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Day History: April-29

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History of Deaths


643- Hou Junji -Chinese general

926- Burchard II, Duke of Swabia -(b. 883)

1380- Catherine of Siena -Italian mystic, philosopher, and saint (b. 1347)

1594- Thomas Cooper (bishop)|Thomas Cooper -English bishop, lexicographer, and theologian (b. 1517)

1630- Agrippa d'Aubigné -French soldier and poet (b. 1552)

1658- John Cleveland -English poet (b. 1613)

1676- Michiel de Ruyter -Dutch admiral (b. 1607)

1688- Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg -(b. 1620)

1698- Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis -English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk (b. 1655)

1707- George Farquhar -Irish-English playwright (b. 1678)

1743- Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre -French author (b. 1658)

1768- Georg Brandt -Swedish chemist and mineralogist (b. 1694)

1771- Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli -French-Italian architect, designed Winter Palace and Catherine Palace (b. 1700)

1776- Edward Wortley Montagu -English explorer and author (b. 1713)

1793- Yechezkel Landau -Polish rabbi (b. 1713)

1793- John Michell -English geologist and astronomer (b. 1724)

1798- Nikolaus Poda von Neuhaus -Austrian entomologist (b. 1723)

1854- Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey -English field marshal and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1768)

1903- Paul du Chaillu -French-American anthropologist (b. 1835)

1905- Ignacio Cervantes -Cuban pianist and composer (b. 1847)

1916- The O'Rahilly -Irish activist (b. 1875)

1916- Jørgen Pedersen Gram -Danish mathematician (b. 1850)

1920- William H. Seward, Jr. -American general (b. 1839)

1921- Arthur Mold -English cricketer (b. 1863)

1933- Constantine P. Cavafy -Greek poet (b. 1863)

1935- Leroy Carr -American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1905)

1937- William Gillette -American actor and playwright (b. 1853)

1944- Bernardino Machado -Portuguese politician, 8th President of Portugal (b. 1851)

1945- Matthias Kleinheisterkamp -German SS officer (b. 1893)

1947- Irving Fisher -American economist and statistician (b. 1867)

1951- Ludwig Wittgenstein -Austrian-English philosopher (b. 1889)

1954- Kathleen Clarice Groom -British writer (b. 1872)

1956- Harold Bride -English soldier and operator (b. 1890)

1956- Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb -German field marshal (b. 1876)

1961- Cisco Houston -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1918)

1966- William Eccles -English physicist and engineer (b. 1875)

1967- J. B. Lenoir -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1929)

1967- Anthony Mann -American actor and director (b. 1906)

1979- Hardie Gramatky -American author and illustrator (b. 1907)

1980- Alfred Hitchcock -English-American director and producer (b. 1899)

1982- Raymond Bussières -French actor (b. 1907)

1988- James McCracken -American tenor (b. 1926)

1992- Mae Clarke -American actress (b. 1910)

1993- Michael Gordon (film director)|Michael Gordon -American actor and director (b. 1909)

1993- Mick Ronson -English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (The Spiders from Mars and Mott the Hoople) (b. 1946)

1997- Mike Royko -American journalist (b. 1932)

1998- Hal Laycoe -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1922)

2000- Pham Van Dong -Vietnamese politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Vietnam (b. 1906)

2001- Arthur B. C. Walker, Jr. -American physicist and academic (b. 1936)

2002- Bob Akin -American race car driver and journalist (b. 1936)

2002- Lor Tok -Thai actor (b. 1914)

2004- Sid Smith (ice hockey)|Sid Smith -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1925)

2005- William J. Bell -American screenwriter and producer (b. 1927)

2005- Louis Leithold -American mathematician and academic (b. 1924)

2005- Sara Henderson -Australian farmer and author (b. 1936)

2005- Mariana Levy -Mexican actress and singer (b. 1966)

2006- John Kenneth Galbraith -Canadian-American economist and diplomat, United States Ambassador to India (b. 1908)

2007- Milt Bocek -American baseball player (b. 1912)

2007- Josh Hancock -American baseball player (b. 1978)

2007- Dick Motz -New Zealand cricketer and rugby player (b. 1940)

2007- Arve Opsahl -Norwegian actor and singer (b. 1921)

2007- Ivica Račan -Croatian politician, 7th Prime Minister of Croatia (b. 1944)

2007- Selvarajah Rajivarnam -Sri Lankan journalist (b. 1982)

2007- Zhang Taofang -Chinese sniper (b. 1931)

2008- Albert Hofmann -Swiss chemist (b. 1906)

2010- Sandy Douglas -English computer scientist, designed ''OXO'' (b. 1921)

2011- Siamak Pourzand -Iranian journalist (b. 1931)

2012- Dynaformer -American race horse (b. 1985)

2012- Éric Charden -Vietnamese-French singer-songwriter (b. 1942)

2012- Shukri Ghanem -Libyan politician, Prime Minister of Libya (b. 1942)

2012- Joel Goldsmith -American composer (b. 1957)

2012- Roland Moreno -French engineer, invented the smart card (b. 1945)

2012- Kenny Roberts (musician)|Kenny Roberts -American singer (b. 1926)

2012- Amarillo Slim -American poker player (b. 1928)

2013- Alex Elisala -New Zealand-Australian rugby player (b. 1992)

2013- Pesah Grupper -Israeli politician (b. 1924)

2013- Parekura Horomia -New Zealand politician, 40th Minister of Māori Affairs (b. 1950)

2013- John La Montaine -American pianist and composer (b. 1920)

2013- Ernest Michael -American mathematician and scholar (b. 1925)

2013- Kevin Moore (footballer born 1958)|Kevin Moore -English footballer (b. 1958)

2013- Marianna Zachariadi -Greek pole vaulter (b. 1990)

2014- Iveta Bartošová -Czech singer and actress (b. 1966)

2014- M. V. Devan -Indian painter, sculptor, and critic (b. 1928)

2014- Al Feldstein -American author and illustrator (b. 1925)

2014- Reuven Feuerstein -Romanian-Israeli psychologist and academic (b. 1921)

2014- Bob Hoskins -English actor, singer, and director (b. 1942)

2014- Michael Kadosh -Israeli footballer and manager (b. 1940)

2014- Clayton Lockett -American murderer (b. 1975)

2014- Walter Walsh -American target shooter and FBI agent (b. 1907)