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Events

  • 0017Germanicus celebrates a triumph in Rome for his victories over the Cherusci, Chatti, and other German tribes west of the Elbe.[1]
  • 0451Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sasanian Empire takes place. The Sasanids defeat the Armenians militarily but guarantee them freedom to openly practice Christianity.[2]
  • 0946 – King Edmund I of England is murdered by a thief whom he personally attacks while celebrating St Augustine's Mass Day.
  • 0961 – King Otto I elects his 6-year-old son Otto II as heir apparent and co-ruler of the East Frankish Kingdom. He is crowned at Aachen, and placed under the tutelage of his grandmother Matilda.
  • 1135Alfonso VII of León and Castile is crowned in León Cathedral as Imperator totius Hispaniae (Emperor of all of Spain).
  • 1293 – An earthquake strikes Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, killing about 23,000.[3]
  • 1328William of Ockham, the Franciscan Minister-General Michael of Cesena, and two other Franciscan leaders secretly leave Avignon, fearing a death sentence from Pope John XXII.
  • 1538Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.
  • 1573 – The Battle of Haarlemmermeer, a naval engagement in the Dutch War of Independence.
  • 1637Pequot War: A combined English and Mohegan force under John Mason attacks a village in Connecticut, massacring approximately 500 Pequots.
  • 1644Portuguese Restoration War: Portuguese and Spanish forces both claim victory in the Battle of Montijo.
  • 1736 – The Battle of Ackia was fought near the present site of Tupelo, Mississippi. British and Chickasaw soldiers repelled a French and Choctaw attack on the then-Chickasaw village of Ackia.
  • 1770 – The Orlov Revolt, an attempt to revolt against the Ottoman Empire before the Greek War of Independence, ends in disaster for the Greeks.
  • 1783A Great Jubilee Day held at North Stratford, Connecticut, celebrated the end of fighting in the American Revolution.
  • 1805Napoléon Bonaparte assumes the title of King of Italy and is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in Milan Cathedral, the gothic cathedral in Milan.
  • 1821 – Establishment of the Peloponnesian Senate by the Greek rebels.
  • 1822 – One hundred sixteen people die in the Grue Church fire, the biggest fire disaster in Norway's history.
  • 1857Dred Scott is emancipated by the Blow family, his original owners.
  • 1864Montana is organized as a United States territory.
  • 1865American Civil War: The Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, is the last full general of the Confederate Army to surrender, at Galveston, Texas.
  • 1868 – The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson ends with his acquittal by one vote.
  • 1869Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • 1879Russia and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Gandamak establishing an Afghan state.
  • 1896Nicholas II becomes the last Tsar of Imperial Russia.
  • 1896 – Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
  • 1897Dracula, a Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, is published.
  • 1897 – The original manuscript of William Bradford's history, "Of Plymouth Plantation" is returned to the Governor of Massachusetts by the Bishop of London after being taken during the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1900Thousand Days' War: The Colombian Conservative Party turns the tide of war in their favor with victory against the Colombian Liberal Party in the Battle of Palonegro.
  • 1908 – The first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East was made at Masjed Soleyman in southwest Persia. The rights to the resource were quickly acquired by the Anglo-Persian Oil Company.
  • 1917 – Several powerful tornadoes rip through Illinois, including the city of Mattoon.
  • 1918 – The Democratic Republic of Georgia is established.
  • 1923 – The first 24 Hours of Le Mans was held and has since been run annually in June.
  • 1927 – The last Ford Model T rolls off the assembly line after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles.[4]
  • 1936 – In the House of Commons of Northern Ireland, Tommy Henderson begins speaking on the Appropriation Bill. By the time he sits down in the early hours of the following morning, he had spoken for ten hours.
  • 1937Walter Reuther and members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) clashed with Ford Motor Company security guards at the River Rouge Complex complex in Dearborn, Michigan, during the Battle of the Overpass.[5]
  • 1938 – In the United States, the House Un-American Activities Committee begins its first session.
  • 1940World War II: Operation Dynamo: In northern France, Allied forces begin a massive evacuation from Dunkirk, France.
  • 1940 – World War II: The Siege of Calais ends with the surrender of the British and French garrison.
  • 1942 – World War II: The Battle of Gazala takes place.
  • 1948 – The U.S. Congress passes Public Law 80-557, which permanently establishes the Civil Air Patrol as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
  • 1966British Guiana gains independence, becoming Guyana.
  • 1967The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is released.[6]
  • 1968H-dagurinn in Iceland: Traffic changes from driving on the left to driving on the right overnight[7]
  • 1969Apollo program: Apollo 10 returns to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing.
  • 1970 – The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
  • 1971Bangladesh Liberation War: The Pakistan Army slaughters at least 71 Hindus in Burunga, Sylhet, Bangladesh.
  • 1972 – The United States and the Soviet Union sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  • 1981Italian Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani and his coalition cabinet resign following a scandal over membership of the pseudo-masonic lodge P2 (Propaganda Due).
  • 1981 – An EA-6B Prowler crashes on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Template:Ship, killing 14 crewmen and injuring 45 others.
  • 1983 – The 7.8 Template:M Sea of Japan earthquake shakes northern Honshu with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). A destructive tsunami is generated that leaves about 100 people dead.
  • 1986 – The European Community adopts the European flag.
  • 1991Zviad Gamsakhurdia becomes the first elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era.
  • 1991 – Lauda Air Flight 004 breaks apart in mid-air and crashes in the Phu Toei National Park in Thailand, killing all 223 people on board.[8]
  • 1998 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules in New Jersey v. New York that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.
  • 1998 – The first "National Sorry Day" was held in Australia, and reconciliation events were held nationally, and attended by over a million people.
  • 2002 – The tugboat Robert Y. Love collides with a support pier of Interstate 40 on the Arkansas River near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, resulting in 14 deaths and 11 others injured.
  • 2004 – United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 2008Severe flooding begins in eastern and southern China that will ultimately cause 148 deaths and force the evacuation of 1.3 million.

Births

  • 1264Koreyasu, Japanese prince and shōgun (d. 1326)
  • 1478Clement VII, pope of the Catholic Church (d. 1534)
  • 1562James III, margrave of Baden-Hachberg (d. 1590)
  • 1566Mehmed III, Ottoman sultan (d. 1603)
  • 1602Philippe de Champaigne, Dutch-French painter (d. 1674)
  • 1623William Petty, English economist and philosopher (d. 1687)
  • 1650John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire (d. 1722)
  • 1667Abraham de Moivre, French-English mathematician and theorist (d. 1754)
  • 1669Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist and mycologist (d. 1722)
  • 1700Nicolaus Zinzendorf, German bishop and saint (d. 1760)
  • 1799August Kopisch, German poet and painter (d. 1853)
  • 1822Edmond de Goncourt, French author and critic, founded the Académie Goncourt (d. 1896)
  • 1863Bob Fitzsimmons, English-New Zealand boxer (d. 1917)
  • 1865Robert W. Chambers, American author and illustrator (d. 1933)
  • 1867Mary of Teck, English-born queen consort of the United Kingdom (d. 1953)
  • 1873Olaf Gulbransson, Norwegian painter and illustrator (d. 1958)
  • 1876Percy Perrin, English cricketer (d. 1945)
  • 1880W. Otto Miessner, American composer and educator (d. 1967)
  • 1881Adolfo de la Huerta, Mexican politician and provisional president, 1920 (d. 1955)[9]
  • 1883Mamie Smith, American singer, actress, dancer, and pianist (d. 1946)
  • 1886Al Jolson, American singer and actor (d. 1950)
  • 1887Ba U, 2nd President of Burma (d. 1963)
  • 1893Eugene Aynsley Goossens, English conductor and composer (d. 1962)
  • 1895Dorothea Lange, American photographer and journalist (d. 1965)
  • 1895 – Paul Lukas, Hungarian-American actor and singer (d. 1971)
  • 1898Ernst Bacon, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1990)
  • 1898 – Christfried Burmeister, Estonian speed skater (d. 1965)
  • 1899Antonio Barrette, Canadian lawyer and politician, 18th Premier of Quebec (d. 1968)
  • 1899 – Muriel McQueen Fergusson, Canadian lawyer and politician, Canadian Speaker of the Senate (d. 1997)
  • 1900Karin Juel, Swedish singer, actor, and writer (d. 1976)
  • 1904George Formby, English singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1961)
  • 1904 – Necip Fazıl Kısakürek, Turkish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1983)
  • 1904 – Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian-French pianist and educator (d. 2002)
  • 1907Jean Bernard, French physician and haematologist (d. 2006)
  • 1907 – John Wayne, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1979)
  • 1908Robert Morley, English actor (d. 1992)
  • 1908 – Nguyễn Ngọc Thơ, Vietnamese politician, 1st Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam (d. 1976)
  • 1909Matt Busby, Scottish footballer and manager (d. 1994)
  • 1909 – Adolfo López Mateos, Mexican politician, 48th President of Mexico (d. 1969)
  • 1910Imi Lichtenfeld, Hungarian-Israeli martial artist, boxer, and gymnast (d. 1998)
  • 1911Maurice Baquet, French actor and cellist (d. 2005)
  • 1911 – Henry Ephron, American playwright, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1992)
  • 1912János Kádár, Hungarian mechanic and politician, 46th Prime Minister of Hungary (d. 1989)
  • 1912 – Jay Silverheels, Canadian-American actor (d. 1980)
  • 1913Peter Cushing, English actor (d. 1994)
  • 1913 – Pierre Daninos, French author (d. 2005)
  • 1913 – Karin Ekelund, Swedish actress (d. 1976)
  • 1913 – Josef Manger, German weightlifter (d. 1991)
  • 1914Frankie Manning, American dancer and choreographer (d. 2009)
  • 1915Vernon Alley, American bassist (d. 2004)
  • 1915 – Antonia Forest, English author (d. 2003)
  • 1916Henriette Roosenburg, Dutch journalist and author (d. 1972)
  • 1919Rubén González, Cuban pianist (d. 2003)
  • 1920Jack Cheetham, South African cricketer (d. 1980)
  • 1920 – Peggy Lee, American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2002)
  • 1921Inge Borkh, German soprano (d. 2018)
  • 1922Troy Smith, American businessman, founded Sonic Drive-In (d. 2009)
  • 1923James Arness, American actor (d. 2011)
  • 1923 – Roy Dotrice, English actor (d. 2017)
  • 1925Carmen Montejo, Cuban-Mexican actress (d. 2013)
  • 1925 – Alec McCowen, English actor [10] (d. 2017)[11]
  • 1926Miles Davis, American trumpet player, composer, and bandleader (d. 1991)
  • 1927Jacques Bergerac, French actor and businessman (d. 2014)
  • 1928Jack Kevorkian, American pathologist, author, and assisted suicide activist (d. 2011)
  • 1929J. F. Ade Ajayi, Nigerian historian and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1929 – Ernie Carroll, Australian television personality and producer
  • 1929 – Hans Freeman, Australian bioinorganic chemist and protein crystallographer (d. 2008)
  • 1929 – John Jackson, English lawyer and businessman
  • 1929 – Catherine Sauvage, French singer and actress (d. 1998)
  • 1930Karim Emami, Indian-Iranian lexicographer and critic (d. 2005)
  • 1933Edward Whittemore, American soldier and author (d. 1995)
  • 1935Eero Loone, Estonian philosopher and academic
  • 1936David Stevens, Baron Stevens of Ludgate, English politician
  • 1937Manorama, Indian actress and singer (d. 2015)
  • 1937 – Paul E. Patton, American politician, 59th Governor of Kentucky
  • 1938William Bolcom, American pianist and composer
  • 1938 – Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Russian author and playwright
  • 1938 – K. Bikram Singh, Indian director and producer (d. 2013)
  • 1938 – Teresa Stratas, Canadian soprano and actress
  • 1939Brent Musburger, American sportscaster
  • 1939 – Herb Trimpe, American author and illustrator (d. 2015)
  • 1940Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Canadian academic and politician, Deputy Premier of Quebec
  • 1940 – Levon Helm, American singer-songwriter, drummer, producer, and actor (d. 2012)
  • 1941Aldrich Ames, American CIA officer and criminal
  • 1941 – Jim Dobbin, Scottish microbiologist and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1941 – Cliff Drysdale, South African tennis player and sportscaster
  • 1941 – Imants Kalniņš, Latvian composer
  • 1943Erica Terpstra, Dutch swimmer, journalist, and politician
  • 1944Phil Edmonston, American-Canadian journalist and politician
  • 1944 – Jan Kinder, Norwegian ice hockey player (d. 2013)
  • 1944 – Sam Posey, American race car driver and journalist
  • 1945Vilasrao Deshmukh, Indian lawyer and politician, 17th Chief Minister of Maharashtra (d. 2012)
  • 1945 – Alistair MacDuff, English lawyer and judge
  • 1945 – Garry Peterson, Canadian-American drummer
  • 1946Neshka Robeva, Bulgarian gymnast and coach
  • 1946 – Mick Ronson, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (d. 1993)
  • 1947Carol O'Connell, American author and painter
  • 1947 – Glenn Turner, New Zealand cricketer[12]
  • 1948Stevie Nicks, American singer-songwriter
  • 1949Jeremy Corbyn, British journalist and politician
  • 1949 – Ward Cunningham, American computer programmer, developed the first wiki
  • 1949 – Pam Grier, American actress
  • 1949 – Anne McGuire, Scottish educator and politician
  • 1949 – Philip Michael Thomas, American actor
  • 1949 – Hank Williams Jr., American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1951Ramón Calderón, Spanish lawyer and businessman
  • 1951 – Lou van den Dries, Dutch mathematician
  • 1951 – Sally Ride, American physicist and astronaut, founded Sally Ride Science (d. 2012)
  • 1951 – Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, Irish educator and politician
  • 1952David Meece, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1953Kay Hagan, American lawyer and politician (d. 2019)
  • 1953 – Don McAllister, English footballer and manager[13]
  • 1953 – Michael Portillo, English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Defence
  • 1953 – Dan Roundfield, American basketball player (d. 2012)
  • 1954Alan Hollinghurst, English novelist, poet, short story writer, and translator
  • 1954 – Denis Lebel, Canadian businessman and politician, 29th Canadian Minister of Transport
  • 1955Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese-American chef
  • 1955 – Paul Stoddart, Australian businessman
  • 1955 – Wesley Walker, American football player and educator
  • 1956Neil Parish, English politician
  • 1956 – Fiona Shackleton, English lawyer
  • 1957Diomedes Díaz, Colombian singer-songwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1957 – François Legault, Canadian businessman and politician
  • 1957 – Roberto Ravaglia, Italian race car driver
  • 1958Ronnie Black, American golfer
  • 1958 – Arto Bryggare, Finnish hurdler and politician
  • 1958 – Margaret Colin, American actress
  • 1959Ole Bornedal, Danish actor, director, and producer
  • 1960Doug Hutchison, American actor
  • 1960 – Dean Lukin, Australian weightlifter
  • 1960 – Masahiro Matsunaga, Japanese race car driver
  • 1960 – Rob Murphy, American baseball player
  • 1960 – Romas Ubartas, Lithuanian discus thrower
  • 1961Steve Pate, American golfer
  • 1961 – Tarsem Singh, Indian-American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1962Black, English singer-songwriter (d. 2016)
  • 1962 – Genie Francis, Canadian-American actress
  • 1962 – Bobcat Goldthwait, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1963Simon Armitage, English poet, playwright and novelist
  • 1963 – Claude Legault, Canadian actor and screenwriter
  • 1963 – Mary Nightingale, English journalist
  • 1963 – Jamie Spence, English golfer
  • 1964Caitlín R. Kiernan, Irish-American paleontologist and author
  • 1964 – Lenny Kravitz, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and actor
  • 1964 – Argiris Pedoulakis, Greek basketball player and coach
  • 1965Hazel Irvine, Scottish sportscaster and journalist
  • 1966Helena Bonham Carter, English actress
  • 1966 – Zola Budd, South African runner
  • 1967Philip Treacy, Irish milliner, hat designer
  • 1967 – Mika Yamamoto, Japanese journalist (d. 2012)
  • 1968Fernando León de Aranoa, Spanish director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1968 – Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
  • 1968 – Steve Sedgley, English footballer and manager
  • 1969John Baird, Canadian politician, 10th Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1969 – Siri Lindley, American triathlete and coach
  • 1969 – Dominic Mohan, English journalist
  • 1970Nobuhiro Watsuki, Japanese illustrator
  • 1971Zaher Andary, Lebanese footballer
  • 1971 – Matt Stone, American actor, animator, screenwriter, producer, and composer
  • 1973Naomi Harris, Canadian-American photographer
  • 1974Lars Frölander, Swedish swimmer
  • 1975Lauryn Hill, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1976Paul Collingwood, English cricketer and coach
  • 1976 – Stephen Curry, Australian comedian and actor
  • 1976 – Kenny Florian, American mixed martial artist and sportscaster
  • 1976 – Justin Pierre, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1977Nikos Chatzivrettas, Greek basketball player
  • 1977 – Raina Telgemeier, American author and cartoonist
  • 1977 – Luca Toni, Italian footballer
  • 1977 – Misaki Ito, Japanese actress and model
  • 1978Phil Elvrum, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1978 – Fabio Firmani, Italian footballer
  • 1978 – Dan Parks, Australian-Scottish rugby player
  • 1979Amanda Bauer, American astronomer and academic
  • 1979 – Natalya Nazarova, Russian sprinter
  • 1979 – Elisabeth Harnois, American actress
  • 1979 – Mehmet Okur, Turkish basketball player
  • 1980Louis-Jean Cormier, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1981Robert Copeland, Australian footballer
  • 1981 – Anthony Ervin, American swimmer[14]
  • 1981 – Jason Manford, English actor, screenwriter, and television host
  • 1981 – Isaac Slade, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1981 – Ben Zobrist, American baseball player
  • 1982Sten Lassmann, Estonian pianist
  • 1982 – Hasan Kabze, Turkish footballer
  • 1983Demy de Zeeuw, Dutch footballer
  • 1983 – Henry Holland, English fashion designer
  • 1983 – Nathan Merritt, Australian rugby league player
  • 1985Monika Christodoulou, Greek singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1985 – Ashley Vincent, English footballer
  • 1986Michel Tornéus, Swedish long jumper
  • 1987Olcay Şahan, Turkish footballer
  • 1987 – Josh Thomas, Australian comedian and actor
  • 1988Andrea Catellani, Italian footballer
  • 1988 – Will Chambers, Australian rugby league player
  • 1988 – Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Colombian footballer
  • 1988 – Dani Samuels, Australian discus thrower
  • 1988 – Joel Selwood, Australian footballer
  • 1988 – Damian Williams, American football player
  • 1989Paula Findlay, Canadian triathlete
  • 1991Ah Young, South Korean singer and actress
  • 1992Curtis Rona, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1993Jason Adesanya, Belgian footballer
  • 1993 – Dan Sarginson, Australian-English rugby league player
  • 1993 – Katerine Savard, Canadian swimmer
  • 1993 – Jimmy Vesey, American ice hockey player
  • 1996Lara Goodall, South African cricketer

Deaths

  • 604Augustine of Canterbury, Benedictine monk and archbishop
  • 735Bede, English monk, historian, and theologian
  • 818Ali al-Ridha, Saudi Arabian 8th of The Twelve Imams
  • 926Yuan Xingqin, Chinese general and governor
  • 946Edmund I, king of England (b. 921)
  • 1035Berenguer Ramon I, Spanish nobleman (b. 1005)
  • 1055Adalbert, margrave of Austria
  • 1250Peter I, duke of Brittany
  • 1339Aldona Ona, queen of Poland
  • 1362Louis I, king of Naples (b. 1320)
  • 1421Mehmed I, Ottoman sultan (b. 1389)
  • 1512Bayezid II, Ottoman sultan (b. 1447)
  • 1536Francesco Berni, Italian poet (b. 1498)
  • 1552Sebastian Münster, German cartographer and cosmographer (b. 1488)
  • 1648Vincent Voiture, French poet and author (b. 1597)
  • 1653Robert Filmer, English theorist and author (b. 1588)
  • 1679Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria (b. 1636)
  • 1685Charles II, German elector palatine (b. 1651)
  • 1703Samuel Pepys, English politician (b. 1633)[15]
  • 1742Pylyp Orlyk, Ukrainian diplomat (b. 1672)
  • 1746Thomas Southerne, Irish playwright (b. 1660)
  • 1762Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, German philosopher and academic (b. 1714)
  • 1799James Burnett, Lord Monboddo, Scottish linguist, biologist, and judge (b. 1714)
  • 1818Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly, Russian field marshal and politician, Governor-General of Finland (b. 1761)
  • 1818 – Manuel Rodríguez Erdoíza, Chilean lawyer and guerrilla leader (b. 1785)
  • 1824Capel Lofft, English lawyer (b. 1751)
  • 1840Sidney Smith, English admiral and politician (b. 1764)
  • 1881Jakob Bernays, German philologist and academic (b. 1824)
  • 1883Abdelkader El Djezairi, Algerian ruler (b. 1808)
  • 1902Almon Brown Strowger, American soldier and inventor (b. 1839)
  • 1904Georges Gilles de la Tourette, French physician and neurologist (b. 1857)
  • 1908Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Indian religious leader, founded the Ahmadiyya movement (b. 1835)
  • 1914Jacob August Riis, Danish-American journalist, photographer, and reformer (b. 1849)
  • 1924Victor Herbert, Irish-American cellist, composer, and conductor, founded the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (b. 1859)
  • 1926Srečko Kosovel, Slovenian poet (b. 1904)
  • 1933Horatio Bottomley, English financier, journalist, and politician (b. 1860)
  • 1933 – Jimmie Rodgers, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1897)
  • 1939Charles Horace Mayo, American physician, co-founded Mayo Clinic (b. 1865)
  • 1943Edsel Ford, American businessman (b. 1893)
  • 1943 – Alice Tegnér, Swedish organist, composer, and educator (b. 1864)
  • 1944Christian Wirth, German SS officer (b. 1885)
  • 1948Torsten Bergström, Swedish actor and director (b. 1896)
  • 1951Lincoln Ellsworth, American explorer (b. 1880)
  • 1954Lionel Conacher, Canadian football player and politician (b. 1900)
  • 1955Alberto Ascari, Italian race car driver (b. 1918)
  • 1956Al Simmons, American baseball player and coach (b. 1902)
  • 1959Philip Kassel, American gymnast (b. 1876)
  • 1966Elizabeth Dilling, American author and activist (b. 1894)
  • 1969Paul Hawkins, Australian race car driver (b. 1937)
  • 1969 – Allan Haines Loughead, American engineer, co-founded the Lockheed Corporation (b. 1889)
  • 1974Silvio Moser, Swiss race car driver (b. 1941)
  • 1976Martin Heidegger, German philosopher and academic (b. 1889)
  • 1978Cybele Andrianou, Greek actress (b. 1887)
  • 1979George Brent, Irish-American actor (b. 1904)
  • 1984Elizabeth Peer, American journalist (b. 1936)
  • 1989Don Revie, English footballer and manager (b. 1927)
  • 1994Sonny Sharrock, American guitarist (b. 1940)
  • 1995Friz Freleng, American animator, director, and producer (b. 1906)
  • 1997Ralph Horween, American football player and coach (b. 1896)
  • 1999Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor and philanthropist (b. 1906)
  • 1999 – Waldo Semon, American chemist and engineer (b. 1898)
  • 2001Vittorio Brambilla, Italian race car driver (b. 1937)
  • 2001 – Anne Haney, American actress (b. 1934)
  • 2001 – Moven Mahachi, Zimbabwean soldier and politician, Zimbabwean Minister of Defence (b. 1952)
  • 2001 – Dona Massin, Canadian actress and choreographer (b. 1917)
  • 2002Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian runner (b. 1932)
  • 2003Kathleen Winsor, American journalist and author (b. 1919)
  • 2004Nikolai Chernykh, Russian astronomer (b. 1931)
  • 2005Eddie Albert, American actor (b. 1906)
  • 2005 – Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player and manager (b. 1928)
  • 2005 – Ruth Laredo, American pianist and educator (b. 1937)
  • 2005 – Leslie Smith, English businessman, co-founded Lesney Products (b. 1918)
  • 2006Édouard Michelin, French businessman (b. 1963)
  • 2006 – Kevin O'Flanagan, Irish footballer and physician (b. 1919)
  • 2007Jack Edward Oliver, English illustrator (b. 1942)
  • 2007 – Howard Porter, American basketball player (b. 1948)
  • 2008Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1934)
  • 2008 – Zita Urbonaitė, Lithuanian cyclist (b. 1973)
  • 2009Mihalis Papagiannakis, Greek journalist and politician (b. 1941)
  • 2009 – Peter Zezel, Canadian ice hockey and soccer player (b. 1965)
  • 2010Art Linkletter, Canadian-American radio and television host (b. 1912)
  • 2010 – Chris Moran, English air marshal and pilot (b. 1956)
  • 2010 – Kieran Phelan, Irish politician (b. 1949)
  • 2011Arisen Ahubudu, Sri Lankan scholar, author, and playwright (b. 1920)
  • 2012Arthur Decabooter, Belgian cyclist (b. 1936)
  • 2012 – Leo Dillon, American illustrator (b. 1933)
  • 2012 – Stephen Healey, Welsh captain and footballer (b. 1982)
  • 2012 – Hiroshi Miyazawa, Japanese politician (b. 1921)
  • 2012 – Hans Schmidt, Canadian wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 2012 – Jim Unger, English-Canadian illustrator (b. 1937)
  • 2013Ray Barnhart, American businessman and politician (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – John Bierwirth, American lawyer and businessman (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Roberto Civita, Italian-Brazilian businessman (b. 1936)
  • 2013 – Tom Lichtenberg, American football player and coach (b. 1940)
  • 2013 – Otto Muehl, Austrian painter (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – Jack Vance, American author (b. 1916)
  • 2014Baselios Thoma Didymos I, Indian metropolitan (b. 1921)
  • 2014 – Miodrag Radulovacki, Serbian-American academic and neuropharmacologist (b. 1933)
  • 2014 – William R. Roy, American physician, journalist, and politician (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Hooshang Seyhoun, Iranian-Canadian architect, sculptor, and painter (b. 1920)
  • 2015Vicente Aranda, Spanish director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2015 – Les Johnson, Australian politician and diplomat, Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand (b. 1924)
  • 2015 – Robert Kraft, American astronomer and academic (b. 1927)
  • 2015 – João Lucas, Portuguese footballer (b. 1979)
  • 2015 – Dayton Waller, American soldier and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2016Hedy Epstein, German-born American human rights activist and Holocaust survivor (b. 1924)
  • 2017Zbigniew Brzezinski, Polish-born American politician (b. 1928)

Holidays and observances

  • Christian feast day:
    • Augustine of Canterbury (Anglican Communion and Eastern Orthodox)
    • Lambert of Vence
    • Peter Sanz (one of Martyr Saints of China)
    • Philip Neri
    • Pope Eleuterus
    • Quadratus of Athens
    • Zachary, Bishop of Vienne
    • May 26 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Independence Day, commemorates the day of the First Republic in 1918 (Georgia)
  • Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Guyana from the United Kingdom in 1966.
  • Mother's Day (Poland)
  • National Paper Airplane Day (United States)
  • National Sorry Day (Australia)

References

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