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Events for yesterday in history Birthdays  Deaths
0708 Sisinnius begins his reign as Pope (dies 20 days later)
0946 Caliph al-Mustaqfi blinded/ousted
1346 Emperor Louis IV of Bavaria gives his wife Margaretha, Holland/Zealand
1535 Henry VIII declares himself head of English Church
1552 France signs secret treaty with German Protestants
1562 3rd sitting of Council of Trente opens
1582 Russia cedes Livonia & Estonia to Poland, loses access to Baltic
1586 Battle at Boxum: Spanish troops under Tassis beat state army
1752 Tobias Smollett publishes pamphlet accusing Fielding of plagiarism
1754 Riot at burial of doelist Daniel Raap in Amsterdam
1759 British Museum opens in Montague House, London
1762 Fraunces Tavern opens in NYC
1777 People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England
1780 Continental Congress establishes court of appeals
1785 Mozarts string quartet opus 10 premieres
1797 1st top hat worn (John Etherington of London)
1831 1st US-built locomotive to pull a passenger train makes 1st run
1831 1st US railroad honeymoon trip, Mr & Mrs Pierson, Charleston, SC
1833 HMS Beagle anchors at Goeree Tierra del Fuego
1844 U of Notre Dame receives its charter in Indiana
1847 1st Swedish magazine in US, Skandinavia, published in NYC
1851 Gen Arista replaces Mexican Pres Herrera
1857 1st first-class game in Sydney, NSW v Vic at The Domain
1861 Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis
1863 1st US newspaper printed on wood-pulp paper, Boston Morning Journal
1865 Ft Fisher, NC falls to Union troops
1866 Bedrich Smetana's opera "Branibori v Cechach," premieres in Prague
1870 Donkey 1st used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper's Weekly
1877 US Assay Office in Helena, Montana opens
1882 1st US ski club forms (Berlin NH)
1886 Weekly Herald, 1st Vancouver, BC newspaper, publishes 1st issue
1892 Basketball rules published in Triangle Magazine, Mass
1895 Albert Trott takes 8-43 on Test debut, then a record
1895 French fleet reaches Majunga, Madagascar
1895 Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" premieres, St Petersburg (1/27 NS)
1896 Henry Arthur Jones' "Michael & his Lost Angel," premieres in London
1900 SCNEC soccer team forms
1905 Coen de Koning becomes world champion all-round skater
1907 3-element vacuum tube patented by Dr Lee De Forest
1907 Gold dental inlays 1st described by Wm Taggart, who invented them
1908 C Hill & R J Hartigan make 8th wkt partnership 243 for Aust
1915 Japan claims economic control of China
1915 Sydney, Kern & Smith's musical "Love o' Mike," premieres in NYC
1919 2 million gallons of molasses flood Boston MA, drowning 21
1919 Frank Wedekind's "Die letzten Tage der Menschheit," premieres
1919 Pianist & statesman Ignace Paderewski becomes 1st premier of Poland
1919 Semana Tragica (Tragic Week): Bloodbath in Buenos Aires
1919 W Collison & O Harbach's "Up in Mabel's Room," premieres in NYC
1922 Irish Free State forms; Michael Collins becomes 1st premier
1924 3rd Dutch govt Ruijs de Beerenbrouck forms
1925 Hans Luther forms German govt, with DNVP
1930 George Headley scores century on debut v England (made 176)
1934 8.4 earthquake in India/Nepal, 10,700 die
1934 Babe Ruth signs a 1934 contract for $35,000 ($17,000 cut)
1935 300 Dutch ice cream salesmen protest against Italian competition
1935 Clifford Odets' "Waiting for Lefty," premieres in NYC
1936 1st all-glass windowless structure in US completed, Toledo, Ohio
1936 Horace Stoneham elected president of NY Giants
1936 Non-profit Ford Foundation incorporates
1939 1st NFL pro bowl, NY Giants beat All Stars 13-10 in Wrigley Field
1939 Municipal Railway & Market St RR begin service to Transbay Terminal
1940 German U-Boot torpedoes Dutch trade ship Arendskerk (Eagle's Church)
1942 Cubs, drop plans to install lights at Wrigley due to WW II
1942 FDR asks commissioner to continue baseball during WW II
1943 1st transport of Jews from Amsterdam to concentration camp Vught
1943 World's largest office building, Pentagon, completed
1943 1,000 workers complete air conditioning system for Pentagon
1944 European Advisory Commission decides to divide Germany
1944 General Eisenhower arrives in England
1944 Vught Concentration Camp puts 74 women in 1 cell, 10 die
1945 "Make Mine Manhattan" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 429 perfs
1945 Every Amsterdammer gets 3 kg sugar beets
1945 Red Army frees Crakow-Plaszow concentration camp
1949 Mao's Red army conquers Ten-tsin
1950 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Wash DC
1951 "Cloud of Death" rolls down Mount Lamington, New Guinea kills 3-5,000
1951 Supreme Court rule "clear & present danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech & can be a cause for arrest
1953 16 car Federal Express train loses brakes & crashes in Wash DC station
1953 GDR Min of Foreign affairs Georg Dertingen arrested for "espionage"
1955 1st official act of Princess Beatrice, launches tanker Vasum
1955 D Shostakovitch' "From Jewish Folk Poetry," premieres in Leningrad
1955 USSR ends state of war with German Federal Republic
1956 Bauer Marlene wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
1956 D Shostakovitch appointed honorary member of Academia Santa Cecilia
1956 KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
1956 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 31-30
1957 Brooklyn Dodgers sign a new 3 year lease for Ebbets Field
1958 NY Yankees sign million dollar plus deal to show 140 games on WPIX TV
1961 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 35-31
1961 Suggs wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational Open
1961 Supremes signed with Motown Records
1962 50th Australian Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats R Emerson (86 06 64 64)
1962 Dutch & Indonesian navy encounter in Etna Bay New Guinea
1964 Baseball agrees to hold a free-agent draft in NYC
1964 Teamsters negotiate 1st national labor contract
1965 Rock group Who releases 1st album "I Can't Explain"
1965 Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor Mich forms
1966 AFL Pro Bowl: All-Stars beats Buffalo 30-19
1966 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 36-7
1967 Superbowl I: Green Bay Packers beat KC Chiefs, 35-10 in LA Superbowl MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB
1968 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
1969 Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
1969 Soyuz 5 launched by Soviet Union
1970 Milwaukee Brewers make their 1st trade (with Oakland A's)
1970 Republic Biafra disbands/joins Nigeria
1971 "Ari" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 19 performances
1971 Aswan Dam official opens in Egypt
1971 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord"
1972 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels
1973 4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court
1973 Gene Shalit joins Today Show panel
1973 Pope Paul VI has an audience with Golda Meir at Vatican
1973 Pres Nixon suspends all US offensive action in N Vietnam
1974 "Happy Days" begins an 11 year run on ABC
1974 24th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 134-123 at Seattle
1974 Expert panel reports 18«-m gap in Watergate tape, 5 separate erasures
1975 Portugal signs accord for Angola's independence
1975 Space Mountain opens (Disneyland)
1976 Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot Pres Ford
1976 US-German Helios B solar probe launched into solar orbit
1976 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1977 Coneheads debut on "Saturday Night Live"
1977 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament
1978 Theodore Bundy kills Fla State U coeds Lisa Levy & Margaret Bowman
1978 Superbowl XII: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10 in N Orleans Superbowl MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE & Randy White, Dallas, DT
1980 Pam Gems' "Piaf!," premieres in London
1981 "Hill Street Blues" premieres on NBC-TV
1981 Bob Gibson elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
1982 "Forbidden Broadway" by/with Gerard Alessandrini premieres in NYC
1983 Dutch political party DS'70 disbands
1983 Hartford Whalers smallest crowd 4,812 (beat Devils) during blizzard
1983 Javed Miandad & Mudassar Nazar make 451 stand v India
1983 Thom Syles keeps a life saver intact in his mouth for over 7 hours
1984 Hana Mandlikova ends Martina Navratilova's 54-match winning streak
1984 Schönbrun skates world record 5 km (7:39.44)
1985 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Ashbery & Fred Chapell
1985 Civil rights activist Tancredo Neves elected president
1985 Mike Gatting & Graeme Fowler both scores 200's v India
1985 Tancredo Neves becomes 1st elected president of Brazil in 21 years
1986 Living Seas opens (Disneyland)
1988 Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder makes racist remarks about black athletes
1988 Kiran More stumps five WI batsman at Madras, world Test record
1988 Narendra Hirwani takes 16-136 (8-61 & 8-75) v WI on Test debut
1989 "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 176 perfs
1989 10th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins 35 awards
1989 Betsy King wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic
1989 Big John Studd wins WWF's 1st Royal Rumble
1989 Cerberal Palsy telethon raises 22,600,000
1990 42 year old George Foreman KOs George Cooney in 2 rounds
1990 6th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Knots Landing wins
1990 AT&T experiences long distance problems due to a computer glitch
1990 Blue Jay Cecil Fielder signs with Detroit as a free agent
1990 NY Knicks Trent Tucker scores with 1/10 sec, beats Bulls, 109-106
1991 Australia beat NZ 2-0 to win the World Series Cup
1991 UN's deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait (they don't)
1992 Bulgaria recognizes Macedonia
1992 Cleaning woman finds intimate photos of Sarah Ferguson with US man
1992 Supreme Court rules 5-3 that Joseph Doherty isn't entitled to asylum
1993 7.5 earthquake strikes northern Japan, 2 die
1993 Soap opera "Santa Barbara" final show on NBC TV
1993 Top mafia leader Salvatore "Tot•" Riina arrested in Palermo
1994 15th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins 34 awards, Showtime wins 10
1994 Hague motorist with .51% alcohol in blood, breaks Dutch record (.47%)
1994 Queen Elizabeth falls off her horse & breaks her left wrist
1995 Dawn Coe-Jones wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Golf Champion
1995 SD Chargers beat Pitt Steelers 17-13 for AFC championship
1995 SF 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys for NFC championship
1995 Southern Alabama begins using new area code 334
1995 Western Washington begins using new area code 360
1997 Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman, Eugene Amosin the groin
1997 Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station
1998 NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again
2009 U.S. Airways plane ditches in the Hudson River - all 155 passengers survive
Birthdays for yesterday in history Events  Deaths
1432Afonso V "the African", king of Portugal (1438-1481)
1507Johann Oporinus [Herbster], Swiss book publisher (Koran)
1567Black Box, [Catherine Quinol], Guadeloupe, vocalist (Love Sensation)
1715Georg C Wagenzeil, Austria (court)composer/pianist
1716Philip Livingston, merchant (signed Declaration of Independence)
1730John Malchair, composer
1733Joseph Lederer, composer
1742Eugene Godecharle, composer
1779Jean Coralli, Paris, ballet producer/choreographer
1791Franz Gillparzer, Austrian tragic dramatist (Golden Fleece)
1793Ferdinand G Waldmller, Austrian painter
1795Willem de Clerq, Dutch merchant/man of letters
1798Thomas Crofton Croker, Irish story teller (Fairy legends)
1809Cornelia Connelly, Phila, founder (Society of the Holy Child Jesus)
1809Pierre Joseph Proudhon, France, politician (libertarian socialist)
1812Peter C Asbjírnsen, Norwegian fairy tale writer
1813James Marion Sims, SC, surgeon/gynecologist (vesicovaginal operation)
1814Ludwig Schläfli, Swiss vicar/mathematician
1815Henry Morris Naglee, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1886
1817Lewis Golding Arnold, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1871
1821Lafayette McLaws, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1897
1826Mikhail Saltykov, Spas-Ugol Russia, satirist (Family of Noblemen)
1841Lord Frederick Stanley, presenter of hockey's Stanley Cup
1845Ella Flagg Young, 1st woman pres (National Educational Association)
1845Heinrich Vogl, composer
1850Mihail Eminesco, [Eminovici], Romanian poet (Samanul Dionis)
1850Sonya Kurtovsky Kovalevsky, mathemetician (Acad of Science)
1858Giovanni Segantini, Italy, painter
1863Adolph Goldschmidt, German historian
1863Wilhelm Marx, premier (Prussia)
1866Nathan Söderblom, Lutheran archbishop, internationalist (Nobel '30)
1868Noach Zjordanija, Georgian veterinarian/premier (1918-21)
1870Johan Peter Koch, Danish officer/explorer (Greenland)
1871Bertram Shapleigh, composer
1873Max Adler, Austria sociologist/socialist theorist
1877Lewis M Terman, Ind, psychologist (developed Stanford-Binet IQ test)
1878Johanna Muller-Hermann, composer
1879Ernest Thesiger, London England, actor (Bride of Frankenstein, Ghoul)
1882Florian Znaniecki, Polish/US sociologist (Polish Peasant in Europe)
1888Joseph Henabery, Omaha NE, director (Cobra)
1891Osip E Mandelstam, Warsaw Poland, Russian poet (Noise of Time)
1892Frank Hutchens, composer
1892Rex Ingram, [Reginald IM Hitchcock], dir (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse)
1893D Ivor D Novello, British composer/writer (Truth Game)
1893Dragisa Cvetkovic, Serbian premiere of Yugoslavia (1939-4.)
1893Ivor Novello, Cardiff Wales, actor (Lodger, Phantom Fiend)
1894Edmond Rubbens, Belgian attorney/minister of colonization
1896Jacobo Ficher, composer
1899Goodman Ace, radio/TV actor/columnist/humorist (Better of Goodman)
1900César Domela, Dutch painter (Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis son)
1900William Heinesen, Färoës Island, writer (Noatun)
1902Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd al-Rahman al-Faisal al-Saud, king (Saudi Arabia)
1906Aristotle Onassis, Greece, rich shipping magnate
1906Rezso Kokai, composer
1908Edward Teller, Budapest Hungary, fathered H-bomb (Manhattan Project)
1908Roberta Bitgood, composer
1909Elie Siegmeister, NYC, composer (Plough & the Stars)
1909Enrique Sasal y Chapi, composer
1909Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman's drummer (Sing Sing Sing)
1911Cy Feuer, NYC, Bdwy producer (Feuer & Martin-Chorus Line)
1911Wim Kan, Dutch cabaretier
1912Michel J-P Debré, premier of France (1959-62)
1913Lloyd Bridges, San Leandro Calif, actor (Sea Hunt, Roots, Airplane)
1914Lord Dacre of Glanton, British historian
1916Mikki Doyle, journalist
1918Andreas M Donner, Dutch jurist (constitutional law)
1918Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt (1954-1971)
1920John J "Cardinal" O'Connor, Phila, Roman Catholic Archbishop of NY
1920John Junor, British editor in chief (Sunday Express)
1922Franz Fhmann, writer
1923Lee Teng-hui, president of ROC (Taiwan), head of KMT (1988- )
1925Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist
1925Ruth Slenczynska, Sacramento, California, pianist
1926Maria Schell, Vienna Austria, actress (Space 1999)
1927Francis Routh, composer
1927Norm Crosby, Boston MA, comedian (Young at Heart Comedians)
1929"Queen Ida" Guillory, Ziadaco music
1929Eva Badura-Skoda, composer
1929Martin Luther King Jr, Atlanta, dreamer (Nobel 1964)
1931Derek Meddings, special effects technician
1931Murad Kazhlayev, composer
1931Thomas Hoving, NYC, news correspondent (20/20)
1932Dean Smith, US actor/relay runner (Olympic-gold-1952)
1932Enrique Raxach, composer
1932Louis Woodard Jones, New Rochelle NY, 4X400m relayer (Oly-gold-56)
1935Malcolm Frager, St Louis, Missouri, pianist
1935Robert Silverberg, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Regan's Planet)
1937Margaret O'Brien, San Diego, actress (Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St Louis)
1939Charles Christopher Steel, composer
1941Captain Beefheart, [Don Van Vliet], rocker (Bongo Fury, Shiny Beast)
1942Edward "Sonny" Bivins, US singer (Manhattans-Kiss & Say Goodbye)
1943Mike Marshall, MLB pitcher (1974 Cy Young Award)
1945Marie-Christine AHI von Leibnitz, (German?)/British princess
1947Andrea Martin, Portland ME, comediene (SCTV, Club Paradise)
1947Pete Waterman, rocker (Stock Aitken & Waterman-Road Block)
1948Dini Petty, Canadian talk show host (CITY-TV)
1948Ronnie Van Zant, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1948Tommy Nolan, Montreal Canada, actor (Jody-Buckskin)
1949Howard Allen Twitty, Phoenix AZ, PGA golfer (1979 BC Open)
1950David Lynn Jones, Bexar Ark, country singer (Bonnie Jean)
1951Charo, Murcia Spain, actress/singer (Chico & the Man, Love Boat)
1951Martha Davis, Calif, vocalist/guitar (Motels-Only the Lonely, Shame)
1952Melvyn Gale, rocker (ELO)
1953Boris Blank, rocker (Yello)
1953Randy White, NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
1955Enrico Mentana, Milan Italy, Italian newscaster (RAI)
1956Paul Parker, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1981)
1956Vera Sosulya, USSR, toboggan (Olympic-gold-1980)
1957Mario Van Peebles, Mexico, actor (Posse, South Bronx Heroes)
1958Julian Sands, actor (One Night Stand)
1959Pete Trewavas, Middlesbrough, bassist, (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)
1960Tim Curtis, cricketer (England righty batsman in 5 Tests 1988-89)
1961Iris DeMent, Paragould Ar, country singer (Our Town)
1963Erling Kagge, Norway, explorer (South Pole)
1963Lijuan Geng, Hebei China, Canadian tennis player (Olympics-96)
1963Richard Nasheim, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
1963Yaro Dachniwsky, Chic Ill, team handball goalie (Olympics-1996)
1964Cees van der de Linden, soccer player
1964Paula Schnurr, Kirkland Lake Ontario, 1.5k (Olympics-8-92, 96)
1965Derek B, rocker (Bullet from a Gun)
1965Michael Clemons, CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts)
1967Lisa Lisa, [Velez], rock vocalist (& Cult Jam)
1967Richard Blakey, cricketer (England wicket-keeper in India 1993)
1967Ted N Tryba, Wilkes-Barre PA, PGA golfer (1995 Anheuser-Busch Golf)
1968Bob Dahl, NFL guard (Washington Redskins)
1968Chad Lowe, Dayton Ohio, actor (Spencer, Apprentice to Murder)
1968Felton Spencer, NBA center (SF Warriors)
1968Laurie Fellner, Appleton Wisc, team handball goalie (Olympics-92, 96)
1968Steve McConaghy, Australian soling yachter (Olympics-96)
1969Adam Burt, Detroit, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)
1969Delino DeShields, Seaford DE, infielder (Montreal Expos, LA Dodgers)
1969Demetra Hampton, actress (Valentina)
1969Leonard Wheeler, NFL safety/cornerback (Cin Bengals, Minn Vikings)
1969Marsha Miller, Rochester NY, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1995)
1969Rob van Dijk, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
1969Rod de Highden, Australian 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics-96)
1969Siupeli Malamala, NFL guard/tackle (NY Jets)
1970Dan Landry, San Diego Ca, volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics-96)
1970Elroy Kromheer, soccer player (FC Volendam)
1970Michele Granger, Anaheim Calif, softball pitcher (Olympics-gold-96)
1971LeShon Johnson, running back (Arizona Cardinals)
1971Regina King, LA Calif, actress (Brenda Jenkins-227)
1972Ernie Reyes Jr, San Jose Calif, actor (Ernie-Sidekicks)
1972Kimberly Anne Massaro, St Louis Mo, Miss America (Missouri-5th-1997)
1973Daniel Nijhof, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
1973Randy Srochenski, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
1974Aubrey Jo Hiller, Missoula Montana, Miss America-Montana (1997)
1974Mike Minter, safety (Carolina Panthers)
1975Greg Loveridge, cricketer (NZ leg-spinner, did not bowl v Zim 1996)
1975Mary Pierce, Montreal Canada, tennis star (1995 Australian Open)
Deaths for yesterday in history Events  Birthdays
0069Servius Sulpicius Galba, 6th emperor of Rome (68-69), lynched at 70
1208Peter of Castelnau, French nobleman, murdered
1684Caspar Netscher, Dutch portrait painter, dies at about 48
1705Walraad, the Young, earl of Nassau-Ottweiler/gov of Nijmegen, dies
1744Charles-Hubert Gervais, composer, dies at 72
1755Azzolino Bernardino Della Ciaia, composer, dies at 83
1765Carlmann Kolb, composer, dies at 61
1775Giovanni Battista Sammartini, composer, dies
1788Gaetano Latilla, composer, dies at 77
1812Johannes Herbst, composer, dies at 76
1816Henry Harington, composer, dies at 88
1844Joseph Mazzinghi, composer, dies at 78
1866M T d'Azeglio, writer, dies
1896Matthew B Brady, US photographer (Civil War), dies at about 72
1904Eduard Lassen, composer, dies at 73
1909Ernest Reyer, composer, dies at 85
1909Ernest von Wildenbruch, German playwright (Das Edle Blut), dies at 63
1911Wilhelm Berger, composer, dies at 49
1915Guillaume Couture, composer, dies at 63
1919Karl Liebknecht, Marxist revolutionary, murdered at 47
1919Rosa Luxemburg, Marxist revolutionary, murdered
1922John Kirk Barry, Dr/explorer David Livingstone's companion, dies at 89
1924Geza Zichy, composer, dies at 74
1926Enrico Toselli, composer, dies at 42
1932Georg Kerschensteiner, German educationalist, dies at 77
1934Hermann Bahr, Austrian writer (Concert), dies at 70
1934Patrick O'Malley, US policeman, killed by John Dillinger
1936Henry Forster, cricket (Hants & Oxford U, Gov-Gen of Australia), dies
1942Melvin Winfield Sheppard, runner (Olympic-gold-08, 12), dies at 58
1949Black Dahlia, murder victim found in LA (basis of the movie)
1949Pompeo Aloisi, Italian baron/diplomat/senator, dies at 63
1953Viktor Patrick Vretblad, composer, dies at 76
1955Yves Tanguy, French/American sailor/surrealistic painter, dies
1961Francesco Maria Saraceni, composer, dies at 49
1962Kenneth MacKenna, actor (Men Without Women), dies of cancer at 62
1964Weldon John "Jack" Teagarden, US jazz trombonist/singer, dies at 58
1965Pierre Ngendandumwe, premier of Burundi, murdered
1966Betsy Mitchell, US 100m backstroke swimmer, dies at 25
1967Albert Szirmai, composer, dies at 86
1968Bill Masterson, 1st NHLer fatally injured during game (Jan 13), dies
1968John Davidson, actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc), dies at 80
1968Leopold Infeld, Pol nuclear physcist (Motion & Relativity), dies at 69
1969Theodor Werner, German painter, dies at 82
1971John Dall, actor (Corn is Green, Rope), dies of heart attack at 50
1973Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist/conductor, dies at 68
1974Karel Salmon, composer, dies at 76
1978Margaret Bowman & Janet Levy, Chi Omega, FSU, killed by Ted Bundy
1981Emanuel Celler, (Rep-D-NY, 1923-73), dies at 92
1982Red Smith, sportscaster (Pulitzer, Fight Talk), dies at 76
1983Meyer Lansky, reputed mobster, dies in Miami Beach Fla at 80
1983Shepperd Strudwick, actor (Psychomania), dies of cancer at 75
1986James H "Jim" Crowley, US football player (Notre Dame), dies at 83
1987Dolores Hawkins, singer (Guy Mitchell Show), dies at 58
1987Gerrit Borgers, Dutch literary, dies at 69
1987Ray Bolger, actor/dancer (Wizard of Oz), dies at 83
1988Sean MacBride, Ireland, commander of Irish Republican Army, dies at 83
1989Wilf Slack, cricketer (whilst bat in Gambia England player 1986), dies
1990Gordon Jackson, actor (Hamlet), dies after a short illness at 66
1993Henry Iba, basketball coach, dies at 88
1993Huub H Jacobse, Dutch MP (VVD), dies at 68
1993Ken Cory, dies of AIDS at 51
1993Sammy Cahn, [Cohen], US songwriter (Bei Mir Bist Du Schön), dies at 79
1994György Cziffra, Hungarian/French pianist (Chopin/Liszt), dies at 72
1994Harry Nilsson, rock vocalist (Everybody's Talkin'), dies at 52
1994Philippe Brun, jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
1995Sollie McElroy, singer, dies at 61
1996Les Baxter, singer/orch leader/composer (Born Again), dies at 73
1996Moshushu II, King of Lesotho (1966-90), dies at 51
1996Richard Charles Cobb, historian, dies at 78
1997Jose Ignacio Domecq, wine maker, dies at 82
1997Kenneth Thimann, botanist, dies at 92
1998Amos "Junior" Wells, blues musician, dies at 63
1998Gulzarilal Nanda, temporary PM of India (1964, 66), dies
1998Junior Wells, blues harpist, dies at 63

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