This Day in History

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Day History: February-1

Events HistoryFamous BirthdaysHistory of Deaths

Events History


481- Vandals|Vandal -king Huneric organises a conference between Catholicism|Catholic and Arianism|Arian bishops at Carthage.

1327-Teenaged Edward III of England|Edward III -is coronation|crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Isabella of France|Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March|Roger Mortimer.

1329-King John of Bohemia -Siege of Medvėgalis|captures Medvėgalis, an important fortress of the pagan Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and baptizes 6,000 of its defenders

1411-The Peace of Thorn (1411)|First Peace of Thorn -is signed in Toruń|Thorn, Monastic State of the Teutonic Knights (Prussia).

1662-The Chinese general Koxinga -seizes the island of Taiwan after a Siege of Fort Zeelandia|nine-month siege.

1713-The ''Kalabalik'' or '' Skirmish at Bender|Tumult in Bendery -' results from the Ottoman Empire|Ottoman sultan's order that his unwelcome guest, King Charles XII of Sweden, be seized.

1790-In New York City -the Supreme Court of the United States convenes for the first time.

1793- French Revolutionary Wars -France declares war on the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

1796-The capital of Upper Canada -is moved from Niagara, Ontario|Newark to Toronto|York.

1814- Mayon Volcano -in the Philippines erupts, killing around 1,200 people, the most devastating eruption of the volcano.

1835- Slavery -is Abolitionism|abolished in Mauritius.

1861- American Civil War -Texas secedes from the United States.

1865-President Abraham Lincoln -signs the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

1876-A murder conviction effectively forces the violent Pennsylvania -Irish people|Irish anti-owner coal miners, the "Molly Maguires", to disband.

1884-The first volume (''A'' to ''Ant'') of the '' Oxford English Dictionary -' is published.

1893- Thomas A. Edison -finishes construction of the first film|motion picture studio, the Edison's Black Maria|Black Maria in West Orange, New Jersey.

1895- Fountains Valley, Pretoria -the oldest nature reserve in Africa, is proclaimed by President Paul Kruger.

1897- Shinhan Bank -the oldest List of Banks in South Korea|bank in South Korea, opens in Seoul.

1908-King Carlos I of Portugal -and his son, Prince Luís Filipe, Duke of Braganza|Luis Filipe, are killed in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon.

1918-Russia adopts the Gregorian Calendar -

1920-The Royal Canadian Mounted Police -begins operations.

1924-The United Kingdom recognizes the Soviet Union|USSR -

1942- World War II -Josef Terboven, Reichskommissar of Occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany|German-occupied Norway, appoints Vidkun Quisling the Prime Minister of Norway|Minister President of the Quisling regime|National Government.

1942-World War II: U.S. Navy conducts Marshalls-Gilberts raids -the first offensive action by the United States against Japanese forces in the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II|Pacific Theater.

1942- Voice of America -the official external radio and television service of the Federal government of the United States|United States government, begins broadcasting with programs aimed at areas controlled by the Axis powers.

1946- Trygve Lie -of Norway is picked to be the first United Nations Secretary General.

1946-The National Assembly of Hungary|Parliament of Hungary -abolishes the monarchy after nine centuries, and proclaims the Republic of Hungary (1946–49)|Hungarian Republic.

1953- North Sea flood of 1953 -(Dutch, Watersnoodramp, literally "flood disaster") was a major flood caused by a heavy storm, that occurred on the night of Saturday, 31 January 1953 and morning of Sunday, 1 February 1953. The floods struck the Netherlands, Belgium, England and Scotland.

1957- Felix Wankel -s first working prototype (DKM 54) of the Wankel engine runs at the NSU Motorenwerke AG|NSU research and development department ''Versuchsabteilung TX'' in Germany

1960-Four black students stage the first of the Greensboro sit-ins -at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.

1964- The Beatles -have their first number one hit in the United States with I Want to Hold Your Hand

1965-The Hamilton River in Labrador -Canada is renamed the Churchill River (Atlantic)|Churchill River in honour of Winston Churchill.

1968- Vietnam War -The execution of Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem by South Vietnamese National Police Chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan is videotaped and photographed by Eddie Adams (photographer)|Eddie Adams. This image helped build opposition to the Vietnam War.

1968-Canada's three military services, the Royal Canadian Navy -the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force, are unified into the Canadian Forces.

1968-The New York Central Railroad -and the Pennsylvania Railroad are merged to form Penn Central Transportation.

1972- Kuala Lumpur -becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.

1974- Joelma fire|A fire -in the 25-story Joelma Building in Sao Paulo, Brazil kills 189 and injures 293.

1974- Kuala Lumpur -is declared a Federal Territory (Malaysia)|Federal Territory.

1978-Director Roman Polanski -skips bail and flees the United States to France after pleading guilty to charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

1979-Convicted bank robber Patty Hearst -is released from prison after her sentence is commuted by President of the United States|President Jimmy Carter.

1979-The Ayatollah -Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile.

1982- Senegal -and the Gambia form a loose confederation known as Sénégambia Confederation|Senegambia.

1989-The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamate to form the Kalgoorlie, Western Australia|City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder -

1990- Humanitas publishing house -is founded in Bucharest, shortly after the Romanian Revolution of 1989|Romanian Revolution, by the philosopher Gabriel Liiceanu.

1991-A runway collision between USAir Flight 1493 -and USAir Flight 1493|SkyWest Flight 5569 at Los Angeles International Airport results in the deaths of 34 people, and injuries to 30 others.

1992-The Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal -court declares Warren Anderson (chairman)|Warren Anderson, ex-Chief executive officer|CEO of Union Carbide, a fugitive under Indian law for failing to appear in the Bhopal Disaster case.

1993- Gary Bettman -becomes the NHL's first NHL Commissioner|commissioner

1994-Punk rock band Green Day -releases their album ''Dookie'', which would eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide.

1996-The Communications Decency Act -is passed by the Congress of the United States|U.S. Congress.

1998-Rear Admiral Lillian E. Fishburne -becomes the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.

2001- Putrajaya -the Malaysian administrative city, is declared a Federal Territories (Malaysia)|Federal Territory.

2002- Daniel Pearl -American journalist and South Asia Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal, kidnapped January 23, 2002, is beheaded and mutilated by his captors.

2003- Space Shuttle Columbia disaster|Space Shuttle ''Columbia'' -on mission STS-107 disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.

2004- Incidents during the Hajj#Failures in crowd control|251 people are trampled to death and 244 injured -in a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

2004- Janet Jackson -s Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy|breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to Federal Communications Commission censorship guidelines.

2005-King Gyanendra of Nepal -carries out a coup d'état to capture the democracy, becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.

2013- The Shard -the List of tallest buildings in the European Union|tallest building in the European Union, is opened to the public.

Famous Birthdays


1261- Walter de Stapledon -English bishop (d. 1326)

1459- Conrad Celtes -German poet and scholar (d. 1508)

1462- Johannes Trithemius -German lexicographer, historian, and cryptographer (d. 1516)

1501- Queen Munjeong -of Korean (d. 1565)

1552- Edward Coke -English judge and politician (d. 1634)

1635- Marquard Gude -German archaeologist and scholar (d. 1689)

1648- Elkanah Settle -English poet and playwright (d. 1724)

1659- Jacob Roggeveen -Dutch explorer (d. 1729)

1663- Ignacia del Espíritu Santo -Filipino nun, founded the Religious of the Virgin Mary (d. 1748)

1687- Johann Adam Birkenstock -German violinist and composer (d. 1733)

1690- Francesco Maria Veracini -Italian violinist and composer (d. 1768)

1701- Johan Agrell -Swedish-German composer (d. 1765)

1710- Konrad Ernst Ackermann -German actor (d. 1771)

1761- Christian Hendrik Persoon -South African mycologist (d. 1836)

1763- Thomas Campbell (clergyman)|Thomas Campbell -Irish minister and theologian (d. 1854)

1764- George Duff -Scottish captain (d. 1805)

1796- Abraham Emanuel Fröhlich -Swiss poet (d. 1865)

1801- Émile Littré -French lexicographer and philosopher (d. 1881)

1820- George Hendric Houghton -American clergyman and theologian (d. 1897)

1841- Davenport Brothers|William Davenport -American magician (d. 1877)

1844- G. Stanley Hall -American psychologist (d. 1924)

1851- Durham Stevens -American diplomat (d. 1908)

1859- Victor Herbert -Irish-American cellist, composer, and conductor (d. 1924)

1871- Hellmer Hermandsen -Norwegian target shooter (d. 1958)

1872- Jerome F. Donovan -American politician (d. 1949)

1872- Andrew Kehoe -American murderer (d. 1927)

1873- Joseph Allard (fiddler)|Joseph Allard -Canadian fiddler and composer (d. 1947)

1873- John Barry (VC)|John Barry -Irish soldier, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1901)

1874- Hugo von Hofmannsthal -Austrian author, poet, and playwright (d. 1929)

1878- Alfréd Hajós -Hungarian swimmer and architect (d. 1955)

1878- Milan Hodža -Slovak journalist and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia (d. 1944)

1882- Louis St. Laurent -Canadian politician, 12th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1973)

1884- Bradbury Robinson -American football player and physician (d. 1949)

1884- Yevgeny Zamyatin -Russian author (d. 1937)

1887- Charles Nordhoff -English-American author (d. 1947)

1888- Charles January -American soccer player (d. 1970)

1890- Nikolai Reek -Estonian general (d. 1942)

1894- John Ford (film director)|John Ford -American director and producer (d. 1973)

1894- Lucian Grigorescu -Romanian painter (d. 1965)

1894- James P. Johnson -American pianist and composer (d. 1955)

1895- Conn Smythe -Canadian businessman (d. 1980)

1897- Denise Robins -English author (d. 1985)

1898- Leila Denmark -American pediatrician (d. 2012)

1901- Frank Buckles -American soldier (d. 2011)

1901- Clark Gable -American actor (d. 1960)

1902- Therese Brandl -German Nazi concentration camp|concentration camp guard (d. 1947)

1902- Langston Hughes -American poet and author (d. 1967)

1904- S. J. Perelman -American author and screenwriter (d. 1979)

1905- Emilio G. Segrè -Italian physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1989)

1906- Hildegarde -American actress and singer (d. 2005)

1906- Adetokunbo Ademola -Nigerian jurist, 2nd Chief Justice of Nigeria (d. 1993)

1907- Günter Eich -German author and songwriter (d. 1972)

1907- Camargo Guarnieri -Brazilian composer (d. 1993)

1908- George Pal -Hungarian-American animator and producer (d. 1980)

1908- Louis Rasminsky -Canadian economist (d. 1998)

1909- George Beverly Shea -Canadian-American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1910- Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme -Chinese politician (d. 2009)

1915- Stanley Matthews -English footballer (d. 2000)

1915- Alicia Rhett -American actress and painter (d. 2014)

1917- A. K. Hangal -Indian actor (d. 2012)

1917- José Luis Sampedro -Spanish economist and author (d. 2013)

1917- Eiji Sawamura -Japanese baseball player (d. 1944)

1918- Muriel Spark -Scottish author (d. 2006)

1918- Ignacy Tokarczuk -Polish archbishop (d. 2012)

1920- Mike Scarry -American football player and coach (d. 2012)

1921- Patricia Robins -English author

1921- Peter Sallis -English actor

1922- Renata Tebaldi -Italian soprano (d. 2004)

1922- John Coombs -English racing driver and racing team owner (d. 2013)

1923- Ben Weider -Canadian businessman, co-founded the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (d. 2008)

1924- Richard Hooker (author)|Richard Hooker -American author (d. 1997)

1924- Emmanuel Scheffer -German-Israeli footballer, coach, and manager (d. 2012)

1926- Shane Devine -American judge (d. 1999)

1927- Jimmy Andrews -Scottish footballer (d. 2012)

1927- Galway Kinnell -American poet

1928- Sam Edwards (physicist)|Sam Edwards -Welsh physicist and academic

1928- Tom Lantos -Hungarian-American politician (d. 2008)

1928- Stuart Whitman -American actor

1930- Shahabuddin Ahmed -Bangladeshi judge and politician, 11th President of Bangladesh

1930- Mario Beaulieu (Canadian senator)|Mario Beaulieu -Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 1998)

1930- Hussain Muhammad Ershad -Indian-Bangladeshi politician, 9th President of Bangladesh

1930- Peter Tapsell (British politician)|Peter Tapsell -English politician

1931- Iajuddin Ahmed -Bangladeshi politician, 13th President of Bangladesh (d. 2012)

1931- Bob Smith (pitcher born 1931)|Bob Smith -American baseball player (d. 2013)

1931- Boris Yeltsin -Russian politician, 1st President of Russia (d. 2007)

1932- Jan Ramberg -Swedish lawyer and judge

1934- Nicolae Breban -Romanian author

1934- Bob Shane -American singer and guitarist (The Kingston Trio)

1935- Dory Dixon -Jamaican-Mexican wrestler

1936- Azie Taylor Morton -American politician, 36th Treasurer of the United States (d. 2003)

1937- Antonis Christeas -Greek basketball player (d. 2011)

1937- Don Everly -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Everly Brothers)

1937- Garrett Morris -American actor

1937- Ray Sawyer -American singer-songwriter (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show)

1938- Sherman Hemsley -American actor (d. 2012)

1939- Fritjof Capra -Austrian physicist

1939- Claude François -Egyptian-French singer-songwriter and dancer (d. 1978)

1939- Paul Gillmor -American lawyer and politician (d. 2007)

1939- Del McCoury -American singer and guitarist (Del McCoury Band)

1939- Joe Sample -American pianist and composer (The Crusaders) (d. 2014)

1940- Bibi Besch -Austrian-American actress (d. 1996)

1940- Hervé Filion -Canadian harness racer

1940- Delwar Hossain Sayeedi -Bangladeshi politician

1941- Karl Dall -German comedian, singer, and television host

1941- Jerry Spinelli -American author

1942- Terry Jones -Welsh actor, director, and screenwriter

1942- Masa Saito -Japanese wrestler

1942- Muna Wassef -Syrian actress

1943- Fred Barnes (journalist)|Fred Barnes -American journalist

1943- Anne Weyman -English businesswoman

1944- Paul Blair (baseball)|Paul Blair -American baseball player and coach (d. 2013)

1944- Lucian Boia -Romanian historian

1944- Mike Enzi -American politician

1944- Petru Popescu -Romanian-American director, producer, and author

1944- Dick Snyder -American basketball player

1944- Burkhard Ziese -German footballer and manager (d. 2010)

1945- Serge Joyal -Canadian lawyer and politician

1946- Chris Clark (singer)|Chris Clark -American singer

1946- Elisabeth Sladen -English actress (d. 2011)

1946- Gerhard Welz -German footballer

1947- Mike Brant -Cypriot-Israeli singer (d. 1975)

1947- Ian Gibson (businessman)|Ian Gibson -English businessman

1947- Adam Ingram (Labour politician)|Adam Ingram -Scottish politician

1947- Normie Rowe -Australian singer

1947- Jessica Savitch -American journalist (d. 1983)

1948- Rick James -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Mynah Birds) (d. 2004)

1948- Ferruccio Mazzola -Italian footballer and manager (d. 2013)

1950- Mike Campbell (musician)|Mike Campbell -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Mudcrutch)

1950- Elizabeth France -English civil servant

1950- Alan Moller -American meteorologist and photographer (d. 2014)

1951- Christina Dodwell -Nigerian-English explorer and author

1951- Sonny Landreth -American guitarist and songwriter

1951- Andrew Smith (politician)|Andrew Smith -English politician, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

1952- Owoye Andrew Azazi -Nigerian general (d. 2012)

1952- Dennis Condrey -American wrestler

1952- Jenő Jandó -Hungarian pianist

1953- Brendon Batson -English footballer

1954- Marijke Amado -Dutch television host

1954- Chuck Dukowski -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Black Flag (band)|Black Flag, Würm (band)|Würm, Black Face (band)|Black Face, and October Faction)

1954- Bill Mumy -American singer-songwriter and actor

1955- Ernie Camacho -American baseball player

1955- Teresa Pearce -English politician

1956- Brahmanandam -Indian actor

1956- Exene Cervenka -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (X (American band)|X, The Knitters, and Auntie Christ)

1956- Mike Kitchen -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1957- Renae Jacobs -American voice actress

1957- Mohammed Jamal Khalifa -Saudi Arabian businessman (d. 2007)

1958- Luther Blissett -Jamaican-English footballer and manager

1958- Margie Abbott -New Zealand-Australian wife of Tony Abbott

1958- Ryō Horikawa -Japanese voice actor

1958- Eleanor Laing -Scottish lawyer and politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

1958- Jackie Shroff -Indian actor

1961- Volker Fried -German field hockey player

1961- Daniel M. Tani -American engineer and astronaut

1962- José Luis Cuciuffo -Argentinian footballer (d. 2004)

1962- Tomoyasu Hotei -Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (Boøwy and Complex (band)|Complex)

1963- Takashi Murakami -Japanese painter and sculptor

1964- Jani Lane -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Warrant (American band)|Warrant and Saints of the Underground) (d. 2011)

1964- Mario Pelchat -Canadian singer-songwriter

1964- Linus Roache -English actor

1965- Sherilyn Fenn -American actress

1965- Brandon Lee -American actor and martial artist (d. 1993)

1966- Michelle Akers -American soccer player

1966- Vasilis Dimitriadis -Greek footballer

1966- Donna Edmondson -American model

1966- Rob Lee -English footballer

1967- Meg Cabot -American author

1967- Shishupal Natthu Patle -Indian politician

1968- Kent Mercker -American baseball player

1968- Lisa Marie Presley -American singer-songwriter

1968- Mark Recchi -Canadian ice hockey player

1968- Pauly Shore -American comedian and actor

1969- Gabriel Batistuta -Argentinian footballer

1969- Andrew Breitbart -American publisher and author (d. 2012)

1969- Brian Krause -American actor and screenwriter

1969- Thomas Ong -Singaporean actor

1969- Joshua Redman -American saxophonist and composer

1969- Patrick Wilson (musician)|Patrick Wilson -American drummer (Weezer, The Special Goodness, and The Rentals)

1970- Nico (Romanian singer)|Nico -Romanian singer

1970- Yasuyuki Kazama -Japanese race car driver

1970- Malik Sealy -American basketball player (d. 2000)

1971- Harald Martin Brattbakk -Norwegian footballer

1971- Michael C. Hall -American actor

1971- Tomomi Hayashi -Japanese-Estonian architect

1971- Ajay Jadeja -Indian cricketer

1971- Jill Kelly (pornographic actress)|Jill Kelly -American porn actress, director, and producer

1971- Alison Mowbray -English rower

1971- Hynden Walch -American actress

1971- Ron Welty -American drummer (The Offspring and Steady Ground)

1971- Zlatko Zahovič -Slovenian footballer

1972- Kami (musician)|Kami -Japanese drummer (Malice Mizer) (d. 1999)

1972- Yoshi DeHerrera -American television host

1973- Andrew DeClercq -American basketball player

1973- Yuri Landman -Dutch instrument maker

1973- Makiko Ohmoto -Japanese voice actress

1973- Óscar Pérez Rojas -Mexican footballer

1974- Walter McCarty -American basketball player

1974- David Meca -Spanish swimmer

1975- Big Boi -American rapper and producer (Outkast and Purple Ribbon All-Stars)

1975- Martijn Reuser -Dutch footballer

1975- Ekaterini Thanou -Greek sprinter

1976- Phil Ivey -American poker player

1977- Lari Ketner -American football player (d. 2014)

1977- Kevin Kilbane -Irish footballer

1977- Robert Traylor -American basketball player (d. 2011)

1978- Domenick Davies -Welsh-German rugby player

1978- Tim Harding (musician)|Tim Harding -Australian singer and actor (Hi-5 (Australian band)|Hi-5)

1978- Ken Johnson (basketball, born 1978)|Ken Johnson -American basketball player

1979- Julie Augustyniak -American soccer player

1979- Valentín Elizalde -Mexican singer-songwriter (d. 2006)

1979- Jason Isbell -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Drive-By Truckers)

1979- Rachelle Lefevre -Canadian actress

1979- Juan Silveira dos Santos -Brazilian footballer

1980- Keitani Graham -Micronesian wrestler (d. 2012)

1980- Héctor Luna -Dominican baseball player

1980- Moisés Muñoz -Mexican footballer

1980- Otilino Tenorio -Ecuadorian footballer (d. 2005)

1981- Rob Austin -English race car driver

1981- Christian Giménez (footballer born 1981)|Christian Giménez -Argentinian footballer

1981- Luis Lamá -Angolan footballer

1981- Raimo Pajusalu -Estonian volleyball player

1981- Graeme Smith -South African cricketer

1982- Gavin Henson -Welsh rugby player

1982- Shoaib Malik -Pakistani cricketer

1982- Kim Jong-wook -South Korean singer

1983- Iveta Benešová -Czech tennis player

1983- Kevin Martin (basketball)|Kevin Martin -American basketball player

1983- Jurgen Van Den Broeck -Belgian cyclist

1983- Andrew VanWyngarden -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (MGMT)

1984- Darren Fletcher -Scottish footballer

1984- Lee Thompson Young -American actor (d. 2013)

1985- Jodi Gordon -Australian actress and model

1985- Rachael Scdoris -American runner and dog musher

1985- Karine Sergerie -Canadian martial artist

1985- Dean Shiels -Irish footballer

1986- Jorrit Bergsma -Dutch speed skater

1986- Lauren Conrad -American fashion designer and author

1987- Sebastian Boenisch -Polish footballer

1987- Ronda Rousey -American mixed martial artist, judoka and actress

1987- Wu Jingyu -Chinese martial artist

1987- Montario Hardesty -American football player

1987- Heather Morris -American actress, singer, and dancer

1987- Giuseppe Rossi -Italian footballer

1988- Brett Anderson (baseball)|Brett Anderson -American baseball player

1989- Ricky Pinheiro -Portuguese footballer

1990- Dan Gosling -English footballer

1990- Laura Marling -English singer-songwriter (Noah and the Whale)

1991- Luca Caldirola -Italian footballer

1993- Diego Mella -Italian footballer

1994- Anna-Lena Friedsam -German tennis player

1994- Skylar Laine -American singer-songwriter

1994- Harry Styles -English singer (One Direction)

History of Deaths


772- Pope Stephen III -(b. 720)

1248- Henry II, Duke of Brabant -(b. 1207)

1328- Charles IV of France -(b. 1294)

1542- Girolamo Aleandro -Italian cardinal (b. 1480)

1563- Menas of Ethiopia -(b. 1559)

1590- Lawrence Humphrey -English theologian and academic (b. 1527)

1691- Pope Alexander VIII -(b. 1610)

1718- Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury -English politician (b. 1660)

1733- Augustus II the Strong -Polish king (b. 1670)

1734- John Floyer (physician)|John Floyer -English physician and author (b. 1649)

1743- Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni -Italian organist and composer (b. 1657)

1750- Bakar of Georgia -(b. 1699)

1761- Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix -French historian (b. 1682)

1768- Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet -English field marshal and politician (b. 1685)

1793- William Barrington, 2nd Viscount Barrington -English politician (b. 1717)

1832- Archibald Murphey -American politician (b. 1777)

1850- Edward Baker Lincoln -American son of Abraham Lincoln (b. 1846)

1851- Mary Shelley -English author (b. 1797)

1893- George Henry Sanderson -American politician, 22nd Mayor of San Francisco (b. 1824)

1897- Constantin von Ettingshausen -Austrian geologist and botanist (b. 1826)

1903- George Gabriel Stokes -Irish physicist (b. 1819)

1908- Carlos I of Portugal -(b. 1863)

1922- William Desmond Taylor -American actor and director (b. 1872)

1928- Hughie Jennings -American baseball player and manager (b. 1869)

1936- Georgios Kondylis -Greek general and politician, 128th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1878)

1940- Philip Francis Nowlan -American author (b. 1888)

1940- Zacharias Papantoniou -Greek journalist (b. 1877)

1944- Piet Mondriaan -Dutch painter (b. 1872)

1945- Prince Kiril of Bulgaria -(b. 1895)

1949- Nicolae Dumitru Cocea -Romanian journalist, author, and activist (b. 1880)

1949- Herbert Stothart -American conductor and composer (b. 1885)

1954- Yvonne de Bray -French actress (b. 1889)

1957- Friedrich Paulus -German general (b. 1890)

1958- Clinton Davisson -American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)

1959- Madame Sul-Te-Wan -American actress (b. 1873)

1963- Fleetwood Lindley -American florist (b. 1888)

1966- Hedda Hopper -American actress and columnist (b. 1885)

1966- Buster Keaton -American actor (b. 1895)

1968- Jacob van der Hoeden -Dutch-Israeli scientist and academic (b. 1891)

1970- Alfréd Rényi -Hungarian mathematician (b. 1921)

1976- Werner Heisenberg -German physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1901)

1976- George Whipple -American physician and pathologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1878)

1979- Abdi İpekçi -Turkish journalist (b. 1929)

1980- Gastone Nencini -Italian cyclist (b. 1930)

1981- Donald Wills Douglas, Sr. -American businessman, founded the Douglas Aircraft Company (b. 1892)

1981- Geirr Tveitt -Norwegian pianist and composer (b. 1908)

1986- Alva Myrdal -Swedish sociologist and politician, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)

1987- Alessandro Blasetti -Italian director and screenwriter (b. 1900)

1988- Heather O'Rourke -American actress (b. 1975)

1989- Elaine de Kooning -American painter (b. 1918)

1991- Carol Dempster -American actress (b. 1901)

1991- Phil Watson -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1914)

1992- Jean Hamburger -French physician (b. 1909)

1995- Richey Edwards -Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (Manic Street Preachers) (b. 1967)

1997- Herb Caen -American journalist (b. 1916)

1999- Paul Calvert (baseball)|Paul Calvert -Canadian baseball player (b. 1917)

1999- Paul Mellon -American philanthropist (b. 1907)

2001- André D'Allemagne -Canadian political scientist and educator (b. 1929)

2002- Hildegard Knef -German actress and singer (b. 1925)

- Michael P. Anderson -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1959)

- David M. Brown -American captain, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1956)

- Kalpana Chawla -Indian-American astronaut (b. 1961)

- Laurel Clark -American captain, surgeon, and astronaut (b. 1961)

- Rick Husband -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1957)

- William C. McCool -American commander, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1961)

- Ilan Ramon -Israeli colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1954)

2003- Mongo Santamaría -Cuban-American drummer and bandleader (b. 1922)

2004- May O'Donnell -American dancer and choreographer (b. 1909)

2005- John Vernon -Canadian actor (b. 1932)

2006- Dick Bass -American football player (b. 1937)

2006- Bryce Harland -New Zealand diplomat and academic (b. 1931)

2007- Whitney Balliett -American journalist and critic (b. 1926)

2007- Ray Berres -American baseball player (b. 1907)

2007- Ahmad Abu Laban -Egyptian-Danish religious leader, founded The Islamic Society in Denmark (b. 1946)

2007- Gian Carlo Menotti -Italian-American composer (b. 1911)

2007- Seri Wangnaitham -Thai dancer and choreographer (b. 1937)

2008- Beto Carrero -Brazilian businessman (b. 1937)

2010- Jack Brisco -American wrestler (b. 1941)

2010- Justin Mentell -American actor (b. 1982)

2010- Jaap van der Poll -Dutch javelin thrower (b. 1914)

2011- Douglas Haig (actor)|Douglas Haig -American actor (b. 1920)

2011- Derek Rawcliffe -English bishop and author (b. 1921)

2011- Knut Risan -Norwegian actor (b. 1930)

2011- Les Stubbs -English footballer (b. 1929)

2012- Gerlando Alberti -Italian mobster (b. 1927)

2012- Robert B. Cohen -American businessman, founded Hudson News (b. 1925)

2012- Don Cornelius -American television host and producer (b. 1936)

2012- Angelo Dundee -American boxing trainer (b. 1921)

2012- Ardath Mayhar -American author (b. 1930)

2012- Ladislao Nerio -Salvadoran footballer (b. 1976)

2012- David Peaston -American singer (b. 1957)

2012- Wisława Szymborska -Polish poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1923)

2013- Barney (dog)|Barney -American dog of George W. Bush (b. 2000)

2013- Rudolf Dašek -Czech guitarist (b. 1933)

2013- Helene Hale -American politician (b. 1918)

2013- Paul Holmes (broadcaster)|Paul Holmes -New Zealand journalist (b. 1950)

2013- Ed Koch -American lawyer, judge, and politician, 105th Mayor of New York City (b. 1924)

2013- Louis Luyt -South African businessman and politician (b. 1932)

2013- Robin Sachs -English-American actor (b. 1951)

2013- Cecil Womack -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Valentinos and Womack & Womack) (b. 1947)

2013- Vladimir Yengibaryan -Armenian boxer (b. 1932)

2014- Floyd Adams, Jr. -American publisher and politician, 63rd Mayor of Savannah, Georgia (b. 1945)

2014- Luis Aragonés -Spanish footballer and manager (b. 1938)

2014- Tony Hateley -English footballer (b. 1941)

2014- Vasily Ivanovich Petrov -Russian marshal (b. 1917)

2014- René Ricard -American poet, painter, and critic (b. 1946)

2014- Maximilian Schell -Austrian-Swiss actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1930)