This Day in History

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

Day History: December-31

Events HistoryFamous BirthdaysHistory of Deaths

Events History

406- Vandals -Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine, beginning an invasion of Gaul.

535- Byzantine Empire|Byzantine -general Belisarius completes the conquest of Sicily, defeating the Ostrogoths|Gothic garrison of Palermo (Panormos), and ending his consulship for the year.

1225-The Dynasty -of Vietnam ends after 216 years by the enthronement of the boy emperor Trần Thái Tông, husband of the last Lý monarch, Lý Chiêu Hoàng, starting the Trần Dynasty.

1229- James I of Aragon -the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma, Majorca|Palma, Spain) thus consummating the Christian reconquest of the island of Majorca.

1501-The First Battle of Cannanore -commences.

1600-The British East India Company -is chartered.

1660- James II of England -is named Duke of Normandy by Louis XIV of France.

1687-The first Huguenot -set sail from France to the Cape of Good Hope.

1695-A window tax -is imposed in England, causing many householders to brick up windows to avoid the tax.

1757-Empress Elizabeth I of Russia -issues her ukase incorporating Russian Prussia|Königsberg into Russia.

1759-Arthur Guinness signs a 9,000 year lease at Pound sterling|£ -5 per annum and starts brewing Guinness.

1775- American Revolutionary War -Battle of Quebec (1775)|Battle of Quebec: Kingdom of Great Britain|British forces repulse an attack by Continental Army General Richard Montgomery.

1790-'' Efimeris -', the oldest Greece|Greek newspaper of which issues have survived till today is published for the first time.

1796-The incorporation of Baltimore -as a city.

1831- Gramercy Park -is deeded to New York City|New York, New York.

1853-A dinner party is held inside a life-size model of an Iguanodon -created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and Sir Richard Owen in south London|London, England.

1857- Queen Victoria -chooses Ottawa, then a small logging town, as the capital of Canada.

1862- American Civil War -Abraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the United States|Union, thus dividing Virginia in two.

1862-American Civil War: The Battle of Stones River -begins near Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

1878- Karl Benz -working in Mannheim, Germany, filed for a patent on his first reliable Two-stroke engine|two-stroke gas engine, and he was granted the patent in 1879.

1879- Thomas Edison -demonstrates Incandescent light bulb|incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Edison, New Jersey|Menlo Park, New Jersey.

1906- Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar -signs the Persian Constitution of 1906.

1907-The first New Year's Eve -celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in New York, New York.

1909- Manhattan Bridge -opens.

1923-The chimes of Big Ben -are broadcast on radio for the first time by the BBC.

1944- World War II -Hungary declares war on Nazi Germany.

1944-World War II: Operation Nordwind -the last major German offensive on the Western Front (World War II)|Western Front begins.

1946-President Harry S. Truman -officially proclaims the end of hostilities in World War II.

1951-The Marshall Plan -expires after distributing more than United States dollar|US$13.3 billion in foreign aid to rebuild Europe.

1955- General Motors -becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over US$1 billion in a year.

1960-The Farthing (British coin)|farthing coin -ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.

1961- Raidió Teilifís Éireann|RTÉ -Ireland's state broadcaster, launches its first national television service.

1963- Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland|The Central African Federation -officially collapses, subsequently becoming Zambia, Malawi and Rhodesia.

1965- Jean-Bédel Bokassa -leader of the Central African Republic army, and his military officers Saint-Sylvestre coup d'état|begins a coup d'état against the government of List of heads of state of the Central African Republic and Central African Empire|President David Dacko.

1967-The Youth International Party -popularly known as the "Yippies", is founded.

1981-A coup d'état -in Ghana removes List of heads of state of Ghana|President Hilla Limann's People's National Party (Ghana)|PNP Limann government|government and replaces it with the Provisional National Defence Council led by Flight lieutenant Jerry Rawlings.

1983-The AT&T Corporation|AT&T -Bell System is broken up by the United States Government.

1983-In Nigeria -a coup d'état led by Major General Muhammadu Buhari ends the Second Nigerian Republic.

1986-A Dupont Plaza Hotel arson|fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel -in San Juan, Puerto Rico, kills 97 and injures 140.

1988- Pittsburgh Penguins -Mario Lemieux becomes the only National Hockey League player to score Goal (ice hockey)|goals in five different ways: even strength, shorthanded, power play, penalty shot, and empty net, during an 8–6 win over the New Jersey Devils.

1988-First Winter Ascent of Lhotse -(8,516m) by Krzysztof Wielicki (solo).

1991-All official Soviet Union -institutions have ceased operations by this date and the Soviet Union is officially dissolved.

1992- Czechoslovakia -is Dissolution of Czechoslovakia|peacefully dissolved in what is dubbed by media as the ''Velvet Divorce'', resulting in the creation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

1994-This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati -as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC−11:00 to UTC+13:00 and UTC−10:00 to UTC+14:00, respectively.

1994-The First Chechen War -Russian army began a Battle of Grozny (1994–1995)|New Year's storm of Grozny.

1998-The European Exchange Rate Mechanism -freezes the values of the legacy currencies in the Eurozone, and establishes the value of the euro currency.

1999-First President of Russia -Boris Yeltsin, resigns from office, leaving Prime Minister of Russia|Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President and successor.

1999-The United States Government hands control of the Panama Canal -(as well all the adjacent land to the canal known as the Panama Canal Zone) to Panama. This act complied with the signing of the 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties.

1999- Indian Airlines Flight 814 -hijacking ended after seven days with the release of 190 survivors at Kandahar Airport, Afghanistan.

2004-The official opening of Taipei 101 -the List of tallest buildings and structures in the world|tallest skyscraper at that time in the world, standing at a height of {{convert|509|m|ft}}.

2009-Both a blue moon -and a December 2009 lunar eclipse|lunar eclipse occur.

2010- 2010 New Year's Eve tornado outbreak|Tornadoes -touch down in Midwestern United States|midwestern and southern United States, including Washington County, Arkansas; Greater St. Louis, Sunset Hills, Missouri, Illinois, and Oklahoma, with a few tornadoes in the early hours. A total 36 tornadoes touched down, resulting in the deaths of 9 people and $113 million in damages.

2011- NASA -succeeds in putting the first of two Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory satellites in orbit around the moon.

Famous Birthdays

695- Muhammad bin Qasim -Syrian general (d. 715)

1378- Pope Callixtus III -(d. 1458)

1491- Jacques Cartier -French navigator and explorer (d. 1557)

1514- Andreas Vesalius -Belgian anatomist, physician, and author (d. 1564)

1552- Simon Forman -English occultist and astrologer (d. 1611)

1572- Emperor Go-Yōzei -of Japan, (d. 1617)

1585- Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba (1585–1645)|Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba -Spanish general and politician, 24th Governor of the Duchy of Milan (d. 1645)

1668- Herman Boerhaave -Dutch botanist and physician (d. 1738)

1704- Carl Gotthelf Gerlach -German organist (d. 1761)

1714- Arima Yoriyuki -Japanese mathematician (d. 1783)

1720- Charles Edward Stuart -Italian husband of Princess Louise of Stolberg-Gedern (d. 1788)

1738- Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis -English general and politician, 3rd Governor-General of India (d. 1805)

1741- Gottfried August Bürger -German poet and academic (d. 1794)

1741- Princess Isabella of Parma -(d. 1763)

1763- Pierre-Charles Villeneuve -French admiral (d. 1806)

1776- Johann Spurzheim -German-American physician and phrenologist (d. 1832)

1790- Antonie Adamberger -Austrian actress (d. 1867)

1798- Friedrich Robert Faehlmann -Estonian physician, philologist, and academic (d. 1850)

1805- Marie d'Agoult -French author (d. 1876)

1815- George Meade -American general and engineer (d. 1872)

1830- Isma'il Pasha -Egyptian politician (d. 1895)

1830- Alexander Smith (poet)|Alexander Smith -Scottish poet (d. 1867)

1851- Henry Carter Adams -American economist and academic (d. 1921)

1855- Giovanni Pascoli -Italian poet and scholar (d. 1912)

1857- King Kelly -American baseball player and manager (d. 1894)

1860- Joseph S. Cullinan -American businessman, co-founded Texaco (d. 1937)

1864- Robert Grant Aitken -American astronomer (d. 1951)

1869- Henri Matisse -French painter and sculptor (d. 1954)

1873- Konstantin Konik -Estonian surgeon and politician, 19th Estonian Minister of Education (d. 1936)

1877- Lawrence Beesley -English journalist and author (d. 1967)

1878- Elizabeth Arden -Canadian businesswoman, founded Elizabeth Arden, Inc. (d. 1966)

1878- Horacio Quiroga -Uruguayan-Argentinian author, poet, and playwright (d. 1937)

1880- Fred Beebe -American baseball player and coach (d. 1957)

1880- George Marshall -American general and politician, 50th United States Secretary of State, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1959)

1881- Max Pechstein -German painter (d. 1955)

1884- Bobby Byrne (baseball)|Bobby Byrne -American baseball and soccer player (d. 1964)

1885- Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein -(d. 1970)

1899- Silvestre Revueltas -Mexican violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1940)

1901- Júlia Báthory -Hungarian designer (d. 2000)

1901- Nikos Ploumpidis -Greek politician (d. 1954)

1902- Lionel Daunais -Canadian singer-songwriter (d. 1982)

1904- William Heynes -English engineer (d. 1989)

1905- Jule Styne -English-American composer (d. 1994)

1908- Simon Wiesenthal -Ukrainian-Austrian Holocaust survivor (d. 2005)

1909- Jonah Jones -American trumpet player and saxophonist (d. 2000)

1910- Carl Dudley -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1973)

1911- Dal Stivens -Australian author (d. 1997)

1912- John Frost (British Army officer)|John Frost -Indian-English general (d. 1993)

1915- Sam Ragan -American journalist, author, and poet (d. 1996)

1917- Evelyn Knight -American singer (d. 2007)

1917- Wilfrid Noyce -English mountaineer and author (d. 1962)

1918- Virginia Davis -American actress (d. 2009)

1919- Tommy Byrne (baseball)|Tommy Byrne -American baseball player, coach, and politician (d. 2007)

1919- Carmen Contreras-Bozak -Puerto Rician-American soldier

1919- G. Wood -American actor (d. 2000)

1920- Rex Allen -American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1999)

1922- Tomás Balduino -Brazilian bishop (d. 2014)

1922- Luis Zuloaga -Venezuelan baseball player (d. 2013)

1923- Giannis Dalianidis -Greek actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1924- Taylor Mead -American actor and poet (d. 2013)

1925- Irina Korschunow -German author and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1925- Sri Lal Sukla -Indian author (d. 2011)

1926- Valerie Pearl -English historian and academic

1926- Billy Snedden -Australian politician, 17th Attorney-General of Australia (d. 1987)

1928- Siné -French cartoonist

1928- Tatyana Shmyga -Russian actress and singer (d. 2011)

1929- Mies Bouwman -Dutch television host

1930- Odetta -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (d. 2008)

1930- Jaime Escalante -Bolivian-American educator (d. 2010)

1931- Bob Shaw -Irish journalist and author (d. 1996)

1932- Don James (American football)|Don James -American football player and coach (d. 2013)

1933- Edward Bunker -American author, screenwriter, and actor (d. 2005)

1934- Ameer Muhammad Akram Awan -Indian scholar, author, and poet

1934- George Christie (opera manager)|George Christie -English opera manager

1934- Noel Jan Tyl -American astrologer and author

1937- Avram Hershko -Hungarian-Israeli biochemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1937- Anthony Hopkins -Welsh-American actor, director, and composer

1937- Barry Hughes -Welsh footballer and manager

1937- Tess Jaray -Austrian-English painter

1937- Alvis Wayne -American singer (d. 2013)

1938- Rosalind Cash -American actress and singer (d. 1995)

1938- Atje Keulen-Deelstra -Dutch speed skater (d. 2013)

1940- Mani Neumeier -German drummer (Guru Guru)

1941- Sean S. Cunningham -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1941- Alex Ferguson -Scottish footballer and manager

1941- Sarah Miles -English actress

1942- Taufiq Kiemas -Indonesian politician, 5th Spouses of the Presidents of Indonesia|First Gentleman of Indonesia (d. 2013)

1942- Andy Summers -English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (The Police and Zoot Money's Big Roll Band)

1943- John Denver -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (The John Denver Band and Chad Mitchell Trio) (d. 1997)

1943- Ben Kingsley -English actor

1943- Mavis Maclean -British legal scholar

1943- Pete Quaife -English bass player (The Kinks) (d. 2010)

1944- Taylor Hackford -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1944- Neil Ross -English-American voice actor

1945- Diane von Fürstenberg -Belgian-American fashion designer

1945- Connie Willis -American author

1946- Roy Greenslade -English journalist and academic

1946- Pius Ncube -Zimbabwean archbishop

1946- Eric Robson -Scottish journalist and author

1946- Nigel Rudd -English businessman, founded Williams Holdings

1946- Tim Stevens -English bishop

1946- Geoff Whitty -English academic

1947- Burton Cummings -Canadian keyboard player and songwriter (The Guess Who)

1947- Rita Lee -Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (Os Mutantes)

1947- Tim Matheson -American actor, director, and producer

1948- Joe Dallesandro -American actor

1948- Sandy Jardine -Scottish footballer and manager (d. 2014)

1948- René Robert -Canadian ice hockey player

1948- Donna Summer -American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2012)

1949- Ellen Datlow -American anthologist and author

1949- Seub Nakhasathien -Thai environmentalist (d. 1990)

1949- Susan Shwartz -American author

1950- Phil Blakeway -Welsh-English rugby player

1950- Cheryl Womack -American businesswoman and entrepreneur

1951- Tom Hamilton (musician)|Tom Hamilton -American bass player and songwriter (Aerosmith)

1951- Terry Rhoads -American actor (d. 2013)

1952- Vaughan Jones -New Zealand mathematician and academic

1953- Jane Badler -American actress and singer

1953- Michael Hedges -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1997)

1953- Trevor Phillips -English broadcaster and politician

1953- James Remar -American actor

1954- Alex Salmond -Scottish economist and politician, 4th First Minister of Scotland

1954- Hermann Tilke -German race car driver and engineer

1956- Robert Goodwill -English farmer and politician

1956- Steve Rude -American author and illustrator

1956- Hussein Ahmed Salah -Djiboutian runner

1958- Bebe Neuwirth -American actress and singer

1959- Liveris Andritsos -Greek basketball player

1959- Alfie Anido -Filipino actor (d. 1981)

1959- Ron Bennington -American comedian and radio host

1959- Val Kilmer -American actor, singer, and producer

1959- Phill Kline -American lawyer and politician

1959- Baron Waqa -Nauruan politician, 14th President of Nauru

1959- Paul Westerberg -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Replacements (band)|The Replacements)

1960- Steve Bruce -English footballer and manager

1960- John Allen Muhammad -American murderer (d. 2009)

1961- Rick Aguilera -American baseball player and coach

1961- Jeremy Heywood -English civil servant

1961- Nina Li (actress)|Nina Li -Chinese actress

1962- Tyrone Corbin -American basketball player and coach

1962- Don Diamont -American actor

1962- Chris Hallam -English-Welsh swimmer and wheelchair racer (d. 2013)

1962- Heather McCartney -American-English potter

1963- Scott Ian -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Anthrax (American band)|Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death, The Damned Things, and Damnocracy)

1963- Konishiki Yasokichi -American-Japanese sumo wrestler

1964- Michael McDonald (comedian)|Michael McDonald -American comedian, actor, and director

1965- Tony Dorigo -Australian-English footballer and sportscaster

1965- Julie Doucet -Canadian cartoonist

1965- Gong Li -Chinese actress

1965- Nicholas Sparks -American author, screenwriter, and producer

1966- Lisa Joyner -American journalist and actress

1968- Gerry Dee -Canadian comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1968- Junot Díaz -Dominican-American author and academic

1968- Luciano Szafir -Brazilian model and actor

1969- Arvi Aavik -Estonian wrestler

1969- Dominik Diamond -Scottish radio and television host

1969- Are Kalvø -Norwegian author and radio host

1970- Jorge Alberto da Costa Silva -Brazilian footballer

1970- Sven Kretschmer -German footballer

1970- Danny McNamara -English singer-songwriter (Embrace (English band)|Embrace)

1970- Carlos Morales Quintana -Spanish-Danish husband of Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark

1970- Bryon Russell -American basketball player

1971- Brent Barry -American basketball player

1971- Esteban Loaiza -Mexican baseball player

1972- Joey McIntyre -American singer-songwriter and actor (New Kids on the Block)

1973- Shandon Anderson -American basketball player

1973- Crystal Knight -American porn actress and model

1973- Malcolm Middleton -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Arab Strap (band)|Arab Strap)

1974- Joe Abercrombie -English author

1974- Mario Aerts -Belgian cyclist

1974- Tony Kanaan -Brazilian race car driver

1974- Ryan Sakoda -Japanese-American wrestler

1975- Rami Alanko -Finnish ice hockey player

1975- Toni Kuivasto -Finnish footballer

1975- Rob Penders -Dutch footballer

1975- Sander Schutgens -Dutch runner

1976- Luis Carreira -Portuguese motorcycle racer (d. 2012)

1976- Matthew Hoggard -English cricketer

1976- Craig Reucassel -Australian comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1977- Psy -South Korean singer-songwriter, producer, and dancer

1977- Wardy Alfaro -Costa Rican footballer

1977- Donald Trump, Jr. -American businessman

1978- Eisa Al Dah -Emirati boxer

1979- Elaine Cassidy -Irish actress

1979- Paul O'Neill (racing driver)|Paul O'Neill -English race car driver

1980- M-Dogg 20 -American wrestler

1980- Jesse Carlson -American baseball player

1980- Richie McCaw -New Zealand rugby player

1980- Carsten Schlangen -German runner

1981- Jason Campbell -American football player

1981- Matthew Pavlich -Australian footballer

1982- Julio DePaula -Dominican baseball player

1982- Craig Gordon -Scottish footballer

1982- Luke Schenscher -Australian basketball player

1982- The Rocket Summer -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1983- Mariana Renata -French-Indonesian model and actress

1984- Édgar Lugo -Mexican footballer

1984- Paul Rodriguez (skateboarder)|Paul Rodriguez -American skateboarder and actor

1984- Calvin Zola -Congolese footballer

1985- Jonathan Horton -American gymnast

1985- Jan Smit (singer)|Jan Smit -Dutch singer

1986- Nate Freiman -American baseball player

1986- Bronson Pelletier -Canadian actor

1987- Javaris Crittenton -American basketball player

1987- Danny Holla -Dutch footballer

1987- Émilie Le Pennec -French gymnast

1990- Patrick Chan -Canadian figure skater

1990- Sam Faiers -English television personality

1991- Camila Giorgi -Italian tennis player

1991- Bojana Jovanovski -Serbian tennis player

1992- Karl Kruuda -Estonian race car driver

1993- Ryan Blaney -American race car driver

1995- Gabby Douglas -American gymnast

2005- Lakshmi Tatma -Indian girl with conjoined twin

History of Deaths

192- Commodus -Roman emperor (b. 161)

669- Li Shiji -Chinese general (b. 594)

1164- Ottokar III of Styria -(b. 1124)

1194- Leopold V, Duke of Austria -(b. 1157)

1297- Humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford -English politician, Lord High Constable of England (b. 1249)

1302- Frederick III, Duke of Lorraine -(b. 1238)

1424- Thomas Beaufort, Duke of Exeter -(b. 1377)

1460- Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury -English politician, Lord Chancellor|Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom (b. 1400)

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

1535- William Skeffington -English-Irish politician, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1465)

1568- Shimazu Tadayoshi -Japanese daimyo (b. 1493)

1575- Pierino Belli -Italian commander and jurist (b. 1502)

1583- Thomas Erastus -Swiss physician and theologian (b. 1524)

1610- Ludolph van Ceulen -German-Dutch mathematician (b. 1540)

1650- Dorgon -Chinese emperor (b. 1612)

1655- Janusz Radziwiłł (1612–55)|Janusz Radziwiłł -Polish–Lithuanian politician (b. 1612)

1673- Oliver St John -English judge and politician, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (b. 1598)

1679- Giovanni Alfonso Borelli -Italian physiologist and physicist (b. 1608)

1691- Robert Boyle -Irish chemist and physicist (b. 1627)

1691- Dudley North (economist)|Dudley North -English merchant and economist (b. 1641)

1705- Catherine of Braganza -(b. 1638)

1719- John Flamsteed -English astronomer (b. 1646)

1742- Charles III Philip, Elector Palatine -(b. 1661)

1799- Jean-François Marmontel -French historian and author (b. 1723)

1872- Aleksis Kivi -Finnish author and playwright (b. 1834)

1876- Catherine Labouré -French saint (b. 1806)

1877- Gustave Courbet -French-Swiss painter (b. 1819)

1888- Samson Raphael Hirsch -German rabbi and scholar (b. 1808)

1889- Ion Creangă -Romanian author and educator (b. 1837)

1890- Pancha Carrasco -Costa Rican soldier (b. 1826)

1891- Samuel Ajayi Crowther -Nigerian bishop and linguist (b. 1809)

1894- Thomas Joannes Stieltjes -Dutch mathematician and academic (b. 1856)

1909- Spencer Trask -American financier and philanthropist (b. 1844)

1910- Archibald Hoxsey -American pilot (b. 1884)

1910- John Moisant -American pilot and engineer (b. 1868)

1921- Boies Penrose -American lawyer and politician (b. 1860)

1936- Miguel de Unamuno -Spanish philosopher, author, and poet (b. 1864)

1948- Malcolm Campbell -English race car driver (b. 1885)

1949- Raimond Valgre -Estonian pianist and composer (b. 1913)

1950- Charles Koechlin -French composer and educator (b. 1867)

1953- Albert Plesman -Dutch businessman, founded KLM (b. 1889)

1964- Bobby Byrne (baseball)|Bobby Byrne -American baseball and soccer player (b. 1884)

1964- Ólafur Thors -Icelandic politician, 8th Prime Minister of Iceland (b. 1892)

1964- Henry Maitland Wilson, 1st Baron Wilson -English field marshal (b. 1881)

1968- George Lewis (clarinetist)|George Lewis -American clarinet player and composer (b. 1900)

1971- Pete Duel -American actor (b. 1940)

1971- Marin Sais -American actress (b. 1890)

1972- Roberto Clemente -Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1934)

1972- Henry Gerber -German-American activist, founded the Society for Human Rights (b. 1892)

1977- Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah -Kuwaiti ruler (b. 1924)

1978- Basil Wolverton -American illustrator (b. 1909)

1980- Marshall McLuhan -Canadian philosopher and theorist (b. 1911)

1980- Raoul Walsh -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1887)

1985- Ricky Nelson -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (b. 1940)

1986- Raj Narain -Indian politician (b. 1917)

1987- Jerry Turner (anchorman)|Jerry Turner -American journalist (b. 1929)

1988- Nicolas Calas -Greek-American poet and critic (b. 1907)

1990- George Allen (American football coach)|George Allen -American football player and coach (b. 1918)

1990- Vasily Lazarev -Russian physician, colonel, and astronaut (b. 1928)

1990- Giovanni Michelucci -Italian architect, designed the Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station (b. 1891)

1993- Zviad Gamsakhurdia -Georgian anthropologist and politician, 1st President of Georgia (b. 1939)

1993- Brandon Teena -American murder victim (b. 1972)

1994- Leigh Bowery -Australian-English singer and actor (b. 1961)

1994- Woody Strode -American football player, wrestler, and actor (b. 1914)

1997- Floyd Cramer -American pianist (Million Dollar Band (country music group)|Million Dollar Band) (b. 1933)

1997- Billie Dove -American actress (b. 1903)

1997- Michael LeMoyne Kennedy -American son of Robert F. Kennedy (b. 1958)

1999- Elliot Richardson -American lawyer and politician, 69th United States Attorney General (b. 1920)

2000- Alan Cranston -American journalist and politician (b. 1914)

2000- José Greco -Italian-American dancer and choreographer (b. 1918)

2000- Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane -American-Israeli rabbi and scholar (b. 1966)

2001- Eileen Heckart -American actress (b. 1919)

2002- Kevin MacMichael -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Cutting Crew) (b. 1951)

2003- Arthur R. von Hippel -German-American physicist (b. 1898)

2004- Gérard Debreu -French economist and mathematician, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1921)

2005- Enrico Di Giuseppe -American tenor (b. 1932)

2005- Phillip Whitehead -English politician (b. 1937)

2006- Seymour Martin Lipset -American sociologist, author, and academic (b. 1922)

2006- George Sisler, Jr. -American businessman (b. 1917)

2007- Tommy Dickson -Irish footballer (b. 1929)

2007- Tony Elliott (American football)|Tony Elliott -American football player (b. 1959)

2007- Michael Goldberg (painter)|Michael Goldberg -American painter and educator (b. 1924)

2007- Bill Idelson -American actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1919)

2007- Kathryn Ish -American actress (b. 1936)

2007- Milton L. Klein -Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1910)

2007- Markku Peltola -Finnish actor and singer (b. 1956)

2007- Ettore Sottsass -Austrian-Italian architect and designer (b. 1917)

2008- Donald E. Westlake -American author and screenwriter (b. 1933)

2009- Cahal Daly -Irish cardinal and philosopher (b. 1917)

2009- Justin Keating -Irish surgeon, journalist, and politician (b. 1930)

2009- Erica Boyer -American porn actress (b. 1956)

2010- Raymond Impanis -Belgian cyclist (b. 1925)

2010- Per Oscarsson -Swedish actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1927)

2012- Larry Bowie (guard)|Larry Bowie -American football player (b. 1939)

2012- Béla Csécsei -Hungarian educator and politician (b. 1952)

2012- Konstantin Kobets -Russian general (b. 1939)

2012- Alasdair Liddell -English businessman (b. 1949)

2012- Annapurna Maharana -Indian activist (b. 1917)

2012- Tarak Mekki -Tunisian businessman and politician (b. 1958)

2012- James B. Reuter -American-Filipino priest and journalist (b. 1916)

2012- Jean-Henri Roger -French actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1949)

2012- Günter Rössler -German photographer and journalist (b. 1926)

2013- Antonio Allocca -Italian actor (b. 1937)

2013- James Avery (actor)|James Avery -American actor (b. 1945)

2013- Roberto Ciotti -Italian guitarist and composer (b. 1953)

2013- John Fortune -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter (b. 1939)

2013- Bob Grant (radio host)|Bob Grant -American radio host (b. 1929)

2013- Irina Korschunow -German author and screenwriter (b. 1925)

2013- T.C. Narendran -Indian entomologist (b. 1944)

2013- Al Porcino -American-German trumpet player (b. 1925)