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On This Day in History for October 8

Events in History

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

314 Battle at Cibalae: Roman emperor in the west Constantine beats emperor in the east Licinius

Roman Emperor Constantine the Great
Roman Emperor
Constantine the Great
  • 451 Council of Chalcedon (4th ecumenical council) opens
  • 876 Battle at Andernach: Louis the Young beats Charles the Bald
  • 1075 Dmitar Zvonimir is crowned king of Croatia.
  • 1085 San Marcos ministry in Venice initiated

The Great Stand on the Ugra RiverThe Great Stand on the Ugra River

1480 Great standing on the Ugra river, standoff between forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde, and Ivan III Grand Prince of all Rus, Tataro-Mongols retreat, leads to disintegration of the Horde

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Standing on the Ugra river, 1480. Miniature in Russian chronicle. XVI century.
Standing on the Ugra river, 1480. Miniature in Russian chronicle. XVI century.
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  • 1600 San Marino adopts constitution
  • 1604 Supernova "Kepler's nova" first sighted

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1625 English Admiral George Villiers' fleet sails from Plymouth to Cadiz, Spain

Courtier and Statesman George Villiers
Courtier and Statesman
George Villiers
  • 1633 Massachusetts Bay Colony forms its first government

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1645 First hospital in Montreal, Quebec founded, the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal by nurse Jeanne Mance

Nurse and Settler of New France Jeanne Mance
Nurse and Settler of New France
Jeanne Mance
  • 1690 Siege of Belgrade, Ottoman troops capture Belgrade
  • 1712 French privateer Jacques Cassard seen on Suriname coast
  • 1740 Chinese assault on Diestpoort Batavia

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

1769 Captain James Cook lands in New Zealand (Poverty Bay)

Explorer James Cook
James Cook

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1775 Officers decide to bar slaves & free blacks from Continental Army

US General Nathanael Greene
US General
Nathanael Greene

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1779 English engraver and poet William Blake begins study at the Royal Academy, Old Somerset House, London

Poet and Artist William Blake
Poet and Artist
William Blake
  • 1806 British forces lay siege to French port of Boulogne using Congreve rockets, invented by Sir William Congreve
  • 1813 Treaty of Ried between Bavaria & Austria
  • 1815 Joachim Murat's forces land at Pizzo, Italy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1821 The government of General José de San Martín establishes the Peruvian Navy.

Revolutionary Leader José de San Martín
Revolutionary Leader
José de San Martín
  • 1822 First eruption of Galunggung in Java sends boiling sludge into valley
  • 1827 Sea battle at Navarino (Greece freed of Ottoman occupation)
  • 1840 First Hawaiian constitution proclaimed
  • 1856 The Second Opium War or second Anglo-Chinese War: begins with the Arrow Incident on the Pearl River
  • 1860 Telegraph line between LA & San Francisco opens
  • 1862 Battle of Perryville, KY- Confederate invasion halted
  • 1865 Earthquake in Santa Cruz Mountains
  • 1871 Forest fire destroys Peshtigo, Wisconsin, killing between 1,200 and 2,500 people, making it the deadliest wildfire in recorded history
  • 1871 Great Fire of Chicago kills 200 people and destroys over 4 square miles (10 square km) of buildings and the original Emancipation Proclamation
  • 1873 First women's prison run by women opens at Indiana Reformatory Institute
  • 1879 War of the Pacific: the Chilean Navy defeats the Peruvian Navy in the Battle of Angamos, Peruvian Admiral Miguel Grau is killed in the encounter.
  • 1892 Sergei Rachmaninoff first performs "Prelude in C-sharp-Minor" in Moscow
  • 1895 Ohio Valley Improvement Association forms
  • 1898 First Canadian Intercollegiate football game: McGill beats Queen's, 3-2
  • 1903 J M Synge's "In the Shadow of the Glen" premieres in Dublin
  • 1906 Karl Nessler demonstrates first 'permanent wave' for hair in London
  • 1912 Montenegro declares war on Turkey, beginning 1st Balkan War
  • 1915 Battle of Loos on WWI Western Front ends, German forces contain British attack (85,000 casualties)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1917 Leon Trotsky named chairman of the Petrograd Soviet as Bolsheviks gain control

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky

Battle of InterestSgt. Alvin York Kills 25 German Soldiers

1918 American soldier Alvin York single-handedly attacks German gun nest, killing at least 25 and capturing 132 Germans

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Painting of Sergeant Alvin York firing at the German soldiers in France
Painting of Sergeant Alvin York firing at the German soldiers in France
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1924 British Labour government of Ramsay MacDonald falls to Conservatives

British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald
British Prime Minister
Ramsay MacDonald
  • 1929 Mohammed Nadir Khan occupies Kabul Afghanistan and drives out Habibullah Ghazi
  • 1932 The Indian Air Force is established.
  • 1933 Coit Tower dedicated in San Francisco as a monument to firefighters
  • 1933 Martinez Barrios forms new Spanish government

MurderMurder of Interest

1934 Bruno Hauptmann is indicted for murder of Charles Lindbergh's son

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 G Kaufman & Moss Hart's "Fabulous Invalid" premieres in NYC

Playwright Moss Hart
Moss Hart
  • 1939 Germany annexes Western Poland
  • 1940 German troops occupies Romania
  • 1941 Building at Concentration Camp Birkenau begins
  • 1942 Fight at Matanikau, Guadalcanal (John Hersey-Into the Valley)
  • 1943 Great Britain establishes bases on Azores

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 US President Harry Truman announced atomic bomb secret shared with Britain and Canada

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1945 Microwave oven patented
  • 1946 Military plane crashes at Christian HBS, 24 die
  • 1952 Chinese offensive in Korea
  • 1952 Harrow and Wealdstone, northwest London, 112 people killed in Britain's worst peace-time rail crash.
  • 1955 World's most powerful aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga, launched
  • 1957 Procter & Gamble director N McElroy becomes US Secretary of Defense
  • 1957 Soviet spy Jack Sobel sentenced to 7 years (NYC)
  • 1957 Turkish & Syrian border guards exchange fire
  • 1958 Dr Ake Senning installs first pacemaker (Stockholm)
  • 1958 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1959 Conservatives win British general election
  • 1961 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, USSR
  • 1962 Algeria admitted as 109th member of UN
  • 1962 North Korea reports 100% election turnout, miraculously 100% vote for the Workers' Party
  • 1962 Spiegel scandal: Der Spiegel publishes article "Bedingt abwehrbereit" ("Conditionally prepared for defense") about NATO manoeuver called "Fallex 62", uncovering sorry state of West German army. Magazine soon accused of treason.
  • 1963 Sultan of Zanzibar cedes his mainland possessions to Kenya
  • 1964 Gilroy Roberts becomes first US chief engraver to retire (than die)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 Ringo Starr passes his driving test

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1965 Muslims in Jakarta set fire to PKI headquarters
  • 1965 Post Office Tower opens in London, tallest building in England
  • 1965 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1966 Wyoming's Jerry DePoyster kicks 3 field goals over 50 yds (54, 54, 52)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia.

Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara
Argentine Revolutionary
Che Guevara
  • 1968 Dutch aircraft carrier Karel Doorman (formerly British HMS Venerable) sold to Argentina
  • 1969 The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago, Illinois.

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1970 Soviet author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 1970 The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) propose that a system of Proportional Representation (PR) should be used in elections in Northern Ireland
  • 1971 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1972 Lerrin LaGrow Campy, who had been hit by a pitch, is fined & suspended
  • 1973 Spyris Markezinis forms government in Greece
  • 1973 OPEC meets with oil companies to discuss revision of 1971 Tehran agreement and oil prices; negotiations fail.
  • 1974 Franklin National Bank collapses due to fraud and mismanagement; at the time it was the largest bank failure in the history of the United States.
  • 1978 Ken Warby set world water speed record at 319.627 mph (514 kph)
  • 1980 British Leyland starts selling Mini Metro
  • 1980 USSR & Syria sign peace treaty
  • 1980 USSR performs nuclear test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 US President Ronald Reagan greets predecessors Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon before sending them to Egypt for Anwar Sadat's funeral

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • 1982 Poland bans Solidarity & all labor unions
  • 1983 1st regular season Islander OT game beat Caps 8-7
  • 1985 "Rembrandt & Hitler or Me" premieres in Amsterdam
  • 1986 Mike Scott ties playoff record of 14 strikeouts, beats Mets 1-0
  • 1986 RUN DMC calls for a day of peace among LA street gangs
  • 1988 Fire in Seattle's Space Needle causes evacuation, $2,000 damage
  • 1988 Jay Howell ejected in NLCS game 3 for having pine tar on his glove
  • 1990 Israeli police kill 17 Palestinian rioters
  • 1990 US doctors Joseph E Murray & E Donnall Thomas win Nobel Prize

Birthdays in History

  • 1515 Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, born in Harbottle Castle, Northumberland, England (d. 1578)
  • 1619 Philipp von Zesen, German poet and historian (Bescheibung of Amsterdam), born in Dessau, Germany (d. 1689)
  • 1621 Maximilian Henry of Bayern, Archbishop-Elector of Cologne, Bishop of Hildesheim and Bishop of Liège, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1688)
  • 1676 Benito Jerónimo Feijóo y Montenegro, Spanish scholar, born in Casdemiro, Spain (d. 1764)
  • 1696 Cornelis Troost, Dutch portrait painter (Unseemly Love), born in Amsterdam (d. 1750)
  • 1713 Yechezkel Landau, Polish rabbi and Talmudist, born in Opatów, Poland (d. 1793)
  • 1715 Michel Benoist, French Jesuit missionary and scientist, born in Dijon, France (d. 1774)
  • 1720 Jonathan Mayhew, American Congregational minister, born in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts (d. 1766)
  • 1747 Jean-François Rewbell, French lawyer and politician, born in Colmar, France (d. 1807)
  • 1765 Harman Blennerhassett, Irish lawyer, born in Hampshire, England (d. 1831)
  • 1785 Arvid August Afzelius, Swedish poet and historian, born in Fjällåkra, Sweden (d. 1871)
  • 1789 John Ruggles, American politician, born in Westborough, Massachusetts (d. 1874)
  • 1789 William John Swainson, English naturalist and artist, born in Newington, London (d. 1855)
  • 1802 Peter Hofstede de Groot, Dutch reformed theologist, born in Leer, Germany (d. 1886)
  • 1818 John Henninger Reagan, American Confederate politician, born in Sevier County, Tennessee (d. 1905)
  • 1826 Matt Whitaker Ransom, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Warren County, North Carolina (d. 1904)
  • 1828 Francisque Sarcey, French writer (Le Temps), born in Dourdan, France (d. 1899)
  • 1838 John Milton Hay, American politician (Union), born in Salem, Indiana (d. 1905)
  • 1850 Henri Louis le Chatelier, French chemist, born in Paris (d. 1936)
  • 1855 Gustav Ehrismann, German author and expert on the German language, born in Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg (d. 1941)
  • 1864 Ozias Leduc, Canadian painter, born in Saint-Hilaire-de-Rouville, Quebec (d. 1955)
  • 1868 Max Slevogt, German painter, born in Landshut, Germany (d. 1932)
  • 1869 J. Frank Duryea, American inventor (Duryea Motor Wagon Company, first auto built in the US), born in Washburn, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1872 John Cowper Powys, British writer (Wood & Stone, Wolf Solent), born in Shirley, Derbyshire (d. 1963)
  • 1873 Ejnar Hertzsprung, Danish astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram), born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 1967)
  • 1877 Hans Heysen, German-born landscape artist, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1968)
  • 1880 Ernest Douwes Dekker, Indo-Dutch nationalist and founder of National-India Party, born in Pasuruan, Malang, Indonesia (d. 1950)
  • 1883 Otto Heinrich Warburg, German physician (Nobel-1931), born in Freiburg, Baden, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1884 Walther von Reichenau, German field marshal, born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1942)
  • 1889 Collett E. Woolman, American airline founder (Delta Air Service), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1966)
  • 1890 Eddie Rickenbacker, American aviator "Ace of Aces" (WWI), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1973)
  • 1893 Orovida Camille Pissarro, British painter and etcher, born in Epping, England (d. 1968)
  • 1895 Jeanne Gabrielle Willing, Dutch author (Sinner & the Girl), born in Amsterdam (d. 1984)

Person of interestJuan Perón

1895 Juan Perón, Argentine military officer and President of Argentina (1946-55, 73-74), born in Buenos Aires (d. 1974)

General and President of Argentina Juan Perón
General and President of Argentina
Juan Perón
  • 1895 Zog I, King of Albania (1928-39), born in Burgajet Castle, Ottoman Empire (d. 1961)
  • 1899 Milner Gray, British graphic designer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1899 Pandit Rambharos Gangaram Panday, Suriname relig leader/co-found (VHP)
  • 1900 Geoffrey Jellicoe, English landscape architect, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1900 Serge Chermayeff, Russian-British architect and designer, born in Grozny, Russia (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Gus Hall, American union organizer and head of the U.S. Communist Party, born in Cherry Township, Minnesota (d. 2000)
  • 1916 Spark Matsunaga, United States Senator from Hawaii (1977-90), born in Kukuiula, Hawaii (d. 1990)
  • 1917 Walter Lord, American author (A Night to Remember), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2002)
  • 1918 Jens Christian Skou, Danish scientist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1997), born in Lemvig, Denmark (d. 2018)
  • 1919 Kiichi Miyazawa, 78th Prime Minister of Japan (1991-93), born in Tokyo (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Frank [Patrick] Herbert, American sci-fi author (Dune), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1986)
  • 1921 Abraham Sarmiento, Sr., Filipino Supreme Court jurist (1987-91), born in Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur, Philippine (d. 2010)
  • 1922 Douglas Gray, Scottish record and film producer, born in Aberdeen (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Alphons Egli, Swiss politcian and member of the Swiss Federal Council, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky, Russian writer and critic, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1997)
  • 1927 Jim Elliot, American Christian missionary, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1956)
  • 1927 César Milstein, Argentine biochemist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1984), born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina (d. 2002)
  • 1928 M. Russell Ballard, American religious leader (Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of LDS Church), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1934 J. Carter Brown, American art director (Washington National Gallery), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2002)
  • 1935 Albert Roux, French chef and restaurateur (Le Gavroche, 1st Michelin three-starred restaurant in Britain), born in Semur-en-Brionnais, Saône-et-Loire, France (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1936 Rona Barrett, American gossip columnist (Tomorrow Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Walter Gretzky, father of Wayne Gretzky, born in Canning, Ontario, Canada
  • 1939 Harvey Pekar, American comic book writer (American Splendor), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2010)
  • 1939 Lynne Stewart, American defense attorney (known for representing controversial, poor, and often unpopular defendants), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Jesse Jackson, American clergyman and Democratic presidential candidate (1984, 88), born in Greenville, South Carolina

Person of interestR. L. Stine

1943 R. L. Stine, American children's book writer (Goosebumps), born in Columbus, Ohio

Children's Book Writer R. L. Stine
Children's Book Writer
R. L. Stine
  • 1944 Bruce Morrison, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut), born in New York
  • 1946 Dennis Kucinich, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1947 Yelena Ivanovna Dobrokvashina, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-15a), born in Moscow
  • 1948 Benjamin Cheever, American novelist and editor (The Partisan)
  • 1948 Pedro Alonso López, Colombian serial killer known as the 'The Monster of the Andes' (120-300+ victims), born in Santa Isabel, Tolima, Colombia
  • 1951 Jack O'Connell, American politician (Member of the California State Senate), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • 1952 Jan Marijnissen, Dutch politician (Leader of the Socialist Party), born in Oss, Netherlands
  • 1956 Scott Michael Pellaton, barefoot water ski champ
  • 1956 Janice Voss, American astronaut (shuttle radar topography mission), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • 1957 Joe Castiglione, American college athletic director, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1958 Steve Coll, American journalist (The New Yorker) and writer (The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1958 Ursula von der Leyen, German politician, 1st woman elected President of European Commission, born in Ixelles, Brussels
  • 1959 Carlos I. Noriega, Peruvian-American astronaut (STS 84, sk 97), born in Lima, Peru
  • 1970 Sadiq Khan, British politician and 1st Muslim Mayor of London, born in London
  • 1977 Anne-Caroline Chausson, French mountain-bike rider, born in Dijon, France
  • 1981 Princess Juliana Edenia Antonia Guillermo, daughter of Princess Christina of the Netherland, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1985 Eiji Wentz, Japanese American entertainer (WaT), born in Tokyo, Japan

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

1824 Salt Lake City founder Brigham Young (23) weds first wife Miriam Angeline Works (18) in Port Byron, New York

Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church Brigham Young
Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church
Brigham Young
  • 1842 Princess Sophia weds her cousin duke Charles Saksen-Weimar-Eisenach

LoveWedding of Interest

1846 Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper (25) weds Frances Amelia Morse (20) in Amherst, Nova Scotia

6th Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper
6th Prime Minister of Canada
Charles Tupper

LoveWedding of Interest

1934 South Korean President Syngman Rhee (59) weds Francesca Donner (34)

First President of South Korea Syngman Rhee
First President of South Korea
Syngman Rhee
  • 1993 Queen Elizabeth's nephew Viscount Linley (32) weds Serena Stanhope (24) at St. Margaret’s Church in London
  • 2016 "Teen Mom OG" star Maci Bookout weds Taylor McKinney at the Honey Lake Resort in Greenville, Florida

Deaths in History

  • 705 Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan, fifth Umayyad caliph, dies in Damascus at about 58 (approximate date)
  • 976 Jelena of Zadar, Croatian queen
  • 1094 St Mark, the Evangelist, buried in San Marcos ministry in Venice
  • 1286 John I of Dreux, Duke of Brittany (b. 1217)
  • 1317 Fushimi, Emperor of Japan (b. 1265)
  • 1604 Janus Dousa [Johan van de Does], Dutch politician and poet, dies at 58
  • 1606 John VI the Elder, Count of Nassau, father of 24, dies at 69
  • 1613 Sebastian de Covarrubias bon Horozco, lexicographer, dies at 74
  • 1621 Antoine de Montchrétien, French dramatist
  • 1647 Christian Sørensen Longomontanus, Danish astronomer, dies at 85
  • 1651 Isaac Elsevier, book publisher, dies at 55
  • 1652 John Greaves, English mathematician (b. 1602)
  • 1656 Johann Georg I, ruler of Saxon (1611-56, Peace of Prague), dies at 71
  • 1659 Jean de Quen, French Jesuit missionary
  • 1680 Elisabeth, abbess, dies at 61
  • 1686 Adriaen Paets, Rotterdams regent/diplomat, dies at about 55
  • 1735 Yongzheng, 4th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, dies at 56
  • 1754 Henry Fielding, English novelist (Joseph Andrews, Tom Jones), dies at 47
  • 1771 John E Loovens, lawyer, dies at 76

Person of interestJohn Hancock

1793 John Hancock, American merchant and statesman who was 1st to sign the Declaration of Independence, dies at 56

Statesman John Hancock
John Hancock
  • 1795 Andrew Kippis, English non-conformist clergyman and biographer, dies at 70
  • 1803 Vittorio A Alfieri, Italian earl/writer (Filippo), dies at 54
  • 1809 James Elphinston, Scottish philologist, dies at 87
  • 1820 Henri Christophe, President of Haiti (1807-11) and King of Haiti (1811-20), dies at 53
  • 1847 Rose Scott, Social reformer
  • 1862 James Streshley Jackson, American attorney and Brigadier General (Union Army) dies in battle at 39
  • 1862 William Rufus Terrill, American Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 28
  • 1864 Thomas Jonathan Coffin Amory, US Union-brigadier general, dies at about 34

Person of interestFranklin Pierce

1869 Franklin Pierce, 14th US President (Democrat: 1853-57), dies from severe cirrhosis of the liver, at 64

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US President
Franklin Pierce
  • 1879 Miguel Grau Seminario, Peruvian Admiral (b. 1834)
  • 1886 Austin F. Pike, American politician from New Hampshire (b. 1819)
  • 1888 Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian Minister of Justice, dies at 85
  • 1894 Norbert Rillieux, American chemical engineer and inventor (sugar refiner), dies at 88
  • 1897 Alexei Savrasov, Russian painter, dies at 67
  • 1904 Gustav Ratzenhofer, Austrian sociologist and general, dies at 62
  • 1907 Alfred, Liechtensteins noble of Austrian Herrenhaus, dies at 65
  • 1919 Eugene Demolder, Belgian writer (Sous la Robe), dies
  • 1925 Abraham Pieter Cornelis van Karnebeek, Dutch Foreign Minister (Liberal, 1918-27), dies at 89
  • 1927 Mary Webb, English writer (Gone to Earth), dies at 46
  • 1931 Sir John Monash, Australian soldier general (b. 1865)
  • 1936 William Henry Stark, American business leader (b. 1851)
  • 1940 Robert Emden, Swiss geo/astro physics (Gaskugeln), dies at 78
  • 1942 Sergei Chaplygin, Russian physicist and engineer, dies at 73
  • 1944 Wendell Lewis Wilkie, Republican politician, dies at 52
  • 1945 Herman Theodoor Colenbrander, Dutch historian, dies at 73
  • 1945 Felix Salten [Siegmund Salzmann], Austrian author (Bambi, a Life in the Woods), dies at 76
  • 1954 Morten Korch, Danish author, dies at 78
  • 1956 Dirk Koster, literary (New noises), dies at 69
  • 1958 Ran Bosilek, Bulgarian author (b. 1886)
  • 1963 Remedios Varo, Spanish-Mexican surrealist artist dies of a heart attack aged 54
  • 1964 Charles Hodge, NYU professor (Answers for Americans), dies at 69
  • 1966 Célestin Freinet, French pedagogue & educational reformer, dies at 69

Person of interestClement Attlee

1967 Clement Attlee, British politician, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1945-51), dies at 84

British Prime Minister Clement Attlee
British Prime Minister
Clement Attlee
  • 1967 Vernon Watkins, Welsh poet (Ballad of Mari Lwyd), dies at 61
  • 1970 Jean Giono, French writer (Hussard Sur le Toit), dies at 75
  • 1970 Lucien Goldmann, Romanian/French sociologist/philosopher, dies
  • 1973 Gabriel Marcel, writer, dies
  • 1982 Philip Noel-Baker, British politician and disarmament advocate (Nobel 1959), dies at 92
  • 1984 Frederick Brisson, producer, dies at 71 after a stroke
  • 1985 Leon Klinghoffer, American murdered by hijackers of the Achille Lauro when they threw him off the boat at 69
  • 1985 Ricardo Bacchelli, Italian playwright and poet (Il malino del Po), dies at 94
  • 1985 Malcolm Ross, American balloonist and atmospheric physicist, dies at 65
  • 1987 Konstantinos Tsatsos, Greek politician and 2nd President of Greece (1975-1980), dies at 88
  • 1991 Natalia Ginzburg, Italian writer (Sounds of the Night), dies at 75

Person of interestWilly Brandt

1992 Willy Brandt [Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm], German statesman, leader of the SPD party (1964-1987) and Chancellor of West Germany (1969-74, Nobel 1971), dies of cancer at 78

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • 1994 Brian Hartley, mathematician, dies at 55
  • 1994 John the King, CDA-minister of Social Businesses, dies at 68
  • 1994 Manual Pina, fashion Designer, dies at 50
  • 1995 Frederick Harry Baines, painter, dies at 85
  • 1995 John Cairncross, British civil servant and spy (5th man - Cambridge Five), dies at 82
  • 1995 Terry Hawkins, theatre administrator, dies at 45
  • 1996 Geoffrey Finsberg, British politician, dies at 70
  • 1996 Joseph Roy George Ralston, pilot, dies at 81
  • 1997 Brown Meggs, CEO (Capitol Records), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • 1997 Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  • 2004 Jacques Derrida, French philosopher (b. 1930)
  • 2004 James Chace, American historian (b. 1931)
  • 2008 George E. Palade, Romanian-American cell biologist (ribosomen, Nobel 1974), dies at 95
  • 2010 Frank Bourgholtzer, American television correspondent (b. 1919)
  • 2013 Rod Grams, American politician and television anchor, dies from cancer at 65
  • 2015 Paul Prudhomme, American cajun chef (K-Paul), dies at 75
  • 2017 Jerry Kleczka, American politician (Rep-D-WI, 1984-2005), dies at 73
  • 2020 Jim Dwyer, American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, dies of cancer at 63