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Day History: January-17

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Events History


38 BC- Octavian -divorces his wife Scribonia and marries Livia Drusilla, ending the fragile peace between the Second Triumvirate and Sextus Pompey.

395-Emperor Theodosius I -dies in Milan, the Roman Empire is re-divided into an eastern and a western half. The Byzantine Empire|Eastern Roman Empire is centered in Constantinople under Arcadius, son of Theodosius, and the Western Roman Empire in Mediolanum under Honorius (emperor)|Honorius, his brother (aged 10).

1287-King Alfonso III of Aragon -invades Minorca.

1377- Pope Gregory XI -moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.

1524- Giovanni da Verrazzano -sets sail westward from Madeira to find a sea route to the Pacific Ocean.

1562-France recognizes the Huguenot -by the Edict of Saint-Germain.

1595- Henry IV of France -declares war on Spain.

1608- Emperor of Ethiopia|Emperor -Susenyos of Ethiopia|Susenyos surprises an Oromo people|Oromo army at Ebenat; his army reportedly kills 12,000 Oromo at the cost of 400 of his men.

1648-England's Long Parliament -passes the "Vote of No Addresses", breaking off negotiations with Charles I of England|King Charles I and thereby setting the scene for the second phase of the English Civil War.

1773-Captain James Cook -and his crew become the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle.

1781- American Revolutionary War -Battle of Cowpens

1799- Malta|Maltese -patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, is executed.

1811- Mexican War of Independence -In the Battle of Calderón Bridge, a heavily outnumbered History of Spain (1814–73)|Spanish force of 6,000 troops defeats nearly 100,000 Mexican revolutionaries.

1852-The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Boer -colonies of the South African Republic|Transvaal.

1873-A group of Modoc people|Modoc -warriors defeats the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, part of the Modoc War.

1885-A British force defeats a large Dervish -army at the Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan.

1893-The Committee of Safety (Hawaii)|Citizen's Committee of Public Safety -led by Lorrin A. Thurston, overthrows the government of Queen Liliuokalani of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

1899-The United States takes possession of Wake Island -in the Pacific Ocean.

1903- El Yunque National Forest -in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.

1904- Anton Chekhov -s ''The Cherry Orchard'' receives its premiere performance at the Moscow Art Theatre.

1912-Captain Robert Falcon Scott -Terra Nova Expedition|reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen.

1913- Raymond Poincaré -is elected President of France.

1917-The United States pays Denmark {{$}}25 million for the U.S. Virgin Islands|Virgin Islands -

1918- Finnish Civil War -The first serious battles take place between the Red Guards (Finland)|Red Guards and the White Guard (Finland)|White Guard.

1929- Popeye|Popeye the Sailor Man -a cartoon character created by E. C. Segar|Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.

1929- Inayatullah Khan -king of the Emirate of Afghanistan abdicates the throne after only three days.

1941- Franco-Thai War -Vichy France|French forces Battle of Ko Chang|inflict a decisive defeat over the Royal Thai Navy.

1943- World War II -Greek submarine Papanikolis (Y-2)|Greek submarine Papanikolis captures the 200-ton sailing vessel ''Agios Stefanos'' and mans her with part of her crew.

1944- World War II -Allies of World War II|Allied forces launch the first of Battle of Monte Cassino|four assaults on Monte Cassino with the intention of breaking through the Winter Line and seizing Rome, an effort that would ultimately take four months and cost 105,000 Allied casualties.

1945-World War II: Soviet Union|Soviet -forces capture the almost completely destroyed Polish city of Warsaw.

1945-The Nazi Germany|Nazis -begin the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp as Soviet forces close in.

1945-Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg -is taken into Soviet Union|Soviet custody while in Hungary; he is never publicly seen again.

1946-The UN Security Council -holds its first session.

1949-'' The Goldbergs (broadcast series)|The Goldbergs -', the first Situation comedy|sitcom on American television, airs for the first time.

1961-U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower -delivers a televised Eisenhower's farewell address|farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the "military–industrial complex" as well as the dangers of massive spending, especially deficit spending.

1961-Former Republic of the Congo (Léopoldville)|Congolese -Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba is murdered in circumstances suggesting the support and complicity of the governments of Belgium and the United States.

1966- 1966 Palomares B-52 crash|Palomares incident -A B-52 Stratofortress|B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Spain, killing seven airmen, and dropping three 70-kiloton B28 nuclear bomb|nuclear bombs near the town of Palomares, Almería|Palomares and another one into the sea.

1969- Black Panther Party -members Bunchy Carter and John Huggins are killed during a meeting in Campbell Hall on the campus of UCLA.

1969- Marinella -releases ''Stalia – Stalia''.

1977-Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore -is executed by a firing squad in Utah, ending a ten-year moratorium on capital punishment in the United States.

1981- President of the Philippines -Ferdinand Marcos lifts Martial law in the Philippines|martial law eight years and five months after declaring it.

1982-" Cold Sunday -: in numerous cities in the United States temperatures fall to their lowest levels in over 100 years.

1983-The tallest department store in the world, Hudson's -flagship store in downtown Detroit, closes due to high cost of operating.

1991- Gulf War -Operation Desert Storm begins early in the morning. Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation.

1991- Harald V of Norway|Harald V -becomes Monarchy of Norway|King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V of Norway|Olav V.

1992-During a visit to South Korea, Prime Minister of Japan|Japanese Prime Minister -Kiichi Miyazawa apologizes for forcing Korean women into Comfort women|sexual slavery during World War II.

1994- 1994 Northridge earthquake -A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Northridge, California.

1995-The Great Hanshin earthquake -A magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurs near Kobe, Japan, causing extensive property damage and killing 6,434 people.

1996-The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union -

1997-A Delta 2 -carrying a Global Positioning System|GPS2R satellite explodes 13 seconds after launch, dropping 250 tons of burning rocket remains around the launch pad.

1998- Lewinsky scandal -Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton–Monica Lewinsky affair on his website ''The Drudge Report''.

2001-U.S. President Bill Clinton posthumously promotes William Clark (explorer)|William Clark -from Lieutenant to Captain (U.S. Army)|Captain.

2002- Mount Nyiragongo -erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.

2007-The Doomsday Clock -is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.

2008- British Airways Flight 38 -crash lands just short of London Heathrow Airport in England with no fatalities. It is the first complete Write-off|hull loss of a Boeing 777.

2010- 2010 Jos riots|Rioting -begins between Muslim and Christian groups in Jos, Nigeria, resulting in at least 200 deaths.

Famous Birthdays


1463- Frederick III, Elector of Saxony -(d. 1525)

1484- George Spalatin -German religious reformer (d. 1545)

1501- Leonhart Fuchs -German physician and botanist (d. 1566)

1504- Pope Pius V -(d. 1572)

1560- Gaspard Bauhin -Swiss botanist (d. 1624)

1574- Robert Fludd -English physician, astrologer, and mathematician (d. 1637)

1600- Pedro Calderón de la Barca -Spanish playwright and poet (d. 1681)

1612- Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron -English general (d. 1671)

1640- Jonathan Singletary Dunham -American settler (d. 1724)

1659- Antonio Veracini -Italian composer and violinist (d. 1745)

1666- Antonio Maria Valsalva -Italian anatomist (d. 1723)

1686- Archibald Bower -Scottish historian (d. 1766)

1706- Benjamin Franklin -American publisher and politician, 6th List of Governors of Pennsylvania|President of Pennsylvania (d. 1790)

1712- John Stanley (composer)|John Stanley -English organist and composer (d. 1786)

1719- William Vernon -American businessman (d. 1806)

1728- Johann Gottfried Müthel -German pianist and composer (d. 1788)

1732- Stanisław August Poniatowski -Polish-Lithuanian king (d. 1798)

1733- Thomas Linley the elder -English singer and conductor (d. 1795)

1734- François-Joseph Gossec -French composer (d. 1829)

1761- Sir James Hall, 4th Baronet -Scottish geologist (d. 1832)

1789- August Neander -German historian and theologian (d. 1850)

1793- Antonio José Martínez -Spanish-American priest, rancher and politician (d. 1867)

1814- Ellen Wood (author)|Ellen Wood -English author (d. 1887)

1820- Anne Brontë -English author and poet (d. 1849)

1828- Lewis A. Grant -American lawyer and general, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1918)

1828- Ede Reményi -Hungarian violinist and composer (d. 1898)

1831- Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria -(d. 1903)

1832- Henry Martyn Baird -American historian and educator (d. 1906)

1834- August Weismann -German biologist (d. 1914)

1850- Alexander Taneyev -Russian composer (d. 1918)

1850- Joaquim Arcoverde de Albuquerque Cavalcanti -Brazilian cardinal (d. 1930)

1851- A. B. Frost -American illustrator (d. 1928)

1853- Alva Belmont -American activist (d. 1933)

1857- Wilhelm Kienzl -Austrian composer (d. 1941)

1857- Eugene Augustin Lauste -French-American inventor (d. 1935)

1858- Tomás Carrasquilla -Colombian author (d. 1940)

1860- Douglas Hyde -Irish politician, 1st President of Ireland (d. 1949)

1863- David Lloyd George -English lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1945)

1863- Constantin Stanislavski -Russian actor and director (d. 1938)

1865- Sir Charles Fergusson, 7th Baronet -English general and politician, 3rd Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1951)

1867- Carl Laemmle -German-American film producer, co-founded Universal Studios (d. 1939)

1867- Sir Alfred Rawlinson, 3rd Baronet -English pilot and polo player (d. 1934)

1871- David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty -English admiral (d. 1936)

1871- Nicolae Iorga -Romanian historian and politician, 34th Prime Minister of Romania (d. 1940)

1872- Henri Masson -French fencer (d. 1963)

1875- Florencio Sánchez -Uruguayan playwright (d. 1910)

1876- Frank Hague -American politician, 30th Mayor of Jersey City (d. 1956)

1877- May Gibbs -Australian author (d. 1969)

1879- Burt McKinnie -American golfer (d. 1946)

1880- Mack Sennett -Canadian director (d. 1960)

1881- Antoni Łomnicki -Polish mathematician (d. 1941)

1881- Harry Price -English psychologistst and author (d. 1948)

1882- Noah Beery, Sr. -American actor (d. 1946)

1882- Arnold Rothstein -American businessman (d. 1928)

1883- Compton Mackenzie -Scottish author (d. 1972)

1886- Ronald Firbank -English author (d. 1926)

1886- Glenn L. Martin -American pilot, founded the Glenn L. Martin Company (d. 1955)

1887- Ola Raknes -Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (d. 1975)

1888- Babu Gulabrai -Indian author (d. 1963)

1895- John Duff -Canadian race car driver (d. 1958)

1897- Marcel Petiot -French doctor and serial killer (d. 1946)

1899- Al Capone -American gangster (d. 1947)

1899- Robert Maynard Hutchins -American philosopher and academic (d. 1977)

1899- Nevil Shute -English author (d. 1960)

1901- Aron Gurwitsch -Lithuanian-American philosopher (d. 1973)

1903- Warren Hull -American actor (d. 1974)

1904- Hem Vejakorn -Thai illustrator (d. 1969)

1905- Ray Cunningham -American baseball player (d. 2005)

1905- Peggy Gilbert -American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 2007)

1905- Eduard Oja -Estonian composer, conductor, educator, and critic (d. 1950)

1905- Guillermo Stábile -Argentinian footballer and manager (d. 1966)

1905- Jan Zahradníček -Czech poet (d. 1960)

1907- Henk Badings -Dutch composer (d. 1987)

1908- Cus D'Amato -American boxing manager and trainer (d. 1985)

1911- Busher Jackson -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1966)

1911- John S. McCain, Jr. -American admiral (d. 1981)

1911- George Joseph Stigler -American economist, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)

1914- Anacleto Angelini -Italian-Chilean businessman (d. 2007)

1914- Irving Brecher -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1914- William Stafford (poet)|William Stafford -American poet (d. 1993)

1916- Peter Frelinghuysen, Jr. -American politician (d. 2011)

1917- Ramón Cardemil -Chilean horse rider (d. 2007)

1917- M. G. Ramachandran -Indian actor, director, and politician, 5th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (d. 1987)

1918- Keith Joseph -English politician (d. 1994)

1918- George M. Leader -American politician, 36th Governor of Pennsylvania (d. 2013)

1920- Corsica Joe -French-American wrestler (d. 2010)

1920- Georges Pichard -French illustrator (d. 2003)

1921- Herbert Ellis (actor)|Herbert Ellis -American actor

1921- Asghar Khan -Pakistani pilot and politician

1921- Antonio Prohías -Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)

1922- Robert De Niro, Sr. -American painter (d. 1993)

1922- Luis Echeverría -Mexican politician, 50th President of Mexico

1922- Nicholas Katzenbach -American lawyer, 65th United States Attorney General (d. 2012)

1922- Betty White -American actress and singer

1923- Rangeya Raghav -Indian author (d. 1962)

1923- Carol Raye -English-Australian actress

1924- Rik De Saedeleer -Belgian footballer and journalist (d. 2013)

1925- Robert Cormier -American author and journalist (d. 2000)

1925- Abdul Kardar -Pakistani cricketer (d. 1996)

1925- Edgar Ray Killen -American Ku Klux Klan organizer

1925- Patricia Owens (actress)|Patricia Owens -Canadian-American actress (d. 2000)

1926- Newton N. Minow -American lawyer and politician

1926- Moira Shearer -Scottish-English actress and dancer (d. 2006)

1927- Thomas Anthony Dooley III -American physician and humanitarian (d. 1961)

1927- Norman Kaye -Australian actor (d. 2007)

1927- Eartha Kitt -American actress and singer (d. 2008)

1927- Harlan Mathews -American lawyer and politician (d. 2014)

1927- E.W. Swackhamer -American director and producer (d. 1994)

1928- Jean Barraqué -French composer (d. 1973)

1928- Vidal Sassoon -English-American hairdresser and businessman (d. 2012)

1929- Jacques Plante -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)

1929- Tan Boon Teik -Malaysian-Singaporean politician, Attorney-General of Singapore (d. 2012)

1930- Eddie LeBaron -American football player, amanager, and sportscaster

1931- James Earl Jones -American actor

1931- Douglas Wilder -American politician, 66th Governor of Virginia

1931- Don Zimmer -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2014)

1932- Sheree North -American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2005)

1933- Dalida -Egyptian-French singer and actress (d. 1987)

1933- Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan -French-Pakistani diplomat (d. 2003)

1933- Shari Lewis -American actress, puppeteer, and television host (d. 1998)

1934- Donald Cammell -Scottish-American director and screenwriter (d. 1996)

1934- Stuart Nisbet -American actor

1934- Zlatko Papec -Croatian footballer (d. 2013)

1934- Cedar Walton -American pianist and composer (d. 2013)

1935- Ruth Ann Minner -American businesswoman and politician, 72nd Governor of Delaware

1936- John Boyd (diplomat)|John Boyd -English academic and diplomat

1937- Alain Badiou -French philosopher and educator

1938- John Bellairs -American author (d. 1991)

1938- Percy Qoboza -South African journalist (d. 1988)

1939- Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens -(d. 2008)

1939- Maury Povich -American talk show host

1940- Kipchoge Keino -Kenyan runner

1940- Umashanker Singh -Indian politician (d. 2013)

1940- Tabaré Vázquez -Uruguayan politician, President of Uruguay

1941- István Horthy, Jr. -Hungarian physicist and architect

1941- Gillian Weir -New Zealand organist

1942- Muhammad Ali -American boxer

1942- Ita Buttrose -Australian journalist

1942- Ulf Hoelscher -German violinist

1942- Nigel McCulloch -English bishop

1942- Nancy Parsons -American actress (d. 2001)

1943- Geoffrey Deuel -American actor

1943- Chris Montez -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1943- René Préval -Haitian politician, 52nd President of Haiti

1944- Françoise Hardy -French singer and actress

1945- Javed Akhtar -Indian poet, playwright, and composer

1946- Michèle Deslauriers -Canadian actress

1947- Jane Elliot -American actress

1947- Alain Payet -French pornographic movie director (d. 2007)

1948- Jim Ladd -American radio host and producer

1948- Davíð Oddsson -Icelandic politician, 21st Prime Minister of Iceland

1948- Anne Queffélec -French pianist

1948- Michael Rake -English businessman

1949- Gyude Bryant -Liberian businessman and politician (d. 2014)

1949- Andy Kaufman -American comedian and actor (d. 1984)

1949- Mick Taylor -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and The Rolling Stones)

1950- Luis López Nieves -Puerto Rican author

1952- Darrell Porter -American baseball player (d. 2002)

1952- Ryuichi Sakamoto -Japanese pianist, composer, producer, and actor (Yellow Magic Orchestra)

1953- Jeff Berlin -American bass player

1953- Carlos Johnson (blues musician)|Carlos Johnson -American singer and guitarist

1954- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. -American lawyer, radio host, and environmentalist

1954- Susan Kiefel -Australian lawyer and judge

1955- Steve Earle -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor

1955- Steve Javie -American basketball player and referee

1956- Damian Green -English politician

1956- Mitch Vogel -American actor

1956- Paul Young -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Q-Tips (band)|Q-Tips)

1957- Keith Chegwin -English television host and actor

1957- Steve Harvey -American comedian, actor, and author

1957- Ann Nocenti -American author

1957- Michel Vaarten -Belgian cyclist

1958- Valdas Kasparavičius -Lithuanian footballer

1959- Susanna Hoffs -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (The Bangles and Ming Tea)

1959- Momoe Yamaguchi -Japanese singer and actress

1960- John Crawford (musician)|John Crawford -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Berlin (band)|Berlin)

1960- Chili Davis -Jamaican-American baseball player

1960- Tracey Moore -Canadian voice actress and singer

1960- Chatchai Plengpanich -Thai actor

1961- Maia Chiburdanidze -Georgian chess player

1961- Brian Helgeland -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1962- Jun Azumi -Japanese politician

1962- Jim Carrey -Canadian-American actor and producer

1962- Sebastian Junger -American journalist and author

1962- Taija Rae -American porn actress

1962- Ari Up -German-English singer (The Slits and New Age Steppers) (d. 2010)

1963- Kai Hansen -German singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Gamma Ray (band)|Gamma Ray, Helloween, Unisonic (band)|Unisonic, and Iron Savior)

1964- Michelle Fairley -Northern Irish actress

1964- Michelle Obama -American lawyer and activist, 46th List of First Ladies of the United States|First Lady of the United States

1964- Andy Rourke -English bass player (The Smiths and Freebass)

1965- Nikos Nioplias -Greek footballer

1965- Sylvain Turgeon -Canadian ice hockey player

1966- Joshua Malina -American actor

1966- Stephin Merritt -American singer-songwriter (The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, and The Gothic Archies)

1966- Shabba Ranks -Jamaican singer

1966- António Zeferino -Cape Verdean runner

1967- Richard Hawley -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Pulp (band)|Pulp and Longpigs)

1967- Song Kang-ho -South Korean actor

1967- Wendy Mass -American author

1967- Filippo Raciti -Italian police officer (d. 2007)

1968- Svetlana Masterkova -Russian runner

1968- Rowan Pelling -English journalist

1968- Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer -Dutch author, poet, and scholar

1968- Jane Salumäe -Estonian runner

1969- Naveen Andrews -English actor

1969- Lukas Moodysson -Swedish director, screenwriter, and author

1969- Tiësto -Dutch DJ and producer (Gouryella and Kamaya Painters)

1970- Cássio Alves de Barros -Brazilian footballer

1970- Masaaki Mochizuki -Japanese wrestler

1970- Jeremy Roenick -American ice hockey player

1970- Genndy Tartakovsky -Russian-American animator, director, and producer

1970- James Wattana -Thai snooker player

1971- Giorgos Balogiannis -Greek basketball player

1971- Richard Burns -English race car driver (d. 2005)

1971- Kid Rock -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1971- Youki Kudoh -Japanese actress

1971- Sylvie Testud -French actress

1971- Paolo Vaccari -Italian rugby player

1971- Ann Wolfe -American boxer

1972- Benno Fürmann -German actor

1972- Ken Hirai -Japanese singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1973- Cuauhtémoc Blanco -Mexican footballer

1973- Chris Bowen -Australian politician

1973- Liz Ellis -Australian netball player

1973- Aaron Ward (ice hockey)|Aaron Ward -Canadian ice hockey player

1974- Danny Bhoy -Scottish comedian

1974- Ladan and Laleh Bijani -Iranian conjoined twins (d. 2003)

1974- Vesko Kountchev -Bulgarian viola player (Amparanoia)

1974- Derrick Mason -American football player

1974- Yang Chen -Chinese footballer

1975- Freddy Rodriguez (actor)|Freddy Rodriguez -American actor

1975- Squarepusher -English singer-songwriter

1975- Rami Yacoub -Swedish songwriter and producer

1977- Kevin Fertig -American wrestler

1977- Leigh Whannell -Australian actor, producer, and screenwriter

1978- Carolina "Pampita" Ardohaín -Argentine model, television personality and actress

1978- Meilen Tu -Taiwanese-American tennis player

1978- Ricky Wilson (British musician)|Ricky Wilson -English singer-songwriter (Kaiser Chiefs)

1979- Oleg Lisogor -Ukrainian swimmer

1979- Chase Stevens -American wrestler

1980- Maksim Chmerkovskiy -Ukrainian-American dancer and choreographer

1980- Zooey Deschanel -American singer-songwriter and actress (She & Him)

1980- Gareth McLearnon -Irish flute player

1980- Modestas Stonys -Lithuanian footballer

1981- Warren Feeney -Irish footballer

1981- Ray J -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1981- Scott Mechlowicz -American actor

1982- Hwanhee -South Korean singer and actor (Fly to the Sky)

1982- Dwyane Wade -American basketball player

1982- Amanda Wilkinson -Canadian singer (The Wilkinsons)

1983- Álvaro Arbeloa -Spanish footballer

1983- Johannes Herber -German basketball player

1983- Rick Kelly -Australian race car driver

1984- Sophie Dee -Welsh porn actress

1984- Kelvin Fletcher -English actor and model

1984- Calvin Harris -Scottish singer-songwriter, DJ, and producer

1984- Sam Shaw (wrestler)|Sam Shaw -American wrestler

1985- Pablo Barrientos -Argentinian footballer

1985- Mark Briscoe -American wrestler

1985- Kangin -South Korean singer, dancer, and actor (Super Junior)

1985- Riyu Kosaka -Japanese singer and actress (BeForU)

1985- Betsy Ruth -American wrestler

1985- Simone Simons -Dutch singer-songwriter (Epica (band)|Epica)

1986- Max Adler (actor)|Max Adler -American actor

1986- Hale Appleman -American actor

1986- Viktor Stålberg -Swedish ice hockey player

1987- Oleksandr Usyk -Ukrainian boxer

1988- Andrea Antonelli -Italian motorcycle racer (d. 2013)

1988- Will Genia -Australian rugby player

1988- Héctor Moreno (footballer)|Héctor Moreno -Mexican footballer

1989- Hollie-Jay Bowes -English actress and singer

1989- Björn Dreyer (footballer born 1989)|Björn Dreyer -German footballer

1989- Taylor Jordan -American baseball player

1990- Santiago Tréllez -Colombian footballer

1991- Trevor Bauer -American baseball player

1991- Lee Kiseop -South Korean singer and dancer (U-KISS)

1993- Frankie Cocozza -English singer

1997- Jack Vidgen -Australian singer-songwriter

History of Deaths


395- Theodosius I -Roman emperor (b. 347)

1229- Albert of Riga -German bishop (b. 1165)

1345- Henry of Asti -Greek patriarch

1345- Martino Zaccaria -Aegean ruler

1369- Peter I of Cyprus -(b. 1328)

1468- Skanderbeg -Albanian politician (b. 1405)

1598- Feodor I of Russia -(b. 1557)

1617- Fausto Veranzio -Croatian bishop (b. 1551)

1654- Paulus Potter -Dutch painter (b. 1625)

1705- John Ray -English historian (b. 1627)

1718- Benjamin Church (military officer)|Benjamin Church -American captain (b. 1639)

1737- Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann -German architect (b. 1662)

1738- Jean-François Dandrieu -French organist and composer (b. 1682)

1751- Tomaso Albinoni -Italian composer (b. 1671)

1826- Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga -Spanish composer (b. 1806)

1834- Giovanni Aldini -Italian physicist (b. 1762)

1861- Lola Montez -Irish-American actress and dancer (b. 1821)

1863- Horace Vernet -French painter (b. 1789)

1869- Alexander Dargomyzhsky -Russian composer (b. 1813)

1874- Chang and Eng Bunker -Thai conjoined twins (b. 1811)

1878- Edward Shepherd Creasy -English historian and jurist (b. 1812)

1884- Hermann Schlegel -German ornithologist (b. 1804)

1887- William Giblin -Australian politician, 13th Premier of Tasmania (b. 1840)

1891- George Bancroft -American historian and politician, 17th United States Secretary of the Navy (b. 1800)

1893- Rutherford B. Hayes -American politician, 19th President of the United States (b. 1822)

1903- Ignaz Wechselmann -Hungarian architect and philanthropist (b. 1828)

1908- Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany -(b. 1835)

1909- Francis Smith (Australian politician)|Francis Smith -Australian politician, 4th Premier of Tasmania (b. 1819)

1911- Francis Galton -English polymath, anthropologist, and geographer (b. 1822)

1927- Juliette Gordon Low -American founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA (b. 1860)

1931- Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia -(b. 1864)

1932- Albert Jacka -Australian soldier, Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1893)

1933- Ruurd Leegstra -Dutch rower (b. 1877)

1933- Louis Comfort Tiffany -American stained glass artist (b. 1848)

1936- Mateiu Caragiale -Romanian author (b. 1885)

1942- Walther von Reichenau -German field marshal (b. 1884)

1947- Pyotr Krasnov -Russian general (b. 1869)

1947- Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve -Canadian cardinal (b. 1883)

1951- Jyoti Prasad Agarwala -Indian poet, playwright, and director (b. 1903)

1952- Walter Briggs, Sr. -American businessman (b. 1877)

1956- Blind Alfred Reed -American singer-songwriter (b. 1880)

1960- Andrew Kennaway Henderson -New Zealand illustrator (b. 1879)

1961- Patrice Lumumba -Congolese politician, 1st Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1925)

1963- Henri Masson -French fencer (b. 1872)

1964- T. H. White -English author (b. 1906)

1967- Evelyn Nesbit -American actress (b. 1884)

1970- Simon Kovar -Russian-American bassoon player (b. 1890)

1970- Billy Stewart -American singer and pianist (b. 1937)

1972- Betty Smith -American author (b. 1896)

1973- Takis Hristoforidis -Greek actor (b. 1914)

1977- Gary Gilmore -American murderer (b. 1940)

1977- Dougal Haston -Scottish mountaineer (b. 1940)

1981- Loukas Panourgias -Greek footballer (b. 1899)

1983- Doodles Weaver -American actor (b. 1911)

1984- Kostas Giannidis -Greek pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1903)

1984- George Rigaud -Argentinian actor (b. 1905)

1987- Hugo Fregonese -Argentinian director and screenwriter (b. 1908)

1988- Percy Qoboza -South African journalist and author (b. 1938)

1991- Olav V of Norway -(b. 1903)

1992- Frank Pullen -English businessman (b. 1915)

1993- Albert Hourani -English-Lebanese historian and academic (b. 1915)

1994- Yevgeny Ivanov (spy)|Yevgeni Ivanov -Russian spy (b. 1926)

1994- Helen Stephens -American runner (b. 1918)

1996- Amber Hagerman -American kidnapped victim, inspired the AMBER Alert|AMBER Alert system (b. 1986)

1996- Barbara Jordan -American politician (b. 1936)

1996- Mostafa Sid Ahmed -Sudanese singer (b. 1953)

1997- Bert Kelly -Australian politician (b. 1912)

1997- Clyde Tombaugh -American astronomer (b. 1906)

1998- Junior Kimbrough -American singer and guitarist (b. 1930)

1999- Robert Eads -American transsexual man (b. 1945)

1999- Samantha Reid -American victim of gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid|GHB overdose (b. 1984)

2000- Philip Jones (musician)|Philip Jones -English trumpet player (b. 1928)

2000- Ion Rațiu -Romanian politician (b. 1917)

2001- Gregory Corso -American poet (b. 1930)

2002- Camilo José Cela -Spanish author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)

2002- Bishop Karas -Sudanese-American bishop (b. 1955)

2002- Queenie Leonard -American actress (b. 1905)

2002- Eddie Meduza -Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1948)

2002- Roman Personov -Russian physicist (b. 1932)

2003- Richard Crenna -American actor (b. 1926)

2003- Balint Vazsonyi -Hungarian pianist (b. 1936)

2004- Raymond Bonham Carter -English banker (b. 1929)

2004- Harry Brecheen -American baseball player (b. 1914)

2004- Czesław Niemen -Polish singer-songwriter (Niebiesko-Czarni) (b. 1939)

2004- Ray Stark -American stage and film producer (b. 1915)

2004- Noble Willingham -American actor (b. 1931)

2005- Charlie Bell (businessman)|Charlie Bell -Australian businessman (b. 1960)

2005- Virginia Mayo -American actress (b. 1920)

2005- Albert Schatz (scientist)|Albert Schatz -American microbiologist (b. 1920)

2005- Zhao Ziyang -Chinese politician, 3rd Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1919)

2006- Clarence Ray Allen -American murderer (b. 1930)

2006- Pierre Grondin -Canadian surgeon (b. 1925)

2007- Art Buchwald -American journalist (b. 1925)

2007- Yevhen Kushnaryov -Ukrainian politician (b. 1951)

2008- Bobby Fischer -American chess player and author (b. 1943)

2008- Ernie Holmes -American football player (b. 1948)

2008- Allan Melvin -American actor (b. 1923)

2008- Carlos (singer)|Carlos -French singer and actor (b. 1943)

2009- Anders Isaksson -Swedish journalist and historian (b. 1943)

2010- Gaines Adams -American football player (b. 1983)

2010- Jyoti Basu -Indian politician, 9th Chief Minister of West Bengal (b. 1914)

2010- Daisuke Gōri -Japanese voice actor (b. 1952)

2010- Michalis Papakonstantinou -Greek politician, Minister for Foreign Affairs (Greece)|Foreign Minister of Greece (b. 1919)

2010- Erich Segal -American author and screenwriter (b. 1937)

2011- Don Kirshner -American composer (b. 1934)

2012- Ernie Alexander -American educator and politician (b. 1933)

2012- Aengus Fanning -Irish journalist (b. 1942)

2012- Carlos Guirao -Spanish guitarist, keyboard player, and composer (Neuronium) (b. 1954)

2012- Julius Meimberg -German soldier and pilot (b. 1917)

2012- Johnny Otis -American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1921)

2012- Piet Römer -Dutch actor and singer (b. 1928)

2012- Marty Springstead -American baseball player and umpire (b. 1937)

2013- Mehmet Ali Birand -Turkish journalist and author (b. 1941)

2013- Jakob Arjouni -German author (b. 1964)

2013- Tissa Balasuriya -Sri Lankan priest and theologian (b. 1924)

2013- Robert F. Chew -American actor (b. 1960)

2013- Yves Debay -Belgian journalist (b. 1954)

2013- Sophiya Haque -English actress and singer (b. 1971)

2013- James Hood -American activist (b. 1942)

2013- Homayoun Khorram -Iranian violinist and composer (b. 1930)

2013- Fred J. Lincoln -American porn actor, director, and producer (b. 1938)

2013- Tony Martin (professor)|Tony Martin -Trinidadian-American historian and academic (b. 1942)

2013- Jack McCarthy (writer)|Jack McCarthy -American poet (b. 1939)

2013- John Nkomo -Zimbabwean politician, Vice President of Zimbabwe (b. 1934)

2013- Lizbeth Webb -English soprano and actress (b. 1926)

2014- Salvador Breglia -Paraguayan footballer and coach (b. 1935)

2014- Mohammed Burhanuddin -Indian spiritual leader, 52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq (b. 1915)

2014- Joe Evans (musician)|Joe Evans -American saxophonist (b. 1916)

2014- Seizō Katō -Japanese voice actor (b. 1927)

2014- Francine Lalonde -Canadian educator and politician (b. 1940)

2014- Alistair McAlpine, Baron McAlpine of West Green -English businessman and politician (b. 1942)

2014- John J. McGinty III -American captain, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1940)

2014- Sunanda Pushkar -Indian-Canadian businesswoman (b. 1962)

2014- Suchitra Sen -Bangladeshi-Indian actress (b. 1931)