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Day History: August-17

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Events History


309/310- Pope Eusebius -is banished by the Emperor Maxentius to Sicilia (Roman province)|Sicily, where he dies, perhaps from a hunger strike.

986- Byzantine–Bulgarian Wars -Battle of the Gates of Trajan – The First Bulgarian Empire|Bulgarians under the Cometopuli dynasty|Comitopuli Samuel of Bulgaria|Samuel and Aron (noble)|Aron defeat the Byzantine Empire|Byzantine forces at the Gates of Trajan, with List of Byzantine emperors|Byzantine Emperor Basil II barely escaping.

1186- Georgenberg Pact -Duke Ottokar IV of Styria|Ottokar IV of Duchy of Styria|Styria and Duke Leopold V, Duke of Austria|Leopold V of Archduchy of Austria|Austria sign a heritage agreement in which Ottokar gives his duchy to Leopold and to his son Frederick I, Duke of Austria (Babenberg)|Frederick under the stipulation that Austria and Styria would henceforth remain undivided.

1386- Karl Topia -the ruler of Princedom of Albania forges an alliance with the Republic of Venice, committing to participate in all wars of the Republic and receiving coastal protection against the Ottomans in return.

1424- Hundred Years' War -Battle of Verneuil – An Kingdom of England|English force under John, Duke of Bedford defeats a larger Kingdom of France|French army under the Duke of Alençon, John Stewart, 2nd Earl of Buchan|John Stewart, and Archibald Douglas, 4th Earl of Douglas|Earl Archibald of Douglas.

1498- Cesare Borgia -son of Pope Alexander VI, becomes the first person in history to resign the Cardinal (Catholicism)|cardinalate. On the same day, the French King Louis XII names him Duke of Valentinois.

1549- Battle of Sampford Courtenay -– The Prayer Book Rebellion is quashed in Kingdom of England|England.

1560-The Roman Catholic Church -is overthrown and Protestantism is Scottish Reformation Parliament|established as the national religion in Kingdom of Scotland|Scotland.

1585- Eighty Years' War -Siege of Antwerp (1584-1585)|Siege of Antwerp – Antwerp is captured by Spanish Empire|Spanish forces under Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma, who orders Protestants to leave the city and as a result over half of the 100,000 inhabitants flee to the Dutch Republic|northern provinces.

1585-A first group of colonists sent by Sir Walter Ralegh -under the charge of Ralph Lane lands in the New World to create Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island, off the coast of present-day North Carolina.

1597- Islands Voyage -Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, and Sir Walter Raleigh set sail on an expedition to the Azores.

1611- Gaspar de Borja y Velasco -is made a cardinal by Pope Paul V.

1668- An Historical earthquakes|earthquake -with a magnitude of 8.0 on the Richter magnitude scale causes 8,000 deaths in Anatolia, Ottoman Empire.

1717- Austro-Turkish War of 1716–18 -The month-long Siege of Belgrade (1717)|Siege of Belgrade ends with Prince Eugene of Savoy's Habsburg Monarchy|Austrian troops capturing the city from the Ottoman Empire.

1723- Ioan Giurgiu Patachi -becomes List of Major Archbishops of Făgăraş and Alba Iulia|Bishop of Făgăraş and is festively installed in his position at the St. Nicolas Cathedral in Făgăraş, after being formally confirmed earlier by Pope Clement XI.

1740- Pope Benedict XIV -previously known as Prospero Lambertini succeeds Clement XII as the 247th Pope.

1771-Edinburgh botanist James Robertson makes the first recorded ascent of Ben Nevis -in Scotland

1784-Classical composer Luigi Boccherini -receives a pay rise of 12000 Spanish real|reals from his employer, the Infante Luis, Count of Chinchón.

1798-The Vietnam -se Roman Catholics report a Marian apparition in Quảng Trị, an event which is called Lady of La Vang.

1807- Robert Fulton -s ''North River Steamboat'' leaves New York City|New York, New York, for Albany, New York, on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.

1862- American Indian Wars -The Dakota War of 1862 begins in Minnesota as Lakota people|Lakota warriors attack white settlements along the Minnesota River.

1862- American Civil War -Major General J.E.B. Stuart is assigned command of all the cavalry of the Confederate States of America|Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.

1863-American Civil War: In Charleston, South Carolina -Union (American Civil War)|Union batteries and ships bombard Confederate-held Fort Sumter.

1864-American Civil War: Battle of Gainesville -– Confederate forces defeat Union troops near Gainesville, Florida.

1866-The Grand Duchy of Baden -announces her withdrawal from the German Confederation and signs a History of Baden-Württemberg|treaty of peace and alliance with Prussia.

1883-The first public performance of the Dominican Republic -s national anthem, ''National Anthem of the Dominican Republic|Himno Nacional''.

1896- Bridget Driscoll -is run over by a Benz & Cie.|Benz car in the grounds of The Crystal Palace, London, the UK's first pedestrian motoring fatality.

1907- Pike Place Market -a popular tourist destination and registered historic district in Seattle|Seattle, Washington, opened.

1908-'' Fantasmagorie (1908 film)|Fantasmagorie -', the first animated cartoon, created by Émile Cohl, is shown in Paris, France.

1914- World War I -Battle of Stallupönen – The Germany|German army of General officer|General Hermann von François defeats the Russian force commanded by Paul von Rennenkampf near modern-day Nesterov, Russia.

1915- American Jews|Jewish American -Leo Frank is lynching|lynched for the alleged murder of a 13-year-old girl in Marietta, Georgia, United States.

1915-A 1915 Galveston hurricane|Category 4 hurricane -hits Galveston, Texas with winds at {{convert|135|mph|km/h}}.

1918- Bolshevik -revolutionary leader Moisei Uritsky is assassination|assassinated.

1942- World War II -United States Marine Corps|U.S. Marines Makin Island raid|raid the Empire of Japan|Japanese-held Pacific island of Makin (Butaritari).

1943-World War II: The U.S. Eighth Air Force -suffers the loss of 60 bombers on the Schweinfurt–Regensburg mission.

1943-World War II: The United States Army Europe|U.S. Seventh Army -under General George S. Patton arrives in Messina, Italy, followed several hours later by the British 8th Army under Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein|Bernard Montgomery, thus completing the Allies of World War II|Allied Allied invasion of Sicily|conquest of Sicily.

1943-World War II: Quebec Conference, 1943|First Québec Conference -of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King begins.

1943-World War II: The Royal Air Force -begins Operation Hydra (1943)|Operation Hydra, the first air raid of the Operation Crossbow Strategic bombing during World War II|strategic bombing campaign against Germany's V-weapons|V-weapon program.

1945- Sukarno -and Mohammad Hatta Proclamation of Indonesian Independence|proclaim the independence of Indonesia, igniting the Indonesian National Revolution against the Dutch Empire.

1947-The Radcliffe Line -the border between Dominion of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed.

1950- Hill 303 massacre -American POWs are shot to death by the Korean People's Army|North Korean Army.

1953- Substance dependence|Addiction -First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.

1958-'' Pioneer 0 -', America's first attempt at lunar orbit, is launched using the first Thor-Able rocket and fails. Notable as one of the first attempted launches beyond Earth orbit by any country.

1959- Quake Lake -is formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana.

1959-'' Kind of Blue -' by Miles Davis, the much acclaimed and highly influential best selling jazz recording of all time, is released.

1960- Decolonization -Gabon gains independence from France.

1962- East Germany|East German -border guards Killing of Peter Fechter|kill Peter Fechter, 18, as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin becoming one of the first victims of the wall.

1969- Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale|Category 5 -Hurricane Camille hits the Gulf Coast of the United States|U.S. Gulf Coast, killing 256 and causing United States dollar|$1.42 billion in damage.

1970- Venera -program: ''Venera 7'' launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus).

1977-The Soviet icebreaker '' Arktika (icebreaker)|Arktika -' becomes the first surface ship to reach the North Pole.

1978-'' Double Eagle II -' becomes first balloon (aircraft)|balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey, France near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.

1980- Death of Azaria Chamberlain|Azaria Chamberlain disappears -at Ayers Rock, Northern Territory, probably taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most trial by media|publicized trial in History of Australia|Australian history.

1982-The first Compact Disc -(CDs) are released to the public in Germany.

1988- President of Pakistan -Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and Ambassadors of the United States|U.S. Ambassador Arnold Lewis Raphel|Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.

1998- Lewinsky scandal -President of the United States|US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about the relationship.

1999-A 7.4-magnitude 1999 İzmit earthquake|earthquake -strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.

2004-The National Assembly of Serbia -unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Bože pravde becomes the new anthem and the Coat of arms of Serbia|coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.

2005-The first forced Israel's unilateral disengagement plan|evacuation -of settlers, as part of Israel's unilateral disengagement plan, starts.

2005-Over 500 bombs are 2005 Bangladesh bombings|set off by terrorists -at 300 locations in 63 out of the 64 districts of Bangladesh

2008-American swimmer Michael Phelps -becomes the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.

2009- 2009 Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro accident|An accident -at the Sayano–Shushenskaya Dam in Khakassia, Russia, kills 75 and shuts down the hydroelectric power station, leading to widespread power failure in the local area.

Famous Birthdays


1473- Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York -(d. 1483)

1556- Alexander Briant -English martyr and saint (d. 1581)

1578- Francesco Albani -Italian painter (d. 1660)

1601- Pierre de Fermat -French lawyer and mathematician (d. 1665)

1629- John III Sobieski -Polish–Lithuanian king (d. 1696)

1686- Nicola Porpora -Italian composer (d. 1768)

1753- Josef Dobrovský -Bohemian philologist and historian (d. 1828)

1768- Louis Desaix -French general (d. 1800)

1786- Davy Crockett -American soldier and politician (d. 1836)

1786- Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld -(d. 1861)

1794- Prince Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst -(d. 1849)

1828- Jules Bernard Luys -French neurologist and physician (d. 1897)

1840- Wilfrid Scawen Blunt -English poet and activist (d. 1922)

1844- Menelik II -of Ethiopia (d. 1913)

1863- Gene Stratton-Porter -American author and photographer (d. 1924)

1866- Mahbub Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI -Indian 6th Nizam of Hyderabad (d. 1911)

1866- Julia Marlowe -English-American actress (d. 1950)

1873- John A. Sampson -American gynecologist (d. 1946)

1877- Ralph McKittrick -American golfer and tennis player (d. 1923)

1878- Reggie Duff -Australian cricketer (d. 1911)

1880- Percy Sherwell -South African cricketer (d. 1948)

1887- Charles I of Austria -(d. 1922)

1887- Marcus Garvey -Jamaican journalist and activist, founded Black Star Line (d. 1940)

1888- Monty Woolley -American actor and singer (d. 1963)

1890- Stefan Bastyr -Polish soldier and pilot (d. 1920)

1890- Harry Hopkins -American politician and diplomat, 8th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 1946)

1893- Mae West -American actress, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1980)

1894- William Rootes, 1st Baron Rootes -English businessman, founded Rootes Group (d. 1964)

1895- Aris Maliagros -Greek actor and singer (d. 1984)

1896- Leslie Groves -American general and engineer (d. 1970)

1896- Tõnis Kint -Estonian politician, Prime Minister of Estonia in exile (d. 1991)

1896- Oliver Waterman Larkin -American historian and author (d. 1970)

1904- Mary Cain (editor)|Mary Cain -American journalist and politician (d. 1984)

1904- Leopold Nowak -Austrian composer and musicologist (d. 1991)

1907- Gustav Schwarzenegger -Austrian police chief and postal inspector (d. 1972)

1909- Larry Clinton -American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 1985)

1911- Mikhail Botvinnik -Russian chess player (d. 1995)

1911- Martin Sandberger -German colonel and lawyer (d. 2010)

1913- Mark Felt -American agent, 2nd Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (d. 2008)

1913- Oscar Alfredo Gálvez -Argentinian race car driver (d. 1989)

1913- Rudy York -American baseball player and manager (d. 1970)

1914- Bill Downs -American journalist (d. 1978)

1914- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. -American lawyer and politician (d. 1988)

1916- Moses Majekodunmi -Nigerian physician and politician (d. 2012)

1918- Evelyn Ankers -Chilean-American actress (d. 1985)

1918- Michael John Wise -English geographer and academic

1919- Georgia Gibbs -American singer (d. 2006)

1920- George Duvivier -American bassist (d. 1985)

1920- Maureen O'Hara -Irish-American actress and singer

1920- Lida Moser -American photographer and author (d. 2014)

1921- Geoffrey Elton -German-English historian and academic (d. 1994)

1922- Roy Tattersall -England cricketer (d. 2011)

1926- Valerie Eliot -English businesswoman (d. 2012)

1926- George Melly -English singer (d. 2007)

1926- Jean Poiret -French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1992)

1926- Jiang Zemin -Chinese politician, 5th President of the People's Republic of China

1927- Sam Butera -American saxophonist (d. 2009)

1928- T. J. Anderson -American composer, conductor, and educator

1928- Willem Duys -Dutch tennis player, sportscaster, and producer (d. 2011)

1929- Augie Blunt -American actor (d. 1999)

1929- Jimmy Donley -American singer-songwriter (d. 1963)

1929- Francis Gary Powers -American captain and pilot (d. 1977)

1930- Harve Bennett -American screenwriter and producer

1930- Ted Hughes -English poet, author, and playwright (d. 1998)

1931- Tony Wrigley -English historian, demographer, and academic

1932- V. S. Naipaul -Trinidadian-English journalist and author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate

1933- Glenn Corbett -American actor (d. 1993)

1933- Mark Dinning -American singer (d. 1986)

1933- Gene Kranz -American NASA flight director and manager

1934- João Donato -Brazilian pianist and composer

1934- Ron Henry -English footballer

1935- Oleg Tabakov -Russian actor

1936- Seamus Mallon -Irish politician, First Minister and deputy First Minister|Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland

1936- Floyd Red Crow Westerman -American actor, singer, and activist (d. 2007)

1937- Ronnie Butler -Bahamian singer

1937- Spiros Focás -Greek actor

1938- Abu Bakar Bashir -Indonesian cleric

1938- Theodoros Pangalos -Greek politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Greece

1939- Luther Allison -American singer and guitarist (d. 1997)

1939- Anthony Valentine -English actor

1940- Eduardo Mignogna -Argentinian director and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1940- Barry Sheerman -English academic and politician

1941- Lothar Bisky -German politician (d. 2013)

1941- Jean Pierre Lefebvre -Canadian director and screenwriter

1942- Muslim Magomayev (musician)|Muslim Magomayev -Azerbaijani singer

1943- Edward Cowie -English composer, painter, and author

1943- Ian McAllister -Scottish businessman

1943- Robert De Niro -American actor, director, and producer

1943- John Humphrys -Welsh journalist and author

1943- Dave "Snaker" Ray -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Koerner, Ray & Glover) (d. 2002)

1944- Larry Ellison -American businessman, co-founded the Oracle Corporation

1944- Jean-Bernard Pommier -French pianist and conductor

1945- Rachel Pollack -American author

1946- Martha Coolidge -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1946- Patrick Manning -Trinidadian-Tobagonian politician, 4th List of Prime Ministers of Trinidad and Tobago|Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago

1947- Sylvia Nasar -German-American economist and author

1947- Jennifer Rhodes -American actress

1947- Gary Talley -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Box Tops)

1948- Alexander Ivashkin -Russian-English cellist and conductor (d. 2014)

1948- Rod MacDonald -American singer-songwriter

1949- Norm Coleman -American lawyer and politician, 52nd List of mayors of Saint Paul, Minnesota|Mayor of St. Paul

1949- Sue Draheim -American fiddler

1949- Julian Fellowes -Egyptian-English actor, director, screenwriter, and politician

1949- Sib Hashian -American drummer (Boston (band)|Boston and Ernie and the Automatics)

1951- Robert Joy -Canadian actor

1951- Richard Hunt (puppeteer)|Richard Hunt -American puppeteer and actor (d. 1992)

1951- Alan Minter -English boxer

1951- Elba Ramalho -Brazilian singer-songwriter and actress

1952- Aleksandr Maksimenkov -Russian footballer and coach (d. 2012)

1952- Nelson Piquet -Brazilian race car driver

1952- Mario Theissen -German businessman

1952- Guillermo Vilas -Argentinian tennis player

1953- Mick Malthouse -Australian footballer and coach

1953- Kevin Rowland -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dexys Midnight Runners)

1953- Herta Müller -Romanian-German poet and author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate

1954- Andrés Pastrana Arango -Colombian lawyer and politician, 38th President of Colombia

1954- Eric Johnson -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1955- Richard Hilton -American businessman

1956- Gail Berman -American businessman, co-founded BermanBraun

1956- Álvaro Pino -Spanish cyclist

1957- Robin Cousins -English figure skater

1957- Ken Kwapis -American director and screenwriter

1957- Laurence Overmire -American poet, author, and actor

1958- Belinda Carlisle -American singer-songwriter (The Go-Go's)

1958- Fred Goodwin -Scottish banker and accountant

1958- Maurizio Sandro Sala -Brazilian race car driver

1958- Kirk Stevens -Canadian snooker player

1959- Jonathan Franzen -American author

1959- David Koresh -American cult leader (d. 1993)

1959- Chika Sakamoto -Japanese voice actress and singer

1959- Eric Schlosser -American journalist and author

1960- Stephan Eicher -Swiss singer-songwriter (Grauzone)

1960- Sean Penn -American actor and director

1961- Larry B. Scott -American actor, director, and producer

1962- Gilby Clarke -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Guns N' Roses, Rock Star Supernova, and Candy (band)|Candy)

1962- John Marshall Jones -American actor

1962- Buddy Landel -American wrestler

1962- Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss -German actor and director

1963- Shankar (director)|Shankar -Indian director and producer

1963- Jon Gruden -American football player, coach, and sportscaster

1964- Colin James -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1965- Steve Gorman -American drummer (The Black Crowes and Trigger Hippy)

1964- Maria McKee -American singer-songwriter (Lone Justice)

1964- Dave Penney -English footballer and manager

1966- Maysa Leak -American singer and producer (Incognito (band)|Incognito)

1966- Jüri Luik -Estonian politician, 18th Minister of Defence (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Defense

1966- Rodney Mullen -American skateboarder

1966- Don Sweeney -Canadian ice hockey player and manager

1967- David Conrad -American actor

1968- Andrew Koenig -American actor (d. 2010)

1968- Ed McCaffrey -American football player

1968- Helen McCrory -English actress

1969- Christian Laettner -American basketball player and coach

1969- Wayne Mills (singer)|Wayne Mills -American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1969- Donnie Wahlberg -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (New Kids on the Block)

1970- Jim Courier -American tennis player

1970- Rupert Degas -English actor and producer

1970- Andrus Kivirähk -Estonian author

1970- Øyvind Leonhardsen -Norwegian footballer

1970- Bob Golding -English actor

1971- Gonzalo Inzunza Inzunza -Mexican drug lord (d. 2013)

1971- Uhm Jung-hwa -South Korean singer and actress

1971- Ed Motta -Brazilian singer and keyboard player

1971- Jorge Posada -Puerto Rican baseball player

1971- Shaun Rehn -Australian footballer and coach

1972- Habibul Bashar -Bangladeshi cricketer

1974- Tony Hajjar -Lebanese-American drummer (At the Drive-In and Sparta (band)|Sparta)

1974- Nicola Kraus -American author

1975- Giuliana Rancic -Italian-American journalist and actress

1976- Eric Boulton -Canadian ice hockey player

1976- Scott Halberstadt -American actor

1976- Geertjan Lassche -Dutch journalist

1976- Serhiy Zakarlyuka -Ukrainian footballer and manager (d. 2014)

1977- Nathan Deakes -Australian race walker

1977- William Gallas -French footballer

1977- Thierry Henry -French footballer

1977- Mike Lewis (musician)|Mike Lewis -Welsh guitarist (Lostprophets, Public Disturbance (Welsh band)|Public Disturbance, and No Devotion)

1977- Tarja Turunen -Finnish singer-songwriter (Nightwish)

1978- Jelena Karleuša -Serbian singer and dancer

1978- Karena Lam -Canadian-Hong Kong actress and singer

1978- Ebon Moss-Bachrach -American actor

1978- Vibeke Stene -Norwegian singer (Tristania (band)|Tristania)

1979- Marcus Patric -English actor

1979- Antwaan Randle El -American football player

1980- Keith Dabengwa -Zimbabwean cricketer

1980- Daniel Güiza -Spanish footballer

1980- Jan Kromkamp -Dutch footballer

1980- Lene Marlin -Norwegian singer-songwriter

1980- Van Tuong Nguyen -Thai-Australian drug trafficker (d. 2005)

1981- Kristin Adams -American television host

1982- Phil Jagielka -English footballer

1982- Cheerleader Melissa -American wrestler

1982- Mark Salling -American actor and singer

1983- Dustin Pedroia -American baseball player

1984- Dee Brown (basketball, born 1984)|Dee Brown -American basketball player

1984- Oksana Domnina -Russian ice dancer

1984- Garrett Wolfe -American football player

1985- Aoi -Japanese actress

1985- Brock Kelly -American actor

1986- Rudy Gay -American basketball player

1986- Bryton James -American actor and singer

1986- Tyrus Thomas -American basketball player

1987- Kemp Muhl -American model, actress, and singer

1988- Aidan Coleman -Irish jockey

1988- Bianca Collins -American actress

1988- Brady Corbet -American actor

1988- Erika Toda -Japanese actress

1989- Lil B -American rapper (The Pack (group)|The Pack)

1989- Elena Hight -American snowboarder

1989- Frederick Lau -German actor

1990- Colin Bates -American actor, singer, and dancer

1990- Lauren Diewold -Canadian actress

1990- Rachel Hurd-Wood -English actress

1991- Austin Butler -American actor and singer

1991- Qory Sandioriva -Indonesian model, Puteri Indonesia 2009

1992- Paige (wrestler)|Paige -English wrestler

1992- Alex Elisala -New Zealand-Australian rugby player (d. 2013)

1993- Cinta Laura -German-Indonesian actress and singer

1993- Sarah Sjöström -Swedish swimmer

1994- Taissa Farmiga -American actress

1995- Gracie Gold -American figure skater

1996- Ella Cruz -Filipino actress

History of Deaths


1153- Eustace IV, Count of Boulogne -(b. 1130)

1304- Emperor Go-Fukakusa -of Japan (b. 1243)

1324- Irene of Brunswick -(b. 1293)

1338- Nitta Yoshisada -Japanese samurai (b. 1301)

1433- Jan of Tarnów (1367–1433)|Jan of Tarnów -(b. 1367)

1510- Edmund Dudley -English politician, Speaker of the House of Commons (United Kingdom)|Speaker of the House of Commons (b. 1462)

1657- Robert Blake (admiral)|Robert Blake -English admiral and politician, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports (b. 1599)

1673- Regnier de Graaf -Dutch physician and anatomist (b. 1641)

1676- Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen -German author (b. 1621)

1720- Anne Dacier -French scholar and translator (b. 1654)

1723- Joseph Bingham -English scholar and academic (b. 1668)

1768- Vasily Trediakovsky -Russian poet and playwright (b. 1703)

1785- Jonathan Trumbull -American politician, 16th Governor of Connecticut (b. 1710)

1786- Frederick the Great -Prussian king (b. 1712)

1834- Husein Gradaščević -Bosniak general (b. 1802)

1838- Lorenzo Da Ponte -Italian playwright and poet (b. 1749)

1850- José de San Martín -Argentinian general and politician, 1st President of Peru (b. 1778)

1861- Alcée Louis la Branche -American politician (b. 1806)

1870- Perucho Figueredo -Cuban poet and activist (b. 1818)

1875- Wilhelm Bleek -German linguist and anthropologist (b. 1827)

1880- Ole Bull -Norwegian violinist and composer (b. 1810)

1897- William Jervois -English engineer and diplomat, 10th Governor of South Australia (b. 1821)

1901- Edmond Audran -French organist and composer (b. 1842)

1903- Hans Gude -Norwegian painter (b. 1825)

1909- Madan Lal Dhingra -Indian activist (b. 1883)

1918- Moisei Uritsky -Russian politician (b. 1873)

1920- Ray Chapman -American baseball player (b. 1891)

1924- Tom Kendall -Australian cricketer (b. 1851)

1925- Ioan Slavici -Romanian journalist (b. 1848)

1935- Adam Gunn -American decathlete (b. 1872)

1935- Charlotte Perkins Gilman -American sociologist and author (b. 1860)

1936- José María of Manila -Spanish-Filipino Roman Catholic blessed (b.1880)

1940- Billy Fiske -American soldier and pilot (b. 1911)

1944- Günther von Kluge -German field marshal (b. 1882)

1945- Reidar Haaland -Norwegian police officer and soldier (b. 1919)

1949- Gregorio Perfecto -Filipino jurist and politician (b. 1891)

1954- Billy Murray (singer)|Billy Murray -American singer (b. 1877)

1958- Arthur Fox -American fencer (b. 1878)

1966- Ken Miles -English race car driver (b. 1918)

1969- Otto Stern -German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)

1970- Rattana Pestonji -Thai director and producer (b. 1908)

1971- Maedayama Eigorō -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 39th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (b. 1914)

1971- Wilhelm List -German field marshal (b. 1880)

1973- Conrad Aiken -American author and poet (b. 1889)

1973- Jean Barraqué -French composer (b. 1928)

1973- Paul Williams (The Temptations)|Paul Williams -American singer and choreographer (The Temptations) (b. 1939)

1976- William Redfield (actor)|William Redfield -American actor (b. 1927)

1979- John C. Allen -American roller coaster designer (b. 1907)

1979- Vivian Vance -American actress and singer (b. 1909)

1983- Ira Gershwin -American songwriter (b. 1896)

1987- Gary Chester -Italian drummer (b. 1924)

1987- Rudolf Hess -German politician (b. 1894)

1987- Shaike Ophir -Israeli actor and screenwriter (b. 1929)

1988- Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq -Pakistani general and politician, 6th President of Pakistan (b. 1924)

1988- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. -American lawyer and politician (b. 1914)

1988- Victoria Shaw (actress)|Victoria Shaw -Australian-American actress (b. 1935)

1990- Pearl Bailey -American actress and singer (b. 1918)

1992- Al Parker -American porn actor, director, and producer (b. 1952)

1993- Feng Kang -Chinese mathematician and academic (b. 1920)

1994- Luigi Chinetti -Italian-American race car driver (b. 1901)

1994- Jack Sharkey -American boxer (b. 1902)

1995- Howard E. Koch -American playwright and screenwriter (b. 1902)

1995- Ted Whitten -Australian footballer and coach (b. 1933)

1998- Władysław Komar -Polish shot putter (b. 1940)

1998- Raquel Rastenni -Danish singer (b. 1915)

1998- Tadeusz Ślusarski -Polish pole vaulter (b. 1950)

2000- Jack Walker -English businessman (b. 1929)

2003- Mazen Dana -Palestinian journalist (b. 1962)

2004- Thea Astley -Australian author (b. 1925)

2004- Gérard Souzay -French singer (b. 1918)

2005- John N. Bahcall|John Bahcall -American astrophysicist and academic (b. 1934)

2006- Shamsur Rahman -Bangladeshi poet and journalist (b. 1929)

2007- Jos Brink -Dutch actor, producer, and author (b. 1942)

2007- Bill Deedes -English journalist and politician (b. 1913)

2007- Eddie Griffin (basketball)|Eddie Griffin -American basketball player (b. 1982)

2008- Franco Sensi -Italian businessman (b. 1926)

2010- Francesco Cossiga -Italian politician, 8th President of Italy (b. 1928)

2012- Aase Bjerkholt -Norwegian politician, Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion (b. 1915)

2012- Pál Bogár -Hungarian basketball player (b. 1927)

2012- Joey Kovar -American model (b. 1983)

2012- Lou Martin -Irish-English pianist, songwriter, and producer (b. 1949)

2012- Victor Poor -American engineer, developed the Datapoint 2200 (b. 1933)

2012- Patrick Ricard -French businessman (b. 1945)

2012- John Lynch-Staunton -Canadian politician (b. 1930)

2012- Amparo Cuevas -Spanish Catholic seer (b. 1931)

2013- Chow Yam-nam -Chinese-Thai mystic (b. 1937)

2013- Odilia Dank -American educator and politician (b. 1938)

2013- Devin Gray -American basketball player (b. 1972)

2013- Jack Harshman -American baseball player (b. 1927)

2013- John Hollander -American poet and critic (b. 1929)

2013- Frank Martínez (artist)|Frank Martínez -American painter (b. 1924)

2013- Gus Winckel -Dutch lieutenant and pilot (b. 1912)

2014- Børre Knudsen -Norwegian minister and activist (b. 1937)

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

2014- Sophie Masloff -American politician, 56th Mayor of Pittsburgh (b. 1917)

2014- Miodrag Pavlović -Serbian poet and critic (b. 1928)

2014- Joanie Spina -American magician, dancer, and choreographer (b. 1953)

2014- Pierre Vassiliu -French singer-songwriter (b. 1937)