26th April, on this day

757 Paolo Orsini replaces his brother Pope Stephen II, as Paul I
1220 German king Frederick II grants bishops sovereign rights
1467 The miraculous image of Our Lady of Good Counsel appears in Genazzano, Italy.
1478 Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo and kill Giuliano de'Medici
1478 Easter is celebrated for the first time
1514 Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn
1532 Sultan Suleiman through Hungary on away to Vienna
1564 William Shakespeare baptized
1607 Captain John Smith lands at Cape Henry, in Virginia with the first group of colonists who establish a permanent English settlement in America
1654 Jews are expelled from Brazil
1655 Dutch West Indies Company denies Peter Stuyvesant's desire to exclude Jews from New Amsterdam
1677 Emperor Leopold I forms University of Innsbruck
1709 Frisian viceroy Johan Willem Friso marries countess Maria Louisa
1721 Smallpox vaccination 1st administrated
1755 1st Russian university opens (Moscow)
1777 Sybil Ludington, 16, rode from New York to Connecticut rallying her father's militia
1802 Napoleon Bonaparte signs a general amnesty to allow all but about one thousand of the most notorious émigrés of the French Revolution to return to France, as part of a reconciliary gesture with the factions of the Ancien Regime and to eventually consolidate his own rule.
1803 Meteorites fall in L'Aigle, France
1805 United States Marines captured Derne, Tripoli under the command of First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon.
1814 King Louis XVIII lands on Calais, from England
1828 Russia declares war on Turkey to support Greece's independence
1835 Frédéric Chopins "Grand Polonaise Brillante", premieres in Paris France
1841 "Bombay Gazette" begins publishing on silk
1855 Composer Gioacchino Rossini leaves Italy
1865 Battle of Durham Station, NC (Greensboro)
1865 Battle of Fort Tobacco, VA
1865 Confederate General J E Johnston surrenders Army of Tennessee, at Durham, NC
1865 Union cavalry troopers corner and shoot dead John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln's assassin, in Virginia.
1887 Huntsville Electric Company is established to sell electricity
1886 In England, John Tiller creates the Tiller Girls Dancing Troupe
1895 Start of the Old Bailey trial of playwright Oscar Wilde who's charged with homosexuality
1904 Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms
1907 Jamestown, VA Tercentenary Exposition opens
1913 Panamá-Pacific International Exposition opens in San Francisco
1913 Sun Yet San calls for revolt against President Yuan Shikai in China
1915 Italy secretly signes Pact of London with Britain, France and Russia
1920 H Shapley and H D Curtis hold "great debate" on nature of nebulae
1923 The marriage of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (now the Queen Mother) to the Duke of York (who later becomes King George VI of England) at Westminster Abbey in London. The first royal wedding at the abbey since 1383
1923 English prince Albert (George VI) marries lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
1925 Paul von Hindenburg defeats Wilhelm Marx in the second round of the German presidential election to become the first directly elected head of state of the Weimar Republic.
1926 Karachai Autonomous Region is established in RSFSR (until 1943)
1926 Germany and Russia sign neutrality/peace treaty
1928 Madame Tussaud's waxworks exhibition opens in London
1929 1st non-stop England to India flight lands
1933 Jewish students are barred from school in Germany
1933 The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established.
1936 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 4th Symphony
1937 German Luftwaffe destroys Basque town of Guernica in Spain
1938 Austrian Jews required to register property above 5,000 Reichsmarks
1942 Colliery explosion kills 1,549 at Honkeiko, Manchuria
1942 Luftwaffe bombs Bath
1944 1st B-29 attacked by Japanese fighters, one fighter shot down
1944 Papandreou government in Greece forms
1945 Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France's Vichy collaborationist regime during WWII, arrested for treason
1945 Battle of Bautzen - last successful German tank-offensive of the war and last noteworthy victory of the Wehrmacht.
1946 Father Divine, a controversial religious leader who claims to be God, marries the much-younger Edna Rose Ritchings, a celebrated anniversary in the International Peace Mission movement.
1948 The XP-86 prototype for the Sabre Jet first "officially" breaks the sound barrier. The first operational F-86A Sabres entered service in May of the same year
1950 Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Maryland is run
1951 Queen Juliana opens Brielsche Mausoleum
1952 US minesweeper "Hobson" rams aircraft carrier "Wasp", kills 176
1954 Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins
1954 Far Eastern Affairs conference opens in Geneva
1956 First container ship left Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
1957 Jamestown, VA 350th Anniversary Festival opens
1957 In Britain, on BBC TV, the first transmission of The Sky At Night presented by astronomer Patrick Moore
1959 Cuba invades Panamá
1961 French paratroopers' revolt suppressed in Algeria
1962 1st Lockheed A-12 flies
1962 In a joint USA-British venture, the first international satellite is launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida
1962 Ranger 4 crash lands on (backside of) Moon
1963 In Libya, amendments to the constitution transform Libya (United Kingdom of Libya) into one national unity (Kingdom of Libya) and allows for female participation in elections.
1964 Tanganyika and Zanzibar unite to form Tanzania (Tanzanian Union Day)
1966 European Premiere of the film Dr Zhivago starring Omar Sharif in London
1967 San Marco 2 Launch (1st Equatorial Launch)
1968 Students seize administration building at Ohio State
1968 US underground nuclear test, "Boxcar", 1 megaton device
1968 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 Heaviest rains ever in Bahia district of Brazil, 15" in 24 hours
1971 San Francisco lightship replaced by automatic buoy
1971 Turkey state of siege proclaimed
1973 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1974 Landslide in Huancavelica Province Peru creates a natural dam
1974 Malta adopts constitution
1976 Pan Am begins non-stop flights New York-Tokyo
1977 New York's famed disco Studio 54 opens
1978 NASA launches space vehicle S-201
1978 France sends troops to Chad
1980 Iran begins scattering US hostages from the US Embassy
1980 Longest jump by a jet boat is set at 120'
1980 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 Largest US bank robbery (Tucson AZ), more than $33 million stolen
1982 Argentina surrenders to Britain on South Georgia near Falkland Island
1982 57 people are killed by former Korean police officer Woo Bum-kon in a shooting spree in Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea.
1982 Rod Stewart is mugged, the gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche
1984 Liverpool's Cavern Club reopens
1984 President Ronald Reagan visits China
1986 Actor/body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger weds newscaster Maria Shriver
1986 British actor Michael Crawford's last performance in the London musical Barnum
1986 France performs nuclear test
1986 Worst nuclear disaster, 4th reactor at Chernobyl, USSR explodes, 31 die
1989 Mike Tyson is ticketed for driving 71 MPH in 30 mile zone in Albany
1990 126 die in a (6.9) earthquake in China
1991 Seventy tornadoes break out in the central United States. Before its end, Andover, Kansas, would record the year's only F5 tornado (see Andover, Kansas Tornado Outbreak).
1991 Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine, arrested in Argentina for possession and distribution of illegal narcotics
1993 Boeing 737 crashes at Aurangabad, kills 56
1994 A China Airlines Airbus A300-600R crashes at Nagoya Airport, Japan killing 264.
1994 Physicists announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle.
1994 The beginning of the first all-race national elections in South Africa
1996 Sotherby ends 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million
2002 Robert Steinhäuser infiltrates and kills 17 at Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt,Germany before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot.
2005 Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.
2007 Queen's Pier was officially closed by the Hong Kong Government, after a bitter struggle by conservationists, in order to facilitate land reclamation in Hong Kong's Central district  

26th April 2006

Thousands flee Sri Lanka strikes

Ukraine remembers Chernobyl blast

Sinai hit by fresh bomb attacks

26th April 2007

Russia in defence warning to US

Iraq criticises US pull-out bill

Premier claims Somali 'victory'

26th April 2008

55 die in Morocco factory fire

Mexico drug gang clashes kill 15

Plans to control access to Amazon

26th April 2009

World 'well prepared' for virus

Sri Lanka rebels call ceasefire

Centre-left wins Iceland election

26th April 2010

President declared winner of Sudan poll

Belgium king ends government

UK envoy escapes 'suicide bomb'

Birthdates which occurred on 26th April :

0121 Antonius Marcus Aurelius [Marcus A Verus], Emperor of Rome (161-180)
1319 Jean II the Good, king of France (1350-64)
1538 Giovanni P Lomazzo Italian writer/poet (Trattato)
1567 Nicolas Forme composer
1573 Marie de'Medici Queen of France
1603 Francesco Nigetti composer
1637 Philip J van Lichtenbergh Governor of Suriname, baptized
1648 Pedro II King of Portugal (1683-1706)
1711 David Hume England, empiricist/philosopher (Treatise of Human Nature)
1718 Esek Hopkins US, 1st commander-in-chief (US Navy)
1726 Pasquale Paoli Corsican freedom fighter
1776 Joan M Kemper Dutch lawyer (designed civil code law book)
1782 Maria Amalia of Bourbon-Sicily wife of Louis Phillip of Austria
1785 John James Audubon Haiti, bird watcher/artist
1787 Ludwig Uhland writer
1796 Auguste-Matthieu Panseron composer
1798 Ferdinand Eugène Delacroix French painter/lithograph/etcher (Journal)
1806 Ludwig Friedrich Hetsch composer
1808 Martha Finley children's book author
1812 Alfred Krupp German arms merchant
1820 Alice Cary Cincinnati OH, American poet (Cincinnati Sentinel)
1822 Frederick Law Olmsted architect/writer (designed Central Park)
1822 Jan Albert van Eyken composer/organist
1827 Charles Edward Hovey Brevet Major General (Union volunteers)
1834 Artemus Ward [Charles Farrar Browne] humorist
1834 Horatio Richmond Palmer composer
1836 Erminnie Adelle Platt US, ethnologist (Iriquois-English Dictionary)
1839 Cyrus Hamblin Brevet Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1867
1841 Wilhelm Scherer German literature historian
1860 Alphonse Ariëns Dutch pastor
1863 Arno Holz writer
1863 Charles Haslewood Shannon lithographer/painter
1868 Harold Sidney Harmsworth 1st Viscount Rothermere/Newspaper publisher
1868 Robert Herrick US writer (Common lot)
1873 Otto zur Linde German author (Charon)
1874 J H "Biddy" Anderson cricketer (one Test South Africa vs Australia 1902)
1875 Syngman Rhee Whanghai Province South Korea, President of South Korea (1948-60)
1878 Ethel Griffies actress (Billy Liar, Birds, We Live Again)
1879 Sir Owen Williams Richardson England, physicist (Nobel 1928)
1880 Mikhail Fokine Russia, choreographer/founder of modern dance
1884 Harry Sothern actor (Dr Huer-Buck Rogers)
1886 Ma Rainey [Gertrude Pridgett] "Mother of the Blues", US blues singer
1888 Aleksandr Mikhailov USSR, astronomer
1889 Ludwig Wittgenstein Austria, philosopher (Tractatus)
1890 Edgar "E Livingstone" Kennedy US actor/director (My Old Dutch)
1893 Anita Loos author (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
1895 Rudolf Hess Hitler's Deputy Führer, only prisoner at Spandau
1897 Olga Chekova Russia, actress (Italian Strawhat, Cry of the Children)
1898 Vicente Aleixandre Spain, poet (Ambito, Bird of Paper, Nobel 1977)
1898 Edward PF Eagan Denver CO, boxer (Olympics-gold-20)/bobsledder (Olympics-gold-32)
1898 John Grierson documentary film maker
1899 Guinn "Big Boy" Williams Decatur TX, actor (Circus Boy, Hoedown, Country Fair, Blackmail)
19-- Diego Verdaguer Buenos Aires Argentina, Spanish singer (Estoy Celoso)
19-- Ron McLarty Providence RI, actor (Sergeant Frank Belson-Spenser For Hire)
1900 Charles Richter Ohio, Earthquakes seismologist (Richter scale)
1900 Douglas Sirk director (Zu Neuen Ufern, Boefje)
1900 James Sutherland English literature scholar/actor (Rob Roy 1953)
1903 Geoffrey Worthington Air vice-marshall
1903 Niven Busch US screenwriter (Postman Always Rings Twice)
1904 Paul E "Cardinal" Leger archbishop (Montréal Québec Canada)
1904 William "Count" Basie jazz pianist (Policy Man, Blazing Saddles)
1905 Charles K Feldman [Gould] New York NY, producer (Casino Royale)
1905 Denis O'Dea Dublin, actor (Esther & the King, Treasure Island)
1905 Jean Vigo France, actor/director (Zero For Conduct, L'Atlante)
1906 Gracie Allen Mrs George Burns, comedienne (George Burns Show)
1906 Leopold Spinner composer
1907 Theun de Vries writer (February; PC Hooft prize 1981)
1909 Richard Howorth cricketer (English all-rounder, three county doubles)
1910 Erland von Koch composer
1910 Ernst Tittel composer
1910 Johan Doorn Dutch journalist/resistance fighter (Orange Newspaper)
1910 Tomoyuki Tanaka director (Godzilla)
1911 Marianne Hoppe Rostock Germany (Bei Thea, Liebrauen)
1912 A[lfred] E[lton] Van Vogt Winnipeg Manitoba Canada, science fiction writer (Cosmic Encounter)
1914 Bernard Malamud Brooklyn NY, novelist (Fixer, The Natural Pulitizer 1967)
1914 Charlie Chester British comedian (Never Say Die)
1914 Horace Leonard Gold Sci-Fi writer/editor
1914 James William Rouse US builder (shopping malls/Columbia MD)
1914 Wilfred Howard Mellers composer
1916 Morris L West Australia, novelist (Shoes of the Fisherman)
1916 Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk composer
1917 I[eoh] M[ing] Pei Canton China, architect (1961 Brunner Prize)
1917 Sal "The Barber" Maglie pitcher (New York Giants, 8th best won-lost percentage)
1918 Fanny Blankers-Koen Holland, 100 meter/200 meter dash, Hurdler (Olympics-gold-1948)
1918 Stafford Repp California, actor (Chief O'Hara-Batman, Plunder Road)
1918 Jack Morpurgo American Literature scholar (Leeds University)
1920 Juan C Lampe Aruba, pianist/composer
1921 Harry Knutton Major-General/Director-General (London City & Guilds Institute)
1921 Jimmy Giuffre jazz musician
1921 Margaret Gowing professor (history, science)
1922 Mike Kellin Hartford CT, actor (Honestly Celeste, Fitz & Bones)
1922 James Holt medieval historian
1922 Jeanne Sauvé 1st female Governor-General (Canada, 1984-90)
1922 Margaret Scott founder (Australian Ballet School)
1922 Paul-Andre Gaillard composer
1922 Pol Bury Belgian sculptor
1923 Oliver Millar Surveyor (Queen's Pictures)
1924 Russell Nype Zion IL, singer/actor (Burton Farley-Dorothy)
1926 Preston "Bob" Tisch NFL co-owner (New York Giants)
1926 Anton PO Ekström Swedish writer (Summer Dances)
1926 David Coleman sports commentator
1926 Michael Joughin CEO (Scottish Hydro-Electric)
1926 Oldrich Frantisek Korte composer
1927 Anne McLaren biologist/zoologist/actress (Things to Come)
1927 Jack Douglas comedian (My Brother Was an Only Child, Jack Paar Show)
1928 Gordon Downey British Comptroller General/Reader Representative (Independent)
1928 Hertha Kräftner writer
1930 Roger Moens Belgium, 800 meter runner (Olympics-silver-1960)
1930 Derek Waring actor (Barnacle Bill, Arthur-Heart of the Country)
1930 Justin Gosling principal (St Edmund Hall Oxford)
1933 Carol Burnett San Antonio TX, comedian/actress (Annie, 4 Seasons)
1934 J Micheal McCloskey environmentalist, Sierra Club chairman
1936 Edward Cazalet British High Court Judge
1937 Robert Boozer Omaha NE, basketball player (Olympics-gold-1960)
1938 Duane Eddy Phoenix AZ, guitarist (Peter Gunn, Cannonball)
1938 Maurice Williams rocker
1938 Willie Wood bowler
1939 Roger Buckley British High Court Judge
1940 Giorgio Moroder Ortisei Italy, composer/producer/singer (Top Gun, Metropolis, Electric Dreams, Cat People, Let it Ride)
1941 John Battle MP
1942 Bobby Rydell Philadelphia PA, rock singer (Wild One, Bye Bye Birdie)
1942 Claudine Auger Paris France, Miss France-Universe (1958)/actress (Thunderball)
1942 Vitali Andreyevich Grishchenko Russia, cosmonaut
1943 Gary Wright Creskill NJ, singer/keyboardist (Dream Weaver, Spooky Tooth-Love Is Alive)
1944 David O'B Martin (Representative-Republican-NY, 1981- )
1944 Martha Rockwell Providence RI, skier (Mount Washington)
1945 V K Ramaswamy cricketer (Indian Test umpire stood in 1996 World Cup)
1947 Donna Elizabeth De Varona Greenwich CT, swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-64)
1947 Gervase Frank Ashworth Jackson-Stops architectural adviser
1948 Boyd Matson TV host/correspondent (National Geographic Explorer)
1948 Gerry Sikorski (Representative-Democrat-MN, 1983- )
1949 Jimmy Hall rocker (Wet Willie)
1950 Howard "Leon" Reeder rock guitarist (Champaign)
1950 Peter Schaufuss director of ballet (Deutsche Opera Berlin)
1951 Lynne Jones MP
1952 Popo Simon Molefe Secretary-General (South Africa UDF)
1956 Koo Stark [Kathleen Dee-Anne] photographer/actress (Emily)
1958 Giancarlo Esposito actor (Bob Roberts, School Daze, King of New York)
1958 Johnny "Earl of" Dumfries racing driver
1959 Ann O'Neill Toowoomba Queensland, golfer (1989 Downs District Champion)
1960 Roger Taylor England, rock drummer (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)
1961 Albert Lawrence Jamaica, 4X100 meter relayer (Olympics-silver-1984)
1961 Joan Chen [Chen Chong] Shanghai China, actress (Heaven & Earth)
1961 Nancy Scranton Centralia IL, golfer (1991 du Maurier Ltd Classic)
1962 Graham "Skin" Skinner rocker (Hipsway)
1962 Michael Damian San Diego CA, actor/singer (Joseph & Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat/Young & the Restless)
1963 Bill Wennington NBA center (Chicago Bulls)
1963 Thomas Searle hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
1964 Tod Bass Los Angeles CA, actor (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In)
1966 Heather Rattray Moline IL, actress (Lily-As the World Turns)
1966 Andrea Temesvari Budapest Hungary, tennis star (1983, 1984, 1985 US Clay Courts)
1967 Klaus Merk Augsburg Germany, hockey goaltender (Team Germany 1998)
1967 Matt Peterson Chicago IL, Nike golfer (1992 Hawkeye Open-7th)
1968 Ahmed Elmaghraby Suez Egypt, US field hockey forward (Olympics-96)
1971 Ryan Yarborough NFL wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets)
1972 Francisco Cordova Veracruz México, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
1972 Marco Rivera NFL/WLAF guard (Scottish Claymores, Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
1972 Natrone Means NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars)
1973 Damien Munoz Miss Colorado-USA (1997)
1973 Mark Davis NBA guard/forward (Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves)
1973 Tracy Kathleen Hayes Wheaton IL, Miss Illinois-America (5th-1996)
1975 Jabbar Threats defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1975 Trudi Ferguson Miss Jamaica-Universe (1996)
1976 Sarah Tueting ice hockey goalie (USA, Olympics-98)
1979 Sean Fox actor (3 Ninjas Kick Back, Calendar Girl)
1980 Jordana Brewster Panamá, actress (Nikki Graves-As the World Turns)
1980 Marne Patterson Sherman Oaks CA, actress (Nicole-Something So Right)
1984 Ryan O'Donohue Pomona CA, actress (Byrds of Paradise, Boys are Back)


Deaths which occurred on April 26th:
0757 Stephen II Pope (752-57), dies
1196 Alfonso II King of Aragon (1162-96), dies
1444 Robert Campin South Netherlands painter/porter of Doornik, dies at about 65
1478 Giuliano de' Medici Medeheerser of Florence, murdered at about 24
1558 Jean François Fernel French physician, dies
1648 Christoph Thomas Walliser composer, dies at 79
1703 Georg Christoph Leuttner composer, dies at 58
1726 Jeremy Collier English bishop/historian/opponent to theater, dies at 75
1731 Daniel Defoe English author (Robinson Crusoe), dies at about 70
1785 Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff composer, dies at 40
1789 Peter I Panin Russian General (Pugatshov-uprising), dies at about 67
1805 Jean BG d'ansse the Villoison classic (Anecdota Graeca), dies at 55
1827 Bernardo Ottani composer, dies at 90
1865 Charles J Sax Belgian inventor (saxophone), dies at 74
1865 John Wilkes Booth assassin, is shot dead near Bowling Green VA at 27
1907 Pietro Plantania composer, dies at 79
1910 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson Norwegian writer (Mary, Nobel 1903), dies at 77
1920 Srinivasa Ramanujan Indian math genius ('pi'/Notebooks), dies at 32
1922 Hans Sommer composer, dies at 84
1924 Josef Labor composer, dies at 82
1932 Bill Lockwood cricketer (43 wickets in 12 Tests for England), dies
1938 Edmund Husserl German philosopher (study of phenomenon), dies at 79
1940 Carl Bosch German chemist (BASF, IG Farben, Nobel 1931), dies at 65
1941 Jean Demoor Belgian physician/physiologist/educationalist, dies at 74
1946 Hermann Keyserling count/philosopher (Unsterblichkeit), dies at 65
1951 John Alden Carpenter US composer (Sea Drift), dies at 75
1952 Charles L Baars Dutch actor (Women Tamers), dies at 59
1956 Edward Arnold actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66
1958 Joe Small cricketer (West Indies all-rounder in 1928 series), dies
1958 Johan N C "Joan" Collette painter, dies at 68
1960 Wander J de Haas Dut physicist (Einstein-De Haas effect), dies at 82
1961 Gail Russell actress (Calcutta, Moonrise, El Paso), dies at 36
1964 Edwin John Pratt Canadian poet (Towards the Last Spike), dies at 81
1964 Pieter van der Lijn Dutch geologist (Boulder Book), dies at 93
1965 Aaron Avshalomov composer, dies at 70
1970 Gypsy Rose Lee [Rose Louise Hovick] stripper/actress (Pruitts of Southampton), dies rom cancer at 56
1970 John Knittel writer, dies at 79
1970 Paul Celan writer, dies at 49 [or May 5]
1972 Margaret A R Bonds US pianist/composer/arranger, dies at 59
1973 Irene Ryan actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69
1976 Allan Jackson newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), dies at 60
1976 Neil McCallum actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
1976 Sidney James actor (Lavander Hill Mob, Carry On), dies at 65
1980 Cicely Courtneidge actress (Double Exposure), dies at 87
1981 Jim Davis actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas), dies at 65
1981 Madge Evans TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 71
1981 Robert Davi dies at 54
1982 Dame Celia Johnson British actress, dies of a stroke at 73
1982 Celia Johnson British actress (Jean Brodie), dies of stroke at 73
1982 Ville Ritola Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympics-gold-1924, 28), dies
1983 Bronislaw Kaper composer, dies at 81
1983 Vaughn Taylor actor (Johnny Jupiter), dies at 72
1984 Count Basie jazz piano great, dies at 78
1984 Henry Rowland actor (Rogue's Regiment), dies at 70
1984 May McAvoy actress (Ben Hur), dies after a heart attack at 82
1984 William "Count" Basie jazz piano great, dies on 80th birthday
1986 [William] Broderick Crawford actor (Highway Patrol), dies at 74
1986 Bessie Love actress (Broadway Melody, Isadora), dies at 87
1989 Lucille Ball comedienne/actress (I Love Lucy), dies of a massive heart attack at 78
1990 Carlos Pizarro Leongomez Colombian presidential candidate, assassinated
1991 Carmine Coppola composer/father of Francis Ford Coppola, dies
1991 Emily McLaughlin US actress (Jessie-General Hospital), dies at 61
1992 Alberta Vaughn actress (Wild Horse, Silver Devil), dies at 87
1992 Clyde Hartley entertainer, dies at 68
1995 Alexander Knox actor/writer (Gorky Park, Accident), dies at 88
1996 Burton Stein historian, dies at 69
1996 John Norrie McArthur malariologist/microscopist, dies at 94
1996 Stirling Silliphant screenwriter, dies at 78
1997 Joey Faye comic (Fruit of the Loom grapes), dies at 86
1997 Peng Zhen mayor of Beijing China (1951-66), dies
1997 Yegorov Russian leader (1994-95), dies

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