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Day History: October-18

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Events History


320- Pappus of Alexandria -Greek philosopher, observes an eclipse of the Sun and writes a commentary on ''The Great Astronomer'' (''Almagest'').

614-King Chlothar II -promulgates the Edict of Paris (''Edictum Chlotacharii''), a sort of Frankish Magna Carta that defend the rights of the Franks|Frankish nobles while it Antisemitism|excludes Jews from all civil employment in the Francia|Frankish Kingdom.

629- Dagobert I -is crowned King of the Franks.

1009-The Church of the Holy Sepulchre -a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church's foundations down to bedrock.

1016-The Danish people|Dane -defeat the Saxons in the Battle of Assandun.

1081-The Normans -defeat the Byzantine Empire in the Battle of Dyrrhachium (1081)|Battle of Dyrrhachium.

1210- Pope Innocent III -excommunicates Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor.

1356- Basel earthquake -the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroys the town of Basel, Switzerland.

1386-Opening of the University of Heidelberg -

1540-Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto -s forces destroy the fortified town of Mabila in present-day Alabama, killing Tuskaloosa.

1599- Michael the Brave -Prince of Wallachia, defeats the Army of Andrew Báthory in the Battle of Şelimbăr, leading to the first recorded unification of the Romanian people.

1648-Boston Shoemakers form first American Trade union|labor organization -

1748-Signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle (1748)|Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle -ends the War of the Austrian Succession.

1775- African-American -poet Phillis Wheatley is freed from slavery.

1775- American Revolutionary War -The Burning of Falmouth (now Portland, Maine) prompts the Continental Congress to establish the Continental Navy.

1779-American Revolutionary War: The Franco-American Siege of Savannah -is lifted.

1797- Treaty of Campo Formio -is signed between France and Austria

1851- Herman Melville -s ''Moby-Dick'' is first published as ''The Whale'' by Richard Bentley of London.

1860-The Second Opium War -finally ends at the Convention of Peking with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin, an unequal treaty.

1867-United States Alaska Purchase|takes possession of -Alaska after purchasing it from Russian Empire|Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.

1898-The United States takes possession of Puerto Rico -from Spain.

1912- First Balkan War -King Peter I of Serbia issues a declaration "To the Serbian People", as his country joins the war.

1914-The Schoenstatt Movement -is founded in German Empire|Germany.

1921-The Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic is formed as part of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic -

1922-The British Broadcasting Company -(later Corporation) is founded by a consortium, to establish a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide a national broadcasting service.

1929-The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council -overrules the Supreme Court of Canada in ''Edwards v. Canada (Attorney General)|Edwards v. Canada'' when it declares that women are considered "Persons" under Canadian law.

1944- World War II -Soviet Union begins the liberation of Czechoslovakia from Nazi Germany.

1945-The Soviet Union|USSR -s nuclear program receives plans for the United States Nuclear weapon|plutonium bomb from Klaus Fuchs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

1945-A group of the Venezuela -Armed Forces, led by Mario Vargas, Marcos Pérez Jiménez and Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, stages 1945 Venezuelan coup d'état|a coup d'état against president Isaías Medina Angarita, who is overthrown by the end of the day.

1945- Argentina|Argentine -military officer and politician Juan Perón marries actress Eva Perón|Eva "Evita" Duarte.

1954- Texas Instruments -announces the first Transistor radio.

1964-The 1964 New York World's Fair|1964-1965 New York World's Fair -closes for its first season after a six-month run.

1967-The Soviet Union|Soviet -probe Venera 4 reaches Venus and becomes the first spacecraft to measure the atmosphere of another planet.

1968-The U.S. Olympic Committee -suspends Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving a "Black Power" salute during a victory ceremony at the 1968 Summer Olympics|Mexico City games.

1977- German Autumn -a set of events revolving around the kidnapping of Hanns Martin Schleyer and the Aircraft hijacking|hijacking of a Lufthansa flight by the Red Army Faction (RAF) comes to an end when Schleyer is murdered and various RAF members allegedly commit suicide.

1989- Peaceful Revolution -Erich Honecker resigns as Leadership of East Germany|General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany.

1991-The Supreme Council of Azerbaijan -adopts a declaration of independence from the Soviet Union.

2003- Bolivian gas conflict -Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, is forced to resign and leave Bolivia.

2004- Myanmar -prime minister Khin Nyunt is ousted and placed under house arrest by the State Peace and Development Council on charges of corruption.

2007- 2007 Karachi bombing|Karachi bombing -A suicide attack on a motorcade carrying former Prime Minister of Pakistan|Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto kills 139 and wounds 450 more. Bhutto herself is uninjured.

Famous Birthdays


1127- Emperor Go-Shirakawa -of Japan (d. 1192)

1405- Pope Pius II -(d. 1464)

1517- Manuel da Nóbrega -Portuguese-Brazilian priest and missionary (d. 1570)

1547- Justus Lipsius -Belgian philologist and scholar (d. 1606)

1569- Giambattista Marino -Italian poet (d. 1625)

1595- Edward Winslow -English politician, 3rd Governor of Plymouth Colony (d. 1655)

1634- Luca Giordano -Italian painter and illustrator (d. 1705)

1653- Abraham van Riebeeck -South African-Dutch merchant and politician, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (d. 1713)

1662- Matthew Henry -Welsh minister and scholar (d. 1714)

1663- Prince Eugene of Savoy -(d. 1736)

1668- John George IV, Elector of Saxony -(d. 1694)

1679- Ann Putnam, Jr. -American witness in the Salem witch trials (d. 1716)

1701- Charles le Beau -French historian and author (d. 1778)

1706- Baldassare Galuppi -Italian composer (d. 1785)

1741- Pierre Choderlos de Laclos -French general and author (d. 1803)

1777- Heinrich von Kleist -German author and poet (d. 1811)

1785- Thomas Love Peacock -English author and poet (d. 1866)

1804- Mongkut -Thai king (d. 1868)

1831- Frederick III, German Emperor -(d. 1888)

1836- Frederick August Otto Schwarz -American businessman, founded FAO Schwarz (d. 1911)

1854- Billy Murdoch -Australian cricketer (d. 1911)

1859- Henri Bergson -French philosopher and theologian, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1941)

1862- Mehmet Esat Bülkat -Greek-Turkish general (d. 1952)

1865- Arie de Jong -Dutch linguist and author (d. 1957)

1865- Logan Pearsall Smith -American-English author and critic (d. 1946)

1868- Ernst Didring -Swedish author (d. 1931)

1870- D. T. Suzuki -Japanese author and scholar (d. 1966)

1872- Mikhail Kuzmin -Russian poet and author (d. 1936)

1873- Ivanoe Bonomi -Italian politician, 25th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1951)

1878- James Truslow Adams -American historian and author (d. 1949)

1880- Ze'ev Jabotinsky -Ukrainian-Russian general, journalist, and theorist (d. 1940)

1882- Lucien Petit-Breton -French cyclist (d. 1917)

1884- Hugo Goetz -American swimmer (d. 1972)

1893- George Ohsawa -Japanese philosopher and educator (d. 1966)

1894- H. L. Davis -American author and poet (d. 1960)

1894- Tibor Déry -Hungarian author (d. 1977)

1897- Isabel Briggs Myers -American theorist and author (d. 1980)

1898- Lotte Lenya -Austrian-American singer and actress (d. 1981)

1902- Miriam Hopkins -American actress and singer (d. 1972)

1902- Pascual Jordan -German physicist and theorist (d. 1980)

1903- Lina Radke -German runner and coach (d. 1983)

1904- A. J. Liebling -American journalist and author (d. 1963)

1904- Haim Shirman -Ukrainian-Israeli scholar and academic (d. 1981)

1905- Jan Gies -Dutch activist (d. 1993)

1905- Félix Houphouët-Boigny -Ivorian union leader and politician, 1st President of Côte d'Ivoire (d. 1993)

1906- James Brooks (painter)|James Brooks -American painter and educator (d. 1992)

1909- Norberto Bobbio -Italian philosopher and theorist (d. 2004)

1914- Raymond Lambert -Swiss mountaineer (d. 1997)

1915- Victor Sen Yung -American actor (d. 1980)

1918- Molly Geertsema -Dutch politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 1991)

1918- Konstantinos Mitsotakis -Greek lawyer and politician, 178th Prime Minister of Greece

1918- Bobby Troup -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor (d. 1999)

1919- Ric Nordman -Canadian captain and politician (d. 1996)

1919- Anita O'Day -American singer (d. 2006)

1919- Pierre Trudeau -Canadian lawyer, academic, and politician, 15th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 2000)

1919- Camilla Williams -American soprano and educator (d. 2012)

1920- Melina Mercouri -Greek actress, singer, and politician, 9th Minister for Culture (Greece)|Greek Minister of Culture (d. 1994)

1921- Jerry Cooke (photographer)|Jerry Cooke -Ukrainian-American photographer and journalist (d. 2005)

1921- Jesse Helms -American soldier, journalist, and politician (d. 2008)

1923- Jessie Mae Hemphill -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)

1924- Buddy MacMaster -Canadian singer-songwriter and fiddler (d. 2014)

1925- Ramiz Alia -Albanian politician, 1st President of Albania (d. 2011)

1926- Chuck Berry -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1926- Klaus Kinski -German-American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1991)

1927- Marv Rotblatt -American baseball player (d. 2013)

1927- George C. Scott -American actor and director (d. 1999)

1928- Keith Jackson -American sportscaster and actor

1928- Dick Taverne -English lawyer and politician

1929- Violeta Chamorro -Nicaraguan publisher and politician, President of Nicaragua

1929- Hillard Elkins -American producer and manager (d. 2010)

1929- Kees Fens -Dutch author and critic (d. 2008)

1930- Flora Fraser, 21st Lady Saltoun -Scottish politician

1930- Esther Hautzig -Lithuanian-American author (d. 2009)

1930- Enrique Oltuski -Polish-Cuban politician (d. 2012)

1931- Chris Albertson -Icelandic-American historian, journalist, and producer

1931- Ien Dales -Dutch politician, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (Netherlands)|Dutch Minister of the Interior (d. 1994)

1932- Vytautas Landsbergis -Lithuanian musicologist and politician

1933- Forrest Gregg -American football player and coach

1933- Ludovico Scarfiotti -Italian race car driver (d. 1968)

1934- Calvin Lockhart -Bahamian-American actor (d. 2007)

1934- Inger Stevens -Swedish-American actress (d. 1970)

1934- Chuck Swindoll -American pastor, author, and educator

1935- Peter Boyle -American actor and singer (d. 2006)

1936- Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino -Cuban cardinal

1938- Robert Dove -American lawyer and politician

1938- Dawn Wells -American model and actress, Miss Nevada|Miss Nevada 1959

1939- Flavio Cotti -Swiss politician, 82nd President of the Swiss Confederation

1939- Mike Ditka -American football player, coach, and sportscaster

1939- Ted Boy Marino -Italian-Brazilian wrestler and actor (d. 2012)

1939- Lee Harvey Oswald -American assassin of John F. Kennedy (d. 1963)

1940- Cynthia Weil -American songwriter

1941- Timothy Bell, Baron Bell -English businessman

1941- Martha Burk -American psychologist and author

1942- Gianfranco Ravasi -Italian cardinal

1943- Christine Charbonneau -Canadian singer-songwriter (d. 2014)

1943- Birthe Rønn Hornbech -Danish police officer and politician, List of Ministers for Ecclesiastical Affairs of Denmark|Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs of Denmark

1945- Yıldo -Turkish footballer, volleyball player, and actor

1945- Huell Howser -American television host and actor (d. 2013)

1945- Chris Shays -American politician

1945- Norio Wakamoto -Japanese voice actor

1946- James Robert Baker -American author and screenwriter (d. 1997)

1946- Frank Beamer -American football player and coach

1946- Dafydd Elis-Thomas -Welsh academic and politician

1946- Howard Shore -Canadian composer, conductor, and producer

1947- Paul Chuckle -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1947- Job Cohen -Dutch scholar and politician, Mayor of Amsterdam

1947- Joe Morton -American actor and director

1947- Laura Nyro -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1997)

1948- Hans Köchler -Austrian philosopher, author, and academic

1948- Ntozake Shange -American author, poet, and playwright

1949- Joe Egan (musician)|Joe Egan -Scottish singer-songwriter (Stealers Wheel)

1949- George Hendrick -American baseball player and coach

1949- Gary Richrath -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (REO Speedwagon)

1950- Om Puri -Indian actor and singer

1950- Wendy Wasserstein -American playwright and author (d. 2006)

1950- Sheila White (actress)|Sheila White -English actress and singer

1951- Mike Antonovich (ice hockey)|Mike Antonovich -American ice hockey player and coach

1951- Pam Dawber -American actress and singer

1951- Terry McMillan -American author and screenwriter

1951- David Normington -English civil servant and politician

1951- Nic Potter -English bass player and songwriter (Van der Graaf Generator and The Misunderstood) (d. 2013)

1952- Paul Geroski -American-English economist and academic (d. 2005)

1952- Chuck Lorre -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1952- Patrick Morrow -Canadian mountaineer and photographer

1952- Bảo Ninh -Vietnamese soldier and author

1952- Jerry Royster -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1953- Loes Luca -Dutch actress and singer

1954- Liz Burch -Australian actress

1954- Nick Houghton -English general

1954- Arliss Howard -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1955- Jean-Pierre Hautier -Belgian television host (d. 2012)

1955- Vanessa Briscoe Hay -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Pylon (band)|Pylon and Supercluster (band)|Supercluster)

1955- Timmy Mallett -English radio and television host

1955- David Twohy -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1955- Rita Verdonk -Dutch journalist and politician, Ministry of Security and Justice (Netherlands)|Dutch Minister of Justice

1956- Craig Bartlett -American animator, producer, screenwriter, and voice actor

1956- Martina Navratilova -Czech-American tennis player and coach

1956- Alkistis Protopsalti -Greek singer

1956- Jim Talent -American lawyer and politician

1957- Jon Lindstrom -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1957- Catherine Ringer -French singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Les Rita Mitsouko)

1958- Corinne Bohrer -American actress

1958- Thomas Hearns -American boxer

1958- Kjell Samuelsson -Swedish ice hockey player and coach

1959- Kirby Chambliss -American pilot

1959- Tatyana Kolpakova -Kyrgyzstani long jumper and coach

1959- Milcho Manchevski -Macedonian-American director and screenwriter

1959- John Nord -American wrestler

1959- Chris Russo -American radio host

1960- Erin Moran -American actress and singer

1960- Jean-Claude Van Damme -Belgian martial artist, actor, and producer, and screenwriter

1961- Wynton Marsalis -American trumpet player, composer, and educator

1961- Rick Moody -American author and composer

1961- Gladstone Small -Barbadian-English cricketer

1962- Min Ko Naing -Burmese activist

1962- Vincent Spano -American actor, director, and producer

1964- Dan Lilker -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Anthrax (American band)|Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death, Nuclear Assault, Exit-13, and Brutal Truth)

1964- Charles Stross -English journalist, author, and programmer

1965- Curtis Stigers -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1966- Dave Price -American journalist and game show host

1966- Slavi Trifonov -Bulgarian actor and singer

1966- Angela Visser -Dutch model and actress, Miss Universe 1989

1967- Eric Stuart -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and voice actor

1968- Lisa Chappell -New Zealand actress and singer

1968- Michael Stich -German tennis player and sportscaster

1969- Volker Neumüller -German talent manager

1969- Nelson Vivas -Argentinian footballer, coach, and manager

1970- Doug Mirabelli -American baseball player and coach

1970- Mike Starink -Dutch television host and actor

1971- Koshalendraprasad Pande -Indian guru

1972- Alex Tagliani -Canadian race car driver

1973- James Foley (photojournalist)|James Foley -American photographer and journalist (d. 2014)

1973- Michalis Kapsis -Greek footballer

1973- Rachel Nichols (journalist)|Rachel Nichols -American journalist

1973- Brian Scolaro -American comedian, actor, and producer

1973- Sarah Winckless -English rower

1974- Candy Lo -Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress

1974- Robbie Savage -Welsh footballer and sportscaster

1974- Peter Svensson -Swedish guitarist and songwriter (The Cardigans)

1975- Baby Bash -American rapper

1975- Alex Cora -Puerto Rican-American baseball player and sportscaster

1976- Zhou Xun -Chinese actress and singer

1977- Gloc-9 -Filipino rapper (Death Threat (hip hop group)|Death Threat)

1977- Flavia Colgan -Brazilian-American journalist

1977- Ryan Nelsen -New Zealand-American soccer player and coach

1977- David Vuillemin -French motorcycle racer

1978- Jyothika -Indian actress

1978- Wesley Jonathan -American actor

1978- Jaime Koeppe -Canadian model and wrestler

1978- Mike Tindall -English rugby player

1978- Kenji Wu -Taiwanese singer-songwriter and actor

1979- Jaroslav Drobný (footballer)|Jaroslav Drobný -Czech footballer

1979- 'Ana Po'uhila -Tongan shot putter, hammer, and discus thrower

1980- Josh Gracin -American soldier and singer

1980- Rebecca Watson -American blogger

1981- Tina Hergold -Slovenian tennis player

1981- Greg Warren (American football)|Greg Warren -American football player

1982- Ne-Yo -American singer-songwriter, actor, and producer

1982- Thierry Amiel -French singer-songwriter

1982- Michael Dingsdag -Dutch footballer

1982- Mark Sampson -Welsh footballer and manager

1983- Dante (footballer)|Dante -Brazilian footballer

1984- Robert Harting -German discus thrower

1984- Freida Pinto -Indian actress and model

1984- Esperanza Spalding -American singer-songwriter and bassist

1984- Lindsey Vonn -American skier

1985- Yoenis Céspedes -Cuban baseball player

1985- Andrew Garcia -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1986- Wilma Elles -German actress

1987- Zac Efron -American actor and singer

1987- Freja Beha Erichsen -Danish model

1989- Joy Lauren -American actress

1990- Bristol Palin -American author

1990- Carly Schroeder -American actress

1991- Roly Bonevacia -Dutch footballer

1991- Tyler Posey -American actor

1992- John John Florence -American surfer

History of Deaths


325- Emperor Ming of Jin -(b. 299)

707- Pope John VII -(b. 650)

1035- Sancho III of Navarre -(b. 992)

1101- Hugh I, Count of Vermandois -(b. 1053)

1141- Leopold, Duke of Bavaria -(b. 1108)

1382- James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormond -Irish politician, Lord Justices (Ireland)|Lord Justice of Ireland (b. 1331)

1417- Pope Gregory XII -(b. 1326)

1480- Uhwudong -Korean dancer and poet (b. 1440)

1503- Pope Pius III -(b. 1439)

1541- Margaret Tudor -English wife of James IV of Scotland (b. 1489)

1545- John Taverner -English organist and composer (b. 1490)

1558- Mary of Hungary (governor of the Netherlands)|Mary of Hungary -(b. 1505)

1564- Johannes Acronius Frisius -German physician and mathematician (b. 1520)

1570- Manuel da Nóbrega -Portuguese-Brazilian priest and missionary (b. 1517)

1604- Igram van Achelen -Dutch politician (b. 1528)

1646- Isaac Jogues -French priest, missionary, and martyr (b. 1607)

1667- Fasilides -Ethiopian emperor (b. 1603)

1678- Jacob Jordaens -Flemish painter (b. 1593)

1739- António José da Silva -Brazilian-Portuguese playwright (b. 1705)

1744- Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough -(b. 1660)

1770- John Manners, Marquess of Granby -English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire (b. 1721)

1775- Christian August Crusius -German philosopher and theologian (b. 1715)

1817- Étienne Méhul|Etienne Nicolas Méhul -French composer (b. 1763)

1871- Charles Babbage -English mathematician and engineer, invented the mechanical computer (b. 1791)

1865- Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston -English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1784)

1886- Philipp Franz von Siebold -German physician and botanist (b. 1796)

1889- Antonio Meucci -Italian-American engineer (b. 1808)

1892- William W. Chapman -American lawyer and politician (b. 1808)

1893- Charles Gounod -French composer and educator (b. 1818)

1911- Alfred Binet -French psychologist and author (b. 1857)

1921- Ludwig III of Bavaria -(b. 1845)

1931- Thomas Edison -American inventor and businessman, invented the light bulb and phonograph (b. 1847)

1932- Ioannis Chrysafis -Greek gymnast (b. 1873)

1934- Santiago Ramón y Cajal -Spanish pathologist, histologist, and neuroscientist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1852)

1941- Manuel Teixeira Gomes -Portuguese politician, 7th President of Portugal (b. 1860)

1942- Mikhail Nesterov -Russian painter (b. 1862)

1948- Walther von Brauchitsch -German field marshal (b. 1881)

1959- Boughera El Ouafi -Algerian-French runner (b. 1898)

1961- Tsuru Aoki -Japanese-American actress (b. 1892)

1965- Lauri Törni -Finnish-American captain (b. 1919)

1965- Henry Travers -English-American actor (b. 1874)

1966- Elizabeth Arden -Canadian-American businesswoman, founded Elizabeth Arden, Inc. (b. 1878)

1966- S. S. Kresge -American businessman, founded Kmart (b. 1867)

1973- Margaret Caroline Anderson -American publisher, founded ''The Little Review'' (b. 1886)

1973- Walt Kelly -American illustrator and animator (b. 1913)

1973- Leo Strauss -German-American political scientist, philosopher, and academic (b. 1899)

1975- Al Lettieri -American actor (b. 1928)

1976- Viswanatha Satyanarayana -Indian poet and author (b. 1895)

1977- Andreas Baader -German militant (b. 1943)

1977- Gudrun Ensslin -German militant leader, founded the Red Army Faction (b. 1940)

1977- Jan-Carl Raspe -Austrian-German militant (b. 1944)

1978- Ramón Mercader -Spanish journalist, assassin of Leon Trotsky (b. 1914)

1980- Edwin Way Teale -American photographer and author (b. 1899)

1982- Dwain Esper -American director and producer (b. 1892)

1982- Pierre Mendès France -French lawyer and politician, 143rd Prime Minister of France (b. 1907)

1982- John Robarts -Canadian lawyer and politician, 17th Premier of Ontario (b. 1917)

1982- Bess Truman -American wife of Harry S. Truman, 40th List of First Ladies of the United States|First Lady of the United States (b. 1885)

1983- Diego Abad de Santillán -Spanish economist and author (b. 1897)

1983- Willie Jones (baseball)|Willie Jones -American baseball player (b. 1925)

1984- Jon-Erik Hexum -American model and actor (b. 1957)

1984- Henri Michaux -French painter and poet (b. 1899)

1987- Adriaan Ditvoorst -Dutch director and screenwriter (b. 1940)

1988- Frederick Ashton -Ecuadorian dancer and choreographer (b. 1904)

1998- Alfred Praks -Estonian-Swedish wrestler (b. 1902)

1999- Paddi Edwards -English-American actress (b. 1931)

2000- Julie London -American singer and actress (b. 1926)

2000- Gwen Verdon -American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1925)

2002- Roman Tam -Hong Kong singer and actor (Roman and the Four Steps) (b. 1950)

2003- Preston Smith (governor)|Preston Smith -American politician, 40th Governor of Texas (b. 1912)

2003- Manuel Vázquez Montalbán -Spanish journalist, author, and critic (b. 1939)

2004- Veerappan -Indian murderer (b. 1952)

2005- John Hollis -English actor (b. 1931)

2005- Johnny Haynes -English-Scottish footballer (b. 1934)

2005- Bill King -American sportscaster (b. 1927)

2006- Mario Francesco Pompedda -Italian cardinal (b. 1929)

2006- Anna Russell -English-Canadian singer and actress (b. 1911)

2006- Laurie Taitt -Guyanese-English hurdler (b. 1934)

2007- Alan Coren -English journalist and author (b. 1938)

2007- William J. Crowe -American admiral and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (b. 1925)

2007- Vincent DeDomenico -American businessman, founded the Napa Valley Wine Train (b. 1915)

2007- Lucky Dube -South African singer-songwriter and keyboard player (b. 1964)

2008- Dee Dee Warwick -American singer (b. 1945)

2009- Adriaan Kortlandt -Dutch ethologist and biologist (b. 1918)

2010- Marion Brown -American saxophonist and musicologist (b. 1931)

2012- Brain Damage (wrestler)|Brain Damage -American wrestler (b. 1977)

2012- Sylvia Kristel -Dutch model, actress, and singer (b. 1952)

2012- Slater Martin -American basketball player and coach (b. 1925)

2012- George Mattos -American pole vaulter (b. 1929)

2012- Albert Lee Ueltschi -American pilot and businessman, founded FlightSafety International (b. 1917)

2012- David S. Ware -American saxophonist and composer (b. 1949)

2013- Francisco Rafael Arellano Félix -Mexican drug lord (b. 1949)

2013- Felix Dexter -Caribbean-English comedian and actor (b. 1961)

2013- Tom Foley -American lawyer and politician, 57th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1929)

2013- Bum Phillips -American football player and coach (b. 1923)

2013- Allan Stanley -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1926)

2013- Bill Young -American sergeant and politician (b. 1930)

2014- Joanne Borgella -American singer and model (b. 1982)

2014- Paul Craft -American singer-songwriter (b. 1938)

2014- Mariano Lebrón Saviñón -Dominican author and academic (b. 1922)

2014- Edward Regan -American academic and politician (b. 1930)

2014- Sidney Shapiro -American-Chinese author and translator (b. 1915)