31st January, on this day

314 St Silvester I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
876 Charles becomes king of Italy
1504 By treaty of Lyons, French cede Naples to Ferdinand of Aragon
1531 Kings Ferdinand of Austria/János Zápolyai of Hungary accept each other
1560 Spanish king Philip II marries Elisabeth van Valois
1578 Battle of Gembloux : marked a terrible defeat for the Protestant rebels fighting against Spain in the Eighty Years' War
1606 Guy Fawkes, chief conspirator in the 'Gunpowder Plot' to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London, is hung, drawn and quartered after being found guilty of treason
1627 Spanish government goes bankrupt
1747 The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital.
1779 Charles Messier adds M57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra) to his catalog
1804 British Vice-Admiral William Bligh's fleet reaches Curaçao
1842 John Tyler's daughter Elizabeth marries in the White House
1849 Corn Laws abolished in Britain
1851 Gail Borden announces invention of evaporated milk
1858 Launch of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's five-funnelled steamship: 'The Great Eastern'
1861 State of Louisiana takes over US Mint at New Orleans
1862 Telescope maker Alvin Clark discovers dwarf companion of Sirius
1863 1st black Civil War regiment, SC Volunteers, mustered into US army
1865 Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (121-24)
1867 Four bronzed lions, sculptured by Sir Edwin Landseer, are positioned at the base of Nelson's Column in Trafalger Square, London
1871 Millions of birds fly over western San Francisco, darken the sky
1874 Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill, MO
1876 The US Government orders all native American Indians to move onto specified reservations
1893 "Westminster Gazette" begins publishing
1895 José Martí and others leave New York City, NY for invasion of Spanish Cuba
1901 Chekhov's "Three Sisters" opens at the Moscow Art Theatre
1901 Boer General Jan Smuts and De la Rey conqueror Mud river Transvaal
1904 Béla Bartók's symphony "Kossuth" premieres
1905 1st auto to exceed 100 mph (161 kph), A G MacDonald, Daytona Beach
1906 Strongest instrumentally recorded earthquake, Colombia, 8.6 Richter
1910 American-born murderer Dr Hawley Crippen poisons his wife before cutting her into small pieces and burying her in the cellar of his home in London. He is later executed at Pentonville Prison
1915 Battle of Bolimov - considered a preliminary to the Second Battle of the Masurian Lakes.
1915 1st (German) poison gas attack, against Russians
1917 Germany notifies US that U-boats will attack neutral merchant ship
1919 The Battle of George Square takes place in Glasgow, Scotland
1919 Battle of Paju. : Estonian War of Independence
1927 International allies military command in Germany disbands
1928 Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky is exiled from Russia. He finds asylum in Mexico
1928 Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company
1930 1st US glider flight from a dirigible, Lakehurst New Jersey
1933 French government of Daladier takes power
1933 Hitler promises parliamentary democracy
1934 FDR devalues the dollar in relation to gold at $35 per ounce
1940 40 U boats sunk this month (111,000 ton)
1941 21 U boats sunk this month (127,000 ton)
1941 British take Derna, Libya 100 miles west of Tobruk.
1942 Japanese troops complete the conquest of Malaysia, The last organised Allied forces leave Malaya, ending the 54-day battle
1942 .The Japanese take the port of Moulmein, Burma; they now threaten Rangoon as well as Singapore.
1942 62 U boats sunk this month (327,000 ton)
1943 Field Marshal Paulus surrenders the German 6th Army to the Russians at Stalingrad
1943 39 U boats sunk this month (203,100 ton)
1943 Chile breaks contact with Germany and Japan
1944 Operation-Overlord (D-Day) postponed until June
1944 US forces invade Kwajalein Atoll
1944 Americans are still struggling to protect the beachhead at Anzio
1945 Battle of Bataan begins
1945 Eddie Slovik, 1st American executed for desertion since Civil War
1945 US 4th Infantry division occupies Elcherrath
1946 Yugoslavia adopts new constitution, becomes a federal republic
1948 Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway
1949 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)
1950 President Truman reveals that he ordered the Atomic Energy Commission to develop the hydrogen bomb
1951 Duplessis bridge collapse. Quebec, 4 die
1953 In England, more than 300 hundred people die in widespread flooding in Kent, Essex and East Anglia
1953 "Princess Victoria" capsized off Stanraer, Scotland; 133 die
1953 Hurricane-like winds flood Netherlands drowning nearly 2,000
1955 RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer
1956 French government of Mollet forms
1956 Juscelino Kubitschek becomes President of Brazil
1957 Liz Taylor's 2nd divorce (Michael Wilding)
1957 Trans-Iranian oil pipe line finished
1958 James van Allen discovers radiation belt
1958 US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1
1961" Ham" is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury/Redstone 2
1961 USAF launches Samos spy satellite to replace U-2 flights
1961 Houston voters approve bond to finance luxury domed stadium
1961 NATO secretary-General Paul-Henri Spaak says he'll resign
1963 Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers record "What'd I Say" and "Ruby Baby"
1966 USSR launches Luna 9 toward the Moon
1966 Belgian state police kills 2 striking mine workers
1968 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia
1968 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1970 Grateful Dead members busted on LSD charges
1971 Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands
1971 "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hit number 1 on UK pop chart
1972 Military coup ousts civilian government of Ghana
1972 US launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998)
1972 Birenda, becomes leader of Nepal
1975 Barry Manilow's "Mandy" goes gold
1977 Frenchman François Claustre freed, after 33 months as hostage in Chad
1978 Israel turns 3 military outposts in West Bank into civilian settlements
1980 Police storm occupied Spanish embassy in Guatemala City, killing 41
1981 "The Tide Is High" by Blondie hits number 1
1981 Former British MP John Stonehouse, famous for faking his own death, marries his former secretary Sheila Buckley
1982 10 Arabian oryx (extinct except in zoos) released in Oman
1983 Britain makes it compulsory to wearing seat belts in cars
1985 South African President PW Botha offers to free Mandela if he denounces violence
1986 Mary Lund of Minnesota, is 1st female recipient of an artificial heart
1988 Barge sinks near Anacortes WA, spills 70,000 gallons of oil
1990 1st McDonald's in Russia opens in Moscow, world's biggest McDonald's
1990 The 1st ever all-sports daily "The National" begins publishing
1991 Battle for Khafji in Saudi Arabia (ends after 3 days)
1996 More than 80 people are killed and 1,500 injured when Tamil Tiger guerrillas explode a lorry bomb in the centre of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo
2000 Harold Shipman is jailed for life after murdering fifteen of his patients
2000 An Alaska Airlines MD-83, experiencing horizontal stabilizer problems, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California, killing all 88 persons aboard.
2001 In the Netherlands a Scottish court convicts a Libyan and acquits another for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which crashed into Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
2003 The Waterfall train disaster occurs near Waterfall, New South Wales, Australia. .
2007 Suspects are arrested in Birmingham in the UK, accused of plotting the kidnap, holding and eventual beheading of a serving Muslim British soldier in Iraq.

31st January 2006

Iran warns West over nuclear row

Hamas rejects 'unfair' aid demand

US ex-postal employee kills six

31st January 2007

Chavez gets sweeping new powers

Germany issues CIA arrest orders

First bird flu death in Nigeria

31st January 2008

Top al-Qaeda leader reported dead

West 'embraces sham democracies'

Peacekeepers 'deface ancient art'

31st January 2009

Scores killed in Kenya oil fire

Australia counts heatwave deaths

Fatal fire at Russia nursing home

31st January 2010

Mexico partygoers die in attack

UN begins major Haiti food push

Bank insurance levy gaining support at Davos

Birthdates which occurred on 31st January :

1517 Gioseffo Zarlino composer
1573 Ambrosius Metzger composer
1573 Giulio Cesare Monteverdi composer
1601 Pieter de Bloot Dutch landscape painter
1607 James Stanley 7th Earl of Derby
1612 Hendrik Casimir I count of Nassau-Dietz/mayor of Frisia
1614 Nicolas Saboly composer
1620 Georg F von Waldeck German commander-in-chief
1623 François-Xavier de Laval Montmorency, consecrated the first bishop of Québec Canada in 1674
1633 Nathaniel Crew English bishop (Durham)
1734 Robert Morris merchant (signed Declaration of Independence)
1734 Julien-Amable Mathieu composer
1741 Theodor Gotlieb von Hippel East Prussian author/mayor of Köningsberg
1750 Gerrit J Pijman Dutch minister of War (1798-1800, 1803-06)
1759 François Devienne composer
1778 Franz Anton graaf von Kolowrat Austrian premier of Bohemia (1848)
1784 Carl Wilhelm Henning composer
1787 Louis Angely Germany, comedy writer (Sieben Mädchen in Uniform)
1797 Franz Peter Schubert Lichtenthal Austria, composer (Unfinished Symphony)
1798 Karl Gottlieb Reissiger composer
1802 Jan C J van Speijk Dutch naval hero
1804 József Bajza Hungarian author/poet/critic
1810 Daniel Ruggles Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1897
1812 John Randolph Tucker Capt (Confederate Navy), died in 1883
1813 Samuel Sarphati Amsterdam, physician/pharmacist/social activist
1817 Antony Winkler Prins Dutch writer (Groiler Encyclopaedia)
1818 William Raine Peck Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1871
1830 James Gillespie Blaine West Brownsville PA, (Representative-R-ME 1863-76/Senator-R-ME 1876-81/Secretary of State 1889-92)
1836 Henryk Szulc composer
1863 F Henri Berz French existentialist philosopher (Revue the Synthesis)
1866 Emil Strauss Germany, writer (Naked Man)
1866 Henry Forster cricketer (Oxford blue 1887-89, later Australian Governor-General)
1868 Theodore William Richards chemist (atomic weights, Nobel-1914)
1869 Henry graaf Carton de Wiart Belgian literary/premier (1920-21)
1872 Zane Grey American West novelist (Riders of the Purple Sage, Spirit of the Border)
1877 Max Ettlinger German philosopher
1878 Willem J M van Eysinga Dutch international law jurist
1881 Irving Langmuir physical chemist/colloid researcher/inventor (tungsten filament lamp/Nobel 1932)
1881 Joseph A Cushman US, palaentologist/foraminiferologist
1882 Anna Pavlova St Petersburg Russia, ballerina/choreographer
1882 Josephus RH van Schaik Dutch lawyer/vice-premier
1884 Nicholas Joy Paris France, actor (Boss Lady)
1886 Alfonso Lopez Colombia, statesman (President UN security council-1948)
1889 F R Foster cricketer (330 runs & 45 wickets for England)
1890 Adolf Bach German language/sociologist (Deutsche Namenkunde)
1891 Max Drischner composer
1892 Eddie Cantor New York City NY, comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater)
1893 Freya Stark English explorist/author
1894 Percy Helton NY, actor (Jail Busters, Harbor of Missing Men)
19-- David Mason Daniels actor (Tyler-Capitol)
1901 Blaz Arnic composer
1901 Marie Luise Kaschnitz writer
1902 Alva Myrdal Uppsala Sweden, diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize-1982)
1902 Julian H Steward US anthropologist/professor
1902 Jean C M Picart le Doux France, carpet designer
1903 Gardner Cowles Iowa, publisher/founder (Look Magazine)
1903 Tallulah Bankhead Huntsville AL, actress (Lifeboat, Die Die Darling)
1904 E van Ruller Dutch journalist/ARP-alderman/co-founder (Trouw)
1904 Léon N H Jungschläger head of military intelligence (Netherlands-Indies)
1905 John Henry O'Hara Pottsville PA, novelist (Butterfield 8, Pal Joey, Appointment at Samarra)
1905 Anna Blaman [Johanna P Vrugt], Dutch writer (Wife & Friend)
1905 Charles de Trooz Belgian literary (Le Magister et Ses Maîtres)
1906 R W Bonham founder (International Braille Chess Association)
1906 Benjamin Frankel composer
1908 René Simone Mathieu France, doubles tennis star (Wimbledon 1934)
1909 Foley Newns British colonial administrator
1909 Miron Grindea literary editor
1910 Herbert Ashworth CEO (Nationwide Building Society)
1911 A G Ogston president (Trinity College-Oxford)
1911 Christina Foyle book seller
1913 Don Hutson NFL end (Packers)
1913 Wayne Millner NFL end (Boston/Washington Redskins)
1913 Hector Iglesias Villoud composer
1914 Carey Lofton Blountsville FL, actor (Skinner-Troubleshooters)
1914 Jersey Joe Walcott heavyweight boxing champ (1951-52)
1914 Louis Osman architect/artist/goldsmith
1915 Bobby Hackett Providence RI, trumpeteer/orchestra leader (Air Time '57)
1915 Thomas Merton France, Trappist monk/poet/essayist (7 Storey Mt)
1915 Garry Moore [Thomas Garrison Morfit], Baltimore MD, TV host (Garry Moore Show, I've Got a Secret)
1915 John Profumo president (Toynbee Hall)
1915 William Crosbie artist
1916 Ciro D Crown premier of Dutch Antilles (1968-69)
1916 Frank A Parker tennis champ (US Open-1944)
1916 Violet Cane statistician
1917 Erich Geiringer General practitioner campaigner
1917 Jose Maceda composer
1919 Jackie Robinson Georgia, 1st black major league baseball player (Dodgers)
1919 Lord Lowry
1920 Patrick Heron painter
1920 Robert Hersant press baron
1920 Stewart L Udall St Johns AZ, US Secretary of Interior (1961-69)
1921 Carol Channing Seattle WA, actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly)
1921 John Agar Chicago IL, actor (Fort Apache, Sands of Iwo Jima)
1921 Mario Lanza Philadelphia PA, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans)
1922 William Sylvester Oakland CA, actor (2001, Gorgo, Gemini Man)
1922 Michael Wilford diplomat
1923 Joanne Dru Logan WV, actress (Guestward Ho, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon)
1923 Eddie Ryder New York City NY, actor (Slick Jones-General Hospital)
1923 Norman Mailer New Jersey, New York City NY mayoral candidate/novelist (Naked & the Dead)
1924 Robert Gatehouse former High Court judge
1924 Tengiz Abuladze filmmaker
1925 Benjamin Hooks civil rights leader
1925 Charles Aidman Frankfort IN, narrator (New Twilight Zone)
1925 Fred Catherwood MP
1926 Jean Simmons London England, actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls)
1926 Prunella Briance founder (National Childbirth Trust)
1928 Chuck Willis rock vocalist (C C Rider)
1928 Eric Ash rector (Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine)
1928 Richard Buckley royal equerry
1928 Robert Clatworthy sculptor
1929 Rudolf Mossbauer Germany, physicist (Nobel 1961)
1930 Lynn Carlin Los Angeles CA, actress (Joan Hunter-James at 15)
1931 Ernie "Mr Cubs" Banks Chicago Cubs, Hall-of-Famer (1st baseman)
1931 Bill Watson cricketer (New South Wales & Australian opening batsman mid-50s)
1931 Christopher Chataway British MP/athlete (world record 5k)
1931 Jean Burroughs educationalist
1931 Nicholas Gordon Lennox diplomat
1932 Pieter Brattinga Dutch graphic artist
1932 Rick Hall country/R&B singer
1933 Joseph D Early (Representative-D-MA, 1975- )
1933 Walter Paulis mineworker/pilot/Dutch MP (CDA)
1934 James Franciscus Clayton MO, actor (Mr Novak, Longstreet, Hunter)
1934 Brian Bolus cricketer (England opening batsman early 60's)
1934 Ron Weatherburn jazz pianist
1935 Oe Kenzaburo Japanese novelist (The Catch, A Personal Matter)
1935 Bojidar Dimov composer
1936 Marvin Junior singer (Dells-Oh What a Night)
1937 Philip Glass Baltimore MD, composer (Einstein on the Beach)
1937 Steve Karmen Bronx NY, jingle writer (I Love NY, This Bud's for You)
1937 Suzanne Pleshette New York City NY, actress (The Birds, Emily-Bob Newhart Show)
1938 Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard queen of Netherlands (1980- )
1938 James G Watt Colorado, US Secretary of Interior (1981-83)
1938 Ajip Rosidi Indonesian poet/writer (Madjalah Sunda, Pesta)
1940 Jessica Walter Brooklyn NY, actress (Play Misty For Me, Amy Prentiss)
1940 Stuart Margolin Davenport IA, actor (Love American Style)
1941 George S Mickelson (Governor-SD)
1941 Richard A Gephardt (Representative-D-MO, 1977- )
1941 Sharon Miller LPGA golfer
1942 Derek Jarman actor/director (Angelic Conversation, Edward II)
1942 Gerald Chamberlain jazz musician
1944 Anton Korteweg Dutch poet (For the Good Order)
1944 Charley Musselwhite blues musician (Stand Back, Louisiana Fog)
1944 Eugene Terre Blanche South African leader of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging
1944 John Inverarity cricketer (Australian batsman 1968-72)
1945 Noah Creshevsky composer
1946 Glynn Turman New York City NY, actor (Lew-Peyton Place, Manimal, Centennial)
1946 Jonathan Banks Washington DC, actor (Armed & Dangerous, Cold Steel)
1946 Terry Kath rocker (Chicago-If You Leave Me Now)
1946 Subroto Guha cricketer (right arm swing bowler for India 1967-69)
1947 Jim Nollman composer
1947 Nolan Ryan pitcher (Mets, Angels, Astros) (7 no-hitters, 5,714 Ks)
1949 Carol Hawkins actress (Dialing for Dingbats)
1951 Harry Casey [KC], rock vocalist (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
1951 Phil Collins England, singer/drummer (Genesis-Against All Odds)
1951 Phil Manzanera rock guitarist (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together)
1951 Presiley Baxendale British QC
1952 Rosanne Musgrave headmistress (Blackheath HS)
1953 Aart Mol Dutch bassist (Catapult)
1954 Adrian Vandenberg Amsterdam Netherlands, rock guitarist (Whitesnake)
1954 Sheik Faoud Ahamul Bacchus cricketer (West Indian bat late 70's)
1955 Virginia Ruzici Romania, tennis star
1956 Johnny Rotten [John Lydon], rocker (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen)
1956 Lloyd Cole rocker
1956 Trevor A Manuel South African UDF/ANC-leader
1957 Brett "the Hitman" Hart Alberta Canada, WWF champion
1957 Shirley F Babashoff California, swimmer (Olympics-6 silver/2 gold-72, 76)
1958 Rafael Santana shortstop (New York Mets, New York Yankees)
1958 Tom Schuman pianist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
1959 Anthony LaPaglia actor (Murder One)
1959 Kelly Lynch actress (Drugstore Cowboy)
1960 Elaine Roque Santa Monica CA, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)
1961 Lloyd Cole guitar/vocals (& the Commotions-Rattlesnakes)
1963 Scott Ian Rosenfeld Bayside NY, rocker (Anthrax-Protest & Survive)
1963 John Dye Amory MA, actor (Andrew-Touched by an Angel)
1964 Oto Hascak hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
1964 Remi Bouchard Lasalle Québec Canada, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 India Open)
1964 Sharon Cain San Antonio TX, team handball center back (Olympics-1996)
1965 Bianca Yasmin Salahshourian Fairfield CT, Miss Connecticut-America (1990)
1965 Adam Johnson Portland OR, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)
1965 Bobby Dollas Montréal Québec Canada, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
1965 Kim Clarke Tulsa OK, team handball back court (Olympics-88, 92, 96)
1965 René Trost Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
1966 Al Jaworsky [Alan Doughty], pop bassist (Jesus Jones)
1966 Charles Dimry NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles)
1966 Jamie Taras CFL guard (British Columbia Lions)
1968 Doug Pederson NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl XXXI)
1968 Michael Sinclair NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
1968 Steve Phoenix US baseball pitcher (Oakland Athletics)
1969 Mathew Pallister Sydney New South Wales Australia, canoeist (Olympics-96)
1970 Greg Skrepenak NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers)
1970 Rachel Jean Marteen Atlanta GA, playmate (August 1995)
1970 Travis Hannah NFL/WLAF receiver (Houston Oilers, Frankfurt Galaxy)
1971 Brandi Sherwood Miss Idaho-USA (1997, 2nd, succeeded Brook Lee)
1971 Corey Holliday NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1971 Minnie Driver actress (Good Will Hunting)
1972 Ben Cavil guard (Baltimore Ravens)
1972 Fritz Fequiere WLAF guard (Barcelona Dragons, London Monarchs)
1972 Marvin Coleman CFL defensive back (Calgary Stampeders)
1972 Pulu Poumele guard (San Diego Chargers)
1972 Reinier Robbemond Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
1973 Latario Rachal WLAF/NFL receiver (Amsterdam Admirals, San Diego Chargers)
1974 Bob Mulder soccer player (Appingedam, FC Groningen)
1974 Lorenzo Styles NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
1974 Othella Harrington NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
1974 Pavi Sald ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics-98)
1974 Tory Toogood Australian rower (Olympics-96)
1975 Kenard Lang defensive end (Washington Redskins)
1977 Naomi Darrell Miss Bermuda-Universe (1997)
1985 Andrew Giuliani son of Rudy (Mayor-R-NYC, 1994-2002)


Deaths which occurred on January 31st:
1561 Menno Simonsz Dutch priest/vicar (Foundation Book), dies
1580 Hendrik Portuguese cardinal/epilepticus/regent (1578-80), dies
1606 Guy Fawkes convicted in the "Gunpowder Plot", executed at 35
1788 Charles E Stuart English pretender to the throne, dies at 67
1788 Francesco Zannetti composer, dies at 50
1788 [Bonnie Prince] Charles E Stuart English pretender, dies at 67
1828 Alexandros Ypsilanti Greek resistance fighter, dies at 35
1861 Franciscus J van Vree Dutch Catholic foreman, dies at 53
1864 Hamilton Rowan Gamble US judge/Governor of Missouri (1861-64), dies
1891 Ernest Meissonier French painter/etcher/sculptor, dies at 75
1919 Paul Lindau German playwright/critic (Estimate), dies at 79
1922 Heinrich Reinhardt composer, dies at 56
1933 John Galsworthy England, writer (Forsythe, Nobel 1932), dies at 65
1939 George Thornton cricketer (1 Test for South Africa 1902, 1* & 1-20), dies
1940 René "Sascha" Schickele German writer (Erbe am Rhein), dies at 56
1945 Eddie Slovik 1st US soldier executed for desertion since Civil War at 25
1949 Henri de Vries [Hendricus Walterop], actor (Cleopatra), dies at 84
1954 Florence Bates actress (Kismet, I Remember Mama), dies at 65
1954 Edwin H Armstrong US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63
1955 John R Mott US theologist/founder (YMCA, Nobel 1946), dies at 89
1960 Lowell Gilmore actor (Calcutta, Roadblock), dies at 53
1966 Elizabeth Patterson actress (Tall Story), dies at 90
1967 Chief Thundercloud actor (Ambush, Colt 45, Typhoon), dies at 100
1967 Otto Dibelius German theologian/bishop, dies at 86
1969 Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok composer, dies at 77
1970 Slim Harpo [James Moore], rocker, dies at 28
1972 Howard Barlow conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 79
1972 Bir Bikram Shah Deva Mahendra king of Nepal (1955-72), dies at 51
1972 Istvan Szelenyi composer, dies at 67
1973 Ragnar Frisch Norwegian economist (Nobel 1969), dies at 77
1974 Glenn Morris olympian/actor (Tarzan's Revenge), dies at 61
1974 Harry Baum actor (Crime & Punishment), dies at 58
1974 Paul Haesaerts Flemish architect/painter (Flandre), dies at 72
1974 Roger Pryor actor (Lady by Choice), dies at 72
1974 Samuel Goldwyn Polish/English/US film magnate (MGM), dies at 91
1980 J P Duminy cricket (30 runs at 5 & 1 wicket at 39 in 3 Test South Africa), dies
1987 Yves Allégret French director (Such a lovely tiny beach), dies at 79
1989 Jack Douglas humorist (My Brother Was an Only Child), dies at 80
1989 Yasushi Akutagawa composer, dies at 63
1992 Mel Hein NFLer (New York Giants), dies at 82
1992 Wim van Heumen field hockey coach (Netherlands), dies at 63
1994 Pierre Boulle French writer (Executioner), dies at 81
1995 George Abbott playwright/actor/producer (Damn Yankees), dies at 105
1995 James Johnson English MP (Labour, 1950-83), dies at 86
1996 Gustave Solomon mathematician, dies at 65
1997 Eve Lister actress/singer (No Limit, Hyde Park), dies at 84

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