22nd December, on this day

0069 Assassination of Roman Emperor Vitellius
0401 St Innocent I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1135 Norman nobles recognize Stefanus van Blois as English king
1465 Peace of St Truiden: Louis van Bourbon becomes bishop of Luik
1536 English scholar Reginald Pole appointed cardinal
1596 Ferryboat Meuniers crashes in Paris, 150 die
1642 Pope Urbanus VIII publishes degree In eminente
1688 Pro-James II, Earl of Danby occupies York
1689 Heavy earthquake strikes Innsbruck
1715 In Scotland, James Stuart - 'the old pretender'- lands at Peterhead to lead the doomed Jacobite Rebellion against England
1716 Lincoln's Inn Theatre in London puts on England's first 'pantomime' which includes the characters 'Harlequin', 'Columbine' and 'Pantaloon'
1731 Dutch people revolt against meat tax
1772 Moravian missionary constructs 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny
1775 Continental navy organized with 7 ships
1783 Washington resigns his military commission as US Army's commander-in-chief
1790 Russian troops occupy Ismail on Turks
1807 Congress passes Embargo Act, to force peace between Britain and France
1810 British frigate HMS Minotaur sinks killing 480
1815 Spaniards execute Mexican revolutionary priest José Maria Morelos
1832 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches Barnevelts Islands
1862 Raid on Morgan's: Bardstown to Elizabethtown, KY
1870 Jules Janssen flies in a balloon in order to study a solar eclipse
1882 1st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison
1883 August Strindberg's "Lycko-Pers Reja" premieres
1885 Pope Leo XIII proclaims extraordinary jubilee
1894 French Army officer Alfred Dreyfus, is found guilty of selling military secrets to the German Government. and sent to Devil's Island. French Guyana. Innocent of the crime, Drefus is eventually allowed back to France and exonerated
1894 Debussy's "Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune" premieres
1894 Dutch coast hit by hurricane
1895 German physicist Wilhelm Rontgen makes the first radiograph - X-ray - a picture of his wife's hand
1907 Saint-Saëns/Fokines ballet "Le Cygne" premieres in St Petersburg
1917 Flanders declares it's independence, under Pieter Tack
1919 US deports 250 alien radicals, including anarchist Emma Goldman
1929 Roundtable conference opens between the British Viceroy and Indian Party leaders on Dominion status for India
1930 6 West europe lands signs Convention of Oslo
1935 Bus tragedy 14 die when bus plunges into river
1937 Lincoln Tunnel (New York NY) opens to traffic
1938 A fish, identified as a coelcanth - thought to have been extinct for 65 million years- is caught by a fisherman off the coast of South Africa
1939 125 die in train wreck at Magdeburg, Germany; 99 die in 2nd wreck at Friedrichshafen Germany
1939 Finnish counter offensive at Petsamo
1941 The "Arcadia Conference": Churchill is a guest in the White House. Overall strategies for fighting the War are agreed upon.
1941 Japan's invasion leader lands on Luzon, Philippines
1941 Tito establishes 1st Proletarian Brigade in Yugoslavia
1942 World War II: US heavy bombers raid the Japanese-occupied city of Rangoon in Burma
1942 The Germans begin a retreat from the Caucusus.
1942 The battle for "Longstop Hill" begins; a key position outside Tunis, the Germans eventually take it and hold it until April.
1943 WEB Du Bois elected 1st black member, National Institute of Arts & Letters
1944 Germans demand surrender of American troops at Bastogne, Belgium. The battle for Bastogne is at its height, with Americans running low on ammunition.
1944 Sub Swordfish departs Pearl Harbor for Japan
1950 2 self-propelled trains of Long Island RR collide, killing 77
1952 French government of Pinay, resigns
1956 Last Anglo French troops leave Port Said in Egypt following the invasion of the Suez Canal
1958 "Chipmunk Song" reaches number 1
1961 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1961 James Davis is the first US soldier to be killed in Vietnam. Meanwhile the US Government insists its role in the war between South and North Vietnam is still limited to being merely military advisors
1962 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1963 Official 30-day mourning period for President John F Kennedy ends
1963 At least 150 are killed when the Greek liner Laconia catches fire and sinks in North Atlantic.
1964 Lockheed SR-71 spy aircraft reaches 3,530 kph (record for a jet)
1965 Radio Mil (Dominican Republic) transmitter blown up
1965 Belgian government shuts 6 coal mines
1965 Director David Lean's "Dr Zhivago" premieres
1965 The British Ministry of Transport introduces a maximum speed limit of 70 miles an hour
1968 Julie Nixon weds Dwight David Eisenhower
1968 82 crewmen of US intelligence ship Pueblo are released by North Korea after being held captive for 11 months
1970 SS Commander Franz Stangl of Treblinka, sentenced to life imprisonment
1971 USSR performs underground nuclear test
1972 6.25 earthquake strikes Managua, Nicaragua, 12,000+ killed
1974 In Britain, a bomb is thrown at the home of Prime Minister Edward Heath
1974 Referenda in Comoros-3 islands for independence, 1 stays French
1974 2nd cease-fire between IRA and British; lasts until approximately April 1975
1976 35 Unification church couples wed in New York NY
1976 German Democratic Republic banishes singer Nina Hagen
1977 36 die as grain elevator at Continental Grain Company plant explodes
1978 Kenny Jones becomes The Who's new drummer
1978 Thailand adopts constitution
1980 President-elect Reagan appoints Jean Kirkpatrick (UN delegate) and James Watt (Interior)
1981 Argentine General Leopoldo Galtieri sworn in as president
1983 Egyptian President Mubarak meets with PLO leader Yasser Arafat
1984 Bernhard Goetz shoots 4 black youths (muggers) on a NYC subway train
1984 Madonna's "Like a Virgin" single goes number 1 for 6 weeks
1988 2 robbers wearing police uniforms rob armored truck of $3 million in New Jersey
1988 South Africa signs accord granting independence to South-West Africa
1988 Tug hits oil barge, spreads 231,000 gal on 300 miles of Western Australia and British Columbia coast
1988 Brazilian union and environmental activist Chico Mendes is assassinated.
1989 After 23 years of dictatorial rule, Romania ousts Nicolae Ceausescu
1989 Chad adopts its Constitution
1990 Iraq announces it will never give up Kuwait
1990 Israeli ferry capsizes killing 21 US servicemen
1990 Lech Walesa sworn in as Poland's 1st popularly elected president
1992 Libyan MIG-23UB attacks Boeing 727 at Souk al-Sabt, 158 die
1994 Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi resigns
1997 Merck baldness pill for men approved by FDA
1997 Acteal massacre: Attendees at a prayer meeting of Roman Catholic activists for indigenous causes in the small village of Acteal in the Mexican state of Chiapas are massacred by paramilitary forces
1999 Korean Air Cargo flight 8509 8 dead 37 injured
2001 Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, hands over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai.
2001 Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.
2003 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits near San Simeon, California

22nd December 2005

'No evidence' Saddam was tortured

Microsoft may face daily EU fine

Japan population starts to shrink

22nd December 2006

Rice backs 'worthwhile' Iraq war

Somali fighters in fresh battles

'Suicide blast' targets Afghan MP

22nd December 2007

Australia vows Afghan commitment

Eleven dead in Nile ferry sinking

Lethal avalanche hits Tajik road

22nd December 2008

Heavy fighting in north Sri Lanka

Somalia facing 'hidden genocide"

Toyota braced for historic loss

22nd December 2009

Pakistan suicide attack kills 3 at press club

Big freeze brings misery to Europe

Serbia submits EU application

Birthdates which occurred on 22nd December :

1400 Luca della Robbia Italy, sculptor (Madonna of Rose Garden)
1428 Richard Neville Warwick 2nd earl of Salisbury
1452 Jakob Obrecht Brabant, composer
1459 Djem Sultan son of Turks sultan Mehmed II
1515 Mary of Lorraine France, pro-French Regent of Scotland
1523 Charles "Cardinal" of Bourbon archbishop Rouen
1573 Ernst Casimir count of Nassau-Dietz/mayor of Frisia/Groningen
1624 Tomas Micieres composer
1639 Jean-Baptiste Racine French dramatist (Andromaque) (baptized)
1643 Rene-Robert Cavelier La Salle France, French explorer (Louisiana)
1684 Johann J Dillenius [Dillen] German botanist (Historia Muscorum)
1696 James Oglethorpe England, general/author/colonizer (Georgia)
1700 Egbert de Vrij Temminck Amsterdam regent
1702 Jean E Liotard [Turk] Swiss painter (Madame d'Epinay)
1710 Wilhelm Friedemann Bach composer, son of J.S. Bach
1723 Carl Friedrich Abel German/British viola-da-gamba-player/composer
1727 William Ellery signer of the Declaration of Independence
1728 Charles Frederick Baden, liberal ruler of Baden
1735 Ulrich Bräker writer
1744 Abigail Adams Weymouth MA, 2nd first lady (1797-1801)
1753 Dugald Stewart Edinburgh Scotland, philosopher (Scottish common sense)
1761 Dorothea Jordan Ireland, French comedic actress
1764 Barbara Juliane Krudener Latvia, mystic visionary renounced nobility
1767 Andreas Hofer South Tirol, military leader (fought Napoleon's France)
1768 John Crome [Old Crome] English landscape painter/etcher
1787 Rasmus Rask Denmark, language scholar
1795 Thomas Ainsworth English/Netherlands industrialist (Twentse textile)
1803 Joseph King Fenno Mansfield Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1862
1808 Thomas Cook England, tour director (Thomas Cook & Son)
1809 Benedict Augustin Morel Vienna, French psychologist (dementia praecox)
1812 Johanne Luise Heiberg Copenhagen Denmark, actress (Romeo & Juliet)
1815 Johann J Bachofen Swiss judicial historian
1815 Lucien Petipa French dancer/choreographer/ballet leader
1819 Franz Wilhelm Abt German composer/choir conductor
1819 George Eliot England, Victorian novelist (Adam Bede)
1821 Giovanni Bottesini composer
1826 James Scott Negley (Union volunteers Major General, died in 1901)
1830 Justin M'Carthy Ireland, Irish politician/novelist (Miss Misanthrope)
1831 Mark Rutherford writer
1831 Robert Ogden Tyler Brevet Major General (Union Army), died in 1874
1832 Edward Hatch Brevet Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1889
1842 Jose Maria de Heredia Cuba, French sonnet poet
1842 Nicola d' Arienzo composer
1844 Izydor Lotto composer
1846 Andreas Hallen composer
1846 Oscar Carré Dutch circus director
1847 Heihatjirô Tôjô Japan, admiral (Russian-Japanese war)
1849 Fritz Mauthner Bohemia, German author/philosopher (skepticism)
1853 Maria Teresa Carreno composer
1856 Frank Kellogg Secretary of State (1925-29), tried to outlaw war (Nobel1929)
1857 George [Robert] Gissing England, novelist
1858 Giacomo Puccini Lucca Italy, opera composer (La Bohème, La Tosca)
1859 Cecil [James] Sharp London England, folk musician
1861 Erich Schaeder German theologist (Theocentric Theology)
1862 Connie Mack Hall of Fame baseball executive/manager (Philadelphia A's 1900-1950)
1863 Ch'i Pai-shih China, traditional Chinese painter
1863 Jean-Baptiste Marchand Thoissey France, soldier/explorer (Sudan)
1866 Mieczyslaw Surzynski composer
1867 [Karl Eduard] Wilhelm Groener Germany, general
1867 Frantisek X Salda Czechoslovakian writer/critic
1867 Joseph [Maria] Olbrich Silesia, German architect (Wiener Sezession)
1868 John Nance Garner Texas, (Vice-President-D-1933-41)
1869 Edwin Arlington Robinson US, poet (Richard Corey)
1869 Andre[-Paul-Guillaume] Gide Paris France, writer (Nobel 1947)
1873 L[eopold] S[tennett] Amery British politician
1873 Matteo Giulio Bartoli Austria-Hungary, linguist
1874 Franz Schmidt composer
1874 Herman Harrell Horne Clayton NC, philosopher (idealism)
1875 Antoine Mariotte composer
1875 John P "Jan" Musch Dutch actor (Dead Water)
1876 Filippo Tommaso Marinetti Italian writer (Futurism e Futurista)
1877 Endre Ady Hungary, lyric poet
1879 Ralph Hawtrey Buckinghamshire England, economist (multiplier)
1879 Stanislas Bizot French world checker champion (1925)
1881 Enver Pasa Istanbul Turkey, Turkish politician
1882 Charles Vildrac Paris France, poet/playwright
1883 Arthur James Cook England, union leader (coal miners)
1883 Edgard Victor Achille C Varèse Paris France, composer (Innisation)
1885 Edgard Varèse Paris France, composer (Innisation)
1885 Joseph Deems Taylor New York NY, composer (Peter Ibbetson)
1887 Srinivasa Ramanujan Indies mathematician ('pi'/Notebooks)
1888 Joseph Arthur Rank English film magnate/baron
1889 Mikha`il Na'imah Lebanon, playwright
1889 Minor Watson Marianna AR, actor (Woman of the Year, Viva Cisco Kid)
1890 Charles de Gaulle Lille France, premier of France
1890 Mark Tobey US abstract painter (Broadway Norm)
1891 Edward L Bernays Vienna Austria, 1st public relations agent
1896 Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov St Petersburg Russia, poet
1898 Lionel Charles Robbins Middlesex England, economist
1899 Gustaf Gruendgens Duesseldorf Germany, actor/director (M)
1899 Hoagy Carmichael Bloomington IN, pianist/composer
1899 Wiley Post Texas, aviation pioneer
19-- Elizabeth Hubbard New York NY, actress (Lucinda-As the World Turns)
19-- Franc Luz Cambridge MA, actor (Ben-Hometown)
19-- Lanna Saunders actress (Days of Our Lives)
19-- Raymond Singer New York NY, actor (Operation Petticoat, Mama Malone)
19-- Wolfe Perry New Orleans LA, actor (Teddy-White Shadow)
1900 Alan Dudley Bush composer pianist/teacher
1901 André Kostelanetz St Petersburg Russia, conductor (Lincoln Portrait)
1901 Joaquin Rodrigo Spain, composer
1902 Jacques-Philippe Leclerc France, WWII hero (liberator of Paris)
1902 Joe Adonis Italy, American crime-syndicate boss in New York & New Jersey
1903 Dr Barbara Moore walked across US in 86 days in 1960
1903 H Keffer Hartline US, biophysicist (Nobel 1967)
1903 Marc Lavry composer
1904 Louis-Eugene-Felix Neel Lyon France, physicist (Nobel 1970)
1905 Kenneth Rexroth US, poet/critic/translator (Birds in the Bush)
1905 Pierre Brasseur [Espinasse] French actor (Enfants du Paradis)
1907 Peggy Ashcroft Croydon England, stage actress (Dear Brutus, Happy Days)
1907 Yoshio Hasegawa composer
1908 Giacomo Manzú Italy, sculptor (St Peter, Laurenskerk, Lenin Prize)
1908 Marius F Duintjer Dutch architect
1908 Max Bill Swiss painter/sculptor/politician (Ruban Sans Fin)
1909 Alan Carney [David Boughal] Brooklyn NY, actor (Zombies on Broadway)
1910 Richard Ainley Middlesex England, actor (I Dood It, Above Suspicion)
1911 Grote Reber US, astronomer (1st parabolic radio telescope)
1912 Henry Armstrong held feather/light/welterweight boxing titles (1938)
1912 Claudia A "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson 1st lady (1963-1969)
1912 Doris Duke New York NY, heiress (American Tobacco Company)
1913 Anthony Barber Doncaster bookseller
1913 Benjamin Britten Suffolk England, opera composer
1917 Andrew Fielding Huxley London England, physiologist (Nobel 1963)
1917 Gene Rayburn Christopher IL, TV game show host (Match Game)
1917 Piet De Somer Belgian rector (University of Leuven)
1918 Frankie Darro Chicago IL, actor (Radio Ranch, Valley of Wanted Men)
1918 William Kennedy baseball player
1921 Hawkshaw Hawkins Huntington WV, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
1921 Robert Frank Kurka composer
1922 Barbara Billingsley Los Angeles CA, actress (June-Leave it to Beaver)
1922 James C Wright Jr (Representative-D-TX), Speaker of the House (1987-89)
1922 Calder Willingham novelist/scriptwriter
1923 Heinz Bernard Lowenstein actor/director
1924 Frank Corsaro New York harbor, opera director
1924 Geraldine Page Kirksville MO, actress (Interiors, Beguiled)
1925 Gunther Schuller New York NY, jazz composer
1925 Thomas Christian David composer
1926 Peggy Castle Appalachia VA, actress (Lily Merrill-Lawman)
1928 Piero Angelo Italian writer (Control)
1929 Jan Wiegel director/producer (Classroom of Anne Frank, Myrada)
1929 Wazir Mohammad cricketer (eldest of Pakistan's 4 Mohammed brothers)
1930 Peter Hall Suffolk England, director (Royal Shakespeare Company)
1932 Joe Clark Los Angeles CA, WLAF off coordinator coach (Amsterdam Admirals)
1935 John L Finley USAF/astronaut
1935 Oleg Alekseyevich Protopopov Russia, pairs skater (Olympics-gold-1964, 68)
1936 Hector Elizondo New York NY, actor (American Gigolo, Young Doctors in Love)
1937 Marco J de Castro Dutch Antillian politician
1943 Billie Jean King Long Beach CA, tennis pro
1944 Barry Jenkins rocker (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
1944 Steve Carlton Phillies' pitcher (Cy Young '72, '77, '80, '82)
1945 Diane Sawyer Glasgow KY, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC Prime Time)
1945 Joris J C Voorhoeve Dutch Defense minister (1994-, VVD)
1945 Marianne van Wijnkoop [Bosscher] Dutch actress (Les Misérables)
1946 Rick Nielsen Rockford IL, rock vocalist/guitarist (Cheap Trick)
1946 Roberta Speer LPGA golfer
1947 Brian C Daley US, sci-fi author (Exploits of Han Solo, Tron)
1947 Dilip Doshi cricketer (India's main slow lefty post-Bedi)
1948 Lynne Thigpen Joliet IL, actress (Nancy-Love Sidney)
1948 Noel Edmonds British TV personality (Foul-ups, Bleeps & Blunders)
1948 Steve Garvey 1st baseman (Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres)
1948 Chris Old cricketer (England medium-pacer of 70's)
1949 Manfred Burgsmüller WLAF kicker (Rhein Fire)
1949 Maurice Gibb Manchester England, rocker/twin of Robin (Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever)
1949 Michael Osborne rock guitarist/vocalist (Axe)
1949 Robin Gibb Manchester England, rocker/twin of Maurice (Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever)
1950 Rick Nielsen guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist (Cheap Trick-Surrender)
1951 Jan Stephenson Sydney Australia, golfer (LPGA Rookie of Year-1974)
1951 Charles de Lint Netherlands, sci-fi author (Moonhear, Mulengro, Yarrow)
1951 Gerald Grosvenor English 6th duke of Westminster/billionaire
1953 Bernnadette Stanis Brooklyn NY, actress (Thelma-Good Times)
1953 David Leisner composer
1954 Derick Parry cricketer (West Indies off-spinner early 80's)
1954 Jayaseelan Naidoo South African worker's union leader
1955 Lynne Thigpen actress (Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?)
1956 Cojo Columbus OH, 1st gorilla born in captivity
1956 Marcy Hanson Galveston TX, playmate (October 1978)
1957 Lynne Thigpen Joliet IL, actress (Nancy-Love Sidney)
1957 Ricky Ross British rock vocalist (Deacon Blue-Raintown)
1957 Susan Powter diet guru/author/talk show host (Susan Powter Show)
1958 Lenny Von Dohlen Augusta GA, actor (Love Kills, Electric Dreams)
1960 Jean-Michel Basquiat Haiti/US graffiti artist/painter (Gray, SAMO)
1960 Tyrell Biggs Philadelphia PA, super HW boxer (Olympics-gold-1984)
1961 Catherine Oxenberg New York NY, actress (Amanda-Dynasty)
1961 Yuri Ivanovich Malinchenko Russian Lieutenant-Colonel/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-19)
1962 Ralph Nathaniel Fiennes Suffolk England, actor (English Patient)
1963 Bryan McMillan cricketer (brilliant South African all-rounder since 1992)
1964 Mike Jackson Houston TX, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
1967 Mike Sullivan NFL center (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1967 Roland Holder cricketer (West Indian batsman in ODI's 1993-)
1967 Sean Foster WLAF wide receiver (Rhein Fire)
1968 Lauralee "Bug" Bell Chicago IL, actress (Cricket-Young & Restless)
1969 Andrew Scott Australian baseball infielder (Olympics-1996)
1969 Marcie Aguilar Tucson AZ, female infielder (Colorado Silver Bullets)
1970 Brooks Findlay CFL linebacker (British Columbia Lions)
1972 Andrew Moore WLAF tackle (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1972 Anthony Edwards Australian rower (Olympics-96)
1972 Kirk Maltby Guelph, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers)
1972 Mike Thompson NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1972 Vanessa Paradis France, model (Channel)/actress (White Wedding)
1973 Annie Pelletier Montréal Québec, 3 meter diver (Olympics-bronze-96)
1975 Stanislav Neckar Pisek CZ, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators, Olympics-gold-98)
1977 Joanna Hughes Victoria Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
1986 Jeffery Wood actor (Austin Warren-In The House)


Deaths which occurred on 22nd December:
1337 Daito Kokushi leader of O-To-Kan Rinzai school in Japan, dies at 54
1419 John XXIII [Baldassare Cossa] Italian Pope (1410-15), dies
1440 Bluebeard pirate, executed
1603 Mehmed III sultan of Turkey (1595-1603), dies at 37
1641 Maximilien de Béthune duke of Sully PM of France, dies at 81
1668 Stephen Day 1st British colonial printer, dies
1721 Nathaniel Hawes tortured & executed in England for robbery
1723 Jacques Basnage French/Dutch historian/vicar, dies at 70
1745 Jan Dismas Zelenka composer, dies at 66
1767 John Newberry English publisher, dies
1797 Giovanni Marco Rutini composer, dies at 74
1815 José Maria Morelos Mexican revolutionary priest executed by Spaniards
1828 Rachel Jackson wife of 7th US President Andrew Jackson, dies
1832 Ishmail Spicer composer, dies at 72
1863 Michael Corcoran Union Brigadier-General, dies at 36
1867 Jean-Victor Poncelet French mathematician (kinematics), dies at 79
1870 Constantine D Uschinsky Russian educator, dies at 46
1874 Johann Peter Pixis composer, dies at 86
1875 Nikolay Alexeyevich Titov composer, dies at 75
1880 George Eliot Victorian novelist (Adam Bede), dies on 61st birthday
1890 Harry Pollitt chairman British communist (1956-60), dies
1893 Benedikt Randhartinger composer, dies at 91
1893 Johann Czerski German chaplain, dies at 80
1899 Dwight L Moody US evangelist (Student Volunteer Movement), dies
1902 Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing psychiatrist, dies at 62
1908 Marie Jungius Dutch teacher/fairy tale writer, dies at 44
1913 Menelik II King of Ethiopia (1896-1913), dies at 69
1917 Francesca Saveria Cabrini US saint/patron of immigrant, dies at 67
1918 Albijn van de Abeele Flemish author/mayor/painter, dies at 83
1923 Arthur H Bird composer, dies at 67
1937 Daito Kokushi Zen founder of Daitokuji, dies in Kyoto at 55
1939 Ma Rainey "Mother of the Blues", US blues singer/composer, dies at 53
1940 Nathanael West [Weinstein] US writer (Cool Million), dies at 37
1941 Leopoldo Mugnone composer, dies at 83
1944 Antoine Mariotte composer, dies on 69th birthday
1944 Harry Langdon US comic/director (Heart Trouble), dies at 60
1945 Otto Neurath Austrian/British philosopher, dies at 63
1950 Julius Weismann composer, dies at 70
1950 Walter Johannes Damrosch composer, dies at 88
1951 Powell Weaver composer, dies at 61
1955 Len Braund cricketer (23 Tests for England 987 runs 47 wickets), dies
1958 Fjodor W Gladkow Russian author (Cement), dies at 75
1958 Lion Feuchtwanger German/US philosopher (Jüdische Krieg), dies at 74
1959 Gilda Gray actress (Piccadilly), dies of heart attack at 60
1964 Bonifacio Gil Garcia composer, dies at 66
1965 Al Ritz actor (Gorilla, Hi Ya Chum), dies at 62
1967 Lee Krieger actor (Clambake, One Way Wahini), dies at 48
1968 Louise Granville entertainer, dies of influenza at 73
1969 Donald Foster actor (Herbert Johnson-Hazel), dies at 80
1969 Ilse Steppat actress (Invisible Terror), dies at 52
1969 Josef von Sternberg Austrian director (Shanghai Express), dies at 75
1971 Godfried Jan Arnold Bomans Dutch writer (Eric), dies at 58
1971 Renee Evans entertainer, dies of heart attack at 63
1973 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia composer, dies at 87
1973 Irna Phillips creator of 5 TV soap operas, dies at 72
1974 Fosco Giachetti entertainer, dies at 70
1974 Lorraine Gauguin entertainer, dies at 50
1977 Johann Nepomuk David composer, dies at 82
1979 Darryl F Zanuck film producer (20th Century Fox), dies at 77
1980 Dick Kallman actor (Hank Dearborn-Hank), murdered at 47
1986 Celius Dougherty composer, dies at 84
1987 Alice Terry [Taaffe] actress (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse), dies
1987 Leonidas Zoras composer, dies at 82
1988 Tucker Smith singer/dancer (Cool-West Side Story), dies
1989 Samuel Beckett Irish/French writer (Waiting for Godot, Molloy, Nobel 1969), dies at 83
1990 Cecil Effinger composer, dies at 76
1990 Helene Stanley actress (Carnival Story, Roar of the Crowd), dies
1991 Ernst Krenek Austrian/US composer (Orpheus & Eurydike), dies at 91
1992 Frederick W Franz CEO (Watch Tower), dies at 99
1993 Alexander Mackendrick director (Whiskey Galore!), dies at 81
1993 Don DeFore actor (George Baxter-Hazel), dies of cardiac arrest at 76
1995 Butterfly McQueen actress (Gone With the Wind), dies in a fire at 84
1996 Hetta Empson artist, dies at 81
1997 Dawn Steel producer/president (Columbia TriStar), dies of brain tumor at 51
1997 Douglas Ranger surgeon, dies at 81
1997 Hugh Edward Conway Seymour marquis of Hertford, dies at 67
1997 John Pinkerton compuer scientist, dies at 78
1997 Johnny Coles trumpeter, dies at 71
1997 Juzo Itami Japanese director, commits suicide at 64

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