This Day in History

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History of Deaths


604- Augustine of Canterbury -Benedictine monk and archbishop

735- Bede -English monk, historian, and theologian (b. 672)

818- Ali Al-Ridha -Saudi Arabian 8th of The Twelve Imams (b. 766)

946- Edmund I -of England (b. 921)

1055- Adalbert, Margrave of Austria -(b. 985)

1421- Mehmed I -Ottoman sultan (b. 1389)

1512- Bayezid II -Ottoman sultan (b. 1447)

1536- Francesco Berni -Italian poet (b. 1498)

1647- Alse Young -American woman executed for witchcraft (b. 1600)

1648- Vincent Voiture -French poet (b. 1597)

1651- Jeane Gardiner -English woman executed for witchcraft

1653- Robert Filmer -English theorist and author (b. 1588)

1679- Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria -(b. 1636)

1685- Charles II, Elector Palatine -(b. 1651)

1703- Samuel Pepys -English politician (b. 1633)

1742- Pylyp Orlyk -Ukrainian diplomat (b. 1672)

1746- Thomas Southerne -Irish playwright (b. 1660)

1762- Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten -German philosopher and academic (b. 1714)

1799- James Burnett, Lord Monboddo -Scottish linguist, biologist, and judge (b. 1714)

1818- Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly -Russian field marshal (b. 1761)

1818- Manuel Rodríguez Erdoíza -Chilean lawyer and Guerrilla warfare|guerrilla leader (b. 1785)

1824- Capel Lofft -English lawyer (b. 1751)

1840- Sidney Smith (Royal Navy officer)|Sidney Smith -English admiral and politician (b. 1764)

1881- Jakob Bernays -German philologist and academic (b. 1824)

1883- Abdelkader El Djezairi -Algerian ruler (b. 1808)

1902- Almon Brown Strowger -American inventor (b. 1839)

1904- Georges Gilles de la Tourette -French physician and neurologist (b. 1857)

1907- Ida Saxton McKinley -American wife of William McKinley, 25th First Lady of the United States (b. 1847)

1908- Mirza Ghulam Ahmad -Indian religious leader, founded the Ahmadiyya|Ahmadiyya movement (b. 1835)

1914- Jacob Riis|Jacob August Riis -Danish-American journalist, photographer, and reformer (b. 1849)

1924- Victor Herbert -Irish-American cellist, composer, and conductor, founded the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (b. 1859)

1926- Srečko Kosovel -Slovenian poet (b. 1904)

1933- Horatio Bottomley -English financier, journalist, and politician (b. 1860)

1933- Jimmie Rodgers (country singer)|Jimmie Rodgers -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1897)

1939- Charles Horace Mayo -American physician, co-founded Mayo Clinic (b. 1865)

1943- Edsel Ford -American businessman (b. 1893)

1943- Alice Tegnér -Swedish organist, composer, and educator (b. 1864)

1944- Christian Wirth -German SS officer (b. 1885)

1948- Torsten Bergström -Swedish actor and director (b. 1896)

1948- Theodor Morell -German physician (b. 1886)

1951- Lincoln Ellsworth -American explorer (b. 1880)

1954- Lionel Conacher -Canadian football player and politician (b. 1900)

1955- Alberto Ascari -Italian race car driver (b. 1918)

1956- Al Simmons -American baseball player and coach (b. 1902)

1959- Philip Kassel -American gymnast (b. 1876)

1966- Elizabeth Dilling -American author and activist (b. 1894)

1968- Little Willie John -American singer-songwriter (b. 1937)

1969- Paul Hawkins (racing driver)|Paul Hawkins -Australian race car driver (b. 1937)

1969- Allan Haines Loughead -American engineer, co-founded the Lockheed Corporation (b. 1889)

1974- Silvio Moser -Swiss race car driver (b. 1941)

1976- Martin Heidegger -German philosopher and academic (b. 1889)

1978- Cybele Andrianou -Greek actress (b. 1887)

1979- George Brent -Irish-American actor (b. 1899)

1989- Don Revie -English footballer and manager (b. 1927)

1994- Sonny Sharrock -American guitarist (Last Exit (free jazz band)|Last Exit) (b. 1940)

1997- Ralph Horween -American football player and coach (b. 1896)

1999- Paul Sacher -Swiss conductor (b. 1906)

1999- Waldo Semon -American chemist and engineer (b. 1898)

2001- Vittorio Brambilla -Italian race car driver (b. 1937)

2001- Anne Haney -American actress (b. 1934)

2001- Moven Mahachi -Zimbabwean politician, Ministry of Defence (Zimbabwe)|Minister of Defence of Zimbabwe (b. 1952)

2001- Dona Massin -Canadian actress and choreographer (b. 1917)

2002- Mamo Wolde -Ethiopian runner (b. 1932)

2003- Kathleen Winsor -American author (b. 1919)

2004- Nikolai Chernykh -Russian astronomer (b. 1931)

2005- Eddie Albert -American actor and singer (b. 1906)

2005- Chico Carrasquel -Venezuelan baseball player and manager (b. 1928)

2005- Ruth Laredo -American pianist (b. 1937)

2005- Leslie Smith (businessman)|Leslie Smith -English businessman, co-founded Lesney Products (b. 1918)

2006- Édouard Michelin (born 1963)|Édouard Michelin -French businessman (b. 1963)

2006- Kevin O'Flanagan -Irish footballer and physician (b. 1919)

2007- Jack Edward Oliver -English illustrator (b. 1942)

2007- Howard Porter (basketball)|Howard Porter -American basketball player (b. 1948)

2008- Sydney Pollack -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1934)

2008- Zita Urbonaitė -Lithuanian cyclist (b. 1973)

2009- Stanley Chapman -English architect (b. 1925)

2009- Mihalis Papagiannakis -Greek politician (b. 1941)

2009- Peter Zezel -Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1965)

2010- Jean Constantin -Romanian actor (b. 1928)

2010- Art Linkletter -Canadian-American radio and television host (b. 1912)

2010- Chris Moran -English air marshal and pilot (b. 1956)

2010- Kieran Phelan -Irish politician (b. 1949)

2011- Arisen Ahubudu -Sri Lankan scholar, author, and playwright (b. 1920)

2012- Orhan Boran -Turkish actor (b. 1928)

2012- Arthur Decabooter -Belgian cyclist (b. 1936)

2012- Leo Dillon -American illustrator (b. 1933)

2012- Rudy Eugene -American criminal and cannibal (b. 1981)

2012- Stephen Healey -Welsh captain (b. 1982)

2012- Hiroshi Miyazawa -Japanese politician (b. 1921)

2012- Hans Schmidt (wrestler)|Hans Schmidt -Canadian wrestler (b. 1925)

2013- Ray Barnhart -American businessman and politician (b. 1928)

2013- John Bierwirth -American lawyer and businessman (b. 1924)

2013- Roberto Civita -Italian-Brazilian businessman (b. 1936)

2013- Héctor Garza -Mexican wrestler (b. 1969)

2013- John Q. Hammons -American businessman (b. 1919)

2013- Tom Lichtenberg -American football player and coach (b. 1940)

2013- Otto Muehl -Austrian painter (b. 1925)

2013- Jack Vance -American author (b. 1916)

2014- Baselios Thoma Didymos I -Indian metropolitan (b. 1921)

2014- Miodrag Radulovacki -Serbian-American neuropharmacologist and academic (b. 1933)

2014- William R. Roy -American physician, journalist, and politician (b. 1926)

2014- Hooshang Seyhoun -Iranian-Canadian architect, sculptor, and painter (b. 1920)

2014- Manuel Uribe -Mexican computer repairman, List of the heaviest people|world's heaviest man (b. 1965)