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On This Day in History for November 27

Events in History

RomanRoman Empire

176 Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius grants his son Commodus the rank of Imperator

Roman Emperor Commodus
Roman Emperor
Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius
Roman Emperor
Marcus Aurelius
  • 399 St Anastasius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1095 Pope Urban II preaches the west to wrestle control of the Holy land the Seljuk Turks at the Council of Clermont, triggering the First Crusade
  • 1237 Battle of Cortenuova: Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II defeats the Second Lombard League

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1295 English King Edward I calls what later became known as "The Model Parliament" extending the authorities of its representatives

King of England Edward I
King of England
Edward I
  • 1382 Battle of Westrozebeke/Roosebeke. French army defeats the Flemish army. Flemish leader Philip Van Artevelde killed and corpse displayed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1493 Christopher Columbus returns to La Navidad colony, finding it destroyed by the 1st native American uprising against Spanish rule. Taíno cacique Caonabo led his people to attack the settlement after the brutal treatment they received from the garrison who disobeyed Columbus's orders.

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1495 Scottish king James IV receives Perkin Warbeck, pretender to the English trone
  • 1587 Dutch county of Groningen flooded by failure of dyke
  • 1798 Rabbi Shneur Zalman, author (Tanya), released from St Petersburg jail

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1807 Portuguese Royal Family and its court of nearly 15,000 people leave Lisbon for their colony of Brazil to escape invading Napoleonic troops

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1815 City of Kraków (Poland) declared a free republic state by the Congress of Vienna
  • 1815 Adoption of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Poland
  • 1826 John Walker invents friction match in England
  • 1839 American Statistical Association organizes in Boston
  • 1863 -29] Battle at Fort Esperanza, Texas
  • 1863 Battle of Payne's Farm, Virginia
  • 1864 2nd day of Battles at Waynesboro, Georgia

BattleBattle of Interest

1868 Battle at Washita River, Oklahoma. General George A. Custer attacks group of Native American Indians, their chief Black Kettle dies in the attack

  • 1885 1st photograph of a meteor taken by Austro-Hungarian photographer Ladislaus Weinek in Prague
  • 1889 1st permit issued to drive a car through Central Park (Curtis P Brady)
  • 1889 Hermann Sudermann's "Ehre" premieres in Berlin
  • 1890 1st signal box for SF Police Department goes into operation

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1895 Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel's will establishes the Nobel Prize

Chemist, Engineer & Innovator Alfred Nobel
Chemist, Engineer & Innovator
Alfred Nobel

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1901 Gerhart Hauptmann's play "Der rote Hahn" premieres in Berlin

Dramatist, Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Dramatist, Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • 1901 U.S. Army War College is established in Washington, D.C.
  • 1901 Prince Ito of Japan comes to St Petersburg hoping to get the Russians to grant Japan concessions in Korea, but later drops this goal and decides to make an alliance with Britain
  • 1910 NY's Penn Station opens as world's largest railway terminal
  • 1912 Albanian National Flag adopted
  • 1912 Spanish protectorate in Morocco forms
  • 1914 1st British woman elected political agent (Grantham, Linconshire)
  • 1919 Peace of Neuilly-sur-Seine: Allies & Bulgaria
  • 1924 57,000 watch a High School football game (LA & Polytechnic tie 7-7)
  • 1924 In New York City, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held
  • 1925 German Parliament ratifies treaty of Locarno
  • 1926 110,000 watch US Army & Navy play a 21-all tie
  • 1926 Italian & Albania sign peace treaty
  • 1926 KXL-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
  • 1926 Restoration of Williamsburg, Virginia, begins
  • 1932 Poland & USSR sign non-aggression treaty

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934 Bank robber Baby Face Nelson dies in a shoot-out with the FBI

FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1939 Maxwell Anderson's play "Key Largo" premieres in NYC

Playwright and Dramatist Maxwell Anderson
Playwright and Dramatist
Maxwell Anderson
  • 1941 British 13th Army Corps reaches Tobruk in Libya
  • 1941 USSR begins a counter offensive, causes Germany to retreat
  • 1942 French navy at Toulon scuttles ships & subs so Nazis cannot seize them

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942 Tito appoints Anti-fascist Liberation board in Yugoslavia

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito
  • 1944 4,000 shells detonate in RAF arms depot at Fauld, near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire; village of Hanbury destroyed, at least 70 people killed
  • 1944 US 121st Infantry regiment opens assault on Hurtgen in Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 General George Marshall named special US envoy to China

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • 1945 Trial against Dutch Fascist NSB leader Anton Mussert begins (later convicted and executed by firing squad)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 Dutch resistance fighter Hannie Schaft re-buried in presence of Queen Wilhelmina

Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Queen of the Netherlands
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1946 Peter Fraser's Labour government wins a second term in New Zealand's general elections

New Zealand Prime Minister Peter Fraser
New Zealand Prime Minister
Peter Fraser
  • 1948 Honda 1st opens in America
  • 1950 Trial against RC clergy "imperialistic conspiracy" begins in Prague
  • 1951 1st rocket to intercept an airplane at White Sands, New Mexico
  • 1951 Cease-fire & demarcation zone accord signed in Panmunjon, Korea
  • 1954 Alger Hiss is released from prison after serving 44 months for perjury
  • 1956 F Goodrich and A Hackett's "Diary of Anne Frank" premieres in Netherlands

USALittle Rock Crisis

1957 US Army withdraws from Little Rock, Arkansas after Central High School integration

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The 101st Airborne Division escort the nine black students into Little Rock School in Arkansas
The 101st Airborne Division escort the nine black students into Little Rock School in Arkansas
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  • 1958 USSR abrogates Allied war-time agreements on control of Germany
  • 1960 Dr Felix Houphouet-Boigny becomes president of Ivory Coast
  • 1960 Patrice Lumumba flees Leopoldville, Congo
  • 1962 1st test flight of the Boeing 727 takes place
  • 1962 Sumner Arthur Long's play "Never Too Late" premieres in NYC
  • 1962 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1963 The Convention on the Unification of Certain Points of Substantive Law on Patents for Invention is signed at Strasbourg
  • 1965 15-25,000 demonstrate against war in Vietnam in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966 Uruguay adopts constitution
  • 1967 Gold pool nations pledge support of $35 per ounce gold price

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 French President Charles de Gaulle said 'Non!' to British entry to the European Common Market for the second time

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1970 Carl Morton (18-11 for last-place Expos), receives NL Rookie of Year

BeatificationPapal Visit

1970 Pope Paul VI wounded in chest during a visit to Philippines by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest

Pope Paul VI
Paul VI
  • 1971 Soviet Mars 2 becomes 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars
  • 1971 Two Customs officials are shot by an Irish Republican Army sniper firing upon a British Army patrol investigating a bomb attack on a Customs Post near Newry, County Armagh
  • 1972 Pierre Trudeau forms Canadian government
  • 1973 Gary Matthews wins NL Rookie of Year

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1973 Neil Simon's play "Good Doctor" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 US Senate votes 92-3 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 US President Richard Nixon signs the Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act, authorizing petroleum price, production, allocation and marketing controls

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1975 The Provisional IRA assassinates Ross McWhirter, after a press conference in which McWhirter announced a reward for the capture of those responsible for multiple bombings and shootings across England.


1978 San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk assassinated by former Supervisor Dan White at City Hall

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • 1980 Soyuz T-3 carries 3 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station, launched
  • 1982 Yasuhiro Nakasone elected Prime Minister of Japan succeeding Zenko Suzuki
  • 1983 Colombian jetliner Boeing 747 crashes in Madrid killing 181
  • 1983 Desmond Haynes out handled the ball v India
  • 1985 Republic of Ireland gains consultative role in Northern Ireland
  • 1987 Young man survives 7 attempts at suicide in Somerset, England
  • 1989 Colombian jetliner bombed killing 107
  • 1989 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1989 Luis Alberto Lacelle elected president of Uruguay
  • 1989 US 63rd manned space mission STS 33 (Discovery 9) returns from space
  • 1991 Poetess Maria Elene Cruz Varela sentenced to 2 years (Cuba)
  • 1992 Howard Stern Interview premieres on E! Network
  • 1992 Part of Vienna Hofburg destroyed by fire
  • 1994 Fire in disco in Fuxin, North-China, 233 killed
  • 1994 Julio Maria Sanguinetti elected president of Uruguay
  • 1997 Twenty-five are killed in the second Souhane massacre in Algeria.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1999 New Zealand's Labour Party defeats the National-led government after 9 years in power, Helen Clark becomes the first elected female Prime Minister in New Zealand's history

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark
New Zealand Prime Minister
Helen Clark
  • 2001 A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004 Pope John Paul II returns the relics of Saint John Chrysostom to the Eastern Orthodox Church.

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Birthdays in History

  • 1127 Emperor Xiaozong, 11th emperor of the Song dynasty in China (d. 1194)
  • 1563 Robbert Robbertsz le Canu, Dutch nautical expert, born in Amersfoort, Netherlands
  • 1576 Shimazu Tadatsune, Japanese ruler of Satsuma (d. 1638)
  • 1582 Pierre Dupuy, French historian and scholar, born in Agen, France (d. 1651)
  • 1588 Valerius Andreas, Flemish historian, born in Dessel, North Brabant (d. 1655)
  • 1630 Sigismund Francis, Archduke of Austria, born in Innsbruck, Austria (d. 1665)
  • 1635 Françoise d'Aubigné, marquise de Maintenon, second wife of Louis XIV of France, born in Niort, Kingdom of France (d. 1719)
  • 1648 Petrus Codde, Dutch Roman Catholic apostole vicar (1688-1704), born in Amsterdam (d. 1710)
  • 1668 Henri François d'Aguesseau, Chancellor of France (1717-50), born in Limoges, France (d. 1751)

Person of interestAnders Celsius

1701 Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer (proposed the Celsius temperature scale), born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1744)

Astronomer Anders Celsius
Anders Celsius
  • 1710 Robert Lowth, British Bishop of the Church of England and grammarian (A Short Introduction to English Grammar), born in Winchester, England (d. 1787)

Person of interestRobert R. Livingston

1746 Robert R. Livingston, US Founding Father who delivered oath of office to George Washington, born in NYC, New York (d. 1813)

American Founding Father Robert R. Livingston
American Founding Father
Robert R. Livingston
  • 1746 Increase Sumner, American politician (5th Governor of Massachusetts), born in Roxbury, Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1799)
  • 1756 Paul van Hemert, Dutch theologist and philosopher (Kant) (d. 1825)
  • 1775 Joachim le Sage ten Broek, Dutch notary and publicist, born in Groningen, Netherlands (1847)
  • 1778 John Murray II, Scottish publisher (publisher Lord Byron) (d. 1843)
  • 1779 Aimé, duc de Clermont-Tonnerre, French general and statesman, born in Paris (d. 1865)
  • 1787 Jacob earl van Rechteren van Appeltern, governor of Gelderland
  • 1808 Hugh W. Mercer, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia (d. 1877)
  • 1833 Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, granddaughter of George III, grandmother of Edward VIII and George VI and great-grandmother of Elizabeth II, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1897)
  • 1840 Aleksey Apukhtin, Russian poet and friend of Tsjaikovski, born in Bolkhov, Russian Empire (d. 1893) [OS=11/15]
  • 1843 William Cornelius Van Horne, American-Canadian railway executive (Canadian Pacific Railway), born in Frankfort, Illinois (d. 1915)
  • 1843 Elizabeth Stride "Long Liz", English victim of Jack the Ripper, born in Torslanda, Sweden (d. 1888)
  • 1854 Alois Lexa von Aehrenthal, Austrian diplomat (Foreign Minister of Austria-Hungary 1906-12), born in Groß Skal, Bohemia, Austrian Empire (d. 1912)
  • 1857 Charles Scott Sherrington, British physiologist (Nobel 1932-functions of neurons), born in London (d. 1952)
  • 1865 Jose Asunción Silva, Colombian poet (Nocturno III), born in Bogotá, Colombia (d. 1896)
  • 1870 Juho Kusti Paasikivi, Finnish politician (7th President of Finland 1946-56), born in Tampere, Finland (d. 1956)
  • 1871 Giovanni Giorgi, Italian physicist and electrical engineer (Giorgi system of measurement), born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1950)
  • 1874 Chaim Weizmann, Israeli statesman and Zionist leader (1st President of Israel 1949-52), born in Motal, Russian Empire (d. 1952)
  • 1874 Charles A. Beard, American historian (American Continentalism), born in Knightstown, Indiana (d. 1948)
  • 1875 Władysław Orkan [Franciszek Ksawery Smaciarz], Polish author (Nowele Zebrane), born in Poręba Wielka, Austria-Hungary (d. 1930)
  • 1878 Jatindramohan Bagchi, Indian (Bengali) poet, born in Jamsherpur, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1948).
  • 1886 Tsugouharu Foujita, Japanese-French painter and printmaker, born in Tokyo (d. 1968)
  • 1891 Pedro Salinas, Spanish writer (Generation of 1927), born in Madrid (d. 1951)
  • 1894 Forrest C. Shaklee, American chiropractor and founder (Shaklee Products), born in Carlisle, Iowa (d. 1985)
  • 1894 Amphilochius of Pochayiv [Yakov Varnavovich Golovatyuk], Ukrainian Orthodox Christian saint, born in Mala Ilovytsya, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine (d. 1971)
  • 1894 Kōnosuke Matsushita, Japanese industrialist (founded Panasonic), born in Wakayama, Empire of Japan (d. 1989)
  • 1896 Giovanni Battista Angioletti, Italian author (Il giorno del giudizio), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1961)
  • 1897 Vito Genovese, Italian-American crime syndicate boss, born in Risigliano, Tufino, Italy (d. 1969)
  • 1898 Fredric Warburg, British publisher (Animal Farm) and author, born in Paddington, London (d. 1981)
  • 1907 L. Sprague de Camp, American sci-fi author (Goblin Tower, Hand of Zei), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1909 Donald John Urquhart, English librarian, born in Whitley Bay, England (d. 1994)
  • 1909 James Agee, American author (African Queen, Death in Family), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 1955)
  • 1909 Anatoly Maltsev, Russian mathematician (decidability of various algebraic groups), born in Moscow (d. 1967)
  • 1911 David Merrick, American theatrical producer (Hello Dolly), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2000)
  • 1911 Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and National Scientist of the Philippines, born in Manila, Philippine Islands (d. 2011)
  • 1913 Frances Swem Anderson, American technologist (nuclear medicine), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2019)
  • 1914 Evangeline Bruce, hostess
  • 1917 Tiny Rowland [Roland Fuhrop], German/British owner (Observer)
  • 1920 Elaine Greene, literary Agent
  • 1920 John Richard Ravensdale, historian
  • 1920 Max Tripels, Dutch politician, lawyer, and director, born in Maastricht, Netherlands (d. 1993)

Person of interestAlexander Dubček

1921 Alexander Dubček, Czechoslovak politician who headed the Czech Communist Party and was deposed after a Soviet invasion, born in Uhrovec, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)

Leader of Czechoslovakia Alexander Dubček
Leader of Czechoslovakia
Alexander Dubček
  • 1921 Ole Sarvig, Danish writer and critic (Limbo, Glem Ikke), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1981)
  • 1923 Robert A. Young, American politician (Rep-D-MO, 1977-87), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Theresia van der Pant, Dutch sculptor, born in Schiedam. Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1925 John Maddox, British science writer and editor (Nature), born in Penllergaer, Wales (d. 2009)
  • 1927 William E. Simon, American businessman, US Secretary of Treasury under Nixon, born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • 1929 Billy Nair, South African union/SACP leader (20 yrs in Robbeneiland Prison)
  • 1930 James M. Taylor, American USAF/astronaut, born in Stamps, Arkansas (d. 1970)
  • 1930 Vladimir Maksimov, Russian writer and dissident, born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Joe DeNardo, American Meteorologist, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1932 Benigno Aquino Jr, Philippine opposition leader who was assassinated, born in Concepcion, Philippines (d. 1983)
  • 1934 Lawrence Jenco, American Roman Catholic priest held hostage in Beirut, Lebanon, born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1937 Gail Sheehy, American author (Hustling), born in Mamaroneck, New York
  • 1943 Nicole Brossard, French Canadian poet, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1944 Martin Corbett, English gay rights activist (Gay Liberation Front, OutRage!), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1944 Mickey Leland, American politician (Rep-D-TX, 1979-89), born in Lubbock, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1946 Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, 2nd President of Djibouti (1999-present), born in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
  • 1952 James D. Wetherbee, American Naval officer and astronaut (STS 32, 52, 63, 86), born in Flushing, New York
  • 1952 Sheila Copps, Canadian politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada (1993-97), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1953 Stephen "Steve" Bannon, American advisor to Trump, chair of Breitbart News, born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1957 Caroline Kennedy. American attorney and diplomat ,daughter of JFK & Jackie Kennedy, born in New York City
  • 1957 Terri R Adams, educator (teacher in space)
  • 1957 Kevin O'Connell, American sound re-recording mixer ( Hacksaw Ridge), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1960 Kevin Henkes, American children's book writer/illustrator (Caldecott Medal), born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • 1960 Tim Pawlenty, American politician, Governor of Minnesota (2003-11), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1960 Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukrainian politician and co-leader of the Orange Revolution, Prime Minister (2005, 2007-10), born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1966 Edward Hall, British theatre director of Hampstead Theatre (Rose Rage), born in England
  • 1971 Eric Menendez, American accused of killing his parents (Menendez Brothers), born in NYC
  • 1994 Shrek the sheep, New Zealand sheep that held world record for biggest shorn fleece, born at Bendigo Station, Otago (d. 2011)

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

1980 British playwright (Nobel prize for literature 2005) Harold Pinter (50) marries 2nd wife British writer and historian Antonia Frazer (48)

Playwright Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter

LoveWedding of Interest

2010 US Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell (25) weds Melanie Juneau in Texas

Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell
Marcus Luttrell

Deaths in History

Person of interestHorace

8 BC Horace, Roman Republican poet (Odes), dies at 56

Roman Poet Horace
Roman Poet
  • 450 Galla Placidia, daughter of Byzant emperor Constantius III, dies at 58
  • 511 Clovis, king of Salische France, founder of Merovingische, dies at 45
  • 640 Saint Acharius of Noyon, French bishop of Noyon–Tournai, dies of natural causes
  • 835 Muhammad at-Taqi, Muslim Shia Imam, dies at 24
  • 1026 Adalbert II, bishop of Utrecht (1010-26), dies
  • 1198 Queen Constance of Sicily, wife of Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1154)
  • 1570 Jacopo Sansovino, Italian sculptor and architect (b. 1486)
  • 1592 Nakagawa Hidemasa, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1568)
  • 1632 John Eliot, English parliament leader, dies at 40
  • 1673 Anthonie Palamedes [Palamedesz], Dutch painter, dies at about 72
  • 1680 Athanasius Kircher, German Jesuit priest and inventor (magic lantern), dies at 79
  • 1720 Willem van Outhoorn, Dutch governor-general (Dutch East Indies), dies at 85
  • 1754 Abraham de Moivre, French mathematician (De Moivre's theorem), dies at 87
  • 1811 Andrew Meikle, British mechanical engineer (b. 1719)
  • 1836 Carle Vernet, French painter and lithographer, dies at 78

Person of interestAda Lovelace

1852 Ada Lovelace, English mathematician and writer and daughter of poet Lord Byron, considered the first computer programmer, dies of uterine cancer at 36

Mathematician and Computer Programmer Ada Lovelace
Mathematician and Computer Programmer
Ada Lovelace
  • 1894 Johanna von Puttkamer, Prussian noblewoman, wife of Otto von Bismarck (b. 1824)
  • 1899 Guido Gezelle, Flemish priest and poet, dies at 69
  • 1901 Clement Studebaker, American automobile manufacturer (b. 1831)
  • 1908 Jean Albert Gaudry, French geologist and palaeontologist, dies at 81
  • 1921 Douglas Colin Cameron, Canadian politician (b. 1854)
  • 1925 Roger de la Fresnaye, French sculptor and painter, dies of tuberculosis at 40
  • 1934 "Baby Face" Nelson [Lester Gillis], American bank robber and gangster, shot by the FBI in a shoot out at 25
  • 1934 Herman Hollis, FBI agent, shot and killed by Baby Face Nelson
  • 1934 Sam Cowley, FBI agent, shot and killed by Baby Face Nelson
  • 1943 Ivo Lola Ribar, Croatian communist and partisan, killed by a German bomb at 27
  • 1944 Camille Looten, French-Flemish priest and literature historian, dies at 86
  • 1944 Leonid Isaakovich Mandelshtam, Russian physicist (b. 1879)

Person of interestEugene O'Neill

1953 Eugene O'Neill, American playwright (Desire Under the Elms-Nobel 1936), dies of cerebellar cortical atrophy at 65

Playwright Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
  • 1955 William Nigh, American director (Ape, Doomed to Die, Mr Wong), dies at 74
  • 1957 Margo Scharten-Antink, Dutch writer (Catherina, Sprotje), dies at 88
  • 1960 Dirk Jan de Geer, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1926-29, 39-40), dies at 89
  • 1971 Korneel Goossens, Flemish literary figure and art historian, dies at 70
  • 1974 Louis B Russell Jr, American longest living heart transplant, dies at 49
  • 1975 Ross McWhirter, English Guinness Book of Records co-founder, assassinated by the IRA at 50
  • 1977 John Little McClellan, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Ark), dies at 81
  • 1978 George Moscone, Mayor of San Francisco (1976-78) shot and killed by Dan White aged 49

MurderHarvey Milk

1978 Harvey Milk, first openly gay person to be elected to public office, assassinated by Dan White at 48

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • 1980 F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect (b. 1882)
  • 1983 Manuel Scorza, Peruvian writer, dies at about 55
  • 1984 Percy Norris, deputy high commissioner of India, shot dead
  • 1987 Babe [Floyd Caves] Herman, Brooklyn Dodgers' slugger (.324 lifetime average), dies at 84
  • 1992 Ivan Generalić, Croatian painter (b. 1914)
  • 1994 Arthur Frank "Peter" Shore, egyptologist, dies at 70
  • 1995 Peter Harrison Swan, bomber pilot/stockbroker, dies at 75
  • 1995 Simon Bailey, 1st British priest to say he had AIDS, dies at 40
  • 1996 George Ernest Leslie, trade union official, dies at 76
  • 1997 Buck Leonard, Hall of Famer in Negro League, dies at 90
  • 1997 Henry Charnock, oceanographer, dies at 76
  • 1999 Alain Peyrefitte, French politician and author (b. 1925)
  • 2000 Dorothy Woolfolk, American comic book editor (Kryptonite), dies at 87
  • 2006 Alan Freeman, British disc jockey known by his nickname 'Fluff' (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Bebe Moore Campbell, American author (b. 1950)
  • 2007 Robert Cade, American physician and inventor of Gatorade, dies at 80
  • 2007 Bernie Banton, Australian asbestos campaigner (b. 1946)
  • 2008 V.P. [Vishwanath Pratap] Singh, Indian politician, 7th Prime Minister of India (1989-90), dies at 77
  • 2010 Irvin Kershner, American director (b. 1923)
  • 2014 P. D. James [Phyllis Dorothy], Baroness James of Holland Park, English crime and mystery writer (Cover Her Face, Death in Holy Orders), dies at 94