This Day in History

Daily historical facts, events, famous birthdays, world history. Discover what happened today in history.

Events History


823- Lothair I -is crowned King of Italy by Pope Paschal I.

1081- Alexios I Komnenos -is crowned Byzantine emperor at Constantinople, bringing the Komnenian dynasty to full power.

1242-During a Battle of the Ice|battle on the ice -of Lake Peipus, Republic of Novgorod|Russian forces, led by Alexander Nevsky, rebuff an invasion attempt by the Teutonic Knights.

1536- Royal Entry -of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor|Charles V into Rome: the last Roman triumph.

1566-Two-hundred Habsburg Netherlands|Dutch -noblemen, led by Hendrik van Brederode, force themselves into the presence of Margaret of Parma and present the Compromise of Nobles|Petition of Compromise, denouncing the Spanish Inquisition in the Netherlands. The Inquisition is suspended and a delegation is sent to Habsburg Spain|Spain to petition Philip II of Spain|Philip II.

1609-''Daimyo'' (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain -in southern Kyūshū, Tokugawa Shogunate|Japan, completes Invasion of Ryukyu|his successful invasion of the Ryūkyū Kingdom in Okinawa.

1614-In Virginia -Native Americans in the United States|Native American Pocahontas marries English People|English colonist John Rolfe.

1621-The '' Mayflower -' sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to England.

1710-The Statute of Anne -receives the Royal Assent establishing the Copyright law of the United Kingdom.

1722-The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen -discovers Easter Island.

1792- President of the United States|U.S. President -George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States.

1804- High Possil Meteorite -The first recorded meteorite in Scotland falls in Possil.

1818-In the Battle of Maipú -Chile's independence movement

1847- Birkenhead Park -the first civic public park in Britain, is opened in Birkenhead.

1862- American Civil War -The Battle of Yorktown (1862)|Battle of Yorktown begins.

1879- Chile -declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.

1900-Archaeologists in Knossos -Crete, discover a large cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing in a script they call Linear B.

1904-The first international rugby league -match is played between England national rugby league team|England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park (Wigan)|Central Park, Wigan, England.

1922-The American Birth Control League -forerunner of Planned Parenthood, is incorporated.

1923- Firestone Tire and Rubber Company -begins production of balloon-tires.

1932-Alcohol prohibition -in Finland ends. Alcohol sales begin in Alko liquor stores.

1932- Dominion of Newfoundland -10,000 rioters seize the Colonial Building leading to the end of self-government.

1933-U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt -signs two executive order (United States)|executive orders: 6101 to establish the Civilian Conservation Corps, and Executive Order 6102|6102 "forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold Certificates" by U.S. citizens.

1936- Tupelo-Gainesville tornado outbreak -An Fujita scale|F5 tornado kills 233 in Tupelo, Mississippi.

1942- World War II -The Imperial Japanese Navy launches Easter Sunday Raid|a carrier-based air attack on Colombo, Ceylon during the Indian Ocean Raid. Port and civilian facilities are damaged and the Royal Navy cruisers {{HMS|Cornwall|56|6}} and {{HMS|Dorsetshire|40|6}} are sunk southwest of the island.

1943-World War II: American bomber aircraft accidentally cause more than 900 civilian deaths, including 209 children, and 1,300 wounded among the civilian population of the Belgian -town of Mortsel. Their target was the Erla factory one kilometer from the residential area hit.

1944-World War II: 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura, Kastoria|Kleisoura -are executed by the Nazi Germany|Germans.

1945- Cold War -Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia|Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito signs an agreement with the Soviet Union to allow "temporary entry of Soviet troops into Yugoslav territory".

1946-Soviet troops leave the island of Bornholm -Denmark after an 11-month occupation.

1949- Fireside Theater -debuts on television.

1949-A fire in a hospital in Effingham, Illinois -kills 77 people and leads to nationwide fire code improvements in the United States.

1951- Ethel and Julius Rosenberg -are sentenced to death for espionage|spying for the Soviet Union.

1956- Fidel Castro -declares himself at war with President of Cuba|Cuban President Fulgencio Batista.

1956-In Sri Lanka -the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna win the general elections in a landslide and Solomon Bandaranaike|S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike is sworn in as the Prime Minister.

1957-In India -Communist Party of India|Communists win the first elections in united Kerala and E.M.S. Namboodiripad is sworn in as the first chief minister.

1958- Ripple Rock -an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time.

1969- Vietnam War -Massive Opposition to the Vietnam War|antiwar demonstrations occur in many U.S. cities.

1971-In Sri Lanka, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna -launches a revolt against the United Front government of Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

1976-In the China|People's Republic of China -the April Fifth Movement leads to the Tiananmen incident.

1986-Three people are killed in the 1986 Berlin discotheque bombing|bombing -of the La Belle (discotheque)|La Belle Discothèque in West Berlin, Germany.

1991-An Atlantic Southeast Airlines|ASA -Embraer EMB 120|EMB 120 crashes in Brunswick, Georgia, killing all 23 aboard including John Tower|Sen. John Tower and Sonny Carter|Astronaut Sonny Carter.

1992- Alberto Fujimori -president of Peru, 1992 Peruvian constitutional crisis|dissolves the Peruvian congress by military force.

1992-The Siege of Sarajevo -begins when Serbs|Serb Paramilitary|paramilitaries murder peace protesters Suada Dilberovic and Olga Sučić on the Vrbanja Bridge.

1994-American musician Death_of_Kurt_Cobain|Kurt Cobain commits suicide -

1998-In Japan -the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge linking Awaji Island with Honshū and costing about $3.8 billion United States dollar|USD, opens to traffic, becoming the largest suspension bridge in the world.

1999-Two History of Libya under Muammar Gaddafi|Libyans -suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands.

2009- North Korea -launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks.

2010-Twenty-nine coal miners are killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster|Upper Big Branch Mine -in West Virginia.

Famous Birthdays


1170- Isabella of Hainault -(d. 1190)

1288- Emperor Go-Fushimi -of Japan (d. 1336)

1472- Bianca Maria Sforza -Italian wife of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1510)

1523- Blaise de Vigenère -French cryptographer and diplomat (d. 1596)

1588- Thomas Hobbes -English philosopher (d. 1679)

1595- John Wilson (composer)|John Wilson -English composer and educator (d. 1674)

1604- Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine -(d. 1675)

1622- Vincenzo Viviani -Italian mathematician (d. 1703)

1649- Elihu Yale -American-English merchant and philanthropist (d. 1721)

1692- Adrienne Lecouvreur -French actress (d. 1730)

1719- Axel von Fersen the Elder -Swedish field marshal and politician (d. 1794)

1727- Pasquale Anfossi -Italian composer (d. 1797)

1732- Jean-Honoré Fragonard -French painter (d. 1806)

1752- Sébastien Érard -French instrument maker (d. 1831)

1761- Sybil Ludington -heroine of the American Revolutionary War (d. 1839)

1769- Sir Thomas Hardy, 1st Baronet -English admiral (d. 1839)

1784- Louis Spohr -German violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1859)

1805- Samuel Forde -Irish painter (d. 1828)

1816- Samuel Freeman Miller -American physician, lawyer, and jurist (d. 1890)

1827- Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister -English surgeon (d. 1912)

1832- Jules Ferry -French politician, 44th Prime Minister of France (d. 1893)

1835- Carl Theodor Schulz -Norwegian gardener (d. 1914)

1837- Algernon Charles Swinburne -English poet, author, and playwright (d. 1909)

1839- Robert Smalls -American pilot and politician (d. 1915)

1840- Ghazaros Aghayan -Armenian historian and linguist (d. 1911)

1856- Booker T. Washington -American author and educator (d. 1915)

1857- Alexander of Battenberg -(d. 1893)

1858- Washington Atlee Burpee -Canadian businessman, founded Burpee Seeds (d. 1915)

1863- Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine -(d. 1950)

1869- Sergey Chaplygin -Russian physicist, mathematician, and engineer (d. 1942)

1869- Albert Roussel -French composer (d. 1937)

1871- Mirko Seljan -Croatian explorer (d. 1912)

1872- Samuel Cate Prescott -American biologist (d. 1962)

1875- Mistinguett -French actress and singer (d. 1956)

1878- Paul Weinstein (athlete)|Paul Weinstein -German high jumper (d. 1964)

1883- Walter Huston -Canadian-American actor (d. 1950)

1884- Ion Inculeț -Bessarabian politician (d. 1940)

1893- Clas Thunberg -Finnish speed skater (d. 1973)

1899- Alfred Blalock -American surgeon (d. 1964)

1899- Elsie Thompson -American super-centenarian (d. 2013)

1900- Herbert Bayer -Austrian-American graphic designer (d. 1985)

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

1900- Spencer Tracy -American actor (d. 1967)

1901- Melvyn Douglas -American actor (d. 1981)

1904- Richard Eberhart -American poet (d. 2005)

1906- Lord Buckley -American actor and singer (d. 1960)

1908- Bette Davis -American actress (d. 1989)

1908- Ernestine Gilbreth Carey -American author (d. 2006)

1908- Jagjivan Ram -Indian politician, 4th Deputy Prime Minister of India (d. 1986)

1908- Herbert von Karajan -Austrian conductor (d. 1989)

1909- Albert R. Broccoli -American film producer, co-founded Eon Productions (d. 1996)

1912- Makar Honcharenko -Ukrainian footballer (d.1997)

1912- John Le Mesurier -English actor (d. 1983)

1912- István Örkény -Hungarian author (d. 1979)

1916- Albert Henry Ottenweller -American bishop (d. 2012)

1916- Gregory Peck -American actor (d. 2003)

1917- Robert Bloch -American author (d. 1994)

1920- Barend Biesheuvel -Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 2001)

1920- Arthur Hailey -English-Canadian author (d. 2004)

1920- Rafiq Zakaria -Indian scholar and politician (d. 2005)

1922- Tom Finney -English footballer (d. 2014)

1922- Harry Freedman -Polish-Canadian horn player, composer, and educator (d. 2005)

1922- Christopher Hewett -English actor and director (d. 2001)

1922- Gale Storm -American actress and singer (d. 2009)

1923- Michael V. Gazzo -American actor and playwright (d. 1995)

1923- Nguyen Van Thieu -Vietnamese general and politician, 5th President of South Vietnam (d. 2001)

1926- Roger Corman -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1926- Süleyman Seba -Turkish footballer (d. 2014)

1928- Fernand Dansereau -Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter

1928- Tony Williams (singer)|Tony Williams -American singer (The Platters) (d. 1992)

1929- Hugo Claus -Belgian author (d. 2008)

1929- Ivar Giaever -Norwegian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1929- Nigel Hawthorne -English actor (d. 2001)

1929- Joe Meek -English songwriter and producer (d. 1967)

1930- Mary Costa -American actress and singer

1931- Jack Clement -American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2013)

1932- Billy Bland -American singer-songwriter

1933- Larry Felser -American journalist (d. 2013)

1933- Frank Gorshin -American actor (d. 2005)

1933- Barbara Holland -American author (d. 2010)

1933- K. Kailasapathy -Sri Lankan journalist and academic (d. 1982)

1934- John Carey (critic)|John Carey -English author and critic

1934- Roman Herzog -German politician, 7th President of Germany

1934- Moise Safra -Brazilian businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Banco Safra (d. 2014)

1934- Stanley Turrentine -American saxophonist and composer (d. 2000)

1935- Peter Grant (music manager)|Peter Grant -English talent manager (d. 1995)

1935- Donald Lynden-Bell -English astrophysicist and astronomer

1936- John Kelly (Sinn Féin politician)|John Kelly -Irish politician (d. 2007)

1937- Felicia Atkins -Australian model

1937- Joseph Lelyveld -American journalist and author

1937- Colin Powell -American general and politician, 65th United States Secretary of State

1938- Colin Bland -Zimbabwean-South African cricketer

1938- Nancy Holt -American sculptor and painter (d. 2014)

1938- Mal Colston -Australian politician

1939- Crispian St. Peters -English singer-songwriter (d. 2010)

1939- Ronald White -American singer-songwriter (The Miracles) (d. 1995)

1940- Tommy Cash -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1940- Gilles Proulx -Canadian journalist, historian, and radio host

1941- Michael Moriarty -American-Canadian actor and singer

1941- Dave Swarbrick -English singer-songwriter and fiddler (Fairport Convention, Whippersnapper (band)|Whippersnapper, and Swarb's Lazarus)

1942- Allan Clarke (singer)|Allan Clarke -English singer-songwriter (The Hollies)

1942- Peter Greenaway -Welsh director and screenwriter

1943- Max Gail -American actor

1943- Jean-Louis Tauran -French cardinal

1944- Peter T. King -American soldier, lawyer, and politician

1944- Pedro Rosselló -Puerto Rican physician and politician, 7th Governor of Puerto Rico

1945- Cem Karaca -Turkish singer and guitarist (d. 2004)

1945- Tommy Smith (footballer born 1945)|Tommy Smith -English footballer and manager

1946- Jane Asher -English actress

1946- Russell Davies -Welsh journalist and radio host

1946- Björn Granath -Swedish actor

1947- Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo -Filipino politician, 14th President of the Philippines

1947- Virendra Sharma -Indian-English politician

1948- Les Binks -Irish drummer (Judas Priest, Lionheart (band)|Lionheart, Tytan (band)|Tytan, and Axis Point (band)|Axis Point)

1948- Dave Holland (drummer)|Dave Holland -English drummer (Judas Priest, Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Finders Keepers (band)|Finders Keepers, and Trapeze (band)|Trapeze)

1949- John Berg (actor)|John Berg -American actor (d. 2007)

1949- Judith Resnik -American engineer and astronaut (d. 1986)

1950- Harpo (singer)|Harpo -Swedish singer

1950- Ann C. Crispin -American author (d. 2013)

1950- Agnetha Fältskog -Swedish singer-songwriter and producer (ABBA)

1950- Miki Manojlović -Serbian actor

1951- Dean Kamen -American inventor and businessman, founded Segway Inc.

1951- Dave McArtney -New Zealand singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hello Sailor (band)|Hello Sailor) (d. 2013)

1951- Bernie Ward -American radio host

1952- Mitch Pileggi -American actor

1953- Frank Gaffney -American journalist and radio host

1953- Ian Swales -English politician

1954- Guy Bertrand (broadcaster)|Guy Bertrand -Canadian linguist and radio host

1954- Stan Ridgway -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Wall of Voodoo and Drywall (musical project)|Drywall)

1954- Peter Case -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Nerves and The Plimsouls)

1955- Charlotte de Turckheim -French actress, producer, and screenwriter

1955- Anthony Horowitz -English author and screenwriter

1955- Janice Long -English radio host

1955- Akira Toriyama -Japanese illustrator

1956- Dwight Hicks -American football player and actor

1956- Suzi Leather -English civil servant

1956- Diamond Dallas Page -American wrestler and actor

1958- Johan Kriek -South African-American tennis player

1958- Lasantha Wickrematunge -Sri Lankan lawyer and journalist (d. 2009)

1959- Julius Drake -English pianist

1960- Asteris Koutoulas -Romanian-German record producer, manager, and author

1960- Greg Mathis -American judge and television host

1960- Larry McCray -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1960- Ian Redford -Scottish footballer and manager (d. 2014)

1961- Jim LeRoy -American pilot (d. 2007)

1961- Lisa Zane -American actress and singer

1962- Charlie Adam (footballer born 1962)|Charlie Adam -Scottish footballer (d. 2012)

1962- Lana Clarkson -American actress (d. 2003)

1962- Gord Donnelly -Canadian ice hockey player

1962- Kirsan Ilyumzhinov -Kalmyk businessman and politician, 1st Head of Kalmykia|President of Kalmykia

1964- Steve Beaton -English darts player

1964- Princess Erika -French singer-songwriter and actress

1964- Marius Lăcătuș -Romanian footballer and coach

1964- Christopher Reid (entertainer)|Christopher Reid -American rapper and actor (Kid 'n Play)

1965- Cris Carpenter -American baseball player

1965- Aykut Kocaman -Turkish footballer and manager

1966- Mike McCready -American guitarist and songwriter (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Mad Season (band)|Mad Season, and The Rockfords)

1967- Gary Gait -Canadian lacrosse player and coach

1967- Anu Garg -Indian-American journalist and author

1967- Troy Gentry -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Montgomery Gentry)

1968- Gianna Amore -American model and actress

1968- Paula Cole -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1968- Stewart Lee -English comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter

1969- Ryan Birch -English martial artist (d. 2013)

1970- Soheil Ayari -French race car driver

1970- Thea Gill -Canadian actress

1970- Krishnan Guru-Murthy -English journalist

1970- Miho Hatori -Japanese singer-songwriter (Cibo Matto, Smokey & Miho, and Butter 08)

1971- Dong Abay -Filipino singer-songwriter (Yano)

1971- Krista Allen -American actress

1972- Tim Coronel -Dutch race car driver

1972- Tom Coronel -Dutch race car driver

1972- Pat Green -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1972- Paul Okon -Australian footballer and manager

1972- Waylon Payne -American singer-songwriter and actor

1972- Yasuhiro Takemoto -Japanese animator and director

1973- Tony Banks (American football)|Tony Banks -American football player and journalist

1973- Élodie Bouchez -French-American actress

1973- Jason Done -English actor

1973- Cho Sung-min -South Korean baseball player (d. 2013)

1973- Pharrell Williams -American rapper, producer, and fashion designer (N.E.R.D, The Neptunes, and All City Chess Club))

1974- Marcus Jones (British politician)|Marcus Jones -English politician

1974- Sahaj (musician)|Sahaj -American singer-songwriter and producer (Ra (U.S. band)|Ra)

1974- Uhm Tae-woong -South Korean actor

1975- Sarah Baldock -English organist and conductor

1975- John Hartson -Welsh footballer

1975- Juicy J -American rapper and producer (Three 6 Mafia)

1975- Caitlin Moran -English journalist, author, and critic

1975- Shammond Williams -American basketball player

1976- Aleksei Budõlin -Estonian martial artist

1976- Kim Collins -Nevisian sprinter

1976- Ryan Drese -American baseball player

1976- Ross Gload -American baseball player

1976- Simone Inzaghi -Italian footballer

1976- Fernando Morientes -Spanish footballer and coach

1976- Indrek Tobreluts -Estonian biathlete

1977- Stella Creasy -English psychologist and politician

1977- Chad Rogers -American real estate agent

1978- Robert Glasper -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

1978- Stephen Jackson -American basketball player

1978- Franziska van Almsick -German swimmer

1979- Timo Hildebrand -German footballer

1979- Mitsuo Ogasawara -Japanese footballer

1979- Benji Radach -American mixed martial artist

1979- Dante Wesley -American football player

1980- Erik Audé -American actor, stuntman, and poker player

1980- Matt Bonner -American basketball player

1980- David Chocarro -Argentinian baseball player and actor

1980- Mary Katharine Ham -American journalist

1980- Lee Jae-won -South Korean actor and singer (H.O.T. and jtL)

1980- Joris Mathijsen -Dutch footballer

1981- Jorge de la Rosa -Mexican baseball player

1981- Stefan Ludik -Namibian cricketer, actor, and singer

1981- Michael A. Monsoor -American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2006)

1981- Tom Riley (actor)|Tom Riley -English actor

1982- Hayley Atwell -English actress

1982- Lacey Duvalle -American porn actress

1982- Thomas Hitzlsperger -German footballer

1982- Kelly Pavlik -American boxer

1982- Matt Pickens -American soccer player

1982- Alexandre Prémat -French race car driver

1983- Jorge Andrés Martínez -Uruguayan footballer

1984- Marshall Allman -American actor

1984- David Dillehunt -American director, producer, and composer

1984- Maartje Goderie -Dutch field hockey player

1984- Shin Min-a -South Korean model and actress

1984- Kisho Yano -Japanese footballer

1985- Daniel Congré -French footballer

1985- Kim Ji-hoo -South Korean model and actor (d. 2008)

1985- Lastings Milledge -American baseball player

1986- Charlotte (wrestler)|Charlotte -American wrestler

1986- Anna Sophia Berglund -American model and actress

1986- Jenny Hendrix -American porn actress and model

1987- Max Grün -German footballer

1987- Sergei Lepmets -Estonian footballer

1988- Jon Kwang-ik -North Korean footballer

1988- Christopher Papamichalopoulos -Cypriot skier

1988- Alex Valentini -Italian footballer

1990- Haruma Miura -Japanese actor and singer

1990- Sophia Papamichalopoulou -Cypriot skier

1992- Emmalyn Estrada -Canadian singer and dancer (G.R.L.)

1999- Sharlene San Pedro -Filipino actress, singer, and dancer

History of Deaths


582- Patriarch Eutychius of Constantinople -(b. 512)

902- Al-Mu'tadid -Iraqi caliph (b. 960)

1168- Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester -English politician (b. 1104)

1419- Vincent Ferrer -Spanish missionary and saint (b. 1350)

1605- Adam Loftus (bishop)|Adam Loftus -English-Irish archbishop (b. 1513)

1617- Alonso Lobo -Spanish composer (b. 1555)

1673- François Caron -Belgian-French politician, 8th Governor of Formosa (b. 1600)

1676- John Winthrop the Younger -American politician, 1st List of colonial governors of Connecticut|Governor of Connecticut (b. 1606)

1693- Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchess of Montpensier -(b. 1627)

1695- George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax -English politician, Lord President of the Council (b. 1633)

1697- Charles XI of Sweden -(b. 1655)

1717- Jean Jouvenet -French painter (b. 1647)

1735- William Derham -English minister and philosopher (b. 1657)

1735- Samuel Wesley (poet)|Samuel Wesley -English clergyman and poet (b. 1662)

1765- Edward Young -English poet (b. 1683)

1794- Georges Danton -French lawyer and politician (b. 1759)

1794- Camille Desmoulins -French journalist and politician (b. 1760)

1804- Jean-Charles Pichegru -French general (b. 1761)

1834- Richard Goodwin Keats -English admiral (b. 1757)

1864- Alaric Alexander Watts -English poet and journalist (b. 1797)

1900- Joseph Louis François Bertrand -French mathematician (b. 1822)

1923- George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon -English financier (b. 1866)

1928- Roy Kilner -English cricketer (b. 1890)

1932- Phar Lap -New Zealand race horse (b. 1926)

1936- Chandler Egan -American golfer (b. 1884)

1940- Charles Freer Andrews -English-Indian priest, missionary, and educator (b. 1871)

1941- Nigel Gresley -English engineer (b. 1876)

1943- Aleš Hrdlička -Czech-American anthropologist (b. 1869)

1945- Karl-Otto Koch -German SS officer (b. 1897)

1946- Vincent Youmans -American composer and producer (b. 1898)

1952- Charles Collett -English engineer (b. 1871)

1964- Douglas MacArthur -American general (b. 1880)

1967- Mischa Elman -Ukrainian violinist (b. 1891)

1967- Hermann Joseph Muller -American geneticist and educator, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1890)

1969- Ain-Ervin Mere -Estonian SS officer (b. 1903)

1969- Shelby Storck -American journalist, actor, director, and producer (b. 1917)

1970- Alfred Sturtevant -American geneticist (b. 1891)

1972- Brian Donlevy -American actor (b. 1901)

1972- Isabel Jewell -American actress (b. 1907)

1973- John Coleman (Australian footballer)|John Coleman -Australian footballer and coach (b. 1928)

1974- A. Y. Jackson -Canadian painter (b. 1882)

1975- Chiang Kai-shek -Chinese general and politician, 1st President of the Republic of China (b. 1887)

1976- Howard Hughes -American pilot, engineer, and director (b. 1905)

1976- Wilder Penfield -American-Canadian surgeon (b. 1891)

1979- Eugène Gabritschevsky -Russian biologist (b. 1893)

1981- Bob Hite -American singer-songwriter (Canned Heat) (b. 1945)

1982- Abe Fortas -American lawyer and jurist (b. 1910)

1983- Danny Rapp -American singer-songwriter (Danny & the Juniors) (b. 1941)

1984- Nikolai Matvejev -Soviet cyclist (b. 1923)

1987- Jan Lindblad -Swedish photographer (b. 1932)

1989- María Cristina Gómez -Salvadoran educator (b. 1938)

1991- Sonny Carter -American soccer player, physician, and astronaut (b. 1947)

1991- John Tower -American soldier, academic, and politician (b. 1925)

1992- Sam Walton -American businessman, founded Walmart and Sam's Club (b. 1918)

1993- Divya Bharti -Indian actress (b. 1974)

1994- Kurt Cobain -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Nirvana (band)|Nirvana) (b. 1967)

1995- Françoise Loranger -Canadian playwright and producer (b. 1913)

1996- Larry LaPrise -American songwriter (b. 1913)

1997- Allen Ginsberg -American poet (b. 1926)

1998- Cozy Powell -English drummer (Black Sabbath Rainbow (rock band)|Rainbow, The Jeff Beck Group, and Emerson, Lake & Powell) (b. 1947)

1999- Paul David -Canadian cardiologist and politician (b. 1919)

2000- Lee Petty -American race car driver (b. 1914)

2001- Brother Theodore -German-American comedian and actor (b. 1906)

2002- Layne Staley -American singer-songwriter (Alice in Chains, Class of '99, Mad Season (band)|Mad Season, and Alice N' Chains) (b. 1967)

2004- Sławomir Rawicz -Polish lieutenant (b. 1915)

2004- Heiner Zieschang -German mathematician (b. 1936)

2005- Saul Bellow -Canadian-American author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1915)

2005- Dale Messick -American illustrator (b. 1906)

2005- Debralee Scott -American actress (b. 1953)

2005- John Sichel -French-English director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1937)

2006- Gene Pitney -American singer-songwriter (b. 1941)

2007- Maria Gripe -Swedish author (b. 1923)

2007- Leela Majumdar -Indian author (b. 1908)

2007- Mark St. John -American guitarist (Kiss (band)|Kiss and White Tiger (band)|White Tiger) (b. 1956)

2007- Darryl Stingley -American football player (b. 1951)

2007- Poornachandra Tejaswi -Indian ornithologist, author, and photographer (b. 1938)

2008- Charlton Heston -American actor (b. 1923)

2009- Constantine Papadakis -Greek-American businessman and academic (b. 1946)

2012- Joe Avezzano -American football player and coach (b. 1943)

2012- Angelo Castro, Jr. -Filipino journalist and actor (b. 1945)

2012- Cynthia Dall -American singer and guitarist (b. 1971)

2012- Jim Herr -American businessman, founded Herr's Snacks (b. 1924)

2012- Jim Marshall (businessman)|Jim Marshall -English businessman, founded Marshall Amplification (b. 1923)

2012- Barney McKenna -Irish banjo player (The Dubliners) (b. 1939)

2012- Gil Noble -American television host (b. 1932)

2012- Peter Tapsell (New Zealand politician)|Peter Tapsell -New Zealand politician, 30th Minister of Defence (New Zealand)|New Zealand Minister of Defence (b. 1930)

2012- Bingu wa Mutharika -Malawian politician, 3rd President of Malawi (b. 1934)

2013- Regina Bianchi -Italian actress (b. 1921)

2013- Amnon Dankner -Israeli journalist and author (b. 1946)

2013- Piero de Palma -Italian tenor (b. 1924)

2013- James Dickens -English politician (b. 1931)

2013- Dave Hunt (Christian apologist)|Dave Hunt -American radio host and author (b. 1926)

2013- Mohammad Ishaq Khan -Indian historian and academic (b. 1946)

2013- David Kuo (author)|David Kuo -American author (b. 1968)

2013- Nikolaos Pappas -Greek admiral (b. 1930)

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