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0858 Benedict III ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1421 Dikes at Dort Holland breaks, 100,000 drown
1492 Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies
1521 Martin Luther is excommunicated from Roman Catholic Church
1524 Giovanni Verrazano, a florentine navigator, discovers New York Bay
1534 Sir Thomas More confined in London Tower
1555 Siena surrenders for Spanish troops
1596 Arch duke Albrecht of Austria occupies Calais
1629 1st commercial fishery established
1704 1st successful US newspaper; published in Boston by John Campbell
1711 Charles VI Habsburg becomes king of Austria
1747 French troops occupy Zeeuws-Flanders, Netherlands
1758 Francis Williams, 1st US black college graduate, publishes poems
1793 Battle of Warsaw
1808 Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships
1817 1st US school for deaf (Hartford, Conn)
1824 Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54° 40' N
1839 Guatemala forms republic
1853 Thorbecke govt resigns
1853 US Marine Hospital at Presidio (SF) forms
1861 Indianola TX-"Star of West" taken by Confederacy
1861 Virginia is 8th state to secede
1863 R Grierson's: La Grange, TN to Baton Rouge, LA
1864 Battle of Plymouth, NC
1864 Bread revolt in Savannah, Georgia
1864 Grant suspends prisoner-of-war exchanges
1865 Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in Lincoln's assassination
1869 1st pro baseball games-Cin Reds 24, Cin amateurs 15
1875 "Snooker" (variation of pool) invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain
1892 1st Sunday NL baseball game, Reds beat Cards 5-1
1895 Treaty of Shimonoseki signed, ends 1st Sino-Japanese War (1894-95)
1900 7 high chiefs of American Samoa sign Instrument of Cession
1905 US Supreme court judges maximum work day unconstitutional
1907 Ellis Island, NY-11,745 immigrants arrive
1912 1st unofficial gold record (Al Jolson's "Ragging The Baby To Sleep")
1920 American Professional Football Association forms (NFL)
1923 Longest NL opening game, Phillies & Dodgers tie 5-5 in 14
1924 Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures & Louis B Mayer Co merged to form MGM
1925 NY Yankee Babe Ruth has ulcer surgery
1925 Paul Painlevé follows Edouard Herriot on as French premier
1927 Japan's Wakarsoeki govt falls/Baron Tanaka becomes premier
1930 Abkhazian ASSR forms in Georgian SSR
1932 Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia ends slavery
1933 Chicago Bears win their 1st NFL Game beating NY Giants 23-21
1934 New Fenway Park opens, Washington Senators beat Red Sox 6-5
1935 Provincial-National elections (Musserts NSB achieves 7.9%/44 chairs)
1937 Cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig, debut
1939 Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
1939 SN Behrman's "No Time for Comedy," premieres in NYC
1939 Stalin signs British-France-Russian anti-nazi pact
1941 British troop land in Iraq/Yugoslavia; surrender to nazis
1941 Office of Price Administration forms (handled rationing)
1942 12 Lancasters bombs MAN-factory in Augsburg
1942 Operations begin to destroy Sobibor Concentration Camp
1943 Admiral Yamamoto flies from Truk to Rabaul
1943 SS-lt-general Jrgen Stoop arrives in Warsaw
1945 8th Air Force bombs Dresden
1945 German occupiers flood Wieringermeer Neth
1945 Mussolini flees from Sal• to Milan
1945 US troops lands in Mindanao
1946 Syria declares independence from French administration
1947 Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit
1951 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4
1953 Mickey Mantle hits a 565' (172 m) HR in Wash DC's Griffith Stadium
1955 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
1956 Bulgaria premier Tchervenkov resigns
1956 Kominform disbands
1956 Premium Savings Bonds introduced in Great Britain
1956 USSR's Cominform (Parliament) dissolves
1956 Willie Mosconi sinks 150 consecutive balls in a billiard tournament
1958 Brussel's (Belgium) World Fair opens
1960 American Samoa sets up a constitutional government
1960 Cleveland Indians trade Rocky Colavito to Tigers for Harvey Kuenn
1961 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs attempt to overthrow Castro
1961 33rd Academy Awards - "Apartment," Burt Lancaster & Liz Taylor win
1964 "Cafe Crown" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 3 performances
1964 "High Spirits" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 375 performances
1964 1st game at Shea Stadium, NY Mets lose to Pitts Pirates, 4-3
1964 Ford Mustang formally introduced ($2368 base)
1964 Jerrie Mock becomes 1st woman to fly solo around the world
1966 100th intl soccer meet between Netherlands-Belgium (3-1)
1966 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
1967 Shortwave Radio NY Worldwide goes back on the air after a week off
1967 Surveyor 3 launched; soft lands on Moon, April 20
1968 "Fade Out-Fade In" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 72 perfs
1968 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Balt Orioles
1969 Bernadette Devlin elected to British house of commons
1969 Czechoslovakia's Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek deposed
1969 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
1969 Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Sen Robert F Kennedy
1969 The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert
1970 Apollo 13 limps back safely, Beech-built oxygen tank no help
1970 Paul McCartney's 1st solo album "McCartney" is released
1971 Egypt, Libya & Syria form federation (FAR)
1971 People's Republic Bangladesh forms, under sheik Mujib ur-Rahman
1972 1st Boston Women's Marathon won by Nina Kuscsik of NY in 3:10:26
1972 76th Boston Marathon won by Olavi Suomalainen of Finland in 2:15:39
1972 Revised Dutch constitution proclaimed
1972 Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats
1973 2nd Boston Women's Marathon won by Jacqueline Hansen of CA in 3:05:59
1973 77th Boston Marathon won by Jon Anderson of Oreg in 2:16:03
1974 Bundy victim Susan Rancourt disappears from CWU, Ellensburg, WA
1974 Moslem fundamentalists assault military academy in Heliopolis Egypt
1975 Khmer Rouge captures Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea Natl Day)
1975 Penguins 6-Isles 4-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 3-0 lead
1975 Phnom Penh fell to Communist insurgents, ending Cambodia's 5-year war
1976 NL greatest comeback, trailing 12-1 Phils win 18-16 in 10, Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive HRs
1977 "I Love My Wife" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 864 performances
1977 Christian-democrats win Belgium parliamentary election
1977 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
1978 63,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record)
1978 7th Boston Women's Marathon won by Gayle Barron of Ga in 2:44:52
1978 82nd Boston Marathon won by Bill Rodgers of Mass in 2:10:13
1978 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for "Dragons of Eden"
1979 Brian Clark's "Whose Life is it Anyway?," premieres in London
1981 Isle Potvin's 3 playoff power-play goals tie NHL record vs Oilers
1981 Ranger's Anders Hedberg is 2nd to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
1982 Canada adopts its constitution
1982 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1983 1st National Coin Week begins
1983 Grete Waltz runs female world record marathon (2:25:29)
1983 In Warsaw, police route 1,000 Solidarity supporters
1983 India entered space age launching SLV-3 rocket
1983 Lynn Adams wins LPGA Combanks Orlando Golf Classic
1983 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter
1983 Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs Rangers Rangers 7-Isles 6-Patrick Div Finals-Isles hold 2-1 lead Wayne Gretzky scores 7 goals in one Stanley Cup playoff game
1984 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez suspended due to cocaine usage
1984 Libyan embassy demonstration, 1 shot dead
1986 IBM produces 1st megabit-chip
1986 Netherlands & Scilly Islands sign peace treaty (war of 1651)
1986 Pulitzer prize awarded to Larry McMurtry for "Lonesome Dove"
1987 Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA player to score 30,000 points
1987 Richard Wilbur appointed as US poet laureate
1987 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1988 Ethiopian Belayneh Densimo runs world record marathon (2:06:50)
1988 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic
1989 18th Boston Women's Marath won by Ingrid Kristiansen of Nor in 2:24:33
1989 93rd Boston Marathon won by Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia in 2:09:06
1989 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $245 per week
1989 Polish labor union granted legal status
1989 Soviet-US agreement allows Soviets to fight US pros
1990 Gas explodes on passenger train in Kumrahar India, 80 die
1991 Dow Jones closes above 3,000 for 1st time (3,004.46)
1991 Railroad workers go on strike in US
1993 Police officers found guilty of violating Rodney Kings civil rights
1993 STS-56 (Discovery) lands
1994 "Little More Magic" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 30 perfs
1994 "Twilight - Los Angeles 1992" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 72 perfs
1994 55th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Lee Trevino wins
1994 Aruba govt of Oduber falls
1994 Jennie Garth weds Dan Clark
1994 Val Skinner wins LPGA Atlanta Women's Golf Championship
1995 24th Boston Women's Marathon won by Uta Pippig of Germany in 2:25:11
1995 99th Boston Marathon won by Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya in 2:09:22
1997 John Bell, 115, recieves new pacemaker
1997 NJ Devil Martin Brodeur is 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game

Famous birthdays for this day Events  Deaths

1539Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter/cartoonist (Comedia)
1573Maximilian I, duke/ruler of Bayern (Catholic League)
1586John Ford, English dramatist ('Tis Pity She's a Whore)
1587Marco Ivan Lukacic, composer
1622Henry Vaughan, English poet (Silex Scintillans)
1644Abraham Jansz Storck, painter, baptized
1666François Valentijn, Dutch vicar/writer
1676Frederik I, van Hessen Kassel, King of Sweden (1720-51)
1683Johann David Heinichen, composer
1699Robert Blair, Scottish poet (Grave)
1715Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, composer
1719Christian Gottfried Krause, composer
1738Philip Hayes, composer
1741Johann Gottlieb Naumann, composer
1741Samuel Chase, judge (signed Decl of Ind)
1774Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, organist/pianist/composer
1788Joseph Gilbert Totten, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1864
1797Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian composer/conductor
1809Philip St George Cocke, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1861
1811Ann Sheppard Mounsey, composer
1813Henry Washington Benham, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1884
1820Gottfried Conradi, composer
1827French C Baeckelmans, Flemish architect (St Amanduskerk, Antwerp)
1837John Pierpont Morgan, US banker/CEO (US Steel)
1845Isabel Barrows, US, editor/penologist (Conference on Negro Question)
1863Johannes P Boskaljon, Curaçao composer/conductor
1868Charles R Gallas, Dutch lexicographer (French dictionary)
1869Johannes M Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher
1870Ray Stannard Baker, US, journalist (Puliter Prize 1940)
1876Ian Hay, Scotland, novelist/playwright (PIp, Carrying On)
1881Anton Wildgans, writer
1882Artur Schnabel, Lipnik Austria, pianist (Beethoven Piano Sonatas)
1883Hermann Darewsky, composer
1885Cecil Burleigh, composer
1885Isak Dinesen, Danish writer (Out of Africa, 7 Gothic Tales)
1885Karen Blixen-Finecke, [Dinesen], Danish writer (Out of Africa)
1885Tania Blixen, writer
1886Otto Lederer, Czechoslovakia, actor (Jazz Singer)
1890Art Acord, Glenwood Sevier UT, western actor (Arizona Kid, Hard Fists)
1892Jean PJC Haesaert, Flemish lawyer/sociologist
1894Nikita S Khrushchev, 1st secretary USSR (1953-64)
1895Bert Wheeler, actor (Nitwits, Hold 'em Jail, High Flyers, Rainmakers)
1896Senor Wences, ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet)
1897Antonius F "Anton" Coolen, Dutch author (Village by the River)
1897Harald Saeverud, Bergen Norway, composer (Saline) [NS]
1897Thornton N Wilder, US, novelist/playwright (Our Town)
1899Vincent Wigglesworth, entomologist
1901George Keyt, artist
1902Anton Beuving, lyricist (Ketelbinkie)
1903Gregor Piatigorsky, Ekaterinoslav Russia, cellist (or 4/20)
1903Nicolas Nabokov, Near Lubcha Minsk Russia, composer (Holy Devil)
1904Edward Chodorov, playwright/director (Story of Louis Pasteur)
1904Naoomal Jeoomal, cricketer (pioneer Indian Test opening batsman)
1905Arthur Lake, Corbin Ky, actor (Dagwood-Blondie)
1905Louis Jean Heydt, Montclair NJ, actor (Joe-Waterfront)
1906M Rooi, editor-in-chief (New Rotterdam Daily)
1909Alain Emile Louis Marie Poher, politician
1909Humphrey Sims Moore, pacifist/journalist
1909Patrick Reilly, diplomat
1911Earl of Lauderdale
1911Jean-Pierre Herve Bazin, writer
1911Mikhail Botvinnik, of USSR, world chess champion (1948-63)
1912Isador Caplan, lawyer/Aldeburgh Festival Pioneer
1913Paul Langton, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Leslie-Peyton Place)
1913Richard Travis, Carlsbad NM, actor (Missile to the Moon)
1916Azijn Banana, [Oscar Enau], Antillean publicist
1916David Stafford-Clark, psychiatrist
1916Donald Gibson, British vice-admiral
1916Ryoei Saito, businessman
1916Sirimavo Bandaranaike, world's 1st woman PM (Sri Lanka, 1960..77)
1916Vinegar Banana, [Oscar Enau], Antillean publicist
1918Anne Shirley, UK, actress (Devil & Daniel Webster, Stella Dallas)
1918William Holden, Ill, actor (Stalag 17, Bridge Over River Kwai, SOB)
1920Bengt N Anderberg, Swedish poet/writer (Kain)
1920Joan "Maudie" Warburton, painter
1921Donald Barron, CEO (Midland Bank)
1923Harry Reasoner, Dakota City Iowa, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS)
1923Lindsay Anderson, Bangalore India, director (Thursday's Children)
1923Lloyd Biggle Jr, US, sci-fi author (Silence is Deadly)
1923Norman Potter, cabinetmaker designer/writer
1924Patrick Sergeant, founder (Euromoney Publications)
1925Anne Harris, CEO (Natl Federation of Women's Institutes)
1925John Yates, bishop (Lambeth England)
1925Joyce Buck, actress/interior designer
1926Arthur Hockaday, director-Gen (Commonwealth War Graves Commission)
1926G M Hughes, professor/zoologist
1926Michael Vernon, CEO (RNLI)
1927Christopher Whelen, composer
1927Tadeusz Mazowiecki, premier of Poland (1989-90)
1928Cynthia Ozick, US, author (Pagan Rabbi & Other Stories)
1929Eileen Stamers-Smith, headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
1929James Last, orchestra leader/composer/arranger
1929Lady (James) Mellon, CEO (Volunteer Development Scotland)
1930Chris Barber, jazz trombonist
1930Genevieve, Paris France, singer (Jack Paar Show, Scruples)
1931Joan Clague, director of nursing services (Marie Curie Foundation)
1931John Bartlett, tennis player (Davis Cup capt-Britain)
1931John Chalstrey, alderman/Lord Mayor (London)
1931Joyce Molyneux, chef
1931Ruth Etchells, principal (St John's College-Durham)
1932Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer
1932Han J A Hansen [Jansen], Dutch journalist (King Comes!)
1932Ramsay Melhuish, diplomat
1933Penelope Lively, writer
1933Tim Rathbone, MP
1934Don Kirshner, rock & roll producer (invented bubblegum music)
1936Lord Justice Aldous
1936Pete Graves, rocker (Moonglows)
1937Brian Sedgemore, British MP
1937Daffy Duck, animated character
1937Eduard N Stepanov, Russian cosmonaut
1937Galina Samsova, ballerina
1937Terry Dicks, British MP
1938David Dilks, vice-chancellor (Hull U)
1938K M P O'Brien, archbishop (St Andrews & Edinburgh)
1939Robin Knox-Johnston, yachtsman
1941Adolphus Hailstork, composer
1941Billy Fury, Liverpool, singer/guitarist (When Will You Say I Love You)
1941Max Stafford-Clark, artistic director (Royal Court Theatre)
1942Mario Brenta, writer/director (Maicol, Barnabo of the Mountains)
1943Roy Estrada, rocker (Morthers Of Invention)
1944John Lill, professor/pianist
1945Vincent A M van der Burg, Dutch MP (CDA)
1946Clare Francis, yachtswoman/novelist (Come Hell or High Water)
1946Henry Kelly, British broadcaster
1946J R Baines, professor (Egyptologist)
1948Jan Hammer, composer (Escape from TV, Miami Vice)
1948Viscount Bridport
1949Heini Hemmi, Switzerland, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1976)
1949John Oates, NYC, rock guitarist/vocalist (Hall & Oates-Rich Girl)
1951Olivia Hussey, Buenos Aires, actress (Romeo & Juliet, Death on Nile)
1954Kim Tyler, Hollywood Calif, actress (Kyle-Please Don't Eat Daisies)
1954Riccardo Patrese, driver (Grand Prix)
1955Pete Shelley, vocal/guitar (Buzzcocks-Going Steady, Love Bites)
1955Peter Michalke, journalist
1955Rob Bolland, Dutch singer/guitarist (Bolland & Bolland)
1956"Sugar" Ray Charles Leonard, Wilming, boxer (Oly-gold-1976) [or 5/17]
1956Faye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars)
1956Kaye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars)
1956Pillow, [Therese Joan Bell], Calif, bodybuilder (Gold Classic 1983)
1957Byron Cherry, Atlanta Ga, actor (Coy-Dukes of Hazzard)
1958Sergei Yuriyevich Vozovikov, Russian major/cosmonaut
1959David Hearn, Wash DC, slalom single canoe (Olympics-9th-96)
1959Elizabeth Lindsey, actress (China Beach)
1959Stephen Singleton, Sheffield, rocker (ABC)
1959Teri Austin, Toronto Canada, actress (Terminal Choice, Knots Landing)
1960Michael Whitaker, showjumper
1961Boomer Esiason, NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals)
1961Norman Cowans, cricketer (England fast bowler in 19 Tests 1982-85)
1961[Norman] Boomer Esiason, NFL QB (Cincinnati Bengals, NY Jets)
1962Nancy Hogshead, Iowa City, swimmer (Olympic-gold-1984)/model (jockey)
1964Ken Daneyko, Windsor, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)
1964Raye Hollit, American Gladiator (Zap)
1966Lela Rochon, actress (Waiting to Exhale)
1966Susie Redman, Salem OH, LPGA golfer (1995 Nabisco Dinah Shore-2nd)
1967Aaron Wallace, NFL defensive end/linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
1967Leslie Bega, LA Calif, actress (Maria Tomlinson-Head of the Class)
1967Marquis Grisom, Atlanta GA, outfielder (Atlanta Braves, Cleve Indians)
1967Timothy Gibbs, Burbank Calif, actor (Father Murphy, Santa Barbara)
1968Maurits, Prince of Netherlands
1968Ritchie Woodhall, boxer
1968Roger Twose, cricketer (Warwickshire batsman, New Zealand 1995)
1969Alexander McQueen, fashion designer
1970Tony Sacca, WLAF quarterback (Barcelona Dragons)
1971David Oliver, Sechelt, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers)
1972Benjamin Dodwell, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
1972Gordon Laro, NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1972Keith Lyle, safety (St Louis Rams)
1972Muttiah Muralitharan, cricketer (leading Sri Lankan Test off-spinner)
1972Tony Boselli, NFL offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1973Brett Maher, Adelaide SA Australia, basketball guard (Olympics-96)
1973Gene Makowsky, CFL offensive linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
1973Jeff Lewis, NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)
1973Kenneth Carlsen, Denmark, tennis star
1973Ross Aloisi, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
1973Theo Ratliff, NBA forward/center (Detroit Pistons, Phila 76ers)
1974James Hamilton, linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1974Marcel Nijenhuis, soccer player (NEC)
1975Trifun Zivanovic, Santa Monica, fig skater (1995 Pac Coast Jr champ)
1976Nadine Thomas, Miss Jamaica Universe (1997)
1977Pascal de Vries, soccer player (FC Twente)
1978Bilal Abdul-samad, rocker (Boys)
1979Tram-Anh Tran, actress (Ghostwriters')
1980Crystal Carlson, Miss Maine Teen USA (1997)

Famous deaths for this day Events  Birthdays

0485 Proclus, Greek mathematician, dies in Athens [or Apr 14]
0818 Bernhard I, King of Italy, dies
0858 Benedict III, Italian Pope (855-58), dies
1272 Zita/Cita, Italian maid/saint, dies at about 59
1297 Willem van Afflighem, Flemish poet/abbot St Truiden, dies at about 86
1427 Jan IV, duke of Brabant/Limburg/wife of Jacoba van Bayern, dies
1574 Joachim Camerarius, [Liebhard Kammerer], German philologist, dies
1630 Christian I, ruler of Anhalt-Bernburg (battle of White Mt), dies
1679 John van Kessel, Flemish painter, dies at 53
1711 Jozef I, [Habsburg], emperor of Germany (1705-11), dies at about 32
1714 Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, composer, dies at 56
1726 Henriëtte Amalia, ruler of Nassau-Dietz, dies at 49
1764 Johann Mattheson, German composer/musicologist, dies at 82
1790 Benjamin Franklin, US, (Poor Richards Almanac), dies at 84
1835 William Henry Ireland, forger (Shakespearean manuscripts), dies
1837 Edouard viscount de Walckiers, very wealthy slave trader, dies
1838 J Schopenhauer, writer, dies at 71
1854 Gottlob Wiedebein, composer, dies at 74
1863 Daniel Smith Donelson, Conf gen/cousin of Andrew Jackson, dies at 61
1873 Semyon Stepanovich Gulak-Artemovsky, composer, dies at 60
1890 John Barnett, composer, dies at 87
1891 Jules Eugene Abraham Alary, composer, dies at 77
1899 Hans Balatka, composer, dies at 74
1915 Johannes P Kelly, [Kellij], Dutch actor/operetta writer, dies at 60
1936 Charles J M Ruys de Beerenbrouck, Dutch PM (1918-23, 29-33), dies
1944 J T Hearne, cricketer (took 49 wkts in 12 Tests for England), dies
1945 Hannie Schaft, "Girl with red hair," executed
1945 Ion Pillat, Romaniams poet/senator (Umbra timpului), dies
1945 Walter Model, German fieldmarshal, commits suicide at 54
1946 John Iddon, cricketer (car accident 5 Tests for Eng 1934-35), dies
1948 Johan P earl of Limburg Stirum, diplomat, dies at 75
1948 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (S Afr captain in 13 Tests 1905-11), dies
1960 Eddie Cochran, rocker, dies at 21 in a car crash
1962 Louise Fazenda, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 66
1968 Margaret Seddon, dies at 95
1970 Sergei U S Aleksi, patriarch of Russian-Orthodox church, dies at 92
1971 Roberto Lupi, composer, dies at 62
1974 Frank McGee, Today show host, dies of cancer at 52
1974 Herbert Elwell, US composer (Happy Hypocrite), dies at 75
1974 Vinnie Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a drug overdose
1976 Jean-Jacques Gailliard, Belgian painter, dies at 85
1977 Marjorie Gateson, actress (One Man's Family), dies at 86
1983 Felix Pappalardi, rocker (Cream, Mountain), dies
1983 Mark W Clark, US general (WW II), dies at 87
1983 Peter Potter, DJ (Peter Potter Show, Juke Box Jury), dies at 78
1985 Ilona Bodden, writer, dies
1986 Bessie Head, writer, dies
1987 Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer (No woman no cry), dies at 36
1987 Dick Shawn, comedian (Producers), dies on stage at 57
1988 Eva Novak, actress (Medicine Man), dies of pneumonia at 90
1988 Louise Nevelson, sculptor, dies of brain tumor at 88
1989 Charles Lampkin, dies
1990 Ralph David Abernathy, US civil rights leader, dies
1991 Jack Yellen, US poet (Sons o' Fun), dies at 97
1992 Hank Penny, country music singer, dies at 73 of heart failure
1993 Turgut ™zal, president of Turkey (1989-93), dies at 65
1994 Peter Hacker, US journalist/actor (NBC, Broadcast News), dies at 69
1995 A R A (Anton) Murray, cricketer (289 runs & 11 wkts in 10 Tests), dies
1995 Nancy Mayhew Youngman, artist/educator, dies at 88
1996 Eva Jones, poet/novelist, dies at 82
1996 Jose Luis Lopez Aranguren, philosopher, dies at 86
1996 Michele Carew, daughter of baseball great Rod, dies of Leukemia at 18
1997 Chaim Herzog, President of Israel (1983-93), dies at 78

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