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Events for today in history Birthdays  Deaths
0682 St Leo II begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1180 Yoritomo Minamoto leads uprising against emperor Kiyomori Taira
1498 Cardinal Borgia renounced his vows & office to marry a French princess
1544 Imperial/English armies occupy Saint-Dizier France
1563 King Charles IX of France (13) declared an adult
1577 Peace of Bergerac: Political rights for Huguenots
1579 François van Anjou visits English queen Elizabeth I
1585 Antwerp surrenders after 8 months siege by duke of Parma
1590 John White returns to Roanoke, VA & found no trace of colonist's he had left there 3 yrs earlier [or Aug 18, 1591]
1648 -20] Battle at Preston, Lancashire: Henry Ireton beats Scottish
1717 France, Russia & Prussia sign agreement
1743 Sweden & Russia sign peace treaty
1787 Jews are granted permission in Budapest Hungary to pray in groups
1788 Losantville, OH (now Cincinnati) founded
1795 Slave revolt at Knip plantation, Curaçao
1796 English beat Bataafs navy in Saldanha Bay
1807 Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River
1808 Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain
1827 Dutch King Willem I/Pope Leo XII sign concord
1833 Lou Gehrig breaks record by playing in his 1,308th straight game
1834 Charles Darwins reaches top of Campana Chile
1835 Solymon Merrick patents wrench
1836 British parliament accept registration of birth/marriage/death
1836 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leave South-America for last time
1846 US fleet officer Robert F Stockton annexes California
1858 1st bank in Hawaii opens
1859 1st air mail (in a balloon) took off from Lafayette Ind
1862 Confederate troops under Kirby Smith enter Kentucky
1863 Federal batteries & ships attacked Fort Sumter in SC
1863 Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek (Sparta), Tennessee
1866 Bathe & Prussia signs peace treaty
1869 1st international boat race (Thames River, Oxford beats Harvard)
1870 1st ascent of Mt Rainier, Washington
1870 Mrs Esther Morris becomes 1st woman magistrate (South Pass, Wyoming)
1876 Opera "Götterdämmerung" premieres in Bayreuth
1877 Asaph Hall discovers Mars' moon Phobos
1877 Phobos (Martian satellite) discovered (A Hall)
1879 Ferdinand de Lesseps forms French Panama Canal Company
1891 1st public bathhouse with showers opens in NYC (People's Bath)
1891 Electric self-starter for automobile patented
1892 Russian/French generals Obruchev/Boisdeffre signs Duple Alliance
1894 Phils get 36 hits, Sam Thompson hits for cycle beating Louisville 29-4
1896 George Washington Carmack discoveres gold in Klondike region of Yukon
1897 W B Purvis patents electric railway switch
1903 Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia U & begins Pulitzer Prizes
1904 Boston's Jesse Tannehell no-hits Chic White Sox, 6-0
1905 Dutch govt of De Master begins
1907 Bishop forbids Christian membership in Dutch Textile Union
1908 B Tarkington & HL Wilson's "Man from Home," premieres in NYC
1908 Bank of Italy opens new HQ at Clay & Montgomery
1914 French troops under gen de Castelnau occupy Chƒteau Salins
1914 Lithuiana surrenders to Germans
1915 German troops over run Kovno Lithuiana
1915 Hurricane strikes Galveston, TX (275 killed)
1915 Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Ga after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life
1916 Bulgarian offensive in Macedonia
1917 Italy declares war on Germany & Turkey
1918 British troops attack Baku Azerbaijan
1918 Samuel Riddle buys Man o'War for $5,000
1918 Turkish troops overthrow Caukasus
1920 In memory of Ray Chapman (died Aug 16), Yanks cancel game with Indians
1924 French-German trade agreement signed
1926 Greek-Serbian/Croatian/Slavs peace treaty signed
1933 Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game
1933 Soviet Union test GIRD-R1 rocket ("Object 09")
1938 1st aircraft owned by Forest Service in service (Oakland)
1938 Henry Armstrong won his 3rd concurrent boxing championship
1939 "Wizard of Oz" opens at Loew's Capitol Theater in NY
1940 FDR & Canadian PM William M King agree to joint defense commission
1940 Greece mobilizes
1940 Hitler orders total blockade of Great-Britain
1941 German raider attacks Dutch SS Kota Nopan
1942 1st European bombing run undertaken by US forces
1942 1st US/8th Air Force bombs Europe
1942 Task Force 17 leaves Pearl Harbor under adm George Murray on Hornet
1942 Transport nr 20 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1942 US bombers staged 1st independent raid on Europe attack Rouen, France
1943 498 British bombers attack Peenemnde
1943 Gen Patton enters Messina, completing conquest of Sicily by Allies
1943 US 8th Air Force loses 60 B-17O at attack on Regensburg/Schweinfurt
1944 4th Canadian Armour division occupiers Trun Normandy
1944 Canadian 2nd division conquerors Falaise Normandy
1944 German fieldmarshal Model replaces von Kluge in Normandy
1944 Russian troops arrive at Austria-Prussia border
1944 US 12 Army corp occupies Orléans
1944 US 320th regiment infantry occupies Chƒteaudun
1944 Yanks Johnny Lindell ties record with 4 consecutive doubles in a game
1945 Indonesia (Dutch E Indies) declares independence from Netherlands
1945 Koreas divided on 38th parallel with US occupying the southern area
1946 Arthur Honegger's 3rd Symphony "Liturgique," premieres
1948 Alger Hiss denies ever being a Communist agent
1948 Phillies commit 8 errors in a game
1948 Tom Henrich hits his then record tying 4th grand slam of season
1950 Indonesia gains independence from Netherlands
1950 Pee Wee Reese (Dodgers) & Sam Calderone (Giants) hit inside park HRs
1951 18th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 33, All-Stars 0 (92,180)
1951 Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica
1952 "Fallout" 1st used (NY Times)
1952 Betty Jameson wins LPGA World Golf Championship
1955 Hurricane Diane, following hurricane Connie floods Connecticut River killing 190 & doing $1.8 billion damage
1956 Bundesverfassungsgericht bans KPD in West Germany
1957 Richie Ashburn, fouls hit fan Alice Roth twice in same at bat 1st one breaks her nose, 2nd one hits her while she is on the stretcher
1958 Bonnie Hoffman wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
1958 World's 1st Moon probe, US's Thor-Able, explodes at T +77 sec
1959 7.1 quake strikes Yellowstone National Park
1959 USSR & Iraq signs contract for building Iraqi nuclear reactor
1960 Francis Gary Powers U-2 spy trial opens in Moscow
1960 Gabon gains independence from France (National Day)
1960 Indonesia drops diplomatic relations with Netherlands
1961 Building of Berlin Wall begins
1961 Kennedy administration establishes Alliance for Progress
1962 Beatles replaces Pete Best with Ringo Starr
1962 E German border guards shot & kill Peter Fechter, 18, attempting to cross Berlin Wall into western sector
1963 Jim Hickman becomes 1st NY Met to hit for cycle
1963 Oriole's Dick Hall retires his 28th consecutive player in relief
1964 Boycott scores his 1st Test Cricket century, 113 v Aust at the Oval
1966 Pioneer 7 launched into solar orbit
1966 Willie Mays takes 2nd place on all-time HR list
1968 Dick Beyers (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne, to become NWA champ
1969 -18] Hurricane Camille, kills 256 in Miss & Louisiana
1969 51st PGA Championship: Ray Floyd shoots a 276 at NCR GC Dayton Ohio
1969 Carol Mann wins LPGA Southgate Ladies' Golf Open
1969 NY Jets beat NY Giants 37-14 in their 1st meeting (pre season)
1970 Venera 7 (US), 1st softlanding on Venus, launched
1972 Phillies Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game
1973 Lee Trevino's 1st hole-in-one
1973 Willie Mays hits 660th & last HR (off Don Gullett of Cincinnati)
1975 Jo Ann Washam wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
1976 An earthquake & tidal wave in the Philippines kills up to 8,000
1976 Big win for WI at The Oval Michael Holding 14-149 for match
1977 Russian nuclear sub "Artika" is 1st to North Pole
1977 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1977 Thomas Wessinghage/Harald Hudak/Michael Lederer/Karl Fleschen walk world record 4x1500m (14:38.8)
1978 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)
1979 2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed
1979 Monty Python's "Life of Brian" premieres
1980 "Blackstone" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 104 performances
1980 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
1980 George Brett goes 4-for-4, raising his batting average to .401
1982 LA Dodgers beat Chicago Cubs, 6-5, in 21 innings (game completed 8/18)
1982 South Bend, Ind jury acquits self-avowed racist Joseph Paul Franklin
1983 -19] Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas
1984 Pete Rose returns to Cin Reds as player-manager (gets 2 hits)
1985 1,400 meatpackers walk off the job at a Geo A Hormel & Co plant
1985 Dave Kingman hits his 400th HR
1985 Rajiv Gandhi announces Punjab state elections in India
1985 Sara Trollinger forms House of Hope in Orlando
1986 Bronze pig statue unveiled at Seattle's Pike Place Market
1986 Cindy Mackey wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am
1986 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship
1986 Rioting at DMC concert, 40 injured
1986 Red Sox trade shortstop Rey Quinones & pitcher Mike Trujillo to Mariners for shortstop Spike Owen & outfielder Dave Henderson
1987 Bunt single gives Paul Molitor longest hit streak of 1980s at 32 games
1987 Dow Jones Industrial Avg closes above 2,700 for 1st time (2,700.57)
1987 Mohammad Ali elected to "Ring" magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame
1988 Butch Reynolds runs world record 400m (43.29)
1988 LIRR says Penn station will get air conditioning in 1991
1988 NYC 1st case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (9 year old Bronx boy)
1988 Republicans nominate George Bush for president
1988 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1989 32nd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 12«-11«
1989 Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken moves into 3rd place (1,208th cons game)
1990 "Exorcist 3" premieres
1990 Carlton Fisk hits White Sox record 187th HR
1990 Phyllis Polander sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment
1991 Royals Warren Cromartie's 1st major league HR since 1983
1992 Kevin Gross of Dodgers tosses only 9-inning no-hitter of season, a 2-0
1994 Lesotho king Letsie II fires premier Ntsu Mokhehle
1994 NY Central park reservior officially named after Jackie Kennedy Onasis
1995 China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1996 Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit
1997 79th PGA Championship: Davis Love III shoots a 269 at Winged Foot GC
1997 First of America Senior Golf Classic
1997 Macy's Tap-o-mania
1997 Weetabix Women's British LPGA Open

Birthdays for today in history Events  Deaths
1586Johann V Andreae, German vicar/writer (Christenburg)
1601Pierre de Fermat, mathematician who needed wider margins [or Aug 20]
1686Nicola Antonio Porpora, composer
1720Charles D J Eisen, French engraver/painter (Contes de La Fontaine)
1775Philippe Libon, composer
1779Franz de Paula Roser, composer
1786Davy Crockett, US, frontiersman/adventurer/politician (Alamo)
1811Johannes H Scholten, Dutch theologist (Free Will)
1817Joseph baron Kervyn de Lettenhove, Belgian Internal minister (1870-71)
1819James Henry Van Alen, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1886
1828George William Warren, composer
1834Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (Leie/Rubens Cantata)
1839Hubert Platt Main, composer
1839Thijs [Matthijs] Maris, Dutch painter/etcher
1840Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, England, writer (Irish Land League)
1841Luís NF Varela, Brazilian romantic poet
1844Menelik II, King of Ethiopia (1896-1913)
1851Henry Drummond, Scottish geologist/evangelist
1856Violet Paget, [Vernon Lee], British author (Satan the master)
1870Frederick Russell, developed 1st successful typhoid fever vaccine
1876Däubler, writer
1876Eric Drummond, 1st Secretary-General of League of Nations (1919-33)
1876Henri G Winkelman, Dutch general/supreme commander/navy 1940
1876Theodor Däubler, German writer (Northern Lights)
1878Reg Duff, cricketer (Australian bat, century on debut 1902)
1880Leo Ascher, composer
1880Percy Sherwell, cricketer (great S African batsman-keeper-captain)
1882Samuel Goldwyn, [Goldfish], movie producer (MGM)
1885Clara [G Meijer-]Wichmann, German anarchists/feminist (Wife & society)
1885Kurt Hiller, writer
1887Charles I, last emperor of Austria-Hungary (1916-18)
1887Marcus Garvey, began back-to-Africa movement among US blacks
1888Monty Wooley, NYC, actor (Pied Piper, Man Who Came to Dinner)
1890Harry L Hopkins, US politician (Loan & Lease law)
1892Mae West, Bkln, actress (Go Up & See Her Sometime, Klondike Annie)
1894Erik A Blomberg, Swedish art historian/poet/author (Jorden)
1894Johan Polet, Dutch sculptor
1896Henry P de Vries, Dutch painter/poet (Laws of the Americas)
1898Gerard Schmook, Flemish librarian/historian/custodian
1900Quincy Howe, Boston Mass, newscaster (CBS Weekend News)
1901Henri Tomasi, Marseilles France, composer (Don Juan de Ma¤ara)
1903Abram Chasins, composer
1905John Hay Whitney, publisher (NY Herald Trib 1961-67)
1906Hazel Bishop, chemist/cosmetics manufacturer
1906Marcello J das Neves Alves Caetano, premier of Portugal (1968-74)
1907Marian Viktorovich Koval, composer
1908Kurt Hessenberg, composer
1910Eric Aaltonen, composer
1910J A Manusama, Moluccan politician
1910R Peyrefitte, writer
1911Frederik de Merode, Belgian prince
1911Jan Lode Cantens, Flemish dramatist (God's Murderer)
1912Edgar Fernhout, Dutch painter/son of Charley Toorop
1914Franklin D Roosevelt Jr, son of FDR/(Rep-D-NY, 1949-55)
1916Eleanor Steber, opera singer
1916John de Young, resistance fighter
1917P Roger Peyrefitte, French writer (Singular Love)
1917Safa Khulusi, writer
1918Mort Marshall, NYC, actor (Cully-Dumplings)
1920Georgia Gibbs, Worcester Mass, singer (Ballin the Jack, Kiss of Fire)
1921Geoffery Rudolph Elton, historiographer
1921Maureen O'Hara, [Fitzsimmons], Dublin, actress (Miracle on 34th St)
1922Paul Wiens, writer
1922Ralph Roberts, Salisbury NC, actor (Tradition, Gone are the Days)
1922Roy Tattersall, cricketer (brilliant England off-spinner early 50's)
1923Anton Kersjes, violinist/conductor (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orch)
1923Larry Rivers, [Grossberg], NYC, painter (Wash crossing Delaware-1953)
1924Evan S Connell, US writer
1924Helen Wallis, cartographer/librarian
1924John A Emmens, art historian/poet (Kunst & Vliegwerk)
1924Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist
1925John Hawkes, US writer (2nd Skin)
1925John Howard Purnell, scientist
1926Haakon Barfod, Norway, yachting (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)
1926Jean Poiret, French actor/writer (Le Dernier Metro)
1927Bernard "Bernie" Cornfeld, Romanian/US financier (Fund of Funds)
1927Robert Moore, Detroit Mich, actor (Marshall-Diana)
1928Jean R Adams, entomologist
1928Thomas Jefferson Anderson, composer
1928Willem Duys, Dutch radio/TV host
1929Francis Gary Powers, US spy (USSR captures him in 1959 U-2 incident)
1930James Gulliver, businessman
1930Ted Hughes, British poet laureate
1931Alain Mimoun O'Kacha, Fran, marathoner (Olympic-gold-1956) [or 1/1/21]
1932Chet Allen, Chickasha Okla, actor (Jerry-Bonino, Slats-Troubleshooter)
1932Vidiadhar S Naipaul, Trinidad, novelist (Middle Passage)
1934Maureen Connally, champion tennis player (Wimbledon)
1936Ivan Parik, composer
1937Yevgeni Aleksandrovich Illyin, Russia, cosmonaut
1939Luther Allison, Mayflower Ark, rock guitarist (Bad News is Coming)
1940David E Price, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
1940Thomas Williams, US, ice hockey play (Olympic-gold-1960)
1941Boog Powell, baseball player (AL MVP 1970)
1941Ibrahim Babangida, president of Nigeria (1985- )
1943Edward Cowie, composer
1943Koos Postema, editor-in-chief (Vrije Volk)/Dutch TV host
1943Robert De Niro, NYC, actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Taxi Driver)
1943Yukio Kasaya, Japan, 70m ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1972)
1946Hans Vandenburg, Dutch singer/guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo)
1947Gary Talley, Memphis Tn, rock guitarist (Box Tops)
1948Bo Rucker, Tampa FL, actor (Superman, Soup for One, Lock Up)
1949Sib Hashian, Boston Mass, rock drummer (Boston)
1951Alan Minter, England, light-middleweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972)
1951Robert Joy, Montreal Quebec, actor (Big Shots, Suicide Club)
1952Guillermo Vilas, Argentina, tennis champ (US Open-1977)
1952Kathryn C Thornton, Montgomery Ala, PhD/astronaut (STS 33, 49, 61, 73)
1952Nelson Piquet, auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, '83, '87)
1952Thomas J Hennen, Albany GA, astronaut (STS 44)
1953Kevin Rowlands, rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen)
1953Robert Brent Thirsk, BC Canada, astronaut (STS 78)
1955Colin Moulding, English pop guitarist (XTC)
1955Janet Quist Austin TX, playmate (Dec, 1978)
1955Kevin Welch, Calif, country songwriter/actor (Thing Called Love)
1958Belinda Carlisle, Hollywood Ca, (GoGos lead singer, Heaven on Earth)
1960Bruce Penhall, Balboa CA, actor (Savage Beach)
1960Sean Penn, Santa Monica Calif, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
1961Jamie Macoun, Newmarket, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
1962Gilby Clarke, US pop guitarist (Guns n' Roses-Civil War)
1963Carmen Berg, Bismark ND, playmate (July, 1987)
1964Pete McCutcheon, Boston Mass, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Quebec Open)
1965Dottie Mochrie Pepper, Saratoga Springs NY, golfer (1992 Dinah Shore)
1965Fred Grim, soccer player (Cambuur L, Ajax)
1965Glen Goldsmith, rocker (What You See is What You Get)
1965Robert Manry, Cleve newspaper editor/sailed the Atlantic (in craft)
1965Steve Gorman, Hopkinsville Ky, rock drummer (Black Crowes)
1966Cedric Figaro, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
1966Zefross Moss, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, NE Patriots)
1967James Jenkins, NFL tight end (Washington Redskins)
1967Kenny Davidson, NFL defensive end (Houston Oilers)
1967Nelson Emerson, Hamilton, NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers)
1968Ed McCaffrey, NFL wide reciever (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)
1968Vince Marrow, WLAF TE (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1969Christian Laettner, NBA forward/center (Atlanta Hawks, Oly-gold-92)
1969Donald E Wahlberg Jr, Boston, rocker (New Kids-Hangin' Tough)
1969Ed Cunningham, NFL center (Arizona Cardinals)
1969Maria Strandlund, Akersberga Sweden, tennis star (1987 Futures NOR)
1970Bernard Wilson, NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
1970Brad Bretz, WLAF quarterback (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1970Jim Courier, Sanford Florida, tennis champ (1990, 91 French)
1972Ernie Conwell, tight end (St Louis Rams)
1973A J Wood, Pittsburgh, soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96)
1973Kerry Mock, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1973Paul Wiggins, offensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1973Tim Forsyth, Australian high jumper (Olympics-bronze-92, 96)
1977Jake Patellis, actor (Paul Bowman-Good Life)
1986Bryton McClure, Lakewood Calif, actor (Richie-Family Matters)
1991Mikhail Moseyevich Botvinnik, world Chess Champion

Deaths for today in history Events  Birthdays
0754Karloman, abbot of Monte cassino, dies at >39
1464Nikolaus von Cusa, German theologist/mathematician/philosopher, dies
1510Edmund Dudley, English treasurer, beheaded
1510Richard Empson, English treasurer, beheaded
1536Pietersz, book publisher (Kersten Knight - on Index), dies
1553Charles III, Duke of Savoy, dies
1635Francisco de Moncada, Spanish earl of Osuna, dies at 48
1676Grimmelshausen, writer, dies
1681Nikon, [Nikita Minin], patriarch of Rus-orthodox church, dies at 76
1730Mauritius Vogt, composer, dies at 61
1731Johann Augustin Kobelius, composer, dies at 57
1777Giuseppe Scarlotti, composer, dies at 54
1785Jonathan Trumbull, US patriot, dies
1786Frederik II, king of Prussia (1740-86)/composer, dies at 74
1792Jan Jachym Kopriva, composer, dies at 38
1804Barbara Hec, organized 1st methodist church in US, dies
1850José Francisco de San Martin, South American revolutionary hero, dies
1865Mosby Munroe Parsons, US Confederate gen-maj, dies in battle
1865Johann Nepomuk Poissl, composer, dies at 82
1878Richard Upjohn, US architect, died
1880Ole Bull, composer, dies at 70
1887Franz Commer, composer, dies at 74
1888James Jameson, British nature investigator (Congo), dies
1889Ernst Franck, German composer/conductor, dies at 42
1893Aleksei N Apuchtin, Russian poet (Stichotvorenia), dies at 52[NS=8/29]
1896Bridget Driscoll, 1st Brit to die in an auto-accident
1898Carl Johann Adam Zeller, composer, dies at 56
1901Edmond Audran, composer, dies at 61
1909Richard Hoffman, composer, dies at 78
1914James Grierson, British general
1915Leo Frank, lynched for raping 12 year old in Georgia
1920Ray Chapman, hit in the head by Yanks' Carl Mays pitch, dies
1924Pavel S "Paul" Urysohn, Russian mathematician, drowns at 26
1924Tom Kendall, cricketer (14 wickets in Australia's 1st two Tests), dies
1927Horace Alderman, US, murderer, hanged
1936Pierre-Octave Ferroud, French composer (Surgery & Foules), dies at 36
1944John Trumble, cricketer (brother of Hugh 7 Tests 1885-86), dies
1945Gino Marinuzzi, composer, dies at 61
1945Pater Bleijs, [Louis], resistance fighter, dies in car accident
1948Nico J Polak, Dutch economist, dies at 60
1953Johannes B Tielrooy, literature (French Living Lesson), dies at 66
1954Billy Murray, singer (Denver Nightengale), dies at 77
1955Fernand Léger, French painter (Grand Parade), dies
1958Florent Schmitt, French composer/critic (Jardin Secret), dies at 87
1961Carlos Leon Salzedo, composer, dies at 76
1963Richard Barthelmess, actor (Heroes for Sales), dies of cancer at 68
1966Michael Garrison, producer (Crowded Sky), dies after a fall at 43
1966Archibald Palm, cricketer (Test S Africa v England 1927-28), dies
1969Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, architect (November Group), dies at 83
1969Philip Blaiberg, after 19 days with artificial heart, dies
1971Horace McMahon, actor (Martin Kane Private Eye), dies at 64
1972Raymond Brulez, Flemish author (Schoone slaapster), dies at 76
1972Wampilow, writer, dies
1973Paul Williams, rocker (Temptations), commits suicide at 32
1973Jean Barraqué, French composer, dies at 45
1973Conrad Aiken, US poet (Pulitzer), dies at 74
1974Aldo Palazzeschi, [Giurlani], Italian writer, dies at 89
1974Edgar Dearing, actor (Free & Easy, Abraham Lincoln), dies at 81
1975Vladimir Kutz, Russian distance runner (Olympic-gold-56) dies at 48
1975Sig Arno, Hamburg Germany, actor (My Friend Irma), dies at 80
1976Murvyn Vye, actor (Road to Bali, Escape to Burma), dies at 63
1976William Redfield, actor (Jimmy Hughes Rookie Cop), dies at 48
1979Vivian Vance, actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), diesof cancer at 67
1981Robert Russell Bennett, US composer/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 87
1982Ruth Voorst, South African (A World Apart), killed by letter bomb
1982Barney Phillips, actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad), dies at 68
1983Ira Gershwin, lyricist, dies in Beverly Hills at 86
1984Holly Roffey, youngest heart transplant, dies at 4 weeks
1987Rudolph Hess, Nazi (46 years in Spandau Prison), commits suicide at 93
1987Charles Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet, dies at 84
1988Franklin D Roosevelt Jr, (Rep-D-NY, 1949-55), dies on 74th birthday
1988Mohammad Zia Ul-Haq, pres of Pakistan (1978-88), dies at 63
1988Mohammad Zia Ul-Haq, pres of Pakistan (1978-88), dies in crash at 64
1988Victoria Shaw, actress (Alvarez Kelly, Westworld), dies
1990Roderick Cook, actor (Rockabye), dies of apparent heart attack at 58
1990Pearl Bailey, actress (Landlord)/singer, dies of heart attack at 72
1991Don Dubbins, actor (Enchanted Island, DI), dies at 63
1991Leo Geerts, [Marcel van der Linden], Belgian writer/critic, dies
1991Mervyn Nelson, director (Some of My Best Friends Are...), dies at 76
1992Tommy Nutter, fashion designer (bell bottom pants), dies of AIDs at 49
1992Barbara Morgan, photographer (Martha Graham), dies at 92
1992André de Villiers, South African, murdered
1993Max de Metz, Dutch publisher/translator/interpreter, dies at 72
1993Max de Metz, Dutch publisher/translator, dies at 72
1993Robert C Maynard, CEO (Oakland Tribune), dies at 56
1994Joseph Paul Jack Sharkey Zukauskas, boxer, dies at 91
1994Elias Canetti, buried next to James Joyce
1995David Warrilow, actor (Simon, Radio Days, Barton Fink), dies at 60
1995Howard Koch, screenwriter, dies at 92
1995Marjorie Sykes, peace campaigner, dies at 90
1995William Strethan "Wild Bill" Davis, musician, dies at 76
1996Edward Digby Baltzell, Ivy League sociologist, dies at 80

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