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On This Day in History for November 12

Events in History

  • 295 Origin of Era of Ascension
  • 764 Tibetan troops occupy Chang'an for 15 days, capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty
  • 954 Lotharius becomes King of France
  • 1439 Plymouth, England, becomes the first town incorporated by the English Parliament.
  • 1555 The English Parliament re-establishes Catholicism.
  • 1591 Castiliaans army occupies Zaragoza
  • 1614 Treaty of Xanten: Guliks-Kleefse War victory ends

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1661 Robert Hooke appointed Curator of Experiments to the Royal Society, England

Scientist Robert Hooke
Robert Hooke
  • 1673 Dutch troops under Willem III occupy Bonn
  • 1682 Swedish king Karel XI establishes absolute monarchy
  • 1723 Ambrose Godfrey patents a gunpowder fueled fire extinguisher system in England
  • 1727 France & Bavaria renew secret treaty
  • 1775 General Washington forbids recruiting officers enlisting blacks
  • 1793 The 1st Mayor of Paris, Jean Sylvain Bailly, is guillotined during the Reign of Terror
  • 1799 Andrew Ellicott makes the first known record of a meteor shower observation in the U.S, from a ship off the coast of Florida Keys
  • 1813 Allied troops occupy Zwolle Neth
  • 1823 Great North Holland Canal (Amsterdam) opens
  • 1833 The great Leonid Meteor shower was recorded
  • 1847 Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, is the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.
  • 1859 Jules Leotard performs 1st Flying Trapeze circus act (Paris) He also designed garment that bears his name
  • 1873 Bay District Race Track in San Francisco opens

Ben-Hur Turns Author Into a Soldier of FortuneBen-Hur Turns Author Into a Soldier of Fortune

1880 Best selling American novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ" by soldier Lew Wallace is published

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Lew Wallace writing under the beech tree near his home in Crawfordsville, Indiana
Lew Wallace writing under the beech tree near his home in Crawfordsville, Indiana
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Book releaseHistoric Publication

1890 Mabel Loomis Todd publishes the first edition of "Poems by Emily Dickinson"

  • 1893 The treaty of the Durand Line is signed between present day Pakistan and Afghanistan - the Durand Line has gained international recognition as an international border between the two sister nations.
  • 1894 Lawrence Hargrave, Australian aeronautical pioneer and inventor of the box kite, linked four huge box kites together and flew - but remained attached to the ground by piano wire
  • 1899 British troops reach Durban Natal
  • 1900 Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in Paris closes after 50 million visitors - Art Nouveau style dominates
  • 1905 (November 12 & November 13) Norway holds a referendum in favor of monarchy over republic.
  • 1906 C W Gregory (NSW v Qld) starts day at 48*, is 366* at stumps
  • 1908 Andrew Fisher assumes the position of prime minister for what turns out to be a short-lived second Labour government, Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1909 Mackenzie King takes his seat in the House of Commons as Minister of Labour

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1912 British explorer Robert Falcon Scott's diary & body found in Antarctica

Polar Explorer Robert Falcon Scott
Polar Explorer
Robert Falcon Scott
  • 1914 Turks sultan Jamal Pasja declares a German holy war
  • 1915 Britain annexes Gilbert & Ellice archipelago
  • 1915 Theodore W Richards is 1st American to win Nobel Prize in chemistry
  • 1918 Emperor Karl of Austria-Hungary abdicates, Austria becomes a republic
  • 1919 Ross & Keith Smith start a 1 month flight from London to Australia
  • 1920 The Dalmatian coast between Italy and Yugoslavia is ceded to Yugoslavia
  • 1921 Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments
  • 1922 The Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is founded on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

BattleCoup d'état

1923 In Germany, Adolf Hitler is arrested for attempt to seize power during "Beer Hall Putsch" coup

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
German WWI General Erich Ludendorff
German WWI General
Erich Ludendorff
  • 1923 Dr Hjalmar Schacht is appointed special commissioner to deal with the currency problem in Germany; by November 1924 the currency will have been restored
  • 1924 Yeshivah Slobodka opens a branch in Chevron
  • 1925 US & Italy sign peace accord about war debts
  • 1926 The first recorded aerial bombing on US soil took place in Williamson County, Illinois, during a feud between rival liquor gangs, the Sheltons and the Birgers
  • 1927 Notre Dame's Fighting Irish changes blue jerseys for green

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1927 Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, paving the way for Joseph Stalin to consolidate complete power

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 1928 British steamer "Vestris" capsizes & sinks off Virginia, kills 110
  • 1932 24 killed at Lancashire mine explosion
  • 1933 1st Sunday football game in Philadelphia (previously illegal)
  • 1933 First known photo of so-called Loch Ness monster is taken by Hugh Gray
  • 1933 Nazis receive 92% of vote in Germany
  • 1935 Egas Moniz performs the first modern brain surgery on the frontal lobes to treat mental disorders, at Santa Marta Hospital in Lisbon, Portugal

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1936 Nobel for literature awarded to Eugene O'Neill

Playwright Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
  • 1936 Oakland Bay Bridge opens
  • 1936 St Louis Browns sold to Donald L Barnes & William O DeWitt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 Hermann Goering announces he wants Madagascar as a Jewish homeland

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1939 Jews in Lodz, Poland ordered to wear a yellow star of David
  • 1940 Blizzard strikes midwest, 154 die (69 on boat on Great Lakes)
  • 1941 Germany's drive to take Moscow halted
  • 1941 WOV-AM & WNEW-AM in NYC swaps call letters
  • 1941 Alma Heflin, the first American female test pilot for commercial aircraft, made her first test flight for the Piper Aircraft Corporation, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
  • 1942 WWII Naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins between Allied and Japanese forces in Solomon Islands
  • 1943 Landwacht (NSB-political party) forms in Netherlands
  • 1944 RAF sinks German battleship Tirpitz at Tromso Fjord, Norway
  • 1945 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Cordell Hull (establishing UN)
  • 1946 A branch of the Exchange National Bank in Chicago, Illinois opens the first ten drive-up teller windows.
  • 1947 Schilderijenvervalser Han of Meegeren to 1 years jail sentenced

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1948 Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo sentenced to death by war crimes tribunal

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • 1948 The first mobile betatron (particle accelerator) begins operation at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory, White Oak, Maryland

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1953 David Ben-Gurion, resigns as Prime Minister of Israel

1st Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion
1st Prime Minister of Israel
David Ben-Gurion
  • 1954 Ellis Island, immigration station in NY Harbor, closed

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1954 Lee Kuan Yew and others form the People's Action Party (PAP) in Singapore to work towards self-rule in Singapore

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew
  • 1955 1st West German officers sworn in
  • 1956 Largest observed iceberg, 208 by 60 miles, 1st sighted

BattleCoup d'état

1960 Coup against South Vietnamese President Ngô Đình Diệm fails

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm
  • 1960 Mercury-Redstone 1 test launch fails at 10 cm altitude
  • 1963 Train crash in Japan, kills 164
  • 1964 Jean becomes Grand Duke of Luxembourg
  • 1964 Paula Murphy sets female land speed record 226.37 MPH

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1965 Ferdinand Marcos elected 10th President of Philippines

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • 1965 General strike in Morocco against disappearance of Ben Barka
  • 1965 Mad Dog Vachon beats Crusher in Denver, to become NWA champ
  • 1965 Venera 2 launched by Soviet Union toward Venus
  • 1966 Dick The Bruiser beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 1966 High schooler Robert Smith kills 7 for fame

Famous PhotoA Selfie in Space

1966 Buzz Aldrin takes the first 'space selfie', a photo of himself performing extravehicular activity in space during the Gemini program

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Buzz Aldrin takes the first 'space selfie' during the Gemini 12 mission in 1966
Buzz Aldrin takes the first 'space selfie' during the Gemini 12 mission in 1966
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  • 1967 Packers' Travis Williams returns 2 kickoffs for TDs against Browns, setting largest margin of Browns defeat (48), winning 55-7
  • 1968 US Supreme Court: Epperson v. Arkansas, court declares unconstitutional Arkansas law banning teaching evolution in public schools

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1969 Author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn expelled from the Soviet Writers Union

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 1969 US army announces investigating William Calley for alleged massacre of civilians at Vietnamese village of My Lai in March, 19
  • 1970 Scientists perform 1st artificial synthesis of a live cell
  • 1970 Cyclone Bhola makes landfall in East Pakistan (Bangladesh) killing up to 500,000, making it the deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded
  • 1970 The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) is formed; the NIHE gradually took over control of the building and allocation of public sector housing in Northern Ireland
  • 1974 South Africa suspended from UN General Assembly over racial policies
  • 1974 A salmon is discovered in the River Thames, England, for the first time since 1833
  • 1975 American Supreme Court Justice William O Douglas (77) retires after 36 years
  • 1977 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977 New Orleans elects 1st black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial
  • 1979 US President Carter announces a halts to Iranian oil imports & freezes Iranian assets

Birthdays in History

  • 1493 Bartolomeo Bandinelli, Italian sculptor (d. 1560)
  • 1528 Qi Jiguang, Chinese general, born in Luqiao
  • 1547 Claude of Valois, French princess (d. 1575). 2nd daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici

Person of interestJeanne Mance

1606 Jeanne Mance, French-Canadian settler who founded the first hospital in North America (Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal), born in Langres, France (d. 1673)

Nurse and Settler of New France Jeanne Mance
Nurse and Settler of New France
Jeanne Mance
  • 1615 Richard Baxter, English clergyman (d. 1691)
  • 1651 Juana Ines de La Cruz, Mexican poet/nun/feminist (Primero Sueno)
  • 1729 Louis Antoine de Bougainville, French explorer (d. 1811)
  • 1746 Jacques-Alexandre-César Charles, Beaugency, French inventor and balloonist who, with Nicholas Robert, was the first to take flight in a hydrogen balloon

Person of interestTiradentes

1746 Tiradentes, Brazilian revolutionary and independence fighter (Inconfidência Mineira) considered a national hero, born in Fazenda do Pombal, Minas Gerais, Portuguese Colony of Brazil (d. 1792)

Brazilian Revolutionary Tiradentes
Brazilian Revolutionary
  • 1755 Gerhard JD von Scharnhorst, Prussia milt/minister of War (1807-10)
  • 1757 Jacobus Bellamy [Zelandus], Dutch poet, born in Vlissingen, Netherlands (d. 1786)
  • 1786 John Burke, Irish genealogist (Burke's Peerage)
  • 1790 Letitia Christian Tyler, 1st wife of President Tyler

Person of interestElizabeth Cady Stanton

1815 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American women's rights activist, born in Johnstown, New York (d. 1902)

Women's Rights Activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Women's Rights Activist
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • 1817 Bahá'u'lláh, Prophet Founder of the Bahá'í Faith (d. 1892)
  • 1831 Anton Kerner Ritter von Marilaun, Austria botanist

Person of interestAuguste Rodin

1840 Auguste Rodin, French sculptor (Kiss, Thinker), born in Paris, France (d. 1917)

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Auguste Rodin

Person of interestJohn William Strutt

1841 John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, English physicist and discoverer of argon (Nobel Prize 1904), born in Maldon, Essex, England (d. 1919)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate John William Strutt
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
John William Strutt
  • 1848 Eduard Müller, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1919)
  • 1853 Oskar Panizza, German writer (Das Liebeskonzil), born in Bad Kissingen, Bavaria (d. 1921)

Person of interestSun Yat-sen

1866 Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary and father of modern China, born in Xiangshan [now Zhongshan], Guangdong, Qing Dynasty (d. 1925)

Father of Modern China Sun Yat-sen
Father of Modern China
Sun Yat-sen
  • 1881 Olev Siinmaa, Estonian architect (d. 1948)
  • 1881 Maximilian von Weichs, German field marshal (d. 1954)
  • 1886 Rad Kortenhorst, Dutch politician (KVP)
  • 1886 Ben Travers, British playwright (d. 1980)
  • 1889 DeWitt Wallace, publisher, founded Readers Digest (1921), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1891 Seth Barnes Nicholson, American astronomer who discovered four satellites of Jupiter, born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1896 Salim Ali, Indian ornithologist (d. 1987)
  • 1898 Abraham J D van Oosten, Dutch poet/author (His Master's Voice)
  • 1908 Hans Werner Richter, German author (Socially Responsible Cinema)
  • 1908 Harry A Blackmun, Ill, 100th Supreme Court justice (1970-94)

Person of interestAmon Göth

1908 Amon Göth, Austrian SS commandant of the Płaszów concentration camp, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1946)

SS Officer Amon Göth
SS Officer
Amon Göth
  • 1911 Luc Estang [Lucien Bastard], French writer (Stigmates)
  • 1911 William Thomas Pennar Davies, poet author/theologian
  • 1914 Edward "Henricus" Schillebeeckx, Dutch theologist
  • 1915 Roland Barthes, French literary critic (L'Empire des Signer)
  • 1917 Joseph Coors, CEO (Adolph Coors Co Brewery)
  • 1924 Audouin Dollfus, French Astronomer (discovered Janus, a moon of Saturn), born in Paris, France
  • 1926 Jack Ryan, American inventor (Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels, Chatty Cathy)
  • 1927 Yutaka Taniyama, Japanese mathematician (d. 1958)
  • 1928 Johan B W Polak, Dutch publisher/publicist (Bloom of Decadence)
  • 1929 Michael Ende, German fantasy and children's writer (The Neverending Story), born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Tonke Dragt, Dutch children book author (Towers of February)
  • 1931 Norman Y Mineta, (Rep-R-CA, 1975- )

Person of interestJalal Talabani

1933 Jalal Talabani, Iraqi-Kurdish politician and President of Iraq (2005-2014), born in Kelkan, Iraq (d. 2017)

6th President of Iraq Jalal Talabani
6th President of Iraq
Jalal Talabani

Person of interestCharles Manson

1934 Charles Manson, American criminal, murderer and cult leader (Manson Family), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2017)

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson
  • 1937 Peter Lloyd, British MP
  • 1937 Richard H Truly, Fayette Miss, Rear Adm USN/astro (STS T-2, T-4, 2, 8)
  • 1938 Benjamin Mkapa, Tanzanian politician, President of Tanzania (1995-2005), born in Ndanda, Tanganyika (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Ria Hoogeweegen, wife of Dutch premier Ruud Lubbers
  • 1940 Michel Audet, Quebec economist and politician
  • 1940 Jürgen Todenhöfer, German politician
  • 1944 Johan van Doorn [Johnny the Selfkicker], Dutch poet (War & Porridge)
  • 1945 Michael Bishop, American sci-fi author (Nebula, Stolen Faces)
  • 1945 Tracy Kidder, American journalist and author
  • 1947 Patrice Leconte, director (Monsieur Hire, Hairdresser's Husband)

Person of interestHassan Rouhani

1948 Hassan Rouhani, Iranian politician (President of Iran 2013-), born in Sorkheh, Semnan

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
  • 1949 Jack Reed, (Rep-D-Rhode Island)
  • 1952 Ronald Burkle, American entrepreneur
  • 1957 Tim Samaras, Lakewood, Col., tornado chaser (Storm Chasers), (d. 2013)
  • 1958 Nick Stellino, Italian-American television chef
  • 1960 Bertice Berry, talk show host (Bertice)
  • 1962 Naomi Wolf, American author and feminist
  • 1962 Neal Shusterman, American author
  • 1964 Michael Kremer, American economist, 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics
  • 1969 Ian Bremmer, American political scientist, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1969 Johnny Gosch, American kidnap victim, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1973 Mayte Garcia, American dancer, born in Fort Rucker, Alabama
  • 1987 Bryan Little, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Canada

Weddings in History

  • 1028 Future Byzantine empress Zoe marries Romanus Argyrus according to the wishes of the dying Constantine VIII.

LovePerson of Interest

1472 Byzantine princes Sophia Palaiologina marries Ivan III, Grand Prince of Moscow in Dormition Cathedral, Moscow

Grand Prince of Moscow and Russia Ivan the Great
Grand Prince of Moscow and Russia
Ivan the Great

LoveWedding of Interest

1656 English Poet and author of epic "Paradise Lost" John Milton (47) marries 2nd wife Katherine Woodcock

Deaths in History

  • 607 Pope Boniface III, dies after less than a year in office

Person of interestCnut the Great

1035 Cnut the Great [Canute], King of Denmark, England, Norway and parts of Sweden (1016-1035), dies around the age of 45

King of England, Denmark and Norway Cnut the Great
King of England, Denmark and Norway
Cnut the Great
  • 1094 King Duncan II of Scotland (b. 1060)
  • 1202 Knut VI, king of the Denen/Turn (1182-1202), dies at about 39
  • 1434 King Louis III of Naples
  • 1555 Stephen Gardiner, English bishop of Winchester, dies at about 65
  • 1558 Shalom Shakna ben Joseph, Rabbi (founder of 1st Polish Yeshiva), dies
  • 1567 Anne Pierre Adrien duke of Montmorency, Marshal of France, dies at 74
  • 1595 John Hawkins, English navigator/treasurer of the Navy, dies at 63
  • 1600 Andreas of Austrian, Land Guardian of Neth (1598-1600), dies at 42
  • 1606 St. Nicholas Owen (martyr), one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
  • 1667 Hans Nansen, Danish statesman, dies at 68
  • 1671 Thomas, 3rd baron Fairfax of Cameron, English general, dies at 59
  • 1720 Peter Tordenskjold, Norwegian naval hero, dies at 30
  • 1722 Adriaen van der Werff, Dutch painter/engraver/architect, dies at 63
  • 1742 Friedrich Hoffmann, German physician and chemist (b. 1660)
  • 1754 Jacob de Wit, Amsterdam painter/decorater, dies at 58
  • 1793 Jean-Sylvain Bailly, French astronomer noted for his computation of an orbit for Halley’s Comet (1759) and author of History of Ancient Astronomy from Its Origin to the Establishment of the School of Alexandria, guillotined during the Reign of Terror at 57
  • 1802 Charles van Poucke, Flemish sculptor, dies at 62
  • 1806 Josef Gottlieb Kölreuter, German Botanist who pioneered the study of plant hybrids, dies at 73
  • 1809 Karel van Poucke, Flemish sculptor, dies at 69
  • 1836 Juan Ramón Balcarce, Argentine military leader and politician (b. 1773)
  • 1857 Manuel Oribe, Uruguayan politician and nationalist, 2nd President of Uruguay (1835-38), dies at 65
  • 1865 Elizabeth Gaskell, English novelist (North and South), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1865 Preston King, U.S. Senator from New York (1857-63), dies at 59
  • 1869 Gheorghe Asachi, author/humanist (1st newspaper in Moldavia), dies
  • 1893 Alexander Freiherr von Bach, premier of Austria (1852-59), dies at 80
  • 1908 William Keith Brooks, American marine zoologist (anatomy and embryology of marine animals), dies at 60
  • 1912 Jose Canalejas bon Mendez, premier of Spain (1910-12), murdered at 58

Person of interestPercival Lowell

1916 Percival Lowell, American astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto) and founder of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, dies of a stroke at 61

Astronomer Percival Lowell
Percival Lowell
  • 1921 Fernand Khnopff, Belgian painter and sculptor, dies at 63
  • 1939 Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor, communist and humanitarian (Spanish Civil War, Second Sino-Japanese War), dies of blood poisoning from a cut on his finger from operating on a wounded soldier at 49
  • 1941 Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, NY gangster/police informer, killed
  • 1944 George D Birkhoff, American mathematician (Aesthetic measure), dies at 60
  • 1947 Emmuska Orczy, British author (Scarlet Pimpernel), dies at 82
  • 1949 Hendrik A de Fish [Henri Pauwels], Flemish philological, dies at 64
  • 1955 Tin Ujević, Croatian poet (Žedan kamen na studencu), dies at 64
  • 1957 Fritz Schulz, German law historian (Classical Roman Law), dies at 78
  • 1958 James Michael Curley, American politician (53rd Governor of Massachusetts, 1935-37), dies at 83
  • 1965 Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Bohra Spiritual Leader, dies at 77
  • 1967 Herman Uyttersprot, Flemish literature historian, dies at 58
  • 1967 Kurt Barthel [KuBa], German writer and political activist, dies at 53
  • 1976 Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1893)
  • 1980 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer and dissident (Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984), dies in a car accident at 42
  • 1980 Haya Victoria van Someren-Downer [Gerarda Victoria Downer], Dutch politician, dies at 54
  • 1984 Chester Himes, American author (b. 1909)
  • 1987 Roger Lewis, aviation exec (Lockheed, C Wright, Pan Am), dies at 75
  • 1990 Rifaat El-Maghub, Egyptian MP leader, murdered
  • 1990 Yannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, dies at 81
  • 1991 Christopher Hayes, dies of heart attack
  • 1991 Paul-Émile Léger, Canadian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop (Montreal), dies at 87
  • 1994 Katherine Elliots, doctor, dies at 75
  • 1994 Michael John Innes Mackintosh Stewart Innes, writer, dies at 88
  • 1995 Curley Fox, fiddler, dies at 85
  • 1995 Jack Mann, British fighter pilot and hostage, kidnapped by Islamists in Lebanon in May 1989, dies at 81
  • 1995 Marion Pitt, social worker/writer, dies at 56
  • 1996 John Qace Hardbattle, political activist, dies at 51
  • 1997 William Matthews, poet, dies at 55
  • 2000 Leah Rabin, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, (b. 1928)
  • 2000 John Bury, British stage designer who worked with Peter Hall, dies at 75
  • 2005 William G. Adams, former mayor of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada (b. 1923)
  • 2006 General Jacob E. Smart, US Air Force leader World War II (b. 1909)
  • 2007 Ira Levin, American author (Rosemary Baby, Boys From Brazil, This Perfect Day), dies at 78
  • 2008 Catherine Baker Knoll, 30th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Karl Plutus, Estonian jurist and centenarian (b. 1904)
  • 2012 Sergio Oliva, American body builder (The Myth, IFBB Mr. Olympia, 1967-9), dies at 71
  • 2013 Aleksandr Serebrov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-7, T-8, TM-8, TM-17), dies at 69
  • 2014 Marge Roukema, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey), dies at 85

Person of interestStan Lee

2018 Stan Lee [Stanley Martin Lieber], American comic-book artist, writer and creative leader of Marvel multimedia corporation (Avengers, Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk), dies at 95

Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee
  • 2020 Jerry Rawlings, Ghanaian Head of State (1981-93) and President of Ghana (1993-2001), dies at 73
  • 2020 Masatoshi Koshiba, Japanese physicist (2002 Nobel Prize for Physics for neutrinos), dies at 94 [1]