On This Day

On This Day in History for September 7

Events in History

  • 1251 BC A solar eclipse on this date might mark the birth of legendary Heracles at Thebes, Greece.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

70 Roman army under General Titus occupies and plunders Jerusalem

Roman Emperor Titus
Roman Emperor
  • 1159 Ottaviano de Montecello elected as anti-Pope

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1191 Third Crusade: Battle of Arsuf - Richard I of England defeats Saladin at Arsuf.

King Richard the Lionheart
Richard the Lionheart
1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria Saladin
1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria
  • 1497 Flemish pretender Perkin Warbeck acclaimed as English King Richard IV on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall
  • 1525 Trial against "heretic" John Pistorius ends in the Hague

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1543 Duke Willem of Gulik surrenders to emperor Charles V

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1566 Sultan Selim II succeeds to the Ottoman throne

Ottoman Sultan Selim II
Ottoman Sultan
Selim II
  • 1596 Dutch fleet bombards Banten, Java
  • 1599 Earl of Essex & Irish rebel Tyrone signs treaty
  • 1630 The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.
  • 1652 Battle of Monte Christo: Dutch fleet under J van Galen beat English
  • 1701 Germany, England & Netherlands sign anti-French covenant
  • 1714 Treaty of Baden signed by the Holy Roman Empire and France, ending the War of the Spanish Succession; French retain Alsace and Landau, Austria gets east bank of Rhine
  • 1800 Zion AME Church dedicated (NYC)

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1812 Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Bonapartre wins a pyrrhic victory against Russian General Mikhail Kutuzov, most ferocious battle of the Napoleonic era with 70,000 killed

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

  • 1813 "Uncle Sam" 1st used to refer to the US, by Troy Post of New York
  • 1818 Carl III of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Norway, in Trondheim
  • 1822 Pedro I, son of King Joao VI declares Brazil's independence from Portugal (National Day)
  • 1863 Federal naval expedition arrives off Sabine Pass
  • 1871 Bay of Biscay: British warship HMS Captain capsizes, 500 killed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1876 Frank James and his gang are involved in a disastrous raid in Northfield, Minnesota, results in the death or capture of multiple gang members (Cole/Bob/Jim Younger arrested)

Outlaw Frank James
Frank James

Historic InventionBaby Incubator

1888 Edith Eleanor McLean is 1st baby to be placed in an incubator at State Emigrant Hospital on Ward’s Island, New York

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The first baby incubator in the U.S. in State Emigrant Hospital in New York
The first baby incubator in the U.S. in State Emigrant Hospital in New York
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  • 1891 Captain Frederick Lugard's army reaches Kavalli, Equatoria
  • 1901 Peace of Peking - Ends Boxer Rebellion in China
  • 1902 In Australia, the whole nation observes a 'day of humiliation' and prays for rain, as a terrible drought kills livestock and threatens crops; rain begins to appear on 10 September
  • 1904 British forces in Tibet force the 13th Dalai Lama to sign a treaty granting Britain trading posts in Tibet and a guarantee that Tibet will not concede territory to foreign powers
  • 1906 Alberto Santos-Dumont flies his 14-bis aircraft at Bagatelle, France for the first time successfully.
  • 1907 Adolph Sutro's ornate Cliff House in San Francisco destroyed by fire
  • 1907 Ocean liner RMS Lusitania begins her maiden voyage sailing from Liverpool to New York City
  • 1909 Eugene Lefebvre becomes first pilot to die in an airplane craft, while test piloting new French-built Wright biplane at Juvisy
  • 1910 In the Hague, the International Court arbitrates a fishing-rights dispute between the US and Newfoundland (still separate from Canada)
  • 1914 NY Post Office Building opens to public
  • 1915 Johnny Gruelle patents his Raggedy Ann doll (US Patent D47789)
  • 1915 St Louis Terriers' Dave Davenport no-hits Chicago Whales (Federal League), 3-0
  • 1916 Giants beat Brooklyn 4-1, to launch NY's record 26-game winning streak

  • 1916 Workmen's Compensation Act passed by Congress
  • 1922 In Aydin, Turkey, independence of Aydin, from Greek occupation.
  • 1923 Interpol forms in Vienna
  • 1927 University of Minas Gerais founded in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, by Governor Antônio Carlos
  • 1928 Sophie Treadwell's "Machinal" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) begins operation

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 1936 The last surviving member of the thylacine species, Benjamin, dies alone in her cage at the Hobart Zoo (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)
  • 1939 Radio NY Worldwide-WRUL begins radio transmission

'Hitler Will Have to Break Us or Lose the War''Hitler Will Have to Break Us or Lose the War'

1940 Beginning of the Blitz: the German Luftwaffe bomb London for 1st of 57 consecutive nights as the Nazis prepare to invade Britain

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Buckingham Palace is bombed. Churchill, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth inspect the damage. Photo: NPA Rota
Buckingham Palace is bombed. Churchill, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth inspect the damage. Photo: NPA Rota
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  • 1940 Luftwaffe loses 41 bombers above England
  • 1940 Treaty of Craiova: Romania loses Southern Dobrudja to Bulgaria.
  • 1942 German occupiers take silver anniversary coins in battle
  • 1942 Transport #29 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942 First flight of the Consolidated B-32 Dominator.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943 987 Dutch Jewish transported to Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Nazi Physician Eduard Wirths
Nazi Physician
Eduard Wirths
  • 1943 Fire in decrepit old Gulf Hotel kills 45 (Houston, Texas)
  • 1944 SS-general Kurt Meyer takes Durnal, Belgium
  • 1944 Strongest Hurricane of century in Netherlands (wind force 12)
  • 1945 Japanese at Rioekioe-islands surrender
  • 1945 Joe Kuhel hits inside-the-park HR, only HR hit by a Senator all season at Washington's Griffith Stadium

  • 1947 Battles between Hindus & Muslims in New Delhi, India
  • 1948 1st use of synthetic rubber in asphaltic concrete, Akron Oh
  • 1950 Monasteries shut down in Hungary
  • 1952 General Naguib forms Egyptian government and becomes Premier
  • 1954 Integration begins in Washington, D.C. & Balt MD public schools
  • 1956 Bell X-2 sets Unofficial manned aircraft altitude record 126,000'+
  • 1963 American Bandstand moves to California, & airs once a week on Saturday
  • 1963 Two-building Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is officially opened
  • 1965 -10] Hurricane Betsy, kills 74 in Florida, Mississippi & Louisiana
  • 1965 China announces that it will reinforce its troops in the Indian border.
  • 1966 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1970 Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacks 4 planes and forces them to land at Dawson's Field, Jordan
  • 1970 Donald Boyles sets record for highest parachute jump from a bridge, by leaping off of 1,053' Royal George Bridge in Colorado
  • 1970 Fighting between Arabic guerillas and government forces in Amman, Jordan.
  • 1977 Ethiopia drops diplomatic relations with Somalia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 US President Jimmy Carter and Panama's General Omar Torrijos sign the Panama Canal treaties, guaranteeing Panama control of the Panama Canal after 1999

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 1977 Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy is released from prison after serving 4 years and 4 1/2 months
  • 1980 Cape Verde adopts its constitution
  • 1980 Earnest Gray becomes 2nd NY Giant to score 4 TDs (vs St Louis)
  • 1983 Drury Gallagher sets fastest swim around Manhattan (6h41m35s)

  • 1985 Mary Decker Tabb Slaney runs US 3K female record (8:25.83)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Desmond Tutu becomes Anglican archbishop of Capetown

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu

MurderAssassination Attempt

1986 Failed assassination attempt on Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, kills 5 people

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • 1987 Netherlands sends 2 minesweepers to Persian Gulf
  • 1987 South Africa frees Dutch anthropologist/Anc'er Klaas de Young
  • 1988 Security & Exchange Commission accuses Drexel of violating security laws
  • 1991 Die Laughing wins Messenger Stakes
  • 1992 Army of Ciskei homeland kills 28 ANC demonstrators
  • 1993 Brazil votes over importing monarchy
  • 1995 STS 69 (Endeavour 9), launches into orbit
  • 1995 Sen Bob Packwoord (R-Ore) resigns rather than face expulsion
  • 1997 The first test flight of the F-22 Raptor takes place.
  • 1999 A 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Athens, rupturing a previously unknown fault, killing 143, injuring more than 500, and leaving 50,000 people homeless.
  • 2001 The US Federal Trade Commission approves Chevron's bid to buy Texaco
  • 2004 Hurricane Ivan, a Category 5 hurricane hitting Grenada, killing 39 and damaging 90% of its buildings.
  • 2005 First presidential election was held in Egypt.
  • 2008 US Government takes control of the two largest mortgage financing companies in the US, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
  • 2011 Plane crash in Russia kills 43 people, including nearly the entire roster of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Kontinental Hockey League team
  • 2012 US drone attack kills 8 people in Kismayo, south Somalia
  • 2012 64 people are killed and 715 injured after a series of earthquakes in south-west China
  • 2012 Canada closes its Iranian embassy and expels Iranian diplomatic staff out of Canada
  • 2013 14 Syrian rebels and 2 civilians are killed by heavy government shelling of Damascus
  • 2013 15 people are killed by a restaurant car bombing by Al-Shabaab in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • 2013 Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister of Australia after a Liberal-National Coalitions wins the election

Birthdays in History

  • 786 Emperor Saga, 52nd Emperor of Japan (d. 842)
  • 1438 Louis II, Landgrave of Hesse (d. 1471)
  • 1524 Thomas Erastus, Swiss physician and theologist, born in Baden, Switzerland (d. 1583)

Person of interestElizabeth I

1533 Elizabeth I Tudor [Virgin Queen], Queen of England and Ireland (1558-1603) and daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, born in Greenwich, London (d. 1603)

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • 1674 Ernest Augustus, Duke of York and Albany, German soldier and served under Emperor Leopold I, born in Osnabrück, Germany (d. 1728)
  • 1683 Maria Anna of Austria, Archduchess of Austria and Queen consort of Portugal, born in Linz, Austria (d. 1754)
  • 1694 Johan Ludvig, Danish politician (Minister of State, 1735-51) (d. 1763)
  • 1705 Matthäus Günther, German painter, born in Peissenberg, Germany (d. 1788)
  • 1707 George-Louis Leclerc, count de Buffon, French naturalist and writer on natural history (Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière), born in Montbard, France (d. 1788)
  • 1735 Thomas Coutts, Anglo-Scottish banker (Coutts & Co.), born in Ediburgh, Scotland (d. 1822)
  • 1737 Luigi Galvani, Italian anatomist and physicist, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1798)
  • 1740 Johan Tobias Sergel, Swedish sculptor, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1814)
  • 1756 Willem Bilderdijk, Dutch poet and literature (Disease of Scientists), born in Amsterdam (d. 1831)
  • 1782 Bernardus Johannes Dibbets, Dutch baron and general-major (Maastricht), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1839)
  • 1805 Samuel Wilberforce, English bishop and one of the greatest public speakers of his day (remembered for his opposition to Darwin's theory of evolution), born in London (d. 1873)
  • 1810 Hermann Heinrich Gossen, Prussian economist, born in Düren, Germany (d. 1858)
  • 1811 William Hemsley Emory, American Major General (Union Army), born in Queen Anne's County, Maryland (d. 1887)
  • 1815 Howell Cobb, American politician (U.S. Secretary of Treasury), born in Jefferson County, Georgia (d. 1868)
  • 1815 John McDouall Stuart, Australian explorer, born in Dysart, Fife, Scotland (d. 1866)
  • 1817 Louise of Hesse-Kassel, Queen of Denmark, born in Kassel, Electorate of Hesse, Imperial Confederate of Germany (d. 1898)
  • 1818 Thomas Talbot, American politician, 31st Governor of Massachusetts, born in Cambridge, New York (d. 1885)
  • 1819 Adriaan van Bevervoorde, Dutch journalist (History of Holland), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1851)
  • 1819 Thomas A. Hendricks, 21st Vice President of the United States (D), born in Fultonham, Ohio (d. 1885)
  • 1829 August Kekule von Stradonitz, German chemist who discovered structure of benzene ring, born in Darmstadt, Hesse (d. 1896)
  • 1829 Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden, American geologist (Geograph Survey 1859-86), born in Westfield, Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • 1831 Alexandre Falguière, French sculptor and painter, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1900)

Person of interestHenry Campbell-Bannerman

1836 Henry Campbell-Bannerman, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1905-08), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1908)

British Prime Minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman
British Prime Minister
Henry Campbell-Bannerman
  • 1836 August Toepler, German physicist, born in Brühl bei Bonn, Germany (d. 1912)
  • 1851 Edward Asahel Birge, American pioneer in limnology, born in Troy, New York (d. 1950)
  • 1855 William Friese-Greene, British photographer and inventor (motion pictures), born in Bristol, England (d. 1921)

Person of interestGrandma Moses

1860 Grandma Moses [Anna Mary Robertson], American primitive painter (Old Oaken Bucket), born in Greenwich, New York (d. 1961)

Primitive Painter Grandma Moses
Primitive Painter
Grandma Moses
  • 1860 Willem Hubert Nolens, Dutch priest and ambassador to Vatican, born in Venlo (d. 1931)
  • 1866 Tristan Bernard, French playwright and novelist, born in Besançon, Doubs, France (d. 1947)
  • 1867 Camilo Pessanha, Portuguese poet (China), born in Coimbra, Portugal (d. 1926)
  • 1867 J. P. Morgan, Jr. [John Pierpont], American financier and son of J.P. Morgan, Sr., (J.P. Morgan & Co.), born in Irvington, New York (d. 1943)
  • 1869 Margo Scharten-Antink, Dutch author (Catherina, Sprotje), born in Zutphen, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • 1870 Aleksandr Kuprin, Russian author (Pojedinok), born in Narovchat, Penza Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1938) [OS=Aug 26]
  • 1876 C. J. Dennis, Australian poet (The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke), born in Auburn, South Australia (d. 1938)
  • 1882 Johanna Zandstra-Giezen, Dutch supercentenarian (oldest person in Netherland - dies at 111 years and 9 days), born in Friesland, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1887 Edith Sitwell, English poet and author (Wheels), born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire (d. 1964)
  • 1889 Bruce Frederick Cummings, English author (Journal of a Disappointed Man), born in barnstaple, England (d. 1919)
  • 1893 Leslie Hore-Belisha, British politician (Minister of Transport, 1934-37; War Secretary, 1937–40), born in Hampstead, London (d. 1957)
  • 1899 Leendert Antonie Donker, Dutch Minister of Justice (PvdA), born in Almkerk, Netherlands (d. 1956)
  • 1900 Taylor Caldwell [Janet Miriam Holland Taylor Caldwell], Anglo-American novelist (Dynasty of Death, Dear and Glorious Physician), born in Manchester, England (d. 1985)
  • 1905 John Whitley, British air-marshal (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Michael DeBakey, Lebanese-American cardiac surgeon and artificial heart pioneer, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana (d. 2008)
  • 1909 Elia Kazan, Greek-American director (Streetcar Named Desire), born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 2003)
  • 1911 Todor Zjivkov, Bulgaria communist leader of the People's Republic of Bulgaria (PRB), born in Pravets, Kingdom of Bulgaria (d. 1998)
  • 1912 David Packard, American electronic engineer and businessman, born in Pueblo, Colorado (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Oswald Szemerényi, Hungarian linguist, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Wim van der Grinten, Dutch lawyer and KVP politician (State Secretary of Economic Affairs), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Billy Hughes, British educationist and Labour Party politician, born in Swindon, England (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Ian Ball, Indian newspaper photographer, born in Dhariwal, India (d. 1995)
  • 1914 James Van Allen, American physicist (discovered Van Allen radiation belts), born in Mount Pleasant, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • 1917 Jacob Lawrence, African-American artist (Sanitarium), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • 1917 John Cornforth, Australian-British chemist (Nobel Prize 1975), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1918 Robin Lorimer, Scottish publisher (New Testament from Greek into Scots), born in Glasgow (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Harri Webb, Welsh poet and nationalist, born in Swansea, Wales (d. 1994)
  • 1921 Josep Lluís Núñez, Spanish President of FC Barcelona (1978 - 2000), born in Guriezo, Cantabria, Spain
  • 1922 Lucien Jarraud, Canadian radio host, born in Paris (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Daniel K. Inouye, American politician (US Senator, 1963-2012), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Allan Blakeney, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Saskatchewan), born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia (d. 2011)
  • 1925 Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, businesswoman and co-founder of Laura Ashley, born in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (d. 1985)
  • 1926 Donald J. Irwin, American politician (32nd Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut), born in Rosario, Argentina (d. 2013)

Person of interestEd Warren

1926 Ed Warren [Miney], American paranormal investigator (Amityville haunting), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Paranormal Investigator Ed Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Ed Warren
  • 1927 Eric Hill, British children's books author and illustrator (Where's Spot), born in Holloway, London (d. 2014)
  • 1927 François Billetdoux, French author (Word Awake), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • 1928 Donald Henderson, American epidemiologist, led world campaign that eradicated smallpox, born in Lakewood, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Gil Wolman, French artist, born in Paris (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Baudouin I, King of Belgium (1951-93), born in Stuyvenberg Castle, Laeken, Brussels, Belgium (d. 1993)
  • 1932 John Paul Getty Jr., American-born British oil magnate and billionaire (Getty Oil), born onboard ship in the waters near Genoa, Italy (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Omar Karami, Prime Minister of Lebanon (1990-92, 2004-05), born in An Nouri
  • 1934 Mary Bauermeister, German artist, born in Frankfurt
  • 1935 Abdou Diouf, 2nd President of Senegal (1981-2000), born in Louga, French West Africa
  • 1936 Apostolos Kaklamanis, Greek politician, born in Lefkada, Greece
  • 1939 Stanley David Griggs, American astronaut (STS 51-D), STS 33), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1989)
  • 1940 Dario Argento, Italian director (Creepers, Deep Red, Tenebrae), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1940 Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia, born in Denanyar, East Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 2009)
  • 1941 Mogoboya Noko Nelson Ramodike, South African politician in Lebowa (d. 2012)

Person of interestRoy DeMeo

1942 Roy DeMeo, American gangster (Gambino crime family), born in Brooklyn, New York

Gangster Roy DeMeo
Roy DeMeo
  • 1943 Beverley McLachlin, Canadian jurist (17th Chief Justice of Canada), born in Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada
  • 1944 Bertel Haarder, Danish politician (Minister of Education), born in Kruså, Denmark
  • 1948 Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, 2nd President of the United Arab Emirates (2004-present), born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • 1949 Barry Siegel, American journalist (Pulitzer Prize - A Father's Pain, a Judge's Duty, and a Justice Beyond Their Reach), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1950 Peggy Noonan, American author (What I Saw at the Revolution), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1955 Efim Zelmanov, Russian-American mathematician, born in Khabarovsk, Russia
  • 1957 Melvin Edward Mays, one of FBI's most wanted
  • 1960 Carlos Martinez, American bowler
  • 1962 Jennifer Egan, American novelist (A Visit from the Goon Squad), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1979 Pavol & Peter Hochschorner, Slovak slalom canoists, born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
  • 1993 Joshua Wilkinson, prince of self proclaimed principality sealand

Weddings in History

  • 1963 Future US politician Nancy D'Alesandro marries Paul Pelosi in Baltimore
  • 1991 American actor Harry Hamlin weds actress Nicollette Sheridan

Deaths in History

  • 355 Claudius Silvanus, Roman usurper
  • 1134 Alfonso I de Strijdvaardige, king of Aragon (1104-34), dies
  • 1151 Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, conquered Normandy, dies at 38
  • 1362 Joan of The Tower, English princess and Queen consort of Scotland, dies at 41
  • 1559 Robert Estienne, French printer (b. 1503)
  • 1625 Rombout Hogerbeets, Dutch lawyer and pension minister of Leiden, dies at 64
  • 1644 Guido Bentivoglio, Italian statesman (b. 1579)
  • 1655 Tristan l'Hermite, French dramatist/poet, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 1657 Arvid Wittenberg, Swedish count, field marshal and privy councilor (b. 1606)
  • 1708 Tekle Haymanot I of Ethiopia
  • 1719 John Harris, English writer
  • 1721 Bernhard Albinus [Weiss], German artist (Frederik of Prussia), dies
  • 1729 William Burnet, British-born American statesman (b. 1688)
  • 1731 Yevdokiya Lopukhina, Tsarina of Russia as the first wife of Peter I of Russia, dies at 62
  • 1799 Jan Ingenhousz, Dutch-English physiologist (discovering photosynthesis) and personal physician of Maria Theresa, dies at 68
  • 1799 Louis Guillaume Lemonnier, French botanist and contributor to the Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, dies at 82
  • 1809 Caroline Schelling [Michaelis], German author and academic dies at 46
  • 1809 Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, King of Thailand (b. 1737)
  • 1820 Coert L van Beyma thoe Kingma, Fries regent/patriot, dies at 67
  • 1871 Cowper Phipps Coles, English inventor (revolving gun turret), drowns at 51
  • 1871 Mehmed E Ali Pasja, Turkish statesman, dies
  • 1891 Lorenzo Sawyer, 9th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, dies at 71
  • 1892 John G Whittier, American poet/secretary Anti-Slavery Society, dies
  • 1893 Hamilton Fish, American politician (Governor of New York), dies at 85
  • 1907 R F Armand Sully-Prudhomme, French poet (Poesies, Nobel 1901), dies
  • 1909 Eugene Lefebvre, dies test piloting a Wright A aircraft
  • 1910 William Holman Hunt, English painter (Light of the World), dies at 83
  • 1914 Lord O'Brien, British nobleman, dies at 73
  • 1920 Simon-Napoléon Parent, Canadian politician and 12th Premier of Quebec (1900-05), dies at 64
  • 1921 Alfred William Rich, watercolor painter (b. 1856)
  • 1925 John Wesley Work Jr., 1st African-American collector of folk songs and spirituals, dies at 52 or 54
  • 1925 René Viviani, French historian and 61st Prime Minister of France (1914-15), dies at 61
  • 1933 Edward Grey, English viscount of Fallodon and Minister of Foreign Affairs, dies at 71
  • 1939 Kyoka Izumi, Japanese novelist (b. 1873)
  • 1940 Edmund Rumpler, Austria auto/airplane builder, dies
  • 1942 Cecilia Beaux, American portrait painter dies aged 87
  • 1946 Paul Zech, German writer, dies at 65
  • 1948 Henricus Andreas Poels, Dutch Roman Catholic theologist and social foreman, dies at 80
  • 1949 José Clemente Orozco, Mexican painter (b. 1883)
  • 1951 John French Sloan, American painter and etcher, dies at 80
  • 1954 Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (Mutt and Jeff), dies at 69
  • 1955 Earnest Rabel, Austrian/US civil rights activist, dies at 81
  • 1955 Ham Fisher, American comic strip writer and cartoonist (Joe Palooka), dies at 55
  • 1959 Maurice Duplessis, 16th Premier of Quebec, dies at 69
  • 1960 Wilhelm Pieck, president of German DR (1949-60), dies at 84
  • 1961 Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy, Dutch lawyer and Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1940-45), dies at 76
  • 1962 Morris Louis, American painter (post painterly abstraction), dies at 49
  • 1962 Isak Dinesen [Karen Blixen-Finecke], Danish baroness and writer (Out of Africa), dies at 77
  • 1962 Eiji Yoshikawa, Japanese novelist (b. 1892)
  • 1969 Everett McKinley Dirksen, (Sen-R), dies at 73
  • 1972 Jacques Pirenne, Belgian historian and honorary secretary of King Leopold III of Belgium, dies at 81
  • 1973 Hans Lorbeer, German writer and politician, dies at 72
  • 1979 Ivor Armstrong Richards, English literary critic (The Meaning of Meaning), dies at 86
  • 1986 Ruth Polsky, record promoter, dies after being run over by a cab at 30

Person of interestA. J. P. Taylor

1990 A.J.P Taylor [Alan John Percival], English historian (The Struggle for Mastery in Europe 1848–1918, Origins of the Second World War), dies at 84

Historian A. J. P. Taylor
A. J. P. Taylor
  • 1991 John Crosby, American columnist/detective writer dies at 79
  • 1991 John Lawrence, examined effect of neutron radiation on fabric, dies
  • 1994 Eric John Crozier, producer/librettist, dies at 79
  • 1994 James Clavell, British-American author (The Asian Saga), dies at 69
  • 1995 Gordon DeMarco, writer/activist, dies at 51

Person of interestMobutu Sese Seko

1997 Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire (1965-97), dies at 66

President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko
President of Zaire
Mobutu Sese Seko
  • 1998 John Hayes, British Naval Officer and Naval Secretary, dies at 85
  • 1999 Jim Keith, American conspiracy theorist (b. 1949)
  • 2002 Uziel Gal, Israeli firearm designer (Uzi submachine gun), dies at 78
  • 2003 Great Antonio [Antonio Barichievich], Croatian-Canadian strongman and eccentric, dies at 77
  • 2010 Barbara Holland, American writer (b. 1933)
  • 2010 John Kluge, American television mogul (Metromedia) and at one time the richest person in the United States, dies at 95