On This Day in History for October 26

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 143

  • 740 An earthquake strikes Constantinople, causing damage to city walls and buildings
  • 1366 Comet 55P/1366 U1 (Tempel-Tuttle) approaches 0.0229 AUs of Earth
  • 1387 Amsterdam buccaneer Herman of Kuinre sign peace
  • 1407 Mobs attack Jewish community of Kraków
  • 1492 Lead (graphite) pencils first used
  • 1524 Spanish troops give Milan to France
  • 1529 Sir Thomas More appointed Lord Chancellor of England

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1534 Charles V names Joris of Egmont as Bishop of Utrecht

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
  • 1667 Arung Palakka's occupies Makassar (Goa)
  • 1674 Prince Willem III occupies Grave

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1682 William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn
  • 1749 Georgia Colony reverses itself & rules slavery is legal
  • 1774 First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia
  • 1774 Minutemen organized in US colonies

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1776 Benjamin Franklin departs for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • 1787 "Federalist Papers" published, calls for ratification of United States' Constitution

  • 1795 The Directoire, a five-man revolutionary government of France, is created
  • 1822 King Willem I requires inhabitants of Brussels to use Dutch language
  • 1825 Erie Canal between Hudson River & Lake Erie opens
  • 1830 Belgian rebels occupy Antwerp
  • 1850 Robert McClure sights the fabled Northwest Passage for the first time (from Banks Island towards Melville Island)
  • 1858 Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine
  • 1859 The steam clipper Royal Charter is wrecked on the coast of Anglesey, north Wales with 459 dead
  • 1861 Pony Express (Missouri to California) ends after 19 months
  • 1863 International conference begins in Geneva aimed at improving medical conditions on battlefields - beginning of the Red Cross
  • 1864 Union troops ambush & kill 'Bloody' Bill Anderson near Albany, Missouri
  • 1868 White terrorists kill several blacks in St Bernard Parish La
  • 1876 US President sends federal troops to Southern Carolina

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1881 Gunfight at the OK Corral: The most famous shootout in the Wild West occurs, between lawmen (including Wyatt Earp) and the Cowboys, with Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton killed

OK Corral Sheriff Wyatt Earp
OK Corral Sheriff
Wyatt Earp
Gunfighter in the American Old West Doc Holliday
Gunfighter in the American Old West
Doc Holliday
  • 1896 Abyssinia & Italy sign peace treaty
  • 1901 First recorded use of "getaway car" occurs after holding up a shop in Paris
  • 1903 Yerba Buena is first Key System ferry to cross San Francisco Bay
  • 1905 First Soviet (workers' council) formed, St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1905 Union of Sweden & Norway ends
  • 1909 Itō Hirobumi, Resident-General of Korea, and former Japanese Prime Minister, shot and killed by Korean nationalist in Harbin, China
  • 1912 Serbian troops over run Skopje (Uskup)
  • 1912 Woolwich Foot Tunnel under the Thames river in England opens
  • 1913 José Victoriano Huerta Márquez elected president of Mexico

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1916 Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control)

  • 1917 Petrograd Soviet accepts establishment of Military
  • 1917 World War I: Brazil declared in state of war with Central Powers.

  • 1918 Cecil Chubb gives prehistoric monument Stonehenge to the British nation
  • 1918 Soldiers revolt at Harskamp, Veluwe

Victory in BattleEnd of World War I

1918 Germany's supreme commander General Eric Ludendorff resigns, protesting the terms to which the German Government has agreed in negotiating an armistice
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This painting depicts the signing of the armistice which ended World War I in Compiegne, France
This painting depicts the signing of the armistice which ended World War I in Compiegne, France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1919 US President Woodrow Wilson's veto of Prohibition Enforcement Bill is overridden

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1921 Solomon Porter Hood named US minister to Liberia

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1922 Italian government resigns under pressure from fascists & Benito Mussolini

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini

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1922 Gertrude Bell appointed Honorary Director of Antiquities in new Department of Antiquities in Baghdad, Iraq (origin of the Baghdad Archaeological Museum)

Archaeologist and Writer Gertrude Bell
Archaeologist and Writer
Gertrude Bell
  • 1923 Dutch second Chamber rejects Fleet laws (50-49 vote)
  • 1923 Dutch Government of Ruijs de Beerenbrouck resigns
  • 1926 Arthur Goodrich's "Caponsacchi" premieres in NYC
  • 1926 Belgium stabilizes current value of franc (5 franc becomes 1 "Belga")
  • 1931 Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra" premieres in NYC
  • 1933 French government of Serraut forms
  • 1939 Polish Jews forced into obligatory work service
  • 1940 The P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight.

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1941 Second meeting of partisans Tito & Draza Mihailovic in Yugoslavia

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito
  • 1942 Second day of Battle of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal
  • 1942 Fourth day of battle at El Alamein: Australian breakthrough
  • 1942 Battle of Santa Cruz: Japanese naval offensive against US forces near Solomon Islands
  • 1943 World War II: First flight of the Dornier Do 335 "Pfeil".
  • 1947 Maharajah of Jammu & Kashmir accedes to India
  • 1947 The British military occupation ends in Iraq.

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1949 US President Harry Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1950 630 Dutch volunteers depart for Korea
  • 1950 Branch Rickey resigns as Brooklyn Dodger president

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1950 Mother Teresa founds Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • 1950 South Korean troops reach Chosan at Chinese boundary
  • 1951 Emile Zatopek runs world record 30,000m, 25,000m & 15 miles

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1951 Winston Churchill re-elected British Prime Minister at the age of 76

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1953 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field, Australia
  • 1954 Chevrolet unveils V-8 engine
  • 1954 Trieste returned to Italy.
  • 1955 First edition of "Village Voice" (NYC) published
  • 1955 British troops occupy Saudi Arabian oil field at Boeraimi

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1955 Ngô Đình Diệm proclaims Vietnam a republic with himself as President

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm
  • 1956 UN's International Atomic Energy Agency statute approved
  • 1956 Vietnam promulgates its constitution

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1957 USSR fires defense minister Marshal Georgi Zhukov

Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
Marshal of the Soviet Union
Georgy Zhukov
  • 1958 PanAm flies first transatlantic jet from New York to Paris
  • 1958 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1961 First test flight of Saturn launch vehicle

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1962 JFK warns Russia that the USA will not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba

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

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1962 Nikita Khrushchev sends note to JFK offering to withdraw his missiles from Cuba if US closed its bases in Turkey: offer is rejected

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • 1963 US performs underground nuclear test at Fallon, Nevada
  • 1964 Eric Edgar Cooke becomes last person in Western Australia to be executed.
  • 1965 Sylvia Likens tortured by teen girl gang
  • 1966 First Pacific communications satellite launched, Intelsat 2
  • 1966 US aircraft carrier Oriskany catches fire at Gulf on Tonken, 43 die
  • 1967 Shah of Iran crowns himself after 26 years on Peacock Throne
  • 1968 First European satellite launched, Esro 1, at Cape Kennedy
  • 1968 Soviet Union launches spacecraft Soyuz 3
  • 1970 "Doonesbury" comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers
  • 1970 Tanzania begins building railway Lusaka-Drone ash Salaam
  • 1971 UN votes to replace Taiwan with China
  • 1971 An Assembly, attended only by Nationalist politicians, and acting as an alternative to Stormont, meet in Dungiven Castle
  • 1972 Guided tours of Alcatraz (by Park Service) begin

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1972 Henry Kissinger declares "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam

US Secretary of State and Political Scientist Henry Kissinger
US Secretary of State and Political Scientist
Henry Kissinger
  • 1973 Israeli forces reach Suez, trapping Egyptian army

Birthdays in History

  • 1427 Sigismund, Archduke of Austria, born in Innsbruck, Austria (d. 1496)
  • 1473 Duke Friedrich of Saxony, 36th Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (1498-1510), born in Torgau, Germany (d. 1510)
  • 1491 Zhengde, 10th Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, born in Beijing (d. 1521)
  • 1609 William Sprague, English co-founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1675)
  • 1645 Aert de Gelder, Dutch painter (King David), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1727)
  • 1673 Dimitrie Cantemir, Romanian historian and Monarch of Moldova (1710-11), born in Dimitrie Cantemir, Vaslui, Romania (d. 1723)
  • 1684 Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Prussian field marshal, born in Löwitz, Pomerania (d. 1757)
  • 1757 Karl Leonhard Reinhold, Austrian philosopher (elementary philosophy), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1823)

Person of interestGeorges Danton

1759 Georges Danton, French politician and revolutionary (1st president of the Committee of Public Safety during the French Revolution), born in Arcis-sur-Aube, France (d. 1794)

Politician and Revolutionary Georges Danton
Politician and Revolutionary
Georges Danton
  • 1768 Eustachy Erazm Sanguszko, Polish general and politician, born in Radzyń Podlaski, Poland (d. 1844)
  • 1791 Charles Sprague, American banker and poet (Curiosity), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1875)
  • 1794 Konstantin Thon, Russian architect (Grand Kremlin Palace), born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1881)
  • 1800 Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Prussian general and fieldmarshal, born in Parchim, Mecklenburg-Schwerin (d. 1891)
  • 1802 Miguel I, King of Portugal (1828-34), born in Palace of Queluz, Sintra, Portugal (d. 1866)
  • 1804 Lorenzo Thomas, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in New Castle, Delaware (d. 1875)
  • 1823 Karl Weinhold, German sociologist (founder of Journal of the Association of Folklore), born in Dzierżoniów, Poland (d. 1901)
  • 1824 Arthur Middleton Manigault, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1886)
  • 1830 Stephen Elliott, Jr., Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Beaufort, South Carolina (d. 1866)
  • 1837 James Lawlor Kieran, Irish-American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Mountbellew, County Galway (d. 1869)
  • 1843 Vasily Vereshchagin, Russian painter (War & Peace), born in Cherepovets, Russia (d. 1904)
  • 1849 Ferdinand Georg Frobenius, German mathematician (Frobenius–Stickelberger formulae), born in Charlotteburg, Berlin, Germany (d. 1917)
  • 1854 C. W. Post, American manufacturer of breakfast cereals, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1914)
  • 1869 Washington Luís, President of Brazil (1926-30), born in Macaé, Rio de Janeiro (d. 1957)
  • 1871 Guillermo Kahlo, German-Mexican photographer and father of Frida Kahlo, born in Pforzheim, Grand Duchy of Baden, German Empire (d. 1941)
  • 1873 Thorvald Stauning, Prime Minister of Denmark (1924-26, 1929-42), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1942)
  • 1874 Martin Lowry, English chemist (Brønsted–Lowry acid–base theory), born in Low Moor, Bradford (d. 1936)
  • 1880 Andrei Bely [Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev], Russian writer (Petersburg), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1934)
  • 1883 Napoleon Hill, American writer and philosopher (Think and Grow Rich), born in Pound, Virginia (d. 1970)
  • 1886 Mark Aldanov,, Russian-French writer and critic (Novy Zhurnal), born in Kiev (d. 1957)
  • 1888 Runar Schildt, Finnish writer (Segrande Eros), born in Helsinki (d. 1925)
  • 1888 Nestor Makhno, Ukrainian anarchist Insurrectionary leader, born in Hulai-Pole, Russian Empire (d. 1934)
  • 1893 Miloš Crnjanski, Serbian poet (Seobe), born in Csongrád, Austria-Hungary (d. 1977)
  • 1894 John S Knight, American journalist and publisher (Knight Newspapers), born in Bluefield, West Virginia (d. 1981)
  • 1900 Ibrahim Abboud, 1st President and 4th Prime Minister of Sudan (1958-64), born in Suakin, Sudan (d. 1983)
  • 1900 Karin Boye, writer (Kallocain), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1941)
  • 1905 George Flahiff, Canadian Cardinal, born in Paris, Ontario, Canada (d. 1989)
  • 1910 John Krol, American former archbishop of Philadelphia (1961-88), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Sorley MacLean, Scottish poet (Poems to Eimhir and Other Poems), born in Osgaig, Raasay, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Stuart J. Byrne, American sci-fi author (Star Man, God Man), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2011)

Person of interestFrancois Mitterrand

1916 Francois Mitterrand, 21st President of France (1981-1995), born in Jarnac, France (d. 1996)

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 1917 Mario Biaggi, American politician (Rep-D&R-NY, 1969-88), born in New York (d. 2015)

Person of interestEdward W. Brooke

1919 Edward W. Brooke, 1st African American senator in over 80 yrs (Sen-R-Mass), born in Washington D.C. (d. 2015)

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke
  • 1920 T. C. Jones, American female impersonator, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 1971)
  • 1921 George Houston, land economist
  • 1921 George Forrest, Northern Irish MP (d. 1968)
  • 1924 Tom Lewis, American politician (Rep-R-Florida, 1983-93), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Jan Wolkers, Dutch sculptor and novelist (Brief American), born in Oegstgeest, Netherlands (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Yuri Aleksandrovich Letunov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1928 Francisco Solano López, Argentine comic artist, born in Buenos Aires (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Georgette Amowitz, French choreographer and educator, born in Paris
  • 1930 John Arden, English novelist and playwright (Left Handed Liberty), born in Barnsley, England (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Anthony Beilenson, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1977-97), born in New York
  • 1934 Ulrich Plenzdorf, German writer (Die neuen Leiden des jungen W.), born in Berlin (d. 2007)
  • 1938 Charles W Stenholm, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1979-2005), born in Stamford, Texas
  • 1939 Vladimir Mikhailovich Beloborodov, cosmonaut
  • 1940 Mario Orosco, 1st victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (survives)
  • 1942 John P "Jannie" Roux, South African sect to pres (Botha/De Klerk)
  • 1944 Ries Smits, Dutch economist and politician (CDA), born in Tricht, Netherlands
  • 1945 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1945 Demetris Th. Gotsis, Greek poet and author, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1947 Trevor Joyce, Irish poet (The Poems of Sweeny Peregrine), born in Dublin

Person of interestHillary Clinton

1947 Hillary Rodham Clinton, US 1st Lady (1993-2001), Senator (NY, 2001-09), Secretary of State (2009-13) and 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee, born in Chicago, Illinois

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • 1952 Andrew Motion, English poet (British Poet Laureate 1999-2009), born in London
  • 1952 Abbas al-Musawi, influential Lebanese Shia cleric, and founder and leader of Hezbollah, born in Al-Nabi Shayth, Lebanon (d. 1992)
  • 1953 Jennifer Roberson, American sci-fi author (Shapechangers, Sword-Maker)
  • 1953 Rosa Monckton, English businesswoman adn notable charity fundraiser, born in Westminster, London
  • 1954 Carlos Agostinho do Rosário, Mozambican politician, Prime Minister of Mozambique (2015-), born in Maxixe, Mozambique
  • 1955 Stephen K Robinson, PhD/astronaut (STS 85, sk:95), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1956 Stephen Gumley, Australian businessman
  • 1956 Regina Benjamin, 18th US Surgeon General (2009-13), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1959 Evo Morales, Bolivian politician and 80th President of Bolivia (2006-present), born in Isallawi, Bolivia
  • 1961 Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenyan Prime Minister (2013-) and son of Jomo Kenyatta, born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1963 Ted Demme, American film and television director, born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1972 Hamdi Ulukaya, Kurdish founder and CEO of Chobani, born in Erzincan, Turkey
  • 1973 Taka Michinoku, Japanese professional wrestle
  • 1979 Movsar Barayev, Chechen militant (d. 2002)
  • 1996 Pasaye, twin born 92 days before his brother (Jan 26), born in Palatine, Illinois

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

1789 Lexicographer Noah Webster (31) weds Rebecca Greenleaf

Lexicographer Noah Webster
Noah Webster

LoveWedding of Interest

1968 Lawyer and politician Rudy Giuliani (24) weds second cousin Regina Peruggi (22) in a large Roman Catholic ceremony in Bedford Park, The Bronx

Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani
Mayor of New York City
Rudy Giuliani
  • 2008 World's fattest man Manuel Uribe (43) weds Claudia Solis (38) in Monterrey, Mexico
  • 2013 Actress Christina Ricci (33) weds dolly grip James Heerdegen in Manhattan, New York

Deaths in History

Person of interestAlfred the Great

900 Alfred the Great, Anglo-Saxon monarch who was King of Wessex and King of the Anglo-Saxons, dies at 50 or 51

King of the Anglo-Saxons and King of Wessex Alfred the Great
King of the Anglo-Saxons and King of Wessex
Alfred the Great
  • 1132 Floris the Black, brother of earl Dirk VI of Holland, murdered
  • 1235 Andres II Arpad, King of Hungary (1205-35), dies
  • 1440 Gilles de Rais, French marshal, killer of 140 children, hanged
  • 1576 Frederick II the Vrome, ruler of Palts, dies
  • 1608 Juan Pantoja de la Cruz, Spanish royal painter, dies
  • 1633 Horio Tadaharu, Japanese warlord (b. 1596)
  • 1640 Pietro Tacca, Italian sculptor and architect (Aanbidding of the Point), dies at 63
  • 1658 Francisco de Borja y Aragon Esquilache, Spanish poet, dies
  • 1661 Johann B Schup, [Schuppius], German poet/historian/vicar, dies
  • 1671 Sir John Gell, 1st Baronet, English politician (b. 1593)
  • 1675 William Sprague, English co-founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts (b. 1609)
  • 1679 Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist, dies at 58
  • 1686 John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater, English politician, dies at 63
  • 1693 Coenraad van Beuningen, mayor of Amsterdam/diplomat, dies at 71
  • 1717 Catherine Sedley, English mistress of James II of England (b. 1657)
  • 1751 Philip Doddridge, English Nonconformist clergyman, dies at 49
  • 1764 William Hogarth, English satiric painter and engraver (Rake's Progress), dies at 66
  • 1773 Amédée-François Frézier, French military engineer and explorer (b. 1682)
  • 1803 Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford, English politician, dies at 82
  • 1806 John Graves Simcoe, first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada (b. 1752)
  • 1817 Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Austrian scientist (b. 1727)
  • 1848 Vissarion G Belinski, Russian literature critic, dies
  • 1864 "Bloody Bill" Anderson, American Civil War Pro-Confederate rebel guerrilla leader, killed by union troops at 24 or 25
  • 1866 John Kinder Labatt, Irish-Canadian brewer (Labatt Brewing Company) (b. 1803)
  • 1868 B F Randolph, SC state senator, assassinated
  • 1881 Billy Clanton, brother of Ike, dies
  • 1890 Collodi, [Carlo Lorenzini], Italian writer (Pinocchio), dies
  • 1896 Paul-Armand Challemel-Lacour, French statesman (b. 1827)

Person of interestElizabeth Cady Stanton

1902 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American women's rights activist, dies of heart failure at 86

Women's Rights Activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Women's Rights Activist
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • 1909 Itō Horiboemi, Japanese samurai, statesman and four time Prime Minister of Japan, assassinated by a Korean nationalist aged 68
  • 1916 Klaas Kater, Dutch Christian Worker's Union Leader, dies at 83
  • 1923 Charles Proteus Steinmetz, German-American electrical engineer (development of alternating current), dies at 58
  • 1929 Arno Holz, German writer (Phantasus), dies at 66
  • 1936 Bob Dellemijn, Lourdes-ganger/Franco-volunteer, dies in battle at 18
  • 1937 Józef Dowbór-Muśnicki, Polish general, serving with the Imperial Russian and then Polish armies, dies at 70
  • 1941 Arkady Gaidar, Russian children's writer (b. 1904)
  • 1943 Marc Aurel Stein, Hungarian-British archaeologist, dies at 80
  • 1944 Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria (b. 1857)
  • 1944 William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1881)
  • 1945 Paul Pelliot, French Sinologist and Orientalist best known for his explorations of Central Asia and his discovery of many important Chinese texts among the Dunhuang manuscripts, dies at 67
  • 1945 Alexei Krylov, Russian engineer and mathematician, dies at 82
  • 1947 Canon Edwin Sidney Savage, English rector (b. 1862)
  • 1954 Floris HL Prims, Flemish priest/historian/archivist of Antwerp, dies
  • 1957 Níkos Kazantzákis, prominent Greek writer and philosopher (Zorba the Greek, The Last Temptation of Christ), dies at 74
  • 1961 Milan Stojadinović, Serbian-Yugoslav political figure and 12th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (1935-39), dies at 73
  • 1964 Agnes Miegel, writer, dies
  • 1965 Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (b. 1949)

Person of interestIgor Sikorsky

1972 Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American aviation pioneer and helicopter builder, dies at 83

Aviator Igor Sikorsky
Igor Sikorsky
  • 1979 Park Chung-hee, South Korean President, assassinated
  • 1980 Marcello Caetano, last Portuguese prime minister of the Estado Novo regime (1968-1974), dies in exile of a heart attack at 74
  • 1982 Giovanni Benelli, archbishop of Florence/Pope candidate, dies
  • 1984 Laurie Langenbach, author, dies at 37
  • 1989 Charles J. Pedersen, American biochemist (Nobel 1987), dies at 85
  • 1991 Lori Rae Matthews, crushed to death by an artist's 485 lb umbrella
  • 1993 Absolutely Nobody, [David Powers], Wash lt-gov candidate, dies at 37
  • 1993 H Hardenberg, writer, dies
  • 1995 Bernhard Heiliger, sculptor, dies at 79
  • 1995 Georgia Neese Gray, 1st Woman Treasurer of USA, dies at 95
  • 1996 Gordon Scarrott, engineer, dies at 80
  • 1996 Hans Kosterlitz, German-British biochemist (endorphins), dies at 93
  • 1996 Sylvia Mary Paget Chancellor, philanthropist, dies at 95
  • 2002 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, dies at 94
  • 2002 Movsar Barayev, Chechen militant (b. 1979)
  • 2005 Keith Parkinson, American fantasy artist, dies of Leukemia at 47
  • 2006 Pontus Hultén, Swedish art collector and museum director (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Friedman Paul Erhardt (Chef Tell), German-born American TV chef (b. 1943)
  • 2007 Dr. Arthur Kornberg, American Nobel Prize laureate in 1959 for the discovery of DNA polymerase (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Khun Sa, Burmese warlord (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Tony Hillerman, American writer (b. 1925)
  • 2009 Teel Bivins, American politician (b. 1947)
  • 2010 Glen "Frosty" Little, American circus clown (b. 1925)
  • 2010 Mbah Maridjan, Mount Merapi gatekeeper (b. 1927)
  • 2010 Romeu Tuma, Brazilian politician (b. 1931)