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Day History: January-12

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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)