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Day History: January-29

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History of Deaths


1119- Pope Gelasius II -(b. 1060)

1342- Louis I, Duke of Bourbon -(b. 1279)

1597- Elias Ammerbach -German organist and composer (b. 1530)

1608- Frederick I, Duke of Württemberg -(b. 1557)

1647- Francis Meres -English author (b. 1565)

1678- Jerónimo Lobo -Portuguese missionary (b. 1593)

1706- Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset -English poet and courtier (b. 1638)

1737- George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney -Scottish soldier (b. 1666)

1743- André-Hercule de Fleury -French cardinal (b. 1653)

1763- Louis Racine -French poet (b. 1692)

1820- George III of the United Kingdom -(b. 1738)

1829- Paul François Jean Nicolas, vicomte de Barras -French politician (b. 1755)

1829- István Pauli -Hungarian-Slovenian priest (b. 1760)

1847- Athanasios Christopoulos -Greek poet (b. 1772)

1870- Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany -(b. 1797)

1871- Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé -Canadian author (b. 1786)

1888- Edward Lear -English author, poet, and illustrator (b. 1812)

1899- Alfred Sisley -French-English painter (b. 1839)

1906- Christian IX of Denmark -(b. 1818)

1928- Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig -Scottish field marshal (b. 1861)

1933- Sara Teasdale -American poet (b. 1884)

1934- Fritz Haber -German chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1868)

1941- Ioannis Metaxas -Greek general and politician, 130th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1871)

1944- William Allen White -American journalist and author (b. 1868)

1946- Harry Hopkins -American politician, 8th United States Secretary of Commerce (b. 1890)

1948- Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta -(b. 1900)

1950- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah -Kuwaiti ruler (b. 1885)

1951- Frank Tarrant -Australian cricketer (b. 1880)

1956- H. L. Mencken -American journalist (b. 1880)

1959- Winifred Brunton -English-South African painter (b. 1880)

1961- John F. O'Ryan -American general (b. 1874)

1962- Fritz Kreisler -Austrian-American violinist and composer (b. 1875)

1963- Robert Frost -American poet (b. 1874)

1964- Alan Ladd -American actor (b. 1913)

1966- Pierre Mercure -Canadian composer (b. 1927)

1969- Allen Welsh Dulles -American banker, lawyer, and diplomat, 5th Director of Central Intelligence (b. 1893)

1970- B. H. Liddell Hart -French-English soldier and historian (b. 1895)

1975- Orestis Makris -Greek actor (b. 1898)

1977- Buster Nupen -South African cricketer (b. 1902)

1977- Freddie Prinze -American comedian and actor (b. 1954)

1980- Jimmy Durante -American actor, singer, and pianist (b. 1893)

1986- Leif Erickson (actor)|Leif Erickson -American actor (b. 1911)

1989- Halina Konopacka -Polish discus thrower and poet (b. 1900)

1991- Yasushi Inoue -Japanese author and poet (b. 1907)

1992- Willie Dixon -American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1915)

1993- Adetokunbo Ademola -Nigerian jurist, 2nd Chief Justice of Nigeria (b. 1906)

1993- Ron Kostelnik -American football player (b. 1940)

1994- Ulrike Maier -Austrian skier (b. 1967)

1998- Joseph Alioto -American politician, 36th Mayor of San Francisco (b. 1916)

1999- Lili St. Cyr -American model and dancer (b. 1918)

2002- Dick Lane (American football)|Dick Lane -American football player (b. 1927)

2002- Harold Russell -Canadian-American actor (b. 1914)

2003- Frank Moss (politician)|Frank Moss -American lawyer and politician (b. 1911)

2004- Janet Frame -New Zealand author (b. 1924)

2004- M. M. Kaye -Indian-English author (b. 1908)

2005- Eric Griffiths -Welsh-Scottish guitarist (The Quarrymen) (b. 1940)

2005- Ephraim Kishon -Israeli author, screenwriter, and director (b. 1924)

2007- Barbaro -American race horse (b. 2003)

2007- Dia Abdul Zahra Kadim -Iraqi cult leader (b. 1970)

2008- Raymond Jacobs -American marine, member of the Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima (b. 1925)

2008- Philippe Khorsand -French actor (b. 1948)

2008- Bengt Lindström -Swedish painter (b. 1925)

2008- Margaret Truman -American singer and author (b. 1924)

2009- Bill Frindall -English sportscaster and statistician (b. 1939)

2009- Hélio Gracie -Brazilian martial artist (b. 1913)

2009- John Martyn -English-Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1948)

2011- Milton Babbitt -American composer, educator, and theorist (b. 1916)

2012- Damien Bona -American historian and journalist (b. 1955)

2012- Ranjit Singh Dyal -Indian general (b. 1928)

2012- Hellen Huisman -Dutch voice actress (b. 1937)

2012- François Migault -French race car driver (b. 1944)

2012- Kell Osborne -American singer (b. 1939)

2012- John Rich (director)|John Rich -American director and producer (b. 1925)

2012- Oscar Luigi Scalfaro -Italian lawyer and politician, 9th President of Italy (b. 1918)

2012- Gabriel Lawrence Sengol -Indian bishop (b. 1928)

2012- Camilla Williams -American soprano (b. 1919)

2013- Said al-Muragha -Palestinian colonel (b. 1927)

2013- Ferris Ashton -Australian rugby player and coach (b. 1926)

2013- Frank Hahn -German-English economist and academic (b. 1925)

2013- Anselm Hollo -Finnish-American poet and academic (b. 1934)

2013- Bernard Horsfall -English-Scottish actor (b. 1930)

2013- Butch Morris -American cornet player, composer, and conductor (b. 1947)

2013- Ferrol Sams -American physician and author (b. 1922)

2013- David Taylor (veterinarian)|David Taylor -English veterinarian and television host (b. 1934)

2014- Johnny Allen (arranger)|Johnny Allen -American pianist and composer (b. 1917)

2014- François Cavanna -French journalist and author (b. 1923)

2014- Lars Andreas Larssen -Norwegian actor (b. 1935)

2014- Jim Mansfield -Irish businessman (b. 1939)

2014- Theodore Millon -American psychologist and academic (b. 1928)

2014- Vytautas Norkus -Lithuanian–American basketball player (b. 1921)

2014- Robert Resnick -American physicist, academic, and author (b. 1923)

2014- Ildefonso P. Santos, Jr. -Filipino architect (b. 1929)