8th February, on this day

421 Flavius Constantine becomes emperor Constantine III of West Roman empire
1526 Heavy storm strikes Dutch coast, many die
1575 University of Leiden Netherlands opens
1587 Mary Queen of Scots is beheaded at Fotheringay Castle in Northamptonshire after being implicated in an alleged Catholic plot to overthrow Elizabeth I
1600 Vatican convicts scholar Giordano Bruno to death
1601 Earl Robert Devereux of Essex armies draws into London
1622 King James I disbands the English parliament
1672 Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London
1690 French and Indian troops set Schenectady settlement New York on fire
1690 Lord Halifax resigns as Lord Privy Seal
1725 Catherine I succeeds her husband Peter The Great to become Empress of Russia
1735 1st opera in US, "Flora", opens in Charleston SC
1743 Comet C/1743 C1 approaches within 0.0390 astronomical units (AUs) of Earth
1744 French/Spanish fleet leaves Toulon
1750 Minor earthquake in London
1775 Leidse University 400th anniversary dinner
1776 Wolfgang von Goethes' "Stella" premieres in Hamburg
1802 Simon Willard patents banjo clock
1807 Napoleon defeats Russians in battle of Eylau
1809 Franz I of Austria declares war on France
1837 1st Vice President chosen by the Senate, Richard Johnson (Van Buren administration)
1861 Confederate States of America organizes in Montgomery AL
1862 Battle of Roanoke Island NC, Federals gain control of Pamlico Sound
1865 1st black major in US army, Martin Robinson Delany
1881 Battle at Ingogo, Transvaal Boers beat superior British forces
1881 Battle of Schuinshoogte during the First Boer War
1883 Louis Waterman begins experiments to invent the fountain pen
1887 Dawes Act passed (Indians living apart from tribe granted citizenship)
1894 Enforcement Act repealed, making it easier to disenfranchise blacks
1895 Tchaikovsky/Petipa's "Swan Lake" premieres in Petersburg
1898 John Ames Sherman patents 1st envelope folding and gumming machine (Massachusetts)
1904 Outbreak of hostilities in Russo-Japanese war
1905 Cyclone hit Tahiti and adjacent islands, killing some 10,000 people
1909 France and Germany sign treaty about Morocco
1910 Boy Scouts of America incorporated and chartered (William D Boyce-Chicago)
1911 US helps overthrow President Miguel Dávila of Honduras
1912 1st eastbound US transcontinental flight lands in Jacksonville FL
1914 General Zamon becomes President of Haiti
1915 "Birth of a Nation" opens at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles CA
1916 French cruiser "Admiral Charner" torpedoed off Syrian coast, kills 374
1918 "Stars & Stripes", weekly US armed forces newspaper, 1st published
1920 Swiss men vote against women's suffrage
1922 Radio arrives in the White House
1923 Coal mine explosion at Dawson NM kills 120
1923 German NSDAP Volkischer Beobachter newspaper becomes a daily
1924 1st coast-to-coast radio hookup General John Joseph Carty speech in Chicago
1925 Marcus Garvey enters federal prison in Atlanta GA
1926 Sean O'Casey's "The Plough & the Stars" opens at Abbey Theatre Dublin
1926 Walt Disney Studios is formed
1926 German Reichstag decides to apply for League of Nations membership
1927 Belgian-Swiss treaty signed
1928 1st transatlantic TV image received, Hartsdale NY
1928 Scottish inventor J Blaird demonstrates colour-TV
1930 "Happy Days Are Here Again" by Benny Mereoff hits number 1
1931 Gas explosion Fire in Fushun-coal mine, Manchuria kills 3,000
1933 1st flight of all-metal Boeing 247
1934 Gaston Doumergue forms new French government
1936 Pandit Jawaharlal follows Gandhi as chairman of India Congress Party
1940 Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland
1941 US House of Representatives passes the Lend-Lease bill.
1941 Japanese armored barges cross Strait of Johore to attack Singapore
1941 NSB'er Max Blokzijl begins Nazi propaganda on Dutch radio
1942 Congress advises FDR that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn't oppose the US war effort
1943 Red Army recaptures Kursk
The Chindits (a "long range penetration group) under British General Orde Wingate begin an incursion into Burma.
1943 Nuremberg is heavily bombed.
1944 1st black reporter accredited to the White House, Harry McAlpin
1944 The plan for the invasion of France, Operation Overlord, is confirmed.
1945 Allied air attack on Goch/Kleef/Kalkar/Reichswald
1945 Paraguay declares war on Germany.
1946 Premier Salazar of Portugal forbids opposition parties
1948 5th Winter Olympics games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
1949 Hungarian Cardinal Mindszenty sentenced to life in prison
1952 Elizabeth II is proclaimed queen at St James's Palace in London
1955 Malenkov resigns as USSR premier, Bulganin replaces him
1956 Mine disaster in Quaregnon Belgium, 8 die
1958 Edgar Whitehead succeeds Garfield Todd as premier of South Rhodesia
1958 French planes bomb Sakiet Tunisia, 75 die
1960 Congress opens hearings looking into payola
1962 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1963 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1964 Peter Shaffer's "Royal Hunt of the Sun" premieres in London
1964 Representative Martha Griffiths address gets civil rights protection for women being added to the 1964 Civil Rights Act
1965 Eastern DC-7B crashes into Atlantic off Jones Beach NJ, kills 84
1965 British Government announces a ban on cigarette advertising on TV
1965 Supremes release "Stop In the Name of Love"
1967 French Diadème D-1C satellite launches into Earth orbit
1967 Pirate Radio UKGM (England) closes down
1967 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1968 Officers kill 3 students demonstrating in South Carolina State (Orangeburg)
1969 Maiden flight of the 'Jumbo Jet' - the Boeing 747 - the largest commercial aircraft in world
1969 Meteorite weighing over 1 ton falls in Chihuahua, México
1969 Last edition of Saturday Evening Post
1971 South Vietnamese troops invade Laos
1973 Senate names 7 members to investigate Watergate scandal
1974 Ringo Starr releases "You're 16"
1974 Skylab 4's astronauts land
1975 1800 Unification church couples' wed in Korea
1976 Hua Guofeng becomes premier of China PR
1977 Earthquake in San Francisco CA, at 5.0, strongest since 1966
1977 Hustler publisher Larry Flynt sentenced
1978 Crown Prince Sad Abdallah al-Salim Al Sabah becomes PM of Kuwait
1979 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 21 die during Gate 7 stampede at the old Karaiskaki stadium at the end of a football game between Olympiacos and AEK (Piraeus, Greece)
1982 Hotel New Japan fire, downtown of Tokyo, Japan, kills 33
1983 'Shergar', the Aga Khan's Derby winner, is kidnapped from a stable in County Kildare. The kidnappers demand a ransom of £2 million - which is never paid
1983 Eric Peters sets transatlantic sailboat record (E-W)-46 days
1984 14th Winter Olympics games opens in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1984 Soyuz T-10 launches with crew of 3 to Salyut 7
1984 1st time 8 people in space
1985 Opposition leader Kim Dae Jung returns to South-Korea
1986 The final London performance of the hit musical 'Evita'
1988 NASA launches DOD-2
1989 US Boeing 707 crashes into Santa Maria mountain, 145 die
1990 "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney suspended by CBS for racial remarks attributed to him by a gay magazine
1992 Ulysses spacecraft passes Jupiter
1992 "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred peaks at number 1
1992 16th Winter Olympics games open in Albertville, France
1993 GM sues NBC, alleging that "Dateline NBC" program had rigged 2 car-truck crashes to show that 1973-87 GM pickups were prone to fires
1993 Suchoi-24 crashes into Tupolev passenger flight, 134 die
1994 Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee charge with possession of loaded firearm
1995 6.4 earthquake at Trujillo, Colombia (46+ killed)
1995 Diana, Princess of Wales reaches out-of court settlement in her favour against the owner of a London gym who took secret pictures of her exercising and working out and sold them to the British media
1999 World leaders fly to the Middle East for the funeral of King Hussein of Jordan
2005 Israel and Palestinians agree to cease-fire.

8th February 2006

Chirac warns media over cartoons

Deadly bird flu found in Africa

EU says eastern workers are good

8th February 2007

Top Iraqi official held in raid

Tehran warns US against attacks

'Progress made' in N Korea talks

8th February 2008

Putin vows 'arms race' response

Deadly blast at US sugar refinery

Three dead in US college shooting

8th February 2009

Australian fires toll passes 100

Brazil river plane crash kills 24

Afghanistan 'tougher than Iraq'

8th February 2010

Kashmir avalanche kills 17 Indian soldiers

New Iran nuclear sanctions says US

Costa Rica's first female leader

Birthdates which occurred on 8th February :

412 St Proclus patriarch of Constantinople
1291 Afonso IV King of Portugal (1325-57)
1552 Théodore-Agrippa d'Aubigné French/Swiss historian/poet (Tragiques)
1577 Robert Burton writer, Anglican clergyman (Anatomy of Melancholy)
1586 Jacob Praetorius composer
1612 Samuel Butler England, poet/satirist (Hudibras) (baptized)
1708 Vaclav Jan Kopriva composer
1712 L Joseph de Montcalm de Saint-Véran French General in America
1741 Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry composer
1764 Joseph Leopold von Eybler Austrian composer
1789 Ludwig Wilhelm Maurer composer
1795 Friedlieb F Runge German chemist (Chinoline)
1795 Moritz G [Moses] Saphir Hungarian journalist/serial writer
1807 Franciscus J van Vree Dutch Catholic foreman
1810 Norbert Burgmuller composer
1811 Edwin Denison Morgan Secretary of War (Confederacy), dies in 1883
1813 Jacob G Agarah Swedish algologist
1817 Richard Stoddert Ewell Lieutenant General (Confederate Army), dies in 1872
1818 Austin Blair Governor/MC (Union), died in 1894
1819 John Ruskin writer/critic/artist/Gothic Revivalist (Prerafaelite)
1820 William Tecumseh Sherman Major General (Union Army), dies in 1891 (War is hell)
1822 Maxime Du Camp France, writer/traveler (Les Buveurs de Cendres)
1824 Barnard Elliot Bee Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1861
1828 Jules Verne France, pioneered sci-fi (From the Earth to the Moon)
1828 Antonio Cagnoni composer
1828 Antonio Cánovas del Castillo premier of Spain
1851 Kate O'Flaherty Chopin novelist
1852 Nikolai Garin [Michailovski] Russian author (Tjoma Kartashov)
1859 John H Been town's archivist of Brielle (Baasje & Witkop)
1876 Paula Modersohn-Becker German "entartet" painter
1878 Martin Buber German/Israeli philosopher/theologist (Ich und Du)
1880 Franz Marc German painter (Blaue Reiter)
1882 George Siegmann actor (Birth of Nation, Queen of Sheba, Oliver Twist)
1883 Joseph A Schumpeter Austria/US economist/minister of finance
1885 Dame Edith Evans London England, actress (Tom Jones, David Copperfield)
1886 Charlie Ruggles Los Angeles CA, actor (The Ruggles, Aesop-Bullwinkle Show)
1888 Matthijs Vermeulen Dutch composer/music critic
1890 Claro Mayo Recto Filipino nationalist/opponent of US colonialism
1891 Edgar Palm Curaçao, pianist/composer
1892 Fritz Todt German Reichs minister (Organization Todt)
1894 Ludwig Marcuse German philosopher
1895 King Vidor director (War & Peace, Stella Dallas)
1896 Orville Caldwell California, actor (Patsy, French Doll, Last Warning)
19-- Alice Kramden fictional character of the Honeymooners
19-- Louis Giambalvo Brooklyn NY, actor (Fade To Black, Robert-Oh Madeline)
1900 Guy Douglas Hamilton Warrack composer
1900 John Cameron judge
1901 Janina Spychajowa-Kurkowska Poland, women's world champion archer
1902 Lyle Talbot [Lysle Hollywood], Pittsburgh PA, actor (Glen or Glenda)
1903 Abdulrahman minister of Internal affairs/premier of Malaysia
1904 Igor' Fyodorovich Belza composer
1905 Truman Bradley Missouri, TV host (Science Fiction Theater)
1906 Chester F Carlson inventor (xerography)
1906 Artur Balsam Polish/US pianist (Begeleidde Menuhin, Milstein)
1906 Henry Roth Austria-Hungary/US writer (Call it Sleep)
1908 Grigor Eghiazaryan composer
1908 Leslie Kenneth O'Brien Lord O'Brien of Lothbury, missionary
1908 Myron McCormick Albany, actor (Hustler, Jolson Sings Again)
1909 Henry Roth writer
1911 Anne Aitken [nee Hopkins], Chicago IL, co-founder-Diamond Sangha
1911 Elizabeth Bishop US poet (North & South)/Pulitzer Prize (1956)
1911 Henri Knap Dutch resistance fighter/journalist/writer
1912 Simon Jurovsky composer
1913 Betty Field Boston MA, actress (Kings Row, Bus Stop)
1913 John Grandy British Royal Air Force-marshal
1914 Bert Haas baseball player
1914 Jules van Ackere Flemish musicologist (Eternal Music)
1915 Lambros Georges Guetary Worloou singer
1918 John Intoxication resistance fighter
1918 Lord Max Rayne English broker/multi-millionaire
1919 Buddy Morrow orchestra leader (Jimmie Rodgers Show)
1920 Lana Turner Wallace ID, actress (Survivors, Falcon Crest)
1920 Buddy Blattner baseball player
1921 Hoot Evers baseball player
1922 Joeri Averbach Russian chess grandmaster
1923 Andrew MacElhone bar owner
1924 Audrey Meadows Wu Chang China, actress (Alice-Honeymooners)
1924 Joe Black baseball player
1925 Jack Lemmon Boston MA, actor (Days of Wine & Roses, Missing)
1925 Raimondo d'Inzeo It, equestrian (Olympics-gold/2 silver/3 bronze-1948-76)
1925 Alvin Brehm composer
1927 John T Myers (Representative-R-IN, 1967- )
1927 Stanley Baker Ferndale Wales, actor (Concrete Jungle, Zorro, Zulu)
1927 Zdenek Zouhar composer
1928 Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher lawyer
1930 Alejandro Rey Buenos Aires, actor (Carlos-Flying Nun)
1930 Arlan Stangeland (Representative-R-MN, 1977- )
1930 Catherine Hardy Carollton GA, 4x100 meter runner (Olympics-gold-1952)
1930 Manuel Castillo composer
1931 James Dean Marion IN, stage/film actor (Giant, Rebel Without a Cause)
1932 Jan H Christiaanse president Dutch political party (CDA)
1932 John Towner Williams Flushing NY, composer/conductor (Boston Pops)
1933 Jack Larson Los Angeles CA, actor (Jimmy Olsen-Superman)
1933 Elly Ameling Rotterdam Holland, soprano (Ilya-Idomeneo)
1934 Elly Ameling Rotterdam Holland, soprano (Ilya-Idomeneo)
1934 Galina Bystrova USSR, pentathlete (1957, 58)
1935 Vincent Weir 3rd baron Inverforth Scottish shipping magnate
1936 Cletis Boyer 3rd baseman (New York Yankees)
1936 Larry Verne singer (Custer)
1936 Manohar Hardikar cricketer (batted in 2 Tests India vs West Indies 1958-59)
1937 Joe Raposa composer/songwriter (Sesame Street)
1937 Manfred Krug Duisburg Germany, actor (Boxer)
1938 Ray Sharpe singer
1939 Gerrit Lakmaaker sculptor/painter (Leidsepleingroep)
1940 Nick Nolte Omaha NB, actor (Under Fire, Lorenzo's Oil, Teachers, 48 Hours, North Dallas 40)
1940 Susan Clark Ontario, actress (Katherine-Webster)
1940 Ted Koppel Lancashire England, newscaster (ABC Nightline)
1940 Averil Cameron British historian
1940 Talib Rasul Hakim composer
1941 Tom Rush New Hampshire, rock guitarist/vocalist (Circle Game, Urge For Going)
1942 Robert Klein Bronx, comedian/actor (Hooper, Deadly Rivals)
1942 Fritz Peterson baseball pitcher (New York Yankees)
1942 Terry Melcher Rip Chords, Doris Day's son
1943 Bob Oliver baseball player
1943 Creed Bratton California, rock guitarist (Grass Roots-Sooner or Later)
1943 Jose de Almeida Prado composer
1944 Bunky Henry golfer
1944 Jim Capaldi rocker (Traffic)
1946 Paul Wheatbread rocker (Gary Puckett & Union Gap-Young Girl)
1946 "Fito" Adolpho De La Parra Los Angeles CA, rocker (Canned Heat-Hot Money)
1947 Sam Gannon cricketer (Australia lefty quick, 3 Tests vs India 1977-78)
1948 Dan Seals McCamey TX, vocalist (England Dan & John Ford Coley-I'd Really Love to See You Tonight, Nights Are Forever Without You, Meet Me in Montana)
1949 Brooke Adams New York NY, actress (Cynthia-OK Crackerby, Body Snatchers)
1949 Scott Allen USA, skater (Olympics-bronze-1964)
1949 Julia Barr Fort Wayne IN, actress (Brooke-All My Children)
1950 Jose Armando Lopez-Falcon Cuba, cosmonaut
1950 Michael Goodroe rock bassist (Motels-Only the Lonely)
1950 Ted Turner rocker (Wishbone Ash)
1951 Camille LaPierre NHLer
1952 Nancy Lord Libertarian Vice-President candidate (1992)
1952 Hans Van de Lubbe Dutch bassist/singer (Dike)
1953 Mary Steenburgen Newport AR, actress (Parenthood, Time After Time)
1954 "Sensational" Sherri Martel [Russell], New Orleans LA, wrestler (WWF/AWA)
1955 Ethan Phillips actor (Neelix-Star Trek Voyager)
1955 Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart wrestler (WWF/WCW/NJPW/CWFI/Calgary)
1955 John Grisham writer (Client, Firm, Pelican Brief)
1958 Barry Miller New York NY, actor (Joe & Sons, Szysznyk)
1959 Irina Kalinina USSR, springboard diver (Olympics-gold-1980)
1959 Pamela Jean Bryant Indianapolis IN, playmate (April, 1978)
1959 Heinz Gunthardt Switzerland, tennis star
1960 Dino Ciccarelli Ontario, NHL right wing (Minnesota North Stars, Washington Capitals)
1960 Alex Scott British horse trainer
1960 Linda Fratianne Los Angeles CA, figure skater (Olympics-silver-1980)
1961 Sammy Llanas rocker (Bodeans)
1961 Vince Neil [Wharton] California, rock vocalist (Mötley Crüe-Girls Girls Girls)
1963 Mohammad Azharuddin cricketer (elegant Indian batsman 1984-)
1963 Raleigh McKenzie NFL center/guard (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)
1964 Dennis Gibson NFL inside linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
1965 Carmen Savy Brisbane Queensland, golfer (1990 Brisbane & District)
1965 Jim Thornton NFL tight end (Houston Oilers)
1965 Lee Knight CFL full back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
1965 Mathilda May Paris France, actress (Lifeforce)
1965 Rod Bernstine NFL running back (Denver Broncos)
1965 Terry McDaniel NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Raiders)
1966 Gary Coleman Zion IL, actor (Arnold-Diff'rent Strokes)
1966 Kirk Muller Kingston, NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs)
1967 Yvon Corriveau Ontario, NHL left wing (Washington Capitals)
1968 Joy Fawcett Inglewood CA, soccer defender (Olympics-96)
1968 Ron Goetz CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
1969 Herb Hohenberger hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
1969 Mary McCormack actress, (Murder One, Private Parts)
1970 Alonzo Mourning NBA center (Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets)
1970 Cameron Cuffy cricketer (St Vincent & West Indies fast bowler 1994-)
1971 Heidi Mark Columbus OH, playmate (July 1995)
1972 Adrian Rollins cricketer (Derbyshire batsman, brother of Robert of Essex)
1972 Marcus Pollard NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
1973 Andreas Gliatis soccer player (NEC)
1973 Dave Dopek Bolingbrook IL, 200 meter runner
1973 Eric Kresser quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)
1973 Michelle Brogan Australian basketball forward (Olympics-bronze-96)
1973 Tom King Australian 470 class yachtsman (Olympics-96)
1975 Damon Denson guard (New England Patriots)
1975 Joshua Morrow Juneau AK, actor (Nicholas Newman-Young & Restless)
1976 Holly Manthei Edina MN, soccer midfielder/forward (Olympics-96)
1976 Jim Parque Norwalk CA, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
1978 Christa Williams Houston TX, softball pitcher (Olympics-gold-96)
1979 Tara Tucker Miss Alabama Teen-USA (1997)
1981 Tommy Michaels Staten Island NY, actor (Timmy Hutton-All My Children)


Deaths which occurred on February 8th:
1124 Stefanus of Thiers/Muret founder of order of Grammond/saint, dies
1245 Johannes de Rupella/de la Rochelle French theologist, dies
1303 Nanshu Zen teacher (Rinzai line)/founder (Zounan temple), dies
1513 Alonso de Ojeda Spanish explorer (Curaçao & Bonaire), dies
1587 Mary Stuart Queen of Scots (1560-87), beheaded at 44
1611 Jan H Van Linschoten traveller/writer (Reys-Gheschrift), dies
1650 John Adriaensz hydraulic engineer (Haarlemmermeer), dies at about 74
1676 Aleksei M Romanov Czar of Russia, dies at 46
1686 François Tak Dutch diplomat on Java, murdered
1691 Carlo di Girolamo Rainaldi Italian architect/composer, dies at 79
1709 Giuseppi Torelli Italian composer, dies at 50
1725 Peter the Great Tsar of Russia dies
1725 Peter I "the Great" Romanov czar of Russia (1682-1725), dies at 52
1740 Clement XII [Lorenzo Corsini], blind Pope (1730-40), dies at 87
1749 Jan van Huysum Dutch still life painter, dies at 66
1771 Augusta von Saxen-Gotha German prince Frederick Louis of Wales, dies
1797 Johann Friedrich Doles composer, dies at 81
1801 Johann Chrysostomus Drexel composer, dies at 43
1821 Paul Anton Wineberger composer, dies at 62
1824 Rhijnvis Feith Dutch mayor/writer (Zwolle, Julia), dies at 71
1849 France Preseren Slovenian poet (Sonetni Venec), dies at 48
1849 François-Antoine Habeneck composer, dies at 68
1874 David F Strauss German theologist, dies at 66
1878 Elias M Fries Swedish botanist (mycologicum), dies at 83
1884 Arnold Henry Guyot Swiss/US geologist/meteorologist, dies at 76
1897 Antonio Cánovas del Castillo premier of Spain, murdered at 69
1907 Hendrik W Bakhuis Roozeboom chemist (fasenleer), dies at 52
1909 Edouard Silas composer, dies at 80
1909 Mieczyslaw Karlowicz composer, dies at 32
1911 Gustaf Fröding Swedish poet (Grabstänk), dies at 50
1920 Richard Dehmel writer, dies at 56
1921 Peter Kropotkin Russian Prince/geologist/revolutionary anarchist, dies at 78
1924 Gee John US mobster (1st executed in gas chamber-Nevada), dies
1932 Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll mobster, killed by Dutch Schultz gang
1935 Max Liebermann German impressionist painter/graphic artist, dies at 87
1937 Scato Gocko de Vries Dutch paleographer/librarian, dies at 75
1942 Fritz Todt German Reichs minister (Organization Todt), dies at 50
1944 Clem Wilson cricketer (brother of Rockley, 2 Tests for England 1896), dies
1946 Miles Mander actor/director (Murder, 3 Musketeers), dies at 57
1947 Ernest Samuel Williams composer, dies at 65
1949 Franco Leoni composer, dies at 81
1949 Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin composer, dies at 54
1953 Cliff Clark actor (Golden Hoofs, Kid Glove Killer), dies at 63
1954 Mabel Paige actress (Lucky Jordan), dies at 73
1956 Connie Mack baseball manager (Philadelphia A's, 1901-50), dies at 93
1957 John Von Neumann astronomer, dies at 53
1959 William J "Wild Bill" Donovan Office Strategic Services, dies at 76
1961 William Duncan actor (Hopalong Rides Again), dies at 81
1963 Abdul Karim Kassem PM of Iraq (58-63), assassinated in Baghdad at 48
1963 George Dolenz Italian actor (Count of Monte Cristo), dies at 55
1964 Tom Terriss English director (His Buddy's Wife, Sumuru), dies at 91
1968 J Borremans Belgian politician (Communist), dies at 56
1973 Herbie Taylor cricketer (2936 runs in 42 Tests for South Africa), dies
1974 Fern Andra dies at 80
1974 Fritz Zwicky Swiss/US astronomer (supernova), dies at 75
1975 Martyn Green actor (Gilbert & Sullivan, Mikado), dies at 75
1979 Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov Russian poet, dies at 82
1982 John Hay Whitney US newspaper magnate, dies at 76
1985 Marvin Miller actor (Michael Anthony of "The Millionaire") dies at 71
1985 Tom Greenway actor (Miami Story), dies of a heart attack at 75
1987 Harriet MacGibbon actress (Mrs Drysdale-Beverly Hillbillies), dies
1987 Bronislawa Wajs [Papuscha] writer, dies
1987 Hendrik Koekoek founder (Dutch Boer party), dies at 74
1988 Allan Cuthbertson actor (Running Man, 7th Dawn), dies at 67
1989 Maurits Kok Dutch writer/poet (Railroad Strike), dies at 81
1990 Del Shannon Coopersville MI, rock vocalist (Runaway), shoots self at 55
1991 Miran Bux cricketer (2 Tests for Pakistan 1954-55), dies at 47
1992 Baruch Lumet actor (Killer Shrews), dies at 93
1993 Casper van den Berg Dutch poet (Fashionable inconvenience), dies
1993 Douglas Heyes director/writer (Kitten with a Whip), dies at 73
1993 Eliot Janeway financial columnist (Eliot Doomsday), dies at 80
1993 Franz Schnyder Swiss director (10th of May), dies at 82
1993 Paul Brickhill Dutch/US WWII pilot/physician, dies
1994 Jacob Firet Dutch theologist (Agogic Moment), dies at 70
1994 Ken Hall Australian director/producer (Kokoda front line), dies at 92
1994 Raymond Scott composer (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
1995 B G Hooghoudt radio-telescope builder (Dwingeloo/Westerbork), dies at 70
1995 Wilhelm J Soukop Austrian/British sculptor, dies at 88
1996 John Hartford Worlock Roman Catholic Bishop (Liverpool), dies at 76
1996 Mercer Kennedy Ellington trumpeter bandleader/composer, dies at 76
1997 Roy George Elroy Josephs jazz dance teacher, dies at 57
1998 William Lambert Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, dies at 78

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