26th February, on this day

747 BC Origin of Era of Nabonassar
364 Valentinian I is proclaimed Roman Emperor.
1266 Battle of Benevento resulted in the capture of the Kingdom of Sicily by Charles I of Naples
1564 Christopher Marlowe, dramatist (Dr Faustus), baptized
1590 Mauritius of Nassaus sails to Breda
1616 Spanish Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo
1658 Treaty of Roskilde: After a devastating defeat in the Northern Wars (1655-1661), the King of Denmark-Norway was forced to give up nearly half his territory to Sweden to save the rest.
1732 1st mass celebrated in American Catholic church, (St Joseph's Church, Philadelphia)
1794 Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen burns down.
1797 Bank of England issues 1st £1-note
1815 Napoleon and 1,200 leave Elba to start 100-day re-conquest of France
1832 Polish constitution abolished/replaced by Czar Nicholas 1
1839 First running of the Grand National horse race at Aintree
1848 Marx and Engels publish "The Communist Manifesto"
1848 2nd French Republic forms
1849 Battle of Kápolna between Austria and Hungary
1852 HMS British frigate Birkenhead sinks off South Africa-458 die
1862 Battle of Woodburn, KY
1870 1st NYC subway line opens (pneumatic powered)
1881 SS Ceylon begins 1st round-the-world cruise from Liverpool
1881 Natal British troops under General-Major Colley occupy Majuba Hill
1884 British and Portuguese treaty signed in Congo by Leopold II
1885 Congress of Berlin, gives Congo to Belgium and Nigeria to England
1893 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Michigan
1895 Michael Owens of Toledo OH patents a glass-blowing machine
1900 The Grand Theatre, Islington is destroyed by fire.
1907 Royal Oil and Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP)
1912 Coal miners strike in England (settle on 03/01)
1914 New York Museum of Science and Industry incorporated
1915 Malancourt, Argonnen - 1st (German) flame-thrower
1916 Germans sink French transport ship Provence II, killing 3130
1916 Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract
1916 Russian troops conquer Kermansjah, Persia
1917 The Original Dixieland Jass Band records the first ever jazz record for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York.
1918 Stands at Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse and burn, killing 604
1919 Congress established Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
1923 Italian nationalist and fascists merge (blue-shirts and black-shirts)
1924 Trial against Hitler in Munich begins
1924 Dock strike in US harbors ends -- started Feb 16
1925 Jihad-Saint war against Turkish government
1930 1st red and green traffic lights installed in US (Manhattan NYC)
1933 Golden Gate Bridge ground-breaking ceremony held at Crissy Field
1933 Marinus van der Lubbe kept overnight in a police cell
1935 Germany began Luftwaffe operation, under Reichsmarshall H Goering
1935 Engineer Robert Watson-Watt first demonstrates RADAR - a radio detection system
1936 German leader Adolf Hitler opens the new Volkswagen car factory in Saxony -- Ferdinand Porsche's "Volkswagen"
1936 Military coup in Japan
1938 1st passenger ship equipped with radar
1940 Battle of Honkaniemi tank to tank action between Finnish and Soviet forces
1941 Eastern Air Lines Flight 21, a DC-3, crashes while descending to land at Atlanta, Georgia, killing 16 of 25 aboard; World War I hero and Eastern Air Lines president Eddie Rickenbacker is among the survivors.
1941 Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory
1942 German battle cruiser Gneisenau deactivated by bomb
1942 Werner Heisenberger informs Nazis about uranium project "Wunderwaffen"
1942 The worst Coal dust explosion to date occurs in Honkeiko, China. It claims 1549 lives. The growth of the coal mining industry was a major goal of Mao Zedong's first Five-Year Plan
1943 Rommel retreats northward from the Mareth line in Tunisia. German assault moves to Beja North Tunisia
1944 The "Big Week" bombing campaign comes to a successful conclusion; the American fighter P-51 Mustang with its long range proves invaluable in protecting American bombers over Germany
1944 Shooting begins of the Nazi propaganda film, "The Fuehrer Gives a Village to the Jews" in Theresienstadt.
1944 Russians continue to bomb Helsinki, Finland as peace talks continue.
1945 Very heavy bombing on Berlin by 8th US Air Force
1945 Syria declares war on Germany and Japan.
1946 2 killed and 10 wounded in race riot in Columbia TN
1949 USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight
1951 Bread rationing in Czechoslovakia
1952 PM Winston Churchill announces that Britain has its own atomic bomb
1954 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy, MA
1954 Michigan Representative Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph (rock & roll) records
1955 1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed - G F Smith
1959 Author Walter Mene throws acid on a Rubens painting in Munich.
1960 Soviet premier Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia
1961 Hassan II is pronounced King of Morocco.
1962 The start of filming of 'Dr No', the first film involving English secret agent 007 - 'James Bond'
1962 US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation
1965 West Germany ceases military aid to Tanzania
1967 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1968 Clandestine Radio Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) final transmission
1970 Beatles release "Beatles Again" aka "Hey Jude" album
1972 Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek, WV, kills 125
1972 Luna 20 comes back to Earth with a cargo of moon rocks
1975 A fleeing Irish Republican Army member shoots and kills off-duty London police officer Stephen Tibble, 22, as he gives chase
1975 1st televised kidney transplant (Today Show)
1976 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1977 1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)
1979 Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US
1980 Egypt and Israel exchange ambassadors for the 1st time
1980 Military coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
1981 French Train à Grande Vitesse averages 380 kph on trial run
1981 3 Anglican missionaries detained in Iran since August 1980 are released
1983 Irish goalkeeper Pat Jennings becomes the first footballer to play in 1,000 football league matches
1983 Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes to number 1 and stays for 37 weeks
1984 Reverend Jesse Jackson acknowledges that he called NYC, "Hymietown"
1984 Last US marines in multinational peace-keeping force in Lebanon left Beirut
1984 Pak Awang (84) marries 80th spouse
1986 Former Philippines President Ferdinand E Marcos fled in defeat
1987 Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes U.S. President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his National Security staff.
1987 In Britain, the General Synod votes in favour of ordaining women as priests
1987 1st release of Beatles compact discs
1987 USSR resumes nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1990 The USSR agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czechoslovakia by July, 1991.
1991 Tim Berners-Lee introduces WorldWideWeb, the first web browser.
1991 Kuwaiti resistance leaders declare they have control of their capital. On Baghdad Radio Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein announces the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait
1992 Massacre of 613 Azerbaijani civilians in Khojaly and 25th Feb
1992 Irish Supreme Court rules 14 year old rape victim may get an abortion
1993 2nd tallest building in world, NYC World Trade Center bombed, 7 die
1994 Actor Dolph Lundgren (34) weds Anette Qviberg in Stockholm
1995 London finance house of Barings collapse after losses in Singapore by trader Nick Leeson
1998 Oprah Winfrey beats Texas cattlemen in beef trial
2001 The Taliban destroy two giant Buddha statues in Bamyan, Afghanistan.
2004 The United States lifts a ban on travel to Libya, ending travel restrictions to the nation that had lasted for 23 years.
2004 Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
2005 Hosni Mubarak the president of Egypt orders the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections before September 2005 by asking Egyptian parliament to amend Article 76 of the constitution.

26th February 2006

Baghdad mortar attacks 'kill 16'

Jamaica to get first woman leader

China alert for spring bird flu

26th February 2007

Court clears Serbia of genocide

French killed in Saudi shooting

Scorsese's Departed sweeps Oscars

26th February 2008

Bus bomb in north Iraq kills 14

Iraq denounces Turkish offensive

Pakistan lifts the ban on YouTube

26th February 2009

Kosovo trial clears Serbia leader

Obama unveils his $3.6tn budget

Pakistani protests turn violent

26th February 2010

Kabul hit by suicide attack

Deadly crush at Timbuktu mosque

Egypt cruise ship crash kills 3 sailors

Birthdates which occurred on 26th February :

1361 Wenceslas of Bohemia Holy Roman Catholic German emperor (1378-1400)
1588 Nicolaus Erich composer
1675 Guillaume Delisle Paris France, geographer (Atlas Géographique)
1675 Johann Philipp Treiber composer
1677 Nicola Fago composer
1686 Godefroi L Count d'Estrades French diplomat
1717 John Randall composer
1770 Antoine Reicha composer
1772 Caspar Furstenau composer
1802 Victor Hugo France, author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables)
1808 Honoré Daumier France, painter/lithographer/caricaturist
1824 Carlos Calvo Argentine diplomat/people rights scholar (Calvo Clause)
1825 Hans Balatka composer
1831 Filippo Marchetti composer
1832 John George Nicolay US, author (Abe Lincoln's biographer)
1834 Aleksander Zarzycki composer
1835 Richard Andree German geographer (Andree's Handatlas)
1837 Charles Woeste Belgian count/minister of Justice
1838 Wendelin Weissheimer composer
1841 Evelyn Baring Earl Cromer English Consul-General (Egypt)
1842 Camille Flammarion Mars researcher & popularizer of astronomy
1845 Alexander III St Petersburg, Russian tsar (1881-94)
1845 Aleksander Rozycki composer
1846 William F "Buffalo Bill" Cody Davenport IA, killed 4000 buffaloes
1852 John Harvey Kellogg surgeon, inspired flaked cereal industry
1857 Emile Coué French pharmacist (recovery by auto suggestion)
1861 Ferdinand I Vienna, 1st tsar of modern Bulgaria (1908-18)
1866 Herbert Henry Dow pioneer in US chemical industry (Dow Chemical)
1867 Siegfried Passarge German geographer (Cameroon/South Africa/America)
1868 Leonard Borwick British pianist
1869 Nadezjda K Krupskaja Russian revolutionary/wife of Lenin
1873 Ewoud van Everdingen Dutch meteorologist
1874 Carl Vogler composer
1875 Emma Dunn actress (Dr Monica, Dr Kildare's Strange Case, Hideaway)
1875 Richard Wetz composer
1876 Pauline Musters shortest known adult (58.9 cm, 1' 11.2")
1876 Agustin P Justo y Rolon President of Argentina (1931-38)
1877 Carel S Adama van Scheltema Dutch poet/writer (socialism)
1877 Russell Alexander composer
1879 Frank Bridge English violinist/composer/conductor/tutor of B Britten
1882 Walter Lucht German artillery general (WWI/WWII)
1883 Erich R Jaensch German psychologist (eidetism)
1884 Christina A A [Dina] Koudijs-van Appeldoorn pianist/composer
1884 Hildo Krop Dutch modernistic sculptor
1885 Lili Green [Alice Sally Mary], Netherlands/England dancer
1887 Grover Cleveland Alexander HOF baseball pitcher (Phillies, Cubs)
1887 Sir Benegal Narsing Rau India, president of UN Security Council (1950)
1891 Alan Bridge PA, actor (North of Arizona, Badmen of the Hills)
1893 Ivor A "I A" Richards English poet/critic (Meaning of Meaning)
1893 William Frawley Iowa, actor (Fred Mertz-I Love Lucy, Bub-My 3 Sons)
1896 Andrei A Zjdanov Russian politician (against kosmopolitism)
1896 Eduard Flipse Dutch conductor/composer
1898 Julien de Valckenaere Flemish writer
19-- Barbara Meek Detroit MI, actress (Archie Bunker's Place, Melba)
19-- Christopher Templeton Lake Forest IL, actor (Carol-Young & Restless)
19-- Damita Jo Freeman Palestine TX, actress (Jackie Simms-Private Benjamin)
19-- Jonathan Schmock La Jolla CA, actor (Billy-Double Trouble)
19-- Kevin Best New York NY, actor (Harrison-General Hospital)
1900 Jean Negulesco Craiova Romania, director (Johnny Belinda, Jessica)
1902 Rudolf Moralt German conductor (Vienna Philharmonic)
1902 Vercors [Jean Bruller], French writer (Le Silence de la Mer)
1906 Madeleine Carroll English actress (The 39 Steps, Secret Agent)
1906 Nikos Ghika artist
1908 Tex Avery cartoon director (What's up, Doc?)
1909 Phyllis Fanny Primrose-Pechey Cradock TV Chef
1911 Josef Smrkovsky Czechoslovakia MP chairman
1913 Jon Hall Fresno CA, actor (Ramor of the Jungle)
1913 George G Barker English poet (Calamiterror, Anno Domini)
1913 Hermann Lenz writer
1914 Robert Alda New York NY, actor (Dan Lewis-Supertrain, By Popular Demand)
1914 Witold Rowicki composer
1915 Elisabeth Eybers South African/Dutch poetess (That Woman & Other Verses)
1915 Pran Nath Chhuttani physician/teacher
1916 Jackie Gleason Brooklyn NY, comedian (Ralph Kramden-Honeymooners)
1916 Mordecai Seter composer
1916 Ross Gregory cricketer (Australian batsman 1936-37, died in WWII)
1917 Robert Taft Jr (Senator-R-OH)
1918 Edwin Charles "Preacher" Roe baseball pitcher (Brooklyn Dodgers)
1918 Otis R Bowen US Secretary of Health & Human Services (1985-89)
1918 Theodore [Hamilton] Sturgeon US, sci-fi author (Starshine, A Way Home, Hugo, Caviar)
1919 Hendrika Mastenbroek 100 meter/400 meter freestyle swimmer (Olympics-gold-1936)
1919 Mason Adams New York NY, actor (Charlie Hume-Lou Grant, Deadliest Season)
1919 Beppie Nooij actress/director (Bluejackets-Rooie Sien)
1919 Luc-Andre Marcel composer
1920 A W [Rie] Kuiper-Mastenbroek Netherlands, swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1936)
1920 Antony Kearey TV producer
1920 Tony Randall [Leonard Rosenberg], Tulsa OK, actor (Felix-Odd Couple, Love Sidney)
1921 Betty Hutton Battle Creek MI, actress (Greatest Show on Earth)
1922 Margaret Leighton Birmingham England, actress (Astonished Heart)
1922 Bill Johnston cricket pace bowler (mighty Australian lefty post-war)
1924 Mark Bucci New York NY, composer (1959 Arts & Letters Award)
1924 Noboru Takeshita Japanese PM (1987-89)
1925 Frank Henry Copplestone TV executive
1925 James Moody US, jazz saxophonist/orchestra leader
1926 Cynthia Stone Peoria IL, actress (That Wonderful Guy, Ad Libbers)
1926 Konstantin P Feoktistov Voronezh, cosmonaut (Voskhod 1)
1926 Arsene Souffriau composer
1927 Donald Gramm Milwaukee WI, bass-baritone
1927 Tom Kennedy Louisville KY, quiz host (You Don't Say, Name That Tune)
1928 Aldonis Kalnins composer
1928 Anatoli Vassilyevich Filipchenko Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 16)
1928 Antoine "Fats" Domino New Orleans LA, rhythm & blues pianist/singer (Blueberry Hill)
1928 Everton Weekes West Indian cricket player (one of the 3 W's)
1930 Lazar Berman Leningrad Russia, pianist (Budapest 3rd place-1956)
1931 Francisco Kroepfl composer
1931 Robert D Novak Joliet IL, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak)
1932 Johnny Cash Kingsland AR, country singer (I Walk The Line, Folsom Prison Blues, Boy Named Sue)
1933 Sir James Goldsmith Paris France, financier/corporate raider (Referendum Party)
1933 Godfrey Cambridge New York NY, actor (Cotton comes to Harlem)
1934 Ron Gaunt cricketer (Australian fast bowler late 50s early 60s)
1936 Eduard Ivanovich Buinovski cosmonaut
1936 Manmohan Desai filmmaker
1938 Jack Knight Somerville MS, actor (Mr Shamley-James at 15)
1941 Keith Thomson cricketer (batted in 2 Tests New Zealand vs India 1968)
1942 Adriaan van Dis author/TV-host (Nathan Sid, In Africa)
1942 Joop van den Ende director (Alsmeer Studio)
1943 Bob "The Bear" Hite California, singer (Canned Heat-Going Up the Country)
1943 Bill Duke actor (Bird on a Wire, Predator)
1943 Bob van Reeth Flemish architect
1943 Paul Cotton Los Angeles CA, rocker (Poco)
1944 Marilyn Michaels comedienne (ABC Comedy Hour)
1945 Mitch Ryder rocker (Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels-Devil With the Blue Dress)
1946 Bobby "Bingo" Smith NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers)
1946 Phyllis Eisenstein US, sci-fi author (Sorcerer's Son, Born to Exile)
1947 Sandi Shaw [Sandra Goodrich], Dagenham Essex England, rocker (Always Something There To Remind Me)
1948 Priscilla Lopez Bronx NY, actress (In the Beginning, Kay O'Brien)
1949 Emma Kirkby British soprano
1950 Jonathan Cain Chicago IL, rock guitarist/keyboardist (Journey, Bad English, Babys)
1953 Bree Walker news anchor (WNBC TV, KNBC TV)
1954 Michael Bolton New Haven CT, rock vocalist (How Am I Supposed To Live Without You, That's What Love Is All About)
1954 John Bolger actor (Captain Gabe McNamara-Another World)
1957 Keena Rothhammer US, 800 meter freestyle swimmer (Olympics-gold-1972)
1957 Connie Carpenter-Phinney Madison WI, 79k cyclist (Olympics-gold-1984)
1958 Jeff Fithian actor (Trevor Nash-Please Don't Eat the Daisies)
1958 Joe Fithian actor (Tracey Nash-Please Don't Eat the Daisies)
1958 Susan J Helms Charlotte NC, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 54, 64, 78)
1961 Sophie Winter actress (She's a Good Fighter)
1962 Sheila Cornell Encino FL, softball infielder (Olympics-gold-96)
1965 Brittany York London England, playmate (October 1990)
1965 Alison Armitage London England, actress (Acapulco HEAT)
1965 Donald Narcisse CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
1965 Matt Jackson Birmingham MI, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Payless)
1966 Jennifer Grant actress (Celeste-Beverly Hills 90210)
1966 Wesley Walls NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints)
1967 David Howard Sarasota FL, infielder (Kansas City Royals)
1967 Roman Fortin NFL center (Atlanta Falcons)
1967 Scott Service US baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
1968 Brendan Rogers CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)
1968 Chris Green NFL safety (Buffalo Bills)
1968 J T Snow Long Beach CA, infielder (New York Yankees, California Angels)
1968 Leif Rohlin Vasteras Sweden, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
1968 René Groen soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
1969 Brandon Wilson US baseball infielder (Chicago White Sox)
1970 Katie O'Neill Los Angeles CA, actress (Together We Stand)
1970 Meeno Peluce Amsterdam Netherlands, actor (Bad News Bears)
1970 Ben Maruquin Ventura CA, field hockey sweeper (Olympics-96)
1970 Radka Zrubakova Czechoslovakia, tennis star
1970 Sasha Danilovic NBA guard (Miami Heat)
1971 Erykah Badu singer
1971 Rick Lyle defensive end/defensive tackle (New York Jets)
1972 Clint McDaniel NBA guard (Sacramento Kings)
1972 Scott Turner NFL cornerback/safety (Washington Redskins)
1973 Jenny Thompson Danvers MA, 400 meter freestyle (Olympics-gold-92, 96)
1973 Marshall Faulk NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
1974 Ron Fox soccer player (Willem II)
1975 Cindy Werley Allentown PA, field hockey forward/midfielder (Olympics-96)
1975 Mike Wilson Brampton, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
1976 Froso Spyrou Miss Cyprus-Universe (1996)
1977 Tim Thomas NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
1994 Creason Carbo Moss daughter of US actor Ronn Moss


Deaths which occurred on February 26th:
1076 Godfried III with the Hump, duke of Netherlands-Lutherian, murdered
1154 Rogier II Guiscard King of Sicily (1101-54), dies at 60
1266 Manfred bastard son of Emperor Frederik II/king of Sicily, dies
1324 Dino Compagni Italian silk seller/poet/chronicler, dies
1538 Worp van Thabor Frisian abbott of Thabor (Chronicon Frisiae), dies
1577 Erik XIV Wasa King of Sweden (1560-69), dies at 43
1630 William Brade composer, dies
1686 Godefroi L Earl d'estrades French diplomat/marshal, dies at about 78
1726 Maximilian II M Emanuel elect of Bavaria/governor of Netherlands, dies
1766 August Bernhard Valentin Herbing composer, dies at 30
1770 François Hanot composer, dies at 72
1770 Giuseppe Tartini Italian composer/violinist, dies at 77
1810 Johann Ernst Rembt composer, dies at 60
1813 Robert R Livingston US diplomat (Declaration of Independence), dies at 66
1823 John P Kemble English actor/director (Covent Garden), dies at 66
1827 David Moritz Michael composer, dies at 75
1857 Ole Andreas Lindeman composer, dies at 88
1859 Ferdinand Lukas Schubert composer, dies at 64
1870 Wyatt Outlaw black leader of Union League in North Carolina, lynched
1871 Charles Niellon Belgian brigade general, dies at 76
1901 Chi-hsui during Boxer Rebellion in China, beheaded
1903 Richard J Gatling US inventor (Gatling Gun), dies at 84
1906 Manuel Fernandez Caballero composer, dies at 70
1909 Caran d'Ache [Emmanuel Poiré], French illustrator, dies
1913 Felix Draeseke composer, dies at 77
1920 Ludwig Rubiner writer, dies at 38
1921 Carl Menger Austrian economist, dies at 81
1926 Frederik Pijper Dutch vicar/church historian (Monasteries), dies at 67
1926 Peter Erasmus Lange-Muller composer, dies at 75
1930 Raffaele Merry del Val Spanish Cardinal, dies at 64
1931 Otto Wallach German chemist (Nobel 1910), dies at 83
1933 Antonio Nicolau Spanish composer/conductor, dies at 74
1939 E Fernandez Arbós Spanish violinist/conductor/composer, dies at 75
1941 Jan Keizer Zaanse February striker, shot to death
1947 Ben Webster actor (Old Curiosity Shop), dies at 82
1950 Harry Lauder (Maclennan) Scottish comic/singer, dies at about 75
1953 Elisabeth "Ilse" Kuyper Dutch/US (opera)composer, dies
1953 Martinus Nijhoff Dutch poet/linguist (spelling), dies at 58
1954 William R Inge English theologist/philosopher, dies at 93
1956 Herman Courtens Belgian baron/painter, dies at 72
1959 Lou Costello actor (Abbott & Costello), dies at 52
1960 Aleksandar Belic Swedish linguist, dies at 83
1961 Karl Albiker German sculptor (Problem of the Plastic), dies at 83
1961 Mohammed V ibn Yusuf, sultan/King of Morocco, dies at 51
1962 Harold Johnson comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
1962 Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg composer, dies at 83
1963 Artturi A Leinonen Fin journalist/politician (Prophet), dies at 74
1965 Jimmie Lee Jackson civil rights activist, dies of injuries
1966 Minerva Urecal actress (Peter Gunn, Adventures of Tugboat Annie), dies at 71
1967 Harry McNaughton comedian (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 70
1968 Eric Feldary actor (16 Fathoms Deep), dies of burns at 55
1969 Levi Eshkol [Sjkolnik], Israeli premier, dies; Golda Meir takes over 3/17
1969 Karl Jaspers German psychiatrist/philosopher, dies at 86
1970 Ethel Leginska composer, dies at 83
1971 Edward van der Merwe cricket keeper (South Africa in 2 Tests in 30's), dies
1971 Fernandel [Contandin], French actor (Death of Champion), dies at 67
1971 Joseph Desire Fernandel comedian, dies of cancer at 67
1971 Tullio Carminati actor (Roman Holiday, Moulin Rouge), dies at 76
1972 Tom Manders Dutch cabaret artist (Dorus), dies at 50
1973 Mary Finney actress (Honestly Celeste), dies at 68
1977 Bukka White rocker, dies at 43
1977 Maxime Jacob composer, dies at 71
1981 FC Terborgh [Reijnier Flaes], lawyer/writer (Turkish War), dies at 79
1981 Howard Hanson US composer/conductor (Nordic), dies at 84
1981 Munabi assistant to Ugandan President Obote, murdered
1982 Gabor Szabo Hungarian jazz pianist (Perfect Circle), dies at 45
1990 Cornell Gunther US musician (Coasters, Poison Ivy), dies at 53
1990 Leslie Ames cricketer (47 Tests, 2434 runs 8 centuries), dies
1990 Maurine Stuart Zen teacher (head of Cambridge Buddhist Association), dies
1990 Scott Jarvis musician (Great Expectationa), dies
1992 Gerrit Schulte "Crazy Cyclist", Dutch 6-days bicyclist, dies at 76
1992 Jean R Yawkey owner (Boston Red Sox), dies of a stroke at 83
1993 Constance Ford US actress (Another World, Burden Hunt), dies at 64
1993 Fletcher Knebel author (7 Days in May), commits suicide at 81
1993 Mark Kolthoff Dutch painter/photographer, dies at 92
1994 Avery Fisher US audio manufacturer (1st hi-fi), dies at 87
1994 Leopold "Hans" Kohr Austrian social philosopher, dies at 84
1994 William "Bill" M Hicks comedian, dies at 32
1996 Audrey Angers charity pioneer
1996 Daniel John Chapman Cunningham physiologist, dies at 76
1997 David Doyle actor (Charlie's Angels), dies at 67
1997 Giuseppe 'Nuccio' Bertone car Designer, dies at 82

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