This Day in History

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History of Deaths


635- Emperor Gaozu of Tang -(b. 566)

1134- Niels, King of Denmark -(b. 1064)

1218- Simon de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester -French crusader (b. 1160)

1291- Eleanor of Provence -(b. 1223)

1483- Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers -English courtier (b. 1440)

1522- Franchinus Gaffurius -Italian composer and theorist (b. 1451)

1533- Mary Tudor, Queen of France -(b. 1496)

1579- Hatano Hideharu -Japanese warlord (b. 1541)

1593- Michele Mercati -Italian physician and archaeologist (b. 1541)

1634- John Marston (poet)|John Marston -English poet and playwright (b. 1576)

1638- Juan Pérez de Montalbán -Spanish author, poet, and playwright (b. 1602)

1665- Sigismund Francis, Archduke of Austria -(b. 1630)

1669- François de Vendôme, Duke of Beaufort -(b. 1616)

1671- Giovanni Battista Riccioli -Italian priest and astronomer (b. 1598)

1673- Charles de Batz-Castelmore d'Artagnan -French captain (b. 1611)

1686- Simon Ushakov -Russian painter (b. 1626)

1715- Jean-Baptiste du Casse -French admiral (b. 1646)

1767- Georg Philipp Telemann -German composer and theorist (b. 1681)

1798- Thomas Sandby -English cartographer, painter, and architect (b. 1721)

1822- E. T. A. Hoffmann -German jurist and author (b. 1776)

1838- François-Nicolas-Benoît Haxo -French general and engineer (b. 1774)

1861- Abdülmecid I -Ottoman sultan (b. 1823)

1866- Alexander von Nordmann -Finnish biologist and paleontologist (b. 1803)

1868- Carlo Matteucci -Italian physicist and neurophysiologist (b. 1811)

1870- David Heaton -American lawyer and politician (b. 1823)

1875- Antoine-Louis Barye -French sculptor (b. 1796)

1875- Katherine McKinley -American daughter of William McKinley (b. 1871)

1876- James Calhoun (soldier)|James Calhoun -American lieutenant (b. 1845)

1876- Boston Custer -American general (b. 1848)

1876- George Armstrong Custer -American general (b. 1839)

1876- Thomas Custer -American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1845)

1876- Myles Keogh -Irish-American colonel (b. 1840)

1882- François Jouffroy -French sculptor (b. 1806)

1884- Hans Rott -Austrian organist and composer (b. 1858)

1886- Jean-Louis Beaudry -Canadian politician, 11th Mayor of Montreal (b. 1809)

1894- Marie François Sadi Carnot -French politician, 5th President of France (b. 1837)

1906- Stanford White -American architect, designed the Washington Square Arch (b. 1853)

1916- Thomas Eakins -American painter, photographer, and sculptor (b. 1844)

1917- Géza Gyóni -Hungarian poet (b. 1884)

1918- Jake Beckley -American baseball player and coach (b. 1867)

1922- Satyendranath Dutta -Indian poet (b. 1882)

1932- Howard Valentine -American runner (b. 1881)

1937- Colin Clive -English-American actor (b. 1900)

1939- Richard Seaman -English race car driver (b. 1913)

1944- Dénes Berinkey -Hungarian jurist and politician, 18th Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1871)

1944- Lucha Reyes (Mexican singer)|Lucha Reyes -Mexican singer and actress (b. 1906)

1948- William C. Lee -American general (b. 1895)

1949- Buck Freeman -American baseball player (b. 1871)

1949- James Steen (water polo)|James Steen -American water polo player (b. 1876)

1950- Maurice O'Sullivan -Irish author (b. 1904)

1958- Alfred Noyes -English author, poet, and playwright (b. 1880)

1959- Charles Starkweather -American spree killer (b. 1938)

1960- Tommy Corcoran (baseball)|Tommy Corcoran -American baseball player and manager (b. 1869)

1971- John Boyd Orr, 1st Baron Boyd-Orr -Scottish physician, biologist, and politician, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1880)

1972- Jan Matulka -Czech-American painter (b. 1890)

1974- Cornelius Lanczos -Hungarian mathematician and physicist (b. 1893)

1976- Johnny Mercer -American singer-songwriter, co-founded Capitol Records (b. 1909)

1977- Olave Baden-Powell -English wife of Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (b. 1889)

1977- Endre Szervánszky -Hungarian pianist and composer (b. 1911)

1979- Dave Fleischer -American animator, director, and producer (b. 1894)

1979- Philippe Halsman -Latvian-American photographer (b. 1906)

1983- Alberto Ginastera -Argentinian composer (b. 1916)

1984- Michel Foucault -French historian and philosopher (b. 1926)

1985- Morris Mason -American murderer (b. 1954)

1987- Felice and Boudleaux Bryant|Boudleaux Bryant -American songwriter (b. 1920)

1988- Hillel Slovak -Israeli-American guitarist and songwriter (Red Hot Chili Peppers and What Is This?) (b. 1962)

1988- Jimmy Soul -American singer (b. 1942)

1990- Ronald Gene Simmons -American sergeant and murderer (b. 1940)

1992- Jerome Brown -American football player (b. 1965)

1995- Ernest Walton -Irish physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)

1996- Arthur Snelling -English civil servant and diplomat (b. 1914)

1997- Jacques Cousteau -French oceanographer and explorer (b. 1910)

1998- Lounès Matoub -Algerian singer, guitarist, and poet (b. 1956)

1999- Fred Feast -English actor (b. 1929)

1999- Tommy Ivan -Canadian-American football player, coach, and manager (b. 1911)

2002- Jean Corbeil -Canadian politician (b. 1934)

2003- Lester Maddox -American politician, 75th Governor of Georgia (b. 1915)

2005- John Fiedler -American actor and singer (b. 1925)

2005- Kâzım Koyuncu -Turkish singer-songwriter and activist (b. 1971)

2006- Jaap Penraat -Dutch-American humanitarian (b. 1918)

2007- Jeeva (director)|Jeeva -Indian director, cinematographer, and screenwriter (b. 1963)

2007- Mahasti -Iranian-American singer (b. 1946)

2007- J. Fred Duckett -American journalist (b. 1933)

2008- Lyall Watson -South African anthropologist and ethologist (b. 1939)

2009- Yasmine (singer)|Yasmine -Belgian singer (b. 1972)

2009- Farrah Fawcett -American actress and producer (b. 1947)

2009- Michael Jackson -American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actor (The Jackson 5) (b. 1958)

2009- Sky Saxon -American singer-songwriter (The Seeds) (b. 1937)

2009- Anil Wilson -Indian academic (b. 1947)

2010- Alan Plater -English playwright and screenwriter (b. 1935)

2010- Richard B. Sellars -American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1915)

2011- Margaret Tyzack -English actress (b. 1931)

2011- Goff Richards -English composer (b. 1944)

2012- Shigemitsu Dandō -Japanese jurist (b. 1913)

2012- Campbell Gillies -Scottish jockey (b. 1990)

2012- George Randolph Hearst, Jr. -American businessman (b. 1927)

2012- Lucella MacLean -American baseball player (b. 1921)

2012- Edgar Ross -American boxer (b. 1949)

2012- Doris Schade -German actress (b. 1924)

2013- George Burditt (writer)|George Burditt -American screenwriter and producer (b. 1923)

2013- Catherine Gibson -Scottish swimmer (b. 1931)

2013- Robert E. Gilka -American photographer and journalist (b. 1916)

2013- Lau Kar-leung -Chinese actor, martial artist, and director (b. 1934)

2013- Harry Parker (rower)|Harry Parker -American rower and coach (b. 1935)

2013- Mildred Ladner Thompson -American journalist (b. 1918)

2013- Green Wix Unthank -American soldier and judge (b. 1923)

2014- Nigel Calder -English journalist, author, and screenwriter (b. 1931)

2014- Ana María Matute -Spanish author (b. 1925)

2014- James Rogers Miller, Jr. -American judge (b. 1931)

2014- Paul Patterson (neuroscientist)|Paul Patterson -American neuroscientist and academic (b. 1943)