This Day in History

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History of Deaths


779- Emperor Daizong of Tang|Dai Zong -Chinese emperor (b. 727)

1125- Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor -(b. 1081)

1304- Jehan de Lescurel -French poet and composer

1370- Toghon Temür -last Khagan of the Mongol Empire (b. 1320)

1498- Girolamo Savonarola -Italian friar and preacher (b. 1452)

1523- Ashikaga Yoshitane -Japanese shogun (b. 1466)

1524- Ismail I -Iran ruler (b. 1487)

1662- John Gauden -English bishop (b. 1605)

1670- Ferdinando II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany -(b. 1610)

1691- Adrien Auzout -French astronomer (b. 1622)

1701- William Kidd -Scottish pirate (b. 1645)

1749- Abraham ben Abraham -Polish martyr (b. 1700)

1752- William Bradford (Colonial printer)|William Bradford -English-American printer (b. 1663)

1754- John Wood, the Elder -English architect, designed The Circus, Bath|The Circus and Queen Square (Bath)|Queen Square (b. 1704)

1783- James Otis, Jr. -American lawyer and politician (b. 1725)

1786- Maurice Benyovszky -Hungarian explorer (b. 1746)

1813- Géraud Duroc -French general (b. 1772)

1815- Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg -American clergyman and botanist (b. 1753)

1841- Franz Xaver von Baader -German philosopher and theologian (b. 1765)

1846- Franciszek Ksawery Drucki-Lubecki -Polish economist and politician (b. 1778)

1855- Charles Robert Malden -English lieutenant and explorer (b. 1797)

1857- Augustin-Louis Cauchy -French mathematician and academic (b. 1789)

1868- Kit Carson -American general (b. 1809)

1886- Leopold von Ranke -German historian and academic (b. 1795)

1893- Anton von Schmerling -Austrian politician (b. 1805)

1895- Franz Ernst Neumann -German mineralogist, physicist, and mathematician (b. 1798)

1906- Henrik Ibsen -Norwegian director, playwright, and poet (b. 1828)

1908- François Coppée -French poet and author (b. 1842)

1920- Svetozar Boroević -Croatian-Austrian field marshal (b. 1856)

1921- August Nilsson -Swedish tug of war competitor (b. 1872)

1934- Bonnie and Clyde#Clyde Barrow|Clyde Barrow -American criminal (b. 1909)

1934- Mihkel Martna -Estonian journalist and politician (b. 1860)

1934- Bonnie and Clyde#Bonnie Parker|Bonnie Parker -American criminal (b. 1910)

1937- John D. Rockefeller -American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Standard Oil|Standard Oil Company and Rockefeller University (b. 1839)

1938- Frederick Ruple -American painter (b. 1871)

1942- Panagiotis Toundas -Greek composer (b. 1886)

1945- Heinrich Himmler -German commander and politician (b. 1900)

1947- Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz -Swiss author and poet (b. 1878)

1949- Jan Frans De Boever -Belgian painter (b. 1872)

1956- Gustav Suits -Estonian poet (b. 1883)

1960- Georges Claude -French engineer and inventor, created Neon lighting (b. 1870)

1962- Louis Coatalen -French engineer (b. 1879)

1963- August Jakobson -Estonian author and politician (b. 1904)

1965- Earl Webb -American baseball player (b. 1897)

1966- Demchugdongrub -Mongolian politician (b. 1902)

1967- Lionel Groulx -Canadian priest and historian (b. 1878)

1975- Moms Mabley -American comedian and actor (b. 1894)

1979- S. Selvanayagam -Sri Lankan geographer and academic (b. 1932)

1981- Gene Green (baseball)|Gene Green -American baseball player (b. 1933)

1981- Rayner Heppenstall -English author and poet (b. 1911)

1981- George Jessel (actor)|George Jessel -American actor, singer, and producer (b. 1898)

1981- David Lewis (politician)|David Lewis -Belarusian-Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1909)

1986- Sterling Hayden -American actor and author (b. 1916)

1988- Aya Kitō -Japanese author (b. 1962)

1989- Georgy Tovstonogov -Russian director and producer (b. 1915)

1989- Karl Koch (hacker)|Karl Koch -German computer hacker (b. 1965)

1991- Wilhelm Kempff -German pianist and composer (b. 1895)

1991- Jean Van Houtte -Belgian politician, 50th Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1907)

1992- Kostas Davourlis -Greek footballer (b. 1948)

1992- Giovanni Falcone -Italian judge (b. 1939)

1994- Ray Candy -American wrestler (b. 1951)

1994- George Metesky -American terrorist (b. 1903)

1994- Joe Pass -American guitarist and composer (b. 1929)

1996- Kronid Lyubarsky -Russian journalist and activist (b. 1934)

1997- Frances E. Nealy -American actress (b. 1918)

1998- Telford Taylor -American general and lawyer (b. 1908)

1999- Owen Hart -Canadian-American wrestler (b. 1965)

2002- Sam Snead -American golfer (b. 1912)

2003- Jean Yanne -French actor and director (b. 1933)

2004- Ramon Margalef -Spanish ecologist (b. 1919)

2006- Clifford Antone -American businessman (b. 1949)

2006- Lloyd Bentsen -American politician, 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury (b. 1921)

2006- Ian Copeland -Syrian-American talent agent (b. 1949)

2006- Kazimierz Górski -Polish footballer and manager (b. 1921)

2008- Iñaki Ochoa de Olza -Spanish mountaineer (b. 1967)

2008- Utah Phillips -American singer-songwriter and poet (b. 1935)

2009- Roh Moo-hyun -South Korean soldier and politician, 9th President of South Korea (b. 1946)

2010- Princess Leonida Bagration of Mukhrani -(b. 1914)

2010- José Lima -Dominican-American baseball player (b. 1972)

2010- Simon Monjack -English director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1970)

2011- Xavier Tondo -Spanish cyclist (b. 1978)

2012- T. Garry Buckley -American politician, 72nd Lieutenant Governor of Vermont (b. 1922)

2012- Gyula Elek -Hungarian handball player and coach (b. 1932)

2012- Sattareh Farmanfarmaian -Persian daughter of Abdol-Hossein Mirza Farmanfarma (b. 1921)

2012- Paul Fussell -American historian, author, and educator (b. 1924)

2012- Hal Jackson -American radio host (b. 1915)

2012- Joseph Lesniewski -American soldier (b. 1920)

2012- William C. Wampler -American politician (b. 1926)

2013- William Demby -American author (b. 1922)

2013- Epy Guerrero -Dominican baseball player, coach, and scout (b. 1942)

2013- Hazel Hawke -Australian wife of Bob Hawke (b. 1929)

2013- Hayri Kozakçıoğlu -Turkish politician, 15th List of Governors of Istanbul Province|Governor of Istanbul Province (b. 1938)

2013- Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse -(b. 1926)

2013- Georges Moustaki -Egyptian-French singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1934)

2013- Flynn Robinson -American basketball player (b. 1941)

2013- James Sisnett -Barbadian super-centenarian (b. 1900)

2013- Luis Zuloaga -Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1922)

2014- Mikhail Egorovich Alekseev -Russian linguist (b. 1949)

2014- Michael Gottlieb (director)|Michael Gottlieb -American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1945)

2014- Richard Kolitsch -German footballer (b. 1989)

2014- Madhav Mantri -Indian cricketer (b. 1921)

2014- Anand Modak -Indian composer (b. 1951)

2014- Panagiotis Pikilidis -Greek wrestler (b. 1965)