3rd February, on this day

1014 Sweyn I of Denmark and England dies
1112 Ramon Berenguer III of Barcelona and Douce I of Provence marry, uniting the fortunes of those two states.
1377 Cardinal Robert of Geneva (anti-pope Clemens VII) starts term
1377 Mass execution of population of Cesena, Italy
1488 Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Diaz becomes the first European to land on southern African soil, putting ashore at Mossal Bay, Cape of Good Hope
1509 Battle of Diu a critical sea battle
1547 Russian czar Ivan IV (17) marries Anastasia Romanova
1576 Henry of Navarre (future Henry IV) escapes from Paris
1591 German monarchy forms Protestant Union of Torgau
1653 Cardinal Mazarin returns to Paris from exile
1660 General Moncks army reaches London
1690 1st paper money in America issued (colony of Massachusetts)
1706 Battle of Fraustadt a decisive Swedish victory over Saxony-Poland and their Russian allies
1730 The first stock exchange quotations are published in 'The Daily Advertiser', in London
1740 Charles de Bourbon, King of Naples, invites Jews to return to Sicily
1743 Philadelphia establishes a "pesthouse" to quarantine immigrants
1752 Dutch States-General forbid export of windmills
1781 Dutch West Indies island of St Eustatia taken by the British
1783 Spain recognizes US independence
1809 Territory of Illinois organizes (including present-day Wisconsin)
1815 World's 1st commercial cheese factory established, in Switzerland
1830 Greece declares its independence under the protection of France, Russia and Britain
1852 Battle of Caseros A coalition of the Argentinean Provinces of Entre Rios and Corrientes, allied with Brazilian and Uruguayan troops (27,000 men) defeats Buenos Aires forces (22,000 men) under Juan Manuel Rosas, presidente of Argentina.
1855 Wisconsin Supreme Court declares US Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional
1863 Battle of Dover a battle of the American Civil War, in Tennessee.
1864 Sherman's march through Georgia
1865 Battle of Rivers' Bridge a Union victory during the Carolinas Campaign
1865 Hampton Roads Peace Conference, Lincoln and Stephens reach an impasse
1867 Prince Mutsuhito, 14, becomes Emperor Meiji of Japan (1867-1912)
1870 In US, 15th Amendment (Black suffrage) passed
1877 'Chopsticks', the novelty piano piece, registered at the British Museum
1882 Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo
1894 'The Dirigo', the first steel sailing ship is launched at Maine, USA
1903 Frederick Lugard occupies Kano West Africa
1913 America introduces the 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution - giving the Government the power to impose and collect income tax
1915 First Suez Offensive ends attack launched by forces of the Ottoman Empire against British forces in Egypt
1916 Canada's original Parliament building, in Ottawa, burns down
1916 Tristan Tzara publishes Dada-manifest in Zurich, Switzerland
1917 US liner Housatonic sunk by German sub and diplomatic relations severed
1918 Twin Peaks Tunnel longest (11,920') streetcar tunnel begins service
1919 First meeting of the League of Nations is held in Paris, with US President Woodrow Wilson as chairman
1919 Socialist conference convenes (Berne Switzerland)
1924 Alexei Ryko elected as President of People's commission (succeeds Lenin)
1927 Uprising against regime of General Carmona in Portugal
1930 Vietnamese Communistic Party forms
1933 German minister Göring bans social-democratic newspaper Vorwärts
1941 General Erwin Rommel is appointed as head of something called "German Army troops in Africa", later to be designated officially as the "Afrika Korps."
1941 Germany forcibly restores Pierre Laval to office in occupied Vichy, France.
1942 Japanese air power is thrown against Java, especially the naval base at Surabaya. Port Moresby, New Guinea is bombed, increasing the threat to Australia
1942 Battle of Ambon ends. A Japanese invasion was resisted by Dutch and Australian forces. The chaotic and sometimes bloody fighting was followed by a series of major Japanese war crimes
1942 183 die in coal mine disaster at Chosei, Ube, Japan
1943 The first major British bombing raid against the German city of Hamburg
1943 4 chaplains drown after giving up their life jackets to others
1944 The Russians capture two German Army corps at the Korsun "pocket", south of Kiev.
1944 American planes bomb Eniwetok in the Marshalls, later to be a major B-29 base.
1945 Walt Disney's "The 3 Caballeros" released
1945 The Allies first 1,000 aircraft daylight bombing raid on Berlin
1945 US forces recapture Manila in Philippines from the Japanese. Japanese forces in the city massacre 100,000 Filipinos civilians. A vicious urban battle ensues, to last for some weeks.
1949 In Britain, 23 year old Margaret Roberts (Thatcher) is adopted as Tory candidate in Deptford (but later fails to win the seat at the General Election).
1950 Nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs arrested on spy charges
1951 Largest purse to date in horse racing, $144,323, won by Great Circle
1951 Tennessee Williams' "Rose Tattoo" premieres in New York NY
1959 The chartered plane transporting musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper goes down in an Iowa snowstorm, killing all four occupants on board. The tragedy is later termed "The Day the Music Died" popularized in Don McLean's song American Pie
1959 American Airlines Flight 320 Lockheed L-188A Electra en route from Chicago Midway International Airport to New York City's LaGuardia Airport crashed into the East River on approach; 65 of the 73 on board died
1962 President Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food and drugs
1964 Black and Puerto Rican students boycott NYC public schools
1964 "Meet the Beatles" album goes Gold
1965 Orbiting Solar Observatory 2 launches into Earth orbit (552/636 km)
1965 105 USAF cadets resigned for cheating on exams
1966 An unmanned Soviet spaceship, Luna 9, makes a soft landing on the Moon and begins sending signals back to earth
1966 1st operational weather satellite, ESSA-1 launched (US)
1967 "Purple Haze" recorded by Jimi Hendrix
1969 Yasser Arafat is appointed leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) at a meeting of the Palestinian National Congress in Cairo
1969 Dr. Eduardo Mondlane, President of the Mozambique National Liberation Front, is assassinated in a bomb explosion in Tanzania
1972 11th Winter Olympics games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
1972 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1973 President Nixon signs Endangered Species Act into law
1977 General Tafari Banti, Ethiopia's chief of state, is killed in a gun battle in the capital, Addis Ababa
1979 "YMCA" by Village People peaks at number 2 on pop singles chart
1980 Muhammed Ali tours Africa as President Carter's envoy
1981 Gro Harlem Brundtland elected premier of Norway
1982 Greatest helicopter lift, 56,888 kg, Podmoscovnoe, USSR
1982 John Sharples of England finishes disco dancing 371 hours
1982 Porn star John Holmes ordered to stand trial for murder
1984 1st baby conceived by embryo transplant born in Long Beach. CA
1986 President Reagan announces formation of Committee on Challenger Accident
1989 After suffering a stroke, politician PW Botha resigns from the office of President of South Africa
1989 Military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay
1992 Defense opens calling Noriega "our ally in the war on drugs"
1993 Federal trial of 4 police officers charged with civil rights violations in videotaped beating of Rodney King begins in Los Angeles, CA
1994 Actor Jean-Claude van Damme (32) weds Darcy Lapier (28) in Bangkok
1994 US President Bill Clinton lifts a 19 year trade embargo against Vietnam
1997 50 year old grandmother Sue Green enters the record books after giving birth to triplets
1998 Convicted murderer Karla Faye Tucker becomes the first woman to be executed in Texas, USA since the American Civil War
1998 Britain issues a set of Princess Diana stamps
1998 US military plane clips cable car lines in northern Italy, kills 20
2005 Kam Air Flight 904 was involved in a deadly aviation disaster over the Pamir mountains of Afghanistan. 104 fatalities

3rd February 2006

'Many dead' as Egypt ferry sinks

Envoys meet as Muslim anger grows

Taleban clash 'leaves many dead'

3rd February 2007

Baghdad market bomb 'kills 121'

Italy to tackle football violence

UK Bird flu virus is Asian strain

3rd February 2008

Chad troops battle against rebels

Colombo railway blast kills eight

Great Lakes hit by deadly quakes

3rd February 2009

Iran satellite move sparks fears

Boat people rescued off Indonesia

EU attacks 'Buy American' clause

3rd February 2010

Pilgrims killed in explosion in Iraq

Pakistan blast kills US soldiers

Pakistani troops deployed in tense Karachi

Birthdates which occurred on 3rd February :

1368 Charles VI King of France (1380-1422)
1648 Louis Bouteiller composer
1655 François Fagel Dutch field marshal, baptized
1736 Johann Georg Albrechtsberger Austrian organist/composer
1740 Guillaume Lasceux composer
1755 Florido Tomeoni composer
1763 Caroline von Wolzogen [von Lengefeld], German author
1784 John Fane graaf van Westmorland English (opera)composer/diplomat
1805 Otto T Freiherr von Manteuffel premier Prussia
1807 Joseph E Johnston General (Commander army of Tennessee)
1807 Joseph Eggleston Johnston General (Confederate Army), died in 1891
1809 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Hamburg Germany, composer (Great Scherzos)
1811 Horace Greeley editor ("Go west, young man")
1817 Emile Racine Gauthier Prudent composer
1817 Samuel Ryan Curtis Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1866
1820 Elisha Kent Kane US arctic explorer (Kane Basin off NW Greenland)
1821 Elizabeth Blackwell Bristol England, 1st woman physician
1823 Spencer F Baird US biologist (Wood's Hole Station)
1824 George Thomas "Tige" Anderson Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
1824 Nathan George "Shanks" Evans Brigadier General (Confederacy), died in 1868
1826 Walter Bagehot England, economist/sociologist
1830 Robert Cecil Marquess of Salisbury (C), British PM (1885-1902)
1831 Cyrus Ballou Comstock Brevet Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1910
1833 Thomas T H Jorissen Dutch historian
1842 Sidney Clopton Lanier US, composer/poet (Hall of Fame)
1845 Ernest von Wildenbruch German playwright (Sedan)
1851 Johannes B van Heutsz Lieutenant-General/Governor-General Dutch East Indies
1851 Lord Harris cricketer (4 Tests for England MCC big-wig)
1861 Léopold Courouble Belgian writer (Family Kaekebroeck)
1865 Martinus Ballings Flemish Jesuit/author (Will Power)
1868 Damaso Ledesma composer
1870 Ada Negri Italian poet/author (Il Libro di Mara)
1873 Ernest B Allo French theologist
1874 Gertrude Stein Pennsylvania, author (Autobiography of Alice B Toklas)
1874 Franklyn Dyall Liverpool England, actor (Easy Virtue)
1878 Joseph Gordon Coates PM of New Zealand (1925-28)
1879 Charles Follis 1st black US football player (Shelby OH)
1880 Arnoldus Aerts bishop of Netherlands-Guinea (1920-42)
1882 Trijntje Jansma-Boskma oldest person in Netherlands)
1883 Clarence Mulford Illinois, western writer (Hopalong Cassidy)
1883 Camille Bombois French circus wrestler/painter
1886 Erwin Kroll composer
1887 Carlo Jachino composer
1887 Georg Trakl Austrian poet (Autumn of the Lonely)
1887 Silvio d'Amico Italian theater critic (Tramonto del grande attore)
1888 Joris Baers Flemish bibliography/founder (Boekengids)
1889 Carl Theodor Dreyer Danish movie director (Leaves from Satan's Body, Passion of Jeanne d'arc)
1889 Risto Ryti Finnish premier/president
1890 Charles [Andy] Correll Peoria IL, actor (Calvin & the Colonel)
1890 Heinrich Barth Swiss philosopher (Problem des Bösen)
1891 Jan Donner Dutch minister of Justice (1926-33)
1891 Peter H "Paul" Huf actor/director (Great Netherlands Stage)
1894 Juan Negrín PM of the Spanish Republic (1936-39)
1894 Norman Rockwell US, artist/illustrator (Sat Evening Post covers)
1895 Nick Kenny Astoria New York NY, columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show)
1895 Victor Raul Haya de la Torre politician (found APRA party in Peru)
1895 Izak Buys cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1922, 0 & 4, 0-52)
1896 Johannes Urzidil writer
1898 Alvar Aalto Finland, architect (Finlandia House)
1898 Paul Urysohn Russian mathematician
1899 Forrest "Red" DeBernardi basketball hall of famer (elected 1961)
1899 Doris Speed actress (Annie-Coronation Street)
19-- Brenda Dickson-Weinberg Long Beach CA, actress (Young & Restless, Deathmaster, Taxi Driver)
19-- Joel Bartlett KPIX (Channel 5) weatherman
19-- Mariclare Costello actress (Rosemary-Waltons)
1900 Mabel Mercer English cabaret singer (Fly Me to the Moon)
1902 Ramón [J] Sender [Garcés], Spanish writer (El Lugar del Hombre)
1903 Priaulx Rainier composer
1903 Walter Linck Swiss sculptor
1904 Charlie "Pretty Boy" Floyd FBI Most Wanted criminal
1904 Luigi Dallapiccola Pisino Istria, Italian composer
1904 Roger Makins diplomat
1906 Ludvig Nielsen composer
1907 James A Michener New York NY, writer (Tales of the South Pacific, Centennial, Chesapeake, Hawaii, Space)
1908 Oddbjörn Hagen Norway, cross country jumper (Olympics-gold-1936)
1909 Simone Weil Paris, mystic/social philosopher/Resistance fighter (WWII)
1909 M Vasalis [Margaretha Droogleever Fortuyn-Leenmans] poet (Phoenix)
1910 Nelson Case Long Beach CA, TV host (Trash or Treasure)
1910 Blas Galindo Dimas San Gabriel México, composer (A la Patria)
1911 Jehan [Ariste] Alain French organist/composer
1911 Jesse Thomas blues singer
1912 Jacques Soustelle French minister of information
1914 Cornelis "Kees" Andréa Dutch painter/graphic artist/carpet designer
1914 Felix Kelly artist
1915 Jann Willem Holsbergen author (Zakenmensen Fair as Gold)
1915 Richard Bales composer
1916 Vivien Signy nurse
1918 Helen Stephens US, 100 meter dash (Olympics-gold-1936)
1918 Joey Bishop [Gottlieb], Bronx, comedian/talk show host (Joey Bishop Show)
1920 Bibi Osterwald New Brunswick NJ, actress (Bridget Loves Bernie)
1920 Dr Henry Heimlich doctor/inventor (Heimlich maneuver)
1920 Stan Ockers Belgian bicyclist (Tour de France 1955, 56)
1922 Jean-Pierre Rampal flutist (Italian Flute Concertos)
1922 Bill Chappell Jr (Representative-D-FL, 1969- )
1925 John Fiedler Platville WI, actor (Mr Peterson-Newhart)
1925 Joop C Swart Dutch publisher/founder (World Press Photo)
1926 Arthur Arfons auto racer/designer (Green Monster 1964-536.71 MPH)
1926 Hans-Jochen Vogel leader of West Germany's Social Democrats (SPD)
1926 Shelley Berman Chicago IL, actor/comedian (Son of the Blob, Love American Style)
1926 Glen Tetley US choreographer
1926 J Roy Rowland (Representative-D-GA, 1983- )
1928 C V Gadkari cricketer (Indian batsman in 6 Tests 1953-55)
1929 Russell Arms Berkeley CA, singer (Your Hit Parade)
1929 Val Doonican Irish singer/entertainer
1930 Joan Rice actress (Payroll, Steel Key, Curtain Up)
1931 Göran J S Palm Swedish poet/writer (Hudens Besök)
1932 Peggy Ann Garner Canton OH, actress (Little Women, Daisy Kenyon)
1932 J P "Pom-Pom" Felloes-Smith cricketer (South Africa batsman vs England 1960)
1932 Maria Itkina USSR, sprinter (9 world records)
1933 Paul S Sarbanes (Senator-D-MD, 1977- )
1934 Jeremy Kemp Chesterfield England, actor (Winds of War)
1935 Johnny "Guitar" Watson rock guitarist
1936 Robert Simpson Australian cricket player/manager (great Australian batsman/captain/coach/slip)
1938 Victor Buono San Diego CA, actor (Man from Atlantis, Untouchables)
1938 Vladimir Grigoryevich Fartushny Russia, cosmonaut
1939 Deszö Nowak Hungary, soccer play (Olympics-gold-1964, 68)
1939 Vladimir Yevgenyevich Preobrazhensky Russian cosmonaut
1940 Jim Hartz newscaster (NBC-TV, Innovations)
1940 Fran Tarkenton Richmond VA, NFL quarterback (New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings)
1941 Bridget Hanley Seattle WA, actress (Here Come the Brides)
1941 Angelo D'Aleo Bronx, tenor (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love)
1941 Carol Mann Buffalo NY, golfer (LPGA Hall of Fame 1977, 1965 US Open)
1941 Chuck Tharp rock vocalist (Fireballs)
1941 Gary Bartlett cricket pace bowler (New Zealand in 10 Tests in the 1960's)
1943 Blythe Danner Philadelphia PA, actress (Butterflies are Free)
1943 Dennis Edwards rocker (Temptations-Ain't Too Proud To Beg, My Girl)
1943 Eric Haydock bassist (Hollies-He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother)
1944 Trisha Noble Sydney New South Wales Australia, actress (Deadline, Strike Force, Executive Suite)
1945 Bob Griese NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 1971 Player of Year)
1945 Johnny Cymbal rocker (Mr Bass Man)
1945 Willeke Alberti [Verbruggen], Dutch vocalist/actress (Small Truth)
1947 Joe Coleman baseball pitcher (Washington, Detroit)
1947 Melanie [Safka], Astoria, singer/songwriter (Candles in the Rain)
1947 Chose Alberts [Krommenhoek], vocalist (Yet Many Years)
1947 Dave Davies London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Kinks-Lola)
1947 Koos Alberts [Krommenhoek], Dutch vocalist (Many More Years to Come)
1947 Paul Auster US author/poet/director (Mr Vertigo, Smoke)
1947 Stephen McHattie Antigonish Nova Scotia, actor (Call Me, Death Valley)
1949 Oscar Benton Dutch blues vocalist/guitarist (Ze is Zoals Jij)
1950 Lizzie Borden director/writer (Love Crimes, Working Girls)
1950 Michael Dickinson British reorganizer
1950 Morgan Fairchild [Patsy McClenny], Dallas TX, actress (Falcon Crest, Flamingo Road)
1951 Felipe Munoz México, 200 meter backstroke swimmer (Olympics-gold-1968)
1952 Fred Lynn Chicago IL, baseball outfielder (Boston, California, Baltimore)
1952 Jack Fields (Representative-R-TX, 1981- )
1956 Pamela Cossey England, model/sister of transsexual Tula
1956 Nathan Lane Jersey City NJ, actor (Birdcage, Timon-Lion King, Mouse Hunt, One of the Boys, Frankie & Johnnie)
1957 Tony Butler rocker (Big Country-Wonderland)
1958 Lee Crystal rocker (Joan Jett & Blackhearts-Ashes in the Wind)
1958 Joe Frank Edwards Jr Richmond VA, Commander USN/astronaut (STS 89)
1959 Loi Tolhurst rocker (Cure-Hell's Kitchen)
1959 Molly Killingbeck Jamaica, 4X400 meter relayer (Olympics-silver-1984)
1959 Thomas Calabro Brooklyn NY, actor (Michael Mancini-Melrose Place)
1960 B J Jefferson Dallas TX, actress (Ronnie Laurance-Another World)
1960 Richard Kotzen rocker
1961 Keith Gordon New York NY, actor (Dressed to Kill, Legend of Billie Jean)
1962 Michele Greene Las Vegas NV, actress (Abby Perkins-LA Law)
1962 Joe Handle US baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
1965 Dorcas Wonsavage Madison WI, cross country skier (Olympics-1994)
1965 Kathleen Kimont Los Angeles CA, actress (Fraternity Vacation, Renegade)
1965 Maura Tierney Boston, actress (Lisa-Newsradio)
1966 Freedom Williams
1966 Danny Morrison cricket pace bowler (New Zealand since 1987)
1966 Gillian Bonner Athens GA, playmate (April 1996)
1966 Sean Patrick Wade Houston TX, New Zealand marathoner (Olympics-96)
1967 Aurelio Vidmar soccer player (Standard Luik, Feyenoord)
1967 Jason Morris Scotia NY, half-middleweight judoka (Olympics-silver-92, 96)
1967 Natalie Hunter Melbourne VIC Australia, canoeist (Olympics-96)
1968 Frantisek Kucera Prague Czechoslovakia, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks, Olympics-gold-98)
1968 Leroy Thompson NFL running back (Kansas City Chiefs)
1968 Mark Koevermans Netherlands, tennis star
1968 Vlade Divac Yugoslavia, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers)
1969 Casey Weldon NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1969 Jeff Christy NFL center (Minnesota Vikings)
1969 Robert Pack NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Dallas Mavericks)
1969 Terry Bradshaw US baseball outfielder (St Louis Cardinals)
1970 Alonza Barnett WLAF safety (Amsterdam Admirals)
1970 Eric Curry NFL defensive end (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1970 Jason Muzzatti Toronto, NHL goalie (Hartford Whalers)
1970 Keith Carney Providence, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, Team US)
1971 Eric Owens Danville VA, outfielder (Cincinnati Reds)
1971 Marcus Buckley NFL linebacker (New York Giants)
1971 Roman Cechmanek NHL goaltender (Team Czechoslovakia Olympics-gold-1998)
1971 Sean Dawkins NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
1972 Jermaine Smith NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
1972 Keith Elias NFL running back (New York Giants)
1972 Tyrone Poole NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers)
1973 Jim Campbell Worcester, NHL center (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
1973 Kyle Richardson WLAF punter (Rhein Fire)
1976 Dwayne Rudd linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
1976 Karen Bradley Miss Rhode Island-USA (1996)
1977 Maitland Ward Torrance CA, actress (Jessica-Bold & Beautiful)
1984 ? Long Beach CA, 1st baby conceived by embryo transplant
1990 Cody Newton Gifford son of Kathie Lee & Frank Gifford
1994 Tallulah Belle Willis 3rd daughter of Bruce Willis & Demi Moore


Deaths which occurred on February 3rd:
0474 Leo I Byzantine Emperor (457-74), dies
0865 Ansgar/Anscharius/Oskar German 1st (arch)bishop of Hamburg/saint, dies
1399 John of Gaunt duke of Lancaster/king of Castile & León, dies at 58
1451 Murad II sultan of Turkey (1421-51), dies
1468 Johann Gensfleisch Gutenberg printer, dies
1536 García de Resende Port writer/publisher (Cancioneiro Geral), dies
1558 Alfonsus de Castro Spanish theologist (council of Trente), dies
1602 Paul Melissus [Paul Schede], German poet/composer, dies at 62
1679 Jan Havicksz Steen Dutch painter (St Nicolas Feast), dies at 53
1697 Sjoucke Gabbes Frisian sailor, dies/buried on Dirk-Hartog Island
1715 Gottfried Vopelius composer, dies at 70
1748 Henri Madin composer, dies at 49
1803 Pedro R de Campomanes Spanish economist/lawyer/literary, dies at 79
1814 Johann Antonin Kozeluch composer, dies at 75
1832 George Crabbe English vicar/poet (Borough), dies at 77
1846 Joseph Weigl Austria composer/conductor (Waisenhaus), dies at 79
1853 August Kopisch German writer (Mäuseturm), dies at 53
1862 Jean-Baptiste Biot French physicist/astronomer, dies at 87
1875 Everhardus J Potgieter writer (Liedekens van Bontekoe), dies at 66
1876 Gino Capponi Italian marquis/literary/premier of Toscane, dies at 83
1882 Guglielmo Quarenghi composer, dies at 55
1889 Belle Starr US female gangster, murdered at 40
1890 Christophorus H D Buys Ballot Dutch meteorologist, dies at 72
1900 Ottokar Eugen Novacek composer, dies at 33
1902 Isaac Fransen van der Putten Dutch PM (1866), dies
1903 Frederick E Kitziger composer, dies at 59
1909 Johann Georg Herzog composer, dies at 86
1921 Max Wilhelm Zach composer, dies at 56
1922 Christiaan R de Wet South African Boer General, dies at 67
1924 Woodrow Wilson 28th President (1913-21), dies at his home in Washington at 67
1925 Jaap Eden Dutch World champion bicyclist/speed skating, dies at 51
1931 Hans Schardt Swiss geologist, dies at 72
1938 Armando Palacio Valdés Spanish writer (El Cuarto Poder), dies at 84
1943 Alexander Goode rabbi who surrendered his life jacket, drowns
1945 Jose Rolon composer, dies at 61
1945 Roland Freisler German Nazi judge (July 20th plotter case), dies
1947 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg Austrian soprano/director, dies at 74
1947 Marc A "Pete" Mitscher US Lieutenant-Admiral (WWII-Task Force 58), dies at 60
1950 Karl Seitz President of Austria, dies at 80
1958 Henry Kuttner sci-fi author (Dark World, As You Were), dies at 42
1958 Johannes F Buziau Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 81
1959 The Big Bopper [Jiles Perry Richardson] rocker (Chantilly Lace), dies in a planein Iowa crash at 28
1959 Buddy Holly rocker (That'll be the Day), dies in a plane crashi Iowa at 22
1959 Richie Valens rock vocalist (Donna, La Bamba), killed in plane crash in Iowa at 17
1960 Johannes G Geelkerken Dutch reformed vicar, dies at 80
1961 Anna May Wong actress (Gallery of Madame Lui-Tsang), dies at 54
1961 Viscount Dunrossil Governor-General of Australia (1959-61), dies at 67
1962 Werner Bock writer, dies
1966 June Walker actress (War Nurses), dies at 65
1967 Joe Meek rocker (Tornados)/producer (Telstar), commits suicide
1967 Winifred Kingston silent screen actress (David Garrick), dies at 72
1969 Eduardo C Mondlane President of Mozambique, murdered
1971 Jay C Flippen actor (Ensign O'Toole), dies at 72
1972 John Litel actor (Big Boss, Crime Doctor, My Buddy), dies at 79
1973 Edward Lockspeiser composer, dies at 67
1975 John Secondari newscaster (Open Hearing), dies at 55
1975 Robert Evett composer, dies at 52
1976 Neville Lindsay cricketer (South Africa batsman in Test vs Australia 1921), dies
1977 Pauline Starke actress (Dante's Inferno, Viking, Sun Up), dies at 76
1979 Jody Gilbert actress (Willard, Shaggy, Blonde Dynamite), dies
1984 Anne Townsend lacrosse/tennis/field hockey star, dies
1984 Ravindara Mhatrem Indian diplomat, killed in England
1989 John Cassavetes actor/director (Husbands, Dirty Dozen), dies at 59
1991 Nancy Kulp actress (Jane Hathaway-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69
1993 Karel Goeyvaerts Flemish composer (8 Horse Bet), dies at 69
1995 John Pinsent classical scholar, dies at 72
1995 Turner Fodrell blues singer/guitarist, dies at 66
1996 Audrey Meadows actress (Alice-Honeymooners), dies at 69
1996 Broderick Vernon Chinnery-Haldane Photographer, dies at 83
1996 Edward Adamson art therapist/collector, dies at 84
1996 Edward Frederick Weston Goodman property Developer, dies at 81
1996 Tibor Reich textile designer, dies at 79
1996 Wild Jimmy Spruill blues guitarist, dies at 61
1997 Anthony Cuthbert Baines writer/curator, dies at 84
1997 Bohumil Hrabal writer, dies at 82
1997 William Geoffrey Biddle bomb disposal expert, dies at 79
1998 Karla Faye Tucker murderer, executed at 38

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