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Events for today in history Birthdays  Deaths
0553 2nd Council of Constantinople (5th ecumenical council) opens
1382 Battle of Beverhoutsveld - population beats drunken army
1430 Jews are expelled from Speyer Germany
1494 On 2nd voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica
1640 English Short Parliament unites
1646 King Charles I surrenders at Scotland
1665 Nicolaas Witsen visits patriarch Nikon in Moscow
1726 Marie de Camargo (16) premieres at Opéra of Paris
1749 Pope Benedict XIV proclaims 1750 a Year" [?]
1762 Russia & Prussia sign peace treaty
1764 Smolny-institution forms in St Petersburg for noble girls
1780 2nd oldest learned society in US (American Academy of Arts & Sciences) forms (Boston)
1789 French States-General for It first since 1614 together
1797 Napoleon I's sister Elisa marries Felix Bacciochi
1809 Citizenship is denied to Jews of Canton of Aargau Switzerland
1809 Mary Kies is 1st woman issued a US patent (weaving straw)
1814 British attack Ft Ontario, Oswego, NY
1816 American Bible Society organized (NY)
1834 Charles Darwin's expedition begins at Rio Santa Cruz
1835 King Leopold opens Brussels-Mechelen railway
1842 City-wide fire burns for over 100 hours (Hamburg Germany)
1847 American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia)
1854 English pirate Plumridge robs along pro-English Finnish coast
1855 NYC regains Castle Clinton, to be used for immigration
1861 Alexandria, VA - CS troops abandon city
1862 Peninsular Campaign-Battle of Williamsburg, VA
1862 French army intervenes in Puebla, Mexico: Cinco de Mayo
1863 Battle of Tupelo, MS
1863 Joe Coburn KOs Mike McCoole for US boxing title in 63rd round
1864 Campaign in Northern Georgia - Chattanooga GA to Atlanta GA
1864 Battle of Wilderness, VA (Germanna Ford, Wilderness Tavern)
1864 Battle between Confederate & Union ships at mouth of Roanoke
1864 Atlanta Campaign-5 days fighting begins at Rocky Face Ridge
1865 1st US train robbery (North Bend Ohio)
1874 Dutch 2nd Chamber passes child labor law
1881 Anit-Jewish rioting in Kiev Ukraine
1891 Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in NY, Tchaikovsky as guest conductor
1893 Panic of 1893: Great crash on NY Stock Exchange
1900 "The Billboard" began weekly publication
1904 Cy Young of Boston pitches perfect game against Phila A's (3-0)
1905 Robert S Abbott published 1st issue of newspaper "Chicago Defender"
1908 34th Kentucky Derby: Arthur Pickens on Stone Street wins in 2:15.2
1908 Great White Fleet arrives in SF
1912 5th Olympic games open at Stockholm, Sweden
1912 Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing (4/22 OS)
1915 German U-20 sinks Earl of Lathom
1916 US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
1917 St Louis Brown Ernie Koob no-hits Chic White Sox, 1-0
1920 German-Latvian peace treaty signed
1920 Polish troops occupy Kiev
1920 US Pres Wilson makes Communist Labor Party illegal
1921 Miniature newspaper published (Brighton Gazette 10 x 13 cm)
1921 1st ranger for Cleveland Metroparks hired
1922 Construction begins on Yankee Stadium (Bronx)
1924 Unions terminate Twentse textile strike
1925 Yankee Everett Scott is benched, ending his 1,307-game playing streak
1925 Ty Cobb goes 6 for 6, (16 total bases)
1925 John T Scopes arrested for teaching evolution in Tennessee
1926 Geldrop soccer team forms
1926 Sinclair Lewis refuses his Pulitzer Prize for "Arrowsmith"
1927 Dmitri Sjostakovitch' 1st Symphony, premieres in Berlin
1930 Bradman scores 185* Aust v Leicestershire, 317 mins, 16 fours
1930 1st woman to fly solo from Engl to Australia takes-off (Amy Johnson)
1932 Japan & China sign a peace treaty
1934 60th Kentucky Derby: Mack Garner aboard Cavalcade wins in 2:04
1935 Jessie Owens of US, sets then long jump record at 26' 8¬"
1936 Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa
1936 Edward Ravenscroft patents screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip
1938 Phillies Harold Kelleher faces 16 batters in 6th, as Cubs score 12 runs, both marks are NL records off one hurler in a single inning
1939 Flash floods kill 75 in Northeast Kentucky
1940 Norwegian govt in exile forms in London
1941 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert E Sherwood (There shall be no night)
1941 Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa
1941 2 Fokker's employees flee nazi occupied Netherlands to England
1942 British assault on Diego Suarez Madagascar
1942 US begins rationing sugar during WW II
1943 Postmaster General Frank C Walker invents Postal Zone System
1944 Gandhi freed from prison
1944 Russian offensive against Sebastopol Krim
1945 Premier Gerbrandy on Radio Orange tells Dutch they are liberated
1945 Uprising against SS-occupying troops in Prague
1945 Netherlands & Denmark liberated from Nazi control
1945 Mauthausen Concentration camp liberated
1947 Mississippi Valley flooding kills 16 & causes $850M in damage
1947 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Penn Warren (All the King's Men)
1948 1st air squadron of jets aboard a carrier
1948 Belgian govt of Spaak resigns
1949 Tiger 2nd baseman Charlie Gehringer selected to Hall of Fame
1949 Statue of Council of Europe drawn
1949 KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1949 Council of Europe forms
1950 Phumiphon Abundet crowned as king Rama IX of Thailand
1951 77th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Count Turf wins in 2:02.6
1951 "Out of This World" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 157 perfs
1952 Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny)
1952 Ron Necciai of Pitts Pirate's Bristol Twins Class D farm team, strikes out 27, as he no-hits Welch Minors, 4 Minors do reach base
1954 Military coup by general Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay
1955 West Germany granted full sovereignty by 3 occupying powers
1955 US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
1955 Indies parliament accept hindu-divorce
1955 "Damn Yankees" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1022 performances
1956 World championships of judo are 1st held, in Tokyo
1956 Jim Bailey (US) runs mile a record 3:58.6 in LA Calif
1956 Broekster Boys soccer team forms in Damwoude
1956 82nd Kentucky Derby: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:03.4
1957 Adolf Schärf elected president of Austria
1957 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
1958 KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, NM (PBS) begins broadcasting
1958 Pulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for (Death in the Family)
1958 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1961 Alan Shepard becomes 1st American in space (aboard Freedom 7)
1962 West Side Story soundtrack album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album
1962 LA Angel Bo Belinsky no-hits Balt Orioles, 2-0
1962 88th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Decidedly wins in 2:00.4
1963 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
1964 Separatists riot in Quebec
1965 1st large-scale US Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam
1966 Borussia Dortmund wins 6th Europe Cup II
1966 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
1966 Willie Mays hit his 512th HR
1968 Carol Mann wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
1969 Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night)
1969 23rd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
1970 US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
1971 "Earl of Ruston" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 5 performances
1971 Race riot in Brownsville section of Brooklyn (NYC)
1972 Alitalia DC-8 crashes west of Palermo Sicily; killing 115
1973 99th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:59.4
1974 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
1975 Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Shaara (Killer Angels)
1975 A's release pinch runner Herb Washington (played 104 games without batting, pitching, or fielding He stole 30 bases, & scored 33 runs)
1976 Train collision at Schiedam Neth, kills 24
1976 Anderlecht wins 16th soccer Europe Cup II
1978 Cin Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits
1979 105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4
1979 Masterpiece Radio Theater begins broadcasting
1979 Voyager 1 passes Jupiter
1980 Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends; British commandos & police stormed the building
1981 16th & final Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 4-1, hold 8-7-1 edge
1983 Bruins 5-Isles 1-Wales Conf Championship-Isles hold 3-2 lead
1983 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1984 110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4
1985 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Moss Creek Women's Golf Invitational
1986 Hall of Fame & Museum announced to be built in Cleveland
1987 Congress begins Iran-Contra hearings
1987 Detroit Tigers are 11 games back in AL, but go on to win AL East
1987 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1988 Eugene A Marino installed as 1st black US archbishop
1989 Mike Tyson gets 2nd speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany NY
1990 Paul Hogan & Linda Koslowski wed in Byron Bay, Eastern Australia
1990 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Chris Warren
1990 116th Kentucky Derby: Craig Perret aboard Unbridled wins in 2:02
1991 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
1992 Country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection
1994 North-Yemen air force bombs Aden South Yemen
1994 Labour beats Conservatives in British local elections
1994 "Sally Marrand Her Escorts" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 perfs
1995 Last basketball game at Boston Gardens (Magic beats Celtics)
1996 "Jack-Night on Town with J Barrymore" closes at Belasco after 12 perfs
1996 Karrie Webb wins LPGA Sprint Titleholders Golf Championship
1996 Renette Cruz, Vancouver, wins Miss Canadian Universe
1997 "Married With Children" final episode on Fox TV
1997 Iridium-1 Delta 2 Launch, Successful
2000 Conjunction of Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & Moon

Birthdays for today in history Events  Deaths
1352Ruprecht, Roman catholic German king
1557Emmanuel-Philibert van Lalaing, baron of Montigny/marquis of Renty
1635Philippe Quinault, French playwright (L'amant indiscret)
1657Jacques Danican Philidor, composer
1680Giuseppe Porsile, composer
1715Daniel Dal Barba, composer
1749Jean-Frederic Edelmann, composer
1800Louis Hachette, French publisher (Librairie Hachette)
1804Jacob Kats, Flemish writer (Earthly Paradise)
1813Síren Kierkegaard, Denmark, philosopher (founded Existentialism)
1815Eugène-Marin Labiche, French playwright
1817George Washington Julian, MC (Union), died in 1899
1818Karl Marx, philosopher (Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital)
1819Stanislaw Moniuszko, Polish composer
1823James Allen Hardie, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1876
1826Eugénie M de Montijo y de Guzman, Empress of France
1832H H Bancroft, historian, publisher (History of Pacific States)
1833Ferdinand von Richthofen, German geographer/explorer
1835Leopold II, Belgian crown prince, baptized
1842Johann Nepomuk Fuchs, composer
1846Henryk Sienkiewicz, Poland, author (Quo Vadis, Nobel 1905)
1846Federico Chueca, composer
1848Adalbert von Goldschmidt, composer
1849Hambletonian, Chester NY, greatest standardbred horse
1854Antonio Smareglia, composer
1862Max Elskamp, Belgian author/poet (Lesson Joies Blondes, Maya)
1863Frederik A Stoett, linguist (Dutch Proverbs)
1865Felicjan Szopski, composer
1867Nellie Bly, [Elizabeth Cochran Seaman], journalist
1867Thomas Tertius Noble, composer
1869Hans Erich Pfitzner, Moscow Russia, composer (Krakquer Begrs)
1871Alberto Cametti, composer
1879Symon Petlyura, leader Ukraine (pogroms)
1883Charles Bender, only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame
1883Leopold Samuel, composer
1883Petar Konjovic, composer
1884Wang Tjing-Wei, premier China (1932-35)
1885Henri Velge, 1st chairman (Belgian Council of State)
1886Manuel Borguno, composer
1887Estelle Hemsley, Boston MA
1887Lord Geoffrey Fisher of Lambeth, archbishop of Canterbury
1889Herbie Taylor, cricketer (prolific South African pre- & post-WWI)
1890Christopher Morley, author (Kitty Foil)
1894Kit Guard, Denmark, actor (El Diablo Rides, Kid Courageous)
1899Freeman Gosden, Richmond Va, radio actor (Amos-Amos 'n' Andy)
1900Charles Jewtraw, US, 500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1924)
1900Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer/conductor (Hassan gewinnt)
1900Mervyn A Ellison, British astronomer (spectrohelioscope)
1903James Beard, US, culinary expert/author (Delights & Prejudices)
1904Gordon Richards, British jockey (winner of 4,870 races)
1905Robert Houben, Belgian CVP-minister of Public health (1958)
1905Arnold Meijer, Dutch leader of fascist Dutch National/Black Front
1906Ursula Jeans, Simla India. actress (I Lived With You, Over the Moon)
1907Benny Baker, St Joseph MO, actor (18 Again, Sting II, Thunderbirds)
1907Kenneth Muir, English scholar
1907Yoritsune Matsudaira, composer
1908Rex Harrison, [Reginald Carey], Engld, actor (My Fair Lady, Cleopatra)
1908Jacques Massu, French general (Algeria)
1909Miklós Radnóti, writer
1910William I Martin, US pilot/vice-admiral (WW II)
1911Phillip Edmund Clinton Manson-Bahr, specialist in tropical medicine
1911Norman Oldfield, cricketer (Engl batsman one Test v WI 1939, 80 & 19)
1911Giles Grangier, film director
1912Alice Faye, [Ann Leppert], NYC, actress (Barricade, State Fair)
1912W Fenton Morley, preacher
1913Tyrone Power, Cleve, actor (Mark of Zorro, Alexander's Ragtime Band)
1915Richard H Rovere, Jersey City, journalist (Goldwater Caper)
1916Mutal' Burkhanov, composer
1917Ron Saggers, cricket wicket-keeper (effective NSW & Aussie late 40's)
1918Erbie Bowser, pianist
1919George London, Montreal Canada, bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto)
1919Tony Canadeo, Chicago, NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers)
1920John Hidalgo Moya, architect/designer (Skylon)
1921Sonja Oosterman, Dutch singer (Marketensters)
1922Jay D Miller, record producer
1922Phil Gordon, Meridian Miss, singer/actor (Jasper-Bev Hillbillies)
1923Godfrey Quigley, actor (Barry Lyndon, Educating Rita, Rooney)
1924Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Buenos Aires, director (Monday's Child)
1924Theo Olof, German/Neth violinist/prodigy/concert master
1925Monica Lewis, actress (Box Office)
1926Ann B Davis, Schenectady NY, actress (Bob Cummings Show, Brady Bunch)
1927Sid O'Linn, cricketer (soccer for S Africa 1947, cricket 1960)
1927Pat Carroll, Shrevport La, comedienne/actress (Make Room for Daddy)
1927Charles Rosen, NYC, pianist/musicologist (Sonata Forms)
1929John S Ragin, Newark NJ, actor (Dr Astin-Quincy ME)
1930Michael James Adams, USAF pilot (X-15)
1932Aurel Stroe, composer
1932Will Hutchins, Atwater Calif, actor (Sugarfoot, Hey Landlord)
1935Douglas Marland, West Sand Lake NY, soap opera writer (Gen Hospital)
1937Rob Van Gennep, publisher
1937Robert O "Rob" van Gennep, Dutch publisher (Guevara, Gorz, Mandèl)
1938Michael Murphy, LA CA, actor (McCabe & Mrs Miller, Unmarried Woman)
1938Johnnie Taylor, US gospel singer (I Believe in You)
1938Jerzy Skolimowski, Warsaw Poland, director (Hands Up, Deep End)
1939James R Jones, (Rep-D-OK, 1973- )
1940Eric Burdon, rock singer (House of Rising Sun-Animals, War)
1940Lance Henriksen, actor (Aliens, Pumpkinhead, Knights, Hard Target)
1941Howie Komives, NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves)
1941Aleksandr Ragulin, USSR, ice hockey play (Olympic-gold-1964, 68, 72)
1942Amy Hill, actress (Grandma-Seinfeld, Pauly Shore)
1942Tammy Wynette, Redbay Alabama, country singer (Stand by your Man)
1943Michael Palin, England, comedian (Monty Python, Fish Called Wanda)
1944Roger Raised, English actor (Nicholas Nickleby)
1944John Rhys-Davies, Salisbury England, actor (Sir Edward-Quest, Sliders)
1944Jean-Pierre Leaud, Paris France, actor (Detective)
1945Jiri Svoboda, composer (Accumulator 1)
1945Raphael, Spain, spanish singer (When the Sun Sets, Lo Meyur de Ano)
1946Stefania Sandrelli, Viareggio Italy, actress (Lie, Conformist, 1900)
1948Bill Ward, Birmingham England, heavy metal drummer (Black Sabbath)
1948Frank Esier-Smith, rocker
1949Anna Bergman, Stockholm Sweden, actress (Agent 69)
1950Maggie MacNeal, Dutch singer (Mouth & MacNeal, I See a Star)
1951Rex Goh, rock guitarist (Air Supply)
1952Louis Cortelezzi, rock saxophonist (Mink DeVille)
1953Billy Burnette, Memphis Tn, rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac)
1954Angelo Kimball, Boston Mass, rock guitarist (Face To Face)
1954Dagmar Wöhrl, German FR, Miss Germany (1977)
1954John Greg Adams, Scottsdale AZ, PGA golfer (1982 Hall of Fame-2nd)
1954Peter Erskine, jazz drummer (Weather Report)
1955Melinda Culea, Western Springs Ill, actress (A-Team, Brotherly Love)
1955Robert Feld, Nashville Tn, National Scrabble Champion (1990)
1956Dick Kemper, Amsterdam Neth, rock vocalist/bassist (Vandenberg)
1957Thereza Bazaar, rocker (Dollar-Love's Gotta Hold on Me)
1957Lisa Eilbacher, Dharan Saudi Arabia, actress (Beverly Hills Cop)
1959Ian McCullough, rock vocalist (Echo & Bunnymen-Heaven Up Here)
1961Hiro Hase, wrestler (NJPW)
1964Heike Henkel, German FR, world record indoor high jumper (1992)
1964Lorraine McIntosh, British pop singer (Deacon Blue-Fellow Hoodlums)
1964Ulrich Wilson, soccer player (FC Volendam)
1965Paul Frase, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1966Mike Stapleton, Sarnia, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets)
1967Charles Nagy, Fairfield CT, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
1967Brad Baxter, NFL fullback (NY Jets)
1968Craig Hendrickson, CFL tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
1968Michael Titley, WLAF TE (London Monarchs)
1968Robert David Burns, Mission Hills CA, PGA golfer (1994 Buick-5th)
1968Tim Neilsen, cricket wicket-keeper (South Australian 1991)
1969Bryan Ivie, Torrance Calif, volleyball middle blocker (Oly-br-92, 96)
1970Harold Nash, CFL halfback (Montreal Alouettes)
1970LaPhonso Ellis, NBA forward (Denver Nuggets)
1971Reggie Jones, wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
1971Ken Brown, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)
1971Keith Hamilton, defensive end (NY Giants)
1971Harold Miner, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers)
1972Zigmund Palffy, Skalica Slo, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
1972Wendy Kaye, Memphis Tenn, playmate (Jul, 1991)
1972Travis Jervey, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
1972Rushia Brown, WNBA forward/center (Cleveland Rockers)
1972Ron Snook, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
1972Mike Hollis, kicker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1972Mikael Renberg, Pitea Swe, NHL right wing (Phila Flyers, TB Lightning)
1972Janelle Lynn Canady, Miss Alaska USA (1996)
1972Brigitta Boccoli, Milan Italy, actress (Manhattan Baby)
1972Barrett Brooks, NFL tackle (Phila Eagles)
1973Tina Yothers, Whittier Calif, actresss (Jennifer-Family Ties)
1973Muhsin Muhammad, wide receiver (Carolina Panthers)
1973Matt Dubuc, CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts)
1973Johan Hedberg, Nacka SWE, hockey goalie (Team Sweden, Oly-1998)
1975Christine Buschur, Eagle River Alaska, Miss America-Alaska (1997)
1976Sage Stallone, Sylvester's son/actor (Rocky V)
1977Tiffany Roberts, Petaluma Calif, soccer midfielder (Olympics-96)
1980Bonnie Lynn Gagnon, Miss New Hampshire Teen USA (1997)
1981Danielle Christine Fishel, Mesa AZ, actress (Topanga-Boy Meets World)
1990Tatiana Celia Kennedy Schlossberg, NYC, daughter of Caroline

Deaths for today in history Events  Birthdays
0311Gaius VM Galerius, emperor of Rome, dies at about 50
1028Alfonso V, King of León/Galicia (999-1028), dies in battle
1194Kazimierz II, the Justified, grand duke of Poland (1177-94), dies
1309Charles II, the Lame, King of Naples (1285-1309), dies
1504Anton of Burgundy, the Great Bastard, knight, dies at about 82
1525Frederik III, the Wise, ruler of Saxon (1486-1525), dies at 62
1553Erasmus Alberus, Germ theologist (Barfsser Mönche), dies at about 52
1582Charlotte de Bourbon, Princess of Orange, dies
1604Claudio Merulo, Italian organist/composer, dies at 71
1613Johann Steuerlein, composer, dies at 66
1678Anna M van Schurman, Dutch poet/spoke 10 languages, dies at about 70
1702Jacob Hintze, composer, dies at 79
1705Leopold I von Hapsburg, Emperor of Holy Roman Empire, dies at 64
1786Pedro III, King of Portugal, dies
1801Philippe-Lambert-Joseph Spruyt, Flemish painter/engraver, dies at 74
1821Napoleon I Bonaparte, emperor France (1799-1815), dies in St Helena
1827Frederik Augustus I, Justified, King of Saxon (1806-27), dies at 76
1831Friedrich Ludwig Seidel, composer, dies at 65
1837Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli, Italian composer/bandmaster, dies at 85
1840Matthaus Fischer, composer, dies at 76
1840Gottlob Benedikt Bierey, composer, dies at 67
1859Peter G L Dirichlet, German mathematician, dies at 53
1864Alexander Hays, US Union-general-major, dies in battle at 44
1864John Marshall Jones, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 43
1864Leroy A Stafford, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 42
1875Jan A C A van Nispen tot Sevenaer, Dutch MP (1848-75), dies at 71
1885Lauro Rossi, composer, dies at 73
1886Joseph Albert, German photographer (Albertotype), dies at 61
1892Jan Nepomuk Skroup, composer, dies at 80
1902Bret Harte, writer, dies at 65
1909Pauline Staegeman, German feminist, dies
1921Alfred H Fried, Austrian/German pacifist (Nobel 1911), dies
1927Charles Boissevain, editor in chief (General Trade 1885-1908), dies
1945Guëmundur Jónsson Kamban, Icelandic writer (Vi mordere), dies at 56
1949Maurice Maeterlinck, Belg playwright (Grand Fairie, Nobel 1911), dies
1951Eddie Dunn, comedian (Face to Face, Spin the Picture), dies at 54
1956Charles R Gallas, lexicographer (French Dictionary), dies at 88
1957Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, composer, dies at 74
1960Sulho Ranta, composer, dies at 58
1962Ernest Tyldesley, cricketer (990 runs in 14 Tests for England), dies
1963Heinrich Gebhard, composer, dies
1963Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (Stijl), dies at 73
1968Albert Dekker, dies of accidental suffocation at 62
1969Ben Alexander, actor (Frank Smith-Dragnet), dies at 57
1971Alice Tissot, actress (Italian Straw Hat), dies of cancer at 81
1971Petro Scaglione, Italian procureur-general, killed by Mafia
1972Rev Gary David, vocalist, dies at 76
1976Thomas Burnett Swann, sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur), dies at 47
1977Ludwig Erhard, German minister of Economic Affairs (CDU), dies at 80
1978Alfred H H Gilligan, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
1979Shirley O'Hara, actress (Wild Party), dies at 68
1980Edmond Vandercammen, Belgian writer/poet (Grand Combat), dies at 79
1981Bobby Sands, IRA activists dies in his 66th day of his hunger strike
1983John Williams, actor (Family Affair, Dial M for Murder), dies at 80
1986Jon William Haussermann Jr, composer, dies at 76
1986Rui Coelho, composer, dies at 94
1988George Rose, actor (Devil's Disciple, Hideaways), dies at 68
1988Tamara Pos, Suriname/Dutch activist
1989Frank Easton, cricket wicketkeeper (NSW 1933-39), dies
1991William De Acutis, dies at 33
1992Ben Frommer, dies at 78
1992Dick Yarmy, dies of lung cancer at 58
1992Jean-Claude Pascal, French actor (Golden Salamander), dies at 64
1992Stefano d'Arrigo, Siciilian writer, dies at 72
1993Lenore Kingston Jenson, dies of cancer at 79
1993Irving Howe, US writer/critic (Dissent), dies at 72
1993Balak Brahmachari, [Marxist Godman], Indies guru, dies at 73
1994Hein Salomonson, architect, dies at about 83
1994Joe Layton, director (Richard Pryor Live on Sunset Strip), dies at 63
1995Thomas Eden Binkley, musician, dies at 63
1995Mikhail Moseyevich Botvinnik, world chess champ, dies
1995Lionel Alexander Bethune [Alastair] Pilkington, engineer, dies at 75
1995James Pack, naval officer museum curator, dies at 81
1995Esther Waterhouse, doctor/methodist, dies at 86
1995Bernard Benjamin Gillis, judge, dies at 89
1995Anthony Wagner, genealogist, dies at 86
1996Ai Qing, poet, dies at 86
1996Beryl Burton, cyclist, dies at 58

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