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Day History: April-27

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Events History


33 BC- Lucius Marcius Philippus (consul 38 BC)|Lucius Marcius Philippus -step-brother to the future emperor Augustus, celebrates a Roman triumph|triumph for his victories while serving as governor in one of the provinces of Hispania.

395-Emperor Arcadius -marries Aelia Eudoxia, daughter of the Franks|Frankish general Flavius Bauto. She becomes one of the more powerful Roman empresses of Late Antiquity.

629- Shahrbaraz -is crowned as king of the Sasanian Empire.

1296- First War of Scottish Independence -John Balliol's Scotland|Scottish army is defeated by an Kingdom of England|English army commanded by John de Warenne, 6th Earl of Surrey at the Battle of Dunbar (1296)|Battle of Dunbar.

1509- Pope Julius II -places the Italy|Italian state of Republic of Venice|Venice under interdict.

1521- Battle of Mactan -Explorer Ferdinand Magellan is killed by natives in the Philippines led by chief Lapu-Lapu.

1522-Combined forces of Habsburg Spain|Spain -and the Papal States defeat a Kingdom of France|French and Republic of Venice|Venetian army at the Battle of Bicocca.

1539-Re-founding of the city of Bogotá -New Kingdom of Granada|New Granada (now Colombia), by Nikolaus Federmann and Sebastián de Belalcázar.

1565- Cebu City|Cebu -is established becoming the first Spain|Spanish settlement in the Philippines.

1578- Duel of the Mignons -claims the lives of two favourites of Henry III of France and two favorites of Henry I, Duke of Guise.

1595-The relics of Saint Sava -are incinerated in Belgrade by the Ottomans, where today Church of Saint Sava|the largest Orthodox church building in the world stands

1650-The Battle of Carbisdale -A Cavalier|Royalist army from Orkney invades mainland Scotland but is defeated by a Covenanter army.

1667-The blind and impoverished John Milton -sells the copyright of ''Paradise Lost'' for Pound sterling|£10.

1749-First performance of George Frideric Handel -s ''Music for the Royal Fireworks'' in Green Park|Green Park, London.

1777- American Revolutionary War -The Battle of Ridgefield: A Great Britain|British invasion force engages and defeats Continental Army regulars and militia irregulars at Ridgefield, Connecticut.

1805- First Barbary War -United States Marines and Berber people|Berbers attack the Tripolitan city of Derna, Libya|Derna (The "shores of Tripoli" part of the Marines' hymn).

1810- Ludwig van Beethoven|Beethoven -composes ''Für Elise''.

1813- War of 1812 -United States|American troops capture the Capital (political)|capital of Upper Canada in the Battle of York (present day Toronto, Canada).

1840-Foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster -London, is laid by wife of Sir Charles Barry.

1861- President of the United States|American President -Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of ''habeas corpus''.

1865-The New York State Senate -creates Cornell University as the New York|state's Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act|land grant institution.

1865-The steamboat -{{ss|Sultana||}}, carrying 2,400 passengers, explodes and sinks in the Mississippi River, killing 1,700, most of whom are Union (American Civil War)|Union survivors of the Andersonville Prison|Andersonville and Cahaba Prisons.

1904-The Australian Labor Party -becomes the first such party to gain Central government|national government, under Chris Watson.

1909- Sultan -of Ottoman Empire Abdul Hamid II is overthrown, and is succeeded by his brother, Mehmed V.

1911-Following the resignation and death of William P. Frye -a Presidents pro tempore of the United States Senate, 1911-1913|compromise is reached to rotate the office of President pro tempore of the United States Senate.

1914- Honduras -becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires Convention|Buenos Aires copyright treaty.

1927- Carabineros de Chile -(Chilean national police force and gendarmery) are created.

1936-The United Auto Workers -(UAW) gains autonomy from the American Federation of Labor.

1941- World War II -Germany|German troops Axis occupation of Greece|enter Athens.

1941-World War II: The Communist Party of Slovenia, the Slovene Christian Socialists, the left-wing Slovene Sokols (also known as "National Democrats") and a group of progressive intellectuals establish the Liberation Front of the Slovenian People -

1945-World War II: German troops are finally expelled from Lapland War|Finnish Lapland -

1945-World War II: Benito Mussolini -is arrested by Italian resistance movement|Italian partisans in Dongo (CO)|Dongo, while attempting escape disguised as a German soldier.

1950- Apartheid -In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed formally segregating races.

1953- Operation Moolah -is initiated by U.S. General Mark W. Clark against Communist pilots in the Korean War.

1960- Togo -gains independence from France|French-administered United Nations Trust Territories|UN trusteeship.

1961- Sierra Leone -is granted its independence from the United Kingdom, with Milton Margai as the first Heads of Government of Sierra Leone|Prime Minister.

1967- Expo 67 -officially opens in Montreal, Canada with a large opening ceremony broadcast around the world. It opens to the public the next day.

1974-Ten thousand march in Washington, D.C. -calling for the impeachment of U.S. President Richard Nixon

1977-Twenty-eight people are killed in the Guatemala City air disaster -

1978-Former United States President Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman -is released from an Arizona prison after serving 18 months for Watergate scandal|Watergate-related crimes.

1981- Xerox PARC -introduces the computer mouse.

1986-The City of Prypiat -as well as the surrounding areas are evacuated due to Chernobyl Disaster

1987-The United States Department of Justice|U.S. Department of Justice -bars Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the United States, saying he had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II.

1989-The April 27 Demonstration -a student-led protest responding to the April 26 Editorial, during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

1992-The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia -comprising Serbia and Montenegro, is proclaimed.

1992- Betty Boothroyd -becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the House of Commons (United Kingdom)|Speaker of the United Kingdom|British British House of Commons|House of Commons in its 700-year history.

1992-The Russia|Russian Federation -and 12 other former Soviet Union|Soviet Republics of the Soviet Union|republics become members of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

1993-All members of the Zambia national football team -lose their lives in a plane crash off Libreville, Gabon en route to Dakar, Senegal to play a 1994 FIFA World Cup 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)|qualifying match against Senegal national football team|Senegal.

1994- South African general election, 1994 -The first democratic general election in South Africa, in which black citizens could vote. The South African Constitution of 1993|Interim Constitution comes into force.

1996-The 1996 Lebanon war -ends.

2002-The last successful telemetry from the NASA -space probe Pioneer 10.

2005-The superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 -makes its first flight from Toulouse, France.

2006-Construction begins on the One World Trade Center|Freedom Tower -for the new World Trade Center in New York City.

2007- Estonia -authorities remove the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn|Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Union|Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia.

2011-The April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak -devastates parts of the Southeastern United States, especially the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia (U.S. state)|Georgia, and Tennessee. 205 tornadoes touched down on April 27 alone, killing more than 300 and injuring hundreds more.

2012-At least 2012 Dnipropetrovsk explosions|four explosions -hit the Ukraine|Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk with at least 27 people injured.

2014-Popes Pope John XXIII|John XXIII -and Pope John Paul II|John Paul II are declared saints in the first papal Canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II|canonization since 1954.

2014-A April 27–30, 2014 tornado outbreak|tornado outbreak -over much of the eastern United States kills more than 45 people.

Famous Birthdays


1650- Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel -(d. 1714)

1701- Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia -(d. 1773)

1718- Thomas Lewis (Virginia)|Thomas Lewis -Irish-American surveyor and lawyer (d. 1790)

1737- Edward Gibbon -English historian and politician (d. 1794)

1748- Adamantios Korais -Greek scholar (d. 1833)

1755- Marc-Antoine Parseval -French mathematician (d. 1836)

1759- Mary Wollstonecraft -English author and philosopher (d. 1797)

1791- Samuel Morse -American painter and inventor, co-invented the Morse code (d. 1872)

1806- Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies -(d. 1878)

1812- William W. Snow -American politician (d. 1886)

1812- Friedrich von Flotow -German composer (d. 1883)

1820- Herbert Spencer -English biologist, anthropologist, sociologist, and philosopher (d. 1903)

1822- Ulysses S. Grant -American general and politician, 18th President of the United States (d. 1885)

1840- Edward Whymper -English mountaineer (d. 1911)

1848- Otto of Bavaria -(d. 1916)

1850- Hans Hartwig von Beseler -German general (d. 1921)

1853- Jules Lemaître -French playwright and critic (d. 1914)

1857- Theodor Kittelsen -Norwegian painter (d. 1914)

1862- Rudolph Schildkraut -Turkish-American actor (d. 1930)

1866- Maurice Raoul-Duval -French polo player (d. 1916)

1876- Con Leahy -Irish jumper (d. 1921)

1878- Frank Gotch -American wrestler (d. 1917)

1878- John Rimmer -English runner (d. 1962)

1880- Mihkel Lüdig -Estonian organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1958)

1882- Jessie Redmon Fauset -American author and poet (d. 1961)

1887- Warren Wood -American golfer (d. 1926)

1888- Florence La Badie -Canadian actress (d. 1917)

1893- Draža Mihailović -Serbian general (d. 1946)

1893- Allen Sothoron -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1939)

1894- George Petty -American painter (d. 1975)

1894- Nicolas Slonimsky -Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1995)

1896- Rogers Hornsby -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1963)

1896- William Hudson (engineer)|William Hudson -New Zealand-Australian engineer (d. 1978)

1898- Ludwig Bemelmans -Italian-American author and illustrator (d. 1962)

1899- Walter Lantz -American animator, producer, screenwriter, and actor (d. 1994)

1900- August Koern -Estonian politician and diplomat, Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs in exile (d. 1989)

1902- Tiemoko Garan Kouyaté -Malian educator and activist (d. 1942)

1903- Horace Stoneham -American businessman (d. 1990)

1904- Cecil Day-Lewis -Irish-English poet and author (d. 1972)

1904- Nikos Zachariadis -Greek politician (d. 1973)

1905- John Kuck -American hammer thrower and shot putter (d. 1986)

1906- Yórgos Theotokás -Greek author (d. 1966)

1910- Chiang Ching-kuo -Chinese politician, 3rd President of the Republic of China (d. 1988)

1911- Bruno Beger -German anthropologist (d. 2009)

1911- Chris Berger -Dutch sprinter (d. 1965)

1912- Jacques de Bourbon-Busset -French author and politician (d. 2001)

1912- Zohra Sehgal -Indian actress, dancer, and choreographer (d. 2014)

1913- Philip Abelson -American physicist (d. 2004)

1913- Irving Adler -American mathematician and author (d. 2012)

1913- Luz Long -German long jumper (d. 1943)

1916- Robert Hugh McWilliams, Jr. -American judge (d. 2013)

1916- Enos Slaughter -American baseball player (d. 2002)

1917- Roman Matsov -Estonian conductor (d. 2001)

1918- Sten Rudholm -Swedish lawyer and jurist (d. 2008)

1920- Guido Cantelli -Italian conductor (d. 1956)

1920- Mark Krasnosel'skii -Ukrainian-Russian mathematician (d. 1997)

1920- James Robert Mann (South Carolina)|James Robert Mann -American colonel, lawyer, and politician (d. 2010)

1920- Edwin Morgan (poet)|Edwin Morgan -Scottish poet (d. 2010)

1921- Robert Dhéry -French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1921- John Stott -English clergyman and theologian (d. 2011)

1922- Martin Gray (Holocaust survivor)|Martin Gray -Polish-French holocaust survivor and author

1922- Jack Klugman -American actor (d. 2012)

1924- Vernon B. Romney -American lawyer and politician, 14th Attorney General of Utah (d. 2013)

1925- Derek Chinnery -English broadcaster

1926- Tim LaHaye -American minister and author

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

1926- Alan Reynolds (artist)|Alan Reynolds -English painter

1927- Tato Bores -Argentinian actor (d. 1996)

1927- Charlie Fonville -American shot putter (d. 1994)

1927- Connie Kay -American drummer (Modern Jazz Quartet) (d. 1994)

1927- Coretta Scott King -American activist and author (d. 2006)

1927- Joe Moakley -American politician (d. 2001)

1927- Sheila Scott -English pilot (d. 1988)

1929- Nina Ponomaryova -Russian discus thrower

1931- Igor Oistrakh -Ukrainian violinist

1932- Anouk Aimée -French actress

1932- Pik Botha -South African politician

1932- Maxine Brown (country singer)|Maxine Brown -American singer (The Browns)

1932- Casey Kasem -American radio host, producer, and actor, co-created ''American Top 40'' (d. 2014)

1932- Gian-Carlo Rota -Italian-American mathematician and philosopher (d. 1999)

1933- Peter Imbert, Baron Imbert -English police officer and politician, Lord Lieutenant for Greater London

1934- Brennan Manning -American priest and author (d. 2013)

1934- Jean Valentine -American poet

1935- Theodoros Angelopoulos -Greek director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1935- Ron Morris (athlete)|Ron Morris -American pole vaulter

1936- Geoffrey Shovelton -English singer and illustrator

1937- Sandy Dennis -American actress (d. 1992)

1937- Robin Eames -Irish archbishop

1937- Richard Perham -English biologist and academic

1938- Earl Anthony -American bowler (d. 2001)

1938- Alain Caron (ice hockey)|Alain Caron -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)

1939- Judy Carne -English actress

1939- Stanisław Dziwisz -Polish cardinal

1939- Jerry Mercer -Canadian drummer (Mashmakhan and April Wine)

1941- Jennings Michael Burch -American author (d. 2013)

1941- Pat Choate -American economist

1941- Lee Roy Jordan -American football player

1942- Ruth Glick -American author

1942- Jim Keltner -American drummer (Traveling Wilburys, Plastic Ono Band, and Delaney & Bonnie and Friends)

1943- Helmut Marko -Austrian race car driver

1944- Stoker Cavendish, 12th Duke of Devonshire -English academic and politician

1944- Michael Fish -English meteorologist

1944- Cuba Gooding, Sr. -American singer and actor (The Main Ingredient (band)|The Main Ingredient)

1944- Herb Pedersen -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Desert Rose Band)

1945- Martin Chivers -English footballer

1945- Jack Deverell -English general

1945- Helen Hodgman -Australian author

1945- August Wilson -American author and playwright (d. 2005)

1946- Franz Roth -German footballer

1946- Nicholas Serota -English curator

1947- G. K. Butterfield -American soldier, lawyer, and politician

1947- Pete Ham -Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (Badfinger) (d. 1975)

1947- Keith Magnuson -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2003)

1947- Ann Peebles -American singer-songwriter

1948- Frank Abagnale -American businessman

1948- Amrit Kumar Bohara -Nepalese politician

1948- Josef Hickersberger -Austrian footballer, coach, and manager

1948- Kate Pierson -American singer-songwriter and bass player (The B-52's and NiNa)

1948- Si Robertson -American soldier and hunter

1949- Grant Chapman -Australian politician

1950- Paul Lockyer -Australian journalist (d. 2011)

1951- Ace Frehley -American guitarist and songwriter (Kiss (band)|Kiss, Wicked Lester, and Frehley's Comet)

1952- Larry Elder -American talk show host

1952- George Gervin -American basketball player

1952- Ari Vatanen -Finnish race car driver and politician

1953- Arielle Dombasle -French-American singer, actress, and director

1954- Frank Bainimarama -Fijian politician, 8th Prime Minister of Fiji

1954- Herman Edwards -American football player, coach, and sportscaster

1955- Gudrun Berend -German hurdler (d. 2011)

1955- Eric Schmidt -American engineer and businessman

1956- Bryan Harvey (musician)|Bryan Harvey -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (House of Freaks) (d. 2006)

1956- Bridget Kendall -English journalist

1956- Kevin McNally -English actor

1956- Douglas P. -English-Australian singer, producer, and actor (Death in June and Crisis (British band)|Crisis)

1956- Jeff Probyn -English rugby player

1957- Willie Upshaw -American baseball player

1959- Sheena Easton -Scottish singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1959- Louis Lortie -Canadian-German pianist

1959- Neil Pearson -English actor

1960- Mike Krushelnyski -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1961- Andrew Schlafly -American lawyer and activist, founded Conservapedia

1962- Ángel Comizzo -Argentinian footballer and manager

1962- James LeGros -American actor

1962- Choi Min-sik -South Korean actor

1962- Seppo Räty -Finnish javelin thrower

1962- Im Sang-soo -South Korean director and screenwriter

1962- Andrew Selous -English soldier and politician

1963- Russell T Davies -Welsh screenwriter and producer

1963- Cali Timmins -Canadian actress

1964- Michael Mahonen -Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter

1964- Lisa Wilcox -American actress

1965- Anna Chancellor -English actress

1966- Vyacheslav Oliynyk -Ukrainian wrestler

1966- Matt Reeves -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1966- Yoshihiro Togashi -Japanese illustrator

1967- Aki Avni -Israeli actor

1967- Tommy Smith (saxophonist)|Tommy Smith -Scottish saxophonist, composer, and educator

1967- Erik Thomson -Scottish-New Zealand actor

1967- Jason Whitlock -American journalist

1968- Dana Milbank -American journalist

1969- Cory Booker -American lawyer and politician

1969- Darcey Bussell -English ballerina

1969- Grahame Cheney -Australian boxer

1969- Tess Daly -English model and television host

1969- Vladimir Kozlov -Ukrainian-American wrestler and actor

1969- Mica Paris -English singer and actress

1970- Kylie Travis -English-Australian actress

1971- Olari Elts -Estonian conductor

1971- Shaan Shahid -Pakistani actor

1972- Nigel Barker (photographer)|Nigel Barker -English photographer and author

1972- Almedin Civa -Bosnian footballer and coach

1972- Mehmet Kurtuluş -Turkish-German actor

1972- David Lascher -American actor

1972- Maura West -American actress

1973- Duško Adamović -Serbian footballer

1973- Sharlee D'Angelo -Swedish bass player (Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars, King Diamond (band)|King Diamond, Witchery, Sinergy, and Mercyful Fate)

1973- Andre Gower -American actor

1973- Sébastien Lareau -Canadian tennis player

1974- Frank Catalanotto -American baseball player

1974- Johnny Devine -Canadian wrestler

1974- Richard Johnson (footballer)|Richard Johnson -Australian footballer

1975- Rabih Abdullah -American football player

1975- Chris Carpenter -American baseball player

1975- Pedro Feliz -Dominican baseball player

1976- Isobel Campbell -Scottish singer-songwriter and cellist (Belle & Sebastian)

1976- Sally Hawkins -English actress

1976- Walter Pandiani -Uruguayan footballer

1976- Faisal Saif -Indian director, screenwriter, and critic

1976- Olaf Tufte -Norwegian rower

1977- Khalid Zoubaa -French runner

1979- Will Boyd -American bass player (Evanescence, American Princes, and The Visitors (rock band)|The Visitors)

1979- Natasha Chokljat -Australian netball player

1980- Sybille Bammer -Austrian tennis player

1980- Talitha Cummins -Australian journalist

1980- Christian Lara (footballer)|Christian Lara -Ecuadorian footballer

1980- Ananda Mikola -Indonesian race car driver

1981- Fabrizio Faniello -Maltese singer-songwriter

1981- Joey Gathright -American baseball player

1981- Patrik Gerrbrand -Swedish footballer

1982- Katrina Johnson -American actress

1982- François Parisien -Canadian cyclist

1982- Alexander Widiker -German rugby player

1983- Ari Graynor -American actress

1983- Martin Viiask -Estonian basketball player

1984- Pierre-Marc Bouchard -Canadian ice hockey player

1984- Daniel Holdsworth (rugby league)|Daniel Holdsworth -Australian rugby player

1984- Patrick Stump -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Fall Out Boy and Arma Angelus)

1985- José António de Miranda da Silva Júnior -Brazilian footballer

1985- Meselech Melkamu -Ethiopian runner

1986- Jenna Coleman -English actress

1986- Elena Risteska -Macedonian singer-songwriter

1986- Dinara Safina -Russian tennis player

1987- Taylor Chorney -American ice hockey player

1987- William Moseley (actor)|William Moseley -English actor

1987- Elliott Shriane -Australian speed skater

1987- Emma Taylor-Isherwood -Canadian actress

1988- Kris Thackray -English footballer

1988- Semyon Varlamov -Russian ice hockey player

1989- Lars Bender -German footballer

1989- Sven Bender -German footballer

1989- Maksym Bilyi (footballer born 1989)|Maksym Bilyi -Ukrainian footballer (d. 2013)

1989- Emily Rios -American actress

1989- Milagros Schmoll -Argentinian model

1990- Austin Dillon -American race car driver

1990- Erik Keedus -Estonian basketball player

1990- Martin Kelly -English footballer

1991- Isaac Cuenca -Spanish footballer

1992- Allison Iraheta -American singer-songwriter (Halo Circus)

1994- Elmo Magalona -Filipino actor and singer

History of Deaths


630- Ardashir III -of Persia (b. 621)

1272- Zita -Italian saint (b. 1212)

1404- Philip the Bold -French son of John II of France (b. 1342)

1463- Isidore of Kiev -(b. 1385)

1521- Ferdinand Magellan -Portuguese explorer (b. 1480)

1599- Maeda Toshiie -Japanese general (b. 1538)

1605- Pope Leo XI -(b. 1535)

1613- Robert Abercromby (missionary)|Robert Abercromby -Scottish priest and missionary (b. 1532)

1625- Mōri Terumoto -Japanese warrior (b. 1553)

1656- Jan van Goyen -Dutch painter (b. 1596)

1694- John George IV, Elector of Saxony -(b. 1668)

1695- John Trenchard (politician)|John Trenchard -English politician, Chief Justice of Chester (b. 1640)

1702- Jean Bart -French admiral (b. 1651)

1782- William Talbot, 1st Earl Talbot -English politician (b. 1710)

1813- Zebulon Pike -American general and explorer (b. 1779)

1873- William Macready -English actor (b. 1793)

1882- Ralph Waldo Emerson -American poet (b. 1803)

1896- Henry Parkes -English-Australian politician, 7th Premier of New South Wales (b. 1815)

1915- John Labatt -Canadian businessman (b. 1838)

1915- Alexander Scriabin -Russian pianist and composer (b. 1872)

1932- Hart Crane -American poet (b. 1899)

1936- Karl Pearson -English mathematician and academic (b. 1857)

1937- Antonio Gramsci -Italian sociologist, linguist, and politician (b. 1891)

1938- Edmund Husserl -Czech mathematician and philosopher (b. 1859)

1952- Guido Castelnuovo -Italian mathematician (b. 1865)

1961- Roy Del Ruth -American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1893)

1962- A. K. Fazlul Huq -Bangladeshi-Pakistani politician, Ministry of Interior (Pakistan)|Interior Minister of Pakistan (b. 1873)

1965- Edward R. Murrow -American journalist (b. 1908)

1967- William Douglas Cook -New Zealand farmer, founded the Eastwoodhill Arboretum (b. 1884)

1969- René Barrientos -Bolivian politician, 55th President of Bolivia (b. 1919)

1970- Arthur Shields -Irish-American actor (b. 1896)

1972- Kwame Nkrumah -Ghanaian politician, 1st President of Ghana (b. 1909)

1973- Carlos Menditeguy -Argentinian race car driver (b. 1914)

1977- Stanley Adams (actor)|Stanley Adams -American actor and screenwriter (b. 1915)

1977- Scott Bradley -American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1891)

1981- Münir Nurettin Selçuk -Turkish tenor and actor (b. 1900)

1988- Fred Bear -American hunter (b. 1902)

1988- David Scarboro -English actor (b. 1968)

1989- Konosuke Matsushita -Japanese businessman, founded Panasonic (b. 1894)

1992- Olivier Messiaen -French organist and composer (b. 1908)

1992- Gerard K. O'Neill -American physicist (b. 1927)

1995- Willem Frederik Hermans -Dutch author (b. 1921)

1996- William Colby -American diplomat, 10th Director of Central Intelligence (b. 1920)

1996- Gilles Grangier -French director and screenwriter (b. 1911)

1998- John Bassett -Canadian journalist (b. 1915)

1998- Carlos Castaneda -Peruvian-American author (b. 1925)

1998- Anne Desclos -French journalist and author (b. 1907)

1998- Browning Ross -American runner (b. 1924)

1999- Al Hirt -American trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1922)

1999- Dale C. Thomson -Canadian historian and educator (b. 1923)

2000- Vicki Sue Robinson -American actress and singer (b. 1954)

2002- George Alec Effinger -American author (b. 1947)

2002- Ruth Handler -American businesswoman, created the Barbie|Barbie doll (b. 1916)

2002- Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza -Dutch-Swiss businessman (b. 1921)

2005- Red Horner -Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1909)

2006- Julia Thorne -American author (b. 1944)

2007- Al Hunter Ashton -English actor and screenwriter (b. 1957)

2007- Mstislav Rostropovich -Russian cellist and conductor (b. 1927)

2008- Marios Tokas -Cypriot singer-songwriter (b. 1954)

2009- Frankie Manning -American dancer and choreographer (b. 1914)

2009- Feroz Khan -Indian actor, director, and producer (b. 1939)

2009- Woo Seung-yeon -South Korean model and actress (b. 1983)

2011- Marian Mercer -American actress and singer (b. 1935)

2012- Daniel E. Boatwright -American politician (b. 1930)

2012- Anatoly Lebed -Estonian-Russian colonel (b. 1963)

2012- Harold Pupkewitz -Lithuanian-Namibian businessman (b. 1915)

2012- Bill Skowron -American baseball player (b. 1930)

2013- Aída Bortnik -Argentinian screenwriter (b. 1938)

2013- Tony Byrne (boxer)|Tony Byrne -Irish boxer (b. 1930)

2013- Antonio Díaz Jurado -Spanish footballer (b. 1969)

2013- Jérôme Louis Heldring -Dutch journalist (b. 1917)

2013- Aloysius Jin Luxian -Chinese bishop (b. 1916)

2013- Mutula Kilonzo -Kenyan lawyer and politician (b. 1948)

2014- Yigal Arnon -Israeli lawyer, founded Yigal Arnon & Co. (b. 1929)

2014- Vujadin Boškov -Serbian footballer, coach, and manager (b. 1931)

2014- Daniel Colchico -American football player and coach (b. 1935)

2014- Harry Firth -Australian race car driver and manager (b. 1918)

2014- Andréa Parisy -French actress (b. 1935)

2014- Turhan Tezol -Turkish basketball player (b. 1932)