19th December, on this day

324 Licinius abdicates his position as Roman Emperor
401 St Anastasius I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1055 Seldjuken under Toghril Beg occupy Baghdad
1154 King Henry II of England crowned
1187 Clement III. organiser of the Third Crusade, elected pope
1370 .Pope Urban V's papcy ends
1490 Anna van Bretagne marries a proxy Maximilian of Austria
1551 Dutch west coast hit by hurricane
1562 Battle at Dreux: Anne de Montmorency and huguenots under Condé captured
1606 The Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery depart England carrying settlers who, at Jamestown, Virginia, would found the first of the thirteen colonies that became the United States.
1686 Robinson Crusoe leaves his island after 28 years (as per Defoe)
1688 William of Orange enters London
1688 King James II's wife and son flee to France
1696 Jean-François Regnard's "Le Joueur" premieres in Paris
1732 Benjamin Franklin (under the name Richard Saunders) begins publication of "Poor Richard's Almanack"
1776 Thomas Paine published his 1st "American Crisis" essay, in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls"
1777 Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge, PA for the winter
1783 English government of Pitt the Younger forms
1788 Chinese troops occupy capital Thang Long, Vietnam
1793 Napoleon Bonaparte takes the French port of Toulon
1795 In US, 1st state appropriation of money for road building, Kentucky
1828 South Carolina declares the right of states to nullify federal laws
1835 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin approaches New Zealand
1842 US recognizes independence of Hawaii
1843 Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is published in England
1854 Allen Wilson of Connecticut patents sewing machine to sew curving seams
1861 Battle of Black Water
1862 Battle of Jackson
1863 In London, Frederick Walton patents a new floor covering called linoleum
1867 Victims of "Angola Horror" burned to death (Angola, NY)
1871 Albert L Jones (New York NY), patents corrugated paper
1881 Jules Massenet's opera "Hérodiade" is produced (Brussels)
1884 Italy recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
1887 Jake Kilrain and Jem Smith fight 106 round bare knuckle draw
1888 Stanley's expedition reaches Fort Bodo, East-Africa
1891 1st Negro Catholic priest ordained in US, Charles Uncles, Baltimore
1903 Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn and Manhattan
1905 London County Council sets up Britain's first motorised ambulance service for the victims of traffic accidents
1907 239 workers die in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek PA
1909 Juan Gomez seizes power in Venezuela
1910 1st city ordinance in US requiring white and black residential areas (Baltimore)
1910 Rayon 1st commercially produced, Marcus Hook PA
1913 Jack Johnson fights Jim Johnson to a draw in 10 for hw boxing title
1915 World War I: British, Australian and New Zealand troops begin their withdrawal from Gallipoli after failing to defeat the Turks
1918 Robert Ripley began his "Believe It or Not" column (New York Globe)
1922 Mrs Theres Vaughn, 24, confessed in court to being married 62 times
1931 Joseph A Lyons (C) becomes premier of Australia
1932 British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas
1934 Japan agress to fleet treaty of 1922 and 1930
1939 Russian air AND ground attack against Finnish positions near Summa
1941 World War II: After a series of military setbacks, German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler dismisses his senior officers and takes personal command of the German Army
1941 US Office of Censorship created to control info pertaining to WWII
1943 Military coup in Bolivia
1945 Austrian Republic re-establishes
1945 Jean Giraudoux' "La Folle de Chaillot" premieres in Paris
1946 War breaks out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacks French in Hanoi
1946 Noël Coward's musical "Pacific 1860" premieres in London
1949 Luxury passenger ship Aquitania demolished in Garelock Scotland
1950 General Eisenhower named NATO commander
1950 Tibet's Dalai Lama flees Chinese invasion
1955 Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes"
1957 The start of a regular air service between London and Moscow
1957 "The Music Man", starring Robert Preston, opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1375 performances
1958 1st radio broadcast from space (recorded Christmas message by President Eisenhower: "To all mankind, America's wish for Peace on Earth & Good Will to Men Everywhere")
1960 Fire aboard USS Constellation, under construction in Brooklyn (50 die)
1960 Mercury-Redstone 1A reaches 210 km in test flight
1960 Frank Sinatra's 1st session with Reprise Records (Ring-A-Ding-Ding)
1961 British government begins decimal coin system
1961 Indonesian President Sukarno proclaims general mobilization
1962 Nyasaland secedes from Rhodesia and Nyasaland
1962 Transit 5A1, 1st operational navigational satellite, launched
1963 Zanzibar becomes independent from UK
1965 French President De Gaulle re-elected (Mitterrand gets 45%)
1971 NASA launches Intelsat 4 F-3 for COMSAT Corp
1971 CBS airs "Homecoming - A Christmas Story" (introducing the Waltons)
1971 Stanley Kubrick's X-rated "A Clockwork Orange" premieres
1972 US spacecraft Apollo 17 splashes down on target in the Pacific Ocean bringing an end the United States Apollo programme of landing men on the Moon
1972 Irish footballer George Best is sacked from his club, Manchester United
1975 Ron Wood joined the Rolling Stones
1976 Piper Cherokee crashes into Baltimore Memorial Stadium upper stands, 10 minutes after Colts lose 40-14 to Steelers; No one seriously hurt
1978 France performs nuclear test
1978 Indira Gandhi ambushed in India
1980 Anguilla becomes a British dependency separate from St Kitts
1980 Iran requests $24 billion in US guarantees to free hostages
1981 The 8-man crew of the Penlee Lifeboat all lose their lives attempting to rescue the crew of the coaster Union Star which is wrecked in violent seas off the coast of Cornwall
1984 Fire at the Wilberg Mine in central Utah killed 27 people h
1984 China People's Republic performs nuclear test at Lop Nor People's Rebublic of China
1984 China People's Republic Premier Zhao Ziyang and Margaret Thatcher sign Hong Kong Treaty
1984 UK signs agreement with China to return Hong Kong to China in 1997
1984 In Britain, Ted Hughes is named Poet Laureate in succession to Sir John Betjeman
1985 Mary Lund is 1st woman to receive a Jarvik VII artificial heart
1986 USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile
1987 Gari Kasparov becomes world chess champion
1988 NASA unveils plans for lunar colony and manned missions to Mars
1988 Unexploded WWII bomb found in Frankfurt, Germany-5,000 evacuated
1989 American Airlines purchases Eastern Airline's Latin American route
1990 Albanian authorities formally recognize the country's first non-Communist political party
1991 Boris Yeltsin takes control of Kremlin
1993 Guinee General Lansana re-elected president
1995 Queen Elizabeth askes Prince Charles and Diana to divorce
1997 MTV drops video "Smack My Bitch Up" by Prodigy
1997 Silkair Flight 185 crashes into the Musi River, near Palembang in Indonesia, killing 104.
1998 Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.
2000 The Leninist Guerrilla Units wing of the Communist Labour Party of Turkey/Leninist attack a Nationalist Movement Party office in Istanbul, killing one person and injuring three.
2001 The fire at the World Trade Center, as a result of the September 11, 2001 attacks, is finally extinguished after three months.
2001 A record high barometric pressure of 1085.6 hPa (32.06 inHg) is recorded at Tosontsengel, Khövsgöl Province, Mongolia.
2001 Argentine economic crisis: December 2001 riots - Riots erupt in Buenos Aires after Domingo Cavallo's corralito measures restrict the withdrawal of cash from bank deposits.
2003 Nepal financial crisis leads hundreds to protest outside of presidential palace.
2005 Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 101, a Grumman Mallard, crashes off the coast of Miami Beach, Florida, killing all 20 on board

19th December 2005

US sets Saddam's scientists free

Bush defends phone-tapping policy

Chinese growth to top 9% in 2005

19th December 2006

Libya firm on HIV death sentences

Fumes kill Pacific storm victims

Compulsory HIV tests for couples

19th December 2007

Lee wins South Korea's election

France Guantanamo five convicted

Somali 'child safety zones' call

19th December 2008

Bush unveils $17bn car bail-out

Mugabe insists 'Zimbabwe is mine'

Severed cable disrupts web

19th December 2009

Copenhagen climate deal meets UN welcome

Nigeria rebels attack oil pipeline

1000s freed from Channel Tunnel

Birthdates which occurred on 19th December :

1036 Su Tung-p'o China, poet/essayist/painter/calligrapher
1498 Andreas Osiander Germany, Protestant Reformation theologist
1676 Louis-Nicholas Clerambault Paris France, composer/organist
1683 Philip V Versailles France, King of Spain (1700-24, 24-46)
1723 Susanne K von Klettenberg German friend of Goethes mother
1744 Jacobus J Cramer priest of Holland/Zealand/West-Friesland
1753 John Taylor Virginia, philosopher (Jeffersonian Democracy)
1778 Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte daughter of King Louis XVI & Marie-Antoinette
1779 Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers Paris France, engraver
1783 Charles-Julien Brianchon France, mathematician (Brianchon's theorem)
1790 Sir William Parry England, Arctic explorer
1792 [Andries] Hendrik Potgieter Cape Colony, settled Transvaal
1796 Manuel Breton de los Herreros Quel Spain, poet/comic playwright
1797 Josef Theodor Krov composer
1809 Pierre-Joseph van Beneden Belgium, paleontologist (life cycle of tapeworms)
1813 Thomas Andrews Belfast Ireland, chemist/physicist (ozone)
1814 Edwin M[cMasters] Stanton Ohio, US Secretary of War (1861-65)
1817 James Jay Archer Brigadier-General (Confederate Army) died in 1864
1819 James Clifford Veatch Brevet Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1895
1821 Mary Ashton Livermore American reformer/women's suffrage leader
1824 Hercules Robinson Ireland, South Africa Commissioner (1880-89, 1895-97)
1825 George Frederick Bristow composer
1831 Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop Hawaii
1832 John Kirk Barry Scotland, Dr/companion to explorer David Livingstone
1836 Maria L Sanford pioneer educator (PTA)
1837 John Carpenter Carter Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), died in 1864
1849 Henry Clay Frick Pennsylvania, built world's largest coke & steel operation
1852 A[lbert] A Michelson Strelno Prussia, US physicist (Nobel 1907)
1861 Constance [Clara] Garnett Brighton England, Russian-English translator
1861 Italo Svevo Trieste Austria, Italian novelist (La Coscienza di Zeno)
1864 Adolf Sandberger composer
1865 Hermann Hirt Magdeburg Prussia, linguist (Indo-European Grammar)
1865 Minnie Maddern Fiske New Orleans LA, stage actress (Henrik Ibsen's plays)
1865 Tikhon Toropets Pskov Russia, patriarch of Russian Orthodox/saint
1869 Eduard Hermann Coburg Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, German linguist (Homer)
1875 Carter G Woodson New Canton VA, American historian (black studies)
1876 Carlo Gatti composer
1878 Anton Lajovic composer
1879 Beals C Wright tennis champion (US Open-1905)
1879 Otto Emanuel Olsson composer
1880 Nemesio Otano y Eugenio composer
1882 Walter Braunfels composer
1883 [Francis] Barry Byrne Chicago IL, architect
1883 Louis Davids [Simon David] Dutch cabaret performer/chorus performer
1884 Antonín Zápotocky premier/President of Czechoslovakia
1884 Ferdinando Liuzzi composer
1885 F S Flint London England, translator/poet (imagist movement)
1888 Fritz Reiner Budapest Hungary, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony 1938-48)
1890 Klaas Schilder Dutch theologist/vicar (Occupied Territory)
1891 Edward Bernard Andre Maria Raczynski Poland, president-in-exile (1979-86)
1893 Harry Blomberg Swedish author (Mäster Jacob)
1894 Ford C Frick baseball commissioner (1951-65)
1894 Paul Dessau Hamburg Germany, composer/conducter (Berlin, 1925-33)
1894 Yoshida Isoya Tokyo Japan, architect (modern sukiya style)
1895 Ingeborg Refling-Hagen Norwegian author/poet (Loke Saar Havre)
1895 Maurice Roelants Belgian author (Jazz Player)
1896 John Seldon Whale theologian
1897 Louis Darquier de Pellepoix France, anti-Semite/nazi collaborator
19-- Jourdan Fremin New Orleans LA, actress (At Ease)
19-- Klaus Eichstadt rocker (Ugly Kid Joe-Mad Man, Too Bad)
19-- Maria Martha Serra Lima Buenos Aires Argentina, entertainer
1901 Oliver [Hazard Perry] La Farge New York NY, anthropologist/novelist (Laughing Boy)
1901 Vitorino Nemésio Portuguese author (Presença)
1902 Sir Ralph Richardson England, actor (David Copperfield, Dr Zhivago, Anna Karenina)
1902 Leonard Hirsch British violinist/orchestra leader (RAF Symphony Orchestra)
1903 Cyril Dean Darlington England, biologist (hereditary mechanisms)
1903 George Davis Snell Bradford MA, geneticist (H-2 gene)
1903 Theo Harych writer
1905 Charles Robert Owen Medley dancer/choreographer
1906 H Allen Smith Illinois, humorist/author (Armchair Detective, Low Man on the Totem Pole, Rhubarb)
1906 Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev Ukraine, 1st Secretary of the Community Party/President of the USSR (1964-82)
1910 Jean Genet Paris France, novelist/dramatist (The Blacks)
1910 Jose Lezama Lima Havana Cuba, poet/novelist
1915 Edith Piaf [E Giovanna Gassion] Paris France, chanteuse (Little Sparrow)
1916 Hal Hastings New York NY, orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway)
1916 Adriaan van der Veen Dutch writer (Sister at Sea)
1916 Mervyn Wallace cricketer (13 Tests for New Zealand, latterly as captain)
1917 Graham Sharp ice skater
1920 David Susskind New York NY, TV host (Open End, David Susskind Show)
1920 Jimmy Dickens Bolt WV, country singer (Grand Ole Opry)
1920 Ragnild Hveger Denmark, 400 meter swimmer (Olympics-silver-1936)
1921 Ludvik Podest composer
1922 Walter Höllerer writer
1923 Luigi Innocenti designer
1924 Edmund Purdom England, actor (Asissi Underground, Pieces)
1924 Peter Prowtiny English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
1925 Tankred Torst writer
1926 Bobby Layne NFL QB (Detroit Lions)
1926 Jeanne Kirkpatrick US ambassador to UN
1928 Galt MacDermot Montréal Canada, composer (Letting Down My Hair)
1928 Michael Hurd composer
1929 Herman T M Lauxtermann Dutch 2nd chamber member (VVD)
1933 Cicely Tyson Harlem NY, actress (Roots, Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman)
1933 James Booth London England, actor/writer (Zulu, Robbery, Revenge)
1934 Al Kaline Baltimore MD, Hall of Fame outfielder (Detroit Tigers/American League bat champion 1955)
1934 Rudi Carrell [Rudolf W Kesselman] Dutch showmaster
1938 Barbara Steele Trenton Wirrall England, actress (Came from Within)
1940 Phil Ochs El Paso TX, anti-war folk singer (Joe Hill, War is Over)
1941 Maurice White Memphis TN, rock vocalist (Earth, Wind & Fire-Spirit)
1942 Jean-Patric Manchette thriller writer
1943 William De Vries Brooklyn NY, surgeon-inventor (Symbion artifical heart)
1944 Tim Reid Norfolk VA, comedian (Venus Flytrap-WKRP, Frank's Place)
1944 Zal Yanovsky rock guitarist (Lovin' Spoonful-Do You Believe in Magic)
1944 Alvin Lee Nottingham England, rock vocals/guitarist (10 Years After)
1944 Richard Leakey anthropologist
1945 Elaine Joyce Cleveland OH, actress (City of Angels, Mr Merlin)
1945 John McEuen rocker (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
1946 Marianne Faithfull Hampstead England, singer (Money, As Tears Go By)
1946 Robert Urich Toronto OH, actor (SWAT, Spenser for Hire, Vega$)
1947 Janie Fricke South Whitley IN, country singer (It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy)
1949 Claudia A Kolb US, 200 meter breast stroke swimmer (Olympics-silver-1964)
1949 Lenny White rocker
1951 Fred W Leslie Ancon Panamá, PhD/astronaut (STS 73)
1953 Peter McEwan cricketer (New Zealand batsman early 80's)
1955 Susil Fernando cricketer (5 Tests for Sri Lanka 1983)
1956 Alice Barrett New York NY, actress (Frankie Frame-Another World)
1957 Doug Johnson rock keyboardist (Loverboy-Get Lucky)
1957 Kevin McHale NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
1957 Liz Glazowski Chicago IL, playmate (April, 1980)
1958 Limahl British rocker (Kajagoogoo-Too Shy)
1958 Iqbal Sikander cricketer (Pakistan leg-spinner 1992 World Cup)
1958 Rick Pearson Marianna FL, Nike golfer (1990 Yuma Open)
1959 Edward Metgod Dutch soccer goalie (Haarlem, Sparta)
1959 Kathryn "Furu" Carpenter Marshall MI, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)
1960 Daryl Hannah Chicago IL, actress (Splash)
1960 Mike Lookinland Mount Pleasant UT, actor (Bobby-Brady Bunch)
1961 Reggie White NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
1962 Bettina Huebers Hamburg German Federal Republic, illegitimate daughter of Paul McCartney
1962 Charith Senanayake cricketer (played for Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1991)
1963 Chris Greatrex LPGA golfer (1995 Fielcrest Cannon Classic-71st)
1963 Jennifer Beals Chicago IL, actress (Flashdance, Bride)
1963 Karen Bliss-Livingston Quakertown PA, cyclist (Olympics-96)
1964 Beatrice Dalle Breast France, actress (Betty Blue, Sabbath)
1964 Arvydas Sabonis NBA center (Portland Trailblazers)
1964 Lorie Kane Prince Edward Island Canada, LPGA golfer (du Maurier Ltd-1994, 95)
1964 Mike Fetters Van Nuys CA, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
1964 Randall McDaniel NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
1965 Chuckii Booker rocker
1965 Jessica Steen Toronto Ontario, actress (Earth II, Homefront, Trial & Error)
1966 Robert MacNaughton New York NY, actor (ET)
1966 Alberto "La Bomba" Tomba Italian skier (Olympics-gold-1988, 92)
1966 Courtney Griffin CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
1966 Eric Weinrich Roanoke, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks)
1966 Monique Oliver Malibu CA, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-4th-1994)
1966 Rajesh Chauhan cricketer (Indian off-spinner since 1993)
1966 Roberto Beam soccer player (Vitesse/MVV)
1967 Doug Johns South Bend IN, pitcher (Oakland A's)
1968 Jennifer Devine Portland OR, rower (Olympics-96)
1969 Kristy Swanson actress (Knots Landing, Buffy Vampire Slayer)
1969 Michael Bates NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers)
1969 Mike Alexander WLAF corner (Rhein Fire)
1969 Nayan Mongia cricketer (Indian Test batsman-wicketkeeper 1994- )
1969 Santana Dotson NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
1969 Scott Pearson Cornwall, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
1969 Tom Gugliotta NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves)
1970 Zac Foley rock bassist (EMF-Unbelievable)
1970 Jon Cleveland Fresno CA, Canadian 100 meter/200 meter swimmer (Olympics-bronze-92, 96)
1970 Robert Lang Teplice Czechoslovakia, NHL forward (Team Czechoslovakia Representative, Los Angeles)
1970 Wendy Miles Australia, golfer (1993 T77 Alpine Australian Ladies Masters)
1971 Amy Locane Trenton NJ, actress (Andrea-Spencer, Sandy-Melrose Place)
1971 Jen[nifer] Dore Kearny NJ, rower (Olympics-4th-96)
1971 Mike Groh WLAF quarterback (Rhein Fire)
1972 Alyssa Jane Milano Brooklyn NY, actress (Samantha-Who's the Boss, Jennifer-Melrose Place, Phoebe-Charmed)
1972 Warren Sapp NFL defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1972 Waverly Jackson DL (Carolina Panthers)
1973 Kebu Stewart NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
1974 Bryant Westbrook cornerback (Detroit Lions)
1974 Jake Plummer quarterback (Arizona Cardinals)
1974 Ricky Ponting cricketer (prodigious Tasmania batsman, Australia 1995)
1975 Casual [Jon Owens] rapper
1975 Kristin Folkl St Louis MO, volleyball outside hitter (alternate-Olympics-96)
1977 Maria Joana Parizotto Miss Universe-Brazil (1996)
1978 Lauren Petty Miss New Jersey Teen USA (1997)
1981 Stevie Ficker Miss Oregon Teen USA (1997)
1996 Paige Speakman England, born 19 days before her twin sister
4913 William C De Vries surgeon/inventor (artificial heart)


Deaths which occurred on 19th December:
0401 Anastasius I Bishop of Rome (399-401), dies
1370 Urban V [Guillaume de Grimoard] 1st Avignon Pope (1362-70), dies
1614 Melchior Bischoff composer, dies at 67
1741 Vitus J Bering Dutch navigator/explorer, dies
1749 Francesco Antonio Bonporti composer, dies at 76
1798 Charles-Joseph Panckoucke publisher (Moniteur Universel), dies at 62
1800 Georg Peter Weimar composer, dies at 66
1804 Mary Bright British PM Rockingham, dies
1810 Johann Heinrich Egli composer, dies at 68
1815 Michel Woldemar composer, dies at 65
1815 Robert Hudson composer, dies at 83
1823 Nicolas-Joseph Hullmandel composer, dies at 67
1848 Adam van Duyn governor of South Holland, dies at 77
1851 J M William Turner British painter (Rain, Steam & Speed), dies at 76
1867 Jean-Georges Kastner composer, dies at 57
1914 Johann F Ritter von Schulte German catholic lawyer, dies at 87
1915 Alois Alzheimer German neurologist (first described Alzheimer's Disease), dies at 51
1925 Jose Ignacio Quinton composer, dies at 44
1930 Johnny Douglas cricketer (soccer int, boxing gold medal), drowns
1939 Eric Fogg composer, dies at 36
1939 Karl Wagenfeld Low German writer (Lucifer, Death & Devil), dies at 70
1939 Willem Benoy Flemish actor/director (The White), dies at 57
1941 L M Dovator Russian general, dies in battle
1951 Barton Yarbrough actor (Dragnet), dies at 51
1952 Harry Makepeace cricketer (cricket & soccer international for England), dies
1953 Robert A Millikan US physicist (Nobel 1923), dies at 85
1953 Rudolf Leonhard writer, dies
1957 John W Van Druten US stage/screenwriter (I Remember Mama), dies at 56
1959 Walter Williams claimed to be last survivor of Civil War, dies at 117
1966 Ehm Welk writer, dies at 82
1967 Alfred Courtens Belgian sculptor, dies at 78
1968 Norman Thomas founder (ACLU)/Socialist Party (1926-55), dies at 84
1977 Nellie Taylor Ross 1st woman governor, dies at 101
1982 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald French organist/composer, dies at 71
1982 Lawrence Collingwood composer, dies at 95
1983 Raymond Massey actor (Dr Gillespie-Dr Kildaire), dies at 87
1984 Michel Magne composer, dies at 54
1989 Dorothea "Stella" Gibbons English journalist/author, dies at 87
1990 Basil Henson actor (Change Partners), dies of stroke at 71
1991 Ernest K Gann US adventure novelist, dies at 81
1991 Paul Maxwell actor (City of Fear, Freedom to Die), dies at 70
1993 Anthonius "Ton" Kors writer (Time of Anton de Lange), dies at 47
1993 Antoon Veerman Dutch ARP Assistant Secretary of Education (1973-75), dies at 77
1993 Michael Clarke drummer (Byrds), dies of liver failure at 49
1994 Noel Pointer jazz violinist, dies at 39
1995 Dame Ruth Nita Barrow governor-General of Barbados, dies at 79
1995 Harold Watkinson politician/businessman, dies at 85
1995 Janet Wilder stuntwoman, dies at 29
1996 Marcello Mastroiani actor (8½, Assassin, Family Diary), dies at 72
1996 Ronald Howard actor (Hunting Party, Koroshi), dies at 78
1996 Yuli Borisovich Khariton scientist, dies at 82
1997 David Norman Schramm physicist, dies at 52
1997 Masaru Ibuka co-founder (Sony Corp), dies at 89
1998 Mel Fisher underwater film maker, dies from bladder cancer at 76

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