This Day in History

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History of Deaths


672- Chad of Mercia -English bishop and saint (b. 634)

1316- Marjorie Bruce -Scottish daughter of Robert the Bruce (b. 1296)

1572- Mem de Sá -Portuguese-Brazilian politician (b. 1500)

1589- Alessandro Farnese (cardinal)|Alessandro Farnese -Italian cardinal (b. 1520)

1619- Anne of Denmark -(b. 1574)

1625- James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton -Scottish politician (b. 1589)

1797- Horace Walpole -English historian (b. 1717)

1729- Francesco Bianchini -Italian astronomer and philosopher (b. 1662)

1755- Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon -French soldier and diplomat (b. 1675)

1758- Pierre Guérin de Tencin -French cardinal (b. 1679)

1791- John Wesley -English cleric and theologian (b. 1703)

1793- Carl Gustaf Pilo -Swedish-Danish painter (b. 1711)

1797- Horace Walpole -English historian and politician (b. 1717)

1829- Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez -Mexican conspirator (b. 1768)

1830- Samuel Thomas von Sömmering -German physician (b. 1755)

1835- Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor -(b. 1768)

1840- Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers -German physician and astronomer (b. 1758)

1855- Nicholas I of Russia -(b. 1796)

1864- Ulric Dahlgren -American colonel (b. 1842)

1865- Carl Sylvius Völkner -German-New Zealand missionary (b. 1819)

1880- John Benjamin Macneill -Irish engineer (b. 1790)

1894- William H. Osborn -American businessman (b. 1820)

1895- Berthe Morisot -French painter (b. 1841)

1895- Isma'il Pasha -Egyptian politician (b. 1830)

1919- Melchora Aquino -Filipino activist (b. 1812)

1921- Champ Clark -American politician, 41st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1850)

1930- D. H. Lawrence -English author, poet, and playwright (b. 1885)

1938- William Blomfield -New Zealand cartoonist and politician (b. 1886)

1938- Ben Harney -American pianist and composer (b. 1871)

1939- Howard Carter -English archaeologist (b. 1874)

1942- Tyler Brooke -American actor and singer (b. 1886)

1943- Charlie Christian -American guitarist (b. 1916)

1945- Emily Carr -Canadian painter (b. 1871)

1946- Fidél Pálffy -Hungarian politician (b. 1895)

1946- George E. Stewart -American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1872)

1947- Frans Johan Louwrens Ghijsels -Dutch architect and urban planner (b. 1882)

1948- Algernon Maudslay -English sailor (b. 1873)

1949- Sarojini Naidu -Indian poet and activist (b. 1879)

1950- Rosli Dhobi -Malaysian rebel (b. 1932)

1953- James Lightbody -American runner (b. 1882)

1958- Fred Merkle -American baseball player (b. 1888)

1958- Nikolaos Tselementes -Greek chef and author (b. 1878)

1959- Eric Blore -English actor (b. 1887)

1960- Stanisław Taczak -Polish general (b. 1874)

1962- Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin -Belgian mathematician (b. 1866)

1967- José Martínez Ruiz -Spanish author and critic (b. 1873)

1970- Marc-Aurèle Fortin -Canadian painter (b. 1888)

1972- Herbert Feis -American author (b. 1893)

1972- Léo-Ernest Ouimet -Canadian director and producer (b. 1877)

1973- Cleo A. Noel, Jr. -American diplomat (b. 1918)

1974- Salvador Puig Antich -Spanish anarchist (b. 1948)

1975- Josiah Mwangi Kariuki -Kenyan politician (b. 1929)

1979- Christy Ring -Irish hurler (b. 1920)

1982- Philip K. Dick -American author (b. 1928)

1987- Randolph Scott -American actor and director (b. 1898)

1987- Lolo Soetoro -Indonesian geographer (b. 1935)

1991- Serge Gainsbourg -French singer-songwriter, actor, and director (b. 1928)

1991- Mary Howard (romance novelist)|Mary Howard -English author (b. 1907)

1992- Sandy Dennis -American actress (b. 1937)

1994- Maurice Bambier -French politician (b. 1925)

1994- Anita Morris -American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1943)

1999- David Ackles -American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1937)

1999- Dusty Springfield -English singer (The Lana Sisters and The Springfields) (b. 1939)

2000- Sandra Schmirler -Canadian curler (b. 1963)

2001- François Abadie -French politician (b. 1930)

2001- John Diamond (journalist)|John Diamond -English journalist (b. 1953)

2003- Hank Ballard -American singer-songwriter (The Midnighters) (b. 1927)

2003- Malcolm Williamson -Australian composer (b. 1931)

2004- Cormac McAnallen -Irish footballer (b. 1980)

2004- Mercedes McCambridge -American actress (b. 1916)

2004- Marge Schott -American businesswoman (b. 1928)

2005- Martin Denny -American pianist and composer (b. 1911)

2005- Rick Mahler -American baseball player (b. 1953)

2006- Jack Wild -English actor (b. 1952)

2007- Thomas S. Kleppe -American politician (b. 1919)

2007- Clem Labine -American baseball player (b. 1926)

2007- Ivan Safronov -Russian journalist (b. 1956)

2007- Henri Troyat -French historian and author (b. 1911)

2008- Jeff Healey -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1966)

2009- Chris Finnegan -English boxer (b. 1944)

2009- João Bernardo Vieira -Bissau-Guinean politician, President of Guinea-Bissau (b. 1939)

2010- Winston Churchill (1940–2010)|Winston Churchill -English politician (b. 1940)

2012- Lawrence Anthony -South African environmentalist, explorer, and author (b. 1950)

2012- Van T. Barfoot -American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1919)

2012- George Firestone -American politician (b. 1931)

2012- Doug Furnas -American wrestler (b. 1959)

2012- Gary Kubly -American pastor and politician (b. 1943)

2012- Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley -English academic and politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (b. 1929)

2012- James Q. Wilson -American political scientist and academic (b. 1931)

2012- Isagani Yambot -Filipino journalist and publisher (b. 1934)

2013- Tom Borland -American baseball player (b. 1933)

2013- Peter Harvey -Australian journalist (b. 1944)

2013- Jimmy Jackson (footballer born 1931)|Jimmy Jackson -Scottish footballer (b. 1931)

2013- Eriya Kategaya -Ugandan lawyer and politician (b. 1945)

2013- Giorgos Kolokithas -Greek basketball player (b. 1945)

2013- Bryce Rope -New Zealand rugby player and coach (b. 1923)

2013- Hans Schnitger -Dutch field hockey player (b. 1915)

2013- Shabnam Shakeel -Pakistani poet and author (b. 1942)

2013- Bjørn Skau -Norwegian politician (b. 1929)

2014- Ryhor Baradulin -Belarusian poet (b. 1935)

2014- Ted Bergmann -American screenwriter, producer, and production manager (b. 1920)

2014- Molly Bobak -Canadian painter and educator (b. 1922)

2014- Porky Chedwick -American radio announcer (b. 1918)

2014- Gail Gilmore -Canadian-American actress and dancer (b. 1937)

2014- Benjamin Lambert -American politician (b. 1937)

2014- Stanley Rubin -American screenwriter and producer (b. 1917)