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0295 8th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
0850 Guntherus becomes bishop of Cologne
1139 2nd Lateran Council (10th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
1505 Jews are expelled from Orange Burgandy by Philibert of Luxembourg
1551 John Dudley becomes English Earl Marshal
1650 VOC-management sets new guidelines
1653 Cromwell routes English parliament to house
1657 Battle in Santa Cruz Bay, Tenerife: English fleet under Robert Blake sinks Spanish silver fleet
1702 Comet C/1702 H1 approaches within 0.0437 AUs of Earth
1715 Nicholas Rowe's "Tragedy of Lady Jane Gray," premieres in London
1770 Capt Cook arrives in New South Wales
1775 British begin siege of Boston
1777 New York adopts new constitution as an independent state
1792 France declares war on Austria, Prussia & Sardinia
1799 Friedrich von Schiller's "Wallensteins Tod," premieres in Weimar
1799 Napoleon issues a decree calling for establishing Jerusalem for Jews
1809 Napoleon I defeats Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria
1836 Territory of Wisconsin created
1841 1st detective story (Poe's "Murders in Rue Morgue") published
1853 Harriet Tubman starts Underground Railroad
1861 Battle of Norfolk, VA
1861 Colonel Robert E Lee resigns from Union army
1861 Robert E Lee resigns from Union army
1865 Chicago's Crosby Opera House opens
1871 3rd Enforcement Act (President can suspend writ of habeas corpus)
1872 SF Bar Association organized
1879 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London & Cyprus
1884 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Freemasonry"
1888 246 reported killed by hail in Moradabad, India
1894 136,000 mine workers strike in Ohio for pay increase
1896 1st public film showing in US John Philip Sousa's "El Capit n," premieres in NYC
1898 US Assay Office in Deadwood, South Dakota opens
1902 Marie & Pierre Curie isolate radioactive element radium
1903 7th Boston Marathon won by John Lorden of Mass in 2:41:29.8
1903 NY Highlanders play their 1st game, with Jack Chesbro losing 3-1 to Al Orth & Washington
1904 George Bernard Shaw's "Candida," premieres in London
1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition opens in St Louis
1908 12th Boston Marathon won by Tom Morrissey of NY in 2:25:43.2
1910 Cleve Indians Addie Joss 2nd no-hitter, beats Chicago, 1-0
1910 Halley's Comet passes 29th recorded perihelion at 87.9 million km
1912 Fenway Park officially opens, Red Sox beat NY Highlanders 7-6 in 11
1912 Tiger Stadium in Detroit opens, Tigers beat Cleve Indians 6-5
1914 18th Boston Marathon won by James Duffy of Canada in 2:25:01.2
1914 33 killed by soldiers during mine strike in Ludlow, Colo
1916 German-British sea battle off Belgian coast
1916 Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) in Chicago opens, Cubs beat Cin Reds 7-6
1917 Pravda (Lenin names Russia "Free land of world")
1919 Polish Army captures Vilno, Lithuania from Soviet Army
1920 7th modern Olympic games opens in Antwerp Belgium
1920 Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate
1920 Big Show ends 2 year run on NBC radio
1920 Tornadoes kill 219 in Alabama & Mississippi
1920 Phillies mgr Gravvy Cravath puts himself in as pinch hitter, his 3- run homer beats NY Giants 3-0
1925 29th Boston Marathon won by Charles Mellor of Ill in 2:33:00.6
1926 1st check sent by radio facsimile transmission across Atlantic
1931 35th Boston Marathon won by Jim Henigan of Mass in 2:46:45.8
1931 British House of Commons agrees for sports play on Sunday
1934 Heinrich Himmler becomes inspector Prussian secret state police
1935 "You're Hit Parade" begins broadcasting (becomes #1 quickly)
1936 40th Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown of RI in 2:33:40.8
1936 Jews repel an Arab attack in Petach Tikvah Palestine
1939 New York World's Fair opens
1939 Ted Williams' 1st hit (off of Yankee Red Ruffing) a double
1940 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa
1941 100 German bombers attack Athens
1941 Dodgers start to wear liners in their caps
1942 German occupiers forbids Dutch access to their beach
1942 Heavy German assault on Malta
1943 Braves manager Casey Stengel is struck by a taxi, fractures a leg
1944 Dutch Communist Party-resistance fighter John Postma sentence to death
1944 NFL legalizes coaching from bench
1945 Cleveland Browns organization formed by Arthur "Mickey" McBride
1945 German occupiers flood Beemster & Fencer
1945 Soviet troops enter Berlin
1945 US 7th army captured German city of Nuremberg
1945 US forces conquer Motobu peninsula on Okinawa
1946 1st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs Cubs
1946 50th Boston Marathon won by Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece in 2:29:27
1947 Frederik IX becomes king of Denmark
1948 NYC hikes subway fare from 5› to 10›
1948 Walter P Reuther UAW pres shot & wounded at his home in Detroit
1949 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 1st race, in Albany, California
1950 Balt's Memorial Stadium opens - Orioles of International League
1951 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1951 Velsen city council demands investigation of police collaborators
1953 57th Boston Marathon won by Keizo Yamada of Japan in 2:18:51
1954 "Golden Apple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances
1955 "Saint of Bleecker St" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 perfs
1957 61st Boston Marathon won by John J Kelley of Conn in 2:20:05
1957 Yankee Bill Skowron becomes 3rd player to hit a ball out of Fenway
1958 Buses replace Key System trains at 3 AM
1958 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
1958 Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins 4 games to 2 for Stanley Cup
1958 Morocco demands departure of Spanish troops
1959 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42
1960 "From A to Z" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 21 performances
1961 American Harold Graham makes 1st rocket belt flight
1962 NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 63,250 m
1962 New Orleans Citizens Co gives free 1-way ride to blacks to move North
1962 OAS-leader ex-general Salan arrested in Algiers
1963 "Sophie" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 8 performances
1963 -30] All Africa Conferences of Churches opens in Kampala Uganda
1964 68th Boston Marathon won by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belg in 2:19:59
1964 86% of black students boycott Cleveland schools
1965 People's Republic China offers North Vietnam military aid
1966 WDCA TV channel 20 in Washington, DC (IND) begins broadcasting
1967 French author Régis Debray caught in Bolivia
1967 NY Met Tom Seaver's 1st victory, beats Cubs, 6-1
1967 US Surveyor 3 lands on Moon
1967 US planes bomb Haiphong for 1st time during Vietnam War
1967 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1968 Pierre Elliott Trudeau sworn-in as Canada's PM
1968 S Afr Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed
1969 23rd Tony Awards: Great White Hope & 1776 win
1969 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
1970 74th Boston Marathon won by Ron Hill of Great Britain in 2:10:30
1970 Bruno Kreisky becomes 1st socialist chancellor of Austria
1970 Ron Hill's 2:10:30 at Boston, sets new US marathon record
1971 Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"
1971 US Supreme Court upholds use of busing to achieve racial desegregation
1972 Apollo 16's Young & Duke land on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2
1972 Kallicharran scores his 2nd Test century in his 2nd Test Cricket
1973 Canadian ANIK A2 becomes 1st commercial satellite in orbit
1974 Paul McCartney releases "Band on the Run"
1975 29th Tony Awards: Equus & Wiz win
1975 4th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Palmer
1975 Penguins 1-Isles 3-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 3-1 lead
1976 George Harrison sings lumberjack song with Monty Python
1977 Supreme Court rules "Live Free or Die" may be covered on NH licenses
1977 Woody Allen's film "Annie Hall" premieres
1978 Korean Airlines flight 007 shot down by Soviets in Russian airspace
1980 Cubans begin to arrive in US from Mariel boatlift
1980 Donna White wins LPGA Florida "Lady Citrus" Golf Tournament
1981 10th Boston Women's Marathon won by Allison Roe of NZ in 2:26:46
1981 85th Boston Marathon won by Toshihiko Seko of Japan in 2:09:26
1981 Final performance of TV show "Soap" airs
1981 Rocker Papa John Phillips arrested for drug possession
1982 Atlanta Braves become 1st team to win 1st 12 games of the season
1983 Pres Reagan signs a $165B bail out for Social Security
1983 Rangers 2-Isles 7-Patrick Div Finals-Isles hold 3-2 lead
1983 Soyuz T-8 launched; mission aborted when capsule fails to dock
1984 Russian offensive in Panshirvallei Afghanistan
1985 Carlos Lopes runs world record marathon (2:07:12)
1985 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Mark Williams
1985 Karyn Marshall of NYC lifted 303 lbs in a clean & jerk lift
1986 "Jerry's Girls" closes at St James Theater NYC after 139 performances
1986 Michael Johnson sets NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game
1986 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1986 Vladimir Horowitz performs in his Russian homeland
1987 16th Boston Women's Marathon won by Rosa Mota of Portugal in 2:25:21
1987 91st Boston Marathon won by Toshihiko Seko of Japan in 2:11:50
1987 Sri Lanka: Tamils shoot 122 Singalezen dead
1987 US deports Karl Linnas, charged with nazi war crimes, to USSR
1988 Balt Orioles set worst record to start a season 0-14 (will go 0-21)
1988 NJ Devils 1st playoff hat trick-Eric Broten
1988 US accuses Renamo of killing 100,000 Mozambiquians
1988 Yanks HR 9,999 (D Winfield) 10,000 (C Washington) 10,001 (J Clarke)
1990 Pete Rose pleads guilty to hiding $300,000 in income
1990 8 2/3 inning perfect game pitched by Brian Holman of Oakland A's is spoiled by a home run hit by Ken Philips
1991 "Les Miserables," opens at Odense Teater, Odense
1991 1st non stop flight Schiphol-Flamingo airport Bonaire
1991 Mark Lenzi is 1st diver to score 100 pts on a dive (101.85)
1991 Raghib "Rocket" Ismael signs with Toronto Argonauts for $26.2 million
1992 100th episode of "Murphy Brown" airs
1992 21st Boston Women's Marathon won by Olga Markova of Russia in 2:23:43
1992 96th Boston Marathon won by Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya in 2:08:14
1992 All star concert in memory of Freddie Mercury held at Wembley Stadium
1992 Expo '92 opens in Seville Spain
1992 Joan Lunden, breaks her left shoulder after being thrown from a horse
1992 Madonna signs $60-million deal with Time Warner
1993 Uranus passes Neptune (once every 171 years)
1994 Danny Harold Rolling, sentenced to death in Florida, for killing 5
1994 Serbian army bombs hospital in Goradze Bosnia, 47 killed
1994 Sohail & Inzamam make world record ODI partnership of 263
1994 Space shuttle STS-59 (Endeavour 6), lands
1996 Chicago Bulls win record 72 games in a season
1997 "Gin Game," opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 144 performances
1997 "Present Laughter," closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
1997 1st baseball game in Hawaii, Cards beat Padres in doubleheader
1997 27th Easter Seal Telethon raises $47,392,682
1997 58th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Hale Irwin
1997 Cubs beat NY Mets ending NL worst opening, lost 14 straight games
1997 Karrie Webb wins LPGA Susan G Komen International
1997 Myrtle Beach LPGA Classic
1997 Nick Price wins golf MCI Classic
1997 PGA Seniors Championship
1997 Mark McGwire, is 4th to HR on Detroit Tiger left field roof (others are Frank Howard, Harmon Killibrew, & Cecil Fielder)
Birthdays for today in history Events  Deaths
1442Edward IV, King (England, 1461-83)
1494John Agricola, [Schneider], German theologist/prime minister
1592John Eliot, St Germans Cornwall, English MP/author
1594Matthaus Apelles von Lowenstern, composer
1705Balthasar Schmid, composer
1725Johann Friedrich Kloffler, composer
1726Jozef de Ferraris, French/Austrian earl/general/cartographer
1745Philippe Pinel, physician, founder of psychiatry
1748Georg Michael Telemann, composer
1748Guillaume Albert Teniers, composer
1761Johann Gottlieb Karl Spazier, composer
1808Louis-Napoleon (Napoleon III), emperor of France (1852-71)
1809John Smith Preston, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1881
1824Alfred Holt Colquitt, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1894
1826Dina M Craik, writer
1827John Gibbon, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1896
1839Carol I, King of Romania (1881-1914)
1840Odilon Redon, French painter/author (La nuit, Rˆves)
1850Daniel Chester, French/American sculptor (Minute Man)
1857Charles LP "Philip" Zilcken, painter/author (HW Knife Day)
1857Hermann Bang, writer
1858Auguste Chapuis, composer
1860Charles Gordon Curtis, US attorney/inventor (Curtis Turbine)
1860Pieter Jelles Troelstra, Dutch MP (SDAP)
1865Max HHR Nettlau, Austrian historian (Le Première Internationale)
1866Victor Hollaender, composer
1870Simeon Roncal, composer
1871William Henry Davies, Wales, poet (Autobiography of a Super Tramp)
1876Gerard J Arbous, actor/publicist (Prince William of Orange)
1879Robert Lynd, Irish writer/critic (Pleasures of Ignorance)
1881Nikolai Miaskovsky, Novogeorievsk Poland, composer (Kirov is With Us)
1881Sem Dresden, composer/conductor
1889Adolph Hitler, Braunau Austria, dictator of Nazi Germany (1936-45)
1890Adolf Schärf, president Austria (1957-65)
1893Harold Lloyd, Burchard Neb, silent comic (Why Worry, Safety Last)
1893Hermann Ungar, writer
1893Juan Miró, Spain, painter/sculptor (Dog Barking at the Moon)
1894Martinus Nijhoff, poet/interpreter/linguistic (spelling)
1896Senor Wences, ventriloquist (Close the Door)
1897Bernard Verhoeven, poet/literature (About the Laugh)
1897Gregory Ratoff, Petrograd Russia, actor/director (Corsican Brothers)
1900Fred Raymond, composer
1900Kees Verwey, painter/water colors painter/cartoonist
1901Michel Leiris, French cultural anthropologist
1902Donald Wolfit, England, actor (Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, Accursed)
1902Vesselin Stoyanov, composer
1903Dagmar Edqvist, Swedish author (Kamrathustru-Wife & Comrade)
1904Bruce Cabot, Carlsbad NM, actor (Diamonds are Forever, King Kong)
1907Alan Reed, actor/voice (Fred Allen Show, Fred Flintstone)
1907Miran Bux, cricketer (his one season of Test & 1st-class play 1954-55)
1907William Dollar, St Louis, ballet dancer/choreographer
1908Wilhelmus M Bekkers, bishop of Hertogenbosch
1909Guido Alberti, literary patron/businessman
1909Lionel Hampton, orch leader/vibraphone improviser (Depths Below)
1909Richard Stubbs, publicity adviser
1910Robert F Wagner, (Mayor-D-NYC, 1954-65) [or May 15]
1911Kukrit Pramoj, politician
1912David Townsend, cricketer (3 Tests Eng v WI 1935)
1912Ed Jones, (Rep-D-TN, 1969- )
1912Frederick Craig Riddle, violist
1912Soewarsil Djojopoespito, Indonesia, writer (Toe the Line)
1913Dick Wessel, WI, actor (Dick Tracy vs Cueball, Beware of Blondie)
1920John Paul Stevens, Illinois, 103rd Supreme Court Justice (1975- )
1921Donald Gunn MacRae, sociologist
1923Tito Puente, Puerto Rico, bandleader (Dance Mania)
1924Gerhard Samuel, composer
1924Nina Foch, Leiden Netherlands, actress (American in Paris)
1924Paul M Van Buren, US theologist (Theological Explorations)
1925Ernie Stautner, NFL tackle (Steelers)/WLAF head coach (Galaxy)
1925Richard Hoffmann, composer
1926Harriett Elizabeth Byrd, politician (Wyoming house of Reps)
1927Karl Mller, Switzerland, superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987)
1929Bob Braun, Ludlow Ky, singer (Dotty Mack Show)
1930Alan Oakman, cricketer (England batsman against Australia 1956)
1931Lee H Hamilton, Daytona Beach Fla, (Rep-D-Ind, 1965- )
1934Lindsay Oliver John Boynton, furniture historian
1936Pat Roberts, (Rep-R-KS, 1981- )
1938Bernard Malivoire, France, cox pair (Olympic-gold-1952)
1938Betty Cuthbert, Australia 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic-gold-1956, 64)
1938Johnny Tillotson, Jacksonville Fla, singer (Gidget, Poetry in Motion)
1939Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norwegian premier (1981-82, 86-89, 90- )
1940George Takei, LA Calif, actor (Sulu-Star Trek, Green Berets)
1940James Gammon, Newman Ill, actor (Cool Hand Luke, Nick-Nash Bridges)
1940Jan Cremer, Dutch writer/sculptor (I, John Cremer)
1940Pilar Miro, director (Wether, Beltenebros)
1941Joni Evans, NYC, publisher (Simon & Schuster, Random House)
1941Ryan O'Neal, LA Calif, actor (Peyton Place, Paper Moon, Love Story)
1943Edie Sedgwick, Santa Barbara CA, actor (Ciao Manhattan)
1943Ian Watson, UK, sci-fi author (Book of Being, Whores of Babylon)
1943Michael Greer, Galesburg Ill, actor (Bobby Gentry Show)
1945Jimmy Winston, London, organist (Samll Facres-Itchycoo Park)
1947David Leland, Cambridge England, actor/director (Nothing But Trouble)
1948Craig Frost, keyboardist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful)
1949Jessica Lange, Cloquet Minnesota, actress (King Kong, Tootsie)
1949Michal, rocker
1950Itumeleng J Mosala, S Afr president (Azanian People's Org)
1951Geraint Wyn Davies, Wales, actor (Bury Me in Niagara, High Hopes)
1951Luther Vandross, NYC, rock vocalist (On the Wings of Love)
1952Tamara Sergeyevna Zakharova, Russian cosmonaut
1952Toine van Benthem, dentist/playwright/cabaret performer (Purper)
1954Peter Toohey, cricketer (NSW & Australian batsman 1977-80)
1955Donald R Pettit, Silverton Oregon, PhD/astronaut
1957Graeme Fowler, cricketer (England left-handed opener early 80s)
1957Richenel, [Hubertus R Baars], singer/performer (Turn My Page)
1958Viacheslav Fetisov, Moscow, NHL defenseman (Team Russia, Detroit)
1959Clint Howard, Burbank Calif, actor (Gentle Ben)
1960Rodney Holman, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
1961Don "Hitman" Mattingly, Indiana, 1st baseman (NY Yankees/MVP 1985)
1961Marci Bozarth, Lampasas TX, LPGA golfer (1994 Lady Keystone Open-37th)
1963Brett Edward Garsed, Victoria Australia, heavy metal artist (Nelson)
1963Kal Swan, heavy metal rocker
1964John Carney, NFL kicker (SD Chargers)
1964Paul Nobes, cricketer (prolific opening batsman for Victoria & SA)
1965Jim Terrell, Cin Oh, sprint canoe (Olympics-96)
1967J D Roth, Beverly Hills Calif, TV host (Fun House)
1967Lara Jill Miller, Allentown Pa, actress (Samantha-Gimme a Break)
1967Miroslav Stefanovic, soccer player (FC Volendam)
1967Townsend Saunders, White Sands NM, freestyle wrestler (Oly-sil-92, 96)
1968LeShundra Nathan, Birmingham Ala, heptathlete
1969John van Halst, soccer player (FC Twente)
1969Takayuki Kobori, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)
1970Ben Weir, Rock Island Ill, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Bogey Hills-2nd)
1970Shemar Moore, Oakland Cal, actor (Malcolm-Young & Restless)
1971Chris Penn, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs, Chicago Bears)
1971Grant Smith, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics-96)
1971John Senden, Brisbane QLD, Australasia golfer
1971Terry Smith, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
1971Yonel Jourdain, NFL running back/kick returner (Buffalo Bills)
1973Itula Mili, tight end (Seattle Seahawks)
1973Lamond Murray, NBA forward (LA Clippers)
1973Todd Hollandsworth, Dayton OH, outfielder (LA Dodgers)
1974Ben[jamin] Lincoln Holbrook, Hartland Wis, rower (Olympics-1996)
1974Kevin Sullivan, Brantford Ontario, 1.5k runner (Olympics-96)
1974Paul Bradford, cornerback (San Diego Chargers)
1975Joey Lawrence, Phila Pa, actor (Gimme a Break, Blossom, Summer Rental)
1976Lenka Nemeckova, Brno Czech, tennis star (1993 Futures-Maribor-SLO)
1977Lisa Ervin, figure skater (US Nationals-4th-1992)
Deaths for today in history Events  Birthdays
1164Victor IV, [Ottaviano Montecello], Italian antipope (1159-64), dies
1314Clement V, [Bertrand Got], pope (1305-14) move papacy to Avignon, dies
1317Agnes van Montepulciano, Italian mystic/saint, dies
1534Elizabeth Barton, [St Magd van Kent], British prophet, dies
1632Nicolas Antione, converted to Judiasm, burned at the stake
1643Christoph Demantius, composer, dies at 75
1662Gerard Terborch, the elder, painter, dies
1695Georg Caspar Weckler, composer, dies at 63
1759Georg Friedrich Händel, buried in Westminster Abbey
1768Giovanni AC Canaletto, Italian painter/cartoonist (Rialto), dies at 70
1769Pontiac, indian chief to Ottawa, murdered
1786John Goodricke, English deaf & dumb astronomer, dies at 21
1812George Clinton, 4th US VP, dies at 73 1st VP to, die in office
1820Arthur Young, author (Annals of Agriculture), dies
1821Franz K Achard, German physicist/chemist, dies at 67
1836Johan I Jozef, monarch of Liechtenstein/fieldmarshal, dies at 75
1839Giuseppe Rossini, father of Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini, dies
1869Piotr Studzinski, composer, dies at 42
1869Johann Carl Gottfried Loewe, composer, dies at 72
1872Ljudwit Gaj, Croatian writer/poet (Pjesma iz Zagorja), dies at 62
1899Edouard Pailleron, French attorney/comedian (voice o—), dies at 64
1900Mebel Mercer, popular British singer, dies
1906Australian wombat, oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26
1908Henry Chadwick, sports reporter (baseball), dies at 85
1912Bram Stoker, Irish theater manager/writer (Dracula), dies
1918Reginald Harry Mybirgh Hands, cricketer (1 Test for SA), dies
1932Giuseppe Peano, mathematician, dies
1935Juliaan de Vriendt, Flemish painter, dies at 92
1941Barend ter Haar, Dutch lawyer, dies in Buchenwald at 49
1947Christian X, king of Denmark (1912-47), dies at 76
1953Erich Weinert, writer, dies at 62
1956Jaap Vranken, organist/composer (Stabat mater), dies
1956Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music composer (Levensschets), dies at 78
1962Jesse G Vincent, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine, dies at 82
1962Arthur Harmat, composer, dies at 76
1965Dick Wessel, dies of heart attack on 52nd birthday
1965Richard Wessell, actor (Carney-Riverboat), dies at 54
1968Marion Weeks, singer/actress, dies of stroke at 81
1971Cecil Parker, actor (Court Jester, Operation Snafu), dies at 73
1973Robert Armstrong, actor (Fall Guy, Exposed), dies at 82
1974Agnes Moorehead, actress (Endora-Bewitched), dies at 67
1974Mohammed Ayub Khan, premier/president (Pakistan), dies
1977Len Johnson, cricketer (one Test for Australia, 3-66 & 3-8), dies
1977Bryan Foy, director/writer, dies at 80
1979Peter Donald, host (Masquerade Party), dies at 60
1982Andrew Sandham, cricketer (325 Eng 1930, 879 runs in 14 Tests), dies
1982Archibald MacLeish, US, lawyer/writer (Conquistador), dies at 89
1982Mimi Boesnach, actress (Wedding of Kloris & Roses), dies at 82
1983Jerzy Andrezjewski, writer, dies
1984Mabel Mercer, English/US singer (Fly me to the moon), dies at 84
1987Antony Tudor, dancer/choreographer (Amer Ballet Theater) dies at 78
1990Horst Sinderman, RDA 1st minister (1973-76), dies
1991Don[ald] Siegel, US director (Coogan's Bluff/Dirty Harry), dies at 78
1991Jumjaagiyn Tsedenbal, Mongolian politician, dies
1991Sean O'Faolain, [J Whelan], Irish writer (Nest of Simple), dies at 91
1991Steve Marriott, English guitarist (Small Faces), dies in a fire at 44
1991Yumzhagin Tsendenbal, PM of Mongolia (1952-74), dies
1992Benny Hill, comedian (Benny Hill Show), dies of a heart attack at 67
1992Johnny Shines, Delta blues singer/guitarist, dies at 76
1993Cantinflas, [Mario Moreno], Mexican actor (Pepe), dies at 81
1994Jean Carmet, French actor (Merci la Vie, Le Sucre), dies at 72
1995Milovan Djilas, Yugoslavian politician (1945-54), dies
1995R E S Wyatt, cricketer (England capt 16 times), dies
1995Sunil Jayasinghe, Sri Lankan wicketkeeper (1979 World Cup), suicide
1995Tessie O'Shea, entertainer, dies at 81
1996Cecilia Grace Hunt Reeves Gillie, bBC Executive, dies at 88
1996Christopher Robin Milne, bookseller, dies at 75
1996Tran Van Tra, soldier, dies at 77

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