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Events for today in history Birthdays  Deaths
0417 St Zosimus begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0731 St Gregory III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1123 1st Latern Council (9th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
1167 Battle of El-Babein, Egypt: Franks under Amalrik vs Syrians
1190 Crusaders kill 57 Jews in Bury St Edmonds England
1229 German emperor Frederick II crowns himself king of Jerusalem
1438 Albrecht II von Habsburg becomes king of Germany
1509 Emperor Maximilian I names Margaretha land guardians of Netherlands
1532 English parliament bans payments by English church to Rome
1541 Hernan de Soto observes 1st recorded flood in America (Mississippi R)
1582 Prince Willem of Orange injured in attack at Antwerp
1583 Dutch States General & Anjou sign treaty
1673 Lord Berkley sells his half of New Jersey to the Quakers
1754 Duke of Newcastle becomes English premier
1766 Britain repeals the Stamp Act
1773 Oliver Goldsmith' "She Stoops to Conquer," premieres in London
1793 2nd Battle at Neerwinden: Austria army beats France
1810 "Converse," 1st US opera, premieres in NY
1813 David Melville, Newport, RI, patents apparatus for making coal gas
1818 Congress approves 1st pensions for government service
1834 1st railroad tunnel in US completed, in Penn (275 m long)
1835 Charles Darwin departs Santiago Chile on his way to Portillo Pass
1847 1st Dutch public telegram
1850 Henry Wells & William Fargo forms American Express in Buffalo
1858 Dutch Van der Brugghen govt resigns
1859 Vera Cruz besieged by Miramón (Cons) in Mexican War of Reform
1864 Dale Dike on Humber River crumbles drowning some 240
1865 Battle of Wilson's raid to Selma, AL
1865 Congress of Confederate States of American adjourns for last time
1870 1st US National Wildlife Preserve (Lake Meritt in Oakland Calif)
1871 Communards revolt in Paris
1877 President Hayes appoints Frederick Douglass marshal of Wash DC
1881 Barnum & Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth opens (MSG)
1890 1st US state naval militia organized (Massachusetts)
1891 Britain is linked to the continent by Telephone
1892 Lord Stanley presents silver challenge cup for hockey (Stanley Cup)
1895 200 blacks leave Savannah, Ga for Liberia
1899 Phoebe, a moon of Saturn is discovered by Pickering
1900 Ajax (Amsterdam Football Club), forms
1902 Enrico Caruso becomes 1st well-known performer to make a record
1902 Schönberg's "Verklärte Nacht," premieres in Vienna
1904 1st performance of Edward Elgar's "In the South (Alassio)"
1909 Einar Dessau of Denmark makes 1st ham broadcast
1910 1st opera by an US composer (Converse) performed at the Met, NYC
1911 North Dakota enacts a hail insurance law
1914 White Wolf gang beats govt army in Jingdezhen China
1915 Failed British attack in Dardanelles
1915 French battleship Bouvet explodes, 640 killed
1918 Soccer team SON OF Meerssen forms
1918 Socialist Youth AJC organizes in Amsterdam
1919 Order of DeMolay forms in Kansas City
1920 Greece adopts the Gregorian calendar
1921 2nd Peace of Riga, Poland enlarged
1921 Steamer "Hong Koh" runs aground off Swatow China killing 1,000
1922 1st intercollegiate indoor polo championship (Princeton vs Yale)
1922 Brit magistrates in India sentence Gandhi to 6 years for disobedience
1922 Mohandas K Gandhi sentenced to 6 years' imprisonment
1922 WBT-AM in Charlotte NC begins radio transmissions
1925 (8) 60-MPH tornadoes speed Mo, In, Il, Ky, & Tn kills 689
1929 Dmitri Shostakovitch' "The new Babylon," premieres in Leningrad
1930 Boston Bruins win record 20th NHL home game
1931 1st electric shavers go on sale in US (Schick)
1931 Juan Bautista Aznar becomes premier of Spain
1933 Radio Clube de Mocambique's, 1st radio transmission
1933 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
1933 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
1937 Gas explosion in school in New London Texas: 294 die
1938 Mexico takes control of foreign-owned oil properties
1938 NY 1st requires serological blood tests of pregnant women
1938 Pres Cardena of Mexico nationalizes US & British oil companies
1940 Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France & Britain
1942 Illegal Free Netherlands announces boycott of theaters
1942 2 black players, Jackie Robinson & Nate Moreland, request a tryout with the Chicago White Sox, they are allowed to work out
1943 James Oglethorpe (US) & Terkolei (Neth), torpedoed & sinks
1943 Red Army evacuates Belgorod
1944 Nazi Germany occupies Hungary
1944 2,500 women trample guards & floorwalkers to purchase 1,500 alarm clocks announced for sale in a Chicago Illinois dept store
1945 1,250 US bombers attacks Berlin
1945 Maurice "Rocket" Richard becomes the 1st NHLer to score 50 goals
1945 US Task Force 58 attacks targets on Kiushu
1948 France & Great Britain & Benelux sign Treaty of Brussels
1948 Philips begin experimental TV broadcasting
1949 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Org) ratified
1949 WGAL TV channel 8 in Lancaster, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
1950 "Touch & Go" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 176 performances
1950 CCNY beats Bradley 69-61 for the NIT championship
1951 Pat O'Sullivan wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1952 1st plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Phila)
1952 Communist offensive in Korea
1953 15th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Kansas 69-68
1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee
1953 Earthquake strikes West Turkey, 250 die
1953 KGNC (now KAMR) TV channel 4 in Amarillo, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 NL approves Boston Braves move to Milwaukee (1st shift since 1903)
1955 I Hatojama recognized as premier of Japan
1957 WTWV (now WTVA) TV channel 9 in Tupelo-Columbus, MS (NBC) begins
1958 Dodgers announces mascot/clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958
1959 Boston Celtic's Bill Sharman begins record of 56 straight free-throws
1959 President Dwight D Eisenhower signs Hawaii statehood bill
1961 Poppin' Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy introduced
1962 Algerian War ends after 7« yrs (250,000 die), Ben Bella flees
1962 Dmitri Shostakovitch becomes member of Supreme Soviet of USSR
1963 "Tovarich" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 264 performances
1963 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
1963 Supreme Court's Miranda Decision; defendants must have lawyers
1963 WGSF TV channel 31 in Newark, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
1965 "Do I Hear a Waltz?" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 220 performances
1965 Rolling Stones fined œ5 each for public urination
1965 USSR launches Voshkod 2; Alexei Leonov makes 1st spacewalk (20 mins)
1966 "Pousse Cafe" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 3 performances
1966 General Suharto forms government in Indonesia
1966 Scott Paper begins selling paper dresses for $1
1967 Beatles' "Penny Lane," single goes #1
1967 Oil tanker Torrey Canyon hits a rock & spills oil
1968 Congress repeals requirement for a gold reserve
1968 WVER TV channel 28 in Rutland, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
1968 WVTA TV channel 41 in Windsor, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
1969 "Come Summer" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 7 performances
1970 -25) US Postal begins strike
1970 Cambodia military coup under Gen Lon Nol, prince Sihanuk flees
1970 KAEC TV channel 19 in Lufkin, TX (ABC) suspends broadcasting
1970 Mail service paralyzed by 1st major postal strike
1970 NFL selects Wilson as official football & scoreboard as official time
1971 200 die in landslide into Lake Yanahuani, Chungar Peru
1972 AIAW 1st basketball champs, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48
1972 China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1972 Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for 1st time in 225 games (Boston U)
1972 Memphis' Larry Miller sets ABA record of 67 pts in a game
1973 "Seesaw" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 296 performances
1973 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
1974 Most Arab oil producing nations end embargo against US
1975 Kurds end fight against Iraqi army
1977 Clash releases their 1st recording "White Riot"
1977 US restricts citizens from visiting Cuba, Vietnam, N Korea & Cambodia
1977 Vietnam hands over MIA to US
1978 250,000 attend rock concert Calif Jam II in Ontario Calif
1978 Pakistani former premier Ali Bhutto sentenced to death
1979 "On the 20th Century" closes at St James Theater NYC after 460 perfs
1979 Battles between Kurds & Iranians break in Sananday Iran
1979 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic
1980 Vostok rocket exploded on launch pad while being refueled, killing 50
1981 Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in 1 period (vs Toronto)
1982 Singer Teddy Pendergrass' spinal cord severed in a car accident
1984 Chris Johnson wins LPGA Tucson Conquistadores Golf Open
1985 Capital Cities Communications Inc acquires ABC
1985 Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Willie Mays & Mickey Mantle
1986 Exciting draw in final gives NSW the Sheffield Shield over Qld
1986 Treasury Dept announces plans to alter paper money
1987 Gerber survey find most popular names for newborns (Jessica & Matthew)
1987 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1989 27th space shuttle mission, STS-29 (Discovery 8), returns to Earth
1989 California Quake amusement ride opens at Universal Studios
1989 Dino Ciccarelli sets Wash Cap record of 7 pts in a game
1989 Largest Art robbery in the history (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston), where 12 paintings valued at $100 million are stolen
1990 1st free elections in East Germany, Conservatives beat Communists
1990 32-day lockout by baseball owners ends
1990 A Tampa little leaguer, dies, after being struck by a pitch
1990 Biggest US art robbery, $100's millions at Gardner Museum, Boston
1990 Colleen Walker wins Circle K Tucson LPGA Golf Open
1991 Apple computer head Steve Jobs weds Laurene Powell
1991 Mike Tyson beats Razor Ruddock in the 7th round
1991 Phila '76ers retires Wilt Chamberlain's #13 jersey
1991 Reggie Miller (Indiana) ends NBA free throw streak of 52 games
1992 "4 Baboons Adoring the Sun" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 38 perf
1992 Donna Summer gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
1992 Leona Helmsley sentence to 4 years for tax evasion
1992 Zimbabwe beat England by 9 runs in World Cup at Albury
1993 "Sisters Rosensweig" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 556 perfs
1993 Amsterdam stock exchange hits record Ÿ12.2 billion
1993 Eddie Murphy marries Nicole Mitchell in NYC
1993 Sri Lanka beat England in Test match by 5 wickets
1994 South Africa Goldstone committee reveals existence of secret police
1994 Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16), lands
1994 Zsa Zsa Gabor files for bankruptcy
1995 Michael Jordan announces he is ending his 17 month NBA retirement
1995 STS 67 (Endeavour 8) lands after 16« days
1995 Spanish princess Elena (31) weds Jaime de Marichalar y Saenez Tejada
1996 50,000 swimmers raise 15 million for charity during BT's Swimathon '96
1997 Russian AN-24 plane crashes in Turkey, 50 die

Birthdays for today in history Events  Deaths
1380Liduina van Schiedam, Dutch "Christ's bride"/saint
1548Cornelis Ketel, Dutch portrait painter/poet
1556François-Hercule de Valois, French duke of Anjou/Brabant
1578Adam Elsheimer, German painter/cartoonist/etcher, baptized
1609Frederick III, King of Denmark & Norway (1648-70); absolutist
1644Gottfried Wegner, composer
1657Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian composer
1690Christian Goldbach, German mathematician (Goldbach position)
1734Joseph Schmitt, composer
1756Johann Christoph Vogel, composer
1765David H Chassé, Dutch baron/general (fought Napoleon at Waterloo)
1781Gustave Vogt, composer
1782John Caldwell Calhoun, SC, Andrew Jackson's VP (1825-32)
1809Gabriel de la Concepción Valdés, [Placido], Cuban poet
1813Friedrich Hebbel, writer
1829William Robertson Boggs, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1911
1830Numa D Fustel de Coulanges, French historian/sociologist
1837Grover Cleveland, [Stephen], NJ, 22nd/24th Pres (1885-89, 93-97)
1838Jan B Stobbaerts, Flemish painter
1838Randal Cremer, Britain, trade unionist, pacifist (Nobel 1903)
1839Francis Fessenden, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1906
1843Jules HPFX Vandenpeereboom, premier of Belgium (1899)
1844Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Tikhvin Russia, composer (Scheherazade)
1848Nathaniel Herreshoff, America Cup yacht designer
1858Rudolph C K Diesel, German engineer (Diesel motor)
1864Karl M Lybeck, Finnish/Swedish language poet (Samlade Arbeten)
1866Dumitru Kiriac-Georgescu, composer
1866John Loudon, Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs (1913-18)
1867Michael G de Boer, historian (Harbor of Amsterdam)
1869[Arthur] Neville Chamberlain, British PM (C, 1937-40)
1872Frank Hoyt Losey, composer
1877Clem Hill, cricketer (all-time great Australian batsman)
1880Christopher K H de Nerée tot Babberich, cartoonist
1881Oliver Seibert, hall of fame hockey player (elected 1963)
1881Paul Le Flem, composer
1882Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer
1886Edward Everett Horton, Bkln NY, actor/narrator (Bulwinkle Show)
1886Kurt Koffka, Germany, Gestalt psychologist
1886Marianne [Goudeket-]Philips, Dutch author (Between Heaven & Earth)
1888Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor
1889F Rijkens, oldest living person in Netherlands
1890Gerardus van der Leeuw, Dutch religion historian/minister of Education
1892Robert P Tristram Coffin, poet/reporter (WW II)
1893Wilfred Owen, England, anti-war poet (Anthem for Doomed Youth)
1897Betty Compson, actress (Big City, Docks Of New York)
1898Otto Jochum, composer
1899Lavrenti Beria, chief of Soviet secret police under Stalin
1901Piotr Perkowski, composer
1905John Kirkpatrick, NYC, pianist (Concord Sonata)
1905Mollie Parnis, NYC, fashion designer (Mollie Roberts Collection)
1905Robert Donat, England, actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Citadel)
1906Roy L Johnson, US admiral (WW II-Pacific Ocean)
1907Eleanor L "Betty" Compton, US actress (Here Comes Trouble)
1908Louis Gaste, songwriter
1910Chiang Ching-huo, son of Chinese pres Chiang Kai-shek/pres (1978-88)
1911Smiley Burnette, Summum Ill, cowboy (Charlie-Petticoat Junction)
1913Margaret Hesse, princess of Hesse/Rhine
1913Rene Clement, Bordeaux France, director/writer (Is Paris Burning)
1913William Hutchinson Murray, mountaineer/author
1914Cesar Guerra Peixe, composer
1914James Pack, naval officer museum curator
1915Richard Thomas Condon, author
1916Louis Toebosch, composer
1919Laila Schou Nilsen, Norway, downhill skier (Olympic-gold-1936)
1919Len Johnson, cricketer (Australian fast bowler played Test in 1948)
1920Eric Halsall, sheepdog trial commentator
1920John Paul II, [Karol Wojtyla], Poland, Pope (1978- )
1922Egon Bahr, German journalist/politician
1924Madhussudan Rege, cricketer (15 runs in only Test India v WI 1948-49)
1925Peter Graves, Minneapolis Mn, actor (James Phelps-Mission Impossible)
1927George Plimpton, NYC, sports writer (Paper Lion)
1927John Harold Kander, composer (Cabaret, Funny Lady, Kramer vs Kramer)
1928Fidel V Ramos, pres (Phillipines)
1928William R Boggs, Georgia, Brig Gen/chief of engineers under Bragg
1929Christa Wolf, German novelist (Divided Heaven)
1929Ctirad Kohoutek, composer
1929Kai Winding, rocker
1930Maurice Peress, NYC, conductor (KC Philharmonic 1974-80)
1931Howard Coble, (Rep-R-NC, 1985- )
1932F[rederik] W[illem] de Klerk, president South Africa (1989-94)
1932John Updike, Shillington Pa, poet/novelist (Rabbit Run)
1933Unita Blackwell, 1st black mayor in Mississippi
1934Pavle Despalj, composer
1936Hans Peter Bleuel, writer
1936Robert Lee Smith, US singer (Tams, You Lied to Your Daddy)
1936Tony Nash, England, bobsled (Olympic-gold-1964)
1937Mark Donohue, auto racer (1972 Indianapolis 500)
1937Robin Wright, race horse trainer
1938Carl Gottlieb, comedian (Ken Berry Wow Show)
1938Charley Pride, Sledge Miss, country singer (Sweet Country)
1938Shashi Kapoor, Calcutta India, actor (Shalimar, Heat & Dust)
1939Travis Pritchett, rocker (Travis & Bob)
1940Kathy Hutchinson, race horse trainer
1941Wilson Pickett, Prattville Alabama, R&B singer (Funky Broadway)
1941Wolfgang Bauer, writer
1943Kevin Dobson, Jackson Hgts NY, actor (Kojak, Knots Landing, Shannon)
1945Aleksey Vakhonin, USSR, bantam weight (Olympic-gold-1964)
1946Michael Reagan, talk show host, Ronald's son
1947Barry Wilson, Engld, rock drummer (Procol Harum-Whiter Shade of Pale)
1947David Lloyd, cricketer (England opener, 214 v India 1974)
1947Steven H Schiff, (Rep-R-New Mexico)
1948Eknath Solkar, cricketer (India 1969-77, brilliant short-leg fielder)
1949Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, Irish snooker player (2X world-champ)
1949Starr Danias, NYC, ballerina (Turning Point)
1950Brad Dourif, WV, actor (Ragtime, Eyes of Laura Mars, Fatal Beauty)
1950James Conlon, NYC, conductor (Cincinnati May Festival-1979)
1950John Hartman, Falls Church Va, rock drummer (Doobie Brothers)
1953Helmer C Koetje, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA)
1953Jamie West-Oram, rocker (Fixx)
1953Margaret L Augustine, Buffalo NY, project manager (Biosphere 2)
1953Nicholas Wisdom, cricketer (son of comic Norman, 2 games Sussex 1974)
1954James F Reilly II, Mt Home AFB Idaho, PhD/astronaut (STS 89, sk:100)
1955Graham Porter, cricketer (1 day intl for Australia 1979)
1956"The Model" Rick Martel, [Richard Vignault], wrestler (WWF/AWA)
1956Ingamar Stenmark, Sweden, slalom (Olympic-2 gold-1980)
1957Christer Fuglesang, Stockholm Sweden, physicist/astronaut (Mir backup)
1957Melvin Gentry, vocalits/guitarist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
1958Andreas Wenzel, Liechtenstein, skier (Olympic-silver-1980)
1959Irene Cara, Bronx NYC, actress/singer (Fame, DC Cab, Certain Fury)
1960Claudia Udy, Albuquerque NM, actress (Out of Control, Nightforce)
1960Guy Carbonneau, Sept-iles, NHL center (Dallas Stars)
1960Patricia Farinelli, LA Calif, playmate (December, 1981)
1960Richard Biggs, Columbus Ohio, actor (Marcus-Days of Our Lives)
1961Kevan James, cricketer (all-rounder 4 wkts/4 balls & ton v India 1996)
1961Mark Van Thillo, Wilrijk Belgium, co-capt (Biosphere 2)
1961Todd Nelson, Dalles Ore, tennis star
1962Trevor Franklin, cricketer (opened for NZ mid-80's)
1963Vanessa L Williams, Millwood NY, 1st black Miss America (1983)/singer
1964Bonnie Blair, Champaign Ill, speed skater (Oly-5 gold/brz-88, 92, 94)
1964Christina Ferguson, Phoenix Az, playmate (Apr, 1983)
1965Geronimo Berroa, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, outfielder (Oakland A's)
1965Jeff Labarr, rocker (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)
1966Jerry Cantrell, US rock guitarist (Alice in Chains-Dirt)
1967Andre Rison, NFL wide receiver (Cleve Browns, KC Chiefs)
1967Derrick Graham, NFL tackle (GB Packers, Car Panthers, Seat Seahawks)
1968Joseph Ouellet, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
1968Pat Terrell, NFL strong safety (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
1969Michael Dumas, NFL free safety (SD Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars)
1969Shaun Udal, cricketer (Hants off-spinner, England to Aust 1994-95)
1969Sheila Taormina, 4X200m freestyle swimmer (Olympics-gold-96)
1970Michael Rapaport, actor (Zak-Zebrahead)
1970Queen Latifah, rap singer/actress (Khadijah James-Living Single)
1970Sarah Thorsett, Winona Minn, 1.5k runner
1971Mariaan de Swardt, Johannesburg, tennis star (1996 3rd round Aust))
1973Marlon Kerner, NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills)
1973Rob Johnson, NFL quarterback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1974Petra Kamstra, Rotterdam Holland, tennis star (1995 Surabaya doubles)
1974Tina Krizan, Maribor Slovenia, tennis star (1995 Surabaya doubles)
1974Torrian Gray, safety (Minnesota Vikings)
1975Claude N'Goran, Adzope Ivory Coast, tennis pro
1975Kimmo Timonen, hockey defenseman (Team Finland Oly-Bronze-1998)
1978Dionne Bainbridge, Brisbane QLD Aust, NZ 200m swimmer (Olympics-96)
1996?, son of woman in coma raped by John Horace

Deaths for today in history Events  Birthdays
0235Marcus Aurelius Alexander, Syrian emperor of Rome (222-235), murdered
0978Edward, the Martyr, King of Anglo-Saxons (975-78)/st, murdered at 15
1227Honorius III, [Cencio Savelli], Pope (1216-27), dies
1314Jacques De Molay, the last grand master of Order of Knights, dies
1493John of Lannoy, Flemish governor/viceroy of Neth/Zealand, dies at 82
1582Jean Jaurequi, Basque murderer of Willem of Orange, lynched
1584Ivan IV, the terrible, Russian tsar (1547-84), dies at 53
1690Charles, duke of Lutherans, dies
1745Robert Walpole, 1st English premier (1722-42), dies at 68 [NS=3/29]
1768Lawrence Sterne, writer (Sentimental Journey France & Italy), dies
1799John Randall, composer, dies at 82
1816Johann Paul Schulthesius, composer, dies at 67
1817Johann Jakob Walder, composer, dies at 67
1823Jean-Baptiste Sebastien Breval, composer, dies at 69
1870Joaquin y Garbayo Gaztambide, composer, dies at 48
1875Ferdinand Laub, composer, dies at 43
1876F Freiligrath, writer, dies at 65
1886Leopold Zunz, German intellect (Synagogue Poetry), dies at 91
1889William Henry Monk, composer, dies at 66
1899Douglas Strutt Galton, English engineer (rails, trains), dies at 76
1899Svetolik Rankovic, Serbian writer (Crushed Ideals), dies at 35
1900António Nobre, Portuguese poet (Só [Lonely]), dies at 32
1913George I, king of Greece (1861-1913), assassinated by Schinas at 67
1917William Shalders, S Afr cricket batsman (12 Tests 1895-1907), dies
1918Willem Coenen, composer, dies at 80
1924John Frederick Bridge, composer, dies at 79
1928Paul van Ostaijen, Flemish writer (Outlawed), dies at 32
1933Luigi A duke of the Abruzzi, Italian explorer (Ruwenzori), dies at 60
1936Egon Friedell, Austrian journalist (Kleine Portratgalerie), dies at 58
1938Cyril Rootham, composer, dies at 62
1944Benjamin Delmonte, theater director/actor, dies at 79
1954Walter Mead, cricketer (one Test for England 1899), dies
1956Friedrich Panzer, German germanist (Hilde-Gudrun), dies at 85
1956Louis Bromfield, writer, dies at 59
1964Norbert Wiener, US mathematician (cybernetics), dies at 69
1965Farouk I, last King of Egypt (1936-52), dies at 45
1967Jimmy Blaine, singer (Stop the Music), dies at 42
1968Manuel Gomez Carillo, composer, dies at 85
1969Barbara Bates, actress (Kathy-It's a Great Life), dies at 43
1971George Wood, England cricket wicketkeeper (v S Africa 1924), dies
1973Lauritz L H Melchior, Danish baritone/actor (Luxury Liner), dies at 82
1974David C Imboden, actor (King of Kings), dies at 87
1976Robert de Roos, composer, dies at 69
1976James McCartney, father of Paul McCartney, dies at 73
1977Marien Ngouabi, president of Congo-Brazzaville, murdered
1978Faith Baldwin, US author (They Who Love), dies at 84
1978Peggy Wood, actress (One Life to Live, Mama), dies at 86
1980Erich Fromm, German/US psychoanalyst, dies at 79
1980Herman Griffith, cricketer (13 Tests for WI, 44 wickets), dies
1982Georg G Lampe, Dutch painter/director (Free Academy), dies at 60
1983Umberto of Piemonte, King Umberto II of Italy (1946), dies
1984Paul Frances Webster, lyricist, dies of Parkinson's disease at 76
1984Charlie Lau, White Sox coach/renowned hitting instructor, dies at 50
1985Jack Miller, orch leader (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 89
1986Bernard Malamud, US writer (Fixer, Natural), dies at 71
1987Bil Baird, puppeteer (Jack Paar Show), dies at 82
1989Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer player, dies at 51
1989William Challee, actor (Desperate, Moonchild), dies
1990Robin Harris, actor (House Party, Mo' Better Blues), dies at 36
1991Vilma Banky, actress (Eagle, Son of Sheik, Rebel), dies at 93
1991Jack McCoy, Radio/TV personality, dies at 72
1992Cornelis B Vaandrager, [C Vaan], poet (Giant of Rotterdam), dies at 56
1995Charles Drain, singer, dies at 65
1995Frederic Ramsey Jr, folklorist/author, dies at 80
1995Heinrich Sutermeister, Swiss composer (Raskolnikov), dies at 84
1996Alepoude Odysseus Elytis llis, poet, dies at 84
1996Hawkes Jessie Jacquetta Priestley, archaeologist, dies at 85
1997?, raped comatose woman who bore a child 1 year earlier, dies at 30
1997Willem de Kooning (abstract artist), dead Alzheimer's at 92

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