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Day History: August-18

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History of Deaths


353- Decentius -Roman usurper

472- Ricimer -Roman general (b. 405)

673- Kim Yu-shin -Korean general (b. 595)

849- Walafrid Strabo -German monk and theologian (b. 808)

1276- Pope Adrian V -(b. 1220)

1318- Clare of Montefalco -Italian nun and saint (b. 1268)

1430- Thomas de Ros, 8th Baron de Ros -English soldier and politician (b. 1406)

1503- Pope Alexander VI -(b. 1431)

1559- Pope Paul IV -(b. 1476)

1563- Étienne de La Boétie -French judge and philosopher (b. 1530)

1613- Giovanni Artusi -Italian composer and theorist (b. 1540)

1620- Wanli Emperor -of China (b. 1563)

1634- Urbain Grandier -French priest (b. 1590)

1642- Guido Reni -Italian painter (b. 1575)

1645- Eudoxia Streshneva -Russian wife of Michael I of Russia (b. 1608)

1648- Ibrahim of the Ottoman Empire -(b. 1615)

1683- Charles Hart (17th-century actor)|Charles Hart -English actor (b. 1625)

1707- William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire -English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire (b. 1640)

1712- Richard Savage, 4th Earl Rivers -English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Essex (b. 1660)

1765- Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor -(b. 1708)

1809- Matthew Boulton -English businessman and engineer, co-founded Boulton and Watt (b. 1728)

1815- Chauncey Goodrich -American lawyer and politician (b. 1759)

1842- Louis de Freycinet -French explorer and navigator (b. 1779)

1850- Honoré de Balzac -French author and playwright (b. 1799)

1886- Eli Whitney Blake -American inventor, invented the Mortise lock (b. 1795)

1919- Joseph E. Seagram -Canadian businessman and politician, founded the Seagram|Seagram Company (b. 1841)

1940- Walter Chrysler -American businessman, founded Chrysler (b. 1875)

1942- Rafaela Ottiano -Italian-American actress and singer (b. 1888)

1943- Ali-Agha Shikhlinski -Azerbaijani general (b. 1865)

1944- Ernst Thälmann -German politician (b. 1886)

1945- Subhas Chandra Bose -Indian politician (b. 1897)

1949- Paul Mares -American trumpet player and bandleader (New Orleans Rhythm Kings) (b. 1900)

1950- Julien Lahaut -Belgian politician (b. 1884)

1952- Alberto Hurtado -Chilean priest, lawyer, and saint (b. 1901)

1968- Arthur Marshall (composer)|Arthur Marshall -American ragtime composer and performer (b. 1881)

1968- Cy Walter -American pianist (b. 1915)

1970- Soledad Miranda -Spanish actress (b. 1943)

1981- Anita Loos -American screenwriter and author (b. 1889)

1983- Nikolaus Pevsner -German-English historian and scholar (b. 1902)

1990- Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann|Grethe Ingmann -Danish singer (b. 1938)

1990- B. F. Skinner -American psychologist, invented the Skinner box (b. 1904)

1991- David Gale (actor)|David Gale -English-American actor (b. 1936)

1994- Martin Cahill -Irish criminal (b. 1949)

1998- Nelly's -Greek photographer (b. 1899)

1998- Persis Khambatta -Indian actress (b. 1950)

2001- David Peakall -English toxicologist (b. 1931)

2002- Dean Riesner -American actor and screenwriter (b. 1918)

2003- Tony Jackson (bass player)|Tony Jackson -English singer and bass player (The Searchers (band)|The Searchers) (b. 1938)

2004- Elmer Bernstein -American composer and conductor (b. 1922)

2004- Hiram Fong -American soldier and politician (b. 1906)

2005- Chri$ Ca$h -American wrestler (b. 1982)

2006- George Astaphan -Caribbean physician (b. 1946)

2006- Fernand Gignac -Canadian singer and actor (b. 1934)

2007- Michael Deaver -American politician, White House Deputy Chief of Staff (b. 1938)

2007- Magdalen Nabb -English author (b. 1947)

2009- Kim Dae-jung -South Korean lieutenant and politician, 15th President of South Korea, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1925)

2009- Rose Friedman -Ukrainian-American economist (b. 1910)

2009- Robert Novak -American journalist and author (b. 1931)

2010- Hal Connolly -American hammer thrower (b. 1931)

2010- Scott Davis (announcer)|Scott Davis -American sportscaster (b. 1943)

2010- Benjamin Kaplan -American jurist and scholar (b. 1911)

2012- Harrison Begay -American painter (b. 1917)

2012- John Kovatch -American football player (b. 1920)

2012- Scott McKenzie -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1939)

2012- Ra. Ki. Rangarajan -Indian journalist and author (b. 1927)

2012- Jesse Robredo -Filipino politician (b. 1958)

2013- Josephine D'Angelo -American baseball player (b. 1924)

2013- Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba, 18th Duchess of Medinaceli -(b. 1917)

2013- Dezső Gyarmati -Hungarian water polo player (b. 1927)

2013- Jean Kahn -French lawyer and activist (b. 1929)

2013- Eyob Mekonnen -Ethiopian singer (b. 1975)

2013- Albert Murray (writer)|Albert Murray -American author and critic (b. 1916)

2013- Rolv Wesenlund -Norwegian actor (b. 1936)

2014- Gordon Faber -American soldier and politician, 39th List of mayors of Hillsboro, Oregon|Mayor of Hillsboro, Oregon (b. 1930)

2014- Lawrence N. Guarino -American colonel (b. 1922)

2014- Hashim Khan -Pakistani squash player (b. 1914)

2014- Jim Jeffords -American captain, lawyer, and politician (b. 1934)

2014- Levente Lengyel -Hungarian chess player (b. 1933)

2014- Don Pardo -American radio and television announcer (b. 1918)