Oscar Events in History

2014 Event - Mike Nichols, director of a long list of successful productions in TV, film and theater, dies at age 83 of a heart attack; Nichols was one of very few directors to earn all four major industry awards: the Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar and Tony

2014 Event - Dominican fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at age 82 at his home in Kent, Connecticut, after battling cancer for 8 years

2014 Event - Lupita Nyong'o, Oscar winner for best supporting actress in '12 Years a Slave', will join Lancome as its newest brand ambassador

2012 Event - South Africa's Oscar Pistorius becomes the first amputee to compete at the Olympic Games in the 400 meters

2007 Death - Oscar Peterson, dies in Ontario, Canada, of renal failure, at 82

2004 Event - 76th Academy Awards Oscar Ceremony, Billy Crystal hosts, Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King sweeps all eleven nominations, including Best Picture, Sean Penn and Charlize Theron win lead acting awards

2003 Event - 75th Academy Awards Oscar Ceremony, Steve Martin hosts, Chicago wins Best Picture, Adrian Brody and Nicole Kidman win lead acting awards

2002 Event - 74th Academy Awards Oscar Ceremony, Whoopi Goldberg hosts, A Beautiful Mind wins Best Picture, Denzell Washington and Hallie Berry win lead acting awards

2002 Death - Harold Russell, Oscar winner, The Best Years of Our Lives, dies at 88

2001 Event - 73rd Academy Awards Oscar Ceremony, Steve Martin hosts, Gladiator wins Best Picture, Russell Crowe and Julia Roberts win lead acting awards

2000 Event - 72nd Academy Awards Oscar Ceremony, Billy Crystal hosts, American Beauty wins Best Picture, Kevin Spacey and Hilary Swank win lead acting awards

1999 Event - 71st Academy Awards Oscar Ceremony, Whoopi Goldberg hosts, Shakespeare in Love wins Best Picture, Roberto Benigni and Gwyneth Paltrow win lead acting awards

1998 Event - 70th Academy Awards - Oscar Ceremony Billy Crystal hosts, Titanic wins eleven Oscars, including Best Picture, Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt win lead acting awards

1997 Event - 69th Academy Awards - Oscar Ceremony Billy Crystal hosts, The English Patient wins Best Picture, Geoffrey Rush and Frances McDormand win lead acting awards

1997 Death - Oscar Lewenstein, impressario, dies at 80

1996 Death - Oscar Abrams, community organiser, dies at 58

1994 Death - Oscar Sheldon A Williams, artist/critic, dies at 74

1993 Death - Richard Sale, writer and director (Oscar, Torpedo Run), dies at 80

1992 Event - Oscar Luigi Scalfaro elected president of Italy

1991 Death - Oscar Nitzchke, German architect (Alcoa building), dies at 90

1991 Death - Dean Jagger, U.S. actor (Mr Novak, Rawhide, Oscar), dies at about 87

1987 Event - Costa Rican President Oscar Arias wins Nobel Peace Prize

1987 Event - Oscar Arias (Costa Rican president) wins Nobel Peace Prize

1986 Event - Oscar Arias Sanchez elected president of Costa Rica

1985 Event - Golden Raspberry Awards presented to parody Oscar Awards (Bolero wins)

1984 Event - Landsat 5 and ham satellite Oscar 11 launched into polar orbit

1983 Event - European Space Agency launches European Comm Satellite 1, Oscar 10

1982 Birthday - Anna Paquin, oscar winning actress, Piano

1981 Death - Oscar van Hemel, composer, dies at 88

1980 Death - Oscar Romero, archbishop of El Salvador, murdered

1980 Death - Oscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, murdered during mass

1980 Death - Oscar Ewing, U.S. government official (Everybody's Business), dies at 90

1978 Death - Oscar Homolka, actor (7 Year Itch, Ball of Fire), dies at 79

1976 Death - Jack Cassidy, actor (Oscar/Jetman-He and She), dies at 49

1976 Death - Oscar Beregi, Jr., actor (Young Frankenstein, Panic in City), dies at 58

1976 Event - Oscar Charleston selected to baseball's the Hall of Fame

1976 Death - Oscar Espla, Spanish philosopher/composer (Sonata del Sur), dies at 89

1975 Death - Oscar Rasbach, composer, dies at 86

1974 Event - NBA guard Oscar Robinson retires

1973 Event - 45th Academy Awards - "Godfather," Marlon Brando and Liza Minnelli win Marlon Brando turns down Oscar for best actor in support of Indians

1973 Birthday - Oscar de la Hoya, born in Los Angeles, California, boxer, light middleweight, Mexican-American, nicknamed 'The Golden Boy', defeated 17 world championships, won 10 world titles in six different weight classes

1972 Event - "Dear Oscar" closes at Playhouse Theater New York City after 5 performances

1972 Event - "Dear Oscar" opens at Playhouse Theater New York City for 5 performances

1972 Death - Oscar Levant, actor (American in Paris, Dance of Life), dies at 65

1972 Birthday - Oscar Gray, NFL fullback for the Seattle Seahawks

1972 Birthday - Oscar McBride, NFL tight end for the Arizona Cardinals

1971 Birthday - Oscar Sturgis, WLAF DE for the Frankfurt Galaxy

1971 Birthday - Oscar Sturgis, NFL defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys

1970 Event - Australia's 1st amateur radio satellite (Oscar 5) launched (Calif)

1969 Death - Henry Oscar, actor (Saint in London), dies at 78

1968 Death - Carl Oscar Ahues, German International Chess Master (1950), dies at 85

1968 Event - Joe Frazier beats Oscar Bonavena in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1967 Death - Oscar Shaw, actor (Rhythm on the River, Marianne), dies at 76

1963 Death - Oscar Backing, Austria/Netherlands viola player, dies at 83

1962 Event - Oscar 2 (ham radio satellite) launched into Earth orbit

1961 Event - Ham radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36

1960 Death - Oscar Hammerstein II, Broadway librettist, dies at 65

1960 Event - Bert Haanstra wins Oscar for "Glass"

1960 Event - Oscar awarded to Netherlands director Bert Haanstra

1959 Death - Oscar Torp, Norwegian premier, dies

1958 Event - Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati scores a NCAA midwest region-record 56 pts

1958 Event - In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54

1955 Death - Arthur Oscar Honegger, Swiss composer (Cantate Noel), dies at 63

1954 Death - Oscar Straus, Austrian composer (Brave Soldier), dies at 83

1951 Birthday - Dean Pitchford, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, prolific songwriter, screenwriter, director, actor, novelist, Oscar, Golden Globe award-winner, wrote with composers Alan Menken, Rupert Holmes, collaborated on songs for movie, Fame, wrote screenplay for movie, 'Footloose'

1951 Death - Oscar Stanton De Priest, Representative-D-Illinois 1929 - 1935, dies at 80

1949 Birthday - Oscar Benton, Dutch blues vocalist and guitarist, Ze is Zoals Jij

1948 Death - Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez, composer, dies at 50

1948 Death - Oscar L Fernandez, Brazilian conductor and composer (Imbapara), dies at 50

1943 Birthday - Oscar D. Dhlomo, South African Secretary-General of Inkatha, 1978 - 1990

1943 Birthday - Oscar Harris, Surinames/Dutch singer, Try a Little Love

1942 Birthday - Elke Sommer, Elke Schletz, Berlin Germany, actress, Oscar

1941 Birthday - Oscar Arias Sanchez, president of Costa Rica, 1986-, Nobel 1987

1941 Event - Academy copyrights Oscar statuette

1940 Event - Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar

1938 Birthday - Oscar Robertson, born in Charlotte, Tennessee, NBAer, Gold Medal 1960 Olympics

1938 Birthday - Oscar Robertson, NBA guard, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Gold Medal 1960 Olympics

1938 Death - Oscar Apfel, actor (Inspiration), dies at 60

1937 Birthday - Oscar Abrams, community organizer

1934 Event - Academy Award 1st called Oscar in print (Sidney Skolsky)

1932 Birthday - Oscar de la Renta, Dominican Republic, designer, Coty Hall of Fame-1973

1931 Death - Oscar Fetras, composer, dies at 76

1928 Death - Oscar George Theodore Sonneck, composer, dies at 55

1927 Event - Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II's "Show Boat," premieres in New York City

1927 Event - "Wings," the only silent film to win an Oscar for best picture, opens

1927 Birthday - Jack Cassidy, born in Richmond Hill, Virginia, actor, Oscar/Jetman-He and She

1926 Death - Claude [Oscar] Monet, French painter (impressionist), dies at 86

1926 Birthday - Oscar Brown, Jr., U.S. songwriter, Brown Baby, Forbidden Fruit

1926 Birthday - Richard Anderson, born in Long Beach, New Jersey, actor, Oscar Goldman-6 Million $ Man

1925 Birthday - Oscar Peterson, born in Montreal, Canada, jazz pianist, composer, Grammy Award winner

1925 Birthday - Oscar De Ville, CEO, Meyer International

1920 Birthday - Oscar Brand, Winnipeg Canada, folk vocalist, Draw Me a Laugh

1918 Birthday - Oscar Beregi, Jr., Hungary, actor, Young Frankenstein, Panic in City

1918 Birthday - Richard Ellmann, U.S., literary scholar and writer, Oscar Wilde

1917 Birthday - Oscar Lewenstein, impressario

1916 Event - Oscar Asche's musical "Chu Chin Chow," premieres in London

1915 Birthday - Oscar Comras, Bronx, drummer, namesake of Comras Mall in Bronx Park

1914 Event - Oscar Egg bicycles world record time (44,247 km)

1914 Event - Oscar Egg bicycles world record time (44,247 km)

1914 Event - Oscar Mathisen skates world record 500 m in 43.7 sec in Oslo

1911 Death - Oscar Carre, circus director, dies at 64

1911 Death - Oscar Carre, circus director, dies at 64

1909 Birthday - Jose Ferrer, Santurce PR, oscar winning actor, Cyrano de Bergerac

1908 Event - Oscar Strauss' musical "Der tapfere Soldat," premieres in Vienna

1907 Birthday - Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilians architect, Brasilia

1907 Death - Oscar II Frederick, King of Sweden (-1907)/Norway (-1905), dies

1906 Birthday - Oscar Levant, Pittsburgh, actor, American in Paris, Dance of Life

1906 Event - Oscar Straus, 1st Jewish government member, appointed Secretary of Commerce

1902 Event - Most knock downs in a fight, Oscar Nelson (5) and Christy Williams (42)

1902 Birthday - Oscar Cullmann, Swiss theologist, Das Petrusproblem

1900 Death - Oscar Wilde, Irish author, dies in Paris at 46

1900 Birthday - Oscar Nitzchke, German architect, Alcoa building/Centre Pompidou

1898 Birthday - Oscar Homolka, Vienna Austria, actor, I Remember Mama

1898 Birthday - Hattie McDaniel, born in Wichita, 1st Black to win Oscar, 'Gone With The Wind'

1897 Birthday - Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez, Brazilian conductor and composer, Imbapara

1896 Event - Oscar Wildes "Salom" premieres in Paris

1895 Birthday - Oscar Hammerstein II, born in New York City, lyricist who worked with Richard Rodgers

1895 Event - Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years hard labor for being a sodomite

1895 Event - Oscar Wilde loses libel case against Marquess of Queensberry, who accused him of homosexual practices

1895 Event - Oscar Wilde's "Importance of Being Earnest," opens in London

1895 Event - Oscar Wilde's "Ideal Husband," premieres in London

1894 Event - Oscar Fredriksen skates world record 500m in 47.8 sec

1892 Birthday - Oscar van Hemel, composer

1892 Birthday - Arthur Oscar Honnegger, born in Le Havre, France, composer, King David

1892 Event - "Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde premieres at St. James (London)

1891 Birthday - Henry Oscar, born in London, England, actor, Saint in London

1891 Event - Oscar Grunden skates world record 500m (50.8 sec)

1891 Event - Oscar Wilde's "Duchess of Padua," premieres in New York City

1890 Event - Oscar Fredriksen skates world record 5 km (9:19)

1889 Birthday - Oscar Ewing, U.S. government official, Everybody's Business

1888 Birthday - Oscar Rasbach, composer

1887 Event - Amsterdam's Oscar Carres Circus Theater opens

1887 Birthday - Oscar Bossaert, Belgium, chocolate manufacturer/Minister of Middenstand

1887 Event - Oscar Straus appointed 1st Jewish ambassador from U.S. (to Turkey)

1886 Birthday - Oscar Espla, composer

1883 Birthday - Carl Oscar Ahues, Germany, International Chess Master, 1950

1883 Event - Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine

1880 Birthday - Oscar, Bachigaloupi, Tourniaire, actor and director, Pink Kate

1879 Birthday - Oscar Back, Austrian-Dutch viola player

1878 Birthday - Oscar Apfel, Cleveland, actor, Abraham Lincoln, Inspiration, Before Dawn

1873 Birthday - Oscar George Theodore Sonneck, composer

1871 Death - Oscar J Dunn, (Lt Gov-La), dies suddenly, charges he was poisoned

1870 Birthday - Oscar Straus, born in Vienna, Austria, composer, Ein Walzertraum

1868 Event - Oscar J Dunn, former slave, installed as lt governor of Louisiana

1868 Event - Oscar J. Dunn, is elected Lt Governor of Louisiana

1860 Birthday - Oscar L Helfrich, Dutch governor, Curacao

1859 Death - F J Oscar I, King of Sweden/Norway (1844-59), dies at 60

1854 Birthday - Oscar Wilde, born in Dublin, Ireland, 'Picture of Dorian Gray'

1854 Birthday - Oscar Fetras, composer

1846 Birthday - Oscar Carre, Dutch circus director

1846 Birthday - Oscar Hammerstein, Germany, opera/playwright, Kohinoor

1829 Birthday - Oscar II Frederik, King of Sweden, 1872 - 1907, Norway, -1905, poet

1799 Birthday - F J Oscar I, King of Sweden/Norway, 1844-59

1775 Event - Marshal Oscar von Lubomirski expels Jews from Warsaw Poland