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Day History: January-17

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History of Deaths


395- Theodosius I -Roman emperor (b. 347)

1229- Albert of Riga -German bishop (b. 1165)

1345- Henry of Asti -Greek patriarch

1345- Martino Zaccaria -Aegean ruler

1369- Peter I of Cyprus -(b. 1328)

1468- Skanderbeg -Albanian politician (b. 1405)

1598- Feodor I of Russia -(b. 1557)

1617- Fausto Veranzio -Croatian bishop (b. 1551)

1654- Paulus Potter -Dutch painter (b. 1625)

1705- John Ray -English historian (b. 1627)

1718- Benjamin Church (military officer)|Benjamin Church -American captain (b. 1639)

1737- Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann -German architect (b. 1662)

1738- Jean-François Dandrieu -French organist and composer (b. 1682)

1751- Tomaso Albinoni -Italian composer (b. 1671)

1826- Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga -Spanish composer (b. 1806)

1834- Giovanni Aldini -Italian physicist (b. 1762)

1861- Lola Montez -Irish-American actress and dancer (b. 1821)

1863- Horace Vernet -French painter (b. 1789)

1869- Alexander Dargomyzhsky -Russian composer (b. 1813)

1874- Chang and Eng Bunker -Thai conjoined twins (b. 1811)

1878- Edward Shepherd Creasy -English historian and jurist (b. 1812)

1884- Hermann Schlegel -German ornithologist (b. 1804)

1887- William Giblin -Australian politician, 13th Premier of Tasmania (b. 1840)

1891- George Bancroft -American historian and politician, 17th United States Secretary of the Navy (b. 1800)

1893- Rutherford B. Hayes -American politician, 19th President of the United States (b. 1822)

1903- Ignaz Wechselmann -Hungarian architect and philanthropist (b. 1828)

1908- Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany -(b. 1835)

1909- Francis Smith (Australian politician)|Francis Smith -Australian politician, 4th Premier of Tasmania (b. 1819)

1911- Francis Galton -English polymath, anthropologist, and geographer (b. 1822)

1927- Juliette Gordon Low -American founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA (b. 1860)

1931- Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia -(b. 1864)

1932- Albert Jacka -Australian soldier, Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1893)

1933- Ruurd Leegstra -Dutch rower (b. 1877)

1933- Louis Comfort Tiffany -American stained glass artist (b. 1848)

1936- Mateiu Caragiale -Romanian author (b. 1885)

1942- Walther von Reichenau -German field marshal (b. 1884)

1947- Pyotr Krasnov -Russian general (b. 1869)

1947- Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve -Canadian cardinal (b. 1883)

1951- Jyoti Prasad Agarwala -Indian poet, playwright, and director (b. 1903)

1952- Walter Briggs, Sr. -American businessman (b. 1877)

1956- Blind Alfred Reed -American singer-songwriter (b. 1880)

1960- Andrew Kennaway Henderson -New Zealand illustrator (b. 1879)

1961- Patrice Lumumba -Congolese politician, 1st Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1925)

1963- Henri Masson -French fencer (b. 1872)

1964- T. H. White -English author (b. 1906)

1967- Evelyn Nesbit -American actress (b. 1884)

1970- Simon Kovar -Russian-American bassoon player (b. 1890)

1970- Billy Stewart -American singer and pianist (b. 1937)

1972- Betty Smith -American author (b. 1896)

1973- Takis Hristoforidis -Greek actor (b. 1914)

1977- Gary Gilmore -American murderer (b. 1940)

1977- Dougal Haston -Scottish mountaineer (b. 1940)

1981- Loukas Panourgias -Greek footballer (b. 1899)

1983- Doodles Weaver -American actor (b. 1911)

1984- Kostas Giannidis -Greek pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1903)

1984- George Rigaud -Argentinian actor (b. 1905)

1987- Hugo Fregonese -Argentinian director and screenwriter (b. 1908)

1988- Percy Qoboza -South African journalist and author (b. 1938)

1991- Olav V of Norway -(b. 1903)

1992- Frank Pullen -English businessman (b. 1915)

1993- Albert Hourani -English-Lebanese historian and academic (b. 1915)

1994- Yevgeny Ivanov (spy)|Yevgeni Ivanov -Russian spy (b. 1926)

1994- Helen Stephens -American runner (b. 1918)

1996- Amber Hagerman -American kidnapped victim, inspired the AMBER Alert|AMBER Alert system (b. 1986)

1996- Barbara Jordan -American politician (b. 1936)

1996- Mostafa Sid Ahmed -Sudanese singer (b. 1953)

1997- Bert Kelly -Australian politician (b. 1912)

1997- Clyde Tombaugh -American astronomer (b. 1906)

1998- Junior Kimbrough -American singer and guitarist (b. 1930)

1999- Robert Eads -American transsexual man (b. 1945)

1999- Samantha Reid -American victim of gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid|GHB overdose (b. 1984)

2000- Philip Jones (musician)|Philip Jones -English trumpet player (b. 1928)

2000- Ion Rațiu -Romanian politician (b. 1917)

2001- Gregory Corso -American poet (b. 1930)

2002- Camilo José Cela -Spanish author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)

2002- Bishop Karas -Sudanese-American bishop (b. 1955)

2002- Queenie Leonard -American actress (b. 1905)

2002- Eddie Meduza -Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1948)

2002- Roman Personov -Russian physicist (b. 1932)

2003- Richard Crenna -American actor (b. 1926)

2003- Balint Vazsonyi -Hungarian pianist (b. 1936)

2004- Raymond Bonham Carter -English banker (b. 1929)

2004- Harry Brecheen -American baseball player (b. 1914)

2004- Czesław Niemen -Polish singer-songwriter (Niebiesko-Czarni) (b. 1939)

2004- Ray Stark -American stage and film producer (b. 1915)

2004- Noble Willingham -American actor (b. 1931)

2005- Charlie Bell (businessman)|Charlie Bell -Australian businessman (b. 1960)

2005- Virginia Mayo -American actress (b. 1920)

2005- Albert Schatz (scientist)|Albert Schatz -American microbiologist (b. 1920)

2005- Zhao Ziyang -Chinese politician, 3rd Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1919)

2006- Clarence Ray Allen -American murderer (b. 1930)

2006- Pierre Grondin -Canadian surgeon (b. 1925)

2007- Art Buchwald -American journalist (b. 1925)

2007- Yevhen Kushnaryov -Ukrainian politician (b. 1951)

2008- Bobby Fischer -American chess player and author (b. 1943)

2008- Ernie Holmes -American football player (b. 1948)

2008- Allan Melvin -American actor (b. 1923)

2008- Carlos (singer)|Carlos -French singer and actor (b. 1943)

2009- Anders Isaksson -Swedish journalist and historian (b. 1943)

2010- Gaines Adams -American football player (b. 1983)

2010- Jyoti Basu -Indian politician, 9th Chief Minister of West Bengal (b. 1914)

2010- Daisuke Gōri -Japanese voice actor (b. 1952)

2010- Michalis Papakonstantinou -Greek politician, Minister for Foreign Affairs (Greece)|Foreign Minister of Greece (b. 1919)

2010- Erich Segal -American author and screenwriter (b. 1937)

2011- Don Kirshner -American composer (b. 1934)

2012- Ernie Alexander -American educator and politician (b. 1933)

2012- Aengus Fanning -Irish journalist (b. 1942)

2012- Carlos Guirao -Spanish guitarist, keyboard player, and composer (Neuronium) (b. 1954)

2012- Julius Meimberg -German soldier and pilot (b. 1917)

2012- Johnny Otis -American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1921)

2012- Piet Römer -Dutch actor and singer (b. 1928)

2012- Marty Springstead -American baseball player and umpire (b. 1937)

2013- Mehmet Ali Birand -Turkish journalist and author (b. 1941)

2013- Jakob Arjouni -German author (b. 1964)

2013- Tissa Balasuriya -Sri Lankan priest and theologian (b. 1924)

2013- Robert F. Chew -American actor (b. 1960)

2013- Yves Debay -Belgian journalist (b. 1954)

2013- Sophiya Haque -English actress and singer (b. 1971)

2013- James Hood -American activist (b. 1942)

2013- Homayoun Khorram -Iranian violinist and composer (b. 1930)

2013- Fred J. Lincoln -American porn actor, director, and producer (b. 1938)

2013- Tony Martin (professor)|Tony Martin -Trinidadian-American historian and academic (b. 1942)

2013- Jack McCarthy (writer)|Jack McCarthy -American poet (b. 1939)

2013- John Nkomo -Zimbabwean politician, Vice President of Zimbabwe (b. 1934)

2013- Lizbeth Webb -English soprano and actress (b. 1926)

2014- Salvador Breglia -Paraguayan footballer and coach (b. 1935)

2014- Mohammed Burhanuddin -Indian spiritual leader, 52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq (b. 1915)

2014- Joe Evans (musician)|Joe Evans -American saxophonist (b. 1916)

2014- Seizō Katō -Japanese voice actor (b. 1927)

2014- Francine Lalonde -Canadian educator and politician (b. 1940)

2014- Alistair McAlpine, Baron McAlpine of West Green -English businessman and politician (b. 1942)

2014- John J. McGinty III -American captain, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1940)

2014- Sunanda Pushkar -Indian-Canadian businesswoman (b. 1962)

2014- Suchitra Sen -Bangladeshi-Indian actress (b. 1931)