17th January, on this day

38 BC Octavian marries Livia Drusilla.
1287 King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca.
1377 Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.
1524 Beginning of Giovanni da Verrazzano's voyage to find a passage to China.
1501 Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from Romagna
1535 Henry VIII of England falls from his horse at the age of 44 while jousting and remains unconscious for several hours. Historians believe the fall triggered his mental instability
1536 François Rabelais absolved of apostasy by Pope Paul III
1562 Edict of St Germain recognizes the Huguenots in France
1595 French king Henri IV declares war on Spain
1601 France gains Bresse, Bugey, Valromey and Gex in treaty with Spain
1648 In England, ‘The Vote of No Address’ is passed by the Long Parliament. Negotiations with King Charles I are ended and the second phase of the English Civil War begins
1656 Brandenburg and Sweden sign Treaty of Königsberg
1718 Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland; kills 53
1746 Battle of Falkirk, Scotland-Prince Charles Edward Stuart defeated by Scots
1757 German Diet declares war on Prussia
1773 Captain James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66º 33' S)
1775 9 old women burnt as witches for causing bad harvests, Kalisk, Poland
1775 R B Sheridan's "Rivals" premieres in London
1779 Captain Cook's last notation in ship's log Discovery
1781 Battle of Cowpens
1811 Battle of Calderón Bridge
1821 México permits Moses Austin and 300 US families to settle in Texas
1827 Duke of Wellington appointed British supreme commander
1852 British recognize independence of Transvaal (in South Africa)
1861 Flush toilet (with separate water tank and a pull chain) patented by Mr Thomas Crapper
1862 -Jan 22nd) BBT Fort Henry TN by USS Lexington
1863 Civil War skirmish near Newtown VA
1864 General Longstreet's command ends heavy fighting at Dandridge TN
1871 1st cable car patented, by Andrew S Hallidie (begins service in 1873)
1871 Battle of the Lisaine ends
1873 First Battle of the Stronghold
1874 Armed Democrats seize Texas government ending Radical Reconstruction
1878 Battle of Plovdiv
1885 British beat Mahdists at Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan
1893 A group of American sugar planters overthrow Queen Liliuokalani, the Hawaiian monarch, and establish a new provincial government. The coup occurred with the foreknowledge of the U.S. government
1895 French President Casimir-Perier resigns and Félix Faure is installed as President of France
1899 In France, the world land speed record is broken twice on the same day by Camille Jenatzy and Gaston Chasseloup-Laubat respectively
1899 US takes possession of Wake Island in Pacific
1904 Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" opens at the Moscow Art Theater
1905 Punchboards patented by Charles Brewer and C G Scannell, Chicago IL
1911 Failed assassination attempt on premier Briand in French Assembly
1912 English explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his expedition reach the South Pole, only to discover that Roald Amundsen had gotten there 1 month before
1913 Raymond Poincaré elected President of France
1915 Russia occupies Bukovina and Western Ukraine
1917 US pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands
1920 Paul Deschanel elected President of France
1923 Origin of Brown lunation numbers
1923 Belgian Working people Party protest against occupied Ruhrgebied
1926 George Burns marries Gracie Allen
1928 1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented
1929 Popeye makes 1st appearance, in comic strip "Thimble Theatre"
1938 The first jazz concert takes place at Carnegie Hall in New York, U.S
1938 Supreme Soviet elects Michail Kalinin as presidium chairman
1940 The Russians are driven back in Finland and retaliate with heavy air attacks
1942 The Battle of Koh Chang ended in a decisive victory for the Vichy French naval forces during the French-Thai War
1944 British forces, in Italy, cross the Garigliano River
1945 Liberation of Warsaw by Soviet troops (end of Nazi occupation)
1945 It is announced officially that the The Battle of the Bulge is at an end.
1945 Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation
1945 Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, arrested by secret police in Hungary
1946 United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting
1947 Muiden, Netherlands ammunition factory explodes, 16 die
1948 Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in New York City NY
1950 11 men rob Brink's office in Boston of $1.2M cash and $1.5M securities
1951 China refuses cease-fire in Korea
1951 Battle of Vinh Yen ends
1954 Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS)
1955 Submarine USS Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test voyage
1961 Eisenhower allegedly orders the assassination of Congo's Lumumba
1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower makes his last television address to the American people as President
1962 NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690 m
1963 Joe Walker takes X-15 to altitude of 82 km
1966 Martin Luther King Jr opens campaign in Chicago
1966 USAF B-52 carrying 4 unarmed hydrogen bombs crashes on Spanish coast at Palomares, 7 die
1968 Soyuz 4 and 5 completed 1st docking of 2 manned spacecraft
1969 Beatles release Yellow Submarine album in UK
1969 Debut album of Led Zeppelin released in US
1973 New Philippine constitution names Marcos president for life
1976 Hermes rocket launched by European Space Agency
1976 In US, "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow hits number 1
1977 Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in Utah State Prison, Salt Lake City. It is the first execution in the U.S. for almost ten years
1979 Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran
1979 USSR performs underground nuclear test
1980 NASA launches Fltsatcom-3
1981 Philippino President Marcos ends state of siege
1983 Nigeria expels 2 million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians
1983 Start of breakfast television in Britain with the BBC's Breakfast programme presented by Frank Bough and Selina Scott
1984 Supreme Court rules (5-4) private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws
1987 President Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran
1988 Leslie Manigay elected President of Haiti
1989 Gunman opens fire in California schoolyard; 5 students slain, 30 wounded
1989 Victoria Murden and Shirley Metz are 1st women to reach South Pole overland (on skis)
1991 After the death of his father, Olav V, Harald V becomes King of Norway
1991 The first full day of Operation Desert Storm in the Gulf War. Iraq fires 8 SCUD missiles on Israel - 1st US pilot shot down (Jeffrey Zahn)
1992 Eight Protestant British army contractors are killed by an IRA bomb on their way to work at an Army base near Omagh.
1994 6.6 Earthquake hits Los Angeles killing 60, $30B in damage
1995 A massive earthquake hits Japan. The city of Kobe is worst hit, with hundreds of people feared dead
1998 President Clinton faces sexual harassment charges from Paula Jones
2001 President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Captain Meriwether Lewis' rank from Lieutenant to Captain.
2002 Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.
2007 Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to N. Korea nuclear testing

17th January 2006

Powers disagree over Iran crisis

US judges back assisted suicide

African blitz on 'flying coffins'

17th January 2007

Top Iraqi condemns US over Iran

Climate resets 'Doomsday Clock'

US doctors plan womb transplant

17th January 2008

Shia worshippers killed in Iraq

Kenya 'turned into killing field'

Airliner crash-lands at Heathrow

17th January 2009

Israel declares ceasefire in Gaza

Tigers 'kill 51 S Lanka soldiers'

Five die in Kabul suicide attack

17th January 2010

US drone attack in Pakistan 'kills 15'

Haiti quake aid effort still slow

Fourth death sentence for 'Chemical Ali'

Birthdates which occurred on 17th January :

1342 Philip the Bold, duke of Burgundy
1463 Frederick III the Wise, elector of Saxony (1486-25), protector Luther
1501 Leonhard Fuchs Germany, botanist (History of Plants)
1504 Pius V [Antonio Ghislieri] saint, pope (1566-72)
1517 Antonio Scandello Italian composer (Passion of Johannes)
1545 Antonio Pace composer
1574 Robert Fludd composer
1600 Pedro Caldéron de la Barca Spanish poet/dramatist
1612 Thomas Fairfax Lord Fairfax, English Parliamentary General
1657 Pieter van Bloemen [Standaart], Flemish painter, baptized
1659 Antonio Veracini composer
1683 Gerard van Loon Dutch historian
1706 Benjamin Franklin Boston, kite flyer/statesman/wit/inventor
1712 John Stanley composer
1719 Jean-Joseph Vade composer
1728 Johann Gottfried Muthel composer
1732 Stanislaw II August Poniatowski last king of Poland (1764-95)
1733 Thomas Linley composer
1734 François-Joseph Gossec Belgian-French composer (Les Pêcheurs, Mirza)
1745 Nicolas Roze composer
1759 Paul Cuffe Massachusetts, merchant/shipbuilder/black nationalist
1761 James Hall Scotland, geologist
1769 Ole Andreas Lindeman composer
1771 Charles Brockden Brown father of American novel (Wieland)
1806 James Madison Randolph (Jefferson's grandson) 1st born in White House
1814 Ellen Wood English author (East Lynne, Pomeroy Abbey)
1818 Sir Antoine Dorion (L) joint premier of Canada (1858, 1863-64)
1820 Anne Bronte English novelist/poet (Tenant of Wildfell Hall)
1828 Lewis Addison Grant Brevet Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1918
1834 Wilhelmina J R Albregt-Engelman Dutch actress/daughter of Mimi Bia
1835 Antanas Baranauskas Lithuanian bishop/poet/dialectologist
1835 Johan Filip von Schantz composer
1836 Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte composer
1842 Anton G van Hamel founder (Roman Philology in Netherlands)
1845 Lucas Lindeboom Dutch vicar/evangelist (Vredebond)
1850 Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev St Petersburg Russia, composer
1853 Alva Vanderbilt Beaumont women's rights advocate & activist
1857 Eugene Augustin Lauste developer (1st sound-on-film recording)
1857 Wilhelm Kienzl Austrian composer (Evangelimann)
1858 Tomas Carrasquilla Colombian author (Frutos de mi Tierra)
1862 John E Akkeringa Dutch painter/etcher
1863 David Lloyd George (L-PM-Britain, 1916-22)
1863 Henry Charles Tonking composer
1863 Konstantin S Stanislavski Russia, director (Stanislavski Method)
1864 Lucien Herr France, scientist (Corresp entre Schiller et Schiller)
1873 François Rasse composer
1876 Olga Fastrova writer
1877 Hans Jelmoli composer
1878 Oscar Apfel Cleveland OH, actor (Abraham Lincoln, Inspiration, Before Dawn)
1880 Mack Sennett movie creator (Keystone Kops)
1881 Alfred R Radcliffe-Browne British anthropologist (Andaman Islanders)
1884 Noah Beery US actor (Mark of Zorro, Sea Wolf)
1885 E Ball-Hennings writer
1885 Joseph Arendt Belgian worker's union leader
1886 Glenn Luther Martin aviator (Collier Trophy-1933)
1886 Ronald Firbank London England, novelist (The Flower Beneath the Foot)
1891 Marjorie Gateson Brooklyn NY, actress (One Man's Family)
1891 Norman "Squab" Read US aviator who lived to be 101
1891 Walter Eucken German economist
1896 Harry Reser Ohio, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show)
1897 Nils Asther Malmö Sweden, actor (Bluebeard, Night Monster)
1899 Nevil Shute (Norway) London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
1899 Robert Maynard Hutchins US, educator/civil libertarian
1899 Al Capone Italy, gangster (Chicago bootlegging)
1899 Roel [Martinus F] Houwink Dutch literary (1 Man Without Character)
19-- Nina Wilcox New York City NY, actress (Harbourmaster, Jessica Novak)
19-- William Lucking Vicksburg MI, actor (A-Team, Jessie, Shannon)
1900 Olga Maria Nicolis di Robilant patron of the arts
1901 Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky composer
1902 Geoffrey W Lloyd British minister of Brandstoffen/Energy (1951-55)
1903 Warren Hull Gasport NY, actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World)
1904 Grant Withers Pueblo CO, actor (Oklahoma, Annie)
1904 Patsy Ruth Miller actress (Québec, Wide Open, Sap, Twin Beds)
1905 Franz Schmid Germany, ascended northside of Matterhorn (1931)
1907 Henk H Badings Bandung Indonesia, Dutch opera composer (Orestes)
1908 Akkineni LV Lakshmi Varaprasada Rao Prasad producer
1910 Edith S Green (Representative-D-OR)
1910 Michael Economides restaurateur
1911 Hermann Pfrogner Austria, musicologist (Zerrissene Orpheus)
1911 Luis W Alvarez US, physicist (sub atomic, Nobel 1968)
1912 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov composer
1913 Werenfried [Flip] van Straaten founder (Oostpriesterhulp)
1913 Yuvraj of Patiala cricketer (scored 24 & 60 in only Test India vs England)
1916 Joel Herron Chicago IL, orchestra leader (Jaye P Morgan Show)
1917 Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran (MGR) Indian film star, politician
1917 Oskar Morawetz Svetla Czechoslovakia, composer
1917 Ulyses Simpson Kay composer
1918 Joseph Walker Barr banker/politician
1920 Nora Kaye New York City NY, prima ballerina
1920 Joseph George Handy Hendleman musician
1921 Dehl Berti Pueblo CO, actor (John Taylor-Guns of Paradise)
1922 Betty White Oak Park IL, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls)
1922 Luis Echeverría Alvarez President of Mexico
1923 Onno Molenkamp Dutch actor (Lifespan, Broken Mirrors, The Lift)
1924 Jewel Plummer Cobb educator/president (California State University at Fullerton)
1925 Rock Hudson Winnetka IL, actor (McMillian & Wife)
1925 A H Kardar cricketer (Pakistana 1st Test captain, previously played for India)
1925 Annie Delorie Dutch opera singer (Scenes & Arias)
1925 Duane Hanson US sculptor
1926 Clyde Walcott cricketer (one of the three W's, later ICC chairman)
1926 Moira Shearer Dunfermline Scotland, ballerina (Red Shoes)
1926 Richard Michael Hills comedy script writer
1927 Donald Erb Youngstown OH, composer
1927 Eartha Kitt singer/actress (Catwoman-Batman)
1927 Michael Herford Wooller TV/film producer
1928 Vidal Sassoon London, hair stylist/CEO (Vidal Sasson)
1928 Jean Barraqué French composer
1928 Ken Archer cricketer (Australian batsman, 5 Tests early 50s)
1929 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante Québec Canada, NHL goaltender (#1)
1930 Thomas P Stafford Oklahoma, astronaut (Gemini 6, Gemini 9, Apollo 10)
1930 Bill Benyon English large landowner/Conservative Lower house leader
1930 Robert Ceely composer
1931 James Earl Jones Mississippi, actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man)
1931 L Douglas Wilder (Gov-D-VA)
1931 Frederick Alfred Fox composer
1933 Aga Khan religious leader (Muslims)
1933 Bruno Schroder British baron/banker/multi-millionaire
1933 Sheree North [Dawn Bethel], Louisiana, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Breakout, Madigan)
1933 Yolande Christina Dalida Cairo Egypt, actress/singer, Miss Egypt (The 6th Day)
1934 Shari Lewis Bronx NY, ventriloquist/puppeteer (Lamb Chop)
1934 Donald Cammell film director
1934 Sydney Phillip Hodkinson composer
1935 Jimmy Powell Dallas TX, PGA golfer (1990 Southwestern Bell Classic)
1935 Paul O[sborne] Williams US, sci-fi author (Ends of the Circle)
1936 Jerry Fogel Rochester NY, actor (Jerry-Mothers-in-Law, White Shadow)
1938 Paul Revere Harvard Nebraska, pianist (Paul Revere & Raiders)
1938 John Bellairs US, sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom)
1939 Toini Gustafson Sweden, 5K/10K cross country skier (Olympics-gold-1968)
1939 Antao D'Souza cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in six Tests 1959-62)
1939 Maury Povich TV host (Current Affair, Maury)/Mr Connie Chung
1940 H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympics-gold-1968, 72)
1940 Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali South African poet (Fireflames)
1942 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], heavyweight champ boxer (1964-7 74-8)
1942 Randy Boone Fayetteville NC, actor (Cimarron Strip, Virginian)
1943 Chris Montez rocker
1943 Daniel Charles Brandenstein Watertown Wi, astronaut (STS 8, 51-G, 32, 49)
1945 William Hart US singer (4 Gents, Delfonics-I'm Sorry)
1947 Todd Susman St Louis MO, actor (Goodnight Beantown)
1947 Gail Toushin LPGA golfer
1947 Jane Elliot New York City NY, actress (Baby Boom, General Hospital, Knots Landing)
1947 Ulysses Dove dancer/choreographer
1948 Alexander "Alec" Erwin South African worker's union leader
1948 Mick Taylor rock bassist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)
1949 Andy Kaufman New York City NY, comedian/actor (Latka Gravas-Taxi)
1949 Debbie Watson La Mirada CA, actress (Karen, Tammy)
1951 Rolando Thoeni Italy, slalom (Olympics-bronze-1972)
1952 Ryuichi Sakamoto Japan, rocker (Academy Award 1988, Yellow Magic Orchestra)
1952 Larry Fortensky former husband (7th) of Liz Taylor
1953 Sheila Hutchinson rocker
1954 Robert F Kennedy Jr attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council)
1954 Janet Dykman Monterey Park CA, archer (Olympics-1996)
1955 Steve Earle San Antonio TX, country singer (Guitar Town)
1956 Mitch Vogel Alhambra CA, actor (Jamie-Bonanza)
1956 Paul Young rock vocalist/keyboardist (Every Time You Go Away)
1956 David Caruso actor (NYPD Blue, Michael Hayes)
1957 Donna Stone New Jersey, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)
1958 Jez Strode rocker (Kajagoogoo)
1960 John Crawford Palo Alto CA, bass (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away)
1960 Chili Davis Kingston Jamaica, outfielder (California Angels)
1961 Maia Chiburdanidze Kutaisi USSR, women's world chess champ
1961 Susanna Hoffs actress/rocker (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian)
1962 Jim Carrey Ontario Canada, actor (Living Color, Dumb & Dumber, Mask, Skip-Duck Factory)
1964 Jeff Tabaka US baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres)
1966 Karissa Rushing Benton AR, Miss America-Arkansas (1990)
1966 Anna Ivan La Jolla CA, tennis star
1966 Don Myrah Oakland CA, cyclist (Olympics-20th-96)
1966 Rexton Gordon "Shabba Ranks" Jamaican dj/rapper (Extra Naked)
1966 Trish Johnson Bristol England, LPGA golfer (1993 Las Vegas)
1967 Gregory Caccia Bayshore NY, team handball right back (Olympics-1996)
1967 William Michael Heinen Jr Rayne LA, PGA golfer (1994 Shell Houston)
1970 Candace Murray Vancouver BC, softball shortstop (Olympics-96)
1970 Darnell Walker NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers)
1970 Jeremy Roenick Boston MA, NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes)
1971 Derek Plante Cloquet, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres)
1971 Peter Winter Australian decathlete (Olympics-96)
1971 Tyler Houston US baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves)
1972 Rohn Meyer CFL offensive linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
1972 Wendall Gaines NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
1973 Amanda Elizabeth Spivey Spartanburg SC, Miss South Carolina-America (1995)
1974 Derrick Mason wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers)
1974 Guillermo Mercedes Dominican/US baseball infielder (Texas Rangers)
1974 Marcus Spriggs offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
1974 Sharon Marie Ferris New Zealand, yachter (Olympics-96)
1977 Ali el Kattabi soccer player (Sparta)
1978 Irina A Borisova Miss Ukraine-Universe (1996)
1981 Ray J singer


Deaths which occurred on January 17th:
0395 Theodosius I the Great, Spanish emperor of Rome, dies at 49
1103 Frutolf German monk/musicologist/historian, dies
1119 Boudouin VII Hapkin count of Flanders, dies
1229 Albert bishop of Riga/founder (Sword Knights), dies at about 68
1604 Santino Garsi composer, dies at 61
1617 Pieter C Bockenberg Dutch historian, dies at 68
1620 Diego Alvarez de Paz Spanish missionary/writer (Peru), dies at about 59
1625 Nicolo Rubini composer, dies at 50
1654 Paul Potter Dutch painter, buried
1661 Andres Malong Philippines rebel leader, executed
1676 Pier Francesco Cavalli Italian opera composer, dies at 73
1702 Thomas Franklin English smith/uncle of B Franklin, dies
1738 Jean-Francois Dandrieu composer, dies
1750 Tomaso Albinoni Italian composer (Adagio in G Minor), dies at 78
1781 Marie de Negre Dables marquess, dies
1788 Alessio Prati composer, dies at 37
1805 Abraham-Hyacinthe Anquetil du Perron French interpreter, dies at 73
1820 Daniel W Wyttenbach Dutch classicist/historian, dies at 73
1823 Zacharius Werner German playwright, dies at 36
1826 Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga y Balzola Spanish composer, dies at 19
1830 W Waiblinger writer, dies
1833 James Ball Antyne Scot founder (Ball Antyne Press), dies at about 60
1833 William Rush Indian sculptor (Spirit of the Schuylkill), dies
1856 Thomas Attwood Walmisley composer, dies at 41
1863 E J Horace Vernet French painter, dies at 73
1869 Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky composer, dies at 55
1874 Chang & Eng Bunker Chinese/Thai Siamese twins, die at 62
1886 Amilcare Ponchielli Italian composer (La Gioconda), dies at 51
1889 Juan Montalvo Ecuadorian author (Siete Tratados), dies at 56
1890 Salomon Sulzer composer, dies at 85
1891 Johannes Josephus Hermanus Verhulst composer, dies at 74
1892 Alexandre Levy composer, dies at 27
1893 Rutherford B Hayes 19th US President (1877-81), dies in Fremont OH at 70
1901 Jacob G Agarah Swedish algologist, dies at 87
1902 Gideon Scheepers South African Boer leader, executed
1908 Ferdinand IV ruler of Toscane, dies at 72
1910 Thomas Crapper inventor (flush toilet), dies
1910 Wilhelm F Kohlrausch Germ physicist (Additiviteitsregel), dies at 69
1911 Francis Galton English scholar, dies at 88
1913 Carl Baermann composer, dies at 73
1917 Hendrik Goeman Borgesius Dutch politician, dies at 70
1933 John Hodges cricketer (6 wickets in Australia's 1st two Tests), dies
1938 William H Pickering astronomer (predicted Pluto), dies at 79
1941 José Leite de Vasconcelos Portuguese scholar (Etnografia), dies at 82
1942 Frederick Jerome Work composer, dies at 61
1946 Gottfried Rudinger composer, dies at 59
1952 Walter O "Spike" Briggs owner (Detroit Tigers), dies at 74
1955 Joannes A Veraart Dutch judge/MP, (Jews in Netherlands), dies at 68
1959 Abdul Aziz cricket, dies at 17 struck by ball in fc match for Karachi
1961 Patrice Lumumba African revolutionary, murdered at 36
1962 Gerrit Achterberg Dutch poet (Dead End), dies at 56
1964 Terence Hanbury White novelist (England Have My Bones), dies at 57
1966 Vincent J Donehue director (Lonelyhearts), dies of Hodgkin's at 50
1967 Evelyn Nesbit actress (Redemption), dies at 82
1968 Julis Deutsch Austria politician/General Spanish republican army, dies at 83
1969 Grazyna Bacewicz composer, dies at 59
1970 Billy Stewart singer (I Do Love You), dies in auto-accident at 32
1972 Rochelle Hudson actress (That's My Boy, Curly Top), dies from pneumonia at 55
1973 Fred Essler actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 77
1976 Ad Verhoeven soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in auto-accident
1977 Gary Gilmore executed in Utah, 1st US execution since 1967
1980 Barbara Britton actress (Pamela-Mr & Mrs North), dies at 59
1983 Doodles Weaver actor/comedian (Ring of Fire), shoots himself at 71
1989 Sterling A Brown US poet/critic (Southern Road), dies at 87
1990 Charles Hernu French minister of Defense (1981-85), dies
1991 Olav AFEC van Sleeswijk-Holstein-S-G V King of Norway (1957), dies
1992 Bill Walker actor (Big Mo, Mask, Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 95
1992 Charlie Ventura jazz sax (Bop for the people), dies of cancer at 75
1992 Dorothy Alison actress (Maggie, 3rd Key, Long Arm), dies
1993 Ger ter Horst Dutch soccer trainer (Sparta), dies
1994 Allan G Odell Ad executive (Burma Shave), dies at 90
1994 Chung Il Kwon PM of South Korea (1964-70), dies
1994 Grady "Fats" Jackson tenor sax Player, dies at 66
1994 Han Jansen Dutch journalist (Volkskrant), dies at 61
1994 Klaas Peereboom Dutch sports reporter (Het Parool), dies at 77
1994 Noel Chiboust trumpeter/sax, dies at 84
1995 Isador Caplan lawyer/Aldeburgh Festival pioneer, dies at 82
1995 Urias Nooteboom Dutch journalist/critic (The Time), dies at 54
1996 Barbara Charline Jordan politician, dies at 59
1996 Charles Henry Madge poet writer/sociologist, dies at 83
1996 Giles William Playfair writer, dies at 85
1996 John Adrian Hope politician/businessman, dies at 83
1996 Robert Covington drummer/singer, dies at 54
1997 Andrea Fisher artist, dies at 21
1997 Asfa Wossen [Amha Selassie], crown emperor of Ethiopia in exile, dies
1997 Clyde William Tombaugh discoverer (Pluto), dies at 90
1998 Emil Sitka actor (3 Stooges shorts), dies of stroke at 82

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