20th January, on this day

0250 St Fabian ends his reign as Catholic Pope (236-50)
0250 Emperor Decius begins a widespread persecution of Christians in Rome. Pope Fabian is martyred. Afterwards the Donatist controversy over readmitting lapsed Christians disaffects many in North Africa.
0820 Book of mother, published
1045 Giovanni di Sabina elected Pope Sylvester III
1265 First meeting of the English Parliament at Westminster Hall, London -- called into session by Earl of Leicester
1320 Duke Wladyslaw Lokietek becomes king of Poland
1356 Scottish king Edward Baliol resigns
1502 The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored.
1503 Casa Contratacion (Board of Trade) found (Spain) to deal with American affairs
1513 Christian II succeeds Johan I as Danish/Norwegian king
1613 Peace of Knärod ends War of Kalmar between Denmark and Sweden
1649 In England, the start of the trial of King Charles I . Later beheaded after being found guilty of treason
1667 Treaty of Andrussovo-ends 13 year war between Poland and Russia
1778 1st American military court martial trial begins, Cambridge MA
1783 Hostilities cease in Revolutionary War
1785 Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Island), no takers
1800 Napoleon I's sister Carolina marries King Joachim Murat of Naples
1807 Napoleon convenes the great Sanhedrin, Paris
1809 1st US geology book published by William Maclure
1840 Dumont D'Urville discovers Adélie Land, Antarctica
1841 China cedes Hong Kong to the British
1850 Investigator, 1st ship to effect northwest passage, leaves England
1860 Dutch troops conquer Watampone in Celebes
1866 Prim's Insurrection in Spain ends
1870 "City of Boston" vanishes at sea with all 177 aboard
1870 Hiram R Revels elected to fill unexpired term of Jefferson Davis
1871 Battle of Buzenval German Crown Prince defeats the French.
1879 British troops under Lord Chelmsford set camp at Isandlwana
1885 L.A. Thompson patents the roller coaster.
1887 New Zealand annexes the Kermadec Islands in the Pacific
1887 US Senate approves the naval base lease of Pearl Harbor
1892 The first game of basketball is played at the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts
1910 Canberra becomes capital of Australia
1913 In London, the first Chelsea Flower Show
1921 Mountain Autonomous Republic established in RSFSR
1921 Turkey declared in remnants of the Ottoman Empire
1921 British submarine K5 lost with all hands
1921 Dagestan ASSR forms in RSFSR
1925 USSR and Japan sign treaty of Peking, Seychelles back to USSR
1926 2nd German government of Luther begins
1929 1st feature talking motion picture taken outdoors, "In Old Arizona"
1930 1st radio broadcast of "Lone Ranger" (WXYZ-Detroit)
1934 Japan sends Henry Pu Yi as regent to emperor of Manchuria
1936 Death of George V of England - succeeded by Edward VIII who abdicates 325 days later, before his coronation, because of his insistence in marrying American divorcee Wallis Simpson
1937 1st Inauguration day on Jan 20th, (held every 4th years thereafter)
1939 Hitler proclaims to German parliament to exterminate all European Jews
1942 Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin deciding on "final solution" calling for extermination of Europe's Jews
1942 Japanese air raid on Rabaul, New Britain
1942 Japanese invade Burma
1943 Operation-Weiss Assault of German, Italian, Bulgarian and Croatian
1943 Battle of Neretva starts
1944 RAF drops 2300 ton bombs on Berlin
The U.S. Army 36th Infantry Division, in Italy, attempts to cross the Rapido Riverbut suffers heavy losses
1945 FDR sworn-in for an unprecedented 4th term as President
1946 F Gouin follows De Gaulle as temporary leader of French government
1949 President Truman announces his point 4 program
1949 J Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen
1950 Suriname becomes independent part in Realm of Netherlands
1952 British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone
1953 1st live coast-to-coast inauguration address (Eisenhower)
1954 Dmitri Shostakovich's "Concertino opus 94" premieres
1956 Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville
1957 Gomulka wins Poland's parliamentary election
1958 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic expedition led by Vivian Fuchs reaches the South Pole
1958 The Soviet Union threatens Greece with economic sanctions if it agrees to the installation of NATO missile bases on Greek territory
1961 In America, John F Kennedy inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States - the first Roman Catholic President to hold office
1961 Arthur M Ramsay becomes archbishop of Canterbury
1961 Yugoslav ex-Vice-President Milovan Djilas flees
1964 "Meet The Beatles" album released in US
1964 In England, the start of the trial of the Great Train Robbers
1965 JPL proposes modified Apollo flight to fly around Mars and return
1965 The Beatles appear on Shindig (ABC-TV)
1965 The Byrds record "Mr Tambourine Man"
1965 Generalissimo Francisco Franco meets with Jewish representatives to discuss legitimizing Jewish communities in Spain
1969 Richard Nixon sworn in as 38th US President
1969 U of Arizona reports 1st optical id of pulsar (in Crab Nebula)
1971 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan
1977 George Bush, ends term as 11th director of CIA
1977 Jimmy Carter sworn in as 39th US President
1978 Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie"
1980 President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow
1981 The release of 52 Americans, held hostage in the US Embassy in Tehran, Iran for 444 days by supporters of Ayatollah Khomeini
1981 Ronald Reagan inaugurated as President
1982 7 miners killed in an explosion in Craynor, KY
1986 1st federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr
1986 Chunnel announced (railroad tunnel under English Channel)
1986 Military coup in Lesotho under General-Major Lekhanya and premier Leabua Jonathan
1987 Briton Terry Waite, special envoy of the Archbishop of Canturbury, disappears in Beirut while negotiating the release of hostages. He is held captive for five years
1989 Bush inaugurated as 41st President and Quayle becomes 44th Vice President
1989 Reagan becomes 1st President elected in a "0" year, since 1840, to leave office alive
1991 Iraq pardes captured Allied airmen on TV
1991 US Patriot missiles begins shooting down Iraqi missiles
1992 Two former East German border guards are convicted of killing the last person to die attempting to escape into West Berlin over the Berlin Wall
1992 Air Inter Flight 148 crashed in the Vosges Mountains while circling to land at Strasbourg International Airport. 87 of the 96 onboard were killed
1993 Bill Clinton inaugurated as 42nd President
1997 American pilot Steve Fossett abandons his Round The World balloon trip while over India -but still sets the record for distance and endurancet
1997 Comet Hale-Bopp crosses Mars' orbit
1997 HMRY Britannia begins her final voyage, before being decommissioned, to Hong Knog
1999 The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use aimed especially at Internet cafés.
2001 Philippine president Joseph Estrada is ousted in the EDSA II Revolution and is succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

20th January 2006

Iraqi Shias win election victory

Iran 'moves assets out of Europe'

Turkey ends Pope gunman freedom

20th January 2007

US Iraq helicopter crash kills 13

Chavez admits Castro gravely ill

Hillary Clinton joins 2008 race

20th January 2008

Israeli closure 'hits Gaza power'

Key wins for Clinton & McCain

Georgia leader starts 2nd term

20th January 2009

Obama vows to meet US challenges

Rwandan soldiers enter DR Congo

Fiat and Chrysler create alliance

20th January 2010

Strong aftershock shakes Haiti

Mexico prison 'gang fight' kills 23 inmates

Drug firm boost to malaria fight

Birthdates which occurred on 20th January :

1586 Johann Hermann Schein German composer (Fontana d'Israel)
1622 Susanna van Baerle Dutch poet/wife of Geeraert Burns
1654 Michiel de Swaen South Netherlands physician/poet
1681 Francesco Bartolomeo Conti composer
1703 Joseph-Hector Fiocco composer
1716 Carlos III king of Naples/Spain (1759-88) Pompei/Jesuits
1716 Jean-Jacques Barthélemy French historical writer (Greek Antiquity)
1732 Richard H Lee US farmer (signed Declaration of Independence)
1743 Pascal Boyer composer
1760 Charles III king of Spain (1759-88)
1761 Giovanni Domenico Perotti composer
1762 Jerome-Joseph de Momigny composer
1763 Theobald Wolfe Tone Irish patriot
1775 Andre-Marie Ampere Lyon France, discovered electromagnetism
1782 Johan B J F S archduke of Austria
1806 Nathaniel Willis writer/editor/founder (American Monthly Magazine)
1809 Sebastian de Iradier Spanish composer (La Paloma)
1812 Ralph Pomeroy Buckland Brevet Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1892
1813 Jacon Gartner Lauman Brevet Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1867
1820 Anne Jemima Clough England, promoted higher education for women
1831 Pieter J Joubert General (South Africa)
1843 Pierre-Paul Cambon French diplomat (Madrid, Constantinople, London)
1844 Johan Peter Selmer composer
1847 W R Pettiford Founder (Alabama Penny Savings Bank)
1855 Amedee-Ernest Chausson Paris France, composer (Poème for Violin & Orchestra)
1865 Friedrich A H von Waldeck brother of queen Emma/last ruler of Waldeck
1866 Richard Le Gallienne English writer (Maker of Gainborg)
1868 Wilhelm Schäfer German writer (Ein Totschläger)
1870 Guillaume Jean Joseph Nicolas Lekeu composer
1873 Charles A Ellwood US, sociologist/psychologist
1873 Johannes V Jensen Denmark, novelist/poet/essayist (Energy Storage, Nobel 1944)
1877 Ruth St Denis Newark NJ, ballerina (Dances of the 5 Senses)
1878 Finlay Currie Scotland, actor (Quo Vadis, Ivanhoe, Avengers)
1883 Betram Home Ramsay English admiral/Commander Allied Naval Forces
1884 A[braham P] Merritt US, sci-fi author (Moon Pool, Creep Shadow!)
1889 Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter Mooringsport LA, blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line)
1891 Mischa Elman Talnoye Ukraine, US violinist
1892 Roscoe Ates Grange MS, actor (Deputy Roscoe-Marshal of Gunsight Pass)
1893 Kaj Birket-Smith Danish etnologist/anthropologist (Eskimos)
1894 Harold L Gray creator (Little Orphan Annie)
1894 Walter Hamor Piston Rockland Maine, composer (Incredible Flutis)
1895 Eva A Jessye US singer/actress/songwriter (Hallelujah)
1896 George Burns [Nathan Birnbaum], New York City NY, actor/comedian (Oh God)
1896 Rolfe Sedan New York City NY, actor (Mailman-George Burns Show)
1896 Elmer R Diktonius Finnish musicologist/author (Janne Kubik)
1897 Mae Busch Australian/US actress (Cowboy Socialist)
1898 Colin Clive [Greig], St Malo France, actor (Bride of Frankenstein)
1899 Alexander Tcherepnin composer
1899 Kenjiro Takayanagi Vice President (JVC)
19-- Colleen Zenk Pinter Barrington IL, actress (Barbara-As the World Turns)
19-- Karen Morris Gowdy Cheyenne WY, actress (Faith-Ryan's Hope)
1900 Boris Semyonovich Shekhter composer
1900 Doris Deane Wisconsin, entertainer
1903 Leon Ames Portland Indiana, actor (Mr Ed, Father of the Bride)
1903 Sybil Marion Rosenfeld theatre historian
1904 Theodore Brameld author/educator (Use of Explosive Ideas)
1904 Alexandra Danilova Peterhof Russia, ballerina (Turning Point)
1904 Renato Caccioppoli Italian mathematician/grandson of Bakunin
1907 Roy Welensky Premier (Rhodesia/Nyasaland 1956-63)
1908 Ian Peebles cricketer (Scottish leg-spinner, England 1927-31)
1908 Paula Wessely Austrian actress/producer (Masquerade)
1908 Wilfred Conwell Bain composer
1910 Abram Hill director/playwright/founder (American Negro Theater)
1910 Joy Adamson naturalist/author (Born Free)
1910 Ennio Porrino composer
1910 Lauritz Lauritzen German politician
1910 Nina Verchinina dancer choreographer/teacher
1912 Christopher Casson Irish actor (Zardoz, Educating Rita)
1914 Wensley Pithey Cape Town South Africa, actor (Winston Churchill-Ike)
1915 Joe Hitchcock darts player (leader of St Dunstan's Four)
1915 C W Ceram [Kurt W Marek], German/US writer (March of Archaeology)
1916 Jopie [Johan A] Pengel premier of Suriname (1963-69)
1916 Walter Bartley biochemist
1919 Alex Nicol Ossining NY, actor (Man From Laramie, Air Cadet)
1919 Royalton Kisch British conductor
1919 Stepan Lucky composer
1920 DeForest Kelley Atlanta GA, actor (Dr McCoy-Star Trek)
1920 Federico Fellini Rimini Italy, director (8½, Satyricon, La Dolce Vita)
1920 Peter Clemoes anglo-Saxon scholar
1920 Richard John Copeland Atkinson archaeologist
1920 Sam M Gibbons (Representative-D-FL, 1963- )
1921 Bernt Engelmann Germany, writer
1922 Ray Anthony Pennsylvania, orchestra leader (Ray Anthony Show, Peter Gunn Theme)
1922 Lord James Hanson English industrialist/House of Lords (Conservative)
1924 Yvonne Loriod Houilles France, pianist
1925 E Cardenal writer
1925 Edwin Gordon New York City NY, VOA correspondent
1925 Eugen Gomringer writer
1925 George Connol NFL Hall-of-Famer
1926 Patricia Neal Packard KY, actress (Hud, Subject Was Roses)
1926 Robert L Van Citters cardiology/advisory panelist/UW dean
1926 David Eugene Tudor Philadelphia PA, composer
1926 Michael Higgins Brooklyn NY, actor (1918, Wanda, Black Stallion)
1927 Geoffrey WT Atkins British World Champion racket player (1954-72)
1927 Olivier Strebelle Belgian sculptor/ceramist
1928 Martin Landau Brooklyn NY, actor (Mission Impossible, Tucker, Space 1999)
1928 Peter Donat Kentville Nova Scotia, actor (Flamingo Road, Different Story)
1928 William Berger Austria, actress (Adventure of Hercules)
1929 Arte Johnson Chicago IL, comedian (Laugh-in, Don't Call Me Charlie)
1930 Edwin E "Buzz" Aldrin Jr Montclair NJ, USAF/astronaut (Gemini 12, Apollo 11)
1931 Sawako Ariyoshi Japanese writer (Compound Pollution, Doctor's Wife)
1931 Thomas Roy Garrett museum curator
1933 Ron Townson St Louis MO, rock vocalist (5th Dimension-Up Up & Away)
1934 Tom Baker actor (Angels Die Hard, Vault of Horror)
1936 Eldred G Maduro minister (Netherlands Antilles)
1937 Dorothy Provine Deadwood SD, actress (Good Neighbor Sam, Darn Cat)
1939 Murle Breer LPGA golfer
1939 Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe Indian astronomer
1940 Carol Heiss Jenkins New York City NY, figure skater (Olympics-gold/silver-56, 60)
1940 Jorge Peixinho composer
1941 Ronald Townson rock vocalist (5th Dimension-Aquarius)
1942 Slim Whitman yodeler/country singer (Home on the Range)
1943 Roeland HG "Roel" van Duyn Dutch Provo politician
1944 Isao Okano Japan, middleweight judo (Olympics-gold-1964)
1944 Eddie Shah English publisher (Today, Post)
1944 Lieven Soete Dutch publicist (Molotov-Ribbentrop-pact)
1945 Eric Stewart rock guitarist (10CC-I'm Not in Love)
1945 Peter Beckwith English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
1946 David Lynch Missoula MT, actor/director (Blue Velvet, Dune, Eraserhead, Twin Peaks)
1947 George Grantham rocker (Poco-Crazy Eyes)
1947 Malcolm McLaren founded rock group (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen)
1948 Jerry L Ross Indiana, Lieutenant-Colonel USAF/astronaut (STS 61B, 27, 37, 55, 74, 88)
1948 Anatoly Shcharansky Soviet human rights activist/émigré
1948 Melvyn John Pritchard England, rocker (Barclay James Harvest)
1949 Ivana Trump former wife of Donald
1949 Kieron Walsh academic
1950 Henk Batenburgh cabaret performer/singer (Waaldrecht)
1951 Magomed Omarovich Tolboyev Russian cosmonaut
1952 Ian Hill bass guitarist (Judas Priest-Breakin the Law)
1952 Paul Stanley [Eisen], rock guitarist (KISS-Beth)
1955 Joe Doherty Ireland, IRA activist (jailed in US)
1955 Michael Anthony rock bassist/singer (Van Halen-Pretty Woman, Jump, 1984)
1956 John Naber US, 100m/200m backstroke swimmer (Olympics-4 gold-1976)
1956 Bill Maher comedian (Politically Incorrect)
1956 John McNally Naha Okinawa, US rapid fire pistol (Olympics-84, 88, 92, 96)
1956 John Phillips Naber Evanston IL, swimmer (Olympics-4 gold/silver-76)
1957 Leonard C Clements Cherry Point NC, PGA golfer (1994 Bob Hope-2nd)
1958 Lorenzo Lamas Los Angeles CA, actor (Lance-Falcon Crest, California Fever)
1959 Lea Antonoplis West Covina CA, tennis star
1963 Scott Fisher San Jose CA, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-96)
1964 Ozzie Guillen Oculare del Tuy Venezuela, shortstop (Chicago White Sox)
1964 Roger Smith Freeport Bahamas, tennis doubles player
1964 Ron Harper NBA guard (Chicago Bulls)
1964 Victoria Sellers London England, actress (Crime Zone, Warlords)
1965 Brad Brink US baseball pitcher (San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies)
1966 Tia Carrere Honolulu HI, actress (Wayne's World, General Hospital)
1966 Bert Weidner NFL guard (Miami Dolphins)
1966 Chris Morris NBA forward (Utah Jazz)
1966 Rich Gannon NFL quarterback (Kansas City Chiefs)
1966 Tracii Guns rock guitarist (LA Guns-It's Over Now)
1967 Joe Pasquale rocker (Prey)
1967 Mark Stepnoski NFL center (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
1967 Stacey Dash Bronx NY, actress (Dionne-Clueless)
1968 Junior Murray cricketer (West Indies keeper, no relation to Derryck or David)
1968 Nick Anderson NBA guard/forward (Orlando Magic)
1969 Tia Marie Zorne Las Vegas NV, Miss America-Nevada (1990)
1969 Andre Romal Cason Virginia Beach VA, 100m runner
1969 Melissa Rivers New York City NY, TV hostess (MTV, CBS Morning News)
1970 Anita St Rose Miss Great Britain-Universe (1996)
1970 Dennis Hulshof soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
1970 Deon Figures cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1970 Marvin Benard Bluefields Nicaragua, outfielder (San Francisco Giants)
1970 Rob Gaudreau Lincoln, NHL center (Ottawa Senators)
1970 Ron Carpenter NFL/WLAF safety (New York Jets, Amsterdam Admirals)
1970 Skeet Ulrich actor (Scream)
1970 Terry Kirby NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers)
1970 Thomas "Tom" Murray Buffalo NY, rower (Olympics-1996)
1971 Alan Young NFL defensive end (New York Jets)
1971 Andrei Skabelka NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics-98)
1971 Johnny Mitchell NFL tight end (New York Jets)
1971 Karin Smith Miss Minnesota USA (1996)
1972 Alcides Catanho NFL outside linebacker (New England Patriots)
1973 Eddie Kennison wide receiver (St Louis Rams)
1973 Jalen Rose NBA guard (Denver Nuggets)
1974 Calvin Harrison Orlando Florida, 200m/400m runner
1974 Rae Carruth wide receiver (Carolina Panthers)
1977 Paul "Goggo" Adams cricketer (lefty very unorthodox bowler for South Africa)


Deaths which occurred on January 20th:
0250 Fabianus Pope (236-50)/saint, dies
0820 Abu Abdallah M ibn Idris al-Sjafi'i Islamic (Book of Mother), dies
0842 Theophilus Byzantine kaiser (829-42), dies
0882 Louis II/III the Younger German king (876-82), dies
1479 John II king of Aragon/Navarra, dies at 81
1569 Miles Coverdale English bible translator Great bible, dies at 80
1612 Rudolf II von Habsburg emperor of Germany (1576-1612), dies at 59
1639 Mustapha I sultan of Turkey (1622-23), dies
1666 Anna of Austria queen of France/daughter of Philip III, dies at 64
1691 Christian de Placker composer, dies at 77
1713 Pavao Vitezovic Croatian historian, dies
1727 John van Bylevelt Catholic apostle, dies
1745 Charles VII Albert German emperor (1742-45), dies at 47
1779 John Burman Dutch botanist/director (botanical gardens), dies at 71
1789 Johann Christoph Oley composer, dies at 50
1798 Christian Cannabich German composer/royal chaplain master, dies at 66
1813 C M Wieland writer, dies at 79
1819 Carlos IV King of Spain (1788-1808), dies at 70
1830 Michal Bogdanowicz composer, dies at 50
1837 John Soane English architect (Book of Designs), dies at 84
1838 Pierre-Louis Hus-Desforges composer, dies at 64
1857 Edward Francis Fitzwilliam composer, dies at 32
1859 B v Arnim writer, dies at 73
1859 Bettina Brentano composer, dies at 73
1862 General Felix Zollicoffer killed after mistakenly riding into union lines
1862 Felix Zollicoffer General killed after mistakenly riding into Union lines
1882 John Linnell British painter/miniaturist/engraver, dies
1890 Franz Paul Lachner composer, dies at 86
1891 David Kalakahua emperor of Hawaii, dies
1896 Heinrich M von Battenberg German son-in-law of Victoria, dies at 37
1900 John Ruskin English writer/critic (Dearest Mama Talbot), dies of influenza at 81
1900 R D Blackmore English novelist (Lorna Doone), dies at 74
1900 Richard D Blackmore English novelist (Lorna Doone), dies at 74
1905 Stanislaw Pilinski composer, dies at 65
1914 Emil Liebling composer, dies at 62
1914 Henry Southwick Perkins composer, dies at 80
1936 King George V of Britain dies at 70, succeeded by Edward VIII
1943 Giacomo Benvenuti composer, dies at 57
1947 Josh Gibson Negro League slugger, dies of a brain tumor at age 35
1948 Mahatma Gandhi India's pacifist, assassinated
1949 Josephus T J Cuypers architect (Amsterdam Stock Exchange), dies at 87
1952 Arthur Farwell composer, dies at 74
1954 Fred Root cricketer (England pace bowler in 3 Tests vs Australia 1926), dies
1954 Warren Bardsley cricketer (41 Tests for Australia, 2469 runs), dies
1957 James Connolly 1st Olympic winner (1896) since Barasdates (369 CE), dies
1959 Carl Switzer actor (Alfalfa-Our Gang), shot to death at 31
1960 Matt Moore actor (Deluge, Coquette), dies at 72
1962 Robinson Jeffers poet/playwright (Dear Judas), dies at 75
1964 Jan Rychlik composer, dies at 47
1965 Alan Freed DJ (Big Beat), dies at 42
1971 Gilbert M Anderson actor (1st Movie Cowboy), dies at 88
1973 Amilcar L Cabral fought for Guinea Bissau independence, murdered 51
1974 Edmund Blunden British poet/critic, dies at 77
1975 Franz André Belgian conductor, dies at 81
1984 Peter John [Johnny] Weissmuller actor (Tarzan, Jungle Jim), dies after a series of strokes in Acapulco at 79
1984 Jackie Wilson rocker, dies at 49 from a heart attack
1985 Jo Juda Dutch musician, dies at 75
1987 Tom Dollery cricketer (4 Tests for England 1947-50), dies
1988 Philippe de Rothschild Bordeaux Vineyard manager, dies in Paris at 86
1989 Beatrice Lillie actress (Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies at 94
1990 Barbara Stanwyck [Ruby Stevens], actress (Big Valley), dies at 82
1990 Miloslav Istvan composer, dies at 61
1990 Naruhito Higashi-Kuni Japanese PM (1945), dies
1991 Bill Riordon US tennis promoter (Jimmy Connors), dies
1991 Louis Seigner actor (Eclipse, Special Section), dies in a fire at 87
1992 Muhammad Abd al-Khaliq Hassuna Secretary-General of Arab League (1952-72), dies
1992 Roberto d'Aubuisson leader of El Salvador, dies
1993 Audrey Hepburn actress (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Roman Holiday), dies of colon cancer in Tolochenaz, Switzerland at 63
1993 Joseph Anthony [Deuster] US director/actor (Rainmaker), dies at 80
1993 Mercer McCleod entertainer, dies of heart failure at 86
1994 Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Kenyan Vice-President (1963-66), dies at about 81
1994 Matt Busby Scottish soccer coach (Manchester United), dies at 84
1995 John Halas Hungarian/US cartoonist (Animal Farm), dies at 81
1995 Mehdi Bazargan director Iranian oil corp/premier (1979), dies at 86
1995 Robert Shaw town Planner, dies at 81
1996 Buster Benton singer/guitarist, dies at 63
1996 David Robin Francis Guy Greville 8th Duke of Warwick, dies at 61
1996 Ellis Hillman politician, dies at 68
1996 Gerald Joseph Mulligan baritone saxophonist/composer, dies at 68
1996 Liesbeth Askonas concert agent, dies at 83
1996 Peter Stadlen pianist/critic, dies at 85
1996 Sidney Korshak lawyer, dies at 87
1997 Curt Flood centerfielder (Cards), dies of throat cancer at 59
1997 Edith Haisman the oldest survivor of Titanic, dies at 100
1997 Vladimir Yamnikov owner (Kristall vodka), dies of cirrhosis at 56
1998 Zevulun Hammer Vice PM of Israel, dies

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