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Events for today in history Birthdays  Deaths
0311 St Militiades begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1140 Hartbert becomes bishop of Utrecht
1214 Battle of La Roche-aux-Moines (Angers)
1214 English king John begins siege around Lille France
1298 Battle on Hasenbhl (Göllheim) between German kings Adolf & Albrecht I
1576 Muitende Spanish soldiers conquer Zierik Sea
1600 Battle at Newport: Earl Mauritius van Nassau beats Spanish Army
1644 Battle of Marston Moor: Parliamentary forces defeat royalists
1681 Earl of Shaftesbury arrested for high-treason
1687 King James II disbands English parliament
1776 Continental Congress resolves "these United Colonies are & of right ought to be Free & Independent States"
1776 NJ gave all adults who could show a net worth of 50œ right to vote
1777 Vermont becomes 1st American colony to abolish slavery
1787 De Sade shouts from Bastille that prisoners are being slaughtered
1794 2nd Battle of Seneffe: France-Austria
1808 Simon Fraser completes his trip down Fraser R, BC, lands at Musqueam
1843 An alligator falls from sky during a Charleston SC thunderstorm
1847 Envelope bearing 1st US 10› stamps, still exists today
1849 Garibaldi in Rome begins hunger strike
1850 Benjamin Lane patents gas mask with a breathing apparatus
1858 Partial emancipation of Russian serfs
1861 Battle of Hoke's Run, WV - small Union victory
1862 Lincoln signs act granting land for state agricultural colleges
1863 Battle of Gettysburg (2nd day)
1863 R Morgan's: Burksville, KY to Salineville, OH [->JUL 26]
1864 Statuary Hall in US Capitol forms
1864 Gen Early & Confederate forces reach Winchester en route to Wash DC
1865 William Booth founds Salvation Army (Army of the Salvation)
1867 1st US elevated railroad begins service, NYC
1881 Pres Garfield shot by Charles J Guiteau a disappointed office-seeker
1885 Canada's North-west Insurrection ends with surrender of Big Bear
1890 Congress passes Sherman Antitrust Act
1894 Government obtains injunction against striking Pullman Workers
1900 Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin 1st airship LZ-1, flies
1900 Sibelius' "Finlandia," premieres in Helsinki
1901 Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid rob train of $40,000 at Wagner Montana
1902 John J McGraw becomes manager of NY Giants (stays for 30 years)
1903 AL/NL batting champ Ed Delahanty, disappears, found dead days later
1903 Pitcher Jack Doscher, 1 son of a major leaguer debuts with Cubs
1906 Yanks win by forfeit, for their 1st time
1916 Russian offensive in Armenia
1916 Lenin says Imperialism is caused by capitalism
1917 Riots in East St Louis Mo
1921 41st Wimbledon Mens Tennis: B Tilden beats B Norton (46 26 61 60 75)
1921 Jack Dempsey KOs George S Carpentier in 4 for heavyweight boxing title 1st million dollar gate ($1.7m) boxing match (Dempsey KOs Carpentier)
1926 US Army Air Corps created; Distinguish Flying Cross authorized
1927 Earthquake hits Palestine
1927 40th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats L de Alvarez (62 64)
1928 British parliament accept female sufferage
1932 52nd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Ellsworth Vines beats H Austin (64 62 60)
1932 FDR makes 1st presidential nominating conventional acceptance speech
1933 Carl Hubbell shuts-out Cards 1-0 in 18 innings without a walk
1934 General Laz ro C rdenas elected president of Mexico
1935 Great Britain boxers beat US team in 1st intl Golden Gloves
1937 57th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Don Budge beats G von Cramm (63 64 62)
1937 Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan disappear over Pacific Ocean
1938 51st Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats Helen Jacobs (64 60)
1940 PM Churchill meets gen-mjr B Montgomery
1940 Lake Washington (Seattle) Floating bridge dedicated
1940 Hitler orders invasion of England
1940 Dutch PM Colijn publishes "Borders of 2 Worlds" (German victory)
1941 Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit," premieres in London
1941 Nazi mass murder in Lvov/Lemberg (7,000 dead)
1941 Earthquake hits Palestine
1941 DiMaggio breaks Willie Keeler's 44 game hitting streak (45th of 56)
1943 Gulf of Biskaje: Liberator bombers sinks U-126
1943 Indians score 12 runs in 4th inning & beat Yankees 12-0
1943 Lt Charles Hall, becomes 1st black pilot to shoot down Nazi plane
1944 Marshal von Kluge replaces General von Rundstedt
1946 Dutch Beel govt forms
1946 Harbor workers end strike at Rotterdam & Amsterdam
1947 Military coup discovered in France
1948 62nd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Falkenburg beats Bromwich (75 06 62 36 75)
1949 56th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: L Brough beats M duPont (10-8 16 10-8)
1949 "Red Barber's Clubhouse" sports show premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
1949 "High Button Shoes" closes at Century Theater NYC after 727 perfs
1950 Indian Bob Feller, wins his 200th game, 5-3 over Detroit
1951 Bill Veeck buys St Louis Browns from Bill & Charlie DeWitt
1951 Bob & Ray show premieres on NBC radio
1951 Hugo Yarnold stumps 6 at Dundee, Worcester v Scotland
1951 Island advisor of Curaçao installed
1951 Leidse astronomers discover radio signal out of Milky Way system
1952 Zulu-leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi marries Irene Mzila
1952 Princess Beatrice opens miniature city of Madurodam
1954 68th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: J Drobny beats K Rosewall (13-11 46 62 97)
1954 Denis Compton scores 278 in 290 minutes v Pakistan
1955 Desmond Tutu marries Leah Nomalizo Shinxani
1955 62nd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Louise Brough beats B Fleitz (75 86)
1955 10th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Fay Crocker
1955 "Lawrence Welk Show" premieres on ABC
1955 "Almost Crazy" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 16 performances
1955 "7th Heaven" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 44 performances
1956 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
1956 Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" & "Don't Be Cruel"
1957 1st submarine designed to fire guided missiles launched, Grayback
1957 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Le pèlerinage De Lourdes
1958 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1959 Prince Albert marries Princess Paola in Brussels
1959 "Plan 9 From Outer Space," one of the worse films ever, premieres
1960 "Once Upon a Mattress" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 460 perfs
1961 Maris hits 29th & 30th en route to 61 homers
1962 Cubans minister of Foreign affairs Ra£l Castro arrives in Moscow
1962 Fidel Castro visits Moscow
1963 Juan Marichal (Giants) beats Warren Spahn (Braves), 1-0 in 16 innings
1963 Giant Willie Mays' HR in 16th inning gives them a 1-0 win over Braves
1964 Cilla Black records Beatle's "Its For You," McCartney plays piano
1964 Grand jury indicts Beckwith in murder of Medger Evers
1964 Pres Johnson signs Civil Rights Act & Voting Rights Act into law
1965 79th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Roy Emerson beats Fred Stolle (62 64 64)
1966 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1966 73rd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Billie J King beats Frasier (63 36 61)
1966 1st France nuclear explosion on Mururoa atoll
1967 22nd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Catherine Lacoste
1967 Catherine Lacoste becomes youngest (22), 1st foreigner (France) & 1st amateur to US Women's open golf tournament
1969 Leslie West & Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain
1969 Ireland bowl out WI for 25 at Londonderry, win by 9 wkts
1970 1st Boeing 747 to land in Amsterdam & Brussels
1970 NY Yankees Horace Clarke breaks up a no-hitter in the 9th for 3rd time in 28 days
1971 78th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Evonne Goolagong beats M Smith (64 61)
1971 USSR performs underground nuclear test
1972 India & Pakistan sign peace accord
1972 Bob Seagren pole vaults world record 5.63m
1972 27th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Susie Maxwell Berning
1972 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 3242 perfs
1973 Nation Black Network begins operation on radio
1973 James R Schlesinger, ends term as 9th director of CIA
1974 Fernando Mameda of Portugal sets record for 10,000 m (27:13.81)
1976 83rd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Chris Evert beats E Goolagong (63 46 86)
1976 Formal reunification of North & South Vietnam
1976 Supreme Court rules death penalty not inherently cruel or unusual
1977 91st Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Björn Börg beats Connors (36 62 61 57 64)
1978 Pitcher Ron Guidry sets Yankee record of 13-0 start
1979 Susan B Anthony dollar is issued, 1st US coin to honor a woman
1980 Grateful Dead's Bob Weir & Mickey Hart are arrested for incitement
1980 Julie Marie Bryan, 18, of Georgia, crowned America's Young Woman of Yr
1982 Soyuz T-6 returns to Earth
1982 Larry Walters using lawn chair & 42 helium balloons, rose to 16,000'
1983 90th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats A Jaeger (60 63)
1985 Andrei Gromyko appointed president of USSR
1985 European Space Agency launches Giotto (Halley's Comet Flyby)
1986 Supreme Court upholds affirmative action in 2 rulings
1986 General strike against Pinochet regime in Chile
1986 After 14 wins, Roger Clemens suffer his 1st loss of year
1987 Jim Eisenreich, comeback after nervous disorder in 1984
1988 95th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Navratilova (57 62 61)
1989 17th du Maurier Golf Classic: Tammie Green
1989 10th US Seniors Golf Open: Orville Moody
1990 Imelda Marcos & Adnan Khashoggi found not guilty of racketeering
1990 Panic in tunnel of Mecca: 1,426 pilgrims trampled to death
1991 Riot at Guns N' Roses concert in St Louis
1992 Braniff Airlines goes out of business
1993 Pope John Paul II hospitalized for Cat Scan test
1993 NY Met Anthony Young loses a record 25th straight game (goes to 27)
1993 Moslem fundamentalists in Sivas Turkey, set hotel on fire, kill 36
1993 Kansas Royals rename stadium Ewing Kaufman Stadium after founder
1993 F-28 crashes at Sorong Irian Barat, 41 die
1993 Boat sinks at Bocaue Philippines, 325 die
1994 US Air DC-9 crash in NC, 37 killed
1994 Richard Johnson takes 10-45 for Middlesex against Derbyshire
1994 John Wayne Bobbitt & Kristina Elliot arrested for domestic battery
1994 37 dies in US Air DC-9 crash in NC
1994 101st Wimbledon Womens Tennis: C Martinez beats Navratilova (64 36 63)
1995 "Rose Tattoo" closes at Circle in the Square NYC after 80 perfs
1995 16th US Seniors Golf Open: Tom Weiskopf
1995 Michelle McGann wins Youngstown-Warren LPGA Golf Classic
1995 Thailand: Banharn Silpa-Archa's party wins election

Birthdays for today in history Events  Deaths
0419Valentinian III, Roman emperor (425-55)
1489Thomas Cranmer, England, archbishop/reformer/martyr
1581Johann Staden, composer
1589Guillaume van Messaus, composer
1636Daniel Speer, composer
1644Abraham a Santa Clara, [Johann Megerle], German court vicar
1647Daniel Finch 2nd earl of Nottingham, English min of foreign affairs
1652Guillielmus "Willem" Kerricx, Flemish sculptor (Rozenkrans)
1714Christoph W Ritter von Gluck, Austria composer (Il there pastore)
1724Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, German poet
1737François Leonard Rouwyzer, composer
1746Hardenack Otto Conrad Zinck, composer
1756Christian G Körner, German lawyer/father of Karl
1763Peter Ritter, composer
1793Antoine Prumier, composer
1810Robert Augustus Toombs, Secy State (Confederacy), died in 1885
1814Atale Therese Annette Wartel, composer
1821Charles Tupper, (C) 6th Canadian PM (1896)
1822Douglas Strutt Galton, English engineer (rails/trains)
1830John Bordenave Villepigue, Brig General (Confederate Army)
1834Hendry P G Quack, lawyer/economist/secr Dutch Bank
1836Henry Eugene Davies, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1894
1847Marcel Bertrand, French mine engineer (tectonic geology)
1857Francesco Spetrino, composer
1865Lili Braun, Prussia, feminist/socialist writer (Im Schatten Titanen)
1867Herbert Prior, England, actor (Caught Short, Slave of Desire)
1876Wilhelm Cuno, German ship owner/republic chancellor (1922-23)
1877Hermann Hesse, Switzerland, novelist/poet (Steppenwolf, Nobel 1946)
1880Albert Szirmai, composer
1882Edgar Mayne, cricketer (Australian batsman, prolific for Victoria)
1884Otto Böhm, Prussia, scientist (helped create England Radar)
1887Marcel Tabuteau, Compiègne France, oboist (Phila Orch 1915-54)
1888Selman Waksman, Russ/US microbiologist (Nobel 1951)
1889Cor Hermus, Dutch actor/director/writer (A Mother)
1892Jack Hylton, English orchestra leader/impresario (Crazy Passage Show)
1893August Maes, Flemish actor/director (Shylock-Hamlet)
1894Walter Brennan, Swampscott Mass, actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point)
1901Arthur Rex Alston, sports commentator
1903Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home, (C) British PM (1963-64)
1903Olav AFEC of Schleswig-Holstein-S-G, King Olav V of Norway (1957-91)
1904Carl Weinrich, composer
1904Gerarda "Meik" Rueter, Dutch (sculptress, if that word exists)
1905Jean-Rene Lacoste, France, US Open (1926)/alligator shirt designer
1906Alan Webb, actor (King Lear, Taming of Shrew, Challenge of Lassie)
1906Hans Bethe, physicist (Nobel 1967), peace worker
1906Robert Levine Sanders, composer
1907Leo O'Brien, cricketer (Australian batsman in 5 Tests 1932-36)
1907Eppo Doeve, Dutch cartoonist/painter
1908Jean Sinclair, teacher/campaigner
1908Thurgood Marshall, Md, 1st black Supreme Court justice (1967-91)
1909Hermann Bengtson, German historian (Greeks Ancient Times)
1910Earl Hawley Robinson, composer
1910Hans Gnther Adler, German writer
1910William Douglas Denny, composer
1911Diego Fabbri, Italian, playwright/leader (Vatican movie bureau)
1913Edith Heerdegen, Dresden Germany, actress (Serpent's Egg, Monpti)
1914Frederick Fennell, Cleveland Ohio, conductor (Time & Winds)
19158th duke of Wellington, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
1915Bert Decorte, Flemish poet
1916Barry Gray, [Bernard Yaroslaw], interviewer (started call-in radio)
1916Ken Curtis, [Curtis Gates], Lamar CO, actor (Ripcord, Festus-Gunsmoke)
1917Pierre Dubois, Dutch literary
1918Imam Elissa, singer
1918Sheikh Iman, player/singer
1919Johnny Bradford, Long Branch NJ, actor (Ransom Sherman Show)
1920Eliseo Diego, latin American poet
1922Dan Rowan, Beggs Okla, comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in)
1922Genrikh Matusovich Vagner, composer
1924Rick Besoyan, composer
1925Marvin Rainwater, Wichita Ks, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
1925Patrice E Lumumba, Zaire, revolutionary/1st premier of Congo
1925Yasushi Akutagawa, composer
1926Lee Allen, Pittsburg, Ks, tenor sax (Walkin' With Mr Lee)
1926Billy Usselton, saxophonist
1927Brock Peters, NYC, actor/singer (Carmen Jones, To Kill a Mockingbird)
1927Jerome Meyer, horse trainer
1927Ruth Berghaus, choreographer/director
1928Estelita Rodriguez, Cuba, actress (Cuban Fireball, Havana Rose)
1928Pavel Kohout, Czech, director/author (Poor Murderer)
1930Carlos Sa£l Menem, president of Argentina (1989- )
1931Robert Ito, Vancouver BC, actor (Sam-Quincy ME)
1931Imelda Marcos, politician/shoe collector/1st lady of Philippines
1932Dave Thomas, founder (Wendy's Restaurants)
1932Ken McMillan, Bkln NY, actor (Malone, Concrete Beat)
1932Sammy Turner, Paterson NJ, vocalist (Lavender Blue)
1933David Benjamin Lewin, composer
1933Kalim Siddiqui, islamic campaigner
1934Ivan Madray, WI cricket leg-spin all rounder, 2 Tests 3 runs 0-108)
1935Gilbert Kalish, Brooklyn NY, pianist/professor (SUNY Stony Brook)
1935Ed Bullins, Phila, playwright
1935Dick Dolman, economist/Dutch politician 2nd Chamber
1937Dick Berardino, baseball player
1937Polly Holliday, Jasper Ala, actress (Flo-Alice, Flo-Flo)
1937Richard Petty, auto race driver (Daytona 500-1979,81)
1939John H Sununu, US Secretary of State (R, 1989-91)
1939M[ichael] A[nthony] Foster, US, sci-fi author (Gameplayers of Zan)
1939Michael N Castle, (Rep-R-Delaware)
1939Paul Williams, rocker (Temptations-My Girl)
1939Valeri Vasilyevich Illarianov, Russia, cosmonaut
1942Georgi Ivanov, Bulgaria, cosmonaut (Soyuz 33)
1945James Orville Fulkerson, composer
1947Ervin Hall, Phila, 100m hurdler (Olympic-silver-1968)
1947Larry David, Brooklyn NY, comedian (Fridays)/writer (Seinfeld)
1947Luci Baines Johnson Nugent Turpin, daughter of Pres LBJ
1949Roy Bittan, rocker (E Street Band)
1950Johnny Colla, Calif, rock sax (Huey Lewis & The News-Need a New Drug)
1951Joey Puerta, rocker (Ambrosia)
1952Wayne Haner, rock bassist (Axe)
1952Linda M Godwin, Cape Girardeau Mo, PhD/astronaut (STS 37, 59, 76)
1952Johnny Coila, rocker
1953Tony Armas, baseball player
1954Wendy Schaal, Chicago Ill, actress (It's a Living, Julie-Fantasy Is)
1956Jeffrey Cooper, rock guitarist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
1956Jerry Hall, Mesquite Tx, model/Mrs Mick Jagger (Batman, Freejack)
1956Julie Montgomery, KC Mo, actress (Samantha-1 Life to Live, Kindred)
1956Leslie Reid, Vancouver BC, equestrian dressage (Olympics-96)
1957Mike Anger, rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
1959Wendy B Lawrence, Jacksonville Fla, astronaut (STS 67, 86, sk:91)
1959Hoogie Drexler, jockey
1959Eduardo Bengoechea, Argentina, tennis star
1961Alba Parietti, Torino Italy, actress (Galagoal, Abbronzatissima)
1961James McNichol, LA Calif, actor (Fitzpatricks, California Fever)
1961Pat Dufficy, Westerly RI, female catcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
1962Brandel Eugene Chamblee, St Louis MO, PGA golfer (1994 Honda-3rd)
1964Shannon Ritter, jockey
1964José Canseco, Havana Cuba, outfielder (Oak A's, Red Sox, 1988 AL MVP)
1964Joe Magrane, baseball player
1964DeAnne Hemmens, SF Calif, sprint kayak (Olympics-96)
1964Dave Parsons, rocker (Transvision Vamp, Sham 69-That's Life)
1966Blaise Rhodes, Berwyn Heights MD, canoe (alt-Olympics-96)
1966Tim Spehr, Excelsior Springs MO, catcher (Montreal Expos)
1967Debee Ashby, Coventry England, topless model (There's Girl in My Soup)
1968Mark Tewsksbury, Canada swimmer (world record backstroke)
1968Mike Lee, Neptune NJ, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Tommy Armour Tour)
1970Derrick Ralph Adkins, Brooklyn NY, 400m hurdler (Olympics-gold-96)
1971Troy Brown, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
1971Jared Palmer, NYC, tennis star
1972Towanna Stone, Miss USA-Tennessee (1997, 3rd)
1974Natali Sacco, Miss Universe-Peru (1996)
1975Catalina Cristea, Bucharest Rom, tennis star (1995 quarter Jakarta)
1975Daniel Kowalski, Singapore, Aust swimmer (Olympics-bronze/silver-96)
1975Eric Daze, Montreal Quebec, NHL left wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
1977Shannan McCray, Miss District of Columbia Teen USA (1996)
1986Lindsay Lohan, actress (Alli Fowler-Another World)

Deaths for today in history Events  Birthdays
0783Bert(h)a/Berthrada, mother of Charles the Great, dies
0936Henry I the Vogelaar, German king (919-36)/duke of Saxon 912-36, dies
1298Adolf van Nassau, RC-German king (1292-98), dies in battle at about 43
1504Stefanus III Bogdanowitsj, ruler of Moldavia (1457-1504), dies
1566Nostradamus, [Michel de Nostre-Dam], French astrologist, dies at 62
1619Olivier de Serres, French farming pioneer (silkworms), dies
1644William Gascoigne, introduced telescopic sights, is killed at 24
1663Thomas Selle, composer, dies at 64
1700Lambert Doomer, painter/cartoonist, dies at about 77
1708Willem of Nassau, mister of Zuylenstein/lt-gen/baron Enfield, dies
1743Spencer Compton earl of Wilmington, English minister of Finance, dies
1778Jean-Jacques Rousseau, composer, dies at 66
1794Franz Xaver Thomas Pokorny, composer, dies at 65
1798John Fitch, American inventor, clockmaker, etc, dies
1822Denmark Vesey, & 5 aides hanged at Blake's Landing, Charleston, SC
1843Samuel Hahnemann, German physician, dies at 88
1850Robert "Bobbie" Peel, British PM/founder London Police, dies at 62
1861Peter A de Genestet, vicar/poet, dies at 31
1863Stephen Hinsdale Weed, US Union brig-general, dies in battle at 28
1878François-Emmanuel-Joseph Bazin, composer, dies at 61
1895William Rockstro, composer, dies at 72
1911Felix Mottl, composer, dies at 54
1912Tom Richardson, cricketer (88 wickets in 14 Tests for England), dies
1914Joseph Chamberlain, British minister to Germany, dies at 78
1915Gen Porfirio [José de la Cruz] Diaz, president Mexico, dies
1917Herbert Beerbohm Tree, English actor/director (Hamlet), dies
1918Mohammed V Resjad, sultan of Turkey (1909-18), dies
1921Edwin Evans, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia), dies
1926Emile Coué, French pharmacist (recovery by auto suggestion), dies
1929Gladys Brockwell, actress (Oliver Twist), dies at 34
1930Anders Randolf, actor (Love of Sunya, Dangerous Curves), dies at 59
1932Manoel II, last king of Portugal (1908-10), dies at 43
1935Alfred Dreyfus, french colonel, dies
1936Harry Northrup, actor (Who's Knocking at My Door), dies at 60
1937Amelia Earhart Putnam, Dutch pilot/1st female to fly Atl, dies at 40
1937Fred L Noonan, US navigator, disappeared over Pacific Ocean
1939Alfred R Zimmerman, mayor of Rotterdam (1906-22), dies
1940Ben[jamin] Turpin, US comic (Saps at Sea, His New Job), dies
1940Bertram Shapleigh, composer, dies at 69
1941Mohammad Baqa Jilani, cricketer (Test for India), dies at 29
1946Anthony Overton, publisher/cosmetics manufacturer/banker, dies at 81
1949Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgaria premier (1946-49), dies at 67
1951Earnest F Sauerbruch, German nazi/surgeon, dies at 75
1952Henriette H Bosmans, Dutch cello player/pianist/composer, dies at 56
1961Ernest Hemingway, writer, commits suicide at 61
1961Louis-Ferdinand Céline, writer (Voyage Au Bout de la Nu), dies at 67
1964Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, biggest NASCAR money winner, dies in crash
1965Theodora E "Betsy" Ranucci-Beckmann, actress (Klatergoud), dies at 88
1968Francis Brennan, US cardinal of Philadelphia, dies at 74
1970Jessie Street, Australian civil rights activist, dies
1971Edward Ballantine, composer, dies at 84
1972Joseph F Smith Jr, leader US mormon chuch, dies at 95
1973Swede Savage, dies of injuries at Indianapolis 500
1973George Macready, US, actor (Martin Peyton-Peyton Place), dies at 73
1973Betty Grable, US actress (How to Marry a Millionaire), dies at 56
1975James Robertson Justice, actor (DR at Large, Dr om Love), dies at 70
1976Frances Howard, actress (Swan, Shock Punch), dies at 73
1977Vladimir V Nabokov, Russian/US writer (Lolita), dies at 78
1981Robert Emmett Keane, actor (Rookie Cop, Red Dragon), dies
1982Poul Rovsing Olsen, composer, dies at 59
1984Ramiro Cortes, composer, dies at 50
1987Michael Bennet, choreographer (Chorus Line), dies of AIDS at 44
1987Karl Linnas, accused Nazi, dies of heart failure in Russia
1990Muntu Myeza, S Afr anti-apartheid activist, dies in auto at 39
1990Snooky Lanson, singer, dies at 76
1991Lee Remick, actress (Days of Wine & Roses), dies of cancer at 55
1992Jose Monje, [Camaron de la Isla], Spanish flamenco singer, dies
1992Franco Cristaldi, Italian producer/Claudia Cardinale's husband, dies
1992Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist, dies at 42
1992Borisav Pekic, Serbian writer/politician, dies
1993Don Drysdale, pitcher (Dodgers), dies of a heart attack at 56
1993Fred Gwynne, actor (Herman-Munsters), dies of pancreatic cancer at 66
1994Ralph C Rinzler, folklorist (Greenbriar Boys), dies at 59
1994Maung Maung, premier of Burma (1988), dies at 69
1994Marion Williams, gospel singer, dies of diabetes at 66
1994Andres Escobar, Colombia world cup soccer star, shot for losing to US
1995Gail Gordon, actor (Our Miss Brooks, Lucy Show), dies of cancer at 89
1995George Seldes, journalist, dies at 104
1995Gervase F Ashworth Jackson-Stops, architectural adviser, dies at 48
1995Krissy Taylor, model (17 Mag), dies of respitory problems at 17
1996Hugh Davson, physiologist/writer, dies at 86
1997Jimmy Stewart, actor (It's a Wonderful Life), dies at 89

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