28th February, on this day

202 BC this day marks the coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty's rule over China
364 Valentinian I is elevated as Roman Emperor.
870 8th Ecumenical council ends in Constantinople
1570 Anti-Portugese uprising on Ternate, Moluccas
1610 Thomas West, Baron De La Warr, is appointed governor of Virginia
1638 Scottish Presbyterians sign National Convenant, Greyfriars, Edinburgh
1646 Roger Scott was tried in Massachusetts for sleeping in church
1653 Battle of Portland 3 Day Sea battle English beats Dutch
1667 English colony Suriname falls into Dutch hands
1692 Salem witch hunt begins
1704 Elias Neau, a Frenchman, opens a school for blacks in New York NY
1704 Indians attack Deerfield MA, kill 40, kidnap 100
1708 Slave revolt, Newton, Long Island NY, 11 die
1710 Battle of Helsingborg, 14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock.
1728 Battle of Palkhed a land battle near the city of Nashik, Maharashtra, India
1728 Georg F Händel's opera "Siroe, re di Persia" premieres in London
1730 Tsarina Anna Ivanovna leads autocracy
1749 1st edition of Henry Fielding's' "Tom Jones" published
1759 Pope Clement XIII allows Bible to be translated into various languages
1778 Rhode Island General Assembly authorizes enlistment of slaves
1780 200.000 die in an earthquake in Iran Latitude: 38, longitude: 46.2
1784 John Wesley charters Methodist Church
1794 US Senate voids Pennsylvania's election of Abraham Gallatin
1810 1st US fire insurance joint-stock company organized, Philadelphia
1826 M Biela, an Austrian officer, discovers Biela's Comet
1827 1st commercial railroad in US, Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) chartered
1835 Dr Elias Lönnrot publishes Finnish poem "Kalevala"
1844 12-inch gun aboard USS Princeton explodes
1847 US defeats México in battle of Sacramento
1849 Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 21 days after leaving New York Harbor.
1854 Republican Party formally organized at Ripon, WI
1859 Arkansas legislature requires free blacks to choose exile or slavery
1861 Territories of Nevada and Colorado created
1862 Battle of Island Number Ten a military engagement on the Mississippi River
1863 Confederate raider "Nashville" sinks near Fort McAllister GA
1864 Raid at Kilpatrick's, Richmond
1864 Skirmish at Albemarle County Virginia (Burton's Ford)
1879 "Exodus of 1879" southern blacks flee political/economic exploitation
1883 1st US vaudeville theater opens (Boston)
1888 Ferry in San Pablo Bay explodes
1893 Edward Acheson, Pennsylvania, patents an abrasive he names "carborundum"
1896 France dismisses Queen Ranavalona 3 of Madagascar
1900 British commander Redvers Buller lifts the seige on the South African town of Ladysmith during Boer War
1908 Failed assassination attempt on Shah Mohammed Ali in Teheran
1912 The world's first parachute jump from an aeroplane is made over Missouri, US , by Albert Berry
1913 6.8-m, 4000-kg elephant seal killed, South Georgia (South Atlantic)
1914 Construction begins on Tower of Jewels for the Exposition (San Francisco)
1917 Russian Duma sets up Provisional Committee; workers set up Soviets
1917 AP reports México and Japan will ally with Germany if US enters WWI
1922 Egypt regains independence from Britain, but British troops remain
1922 English princess Mary marries viscount Lascelles
1924 US begins intervention in Honduras
1925 "Tea For Two" by Marion Harris hit number 1
1929 Sujameco, a 3,542-ton steamship traveling from San Francisco to Coos Bay to pick up lumber hit the beach in fog 8 miles (13 km) north of Coos Bay. Remains can be seen at Horsfall Beach during the winter when the sand recedes
1931 Oswald Mosley founds his New Party
1933 1st female in cabinet Francis Perkins appointed Secretary of Labor
1933 German President Von Hindenburg abolishes free expression of opinion - Reichstag Fire Decree
1933 Hitler disallows German communist party (KPD)
1935 Nylon discovered by Dr Wallace H Carothers
1939 Great-Britain recognizes Franco-regime in Spain
1940 1st televised basketball game (college game at NYC's Madison Square Garden-University of Pittsburgh beats Fordham U, 50-37)
1940 US population at 131,669,275 (12,865,518 blacks (9.8%)
1940 Battle of Salla ends between Finnish and Soviet troops near Salla, northern Finland
1941 39 U Boats (197,000 ton) sunk this month
1941 RAF planes bomb Asmara, Eritrea.
1941 British-Italian dogfight above Albania
1942 Japanese land in Java, last Allied bastion in Dutch East Indies
1942 Race riot, Sojourner Truth Homes, Detroit
1943 63 U Boats (359,300 ton) sinks this month
1943 The SS United Victory, the first Victory ship is launched; this class of transport will prove to be crucial in hauling men and supplies across the oceans.
1943 Operation Gunnerside, 6 Norwegians led by Joachim Ronneberg successfully attack the heavy water plant Vemork
1944 The Admiralty Islands are invaded by U.S. forces, marked by the Battle of Los Negros and Operation Brewer. The struggle for this important fleet anchorage will continue until May. Rabaul is now completely isolated.
1945 The Sixth United States Army captures Manila, capital of the Philippines after an unyielding Japanese defence force. A Philippine government is established.
1945 Americans increase their presence in the Philippines by invading Palawan, a western island in the group.
1947 Anti-Kuomintang demonstration on Taiwan 228 Incident
1948 The last British troops leave India
1951 Senate committee reports of at least 2 major US crime syndicates
1951 French government of Pleven dissolves
1953 Stalin meets with Beria, Bulganin, Khrushchev and Malenkov
1954 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1956 13 die in a train crash in Swampscott, MA
1956 Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory
1958 American singer Perry Como is at No 1 with 'Magic Moments'
1958 A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children die in what remains the worst school bus accident in U.S. history.
1959 Launch of Discoverer 1 (WTR)-1st polar orbit
1960 8th Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley CA close
1961 JFK names Henry Kissinger special advisor
1965 Goldie' the eagle escapes from London Zoo and settles in Regents Park before being re-captured 12 days later
1966 The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, where 'The Beatles' made their name, goes into into liquidation
1970 Bicycles permitted to cross Golden Gate Bridge
1972 George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident
1972 President Richard Nixon ends historic week-long visit to China
1973 Suriname government of Sedney arrests 13 union leaders
1974 US and Egypt re-establish diplomatic relations after 7 years
1974 Ethiopian government of Makonnen forms
1974 Labour Party wins British parliamentary election
1974 Taiwan police shoot into crowd
1975 42 people are killed on the London Underground when a train crashes at Moorgate Station
1975 EG signs accord of Lomé with 46 developing countries
1975 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1977 1st killer whale born in captivity (Marineland, Los Angeles CA)
1980 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 China PR throws out Netherlands ambassador due to submarine sale to Taiwan
1982 AT&T looses record $7 BILLION for fiscal year ending on this day
1982 FALN (PR Nationalist Group) bombs Wall Street
1983 Final TV episode of "MASH" airs (CBS); record 125 million watch
1985 9 RUC officers are killed in an IRA mortar attack at Newry in Northern Ireland
1986 Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm.
1988 15th Winter Olympics games close at Calgary, Canada
1988 Anti-Armenian pogrom in Azerbaijan, 30 killed
1991 US and allied forces grant Iraq a cease fire. Gulf War ends
1993 Gun battle erupts at Waco, TX between FBI and Branch Davidians
1993 Tony Curtis weds Lisa Deutsch as his 4th wife
1994 NATO planes shoot down 4 Serb light attack aircraft which violate the UN ban on flights over Bosnia. Its the first combat action by NATO since its' formation in 1949
1994 Brady Law, imposing a wait-period to buy a hand-gun, went into effect
1995 Denver International Airport opens. The largest international airport in the United States
1996 In Britain, Diana Princess of Wales announces she will agree to a divorce from Prince Charles
1997 Earthquake in Pakistan, kills 45
1997 FBI agent Earl Pitts pleads guilty to selling secrets to Russia
1997 Smokers must prove they are over 18 to purchase cigarettes in US
1997 The North Hollywood shootout takes place.
1998 First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.
1998 Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.
2001 The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.
2001 Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.
2002 At least 55 are killed in Ahmadabad, India when Hindus burn Muslim homes.
2004 Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (300-mile) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947
2005 Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigns amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.
2005 A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.
2007 Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft.

28th February 2006

Baghdad blasts kill at least 50

New Orleans carnival hits climax

'Pompeii of the East' discovered

28th February 2007

Airbus confirms 10,000 job cuts

Iran positive on Iraq conference

Senegal poll results 'rejected'

28th February 2008

Kenya rivals agree to share power

Four children die in Gaza strike

One dead in French gas explosion

28th February 2009

New Bangladesh graves discovered

Tibetan monk 'shot' while on fire

China enacts tough new food law

28th February 2010

At least 50 dead in western Europe storms

Afghanistan bomb 'kills 11 civilians'

Chilean quake toll jumps to 708

Birthdates which occurred on 28th February :

1533 Michel de Montaigne France, essayist/philosopher
1552 Jobst Bürgi [Justus Byrgius], Swiss/German mathematician
1573 Elias Hill German architect/city builder (Augsburg)
1616 Kaspar Forster composer
1632 Jean-Baptiste Lully Florence Italy, composer
1663 Thomas Newcomen English co-inventor (steam engine)
1675 Guillaume Delisle Paris, cartographer/geographer
1683 René-Antoine de Réaumur France, biologist/engineer
1690 Aleksei P Romanov Russia, son of Peter the Great
1712 Louis Joseph de Montcalm de Saint-Véran France, General
1747 Justin Morgan composer
1750 Ignacy Potocki Polish foreign minister
1764 Robert Haldane Scottish theologist/philanthropist
1771 French Jozef Kinsoen Flemish portrait painter
1779 Augustus Callcott landscape painter, Kensington
1786 D François J Arago French astronomer/physicist/politician
1792 Henriette countess d'Oultremont de Wégimont wife of King Willem I
1792 Karl Earnest Ritter von Baer Estonian/German embryologist
1797 Mary Lyon US, educator (Mt Holyoke) (Hall of Fame)
1797 W Frederik K prince of Netherlands/General/Admiral (10 day campaign)
1799 Johann von Döllinger German Old Catholic theologian/historian
1810 Reinier C Bakhuizen van de Brink Dutch historian
1812 Berthold Auerbach German author (Schwarzwälder Dorfgeschichten)
1817 James Craig Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1888
1820 John Tenniel England, cartoonist/illustrator (Alice in Wonderland)
1822 Matthew Duncan Ector Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1879
1823 Ernest Renan French philosopher/historian/scholar of religion
1824 Charles Blondin France, acrobat/aerialist
1824 John Creed Moore Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1910
1825 Quincy Adams Gillmore Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1888
1833 Alfred von Schlieffen Count/Prussian General-field marshal
1850 Hermann Schell German theologist/philosopher (Gott und Geist)
1854 Juliusz Zarebski composer
1857 Gustave Adolph Kerker composer
1858 Jacob P Vis Dutch industrialist (founder NV Royal Salt Industries)
1865 Sir Wilfred Grenfell England, medical missionary
1865 Arthur Symons Welsh poet/critic/co-founder (Savoy)
1866 Vyacheslav I Ivanov Russian philosopher/classical/Symbolist poet (Pilot Stars)
1874 Soledad Jiminez Santander Spain, actor (Phantom of the Range)
1875 Viliam Figus composer
1876 John Alden Carpenter Chicago IL, composer (Sea Drift)
1877 Sergei Bortkiewicz composer
1882 José Vasconcelos Oaxaca México, politician/essayist/philosopher
1882 Geraldine Farrar US soprano/actress (Story of American Singer)
1882 Richard Heinrich Stein composer
1886 José Gutiérrez Solana Spanish painter/author (Madrid Escenas)
1886 Max Vasmer German slavic (La Tertulia de Pombo)
1887 William Zorach Lithuania, US sculptor (Spirit of the Dance)
1889 Victor Sutherland Paducah KY, actor (Captive City)
1890 Vaslav Nijinsky Kiev Ukraine, ballet dancer
1893 Ben Hecht New York NY, novelist/playwright/screenwriter (The Front Page)
1895 Guiomar Novaes Brazil, pianist (Brazilian Order of Merit)
1895 Marcel Pagnol French playwright/director (Marchands de Gloire)
1896 Philip Showalter Hench Pittsburgh PA, physician (cortisone-Nobel)
1898 Molly Picon Yiddish actress (Milk & Honey)
1899 Frederick Denison Maurice Hocking pathologist
19-- Richard Romanus Barre VT, actor (Foul Play, Strike Force)
19-- Rick Lohman Cleveland OH, actor (Search For Tomorrow, Phyl & Mikhy)
1900 Edna Swithenbank Manley Jamaican sculptor, wife of PM
1900 Laura Z Hobson writer
1901 Linus Pauling chemist/peace worker (Nobel 1954, 1962)
1901 Rudolf W Nilsen Norwegian poet (Hverdagen)
1905 Glyn Jones writer
1906 Bugsy Siegel gangster created casinos in Las Vegas
1907 Milton Caniff Hillsboro OH, Dutch cartoonist (Terry & the Pirates)
1908 Billie Bird Pocatello ID, actress (Mrs Cassidy-Benson, Dear John, Jury Duty)
1909 Olan Soule La Harpe IL, actor (My 3 Sons, Arnie)
1909 Stephen Harold Spender England, poet/critic (Vienna, Edge of Darkness)
1910 Roman Maciejewski composer
1910 Vincente Minnelli Chicago IL, movie director (American in Paris, Gigi)
1911 Amir Hamzah Indonesian poet (Njanji Sunji)
1912 Helmut Coing German lawyer/director (Max-Planck-institute)
1914 Jim Boles Lubbock TX, actor (Joe-One Man's Family)
1915 Sir Peter Medawar England, zoologist, immunologist (Nobel 1953)
1915 Zero [Samuel Joel] Mostel Brooklyn NY, actor (Fiddler on the Roof)
1917 Hans Deutgen Sweden, world champion archer
1918 Alfred Burke London England, actor (Backfire)
1920 Edward Kassner music publisher
1920 Jim Olin (Representative-D-VA, 1983- )
1920 Marjorie M Sweeting English geomorphologist
1921 John Bouber [Blom], actor/author (Fool of Heideloo)
1921 Vladimir Sommer composer
1923 Charles Durning Highland Falls NY, actor (Dog Day Afternoon, Fury, Sting, Tootsie)
1924 Robert A Roe (Representative-D-NJ, 1969- )
1925 Harry H Corbett Rangoon Burma, actor (Steptoe & Son, Jabberwacky)
1926 Svetlana Alliluyeva daughter of Josef Stalin, author (My Life)
1926 Seymour Shifrin composer
1926 Stanley Glasser composer
1927 Bernard Frank oriental scholar/writer
1927 John Swire British aircraft magnate (Cathay Pacific)
1928 Bettye Ackerman Cottageville SC, actress (Maggie Graham-Ben Casey)
1928 Smokey The Bear
1928 Tom Aldredge Dayton OH, actor (What About Bob, Nurse, Mind Snatchers)
1929 Frank O Gehry architect (Galleria-Oklahoma City)
1930 Frank Malzone baseball player
1930 Leon Cooper US physicist (Nobel 1972)
1931 Gavin MacLeod Mt Kisco NY, actor (Murray-Mary Tyler Moore, Love Boat)
1931 Gustav Thoni Italy, skier (World Cup-1971, 72, 73, 75)
1931 Jack Thieuloy writer
1932 Brian Moore British commentator (Big Match)
1932 Don Francks Vancouver British Columbia, actor (Terminal Choice, Finian's Rainbow)
1934 Willie Bobo New York NY, jazz drummer (Cos)
1935 Clive Halse cricketer (South Africa fast bowler on 1963-64 Australia/New Zealand tour)
1938 Martin Olav Sabo (Representative-D-MN, 1979- )
1939 John Fahey singer (Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death)
1939 Tommy Tune Wichita Falls TX, dancer/choreographer (The Boyfriend)
1939 Charles Brown Cincinnati OH, featherweight boxer (Olympics-bronze-1964)
1940 Joe South Atlanta GA, guitarist/songwriter/singer (Games People Play)
1940 Mario Andretti race-car driver (1969 Indianapolis 500)
1941 Alice May Brock author
1941 Marty Sanders rock vocalist
1942 Brian Jones rock guitarist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)
1942 Frank Bonner Little Rock AR, actor (WKRP, Hoax, You Can't Hurry Love, Sidekicks)
1943 Barbara Acklin [Allen], Chicago IL, R&B singer (Love Makes a Woman)
1943 Donny Iris singer
1943 Hans F Dijkstal Dutch minister of the Interior (VVD, 1994-)
1944 Colin Nutley director/writer (Such is Life, Black Jack)
1944 Kelly Bishop Colorado, actress (Unmarried Woman, Advice to Lovelorn)
1945 Charles "Bubba" Smith Texas, NFLer (Baltimore Colts)/actor (Police Academy)
1945 Mimsy Farmer Chicago IL, actress (Devil's Angel, Road to Salina)
1945 Ronnie Rosman rocker (Tommy James Shondells-Crystal Blue Persuasion)
1946 Graham Vivian cricketer (son of Giff, 5 Tests for New Zealand 1965-72)
1947 Stephanie Beacham England, actress (Devil's Widow, Schizo, Dallas, Colbys)
1948 Bernadette Peters [Lazzaro] Queens NY, actress (The Jerk, Song & Dance)
1948 Mercedes Ruehl Queens NY, actress (Lost in Yonkers, Crazy People)
1948 Willie Donnell Smith
1950 Ilene Graff Brooklyn NY, actress (Marsha-Mr Belvedere)
1950 Stephen Chatman composer
1951 Gustavo Thoeni Italy, giant slalom (Olympics-gold-1972)
1951 John Roarke Providence RI, comedian (Fridays)
1951 Karsan Ghavri cricketer (Indian lefty medium pacer early 80s)
1952 Cristina Raines [Tina Herazo] Manila Philippines, actress (Sentinel)
1952 Jennie Lynn San Diego CA, actress (Love & Marriage)
1952 Melissa Babish South Carolina, swimmer (Olympics)
1952 Eddie Manion saxophonist
1953 Ricky "Dragon" Steamboat [Richard Blood], wrestler (NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA)
1955 Gilbert Gottfried comedian (Beverly Hills Cop)
1955 Randy Jackson New Orleans LA, guitarist (Zebra-Tell Me What You Want)
1956 Adrian Dantley Washington DC, NBA forward (Olympics-gold-1976, Utah Jazz, 1981, 84 top scorer)
1957 Phil Gould rock percussionist (Level 42-Hot Water)
1957 Cindy Wilson Athens GA, rock vocalist (B-52's-Love Shack)
1957 Ian Smith cricket wicket-keeper (New Zealand of the 80's)
1957 Ian Stanley keyboardist
1957 Jeff Woodland Papua New Guinea, Nike golfer (1991 Dakota Dunes Open)
1957 John Turturro Brooklyn NY, actor (Brain Donor, Color of Money, Jungle Fever)
1958 Christine Lathan-Brehmer German DR, 400 meter runner (Olympics-gold-76)
1958 Mark Pavelich NHLer (New York Rangers)
1959 Sydney P Mufamadi South African leader (SACP)
1960 Dorothy Stratten Vancouver British Columbia, playmate (August, 1979) (Galixina)
1961 Barry McGuigan British boxer
1961 Wayne Smith Albany WA, Australasia golfer
1962 Rae Dawn Chong Edmonton Alberta, actress (Quest for Fire)
1962 Angela Bailey England, Canadian 4X100 meter relayer (Olympics-silver-1984)
1962 Chunli Li Auckland New Zealand, table tennis player (Olympics-96)
1962 Steve Tsujiura hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
1965 Mikko Makela Tampere Finland, NHL right wing (New York Islanders)
1965 Duane Ferrell NBA forward (San Francisco Warriors, Indiana Pacers)
1966 Erik van Kessel Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
1966 Jan Varholik Kosice Czechoslovakia, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
1966 Tim Goad NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns)
1966 Vincent Askew NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics, Trailblazers)
1967 Antone Davis NFL tackle (Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles)
1967 Jeff[rey] Pfaendtner Detroit MI, rower (Olympics-bronze-1996)
1967 Marcus Lillington rock guitarist (Breathe-All I Need)
1968 J T Snow US baseball 1st baseman (New York Yankees, California Angels)
1968 Mike Milchin Knoxville TN, pitcher (Minnesota Twin)
1969 Elisa Fiorillo singer (Forgive Me For Dreaming)
1969 Robert Sean Leonard New Jersey, actor (Dead Poets Society, Mr & Mrs Bridge)
1969 Shawn McEachern Waltham MA, NHL forward (Boston Bruins, Senators)
1970 Jan Varholik hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia 1998)
1970 Mika Stromberg Helsinki Finland, hockey defenseman (Team Finland)
1970 Noureddine Morceli Algeria, 1500 meter runner (Olympics-gold-96)
1971 John Buchanan actor (Sidekicks, Black Stallion, Family Man)
1972 Melisa Moses Jacksonville FL, diver (Olympics-4th-96)
1972 Scott Gragg NFL tackle (New York Giants)
1973 Demetrice Martin WLAF cornerback (Scotland Claymores)
1973 Denard Walker cornerback (Tennessee Oilers)
1973 Eric Lindros London Ontario, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers)
1973 Gary Walker NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
1973 Henry Bailey NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1974 Katie Allen Australian field hockey full back/half back (Olympics-96)
1974 Kevin Abrams cornerback (Detroit Lions)
1974 Michael Manasseri actor (License to Drive)
1974 Michael Swift WLAF CB (Rhein Fire)
1975 Azhar Mahmood cricket pace bowler (Pakistani ODI 1996)
1976 Angie Kennedy Nambour Queensland Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)
1977 Aki-Petteri Berg NHL defenseman (Team Finland Olympics-bronze-1998, Kings)
1977 Debbie Koegel Norristown PA, dance skater (& Oleg Fediukov)
1978 Marissa Perez Miss Connecticut Teen-USA (1996)
1979 Virginia Ledgerwood Chester VA, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96)


Deaths which occurred on February 28th:
1261 Hendrik duke of Brabant (1248-61), dies
1573 Jan "Hans" Liefrinck Flemish engraver/publisher, dies at about 54
1609 Paul Sartorius composer, dies at 39
1618 Filips Willem Prince of Orange, dies at 63
1626 Cyril Tourneur English poet/dramatist, dies at about 51
1638 Henri duc de Rohan, French soldier/Huguenot leader, dies
1638 Claude G Bachet de Meziriac French mathematician/poet, dies at 56
1665 Lodewijk van Nassau Dutch governor (Bois-le-Duc), dies
1737 Hercule Brehy composer, dies at 63
1742 Willem J 's-Gravesande Dutch physicist, dies at 53
1781 Richard Stockton US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 50
1784 Phillis Wheatly poetess, dies
1796 Friedrich Wilhelm Rust composer, dies at 56
1818 Adriaan Loosjes Pzn Dutch publisher/writer (Moral Stories), dies at 56
1844 Abel P Upshur Secretary of State, dies in explosion on USS Princeton
1844 Thommas W Gilmer Navy Secretary, dies in explosion on USS Princeton
1876 Charles Edward Horsley composer, dies at 53
1903 Girolamo/Jeromin de Rada Albanian poet, dies at 88
1905 Joseph C Juglar French physician/economist, dies at 85
1912 Bill Storer English cricket wicketkeeper (6 Tests 1897-99), dies
1913 Elephant seal 6.8-m, 4000-kg, killed in South Georgia (South Atlantic)
1916 Henry James US/British writer (Bostonians), dies in London at 72
1922 Vicente Lleo composer, dies at 51
1925 Friedrich Ebert Social-Democrat president of Germany, dies
1929 Clemens Freiherr von Pirquet Austrian artist (React of P), dies at 54
1929 John Ebenezer West composer, dies at 65
1931 Ban Johnson created (baseball's AL), dies after a long illness
1935 Alexander W F Idenburg Governor-General of Netherlands Indies (1909-16), dies at 73
1936 Pedro Muñoz Seca La Caraba/La oca, dies at 55
1940 Johan C Braakensiek Dutch political cartoonist, dies at 81
1941 Alfonso XIII de Borbón King of Spain (1902-31), dies
1949 Stanley Robert Marchant composer, dies at 65
1953 Jim Thorpe decathlete (Olympics-gold-1912), dies at 64
1959 Maxwell Anderson US dramatist (Key Largo, Bad Seed), dies at 70
1960 F S Flint British translator/poet (imagist movement), dies at 74
1960 Jonathan Hale actor (Blondie), shoots himself at 68
1961 Joris Vriamont Flemish writer/music publisher, dies at 64
1962 Harold Ogden "Chic" Johnson comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
1963 Theodore Newton actor (Voltaire, Ace of Aces), dies at 58
1964 Dirk Filarski painter/lithographer (Bergen School), dies at 78
1965 Adolf Schärf President of Austria (1957-65), dies at 74
1966 Charles A Bassett II astronaut, dies in a crash of T-38 jet at 34
1966 Elliot McKay See Jr astronaut, dies in T-38 jet crash at 38
1968 Frankie Lymon singer, dies at 25
1968 Juanita Hall actress (Captain Billy), dies at 66
1968 Doretta Morrow actress (Because You're Mine), dies at 41
1972 Victor Barna table tennis champion, dies
1973 Cecil Kellaway actor (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 78
1973 Hope Landin actress (I Remember Mama, Sugarfoot), dies at 79
1974 Mees Toxopeus Dutch rescue-vessel captain, dies at 89
1975 Istvan Kardos composer, dies at 83
1977 Eddie "Rochester" Anderson comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies at 71
1978 Philip Ahn Los Angeles CA, actor (Master Kan-Kung Fu), dies at 66
1978 Eric Frank Russell sci-fi author (Hugo, Deep Space), dies at 73
1979 Mr Ed talking horse, dies
1979 Jane Hylton English actress (Adventures of Sir Lancelot), dies at 52
1980 Ian Alexander Ross Peebles cricketer (45 wickets for England), dies
1984 Leslie Walcott cricketer (Test for West Indies vs England 1930), dies
1985 Charita Bauer actress (Mary-Aldrich Family), dies at 62 in New York NY
1986 Olof Palme Swedish PM, assassinated in Stockholm
1986 Sven Olof Palme Swedish PM (1969-76, 82-86), assassinated at 59
1987 Anny Ondra actress (Blackmail), dies at 83
1987 Nora Kaye US ballet dancer, dies at 67
1988 Mikha`il Na'imah Lebanese playwright, dies at 99
1989 Hermann Burger writer, dies at 46
1990 Colin Milburn cricketer (9 Tests for England, 654 runs), dies
1990 Fabia Drake actress (Nice Girl Like Me), dies at 86
1990 Tuppy Owen-Smith South Africa cricketer (batsman vs England 1929), dies
1991 Guillermo Ungo member of El Salvador junta (1979-80), dies
1992 Angelique Pettyjohn actress (Body Talk, Star Trek), dies at 49
1992 Emilla Sherman choreographer/rockette, dies
1992 La Lupe Cuban singer, dies of a heart attack in the Bronx at 53
1993 Fer A Olthoff Dutch WWII resistance fighter (Het Parool), dies
1993 Franco Brusati Italian director/writer (Bread & Chocolate), dies at 70
1993 Ishiro Honda Japanese director/producer (Godzilla), dies at 81
1993 Joyce Carey [Lawrence], English actress (Number 27), dies at 94
1993 Ruby Keeler actress (42nd Street, Dames), dies of cancer at 82
1994 Aisin Giorro Pu Chieh brother of Last Emperor of China, dies at 86
1994 Buster Holmes chef/restaurateur, dies at 88
1994 Elbert "Skippy" Williams tenor Sax player, dies at 77
1994 George Osborne Sayles historian, dies at 92
1994 Leopoldina Poldi Feichtegger Gerhard dies at 90
1994 Pu Yi brother of last Chinese emperor, Pu Yi, dies at 87
1995 Herman "Ace" Wallace blues guitarist/singer, dies at 69
1995 Keith Rigg cricketer (8 Tests for Australia 1931-37), dies
1995 Max Rudolf conductor, dies at 92
1996 Daniel Chipenda Angolan politician, dies at 64

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