This Day in History

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Day History: January-12

Events HistoryFamous BirthdaysHistory of Deaths

Events History

1528- Gustav I of Sweden -crowned king of Sweden.

1539-Treaty of Toledo signed by King Francis I of France -and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor|Charles V.

1554- Bayinnaung -who would go on to assemble the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia, is crowned List of Burmese monarchs|King of Burma.

1616-The city of Belém -is founded in Pará, Brazil by Francisco Caldeira Castelo Branco.

1773-The first public Thirteen Colonies|Colonial America -museum opens in Charleston, South Carolina.

1777- Mission Santa Clara de Asís -is founded in what is now Santa Clara, California.

1808-The organizational meeting that led to the creation of the Wernerian Natural History Society -a former Scottish learned society, is held in Edinburgh|Edinburgh, Scotland.

1808- John Rennie the Elder|John Rennie -s scheme to defend '''St Mary's Church, Reculver''', founded in 669, from coastal erosion was abandoned in favour of demolition, despite it being an exemplar of Anglo-Saxon architecture|Anglo-Saxon church architecture and Anglo-Saxon art#Monumental sculpture and wall painting|sculpture.

1848-The Sicilian revolution of independence of 1848|Palermo rising -takes place in Sicily against the House of Bourbon|Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

1866-The Royal Aeronautical Society -is formed in London.

1872- Yohannes IV of Ethiopia|Yohannes IV -is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in Axum, the first imperial coronation in that city in over 200 years.

1895- National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty|The National Trust -is founded in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland|United Kingdom.

1898- Itō Hirobumi -begins his third term as Prime Minister of Japan.

1899-Thirteen crew members and five apprentices are rescued from the stricken schooner ''Forest Hall'' by the Lynmouth Lifeboat Station|Lynmouth Lifeboat -when the former Shipwrecking#Instability and foundering|founders off the coast of Devon.

1906-Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman -s cabinet (which included amongst its members H. H. Asquith, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill) embarks on sweeping social reforms after a Liberal landslide in the British general election.

1908-A long-distance radio -message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.

1911-The University of the Philippines College of Law -is formally established; three future President of the Philippines|Philippine presidents are among the first enrollees.

1915-The Rocky Mountain National Park -is formed by an act of United States Congress|U.S. Congress.

1915-The United States House of Representatives -rejects a proposal to give women the suffrage|right to vote.

1918- Finland -s "Mosaic Confessors" law went into effect, making Finnish Jews full citizens.

1921-Acting to restore confidence in baseball after the Black Sox Scandal -Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis is elected as Major League Baseball's first commissioner.

1926-Original Sam 'n' Henry -aired on Chicago|Chicago, Illinois radio later renamed Amos 'n' Andy in 1928.

1932- Hattie Caraway -becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate.

1942- World War II -President of the United States|President Franklin D. Roosevelt creates the National War Labor Board.

1959-The Caves of Nerja -are rediscovered in Spain.

1962- Vietnam War -Operation Chopper (Vietnam)|Operation Chopper, the first American combat mission in the war, takes place.

1964-Rebels in Zanzibar -begin a revolt known as the Zanzibar Revolution and proclaim a republic.

1966- Lyndon B. Johnson -states that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communism|Communist aggression there is ended.

1967-Dr. James Bedford -becomes the first person to be cryonics|cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.

1969-The New York Jets -of the American Football League defeat the History of the Baltimore Colts|Baltimore Colts of the National Football League to win Super Bowl III in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

1970- Biafra -capitulates, ending the Nigerian Civil War.

1971-The Harrisburg Seven -Reverend Philip Berrigan and five others are indicted on charges of conspiring to kidnap Henry Kissinger and of plotting to blow up the heating tunnels of federal buildings in Washington, D.C.

1971- All in the Family -The famous situation comedy premieres on CBS

1976-The United Nations Security Council -votes 11-1 to allow the Palestine Liberation Organization to participate in a Security Council debate (without voting rights).

1986- Space Shuttle program -Congressman Bill Nelson lifts off from Kennedy Space Center aboard Space Shuttle Columbia|''Columbia'' on mission STS-61-C as a Mission Specialist.

1991- Gulf War -An act of the U.S. Congress authorizes the use of military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait.

1998-Nineteen Europe -n nations agree to forbid human cloning.

2001- Downtown Disney (Disneyland Resort)|Downtown Disney -opens to the public as part of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

2004-The world's largest ocean liner -RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.

2005- Deep Impact (spacecraft)|Deep Impact -launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta II rocket.

2006- Incidents during the Hajj|A stampede -during the Stoning of the Devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills at least 362 Muslim pilgrims.

2006-The French warship French aircraft carrier Clemenceau (R98)|Clemenceau -reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal. Greenpeace activists board the ship.

2007-Comet C/2006 P1 -(McNaught) reaches Apsis|perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years.

2010-The 2010 Haiti earthquake -occurs killing an estimated 316,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince.

Famous Birthdays

1483- Henry III of Nassau-Breda -(d. 1538)

1562- Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy -(d. 1630)

1576- Petrus Scriverius -Dutch scholar (d. 1660)

1577- Jan Baptist van Helmont -Flemish chemist and physician (d. 1644)

1580- Alexander Ruthven -Scottish traitor (d. 1600)

1588- John Winthrop -English-American lawyer and politician, 2nd Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (d. 1649)

1591- José Ribera -Spanish painter (d. 1652)

1597- François Duquesnoy -Flemish sculptor (d. 1643)

1628- Charles Perrault -French author (d. 1703)

1711- Gaetano Latilla -Italian composer (d. 1788)

1715- Jacques Duphly -French organist and composer (d. 1789)

1716- Antonio de Ulloa -Spanish general and politician, 1st List of colonial governors of Louisiana|Spanish Governor of Louisiana (d. 1795)

1721- Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick -Prussian field marshal (d. 1792)

1723- Samuel Langdon -American clergyman and educator (d. 1797)

1724- Frances Brooke -English author and playwright (d. 1789)

1729- Edmund Burke -Irish politician and philosopher (d. 1797)

1746- Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi -Swiss philosopher and educator (d. 1827)

1751- Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies -(d. 1825)

1772- Mikhail Speransky -Russian reformer (d. 1839)

1786- Sir Robert Inglis, 2nd Baronet -English politician (d. 1855)

1792- Johan August Arfwedson -Swedish chemist (d. 1841)

1797- Gideon Brecher -Austrian physician (d. 1873)

1810- Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies -(d. 1859)

1822- Étienne Lenoir -French engineer, designed the internal combustion engine (d. 1900)

1837- Adolf Jensen -German pianist and composer (d. 1879)

1849- Jean Béraud -French painter (d. 1935)

1856- John Singer Sargent -American painter (d. 1925)

1860- Louis Dutfoy -French target shooter (d. 1904)

1863- Swami Vivekananda -Indian philosopher (d. 1902)

1873- Spiridon Louis -Greek runner (d. 1940)

1874- Laura Adams Armer -American author and photographer (d. 1963)

1874- James Juvenal -American rower (d. 1942)

1876- Fevzi Çakmak -Turkish field marshal and politician, List of Prime Ministers of Turkey|Prime Minister of the Turkish Provisional Government (d. 1950)

1876- Jack London -American author (d. 1916)

1876- Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari -Italian composer (d. 1948)

1877- Frank J. Corr -American politician, 45th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1934)

1878- Ferenc Molnár -Hungarian-American author and playwright (d. 1952)

1879- Ray Harroun -American race car driver (d. 1968)

1879- Anton Uesson -Estonian engineer and politician (d. 1942)

1882- Milton Sills -American actor (d. 1930)

1884- Texas Guinan -American actress (d. 1933)

1889- Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad -Indian-Pakistani spiritual leader (d. 1965)

1890- Johannes Vares -Estonian poet, physician, and politician (d. 1946)

1892- Mikhail Gurevich (aircraft designer)|Mikhail Gurevich -Russian aircraft designer, co-founded the Mikoyan|Russian Aircraft Corporation (d. 1976)

1893- Hermann Göring -German commander, pilot, and politician, Minister President of Prussia (d. 1946)

1893- Alfred Rosenberg -Estonian-German architect and politician (d. 1946)

1894- Georges Carpentier -French boxer (d. 1975)

1895- Leo Aryeh Mayer -Israeli scholar (d. 1959)

1896- David Wechsler -American psychologist (d. 1981)

1899- Pierre Bernac -French opera singer (d. 1979)

1899- Paul Hermann Müller -Swiss chemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)

1901- Karl Künstler -German Nazi concentration camp commandant (d. 1945)

1903- Igor Kurchatov -Russian physicist (d. 1960)

1904- Mississippi Fred McDowell -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1972)

1905- James Bennett Griffin -American archaeologist (d. 1997)

1905- Tex Ritter -American singer and actor (d. 1974)

1906- Emmanuel Lévinas -French philosopher (d. 1995)

1907- Sergei Korolev -Russian engineer (d. 1966)

1908- Jean Delannoy -French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1908- Clement Hurd -American illustrator (d. 1988)

1910- Patsy Kelly -American actress (d. 1981)

1910- Luise Rainer -German-English actress

1912- Richard Kuremaa -Estonian footballer (d. 1991)

1915- Paul Jarrico -American screenwriter and producer (d. 1997)

1915- Joseph-Aurèle Plourde -Canadian archbishop (d. 2013)

1916- P. W. Botha -South African politician, 1st State President of South Africa (d. 2006)

1916- Jay McShann -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2006)

1916- William Pleeth -English cellist and educator (d. 1999)

1917- Walter Hendl -American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2007)

1917- Jimmy Skinner -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2007)

1917- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi -Indian guru (d. 2008)

1920- James L. Farmer, Jr. -American activist, co-founded Congress of Racial Equality (d. 1999)

1920- Jerzy Zubrzycki -Polish-Australian sociologist (d. 2009)

1922- Tadeusz Żychiewicz -Polish journalist and historian (d. 1994)

1923- Ira Hayes -American marine, who Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima|raised the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima (d. 1955)

1924- Olivier Gendebien -Belgian race car driver (d. 1998)

1924- Grethe Holmer -Danish actress (d. 2004)

1924- Chris Chase -American model, actress, and journalist (d. 2013)

1925- Bill Burrud -American television host, producer, and actor (d. 1990)

1925- Katherine MacGregor -American actress

1925- Bodil Udsen -Danish actress (d. 2008)

1925- Gabriel Vanel -French archbishop (d. 2013)

1926- Morton Feldman -American composer (d. 1987)

1926- Andrew Laszlo -Hungarian-American cinematographer (d. 2011)

1926- Ray Price (musician)|Ray Price -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)

1928- Lloyd Ruby -American race car driver (d. 2009)

1929- Alasdair MacIntyre -Scottish-American philosopher

1929- Guram Sagaradze (actor)|Guram Sagaradze -Georgian actor (d. 2013)

1930- Tim Horton -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1974)

1930- Jennifer Johnston -Irish author

1930- Glenn Yarbrough -American singer and actor (The Limeliters)

1932- Tzeni Karezi -Greek actress (d. 1992)

1932- Des O'Connor -English comedian, singer, and television host

1933- Michael Aspel -English television host

1933- Pavlos Matesis -Greek author and playwright (d. 2013)

1934- Metin Serezli -Turkish actor (d. 2013)

1934- Alan Sharp -Scottish-American author and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1934- Mick Sullivan -English rugby player and coach

1935- Kreskin -American magician

1935- Tomiko Ishii -Japanese actress

1936- Jennifer Hilton, Baroness Hilton of Eggardon -English police officer and politician

1936- Raimonds Pauls -Latvian pianist and composer

1936- Brajanath Ratha -Indian poet (d. 2014)

1937- Marie Dubois -French actress (d. 2014)

1937- Shirley Eaton -English actress

1937- Vicente Sardinero -Spanish opera singer (d. 2002)

1938- Qazi Hussain Ahmad -Pakistani scholar and politician (d. 2013)

1938- Lewis Fiander -Australian actor

1939- William Lee Golden -American singer (The Oak Ridge Boys)

1939- Jim Palosaari -American evangelist (d. 2011)

1940- Ronald Shannon Jackson -American drummer and composer (Last Exit (free jazz band)|Last Exit) (d. 2013)

1941- Long John Baldry -English-Canadian singer-songwriter and voice actor (Blues Incorporated, The Steampacket, and Bluesology) (d. 2005)

1941- Fiona Caldicott -English psychiatrist

1941- Chet Jastremski -American swimmer (d. 2014)

1942- Bernardine Dohrn -American activist

1944- Hans Henning Atrott -Prussian author and theorist

1944- Joe Frazier -American boxer (d. 2011)

1944- Vlastimil Hort -Czech chess player

1944- Viktoria Postnikova -Russian pianist

1944- Carlos Villagrán -Mexican actor

1945- Maggie Bell -Scottish singer-songwriter (Stone the Crows and The British Blues Quintet)

1945- André Bicaba -Burkinabé sprinter

1946- Hazel Cosgrove, Lady Cosgrove -Scottish lawyer and judge

1946- George Duke -American keyboard player, composer, and educator (d. 2013)

1946- Cynthia Robinson -American trumpet player and singer (Sly and the Family Stone and Graham Central Station)

1947- Richard Carwardine -English historian and academic

1947- Tom Dempsey -American football player

1947- Sally Hamwee, Baroness Hamwee -English politician

1948- Kenny Allen (footballer)|Kenny Allen -English footballer

1948- Anthony Andrews -English actor

1948- Gordon Campbell -Canadian politician, 34th Premier of British Columbia

1948- John Etheridge -English guitarist (Soft Machine)

1948- Brendan Foster -English sportscaster

1948- Khalid Abdul Muhammad -American activist (d. 2001)

1948- William Nicholson (writer)|William Nicholson -English author and screenwriter

1949- Kentarō Haneda -Japanese composer (d. 2007)

1949- Ottmar Hitzfeld -German footballer and manager

1949- Hamadi Jebali -Tunisian engineer, journalist, and politician, 19th Prime Minister of Tunisia

1949- Haruki Murakami -Japanese author

1949- Michael W. Vannier -American radiologist

1949- Wayne Wang -Hong Kong-American director, producer, and screenwriter

1950- Sheila Jackson Lee -American lawyer and politician

1950- Göran Lindblad -Swedish politician

1950- Bob McEwen -American politician

1950- Dorrit Moussaieff -Israeli-Icelandic jewelry designer and businesswoman, 5th List of spouses of presidents and prime ministers of Iceland|First Lady of Iceland

1950- Ricky Ray Rector -American murderer (d. 1992)

1950- Greg X. Volz -American singer (Petra)

1951- Kirstie Alley -American actress and producer

1951- Ann Althouse -American academic and author

1951- Rush Limbaugh -American talk show host and author

1951- Drew Pearson (American football)|Drew Pearson -American football player

1952- Charles Faulkner (author)|Charles Faulkner -American-English computer programer and author

1952- Walter Mosley -American author

1952- Ponvannan -Indian actor

1952- John Walker (runner)|John Walker -New Zealand runner

1953- Mary Harron -Canadian director and screenwriter

1954- Howard Stern -American radio host, actor, and author

1955- Tom Ardolino -American drummer (NRBQ and The Minus 5) (d. 2012)

1955- Rockne S. O'Bannon -American screenwriter and producer

1956- Marie Colvin -American journalist (d. 2012)

1957- Brian Blair -American wrestler

1957- John Lasseter -American animator, director, and producer

1957- Jeremy Sams -English director, playwright, and composer

1958- Christiane Amanpour -English-American journalist

1958- Curt Fraser -American-Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1959- Blixa Bargeld -German singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Einstürzende Neubauten)

1959- Per Gessle -Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Roxette and Gyllene Tider)

1959- Nick Nairn -Scottish chef

1960- Theologis Papadopoulos -Greek footballer

1960- Oliver Platt -American actor

1960- Dominique Wilkins -American basketball player

1961- Simon Russell Beale -English actor

1961- Tahawwur Hussain Rana -Pakistani-Canadian physician and terrorist

1962- Joe Quesada -American author and illustrator

1962- Luna Vachon -American-Canadian wrestler (d. 2010)

1963- François Girard -Canadian director and screenwriter

1963- Nando Reis -Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Nando Reis e os Infernais and Titãs)

1964- Jeff Bezos -American businessman, founded

1964- Laura Gildemeister -Argentinian tennis player

1964- Clare Holman -English actress

1965- Mark Moore -English DJ and producer (S'Express)

1965- Alexandra Wentworth -American actress and producer

1965- Rob Zombie -American singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and director (White Zombie (band)|White Zombie)

1966- Olivier Martinez -French actor

1967- Spencer Dale -English economist

1967- Vendela Kirsebom -Swedish-American model and actress

1968- Keith Anderson -American singer-songwriter

1968- Heather Mills -English model and activist

1968- Big Dick Dudley -American wrestler (d. 2002)

1968- Rachael Harris -American actress

1968- Junichi Masuda -Japanese programmer, director, and composer

1968- Heather Mills -English model and activist

1968- Mauro Silva -Brazilian footballer

1969- Margaret Nagle -American screenwriter and producer

1969- Robert Prosinečki -Croatian footballer

1970- Raekwon -American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan)

1970- Mig Ayesa -Filipino-Australian singer-songwriter and actor

1970- Zack de la Rocha -American singer-songwriter (Rage Against the Machine, One Day as a Lion, and Inside Out (band)|Inside Out)

1971- Scott Burrell -American basketball player

1972- Espen Knutsen -Norwegian ice hockey player

1972- Jason Sklar -American comedian and sportscaster

1972- Randy Sklar -American comedian and sportscaster

1972- Priyanka Vadra -Indian politician

1973- Brian Culbertson -American contemporary jazz musician

1973- Dan Haseltine -American singer-songwriter (Jars of Clay)

1973- Maret Vaher -Estonian orienteer

1973- Matt Wong -American bass player (Reel Big Fish)

1973- Hande Yener -Turkish singer-songwriter and producer

1974- Melanie C -English singer-songwriter and actress (Spice Girls)

1974- Claudia Conserva -Chilean model and actress

1974- Tor Arne Hetland -Norwegian skier

1975- Aikaterini Deli -Greek basketball player

1975- Jason Freese -American saxophonist, songwriter, and producer

1975- Jocelyn Thibault -Canadian ice hockey player

1976- Miki Nakatani -Japanese actress and singer

1977- Yoandy Garlobo -Cuban baseball player

1977- Cade McNown -American football player

1977- Piolo Pascual -Filipino actor, singer, and producer

1978- Luis Ayala -Mexican baseball player

1978- Jeremy Camp -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1978- Bonaventure Kalou -Ivorian footballer

1978- Kim Sa-rang (actress)|Kim Sa-rang -South Korean actress

1978- Maurizio Zaffiri -Italian rugby player

1979- Marián Hossa -Slovak ice hockey player

1979- Lee Bo-young -South Korean actress and model

1979- Grzegorz Rasiak -Polish footballer

1979- David Zabriskie -American cyclist

1980- Bobby Crosby -American baseball player

1980- Marco Jaggi -Swiss wrestler

1981- Amerie -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1981- João Paulo Daniel -Brazilian footballer

1981- Kristin Eubanks -American wrestler

1981- Dan Klecko -American football player

1981- Angus Macdonald (rugby union)|Angus Macdonald -New Zealand rugby player

1981- Luis Ernesto Pérez -Mexican footballer

1982- Sherzod Abdurahmonov -Uzbek boxer

1982- Paul-Henri Mathieu -French tennis player

1982- Chris Ray -American baseball player

1982- Dimitrios Tsiamis -Greek triple jumper

1982- Hans Van Alphen -Belgian decathlete

1982- Dean Whitehead -English footballer

1982- Dontrelle Willis -American baseball player

1983- Styliani Kaltsidou -Greek basketball player

1984- Scott Olsen -American baseball player

1984- Oribe Peralta -Mexican footballer

1984- Daniel Sepulveda -American football player

1984- Jonathan Zydko -French footballer

1985- Yohana Cobo -Spanish actress

1985- Gerard Lawson -American football player

1985- Artem Milevskiy -Ukrainian footballer

1985- Borja Valero -Spanish footballer

1986- Gemma Arterton -English actress

1986- Kehoma Brenner -German rugby player

1986- Miguel Ángel Nieto -Spanish footballer

1986- Pablo Daniel Osvaldo -Argentinian-Italian footballer

1986- Kieron Richardson -English actor

1987- Andi Muise -Canadian model

1987- Naya Rivera -American actress and singer

1987- Will Rothhaar -American actor

1987- Salvatore Sirigu -Italian footballer

1988- Ytalo (footballer)|Ytalo -Brazilian footballer

1988- Chris Casement -Irish footballer

1988- Holder da Silva -Guinea-Bissauan sprinter

1988- Claude Giroux -Canadian ice hockey player

1988- Andrew Lawrence (actor)|Andrew Lawrence -American actor

1989- Thiemo-Jérôme Kialka -German footballer

1990- Sergey Karjakin -Ukrainian chess player

1990- Sergei Muhhin -Estonian figure skater

1991- Pixie Lott -English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress

1992- Ishak Belfodil -Algerian footballer

1992- Georgia May Jagger -English model

1992- Mao Kobayashi -Japanese model and singer

1992- Samuele Longo -Italian footballer

1993- Aika Mitsui -Japanese singer (Morning Musume, Guardians 4, and Tanpopo)

1993- D.O. (singer)|D.O. -, South Korean singer, dancer and actor, Exo (band)

1993- Simone Pecorini -Italian footballer

1994- Emre Can -German footballer

1996- Ai Hashimoto -Japanese actress and fashion model

1996- Ella Henderson -English singer-songwriter

1998- Nathan Gamble -American actor

History of Deaths

690- Benedict Biscop -English saint, founded the Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Abbey (b. 628)

1167- Aelred of Rievaulx -English saint (b. 1110)

1321- Marie of Brabant, Queen of France -(b. 1256)

1519- Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor -(b. 1459)

1665- Pierre de Fermat -French mathematician and lawyer (b. 1601)

1674- Giacomo Carissimi -Italian composer (b. 1605)

1700- Marguerite Bourgeoys -French saint (b. 1620)

1732- John Horsley (archaeologist)|John Horsley -English-Scottish archaeologist (b. 1685)

1735- John Eccles (composer)|John Eccles -English composer (b. 1668)

1759- Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange -(b. 1709)

1765- Johann Melchior Molter -German violinist and composer (b. 1696)

1777- Hugh Mercer -Scottish-American general and physician (b. 1726)

1778- François Bigot -French politician (b. 1703)

1781- Richard Challoner -English bishop (b. 1691)

1829- Friedrich von Schlegel -German poet (b. 1772)

1833- Marie-Antoine Carême -French chef (b. 1784)

1834- William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville -English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1759)

1856- Ľudovít Štúr -Slovak politician and author (b. 1815)

1861- Václav Hanka -Czech philologist, (b. 1791)

1892- William Reeves (bishop)|William Reeves -Irish bishop (b. 1815)

1899- Hiram Walker -American businessman, founded Canadian Club (b. 1816)

1909- Hermann Minkowski -Polish-German mathematician (b. 1864)

1911- Andreas Papagiannakopoulos -Greek judge and politician (b. 1845)

1916- Georgios Theotokis -Greek politician, 80th List of Prime Ministers of Greece|Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1844)

1921- Gervase Elwes -English tenor (b. 1866)

1926- Austin Chapman -Australian politician (b. 1864)

1929- Ivar Böhling -Finnish wrestler (b. 1889)

1934- Paul Kochanski -Polish violinist and composer (b. 1887)

1934- Surya Sen -Indian educator and activist (b. 1894)

1938- Gösta Ekman (senior)|Gösta Ekman -Swedish actor (b. 1890)

1940- Edward Smith (VC)|Edward Smith -English soldier, Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1899)

1943- Jan Campert -Dutch journalist and critic (b. 1902)

1944- Lance C. Wade -American pilot (b. 1915)

1956- Norman Kerry -American actor (b. 1894)

1957- Ken Wharton -English race car driver (b. 1916)

1958- Charles Hatfield -American meteorologist (b. 1875)

1960- Nevil Shute -English engineer and author (b. 1899)

1962- Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams -Russian journalist and activist (b. 1869)

1965- Lorraine Hansberry -American author, playwright, and director (b. 1936)

1969- David Mitchell (author)|David Mitchell -English author

1971- John Tovey, 1st Baron Tovey -English admiral (b. 1885)

1973- Roy Franklin Nichols -American historian (b. 1896)

1974- Princess Patricia of Connaught -(b. 1886)

1976- Agatha Christie -English author (b. 1890)

1977- Henri-Georges Clouzot -French director and screenwriter (b. 1907)

1983- Rebop Kwaku Baah -Ghanaian drummer (Traffic (band)|Traffic and Can (band)|Can) (b. 1944)

1983- Nikolai Podgorny -Ukrainian engineer and politician (b. 1903)

1988- Connie Mulder -South African politician (b. 1925)

1990- Laurence J. Peter -Canadian-American educator and author (b. 1919)

1991- Mary Francis Shura -American author (b. 1923)

1994- Gustav Naan -Estonian physicist and philosopher (b. 1919)

1996- Joachim Nitsche -German mathematician (b. 1926)

1997- Jean-Edern Hallier -French author (b. 1936)

1997- Charles Brenton Huggins -Canadian-American physician and physiologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1901)

1998- Roger Clark -English race car driver(b. 1939)

1999- Betty Lou Gerson -American voice actress (b. 1914)

1999- Doug Wickenheiser -Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1961)

2000- Marc Davis (animator)|Marc Davis -American animator (b. 1913)

2000- Bobby Phills -American basketball player (b. 1969)

2001- Affirmed -American race horse (b. 1975)

2001- Luiz Bonfá -Brazilian guitarist and composer (b. 1922)

2001- William Redington Hewlett -American engineer and businessman, co-founded Hewlett-Packard (b. 1913)

2002- Stanley Unwin (comedian)|Stanley Unwin -South African actor (b. 1911)

2002- Cyrus Vance -American lawyer and politician, 57th U.S. Secretary of State (b. 1917)

2003- Dean Amadon -American ornithologist (b. 1912)

2003- Kinji Fukasaku -Japanese actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1930)

2003- Leopoldo Galtieri -Argentine general and politician, 44th President of Argentina (b. 1926)

2003- Maurice Gibb -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Bee Gees) (b. 1949)

2003- Alan Nunn May -English physicist and spy (b. 1911)

2004- Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya -Russian mathematician (b. 1921)

2004- Randy VanWarmer -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1955)

2005- Alessia di Matteo -Italian organ transplant patient (b. 2003)

2005- Amrish Puri -Indian actor (b. 1932)

2005- Edmund S. Valtman -Estonian-American cartoonist (b. 1914)

2006- Faisal bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa -Bahraini prince (b. 1991)

2007- Alice Coltrane -American pianist and composer (b. 1937)

2007- James Killen -Australian politician (b. 1925)

2009- Claude Berri -French actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1934)

2009- Arne Næss -Norwegian philosopher (b. 1912)

2010- Daniel Bensaïd -French philosopher (b. 1946)

2010- Hasib Sabbagh -Palestinian businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Consolidated Contractors Company (b. 1920)

2012- MS-1 (wrestler)|MS-1 -Mexican wrestler (b. 1956)

2012- Bjørn G. Andersen -Norwegian geologist and academic (b. 1924)

2012- Glenda Dickerson -American director, choreographer, and educator (b. 1945)

2012- Reginald Hill -English author (b. 1936)

2012- Bill Janklow -American lawyer and politician, 27th Governor of South Dakota (b. 1939)

2012- Shiv Kumari of Kotah -(b. 1916)

2012- Charles H. Price II -American businessman and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (b. 1931)

2012- Rosalind Runcie -English pianist (b. 1932)

2012- Jim Stanley (football)|Jim Stanley -American football player and coach (b. 1935)

2013- Ourasi -French race horse (b. 1980)

2013- Precious Bryant -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1942)

2013- Chuck Dalton -Canadian basketball player (b. 1927)

2013- Helen Elliot -Scottish table tennis player (b. 1927)

2013- Bubba Harris (baseball)|Bubba Harris -American baseball player (b. 1926)

2013- Anna Lizaran -Spanish actress (b. 1944)

2013- William Andrew MacKay -Canadian lawyer and judge (b. 1929)

2013- Koto Okubo -Japanese super-centenarian (b. 1897)

2013- Eugene Patterson -American journalist and activist (b. 1923)

2013- Steven Utley -American author and poet (b. 1948)

2014- Neal Barrett, Jr. -American author (b. 1929)

2014- Alexandra Bastedo -English actress (b. 1946)

2014- Connie Binsfeld -American politician, 58th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan (b. 1924)

2014- George Dement -American soldier, businessman, and politician (b. 1922)

2014- Tony Harding -English illustrator (b. 1942)

2014- John Horsley (actor)|John Horsley -English actor (b. 1920)

2014- E. Holman Jones -American journalist and politician (b. 1926)

2014- Frank Marth -American actor (b. 1922)

2014- Robert H. Quinn -American lawyer and politician, 49th Massachusetts Attorney General (b. 1928)

2014- Michael L. Strang -American banker and politician (b. 1929)