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Day History: February-12

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History of Deaths


821- Benedict of Aniane -French monk and saint (b. 747)

1538- Albrecht Altdorfer -German painter (b. 1480)

1554- Lord Guildford Dudley -English husband of Lady Jane Grey (b. 1536)

1554- Lady Jane Grey -English daughter of Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk (b. 1537)

1571- Nicholas Throckmorton -English diplomat and politician (b. 1515)

1590- François Hotman -French lawyer and author (b. 1524)

1624- George Heriot -Scottish goldsmith and philanthropist, founded the George Heriot's School (b. 1563)

1630- Fynes Moryson -English explorer and author (b. 1566)

1692- Hendrick Hamel -Dutch sailor and bookkeeper (b. 1630)

1700- Aleksei Shein -Russian general and politician (b. 1662)

1713- Jahandar Shah -Mughal emperor (b. 1664)

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

1728- Agostino Steffani -Italian diplomat and composer (b. 1653)

1762- Laurent Belissen -French composer (b. 1693)

1763- Pierre de Marivaux -French author and playwright (b. 1688)

1771- Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden -(b. 1710)

1789- Ethan Allen -American farmer, general, and politician (b. 1738)

1799- Lazzaro Spallanzani -Italian biologist (b. 1729)

1804- Immanuel Kant -German philosopher (b. 1724)

1834- Friedrich Schleiermacher -German philosopher and scholar (b. 1768)

1886- Randolph Caldecott -English-American painter and illustrator (b. 1846)

1894- Hans von Bülow -German pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1830)

1896- Ambroise Thomas -French composer (b. 1811)

1915- Émile Waldteufel -French pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1837)

1916- Richard Dedekind -German mathematician (b. 1831)

1920- Aurore Gagnon -Canadian victim of child abuse (b. 1909)

1929- Lillie Langtry -English singer and actress (b. 1853)

1931- Samad bey Mehmandarov -Azerbaijani-Russian general (b. 1855)

1933- Henri Duparc (composer)|Henri Duparc -French composer (b. 1848)

1935- Auguste Escoffier -French chef and author (b. 1846)

1942- Eugene Esmonde -English lieutenant and pilot, Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1909)

1942- Avraham Stern -Polish-Israeli militant leader (b. 1907)

1942- Grant Wood -American painter (b. 1891)

1943- Claude Jameson -American soccer player (b. 1886)

1945- Walraven van Hall -Dutch banker (b. 1906)

1945- Antonio Villa-Real -Filipino jurist (b. 1880)

1947- Moses Gomberg -Russian-American chemist (b. 1866)

1949- Hassan al-Banna -Egyptian educator founded the Muslim Brotherhood (b. 1906)

1954- Dziga Vertov -Polish-Russian director and screenwriter (b. 1896)

1957- Eric Alfred Knudsen -American lawyer and politician (b. 1872)

1958- Douglas Hartree -English physicist (b. 1897)

1960- Oskar Anderson -German-Russian mathematician (b. 1887)

1960- Jean-Michel Atlan -French painter (b. 1913)

1961- Branko Miljković -Serbian poet (b. 1934)

1969- Paltiel Daykan -Russian-Israeli jurist (b. 1885)

1970- Ishman Bracey -American singer and guitarist (b. 1901)

1970- Clare Turlay Newberry -American author and illustrator (b. 1903)

1971- James Cash Penney -American businessman, founded J. C. Penney (b. 1875)

1976- Sal Mineo -American actor (b. 1939)

1977- Herman Dooyeweerd -Dutch philosopher and scholar (b. 1894)

1979- Jean Renoir -French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1894)

1980- Muriel Rukeyser -American poet (b. 1913)

1982- Victor Jory -Canadian actor (b. 1902)

1983- Eubie Blake -American pianist and composer (b. 1887)

1983- Jan Klaassens -Dutch footballer (b. 1931)

1984- Anna Anderson -Polish impostor, claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (b. 1896)

1984- Julio Cortázar -Argentinian author (b. 1914)

1985- Nicholas Colasanto -American actor and director (b. 1924)

1988- S. Nadarajah -Sri Lankan lawyer and politician (b. 1916)

1989- Thomas Bernhard -Austrian playwright and author (b. 1931)

1991- Roger Patterson -American bass player (Atheist (band)|Atheist) (b. 1968)

1992- Roy Slemon -Canadian air marshal (b. 1904)

1992- Bep van Klaveren -Dutch boxer (b. 1907)

1994- Sue Rodriguez -Canadian activist (b. 1950)

1995- Philip Taylor Kramer -American bass player (Iron Butterfly) (b. 1952)

1996- Ernest Samuels -American author and lawyer (b. 1903)

1998- Gardner Ackley -American economist (b. 1915)

1999- Toni Fisher -American singer (b. 1931)

2000- Oliver (singer)|Oliver -American singer (b. 1945)

2000- Screamin' Jay Hawkins -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (b. 1929)

2000- Tom Landry -American football player and coach (b. 1924)

2000- Andy Lewis (bassist)|Andy Lewis -Australian bass player (The Whitlams) (b. 1967)

2000- Charles M. Schulz -American cartoonist, created ''Peanuts'' (b. 1922)

2001- Tiberio Mitri -Italian boxer (b. 1926)

2001- Kristina Söderbaum -German actress (b. 1912)

2002- John Eriksen -Danish footballer (b. 1957)

2003- Vali Myers -Australian painter (b. 1930)

2005- Sammi Smith -American singer-songwriter (b. 1943)

2005- Dorothy Stang -American-Brazilian nun (b. 1931)

2005- Rafael Vidal -Venezuelan swimmer (b. 1964)

2007- Peggy Gilbert -American saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1905)

2007- Randy Stone -American actor (b. 1958)

2007- Eldee Young -American bassist (Young-Holt Unlimited) (b. 1936)

2008- Oscar Brodney -American lawyer and screenwriter (b. 1907)

2009-victims of Colgan Air Flight 3407 -

2010- Nodar Kumaritashvili -Georgian luger (b. 1988)

2011- Peter Alexander (Austrian performer)|Peter Alexander -Austrian singer and actor (b. 1926)

2011- Mato Damjanović -Croatian chess player (b. 1927)

2011- Fedor den Hertog -Dutch cyclist (b. 1946)

2011- Betty Garrett -American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1919)

2011- Kenneth Mars -American actor (b. 1935)

2012- Galal Amer -Egyptian journalist (b. 1952)

2012- Zina Bethune -American actress, dancer, and choreographer (b. 1945)

2012- Denis Flannery -Australian rugby player and coach (b. 1928)

2012- Adrian Foley, 8th Baron Foley -English pianist and composer (b. 1923)

2012- David Kelly (actor)|David Kelly -Irish actor (b. 1929)

2012- John Severin -American illustrator (b. 1921)

2012- Howard Zimmerman -American chemist and academic (b. 1926)

2013- Sattam bin Abdulaziz Al Saud -Saudi Arabian prince (b. 1941)

2013- Bill Bell (businessman)|Bill Bell -English businessman (b. 1932)

2013- Barnaby Conrad -American author (b. 1922)

2013- Christopher Dorner -American lieutenant and police officer (b. 1979)

2013- Brian Langford -English cricketer (b. 1935)

2013- Jimmy Mulroy -Irish footballer and manager (b. 1940)

2013- Tarmizi Taher -Indonesian admiral and politician (b. 1936)

2013- Reginald Turnill -English journalist (b. 1915)

2013- Hennadiy Udovenko -Ukrainian politician, 2nd Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ukraine)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Ukraine (b. 1931)

2014- Sid Caesar -American actor and singer (b. 1922)

2014- Maggie Estep -American poet (b. 1963)

2014- Santiago Feliú -Cuban singer-songwriter (b. 1962)

2014- John Pickstone -English historian and author (b. 1944)

2014- John Poppitt -English footballer (b. 1923)

2014- Josef Röhrig -German footballer (b. 1925)