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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.
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)