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Day History: April-16

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Events History


1457 BC-Likely date of the Battle of Megiddo (15th century BC)|Battle of Megiddo -between Thutmose III and a large Canaanite coalition under the King of Kadesh, the first battle to have been recorded in what is accepted as relatively reliable detail.

73- Masada -a Judaism|Jewish fortress, falls to the Roman Empire|Romans after several months of siege, ending the First Jewish–Roman War|Great Jewish Revolt.

1346- Dušan the Mighty -is proclaimed Emperor, with the Serbian Empire occupying much of the Balkans.

1520-The Revolt of the Comuneros -begins in Spain against the rule of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor|Charles V.

1521- Protestant Reformation -Martin Luther's first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor|Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the other estates of the empire.

1582- Spain|Spanish -conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina.

1746-The Battle of Culloden -is fought between the French-supported Jacobitism|Jacobites and the British House of Hanover|Hanoverian forces commanded by Prince William, Duke of Cumberland|William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, in Scotland. After the battle many highland traditions were banned and the Highlands of Scotland were cleared of inhabitants.

1780-The University of Münster -in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is founded.

1799- Napoleonic Wars -The Battle of Mount Tabor

1818-The United States Senate -ratifies the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada.

1847-The accidental shooting of a Māori people|Māori -by an England|English sailor results in the opening of the Wanganui Campaign of the New Zealand land wars.

1853-The first passenger rail opens in India -from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane.

1858-The Wernerian Natural History Society -a former Scotland|Scottish learned society, is wound up.

1862- American Civil War -Battle at Lee's Mills in Virginia.

1862-American Civil War: The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act -a bill ending slavery in the United States|slavery in the District of Columbia, becomes law.

1881-In Dodge City, Kansas -Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle.

1908- Natural Bridges National Monument -is established in Utah.

1910-The oldest existing indoor ice hockey -arena still used for the sport in the 21st century, Matthews Arena|Boston Arena, opens for the first time.

1912- Harriet Quimby -becomes the first woman to fly an Aircraft|airplane across the English Channel.

1917- Vladimir Lenin -returns to Saint Petersburg|Petrograd, Russian Provisional Government|Russia from exile in Switzerland.

1919- Mahatma Gandhi|Mohandas Gandhi -organizes a day of "prayer and fasting" in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre by the United Kingdom|British colonial troops three days earlier.

1919- Polish–Soviet War -The Polish Land Forces|Polish army launches the Vilna offensive to capture Vilnius in modern Lithuania.

1922-The Treaty of Rapallo, 1922|Treaty of Rapallo -pursuant to which Weimar Republic|Germany and the Soviet Union re-establish diplomatic relations, is signed.

1925-During the Communist -St Nedelya Church assault in Sofia, Kingdom of Bulgaria|Bulgaria, 150 are killed and 500 are wounded.

1941- World War II -The Italian convoy ''Duisburg'', directed to Tunisia, is attacked and destroyed by United Kingdom|British ships.

1941-World War II: The Ustaše -a Croatian far-right organization is put in charge of the Independent State of Croatia by the Axis Powers after the Axis Invasion of Yugoslavia|Operation 25 invasion.

1941- Bob Feller -of the Cleveland Indians throws the only Opening Day no-hitter in the history of Major League Baseball, beating the Chicago White Sox 1–0.

1944-World War II: Allied forces start bombing Belgrade -killing about 1,100 people. This bombing fell on the Orthodox Christian Easter.

1945-World War II: The Red Army -begins the Battle of Berlin|final assault on Nazi Germany|German forces around Berlin, with nearly one million troops fighting in the Battle of the Seelow Heights.

1945-The United States Army -liberates Nazi ''Sonderlager'' (high security) prisoner-of-war camp Oflag IV-C (better known as Colditz Castle|Colditz).

1945-More than 7,000 die when the German refugee ship '' Goya (ship)|Goya -' is sunk by a Soviet submarine.

1947- Texas City Disaster -An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600.

1947- Bernard Baruch -coins the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.

1953- Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom|Queen Elizabeth II -launches the Royal Yacht {{Ship|HMY|Britannia}}.

1962- Walter Cronkite -takes over as the lead news anchor of the ''CBS Evening News'', during which time he would become "the most trusted man in America".

1963- Martin Luther King, Jr.|Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation.

1972- Apollo program -The launch of Apollo 16 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

1990-The "Doctor of Death", Jack Kevorkian -participates in his first assisted suicide.

1992-The '' Katina P -' runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.

2001- India -and Bangladesh begin a 2001 Indian–Bangladeshi border conflict|five-day border conflict, but are unable to resolve the disputes about India–Bangladesh border|their border.

2003-The Treaty of Accession 2003|Treaty of Accession -is signed in Athens admitting ten new member states to the European Union.

2007- Virginia Tech massacre -Seung-Hui Cho guns down 32 people and injures 17 before committing suicide.

2012-The Trial of Anders Behring Breivik|trial -for Anders Behring Breivik, the perpetrator of the 2011 Norway attacks, begins in Oslo, Norway.

2012-The 2012 Pulitzer Prize|Pulitzer Prize -winners were announced, it was the first time 1977 Pulitzer Prize|since 1977 that no book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction|Fiction Prize.

2013-A 7.8- Moment magnitude scale|magnitude -2013 Sistan and Baluchestan earthquake|earthquake strikes Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran, killing at least 35 people and injuring 117 others.

2014-A ferry carrying more than 450 people Sinking of the MV Sewol|capsizes -near Jindo (island)|Jindo Island off South Korea, leaving at least 284 dead and 20 more missing.

Famous Birthdays


1319- John II of France -(d. 1364)

1488- Jungjong of Joseon -(d. 1544)

1495- Petrus Apianus -German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1557)

1516- Tabinshwehti -Burmese king (d. 1550)

1646- Jules Hardouin Mansart -French architect, designed the Château de Dampierre and Grand Trianon (d. 1708)

1660- Hans Sloane -Irish-English physician (d. 1753)

1661- Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax -English poet and politician, First Lord of the Treasury (d. 1715)

1682- John Hadley -English mathematician, invented the octant (instrument)|octant (d. 1744)

1693- Anne Sophie Reventlow -Danish wife of Frederick IV of Denmark (d. 1743)

1697- Johann Gottlieb Görner -German organist and composer (d. 1778)

1728- Joseph Black -French-Scottish physician and chemist (d. 1799)

1730- Henry Clinton (American War of Independence)|Henry Clinton -English general and politician (d. 1795)

1755- Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun -French painter (d. 1842)

1786- John Franklin -English admiral and politician, 4th Governor of Tasmania|Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land (d. 1847)

1800- George Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan -English field marshal (d. 1888)

1808- Caleb Blood Smith -American journalist, lawyer, and politician, 6th U.S. Secretary of the Interior (d. 1864)

1821- Ford Madox Brown -French-English painter (d. 1893)

1823- Gotthold Eisenstein -German mathematician (d. 1852)

1827- Octave Crémazie -Canadian poet (d. 1879)

1839- Antonio Starabba, Marchese di Rudinì -Italian politician, 12th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1908)

1834- Charles Lennox Richardson -English-Chinese merchant (d. 1862)

1844- Anatole France -French journalist, author, and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1924)

1847- Hans Auer -Swiss-Austrian architect, designed the Federal Palace of Switzerland (d. 1906)

1848- Kandukuri Veeresalingam -Indian author and activist (d. 1919)

1851- Ponnambalam Ramanathan -Sri Lankan lawyer and politician, 3rd Solicitor General of Sri Lanka (d. 1930)

1865- Harry Chauvel -Australian general (d. 1945)

1866- José de Diego -Puerto Rican journalist, lawyer, and politician (d. 1918)

1867- Wilbur Wright -American pilot, engineer, and businessman, co-founded the Wright Company (d. 1912)

1871- John Millington Synge -Irish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1909)

1878- R. E. Foster -English cricketer and footballer (d. 1914)

1882- Seth Bingham -American organist and composer (d. 1972)

1885- Leo Weiner -Hungarian composer and educator (d. 1960)

1886- Ernst Thälmann -German politician (d. 1944)

1886- Margaret Woodrow Wilson -American daughter of Woodrow Wilson (d. 1944)

1888- Billy Minter -English footballer and manager (d. 1940)

1889- Charlie Chaplin -English actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and composer (d. 1977)

1890- Michalis Dorizas -Greek javelin thrower (d. 1957)

1890- Gertrude Chandler Warner -American author (d. 1979)

1891- Dorothy P. Lathrop -American author and illustrator (d. 1980)

1892- Howard Mumford Jones -American author, critic, and academic (d. 1980)

1893- Germaine Guèvremont -Canadian journalist and author (d. 1968)

1894- Ernst Ziegler -German actor (d. 1974)

1895- Ove Arup -English-Danish engineer and businessman, founded Arup Group Limited|Arup (d. 1988)

1896- Robert Henry Best -American journalist (d. 1952)

1896- Pat Clayton -English soldier and surveyor (d. 1962)

1896- Tristan Tzara -Romanian-French poet and critic (d. 1963)

1899- Osman Achmatowicz -Polish chemist and educator (d. 1988)

1904- Fifi D'Orsay -Canadian-American actress (d. 1983)

1905- Frits Philips -Dutch businessman (d. 2005)

1907- Joseph-Armand Bombardier -Canadian inventor and businessman (d. 1964)

1907- August Eigruber -Austrian-German politician (d. 1947)

1908- Ellis Marsalis, Sr. -American businessman and activist (d. 2004)

1908- Ray Ventura -French pianist and bandleader (d. 1979)

1910- Berton Roueché -American journalist and author (d. 1994)

1911- Guy Burgess -English-Russian spy (d. 1963)

1912- David Langton -Scottish-English actor (d. 1994)

1912- Catherine Scorsese -American actress (d. 1997)

1912- Garth Williams -American illustrator (d. 1996)

1913- Les Tremayne -English-American actor (d. 2003)

1915- Joan Alexander -American actress (d. 2009)

1915- Gerard McLarnon -Irish actor and playwright (d. 1997)

1916- Ted Mann -American businessman (d. 2001)

1917- Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba, 18th Duchess of Medinaceli -(d. 2013)

1917- Barry Nelson -American actor (d. 2007)

1918- Dick Gibson -English race car driver (d. 2010)

1918- Hsuan Hua -Chinese monk (d. 1995)

1918- Juozas Kazickas -Lithuanian-American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2014)

1918- Spike Milligan -Indian-Irish actor, singer, screenwriter, and author (d. 2002)

1919- Merce Cunningham -American dancer and choreographer (d. 2009)

1919- Nilla Pizzi -Italian singer (d. 2011)

1919- Pedro Ramírez Vázquez -Mexican architect, designed the Tijuana Cultural Center and Museo Nacional de Antropología (d. 2013)

1919- Thomas Willmore -English geometer and academic (d. 2005)

1920- Ananda Dassanayake -Sri Lankan politician (d. 2012)

1920- Alan Pegler -English businessman (d. 2012)

1921- Wolfgang Leonhard -German historian and author (d. 2014)

1921- Peter Ustinov -English actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1922- Kingsley Amis -English author, poet, and critic (d. 1995)

1922- John Christopher -English author (d. 2012)

1922- Lawrence N. Guarino -American colonel (d. 2014)

1922- Pat Peppler -American football player and coach

1922- Leo Tindemans -Belgian politician, 43rd Prime Minister of Belgium

1923- Warren Barker -American composer (d. 2006)

1924- John Harvey-Jones -English academic and businessman (d. 2008)

1924- Henry Mancini -American composer and conductor (d. 1994)

1924- Rudy Pompilli -American saxophonist (Bill Haley & His Comets) (d. 1976)

1924- Madanjeet Singh -Indian diplomat, author, and philanthropist (d. 2013)

1926- Pierre Fabre (businessman)|Pierre Fabre -French pharmacist, founded Laboratoires Pierre Fabre (d. 2013)

1927- Edie Adams -American actress and singer (d. 2008)

1927- John Chamberlain -American sculptor (d. 2011)

1927- Dick Lane (American football)|Dick Lane -American football player (d. 2002)

1927- Peter Mark Richman -American actor

1927- Rolf Schult -German actor (d. 2013)

1929- Roy Hamilton -American singer (d. 1969)

1929- Ralph Slatyer -Australian biologist and ecologist (d. 2012)

1929- Ed Townsend -American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2003)

1930- Doug Beasy -Australian footballer and educator (d. 2013)

1930- Fyodor Bogdanovsky -Russian weightlifter (d. 2014)

1930- Herbie Mann -American flute player (d. 2003)

1931- Herman van Ham -Dutch chef (d. 2012)

1932- Maury Meyers -American politician (d. 2014)

1933- Marcos Alonso Imaz -Spanish footballer (d. 2012)

1933- Joan Bakewell -English journalist

1933- Erol Günaydın -Turkish actor (d. 2012)

1933- Ike Pappas -American journalist (d. 2008)

1934- Vicar (comics)|Vicar -Chilean cartoonist (d. 2012)

1934- Richard Kershaw -English journalist (b. 2014)

1934- Geoffrey Owen -English journalist, academic, and businessman

1934- Robert Stigwood -Australian film producer

1935- Marcel Carrière -Canadian director and screenwriter

1935- Sarah Kirsch (poet)|Sarah Kirsch -German poet (d. 2013)

1935- Lennart Risberg -Swedish boxer (d. 2013)

1935- Dominique Venner -French journalist and historian (d. 2013)

1935- Bobby Vinton -American singer and actor

1936- Šaban Bajramović -Serbian singer-songwriter (d. 2008)

1936- Tom Lodge -English radio host (d. 2012)

1937- Vince Hill -English singer-songwriter, producer, and playwright

1937- George Steele -American wrestler and actor

1938- Gordon Wilson (Scottish politician)|Gordon Wilson -Scottish lawyer and politician

1938- Rich Rollins -American baseball player

1939- John Amabile (American football)|John Amabile -American football player and coach (d. 2012)

1939- John Delafose -American accordion player (d. 1994)

1939- Boris Dvornik -Croatian actor (d. 2008)

1939- Dusty Springfield -English singer and producer (The Lana Sisters and The Springfields) (d. 1999)

1940- Benoît Bouchard -Canadian politician

1940- Margaret Maden -English academic

1940- Thomas Stonor, 7th Baron Camoys -English banker and politician

1941- Allan Segal -American director and producer (d. 2012)

1942- Jim Lonborg -American baseball player

1942- Frank Williams (Formula One)|Frank Williams -English businessman, founded the Williams F1|Williams F1 Racing Team

1943- Ruth Madoc -English-Welsh actress and singer

1943- Dave Peverett -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Foghat and Savoy Brown) (d. 2000)

1943- Morris Stevenson -Scottish footballer (d. 2014)

1943- Petro Tyschtschenko -German businessman

1944- Sue Clifford -English environmentalist and academic, co-founded Common Ground (United Kingdom)|Common Ground

1945- Tom Allen -American lawyer and politician

1945- Sebastian Barker -English poet (d. 2014)

1946- Margot Adler -American journalist and author (d. 2014)

1946- Ernst Bakker -Dutch politician (d. 2014)

1946- R. Carlos Nakai -American flute player

1947- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar -American basketball player and coach

1947- Gerry Rafferty -Scottish singer-songwriter (The Humblebums and Stealers Wheel) (d. 2011)

1948- Reg Alcock -Canadian politician (d. 2011)

1948- Ammar El Sherei -Egyptian accordion player, composer, and academic (d. 2012)

1948- Lynne Franks -English businesswoman

1948- Kazuyuki Sogabe -Japanese voice actor (d. 2006)

1949- Melody Patterson -American actress

1949- Ann Romney -American wife of Mitt Romney

1949- Pirkko Saisio -Finnish actress and director

1950- Robert Dutil -Canadian politician

1950- David Graf -American actor (d. 2001)

1951- Ioan Mihai Cochinescu -Romanian author and photographer

1951- Mordechai Ben David -American singer-songwriter

1951- Björgvin Halldórsson -Icelandic singer

1951- M. S. Narayana -Indian actor and director

1951- David Nutt -English psychiatrist and academic

1952- Bill Belichick -American football player and coach

1952- Michel Blanc -French actor and director

1952- Esther Roth-Shahamorov -Israeli sprinter and hurdler

1952- Billy West -American voice actor and singer

1952- Nick Young (executive)|Nick Young -English lawyer and activist

1953- Douglas M. Fraser -American general

1953- Peter Garrett -Australian singer-songwriter and politician (Midnight Oil)

1953- Jay O. Sanders -American actor

1953- J. Neil Schulman -American author, actor, director, and producer

1954- Ellen Barkin -American actress

1954- John Bowe (racing driver)|John Bowe -Australian race car driver

1954- Mike Zuke -Canadian ice hockey player

1955- Bruce Bochy -American baseball player and manager

1956- David M. Brown -American captain, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2003)

1956- T Lavitz -American keyboard player, composer, and producer (Dixie Dregs, Jazz Is Dead, and Widespread Panic) (d. 2010)

1956- Lise-Marie Morerod -Swiss skier

1957- Patricia De Martelaere -Flemish author (d. 2009)

1958- Tim Flach -English photographer, artist and director

1959- Robert Casilla -American illustrator

1959- Scott McKinsey -American director and producer

1959- Alison Ramsay -Scottish field hockey player

1960- Wahab Akbar -Filipino politician (d. 2007)

1960- Rafael Benítez -Spanish footballer and manager

1960- Pierre Littbarski -German footballer and manager

1961- Doris Dragović -Croatian singer-songwriter

1962- Anna Dello Russo -Italian journalist

1962- Ian MacKaye -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Fugazi (band)|Fugazi, Minor Threat, The Teen Idles, The Evens, and Embrace (American band)|Embrace)

1963- Nick Berry -English actor and singer

1963- Saleem Malik -Pakistani cricketer

1963- Jimmy Osmond -American singer and actor (The Osmonds)

1964- David Kohan -American screenwriter and producer

1964- Dave Pirner -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Soul Asylum)

1964- Esbjörn Svensson -Swedish pianist (Esbjörn Svensson Trio) (d. 2008)

1965- Yves-François Blanchet -Canadian politician

1965- Jon Cryer -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1965- Martin Lawrence -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1965- Michael Wong (actor)|Michael Wong -American-Hong Kong actor and director

1968- Vickie Guerrero -American wrestler and manager

1968- Rüdiger Stenzel -German runner

1969- Stacy Francis -American singer and actress (Ex Girlfriend (band)|Ex Girlfriend)

1969- Patrik Järbyn -Swedish skier

1969- Fernando Viña -American baseball player and sportscaster

1970- Dero Goi -German singer-songwriter and drummer (Oomph!)

1970- Walt Williams -American basketball player

1971- Selena -American singer-songwriter (Selena y Los Dinos) (d. 1995)

1971- Max Beesley -English actor and singer

1971- Peter Billingsley -American actor, director, and producer

1971- Moses Chan -Hong Kong actor

1971- Belinda Stewart-Wilson -English actress

1971- Seigo Yamamoto -Japanese race car driver

1971- Natasha Zvereva -Russian tennis player

1972- Conchita Martínez -Spanish-American tennis player

1972- Tracy K. Smith -American poet and educator

1972- John McGuinness (motorcycle racer)|John McGuinness -English motorcycle racer

1973- Akon -American singer-songwriter and producer

1973- Gary Delaney -English comedian

1973- Hirofumi Nojima -Japanese voice actor

1973- Bonnie Pink -Japanese singer-songwriter

1973- Oksana Yermakova -Estonian-Russian fencer

1974- Mat Devine -American singer-songwriter and actor (Kill Hannah)

1974- Xu Jinglei -Chinese actress and director

1974- Valarie Rae Miller -American actress

1974- Fabián Robles -Mexican actor

1974- Thomas Tevana -American actor

1975- Keon Clark -American basketball player

1975- Sean Maher -American actor

1975- Nick Pickard -English actor

1975- Karl Yune -American actor

1976- Phil Baroni -American mixed martial artist

1976- Robert Dahlqvist -Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Hellacopters, Dundertåget, and Thunder Express)

1976- Lukas Haas -American actor

1976- Dan Kellner -American fencer

1976- David Lyons (actor)|David Lyons -Australian actor

1976- Kelli O'Hara -American actress and singer

1976- Shu Qi -Taiwanese actress

1977- Tameka Empson -English actress

1977- Florentijn Hofman -Dutch sculptor

1977- Fredrik Ljungberg -Swedish footballer

1977- Hayes MacArthur -American actor

1977- Alek Wek -Sudanese-English model

1978- Lara Dutta -Indian model and actress, Miss Universe|Miss Universe 2000

1978- Jody Marie Gnant -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1978- Nikki Griffin -American actress

1978- Matthew Lloyd -Australian footballer

1978- John Buffalo Mailer -American actor, playwright, and producer

1978- Kristin Proctor -American-Norwegian actress

1978- Igor Tudor -Croatian footballer and manager

1978- Ivan Urgant -Russian television host

1978- Christos Vasilopoulos -Greek actor

1979- Christijan Albers -Dutch race car driver

1979- Lars Börgeling -German pole vaulter

1979- Daniel Browne -New Zealand rugby player

1979- Sean Costello -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)

1979- Sixto Peralta -Argentinian-English footballer

1980- Jake Andrews -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1980- Jens Hartwig -German actor

1980- Paul London -American wrestler

1980- Juliette Marquis -Ukrainian actress, model, and ballerina

1980- Adriana Sage -Mexican-American porn actress and model

1981- Anestis Agritis -Greek footballer

1981- Maya Dunietz -Israeli singer-songwriter and pianist

1981- Russell Harvard -American actor

1981- Matthieu Proulx -Canadian football player

1981- Jake Scott (guard)|Jake Scott -American football player

1981- Vico Thai -Australian actor

1982- Gina Carano -American mixed martial artist, actress, and model

1982- Boris Diaw -French basketball player

1982- Michael Ratajczak -German footballer

1982- Jonathan Vilma -American football player

1983- Marié Digby -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

1983- Manuela Martelli -Chilean actress

1983- Cat Osterman -American softball player

1983- George Patis -Greek badminton player

1984- Amelia Atwater-Rhodes -American author

1984- Natalie Blair -Australian actress

1984- Teddy Blass -American composer and producer

1984- Dane Brookes -English actor

1984- Noah Fleiss -American actor

1984- Claire Foy -English actress

1984- Tucker Fredricks -American speed skater

1984- Paweł Kieszek -Polish footballer

1985- Mark Baker (author)|Mark Baker -Welsh author

1985- Luol Deng -Sudanese-English basketball player

1985- Nate Diaz -American mixed martial artist

1985- Rhiana Griffith -Australian model and actress

1985- Brendon Leonard -New Zealand rugby player

1985- Benjamín Rojas -Argentinian singer-songwriter and actor (Erreway)

1985- Taye Taiwo -Nigerian footballer

1985- JC Tiuseco -Filipino model, actor, and basketball player

1986- Paul di Resta -Scottish race car driver

1986- Laura Langman -New Zealand netball player

1986- Shinji Okazaki -Japanese footballer

1986- Andres Olvik -Estonian swimmer

1986- Peter Regin -Danish ice hockey player

1986- Epke Zonderland -Dutch gymnast

1987- Neil Haskell -American dancer

1987- Aaron Lennon -English footballer

1987- Kyley Statham -Canadian actress

1987- Aleksander Vinter -Norwegian DJ and producer

1988- Jullie -Brazilian singer-songwriter and actress

1988- Alisa Durbrow -Japanese model, actress, and singer

1990- Jérémy Kapone -French actor and singer

1990- Lily Loveless -English actress

1990- Vangelis Mantzaris -Greek basketball player

1990- Lorraine Nicholson -American actress

1990- Nia Ramadhani -Indonesian actress

1990- Jules Sitruk -French actor

1991- Kim Kyung-Jung -South Korean footballer

1991- Nolan Arenado -American baseball player

1993- Mirai Nagasu -American figure skater

1993- Chance The Rapper -American rapper

1994- Liliana Mumy -American actress

2003- Alina Foley -American actress

History of Deaths


69- Otho -Roman emperor (b. 32)

665- Fructuosus of Braga -French archbishop and saint

1113- Sviatopolk II of Kiev -(b. 1050)

1118- Adelaide del Vasto -Italian wife of Roger II of Sicily (b. 1075)

1198- Frederick I, Duke of Austria (Babenberg)|Frederick I, Duke of Austria -(b. 1175)

1640- Countess Charlotte Flandrina of Nassau -(b. 1579)

1645- Tobias Hume -Scottish soldier, viol player, and composer (b. 1569)

1687- George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham -English poet and politician (b. 1628)

1689- Aphra Behn -English author and playwright (b. 1640)

1742- Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino -Italian poet (b. 1672)

1756- Jacques Cassini -French astronomer (b. 1677)

1783- Christian Mayer (astronomer)|Christian Mayer -Czech astronomer and educator (b. 1719)

1788- Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon -French mathematician, cosmologist, and author (b. 1707)

1828- Francisco Goya -Spanish painter (b. 1746)

1846- Domenico Dragonetti -Italian bassist and composer (b. 1763)

1850- Marie Tussaud -French-English sculptor, founded the Madame Tussauds|Madame Tussauds Wax Museum (b. 1761)

1859- Alexis de Tocqueville -French historian and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs (France)|French Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1805)

1879- Bernadette Soubirous -French nun and saint (b. 1844)

1888- Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski -Polish physicist and chemist (b. 1845)

1899- Emilio Jacinto -Filipino journalist and activist (b. 1875)

1904- Maximilian Kronberger -German poet (b. 1888)

1904- Samuel Smiles -Scottish author (b. 1812)

1914- George William Hill -American astronomer and mathematician (b. 1838)

1915- Nelson W. Aldrich -American politician (b. 1841)

1925- Stefan Nerezov -Bulgarian general (b. 1867)

1928- Henry Birks -Canadian businessman, founded Henry Birks and Sons (b. 1840)

1928- Roman Steinberg -Estonian wrestler (b. 1900)

1930- José Carlos Mariátegui -Peruvian journalist, philosopher, and activist (b. 1894)

1938- Steve Bloomer -English footballer and manager (b. 1874)

1941- Josiah Stamp, 1st Baron Stamp -English economist and civil servant (b. 1880)

1942- Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha -(b. 1878)

1942- Denis St. George Daly -Irish polo player (b. 1862)

1946- Arthur Chevrolet -Swiss-American race car driver (b. 1884)

1947- Rudolf Höss -German SS officer (b. 1900)

1950- Eduard Oja -Estonian composer, conductor, and critic (b. 1905)

1950- Anders Peter Nielsen -Danish target shooter (b. 1867)

1955- David Kirkwood -Scottish politician (b. 1872)

1957- Johnny Torrio -Italian-American mobster (b. 1882)

1958- Rosalind Franklin -English biophysicist and academic (b. 1920)

1959- Charles Halton -American actor (b. 1876)

1961- Carl Hovland -American psychologist (b. 1912)

1966- Eric Lambert -Australian author (b. 1918)

1968- Fay Bainter -American actress (b. 1893)

1968- Edna Ferber -American author and playwright (b. 1885)

1969- Hem Vejakorn -Thai illustrator (b. 1904)

1970- Richard Neutra -Austrian-American architect, designed the Los Angeles County Hall of Records (b. 1892)

1970- Péter Veres (politician)|Péter Veres -Hungarian politician, Ministry of Defence (Hungary)|Minister of Defence for Hungary (b. 1897)

1972- Yasunari Kawabata -Japanese author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)

1973- István Kertész (conductor)|István Kertész -Hungarian conductor (b. 1929)

1973- Nino Bravo -Spanish singer (b. 1944)

1978- Lucius D. Clay -American general (b. 1897)

1980- Morris Stoloff -American composer (b. 1898)

1985- Scott Brady -American actor (b. 1924)

1988- Khalil al-Wazir -Palestinian commander, founded Fatah (b. 1935)

1988- Youri Egorov -Russian pianist (b. 1954)

1989- Kaoru Ishikawa -Japanese author and educator (b. 1915)

1989- Miles Lawrence -English cricketer (b. 1940)

1991- David Lean -English director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1908)

1992- Neville Brand -American actor (b. 1920)

1992- Alexandru Nicolschi -Romanian spy and activist (b. 1915)

1992- Andy Russell (singer)|Andy Russell -American singer (b. 1919)

1994- Ralph Ellison -American author and critic (b. 1913)

1995- Arthur English -English actor (b. 1919)

1995- Iqbal Masih -Pakistani activist (b. 1982)

1996- Stavros Niarchos -Greek businessman (b. 1909)

1997- Doris Angleton -American murder victim (b. 1951)

1997- Roland Topor -French actor, director, and painter (b. 1938)

1998- Alberto Calderón -Argentinian-American mathematician (b. 1920)

1998- Fred Davis (snooker player)|Fred Davis -English snooker player (b. 1913)

1998- Marie-Louise Meilleur -Canadian super-centenarian (b. 1880)

1999- Skip Spence -Canadian-American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape) (b. 1946)

2000- Putra of Perlis -(b. 1920)

2001- Michael Ritchie (film director)|Michael Ritchie -American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1938)

2001- Alec Stock -English footballer and manager (b. 1917)

2002- Billy Ayre -English footballer and manager (b. 1952)

2002- Ruth Fertel -American businesswoman, founded Ruth's Chris Steak House (b. 1927)

2002- Robert Urich -American actor and producer (b. 1946)

2003- Graham Jarvis -Canadian-American actor (b. 1930)

2003- Graham Stuart Thomas -English horticulturalist and author (b. 1909)

2005- Kim Mu-saeng -South Korean actor (b. 1943)

2005- Marla Ruzicka -American activist, founded Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (b. 1976)

2005- Kay Walsh -English actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1911)

2006- Francisco Adam -Portuguese actor (b. 1983)

2007-People of the Virginia Tech massacre -

- Jamie Bishop -American instructor of the German language (b. 1971)

- Seung-Hui Cho -American student and murderer (b. 1984)

- Jocelyne Couture-Nowak -Canadian-American instructor of the French language (b. 1958)

- Kevin Granata -American engineer and academic (b. 1961)

- Liviu Librescu -Romanian-American academic and holocaust survivor (b. 1930)

- G. V. Loganathan -Indian-American academic (b. 1954)

2007- Frank Bateson -New Zealand astronomer (b. 1909)

2007- Gaétan Duchesne -Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1962)

2007- Maria Lenk -Brazilian swimmer (b. 1915)

2007- Chandrabose Suthaharan -Sri Lankan journalist

2008- Edward Norton Lorenz -American mathematician and meteorologist (b. 1917)

2008- Joseph Solman -American painter (b. 1909)

2010- Rasim Delić -Bosnian general (b. 1949)

2010- Daryl Gates -American police officer, created the Drug Abuse Resistance Education|D.A.R.E. Program (b. 1926)

2011- Allan Blakeney -Canadian politician, 10th Premier of Saskatchewan (b. 1925)

2011- Sol Saks -American screenwriter and producer (b. 1910)

2012- Sári Barabás -Hungarian soprano (b. 1914)

2012- Marian Biskup -Polish author and academic (b. 1922)

2012- Ray Davey -Irish minister, founded the Corrymeela Community (b. 1915)

2012- Alan Hacker -English clarinet player (b. 1938)

2012- George Kunda -Zambian lawyer and politician, 11th Vice-President of Zambia (b. 1956)

2012- Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller -Danish businessman (b. 1913)

2012- Carlo Petrini (footballer)|Carlo Petrini -Italian footballer and coach (b. 1948)

2013- Charles Bruzon -Gibraltarian politician (b. 1938)

2013- Jack Daniels (baseball)|Jack Daniels -American baseball player (b. 1927)

2013- George Horse-Capture -American anthropologist and author (b. 1937)

2013- Ali Kafi -Algerian colonel and politician (b. 1928)

2013- Francis Leo Lawrence -American academic and scholar (b. 1937)

2013- Siegfried Ludwig -Austrian politician, 18th List of governors of Lower Austria|Governor of Lower Austria (b. 1926)

2013- Pentti Lund -Finnish-Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)

2013- Rita MacNeil -Canadian singer and actress (b. 1944)

2013- George Beverly Shea -Canadian-American singer-songwriter (b. 1909)

2013- Edwin Shirley -English businessman (b. 1948)

2013- Pat Summerall -American football player and sportscaster (b. 1930)

2013- Pedro Ramírez Vázquez -Mexican architect, designed the Tijuana Cultural Center and Museo Nacional de Antropología (b. 1919)

2014- Gyude Bryant -Liberian businessman and politician (b. 1949)

2014- Stan Kelly-Bootle -English author and songwriter (b. 1929)

2014- Frank Kopel -Scottish footballer and manager (b. 1949)

2014- Basil Paterson -American lawyer and politician (b. 1926)

2014- Aulis Rytkönen -Finnish footballer and manager (b. 1929)

2014- Ernst Florian Winter -Austrian-American historian and political scientist (b. 1923)