2nd February, on this day

506 King Alarik II of Visigoten delegates Lex Romania Visigothorum out
962 Pope John XII crowns German King Otto I the Great Emperor
1032 Koenraad II succeeds Rudolf III as king of Bourgundy
1119 Guido di Borgogna elected Pope Callistus II
1141 Battle at Lincoln King Stephen captured
1461 Battle of Mortimer's Cross 2nd battle of St Alban's-Lancastrians defeat Yorkists
1535 Founding of the Argentine city of Buenos Aires
1542 Battle of Baçente : when a Portuguese army under Cristovão da Gama took a hillfort held by Muslim forces in northern Ethiopia
1550 English Edward Seymour duke of Somerset, freed
1633 M Rossi's opera "Erminia sul Giordano" premieres in Rome
1645 Battle of Inverlochy : one of the most complete victories of the whole royalist campaign
1653 New Amsterdam becomes a city (later New York NY)
1714 Nicholas Rowe's "tragedy of Jane Shore" premieres in London
1731 Georg F Händel's opera "Poro" premieres in London
1732 King Frederik Willem I moves Lutherans towards East-Prussia
1742 British Walpole government resigns
1762 Thomas Arnes opera "Artaxerxes" premieres in London
1769 Pope Clement XIII papacy ends
1795 Joseph Haydn's 102nd Symphony in B, premieres
1798 Federal St Theater, Boston, becomes 1st in US destroyed by fire
1802 1st leopard exhibited in US, Boston (admission 25¢)
1808 French troops occupy Rome after Pope Pius VII refuses to recognise the Kingdom of Naples and join an alliance against Britain
1811 Russian settlers establish Fort Ross trading post, north of San Francisco
1823 Rossini's opera "Semiramide" premieres in Venice
1829 Madman Jonathan Martin sets York Cathedral afire, does £60,000 damage
1848 The first ship with Chinese emigrants seeking fortune in California's gold country arrives in San Francisco, California.
1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends Mexican War; US acquires Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million
1852 Britain's first 'Gents' public flushing toilet opens in Fleet Street in London. On February 11th the first 'Ladies' opens just off the Strand. They are dubbed ' Public Waiting Rooms'
1852 Alexandre Dumas Jr's "Le Dame aux Camélias" premieres in Paris
1863 Samuel Clemens becomes Mark Twain for 1st time
1869 James Oliver invents the removable tempered steel plow blade
1870 Mark Twain, 34, marries Olivia Langdon in Elmira NY
1870 The Cardiff Giant (supposed petrified human) proved to be gypsum
1878 Greece declares war on Turkey
1880 SS Strathleven arrives in London with 1st Australian frozen mutton
1892 Longest boxing match under modern rules; 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois between Harry Sharpe and Frank Crosby
1892 Bottle cap with cork seal patented by William Painter (Baltimore)
1893 1st movie close-up (of a sneeze), Edison studio, West Orange NJ
1894 US warship Kearsarge wrecked on Roncador Reef, near Solomon Island
1901 In London, the State Funeral of Queen Victoria.
1901 Female Army Nurse Corps established as a permanent organization
1904 US blues singer Gertrude Pridgett marries comic William Rainey
1906 Pope encyclical against separation of church and state
1909 Italian writer Marinetti publishes Futurist Manifest in Paris
1912 Frederick R Law, parachutes from Statue of Liberty (stunt for Pathe)
1913 NYC's Grand Central Terminal opens
1919 Monarchist riot in Portugal
1920 Estonia declares its Independence from Russia (Dorpat Peace)
1920 France occupies (German) Memel territory
1920 Tarto/Dorpat peace treaty USSR recognizes Estonian independence
1922 First publication of the James Joyce novel 'Ulysses'
1923 Ethyl gasoline 1st marketed, Dayton OH
1923 US signs friendship treaty with Central American countries
1925 Dogsleds reach Nome with emergency diphtheria serum after 1000-km
1925 Belgian episcopacy rejects liberalism, communism & socialism
1926 3 men dance the Charleston for 22½ hours
1927 Ziegfeld Theatre (Loew's Ziegfeld) opens at 6th Ave and 54th St New York NY
1931 1st use of a rocket to deliver mail (Austria)
1932 Geneva disarmament conference begins with 60 countries
1932 Al Capone sent to prison (Atlanta GA)
1933 2 days after becoming chancellor, Adolf Hitler dissolves Parliament
1933 Göring bans communist meetings/demonstrations in Germany
1935 Lie detector 1st used in court (Portage WI)
1940 Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)
1942 Los Angeles Times urges security measures against Japanese-Americans
1942 US auto factories switch from commercial to war production
1943 Battle of Stalingrad ends with final surrender of the German army, turning point of WWII
1943 Rommel retreats farther into Tunisia, establishing his troops at the Mareth line. Within two days, Allied troops move into Tunisia for the first time
1943 Cubs return to original uniform after experimenting with a vest
1944 4th US marine division conquerors Roi, Marshall Islands
1944 Russian forces move into Estonia
1945 Ecuador declares war on Germany.
1945 Naval docks at Singapore are destroyed by B-29 attacks.
1944 Allied troops 1st set foot on Japanese territory
1945 Escape attempt at Mauthausen concentration camp
1948 President Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program
1951 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1954 President Eisenhower reports detonation of 1st H-bomb (done in 1952)
1954 Snow falls on Gibraltar
1955 1st Presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC
1956 Coasters sign with Atlantic Records
1957 Liz Taylor's 3rd marriage (Mike Todd)
1957 UN adopts a resolution calling for Israeli troops to leave Egypt
1958 Syria joins Egypt in United Arab Republic
1959 Buddy Holly's last performance
1962 8 of 9 planets align for 1st time in 400 years
1962 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1963 Helen Shapiro begins tour (Beatles are part of the undercard)
1964 GI Joe, debuts as a popular American boy's toy
1965 Joe Orton's "Loot" premieres in Brighton
1967 Bolivia adopts its constitution
1968 Springer Publishers in West Berlin, bombed
1971 Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote to become dictator of Uganda
1972 In Dublin, demonstrators burn down the British Embassy in protest at the 'Bloody Sunday' shootings in Londonderry a week before when 14 people are killed as British troops open fire during a protest demonstration
1974 Barbra Streisand's 1st number 1 hit, "The Way We Were"
1975 A significant escalation in the civil war in Ethiopia, when the country's military government orders bombers, armoured units and troops to move against guerrillas in the province of Eritrea
1977 Radio Shack officially begins creating the TRS-80 computer
1977 Burn up of Salyut 4 Space Station (USSR)
1980 FBI releases details of Abscam, a sting operation that targeted 31 elected and public officials for bribes for political favors
1982 Government troops and Moslem-fundamentalists battle in Hamah. Syria - 1000s killed
1984 Lebanese army fight in Beirut
1986 Dalai Lama meets Pope John Paul II in India
1986 Oscar Arias Sanchez elected President of Costa Rica
1987 Philippines adopts constitution
1988 Rocky Malebane-Metsing coup in Bophuthatswana fails
1989 The end of the USSR's military occupation of Afghanistan after 9 years' of conflict
1990 South Africa's President Frederik Willem de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela and legalizes African National Congress and 60 other political organizations
1994 In America, the Clinton administration credits Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams for showing an inclination to promote peace in Northern Ireland and bring 'a troublesome era to an end.'
1998 Philippine DC-9 Cebu Pacific Air Flight 387 crashes apparently killing all 104 on board
1999 Glenn Hoddle is sacked as England international football coach after comments that disabled people were reaping the punishment for something done in a previous life
2004 Eleven-story apartment building collapsed at Konya, central Turkey, 94 die

2nd February 2006

Anger grows over Muhammad cartoon

Al-Qaeda 'still main US threat'

Internet firms 'bowed to Beijing'

2nd February 2007

Humans cause climate change

Taleban forces retake Afghan town

New fighting ends Gaza truce

2nd February 2008

Chad rebels fight inside capital

Deadly blast hits Sri Lanka bus

Sarkozy and Bruni marry in Paris

2nd February 2009

Afghan bomber kills 21 policemen

Obama predicts more bank failures

Riddle of Liberian insect plague

2nd February 2010

US military ban on gays 'should end'

Concorde crash manslaughter trial begins in France

Sudan hungry 'quadrupled'

Birthdates which occurred on 2nd February :

1502 Damiao de Góis Portuguese humanist scholar
1583 Anna Roemers Visscher Dutch poetess
1595 Jacob van Campen painter/architect (New Church, Amsterdam)
1600 Gabriel Naudé France, librarian (Mazarin Library)
1649 Benedict XIII [Pierfrancesco Orsini], Italy, 245th pope (1724-30)
1650 Nell [Eleanor] Gwyn English actress/mistress (King Charles II)
1669 Louis Marchand composer
1714 Gottfried August Homilius composer
1748 Christian Gottfried Thomas composer
1754 Charles-Maurice duke of Talleyrand-Périgord French bishop/premier (1815)
1773 Vincenc Tomas Vaclav Tucek composer
1780 Johannes van den Bosch Governor-General (Netherlands East Indies)
1802 Jean-Baptiste Boussingault French chemist
1803 Albert Sidney Johnston General (Confederate Army), mortally wounded at Shiloh in 1862
1804 Leopold Eugen Mechura composer
1813 József Eötvös Hungarian Minister of Education (1848)
1815 Nathaniel Collins McLean Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1905
1817 John Glover English chemist (sulfuric acid)
1817 Jose Maria de la Purificacion Ventura composer
1820 Hans E Schack Danish politician/writer (Phantasterne)
1827 Abner Monroe Perrin Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864
1827 Oswald Aschenbach German painter
1835 Luigi Manzotti Milano, ballet choreographer
1840 Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray composer
1844 Leander Schlegel composer
1847 Jules François Blasini Curaçaos pianist/composer
1850 Carel V Gerritsen Dutch free thinker
1852 Hâmid Abdülhak Istanbul, Turkish romantic poet/playwright
1852 Teunis Stoel actor/director (Small Theater, Rotterdam)
1856 Makar Grigori Ekmalyan composer
1857 Jan Six Dutch art historian/art collector
1859 Havelock Ellis US physician/sexologist (Psychology of Sex)
1861 Solomon R Guggenheim philanthropist (died aboard the Titanic)
1861 Mehmed VI Vahideddin last sultan of Ottoman Empire (1918-22)
1873 Freiherr Konstantin von Neurath German Secretary of State (1932-38)
1873 Johan P Earl van Limburg Stirum Dutch diplomat
1873 Leopold Fall Austria, operetta composer (Dollar Princess)
1875 Fritz Kreisler Vienna Austria, violinist/composer
1875 Annette Kolb German/French author (Small Fanfare)
1878 Christian Gauss educator/writer (Phi Beta Kappa award namesake)
1881 Karl Frederick pistol champion (Olympics-gold-1920)
1882 James Joyce Ireland, novelist/poet (Dubliners, Ulysses, Finnigan's Wake)
1882 James Stephens Irish poet (Crock of Gold)
1883 Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin composer
1884 S Z Sakall Budapest Hungary, actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca)
1884 Julis Deutsch Austria politician/General Spanish Republican Army
1885 Aldo Palazzeschi [Giurlani], Italian writer (I cavalli bianchi)
1886 Kurt Baschwitz German/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Du und)
1886 William R Benét writer
1888 Candelario Huizar composer
1888 Frank Lloyd Scotland, actor/director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist)
1890 Charles Correll actor (Andy-Amos & Andy radio program)
1890 Jean J M de Lattre de Tassigny French General (Indo-China)
1891 Frank Foyston NHL Hall of Famer (Seattle)
1891 Antonio Segni premier/president (Italy)
1895 George S Halas [Papa Bear], end/coach (Bears), co-founder NFL
1896 Jane Wilde writer
1898 Josephina J "Fien" de la Mar Dutch actress (Theatre De la Mar)
1899 Benny Rubin Boston MA, actor/comedian (Benny Rubin Show)
19-- Greg Antonacci New York NY, actor(Vinnie-Busting Loose)/director(Perfect Strangers)
1900 Asa Smith Bushnell Jr Springfield OH, Secretary of US Olympics (1945-65)
1901 Connie Gilchrist Brooklyn NY, actress (Cry Havoc, Letter to 3 Wives)
1901 Jascha Heifetz Vilna Lithuania, US violin virtuoso (Carnegie Hall)
1902 Tyra Ryman Arboga Sweden, actress (Peter the Tramp)
1903 Frank McGrath Mound City MO, actor (Wagon Train)
1904 Buzurg Alavi Persian author (Panjah va sih nafar, Namal'ha)
1904 Jose Enrique Pedreira composer
1905 Ayn Rand writer (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead)
1905 Jean-Pierre Guerlain cosmetics pioneer
1906 Gale Gordon Los Angeles CA, actor (Here's Lucy, Our Miss Brooks)
1907 Bernardas Brazdzionis Lithuania, poet/editor/critic
1908 Cal Tinney Oklahoma, comedian (Stop Me If You Heard This One)
1908 Anita Garvin actress (Swiss Miss, Blotto, Charlatan, Hats Off)
1908 Pavel Sivic composer
1908 Renzo Rossellini Italian composer
1909 Franc Albertson Fergus Falls MN, actor (Psycho, Alice Adams)
1910 Charlotte Auerbach computer Pioneer/Mathematician
1910 Hendrik H K Beernink Dutch politician (CHU)
1911 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald French organist/composer
1911 Johan J "Jussi" Björling Swedish tenor
1912 Burton Lane Broadway composer (Finian's Rainbow)
1912 Stefan Schnabel German actor (Anna, Dracula's Widow, Firefox)
1915 Evert Werkman Dutch journalist (Het Parool)
1918 Hella [S Lelyveld-]Haasse Dutch author (Cider for Poor People)
1919 Allie Reynolds New York Yankee pitcher (1952 AL ERA leader (2.07))
1919 Lisa Debeljevic-della Casa Swiss vocalist
1920 Dr An Wang founder (Wang Labs, Wang Computers)
1923 Al "Red" Schoendienst baseball manager/2nd baseman (St Louis Cards)
1923 Bonita Granville New York NY, actress (Hitler's Children, Lone Ranger)
1923 Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Smith Ft Worth TX, gossip columnist (New York Daily News, NBC-TV)
1923 James Dickey Atlanta GA, author/poet/actor (Deliverance)
1923 Peter Fowler physicist
1924 Tine Balder [Clementine AL Cobbaut], Flemish actress (Antigone)
1925 David Abell Wood priest
1925 Michel Paul Philippot composer
1926 Elaine Stritch Detroit MI, actress (My Sister Eileen, Company)
1926 Miguel Cardinal Obando y Bravo 1st Cent American cardinal (Nicaragua)
1926 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing President of France (1974-81)
1926 Wanda Lewis Struther OH, actress (This is Music, Paul Dixon Show)
1926 Nydia M E Ecury Arubian poet/actress (Kantika pa Mama Tera)
1927 Stan Getz Philadelphia PA, jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey)
1927 Friedrich K Flick German industrialist
1927 Richard Ray (Representative-D-GA, 1983- )
1927 Richard Vance Maxfield composer
1928 Howard Caine Nashville TN, actor (Californians)
1928 Alan Fluck musical educationalist
1928 Luigi Ciriaco De Mita PM of Italy (1988-89)
1929 Reiner Bredemeyer composer
1931 Andreas "Andries" van Agt Dutch premier (CDA, 1977-82)
1932 Robert Mandan Clever MO, actor (Chester-Soap, James-3's a Crowd)
1934 [Clyde] Skip Batten Los Angeles CA, rocker (Byrds-Turn Turn Turn)
1937 Martina Arroyo New York NY, operatic soprano (New York Met)
1937 Tom Smothers New York NY, comedian (Smother Brother Show, Serial)
1939 Rachel English London, author (My 1st 500)
1940 Alan "Tea" Caddy rock guitarist (Tornados-Globetrotter)
1940 Thomas M[ichael] Disch US, sci-fi author (The Man Who Had No Idea, Genocides, 102 H-Bombs)
1941 Serge Alexandrovich Tcherepnin composer
1942 Bo Hopkins Greenville SC, actor (Dynasty, Doc Elliot, Rockford Files)
1942 Graham Nash rocker (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young-Southern Cross, Hollies)
1942 Barry Diller founder (Fox-TV)
1943 Peter MacBeth rocker (Foundations)
1944 Andrew Davis Ashbridge England, conductor (New Philharmonic Orchestra-London)
1944 Katherine Crawford Los Angeles CA, actress (Gemini Man, Captains & the Kings)
1944 Ursula Oppens New York NY, pianist/co-founder (Speculum Musicae-NYC)
1945 Ronnie Goodson rocker
1946 Howard Bellamy Darby FL, vocalist (Bellamy Brothers-Let Your Love Flow)
1947 Aleksandr Medved USSR, wrestler (Olympics-gold-1964, 68, 72)
1947 Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett Corpus Christi TX, actress (Charlie's Angels, Burning Bed)
1947 Peter Lucia rock drummer (Tommy James & Shondells-Crystal Blue)
1947 Derek Shulman rocker
1948 Alan McKay rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Boogie Wonderland)
1948 Tony DeMeur rocker (Fabulous Poodles-Anna Rexia, Suicide Bridge)
1948 Jessica Savitch Kennett Square PA, news anchor (NBC)
1949 Sherry Mathis Memphis TN, actress (Search for Tomorrow)
1949 Tom Tripplehorn rocker (Gary Lewis & Playboys-This Diamond Ring)
1949 Jetty Weels Surinamese/Dutch vocalist (Mai Tai)
1949 Ross Valory San Francisco CA, rock bassist (Journey-Who's Crying Now, Open Arms)
1949 Sherry Mathis actress (Search for Tomorrow)
1950 Barbara Sukowa German Federal Republic, actress (Zentropia, Sicilian, Voyager, Lola)
1950 Osamu Kido wrestler (NJPW/UWF)
1951 Kim Zimmer Grand Rapids MI, actress (Guiding Light, Doctors, One Life to Live)
1951 Alphonso Johnson jazz bassist
1953 James Mndaweni South African worker's union leader/president (NACTU)
1953 Penny Pulz LPGA golfer
1954 Christie Brinkley [Ex-Mrs Billy Joel], model/actress (Sports Illustrated, Vacation)
1954 Jayantha Amerasinghe cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1983)
1955 Michael Talbott Waverly IA, actor (Stan-Miami Vice)
1955 Brent Spiner Houston TX, actor (Data-Star Trek the Next Generation)
1957 Laurie Mann current DPS curator/geek
1957 Sandra Joyce Cagle Milwaukee WI, playmate (February 1980)
1958 Dexter Manley NFLer (Washington Redskins)
1958 Holly Hunter Conyers GA, actress (Broadcast News, Once Around)
1960 Eric Shea actor (Castaway Cowboy)
1960 Lee Chill Cleveland OH, Canadian Tour golfer (1977 Ohio Jr)
1961 Joey Benjamin cricket pace bowler (in St Kitts England in 1994)
1962 Ben Testerman Knoxville TN, tennis star
1962 Michael T Weiss Chicago IL, actor (Jarod - Pretender, Dr Michael Horton-Days of our Lives)
1963 Pebbles Flintstone fictional character on "The Flintstones"
1963 Stephen McGann Liverpool England, actor (Catherine the Great)
1965 Harry Swayne NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)
1966 Andrei Chesnokov Russia, tennis star
1966 Bob Alan Estes Graham TX, PGA golfer (1994 Texas Open)
1966 Tony Plourde Chibougamau Québec Canada, sabre (Olympics-96)
1966 Victor Muhammad WLAF running back (London Monarchs)
1968 Paul McKenzie Australian Finn class yachter (Olympics-96)
1968 Sari Krooks ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics-98)
1968 Scott Erickson Long Beach CA, pitcher (Minnesota Twin, Baltimore Orioles)
1968 Sean Elliott NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs)
1968 Steve Henson NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)
1968 Ventson Donelson CFL cornerback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
1969 Ijaz Ahmed Jr cricketer (one Test Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1995)
1969 Jeff Christy corner (Minnesota Vikings)
1969 Jody Hull Cambridge, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers)
1970 Chris Luneburg WLAF tackle (London Monarchs)
1970 Diego Martos WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
1970 Erik ten Hag soccer player (FC Twente, RKC, FC Utrecht)
1970 Ivan Vukov soccer player (FC Volendam)
1971 Ken Dilger NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
1971 Tony Miller Mount Pleasant TX, 400 meter runner
1972 Charlie Williams NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
1972 Ivan Droppa Liptovsky Mikulas Czechoslovakia, NHL defenseman (Chicago)
1972 Lance Brown NFL defensive back (Arizona Cardinals)
1973 Sergio Gonzalez rocker (Menudo-Cannonball)
1973 Dan Brandenburg linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
1973 Jose White WLAF/NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings, Frankfurt Galaxy)
1973 Patrick Jeffers NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)
1973 Radka Bobkova Prague Czechoslovakian Republic, tennis star (quarter Bournemouth)
1973 Tim Denton NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
1974 David Buck Honolulu HI, kayak (alternate-Olympics-96)
1974 J R Conrad offensive tackle/guard (New York Jets)
1974 Jeff Cassar soccer goalkeeper (Olympics-gold-96)
1975 Macey Brooks wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
1975 Todd Bertuzzi Sudbury Ontario Canada, NHL right wing (New York Islanders)
1976 Steven Dewick Sydney New South Wales Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)
1978 Annabel Ellwood Canberra Australia, tennis star (1995 Futures NC)
1979 Brandee Dawn McCoskey Miss Alaska Teen-USA (1996)
1979 Lindsay Langston Modesto CA, archer (Olympics-1996)
1979 Petra Cada Prague Czechoslovakia, Canadian table tennis player (Olympics-96)
1992 Rebop Rundgren son of Michelle Gray & Todd Rundgren
2338 Data android character on Star Trek Next Generation


Deaths which occurred on February 2nd:
1032 Rudolf III last independent king of Bourgundy, dies
1435 Johanna II lawless Queen of Naples (1414-35), dies at 61
1491 Martin Schongauer German painter, dies at 40
1540 George Schenck van Toutenburg governor/viceroy of Frisia/Groningen
1563 Hans Neusiedler Hungarian/German luitist/author, dies at approximately 54
1594 Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina Italian composer, dies at 68
1597 Lucas van Valckenborch Flemish painter, buried at about 61
1660 Govert Flinck Dutch painter (Isaac blesses Jacob), dies at 45
1660 Jean BG duke of Orléans brother of French king Louis XIII, dies at 51
1673 Kaspar Forster composer, dies at 56
1704 Guillaume F A de l'Hospital French mathematician, dies at about 62
1723 Antonio M Valsalva Italian anatomist, dies at 66
1750 Johann Graf composer, dies at 65
1769 Clement XIII [Carlo Rezzonico], Pope (1758-69), dies at 75
1779 Georg Philipp Kress composer, dies at 59
1789 Armand-Louis Couperin French composer/organist (Notre Dame), dies at 63
1793 William Aiton English botanist (Kew Gardens), dies at 61
1804 Caesar Rodney US judge (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 62
1822 Jean-Baptiste Davaux composer, dies at 79
1827 Johann Nepomuk Kalcher composer, dies at 62
1828 Frederik Sigismund Earl of Bylandt Vice-Admiral, dies at 78
1852 François Liberman French founder (Congr of H Heart), dies at 49
1881 Aleksej F Pisemski Russian writer (Clodhopper), dies at 59
1882 Fabio Campana composer, dies at 63
1902 Emanuil Mandlov composer, dies at 42
1907 Dmitri I Mendelejev Russian chemist (Periodic Table), dies at 72
1909 Adolf Stoecker German anti-semite/prime minister, dies at 73
1918 John L Sullivan Massachusetts, heavyweight boxing champion, dies at 59
1919 Xavier Henry Napoleon Leroux composer, dies at 55
1921 Luigi Mancinelli composer, dies at 72
1925 Antti Aarne Finnish sociologist, dies at 57
1929 Albert Steinrück German actor (Golem), dies at 56
1931 Theodor Batthynyi Hungarian contra-revolutionary, dies at 71
1934 Ernesto Nazareth composer, dies at 70
1941 Johannes Schlaf writer, dies at 78
1945 Karl F Goerdeler mayor (Leipzig)/"July 20th plot", hanged at 60
1952 Charles De Roche actor (10 Commandments), dies at 72
1952 Johann Babtist Thaller composer, dies at 79
1953 Gustav Strube composer, dies at 85
1954 Theodor Rogalski composer, dies at 52
1956 Charley Grapewin actor (Ellery Queen), dies at 86
1957 Valéry Larbaud French author/novelist/writer (Amants), dies at 75
1959 Frank DeCaires cricketer (West Indies bat vs England 1930, 3 Tests 232 runs), dies
1960 Jeno Huszka composer, dies at 84
1961 Adolf Vogl composer, dies at 87
1961 Anna May Wong actress (Thief of Baghdad), dies at about 56
1963 Herman Bouber [Blom], actor/playwright (Bluejackets), dies at 77
1965 Richard P Blackmur US, critic/publisher (Good European), dies at 61
1965 Richard Wurz composer, dies at 79
1969 Giovanni Martinelli opera singer (New York Met), dies at 83
1969 Boris Karloff [Pratt], British actor (Frankenstein), dies at 81
1970 Bertrand Russell philosopher, British MP, dies in Merioneth at 97
1970 Jaroslav Vogel composer, dies at 76
1972 Jessie Royce Landis actress (North by Northwest), dies at 67
1973 Henry J Elias Flemish historian/mayor of Gent, dies at 70
1974 Jean Absil Belgian composer (Bénédictions), dies at 80
1976 Harry Elliott England cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests 1927-34), dies
1976 Johan[nes A] Kaart Dutch actor (My Fair Lady), dies at 78
1976 Maurice Jacobson composer, dies at 80
1978 Wendy Barrie TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), dies at 65
1979 Jim Burke cricketer (Australian opener), commits suicide
1979 Sid Vicious [John Simon Ritchie], bassist (Sex Pistols), dies of a heroin overdose at 31
1980 William H Stein US biochemist (Nobel 1972), dies at 68
1981 Donald W Douglas US aircraft pioneer/builder, dies at 88
1981 Jan Donner Dutch chairman of High Council, dies at 89
1981 Louise Lorraine actress (Adventures of Tarzan), dies
1982 Stringfellow Barr US educationalist (100 Great Books), dies at 85
1983 Bryan Valentine cricketer (7 Tests for England, 454 runs), dies
1983 Roy Horb Suriname sergeant/putschist, commits suicide
1983 Sam Chatman elder statesman of the blues, dies
1987 Alfred Lion record founder (Blue Note), dies at 78
1987 Patrick "Spike" Hughes British jazz musician (Cinderella), dies at 78
1988 Clive Epstein brother of Brian Epstein, dies at 51
1988 G Mennen Williams Supreme Court justice, dies at 76 in Detroit
1989 John Cassavetes US actor (Rosemary's Baby)/director, dies at 59
1990 Joel Fluellen actor (Man Friday, Burning Cross), dies at 79
1992 Bert Parks [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America Pageant), dies at 77
1992 Jack [John T] Aitken British anatomist, dies at 78
1992 Maurice J Hill writer (Track of Thunder), dies of pneumonia at 89
1992 Maurice L Kusell dies
1993 François Reichenbach French director (L'Amérique Insolite), dies at 70
1994 John Wesley Funchess Littlejohn blues guitarist/singer, dies at 62
1994 Stephen Barclay actor (Pride of the Plains), dies at 75
1994 Willie Mae Ford Smith gospel Singer/Songwriter, dies at 89
1994 Zilner T Randolph jazz Trumpeter/ Arranger, dies at 95
1995 Alexis d'Anjou de Bourbon-Condé French prince/Russian, dies at 47
1995 André Frossard French publicist (Defense of Pope), dies at 80
1995 David Kindersley alphabet Designer/Cutter, dies at 79
1995 Donald Pleasance English actor (Halloween), dies at 75
1995 Fred Perry English tennis star (Wimbledon 1934-36), dies at 85
1995 Phillip Borsos Tasmanian/Canadian director (Mean Season), dies
1995 Robert L Haller coon Dog Trainer, dies at 32
1996 Gene Kelly actor/dancer (Singing in the Rain), dies at 83
1996 Ray McIntire chemical engineer, dies at 77
1996 Shamus Culhane animator, dies at 87
1997 Chico Science Francisco Franca musician, dies at 40
1997 Godfrey Baseley British radio executive, dies at 92

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