Political History

Historical Events

Roman Empire

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

  • 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)

Historic Publication

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

  • 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

Historic Event

1814-10-01 Opening of the Congress of Vienna, redraws Europe's political map after the defeat of 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)

Appointment of Interest

1847-12-05 Jefferson Davis is appointed to fill vacant US Senate seat for Mississippi

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 1905-02-25 The Nederlands Verbond van Vakverenigingenwas, a Dutch social-democratic trade union, forms

Historic Event

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, Lincolnshire)
  • 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 and business views
  • 1920-03-23 Perserikatan Communist of India (PKI) political party forms
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 US 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 Vladimir Lenin's politics testament (1923) published in Moscow

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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.

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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 defects to the West while on tour with the Kirov Ballet in London and is granted political asylum
  • 1971-11-05 Bolivia passes death penalty for political kidnapping
  • 1972-03-10 1st black US political convention opens in Gary, Indiana

Album Release

1972-06-12 John Lennon releases political album "Sometime in NYC"; includes songs "Woman is the Nigger of the World", "Attica State" and "Luck of the Irish"

  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 1976-03-25 Argentine military 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


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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Julius Caesar

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

  • 1565-09-28 Alessandro Tassoni, Italian political writer (Rape of Bucket), born in Modena, Italy (d. 1635)
  • 1611-01-07 James Harrington, English 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)

Thomas Paine

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

  • 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 politician and nationalist, 2nd President of Uruguay (1835-38), born in Montevideo, Río de la Plata (d. 1857)
  • 1802-06-12 Harriet Martineau, British controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and life-long feminist, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 1876)
  • 1808-09-06 Emir Abdelkader, Algerian political and military leader, born in Mascara, Algeria (d. 1883)

Boss Tweed

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

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

Thomas Nast

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

  • 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)

Emmeline Pankhurst

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

  • 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)

Walter Lippmann

1889-09-23 Walter Lippmann, American journalist and political writer (Public Opinion), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)

Ayatollah 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)

  • 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, Scottish political scientist, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 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 (née Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne), American politician (US Representative from Louisiana, 1973-97), and diplomat, 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)

Nelson 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)

  • 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)

Samuel 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)

  • 1927-05-11 Mort Sahl, American stand-up comedian, political satirist, writer, and TV personality (The Big Party), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2021)
  • 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)

William Safire

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

  • 1931-03-20 John Rae, British educator (Conscience & Politics)
  • 1932-02-08 Jan H. Christiaanse, Dutch politician, president of Dutch political party CDA
  • 1932-08-23 Mark Russell, American political satirist, song parody writer, 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
  • 1934-08-22 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, English Anglican priest, theologian and political theorist, born in Woking, England (d. 1996)
  • 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)
  • 1946-05-30 Candy Lightner, American political activist/founder (MADD), born in Pasadena, California

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)

Thomas Nast

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

  • 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)
  • 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, British political activist, and magazine editor (The Egoist), dies at 85

Fatima 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

  • 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 a 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, English Anglican priest, theologian and 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, Scottish 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 Hardbattle, Botswana bushman activist (First People of the Kalahari), dies of cancer 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, dies at 71
  • 2001-09-11 Barbara Olson, American political commentator, dies in terror attack aboard flight 77 flown into the Pentagon at 45
  • 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, assassinated at 48