8th April, on this day

217 Roman Emperor Caracalla is assassinated (and succeeded) by his Praetorian Guard prefect, Marcus Opellius Macrinus.
1093 The new Winchester Cathedral is dedicated by Walkelin.
1139 Roger II of Sicily is excommunicated.
1149 Pope Eugene III takes refuge in the castle of Ptolemy II of Tusculum.
1195 Alexius III Angelus drives out brother Isaäk II as Byzantine emperor
1271 In Syria, sultan Baybars conquers the Krak of Chevaliers.
1341 Francesco Petrarca crowned in Rome
1378 Bartolomeo Prignano elected as Pope Urban VI
1455 Alfonso de Borgia elected as Pope Callistus III
1500 Battle at Novara King Louis XII beats duke Ludovico Sforza
1513 Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon discovers Florida
1716 Duke Karel Leopold of Mecklenburg-Schwerin signs covenant with Russia and marries Czar Peter the Great's niece
1730 1st Jewish congregation in US consecrates synagogue, "Shearith Israel, NYC"
1759 British troops chase French out of Masulipatam India
1766 1st fire escape patented, wicker basket on a pulley and chain
1767 Ayutthaya kingdom falls to Burmese invaders.
1781 Premiere of Mozart's violin sonata K379
1783 Catharina II of Russia annexes the Krim
1789 House of Representives 1st meeting
1801 Soldiers riot in Bucharest, kill 128 Jews
1802 French Protestant church becomes state-supported and -controlled
1820 The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos.
1832 Black Hawk War: Around 300 United States 6th Infantry troops leave St. Louis, Missouri to fight the Sauk Native Americans.
1832 Charles Darwin begins trip through Rio de Janeiro
1838 Steamship "Great Western" maiden voyage (Bristol, England to New York NY)
1848 Battle at Xaquixaguana, Peru Pedro de la Gasca beats Gonzalo Pizarro
1861 US mint at Dahlonega GA seized by confederacy
1862 John D Lynde patents aerosol dispenser
1864 Battle of Mansfield, La Federals routed by General Richard Taylor
1865 General Robert E Lee surrenders at Appomattox Court House in Virginia
1866 Italy and Prussia ally against Austria-Hungary.
1867 The first World's Fair is inaugurated in Paris.
1869 American Museum of Natural History opens (New York, NY)
1876 Amiliare Ponchielli's opera "La Gioconda", premieres in Milan
1879 Khedive Ismael of Egypt fires French/British ministers
1879 Milk is sold in glass bottles for 1st time
1886 William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.
1893 The Critic reports that the ice cream soda is the national drink of the future
1898 Battle of Atbara River, Anglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese
1895 The United States Supreme Court declares income tax to be unconstitutional in Pollock v. Farmers' Loan & Trust Co.
1899 Martha Place becomes the first woman to be executed in an electric chair.
1904 Britain and France settle the foreign affairs differences under the auspices of a newly negotiated 'Entente Cordiale'. Britain recognises the Suez Canal Convention and surrenders its claim to Madagascar
1904 British mystic Aleister Crowley transcribes the first chapter of the Book of the Law.
1904 Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan is renamed Times Square after The New York Times.
1907 Britain and France confirm the independence of Siam (now Thailand).
1908 King Edward VII appoints Liberal politician Herbert Asquith as British Prime Minister following the death of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
1912 Steamers collide in the Nile, drowning 200
1913 Opening of China's 1st parliament takes place in Peking (now Beijing)
1914 US and Colombia sign a treaty concerning the Panamá Canal Zone
1916 In Corona, California, car racer Bob Burman crashes, killing three and badly injuring five spectators
1918 Actors Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin sell war bonds on the streets of New York, New York's financial district.
1925 The Australian Government and the British Colonial Office offer low-interest loans to encourage Britons borrow the money to emigrate to Australia
1929 Indian Independence Movement: At Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt throw handouts and bombs to court arrest.
1933 Manchester Guardian warns of unknown nazi terror
1939 King Zog I of Albania, flees
1940 Germany invades Norway
1940 Great Britain and France announce that they have mined Norwegian territorial waters to prevent their use by German supply ships.
1940 Germany battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier HMS Glorious
1942 Siege of Leningrad - Soviet Union forces open a much-needed railway link to Leningrad.
1942 The Japanese take Bataan in the Philippines
1943 U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bars rate increases to common carriers and public utilities.
1943 Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya convicted of involvement with Mau Mau
1943 Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, founder of Sanbo Kyodan, receives dharma
1945 Nazi occupiers executed, Nazi General Christiansen flees Netherlands
1946 League of Nations assembles for last time
1947 Largest recorded sunspot (7,000) observed
1948 Soen Nakagawa and Nyogen Senzaki (Zen teachers) meet in San Francisco
1950 India and Pakistan sign the Liaquat-Nehru Pact.
1952 President Harry Truman seizes the steel mills to prevent a strike
1953 Dag Hammarskjöld chosen as Secretary-General of UN
1953 Future Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta is convicted in Kenya of involvement with the terrorist Mau Mau organisation
1956 6 marine recruits drown during exercise at Paradise Island, SC
1956 M Bandaranaike's People's front wins election in Ceylon
1957 The Suez Canal in Egypt is reopened.
1960 The U.S. Senate approves a civil rights bill despite Southern senators' marathon filibuster effort.
1961 British liner "Dara" explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236
1962 Accords of Evian (Algeria) accepted by referendum in France
1964 Unmanned Gemini 1 launched
1966 OAO 1, the 1st orbiting astronomical observatory, is launched
1966 Leonid Brezhnev elected Secretary-General of communist party
1967 Bare-foot English singer Sandie Shaw wins the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom with 'Puppet On A String'
1968 New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect
1968 Czechoslovakia Cernik government forms
1970 Senate rejects Nixon's nomination of Carswell to Supreme Court
1973 32 terrorist bombings in Cyprus
1977 Israel premier Yitzhak Rabin resigns
1979 204th and final episode of "All in the Family"
1979 People's Republic of China joins IOC
1985 India files suit against Union Carbide over Bhopal disaster
1985 Amdahl releases UTS/V, 1st mainframe Unix
1986 Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, CA
1988 Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, 52, was defrocked by the Assemblies of God following the disclosure of his involvement with a prostitute. (Swaggart was ordered to stay off TV for a year, but had returned after only three months.)
1990 "Twin Peaks" with Peggy Lipton premieres on ABC-TV
1990 King Birendra of Nepal lifts 30-year ban on political parties
1990 Norwegian Scandinavian Star catches fire; about 170 die
1990 New Democracy wins the national election in Greece.
1991 Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of the pancreas
1991 Jockey Bill Shoemaker paralyzed in a car accident
1992 After 151 years Britain's "Punch Magazine" final issue
1992 Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he has AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries.
1994 Darryl Strawberry enters Betty Ford clinic
1994 Japan's premier Morihiro Hosokawa resigns
1994 The lead singer of rock band Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, commits suicide by shooting himself
1994 Smoking banned in Pentagon and all US military bases
2000 19 Marines are killed when an Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashes near Marana, Arizona.
2004 Darfur conflict: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups.
2004 U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice testifies before the 9/11 Commission .
2006 Shedden massacre: the bodies of eight men, all shot to death, are found in a field in Ontario, Canada. The murders are soon linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.

8th April 2006

Fresh bomb targets Iraq's Shias

Zimbabweans have 'shortest lives'

Violent US storms leave 10 dead

8th April 2007

Algeria fighting leaves 15 dead

Iraq town attack leaves 18 dead

Pope decries 'slaughter' in Iraq

8th April 2008

Militants kill 17 Afghan workers

US 'must suspend' Iraq withdrawal

'Huge violence' in Zimbabwe poll

8th April 2009

Bomb attack near Iraq Shia shrine

Hijacked US crew 'retake vessel'

Italy buries first quake victims

8th April 2010

Brazil landslide 'leaves 200 buried'

US and Russian leaders hail nuclear arms treaty

'New human-like species' revealed

Birthdates which occurred on 8th April :

0563 -BC- Gautama Buddha (as celebrated in Japan-Kambutsue)
1460 Ponce de León San Tervas de Campos Spain, Spanish conqueror/explorer, searched for fountain of youth, found Florida
1533 Claudio Merulo organist/composer
1582 Phienas Fletcher poet
1605 Philip IV king of Spain & Portugal (1621-65)
1605 Louis de Vadder Flemish painter
1614 El Greco [Domenikos Theotokopoulos] Iráklion Crete Greece, painter (View of Toledo)
1631 Cornelis de Heem painter
1642 Gerard Callenbach Dutch Admiral
1655 Louis Willem I Margrave (Baden-Baden)
1692 Giuseppe Tartini Italy, violinist/composer (Trillo del Diavolo)
1695 Johann C Günther writer
1697 Pierre Prowo composer
1708 Georg Zarth composer
1726 Lewis Morris Bronx NY, US farmer (signed Declaration of Independence)
1731 William Williams Lebanon CT, US merchant (signed Declaration of Independence)
1741 José B da Gama Portuguese poet (O Uraguai)
1756 Joseph Gehot composer
1775 Adam A earl von Neipperg Austrian General/Napoleon's wife Marie lover
1776 Thaddaus Weigl composer
1783 John Claudius London England, horticulturist
1798 Dionysios Solomos poet
1816 Frederick William Burton painter
1818 Christaan IX king of Denmark (1863-1906)
1828 George Baird Hodge Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
1831 Allard Pierson Dutch theologiost/philosopher/art historian/poet
1832 Alfred von Waldersee Prussian fieldmarshal
1843 Asger Hamerik [Hammerich], composer
1850 William Henry Welch US, pathologist, founded John Hopkins
1859 Edmund Husserl Germany, philosopher (founded Phenomenology)
1869 Harvey Cushing US, neurosurgeon (blood pressure studies)
1875 Albert I von Saksen-Coburg king of Belgium (1909-34)
1878 Rudolf Nelson composer
1880 Victor Schertzinger composer/director (Uptown NY)
1881 Fernand Lamy composer
1885 Dimitrios Levidis composer
1886 Margaret A Barnes writer
1887 Walter Connolly Cincinnati OH, actor (Good Earth, 5th Avenue Girl)
1889 Sir Adrian Boult Chester England, conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra)
1892 Richard J Neutra Austrian/US architect (Who Built America?)
1893 Mary Pickford [Gladys Louise Smith] Toronto Ontario Canada, actress (Poor Little Rich Girl, Daddy Long Legs)
1893 Grace Cunard Columbus OH, silent screen actress (Resurrection)
1893 Henri Puvrez Belgian sculptor (Sereniteit)
1895 Bert I[ra] Gordon Kenosha WI, diector/producer (Empire of the Ants, Magic Sword, Amazing Colossal Man)
1895 Sigurdur Thordarson composer
1896 Karl Hermann Pillney composer
1897 Herbert Eimert German composer/musicologist (Glockenspiel)
1898 E Y "Yip" Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], lyricist/librettist
1898 Achiel H Acker Belgian premier (1945-46, 1954-58)
1898 Cecil [Maurice] Bowra British classics expert (Greek experience)
1902 Josef Krips Vienna Austria, conductor (London Symphony 1954-63)
1902 Arthur Wellard cricketer (big hitting Somerset & England batsman)
1903 Ilka Chase New York NY, actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien)
1904 John Antill composer
1904 John R Hicks British economist (Nobel 1972)
1905 George Baxter Paris France, actor (Flying Saucer, Lili, Caged)
1905 Hans Scherfig Danish marxist/writer (Idealister, Frydenholm)
1905 Helen B M Fennell Joseph anti-apartheid writer (Side by Side)
1905 Pierre Wigny Belgian minister of Foreign affairs (1958-61) [or 4/18]
1906 Charles J B Jonckheere Flemish poet/writer (Mirror of the Sea)
1907 Maurice Stacey chemist
1908 Neil Lawson British high court judge
1909 George Dixon trumpet/sax
1909 Olavi Pesonen composer
1909 William James Millar Mackenzie political scientist
1910 George Musso NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
1910 Wendell Bill cricketer (New South Wales bat 1929-36 Century on debut 1930)
1911 Douglas Hyde socialist/Christian
1911 Émile Michel Cioran Romania, writer (The Trouble With Being Born, Anathemas and Admirations)
1911 Melvin Calvin US chemist (photosynthesis, Nobel 1961)
1912 Sonja Henie Oslo Norway, ice skater/actress (Olympics-gold-1928,32,36)
1912 Josef Gabcík Czechoslovakia, resistance fighter (attacked Heydrich)
1913 H Ernst bishop (Breda Netherlands)
1914 John Cameron cricketer (brother of Jimmy, West Indies vice-captain 1939 England tour)
1919 [Douglas] Ian Smith premier of Rhodesia (1964-..)
1920 Carmen [Mercedes] McRae New York NY, US jazz singer/pianist (Downbeat's New Star of 1954)
1920 Erik Pausin Austria, figure skating pairs (Olympics-silver-1936)
1921 Alfie Bass London England, actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served)
1921 Betty [Bloomer] Ford 1st lady (1975-76)/namesake for Betty Ford Clinic
1921 Jan Novak composer
1921 Virginia O'Brien Los Angeles CA, actress/singer (Gus, Ziegfeld Follies, Thousands Cheer)
1923 Edward Mulhare Cork Ireland, actor (Daniel Gregg-Ghost & Mrs Muir)
1923 Franco Corelli Ancona Italy, tenor (Don José-Carmen)
1925 Shecky Greene Chicago IL, comedian/actor (Love Machine, Combat)
1928 Eric Porter London England, actor (Antony & Cleopatra, 39 Steps)
1928 John Gavin Los Angeles CA, actor (Back Street, Psycho, Murder for Sale)
1928 Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus CEO (NVSH)
1928 Monty Sunshine jazz bandleader (Gotta Travel On)
1929 Jacques Brel Brussels Belgium, songwriter/singer/actor (Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Pain in the A__)
1929 Renzo de Felice historian
1929 Walter Berry Austria singer/ex husband of Christa Ludwig
1929 William K Everson film historian
1930 Dorothy Tutin London England, actress (Importance of Being Earnest, Cromwell)
1930 John Bartholomew Tucker Pennsylvania, TV host (Candid Camera, Treasure Island)
1930 John Reardon New York NY, baritone (Falke-Die Fledermaus)
1930 Mary Moore principal (St Hilda's College, Oxford)
1930 Julien Van Remoortere [Piet Mortelman], Flemish writer (Fist)
1932 John Gavin Los Angeles CA, actor (Felony, Jennifer, House of Shadows)
1933 Fred Ebb lyricist (Cabaret)
1933 Jaroslav Smolka composer
1935 Donald Thompsett cricket umpire
1935 Albert G Bustamante (Representative-Democrat-TX, 1985- )
1935 Elizabeth Barrett-Connor epidemiologist (Living legacy award-1984)
1936 Klaus Lowitsch Berlin, actor (Despair, Marriage of Marla Braun)
1937 Seymour Hersh award winning investigative reporter (New York Times)
1937 Ronald Anthony "Tony" Clegg property trader
1938 Lory Patrick Beckley WV, actress (Trina-Tales of Wells Fargo)
1938 Barton Keith McLean composer
1938 Mohammad Farooq cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 7 Tests 1960-65)
1940 John Havlicek Martin's Ferry OH, NBA hall-of-famer (Boston Celtics)
1941 Peggy Lennon Los Angeles CA, singer (Lennon Sisters)
1942 Douglas Trumbull director (Silent Running, Brainstorm)
1942 Eduard Visser Dutch writer (Fyffes are now called Chiquita)
1943 J P Kavanaugh racehorse trainer
1943 Michael Bennett aids victim/choreographer (A Chorus Line)
1943 Robby Weaver actor (Stone)
1943 Tony Banks English politician (Labour Party)
1943 William Garth Morrison Chief scout
1943 Carol Lavell Fairfax VT, equestrian dressage (Olympics-bronze-92, 96)
1944 Anthony Farrar Hockley military historian
1944 Roger Chapman Leicester Leicestershire England, rock vocalist (Family-Family Entertainment)
1944 Christoph Hein Heinzendorf Silesia (now in Poland), writer
1944 Hywel Bennett South Wales, actor (Family Way, Shelley)
1944 Santiago Jimenez Jr US accordionist (El Mero Mero, Viva Seguin)
1945 Ian White Member of European Parliament for Bristol
1946 Jim "Catfish" Hunter major-league pitcher (A's, Yankees)
1946 Stuart Pankin Philadelphia PA, comedian (Striptease, Congo, Earl-Dinosaurs)
1947 Cindy Pickett Norman OK, actress (Guiding Light, St Elsewhere)
1947 Peter Banks England, guitarist (Yes)
1947 Steve Howe London England, rock guitarist (Asia, Yes-Roundabout)
1947 Gerald McRaney Collins MS, actor (Rick-Simon & Simon, Major Dad)
1947 Hsiao-hsien Hou director (Cheerful Wind, City of Sadness, Puppetmaster)
1947 Thomas D Delay (Representative-Republican-TX, 1985- )
1948 Richard Alan Litchfield Massachusetts, bank robber (FBI most wanted)
1949 Jim Lampley Hendersonville NC, newscaster (Monday Night Baseball)
1951 Mel Schachter rocker (Grand Funk Railroad)
1952 Adam Woods rock drummer/pianist (Fixx)
1954 Gary Carter catcher (Montréal Expos, New York Mets)
1954 John Schneider Mount Kisco NY, actor (Bo-Dukes of Hazzard)
1955 John Campbell harness racer (3-time winner of Hambletonian)
1957 Michael Spound Santa Monica CA, actor (Dave-Hotel)
1959 Martin John Weston Worcester England, cricketer
1959 Franklyn Stephenson cricketer (great all-rounder)
1962 Izzy Stradlin [Jeff Isabelle] Lafayette IN, guitarist (Guns N' Roses-Welcome to the Jungle)
1963 Julian Lennon Liverpool England, John's son/singer (Too Late for Goodbyes)/subject of Beatles' "Hey Jude"
1963 Alec James Stewart Merton England, cricketer (son of Mickey/opening bat/occasional wicket keeper)
1963 Erica Terwillegar Nelsonville NJ, lugist
1963 Terry Porter NBA guard (Minnesota Timberwolves)
1964 Biz Markie rocker (Meteor Man, Townsend Television)
1964 Valinda Hilleary Littleton CO, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1993)
1966 Robin [Virginia] Wright Penn Dallas TX, actress (Jenny-Forrest Gump, Kelly-Santa Barbara, Princess Bride)
1967 Kenneth [Kenny] Charlie Griffith Benjamin St John's Antigua, cricketer (West Indies like his namesake)
1968 Don Davey NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1968 Patricia Arquette New York NY, actress (Ed Wood, Nightmare on Elm Street 3)
1969 Steve Jackson NFL cornerback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
1970 Derek D Brown Washington DC, team handball right wing (Olympics-1996)
1970 Gerald Vaughn CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
1970 Harold Bishop NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
1971 Edward Fryatt Rochdale England, Nike golfer (1994 NCAA West Regional)
1971 Marc Peers Edmonton Alberta, tornado yachter (Olympics-96)
1972 Damon Watts NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
1972 Isaac Davis NFL guard (San Diego Chargers)
1972 Katrina Powell Canberra Australia, field hockey striker (Olympics-96)
1973 Alex Gonzalez Miami FL, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays)
1973 Joel Davis guard (Cincinnati Bengals)
1973 Walter Nicholas Henry Tongue Auckland New Zealand, 50 meter/100 meter swimmer (Olympics-96)
1976 Jim Farnum Honolulu HI, kayak (alternate-Olympics-96)
1981 Rebecca Wilson Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
1984 Taran Noah Smith San Francisco CA, actor (Mark Taylor-Home Improvement)


Deaths which occurred on April 8th:
0217 Caracalla [Marcus Aurelius Antoniius] Roman emperor (198-217), murdered at 29
1143 John II Comnenus Emperor of Byzantium (1118-43), dies in an accident
1364 Jan II the Good, King of France (1350-64), dies at 44
1492 Lorenzo I de' Medici"il Magnifico" ruler of Florence (1469-92), dies
1498 Charles VIII King of France (1483-98), beheaded at 27
1537 Willem Aerts Flemish architect, dies
1629 Willem Teellinck Dutch theologist/vicar, dies at 50
1697 Niels Juel Danish Admiral (Oland, Moen, Kjögebocht), dies at 67
1736 Pedro Vaz Rego composer, dies at 63
1759 François de La Croix composer, dies at 76
1778 Pieter Teyler van der Hulst Dutch founder (Teyler Museum), dies at 76
1794 Marie-Jean-Antoine-Nicholas-Caritat mathematician dies
1844 Ignaz Franz von Mosel composer, dies at 72
1848 Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti Italian composer, dies at 50
1851 John Parry composer, dies at 75
1853 Jan W Pieneman historical painter (Battle at Waterloo), dies at 73
1858 Anton Diabelli Austrian composer/publisher, dies at 76
1861 Elisha G Otis US elevator builder (Otis), dies at 50
1863 Joseph Netherclift composer, dies at 70
1865 John Park composer, dies at 61
1870 Charles-Auguste de Beriot Belgian violinist/composer, dies at 68
1871 Charles-Louis Hanssens composer, dies at 68
1889 Henry Jupp cricketer (scored 63 on Test debut for England in 1877), dies
1890 Junius Morgan philanthropist, dies at 76
1894 Bankim C Chattopadhyaya writer (Mrinalini, Anandamath), dies at 55
1897 Heinrich von Stephan UK politician, dies
1897 George Garrett composer, dies at 62
1902 Sipyagain Russian minister of interior/headed Secret Service, assassinated
1914 Jakub Arbes Czechoslovakia, author (Andél Miru), dies at 73
1919 Roland baron Eötvös Hungarian physicist, dies at 70
1920 Charles Tomlinson Griffes US composer (White Peacock), dies at 35
1921 Earnest von Possart German actor/stage manager, dies
1931 Eric Axel Karlfeldt poet, dies
1935 Edwin Cannan economist, dies
1937 Arthur William Foote US organist/composer, dies at 84
1937 William Henry Hadow composer (Studies in Modern Music), dies at 77
1938 Harold Baumgartner cricketer (took 2-99 lefty in test for S Af), dies
1941 Eugène-Marcel Prévost novelist, dies
1942 Alfred Mombert writer, dies
1943 Richard Sears 1st to win US amateur national tennis match, dies at 81
1943 Paul Colin Belgian journalist/collaborator, executed
1947 Henry Ford US industrialist (Ford cars), dies
1948 Josef B Kjellgren Swedish writer (Guldkedjan), dies at 40
1950 Albert Ehrenstein Austria writer (Strum), dies at 63
1950 Vaslav Fromich Nijinsky Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies in London
1957 Frank Chester cricketer (distinguished 1-armed England Test ump), dies
1959 Gustave Charlier Belgian literature historian, dies
1963 Len Tuckett cricketer (no runs no wickets in 1 Test for S A), dies
1965 Erik A Blomberg Swedish art historian/poet/author, dies at 70
1965 Jack Durston cricketer (one Test for England, 4-102 & 1-34), dies
1965 Lars Hanson Swedish actor (Flesh & Devil), dies after illness at 78
1966 George Creten Belgian sculptor/painter, dies at 79
1969 Arthur Walter Kramer composer, dies at 78
1969 Denton Cooley got 1st fully artificial heart, dies at 48
1970 Marie V Felix Prince of Luxemburg, dies
1973 Pablo (Ruiz y) Picasso Spanish/French painter (Guernica), dies near Mougins France at 91
1976 Phil Ochs rock producer (Joe Hill), dies at 35
1977 Frank Milan actor (The Witness), dies at 71
1978 Ford C Frick baseball commissioner, dies at 83
1981 General Omar Bradley last 5-star General, dies in New York at 88
1981 Norman Taurog dies
1981 Omar Bradley last US 5-star General, (Normandy) dies in New York at 88
1987 Francis C Denebrink US Naval officer (WWI, WWII, Korea) dies at 90
1990 Ryan White hemophiliac aids sufferer, dies at 18 - The Ryan White Foundation was founded later in 1991 by Jeanne White and Phil Donahue
1990 Doreen Sloane dies
1990 Jose De Vega dies of AIDS at 56
1992 Nelson Olmstead dies at 78
1993 Arleen Whelan dies of stroke at 78
1993 H Earnest bishop of Breda, dies
1993 Marian Anderson US contralto (My Lord, What a Morning), dies at 96
1994 Frank Wells president (Disney), dies in helicopter crash
1994 Irene Eisinger singer, dies at 91
1994 Walter Arnold German theologist (World council of Churches), dies at 64
1995 Maurice Allom cricketer (14 Test wickets-New Zealand debut hat-trick), dies
1996 Basil Hembry farmer/campaigner, dies at 80
1996 Ben Johnson cowboy actor (Tex, Dillinger), dies of heart attack at 77
1996 Charles Donald Adams singer, dies at 67
1997 Laura Nyro singer, dies of ovarian cancer at 49

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