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0687 St Sergius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Conon
1124 Chancellor Haimeric selects pope (Lamberto becomes Honorius II)
1488 Bartholomeus Diaz returns to Portugal after sailing round Cape of Good Hope
1569 Westmoreland flees to Scotland
1582 Leidse university names Rembert Dodoens prof of botany/medicine
1582 Spanish Netherlands/Denmark/Norway adopt Gregorian calendar
1586 Laevinus Torrentius, becomes bishop of Antwerp
1593 State of Holland grants patent on windmill with crankshaft
1612 Simon Marius, is 1st to observe Andromeda galaxy through a telescope
1640 Duke of Bragança crowned King Johan IV of Portugal
1660 Philippines: Andres Malongs rebels plunders Bagnotan
1664 English colonizing Connecticut
1667 Brandenburg declares himself neutral in Devolutie War
1680 Tax revolt on Terschelling due to tax on cereal
1688 Lord Delamere sides with King James II [NS 12/25]
1745 Battle at Kesseldorf: Prussia beats Saksen & Austria
1791 1st US law school established at University of Pennsylvania
1791 Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gave its approval
1792 1st life insurance policy issued in US (Phila)
1794 Revolutionary Tribunal abolished in France
1810 1st Irish magazine in US, Shamrock, is published
1811 Earthquake hits New Madrid, Missouri
1815 Rossini gets assignment for Il barbiere di Siviglia
1820 1st General pharmacopoeia in US published, Boston
1836 Patent Office burns in Wash, DC
1854 1st street-cleaning machine in US 1st used in Philadelphia
1859 GR Kirchoff describes chemical composition of Sun
1863 Skirmish at Bean's Station, Tennessee (Knoxville Campaign)
1864 Battle of Nashville, TN
1864 Raid on Stoneman: Abingdon & Glade Springs, VA
1874 1st reigning king to visit US (of Hawaii) received by Pres Grant
1877 Thomas Edison patents phonograph
1891 James Naismith invents basketball (Canada)
1893 Dvor ks "From the New World" premieres at Carnegie Hall NYC
1894 Cricket day 2 1st T Aus v Eng Aus 586 (Gregory 201) England 3-130
1899 Battle at Colenso, South Africa (Boers-British army)
1909 Thomas J Lynch becomes president of baseball's National League
1914 Battle of Lódz ends; Russians retreat toward Moscow
1914 British fleet forfeits chance to destroy German fleet in North Sea
1914 Swedish troops over run Belgrade in Austria-Hungary
1916 French defeat Germans in WW I Battle of Verdun
1917 Moldavian Republic declares independence from Russia
1918 American Jewish Congress holds it's 1st meeting
1919 Edna St Vincent Millay's "Aria da Capo," premieres in NYC
1919 Fiume (Rijeka) declares it's Independence
1922 IVVV (association) peace congress on war forms in Hague
1925 1st hockey game at Madison Sq Garden, Mont Candiens 3, NY Americans 1
1925 1st road with a depressed trough (Texas) opens to traffic
1926 Facist national symbol elevated in Italy
1927 Ed Hickman kidnaps child he later beheads
1929 Walter Mittelholzer flies as 1st about the Kilimanjaro
1930 Don Bradman takes his 1st Test Cricket wicket (Ivan Barrow, WI, lbw)
1933 Baseball owners agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15
1934 Fokker F18 Snip flies to Neth West Indies
1935 Detroit Lions win NFL championship
1935 Max Euwe becomes world champ chess beating Alexander Aljechin
1936 KVL-AM in Seattle Wash changes call letters to KEEN (now KING)
1938 Groundbreaking begins for Jefferson Memorial in Wash DC
1939 "Gone With the Wind" premieres in Atlanta
1939 1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn, Seaford, Delaware
1939 Snip departs for 1st flight to Paramaribo/Curaçao
1941 Gas/electrical use restricted in Holland
1941 German submarine U-127 sinks
1941 Nazi's transfers 100 Czech citizens/Heinrich Himmler falls faint
1941 North Africa: allied assault up Italians Gazala-posing
1941 USS Swordfish becomes 1st US sub to sink a Japanese ship
1942 Massachusetts issues 1st US vehicular license plate tabs
1944 Bandleader, Major Glenn Miller, lost over English Channel
1944 Hizbu'allah (Arm forces for Allah) forms
1944 US Congress gives General Eisenhower his 5th star
1944 US troops lands on Mindoro
1945 John J "Cardinal" O'Connor, ordained as a priest
1946 Chic Bears beat NY Giants 24-14 in NFL championship game
1946 Giants Filchock & Hapes suspended by NFL, didn't report bribe attempt
1948 Former state dept official Alger Hiss indicted in NYC for perjury
1949 Albert Camus' "Les Justes" premieres in Paris
1950 Ezzard Charles KOs Nick Barone to retain heavyweight boxing title
1950 NYC's Port Authority opens
1952 "Two's Company" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 90 performances
1952 Christine Jorgenson is 1st person to undergo a sex-change operation
1952 KHON TV channel 2 in Honolulu, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
1952 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Orientales Ecclesias
1953 WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, FL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1954 Fordham University scraps football team for financial reasons
1954 Netherlands Antilles becomes co-equal part of Kingdom of Netherlands
1956 Emergency crisis in North Ireland proclaimed after IRA strikes
1956 KGW TV channel 8 in Portland, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
1956 WRAL TV channel 5 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting
1959 Everly Brothers record "Let It Be Me"
1960 King Boudouin of Belgium marries do¤a Fabiola de Mora y Aragon
1961 Adolf Eichmann convicted of crimes against humanity in Israel
1961 Equal access rule, political parties get TV broadcasting time
1961 JFK visits Puerto Rico
1961 L J Suenens appointed archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels
1962 Vaughn Meader's "1st Family," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 12 wks
1964 1st time 4 people in space
1964 American Radio Relay League (organization for hams) founded
1964 Canada adopts maple leaf flag
1965 3rd cyclone of year kills another 15,000 at mouths of Ganges River
1965 Bangladesh windstorm kills 10,000
1965 D Heneker & J Taylor's musical "Charlie Girl," premieres in London
1965 Gemini 6 launched; makes 1st rendezvous in space (with Gemini 7)
1965 Queen Juliana opens Zeeland Bridge to Oosterschelde
1965 William Eckert replaces Ford Frick as 4th commissioner of baseball
1966 "Joyful Noise" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 12 performances
1966 Audouin Dollfus discovers 10th satellite of Saturn, Janus
1966 John W Mecom Jr becomes 1st owner of New Orlean Saints
1967 Beatles release "Christmas Time is Here Again"
1967 Joe Garagiola joins Today Show panel
1967 Silver Bay bridge (Oh-WV) collapes during afternoon rush hr, 34 die
1969 Plastic Ono Band, play their only concert at London's Lyceum Ballroom
1969 SF Fire Dept replaces leather helmets with plastic ones
1970 Ferryboat capsized in Korean Strait drowning 261
1970 S Korean ferry Namyong-Ho sinks in Strait of Korea, 308 killed
1970 Soviet Venera 7 is 1st spacecraft to land on another planet (Venus)
1971 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1973 American Psychiatric Assn declares homosexuality is not mental illness
1973 Golf Resort (Disney Inn) opens
1973 Pirates of Caribbean ride opens at Disneyland
1973 Sandy Hawley becomes 1st jockey to win 500 races in 1 year
1973 Tennessee beats Temple 11-6 in low scoring NCAA basketball game
1973 US Psychiatrist say homosexuals are not mentally ill
1974 A's Catfish Hunter is ruled a free agent (later signs with Yankees)
1976 Argo Merchant tanker off Massachusetts' SE coast, spills 7.6 m gallons of crude when ship ran aground
1976 Jamaica premier Manley wins elections
1978 Saint Maarten Patriotic Movement (SPM) forms under W James
1978 Test Cricket debut of Malcolm Marshall, v India at Bangalore
1979 Deposed Shah of Iran leaves US for Panama
1979 World Court in Hague rules Iran should relase all US hostages
1980 NY Yankee Dave Winfield becomes highest-paid player, 10 years $15M
1980 Premier Queddei troops conquers Chad capital N'djamena
1980 ZBZ Sangha registered after 5 yrs of administrative hassles in Warsaw
1981 4th Emmy Sports Award presentation
1981 NASA launches Intelsat V
1982 Bill Parcells becomes 12th head coach of NY Giants
1982 Roy Williams, Teamsters pres, & 4 others convicted of bribery
1982 Sao Tome & Principe constitution approved
1982 Spain reopens border with Gibraltar
1983 3 KC Royals suspended due to cocaine usage
1983 Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via El Paso, Kelly AFB
1983 Last 80 US combat soldiers in Grenada withdrew
1983 Wendy Wasserstein's "Isn't It Romantic," premieres in NYC
1984 USSR launches Vega 1 for rendezvous with Halley's Comet
1985 Sylvester Stallone & Brigitte Nielson wed
1986 150 killed during race riot in Karachi
1986 CIA director William Casey suffers a cerebral seizure
1986 Carnegie Hall reopens after a $50 million facelift
1987 "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, Boston
1988 Lori Davis of Long Island sues Mike Tyson for grabbing her buttocks
1990 Rocker Rod Stewart marries super model Rachel Hunter
1991 "Nick & Nora" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 9 performances
1991 Deb Richard wins JBP Cup LPGA Match Play Golf Championship
1992 Arthur Ashe is named Sports Illustrated Sportman of Year
1992 WNew AM (1130) NYC resigns air, replaced by WBBR
1993 C-130 flies into a Philippines hill & explodes, 16 killed
1993 Haitian premier Robert Malval resigns
1993 John Williams final appearance as conductor of Boston Pops
1993 Lee Aspen resigns as secretary of defense
1993 Y-12 crashes at Phonesavanh, Laos: 18 killed
1993 British premier Major/Irish premier Reynolds signs Downing Street Declaration concerning Northern Ireland self determination
1994 "Tuna Christmas" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 20 performances
1994 John Bruton becomes Ireland's premier
1994 Liberia militia kills 48 inhabitants of Monrovia
1995 Playboy goes back on sale after 36 year ban in Ireland
1996 Dottie Pepper & Juli Inkster win LPGA Diner's Club Golf Matches
1996 Jim Colbert & Bob Murphy wins Diner's Club Senior PGA Golf Matches
1996 Tom Lehman & Duffy Waldoff wins Diner's Club PGA Golf Matches
1997 SF 49ers retire Joe Montana's #16

Birthdays for today in history Events  Deaths
0037Nero Claudius Augustus Germanicus, 5th emperor of Rome (54-68)
1534Lucas Osiander, composer
1567Christoph Demantius, composer
1574Samuel Besler, composer
1610David Teniers II, Flemish courtpainter (Theatrum Pictorium)
1648Gregory King, English statistician (Natural & Political Observations)
1657Michel-Richard Delalande, composer
1667Ludwig Ernst, composer
1720J F Beck, writer
1735Cesare Beccaria-Bonesana, Italian lawyer
1765Philippe-Jacques Pfeffinger, composer
1770Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
1778Godert AGP baron van der Capellen, Dutch gov-gen (Dutch-Indies)
1787Charles Cowden Clarke, English editor/Shakespearean critic
1793Henry Charles Carey, Phila, economist (Principles of Poli Economy)
1802J nos Bolyai, Romania, mathematician (non-Euclidean geometry)
1803August Freyer, composer
1812Isidor Dannstrom, composer
1821Auguste Emmanuel Vaucorbeil, composer
1822Edward Stephen, composer
1823Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, composer
1830Francesco D'Arcais, composer
1832Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, French engineer (Eiffel tower)
1836Edmond Picard, French/Belgian lawyer/writer (La forge Roussel)
1842Henry Gadsby, composer
1848Edwin Howland Blashfield, decorated the dome of Library of Congress
1852Antoine Henri Becquerel, discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903)
1852Tewfik Pasja, khedive (viceroy) of Egypt
1853Jean B A Kessler, director of oil on Dutch Indies
1857Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, composer
1859Ludwik L Zamenhof, Russian Poland, physician/linguist (Esperanto)
1860Niels Ryberg Finsen, Denmark, physician/phototherapist (Nobel 1903)
1861Charles Edgar Duryea, inventor (1st auto built & operated in US)
1863Arthur D Little, US, chemist (patented rayon)
1863Paul [Prudent] Painlevé, French mathematician/minister/premier [NS]
1870Josef Hoffmann, Austrian architect
1873Pongrac Kacsoh, composer
1875Friedrich Niggli, composer
1876Ferdinand Hardekopf, writer
1878Hans Carossa, writer
1879Hugo W C Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer
1879Rudolf von Laban, Czech/German choreographer (modern dance)
1881James Schneider, NY, actor (Keystone Kops)
1882Helena Rubinstein, US cosmetic manufacturer
1887Pieter C A Geyl, historian (History of the Dutch Tribe)
1888Artturi A Leinonen, Finnish journalist/writer (Kati)/politician
1888Jan Greshoff, Dutch poet/author/journalist (Bric … Brac)
1888Maxwell Anderson, US, dramatist (Winter Set, High Tor)
1892David Guion, composer
1892J Paul Getty, Minneapolis Mn, oil magnate (Getty Oil)
1892Jose Maria Castro, composer
1896Carl Ferdinand Cori, US bio-chemist
1896George B Cressey, US geographer (Asia's Lands & Peoples)
1896Margaret Bannerman, Toronto Ontario, actress (Elopement)
1896Paul R Citroen, Dutch sculptor
1898Fernando Remacha, composer
1899Frank Vosper, London England, actor (Man Who Knew Too Much)
1900Francesco Messina, sculptor
1904Kermit Bloomgarden, producer (Diary of Anne Frank, Music Man)
1904William Hitzig, Austria, Maxwell physician
1905Ferenc Farkas, composer
1906Betty Smith, novelist (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
1907Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilians architect (Brasilia)
1913Muriel Rukeyser, US, poet (1977 Shelley Memorial Award)
1913Rik Jacobs, Flemish stage manager
1914Ernie Toshack, cricket pace bowler (Aussie left-arm post-WWII)
1915Jose Toribio Merino Castro, admiral
1916Maurice Wilkins, England, physicist, worked with DNA (Nobel 1962)
1918Jeff Chandler, [Ira Grossel], Bkln, actor (Broken Arrow)
1919Ake Seyffarth, 10K speed skater (Olympic-gold-1948)
1921Bobby Todd, US comic/actor (Original Sin)
1922Alan Freed, Penn, DJ, accepted payola/introduced term "rock-n-roll"
1924Ida Haendel, Polish violinist/author (Woman with Violin)
1928Jimmy Nelson, Chic Ill, ventriloguist (Nestles, Farfel)
1929Keith Andrew, cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 2 Tests 1954-63)
1930Alim-ud-Din, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1954-62)
1931Evald Schorm, Prague Czech, director (Courage for Every Day)
1932Edna O'Brien, Ireland, writer (Fanatic of Heart, Casualties of Peace)
1932Elaine Barkin, composer
1932Igor Stuhec, composer
1933Jesse Belvin, Texarkana Arkansas, rock vocalist (Mr Easy)
1933Tim Conway, Willoughby Oh, comic (McHale's Navy, Carol Burnett Show)
1937John [Thomas] Sladek, US, sci-fi author (Tik-Tok, Bugs)
1937Karen Morrow, Chic, actress (Aunt Minerva-Tabitha, Jim Nabors Hour)
1938Dennis RB Madide, South African Internal minister of Transkei
1939Cindy Birdsong, Camden NJ, rock vocalist (Labelle-Rainbow, Supremes)
1939Nicolaus A Huber, composer
1940Nick Buoniconti, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)/sportscaster (NBC)
1941Austin Savage, Welsh hockey player
1941Geoffrey Davies, English actor (Doctor at Sea, Doctor on the Go)
1942Dave Clark, London England, rock drummer (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)
1943Mihaly Hesz, Hungary, 1K kayak (Olympic-gold-1968)
1944Stan Bahnsen, pitcher (NY Yankee, 1968 AL Rookie-of-year)
1945Thaao Penghlis, actor (Mission Impossible, Tony-Days of Our Life)
1946Carmine Appice, musician (Have You Heard, Keep on Rolling)
1946Harry Ray, Hackensack NJ, rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown)
1948David Gwillim, Plymouth England, actor (Island at Top of the World)
1949Don Johnson, Flatt Creek Mo, actor (Miami Vice, Harrad Experiment)
1949Ton [Teunis] Sijbrands, Dutch world checkers champion
1950Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Dutch minister of Justice (198?-94)
1951Joe Jordan, Scottish soccer star
1951Ken Knox, rock vocalist (Chairmen of the Board)
1954Alex Cox, director (Repo Man)
1954Justin Ross, Bkln NY, actor (Sinatra, Chorus Line, Fan, Quick Change)
1954Mike Ratledge, author (2DAY & NEWDAY)/ratledgm@spawar.navy.mil
1955Melanie Chartoff, West Haven Ct, actress (Fridays, Parker Lewis)
1955Paul Simonon, English pop bassist (Clash-Havana 3 AM)
1959Greg Matthews, cricketer (NSW & Aust off-spin all rounder Yeah yeah)
1959Heidi Bohay, Somerset NJ, actress (Megan-Hotel)
1959Rashid Khan, cricketer (4 Tests for Pakistan 1982-85)
1960Don Franklin, actor (Seaquest 2032, Noah Dixon-The Young Riders)
1960Doug Phelps, Leachville Ar, singer (Ky Headhunters-Davy Crockett)
1961Annie Pujol, Perpignan, French TV hostess (Roue de la Fortune)
1961Reginald Hudlin, director (House Party)
1963Asif Karim, cricketer (slow left-arm bowler for Kenya 1996 World Cup)
1963David Wingate, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics)
1963Helen Slater, NYC, actress (Supergirl, Billie Jean, Ruthless People)
1964Carlton Bailey, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
1964Jerry Ball, NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings)
1965Kimberly Donley, Aurora IL, playmate (Mar, 1993)
1965Walter Reeves, NFL tight end (Cleve Browns)
1966Carl Hooper, cricketer (WI off-spin all-rounder)
1967Chris Gioskos, CFL tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
1967Christine Larsen, New Westminster BC, synchro swimmer (Oly-silver-96)
1967Frank Hartley, NFL tight end (Cleve Browns, SD Chargers)
1967Keith Askins, NBA guard/forward (Miami Heat)
1967Mo Vaughn, Norwalk Conn, infielder (Boston Red Sox, MVP-1995)
1968Garrett Wang, actor (Star Trek Voyager)
1969Dan Williams, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos, KC Chiefs)
1969Sean Briscombe, Minneapolis Minn, diver (Olympics-96)
1969Wayne Simmons, linebacker (KC Chiefs)
1970Damon Thomas, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
1970Lawrence Funderburke, NBA forward (Sacramento Kings)
1970Mitchell Butler, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Cleveland Cavaliers)
1971Boudewijk Pahlplatz, soccer player (FC Twente, PSV)
1971Chris Maumalanga, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears, Az Cardinals)
1971Eric Bjornson, NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys)
1971Ken Alexander, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
1972Rodney Harrison, NFL safety (SD Chargers)
1972Stanislav Jasecko, Spisska Nova Ves, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
1973Geoff Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
1973James Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
1973Mike Cherry, quarterback (NY Giants)
1973Mirko Ludemann, Weiwasser GER, NHL defenseman (Team Germany, Colorado)
1973Tammy Melinda Pearman, Bkln Ny, soccer forward/defender (Olympics-96)
1974Jeffrey van der Stone, soccer player (RKC)
1977Catherine Fox, 400m freestyle relay (Olympics-gold-96)
1977Larissa Fontaine, Chicago Ill, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96)
1978Henrietta Nagyova, Nove Zamky Slovakia, tennis star (ITF/Cali-COL)
1985Sheeba Reiter, Fla, illegitimate daughter of Jackie Mason

Deaths for today in history Events  Birthdays
1025Basilius II, the Bulgarendoder, Byzantine emperor (976-1025), dies
1230Ottokar I, king of Bohemia (1197-1230), dies
1515Alfonso de Albuquerque, viceroy of Portuguese Indies, dies
1576Joachim Hopperus, [Hoppers], Frisian lawyer/politician, dies at 53
1598Philip van Marnix, Flemish ruler of St Aldegonde/poet, dies at 58
1621Charles d'albert duke of Luynes/PM of France, dies at 43
1626Adriaen de Vries, Dutch sculptor/painter, dies at about 70
1675John Vermeer, Dutch painter (Love Letter), dies at 43
1688Gaspar Fagel, lawyer/Neth grand pensionary (1672-88), dies at 54
1699Henrik A van Reede tot Drakenstein, Dutch botanist, dies at about 63
1712Sidney 1st earl of Godolphine, English minister of Finance, dies at 67
1715George Hickes, English linguist (Old German Philology), dies at 73
1779Manuel Jeronimo Romero de Avila, composer, dies at 62
1792Joseph Martin Kraus, composer, dies at 36
1816Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz, composer, dies at 44
1817Maria Walewska [Leszczinska], lover of emperor Napoleon I, dies
1822Ferenc Verseghy, composer, dies at 65
1826William Browser, revolting slave, executed in NYC
1831Paul R Cantzlaar, gov of Saba/Curaçao/Dutch-West Indies, dies at 60
1839Matthijs I van Bree, Flemish court-painter, dies at 66
1861Gualtiero Sanelli, composer, dies at 45
1880Carlo Boncompagni di Mombello, Ital minister of Justice, dies at 76
1889Ferdinand II A F A, king of Portugal, dies at 73
1890Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa-Sioux chief (Little Big Horn), killed by US
1892Charles Balmer, composer, dies at 75
1896John GR Acquoy, Dutch theologist/church historian, dies at 67
1901Elias Alvares Lobo, composer, dies at 67
1909Francisco Tarrega y Eixea, composer, dies at 57
1934Maggis Lena Walker, 1st US (black) woman to head a bank, dies at 69
1939Tom McKibbin, cricketer (5 Tests for Aust 1895-1898, 17 wkts), dies
1943Thomas W "Fats" Waller, jazz pianist, dies at 39 in KC Missouri
1944Glenn Miller, US band leader/jazz composer, dies at 40
1946Conrad Haebler, historian (Hundert Kalenderinkunabeln), dies at 89
1946Gordon Frederic Norton, composer, dies at 77
1950Robert Muller-Hartmann, composer, dies at 66
1951Eric Drummond, 1st sec-gen League of Nations (1919-33), dies at 75
1953Kishio Hirao, composer, dies at 46
1961William "Dummy" Hoy, professional baseball player, dies at 99
1962Charles Laughton, English actor (Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 63
1966Walt Disney, animator, dies at 65, put in suspended animation
1968Jess Willard, Heavyweight boxing champ (1915-19), dies at 86
1972Edward Earle, actor (Charlie Chan-Meeting at Midnight), dies at 90
1972Herbert Eimert, German composer (Glockenspiel), dies at 75
1973Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer, dies at 61
1974Harry Hershfield, cartoonist (Can You Top This?), dies at 89
1974Erich Walter Sternberg, composer, dies at 83
1975Mukhtar Ashrafi, composer, dies at 63
1978Chill Wills, actor (Frontier Circus, Rounders), dies at 75
1979Bern Hoffman, actor (Major Dell Conway), dies at 66
1984Avon Long, actor (Roots: Next Generation), dies at 74
1984Jan Peerce, [Perelmuth], operatic tenor, dies at 80 following a stroke
1989Arnold Moss, actor (Gambit), dies at 79
1990Jean Paige, actress (Capt Blood, Black Beauty), dies
1990Betty Warren actress (Passport to Pimlico), dies
1991Horatio Luro, US horse trainer (Northern Dancer), dies at 90
1991Ray Smith, British actor (And Then You Die), dies at 55
1992Fré [Frederik] Meis, Dutch MP (CPN), dies at 71
1993Kakuei Tanaka, PM of Japan (1972-74), dies
1994Mollie Doreen Phillips, Brit figure skater (Eur-bronze-33), dies at 87
1994Henry Phelps Brown, historian/economist, dies at 88
1994Harry Tobias, songwriter, dies at 99
1994Hans de Jong, musician/conductor (Amsterdams Vrouwenkoor), dies at 86
1995James Geoffrey Cutcliffe Hepburn, tap-dancer/socialist, dies at 88
1995Manuel Gutierrez Mellado, PM of Defense of Spain (1977-81), dies at 83
1996Gerald Moverley, priest, dies at 74
1996Guiseppe Dossetti, politician/priest, dies at 83
1996Laurens jan van der Post, explorer/conservationist, dies at 90
1997Lillian Disney, widow of Walt Disney, dies at 98
1997Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, middle east scholar, dies at 69

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