12th February, on this day

55 Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome. This clears the way for Nero to become Emperor. 1049 Bruno count of Egesheim and Dagsburg crowned Pope Leo IX
1111 German King Hendry V arrives at St Peter, Rome
1130 Pope Innocent II elected
1429 English Forces under Sir John Fastolf defend a supply convoy carrying rations to the army besieging Orleans from attack by the Comte de Clermont and John Stuart in the Battle of Rouvray (also known as the Battle of the Herrings).
1502 Granada Moslems forced to convert to Catholicism
1528 Treaty of Dordrecht between emperor and ecclesiastical power
1554 Lady Jane Grey - the nine days queen is executed
1577 Spanish land guardian Don Juan of Habsburg signs "Eternal Edict"
1624 English parliament comes together
1733 Georgia founded by James Oglethorpe, at site of Savannah
1736 Maria Theresa Habsburg marries French Stefanus (emperor François I)
1762 English fleet occupies Martinique
1763 John Casteret appointed British minister of foreign affairs
1772 Yves de Kerguelen of France discovers Kerguelen Archipelago, India
1793 1st US fugitive slave law passed; requires return of escaped slaves
1797 More than 1,000 French troops, led by Irish-American General William Tate attempt an invasion of Britain but surrender shortly after landing in Pembrokeshire on the Welsh coast
1814 Battle of Château-Thierry Prussians and French
1817 Battle of Chacabuco fought during the Chilean War of Independence
1818 Chile gains independence from Spain
1821 Mercantile Library of the City of New York opens
1825 Creek Indian treaty signed; Tribal chiefs agree to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government & migrate west by Sept 1, 1826
1832 Ecuador annexes Galápagos Islands
1839 Boundary dispute between Maine and New Brunswick leads to Aroostook
1848 Ballet "Faust" premieres, Milan
1850 Original Washington's Farewell Address manuscript sells for $2,300
1851 Start of the Australian Gold Rush in New South Wales when prospector Edward Hargreaves finds gold at Summerhill Creek
1861 State troops seize US munitions in Napoleon, AK
1862 Battle of Fort Donelson The capture of the fort by Union forces opened the Cumberland River as an avenue of invasion of the South
1865 Henry Highland Garnet, is 1st black to speak in US House of Representatives
1870 Official proclamation sets April 15 as last day of grace for US silver coins to circulate in Canada
1874 King David Kalakaua of Sandwich Island HI, is 1st king to visit US
1876 Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop
1877 US railroad builders strike against wage reduction
1878 Frederick Thayer patents the catcher's mask (pat # 200,358)
1879 1st artificial ice rink in North America (Madison Square Garden, NYC)
1879 News about slaughtering of Isandlwana reaches London
1885 Carl Peters founds German East-Africa Society
1886 2nd British government of Salisbury forms
1894 One week after Auguste Vaillant execution, Emile Henry threw a bomb in the "Terminus" café, in Saint Lazare train station. 1 killed, 20 wounded. Ravachol, Vaillant and Henry were all anarchist militants.
1906 George M Cohans musical "George Washington" premieres in New York NY
1908 Anna Jeanes bequeathes $1,000,000 to Swarthmore to become all female
1908 New York to Paris auto race (via Alaska and Siberia) begins in New York NY; George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel
1909 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is founded
1912 China adopts the Gregorian calendar
1912 China becomes Republic with the overthrow of the Manchu Dynasty
1915 Cornerstone laid for Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC
1916 1st edition of Joseph Patterson/Sidney Smith strip "Gumps"
1920 14,000 Rotterdam/Amsterdam harbor workers strike
1921 Soviet troops invade Georgia (theirs, not ours)
1921 Winston Churchill becomes British, minister of Colonies
1924 George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" premieres at Carnegie Hall (New York NY)
1924 George Kaufman's "Beggar on Horseback" premieres in New York NY
1924 President Calvin Coolidge makes 1st presidential radio speech
1925 1st federal arbitration law approved by Congress
1925 E Thieffry departs with Handley Page for the Belgian Congo
1925 Estonia forbids Communist Party
1927 British expeditionary army lands in Shanghai )
1933 German vice-chancellor von Papen demands Catholic aid for Nazis
1934 Export-Import Bank incorporates
1934 Austrian Civil War
1934 France hit by a general strike against fascists and royalists
1935 Great airship, USS Macon, crashes into Pacific Ocean
1938 Austrian chancellor Schuschnigg visits Hitler in Berchtesgaden
1938 German troops entered Austria
1941 Jewish Council for Amsterdam forms, under Ascher/Cohen
1942 3 German battle cruisers escape via Channel to Brest N Germany
1943 General Eisenhower departs Algiers to Tebessa
1945 Peru declares war on Germany
1945 Battle of Monte Castello ends. Fought between Brazil and Germany
1947 Daytime fireball and meteorite fall seen in eastern Siberia
1947 Record 100.5-kg sailfish caught, C W Stewart, Galapagos Islands
1948 1st Lieutenant Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st black in army nursing corps
1949 Panic in Quito Ecuador, after "War of the World" played on radio
1949 Unidentified aircraft bomb Jerusalem
1950 Senator Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist government employees
1950 Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb
1953 USSR breaks relations with Israel
1955 McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes to number 1 and stays for 10 weeks
1955 President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam
1955 Soviets decides space center built in Baikonur, Kazachstan
1957 Researchers announce Borazan (harder than diamonds) been developed
1958 General Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected President of Guatemala
1960 Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers
1961 USSR launches Venera 1 toward Venus
1962 Bus boycott starts in Macon, GA
1963 Argentina asks extradition of Ex-President Peron
1964 Beatles 1st NYC concert (Carnegie Hall)
1965 British musician Donovan releases 'Catch the Wind'
1965 Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
1967 Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful busted for drugs
1967 Pirate Radio Free Harlem (NYC) begins transmitting
1973 Following the successful ceasefire negotiations with the United States of America, North Vietnam releases the first batch of American prisoners of war; 116 of 456 flown to Philippines
1976 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1979 Kosmos 1076, 1st Soviet oceanographic satellite, launched
1981 Pete Squires sets record for 1575 steps of Empire State Building, 10m
1981 Cape Verde amends its constitution
1982 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1984 Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean skate "Bolero" at the Olympics receiving all perfect scores for quality and the gold medal
1986 An agreement between Britain and France to build the Channel Tunnel is signed at Canterbury
1987 Survivors of a black man murdered by KKK members awarded $7 million damages
1989 5 Pakistani Moslem rioters killed protesting "Satanic Verses" novel
1989 Thursday's Child sets sailing record, New York-Cape Horn-San Francisco, 80 days 20 hours
1991 North and South Korea form a joint team for table tennis competition
1991 Iceland recognizes Lithuania's independence
1993 In Britain, a 2 year old boy, Jamie Bulger, is abducted from a shopping centre and killed by two boys aged 10 and 11
1994 17th Olympics Winter games open in Lillehammer, Norway
1994 20th century premiere of 6 restored Haydn-sonatas in Boston
1994 Edvard Munch's painting "The Cry" stolen (in Oslo)
1994 Model Anna Nicole Smith hospitalized for drug overdose
1995 PRI loses/PAN wins Mexican regional elections
1996 British Prime Minister John Major pledges to rebuild the Ulster Peace Process telling Sinn Fein to choose between 'the ballot or the bullet'
1997 Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O J Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement
1998 250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die and 50 hurt
1998 Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740
1999 President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.
2001 NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
2002 The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Miloševic begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He eventually dies four years later before its conclusion.
2002 US Secretary of Energy makes the decision that Yucca Mountain is suitable to be the United States' nuclear waste repository.
2006 A powerful Nor'easter Blizzard of 2006|Winter Storm blankets the Northeastern United States dumping 1 to 2 feet of snow from Washington DC up to Boston, Massachusetts. The storm dumped a record 26.9 inches of snow in New York City.
2007 A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people in the Trolley Square shooting.

12th February 2006

Shias nominate Jaafari as Iraq PM

Indonesia laments Danish pullout

Pacific islanders decide destiny

12th February 2007

Iran 'does not fear attack by US'

Dozens killed in Baghdad bombings

Migrant ship calls at Mauritania

12th February 2008

Russia in Ukraine missile threat

Danish cartoons 'plotters' held

Anger over Nigerian child census

12th February 2009

'More tribe killings' in Colombia

Seven killed in N Caucasus clash

Russian and US satellites collide

12th February 2010

Winter Olympics 2010 set to begin

Ingushetia operation against militants 'kills 20'

Iraqi Shia city rocked by bombs

Birthdates which occurred on 12th February :

1211 Henry VII Roman catholic German king (1220-35)
1438 Adolf van Egmond duke of Gelre/earl of Zutphen
1474 Lorenzo Campeggi(o) archbishop of Bologna/diplomat
1567 Thomas Campion England, composer/poet/physician
1584 Casparus Barleaus Flemish theologist/poet (Muiderkring)
1585 Caspar Bartholin Malmö, physician, theologian, writer on anatomy
1588 John Winthrop English attorney/puritan/1st Governor of Massachusetts
1636 Herman Witsius [Wits], Dutch reformed theologist
1637 John Swammerdam Dutch anatomist/entomologist (Bible of Nature)
1663 Dr Cotton Mather witchcraft authority
1665 Rudolph J Camerarius German botanist/physician (sexuality plant)
1706 Josef Christian German sculptor
1740 Matej Sojka composer
1751 Joseph Waast Aubert Nonot composer
1753 Lambert-François Godecharle composer
1758 Christian Ignatius Latrobe composer
1760 Jan Ladislav Dussek Bohemia, pianist/composer
1768 Francis II Florence Italy, last Holy Roman emperor (1792-1806)
1775 Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams wife of John Quincy Adams
1778 Franz Joseph Volkert composer
1791 Peter Cooper industrialist/philanthropist (Cooper Union)
1791 Jan D Zocher Jr Dutch garden architect (Vondelpark Amsterdam)
1792 Ferdinand de Braekeleer Belgian painter
1809 Charles Darwin Shrewsbury England, discovered evolution (Origin of species)
1809 Abraham Lincoln Hodgenville KY, (R) 16th President (1861-65)
1818 Otto Ludwig German writer (Die Heiterethei)
1824 Arya Samaj Maha Rishi Dayanand Sarsvati Indian Hindu leader
1828 George Meredith England, poet/novelist (Shaving of Shagpat)
1828 Robert Ransom Jr Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1892
1831 John Morrissey boxer/developer of Saratoga Springs horse race track
1838 Charles Carroll Walcott Brevet Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1898
1841 Gijsbert van Tienhoven Dutch mayor (Amsterdam)/foreign minister
1850 Amaat Vyncke Flemish missionary (Flemish Flag)
1852 Hendrik Blink geographer (Van de Eems tot de Schelde)
1853 Bertram Luard-Selby composer
1857 Bobby Peel cricketer (great English lefty 1884-96)
1861 Lou [Andreas-]Salomé Russian/German author (Im Kampf um Gott)
1865 Kazimierz P Tetmajer Polish writer/poet (Young Poland)
1867 Joe Howard New York NY, singer (Gay Nineties Revue)
1867 Hedwig Courths-Mahler German author (Warbride)
1868 Johan H A Schaper Dutch MP/founder (SDAP)
1869 Hendrik P Marchant Dutch minister of Education/Arts (VVD)
1873 Jón Trausti [Gudmundur Magnússon], Icelandic writer (Heidarbylid)
1880 John Llewellyn Lewis union leader (United Mine Workers, 1920-60)
1882 Walter Vaes Flemish painter/etcher
1883 Ludwig Stossel Austria, actor (Man With a Camera)
1884 Max Beckmann German painter/graphic artist
1885 Julius Streicher German district leader (Stürmer)
1885 Licinio Refice composer
1886 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist composer
1886 Michel Brusselmans composer
1891 Cecil Dixon cricket off-spinner (1 Test for South Africa, 3-118, pair)
1891 Maurice Yvain composer
1891 Max Terhune actor (Arizona Stagecoach, Hit the Saddle, Range Justice)
1893 Omar Bradley General of Army WWII "The GI General"
1893 Marcel G J Minnaert Dutch astronomer
1894 Hans Guido von Bülow German conductor
1898 Leroy "Roy" Harris Oklahoma, composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
1898 [Le]Roy Harris Oklahoma, composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
1898 Wallace Ford [Samuel Jones Grundy], Batton England, actor (The Deputy)
1899 Albert Huybrechts composer
19-- Lillian Lehman Selma AL, actress (Tenafly, Fay, Sunset Beach)
19-- Pat St John radio DJ (WPLJ-FM NYC)
1900 Ferenc Körmendy Hungarian/US author (Budapest Kaland)
1900 Fred Emney London England, actor (Let the People Sing, Lilac Domino)
1902 William D Revelli Spring Gulch CO, band leader
1904 Ted Mack Denver CO, TV host (Original Amateur Hour)
1905 Harry Bellaver actor (Sergeant Arcaro-Naked City)
1909 Barry Wood New Haven CT, singer (Your Hit Parade)
1910 Forsyth Hardy documentary film pioneer
1910 Lee Byung Chull Korean industrialist/founder (Samsung Business)
1911 Charles Mathiesen Norway, 1500 meter speed skater (Olympics-gold-1936)
1911 Frank Hercules writer
1911 Sylvstre A Guzman Fernandez President (Dominican Republic)
1912 Ernest Clark London England, actor (Doctor in the House)
1912 Eddie J Bush golf professional
1913 Pedro Gastao de Orleans e Bragança grandson of emperor Pedro I
1914 Gordon Tex Beneke saxophonist/bandleader/vocalist (Glenn Miller Orchestra)
1914 Nello Celio Swiss President
1915 Lorne Greene Ottawa Canada, actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica)
1915 Andrew J Goodpaster US, General/Supreme Commander (NATO-Europe)
1916 Joseph L Alioto (Mayor-San Francisco)
1916 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske Austrian composer (Vom Tode)
1917 Thomas K Scherman New York NY, conductor (Little Orchestra Society 1947-75)
1918 Dominic DiMaggio baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
1918 Julian S Schwinger US physicist
1919 Forrest Tucker Plainfield IN, actor (O'Rourke-F Troop, Dusty Trail)
1923 Franco Zeffirelli Florence Italy, movie director (Romeo & Juliet)
1923 James Abdnor (Senator-R-SD, 1981-87)
1923 Mel Powell composer
1924 Hans Berghuis Dutch author/poet (3 Women, Adam)
1926 Joe Garagiola St Louis MO, sportscaster/host (Today Show)
1926 Paul Hamlyn English publisher/multi-millionaire (Octopus)
1927 Anne Gillis Little Rock AR, actress (Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Men)
1929 Agustin Gonzalez Acilu composer
1930 Arlen Specter (Senator-R-PA, 1981- )
1930 Gerhard Rühm writer
1931 Constance A Morella (Representative-R-MD)
1932 Lincoln Kilpatrick St Louis MO, actor (BJ-Leslie Uggams Show)
1933 Costa-Gavras director
1933 Ivan Nikolayevich Anikeyev cosmonaut
1933 Juanita [Ruth] Coulson sci-fi author (Web of Wizardry, Space Trap)
1934 Annette Crosbie Edinburgh Scotland, actress (Six Wives of Henry VIII, One Foot in the Grave)
1934 Bill Russell Monroe LA, NBA star (Boston Celtics, Olympics-gold-56)
1935 Ray Manzarek keyboardist (The Doors-Light My Fire, Unknown Soldier)
1935 Gene McDaniels US vocalist/bandleader/actor (Young Swingers)
1935 Ken Still golfer
1936 Joe Don Baker Groesback TX, actor (Eischied, Walking Tall, Fletch)
1936 Paul Shenar Milwaukee WI, actor (Carrington-Roots)
1936 Arnost Parsch composer
1936 Fang Lizhi Chinese astrophysicist/dissident
1937 Charles Everett Dumas Tulsa OK, high jumper (Olympics-gold-1956)
1938 Judy Blume Elizabeth NJ, author (Wifey, Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, Blubber, Forever)
1938 Johnny Rutherford auto racer
1939 John D Hancock actor/director (Black Marble, Traxx, Houston Knights)
1940 Hank Brown (Representative-R-CO, 1981-88)
1941 Naomi Uemura mountain climber (1st Japanese to scale Everest)
1941 Ross Morgan cricketer (New Zealand batsman in 20 Tests 1965-72)
1942 Chananjit Vohra Kenyan/British hotel magnate/multi-millionaire
1942 Lionel Grigson professor of jazz
1942 Rick Frank rocker
1944 Charles Pasarell tennis pro
1944 Desmond Nuttall English educator
1944 Jackie Torrence story teller/artist
1944 Moe Bandy Meridian MS, country vocalist (Just Good Ol' Boys)
1945 Maud Adams Lulea Sweden, actress (Octopussy, Rollerball, Tattoo)
1945 Cliff De Young Los Angeles CA, actor (F/X, Hunger, Shock Treatment)
1945 Joe Schermie Madison WI, bassist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World)
1946 Ever Meulen [Eddy Vermeulen], Dutch designer (children stamps 1992)
1947 Guus Willemse Dutch bassist/singer (Solution)
1948 Cindy Hill LPGA golfer
1949 Stanley Knight country artist (Black Oak Arkansas-High on the Hog)
1949 Gundappa Viswanath cricketer (prolific Indian batsman of 70s)
1949 Len Randle baseball player (New York Mets)
1950 Steve Hackett rock guitarist (Genesis-Against All Odds/GTR)
1950 Michael Ironside actor, (Starship Troopers)
1951 Gil "The Bird" Moore rocker (Triumph)
1952 Dr Salvador Pineda Mexico City, doctor
1952 Simon MacCorkindale Cambridge England, actor (Counterstrike, Falcon Crest, Manimal, Jaws 3D)
1953 Joanna Kerns [de Varona], San Francisco CA, actress (Maggie-Growing Pains)
1955 Daniele Masala Italy, pentathlete (Olympics-1976)
1956 Paula Zahn Omaha NB, news anchor (ABC, CBS This Morning)
1956 Ad P Melkert Dutch minister of Social Affairs (1994- )
1958 Arsenio Hall comedian (Alan Thicke, Arsenio, Coming to America)
1958 Ruth Guerri St Louis MO, playmate (July, 1983)
1958 Ingrid Klich Whittier CA, rower (Olympics-96)
1959 Nancy Remy reporter (NYC's Shadow Traffic)
1959 Omar Hakim drummer (Dire Straits, Weather Report)
1959 Sigrid Thornton Australia, actress (Amelia Lawson-Guns of Paradise)
1959 Per Gessle rocker (Roxette-Joy Ride)
1961 Chris Heyne Offenbach Germany, WLAF General Manager (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1963 Brent Jones NFL tight end (San Francisco 49ers)
1964 Maurice Douglass NFL safety (New York Giants)
1964 Michel Petit St Malo France, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
1964 Milton Small cricket pace bowler (West Indies vs Australia 1984)
1964 Raphael Sbarge actor (Glenn-Risky Business, Sherman-My Science Project, Brian-Better Days)
1965 Ruben Amaro US baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians)
1966 Boty Goodwin artist
1967 Stephen Baldwin actor (William Cody-The Young Riders)
1967 Andrew Dunkley Kent England, golfer (1991-93 Co-Captain University of West Florida)
1968 Chynna Phillips Los Angeles CA, singer (Wilson Philips-Hold On)
1968 Josh Brolin actor (Johnny-Private Eye, Jimmy Hickok-Young Riders)
1968 Todd Fanning Saskatoon Saskatchewan, golfer (Manitoba Amateur-1984, 90, 91, 92)
1969 Josh Brolin actor (Johnny-Private Eye, Jimmy Hickok-Young Riders)
1969 Colin Keely Buffalo NY, water polo driver (Olympics-96)
1969 Shauna Lyn Searles Miss California-USA (1996)
1970 Bryan Roy Surinam/Dutch soccer star (Ajax)
1970 Dell Demps NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
1970 Lamar Thomas NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins)
1971 Lincoln Kennedy tackle (Oakland Raiders)
1971 Romeo Bandison NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns)
1971 Shane Tonkin Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics-1996)
1971 Shante Carver NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys)
1971 Tracy Kennick Miss Utah-USA (1996)
1972 Andrew Cassesse actor (Wormser-Revenge of Nerds, TV 101)
1972 Dulip Samaraweera cricketer (Sri Lankan Test opening batsman 1993-)
1973 Brendon Mark Cameron Pirongia New Zealand, 4k pursuit cyclist (Olympics-96)
1974 Ian Mcintyre Montréal, NHL left wing (Vancouver Canucks)
1975 Chris Szarka CFL full back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
1975 Matt Finkes linebacker (New York Jets)
1975 Scot Pollard NBA center (Detroit Pistons)
1975 Seth Payne defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1976 Christopher Pettiet Los Angeles CA, actor (Young Riders)
1980 Christina Ricci actress (Wednesday-Addams Family, Mermaids, Casper)
1980 Sarah Lancaster Kansas City KS, actress (Rachel-Saved By Bell New Class)


Deaths which occurred on February 12th:
1128 Toghtekin slave/atabek of Damascus, dies
1242 Hendrik VII Roman Catholics German king (1220-35), commits suicide
1538 Albrecht Altdorfer German painter, dies at about 57
1554 Lord Guildford Dudley Jane Grey's husband, beheaded
1590 François Hotman/Hotomanus French lawyer/diplomat, dies at 65
1616 John Drusius of Driesschen, Flemish Hebraist, dies at 65
1684 Pietro Andrea Ziani composer, dies at 67
1728 Agostino Steffani Italian/German diplomat/composer, dies at 73
1738 James Sherard composer, dies at 71
1762 Laurent Belissen composer, dies at 68
1771 Adolf Frederik king of Sweden (1751-70), dies at 60
1787 Ruggiero Boscovich Italian physicist/astronomer/philosopher, dies at 75
1799 Frantisek Xaver Dusek composer, dies at 67
1804 Immanuel Kant German philosopher (Zum ewigen Frieden), dies in Königsberg, Prussia at 79
1820 Guillaume Albert Teniers composer, dies at 71
1834 Friedrich Schleiermacher German theologist/philosopher, dies at 65
1837 Ludwig Börne writer, dies at 50
1861 Hippolyte-Andre-Baptiste Chelard composer, dies at 72
1886 P J Edvard Backström Swedish writer, dies at 44
1889 Andrew Greenwood cricketer (batted in England's 1st 2 Tests 1877), dies
1896 Charles Louis Ambrose Thomas French composer (Mignon), dies at 84
1896 Isaac Murphy jockey, 628 win on 1,412 mounts (44.5%), dies at 35
1901 Ramón de Campoamor bon Campoosorio Spanish poet (Colón), dies at 83
1905 Marcel Schwob French writer/journalist (Coeur double), dies
1915 Charles Emile Waldteufel composer, dies at 77
1916 J W Richard Dedekind German mathematician, dies
1920 Emile Sauret composer, dies at 67
1920 Jean Allemane French socialist/communard (allemanisten), dies at 77
1920 Ottalee Baker Frank "Home Run" Baker's wife, dies at 31
1921 Charles Leslie cricketer (4 Tests England vs Australia 1882-83), dies
1929 Freiherr Albert von Schrenk-Notzing German para-psychologist, dies at 66
1933 Henri Duparc French composer, dies at 85
1942 Grant Wood US painter (American Gothic), dies at 49
1945 ... de Jong Dutch vicar/resistance fighter, executed
1945 Henrietta Szold founder (Hadassah, Youth Aliyah), dies
1945 Walraven [Wally] van Hall Dutch banker/resisted Nazis, executed at 39
1947 Sidney Toler actor (Charlie Chan, Dark Alibi), dies at 72
1954 Dziga Vertov [Kaufman], Russian director (3 Songs of Lenin), dies at 58
1955 Tom Moore actor (Ladies be Seated, Majority Rules), dies at 71
1957 Johannes Anker Larsen Danish writer (Martha og Maria), dies at 82
1958 Marcel Cachin 1st communist French senator, dies at 88
1959 George Antheil US pianist/composer (Ballet Mécanique), dies at 58
1960 Bobby Clark vaudevillian (World's funniest circus clown), dies at 71
1965 Henry Kulky actor (Otto-Life of Riley), dies at 53
1969 Johanna EFG Tourniaire actress (Potasch & Perlemoer), dies at 80
1970 Andre Souris composer, dies at 79
1971 George Shelton actor (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 86
1971 James Cash Penney US founder (J C Penney), dies at 95
1973 Benjamin Frankel composer, dies at 67
1976 James Clifton Williams composer/band master (Sinfonians), dies at 52
1976 Sal Mineo actor (Exodus, Rebel Without a Cause), stabbed at 37
1979 Jean Renoir French writer/director (Human Beast), dies at 84
1980 Floyd Taliaferro Alderson actor (Crossing Trails), dies
1981 Jean Dixon actress (Joy of Living, You Only Live Once), dies
1982 Victor Jory Dawson City Yukon Territory Canada, actor (Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1st Lady, Jigsaw), dies at 79
1982 Cornelis Rijnsdorp Dutch writer (Culprit), dies at 87
1982 Hal Hooker cricket (307 partners with Kippax for last wicket), dies
1983 Eubie Blake ragtime-composer/pianist (Memories of You), dies at 100
1984 Anna Anderson Manahan [claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia] dies in Virginia
1984 Julio Cortázar Argentine writer (Final del Juego), dies at 69
1985 Nicholas Colssanto actor (Coach-Cheers), dies at 61
1986 Sid Stone comedian (Milton Berle Show), dies at 82
1986 Guy Douglas Hamilton Warrack composer, dies at 86
1987 Lang Jeffries Canadian actor (Skip-Rescue 8), dies at 55
1989 Mauritius Balfoort French/Flemish director, dies at 83
1989 Thomas Bernhard Dutch/Austrian writer (Heldenplatz), dies at 58
1991 Edward A Blatt director (Between 2 Worlds), dies at 88
1991 Robert Wagner mayor (NYC-D-1954-65), dies
1992 Bep [Lambertus] van Klaveren boxing champion (Olympics-gold-1928), dies
1992 Dorothy Tree actress (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Nazi Agent), dies
1992 Ton Brandsteder CEO (Sony Netherlands BV), dies at 74
1993 James Bulger English child beaten to death at 2, by 10 year old boys
1994 Donald Judd US furniture maker/architect/artist, dies at 65
1995 Earring George Mayweather blues harmonica player, dies at 66
1995 L Jansma Fries publisher (Friese stamp), dies
1995 Rachid Mimouni Algerian author (L'Honneur de la Tribu), dies at 49
1995 Terence Beckles pianist/teacher, dies at 82
1995 Tony Secunda rock band manager, dies at 54
1996 Roger Omond journalist, dies at 51
1997 Nora Beloff journalist, dies at 78
1997 Walter Ritchie sculptor, dies at 77

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