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Welcome to It's History! for yesterday, Saturday, February 16, 2019.

Events for yesterday in history Birthdays  Deaths
0374 9th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
0600 Pope Gregory the Great decreea saying "God bless You" is the correct response to a sneeze
1486 Diet of Frankfort
1512 Battle at Valeggio: French troops beat Venetianen
1559 Pope Paul IV calls for deposition of sovereigns supporting heresy
1641 English king Charles I accept Triennial Act
1655 Dutch Grand Pensionary advisor Johan de Witt marries Wendela Bicker
1659 1st known check (œ400) (on display at Westminster Abbey)
1666 Netherlands & Brandenburg sign treaty
1677 Earl of Shaftesbury arrested/confined in London Tower
1741 Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine (2nd US Mag) begins publishing
1742 Earl of Wilmington becomes British premier
1751 1st publication of Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard"
1760 Native American hostages killed in Ft Prince George SC
1771 Messier presents his original list of 45 M-objects to French Academy
1777 Messier adds M53 to his catalog (globular cluster in Coma Berenice)
1804 Lt Stephen Decatur raids Tripoli Harbor & burns Navy frigate "Philadelphia" after pirates seized it
1824 Athenaeum founded
1832 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches St-Pauls (1°N, 29°W)
1838 Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under conditions
1840 American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica
1846 Battle of Sobraon ends 1st Sikh War in India
1854 Franz Liszts symphony "Orpheus," premieres
1857 Gallaudet College (Natl Deaf Mute college) forms (Wash DC)
1860 Dutch Rochussen/Van Bosse govt resigns
1862 Ft Donelson captured by Gen Grant (1,400 confederates surrender)
1864 Battle of Mobile, AL - operations by Union Army
1868 Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks forms (NY)
1878 Silver dollar became US legal tender
1880 American Society of Mechanical Engineers forms (NYC)
1883 "Ladies Home Journal" begins publishing
1887 1st newspaper convention (Rochester NY)
1887 Eduard Douwes Dekker writes his last text (Lf8-c5)
1892 Opera "Werther," premieres in Vienna
1894 British troops occupy Ilorin, Gold Coast
1899 Pelham Warner scores 132 on Test Cricket debut (Eng v SA Johannesburg)
1900 1st Chinese daily newspaper in US publishes (Chung Sai Yat Po-SF)
1900 Stanley Cup: Montreal Shamrocks beat Winnipeg Victorias, 3 games to 1
1903 -59°F (-51°C), Pokegama Dam, Minnesota (state record)
1905 1st US Esperanto club organizes in Boston
1909 1st subway car with side doors goes into service (NYC)
1909 Serbia mobilizes against Austria-Hungary
1912 VSV soccer team forms in Ijmuiden
1913 President Taft agrees not to intervene in Mexico
1914 1st airplane flight (LA to SF)
1915 Frank Home Run Baker, 28, announces retirement following a contract dispute with Connie Mack. He sits out 1915 season
1916 Russian troops conquer Erzurum Armenia
1917 1st synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid
1918 Lithuania declares independence from Russia & Germany (National Day)
1923 Allies accept Latvia's occupation of Memel territory
1923 Howard Carter finds Pharoah Tutankhamen
1923 US female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard
1923 US male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
1926 Suzanne Lenglen defeats Helen Wills in Tennis at Cannes France
1927 Noël Coward's "Marquise," premieres in London
1927 US restores diplomatic relations with Turkey
1929 KID-AM in Idaho Falls ID begins radio transmissions
1931 Extreme right wing Svinhufvud becomes president of Finland
1932 1st patent issued for a tree, to James Markham for a peach tree
1933 Catholic newspaper Germania warns against nazis/communists
1933 England regains the Ashes, thanks to bodyline tactics
1936 4th Winter Olympic games close at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
1936 Spanish Frente Popular (People's Front) wins elections
1937 DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace H Carothers
1937 Jean Anouilh's "Le Voyageur Sans Baggage," premieres in Paris
1938 US Federal Crop Insurance program authorized
1940 British search plane finds German Altmark off Norway
1942 German submarines attack Aruba oil refinery
1943 -32°F (-36°C), Falls Village, Connecticut (state record)
1943 British premier Winston Churchill gets pneumonia
1943 Red army conquers Kharkov
1943 Withdrawing Africa Corps reaches Mareth-line in North-Africa
1943 Sign on Munich facade: "Out with Hitler! Long live freedom!" done by "White Rose" student group, caught on 2/18, beheaded on 2/22
1945 US forces land on Corregidor, complete conquest on March 3
1945 Venezuela declares war on nazi-Germany
1946 "Duchess Misbehaves" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 5 perfs
1946 1st commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport Ct
1947 Morton Gould's 3rd Symphony, premieres
1948 1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News" shown on NBC
1948 Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for 1st time
1950 Longest-running prime-time game show, "What's My Line" begins on CBS
1950 Writers fail to elect anyone to Baseball's Hall of Fame
1951 NYC passes bill prohibiting racism in city-assisted housing
1951 SF City Hall dome fire
1952 Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, 77, retires; Pirates retire his #33
1952 Ian Craig makes NSW cricket debut aged 16 years 249 days (NSW record)
1954 WNEM TV channel 5 in Bay City, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
1956 Britain abolishes death penalty
1958 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
1959 Fidel Castro named himself Cuba's premier after overthrowing Batista
1959 Leonard Spigelgass' "Majority of One," premieres in NYC
1960 US nuclear submarine USS Triton set off on underwater round-world trip
1961 1st all-solid-propellant rocket put in orbit, Wallops Island, Va
1961 China uses it's 1st nuclear reactor
1961 US satellite Explorer 9 is launched
1962 Darius Milhaud's 12th Symphony, premieres
1962 US Open Tennis: Jimmy Bostwick defeats brother Pete to win
1963 1st round-trip swim of Strait of Messina, Italy (Mary Revell of US)
1963 Beatles top British rock charts with "Please, Please Me"
1963 C & A Building in Amsterdam burns down
1964 "Foxy" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
1964 Beatles' 2nd appearance on "Ed Sullivan Show"
1965 "Baker Street" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 313 performances
1965 Pegasus 1 launched to detect micro-meteors
1966 Bob Cowper makes 307 v England at the MCG, 727 mins, 20 fours
1966 End of Wally Grout's Test Cricket career, 187 dismissals as Aust WK
1966 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
1967 Red Ruffing selected to Hall of Fame
1968 Country's 1st 911 phone system went into service in Haleyville, Ala
1968 Elvis Presley receives gold record for "How Great Thou Art"
1968 Beatles George Harrison & John Lennon & wives fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
1970 Joe Frazier TKOs Jimmy Ellis in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1972 1st NBA to score 30,000 points (Wilt Chamberlain in 940 games)
1972 German mass murderers "Three of Breda" freed
1972 Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI v NZ Kingston, 214 & 100
1972 Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns
1973 WI v Australia at Kingston, 1st time since 1955 without Sobers
1975 Washington Capitals 1st NHL shutout, beating KC Scouts 3-0
1977 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
1978 1st Computer Bulletin Board System (Ward & Randy's CBBS, Chicago)
1979 George Harrison releases "Blow Away"
1979 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1980 Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France
1980 Eric Heiden skates 5k in 7:02.29 (Olympic Record)
1982 Agatha Barbara elected as 1st female president of Malta
1982 Assembled STS-3 vehicle moves from Vandenberg AFB to launch pad
1982 Lee Majors & Farrah Fawcett Majors divorce
1984 Bill Johnson becomes 1st American to win Olympic downhill skiing gold
1984 NJ Devils 1st OT goal, Jan Ludvig beats Hartford Whalers 6-5
1985 Largest NBA crowd to date, 43,816, sees Phila at Detroit
1985 Livingston Bramble defeats Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini to win WBA champ
1985 NJ Devils score their fastest hat trick in 42 seconds
1986 "Uptown... It's Hot!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 24 perfs
1986 French air force bombs Ouadi Doum airport in Chad
1986 Hein Vergeer becomes world champion skater
1986 Karlstad skates world record 10 km (14:12.14)
1986 Mario Soares (Socialist) elected Portugal's 1st civilian pres
1987 John Demjanjuk, accused of being "Ivan the Terrible" trial begins
1988 1st documented combat action by US military advisors in El Salvador
1989 Egypt, Iraq, Jordan & North Yemen form common market
1989 Jane Fonda & Tom Hayden separate after 16 years of marriage
1989 Orel Hershiser, Dodger pitcher signs $7.9M-3 year contract
1989 Roger Clemens, Red Sox pitcher signs $7.5M-3 year contract
1989 William Hayden becomes governor-general of Australia
1991 Dutch PPR, Political Party Radicals, disbands
1991 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding
1992 Former silver Goodyear blimps are now painted yellow & blue
1992 LA Lakers retire Magic Johnson's #32 uniform
1993 Sandra V"lker swims world record 50m backstroke (28.33 sec)
1994 6.5 earthquake strikes SE Sumatra, kills 200
1994 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 1500m (1:51.29)
1994 Premier Alfonso Bustamente ends govt in Peru
1996 Gary Kirsten scores 188* for S Africa v UAE at Rawalpindi
1997 At age 25, Jeff Gordon is youngest winner in Daytona 500 history
1997 GTE Suncoast Senior Golf Classic
1997 Paul Stankowski wins Hawaiian Golf Open
1997 Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Los Angeles Women's Championship
1998 Tellabs Inc acquires Coherent Communications Systems for $670 million
Birthdays for yesterday in history Events  Deaths
1075Ordericus Vitalis, French monk/historian/poet
1497Philipp Melanchthon, Germ, Protestant reformer (Augsburgse Confessie)
1514Rhäticus, [Rheticus], Austrian astronomer/mathematician
1519Gaspard de Coligny, Huguenot leader/French admiral
1620Frederick William, Great Elector, founder of Brandenburg-Prussia
1669Arnold Boonen, Dutch portrait painter
1684Bohuslav M Czernohorsky, Czech monk/composer
1684Bohuslav Matej Czernohorsky, Czech monk/composer
1698Pierre Bouguer, French mathematician (heliometer)
1709Charles Avison, composer
1740Giambattista Bodoni, Saluzzo Italy, printer/typeface designer (Bodoni)
1746Johann Heinse, German Sturm und Drang novelist/art critic
1774Pierre Rode, composer
1787Andreas Schelfhout, Dutch painter/etcher/lithographer
1788Juan van Halen, Dutch/Spanish officer/adventurer
1790Chretien Urhan, composer
1807Lysander Cutler, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1866
1812Henry Wilson, (R) 18th VP (1873-75)
1813Joseph Reid Anderson, Brig General (Confederate Army) died in 1892
1813Semyon Stepanovich Gulak-Artemovsky, composer
1821Heinrich Barth, Hamburg Germany, geographer/explorer (Central Africa)
1822Francis Galton, Birmingham England, anthropologist & geneticist
1822James Patton Anderson, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1872
1823John Daniel Imboden, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1895
1826Franz von Holstein, composer
1826Joseph V von Scheffel, German writer (Gaudeamus)
1831Nikolai Leskow, writer
1832Camille Armand Jules Marie de Polignac, Mjr General (Confederate Army)
1834Ernst Heinrich Haeckel, Potsdam Germ, biologist (Causes of Evolution)
1836Benjamin Edward Woolf, Dutch composer
1838Arnoldus Pannevis, South African ship's doctor/linguist
1838Henry Adams, Boston Mass, historian, writer (Education of Henry Adams)
1847Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka, German composer (Album polonaise)
1848Hugo de Vries, Dutch botanist (How species emerge)
1850Octave Mirbeau, France, writer (Journal of a Lady's Maid)
1852Charles Taze Russell, religion founder (Jehovah's Witnesses)
1852William Scarborough, Macon Ga, linguist/author (Birds of Aristophanes)
1854Oscar Fetras, composer
1856Willem Kes, Dutch violinist/composer/conductor (Parkorkest Amsterdam)
1858Laurence "Lon" Myers, US, track star (top US miler)
1866Johann Strauss, Austria, composer (Waltz King)
1866Vyacheslav I Ivanov, Russian philosopher/classical/poet [NS=Feb 28]
1866William "Sliding Billy" Hamilton, NJ, hall of fame baseball player
1868Wilhelm Schmidt, German anthropologist/linguist (Anthropos)
1876George Macauley Trevelyan, England, historian (Giuseppi Garibaldi)
1878Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist/composer/conductor (Peter Schlemihl)
1881Maurits H E Uyldert, Dutch poet/writer (Youth of a Poet)
1884Robert Flaherty, Mich, father of documentary film (Nanook of North)
1886Andrew Ducat, cricketer (Test for Eng 1921 (3 & 2) Soccer intl)
1886Van Wyck Brooks, NJ, literary historian/writer (Ordeal of Mark Twain)
1890Semyon Semyonovich Bogatiryov, composer
1893Ivor Armstrong Richards, England, literary critic [OS]
1896Alexander Brailowsky, Russia, pianist (Chopin)
1896Charles A L Panzéra, French baritone (L'horizon Chimérique)
1898Katharine Cornell, actress (Barretts of Wimpole St)
1900Albert Maurice Hackett, playwright/screenwriter
1901Chester Morris, NYC, actor (Diagnosis: Unknown)
1901Wayne King, Savannah Ill, saxophonist/bandleader (Waltz King)
1903Edgar Bergen, Chicago, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy)
1904Ellis Achong, cricketer (West Indian SLA, 8 wickets in 6 Tests)
1904George F Kennan, Milwaukee Wisc, US ambassador (to Moscow)
1905Jose Munoz Molleda, composer
1905Lord Franks, British ambassador (to US)
1906Jeffrey Lynn, actor (Tony Rome, Butterfield 8, Up Front)
1906Vera Menchik, Moscow, 1st official women's world chess champ (1927)
1907Anghélos Terzakis, Greece, writer (Without God)
1907Fernando Previtali, composer
1907Henri van Albada, Belgian sculptor (Charles V)
1909Hugh Beaumont, Lawrence Ks, actor (Ward Cleaver-Leave it to Beaver)
1909Jeffrey Lynn, Auburn Mass, actor (My Son Jeep, Roaring Twenties)
1910Michael Milne-Watson, CEO (BUPA)
1910Miguel Bernal Jiminez, composer
1911Hal Porter, Australia, writer (Tilted Cross, Paper Chase)
1912Arthur Crook, British editor (Times Literary Supplement)
1912Bob Tadema Sporry, Dutch (female) author
1912Del Sharbutt, Cleburne Tx, TV announcer (Your Hit Parade)
1912Machito "Frank Grillo", Florida, bandleader (created salsa music)
1912Maitland Mackie, Lord Lt (Aberdeenshire)
1914J Tobin, British anaesthetist
1914Jimmy Wakely, Mineola Ark, country vocalist (5 Star Jubilee)
1916William Ballard Doggett, jazz musician
1918K roly earl Khuen-Héderv ry, Hungarian governor/premier (1910-12)
1920Hubert van Herreweghen, Flemish writer/journalist
1920Lee Russell, Cleveland Oh, vocalist (Vincent Lopez)
1920Patty Andrews, Minneapolis MN, vocalist (Andrews Sisters)
1921Jean Behra, auto racer
1922Geraint Evans, British opera vocalist (Knaben Wunderhorn)
1922Paul van 't Veer, Dutch journalist/writer (Het Vrije Volk)
1924James Swaffield, director-general (Swaffield & Clerk to the GLC)
1924Peter Webster, British High Court Judge
1925David Emms, director (London Goodenough Trust for Overseas Graduates)
1925John Schlesinger, London England, director (Midnight Cowboy, Darling)
1925PER Bailey, director (Gatwick & Stansted Airports)
1926Jack Levy, mechanical engineer
1926John Schlesinger, film director, (Midnight Cowboy)
1926Vera-Ellen, [Westmeyr Rohe], Cincinnati, actress/dancer (Wonder Man)
1929Peter NF Porter, Australian/British author/poet (Chair of Babel)
1930F G R Cuming, painter
1930Peggy King, Greensburg Pa, vocalist/actress (George Gobel Show)
1930Ricou Browning, Florida, director/actor (Thunderball)
1931A Kolleritsch, writer
1931Gamini Goonesena, cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for Ceylon, Notts)
1931George E Sangmeister, (Rep-D-Illinois)
1931Ken Takakura, [Goichi Oda], Kita Japan, actor (Story of Antarctic)
1932A Appelfeld, writer
1932Gretchen Wyler, Bartlesville Okla, actress (Silk Stockings)
1932Nand Baert, Belgian radio/TV-host
1932Otis Blackwell, composer/singer
1934Austin "Ted" Taylor, US gospel/R&B-singer (Be Ever Wonderful)
1934Marlene Bauer Hagge, Eureka SD, LPGA golfer (1950 Woman Athlete)
1935Brian Bedford, England, actor (Anthony-Coronet Blue)
1935Robin Clark, chemist (FRS)
1935Sonny Bono, Detroit, vocalist (Sonny & Cher)/(Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98)
1937Paul Bailey, novelist
1937Valentin Vasilyevich Bondarenko, cosmonaut
1938Barry Primus, NYC, actor (Sgt McKenna-Cagney & Lacey, Boxcar Bertha)
1938John Corigliano, NYC, composer (Fern Hill, Ghosts of Versailles)
1939David Griffiths, portrait painter
1939Harold Kalin, singer
1940Karoli Ruth Needles, painter
1941Vitali Kuznetsov, USSR, judo (Olympic-silver-1972)
1942Gabriel Brncic, composer
1942Kim Chong-Il, [Yura], president of North-Korea (1994- )
1943Anthony Dowell, London, ballet dancer (Royal Ballet)
1943J D Moore, headmaster (St Dunstan's College)
1943James Beaton, British GC
1944Richard Ford, US author (Sportswriter)
1946Aleksandr Shaparenko, USSR, 1K kayak (Olympic-gold-1972)
1946Ian Lavender, British actor (Stupid Boy in Dad's Army)
1946J R Farndon, British consultant surgeon
1949Dorus Vrede, Surinam poet (Otobanda; the Other Bank)
1950Peter Hain, British MP
1950William Katt, LA Calif, actor (Greatest American Hero, 1st Love)
1953Andre St Lauren, NHLer
1953George Martin, NFLer (NY Giants)
1953Mike Ford, NYC, Canadian Tour golfer (1976 Port Jefferson Open)
1954David Lombardo, rocker
1954Iain [Menzies] Banks, UK, sci-fi author (Wasp Factory)
1954Michael Holding, cricket fast bowler (Whispering Death-Awesome for WI)
1955George Martin, NFL defensive back (NY Giants)
1955Guy Gallo, New Orleans LA, writer (Under the Volcano)
1955Jeff Clayton, US jazz saxophonist/composer (Groove Shop)
1956James Ingram, vocalist (On the Wings of Love)
1957LeVar Burton, Landstuhl Germany, (Roots, Star Trek Next Generation)
1958Herb Williams, NBA center (Toronto Raptors, NY Knicks)
1958Ice-T, rap singer/actor (New Jack City, Tank Girl, Crazy Six)
1958John Paul Morse, Marshall MI, PGA golfer (1995 United Airlines)
1958Lisa Loring, actress (As the World Turns, Wednesday-Addams Family)
1959John P McEnroe, tennis player (US Open 1979-81, 84 Wimb 1981, 83, 84)
1959Kelly Tripuka, Glenn Ridge NJ, NBA forward (Det Pistons, Utah Jazz)
1961Andy Taylor, Engld, rock guitarist (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)
1962Alexa Kenin, NYC, actress (Mousie-Coed Fever)
1962Tony Kiley, rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
1964Mark Price, NBA guard (Cleveland Caveliers)
1966Eric Uptagrafft, Spokane Wash, prone rifle (Olympics-1996)
1967Robert Massey, NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions)
1968Cecil Gray, NFL tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
1968Erik Regtop, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
1969Claude Lambert, Montreal Quebec, boxer (Olympics-96)
1969Fermin Cacho, Barcelona Spain, 1500m (Olympics-2 gold-92, 96)
1969Tim Costo, US baseball infielder (Cincinnati Reds)
1970Saskia Linssen, Venlo Holland, playmate (Jun, 1991)
1971Anthony Abrams, NFL defensive tackle (KC Chiefs)
1971Chi Kredell, Long Beach Ca, water polo driver (Olympics-96)
1971Larry Jones, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
1971Marco Sas, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
1971Mike Hubbard, Lynchburg VA, catcher (Chic Cubs)
1971Shivanthini Dharmasiri, Miss Universe-Sri Lanka (1996)
1971Van Tuinei, defensive end (San Diego Chargers)
1972Jerome Bettis, running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1973Cathy Freeman, Mackay Aust, 100m/200m/400m (Olympics-silver-92, 96)
1973James Young, Australian water polo player (Olympics-96)
1974Jevon Langford, defensive end (Cincinnati Bengals)
1974Kathy McCormack, ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-Silver-98)
1974Kimberly Dawn Whipany, Okla, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See)
1975Casey Barrett, Montreal Quebec, 200m Butterfly (Olympics-96)
1975Marty Murray, Deloraine, NHL center (Calgary Flames)
1977Alexei Morozov, NHL forward (Team Russia Oly-Silver-1998, Pittsburgh)
1977Trina Jackson, 4X200m freestyle swimmer (Olympics-gold-96)
1978Caroline Hunt, Chic Ill, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96)
1979Emma Louise DeSilets, Miss Washington Teen USA (1997)
1998Mr Jefferson, Virginia, 1st cloned calf
2335Geordi La Forge, character on Star Trek Next Generation
Deaths for yesterday in history Events  Birthdays
0309Pamphilus van Caesarea, Palestinian scholar/martyr, beheaded
0923Abu Dja'far Mohammed Djarir al-Tabari, islamic historian, dies at 83
1247Hendrik Raspe, [Papenking], count of Thringen, dies
1279Afonso III, King of Portugal (1248-79), dies
1391Johannes V Palaeologus, Emperor of Byzantium (1341-91), dies
1538Everhard/Erardus van de Mark, prince-bishop of Liege, dies at 65
1653Johannes Schultz, composer, dies at 70
1754Richard Mead, physician, dies
1779William Boyce, English organist/composer (Cathedral Music), dies
1791Richard earl d'Alton, Austria general of S Neth, commits suicide at 58
1799Charles Theoby, ruler (Palts & Bayern), dies at 74
1803Jan V clav Stich, Bohemian composer, dies at 56
1823Johann Gottfried Schict, composer, dies at 69
1825George Gerson, composer, dies at 34
1829François-Joseph Gossec, Belg/Fr composer (Messe of Morts), dies at 95
1834Lionel Lukin, life boat pioneer, dies
1851Anne Nagell van Ampsen, Dutch politician, dies at 95
1857Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers, French engraver, dies at 77
1857Elisha Kent Kane, Arctic explorer (Kane Basin), dies at 37
1858Georg F Creuzer, German philological/historian, dies at 86
1864Vaclav Jindrich Veit, composer, dies at 58
1892Henry Walter Bates, naturalist/explorer (South America), dies
1899François Félix Faure, president of France (1895-99), dies at 57
1900George Labram, US mine engineer in South Africa, dies in battle
1907Giosué Carducci, poet (Nobel 1906), dies
1910Albert Heinrich Zabel, composer, dies at 75
1912Edgar Evans, British explorer (Antarctica), dies
1915Emil Waldteufel, [Charles Levy], French composer (Estudiantina), dies
1916[Gerard] Jan Ligthart, Dutch educator (Ot & Sien), dies at 57
1916Jeltje de Bosch Kemper, Dutch feminist, dies at 79
1931Dirk Schäfer, Dutch pianist/composer (Klavier), dies at 57
1933Archie Jackson, cricketer (of TB, Aus bat too briefly Avg 47.4), dies
1934Eduard Bagritsky, [Dzjubin], Russ poet/journalist, dies at 38
1936Tommy Ward, S African cricket wicket keeper (23 Tests), electrocuted
1938Otto zur Linde, German author (Lieder of the Leids), dies at 64
1939Jura Soyfer, writer, dies at 26
1944Edmund von Borck, composer, dies at 37
1945Rudolf Värnlund, Swedish playwright (Upproret), dies at 45
1945Billy Frank, cricketer (Test S Afr v Eng 1896, 5 & 2, 1-52), dies
1950David Denton, cricketer (England batsman in 11 Tests 1905-10), dies
1951Henri Velge, 1st chairman (Belgian Council of State), dies at 65
1952Knut [Pedersen] Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Wanders, Nobel 1920), dies
1957Leslie Hore-Belisha, [Lord Halifax], Brit min of Transport, dies at 63
1963Laszlo Lajtha, composer, dies at 70
1966Hendrik W Tilanus, artillery officer/leader (CHU 1939-63), dies at 81
1967Smiley Burnette, cowboy (Charlie-Petticoat Junction), dies at 55
1968Healey Willan, composer, dies at 87
1973Pieter Van der Bijl, cricketer (outstanding S Af bat in 1938-39), dies
1979Louise Allbritton, actress (Celia-Stage Door), dies at 58
1979Nematullah Nassiri, Iran general/head of Savak, executed
1979William Gargan, actor (New Adventures of Martin Kane), dies at 73
1981Howard Hanson, composer, dies at 84
1984Ken Williams, TV announcer (Video Village), dies at 69
1985Larry Ward, actor (Frank Ragan-Dakotas), dies at 69
1986Howard Da Silva, Cleve Oh, actor (Ben Franklin-1776), dies at 76
1987Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky, composer, dies at 82
1990Keith Haring, artist/cartoonist (brilliant baby), dies of AIDs at 31
1991Enrique B Varela, commandant Nicaragua contra's, dies
1992Abbas Musawi, leader of Hezbollah, assassinated
1992Angela Carter, British novelist (Magic Toyshop), dies of cancer at 51
1992George Mann MacBeth, Scottish journalist/poet (A War Quartet), dies
1992Janio Quadros, president of Brazil (1961), dies
1992Winand J Borgerhoff Mulder, court judge Amster (squaters), dies at 78
1993Richard Salant, news president (CBS-60 Minutes), dies at 78
1993Donald Phelps, dies of AIDS at 61
1995John Everett Allen, US businessman, dies at 91
1995Martin Soames, traveller, dies at 91
1996Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80
1996Susan Bosence, textile designer, dies at 82
1996Roger Bowen, actor (M*A*S*H, Main Event, What about Bob), dies at 62
1996MacLean Stevenson, actor (M*A*S*H), dies of heart attack at 66
1996Kenneth Robinson, politician/businessman, dies at 84
1996Edmund G "Pat" Brown, politician, dies at 90
1996Charles McCorquodale, art historian, dies at 47
1996Brownie McGhee, blues guitarist, dies at 81
1998Martha Gellhorn, war reporter (Reuthers), dies at 89

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