This Day in History

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Day History: February-28

Events HistoryFamous BirthdaysHistory of Deaths

Events History


202 BC-coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han -takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty's rule over China.

628- Khosrau II -is executed by Mihr Hormozd under the orders of Kavadh II.

870-The Fourth Council of Constantinople (Roman Catholic)|Fourth Council of Constantinople -closes.

1246-The Siege of Jaén (1245–46)|Siege of Jaén -ends in the context of the Spanish Reconquista resulting in the Castilian takeover of the city from the Taifa of Jaen.

1525-The Aztec -king Cuauhtémoc is executed by Hernán Cortés's forces.

1638-The Scottish National Covenant -is signed in Edinburgh.

1700-Today is followed by March 1 -in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar.

1710-In the Battle of Helsingborg (1710)|Battle of Helsingborg -14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock. This is the last time Swedish and Danish troops meet on Swedish soil.

1784- John Wesley -charters the Methodism|Methodist Church.

1811-'' Cry of Asencio -', beginning of the Uruguayan War of Independence

1827-The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad -is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.

1838- Robert Nelson (insurrectionist)|Robert Nelson -leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Quebec)

1844-A gun on {{USS|Princeton|1843|6}} explodes while the boat is on a Potomac River -cruise, killing eight people, including two United States Cabinet members.

1849-Regular steamboat -service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the {{SS|California|1848|6}} in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor.

1867-Seventy years of Holy See-United States relations -are ended by a United States Congress|Congressional ban on federal funding of diplomacy|diplomatic Diplomatic rank#Multilateral diplomacy|envoys to the Vatican and are not restored until January 10, 1984.

1870-The Bulgarian Exarchate -is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire.

1874-One of the longest cases ever heard in an English court ends when the defendant is convicted of perjury -for Tichborne case|attempting to assume the identity of the heir to the Tichborne baronets|Tichborne baronetcy.

1883-The first vaudeville -theater opens in Boston

1885-The American Telephone and Telegraph Company -is incorporated in New York as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone. (American Bell would later merge with its subsidiary.)

1893-The {{USS|Indiana|BB-1|6}}, the lead ship of Indiana-class battleship|her class -and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched.

1897- Ranavalona III of Madagascar|Queen Ranavalona III -the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force.

1900-The Second Boer War -The 118-day "Siege of Ladysmith" is lifted.

1914-The Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus -is proclaimed in Gjirokastër, by the Greeks living in southern Albania.

1922-The United Kingdom ends its protectorate -over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Egyptian Independence|Unilateral Declaration of Independence.

1925-The 1925 Charlevoix–Kamouraska earthquake|Charlevoix-Kamouraska earthquake -strikes northeastern North America.

1928- C.V. Raman -discovers the Raman effect.

1933-'' Gleichschaltung -': The Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in Germany a day after the Reichstag fire.

1935- DuPont -scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.

1939-The erroneous word " dord -is discovered in the ''Webster's Dictionary|Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition'', prompting an investigation.

1940- Basketball -is Broadcasting of sports events|televised for the first time (Fordham Rams|Fordham University vs. the Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball|University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden).

1942-The heavy cruiser {{USS|Houston|CA-30|6}} is sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait -with 693 crew members killed, along with {{HMAS|Perth|D29|6}} which lost 375 men.

1947- 228 Incident -In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of an estimated 30,000 civilians.

1953- James D. Watson -and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA; the formal announcement takes place on April 25 following publication in April's ''Nature (journal)|Nature'' (pub. April 2).

1954-The first color television -sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.

1958-A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky -hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children die in what remains Prestonsburg, Kentucky bus disaster|one of the worst school bus accidents in U.S. history.

1959-'' Discoverer 1 -', an American spy satellite that is the first object intended to achieve a polar orbit, is launched. It failed to achieve orbit.

1972- Sino-American relations -The United States and People's Republic of China sign the Shanghai Communiqué.

1975-In London an underground train Moorgate tube crash|fails to stop -at Moorgate terminus station and crashes into the end of the tunnel, killing 43 people.

1980- Andalusia -approves its Autonomous communities of Spain|statute of autonomy through a referendum.

1985-The Provisional Irish Republican Army -carries out a 1985 Newry mortar attack|mortar attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary police station at Newry, killing nine officers in the highest loss of life for the RUC on a single day.

1986- Olof Palme -prime minister of Sweden, is Assassination of Olof Palme|assassinated in Stockholm.

1991-The first Gulf War -ends.

1993- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms -agents Waco siege|raid the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest the group's leader David Koresh. Four BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.

1995-Former Australian Liberal party leader John Hewson -resigns from the Australian parliament almost two years after losing the Australian federal election, 1993.

1997-An 1997 Ardabil earthquake|earthquake -in northern Iran is responsible for about 3,000 deaths.

1997-The North Hollywood shootout -takes place, resulting in the injury of 19 people and the deaths of both perpetrators.

1997- GRB 970228 -a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, strikes the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way.

1997- 1997 military memorandum (Turkey)|Military Coup -in Turkey

1998-First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk -the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.

1998- Kosovo War -Serbia and Montenegro|Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.

2001-The 2001 Nisqually earthquake|Nisqually Earthquake -measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, Washington|Tacoma, and Olympia, Washington|Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington (state)|Washington.

2001-Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash -

2002-During the 2002 Gujarat riots|religious violence in Gujarat -the 97 people killed in the Naroda Patiya massacre and 69 in Gulbarg Society massacre.

2004-Over one million Taiwan -se participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a {{convert|500|km|mi|adj=on}} long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947

2005-A 2005 Al Hillah bombing|suicide bombing -at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.

2013- Pope Benedict XVI -Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI|resigns as the pope of the Catholic Church becoming the first pope to do so since 1415.

Famous Birthdays


1155- Henry the Young King -English son of Henry II of England (d. 1183)

1261- Margaret of Scotland, Queen of Norway -(d. 1283)

1533- Michel de Montaigne -French philosopher (d. 1592)

1552- Jost Bürgi -Swiss mathematician and clockmaker (d. 1632)

1573- Elias Holl -German architect (d. 1646)

1612- John Pearson (bishop)|John Pearson -English bishop, theologian, and scholar (d. 1686)

1616- Kaspar Förster -German singer and composer (d. 1673)

1619- Giuseppe Felice Tosi -Italian organist and composer (d. 1693)

1670- Benjamin Wadsworth -American clergyman and academic (d. 1737)

1675- Guillaume Delisle -French cartographer (d. 1726)

1683- René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur -French entomologist (d. 1757)

1704- Louis Godin -French astronomer (d. 1760)

1712- Louis-Joseph de Montcalm -French general (d. 1759)

1714- Gioacchino Conti -Italian soprano (d. 1761)

1724- George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend -English field marshal (d. 1807)

1792- Karl Ernst von Baer -German biologist, meteorologist, and geographer (d. 1876)

1812- Berthold Auerbach -German poet and author (d. 1882)

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

1823- Ernest Renan -French philosopher (d. 1892)

1824- Charles Blondin -French acrobat (d. 1897)

1827- Édouard-Charles Fabre -Canadian archbishop (d. 1896)

1833- Alfred von Schlieffen -German field marshal (d. 1913)

1838- Maurice Lévy -French mathematician and engineer (d. 1910)

1840- Henri Duveyrier -French explorer (d. 1892)

1848- Arthur Giry -French historian (d. 1899)

1851- Samuel W. McCall -American politician, 47th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1923)

1858- Tore Svennberg -Swedish actor and director (d. 1941)

1860- Basil Spalding de Garmendia -American tennis player (d. 1932)

1865- Wilfred Grenfell -English missionary (d. 1940)

1866- Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov -Russian poet and playwright (d. 1949)

1873- William McMaster Murdoch -Scottish sailor (d. 1912)

1876- John Alden Carpenter -American composer (d. 1951)

1878- Pierre Fatou -French mathematician and astronomer (d. 1929)

1878- Artur Kapp -Estonian composer (d. 1952)

1881- Fernand Sanz -French cyclist (d. 1925)

1882- Geraldine Farrar -American soprano and actress (d. 1967)

1882- Pádraic Ó Conaire -Irish journalist and author (d. 1928)

1882- José Vasconcelos -Mexican philosopher and politician (d. 1959)

1883- Seán Mac Diarmada -Irish political activist and revolutionary (d. 1916)

1884- Ants Piip -Estonian lawyer, diplomat and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Estonia (d. 1942)

1893- Ivan Vasilyov -Bulgarian architect, designed the SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library (d. 1979)

1894- Ben Hecht -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1964)

1895- Marcel Pagnol -French author, playwright and director (d. 1974)

1896- Philip Showalter Hench -American physician, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)

1900- Wolf Hirth -German pilot and engineer, co-founded Schempp-Hirth (d. 1959)

1901- Linus Pauling -American chemist and activist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1994)

1903- Vincente Minnelli -American director and screenwriter (d. 1986)

1906- Bugsy Siegel -American gangster (d. 1947)

1907- Milton Caniff -American cartoonist (d. 1988)

1908- Billie Bird -American actress (d. 2002)

1908- Alexander Golitzen -Russian-American production designer (d. 2005)

1909- Stephen Spender -English poet (d. 1995)

1911- Otakar Vávra -Czech director and screenwriter (d. 2011)

1912- Clara Petacci -Italian mistress of Benito Mussolini (d. 1945)

1915- Ketti Frings -American author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1981)

1915- Peter Medawar -Brazilian-English biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1987)

1915- Zero Mostel -American actor (d. 1977)

1916- Svend Asmussen -Danish violinist

1916- Cesar Climaco -Filipino lawyer and politician, 10th Mayor of Zamboanga City (d. 1984)

1917- Ernesto Alonso -Mexican actor, director, and producer (d. 2007)

1917- Odette Laure -French actress and singer (d. 2004)

1918- Alfred Burke -English actor (d. 2011)

1919- Alfred Marshall (businessman)|Alfred Marshall -American businessman, founded Marshalls (d. 2013)

1919- Brian Urquhart -English soldier and diplomat

1920- Jadwiga Piłsudska -Polish pilot and architect

1921- Saul Zaentz -American film producer (d. 2014)

1921- Pierre Clostermann -French pilot, engineer, and author (d. 2006)

1922- Joyce Howard -English actress (d. 2010)

1922- Yuri Lotman -Russian-Estonian historian and scholar (d. 1993)

1923- Charles Durning -American actor (d. 2012)

1924- Uno Prii -Estonian-Canadian architect (d. 2000)

1924- Robert A. Roe -American politician (d. 2014)

1925- Harry H. Corbett -Burmese-English actor (d. 1982)

1926- Svetlana Alliluyeva -Russian daughter of Joseph Stalin (d. 2011)

1928- Stanley Baker -Welsh actor and producer (d. 1976)

1929- Hayden Fry -American football player and coach

1929- Frank Gehry -Canadian-American architect, designed 8 Spruce Street and Walt Disney Concert Hall

1929- John Montague (poet)|John Montague -American-Irish poet and academic

1929- Joseph Rouleau -Canadian opera singer

1930- Leon Cooper -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1931- Peter Alliss -German-English golfer and sportscaster

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

1931- Gavin MacLeod -American actor

1931- Dean Smith -American basketball player and coach

1932- Don Francks -Canadian actor and singer

1933- Robert Grondelaers -Belgian cyclist (d. 1989)

1933- Miro Steržaj -Slovenian bowler

1933- Rein Taagepera -Estonian political scientist and politician

1934- Willie Bobo -American drummer (d. 1983)

1938- Foge Fazio -American football player and coach (d. 2009)

1938- Mike Wofford -American pianist and composer

1939- John Fahey (musician)|John Fahey -American guitarist (d. 2001)

1939- The Missing Link (wrestler)|The Missing Link -Canadian wrestler (d. 2007)

1939- Chögyam Trungpa -Tibetan philosopher and scholar (d. 1987)

1939- Daniel C. Tsui -Chinese-American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1939- Tommy Tune -American actor, singer, dancer, and director

1940- Mario Andretti -Italian-American race car driver

1940- Barry Fantoni -English astrologer, author, and illustrator

1940- Joe South -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2012)

1941- Tristan Garel-Jones, Baron Garel Jones -English politician, Minister of State for Europe

1941- Suzanne Mubarak -Egyptian wife of Hosni Mubarak, 5th First Lady of Egypt

1941- T. Thangavadivel -Sri Lankan civil servant and politician

1942- Frank Bonner -American actor

1942- Brian Jones -English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (The Rolling Stones) (d. 1969)

1942- Dino Zoff -Italian footballer and manager

1943- Barbara Acklin -American singer-songwriter (d. 1998)

1943- Charles Bernstein (composer)|Charles Bernstein -American composer and educator

1943- Hans Dijkstal -Egyptian-Dutch politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 2010)

1943- Donnie Iris -American singer and guitarist (The Jaggerz and Wild Cherry (band)|Wild Cherry)

1944- Win Aung -Burmese military officer and politician, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Burma)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Burma (b. 2009)

1944- Kelly Bishop -American actress and dancer

1944- Sepp Maier -German footballer

1944- Storm Thorgerson -English graphic designer (d. 2013)

1945- Mimsy Farmer -American actress

1945- Bubba Smith -American football player and actor (d. 2011)

1946- Philip Bailhache -English lawyer and politician

1946- Robin Cook -Scottish politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (d. 2005)

1946- Don Francisco (Christian musician)|Don Francisco -American singer-songwriter

1947- Stephanie Beacham -English actress

1948- Bineshwar Brahma -Indian poet and author (d. 2000)

1948- Steven Chu -American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1948- Mike Figgis -English director, screenwriter, and composer

1948- Seppo Harjanne -Finnish race car driver

1948- Geoff Nicholls -English keyboard player (Black Sabbath and Quartz (metal band)|Quartz)

1948- Bernadette Peters -American actress, singer, and author

1948- Mercedes Ruehl -American actress

1948- Alfred Sant -Maltese politician, 11th Prime Minister of Malta

1949- Ilene Graff -American actress and singer

1950- Futatsuryū Jun'ichi -Japanese sumo wrestler (d. 2014)

1950- Frankie Kao -Taiwanese singer (d. 2014)

1951- Bill Cratty -American dancer and choreographer (d. 1998)

1951- Karsan Ghavri -Indian cricketer

1951- Peter Stothard -English journalist

1951- Roseanna Vitro -American singer and educator

1951- Jim Wohlford -American baseball player

1952- William Finn -American composer and songwriter

1952- Frank Warren (promoter)|Frank Warren -English boxing manager and promoter

1953- Ingo Hoffmann -Brazilian race car driver

1953- Paul Krugman -American economist, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate

1953- Ricky Steamboat -American wrestler

1954- Brian Billick -American football player, coach, and sportscaster

1954- Manuel Torres Félix -Mexican drug trafficker (d. 2012)

1955- Gilbert Gottfried -American comedian and actor

1955- Bob Kerslake -English civil servant

1956- Adrian Dantley -American basketball player

1956- Francis Hughes -Irish Republican Army|IRA Volunteer and hunger striker (d. 1981)

1956- Terry Leahy -English businessman

1956- Guy Maddin -Canadian director, screenwriter, and cinematographer

1956- Jimmy Nicholl -Canadian-Irish footballer and manager

1956- Mike Tenay -American sportscaster

1957- Paul Delph -American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Zahara (band)|Zahara) (d. 1996)

1957- Ainsley Harriott -English chef and author

1957- John Turturro -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1957- Cindy Wilson -American singer-songwriter and actress (The B-52's)

1958- Jack Abramoff -American businessman

1958- Natalya Estemirova -Russian journalist and activist (d. 2009)

1958- Ginette Harrison -English mountaineer (d. 1999)

1958- Jeanne Mas -French singer-songwriter and actress

1958- David R. Ross -Scottish historian and author (d. 2010)

1959- Megan McDonald -American author

1960- Tōru Ōkawa -Japanese voice actor

1960- Dorothy Stratten -Canadian-American model and actress (d. 1980)

1961- Eric Bachelart -Belgian race car driver

1961- Rae Dawn Chong -Canadian actress

1961- Mark Latham -Australian politician

1961- Barry McGuigan -Irish boxer

1961- René Simard -Canadian singer and television host

1963- Claudio Chiappucci -Italian cyclist

1964- Djamolidine Abdoujaparov -Uzbekistan cyclist

1964- Fernando del Valle -American tenor

1964- Lotta Lotass -Swedish author

1965- Park Gok-ji -South Korean film editor

1965- Colum McCann -Irish author

1965- Norman Smiley -English-American wrestler

1966- Vincent Askew -American basketball player

1966- Paulo Futre -Portuguese footballer

1967- Colin Cooper -English footballer and manager

1967- Martin Tielli -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Rheostatics and Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle)

1968- Stéphan Lebeau -Canadian ice hockey player

1969- Butch Leitzinger -American race car driver

1969- Robert Sean Leonard -American actor

1969- Patrick Monahan -American singer-songwriter (Train (band)|Train)

1969- Tor Øivind Ødegård -Norwegian runner

1969- U. Srinivas -Indian mandolin player and composer (d. 2014)

1970- Daniel Handler -American author and screenwriter

1970- Noureddine Morceli -Algerian runner

1971- Maxine Bahns -American actress

1971- Tristan Louis -French-American author and blogger

1971- Junya Nakano -Japanese composer

1971- Peter Stebbings -Canadian actor

1972- Rory Cochrane -American actor

1972- Ville Haapasalo -Finnish actor

1973- Eric Lindros -Canadian ice hockey player

1973- Nicolas Minassian -French race car driver

1973- Masato Tanaka -Japanese wrestler

1974- Lee Carsley -Irish footballer

1974- Moana Mackey -New Zealand biologist and politician

1974- Tangi Miller -American actress and dancer

1974- Alexander Zickler -German footballer

1975- Mike Rucker -American football player

1975- Greg Simkins -American painter

1976- Kaido Külaots -Estonian chess player

1976- Ali Larter -American actress

1976- Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge -Canadian actor and producer

1976- Adam Pine -Australian swimmer

1977- Jason Aldean -American singer and guitarist

1977- Lance Hoyt -American wrestler

1978- Jeanne Cherhal -French singer-songwriter and guitarist

1978- Yasir Hameed -Pakistani cricketer

1978- Rei Kikukawa -Japanese actress

1978- Benjamin Raich -Austrian skier

1978- Jamaal Tinsley -American basketball player

1978- Mariano Zabaleta -Argentinian tennis player

1979- Srikanth (actor)|Srikanth -Indian actor

1979- Michael Bisping -Cypriot-English mixed martial artist

1979- Sébastien Bourdais -French race car driver

1979- Ivo Karlović -Croatian tennis player

1979- Primož Peterka -Slovenian ski jumper

1980- Bada (singer)|Bada -South Korean singer (S.E.S. (band)|S.E.S.)

1980- Pascal Bosschaart -Dutch footballer

1980- Lucian Bute -Romanian-Canadian boxer

1980- Glasner da Silva Albuquerque -Brazilian footballer

1980- Piotr Giza -Polish footballer

1980- Christian Poulsen -Danish footballer

1980- Tayshaun Prince -American basketball player

1981- Brian Bannister -American baseball player

1981- Florent Serra -French tennis player

1982- Natalia Vodianova -Russian-French model

1983- Terry Bywater -English basketball player

1984- Noureen DeWulf -American actress

1984- Ben Fagan -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1984- Karolína Kurková -Czech model and actress

1984- Christian Müller (footballer born 1984)|Christian Müller -German footballer

1985- Tim Bresnan -English cricketer

1985- Fefe Dobson -Canadian singer-songwriter and actress

1985- Jelena Janković -Serbian tennis player

1985- Diego Ribas da Cunha -Brazilian footballer

1986- Mark Sztyndera -German rugby player

1986- Min Hyo-rin -South Korean singer and actress

1986- Tendai Mzungu -Australian footballer

1987- Antonio Candreva -Italian footballer

1988- Aroldis Chapman -Cuban baseball player

1988- Steeve Gerard Fankà -Cameroonian footballer

1988- Jorge Gastélum -Mexican footballer

1988- Markéta Irglová -Czech singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

1988- Yevgeni Kabayev -Russian footballer

1988- Maikol Negro -Italian footballer

1989- Charles Jenkins (basketball)|Charles Jenkins -American basketball player

1989- Zhang Liyin -Chinese singer

1990- Naomi Broady -English tennis player

1991- Sarah Bolger -Irish actress

1993- Emmelie de Forest -Danish singer-songwriter

1994- Jake Bugg -English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1995- Quinn Shephard -American actress

History of Deaths


1261- Henry III, Duke of Brabant -(b. 1230)

1326- Leopold I, Duke of Austria -(b. 1290)

1453- Isabella, Duchess of Lorraine -(b. 1400)

1485- Niclas, Graf von Abensberg -German knight (b. 1441)

1510- Juan de la Cosa -Spanish cartographer and explorer (b, 1450)

1525- Cuauhtémoc -Aztec ruler (b. 1495)

1572- Aegidius Tschudi -Swiss historian (b. 1505)

1621- Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany -(b. 1590)

1648- Christian IV of Denmark -(b. 1577)

1746- Hermann von der Hardt -German historian (b. 1660)

1786- John Gwynn -English architect and engineer (b. 1713)

1788- Thomas Cushing -American layer and politician, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1725)

1836- Friedrich August Grotefend -German philologist (b. 1798)

1857- André Dumont -Belgian geologist (b. 1809)

1869- Alphonse de Lamartine -French author and poet (b. 1790)

1891- George Hearst -American businessman and politician (b. 1820)

1913- George Finnegan -American boxer (b. 1881)

1916- Henry James -American-English author (b. 1843)

1925- Friedrich Ebert -German politician, 1st President of Germany (1919–1945)|President of Germany (b. 1871)

1929- Clemens von Pirquet -Austrian physician (b. 1874)

1932- Guillaume Bigourdan -French astronomer (b. 1851)

1935- Chiquinha Gonzaga -Brazilian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1847)

1936- Kamala Nehru -Indian wife of Jawaharlal Nehru (b. 1899)

1936- Charles Nicolle -French biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1866)

1941- Alfonso XIII of Spain -(b. 1886)

1942- Karel Doorman -Dutch admiral (b. 1889)

1956- Émile Buisson -French gangster (b. 1902)

1959- Maxwell Anderson -American journalist, author and playwright (b. 1888)

1963- Rajendra Prasad -Indian politician, 1st President of India (b. 1884)

1966- Jonathan Hale -Canadian-American actor (b. 1891)

1967- Henry Luce -Chinese-American publisher, co-founded ''Time (magazine)|Time Magazine (b. 1898)

1974- Bobby Bloom -American singer-songwriter (b. 1946)

1977- Eddie Anderson (comedian)|Eddie Anderson -American actor (b. 1905)

1978- Philip Ahn -American actor (b. 1905)

1978- Zara Cully -American actress (b. 1892)

1978- Eric Frank Russell -English author (b. 1905)

1979- Paul Alverdes -German author and poet (b. 1897)

1985- David Byron -English singer-songwriter (Uriah Heep (band)|Uriah Heep and Spice (band)|Spice) (b. 1947)

1985- Alberts Ozoliņš -Latvian weightlifter (b. 1896)

1986- Laura Z. Hobson -American author (b. 1900)

1986- Olof Palme -Swedish politician, 26th Prime Minister of Sweden (b. 1927)

1987- Stephen Tennant -English author (b. 1906)

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

1991- Wassily Hoeffding -Finnish-American statistician and theorist (b. 1914)

1993- Ishirō Honda -Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1911)

1993- Ruby Keeler -Canadian actress and dancer (b. 1910)

1998- Dermot Morgan -Irish actor (b. 1952)

1998- Arkady Shevchenko -Ukrainian diplomat (b. 1930)

2002- Mary Stuart (actress)|Mary Stuart -American actress and singer (b. 1926)

2002- Helmut Zacharias -German violinist and composer (b. 1920)

2003- Chris Brasher -Guyanese-English runner and journalist, co-founded the London Marathon (b. 1928)

2003- Dinos Dimopoulos -Greek director and screenwriter (b. 1921)

2003- Rudolf Kingslake -English engineer and academic (b. 1903)

2003- Roger Needham -English computer scientist (b. 1935)

2003- Fidel Sánchez Hernández -Salvadorian general and politician, President of El Salvador (b. 1917)

2004- Daniel J. Boorstin -American historian and librarian (b. 1914)

2004- Carmen Laforet -Spanish author (b. 1921)

2004- Andres Nuiamäe -Estonian sergeant (b. 1982)

2005- Chris Curtis -English singer and drummer (The Searchers (band)|The Searchers) (b. 1941)

2006- Owen Chamberlain -American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1920)

2006- John S. Lesmeister -American politician (b. 1955)

2007- Charles Forte, Baron Forte -Italian-English businessman, founded the Forte Group (b. 1908)

2007- Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. -American historian and critic (b. 1917)

2007- Billy Thorpe -English-Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) (b. 1946)

2008- Joseph M. Juran -Romanian-American engineer and businessman (b. 1904)

2008- Mike Smith (Dave Clark Five)|Mike Smith -English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1943)

2009- Paul Harvey -American radio host (b. 1918)

2011- Annie Girardot -French actress (b. 1931)

2011- Peter J. Gomes -American preacher and theologian (b. 1942)

2011- Jane Russell -American actress (b. 1921)

2012- Frisner Augustin -Haitian drummer and composer (b. 1948)

2012- Jaime Graça -Portuguese footballer and coach (b. 1942)

2012- Jim Green (councilman)|Jim Green -American-Canadian educator and politician (b. 1943)

2012- Bai Jing -Chinese actress (b. 1983)

2012- Hal Roach (comedian)|Hal Roach -Irish comedian and author (b. 1927)

2013- DJ Ajax -Australian DJ and producer (b. 1971)

2013- Theo Bos (footballer)|Theo Bos -Dutch footballer and coach (b. 1965)

2013- Daniel Darc -French singer-songwriter (Taxi Girl) (b. 1959)

2013- Donald A. Glaser -American physicist and neurobiologist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1926)

2013- Jean Marcel Honoré -French cardinal (b. 1920)

2013- Neil McCorkell -English cricketer (b. 1912)

2013- Bruce Reynolds -English criminal (b. 1931)

2013- Armando Trovajoli -Italian pianist and composer (b. 1917)

2014- Kevon Carter -Trinidadian footballer (b. 1983)

2014- Hugo Brandt Corstius -Dutch linguist and author (b. 1935)

2014- Ophelia DeVore -American model and businesswoman (b. 1922)

2014- Lee Lorch -American mathematician and activist (b. 1915)

2014- C. R. Simha -Indian actor, director, and playwright (b. 1942)

2014- Gib Singleton -American sculptor (b. 1935)

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