Ducruet, daughter of HSH Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, born in Princess Grace Hospital Centre, La Colle, Monaco

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

1941 Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley (23) weds Ethel Arnold

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley

Deaths in History

  • 1436 Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson, Swedish statesman (b. 1390s)
  • 1471 Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales, dies at 17, becoming the only heir apparent to the English throne to ever die in battle
  • 1471 Edmund Beaufort, 4th Duke of Somerset, English military commander (executed)
  • 1506 Husayn Bayqarah, ruler of Herat (b. 1438)
  • 1519 Lorenzo II de' Medici, Duke of Urbino, dies at 26
  • 1535 John Houghton, English monk, first of the Carthusian Martyrs, hung, drawn and quartered at the Tower of London
  • 1566 Luca Ghini, Italian physician and botanist (b. 1490)
  • 1594 Paul Buys, Grand Pensionary of Holland, dies at 62
  • 1605 Ulisse Aldrovandi, Italian biologist and naturalist, dies at 82
  • 1615 Adriaan van Roomen, Flemish mathematician (b. 1561)
  • 1626 Arthur Lake, English Bishop of Bath and Wells, and translator of the King James Bible, dies at 56
  • 1677 Isaac Barrow, English mathematician (b. 1630)
  • 1684 John Nevison, English highwayman (b. 1639)
  • 1729 Louis-Antoine, Cardinal de Noailles, French bishop and cardinal, dies at 77
  • 1734 James Thornhill, English painter
  • 1737 Eustace Budgell, English writer (The Spectator, writing 37 numbers signed X), dies at 50
  • 1752 Pieter Snyers, Flemish painter/engraver, dies at 71
  • 1774 Anthony Ulrich II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, dies at 59
  • 1776 Jacques Saly, French sculptor, dies at 58
  • 1790 Matthew Tilghman, American delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1718)
  • 1799 Tipu Sultan, Indian military leader killed during Battle of Seringapatam, dies at 48
  • 1811 Nikolay Kamensky, Russian general (b. 1776)
  • 1824 Joseph Joubert, French essayist and moralist (b. 1754)
  • 1832 Jan van Speyck, Dutch admiral, buried in New Church
  • 1858 Aimé Bonpland, French explorer and botanist, dies at 84 (date disputed)
  • 1859 Joseph Diez Gergonne, French mathematician, dies at 87
  • 1879 William Froude, English engineer and naval architect, dies at 68
  • 1880 Edward Clark, Governor of Texas (b. 1815)
  • 1884 Maria Anna of Savoy, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, dies at 80
  • 1885 Alexander Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia (1842-58), dies at 78
  • 1891 Sherlock Holmes, "dies" at Reichenbach Falls
  • 1900 Augustus Pitt Rivers, English archaeologist, dies at 73
  • 1901 John Jones Ross, Canadian politician, 7th Premier of Quebec (1884-87), dies at 69
  • 1903 Goce Delchev, a revolutionary from the Balkans - leader of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (b. 1872)
  • 1916 Joseph Mary Plunkett, Irish revolutionary (b. 1887)
  • 1919 Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Slovak politician, French general and astronomer (b. 1880)
  • 1922 Viktor Kingissepp, Estonian Bolshevik politician (b. 1888)
  • 1924 Edith Nesbit, British children books author (The Story of the Treasure Seekers, Five Children and It), dies at 65
  • 1928 Barry Pain, English writer (Punch), dies at 63
  • 1938 Carl von Ossietzky, German pacifist and writer (Nobel Peace Prize 1935), dies at 48
  • 1945 Fedor von Bock, German field marshal (commander in the German occupation of Austria, invasions of Poland, France, and Russia during WWII), dies at 64
  • 1953 Edward Shanks, British poet and critic, dies at 60
  • 1955 Louis Breguet, French aviation pioneer, dies at 75
  • 1961 Anita Stewart, dies of heart attack at 66
  • 1965 Norman Brokenshire, TV moderator (Four Square Court), dies at 66
  • 1969 Osbert Sitwell, English writer (Out of the Flame), dies at 76
  • 1970 4 students, at Kent State University killed by Ohio National Guard
  • 1970 William Schroeder (b. 1950)
  • 1971 Donald Dexter Van Slyke, American chemist (Micromanometric analysis), dies at 88
  • 1971 Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor, dies at 83
  • 1972 Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1886)
  • 1973 Jane Bowles, American writer and playwright, dies at 56
  • 1976 Henri Bosco, French author and poet (Gogol), dies at 87

Person of interestJosip Broz Tito

1980 Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav communist revolutionary and leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80), dies at 87

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito
  • 1984 Bob Clampett, American cartoonist (b. 1913)
  • 1985 Clarence Wiseman, the 10th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1907)
  • 1987 Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist and writer, dies at 59
  • 1989 Evelle Jansen Younger, American prosecutor (Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan), dies at 70
  • 1990 Don Appell, American writer and director, dies at 70
  • 1991 Dennis Crosby, son of Bing, commits suicide at 54
  • 1991 George Delacorte, American philanthropist and publisher (Dell Books), dies at 96
  • 1992 Henri Guillemin, French historian, dies at 89
  • 1992 Ismael Galeano, "Commandant Franklyn" (Contra), dies
  • 1992 Vitali Andreyevich Grishchenko, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 50
  • 1992 Gregor Mackenzie, Labour Party (UK) politician (b. 1927)
  • 1994 Karl Francis Hettinger, American police officer (Onion Field survivor), dies at 59
  • 1995 Lewis T Preston, American banker (President of the World Bank 1991-95), dies at 68
  • 1996 Jean Crepin, soldier/industrialist, dies at 87
  • 1996 Stanley William Reed, cineaste, dies at 85
  • 1997 Vijayananda Dahanayake, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1959-60), dies
  • 1999 Brinsley Ford, British art historian and CEO (National Art Collections Fund), dies at 90
  • 2001 Bonnie Lee Bakley, American murder victim (b. 1956)
  • 2005 David Hackworth, U.S. Army officer and military journalist (b. 1930)
  • 2013 Christian de Duve, British cytologist and biochemist (Nobel 1974), dies from euthanasia at 95
  • 2013 Morgan Morgan-Giles, British Naval officer and politician, dies at 98
  • 2016 Robert "Bob" Bennett, American politician (U.S. Senator from Utah), dies at 82
  • 2017 William J. Baumol, American economist (Baumol’s cost disease), dies at 95
  • 2018 Paul Bloodgood, American artist, dies at 58 of Alzheimer's disease
  • 2018 Edwin G. Burrows, American historian and professor, dies at 74
  • 2018 Renate Dorrelstein, Dutch writer and journalist, dies of cancer at 64
  • 2018 Barnet Fain, American businessman and artist, dies at 86
  • 2018 Bobbie Louise Hawkins, American poet and author, dies at 87
  • 2018 BN Vijaya Kumar, Indian politician, dies at 59 of a heart attack