15th April, on this day

1250 Pope Innoncent III refuses Jews of Cordova Spain to build a synagogue
1450 French defeat English at Battle of Formigny in 100 Years' War
1493 Columbus meets with King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella
1581 Cortes van Thomar accepts Philip II as king of Portugal
1594 Fleming Pieter Stevens appointed royal painter of Rudolf II (Prague)
1595 Willem I's daughter of Elisabeth of Nassau marries duke Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne of Broth
1621 Hugo the Great arrives in France
1632 Battle of Rain :Swedish and Saxon army beat Earl Tilly
1654 England and Netherlands signs peace treaty
1689 French king Louis XIV declares war on Spain
1697 Charles XII succeeds Charles XI as King of Sweden
1715 Pocotaligo Massacre: Uprising of Yamasse-Indians in South Carolina
1716 Russian and Prussian troops occupy Wismar
1729 Johann S Bach's "Matthäus Passion" premieres in Leipzig
1738 Bottle opener invented
1738 Premiere in London of Serse, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel.
1755 In England, Dr Samuel Johnson's dictionary is first published. It contains explanations and meanings for 40,000 different words
1776 Duchess of Kingston found guilty of bigamy
1783 Preliminary articles of peace ending Revolutionary War ratified.
1784 1st balloon flight in Ireland
1788 England, Netherlands and Prussia sign peace treaty
1793 Bank of England issues the first £5 notes
1800 James Ross discovers North Magnetic pole
1802 William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy see a "long belt" of daffodils, inspiring the former to pen I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.
1817 1st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford, CT)
1850 City of San Francisco incorporated
1851 Earl G Andrássy sentenced to death in Hungary
1853 Protestant church questions king Willem III Roman Catholic bishops
1858 Battle of Azimghur, Mexicans defeat Spanish loyalists
1861 Federal army (75,000 volunteers) mobilised by President Abraham Lincoln
1864 General Steeles' Union troops occupies Camden, AR
1865 America's 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, dies less than 24 hours after being shot at Ford's Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth
1865 Otto von Bismarck elevated to earl
1870 Last day US silver coins allow to circulate in Canada
1874 New York legislature passes compulsory education law
1877 1st telephone installed Boston-Somerville, MA
1878 Harley Procter introduces Ivory Soap
1891 In New York, American inventor Thomas Edison publicly demonstrates his 'kinetoscope' - a moving picture machine
1892 General Electric Company forms and is incorporated in New York
1895 Josephine Blatt (US) makes hip-and-harness lift of 3564 lb (record)
1896 1st Olympic games close at Athens, Greece
1900 An early 50 mile race is won by an electric car in over 2 hours
1900 International Exposition opens in Paris France
1901 1st British motorised burial
1902 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On the Church in the US"
1910 William Howard Taft is 1st US President to throw out a 1st ball at a baseball game
1912 Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM in North Atlantic as the band plays on
1912 First edition of the British newspaper Daily Herald
1915 Manuel de Falla's ballet "El Amor Brujo", premieres in Madrid
1918 Clemenceau publishes secret French/Austrian documents
1920 Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti allegedly murder two security guards while robbing a shoe store.
1921 Black Friday-Labour Party strike of mine workers fails
1922 Frederick Banting, John MacLeod and Charles Best discover insulin
1923 1st sound on film public performance shown at Rialto Theater (NYC)
1923 Insulin first became generally available for use by diabetics.
1924 Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.
1924 Flemish-Walloon riots in Louvain Belgium, 1 dead
1925 Author James Barrie donates his copyright fee for the story of Peter Pan to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London
1927 Switzerland and USSR agree to diplomatic relations
1931 The 1st walk across America backwards began
1939 Albert Lebrun elected President of France
1940 British troops land at Narvik Norway
1941 1st helicopter flight of 1 hour duration, Stratford CT
1941 Belfast Blitz Two-hundred bombers of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) attacked Belfast, Northern Ireland. Killing one thousand people.
1942 George VI awards the George Cross to the people of Malta
1943 An Allied bomber attack misses the Minerva automobile factory and hits the Belgian town of Mortsel instead, killing 936 civilians.
1945 FDR buried on grounds of Hyde Park home
1945 British and Canadian troops liberate Nazi camp of Bergen-Belsen
1945 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Communium interpretes dolorum
1945 US troops occupy concentration camp Colditz
1948 1st Jewish-Arab military battle, Arabs defeated
1948 Indian territory of Himachal Pradesh created
1949 The offical end of the Nuremburg War Trials in Germany
1949 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Redemptoris nostri
1951 Michael Gorsira is 1st person in charge of Curaçao
1952 1st B-52 prototype test flight
1952 Franklin National Bank issues 1st bank credit card
1952 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1953 Malans National Party wins South African elections
1955 The first McDonald's hamburger store opens in California. Founder is a food mixer salesman called Ray Kroc
1955 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1959 In London, the Cambridge University boat sinks during the running of the annual University Boat Race on the River Thames
1959 Fidel Castro begins US goodwill tour
1959 US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles resigns
1960 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), organizes at Shaw University
1964 Manchester United footballer George Best makes his debut for Northern Ireland against Wales
1964 Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens (Bridge-Tunnel measures 17.6 miles (28.4 km) and is considered the world's largest bridge-tunnel complex)
1964 Ian Smith becomes premier of Rhodesia
1966 The Rolling Stones release "Aftermath"
1969 North Korea shoots at US airplane above Japanese sea
1970 Libyan leader Qadhafi launches "Green Revolution"
1972 Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King and Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President
1973 Walt Disney Story opens
1974 Military coup in Niger, President Diori Hamani deposed
1975 Gabon amends constitution
1978 43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna Italy
1978 UK performs nuclear test
1981 Janet Cooke says her Pulitzer award 8-year-old heroin addict story is a lie, Washington Post relinquishes Pulitzer Prize on fabricated story
1982 Apollo Computer announces DN400, DN420, and landscape display
1983 Tokyo Disneyland opens
1984 Extremist Sikhs plunder 40 stations in Punjab, India
1984 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1984 British comedian Tommy Cooper suffers a massive heart attack while live on TV.
1985 South Africa will repeal sex and marriage laws against whites and non-whites
1986 USAF planes based in Britain, bomb Libya in retaliation for various acts of international terrorism thought to have been ordered by Libyan dictator Colonel Gadaffi
1988 Meteorite explode above Indonesia
1989 England's worst football disaster at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield when 95 football fans are crushed to death shortly after the start of the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Most of those killed are from Liverpool
1989 South African/British Olympic runner Zola Budd marries
1989 Upon Hu Yaobang's death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in the People's Republic of China.
1991 Former child actor Adam Rich charged with burglary
1991 East-Europe Bank forms in London
1991 Europe foreign ministers lift most remaining sanctions against South Africa
1992 Billionaire Leona Helmsley is sent to jail for tax evasion
1992 William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley inducted into US National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame
1994 More than 120 countries around the world finally sign the new GATT World Trade Treaty after negotiations which lasted for seven years
1994 Robert F Kennedy Jr (21 days after his divorce) weds Mary Richardson
1997 America OnLine, begins service in Japan
1997 Fire sweeps through a campsite of Muslims making the Hajj pilgrimage; the official death toll is 343.
2002 An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.

15th April 2006

Gaza police stage violent protest

Afghans hunt Taleban after clash

Deadly train crash in Indonesia

15th April 2007

Bomb attacks strike Iraqi capital

Russian opposition in fresh rally

Beijing Olympics tickets on sale

15th April 2008

Dozens dead as Iraq cities bombed

Children die in Indian bus plunge

Two killed in Baluchistan blasts

15th April 2009

Eleven killed in Kirkuk car bomb

Suicide car bomber hits Pakistan

Swiss bank UBS to cut 8,700 jobs

15th April 2010

Europe flights grounded by ash

Kandahar suicide bombing kills foreign workers

UK Leaders in historic TV clash

Birthdates which occurred on 15th April :

1452 Leonardo da Vinci Italy, painter/sculptor/scientist/visionary
1469 Nanak 1st guru of Sikhs
1588 Claudius Salmasius [Claude Saumaise] French linguist
1637 Valentin Molitor composer
1651 Domenico Gabrielli composer
1682 John van Huysum Dutch painter (flowers/fruit)
1684 Catherine I empress of Russia (1725-27)
1688 Johann Friedrich Fasch composer
1689 Ferdinand Zellbell composer
1707 Leonhard Euler Bassle Sweden, mathematician (Euler's Constant)
1741 Charles Willson Peale US, port painter/inventor (George Washington)
1757 George Knowil Jackson composer
1766 Friedrich Bouterwek German philosopher/critic
1793 Friedrich Struve Germany, founded dynasty of astronomers
1800 Sir James Clark Ross explorer (British Antarctic)
1809 Hermann Günther Grassmann mathematician
1812 Pierre-Etienne-Theodore Rousseau painter
1814 John Lothrop Motley US, historian/author (Rise of the Dutch Republic)
1820 Evander McNair Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1902
1821 Emerson Brown Joseph (Confederacy), died in 1894
1822 Napolean Jackson Tecumseh Dana Major General (Union volunteers)
1827 Julius Tausch composer
1829 Mary Harris Thompson 1st American woman surgeon
1837 Horace Porter Brevet Brigadier General (Union Army), died in 1921
1843 Carl Eilhardt composer
1843 Henry James New York NY, US/British writer/critic (Turn of the Screw, Bostonians)
1845 Dave Gregory cricketer (Australia's 1st Test captainain)
1850 John Munroe Longyear US, capitalist/bank president
1856 Jean Moréas [Yannis Papadiamantopoulos], Greek/French poet
1858 Anton G O Ridder Van Rappard Dutch painter/lithographer/etcher
1858 Emile Durkheim French sociologist (Division du travail social)
1874 Johannes Stark Germany, physicist (Stark effect) (Nobel 1919)
1875 Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker Dutch playwright/novelist (Poverty)
1878 Robert Walser writer
1882 Giovanni Amendola Italian antifascist/editor-in-chief (Il Mondo)
1888 Florence Bates San Antonio TX, actress (Kismet, I Remember Mama)
1889 Asa Philip Randolph labor leader (Railroad Porter's Union)
1889 Thomas Hart Benton Neosho MO, painter/muralist (Lonesome Road)
1891 Alvin P[leasant Delaney] Carter Maces Springs VA, vocalist (Carter Family)
1891 Vaino Raitio composer
1891 Wallace Reid St Louis MO, actor/director/screenwriter (Every Inch a Man)
1894 Elizabeth Mae "Bessie" Smith Empress of Blues (over 200 songs)
1895 Corrado Alvaro Italian writer (Gente in Aspromonte)
1895 Harry F V Edward British Guiana, 100 meter/200 meter runner (Olympics-bronze-1920)
1897 Marian Jordan actress (Molly-Fibber McGee & Molly)
1898 Nini de Boël Flemish operette singer (White Horse)
19-- Art Ford New York NY, DJ (Art Ford Show)
19-- Derrel Maury Los Angeles CA, actor (Mario-Joanie Loves Chachi, Apple Pie)
19-- Rod McCary St Cloud MN, actor (Bobby-Harper Valley PTA)
1901 Joe Davis English snooker/billiards-world champion (1927-46)
1903 John Williams England, actor (Niles-Family Affair, Dial M for Murder)
1903 Erich Arendt German writer
1906 A J "Sandy" Bell South Africa cricket fast bowler (16 Tests 1929-35)
1906 Susan Walker vice CEO (WRVS)
1907 Gerald Abrahams Liverpool, author (Teach Yourself Chess)
1907 Nicholas Tinbergen Netherlands/British biologist/zoologist (Nobel 1973)
1908 Eden Ahbez songwriter
1908 Louise Chaplin actress
1910 Lord Grey of Naunton chancellor (Ulster University)
1911 Jacob Fresco Dutch architect (Antilles Brewery/Autonomy Monument)
1912 Kim II Sung President of North Korea (1945-94)
1912 Peter Menzies CEO (British Electricity Council)
1914 John Gregory dancer
1915 Ernest Borneman sexual researcher psychotherapist writer/musicologist
1917 Hans Conried Baltimore MD, actor (Bullwinkle Show, Make Room for Daddy)
1917 Pietro Grossi composer
1918 John Baragrey Haleyville AL, actor (Creeper, Colossus of New York)
1919 Clive Beadon airman
1919 Elizabeth Catelett sculptor/lithographer
1919 Meriol Trevor novelist/biographer (Civil Prisoners)
1920 Richard von Weizsäcker baron/President (Germany, 1984-94)
1921 Georgi Timofeyevich Beregovoi USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 3)
1921 Norman Ewart Thurston musician
1922 Harold Washington 1st black mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87)
1922 Michael Ansara Lowell MA, actor (Cochise-Broken Arrow, Centennial)
1923 Douglas Wass CEO (Equity & Law Life Assurance Company)
1924 Neville Marriner Lincoln England, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra 1978)
1924 John Grigg British historian
1927 Abha Gandhi servant to Gandhi
1928 Norma Merrick Sklarek 1st black woman architect in New York & California
1928 Richard Evans British diplomat
1929 Adrian Cadbury candy manufacturer (Cadbury, Schweppes)
1929 Jocelyn Barrow deputy chair person (British Broadcast Standards)
1930 Vigdis Finnbogadóttir President of Iceland (1980- )
1930 Elijah Barayi head of South Africa union centre (COSATU)
1931 Florian Zabach Chicago IL, violinist (Hot Canary, Club Embassy)
1931 Kenneth Bloomfield BBC governor (Ireland)
1931 Tomas G Tranströmer Swedish psychologist/poet (Mörkerseende)
1932 David Bolton director (British Royal United Service for Defense)
1932 Nikolai Stepanovich Porvatkin Russian cosmonaut
1933 Elizabeth Montgomery Los Angeles CA, actress (Samantha/Serena-Bewitched)
1933 Roy Clark Meherrin VA, country singer (Hee Haw)
1933 Boris Strugatski USSR, sci-fi author (Tale of Troika)
1935 Gene Cherico bassist
1936 Hector Quintanar composer
1936 Jack Noreiga cricketer (9-95 West Indies vs India 1971)
1936 Maurice Shock rector (Lincoln College in Oxford)
1937 Earl Russell historian
1938 Carles Marsden professor (neurology)
1939 Claudia Cardinale Tunis, actress (Blindfold, 8½, Pink Panther)
1939 Marti Wilder father of rocker Kim Wilde
1940 Edy Hubacher Switzerland, 4-man bobsled (Olympics-gold-1972)
1940 Jeffrey Archer England, (Tory-Commons)/author (Matter of Honor)
1940 Phil Lesh Berkeley CA, bassist (Grateful Dead-Truckin')
1940 Robert Walker Jr New York NY, actor (Ceremony, Don Juan 73, Ensign Pulver)
1941 Howard L Berman (Representative-Democrat-CA, 1983- )
1942 Julie Sommars Fremont NE, actress (Governor & JJ, Herbie Goes to MC)
1942 Kim Il Jong son of North Korean President Kim Il Sung (1972-94)
1942 Walter Raphael Hazzard Wilmington DE, basketball (Olympics-gold-1964)
1943 Riem de Wolff Indonesian/Dutch singer/guitarist (Blue Diamonds)
1944 Dave Edmunds Cardiff Wales, singer/guitarist (Rockpile-Baby I Love You)
1944 Dzhokhar Dudayev separatist leader
1944 Gerard Schoenaker Dutch singer (Les Baroques)
1945 Jos F B van Rey Dutch MP (VVD)
1946 Wayne Gilchrest (Representative-Republican-MD)
1947 Michael DeBello singer (Maniac)
1947 Wooly Wolstenholme keyboardist/vocalist (Barclay James Harvest)
1947 Bojoura [Raina GB van Melzen] Dutch singer/wife of Hans Cleuver
1947 DeDe Lind Los Angeles CA, playmate (August 1967)
1947 Linda Bloodworth-Thomason TV producer (Designing Women, Murphy Brown)
1947 Mike Chapman Australian songwriter/producer (Chinn & Chapman)
1950 Amy Wright Chicago IL, actress (Inside Moves, Accidental Tourist)
1951 Hansel Cuba, Spanish personality
1951 Marsha S Ivins Baltimore MD, astronaut (STS 32, 46, 62, 81)
1951 Heloise II columnist (Heloise's Helpful Hints)
1951 John L Phillips Fort Belvoir VA, PhD/astronaut
1952 Sam McMurray actor (Tracey Ullman)
1954 Emmanuel México City México, Spanish singer
1955 Barbara Barrow LPGA golfer
1955 Enith Salle Brigitha Netherlands, 100 meter/200 meter swimmer (Olympics-bronze-1976)
1956 Michael Cooper NBA star (Los Angeles Lakers)
1956 Gregory J Harbaugh Cleveland OH, astronaut (STS 39, 54, 71, 82)
1957 Evelyn Ashford Shreveport LA, 100 meter runner (Olympics-4 gold-1976, 84)
1958 John Bracewell New Zealand cricketer (premiere spinner of 80's)
1958 Matt Reid rock keyboardist (Berlin-Takes Your Breathe Away)
1959 Emma Thompson Paddington London England, actress (Henry V, Howards End, Oscar-1992)
1959 Kevin Lowe Lachute, NHL defenseman (New York Rangers)
1960 Marvin Clyde Goodwin New Orleans LA, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
1960 Philip Belgian prince/husband of princess Paola
1961 Lynne Austin Plant City FL, playmate (July 1986)
1961 Tiina Lillak Finland, javelin thrower (Olympics-silver-1984)
1963 Manoj Prabhakar cricketer (Indian opening batsman & opening bowler)
1963 Teresa Wentzel DeWitt Fort Bragg NC, double trap (Olympics-1996)
1964 Lydie Denier St Nazaire France, actress (General Hospital, Blood Relation)
1964 Nadeem Abbasi cricketer (three Tests for Pakistan vs India 1989)
1965 Anthony Miller NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys)
1965 Kevin Stevens Brockton, NHL left wing (Los Angeles Kings)
1965 Mark Dennis NFL tackle (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
1965 Michele Redman Zanesville OH, LPGA golfer (1995 Star Bank-3rd)
1965 Soichi Noguchi Yokohama Japan, astronaut
1966 Andrei Olhovskiy Moscow Russia, tennis pro
1966 Graeme Clark bassist (Wet Wet Wet-Angel Eyes, Love is All Around)
1966 Samantha [Karen] Fox East End London England, singer (Touch Me, I Wanna Have Some Fun)
1967 Dara Torres Beverly Hills CA, US Olympic swimmer (Olympics-gold-84)
1967 Lance Zeno NFL/WLAF corner (Rams, Scottish Claymores)
1967 Mark Mortimer actor (Nick Hudson-Another World)
1967 Suzy Green Detroit MI, LPGA golfer (1995 Fieldcrest Cannon-26th)
1968 Billy Brewer Fort Worth TX, pitcher (New York Yankees)
1968 Stacey Williams Philadelphia PA, model (SI Swimsuit 1996)
1969 Chris Smith Indianapolis IN, Nike golfer (1993 British Columbia Open-8th)
1969 Jeromy Burnitz Westminster CA, outfielder (Cleveland Indians)
1969 Michael Jones NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders, St Louis Rams)
1969 Phillippi Sparks NFL cornerback (New York Giants)
1970 Darrin Smith NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles)
1971 Craig Whelihan NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)
1971 Derek Brown NFL running back (New Orleans Saints)
1971 Guivi Sissaouri Tbilisi Georgia, Canada freestyle wrestler (Olympics-silver-96)
1971 Jason Sehorn NFL cornerback/safety (New York Giants)
1971 Rich McKenzie NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns)
1971 Tim Tindale NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
1972 Peter Billingsley New York NY, actor (Real People)
1972 Melvin Johnson NFL safety (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1972 Ricky Otero Vega Baja Puerto Rico, outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
1972 Ronald Cherry NFL tackle (Detroit Lions)
1972 Vickie Johnson WNBA guard/forward (New York Liberty)
1973 Jeremy Burkett NFL/WLAF tight end (New York Giants, Barcelona Dragons)
1974 Marena Bencomo Miss Universe-2nd place (Venezuela, 1997)
1974 Mike Quinn quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1974 Sergei Krivokrasov Angarsk Russia, NHL right wing (Blackhawks, Olympics-silver-98)
1977 Lisa Bell Rockford IL, figure skater (1997 Midwestern Senior Champion)
1982 Mark Pugh rocker (Another Bad Creation)
1982 Mark Mizzark [Marlis Pugh], Akron OH, rapper (Another Bad Creation)


Deaths which occurred on April 15th:
1220 Adolf I archbishop of Cologne, dies
1415 Manuel Chrysoloras Byzantine leader/diplomat (Erotèmata), dies
1472 Leon B Alberti Italian humanist/architect (Philodoxis), dies at 68
1502 Jan IV Chalon prince of Orange, dies
1605 Boris Godunov tsar of Russia (1598-1605), dies
1607 Cornelius Kilianus Flemish translator/poet, dies at about 78
1610 Johan van Duivenoorde mister of Warmond, dies at about 62
1659 Simon Dach German poet, dies
1719 Johann Friedrich Treiber composer, dies at 76
1756 Johann Gottlieb Goldberg composer, dies at 29
1764 Jeanne-Antoinette-Poison LeNormant d'Etoiles Marquis de Pomador, dies
1765 Michail von Lomonosov Russian scholar/poet, dies at 53
1772 Karel Jozef ruler of Batthyányi, dies at 73
1788 Giuseppi Bonno composer, dies at 77
1811 Ernest Louis Muller composer, dies at 70
1824 Theodorus F van Capellen Vice-Admiral (Algiers), dies at 61
1853 Johann Leopold Fuchs composer, dies at 67
1863 Jan Nepomuk Kanka composer, dies at 90
1865 President Abraham Lincoln dies, at 7:22 am, morning after being shot by John Wilkes Booth
1866 William Jackson composer, dies at 51
1888 Matthew Arnold English poet, dies at 65
1891 Stephen Albert Emery composer, dies at 49
1911 Georg Knorr German engineer, dies
1916 Alfred Cogniaux Belgian botanist, dies at 75
1920 Jacob van Stolk Azn art collector, dies at 74
1924 Eduardo Caudella composer, dies at 82
1925 John Singer Sargent US portrait painter, dies at 69
1926 Frank Iredale cricketer (14 Tests for Australia, 807 runs at 36 68), dies
1927 Francesco Gaeta Italian poet (Di Giacomo), dies at 47
1929 Antonio Smareglia composer, dies at 74
1937 Nikolai Artzibushev composer, dies at 79
1938 César Vallejo Peru/French poet (Trilce, Russia & 1931), dies at 46
1942 Robert Musil Austrian writer (Mann ohne Eigenschaften), dies at 61
1943 Raffaele Casimiro Casimiri composer, dies at 62
1947 Wolstenholme rocker, dies
1949 Wallace Beery US actor (The Champ), dies at 64
1954 Juan Vicente Lecuna composer, dies at 54
1956 Emile Nolde [Hansen] German painter (Grablegung Christi), dies at 88
1958 Estelle Taylor dies at 64
1962 Clara Blandick committed suicide at 80
1962 Esther Minciotti dies at 74
1965 Syd Chaplin dies at 80
1966 Joseph Crehan dies of stroke at 81
1967 Antonio de Curtis Toto comedian, dies of heart attack at 69
1968 Boris Nikolayevich Lyatoshynsky composer, dies at 73
1969 Victoria von Battenberg wife of Spanish king Alfonso, dies at 81
1972 Otto Brenner German trade union leader, dies at 64
1975 Richard Conte actor (Four Just Men, Jean Arthur Show), dies at 65
1975 Charles Marshall dies
1975 John B McKay US test pilot (X-15), dies
1976 Gerald Smith antisemite/catholic (National Christian Crusade), dies at 78
1980 Jean-Paul Sartre existentialist philosopher/writer (Nobel 1964), dies in Paris at 74
1980 Marshall Reed actor (Fred Asher-Lineup), dies at 62
1980 Paul Langton actor (Leslie-Peyton Place), dies at 76
1980 Raymond Bailey actor (Mr Drysdale-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 75
1981 French Duynstee Dutch states rights leader, dies at 67
1982 5 Muslim extremist murderers of Egyptian President Sadat executed
1982 Arthur Lowe British actor (Captain Mainwaring in Dad's army), dies at 66
1982 Louis M de Guiringaud Fren forgn minister (1976-78), commits suicide at 70
1983 Rodolfo Hoyos actor (Luis-Viva Valdez), dies at 68
1983 Gyula Illyes Hungarian writer/poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), dies at 80
1984 Tommy Cooper comedian, dies at 61
1986 Tim McIntire actor (Bob Younger-Legend of Jesse James), dies at 42
1986 Jean Genet French criminal/novelist/dramatist, dies at 75
1986 Sergei Nikolayevich Anokhin cosmonaut, dies at 76
1988 Hendrikus G "Han" Hoekstra Dutch poet (Zandloper), dies at 81
1988 Kenneth Williams dies at 61
1989 Hu Yaobang General Secretary of Chinese Commnist Party, dies
1989 Charles Vanel dies at 96
1990 Greta Garbo actress (Anna Karenina, Camille), dies at 84
1991 Marjorie Warfield dies at 88
1991 Martin Ashe dies
1993 George Ives dies at 111
1993 H H "Bull" Alexander cricketer (Test for Australia 1933, average 154), dies
1993 Leslie Charteris British mystery writer (Saint), dies at 85
1993 William Bakewell dies of leukemia at 84
1994 John Curry English figure skater (Olympics-gold-76), dies of AIDS at 44
1995 Cleo Brown pianist, dies at 91
1995 Denis Harding soldier, dies at 79
1997 Sam Moskowitz San Francisco fandom historian, dies at 76
1997 Zdenek Mlynar Secretary of Czechoslovakian Communist Central Committee (1968), dies

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