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585 BC-A solar eclipse -occurs, as predicted by the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes of Lydia|Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in the Eclipse of Thales|Battle of Halys, leading to a truce. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated.
621- Battle of Hulao -Emperor Taizong of Tang|Li Shimin, the son of the Chinese emperor Emperor Gaozu of Tang|Gao Zu, defeats the numerically superior forces of Dou Jiande near the Hulao Pass (Henan). This victory decides the outcome of the Transition from Sui to Tang|civil war that followed the Sui Dynasty's collapse in favour of the Tang Dynasty.
1503- James IV of Scotland -and Margaret Tudor are married according to a papal bull by Pope Alexander VI. A Treaty of Everlasting Peace between Scotland and England signed on that occasion results in a peace that lasts ten years.
1533-The Archbishop of Canterbury -Thomas Cranmer, declares the marriage of King Henry VIII of England to Anne Boleyn valid.
1588-The Spanish Armada -with 130 ships and 30,000 men, sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, heading for the English Channel. (It will take until May 30 for all ships to leave port.)
1644- Bolton Massacre -by Cavalier|Royalist troops under the command of James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby.
1754- French and Indian War -in the first engagement of the war, Virginia militia under the 22-year-old Lieutenant colonel George Washington defeat a France|French reconnaissance party in the Battle of Jumonville Glen in what is now Fayette County, Pennsylvania|Fayette County in southwestern Pennsylvania.
1830- President of the United States|U.S. President -Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act which relocates Native Americans in the United States|Native Americans.
1871-Fall of the Paris Commune -
1892-In San Francisco -California, John Muir organizes the Sierra Club.
1900- Gare d'Orsay -railway station is inaugurated in Paris.
1905- Russo-Japanese War -The Battle of Tsushima ends with the destruction of the Russian Baltic Fleet by Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō and the Imperial Japanese Navy.
1907-The first Isle of Man TT -race was held.
1918-The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic -and the First Republic of Armenia declare their independence.
1926- 28 May 1926 coup d'état -Ditadura Nacional is established in Portugal to suppress the unrest of the History of Portugal#The First Republic|First Republic.
1932-In the Netherlands -construction of the Afsluitdijk is completed and the Zuiderzee bay is Zuiderzee Works|converted to the freshwater IJsselmeer.
1934-Near Callander, Ontario -Canada, the Dionne quintuplets are born to Oliva and Elzire Dionne; they will be the first Multiple birth|quintuplets to survive Infant|infancy.
1936- Alan Turing -submits ''On Computable Numbers'' for publication.
1936- Klaipėda Radio Station -begins regular broadcasting.
1937-The Golden Gate Bridge -in San Francisco, California, is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, D.C., who pushes a button signaling the start of vehicle traffic over the span.
1937- Volkswagen -(VW), the Germany|German automobile manufacturer is founded.
1940- World War II -Belgium surrenders to Nazi Germany to end the Battle of Belgium.
1940-World War II: Norway|Norwegian -France|French, Poland|Polish and United Kingdom|British forces Battles of Narvik|recapture Narvik in Norway. This is the first allied infantry victory of the War.
1942-World War II: in retaliation for the assassination -attempt on Reinhard Heydrich, Nazism|Nazis in Czechoslovakia kill over 1,800 people.
1951-The British radio comedy program '' The Goon Show -' was broadcast on the BBC for the first time.
1952-The women of Greece -are granted suffrage|the right to vote.
1958- Cuban Revolution -Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement, heavily reinforced by Frank Pais Militia, overwhelm an army post in El Uvero.
1961- Peter Benenson -s article ''The Forgotten Prisoners'' is published in several internationally read newspapers. This will later be thought of as the founding of the human rights organization Amnesty International.
1964-The Palestine Liberation Organization -is formed.
1974- Northern Ireland -s power-sharing Sunningdale Agreement collapses following a Ulster Workers' Council strike|general strike by Ulster loyalism|loyalists.
1975-Fifteen West Africa -countries sign the Treaty of Lagos, creating the Economic Community of West African States.
1977-In Southgate, Kentucky -the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire|Beverly Hills Supper Club is engulfed in fire, killing 165 people inside.
1979- Konstantinos Karamanlis -signs the full treaty of the accession of Greece with the European Economic Community.
1987-19-year-old West Germany|West German -pilot Mathias Rust evades Soviet Union air defenses and lands a private plane in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia. He is immediately detained and will not be released until August 3, 1988.
1991-The capital city of Addis Ababa -falls to the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, ending both the Derg regime in Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Civil War.
1993- Eritrea -and Monaco join the United Nations.
1995-The Russian town of Neftegorsk, Sakhalin Oblast|Neftegorsk -is hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that kills at least 2,000 people, half of the total population.
1996-U.S. President Bill Clinton -s former business partners in the Whitewater controversy|Whitewater land deal, Jim McDougal and Susan McDougal, and the List of Governors of Arkansas|Governor of Arkansas Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.
1998- Nuclear weapons testing|Nuclear testing -Pakistan responds to a series of nuclear tests by India with five of its own codenamed '''''Chagai-I''''', prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions. Pakistan celebrates Youm-e-Takbir annually.
1999-In Milan -Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece ''The Last Supper (Leonardo da Vinci)|The Last Supper'' is put back on display.
2002-The last steel girder is removed from the original World Trade Center -site. Cleanup duties officially end with closing ceremonies at Ground Zero in Manhattan, New York City.
2002- NATO -declares Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance.
2002-The '' 2001 Mars Odyssey|Mars Odyssey -' finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.
2003- Peter Hollingworth -becomes the first Governor-General of Australia to resign his office as a result of criticism of his conduct.
2004-The Iraqi Governing Council -chooses Ayad Allawi, a longtime anti-Saddam Hussein exile, as prime minister of Iraq's interim government.
2008-The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal -formally declares Nepal a republic, ending the 240-year reign of the Shah dynasty.
2010-In West Bengal -India, a Jnaneswari Express train derailment|train derailment and subsequent collision kills 141 passengers.
2011- Malta -Maltese divorce referendum, 2011|votes on the introduction of divorce.
2012-The discovery of Flame (malware)|Flame -a complex malware program targeting computers in Middle Eastern countries, is announced.
1140- Xin Qiji -Chinese poet, general, and politician (d. 1207)
1371- John the Fearless -French husband of Margaret of Bavaria (d. 1419)
1524- Selim II -Ottoman sultan (d. 1574)
1588- Pierre Séguier -French politician, Lord Chancellor of France (d. 1672)
1660- George I of Great Britain -(d. 1727)
1676- Jacopo Riccati -Italian mathematician (d. 1754)
1692- Geminiano Giacomelli -Italian composer (d. 1740)
1738- Joseph-Ignace Guillotin -French physician (d. 1814)
1759- William Pitt the Younger -English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1806)
1763- Manuel Alberti -Argentinian priest (d. 1811)
1764- Edward Livingston -American jurist and politician, 11th United States Secretary of State (d. 1836)
1779- Thomas Moore -Irish poet and composer (d. 1852)
1807- Louis Agassiz -Swiss-American paleontologist and geologist (d. 1873)
1818- P. G. T. Beauregard -American general (d. 1893)
1836- Friedrich Baumfelder -German pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1916)
1836- Alexander Mitscherlich -German chemist (d. 1918)
1837- George Ashlin -Irish architect, co-designed St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh|St Colman's Cathedral (d. 1921)
1837- Tony Pastor -American businessman (d. 1908)
1841- Sakaigawa Namiemon -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 14th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1887)
1853- Carl Larsson -Swedish painter (d. 1919)
1858- Carl Richard Nyberg -Swedish inventor and businessman, developed the blow torch (d. 1939)
1872- Marian Smoluchowski -Polish physicist (d. 1917)
1878- Paul Pelliot -French sinologist and explorer (d. 1945)
1879- Milutin Milanković -Serbian mathematician, astronomer, and geophysicist (d. 1958)
1883- Vinayak Damodar Savarkar -Indian politician (d. 1966)
1883- Clough Williams-Ellis -English-Welsh architect, designed the Portmeirion|Portmeirion Village (d. 1978)
1884- Edvard Beneš -Czech politician, 2nd List of Presidents of Czechoslovakia|President of Czechoslovakia (d. 1948)
1886- Santo Trafficante, Sr. -Italian-American mobster (d. 1954)
1888- Kaarel Eenpalu -Estonian journalist and politician, 6th Prime Minister of Estonia (d. 1942)
1888- Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot -English educator (d. 1947)
1888- Jim Thorpe -American decathlete, football player and coach (d. 1953)
1889- Richard Réti -Slovak-Czech chess player (d. 1929)
1892- Josef Dietrich -German general (d. 1966)
1896- Konstantin Märska -Estonian director and cinematographer (d. 1951)
1900- Tommy Ladnier -American trumpet player (d. 1939)
1906- Henry Thambiah -Sri Lankan lawyer, judge, and diplomat, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Canada (d. 1997)
1908- Léo Cadieux -Canadian politician (d. 2005)
1908- Ian Fleming -English journalist and author (d. 1964)
1909- Red Horner -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)
1910- Georg Gaßmann -German politician, List of mayors of Marburg|Mayor of Marburg (d. 1987)
1910- Rachel Kempson -English-American actress (d. 2003)
1910- T-Bone Walker -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1975)
1911- Thora Hird -English actress (d. 2003)
1911- Fritz Hochwälder -Austrian playwright (d. 1986)
1912- Herman Johannes -Indonesian scientist, academic, and politician (d. 1992)
1912- Ruby Payne-Scott -Australian physicist and astronomer (d. 1981)
1912- Patrick White -English-Australian author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1990)
1914- W. G. G. Duncan Smith -English captain and pilot (d. 1996)
1915- Joseph Greenberg -American linguist and academic (d. 2001)
1916- Walker Percy -American author (d. 1990)
1917- Barry Commoner -American biologist and politician (d. 2012)
1917- Papa John Creach -American violinist (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, and The Dinosaurs) (d. 1994)
1918- Johnny Wayne -Canadian actor and screenwriter (d. 1990)
1921- Heinz G. Konsalik -German author (d. 1999)
1922- Lou Duva -American boxing trainer and manager
1922- Roger Fisher (academic)|Roger Fisher -American author and academic (d. 2012)
1922- Tuomas Gerdt -Finnish sergeant
1923- György Ligeti -Romanian-Austrian composer and educator (d. 2006)
1923- N. T. Rama Rao -Indian actor, director, producer, and politician, 10th List of Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh|Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (d. 1996)
1923- Karl Vaino -Estonian politician
1924- Edward du Cann -English politician
1924- Paul Hébert -Canadian actor
1925- Bülent Ecevit -Turkish journalist, scholar, and politician, 16th Prime Minister of Turkey (d. 2006)
1925- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau -German opera singer and conductor (d. 2012)
1929- Patrick McNair-Wilson -English politician
1930- Edward Seaga -American-Jamaican politician, 5th Prime Minister of Jamaica
1931- Carroll Baker -American actress
1931- Gordon Willis -American cinematographer (d. 2014)
1932- Neil Black -English oboe player and educator
1932- Tim Renton, Baron Renton of Mount Harry -English politician
1932- S. Selvanayagam -Ceylon geographer and academic (d. 1979)
1933- John Karlen -American actor
1934- Bill Baillie -New Zealand runner
1935- Anne Reid -English actress
1936- Claude Forget -Canadian politician
1936- Ole K. Sara -Norwegian politician (d. 2013)
1936- Betty Shabazz -American educator and activist (d. 1997)
1938- Prince Buster -Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer
1938- Jerry West -American basketball player, coach, and manager
1938- Maurice Woods -American actor (d. 1983)
1940- Maeve Binchy -Irish author and playwright (d. 2012)
1940- David William Brewer -English politician, Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London
1940- Shlomo Riskin -American rabbi, founded the Lincoln Square Synagogue
1941- Beth Howland -American actress
1942- Happy Pieterse -South African boxer (d. 2013)
1942- Stanley B. Prusiner -American neurologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate
1943- Terry Crisp -Canadian ice hockey player and coach
1943- Elena Souliotis -Greek soprano (d. 2004)
1944- Faith Brown -English actress and singer
1944- Rudy Giuliani -American lawyer and politician, 107th Mayor of New York City
1944- Gladys Knight -American singer-songwriter and actress (Gladys Knight & the Pips)
1944- Jean-Pierre Léaud -French actor and director
1944- Sondra Locke -American actress, singer, and director
1944- Rita MacNeil -Canadian singer and actress (d. 2013)
1944- Patricia Quinn -Irish actress and singer
1944- Gary Stewart (singer)|Gary Stewart -American singer-songwriter (d. 2003)
1944- Billy Vera -American singer-songwriter and actor
1945- Patch Adams -American physician and author, founded the Gesundheit! Institute
1945- John N. Bambacus -American politician
1945- John Fogerty -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Golliwogs)
1945- Jean Perrault -Canadian politician, List of mayors of Sherbrooke|Mayor of Sherbrooke
1945- Helena Shovelton -English physician
1946- Skip Jutze -American baseball player
1946- Janet Paraskeva -Welsh politician
1946- K. Satchidanandan -Indian poet and critic
1946- William Shawcross -English journalist
1947- Zahi Hawass -Egyptian archaeologist and academic
1947- Lynn Johnston -Canadian illustrator
1947- Leland Sklar -American singer-songwriter and bass player (The Section (band)|The Section and Era (musical project)|Era)
1948- Pierre Rapsat -Belgian singer-songwriter (d. 2002)
1949- Susan Fitzgerald -English-Irish actress (d. 2013)
1949- Sue Holderness -English actress
1949- Wendy O. Williams -American singer-songwriter and actress (Plasmatics) (d. 1998)
1950- Kamala (wrestler)|Kamala -American wrestler
1950- Ian Bradley -English minister, author, and academic
1952- Roger Briggs -American pianist, composer, conductor, and educator
1953- Pierre Gauthier -Canadian ice hockey player and manager
1953- Arto Lindsay -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer (DNA (No Wave band)|DNA, The Golden Palominos, The Lounge Lizards, and Ambitious Lovers)
1954- Townsend Coleman -American voice actor
1954- João Carlos de Oliveira -Brazilian triple jumper (d. 1999)
1954- Youri Egorov -Russian pianist (d. 1988)
1954- Andy Hamilton -English actor, director, and screenwriter
1954- Charles Saumarez Smith -English historian and academic
1954- Péter Szilágyi (politician, 1954)|Péter Szilágyi -Hungarian conductor and politician (d. 2013)
1954- John Tory -Canadian lawyer and politician
1955- Laura Amy Schlitz -American author
1955- Mark Howe -American ice hockey player and coach
1956- Jerry Douglas -American guitarist and producer (The Country Gentlemen and Strength in Numbers (band)|Strength in Numbers)
1956- Markus Höttinger -Austrian race car driver (d. 1980)
1956- Michael Musyoki -Kenyan runner
1956- Julie Peasgood -English actress
1956- Peter Wilkinson (Royal Navy officer)|Peter Wilkinson -English admiral
1957- Colin Barnes -English footballer
1957- Kirk Gibson -American baseball player and manager
1957- Ben Howland -American basketball player and coach
1959- Risto Mannisenmäki -Finnish race car driver
1959- John Morgan (etiquette expert)|John Morgan -English etiquette expert and author (d. 2000)
1960- Mark Sanford -American captain and politician, 115th Governor of South Carolina
1960- Mary Portas -English journalist and author
1961- Michelle Collins -English actress
1962- Brandon Cruz -American actor
1961- Roland Gift -English singer-songwriter and actor (Fine Young Cannibals and Akrylykz)
1962- James Michael Tyler -American actor
1963- Gavin Harrison -English drummer (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson, and OSI (band)|OSI)
1963- Houman Younessi -Australian-American scientist and educator
1964- David Baddiel -American-English comedian, actor, and author
1964- Jeff Fenech -Australian boxer
1964- Armen Gilliam -American basketball player and coach (d. 2011)
1964- Christa Miller -American actress
1964- Zsa Zsa Padilla -Filipino singer and actress (Hotdog (band)|Hotdog)
1964- Phil Vassar -American singer-songwriter and pianist
1965- Chris Ballew -American singer-songwriter and bass player (The Presidents of the United States of America (band)|The Presidents of the United States of America and Caspar Babypants)
1966- Ashley Laurence -American actress
1967- Emma Kennedy -English actress
1967- Glen Rice -American basketball player
1968- Kylie Minogue -Australian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
1969- Mike DiFelice -American baseball player and manager
1969- Rob Ford -Canadian politician, 64th List of mayors of Toronto|Mayor of Toronto
1969- Justin Kirk -American actor
1970- Ian Cashmore -English paranormal investigator
1970- Jimi Goodwin -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Doves (band)|Doves and Sub Sub)
1970- Glenn Quinn -Irish-American actor (d. 2002)
1970- Paul Sinha -English comedian and physician
1971- Isabelle Carré -French actress
1971- Ekaterina Gordeeva -Russian figure skater
1971- Marco Rubio -United States Senator from Florida
1972- Doriva -Brazilian footballer and manager
1972- Kate Ashfield -English actress
1972- Michael Boogerd -Dutch cyclist
1973- Marco Paulo Faria Lemos -Portuguese footballer and manager
1974- Hans-Jörg Butt -German footballer
1974- Romain Duris -French actor
1974- Alicia Minshew -American actress
1975- Maura Johnston -American journalist
1975- Charmaine Sheh -Hong Kong actress and singer
1975- Misbah-ul-Haq -Pakistani cricketer
1975- Marc Bauer -Swiss illustrator
1976- Roberto Goretti -Italian footballer
1976- Glenn Morrison -Australian rugby player
1976- Alexei Nemov -Russian gymnast
1976- Liam O'Brien -American voice actor, director, and screenwriter
1977- Jeremy Borash -American ring announcer and sportscaster
1977- Elisabeth Hasselbeck -American talk show host and author
1979- Abdulaziz al-Omari -Saudi Arabian terrorist, hijacker of American Airlines Flight 11 (d. 2001)
1979- Jesse Bradford -American actor
1979- Ronald Curry -American football player
1979- Joeri Jansen -Belgian runner
1979- Monica Keena -American actress
1980- Mark Feehily -Irish singer-songwriter and pianist (Westlife)
1980- Miguel Pérez (footballer)|Miguel Pérez -Spanish footballer
1980- Lucy Shuker -English tennis player
1980- Jørgen Strickert -Norwegian comedian, author, and radio host
1981- Daniel Cabrera -Dominican-American baseball player
1981- Eric Ghiaciuc -American football player
1981- Adam Green (musician)|Adam Green -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Moldy Peaches)
1981- Victoria Legrand -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Beach House)
1981- Derval O'Rourke -Irish hurdler
1981- Aaron Schock -American politician
1982- Alexa Davalos -French-American actress
1982- Desiree del Valle -Filipino actress
1982- Jhonny Peralta -Dominican-American baseball player
1983- Steve Cronin -American soccer player
1983- Toby Hemingway -English actor
1983- Humberto Sánchez -Dominican-American baseball player
1984- Beth Allen -New Zealand actress
1985- Colbie Caillat -American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1985- Pablo Andrés González -Argentinian footballer
1985- Kostas Mendrinos -Greek footballer
1985- Carey Mulligan -English actress
1986- Berrick Barnes -Australian rugby player
1986- Joseph Cross (actor)|Joseph Cross -American actor
1986- Charles N'Zogbia -French footballer
1986- Michael Oher -American football player
1986- Seth Rollins -American wrestler
1986- Ingmar Vos -Dutch decathlete
1988- NaVorro Bowman -American football player
1988- Percy Harvin -American football player
1988- Craig Kimbrel -American baseball player
1988- Meisa Kuroki -Japanese actress and singer
1988- David Perron -Canadian ice hockey player
1988- Luke Prosser -English footballer
1990- Kyle Walker -English footballer
1992- Tom Carroll (English footballer)|Tom Carroll -English footballer
1992- Mira Gonzalez -American poet
1992- Huang Qiushuang -Chinese gymnast
1993- Bárbara Luz -Portuguese tennis player
1993- Jonnie Peacock -English sprinter
1993- Mason Shefa -American director and producer
1994- Son Yeon-jae -South Korean gymnast
1995- Jacob Kogan -American actor
1998- Riho Sayashi -Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume)
1998- Luis Gabriel Moreno -Filipino archer
1999- Cameron Boyce -American actor and dancer
History of Deaths
576- Germain of Paris -French bishop and saint (b. 496)
1023- Wulfstan (died 1023)|Wulfstan -English archbishop
1357- Afonso IV of Portugal -(b. 1291)
1509- Caterina Sforza -Italian daughter of Galeazzo Maria Sforza (b. 1463)
1556- Saitō Dōsan -Japanese samurai (b. 1494)
1672- John Trevor (1626–1672)|John Trevor -Welsh politician, Secretary of State for the Northern Department (b. 1626)
1747- Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues -French author (b. 1715)
1750- Emperor Sakuramachi -of Japan (b. 1720)
1787- Leopold Mozart -Austrian violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1719)
1805- Luigi Boccherini -Italian cellist and composer (b. 1743)
1808- Richard Hurd (bishop)|Richard Hurd -English bishop (b. 1720)
1811- Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville -Scottish lawyer and politician, Secretary of State for War (b. 1742)
1816- Wolde Selassie -Ethiopian warlord (b. 1745)
1828- Daikokuya Kōdayū -Japanese castaway (b. 1751)
1831- William Carnegie, 7th Earl of Northesk -Scottish-English admiral (b. 1756)
1843- Noah Webster -American lexicographer and author (b. 1758)
1849- Anne Brontë -English author and poet (b. 1820)
1864- Simion Bărnuțiu -Romanian historian and politician (b. 1808)
1878- John Russell, 1st Earl Russell -English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1792)
1916- Ivan Franko -Ukrainian economist, journalist, and poet (b. 1856)
1927- Boris Kustodiev -Russian painter (b. 1878)
1937- Alfred Adler -Austrian psychologist (b. 1870)
1940- Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse -(b. 1868)
1946- Carter Glass -American politician, 47th United States Secretary of the Treasury (b. 1858)
1947- August Eigruber -Austrian-German politician (b. 1907)
1952- Philippe Desranleau -Canadian archbishop (b. 1882)
1953- Tatsuo Hori -Japanese author and poet (b. 1904)
1968- Fyodor Okhlopkov -Russian sergeant and sniper (b. 1908)
1971- Audie Murphy -American lieutenant and actor, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1924)
1971- Jean Vilar -French actor and director (b. 1912)
1972- Edward VIII -of the United Kingdom (b. 1894)
1975- Ezzard Charles -American boxer (b. 1921)
1976- Zainul Abedin -Bangladeshi painter (b. 1914)
1976- Steffan Danielsen -Faroese painter (b. 1922)
1978- Arthur Brough -English actor (b. 1905)
1980- Rolf Nevanlinna -Finnish mathematician (b. 1895)
1981- Mary Lou Williams -American pianist and composer (b. 1910)
1981- Stefan Wyszyński -Polish cardinal (b. 1901)
1982- H. Jones -English colonel, Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1940)
1983- Erastus Corning 2nd -American politician, 72nd List of mayors of Albany, New York|Mayor of Albany (b. 1909)
1984- Eric Morecambe -English actor and singer (b. 1926)
1988- Sy Oliver -American trumpet player, composer, and bandleader (b. 1910)
1994- Julius Boros -American golfer (b. 1920)
1994- Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr. -American author (b. 1916)
1998- Phil Hartman -Canadian-American actor, singer, and screenwriter (b. 1948)
1999- Michael Barkai -Israeli commander (b. 1935)
1999- B. Vittalacharya -Indian director and producer (b. 1920)
2000- George Irving Bell -American physicist, biologist, and mountaineer (b. 1926)
2001- Francis Bebey -Cameroonian-French guitarist (b. 1929)
2001- Joe Moakley -American lawyer and politician (b. 1927)
2001- Francisco Varela -Chilean biologist and philosopher (b. 1946)
2002- Mildred Benson -American journalist and author (b. 1905)
2002- Jean Berger -German-American pianist, composer, and academic (b. 1909)
2003- Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov -Russian engineer and astronaut (b. 1933)
2003- Ilya Prigogine -Russian-Belgian chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1917)
2003- Martha Scott -American actress (b. 1912)
2004- Umberto Agnelli -Swiss-Italian businessman and politician (b. 1934)
2004- Francis Brunn -German juggler (b. 1922)
2004- Michael Buonauro -American author and illustrator (b. 1979)
2006- Thorleif Schjelderup -Norwegian ski jumper and author (b. 1920)
2007- Marquise Hill -American football player (b. 1982)
2007- David Lane (white nationalist)|David Lane -American White nationalism|white nationalist leader, co-founded The Order (group)|The Order (b. 1938)
2007- Toshikatsu Matsuoka -Japanese politician (b. 1945)
2008- Beryl Cook -English painter (b. 1926)
2008- Robert H. Justman -American director and producer (b. 1926)
2010- Gary Coleman -American actor (b. 1968)
2011- Alys Robi -Canadian singer (b. 1923)
2012- Hugh Dawnay -English polo player and author (b. 1932)
2012- Bob Edwards (UK journalist)|Bob Edwards -English journalist (b. 1925)
2012- Ludovic Quistin -Caribbean footballer (b. 1984)
2012- Yuri Susloparov -Ukrainian-Russian footballer and manager (b. 1958)
2012- Matthew Yuricich -American special effects artist (b. 1923)
2013- Eddi Arent -German actor (b. 1925)
2013- Nino Bibbia -Italian bobsledder (b. 1922)
2013- Viktor Kulikov -Russian marshal (b. 1921)
2013- Fotis Polymeris -Greek singer-songwriter (b. 1920)
2013- Eddie Romero -Filipino director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1924)
2013- Gerd Schmückle -German general (b. 1917)
2013- Caesar Trunzo -American politician (b. 1926)
2014- Maya Angelou -American author, poet, and actress (b. 1928)
2014- Stan Crowther (footballer)|Stan Crowther -English footballer (b. 1935)
2014- Oscar Dystel -American publisher (b. 1912)
2014- Malcolm Glazer -American businessman (b. 1928)
2014- Bob Houbregs -Canadian-American basketball player and manager (b. 1932)
2014- Isaac Kungwane -South African footballer (b. 1971)
2014- Azlan Shah of Perak -(b. 1928)