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On This Day in History for November 23

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

800 Charlemagne arrives in Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III.

Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne
Holy Roman Emperor
  • 1165 Pope Alexander III returns from exile to Rome
  • 1227 Polish Prince Leszek I the White is assassinated at an assembly of Polish dukes at Gąsawa
  • 1248 Conquest of Seville by Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile after the city capitulates
  • 1334 St Clemens Flood: Dike breaks at Flemish/Zeeuwse/Dutch coast


1499 Flemish pretender to the English throne Perkin Warbeck hanged for reportedly attempting to escape from Tower of London. Invaded England in 1497, claiming to be the lost son of King Edward IV

King of England Edward IV
King of England
Edward IV
  • 1556 King Philip II confers with Dutch financial experts
  • 1577 Water Geuzen under Captain Slope enters Amsterdam
  • 1584 English parliament expels Jesuits

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1644 "Areopagitica", a pamphlet by John Milton decrying censorship, is published

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1654 French mathematician, scientist, and religious philosopher Blaise Pascal experiences an intense, mystical vision that marks him for life.

Mathematician, Physicist and Philosopher Blaise Pascal
Mathematician, Physicist and Philosopher
Blaise Pascal
  • 1700 Cardinal Francesco Albani elected Pope Clemens XI
  • 1705 Nicholas Rowe's play "Ulysses" premieres in London
  • 1765 People of Frederick County, Maryland, refuse to pay British Stamp tax
  • 1783 Annapolis Maryland, becomes US capital (until June 1784)
  • 1832 French take Antwerp in liberation of Belgium
  • 1835 Henry Burden patents horseshoe manufacturing machine (Troy, NY)
  • 1844 Independence of the Duke of Schleswig-Holstein from Denmark.
  • 1848 Female Medical Educational Society forms in Boston
  • 1852 Just past midnight, a sharp jolt likely caused by heavy rains causes Lake Merced, California, to drop 30 feet (9m)
  • 1863 Battle of Chattanooga & Orchard Knob, TN, begins
  • 1863 Patent granted for a process of making color photographs
  • 1864 -25] Battle at Ball's Ferry Georgia (30 casualties)
  • 1867 The Manchester Martyrs are hung at Salford Gaol, Manchester, England for shooting a police officer
  • 1868 Louis Ducos du Hauron patents trichrome color photo process
  • 1869 The clipper Cutty Sark is launched In Dumbarton, Scotland, one of the last clippers ever built and the only one still surviving
  • 1876 Columbia, Harvard & Princeton form Intercollegiate Football Association
  • 1885 Amsterdam police attack meeting of social-democrats united
  • 1887 Notre Dame loses its 1st football game 8-0 to Michigan
  • 1889 Debut of 1st jukebox (Palais Royale Saloon, San Francisco)
  • 1890 King William III of the Netherlands dies (b. 1817) without a male heir and a special law passed to allow his daughter Princess Wilhelmina to inherit.
  • 1890 General elections in Italy.
  • 1892 Battle of Lomani Congo: Belgian unit beats Arabs, 1000-3000 killed
  • 1897 Andrew J Beard invents "jerry coupler" to connect railroad cars
  • 1897 Pencil sharpener patented by J L Love
  • 1899 Battle at Belmont, Cape colony: general Methuen beats Farmers
  • 1903 Colorado Governor James Peabody sends the state militia into the town of Cripple Creek to break up a miners' strike.
  • 1905 Henry Watson Furness, an American physician from Indiana is named US minister to Haiti
  • 1909 7.17" (18.2 cm) of rainfall, Rattlesnake Creek, Idaho (state record)
  • 1909 Wright Brothers form million dollar corporation to manufacture airplanes
  • 1911 Post Hospital at Presidio, San Francisco, renamed Letterman General Hospital
  • 1912 Hamilton Alerts suspended by ORFU for refusing to field a full team in a replay of a protested game
  • 1913 Jim Larkin and James Connolly establish the Irish Citizens Army in order to protect strikers
  • 1914 The US Army withdraws from Mexico.
  • 1915 On the Tigris River in Mesopotamia, the Battle of Ctesiphon between Allied and Turkish forces enters its second day

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1921 US President Warren G. Harding signs Willis Campell Act (anti-beer bill) forbidding doctors prescribing beer or liquor for medicinal purposes

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
  • 1923 German army commander General Von Seeckt bans NSDAP & KPD

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1923 Germany's Gustav Stresemann's government falls to the SPD

German Chancellor Gustav Stresemann
German Chancellor
Gustav Stresemann
  • 1930 NY Giant Hap Moran runs 91 yards for a TD from a scrimmage
  • 1931 Nationally Crisis Committee forms in Hague
  • 1934 An Anglo-Ethiopian boundary commission in the Ogaden discovers an Italian garrison at Walwal, which lay well within Ethiopian territory. This leads to the Abyssinia Crisis.
  • 1936 1st issue of Life picture magazine created by Henry R Luce published
  • 1937 Clifford Odets' "Golden Boy" premieres in NYC
  • 1937 Emile Janson becomes Belgian premier

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1937 John Steinbeck's "Of Mice & Men" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 Nazi Governor of Poland Hans Frank requires Jewish Poles above the age of 11 years to wear a blue Star of David

Lawyer and Nazi War Criminal Hans Frank
Lawyer and Nazi War Criminal
Hans Frank
  • 1940 1st edition of illegal "The Truth" publishes
  • 1940 Romania signs Tripartite Pact
  • 1941 German troops conquer Klin, at NW of Moscow
  • 1942 3rd & 5th Romanian army corps surrenders
  • 1942 US Coast Guard Woman's Auxiliary (SPARS) authorized
  • 1942 German 4th & 6th Army surrounded at Stalingrad
  • 1942 Japanese bombing of Port Darwin, Australia

World RecordPoon Lim's 133 Day South Atlantic Odyssey

1942 Chinese steward Poon Lim begins 133 days adrift after British ship SS Benlomond torpedoed by german U-boat and he is the sole survivor

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Poon Lim and his raft, photo made on request of the US Navy for its Survival Training.
Poon Lim and his raft, photo made on request of the US Navy for its Survival Training.
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  • 1942 Soviet 21st Army recaptures Kalatsj at Don
  • 1943 1st printing of illegal "Warheid"
  • 1943 British Forces Broadcasting Service begins operations
  • 1943 US forces take control of Tarawa, Gilbert Island & Makin from Japanese

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1944 US 7th army under General Alexander Patch conquers Straatsburg

US WWII General Alexander Patch
US WWII General
Alexander Patch
  • 1945 Most US wartime rationing of foods, including meat & butter, ends
  • 1946 French Navy fire in Haiphong Vietnam, kills 6,000
  • 1946 The Workers Party of South Korea is founded
  • 1947 French government of Schumann forms
  • 1948 Dr Frank G Back (NYC) patents lens to provide zoom effects
  • 1954 For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the peak it reached just before the 1929 crash.
  • 1955 Britain transfers the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean to Australia
  • 1960 Tiros 2, a weather satellite is launched
  • 1963 Debut of "Doctor Who" the long-running British sci-fi series
  • 1963 Horatio Alger Society founded

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 JFK's body lies in repose in the East Room of the White House

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 LBJ proclaims Nov 25 a day of national mourning (for JFK)

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1965 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1970 Arthur Young resigns as Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC)
  • 1971 China People's Republic seated in UN Security Council
  • 1973 Arab summit conference adopts open and secret resolutions on the use of the oil weapons; embargo extended to Portugal, Rhodesia, and South Africa
  • 1974 60 Ethiopia government officials executed
  • 1976 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1976 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1976 Apneist Jacques Mayol is the first man to reach a depth of 100m undersea without breathing equipment.
  • 1977 European weather satellite Meteosat 1 launched from Cape Canaveral
  • 1980 4,800 die in series of earthquakes that devastated southern Italy
  • 1980 National Black Independent Party forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 President Reagan vetoes House Joint Resolution 357 which called for further appropriations for fiscal year 1982

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1982 Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida), for mating in preparation for STS-6
  • 1982 FCC drops limits on duration & frequency of TV ads
  • 1983 Soyuz T-9 lands
  • 1983 USSR leaves weapon disarmament talks
  • 1984 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1984 Boston College QB Doug Flutie passes (472 yards), including game ending 48 yard TD (Hail Mary Pass) to end game & beat Miami 47-45
  • 1985 58 die as Egyptian commandos storm hijack Egyptair jet in Malta

Birthdays in History

  • 912 Otto I, the Great, German king, Holy Roman emperor (962-73)
  • 1221 Alfonso X 'the Wise', King of Castile & Leon, (1252-84), born in Toledo, Spain (d. 1284)
  • 1402 Jean de Dunois, French soldier (d. 1468)
  • 1417 William FitzAlan, 16th Earl of Arundel, English politician (d. 1487)
  • 1553 Prospero Alpini, Italian botanist/physician (De Medocoma Aegyptorum)
  • 1632 Jean Mabillon, French palaeographer and diplomat (d. 1707)
  • 1641 Anthonie Heinsius, Dutch statesman (d. 1720)
  • 1669 Johann K Amman, Swiss/Dutch deaf-mute teacher (Surdus Loquens)
  • 1690 Ernst J earl van Biron, Russian duke of Koerland/regent of Ivan VI
  • 1705 Thomas Birch, English historian (d. 1766)
  • 1715 Pierre Charles Le Monnier, French astronomer (d. 1799)
  • 1749 Edward Rutledge, (Gov-SC)/attorney/signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1760 Gracchus Babeuf, French utopian socialist (Tribun du Peuple)
  • 1785 Joannes P Roothaan, 1st Dutch general of the Jesuits (1829-53)
  • 1794 Joan F Van Oordt, vicar (Groninger direction)
  • 1800 Michail P Pogodin, Russian historian/author (Povesti)

Person of interestFranklin Pierce

1804 Franklin Pierce, 14th US President (Democrat: 1853-57), born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire (d. 1869)

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US President
Franklin Pierce
  • 1809 Horatio Phillips Van Cleve, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1891)
  • 1815 William Dennison, postmaster/general (Union), (d. 1882)
  • 1819 Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Belleville, Virginia (d. 1901)
  • 1819 Josiah Dwight Whitney, Northampton Massachusetts, American Geologist who led the California Geological Survey (Mount Whitney and Whitney Glacier are named for him)
  • 1820 John Willis Ellis, Governor (Confederacy) (d. 1861)
  • 1820 Isaac Todhunter, British mathematician (d. 1884)
  • 1821 Charles Meryon, British/French etcher
  • 1830 Kaspar CE Ritter von Zumbusch, German/Austria sculptor

Person of interestJohannes van der Waals

1837 Johannes van der Waals, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1910, Liquid and Gas States), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1923)

Physicist/Nobel Laureate Johannes van der Waals
Physicist/Nobel Laureate
Johannes van der Waals
  • 1855 Frank Friday Fletcher, American Naval Admiral (Medal of Order for Battle of Veracruz), born in Oskaloosa, Iowa (d. 1928)

Person of interestBilly the Kid

1859 Billy the Kid [William H Bonney], American frontier outlaw, born in NYC, New York (d. 1881)

Frontier Outlaw Billy the Kid
Frontier Outlaw
Billy the Kid
  • 1860 Karl Branting, Swedish statesman/diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize 1921)
  • 1861 Konstantin Korovin, Russian painter (d. 1939)
  • 1862 Theo van Rysselberghe, Belgian painter (pointillism)
  • 1864 Henry Bourne Joy, American automobile executive (d. 1936)
  • 1869 Valdemar Poulsen, Danish engineer who invented devices for radio broadcasting, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1942)
  • 1875 Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary, author and literary critic, born in Poltava, Russian Empire (d. 1933)
  • 1878 Ernest J King, US fleet admiral/Chief of Naval Operations (WWII)
  • 1882 Johan C T Kikkert, Dutch painter/etcher/critic
  • 1883 Herman Baccaert, Flemish philological/writer (Along the water front)
  • 1883 Jose Clemente Orozco, Mexican painter (Epic of Culture in New World)
  • 1887 Henry Moseley, English physicist (d. 1915)

Person of interestAlexander Patch

1889 Alexander Patch, American WWII general (Guadalcanal Campaign, Operation Dragoon), born in Fort Huachuca, Arizona (d. 1945)

US WWII General Alexander Patch
US WWII General
Alexander Patch
  • 1890 El Lissitzky, Russian artist and architect (d. 1941)
  • 1892 Erté, French artist (d. 1990)
  • 1896 Klement Gottwald, premier/president of Czechoslovakia (1946-53)
  • 1897 Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian writer (d. 1999)
  • 1897 Karl Gebhardt, Nazi doctor (d. 1948)
  • 1899 Norman Hunter, English children's writer (Professor Branestawm), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1902 Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (d. 2004)
  • 1907 Lars Leksell, Swedish physician (d. 1986)
  • 1908 Nelson S. Bond, American sci-fi writer (d. 2006)
  • 1909 Nigel Tranter, author/historian (River Realm, Robert the Bruce)
  • 1911 Peter Saunders, English theater producer (Legend of the Werewolf)
  • 1912 Det Glynn, teacher/anti-apartheid activist
  • 1914 [Arthur] Wilson "Bob" Tucker, American sci-fi author (Time Masters)
  • 1915 Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro, politician
  • 1917 Hugh Joseph Charles James L'Etang, medical writer
  • 1919 Peter Strawson, English philosopher
  • 1920 Chalmers P Wylie, (Rep-R-OH, 1967- )
  • 1920 Paul Celan [Antschell], German/Romanian poet (Collected Prose)
  • 1921 Hein Roethof, Dutch journalist and politician (PvdA)
  • 1922 Manuel Fraga Iribarne, president of Spanish Galicia
  • 1923 Angelo John Novarese, record company founder
  • 1923 Guy [Gaetano] Molinari, American politician (R-House of Representatives from New York, 1981-1983), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1923 Daniel Brewster, American democrat (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Colin Turnbull, anthropologist
  • 1926 Christopher Logue, British poet/stage writer (Trials)
  • 1926 Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru and philosopher
  • 1926 Vann Molyvann, Cambodian architect (New Khmer architecture), born in Ream, Cambodia (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Guy Davenport, American author, artist, and scholar (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Hal Lindsey, American evangelist and Christian writer
  • 1930 William E Brock, (Sen-D)/US Secretary of Labor (1985-87)
  • 1932 Michael Knight, air chief marshall/British leader (NATO)
  • 1932 Michel David-Weill, French investment banker
  • 1933 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist & revolutionary, born in Kahak, Iran (d. 1977)
  • 1934 Michael Wayne, producer (McQ, Chisum, Green Berets, McLintock)
  • 1934 Rita Rossi Colwell, oceanographer
  • 1935 Dean A Gallo, (Rep-R-NJ, 1985- )
  • 1935 Vladislav Nikolayevich Volkov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 11), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1936 Robert Barnard, British mystery writer
  • 1941 Derek Mahon, Irish Poet (A Disused Shed in Co Wexford), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Andrew Goodman, civil rights worker, murdered in 1964
  • 1944 Jose Torikens, Dutch journalist (Parool, NRC)
  • 1944 Peter Lindbergh [Brodbeck], German fashion photographer and director, born in Lissa, German occupied Poland (d. 2019)
  • 1945 Dennis Nilsen, Scottish serial killer
  • 1945 Jerry Harris, American sculptor
  • 1946 Bobby L Rush, (Rep-D-Illinois)
  • 1947 Geoffery Michael Roberts, vintner
  • 1949 Gayl Jones, American novelist (Corregidora), and poet (Song for Anninho), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1950 Charles "Chuck" Schumer, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1981-1999, Sen-D-NY, 1999 -), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954 Ferry Hoogendijk, Dutch editor in chief (Elsevier Magazine)
  • 1955 Steven Brust [Karl Zoltan], American sci-fi author (Yendi, Jhereg)
  • 1955 Mary Landrieu, American politician (US Senator of Louisiana, 1997-2005) born in Arlington, Virgina
  • 1960 Robin Roberts, American television reporter
  • 1961 Keith Ablow, American psychiatrist and author

Person of interestNicolás Maduro

1962 Nicolás Maduro, Venezuelan politician, President of Venezuela (2013-present), born in Caracas, Venezuela

President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro
President of Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro
  • 1963 Joe Ahearne, British television director
  • 1963 Mamoru Takuma, Japanese mass murderer and rapist (d. 2004)
  • 1963 Gwynne Shotwell, American engineer and businesswoman (SpaceX), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1965 Jennifer Michael Hecht, American poet and historian
  • 1968 Hamid Hassani, Iranian scholar and lexicographer, born in Saqqez, Iran
  • 1968 Kirsty Young, Scottish television journalist, born in East Kilbride, United Kingdom

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

1955 Physicist William Shockley (45) weds psychiatric nurse Emmy Lanning

Physicist William Shockley
William Shockley
  • 1963 "12 Angry Men" director Sidney Lumet (39) weds Lena Horne's daughter Gail Jones

LovePerson of Interest

1974 South African ANC leader Thabo Mbeki (32) marries social worker Zanele Dlamini (36) in London, England

President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki
President of South Africa
Thabo Mbeki

Deaths in History

  • 615 Columbanus, Irish monastery founder/poet/saint (Poenitentiale), dies
  • 947 Berthold, Duke of Bavaria
  • 955 Edred, King of England (b. c. 923)
  • 1249 Ajjoeb, sultan of Egypt, dies
  • 1407 Louis, duke of Orleans, murdered
  • 1457 Ladislaus V Posthumus, king of Hungary/Bohemia, dies at 17
  • 1503 Bona of Savoy, Italian noblewoman (b. 1449)
  • 1503 Margaret of York (Margaret of Burgendy), wife of Charles I, Duke of Burgundy, dies at 57
  • 1511 Princess Anne of York, 5th daughter of King Edward IV, dies at 36
  • 1511 Mahmud Begada, Sultan of Gujarat (successfully captured Pavagadh and Junagadh forts in battles), dies at 66
  • 1558 Charles, Earl of Lalaing, land guardian of the Netherlands, dies at 52
  • 1572 Agnolo di Cosimo, Italian artist and poet (b. 1503)
  • 1613 Charles Philip of Croij, marquis of Havre/earl of Fontenoy, dies at 64
  • 1616 Richard Hakluyt, English writer (b. 1552)
  • 1682 Claude Lorrain, French painter (b. 1604)
  • 1709 Hans Willem baron Bentinck, Dutch/English earl of Portland, dies at 60
  • 1763 Friedrich Graf von Seckendorf, German soldier (b. 1673)
  • 1769 Constantine Mavrocordatos, Prince of Wallachia and Prince of Moldavia (b. 1711)
  • 1783 Yoriyuki Arima, Japanese mathematician (approximated the value of pi and its square, pi^2), dies at 68
  • 1804 Richard Graves, English writer, dies at 89
  • 1806 Roger Newdigate, British politician (sat in the House of Commons 1742-80), dies at 87
  • 1807 Jean-François Rewbell, French lawyer and politician, dies at 60
  • 1814 Elbridge Gerry, American statesman who invented gerrymandering and 5th Vice President of the United States, dies at 70
  • 1829 Ritta and Christina Parodi, Sardinian siamese twins, die at 8 months
  • 1848 John Barrow, 1st Baronet, English statesman and founder of the Royal Geographical Society, dies at 84
  • 1864 Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, German-Russian astronomer, dies at 71
  • 1865 René E de Russy, West Indian/US brigadier general, dies at about 75
  • 1872 Ten Bears (Parra-Wa-Samen), American poet/Comanche chief, dies
  • 1890 Willem III, last male King of the Netherlands (1849-90), dies at 73
  • 1902 Walter Reed, U.S. Army physician and bacteriologist who proved mosquitoes transmit yellow fever, dies at 51
  • 1910 Hawley Harvey Crippen [Dr Crippen], American homeopath and first killer to be caught with the aid of wireless telegraphy, dies by hanging at 48
  • 1914 Elbrige Gerry, VP (of Gerrymander fame), dies at 70
  • 1920 Mohammed ibn Addoellah, Somalian resistances leader "Mad Molla", dies
  • 1923 Urmuz, Romanian writer (b. 1883)
  • 1927 S Przybyszewski, writer, dies
  • 1934 E. A. Wallis Budge, English orientalist and museum curator (British Museum), dies at 77
  • 1935 Louise Mack, Australian poet and novelist, dies at 65
  • 1937 Jagadish Chandra Bose, Indian physicist, ploymath and writer, dies at 78
  • 1937 George Albert Boulenger, Belgian naturalist (b. 1858)
  • 1946 Fawzi Husseini, Arabic High Director for Palestine, murdered
  • 1949 Gustav Radbruch, German lawyer and jurist, dies at 71
  • 1952 Aaro A Hellaakoski, Finnish geographer/poet, dies at 59
  • 1956 Jeanne Cappe, Belgian author (Tres Grand Cardinal), dies at about 61
  • 1962 H. J. Friedericy, Dutch author (Last General), dies at 62
  • 1965 Franc Debenham, Australian geographer/geologer, dies at 81
  • 1966 Seán T. O'Kelly, Irish politician and President of Ireland (1945-59), dies at 84
  • 1970 Yusuf Bin Ishak, president of Singapore 1965-70, dies at about 60
  • 1973 Constance Talmadge, US comedienne (Her Primitive Lover), dies at 75
  • 1974 Cornelius Ryan, Irish war reporter and historian (Bridge too Far), dies at 54

Person of interestAndré Malraux

1976 André Malraux [Berger], French novelist and art historian (La Condition Humaine), dies at 75

Novelist André Malraux
André Malraux
  • 1979 Richard Rovere, American political journalist (Goldwater Caper), dies at 64
  • 1980 Thien-an Thich, Zen teacher/Vietnamese Rinzai line, dies in LA at 54
  • 1983 Juhan Muks, Estonian artist (b. 1899)
  • 1989 Armand Salacrou, French playwright, dies at 90
  • 1990 Nguyen Van Tam, Prime Minister of Vietnam (1952-53), dies
  • 1990 Renate Rubinstein, German-Dutch author and columnist (Tamar), dies at 61

Person of interestRoald Dahl

1990 Roald Dahl, British author (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG), dies at 74

Author Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl
  • 1992 Thelma Orloff, entertainer, dies of kidney failure at 76
  • 1993 Gerarda Rueter, Dutch sculptor, dies at 89
  • 1994 William Donald Campbell, diarist/Ornithologist, dies at 89
  • 1996 Mohamed Amin, Kenyan photojournalist, dies at 53
  • 1996 Ralph Tubbs, architect, dies at 84
  • 1996 Sayed Idries Shah, thinker, dies at 72
  • 2001 Mary Whitehouse, English social activist who opposed social liberalism and the mainstream British media, dies at 91
  • 2002 Roberto Matta, Chilean painter (b. 1911)
  • 2004 Pete Franklin, American talk radio host (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Nick Clarke, English radio presenter (b. 1948)
  • 2006 Alexander Litvinenko, Russian KGB officer, dies at 43
  • 2011 Oscar Griffin Jr, American journalist and 1963 Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 78
  • 2011 Carlos Moorhead, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), dies at 89
  • 2015 Douglass North, American economist, (Nobel Prize Economic Sciences 1993), dies at 95
  • 2016 Joe Esposito, American author and friend of Elvis, dies at 78
  • 2017 Fred van der Spek, Dutch 2nd chamber member (PSP), dies at 93
  • 2019 Walter Spink, American professor and world expert on South Asian art and architecture (Ajanta caves), dies at 91
  • 2019 Barbara Hillary, American adventurer, 1st black woman to reach the North Pole, dies at 88
  • 2020 David Dinkins, American politician (1st African American Mayor of NYC 1990-93), dies at 93 [1]