4th April, on this day

896 Formosus ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1081 Alexius I Comnenus occupies Byzantine throne
1460 University of Basle in Swizerland forms
1541 Ignatius of Loyola becomes 1st superior-General of the Jesuits
1552 Mauritius van Saksen begins alliance with Karel Anikita Stroganov
1558 Czar Ivan IV gives parts of North-Russia to fur traders
1581 Francis Drake completes circumnavigation of the world and is knighted
1588 Christian IV succeeds Frederik II as king of Denmark
1625 Viceroy Frederik Henry marries Amalia countess von Solms-Braunfels
1655 The miraculous statue entitled the Infant of Prague is solemnly crowned by command of Cardinal Harrach.
1655 Battle at Postage Farina, Tunis English fleet beats Barbarian pirates
1660 English King Charles II ends Declaration of Breda (freedom of religion)
1687 English King James II orders his Declaration of Indulgence read in church
1716 Russian and Prussian troops occupy Wismar

1721 Sir Robert Walpole enters office as the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom under King George I.
1812 U.S. President James Madison enacted a ninety-day embargo on trade with the United Kingdom.
1814 Napoleon abdicates for the first time.
1818 Congress decided US flag is 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars
1827 Chemist John Walker of Stockton sells the world's first box of matches
1828 Casparus van Wooden patents chocolate milk powder (Amsterdam)
1832 Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle reaches Rio de Janeiro
1841 William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia becoming the first President of the United States to die in office and the one with the shortest term served.
1850 The Great Fire of Cottenham, a large part of the Cambridgeshire village (England) is burnt to the ground under suspicious circumstances.
1850 City of Los Angeles incorporated
1859 Bryant's Minstrels debut "Dixie" in New York City in the finale of a blackface minstrel show.
1859 The opera "Dinorah" is produced (Paris, France)
1862 Battle of Yorktown begins
1862 US begins Peninsular Campaign aimed at capturing Richmond
1864 Skirmish at Elkin's Ford (Little Missouri River), Arkansas
1865 Lee's army arrives at Amelia Courthouse
1865 A day after Union forces capture Richmond, Virginia, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln visits the Confederate capital.
1866 Alexander II of Russia narrowly escapes an assassination attempt in the city of Kiev.
1887 Susanna Medora Salter elected 1st US woman mayor (Argonia, KS)
1896 Announcement of Gold in the Yukon
1900 Assassination attempt on prince of Wales/king Edward VII
1900 British garrison of Reddersberg surrenders to Boer General De Wet
1902 Cecil Rhodes scholarship fund established with $10 million
1905 Earthquake in Kangra India, kills 370,000
1912 Chinese republic proclaimed in Tibet
1912 Army fires on striking mine workers at Lena-gold fields Siberia
1916 US Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WWI
1918 Battle of Somme ends
1918 Food riot in Amsterdam
1920 Arabs attack Jews in Jerusalem
1926 Greek dictator Theodorus Pangalos elected president
1932 Vitamin C 1st isolated, C C King, University of Pittsburgh
1933 US Dirigible Akron crashes off coast of New Jersey, 73 die
1934 English inventor Percy Shaw lays the first 'cats' eyes' along the centre of the road at an accident black spot near Bradford in the north of England
1939 Faisal II ascends to throne of Iraq
1939 American bandleader Glenn Miller records 'Moonlight Serenade'
1940 R Rodgers/Lorenz Hart's "Higher and Higher", premieres in NYC
1941 German troops conquer Banghazi
1944 British troops capture Addis Ababa Ethiopia
1944 De Gaulle forms new regime in exile, with communists
1945 Hungary liberated from Nazi occupation Soviets take control
1945 US forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany
1945 US tanks/infantry conquer Bielefeld
1947 Largest group of sunspots on record
1947 UN's International Civil Aviation Organization established
1948 Foundation of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
1949 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed (Washington DC)
1949 Israel and Jordan sign armistice agreement
1949 Start of the popular BBC Radio comedy programme 'Ray's a Laugh' which runs until 1961. Its stars are comedian Ted Ray and Kitty Bluett
1955 British government signs military treaty with Iraq
1958 1st march against nuclear weapons (Aldermaston, England) The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time
1959 Federation of Mali, consisting of Senegal and French Sudan (dissolved 1960)
1960 Project Ozma begins at Green Bank radio astronomy centre
1960 Senegal declares independence from France
1964 British pop group The Beatles occupy the first five places in the US singles pop charts with: 'Can't Buy Me Love;' ' Twist and Shout;' ' She Loves You;' 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' and 'Please Please Me.'
1964 Civil war starts in Cyprus between Greek and Turkish Cypriots
1966 Pirate Radio Scotland changes name to Radio Ireland
1966 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1967 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" speech in New York City's Riverside Church.
1968 Black civil rights leader, Dr Martin Luther King, is shot dead in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray
1968 Apollo 6 launched atop Saturn V; unmanned
1969 Dr Denton Cooley implants 1st temporary artificial heart
1969 Cult American TV programme Star Trek is axed because of falling ratings
1972 1st electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating
1973 The World Trade Center in New York is officially dedicated.
1975 Steve Miller is arrested for burning his girlfriend's clothes
1975 Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen.
1975 USAF transport carrying orphans from Saigon crashes killing 155
1976 Seni Pramoj's Democratic Party wins elections in Thailand
1979 President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.
1980 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1981 Henry Cisneros becomes 1st Mexican-American mayor (San Antonio)
1981 English jockey Bob Champion, who had conquered cancer, wins the Grand National riding Aldaniti - a horse which has recovered from severe life-threatening injuries
1983 6th space shuttle mission, Challenger 1 launched and makes its maiden voyage into space (STS-6).
1984 President Ronald Reagan calls for an international ban on chemical weapons.
1984 Winston Smith in Orwell's "1984" begins his secret diary
1985 In Britain, the Royal Assent is given for the Bill to hand Hong Kong to China in 1997
1988 The British TV soap opera 'Crossroads' finally comes to an end after 24 years with the transmission of the last of its 4,510 episodes
1990 Gloria Estefan released from the hospital after her accident
1990 Security law violator Ivan Boesky is released from federal custody
1991 Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.
1992 Jury deliberations begin in the Noriega case
1992 Sali Berisha becomes president/Alexander Meksi premier of Albania
1994 KLM Saab 340B crashes at Schiphol, 3 killed
1994 Marc Andreessen and Jim Clark found Netscape Communications Corporation under the name "Mosaic Communications Corporation".
1996 Comet Hyakutake was imaged by the USA Asteroid Orbiter Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous.
1999 Against the plea of Pope John Paul II, NATO planes continued to bomb the former Yugoslavia on Easter Sunday.
2002 The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War.
2007 15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President.

4th April 2006

Saddam to face genocide charges

Fresh job law protests in France

Kuwaiti women vote for first time

4th April 2007

Iranians release British sailors

'Many killed' in Pakistan clash

US Democrat Pelosi in Syria talks

4th April 2008

China confirms new Tibetan riots

Iraq PM halts battle with militia

Temperatures to drop worldwide

4th April 2009

Extra Nato troops for Afghan poll

'Scores die' in Sri Lanka clashes

Bomb hits Islamabad police base

4th April 2010

Iraqi capital rocked by bombs leaving 30 dead

Police killed in Maoist mine blast

Great Barrier Reef oil disaster fear

Birthdates which occurred on 4th April :

0188 Caracalla [Marcus Aureiius Antoniius] Roman emperor (211-17)
1527 Abraham Ortelius [Ortels/Hortels] South Netherlands geographer
1646 Antoine Galland French oriëntalist/interpreter
1648 Grinling Gibbons sculptor/woodcarver
1696 Giovanni Battista Tiepoldo painter
1716 John Evangelist Schreiber composer
1731 Francisco Morera composer
1740 Wolfgang Nicolaus Haueisen composer
1752 Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli composer (Andromeda)
1755 Vincenc Masek composer
1758 John Hoppner portrait painter
1762 Stephen Storace composer
1785 Bettina von Arnim German writer (This Book Belongs to the King)
1785 Bettina Brentano composer
1786 John Franklin British explorer (Arctic)
1792 Thaddeus Stevens US Radical Republican congressional leader (Representative-R)
1802 Dorothea Dix US, aroused interest in treatment of mental inmates
1804 Joseph Fischhof composer
1809 Benjamin Pierce US mathematician/astronomer
1814 John Blair Smith Todd Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1872
1817 John Wilson Sprague Brevet Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1893
1820 Charles Devens Jr Major General, Brevet (Union volunteers), died in 1891
1821 Linus Yale US, portrait painter/inventor (Yale cylinder lock)
1823 Karl Wilhelm Siemens inventor (laid undersea cables)
1823 Robert Byington Mitchell Brigadier General (Union volunteers)
1826 Zénobe Théophile Gramme inventor (electric motor)
1828 Margaret Oliphant Scotland, novelist/biographer (Beleaguered City)
1831 Edward Cary Walthall Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1898
1832 Jose Echegaray y Elizaguirre playwright/scientist (Teatro Escogido)
1836 Jerome Hopkins composer
1843 Hans Richter Györ (Raab/Gyoer) Hungary, conductor (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra)
1843 Hans Richter composer
1858 Rémy de Gourmont French critic/writer (Physique de L'amour)
1866 George P Baker US playwright (47 Workshop)
1870 George A Smith Salt Lake City UT, 8th president of Mormon church
1872 Nikolai Amani composer
1872 Pauline de Haan-Manifarges Dutch singer
1875 Pierre Monteux Paris France, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra 1919-24)
1875 Jozef Szulc composer
1875 Samuel S Hinds Brooklyn NY, actor (The Bribe, The Egg and I, The Great Alaskan Mystery)
1876 Maurice de Vlaminck Paris France, Fauvist painter (Village in the Snow)
1879 Gabriel Groulez composer
1881 Charles Funk Ohio, Encylopediest (Funk & Wagnalls)
1882 Mary Howe composer
1884 Isoroku Yamamoto Admiral/supreme commander of Japanese fleet
1888 Tris Speaker baseball great, hit more doubles than Pete Rose
1892 Cyril Smith Peterhead Scotland, actor (Adventures of Sir Lancelot)
1892 Esther Howard Montana, actress (Born to Kill, Murder My Sweet, A Fool's Advice)
1895 Arthur Murray New York NY, dancer (Arthur Murray Dance Party)
1895 Charlie Hallows cricket batsman (Lancs played for England 1921-28)
1896 Robert Sherwood dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Idiot's Delight)
1896 Tristan Tzara [Samuel Rosenfeld] French poet (Approximate Man)
1897 Pierre Fresnay Paris France, actor (Grand Illusion)
1899 William Brann cricketer (South African batsman vs England 1922-23)
19-- Tacey Phillips Montclair NJ, actress (Hope-Coed Fever)
1901 Carmel Myers San Francisco CA, actress (Carmel Myers Show)
1902 Louise L de Vilmorin French poetess/author (Lutin Sauvage)
1905 Eugene Bozza composer
1906 Bea Benaderet New York NY, actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction)
1906 John Cameron Swayze Wichita KS, newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg)
1907 Nathan M Pusey Council Bluffs IA, educator (1963 National Association for Social Sciences Medal)
1908 Ernestine Gilbreth Carey author (Cheaper by the Dozen)
1910 [Marcelle] Georgette Hagedoorn actress/chansonnière
1910 Agnes Patrick campaigner
1913 Frances Langford Lakeland FL, singer (Armed Forces Hour, Star Time)
1913 Jerome Weidman US writer (Tenderloin)
1913 Rosemary Lane Indianola IA, actress (4 Mothers, Harvest Melody)
1914 Marguerite Duras France, novelist/playwright (The Sea Wall)
1914 Richard Coogan Short Hills NJ, actor (Captain Video)
1914 Sir John Beith British diplomat
1914 Gustave Camus Belgian painter
1914 John Beith British diplomat
1915 Muddy Waters [McKinley Morganfield], guitarist (Hoochie Coochie Man)
1915 Jan Drda Czechoslovakia, writer (Nema Barikada, Mestecko Na Dlani)
1915 Lars G Ahlin Swedish writer (Death of Me)
1916 David White actor (Larry Tate-Bewitched)
1916 Herbert Eugene Caen columnist
1917 Joseph Ortiz French-Algerian extremist (barricade uprising)
1918 Earl Jellicoe chancellor (University of Southhampton)
1918 Margaret Dupont tennis champion
1919 Antony Tudor England, choreographer (Metropolitan Opera 1957)
1920 Eric Rohmer Nancy France, director (Claire's Knee)/ actor (6 in Paris, Collector, Perceval)
1921 Willem J "Wim" the Villiers South Africa minister of Administration
1922 Elmer Bernstein New York NY, movie music composer (Robot Monster)
1923 Manon H E Alving Dutch actress (Short American)
1924 Gil Hodges baseball player/manager (Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Mets)
1924 Peter Vaughan actor (Haunted Honeymoon, Die Die My Darling)
1924 Christopher Prater screen printer
1924 Eva Marie Saint Newark NJ, actress (Sandpiper, Loving, Exodus)
1925 Elizabeth Wilson Grand Rapids MI, actor (Doc, East Side/West Side)
1925 Erna Spoorenberg Dutch singer
1926 Cloris Leachman Des Moines IA, actress (Phyllis, High Anxiety)
1927 Bob Stump (Representative-Republican-AZ, 1977- )
1928 Bill Ryan Brooklyn NY, newscaster (Smithsonian)
1928 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson] St Louis MO, poet (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)/actress (Nyo-Roots)
1928 Monty Norman composer/writer
1928 Jimmy Logan British comedian (Mad Death)
1929 William F Clinger Jr (Representative-Republican-PA, 1979- )
1930 David Sexton soccer manager
1931 Denis Frank Owen Natural historian
1931 Harold L Volkmer (Representative-Democrat-MO, 1977- )
1932 Anthony Perkins New York NY, actor (Psycho, Fear Strikes Out, Pretty Poison)
1932 Andrei Tarkovski Russian director (Solaris, Stalker)
1932 Bapu Nadkarni cricketer (economical Indian slow left-armer 1956-68)
1932 Richard G Lugar (Senator-Republican-IN, 1977- )
1933 Fritz Bolkestein Dutch CEO (Shell)/Minister of Defense (VVD)
1933 Robin Phillips English multi-millionaire manufacturer (hand-dryer)
1933 Seoirse Bodley composer
1934 Dorothy Lousie Grenfell Williams broadcaster
1935 Lord Ichayra Secretary-General (British Banking Association)
1935 Trevor Griffiths playwright (Absolute Beginners)
1935 Easton Dudley Ashton St John McMorris cricketer (West Indies batsman of 60's)
1935 François-Bernard Mache composer
1936 Margo J Sylvia rocker (Tune Weavers)
1937 Ian St James novelist (Balfour Conspiracy, Vengeance, Money Stones)
1937 J Hans van den Doel economist/Dutch MP (PvdA)
1938 A Bartlett Giamatti Boston MA, president of Yale/baseball commish (1989)
1938 Michael Parks Corona CA, actor (Then Came Bronson)
1938 Peter Attenborough British headmaster (Charterhouse)
1939 Joanne Carner Kirkland WA, LPGA golfer (US Open 1970, 76)
1939 Hugh Masekela Wilbank South Africa, trumpeter (I Am Not Afraid)
1940 Bijan Iran, mens apparel designer (Beverly Hills, New York, London)
1940 Robby Mueller cinematographer (Breaking the Waves, Dead Man, Korczak)
1940 Vladimir Timofeyevich Isakov Russia, cosmonaut
1941 Major Lance US boxer/dancer/singer (Hey Little Girl)
1942 Kitty Kelley author (Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra)
1942 Kris Jensen rocker
1943 Ian Robertson British museum director (National Army Museum)
1944 David Melville professor/director (Middlesex Polytechnic)
1944 Lawrence A Hough US, rower (Pairs w/o cox-1968 Olympics-silver)
1945 Caroline McWilliams Seattle WA, actress (Sally-Soap, Marcy-Benson)
1945 Catherine Spaak actress (Hotel, Weekend at Dunkirk, Circle of Love)
1945 Bryan Andrews cricketer (New Zealand medium-pacer, toured Australia 1973-74)
1945 Walter Charles East Strousberg PA, actor (Fletch Lives, Weeds)
1946 Craig T Nelson Spokane WA, actor (Chief Jack Mannion-The District, Hayden Fox-Coach, Poltergeist)
1947 Salvatore Sciarrino composer
1948 Luke Halpin Astoria NY, actor (Sandy Ricks-Flipper)
1948 Berry Oakley Chicago IL, rocker (Allman Brothers-Ramblin' Man)
1948 Gail Davies Broken Bow OK, country singer (Blue Heartache)
1948 Pick Withers rocker (Dire Straits)
1949 Larry Lingle rocker
1950 Christine Lahti Detroit MI, actress (Dr Kathryn Austin-Chicago Hope, Harvey Korman Show, Swing Shift)
1951 Steve Gatlin Olney TX, country singer (Gatlin Brothers-Broken Lady)
1952 Dave Hill England, rock guitarist (Slade-Coz I Love You)
1952 Gary Moore Irish rock guitarist ("Still Got the Blues", Thin Lizzy, Skid Row)
1952 Peter Haycock rock guitarist (All Along the Watchtower)
1952 Rosemarie Ackermann German Democratic Republic, high jumper (Olympics-gold-1976)
1954 Julie Carmen Mount Vernon NY, actress (Gloria, Last Plane Out)
1955 Mick Mars rocker
1956 Evelyn Hart prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet)
1956 Lamen Khalifa Fhimah Suk Giuma Libya, bomber (Pan Am Flight 103)
1957 Graeme Kelling British pop guitarist (Deacon Blue-Real Gone Kid)
1957 Paul Downton cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 80's)
1958 Pierre-Paul Prud'hon painter
1958 Derek Kallicharran cricket all-rounder (Guyana, USA 1994 ICC Trophy)
1958 Hrvoje Horvatic video artist
1958 John Wesley Jones Lawton OK, 4X100 meter relayer (Olympics-gold-1976)
1960 Jon[athan] Agnew British broadcaster/cricketer (England pace bowler late 80's)
1960 Bev Smith Armstrong British Columbia Canada, basketball forward (Olympics-96)
1961 Matt Cole Stratford Ontario Canada, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Space Coast)
1962 Ava Fabian Brewster NY, playmate (August 1986)/actress (Cafe Nostra)
1962 Sherrin Smyers Newcastle Australia, LPGA golfer (1995 Youngstown-11th)
1962 Tina Tombs Montréal Québec Canada, LPGA golfer (1990 Jamie Farr Toledo)
1963 Anthony Clark comedian (Boyd Pritchett-Boston Common)
1963 Dale Hawerchuk Toronto Ontario Canada, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers)
1963 David Gavurin English pop guitarist/composer (Sundays, Blind)
1963 Jack Del Rio NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
1964 Paul Parker soccer player
1964 Gregory Thomas Kraft Detroit MI, PGA golfer (1993 Walt Disney-2nd)
1964 Robbie Rist California, actor (Oliver-Brady Bunch)
1965 Robert Downey Jr New York NY, comedian/actor (Larry Paul-Ally McBeal, Saturday Night Live, Less than Zero, Back to School)
1965 Black Francis [Charles Thompson], US singer/songwriter (Pixies)
1965 Tony Burse CFL fullback (Edmonton Eskimos)
1965 Zwart Francis [Charles Thompson] US singer/songwriter (Pixies)
1966 Nancy McKeon Westbury NY, actress (Jo Polniazek-Facts of Life)
1966 Michal Clingman Indio CA, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-9th-1994)
1966 Myriam Schropp West Germany, tennis star
1966 Stanislav Medrik Nitra Czechoslovakia, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
1967 Juliana "Juli" Furtado New York NY, cyclist (Olympics-10th-96)
1968 Andre Bowden WLAF LB (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1969 Anthony Tucker NBA forward (New York Knicks)
1969 Carlos Reyes Miami FL, pitcher (Oakland A's)
1969 Dennis de Nooijer Dutch soccer player/twin brother of Gerard (Sparta)
1969 Gerard de Nooijer Dutch soccer player/twin brother of Dennis (Sparta)
1970 Barry van Galen Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
1970 Jason Stoltenberg Australia, tennis star
1971 Allan Houston NBA guard (New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons)
1971 Felipe Lira Miranda Venezeula, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
1971 Jaime Fernandez Australian rower (Olympics-96)
1971 Yanic Perreault Sherbrooke, NHL center (Los Angeles Kings)
1972 Chad Eaton defensive tackle (New England Patriots)
1972 Jim Werland Ventura CA, canoe (alternate-Olympics-96)
1972 Matt Wagner Cedar Falls IA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
1973 Damon Allen Winston-Salem NC, figure skater (1997 Midwestern champion)
1973 Peter Hoekstra Dutch soccer player (PSV, Ajax)
1973 Ryan Coughlin CFL offensive linebacker (Montréal Alouettes)
1973 Tiffany Woosley WNBA guard (Houston Comets)
1974 O J Santiago tight end (Atlanta Falcons)
1975 Kisha Ford WNBA guard/forward (New York Liberty)
1976 Alicia Silverstone San Francisco CA, actress (Clueless)
1978 Irene Skliva Athens Greece, Miss World (1996)
1979 Charles Butler Salt Lake City UT, dance skater (& Joseph-1997 National)
1979 Rebecca Stoyel South Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)


Deaths which occurred on April 4th:
0397 Ambrosius Governor of Liguria/bishop of Milan (374-97)/saint, dies
0896 Formosus Pope (891-96), dies
1229 Hugo van Pierrepont bishop of Liege, dies
1284 Alfonso X "El Sabio" King of Castilië/León (1252-84), dies at 62
1292 Nicholas IV [Girolamo Masci] Pope (1288-92), dies
1393 Floris van Wevelinkhoven bishop of Utrecht, dies
1406 Robert III King of Scotland (1390-1406), dies
1417 John van Touraine 1st husband of Jacoba of Bavaria, dies
1585 Caspar de Robles Spanish viceroy of Frisia, dies at about 57
1588 Frederik II King of Denmark/Norway (1559-88), dies at 53
1604 Thomas Churchyard poet/pamphleteer, dies
1617 John Napier Scottish mathematician/inventor (logarithms), dies
1643 Simon Episcopius [Bisschop] Dutch theologist, dies at 60
1662 Davis Mell composer, dies at 57
1662 Leonhart Kern German sculptor , dies at about 73
1664 Adam Willaerts Dutch seascape painter, dies
1714 Karel duke of Berry/French heir to the throne, dies
1734 Johann C van Erckel old Catholic theologist, dies at about 79
1774 Oliver Goldsmith Irish poet (She Stoops to Conquer), dies at 17
1784 Mary Mead wife of English journalist John Wilkes, dies
1806 Friedrich Gottlob Fleischer composer, dies at 84
1807 Joseph Jérôme Le Francais de Lalande French astronomer, dies
1817 André Masséna Duc de Rivoli soldier, dies
1817 Prince d'Essing dies
1841 William Henry Harrison becomes 1st US President to die in office, at 68
1844 Charles Bulfinch 1st US pro architect (Massachusetts State House), dies at 80
1862 Harmen S Sytstra Dutch poet/editor (Iduna), dies at 45
1889 Thomas T H Jorissen historian, dies at 56
1893 Alphonse de Candolle Swiss botanist, dies at 86
1900 Edward VII King, assassinated
1905 Constantin Meunier Belgian painter/sculptor, dies at 73
1908 Josef Sucher composer, dies at 64
1919 William Crookes English chemist/physicist (Crookes-pipe), dies at 86
1923 L Martov [Joulij O Tsederbaum] Russian revolutionary, dies at 49
1929 Karl Friedrich Benz automobile engineer (Mercedes), dies at 84
1930 Vladimir Majakovski Russian poet, dies
1931 Andre Michelin CEO (Michelin Tires), dies
1931 George Whitefield Chadwick composer, dies at 76
1932 Ottokar T Czernin von und zu Chudenitz Austrian minister, dies at 59
1932 Wilhelm Ostwald physical chemist (Nobel 1909), dies
1934 Braulio Dueno Colon composer, dies at 80
1937 Frantisek X Salda Czechoslovakia, writer/critic, dies at 69
1938 Cyril Christiani cricket wicket keep (West Indies 1935), dies of malaria at 24
1939 Ghazi I King of Iraq (19??-39), dies in car accident
1941 Max Frisch writer, dies at 29
1943 Oskar Schlemmer German painter/sculptor, dies at 54
1943 Raoul Laparra composer, dies at 66
1944 John Peale Bishop US poet (Undertaker's Garland), dies at 51
1944 Karel Weis composer, dies at 82
1953 Carol II King of Romania (1930-40), dies at 59
1953 Rachilde [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery] French author, dies at 93
1956 Fritz Künkel German physician/charachterologist, dies at 66
1958 Hendrik Heyman Belgian minister of Nijverheid/mayor, dies at 78
1959 Stanley Snooke cricketer (brother of S J, duck in South African Test), dies
1963 Jason Robards Sr actor (Acapulco), dies at 70
1963 Endzion Barelli dies 2 days after winning a boxing match at 18
1967 Mischa Elman Ukraine/US violinist, dies at 76
1968 Reverend Martin Luther King Jr civil rights leader, assassinated in Memphis at 39
1970 Byron Foulger actor (Captain Nice, Petticoat Junction), dies at 70
1972 Adam Clayton Powell Jr (Representative-Democrat-NY), dies at 63
1972 John A H J S Bruins Slot co-founder/editor in chief (illegal), dies
1972 Stefan Wolpe German composer (Zeus & Elidco), dies at 69
1977 Jeno Zador composer, dies at 82
1978 Gino Contilli composer, dies at 70
1979 Edgar Buchanan actor (Uncle Joe-Petticoat Junction), dies at 77
1979 Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto former Pakistani President, hanged in Pakistan at 51
1981 Brad Johnson actor (Annie Oakley), dies at 56
1982 Tsvetan Tsvetanov composer, dies at 50
1983 Jacqueline Logan silent film leading lady, dies at 78
1983 Gloria Swanson actress (Airport 1975), dies of a heart ailment at 84
1984 John Arnold cricketer (England bat vs New Zealand 1931, scored 34 only Test), dies
1986 Frank Mortelmans Belgian painter, dies at 87
1987 C[atherine] L[ucille] Moore author (Judgment Night), dies at 76
1991 John Heinz (Senator-Republican-PA), dies in a plane crash, dies at 52
1991 Luc de Rijck Belgian soccer player (Turnhout), dies
1991 Max Frisch Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann), dies at 79
1992 Karl Tunberg US scriptwriter (Ben Hur), dies
1992 Samuel Reshevsky Polish-born chess grandmaster, dies at 80
1992 Sy Kramer singer/comedy writer dies of cancer at 59
1993 Alfred Mosher Butts US architect/game maker (Scrabble), dies at 93
1993 Bep [Alberta B] Ogterop [Rita la Roche] singer, dies
1994 Olga Lowina Dutch yodeler (Edelweisskapel), dies at 69
1994 Virginia "Ginny" Simms actress/singer (Kay Kyser Band), dies at 77
1995 Kenny Everett disc Jockey, dies at 50
1995 Peter Brinson dance educationalist, dies at 67
1995 Priscilla Lane actress (Saboteur, Bodyguard), dies at 77
1996 Carl Burton Stokes politician, dies at 68
1996 David Keylsey actor/director, dies at 63
1996 David Whitton campaigner, dies at 44
1996 Frederick Denison Maurice Hocking pathologist, dies at 97
1996 Joy Newton dancer, dies at 82
1996 Larry Laprise songwriter, dies at 83
1996 Seamas NacNeill piper, dies at 79

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