This Day in History

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History of Deaths


940- Ibn Muqla -Iraqi politician (b. 885)

985- Antipope Boniface VII -(b. 930)

1031- Robert II of France -(b. 972)

1156- Emperor Toba -of Japan (b. 1103)

1320- Oshin, King of Armenia -(b. 1282)

1387- Robert IV of Artois, Count of Eu -(b. 1356)

1398- Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March -Welsh politician (b. 1374)

1453- Enguerrand de Monstrelet -French author (b. 1400)

1454- John II of Castile -(b. 1405)

1524- Claude of France -(b. 1499)

1616- Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone -Irish soldier (b. 1550)

1704- Peregrine White -English-American farmer and soldier (b. 1620)

1752- Johann Christoph Pepusch -German-English composer (b. 1667)

1816- Gavrila Derzhavin -Russian poet (b. 1743)

1866- Bernhard Riemann -German mathematician and academic (b. 1826)

1897- Jean Ingelow -English poet and author (b. 1820)

1901- William Cosmo Monkhouse -English poet and critic (b. 1840)

1903- Pope Leo XIII -(b. 1810)

1908- Demetrius Vikelas -Greek businessman and author (b. 1835)

1908- Karl Bernhard Zoeppritz -German geophysicist and seismologist (b. 1881)

1922- Andrey Markov -Russian mathematician and theorist (b. 1856)

1923- Pancho Villa -Mexican general (b. 1878)

1926- Felix Dzerzhinsky -Russian politician (b. 1877)

1927- Ferdinand I of Romania -(b. 1865)

1928- Kostas Karyotakis -Greek poet (b. 1896)

1932- René Bazin -French author and academic (b. 1853)

1937- Guglielmo Marconi -Italian physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1874)

1941- Lew Fields -American actor and producer (b. 1867)

1944- Ludwig Beck -German general (b. 1880)

1944- Mildred Harris -American actress (b. 1901)

1945- Paul Valéry -French author and poet (b. 1871)

1951- Abdullah I of Jordan -(b. 1882)

1951- Wilhelm, German Crown Prince -(b. 1882)

1953- Dumarsais Estimé -Haitian politician, 33rd President of Haiti (b. 1900)

1953- Jan Struther -English author (b. 1901)

1955- Calouste Gulbenkian -Armenian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1869)

1956- James Alexander Calder -Canadian educator and politician, Minister of Militia and Defence (Canada)|Canadian Minister of Militia and Defence (b. 1868)

1959- William D. Leahy -American admiral and diplomat, United States Ambassador to France (b. 1875)

1968- Bray Hammond -American historian and author (b. 1886)

1969- Roy Hamilton -American singer (b. 1929)

1970- Iain Macleod -English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (b. 1913)

1972- Geeta Dutt -Indian singer (b. 1930)

1973- Bruce Lee -American actor and martial artist (b. 1940)

1973- Robert Smithson -American photographer and sculptor (b. 1938)

1974- Allen Jenkins -American actor (b. 1900)

1976- Joseph Rochefort -American captain and cryptanalyst (b. 1900)

1977- Gary Kellgren -American record producer, co-founded Record Plant (b. 1939)

1981- Kostas Choumis -Greek-Romanian footballer (b. 1913)

1982- Okot p'Bitek -Ugandan poet and academic (b. 1931)

1983- Frank Reynolds -American journalist (b. 1923)

1987- Richard Egan (actor)|Richard Egan -American actor (b. 1921)

1989- Forrest H. Anderson -American judge and politician, 17th Governor of Montana (b. 1913)

1990- Herbert Turner Jenkins -American police officer (b. 1907)

1993- Vince Foster -American lawyer, Deputy White House Counsel (b. 1945)

1998- June Byers -American wrestler (b. 1922)

1999- Sandra Gould -American actress (b. 1916)

2000- Malaclypse the Younger -American author (b. 1941)

2001- Carlo Giuliani -Italian activist (b. 1978)

2002- Michalis Kritikopoulos -Greek footballer (b. 1946)

2003- Lauri Aus -Estonian cyclist (b. 1970)

2003- Nicolas Freeling -English author (b. 1927)

2004- Lala Mara -Fijian politician (b. 1931)

2004- Valdemaras Martinkėnas -Lithuanian footballer and coach (b. 1965)

2004- Scott Andrew Mink -American murderer (b. 1963)

2005- James Doohan -Canadian actor (b. 1920)

2005- Finn Gustavsen -Norwegian politician (b. 1926)

2005- Kayo Hatta -American director and cinematographer (b. 1958)

2006- Ted Grant -South African-English theorist and activist (b. 1913)

2006- Gérard Oury -French actor, director, and producer (b. 1919)

2007- Tammy Faye Messner -American talk show host, singer, and author (b. 1942)

2008- Artie Traum -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (b. 1943)

2009- Ria Brieffies -Dutch singer (Dolly Dots) (b. 1957)

2009- Mark Rosenzweig -American psychologist and academic (b. 1922)

2011- Lucian Freud -German-English painter (b. 1922)

2012- Alastair Burnet -English journalist (b. 1928)

2012- Andrew Davidson, 2nd Viscount Davidson -English politician (b. 1928)

2012- Jack Davis (athlete)|Jack Davis -American hurdler (b. 1930)

2012- Goldie Rogers -Canadian wrestler (b. 1950)

2012- Hisham Ikhtiyar -Syrian general (b. 1941)

2012- Sherman Pendergarst -American mixed martial artist (b. 1966)

2012- José Hermano Saraiva -Portuguese historian and jurist (b. 1919)

2012- Simon Ward -English actor (b. 1941)

2013- Pierre Fabre (businessman)|Pierre Fabre -French pharmacist, founded Laboratoires Pierre Fabre (b. 1926)

2013- Khurshed Alam Khan -Indian politician, 2nd Governor of Goa (b. 1919)

2013- Augustus Rowe -Canadian physician and politician (b. 1920)

2013- David Spenser -Sri Lankan-English actor (b. 1934)

2013- Helen Thomas -American journalist and author (b. 1920)

2014- Victor G. Atiyeh -American politician, 32nd Governor of Oregon (b. 1923)

2014- Kadhal Dhandapani -Indian actor (b. 1943)

2014- Constantin Lucaci -Romanian sculptor and educator (b. 1923)

2014- Bob McNamara (Canadian football)|Bob McNamara -American football player (b. 1931)

2014- Panna Rittikrai -Thai actor, director, and stuntman (b. 1961)

2014- Klaus Schmidt (archaeologist)|Klaus Schmidt -German archaeologist and academic (b. 1953)