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Day History: March-19

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History of Deaths


1238- Henry I the Bearded -Polish son of Bolesław I the Tall (b. 1163)

1263- Hugh of Saint-Cher -French cardinal (b. 1200)

1279- Emperor Bing of Song -(b. 1271)

1286- Alexander III of Scotland -(b. 1241)

1330- Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent -English politician (b. 1301)

1406- Ibn Khaldun -Tunisian historian (b. 1332)

1612- Sophia Olelkovich Radziwill -Belarusian saint (b. 1585)

1637- Péter Pázmány -Hungarian cardinal (b. 1570)

1649- Gerhard Johann Vossius -German scholar and theologian (b. 1577)

1683- Thomas Killigrew -English playwright (b. 1612)

1687- René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle -French explorer (b. 1643)

1697- Nicolaus Bruhns -German organist and composer (b. 1665)

1711- Thomas Ken -English bishop (b. 1637)

1717- John Campbell, 1st Earl of Breadalbane and Holland -Scottish soldier (b. 1636)

1721- Pope Clement XI -(b. 1649)

1746- Grand Duchess Anna Leopoldovna of Russia -(b. 1718)

1783- Frederick Cornwallis -English archbishop (b. 1713)

1816- Philip Mazzei -Italian physician (b. 1730)

1871- Wilhelm Karl Ritter von Haidinger -Austrian mineralogist, geologist, and physicist (b. 1795)

1882- Carl Robert Jakobson -Estonian journalist and politician (b. 1841)

1897- Antoine Thomson d'Abbadie -Irish-French geographer (b. 1810)

1900- John Bingham -American lawyer and politician, 7th United States Ambassador to Japan (b. 1815)

1900- Charles-Louis Hanon -French pianist and composer (b. 1819)

1914- Giuseppe Mercalli -Italian volcanologist (b. 1850)

1916- Vasily Surikov -Russian painter (b. 1848)

1930- Arthur Balfour -Scottish politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1848)

1939- Lloyd L. Gaines -American activist (b. 1911)

1942- Clinton Hart Merriam -American zoologist, ornithologist, and entomologist (b. 1855)

1943- Frank Nitti -Italian-American gangster (b. 1883)

1944- William Hale Thompson -American politician, 41st Mayor of Chicago (b. 1869)

1949- James Somerville -English admiral (b. 1882)

1950- Edgar Rice Burroughs -American author (b. 1875)

1950- Norman Haworth -English chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1883)

1958- Hellmer Hermandsen -Norwegian target shooter (b. 1871)

1973- Lauritz Melchior -Danish-American tenor (b. 1890)

1974- Anne Klein -American fashion designer (b. 1923)

1974- Edward Platt -American actor and producer (b. 1916)

1976- Albert Dieudonné -French actor and author (b. 1889)

1976- Paul Kossoff -English guitarist and songwriter (Free (band)|Free, Black Cat Bones, and Back Street Crawler (band)|Back Street Crawler) (b. 1950)

1977- William L. Laurence -Lithuanian-American journalist (b. 1888)

1978- M. A. Ayyangar -Indian politician, 2nd Speaker of the Lok Sabha (b. 1891)

1978- Gaston Julia -French mathematician (b. 1893)

1979- Richard Beckinsale -English actor (b. 1947)

1981- Marcel Cadieux -Canadian diplomat, Canadian Ambassador to the United States (b. 1915)

1982- Alan Badel -English actor (b. 1923)

1982- J. B. Kripalani -Indian lawyer and politician (b. 1888)

1982- Randy Rhoads -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Quiet Riot) (b. 1956)

1984- Garry Winogrand -American photographer (b. 1928)

1986- Sabino Barinaga -Spanish footballer and manager (b. 1922)

1987- Louis de Broglie -French physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)

1988- Bun Cook -Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1904)

1989- Alan Civil -English horn player (b. 1929)

1989- Valérie Quennessen -French actress (b. 1957)

1990- Andrew Wood (singer)|Andrew Wood -American singer-songwriter (Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone) (b. 1966)

1992- Cesare Danova -Italian-American actor (b. 1926)

1995- Yasuo Yamada -Japanese voice actor (b. 1932)

1997- Willem de Kooning -Dutch-American painter (b. 1904)

1997- Eugène Guillevic -French poet (b. 1907)

1998- E. M. S. Namboodiripad -Indian politician, 1st Chief Minister of Kerala (b. 1909)

1999- Tofilau Eti Alesana -Samoan politician, 5th Prime Minister of Samoa (b. 1924)

1999- Jaime Sabines -Mexican poet (b. 1926)

2000- Joanne Weaver -American baseball player (b. 1935)

2000- Shafiq-ur-Rahman (humorist)|Shafiq-ur-Rahman -Pakistani physician and author (b. 1920)

2001- Charles K. Johnson -American activist (b. 1924)

2003- Émile Genest -Canadian actor (b. 1921)

2003- Michael Mathias Prechtl -German soldier and illustrator (b. 1926)

2004- Mitchell Sharp -Canadian politician (b. 1911)

2005- John DeLorean -American engineer and businessman, founded the DeLorean Motor Company (b. 1925)

2007- Calvert DeForest -American actor (b. 1921)

2007- Luther Ingram -American singer-songwriter (b. 1937)

2008- Raghuvaran -Indian actor (b. 1958)

2008- Arthur C. Clarke -English author (b. 1917)

2008- Hugo Claus -Belgian author (b. 1929)

2008- Paul Scofield -English actor (b. 1922)

2009- Ion Dolănescu -Romanian singer and politician (b. 1944)

2011- Kym Bonython -Australian radio host (b. 1920)

2012- Hanne Borchsenius -Danish actress (b. 1935)

2012- Jim Case -American director and producer (b. 1927)

2012- Gene DeWeese -American author (b. 1934)

2012- Ulu Grosbard -Belgian-American director and producer (b. 1929)

2012- Anton Jude -Sri Lankan actor (b. 1960)

2012- Clancy Lyall -American sergeant (b. 1925)

2012- Hugo Munthe-Kaas -Norwegian intelligence agent (b. 1922)

2013- Khalid Ahmad -Pakistani journalist and poet (b. 1943)

2013- Holger Juul Hansen -Danish actor (b. 1924)

2013- Lester Lewis -American screenwriter and producer (b. 1966)

2013- Fergus Montgomery -English politician (b. 1927)

2013- David Parland -Swedish guitarist (Dark Funeral, War (Swedish band)|War, Necrophobic, and Infernal (Swedish band)|Infernal) (b. 1970)

2013- Irina Petrescu -Romanian actress (b. 1941)

2013- Harry Reems -American porn actor (b. 1947)

2014- Robert Butler (artist)|Robert Butler -American painter (b. 1943)

2014- Ken Forsse -American toy creator and author, created Teddy Ruxpin (b. 1936)

2014- Patrick Joseph McGovern -American businessman, founded IDG (b. 1937)

2014- Fred Phelps -American lawyer, pastor, and activist, founded the Westboro Baptist Church (b. 1929)

2014- Heather Robertson -Canadian journalist and author (b. 1942)

2014- Robert Schwarz Strauss -American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Russia (b. 1918)

2014- Lawrence Walsh -Canadian-American lawyer, judge, and politician, 4th United States Deputy Attorney General (b. 1912)

2014- Joseph F. Weis, Jr. -American lawyer and judge (b. 1923)