1970: Sukarno, leader of Indonesia’s struggle for independence from the Dutch and the country’s first president, died in Jakarta. He had been toppled from power in 1967 and held under house arrest until his death.
1621: In what became known as the Day of Blood, 27 leaders of the Bohemian rebellion against the Habsburg empire were executed in the old town square in Prague.
1857: Death in Paris of Louis Jacques Thenard, chemist and discoverer of hydrogen peroxide.
Compiled by Julian Humphrys – You can follow Julian on Twitter @GeneralJules