What happened on May 1? There are more than 319 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About May 1

May 1 In HistoryMay 1 is the 121st day of the year 2021. There are 244 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday. This day falls under the 17th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Barnard, South Dakota 57426 sunrise occured at 06:19 AM and sunset occured at 08:42 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Taurus. The modern birthstone for this month is Emerald while the mystical birthstone is Sapphire.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 276 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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Historical Events For May 1

  • 305
    Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman Emperor.
  • 880
    The Nea Ekklesia is inaugurated in Constantinople, setting the model for all later cross-in-square Orthodox churches.
  • 1328
    Wars of Scottish Independence end: Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton – the Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.
  • 1576
    Stefan Batory, the reigning Prince of Transylvania, marries Anna Jagiellon and they become the co-rulers of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • 1707
    The Act of Union joins the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
  • 1751
    The first cricket match is played in America.
  • 1753
    Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.
  • 1759
    Josiah Wedgwood founds the Wedgwood pottery company in Great Britain.
  • 1776
    Establishment of the Illuminati in Ingolstadt (Upper Bavaria), by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt.
  • 1778
    American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
  • 1785
    Kamehameha I, the king of Hawaii, defeats Kalanikupule and establishes the Kingdom of Hawaii.
  • 1786
    Opening night of the opera The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Vienna, Austria.
  • 1794
    War of the Pyrenees: The Battle of Boulou ends, in which French forces defeat the Spanish and regain nearly all the land they lost to Spain in 1793.
  • 1840
    The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom.
  • 1844
    Hong Kong Police Force, the world’s second, Asia’s first modern police force is established.
  • 1846
    The few remaining Mormons left in Nauvoo, Illinois, formally dedicate the Nauvoo Temple.
  • 1851
    Queen Victoria opens the Great Exhibition in London.
  • 1852
    The Philippine peso is introduced into circulation.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Union Army completes the Capture of New Orleans.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville begins.
  • 1865
    The Empire of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay sign the Treaty of the Triple Alliance
  • 1869
    The Folies Bergère opens in Paris.
  • 1875
    Alexandra Palace reopens after the 1873 fire burnt it down.
  • 1884
    Moses Fleetwood Walker became the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States.
  • 1884
    Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.
  • 1885
    The original Chicago Board of Trade Building opened for business.
  • 1886
    Rallies are held throughout the United States demanding the eight-hour work day culminating in the Haymarket Affair.
  • 1893
    The World’s Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago.
  • 1894
    Coxey’s Army, the first significant American protest march, arrives in Washington, D.C.
  • 1898
    Spanish-American War: The Battle of Manila Bay – the United States Navy destroys the Spanish Pacific fleet in the first battle of the war.
  • 1900
    The Scofield mine disaster kills over 200 men in Scofield, Utah in what is to date the fifth-worst mining accident in United States history.
  • 1901
    The Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo, New York.
  • 1915
    The RMS Lusitania departs from New York City on her two hundred and second, and final, crossing of the North Atlantic. Six days later, the ship is torpedoed off the coast of Ireland with the loss of 1,198 lives, including 128 Americans, rousing American sentiment against Germany.
  • 1925
    The All-China Federation of Trade Unions is officially founded. Today it is the largest trade union in the world, with 134 million members.
  • 1925
    The first Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer is held at the University of Toronto, Canada.
  • 1927
    The Union Labor Life Insurance Company is founded by the American Federation of Labor.
  • 1927
    The first cooked meals on a scheduled flight are introduced on an Imperial Airways flight from London to Paris.
  • 1930
    The dwarf planet Pluto is officially named.
  • 1931
    The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.
  • 1933
    The Roca-Runciman Treaty between Argentina and Great Britain is signed by Julio Argentino Roca, Jr., and Sir Walter Runciman.
  • 1940
    The 1940 Summer Olympics are cancelled due to war.
  • 1941
    World War II: German forces launch a major attack on Tobruk.
  • 1944
    200 Communist prisoners are shot by the Germans at Kaisariani in Athens as reprisals for the killing of General Franz Krech by partisans at Molaoi
  • 1945
    The Yugoslav partisans free Trieste.
  • 1945
    World War II: A German newsreader officially announces that Adolf Hitler has “fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany”.
  • 1946
    Start of 3 year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians.
  • 1946
    The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy.
  • 1947
    Portella della Ginestra massacre against May Day celebrations in Sicily by the bandit and separatist leader Salvatore Giuliano; 11 persons are killed and 33 wounded.
  • 1948
    The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is established, with Kim Il-sung as leader.
  • 1950
    Guam is organized as a United States commonwealth.
  • 1956
    A doctor in Japan reports an “epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system”, marking the official discovery of Minamata disease.
  • 1956
    The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.
  • 1957
    34 of 35 people aboard are killed when a Vickers Viking airliner crashed in Hampshire England.
  • 1960
    Cold War: U-2 incident – Francis Gary Powers, in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, is shot down over the Soviet Union, sparking a diplomatic crisis.
  • 1960
    Formation of the western Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.
  • 1961
    The Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaims Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections.
  • 1965
    Battle of Dong-Yin, a naval conflict between ROC and PRC, takes place.
  • 1970
    Protests erupt in Seattle, Washington, following the announcement by U.S. President Richard Nixon that U.S. Forces in Vietnam would pursue enemy troops into Cambodia, a neutral country.
  • 1971
    Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) takes over operation of U.S. passenger rail service.
  • 1974
    The Argentine terrorist organization Montoneros is expulsed from Plaza de Mayo by president Juan Perón.
  • 1977
    36 people are killed in Taksim Square, Istanbul, during the Labour Day celebrations.
  • 1978
    Japan’s Naomi Uemura, travelling by dog sled, becomes the first person to reach the North Pole alone.
  • 1982
    Operation Black Buck: The Royal Air Force attacks the Argentine Air Force during Falklands War.
  • 1982
    The 1982 World’s Fair opens in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • 1983
    Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis is awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.
  • 1987
    Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.
  • 1989
    Disney-MGM Studios opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.
  • 1990
    The former Philippine Episcopal Church (supervised by the Episcopal Church of the United States of America) is granted full autonomy and raised to the status of an Autocephalous Anglican Province and renamed the Episcopal Church of the Philippines.
  • 1991
    Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics steals his 939th base, making him the all-time leader in this category. However, his accomplishment is overshadowed later that evening by Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers, when he pitches his seventh career no-hitter, breaking his own record.
  • 1994
    Three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna is killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.
  • 1995
    Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.
  • 2001
    Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares the existence of “a state of rebellion”, hours after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, storm towards the presidential palace at the height of the EDSA III rebellion.
  • 2003
    2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the “Mission Accomplished” speech, on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (off the coast of California), U.S. President George W. Bush declares that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended”.
  • 2004
    Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
  • 2006
    The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.
  • 2007
    the Los Angeles May Day mêlée occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department’s response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.
  • 2008
    The London Agreement on translation of European patents, concluded in 2000, enters into force in 14 of the 34 Contracting States to the European Patent Convention.
  • 2009
    Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.
  • 2011
    Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.

Who Were Born On May 1?

  • 1218
    John I, Count of Hainaut (d. 1257)
  • 1218
    Rudolph I of Germany, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1291)
  • 1225
    Jean de Joinville, French writer (d. 1317)
  • 1285
    Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel, English politician (d. 1326)
  • 1582
    Marco da Gagliano, Italian composer (d. 1643)
  • 1585
    Sophia Olelkovich Radziwill, Belarusian saint (d. 1612)
  • 1591
    Johann Adam Schall von Bell, German Jesuit missionary (d. 1666)
  • 1594
    John Haynes, Massachusetts colonial magistrate
  • 1672
    Joseph Addison, English politician and writer (d. 1719)
  • 1730
    Sir Joshua Rowley, 1st Baronet, Royal Navy admiral (d. 1790)
  • 1738
    King Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii (d. 1819)
  • 1764
    Benjamin Henry Latrobe, English born American architect (d. 1820)
  • 1769
    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Anglo-Irish statesman (d. 1852)
  • 1803
    James Clarence Mangan, Irish poet (d. 1849)
  • 1824
    Alexander William Williamson, English chemist (d. 1904)
  • 1825
    George Inness, American painter (d. 1894)
  • 1825
    Johann Jakob Balmer, Swiss mathetician (d. 1898)
  • 1827
    Jules Breton, French painter (d. 1906)
  • 1829
    Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys, English Pre-Raphaelite painter (d. 1904)
  • 1829
    José de Alencar, Brazilian novelist (d. 1877)
  • 1830
    Guido Gezelle, Flemish poet and priest (d. 1899)
  • 1831
    Emily Stowe, Canadian physician and suffragist (d. 1903)
  • 1847
    Henry Demarest Lloyd, American journalist (d. 1903)
  • 1848
    Adelsteen Normann, Norwegian painter (d. 1919)
  • 1850
    Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada (d. 1942)
  • 1851
    Laza Lazarević, Serbian writer and psychiatrist (d. 1891)
  • 1852
    Calamity Jane, American Wild West performer (d. 1903)
  • 1852
    Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1934)
  • 1855
    Cecilia Beaux, American painter (d. 1942)
  • 1857
    Theo Van Gogh, Dutch art dealer (d. 1891)
  • 1862
    Marcel Prévost, French author and dramatist (d. 1941)
  • 1864
    Anna Jarvis, American founder of Mother’s Day (d. 1948)
  • 1872
    Harry Leon Wilson, American novelist (d. 1939)
  • 1872
    Sidónio Pais, Portuguese military and politician (d. 1918)
  • 1874
    Romaine Brooks, American painter (d. 1970)
  • 1881
    Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French palaeontologist and philosopher (d. 1955)
  • 1884
    Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and racing driver (d. 1964)
  • 1885
    Clément Pansaers, Belgian poet (d. 1922)
  • 1885
    Ralph Stackpole, American sculptor, painter (d. 1973)
  • 1887
    Alan Gordon Cunningham, British army officer (d. 1983)
  • 1896
    Herbert Backe, German Nazi politician (d. 1947)
  • 1896
    J. Lawton Collins, American general (d. 1987)
  • 1896
    Mark Wayne Clark, American general (d. 1984)
  • 1900
    Ignazio Silone, Italian author and Politician (d. 1978)
  • 1901
    Antal Szerb, Hungarian author and historian (d. 1945)
  • 1901
    Heinz Eric Roemheld, American film composer (d. 1985)
  • 1901
    Sterling Allen Brown, American professor, poet and literary critic (d. 1989)
  • 1905
    Henry Koster, German film director (d. 1988)
  • 1905
    Paul Desruisseaux, French Canadian lawyer, businessman and politician (d. 1982)
  • 1906
    Horst Schumann, Nazi physician (d. 1983)
  • 1907
    Kate Smith, American singer (d. 1986)
  • 1907
    Oliver Hill, civil rights attorney (d. 2007)
  • 1908
    Giovannino Guareschi, Italian journalist (d. 1968)
  • 1908
    Morris Kline, American mathematician (d. 1992)
  • 1909
    Yiannis Ritsos, Greek poet, winner of the Lenin Peace Prize, 9 times nominee for the Nobel Prize (d. 1990)
  • 1910
    Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Astronomer/astro-physicist; noted UFO investigator (d. 1986)
  • 1912
    Otto Kretschmer, German U-Boat commander (d. 1998)
  • 1913
    Louis Nye, American comedian and actor (d. 2005)
  • 1913
    Walter Susskind, Czech conductor (d. 1980)
  • 1915
    Archie Williams, American athlete (d. 1993)
  • 1916
    Glenn Ford, Canadian actor (d. 2006)
  • 1917
    Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi (d. 2001)
  • 1917
    Danielle Darrieux, French singer and actress
  • 1917
    John Beradino, American actor and baseball player (d. 1996)
  • 1918
    Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (d. 1977)
  • 1918
    Jack Paar, American television host (d. 2004)
  • 1919
    Dan O'Herlihy, Irish film actor (d. 2005)
  • 1919
    Lewis Hill, American pacifist and founder of Pacifica Radio (d. 1957)
  • 1919
    Manna Dey, Indian singer
  • 1919
    Mohammed Karim Lamrani, Prime Minister of Morocco
  • 1921
    Vladimir Colin, Romanian fantasy and science fiction short story writer and novelist (d. 1991)
  • 1923
    Joseph Heller, American novelist (d. 1999)
  • 1924
    Art Fleming, American game show host (d. 1995)
  • 1924
    Karel Kachyňa, Czech film director (d. 2004)
  • 1924
    Terry Southern, American screenwriter (d. 1995)
  • 1925
    Chuck Bednarik, American football player
  • 1925
    Sardar Fazlul Karim, Bangladeshi scholar and philosopher
  • 1925
    Scott Carpenter, American astronaut
  • 1926
    Peter Lax, Hungarian mathematician
  • 1927
    Gary Bertini, Israeli conductor (d. 18 March)
  • 1928
    Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racer (d. 2002)
  • 1929
    Ralf Dahrendorf, German-born sociologist and politician (d. 2009)
  • 1929
    Sonny James, American country music singer and songwriter
  • 1930
    Little Walter, American blues singer (d. 1968)
  • 1930
    Richard Riordan, American politician, former mayor of Los Angeles
  • 1934
    Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Mexican politician
  • 1934
    Shirley Horn, American jazz singer and pianist (d. 2005)
  • 1935
    Ann Robinson, American actress
  • 1937
    Una Stubbs, English actress
  • 1939
    Judy Collins, American folk singer
  • 1939
    Max Robinson, American broadcast journalist (d. 1988)
  • 1939
    Victor Davies, Canadian composer
  • 1940
    Bobbie Ann Mason, American novelist and literary critic
  • 1940
    Elsa Peretti, Italian jewelry designer
  • 1942
    Stephen Macht, American actor
  • 1943
    Vassal Gadoengin, Nauruan politician (d. 2004)
  • 1944
    Suresh Kalmadi, Indian politician
  • 1945
    Rita Coolidge, American singer
  • 1946
    Joanna Lumley, English actress
  • 1946
    John Woo, Hong Kong director
  • 1947
    Sergio Infante, Chilean poet and writer
  • 1948
    Patricia Hill Collins, American black-feminist and scholar
  • 1949
    Jim Clench, Canadian bassist (April Wine and Bachman–Turner Overdrive) (d. 2010)
  • 1949
    Paul Teutul, Sr., founder of Orange County Choppers
  • 1949
    Tim Hodgkinson, English composer and musician (Henry Cow)
  • 1950
    Dann Florek, American actor
  • 1950
    Danny McGrain, Scottish footballer
  • 1950
    John Diehl, American actor
  • 1951
    Antony Worrall Thompson, English celebrity chef
  • 1951
    Sally Mann, American photographer
  • 1953
    Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer
  • 1954
    Joel Rosenberg, science fiction author
  • 1954
    Ray Parker Jr., American singer and songwriter
  • 1955
    Martin O'Donnell, American composer
  • 1955
    Nick Feldman, English musician
  • 1956
    Catherine Frot, French actress
  • 1956
    Phil Foglio, American cartoonist and comic book artist
  • 1957
    Kow Otani, Japanese composer
  • 1959
    Lawrence Seeff, South African cricketer
  • 1959
    Yasmina Reza, French playwright, actress, novelist and screenwriter
  • 1960
    Steve Cauthen, American jockey
  • 1961
    Marilyn Milian, current judge on The People’s Court
  • 1962
    Maia Morgenstern, Romanian actress
  • 1962
    Ted Sundquist, General Manager of the Denver Broncos
  • 1964
    Lady Sarah Chatto, daughter of Princess Margaret
  • 1964
    Yvonne van Gennip, Dutch speed skater
  • 1966
    Charlie Schlatter, American actor
  • 1966
    Olaf Thon, German football player
  • 1967
    Tim McGraw, American musician
  • 1968
    D'arcy Wretzky, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • 1968
    Denise Masino, American Female bodybuilder
  • 1968
    Oliver Bierhoff, German footballer
  • 1968
    Sol Kyung-gu, South Korean actor
  • 1969
    Billy Owens, American basketball player
  • 1969
    Wes Anderson, American director and writer
  • 1971
    Ajith Kumar, Indian film actor
  • 1971
    Ethan Albright, American football player
  • 1972
    Earl Va'a, Samoan rugby player
  • 1972
    Julie Benz, American actress
  • 1973
    Curtis Martin, American football player
  • 1973
    Mike Jesse, German footballer
  • 1973
    Oliver Neuville, German footballer
  • 1974
    Kellie Crawford, Australian singer (Hi-5)
  • 1975
    Alexey Smertin, Russian footballer
  • 1975
    Austin Croshere, American basketball player
  • 1975
    Jodhi May, British actress
  • 1975
    Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroonian footballer (d. 2003)
  • 1976
    Darius McCrary, American actor
  • 1977
    Vera Lischka, Austrian swimmer, politician
  • 1978
    Nick Traina, American singer (Link 80) (d. 1997)
  • 1978
    Sachie Hara, Japanese actress
  • 1979
    Ben Easter, American actor
  • 1979
    Mauro Bergamasco, Italian rugby player
  • 1979
    Michael Harvey, British musical artist
  • 1980
    Ana Claudia Talancón, Mexican actress
  • 1980
    Jan Heylen, Belgian racing driver
  • 1980
    Jay Reatard, American musician (d. 2010)
  • 1981
    Alexander Hleb, Belarusian footballer
  • 1981
    Derek Asamoah, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1981
    Wes Welker, American football player
  • 1982
    Darijo Srna, Croatian football player
  • 1982
    Tommy Robredo, Spanish tennis player
  • 1983
    Alain Bernard, French swimmer
  • 1983
    The Human Tornado (Craig Williams), American professional wrestler
  • 1984
    Alexander Farnerud, Swedish footballer
  • 1984
    David Backes, American ice hockey player
  • 1984
    Farah Fath, American actress
  • 1984
    Keiichiro Koyama, Japanese musician (NEWS)
  • 1984
    Mark Seaby, Australian Rules footballer
  • 1984
    Patrick Eaves, American ice hockey player
  • 1985
    Drew Sidora, American actress
  • 1986
    Adam Casey, Australian footballer
  • 1986
    Brent Stanton, Australian rules footballer
  • 1986
    Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1987
    Amir Johnson, American basketball player
  • 1987
    Glen Coffee, American football player
  • 1987
    Marcus Drum, Australian Rules Football
  • 1987
    Matt Di Angelo, English actor
  • 1987
    Shahar Pe'er, Israeli tennis player
  • 1988
    Anushka Sharma, Indian actress and model
  • 1988
    Nicholas Braun, American actor
  • 1989
    Tim Urban, American singer
  • 1990
    Caitlin Stasey, Australian actress
  • 1991
    Creagen Dow, American actor
  • 1997
    Ariel Gade, American actress

Who Died On May 1?

  • 408
    Arcadius, Eastern Roman emperor (b. 337/338)
  • 1118
    Edith of Scotland, first wife of Henry I of England (b. c.1080)
  • 1277
    Stephen Uroš I of Serbia (b. 1223)
  • 1308
    Albert I of Habsburg (b. 1255)
  • 1539
    Isabella of Portugal, queen of Spain and empress of Germany (b. 1503)
  • 1555
    Pope Marcellus II (b. 1501)
  • 1572
    Pope Saint Pius V (b. 1504)
  • 1731
    Johann Ludwig Bach, German composer (b. 1677)
  • 1738
    Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, English statesman (b. c.1669)
  • 1772
    Gottfried Achenwall, German statistician (b. 1719)
  • 1813
    Jean-Baptiste Bessières, French marshal (killed in combat) (b. 1768)
  • 1856
    John Wilbur, American religious leader, Quaker minister (b. 1774)
  • 1873
    David Livingstone, Scottish missionary (b. 1813)
  • 1899
    Ludwig Büchner, German philosopher and physician (b. 1824)
  • 1904
    Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (b. 1841)
  • 1913
    John Barclay Armstrong, Texas Ranger and U.S. Marshal (b. 1850)
  • 1920
    Princess Margaret of Connaught (b. 1882)
  • 1935
    Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (b. 1889)
  • 1937
    Snitz Edwards, American actor (b. 1868)
  • 1943
    Johan Oscar Smith, Norwegian Christian leader and founder of Brunstad Christian Church (b. 1871)
  • 1945
    Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda (b. 1897)
  • 1963
    Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer, father of the Filipino language (b. 1879)
  • 1965
    Spike Jones, American band leader, musician, and comedian (b. 1911)
  • 1968
    Harold Nicolson, British diplomat, author and politician (b. 1886)
  • 1968
    Jack Adams, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and general manager (b. 1895)
  • 1970
    Crown Prince Euimin, Crown Prince of Korea (b. 1897)
  • 1973
    Asger Jorn, Danish painter (b. 1914)
  • 1976
    Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (b. 1939)
  • 1976
    T.R.M. Howard, civil rights leader, entrepreneur, surgeon (b. 1908)
  • 1978
    Aram Khachaturian, Armenian composer (b. 1903)
  • 1982
    William Primrose, Scottish violist (b. 1903)
  • 1985
    Denise Robins (aka Francesca Wright, Ashley French, Harriet Gray, Julia Kane) British romance novelist (b. 1897)
  • 1986
    Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1916)
  • 1986
    Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (b. 1905)
  • 1989
    Douglass Watson, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 1989
    Sally Kirkland, fashion editor at LIFE (b. 1912)
  • 1990
    Sergio Franchi, Italian tenor (b. 1926)
  • 1992
    Sharon Redd, American house music and urban contemporary singer (b. 1945)
  • 1993
    Pierre Bérégovoy, French Prime Minister (b. 1925)
  • 1993
    Ranasinghe Premadasa, President of Sri Lanka (b. 1924)
  • 1994
    Ayrton Senna, Brazilian race car driver (b. 1960)
  • 1996
    Luana Patten, American actress (b. 1938)
  • 1998
    Eldridge Cleaver, American activist (b. 1935)
  • 2000
    Steve Reeves, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2003
    Miss Elizabeth, American wrestler (b. 1960)
  • 2006
    Big Hawk, American rapper (b. 1969)
  • 2006
    Johnny Paris, American saxophonist (Johnny and the Hurricanes) (b. 1940)
  • 2006
    Rob Lacey, Christian author (b. 1962)
  • 2008
    Anthony Mamo, Malta’s first President (b. 1909)
  • 2008
    Deborah Jeane Palfrey, Washington, D.C. prostitution service owner (b. 1956)
  • 2008
    Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager, last surviving member of the 20 July Plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944 (b. 1917)
  • 2009
    Danny Gans, American entertainer (b. 1956)
  • 2010
    Helen Wagner, American Actress (b. 1918)
  • 2010
    Rob McConnell, Canadian jazz composer/arranger and valve trombonist (b. 1935)
  • 2011
    Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (b. 1920)

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