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Events for yesterday in history Birthdays  Deaths
0303 1st official Roman edict for persecution of Christians issued
1208 St Francis of Assisi, 26, received his vocation in Portiuncula Italy
1296 Pope Boniface VIII degree Clericis Iaicos
1389 Battle at Falköping: Danes defeat King Albert of Sweden
1496 England's Henry VII ends commercial dispute with Flanders
1510 Pope Julius II excommunicates the republic of Venice
1525 Battle at Pavia: Emperor Karel V's troops beat French king
1525 François I caught taken/8700 killed
1525 Imperial forces defeat French in battle of Pavia
1527 Ferdinand of Austria crowned as king of Bohemia
1528 Hungarian anti-king J nos Z polyai & Sultan Suleiman signs treaty
1530 1st imperial coronation by a Pope, Charles V crowned by Clement V
1538 King Ferdinand of Austria & King J nos Z polyai of Hungary sign Peace of Grosswardein
1541 Santiago, Chile founded by Pedro de Valvidia (or 2/12)
1552 Privileges of Hanseatic League in England are abrogated
1582 Pope Gregory XIII announces New Style (Gregorian) calendar
1597 Flemish painter Frederick of Valckenborch becomes porter of Frankfurt-on-Main
1607 Claudio Monteverdi's opera "Orfeo," premieres in Mantua
1613 English princess Elizabeth marries earl Frederik of Palts
1708 Prince Johan Willem Friso sworn in as viceroy of Groningen
1711 Handel's opera "Rinaldo" premieres, London
1779 George Rogers Clark captures Vincennes (Ind) from British
1786 Charles Cornwallis appointed governor-general of India
1793 French troops conquer Breda
1803 Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison)
1807 17 die & 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty & Elizabeth Godfrey in England
1821 Mexico gains independence from Spain
1835 Siwinowe Kesibwi (Shawnee Sun) is 1st Indian lang monthly mag
1836 3,000 Mexicans attack 182 Texans at Alamo, lasts 13 days
1839 Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia
1848 King Louis-Philippe abdicates, 2nd French republic declared
1855 US Court of Claims forms for cases against govt
1857 1st perforated US postage stamps delivered to govt
1857 LA Vineyard Society organized
1863 Arizona Territory created
1863 Forrest's raid on Brentwood, Tennessee
1864 -Feb 25] Battle of Tunnel Hill, GA (Buzzard's Roost)
1868 1st US parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile Alabama)
1868 House of Reps vote 126 to 47, to impeach President Andrew Johnson
1876 Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt," premieres in Oslo
1881 De Lesseps' Co begins work on Panama Canal
1888 Louisville, Ky becomes 1st govt in US to adopt Australian ballot
1891 French troops under capt Archinard occupy Diéna West Sudan
1894 Nicaragua captures Tegucigalpa, Honduras (National Day, sort of)
1895 Cuban war for independence begins
1896 Victoria all out for 43 vs South Australia, Jones 6-15 Jarvis 4-27
1902 Battle at Yzer Spruit: Boer general De la Rey beats British
1903 US signs agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay Cuba
1905 Simplon tunnel in Switzerland completed
1914 Frank Craven's "Too Many Cooks," premieres in NYC
1917 German plan to get Mexican help in WW I exposed (Zimmerman telegram)
1917 Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, to Cleve for $15,000
1917 Russian revolution breaks out (3/8 NS)
1918 Estonia declares independence from Russia
1920 NSDAP begins at Hofbräuhaus Mnich
1920 Peace treaty gives Estonia independence
1921 1st transcontinental flight in 24 hrs flying time arrives Florida
1923 Flying Scotsman goes into service
1923 Mass arrests in US of mafia
1924 Greek parliament proclaims republic
1924 Johnny Weissmuller, swims 100m record (57 2/5 secs)
1924 Mahatma Gandhi released from jail
1925 Thermit explosive 1st used to break up ice jam, Waddington, NY
1927 John Golden Theater (Theatre Masque) opens at 252 W 45th St NYC
1932 Malcolm Campbell drives record speed (253.96 mph) at Daytona
1933 Final demonstration of German communist party in Berlin
1933 League of Nations tells Japanese to pull out of Manchuria
1937 1st US group hospital-medical cooperative authorized, Wash, DC
1938 Du Pont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles
1939 Roy Harris' 3rd Symphony, premieres in Boston
1940 Frances Langford records "When You Wish Upon a Star"
1941 43 Geuzen resistance fighter trial opens in the Hague
1941 Anti nazi meeting at Noordermarkt Amsterdam
1942 Voice of America begins broadcasting (in German)
1943 Gen-major Bradley flies to Algiers
1943 Texas League announces it will quit for the duration of WW II
1944 Argentina coup by Juan Peron minister of war
1945 Egypt & Syria declares war on nazi-Germany
1945 Manila freed from Japanese
1945 Nazi occupiers begin state of siege
1946 Juan Peron elected President of Argentina
1948 Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia
1949 Israel & Egypt sign an armistice agreement
1949 V-2/WAC-Corporal 1st rocket to outer space, White Sands, NM, 400 km
1950 Labour wins British parliamentary election
1951 "Bless You All" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 84 perfs
1951 Ice Pairs Championship at Milan won by Ria Baran & Paul Falk of GER
1951 Ladies Figure Skating Champion in Milan won by Jeanette Altwegg of GRB
1951 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Milan won by Richard Button USA
1952 Betty MacKinnon & Sam Snead wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
1955 "Silk Stockings" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 461 performances
1955 Pact of Baghdad between Iraq & Turkey signed
1960 Italian govt of Segni falls
1960 US beats Germany in Olympic hockey finals round, 9-1
1961 Explorer (10) fails to reach Earth orbit
1962 "New Faces of '62" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 28 performances
1962 "Sail Away" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 167 performances
1962 General mobilization in Indonesia over New-Guinea
1962 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1965 Beatles begin filming "Help" in Bahamas
1965 East German president Ulbricht visits Egypt
1966 Coup ousts Pres Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana
1966 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1968 "Darling of the Day" closes at George Abbott NYC after 31 perfs
1968 1st pulsar discovered (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge)
1968 Discovery of 1st pulsar announced
1968 Gary Unger begins NHL consecutive game record of 914 games
1968 Jocelyn Bell discovers 1st pulsar
1968 US troops reconquer Hue Vietnam
1969 Mariner 6 launched for Mars flyby
1970 29 Swiss Army officers die in avalanche (Reckingen, Switzerland)
1970 Heintje Simons (14) wins 7 gold records
1970 KVDO TV channel 3 in Salem, OR (IND) begins broadcasting
1971 Algeria nationalizes French oil companies
1974 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champ all-round skater
1974 Pakistan officially recognizes Bangladesh
1976 Cuba adopts its constitution
1976 Jules Feiffer's "Knock Knock," premieres in NYC
1976 Leonid Brezhnev opens 25th congress of CPSU
1977 Pres Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights
1978 Kevin Porter, NJ, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game
1979 Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas
1979 War between North & South Yemen begins
1980 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances
1980 Joanne Carner Ladies wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
1980 Rangers score 5 power-play goals against Islanders
1980 USA Olympic hockey team defeated Finland, 4-2, to win the gold medal
1981 Boston Celtics begin 18 NBA game win streak
1981 Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer
1981 Jean Harris is convicted of murdering Scarsdale diet doctor Tarnower
1982 24th Grammy Awards: Betty Davis Eyes, Double Fantasy wins
1982 Wayne Gretzky scores NHL-record 78th goal of season en route to 92
1983 Dow Jones closes above 1100 mark for 1st time
1983 USSR performs underground nuclear test
1984 Iraq resumes air attack on Iran
1985 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Circle K Golf Open Tucson
1985 Birendra, Bir Bikram Shah Dev crowned King of Nepal
1985 Jim Kelly (Houston USFL) passes for pro football record 574 yds
1985 Yul Brynner reprised his role in "The King & I"
1986 Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million
1986 Voyager 2, 1st Uranus flyby
1987 29th Grammy Awards: Higher Love, Graceland, Bruce Hornsby wins
1987 LA Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point
1987 Radio personality Larry King suffers a heart attack
1988 Matti Nykanen becomes winter olympics 1st triple gold medalist
1988 South African apartheid regime bans the UDF
1988 Supreme Ct votes 8-0 Jerry Falwell cannot collect for Hustler parody
1989 150-million-year-old fossil egg (oldest dinosaur embryo) found
1989 Harold E Ballard sells CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats to David Braley
1989 Margaret Ray found in David Letterman's home, claims to be his wife
1989 US Boeing 747 loses parts of roof over Pacific, 9 die
1989 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1989 Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers $1M-$3M bounty on Salman Rushdie's death due to his novel, "Satanic Verses"
1990 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Orix Hawaiia Ladies Golf Open
1991 "Those Were The Days" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 126 perfs
1991 End of World League of American Football's (WLAF) 1st draft
1991 US & allies begin a ground war assault on Iraqi troops
1993 35th Grammy Awards: Tears in Heaven, Eric Clapton wins
1994 Scoreboard is unveiled at new Cleve Indians' park (Jacobs Field)
1995 Dow-Jones hits record 4011.74
1996 Cuba downs 2 US planes
1996 Meg Mallon wins LPGA Cup o' Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1997 Deng Xiaoping, leader of China, cremated (died Feb 19th)
1997 South Africa announces it is constructing largest modern day blimp
1998 Elton John knighted
1998 NHL resumes season since Feb 8th to accomodate the Olympics
2002 XIX winter olympics closes in Salt Lake City Utah/Quebec City

Birthdays for yesterday in history Events  Deaths
1304Muhammad ibn Battutah, Arab travel writer (Travels in Asia & Africa)
1463Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italy, scholar/platonist
1500Carlos V, King of Spain (1516-56)/Holy Roman Emperor
1501Sixt(us) Birck [Xystus Betulius], German writer (Suzanna)
1536Clement VIII, [Ippolito Aldofireini], Fano Italy, Pope (1592-1605)
1547Jan of Austria, Spanish military man/land guardian of the Netherland
1557Matthias, Vienna, Holy Roman emperor (1612-19)
1595Matthias C Sarbiewski, [Sarbievius], Polish jesuit/poet
1619Charles Le Brun, Paris, painter, designer (Chancellor Séguier)
1679Domenico Natale Sarro, Italian opera composer
1684Catherine I, Empress of Russia 1725-27, Dorpat, Estonia
1697Bernard S Albinus, [Weiss], German surgeon/anatomist
1704Hubert Renotte, composer
1717Bernhard Hupfeld, composer
1750Miklós Révai, Hungarian linguistic/poet
1766Samuel Wesley, Bristol England, composer/organist (Exultate Deo)
1771Johann Baptist Cramer, German/British pianist/composer/publisher
1786Wilhelm Karl Grimm, Hanau Germany, story teller (Grimm's Fairy Tales)
1797Samuel Lover, composer
1809Albert Schäffle, German sociologist (Abriss der Soziologie)
1809Edwin H K Freiherr von Manteuffel, governor/viceroy (Elzas-Lutherian)
1811Daniel A Payne, Bishop/reformer/educator of AME Church
1811Edward Dickinson Baker, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1861
1824John Crawford Vaughn, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1875
1827Charles Davis Jameson, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1862
1831Georg Leo earl von Caprivi, German chancellor/premier of Prussia
1833Eduard earl von Taaffe, Austrian premier (1868..93)
1836Winslow Homer, US, painter (Gulfstream)
1838Thomas Benton Smith, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1923
1842Arrigio Enrico Boito, composer
1843[Joaquim] Theófilo F Braga, Portuguese poet/author/politician
1846Luigi Denza, composer
1848C Grant B Allen, Canadian writer (Woman Who Did)
1848Johanna C P Barbiers, actress (Voddenraper of Paris)
1852George A Moore, Ireland, painter/novelist (Esther Waters)
1854Franz Courtens, Flemish painter (Golden Rain)
1858Arnold Dolmetsch, Le Mans, musician
1860Daniel Berkeley Updike, printer/publisher/writer (Printing Types)
1866Arthur Pearson, Wookey Somerset England, newspaper proprietor
1872John Jarvis, England, swimmer (won 108 titles)
1874Honus Wagner, HOF shortstop (Pittsburgh Pirates, 1900-17)
1876Jean Poveigh, composer
1876Victor Moore, Hammonton NJ, comedian (Ziegfeld Follies, 7 Year Itch)
1877Rudolf Ganz, composer
1879Herman Teirlinck, Belgian writer (Sun)
1885Bert Lytell, NYC, actor (Henry-One Man's Family)
1885Chester Nimitz, US admiral (commanded Pacific fleet in WW II)
1885Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israeli Knesset (1949-59)
1885Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski, Polish novelist/satirist (Black Wings)
1887Mary Ellen Chase, US linguistic/author (White Gate)
1890Antonio Massana, composer
1890Marjorie Main, [Tomlinson], Action Ind, actress (Another Thin Man)
1898Kurt Tank, German WW II aircraft designer
1899Jacob Presser, Dutch historian/writer (Down-fall)
1905E Boyland, biochemist
1905Guillaume Landre, composer
1906Alexis Curvers, Belgian author (Tempo di Roma, Bourg-le-Rond)
1909August William Derleth, Sauk City Wisc, writer (Judge Peck Mysteries)
1909Jean Yves Morvan Marin, broadcaster
1909Max Black, Dutch/British/US philosopher (analytical philosophy)
1909Michael Francis Morris Lindsay, orientalist
1910Lord Hazlerigg
1911Konrad Lechner, composer
1912Julius Kowalski, composer
1913Richard Murphey Goodwin, economist
1914David Langdon, cartoonist/illustrator
1914Zachary Scott, Austin Tx, actor (Spotlight Playhouse, Mildred Pierce)
1915Charles Henry "Harry" Urwin, trade unionist
1916Gene Mitchell, museum director
1917William Fairbank, Minneapolis, physicist (superconductivity)
1919Alan Hugh Iliffe, psychologist
1919Earl Kitchener of Khartoum
1920Frank Rogers, CEO (NPA Telegraph)
1921Abe Vigoda, NYC, actor (Barney Miller, Fish)
1921Douglass Watson, Jackson GA, actor (Satan Murders, Another World)
1921Ingvar Lidholm, composer
1921Ludvig Aschkenazy, writer
1922Kanwar Rai Singh, cricketer (batted at MCG in Test for India 1948)
1922Richard Hamilton, painter
1922Steven Hill, Seattle WA, actor (Goddess, Raw Deal, Yentl, Law & Order)
1924Lionel Dakers, director (Royal School of Church Music)
1924William Pillar, British admiral
1926Reginald Freeson, British MP
1927David Mourao-Ferreira, poet/politician
1928Al Lettieri, NYC, actor (Deadly Kiss, Pulp, Mr Majestyk, Getaway)
1928Michael Harrington, St Louis, socialist/author (Fragments of Century)
1928Paul B Elvström, Denmark, yachter (Olympic-gold-1948, 52, 56, 60)
1929David Houston, Major-General/Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland
1929Richard B Shull, Evanston Ill, actor (Diana, Holmes & Yoyo)
1930Barbara Lawrence, Carnegie OK, actress (Joe Dakota)
1931Brian Close, cricketer (played for England between 1949 & 1976)
1931Inge Bernstein, British judge
1931Lev Vasilyevich Vorobyov, Russia, cosmonaut
1931Maezumi Hakuyu Taizan Koun, teacher Rinzai/Soto lines of Zen Buddhism
1931Marta Marzotto, Italy, countess
1932Andrew Jacobs Jr, (Rep-D-IN, 1965-73, 75- )
1932Everard Goodman, English real estate developer (TOPS Estates)
1932John Vernon, Canada, actor (Animal House, Chained Heat, Dirty Harry)
1932Michel Legrand, composer (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind)
1934Bettino Craxi, Italy's 1st socialist premier (1983-87)
1934Flemming Nielsen, Denmark, soccer player (Olympic-silver-1960)
1934Frank Chapot, US, equestrian (Olympic-silver-1960, 1972)
1934Linda Cristal, Buenos Aires Arg, actress (Victoria-High Chapparal)
1934Renata Scotto, Savona Italy, soprano (Violetta-La Traviata)
1934Shuko Mizuno, composer
1935Renata Scotto, singer
1937Jerry Wiggin, British MP
1938James Farentino, Bkln NY, actor (Dead & Buried, Final Countdown)
1938Kathleen Richardson, president (Methodist Conference)
1939George Bain, principal (London Business School)
1940Denis Law, British(?) soccer player
1940Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champ (1968-70)
1940Theo Bosch, Dutch humanist/architect (Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam)
1942David K Williamson, Australian screenplay/playwright (Removalists)
1942Joe Lieberman, (Sen-D Connecticut)
1942Paul Jones, England, rocker (Manfried Mann-Mighty Quinn)
1942Stuart Henry, British disc jockey
1944Barry Bostwick, San Mateo Ca, actor (Rocky Horror Show, Megaforce)
1944Nicky Hopkins, rock pianist (Stones-Ruby Tuesday, Quicksilver)
1944Sheila Larkin, Bkln NY, actress (Deborah-Storefront Lawyer)
1945Alain Prost, formula-1 racer (1985, 86 champ)
1946Anthony Mayer, chief executive (Housing Corporation)
1946Michael Radford, director (1984, White Mischief)
1947Edward James Olmos, Cal, actor (Miami Vice, Stand & Deliver, Triumph)
1947Lonnie Turner, bassist/vocalist (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra)
1947Rubert Holmes, Tenafly NJ, vocalist (Pi¤a Colada song)
1948Dennis "Minder" Waterman, London England, actor (Fair Exchange)
1948Lord Melchett
1948Lorri Menconi, playmate (Feb, 1969)
1949John Lever, cricketer (England lefty quick in 21 Tests 1976-81)
1950Cathy Mant, LPGA golfer
1950G J M Gazdar, computational linguist
1951Derek Randall, cricketer (England batsman & animated cover fieldsman)
1951Helen Shaver, Ontario Canada, actress (WIOU, Praise of Older Women)
1952Simon Weinstock, businessman/racehorse owner
1952Tom Burleson, USA, basketball (Oly-silv-1972) tallest Olympian-7'4"
1954Marquess of Normanby
1955Bob Abrams, Ohio, rocker (Buckinghams)
1955Steven Jobs, co-founder (Apple Computer)
1956Eddie Murray, LA Calif, 1st baseman (Orioles, Dodgers, Cleve Indians)
1956Paula Zahn, Napperville Ill, news anchor (ABC, CBS This Morning)
1957Lan Burden, rocker
1957Phil McConkey, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
1958Sammy Kershaw, Kaplan LA, country vocalist (Cadillac Style)
1958Susan Scannell, Lexington Mass, actress (Nicole-Dynasty)
1959Beth Broderick, Falmouth KY, actress (Aunt Zelda-Sabrina)
1959Michael Roy Whitney, cricket (great NSW & Aussie lefty quick 1981-92)
1961Janice Gibson, Tulsa OK, LPGA golfer (1994 Youngstown-Warren-15th)
1961Persijn "Dakota" Joling, Dutch rock guitarist/singer (Pilgrims-Red)
1961Ruud Really, soccer player (Feyenoord)
1962Michelle Shocked, singer/musician
1963Fuad Reveiz, NFL kicker (Minn Vikings)
1963Matias Carrillo, Mexican/US baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins)
1965Paul Gruber, NFL tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
1966Billy Zane, actor (Orlando, Memphis Belle, Millions, Titanic)
1966Rene Arocha, Cubans/US baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
1968John Velddman, soccer player (Sparta)
1968Kendall Cross, Hardin MT, 125« lbs freestyle wrestler (Oly-g-92, 96)
1968Vaughn Booker, NFL defensive end (KC Chiefs)
1970Jeff Garcia, CFL quarterback (Calgary Stampeders)
1970Jonathan Ward, Balt Md, actor (Doug-Charles in Charge, Beans Baxter)
1970Wilson Alvarez, Maracaibo Venezuela, pitcher (Chic White Sox)
1971Aki Rahunen, Finland, tennis star
1971Brian Savage, Sudbury, NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens)
1972Larry Amar, Camarillo Calif, field hockey midfielder/captain (Oly-96)
1972Manon Rheaume, Lac Beauport Quebec, 1st female NHLer (Tampa Bay)
1972Patricia Regan Leines, Medford Or, Miss America (Oregon-3rd-1997)
1972Ron Davis, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, GB Packers-Superbowl 31)
1973Alexei Kovalev, Moscow Rus, NHL right wing (NY Rangers)
1973Harold Morrow, full back (Minnesota Vikings)
1973James Michael Kennedy, Boston, rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun Boys)
1973Kavis Reed, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)
1973Oscar de la Hoya, boxer
1974Jeremy Laster, Fullerton Calif, water polo driver (Olympics-96)
1974Simeon Rice, defensive end (Arizona Cardinals)
1977Alexis Jose Grullon, NYC, vocalist (Menudo-Cannonball)
1977Floyd Mayweather, Grand Rapids Mich, featherweight boxer (Oly-br-96)
1978Louise Woodward, ELton England, nanny who killed Matthew Eappen

Deaths for yesterday in history Events  Birthdays
1563François Guise, French general/duke, assassinated at 44
1624Vicente Espinel, Sp adventure/chaplain (Marcos de Obrégon), dies at 72
1642Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer, dies at about 66
1666Nicholas Lanier, composer, dies at 77
1686Ferdinando Tacca, Italian painter/son of Pietro Tacca, dies at 66
1692Antimo Liberati, composer, dies at 74
1704Marc-Antoine Charpentier, French composer (church music), dies
1735Georg Friedrich Kauffman, composer, dies at 56
1784Anton Laube, composer, dies at 65
1785Carlo Bonaparte, Corsican attorney, dies at 39
1799Georg C Lichtenberg, German physicist/writer, dies at 56
1799Broerius Brorius, theologist (Pensive Christian), dies at about 41
1806John Nieuwenhuijzen, theologist (Society for General Use), dies at 81
1810Henry Cavendish, physicist/chemist, dies
1812Hugo Kollataj, Polish teacher/minister, dies at 61
1815Robert Fulton, steamboat pioneer, dies
1825Thomas Bowdler, self-appointed Shakespearean censor, dies
1829Auguste Chouteau, St Louis co-founder, dies
1836D niel Berzsenyi, Hungarian poet, dies at 59
1848Frans van Campenhout, Belg singer/composer (Brabançonne), dies at 69
1862Bernard S Ingemann, Danish author (Holger Danske), dies at 72
1871Théodore Caruelle d'Aligny, French painter/etcher, dies at 73
1874Anselmo Clave, composer, dies at 49
1876Jan Pieter Heije, Dutch physician/writer/poet, dies at 67
1895Ignaz Lachner, composer, dies at 87
1907Otto Goldschmidt, composer, dies at 77
1908Anatol' Vakhnyanyn, composer, dies at 66
1919Josephine McGill, composer, dies at 41
1922Alfred Espinas, French sociologist (Sociétes Animales), dies at 77
1922Dmitri B Shostakovitch, father of Russian composer Dmitri D S, dies
1924Edmond Picard, Fren/Belg writer (Ambidextre journalist), dies at 87
1926Eddie Plank, pitcher (won 327 games in 17 years), dies at 51
1929Andre-Charles-Prosper Messager, composer, dies at 75
1930Jacobus van Looy, Dutch writer/painter (Night Cactus), dies at 74
1933Spottiswoode Aitken, actor (Eagle, Home Sweet Home), dies at 64
1941Oskar Loerke, German director (Longest Day-1926), dies at 56
1944Leo H A Baekeland, Belgian/US chemist (bakeliet), dies at 80
1945Ahmed Maher Pasha, Egypt's PM, assassinated in parliament
1953Karl R G von Rundstedt, Germ gen-field marshal (Ardennes), dies at 77
1958Fernand Baldensperger [Fernand Baldenne], French poet, dies at 86
1960Jean Binet, composer, dies at 66
1961Léon Jeunehomme, Belgian teacher (Pédagogie en Cours), dies at 77
1964Alexander Archipenko, Ukr sculptor/water colors painter, dies at 76
1964Frank Conroy, actor (Midnight Mary, Threat), dies at 73
1967Franz Waxman, German composer (Day at the races), dies at 60
1969Kenneth Green, actor (Penrod), dies of heart attack at 61
1970Conrad Nagel, actor (Celebrity Time), dies at 73
1973Art Smith, actor (Quicksand), dies of heart attack at 73
1975Nikolai A Bulganin, marshal/premier of USSR (1955-58), dies at 79
1976Julian Rivero, actor (Via Pony Express), dies at 85
1976H Allen Smith, TV host (Armchair Detective), dies at 69
1976Charles Wilfred Orr, composer, dies at 82
1982Virginia Bruce, actress (Born to Dance, Great Ziegfield), dies at 71
1983Herbert Norman Howells, composer, dies at 90
1983Tennessee Williams, US playwright (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), dies at 71
1984Uwe Johnson, writer, dies at 59
1988Irwan Chanin, US theater builder, dies at 96
1990Tony Conigliaro, baseball player (Red Sox), dies of pneumonia at 45
1990Sandro Pertini, president of Italy (1978, 85), dies at 93
1990Malcolm Forbes, CEO (Forbes Publishing), dies of a heart attack at 70
1990Johnnie Ray, singer (Cry), dies of liver failure at 61
1991Webb Pierce, US country singer (Bye Bye Love), dies of cancer at 64
1991Marcella Markham, dies of breast cancer at 68
1991Jean Rogers, actress (Flash Gordon, Hot Cargo), dies at 74
1991George Gobel, Chicago, comedian (George Gobel Show), dies at 71
1992Kay Loring, dies after long illness
1993Bobby Moore, English soccer team capt (World champs 1966), dies
1993Toy Caldwell, guitarist (Marshall Tucker Band), dies at 45
1994Lores Bonney, aviator, dies at 96
1994Knut Anders Haukfield, SOE Operative, dies at 83
1994Jean Sablon, crooner, dies at 87
1994Donald Phillips, pianist/composer, dies at 80
1994Dinah Shore, singer (Chevrolet), dies of cancer at 76
1995Richard Nicholson, musician, dies at 89
1996Anna Larina, revolutionary, dies at 82
1996Gene Mitchell, museum director, dies on 70th birthday
1996James Runcieman Sutherland, academic, dies at 95
1996Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist, dies at 71
1997Isabelle Harriet Lucas, actress/singer (Outland, Comics), dies at 69
1998Henny Youngman, comedian (Take my wife please), dies at 92

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