On This Day in History October 21

October 21 – Events:

  • 1512 – Martin Luther joins the theological faculty of the University of Wittenberg.
  • 1520 – Ferdinand Magellan discovers a strait now known as Strait of Magellan.
  • 1600 – Tokugawa Ieyasu defeats the leaders of rival Japanese clans in the Battle of Sekigahara, which marks the beginning of the Tokugawa shogunate, who in effect rule Japan until the mid-nineteenth century.
  • 1774 – First display of the word “Liberty” on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.
  • 1797 – In Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigate USS Constitution is launched.
  • 1805 – Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Trafalgar: A British fleet led by Admiral Lord Nelson defeats a combined French and Spanish fleet off the coast of Spain under Admiral Villeneuve. It signaled the virtual end of French maritime power and left Britain navally unchallenged until the twentieth century.
  • 1805 – Napoleonic Wars: Austrian General Mack surrenders his army to the Grand Army of Napoleon at Ulm, reaping Napoleon over 30,000 prisoners and inflicting 10,000 casualties on the losers. Ulm was considered to be one of Napoleon’s finest hours.
  • 1816 – The Penang Free School is founded in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, by the Rev Hutchings. It is the oldest English-language school in Southeast Asia.
  • 1824 – Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement.
  • 1854 – Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses were sent to the Crimean War.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Battle of Ball’s Bluff – Union forces under Colonel Edward Baker are defeated by Confederate troops in the second major battle of the war. Baker, a close friend of Abraham Lincoln, is killed in the fighting.
  • 1867 – Manifest Destiny: Medicine Lodge Treaty – Near Medicine Lodge, Kansas a landmark treaty is signed by southern Great Plains Indian leaders. The treaty requires Native American Plains tribes to relocate a reservation in western Oklahoma.
  • 1879 – Using a filament of carbonized thread, Thomas Edison tests the first practical electric incandescent light bulb (it lasted 13½ hours before burning out).
  • 1892 – Opening ceremonies for the World’s Columbian Exposition were held in Chicago, though because construction was behind schedule, the exposition did not open until May 1, 1893.
  • 1895 – The Republic of Formosa collapses as Japanese forces invade.
  • 1902 – In the United States, a five month strike by United Mine Workers ends.
  • 1921 – President Warren G. Harding delivers the first speech by a sitting President against lynching in the deep south.
  • 1941 – 7000 Serbs were shot in Kragujevac, Serbia by Nazi Germans.
  • 1944 – The first kamikaze attack: HMAS Australia was hit by a Japanese plane carrying a 200 kg (441 pound) bomb off Leyte Island, as the Battle of Leyte Gulf began.
  • 1945 – Women’s suffrage: Women are allowed to vote in France for the first time.
  • 1945 – Argentine military officer and politician Juan Perón married actress Evita.
  • 1959 – In New York City, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opens to the public. It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • 1959 – US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order transferring Wernher von Braun and other German scientists from the United States Army to NASA.
  • 1965 – Comet Ikeya-Seki approaches perihelion, passing 450,000 kilometers from the sun.
  • 1966 – Aberfan disaster: A coal tip falls on the village of Aberfan in Wales, killing 144 people, mostly schoolchildren.
  • 1967 – Vietnam War: More than 100,000 war protesters gather in Washington, DC. A peaceful rally at the Lincoln Memorial is followed by a march to The Pentagon and clashes with soldiers and United States Marshals protecting the facility (event lasts until October 23; 683 people were arrested). Similar demonstrations occurred simultaneously in Japan and Western Europe.
  • 1969 – A coup d’état in Somalia brings Siad Barre to power.
  • 1973 – John Paul Getty III’s ear is cut off by his kidnappers and sent to a newspaper in Rome; it doesn’t arrive until November 8.
  • 1973 – Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game.
  • 1977 – The European Patent Institute is founded.
  • 1978 – Australian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft.
  • 1983 – The metre is defined at the seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures in terms of the speed of light as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second.
  • 1986 – In Lebanon, pro-Iranian kidnappers claim to have abducted American writer Edward Tracy (he was released in August 1991).
  • 1987 – Former Miss America Bess Myerson is arrested on charges of bribery, conspiracy, and mail fraud, all involving an alimony-fixing scandal. She is later found not guilty.
  • 1990 – The first Apple Day, is held in Covent Garden, London.
  • 1994 – North Korea nuclear weapons program: North Korea and the United States sign an agreement that requires North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons program and agree to inspections.
  • 1994 – In Seoul, 32 people are killed when the Seongsu Bridge collapses.
  • 1995 – Dayton Agreement The General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • 2001 – “United We Stand” benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks victims, held at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. Event organized and headlined by Michael Jackson, also featuring pop stars Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, The Backstreet Boys, and others.
  • 2002 – Violence in Badlapur, suburb of Mumbai created a tension in the city resulted in a lot of property damage injuring 4 people.
  • 2003 – Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz.
  • 2007 – San Diego County has its worst wildfire disaster in San Diegan history as the Harris and Witch Fires blazed across the county. Together, they have burned at least 200,000 acres (810 km²) of land. Only one casualty has been reported.

October 21-Birthdays:

  • 1449 – George, Duke of Clarence, brother of Edward IV and Richard III (d. 1478)
  • 1527 – Louis I, Cardinal of Guise, French cardinal (d. 1578)
  • 1581 – Domenico Zampieri, Italian painter (d. 1641)
  • 1650 – Jean Bart, French admiral (d. 1702)
  • 1660 – Georg Ernst Stahl, German scientist (d. 1734)
  • 1675 – Emperor Higashiyama of Japan (d. 1710)
  • 1687 – Nicolaus I Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (d. 1759)
  • 1712 – Sir James Steuart, British economist (d. 1780)
  • 1725 – Franz Moritz Graf von Lacy, Austrian field marshal (d. 1801)
  • 1757 – Pierre Augereau, Marshal of France and duc de Castiglione (d. 1816)
  • 1762 – Herman Willem Daendels, Dutch statesman (d. 1818)
  • 1772 – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, British poet (d. 1834)
  • 1775 – Giuseppe Baini, Italian composer (d. 1844)
  • 1790 – Alphonse de Lamartine, French writer (d. 1869)
  • 1821 – Eduard Heine, German mathematician (d. 1881)
  • 1833 – Alfred Nobel, Swedish inventor and founder of the Nobel Prize (d. 1896)
  • 1847 – Giuseppe Giacosa, Italian writer (d. 1906)
  • 1851 – George Ulyett, English cricketer (d. 1898)
  • 1886 – Eugene Burton Ely, American aviation pioneer (d. 1911)
  • 1895 – Edna Purviance, American actress (d. 1958)
  • 1904 – Patrick Kavanagh, Irish poet (d. 1967)
  • 1906 – Lillian Asplund, last American Titanic survivor (d. 2006)
  • 1907 – Nikos Engonopoulos, Greek painter and poet (d. 1985)
  • 1907 – Jules Chevalier, French priest (b. 1824)
  • 1912 – Sir Georg Solti, Hungarian conductor (d. 1997)
  • 1912 – Alfredo Pián, Argentine racing driver (d. 1990)
  • 1914 – Martin Gardner, American mathematician and writer
  • 1917 – Dizzy Gillespie, American musician (d. 1993)
  • 1921 – Sir Malcolm Arnold, British composer (d. 2006)
  • 1922 – Liliane de Bettencourt, heir to L’Oreal
  • 1924 – Celia Cruz, Cuban singer, Queen of Salsa. (d. 2003)
  • 1924 – Joyce Randolph, American actress
  • 1925 – Louis J. Robichaud, Canadian premier of New Brunswick (d. 2005)
  • 1928 – Whitey Ford, American baseball player
  • 1929 – Ursula K. Le Guin, American author 
  • 1930 – Ivan Stepanovich Silayev, Last prime minister of the Soviet Union
  • 1938 – Carl Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2001)
  • 1940 – Geoff Boycott, English cricketer
  • 1940 – Manfred Mann, English musician
  • 1941 – Steve Cropper, American musician
  • 1942 – Elvin Bishop, American musician
  • 1942 – Judy Sheindlin, American judge (“Judge Judy”)
  • 1942 – Allan Grice, Australian racing driver
  • 1943 – Brian Piccolo, American football player (d. 1970)
  • 1945 – Everett McGill, American actor
  • 1946 – Jim Hill, American sportscaster
  • 1946 – Lux Interior, American singer (The Cramps)
  • 1946 – Lee Loughnane, American musician
  • 1948 – Shaye Cohen, Historian and Professor at Harvard University
  • 1948 – Tom Everett, American actor
  • 1949 – Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1971)
  • 1949 – Mike Keenan, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • 1949 – Benjamin Netanyahu, 9th Prime Minister of Israel
  • 1950 – Ronald McNair, American astronaut (d. 1986)
  • 1952 – Trevor Chappell, Australian cricketer
  • 1952 – Patti Davis, American actress and novelist
  • 1952 – Allen Hoey, American poet and novelist
  • 1952 – Brent Mydland, American keyboardist (Grateful Dead) (d. 1990)
  • 1953 – Keith Green, American musician (d. 1982)
  • 1953 – Peter Mandelson, British politician
  • 1953 – Charlotte Caffey, American musician (The Go-Go’s)
  • 1954 – Brian Tobin, Canadian premier of Newfoundland
  • 1955 – Rich Mullins, American musician (d. 1997)
  • 1956 – Carrie Fisher, American actress and writer
  • 1957 – Julian Cope, English musician and writer
  • 1957 – Wolfgang Ketterle, German physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1957 – Steve Lukather, American musician
  • 1959 – George Bell, Dominican baseball player
  • 1959 – Tony Ganios, American Actor
  • 1959 – Rose McDowall, Scottish musician
  • 1959 – Ken Watanabe, Japanese actor
  • 1962 – David Campese, Australian rugby union footballer
  • 1964 – Jon Carin, American musician (Pink Floyd, The Who)
  • 1965 – Ion Andoni Goikoetxea, Spanish footballer
  • 1967 – Paul Ince, English footballer
  • 1968 – Melora Walters, American actress
  • 1969 – Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, crown prince of Bahrain
  • 1969 – Mo Lewis, American football player
  • 1971 – Damien Martyn, Australian cricketer
  • 1971 – Jade Jagger, Socialite and Jewelery Designer
  • 1971 – Nick Oliveri, American musician
  • 1971 – Paul Norman Telfer, Scottish footballer
  • 1972 – Felicity Andersen, Australian actress
  • 1972 – Saffron Burrows, English actress
  • 1972 – Masakazu Morita, seiyu and actor
  • 1972 – Matthew Friedberger, American musician (The Fiery Furnaces)
  • 1972 – Evhen Tsybulenko, Ukrainian professor of international law
  • 1973 – Lera Auerbach, Russian composer
  • 1973 – Charlie Lowell, American Musician
  • 1975 – Toby Hall, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Henrique Hilário, Portuguese footballer
  • 1976 – Jeremy Miller, American TV actor
  • 1976 – Lavinia Milosovici, Romanian gymnast
  • 1976 – Mélanie Turgeon, French Canadian alpine skier
  • 1978 – Will Estes, American actor
  • 1978 – Joey Harrington, American football player
  • 1979 – Khalil Greene, American baseball player
  • 1979 – Gabe Gross, American baseball player
  • 1980 – Kim Kardashian, American socialite
  • 1980 – Brian Pittman, American musician (Relient K)
  • 1981 – Nemanja Vidic, Serbian footballer
  • 1982 – James White, American basketball player
  • 1982 – Matt Dallas, American Actor
  • 1983 – Zack Greinke, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Ninette Tayeb, Israeli singer
  • 1984 – Kieran Richardson, English footballer
  • 1984 – Anouk Leblanc-Boucher, French Canadian short track speed skater
  • 1986 – Alex Kew, British actor
  • 1986 – Christopher Uckermann, Mexican actor and singer in the Latin pop group RBD
  • 1990 – Ricky Rubio, Spanish basketball player

October 21-Deaths:

  • 1125 – Cosmas of Prague, Bohemian writer
  • 1204 – Robert de Beaumont, 4th Earl of Leicester, English nobleman
  • 1221 – Alix of Thouars, Duchess of Brittany (b. 1201)
  • 1266 – Birger jarl, Swedish statesman (b. 1210)
  • 1422 – King Charles VI of France (b. 1368)
  • 1500 – Emperor Go-Tsuchimikado of Japan (b. 1442)
  • 1505 – Paul Scriptoris, German mathematician
  • 1558 – Julius Caesar Scaliger, Italian scholar (b. 1484)
  • 1600 – Toda Katsushige, Japanese warlord (b. 1557)
  • 1623 – William Wade, English statesman and diplomat (b. 1546)
  • 1662 – Henry Lawes, English composer (b. 1595)
  • 1687 – Sir Edmund Waller, English poet (b. 1606)
  • 1765 – Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Italian painter and architect (b. 1691)
  • 1775 – Peyton Randolph, American president of the Continental Congress (b. 1721)
  • 1777 – Samuel Foote, English dramatist and actor (b. 1720)
  • 1805 – Horatio Nelson, British admiral (b. 1758)
  • 1872 – Jacques Babinet, French physicist (b. 1794)
  • 1873 – Johann Sebastian Welhaven, Norwegian poet (b. 1807)
  • 1896 – James Henry Greathead, British engineer (b. 1844)
  • 1904 – Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and writer (b. 1877)
  • 1931 – Arthur Schnitzler, Austrian writer (b. 1862)
  • 1940 – William G. Conley, Governor of West Virginia (b. 1866)
  • 1944 – Alois Kayser, German missionary to Nauru (b. 1877)
  • 1965 – Bill Black, American musician (b. 1926)
  • 1969 – Jack Kerouac, American novelist (b. 1922)
  • 1969 – Waclaw Sierpinski, Polish mathematician (b. 1882)
  • 1973 – Nasif Estéfano, Argentine racing driver (b. 1932)
  • 1975 – Charles Reidpath, American athlete (b. 1887)
  • 1978 – Anastas Mikoyan, Soviet politician (b. 1895)
  • 1980 – Hans Asperger, Austrian psychologist (b. 1906)
  • 1984 – François Truffaut, French film director (b. 1932)
  • 1986 – Lionel Murphy, Australian politician and judge (b. 1922)
  • 1989 – Jean Image, Hungarian-born French animator (b. 1910)
  • 1990 – Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, Indian spiritual leader (b. 1921)
  • 1992 – Jim Garrison, American attorney (b. 1921)
  • 1995 – Shannon Hoon, American singer (Blind Melon) (b. 1967)
  • 1995 – Jesús Blasco, Spanish comic book author (b. 1919)
  • 1995 – Maxene Andrews, American singer (The Andrews Sisters) (b. 1916)
  • 1998 – Francis W. Sargent, 64 Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1915)
  • 2003 – Fred Berry, American actor (b. 1951)
  • 2003 – Luis A. Ferré, Governor of Puerto Rico (b. 1940)
  • 2003 – Louise Day Hicks, American politician (b. 1916)
  • 2003 – Elliott Smith, American musician (b. 1969)
  • 2005 – Tara Correa-McMullen, American actress (b. 1989)
  • 2007 – Paul Fox, English musician and singer (The Ruts) (b. 1951)

October 21 – Holidays:

  • R.C. saints – Saint Ursula; Saint Hilarion; John of Bridlington
  • Republic of China – Overseas Chinese Day
  • Trafalgar Day — celebrated throughout much of the British Empire in the 19th and early 20th Century.
  • Diwali in Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism (2006)
  • French Republican Calendar – Tonneau (Barrel) Day, thirtieth day in the Month of Vendémiaire

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On This Day in History October 20

October 20 – Events:

  • 1740 – Maria Theresa takes the throne of Austria. France, Prussia, Bavaria and Saxony refuse to honour the Pragmatic Sanction and the War of the Austrian Succession begins.
  • 1781 – Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, was approved in Habsburg Monarchy.
  • 1803 – The United States Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1818 – The Convention of 1818 signed between the United States and the United Kingdom which, among other things, settled the US-Canada border on the 49th parallel for most of its length.
  • 1827 – Battle of Navarino – a combined Turkish and Egyptian armada is destroyed by an allied British, French, and Russian naval force in the port of Navarino in Pylos, Greece.  The most important result of this battle is the end of the Greek Liberation War and the affirmation of independence of modern Greece.
  • 1883 – Peru and Chile signed the Treaty of Ancón, by which the Tarapacá province was ceded to the latter, bringing an end to Peru’s involvement in the War of the Pacific.
  • 1910 – The hull of the RMS Olympic, sister-ship to the ill-fated RMS Titanic, is launched from the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland.
  • 1935 – The Long March ends
  • 1941 – World War II: Thousands of civilians in Kragujevac in German-occupied Serbia are killed in the Kragujevac massacre.
  • 1944 – The Soviet army and Yugoslav Partisans liberate Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia
  • 1944 – Liquid natural gas leaks from storage tanks in Cleveland, then explodes; the explosion and resulting fire level 30 blocks and kill 130.
  • 1944 – General Douglas MacArthur fulfills his promise to return to the Philippines when he commands an Allied assault on the islands, reclaiming them from the Japanese during the Second World War.
  • 1947 – The House Un-American Activities Committee begins its investigation into Communist infiltration of Hollywood, resulting in a blacklist that prevents some from working in the industry for years.
  • 1951 – The “Johnny Bright Incident” occurred in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 1952 – Governor Evelyn Baring declared a state of emergency in Kenya and began arresting hundreds of suspected leaders of the Mau Mau Uprising, including Jomo Kenyatta, the future first President of Kenya.
  • 1955 – Publication of The Return of the King, being the last part of The Lord of the Rings.
  • 1967 – A purported bigfoot is filmed by Patterson and Gimlin.
  • 1968 – Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
  • 1970 – Siad Barre declares Somalia a socialist state.
  • 1971 – The Nepal stock exchange collapses.
  • 1973 – The Saturday Night Massacre: President Nixon fires Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus after they refuse to fire Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox, who is finally fired by Robert Bork.
  • 1973 – The Sydney Opera House opens.
  • 1976 – The ferry George Prince is struck by a ship while crossing the Mississippi River between Destrehan and Luling, LA. Seventy-eight passengers and crew died; only 18 people aboard the ferry survived.
  • 1977 – A plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashes in Mississippi, killing lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines along with backup singer Cassie Gaines, the road manager, pilot, and co-pilot.
  • 1979 – The John F Kennedy library is opened in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1982 – During the UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem, 66 people are crushed to death in the Luzhniki disaster.
  • 1984 – The Monterey Bay Aquarium opens in Monterey Bay, California.
  • 1991 – The Oakland Hills firestorm kills 25 and destroys 3,469 homes and apartments, causing more than $2 billion in damage.
  • 2004 – Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is sworn in as the President of Indonesia.

October 20 – Birthdays:

  • 1463 – Alessandro Achillini, Italian philosopher (d. 1512)
  • 1496 – Claude, Duke of Guise, French soldier (d. 1550)
  • 1616 – Thomas Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and theologian (d. 1680)
  • 1620 – Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch painter (d. 1691)
  • 1632 – Sir Christopher Wren, English architect (d. 1723)
  • 1656 – Nicolas de Largillière, French painter (d. 1746)
  • 1660 – Robert Bertie, 1st Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (d. 1723)
  • 1677 – Stanislaus I Leszczynski, King of Poland (d. 1766)
  • 1700 – Charlotte Aglaé of Orléans, Duchess of Modena (d. 1761)
  • 1711 – Timothy Ruggles, American-born Tory politician (d. 1795)
  • 1719 – Gottfried Achenwall, German statistician (d. 1772)
  • 1759 – Chauncey Goodrich, U.S. Senator from Connecticut (d. 1815)
  • 1780 – Pauline Bonaparte, princess Borghese, sister of Napoleon Bonaparte (d. 1825)
  • 1784 – Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d.
  • 1865)
  • 1785 – George Ormerod, English historian and antiquarian (d. 1873)
  • 1808 – Karl Andree, German geographer (d. 1875)
  • 1819 – The Báb, Persian founder of the Bábí Faith (d. 1850)
  • 1819 – Carl Mikuli, Polish pianist (d. 1897)
  • 1822 – Thomas Hughes, English novelist (d. 1896)
  • 1832 – Constantin Lipsius, German architect (d. 1894)
  • 1854 – Arthur Rimbaud, French poet (d. 1891)
  • 1858 – John Burns, English politician (d. 1943)
  • 1859 – John Dewey, American philosopher (d. 1952)
  • 1864 – James F. Hinkle, American politician, sixth Governor of New Mexico (d. 1951)
  • 1874 – Charles Ives, American composer (d. 1954)
  • 1882 – Bela Lugosi, Hungarian-born actor (d. 1956)
  • 1889 – Margaret Dumont, American actress (d. 1965)
  • 1890 – Jelly Roll Morton, American composer (d. 1941)
  • 1891 – James Chadwick, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1974)
  • 1891 – Jomo Kenyatta, President of Kenya (d. 1978)
  • 1893 – Charley Chase, American comedian (d. 1940)
  • 1894 – Olive Thomas, American actress (d. 1920)
  • 1895 – Rex Ingram, American actor (d. 1969)
  • 1897 – Crown Prince Eun of Korea (d. 1970)
  • 1900 – Wayne Morse, U.S. Senator from Oregon (d. 1974)
  • 1904 – Anna Neagle, English actress (d. 1986)
  • 1904 – Tommy Clement Douglas, Canadian politician (d. 1986)
  • 1905 – Ellery Queen, pseudonym of two American writers (d. 1982)
  • 1907 – Arlene Francis, American television personality (d. 2001)
  • 1909 – Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese painter (d. 1993)
  • 1913 – Grandpa Jones, American banjo player and singer (d. 1998)
  • 1914 – Fayard Nicholas, American dancer (d. 2006)
  • 1917 – Jean-Pierre Melville, French director (d. 1973)
  • 1918 – Robert Lochner, German journalist (d. 2003)
  • 1922 – John Anderson, American actor (d. 1992)
  • 1923 – Robert Craft, American conductor
  • 1925 – Art Buchwald, American humorist (d. 2007)
  • 1925 – Tom Dowd, American recording engineer (d. 2002)
  • 1925 – Roger Hanin, French actor
  • 1931 – Richard Caliguiri, American politician (d. 1988)
  • 1931 – Mickey Mantle, American baseball player (d. 1995)
  • 1932 – Rosey Brown, American football player (d. 2004)
  • 1932 – William Christopher, American actor (M*A*S*H)
  • 1934 – Eddie Harris, American jazz saxophonist (d. 1996)
  • 1934 – Michiko, empress of Japan
  • 1935 – Jerry Orbach, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1937 – Juan Marichal, Dominican baseball player
  • 1937 – Wanda Jackson, American rock and rockabilly singer
  • 1938 – Iain MacMillan, Abbey Road photographer (d. 2006)
  • 1940 – Kathy Kirby, British singer
  • 1940 – Robert Pinsky, American poet and Poet Laureate of the United States
  • 1942 – Earl Hindman, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1942 – Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, German biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1943 – Dunja Vejzovic, Croatian soprano
  • 1944 – David Mancuso, American disc jockey
  • 1946 – Lewis Grizzard, American writer and humorist (d. 1994)
  • 1946 – Elfriede Jelinek, Austrian writer, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1946 – Lucien Van Impe, Belgian cyclist
  • 1949 – Valeri Borzov, Ukrainian athlete
  • 1950 – Tom Petty, American musician
  • 1951 – Patrick Hall, British politician
  • 1951 – Leif Pagrotsky, Swedish politician
  • 1951 – Claudio Ranieri, Italian football player and manager
  • 1953 – Keith Hernandez, American baseball player
  • 1953 – Bill Nunn, American actor
  • 1954 – Steve Orich, orchestrator
  • 1955 – Thomas Newman, American composer
  • 1955 – David Profumo, English novelist
  • 1955 – Aaron Pryor, American boxer
  • 1956 – Danny Boyle, English film director
  • 1957 – Susanna Haavisto, Finnish actress and singer
  • 1958 – Valerie Faris, American film director
  • 1958 – Lynn Flewelling, American fantasy author
  • 1958 – Scott Hall, American professional wrestler
  • 1958 – Mark King, English musician and singer (Level 42)
  • 1958 – Dave Krieg, American football player
  • 1958 – Viggo Mortensen, American actor
  • 1958 – Ivo Pogorelic, Croatian pianist
  • 1960 – Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (d. 2004)
  • 1960 – Lepa Brena, famous Yugoslav singer
  • 1961 – Ian Rush, Welsh footballer
  • 1961 – Michie Tomizawa, Japanese voice actress
  • 1962 – David M. Evans, American screenwriter and film director
  • 1962 – Dave Wong, Hong Kong/Taiwanese singer-songwriter
  • 1963 – Julie Payette, Canadian astronaut
  • 1963 – Nikos Tsiantakis, Greek footballer
  • 1965 – Norman Blake, Scottish musician
  • 1965 – Jil Caplan, French singer and songwriter
  • 1965 – Mikhail Shtalenkov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1965 – William Zabka, American actor
  • 1966 – Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al-Qaeda leader (d. 2006)
  • 1966 – Allan Donald, South African cricketer
  • 1966 – Stefan Raab, German entertainer
  • 1966 – Patrick J. Volkerding, Founder and maintainer of the Slackware Linux distribution
  • 1967 – Luigi Lo Cascio, Italian actor
  • 1967 – Luck Mervil, Québécois actor and singer
  • 1967 – Marco Ngai, Hong Kong actor
  • 1969 – Juan González, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1969 – Laurie Daley, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1969 – Lambros Papakostas, Greek high jumper
  • 1970 – Chavo Guerrero, Jr., American professional wrestler
  • 1970 – Michelle Malkin, American political commentator and author
  • 1971 – Dannii Minogue, Australian singer
  • 1971 – Snoop Dogg, American rapper
  • 1972 – Will Greenwood, England rugby union player
  • 1976 – Tom Wisniewski, American guitarist (MxPx)
  • 1977 – Matt Jansen, English footballer
  • 1977 – Leila Josefowicz, Canadian classical violinist
  • 1978 – Virender Sehwag, Indian cricketer
  • 1978 – Paul Wilson, Irish bass player (Snow Patrol)
  • 1979 – Paul Ifill, Barbadian footballer
  • 1979 – John Krasinski, American actor
  • 1979 – Paul O’Connell, Irish rugby player
  • 1980 – Jose Veras, Dominican baseball player
  • 1981 – Willis McGahee, American football player
  • 1981 – Dimitrios Papadopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1981 – Francisco Javier Rodríguez, Mexican footballer
  • 1982 – Yasser Al-Qahtani, Saudi footballer
  • 1982 – Becky Brewerton, Welsh golfer
  • 1983 – Alex Nackman, musician
  • 1983 – Luis Saritama, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1983 – Takayuki Yamada, Japanese actor
  • 1984 – Florent Sinama-Pongolle, French footballer
  • 1984 – Andrew Trimble, Northern Irish rugby player for Irish rugby team
  • 1985 – Jennifer Nicole Freeman, American actress
  • 1985 – Dominic McGuire, American basketball player
  • 1985 – James Sutton, British racing driver
  • 1988 – Risa Niigaki, Japanese singer
  • 1994 – Morgan Featherstone, Fashion model

October 20 – Deaths:

  • 460 – Aelia Eudocia, Byzantine Empress
  • 1139 – Henry X, Duke of Bavaria
  • 1570 – João de Barros, Portuguese historian (b. 1496)
  • 1631 – Michael Maestlin, German astronomer and mathematician (b. 1550)
  • 1640 – John Ball, English Puritan clergyman (b. 1585)
  • 1652 – Antonio Coello, Spanish writer (b. 1611)
  • 1713 – Archibald Pitcairne, Scottish physician (b. 1652)
  • 1740 – Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1685)
  • 1842 – Grace Darling, English heroine (b. 1815)
  • 1865 – Champ Ferguson, Confederate guerrilla (b. 1821)
  • 1890 – Sir Richard Burton, British explorer and writer (b. 1821)
  • 1900 – Naim Frashëri, Albanian poet (b. 1846)
  • 1907 – Said Pasha Kurd, Kurdish statesman (b.1834)
  • 1910 – David B. Hill, Governor of New York (b. 1843)
  • 1926 – Eugene Debs, American labor leader and Socialist presidential candidate (b. 1855)
  • 1935 – Arthur Henderson, Scottish politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1863)
  • 1936 – Anne Sullivan, American teacher (b. 1866)
  • 1940 – Gunnar Asplund, Swedish architect (b. 1885)
  • 1953 – Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (b. 1916)
  • 1964 – Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States (b. 1874)
  • 1967 – Yoshida Shigeru, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1878)
  • 1968 – Bud Flanagan, British wartime entertainer (b. 1896)
  • 1972 – Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (b. 1885)
  • 1977 – Members of the American rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd killed in a plane crash: Cassie Gaines (b. 1948), Steve Gaines (b. 1949), Ronnie Van Zant (b. 1948)
  • 1983 – Peter Dudley, British actor
  • 1983 – Yves Thériault, French Canadian author (b. 1915)
  • 1984 – Carl Ferdinand Cori, Austrian-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1896)
  • 1984 – Paul Dirac, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1987 – Andrey Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1903)
  • 1988 – Sheila Scott, English aviatrix (b. 1922)
  • 1989 – Anthony Quayle, English actor (b. 1913)
  • 1990 – Joel McCrea, American actor (b. 1905)
  • 1992 – Werner Torkanowsky, German conductor (b. 1926)
  • 1993 – Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese painter (b. 1909)
  • 1994 – Burt Lancaster, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 1995 – Christopher Stone, American actor (b. 1942)
  • 1999 – Calvin Griffith, Former owner of Washington Senators (b. 1911)
  • 2001 – Ted Ammon, American financier (b. 1949)
  • 2002 – Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2002 – Bernard Fresson, French actor (b. 1931)
  • 2003 – Jack Elam, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 2003 – Miodrag Petrovic, Serbian actor (b. 1924)
  • 2004 – Anthony Hecht, American poet (b. 1923)
  • 2004 – Chuck Hiller, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 2005 – Shirley Horn, American singer (b. 1934)
  • 2005 – Endon Mahmood, First Lady of Malaysia (breast cancer) (b. 1941)
  • 2005 – Eva Svankmajerova, Czech artist (b. 1940)
  • 2006 – Jane Wyatt, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 2007 – Max McGee, American football player (b. 1932)
  • 2007 – Paul Raven, British bass-player (Killing Joke, Ministry) (b. 1961)

October 20 – Holidays:

  • Christianity – the feast day of martyr Andrew of Crete
  • Bahá’í Faith – Holy Day – Birth of the Báb
  • French Republican Calendar – Orge (Barley) Day, twenty-ninth day in the Month of Vendémiaire

 

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On This Day in History October 19

October 19 – Events:

  • 202 BCE – The Battle of Zama results in the defeat of Carthage and Hannibal.
  • 439 – The Vandals, led by King Gaiseric, take Carthage in North Africa.
  • 1216 – King John of England dies at Newark-on-Trent and is succeeded by his nine-year old son Henry.
  • 1453 – The French recapture of Bordeaux brings the Hundred Years’ War to a close, with the English retaining only Calais on French soil.
  • 1466 – The Thirteen Years’ War ends with the Second Treaty of Torun. Gdansk Pomerania and Prussia as a whole are incorporated into Poland; the Teutonic Knights are allowed to rule its eastern part as Polish vassals.
  • 1469 – Ferdinand II of Aragon marries Isabella I of Castile, a marriage that paves the way to the unification of Aragon and Castile into a single country, Spain.
  • 1512 – Martin Luther becomes a doctor of theology (Doctor in Biblia).
  • 1649 – New Ross town, Co. Wexford, Ireland, surrenders to Oliver Cromwell.
  • 1781 – At Yorktown, Virginia, British commander Lord Cornwallis surrendered to a Franco-American force led by George Washington and the comte de Rochambeau, paving the way for the end of the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1789 – Chief Justice John Jay is sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the United States.
  • 1812 – Napoleon I of France retreats from Moscow.
  • 1813 – The Battle of Leipzig concludes, giving Napoleon Bonaparte one of his worst defeats.
  • 1822 – In Parnaíba; Simplício Dias da Silva, João Cândido de Deus e Silva and Domingos Dias declare the independent state of Piauí.
  • 1864 – Battle of Cedar Creek – Union Army under Philip Sheridan destroys Confederate Army under Jubal Early.
  • 1864 – Confederate raiders launch an attack on Saint Albans, Vermont from Canada.
  • 1873 – Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers universities draft the first code of American football rules.
  • 1904 – Polytechnic University of the Philippines founded as Manila Business School through the superintendence of the American C.A. O’Reilley.
  • 1912 – Italy takes possession of Tripoli, Libya from the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1914 – The First Battle of Ypres begins.
  • 1917 – Love Field in Dallas, Texas is opened.
  • 1921 – Portuguese Prime Minister António Granjo and other politicians are murdered in a Lisbon coup.
  • 1933 – Germany withdraws from the League of Nations.
  • 1935 – The League of Nations places economic sanctions on fascist Italy for its invasion of Ethiopia.
  • 1943 – Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, is isolated by researchers at Rutgers University.
  • 1944 – United States forces land in the Philippines.
  • 1950 – The military of the People’s Republic of China takes control of the town of Chamdo in eastern Tibet.
  • 1954 – First ascent of Cho Oyu
  • 1960 – The United States government places an embargo on Communist Cuba.
  • 1969 – The first Prime Minister of Tunisia in twelve years, Bahi Ladgham, is appointed by President Habib Bourguiba.
  • 1973 – President Richard Nixon rejects an Appeals Court demand to turn over the Watergate tapes.
  • 1974 – Niue becomes self-govering colony of New Zealand
  • 1976 – Battle of Aishiya in Lebanon. The same day, the Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) is placed on the List of Endangered Species.
  • 1983 – Maurice Bishop, Prime Minister of Grenada, is overthrown and executed in a military coup d’état led by Bernard Coard.
  • 1986 – Samora Machel, President of Mozambique and a prominent leader of FRELIMO, and 33 others died when their Tupolev 134 plane crashed into the Lebombo Mountains.
  • 1987 – In retaliation for Iranian attacks on ships in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy disables three of Iran’s offshore oil platforms.
  • 1987 – (Black Monday) Dow Jones Industrial Average falls by 22%, 508 points. This is considered a Stock Market Crash.
  • 1989 – Guildford Four convictions are quashed by the Court of Appeal – they had spent 15 years in prison through a miscarriage of justice.
  • 1991 – 7.0 Richter Scale earthquake in Northern Italy – 2000 dead
  • 1994 – The Goodnight Kiwi airs in New Zealand for the last time as TV2 moves to 24-hour television 7 days a week.
  • 1998 – The Earth Liberation Front sets fire to the Vail Mountain ski resort in Vail, Colorado, causing $12 million in damage.
  • 2001 – SIEV-X, an Indonesian fishing boat en-route to Christmas Island, carrying over 400 asylum seekers, sank in international waters with the loss of 353 people.
  • 2003 – Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II.
  • 2004 – Myanmar prime minister Khin Nyunt is ousted and placed under house arrest by the Thai government on charges of corruption.
  • 2004 – Care International aid worker Margaret Hassan is kidnapped in Iraq.
  • 2005 – Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity.
  • 2005 – Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb.
  • 2006 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 12,000 mark for the first time.
  • 2007 – Philippines. Amidst corruption controversies hounding the Arroyo administration, a bomb explosion rocked Glorietta 2, a shopping mall in Makati, which killed 11 and injured more than 100 people.

October 19 – Birthdays:

  • 1276 – Prince Hisaaki, Japanese shogun (d. 1328)
  • 1433 – Marsilio Ficino, Italian philosopher (d. 1499)
  • 1562 – Archbishop George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1633)
  • 1582 – Dmitry Ivanovich, Tsarevich (d. 1591)
  • 1605 – Thomas Browne, English writer (d. 1682)
  • 1610 – James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, English statesman and soldier (d. 1688)
  • 1658 – Adolf Friedrich II of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1704)
  • 1680 – John Abernethy, Irish Protestant minister (d. 1740)
  • 1688 – William Cheselden, English surgeon and anatomist (d. 1752)
  • 1718 – Victor-François, 2nd duc de Broglie, Marshal of France (d. 1804)
  • 1720 – John Woolman, American Quaker preacher and abolitionist (d. 1772)
  • 1721 – Joseph de Guignes, French orientalist (d. 1800)
  • 1784 – John McLoughlin, Canadian fur trader (d. 1857)
  • 1810 – Cassius Marcellus Clay, American abolitionist (d. 1903)
  • 1851 – Empress Myeongseong, Empress of Korea (d. 1895)
  • 1858 – George Albert Boulenger, Belgian naturalist (d. 1937)
  • 1862 – Auguste Lumière, French inventor (d. 1954)
  • 1873 – Jaap Eden, Dutch skater and cyclist (d. 1925)
  • 1873 – John Barton King, American cricketer (d. 1965)
  • 1876 – Mordecai Brown, baseball player (d. 1945)
  • 1882 – Umberto Boccioni, futurist painter (d. 1916)
  • 1885 – Charles Merrill, American investment banker (d. 1956)
  • 1895 – Lewis Mumford, American historian (d. 1990)
  • 1895 – Frank Durbin Last U.S veteran of the Battle of Verdun (d.1999)
  • 1896 – Bob O’Farrell, baseball player (d. 1988)
  • 1897 – Salimuzzaman Siddiqui, Pakistani scientist and scholar (d. 1994)
  • 1899 – Miguel Ángel Asturias, Guatemalan writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1974)
  • 1900 – Bill Ponsford, Australian cricketer (d. 1991)
  • 1900 – Roy Worters, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (d. 1957)
  • 1900 – Erna Berger, German soprano (d. 1990)
  • 1901 – Arleigh Burke, Naval commander (d. 1996)
  • 1903 – Tor Johnson, Swedish wrestler and actor (d. 1971)
  • 1907 – Roger Wolfe Kahn, American bandleader (d. 1962)
  • 1908 – Geirr Tveitt, Norwegian composer (d. 1981)
  • 1909 – Cozy Cole, American jazz drummer (d. 1981)
  • 1909 – Marguerite Perey, French physicist (d. 1975)
  • 1910 – Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Indian-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)
  • 1910 – Paul Robert, French lexicographer and publisher (d. 1980)
  • 1913 – Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and songwriter (d. 1980)
  • 1916 – Jean Dausset, French immunologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1916 – Emil Gilels, Ukrainian pianist (d. 1985)
  • 1920 – Pandurang Shastri Athavale, Indian philosopher (d. 2003)
  • 1922 – Jack Anderson, American journalist (d. 2005)
  • 1926 – Joel Feinberg, American moral philosopher (d. 2004)
  • 1926 – Arne Bendiksen, Norwegian singer and songwriter
  • 1931 – John le Carré, English novelist
  • 1932 – Robert Reed, American actor (d. 1992)
  • 1936 – Tony Lo Bianco, American actor
  • 1937 – Peter Max, American artist
  • 1937 – Marilyn Bell, Canadian long distance swimmer
  • 1940 – Michael Gambon, Irish actor
  • 1941 – Simon Ward, British actor
  • 1942 – Andrew Vachss, American author and attorney
  • 1943 – Robin Holloway, British composer
  • 1943 – Takis Ikonomopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1944 – Peter Tosh, Jamaican musician, political activist (d. 1987)
  • 1944 – George McCrae, American soul singer
  • 1945 – Divine, American actor (d. 1988)
  • 1945 – Patricia Ireland, President of the NOW
  • 1945 – John Lithgow, American actor
  • 1945 – Jeannie C. Riley American country and gospel singer
  • 1946 – Philip Pullman, English writer
  • 1947 – Giorgio Cavazzano, comics artist and illustrator
  • 1948 – Patrick Simmons, American musician (The Doobie Brothers)
  • 1949 – Lynn Dickey, American football player
  • 1949 – Jamie McGrigor, British politician
  • 1951 – Demetrios Christodoulou, Greek mathematical physicist, recipient of the Bôcher Memorial Prize
  • 1952 – Verónica Castro, Mexican actress and singer
  • 1954 – Joe Bryant, American former professional basketball player
  • 1954 – Sam Allardyce, English football manager
  • 1954 – Deborah Blum, American writer
  • 1955 – Melpo Kosti, Greek actress
  • 1956 – Carlo Urbani, Italian physician (d. 1993)
  • 1956 – Sunny Deol, Indian actor
  • 1956 – Didier Theys, Belgian racing driver
  • 1957 – Ray Richmond, entertainment/media columnist
  • 1957 – Karl Wallinger, Welsh musician (The Waterboys, World Party)
  • 1957 – Doug Kirby, American author and travel guide
  • 1958 – Tiriel Mora, Australian actor
  • 1958 – Lou Briel, Puerto Rican singer and actor
  • 1960 – Jonathan FeBland, English musician and artist
  • 1962 – Tracy Chevalier, American author
  • 1962 – Evander Holyfield, American boxer
  • 1963 – Prince Laurent of Belgium
  • 1964 – Jorge Luis Gonzales, Cuban-born American boxer
  • 1965 – Brad Daugherty, American basketball player
  • 1965 – Ty Pennington, American television carpenter
  • 1966 – Roger R. Cross, Jamaican-born actor
  • 1966 – Jon Favreau, American actor, writer and director
  • 1967 – Yoko Shimomura, Japanese composer
  • 1969 – Trey Parker, American cartoonist and actor
  • 1969 – Erwin Sánchez, Bolivian footballer
  • 1969 – DJ Sammy, Spanish DJ from Majorca
  • 1970 – Chris Kattan, American comedian and actor
  • 1972 – Keith Foulke, American baseball pitcher
  • 1972 – Pras, American musician
  • 1973 – Hicham Arazi, Moroccan tennis player
  • 1973 – Joaquin Gage, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1976 – Joy Bryant, American actress
  • 1976 – Omar Gooding, American actor
  • 1976 – Desmond Harrington, American actor
  • 1976 – Dan Smith, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1976 – Michael Young, baseball player
  • 1977 – Louis-José Houde, Québec stand-up comic
  • 1977 – Jason Reitman, Canadian filmmaker
  • 1977 – Raúl Tamudo, Spanish footballer
  • 1978 – Enrique Bernoldi, Brazilian Formula One driver
  • 1978 – Zakhar Dubenskiy, Russian footballer
  • 1978 – Henri Sorvali, Finnish musician
  • 1979 – Brian Robertson, American trombonist (Suburban Legends)
  • 1979 – José Luis “Parejita” López, Mexican footballer
  • 1980 – Benjamin Salisbury, American actor
  • 1981 – Heikki Kovalainen, Finnish Formula One driver
  • 1982 – Gonzalo Pineda, Mexican footballer

October 19 – Deaths:

  • 727 – Saint Frideswide
  • 1187 – Pope Urban III
  • 1216 – King John
  • 1432 – John de Mowbray, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, English politician (b. 1392)
  • 1587 – Francesco I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1541)
  • 1608 – Martin Delrio, Flemish theologian and occultist (b. 1551)
  • 1636 – Marcin Kazanowski, Polish politician
  • 1682 – Thomas Browne, English writer (b. 1605)
  • 1723 – Godfrey Kneller, German-born painter (b. 1646)
  • 1745 – Jonathan Swift, Irish author (b. 1667)
  • 1790 – Lyman Hall, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1724)
  • 1813 – Józef Antoni Poniatowski, Polish prince and Marshal of France (friendly fire) (b. 1763)
  • 1842 – Aleksey Koltsov, Russian poet (b. 1808)
  • 1851 – Marie Thérèse Charlotte (b. 1778)
  • 1856 – William Sprague III, American politician from Rhode Island (b. 1799)
  • 1889 – King Louis of Portugal (b. 1838)
  • 1897 – George Pullman, American inventor and industrialist (b. 1831)
  • 1901 – Carl Frederik Tietgen, Danish financier and industrialist (b. 1829)
  • 1918 – Harold Lockwood, American actor (b. 1887)
  • 1936 – Lu Xun, Chinese writer (b. 1881)
  • 1937 – Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, New Zealand physicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (b. 1871)
  • 1943 – Camille Claudel, French sculptor (b. 1864)
  • 1950 – Edna St. Vincent Millay, American poet (b. 1892)
  • 1956 – Isham Jones, American musician (b. 1894)
  • 1960 – George Wallace, Australian vaudevillian and film comedian (b. 1895)
  • 1973 – Walt Kelly, American cartoonist (b. 1913)
  • 1978 – Gig Young, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 1983 – Maurice Bishop, Prime Minister of Grenada (b. 1944)
  • 1985 – Alfred Rouleau, French Canadian businessman (b. 1915)
  • 1986 – Dele Giwa, Nigerian journalist
  • 1986 – Samora Machel, President of Mozambique (b. 1933)
  • 1987 – Jacqueline Du Pré, English cellist (b. 1945)
  • 1987 – Hermann Lang, German race car driver (b. 1909)
  • 1988 – Son House, American musician (b. 1902)
  • 1994 – Martha Raye, American comedian and actress (b. 1916)
  • 1995 – Don Cherry, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1936)
  • 1997 – Glen Buxton, American guitarist (b. 1947)
  • 1999 – Nathalie Sarraute, Russian-born French writer (b. 1900)
  • 1999 – James C. Murray, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 2000 – Hortense Ellis, Jamaican reggae singer (b. 1941)
  • 2003 – Alija Izetbegovic, President of Bosnia-Herzegovina (b. 1925)
  • 2003 – Margaret Murie, American conservationist (b. 1902)
  • 2003 – Michael Hegstrand, American professional wrestler (b. 1960)
  • 2004 – Kenneth E. Iverson, Canadian computer scientist (b. 1920)
  • 2005 – Dallas Cook, American musician (Suburban Legends) (b. 1982)
  • 2005 – Corinne Lévesque, wife of Quebec premier René Lévesque (b. 1943)
  • 2006 – James Glennon, American cinematographer (b. 1942)
  • 2007 – LaLa Brown, American singer and protégé of Lyfe Jennings (b. 1986)
  • 2007 – Dr. Randall Forsberg, American nuclear freeze advocate (b. 1943)
  • 2007 – Michael Maidens, English footballer with Hartlepool United (b. 1987)
  • 2007 – Jan Wolkers, Dutch writer (b. 1925)

October 19 – Holidays:

  • Roman festivals – Armilustrium in honor of Mars
  • Roman Catholic Saints – Saints Jean de Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues, and Companions; Saint Frideswide
  • Albania – Mother Teresa Day.
  • Brazil – Independence Day of State of Piauí
  • Niue – Constitution Day in honour of the country’s independence (self-governing in free association with New Zealand) in 1974.
  • French Republican Calendar – Tomate (Tomato) Day, twenty-eighth day in the Month of Vendémiaire
  • Aaron, a saint of the Coptic Church
  • Hindu Festivals, Concluding of Navratri Festival of India. It is a nine day festival attributed to the Goddess Durga, the Supreme-Divine manifested in form of Mother. The 10th day, Hindus celebrate Dasara, the mark of Lord Rama’s victory over demon Ravana – Goddess Durga Day.

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On This Day in History October 18

October 18 – Events:

  • 1009 – The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church’s foundations down to bedrock.
  • 1016 – The Danes defeat the Saxons in the Battle of Ashingdon.
  • 1081 – The Normans defeat the Byzantine Empire in the Battle of Dyrrhachium.
  • 1210 – Pope Innocent III excommunicates German leader Otto IV.
  • 1356 – Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroyed the town of Basel, Switzerland.
  • 1386 – Opening of the University of Heidelberg
  • 1561 – Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima — Takeda Shingen defeats Uesugi Kenshin in the climax of their ongoing conflicts.
  • 1648 – Boston Shoemakers form first U.S. labor organization.
  • 1685 – Louis XIV of France revokes the Edict of Nantes, which has protected French Protestants.
  • 1748 – Signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession.
  • 1767 – Mason-Dixon line, survey separating Maryland from Pennsylvania is completed.
  • 1775 – African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.
  • 1851 – Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is first published as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London.
  • 1860 – The Second Opium War finally ends at the Convention of Peking with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin, an unequal treaty.
  • 1867 – United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.
  • 1892 – The First long distance phone call in the United States between Chicago and New York.
  • 1898 – United States takes possession of Puerto Rico.
  • 1908 – Belgium annexes the Congo Free State.
  • 1912 – The First Balkan War begins.
  • 1922 – The British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) is founded by a consortium, to establish a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide a national broadcasting service. 1925 – The Grand Ole Opry opens in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • 1929 – Women are considered “Persons” under Canadian law.
  • 1944 – Adolf Hitler orders the establishment of a German national militia.
  • 1944 – Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia.
  • 1945 – The USSR’s nuclear program receives plans for the USA’s plutonium bomb from Klaus Fuchs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  • 1945 – A group of the Venezuelan Armed Forces, led by Mario Vargas, Marcos Pérez Jiménez and Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, staged a coup d’etát against then president Isaías Medina Angarita, who was overthrown by the end of the day.
  • 1954 – Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio.
  • 1964 – The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair closes for its first season after a six-month run.
  • 1967 – The Soviet probe Venera 4 reaches Venus and becomes the first spacecraft to measure the atmosphere of another planet.
  • 1968 – The U.S. Olympic Committee suspends two black athletes for giving a “black power” salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.
  • 1968 – Bob Beamon sets a world record of 8.90m in the long jump at the Mexico City games. This becomes the longest unbroken track and field record in history, standing for 23 years, and is later named by Sports Illustrated magazine as one of the five greatest sporting moments of the 20th century.
  • 1977 – German Autumn: a set of events revolving around the kidnapping of Hanns-Martin Schleyer and the hijacking of a Lufthansa flight by the Red Army Faction (RAF) comes to an end when Schleyer is executed and various RAF members allegedly commit suicide. The West German government states that it would never again negotiate with terrorists.
  • 1989 – East German leader Erich Honecker resigns.
  • 1991 – Azerbaijan declares independence from USSR.
  • 2003 – Bolivian Gas War: President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, is forced to resign and leave Bolivia.
  • 2007 – After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to her homeland Pakistan. The same night, suicide attackers blow themselves up near Bhutto’s convoy, killing over 100 in the cheering crowd, including 20 police officers. Bhutto escaped uninjured.

October 18 – Birthdays:

  • 1127 – Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan (d. 1192)
  • 1405 – Pope Pius II (d. 1464)
  • 1517 – Manoel da Nóbrega, Portuguese Jesuit in Brazil (d. 1570)
  • 1547 – Justus Lipsius, Flemish humanist (d. 1606)
  • 1569 – Giambattista Marini, Italian poet (d. 1625)
  • 1595 – Edward Winslow, Plymouth Colony founder (d. 1655)
  • 1634 – Luca Giordano, Italian artist (d. 1705)
  • 1653 – Abraham van Riebeeck, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (d. 1713)
  • 1662 – Matthew Henry, English non-conformist minister (d. 1714)
  • 1668 – John George IV, Elector of Saxony (d. 1694)
  • 1679 – Ann Putnam, Jr., American accuser in the Salem Witch Trials (d. 1716)
  • 1701 – Charles le Beau, French historian (d. 1778)
  • 1706 – Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (d. 1785)
  • 1741 – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, French general and author (d. 1803)
  • 1777 – Heinrich von Kleist, German writer (d. 1811)
  • 1785 – Thomas Love Peacock, English satirist (d. 1866)
  • 1854 – Billy Murdoch, Australian cricketer (d. 1911)
  • 1859 – Henri Bergson, French philosopher, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature (d. 1941)
  • 1865 – Arie de Jong, Dutch linguist (d. 1957)
  • 1865 – Logan Pearsall Smith, American essayist and critic (d. 1946)
  • 1868 – Ernst Didring, Swedish author (d. 1931)
  • 1870 – Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, Japanese scholar (d. 1966)
  • 1873 – Ivanoe Bonomi, Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1951)
  • 1882 – Lucien Petit-Breton, Argentine-French cyclist (d. 1917)
  • 1893 – Georges Ohsawa, Japanese founder of Macrobiotics (d. 1966)
  • 1894 – H. L. Davis, American author (d. 1960)
  • 1897 – Isabel Briggs Myers, American psychological theorist (d. 1980)
  • 1900 – Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer and actress (d. 1981)
  • 1902 – Miriam Hopkins, American actress (d. 1972)
  • 1902 – Pascual Jordan, German physicist (d. 1980)
  • 1903 – Lina Radke, German athlete (d. 1983)
  • 1904 – A. J. Liebling, American journalist (d. 1963)
  • 1905 – Jan Gies, Dutch resistance fighter (d. 1993)
  • 1906 – James Brooks, American painter (d. 1992)
  • 1909 – Norberto Bobbio, Italian philosopher and legal theorist (d. 2004)
  • 1913 – Robert Gilruth, American aviation and space pioneer (d. 2000)
  • 1915 – Victor Sen Yung, American actor (d. 1980)
  • 1918 – Bobby Troup, American musician (d. 1999)
  • 1919 – Ric Nordman, Canadian politician (d. 1996)
  • 1919 – Anita O’Day, American singer (d. 2006)
  • 1919 – Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 15th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 2000)
  • 1920 – Melina Mercouri, Greek actress and political activist (d. 1994)
  • 1921 – Jesse Helms, U.S. Senator from North Carolina
  • 1924 – Hugh Allan “Buddy” MacMaster, Canadian musician
  • 1925 – Ramiz Alia, political leader of Albania
  • 1926 – Chuck Berry, American musician
  • 1926 – Klaus Kinski, German actor (d. 1991)
  • 1927 – George C. Scott, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1928 – Keith Jackson, American football commentator
  • 1929 – Violeta Chamorro, President of Nicaragua
  • 1931 – Chris Albertson, American jazz historian
  • 1932 – Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuanian politician
  • 1933 – Forrest Gregg, American football player
  • 1934 – Inger Stevens, Swedish actress (d. 1970)
  • 1934 – Chuck Swindoll, American evangelist
  • 1935 – Peter Boyle, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1937 – Cynthia Weil, American songwriter
  • 1938 – Dawn Wells, American actress
  • 1939 – Mike Ditka, American football player, coach, and commentator
  • 1939 – Lee Harvey Oswald, purported American assassin of John F. Kennedy (d. 1963)
  • 1939 – Flavio Cotti, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • 1942 – Larry Pickering, Australian newspaper cartoonist
  • 1943 – Birthe Rønn Hornbech, Danish politician
  • 1945 – Chris Shays, Member of the United States Congress from Connecticut
  • 1945 – Huell Howser, American TV host
  • 1945 – Yildo, Turkish famous showman and football player
  • 1946 – James Robert Baker, American novelist, screenwriter
  • 1946 – Howard Shore, Canadian film composer
  • 1947 – Job Cohen, Dutch politician, mayor of Amsterdam
  • 1947 – Joe Morton, American actor
  • 1947 – Laura Nyro, American singer and songwriter (d. 1997)
  • 1947 – Paul Chuckle, British comedian
  • 1948 – Ntozake Shange, American author
  • 1949 – Joe Egan, British musician (Stealers Wheel)
  • 1949 – George Hendrick, baseball player
  • 1949 – Gary Richrath, American musician (REO Speedwagon)
  • 1950 – Om Puri, Indian actor
  • 1950 – Wendy Wasserstein, American playwright (d. 2006)
  • 1950 – Sheila White, English actress
  • 1951 – Mike Antonovich, American ice hockey player and executive
  • 1951 – Terry McMillan, American author
  • 1951 – Pam Dawber, American actress
  • 1952 – Jerry Royster, American baseball player
  • 1954 – Liz Burch, Australian actress
  • 1955 – Timmy Mallett, British TV presenter
  • 1955 – David Twohy, American movie director and screenwriter
  • 1955 – Rita Verdonk, Dutch politician
  • 1956 – Martina Navrátilová, Czech-born tennis player
  • 1956 – Craig Bartlett, American animator
  • 1956 – Jim Talent, American senator from Missouri
  • 1957 – Doug Isaacson, Alaskan politician
  • 1957 – Catherine Ringer, French singer and songwriter (Les Rita Mitsouko)
  • 1958 – Corinne Bohrer, American actress
  • 1958 – Thomas Hearns, American boxer
  • 1958 – Kjell Samuelsson, National Hockey League defenseman
  • 1959 – Kirby Chambliss, Aerobatic pilot and Red Bull Air Racer
  • 1959 – Milco Mancevski, Macedonian film director and screenwriter
  • 1959 – John Nord, former American pro wrestler
  • 1959 – Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, American sports talk show host
  • 1959 – Steve Swayne, Dartmouth Professor
  • 1960 – Jean-Claude Van Damme, Belgian actor
  • 1960 – Erin Moran, American actress
  • 1961 – Wynton Marsalis, American musician
  • 1961 – Rick Moody, American author
  • 1961 – Erin Moran American actress
  • 1962 – Vincent Spano, American actor
  • 1964 – Dan Lilker, American musician, bassist for Anthrax, S.O.D., Nuclear Assault, and Brutal Truth
  • 1965 – Curtis Stigers, American jazz vocalist and saxophonist
  • 1969 – Nelson Vivas, Argentine former footballer
  • 1970 – José Padilla, American former gang member and alleged supporter of terrorism
  • 1970 – Doug Mirabelli, American baseball player
  • 1972 – Alex Tagliani, Quebec racing driver
  • 1973 – Michalis Kapsis, Greek footballer
  • 1974 – Robbie Savage, Welsh footballer
  • 1974 – Peter Svensson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans)
  • 1974 – Candy Lo, Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1975 – Alex Cora, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1976 – Zhou Xun, Chinese actress and singer
  • 1977 – Ryan Nelsen, New Zealand footballer
  • 1978 – Wesley Jonathan, American actor
  • 1978 – Mike Tindall, English rugby union player
  • 1979 – Ne-Yo, American singer
  • 1987 – Zac Efron, American actor
  • 1987 – Freja Beha Erichsen, Danish model
  • 1990 – Carly Schroeder, American actress
  • 1991 – Tyler Posey, American actor
  • 1998 – Julia Wróblewska, Polish actress
  • 2001 – Annelise Manojlovic, English actress

October 18 – Deaths:

  • 1035 – Sancho III of Navarre
  • 1101 – Hugh of Vermandois, son of Henry I of France (b. 1053)
  • 1141 – Margrave Leopold IV of Austria
  • 1417 – Pope Gregory XII
  • 1503 – Pope Pius III (b. 1439)
  • 1541 – Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland (b. 1489)
  • 1545 – John Taverner, English composer
  • 1558 – Maria of Austria, wife of Louis II of Hungary and Bohemia (b. 1505)
  • 1564 – Johannes Acronius Frisius, German physician and mathematician (b. 1520)
  • 1570 – Manoel da Nóbrega, Portuguese Jesuit in Brazil (b. 1517)
  • 1604 – Igram van Achelen, Dutch statesman (b. 1528)
  • 1646 – Isaac Jogues, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1607)
  • 1667 – Fasilides, Emperor of Ethiopia
  • 1678 – Jacob Jordaens, Flemish painter (b. 1593)
  • 1739 – Antônio José da Silva, Brazilian-born dramatist (b. 1705)
  • 1744 – Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, close friend of Queen Anne of Great Britain (b. 1660)
  • 1770 – John Manners, Marquess of Granby, British soldier (b. 1721)
  • 1775 – Christian August Crusius, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1715)
  • 1817 – Etienne-Nicolas Méhul, French composer (b. 1763)
  • 1871 – Charles Babbage, English mathematician and inventor (b. 1791)
  • 1865 – Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1784)
  • 1886 – Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (b. 1796)
  • 1889 – Antonio Meucci, Italian inventor (b. 1808)
  • 1893 – Charles Gounod, French composer (b. 1818)
  • 1911 – Alfred Binet, French psychologist (b. 1857)
  • 1921 – King Ludwig III of Bavaria (b. 1845)
  • 1931 – Thomas Edison, American inventor (b. 1847)
  • 1932 – Ioannis Chrysafis, Greek gymnast (b. 1873)
  • 1941 – Manuel Teixeira Gomes, 7 President of Portugal (b. 1860)
  • 1942 – Mikhail Nesterov, Russian painter (b. 1862)
  • 1948 – Walther von Brauchitsch, German field marshal (b. 1881)
  • 1959 – Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete (b. 1898)
  • 1961 – Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American actress (b. 1892)
  • 1965 – Henry Travers, British actor (b. 1874)
  • 1966 – Elizabeth Arden, Canadian businesswoman (b. 1878)
  • 1966 – Sebastian S. Kresge, American merchant (Kmart) (b. 1867)
  • 1973 – Margaret Caroline Anderson, American magazine publisher (b. 1886)
  • 1973 – Leo Strauss, German-American philosopher (b. 1899)
  • 1975 – Al Lettieri, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 1976 – Kavi Samrat Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Telugu writer (b. 1895)
  • 1977 – Red Army Faction Stammheim Prison suicides
  • 1977 – Andreas Baader (b. 1943)
  • 1977 – Gudrun Ensslin (b. 1940)
  • 1977 – Jan-Carl Raspe (b. 1944)
  • 1978 – Ramón Mercader, Assassin of Leon Trotsky (b. 1914)
  • 1982 – Bess Truman, First Lady of the United States (b. 1885)
  • 1982 – Dwain Esper, American film director (b. 1892)
  • 1982 – Pierre Mendès-France, French politician (b. 1907)
  • 1982 – John Robarts, Canadian politician, Premier of Ontario (b. 1917)
  • 1983 – Willie Jones, baseball player (b. 1925)
  • 1983 – Diego Abad de Santillán, Spanish anarchist (b. 1897)
  • 1984 – Jon-Erik Hexum, American actor (b. 1957)
  • 1984 – Henri Michaux, French painter and poet (b. 1899)
  • 2000 – Julie London, American singer and actress (b. 1926)
  • 2000 – Gwen Verdon, American dancer and actress (b. 1925)
  • 2001 – Micheline Ostermeyer, French athlete and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2002 – Nikolai Rukavishnikov, cosmonaut (b. 1932)
  • 2002 – Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • 2003 – Preston Smith, Governor of Texas (b. 1912)
  • 2003 – Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Spanish writer (b. 1939)
  • 2004 – Veerappan, Indian bandit and smuggler (b. 1945)
  • 2005 – John Hollis, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2005 – Johnny Haynes, English footballer (b. 1934)
  • 2005 – Bill King, American sports broadcaster (b. 1927)
  • 2006 – Mario Francesco Cardinal Pompedda (b. 1929)
  • 2006 – Anna Russell, English music satirist (b. 1911)
  • 2007 – Alan Coren, English writer and satirist (b. 1938)
  • 2007 – William J. Crowe, American admiral and ambassador (b. 1925)
  • 2007 – Vincent DeDomenico, American entrepreneur (b. 1915)
  • 2007 – Lucky Dube, South African musician (b. 1964)

October 18 – Holidays:

  • R.C. Church, Anglican communion, et alii - Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist
  • Saint Justus of Beauvais
  • USA : Alaska: Alaska Day
  • French Republican Calendar – Piment (Chili Pepper) Day, twenty-seventh day in the Month of Vendémiaire

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On This Day in History October 17

October 17 – Events:

  • 539 BC – King Cyrus The Great of Persia marches into the city of Babylon, releasing the Jews from almost 70 years of exile and making the first Human Rights Declaration.
  • 1091 – T8/F4 tornado strikes the heart of London.
  • 1244 – Battle of La Forbie: Crusaders are defeated by Khwarezmians and Egyptians.
  • 1346 – Battle of Neville’s Cross: King David II of Scotland is captured by Edward III of England at Calais, and imprisoned in the Tower of London for eleven years.
  • 1448 – Second Battle of Kosovo, where the mainly Hungarian army led by John Hunyadi were defeated by an Ottoman army led by Sultan Murad II.
  • 1456 – The University of Greifswald is established, making it the second oldest university in northern Europe (also for a period the oldest in Sweden, and Prussia)
  • 1604 – Kepler’s Star: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes that an exceptionally bright star had suddenly appeared in the constellation. Ophiuchus, which turned out to be the last supernova to have been observed in our own galaxy, the Milky Way.
  • 1610 – French king Louis XIII is crowned in Rheims.
  • 1660 – Nine Regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, are hanged, drawn and quartered, another is hanged.
  • 1662 – Charles II of England sells Dunkirk to France for 40,000 pounds.
  • 1777 – American troops defeat the British in the Battle of Saratoga.
  • 1781 – General Charles Cornwallis offers his surrender to the American revolutionists at Yorktown, Virginia.
  • 1797 – Treaty of Campo Formio is signed between France and Austria.
  • 1800 – England takes control of the Dutch colony of Curaçao.
  • 1806 – Former leader of the Haitian Revolution, Emperor Jacques I of Haiti was assassinated after an oppressive rule.
  • 1860 – First The Open Championship (referred to in North America as the British Open).
  • 1888 – Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
  • 1907 – Guglielmo Marconi’s company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland.
  • 1912 – Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia declare war on the Ottoman Empire, joining Montenegro in the First Balkan War.
  • 1917 – First British bombing of Germany in World War I.
  • 1931 – Al Capone convicted of income tax evasion.
  • 1933 – Albert Einstein, fleeing Nazi Germany, moves to the US.
  • 1941 – For the first time in World War II, a German submarine attacks an American ship.
  • 1945 – A massive number of people, headed by CGT and Evita, gather in the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina to demand Juan Peron’s release. This is known to the Peronists as the Día de la lealtad (day of loyalty). It’s considered the birthday of Peronism.
  • 1961 – Scores of Algerian protesters (some claim up to 400) are massacred by the Paris police at the instigation of Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon, then chief of the Prefecture of Police.
  • 1965 – The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair closes after a two year run. More than 51 million people had attended the two-year event.
  • 1966 – A fire at a building in New York, New York kills 12 firefighters, the New York City Fire Department’s deadliest day until the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  • 1970 – Montreal, Quebec: Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group.
  • 1973 – OPEC starts an oil embargo against a number of western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Syria.
  • 1977 – German Autumn: Four days after it was hijacked, Lufthansa Flight 181 lands in Mogadishu, Somalia, where a team of German GSG 9 commandos later rescues all remaining hostages on board.
  • 1979 – Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1979 – The Department of Education Organization Act is signed into law creating the US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services. Both replace the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
  • 1989 – Loma Prieta earthquake (7.1 on the Richter scale) hits the San Francisco Bay Area and causes 57 deaths directly (and 6 indirectly).
  • 2000 – Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack.
  • 2003 – The pinnacle was fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper in Taipei, allowing it to surpass the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur by 50 meters (165 feet) and become the World’s tallest highrise.
  • 2003 – Eunuchs in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh float the political party Jiti Jitayi Politics.
  • 2006 – The United States population reaches 300 million.

October 17 – Birthdays:

  • 1253 – Ivo of Kermartin, French saint (d. 1303)
  • 1563 – Jodocus Hondius, Flemish cartographer (d. 1611)
  • 1577 – Cristofano Allori, Italian painter (d. 1621)
  • 1582 – Johann Gerhard, German Lutheran leader (d. 1637)
  • 1623 – Francis Turretin, Swiss theologian (d. 1687)
  • 1688 – Domenico Zipoli, Italian composer (d. 1726)
  • 1711 – Jupiter Hammon, American writer
  • 1719 – Jacques Cazotte, French writer (d. 1792)
  • 1811 – Albertus van Raalte, Dutch/American religious leader (d. 1876)
  • 1813 – Georg Büchner, German playwright (d. 1837)
  • 1817 – Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian Muslim intellectual (d. 1898)
  • 1853 – Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (d. 1920)
  • 1864 – Elinor Glyn, British writer (d. 1943)
  • 1865 – James Rudolph Garfield, American politician (d. 1950)
  • 1886 – Spring Byington, American actress (d. 1971)
  • 1890 – Roy Kilner, English cricketer (d. 1928)
  • 1892 – Theodor Eicke, Nazi official (d. 1943)
  • 1892 – Herbert Howells, English Composer (d. 1983)
  • 1898 – Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese violin teacher (d. 1998)
  • 1898 – Simon Vestdijk, Dutch writer (d. 1971)
  • 1900 – Jean Arthur, American actress (d. 1991)
  • 1902 – Irene Ryan, American actress (d. 1973)
  • 1903 – Nathanael West, American writer (d. 1940)
  • 1906 – Paul Derringer, American baseball player (d. 1987)
  • 1908 – Red Rolfe, American baseball player (d. 1969)
  • 1912 – Pope John Paul I (d. 1978)
  • 1912 – Jack Owens, The Cruising Crooner, American singer/songwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1914 – Jerry Siegel, American cartoonist, co-creator of Superman (d. 1996)
  • 1915 – Arthur Miller, American playwright (d. 2005)
  • 1917 – Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian (later American) novelist (d. 1991)
  • 1918 – Rita Hayworth, American actress (d. 1987)
  • 1919 – Isaak Markovich Khalatnikov, Russian physicist
  • 1920 – Miguel Delibes, Spanish writer
  • 1920 – Montgomery Clift, American actor (d. 1966)
  • 1921 – Tom Poston, American actor and comedian (d. 2007)
  • 1921 – Maria Gorokhovskaya, Soviet gymnast (d. 2001)
  • 1922 – Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive
  • 1922 – Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian composer (d. 2001)
  • 1923 – Charles McClendon, American football coach (d. 2001)
  • 1923 – Barney Kessel, American musician (d. 2004)
  • 1925 – Harry Carpenter, English sports commentator
  • 1926 – Julie Adams, American film actress
  • 1930 – Robert Atkins, American nutritionist (d. 2003)
  • 1930 – Jimmy Breslin, American newspaper columnist and author
  • 1931 – Ernst Hinterberger, Austrian writer
  • 1933 – Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun (d. 1985)
  • 1934 – Johnny Haynes, English footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1936 – Hiroo Kanamori, Japanese seismologist
  • 1937 – Paxton Whitehead, English actor
  • 1938 – Evel Knievel, American motorcycle daredevil (d. 2007)
  • 1940 – Peter Stringfellow, British nightclub owner
  • 1940 – Jim Smith, English footballer and manager.
  • 1941 – Earl Thomas Conley, American singer
  • 1941 – Jim Seals American singer (Seals and Crofts)
  • 1942 – Gary Puckett, American musician
  • 1946 – Sir Cameron Mackintosh, British stage producer
  • 1946 – Adam Michnik, Polish activist
  • 1946 – Bob Seagren, American athlete
  • 1946 – Michael Hossack, American musician (The Doobie Brothers)
  • 1947 – Gene Green, American politician
  • 1947 – Michael McKean, American actor
  • 1948 – Margot Kidder, Canadian actress
  • 1948 – George Wendt, American actor
  • 1948 – Robert Jordan, American novelist (d. 2007)
  • 1950 – Howard Rollins, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1955 – Georgios Alogoskoufis, Greek politician
  • 1956 – Mae Jemison, American astronaut
  • 1956 – Patrick McCrory, American politician and Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1957 – Lawrence Bender, American film producer
  • 1957 – Steve McMichael, American football player
  • 1958 – Alan Jackson, American singer and songwriter
  • 1959 – Ron Drummond, American writer
  • 1959 – Mark Peel, Australian historian and academic
  • 1959 – Richard Roeper, American film critic
  • 1959 – Russell Gilbert, Australian comedian
  • 1960 – Rob Marshall, American director
  • 1960 – Guy Henry, English actor
  • 1962 – Mike Judge, Ecuadoran-born cartoonist
  • 1963 – Sergio Goycochea, Argentine footballer
  • 1963 – Norm MacDonald, Canadian comedian
  • 1965 – Aravinda de Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1966 – Mark Gatiss, English actor
  • 1966 – Tommy Kendall, American race car driver and television personality
  • 1967 – René Dif, Danish musician (Aqua)
  • 1968 – Ziggy Marley, Jamaican musician
  • 1969 – Wood Harris, American actor
  • 1969 – Ernie Els, South African golfer
  • 1969 – Rick Mercer, Canadian comedian
  • 1970 – Anil Kumble, Indian cricketer
  • 1970 – John Mabry, American baseball player
  • 1971 – Chris Kirkpatrick, American singer (‘N Sync)
  • 1972 – Eminem, American rapper
  • 1972 – Tarkan, Turkish singer
  • 1972 – Wyclef Jean, Haitian-born singer
  • 1972 – Joe McEwing, American baseball player
  • 1974 – Matthew Macfadyen, British actor
  • 1974 – Janne “Burton” Puurtinen, Finnish keyboarder for the band, HIM
  • 1974 – John Rocker, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Francis Bouillon, American hockey player
  • 1976 – Sebastián Abreu, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1977 – Dudu Aouate, Israeli footballer
  • 1979 – Marcela Bovio, Mexican singer and violinist (Elfonía, Stream of Passion)
  • 1979 – Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish race car driver and one-time F1 world champion
  • 1979 – Kostas Tsartsaris, Greek basketball player
  • 1980 – Ekaterina Gamova, Russian volleyball player
  • 1980 – Alessandro Piccolo, Italian racing driver
  • 1982 – Nick Riewoldt, Australian rules footballer
  • 1983 – Daniel Booko, American actor
  • 1983 – Ivan Saenko, Russian football player
  • 1984 – Jelle Klaasen, Dutch darts player
  • 1984 – Chris Lowell, American actor
  • 1987 – Bea Alonzo, Filipino actress
  • 1987 – Jaroslaw Fojut, Polish footballer
  • 1992 – Matthew Crane, British operatic singer
  • 1992 – Sam Concepcion, Filipino performer and actor
  • 1995 – Alexandria, McKenzie and Megan Calabrese, American triplets and actresses

October 17 – Deaths:

  • 532 – Pope Boniface II
  • 1174 – Queen Petronila of Aragon (b. 1135)
  • 1586 – Philip Sidney, English courtier, soldier, and writer (killed in battle) (b. 1554)
  • 1616 – John Pitts, Catholic scholar and writer. (b. 1560)
  • 1660 – Adrian Scrope, English regicide (b. 1601)
  • 1673 – Thomas Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, English statesman (b. 1630)
  • 1757 – René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, French scientist (b. 1683)
  • 1776 – Pierre François le Courayer, French theologian (b. 1681)
  • 1780 – William Cookworthy, English chemist (b. 1705)
  • 1786 – Johann Ludwig Aberli, Swiss artist (b. 1723)
  • 1806 – Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Haitian independence leader (b. 1758)
  • 1836 – Orest Kiprensky, Russian painter (b. 1782)
  • 1837 – Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Austrian virtuoso pianist and composer (b. 1778)
  • 1849 – Frédéric Chopin, Polish-French musician and composer (b. 1810)
  • 1868 – Laura Secord, Canadian heroine of the war of 1812 (b. 1775)
  • 1887 – Gustav Kirchhoff, German physicist (b. 1824)
  • 1889 – Nikolai Chernyshevsky, Russian philosopher (b. 1828)
  • 1910 – Julia Ward Howe, American composer and abolitionist (b. 1819)
  • 1931 – Alfons Maria Jakob, German neurologist (b. 1884)
  • 1934 – Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish histologist and neuroscientist, recipient of the
  • Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1852)
  • 1938 – Karl Kautsky, Marxist theoretician (b. 1854)
  • 1943 – Stefan Starzynski, Polish politician (b. 1893)
  • 1958 – Charlie Townsend, English cricketer (b. 1876)
  • 1958 – Paul Outerbridge, American photographer (b. 1896)
  • 1962 – Natalia Goncharova, Russian painter (b. 1882)
  • 1963 – Jacques Hadamard, French mathematician (b. 1865)
  • 1965 – John Barton King, Philadelphian cricketer (b. 1873)
  • 1966 – Wieland Wagner, German stage director (b. 1917)
  • 1967 – Henry Pu Yi, last Emperor of China (b. 1906)
  • 1970 – Pierre Laporte, Vice-Premier of Quebec (assassinated) (b. 1921)
  • 1970 – Vola Vale, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1972 – Turk Broda, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1914)
  • 1972 – Prince George of Yugoslavia (b. 1887)
  • 1972 – Billy Williams, American singer (b. 1910)
  • 1973 – Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian writer (b. 1926)
  • 1979 – S. J. Perelman, American writer (b. 1904)
  • 1979 – John Stuart, Scottish actor (b. 1898)
  • 1981 – Albert Cohen, Swiss author (b. 1895)
  • 1983 – Raymond Aron, French philosopher (b. 1905)
  • 1991 – Tennessee Ernie Ford, American singer and television performer (b. 1919)
  • 1992 – Herman Johannes, Indonesian professor, scientist and politician (b. 1912)
  • 1992 – Orestis Laskos, Greek film director, screenwriter and actor (b. 1908)
  • 1993 – Criss Oliva, American musician (Savatage) (b. 1963)
  • 1996 – Chris Acland, English drummer (Lush) (b. 1966)
  • 1998 – Joan Hickson, British actress (b. 1906)
  • 1998 – Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar and philanthropist
  • 1999 – Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer
  • scientist (b. 1915)
  • 2000 – Leo Nomellini, wrestler (b. 1924)
  • 2001 – Jay Livingston, American songwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2001 – Rehavam Zeevi, Israeli politician (b. 1926)
  • 2002 – Derek Bell, Irish harpist (The Chieftans) (b. 1935)
  • 2002 – Aileen Riggin, American swimmer (b. 1906)
  • 2004 – Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer (b. 1952)
  • 2005 – Ba Jin, Chinese writer (b. 1904)
  • 2005 – Franky Gee, European techno artist (b. 1962)
  • 2006 – Daniel Emilfork, French actor (b. 1924)
  • 2006 – Christopher Glenn, American newscaster (b. 1938)
  • 2007 – Joey Bishop, American entertainer, member of the Rat Pack (b. 1918)
  • 2007 – Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer (b. 1931)

October 17 – Holidays:

  • R.C. Saints – Saint Ignatius of Antioch; translation of Saint Audrey (Æthelthryth); Saint Richard Gwyn; Saint Catervus; Saint Marguerite Marie Alacoque
  • Haiti – Death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines (1806), State holiday
  • French Republican Calendar – Aubergine (Eggplant) Day, twenty-sixth day in the Month of Vendémiaire International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

 

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On This Day in History October 16

October 16 – Events:

  • 456 – Magister militum Ricimer defeats the Emperor Avitus at Piacenza and becomes master of the western Roman Empire.
  • 1775 – Portland, Maine burnt by the British.
  • 1780 – Royalton, Vermont and Tunbridge, Vermont last major raid of the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1781 – George Washington captures Yorktown, Virginia after the Siege of Yorktown.
  • 1793 – Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI is guillotined at the height of the French Revolution.
  • 1793 – Battle of Wattignies.
  • 1813 – The Sixth Coalition attacks Napoleon Bonaparte in the Battle of Leipzig.
  • 1834 – Much of the ancient structures of the Palace of Westminster in London is burnt down.
  • 1841 – Queen’s University is founded in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
  • 1843 – Sir William Rowan Hamilton comes up with the idea of quaternions, a noncommutative extension of complex numbers.
  • 1859 – John Brown leads raid on Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia
  • 1869 – Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous American hoaxes, is discovered.
  • 1869 – England’s first residential college for women, Girton College, Cambridge, is founded.
  • 1875 – Brigham Young University is founded in Provo, Utah.
  • 1882 – The Nickel Plate Railroad opens for business.
  • 1905 – The Partition of Bengal (India) occurred.
  • 1906 – The Captain of Köpenick fools the city hall of Köpenick and several soldiers by impersonating a Prussian officer.
  • 1916 – Margaret Sanger founds Planned Parenthood by opening the first U.S. birth control clinic.
  • 1923 – The Walt Disney Company is founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney.
  • 1934 – Chinese Communists begin the Long March; it ended a year and four days later, by which time Mao Zedong had regained his title as party chairman.
  • 1939 – World War II: First attack on British territory by German Luftwaffe.
  • 1940 – Benjamin O. Davis Sr. named first African American general in the United States Army.
  • 1940 – Warsaw Ghetto established.
  • 1945 – The Food and Agriculture Organization was founded in Quebec City, Canada.
  • 1946 – Ten war criminals of the Second World War, condemned in the Nuremberg trials are hanged.
  • 1949 – Nikolaos Zachariadis, leader of the Communist Party of Greece, announces a “temporary cease-fire”, effectively ending the Greek Civil War.
  • 1949 – The diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and German Democratic Republic were established.
  • 1951 – The first Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan, is assassinated in Rawalpindi.
  • 1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis between the United States and Cuba began.
  • 1964 – People’s Republic of China detonates its first nuclear weapon; Soviet leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Aleksey Kosygin are inaugurated as General Secretary of the CPSU and Premier, respectively.
  • 1968 – United States athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos are kicked out of the USA’s team for performing a Black Power salute during a medal ceremony.
  • 1968 – Kingston, Jamaica is rocked by the Rodney Riots, inspired by the barring of Walter Rodney from the country.
  • 1970 – Canada – In response to the October Crisis terrorist kidnapping, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau invokes the War Measures Act.
  • 1973 – Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1975 – The Balibo Five, a group of Australian television journalists based in the town of Balibo in the then Portuguese Timor (now East Timor), are killed by Indonesian troops.
  • 1978 – Pope John Paul II is elected in Rome.
  • 1984 – Desmond Tutu is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1987 – Great Storm of 1987: hurricane force winds to hit much of the South of England killing 23 people.
  • 1991 – Luby’s massacre: George Hennard runs amok in Killeen, Texas, killing 23 and wounding 20 in Luby’s Cafeteria.
  • 1991 – Jharkhand Chhatra Yuva Morcha is founded at a conference in Ranchi, India.
  • 1993 – Anti-Nazi riot breaks out in Welling in Kent, after police stop protesters approaching British National Party headquarters
  • 1995 – The Million Man March occurs in Washington, DC.
  • 1996 – Eighty-four people are killed and more than 180 injured as 47,000 football fans attempt to squeeze into the 36,000-seat Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City.
  • 2002 – Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, is officially inaugurated.

October 16 – Birthdays:

  • 1396 – William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, English soldier (d. 1450)
  • 1430 – King James II of Scotland (d. 1460)
  • 1483 – Gasparo Contarini, Italian diplomat and cardinal (d. 1542)
  • 1535 – Niwa Nagahide, Japanese warlord (d. 1585)
  • 1663 – Prince Eugene of Savoy, French-born Austrian general (d. 1736)
  • 1710 – Andreas Hadik, Austro-Hungarian general (d. 1790)
  • 1714 – Giovanni Arduino, Italian geologist (d. 1795)
  • 1726 – Daniel Chodowiecki, Polish painter (d. 1801)
  • 1751 – Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt, Queen of Prussia (d. 1805)
  • 1752 – Johann Gottfried Eichhorn, German theologian (d. 1827)
  • 1754 – Morgan Lewis, Governor of New York (1804-07) (d. 1844)
  • 1758 – Noah Webster, American lexicographer (d. 1843)
  • 1762 – Paul Hamilton, Governor of South Carolina (1804-06) and U.S. Secretary of Navy (1809-12) (d. 1816)
  • 1789 – William Burton, Governor of Delaware (1859-63) (d. 1866)
  • 1795 – William Buell Sprague, American clergyman and author (d. 1876)
  • 1802 – Isaac Murphy, Governor of Arkansas (1864-68) (d. 1882)
  • 1806 – William Pitt Fessenden, U.S. Secretary of Treasury (1864-65) (d. 1869)
  • 1815 – Francis Lubbock, Governor of Texas (d. 1905)
  • 1819 – Austin F. Pike, American politician from New Hampshire (d. 1886)
  • 1840 – Kuroda Kiyotaka, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1900)
  • 1841 – Prince Hirobumi Ito, Japanese governor of Korea (d. 1909)
  • 1854 – Oscar Wilde, Irish writer (d. 1900)
  • 1854 – Karl Kautsky, Marxist theoretician (d. 1938)
  • 1855 – Samedbey Mehmandarov, Russian general (d. 1931)
  • 1861 – J. B. Bury, Irish historian (d. 1927)
  • 1863 – Austen Chamberlain, English statesman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1937)
  • 1878 – Maxey Long, American athlete (d. 1959)
  • 1883 – Vasiliki Maliaros, Greek actress (d. 1973)
  • 1886 – David Ben-Gurion, first Prime Minister of Israel (d. 1973)
  • 1888 – Eugene O’Neill, American writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1953)
  • 1888 – Paul Popenoe, American activist (d. 1979)
  • 1890 – Michael Collins, Irish patriot (d. 1922)
  • 1890 – Paul Strand, American photographer (d. 1975)
  • 1897 – Louis de Cazenave, France’s oldest living man
  • 1898 – William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1980)
  • 1900 – Edward Ardizzone, artist and illustrator (d. 1979)
  • 1900 – Primo Conti, Italian painter (d. 1988)
  • 1903 – Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (d. 2003)
  • 1906 – León Klimovsky, Argentine film director (d. 1996)
  • 1908 – Enver Hoxha, Albanian dictator (d. 1985)
  • 1914 – Mohammed Zahir Shah, King of Afghanistan (d. 2007)
  • 1917 – Alice Pearce, American actress (d. 1966)
  • 1918 – Louis Althusser, French Marxist philosopher (d. 1990)
  • 1919 – Kathleen Winsor, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1922 – Max Bygraves, English singer/songwriter
  • 1922 – Leon Sullivan, American civil rights leader and pastor (d. 2001)
  • 1923 – Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter (d. 1980)
  • 1923 – Linda Darnell, American film actress (d. 1965)
  • 1925 – Angela Lansbury, English-born actress
  • 1927 – Günter Grass, German writer, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1928 – Mary Daly, American feminist
  • 1928 – Ann Morgan Guilbert, American actress
  • 1929 – Fernanda Montenegro, Brazilian actress
  • 1930 – Carmen Sevilla, Spanish actress
  • 1931 – Charles Colson, American Watergate conspirator
  • 1932 – John Grant, British politician (d. 2000)
  • 1934 – Peter Ashdown, British racing driver
  • 1936 – Andrei Chikatilo, Russian serial killer (d. 1994)
  • 1936 – Akira Machida, Japanese judge
  • 1936 – Peter Bowles, English actor
  • 1937 – Tom Monaghan, founder of Dominos pizza
  • 1938 – Nico (born Christa Päffgen; singer-songwriter, fashion model, actress) (d. 1988)
  • 1938 – Carl Gunter Jr, Louisiana State Representative (d. 1999)
  • 1940 – Barry Corbin, American actor
  • 1940 – Dave DeBusschere, American basketball player (d. 2003)
  • 1941 – Tim McCarver, baseball player and commentator
  • 1943 – Fred Turner, Canadian bass player (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
  • 1946 – Suzanne Somers, American actress
  • 1947 – Terry Griffiths, Welsh snooker player
  • 1947 – Bob Weir, American musician (Grateful Dead)
  • 1947 – David Zucker, American film director
  • 1948 – Leo Mazzone, American baseball coach
  • 1948 – Hema Malini, Indian Actress
  • 1952 – Boogie Mosson, American musician (P Funk)
  • 1952 – Ron Taylor, American actor (d. 2002)
  • 1953 – Paulo Roberto Falcão, Brazilian footballer
  • 1953 – Tony Carey, American-born rock keyboardist, producer (Rainbow, Planet P Project)
  • 1954 – Stephen Mellor, American actor
  • 1956 – Johnny Chavis, American football coach
  • 1958 – Tim Robbins, American actor, director, and writer
  • 1958 – Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Greek singer
  • 1959 – Gary Kemp, British musician and actor
  • 1959 – Erkki-Sven Tüür, Estonian composer
  • 1959 – Brian Harper, baseball player
  • 1960 – Bob Mould, American musician
  • 1961 – Randy Vasquez, American actor
  • 1961 – Marc Levy, French novelist
  • 1962 – Flea, Australian musician (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • 1962 – Manute Bol, Sudanese-born basketball player for the NBA
  • 1962 – Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian baritone
  • 1965 – Steve Lamacq, British journalist and disc jockey
  • 1967 – Davina McCall, British television presenter
  • 1968 – Randall Batinkoff, American actor
  • 1968 – Elsa Zylberstein, French actress
  • 1969 – Roy Hargrove, American jazz trumpeter
  • 1969 – Terri J. Vaughn, American actress
  • 1969 – Wendy Wilson, American pop singer (Wilson Phillips)
  • 1970 – Mehmet Scholl, German footballer
  • 1970 – Kazuyuki Fujita, Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter
  • 1972 – Tomas Lindberg, Swedish musician (At the Gates)
  • 1972 – Darius Kasparaitis, National Hockey League player
  • 1972 – Kordell Stewart, American football player
  • 1973 – Chad Gray, American singer (Mudvayne)
  • 1973 – Peter Polaco, American professional wrestler
  • 1973 – David Unsworth, English professional footballer
  • 1974 – Paul Kariya, Canadian hockey player
  • 1974 – Deo Grech, Maltese television presenter, songwriter
  • 1975 – Kellie Martin, American actress
  • 1975 – Brynjar Gunnarsson, Icelandic footballer
  • 1975 – Jacques Kallis, South African cricketer
  • 1976 – Ryan Fitzgerald, Australian football (AFL) player and media personality
  • 1977 – John Mayer, American musician
  • 1979 – Erin Brown, American B-movie actress, model, filmmaker, former softcore erotic actress, and musician
  • 1980 – Sue Bird, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Jeremy Jackson, American actor
  • 1980 – Timana Tahu, Australian Rugby League player
  • 1981 – Caterina Scorsone, Canadian actress
  • 1981 – Anthony Reyes, starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • 1981 – Martin Halle, Danish footballer
  • 1982 – Vincy Chan, Hong Kong singer
  • 1982 – Frédéric Michalak, French rugby player
  • 1984 – Trevor Blumas, Canadian actor
  • 1984 – Melissa Lauren, French pornographic actress
  • 1984 – Shayne Ward, UK singer, winner of The X Factor, series 2005
  • 1985 – Casey Stoner, Australian motorcycle racer and 2007 MotoGP World Champion
  • 1988 – Zoltán Stieber, Hungarian footballer

October 16-Deaths:

  • 1355 – Louis, King of Sicily, felled by the Black Death
  • 1553 – Lucas Cranach the Elder, German painter (b. 1472)
  • 1555 – Hugh Latimer, English Protestant (martyred)
  • 1555 – Nicholas Ridley, English Protestant (martyred)
  • 1591 – Pope Gregory XIV (b. 1535)
  • 1594 – William Cardinal Allen, English Catholic cardinal (b. 1532)
  • 1621 – Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Dutch composer (b. 1562)
  • 1628 – François de Malherbe, French poet and critic (b. 1555)
  • 1649 – Isaac van Ostade, Dutch painter (b. 1621)
  • 1655 – Joseph Solomon Delmedigo, Italian physician, mathematician, and music theorist (b. 1591)
  • 1680 – Raimondo Montecuccoli, Italian-Austrian general (b. 1608 or 1609)
  • 1750 – Sylvius Leopold Weiss, German composer and lutenist (b. 1687)
  • 1755 – Saint Gerard Majella, Catholic saint (b. 1725)
  • 1781 – Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, British naval officer (b. 1705)
  • 1791 – Grigori Alexandrovich Potemkin, Russian general and statesman (b. 1739)
  • 1793 – Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (executed) (b. 1755)
  • 1793 – John Hunter, eminent doctor and philosopher (b. 1728)
  • 1796 – Victor Amadeus III of Savoy (b. 1726)
  • 1810 – Nachman of Breslov, founder of Breslov Hasidut (b. 1772)
  • 1822 – Eva Marie Veigel, Austrian ballet dancer (b. 1724)
  • 1865 – Andrés Bello, Venezuelan poet, lawmaker, philosopher, and sociologist (b. 1781)
  • 1877 – Theodore Barrière, French dramatist (b. 1823)
  • 1888 – John Wentworth, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1815)
  • 1893 – Patrice MacMahon, duc de Magenta, President of France (b. 1808)
  • 1909 – Jakub Bart-Cišinski, Sorbian writer (b. 1856)
  • 1937 – Jean de Brunhoff, French writer (b. 1899)
  • 1946 – Nuremberg trial executions
  • Hans Frank, German war criminal (b. 1900)
  • Wilhelm Frick, German war criminal (b. 1877)
  • Alfred Jodl, German military officer (b. 1890)
  • Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian SS officer (b. 1903)
  • Wilhelm Keitel, German military officer (b. 1882)
  • Joachim von Ribbentrop, German politician (b. 1893)
  • Alfred Rosenberg, Nazi ideologist (b. 1893)
  • Fritz Sauckel, German war criminal (b. 1894)
  • Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Austrian Nazi leader (b. 1892)
  • Julius Streicher, German propagandist (b. 1887)
  • 1956 – Jules Rimet, president of FIFA (b. 1873)
  • 1959 – George Marshall, United States Secretary of State, Nobel laureate (b. 1880)
  • 1962 – Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher and poet (b. 1884)
  • 1966 – George O’Hara, American actor (b. 1899)
  • 1968 – Ellis Kinder, baseball player (b. 1914)
  • 1972 – Hale Boggs, U.S. Congressman from Louisiana (b. 1914)
  • 1972 – Leo G. Carroll, English actor (b. 1892)
  • 1973 – Gene Krupa, American jazz drummer (b. 1909)
  • 1974 – Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, noted Carnatic musician (b. 1895)
  • 1978 – Dan Dailey, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 1979 – Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (b. 1903)
  • 1981 – Moshe Dayan, Israeli general (b. 1915)
  • 1982 – Mario del Monaco, Italian tenor (b. 1915)
  • 1983 – Jakov Gotovac, Croatian composer (b. 1895)
  • 1983 – Kelso, American racehorse (b. 1957)
  • 1986 – Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist (b. 1921)
  • 1989 – Cornel Wilde, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 1990 – Jorge Bolet, Cuban-American classical pianist (b. 1914)
  • 1990 – Art Blakey, American jazz drummer (b. 1919)
  • 1992 – Shirley Booth, American actress (b. 1898)
  • 1994 – Raúl Juliá, Puerto Rican actor (b. 1940)
  • 1996 – Eric Malpass, English novelist (b. 1910)
  • 1996 – Jason Bernard, American actor (b. 1938)
  • 1997 – James Michener, American writer (b. 1907)
  • 1997 – Audra Lindley, American actress (b. 1918)
  • 1998 – Jon Postel, American Internet pioneer (b. 1943)
  • 1999 – Jean Shepherd, American writer and actor (b. 1921)
  • 2000 – Mel Carnahan, American politician (b. 1934)
  • 2002 – Angela Dawson, American murder victim
  • 2003 – Avni Arbas, Turkish artist (b. 1919)
  • 2003 – Stu Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1915)
  • 2003 – László Papp, Hungarian boxer (b. 1926)
  • 2004 – Pierre Salinger, John F. Kennedy’s White House Press Secretary (b. 1925)
  • 2005 – “Len” Dresslar, American singer and voice actor (b. 1925)
  • 2005 – Eugene “Porky” Lee, American child actor (b. 1933)
  • 2005 – David Reilly, American singer (God Lives Underwater) (b. 1971)
  • 2006 – Valentín Paniagua Corazao, Ex President of Peru (b. 1936)
  • 2006 – Ross Davidson, British actor (b. 1949)
  • 2006 – Tommy Johnson, American tubist (b. 1935)
  • 2006 – Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright (b. 1921)
  • 2007 – Deborah Kerr, Scottish actress (b. 1921)
  • 2007 – Toše Proeski, Macedonian music star (b. 1981)
  • 2007 – Barbara West, Second to last living Titanic survivor.

October 16 – Holidays:

  • Boss’s Day in the United States
  • Pope John Paul II Day in Poland
  • World Food Day
  • R.C. Saints – Gerard Majella and Hedwig

 

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On This Day in History October 15

October 15 – Events:

  • 533 – Byzantine general Belisarius makes his formal entry into Carthage, having conquered it from the Vandals.
  • 1552 – Khanate of Kazan is conquered by troops of Ivan Grozny.
  • 1582 – Pope Gregory XIII implements the Gregorian calendar. In Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, October 4 of this year is followed directly by October 15.
  • 1764 – Edward Gibbon observes a group of friars singing in the ruined Temple of Jupiter in Rome, which inspires him to begin work on The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • 1815 – Napoleon I of France begins his exile on Saint Helena in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: The CSS H. L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink a ship, sinks during a test, killing its inventor, Horace L. Hunley.
  • 1878 – The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation.
  • 1880 – Mexican soldiers kill Victorio, one of the greatest Apache military strategists.
  • 1888 – The “From Hell” letter sent by Jack the Ripper is received by the investigators.
  • 1894 – Alfred Dreyfus is arrested for spying – Dreyfus affair begins.
  • 1904 – The Russian Baltic Fleet leaves Reval, Estonia for Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese War.
  • 1917 – World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany.
  • 1928 – The airship, the Graf Zeppelin completed its first trans-Atlantic flight, landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey, USA.
  • 1932 – Tata Airlines (later to become Air India) makes its first flight.
  • 1934 – The SovietRepublic of China collapses when Chiang Kai-shek’s National Revolutionary Army successfully encircle Ruijin, forcing the fleeing Communists to begin the Long March.
  • 1939 – The New YorkMunicipalAirport (later renamed La Guardia Airport) is dedicated.
  • 1940 – “The Great Dictator”, a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released.
  • 1944 – The Arrow Cross Party (very similar to Hitler’s NSDAP (Nazi party)) takes over the power in Hungary.
  • 1945 – World War II: The former premier of Vichy France Pierre Laval is shot by a firing squad for treason.
  • 1946 – Nuremberg Trials: Hermann Göring poisons himself the night before his execution.
  • 1951 – Television sitcom I Love Lucy premieres.
  • 1951 – Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes synthesized the first oral contraceptive
  • 1953 – British nuclear test Totem 1 detonated at Emu Field, South Australia.
  • 1965 – Vietnam War: The National Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam stages the first public burning of a draft card in the United States to result in arrest under a new law.
  • 1969 – Vietnam War: Hundreds of thousands of people take part in National Moratorium antiwar demonstrations across the United States.
  • 1970 – Thirty-five construction workers are killed when a section of the new WestGateBridge in Melbourne collapses.
  • 1970 – Anwar Sadat becomes president of Egypt
  • 1971 – The start of the 2500-year celebration of Iran, celebrating the birth of Persia.
  • 1973 – The diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Gabon were established.
  • 1981 – Professional cheerleader Krazy George Henderson leads what is thought to be the first audience wave in Oakland, California.
  • 1987 – The Great Storm of 1987 hits France and England.
  • 1989 – Wayne Gretzky becomes the all-time leading points scorer in the NHL.
  • 1990 – Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions and open up his nation.
  • 1997 – The first supersonic land speed record is set by Andy Green in ThrustSSC (United Kingdom).
  • 1997 – The Cassini probe launches from Cape Canaveral on its way to Saturn.
  • 2001 – NASA’s Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter’s moon Io.
  • 2003 – China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.
  • 2003 – The Staten Island Ferry boat Andrew J. Barberi collides with a pier at the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, killing 11 people and injuring 43.
  • 2005 – Iraqi constitution ratification vote 
  • 2005 – Riot in Toledo, Ohio breaks out during a National Socialist/Neo-Nazi protest; over 100 are arrested.

October 15 – Birthdays:

  • 70 BC – Virgil, Roman poet (d. 19 BC)
  • 1471 – Konrad Mutian, German humanist (d. 1526)
  • 1542 – Akbar, Jellaladin Mahommed, Mughal Emperor (d. 1605)
  • 1608 – Evangelista Torricelli, Italian physicist (d. 1647)
  • 1686 – Allan Ramsay, Scottish poet (d. 1758)
  • 1701 – Marie-Marguerite d’Youville, first native Canadian canonized (d. 1771)
  • 1711 – Elisabeth Teresa of Lorraine, queen of Sardinia (d. 1741)
  • 1784 – Thomas Robert Bugeaud, Marshal of France and duke of Isly (d. 1849)
  • 1814 – Mikhail Lermontov, Russian author (d. 1841)
  • 1825 – Queen Marie of Prussia (d. 1889)
  • 1829 – Asaph Hall, American astronomer (d. 1907)
  • 1836 – James Tissot, French artist (d. 1902)
  • 1840 – Honoré Mercier, politician and premier of Quebec (d. 1894)
  • 1844 – Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (d. 1900)
  • 1858 – John L. Sullivan, American boxer (d. 1918)
  • 1872 – Wilhelm Miklas, Austrian president (d. 1956)
  • 1874 – Prince Alfred of Edinburgh (d. 1899)
  • 1878 – Paul Reynaud, French politician (d. 1966)
  • 1879 – Jane Darwell, Academy Award-winning American actress (d. 1967)
  • 1881 – P. G. Wodehouse, British novelist (d. 1975)
  • 1882 – Charley O’Leary, American baseball player (d. 1941)
  • 1884 – Arch Hoxsey, pioneer aviator (d. 1910)
  • 1893 – King Carol II of Romania (d. 1953)
  • 1894 – Moshe Sharett, second Prime Minister of Israel (d. 1965)
  • 1898 – Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete (d. 1951)
  • 1900 – Mervyn LeRoy, American film director (d. 1987)
  • 1905 – C. P. Snow, British writer (d. 1980)
  • 1906 – Hiram Leong Fong, American politician (d. 2004)
  • 1907 – Varian Fry, American journalist (d. 1967)
  • 1908 – John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian economist (d. 2006)
  • 1909 – Robert Trout, American reporter (d. 2000)
  • 1909 – Jesse Leonard Greenstein, American astronomer (d. 2002) 
  • 1915 – Yitzhak Shamir, Israeli politician 
  • 1917 – Jan Miner, American actress (d. 2004)
  • 1917 – Arthur Schlesinger Jr., American historian and political commentator (d. 2007)
  • 1919 – Malcolm Ross, American balloonist and atmospheric physicist (d. 1985)
  • 1920 – Mario Puzo, American novelist (d. 1999)
  • 1920 – Henri Verneuil, French film director (d. 2002)
  • 1922 – Agustina Bessa-Luís, Portuguese writer
  • 1923 – Italo Calvino. Italian writer (d. 1985)
  • 1924 – Lee Iacocca, American industrialist
  • 1924 – Mark Lenard, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1924 – Marguerite Andersen, German writer
  • 1925 – Mickey Baker, American guitarist (Mickey & Sylvia)
  • 1926 – Michel Foucault, French philosopher (d. 1984)
  • 1926 – Evan Hunter, American author (d. 2005)
  • 1926 – Jean Peters, American actress (d. 2000)
  • 1926 – Karl Richter, German conductor (d. 1981)
  • 1930 – Fereydun M. Esfandiary, Iranian philosopher (d. 2000)
  • 1931 – Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, President of India
  • 1934 – N. Ramani, Indian flutist
  • 1935 – Bobby Joe Morrow, American sprinter
  • 1935 – Barry McGuire, American singer
  • 1938 – Fela Kuti, Nigerian musician (d. 1997)
  • 1938 – Marv Johnson, American singer (d. 1993)
  • 1940 – Tommy Bishop, English rugby league player
  • 1940 – Peter Doherty, Australian immunologist, Nobel laureate
  • 1942 – Penny Marshall, American actress and movie director
  • 1944 – Sali Berisha, President of Albania
  • 1944 – David Trimble, Irish politician, Nobel laureate
  • 1944 – Haim Saban, Egyptian-born American media proprietor
  • 1945 – Jere Burns, American actor
  • 1945 – Jim Palmer, American baseball player
  • 1946 – Richard Carpenter (musician), American musician (The Carpenters)
  • 1946 – Stewart Stevenson, Scottish politician
  • 1948 – Chris de Burgh, Irish singer and songwriter
  • 1953 – Tito Jackson, American musician
  • 1953 – Larry Miller, American actor and comedian
  • 1953 – Betsy Clifford, Canadian alpine skier
  • 1954 – Peter Bakowski, Australian poet
  • 1955 – Kulbir Bhaura, British field hockey player
  • 1955 – Tanya Roberts, American actress
  • 1957 – Mira Nair, Indian director
  • 1957 – Stacy Peralta, American director
  • 1959 – Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York
  • 1959 – Emeril Lagasse, American chef
  • 1959 – Todd Solondz, American film director
  • 1961 – John Kenny, Irish sports broadcaster and journalist
  • 1964 – Roberto Vittori, Italian astronaut
  • 1966 – Jorge Campos, Mexican footballer
  • 1968 – Jyrki 69, Finnish musician The 69 Eyes
  • 1968 – Didier Deschamps, French footballer
  • 1969 – Vanessa Marcil, American actress
  • 1969 – Dominic West, British actor
  • 1969 – Vítor Baía, Portuguese footballer
  • 1970 – Eric Benét, American singer
  • 1971 – Andy Cole, British footballer
  • 1971 – Jason Arhndt, American wrestler
  • 1972 – Matt Keeslar, American actor
  • 1972 – Sandra Kim, Belgian singer
  • 1975 – Ginuwine, American singer
  • 1975 – Glen Little, English footballer
  • 1976 – Yoon Son-ha, South Korean actress and singer
  • 1977 – Masato Kawabata, Japanese racing driver
  • 1977 – Erin McKeown, American musician
  • 1977 – David Trezeguet, French football player
  • 1977 – Patricio Urrutia, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1978 – Devon Gummersall, American actor
  • 1978 – Takeshi Morishima Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1979 – Paul Robinson, English football player
  • 1979 – Maris Verpakovskis, Latvian football player
  • 1980 – Tom Boonen, Belgian cyclist
  • 1980 – Siiri Nordin, Finnish singer (Killer)
  • 1981 – Keyshia Cole, African American R&B singer
  • 1981 – Elena Dementieva, Russian tennis player
  • 1981 – Guo Jingjing, Chinese diver
  • 1981 – Radoslav Židek, Slovak snowboarder
  • 1982 – Paulini Curuenavuli, Fijian singer
  • 1982 – Charline Labonté, French Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • 1983 – Stephy Tang, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1985 – Walter López, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1985 – Marcos Martinez Ucha, Spanish racing driver
  • 1986 – Lee Donghae, Korean singer (a member of super junior)
  • 1987 – Jesse Levine, American tennis player
  • 1992 – Vincent Martella, American actor
  • 2005 – Prince Christian of Denmark

October 15 – Deaths:

  • 412 – Theophilus, Patriarch of Alexandria
  • 898 – Lambert, Holy Roman Emperor
  • 912 – Abdullah ibn Muhammad, Emir of Córdoba
  • 1002 – Otto-Henry, Duke of Burgundy (b. 946)
  • 1080 – Rudolf of Rheinfeld, Duke of Swabia
  • 1326 – Walter de Stapledon, English bishop (b. 1261)
  • 1389 – Pope Urban VI
  • 1564 – Vesalius, Flemish anatomist (b. 1514)
  • 1715 – Humphry Ditton, English mathematician (b. 1675)
  • 1730 – Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, French explorer (b. 1658)
  • 1788 – Samuel Greig, Scottish-Russian admiral (b. 1735)
  • 1810 – Alfred Moore, American judge (b. 1755)
  • 1811 – Nathaniel Dance-Holland, English painter (b. 1735)
  • 1817 – Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Polish and Lithuanian national hero (b. 1746)
  • 1819 – Sergey Vyazmitinov, Russian general and statesman (b. 1744)
  • 1820 – Karl Philipp Fürst zu Schwarzenberg, Austrian field marshal (b. 1771)
  • 1837 – Ivan Dmitriev, Russian statesman and poet (b. 1760)
  • 1880 – Victorio, Apache leader
  • 1891 – Gilbert Arthur a Beckett, English writer (b. 1837)
  • 1900 – Zdenek Fibich, Czech composer (b. 1850)
  • 1910 – Stanley Ketchel, boxer (murdered) (b. 1886)
  • 1917 – Mata Hari, Dutch dancer and spy (b. 1876)
  • 1918 – Sai Baba of Shirdi, Indian saint (b. circa 1838)
  • 1930 – Herbert Henry Dow, American chemical industrialist (b. 1866)
  • 1934 – Raymond Poincaré, French statesman (b. 1860)
  • 1945 – Pierre Laval, Prime Minister of VichyFrance (executed) (b. 1883)
  • 1946 – Hermann Göring, German air force commander (suicide) (b. 1893)
  • 1948 – Edythe Chapman, American actress (b. 1863)
  • 1959 – Lipót Fejér, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1880)
  • 1960 – Clara Kimball Young, American actress (b. 1890)
  • 1963 – Horton Smith. American golfer (b. 1908) 
  • 1964 – Cole Porter, American composer (b. 1891) 
  • 1976 – Carlo Gambino, American gangster (b. 1902)
  • 1980 – Mikhail Lavrentyev, Russian physicist and mathematician (b. 1900)
  • 1980 – Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek footballer and volleyball player (b. 1896)
  • 1981 – Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (b. 1907)
  • 1987 – Thomas Sankara, African revolutionary and leader of Burkina Faso (assassinated) (b. 1949)
  • 1988 – Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, English composer and pianist (b. 1892)
  • 1994 – Sarah Kofman, French philosopher (b. 1934)
  • 1995 – Marco Campos, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1976)
  • 2000 – Konrad Emil Bloch, German-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
  • 2001 – Zhang Xueliang, Chinese ruler of Manchuria (b. 1901)
  • 2003 – Bertram N. Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2003 – Ben Metcalfe, Canadian environmental activist (b. 1919)
  • 2005 – Jason Collier, American basketball player (b. 1977)
  • 2005 – Matti Wuori, Finnish politician (b. 1945)

October 15 – Holidays:

  • October 15 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Roman festivals – the Equirria or October equus: sacrifice of a horse to Mars
  • R.C. Saints – Saint Teresa of Avila
  • United States – White Cane Safety Day
  • French Republican Calendar – Amaryllis (Amaryllis) Day, twenty-fourth day in the Month of Vendémiaire

 

 

 

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