Political History

Historical Events


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0161-03-07 Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius dies and is succeeded by co-Emperors Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, an unprecedented political arrangement in the Roman Empire

Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius
Roman Emperor
Antoninus Pius
Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius
Roman Emperor
Marcus Aurelius
  • 1268-10-29 Conradin, the last legitimate male heir of the German Hohenstaufen dynasty of Kings and Holy Roman Emperors, is executed with Frederick I, Margrave of Baden by Charles I of Sicily
  • 1302-01-27 Dante becomes a Florentine political exile
  • 1345-06-11 Alexios Apokaukos, chief minister of the Byzantine Empire, is lynched by political prisoners
  • 1577-08-17 Peace of Bergerac: Political rights for Huguenots
  • 1598-04-13 Edict of Nantes grants political rights to French Huguenots
  • 1635-08-03 Tokugawa Iemitsu, 3rd Tokugawa shogun, establishes alternate attendance (sankin kotai) feudal daimyōs spend 1 year at Edo Castle (Tokyo) and 1 year at their feudal manor, while their families remain in Tokyo as hostages (Traditional Japanese Date: June 21)

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1703-07-31 Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers

Novelist Daniel Defoe
Novelist
Daniel Defoe
  • 1789-05-12 Society of St Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers. It later becomes an infamous group of NYC political bosses
  • 1808-10-17 Political rights of Jews suspended in Duchy of Warsaw

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1814-10-01 Opening of the Congress of Vienna, which redrew Europe's political map after the defeat of Napoléon Bonaparte

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1814-11-01 Congress of Vienna opens to re-draw the European political map after the defeat of France, in the Napoleonic Wars
  • 1815-06-09 End of the Congress of Vienna: New European political situation is set
  • 1843-08-30 1st time African-Americans participate in a national political convention (Liberty Party)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1847-12-05 Jefferson Davis is elected to the US senate, his first political post.

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis

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1854-10-04 Abraham Lincoln made his 1st political speech at Illinois State Fair

16th US President Abraham Lincoln
16th US President
Abraham Lincoln

  • 1859-01-24 Political union of Moldavia and Wallachia; Alexandru Ioan Cuza is elected as ruler
  • 1868-04-07 Thomas D'Arcy McGee, one of the Canadian Fathers of Confederation is assassinated by the Irish, in one of the few Canadian political assassinations, and only federal politician
  • 1874-11-25 The United States Greenback Party is established as a political party consisting primarily of farmers affected by the Panic of 1873.
  • 1877-05-16 May 16, 1877 political crisis in France.
  • 1879-02-28 "Exodus of 1879" southern blacks flee political and economic exploitation
  • 1889-12-14 American Academy of Political & Social Science organized in Philadelphia
  • 1903-12-30 American Political Science Association founded at New Orleans

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1904-03-03 Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany becomes the first person to make a sound recording of a political document, using Thomas Edison's cylinder

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • 1905-02-25 The Nederlands Verbond van Vakverenigingenwas, a Dutch social-democratic trade union, forms

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1905-11-03 Tsar Nicholas II of Russia signs a document of amnesty for the political prisoners

  • 1908-07-09 CHU (Christian Historic Union) Dutch political party forms
  • 1914-11-27 1st British woman elected political agent (Grantham, Linconshire)
  • 1916-11-05 The Everett Massacre takes place in Everett, Washington as political differences lead to a shoot-out between IWW organizers and local police.
  • 1919-11-11 Pope Benedictus XV states Roman Catholics political/business views
  • 1920-03-23 Perserikatan Communist of India (PKI) political party forms

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1921-03-17 Lenin proclaims New Economic Politics

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 1922-08-01 Hendrikus Colijn becomes political editor-in-chief of The Standard
  • 1922-12-25 -Dec 26] Lenin dictates his "Political testament"
  • 1924-01-21 Vladimir Lenin's Testament is handed over to the Communist Party; it calls for changes to the Soviet governing structure and criticizes Joseph Stalin, Leon Trotsky and other members
  • 1924-06-10 1st political convention broadcast on radio-Republicans at Cleveland

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1925-02-27 Hitler resurrects NSDAP political party in Munich

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1926-10-18 Frankfurter Zeitung publishes Lenin's political testament
  • 1932-10-11 1st political telecast (Democratic National Committee) at CBS, NYC
  • 1934-02-01 Austrian Chancellor Dollfuss dissolves all political parties but his
  • 1934-02-06 Far right leagues rally in front of the Palais Bourbon in an attempted coup against the French Third Republic, creating a political crisis in France
  • 1935-04-21 King Boris of Bulgaria forbids all political parties
  • 1939-08-02 Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers
  • 1941-07-05 German occupiers disband political parties
  • 1943-04-06 Lou Jansen, leader of illegal Dutch political party (CPN) arrested
  • 1943-11-12 Landwacht (NSB-political party) forms in Netherlands
  • 1945-03-31 Sicherheitsdienst murders 10 political prisoners in Zutphen
  • 1947-07-19 Prime Minister of shadow Burma government, Bogyoke Aung San and 6 of his cabinet and 2 non-cabinet members assassinated by armed paramilitaries
  • 1947-07-20 1st political action of Netherlands Army on Java and Sumatra
  • 1947-07-21 Indonesia begins 1st political election
  • 1947-08-05 Netherlands ceases political action in Indonesia, due to UN pressure
  • 1948-12-18 Indonesia begins its 2nd political election
  • 1948-12-19 2nd political action of Java/Sumatra
  • 1951-05-15 Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czesław Miłosz, asks the French government for political asylum
  • 1953-01-16 Egyptian Premier General Naguib disbands all political parties
  • 1954-04-14 Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov asks for politics asylum in Canberra
  • 1955-11-09 UN disapproves of South Africa's apartheid politics
  • 1956-06-30 Lenin's politics testament (1923) published in Moscow

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1956-12-06 Nelson Mandela & 156 others arrested for political activities in South Africa

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela

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1959-02-20 The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker

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1959-03-30 Dalai Lama flees China and is granted political asylum in India

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • 1961-12-15 Equal access rule, political parties get TV broadcasting time
  • 1966-09-15 Dutch political party (D'66) forms
  • 1967-03-06 Joseph Stalin's daughter Svetlana Allilujeva approaches the US Embassy in New Delhi, India, and asks for political asylum
  • 1967-04-03 113 East Europeans attending World Amateur hockey championships in Vienna, ask for political asylum

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967-04-24 Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had "gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily."

  • 1968-03-01 Political Party Radikalen (PPR) established in Netherlands
  • 1968-04-27 Congress of Political Party Radicals (PPR) forms in Netherlands
  • 1970-09-04 Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova gets political asylum
  • 1971-11-05 Bolivia passes death penalty for political kidnapping
  • 1972-03-10 1st black US political convention opens in Gary, Indiana

Music releaseAlbum Release

1972-06-12 John Lennon's political album "Sometime in NYC" released including the songs "Woman is the Nigger of the World", "Attica State" and "Luck of the Irish"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1974-12-28 Senegalese marxist group Reenu-Rew founds the political movement And-Jëf at a clandestine congress.
  • 1975-09-01 All political parties forbidden in Bangladesh

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1975-09-06 Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova asks for US political asylum in New York City during the US Open

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1976-03-25 Argentine miltary junta bans leftist political parties
  • 1977-09-30 Philippine political prisoners, Eugenio Lopez, Jr. and Sergio Osmeña III successfully escaped from Fort Bonifacio Maximum Security Prison in the Philippines
  • 1978-10-13 Swaziland's new constitution promulgated bans political parties
  • 1979-06-04 Sri Lanka forfeit ICC Trophy game vs Israel for political reasons

BattleExecution

1979-08-08 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • 1980-02-02 FBI releases details of Abscam, a sting operation that targeted 31 elected & public officials for bribes for political favors
  • 1980-04-20 Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria sees hundreds of Berber political activists arrested
  • 1981-10-14 Citing official misconduct in the investigation and trial, Amnesty International charges U.S. government with holding Richard Marshall of the American Indian Movement as a political prisoner
  • 1982-07-08 Senegalese Trotskyist political party LCT is legally recognized
  • 1983-01-15 Dutch political party DS'70 disbands
  • 1983-09-23 Argentine military regime gives amnesty to military and political assassins
  • 1986-08-08 Altaf Hussain's address at Nishtar Park Karachi, announcing the establishment of the MQM political movement.
  • 1988-12-16 Political cult leader Lyndon LaRouche convicted of tax, mail fraud
  • 1989-04-21 Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing's Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political freedom
  • 1989-06-21 Supreme Court rules ok to burn US flag as a political expression

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1989-10-15 South African President F. W. de Klerk frees ANC Founder Walter Sisulu and four other political prisoners

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • 1990-02-02 South African President F. W. de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes ANC & 60 other political organisations
  • 1990-02-07 USSR Communist party agrees to allow opposition political parties
  • 1990-02-11 Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa
  • 1990-04-08 King Birendra of Nepal lifts 30-year ban on political parties
  • 1990-05-27 Radical Democratic Party holds 1st political meetings in Moscow
  • 1990-08-31 East & West Germany sign a treaty to join legal & political systems
  • 1991-02-16 Dutch PPR, Political Party Radicals, disbands
  • 1991-06-15 Birth of the first federal political party in Canada that supports Quebec nationalism, le Bloc Québécois
  • 1992-01-12 A new constitution, providing for freedom to form political parties, is approved by a referendum in Mali.

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestJulius Caesar

0100-07-13 BC Julius Caesar, Roman military and political leader, born in Rome (d. 44 BC), (or July 12)

Roman Military Commander and Statesman Julius Caesar
Roman Military Commander and Statesman
Julius Caesar
  • 1565-09-28 Alessandro Tassoni, Italian political writer (Rape of Bucket), born in Modena, Italy (d. 1635)
  • 1611-01-07 James Harrington, England, political author (Commonwealth of Oceans)
  • 1648-12-15 Gregory King, English statistician (Natural & Political Observations), born in Lichfield, England (d. 1712)
  • 1724-04-27 Colonel Thomas Gardner, American heroic political figure and soldier, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1775)
  • 1725-03-17 Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (d. 1806)
  • 1733-05-04 Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, political scientist, and sailor, born in Dax, France (d. 1799)

Person of interestThomas Paine

1737-01-29 Thomas Paine, English-American political essayist (Common Sense, Age of Reason), born in Thetford, England (d. 1809)

Voice of the American Revolution Thomas Paine
Voice of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine
  • 1756-03-03 William Godwin, philosopher/political writer (Caleb Williams)
  • 1769-01-05 Jean Baptiste Say, French economist (Political Economics), born in Lyon, France (d. 1832)
  • 1774-02-11 Hans Järta, Swedish political activist (d. 1847)
  • 1780-09-28 Élie, Duke Decazes, French Bourbon Restoration politician (4th Prime Minister of France), born in Sainte-Martin-de-Laye, France (d. 1860)
  • 1790-10-22 Jan Ackersdijk, Dutch political economist, born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 1861)
  • 1792-08-26 Manuel Oribe, Uruguayan political figure (d. 1857)
  • 1802-06-12 Harriet Martineau, British controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and life-long feminist, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 1876)

Person of interestJohn Stuart Mill

1806-05-20 John Stuart Mill, English philosopher, political economist and utilitarian, born in London (d. 1873)

Philosopher and Political Economist John Stuart Mill
Philosopher and Political Economist
John Stuart Mill
  • 1808-09-06 Emir Abdelkader, Algerian political and military leader, born in Mascara, Algeria (d. 1883)

Person of interestBoss Tweed

1823-04-03 William Magear Tweed "Boss Tweed", American politician and corrupt New York fraudster, born in NYC, New York (d. 1878)

Politician and Businessman Boss Tweed
Politician and Businessman
Boss Tweed
  • 1829-12-14 John Mercer Langston, 1st African-American to hold US political office, born in Louisa County, Virginia (d. 1897)

Person of interestThomas Nast

1840-09-27 Thomas Nast, German-American caricaturist and political cartoonist of late 1800s America, born in Landau, Germany (d. 1902)

Political Cartoonist Thomas Nast
Political Cartoonist
Thomas Nast
  • 1840-10-30 William Graham Sumner, American sociologist (Folkways), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1910)
  • 1852-08-22 Alfredo Oriani, Italian writer (Political Struggle in Italy), born in Faenza, Italy (d. 1909)
  • 1854-09-02 Hans Jæger, Norwegian writer and political activist (d. 1910)
  • 1858-05-24 Johan Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist (Green Amsterdammer), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1940)

Person of interestEmmeline Pankhurst

1858-07-15 Emmeline Pankhurst, British suffragette who formed the Women's Social & Political Union (1903), born in Moss Side, Manchester (d. 1928)

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst
Suffragette
Emmeline Pankhurst
  • 1859-12-26 William Stephens, U.S. political figure (d. 1944)
  • 1864-06-13 Rudolf Kjellén, Swedish political scientist and politician who first coined the term "geopolitics", born in Torsö, Sweden (d. 1922)
  • 1864-07-23 Apolinario Mabini, Filipino political theoretician and 1st Prime Minister of the Philippines, born in Tanauan, Batangas, Philippines (d. 1903)
  • 1873-01-11 John Callan O'Laughlin, American political and military figure and journalist (d. 1949)
  • 1873-12-18 Francis Burton Harrison, American political figure (d. 1957)
  • 1876-09-01 Harriet Shaw Weaver, English political activist (d. 1961)
  • 1877-03-17 Albert P Hahn, Dutch political cartoonist (People/Nutcracker)
  • 1879-11-10 Patrick Pearse, Irish poet, nationalist and political activist, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1916)

Person of interestWalter Lippmann

1889-09-23 Walter Lippmann, American journalist/political writer (Public Opinion), born in NYC, New York

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann

Person of interestAyatollah Khomeini

1902-09-24 Ayatollah Khomeini [Ruhollah Khomeini], Supreme leader of Iran (1979-89), religious figure and political leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, born in Khomeyn, Persia (d. 1989)

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1902-10-11 Jayaprakash Narayan, Indian freedom fighter and political leader (d. 1979)
  • 1904-02-17 Hans Morgenthau, German political philosopher (d. 1980)
  • 1905-03-14 Raymond Aron, French sociologist/political scientist
  • 1909-04-08 William James Millar Mackenzie, political scientist
  • 1909-10-13 Herblock [Herbert Lawrence Block], American cartoonist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1910-08-10 Angus Campbell, American psychologist (Elections & Political Order)
  • 1910-10-11 Joseph Alsop, American political newspaper columnist (Men Around the President), born in Avon, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1912-03-13 James Friell, Scottish political cartoonist (Daily Worker), born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1912-06-29 John Toland, American political writer (Rising Sun, Pulitzer 1971), born in La Crosse, Wisconsin (d. 2004)
  • 1912-08-01 Bryan Keith-Lucas, British political scientist, born in Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire (d. 1996)
  • 1915-08-14 B.A. Santamaria, Australian political activist and journalist, born in Melbourne (d. 1998)
  • 1915-10-28 Michael Fraser, British Conservative Party political administrator, born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1916-03-13 Lindy Boggs [Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs], American political administrator, born in New Roads, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1916-10-07 Walt W Rostow, American economist (Politics & Stages of Growth), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917-06-27 Ron Hayward, English politician, General Secretary of the Labour Party, born in Chipping Sodbury, Oxfordshire (d. 1996)
  • 1918-01-07 Alessadro Natta, Italian political leader (Communist Party)

Person of interestNelson Mandela

1918-07-18 Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-90) and President of South Africa (1994-99), born in Mvezo, Umtatu, South Africa (d. 2013)

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1918-08-01 Wyndraeth Morris-Jones, British political scientist, born in Carmarthenshire (d. 1999)
  • 1918-08-03 James MacGregor Burns, American political writer (The Lion & the Fox), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 2014)
  • 1919-06-23 Muhammad Boudiaf, Algerian political leader (d. 1992)
  • 1920-05-08 Maurice Cranston, English philosopher and political scientist (John Locke biographies), born in Harringay, England (d. 1993)
  • 1920-06-07 Georges Marchais, French political leader (French Communist Party), born in La Hoguette, France (d. 1997)
  • 1920-10-18 Melina Mercouri, Greek actress, activist and politician, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1994)
  • 1921-10-29 Bill Mauldin, American cartoonist famous for his World War II cartoons depicting American soldiers (Pulitzer-1945, 59), born in Mountain Park, New Mexico (d. 2003)
  • 1923-03-20 Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani Author, Journalist and Political Activist (d. 2006)
  • 1923-03-29 Julia Montgomery Walsh, American businesswoman and stockbroker, born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • 1924-06-08 Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan, born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2006)
  • 1925-01-27 Geoffrey Tucker, British political consultant
  • 1925-05-30 Gerard John Toorenaar, political commissar in Amsterdam (1975-79)
  • 1925-10-18 Ramiz Alia, political leader of Albania
  • 1926-06-17 Alan Walters, British political economist (Chief Economic Adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher), born in Leicester, England (d. 2009)

Person of interestSamuel P. Huntington

1927-04-18 Samuel P. Huntington, American political scientist (The Clash of Civilizations) and presidential adviser, born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)

Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser Samuel P. Huntington
Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser
Samuel P. Huntington
  • 1927-05-11 Mort Sahl, comedian/political satirist/beatnik (Big Party), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1929-05-03 Jahanara Imam, Bangladeshi writer and political activist, born in Murshidabad, West Bengal, India (d. 1994)
  • 1929-07-24 Hedda J. Garza, American writer and political activist, born in New York City (d. 1995)

Person of interestWilliam Safire

1929-12-17 William Safire, American political columnist (NY Times) and speech writer (Nixon), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)

Political Columnist and Presidential Speechwriter William Safire
Political Columnist and Presidential Speechwriter
William Safire
  • 1931-03-20 John Rae, British educator (Conscience & Politics)
  • 1932-02-08 Jan H Christiaanse, president Dutch political party (CDA)
  • 1932-08-23 Mark Russell, American political satirist and pianist (Real People), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1932-10-12 Dick Gregory, American comedian, civil rights activist and dietician (Bahamian Diet), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2017)
  • 1933-07-11 Olga Havlova, political activist
  • 1934-02-26 Robert Novak, American political columnist
  • 1934-08-22 Margaret Douglas, chief political adviser (BBC), born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1934-09-14 Kate Millett, American feminist and author (Sexual Politics), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • 1935-02-21 Jean Pelletier, French Canadian political operative
  • 1935-11-16 Elizabeth Drew, American journalist (Politics & Money: The Road to Corruption), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1936-03-01 Marion Farouk-Sluglett, political scientist
  • 1936-06-03 David Nicholls, priest/theologian/political theorist
  • 1938-11-02 Patrick Buchanan, American conservative political commentator and politician, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1939-01-10 David Horowitz, American author & political commentator, born in NYC, New York
  • 1939-02-18 Claude Ake, political scientist
  • 1939-06-15 Ward Connerly, American political activist (affirmative action), born in Leesville, Louisiana
  • 1939-08-02 Benjamin Barber, American political theorist (Jihad vs. McWorld), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1941-04-11 Ellen Goodman, American political columnist (Pulitzer 1980), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1941-05-04 George Will, American political analyst (Night Line), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1941-09-16 Richard Perle, American political advisor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1942-03-23 Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian and political figure (d. 1980)
  • 1943-05-22 Betty Williams, Northern Irish political activist (Nobel Peace Prize 1976), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1943-12-19 Ross M. Lence, American political scientist (d. 2006)
  • 1944-08-30 Molly Ivins, American political columnist and author, born in Monterey, California (d. 2007)
  • 1944-09-21 Hamilton Jordan, political advisor (Crisis, Last Year of Carter Pres)
  • 1944-10-25 James Carville, American political stategist and commentator, born in Carville, Louisiana
  • 1945-01-27 Harold Cardinal, Cree political leader (d. 2005)
  • 1945-08-04 John Qace Hardbattle, political activist
  • 1946-02-07 Sammy Johns, rocker (Politics, Religion & Her), (d. 2013)

Famous Deaths

  • 1594-06-03 John Aylmer, English political theorist (b. 1521)
  • 1635-04-25 Alessandro Tassoni, Italian political writer (Rape of Bucket), dies at 69
  • 1677-09-11 James Harrington, English political philosopher (b. 1611)
  • 1680-09-11 Roger Crab, English Puritan political writer (b. 1621)
  • 1799-02-19 Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, political scientist, and sailor, dies at 65
  • 1806-02-20 Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (b. 1725)
  • 1824-12-21 James Parkinson, English physician (First description of Parkinson's disease) and political activist, dies at 69
  • 1825-05-19 Claude Henri de Rouvroy, Comte de Saint-Simon, French political philosopher (b. 1760)
  • 1836-04-07 William Godwin, English political writer (b. 1756)
  • 1871-05-07 Louis-Joseph Papineau, Canadian political reformer (Patriote movement), dies at 84
  • 1879-01-22 George Shepstone, British political affiliate, dies in battle
  • 1881-01-01 Louis Auguste Blanqui, French political activist, dies at 75
  • 1897-12-29 William James Linton, American wood engraver and political reformer. (b. 1812)
  • 1900-12-21 Roger Wolcott, American political figure, 39th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1847)

Person of interestThomas Nast

1902-12-07 Thomas Nast, German-American caricaturist and political cartoonist of late 1800s America, dies of yellow fever at 62

Political Cartoonist Thomas Nast
Political Cartoonist
Thomas Nast
  • 1910-02-08 Hans Jæger, Norwegian writer and political activist (b. 1854)
  • 1918-08-03 Albert P Hahn, Dutch political cartoonist (Het Volk), dies at 41
  • 1919-11-15 Mohammad Farid, an influential Egyptian political figure.
  • 1928-06-03 Li Yüan-hung, Chinese general and political figure (b. 1864)
  • 1930-04-16 José Carlos Mariátegui, Peruvian journalist, political philosopher and activist (b. 1894)
  • 1940-02-28 Johan Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist (Green Amsterdammer), dies at 81
  • 1942-10-27 Helmuth Hubener, Youth Political Activist against the Hitler regime (b. 1925)
  • 1943-10-09 Jan Dieters, Dutch politician and resistance fighter who was the head of the Communist Party of the Netherlands, executed at 42
  • 1943-10-09 Lou Jansen, leader of illegal Dutch political party (CPN), executed
  • 1944-03-04 Fannie Barrier Williams, American educator and political activist (b. 1855)
  • 1944-04-24 William Stephens, U.S. political figure (b. 1859)
  • 1949-03-14 John Callan O'Laughlin, American political and military figure and journalist (b. 1873)

Person of interestSardar Patel

1950-12-15 Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian freedom fighter and statesman, dies at 75

Indian Freedom Fighter and Politician Sardar Patel
Indian Freedom Fighter and Politician
Sardar Patel
  • 1952-08-31 Henri Bourassa, French Canadian political leader (b. 1868)
  • 1957-11-21 Francis Burton Harrison, American political figure (b. 1873)
  • 1961-10-14 Harriet Shaw Weaver, English political activist (b. 1876)

Person of interestFatima Jinnah

1967-07-08 Fatima Jinnah, Mother of Pakistan, sister and close adviser of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, dies officially of a heart failure at 73 but rumors of foul play by the military junta persist

Mother of Pakistan Fatima Jinnah
Mother of Pakistan
Fatima Jinnah
  • 1972-05-06 Deniz Gezmiş, Turkish Left-wing Political Activist (b. 1947)
  • 1975-10-02 Kumaraswami Kamaraj, Indian political leader, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (b. 1903)
  • 1977-03-15 Hubert Aquin, French-Canadian novelist, political activist and editor, dies at 47
  • 1977-11-11 Abraham Sarmiento, Jr., Filipino journalist & political activist, dies at 27
  • 1980-07-23 Mollie Steimer, American political prisoner and anarchist agitator, dies at 82
  • 1981-05-01 Clarence A Bacote, historian/political scientist, dies at 75
  • 1983-10-17 Raymond Aron, French sociologist/political scientist, dies at 78
  • 1991-03-29 Lee Atwater, political strategists (R), dies of brain tumor at 40
  • 1991-10-02 Jan H Christianse, political chairman (CDA), dies
  • 1993-06-26 William H. Riker, American political scientist (b. 1920)
  • 1994-06-26 Jahanara Imam, Bangladeshi writer and political activist, dies at 65
  • 1995-08-23 Hedda J. Garza, American writer and political activist, dies at 66
  • 1996-01-27 Olga Havlova, political activist, dies at 63
  • 1996-02-25 Marion Farouk Political scientist-Sluglett, dies at 59
  • 1996-03-22 Ron Hayward, English politician, General Secretary of the Labour Party, dies at 78
  • 1996-04-29 Tony Hymphris, political activist, dies at 45
  • 1996-04-30 David Michael Ifshin, British political campaign organiser, dies at 46
  • 1996-06-13 David Nicholls, priest/theologian/political theorist, dies at 60
  • 1996-07-01 Michael Fraser, British Conservative Party political administrator, dies at 80
  • 1996-08-22 William James Millar Mackenzie, political scientist, dies at 87
  • 1996-11-07 Bryan Keith-Lucas, British political scientist, dies at 84
  • 1996-11-07 Claude Ake, political scientist, dies at 57
  • 1996-11-12 John Qace Hardbattle, political activist, dies at 51
  • 1997-02-04 James Friell, Scottish political cartoonist (Daily Worker), dies at 84
  • 2000-01-01 Colin Vaughan, Australian political journalist, dies at 68
  • 2000-06-08 Jeff MacNelly, American Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist (Shoe), dies at 52
  • 2001-02-01 André D'Allemagne, Quebec teacher, political observer and essayist (b. 1929)
  • 2001-09-11 Barbara Olson, American political commentator (b. 1955)
  • 2002-08-16 Abu Nidal, Palestinian political leader (b. 1937)
  • 2002-11-24 John Rawls, political philosopher (b. 1921)
  • 2003-03-16 Rachel Corrie, American political activist, killed while trying to block an Israeli armored bulldozer at 23
  • 2003-08-29 Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, Iraqi political leader (b.1939)
  • 2003-10-31 Richard Neustadt, American political historian (b. 1919)
  • 2003-12-15 George Fisher, American political cartoonist (b. 1923)
  • 2005-06-03 Harold Cardinal, Cree political leader, writer, and lawyer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • 2006-03-27 Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan, dies of cancer at 81
  • 2006-08-01 Iris Marion Young, American feminist and political scientist (b. 1949)
  • 2006-12-14 Anton Balasingham, Sri Lankan chief political strategist of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, dies at 68
  • 2006-12-18 Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani author, journalist and political activist (b. 1923)
  • 2007-01-31 Molly Ivins, American political columnist and author, dies at 62
  • 2007-02-03 Ralph de Toledano, Moroccan-born American political columnist and author (b. 1916)
  • 2007-02-28 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian (1946 Pulitzer-Age of Jackson), dies at 89
  • 2007-03-06 Jean Baudrillard, French cultural theorist, philosopher, political commentator and photographer (b. 1929)
  • 2007-04-26 Jack Valenti, American political advisor & film executive, dies at 85
  • 2008-08-13 Bill Gwatney, American political figure (b. 1959)