This Day in History

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History of Deaths


254- Pope Lucius I -(b. 200)

1239- Hermann Balk -German knight

1534- Antonio da Correggio -Italian painter (b. 1489)

1539- Nuno da Cunha -Portuguese admiral and politician, List of governors of Portuguese India|Governor of Portuguese India (b. 1487)

1592- Michael Coxcie -Flemish painter (b. 1499)

1611- Shimazu Yoshihisa -Japanese daimyo (b. 1533)

1622- Ranuccio I Farnese, Duke of Parma -(b. 1569)

1695- Henry Wharton -English librarian and author (b. 1664)

1726- Evelyn Pierrepont, 1st Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull -English politician (b. 1655)

1731- Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulsi -Syrian scholar (b. 1641)

1770- Crispus Attucks -American slave (b. 1723)

1776- Yeongjo of Joseon -(b. 1694)

1778- Thomas Arne -English composer (b. 1710)

1815- Franz Mesmer -German physician and astrologist (b. 1734)

1827- Pierre-Simon Laplace -French mathematician and astronomer (b. 1749)

1827- Alessandro Volta -Italian physicist (b. 1745)

1829- John Adams (mutineer)|John Adams -English sailor (b. 1766)

1849- David Scott (painter)|David Scott -Scottish painter (b. 1806)

1876- Marie d'Agoult -German-French author (b. 1805)

1893- Hippolyte Taine -French historian and critic (b. 1828)

1895- Nikolai Leskov -Russian author, playwright, and journalist (b. 1831)

1895- Sir Henry Rawlinson, 1st Baronet -English general and scholar (b. 1810)

1903- George Francis Robert Henderson -English colonel and author (b. 1854)

1904- John Lowther du Plat Taylor -English colonel (b. 1829)

1907- Friedrich Blass -German scholar (b. 1843)

1925- Johan Jensen (mathematician)|Johan Jensen -Danish mathematician and engineer (b. 1859)

1926- Clément Ader -French engineer, designed the Ader Avion III (b. 1841)

1927- Franz Mertens -German mathematician (b. 1840)

1929- David Dunbar Buick -Scottish-American businessman, founded Buick (b. 1854)

1931- Arthur Tooth -English priest (b. 1839)

1935- Roque Ruaño -Spanish priest and engineer (b. 1877)

1940- Cai Yuanpei -Chinese philosopher and academic (b. 1868)

1944- Max Jacob -French poet and author (b. 1876)

1945- Lena Baker -American murderer (b. 1901)

1945- János Garay -Jewish Hungarian 1928 Summer Olympics gold medalist in fencing, murdered at Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp (b. 1889)

1947- Alfredo Casella -Italian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1883)

1950- Edgar Lee Masters -American poet, author, and playwright (b. 1868)

1950- Roman Shukhevych -Ukrainian general (b. 1907)

1953- Herman J. Mankiewicz -American screenwriter and producer (b. 1897)

1953- Sergei Prokofiev -Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1891)

1953- Joseph Stalin -Russian marshal and politician, 3rd List of leaders of the Soviet Union|leader of the Soviet Union (b. 1878)

1955- Antanas Merkys -Lithuanian politician, 14th Prime Minister of Lithuania (b. 1888)

1962- Libero Liberati -Italian motorcycle racer (b. 1926)

1963- Patsy Cline -American singer-songwriter (b. 1932)

1963- Cowboy Copas -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1913)

1963- Hawkshaw Hawkins -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1921)

1965- Chen Cheng -Chinese general and politician (b. 1897)

1965- Pepper Martin -American baseball player (b. 1904)

1966- Anna Akhmatova -Russian poet (b. 1889)

1967- Mohammad Mosaddegh -Iranian politician, 60th Prime Minister of Iran (b. 1882)

1967- Georges Vanier -Canadian general and politician, 19th Governor General of Canada (b. 1888)

1971- Allan Nevins -American journalist and author (b. 1890)

1973- Michael Jeffery (manager)|Michael Jeffery -English manager (b. 1933)

1973- Robert C. O'Brien (author)|Robert C. O'Brien -American author (b. 1918)

1974- John Samuel Bourque -Canadian politician (b. 1894)

1974- Billy De Wolfe -American actor (b. 1907)

1974- Sol Hurok -Ukrainian-American businessman (b. 1888)

1976- Otto Tief -Estonian lawyer and politician, List of heads of government of Estonia|Prime Ministers of Estonia (b. 1889)

1977- Tom Pryce -Welsh race car driver (b. 1949)

1980- Jay Silverheels -Canadian actor (b. 1912)

1980- Winifred Wagner -English-German wife of Siegfried Wagner (b. 1897)

1981- Yip Harburg -American songwriter and composer (b. 1896)

1981- Vidrik Rootare -Estonian chess player (b. 1906)

1982- John Belushi -American actor (b. 1949)

1984- Pierre Cochereau -French organist and composer (b. 1924)

1984- Tito Gobbi -Italian opera singer (b. 1915)

1984- William Powell -American actor (b. 1892)

1988- Alberto Olmedo -Argentinian comedian and actor (b. 1933)

1990- Gary Merrill -American actor and director (b. 1915)

1993- Cyril Collard -French author, actor, and director (b. 1957)

1995- Gregg Hansford -Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1952)

1995- Vivian Stanshall -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bonzo Dog Band and Grimms) (b. 1943)

1996- Whit Bissell -American actor (b. 1909)

1997- Samm Sinclair Baker -American author (b. 1909)

1997- Jean Dréville -French director and screenwriter (b. 1906)

1999- Richard Kiley -American actor (b. 1922)

2000- Rena Dor -Greek actress and singer (b. 1917)

2000- Lolo Ferrari -French porn actress and singer (b. 1962)

2004- Walt Gorney -Polish-American actor (b. 1912)

2006- Richard Kuklinski -American murderer (b. 1935)

2008- Joseph Weizenbaum -German computer scientist and author (b. 1923)

2011- Manolis Rasoulis -Greek singer-songwriter (b. 1945)

2012- Bill Green (sprinter)|Bill Green -American sprinter (b. 1961)

2012- Paul Haines (fiction writer)|Paul Haines -New Zealand-Australian author (b. 1970)

2012- Zahir Howaida -Afghan-German singer (b. 1946)

2012- William Heirens -American serial killer (b. 1928)

2012- Philip Madoc -Welsh-English actor (b. 1934)

2012- Robert B. Sherman -American songwriter and screenwriter (b. 1925)

2012- William O. Wooldridge -American sergeant (b. 1922)

2013- Rajasulochana -Indian actress and dancer (b. 1935)

2013- Paul Bearer -American wrestler and manager (b. 1954)

2013- Hugo Chávez -Venezuelan colonel and politician, List of Presidents of Venezuela|President of Venezuela (b. 1954)

2013- Duane Gish -American biochemist and academic (b. 1921)

2013- Gorō Naya -Japanese voice actor (b. 1929)

2013- Melvin Rhyne -American organist and composer (b. 1936)

2014- Geoff Edwards -American actor and game show host (b. 1931)

2014- Scott Kalvert -American director and producer (b. 1964)

2014- Ailsa McKay -Scottish economist and academic (b. 1963)

2014- Leopoldo María Panero -Spanish poet (b. 1948)

2014- Hank Rieger -American journalist and publicist (b. 1918)

2014- Dave Sampson -English singer (b. 1941)