2nd December, on this day

1409 The University of Leipzig opens
1620 English language newspaper "Namloos" begins publishing in Amsterdam
1682 English Earl of Shaftesbury's flight to Amsterdam
1697 St Paul's Cathedral opens in London
1755 The second Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed by fire.
1763 Touro shul of Newport, RI dedicated (oldest existing US synagogue)
1777 British General Howe plots attack on Washington's army for Dec 4
1790 Austrian army occupies Brussels
1802 English sell Suriname to Dutch
1804 Napoleon Bonaparte crowned 1st emperor of France in Paris by Pope Pius VII
1805 Napoleon defeats Russians and Austrians at Battle of Austerlitz
1812 James Madison re-elected President of US, Elbridge Gerry Vice-President
1813 Prince Willem Frederik accepts constitutional monarchy
1816 Spa Fields Riots in England: a large crowd, gathered to demand political reform, decides to march on London
1816 1st savings bank in US opens (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society)
1818 Siege of Diriyah : Ibrahim Pasha captured and destroyed Diriyah ending the First Saudi State
1822 In San Salvador, a congress proposes incorporation into US
1823 In the United States, the 'Monroe Doctrine', announced by US President James Monroe, warns all European powers against interfering in the politics of the American Republics-including any further colonisation of land on the American continent. Any breach would be considered a threat to US peace and security
1825 Battle of Prome ends : Campbell defeats Burmese, led by Maha Nenyo, who is killed
1840 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita" premieres in Paris
1840 William H Harrison elected President of US, John Tyler Vice-President
1845 Manifest Destiny : US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.
1848 Franz Josef I becomes emperor of Austria and King of Hungary
1851 Newly-elected French President Charles Louis Bonaparte overthrows the Second Republic
1852 2nd French empire established; Louis Napoleon becomes emperor
1859 American anti-slavery campaigner John Brown is hanged for killing five pro-slavery men and leading an attack on the US arsenal at Harper's Ferry in October
1863 Battle of Mine Run ends : Meade bombards Lee's Confederates but then withdraws.
1864 Skirmish at Rocky Creek Church, Georgia
1867 Charles Dickens' 1st public reading in US at Tremont Theatre, Boston
1868 1st British government of Disraeli resigns
1877 Camille Saint-Saëns' opera "Samson et Dalila" premieres in Weimar
1883 Johannes Brahms' 3rd Symphony in F, premieres
1885 The opera "Regina di Saba" is produced (Vienna)
1887 French President Jules Grévy (80) resigns
1896 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Die versunkene Glocke" premieres in Berlin
1899 US and Germany agree to divide Samoa between them
1899 Philippine-American War : The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed "The Filipino Thermopylae", is fought.
1900 South African President Paul Kruger arrives in Germany
1901 King Camp Gillette begins selling safety razor blades
1904 Members of the British Parliament representing Ulster, form an organisation that becomes the Ulster Unionist Council
1907 Tommy Burns KOs Gunner Moir in 10 to retain the heavyweight boxing title
1907 English Professional Football Player's Association forms
1908 Pu Yi (Hsuan-T'ung) became China's Last Emperor at age 3
1913 Archdiocese of Managua created
1914 Austria army occupies Belgrade, Serbia
1917 Han Yong-woon, found Zen awakening at Osean Monastery Korea
1920 Following more than a month of Turkish-Armenian War, the Turkish dictated peace treaty is concluded -Treaty of Alexandropol
1924 British-German trade agreement signed
1927 1st Model A Fords sold, for $385
1929 1st skull of Peking man found, 50 km out of Peking at Tsjoe Koe Tien
1930 Great Depression : US President Herbert Hoover goes before the United States Congress and asks for a US$150 million public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy.
1932 "Adventures of Charlie Chan" 1st heard on NBC-Blue radio network
1933 1st transatlantic telephone wedding (Bertil Clason-Sigrid Carlson)
1933 Fred Astaire's 1st film, "Dancing Lady" is released
1934 5.08-m (200") Mount Palomar Observatory mirror is cast
1939 British Imperial Airways and British Airways merge to form BOAC
1939 New York's La Guardia Airport began operations as an airliner from Chicago lands, 1 minute after midnight
1941 Naval Intelligence ceases bugging Japanese consul
1941 Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor
1942 1st controlled nuclear chain reaction (Enrico Fermi - University of Chicago)
1943 1st RSHA transport out of Vienna reaches Birkenau camp
1943 A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinks numerous cargo and transport ships, including an American Liberty ship, the John Harvey, with a stockpile of WWI-era mustard gas.
1944 General De Gaulle arrives in Moscow
1944 German troops seize Betuwse dikes
1944 US 95th Infantry division occupies bridge at Saar
1947 Jerusalem Riots of 1947 : Riots break out in Jerusalem in response to the approval of the 1947 UN Partition Plan
1950 United Nations agree to hand over Eritrea to Ethiopia
1952 1st human birth televised to public (KOA-TV Denver, CO)
1954 The anti-Communist witchhunt comes to an end in America when its main instigator, Senator Joseph McCarthy, is condemned for conduct unbecoming a US Senator"
1954 The Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and the Republic of China, is signed in Washington, DC.
1956 Fidel Castro lands with yacht "Granma" on coast of Cuba. Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembark to initiate the Cuban Revolution
1957 1st US full-scale atomic electric power plant-power generated, Shippingport PA
1958 Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg
1959 Malpasset dam collapses destroying French Riviera town of Frejus
1961 Fidel Castro declares he's a Marxist, and will lead Cuba to Communism
1961 Wind Bell, journal of San Francisco Zen Center, begins publishing
1962 After a trip to Vietnam at the request of US President John F. Kennedy, US Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield becomes the first American official to not make an optimistic public comment on the war's progress.
1965 The hit musical 'Hello Dolly' opens at Drury Lane in London
1966 In Britain, the symbol of the Swinging Sixties, the Mini skirt is banned from the Houses of Parliament at Westminster
1968 President Nixon names Henry Kissinger security advisor
1969 Boeing 747 jumbo jet 1st public preview (Seattle WA to New York NY)
1970 Environmental Protection Agency begins (Director: William Ruckelshaus)
1970 Tippett's Opera "Knot Garden" premieres in London
1971 Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujeira, Sharjah and Umm ak Qiwain form the United Arab Emirates
1971 Soviet Mars 3 is 1st to soft land on Mars
1971 Zayid bin Sultan Al Nuhayyan of Abu Dhabi becomes President of UAE
1972 "December Giant" largest sinkhole in US collapses (Alabama)
1972 Gough Whitlam becomes the first Australian Labor Party Prime Minister of Australia for 23 years.
1974 Soyuz 16 launched into Earth orbit for 6 days
1975 Laos falls to communist forces; King Sisavang Vatthana resigns, Lao People's Democratic Republic proclaimed
1975 7 South Moluccans hijack train at Wijster Drente, 3 killed
1976 Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado
1977 The first World Series Cricket "supertest" match played between Australia and West Indies
1978 Chanting "Allah is great", anti-Shah protesters poured through Tehran
1978 Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits number 1
1979 Crowds attack US embassy at Tripoli Libya
1979 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1980 4 American Maryknoll nuns Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, and Dorothy Kazel, are murdered by a death squad in El Salvador.
1981 Spanish government requests membership in NATO
1982 1st permanent artificial heart successfully implanted (University of Utah) in retired dentist Barney Clark; lived 112 days with the Jarvic-7 heart
1984 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1985 Philipine Chief staff General Fabian speaks of B Aquino's murder
1985 Rupert Holmes' musical "Mystery of Edwin Drood" premieres at Imperial Theater NYC for 608 performances
1986 Dow-Jones index hits record 1955.57
1987 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1988 Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.
1988 "Naked Gun" premieres, a movie based on TV's "Police Squad"
1988 5 gunmen who hijacked Soviet Aeroflot jet, surrender in Israel
1988 STS-27 Atlantis launched (Secret military mission)
1988 UN votes 151-2 (Israel and US) to move PLO debate to Geneva, Britain abstains
1989 Vishwanath Pratap Singh sworn in as President of India
1990 West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl wins the first all-German election since 1933 following the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the unification of East and West Germany
1991 Muslim Shites release American held hostage in Lebanon (Joseph Cicippio)
1993 Colombian drugs baron, Pablo Escobar, the so-called King of Cocaine, is shot dead in a gun battle with police
1993 Dow-Jones hits record 3702.11
1993 NASA launches the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope
1994 Achille Lauro (Willem Ruys) sinks off the coast of Somalia
1994 Andrew Lloyd Webber admitted to the hospital for ulcer treatment
1994 Jury finds Heidi Fleiss guilty of running a call girl ring
1997 68 die in a coal mine accident at Zyryanouskaya, Novokuznetsk, Kuzbass Siberia, Russia
1998 In Britain, Conservative leader William Hague sacks his leader in the House of Lords, Lord Cranborne, for going behind his back to negotiate a deal with the Labour Government over the scrapping of Hereditary Peers
1999 The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive
2001 Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
2005 Van Tuong Nguyen is executed in Singapore for drug trafficking.

December 2nd 2005

Ten US marines killed in Falluja

China torture 'still widespread'

Face op woman 'had tried suicide'

December 2nd 2006

Hopes fade after Philippine storm

Dozens killed in Iraqi bombings

'Maoists' kill 14 Indian police

December 2nd 2007

Russians vote in general election

Venezuelans vote on constitution

Hong Kong in democracy test poll

December 2nd 2008

Nato 'to resume ties with Russia'

US 'warned India' about Mumbai

Thai airport protests called off

December 2nd 2009

Taliban defiant over Obama surge

Bomber targets Pakistan navy HQ

Google to limit free news access

December 2nd 2010

World Cups go to Russia and Qatar

40 guards die in Israel fire

'New form of life' built with arsenic

December 2nd 2011

Birthdates which occurred on December 2nd:

1578 Agostino Agazzari composer
1678 Nicolaas S Cruquius Dutch hydraulic engineer (drained Haarlemmermeer)
1728 Ferdinando Galiani Italian economist/philosopher/diplomat
1760 Joseph Graetz composer
1777 Henry Doeff colonialist (wrote Dutch-Japanese dictionary)
1802 Melancthon Smith Wade Brigadier-General (Union volunteers), died in 1868
1813 Jacob Rosenhaim composer
1821 Rufus Barringer Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), died in 1895
1825 Pedro II van Alcantara Emperor of Brazil (1831-89)
1837 Charles Garrison Harker Brigadier-General (Union volunteers), died in 1864
1846 Pierre M Waldeck-Rousseau French Minister of Foreign affairs/premier
1856 Robert Kajanus composer
1859 Georges Seurat France, painter/pointillist (Grande Jatte)
1860 C T Studd cricketer (brother of G B, five Tests for England)
1863 Gustav Wohlgemuth composer
1866 Henry Thacker Burleigh Erie PA, black composer (Springarn Medal)
1868 Francis Jammes French poet/writer (Jammisme)
1869 Jonas Cohn German/English philosopher (Theory of the Dialects)
1870 Francis Louis Casadesus French violinist/composer/conductor
1875 Frank Reicher Munich Germany, actor (King Kong, Son of Kong)
1884 Ruth Draper US, lecture artist [or 1989]
1885 George Minot US, physician, worked on anemia (Nobel 1934)
1885 Níkos Kazantazakís Greece, writer (Zorba, Last Temptation of Christ)
1892 Leo Ornstein composer
1893 William Gaxton San Francisco CA, actor (Destry, Convoy)
1893 Julius Bissier German painter
1893 Louis Freeman band leader
1894 Warren William [Krech] Aitkin MN, actor (Cæsar-Cleopatra, Morgan-Go West Young Man)
1895 Klaas Voskuil journalist
1896 Georgi K Zjukov marshal of Moskow/Stalingrad
1897 Rewi Alley New Zealand, writer (Americans in China)
1899 John Barbirolli English conductor (New York Philharmonic Orchestra)
1901 Staf Gustaf Frans Nees Flemish organist/composer (Simon Peter)
1902 Horace A Hildreth (Governor-ME, 1945-49)
1902 Miroslav Ponc composer
1904 Donald Woods Brandon Manitoba, actor (Tammy)
1905 Osvaldo Pugliese musician/composer
1906 Peter Carl Goldmark developed color TV & LP records
1906 Eric Dalton cricketer (2 centuries in 15 Tests for South Africa 1929-39)
1908 Robert F Simon Mansfield OH, actor (Custer, MASH, Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)
1908 Rufe Davis Oklahoma, actor (Cocoanut Grove, Trail Blazers, Gangs of Sonora)
1910 Robert Paige Indianapolis IN, actor (Colgate Comedy Hour)
1914 Bill Erwin Honey Grove TX, actor (Glenn-Struck by Lightning)
1914 Eddie Sauter Brooklyn NY, musician (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue)
1914 Ray Walston Laurel MS, actor (South Pacific, My Favorite Martian, Damn Yankees)
1915 Adolph Green songwriter (married to Phyllis Newman)
1915 Randolph Hearst newspaper publisher
1915 Nico Richter composer
1916 John Bentley Sparkhill Birmingham England, actor (The Chair, Hammer the Toff)
1917 Ezra Stone US, actor/producer (Henry Aldrich)
1918 Milton Delugg Los Angeles CA, orchestra leader (Tonight Show)
1919 Michael Geoffrey Corcos medical researcher
1920 Robert Moevs composer
1922 Leo V Gordon New York NY, actor (Circus Boy, Enos, Winds of War)
1923 Maria M Callas New York NY, soprano (Carmen, Mademoiselle Award-1953)
1923 Meshulam Riklis chief executive-McCrory Corporation, (Mr. Pia Zadora)
1924 Alexander Haig Jr Bala-Cynwyd PA, (R) US Secretary of State (1981-82)/general
1924 Jonathan Frid actor (Barnabas Collins-Dark Shadows)
1925 Julie Harris Grosse Pt MI, actress (Bell Jar, East of Eden)
1929 Harvey Phillips Aurora MO, tubist (NYC Ballet Orchestra)
1929 Lowell North Springfield MA, yachtsman (Olympics-gold-1968)
1929 Jaap Boersma Dutch Minister for Social Affairs (ARP)
1931 Edwin Meese III prude, US Attorney General (1985-88)
1935 Jurg Wyttenbach composer
1936 Peter Michael Braun composer
1937 Brian Lumley England, author (Compleat Crow, Psychomech, Beneath the Moors)
1938 Michael Levin Minneapolis MN, actor (Ryan's Hope)
1940 Willie Brown NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders)
1940 Gerry Cheevers NHL goalie (Bruin, longest undefeated streak-32 games)
1941 Paul C W Chu China, physicist, superconductivity researcher
1941 Tom McGuiness rocker (McGuiness-Flint)
1942 Bob E Smith Sacramento CA, PGA golfer (1993 Yanase Cup)
1942 Ted Bluechel San Pedro CA, rock vocalist/drummer (Association)
1943 David Munden rocker
1944 Cathy Lee Crosby Los Angeles CA, actress (Coach, That's Incredible)
1944 Botho Strauss writer
1944 Roger Omond journalist
1945 Alan "Froggy" Thomson cricketer (Australian quickie 1970-71)
1946 Gianni Versace fashion designer (Versace)
1947 Dhiraj Parsana cricket pace bowler (India vs West Indies 1978-79)
1947 Michael Green English TV/video producer
1950 Merrill Ashley St Paul MN, ballerina (NYC Ballet)
1952 Keith Szarabajka Oak Park IL, actor (Nightlife)
1952 Michael McDonald St Louis MO, rock keyboardist/vocals (Doobie Brothers)
1953 Meg Griffin DJ (WNEW-FM, WPLJ-FM, WKRK-FM)/VJ (V-1)
1953 Myung-Whan Chung Seoul Korea, pianist (Chung Sisters)
1953 Jay Dean Haas St Louis MO, PGA golfer (1978 Andy Williams-San Diego)
1954 Dan Butler actor (Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe-Frasier)
1954 Danielle Alexander Fort Worth TX, country music pianist
1954 Huub Stapel Dutch actor (Amsterdamned, Attic: Hiding of Anne Frank)
1954 Stone Phillips news host (NBC Dateline)
1955 Dennis Christopher Philadelphia PA, actor (Breaking Away, California Dreaming)
1956 Steven Bauer Havana Cuba, actor (Scarface, Thief of Hearts)
1958 Vladimir Parfenovich USSR, 500 meter kayak (Olympics-gold-1980)
1959 Greg Barton kayak (Olympics-2 gold-88)
1959 Patty Jordan Buffalo NY, LPGA golfer (1988 Mitsubishi Motors Ocean)
1960 Rick Savage bass player (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages)
1962 Tracy Austin tennis pro (US Open 1979, 81)
1964 Brian Habib NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)
1964 Chip Hale Santa Clara CA, infielder (Minnesota Twins)
1964 Yolanda Henry Houston TX, high jumper
1965 Karrie Mitchell Arvada CO, Miss Colorado-America (1991-top 10)
1966 Anita Jokiel Poland, gymnast (Olympics-1980)
1966 Clive Eksteen cricketer (South African slow left-armer 1993)
1966 Kelly Buchberger Langenburg, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
1966 Rob Sullivan Chicago IL, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Tri-City Pro-Am)
1966 Zeke Jones Yipsilanti MI, 114½ lbs freestyle wrestler (Olympics-96)
1967 Sharry Konopski Longview WA, playmate (August, 1987)
1967 Naeem Akhtar Rawalpindi cricket medium-pacer (10-28 vs Peshawar 1995)
1968 Reneé Tenison Caldwell ID, playmate of the year (November 1989)
1968 Darryl Kile Garden Grove CA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
1968 Elna Reinach Pretoria South Africa, tennis star
1968 Jiri Dopita Sumperk Czechoslovakia, hockey forward (Team Czechoslovakia Olympics-gold-1998)
1968 Mark Harding Bath England, keeper of Internet biographies
1968 Rena Sofer actress (Eve-Melrose Place, Rocky-Loving, Lois Cerullo-General Hospital)
1969 Lewis Bush NFL outside linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
1969 O J McDuffie NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
1969 Paul Francis Stankowski Oxnard CA, PGA golfer (1994 Las Vegas-5th)
1970 Rene Pucher Presov Czechoslovakia, hockey forward (Team Slovakia)
1971 Jessie Hicks WNBA forward/center (Utah Starzz)
1971 Rachel McQuillan Merewether New South Wales Australia, tennis star (1989 Futures ITA)
1971 Roy van de Hill soccer player (Roda JC)
1972 Alan Henderson NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks)
1972 Chris Burns CFL tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
1972 James Willis linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
1972 Sunjith Somasunder cricketer (Karnataka & India ODI opening bat 1996)
1972 Zack Crockett NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
1973 Kevin Feighery NFL/WLAF punter (New York Giants, Panthers, Galaxy)
1973 Monica Seles Novi Sad Yugoslavia, tennis star (US Open-1992, French Open-1990)
1975 Brett Lindros London, NHL right wing (New York Islanders)
1975 Mark Kotsay Whittier CA, baseball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-96)
1976 Jennifer Robinson Barrie Ontario, (1996 Canadian Champion)
1981 Britney Jean Spears Kentwood, LA, singer (Baby One More Time, You Drive Me Crazy, Oops I Did It Again)
1988 Edward EMG baron Downpatrick grandson of English prince Edward


Deaths which occurred on December 2nd:
0537 Sylvester Italian Pope (536-37), dies
1463 Albrecht VI archduke of Habsburg, dies
1515 Gonzalo de Córdoba Spanish general/strategist/viceroy of Naples, dies
1592 Alexander Farnese land guardian of Netherlands (1579-92), dies at 46
1719 Pasquier Quesnel French theologist (La Foi), dies at 85
1723 Philip French duke of Orléans/regent (1715-23)/PM (1723), dies
1763 Carl August Thielo composer, dies at 56
1774 Johann Friedrich Agricola German (court)composer/organist, dies at 54
1814 Marquis de Sade writer, dies at 74
1828 Simon Paap Dutch 56 cm long dwarf/cabaret artist, dies at 39
1831 Traugott Maximilian Eberwein composer, dies at 56
1845 Johannes Simon Mayr composer, dies at 82
1859 John Brown US abolitionist, hanged in Charles Town WV at 59
1864 Archibald Gracie Jr Confederate Brigadier-General, dies in battle at 31
1880 Josephine Lang composer, dies at 65
1888 Franz Xaver Witt composer, dies at 54
1888 Mehmed N Kemal Bey Turkish writer/journalist (Vatan), dies at 47
1903 Victor Roger composer, dies at 50
1915 Jan Malat composer, dies at 72
1916 Francesco Paolo Tosti composer, dies at 69
1918 Margit Kaffka writer, dies at 38
1919 Henry Clay Frick built largest coke & steel operation, dies at 69
1923 Tomas Breton y Hernandez composer, dies at 72
1925 Julio Garreta composer, dies at 50
1931 Paul-Marie-Theodore-Vincent D'indy French count/composer, dies at 80
1933 Josef Gruber composer, dies at 78
1935 Albert Kessel first to die in California gas chamber
1943 Nordahl Grieg writer, dies
1944 Filippo T Marinetti Italian writer (father of futurism), dies at 67
1944 JW Ummels Dutch resistance fighter (House of Saxon-Nazi), dies
1950 Dino Lipatti composer, dies at 33
1953 Ernest Hayes cricketer (Surrey bat played 5 Tests for England), dies
1953 Francis Picabia French painter/illustrator, dies at 75
1957 Harrison Ford silent screen actor (Rubber Tires), dies at 73
1963 Sabu Sabu actor (Jungle Book, Drums), dies of heart attack at 39
1964 Roger Bissière French painter, dies at 76
1965 The Rajkumar of Vizianagram cricketer (Indian Test captain 1936), dies
1966 Luitzen [Bertus] Brouwers Dutch mathematician, dies at 85
1967 Cardinal Francis Spellman archbishop of New York, dies at 78
1969 Kliment J Voroshilov President of USSR (1953-60), dies
1970 Dora Paulen German/Dutch cabaretière, dies at about 72
1972 Friedrich Christian Christiansen German Luftwaffe general, dies
1972 José Limón Mexican/US dancer (moor's pavane), dies at 64
1974 Sofie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte composer, dies at 72
1976 William Tannen actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp, Jailhouse Rock, Sitting Bull), dies at 65
1976 Danny Murtaugh baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 59
1979 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy composer, dies at 72
1981 Hershy Kay composer, dies at 62
1981 Nicolaas "Cola" Debrot Governor of Dutch Antilles (1962-70), dies at 79
1981 Wallace K[irkman] Harrison US architect (UN), dies at 86
1982 Marty Feldman comedic actor (Young Frankenstein), dies at 49 of a heart attack in México
1982 David Blue rocker, dies while jogging in Greenwich Village at 41
1983 Atholl Mckinnon cricketer (South African lefty spinner in 8 Tests), dies
1983 Fifi D'Orsay "French Bombshell" (Dixie Jamboree), dies cancer at 79
1985 Alex Courtney actor (Sword of Justice), dies
1985 Philip Larkin [hermit of Hull] English poet, dies at 63
1986 Desi Arnaz actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy), dies of lung cancer at 69
1986 Lee Dorsey R&B singer, dies at 59
1990 Aaron Copland composer (Fanfare for the Common Man), dies at 90
1990 Robert Cummings actor (Love that Bob), dies of kidney failure at 82
1992 Gary Mascaro choreographer, dies at 43
1992 Loek Elfferich Dutch journalist/historian (Treason in Rotterdam), die
1993 Pablo Escobar Gaviria Colombian drug baron, shot to death at 44
1994 Donald John Urquhart librarian, dies at 85
1994 James Norman Dalrymple Anderson lawyer, dies at 86
1995 [William] Robertson Davies novelist essayist/dramatist, dies
1995 Francis Joseph Quinn academic, dies at 90
1995 Roxie Roker actress (Helen Willis-Jeffersons)/mother of Lenny Kravitz, dies of breast cancer at 66
1995 Stanley Devon photographer, dies at 88
1996 Penelope Jessel politcal activist, dies at 76

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