On This Day in History for November 15

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 155

  • 655 Battle of the Winwaed: Penda of Mercia is defeated by Oswiu of Bernicia.
  • 1315 Battle of Morgarten: Swiss beat duke Leopold I of Austria
  • 1348 Rudolph of Oron claims Jews have confessed to poisoning wells
  • 1491 Anne of Brittany becomes devoted to end "la guerre folle"

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1492 Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1492 In La Guardia, Spain, 6 Jews & 5 Conversos are accused of ritual murder
  • 1515 Thomas Wolsey is invested as a Cardinal
  • 1527 Treaty of Beautiful garden (emperor-ecclesiastical goods)
  • 1532 Pope Clemens VII tells Henry VIII to end relationship with Anna Boleyn

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1533 Francisco Pizarro arrives at Cuzco

Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro
Spanish Conquistador
Francisco Pizarro

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1577 Sir Francis Drake aboard Pelican travels from Chile to Washington

Vice Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Vice Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake
  • 1583 Gelders Earl Willem of the Bergh flees

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1620 Myles Standish leads 16 men in a foot exploration of the northern portion of Cape Cod

Military Leader of Plymouth Colony Myles Standish
Military Leader of Plymouth Colony
Myles Standish
  • 1660 First kosher butcher (Asser Levy) licensed in New Amsterdam (now New York City)
  • 1679 English House of Commons accepts Exclusion Bill
  • 1688 Prince Willem III's army lands at Torbay, England; the 'Glorious Revolution' commences
  • 1715 Barrier Treaty, Austria cedes area to Netherlands

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1720 Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and John Rackham are captured by Capt. Jonathan Barnet and brought to Spanish Town, Jamaica, for trial

Pirate Anne Bonny
Pirate
Anne Bonny
  • 1727 NY General assembly permits Jews to omit phrase "upon the faith of a Christian" from abjuration oath
  • 1763 Charles Mason & Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania & Maryland
  • 1777 Articles of Confederation adopted by Continental Congress
  • 1791 1st Catholic college in US, Georgetown, opens
  • 1806 1st US college magazine, Yale Literary Government, publishes 1st issue
  • 1806 Explorer Zebulon Pike sights Pikes Peak in Colorado
  • 1813 Allied troops occupies Groningen
  • 1813 Tax revolt in Amsterdam
  • 1824 Series of fires kills 10 in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1826 Dutch Business Me gets monopoly on opium trade in Java/Madura
  • 1827 Creek-indians lose all their property in US

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1835 Charles Darwin reaches Tahiti on board HMS Beagle

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1837 Isaac Pitman introduces his shorthand system
  • 1849 1st US poultry show opens in Boston
  • 1854 In Egypt, the Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, is given the necessary royal concession.
  • 1864 1st US mines school opens in basement of Columbia University, NY

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1864 Union Major General Sherman leaves Atlanta on his "March to the Sea"

  • 1869 Free postal delivery formally inaugurated
  • 1870 Bathe becomes member of Noordduitse Union
  • 1881 American Federation of Labor (AFL) founded (Pittsburgh)
  • 1882 British HMS Flirt destroys village of Asaba, Niger
  • 1884 European Colonization and trade in Africa is officially regulated at the international Berlin Conference, formalizing European powers "Scramble for Africa"
  • 1887 British SS Wah Yeung catches fire on Canton River off Hong Kong
  • 1889 Dom Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil, deposed; republic proclaimed

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1898 David Beatty is promoted to commander

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty

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1899 Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill captured by Boers in Natal

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1902 Leopold II, King of Belgium almost assassinated by Italian anarchist

1stHistoric Invention

1904 King C. Gillette patents the Gillette razor blade

Businessman and Inventor King C. Gillette
Businessman and Inventor
King C. Gillette
  • 1911 Proclamation sets designs for Canadian $5 & $10 gold coins
  • 1914 Italian socialist Benito Mussolini founds newspaper Il Populo d'Italia

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1916 Canadian pilot William George Barker flying over Ancre River, spots concentration of German troops massing for counter-attack on Beaumont Hamel, sends emergency Zone Call to break up German infantry apart. Barker later receives Military Cross

First World War Flying Ace William George Barker
First World War Flying Ace
William George Barker
  • 1919 US Senate 1st invokes cloture to end a filibuster (Versailles Treaty)
  • 1920 Ernst Toller's "Massen und Menschen" premieres in Nuremberg

  • 1920 Free City of Danzig forms under League of Nations protection
  • 1920 League of Nations holds first meeting in Geneva
  • 1921 KYW-AM in Philadelphia PA begins radio transmissions

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1922 British General Election: Conservative party wins a majority under Andrew Bonar Law

British Prime Minister Bonar Law
British Prime Minister
Bonar Law
  • 1924 Dutch Christian Radio Society (NCRV) forms
  • 1926 AT&T sells WEAF radio to RCA (NYC)
  • 1932 Walt Disney Art School created
  • 1934 Nobel for chemistry awarded to Harold C Urey (deuterium)
  • 1935 Commonwealth of Philippines inaugurated
  • 1936 Nazi-Germany & Japan sign Anti-Komintern pact
  • 1937 First US congressional session in air-conditioned chambers
  • 1938 First telecast of an unscheduled event (fire), W2XBT, NY
  • 1938 Farewell Parade of International Brigades in Barcelona
  • 1939 Anti-German demonstrations in Czechoslovakia

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1939 FDR lays cornerstone of Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1939 Nazis begin mass murder of Warsaw Jews
  • 1939 The first unemployment compensation law, under the Social Security Act, that of the District of Columbia, was approved for grants by the Social Security Board
  • 1940 1st 75,000 men called to armed forces duty during peacetime
  • 1940 NY Midtown tunnel linking Manhattan and Queens opens to traffic
  • 1941 Cow Palace opens in San Francisco
  • 1941 Yugoslav government in exile names Draza Mihailovic premier
  • 1942 World War II: First flight of the Heinkel He 219.
  • 1944 Surprise attack on office of Nethche Bank
  • 1945 The rules are revised for election of modern players to the Hall of Fame
  • 1946 House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) interrogates astronomer Harlow Shapley

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1948 Mackenzie King retires after 22 years as Prime Minister of Canada

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

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1948 Louis St. Laurent is sworn in as the 12th Prime Minister of Canada

12th Prime Minister of Canada Louis St. Laurent
12th Prime Minister of Canada
Louis St. Laurent
  • 1950 Arthur Dorrington, 1st black man in organized hockey is signed, by Atlantic City Seagulls of Eastern Amateur Hockey League
  • 1954 1st regularly scheduled commercial flights over North Pole begins
  • 1955 Poland & Yugoslavia sign trade agreement
  • 1957 US sentences Soviet spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel to 30 years & $3,000

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1959 Richard "Dick" Hickock and Perry Smith murder four members of the Clutter Family at their farm outside Holcomb, Kansas (subject of Truman Capote book In Cold Blood)

  • 1960 USS G Washington, 1st sub with nuclear ballistic missiles, launched
  • 1961 Comet C/1961 T1 (Seki) approaches within 0.1019 AUs of Earth
  • 1961 UN bans nuclear arms
  • 1962 Don Drysdale wins Cy Young Award
  • 1964 Sudan Premier Ibrahim Abbud resigns
  • 1965 Craig Breedlove sets land speed record (600.601 mph-966.57 kph)
  • 1966 Gemini XII (Lovell & Aldrin) returns to Earth
  • 1967 The only fatality of the X-15 program occurs during the 191st flight when Air Force test pilot Michael J. Adams loses control of his aircraft descending from 81km, causing its mid air destruction over the Mojave Desert
  • 1969 1st Jackson Five record to enter top 100 (I Want You Back)
  • 1969 1st commercial ad on English TV: Birds-Eye Peas on ATV (Midland)

/flags/vietnamVietnam War Moratorium Demonstration

1969 An estimated 2 million people take part in the Vietnam War Moratorium demonstration across the United States

  • 1969 Wendy's Hamburgers, American fast food restaurant chains founded by Dave Thomas opens in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1971 Intel advertises 4004-processor
  • 1972 Circle-in the-Square Theater opens at 1633 Broadway NYC
  • 1972 Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 48 launched to study gamma rays
  • 1973 Egypt & Israel exchange prisoners of war

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1974 Ringo Starr releases "Goodnight Vienna" & "Only You" in UK

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

Birthdays in History

  • 1316 Jean I, King of France (Nov 15-19, 1316) (he lived only 5 days)
  • 1397 Nicholas V, [Tommaso Parentucelli], Italian Pope (1447-55)
  • 1498 Eleonore of Austria, Queen of Portugal and France (d. 1558)
  • 1556 Jacques-Davy Duperron, French cardinal (d. 1618)
  • 1559 Albrecht, arch duke of Austrian/cardinal-archbishop of Toledo
  • 1607 Madeleine de Scudéry, French writer (d. 1701)
  • 1619 Philips Koninck, Amsterdams painter/etcher
  • 1660 Hermann von der Hardt, German historian (d. 1746)
  • 1661 Christoph von Graffenried, Swiss settler in Americas (d. 1743)
  • 1688 Louis Bertrand Castel, French mathematician (d. 1757)
  • 1692 Eusebius Amort, German Catholic theologian (d. 1775)

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1708 William Pitt the Elder, British Prime Minister (Whig, 1756-61, 66-68) known as the `Great Commoner', born in London, England (d. 1778)

British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner) William Pitt the Elder
British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner)
William Pitt the Elder
  • 1731 William Cowper, English lawyer/poet (John Gilpin) [OS]

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1738 William Herschel, German-British astronomer (discovered Uranus), born in Hanover, Brunswick-Lüneburg, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1822)

Astronomer William Herschel
Astronomer
William Herschel
  • 1741 Johann C Lavater, Swiss vicar/philosopher
  • 1755 Jan Blanken, Dutch hydraulic engineer
  • 1757 Heinrich Christian Friedrich Schumacher, Danish surgeon (d. 1830)
  • 1784 Jerome Bonaparte, King of Westphalia (d. 1860)
  • 1793 Michel Chasles, French mathematician (geometry)
  • 1814 Pleasant Adam Hackleman, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Franklin County, Indiana (d. 1862)
  • 1815 John Banvard, American painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas), born in NYC, New York
  • 1816 Joseph Bennett Plummer, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Barre, Massachusetts (d. 1862)
  • 1829 Petrus A S van Limburg Brouwer, MP/critic (Akbar)
  • 1836 Pierce Manning Butler Young, Mjr Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1896)
  • 1840 Aleksei N Apuchtin, Russian poet/friend of Tsjaikovski [NS=11/27]
  • 1859 Christopher Hornsrud, Prime Minister of Norway (d. 1960)
  • 1862 Adolf Bartels, German folk art writer

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1862 Gerhart Hauptmann, German author (Before Dawn - Nobel 1912), born in Obersalzbrunn, Silesia, Prussia (d. 1946)

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • 1871 Erich Tschermak von Seysenegg, Austrian Botanist who was one of three scientists (also Hugo de Vries and Carl Correns) who independently rediscovered Gregor Mendel's work on the laws of genetics, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1872 Robert marquess of Flers, French author (Habit Vert)

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1874 August Krogh [Schack], Danish zoophysiologist (arterioles and capillaries, Nobel 1920), born in Grenaa, Jutland, Denmark (d. 1949)

Zoophysiologist and Nobel Laureate August Krogh
Zoophysiologist and Nobel Laureate
August Krogh
  • 1881 Franklin P Adams, columnist (Information Please), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1882 Felix Frankfurter, 80th Supreme Court Justice (1939-62), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1886 René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (d. 1951)

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1887 Georgia O'Keeffe, American sculptor/painter (Cow's Skull), born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (d. 1986)

Painter and Sculptor Georgia O’Keeffe
Painter and Sculptor
Georgia O’Keeffe
  • 1887 Hitoshi Asida, Japanese politician
  • 1887 Marianne Moore, poet (Pulitzer 1951, Collected Poems), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1887 René Maran, Martinique, author (Batouala, Prix Goncourt)
  • 1890 Richmal Crompton, British author (d. 1969)

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1891 Erwin Rommel, German Field Marshal (WWII - African campaign), born in Heidenheim, Württemberg, Germany (d. 1944)

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • 1891 W Averell Harriman, American (Gov-D-NY)/ambassador to USSR (1943-46)
  • 1895 Antoni Słonimski, Polish writer (d. 1976)
  • 1897 Sacheverell Sitwell, English poet/author (People's Palace)
  • 1897 Aneurin Bevan, British politician (d. 1960)
  • 1898 Willy Alfredo, [Willem Jue], Dutch entertainer/poet (Fish-Trap)
  • 1899 Avdy Andresson, Estonian statesman (d. 1990)
  • 1899 Iskander Mirza, first President of Pakistan (d. 1969)
  • 1906 Curtis E Le May, air force general/VP candidate
  • 1907 Count Claus Schenck von Stauffenberg, German anti fascist colonel
  • 1909 Don Large, Canadian choral director (Wayne King)
  • 1913 Arthur Haulot, Belgian journalist (d. 2005)
  • 1916 Dame Ruth Nita Barrow, 1st female Governor-General of Barbados (1990-95)
  • 1917 Gerardus H de Bold, bishop of Breda (1962-67)
  • 1919 Joseph Wapner, American judge (People's Court), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • 1920 Wayne Thiebaud, American painter
  • 1922 Francesco Rosi, director (Lucky Luciano), born in Naples, Italy
  • 1922 Giorgio Manganelli, writer
  • 1925 Howard Baker, (Sen-R-Tenn), presidential chief of staff
  • 1925 Yuli Daniel, Russian writer (d. 1988)
  • 1927 Gregor Mackenzie, British politician (d. 1992)
  • 1928 William Heirens, serial killer (Lipstick Killer), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1930 J[ames] G[raham] Ballard, China, sci-fi author (Drowned World)
  • 1930 Olene Walker, politician (R), 1st female Governor of Utah (2003-2005), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Jan Terlouw, Dutch politician (D-66) and author (Winters in Wartime)
  • 1931 Mwai Kibaki, President of Kenya
  • 1931 Pascal Lissouba, Congo politician
  • 1934 Joanna Barnes, actress (Parent Trap, Spartacus, Goodbye Charlie), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1935 Ariston Muguranayanga Chambati, politician/businessman
  • 1941 Daniel Manus Pinkwater, American sci-fi author (Magic Moscow)
  • 1943 Roger Donaldson, director (Cocktail, Cadillac Man, White Sands)
  • 1947 William B Richardson, (Rep-D-New Mexico, 1983- )
  • 1948 Roy P Dyson, (Rep-D-MD, 1981- )
  • 1953 Yuri Viktorovich Prikhodko, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1954 Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Białogard Poland, politician and President of Poland (1995-2005)
  • 1955 Henry Corra, American documentarian
  • 1956 Brian Douglas Wells, American criminal (d. 2003)
  • 1961 Ian Reid, Australian educator
  • 1963 Michele McAnany, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 James Brady, columnist (NY Post), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Shane Mack, American politician
  • 1975 Scott Henshall, British fashion designer
  • 1977 Peter Mark Andrew Phillips, son of Princess Anne, 9th in succession to British throne
  • 1982 D. J. Fitzpatrick, National Football League kicker
  • 1982 Lofa Tatupu, National Football League
  • 1983 DJ Skee, American DJ/Personality
  • 1987 Ian Hecox, Member of Smosh

Weddings in History

  • 2005 Emperor Akihito's daughter Princess Sayako (36) weds Yoshiki Kuroda (40) at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan

Deaths in History


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565 Justinian I (The Great), Byzantinian Emperor (527-565), dies at 82. Corpus Juris Civilis, civil law code, written during reign.

Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I
Eastern Roman Emperor
Justinian I
  • 655 Penda, King of Mercia, Anglo Saxon King
  • 1028 Constantine VIII Byzantine Emperor (b. 960)
  • 1136 Margrave Leopold III of Austria (b. 1073)
  • 1194 Margaretha van Elzas, wife of count Boudouin V of Henegouwen, dies
  • 1280 Albertus Magnus the Great, German leader/bishop Regensburg, dies at 87
  • 1463 Giovanni Antonio del Balzo Orsini, Prince of Taranto and Constable of Naples
  • 1544 King Jungjong of Joseon (b. 1506)
  • 1579 Ferenc Dávid, Hungarian religious reformer (b. 1510)
  • 1628 Roque Gonzales, Paraguayan missionary (b. 1576)
  • 1629 Bethlen Gabor, King of Hungary (1620-29), dies at 49

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1630 Johannes Kepler, German astronomer (planetary Motion), dies at 58

Astronomer Johannes Kepler
Astronomer
Johannes Kepler
  • 1634 Johann Staden, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1658 Jacobus Revius, [Reefsen], theologist/writer/poet, dies at about 72
  • 1670 Jan Amos Komensky [Comenius], Czech-speaking Moravian teacher, educator and writer, dies at 78
  • 1691 Albert Cuyp, landscape painter, buried at 71
  • 1706 Tsangyang Gyatso, 6th Dalai Lama (1697-1706), dies at 23
  • 1712 Charles Mohun, 4th Baron Mohun, English politician (b. 1675)
  • 1712 James Douglas, 4th Duke of Hamilton, Scottish nationalist (b. 1658)

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1794 John Witherspoon, president of the College of New Jersey, dies at 71

Presbyterian Minister John Witherspoon
Presbyterian Minister
John Witherspoon
  • 1795 Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo, French painter (b. 1719)
  • 1812 Eagle Fokke Simonsz, writer (Year 3000), dies at about 57
  • 1819 Daniel Rutherford, Scottish chemist and physician (b. 1749)
  • 1832 Jean Baptiste Say, French economist, dies at 63
  • 1848 P Rossi, Italian, murdered
  • 1853 Queen Maria II of Portugal (b. 1819)
  • 1863 Frederik VII, 1st constitutional king of Denmark (1848-63), dies at 55
  • 1892 Thomas Neill Cream, Scottish serial killer, is executed at 42
  • 1897 John Mercer Langston, US African American jurist, dies at 67
  • 1908 Empress Dowager Cixi [the old Buddha], empress-widow of China, dies at 72
  • 1910 Wilhelm Raabe [Jakob Corvinus], German author, dies at 79
  • 1916 Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish author, Nobel laureate (b. 1846)
  • 1919 Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913), dies
  • 1919 Mohammad Farid, an influential Egyptian political figure.
  • 1928 Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, American Geologist and educator, dies at 85
  • 1931 Cornelis A J van Dishoeck, publisher, dies
  • 1934 Anton CR Dreesmann, German/Neth's manufacturer (Devout & D), dies
  • 1944 Maarten Reuchlin, resistance fighter, executed
  • 1955 Lloyd Bacon, director (Fuller Brush Girl, 42nd Street), dies at 65
  • 1967 Michael James Adams, USAF pilot (X-15), dies in X-15 crash at 37
  • 1971 Rudolf Abel, Soviet spy (b. 1903)
  • 1975 Willem Scheps, Dutch journalist, dies at 77

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1978 Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (Thoughts & Female), dies of pancreatic cancer at 76

Cultural Anthropologist Margaret Mead
Cultural Anthropologist
Margaret Mead
  • 1984 Baby Fae, who received a baboon's heart, dies at 3 weeks
  • 1985 Spencer W. Kimball, American 12th President of the Mormon Church (1973-1985), dies at 90
  • 1993 Luciano Liggio, Italian mafia leader/painter, dies
  • 1993 Mouin Shabaita, Palestinian al-Fatah commandant, murdered
  • 1994 James Winston Watts, developer of the Frontal Lobotomy, dies at 90
  • 1994 Janet Ahlberg, illustrator, dies at 50
  • 1994 Volodymyr Ivashko, President of Ukraine (1990-91), dies
  • 1994 Elizabeth George Speare, American author (b. 1908)
  • 1995 Eve Perrick, journalist, dies at 78
  • 1995 Herbert Delauney Bill Hughes, educationist, dies at 81
  • 1996 Alger Hiss, former alleged spy/lawyer, dies at 92
  • 1997 William Perrie, prison governor, dies at 79
  • 1998 Stokely Carmichael, American civil rights activist (b. 1941)
  • 2002 Myra Hindley, English murderess (b. 1942)
  • 2003 Laurence Tisch, American businessman (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Elmer L. Andersen, Governor of Minnesota (b. 1909)
  • 2005 Dr. Adrian Rogers, American Southern Baptist Minister and leader (b. 1931)
  • 2005 Arto Salminen, Finnish writer (b. 1959)
  • 2006 David K. Wyatt, American historian (b. 1937)
  • 2009 Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, 44th Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church (b. 1914)
  • 2010 Larry Evans, American chess grandmaster and journalist (b. 1932)
  • 2015 Cynthia Payne, English brothel madam, dies at 82
  • 2016 Sixto Durán Ballén, Ecuadorian politician, President of Ecuador (1992-96), dies at 95