This Day in History
Daily historical facts, events, famous birthdays, world history. Discover what happened today in history.
590 - [[Khosrau II]] -is crowned king of Sassanid dynasty|Persia.
706 - [[Byzantine Empire|Byzantine]] -emperor Justinian II has his predecessors Leontios and Tiberios III publicly executed in the Hippodrome of Constantinople.
1113 - [[Pope Paschal II]] -issues a bill sanctioning the establishment of Knights Hospitaller|the Order of Hospitallers.
1214 - [[John, King of England]] -lands an invasion force at La Rochelle in France.
1493 - [[Niña]] -', Christopher Columbus Columbus's Letter on the First Voyage|writes an open letter (widely distributed upon his return to Portugal) describing his discoveries and the unexpected items he came across in the New World.
1637 - [[Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor|Ferdinand III]] -becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
1690 - [[Constantin Cantemir]] -Prince of Moldavia, and the Holy Roman Empire sign a secret treaty in Sibiu, stipulating that Moldavia would support the actions led by the House of Habsburg against the Ottoman Empire.
1764 - [[St. Louis]] -is established in Louisiana (New Spain)|Spanish Louisiana (now in Missouri, USA).
1798 - [[Roman Republic (18th century)|Roman Republic]] -is proclaimed after Louis-Alexandre Berthier, a general of Napoleon, had invaded the city of Rome five days earlier.
1804 - [[Serbian Revolution]] -begins.
1835 - [[constitutional]] -law in modern Serbia is adopted.
1862 - [[American Civil War]] -General Ulysses S. Grant attacks Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
1870 - [[Stevens Institute of Technology]] -is founded in New Jersey, USA and offers the first Bachelors of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering.
1879 - [[Women's rights]] -US President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female Lawyer|attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.
1891 - [[Allmänna Idrottsklubben]] -(AIK) (Swedish Sports Club) is founded.
1898 - [[Havana]] -harbor in Cuba, killing 274. This event leads the United States to declare war on Spain.
1901 - [[association football]] -club Alianza Lima is founded in Lima, Peru, under the name Sport Alianza.
1909 - [[Acapulco]] -Mexico kills 250.
1921 - [[Kingdom of Romania]] -establishes its legation in Helsinki.
1923 - [[Gregorian calendar]] -
1925 - [[1925 serum run to Nome]] -The serum arrives in Nome, Alaska, with Balto being the lead dog of the last team.
1933 - [[Miami]] -Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate US President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, but instead shoots Mayor of Chicago|Chicago mayor Anton J. Cermak, who dies of his wounds on March 6, 1933.
1942 - [[World War II]] -Fall of Singapore. Following an assault by Empire of Japan|Japanese forces, the British General Arthur Percival surrenders. About 80,000 British Indian Army|Indian, United Kingdom and Australian soldiers become prisoners of war, the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history.
1944 - [[Battle of Monte Cassino|assault]] -on Monte Cassino, Italy begins.
1944 - [[Narva Offensive (15–28 February 1944)|Narva Offensive]] -begins.
1945 - [[Bombing of Dresden in World War II|bombing in Dresden]] -
1946 - [[ENIAC]] -the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
1949 - [[Gerald Lankester Harding]] -and Roland de Vaux begin excavations at Cave 1 of the Qumran Caves, where they will eventually discover the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls.
1952 - [[George VI]] -of the United Kingdom is buried in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
1953 - [[Liechtenstein general election, February 1953|Parliamentary elections]] -held in Liechtenstein.
1954 - [[Distant Early Warning Line]] -a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska.
1961 - [[Sabena Flight 548]] -crashes in Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team along with several of their coaches and family members.
1965 - [[maple]] -leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.
1971 - [[decimalisation]] -of Coins of the pound sterling|British coinage is completed on Decimal Day.
1972 - [[Sound recording and reproduction|Sound recordings]] -are granted U.S. federal copyright Phonogram Convention|protection Copyright law of the United States#Duration of copyright|for the first time.
1972 - [[José María Velasco Ibarra]] -serving as President of Ecuador for the fifth time, is overthrown by the military for the fourth time.
1976 - [[Constitution of Cuba]] -is adopted by national referendum.
1979 - [[Don Dunstan]] -resigns as Premier of South Australia, ending a decade of sweeping social liberalisation.
1982 - [[drilling rig]] -''Ocean Ranger'' sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland (island)|Newfoundland, killing 84 workers.
1989 - [[Soviet war in Afghanistan]] -The Soviet Union officially announces that all of its troops have left Afghanistan.
1991 - [[Visegrád Agreement]] -establishing cooperation to move toward free market economy|free-market systems, is signed by the leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland.
1992 - [[Jeffrey Dahmer]] -was sentenced in Milwaukee to life in prison.
1996 - [[Xichang Satellite Launch Center]] -in China, a Long March 3 rocket, carrying an Intelsat 708, crashes into a rural village after liftoff, killing many people.
1999 - [[Abdullah Öcalan]] -leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), is arrested in Kenya.
2000 - [[Indian Point nuclear power plant|Indian Point]] -II nuclear power plant in New York vents a small amount of radioactive steam when a steam generator fails.
2001 - [[human genome]] -is published in ''Nature (journal)|Nature''.
2003 - [[February 15, 2003 anti-war protest|Protests against the Iraq war]] -take place in over 600 cities worldwide. It is estimated that between eight million to 30 million people participate, making this the largest peace demonstration in history.
2013 - [[Chelyabinsk meteor|A meteor explodes]] -over Russia, injuring 1,500 people as a shock wave blows out windows and rocks buildings. This happens unexpectedly only hours before the ''expected'' closest ever approach of the larger and unrelated asteroid 2012 DA14.
2014 - [[Renaud Lavillenie]] -of France breaks Sergey Bubka's Men's pole vault world record progression|world record in pole vault with a mark of 6.16 m.
1377 - [[Ladislaus of Naples]] -(d. 1414)
1458 - [[Ivan the Young]] -son of Ivan III of Russia (d. 1490)
1471 - [[Piero the Unfortunate]] -Italian ruler (d. 1503)
1564 - [[Galileo Galilei]] -Italian astronomer and physicist (d. 1642)
1571 - [[Michael Praetorius]] -German organist and composer (d. 1621)
1612 - [[Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve]] -French soldier, founded Montreal (d. 1676)
1620 - [[François Charpentier]] -French archaeologist and academic (d. 1702)
1705 - [[Charles-André van Loo]] -French painter (d. 1765)
1710 - [[Louis XV of France]] -(d. 1774)
1725 - [[Abraham Clark]] -American surveyor, lawyer, and politician (d. 1794)
1734 - [[William Stacy]] -American colonel (d. 1802)
1739 - [[Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart]] -French architect, designed the Paris Bourse (d. 1813)
1748 - [[Jeremy Bentham]] -English jurist and philosopher (d. 1832)
1759 - [[Friedrich August Wolf]] -German philologist and critic (d. 1824)
1760 - [[Jean-François Le Sueur]] -French composer and educator (d. 1837)
1761 - [[Jacob Kimball, Jr.]] -American composer (d. 1826)
1792 - [[Floride Calhoun]] -American wife of John C. Calhoun, 4th Second Lady of the United States (d. 1866)
1797 - [[Henry E. Steinway]] -German-American businessman, founded Steinway & Sons (d. 1871)
1809 - [[André Dumont]] -Belgian geologist and academic (d. 1857)
1809 - [[Cyrus McCormick]] -American businessman, co-founded International Harvester (d. 1884)
1811 - [[Domingo Faustino Sarmiento]] -Argentinian journalist and politician, 7th President of Argentina (d. 1888)
1812 - [[Charles Lewis Tiffany]] -American jeweler, founded Tiffany & Co. (d. 1902)
1820 - [[Susan B. Anthony]] -American social reformer active in women's suffrage and Anti-Slavery movements (d. 1906)
1825 - [[Carter Harrison, Sr.]] -American politician, 29th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1893)
1834 - [[V. A. Urechia]] -Moldavian-Romanian historian, author, and playwright (d. 1901)
1835 - [[Nguyễn Khuyến]] -Vietnamese scholar, poet, and educator (d. 1909)
1835 - [[Demetrius Vikelas]] -Greek businessman and philanthropist (d. 1908)
1840 - [[Titu Maiorescu]] -Romanian philosopher, academic, and politician, 23rd Prime Minister of Romania (d. 1917)
1841 - [[Manuel Ferraz de Campos Sales]] -Brazilian lawyer and politician, 4th President of Brazil (d. 1913)
1845 - [[Elihu Root]] -American lawyer and politician, 38th United States Secretary of State, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1937)
1847 - [[Robert Fuchs]] -Austrian composer and educator (d. 1927)
1849 - [[Rickman Godlee]] -English surgeon and academic (d. 1925)
1850 - [[Ion Andreescu]] -Romanian painter (d. 1882)
1851 - [[Spiru Haret]] -Romanian mathematician, astronomer, and politician, 55th Ministry of Internal Affairs (Romania)|Interior Minister of Romania (d. 1912)
1856 - [[Emil Kraepelin]] -German psychiatrist and academic (d. 1926)
1861 - [[Martin Burns]] -American wrestler and coach (d. 1937)
1861 - [[Charles Édouard Guillaume]] -Swiss-French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1938)
1861 - [[Alfred North Whitehead]] -English mathematician and philosopher (d. 1947)
1873 - [[Hans von Euler-Chelpin]] -German-Swiss biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1964)
1874 - [[Ernest Shackleton]] -Irish explorer (d. 1922)
1883 - [[Sax Rohmer]] -English-American author (d. 1959)
1885 - [[Frank Thorpe (public servant)|Frank Thorpe]] -Australian public servant (d. 1967)
1890 - [[Robert Ley]] -German politician (d. 1945)
1891 - [[Dino Borgioli]] -Italian tenor (d. 1960)
1892 - [[James Forrestal]] -American lieutenant and politician, 1st United States Secretary of Defense (d. 1949)
1893 - [[James Phinney Baxter III]] -American historian and author (d. 1975)
1895 - [[Earl Thomson]] -Canadian hurdler and coach (d. 1971)
1896 - [[Arthur Shields]] -Irish-American actor (d. 1970)
1897 - [[Gerrit Kleerekoper]] -Dutch gymnast and coach (d. 1943)
1898 - [[Totò]] -Italian actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1967)
1899 - [[Georges Auric]] -French composer (d. 1983)
1899 - [[Gale Sondergaard]] -American actress (d. 1985)
1904 - [[Antonin Magne]] -French cyclist and manager (d. 1983)
1905 - [[Harold Arlen]] -American composer (d. 1986)
1907 - [[Jean Langlais]] -French organist and composer (d. 1991)
1907 - [[Cesar Romero]] -American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1994)
1908 - [[Sarto Fournier]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 38th Mayor of Montreal (d. 1980)
1909 - [[Miep Gies]] -Austrian-Dutch humanitarian, helped hide People associated with Anne Frank|Anne Frank and her family (d. 2010)
1910 - [[Irena Sendler]] -Polish nurse and social worker (d. 2008)
1911 - [[Leonard Woodcock]] -American union leader and diplomat (d. 2001)
1912 - [[George Mikes]] -Hungarian-English journalist and author (d. 1987)
1913 - [[Erich Eliskases]] -Austrian chess player (d. 1997)
1914 - [[Hale Boggs]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 1972)
1914 - [[Kevin McCarthy (actor)|Kevin McCarthy]] -American actor (d. 2010)
1916 - [[Mary Jane Croft]] -American actress (d. 1999)
1916 - [[Jack Hanlon]] -American actor (d. 2012)
1918 - [[Allan Arbus]] -American actor and photographer (d. 2013)
1918 - [[Hank Locklin]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2009)
1919 - [[Ducky Detweiler]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 2013)
1920 - [[Endicott Peabody]] -American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 62nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1997)
1921 - [[Radha Krishna Choudhary]] -Indian historian and author (d. 1985)
1922 - [[John B. Anderson]] -American lawyer and politician
1923 - [[Yelena Bonner]] -Russian activist (d. 2011)
1924 - [[Robert Drew]] -American director and producer (d. 2014)
1927 - [[Frank Dunlop (director)|Frank Dunlop]] -English actor and director
1927 - [[Harvey Korman]] -American actor, singer, and director (d. 2008)
1927 - [[Yehoshua Neuwirth]] -Israeli rabbi and scholar (d. 2013)
1928 - [[Norman Bridwell]] -American author and illustrator, created ''Clifford the Big Red Dog'' (d. 2014)
1928 - [[Eno Raud]] -Estonian children's literature author (d. 1996)
1928 - [[Joseph Willcox Jenkins]] -American composer, conductor, and educator (d. 2014)
1929 - [[Graham Hill]] -English race car driver (d. 1975)
1929 - [[Kauko Armas Nieminen]] -Finnish physicist and author
1929 - [[James R. Schlesinger]] -American economist and politician, 12th United States Secretary of Defense (d. 2014)
1930 - [[Bruce Dawe]] -Australian poet and academic
1930 - [[Nico Minardos]] -Greek-American actor (d. 2011)
1931 - [[Claire Bloom]] -English actress
1931 - [[Geoff Edwards]] -American actor and game show host (d. 2014)
1931 - [[Jonathan Steele]] -English journalist and author
1934 - [[Graham Kennedy]] -Australian actor (d. 2005)
1934 - [[Niklaus Wirth]] -Swiss computer scientist, created the Pascal (programming language)|Pascal programming language
1934 - [[Abe Woodson]] -American football player and minister (d. 2014)
1935 - [[Susan Brownmiller]] -American journalist and author
1935 - [[Roger B. Chaffee]] -American lieutenant, engineer, and astronaut (d. 1967)
1935 - [[Gene Hickerson]] -American football player (d. 2008)
1937 - [[Nathan Davis (saxophonist)|Nathan Davis]] -American saxophonist and clarinet player
1937 - [[Gregory Mcdonald]] -American author (d. 2008)
1939 - [[Gerd Bohnsack]] -German footballer and manager
1939 - [[Robert Hansen]] -American serial killer (d. 2014)
1940 - [[İsmail Cem İpekçi]] -Turkish journalist and politician, 45th List of Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Turkey)|Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 2007)
1940 - [[John Hadl]] -American football player and coach
1940 - [[Hamzah Haz]] -Indonesian journalist and politician, 9th Vice President of Indonesia
1940 - [[Vaino Vahing]] -Estonian psychiatrist, author, and playwright (d. 2008)
1941 - [[Florinda Bolkan]] -Brazilian actress
1941 - [[Brian Holland]] -American songwriter and producer
1942 - [[Sherry Jackson]] -American actress and singer
1942 - [[Masaomi Kondō]] -Japanese actor
1943 - [[Griselda Blanco]] -Colombian drug lord (d. 2012)
1944 - [[Mick Avory]] -English drummer (The Kinks and The Kast Off Kinks)
1945 - [[Jack Dann]] -American-Australian author and poet
1945 - [[John Helliwell]] -English saxophonist and keyboard player (Supertramp and The Alan Bown Set)
1945 - [[Douglas Hofstadter]] -American author and academic
1946 - [[Esko Seppänen]] -Finnish journalist and politician
1946 - [[Clare Short]] -English politician, Secretary of State for International Development
1947 - [[John Adams (composer)|John Adams]] -American composer
1947 - [[Marisa Berenson]] -American actress
1947 - [[Rusty Hamer]] -American actor and singer (d. 1990)
1947 - [[Ádám Nádasdy]] -Hungarian linguist and poet
1948 - [[Ron Cey]] -American baseball player and sportscaster
1948 - [[Tino Insana]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter
1948 - [[Art Spiegelman]] -American cartoonist
1949 - [[Ken Anderson (quarterback)|Ken Anderson]] -American football player and coach
1949 - [[Hans Graf]] -Austrian conductor and academic
1949 - [[Francisco Maturana]] -Colombian footballer and manager
1950 - [[David Brown (musician)|David Brown]] -American bass player and songwriter (Santana (band)|Santana) (d. 2000)
1950 - [[Tsui Hark]] -Vietnamese-Hong Kong director, producer, and screenwriter
1951 - [[Markku Alén]] -Finnish race car driver
1951 - [[Melissa Manchester]] -American singer-songwriter and actress (Harlettes)
1951 - [[Jane Seymour (actress)|Jane Seymour]] -English-American actress, producer, and jewelry designer
1952 - [[Tomislav Nikolić]] -Serbian politician, 4th President of Serbia
1952 - [[Nikolai Sorokin]] -Russian actor and director (d. 2013)
1953 - [[Tony Adams (producer)|Tony Adams]] -Irish-American screenwriter and producer (d. 2005)
1953 - [[Gregory Campbell (politician)|Gregory Campbell]] -Irish politician
1954 - [[Matt Groening]] -American animator, producer, and screenwriter
1955 - [[Janice Dickinson]] -American model, agent, and author
1955 - [[Christopher McDonald]] -American actor
1956 - [[Desmond Haynes]] -Barbadian cricketer and coach
1957 - [[Jake E. Lee]] -American guitarist (Badlands (American band)|Badlands)
1957 - [[Gul Mohammed]] -Indian dwarf (d. 1997)
1957 - [[Jimmy Spencer]] -American race car driver and sportscaster
1958 - [[Chrystine Brouillet]] -Canadian author
1958 - [[Tony McKegney]] -Canadian ice hockey player
1958 - [[Matthew Ward (singer)|Matthew Ward]] -American singer-songwriter (2nd Chapter of Acts)
1958 - [[Adam Boulton]] -English journalist
1959 - [[Ali Campbell]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (UB40)
1959 - [[Brian Propp]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player and sportscaster
1959 - [[Martin Rowson]] -English author and illustrator
1959 - [[Hugo Savinovich]] -Ecuadorian wrestler and sportscaster
1960 - [[Mikey Craig]] -English bass player (Culture Club)
1960 - [[Darrell Green]] -American football player
1960 - [[Roman Kostrzewski]] -Polish singer-songwriter (Kat (band)|Kat and Kat & Roman Kostrzewski)
1962 - [[Milo Đukanović]] -Montenegrin politician, 29th Prime Minister of Montenegro
1963 - [[Steven Michael Quezada]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter
1964 - [[Chris Farley]] -American comedian and actor (d. 1997)
1964 - [[Leland D. Melvin]] -American engineer and astronaut
1964 - [[Mark Price]] -American basketball player and coach
1967 - [[Jane Child]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and producer
1967 - [[Kelley Menighan Hensley]] -American actress
1967 - [[Syed Kamall]] -English academic and politician
1967 - [[Craig Simpson]] -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
1968 - [[Axelle Red]] -Belgian singer-songwriter
1969 - [[Birdman (rapper)|Birdman]] -American rapper and producer (Big Tymers)
1969 - [[Josh Marshall]] -American journalist, founded the ''Talking Points Memo''
1970 - [[Mariko Yoshida]] -Japanese wrestler
1971 - [[Renee O'Connor]] -American actress, director, and producer
1971 - [[Ray Sefo]] -New Zealand boxer and mixed martial artist
1972 - [[Anna-Jane Casey]] -English actress, singer, and dancer
1972 - [[Jaromír Jágr]] -Czech ice hockey player
1973 - [[Alex Borstein]] -American actress and singer
1973 - [[Kateřina Neumannová]] -Czech skier
1973 - [[Amy Van Dyken]] -American swimmer and sportscaster
1973 - [[Sarah Wynter]] -Australian actress
1974 - [[Miranda July]] -American actress, director, and screenwriter
1974 - [[Gina Lynn]] -Puerto Rican-American porn actress and director
1974 - [[Tomi Putaansuu]] -Finnish singer-songwriter (Lordi)
1974 - [[Ugueth Urbina]] -Venezuelan baseball player
1974 - [[Alexander Wurz]] -Austrian race car driver
1975 - [[Serge Aubin]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach
1975 - [[Annemarie Kramer]] -Dutch sprinter
1975 - [[Brendon Small]] -American animator, producer, screenwriter, and actor
1976 - [[Brandon Boyd]] -American singer-songwriter (Incubus (band)|Incubus)
1976 - [[Óscar Freire]] -Spanish cyclist
1976 - [[Ronnie Vannucci, Jr.]] -American drummer and songwriter (The Killers and Big Talk)
1977 - [[Gran Naniwa]] -Japanese wrestler (d. 2010)
1977 - [[Brooks Wackerman]] -American drummer (Bad Religion, Infectious Grooves, Fear and the Nervous System, and Bad4Good)
1978 - [[Yiruma]] -South Korean pianist and composer
1978 - [[Kimberly Goss]] -American singer and keyboard player (Sinergy and Ancient (band)|Ancient)
1978 - [[Tuan Le]] -French-American poker player
1979 - [[Chantal Janzen]] -Dutch actress and singer
1979 - [[Josh Low]] -English footballer
1979 - [[Scott Severin]] -Scottish footballer
1979 - [[Gordon Shedden]] -Scottish race car driver
1980 - [[Conor Oberst]] -American singer-songwriter (Bright Eyes (band)|Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos (band)|Desaparecidos, and Commander Venus)
1980 - [[Josh Sole]] -New Zealand-Italian rugby player
1981 - [[Heurelho Gomes]] -Brazilian footballer
1981 - [[Rita Jeptoo]] -Kenyan runner
1981 - [[Diego Martínez]] -Mexican footballer
1982 - [[Shameka Christon]] -American basketball player
1982 - [[Tahesia Harrigan]] -Virgin Islander sprinter
1982 - [[Alex Nodari]] -Italian footballer
1982 - [[James Yap]] -Filipino basketball player
1983 - [[Don Cowie (footballer)|Don Cowie]] -Scottish footballer
1983 - [[David Degen]] -Swiss footballer
1983 - [[Philipp Degen]] -Swiss footballer
1983 - [[Russell Martin]] -Canadian baseball player
1983 - [[Ashley Tesoro]] -American actress and singer
1984 - [[Doda (singer)|Doda]] -Polish singer-songwriter (Virgin (band)|Virgin)
1984 - [[Erik Cadée]] -Dutch discus thrower
1985 - [[Serkan Kırıntılı]] -Turkish footballer
1986 - [[Valeri Bojinov]] -Bulgarian footballer
1986 - [[Johnny Cueto]] -Dominican baseball player
1986 - [[Ami Koshimizu]] -Japanese voice actress and singer
1986 - [[Gabriel Paletta]] -Argentinian footballer
1986 - [[Amber Riley]] -American actress and singer
1988 - [[Jarryd Hayne]] -Australian rugby player
1988 - [[Hironori Kusano]] -Japanese singer and actor (News (band)|NEWS)
1990 - [[Dejan Lazarević]] -Slovenian footballer
1991 - [[Ángel Sepúlveda]] -Mexican footballer
1991 - [[Panagiotis Tachtsidis]] -Greek footballer
1998 - [[Zachary Gordon]] -American actor
1998 - [[George Russell (racing driver)|George Russell]] -English racing driver
History of Deaths
670 - [[Oswiu of Northumbria]] -(b. 612)
706 - [[Leontios]] -Byzantine emperor
706 - [[Tiberios III]] -Byzantine emperor
1400 - [[Aubrey de Vere, 10th Earl of Oxford]] -(b. c. 1338)
1417 - [[Richard de Vere, 11th Earl of Oxford]] -English noblemen and commander (b. 1385)
1621 - [[Michael Praetorius]] -German organist and composer (b. 1571)
1637 - [[Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor]] -(b. 1578)
1738 - [[Matthias Braun]] -Czech sculptor (b. 1684)
1781 - [[Gotthold Ephraim Lessing]] -German author and philosopher (b. 1729)
1818 - [[Frederick Louis, Prince of Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen]] -(b. 1746)
1835 - [[Henry Hunt (politician)|Henry Hunt]] -English farmer and politician (b. 1773)
1839 - [[François-Marie-Thomas Chevalier de Lorimier]] -Canadian rebel (b. 1803)
1842 - [[Archibald Menzies]] -Scottish surgeon and botanist (b. 1754)
1844 - [[Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth]] -English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1757)
1847 - [[Germinal Pierre Dandelin]] -Belgian mathematician and engineer (b. 1794)
1848 - [[Hermann von Boyen]] -Prussian general and politician, Prussian Minister of War (b. 1771)
1849 - [[Pierre François Verhulst]] -Belgian mathematician and theorist (b. 1804)
1857 - [[Mikhail Glinka]] -Russian composer (b. 1804)
1869 - [[Ghalib]] -Indian poet and educator (b. 1796)
1885 - [[Gregor von Helmersen]] -Estonian-Russian geologist and engineer (b. 1803)
1897 - [[Dimitrie Ghica]] -Romanian politician, 10th Prime Minister of Romania (b. 1816)
1905 - [[Lew Wallace]] -American general and politician, 11th Governor of New Mexico Territory (b. 1827)
1911 - [[Theodor Escherich]] -German-Austrian pediatrician and academic (b. 1859)
1924 - [[Lionel Monckton]] -English composer (b. 1861)
1928 - [[H. H. Asquith]] -English lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1852)
1933 - [[Pat Sullivan (film producer)|Pat Sullivan]] -Australian animator and producer (b. 1887)
1939 - [[Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin]] -Russian painter and author (b. 1878)
1948 - [[Subhadra Kumari Chauhan]] -Indian poet (b. 1904)
1956 - [[Vincent de Moro-Giafferi]] -French lawyer and politician (b. 1878)
1959 - [[Owen Willans Richardson]] -English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1879)
1961 - [[Laurence Owen]] -American figure skater (b. 1944)
1965 - [[Nat King Cole]] -American singer and pianist (b. 1919)
1966 - [[Gerard Antoni Ciołek]] -Polish architect and historian (b. 1909)
1966 - [[Camilo Torres Restrepo]] -Colombian priest and theologian (b. 1929)
1967 - [[Antonio Moreno]] -Spanish-American actor and director (b. 1887)
1970 - [[Hugh Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding]] -Scottish air marshal (b. 1882)
1973 - [[Wally Cox]] -American actor and singer (b. 1924)
1973 - [[Tim Holt]] -American actor and singer (b. 1919)
1974 - [[Kurt Atterberg]] -Swedish composer and engineer (b. 1887)
1975 - [[Michał Sopoćko]] -Polish saint, the ''Apostle of Divine Mercy'' (b. 1888)
1981 - [[Karl Richter (conductor)|Karl Richter]] -German organist and conductor (b. 1926)
1984 - [[Ethel Merman]] -American actress and singer (b. 1908)
1988 - [[Richard Feynman]] -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
1990 - [[Michel Drach]] -French director and producer (b. 1930)
1992 - [[María Elena Moyano]] -Peruvian activist (b. 1960)
1992 - [[William Schuman]] -American composer and academic (b. 1910)
1996 - [[Lucio Agostini]] -Italian-Canadian composer and conductor (b. 1913)
1996 - [[Tommy Rettig]] -American actor and engineer (b. 1941)
1996 - [[McLean Stevenson]] -American actor, singer, and screenwriter (b. 1929)
1998 - [[Martha Gellhorn]] -American journalist and author (b. 1908)
1999 - [[Henry Way Kendall]] -American physicist and mountaineer, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1926)
2000 - [[Angus MacLean]] -Canadian commander and politician, 25th Premier of Prince Edward Island (b. 1914)
2002 - [[Howard K. Smith]] -American journalist and actor (b. 1914)
2002 - [[Kevin Smith (New Zealand actor)|Kevin Smith]] -New Zealand actor (b. 1963)
2003 - [[Faik Türün]] -Turkish general (b. 1913)
2004 - [[Jens Evensen]] -Norwegian lawyer, judge, and politician, Minister of Trade and Shipping|Norwegian Minister of Trade (b. 1917)
2005 - [[Pierre Bachelet]] -French singer-songwriter (b. 1944)
2007 - [[Ray Evans]] -American songwriter (b. 1915)
2008 - [[Amnon Netzer]] -Iranian-Israeli journalist and historian (b. 1934)
2009 - [[Joe Cuba]] -American singer and drummer (b. 1931)
2012 - [[Charles Anthony (tenor)|Charles Anthony]] -American tenor (b. 1929)
2012 - [[Lina Romay]] -Spanish actress and director (b. 1954)
2013 - [[Sanan Kachornprasart]] -Thai general and politician (b. 1935)
2013 - [[Todor Kolev (actor)|Todor Kolev]] -Bulgarian actor and singer (b. 1939)
2014 - [[Christopher Malcolm]] -Scottish-Canadian actor and singer (b. 1946)
2015 - [[Steve Montador]] -Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1979)