Jurists in History

Historical Events

  • 1804-11-30 Impeachment trial of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase begins
  • 1870-02-14 Esther Morris appointed US' first female in Justice of the Peace in South Pass City, Wyoming, after previous justice, R.S. Barr, resigned to protest passage of Wyoming Territory's women's suffrage amendment in 1869
  • 1870-09-10 Dutch Jurist Cooperation forms
  • 1930-08-06 Supreme Court Justice John Force Crater disappears in NYC
  • 1930-09-01 NY World reports disappearance of supreme court justice Joseph Crater
  • 1939-06-06 NY supreme court justice J F Crater legally declared dead
  • 1945-10-20 US Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Lawrence opens the Nuremberg Nazi war crime trials

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953-06-17 US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas stays executions of spies Julius & Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for next day their 14th anniversary

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953-09-30 Earl Warren appointed Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court

Jurist and Governor of California Earl Warren
Jurist and Governor of California
Earl Warren
  • 1962-10-16 Byron R White becomes a Supreme Court Justice
  • 1963-04-21 The Universal House of Justice of the Bahá'í Faith is elected for the first time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967-06-13 Thurgood Marshall nominated as 1st African American Supreme Court justice

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall
  • 1967-10-02 Thurgood Marshall sworn in as 1st black Supreme Court Justice
  • 1969-03-15 US Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigns
  • 1969-06-18 A report published by the International Commission of Jurists on the British government's policy in Northern Ireland is critical of both the British government and the Northern Ireland government
  • 1970-06-09 Harry A Blackmun sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

  • 1971-12-06 Lewis Franklin Powell confirmed as US Supreme Court justice
  • 1971-12-10 William H Rehnquist confirmed as Supreme Court justice
  • 1972-01-07 Lewis F. Powell Jr. becomes a US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1972-01-07 William Hubbs Rehnquist sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1975-11-12 Supreme Court Justice William O Douglas retired after 36 years
  • 1975-12-19 John Paul Stevens becomes a US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1981-06-18 Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart retires (replaced by Sandra Day O'Connor, 1st woman on US Supreme Court)
  • 1981-09-25 Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first female US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1981-09-25 Sandra Day O'Connor sworn in as 1st female supreme court justice
  • 1986-09-26 Antonin Scalia, sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1987-06-26 Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. announces his retirement
  • 1988-02-18 Anthony Kennedy, sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1990-10-09 David Hackett Souter, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
  • 1991-10-15 Clarence Thomas is confirmed as Supreme Court Justice (52-48)
  • 1991-10-23 Clarence Thomas sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1993-03-19 US Supreme Court Justice Byron R White announced plans to retire

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994-02-20 Pope John Paul II demands juristic discrimination of homosexuals

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1994-04-06 Liberal Supreme Court Justice Blackmun (Roe v Wade) resigns
  • 1994-07-12 Nomination hearings for Steven Breyer for supreme court justice begins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994-08-10 Ruth Bader Ginsburg sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • 1994-08-12 Stephen G Breyer, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
  • 2007-11-03 Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule across Pakistan. He suspended the Constitution, imposed State of Emergency, and fired the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016-03-16 US President Barack Obama nominates Merrick Garland as Supreme Court Justice

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2018-06-27 US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announces he will retire 31st July

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 133

  • 0994-11-07 Muhammad ibn Hazm, Andalusian historian, jurist and author of Islamic Spain, born in Córdoba, Caliphate of Córdoba (d. 1064)
  • 1360-08-10 Francesco Zabarella, Italian jurist (d. 1417)
  • 1502-03-20 Pierino Belli, Italian soldier and jurist (d. 1575)
  • 1551-01-14 Alberico Gentili, Italian jurist (d. 1608)
  • 1577-05-01 François de Kinschot, Dutch jurist and chancellor of Brabant, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1654)
  • 1583-04-10 Hugo Grotius, Dutch jurist, father of international law, born in Delft, Holland (d. 1645)
  • 1584-12-16 John Selden, English jurist and oriental scholar (d. 1654)
  • 1619-06-07 Paulus Voet, Dutch jurist and historian, born in Heusden, Netherlands (d. 1667)
  • 1625-11-30 Jean Domat, French jurist (d. 1696)
  • 1632-01-08 Samuel, Freiherr von Pufendorf, German jurist
  • 1655-01-01 Christian Thomasius, German jurist (d. 1728)
  • 1664-01-20 Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian writer and jurist (d. 1718)
  • 1681-09-11 Johann Gottlieb Heineccius, German jurist, born in Eisenberg, Germany (d. 1741)

Person of interestWilliam Blackstone

1723-07-10 William Blackstone, English jurist (Blackstone's Commentaries), born in London, England (d. 1780)

  • 1732-03-01 William Cushing, 2nd Chief Justice of the United States. (d. 1810)
  • 1738-09-22 Dionysius Godefridus van der Keessel, Dutch jurist (Theses Selectae, Select Theses on the Laws of Holland and Zeeland), born in Deventer, Overijssel (d. 1816)
  • 1739-09-17 John Rutledge, 2nd (appointed) Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1800)
  • 1746-09-28 William Jones, British orientalist and jurist, born in London (d. 1794)
  • 1752-12-06 Gabriel Duvall, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1844)

Person of interestJohn Marshall

1755-09-24 John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the United States (1801-35), born in Germantown, Virginia (d. 1835)

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
John Marshall
  • 1758-06-18 Pieter PJQ Ondaatje, Ceylon/Dutch jurist/patriot
  • 1764-05-28 Edward Livingston, American jurist and statesman, born in Columbia County, New York (d. 1836)
  • 1771-09-17 Johann August Apel, German jurist and writer (d. 1816)
  • 1779-09-18 Joseph Story, American lawyer and 19th Supreme Court justice (1812-45), born in Marblehead, Massachusetts (d. 1845)
  • 1780-02-15 Carel Asser, Dutch jurist
  • 1783-05-25 Philip Pendleton Barbour, Virginia politician and U.S. Supreme Court justice (d. 1841)
  • 1784-04-24 Peter Vivian Daniel, American jurist, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1841-60), born in Stafford County, Virginia (d. 1860)
  • 1785-03-11 John McLean, American Supreme Court Justice (1829-61) and Postmaster General, born in Morris County, New Jersey (d. 1861)
  • 1786-01-07 John Catron, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1865)
  • 1788-08-25 Cornelis J van Assen, Dutch jurist (Language of the Constitution), born in Harlingen, Friesland (d. 1859)
  • 1794-03-05 Robert Cooper Grier, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1870)
  • 1796-05-21 Reverdy Johnson, American politician and jurist (Dred Scott v. Sandford), born in Annapolis, (d. 1876)
  • 1803-08-18 Nathan Clifford, American statesman, diplomat, and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1881)
  • 1809-11-04 Benjamin Robbins Curtis, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1874)
  • 1812-12-24 Karl Eduard Zachariae, German jurist (d. 1894)
  • 1814-08-08 Esther Morris [Esther Hobart McQuigg], American suffragist, anti-slavery activist, and 1st female justice of the peace in the US, born in Tioga County, New York (d. 1902)
  • 1815-03-09 David Davis, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, born in Cecil County, Maryland (d. 1886)
  • 1816-04-05 Samuel Freeman Miller, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, born in Richmond, Kentucky (d. 1890)
  • 1816-11-04 Stephen Johnson Field, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1899)
  • 1816-11-29 Morrison Waite, American jurist (d. 1888)
  • 1817-03-04 Edwards Pierrepont, American statesman, jurist and lawyer; 34th United States Attorney General (d. 1892)
  • 1820-03-09 Samuel Blatchford, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, born in Auburn, New York (d. 1893)
  • 1820-04-04 Charles Devens Jr, American lawyer, jurist, statesman and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1820-05-23 Lorenzo Sawyer, 9th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California (d. 1891)
  • 1829-09-24 Charles S. West, American jurist and politician, born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 1885)
  • 1832-01-26 George Shiras Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice (d. 1924)
  • 1832-03-17 Walter Quintin Gresham, American statesman, jurist, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Lanesville, Indiana (d. 1895)
  • 1833-06-01 John Marshall Harlan, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1911)
  • 1834-02-09 Felix Dahn, German Historian, jurist and poet, born in Hamburg (d. 1912)
  • 1835-01-13 Gustaaf Rolin-Jaequemyns, Belgian jurist/minister of the Interior
  • 1836-03-02 Henry Billings Brown, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1913)
  • 1837-01-20 David Josiah Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1910)

Person of interestOliver Wendell Holmes Jr

1841-03-08 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, US 59th Supreme Court justice (1902-32), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1935)

  • 1841-04-06 Karl Binding, German jurist (d. 1920)
  • 1843-04-01 Ludwig Enneccerus, German jurist
  • 1845-11-03 Edward Douglass White, 9th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1921)
  • 1849-04-17 William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, born in Ravenna, Ohio (d. 1923)
  • 1849-11-05 Rui Barbosa, Brazil, statesman/jurist/essayist/civil liberties
  • 1862-12-03 Jules Renkin, Belgian jurist/minister/premier (1931-32)
  • 1863-03-04 John Henry Wigmore, American jurist and expert in the law of evidence (d. 1943)
  • 1864-06-29 Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee, prolific Bengali educator, jurist, barrister and mathematician described as the "Banglar Bagh" (Tiger of Bengal), born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1924)
  • 1866-03-17 Pierce Butler, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1939)
  • 1867-08-25 James W. Gerard, American jurist and diplomat, born in Geneseo, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1868-03-05 Prosper Poullet, Belgian viscount/jurist/minister
  • 1870-05-24 Benjamin N. Cardozo, American lawyer and jurist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1938)
  • 1870-07-20 Vladimir D Nabokov, Russian jurist/minister of Justice (1918-19)
  • 1874-07-07 Erwin Bumke, German jurist (d. 1945)
  • 1877-08-11 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (d. 1954)
  • 1878-01-31 Willem J M van Eysinga, Dutch international law jurist
  • 1879-06-22 Thibaudeau Rinfret, jurist and Chief Justice of Canada (d. 1962)
  • 1881-11-05 George A. Malcolm, American jurist & educator (d. 1961)
  • 1882-03-26 Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist, member of the Swiss Federal Council, born in Grenchen, Switzerland (d. 1940)
  • 1882-08-26 Carl Wilhelm de Vries, Dutch jurist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1967)
  • 1882-11-15 Felix Frankfurter, 80th Supreme Court Justice (1939-62), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1886-02-27 Hugo L Black, Ala, (Sen-D-Ala)/78th Supreme Court justice (1937-71)
  • 1888-06-22 Harold Burton, U.S. Supreme Court justice (d. 1964)
  • 1889-04-19 Otto Georg Thierack, German jurist and politician (d. 1946)

Person of interestB.R. Ambedkar

1891-04-14 B.R. Ambedkar [Baba Saheb], Indian politician, jurist (architect of the Constitution of India) and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement, born in Mhow, India (d. 1956)

Jurist and Social Reformer B.R. Ambedkar
Jurist and Social Reformer
B.R. Ambedkar
  • 1891-06-02 Thurman Arnold, American attorney and jurist (d. 1969)
  • 1891-11-28 Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist & politician (d. 1949)
  • 1892-02-13 Robert Houghwout Jackson, 84th Supreme Court justice (1941-54)
  • 1897-08-10 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1966)
  • 1898-10-16 William O Douglas, Maine, 81st Supreme Court justice (1939-75)
  • 1899-05-20 John M Harlan, 91st Supreme Court justice (1955-71), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1901-01-14 Carlos P Romulo, Philippine general/diplomat/jurist
  • 1901-02-22 Charles E Whittaker, Kansas, US Supreme Court justice (1957-62)
  • 1902-08-19 J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist (d. 1994)
  • 1903-06-19 Hans Litten, German jurist (d. 1938)
  • 1905-02-16 José Muñoz Molleda, a Spanish composer, journalist, jurist and politician

Person of interestJohn Peters Humphrey

1905-04-30 John Peters Humphrey, Canadian jurist and human rights advocate (Universal Declaration on Human Rights), born in Hampton, New Brunswick (d. 1995)

  • 1905-08-09 Elizabeth Lane, 1st female British supreme court justice
  • 1906-12-25 Herman J Scheltema, [NEM Pareau], Dutch jurist/poet
  • 1907-09-19 Lewis F. Powell Jr., American Supreme Court justice (1972-87), born in Suffolk, Virginia (d. 1998)

Person of interestThurgood Marshall

1908-07-02 Thurgood Marshall, 1st African American Supreme Court justice (1967-91), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall
  • 1908-08-08 Arthur J Goldberg, Ill, UN ambassador/Supreme Court justice (1962-65)
  • 1908-11-12 Harry A Blackmun, Ill, 100th Supreme Court justice (1970-94)
  • 1910-05-12 Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (d. 1996)
  • 1911-02-23 G. Mennen Williams, Michigan Supreme Court Justice/(Gov-D-Mich, 1949-60), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1913-11-22 Cecilia Muñoz-Palma, first female Philippine Supreme Court Justice (d. 2006)
  • 1915-01-23 Potter Stewart, Mich, 94th Supreme Court justice (1958-81)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1734-02-16 Jurist William Allen (29) weds Margaret Hamilton

Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen
Mayor of Philadelphia
William Allen

HeartWedding of Interest

1761-05-05 Jurist William Blackstone (37) weds Sarah Clitherow

HeartWedding of Interest

1783-01-03 US Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall (27) weds Mary Willis Ambler in Hanover County, Virginia

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
John Marshall

HeartWedding of Interest

1847-08-04 Author of Moby-Dick, American novelist Herman Melville (28) marries Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Moby Dick Author Herman Melville
Moby Dick Author
Herman Melville

HeartWedding of Interest

1872-06-17 Jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr (31) weds childhood friend Fanny Bowditch Dixwell

HeartWedding of Interest

1925-10-04 Jurist Earl Warren (34) weds Nina Elisabeth Palmquist Meyers

Jurist and Governor of California Earl Warren
Jurist and Governor of California
Earl Warren

HeartWedding of Interest

1930-09-04 Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (21) weds Vivien Burey at First African Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall

HeartWedding of Interest

1954-06-23 Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg (21) weds taxation law expert Martin D. Ginsburg

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 101

  • 0820-01-20 Muslim jurist Abu Abdallah M ibn Idris al-Sjafi'i, dies
  • 1064-08-15 Muhammad ibn Hazm, Andalusian historian, jurist and author of Islamic Spain, dies at 69
  • 1265-12-03 Odofredus, Italian jurist
  • 1357-07-13 Bartolus de Saxoferrato Italian jurist (b. 1313)
  • 1417-09-26 Francesco Zabarella, Italian jurist (b. 1360)
  • 1548-12-27 Francesco Spiera, Italian Protestant jurist (b. 1502)
  • 1575-12-31 Pierino Belli, Italian soldier and jurist (b. 1502)
  • 1608-06-19 Alberico Gentili, Italian jurist (b. 1551)
  • 1634-08-09 William Noy, English jurist (b. 1577)
  • 1645-08-28 Hugo Grotius, Dutch jurist, father of international law, dies at 62
  • 1654-05-03 François de Kinschot, Dutch jurist and chancellor of Brabant, dies at 77
  • 1654-11-30 John Selden, English jurist and oriental scholar (b. 1584)
  • 1661-03-01 Richard Zouch, English jurist (b. 1590)
  • 1685-10-12 Christoph Ignaz Abele, Austrian jurist (b. 1628)
  • 1696-03-14 Jean Domat, French jurist (b. 1625)
  • 1718-01-06 Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian writer and jurist (b. 1664)
  • 1728-09-23 Christian Thomasius, German jurist (b. 1655)
  • 1741-08-31 Johann Gottlieb Heineccius, German jurist, dies at 59
  • 1744-03-03 Jean Barbeyrac, French jurist
  • 1748-09-06 Edmund Gibson, English jurist (b. 1669)
  • 1771-11-06 Hermanus Noordkerk, Dutch jurist, dies at 69

Person of interestWilliam Blackstone

1780-02-14 William Blackstone, English jurist (Blackstone's Commentaries), dies at 56

  • 1794-04-27 William Jones, British orientalist and jurist, dies at 47
  • 1806-09-09 William Paterson, American jurist and statesman (b. 1745)
  • 1816-08-07 Dionysius Godefridus van der Keessel, Dutch jurist (Theses Selectae, Select Theses on the Laws of Holland and Zeeland), dies at 77
  • 1816-08-09 Johann August Apel, German jurist and writer (b. 1771)

Person of interestJohn Marshall

1835-07-06 John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the United States (1801-35), dies at 79

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
John Marshall
  • 1843-03-27 Karl Salomo Zachariae von Lingenthal, German jurist (b. 1769)
  • 1846-02-14 Cornelis F van Maanen, Dutch supreme court justice, dies at 76
  • 1860-05-31 Peter Vivian Daniel, American jurist, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1841-60), dies at 76
  • 1861-04-04 John McLean, American Supreme Court Justice (1829-61) and Postmaster General, dies at 76
  • 1876-02-10 Reverdy Johnson, American politician and jurist (Dred Scott v. Sandford), dies at 79
  • 1885-10-23 Charles S. West, American jurist and politician, dies at 56
  • 1890-10-13 Samuel Freeman Miller, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, dies at 74
  • 1891-09-07 Lorenzo Sawyer, 9th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California (b. 1820)
  • 1892-01-22 Joseph Philo Bradley, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1813)
  • 1893-01-23 Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1825)
  • 1897-11-15 John Mercer Langston, US African American jurist, dies at 67
  • 1902-04-02 Esther Morris [Esther Hobart McQuigg], American suffragist, anti-slavery activist, and 1st female justice of the peace in the US, dies at 87
  • 1903-03-16 Roy Bean, American jurist
  • 1910-03-28 David Josiah Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1837)
  • 1910-07-04 Melville Fuller, American 8th Chief Justice of the United States, dies at 77
  • 1911-04-14 Henri Elzéar Taschereau, French Canadian jurist and Chief Justice of Canada (b. 1836)
  • 1911-10-14 John Marshall Harlan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1833)
  • 1912-01-03 Felix Dahn, German histrian, jurist and poet, dies at 77
  • 1915-09-27 Conrad T van Deventer, Dutch jurist/MP (liberal), dies at 57
  • 1920-04-07 Karl Binding, German jurist (b. 1841)
  • 1923-07-09 William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, dies at 74
  • 1924-05-25 Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee, prolific Bengali educator, jurist, barrister and mathematician described as the "Banglar Bagh" (Tiger of Bengal), dies abruptly at 59
  • 1930-03-08 Edward Terry Sanford, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (b. 1865)

Person of interestOliver Wendell Holmes Jr

1935-03-06 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, US 59th Supreme Court justice (1902-32), dies of pneumonia at 93

  • 1938-02-05 Hans Litten, German jurist (b. 1903)
  • 1938-07-09 Benjamin N. Cardozo, American lawyer and jurist, dies at 68
  • 1938-07-29 Nikolai Krylenko, Russian/Soviet jurist and politician (b. 1885)
  • 1939-11-16 Pierce Butler, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1866)
  • 1940-08-21 Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist, member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 58
  • 1945-02-10 Anacleto Diaz, Filipino jurist (b. 1878)
  • 1945-02-12 Antonio Villa-Real, Filipino jurist (b. 1880)
  • 1946-11-22 Otto Georg Thierack, German jurist (b. 1889)
  • 1949-08-17 Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist & politician (b. 1891)
  • 1951-09-06 James W. Gerard, American jurist and diplomat, dies at 84
  • 1954-02-11 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (b. 1877)

Person of interestB.R. Ambedkar

1956-12-06 B.R. Ambedkar [Baba Saheb], Indian politician, jurist (architect of the Constitution of India) and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement, dies after suffering from diabetes at 65

Jurist and Social Reformer B.R. Ambedkar
Jurist and Social Reformer
B.R. Ambedkar
  • 1961-05-16 George A. Malcolm, American jurist & educator (b. 1881)
  • 1962-07-25 Thibaudeau Rinfret, Canadian jurist and Chief Justice (b. 1879)
  • 1965-02-22 Felix Frankfurter, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1882)
  • 1966-07-22 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, dies at 68
  • 1967-08-19 Carl Wilhelm de Vries, Dutch jurist, dies at 84

Person of interestEarl Warren

1974-07-09 Earl Warren, governor of California/Supreme court justice (1953-68), dies at 83

Jurist and Governor of California Earl Warren
Jurist and Governor of California
Earl Warren
  • 1977-06-13 Tom C Clark, former Supreme Court Justice (1949-67), dies in NY at 77
  • 1982-04-05 Abe Fortas, Supreme court justice, dies at 71
  • 1985-12-07 Potter Stewart, 94th Supreme Court Justice (1958-81), dies in NH at 70
  • 1988-02-02 G Mennen Williams, Supreme Court justice, dies at 76 in Detroit
  • 1989-06-23 Werner Best, German jurist and nazi leader (b. 1903)
  • 1990-01-09 Sir Edward McTiernan, Australian jurist, lawyer and politician (b. 1892)
  • 1992-07-31 G Harold Carswell, supreme court justice candidate 1970, dies at 72
  • 1992-08-24 Andreas M Donner, Dutch state leader/jurist (Constitution), dies at 74

Person of interestThurgood Marshall

1993-01-24 Thurgood Marshall, 1st African American supreme court justice (1967-91), dies 84

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall
  • 1993-09-02 John [Eoin] Higgins, Northern Ireland supreme court justice (1984-93), dies at 66
  • 1993-10-25 Mary C Lawton, jurist (CIA's Agency Seal Medallion), dies at 58
  • 1993-12-06 Rouaz Lakhdar, Algerian supreme court justice, murdered
  • 1994-12-27 J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist (b. 1902)

Person of interestJohn Peters Humphrey

1995-03-14 John Peters Humphrey, Canadian jurist and human rights advocate, dies at 89

  • 1995-06-25 Warren Earl Burger, Supreme Court Justice, dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1996-05-15 Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (b. 1910)
  • 1999-03-04 Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1908)
  • 1999-12-04 Rose Elizabeth Bird, California Supreme Court Justice (1977-87), dies at 63
  • 2000-04-01 Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, Baron Mackenzie-Stuart, Scottish jurist (b. 1924)
  • 2002-04-15 Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player and U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1917)
  • 2004-02-15 Jens Evensen, Norwegian minister and jurist (b. 1917)
  • 2004-10-13 Enrique Fernando, Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, dies at 89
  • 2005-09-03 William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1924)
  • 2006-01-02 Cecilia Muñoz-Palma, first female Philippine Supreme Court Justice (b. 1913)
  • 2006-08-30 Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, New Zealand jurist and member of the British House of Lords (b. 1926)
  • 2010-06-17 K. S. Rajah, Singaporean jurist (b. 1930)
  • 2010-10-03 Abraham Sarmiento, Sr., Filipino Supreme Court jurist (1987-91), dies at 88
  • 2010-11-12 Karl Plutus, Estonian jurist and centenarian (b. 1904)
  • 2012-02-25 Lynn Compton, American jurist and commissioned officer, dies from heart attack at 90
  • 2012-12-19 Robert Bork, American legal scholar/jurist, dies from heart disease at 85
  • 2016-02-13 Antonin Scalia, American 105th Supreme Court Justice (1986-2016), dies at 79