15th February, on this day

399BC Philosopher Socrates sentenced to death
590 Khosrau II crowned as king of Persia
732 Ho-tse Shen-hui, Zen teacher disputes founder of Northern Ch'an line
1145 Bernardo elected Pope Eugene III
1313 Peace of Angleur
1386 Duke Philip the Stout forms Council of Flanders
1539 Emperor Charles receives Cardinal Pole in Toledo
1563 Russian troops occupy Polotsk, Lithuania
1637 Ferdinand III succeeds Ferdinand II as Holy Roman Emperor
1677 King Charles II reports anti-French covenant with Netherlands
1686 Jean Baptiste Lully's opera "Armide" premieres in Paris
1689 German Parliament declares war on France
1745 Colley Cibber's "Papal Tyranny" premieres in London
1763 Austria, Prussia and Saxony sign Peace of Hubertusburg
1764 St Louis founded as a French trading post by Pierre Laclade Ligue
1768 1st mustard manufactured in America advertised, Philadelphia
1775 Angelo Braschi chosen as Pope Pius VI
1798 The French army enters Rome: the birth of the Roman Republic.
1799 1st US printed ballots authorized, Pennsylvania
1804 New Jersey becomes last northern state to abolish slavery
1842 1st adhesive postage stamps in US (private delivery company), New York NY
1845 William Parsons, Earl of Rosse, 1st uses 72" (183 cm) reflector
1848 Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston
1851 Black abolitionists invade Boston courtroom rescuing a fugitive slave
1861 Ft Point completed and garrisoned (but has never fired cannon in anger)
1862 Grant's major assault on Ft Donelson TN
1869 Charges of Treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped
1882 1st cargo of frozen meat leaves New Zealand for Britain, on SS Dunedin
1898 USS Maine blows up in Havana harbor, cause unknown-258 sailors die
1900 General French relieves Kimberley/Cecil Rhodes
1901 Winston Churchill enters Parliament for the first time as MP for Oldham. He had been returned in the 1900 Khaki election but missed the opening of Parliament. MPs of the period were unpaid and Churchill was forced to take a speaking tour in order to fund his tenure
1903 1st Teddy Bear introduced in America, made by Morris and Rose Michtom
1912 Fram reaches latitude 78º 41' S, farthest south ever by ship
1913 1st avant-garde art show in America opens in New York NY
1918 1st WWI US army troop ship torpedoed and sunk by Germany, off Ireland
1918 Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania adopt the Gregorian calendar
1922 Marconi begins regular broadcasting transmissions from Essex
1926 Contract air mail service begins in US
1928 After some 70 years work, the 1st Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary is completed
1931 1st Dracula movie released
1932 3rd Winter Olympics games close at Lake Placid NY
1933 President-elect Franklin Roosevelt survives assassination attempt
1933 Karl Radek praises invincible force of German communist party
1933 Social-democratic newspaper "Vorwärts" banned again in Berlin
1936 Sonja Henie, Norway, wins 3rd consecutive Olympics figure skating gold
1936 Hitler announces building of Volkswagens (starting slug-bug game)
1940 Hitler orders unrestricted submarine warfare.
1940 Soviet army captures Summa, an important defence point in Finland, thereby breaking through the Mannerheim Line

1941 Duke Ellington 1st records "Take the A Train"
1941 Deportation of Austrian Jews to ghettos in Poland begins.
1942 Singapore surrenders to the Japanese
1942 German U-boat shells at Antillian oil refinery
1942 Japanese troops march into Palembang, South Sumatra
1943 Women's camp Tamtui on Ambon (Moluccas) hit by allied air raid
1944 US troops re-take the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean from the Japanese. It is an important step toward victory in the Pacific
1944 891 British bombers attack Berlin
1944 The "second" Battle of Monte Cassino begins. The history-rich monastery atop Monte Cassino is destroyed by Allied bombing. The bombing is controversial since the Germans deny the Allied charge that the grounds were used as observation posts.
1946 Bank of England nationalized
1948 Mao Zedong's army occupies Yenan
1949 Dmitri Shostakovich's "Song of the Woods" premieres in Leningrad
1950 Walt Disney's "Cinderella" released
1955 1st pilot plant to produce man-made diamonds announced
1956 Urho Kekkonen appointed President of Finland
1957 Andrei A Gromyko succeeds Dmitri Shepilov as Soviet foreign minister
1958 Sjafroeddin Prawiranegara forms anti-government of Middle Sumatra
1959 Antonio Segni forms Italian government
1961 Entire US figure skating team of 18, dies in Belgian Sabena 707 crash
1962 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1963 Ken Lynch records "Misery", 1st Lennon-McCartney song by someone else
1964 Beatles' "Meet the Beatles!" album goes number 1 and stays for 11 weeks
1965 Canada replaces the Union Jack flag with the Maple Leaf
1965 John Lennon passes his driving test
1967 1st anti-bootleg recording laws enacted
1967 French Diadème 1-D satellite launches into Earth orbit
1967 Longest dream (REM sleep) on record, Bill Carskadon, Chicago (2:23)
1970 Nationalists disrupt UN session on Congo
1970 Dominican DC-9 crashes into sea at Santo Domingo, kills 102
1971 Decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day
1972 President Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador deposed for 4th time
1973 USSR launches Prognoz 3 to study sun (589/200,300 km)
1976 12th Winter Olympics games close at Innsbruck, Austria
1978 Escaped mass murderer Ted Bundy recaptured, Pensacola, FL
1978 New Zealand win a Test Series against England for the first time
1979 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 Rocket-powered ice sled attains 399 kph, Lake George NY
1982 Ocean Ranger oil-drilling platform lost off Newfoundland, 84 die
1984 500,000 Iranian soldiers move into Iraq
1986 Ferdinand Marcos wins rigged Philippines presidential election
1988 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1988 Austria's President Kurt Waldheim rejects calls for his resignation after details emerge of his earlier association with the Nazi Party
1989 Israel attacks border strip Taba near Egypt
1989 Soviet military occupation of Afghánistán ends
1990 Britain and Argentina restore diplomatic relations. There had been no contact between the two nations since the 1982 Falklands War
1991 Freighter with dynamite explodes in Phang Nga Thailand, 120 die
1992 Jeffrey Dahmer found sane and guilty of killing 15 boys
1993 Bombings by Mafia drug lords kill 14 in Bogotá Colombia
1994 US asks Aristide to adopt a peace plan from Haiti
1995 Burundi premier Anatole Kanyenkiko, resigns
1994 Russia annexed Tatarstan by integrating it into its so-called federation, start of War of Independence and War of Liberation
1995 Kevin Mitnick is arrested by the FBI and charged with breaking into some of the United States' most "secure" computer systems.
1996 Mortar attack on the US Embassy in Athens, Greece.
1996 At the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China, a Long March 3 rocket, carrying an Intelsat 708, crashed into a rural village after liftoff, killing many people.
1999 Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the terrorist organization Kurdistan Workers Party, is arrested in Kenya by Turkish agents.
2000 Indian Point II nuclear power plant in New York State vents a small amount of radioactive steam when a steam generator fails.
2002 At the Tri-State Crematory in La Fayette, Georgia, investigators find uncremated bodies disposed of in the woods and buildings on the crematorium's property. The discovery reveals one of the worst incidents of abuse in the funeral service industry.
2003 Protests against the Iraq war occur in over 600 cities worldwide. It is estimated that between 8 million to 30 million people took part, making this the largest peace demonstration in the history of the world.
2005 YouTube, the popular Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States
2005 214 die in a coal mine disaster at Sunjiawan, Fuxing, Liaoning, China
2007 An Air Mauritanie Boeing 737 is hijacked after taking off from Nouakchott, Mauritania, but lands safely in Las Palmas, Spain without any serious injuries among the 79 people on board.

15th February 2006

Haiti orders poll 'fraud' inquiry

Bird flu spreading across Europe

Rare photo sets $2.9m sale record

15th February 2007

Madrid train bombing trial begins

Uganda's cattle clashes kill 50

Iraq invasion plan 'delusional'

15th February 2008

US consumer confidence dives

Kenyans to review disputed poll

First order for pet dog cloning

15th February 2009

Fire tears through Russian hostel

Taleban announces Swat ceasefire

US army 'wants more immigrants'

15th February 2010

Belgian train crash: 18 dead

Taliban 'forced from strongholds'

Libya bars Europeans in Swiss row

Birthdates which occurred on 15th February :

0037 Claudius Drusus Germanicus Caesar Nero emperor of Rome (54-68)
1368 Sigismund Nürnberg Germany, Holy Roman emperor (1410-37)
1483 Babur founder of Mughal dynasty in India (1526-30
1497 Philipp Melanchthon Germany, Protestant reformer
1519 Pedro Menéndez de Aviles explored Florida - founded St Augustine FL
1524 Charles de Guise archbishop/cardinal of Reims
1557 Alfonso Fontanelli composer
1564 Galileo Galilei Pisa, Italy, astronomer/physicist
1571 Michael Praetorius Kreuzberg Germany, music theorist/composer (Syntagma music)
1620 François Charpentier French scholar/archaeologist
1650 Anne Jules duke de Noailles marshal of France (hugenot)
1660 Frans Anneessens Belgian merchant/dean of artisans
1666 Antonio M Valsalva Italian anatomist (eardrums, glottis)
1705 Charles A Vanloo French painter
1707 Claude Prosper Paris France, novelist
1710 Louis XV the Well-Beloved Versailles, King of France (1715-74)
1726 Abraham Clark farmer/lawyer, signed Declaration of Independence
1740 Ernst Eichner composer
1748 Jeremy Bentham London England, philosopher/originator (Utilitarian)
1759 Friedrich A Wolfius [Wolf], German philological (Prolegomena)
1760 Jean-François Le Sueur composer
1764 Jens I Baggesen Danish writer/linguist (Danske V'rker)
1768 Jozef B Cannaert [Olim], Flemish lawyer
1774 W G Frederik prince of Orange
1780 Carel Asser Dutch jurist
1783 Johann Nepomuk Poissl composer
1785 Claude Louis Marie Navier
1789 Friedrich Fesca composer
1795 Charles Niellon Belgian brigade general (10 day campaign)
1797 Henry Engelhard Steinway piano maker (Steinway)
1800 Frederik W Conrad Dutch hydraulic engineer/railway pioneer
1803 John Augustus Sutter Swiss/US colonist of California gold rush fame (New Helvetia CA, Sutter Mill)
1807 Ignacy Feliks Dobrzynski composer
1809 Cyrus Hall McCormick inventor (Mechanical reaper)
1811 Domingo F Sarmiento President of Argentina (1868-74)
1812 Charles Lewis Tiffany Killingly CT, jeweler (Tiffany)
1817 Charles F Daubigny French restauranteur/painter
1819 Christopher Sholes Mooresburg PA, inventor (typewriter)
1820 Susan Brownell Anthony Adams MA, women's suffragette
1821 Abraham de Amorie van der de Have theologist/poet
1822 Theodor Uhlig composer
1823 Li Hung-Tshang Chinese rebel leader/viceroy of Tsheli Canton
1826 George J Stoney Irish physicist
1828 Johan H van Dale schoolmaster (New Dutch Language Dictionary)
1829 Silas Weir Mitchell US physician/author (Roland Blake)
1834 Sir William Preece English electrical engineer, wireless pioneer
1835 Alexander Stuart Webb Major General (Union Army), died in 1911
1845 Elihu Root (R)/US Secretary of State (1905-09)/Nobel Peace Prize (1912)
1847 Robert Fuchs composer
1855 Gustav Hollaender composer
1856 Frank Harris Galway England, writer
1858 William Pickering Boston, astronomer (9th & 10th moons of Saturn)
1861 Alfred North Whitehead English mathematician/philosopher (Adventures of Ideas)
1861 Halford John Mackinder Gainsborough Lincolnshire, geographer
1866 Bannister Fletcher London, architect & architectural historian
1874 Emilis Melngailis composer
1874 Ernest H Shackleton Kilkee Ireland, explorer (Endurance, Antarctica)
1882 John Barrymore [Blythe], Philadelphia PA, actor (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, The Tempest, Beloved Rogue)
1885 Richard Wurz composer
1886 Sax Rohmer England, author (Dr Fu Manchu)
1887 H M Bateman Sutton Forest New South Wales, cartoonist
1890 Robert Ley German chemist/MP (NSDAP)
1892 James Forrestal US, banker/minister of Navy
1893 Harm H Kamerlingh Onnes painter/etcher/ceramist
1893 Walter Donaldson US pianist/composer (Girl Crazy, Whoopee)
1894 Oswaldo Aranha Brazil, lawyer/statesman (1st President of UN)
1896 Arthur Shields Dublin Ireland, actor (River, Enchanted Island)
1897 Earl H Blaik Detroit MI, college football hall of fame coach (elected 1965)
1898 Ibuse Masuji Japanese writer (Yôhai Taichô, Kuroi Ame)
1898 Toto (Antonio de Curtis), Naples Italy, actor (Motorizzate, Noi Duri)
1899 Gale Sondergard Litchfield MN, actress (Cat & Canary, Road to Rio)
1899 Georges Auric Lodève France, composer (It Always Rains on Sunday)
1899 Lillian Disney Mrs Walt Disney
19-- Claire Yarlett England, actress (Rituals, Dynasty)
19-- Kevin Cloud Hartford CT, rocker (Rhythm Syndicate)
1901 André Parrot French archaeologist/theologist (Assur)
1901 Christmas Humphreys England, lawyer/writer/Buddhist (Awakening of Zen)
1901 Paul Haesaerts Flemish architect/painter (Animisme)
1904 Antonin Magne French bicyclist (Tour de France 1931, 34)
1904 Mary Adshead muralist/painter
1905 Harold Arlen [Hyman Arluck], US, composer (Over the Rainbow)
1906 Stephen Brown CEO (Stone-Platt Industries)
1907 Cesar Romero New York NY, actor (Joker-Batman, Ocean's 11, The Thin Man)
1907 Jean Langlais composer
1908 Sidney Gilliat producer
1908 Ypk fan der Fear Frisian writer (Reade Runen)
1909 Harold Beeley British diplomat
1910 9th Earl of Jersey English large landowner/art collector
1911 Leonard Woodcock labor leader (UAW)
1912 George Mikes Hungary, British writer (How to Be an Alien)
1913 Willy Vandersteen Belgian cartoonist (Suske & Wiske)
1914 Arthur Sydney Martin spy catcher
1914 Kevin McCarthy Seattle WA, actor (Invasion of Body Snatchers, Howling)
1914 R W Woods bishop (Worcester)
1915 Paul Ferris British author
1916 Ian Ballantine publisher (Ballantine Books)
1918 Alan Arbus New York NY, actor (Dr Sidney Freedman-MASH)
1920 Ingmar Milveden composer
1920 Piet van Aken Flemish writer (Devil Sails to US, Niggers)
1920 Richard O'Brien CEO (Manpower Services Commission)
1922 Herman Kahn New Jersey, writer (Thinking About the Unthinkable)
1923 Keene Curtis Salt Lake City UT, actor (Magician, Amanda's)
1923 Yelena Bonner Moscow, soviet dissident/wife of Andre Sakharov
1923 Justice Drake British justice
1927 Harvey Korman Chicago IL, actor (Carol Burnett Show, Blazing Saddles)
1927 Frank Dunlop director (Edinburgh International Festival)
1927 Gottfrid Grasbeck composer
1927 William Bentley diplomat
1929 James Schlesinger US Secretary of Defense (1973-75)
1929 Countess of Dysart
1929 Gerald Harper broadcaster/actor (Tunes of Glory, Extra Day)
1929 Graham Hill London England, auto racer (1962, 68 international racing champion)
1930 C F Payne Cleveland OH, British chief constable
1931 [Patricia] Claire Bloom London, actress (Charly, Look Back in Anger)
1931 W K Reid British ombudsman
1932 Adrian Swire British aircraft magnate (Cathay Pacific)
1933 Adolfo Cardones Cuba, fashion designer (Nancy Reagan)
1934 Niklaus Wirth Switzerland, computer programmer/inventor (PASCAL)
1935 John R Block US Secretary of Agriculture (1981-86)
1935 Roger B Chaffee Grand Rapids MI, Lieutenant Commander USN/astronaut
1935 Susan Brownmiller Brooklyn NY, feminist author (Against Our Wills)
1936 Andrew Miller British principal (Stirling U)
1937 Nicholas Bayne diplomat
1937 P J Squire British headmaster (Bedford Modern School)
1937 Terry Everett (Representative-R-AL)
1937 Zoltan Pesko composer
1938 Jack Tinker drama critic
1938 Lord Justice Ward British judge
1939 Ollie Ellefsäter Norway, 3K steeplechase (Olympics-1960)
1939 Jo Clayton US, sci-fi author (Irsud, Maeve, Star Hunters)
1939 Tony Bloom deputy CEO (Sketchley)
1941 Brian Holland US pianist/producer (Holland/Dozier/Holland)
1941 Dan Crompton Nottinghamshire, Chief Constable
1941 Florinda Bolkan Ceara Brazil, actress (Damned, Last Valley, Word)
1944 Mick Avory rock drummer (Kinks-Lola)
1944 Aleksandr A Serebrov USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-7, T-8, TM-8, TM-17)
1944 Tineke Netelenbos Dutch MP (PvdA)
1945 Douglas R Hofstadter New York NY, author (Gödel, Escher, Bach)
1946 Clare Short British MP
1946 John Greenway British MP
1947 John Adams Worcester MA, composer (Nixon on China)
1947 Rusty Hamer Tenafly NJ, actor (Rusty-Make Room for Daddy)
1947 Marisa Berenson New York NY, actress (Barry Lyndon, Death in Vienna, SOB)
1948 Ron "The Penguin" Cey Tacoma WA, 3rd baseman (Los Angeles Dodgers)
1949 Ken Anderson NFL quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)
1949 Christopher Rouse composer
1949 Earl of Carlisle
1949 Jess Walton Michigan, actress (Jill Foster Abbott-Young & Restless)
1950 Donna Hanover Giuliani TV news anchor (WPIX)/wife of Mayor Giuliani
1950 Nikolai Sergeivich Grekov Russia, cosmonaut
1951 Melissa Manchester Bronx NY, singer (Don't Cry Out Loud)
1951 Jane Seymour [Joyce Frankenberg], Middlesex England, actress (Dr Quinn, East of Eden, Lassiter)
1953 Derek Conway British MP
1954 Matt Groening cartoonist (Life in Hell, Simpsons)
1955 Bev Francis Australia, world women's power-lifting champion
1955 Clive Aslet British editor (Country Life)
1956 Desmond Haynes cricket (West Indies opener-greatest batsman in 1-day history)
1956 Hilda Beatriz "Hildita" Guevara Cuba, daughter of "Che" Guevara
1957 Bienvenida Buck Velencia Spain, lover of British Peter Harding
1957 Charles Edward Pevensey Tennant aristocrat
1957 Jake E Lee rocker (Badlands-Dreams in the Dark)
1959 Ali Campbell British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
1959 Guy De Alwis cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lankan mid 80s)
1959 Joe Hesketh US baseball player (Boston Red Sox)
1960 Mikey Craig rock bassist (Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me)
1960 Darrell Green NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins)
1960 Jeanne Goldsmith Los Angeles CA, WPVA volleyballer (National-5th-1987)
1962 [Babette] Renee Props Oklahoma, actress (Ellie-As the World Turns, Get Shorty, Weird Science)
1964 Chris Farley actor (Saturday Night Live, Wayne's World, Coneheads)
1964 Mark Price NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Orlando Magic)
1965 Craig Matthews cricket pace bowler (South African Test)
1966 Melido Perez Dominican/US baseball pitcher (New York Yankees)
1966 Petra Huber Austria, tennis star
1967 Michael Easton actor (Ally McBeal, Total Recall 2070, VR.5, Tanner-Days of Our Lives)
1968 Kurt Robin McKinney Louisville KY, actor (Ned-General Hospital)
1968 Michael Easton Los Angeles CA, actor (Tanner-Days of Our Lives)
1969 Brian Williams Lancaster SC, pitcher (Detroit Tigers, Astros)
1969 Edgar Bennett NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
1970 Gloria Trevi Mexico, sexy Spanish vocalist (A Gatas)
1970 Nathaniel Mills Evanston IL, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
1970 Tyrone Legette NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints)
1971 Barbara Failey-Herbert South Africa, golfer (1989 winner South Africa Champion)
1971 Jim Butler Iowa City IA, table tennis player (Olympics-92, 96)
1971 Renee O'Connor actress, (Xena Warrior Princess)
1971 Tyrone Legette cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1972 Jaromir Jagr Kladno Czechoslovakia, NHL right wing (Penguins, Czechoslovakia Olympics-gold-1998)
1972 Lance Scott NFL offensive linesman (Arizona Cardinals)
1973 Amy Van Dyken 50 meter/100 meter freestyle/100 meter butterfly swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-96)
1974 Erik Schulz Port Huron MI, pairs skater (& Ilana Goldfogel)
1974 Jodie McMullen Miss Australia-Universe/Miss Congeniality (1996)
1974 Tim Hall running back (Oakland Raiders)
1974 Ugueth Urbina Caracas Venezuela, pitcher (Montréal Expos)
1975 Robert Fuchs soccer player (PSV)
1977 Brook Wackman rocker
1979 Kaj-Erik Eriksen actor (Quarantine)
1983 Ashley Lyn Cafagna Iowa City IA, actress (Kimberly-Bold & the Beautiful, Saved By The Bell: The New Class)
1991 Nicholas Garland son of Pamela Sue Martin


Deaths which occurred on February 15th:
1043 Gisela wife of Roman Catholic-German emperor Conrad II the Salier, dies at 52
1145 Lucius II [Gherardo Caccianemici], Italian Pope (1144-45), dies
1152 Konrad III Roman-German King (1138-1152), dies at about 58
1503 Henry Deane Archbishop of Canterbury (1501-03), dies
1568 Hendrik van Brederode Dutch noble (Compromise of Nobles), dies at 36
1580 Cunerus Petri Dutch theologist/bishop of Leeuwarden, dies
1597 Pieter J Kies Dutch mayor of Haarlem (1572-73), dies at about 66
1600 José the Acosta Spanish missionary (Peru), dies at 59
1621 Michael Praetorius German composer (In Dulce Jubilo), dies at 50
1637 Ferdinand II King of Bohemia/Hungary/German Emperor (1619-37), dies at 58
1660 Klaas Geritsz Compaen Dutch buccaneer/merchant, dies at 72
1680 Jan Swammerdam Dutch entomologist (Bible of Nature), dies at 41
1686 Mathias Rauchmüller German sculptor (Piasten mausoleum Poland), dies
1701 Adam Drese German composer, dies at 80
1713 Anthony Ashley Cooper 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, writer, dies
1744 Frantisek Antonin Mica composer, dies at 49
1744 John Hadley inventor (sextant), dies
1759 Alexander von Papenhoven Flemish religious sculptor, dies at 89
1761 Carlo Cecere composer, dies at 54
1778 Johann Gottlieb Gorner composer, dies at 80
1781 G E Lessing writer, dies at 52
1781 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Saxon playwright/critic, dies
1818 Charles XIII King of Sweden (1809-18)/Norway (1814-18), dies at 69
1820 Pierre-Joseph Cambon member of Committee the Salut Public, dies at 63
1820 William Ellery US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 92
1831 Henry Maudslay inventor (metal lathe), dies
1832 Hardenack Otto Conrad Zinck composer, dies at 85
1835 Henry Hunt British politician, dies
1841 Sibrand Acker Stratingh Dutch doctor/chemist (electrical car), dies at 53
1844 Henry Addington Lord Sidmouth British premier (1801-04), dies at 86
1849 Pierre F Verhulst Belgian mathematician (logistic curve), dies at 44
1857 Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka Russian composer, dies at 53
1864 Israel Zangwill writer/Zionist/philanthropist, dies
1864 William Dyce painter, dies
1865 Nicholas Wiseman 1st Archbishop of Westminster (1850-65), dies
1885 Leopold Damrosch composer, dies at 52
1887 Alexander Borodin composer, dies
1896 E J Nicholson writer, dies
1902 Wilhelmina JR Albregt-Engelman Dutch actress, dies at 68
1903 Julie Verstraete-Lacquet Flemish actress, dies at 69
1905 Lewis Wallace US diplomat/writer (Ben Hur), dies at 77
1910 Albert Fuchs composer, dies at 51
1916 Nikolay Nikolayevich Lodizhensky composer, dies at 73
1917 Charles A van Ophuysen Dutch orientalist, dies at 60
1919 Pieter K Pel Dutch internist (Pel-Ebstein fever), dies at 66
1921 Hans Haym composer, dies at 60
1922 Clara [G Meijer-]Wichmann German/Dutch anarchist/feminist, dies at 36
1923 Josephine B Willson Bruce US black theorist, dies at 69
1924 Lionel Monckton English composer (Country Girl), dies at 62
1928 Hubert H Asquith premier Great-Britain (1908-16), dies at 75
1932 Minnie Maddern Fiske actress (Henrik Ibsen's plays), dies at 66
1933 Anton J Cermak (Mayor-D-Chicago), assassinated in Miami
1939 Foppe G Scheltema Dutch lawyer, dies at 47
1939 Henri Jaspar premier of Belgium (1926-31), dies at 68
1942 Guido Adler Austrian musicologist, dies at 91
1942 Stanislav Binicki composer, dies at 69
1943 Thomas "Fats" Waller US jazz pianist (Hot Chocolate), dies at 38
1943 William Victor Harris composer, dies at 73
1955 S Z Sakall actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca), dies at 71
1959 Owen W Richardson English physicist (Nobel 1928), dies at 69
1961 Jack Whiting actor (Top Speed, Life of the Party), dies at 59
1961 Marubel Vinaon Owen figure skater (Olympics-silver-1932), dies
1962 Vladimir Sokoloff actor (Road to Morocco, Cloak & Dagger), dies at 72
1964 Ken Hubbs 2nd baseman (Chicago Cubs), dies in plane crash at 22
1965 Nat King Cole singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa), dies at 45
1966 Camillo Torres Colombian priest/guerrilla fighter, dies
1967 Antonio Moreno Spanish actor/director (It, Careers), dies at 79
1967 William C Bullitt 1st US ambassador in USSR, dies at 76
1968 Little Walter rocker, dies at 37
1971 Marian Viktorovich Koval composer, dies at 63
1972 Edgar P Snow US author/journalist (Battle for Asia), dies at 66
1972 Jef [Josephus CF] Last Dutch poet/Indonesian politician, dies at 73
1973 Wally Cox actor (Mr Peepers, Hollywood Squares), dies at 48
1973 Tim Holt actor (Stagecoach, Hitler's Children), dies of cancer at 55
1974 Kurt Magnus Atterberg composer, dies at 86
1975 Julian Huxley biologist, dies
1975 Pelham G Wodehouse writer, dies
1978 Ilka Chase actress (Masquerade Party), dies at 72
1979 Alex Bradford actor/composer (Your Arms too Short...), dies at 51
1979 Mehdi Rahimi Iran General/military Governor of Tehran, executed
1981 Jack Crapp cricketer (7 Tests for England 1948-49, 319 runs), dies
1981 Mike Bloomfield rocker (Electric Flag), dies of drug overdose at 36
1981 Thomas Beversdorf composer, dies at 56
1982 Rolfe Sedan actor (Mailman-George Burns Show), dies at 86
1984 Leamon Hunt US director-General in Sinai, killed by communists
1984 Avon Long dancer/actor (Roots Next Generation), dies of cancer at 73
1984 Ethel Merman singer/actress (Kid Million), dies in her sleep at 76
1987 Jimmy Holiday US singer (Baby I Love You), dies at 42
1987 Osmo Uolevi Lindeman composer, dies at 57
1988 Frederick [Fritz] Loewe composer, dies
1988 Gardiner Means US economist, dies at 91
1988 Gerard Holt architect, dies at 83
1988 Neil R[onald] Jones science fiction writer (Space War, Twin Worlds), dies at 78
1988 Richard P Feynman physicist (Nobel 1965, Physical Law), dies at 69
1990 Henry Brandon actor (Assault on Precinct 13), dies at 77
1990 Jack Fletcher actor (Any Wednesday), dies of heart attack at 68
1991 Gary Gears Chicago disk jockey, dies at 46 of a heart attack
1991 Luis Escobar Spanish actor (Don Juan My Love), dies at 78
1992 William H Schuman US composer (Pulitzer)/President of Julliard, dies at 81
1993 George Wallington [Giacinto Figlia], Italian bebop-pianist/, dies
1994 Andrei Tsjikatilo [Rostov Ripper], Russian mass murdered, executed
1994 Tiger Haynes US actor (Moscow on the Hudson, Cosby Show), dies at 79
1995 Francis Taylor builder, dies at 90
1995 Joseph Ortiz French-Algerian extremist/rebel, dies at 77
1995 Lord Taylor of Hadfield British president of Taylor Woodrow Group, dies at 90
1995 Nabila Diahnine Algerian architect/feminist, murdered at 33
1995 Sahnoun Jawhari Tunisian Annahda-leader, dies at 40 in jail
1995 Viscount Camrose British large landowner/Conservative, dies
1996 Bruno Ferenc Straub Hungarian statesman, dies
1996 Margaret Courtenay actress (Royal Flash, Duet for One), dies at 72
1996 McLean Stevenson actor (MASH, Hello Larry), dies at 66
1996 Oscar Abrams community organiser, dies at 58
1996 Tommy Rettig actor (Lassie)/computer programmer (Clipper), dies at 54
1998 Martha Gelhorn female war correspondents, dies at 89

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