This Day in History

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Day History: February-11

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Events History


660 BC-Traditional date for the foundation of Japan -by Emperor Jimmu.

55- Britannicus|Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus -heir to the Roman emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Ancient Rome|Rome. This clears the way for Nero to become Emperor.

244-Emperor Gordian III -is murdered by mutiny|mutinous soldiers in Zaitha (Mesopotamia). A mound is raised at Carchemish in his memory.

1177- John de Courcy -s army defeats the native Dunleavey Clan in Ulster. The England|English establish themselves in Ulster.

1531- Henry VIII of England -is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.

1626-Emperor Susenyos I -of Ethiopia and Patriarch Afonso Mendes declare the primacy of the Roman See over the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church|Ethiopian Church, and Catholic Church|Roman Catholicism the state religion of Ethiopia.

1659- Assault on Copenhagen (1659)|The assault on Copenhagen -by Sweden|Swedish forces is beaten back with heavy losses.

1790-The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers -petitions United States Congress|U.S. Congress for Abolitionism in the United States|abolition of slavery.

1794-First session of United States Senate -opens to the public.

1808- Jesse Fell -burns anthracite on an open grate as an experiment in heating homes with coal.

1812- Massachusetts -governor Elbridge Gerry "gerrymandering|gerrymanders" for the first time.

1826- University College London -is founded under the name ''University of London''.

1826- Swaminarayan -writes the ''Shikshapatri'', an important text within Swaminarayan Hinduism.

1840- Gaetano Donizetti -s opera ''La fille du régiment'' receives its first performance in Paris, France.

1843- Giuseppe Verdi -s opera ''I Lombardi alla prima crociata'' receives its first performance in Milan, Italy.

1855-Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II -Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam

1856-The Kingdom of Awadh -is annexed by the British East India Company and Wajid Ali Shah, the king of Awadh, is imprisoned and later exiled to Kolkata|Calcutta.

1858- Bernadette Soubirous -s first Lourdes apparitions|vision of the Our Lady of Lourdes|Blessed Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France.

1861- American Civil War -United States House of Representatives unanimously passes a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state.

1873-King Amadeo I of Spain -abdicates.

1889- Meiji Constitution -of Japan is adopted; the first National Diet convenes in 1890.

1903- Anton Bruckner -s Symphony No. 9 (Bruckner)|9th Symphony receives its first performance in Vienna, Austria.

1906- Pope Pius X -publishes the encyclical ''Vehementer Nos''.

1916- Emma Goldman -is arrested for lecturing on birth control.

1919- Friedrich Ebert -(Social Democratic Party of Germany|SPD), is elected President of Germany.

1929- Kingdom of Italy -and the Holy See|Vatican sign the Lateran Treaty.

1937-A sit-down strike ends when General Motors -recognizes the United Auto Workers.

1938- BBC One|BBC Television -produces the world's first ever Science fiction on television|science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Čapek play ''R.U.R.'', that coined the term "robot".

1939-A Lockheed P-38 Lightning -flies from California to New York in 7 hours 2 minutes.

1942- World War II -The Battle of Bukit Timah is fought in Singapore.

1943-World War II: General (United States)|General -Dwight D. Eisenhower is selected to command the Allies of World War II|allied armies in Europe.

1953- President of the United States|U.S. President -Dwight D. Eisenhower refuses a clemency appeal for Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

1953-The Soviet Union -breaks off diplomatic relations with Israel.

1959-The Federation of Arab Emirates of the South -which will later become South Yemen, is created as a protectorate of the United Kingdom.

1964- Greece|Greeks -and Turkey|Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus.

1968-Israeli– Jordan -an border clashes rage.

1968-The Memphis Sanitation Strike -begins.

1971-Eighty-seven countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union, sign the Seabed Arms Control Treaty -outlawing nuclear weapons on the ocean floor in international waters.

1973- Vietnam War -First release of American prisoner of war|prisoners of war from Vietnam takes place.

1978- Censorship -China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.

1979-The Iranian Revolution -establishes an Islamic theocracy under the leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

1981-{{convert|100000|USgal|m3}} of radioactive coolant leak into the containment building of Tennessee Valley Authority|TVA -Sequoyah Nuclear Generating Station|Sequoyah 1 nuclear plant in Tennessee, contaminating 8 workers.

1990- Nelson Mandela -is released from Drakenstein Correctional Centre|Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner.

1990- Buster Douglas -a 40-1 underdog, knocks out Mike Tyson in ten rounds at Tokyo to win boxing's world Heavyweight title and cause one of the largest upsets in sports history.

1997- Space Shuttle Discovery|Space Shuttle ''Discovery'' -is launched on a STS-82|mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.

2008-Rebel East Timor -se soldiers 2008 East Timorese assassination attempts|seriously wound President José Ramos-Horta. Rebel leader Alfredo Reinado is killed in the attack.

2008- Namdaemun -a 550-year-old gate in South Korea, was 2008 Namdaemun fire|toppled by fire.

2011-The Timeline of the 2011 Egyptian revolution under Hosni Mubarak's rule|first wave -of the 2011 Egyptian revolution|Egyptian revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests.

2013- Pope Benedict XVI -announces his resignation from the papacy, the first pontiff to resign in more than half a millennium.

2014-A military transport 2014 Algeria Lockheed C-130 Hercules crash|plane crashes -in a mountainous area of Oum El Bouaghi Province in eastern Algeria, killing 77 people.

Famous Birthdays


1380- Gian Francesco Poggio Bracciolini -Italian scholar (d. 1459)

1466- Elizabeth of York -(d. 1503)

1535- Pope Gregory XIV -(d. 1591)

1568- Honoré d'Urfé -French author (d. 1625)

1637- Friedrich Nicolaus Bruhns -German composer and director (d. 1718)

1649- William Carstares -Scottish minister (d. 1715)

1657- Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle -French author (d. 1757)

1708- Egidio Duni -Italian composer (d. 1775)

1755- Albert Christoph Dies -German composer and painter (d. 1822)

1764- Joseph Chénier -French poet (d. 1811)

1776- Ioannis Kapodistrias -Greek politician, 1st List of heads of state of Greece|Governor of Greece (d. 1831)

1799- Basil Moreau -French priest, founded the Congregation of Holy Cross (d. 1873)

1800- Henry Fox Talbot -English photographer, invented the calotype (d. 1877)

1802- Lydia Maria Child -American journalist, author, and activist (d. 1880)

1805- Jean Baptiste Charbonneau -American explorer (d. 1866)

1812- Alexander H. Stephens -American politician, Vice President of the Confederate States of America (d. 1883)

1813- Otto Ludwig (writer)|Otto Ludwig -German author, playwright, and critic (d. 1865)

1819- Samuel Parkman Tuckerman -American organist and composer (d. 1890)

1821- Auguste Mariette -French archaeologist (d. 1881)

1829- Samuel Lodge -English clergyman and author (d. 1897)

1830- Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff -Prussian pianist and composer (d. 1913)

1833- Melville Fuller -American jurist, 8th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1910)

1839- Josiah Willard Gibbs -American physicist (d. 1903)

1847- Thomas Edison -American businessman, invented the light bulb and phonograph (d. 1931)

1855- Ellen Day Hale -American painter (d. 1940)

1860- Rachilde -French author (d. 1953)

1869- Helene Kröller-Müller -German-Dutch art collector and philanthropist, founded the Kröller-Müller Museum (d. 1939)

1869- Else Lasker-Schüler -German poet and author (d. 1945)

1872- Hannah Mitchell -English activist (d. 1956)

1874- Elsa Beskow -Swedish author (d. 1953)

1874- Fritz Hart -English composer and conductor (d. 1949)

1878- Peder Lykkeberg -Danish swimmer (d. 1944)

1881- Carlo Carrà -Italian painter (d. 1966)

1887- John van Melle -Dutch-South African author (d. 1953)

1889- Acharya Ramlochan Saran -Indian publisher (d. 1971)

1890- David Drummond (politician)|David Drummond -Australian farmer and politician (d. 1965)

1891- J. W. Hearne -English cricketer (d. 1965)

1894- Alfonso Leng -Chilean composer (d. 1974)

1898- Leó Szilárd -Hungarian-American physicist (d. 1964)

1900- Hans-Georg Gadamer -German philosopher (d. 2002)

1900- Jōsei Toda -Japanese educator and activist (d. 1958)

1901- Roddy Connolly -Irish politician (d. 1980)

1902- Arne Jacobsen -Danish architect, designed Aarhus City Hall and Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen|Radisson Blu Royal Hotel (d. 1971)

1903- Hans Redlich -Austrian composer and conductor (d. 1968)

1904- Keith Holyoake -New Zealand politician, 26th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1983)

1908- Philip Dunne (writer)|Philip Dunne -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1992)

1908- Vivian Fuchs -English geologist (d. 1999)

1909- Max Baer (boxer)|Max Baer -American boxer and actor (d. 1959)

1909- Joseph L. Mankiewicz -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1993)

1912- Roy Fuller -English poet (d. 1991)

1912- Rudolf Firkusny -Czech-American pianist (d. 1994)

1914- Matt Dennis -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2002)

1915- Patrick Leigh Fermor -English author (d. 2011)

1915- Pat Welsh (actress)|Pat Welsh -American actress (d. 1995)

1917- T. Nagi Reddy -Indian politician (d. 1976)

1917- Sidney Sheldon -American author (d. 2007)

1919- Eva Gabor -Hungarian-American actress (d. 1995)

1920- Boyd Bartley -American baseball player (d. 2012)

1920- Farouk of Egypt -(d. 1965)

1920- Daniel F. Galouye -American author (d. 1976)

1920- Billy Halop -American actor (d. 1976)

1920- Daniel James, Jr. -American pilot and general (d. 1978)

1921- Lloyd Bentsen -American politician, 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 2006)

1921- Ottavio Missoni -Italian hurdler and fashion designer, founded Missoni (d. 2013)

1921- Edward Seidensticker -American scholar and translator (d. 2007)

1923- Antony Flew -English philosopher (d. 2010)

1925- Virginia E. Johnson -American psychologist (d. 2013)

1925- Kim Stanley -American actress (d. 2001)

1926- Paul Bocuse -French chef

1926- Alexander Gibson (conductor)|Alexander Gibson -Scottish conductor (d. 1995)

1926- Leslie Nielsen -Canadian-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 2010)

1927- Sinclair Stevens -Canadian businessman, lawyer, and politician

1928- Hattie N. Harrison -American educator and politician (d. 2013)

1930- Roy De Forest -American painter (d. 2007)

1931- Larry Merchant -American journalist

1932- Jerome Lowenthal -American pianist

1932- Dennis Skinner -English politician

1934- Mel Carnahan -American politician, 51st List of Governors of Missouri|Governor of Missouri (d. 2000)

1934- Tina Louise -American actress and singer

1934- Manuel Noriega -Panamanian general and politician, List of heads of state of Panama|Military Leader of Panama

1934- Mary Quant -English fashion designer

1934- John Surtees -English motorcycle racer and race car driver

1934- David Taylor (veterinarian)|David Taylor -English veterinarian and television host (d. 2013)

1935- Bent Lorentzen -Danish composer

1935- Gene Vincent -American singer and guitarist (d. 1971)

1936- Burt Reynolds -American actor and director

1937- Marilyn Butler -English academic and critic

1937- Bill Lawry -Australian cricketer

1937- Brian Lemon -English pianist and composer

1937- Cēzars Ozers -Latvian basketball player

1937- Eddie Shack -Canadian ice hockey player

1937- Phillip Walker -American singer and guitarist (d. 2010)

1938- Bevan Congdon -New Zealand cricketer

1938- Simone de Oliveira -Portuguese actress and singer

1938- Bobby Pickett -American singer-songwriter (d. 2007)

1939- Gerry Goffin -American songwriter (d. 2014)

1939- Bryan Gould -New Zealand-English politician

1939- Jane Yolen -American author

1940- Mick Staton -American soldier and politician (d. 2014)

1941- Sérgio Mendes -Brazilian pianist and composer

1943- Joselito (singer)|Joselito -Spanish singer and actor

1943- Serge Lama -French singer-songwriter

1943- Stan Szelest -American keyboard player (The Band) (d. 1991)

1943- Alan Rubin -American musician (d. 2011)

1945- Burhan Ghalioun -Syrian politician

1946- Pierre Curzi -Canadian actor, screenwriter, and politician

1946- Ian Porterfield -English footballer (d. 2007)

1947- Roy Carrier -American accordion player (d. 2010)

1947- Yukio Hatoyama -Japanese politician, 60th Prime Minister of Japan

1947- Kikko Matsuoka -Japanese actress

1947- Derek Shulman -Scottish singer-songwriter and producer (Gentle Giant and Simon Dupree and the Big Sound)

1948- Peter Conrad (academic)|Peter Conrad -Australian academic

1948- Al Johnson (musician)|Al Johnson -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Unifics) (d. 2013)

1948- Yoshihito, Prince Katsura -of Japan (d. 2014)

1948- Chris Rush -American comedian, actor, and author

1949- Guy Cloutier -Canadian record producer

1950- J. Peter Neary -Irish economist

1951- Hardo Aasmäe -Estonian geographer and politician

1953- Philip Anglim -American actor

1953- Jeb Bush -American politician, 43rd List of Governors of Florida|Governor of Florida

1953- Tom Veryzer -American baseball player (d. 2014)

1954- Wesley Strick -American screenwriter

1956- H.R. -American singer and guitarist (Bad Brains)

1956- Catherine Hickland -American actress and singer

1956- Didier Lockwood -French violinist

1957- Peter Klashorst -Dutch painter, sculptor, and photographer

1957- Mitchell Symons -English journalist and author

1958- Michael Jackson (TV executive)|Michael Jackson -English television producer

1959- Bradley Cole -American actor

1959- Deborah Meaden -English businesswoman

1959- Roberto Moreno -Brazilian race car driver

1959- Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi -Iranian educator and politician

1960- Momus (musician)|Momus -Scottish-Japanese author, journalist, and songwriter

1960- Richard Mastracchio -American engineer and astronaut

1961- Mary Docter -American speed skater

1961- Carey Lowell -American actress

1962- Tammy Baldwin -American politician

1962- Sheryl Crow -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

1962- Bestia Salvaje -Mexican wrestler (d. 2008)

1962- Eric Vanderaerden -Belgian cyclist

1963- José Mari Bakero -Spanish footballer and manager

1963- Diane Franklin -American actress

1963- Dan Osman -Japanese-American rock climber (d. 1998)

1963- Nini Stoltenberg -Norwegian activist (d. 2014)

1964- Sarah Palin -American politician, 9th List of Governors of Alaska|Governor of Alaska

1964- Ken Shamrock -American martial artist and wrestler

1964- Adrian Hasler -Liechtensteiner police officer and politician, 13th List of heads of government of Liechtenstein|Prime Minister of Liechtenstein

1965- Vicki Wilson -Australian netball player

1966- Dieudonné M'bala M'bala -French comedian, actor, and activist

1966- Margit Mutso -Estonian architect

1967- Uwe Daßler -German swimmer

1967- Hank Gathers -American basketball player (d. 1990)

1967- Ty Treadway -American actor and talk show host

1968- Mo Willems -American author

1969- Jennifer Aniston -American actress, director, and producer

1969- Andreas Hilfiker -Swiss footballer

1969- John Salako -Nigerian-English footballer, manager, and sportscaster

1969- P. J. Sparxx -American porn actress

1970- Fredrik Thordendal -Swedish guitarist and songwriter (Meshuggah)

1971- Damian Lewis -English actor and producer

1971- Evan Tanner -American mixed martial artist (d. 2008)

1971- Linda Wild -American tennis player

1972- Brian Daubach -American baseball player

1972- Craig Jones (musician)|Craig Jones -American keyboard player (Slipknot (band)|Slipknot)

1972- Steve McManaman -English footballer

1972- Bernd Meier -German footballer (d. 2012)

1972- Kelly Slater -American surfer

1972- Noboru Yamaguchi (author)|Noboru Yamaguchi -Japanese author (d. 2013)

1973- Jeon Do-yeon -South Korean actress

1973- Shawn Hernandez -American wrestler

1973- Ethan Iverson -American pianist and composer (The Bad Plus)

1973- Varg Vikernes -Norwegian guitarist and songwriter (Burzum, Mayhem (band)|Mayhem, and Old Funeral)

1974- D'Angelo -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Soulquarians)

1974- Nick Barmby -English footballer

1974- Alex Jones (radio host)|Alex Jones -American radio host and author

1974- Isaiah Mustafa -American football player and actor

1974- Dominique Perras -Canadian cyclist

1974- Jaroslav Špaček -Czech ice hockey player

1974- Zain Verjee -American journalist

1975- Andy Lally -American race car driver

1975- Marek Špilár -Slovak footballer

1975- Jacque Vaughn -American basketball player

1976- Tony Battie -American basketball player

1976- Brice Beckham -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1976- Peter Hayes (musician)|Peter Hayes -American singer and guitarist (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)

1976- Jorge Luiz dos Santos Dias -Brazilian footballer

1976- André Wickström -Finnish-Swedish comedian and actor

1977- Raivo Nõmmik -Estonian footballer

1977- Ioannis Okkas -Cypriot footballer

1977- Mike Shinoda -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Linkin Park and Fort Minor)

1979- Brandy Norwood -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1980- Mark Bresciano -Australian footballer

1980- Titi Buengo -Angolan footballer

1980- Matthew Lawrence -American actor

1980- Cormac McAnallen -Irish footballer (d. 2004)

1981- Kelly Rowland -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Destiny's Child)

1981- Scot Thompson -American soccer player

1982- Natalie Dormer -English actress

1982- Neil Robertson (snooker player)|Neil Robertson -Australian snooker player

1982- Jürgen Schmid -German footballer

1983- Nicki Clyne -Canadian actress

1983- Tony Curtis (American football)|Tony Curtis -American football player

1983- Emmanuel Krontiris -German footballer

1983- Huang Shengyi -Chinese actress and singer

1983- Tihhon Šišov -Estonian footballer

1983- Rafael van der Vaart -Dutch footballer

1983- Andrew Welsh (Australian rules footballer)|Andrew Welsh -Australian footballer

1984- Maarten Heisen -Dutch sprinter

1984- Marco Marcato -Italian cyclist

1984- Aubrey O'Day -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Danity Kane)

1984- Maxime Talbot -Canadian ice hockey player

1985- Harris Allan -Canadian actor

1985- William Beckett (singer)|William Beckett -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Academy Is...)

1985- Mike Richards -Canadian ice hockey player

1986- Kees Luyckx -Dutch footballer

1987- Jürgen Kuresoo -Estonian footballer

1987- Brian Matusz -American baseball player

1987- Jan Smeekens -Dutch speed skater

1987- Lembi Vaher -Estonian pole vaulter

1987- Ellen van Dijk -Dutch cyclist

1988- Junjun (singer)|Junjun -Chinese-Japanese singer (Morning Musume and v-u-den)

1988- Vlad Moldoveanu -Romanian basketball player

1989- Alexander Büttner -Dutch footballer

1989- Lovi Poe -Filipino singer and actress

1990- Princess Ayah bint Al Faisal -of Jordan

1990- Javier Aquino -Mexican footballer

1990- Go Ara -South Korean actress

1991- Hwang Chansung -South Korean singer and actor (2PM)

1991- Georgia May Foote -English actress

1991- Sierra Deaton -American singer

1992- Taylor Lautner -American actor and martial artist

1993- Saana Saarteinen -Finnish tennis player

1994- Dominic Janes -American actor

1994- Katherine Miranda Chang -Peruvian tennis player

1995- Yang Zhaoxuan -Chinese tennis player

2003- Jazil -American race horse (d. 2014)

2005- Recapturetheglory -American race horse

History of Deaths


55- Britannicus -Roman son of Claudius (b. 41)

244- Gordian III -Roman emperor (b. 225)

641- Heraclius -Byzantine emperor (b. 575)

731- Pope Gregory II -(b. 669)

1141- Hugh of Saint Victor -German philosopher and theologian (b. 1096)

1160- Minamoto no Yoshitomo -Japanese general (b. 1123)

1503- Elizabeth of York -(b. 1466)

1626- Pietro Cataldi -Italian mathematician (b. 1552)

1650- René Descartes -French mathematician and philosopher (b. 1596)

1755- Francesco Scipione, marchese di Maffei -Italian archaeologist, playwright, and critic (b. 1675)

1762- Johann Tobias Krebs -German organist and composer (b. 1690)

1763- William Shenstone -English poet (b. 1714)

1795- Carl Michael Bellman -Swedish poet and composer (b. 1740)

1797- Antoine Dauvergne -French violinist and composer (b. 1713)

1829- Aleksander Griboyedov -Russian playwright (b. 1795)

1862- Elizabeth Siddal -English poet and model (b. 1829)

1868- Léon Foucault -French physicist (b. 1819)

1901- Milan I of Serbia -(b. 1855)

1917- Oswaldo Cruz -Brazilian physician (b. 1872)

1918- Alexey Kaledin -Russian general (b. 1861)

1923- Wilhelm Killing -German mathematician (b. 1847)

1931- Charles Algernon Parsons -English-Irish engineer, invented the steam turbine (b. 1854)

1935- Germanos Karavangelis -Greek bishop (b. 1866)

1939- Franz Schmidt -Austrian pianist and composer (b. 1874)

1940- John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir -Scottish-Canadian historian and politician, 15th Governor General of Canada (b. 1875)

1940- Ellen Day Hale -American painter (b. 1855)

1942- Jamnalal Bajaj -Indian businessman and philanthropist, founded Bajaj Group (b. 1884)

1942- Ugo Pasquale Mifsud -Maltese politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Malta (b. 1889)

1945- Al Dubin -Swiss-American songwriter (b. 1891)

1947- Martin Klein (wrestler)|Martin Klein -Estonian wrestler (b. 1884)

1954- Adolph M. Christianson -Norwegian-American jurist (b. 1877)

1958- Ernest Jones -Welsh neurologist and psychoanalyst (b. 1879)

1959- Marshall Teague -American race car driver (b. 1922)

1963- John Olof Dahlgren -Swedish-American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1872)

1963- Elmar Lohk -Estonian architect (b. 1901)

1963- Sylvia Plath -American author and poet (b. 1932)

1967- Tran Tu Binh -Vietnamese general and diplomat (b. 1907)

1967- A. J. Muste -Dutch-American clergyman and activist (b. 1885)

1968- Howard Lindsay -American playwright (b. 1888)

1968- Deendayal Upadhyaya -Indian journalist, economist, and politician (b. 1916)

1972- Jan Wils -Dutch architect, designed the Olympic Stadium (Amsterdam)|Olympic Stadium (b. 1891)

1973- J. Hans D. Jensen -German physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1907)

1975- Maria Balcerkiewiczówna -Polish actress (b. 1903)

1975- Konstantin Ramul -Estonian psychologist (b. 1879)

1975- Richard Ratsimandrava -Malagasy colonel and politician, President of Madagascar (b. 1931)

1976- Frank Arnau -German author (b. 1894)

1976- Lee J. Cobb -American actor (b. 1911)

1976- Alexander Lippisch -German pilot and engineer (b. 1894)

1977- Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed -Indian lawyer and politician, 5th President of India (b. 1905)

1977- Louis Beel -Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1902)

1978- James Bryant Conant -American chemist, academic, and diplomat, 1st United States Ambassador to West Germany (b. 1893)

1978- Harry Martinson -Swedish sailor and author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)

1981- Franz Sondheimer -German-English chemist (b. 1926)

1982- Eleanor Powell -American actress and dancer (b. 1912)

1982- Takashi Shimura -Japanese actor (b. 1905)

1985- Ben Abruzzo -American balloonist (b. 1930)

1985- Henry Hathaway -American actor, director, and producer (b. 1898)

1985- Heinz Eric Roemheld -American composer (b. 1901)

1985- C. Suntharalingam -Sri Lankan academic, lawyer, and politician (b. 1895)

1986- Frank Herbert -American author (b. 1920)

1986- Evelio Javier -Filipino lawyer and politician (b. 1942)

1989- George O'Hanlon -American actor and director (b. 1912)

1993- Kamal Amrohi -Indian director and screenwriter (b. 1918)

1993- Robert W. Holley -American biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1922)

1993- George A. Stephen -American businessman, founded Weber-Stephen Products (b. 1922)

1994- Neil Bonnett -American race car driver (b. 1946)

1994- Sorrell Booke -American actor (b. 1930)

1994- William Conrad -American actor, director, and producer (b. 1920)

1994- Paul Feyerabend -Austrian philosopher (b. 1924)

1994- Nicole Germain -Canadian actress (b. 1917)

1996- Kebby Musokotwane -Zambian politician, 5th Prime Minister of Zambia (b. 1946)

1996- Cyril Poole -English cricketer (b. 1921)

1996- Amelia Rosselli -Italian poet (b. 1930)

1996- Bob Shaw -Irish author (b. 1931)

1997- Don Porter -American actor (b. 1912)

2000- Jacqueline Auriol -French pilot (b. 1917)

2000- Roger Vadim -French director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1928)

2002- Frankie Crosetti -American baseball player (b. 1910)

2002- Barry Foster (actor)|Barry Foster -English actor (b. 1931)

2003- Moses Hogan -American pianist and composer (b. 1957)

2004- Shirley Strickland -Australian runner (b. 1925)

2004- Tony Pope -American voice actor (b. 1947)

2005- Jack L. Chalker -American author (b. 1944)

2005- Guy Lechasseur -Canadian politician (b. 1916)

2005- Stan Richards -English actor (b. 1930)

2006- Peter Benchley -American author (b. 1940)

2006- Ken Fletcher -Australian tennis player (b. 1940)

2006- Jackie Pallo -English wrestler (b. 1926)

2006- Jockey Shabalala -South African singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo) (b. 1943)

2007- Marianne Fredriksson -Swedish author (b. 1927)

2008- Tom Lantos -American politician (b. 1928)

2008- Frank Piasecki -American engineer (b. 1919)

2009- Estelle Bennett -American singer (The Ronettes) (b. 1941)

2009- Willem Johan Kolff -Dutch-American physician (b. 1911)

2010- Heward Grafftey -Canadian businessman and politician (b. 1928)

2010- Alexander McQueen -English fashion designer, founded Alexander McQueen (brand)|Alexander McQueen (b. 1969)

2011- Bad News Brown (musician)|Bad News Brown -Haitian-Canadian rapper (b. 1977)

2011- Tom Carnegie -American sportscaster (b. 1919)

2011- Chuck Tanner -American baseball player (b. 1928)

2012- Siri Bjerke -Norwegian politician, Minister of the Environment (Norway)|Norwegian Minister of the Environment (b. 1958)

2012- Gene Crumling -American baseball player (b. 1922)

2012- Aharon Davidi -Israeli general (b. 1927)

2012- Whitney Houston -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (b. 1963)

2012- Jeffrey Perry (British actor)|Jeffrey Perry -English actor (b. 1949)

2013- Tom Aspell -New Zealand-American journalist and producer (b. 1950)

2013- Jim Boatwright -American basketball player and coach (b. 1952)

2013- Kelefa Diallo -Guinean general (b. 1959)

2013- Kevin Gray (actor)|Kevin Gray -American actor (b. 1958)

2013- Yasuko Hatoyama -Japanese financier (b. 1922)

2013- Rick Huxley -English bass player (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1940)

2013- Kevin Peek -Australian guitarist (Sky (band)|Sky) (b. 1946)

2013- Rem Viakhirev -Russian businessman (b. 1934)

2013- Pavlo Vigderhaus -Ukrainian architect (b. 1925)

2013- D. Vinayachandran -Indian poet and educator (b. 1946)

2013- Matthew White (basketball)|Matthew White -American basketball player (b. 1957)

2013- Alfred Zijai -Albanian footballer (b. 1961)

2014- Roy Alvarez -Filipino actor (b. 1950)

2014- Alice Babs -Swedish singer and actress (b. 1924)

2014- Peter Desbarats -Canadian journalist, author, and playwright (b. 1933)

2014- Fernando González Pacheco -Colombian journalist and author (b. 1932)

2014- Seán Potts -Irish tin whistle player (The Chieftains) (b. 1930)

2014- Emory Williams -American businessman (b. 1911)