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Events for today in history Birthdays  Deaths
1014 King Brian Boru of Ireland beats Danes at Battle of Clontarf
1154 Damascus surrenders to sultan Nur ad-Din van Aleppo
1348 1st English order of knighthood founded (Order of Garter)
1500 Pedro Cabral lands & annexes Brazil (Terra da Vera Cruz)
1501 Portuguese navigator Pedro Cabral & 6 ships return to Lisbon
1504 King Maximilian I routes troops to Bavaria
1616 Netherlands buys De Briel/Vlissingen/Fort Rammekens from England
1633 Sweden & Protestant German monarchy form Union of Heilbronn
1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
1662 Connecticut chartered as an English colony
1705 Richard Steele's "Tender Husband," premieres in London
1723 Cornelis Steenoven elected archbishop of Utrecht
1775 Opera "Il Ré Pastore" is produced (Salzburg)
1789 President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House, NY
1795 William Hastings acquitted in England of high treason
1798 Dutch emperor accepts new Constitution
1826 Missolonghi captured by Turks
1838 English steamship "Great Western" crossing Atlantic docks in NYC
1851 Canada issues its 1st postage stamps
1860 Dem convention in Charleston SC divided over slavery
1861 Arkansas troops seize Ft Smith
1861 Battle of San Antonio, TX
1864 Battle of Cane River, LA (Red River Expedition, Monett's Ferry)
1867 Queen Victoria & Napoleon III turn down plans for a channel tunnel
1871 Blossom Rock in SF Bay blown up
1878 1st Dutch test drive of steam tram
1881 Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "Patience" produced in London
1883 John Heemskerk Azn forms Dutch govt
1891 Jews are expelled from Moscow Russia
1896 Premier of motion pictures (Koster & Bial's Music Hall, NYC)
1896 Vitascope system of movie projection 1st demonstrated (NYC)
1900 1st know occurrence of word "hillbillie" (NY Journal)
1903 NY Highlanders (Yankees) win their 1st game beating Wash Senators 7-2
1904 American Academy of Arts & Letters forms
1908 Denmark, Germany, Engld, France, Neth & Sweden signs North Sea accord
1910 International Exhibition opens in Brussels
1915 ACA becomes National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA)
1916 Lord Dunsany's "Night at an Inn," premieres in NYC
1918 Battle of Zeebrugge ends
1918 Dover Patrol overthrows Germany U-boat in East Sea
1918 National Urban League forms
1919 Major leagues open a reduced 140-game season
1920 Turkish Grand National Assembly 1st meets, in Ankara
1921 Charles Paddock runs world record 100m (10.4 secs)
1924 British Empire Exhibition opens at Wembley
1925 1st London performance of operetta "Fasquita" staged
1925 Pastor LH Perquin forms Union of Catholic Dutch Radio (KRO) forms
1932 Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens at Stratford-on-Avon
1933 Dovo soccer team forms in Veenendaal
1936 Carl Hubbell's 1st start of season is his 17th straight win
1938 Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia demand self government
1939 1st performance of Béla Bartók's 2nd Concerto for violin
1939 Boston Red Sox Ted Williams hits his 1st HR
1940 Dance hall fires kills 198 (Natchez Miss)
1940 NY Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert
1941 Greece Army surrenders to German Nazis RAF brings Greek king George II to Egypt
1942 4-day allied bombing on Rostock begins
1942 Luftwaffe bombs Exeter
1943 British & US offensive directed at Tunis/Bizerta
1945 Concentration camp Flossenburg liberated
1945 US troops in Italy cross river Po
1946 Bkln Dodger Ed Head no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
1948 KSTP TV channel 5 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (ABC) 1st broadcast
1949 Chinese Red army conquerors Nanjing
1949 Courtesy mail boxes for motorists started in SF
1949 Netherlands annexes Elten & Tudderen
1950 1st major league day game completed under lights (Phils 6, Braves 5)
1950 4th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 2
1950 Nationalist China evacuates Hainan Island
1950 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 3
1951 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Richmond Women's Golf Open
1952 Bob Cain of Browns & Bob Feller of Indians each pitch a one-hitter
1952 NY Giant Hoyt Wilhelm wins his 1st relief game & hits his only HR
1952 Oil pipeline from Kirkuk to Banias completed
1953 General Charles P Cabell, USAF, becomes deputy director of CIA
1953 KTAR (now KPNX) TV channel 12 in Phoenix, AZ (NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 WCOV TV channel 20 in Montgomery, AL (IND/CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 1st of his 755 homers
1955 "Kismet" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 583 performances
1955 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Carrollton Golf Open
1956 US Supreme court ends race segregation on buses
1958 Gil Hodges hits his 300th HR & Pee Wee Reese plays in 2,000th game
1959 "Destry Rides Again" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 472 perfs
1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
1960 1st performance of Ferde Grofé's "San Francisco Suite"
1961 "Tenderloin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 216 performances
1961 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
1962 1st US satellite to reach the moon launched
1962 NY Mets win their 1st game ever, after going 0-9, beat Pirates 9-1
1962 Ranger 4, 1st US satellite to reach Moon launched from Cape Canaveral
1963 "She Loves Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 302 perfs
1963 Jerry Bock & S Harnick's musical "She Loves Me," premieres in NYC
1964 James Baldwin's "Blues for Mr Charlie," premieres in NYC
1964 New York State Theater opens
1964 Houston Colt 45s Ken Johnson becomes 1st major league pitcher to lose a 9 inning no-hitter, Reds win 1-0
1965 Launch of 1st Soviet communications satellite
1967 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
1967 Soyuz 1 launched; Vladimir Komarov becomes 1st in-flight casualty
1968 "I'm Solomon" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 7 performances
1968 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 pence)
1968 United Methodist Church forms
1969 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jim Chestney
1969 LA Laker Jerry West scores 53 points
1969 Over 1000ý mi flooded in Shantung Province China
1969 Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death for killing Bobby Kennedy
1971 Columbia University operations virtually end, by student strike
1971 Soyuz 10 launched; cosmonauts become 1st in Salyut 1 space station
1972 26th Tony Awards: Sticks & Bones & 2 Gentlemen of Verona win
1972 Apollo 16 astronauts explores Moon surface
1972 Betty Burfeind wins LPGA Birmingham Centennital Golf Classic
1974 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
1975 Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land," premieres in London
1977 ADO The Hague soccer team forms
1977 Dr Allen Bussey completes 20,302 yo-yo loops
1977 Milt workers kill 300-500 students in Addis Ababa
1977 Czech chess master Vlastimil Hort plays 201 games simultaneously & only loses 10
1978 Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic
1978 Reds Joe Morgan ends record streak of 91 cons errorless games at 2nd
1978 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1980 Soviet sub catches fire off Japan, 9 die
1983 David Hookes scores his only Test Cricket century, 143* v Sri Lanka
1984 AIDS-virus identified (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
1985 Brooklyn College soccer team wins Nepal's invitational
1985 Coca-Cola announced it is changing its secret flavor formula
1985 Flyers 5-Isles 3-Patrick Div Finals-Flyers hold 3-0 lead
1985 New Coke debuts
1986 Grand Floridian Beach Resort groundbreaking
1986 Madrid-Nelli Cooman runs world record 60m indoor (7 sec)
1987 28 construction workers killed in an apt collapse in Bridgeport, Ct
1987 NJ Devils farm team Maine Mariners (AHL) move to Utica (Devils) NY
1988 A Greek pedals self-powered aircraft, 74 miles
1988 Federal smoking ban during domestic airline flights of 2 hrs or less
1988 Karolina Szabo runs female world record 25k (1:29:30)/30k (1:47;06)
1989 Betsy King wins LPGA USX Golf Classic
1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays his last game as a Laker
1989 Nolan Ryan blows a no hitter in 9th inning
1989 Students in Beijing China announce class boycotts
1990 11th Emmy Sports Award presentation
1991 Bjorn Borg loses 6-2, 6-3 to Jordi Arrese after 8 year lay off
1991 Gordon Greenidge scores 223 v Aus, his last Test Cricket knock at home
1991 USSR grants republics right to secede under certain conditions
1992 "Shirnada" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances
1992 Marion Berry (former mayor of Wash DC) let out of prison
1992 McDonald's opens its 1st fast-food restaurant in China
1993 Eritrea votes to secede from Ethiopia
1993 Mötley Cre's Mike Mars files for divorce from Emi-Canyn
1993 Peter Townshend's musical "Tommy," premieres in NYC
1994 Army shoots to death 23-40 fishermen in Gonaives Haiti
1994 General Tire World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Norm Duke
1994 Libertarian party nominates Howard Stern for Governor of NY
1995 Laura Davis wins LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Golf Championship
1995 Pres Clinton declares a national day of mourning for Okla City
1996 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Reno NV on KRZQ 96.5 FM
1996 Sotherby begins 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million
1997 "Titanic," opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC
1997 32nd Academy of Country Music Awards: LeAnn Rines & Brooks & Dunn

Birthdays for today in history Events  Deaths
1464Johanna van Valois, Queen of France
1464Robert Fayrfax, composer
1484Julius C‘sar Scaliger, Italy, scholar (On the Subtlety of Things)
1500Alexander Alesius, [Aless/Alane], System theologist/physician
1547Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spanish writer (Don Quioxite)
1598Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp, naval commander
1623Jan Adam Reincken, composer
1629John Commelin, director (Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam)
1649Andreas Kneller, composer
1697George Baron Anson, British admiral/explorer
1708Friedrich von Hagedorn, German poet (Versuch einiger Poem)
1715Johann Friedrich Doles, composer
1728Samuel Wallis, explorer (Wallis Island)
1735Ildephons Haas, composer
1747Alexandre-Auguste Robineau, composer
1756Alexander Reinagle, composer
1775Joseph Mallord Turner, England, landscape painter (Shipwreck)
1791James Buchanan, Cove Gap PA, (Fed/Dem), 15th US president (1857-61)
1791W Friedrich Olivier, German landscape painter/cartoonist
1803Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian minister of Justice
1804Guillaume Nerenburger, Belgian general (Triangulatie of Belgium)
1809Eugene-Prosper Prevost, composer
1810Thomas Wright, historian
1812Louis-Antoine Julien, conductor
1813Stephen Arnold Douglas, (Little giant), US senator (Lincoln debates)
1818James Anthony Froude, historian
1818John Gill Shorter, Gov (Confederacy), died in 1872
1821Pierre Dupont, song writer
1823Abdl-Medjid, 31st sultan of Turkey (1839-61)
1827Johann F Ritter von Schulte, German Catholic lawyer
1828Albert FA, king of Saxon (1873-1902)
1838Alfred J Verwee, Flemish painter
1852Edwin Markham, US, poet (1st winner of Amer Acad of Poets Award 1937)
1855Ernst L Wolzogen, German writer/founder (Cabaret šberbrettl)
1858Max K E Ludwig Planck, German physicist (Planck Constant, Nobel 1918)
1861Edmund Henry Hynman, 1st viscount Allenby of Megiddo/Fieldmarshal
1867Simon Abramsz, Dutch teacher/writer (For the Young Ones)
1877Arthur Farwell, composer
1881Claude Carter, South African slow lefty cricketer (1912-22)
1881Otakar Sini, composer
1882Albert Coates, St Petersburg Russia, conductor/composer (Eagle)
1882Max [G M J] Winders Maximilien, Belgium, architect (WW II)
1889Charles Warrell, big Chief I-Spy writer/teacher
1890Donald Nichols Tweedy, composer
1890Marcel L'Herbier, French director/screenwriter (El Dorado)
1891Sergey Sergeyevich Prokofiev, Ukraine, composer (Peter & the Wolf)
1892Minus van Looi, [Benjamin van der Voort], Flemish writer
1892R Huelsenbeck, writer
1893Frank Borzage, Salt Lake City, director (7th Heaven, Strange Cargo)
1894Basil Sydney, England, actor (Hamlet, Jassy, Simba, Farmer's Wife)
1894George Renevant, Paris, actor (Moulin Rouge, Scotland Yard, Comrade X)
1896Margaret Kennedy, novelist
1897Harold French, director (Encore)/actor
1897John Wengraf, Vienna Austria, actor (12 to Moon, Pride & Passion)
1897Lester Bowles Pearson, (L) 14th Canadian PM (1963-68) (Nobel 1957)
1897Lucius du Bignon Clay, US, general (WW II)/gov (West Germany)
1898Edwin E Dwinger, German writer (General Vlassov)
1899Edith Ngaio Marsh, NZ, Kiwi mystery writer (Black Beech & Honeydew)
1899Vladimir Nabokov, St Petersburg Russia, novelist (Lolita, Ada)
1900Ary Verhaar, composer
1900Henry Barraud, composer
1900Joseph Green, film maker
1902Halldór Laxness, Iceland, novelist (Salka Valka) (Nobel 1955)
1904Duncan Renaldo, Spain, actor (Cisco Kid)
1904Leslie French, actor/singer (More than a Miracle)
1905Lord Carew, Ireland, judge (dressage)
1906Marcel Hillaire, Cologne Germany, actor (Adv in Paradise)
1906Maria Arnoldo, [Adrianus Broeders], photographer/writer
1907Baroness Dudley
1908Frederick Hawkins, dancer
1908Herbert Telley, British actuary
1909Thomas Padmore, senior civil servant
1911Ronald Neame, director (1st Monday in Oct, Poseidon Adventure)
1911Simone Simon, France, actress (All Money Can Buy, Ladies in Love)
1913Jan Meyerowitz, composer
1914Andrew Martin, Lord-Lt (Lechestershire England)
1914John Hubbard, Indiana Harbor Indiana, actor (Don't Call Me Charlie)
1914Mitsu Suzuki, teacher of tea ceremony at SF Zen Center
1915Arnold Hall, CEO (Hawker Siddeley Group)
1916Bud Wilkinson, college football coach (Oklahoma)
1917Jacob Kistemaker, nuclear physicist (ultra centrifuge)
1918Anthony Craxton, British TV producer
1918Maurice Druon, [Kessel], French writer/journalist (Prix Goncourt)
1919Dorian Leigh, San Antonio TX, model, sister of Suzy Parker
1919Talivaldis Kenins, composer
1920Eric Yarrow, CEO (Clydesdale Bank)
1920Louis Barron, composer
1921Janet Blair, Altoona Pa, actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family)
1921Warren Spahn, left-handed pitcher (Boston/Milwaukee Braves)
1922Boy [Segundo JA] Ecury, Aruba, resistance fighter
1922Diarmuid Downs, auto engineer
1923Avram Davidson, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Peregrine: Primus, Rork!)
1923James Kirkup, travel writer/poet/novelist (African in Greenland)
1923Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, singer
1924Arthur Frackenpohl, Irving NJ, composer (Natural Superiority of Music)
1924Colin Welch, columnist/critic
1924James Colin Ross Welch, journalist
1924Malcolm Anson, CEO (Wessex Water Authority)
1926James P Donleavy, Brooklyn, novelist (Ginger Man, Onion Eaters)
1926Richard Laws, Master (St Edmunds College Cambridge)
1927Russell Smith, composer
1928Bill Cotton, CEO (Noel Gay TV)
1928Okke Jager, Dutch theologist/writer/poet
1928Shirley Temple Black, Ca, actress (Heidi)/ambassador (UN)
1929George Steiner, professor (English)
1930Alan Oppenheimer, NYC, actor (6 Million Dollar Man, Eischied)
1930Michael Bowen, RC Archbishop (Southwark)
1932Halston, [R Halston Frowick], fashion designer (1972 Hall of Fame)
1932Jim Fixx, jogger/writer (Jim Fixx on Running)
1933Roger Wittevrongel, Flemish painter
1935David Evans, MP
1936Elias, [Etienne Michiels], Flemish painter
1936Estelle Harris, actress (Estelle Castanza-Seinfeld)
1936John D'Arcy, cricketer (NZ Test batsman on 1958 England tour)
1936Joseph Willaert, Flemish painter
1936Roy Orbison, Vernon Tx, rocker (Pretty Woman)
1937Barry Shepherd, cricketer (Australian lefty bat early 60's)
1937Don Massengale, Jackson TX, PGA golfer (1966 Bing Crosby Celebrity)
1937Victoria Glendinning, author (Edith Sitwell A Unicorn Among Lions)
1938Leonard Ernest John Chant, social worker
1938Russell Hillhouse, under-sect Scottish Office
1938Steven D Symms, (Sen-R-ID, 1981- )
1939David Birney, Wash DC, actor (Brigette Loves Bernie, St Elsewhere)
1939Ray Peterson, Denton Tx, singer (Tell Laura I Love Her)
1939William Hagerty, editor (People)
1940Lee Majors, [Harvey Yeary], Mich, TV actor ($6,000,000 Man, Stunt Man)
1940Richard Monaco, US, sci-fi author (Grail War, Final Quest)
1941Ed Stewart, British DJ
1941Hal Daub, (Rep-R-NB, 1981- )
1942Sandra Dee, [Zuck], Bayonne NJ, actress (Gidget, Imitation of Life)
1943Carmen von Thyssen, Barcelona Spain, Baroness
1943Herve Villechaize, France, "Da Plane! Da Plane!" (Fantasy Island)
1943Hugh Davies, composer
1943Tony Esposito, Ontario, NHL goalie (Chicago Blackhawks)
1943[Gerardus] Bob van Toll, actor/interpreter/director (Pastorale 1943)
1944Niklaus Schilling, Basel Germany, director (Dormire, Atem, Rheingold)
1947Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, Ireland, political activist [or 1940]
1947Saskia, [Trudy van den Berg], singer (S & Serge, Spinning Wheel)
1948Richard Day, engineer/development expert
1948Tessa Wyatt, actress (Beast in the Cellar, Wedding Night)
1949Blair Brown, Wash DC, actress (Altered States, Molly Dodd)
1949John Miles, vocal/guitar/keyboards (John Miles Band-Rebel, Zaragon)
1949Joyce DeWitt, Wheeling WV, actress (Janet Wood-Three's Company)
1949Walter Sweeney, MP
1951Loek M L H A Hermans, Dutch MP (VVD)
1952Lionel Johnston, Augusta Ga, actor (Sons & Daughters)
1952Narada, [Michael Walden], Mich, rocker (Don't Want Nobody Else)
1952Terry Moor, Hartford Conn, tennis star
1952Tony Maselli, (fictional character on "Who's the Boss")
1953Fred Upton, (Rep-R-Michigan)
1953James Russo, NYC, actor (My Own Private Idaho, China Girl)
1955Captain Sensible, rocker
1955Judy Davis, Perth Australia, actress (Husbands & Wives)
1955Mike Smith, British DJ
1955Su Ingle, British TV hostess
1955Tony Miles, chess player
1956Peter Teravainen, Plymouth MA USA, Australasia golfer
1957Jan Hooks, Decatur Georgia, comedienne actress (SNL, Designing Women)
1957Kathleen Lynch, Motueka NZ, cyclist (Olympics-96)
1958Max Planck, physicist (Quanta Physics)
1959Terri Luckhurst, LPGA golfer
1960Joseph Martin Mudd, Louisville KY, PGA golfer (1988 Federal Express)
1960Steve Clark, Hillsborough England, rock guitarist (Def Leppard)
1960Valerie Bertinelli, Del, (1 Day at a Time, Sydney); Ms Eddie Van Halen
1963Benoit Doucet, Montreal Quebec, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
1964Dan Frischman, Whippany NJ, actor (Arvid Engen-Head of the Class)
1964Gen, [Simon Matthews], English pop drummer (Jesus Jones-Zeroes & Ones)
1964Martin Lopez-Zubero, Spanish backstroke swimmer (world record 200m)
1965Donna Weinbrecht, skier (Olympic-gold)
1966Jacques "Jacq" Koumans, soccer player (NAC)
1966Richard Greenwood, LA Calif, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Napa Valley)
1966Wayne Drinkwalter, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions)
1967Brent Muscat, rocker (Faster Pussycat-Wake Me When It's Over)
1967Melina Kanakaredes, Akron Ohio, actress (Eleni Andros-Guiding Light)
1967Rheal Cormier, New Brunswick, pitcher (Montreal Expos)
1968Susan Emily Savastano, E Providence RI, Miss RI-America (1991)
1969Nadeem Shahid, cricketer
1970Cristiano Caratti, Italy, tennis star (1987 Orange Bowl boys doubles)
1970Frank Temming, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
1971Chuck Adams, Pacific Palisades Calif, tennis star (1989 USTA Boys)
1972Rachel Hetherington, Port Macquarie NSW, golfer (1993 NSW Champ)
1973Derek Armstrong, Ottawa, NHL center (NY Islanders)
1973Patrick Poulin, Vanier, NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
1974Joey Kent, wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers)
1974Sam Madison, cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
1975Bret Anderson, CFL slot back (BC Lions)
1976Tamas Buday Jr, Budapest Hungary, Canadian canoeist (Olympics-96)
1981Gabriella MAO Windsor, daughter of English prince Michael

Deaths for today in history Events  Birthdays
0034Christ, crucified, according to Isaac Newton
0303George, knight of Cappadocië?/saint/patron of England, beheaded
0303George, knight/saint/patron of England, beheaded
0871Ethelred I, king of Wessex/brother of Alfred the Great, dies
0990Ekkehart II, [Palatinus], monk to St-Gallen/poet, dies
0997Vojtech "Adalbert" of Prague, 2nd bishop of Prague/apostle, dies at 40
1014Brian Boru, king of Ireland, dies in battle at 87
1014Sweyn Forkbeard, Viking king of England (1013-14), dies
1016Aethelbred II "the Unready", king of England (979-1016), dies
1416Blaise/Blasius of Parma, Ital astrologist/philosopher/algebra, dies
1616William Shakesphere, Engl author (Hamlet), dies on his 52nd birthday
1616Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spanish writer (Don Quixote), dies at 69
1625Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange, dies at 57
1670Loreto Vittori, composer, dies at 69
1691Jean-Henri D'Anglebert, composer, dies
1695Henry Vaughan, poet (Silex Scintillans), dies at 72
1728Tomas de Torrejon y Velasco, composer, dies at 83
1732Cajetan Kolberer, composer, dies at 63
1740Thomas Tickell, poet, dies
1742Mihael Omerza, composer, dies at 62
1762Johann Samuel Endler, composer, dies at 67
1774Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich, painter, dies
1786Alexander Cozens, English water colors painter, dies at about 68
1812Franz Sebastian Haindl, composer, dies at 85
1827Johanna C Wattier-Ziesenis, actress (Phaedra/Lady MacBeth), dies at 65
1838John W Janssens, gov-gen of Cape Colony/Dutch-Indies, dies at 75
1847Erik Gustaf Geijer, composer, dies at 64
1850William Wordsworth, poet, dies at 80
1853Auguste Laurent, chemist, dies
1865James Dearing, US Confederate brig-general, dies at 24
1878Friedrich Preller, landscape painter, dies
1880Guess Saleh, [Sarief Bastaman], Javanese painter, dies
1885William Henry Holmes, composer, dies at 73
1895Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig, physiologist, dies
1897Clement Harris, composer, dies at 25
1905Karel Komzak, composer, dies at 54
1915Rupert Chawner Brooke, English poet (Lithuania), dies at 27
1918Percy Thomson Dean, lt-commander, killed at Zeebrugge, dies
1925André Caplet, French composer (Le miroir de Jésus), dies at 45
1926Joseph Pennell, artist/author, dies
1929Rudolf W Nilsen, Norwegian poet (Hverdagen), dies at 28
1942Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear, pres of Argentina (1922-28), dies at 73
1943Fréderic baron d'Erlanger, French composer/banker, dies at 74
1945Albrecht Haushofer, writer, dies at 42
1946Jesus Castillo, composer, dies at 68
1952Minus van Looi, [Benjamin van der Neart], Flemish writer, dies at 60
1952Elisabeth Schumann, singer, dies
1955Robert H Woltjer, classical/AR-First-Member of parliament, dies at 76
1957William Orlamond, actor (Flesh & Devil, Words & Music), dies at 89
1960Cornelis Jan Bakkerr, Dutch/US nuclear physicist, dies
1960Toyohiko Kagawa, Japanese Christian-social reformer/writer, dies at 71
1962Stirling Moss, auto racer, killed while racing at 32
1965Josephina J "Fien" de la Mar, Dutch actress (Pygmalion), dies at 67
1969Krzystzof Komeda, composer, dies at 37
1970Herb Shriner, humorist/TV host (Herb Shriner Show), dies at 51
1971William Tubman, president of Liberia (1944-71), dies at 76
1973Otto Eissfeldt, German old testament scholar, dies at 85
1975William Hartnell, actor (Dr Who), dies at 67
1975R D Brinkmann, writer, dies
1975Pete Ham, rocker (Badfinger), commits suicide by hanging himself at 27
1976James Flavin, actor (Man With a Camera), dies at 69
1976Ronald Radd, actor (King Lear, Up Jumped a Swagman), dies at 47
1976Shimen Ruskin, actor (Meyer-Corner Bar), dies at 68
1980Jane Froman, US singer (JF's USA Canteen), dies at 72
1983Buster Crabbe, 400m US swimmer (Olympics-gold-1932), dies at 73
1983Selena Royale, actress (Robot Monster), dies at 78
1984August "Guus" Oster, actor/director (Carrie), dies at 68
1985Sam J Ervin Jr, (Sen-D-NC), dies at 88
1985Kent Smith, actor (Peyton Place, Invaders), dies at 78
1986Harold Arlen, [Hyman Arluck], US composer, murdered at 81
1986Jim Laker, cricketer (193 wkts for England at 21 24), dies
1986Otto Preminger, dir (Advise & Consent, Anatomy of Murder), dies at 79
1988Arthur Michael, Lord Ramsey/archbishop of Canterbury, dies
1990Paulette Goddard, actress (Hazard), dies in Switzerland at 78
1990Palmer Deane, actor (Still of the Night), dies
1990Albert Salmi, (Caddyshack), kills terminally ill wife & self at 62
1991Peter Bailey, Graphic designer/calligrapher, dies
1992Victoria Kellem Lederman, model, dies of amyloidosis at 52
1992Satyajit Ray, Indian director (Distant Thunder/Agantuk), dies at 70
1992Deron Johnson, 1965 NL run leader, dies of cancer at 53
1993Bertus Aafjes, poet/writer (World is a Muze), dies at 78
1993Lalith Athulathmudali, Sri Lankan minister, murdered at 59
1994Cassidy Clinton Cremer, author (John Cremer), murdered at 30
1994Cecile Dreesmann, son of Anton Dreesmann, dies at 74
1995Robert Selby Taylor, bishop, dies at 86
1995Lonesome Sundown, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 66
1995John Stennis, (Sen-D-MS), dies at 93
1995Howard Cosell, sportscaster (Monday Night Football), dies at 77
1996Leonard Kuntstat, blues discographer, dies at 70
1996Pamela Lyndon Travers, writer (Mary Poppins), dies at 96

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