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Day History: August-31

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Events History


1056-After a sudden illness a few days previously, List of Byzantine emperors|Byzantine Empress -Theodora (11th century)|Theodora dies childless, thus ending the Macedonian dynasty.

1218- Al-Kamil -becomes Sultan of Egypt, Syria and northern Mesopotamia on the death of his father Al-Adil.

1314-King Håkon V of Norway|Håkon V Magnusson -moves the capital of Norway from Bergen to Oslo.

1422-King Henry V of England -dies of dysentery while in France. His son, Henry VI of England|Henry VI becomes King of England at the age of 9 months.

1795- War of the First Coalition -The British Capture of Trincomalee (1795)|capture Trincomalee (present-day Sri Lanka) from the Dutch in order to keep it out of French hands.

1798- Irish Rebellion of 1798 -Irish rebels, with French assistance, establish the short-lived Republic of Connacht.

1803- Lewis and Clark Expedition|Lewis and Clark -start their expedition to the west by leaving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 11 in the morning.

1813-At the final stage of the Peninsular War -British-Portuguese troops capture the town of Donostia (now San Sebastián), resulting in a Siege of San Sebastián|rampage and eventual destruction of the town. Elsewhere, Spanish troops repel a French attack in the Battle of San Marcial.

1864-During the American Civil War -United States|Union forces led by General William T. Sherman launch an Battle of Jonesborough|assault on Atlanta, Georgia.

1876- Ottoman Sultan -Murat V is deposed and succeeded by his brother Abd-ul-Hamid II.

1886-An Charleston earthquake|earthquake -kills 100 in Charleston, South Carolina.

1888- Mary Ann Nichols -is murdered. She is the first of Jack the Ripper's confirmed victims.

1895-German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin -patents his ''Zeppelin|Navigable Balloon''.

1897- Thomas Edison -patents the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.

1907-Count Alexander Izvolsky -and Sir Arthur Nicolson, 1st Baron Carnock|Arthur Nicolson sign the Anglo-Russian Entente|St. Petersburg Convention, which results in the Triple Entente military alliance|alliance.

1913-Police attack a union rally during the Dublin Lock-out -killing two people and injuring hundreds.

1918- World War I -Start of the Battle of Mont Saint-Quentin, a successful assault by the Australian Corps during the Hundred Days Offensive.

1920- Polish-Bolshevik War -A decisive Poland|Polish victory in the Battle of Komarów.

1920-The first radio -news program is broadcast by WWJ (AM)|8MK in Detroit, Michigan.

1936- Radio Prague -now the official international broadcasting station of the Czech Republic, goes on the air.

1935-In an attempt to stay out of the growing turmoil in Europe, the United States passes the first of its Neutrality Acts of 1930s|Neutrality Acts -

1939- Nazi Germany -mounts a staged Gleiwitz incident|attack on the Gleiwitz radio station, creating an excuse to attack Poland the following day thus starting European Theatre of World War II|World War II in Europe.

1940- Lovettsville Air Disaster|Pennsylvania Central Airlines Trip 19 -crashes near Lovettsville, Virginia. The Civil Aeronautics Authority|CAB investigation of the accident is the first investigation to be conducted under the Bureau of Air Commerce act of 1938.

1941- World War II -Chetniks|Serbian paramilitary forces defeat Germans in the Battle of Loznica (1941)|Battle of Loznica.

1943-The {{USS|Harmon|DE-678|6}}, the first United States Navy|U.S. Navy -ship to be named after a black person, is commissioned.

1945-The Liberal Party of Australia -is founded by Robert Menzies.

1949-The retreat of the Democratic Army of Greece -in Albania after its defeat on Gramos mountain marks the end of the Greek Civil War.

1957-The Federation of Malaya -(now Malaysia) gains its independence from the United Kingdom.

1958-A parcel bomb -sent by Ngo Dinh Nhu, younger brother and chief adviser of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, fails to kill King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.

1962- Trinidad and Tobago -becomes independent.

1963- North Borneo -(now Sabah) achieve a self governance.

1965-The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy -aircraft makes its first flight.

1968- Garfield Sobers -became the first batsman ever to hit six sixes in a single over of six consecutive balls in first-class cricket.

1980-After two weeks of nationwide strike action|strikes -the Polish government was forced to sign the Gdańsk Agreement, allowing for the creation of the trade union Solidarity (Polish trade union)|Solidarity.

1980- Ogunpa River|Flood -in Ibadan after 12 hours of heavy downpour killed over 300 people and properties worth million destroyed.

1982- August 31, 1982 demonstrations in Poland|Anti-government demonstrations -are held in 66 Polish cities to commemorate the second anniversary of the Gdańsk Agreement.

1986- Aeroméxico Flight 498 -collides with a Piper Cherokee|Piper PA-28 over Cerritos, California|Cerritos, California, killing 67 in the air and 15 on the ground.

1986-The Soviet Union|Soviet -passenger liner {{Ship||Admiral Nakhimov|ship|6}} sinks in the Black Sea after colliding with the bulk carrier ''Pyotr Vasev'', killing 423.

1987- Thai Airways Flight 365 -crashes into the ocean near Phuket Province|Ko Phuket, Thailand, killing all 83 aboard.

1991- Kyrgyzstan -declares its independence from the Soviet Union.

1992- Pascal Lissouba -is inaugurated as the President of the Republic of the Congo.

1994-The Provisional Irish Republican Army -declares a ceasefire.

1996- Saddam Hussein -s troops seized Irbil after the Kurdish Masoud Barzani appealed for help to defeat his Kurdish rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan|PUK.

1997- Diana, Princess of Wales -her companion Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul Death of Diana, Princess of Wales|die in a car crash in Paris.

1998- North Korea -reportedly launches ''Kwangmyŏngsŏng-1'', its first artificial satellite|satellite.

1999-The first of a series of Russian Apartment Bombings|bombings -in Moscow kills one person and wounds 40 others.

1999-A Líneas Aéreas Privadas Argentinas|LAPA -Boeing 737-200 LAPA Flight 3142|crashes during takeoff from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery|Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including two on the ground.

2005-A Baghdad bridge stampede|stampede -on Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad kills 1,199 people.

2006- Edvard Munch -s famous painting ''The Scream'', stolen on August 22, 2004, is recovered in a raid by Norway|Norwegian police.

Famous Birthdays


12- Caligula -Roman emperor (d. 41)

161- Commodus -Roman emperor (d. 192)

1602- Amalia of Solms-Braunfels -(d. 1675)

1652- Ferdinando Carlo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and Montferrat -(d. 1708)

1663- Guillaume Amontons -French physicist and instrument maker (d. 1705)

1721- George Hervey, 2nd Earl of Bristol -English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1775)

1741- Jean-Paul-Égide Martini -French composer and educator (d. 1816)

1748- Jean-Étienne Despréaux -French ballet dancer, choreographer, composer, and playwright (d. 1820)

1767- Henry Joy McCracken -Irish activist, founded the Society of United Irishmen (d. 1798)

1775- Agnes Bulmer -English poet (d. 1836)

1802- Husein Gradaščević -Bosnian general (d. 1834)

1821- Hermann von Helmholtz -German physician and physicist (d. 1894)

1822- Galusha A. Grow -American lawyer and politician, 28th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1907)

1834- Amilcare Ponchielli -Italian composer and educator (d. 1886)

1842- Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin -American journalist, publisher, and activist (d. 1924)

1843- Georg von Hertling -Bavarian politician, 7th Chancellor of the German Empire (d. 1919)

1860- Alfred Grütter -Swiss target shooter (d. 1937)

1866- Gilbert Bougnol -French fencer (d. 1947)

1870- Maria Montessori -Italian physician and educator (d. 1952)

1871- James E. Ferguson -American politician, 26th List of Governors of Texas|Governor of Texas (d. 1944)

1878- Frank Jarvis -American sprinter (d. 1933)

1879- Alma Mahler -Austrian-American composer and painter (d. 1964)

1879- Emperor Taishō -of Japan (d. 1926)

1880- Wilhelmina of the Netherlands -(d. 1962)

1883- Leo O'Connell -American soccer player (d. 1934)

1885- DuBose Heyward -American author and playwright (d. 1940)

1893- Lily Laskine -French harp player (d. 1988)

1894- Albert Facey -Australian soldier and author (d. 1982)

1896- Félix-Antoine Savard -Canadian priest and author (d. 1982)

1897- Fredric March -American actor (d. 1975)

1900- Gino Lucetti -Italian anarchist, attempted assassin of Benito Mussolini (d. 1943)

1902- Géza Révész -Hungarian general and politician, Ministry of Defence (Hungary)|Minister of Defence for Hungary (d. 1977)

1903- Arthur Godfrey -American radio and television host (d. 1983)

1903- Vladimir Jankélévitch -French musicologist and philosopher (d. 1985)

1905- Robert Bacher -American physicist and academic (d. 2004)

1905- Sanford Meisner -American actor (d. 1997)

1907- Valter Biiber -Estonian footballer (d. 1977)

1907- Augustus F. Hawkins -American politician (d. 2007)

1907- Ramon Magsaysay -Filipino captain, engineer, and politician, 7th President of the Philippines (d. 1957)

1907- William Shawn -American journalist (d. 1992)

1907- Altiero Spinelli -Italian theorist and politician (d. 1986)

1908- William Saroyan -American author and playwright (d. 1981)

1909- Ferenc Fejtő -Hungarian-French journalist and political scientist (d. 2008)

1911- Edward Brongersma -Dutch journalist and politician (d. 1998)

1911- Arsenio Rodríguez -Cuban-American Tres (instrument)|tres player, composer, and bandleader (d. 1970)

1913- Helen Levitt -American photographer and cinematographer (d. 2009)

1913- Bernard Lovell -English physicist and astronomer (d. 2012)

1914- Richard Basehart -American actor (d. 1984)

1916- Danny Litwhiler -American baseball player and coach (d. 2011)

1916- Daniel Schorr -American journalist and author (d. 2010)

1916- John S. Wold -American politician

1918- Alan Jay Lerner -American songwriter and composer (d. 1986)

1919- Amrita Preetam -Indian poet and author (d. 2005)

1920- Gustavo Adolfo Palma -Guatemalan tenor and actor (d. 2010)

1920- G. D. Spradlin -American actor, director, and producer (d. 2011)

1921- Otis G. Pike -American judge and politician (d. 2014)

1921- Raymond Williams -Welsh academic and author (d. 1988)

1924- John Davidson (politician)|John Davidson -American physician and politician (d. 2012)

1924- Buddy Hackett -American actor and singer (d. 2003)

1924- Herbert Wise -Austrian-English director and producer

1925- Moran Campbell -English-Canadian physician and academic, invented the venturi mask (d. 2004)

1928- James Coburn -American actor (d. 2002)

1928- Jaime Sin -Filipino cardinal (d. 2005)

1930- Charles Kay -English actor

1930- Big Tiny Little -American pianist (d. 2010)

1931- Jean Béliveau -Canadian ice hockey player

1931- Noble Willingham -American actor (d. 2004)

1932- Roy Castle -English actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1994)

1932- Allan Fotheringham -Canadian journalist

1934- Nikos Xanthopoulos -Greek actor and singer

1935- Eldridge Cleaver -American activist and author (d. 1998)

1935- Bryan Organ -English painter

1935- Frank Robinson -American baseball player and manager

1936- Vladimir Orlov (author)|Vladimir Orlov -Russian author (d. 2014)

1937- Warren Berlinger -American actor

1937- Bobby Parker (guitarist)|Bobby Parker -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)

1938- Martin Bell -English journalist and politician

1939- Jerry Allison -American drummer and songwriter (The Crickets)

1940- Robbie Basho -American guitarist, pianist, and composer (d. 1986)

1940- Wilton Felder -American saxophonist and bass player (The Crusaders)

1940- Larry Hankin -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1940- Robert Morris (actor)|Robert Morris -British actor, born Gosport, Hampshire

1940- Roger Newman -English-American actor and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1940- Jack Thompson (actor)|Jack Thompson -Australian actor

1941- William DeWitt, Jr. -American businessman

1941- Emmanuel Nunes -Portuguese-French composer and educator (d. 2012)

1943- Leonid Ivashov -Russian general

1944- Roger Dean (artist)|Roger Dean -English illustrator and publisher

1944- Liz Forgan -English journalist

1944- Christine King -English historian and academic

1944- Clive Lloyd -Guyanese cricketer

1944- Jos LeDuc -Canadian-American wrestler (d. 1999)

1945- Lee Bryant -American actress

1945- Van Morrison -Irish singer-songwriter (Them (band)|Them)

1945- Itzhak Perlman -Israeli-American violinist and conductor

1945- Bob Welch (musician)|Bob Welch -American singer and guitarist (Fleetwood Mac and Paris (band)|Paris) (d. 2012)

1946- Ann Coffey -Scottish politician

1946- Jerome Corsi -American theorist and author

1946- Tom Coughlin -American football player and coach

1947- Mona Marshall -American voice actress

1947- Luca Cordero di Montezemolo -Italian businessman

1947- Yumiko Ōshima -Japanese author and illustrator

1947- Somchai Wongsawat -Thai politician, 26th Prime Minister of Thailand

1948- Harald Ertl -Austrian race car driver (d. 1982)

1948- Lowell Ganz -American screenwriter and producer

1948- Ken McMullen (film director)|Ken McMullen -English director, producer, and screenwriter

1948- Holger Osieck -German footballer and manager

1948- Rudolf Schenker -German guitarist and songwriter (Scorpions (band)|Scorpions)

1949- Richard Gere -American actor, singer, and producer

1949- Hugh David Politzer -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1951- Sirje Tamul -Estonian historian, author, and academic

1952- Kim Kashkashian -American viola player

1952- Herbert Reul -German politician

1953- Miguel Ángel Guerra -Argentinian race car driver

1953- György Károly -Hungarian poet and author

1953- Jimmy McKenna -Scottish actor

1953- Pavel Vinogradov -Russian astronaut and engineer

1954- Julie Brown -American actress, singer, producer, and screenwriter

1955- Aleksander Krupa -Polish-American actor

1955- Julie Maxton -Scottish lawyer and academic

1955- Edwin Moses -American hurdler

1955- Anthony Thistlethwaite -English saxophonist and bass player (The Waterboys and The Saw Doctors)

1955- Gary Webb -American journalist and author (d. 2004)

1956- Mária Balážová -Slovak painter

1956- Masashi Tashiro -Japanese singer, actor, and director (Rats & Star)

1957- Colm O'Rourke -Irish footballer and sportscaster

1957- Gina Schock -American drummer, songwriter, and actress (The Go-Go's and Edie and the Eggs)

1957- Glenn Tilbrook -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Squeeze (band)|Squeeze and Difford & Tilbrook)

1958- Serge Blanco -Venezuelan-French rugby player

1958- Stephen Cottrell -English bishop

1959- Ralph Krueger -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1959- Jessica Upshaw -American lawyer and politician (d. 2013)

1960- Vali Ionescu -Romanian long jumper

1960- Chris Whitley -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)

1960- Hassan Nasrallah -Lebanese politician, 3rd Secretary-General of Hezbollah

1961- Magnus Ilmjärv -Estonian historian and author

1962- Dee Bradley Baker -American voice actor and singer

1962- Thomas Suozzi -American politician

1963- Reb Beach -American guitarist (Winger (band)|Winger, Whitesnake, Night Ranger, and Dokken)

1963- Todd Carty -Irish actor and director

1963- Rituparno Ghosh -Indian actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1963- Naomi Robson -American-Australian journalist

1963- Sonny Silooy -Dutch footballer and manager

1964- Ramón Arellano Félix -Mexican drug trafficker (d. 2002)

1964- Raymond P. Hammond -American poet and critic

1965- Céline Bonnier -Canadian actress

1965- Zsolt Borkai -Hungarian gymnast

1965- Susan Gritton -English soprano

1965- Willie Watson (New Zealand cricketer)|Willie Watson -New Zealand cricketer

1966- Jan Einar Thorsen -Norwegian skier

1967- Nigel Avery -New Zealand weightlifter

1967- Jonathan Cake -English actor

1967- Gene Hoglan -American drummer (Tenet (band)|Tenet, Strapping Young Lad, Testament (band)|Testament, Fear Factory, and Dethklok)

1967- Anita Moen -Norwegian skier

1968- Valdon Dowiyogo -Nauruan politician

1968- Hideo Nomo -Japanese-American baseball player

1968- Jolene Watanabe -American tennis player

1969- Nathalie Bouvier -French skier

1969- Jonathan LaPaglia -Australian actor

1969- Javagal Srinath -Indian cricketer and referee

1970- Debbie Gibson -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1970- Nikola Gruevski -Macedonian economist and politician, 6th Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia

1970- Kristina Cook -English horse rider

1970- Greg Mulholland -English politician

1970- Amy Stein -American photographer and educator

1970- Arie van Lent -Dutch-German footballer and manager

1970- Zack Ward -Canadian actor and producer

1971- Pádraig Harrington -Irish golfer

1971- Vadim Repin -Belgian-Russian violinist

1972- Chris Tucker -American actor

1973- Scott Niedermayer -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1974- Andriy Medvedev -Ukrainian-Monacan tennis player

1975- Craig Cumming -New Zealand cricketer and sportscaster

1975- John Grahame -American ice hockey player and coach

1975- Daniel Harding -English conductor

1975- Sara Ramirez -Mexican-American actress and singer

1975- Takahiro Suwa -Japanese wrestler

1976- Vincent Delerm -French singer-songwriter and pianist

1976- Roque Júnior -Brazilian footballer

1976- Radek Martínek -Czech ice hockey player

1977- Jeff Hardy -American wrestler and singer

1977- Ian Harte -Irish footballer

1977- Craig Nicholls -Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Vines (band)|The Vines)

1978- Philippe Christanval -French footballer

1978- Ido Pariente -Israeli mixed martial artist and trainer

1978- Sandis Valters -Latvian basketball player

1979- Clay Hensley -American baseball player

1979- Mickie James -American wrestler and singer

1979- Mark Johnston (swimmer)|Mark Johnston -Canadian swimmer

1979- Simon Neil -Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Biffy Clyro and Marmaduke Duke)

1979- Yuvan Shankar Raja -Indian singer-songwriter

1979- Ramón Santiago -Dominican baseball player

1980- Joe Budden -American rapper (Slaughterhouse (group)|Slaughterhouse)

1981- Mawnia Al-Kuwaitia -Kuwaiti singer and actress

1981- Dwayne Peel -Welsh rugby player

1981- Steve Saviano -American ice hockey player

1982- Ian Crocker -American swimmer

1982- Chris Duhon -American basketball player

1982- Lien Huyghebaert -Belgian sprinter

1982- Christopher Katongo -Zambian footballer

1982- Josh Kroeger -American baseball player

1982- Alexei Mikhnov -Ukrainian-Russian ice hockey player

1982- Pepe Reina -Spanish footballer

1982- Michele Rugolo -Italian race car driver

1982- G. Willow Wilson -American journalist and author

1983- Deniz Aydoğdu -German-Turkish footballer

1983- Milan Biševac -Serbian footballer

1983- Larry Fitzgerald -American football player

1984- Aleksander Baldin -Estonian swimmer

1984- Matti Breschel -Danish cyclist

1984- Ryan Kesler -American ice hockey player

1984- Ted Ligety -American skier

1984- Rajkummar Rao -Indian actor

1984- Charl Schwartzel -South African golfer

1985- Rolando (footballer)|Rolando -Portuguese footballer

1985- Andrew Foster (Australian rules footballer)|Andrew Foster -Australian footballer

1986- Ryan Kelley -American actor

1986- Feng Tianwei -Singaporean table tennis player

1987- Xavi Annunziata -Spanish footballer

1987- Petros Kravaritis -Greek footballer

1987- Ondřej Pavelec -Czech ice hockey player

1988- Ken Kallaste -Estonian footballer

1989- Dezmon Briscoe -American football player

1990- Tadeja Majerič -Slovenian tennis player

1991- António Félix da Costa -Portuguese race car driver

1992- Holly Earl -English actress

1994- Alex Harris (footballer)|Alex Harris -Scottish footballer

1995- Ceallach Spellman -English actor

History of Deaths


577- John Scholasticus -Byzantine patriarch and saint

651- Aidan of Lindisfarne -Irish bishop and saint

731- Ōtomo no Tabito -Japanese poet (b. 665)

1158- Sancho III of Castile -(b. 1134)

1234- Emperor Go-Horikawa -of Japan (b. 1212)

1372- Ralph de Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford -English soldier (b. 1301)

1422- Henry V of England -(b. 1386)

1645- Francesco Bracciolini -Italian poet (b. 1566)

1654- Ole Worm -Danish physician and historian (b. 1588)

1688- John Bunyan -English preacher, theologian, and author (b. 1628)

1730- Gottfried Finger -Czech-German viol player and composer (b. 1660)

1741- Johann Gottlieb Heineccius -German academic and jurist (b. 1681)

1772- William Borlase -English geologist and historian (b. 1695)

1795- François-André Danican Philidor -French-English chess player (b. 1726)

1799- Nicolas-Henri Jardin -French architect, designed the Bernstorff Palace and Marienlyst Castle (b. 1720)

1811- Louis Antoine de Bougainville -French admiral and explorer (b. 1729)

1814- Arthur Phillip -English admiral and politician, 1st Governor of New South Wales (b. 1738)

1817- Sir John Duckworth, 1st Baronet -English admiral and politician, 39th List of lieutenant governors of Newfoundland and Labrador|Commodore Governor of Newfoundland (b. 1747)

1867- Charles Baudelaire -French poet and critic (b. 1821)

1869- Mary Ward (scientist)|Mary Ward -Irish astronomer and entomologist (b. 1827)

1888- Mary Ann Nichols -English victim of Jack the Ripper (b. 1845)

1908- Leslie Green -English architect (b. 1875)

1912- Jean, duc Decazes -French sailor (b. 1864)

1920- Jens Oliver Lisberg -Faroese designer of the Flag of the Faroe Islands (b. 1896)

1920- Wilhelm Wundt -German physician, psychologist, and philosopher (b. 1832)

1924- Todor Aleksandrov -Bulgarian soldier (b. 1881)

1927- William Frank Carver -American target shooter (b. 1851)

1927- Andranik -Armenian general (b. 1865)

1940- Georges Gauthier -Canadian archbishop (b. 1871)

1941- Marina Tsvetaeva -Russian poet and author (b. 1892)

1948- Billy Laughlin -American actor (b. 1932)

1948- Andrei Zhdanov -Russian politician (b. 1896)

1952- Henri Bourassa -Canadian politician (b. 1868)

1954- Elsa Barker -American author and poet (b. 1869)

1963- Georges Braque -French painter and sculptor (b. 1882)

1965- E. E. Smith -American engineer and author (b. 1890)

1967- Ilya Ehrenburg -Russian journalist and author (b. 1891)

1968- John Hartle -English motorcycle racer (b. 1933)

1969- Rocky Marciano -American boxer (b. 1923)

1973- John Ford -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1894)

1974- William Pershing Benedict -American soldier and pilot (b. 1928)

1974- Norman Kirk -New Zealand engineer and politician, 29th Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1923)

1978- John Wrathall -Rhodesian accountant and politician, 2nd President of Rhodesia (b. 1913)

1979- Sally Rand -American actress and dancer (b. 1904)

1979- Tiger Smith -England cricketer (b. 1886)

1984- Audrey Wagner -American baseball player (b. 1927)

1985- Frank Macfarlane Burnet -Australian virologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)

1986- Elizabeth Coatsworth -American author and poet (b. 1893)

1986- Urho Kekkonen -Finnish journalist, lawyer, and politician, 8th President of Finland (b. 1900)

1986- Henry Moore -English sculptor and illustrator (b. 1898)

1990- Nathaniel Clifton -American basketball player (b. 1922)

1991- Cliff Lumsdon -Canadian swimmer (b. 1931)

1992- Wolfgang Güllich -German rock climber (b. 1960)

1995- Barry Lee Fairchild -American kidnapper and murderer (b. 1954)

1997- Dodi Fayed -Egyptian film producer (b. 1955)

1997- Henri Paul -French security guard (b. 1956)

1997- Diana, Princess of Wales -(b. 1961)

2000- Lucille Fletcher -American screenwriter (b. 1912)

2000- Dolores Moore -American baseball player (b. 1932)

2000- Patricia Owens (actress)|Patricia Owens -Canadian-American actress (b. 1925)

2002- Lionel Hampton -American pianist, composer, bandleader, and actor (b. 1908)

2002- Farhad Mehrad -Persian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist (b. 1944)

2002- George Porter -English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1920)

2004- Carl Wayne -English singer and actor (The Move, The Hollies, and The Vikings (British band)|The Vikings) (b. 1943)

2005- Jaan Kiivit, Jr. -Estonian archbishop (b. 1940)

2005- Joseph Rotblat -Polish-English physicist and academic, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1908)

2005- Michael Sheard -Scottish-English actor (b. 1940)

2006- Mohamed Abdelwahab -Egyptian footballer (b. 1983)

2006- Tom Delaney -English race car driver (b. 1911)

2006- Derrick Wayne Frazier -American murderer (b. 1977)

2007- Gay Brewer -American golfer (b. 1932)

2007- Karloff Lagarde -Mexican wrestler (b. 1928)

2007- Jean Jacques Paradis -Canadian general (b. 1928)

2007- Sulev Vahtre -Estonian historian and academic (b. 1926)

2008- Ken Campbell -English actor and screenwriter (b. 1941)

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

2008- Victor Yates (rugby)|Victor Yates -New Zealand rugby player (b. 1939)

2009- Eraño Manalo -Filipino minister (b. 1925)

2010- Laurent Fignon -French cyclist (b. 1960)

2011- Death of Ali Jawad al-Sheikh|Ali Jawad al-Sheikh -Bahraini protester (b. 1997)

2011- Wade Belak -Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1976)

2012- Max Bygraves -English-Australian actor and singer (b. 1922)

2012- Joe Lewis (martial artist)|Joe Lewis -American martial artist and actor (b. 1944)

2012- Carlo Maria Martini -Italian cardinal (b. 1927)

2012- Kashiram Rana -Indian lawyer and politician (b. 1938)

2012- John C. Shabaz -American judge and politician (b. 1931)

2012- Sergey Sokolov (commander)|Sergey Sokolov -Russian commander and politician, 6th Minister of Defence (Soviet Union)|Minister of Defence for The Soviet Union (b. 1911)

2013- Alan Carrington -English chemist and academic (b. 1934)

2013- David Frost -English journalist and game show host (b. 1939)

2013- Jimmy Greenhalgh -English footballer and manager (b. 1923)

2013- Jan Camiel Willems -Belgian mathematician and theorist (b. 1939)

2014- Bapu (film director)|Bapu -Indian director and screenwriter (b. 1933)

2014- Ștefan Andrei -Romanian politician, 87th Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Romania)|Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1931)

2014- Stan Goldberg -American illustrator (b. 1932)

2014- Jimi Jamison -American singer-songwriter (Survivor (band)|Survivor) (b. 1951)

2014- María Eugenia Llamas -Mexican actress (b. 1944)

2014- Carol Vadnais -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1945)