This Day in History

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History of Deaths


741- Leo III the Isaurian -Byzantine emperor (b. 685)

1234- Emperor Chūkyō -of Japan (b. 1218)

1291- Alfonso III of Aragon -(b. 1265)

1464- Rogier van der Weyden -Flemish painter (b. 1400)

1588- Robert Crowley (printer)|Robert Crowley -English clergyman and poet (b. 1517)

1629- Piet Pieterszoon Hein -Dutch admiral (b. 1577)

1650- Christoph Scheiner -German priest, physicist, and astronomer (b. 1575)

1673- Jeanne Mance -French-Canadian nurse, founded the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal (b. 1606)

1704- Tom Brown (satirist)|Tom Brown -English author (b. 1662)

1726- Michel Richard Delalande -French organist and composer (b. 1657)

1742- John Aislabie -English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (b. 1670)

1749- Ambrose Philips -English poet and politician (b. 1674)

1772- Johann Ulrich von Cramer -German jurist and scholar (b. 1706)

1772- Gerard van Swieten -Dutch-Austrian physician (b. 1700)

1788- Adam Gib -Scottish religious leader (b. 1714)

1794- François Buzot -French politician (b. 1760)

1794- James Murray (Quebec governor)|James Murray -Scottish-English general and politician (b. 1721)

1815- Thomas Picton -Welsh-English general and politician (b. 1758)

1833- Robert Hett Chapman -American minister, missionary, and academic (b. 1771)

1835- William Cobbett -English farmer and journalist (b. 1763)

1866- Prince Sigismund of Prussia (1864–1866)|Prince Sigismund of Prussia -(b. 1864)

1902- Samuel Butler (novelist)|Samuel Butler -English author and poet (b. 1835)

1905- Carmine Crocco -Italian soldier (b. 1830)

1915- Eufemio Zapata -Mexican brother of Emiliano Zapata (b. 1873)

1916- Max Immelmann -German lieutenant and pilot (b. 1890)

1917- Titu Maiorescu -Romanian critic and politician, 23rd Prime Minister of Romania (b. 1840)

1922- Jacobus Kapteyn -Dutch astronomer and academic (b. 1851)

1928- Roald Amundsen -Norwegian explorer (b. 1872)

1936- Maxim Gorky -Russian author (b. 1868)

1937- Gaston Doumergue -French politician, 13th President of France (b. 1863)

1942- Arthur Pryor -American trombonist, bandleader, and politician (b. 1870)

1943- Elias Degiannis -Greek commander (b. 1912)

1945- Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. -American general (b. 1886)

1947- Shigematsu Sakaibara -Japanese admiral (b. 1898)

1952- Heinrich Schlusnus -German singer (b. 1888)

1959- Ethel Barrymore -American actress (b. 1879)

1963- Pedro Armendáriz -Mexican-American actor (b. 1912)

1967- Geki (racing driver)|Geki -Italian race car driver (b. 1937)

1967- Beat Fehr -Swiss race car driver (b. 1942)

1971- Thomas Gomez -American actor (b. 1905)

1971- Paul Karrer -Swiss chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1889)

1973- Roger Delgado -English actor (b. 1918)

1974- Júlio César de Mello e Souza -Brazilian mathematician and author (b. 1896)

1974- Georgy Zhukov -Russian marshal and politician, Minister of Defence (Soviet Union)|Minister of Defence for the Soviet Union (b. 1896)

1975- Hugo Bergmann -German-Israeli philosopher and author (b. 1883)

1978- Walter C. Alvarez -American physician and author (b. 1884)

1980- Terence Fisher -English director and screenwriter (b. 1904)

1980- André Leducq -French cyclist (b. 1904)

1982- Djuna Barnes -American journalist, author, and poet (b. 1892)

1982- John Cheever -American author (b. 1912)

1982- Curd Jürgens -German-Austrian actor and director (b. 1915)

1984- Alan Berg -American lawyer and radio host (b. 1934)

1985- Paul Colin (artist)|Paul Colin -French illustrator (b. 1892)

1986- Frances Scott Fitzgerald -American journalist and author (b. 1921)

1989- I. F. Stone -American journalist (b. 1907)

1992- Peter Allen -Australian singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1944)

1992- Mordecai Ardon -Israeli painter (b. 1896)

1993- Craig Rodwell -American activist, founded the Oscar Wilde Bookshop (b. 1940)

1997- Lev Kopelev -Russian author (b. 1912)

2000- Nancy Marchand -American actress (b. 1928)

2002- Jack Buck -American sportscaster (b. 1924)

2003- Larry Doby -American baseball player and manager (b. 1923)

2003- Ernest Martin (murderer)|Ernest Martin -American murderer (b. 1960)

2004- Abdel Aziz al-Muqrin -Saudi Arabian terrorist (b. 1972)

2005- Mushtaq Ali -Indian cricketer (b. 1914)

2005- Manuel Sadosky -Argentinian mathematician and academic (b. 1914)

2006- Vincent Sherman -American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1906)

2007- Bernard Manning -English comedian and actor (b. 1930)

2007- Hank Medress -American singer and producer (The Tokens) (b. 1938)

2007- Georges Thurston -Canadian singer-songwriter (b. 1951)

2008- Jean Delannoy -French actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1908)

2008- Miyuki Kanbe -Japanese actor (b. 1984)

2008- Tasha Tudor -American author and illustrator (b. 1915)

2010- Trent Acid -American wrestler (b. 1980)

2010- José Saramago -Portuguese journalist, author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1922)

2011- Yelena Bonner -Russian activist (b. 1923)

2011- Frederick Chiluba -Zambian politician, 2nd President of Zambia (b. 1943)

2011- Clarence Clemons -American saxophonist and actor (E Street Band) (b. 1942)

2012- Horacio Coppola -Argentinian photographer and director (b. 1906)

2012- Lina Haag -German author and activist (b. 1907)

2012- Ghazala Javed -Pakistani singer (b. 1988)

2012- Tom Maynard -Welsh cricketer (b. 1989)

2012- Luis Edgardo Mercado Jarrín -Peruvian politician, 109th Prime Minister of Peru (b. 1919)

2012- Alketas Panagoulias -Greek footballer and manager (b. 1934)

2012- Victor Spinetti -Welsh actor (b. 1929)

2012- William Van Regenmorter -American politician (b. 1939)

2013- Brent F. Anderson -American engineer and politician (b. 1932)

2013- Alastair Donaldson -Scottish bass player (The Rezillos and Silly Wizard) (b. 1955)

2013- Garde Gardom -Canadian lawyer and politician, 26th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia (b. 1924)

2013- Michael Hastings (journalist)|Michael Hastings -American journalist and author (b. 1980)

2013- Dave Petitjean -American actor (b. 1928)

2013- Claudio Rocchi -Italian singer-songwriter and bass player (Stormy Six) (b. 1951)

2013- David Wall (dancer)|David Wall -English ballet dancer (b. 1946)

2014- Stephanie Kwolek -American chemist and engineer (b. 1923)

2014- Johnny Mann -American singer-songwriter and conductor (b. 1928)

2014- Claire Martin (writer)|Claire Martin -Canadian author (b. 1914)

2014- Vladimir Popovkin -Russian general (b. 1957)

2014- Horace Silver -American pianist and composer (b. 1928)