This Day in History

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Day History: February-25

Events HistoryFamous BirthdaysHistory of Deaths

Events History


138-The Roman emperor -Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor.

493- Odoacer -surrenders Ravenna after a 3-year siege and agrees to a mediated peace with Theodoric the Great.

628- Khosrau II -is overthrown by his son Kavadh II.

1336-4,000 defenders of Pilėnai -commit mass suicide rather than be taken captive by the Teutonic Knights.

1570- Pope Pius V -Excommunication|excommunicates Queen Elizabeth I of England.

1631- François de Bassompierre -a French courtier, is arrested on Cardinal Richelieu|Richelieu's orders.

1797- Colonel William Tate -and his force of 1000-1500 soldiers surrender after the Battle of Fishguard|Last invasion of Britain.

1821- Greek War of Independence -Alexander Ypsilantis issues a proclamation at Iași, announcing that he had "the support of a great power" (i.e. Russia).

1831- Battle of Olszynka Grochowska -part of Polish November Uprising against Russian Empire.

1836- Samuel Colt -is granted a United States patent for the Colt Firearms|Colt revolver.

1843- Provisional Cession of the Hawaiian or Sandwich Islands -established by Lord George Paulet.

1848-Provisional government in French Revolution of 1848|revolutionary -France, by Louis Blanc's motion, guarantees workers' rights.

1856-A Congress of Paris (1856)|Peace conference -opens in Paris after the Crimean War.

1866-Miners in Calaveras County, California -discover what is now called the Calaveras Skull - human remains that supposedly indicated that man, mastodons, and elephants had co-existed.

1870- Hiram Rhodes Revels -a Republican Party (United States)|Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the Congress of the United States|U.S. Congress.

1875- Guangxu Emperor -of Qing Dynasty|China begins his reign, under Empress Dowager Cixi's regency.

1901- J. P. Morgan -incorporates the U.S. Steel|United States Steel Corporation.

1912- Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg|Marie-Adélaïde -the eldest of six daughters of Guillaume IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg|Guillaume IV, becomes the first reigning Grand Duke of Luxembourg|Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.

1916- World War I -the Germans capture Fort Douaumont during the Battle of Verdun.

1919- Oregon -places a one cent per U.S. gallon gasoline tax|tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.

1921- Tbilisi -capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, is Soviet invasion of Georgia|occupied by Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic|Bolshevist Russia.

1928- Charles Jenkins Laboratories -of Washington, D.C. becomes the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission.

1932- Adolf Hitler -obtains German citizenship by naturalization, which allows him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.

1933-The {{USS|Ranger|CV-4|6}} is launched. It is the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier -

1941- February Strike -In History of the Netherlands (1939-1945)#German occupation|occupied Amsterdam, a general strike is declared in response to increasing anti-Jewish measures instituted by the Nazis.

1945- World War II -Turkey declares war on Germany.

1947-The State of Prussia -ceases to exist.

1948-The Communist Party of Czechoslovakia|Communist Party -Czechoslovak coup d'état of 1948|takes control of government in Czechoslovakia and the period of the History of Czechoslovakia (1945–1948)|Third Republic ends.

1951-The first Pan American Games -are held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1954- Gamal Abdel Nasser -is made premier of Egypt.

1956-In his speech '' On the Personality Cult and its Consequences -', Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union denounces the cult of personality of Joseph Stalin.

1964- North Korea -Prime Minister Kim Il-sung calls for the removal of Feudalism|feudalistic land ownership aimed at turning all cooperative farms into state-run ones.

1964-U.S. Air Force launches a satellite employing a US Air Force Atlas/Agena combination from Vandenberg AFB Space Launch Complex 4|Point Arguello -(LC-2-3) in California and from Cape Kennedy in Florida.

1968- Vietnam War -135 unarmed citizens of Hà My village in South Vietnam's Quảng Nam Province are killed and buried ''en masse'' by Republic of Korea Marine Corps|South Korean troops in what would come to be known as the Hà My massacre.

1971-The first unit of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station -the first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, goes online.

1980-The government of Suriname -is 1980 Surinamese coup d'état|overthrown by a military coup which is initiated by the bombing of the police station from an army ship off the coast of the nation's capital, Paramaribo

1986- People Power Revolution -President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the Philippines' first woman president.

1987- Southern Methodist University -s football program is the first college football program to receive the Death Penalty (NCAA)|Death Penalty by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions. It was revealed that athletic officials and school administrators had knowledge of a "slush fund" used to make illegal payments to the school's football players as far back as 1981.

1991- Gulf War -An Iraqi scud missile hits an American military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia killing 28 United States Army Reserve|U.S. Army Reservists from Pennsylvania.

1991-The Warsaw Pact -is declared disbanded.

1992- Khojaly massacre -about 613 civilians are killed by Armenian armed forces during the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

1994- Mosque of Abraham massacre -In the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, Baruch Goldstein opens fire with an automatic rifle, killing 29 Palestinian people|Palestinian worshippers and injuring 125 more before being subdued and beaten to death by survivors.

1997- Yi Han-yong -North Korean defector was murdered by unidentified assailants in Bundang, South Korea.

2009-Members of the Border Guards Bangladesh|Bangladesh Rifles -2009 Bangladesh Rifles revolt|mutiny at their headquarters in Pilkhana, Dhaka, Bangladesh, resulting in 74 deaths, including more than 50 army officials.

Famous Birthdays


1591- Friedrich Spee -German poet (d. 1635)

1643- Ahmed II -Ottoman sultan (d. 1695)

1651- Johann Philipp Krieger -German organist and composer (d. 1725)

1663- Pierre Antoine Motteux -French-English playwright (d. 1718)

1682- Giovanni Battista Morgagni -Italian anatomist (d. 1771)

1692- Karl Ludwig von Pöllnitz -German author and adventurer (d. 1775)

1707- Carlo Goldoni -Italian playwright (d. 1793)

1708- Felix Benda -Bohemian organist and composer (d. 1768)

1714- René Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou -French politician, Lord Chancellor of France (d. 1792)

1714- Sir Hyde Parker, 5th Baronet -English admiral (d. 1782)

1725- Karl Wilhelm Ramler -German poet (d. 1798)

1727- Armand-Louis Couperin -French organist and composer (d. 1789)

1728- John Wood, the Younger -English architect, designed the Royal Crescent (d. 1782)

1737- August Wilhelm Hupel -German-Estonian linguist and clergyman (d. 1819)

1752- John Graves Simcoe -English-Canadian general and politician, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada (d. 1806)

1755- François René Mallarmé -French politician (d. 1835)

1778- José de San Martín -Argentinian general and politician, 1st President of Peru (d. 1850)

1812- Carl Christian Hall -Danish politician, 6th List of Prime Ministers of Denmark|Prime Minister of Denmark (d. 1888)

1816- Giovanni Morelli -Italian historian and critic (d. 1891)

1833- John St. John (Governor of Kansas)|John St. John -American politician, 8th Governor of Kansas (d. 1916)

1841- Pierre-Auguste Renoir -French painter and sculptor (d. 1919)

1842- Karl May -German author (d. 1912)

1845- George Reid (Australian politician)|George Reid -Australian politician, 4th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1918)

1855- George Bonnor -Australian cricketer (d. 1912)

1855- Cesário Verde -Portuguese poet (d. 1886)

1856- Karl Gotthard Lamprecht -German historian (d. 1915)

1856- Mathias Zdarsky -Czech-Austrian skier (d. 1940)

1857- Robert Bond -Canadian politician, 1st Prime Minister of Newfoundland (d. 1927)

1860- William Ashley (economic historian)|William Ashley -English historian (d. 1927)

1861- Rudolf Steiner -Austrian philosopher and educator (d. 1925)

1865- Andranik -Armenian general (d. 1927)

1866- Benedetto Croce -Italian philosopher (d. 1952)

1869- Phoebus Levene -Russian-American biochemist (d. 1940)

1871- Lesya Ukrainka -Ukrainian poet (d.1913)

1873- Enrico Caruso -Italian tenor (d. 1921)

1877- Erich von Hornbostel -Austrian musicologist (d. 1935)

1881- William Z. Foster -American union leader (d. 1961)

1881- Alexei Rykov -Russian politician (d. 1938)

1883- Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone -(d. 1981)

1885- Princess Alice of Battenberg -(d. 1969)

1885- Sylvia Brett -English wife of Charles Vyner Brooke (d. 1971)

1886- Wally Hardinge -English cricketer and footballer (d. 1965)

1888- John Foster Dulles -American politician, 52nd United States Secretary of State (d. 1959)

1889- Homer S. Ferguson -American politician (d. 1982)

1890- Myra Hess -English pianist and educator (d. 1965)

1894- Meher Baba -Indian mystic (d. 1969)

1895- Lew Andreas -American basketball player and coach (d. 1984)

1897- Peter Llewelyn Davies -English publisher (d. 1960)

1900- Richard Indreko -Estonian archeologist and historian (d. 1961)

1901- Zeppo Marx -American actor and agent (d. 1979)

1903- King Clancy -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)

1905- Harald Lander -Danish dancer and choreographer (d. 1971)

1905- Perry Miller -American historian and author (d. 1963)

1906- Domingo Ortega -Spanish bullfighter (d. 1988)

1906- Boris Papandopulo -Croatian composer and conductor (d. 1991)

1907- Mary Chase (playwright)|Mary Chase -American playwright (d. 1981)

1908- Frank G. Slaughter -American author (d. 2001)

1910- Millicent Fenwick -American journalist and politician (d. 1992)

1913- Jim Backus -American actor (d. 1989)

1913- Gert Fröbe -German actor (d. 1988)

1914- John Arlott -English journalist and author (d. 1991)

1916- Reinhard Bendix -German sociologist (d. 1991)

1917- Anthony Burgess -English author (d. 1993)

1917- Brenda Joyce (actress)|Brenda Joyce -American actress (d. 2009)

1918- Eilert Eilertsen -Norwegian footballer, physician and politician (d. 2014)

1918- Barney Ewell -American runner (d. 1996)

1918- Rena Kyriakou -Greek pianist and composer (d. 1994)

1918- Bobby Riggs -American tennis player (d. 1995)

1919- Monte Irvin -American baseball player

1919- Karl H. Pribram -Austrian-American psychologist and academic

1920- Gérard Bessette -Canadian author (d. 2005)

1920- Philip Habib -American diplomat (d. 1992)

1920- Sun Myung Moon -South Korean religious leader, founded the Unification Church (d. 2012)

1921- Pierre Laporte -Canadian journalist and politician (d. 1970)

1921- Andy Pafko -American baseball player and manager (d. 2013)

1922- Molly Bobak -Canadian painter and educator (d. 2014)

1923- Takeo Kajiwara -Japanese Go (game)|Go player (d. 2009)

1923- Nicholas C. Petris -American politician (d. 2013)

1924- Hugh Huxley -English-American biologist and academic (d. 2013)

1925- Janaky Athi Nahappan -Malaysian captain and politician (d. 2014)

1926- Eva Bergh -Norwegian actress (d. 2013)

1926- Harvey McGregor -Scottish lawyer and academic

1927- Dick Jones (actor)|Dick Jones -American actor and singer (d. 2014)

1927- Ralph Stanley -American singer and banjo player (Stanley Brothers)

1928- Hushang Ebtehaj -Iranian poet

1928- Paul Elvstrøm -Danish sailor

1928- Larry Gelbart -American author and screenwriter (d. 2009)

1928- Richard G. Stern -American author and educator (d. 2013)

1929- Christopher George -American actor (d. 1983)

1929- Tommy Newsom -American saxophonist (d. 2007)

1930- Wendy Beckett -South African-Scottish nun and historian

1932- Tony Brooks -English race car driver

1932- Faron Young -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 1996)

1934- Bernard Bresslaw -English actor (d. 1993)

1934- David E. Jeremiah -American admiral (d. 2013)

1934- Tony Lema -American golfer (d. 1966)

1935- Sally Jessy Raphael -American talk show host

1937- Tom Courtenay -English actor

1937- Barbara Piasecka Johnson -Polish-American art collector and philanthropist (d. 2013)

1937- Bob Schieffer -American journalist

1938- Diane Baker -American actress and producer

1938- Herb Elliott -Australian runner

1938- Farokh Engineer -Indian cricketer

1940- Danny Cater -American baseball player

1940- Billy Packer -American sportscaster and author

1940- Monica Proietti -Canadian bank robber (d. 1967)

1940- Ron Santo -American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2010)

1941- David Puttnam -English film producer and academic

1942- Karen Grassle -American actress

1942- John Saul -American author

1943- Wilson da Silva Piazza -Brazilian footballer

1943- George Harrison -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Beatles, The Quarrymen, Traveling Wilburys, and Plastic Ono Band) (d. 2001)

1943- Jack Concannon -American football player (d. 2005)

1944- Matt Guokas -American basketball player and coach

1944- François Cevert -French race car driver (d. 1973)

1945- Elkie Brooks -English singer-songwriter (Vinegar Joe (band)|Vinegar Joe)

1945- Herbert Léonard -French singer

1946- Andrew Ang -Singaporean judge and academic

1946- Jan Groth -Norwegian singer and keyboard player (Just 4 Fun (band)|Just 4 Fun and Aunt Mary) (d. 2014)

1946- Franz Xaver Kroetz -German actor, director, and playwright

1946- Jean Todt -French businessman

1946- Pete Wernick -American banjo player (Hot Rize)

1947- Giuseppe Betori -Italian cardinal

1947- Lee Evans (athlete)|Lee Evans -American runner

1947- Richard French (Canadian politician)|Richard French -Canadian politician

1947- Marc Sautet -French philosopher (d. 1998)

1947- Doug Yule -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Velvet Underground and American Flyer (band)|American Flyer)

1948- Aldo Busi -Italian author

1948- Danny Denzongpa -Indian actor

1949- Ric Flair -American wrestler

1949- Jack Handey -American author and screenwriter

1949- Amin Maalouf -Lebanese-French author

1950- Francisco Fernández Ochoa -Spanish skier (d. 2006)

1950- Neil Jordan -Irish director, screenwriter, and author

1950- Néstor Kirchner -Argentinian politician, 51st President of Argentina (d. 2010)

1950- Mick Miller (comedian)|Mick Miller -English comedian

1950- Emitt Rhodes -American singer-songwriter (The Merry-Go-Round)

1950- Jaak Tamm -Estonian businessman and politician (d. 1999)

1951- James Brown (sportscaster)|James Brown -American sportscaster

1951- César Cedeño -Dominican baseball player and coach

1951- Don Quarrie -Jamaican runner

1952- Jerry Chamberlain -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Daniel Amos and The Swirling Eddies)

1952- Joey Dunlop -Irish motorcycle racer (d. 2000)

1952- Inger Segelström -Swedish politician

1953- José María Aznar -Spanish politician, Prime Minister of Spain

1953- Kim Yeong-cheol (actor)|Kim Yeong-cheol -South Korean actor

1954- John Doe (musician)|John Doe -American singer-songwriter, bass player, and actor (X (American band)|X, The Flesh Eaters (band)|The Flesh Eaters, and The Knitters)

1954- Gerardo Pelusso -Uruguayan footballer and manager

1955- Camille Thériault -Canadian politician, 29th Premier of New Brunswick

1957- Sérgio Marques -Portuguese politician

1957- Chuck Strahl -Canadian politician

1957- Martin Zobel -Estonian ecologist

1958- Panagiotis Beglitis -Greek politician

1958- Jeff Fisher -American football player and coach

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

1958- Kurt Rambis -American basketball player and coach

1959- Aleksei Balabanov -Russian director and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1959- Renee M. Borges -Indian ecologist

1959- Carl Marotte -Canadian actor

1959- Mike Peters (musician)|Mike Peters -Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Alarm and Big Country)

1960- Stefan Blöcher -German field hockey player

1961- Davey Allison -American race car driver (d. 1993)

1961- Todd Blackledge -American football player

1962- Birgit Fischer -German canoe racer

1962- John Lanchester -German-English journalist and author

1962- Faron Moller -Canadian-English computer scientist and academic

1962- Andres Siim -Estonian architect

1962- Foster Sylvers -American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (The Sylvers)

1963- Joseph E. Duncan III -American serial killer and sex offender

1963- Paul O'Neill (baseball)|Paul O'Neill -American baseball player

1963- Doug Stahl -American wrestler

1964- Lee Evans (comedian)|Lee Evans -English comedian and actor

1964- Don Majkowski -American football player

1964- Luigi Troiani -Italian rugby player

1965- Brian Baker (musician)|Brian Baker -American guitarist and songwriter (Bad Religion, Minor Threat, Junkyard (band)|Junkyard, and Dag Nasty)

1965- Maricel Soriano -Filipino actress

1965- Carrot Top -American comedian and actor

1965- Veronica Webb -American model and actress

1966- Alexis Denisof -American actor

1966- Andrew Feldman, Baron Feldman of Elstree -English lawyer and businessman

1966- Samson Kitur -Kenyan runner (d. 2003)

1966- Téa Leoni -American actress

1966- Nancy O'Dell -American journalist

1966- Sam Phillips (model)|Sam Phillips -American model and actress

1967- Ed Balls -English politician

1967- Jonathan Freedland -English journalist

1968- Evridiki -Cypriot singer

1968- Sandrine Kiberlain -French actress and singer

1969- Paul Trimboli -Australian footballer

1970- Julie Hesmondhalgh -English actress

1971- Sean Astin -American actor, director, and producer

1971- Dave Harris -American radio host and songwriter

1971- Sean O'Haire -American wrestler, mixed martial artist, and kick-boxer (d. 2014)

1971- Daniel Powter -Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist

1972- Jason Byrne (comedian)|Jason Byrne -Irish comedian and radio host

1972- Jaak Mae -Estonian skier

1973- Julio Iglesias, Jr. -Spanish singer and actor

1973- Anson Mount -American actor

1973- Normann Stadler -German triathlete

1974- Divya Bharti -Indian actress

1974- Dominic Raab -English lawyer and politician

1974- Kevin Skinner -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1975- Mandingo (pornographic actor)|Mandingo -American porn actor

1975- Chelsea Handler -American comedian, actress, author, and talk show host

1975- Naga Munchetty -English journalist

1975- Dmitri Suur -Russian-Estonian ice hockey player

1976- Rashida Jones -American actress, singer, and screenwriter

1976- Samaki Walker -American basketball player

1977- Niña Corpuz -Filipino journalist

1977- Sarah Jezebel Deva -English singer-songwriter (Angtoria, Cradle of Filth, and Mystic Circle)

1977- Josh Wolff -American soccer player and manager

1978- Maian Kärmas -Estonian singer-songwriter and journalist

1979- Jennifer Ferrin -American actress

1979- David Hoflin -Swedish-Australian actor

1980- Antonio Burks -American basketball player

1980- Christy Knowings -American actress

1981- Park Ji-Sung -South Korean footballer

1981- Shahid Kapoor -Indian actor and dancer

1981- Jamie Lynn (pornographic actress)|Jamie Lynn -American porn actress

1981- Viet and Duc Nguyen|Duc Nguyen -Vietnamese conjoined twin

1981- Viet and Duc Nguyen|Viet Nguyen -Vietnamese conjoined twin (d. 2007)

1982- Chris Baird -Irish footballer

1982- Kimberly Caldwell -American singer and actress

1982- Han Ga-in -South Korean actress

1982- Maria Kanellis -American wrestler, actress, and singer

1982- Bert McCracken -American singer-songwriter (The Used)

1982- Flavia Pennetta -Italian tennis player

1982- Anton Volchenkov -Russian ice hockey player

1982- Tara Wilson (actress)|Tara Wilson -Canadian actress

1983- Eduardo da Silva -Brazilian-Croatian footballer

1983- Steven Lewington -English wrestler

1984- Lovefoxxx -Brazilian singer-songwriter (CSS (band)|CSS)

1984- Logan Leistikow -American director and producer

1984- Craig Mackail-Smith -Scottish footballer

1984- João Pereira (Portuguese footballer)|João Pereira -Portuguese footballer

1984- Dane Swan -Australian footballer

1985- Benji Marshall -New Zealand rugby player

1985- Joakim Noah -American basketball player

1986- Justin Berfield -American actor and producer

1986- James and Oliver Phelps|James Phelps -English actor

1986- James and Oliver Phelps|Oliver Phelps -English actor

1986- Danny Saucedo -Swedish singer-songwriter (E.M.D.)

1986- James Starks -American football player

1987- Justin Abdelkader -American ice hockey player

1987- Eva Avila -Canadian singer-songwriter

1987- Mevlüt Erdinç -Turkish footballer

1987- Andrew Poje -Canadian figure skater

1987- Adrián López Rodríguez -Spanish footballer

1988- Luca Di Matteo -Italian footballer

1988- Sören Ludolph -German runner

1988- Jimmy Monaghan -American-Irish singer-songwriter and pianist (Music for Dead Birds)

1989- Jimmer Fredette -American basketball player

1989- Kana Hanazawa -Japanese voice actress and singer

1989- E'Twaun Moore -American basketball player

1990- Alejandra Andreu -Spanish model, Miss International 2008

1990- Jefferson Alves Oliveira -Brazilian footballer

1990- Marianna Zachariadi -Greek pole vaulter (d. 2013)

1991- Gerran Howell -Welsh-English actor

1991- Dominika Kaňáková -Czech tennis player

1991- Tony Oller -American singer-songwriter and actor (MKTO)

1992- Max Aaron -American figure skater

1993- Mohammed Milon -Bangladeshi archer

1994- Eugenie Bouchard -Canadian tennis player

1997- Isabelle Fuhrman -American actress

History of Deaths


1246- Dafydd ap Llywelyn -Welsh king (b. 1212)

1522- William Lily (grammarian)|William Lily -English scholar (b. 1468)

1536- Berchtold Haller -German-Swiss reformer (b. 1492)

1553- Hirate Masahide -Japanese samurai (b. 1492)

1558- Eleanor of Austria -(b. 1498)

1601- Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex -English politician (b. 1566)

1634- Albrecht von Wallenstein -Austrian general and politician (b. 1583)

1643- Marco da Gagliano -Italian composer (b. 1582)

1655- Daniel Heinsius -Flemish scholar (b. 1580)

1682- Alessandro Stradella -Italian composer (b. 1639)

1710- Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut -French soldier and explorer (b. 1639)

1713- Frederick I of Prussia -(b. 1657)

1715- Pu Songling -Chinese author (b. 1640)

1723- Christopher Wren -English architect, designed St Paul's Cathedral (b. 1632)

1756- Eliza Haywood -English actress and poet (b. 1693)

1796- Samuel Seabury (bishop)|Samuel Seabury -American bishop (b. 1729)

1798- Louis Jules Mancini Mazarini -French diplomat (b. 1716)

1805- Thomas Pownall -English politician, Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (b. 1722)

1815- Stanoje Glavaš -Serbian soldier (b. 1763)

1819- Francisco Manoel de Nascimento -Portuguese poet (b. 1734)

1822- William Pinkney -American politician and diplomat, 7th United States Attorney General (b. 1764)

1831- Friedrich Maximilian Klinger -German author and playwright (b. 1752)

1841- Philip Pendleton Barbour -American politician, 12th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1783)

1850- Daoguang Emperor -of China (b. 1782)

1852- Thomas Moore -Irish poet (b. 1779)

1860- Chauncey Allen Goodrich -American clergyman, lexicographer, and educator (b. 1790)

1864- Anna Harrison -American wife of William Henry Harrison, 9th List of First Ladies of the United States|First Lady of the United States (b. 1775)

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

1870- Henrik Hertz -Danish poet (b. 1797)

1877- Jang Bahadur Rana -Nepalese ruler (b. 1816)

1878- Townsend Harris -American politician (b. 1804)

1888- Josif Pančić -Croatian-Serbian botanist (b. 1814)

1894- Steele MacKaye -American actor and playwright (b. 1842)

1899- Paul Reuter -German-English journalist (b. 1816)

1906- Anton Arensky -Russian pianist and composer (b. 1861)

1910- Worthington Whittredge -American painter (b. 1820)

1911- Friedrich Spielhagen -German author (b. 1829)

1912- William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg -(b. 1852)

1914- John Tenniel -English illustrator (b. 1820)

1915- Charles Edwin Bessey -American botanist (b. 1845)

1916- David Bowman (Australian politician)|David Bowman -Australian politician (b. 1860)

1919- Josef Christiaens -Belgian race car driver (b. 1879)

1920- Marcel-Auguste Dieulafoy -French archaeologist (b. 1844)

1922- Henri Désiré Landru -French serial killer (b. 1869)

1928- Gyula Kakas -Hungarian gymnast (b. 1876)

1928- William O'Brien -Irish journalist and politician (b. 1852)

1934- John McGraw (baseball)|John McGraw -American baseball player and manager (b. 1873)

1934- Elizabeth Gertrude Britton -American botanist (b. 1857)

1940- Mary Mills Patrick -American author (b. 1850)

1945- Mário de Andrade -Brazilian author, poet, and photographer (b. 1893)

1950- George Minot -American physician, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1885)

1953- Sergei Winogradsky -Ukrainian-Russian microbiologist and ecologist (b. 1856)

1954- Auguste Perret -French architect, designed the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (b. 1874)

1957- Mark Aldanov -Russian author and critic (b. 1888)

1957- Bugs Moran -American gangster (b. 1893)

1963- Melville J. Herskovits -American anthropologist (b. 1895)

1964- Alexander Archipenko -Ukrainian sculptor, and illustrator (b. 1887)

1964- Johnny Burke (lyricist)|Johnny Burke -American songwriter (b. 1908)

1964- Mariano Jesús Cuenco -Filipino politician (b. 1888)

1964- Maurice Farman -French race car driver and pilot (b. 1877)

1964- David Logan (British politician)|David Logan -Scottish politician (b. 1871)

1964- Hinrich Lohse -German politician (b. 1896)

1964- Grace Metalious -American author (b. 1924)

1964- Kenneth Lee Spencer -American opera singer and actor (b. 1913)

1966- James D. Norris -American businessman (b. 1906)

1970- Walter Koch (astrologer)|Walter Koch -German astrologer (b. 1895)

1970- Mark Rothko -Latvian-American painter (b. 1903)

1971- Theodor Svedberg -Swedish chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1884)

1975- Elijah Muhammad -American religious leader (b. 1897)

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

1980- Robert Hayden -American poet (b. 1913)

1983- Tennessee Williams -American playwright (b. 1911)

1983- John Cowles, Sr. -American publisher, founded the Cowles Media Company (b. 1898)

1984- Koulis Stoligkas -Greek actor (b. 1909 or 1910)

1987- James Coco -American actor (b. 1930)

1991- André Turp -Canadian tenor (b. 1925)

1993- Eddie Constantine -American-French actor and singer (b. 1917)

1993- Mary Walter -Filipino actress (b. 1912)

1994- Baruch Goldstein -American-Israeli physician and murderer (b. 1956)

1994- Jersey Joe Walcott -American boxer (b. 1914)

1996- Haing S. Ngor -Cambodian-American actor, physician, and author (b. 1940)

1997- Cal Abrams -American baseball player (b. 1924)

1997- Andrei Sinyavsky -Russian journalist and publisher (b. 1925)

1998- Celestine Tate Harrington -American keyboard player (b. 1956)

1998- W. O. Mitchell -Canadian author (b. 1914)

1999- Margaret Meagher -Canadian diplomat (b. 1911)

1999- Glenn T. Seaborg -American chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1912)

2000- Luce Maced -French super-centenarian (b. 1886)

2001- A. R. Ammons -American poet (b. 1926)

2001- Donald Bradman -Australian cricketer (b. 1908)

2001- Norbert Glanzberg -Polish-French composer (b. 1910)

2001- Sigurd Raschèr -German-American saxophonist (b. 1907)

2001- Margaret Tafoya -American potter (b. 1904)

2001- L. R. Wright -Canadian author (b. 1939)

2003- Tom O'Higgins -Irish politician and judge, 6th Chief Justice of Ireland (b. 1916)

2003- Alberto Sordi -Italian actor (b. 1920)

2004- Albert Chartier -Canadian illustrator (b. 1912)

2004- Donald Hings -English-Canadian inventor, invented the Walkie-talkie (b. 1907)

2005- Peter Benenson -English lawyer, founded Amnesty International (b. 1921)

2005- Ben Bowen -American brain cancer victim (b. 2002)

2005- Leo Labine -Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1931)

2005- Edward Patten -American singer-songwriter and producer (Gladys Knight & the Pips) (b. 1939)

2006- Thomas Koppel -Danish pianist and composer (The Savage Rose) (b. 1944)

2006- Darren McGavin -American actor (b. 1922)

2006- Charlie Wayman -English footballer (b. 1922)

2007- William Anderson (naval officer)|William Anderson -American commander and politician (b. 1921)

2007- Mark Spoelstra -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1940)

2007- Clem Windsor -Australian rugby player and surgeon (b. 1923)

2008- Ashley Cooper (racing driver)|Ashley Cooper -Australian race car driver (b. 1980)

2008- Hans Raj Khanna -Indian judge (b. 1912)

2008- Static Major -American rapper and producer (Playa (band)|Playa) (b. 1974)

2009- Philip José Farmer -American author (b. 1918)

2010- İhsan Doğramacı -Turkish pediatrician and academic (b. 1915)

2011- Nikos Alexiou -Greek artist (b. 1960)

2012- Maurice André -French trumpet player (b. 1933)

2012- Lynn Compton -American lieutenant, lawyer, and judge (b. 1921)

2012- Dick Davies -American basketball player (b. 1936)

2012- Red Holloway -American saxophonist (b. 1927)

2012- Erland Josephson -Swedish actor and director (b. 1923)

2012- Louisiana Red -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1932)

2012- Martha Stewart (actress)|Martha Stewart -American actress and singer (b. 1922)

2013- Abdelhamid Abou Zeid -Algerian terrorist (b. 1965)

2013- Allan B. Calhamer -American game designer, created ''Diplomacy (game)|Diplomacy'' (b. 1931)

2013- Herb Epp -Canadian politician, List of mayors of Waterloo, Ontario|Mayor of Waterloo (b. 1934)

2013- Stewart "Dirk" Fischer -American trumpet player and composer (b. 1924)

2013- C. Everett Koop -American surgeon and admiral, 13th Surgeon General of the United States (b. 1916)

2013- Carmen Montejo -Cuban-Mexican actress (b. 1925)

2013- Ray O'Connor -Australian politician, 22nd Premier of Western Australia (b. 1926)

2013- Willy Rizzo -Italian-French photographer (b. 1928)

2013- Dan Toler -American guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band and Gregg Allman Band) (b. 1948)

2013- Milan Velimirović -Serbian chess player (b. 1952)

2014- Angèle Arsenault -Canadian singer-songwriter (b. 1943)

2014- Peter Callander -English songwriter and producer (b. 1939)

2014- Mário Coluna -Portuguese footballer (b. 1935)

2014- Quentin Elias -French singer and actor (Alliage (band)|Alliage) (b. 1974)

2014- Paco de Lucía -Spanish guitarist, songwriter, and producer (b. 1947)

2014- Carlos Gracida -Mexican polo player (b. 1960)

2014- Jim Lange -American game show host (b. 1932)

2014- Chokwe Lumumba -American lawyer and politician (b. 1947)